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The Original Language of the New Testament

August 26, 2013

The Original Language of the New Testament


Bible Believers’ Newsletter 799

“We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . .”
ISSN 1442-8660

Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; we are pleased you could join us in fellowship around God’s unchanging Word.

Please welcome Brother Lynnford Beachy, contributing author of this week’s main article, “The Original Language of the New Testament.” Brother Lynnford is Editor of a free newsletter entitled, “Present Truth,” a Bible study paper published monthly since 1998 that is designed to share the Good News of God’s love to the world. He was delivered by the Lord Jesus from a life of drugs and alcohol in 1991 and has been involved in evangelism and authoring Bible studies since 1993.

Brother Beachy has done considerable research on the Aramaic New Testament, and discovered that the Pashita was translated from Greek. This agrees with contributor Pastor V. S. Herrell who published the Anointed Standard Translation: “It is a fact of scholarship that all of the quotations made by Jesus and His ambassadors [i.e. apostles] were taken from the [Greek] Septuagint”.

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.

Your brother-in-Christ, Anthony Grigor-Scott


Evidence indicates the Syrian Government did not launch a Chemical Weapon Attack against its People

We’ve got serious problems brewing in Syria with a British firm called Britam alleged to be involved in the recent chemical attack in Syria close to Damascus. This is being looked into to ensure this isn’t a set up of Britam and a false accusation (youtube.com).

chemical massacre of Syrian children by US-backed invadersThis hacked email coincided with Obama and Netanyahu declaring they would act on Syria. This email was allegedly obtained by a hacker who hacked into Britam based out of Malaysia. One of the e-mails contains a discussion between Britam’s Business Development Director David Goulding and Philip Doughty, company founder. In the exchange, it’s revealed that there is a plan to unleash chemical weapons in Syria in order to blame it on the Bashar Al Assad regime to justify a direct intervention by US and NATO forces in the country’s civil war. The plan, thought up by the government of Qatar according to the e-mail, is “approved by Washington.” [It appears the US-funded and armed invaders have gathered and gassed the unsuspecting children].

Phil We’ve got a new offer. It’s about Syria again. Qataris propose an attractive deal and swear that the idea is approved by Washington. We’ll have to deliver a CW to Homs, a Soviet origin g-shell from Libya similar to those that Assad should have. They want us to deploy our Ukrainian personnel that should speak Russian and make a video record. Frankly, I don’t think it’s a good idea but the sums proposed are enormous. Your opinion?

Iran has been blamed for the hack into Britam but am cautious on this accusation. The timing here is too critical. The alleged hacked documents look authentic from Britam as linked to the Cyber War News site.

Britam needs to be flushed out on this one if they were involved in this. The ambulances were moved into Syria awhile back. I remember seeing a news article on the purchase of the ambulances allegedly for the “rebels” fighting in Syria. I can’t locate the url link to confirm this. Halliburton is involved discovered through this hack connected to Britam. Halliburton remember, moved to Dubai. Halliburton is pushing to have the “red line” crossed on Syria.

It means that if this is true, then the Iranians aren’t responsible to frame the west because the email originated from Britam’s IP range. Don’t confuse the IP range with the location of the server.

August 25, 2013 — Interview with Gordon Duff, Senior Editor of Veterans Today: The UN investigation has been entirely compromised. The facility that produced the weapon was in Georgia which has already turned the evidence over to the US. This is an act of desperation driven by the Israel lobby in the United States. Full story: presstv.ir

Doctors Without Borders is fully funded by the very same corporate financier interests behind Wall Street and London’s collective foreign policy, including regime change in Syria and neighboring Iran. Doctors Without Borders’ own annual report (2010 report can be accessed here), includes as financial donors, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, Google, Microsoft, Bloomberg, Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital, and a myriad of other corporate-financier interests. Likewise Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International which spent their legitimacy attempting to create a pretext for Western military intervention in Libya. “Doctors” behind Syrian chemical weapons claims are
aiding the terrorists.

August 24, 2013 — CBS News reports that the US is finalizing plans for war against Syria—and positioning ships to launch cruise missiles against the Syrian government—based on the claim that it used chemical weapons against its people. The last time the US blamed the Syrian government for a chemical weapons attack, that claim was debunked. . . .

[ALL experts and News sources on the ground indicate this is ANOTHER false flag, very likely set up by the US or Israel]. . . Last time there was a chemical weapon attack in Syria, Bush administration office Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson said that he thought Israel might have given chemical weapons to the Syrian rebels to frame the government. British MP George Galloway just floated the same theory in regards to the new chemical weapon attack.

Of course, we don’t know who carried out the attack, or what weapon was used. But given the well-documented fact that the US has been planning regime change in Syria for 20 years straight—and planned to use false ploys for 50 years—it is worth being skeptical until all of the evidence is in. . .
Full story: globalresearch.ca worldtribune.com

June 15, 2013 — In an interview with the French TV station LCP, former French minister for Foreign Affairs Roland Dumas said: “I’m going to tell you something. I was in England two years before the violence in Syria on other business. I met with top British officials, who confessed to me that they were preparing something in Syria. This was in Britain not in America. Britain was organizing an invasion of rebels into Syria. They even asked me, although I was no longer minister for foreign affairs, if I would like to participate . . .

Israel’s support for Al Qaeda militants in Syria has even been admitted by the mainstream press. For example, Germany’s Die Welt newspaper published a report on June 12th on Israel’s medical treatment of the Al Qaeda fighters.

Israel planned this war of annihilation years ago in accordance with the Yinon Plan, which advocates balkanization of all states that pose a threat to Israel. The Zionist entity is using Britain and France to goad the reluctant Obama administration into sending more American troops to their death in Syria on behalf of Tel Aviv. . .
Full story: globalresearch.ca

Comment: The City of London is manipulating Australia, through its agent [Prime Minister] Kevin Rudd, longtime intelligence operative closely tied into MI6, so that Australia’s position as incoming president of the UN
Security Council is used to escalate, rather than resolve, the conflict in Syria.

The Anglo-Americans are targeting Syria as a proxy for their strategic targeting of Russia and China, including with nuclear weapons, which has created dangerous preconditions for another world war. They have cynically manipulated the so-called Arab Spring to turn virtually the entire Middle East into a theatre of war, prompting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to comment last September that he hoped the Arab Spring didn’t turn into a “nuclear winter.” The Anglo-Americans have even betrayed the American, British and Australian soldiers who have fought and died in Afghanistan fighting the al-Qaeda terrorist network [to enable Rothschild to run oil and gas pipelines from the Caspian], by unleashing the very same [CIA] al-Qaeda jihadists to target the regimes in Libya, then Syria and now the transitional government in Egypt, all funded by Britain’s [Jewish-ruled] terrorist-sponsoring client-state Saudi Arabia.

Cast your mind back to August 2008 and the perfidy of Israeli and US involvement in Georgia’s attack on the innocent Russian people of Ossetia. See here.


Christian Zionism, the Tragedy and the Turning

February, 2013 — American’s economy is war-based and those who plan it depend upon Christians for the support of those wars. Christian Zionists by whatever name are the primary enablers of those wars, of the sanctions against other states, and of the occasional occupation of Muslim states and acts of war against other countries. Why do ‘Christians’ support war when Jesus demanded peace? Because they have been conditioned to think Islam is anathema to them. Celebrity Christian Zionists allow themselves to be used as propagandists against Islam in governments including Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Somalia, Bosnia, Iran, Sudan, and more. . .

Tragedy and Turning also explains how the meanings of Bible text were manufactured and distorted in the footnotes of the [false and misleading] Scofield Reference Bible and bibles that have followed it. These distortions have been used to support the preposterous claim that today’s political “Israel” owns the land where Abraham is believed to have lived 3000 years ago. . . Full story: vimeo.com

Comment: Now you know why Brother Branham said, “This America is the prostitute of the nations. That’s exactly what she is, and she’s going to be worse than ever now. She’s coming to her end. The Bible speaks of her doom, tells how she’s going to be: America: lowdown, rotten, filthy, no good. That’s exactly right. She’s been a great nation. She’s carried the Gospel Message. What makes her the way she is? Because she’s turned down the Gospel message and rejected the truth. She’s horrible. She’s got it coming; don’t worry. I seen it in the vision as THUS SAITH THE LORD. It’s coming. She’s going to pay for her sins” (Revelation Chapter 4, Part III, p. 661:87).


Larry Summers and the Secret ‘End-Game’ Memo

August 22, 2013 — The Treasury official playing the bankers’ secret End Game was Larry Summers. Today, Summers is Barack Obama’s leading choice for Chairman of the US Federal Reserve, the world’s central bank. If the confidential memo is authentic, then Summers shouldn’t be serving on the Fed, he should be serving hard time in some dungeon reserved for the criminally insane of the finance world.

The memo is authentic.

To get that confirmation, I would have to fly to Geneva and wangle a meeting with the Secretary General of the World Trade Organization, Pascal Lamy. I did. Lamy, the Generalissimo of Globalization, told me, “The WTO was not created as some dark cabal of multinationals secretly cooking plots against the people . . . We don’t have cigar-smoking, rich, crazy bankers negotiating.”

Then I showed him the memo. It begins with Summers’ flunky, Timothy Geithner, reminding his boss to call the then most powerful CEOs on the planet and get them to order their lobbyist armies to march: “As we enter the end-game of the WTO financial services negotiations, I believe it would be a good idea for you to touch base with the CEOs . . .” To avoid Summers having to call his office to get the phone numbers (which, under US law, would have to appear on public logs), Geithner listed their private lines. And here they are . . .

The year was 1997. US Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin was pushing hard to de-regulate banks. That required, first, repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act to dismantle the barrier between commercial banks and investment banks. It was like replacing bank vaults with roulette wheels.

Second, the banks wanted the right to play a new high-risk game: “derivatives trading.” JP Morgan alone would soon carry $88 trillion of these pseudo-securities on its books as “assets.”

Deputy Treasury Secretary Summers (soon to replace Rubin as Secretary) body-blocked any attempt to control derivatives. But what was the use of turning US banks into derivatives casinos if money would flee to nations with safer banking laws?

The answer conceived by the Big Bank Five: eliminate controls on banks in every nation on the planet—in one single move. It was as brilliant as it was insanely dangerous.

How could they pull off this mad caper? The bankers’ and Summers’ game was to use the Financial Services Agreement, an abstruse and benign addendum to the international trade agreements policed by the World Trade Organization. Until the bankers began their play, the WTO agreements dealt simply with trade in goods–that is, my cars for your bananas. The new rules ginned-up by Summers and the banks would force all nations to accept trade in “bads”—toxic assets like financial derivatives.

Until the bankers’ re-draft of the FSA, each nation controlled and chartered the banks within their own borders. The new rules of the game would force every nation to open their markets to Citibank, JP Morgan and their derivatives “products.”

And all 156 nations in the WTO would have to smash down their own Glass-Steagall divisions between commercial savings banks and the investment banks that gamble with derivatives. The job of turning the FSA into the bankers’ battering ram was given to Geithner, who was named Ambassador to the World Trade Organization. . .
Full story: vice.com

Comment: The modus operandi of the bankster’s scam is identical to that of Judaeo-Communism in the USSR, and of the reviving Roman Empire of the EU. See “Former Soviet Dissident wars about an European Union Dictatorship!”


Gun Crime ‘Out of Control’ Despite Strict Australia Laws

August 21, 2013 — According to the Ballina Shire Advocate, “Over 9,000 guns have been taken off New South Wales (NSW) streets and 3,352 people have charged” during previous operations in the last twelve months alone. NSW police commissioner Andrew Scipione explained: “There is no single source of gun violence. . . guns have fallen into the hands of organized crime, outlaw motorcycle gangs, mid-level crime groups and petty thieves and the lines are often blurred.”

Not ironically, Australia implemented a massive purge of guns in 1996, which included bans on “assault weapons” and other semi-automatic rifles and shotguns. They also did forced buybacks and then entered into a strict licensing and registration agreement where certain single-shot rifles and similar firearms could be owned but only if the owner provided justification for the possession of such a weapon.

Yet 17 years after the implementation of gun control schemes that are very similar in many ways to those being pushed by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the NSW Police Department is launching a new operation to rein in gun violence.

The lesson: criminals do not pay attention to gun bans. They never have and they never will. Full story: breitbart.com

Comment: An article from The Forward notes that the Jewish community has taken the lead in gun control and that part of it is hostility toward the gun culture of White America that is especially apparent in rural White America. [Except in Israel] Jews “instinctively recoil” from this culture (“After [the false flag black op in] Newtown Jews lead renewed push on guns“).

Jewish organizations pride themselves on gun control stances that date back to the early days of the debate, following the assassination of [plagiarist and adulterer Michael King a.k.a.] Martin Luther King Jr. and of President Kennedy [allegedly a MOSSAD-CIA sting]. Most played a supportive role in passing legislation then limiting access to weapons, and have since reaffirmed their commitment to reducing the availability of guns.

One reason for broad Jewish support of gun control, Mariaschin said, has to do with the community’s sense of security, “which perhaps leads us to feel that the possession of assault weapons is completely unneeded” [outside Israel] (theoccidentalobserver.net“.

Rabbi Eric Yoffie, former head of the Reform movement, listed in a recent Haaretz article several reasons for Jews siding with supporters of gun control: the community’s affiliation with the Democratic Party; the fact that Jews are urban people and detached from the culture of hunting or gun ownership, and suspicion toward the NRA, which is “associated in the minds of many Jews with extremist positions that frighten Jews and from which they instinctively recoil.”


Bradley Manning nominated for Nobel Prize

August 24, 2013 — An international petition with well over 100,000 signatories urging the Norwegian Nobel Committee (NNC) to bestow the coveted Nobel Peace Prize to Pfc. Bradley Manning—recently convicted of several charges related to his stealing classified documents—will be turned over to the NNC in Oslo, Norway, on Monday, a US-based activist group announced.

Norman Solomon, the co-founder of RootsAction.org, is expected to deliver the petition to the office of the Nobel Committee and a committee member confirmed he will officially receive it, according to Roots Action.

A winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Mairead Corrigan-Maguire, who was honored in 1976, has formally nominated Manning for the honor. . . “This group [Roots Action] is well received by the Nobel people because they all share the same left-wing, new-world-order philosophy” . . . Full story: newswithviews.com


Antiracism without Race may be Quite Complicated!

August 18, 2013 — Q: The French government has recently decided on the removal of the word ‘race’ from all official documents. Removing the word in order to eradicate the evil, is this not, spot on, some magical thinking? Moreover, if there are no races, how can there be any racism? And in passing, how can there be any antiracism at all? Antiracism without race, well, this may be quite complicated!

A: Don’t you worry. If the French Republic indeed claims not to recognize any longer “the existence of any alleged race,” it nonetheless declares that it “condemns racism.” Indeed, what will be more difficult to justify is the indictment for “incitement to racial hatred,” that is to say, the incitement to hate something that does not exist in the first place. From now on it will also be more difficult to justify the defense of miscegenation, since from now on this notion will refer to a mixture of imaginary entities, or the promotion of “diversity,” having in mind that “we do not recognize any race diversity” (François Hollande, March 12, 2012). Finally, given that people insist on seeing and recognizing the “races” around them, somebody will really need to convince them that they are victims of optical illusions. Good luck to all those wishing to take on this task! . . . Full story: theoccidentalobserver.net


The Original Language of the New Testament

by Lynnford Beachy

The Institute for Scripture Research and their kindred spirits feel free to “modify” the Greek New Testament because they believe it was not written in Greek, but in Hebrew or Aramaic, and that whoever translated the New Testament into Greek made mistakes. They feel free to correct these mistakes, yet they have no Hebrew or Aramaic originals to examine to see if those who supposedly translated the New Testament into Greek produced a faithful translation. That is why they have modified the New Testament as “seemed appropriate.” If errors needed to be corrected, the best they could do was just guess what should be fixed as seemed appropriate to them.

All of this liberty to modify the New Testament is based on the assumption that the New Testament was originally written in Hebrew or Aramaic. But this is only an assumption, because there is no proof that the New Testament was originally written in any other language but Greek. All of the over 5,000 fragments of New Testament manuscripts that exist today are written entirely in Greek. There is not a single fragment of a Hebrew or Aramaic New Testament manuscript anywhere. Scholars debate whether Matthew was originally written in Aramaic or Greek, or if Matthew wrote an Aramaic version as well as a Greek version of his Gospel. Regardless of which view on this is correct, the only manuscripts of Matthew’s Gospel in existence today are all written in Greek.

The New Testament consists of 27 documents . . . concerning matters of belief and practice in Christian communities throughout the Mediterranean world. Although some have argued that Aramaic originals lie behind some of these documents (especially the Gospel of Matthew and the Epistle to the Hebrews), all have been handed down in Greek, very likely the language in which they were composed (Encarta Encyclopedia, article: “Bible”).

When Christ was here the Biblical Hebrew language was a dead language—it was not a spoken language.

The language in which most of the Old Testament was written dates, as a living language, from the 12th to the 2nd century BC, at the latest. From about the 3rd century BC the Jews in Palestine came to use Aramaic in both speech and secular writings. Jews outside Palestine spoke in the language of the countries in which they had settled (Encarta Encyclopedia, article: “Hebrew Language”).

By the time Christ walked this earth as a man, the Greek language had become so widespread that it was a common spoken language in public, as well as the language of literature and commerce throughout the Middle East, including Palestine, where Jesus ministered.

With the conquests of Alexander the Great and the extension of Macedonian rule in the 4th century BC, a shift of population from Greece proper to the Greek settlements in the Middle East occurred. In this period, known as the Hellenistic, the Attic dialect, spoken by the educated classes as well as by the merchants and many emigrants, became the language common to all the Middle East. As the Greeks mixed with other peoples, linguistic changes took place, Attic became the foundation of a new form of Greek, Koine, which spread throughout all areas of Greek influence. Koine was the language of the court and of literature and commerce throughout the Hellenistic empires (Encarta Encyclopedia, article: “Greek Language”).

When Christ was here Koine Greek, the language of all New Testament manuscripts, was a the primary spoken language of the common people, as well as the written language of commerce and literature, even in Jerusalem. At that time, Greek was widely used, much as how English is used today. English is quickly becoming a universal language, taught in schools throughout the world. English “is the official language of many nations in the Commonwealth of Nations and is widely understood and used in all of them. It is spoken in more parts of the world than any other language and by more people than any other tongue except Chinese” (Encarta Encyclopedia, article: “English Language”). Throughout the Middle East the Greek language was used in a similar way. It was a language that allowed people of various mother tongues to communicate using a common language. To be successful in business it was necessary to know the Greek language.

Galilee of the Gentiles

Jesus MessiahJesus was “a Galilaean” (Luke 23:6) who grew up in “Nazareth of Galilee” (Matthew 21:11) [and neither Jesus nor any of His disciples was a Jew]. After Jesus began His ministry He spent much of His time ministering in Galilee, which was called, “Galilee of the Gentiles” (Matthew 4:15). This was populated by a large number of Greek-speaking people, who did not know how to speak Hebrew or Aramaic. About three hundred years earlier the Greek language was becoming so widely used that the Jews translated the Scriptures into Greek (called the Septuagint or LXX). The Septuagint was used widely in synagogues throughout the Middle East. It was used in the synagogue in Nazareth, where Jesus had been raised.

Right after Jesus began His ministry, “He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto Him the Book of the prophet Esaias [Isaiah]. And when He had opened the Book, He found the place where it was written, ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.’ And He closed the Book, and He gave it again to the minister, and sat down” (Luke 4:16-20).

Jesus read from Isaiah 61:1-2. He was reading from the Greek Septuagint. We know this because the phrase “recovering of sight to the blind” is not in the [counterfeit Masoretic text of the] Hebrew Old Testament [in our English Bibles], but it is in the Greek Septuagint. Since Nazareth was in Galilee of the Gentiles, it is understandable why they would use the Greek Scriptures to allow the numerous Greek-speaking Jews to understand its reading. Jews who only spoke Greek were numerous in Galilee, but some even lived in Jerusalem. In the early days of the Christian church in Jerusalem, “there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration” (Acts 6:1). A Grecian was “one who imitates the manners and customs or the worship of the Greeks, and uses the Greek tongue. Used in the New Testament of Jews born in foreign lands and speaking Greek” (Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon).

The disciples were called “men of Galilee” (Acts 1:11). Many of them were fisherman who worked on the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 4:18). They sold their fish in Galilee, and must have been able to speak Greek to communicate with their buyers. In the Book of John we read, “And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: the same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus” (John 12:20-22). The disciples were able to communicate with these Greek believers who attended the feast.

Teach all nations

Just before Jesus left His disciples, He commissioned them, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations” (Matthew 28:19). He also instructed them, saying, “ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Jesus designed that the gospel would be preached in all nations. The Jews had mostly kept to themselves and rarely ministered unto those of other nations. The gospel of Christ was not to be thus constrained to the Hebrew people. It was to go to all nations, and the most widely used language of that area in those days was the Greek language. It would have been foolish to lock up the gospel writings in a dead language such as Hebrew, or a language with limited use, such as Aramaic. Jesus charged the disciples to go unto all nations, and we can be certain that they spoke to those nations in a language they could understand. In most places surrounding Israel, Greek was the language to use to reach them because it was the universal language of that time.

God called Paul to especially minister to Gentiles—most of whom did not know Hebrew or Aramaic. He was “the apostle of the Gentiles” (Romans 11:13). Most of the places he visited on his missionary journeys were Greek-speaking nations. Greek was their mother tongue, and they did not know any other language. In most of these places, there were Jewish synagogues, attended by Greek-speaking Jews who did not know Hebrew or Aramaic. Jews by birth, as well as Greeks, attended these synagogues. Corinth was located in Greece and was a Greek-speaking city. When Paul was in Corinth “he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks” (Acts 18:4). The Bible records Paul’s experiences in converting the Jews and Greeks in a similar way in just about every area he visited. Greeks were a large part of his audience wherever he went. When he wrote letters to these people we can be certain that he wrote to them in a language they could understand, the Greek language. Much of the New Testament is made up of letters from Paul to the Churches in Greek-speaking lands, some in Greece itself, such as Thessalonica, Corinth, and Philippi. It would have been unthinkable for Paul to have written his letters to Greece in a language they could not understand.

Paul spoke Greek

We know that Paul could speak Greek [and that he was certainly no Jew – Philippians 3:4-8]. After a mob had almost killed him and he was being led into a castle by Roman soldiers, “he said unto the chief captain, May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst thou speak Greek? Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers” (Acts 21:37, 38)? The chief captain was surprised that Paul could speak Greek because he mistook him for a particular Egyptian who did not know Greek. Paul continued to talk with the chief captain in Greek—he knew the language well.

After the chief captain gave Paul permission to speak to the people, “Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue [Aramaic], saying, Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you. And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence . . .” (Acts 21:40-22:2).

When Paul began to speak, the crowd was pleasantly surprised when he spoke Hebrew. This was not biblical Hebrew, for that had not been spoken for many years, but he spoke the language of the Hebrew people at that time, which was Aramaic. “They would have understood Paul’s Koiné Greek, but they much preferred the Aramaic”  (Robertson’s New Testament Word Pictures on Acts 22:2). This shows that Aramaic was not always spoken in public, even in Jerusalem where this took place. It also shows that the general population could speak and understand a language other than Aramaic, and this certainly was Greek.

One of Paul’s most faithful companions and co-laborers was a Greek. Paul wrote, “Titus, who was with me, being a Greek” (Galatians 2:3). Another man whom Paul worked closely with was “a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria” (Acts 18:24). Apollos was the name of a pagan Greek god. Alexandria was the chief city of Egypt, founded by Alexander the Great. Apollos had a Greek background, and he was one of the chief workers in the early New Testament church. Paul said, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase” (I Corinthians 3:6). The Greek language was a big part of the ministry of the early church. If they had limited their writings to Hebrew or Aramaic they would have left much of the early church without the ability to understand them. There was no need for these early Christians to learn Hebrew or Aramaic, for they had had the Scriptures in their own language, Greek, for more than 300 years. Greek was the language used more than any other in that area at that time. It was used in literature, in courts, in commerce, and in virtually every other aspect of everyday life for hundreds of years prior to the New Testament writings.

Josephus

Josephus was a Jewish priest who was born in AD37 or 38 and died sometime after AD100. He made it his life’s work to translate historical records of the Jewish people from Hebrew into Greek so they could be read by a much larger audience than if they were kept in the Hebrew language. Josephus wrote, “I intended to do no more than translate the Hebrew books into the Greek language, and promised them to explain those facts, without adding anything to them of my own, or taking anything away from there” (The Antiquities of the Jews, by Flavius Josephus, Book X, Chapter 10).

The works of Josephus were all composed in the Greek language, with the exception of his first draft of the “Jewish War” which was in Aramaic. His principal purpose was to communicate to the Greco-Roman world the knowledge of the history of his people, whom he defends and glorifies in every possible way (New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, Vol. VI, page 235).

At the time of Josephus (which was also the time when the New Testament was written), writings in the Hebrew language were not suitable to reach the majority of people, especially if they were designed to reach people outside of the Roman Province of Judea. The fact that Josephus saw the great need to rescue what he deemed precious works from a dead language and translate them into Greek so their influence could be prolonged and expanded proves that Greek was a much more common language than Hebrew at that time. The Books of the New Testament were written during this same time, and it would have been foolish to write them in Hebrew or Aramaic when their intended purpose was to reach as many as possible with the Gospel.

The Peshitta

For those who claim there was an original Hebrew or Aramaic New Testament, the closest they can come is the Aramaic Peshitta. George Lamsa translated the Peshitta into English, and claims that the New Testament was originally written in Aramaic, and that the Peshitta is a copy of the original New Testament. This is the closest that anyone can come to having an original Hebrew or Aramaic New Testament, but it was actually translated from Greek, which we will see in a moment.

Interpreted

Let us take time to examine the New Testament itself to see if there is any internal evidence to reveal the original language in which it was written.

Matthew 1:23: “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His Name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matthew quoted from Isaiah 7:14, where it says, “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His Name Immanuel.” Notice that the phrase, “which being interpreted is, God with us,” is not found in Isaiah 7:14. Matthew saw it necessary to interpret the Hebrew name, Immanuel, because he knew that his readers would not understand what the word means. This would not have been necessary if his intended audience knew Hebrew. This proves that Matthew did not write in Hebrew. (It is possible that he wrote an Aramaic version in addition to the Greek version available to us today, as noted at the beginning of this article, even though there is not even a single fragment of such a document in existence today).

The Aramaic Peshitta also includes the phrase, “which being interpreted is, God with us,” just like the Greek. Lamsa’s translation of it says, “Behold, a virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His Name Immanuel, which is interpreted, Our God is with us.” Perhaps in the Aramaic version it was necessary to translate the Hebrew name Emmanuel into Aramaic, but it is unlikely because the languages are so similar. But the next verse leaves no doubt.

Mark 7:34, “And looking up to heaven, He sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.” The word “Ephphatha” is an Aramaic word. Mark saw it necessary to translate this word so his readers would understand it. If Mark had originally written in Aramaic, he would not have explained, “which means, Be opened.” This proves that Aramaic was not the language of Mark’s Gospel. Lamsa’s translation of the Aramaic Peshitta says, “And he looked up to heaven and sighed, and he said to him, Ethpatakh, which means, Be opened.” The Aramaic Peshitta was translated from Greek manuscripts. The original New Testament was written in Greek, as we will see demonstrated over and over again in the New Testament.

Mark 15:22, “And they bring Him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull.” The word “Golgotha” is an Aramaic word. Again, Mark saw it necessary to translate an Aramaic word so his readers would understand it. If Mark had originally written in Aramaic, he would not have included the phrase, “a place which is interpreted The Skull,” his readers would have already known what this Aramaic word means, and it would be useless for Mark to have interpreted it for them. Lamsa’s translation of the Aramaic Peshitta says, “And they brought him to Golgotha, a place which is interpreted The Skull.” This proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the Aramaic Peshitta was translated from the Greek manuscripts. We can be certain that Aramaic was not the original language of the New Testament.

Mark 15:34, “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Here is another Aramaic phrase which Mark translated for his readers to understand. Lamsa’s translation of the Peshitta says, “And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying Eli, Eli, lemana, shabakthani! which means, My God, my God, for this I was spared!” All that was said of Mark 15:22 is equally true of this verse, confirming the fact that Mark wrote his Gospel in Greek, not Aramaic. Here are a few more examples of evidence substantiating this fact.

Mark 5:41, “And He took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi [Aramaic]; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise”.

Mark 7:11, “But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban [Aramaic], that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free”.

John 1:38, “Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto Him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master), where dwellest thou?” The Hebrew word “Rabbi” was a very common word among the Jews—even a small Jewish child would know the meaning of this word. Yet, John saw the necessity of translating this word into the language of his Gospel, Greek, so that his readers would understand its meaning. He would not have translated such a common word if he was writing in Hebrew or Aramaic. John was writing in Greek.

John 1:41, “He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.” John was expecting people to read his Gospel who were not familiar with common Hebrew words, such as Messiah. John saw it necessary to translate common Hebrew words into the language of his Gospel so his readers would understand it. He wrote in Greek so that he could be understood by the common people throughout the Middle East. Here are a few more verses to substantiate this fact:

John 1:42, “And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, He said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas [Aramaic], which is by interpretation, A stone”.

John 9:7, “And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam [Hebrew], (which is by interpretation, Sent). He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing”.

Acts 1:19, “It was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.” Here again is an Aramaic word that was translated by Luke so that his readers could understand. James Murdock’s translation of the Peshitta says, “And this was known to all that dwelt at Jerusalem; so that the field was called, in the language of the country, Aceldama, which is interpreted Field of Blood.” It is certain that Luke did not write the Book of Acts in Aramaic, or he would not have translated this Aramaic word for his readers. Luke wrote his Gospel and the Book of Acts in the Greek language so that they could be read by Theophilus, the Greek man whom he had specifically written them for. (See Luke 1:3 and Acts 1:1). Here are some more examples:

Acts 4:36, “And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas [Aramaic], (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation), a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus”.

Acts 9:36, “Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha [Aramaic], which by interpretation is called Dorcas [Greek]: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did”.

Revelation 9:11, “And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon”.

We have noted a large amount of internal evidence in the New Testament that clearly demonstrates the fact that the intended audience included many who were unfamiliar with common Hebrew and Aramaic words. Therefore when the writers allowed some of these words to be used in their writings they interpreted them into Greek so their audience would understand them. Yet, there is more evidence, as we will see in a moment.

Greek audience

Not only did the writers of the New Testament see it necessary to translate common Hebrew or Aramaic words into the language of their audience, they also saw it necessary to explain certain Jewish practices that would not have been necessary if the intended audience had been limited to Aramaic-speaking Jews. Let us notice a few examples.

John 6:4, “And the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.” To the Jews, the Passover was one of the most well-known events of the year. John expected that many of his readers would not know what the Passover is, so he saw it necessary to explain that the Passover is “a feast of the Jews.” This would be useless if he had written his Gospel for Jewish people.

John 7:2, “Now the Jews’ feast of Tabernacles was at hand.” If John were writing primarily to Jews he would not have had to inform his audience that the feast of Tabernacles was “the Jews’ feast.” He would have simply said, “the feast of Tabernacles was at hand”.

Luke 23:51, “(The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them); he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God.” It is very unlikely for Luke to inform his readers that Arimathaea was “a city of the Jews” if he expected the majority of his readers to be Aramaic-speaking Jews, who would already be familiar with this fact.

Luke 22:1, “Now the feast of Unleavened Bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.” Luke saw it necessary to explain to his readers that “the feast of unleavened bread” is also called “the Passover.” If he was intending his readers to be Aramaic-speaking Jews he would not have had to explain something that is common knowledge among the Jews.

John 19:40, “Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.” Here, John saw it necessary to explain this burial practice that was peculiar to the Jews, something that would not have been done if his audience had been restricted to Aramaic-speaking Jews.

Mark 7:2-3, “And when they saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault. For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.” Mark wrote his Gospel for people who would not know that the Jews have a tradition that prohibits them from eating unless they wash their hands often. It would not be necessary to explain this practice to Jewish people, for they would have been taught this since childhood. Mark was writing to Greek-speaking people.

John 2:6, “And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.” In John’s account of this event it was necessary to mention the six waterpots of stone that were setting there at the wedding feast. Realizing that his readers would not understand why these waterpots were there, John explained that they were there because of “the manner of the purifying of the Jews.” John knew that Jewish people would know why they were there, but since he was also expecting a large number of non-Jews to read his Gospel, he saw the need for explaining this oddity to his audience.

Septuagint in the New Testament

About 300 years before Christ came to this earth, in response to the growing popularity of the Greek language and the increasing number of Jews who could not read Hebrew, a group of Jewish scholars translated the Hebrew Old Testament into Greek. This translation is commonly called the Septuagint, or LXX. It became very popular, and by the time Christ came here it was widely used, because it was written in a common language understood by many. When Christ was here He often quoted from the Septuagint as opposed to the Hebrew Old Testament. (See Matthew 13:14, 15; 21:16; Luke 4:18, 19). Many of the New Testament writers used the Septuagint when quoting Old Testament Scriptures. R. Grant Jones did an extensive study on the usage of the Septuagint in the New Testament. He concluded, “The New Testament authors show a clear preference for the Septuagint over [Hebrew] Masoretic readings.” Jones catalogued every time an Old Testament text was quoted in the New, and listed 78 times where New Testament writers chose the Septuagint reading of a text when it differed from the Hebrew reading. Jones only cited six places where the New Testament writers chose the Hebrew reading over the Septuagint rendering.

This evidence makes it clear that the main source book for Old Testament texts used by New Testament writers was the Greek Septuagint. This would be very unlikely if they had written the New Testament in Hebrew or Aramaic. They were writing to Greek people in the Greek language, and it was much easier for them, when quoting from the Old Testament, to use the Greek version rather than the Hebrew. This way they did not have to translate the Hebrew verses every time they wanted to quote the Old Testament. This also demonstrates that the Greek Septuagint was a widely used version of the Old Testament in the days of Christ and His apostles.

No Hebrew manuscripts

Today there is not a single fragment of a New Testament Hebrew manuscript, while there are over 5,000 fragments of Greek New Testament manuscripts. Some scholars claim that there were several New Testament fragments found among the Dead Sea Scrolls (all dating before AD70). All of these fragments were written in Greek. (For more information on this point, please read the book, The Original Language of the New Testament was Greek, by Gary Mink). There are several Hebrew and Aramaic portions of the New Testament that date back to the early Christian church, but they have all been translated from Greek, as we noted earlier regarding the Peshitta. Most of the above-mentioned peculiar Greek text evidence is found in the Aramaic New Testament, because the Peshitta was translated from Greek.

The authors of a prominent sacred-name Bible, The Scriptures, are forced to acknowledge that no Hebrew or Aramaic original manuscripts exist today. They state:

“We extend an ongoing invitation to any who can give input that will improve future editions of The Scriptures, especially in regard to the matter of Semitic [Hebrew or Aramaic] originals.” They continue, “Since the originals are no longer extant [in existence], there was no alternative but to make use of the existing Greek manuscripts. . . We cannot therefore claim that our text represents a translation of any particular underlying text. As a modus operandi then, we have started out using the Textus Receptus, modifying our rendering as seemed appropriate . . .” Did you catch that? The prominent leaders of the sacred-name movement do not have what they consider an original New Testament. All they have is Greek, which they distrust, and they feel it necessary to “modify [its] rendering as seemed appropriate” (Preface to The Scriptures, page xvi).

The fact that no Hebrew or Aramaic New Testament manuscripts exist today, while over 5,000 Greek New Testament manuscripts exist, is compelling evidence that there never was an original Hebrew or Aramaic New Testament. The New Testament was written in Greek.

“My Words shall not pass away”

Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but My Words shall not pass away” (Luke 21:33). If the words of Jesus were originally written in Hebrew or Aramaic and no Hebrew or Aramaic manuscripts exist today, then Christ’s Words have passed away. But Jesus said this will not happen. Today, the only original record of Christ’s Words are in Greek. Those who maintain that the New Testament was originally written in Hebrew or Aramaic feel free to “modify [its] rendering as seemed appropriate.” This is a serious problem, friends. When a man comes to the point that he feels free to modify the only record of Christ’s Words in existence, he has a real problem. Jesus said, “I am Alpha and Omega [Greek letters] . . . If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this Book: And if any man shall take away from the Words of the Book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this Book” (Revelation 22:13, 18-19).

There are clearly some serious dangers in the sacred-name movement of today, most notably in the rejection of the only New Testament we have, the Greek New Testament. It is completely contrary to the Bible and historical facts, to insist on using a particular Name for God or His Son, to the exclusion of every other Name or Title, such as God, Lord, Christ, etc. A sad tendency among those who take such extreme positions is that they refuse to fellowship with those who do not use the Name of God the same way as they do. This is understandable. If a person believes that when someone uses words such as God, Lord, Christ, Jesus, etc., a pagan deity is being worshiped, it makes sense to avoid fellowship with those whom they think are worshiping false gods. Yet, as we have clearly seen, this claim is completely unfounded, with absolutely no valid proof for this assertion. Too often people hear or read something that seems to make sense and they jump on the bandwagon without checking out all the facts first. Then many others follow their example, until a doctrine without Biblical or factual foundation gains quite a large following of people blindly following others and unwilling to examine the evidence for themselves to see if it is true. This has been done, to a large extent, in the sacred-name movement.

Another danger is that it can turn a person’s religion into making the right sounds with his lips. They say you must call Jesus, Yeshua, or something similar. This makes it very difficult for many people in the world who do not have a SH sound in their language. For us it is no problem because SH is such a common sound in English, but this is not the case in all languages. Remember the Ephraimites could not say Shibboleth; instead, they said Sibboleth because they could not pronounce the SH sound. “Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand” (Judges 12:6). God is not so particular that He would destroy us if we do not pronounce His Name correctly.

[The Bible is quite clear that among English-speaking believers God’s compound redemptive Name is Lord Jesus Christ (John 5:43; Matthew 28:19; Luke 24:47; Acts 2:38-39, 4:12; Colossians 3:17, etc.,) and that He changes His Name, office, title or dispensation claim according to His work. For instance, Prophet, Priest and King, or Son of Man, Son of God, Son of Man, and Son of David].

Please take the time to study things out for yourself and let the Bible speak to you just as it is written. Take time to pray and seek God for wisdom, for without that we will all be led astray. Get to know God on a very personal level. Jesus said, “If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself” (John 7:17)

Keep looking up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

Comment: Some of the comments in [square brackets] such as the above have been added by Bible Believers’ Church.

As you will have learned from this paper, the language of the Bible has been changed. A well-planned and well-financed world-wide publicity through every available media by well-organized groups of so-called or self-styled “Jews” for over three centuries has created a “secondary meaning” for the word “Jew” which has completely “blacked out” the original and correct meaning of the word “Jew”. Brother Branham said “The word, Jews, does not describe the religion of the Jewish people. It refers only to the people [residents] of Judah [Judeans] and has the same precise meaning if I were to say I am Irish born. These people were saying that they were actually Jews [Judahites], real Jews [“of the stock of Israel  (Philippians 3:5)] by birth. They were liars. They were not Jews by birth and they weren’t Jews by religion. If all this is true, what were they? They were a deceived people who were already part of the church. They belonged to the false vine” (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 120). And “I believe the key to interpreting exactly what each of these wonderfully descriptive phrases means is found in Revelation 3:9. . . because it deals with the [self-styled or so-called] Jews who have always called themselves the children of God to the exclusion of everyone else. They crucified and killed the Lord Jesus Christ. Their terrible deed brought their blood upon their own heads for centuries. All because they refused Jesus as their Messiah, which indeed He was” (ibid. p. 291:2).

“The word Jew is a middle English shortening of the Latin Judaeus. The modern word Jew, however, implies a racial and philosophically atheist group of people, whereas both the Greek Word Ioudaios and the Latin word Judaeus were geographical terms in reference to the inhabitants of Judea [regardless of race or religion]” (V.S. Herrell, Anointed Standard Translation, Appendix, p. 754).

It is important that our new subscribers and new readers understand that the modern word “Jew” did not appear in the 1611 King James Authorized Version of the Bible. Neither did it appear in any or in any Bible version in any language prior to the late eighteenth Century, and this new word has a meaning contrary to the two words it has replaced. Almost all so-called Jews are a non-Semitic people with no history in the Meddle East.

The Greek word aggelos means “a messenger, envoy” . . . Past this we find that the word was originally of Iranian origin, for there exists a Persian word in Greek, aggareuo, which means a mounted courier or messenger. What we do not find in any of the definitions is any implication of a mystical or supernatural meaning, which the English word angel clearly garners. Angel is in fact a transliteration of the Greek word via Latin. Thus, since angel now carries the meaning of a supernatural being it was viewed as necessary that the literal meaning of aggelos be restored (V.S. Herrell, Anointed Standard Translation, Appendix, p. 755). Brother Branham has clarified this important point also. nl798.htm


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The Course of Empire, the Voyage of Life and the America we have Lost

August 22, 2013

 

Bible Believers’ Newsletter 798

“We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . .”
ISSN 1442-8660

Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; we are pleased you could join us in fellowship around God’s unchanging Word.

Please welcome our long-time contributing author, John Kaminski. His essay is entitled “The Course of Empire, the Voyage of Life and the America we have lost.” It is a meditation on the forgotten genius of artist Thomas Cole inspired by four prescient oils he painted in the mid-nineteenth century. Like Oscar Wilde’s “Portrait of Dorian Gray,” the symbolism of the fourth portrayal is morphing into horrendous reality as I write. John’s alternative title is, “A Paradise that was Hope of the World destroyed by the Perversion of the Jews.” You must open all of the links in order to appreciate the whole message.

Proverbs 22:7 portends, “The rich [banksters] rule over the poor [nations], and the borrower is servant to the lender.” Thus the national sovereignty of the United States and all nations has been surrendered to the international banksters. Biblical prophecy informs us that the Judaeo-Roman Catholic church will bail out and refinance the US dollar with gold; but not before a global depression far worse than the Great Depression, followed by Russia’s defeat and invasion of mainland USA in the ‘hot stage’ of World War III sinks the dollar and the worth of that nation, and inflates the gold price ensuring Rome pays perhaps a fraction of a cent/thousand dollars. Since the dollar is and will retain the role of reserve currency, when the United States comes under Roman dominion, all nations will be under submission to Rome because her partners to the covenant of Daniel 9:27, the international banksters, will hold their debt under a greatly revalued dollar and return the world to serfdom. As apostate natural Israel was judged under Imperial Rome, apostate Christendom will be judged under Papal Rome (Deuteronomy 28:48-52).

Brother Branham said, “[This is] how the Holy Spirit brought this ought for me. . . This nation is going to be busted, and the rest of the world that’s on the gold standard is going to be busted. [And when the dollar returns to the gold standard the nations whose foreign loans are in US dollars will be in bondage to the gold standard]. . . we notice in Daniel 8:23 and 25 he will cause craft to prosper, and craft is manufacturing, in his hand” (The Revelation of the Seven Seals, p. 167:2-169:7). I rather feel “craft” refers to deceit, implying that once the world economy has been restored to prosperity in the midst of Daniel’s Seventieth Week Rome has will abrogate her covenant with the Jewish usurers.

We have often quoted the Prophet, “When God sends forth a message and tells the people, and they don’t receive it, then He withdraws His servant and sends His plagues: famine, death (spiritually speaking, physically also). You watch for a depression, brother. You think you’ve seen something; you just wait after while. You haven’t seen nothing . . .” (Jezebel Religion, p. 22:100). This is the destiny of the United States, the world’s worst nightmare, portrayed almost 180 years ago by the genius of artist Thomas Cole.

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.

Your brother-in-Christ, Anthony Grigor-Scott

 


Israel charged for ‘Crime of Genocide and War Crimes,’ Kuala Lumpur Tribunal

Israeli war crimes, Gaza August 20, 2013 — The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal (KLWCT) will be hearing war crimes and genocide charges against Amos Yaron, a retired Israeli army general and the State of Israel from 21 to 24 August in Kuala Lumpur.

This is the first time that war crimes charges will be heard against the retired general and the State of Israel in compliance with due legal process. The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission (KLWCC), having received complaints from victims from Palestine (Gaza and West Bank) and the Sabra—Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon, in 2012, investigated these complaints resulting in the institution of formal charges on war crimes against the accused.

Israeli war crimes

The suffering of the Palestinian people have been well documented over the decades without any legal recourse being open to these people. Legal obstacles are placed in their path denying them the right to be heard. The international community too has failed to recognise their fundamental human right to be heard. The KLWCC founded in 2008 was established to fill this void and act as a peoples’ initiative to provide an avenue for such victims to file their complaints and let them have their day in a court of law.

Witnesses are scheduled to testify against the accused during the course of the tribunal hearing. Eyewitnesses of the Sabra—Shatila massacre will be testifying at the hearing and one of them include prominent surgeon and author Dr Ang Swee Chai. Other witnesses at the hearing will also include those from Gaza during the Operation Cast Lead 1 that resulted in the loss of numerous civilian lives and destruction of property where even children were victims.

Expert witness Paola Manduca, a retired Professor at University of Genoa, Italy who is an expert Geneticist will testify on the impact of weapons on reproductive health arising from the attacks in Gaza, especially to children. There will also be witnesses from the West Bank to testify on alleged Israeli state violence and atrocities against the Palestinian people. The first charge against Amos Yaron for War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity, and Genocide is as follows . . .
Full story: globalresearch.ca


The Big Brother Mafia and Anti-Americanism

Thought Police

August 13, 2013 — “The story of Snowden is the greatest scandal in US history. Now, the US openly attacks Freedom, Democracy, and Basic Rights. Now US officials openly support Islamists. Now the US is trying to break all world records for wickedness and evil deeds! Now the US has started to shut down the alternative Email Providers! Now even Google says Gmail users shouldn’t expect privacy!”

As the people’s media reports: “Snowden used Lavabit’s email service, and the US forced Lavabit.com to shut down. The US regime said Lavabit has 2 options: Join the NSA Spying Program or Die! After TorMail and Lavabit, Silent Circle said it was shutting its email service ahead of receiving data requests from the US government. [Now, even] Google says Gmail users have no privacy. As US experts say: ‘It’s the End of Privacy in the US. There is no email privacy any more. Don’t use Email as far as possible. Email is one of the first targets for spying (surveillance). There is no privacy (freedom) in the US”.

It’s really shameful. In his statement, the Owner of Lavabit says: “I have been forced to make a difficult decision . . . I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot [!!] I feel you deserve to know what’s going on [!] the First Amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this [!!] Unfortunately, Congress has passed laws that say otherwise [!!] . . . This experience has taught me one very important lesson: . . . I would strongly recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States” . . . Full story: iransnews.wordpress.com


The ABCs of ‘Bail-in’: What You Must Know

August 10, 2013 — Question: What is bail-in, exactly?

Answer: Under the propaganda line of “protecting the taxpayer” from endless government-funded “bail-outs” of private megabanks, the Bank of England and the Bank for International Settlements have invented “bail-in”: when a speculative megabank either fails or is in danger of doing so, various classes of the debt owned by its creditors, such as the bonds the banks sell to raise funds, are forcibly converted into equity (stock) in the bank. This “recapitalises” and saves the bankrupt bank. The trick? Your deposit also makes you a creditor of that bank—an “unsecured creditor,” to be precise—and your funds can be seized and turned into bank stock as well.

Question: I just have a basic savings account. Am I an “unsecured creditor”?

Christ cleansing the temple of usurersAnswer: The grim truth is yes, you are. It would come as a huge shock to the 99.999 per cent of bank depositors who aren’t accountants, that they are classified as “unsecured creditors”. It isn’t often stated directly, which is one of the reasons that Cyprus was such a surprise, but, as a Sep. 2011 paper published in the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s Bulletin explained: “Unsecured creditors include a wide range of individuals and entities. At one end of the spectrum, there are large international financial institutions that invest in debt issued by the bank (commonly referred to as wholesale funding). At the other end of the spectrum, are customers with cheque and savings accounts, and term deposits. . . Each has freely invested in a private institution and has enjoyed a return on that investment whilst accepting the risks associated with the investment.”

There you have it: the modern banking system claims that, for example, a school kid opening a savings account accepts “the risks associated with the investment” in the same way as huge investment funds that lend to banks on the wholesale money market do.

Question: I have heard something about seizing bank deposits, but this is just for inactive accounts, right?

Answer: No, it is deposits in all bank accounts—individuals, small and large businesses, charities, churches, schools, municipal and shire councils, state governments, the lot. . . Full story: cecaust.com.au

Comment: This is a lesson occupied Germany did not know. Now access to its gold is denied; her gold is gone. The Jews’ Federal Reserve has taught Germany the wisdom of Adolf Hitler. Full story: youtube.com


Saving the Planet, by stopping Volcanoes doing What They Do

August 23, 2013 — Brucey (name suppressed) is your typical Green voting academic. He rides his bike to the university lunatic asylum each day. He doesn’t eat meat because cows, pigs and sheep let off gas thus increasing greenhouse gas emissions. And he believes that all asylum seekers are genuine refugees who should be free, free, free!

Mt. Machin volcanoProfessor Brucey feels that he is doing a good deed by saving the planet. But as geologist Professor Ian Plimer has often pointed out, volcanic eruptions totally wash away, if that is the correct metaphor, these carbon-dioxide-saving measures in just days. There are 200 active volcanoes on Earth, with 70% of them beneath the sea. When Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted in 1991 it emitted more greenhouse gases than the human race has produced in its entire existence.

So I ask you, Professor Brucey my boy, what are you going to do about volcanoes, because, remember, you are White and thus guilty for everything! Full story: youtube.com


The Course of Empire, the Voyage of Life and the America we have Lost

By John Kaminski

 

We have been taught how not to see. The blindness that envelops us today leaves us helpless on the eve of multiple disasters that most of us will not survive. Once, long ago, America was a vision that was the hope of the world. Today, America is the world’s worst nightmare as the darkness closes in on everyone with depressing finality, and from all directions.

The clearest vision of this hope that was the dream of America was painted on canvas and distributed widely throughout the US in those hopeful days before the Civil War began the rot that has led us to the eve of destruction we confront today.

The creator of this vision was a far-seeing artist, famous worldwide, named Thomas Cole. In 1842 he designed his wish for the future of humanity with prescient foresight, measured optimism and profound wisdom.

What has happened to us since is the tragic result of not seeing what he showed us, or truly hearing in our minds what his visions told us.

Are you too lazy to save your own life?

Sure, you can titillate yourself with authentically dire predictions about this catastrophe or that deception, and wind up as a heap of quivering Jello bemoaning your own pathetic fate. Or, you can understand where America was headed before it was derailed by a sinister force that beguiled us into greed and trickery, that coerced us into believing that we should act only for ourselves and ignore the eternal truth that without honest neighbors, we will forever have no decent place to live.

This is your choice: to click up some scary YouTube and cower from a disaster you may not avoid, or, try to comprehend what has really happened to us, and take the necessary steps—which are not very complicated at all—toward restoring simple honest lives with the highest values as goals that all of us—except a very few truly evil men—seek to live by.

For once in your truncated, diseased life, develop some discipline and understand the components of what a good life requires. Study these pictures—muse over them—stop looking for a quick fix or some magical force to save you, and understand the work and the knowledge it will take to rescue the world from this consensus insanity that has been imposed upon us by the Jews.

Cole devised the formula with sublime clarity in the mid-19th century, and it would work today, had we but the good hearts and sincere consciences to accept its timeless counsel.

‘The Course of Empire’

Although this was never taught to you in any school you attended, Thomas Cole chronicled America’s noble spirit that infused the world with its majestic hope.

Cole was best known as the founder of the Hudson River School of art that kindled the spirit of boundless freedom with sublimely inspiring vistas of nature’s beauty. In an era that saw the works of Thoreau, Emerson and Melville enlarge the scope of human hope with their grand visions of thoughtful consciousness, Cole’s translucent landscapes combined a firm knowledge of history with an understanding of the passages in life that apply to every person who calls himself an authentic human being.

At the center of Cole’s philosophy was the notion that each of us has an angel who guides us, whether we want to acknowledge it or not.

Cole first captured the world’s attention in a series of five grand philosophical dreamscapes titled “The Course of Empire,” which charted the predictable lifespans of all great civilizations. These archetypal scenes melded the tragic history of the Roman Empire with a prescient prediction of what would happen to America—In Cole’s time, still rising toward world pre-eminence—if it followed the accursed path to empire.

Of The Course of Empire,” James Fenimore Cooper said it was “the work of the highest genius this country has ever produced.”

If you value your future—and the future of your country—at all, take a moment to examine and savor the articulate detail of Cole’s lucid geopolitical chronicle, as his dream empire evolves through predictable stages of primitive savagery, the taming of its wilderness, and its lavish victory over barbarism and chaos. It then devolves sharply as its triumphs erode and die. What follows is its unavoidable fate into destruction and desolation.

Ponder this relevant glimpse into your own future that was painted 171 years ago.

Be sure and click the enlarge button at the lower right of each portrait and let the full force of Cole’s vision resonate in your heart. Don’t toss it off as some hasty YouTube to be sampled but not swallowed. Understand what it means, and how it so appropriately prefigured what is in store for us today as we continue on this rampaging path to ruin.

Grand as this vision was, it was only a warmup for what is perhaps the most transcendent series of images any artist of any time ever created by putting a brush to canvas.

Inauthentic Jewish critics have hijacked humanity’s artistic sensitivities over the past century and a half with meaningless drivel soberly explaining senseless abstractions, and swindled us into confusing the bizarre with the beautiful. These disingenuous shills never choose to mention Cole in their breathless endorsements, not only because he’s not Jewish, but because he preaches ultimate freedom from every kind of terror except our own consciences, which is exactly the opposite of what the Jews want the rest of the world to believe.

American society has been wrecked by Jewish pitchmen breathlessly extolling the blatant inferiority of Jewish art, which has had the effect of dulling the American mind. As a result, most Americans can no longer can perceive what genuine beauty and wisdom—such as Thomas Cole’s grasp of the higher lessons of life—really are.

What this principled artist produced next stands as the very highest point ever reached by any master painter, and his sterling achievements have been buried by Jewish poseurs such as Picasso, Gauguin and all the other kosher psychos mindlessly spewing the garbage contents of their warped minds while Jewish reviewers call it genius.

‘The Voyage of Life’

Cole created his four-part “The Voyage of Life” series twice. The first set he finally sold, after a European tour, to a collector who initially refused show it to the public. This being the case, Cole created a second set of the same series with the same theme and nearly identical executions, only ramped up with the improvements editing produces, and which I recently had the privilege to experience as it is now the centerpiece of the National Gallery of Art collection at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

If you have never looked carefully at paintings by masters to feel the full force of their power, then this would be them.

The Voyage of Life series, painted by Thomas Cole in 1842, is a series of paintings that represent an allegory of the four stages of human life: childhood, youth, manhood, and old age. The paintings follow a voyager who travels in a boat on a river through the mid-19th-century American wilderness. In each painting, accompanied by a guardian angel, the voyager rides the boat on the River of Life. The landscape, corresponding to the seasons of the year, plays a major role in telling the story. In each picture, the boat’s direction of travel is reversed from the previous picture. In childhood, the infant glides from a dark cave into a rich, green landscape. As a youth, the boy takes control of the boat and aims for a shining castle in the sky. In manhood, the adult relies on prayer and religious faith to sustain him through rough waters and a threatening landscape. Finally, the man becomes old and the angel guides him to heaven across the waters of eternity.

Open each link separately, and then enlarge it to full screen to absorb the elegant detail of each unique but familiar visual description of the major passages in the human lifespan.

Childhood

An infant guarded by an angel begins the voyage on the river of life. Note the angel on the prow holding an hourglass.

Youth

When the mind leaves the angel behind and elevates the ordinary into the magnificent as it approaches the rocky rapids of life.

Manhood

Facing the trials of life, man no longer sees the angel, but prays anyway. The sunlight of youth gives way to ominous skies, grass has turned to rock, as the voyage heads toward a waterfall from which there is no return.

Old Age

Man and the angel, alone in the boat, as the river flows toward the waters of eternity. The hourglass is gone.

Who are we as people? The sky is permanently gray in Beijing, permanently milk white in Washington. Mothers abandon their children and take karate lessons. Men get lost in the camaraderie of strangers, obsess over meaningless sports spectacles, and prefer thoughtless addictions to consciousness. In fact the people of the world prefer illusions to consciousness, because the latter contains questions that have not yet been answered, and might never be answered.

People don’t want the simple things; they want the tantalizing thrills, and forget what it takes to maintain their health as they strive feverishly to stay high. People don’t want the vegetables; they want the exotic fruits and fancy dishes, then wonder why they get mysterious diseases. Same with politics: they want something for nothing, and then act surprised when they realize that what they have is . . . nothing.

We can’t dress wild game or make our own clothes, two things we will need to do very soon, when the supermarkets close and all the food trucks stop running up and down the empty interstates.

 

Thomas Cole died early, at age 47, of pleurisy on a cold February day, but his work lived on in the minds of those who had seen it, as well as in the other great artists of the Hudson River School, such as his protege Frederic Church, plus a handful of other now forgotten names. Cole was so famous and his work so widely reproduced that versions of his paintings could be found hanging in many American homes throughout the late 1800s.

The hopeful beauty Cole so graciously depicted marked the high point not only in American art but also in the American attitude, which a mere decade later was wiped out by the ominous approach of the American Civil War, fomented by the same force that besieges us today.

The Cole era really ended at a wedding in London at which Benjamin Disraeli recounted a conversation between the two Rothschild brothers, Lionel and Nathanael, plotting to fund different sides in the Civil War to split the fledgling Western republic into two less powerful parts.

You see, the same evil force that encouraged the abolitionists also created and nurtured the practice of slavery, with its endless armada of slave ships that traded watered-down rum for kidnapped African innocents. Ever since, this same force has controlled both sides of every political argument, and lined them up against each other for maximum carnage and perpetual profits.

Jewish bankers supervised the passage of increasingly unfair currency laws and throughout the remainder of the 19th century, fabricated stock market crashes in order to steal land, businesses and people’s lives. As Bill Still so meticulously documented in his video, Jews and their European stooges continued to steadily shrink the money supply, retarding America’s economic growth and creating an endless robbery, diminishing the residents of a boundlessly rich land into abject poverty.

The creation of USA Inc. in 1871 and the passage of corporate personhood in 1886, plus the assassination of two American presidents who opposed this perpetual financial predation, continued the downward spiral.

From the 1880s on, the steady immigration of Jews from Russia and the Eastern European countries, necessitated by czarist pogroms that the Jews themselves initiated and then misreported to the Jewish controlled Western press, watered down the US electorate with Talmudic radicals, much the same way that unrestricted immigration of Latinos enabled the tyrant Barack Obama to get elected by a seriously undereducated American electorate.

Epitomized by the Emma Lazarus poem on the Statue of Liberty (“Give us your tired and poor and hungry” etc.), these cynical ruses enabled totalitarian Jewish legislation that eventually led to the passage of laws by corrupt politicians bought off by Jews that ruined the American republic beyond repair.

This occurred exactly one hundred years ago, long after Thomas Cole was forgotten.

In the watershed year of 1913, the passage of the Federal Reserve act and the creation of the income tax guaranteed the puppet masters enough cash to engineer the start of World War I, the War to End All Wars. At the center of the Jewish scam was a document known as the Balfour Declaration, in which England gave Jews the right to colonize the criminal state that a half century later would become the outlaw state known as Israel.

Shortly after WW I came the Jewish murder spree known as the Bolshevik Revolution, the great theft of land from American farmers in 1921, the Great Depression of 1929, and the US bankruptcy and Jewish declaration of war on Germany in 1933.

While 7 million Americans starved to death during the 1930s, German independence created unprecedented prosperity until the Jews in control of the US acting as they had in 1913, decided to put a stop to Germany’s financial success by creating the greatest unjust massacre in history, World War II, in which 60 million Europeans and Americans lost their lives in a needless conflagration engineered by Jewish president Franklin Roosevelt.

All of these disasters were devious Jewish enterprises, concealed from the American people by Jewish newspapers.

The subtext of both World Wars was to engineer the creation of the Jewish state, from where, as Adolf Hitler rightly predicted, the Jews could set up a base of operations from which to conquer the world, which by the year 2013 has largely already happened.

But this is not the worst of it.

In this Jewish takeover of the entire world, every single emotion that Thomas Cole itemized and portrayed so reverently in his 140-plus output of painted masterpieces had been wiped from the memory of man, so that the world’s population, sickened and shrunken by Jewish control of every aspect of human existence, had been dulled and demented, and utterly unable to resist the herding of well-meaning people all over the world into camps where the only choices for their future existence were enslavement or extermination.

This was a far cry—in fact, the very opposite—from what Thomas Cole, the greatest American painter in existence before the Jews besmirched the entire sequence of art history with their counterfeit nonsense called modern art, had in mind.

Cole’s work elevated human intent to a wise explanation of the reality of life, fit for all occasions.

The steps necessary for our redemption and recovery are not complicated. First and foremost it requires wrenching control of the money system from the greedy and homicidal hands of the Jews.

Second and equally important, we must recognize what life is—exactly as Thomas Cole saw it—and follow our guiding angels as calmly and kindly as possible to our inevitable destination, with the bonus prize being a substantial number of people expressing their gratitude for our existence.

We have been taught not to heed our own natures, nor the nature of natural world around us. Behaving like savages, it should come as no surprise why we are treated like savages.

But it all starts with we have been taught not to hear. We must learn to hear what we see before us, or perish.

They are those same timeless lessons that Thomas Cole heard so well, and reproduced for our eyes to see had we but the good sense to listen to what our eyes tell us is nothing but the wisdom of the ages. nl798.htm

 

 


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Brother Grigor-Scott is a non-denominational minister who has ministered full-time since 1981, primarily to other ministers and their congregations overseas. He pastors Bible Believers’ tiny congregation, and is available to teach in your church.

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The Parousia or Presence of Christ

August 15, 2013

 

Bible Believers’ Newsletter 797

“We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . .”
ISSN 1442-8660

Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; we are pleased you could join us in fellowship around God’s unchanging Word. How privileged are the “elect according to the foreknowledge of God through sanctification by the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the Blood of Jesus Christ. Grace and peace are certainly multiplied unto us.”

Our guest contributor this week is Brother Brian Kocourek who Pastors Grace Fellowship Tabernacle in Kentucky, USA. His teaching, “The Parousia or Presence of Christ,” is not intended to explain Christ’s second or ‘parousia’ Coming so much as to emphasize the reality of His personal presence now, this very minute. And that with the mind of Christ you may know you have eternal Life; and if you ask in confidence anything according to His will He will grant your request through faith as your desire is simply for the Word of which you are part.

We have been called out from Laodicea, the seventh generation from the last Adam for the translation as Enoch was called out from the seventh generation and translated. Enoch is our type. “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him”.

Brother Branham has introduced Messiah but how will the believers know this personally and number among the wise who know their God, unless they are constantly in the Word. Jesus’ last command to His end-time Bride was to personally take the Book of Redemption from His hand, study to become one with it by faith and share that faith (Daniel 12:10; Matthew 24:14; Revelation 10:8-11).

Today’s news shows apostate so-called Christendom serving the physical and spiritual seed of the Serpent slaying Esau’s brother Jacob with ‘collateral damage’ among whom they to dwell after over 2,500 years of exile “for fear of the Jews”.

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.

Your brother-in-Christ, Anthony Grigor-Scott

 


Putin says Leaders should unite to end Anti-Christian Persecution

August 2, 2013 — Vladimir Putin said last week that he observes “with alarm” that “in many of the world’s regions, especially in the Middle East and in North Africa, inter-confessional tensions are mounting, and the rights of religious minorities are infringed, including Christians and Orthodox Christians.”

Orthodox leaders spoke out against what they consider the growing secularist suppression of Christian freedoms in Western nations like the UK and France, where same-sex marriage has just been legalized, and Christian business owners have been threatened with jail time and forced to pay fines for refusing to participate in homosexual wedding ceremonies.

The Russian Orthodox Church’s chief ecumenical officer, Metropolitan Hilarion, warned of “secularization in disguise of democratization” and of a “powerful energy today [that] strives to finally break with Christianity, which controlled its totalitarian impulses during 17 centuries.”

“Eventually,” Hilarion said, “it unconsciously strives to set up an absolute dictatorship that demands total control over each member of society. Don’t we move to it when ‘for the sake of security’ we agree to obligatory electronic passports, dactyloscopy [fingerprint identification] for everyone, and photo cameras occurring everywhere?” . . .
Full story: washingtontimes.com


Obama Regime’s Fabricated ‘Terror Conspiracy’ in Defense of the Police State

August 14, 2013 — A bogus fabrication is evident in the Obama regime’s current announcements of an imminent global “terrorist threat” in the face of multiple crises, policy failures and defeats throughout the Middle East, North Africa and Southwest Asia. . . The claim of a global terror threat, based on NSA surveillance of two Yemen-based Al Qaeda leaders, is as shallow as it is implausible . . .

The “terror threats” are timed by Obama to neutralize the Snowden revelations and justify the spy agency and its vast operations. . . The Obama-backed and al Qaeda-led Islamist mercenary invasion of the sovereign nation of Syria has suffered a series of military defeats and his proxy jihadist ‘freedom-fighters’ have been denounced by most prestigious human rights groups for their massacres and ethnic cleansing of civilian populations . . . Washington has purchased the leaders of the Palestinian ‘Authority’ with multi-million dollar handouts and gave way to Israel’s accelerated land grabbing in the occupied West Bank and ‘Jews only’ settlement construction, as well as the mass eviction of 40,000 Bedouins within Israel itself. . . Full story: globalresearch.ca


Two Births: A Gilded Arrival and a Poisoned Legacy

August 13, 2013 — Much has rightly been made of the use of depleted uranium (DU) in Iraq in 1991 and the subsequent decade-plus illegal bombing of the country by the US and UK . . . subsequent onslaughts . . . “Astonishingly, it was not depleted uranium. It was slightly enriched uranium . . . found in Fallujah’s: “soil, water and in the hair of parents whose children had anomalies.” Relating to the near Dresden-like bombardment of November 2004, Dr. Chris Busby is convinced of a connection between cancers, deformities and the uranium weapons:

“Uranium is excreted into hair and hair grows at a known rate: one centimeter per month. We obtained very long hair samples . . . and measured the uranium along the lengths of the hair, which gave us historic levels back as far as 2005. In one woman, whose hair was 80 centimeters, the uranium concentration went up toward the tip of the hair, showing very high exposures in the past (and) “the uranium was manmade, it was enriched uranium, . . .”

His team also: “investigated bomb craters in Lebanon in 2006 after the Israeli attacks and found one which was radioactive and containing enriched uranium. We found enriched uranium in car air filters from Lebanon and also from Gaza. Others have found evidence of its use in Afghanistan and possibly also in the Balkans . . .”

DU babyThe pictures flash up on a screen on an upper floor of the Fallujah General Hospital. And all at once, Nadhem Shokr al-Hadidi’s administration office becomes a little chamber of horrors. A baby with a hugely deformed mouth. A child with a defect of the spinal cord, material from the spine outside the body. A baby with a terrible, vast Cyclopean eye. Another baby with only half a head, stillborn like the rest . . . a tiny child with half a right arm, no left leg, no genitalia . . . a dead baby with just one leg and a head four times the size of its body.”

One British trained obstetrician somehow raised funds for a £79,000 scanner, for detection of congenital abnormalities. Why, she asked, would Iraqi’s Ministry of Health not hold a full investigation into Fallujah’s birth defect epidemic? Answer, surely: because the cause would be weapons used by the US—to whom the government of Iraq owe their positions and their mega money-accumulating enterprises.

(Ironically the Ministry of Health under Saddam Hussein moved mountains, under the uniquely difficult circumstances of the embargo, to collect statistics from throughout the country and to press the relevant world bodies for widespread investigation into the cancers and abnormalities, to no avail). . . Full story: globalresearch.ca

Comment: The perpetrators and their objective is spelled out in Genesis 3:15 and 27:39-40. “This will be the plague with which the Lord will smite all peoples that wage war against Jerusalem; their flesh shall consume away while they are still on their feet, and their eyes shall rot in their sockets, and their tongue shall rot in their mouths” (Malachi 4:1-1-3; Isaiah 24; Zechariah 14:12; II Peter 3:10; Revelation 18:17-19). Satan’s global Eden for those who miss the translation.


Program 97 Death Money

August 9, 2013 — Australians are being paid $5000 by the government to abort their unborn child. . . abortions also qualify for (up to $75,000) payment of the parental leave scheme through the same loophole that was designed to provide assistance to families that lose a child through unforseen and uncaused tragedy.

pregnantThis is how it works . . . a woman decides to have an abortion sometime after 20 weeks because she doesn’t want the unborn child and of course thanks to political correctness the father is not asked. The abortion is carried out and the state government gives her a sheet of instructions on how to fill in a form for the baby bonus. She does so and is paid $5,000 as technically a child has been delivered. So we are now paying women to have abortions . . .

When an abortion occurs not all babies are still born and there are cases in Australia where a live baby is delivered after an abortion is pursued and the formal medical instruction then is to leave the child to die and do nothing. I have seen this instruction in writing as testimony to what I am claiming as truthful. The money paid is death money and the aberated law is evil . . . Full story: goldcoastsentinel.com.au. More information of this $75,000 racket, and bernardgaynor.com.au.

Comment: Kent Bayley from Christian radio station 4CRB resigned from Katter’s Australia Party alleging MP Bob Katter did nothing to arrest this abhorrent scam. Allegedly Centrelink and MPs Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd, Karen Andrews and Jenny Macklin also failed to act. Have our politicians all sold their soul for the votes of politically correct brainwashed fodder of the alien media whores who despise the unchanging Word of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?

Thackeray wrote: “Sow a thought and reap an action; sow an action and reap a habit; sow a habit and reap character; sow character and reap destiny. Thus are revolutions sown and reaped; so also would revolutions be frustrated and brought to naught but for the sinister power which everywhere to-day controls the Press and Publishers” (Protocol 2:5).

As far back as June 29, 1789, Arthur Young, in his “Travels in France and Italy,” wrote of this secret Press control: “Will posterity believe that, while the Press has swarmed with inflammatory productions that tend to prove the blessing of theoretical confusion and speculative licentiousness, not one writer of talent has been employed to refute and confound the fashionable doctrines, nor the least care taken to disseminate works of another complexion” (Protocol 12:15).

Also keep in mind that currently in America 80% of electronic and print media is owned by only six large corporations. This development has taken place in the past two decades. These corporations are elite owned. It is almost impossible for anyone who is acquainted with what is going on at the global level to watch, even for a few minutes, the distortions, lies and fabrications, incessantly pouring out of this media, a propaganda and brainwashing organ of the elite. Once your picture is clear it is also easy to notice the criminal silence of the media on crimes being perpetrated against humanity at the behest of the elite.


HPV Vaccines can kill and They Do!

vaccination

August 10, 2013 — The latest statistics published on the United States VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) in June 2013 show a staggering 140 lives have been lost due to the HPV Vaccine. . . “It is estimated that only 1 to 10% of the HPV vaccine-injured are reporting. So start adding zeros on to the reports of 140 deaths. And then ask yourself—are the HPV vaccines deadly? For 140 families they are. And that’s just what is being reported” (holyhormones.com). . .

If these figures were not bad enough, the two pharmaceutical companies responsible for manufacturing these vaccines, Merck (Gardasil) and GlaxoSmithKline (Cervarix), along with governments worldwide, are now looking for a new age group to vaccinate with these lethal vaccines—newborn babies.

“If you can push the most dangerous vaccines in use today on teen and pre-teen girls, and later on boys of the same age, without any proof that they work, then why not give them to newborn infants—plus another ‘booster’ later on? That appears to be planned for Gardasil and Cervarix, along with a slick new marketing program, thanks to the vaccine-industrial complex” (gaia-health.com). . . It appears that these authors are actually suggesting that parents have their newborn babies vaccinated with not just one, but two vaccines for sexually transmitted diseases. Babies do not catch sexually transmitted diseases unless the mother has them, so why not screen the mother? . . . Full story: vactruth.com

Comment: The world is going insane!


The Parousia or Presence of Christ

By Brian Joseph Kocourek

 

During the ministry of William Branham there were two points of doctrine that caused more controversy among the denominational and Pentecostal churches than anything else, and these were:

  1. Brother Branham’s use of the term Vindication: “That God has a one man Message and He deals with one man only.” This caused much of the clergy to alienate Brother Branham, not understanding God’s sovereignty and the office of a prophet, and for professional jealousy.

  2. Brother Branham’s teaching on the Godhead: He did not teach as the Oneness or Jesus Only, nor did he teach a Trinity. He said, “I stand in between them. I do not believe in a Trinity where there is three persons, and neither do I believe that Jesus is One like your finger in One.” These two doctrinal issues were the “Rock of Offense” that kept Brother Branham from being accepted by the Church world in His day. Why is it that the Trinitarian Cult chasers brandish Brother Branham as a Oneness and yet the Oneness think he is Trinitarian? It is because he was neither of these two schools of thought. He stood right between them, and they could not discern the revelation, but they knew he didn’t preach it like they do. He was not Oneness, neither was he Twoness or Threeness. But he believed there is One God who had a Son. Not God the Son, but the Son of God.

 

It should come then as no surprise that amongst the very followers of William Branham, these same two major doctrines have caused more controversy and have been attacked more than all others.

  1. Again Vindication is the issue: Not so much that it was God who backed up William Branham’s Message, for all Pentecostal people believe that God works out of heaven and does fantastic things. And they will even allow for God to come down to do certain things, but the understanding that this Vindication comes in the Form of God’s Personal Presence with His Prophet, and that this Presence was referred to by Brother Branham himself as the Appearing of Christ has become the central doctrinal debate among “Message clergy” because it conflicts with their understanding of the Second Coming of Christ as they have always perceived it, and this is due to the fact they do not understand Godhead correctly.

  2. Godhead: Again, most that have come into the Message have come from a Trinitarian background, but although they left the Trinitarians perhaps 99% of those who claim to follow the Message today are now Pentecostal Oneness in understanding owing to the fact they have failed to carefully listen to what brother Branham taught us on the Godhead. And because of professional jealousy amongst the clergy we see the same alienation of those who have stood by what Brother Branham has taught pertaining to the correct understanding of the Appearing and Godhead.

Brother Branham said, “The Presence of Jesus Christ, which ought to illuminate the church, to know that in this last days where creeds and denominations and isms and everything has got the Word all smothered out, and Jesus the Word on the outside of the church, [Revelation 3:20; James 5:7-9; John 12:48; II Thessalonians 1: 7-10; Matthew 16:27] and to see Him come right back among the people and identify Himself as He promised, “in the last days when the Son of man is being revealed.” He was revealed in the baptism; He was revealed in divine healing; here He is in His last attribute. Remember, that was the last thing that Abraham saw before the fire fell and judged the Gentile world, and before the promised son came on the scene, Isaac. This is the last thing that the Christian church will see, in the sign of miracle, until the appearing of Jesus Christ. If God has give me favor before you, believe me in the Name of the Lord, there is nothing else left in the Bible to be done but take on the mark of the beast; and you have the Seal of God” (The Identified Christ of All Ages,” p. 26:202). And what did Abraham call him? He said, “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? So we see that the Judge has once again come down in the Form of The Word to judge amongst the Living and the dead. For if He must bring forth a resurrection, then He must have already chosen who will come forth and He is here to execute this Judgment. This is why in his Message “Perfect Faith” he could say, “I’m standing here right before the white throne now” (p. 34:189).

Life Magazine May 17, 1963And notice Brother Branham’s gift of discernment. And what is discernment but a judging. And Who Judges but a Judge. And this is why Brother Branham made such a point in showing the people the Picture in “Life Magazine” of the Cloud of angels which made up God’s White Wig, which he called the “Supreme Judge.” Unless the people can see that the Judge is here, they won’t understand the last attribute that God is manifesting to them before we are caught up to meet Jesus His Son in the air. We shall study this more in the Glory (Gk.) Doxa of Christ.

“This is my ministry, see, to declare Him, that He is here!” (From that Time, p. 44:227).

These eleven words could well be Brother Branham’s most profound statement, yet most who claim to follow his Message simply pass over these words and do not understand what he was trying to tell them.

In Acts 13:41 Paul made the same observation, but he let us know that this was speaking of a future time. He prophesied that there would come a ministry in the end time that would declare the very Presence of the Resurrected Christ among the people, and although Christ would vindicate His own Presence among them at this time, they would still refuse to believe it. “Behold you scoffers, be astonished and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall utterly refuse to believe, though a man fully declares it unto you”.

The Scripture tells us a man will fully declare the ministry of the resurrected Lord Christ among the people, yet the people who hear him will refuse to believe this declaration. “He came to His Own and His own received Him not.” The Message of Christ’s Appearing went forth from the lips of God’s anointed servant William Branham to the Pentecostal people and God Himself backed up this Message of His own Appearing, showing infallible proofs of His resurrection and Presence, yet even those who claimed to receive Brother Branham and to believe every word he said, reject the very Message he brought. I have heard these same men on their own tapes call this Presence of Christ, “just another doctrine” and some have even called it “Puke” because in their ignorance they could not pronounce the word “Parousia.” Others have even called it “garbage.” To think that these men know what this word means and yet would call the very Presence of God, “Garbage or Puke!” Jesus Himself said, “To speak one word against the Holy Ghost when He comes will never be forgiven, no not in this world or the world to come.”

The Scripture says, “Had they known who He was, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory.” So in their own ignorance they crucified Christ. And since the Scriptures cannot be broken, Hebrews 6:4-6 tell us that this will repeat again in this last days. “For it is impossible for those who have been once for all enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly Gift [The Lord Christ Himself] and were made partakers [companions] of the Holy Ghost, having fallen away, it is impossible for them to renew themselves again seeing that they crucify the Son of God afresh and put Him to an open shame [public disgrace]”.

Now Brother Branham taught us that Hebrews 6 refers to Christ in the Form of the Word in the last days. So we see then that these men will be judged for their blasphemous words, yet they claim that they have always known Christ is here, for say they, “He’s always been here. I know He’s here because I can feel Him in my heart.” They are simply deceived by their own indoctrination and as the Scripture calls them, “Ignorant in their own conceit.” In “A Deceived Church” Brother Branham said, “But as Israel was bound by their Kings that they could not follow the real King; and the real King, when He came, they didn’t recognize Him. So is it today, oh, Lord. The King of Glory has appeared in the form of the Holy Ghost and Lord, They don’t know it. They don’t recognize it. They’re so organized so tight, that they do not understand it, because it’s not in their organization. Lord this is a work of the Devil that’s done this to the people. May the Samson of God, may the True in heart, those who are longing and crying and pleading and holding on, may they stay with it, Lord, until this new crop grows out. Until there comes forth a joy in Zion, and there comes forth a group that can recognize and understand. That can see the Messiah and the hidden power that’s hid from the world that they will not understand now. Grant, Lord, that they’ll see this, for we ask it in Jesus Name, Amen” (p. 81:83-84).

Brother Branham said that his ministry was to declare that Christ is here among us. Now, if Christ has always been here, as some people preach, and if the people also knew it, then why would God send a prophet forth to declare something that was already known. God has never wasted His time sending forth a Messenger with a Message that the people already knew. In “The Token” he said, “When you see signs going on, and no Message behind it, just the same old school of theology and on down, that wasn’t from God. But where there is a sign showed, a Message follows it” (p. 11:73).

He said, “My Ministry is to declare Him, That He is Here!” Now most of the people that follow the Message of God’s servant William Branham believe the Message of the hour is, “God sent a prophet!” They believe that the Message was to get you to see who Brother Branham was. Now, I would like to ask, since when has God sent forth a Messenger to declare himself. Since when has any Messenger of God come forth with a Message, “Look, here I am. God sent me!” Even Jesus said, “If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true.” So for Brother Branham to come and preach about himself would make himself not true just as Jesus said. So then what is the Message? He said, “My Ministry is to declare Him, that He is Here!”

Now this is a twofold Message. 1: To declare Christ, and 2: To declare His very Presence among us. I am sure that he said what he meant and he meant what he said. He didn’t come to pass on more Pentecostal teaching as some would like you to believe. His whole Purpose in Life was to declare Christ, that He has come down with “a shout,” which he said was a Message to gather the Bride to Christ the Word, to get her ready for a rapture.

Now in examining what he said, we must know what it means to declare something. Declare (Gk.) exegesis, means to lead forth into view; to make clearly known, to reveal. The Scripture speaks in various places that the Son of Man is to be revealed in the last days, yet why is it that they will accept the fact that God has sent a prophet, but they will deny the very ministry that the prophet says he is sent to bring? Brother Branham’s Message was surely greater than the Pentecostal message that had preceded him by many years. If you would just stop for a moment and examine the theme of His Message to the End-time Bride, you will find even the titles of his sermons a sure give-away as to his real purpose.

  1. A Greater than Solomon is Here. Now why would he preach this? What is his purpose? Was he pointing the people to Himself, or to the same One to whom John pointed the people? Christ among us. John said, “He’s standing in your midst and you don’t know it”.

  2. Identified Christ of All Ages. What does it mean the Identified Christ? How is Christ to be identified? Who does the identifying? How does it take place? When is it to take place? Why is it to take place?

  3. The Mighty God Unveiled Before Us. The word unveiled lets us know that which was hidden comes into plain view, that which was a mystery is now revealed. So the Mighty God must now be in plain view. And if in plain view, then He must be here on display to be viewed. Then we must ask the question, How is He unveiled? The answer lies in that very Message Brother Branham preached.

  4. Who Do You Say This Is? And that is the question. Many don’t know who is here. Who was Brother Branham speaking about? It could not have been himself, because when he uses the word THIS it refers to another, not self. Who was that other if it wasn’t Christ Himself? Also you will note, if he spoke of Jesus back there he would have said, Who do you say that was? But he is bringing it into present tense.

  5. The Unrecognized Presence of God. This title alone ought to let you know that He is here but unrecognized. Why is He unrecognized? Because they expected Him to come another way.

  6. Who is This Melchisedec? Notice the emphasis is on WHO IS THIS, which signifies that he was pointing to someone. If he was speaking only in a historical sense he would have said, Who was That?

  7. Look. Brother Branham preached this Message shortly after he preached the Seven Seals and he began by saying, “now a person says “LOOK” when he wants you to see something that he see’s but that you don’t”.

  8. Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed. The emphasis is not that Christ was the Mystery but that He is the mystery that is being revealed here now, among us. If this was referring to a historical Jesus of 2,000 years ago, he would have said, “Christ was the Mystery of God Revealed”.

  9. What shall I do with This Jesus Called Christ. That is a fair question to ask you today as you read this. What will you do with this Jesus Who is here?

  10. Looking Unto Jesus. Now how could we look unto Jesus if He is somewhere else and cannot be seen?

  11. Jesus keeps All His Appointments. And what appointment do we expect in this last hour. He’s here keeping His appointments as He declared in His Word. As you read this you shall see many of the things we shall examine in detail later.

  12. Christ Revealed in His Own Word. The answer as to how He has revealed His Presence and Himself to us in this last hour is exactly what this Message declares. He is revealed in His own Word.

As we can see, the central theme of His entire Message was to declare CHRIST and His Presence among us. But the Pentecostals have rejected His Message in favor of their old worn out message.

In “Q & A on the Holy Ghost” (COD, p. 425:75), he said, “Now when the Holy Ghost comes in and reveals the Truth of anything and proves it by His Presence and by His Word, you can’t expect the Pentecostal people to say I’ll agree with it! You’ve got to stand alone like Luther did”.

Now he said that His ministry was to declare that Christ was here among us, and the word “declare” means: To make known openly by an explicit or clear statement to show or reveal. So what was he saying when he said, “My ministry is to declare Him, that He is Here.”

Brother Branham is telling us that His whole ministry was for one purpose and one purpose only, and that was to introduce or declare Christ’s Presence. His great commission was thus, As John the Baptist foreran My first Coming, so shall your Message forerun my second.” John the Baptist’s ministry was for one purpose and one purpose only, to introduce Christ. Now, would John’s ministry even be needed if everyone had already known that Christ was present? Wouldn’t Brother Branham’s statement be considered absurd if he came with a Message to tell us what we already knew? Does not the word Declare tell us by definition that it is to “Make fully known” something that wasn’t known? Brother Branham was saying, “My ministry is to declare Him, that He is Here”.

Just before he said these most notable words, he said the following. “How many knows there’s a difference between the Appearing of Christ and the Coming of Christ? It’s two different words, Now’s the Appearing; the Coming will soon be. He’s Appearing in the midst of us, doing the works that He once did, in His Church.” Now if we truly believe that Brother Branham was God’s ordained Messenger for this age, then we must examine carefully what he was trying to tell us. If in fact Christ has always been here, then what do we need a prophet to tell us what we already know. In John 1:18 we read “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him.” As Scofield noted, “He hath literally led Him forth into full revelation. The example we see of this declaring is in Jesus’ answer to Philip in John 14:9, “He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father.” Jesus went on to say that this declaring of the Father would repeat.

Again we see in I John 1:1-3, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of Life. (For the Life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that Eternal Life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) that which we have seen and heard we declare unto you, that ye may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.” The purpose for this study then as now is to invite you into this fellowship which comes from the “Presence” of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who has once again in this last day come down to earth and manifested His PRESENCE among us in a way He has not done for over 2,000 years. He has returned, once again veiled in the Pillar of Fire. Misunderstandings surrounding this “PRESENCE” have resulted in many questions being asked throughout the circle of “The Message.” Hopefully this study shall answer some of these questions and quell some of the commentary as well. This study is in no way all conclusive and is meant only as a help to those who have questions concerning this Great event: “His Presence”.

We shall refer to the Greek word Parousia throughout this study by its English equivalent (Presence). The word “Parousia” actually means “the act of arrival and subsequent presence.” It focuses the attention not on the arrival but on the events after the arrival, or the Presence. It has been used to refer to Christ’s Presence here among us. It has been called a new doctrine by some, but it is not. Actually the doctrine of the Parousia or more commonly known as “The Presence” is as old as the Bible itself. Jesus, in the Book of Matthew spoke of it, Luke spoke of it, Peter and John both spoke of it and so did Paul. This Revelation of Christ and His divine Presence that was to strike the earth in one final Glorious manifestation to the Gentiles before His second Coming, was lost during the dark ages of church history. The Catholic church did the most to hide this Glorious Truth during her thousand year reign in which she taught that Christ was here ruling through her, Vicariously. The Pope was to be God’s mouthpiece to man on earth, and it was through this blasphemous pretense that Christ’s Presence was displayed and established in the earth. This was man’s darkest hour.

As the Light started coming back after Martin Luther, we see in the age of [the living creature with the face of a] man, various ministries rise up that began to understand that Christ was to come in the form of the Holy Ghost in the closing hours of humanity. In 1897, the notable Christian author J. B. Rotherham of Cincinnati, Ohio, wrote a Bible translation he called “The Emphasized Bible.” In his translation he noted the following, “In this edition the word Parousia is uniformly rendered “Presence” (“Coming,” as a representative of this word being set aside). He continued “The Parousia, . . . is still in the future, and may therefore be enshrouded in a measure of obscurity which only fulfillment can clear away: It may in fine be both a period, more or less extended, during which certain things shall happen, an event, coming on and passing away as one of a series of divine interpositions, Christ is raised as a first fruit, that is one event; He returns and vouchsafes His “Presence,” during which time He raises His own. That is another event, however large and prolonged; and finally comes another cluster of events constituting “The End.” Hence after all, “Presence” may be the most widely and permanently satisfying translation of the looked for Parousia of the Son of Man”.

Another author, Israel P. Warren D.D. of Portland, Maine, wrote in His book The Parousia(1879, pp. 12-15), “We often speak of the Second Advent, the second coming, etc., but the Scriptures never speak of a second Parousia. Whatever was to be its nature, it was something peculiar, having never occurred before and being never to occur again. It was to be a Presence differing from and superior to all other manifestations of Himself to men, so that it’s designation should properly stand by itself, without any qualifying Epithet other than the article, “The Presence”.

“From this view of the word it is evident, I think, that neither the English word ‘coming’ nor the Latin ‘advent’ is the best representative of the original. They do not conform to its etymology; they do not correspond to the idea of the verb from which it is derived; nor could they appropriately be substituted for the more exact word, ‘Presence,’ in the cases where the translators used the latter. Nor is the radical [root] idea of them the same. ‘Coming’ and ‘advent’ give most prominently the conception of an approach to us, motion toward us; ‘parousia’ that of being with us, without reference to how it began. The force of the former [coming or advent] ends with the arrival; that of the latter [Presence] begins with it [i.e. arrival]. Those [words coming and advent] are words of motion; whereas Presence shows rest. The space of time covered by the action of coming or advent is limited; it may be momentary; that of Presence is unlimited . . . . Had our translators done with this technical word ‘parousia’ as they did with ‘baptisma,’—transferring it unchanged,—or if translated using its exact etymological equivalent, “Presence,” and had it been well understood, as it then would have been, that there is no such thing as a ‘second Presence,’ I believe that the entire doctrine would have been different from what it now is. The phrases, “second advent,” and “second coming,” would never have been heard. The Church would have been taught to speak of THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD, as that from which its hopes were to be realized, whether in the near future or at the remotest period,—that under which the world was to be made new, a resurrection both spiritual and corporeal should be attained, and justice and everlasting awards administered.” . . . He continued, “The word Parousia became the official term for a visit of a person of high rank, especially Kings and Emperors visiting a province.”

Before we move on to other authors of ages gone by who knew that there was to come a Parousia of Christ, I want to just stop here and reflect upon a few things already said. First of all Rotherham said, “It was still in the future but we would know it by it’s coming to pass.” This is almost verbatim what brother Branham said, when he said, “God interprets His Word by bringing it to pass.” Also Warren said the Word Parousia or Presence implies rest. Brother Branham said, “When the Seventh Seal is opened there is relaxation time,” which is rest. Warren also said, “If we had understood that this word is not coming but presence it will change our total perception of the Parousia of Christ.” Which it does. He also said, “The church would have been taught to speak of the “Presence” of the Lord, as that from which its hopes were to be realized. From his Message called “Unrecognized Presence” (p. 1:1, 76), Brother Branham said, “Working for this one purpose; for you to recognize the Presence of Jesus Christ, See? If He is present then, why everything is settled. He made the Word; He’s here to confirm it.” And then he said in the same message, If we could realize He is Appearing to us in these meetings for one purpose and that’s to release our desires that we have in Him to us. But we’ve got to recognize His presence”.

In 1909, Scofield wrote in His Bible edition (p. 1,212) that the Word Parousia speaks of Christ’s Personal Presence. Also, any Greek Lexicon will give you the same definition. Brother Branham used the word “Presence” himself quite often in referring to this great Appearing of Christ in this last hour. But as always, there are some who would throw off and say, “His Presence” is only some doctrine. But I say it should not be looked upon as merely a doctrine as it is dealing with the very Person of Christ Himself. It should be referred to as a doctrine only in the same way we would say that “JESUS” is “The Doctrine.” You cannot say that Jesus is only a doctrine, anymore than you could say “His Presence” is only a doctrine.

The fact is God HIMSELF has come down in this last hour in a very special way in which He has not been here for 2,000 years. Brother Branham said, “Just think, the very Lord Jesus that was back in the days of the Apostles is right here now. And it’s just winding up the end of the Gentiles. A great move is going on amongst the Supernatural believers because we believe that God is Here” (COD, p. 102:263).

You might ask, “How was He here in the days of the Apostles?” People tend to misunderstand Brother Branham in this area the most. Their thoughts go back immediately to Jesus in His flesh walking the shores of Galilee, not to the One Paul met on the road to Damascus. Yes, Paul did meet the very same ONE that walked in Galilee, only in another form. Paul met Him in the form of the Pillar of Fire. The same ONE Brother Branham referred to (above) “as in the days of the Apostles.” Now remember, Brother Branham did not say “in the days when Jesus walked upon earth in His flesh.” But he said, “in the days of the Apostles.” People have a tendency to read the Word with their minds already made up by previous learning. Brother Branham is not saying that Jesus is here in His Corporal body. In fact Brother Branham said, “There’s only one thing different in Him being here this morning than He was amongst the people at Galilee, that would be His own body of His flesh” (The Message of Grace, p. 30:176).

In “Spiritual Food in Due Season” (p. 24:167) he said, “Now, if He Appeared here as a physical body, looked just exactly like Hoffman’s head of Christ at 33, and blood running out his hand, and so forth, nail scars all over Him, I wouldn’t accept it.” He goes on to say, “We don’t believe these cults and clans. We believe God is the Word”.

In his Message “The Trial (p. 16:80) he said, “We don’t look for nail scars, we look for the Word made manifest.” He continued preaching on the same subject (in Tucson, #64-0427), “The Life of Christ returns in the form of the Holy Ghost, not a nail scar. The corporal Body’s sitting at the right hand of God to make intercession. But the Holy Ghost has come to carry on His Work.” Brother Branham even quoted people who were looking for Jesus to come in bodily form and said, “I thought He was a man, has scarred hands; that they claim is Appearing in meetings now, with nail scars in His hands and His head. No, No, not that Body, not in that body. See? He’s now a Light . . . He was the Angel that led the children of Israel in this Light through the wilderness. He returned back to that same Light, and Paul saw it out of the Old Testament. He said, ‘I am Jesus, the Angel of the Covenant’.”

William Branham was neither Oneness, nor was he Trinitarian. He quite often used the phrase, “God changing His mask.” In our opening statement to this study I quoted from I John 1:1-3. The very Source of Life that John spoke of is the very Presence of God Himself, and He is here. Notice what John was trying to tell the people of his hour, “That Eternal Life that was with the Father and was manifested unto us.” The very Life of God had come down and literally manifested Himself to the people. GOD declaring Himself. And how did He do it? Through a body (a mask, a veil) called Jesus. This is exactly what Jesus was telling Philip in John 14 when He said, “He that has seen Me has seen the Father,” then He said, “Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the very works [vindication] sake.”

Again in I John 1:3, “That which we have seen and heard, declare we unto you, that you may have fellowship with us.” John tells us that the only way we can have true fellowship is to receive the declaration of God’s Presence and the manifested Life (through vindication) which has come down into our midst. God’s very personal Presence among His people. I believe the reason people miss this, has to do with expectations. Why did the people miss Messiah at His first Coming? They didn’t expect Him to come the way He did. And today, not many people will argue and say God is not here, but when you tell them He is here in a different way than He has been through the Church Ages, they will habitually fall back to their past theology that says, “He’s always been here.” But, as we see in I John 1:1-3, The Fountain of Life Himself has once again returned to earth in the same way He was Present in the first Church Age.

From “I Know My Redeemer Liveth” (p. 6:46-47), Brother Branham said, “Then when every creature has heard the Gospel, then Jesus will return again. Did you ever stop to think this morning, as far as returning, that is to become visible. He’s already here with us now. Now, today, just imagine that, His Presence being here today. The Lord Jesus is with us now, in another world or dimension, right here today in form of Spirit. Our eyes can’t see Him because they’re physical yet unless there would something happen that we could see vision. But He is here just as visible, just as real as He was the day He spoke to Mary at the grave, or He met Cleophas on his road to Emmaus. His Presence is here. It can be felt with the inner charge that’s on the inside of the human body called the new birth.”

Notice here, Brother Branham is telling us that it takes the new birth to be able to recognize His Presence. People have a difficult time being able to separate the Baptism of the Spirit from the Baptizer Himself. Ephesians 1:13-14 speaks of the Baptism that is needed to prepare us to receive the very Presence of God which Paul speaks of as the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation in the knowledge of Him in verses 15-17.

One of the greatest Keys to understanding our day and its Message was introduced in the “Seven Church Ages” Book. That key is Alpha has become Omega. Let me use an illustration from the Scripture as we read from John 1. Now this lets us know that His Presence among us is more than mere Doctrine, for it says, “In Him was Life and the Life was the Light of men. And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God whose name was <Wm. Branham>. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. [The Angel told him, “If you can only get the people to believe you”]. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the World was made by Him, and the World knew Him not. [Didn’t Brother Branham teach us that the Logos that went forth from God as a Light created the world?] “And this is the condemnation, That Light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than That Light, neither cometh to the Light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he, that doeth Truth, cometh to the Light, [submits his own thinking to the Light] that his deeds may be manifested, that they are wrought [or have their source] in God.”

From “The Masterpiece” (p. 30:172-173) Brother Branham said, “On the Isle of Patmos, Jesus spoke to John by vision and said, ‘I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End.’ He never said anything in between. I am Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last! That’s it! The First ministry and the last ministry is the same. The First Message and the last Message is the same thing.” Then what was the first Message? For if we knew what the first Message was, we will then know what the last Message is to be. People have been debating this question for over 2,000 years. What was the Message to the first age? From “Sirs, is this the Time” (p, 33:1, 3) we read, “Paul was the first Messenger . . . Remember, Paul come at the end of the Age—all Messengers come at the end of the Age.” So the question then remains, “What was Paul’s Message? To find the answer let’s turn to Paul’s own testimony in the Book of Acts. Here he tells us that the Pillar of Fire came to him and he heard the Voice of Jesus which spoke and said, “I have Appeared unto thee for this Purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, [The Pillar of Fire returning to earth] and those things in which I will Appear unto thee” (Acts 26:16).

We see then, the Message of Paul was the declaration that Jesus Christ not only had risen from the dead, but that the Spirit of God that had been in Him had returned back again as the Pillar of Fire. Brother Branham said, “How many know that Jesus today, is the Pillar of Fire that followed the children of Israel? I come from God and I go to god. Is that what He said? When Paul met Him on the road to Damascus, what was He? The Great Light! The Pillar of Fire! He is the same One today! The Holy Spirit of God! The Body of Jesus sits at the right hand of God on His throne in heaven, but His Spirit is here on earth completing and finishing His work. That same Spirit that was in that Angel that lived in the Body of Jesus Christ was the same Spirit that was in the Angel that come to Sodom and Gomorrah.” Do you believe that? The same One that followed the children of Israel, the Same God!”

Again in “The Uniting Time and Sign” (p. 22:97 he said, “Never before since the early church Age was the Pillar of Fire ever among the people. Never since the early Church Age, did they ever see the things that we are seeing today. And this was only made possible when God sent the Seven Seals and give us a sign by it and sent Seven Angels down out of Heaven and come to bring back that scattered Word in them denominations and tie it back into the Word again, to bring down His Holy Spirit.”

Now, these statements surely must cause us to ask some questions. For instance, why would Brother Branham say, “To bring down His Holy Spirit”? If the Holy Spirit has always been here throughout the Seven Church Ages? Again, why would Brother Branham say “My ministry is to declare Him, that He is here,” if He, [God’s Presence], has been here all along? In fact Brother Branham also said, “After almost 2,000 years He has visited us again.” Why would he say such a thing unless He hasn’t been here for the past 2,000 years in the same way that He is here now?

Now if you are looking at the Message with the glare of another age, you will say that he was talking about the Jesus of 2,000 years ago and your mind will picture the Body with nail scarred hands. But, if you have correctly believed Brother Branham when he told us to not look back, and to not look forward but to see what God is doing right now, then all of these Message titles point to one thing. He’s here, Alpha has become Omega. The One who Appeared to Paul in the first age has come back again in this last age to wind up His work. From “The Message of Grace” (p. 30:176) he said, “There’s only one thing different in Him being here this morning than He was amongst the people at Galilee, That would be His own Body of flesh, His Corporal Body.”

In “Just One More time Lord” Brother Branham said, “Man is always thinking back on what God did, and looking forward to what God will do, but ignoring what God is doing.” And he also said in his audio letter to Brother Vayle, “If they only see it in the hour past there’s no hope for the church. The church must see it in the present tense. So God sends His prophet to manifest its present tense.” And He also said from His Message “Anointed Ones at the End-Time,” “I AM sent me.” I AM, not I was, or will be, I AM, present tense, the Word now. Not the Word that was or Word that will come, the Word that’s now. . . . and then he said, “For it is impossible for those which were once enlightened and didn’t move on with the Word as it come to pass . . . They’re dead.” This is why it is so important to understand the Alpha and Omega principle that Brother Branham laid out for us. He said this was the very first principle he learned as a Christian. What God did in the first age He is obligated to do in this last age. Then, if we can look at what God did in the first age under the Pillar of Fire ministry of Paul, and how He did it, we then will see what He has done under the same Pillar of Fire ministry of William Branham in this last hour, and what He is continuing to do after brother Branham went off the scene.

Remember he taught us that there were Three Exoduses and all three were under the Pillar of Fire and leadership of a Vindicated Prophet. Moses, Paul and William Branham. And as you can see the people have missed the whole purpose of this last time Exodus. William Branham was concerned for the people because they were not recognizing what God was doing in their midst, but they were looking forward to the Second Coming and backwards at a Pentecostal glare of another age and they were failing to see the very Presence of God in their midst, as we have already explained. If memory serves you right you will recall that when Brother Branham was caught up beyond the curtain of time he was told that He and His Message would be judged. And He asked the question, “Will Paul and His Message be judged?” And the angel answered, yes. Then Brother Branham said, “I only preached what Paul preached,” and all those people who were looking on said, “we’re counting on that Brother Branham.” Now as Paul said in Galatians 1:8, “if we or an angel [a messenger] from heaven preach any other Gospel than that which has already been preached, let him be accursed.” Then Brother Branham’s Message to us in this hour had to be the same Exodus Message. In fact in II Thessalonians 1:10 Paul tells us there is coming a day when Christ will come in a way in which He will be glorified in His saints, because he says, his (Paul’s) Gospel will be believed in that day. So here we see that day and that Message is William Branham’s Message today.

Now in following up with this thought on Alpha and Omega we read in Luke 4 concerning the beginning of Jesus’ Own Ministry in the first age, “And when the Devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from Him for a season and Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee. And there went out a fame of Him through all the region round about. And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up, and as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto Him the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the Book, He found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me; because the Lord hath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent Me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prisons to them that are bound, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord”.

Now you will notice, at this point Scripture tells us he closed the Book and handed it back and said, “This day this Scripture is fulfilled in your ears.”Notice, Jesus never continued reading where the Scripture continued. It read, “To proclaim the acceptable year of our Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God.” Notice how the first part of this sentence pertained to His first Coming but the second pertains only to His second Coming and therefore He could not possibly have read it. He paused and said, “This day this Scripture is fulfilled in your ears.” 2,000 years separated by a comma.

In referring to Christ’s presence here among us Brother Branham said, “I’ve read the Scripture with a dozen or more evidences that we’re living in the last days, the generation that will see Jesus return to earth, and I say to you tonight, ‘This day this Scripture is fulfilled in your sight’.” Again we hear Brother Branham saying in another Message, “The Appearing of Christ and then the coming. That’s two different things altogether, the Appearing and the Coming. He’s Appearing now, working with us in the form of the Holy Spirit, making it just perfect; the church. It has to.” And so, we must ask ourselves, if God has come in what Brother Branham and Scripture calls an Appearing, in what way is it perfecting the church as He says here. And of course we find in Scripture that the Word of God perfects the Church or Bride. So it is in the form of the Word that perfection comes. And when that which is perfect comes, then that which is part must cease. And Brother Branham in quoting this in the COD book, he said, “When that which is perfect is come . . . and we have today by God’s help the perfect interpretation of the Word with Divine vindication.” Then later in the same series of questions he said, “When that which is perfect is made known.” And then he said, “Now is there anything perfect but God? And then he said, “And the Word’s still God.” So we can see once again His focus was to get the people to see God in the form of the Word in our midst has come. And that is why he said, don’t look back and don’t look forward but look to what God is doing now.

Now we know that we cannot worship God apart from Revelation. But what if our revelation is a wrong revelation. In Romans 12 we are told that we receive our transformation by the renewing of our minds. So we can see we are dependent upon a Word to give us a change of the body. That is what I Thessalonians 4:15-17 is all about. The Lord Himself descends with a shout which is the Message getting us ready for a rapture. Brother Branham said, “When Word is piled upon Word, upon Word, it will take a hold of every fiber of our bodies.” So we are dependent upon the piling Word upon Word to take a hold of every fiber of our bodies in order to get our change. But what if our minds are renewed by a wrong understanding. By a corruptible word rather than an incorruptible one. Then won’t our change also be corruptible? That is why it is essential to have a word come forth that is vindicated by God to be incorruptible. I Peter 1:23 tells us “being are born again not of a corruptible seed, but by an incorruptible, by the Word of God which lives and abides forever.” So we see here a person can be born of the corruptible seed (of creed and dogma). And we know that Mark 4 and Luke 8 tell us that the Word is a seed which the sower sowed. But we are told two sowers went forth sowing seed or Word. The Son of Man and the Devil. So then One sowed perfect Word Seed and the other corruptible word seed. And this word corruptible comes from the (Gk.) word ‘Phthartos’ whose root word is ‘phtheiro’ which means something that is liable to decay or perish being death—doomed and refers to the “withdrawal of Life”.

Without the Shout there will be no change of the mind which means there could be no change of the body which means there could be no resurrection of the dead nor could there be a catching away. So the Shout starts the whole thing in motion. And Jesus said, “As a man thinks in His heart so is He and out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” So then if God Himself comes forth with a shout, this can only be a declaration of Himself. And that is exactly how we are to receive our change. In I John 3:2 the Scripture tells us, “Beloved, now we are the sons of God, but it does not Appear what we shall be, but we know that when He Appears [At His Appearing] we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He really is.” So we see here that we receive our change by seeing Him as He really is. In fact in Colossians 3:4 we read, “When Christ who is our Life shall Appears, then shall we Appear with Him in Glory.” So we see again that it takes His Appearing to bring out of us who we really are. This Appearing then is instrumental to our change. Seeing Him changes us. Earlier we quoted Brother Branham telling us when that which is perfect comes and he told us He has come. It is God in the form of the Word. Now in I Corinthians 13:12 we are told, “For now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face: [When? When God comes!] Now we know in part, but then shall we know even as also we are known.” We also see in II Corinthians 3:18 that as we look into the mirror of Gods Word we only see Christ and the more we look upon Him the more we are changed from image to image and from Glory to Glory.

So we see that the Word is what brings about our change and if we are to receive a change that is incorruptible it must come by a Word which also is incorruptible. That is why it is so important for God Himself to come down. Brother Branham told us that Christ Himself is our Elijah of today. He said Christ is the Messenger to this Age. And as we know he speaks to us through the lips of His Prophets. So God comes down with a “Shout” which is a Message which is a declaration of Himself. As He is He speaks. And we are caught up into the Revelation of Himself and this brings about our change. In Ephesians 1:17 Paul tells us that God will send forth the Spirit of wisdom and Revelation in the knowledge of Him, that we might know what the hope or earnest expectation of this calling from God is. Brother Branham defines this for us in the Series, “The Seventy Weeks of Daniel” (p. 15:68), “The Spirit of Wisdom comes into the church by the Revelation of the Holy Ghost bringing the church in and revealing what day that we are living in. Just the same as Gabriel come to Daniel, the Holy Spirit comes to the church in the last days to reveal these deep great secret things. Do you understand now?”

In II Corinthian 1:4-10 we see that Christ sends us a special dispensation of Grace also spoken of in I Peter 1:13 that is to enrich us as fertilizer does other seeds. It is to help us to grow up into Him in all things. He tells us that this is to help us so we come behind in no spiritual gift which is a spiritual endowment or understanding in order that we might be able to see and perceive what is taking place “at the Unveiling or Revelation of Christ.” So we see the essentially of Christ among us in the form of the Holy Ghost bringing forth His Word to quicken us and change our mortal bodies to immortal. We also find that the Word will bring forth a righteous Bride for a Righteous God. And the Word righteousness comes from an old English word, right-wise-ness. So then if we are a righteous people it is because we are a rightly wise people, or a people with a correct Word. Again, He said, “Who is perfect but God” and what is God but the Word, that’s John 1:1. And we see that it is by this same Word that we are to be changed and caught up.

The emphasis is not on the baptism any more but the Baptizer, Himself. Paul spoke in Ephesians 1:15-17 about the Spirit of Wisdom coming to ones who were already prepared by the baptism in verses 13-14. So then we can see the Message Brother Branham spoke in this hour takes us beyond the baptism of the Holy Ghost right into the very Presence of the Baptizer Himself, who is the Holy Ghost. In fact that is why there is so much flack amongst the Pentecostal element in the circle of this Message. In “Q & A on the Holy Ghost” (COD, p. 425:75) Brother Branham warned us this would come. “Now, when the Holy Ghost comes in and reveals the Truth of anything and proves it by His Presence and by His Word, you can’t expect the Pentecostals to agree with it. You’ve got to stand alone like Luther did.”

I hope by now that you can see clearly by Scripture and by God’s vindicated prophet that Christ is here now, in a way He hasn’t been for nearly 2,000 years. The next few paragraphs will deal with eleven reasons why He is here now.

  1. He is here to make ready a prepared people. (Luke 1:17; Ephesians 1:3-6, 17-21; I John 3:1-3; II Corinthians 3:18; Colossians 3:4; I Corinthians 1:4-10; I Peter 1:10-13, 23).

  2. He is here to gather His Elect and claim His Inheritance. (Matthew 3:11-12, 13:28-31, 41, 24:31 Mark 13:27, Luke 3:17, Ephesians 1:10, II Thessalonians 2:1).

  3. He is here to save the righteous from perishing. (II Thessalonians 1; 2:13; I Peter 1:5, 9-10—end time revelation bringing salvation II Peter 2:12-13 while they feast with you; II Peter 3:9; I Thessalonians 5:9; II Thessalonians 2:13; Titus 2:11; Hebrews 2:1-4; Hebrews 9:28).

  4. He is here to save the Elect from deception. (Matthew 24:3-5, 11, 24; Mark 13:5-6;, Ephesians 1:17-18; 4:14; II Thessalonians 1:7-12; 2:2-3, 10-12; II John 8-10; I John 2:19-20, 28; Luke 21:8; II Timothy 3:13; Revelation 13:4-10, 14-16; 19:20;, Matthew 13:1-17; Mark 4:11-12; Luke 8:10; I Timothy 4:1-2;, II Timothy 3:1-9; 4:3-4, 8).

  5. He is here to seal in the wise Virgins. (Matthew 25:1-13; Ephesians 1:13-18; 4:30; I Peter 1:3-7; ordained to pass the end time Faith test). Faith is a revelation, there is only one faith or revelation—The Revelation of Jesus Christ. These ordained to pass the test [Godhead etc.,] but those who fall away from the Faith, The Revelation of Jesus Christ are reprobate concerning the Faith, The Revelation.

  6. He is here to separate the chaff from the wheat. (Matthew 3:11-12; 7:15-23; 13:24-30, 36-43, 47-49; 25:1-11; II Thessalonians 1:7-12; 2:3, 10-12; I Timothy 4:1; Hebrews 6; I John 2:19-21, 28. Two groups, Luke 17:26-37; II Corinthians 4:3-6; 11:1-4; Galatians 1:6; II Timothy 3:1-9; 4:3-4, 8).

  7. He is here to raise the dead. (I Thessalonians 4:15-18; I Corinthians 15; all Ephesians 1:17-23; Galatians 2:1; Acts 1:9-11; Matthew 27:51-53; Colossians 3:4; Deuteronomy 30:3; Luke 20:36—children of the resurrection—John 11:24-25; Acts 24:15, 21; Romans 6:5; Philippians 3:10-11; II Timothy 2:18; Revelation 20:5).

  8. He is here to change the living. (I Thessalonians 4:15-18; I Corinthians 15: all; II John 3:1-3; II Corinthians 3:18; Roman 12:1-2; Colossians 3:4; I Corinthians 13:9-12; II Thessalonians 1:7, 10-12; Acts 3:19-21; I Peter 1:7-9, 13; II Peter 1:1-4, 10-12; I Corinthians 1:4-10; Matthew 24:30).

  9. He is here to put us in a rapture. (I Thessalonians 4:15-18). See also transformation and change.

  10. He is here to Glorify His saints. (II Thessalonians 1:7, 10-12; 2:14; II Corinthians 3:9-10, 18; 4:6; I John 3:1-3; I Corinthians 1:4-10; 13:9-12; Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 16:27; 24:30; 25:31; Luke 2:32; 21:27; John 17:5, 22, 24; Acts 22:11; Romans 5:2; 8:18; 9:4, 23; I Corinthians 2:7; 15:43; Ephesians 1:14, 17-18; Philippians 4:19; I Peter 1:7, 8, 11, 21; 4:13-14; 5:1, 4, 10; 5:10-11; Colossians 1:27. Why should there be this hope of Glory? Colossians 3:4; I Thessalonians 2:12; I Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:3; 2:7, 9, 10; Jude 24).

  11. He is here to Judge the Living and the dead. (Investigating Judgment) A Judge! (Revelation 3:14-21; James 5:7-9; John 12:48; Matthew 3:12; 7:15-23; 13:24-30, 36-43, 47-49; 25:1-11; II Thessalonians 1:7-10).

 

Now there are various other questions that have risen as a result of certain people trying to teach this Message of Christ’s Appearing without really understanding it. As a result many fanatical doctrines have been superimposed which have caused much distress among Message believers. The following questions and answers should help to quell some of these questions that have arisen as a result of wrong understanding.

QUESTION: “Some people have said that the second coming is taking place right now. Is this true?

ANSWER: “Yes, but not per se! What is taking place now is the Appearing which Brother Branham said “it’s a sign of His Coming. Brother Branham said in the Seven Seals (p. 308), “He comes three times. Christ is in three.” . . . He then states in the last paragraph,” Watch Christ. First Coming, He come a mortal to bleed and die. Is that right? That’s His first Coming. The second Coming is the Rapture. We meet Him in the skies-Immortal. His third Coming—He’s the Incarnate God. Amen! God Emmanuel to reign on earth. That’s right. Only three”.

So, the second Coming in itself must be as His first one was and the third one will be and that is in His Corporeality. In other-words, He will come in a physical manifestation just as He did His first coming. Notice the type in Genesis 18: when “Elohim” Appears” to Abraham. The sign of discernment is performed. Then after the burning of Sodom the promised son comes to earth. Luke 17:30 says this is to repeat. However, many of the Scriptures we’ve associated with His second coming are actually referring to His Appearing, which is essential to the actual fulfillment of The Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Notice at His First Coming, He comes to earth a mortal. He is on earth when God descends like a dove from heaven and incarnates Him on earth. God then leaves Him in Gethsemane to die a mortal. His Second or “parousia” Coming is the fullness of the Word through the mouth of His prophet in the Shout of the Message which calls both wise and foolish virgin out from all man-made religious systems, baptizing the wise into Christ; the Voice of the Archangel which is Himself in the heart of the Bride, confirming the Message from Genesis to Revelation, and bringing her to maturity in the unity of the faith for, the Trumpet which marks the close of the Gentile dispensation with a massive earthquake sinking Los change, the start of the resurrection of the Church Age saints and the manifestation of the living Sons of God until we are caught-up to the Wedding Supper in the sky (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; The Rapture). All of this is in preparation for the Meeting in the air. Jesus’ physical body is in heaven. As God gathers together His Bride II Thessalonians 2:1 and catches her away to meet Jesus in the air, He draws her up as He did the Apostles on Mount Transfiguration and incarnates Jesus again, this time midway between heaven and earth (Matthew 17:1-2). His third Coming will be His second physical Coming when He returns to earth with the glorified saints of all ages to step out upon the ashes of the wicked for a thousand years of peace (Malachi 4:1-3; Revelation 20).

QUESTION: You say, He must return in a physical form as He did the first time. If this is true, what was Paul telling us in II Corinthians 5:16 when he said, “Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we Him so no more?”

ANSWER: Remember the disciples on the road to Emmaus? Also when Jesus appeared to Peter and the Brethren who were fishing? What did these appearances have in common? The Bible tells us they did not recognize Jesus. But then He did something that made Him manifest in His true Character. He broke the bread a certain way. Now today He has come and has broken the Bread of Life in His own certain way. But many have missed Him because He did not come in their way but in His own way and according to the Scripture.

If you’ll notice further down in II Corinthians 5:18-21, Paul is speaking of a relationship which does not exist by mere acquaintance only, but rather is a ministry imparted to us which reconciles us back to Him. Now this ministry of reconciliation is needed because we have been separated from Him. The word ‘reconcile’ is from two words “Re”: a prefix meaning (anew or again), and the word “Conciliate”: which means to (assemble, unite). This then is a Word ministry which will unite or assemble us again. This Word of reconciliation then places us in a position of Ambassadorship as we see in verse 20.

Thus as Ambassadors, we represent our Sovereign while resident on foreign soil, thus separated from the one whom we represent. Therefore, it is a Word of reconciliation because the reconciliator Himself is not physically present. Thus by Word we are brought into a relationship with our Sovereign. As we have at His first Coming a reconciliation of man to God or (The Word). God used Jesus (the complete manifestation of His Word) to bring man back to His Word. Now He has come as Word (Logos) to assemble or unite us to the Complete manifestation of His Word namely Jesus. When Jesus was here in flesh at His first Coming, no man knew Him, or Who He represented, by looking at His flesh. Some Greeks had heard that God was descended and they went to meet Him, but when they saw only a man, they went away discouraged. The Bible tells us that after His resurrection, He appeared unto many. If you will notice, on many occasions He was not identifiable in His flesh, it was what He said that made them take note that “This was the Christ.” If they did not know Him after the flesh then, how is it that they will know Him by His flesh now? “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he,” and “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” So we don’t really know any man by his flesh but rather by what he says, for this is what bears witness to what he is and what he stands for. So we do not know, and will not know Jesus after the flesh but by a perfect Word description. After all He is the Word. In fact He is the complete manifestation and the perfect interpretation of the Word.

QUESTION: Are you then saying, that unless we somehow are given a clear description of Jesus by word that we wouldn’t really recognize Him if He was to make Himself visible in flesh?

ANSWER: Precisely. That is what the ministry of His Appearing is all about. God has come down in the form of Logos to reveal or unveil Himself to us. In this ministry He, as the Spirit of Truth, is to lead us into all truth. He is The Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation that gives us The Knowledge of Him. Without this ministry, we could not be caught away, for we would not even be aware of the day or season of the catching away and thus would not be prepared for such a great event. We’d still be holding onto our own ideas of what is to take place and we would surely miss it. Let me use an illustration to bring out my point. Eliezer was sent to bring a bride home to a promised son Isaac. He met a woman at the well who received him and his ministry. By word he proceeded to tell her of this groom who had sent him to bring her home to him. The more he spoke of this groom the more she longed to meet him. By word then, she received this promise and was caught away to meet her future husband that she had been prepared for. When they arrived, she lighted off the camel and ran into his awaiting arms. Now this woman was a virtuous woman, and a woman does not keep her virtue long by running into the arms of complete strangers. This then would truly be out of character for her to do, had she not already known Him, before she actually met him in flesh. . .”

QUESTION: Are you then saying that the Appearing is an introduction to His Coming. And without it we would still be wondering how, when, where, by what etc.

ANSWER: Yes, you are very perceptive. The Appearing is that portion of time or season, an epochal season whereby we are ushered into a transitory state, a rapture. It is the season where after coming out of Egypt, so to speak; Israel had to reach a point where their coming out turned into an entering in. To come out of Egypt was not enough. They had to enter in. It took the Holy Spirit in form of Pillar of Fire to lead them into the Promised Land. As John the Baptist’s ministry foreran the first Coming, so too this ministry of Elijah in our day was to forerun the Second Coming of Christ, an introduction. John’s ministry was not The Coming, but The Coming of Christ was subsequent to it.

QUESTION: Then, What you are saying is there is a difference between the appearing and the coming.

ANSWER: Yes, Brother Branham said it in various places, for example in the Message The End Time Evangelism“he said “Now, we have already seen and are witnessing the appearing of the Lord. Now remember, appearing and coming is two different words, to appear and then to come. Now is the appearing, He’s already appeared in these last days, right here with us in the last few years. Now, it’s a sign of His Coming.” Notice that he cautions us to remember that these are in fact two different words and two different events. He says that “it is a sign of His Coming.” Remember the parable of the thief? If the good man had known what hour the thief was coming he would not have suffered his house to be broken into. This sign of the appearing is evidence that an epochal season is in process or in motion. But remember, it is only a sign; it is not the event itself.

QUESTION: Well, if our Lord Himself is here in the form of a Pillar of Fire or shall we say as Logos, what more could we want. What more can the actual body of a man add to us.

ANSWER: First of all we have two questions here. Let’s take the last one first. You ask what more could the Body of Jesus add. Apparently you are aware that we receive our change under the Shout, Voice and Trumpet which are three stages of the rapture. This is true. However the Seventh Seal goes plum into Eternity as a continual unfolding, or as Brother Branham put it, like a Roman candle, one ball of fire goes up and out of it comes another and another and on it goes plum into Eternity. Now also remember that we are changed from Glory to Glory and thus the meeting in the air is a further Glory from the Appearing and the wedding supper is a further glory from the meeting in the air. The whole thing is an adding Word upon Word upon Word or from Glory to Glory beginning with the Appearing and swinging right into the Second Coming. The Millennium is a Glory beyond the Wedding Supper and New Jerusalem is a further Glory beyond the Millennium.

Now the first question which we chose to answer last is “If God in the form of the Logos or Pillar of Fire is now on the scene, what more could I want?” Remember, God was also on the scene in the days of Abraham, and Abraham still longed to see his Promised Son. The promise to Abraham was not complete until the actual physical arrival of His son, Isaac. We are still under the promise as we have not actually crossed the Jordan yet. To say, “If I have His Logos, what do I need the physical body for?” shows a lack of understanding concerning the actual body of Jesus. This then is the real question, and must be answered first in order for us to really appreciate this great revelation of what God is doing in these last days. The revelation of Godhead is one which is truly misunderstood. No one wants to admit that they do not understand the Godhead but the fact is that very few people really do. The whole of Christendom is primarily a trinity-believing people. They are very wrong. On the other hand, the Oneness people, though few in number are closer yet still way out in left field. Where the trouble seems to lay is what to do with this Corporal body. Trinitarians want to deify the body and make it a second person in the Godhead while Oneness want to eliminate it all together and put its importance only in a historical sense (in other words since He came from God and went back to God they feel that the body is of no further use or importance in the economy of God. It is this lack of understanding which caused the Jews to kill Jesus. The answer to this understanding is in the Word of God. God being invisible wanted to show His love for His children. As an invisible one He knew that they would have trouble receiving His love. He then, in order to show forth His love, made a body in which He might outwardly express His Love for His Children. The invisible God thus became visible. In other words, Jesus Christ is the full and complete interpretation of the expressed thought of God. God expressed; the outward manifestation of God. Every characteristic, every attribute, every thought that God ever had, He formed into a sperm and egg and placed it in the womb of Mary. As this body began to grow it took on the full character and complete fullness of what God had in His thoughts to begin with. Therefore the Word which began as a thought one day became flesh and God child now made visible His expression of Love for His children. He now can receive our love in a way in which we could not love Him as an invisible One. It gives a direction to channel our love, a focal point. Then the body of Jesus being man is more than just man, it is God manifested or made visible. Thus the One who created this body is gathering a bride to bring to this body and He thinks so much of this body, He will incarnate it again at the meeting in the air.

QUESTION: What you are saying then, is that we have had our thinking all wrong for many ages, so God had to Appear on the scene once again to straighten out the mess we had gotten ourselves into and to bring us to a place where we could truly receive Jesus as our Head and Husband.

ANSWER: My, how quick you learn. Yes, Even at His first Coming He was looking for a Bride but the church was in no condition to really be received as one. Paul reprimanded them in Galatians for returning back to Law so soon after they had come out from under it. It took more than a prophet to return the hearts of the children to their first love. It took the God Prophet Himself. He wanted our hearts and our minds. How ironic in an age where women strive for personal freedom that He has come for a Bride who has completely, willfully, and joyfully surrendered all of her rights to Him. She has even come to a state of letting her thinking go: perfect rest because of perfect trust.

QUESTION: My, what a beautiful picture! So what you are saying is that He is here to ensure that she doesn’t fall like the first Eve fell.

ANSWER: Correct! As she becomes more aware of His Presence she enters more and more into a state of rest. She completely trusts Him to bring her into a state of rest. She completely trusts Him to bring her in and fulfill every promise that He has given to her. In the first Exodus, Moses commanded the people to “Stand still and see the salvation of God.” But they became anxious and wanted to do something themselves. Ruth, another type of the Bride was told by her bridegroom Boaz, to “rest until the morning.” And in this third exodus we are told to be at rest also. Brother Branham said that there is “relaxation under the Seventh Seal.” He said, we must “Let go and let God.”

QUESTION: Then, what about winning souls to Christ and all these things that have been so important to us all these years? Where does this fit in if we are to be resting?

ANSWER: Well, that’s just the point. Jesus said I do nothing unless my Father shows me first. How often have we tried to do God a service became a manifestation of the promised word of the hour. In this hour too, the without it being His will? Jesus told the Pharisees that they would compass land and sea for one proselyte and the result would be someone who was now twofold more a child of hell than he began. Brother Branham said, “The Bride will have Thus saith the Lord or she will keep still.” She is to “lie in the Presence of the Son to ripen.” So, if God is truly in it, we will definitely see results. Now remember, results are not numbers. What were the results of Jesus’ preaching to the totally lost?

QUESTION: I’m beginning to understand more clearly now than ever before. This last day Bride is not concerned with trying to work her way into favor with God, she knows she is already in His favor, so she is resting in what He has done for her and she ministers back to Him what He has shown her already as Jesus did when He was here in flesh.

ANSWER: Yes, she loves Him so much that she is only concerned with pleasing Him. As any good wife will do, her first service is to her husband. She is not interested in what her neighbors got going. She then becomes in perfect image of Jesus Christ for that is exactly what He did while here on earth in flesh.

QUESTION: Oh, I see! And we must come into this same image of Him before we can leave this world. Well, how does this come about? I mean, how does the Holy Spirit who is in our midst bring this to pass?

ANSWER: Brother Branham said, “The right mental attitude toward any divine promise of God will bring it to pass.” This is not works. Remember, God must show it first, and then your attitude toward it will bring the result. Just before the children of Israel entered into the Promised Land they were given last minute instructions. They were told to claim every step that they took, and every place that they stepped, was given to them. Parallel this then to Abraham and you will notice that God first gave Him the revelation of the land of promise. He received the promise first and then started to walk toward it. Every step that he took was an outward show that He believed God. He thus received it from God and He offered it back to God. The journey then was his offering or sacrifice to God. His every step toward the Land of Promise then Bride becomes the manifestation of her revelation, the Word becoming flesh. As she receives the revelation of the rapture, or appearing, she is transformed by the renewing of her mind. And thus becomes the fulfillment of II Corinthians 3:18 which states that she is changed from Glory to Glory, which indicates a progressive change from a progressive revelation.

From His Message, I Have Heard but now I See(p. 32:182), Brother Branham said, “Now, He promised that He would do that same thing again, just before the world would be burnt, and the world would be in a Sodom condition. The New Testament, the Prophet, the God-prophet, the Prophet of prophets, the God of all the prophets, the fullness of the Godhead bodily, God manifested in a flesh, the Creator, of Genesis. Hallelujah! It’s His Word! He said it would happen! And we see Sodom condition, we see the world in that condition, now we see Him come down and do exactly what He said He would do. Now, we’ve heard of Him, now we see Him! “I’ve heard of You with my ears, now I see You with my eyes.” Amen! “I see Him with my own eyes.” What a hour it should be! What a time it should be! The confirmation of His Word! Always when the Word is confirmed, that’s God speaking in His Word, making Hisself visible that you can see”. (inhis.htm) nl797.htm

 

 


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Brother Grigor-Scott is a non-denominational minister who has ministered full-time since 1981, primarily to other ministers and their congregations overseas. He pastors Bible Believers’ tiny congregation, and is available to teach in your church.

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Eliezer’s Mission

August 8, 2013

 

Bible Believers’ Newsletter 796

“We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . .”
ISSN 1442-8660

Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; we are pleased you could join us in fellowship around God’s unchanging Word.

We welcome and encourage new subscribers to make fullest use of the Christian resources on our Church Website. With your focus on the present Truth,” following the example of our Lord by identifying important current affairs with Biblical prophecy you can gauge how true history shows not only the unfolding of prophecy but exposes the utter corruption of the myths we have been conditioned to believe as historical facts and spiritual truths.

Our main article in this issue is sourced from Brother Owen Jorgensen’s anointed book, The Life of William Branham.” This week we read about some of Brother Branham’s hunting experiences—shooting a large cougar in Arizona, and zebra and Cape buffalo in Africa; a series of visions, prophecies and miracles, visitations of the Angel of the Lord, and manifestations of the Shekinah. I know you will be blessed by these historical anecdotes illustrating Scriptures our Lord Jesus has fulfilled in real time in this our day and see in them a token of the ‘third pull’ operating in His Bride for the manifestation of the Sons of God before He activates E=mc2 in us and “we’re traveling like a thought, and you can see those then who are already resurrected”.

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.

Your brother-in-Christ, Anthony Grigor-Scott

 


The Sun’s Magnetic Field is about to Flip

August 6, 2013 — NASA says: “In an event that occurs once every 11 years, the magnetic field of the sun will change its polarity in a matter of months, according new observations by NASA-supported observatories. The flipping of the sun’s magnetic field marks the peak of the star’s 11-year solar cycle and the halfway point in the sun’s ‘solar maximum‘—the peak of its solar weather cycle. NASA released a new video describing the sun’s magnetic flip“.

“It looks like we’re no more than three to four months away from a complete field reversal,” Todd Hoeksema, the director of Stanford University’s Wilcox Solar Observatory, said in a statement. “This change will have ripple effects throughout the solar system.”

As the field shifts, the ‘current sheet’—a surface that radiates billions of kilometers outward from the sun’s equator—becomes very wavy, NASA officials said. Earth orbits the sun, dipping in and out of the waves of the current sheet. The transition from a wave to a dip can create stormy space weather around Earth, NASA officials said.
Full story: nbcnews.com


News you don’t want to Read about Fukushima

Fukushima radiation

August 6, 2013 — For all of us who thought we were safer down here in South America, a hemisphere removed from the jet streams blowing radiation directly from Fukushima over the United States, we can now see how false that belief is. In this video and a graph from NOAA (at the bottom of the newsletter) we see that La Nina is splitting the jet stream sending radiation increasingly over Hawaii and then on to South America.

Radiation levels are rising! The situation is getting worse, not better, but we are not hearing about that in the news until today’s headlines, Japan nuclear body says radioactive water at Fukushima an ’emergency’. Tepco confirms radioactive contamination flowing out into the sea. The head of Japan’s new Nuclear Regulation Authority, created since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami wrecked Fukushima, said this month he believed contamination of the sea had been continuing since the accident. . . Full story: drsircus.com


US ‘Protection’ of al Qaeda Terrorists and the US-Saudi ‘Black Hole’

al-CIA-duh

August 5, 2013 — Two governments: the one its citizens were familiar with, operated more or less in the open: the other a parallel top secret government whose parts had mushroomed in less than a decade into a gigantic, sprawling universe of its own, visible to only a carefully vetted cadre—and its entirety. . . visible only to God. . . And this parallel government is guided in surveillance matters by its own Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as the FISA court, which according to the New York Times “has quietly become almost a parallel Supreme Court.” Thanks largely to Edward Snowden, it is now clear that the FISA Court has permitted this deep state to expand surveillance beyond the tiny number of known and suspected Islamic terrorists, to any incipient protest movement that might challenge the policies of the American war machine. . . Full story: globalresearch.ca youtube.com

Comment: The US is slaughtering innocent people by drone attacks in Yemen in their latest psyop designed to cover US taxpayer funded, armed and created al Qaeda’s latest mythical threat planned by the Pentagon and CIA to distract from the treason and treachery of the parallel and puppet US governments exposed by Edward Snowden.


The Irish Slave Trade – The forgotten ‘White’ Slaves

January 27, 2013 — They came as slaves; vast human cargo transported on tall British ships bound for the Americas. They were shipped by the hundreds of thousands and included men, women, and even the youngest of children.

Whenever they rebelled or even disobeyed an order, they were punished in the harshest ways. Slave owners would hang their human property by their hands and set their hands or feet on fire as one form of punishment. They were burned alive and had their heads placed on pikes in the marketplace as a warning to other captives . . .

The Irish slave trade began when James II sold 30,000 Irish prisoners as slaves to the New World. His Proclamation of 1625 required Irish political prisoners be sent overseas and sold to English settlers in the West Indies. By the mid 1600s, the Irish were the main slaves sold to Antigua and Montserrat. At that time, 70% of the total population of Montserrat were Irish slaves.

Ireland quickly became the biggest source of human livestock for English merchants. The majority of the early slaves to the New World were actually white. From 1641 to 1652, over 500,000 Irish were killed by the English and another 300,000 were sold as slaves. Ireland’s population fell from about 1,500,000 to 600,000 in one single decade. Families were ripped apart as the British did not allow Irish dads to take their wives and children with them across the Atlantic. This led to a helpless population of homeless women and children. Britain’s solution was to auction them off as well. . .

As an example, the African slave trade was just beginning during this same period. It is well recorded that African slaves, not tainted with the stain of the hated Catholic theology and more expensive to purchase, were often treated far better than their Irish counterparts. African slaves were very expensive during the late 1600s (50 Sterling). Irish slaves came cheap (no more than 5 Sterling). If a planter whipped or branded or beat an Irish slave to death, it was never a crime. A death was a monetary setback, but far cheaper than killing a more expensive African. . . Full story: globalresearch.ca


Eliezer’s Mission

By Owen Jorgensen

 

During the fall of 1964 William Branham bought a license to hunt a cougar. In January of 1965 he drove to the mountainous region in the northeastern corner of Arizona where he connected with a young man named Dawson Riley. Dawson made his living as a hunting outfitter and guide, specializing in tracking mountain lions. These giant cats live in the mountainous regions of the West. They are often called cougars in the northern states and pumas in the southern states. Cougars are known for their cunning intellect and elusive ways, making them a real challenge to find, unless a hunter uses dogs to track the lion’s scent.

WMB hunting in USARiding horses and leading packhorses, Bill and Dawson rode into the mountains and set up a base camp. The next day they rode their horses through several small valleys, searching for some sign of a cougar’s presence. Early on the morning of the third day, the dogs picked up a scent. At first the hunters didn’t know if it was a cougar until Dawson found a place by a creek where its paws left some tracks in passing. All morning they tracked that lion, following its trail through twenty miles of heavily timbered valleys. By late afternoon the cougar had moved into higher country. Here the dry, rocky ground made it more difficult for the dogs to follow its scent. For a while they lost its trail at a place where a valley branched into several steep canyons. Briefly the hunters split up, each taking a different canyon to see if they could locate the lion’s trail again. Dawson took all four dogs with him.

Halfway up his canyon Bill stopped so he could use binoculars to study the ledges above him. One side of the canyon was still sunny; the other was steeped in shadows and patches of snow. He examined the shadows carefully, hoping to see movement. He spotted a coyote, but he wasn’t hunting coyotes today.

The shadows were lengthening as the sun sank towards the horizon. Where the canyon slopes had sufficient dirt, ponderosa pine and pinyon pine trees dominated the area. But there were many places too rocky to allow much vegetation. Dismounting, he looked for tracks in the sand of the dry creek bottom. Suddenly, the shrill scream of a cougar pierced the afternoon, quickly rising and falling in pitch. The scream echoed down from the upper canyon, telling Bill he was on the right trail.

A shiver went down his spine. It wasn’t from fear. Rather, it came from recognizing that something extraordinary had just happened. He remembered the poem he had written when he was twelve years old.

I am lonesome, oh so lonesome for that far away Southwest,
Where the shadows fall the deepest o’er the mountain crest.
I can see a lurking coyote all around the purple haze;
I can hear a lobo hollering down where the longhorns graze.
And somewhere up a canyon I can hear a lion whine,
In those far off Catalina Mountains at the Arizona line.

 

Over forty years later, here he was in a canyon near the Arizona State border with New Mexico, listening to a mountain lion scream. He didn’t think of it as a coincidence, nor as a dream come true. He felt like it was another confirmation that God was guiding his life, and had been ever since he was a boy. Before the sun settled below the mountain peaks, Bill shot that lion. (Later he would learn it was the largest cougar ever killed in Arizona up to that time). He skinned it carefully because he wanted to have it stuffed and mounted. He thought this cougar would make a fine hunting trophy to exhibit in his new den room.

WMB's Cougar in Den RoomRecently Bill and Meda had purchased a house on the northern fringe of Tucson near the Santa Catalina Mountains. It was a modest, three-bedroom house with a flat roof, situated on a one-acre lot that was covered with cactus. The hillside lot had a nice view of Tucson to the south and a beautiful view of the mountains to the north. Currently his family was still living in the duplex apartments on Park Avenue. They needed to do some remodeling to their new home before they could move, including the building of an addition on the west side of the house. Banks Wood came to Tucson to help Roy Borders build this addition. It would be a study or den—a single room large enough to hold all of Bill’s hunting trophies. This den room would be separate from the house, attached only by a breezeway. The construction plans called for large picture windows to face the northern mountains. The cougar he had just shot would fit nicely with the rustic décor he was planning for his new den. [And what a magnificent trophy it makes]!


Demos Shakarian, president of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International, had scheduled a convention in Phoenix, Arizona, for the third week of January, 1965. Demos asked Carl Williams, who lived in Phoenix, to set up this convention and arrange all the details. Carl Williams was the organization’s International Secretary/Treasurer, as well as the President of its Phoenix chapter. Carl wanted William Branham to speak at this year’s convention, just as he had done many times in the past. But Carl knew that not everyone liked this idea. Some of the board members thought William Branham offended too many people when he preached. At their board meeting before the convention one of the directors proposed a resolution that the same convention couldn’t have the same speaker two years in a row. Another director seconded the motion. Carl Williams said, “I know what you’re up to. You don’t want William Branham back at the Phoenix convention anymore. But I want you to understand something—if you take Brother Branham out of the Phoenix convention, then I’m gone too.” Because Carl’s management skills had helped the organization get out of debt, he had enough influence to get his way—at least this time. The motion was withdrawn.

Carl Williams had a good reason for his unwavering loyalty to Bill’s ministry. During the 1940s, Carl suffered from arthritis in his knees. Eventually his condition became so painful that he could only walk using crutches. Late in that decade he attended Bill’s first faith-healing service in Phoenix. On that wonderful night Bill’s sermon inspired Carl to believe Jesus Christ could heal him from arthritis. He hobbled forward and stood with others in a prayer-line, awaiting his turn. When Bill prayed for him in Jesus’ name, he threw away his crutches and walked around the sanctuary, free from pain for the first time in many years. He had walked normally ever since, feeling only the normal aches and twinges that bother every older person occasionally.

After the board meeting ended, Carl Williams phoned Bill to ask him if he would speak at their Phoenix convention, January 17 through the 23. Carl didn’t say anything about the attempt some of the directors had made to keep him out.

“Yes,” Bill replied, “I’ll be happy to speak for you. What days do you want me?”

“I have you scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, and again on Saturday morning and Sunday night”.

Before hanging up, Bill said, “Brother Carl, I appreciate you standing up for me like that”.

Recently, Meda Branham had given her husband a new Bible. For many years Bill had used a Scofield Study Bible (King James Version) with the words of Jesus printed in red letters. Bill didn’t agree with all of Dr. Scofield’s notes, but he found some of them helpful. Mostly he liked this Bible because he had started using it early in his evangelistic ministry in 1946, and by now it had become as familiar to him as an old friend. He knew where to find many of his favorite verses as much by their location on a page as by looking at the reference numbers. He had carried this Bible with him all over North America, down into Mexico, across the Atlantic to England and Scandinavia, through Europe, down into Africa, and over into India. It felt as comfortable in his hands as an old, well-worn pair of gloves—a pair that should have been discarded long ago in favor of a new pair. He had simply worn this Bible out. Now he had to open it carefully or loose pages would fall on the floor. Several times, Meda suggested he get a new Bible, but he was reluctant to part with his old friend. In a burst of inspiration, Meda bought him a new Scofield Study Bible as a Christmas present—a Bible that was exactly the same as his old one.

Bill took both Bibles with him to the Full Gospel Business Men’s convention in Phoenix, but during the week and on Saturday morning he continued to use his old Bible when he preached. On Saturday night in his hotel room, still using his old Bible, he found his text for the next day and wrote down the reference numbers in his notes: John 16:20-21, which begins: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice. . .”

On Sunday morning the Full Gospel Business Men’s convention was held in the Ramada Inn’s large banquet hall. When Bill left his hotel room that morning, he decided to finally make the switch to his new Bible. Leaving his old Bible on the desk, he picked up his new Bible and his notes, and went downstairs to join the convention. After several songs, Carl Williams turned the service over to his friend.

Bill stood behind the podium and greeted the men and women gathered in the banquet hall. Then he asked them to turn in their Bibles to John 16 and follow along as he read verses 20 and 21. Bill flipped through the book of John until he found the beginning of the 16th chapter, nestled where he expected to find it in the lower right hand corner of the right hand page. Turning the page, he found verse 20 and read, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; that . . .” Realizing this was not the Scripture he wanted, he apologized to his audience while he turned back a page to get his bearings. There was the heading for the 16th chapter of John in the bottom right hand corner of the page. But when he carefully turned that page forward, the new left hand page didn’t match with what he expected to find. Flustered, he turned the pages back and forth a few times, and then said to his audience, “My wife gave me a new Bible, and it has this page printed wrong”.

A Catholic priest named Bishop Stanley sat near the podium, wearing a red robe adorned with elaborate vestments. He was the Archbishop for the Chaldean Catholic church in the United States. Bishop Stanley rose from his chair, walked over to the podium, and handed his Bible to Bill, saying, “This is God’s handiwork. There is a reason why it was done. God will show you the reason. It is wonderful”.

Thanking Bishop Stanley, Bill took the Bible, found the verse he wanted and read aloud, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, that ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.” Closing the borrowed book, he handed it back to the priest.

In his sermon, which he called Birth Pains, Bill compared our world to a pregnant woman who is laboring to deliver her baby. The woman experiences violent contractions that grow more intense the closer she gets to delivery. Likewise our world has experienced some violent contractions in her twentieth century—principally [the “two Woes” of] World War I, followed by World War II [and soon, when Satan is cast down to earth, the brief “third Woe” of the ‘hot stage’ of World War III which will precipitate Armageddon at the end of the second half of Daniel’s Seventieth Week (Revelation 8:13; 9:12; 11:14; 12:7-12)]. Now that we have atomic bombs, humanity won’t survive a third such war—at least not civilization as we know it now. But such a day is coming. The Book of Revelation calls this the great tribulation [which commenced in the Ephesian Church Age when General Titus besieged Jerusalem and will proceed to the consummation of life (Daniel 9:26; Matthew 24:1-3a, 15-35). After the close of the Gentile dispensation it will purge and martyr the foolish virgin, all of the non-elect, and an election of Israelites in the land of the Covenant will be trodden in] the winepress of the wrath of God [(Revelation 14:19-20l 19:15-21). Throughout these “last days” of Messianic redemption and completion or “great tribulation” seven angels have poured out Seven Vials full of the wrath of God in the antitype of Israel’s Ordeal of Jealousy in what Brother Branham called an “investigation judgment” to distinguish righteous foolish virgin from the false church, and Seven Trumpet judgments of natural war have chastised Israel with a view to correction]. . . Yet, out of this final contraction . . . earth will be . . . purified . . . fit for Jesus Christ (the Promised Son) to live on, and to reign with His Bride (those born-again Christians from every Church Age) [throughout the millennium].

Although the Full Gospel Business Men’s convention would continue for several more nights, after the Sunday session ended, Bill drove his family back to Tucson because his children had to go to school the next day. On the way home, they stopped at a restaurant to eat supper. Bill was still thinking about the misprint in his new Bible. Meda felt embarrassed because she thought she had given him a flawed Bible. She said she had never been more nervous in her life than she was during those few minutes he spent searching for his text. Now in the restaurant, Bill opened his new Bible to examine it more closely. To his surprise, he found it was not a misprint after all; rather, two of the ultra-thin pages had stuck together so perfectly that they looked like one page. Bill recalled what the bishop had told him: “This is God’s handiwork. There is a reason why it was done. God will show you the reason. It is wonderful.” Suddenly, a story in Luke came into his mind. Like a lightning bolt, the reason struck him.

On Monday Bill drove back to Phoenix to hear Dr. Reed speak at the Full Gospel Business Men’s convention. While talking to Carl Williams before the meeting, Bill shared what the Lord had shown him last night at the restaurant. Impressed, Carl asked Bill to share this with everyone at the convention. He could have 10 minutes at the podium before Dr. Reed brought the evening message. So, on Monday night Bill again stood behind the podium, addressing this interdenominational group of Christian businessmen and their wives. After reminding them of yesterday’s funny little incident, he pointed them to Luke 4:16-30. When Jesus visited His home town of Nazareth, He went to the synagogue on the Sabbath. A rabbi handed Jesus the book of Isaiah. Jesus unrolled the scroll to chapter 61 and read part of the first sentence: “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me; because the Lord hath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. Then Jesus rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the minister, and said to those in the room, This day this Scripture is fulfilled in your ears”.

Bill pointed out that Jesus read only a portion of that Scripture. In our modern Bible, the first sentence in Isaiah 61 fills verses 1, 2, and 3. Jesus read all of verse one, but just the first part of verse two. Why didn’t He finish reading that sentence? He stopped because the rest of the sentence did not apply to that moment in history; it would not apply until the end-time. But today, it does apply. Some day Jesus Christ must proclaim, “The day of vengeance of our God,” as Isaiah 61:2 prophesied.

“Isn’t that exactly what had happened yesterday?” Bill asked his audience. He quoted Luke 17:30 and stressed again that he believed he was living in the time that Jesus prophesied would come—the day when the Son of man is revealed. If that was true, then on Sunday night, January 24, 1965, in Phoenix, Arizona, “the Son of man” used “a son of man” to proclaim “the day of vengeance of our God.”

It took those two pages stuck together in his own Bible, and then borrowing a Bible from a priest, in order for Bill to see the connection between Isaiah 61:2 and Luke 4:17. Without equivocation, he said to his audience, “This day this Scripture is fulfilled in your ears!”


After the Phoenix Convention ended, Bill had two weeks at home before his next scheduled meeting, which would be in Flagstaff, Arizona, on February 6, 1965. Several things were on his mind at this time. Building his den occupied some of his thoughts, but it was not his biggest concern. During the planning stage he had to make a lot of decisions; but now he didn’t have much to do on his den except answer an occasional question. Banks Wood and Roy Borders were handling everything during the construction stage of the project.

Lately Bill was spending a lot of time trying to get his book about the Seven Church Ages ready for publication. After he had given the transcripts to Lee Vayle in Tampa, Florida, he had talked to Lee on numerous occasions, sometimes on the phone, sometimes by sending him audio letters made on a tape recorder, answering specific questions and offering general advice. Mostly Lee was on his own, researching background information and structuring the ten sermons into book form. During the last eight months of 1964 Pearry Green sent Lee Vayle $48 a week to support him while he wrote; and Lee sent Bill approximately one completed chapter per month. Now, in January of 1965, the book was almost finished. Bill was spending many hours going over the manuscript, making additions and corrections. He was trusting Lee Vayle to make the grammar correct. Bill was trying his best to make the doctrine clear and precise.

There was one more thing on his mind during that last week of January, 1965. For many years men and women had asked him questions about marriage and divorce. Sometimes a Christian man would ask him if he could divorce his unbelieving wife and marry another woman. Sometimes a Christian woman would ask him if she could divorce her unbelieving husband and marry another man. The personal details varied widely, but when he melted the details down, they pooled into the same basic questions. Many Christians seemed confused about divorce, and in their confusion they sometimes made mistakes.

The Lord had revealed to him the truth about marriage and divorce back in June of 1963, while he was returning home from Hot Springs, Arkansas. At that time the Holy Spirit told him to preach on the subject and record his sermon, but he kept putting it off, concerned that the truth might hurt many of his dearest friends who had made mistakes in that area of their lives. On the other hand, he could not disobey the leading of the Holy Spirit. Troubled by this dilemma, he felt pressed in his spirit to do something about it. One day, as he was driving toward his new home to inspect the progress on his den, he looked at the northern mountains not far away and his eyes focused on Finger Rock. Suddenly Bill heard the Holy Spirit whisper to him, “Climb that mountain and I will talk to you there”.

Finger Rock, TucsonObediently he drove north until he came to the parking lot at the trail head for Pima Canyon. He hiked the trail for half a mile before he reached the entrance to the canyon. There the trail split, one path continuing up Pima Canyon, and the other path rising toward Finger Rock. He took the path to Finger Rock. The trail rose steeply, and he was soon sweating from his effort. The many rocks along the slope glittered with flecks of mica. Little green gecko lizards darted from shade to shade. Yellow butterflies fluttered by. Palo Verde trees and various cacti clung to the lower slopes, but as he climbed higher, the darker-leafed pinyon pine trees dominated the available soil. He stopped high on the slope, near the base of the cliff that rose and blended into Finger Rock. The point of Finger Rock loomed hundreds of feet above him. Although Finger Rock was not the highest point on the ridge, it was unique and very noticeable. It looked like the fist of a human hand with one finger pointing straight up into the sky. Bill sat on a boulder and looked out across the Tucson valley. To the east stood the Rincon Mountains and to the south he saw the Santa Rita Mountains, looking blue-green and hazy on the horizon. Bill located his new home just a few miles away. Then his mind returned to his purpose, and he prayed.

Bill believed that the marriage covenant was more serious than many people realized. He viewed it as a type of Jesus Christ and His Bride. The Old Testament foreshadowed this bond in many places. For example, King Solomon had many wives—one king, yet many queens, typing Jesus Christ and His church. Bill did not believe in polygamy among Christians. Although the Old Testament seems to condone multiple wives, Jesus set the record straight when He said “. . . from the beginning it was not so.” The pattern in Eden was the archetype for every Christian marriage to follow—one man married to one woman until one of them dies (Roman 7:1-3; I Corinthians 7:1-16). If they divorce, they have not sinned. However, if the divorced woman then marries another man, Jesus said she is living in adultery because she would have two husbands, even though she is only living with one.

People with marriage problems often asked Bill questions about divorce. Some of these questions were easier to answer than others. Perhaps the stickiest questions came from people who were divorced and then remarried before they became Christians. Bill knew how closely some of these people followed his teachings. If he preached the truth about marriage and divorce, would some of these people dissolve their marriages so they could be right with God? Would he be responsible for breaking up families? This burden weighed upon him heavily as he sat on the slope directly beneath Finger Rock.

Suddenly he heard a noise like an approaching whirlwind. Looking up, he sucked in his breath in surprise. An amber sheet of flame was dropping from the sky. Before he could exhale, it covered the rock outcropping above him. Three times Bill watched that supernatural flame rise and settle again on Finger Rock. As it disappeared back into the heavens, the Angel of the Lord spoke to him, giving him an answer to his question about marriage and divorce.

After he climbed down from Finger Rock, he was driving home when he noticed his car was low on gas. He stopped to fill his tank at the gas station owned by his friend Welch Evans. A young man who worked at the station said, “Brother Branham, you were up on that mountain an hour ago, weren’t you”.

“What do you mean, Ronnie” What did you see?”

“I can show you exactly where you were at.” Ronnie pointed to the line of mountain peaks north of the city. “You were up there by Finger Rock. I called mama and together we watched a bright reddish cloud go up and down. I told mama, ‘Brother Branham must be sitting up there somewhere, and God is talking to him’.”

Bill heard the same thing when his children came home from school. Some of the teachers let their children out of class to watch a fiery amber cloud hovering above Finger Rock. They watched it go up in the air and come down three times before it disappeared.

Calling Orman Neville in Jeffersonville, Bill scheduled special meetings to start Wednesday evening and run through Sunday, February 17 through 21, 1965. Returning to Indiana, he preached in this order: A Man Running from the Presence of the Lord,” “The Seed is not Heir with the Shuck,” “This Day this Scripture is Fulfilled,” (an expanded version of the testimony he gave in Phoenix), “God’s Chosen Place of Worship,” “Marriage and Divorce,” and Who is this Melchisedec?”

On Sunday morning, February 21, 1965, he preached “Marriage and Divorce.” Bill knew he could only speak on this sensitive subject in Branham Tabernacle, where he had complete freedom of expression. Even then he worried about how plainly he must speak, and he chose his words carefully because of the women and children who were in his audience. During this sermon, Bill noted that Christians tend to view divorce in two different ways. Some people believe that a man can only be married once, unless his wife dies, in which case he is free to marry again. Other people believe that a man can divorce his wife and marry again, or the wife can divorce her husband and marry again, if the other spouse has committed adultery. Bill said that both schools of thought have some truth, but with either view it was possible to go too far out on a limb and fall off. As usual, legalism and Calvinism both miss the mark. [Calvinism (as William Branham used it here) is the liberal doctrine that argues once you claim you are saved by Jesus, you can live any kind of life you want to live, and no matter what sins you do, you can’t be lost]. The truth rests in the middle. He used his own marriage as an example. The law of God instructs him to remain faithful to his wife, but he doesn’t stay true to her just because God said he must. He loves his wife so much that he doesn’t want to do anything to hurt her, and that is why he remains faithful.

Next he read Matthew 19:1-9 where the Pharisees questioned Jesus about divorce. Jesus said that in the beginning God intended each man to have only one wife. Then the Pharisees asked Jesus why Moses introduced divorce. Jesus said it was because of the hardness of men’s hearts, but from the beginning it was not so. Jesus said that any man who divorces his wife for any reason other than [unconfessed] fornication [which would invalidate the contract] causes her to commit adultery (Why? Because she’ll marry again, giving her two husbands, even though she is just living with one). Consequently, the man who marries a divorced woman is also committing adultery [Matthew 5:32].

Bill talked at length about Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Because Eve was not in the original creation, she was susceptible to the devil’s lies, which he told her through the serpent, (who in the beginning was not a reptile, but an intelligent mammal, the so-called missing link between primates and humans). By disobeying God’s commandment and yielding to the serpent’s advances, Eve committed adultery and brought death into the world. But we can’t criticize Adam and Eve because every man and woman today has the same choice—a choice to be either a jewel in God’s crown or a thorn in His foot.

Finally Bill came to his conclusion—the thing God told him that day on Finger Rock. He said, “I’m speaking to my group only; this message is only to them. Little children, I’m here to help you. I am your friend. You might think I’m speaking against you, but I love you. This is an awful strong thing. I didn’t know how to bring it out. What will I do when I have good men and women in my congregation who have been married twice or three times? They got mixed up because someone taught them wrong. They didn’t wait on the Lord. Jesus said, ‘What God has joined together, let no man put asunder.’ Not what some half-drunk magistrate or some backslidden preacher has joined together; I’m talking about what God has joined together. When you have a direct revelation from God that someone is your wife (or someone is your husband) that person is yours for the rest of your life. But what man joins together anybody can pull apart.”

Bill repeated, “Bear me record of this before God: this is just to my group only. Some of you men and women married a second time because of misinterpreted theology. If God gave Moses and Paul special permission concerning marriage and divorce, should not God permit me to do the same thing? [Matthew 19:7; I Corinthians 7:6, where Paul said (speaking on the subject of marriage) “But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment”]. I say this by the vindication of His Cloud upon the mountain and His Message that has brought me this far. You men, who have made that mistake, go on the way you are and live in peace with your wives, but don’t you dare try to do it again. It wasn’t so in the beginning (a man having more than one living wife) and it will not be at the end. But under this modern condition, if you are happy with her, then live with her and raise your children in the admonition of God; but God be merciful to you if you ever do that again! You teach your children to never do a thing like that. God bore me witness on the mountain that I could say this—let them go on as they are and sin no more. It is a supernatural revelation because of the opening of the Seven Seals, so that this question would not be left dangling.” (If you have a question concerning marriage and divorce, don’t base any life-changing decisions on my synopsis of this sermon. Prayerfully consult the full text of William Branham’s sermon “Marriage and Divorce,” along with his sermon “Choosing of a Bride,” preached on April 29, 1965 – O.A.J).

In his sermon, “Who is this Melchisedec?” Bill tackled an age-old question. Genesis 14 tells how the city of Sodom was ransacked by the king of Elam (Persia). Lot and his wife and children were captured and carried away to the north. Abraham assembled a fighting force of 318 men who pursued the king of Elam and defeated him in battle. Thus Abraham rescued his nephew Lot from slavery. After the battle, a priest named Melchisedec came to Abraham, blessed him, and then ate bread and drank wine with him. (This is a type of the great wedding supper where, after the battle is over, Jesus eats bread and drinks wine with His Bride – Mark 14:22-25). In return, Abraham paid tithes to Melchisedec, giving Him a tenth of all he had. This story would be mysterious enough just from the Genesis account, but in Hebrews 7 Paul writes that Melchisedec is the King of peace and righteousness, and He didn’t have a father or mother, neither beginning nor ending of days.

Who is this mysterious person? Bill explained that Melchisedec had to be God Himself, because only God had no beginning. Melchisedec was God’s theophany appearing to Abraham in order to pre-figure Jesus Christ. It was not Jesus like we see Him in the New Testament, because Jesus had a Father and a mother, and this man had neither. Jesus had a beginning; this man didn’t. Jesus gave His life; this man couldn’t, because He was life. Yet there is a close connection.

To explain that connection, Bill went back to the beginning of the universe when God lived alone with His thoughts. God is a spirit. After planning the universe, Spirit-God spoke. His Words became the Logos, or “the Word of God.” A word is a thought that is openly expressed. Spirit-God has no form that we could recognize. Initially, His thoughts had no form that we could see. But as soon as He used words to express His thoughts, then in that sense He had a form that could be recognized, although at first there was nothing around to see it. The Logos that came out from Spirit-God was His theophany, or “Word-body.” God’s theophany was not a physical body; rather, it was a supernatural body. But now that His thoughts were expressed, His theophany could become a physical body. That is what happened in the days of Abraham. Bill explained that Melchisedec was “God the Word” appearing in flesh to Abraham two thousand years before He became “God incarnate” in Jesus Christ. Thus Abraham saw the theophany of Christ in a pre-incarnate form. Later, when God became incarnate and walked among men, Jesus said to the Jews, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day: and he saw it, and was glad.” Then said the Jews unto Him, “Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?” Jesus said unto them, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:56-58).

The book of Hebrews explains how the Levitical priesthood (which God started in the days of Moses) came to an end when Jesus was sacrificed for the sins of mankind. From that day forward God has ministered to His people through the priesthood of Melchisedec—Jesus Christ being the high priest par excellence. (Hebrews 4:17 – 10:22).

All this might have sounded abstract and overly technical until Bill explained that every born-again Christian also has a theophany. They have to have one, because they were in God’s thoughts from the beginning. That makes them, in essence, attributes of God. When Jesus Christ was born on earth, He had His theophany with Him. That is why He was a perfect man, because He never strayed from His Father’s Word. He could not stray because He and the Word of God were one and the same. The rest of God’s children were born without their theophanies so that they could be tested with trials and could overcome the sin of unbelief through their faith in Jesus Christ. When a man (or a woman) finally recognizes that the Word of God is the true food which feeds his hungry soul, he has just heard from his theophany. Now he knows he has a Word-body waiting for him beyond this life. This is the meaning of II Corinthians 5:1, which says: “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” During the millennium and forever thereafter, God’s children will live with their physical bodies and their theophanies connected. Bill referred to this future state of being as a person living in a “glorified body.”


Attaturk

Demos Shakarian had a good reason for believing that God can work through people to perform miracles and to instruct through prophecy. His grandfather left Armenia (Turkey) in 1855 when a young Christian prophesied that an unspeakable tragedy was coming; so the family missed the Great Calamity of 1915, when the Ottoman Empire systematically killed 1.5 million Armenians. [The Ottoman bureaucracy was run by Donmeh (Sabbataean) anti-Semitic self-styled Jews who pose as Muslims, through whose internal subversion the Rothschild Dynasty conspired the downfall of the Ottoman Empire in World War I, bringing Palestine under Britain which they controlled. Donmeh Jews established and rule the Republic of Turkey. Donmeh Jew Ataturk and the Young Turks’ support for Zionism and creation of a Jewish homeland in Palestine after World War I and during Nazi rule in Europe endeared Turkey to Israel and vice versa]. The Shakarian family settled in California and started a dairy, which grew into a successful business. They also became Pentecostal Christians in the aftermath of the 1906 Azusa Street revival.

Demos Shakarian became involved with the Branham Campaigns back in the 1940s when Bill first visited California. Over the years, Demos had helped sponsor several of Bill’s faith-healing campaigns and had seen God perform hundreds of miracles during those meetings. Sometimes Demos had worked as an usher, collecting prayer-cards from people in the prayer-lines as they left the main floor to walk up on the platform where Bill would discern and then pray for them. Demos always checked what these people wrote on their prayer-cards with the diagnosis Bill gave them through his supernatural gift. Demos never saw a mistake in that discernment, not even in the slightest detail. When Demos’ mother was dying, he asked Bill to come to the hospital and pray for her. When Bill did, Mrs. Shakarian rose from her deathbed and lived in good health for several more years.

In 1963 Demos Shakarian’s sister, Florence, was diagnosed with cancer. Although she was only 39, the cancer had advanced to a stage where her doctors couldn’t stop it. Naturally, Demos wanted Bill to pray for God to perform a miracle in his sister’s life.

As Bill began his prayer, God showed him a vision of Florence running from something that was trying to kill her. She jumped into a bed and screamed for Bill’s help. In the vision, he ran towards her, but she died before he could reach her side. A clock next to the bed showed him the time. Sadly, Bill told Demos that his sister would not live to see the coming of the Lord, but she would die some morning between 2 and 3 o’clock.

On Thursday evening, April 29, 1965, Bill spoke to the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Before his sermon, Florence Shakarian (now 42) sang a beautiful solo that touched every heart in the room. The song was all the more poignant because most of the audience knew about her battle with cancer. Suddenly a Pentecostal man spoke in an unknown tongue; and then another Pentecostal man interpreted it, saying, “Thus saith the Lord, ‘Oh daughter of Zion, thou shalt not fear, thou shalt not worry, for thou shalt live to see the coming of the Lord’.”

A murmur of approval rippled through the room. But Billy Paul Branham was troubled by this prophecy because he remembered that his father had said Florence would not live to see the coming of the Lord.

Although the banquet room was packed full of people, Bill was mindful of a larger audience. The twin reels of a tape recorder were turning, so he knew his sermon, Choosing of a Bride,” would go far beyond the four walls of this room. He took his text from Genesis 24, where Abraham was searching for a bride for his son, Isaac. Abraham was not impressed with the pretty women in the godless tribes of Canaan where he was living. He hoped to find a suitable bride in his homeland among his relatives. Since Abraham was too old to travel, he appointed his eldest servant, Eliezer, to accomplish this task. When Eliezer arrived at a well on the outskirts of Nahor, he prayed, “O Lord God of my master Abraham . . . let it come to pass that the damsel to whom I shall say, ‘Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink’; and she shall say, ‘Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also’: let the same be she that Thou has appointed for Thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that Thou hast shewed kindness unto my master?” It happened just the way he prayed it would. Rebekah accepted the invitation Eliezer delivered. The very camels that she watered carried Rebekah to her future husband, Isaac. This love story is a beautiful type of Christ and His Bride. (The same Holy Spirit that the believers water will carry them to their heavenly Bridegroom).

Of the many choices we make in life, few choices affect us more deeply than our choice of a marriage partner. A good wife is the best thing God can give a man outside of salvation; but a bad one, as Solomon said, is rottenness in his bones. (Proverbs 12:4; also see Proverbs 18:22; 19:13; 21:19; 27:15, 31:10 and 30). A good wife is one who fits her husband well, who complements his character and helps him fulfill his purpose. A man should pray before he chooses. He should not base his decision on a woman’s outward beauty; he should look for the inward beauty of a Christian character. Outward beauty can be deceiving. (Remember, Lucifer was so beautiful, he convinced a third of the angels to follow him). Inward beauty endures forever. If a man meets a woman who is born again, and the two of them fall in love, and they both pray about it, and they feel it is God’s will, then they should get married. The character of the woman a man chooses to marry reflects his own character and his ambitions. After all, she is going to help him make a future home.

These natural principles have important spiritual applications. When a man chooses a church for his family to attend, he should not look for a beautiful building, a fancy choir, or how many group activities the church sponsors. He should look for a church that preaches the full gospel, a church that makes the Bible its final authority.

Just as the man was not created for the woman, but the woman was created for the man; so Christ was not made for the church, but the church was made for Christ. (I Corinthians 11:9; Ephesians 5:21-32). Who will Jesus Christ choose for His Bride in this day? He will choose men and women who are filled with the Holy Spirit and who respect His Word.

Bill said, “Jesus did only what pleased God—that is, He honored and manifested God’s Word. His Bride will have to be of the same character. She could not be chosen from inside of a denomination. Every denomination has a board of directors somewhere who tell their people what they can and can’t do—and many times it is a million miles off the true Word. God never intended to lead His church through popes, cardinals, bishops, priests or presbyters. He sent the Holy Ghost to lead His church. Jesus said, ‘When the Comforter (the Holy Ghost) is come, He will reveal what I have told you and lead you into all truth.’ (John 14:16-26; 16:12-15). The modern church hates that plan, so how could she be Christ’s Bride? When Christians today choose to belong to a denomination, it reflects their poor understanding of the Word of God. I don’t mean to hurt your feelings, but I want it to go deep enough until you will look at it.”

Bill told them about the vision he saw of the Bride of Christ and the modern church on parade. As he neared the end of his sermon, he felt a strange impulse to speak freely, until he scarcely knew what he was saying. “Men, look at the creeds you serve. Is your church exactly with the Word of God? Women, look in the mirror—not in the mirror of your church, but in the mirror of God’s Word—and see if you qualify to be the spiritual Bride of Jesus Christ. Is your life patterned exactly like God’s marriage certificate (the Bible) says it has to be? Ministers, ask yourselves the same thing. Do you soften what you preach to save somebody’s feelings, so they won’t put you out of the church? Church member, if your church isn’t measuring up to the qualifications of God’s Word, get out of it and get into Christ. That is a solemn warning. You don’t know what time this city is going to sink to the bottom of this ocean.”

Bill’s exhortation changed into a prophecy. “Los Angeles, thou city who claims to be the city of the angels, who has exalted yourself into heaven and sent your filthy fashions and dirty movies around the world—regardless of your fine churches, remember, one day you’ll lie at the bottom of this sea. The ground under you is like a honeycomb. The wrath of God is belching beneath you. I don’t know how much longer He’ll wait before this sandbar will sink and that ocean out yonder will slide inland all the way back to the Salton Sea. (The Salton Sea is a large lake in the Imperial Valley of California, about 150 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The Salton Sea lies below sea level). It will be worse than the last day of Pompeii. (Pompeii was a city in Italy that was destroyed in AD79 when Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the city and its inhabitants under volcanic ash). Repent, Los Angeles! Repent, the rest of you, and turn to God! The hour of His wrath is upon the earth. Flee while there is time to flee, and come into Christ!”

Amid much weeping and repenting by the audience, Bill prayed his closing prayer. Then he added, “My brothers and sisters, I don’t know what more to say. If you believe me to be His prophet—this is the first time in public I’ve ever said that, but I feel a strange warning of some sort. I’m not prone to this. You know I’m not. I usually don’t act like this. I hesitated to speak that message, but now it’s been said; and it will stand at the Day of Judgment as a witness that I’ve told the truth. That is ‘Thus saith the Lord God’.”

“Oh Pentecostals, run for your lives. Flee to the horns of the altar and cry out before it is too late; for the hour will come when you can cry and it will do you no good. Remember, Esau sought to find the place of his birthright and couldn’t find it. (Hebrews 12:14-17). I commit you, oh members of the Full Gospel Businessmen, whom I love with all my heart, I commit you to Jesus Christ tonight. Flee to Him. Never let the devil cool you off from this Word. Stay right with it until you’re filled with the Holy Ghost insomuch that you men and women will straighten up and live godly lives. If you say you’ve got the Holy Ghost and won’t cope with the Word, it’s another spirit in you. God’s spirit is on His Word. Christ’s Bride must be the anointed Word.”

After the meeting ended, Bill felt numb and somewhat dazed, the way he used to feel when visions sapped his energy during a prayer-line. But tonight he had seen no visions. Something else had moved his tongue. Billy Paul and Earl Williams (who was Carl Williams’ son) each took one of Bill’s arms and guided him out of the building. Bill walked with his head tilted back and his eyes half shut. He didn’t drag his feet, but neither did he seem fully conscious of his surroundings. As Bill came up to his car, his head rolled forward, his eyes focused on his son, and he said, “Paul, what did I tell those people? I didn’t come here to be mean to them.”

“You’re all right, Daddy,” Billy Paul answered. “You didn’t say anything mean to them.”

On their drive back to Tucson, Bill told his son that he could not remember what he had said during the last part of his sermon. Billy Paul told him how he had prophesied that Los Angeles would someday sink beneath the ocean.

A stretch of silence followed, and then Bill asked his son if that was why he looked so glum. Billy Paul reminded his father about the person who interpreted that unknown tongue, prophesying that Florence Shakarian would live to see the coming of the Lord. Billy Paul hesitated, and then expressed his quandary. “Daddy, you said she would not live to see the coming of the Lord, but she would die some morning between 2 and 3 o’clock.”

“Son, all I can say is that the Lord has not shown me anything different from what I’ve already said.” (Florence Shakarian died on September 10, 1965 at 2:45 a.m.).

Later that night Bill read Matthew 11:23, where Jesus prophesied: “Thou Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.” Consulting a Bible dictionary, he learned that an earthquake sent Sodom to the bottom of the Dead Sea; and Capernaum was also destroyed by an earthquake.


Ever since William Branham visited South Africa in 1951 he wanted to return and spend more time preaching to the indigenous natives. He liked the way they accepted his message with simple faith that produced tremendous results, not only in healings and miracles, but also in changed lives for Jesus Christ. He felt his work in Africa was not finished. For many years he didn’t have the financial backing to hold more faith-healing campaigns in Africa. Later he was promised financial support, but then he could not get a visa. He suspected interference from South Africa’s religious leaders, who wielded a lot of political power through their National Committee. In 1965 Bill again applied for visas to South Africa and Mozambique. Both visas were approved; however they were restricted visas which would permit him to hunt, but would not allow him to hold any religious meetings. Apparently South Africa was simmering with political unrest. Government officials worried that any large gathering of natives (remember, tens of thousands of natives attended his Durban meeting in 1951) might turn into a riot. Although disappointed with this restriction, he nevertheless bought airplane tickets for himself and for Billy Paul.

WMB hunting with Sidney Jackson in AfricaThey landed in Johannesburg, South Africa, on May 26, 1965. Sidney Jackson met them at the airport. A few days later the three of them flew to Beira, on the coast of Mozambique, where they hired a guide and outfitted for a three-week-long safari. They rented a Land Rover, which is a boxy 4-wheel drive truck manufactured in England. Loading the Land Rover with supplies, they drove 150 miles west into some very wild country. African savanna is composed of subtropical grasslands dotted with thorny trees that have small leaves. Large herds of grazing animals migrate across the savanna, like elephants, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, ibex, and others. Many predators prey on these herds, such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, eagles, and vultures.

For three weeks Bill and his companions lived in the bush country, hunting by day, cooking over a fire in the evening and sleeping in tents at night. Every few days they moved their camp to a new location. One afternoon about 5 o’clock, Bill saw a vision of two natives carrying a third native on a stretcher. The vision made it clear that the third man was sick with a contagious disease.

When the vision ended, Bill walked over to Sidney Jackson’s tent and said, “Brother Jackson, in a little while they are going to bring a man in here who is suffering from smallpox. As I understand it, the law in Mozambique says that out here in the savanna, if a sick person asks us for help, we are obligated to drive him to the nearest doctor or hospital.”

“That’s right, Brother Branham. In our case, the nearest hospital is at Beira, 150 miles away. We would just send our guide, so we would be here for two days without a vehicle.”

“Brother Jackson, if you were asked to pray for this man, would you put your hands on him, knowing that smallpox is contagious?”

Jackson smiled. “I would do what a certain Irishman said he would do—shoot first and argue later,” referring to something Bill had said to him on one of their hunts.

“Come with me,” Bill said. He turned and walked into the tall grass that surrounded their camp. Jackson followed him. The temperature was a stifling 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Bill was not following a trail; he just pushed his way through the elephant grass, which was about 7 feet tall. Naturally there was no way for him to see what lay ahead. About 200 yards from camp, he stopped and said, “Stand still.”

After a minute of listening, they heard a rustling noise coming toward them. Three men pushed through the tall grass, two of them carrying a third man on a stretcher made from strips of bark woven together. The man in the lead looked puzzled when he saw two white men standing quietly in the thick, tall grass. Sidney Jackson spoke to them in their native language, asking them to set the stretcher down so he and the American evangelist could pray for their friend. The sick man groaned with pain as these men lowered the stretcher. Bill and Sidney knelt and laid their hands on the sick man, feeling the heat from his fever even on such a hot day. After saying a short prayer, Bill stood and walked back to camp. The other men followed him. When the three natives reached the clearing, they spoke to the guide, who immediately loaded the sick man in the back of the Land Rover and drove off. Everyone else ate supper and retired to their tents for the night.

In the morning Sidney Jackson was surprised to see that the Land Rover was already back. He roused the guide and said, “You made that trip to Beira very quickly.”

The driver answered, “No, I didn’t go. Just a few miles out of camp, that man on the stretcher thumped on the top of the cab and said, ‘Let me off here. My house is nearby.’ So I let him off and I came back.”

“Wasn’t he sick?”

“No. He told me he felt as good as rain.”

One day Billy Paul shot a leopard that had been killing cattle near a village. The local natives were grateful and held a feast to celebrate their deliverance from the leopard. Not only did the hunters attend this feast, Bill donated meat from a zebra he had shot.

A few days later the hunters discovered the trail of a Cape buffalo. Cape buffalos are large animals having massive, downward curving horns and nasty tempers. Sidney urged Bill to hunt the buffalo with his elephant gun, which was a .416 Rigby Nitro; but Bill wanted to use his .300 Weatherby, which had been given to him by some friends to replace the gun that had blown up in his face. They tracked this buffalo for several hours until they found it grazing in short grass. As the hunters crept forward, the buffalo smelled their scent.

Immediately it lowered its head and charged. Bill brought it down with one shot (much to Sidney Jackson’s relief, because there would not have been enough time for a second shot). [See the first image on the film strip above].

Bill wanted to shoot a lion, but two weeks went by without seeing one. He tried setting a trap. First he shot a zebra. Tying the dead zebra behind the Land Rover, he drug it in a wide circle around a tree, then left the zebra carcass under the tree, hoping a lion would smell zebra scent and follow it to the tree. After a few unproductive days of waiting, he tried a different approach. He used his four native trackers to beat the brush, making as much noise as possible in a wide arc, trying to frighten a lion into running toward the hunters. This method didn’t work either.

Despite this disappointment, it was a successful safari. Bill and Billy Paul collected 33 trophies between them. Back in Beira, Bill arranged to have the animal heads stuffed and mounted, and the skins cured. Later they would be shipped back to Tucson, Arizona, where he planned to display them in his new den room.

Before the hunters left Beira, a native ran up to Sidney Jackson and said that someone wanted to see “the master.” Sidney followed this native to a room where a young man waited. It was the man who Bill and Sidney had prayed for while he lay fever-ridden on that woven bark stretcher in the elephant grass. Incredibly, this man had walked 150 miles, just so he could thank “the master” for praying for him. Sidney Jackson led the man to William Branham, and together the two hunters told him about the saving grace of Jesus Christ.


A few days after he returned from Africa, William Branham dreamed he was a young man again, working at his original job at Public Service Indiana. In the dream he was walking his old route, collecting money from customers for their electricity bills. It was a hot day and sweat dripped from his temples as he walked by a river. Setting the customers’ money and their receipts on the ground, he changed into swimming trunks and jumped into the cool water. He thought, “This isn’t right. I shouldn’t be swimming on company time.” Getting out of the river, he changed back into his service uniform. Suddenly a gust of wind blew his receipts away, leaving him with a pile of coins. He thought, “Now what do I do? I don’t remember who paid what amount on their bills. The only thing I can think of is to leave this money with the cashier, and when these customers get a notice that they haven’t paid their bills, they will bring in the other half of their receipts. That sure is a lot of bother, all because I wasn’t paying attention.”

When Bill awoke, he turned over in bed. Meda batted her eyes, and then opened them wide and yawned. “Did you sleep well?” she asked.

“No. I dreamed that I was back at the public service company.”

“Again?” she asked with a hint of surprise.

During the past year Bill had dreamed several times that he was back working for the public utility company in Jeffersonville, and in each dream something bad happened. The frequency of these dreams bothered him. Was the Lord trying to tell him something? Earlier in the year, he asked God to give him a vision that would show him if he had done something wrong, so he could make it right. So far, the Lord had not given him a vision to explain these dreams.

They prayed together as was their morning custom. Then Meda went next door to wake their children. (Remember, they were living in a duplex).

“Lord,” Bill prayed, “What have I done that my subconscious mind won’t let me get away from my old job? I must be an awful guy.”

After he bathed and dressed, a thought came to him: “Maybe I’m neglecting the Lord’s work. Maybe that is what the Lord is trying to tell me through those dreams.”

WMB at deskGrabbing his Bible, he sat at his desk. It was a simple wooden desk just a little wider than its companion chair—about as big of a desk as this small apartment could accommodate. He said, “Lord, in the Old Testament, if Your children wondered about a dream, You spoke to them through the Urim and Thummim—through that supernatural Light sparkling in those twelve precious stones on the breastplate of Your high priest. (Uwriym (Urim) ‘lights; Tummiym (Thummim) ‘used with the Urim, for the will of God. Exodus 28:30; Leviticus 8:8; Numbers 27:21; Deuteronomy 33:8; I Samuel 28:6; Ezra 2:63; Nehemiah 7:65). But that priesthood has changed, and now the Bible is Your Urim and Thummim. Lord, since You haven’t given me a vision to explain those dreams, I’m asking You to show me something in Your Bible that will explain them. Surely there is some character and situation in here that will pertain to me. If somebody in here did something wrong, and it matches something I have done that displeases You, then let me turn to that place so I will know, and can make it right. If someone in here had a task to do, and You want me to do that same thing, then show me.”

Bill held the Bible upright in front of him, its spine on the desk, the covers pressed closed between the flats of his hands. Shutting his eyes, he withdrew his hands so that his Bible fell open randomly. Pressing his index finger down on a page, he opened his eyes and read the verse his finger was touching. It was Genesis 24:7, “The Lord God of heaven, which took me from my father’s house . . .”

“Hmmm,” he thought. “Who is speaking to whom?” He glanced back at the chapter heading to get the context. Abraham was trying to find a wife for his son, Isaac. Here in verse 7 Abraham was sending his steward, Eliezer, to search in the region of Mesopotamia. Abraham said, “The Lord God of heaven, which took me from my father’s house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; He shall send His Angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence”.

He shall send His Angel before thee? How striking. A chill ran along Bill’s spine. He thought about the Angel of the Lord who had been his guide and companion since the day his ministry began. Bill realized he had a commission like Eliezer; only his duty was to find a wife for someone far greater than Isaac. He was trying to find a Bride for the Lord Jesus Christ. nl796.htm

 

 


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Brother Grigor-Scott is a non-denominational minister who has ministered full-time since 1981, primarily to other ministers and their congregations overseas. He pastors Bible Believers’ tiny congregation, and is available to teach in your church.

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I Sought for a Man

August 7, 2013

 

Bible Believers’ Newsletter 795

“We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . .”
ISSN 1442-8660

Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; we are blessed to have you join us in fellowship around God’s unchanging Word.

Today it is my very great privilege to welcome our Brother Pastor Boyd Reneau, one of our contributing authors of many years standing. Brother Boyd expresses a tender love for the Lord in his life as in his personal ministry to the saints, so as you meditate on his sermon, “I Sought for a Man”—chewing rather than hurriedly swallowing untasted like a dog—God will speak to your heart. Its Spiritual vitamins for your soul impart the simplicity of faith taking the Message of the hour to the Scripture and its objective which is to redeem and reproduce God’s own Life in the believer. “For God so loved the world that He gave Himself in human form to be our near KINSMAN Redeemer, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal Life and personal fellowship with Him in the form of your Brother”.

I wrote to contributing author John Kaminski on the alleged assassination of award winning American journalist Michael Hastings by the rogue US government, a story not covered in this Newsletter. This brought to mind Brother Branham’s sermon, “The Cruelty of Sin, and the Penalty that it Cost to rid Sin from our Lives.” In the USA and all Christendom one sees the cruelty of sin (or unbelief) and a people who once “tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost and tasted the good Word of God and the powers of the world to come, having apostatized and committed the unforgiveable sin cannot renew themselves to repentance since they crucify the Son of God on their own account and expose Him to disgrace” (Hebrews 6:4-6). Having rejected the Headship of the prefect Man, our Kinsman Redeemer Jesus Messiah, and the Absolute of His unchanging Word from Genesis to Revelation, our nations cringe in bonds before the usurper Satan in the form of his vicarious Serpent’s seed offspring who have no inheritance in this world or hope in the world to come (Genesis 4:11-15; Matthew 12:32).

The current news confirms that led by apostate Christendom (so-called) the world is racing to Armageddon, “killing with sword [City of London, USA and NATO], and with hunger [Monsanto, et al], and with [the second] death [by unbelief—Judaeo-Romanism and her (once) Protestant daughters, Judaism, Islam and isms], and with the beasts [(Gk.) ‘therion,’ metaphorically, brutal, bestial men—ferocious savages in suits who are] of the earth [not from Above]” (Revelation 6:8).

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.

Your brother-in-Christ, Anthony Grigor-Scott

 


Russia and China prepare for Global War

July 26, 2013 — Both countries want peace, not war. The US threatens them. Defensive readiness is prioritized. Forewarned is forearmed. NATO’s a global alliance Washington heads. It’s a geopolitical threat. It menaces humanity. It’s expanding worldwide. It’s allied for offense, not defense. It plans war, not peace. It’s comprised of 28 member states, 22 partner ones, seven Mediterranean Dialogue allies, four Istanbul (Gulf) Cooperation Council Initiative states, and eight other global Partners. It works cooperatively with the UN, EU, and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. South American and African expansion is planned . . .

It threatens world peace. It’s expanding to Russian and Chinese borders. Encroaching US bases surround them. Moscow and Beijing are mindful. They’re allied defensively. They’re preparing for scenarios they hope to avoid. They’re readying for possible global war.

On December 7, 2011, the EU Times headlined “China Joins Russia, Orders Military to Prepare for World War III.” A Beijing Ministry of Defense bulletin said then President Hu “agreed in principle” that deterring US-led Western aggression is only possible by “direct and immediate military action” or threat thereof. He ordered his naval forces to “prepare for war.” BBC reported the same story. He wants stepped up preparation and readiness . . .

Beijing’s bulletin discussed a US-planned “ultimate (Middle East) solution.” It’s readied in case of regional nuclear war. It said Washington will attack Syria and Iran with lethal biological weapons. They’re “intended to kill tens of millions of innocent civilians.” Dutch virologist Ron Fouchier revealed it. He discovered that five avian flu virus mutations spread far more easily. Doing so makes them the “most lethal killer(s) of mankind ever invented.” US capabilities were based on Russian intelligence examination of Lockheed Martin’s RQ-170 Sentinel Drone. It was downed over Iranian territory . . . America’s nuclear, chemical, and biowarfare agenda is longstanding. Post-9/11, stepped up development was prioritized. Nuclear disarmament was spurned. So were Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) provisions. . . Washington rescinded the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention. Subverting its provisions preceded doing it. . . Hundreds of private biolabs operate nationwide . . . and other government facilities operate secretly. Research prioritizes offense, not defense . . . Permanent war is official US policy. . . Russia and China represent our last line of defense. Hopefully they’re up to the challenge. Full story: globalresearch.ca

Comment: Brother Branham prophesied, “Listen, did you know the Bible predicts that in the last days, that they’ll be a germ warfare? That diseases will break out upon the people, and will fall on everyone without the baptism of the Holy Spirit?” (God’s Provided Way of Healing, #54-0719A).

“Atomic bombs are laying in hangers, hydrogen bombs, sickness and diseases, germ warfare. . . and everything the way it is, knowing that the Bible said that man would actually rot in their flesh. . . (God’s Provided Way of Fellowship, #600709).


Who Authorized Preparations for War with China?

July 25, 2013 — Amitai Etzioni has raised an important question: Who authorized preparations for war with China? . . . the Pentagon’s war plan was not ordered by, and has not been reviewed by, US civilian authorities. We are confronted with a neoconized US military out of control endangering Americans and the rest of the world. . . Washington is planning a pre-emptive nuclear attack against China. No other kind of war makes any sense from Washington’s standpoint. The “superpower” was never able to occupy Baghdad, and after 11 years of war has been defeated in Afghanistan by a few thousand lightly armed Taliban. It would be curtains for Washington to get into a conventional war with China.

When China was a primitive third world country, it fought the US military to a stalemate in Korea. Today China has the world’s second largest economy and is rapidly overtaking the failing US economy destroyed by jobs offshoring, bankster fraud, and corporate and congressional treason. The Pentagon’s war plan for China is called “AirSea Battle”. . . Nuclear war is on Washington’s agenda . . .

USrael war flagPolls from all over the world consistently show that Israel and the US are regarded as the two greatest threats to peace and to life on earth. . . For the past 68 years, most military aggression can be sourced to the US and Israel. Yet, these two originators of wars pretend to be the victims of aggression. It is Israel that has a nuclear arsenal that is illegal, unacknowledged, and unaccountable. It is Washington that has drafted a war plan based on nuclear first strike. The rest of the world is correct to view these two rogue unaccountable governments as direct threats to life on earth. Full story: globalresearch.ca.

Comment: As two faux democracies [Israel and the United States] threaten life on earth you can understand why Russia MUST and will defeat Israel and invade and occupy mainland USA in the hot stage of the present World War III, and when Rome abrogates her covenant with the Jewish Bankster mafia of the City of London, Russia will wipe Rome’s US ‘shotgun’ and ‘bagman’ and Vatican City State from the face of the earth as Jesus prophesied.


The Battle for Oil in Central Africa: Fighting Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army or Confronting China?

July 30, 2013 — Is Washington sincere in its concern to stop the LRA . . . AFRICOM’s propaganda is aimed at the African population to justify its presence. . . Is Joseph Kony being used in Africa as was Osama bin Laden in the Middle East for the “War on Terror?”

US-Africa war flagWashington wants to control the majority of oil in Africa so that the petrodollar would continue to dominate world oil markets. With a looming war on the horizon, Middle East oil would become difficult to obtain for the US military machine especially if Iran is attacked. Iran would block the flow of oil with a blockade on the Strait of Hormuz. The US military needs oil to sustain a long-term war against its perceived adversaries namely Iran, China and Russia. Can the United States overstep China’s influence in Africa?

With the US involved in coups, wars and political manipulation of governments in the past and present, China seems more favorable to most governments in Africa. Why? China is not overthrowing governments or invading countries, they negotiate with the intention of doing business with the country for the long-term. China seeks business partners for its own economic growth with investment projects in many African nations. As for America’s future in the African continent, it seems the Africa Command (AFRICOM) and its new drone base in Niger does not seem to win the “hearts and minds” of most African governments and its people. Then again, the US can intimidate countries within Africa with its military and intelligence apparatus by either implementing a coup, assassinating a political leader (Patrice Lumumba of the Congo) or even a direct military intervention. The question is will Africa stand up to the most powerful empire in history or will it continue to allow Western powers (US, France, and Britain) to exploit its natural resources? Full story: globalresearch.ca


US-South Africa War Games: Hidden Agenda to make ‘Africans fight Africans’

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July 20, 2013 — The South African and US armed forces are to conduct war games in the Eastern Cape over a period of almost two weeks (24 July to August 5). . . While the stated purpose of the war games is to “protect Africa,” the real objective is imperial conquest. Washington’s hidden agenda is to “make Africans fight Africans”. It is worth noting that the SANDF was recently involved in fighting rebel forces in the Central African Republic, in which 15 SANDF soldiers were killed. The SANDF is supportive of US hegemonic objectives in Africa. . . Full story: globalresearch.ca


US-Saudi funded Terrorists sowing Chaos in Pakistan

February 18, 2013 — Baluchistan, target of Western geopolitical interests, terror wave coincides with Gwadar Port handover to China. The hidden agenda is the breakup of Pakistan. Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s southwest Baluchistan province bordering both US-occupied Afghanistan as well as Iran was the site of a grisly market bombing that has killed over 80 people . . . fits the pattern of global terrorism sponsored by the US, Israel, and their Arab partners Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The terrorist Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group was in fact created, according to the BBC, to counter Iran’s Islamic Revolution in the 1980’s, and is still active today. Considering the openly admitted US-Israeli-Saudi plot to use Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups across the Middle East to counter Iran’s influence, it begs the question whether these same interests are funding terrorism in Pakistan to not only counter Iranian-sympathetic Pakistani communities, but to undermine and destabilize Pakistan itself. . .

While the United States is close allies with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, it is well established that the chief financier of extremist militant groups for the past three decades, including Al Qaeda, are in fact Saudi Arabia and Qatar. While Qatari state-owned propaganda like Al Jazeera apply a veneer of progressive pro-democracy to its narratives, Qatar itself is involved in arming, funding, and even providing direct military support . . .

In terms of Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, as well as the infamous Lashkar-e-Taiba that carried out the 2008 Mumbai, India attack killing over 160, both are affiliates of Al Qaeda, and both have been linked financially, directly to Saudi Arabia. In the Guardian’s article, “WikiLeaks cables portray Saudi Arabia as a cash machine for terrorists,” the US State Department even acknowledges that Saudi Arabia is indeed funding terrorism in Pakistan . . .

Astonishingly, despite these admission, the US works politically, financially, economically, and even militarily in tandem with these very same state-sponsors of rampant, global terrorism. In Libya and Syria, the US has even assisted in the funding and arming of Al Qaeda and affiliated terrorist groups, and had conspired with Saudi Arabia since at least 2007 to overthrow both Syria and Iran with these terrorist groups. And while Saudi Arabia funds terrorism in Pakistan, the US is well documented to be funding political subversion in the very areas where the most heinous attacks are being carried out. Full story: landdestroyer.blogspot.com

Comment: Demonstrating Genesis 3:15, the US and Israel are both colonies of the Jews’ City of London, and the Saudi royal family who created the Wahhabi Islam cult and the ruling Qatar family, like President Barak Obama are Jewish.


Noah’s Ark: Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah’s Ark

ONE: Don’t miss the boat.
TWO: Remember that we are all in the same boat!
THREE: Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.
FOUR: Stay fit. When you’re 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
FIVE: Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
SIX: Build your future on high ground.
SEVEN: For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.
EIGHT: Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
NINE: When you’re stressed, float awhile.
TEN: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
ELEVEN: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting.

 


Now here is a Man: Russian Leaders propose Ban on Online Swearing

July 30, 2013 — They swear they’re not joking. A group of Russian leaders wants to ban the use of foul language on all of the country’s social media platforms and online discussion boards, saying that sites that do not comply with the new regulation would be added to a national “blacklist.” The existing “On the Protection of Children” law already is used to censor some forms of communication. The English language Pravda site reports that State Duma Deputy Yelena Mizulina has put forth a proposal that would require swear words to be removed from a site within 24 hours—or else the site would be added to the country’s blacklist. . . Full story: news.yahoo.com


I Sought for a Man

By Boyd Reneau

 

Today more than ever we need men in homes, communities and nations. But after more than half a century of concerted attack by the CIA, and other agencies of the Global Elite against the male population, the world has undergone a series of crises. Too many men fail to realize their God-ordained roles and take up their place as responsible leaders in their homes or local communities or pillars in society committed to the up-building of a better world. As a consequence, marriages have collapsed, families broken and new generations emerge from the turmoil and confusion less able to grapple with the issues that face them. Often it takes a crisis to precipitate attention to a problem as we witness in so many environmental disasters but here the restoration of man’s broken image cannot be effected by institutions of higher learning or UN-sponsored programs but by his Creator alone.

When in Genesis 1:26 God said “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” and gave him dominion over all of His creation, it was a masterpiece reflecting His divine artistry. The most complex of all creation, man is a testament to the greatness of God. The human body has been extensively studied in thousands of books through the ages and scholars and laypersons alike have marveled at what they see. From cranium and spinal column right down to the lower extremities the adult human skeleton in all of its 200 bones is an impressive structure which supports the muscles, organs and other tissues of the body. The intricate organization and specialized operation of the digestive, circulatory, lymphatic, nervous and reproductive systems attest the meticulous handiwork of a Supreme and wonderful Creator. The brain in itself is likened to a universe within. Shakespeare was no doubt contemplating this specimen when in Hamlet he exclaimed “What a piece of work is man”.

But though his body was made from the dust of the earth like all lower animals, he was endowed with qualities that show he was a superior creation. Until the fall, man communed with God and ruled over all creation.

Birds sing, but their song is specific to their species; man composes music and forms every assortment of instrument to accomplish his goals. Lions live in prides and the elephants of a herd have a certain social bond that makes them render aid to a young that can’t climb up a river bank or is injured. But only man with his highly developed brain has the ability to think in abstract terms, reason and plan. Because of his God-given capacity to understand both spoken words and written language, and his use and understanding of symbols, he is able to communicate with his own generation which in turn has allowed him to build not just houses and barns but produce complex cities and cultures, make advances in technology and create and appreciate fine arts, literature, music and drama.

After the fall man fell into ruins and the natural or unregenerate man may barely find the faintest afterglow of that original holiness and glory that Adam once had. Of the End-Time, Paul prophesied in II Timothy 3: 1-4 that: “men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud . . . lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.” No one can deny that this is exactly how it is in the 21st century yet a man re-created in the likeness of God renewed in the spirit of his mind, puts on true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:23-24).

Yes, God made man with the capacity not just to reason and solve complex problems, but also with an innate desire to be creative and excel along with the ability to love and care for a home and serve a higher purpose in the divine economy and service to his God.

In spite of the sad state of affairs, God has always been looking for men. But even at the beginning of his reign as king over Israel, Saul did not wait upon Samuel to inform him of the determined time at which the battle was to begin under the consecration and direction of the representative of the invisible King of Israel, but presumptuously offered the burnt offering (I Samuel 13:9-13); his subsequent disobedience to the Word of God in sparing Agag the Serpent’s seed king of the Amalekites, and the best of their sheep, oxen and lambs which were cherem or anathema determined the end of his brief reign (I Samuel 15:3, 8-9, 35). “. . . The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people . . .” (I Samuel 13:14).

Paul said of the Lord, “when He had removed Saul, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will” (Acts 13:22). What a wonderful commendation of a man, from the Lord Himself!

Such is the thorough and intense scrutiny of the Lord whether in rooting out sin or seeking righteousness. In the days of Joshua after Israel fled from before Ai because sin was in the camp, the Lord told Joshua: “the tribe which the Lord taketh shall come according to the families thereof; and the family which the Lord shall take shall come by households; and the household which the Lord shall take shall come man by man. And it shall be, that he that is taken with the accursed thing shall be burnt with fire, he and all that he hath: because he hath transgressed the covenant of the Lord, and because he hath wrought folly in Israel” (Joshua 7:14-15).

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged . . . but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Colossians 3:18-21; Ephesians 6:2).

Simple commands you say that should be fairly easy to carry out and establish a family on God’s word, erect an altar and worship Him in the beauty of holiness. Many young men and women as they start out adult life looking towards the future have some of the greatest dreams of what their love and family life will be. Yet the sad truth is that so much of the news we hear or read, even in certain Christian circles is just the opposite. Many of today’s men simply don’t know what it is to be men, or husbands, or fathers. They had no father in the house when they were growing up and with no blueprint or model of that important lifelong function and responsibility, or with a flawed understanding thereof, serious problems arise because of the absence of a true man or father figure.

On top of that the authorities of this age promote violence against women and to a great extent blame it on men; they create such inhospitable social and economic conditions that force women out of the homes where they should be keepers to compete with men who are becoming less and less the breadwinners, and many, angry and misguided, end up in prison.

So many of today’s women also suffer because they too had no father to “be there for them” when they were growing up. Women safeguard the virtue of a nation and what a great difference it would have made if young women had the guidance and care of a loving father who provided the template of the type of man she would eventually marry. She would not fall as easy prey but demand the respect and best of the opposite sex. She would not accept mediocre behavior, mistake sex for love and unsolicited attention for respect. In the beginning God made them men and women, each with a specific role to compliment the other with the man as head of the union. Parents feel a sense of joy having their children growing up around the house and looking up to them to provide for their needs emotionally, morally and financially. But imparting the faith as was delivered to you and the excellent knowledge of Jesus Christ to a new generation is an accomplishment like no other.

God made man to fellowship with Him and to reproduce His divine attributes and nature ultimately in the many membered Body of Christ. Those to whom we witness many times are looking to the wrong source to correct the problem or restore the broken image of man. All the more we must keep the Token on display as our lives reflect and imitate our fervent desire for what is right in the sight of God.

In the days of Ezekiel in the 22nd chapter verses 23-30 we find conditions in Israel very similar to those today in our various countries:

“And the Word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, say unto her, Thou art the land that is not cleansed, nor rained upon in the day of indignation. There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.”

Body“Her priests have violated My Law, and have profaned My holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they distinguished the difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from My sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.”

“Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain. And her prophets have daubed them with untempered mortar, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord God, when the Lord has not spoken.”

“The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully. And I sought for a man among them that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none”.

One may ask the question: is Ezekiel speaking of 593BC or AD2013? From the scriptures above in the time Ezekiel lived, the men had failed. The walls of righteousness had fallen down or were in decay, and with protective wall gone the flow of sin was overtaking the people.

Proverbs 25:28 says: “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” And again in Proverbs 16:32, “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” It takes more than siring children and providing them three meals a day to be a man, a good husband or a father.

Brother Branham noted in his recorded sermon ‘What does it take to make a Christian Life’ (#57-0113), “Let’s take before there in the beginning of the world. Now, the lily come from the earth, so did you. If that be so, then we were here; our bodies were on the earth before there was any life here. We are made of sixteen different elements of the earth. That’s potash, calcium, petroleum, cosmic light, and so forth, and held together by atoms: sixteen elements of the earth. Then, if that is so, which is scientifically so, then we really . . . Our bodies were laying spread out on this earth before there was any type of life on the earth”.

Man was indeed made with enough calcium in his bones, iron in his blood and testosterone in his loins to remain upright and stand uncompromisingly for principles God intended. He would rear up families, be examples and living witnesses of God’s grace as he kept the faith. But the Enemy of God and Adam’s race, ever an adversary and deceiver through a corrosive satanic agenda, mind-altering educational programs, and chemicals that are disruptive to the human body have whittled so many men down to an “other” gender not found in the Book of Life.

Yet in the midst of it all God is still looking for a man. In Isaiah 13:12 He said “I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir,” and His Word cannot return unto Him void.

This verse is not speaking merely of the physical man but rather of that new creature in Christ which emerges after the second birth—the one that has not calcium and magnesium, sulphur and phosphorus as building blocks, but made in the stature of the perfect Man of the greater attributes of Christ Himself described in your Bible and illustrated in the diagram.

What makes a man endure hardship and imprisonment for the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ, with the threat of death hanging over his life? Who takes joyfully such incarceration never once calling for vengeance but rather resolute praise to God and deep trust and confidence in His power to save and deliver, inspiring courage and great admiration for his stand? Not calcium and potash, dear saints, but the substance of faith. How wonderful it was to see that faith vindicated when with mighty hand the Angel of the Lord released him from the prison cell and restored him to family and friends.

What makes a man travel thousands of miles at a cost no doubt of thousands of dollars to seek out the well-being of a brother he has not known or seen before? No trace metal or natural elements of the earth but the sublime attributes of Christ Jesus our Lord that imbue Christians with those altruistic qualities.

What keeps you steadfast in the Faith when there is not another Christian for miles around? It’s the inner discipline that comes with the advent of Christ in one’s soul and the blessed love of God in one’s heart.

When at “evening time” the fullness of time had come for the Seven Seals to be revealed and Christ’s second or parousia Coming to be announced, God needed a man to stand in the Gap, who would veil the fullness through which His grace could be revealed.

Somebody had to stand in the gap, or breach, and guide us into the Capstone or fullness of the Word which is Christ. Since Mediation is finished, that Person has to be the fullness of the Spirit veiled behind the flesh of a prophet. Brother Branham said, “The Elijah of this day is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is to come according to Luke 17:30. The Son of man is to reveal Himself among His people: not a man, God. But it’ll come through a prophet. And He never had two major prophets at the same time, never in the world” (Trying to do God a Service, p. 33:212). Only Christ was worthy to open or look upon the contents of the Book through the mysteries of the Seven Seals God gave Him. He in turn revealed their mystery to His angel William Branham, who revealed them to us (Revelation 1:1; 5:4-5; 10:1-7).

The angels to the seven ages of PART-Word were each anointed with a portion of the Spirit but only the fullness of the Spirit could reveal the fullness of the Word to the Bride. This is why Brother Branham taught that “the Elijah of this day is the Lord Jesus Christ.” William Branham was the angel to the seventh Church Age who stood in the gap veiling Christ. He declared this revelation to us as God revealed it to him. Like Paul, he “did not shun to declare the whole counsel of God”.

Today by God’s grace we have been made partakers of His divine nature by a clear understanding of God’s Word. What a glorious thing it is when men fully turn to Christ who alone gives the second birth and they realize their full potential, being of service to God in the offices or designated roles He has ordained for each one.

I close with this wonderful quote from The Patmos vision:

“Cut every obstacle from human beings, that they might be connected like in the Garden of Eden. Now, man . . . I was going to choke it, but I’m going to say it. Man is omnipotent. You don’t believe that, but he is. A man that’s fully surrendered to God is omnipotent. Did not He say in Mark 11:22, “Whatsoever things you say and don’t doubt in your heart, it’ll come to pass. You can have what you’ve said”? What happens when two omnipotence meet? When God and man comes together through omnipotence, something’s got to shake. Some . . . Whatsoever you’d say with that creative power of omnipotence of God, knowing that He’s promised it, and He said it in His Word, it creates a power that goes out yonder and brings things to pass; things that is not, it makes them as though they are, because two omnipotence have met”. nl795.htm


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Brother Grigor-Scott is a non-denominational minister who has ministered full-time since 1981, primarily to other ministers and their congregations overseas. He pastors Bible Believers’ tiny congregation, and is available to teach in your church.

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