Bible Believers' Newsletter 504
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In August 2006 we introduced the late Dr. Peter Beter, one-time member of the US Supreme Court and Counsel to the US Export-Import Bank. Dr. Beter revealed information that enabled us to understand the nature and identity of what Brother Branham called "investigation judgment angels," and "flying saucers." As he explained, the NASA program is a public 'front' for a clandestine and vastly more advanced Rockefeller-controlled weaponised Moon base whose dominion of space would deliver world hegemony. Like Brother Branham, he said Russia is ahead of America in science, and that superior technology had enabled her to destroy the base and also US military satellites. The following URLs lend credence to Dr. Peter Beter's 80 Audio Letters published between 1975 and 1982.
Michael Schratt, an aerospace draftsman working at Armstrong Aerospace in Elmhurst, Illinois, believes trillions of dollars used for DoD black budget programs have been used to fund a top secret US space program that Congress and the American public know little or nothing about.
Otis T. Carr (1904-1980), a protégé of the great inventor, Nikola Tesla, constructed a number of fully functional flying saucers in the late 1950s. Ralph Ring, a brilliant innovative technician who as a young man who flew with Carr describes the development of the craft and the eventual shutdown and confiscation of the project by the US government.
The late Ben Rich, a director of advanced programs at Lockheed said, "We already have the means to travel among the stars." According to Disclosure Project Director, Dr. Steven M. Greer, government insiders have revealed the existence of a shadowy, highly classified program related to UFOs.
The Frontier Science Web suggests that one of the reasons these projects have remained secret is because they involve advanced energy and propulsion systems that would bring an end to the current oil-based geopolitical order and economy if disclosed (which would mean peace instead of war). Technologies developed by these projects could enable humanity to attain sustainability without global warming [sic] or the need for oil. Good men are dying to prevent these technologies from being released for the benefit of humanity?
Those who read transcripts of Dr. Beter's audio letters will recall claims that technologies have been developed whereby scientists can create facsimiles of human beings and that Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, David Rockefeller, Leonid Brezhnev and other dignitaries had been assassinated and "robotoids" or "synthetics" substituted in their stead. Years ago one of our Brethren compared several Ronald Reagans and Jimmy Carters and published a DVD. Here is a more detailed explanation of the claims of Dr. Peter Beter.
Has Bible Believers entered the Twilight Zone? Did we tread on a "time-worm" and become trapped in another dimension? These things are not so strange when we recall that in 1933 God showed Brother Branham a vision of "a plastic bubble-topped car that was running down beautiful highways under remote control. . ." And according to reports, engineers demonstrated a primitive working vehicle 70 years ago. Besides, we are waiting to be "beamed up" by faith alone!
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.
In the Future, Smart People will let Cars take Control
December 4, 2007 smart cars still have their bugs, but engineers have made amazing progress the past several years. In 2004, when the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency held its first Grand Challenge for driverless cars, none made it more than seven miles. At Darpa's next Grand Challenge, in 2005, five cars made it 132 miles to the finish. And then, last month, six cars completed a 60-mile course that was the grandest challenge yet because they had to deal with traffic along the way.
These empty cars drove themselves around an Air Force base in Southern California, finding parking spots, obeying stop signs, idling in traffic, yielding to other cars at intersections and merging into traffic at 30 mph There was one accident and a few near misses, but the cars' engineers are so buoyed by the results that they're hoping the next competition will be a high-speed race on a Grand Prix course. . . Full story: nytimes.com
National Debt grows $1 Million a Minute
Washington, December 3, 2007 Like a ticking time bomb, the national debt is an explosion waiting to happen. It's expanding by about $1.4 billion a dayor nearly $1 million a minute . . . almost $30,000 in debt for each man, woman, child and infant in the United States.
Even if you've escaped the recent housing and credit crunches and are coping with rising fuel prices, you may still be headed for economic misery, along with the rest of the country. That's because the government is fast straining resources needed to meet interest payments on the national debt, which stands at a mind-numbing $9.13 trillion.
And like homeowners who took out adjustable-rate mortgages, the government faces the prospect of seeing this debtnow at relatively low interest ratesrolling over to higher rates, multiplying the financial pain. So long as somebody is willing to keep loaning the US government money, the debt is largely out of sight, out of mind. But the interest payments keep compounding, and could in time squeeze out most other government spendingleading to sharply higher taxes or a cut in basic services like Social Security and other government benefit programs, or all of the above. A major economic slowdown, as some economists suggest may be looming, could hasten the day of reckoning.
The national debtthe total accumulation of annual budget deficitsis up from $5.7 trillion when President Bush took office in January 2001 and it will top $10 trillion sometime right before or right after he leaves in January 2009. . . It only gets worse. Over the next 25 years, the number of Americans aged 65 and up is expected to almost double. The work population will shrink and more and more baby boomers will be drawing Social Security and Medicare benefits. . . Aggravating the debt picture: the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates could cost $2.4 trillion over the next decade. . .
Gross Domestic Product has grown from about 35 percent in 1975 to around 65 percent today. . . "The problem is going forward," said David Wyss, chief economist at Standard and Poors . . . The dollar is down about 35 percent since the end of 2001 against a basket of major currencies. . . Full story: nytimes.com
Comment: Commentators in the Antipodes speculate recession and inflation in the USA will infect Europe, cutting China's economy, which will reduce demand from Australia's giant mines. All this is part of the planned destabilization, collapse and replacement of a psychology-backed dollar with the Judaeo-Roman gold-backed Amero or new dollar as Brother Branham prophesied.
Putin's Party overwhelms Russian Election
Moscow, December 3, 2007 European election monitors said Monday that Russia's parliamentary ballot was unfair, hours after President Vladimir Putin's party swept 70 percent of the seats in the new legislature.
The victory paves the way for Putin to remain Russia's de facto leader even after he leaves office next spring. . . The Kremlin and its allies hailed the vote as an overwhelming endorsement of Putin and his policies. "The vote affirmed the main idea: that Vladimir Putin is the national leader, that the people support his course, and this course will continue," party leader and parliament speaker Boris Gryzlov said after exit polls were announced. Full story: nytimes.com
Comment: Zionist interests expelled following their assassination of Stalin remonstrate from their present base in the US.
The Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act: A Tutorial in Orwellian Newspeak
December 3, 2007 H.R 1955: the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 recently passed by the Housea companion bill is in the Senateis barely one sentence old before its Orwellian moment: It begins, "AN ACTTo prevent homegrown terrorism, and for other purposes."
Those whose pulse did not quicken at "other purposes" have probably not read George Orwell's essay, "Politics and the English Language," or they voted for the other George both times.
Orwell's jeremiad on the corruption of the English language and its corrosive effect on a democracy was written two years before his novel "1984" spelled out in chilling detail the danger of Newspeak, which renders citizens incapable of independent thought by depriving them of the words necessary to form ideas other than those promulgated by the state.
After its opening "tribute" to Orwell, H.R 1955 is strategically peppered with Newspeak regarding the establishment of a National Commission and university-based Centers of Excellence to "examine and report upon the fact and causes of violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism and ideologically based violence in the United States" and to make legislative recommendations for combating it. . .
Anyone doubting the Orwellian nature of a "bastard child" that equates anti-globalists and environmentalists with al-Qaeda terrorists will do well to read Orwell's "Politics and the English Language" and to acquaint themselves with the fate of Winston Smith in "1984". Full story: truthout.org
Israel in Peril as Renegade US Military Leaders sign Treaty with Iran
December 4, 2007 Russian Military reports circulating in the Kremlin today are stating that the United States Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, met with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the Qatari capital of Doha, where both were attending a meeting of Gulf Arab leaders, and which saw them both signing what is being termed by these reports as a 'secret' non-aggression pact between Iran's Revolutionary Guard and US Military Forces.
According to these reports, Secretary Gates was spearheading an effort by the United States top renegade Military Leaders to forestall further war for the Americans reported to be led by Admiral William Fallon of the United States Navy, the current Commander of the US Central Command and overall Commander of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and General Michael V. Hayden of the United States Air Force and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Within hours of the signing of this secret agreement between the US Military and Iran, according to Western reports, the Pentagon and CIA 'leaked' one of the United States most closely guarded reports on Iran's nuclear capabilities, termed a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), that had recently been alluded to by the United States Director of National Intelligence, and former US Navy Vice Admiral, John Michael McConnell who during his recent testimony before the US Senate stated that the 'key findings' of this reports would not be made public.
The critical significance of this report, according to Russian Intelligence experts, is that it completely shatters the American War Leaders claim for a needed war against Iran. . . Full story: Read this URL
Comment: This excellent well-supported article reveals the gallantry of honest men in the US military who have bravely withstood (another) thoroughly corrupt, alien-controlled US Administration. If "Israel is in peril" it is because of her bloody-minded and perverse ideology that is at "enmity" with Adam's race.
US says Iran ended Atomic Arms Work
Washington, December 3, 2007 A new assessment by American intelligence agencies concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that the program remains on hold, contradicting an assessment two years ago that Tehran was working inexorably toward building a bomb.
The conclusions of the new assessment are likely to be a major factor in tense international negotiations aimed at getting Iran to halt its nuclear energy program. Concerns about Iran were raised sharply after President Bush had suggested in October that a nuclear-armed Iran could lead to "World War III," and Vice President Dick Cheney promised "serious consequences" if the government in Tehran did not abandon its nuclear program.
The finding also comes in the middle of a presidential campaign during which a possible military strike against Iran's nuclear program has been discussed. The assessment, a National Intelligence Estimate that represents the consensus view of all 16 American spy agencies, states that Tehran's ultimate intentions about gaining a nuclear weapon remain unclear, but that Iran's "decisions are guided by a cost-benefit approach rather than a rush to a weapon irrespective of the political, economic and military costs". . .
In a separate statement accompanying the N.I.E., Deputy Director of National Intelligence Donald M. Kerr said that given the new conclusions, it was important to release the report publicly "to ensure that an accurate presentation is available." Full story: truthout.org
Comment: The Deputy Director of National Intelligence is saying, "President Ahmadinejad has spoken the truth whereas the alien-controlled US Administration is a pack of liars! According to the sources, drafts of the NIE had been completed months ago, but were sent back for further work, largely due to Cheney's efforts to block findings that would undermine his war drive.
During her visit to George I in Texas, Chancellor Merkel of occupied Germany demanded Russia and China agree to tougher sanctions against Iran. Peking's slap in the face arrived without delay. China simply canceled the meeting: "Indeed China has just announced it will not discuss the IAEA discoveries, as originally planned on November 19 with the USA, Great Britain, France, Russia and Germany. Therefore the Meeting of the Six was canceled. A new date has not been established for now. Therefore, Bush's schedule for tougher sanctions against Iran is endangered" (www.spiegel.de, November 16, 2007), but the White House lies persist.
"Day before yesterday Bush even warned of a 'Third World War,' which must be prevented," according to Torsten Krauel (www.Welt.de, Oct. 19, 2007, p. 9). Krauel is the first mainstream journalist who openly confirmed that Bush's threat of a World War was directed at Iran's holocaust enlightenment.
"There is no automatic control mechanism for war, but words are being said that are difficult to take back. The concrete cause of the sharp words directed at Iran is the suspicion that the country is breaking the nuclear weapons nonproliferation agreement that it signed in 1970. Their true reason, however, is Iran's posture on other issues. The threat is directed at a country whose president denies the holocaust."
Torsten Krauel points out why Iran's nuclear program is not the true reason for the war threat. "Iran cannot even legally break the non-proliferation treaty. It doesn't contain one syllable about what would constitute a "breach" of the contract, and not one iota about what would be allowed to occur in case of an undefined breach. The West saddles a contract with a war sanction for which there is no legal handle. Iran is formally at war with the United Nations, it evades a UN treaty that isn't crystal clear but full of gaps, because for political reasons that was the desired form forty years ago. The non- proliferation agreement would not have been ratified otherwise. The nuclear powers also excluded ways to treat unfaithful signatories. . . Iran does not take responsibility for the gaps. . . Therefore, after the fact, the US and many allies want to equip the agreement with teeth. However the consequences of any strengthening by way of an attack order would be great. If this became a precedent, any UN treaty would become an ad hoc law. The sentence, 'no punishment without a law' would be subject to time limitation. The enforcement of an agreement containing gaps would be gained by turning the entire UN international law into a gray zone. Whatever we can't accomplish at ratification, we will get along the way" (www.Welt, October 19, 2007, p. 9).
"The hardly reported high point of Russian president Vladimir Putin's Teheran visit within the framework of last week's summit of the Caspian Sea Neighbors was the meeting with their highest revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameinei. It has been reported to Asia Times by a reliable diplomatic source in Teheran that Putin and the highest revolutionary leader have prepared a plan with which they want to nullify the constant attempts by the Bush administration to initiate a preventive attack on Iran. An attack on Iran will be considered an attack on Russia, in accordance with the official Moscow stance" (www.atimes.com, October 26, 2007).
Therefore tougher bandages are being applied, such as proven by the overflight ban issued against Lufthansa planes. Also, the fact that a Bundeswehr (German Army) Airbus had to turn back during its flight to Usbekistan because Russia denied it overflight rights, speaks of Russia's new role as a world power. The people of the FRG will have to decide whether they will attach themselves to a third world war, ordered by Israel, and perish, or finally want to land a liberating punch.
The following linked articles provide background for understanding how "the City of London" is driving the world to the "hot stage" of World War III. Read in conjunction with Ezekiel 38 39 and Daniel 11 they show how "the king of the North" (Russia), "the king of the South" (Iran), and "the kings of the East" have been encircled and are being provoked to kill for Lucifer's one world government being built by "the children of the Devil" who control the apostate (once) Christian nations and the other side. See The Sino-Russian Alliance: Challenging America's Ambitions in Eurasia and The "Great Game" Enters the Mediterranean: Gas, Oil, War, and Geo-Politics.
Slothful foolish virgin, especially flag-waving Americans, imagine their country is on the side of righteousness, although she rejected her final opportunity for national repentance in 1956/7. Daniel and Jesus state plainly: the "teeth of iron and nails of brass" that "devour and break in pieces, and stamp the rest of humanity with its feet . . . causing whoever will not obey her to be killed" are American! The United States is a carcass picked bare, her physical economy is offshore in enemy hands. The enemy within her gates demands his pound of flesh. Cold, motherless and broke, she prostitutes her sons and daughters as mercenaries to be "blooded" on innocent Muslims. Lucifer and his children rule the governments of all nations and will martyr the righteous remaining on earth (Daniel 8:19; Revelation 13:15; 14:13; Genesis 27:40; Matthew 4:8-9)!
Ex-Italian President: Intel Agencies know 9/11 an Inside Job
December 4, 2007 Former Italian President who revealed the existence of Operation Gladio, Francesco Cossiga, has gone public on 9/11, telling Italy's most respected newspaper that the attacks were run by the CIA and Mossad and that this was common knowledge amongst global intelligence agencies. . .
Cossiga's tendency to be outspoken upset the Italian political establishment and he was forced to resign after revealing the existence of, and his part in setting up, Operation Gladioa rogue intelligence network under NATO auspices that carried out bombings across Europe in the 60's, 70's and 80's. Gladio's specialty was to carry out what they coined "false flag operations," terror attacks that were blamed on their domestic and geopolitical opposition.
Cossiga's revelations contributed to an Italian parliamentary investigation of Gladio in 2000, during which evidence was unearthed that the attacks were being overseen by the US intelligence apparatus. . . Cossiga's new revelations appeared last week in Italy's oldest and most widely read newspaper, Corriere della Sera. . . Full story: infowars.com
Jannes and Jambres - Part II
II Timothy 3:5-9, "Avoid those who have a form of godliness but deny the power of His Word. For such people are those who worm their way into households and befriend silly, sin-burdened women (symbolical of the denominational churches), impulsively swayed to new doctrines, forever following new teachers and never able to come to a revelation of the truth. As Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth: men of corrupt minds and counterfeit faith. But they will not go far, for their deceit will be known to all men, as was the sin of Jannes and Jambres".
This prophecy for "the last days" or Messianic Age following Titus' destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, is nearing its climax now, in "the shortening of days" or holy convocation under the Seventh Seal as Christ's intercession for PART-Word is fulfilled and there is "silence is heaven about the space of half an hour" whilst His end-time Bride makes Herself ready for the manifestation of the Sons of God and the translation by growing to maturity in the unity of the faith.
God commissioned Moses to deliver the children of Israel from bondage under the Egyptian superpower and He gave Moses three signs. Exodus 4:2-9, "The Lord asked Moses, What is that in your hand? And he said a rod. And God said, cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. And the Lord said to Moses, Put forth your hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand: That they may believe that the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you. And the Lord said furthermore, Put your hand into your bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, his hand was leprous as snow. And He said, Put your hand into your bosom again. And he did so; and when he took it out it was restored to be like his other flesh. In case they will not believe you nor mind the voice of the first sign, they will believe the voice of the second sign. However, should they not believe either of these two signs, neither listen to your voice, then take some water from the river, and pour it onto the dry land: the water you take out of the river shall become blood on the land".
Pharaoh's magicians Jannes and Jambres withstood God in Moses. They impersonated his first sign; then they conjured up frogs and lice but were not able to dispel them; neither could they create nor heal. As Moses delivered Israel from Egypt in the first exodus and Paul delivered the Church out of Israel in the second exodus, Brother Branham was sent to deliver the Bride out of the church in the third exodus, and God gave him three signs. As Moses had a sign in his right hand, God caused Brother Branham's left hand to react to the frequency of disease in a patient seeking divine healing. His second sign was "discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart . . . as it was in the days of Lot" (Hebrews 4:12; Luke 17:28-30). His third sign was the revelation of the Seven Seals, which "finished the mystery of God," and brought the world to judgment. As the waters of the Nile, the source of natural Life, became the source of death when Pharaoh rejected God's Word by Moses, those who reject the revelation of the Seven Seals which brought Christ back to earth in WORD form have committed the unpardonable sin by refusing the source of eternal Life. This explains why much of today's preaching is to souls that are in imprisoned now.
Matthew 24:24-31, "There shall arise false Christs, (not false Jesus', but false anointed ministers) and false prophets, who shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (But the elect of God cannot be deceived on the revealed Word of God. "However, all whose names are not written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world will worship Rome's Devil-incarnate pope"Revelation 13:8). Remember, I have forewarned you. So if these false anointed ones say, 'He is in the desert,' don't bother to look. Or, 'He is hiding at a certain place,' do not believe them (because His second Coming is not His (Gk. 'erchomai') physical return but a (Gk. 'parousia' Coming). For the [parousia] Coming of the Son of man will be like the lightning that flashes from the East and shines to the West. And throughout the world, wheresoever the living Body Word (of the present TruthZechariah 14:7; Matthew 17:11; Revelation 10:1-7) is, there the eagles (those with anointed eyes) will be gathered together."
"Immediately after the tribulation of those days (in the time of the "squeeze" at the end of the Gentile dispensation) the sun [of God's Word] be will darkened, the moon (church) will not reflect the Son-Light, and the stars (non-elect ministers) will fall from heaven (as they become souls imprisoned in darkness their names are blotted from the Book of Life), and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken (as the heavenly tabernacle is cleansed and Lucifer and his demons cast down to earthRevelation 12:7-13): then the sign of the Son of man shall appear (over Israel in the East as it appeared over Arizona in the West): and all the tribes of the earth will mourn (in the realization they have missed the first resurrection and must surrender their lives in martyrdom in order to preserve their names in the Book of Life and salvation), and they shall see the [sign of the] Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory (as we saw the sign of His Coming to us that appeared in the West on February 28, 1963). And He shall send His angels (or anoint two Hebrew prophets with the Spirit that empowered Moses and Elijah) with a great sound of Israel's Seventh Trumpet, and they shall gather together His 144,000 elect Israelites from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other".
As the people Moses was commissioned to deliver railed in unbelief against him, and Jannes and Jambres who claimed to be fellow seers and workers of miracles withstood him, denominational worshippers poured contempt upon Brother Branham and colleagues impersonated the hand of God in his vindicated ministry: "men of corrupt minds and counterfeit faith. But they will not go far, for their deceit will be known to all men, as was the sin of Jannes and Jambres".
Had Jannes and Jambres not withstood Moses by impersonating the hand of God, Pharaoh may have been persuaded to let His people go and preserved his empire from destruction. Likewise, had their antitype not withstood Brother Branham by impersonating the hand of God, many bound under the religious empire of Rome and her (once) Protestant image, and the natural "empire of the City of London," the so-called British Empire, Communist and every other country dominated by the Money Power, may have been freed from Satan's oppression and preserved from the destruction about to overtake Earth.
Jannes means "he vexed," and Jambres means "foamy healer." The most prominent ministers to withstand the messenger and Message to the Laodicean Church Age, and the Word for this hour are Billy Graham and Oral Roberts. Billy Graham has vexed or oppressed God's people by spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt in opposition to THUS SAITH THE LORD of His vindicated Prophet. Whereas one word of disbelief is the kingdom of Satan, Graham's ministry was anything but "the same yesterday, and today, and forever," swinging 180o from error while Christ was still a Mediator, to iniquity following the end of mediation and the revelation of the Seven Seals. Graham often appears as a well connected covert political operative. In his unauthorized biography, The Prince of War: Billy Graham's Crusade for a Wholly Christian Empire, Cecil Bothwell documents the unseen side of Graham's relationship with US presidents as well as his opposition to Martin Luther King Jr.'s work. Brother Branham thought King was inspired by Judaeo-Communism and said his legacy will lead about a million of his people into a death trap.
Billy Graham's assimilation into Rome's world-church system began in 1944 under the influence of his friend, Bishop Fulton Sheen of New York and subsequent patrimony (flattery) of bishops and priests. (Excerpt from "Billy Graham and Rome"). Graham was the dedication speaker at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he said, "This is the greatest moment of my life." Later he appeared with Oral Roberts in a joint national television broadcast.
Brother Branham said, "Brother Oral Roberts: I remember when he had his first meeting, come over to my meeting. . . at Kansas City, little ragged tent setting across the other side. And he said, "Brother Branham, you think God would hear my prayer for the sick?"
I said, "He will hear anybody's prayer, Brother Roberts."
And I remember Tommy Osborn when he nailed hisself up that night when the demoniac run out on the platform to kill me (you've read the story of it), Portland Oregon. And then he come to my house, and he said, "Brother Branham, oh, do you think I have got a gift of healing?"
I said, "Brother Osborn, you are a promising young man." I said, "If this keeps on it'll be like any other revival. It'll come to pass that a fellow won't think he's got a ministry 'less he's got a healing service." I said, "Don't think about that." I said, "If God called you to preach the Gospel, He called you to pray for the sick." And I said, "Just stay right with it. See?"
Your pastors has just the same rights to pray for you as any evangelist on the field. And if your pastor's not there, your good God-saved neighbor can do the same, your husband, or your brother, your child, or whoever it is. "Confess your faults one for another; pray one for another that you may be healed." That's true . . .
So I never tried to get money. And those two brethren that I mentioned, two fine, loyal, sweet, God-saved men, is T. L. Osborn and O. L. Roberts. That's exactly truth, They are fine men. I know them both since their ministry begin and they're real fine brothers.
And I went to Brother Osborn's the other day and over there when I had a meeting in Tulsa, and I looked how God had bless him. And he's a great missionary, does missionary work. And the money that you send to Brother Osborn is certainly used right. He is a fine God-saved man. And I went into his place, and he put his arms around me, commenced crying, showed me where all the places he had been. He said, "Brother Branham, that's part of your ministry." He said, "If you had not have went and done as the Lord . . . told you to do." said, "I am just one of your students," as it was. Think, a man of that caliber telling a little person like me that he was my student. That's takes a real sweet, humble spirit.
And then, when I was there, Brother Oral Roberts fell and hurt his leg. And I went into his lovely big home there, and I couldn't have been no better treated if I'd been an angel come from heaven when I went to pray for him. And he had a knee that had. . . Oh, it was in terrible condition. And while I was praying, the blood veins come down and made a big "v" on top of his knee; got right up and walked away.
So I went into his homes, and how beautiful, and nice, and a big home. I just wept. When I went outside and looked at his great big building there, how beautiful it was put together, everything in a triune block. And I seen that mirror there of the hands reaching down. And when I walked outside and looked, I never seen nothing anywhere in the world like it anywhere. And I thought, "O God, great Jehovah, how thankful I am. That shows the faith of one man that can really get a hold of God and do something like that. How I'm thankful."
Then Satan said to me, "He must not think very much of you. What if He come to your place and seen one little typewriter setting up there in the end of a trailer? What kind of an office would that be?"
I said, "Well, I'm doing the best I can. That's all." Have a hard time ever getting any letters answered. And I looked up and I thought, "My, I would sure hate for them brothers to come to my place and see my office." But then as I was standing there, something sweet happened. And I never forget it. Just as plain as I ever heard a voice in my life, He said, "But I am your Portion."
And I said, "Thank You, Lord. I'll gladly take that way 'cause I cannot have the mentality to operate a worldwide radio like Brother Roberts, and the thousands of souls that he reaches. But in my little humble way if You will just help me, and You be my Portion and I'll just follow you. And wherever You lead me then I'll do in the little way. 'Cause we got to have the little stones kinda fits in with the big stones" (It wasn't so from the Beginning, #62-0411).
God never had two major prophets work simultaneously on the same field. He used one man free from organization. Any more than one major prophet would create confusion. Oral Roberts and Tommy Osborn were both inspired by Brother Branham's gift of healing, but the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable and sovereignly given for a specific purpose, so when they spoke with him, Brother Branham did not encourage them to press into a healing ministry or gift to which they were not ordained, but to preach the Word of God, He would vindicate with signs following.
The Voice of the first two signs God gave Brother Branham, like those given to Jesus and Moses, was to attract attention of people to hear the Message of his third sign. If a prophet is inspired by God he will not quote Scripture already delivered by previous prophets, he will unfold further revelation of existing prophecy or words of particular importance to the hearer, such as warning a family to remove the furniture from a home that is about to be struck by lightning.
Oral Roberts was chief among a mass of evangelists who impersonated the gift of healing he did not possess. Of course, many were healed as God honoured their faith through Robert's ministry, but he should not have tried to pattern a ministry after the ministry God ordained to Brother Branham as he was unknowingly diverting the attention of people away from the Prophet of God's "third pull," which was his Message. Ultimately there were so many rival faith healers, each with immense financial overheads, some were led more by their accountant than by the Spirit of the Lord; and their ministries created confusion, distracting attention from the real prophet. To avoid confusion, Brother Branham would not conduct meetings in the same town as another evangelist, and did not hold meetings on Sunday but spoke in a local church.
Oral Roberts and many of his contemporaries became millionaires, flying the world in private jets and hobnobbing with the rich and famous sinners. Brother Branham said, "In almost thirty-one years I never took an offering in my life [to meet the cost of evangelism]. Never took one offering in my life, and I never intend to. So I used to work. I pastored the Baptist Tabernacle at Jeffersonville for seventeen years without one cent, worked as a state game warden, line work, whatever I could get to do, and paid my own way, and helped build the church. . . I'm not in for a lot of this big money program.
And what if I had to get up as much money as some of the brethren have to? What if I had to meet the expenses of Billy Graham? What if I had to meet the expenses of Oral Roberts? I could never come to a small place like this and have a meeting. But I like to keep myself where I have no expenses, and then wherever the Lord leads me I can go. See? I am under no obligations.
I just held a revival in a church that held twenty people. It was awful but we held it, and the Lord blessed and done a great thing. People stood in zero weather crying and snubbing and breath froze on their face. But they got saved, so what's the difference as long as they get saved? And I don't have any money, I guess my. . . If I'd check my account tonight and it . . . If I'm not in the red I can't be over about a hundred-and-fifty dollars.
So what would I do with that where perhaps Mr. Roberts has to meet around seven, or eight, ten thousand dollars a day? Oh, I wouldn't have that on me for nothing. My, oh, my, God knowed better than that. He knowed I ain't. . . I haven't got that much mental powers to take care of stuff like that. I just couldn't do it. I'm so thankful that God has men to do that (It wasn't so from the Beginning, #62-0411).
According to news reports, "Now, at age 89, the Tulsa, Oklahoma University that bears his name has called Roberts home from a California retirementunder the most excruciating of circumstances. On Wednesday, the head regent at Oral Roberts University announced that the school is an astonishing $52.5 million in debt. This news arrived just three weeks after the revelation of a wrongful termination suit filed against the school by three former professors who claim that they were fired after providing the school's Board of Regents with a report detailing moral and ethical lapses by Oral's son Richard, who had inherited the school's presidency from his father, and Richard's wife Lindsay. Among the allegations: the Roberts had remodeled their home eleven times in 14 years with university money; they bankrolled one of their daughters' $29,411 trip to the Bahamas with school funds; and (his daughter-in-law) Lindsay Roberts had spent the night in an O.R.U. guest-house with an underage male nine times".
"In spite of his literalistic faith in the Bible, it was quite true, as Jim Buskirk observed, that Oral was "not fundamentalist," but rather he spanned "the Bible in his theology. He thinks of it holistically." Roberts was not rigid or legalistic; he did not, in fact, have a systematic theology. When Reader's Digest published a condensed version of the Bible in 1982, fundamentalists uniformly denounced the project, but Oral endorsed it. Whereas the Bible became a static, verbally inspired book to nineteenth-century evangelicals, to Pentecostals it was a living revelation to be perceived by experience" (David Edwin Harrell, Jr., Oral Roberts: An American Life, p. 441).
Oral Roberts was not a prophet of God, despite claims of outrageous visions, personal visitations and revelations over the years, all of which have proven to be without substance. Oral Roberts' achievements, exemplified in the Biblical Disneyland on campus, were tangible elements that one could touch, taste, smell, see and hear, whereas "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen," and the thrust of his ministry was psychology. Harrell writes: "I offered to appear before the Senate Investigating Committee in Washington and present evidence that Oral Roberts was guilty of "payola" on his TV Healing program. Among other things, I had evidence to prove that a person had "performed" on the Roberts healing TV program, claiming that he was healed as a "cripple;" but it was all a fake and he was paid by them to "fake" the healing. The person who faked the healing offered to testify."
"Probably the most damaging religious attack on Oral ever published appeared in the Presbyterian Outlook in 1955. The article, written by Carroll R. Stegall, Jr., pastor of the Pryor Street Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia, was later republished in a widely circulated tract. It was Stegall's tract which preceded Oral to Australia and fanned opposition to him."
"Stegall's curiosity was piqued by the March 1952 issue of Healing Waters, which featured a cover picture of "three great medical doctors congratulating Oral Roberts." Stegall and Donald Grey Barnhouse, a noted conservative Presbyterian pastor in Philadelphia, addressed an inquiry to the American Medical Association that "brought the answer from their bureau of investigation that not one of the men mentioned . . . could be identified as doctors of medicine. . . One of the three men was found operating in Phoenix as a "naturopathic physician" [meaning he was not a licensed medical doctor]. No organization headed by "Dr. J.H. Miller, outstanding medical doctor and president of a medical society of over 20,000 physicians," was discovered." "Stegall later attended a number of campaigns, interviewed Oral, and did some follow-up interviews with those who had passed through the healing line. He concluded that Oral was not "as bad as some others in the miracle business," but found no basis to support his claims. "I have never seen a vestige of change. I challenge any honest investigator to follow my technique and see whether his findings do not agree with mine." Stegall concluded: "So far from glorifying God with this they (the healing evangelists) cause His name to be blasphemed by the world by their excesses. So far from curing, they often kill. Far from blessing, their arrival in a city is rather a curse, a misery, a racket, a destruction of faith in simple people" (ibid. p. 163-164).
James 5:14-16, "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much".
When I visited Oral Roberts University in the mid-80s, his five star International Hotel-like sky-scraping hospital, appeared to be a vacant buildingtestimony to God's permissive will and a vindication of the prophecy of St. Paul, "the folly of their deceit will be manifest to all men, as was the sin of Jannes and Jambres". nl504.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.