Bible Believers' Newsletter 1008
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now . . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; we are so pleased you could join us in fellowship around God's unchanging Word.
If we project timelines from the news, Scripture, the Message of the hour and our feature article "The Investigation Judgment," they form what navigators call a "cocked hat" over the chronological co-ordinate where the Sixth Seal, Seventh Trump and Seventh Vial manifest. This point will witness the termination of the Christian dispensation of grace with the sinking of Los Angeles and a 1,500 x 300 - 400 mile segment of earth's crust. We understand from Revelation 3:17-20 and II Timothy 3:1 – 4:4 that the Pentecostals put Christ out of their assemblies when they rejected the revelation of the Seven Seals which brought Him back to earth in W_O_R_D form. Certainly they are rich materially and in need of nothing, but spiritually they are bankrupt of faith, naked of the Blood, and know it not (Romans 11:32).
Jesus said, "In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you [by interceding for the ignorance of the Church Age saints while the Bible was sealed]. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also." He came again "as a thief" between the Sixth and Seventh Vials; His Presence has been with us for fifty-five years. He has received and baptized the wise virgins into His Body." Soon cometh the earthquake.
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.
Tillerson unveils 'New' US Syria Plan: 'Assad must Go!'
January 17, 2018 — Confirming that the US military presence inside Syria had little to do with fighting ISIS, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson unveiled in detail today the real US strategy for Syria: overthrow of the Assad government . . . Tillerson vowed that the United States military would continue to occupy Syrian territory until three conditions are met:
First: [US proxy mercenary] ISIS must be destroyed.
Second: Assad must go.
Third: Refugees must be returned to Syria.
President Trump is set to out-neocon the neocons with this foolish and destructive policy. The showman is shown to be nothing but a fraud.
Full story: ronpaulinstitute.org
Comment: The Syrian government stated that the new American-organized [border] force "represents a blatant assault" on Syrian sovereignty and has referred to the US as an illegal occupying force. It also referred to members of the SDF and new American "border force" as "traitors" . . . the United States, GCC, Israel, and NATO have determined that the feasibility of destroying the Syrian government in the same manner as in Libya is becoming less and less plausible by the day. Plan B, however, is the partitioning and the "Federalization" of Syria into several independent countries or one country with several "autonomous" zones headed by a weakened central government incapable of maintaining power and steering the ship of state.
The move to create a "border force" is no more than an attempt to solidify the borders of "Kurdistan" in Syria and a possible "Sunnistan" in the east. These plans are not reasonable solutions to a crisis, they are imperialism pure and simple and they have existed for decades. Not only Syria's allies but the American people must oppose this plan as well (activistpost.com). This is the Bernard Lewis (Yinon) Plan for the Balkanization of the Middle East unveiled to the Bilderberg Conference in 1979).
The latest move will not only intensify the civil war in Syria but bring the US into direct conflict with Russia and Iran, which back the Assad regime, and Turkey, which regards the YPG as a direct military threat.
USA: A Different Strategy for a Different Ambition
January 9, 2018 — I have just read through the new United States National Security Strategy released by President Trump in December 2017. There have been many comments on it, most of them focusing on the hostility in the document towards Russia and China but also some question of what the Strategy is. Well, after reading page after page of delusions, bombast, bragging, bullying, lies, fantasies and deep-seated megalomania, you discover that there is no strategy. They don't have one. The only use that document has is as irrefutable evidence that the government of the United States is what they like to call a Joint Criminal Enterprise intent on seizing control of the world for its sole interests. Fortunately, they have, apparently, no idea how they are going to achieve that goal except through war, war, and more war, and if that doesn't work some more war until they collapse from exhaustion, like a mad, rabid dog.
But it's clear who they are afraid of and so show their weakness. China and Russia make them nervous. And, if I were an adviser to the government of Pakistan, I'd say "watch your back, more trouble is coming." Other nations that still have a backbone, the usual list, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, Syria, Iran, the defiant ones, are like an itch they can't scratch, and the written scowls in this document are meant to make them shake in their boots but only make you laugh. And, oh, for the rest of the world, it's, "Do what you're told, make us money, don't get in the way, and keep your mouth shut, but love us, love us, love us, make sure you love us" . . .
But with their rising economic power based to a large extent not only on its own resources but the exploitation of the resources of the western hemisphere, the war with Spain, seizure of The Philippines and Hawaii, and the bankrupting of Britain, France and Germany and the Ottomans in the First World War, the United States saw its way towards global power and has never abandoned its ambitions even though its achievement meant the misery of its people and all those peoples who had to suffer its actions.
To make America great means to reduce every other nation to its vassal. The very idea is a repudiation of the international law. The Charter of the United Nations, in its preamble states . . . Full story: journal-neo.org
Comment: US President Donald Trump has publicly vowed to relaunch all-out economic warfare against Iran by no later than mid-May unless the European powers join Washington in unilaterally rewriting the civil nuclear agreement between Tehran and the world's great powers (wsws.org).
Trump Administration set for More Hawkish Position on Nuclear Weapons
January 10, 2018 — Jon Wolfsthal, special assistant to Barack Obama on arms control and non-proliferation, has seen a draft of the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) and is concerned that the development of new weapons will mean armed forces commanders might see them as 'more usable.' One new weapon is a submarine-launched Trident missile with a smaller warhead than usual . . . earlier drafts of the document had been even more extreme, with plans for the development of hyper-glide missiles that could travel at speeds of up to 25,000kph, being dropped.
"What I've been told by the people who wrote the thing was what they were trying to do was to send a clear deterrent message to Russians, the North Koreans and the Chinese. And there is pretty good, moderate but strong language that makes clear that any attempt by Russia or North Korea to use nuclear weapons would result in a massive consequence for them and I think that's actually moderate, centrist and probably very much needed." Full story: thenational.ae
Comment: Administration officials are now said to both be hard at work acquiring smaller, more "usable" nuclear weapons, and radically changing the rules of engagement with respect to a US nuclear first strike, so that such attacks are more possible in the future . . ." news.antiwar.com
'Fractures, Fears & Failures:' World's ruling Elites stare into the Abyss
January 18, 2018 — Next week . . . 2,500 bankers, hedge fund managers, corporate CEOS, government officials and celebrities descend once again on . . . Davos for the World Economic Forum (WEF) . . . The Bloomberg Billionaires Index published last month established that the fortunes of the world's wealthiest 500 billionaires . . . rose 23 percent over the past year, making them $1 trillion richer than at the end of 2016 . . . obscene amounts of wealth keep rolling in, with the Dow closing at 26,000 Wednesday, recording its fastest ever 1,000-point rise.
Yet the principal report issued as the basis for the four days of meetings and closed-door discussions presents a picture of a global ruling elite living in mortal fear that growing economic and social crises, and, above all, the threat of world war and social revolution, may rob them of not only their fortunes, but their heads as well.
Titled "Fractures, Fears and Failures," the WEF's 2018 Global Risks Report includes subheads such as "Grim Reaping," "The Death of Trade," "Democracy Buckles," "Precision Extinction," "Into the Abyss," "Fears of Ecological Armageddon" and "War without Rules" . . . The report was drafted in conjunction with a survey conducted among nearly 1,000 banking and business executives, government officials and academics, which found that 93 percent of them feared a worsening of confrontations between the major powers in 2018. Fully 79 percent foresaw a heightened threat of a major "state-on-state" military conflict . . . The fears of global war are well-founded . . . This year's gathering at Davos . . . will be overshadowed by the attendance of Trump . . . The world capitalist economy . . . is beset by "unsustainable asset prices . . . elevated indebtedness . . . and continuing strains in the global financial system . . ." Full story: wsws.org
Is Bitcoin a Reaction to US Dollar Hegemony?
January 18, 2018 — national economies seem to have begun the process of protecting themselves . . . dumping dollars for other goods of value also with ordinary individuals as a result of global technological growth and increasing access to the Internet . . . The US dollar is the world's most dominant reserve currency. The planning and financial rules . . . are decided in the United States for the benefit of Washington . . . reflected in the creation of the petrodollar, the abolition of the gold standard . . . financial crisis of 2008 . . . with the precise aim of prolonging American domination of the global economy, artificially propping up an unsustainable financial system.
The practical consequences of this unsustainability have led over time to thoughts of a practical alternative, both to escape from the domination of the dollar and to re-anchor the economy to real value . . . especially urgent for countries with a large amount of dollar-denominated debt, or where they face the prospect of being excluded from the SWIFT international payment system.
. . . Iran and Venezuela, but also Russia and North Korea, have resorted to alternative methods to operate in the global economic space. Washington's political decision in 2012 to remove Iranian banks from SWIFT immediately set off alarm bells for several countries . . . An alternative payment system was thus born in 2015, christened the Cross-Border Interbank Payments System (CIPS) . . . a backup system should the Americans seek to exclude from SWIFT recalcitrant countries . . . Venezuela . . . has announced the creation of a crypto state currency based on the value of oil and supported by barrels of oil worth over five billion dollars . . . Even North Korea is said to operate in bitcoin . . .
Technology has facilitated this strategy of decentralization against the center that is London and Washington, the financial heart and primary cause of manifold global problems. Firstly, the possibility of the unlimited printing of dollars has distorted global economies, inflating stock markets and causing national debts to grow out of control. [ISIS and Al-Nusra smuggle USD billions into Syria under IRC logos]. Even the gold markets are manipulated by virtue of the abundance of easy money and such ponzi-scheme tools as derivatives and other forms of financial leverage . . . the dollar is depreciating in relation to some more tangible assets. But gold continues to be corralled by parallel financial mechanisms and other financial instruments created for the sole purpose of manipulating the financial markets on which the common man depends in search of modest gains. As with others, the gold market suffers from the combine power of the US dollar, centralized financial institutions and market manipulation. Entities such as the FED (and their owners), criminally colluding and working with private banks, hedge funds, rating agencies and audit companies, have made immense wealth by driving the world into a debt scam that has stripped normal citizens of their future . . . An anonymous, decentralized and technologically reliable system could be exactly what Washington's geopolitical adversaries have been looking for to end the US-Dollar hegemony. Full story: globalresearch.ca
Facebook & Google Outline Unprecedented Mass Censorship at US Senate Hearing
January 18, 2018 — Behind the backs of the US and world populations, social media companies have built up a massive censorship apparatus staffed by an army of "content reviewers" capable of seamlessly monitoring, tracking, and blocking millions of pieces of content . . . the technology giants have created an all-pervasive system of censorship in which machines, trained to collaborate with the CIA, FBI, and other US intelligence agencies, are able to flag and block content even before it is posted. . . The content of Thursday's testimony points the far-advanced preparations for the establishment of police state forms of rule.
Full story: wsws.org
The Pope's WW3 Warning: the World is at 'The Very Limit' of Nuclear War
January 18, 2018 — The Pope made the comment as he flew off for a visit to Chile and Peru, and the statement comes just after Hawaii issued a false missile alert that provoked panic in the US state and highlighted the risk of possible unintended nuclear war with North Korea. [Is this another US false flag]?
. . . stockpiling nuclear weapons is against the teaching of the Catholic church . . . even for the purpose of deterrence.
As reporters boarded his plane bound for Chile, Vatican officials handed out a photograph taken in 1945 that shows a young Japanese boy carrying his dead brother on his shoulders following the US nuclear attack on Nagasaki . . .
Full story: shtfplan.com
Germany's 'Nazi Grandma' given Jail Term for Holocaust Denial
November 29, 2017 — 89-year-old Ursula Haverbeck, and her late husband were members of the Nazi party during the Second World War. The pair founded a now-banned education centre and she has written for a right-wing magazine where she has argued that the Holocaust never happened.
Haverbeck was initially sentenced to eight months in jail in 2016 after she claimed Auschwitz was not a concentration camp, in a letter to the mayor of the German town of Detmold. But after giving the judge and prosecutors leaflets entitled "Only the truth will set you free" during the appeal session she was given ten additional months of imprisonment. Her overall sentence was reduced to 14 months.
She has been convicted on five other occasions for similar charges of incitement of racial hatred, but she has remained free as her lawyers appealed.
Her lawyers plan on taking the case to a top regional court for a final appeal against the jail term. Full story: bbc.com
The Investigation Judgment
As Revelation 14 began with a prolepsis viewing 144,000 elect Israelites standing triumphant with the Lamb having overcome the beast and his image by grace through faith, Revelation 15 begins with another heavenly sign showing seven angels with seven plagues that execute God's wrath upon non-elect Gentiles after the close of their Church Age. Revelation 15:1, "And I saw another (Gk.) 'semeion' sign (supernatural portent) in the heaven, great and marvellous, [translated "miracle" or "wonder" in Revelation 12:1, 3; 13:13, 14; 16:14, and 19:20], seven angels having a commission to fulfil the seven last plagues; for in them God's fierce indignation is finished".
Before God does anything of great moment under the New Testament He makes an announcement in the heavens by a sign in the sky (Psalm 19:1-6), then a Seal opens and a mystery begins to unfold to His anointed messenger. As the angel to the Church Age preaches its Message the Gospel Trumpet declares a spiritual war, then a Judgment Trumpet strikes Israel with natural war for refusing to repent and receive the Gospel. A Church Age opens and the angel's Message pours a plague upon the non-elect, "a temporary judgment" (The Revelation of the Seven Seals, p. 126:4-5).
The churches that rose up out of the Pentecostal Revival began to denominate around 1909 just before three angels flew in mid-heaven crying, "Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabitants of the earth," by reason of Three Woes that will strike the earth in World Wars I, II, and III as pains for regeneration prior to the millennium (Matthew 24:8; Romans 8:19-23; Revelation 8:13; 9:12, 11:14, 15). In Newsletter 1004 CIA Director Mike Pompeo implied that the US would attack North Korea this coming March. And with "full spectrum dominance" the united States has plans to invade Russia, China and Iran, so we are very close to the end of the dispensation of grace, to the 'hot stage' of World War III, and Armageddon seven years thereafter.
The Prophet called the era from about 1909 to the end of our dispensation "the Investigation Judgment" (Ibid, p. 400:6; A Paradox, #64-0418B, par. 208). He qualified this by citing the worldwide visitations of Billy Graham representing Baptist and fundamental churches, Oral Roberts representing the Pentecostals, and William Branham revealing "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and forever . . . by discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart as it was in the days of Lot." At that time God and two created men visited Abraham and investigated the cities on the plain before "raining fire and brimstone from heaven and destroying them all" (Christ is Revealed in His Own Word, p. 16:69, 155; Genesis 18; Luke 17:28-30; Hebrews 4:12). Billy Graham is now 99, Oral Roberts passed away in 2009, and William Branham in 1965. I think we can safely say that "the investigation judgment" is about over, let's get ready for the Fire-falling time. Separate yourself from all sin. Separate yourself from anything that pertains to the world. "Don't love the world or the things of the world".
Jesus said, "great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights [Brother Branham added, flying saucers, all kinds of things in the air], and great signs shall there be from heaven" (Luke 21:11). And Joel prophesied, "And I will show wonders in heaven above, [Brother Branham added, flying saucers and everything], and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke" (Acts 2:19).
The Prophet said, "You see these little pockets going through the air, they call "saucers," so forth . . . "Hear all these people come up missing?" You say, "Don't hear from them; they're standing there, and they're not there."
"That's the way the Rapture is going to be. One of them will drop right down, and this terrestrial body will take on a celestial body. And they'll be . . . hide, hair, or bones left; it'll be transformed in a moment of time, dropping right out of space and taking that Home (I Corinthians 15:35-54). We see all this going on now, and the Pentagon wondering about these lights, and mystic lights, and everything they're seeing in the sky. You seen they had one here in the paper at Jeffersonville this week, and so forth, "a mystic light." So, oh, they don't know what that is. But listen, little children, It's going to pick you up, one of these days. See? See? Don't worry."
"Remember, Jesus said, "As it was in the days of Sodom."
"What happened just before Sodom? God came down with some angels, and they had an investigation judgment . . . It's doing the same thing today. [Billy Graham and Oral Roberts preaching to the churches in Sodom] . . ."
"Why, after a while, the Church, when It can stay in that place, and every seed has been brought to its spot, they'll be gone. They won't know what happened to them. One will be going one way. See? One will be going over to the pastor's house, and one will be going here, or down there, and, the first thing you know, they're not there. For Enoch which was the type, "God took him, and he was found not." Come down to investigate! The continuity, how the Enoch translation, a type . . . (Christ is Revealed in His own Word, 15:68-69).
Brother Branham called them "investigating judgment angels." They appear as "mystic Clouds" of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1) like the Pillar of Cloud that manifest publicly over Flagstaff (Isaiah 11:10) Arizona on February 28, 1963 then caught up Brother Branham from Mount Sunset on March 8, 1963 to complete the constellation of themselves (Daniel 7:13; Revelation 1:14; Matthew 26:64). Following the trumpet judgment on Israel at the close of each Seal the non-elect church members had to submit to the ordeal of jealousy wherein they would imbibe the curse of their vows to Christ the Word their espoused Husband to discover any evidence of infidelity (Revelation 22:18-19). The vial, (Gk.) 'phiale,' a bowl or goblet having more breadth than depth, of God's wrath was drunk to distinguish and separate the righteous foolish virgins to the Word from the great whore's denominational harlot daughters. Unlike Israel's trumpets, these plagues are not sent forth as chastisement with a view to repentance and correction, but as judgment upon those who have obstinately refused to return, and as strokes upon those who, professing themselves to be Christians, are wilful, hardened, and deliberately hostile to Christ and His true Church. Under the plague of the Seventh Vial, the beast and his image will be stoned with "great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of one hundred pounds" (Exodus 9:18-25; Leviticus 20:10-13; Deuteronomy 22:21-25; Revelation 11:19).
Revelation 15:2-4 is a parenthesis: "And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and those who were victorious over the beast and over his apostate (once) Protestant US image, and over the number of his name, standing beside the sea of glass, holding the harps of God." [So the annual three billion plus USD gifted by US Goyim to the modern faux Israel state of non-Semitic, anti-Semitic self-styled Israeli Jews is funding those in league with the Judaeo-Roman church whom "God set at enmity with Adam's race" (Genesis 3:15; 27:39-41; Daniel 9:27; Malachi 1:1-5; Romans 9:13).
The brazen altar and the laver stood in the forecourt of the tabernacle. The laver was cast from the polished copper looking glasses offered by devout Israelite women who renounced the instrument of personal vanity for the sake of the higher beauty of holiness. The laver was a reservoir for water drawn into its base where the priests washed their hands and feet in nearing the altar and entering the sanctuary, on pain of death. The animal victims were washed in the same water before being offered on the brazen altar. Every worshipper entering the Presence must be sanctified by the washing of water by revelation of the Word (Matthew 3:15; Romans 12:1; Ephesians 5:21-27), for the Word of God is a mirror wherein we see ourselves and God's image reflected and is the means of sanctifying or cleansing (II Corinthians 3:18; James 1:23-25; Exodus 30:18-19; 38:8). In Revelation 4:6, "the water in the laver before the throne was as clear as transparent crystal" showing that the Church Age saints are all redeemed, Christ's mediation for PART-Word is fulfilled, and Redemption is Over. Predestinated to receive the fullness of the Word, Christ's end-time Bride was fully redeemed in Him on Calvary: His entire Body is now "raised up to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 2:6).
Solomon's molten sea before the mercy seat of the earthly temple was made of captured copper. The twelve oxen supporting the laver represent the twelve tribes of the priestly nation which cleansed itself here in the person of its priests to appear holy before the Lord. The "holy water" used in the ordeal of jealousy (Numbers 5:17), and in consecrating the Levites by purifying and sprinkling, was probably from this laver (Numbers 8:7), typing the true and efficacious sprinkling of Christ's blood on the conscience (Hebrews 9:9, 14, 27; 10:22; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 5:26). The purification of the priests typed the baptism of water and of the Spirit by those who are made kings and priests unto God (John 3:5; Revelation 1:5-6; 5:10). Not to be so washed entails loss.
From the diagram we see the Holy Spirit shone His Light from the Throne through the sevenfold Spirit lighting the seven stars under pre-eminence in His right hand, the angels to the seven lampstands or Church Ages. Their PART-Word shone the Light for their age into the laver. When John saw the laver in Revelation 4:6 the angels were back before the Throne, which is now a judgment seat. The water was clear as crystal signifying the Church Age saints were all washed and baptized into His Body. "Unless a man is born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:5).
"Faith comes by hearing, and understanding by the Word of God." We follow the Light reflected in the laver to justification by grace through faith and plight our troth by baptism in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We advance from the Court to the Holy Place by sanctification; washed and sanctified, we are baptized into Christ's Body by the Word for our day and enter the Holy of Holies, separated from the world and walking in that Light (I John 1:7; II Peter 1:12).
In Revelation 15:2-4 the laver is mingled with Fire of the Holy Spirit purging the 144,000 tribulation saints taking victory over the beast and his image by martyrdom. "And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are Your works, O Lord, God the Almighty; just and true are Your ways, You King of the nations. Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your Name? For You alone are holy: for all the nations shall come and worship before You; for the righteousness of your judgments is manifest".
Here 144,000 elect Israelites confess our Lord Jesus Christ is indeed "Lord God the ALMIGHTY." As Abraham's new name meant "Father of the nations," his promised Seed and heir Jesus Christ is "Lord God the Almighty, the King of nations, the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ" (Jude 4). There is no trinity.
Israel's two prophets will show the 144,000 how the nation fell from Moses and the Prophets to Babylonian paganism, then devised the Babylonian Talmud that "makes the commandment of God of none effect" (Matthew 15:6), then murdered Messiah. They will then expound two thousand years of history under the Seven Trumpet judgments throughout the Christian dispensation, but the revelation will not quicken their souls until after the death, resurrection and ascension of their prophets. Revelation 14:6-11 showed us that Israel will be justified, sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost, "So He might sanctify and cleanse the nation [in one day] with the washing of water by the Word" (Ephesians 5:26; I Corinthians 10:1-6), then sealed by blood in Revelation 15:2-4.
Moses and the Israelites' song of triumph (Exodus 15:1) has its antitype in the saints' "song of Moses and of the Lamb" (Revelation 15:3). "For Messiah Jesus, not the papal beast ruling one world government, is the King of nations" (Jeremiah 10:7). As Moses was leader of the Israelites under the Old Testament, Jesus is "the Captain" of those who conquer through Him (Romans 8:37-39; Revelation 12:11) in the antitype of the passage through the Red Sea under the Pillar of Cloud which was Israel's baptism (Exodus 15:1-21). Isaiah 12:1-6 foretells the song of the redeemed after the antitypical second exodus and deliverance at the Egyptian Sea.
"Who shall not fear you, O Lord, and glorify your name? for you alone are holy: for all nations (Psalm 22:27-31; Isaiah 66:23; Jeremiah 16:19) shall come and worship before you; for [the righteousness of] your judgments is made manifest".
Under the revelation of the Sixth Seal Brother Branham explained, "the Sixth Seal . . . was for a threefold purpose . . . The first thing was that the sleeping virgins had to go through the tribulation period for purification. She had to be purged of her sins of unbelief and rejecting the Message . . ."
"Now, she's not the Bride, but it's the church, the pure people that didn't have the opportunity, maybe, to receive the Message, or in some way that they were blinded by these false prophets, and they didn't get a chance . . . and God knows their heart, and here they're purged during this time."
"You notice that another purging time; that's for Israel when she gathers. That's the second fold. God purges Israel in the tribulation period. Out of the millions that'll gather there, there'll be a selected one hundred and forty-four thousand, and they will be purged also. God's purging Israel."
Notice, there is a whole earth to be purged . . . the moon, stars, and all nature will be purged . . . The earth is renewing herself, being purged, getting ready for the millennium . . . everything that's got any filth in it is to be purged during the Sixth Seal" (Ibid, p. 575, 1-4; Matthew 27:25).
Because Revelation 15:2-4 was a parenthesis, verses 5-7 should be read after verse 1, they pertain to the Seven Vials that have been poured out on nominal Christians after the close of each Church Age. "After these things [in the parenthesis describing the martyrdom of the foolish virgins and others whose names remain in the Book of Life, and 144,000 elect Israelites in the second half of the Week] I . . . [your name here] . . . looked again and saw the (Gk.) 'naos,' tabernacle of witness or Holy of Holies in the heaven [containing the Ark of the testimony and the tables of God's Law. God's faithfulness in avenging His people with judgments on their foes is about to be set forth on the strength of this perpetual witness of His presence among His people. And there came out from the temple the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in linen pure and glistening [to signify the righteousness of these judgments], and girt about the breast with golden girdles [as judges]. [As we have already stated, these plagues are poured out on those who have refused to return, or have rejected the sanctuary, the tabernacle of witness, which the Lord pitched among men, and who have refused, like obstinate builders, the Capstone which has become the head of the corner]. And one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden vials full of the anger of God, who lives forever and ever."
Verse 8, "And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from His power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished".
As in the wilderness (Exodus 40:34-35), and as at the dedication of Solomon's temple (I Kings 8:10-11), the tokens of God's presence filled the temple, so it is now, but with a difference: it is smoke, not cloud, which is the symbol of God's presence. "As Mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the Lord descended on it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole Mount quaked greatly," (Exodus 19:18). This vision most nearly corresponds with that of Isaiah 6; there the prophet beheld the vision of God; His train filled the temple, and the house was filled with smoke; a Message of judgment was given to the prophet; it declared that the sin of the people had reached a climax: they had trifled with convictions, and henceforth the words of God's servants would harden rather than awaken them. "Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes . . ." till the desolating judgments had fallen. A type of Revelation 15:7-8 and the condemnations in the letters to each of the angels to the Church. The days of warning are over: the plagues which now fall will fall on those who have trifled with convictions: the sanctuary which was opened as a refuge is now closed (Revelation 9:13-14): none can enter till the plagues have descended. The time has come when the judgments of God fail to stir the conscience which has been deadened by sin; the day when the gracious influences towards repentance was felt has passed. The word that has been spoken is about to descend in judgment).
Did I hear someone say "Los Angeles"? Brother Branham proclaimed, "The Day of vengeance of our God" (Isaiah 61:2b), "And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done" (Revelation 16:17). The New Testament saints may enter the temple, let the first resurrection and translation of "we who are alive and remain" commence. nl1008.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.