The City of God
Bible Believers’ Newsletter 839
“We focus on the present Truth—what Jesus is doing now. . .”
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The end is obviously nigh as will be obvious to those who have eyes that read the news items carefully and follow the links. In the not too distant future “there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken [and Satan will be cast down to earth]” (Luke 21:25-26; Revelation 12:7-9).
Contributing author Paul Craig Roberts asks “Are you ready for nuclear war? In the 21st century Washington has destroyed in whole or part seven countries. Millions of peoples have been murdered, maimed and displaced, and Washington has shown no remorse whatsoever. Neither have the ‘christian’ churches (so-called). The devastation Washington has inflicted is portrayed as a great success”.
|And you tell me
Over and over and over again my friend
Ah, you don’t believe
We’re on the eve of destruction
However, this is not for us:
We’re marching to Zion,
Our main article, “The City of God” is an exposition of the heavenly Jerusalem that will come down from God in eternity onto the renewed heavens and earth for eternity in place of sinful “Jerusalem that now is.”
This Newsletter serves those of like precious faith. Whoever will receive the truth is welcome to feed their soul from the waters of the River of Life. Everything here presented should be confirmed personally in your own Bible.
Are You Ready For Nuclear War?
By Paul Craig Roberts © 2013 all rights reserved
June 3, 2014 — Pay close attention to Steven Starr’s guest column, “The Lethality of Nuclear Weapons.” Washington thinks nuclear war can be won and is planning for a first strike on Russia, and perhaps China, in order to prevent any challenge to Washington’s world hegemony.
The plan is far advanced, and the implementation of the plan is underway. As I have reported previously, US strategic doctrine was changed and the role of nuclear missiles was elevated from a retaliatory role to an offensive first strike role. US anti-ballistic missile (ABM) bases have been established in Poland on Russia’s frontier, and other bases are planned. When completed Russia will be ringed with US missile bases.
Anti-ballistic missiles, known as “star wars,” are weapons designed to intercept and destroy ICBMs. In Washington’s war doctrine, the US hits Russia with a first strike, and whatever retaliatory force Russia might have remaining is prevented from reaching the US by the shield of ABMs.
The reason Washington gave for the change in war doctrine is the possibility that terrorists might obtain a nuclear weapon with which to destroy an American city. This explanation is nonsensical. Terrorists are individuals or a group of individuals, not a country with a threatening military. To use nuclear weapons against terrorists would destroy far more than the terrorists and be pointless as a drone with a conventional missile would suffice.
The reason Washington gave for the ABM base in Poland is to protect Europe from Iranian ICBMs. Washington and every European government know that Iran has no ICBMs and that Iran has not indicated any intent to attack Europe.
No government believes Washington’s reasons. Every government realizes that Washington’s reasons are feeble attempts to hide the fact that it is creating the capability on the ground to win a nuclear war.
The Russian government understands that the change in US war doctrine and the US ABM bases on its borders are directed at Russia and are indications that Washington plans a first strike with nuclear weapons on Russia.
China has also understood that Washington has similar intentions toward China. As I reported several months ago, in response to Washington’s threat China called the world’s attention to China’s ability to destroy the US should Washington initiate such a conflict.
However, Washington believes that it can win a nuclear war with little or no damage to the US. This belief makes nuclear war likely. As Steven Starr makes clear, this belief is based in ignorance. Nuclear war has no winner. Even if US cities were saved from retaliation by ABMs, the radiation and nuclear winter effects of the weapons that hit Russia and China would destroy the US as well.
The media, conveniently concentrated into a few hands during the corrupt Clinton regime, is complicit by ignoring the issue. The governments of Washington’s vassal states in Western and Eastern Europe, Canada, Australia, and Japan are also complicit, because they accept Washington’s plan and provide the bases for implementing it. The demented Polish government has probably signed the death warrant for humanity. The US Congress is complicit, because no hearings are held about the executive branch’s plans for initiating nuclear war.
Washington has created a dangerous situation. As Russia and China are clearly threatened with a first strike, they might decide to strike first themselves. Why should Russia and China sit and await the inevitable while their adversary creates the ability to protect itself by developing its ABM shield? Once Washington completes the shield, Russia and China are certain to be attacked, unless they surrender in advance.
The 10 minute report below from Russia Today makes it clear that Washington’s secret plan for a first strike on Russia is not secret. The report also makes it clear that Washington is prepared to eliminate any European leaders who do not align with Washington.
Readers will ask me, “What can we do?” This is what you can do. You can shut down the Ministry of Propaganda by turning off Fox News, CNN, the BBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, by ceasing to read the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the LA Times. Simply exit the official media. Do not believe one word that the government says. Do not vote. Realize that evil is concentrated in Washington. In the 21st century Washington has destroyed in whole or part seven countries. Millions of peoples murdered, maimed, displaced, and Washington has shown no remorse whatsoever. Neither have the ‘christian’ churches. The devastation that Washington has inflicted is portrayed as a great success. Washington prevailed.
Washington is determined to prevail, and the evil that Washington represents is leading the world to destruction. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan Administration.
June 01, 2014 — Star Wars tested for Eastern Europe; US space weapons “unofficial declaration of war”; “soft assassinations” planned for last weekend’s EU election winners. Seek truth from facts with Gladio, NATO’s Dagger at the Heart of Europe author and former European MP Richard Cottrell; Stop NATO newslist’s Rick Rozoff; and Bruce Gagnon of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. Video. Rush Transcript:
RT: Secret clauses of NATO membership state, the US can and will depose Europe’s governments on the orders of the White House.
Giuseppe De Lutiis, is a NATO author: Even if the electorate were to show a different inclination, secret protocols guarantee alignment by any means.
RT: “By any means” means exactly that. Early NATO whistleblower Hans Otto exposed “kill lists” of leading European politicians that defied investigators’ belief, but were subsequently confirmed by police.
Officers found 15 pages of members of the German Communist Party to be assassinated and 80 pages on Germany’s Social Democrats, one of the two major parties in the country.
The documents state these assassinations would take place “in case of X”. X may refer, writes NATO scholar Dr. Daniele Ganser, to mass protests against a US-backed government, or an election victory of a genuinely left-wing party.
Instructions for such operations were kept at NATO military headquarters south of Brussels.
Der Spiegel reveals a quote “a strictly secured wing of the building. A grey, steel bank vault door prohibits trespassing to the unauthorized.” Papers on NATO operations in Europe are marked “American eyes only.”
When the EU Parliament officially demanded NATO stop these operations, which have become known by the codename Gladio, the US simply ignored it.
Richard Cottrell is a former Member of the European Parliament. NATO tried to ban his investigation Gladio, NATO’s Dagger at the Heart of Europe, which reports both so-called “soft assassinations”—smearing non-aligned EU politicians through mainstream media to make them unelectable—and real assassinations of politicians that still got elected.
Richard joins us, really great to see you, what’s going on?
Richard Cottrell, author of Gladio, NATO’s Dagger at the Heart of Europe: The United States is not prepared to tolerate governments which are unfavorable to the regime. Let’s give the example of Syriza in Greece at the moment, which has just won, come top of the list in the European elections. This is an example of a government which is not going to be tolerated by the United States of America.
RT: You write a prototype “soft assassination”, British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, whose “blasphemy in American eyes” was to “flirt with nuclear disarmament”.
Cottrell: Yes, it’s become a little bit more difficult to, shall we say, use violent means, than it was in the past. So now you’re going to see more of the Harold Wilson tactics. And they will now increase and I will tell you why—because this weekend the European elections were held. And this has resulted in a very large bloc of anti-Europeans, led by the “Penista”, the National Front of France, which has come out on top in the European elections. Nigel Farage, leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party in the UK, who has come from virtually nowhere to become the leader of the third largest party. This will not be allowed to happen, so there will have to be Harold Wilson-type moves now to remove those leaderships, and those parties in those various countries.
RT: NATO is attempting to supersede and actually replace the United Nations, reveals former Assistant General Hans Sponeck.
Its revised doctrine refuses the UN monopoly on the use of force, reports Global Research News. NATO now promotes itself as the military wing of the UN itself.
The doctrine reserves the right to intervene anywhere in the world where there’s “movements of large numbers of persons.” Its newly formed Partners Across The Globe program’s already incorporated Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Pakistan, and Iraq, and leads the occupation of Afghanistan.
With the expected addition of states like Colombia and El Salvador, NATO will be on all six inhabited continents.
Obama’s foreign policy guru, Zbigniew Brzezinski, calls people in countries under US control “vassals,” a medieval term for slaves.
American armed forces are now in over 150 countries. The unofficial figure, including clandestine US forces, is thought to be much higher.
The Pentagon recently formed the United States Africa Command. Since then, NATO’s dispatched the continent’s most developed nation to a “Hobbesian anarchy”, overthrew the Ivory Coast, and chopped Sudan’s oil-rich southern half into a new state, leaving just two and a half countries still outside its military grid.
Leading military analyst, editor of the newslist Stop NATO Rick Rozoff joins us, great to see you. What’ll happen to people when the last countries fall to US control?
Rick Rozoff, Stop NATO newslist: Global enslavement is the answer to that, and we see it manifested for example in ways that may not be immediately obvious, but after certain amount of analysis we can see for example votes that’ve come up in the United Nations General Assembly in the last year and a half, two years, particularly I’m thinking on the question of Syria. We see that the US through a number of factors—economic bribery, diplomatic blackmail, subversion but also through bilateral, multilateral military programs, has been able to secure the overwhelming compliance or servility of other nations. And that’s one of the reasons why there’s no diplomatic and political independence in nations, because they are beholden to the United States and, frankly speaking, they’re fearful of US economic and ultimately military retaliation should they not go along with the US diktat.
Barack Obama: So today, I state clearly, and with conviction, America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons. I’m not naive.
RT: Obama’s duplicity is perhaps historically unparalleled. As soon as he envisioned a planet without nuclear weapons, he mushroomed nuclear weapons spending to levels above the height of the Cold War.
He has expanded the infamous Bush Doctrine of a nuclear strike against any country, regardless of international law.
“Full spectrum dominance” is the official term used by his administration, meaning “control everything, everywhere on sea, land, air, space, and outer space.” US Space Command documents plan to even “deny other nations the use of space.”
The “one remaining power” with the capacity to stop what the Pentagon calls full spectrum dominance, writes intelligence analyst William Engdahl, is Russia.
By design or coincidence, the crisis in Ukraine provided the perfect excuse for US military control of the region.
Ten days ago the administration tested its Star Wars system for Eastern Europe, which will now be rolled out starting in Romania. Obama brands his system the “stronger, smarter and swifter” version of Ronald Reagan’s initial Star Wars program.
Under the plan, the US attacks Russia with nuclear weapons, while NATO missile defense in Eastern Europe mops up any attempted response.
NSNBC News writes “it is most likely and understandable” Russia interprets NATO’s Star Wars deployment on its border as an “unofficial declaration of war.”
Aerospace analysts told Global Research that US Space Command is planning a nuclear first strike on Russia, as well as one on China in 2016.
Bruce Gagnon of the Global Network Against Weapons in Space joins us, thank you very much for coming on, what do we know about the first strike plans?
Bruce Gagnon, This is in the planning process today: The US Space Command practicing engaging in a first strike attack and this is the key element here. These are first strike attack planning, these so-called missile defense systems are key elements in US first strike attack planning. The idea is to hit China or Russia first with a first strike, and then when they try to fire their nuclear retaliatory capability, it is then that the so-called missile “defense” systems would be used to pick off any retaliatory strike, so after a first strike sword is thrust into the heart of China or Russia, then the missile defense shield would be used to pick off any retaliation giving the US the a “successful” first strike attack.
It has nothing at all to do with defense, it has nothing to do with freedom or democracy, or any of those words that are used all the time to disguise the true intentions; it’s all about full spectrum dominance.
RT: Several decades ago the first Star Wars initiative faced intense public and industry debate.
Today the US is controlled by just six mainstream media, all totally suborned to the White House. The result is an Orwellian silence on perhaps the most dangerous issue today.
Europeans may decide they want their leaders chosen by NATO, or even that they support nuclear strikes on China and Russia.
Since the US-controlled mainstream’s never even informed the public these apocalyptic plans are on the agenda, the first people may hear of it, would be this. Seek truth from facts. This is The Truthseeker. Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: This is a picture of the image unto the beast of Imperial Rome, the United States, working to restore the Holy Roman Empire for Papal Rome (Revelation 13).
Russian Aggression [?] Prevention Act of 2014
May 26, 2014 — Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker certainly lives up to his name . . . Corker and fellow Republican Party senators have shepherded to full US Senate passage the Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014. The law, if enacted, would subject Russia to the same level of draconian sanctions currently employed by the United States against Iran, Syria, and Sudan. There is no doubt that such sanctions have one intention: US—style violent regime change as previously directed against Libya and Iraq . . .
The Corker bill would impose travel bans and asset freezes on Russian government and Russian corporation officials. Targets include . . . Several Russian firms are targeted in the legislation, including . . . Corporate targets include . . . The Republicans seem intent on punishing former officials of its NATO allies, including Germany and the Netherlands. For example, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder would be subject to a travel ban and asset freeze . . .
The involvement of Corker, McCain, and other Republican Party functionaries with one of Ukraine’s chief oligarchs who supported the Euro-Maidan coup in Kiev go a long way in explaining why Corker, McCain, Alexander, and other Neo-con GOP senators lined up to support the bill to punish Russian government and business . . .
The act would authorize President Obama to provide $100,000,000 in military equipment, including lethal equipment, to Ukraine, including . . . Alarmingly, the bill also calls for the halt in further nuclear arms reductions under the 2010 New START treaty . . . the bill would elevate Moldova, and Georgia to the status of ‘major non-NATO allies’ of the United States . . .
Corker’s bill, avidly supported by McCain and other neocons, appears to be as much a Corker-McCain «personal enrichment law» as it is a «Russian aggression prevention act». Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! The US will receive its well-earned Armageddon. NATO’s merry-go-round electronic surveillance in the Black Sea while NATO Expansionism Encircles Russia.
Edward Snowden: the Manchurian Candidate
Points of detail are important. Edward Snowden is not an NSA sub contractor. He worked for the ‘consultancy’ Booz Allen Hamilton which is a shop front for the CIA, not the NSA. First warning.
Second. None of the ‘secrets’ he revealed are even vaguely secret, since the information concerning NSA snooping on foreign powers was already in the public realm, many times over. The problem is that newspapers and journalists intoxicate themselves with spy stories and rarely bother to sift through all the parallel information. Takes too long.
Third. His hop, skip and jump activities were clearly well planned in advance. Who, exactly, set up the fake exit to Cuba story, which put a truckload of journalists on the wrong (teetotal) flight? Snowden? Pull the other one. He had that sort of power over Aeroflot . . . Full story: endthelie.com
Comment: Another CIA false flag.
FOX Four-Part 9/11 News Footage Israeli/Mossad Links (and Spying)
February 28, 2013 — This was aired then immediately banned and removed from the Fox archives right after 9/11, a lot have people still have never seen it and is a must for the first step in the process.
Full story: youtube.com unityofnobility.com
9/11 Conspiracy solved: Names, Connections, Details Exposed!
October 31, 2012 — Was 9/11 really an Inside Job? After reviewing this documentary, and checking the evidence, I think the answer will be clear to you.
http://www.alienscientist.com/911/911. . . Full story: youtube.com
Sex Abuse and International Secrecy imposed by the Vatican
June 5, 2014 — For 1500 years, the Catholic church handed sex abusing clergy over to civil authorities for punishment. That was normal Catholic practice. Then, in 1922 the then Pope Pius the XI created an international policy of absolute secrecy. Sex abuse became a ‘Secret of the Holy office’. Former NSW judge Kieran Tapsell has pointed this out in a new book, “Potiphar’s Wife: The Vatican’s Secret and Child Sexual Abuse.” The book exposes the ‘Pontifical Secret’ in Canon Law. It spells out why thousands of bishops across the world have not reported sex abusing clergy to police, and in an organized way, were specifically forbidden from reporting them to civil authorities. This has been an official but secret policy, directly from the Vatican.
Full story: Listen MP3 Comment: Proverbs 28:13!
4.2 magnitude Earthquake jolts West LA
June 2, 2014 — An earth tremor that took place in a densely populated area west of Los Angeles on Sunday evening set on alert the seaside from Malibu down to the Manhattan Beach. There have been no immediate reports about damage or people injured.
Initially, the US Geological Survey (USGS) measured the quake’s magnitude at 3.8, but later revised the magnitude to 4.2. The earthquake that took place at 7:36am PDT originated from the Santa Monica Mountains, some 4 miles (6.4km) northwest of Westwood, was reported to be shallow, yet caused two aftershocks.
Full story: rt.com/usa
June 1, 2014 — Human chemical emissions are now moving relentlessly round the Earth in water, air, soil, wildlife, fish, food, trade, in people and in our genes. Researchers are finding toxic man-made substances from the stratosphere to the deep oceans; from the peak of Mt. Everest (where the fresh snow is too polluted to drink) to remote Pacific atolls; from the Arctic to the Antarctic.
Toxic chemicals are routinely found by researchers in birds, fish, whales, squid and other life-forms which have never had contact with humans, as well throughout the global food chain. Tests reveal that the average citizen is a walking contaminated site.
The US Centers for Disease Control do regular surveys, which find certain industrial ‘chemicals of concern’ in the blood of the vast majority of Americans. The US Environmental Working Group, in independent tests found 414 industrial toxins in 186 people ranging in age from newborns to grandparents. It found 212 chemicals, including dioxins, flame retardants and known carcinogens in the blood of new-born babies, who were contaminated while still in the womb. These tests raised such concern among medical scientists that they are now testing three quarters of a million infants in seven countries around the world to understand the chemical burden we now all carry—and its effects on our future health and wellbeing. Mother’s milk is contaminated with pesticides and industrial chemicals in America, in fifteen European countries and in China. And this is probably the case in every country in the world which bothers to look.
Australian research finds that even when dead and buried, we release our toxins back into groundwater. Indeed groundwater beneath many of the world’s big cities is now so polluted from this and from industrial sources as to be undrinkable. UNEP says about 5 million people die and 86 million are disabled yearly by chemicals directly, making it one of the world’s leading causes of death—yet this does not include millions more cases where chemicals are implicated in cancers, heart disease, obesity and mental disorders. A particular concern is how chemicals—intentional and unintentional—interact with the thousands of other compounds in our environment and daily intake to form billions of potentially toxic mixtures.
The eminent Harvard medical professor Philippe Grandjean, in an article in The Lancet, called on all countries to ‘transform their chemical-risk assessment procedures in order to protect children from everyday toxins that may be causing a global ‘silent epidemic’ of brain development disorders’. Medical research is reporting unexplained increases in once-rare conditions whose modern upsurge scientists are now increasingly linking, in part, to humanity’s continual multiple chemical exposure. Disturbingly the effects of this contamination are now being found in the genes of parents and their offspring across several generations . . . Full story: abc.net.au
Hitler speaks on the Plight of the Palestinians
December 30, 2012 — Adolf Hitler responds to Roosevelt and mocks him, speaking on the plight of the Palestinian people, and of the hypocrisy of the USA and British in 1939 (with English sub-titles). Full story: youtube.com
Comment: Australia’s Attorney-General George Brandis sparked a debate over his declaration that the Government will no longer use the term “occupied territory” when referring to Israeli settlements . . . Full story: abc.net.au
the Death of Nazi Germany, 1944–1947
December 10, 2011 — It is disturbing to learn that, even after more than sixty years of the crimes committed by the Allies against the German people, many Anglo-Saxon nationalists are still clueless about what really happened right after the Second World War. After reading Thomas Goodrich’s breathtaking and physically nauseating analytical narrative of the burnt offering—Holocaust—of Germany I now know what hell looks like and how its inhabitants live and behave. Relentless, reckless, and senseless hate of a magnitude so profound, so immense, that I am still unable to understand it. And then the irony of it all: that former inhabitants of Europe—Europeans—were responsible for inculcating hell in their own Heimat (homeland).
Who but the Devil itself could make a family turn on itself, causing it to tear itself apart in such a murderous, inhuman fashion that the victims are left unrecognizable after all the torture, abuse, burning, systematic rape, and beatings subsides? Who or what could inspire such madness? Thomas Goodrich answers this question silently, subtly, but matter-of-factly—the Jews in Communist Russia (the former USSR) and Capitalist America and Britain. . .
Full story: chechar.wordpress.com Audio interview with author
Comment: “History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind” wrote Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) in “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.” Rome is rising now for the last time to establish a brief one world government.
Irish Children dumped in Septic Tank Mass Grave at Catholic Home
June 5, 2014 — Death records suggest 796 children, from newborns to eight-year-olds, were dumped in a septic tank near a Catholic-run home for unmarried mothers, turning it into in a mass grave. The deaths occurred during the 35 years the home operated from 1925 to 1961. The septic tank, full to the brim with bones, was discovered in 1975 by locals when concrete slabs covering the tank broke up. Until now, locals believed the bones mainly stemmed from the Great Irish famine of the 1840s . . .
Health issues and problems associated with the homes have long been documented. As far back as 1944, a government inspection report of the Tuam home described some of the children as “fragile, pot-bellied and emaciated”. The recently discovered death records for St Mary’s show that 796 children died from malnutrition and infectious diseases, such as measles and TB. Conservative Catholic teaching at the time denied children of unmarried parents baptism and therefore burial in consecrated land. . . Full story: abc.net.au
The City of God
The angel in Revelation 1:1 whom Jesus “sent to signify things which must shortly come to pass” was William Branham (1909-1965). We know this because these mysteries were sealed from the foundation of the world and Ezekiel, Daniel and John who saw the visions at different stages of their development but were forbidden to record what “the voices of the Seven Thunders uttered” and told to “shut up the Words, and seal the Book to the time of the end” . . . “But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when He shall begin to sound [his end-time Message], the mystery of God should be finished” (Daniel 12:4, 9; Revelation 10:4). Brother Branham the prophet of Malachi 4:5-6 and Matthew 17:11 was the angel to the Seventh or Laodicean Church Age (1906-1963) with whom John communicated through a series of visions from AD95 to 96 during his confinement on the Island of Patmos “for the Word of God and for the testimony of Jesus” (Revelation 1:9).
Brother Branham was the angel with the Seventh Vial who spoke with John, saying, “I will show you the judgment of the great whore that sits upon many waters: with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” The “great whore” is the Roman Catholic church and “many waters” refers to “earth’s inhabitants who have become inebriated with the wine of her fornication [and seduced by her dogmas and false claims].” Jesus condemned the Judaeo-Roman church for “the doctrine of Balaam [and] the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.” Balaamism is the substitution of man-made reasoning for the revealed Word of God, and Nicolaitanism is humanizing the leadership of the church by placing a clerical hierarchy between God and mankind (Revelation 17:1-2; 2:14-15). The true Church is built upon THUS SAITH THE LORD of the doctrine of the apostles and prophets and Christians are to be faithful virgins to their espoused Husband Christ the Word. If seduced into illicit relationships with church creeds and rituals they are in spiritual fornication against Christ which is idolatry.
Peter’s revelation from the Father is not the sole apostolic rock on which Christ is building His Church (Matthew 16:13-19). Christ the revealed Word is the true foundation (I Corinthians 3:11) and the twelve apostles are foundations only in regard to their apostolic testimony of “the common faith” concerning Him (Titus 1:4). Joshua, the type of Jesus, selected twelve men out of the people to carry twelve stones over the Jordan for public witness, as Jesus chose twelve apostles to be the twelve foundations of the heavenly city, of which He is Himself the Chief corner-stone from whom the whole Body is measured (Ephesians 4:15-16).
Daniel 2 and Zechariah 6 instruct us that from the Captivity of the Judeans to the consummation of life Judah will be ruled by four Gentile world empires, namely Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome. Imperial Rome began its transformation into Papal Rome at the Hegelian dialectic of the First Nicaea Council in AD325 when the Roman Universal church organized on the rump of the apostate First Church of Rome. The admonitions of the few Christians who travelled to Nicaea in hopes of persuading the followers of the Unitarian heresy of Arius and the Trinitarian or polytheistic heresy of Athanansius to repent and return to the Word went unheeded and they departed before the Council met. The meetings were conducted under the presidency of pagan Emperor Constantine whose objective was political, but guided by apostate non-Semitic, anti-Semitic self-styled Jews whose objective was to paganize Christ’s teachings as they had paganized the teachings of Moses by conflating them with Babylonian doctrine now codified in the Talmud that “makes the commandments of God of none effect” (Matthew 15:1-9). Rome’s pagan religion which was also Babylonian has been conflated with the Gospel to destroy the church. Paul spoke of the Judaizers in Galatians 2:14 and Colossians 2, and John prophesied the history and ultimate destiny of the false church and its followers in Revelation 2:6-15, 20-24 and 3:9, 17-20.
Brother Branham, the angel who will shortly pour out the plague of the Seventh Vial prophesied that this will cause Los Angeles and a 1,500 x 300 – 400 mile segment of earth’s crust to sink beneath the Pacific, mark the end of the Gentile dispensation (Revelation 16:17-18), and initiate Lucifer’s totalitarian one world government (Revelation 17; 18). Revelation 13, 17, and Daniel 9:27 explain how in covenant with the Jewish banksters of the City of London, Europe’s Black Nobility with they have intermarried, the military support of the United States which is the image of the beast of Imperial Rome, and the apostate (once) Protestant churches which are the image to the beast of Papal Rome, the Judaeo-Roman Catholic church will take global hegemony.
This will be the one world government Jesus refused in Matthew 4:8-10 when it was offered to Him. Revelation 17 portrays the great whore seated upon or controlling a revived Holy Roman Empire, the beast we call NATO. In Revelation 18 the angel whose Message has been calling the wise and foolish virgin out from Rome and her harlot daughter churches since the 1930s (Matthew 25:6) shows John, who represents Christ’s end-time Bride, the nuclear destruction of Vatican city State in verses 1-20. Rome’s judgment will be preceded by the sinking of Los Angeles and the filth of Jewry’s Hollywood as signified in verses 21-24.
Today we will study Revelation 21:9 – 22:5 which features Brother Branham’s ministry that “finished the mystery of God.” These verses centered on New Jerusalem expound the vision John saw in verses 1-8. This is the antithesis of Matthew 4:8-10: “Again, the Devil took Jesus up to a very high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory; and he said to Him, All these things will I give You, if You fall down and worship me. Then Jesus said to him, Begone, Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only”.
Satan had shown Jesus the coming one world order of sickness, death, corruption, homosexuality, miscegenation, hatred, infidelity and warfare wherein “men are lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness but denying the power of revelation . . .” (II Timothy 3:2-5).
Revelation 21:9–21, “And there came one of the seven angels that had the Seven Vials that were full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come, I will show you the Bride, the Wife of the Lamb. And he carried me away in Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God: her luster resembled a most precious stone, a jasper as clear as crystal; having a great, high wall with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and inscribed on the gates were the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel: on the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them the twelve names of the apostles of the Lamb. And he that spoke with me had a golden measuring rod to measure the city and her gates and walls. And the city is four-cornered, and her length is the same as her breadth. And with the reed he measured the city twelve thousand stadia. The length and the breadth and the height are equal. And he measured her wall, a hundred and forty four cubits by a man’s measure, which is that of an angel. Her wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, clear as glass. The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth emerald; the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprasus; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of one pearl: and the broad-way of the city was pure gold, as translucent as glass.”
In the antithesis Brother Branham took John, who represents YOU as Christ’s end-time Bride, in the Spirit of revelation “to a great and high mountain,” to gaze into the region of perfection at the appearance of God’s new creation, the glorified world of eternal being, that have replaced “the former earth and heaven which fled away and there was no place found for them” (Revelation 20:11). The former heaven and earth of temporal becoming cannot co-exist with the renewed heaven and earth of eternal “being”.
In the parenthesis of 17:1 – 18:24 and here in 21:9, Brother Branham, the angel with the Seventh Vial (Revelation 16:17) transports you in the Spirit of Revelation to the summit of Mount Zion (Isaiah 65:25) 1,299 miles above earth’s plain to “show you [the blessedness of] the Bride, the Wife of the Lamb” who ministers to her Husband continually in the holy city where there will be no night (Revelation 7:15) in contrast to the “great whore that committed fornication with the kings and inhabitants of the earth.” God has “made all things new”—heaven has descended to earth and earth has become heaven—radiant in the heavenly glory of the Throne of God, now visible beneath the Shekinah which diffuses its radiance throughout New Jerusalem where it is omnipresent in witness to its holiness (Isaiah 4:5; 40:5; Revelation 22:3-4).
The holy Jerusalem has “the glory of God [Himself, not merely the overshadowing Shekinah] and her luster resembles a most precious stone, a jasper as clear as crystal.” The glory of God is Jesus Christ and the glory of Christ is His wife (I Corinthians 11:7; Hebrews 1:3; Revelation 21:23). Jasper, probably the green jasper (Exodus 28:20) the birthstone of Israel’s firstborn Reuben, represents watery crystalline brightness and was the last of the gems in the high priest’s breastplate but the first of New Jerusalem’s foundations (Revelation 21:11). And Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last (Revelation 4:3).
The “great, high wall inscribed with the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb (Ephesians 2:20-22) with its twelve gates inscribed with the names of the twelve sons of Israel” signifies Israel’s 144,000 elect—“them that worship in the temple of God” (Revelation 11:1). It defends the holiness of the City of God, excluding anything common and all those not “written in the Book of Life of the Lamb” as the tribes camped about the Ark in the wilderness journey kept the way to the Presence. So the cherubim guarded the way to the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden, and the four Gospels precisely described the way to new birth by faith in Jesus Christ (Genesis 3:24; Numbers 2; Revelation 4:6; 21:27). These twenty-four elders at the gates receive tithes from the kings of the earth on the increase of the nations of the “saved” without the city (Matthew 19:28; Revelation 21:24-26), so tithing is eternal. Note that although we will all have the same eternal Life we will not share equal rank. Some will be kings and queens, leaders and administrators; men and women will have different skills and abilities just we do today (Matthew 19:27-30). The Bride reigning with Jesus will exercise authority over the nations (II Timothy 2:12; Revelation 2:26); the “friends of the Bridegroom” or Old Testament saints, and the 144,000 elect Israelites who are servants to the end-time Bride, will also dwell within the City. The non-elect Israelite martyrs saved under the Fifth Seal, foolish virgins and other classes of the “saved” will live in the kingdom of their nations and serve New Jerusalem from without (Revelation 6:9-11).
In verses 15-16 the angel Brother Branham measures the city and its gates and wall. Using a golden reed he measures the city in our sight; his precise dimensions describe it as a pyramid whose sides represent four equilateral triangles with four corners at spaced at 1,500 miles on the ground plan so that its perpendicular height is 1,299 miles. Gold like God’s Word changes not; other metals are in a constant state of oxidation and require the attention of human hands (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8). Like the covering of the Ark of the Covenant in the Most Holy Place (Exodus 37:6) the city is gold of such purity it glitters like crystal. The gold of God is a Christ-like character produced in the fiery furnace of affliction (I Peter 1:7). Gold signifies deity; the entire City of God is the most Holy Place where He dwells in the flesh of His glorified Family.
Next he measures her wall who’s structure is of jasper, a hundred and forty four cubits based upon the length of his forearm from the tip of the middle finger, roughly 17½ inches (in Israel). The foundation stones of the city wall are adorned with every kind of precious stone worn on the breastplate of Israel’s high priest, for the whole city is founded on the breast plate of Israel’s real High Priest, Jesus Christ (Isaiah 54:11-12; Revelation 21:19-20). These birthstones of the Patriarchs signified the idiosyncrasies and charismatic aptitudes of the twelve Tribes of Israel as expressed by Jacob’s prophetic blessing of his sons in Genesis 49. As these precious stones constituted a symbol of a personal life consecrated to God, so one pearl of great price was made a symbol of divine wisdom concentrated in the knowledge or righteousness of faith, whose value surpasses that of all single pearls (Matthew 13:45-46; Job 28:18). So in contemplating the one glory of Christ, the elect all come forth in their glory—His treasure, the harvest of God, the triumphal spoils of Christ. The purpose of gates is to provide security of life, limb and property, particularly at night-time; here, at last, in the consummation under “the King of Righteousness, who is the King of Salem, which is King of Peace” the superb repose of heaven prevails, secured by the Light of eternal day, and the gates of the City of God are never shut. Only those with “the wisdom that is from Above” may enter the gates wherein the streets and lanes are pure gold, the epitome of sanctification and purity, eternally clear and bright as a mirror.
The City of God is the heavenly Jerusalem come down to earth as the holy City by whose Light the “saved” non-elect of all nations shall live.
Revelation 21:22-27, “And I . . . [insert your name] . . . saw no temple therein: for the All-Ruler and the Lamb is her Temple. And the City has no need of sun or moon to shine for her: for God’s glory illumines her and the Lamb is her Light. And the nations shall walk by her Light: and the kings of the earth bring their glory into her. And her gates shall never be shut by day: and there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and the honour of the nations into her. But nothing common or anyone practicing abomination or falsehood shall enter into her, only those who are written in the Book of Life of the Lamb.”
The temple (Gk.) ‘naos’ refers to the sanctuary consisting of the Holy of Holies and Holy Place of Jerusalem’s temple. The Holy of Holies was then the Most Holy Place of the Ark where God dwelt invisible and concealed and the Shekinah was seen on the Day of Atonement by Israel’s high priest alone manifest between the two cherubim overshadowing the Ark of the Covenant. When the invisible God was made visible as Israel’s Messiah the nation could not see Him for looking but crucified Him as the “Unknown God” and the veil of the Holy of Holies rent from top to bottom revealing a bare rock shown here in es Sakhra, the Dome of the Rock, and so Israel is blind to this day. In the New Jerusalem God will “have preeminence in everything and everyone” visibly manifest in His glorified Family overshadowed and illuminated by the Shekinah. In Him we will dwell, the perfect manifestation of God outshining the sun and the moon with the Lamb as our Light (Isaiah 60:19). He is the Sun of Righteousness (Songs 6:10; Isaiah 60:1; Malachi 4:2; Matthew 17:2; Revelation 1:16; 2:28; 10:1; 12:1; 18:1; 21:10-11; 22:16). As the Bible is an eternal Book I expect the Lamb will unfold its secrets to us throughout eternity.
Isaiah 49 speaks of Jesus Messiah as the true Israel and true Light to the Gentiles or non-Israelite nations of Adam’s race. What a beautiful prophecy, I encourage you to read the whole chapter. God prophesies that Zion personified will be put away and desolate upon Israel’s murder of Messiah and say in her heart, “Who has begotten me these children, seeing I have lost my children [who died spiritually by their rejection of their Messiah and KINSMAN Redeemer in unbelief], and am desolate” (Isaiah 54:1)?
To Zion He says, “Thus says the Lord God, I will swear an oath to the Gentiles, and raise My signal to the peoples: and they will bring your sons in their arms, and your daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. And kings shall be your nursing fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers: they shall bow down to you with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of your feet; and You will know that I am the Lord: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for Me”.
Be sure to read the whole chapter. Zion’s true children are us Christians, “the daughters of Zion”; elect Israelites are “the children of Jerusalem.” This is not merely a prophecy of the Church, the Wife of Christ, it speaks also of the “saved” non-elect that will live in the nations around the earth, whose kings will nourish and provide for New Jerusalem upon the great pyramidal mountain of Zion by the tithe of their glory and honour (Revelation 21:24-27).
Isaiah 60 also prophesies of this time, “Your [pearly] gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day or night [for the daytime in and around New Jerusalem is permanent]; that men may bring to you the wealth of the nations as their kings are led in procession”.
If you read this chapter you will see the non-Semitic, anti-Semitic rabbis have seduced Jewry; few are of the blood of Abraham, Isaac and Israel or even Semitic. Their man-made interpretation from “the tradition of the elders” has “made the commandment of God of none effect” (Matthew 15:1-9). The late Chief Sephardi rabbi Ovadia Yosef said, “Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world; only to serve the People of Israel. Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat. With Gentiles, it will be like any person: they need to die, but God will give them longevity. Why? Imagine that one’s donkey would die, they’d lose their money. This is his servant. That’s why he gets a long life, to work well for this Jew” (jta.org).
He did not realize what he was saying as he was himself blinded by the Talmud and rightly saw his heaven as the material here and now whereas Isaiah foretold the conversion of the Gentiles as God’s children and the nation of Israelites of the blood of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, having refused the proposal of marriage and the wedding invitation continuing as His servant nation. Revelation 21:12-21 portrays the twelve Tribes as the wall surrounding the City. The rabbi did not see the renewed heavens and renewed earth and the heavenly Jerusalem descending to earth as a Bride adorned for her Husband. He saw only Jerusalem that now is, “spiritual Sodom and Egypt” and will be destroyed with the atomic fire (Revelation 11:8; Malachi 4:1-3).
The New Jerusalem has attained to an eternal power of purity surrounded by sanctified nations living in glorified nature. Still, the twenty-four elders and their assistants in the gates will assess the quality of the produce and workmanship of goods presented by the kings of the earth to maintain the holiness of the City and the sanctity of the nations that there be no compromising the high and holy reality by a lapse in consecration to the spirit while adhering to the letter.
The City of God in the new universal paradise of glorified nature; paradise regained, glorified, universal, and eternal governed by the eternal pyramidal City of Gold.
Revelation 22:1-5, “And Brother Branham showed . . . [insert your name here] . . . the river of the water of Life, bright as crystal, flowing forth from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of her broad-way and on either side of the river the tree of Life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month: and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. There shall no more be anything cursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in her; and His servants shall worship Him (Revelation 7:15); they shall see His face, and His Name shall be on their foreheads. And night shall be no more; they shall need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their Light, and they shall reign forever and ever”.
The waters that flowed from the millennial temple represented full Gospel grace for one day of a thousand years. As these waters of New Jerusalem represent Gospel glory perfected; this pristine water of Life that proceeds from the throne of God and of the Lamb is topographically and eternally permanent. It will flow through the midst of the broad-way of the City, watering the trees of Life on either side which will change their fruit every thirty days. I believe these represent the Old Testament and New Testament saints, the twenty-four elders and twenty-four courses of worship (Ezekiel 47:12; Daniel 12:5-7).
Brother Branham explained, “The kings of the earth shall come into it and bring their honor . . . “And the leaves are for the healing of the nations.” When the kings are living in peace out there, when they go out, they’ll pick
a tree, a leaf off like that (like the dove come back, that the wrath of God had been settled, and brought the holly [olive] leaf into the ark), so when the king leaves after bringing his glory into the City, he will hold a leaf to his neighbour king, and, “We’re in peace forevermore.” Amen. Healing of the nations. “It’s all settled. One time we fought for one another’s blood, brother, and we’ve cherished, and hollered, and shot, and burnt children and everything, but now there is peace. The healing, not disease healing; it’s all done: healing of the nations. Amen (The Future Home of the Heavenly Bridegroom and the Earthly Bride, p. 48:400).
This is typed by the Lord’s Supper or communion by which we attest we are at one with the Spirit and Word of the Lord as written epistles of the Word for the hour in accord with out invisible marriage union with Christ. Both the Lord’s Supper and this future institution were typed by Israel’s Peace Offering (Leviticus 3) of thanksgiving or praise to God for redemption and communion Him and the Brethren through the atonement of our KINSMAN Redeemer, based on the burnt offering (Leviticus 3:5) or sweet savour of Calvary, and our ministry of reconciliation in His stead (II Corinthians 5:16-21). Again all partake the common elements or symbols (I Corinthians 10:15-20) in a communion sacrifice from which thanksgiving and praise naturally flow (Leviticus 7:12). In the new creation it will be observed by the kings of the earth in behalf of themselves and their redeemed subjects gratuitously granted into eternal Life at the White Throne Judgment by the glorified saints who with Christ are God manifest as New Jerusalem. And throughout eternity the “saved” will worship God living in His glorified Family, New Jerusalem, the City of God.
Revelation 22:3, “There shall no more curse [(Gk.) 'cherem'] but the throne of God and of the Lamb [who redeemed us from the curse of the Law, (Galatians 3:10, 13)] will be in New Jerusalem; and His servants shall worship Him.” This is not a further reference to Revelation 21:27 and the fact that nothing banned or cursed has existence in the City, but reminds us that nature is glorified and there is therefore no ban as under the dietary Law of Moses. The Lord visited Peter in a vision and instructed him that everything is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer with thanksgiving (Acts 10:9-16; 15:29; Ephesians 5:20; Colossians 3:17). In the renewed heaven and earth Jesus will not be on His Father’s Throne, He will be on His Throne and the whole creation will be holy.
Brother Branham said, “In this new earth the skies will never be black again. No, that’s from the curse (See?), never will be black again with angry clouds. Winds will never blow across her again like that. No, she’ll never tear up the trees and tear up the houses and turn over the things. Lightning and the wrath will never belch from Satan across there and kill a man walking down the road or burn up a building. See? No, no more. There’ll be no more typhoons sweep down or storms and tornadoes and tear up houses and kill little children and things. . .”
“Heavens and earth have met. God and man is reconciled. A restored Eden has begun. See? All the curse is gone, just like all the curse of sin is gone when the Holy Ghost accepts you. See, you don’t accept it; it accepts you, ’cause it’s God’s attribute. See, if it’s the Holy Ghost, means God’s Spirit, and it’s the attribute, the thought of God has accepted you, because that you were ordained for that purpose” (ibid, p. 34:272-275).
Although Zechariah 14:10-11 is set in the millennium he provides a glimpse of the renewed heaven and renewed earth says, where “there shall be no more utter destruction [cherem]; but [New] Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited”.
As kings and priests we will be before the Throne of God in the temple which is His glorified Family and “we shall see Him as He is,” for the Word was made flesh in Jesus and the flesh will have been made Word in us (I John 1:1-3); His Name shall be in our foreheads as the plate on the crown of the Israelite high priest was engraved “HOLINESS TO THE LORD” for His mind will be in us (Exodus 28:36; 39:30; I Corinthians 2:16; Revelation 3:12). The Name is in the Word because He is the Word. And the Word interpreted is the manifestation of the Name of God. “And it shall come to pass, that [in His holy mountain] before we call, He will answer; and while we are yet speaking, He will hear” (Isaiah 65:24).
In and around New Jerusalem “they shall need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their Light, and they shall reign forever and ever” because in God we are in eternity of one endless day of heavenly Light, and Christ has in reality freed even time from the curse of temporality, and made it the rhythmic succession of the fullness of eternity, the development-form of eternal Life. In the millennium the saints were glorified whereas in the new heavens and new earth nature is also glorified. nl839.htm
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