Bible Believers' Newsletter 507
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We welcome our new subscribers and are pleased you have joined us in fellowship around God's unchanging Word. As you will be aware our objective by the grace of God is to become "written epistles" of the Light He is manifesting right now. And by His grace God we press on to finish our race in the certainty of THUS SAITH THE LORD by His vindicated Prophet, Brother William Branham. Thus we cannot boast that "half of what we teach is wrong, and the other half is incorrect; and we cannot tell you which is which." Optimism not anchored to the Absolute is not worth having.
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.
Rome is Rising
December 25, 2007 The greatest 'shock' to Moscow, in their growing state of crisis with the United Kingdom, was this past week's news that Britain's former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and who once headed the Church of England, renounced his faith and has converted to Catholicism thus forming an alliance with Rome's Dark Pope, and which to the Kremlin is a 'de facto declaration of war' as Blair is set to become the President of the newly formed European Union, which was foisted upon the European peoples by the treachery of their leaders in league with Rome.
[It is important to note that Ireland is the only European Nation that has refused to sign the new EU Treaty without putting it first before its citizens to vote upon, a right that was denied to all other European citizens].
Russian experts have long feared Rome's reemergence as a World Power due to the experiences of last century's two brutal World Wars, which claimed the lives of over 200 million Russians and had foisted upon them the 70-year-long brutal reign of the British and American backed communists, and which allowed the Western Powers to grow their military might to heights unseen in all of our World's history.
To the dismay of the Western Powers, backed by the Dark Pope in Rome, however, Russia remains their last remaining obstacle in gaining total World hegemony in their quest to ignite a Christian-Muslim war which, they believe, will herald in their long sought after New World Government, but which Putin has vowed to defend against.
It is interesting to note, too, that the Western Powers are using virtually the same script to ignite our World in Total War as they did nearly 100 years ago in first collapsing their own economies in the knowledge that jobless and starving peoples will not care of their Nations military adventures as long as they are able to work and feed their families.
And today, on the very day the Western World celebrates the birth of their 'Prince of Peace', the leaders of the Western Powers are leading their peoples ever closer to the brink of catastrophe. Full story: whatdoesitmean.com
Missing Nukes: Treason of the Highest Order
October 29, 2007 According to a wide range of reports, several nuclear bombs were "lost" for 36 hours after taking off August 29/30, 2007 on a "cross-country journey" across the US, from USAF Base Minot in North Dakota to USAF Base Barksdale in Louisiana.  Reportedly, in total there were six W80-1 nuclear warheads armed on AGM-129 Advanced Cruise Missiles (ACMs) that were "lost."  The story was first reported by the Military Times, after military servicemen leaked the story. . . In the case of the missing nukes, orders were given and flight permission was granted . . .
Several military personnel died under mysterious circumstances shortly before and after the incident. There are now questions regarding the fate of these individuals in the USAF who could have had relationships in one way or another to the incident or possibly have been directly involved. . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: "The last and seventh vision was wherein I heard a most terrible explosion. As I turned to look I saw nothing but debris, craters, and smoke all over the land of America" (William Branham, An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 322:3).
The Role of Blackwater USA in Police State America
December 17, 2007 Most people know about Blackwater but not how it operates. We better learn because it's coming to a neighborhood near you, and that means trouble. Author Jeremy Scahill wrote the book on the company he calls "the world's most powerful mercenary army" and describes it as a "shadowy mercenary company (employing) some of the most feared professional killers in the world accustomed to operating without worry of legal consequences (and) largely off the congressional radar." It has friends in high places who give it "remarkable power and protection within the US war apparatus" with unaccountable license to practice street violence with impunity to include cold-blooded murder wherever their paramilitaries are deployed.
For now, that's mostly abroad, and controversy surfaced about the company after its mercenaries killed two dozen or more Iraqis and wounded dozens more in al-Nisour on September 16. It was the latest incident involving a company with a disturbing history of unprovoked violence and then claiming self-defense. Blackwater is contracted to provide security services for US diplomats, officials and others that once was assigned to the military at one-sixth or less what the company charges under an administration that believes anything government can do private business does better, so let it whatever the cost.
Using Blackwater and other paramilitaries is part of the scheme to militarize America, and New Orleans is its first test case. Scahill wrote that "about 150 heavily armed Blackwater troops dressed in full battle gear" arrived in the Crescent City right after Katrina hit and spread out into the city's chaos. Others came later. Their cover was to provide hurricane relief, but that was a ruse as local residents still around in the wrong places soon discovered. They patrolled like Gestapo in SUVs with tinted windows and their logo on the back. Others used unmarked cars with no license plates, and relief wasn't their mandate. They came to secure neighborhoods from their legal residents and treat those wanting to return like criminals. They wore flak jackets, carried automatic weapons and had extra guns strapped to their legs. They weren't for show.
Instead of helping hurricane victims, they came as vigilantes to terrorize them and be empowered by federal, state and local authorities to do it. Blackwater USA is the face of paramilitarism on US streets as the "war on terrorism" comes to a neighborhood near you with New Orleans the first test case to see if the company can operate here the way it does in Iraq and get away with it. It's doing it.
More than two years after Katrina, New Orleans is still a disaster zone, and many thousands of its residents are still without homes. Instead of helping them rebuild and restore their lives, federal funds instead go to private mercenaries to protect the privileged from desperate people needing help. Blackwater is another element in place in "police state America" where the streets of Boston, Boise or Buffalo may one day resemble Baghdad and bring the "war on terror" to the homeland with chilling implications of what that means.
The outlook isn't good in "police state America" under neocon rule that won't appreciably change when the White House has a new occupant in 2009. The nation is at war and laws are in place that end constitutional protections, militarize the country, repress dissent, and our government is empowered to crush freedom and defend privilege from beneficial social change it won't tolerate. It's the price of imperial arrogance we the people are paying, and that won't end until the spirit of resistance gets aroused enough to stop it in our own self-defense. We better hope that happens in time with potentially little of it left. Full story: globalresearch.ca
Tent City in Suburbs is Cost of Home Crisis
December 21. 2007 Between railroad tracks and beneath the roar of departing planes sits "tent city," a terminus for homeless people. It is not, as might be expected, in a blighted city center, but in the once-booming suburbia of Southern California.
The noisy, dusty camp sprang up in July with 20 residents and now numbers 200 people, including several children, growing as this region east of Los Angeles has been hit by the US housing crisis. . . As more families throw in the towel and head to foreclosure here and across the nation, the social costs of collapse are adding up in the form of higher rates of homelessness, crime and even disease. . . Full story: yahoo.com
The Second Coming of Christ
Bible believers have been anticipating Christ's second Coming for almost 2,000 years, but do they understand what they should be looking for; because judgment follows this Coming. God always gives warning, offering mercy and a way of escape before judgment strikes. He told Noah to build an ark and warn all who heard his preaching that after 120 years He would destroy every living creature outside the ark, whose construction was a public vindication of His Word. In all that time not one soul could be persuaded to join the ship's company. Mercy was spurned. God told Noah, "Provision the vessel, board the animals, and after seven days I will open the windows of heaven." He did, and the world perished. The ark was a type of Christ and the seven days were a type of the seven Church Ages, after which God has promised He will return to Israel and then destroy every living creature outside Christ with fire.
Noah lived in an age whose scientific and engineering achievements far surpass our present potential. In Matthew 24:37, Jesus prophesied that at the end of the Gentile dispensation the world would be at ease in a scientifically advanced state, oriented toward material goals and sensual pleasures but lukewarm to the warnings of God "as it was in the days of Noah"; and that we would repeat the unforgivable sin of Noah's day, which was a repetition of the "original sin"miscegenation on a global scale. Nowadays, sinners applaud and encourage this wickedness under the euphemism "multiculturalism": earth is incurably corrupt in relation to God and full of violence in relation to men who cohabit with whomsoever they choose and ignore prophetic warnings vindicated by Supernatural signs and carry on as usual, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage "as they did in the days of Noah." Once again, everything stands in the sharpest contradiction with the good state established by the Creator: humanity has become "all flesh"soulless, animalistic "meat"and will be destroyed by atomic fire as it perished by Flood.
Jesus prophesied that in the day when the Son of man is revealed sodomy will be condoned "as it was in the days of Lot." Billy Graham and Oral Roberts preached repentance to the non-elect churches in Sodom, while God veiled Himself behind the flesh of William Branham, a sinner saved by grace, and revealed Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today and forever, healing the sick, casting out demons, raising the dead and discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart "as it was in the days of Lot." Yet His Coming was unrecognized by the world, and life continues as if nothing had taken place.
Shem and the children of Eber had anticipated Messiah's first Coming for almost 2,000 years, and although their prophets described the signs they should seek, they rejected the forerunner of Isaiah 40 and Malachi 3 for the misinterpretations of theologians who caused them to seek the signs of His third Coming and the forerunner of His second. John's Message was rejected; the Baptist was martyred, Messiah crucified as an imposter on the hour, day, month and year foretold by Moses and Daniel, and Israel smitten with blindness until the Gentile dispensation is fulfilled.
Christendom has been anticipating Messiah's second Coming for almost 2,000 years, and despite forewarnings to watch for these and numerous other signs, the world church system is blind to such conspicuous phenomena and has rejected the forerunner of Malachi 4:5-6 and Revelation 10:7 for the interpretations of theologians, and signs of His physical return, which will be His third Coming with the saints of all Ages after the consummation. Jesus and Paul warned that the Gentiles will end in apostasy like the Israelites, with the false church supposing they have all of God when in fact they are spiritually wretched and miserable, bankrupt of faith, blind to the Word, naked of the Blood and crucifying unto themselves the Son of God afresh (Romans 11:32; II Thessalonians 2:1-12; II Timothy 3:1 - 4:4; Revelation 3:17-20).
Because of her unbelief in the revealed Word of God the world church system is not looking for a prophet, she does not understand what she should be looking for and scoffs at faith when it reproves and rebukes her man-made traditions. Thus she has not recognized Christ's secret, sudden second Coming and the rapture. Soon, under the delusion she is doing God a service, she will kill all who do not submit or receive her mark of the beast, which is Trinitarianism (I Thessalonians 2:11; Revelation 13:15-18).
Jesus said His Coming would be "as a thief in the night" so He will be unseen by the natural eye. He said, "If any one says, He is over here; or, There; believe it not. Or if they say, He is in the desert; don't bother to look, or He is hiding at a certain place; don't you believe it, My Coming will be as lightning that came out of the East and shines to the West." So we are not to anticipate that Man of Galilee, and the world will not know He has come until after He has gone, stealing His waiting Bride away to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb in the Sky.
Lightning is not bound by geography for the same Light that flashed in the East is now shining in the West. Like a thief, it strikes suddenly and departs just as suddenly without trace. Like a vision or the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, it appears unannounced and vanishes, yet if the illumination is from the Lord, its "Light in the evening time" of the Gospel will agree from Genesis to Revelation with the Light God shone on the apostolic saints in the East (Zechariah 14:7; Matthew 24:27; Hebrews 13:8). As the wise men followed the Light from Pakistan in the East to Bethlehem in the West in order to find the Word, wise men of today follow the evening Light that was restored in the West as prophesied by Malachi 4:5-6, Matthew 17:11 and Acts 3:19-21 in order to see the second Coming of Christ the Word: "For wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together."
The Body is Christ, the fullness of the Word; not PART-Word and a Mediator as revealed in different measures during the Church Ages when the Book was sealed with Seven Seals, but the present Truth what Jesus is doing now. The evening Light prophesied in Zechariah 14 and Matthew 24 is the apostolic faith that has been restored plus the revelation of the Seven Seals upon which the eagles are feeding their souls unto maturity in the unity of the faith for the manifestation of the Sons of God and the translation (Ephesians 4:13; Romans 8:19; I Corinthians 15:47-56).
Paul taught, "When the fullness of the Word is revealed, PART-Word and a Mediator for ignorance of the fullness will be done away." And when "every eye has seen Him," He will catch up His Bride (I Corinthians 13:10; Revelation 1:7). We are waiting for that last elect to recognize his day and be reborn of its Message.
The disciples asked Jesus, "What will be the sign of your Coming"? Jesus comes only three times. First He was born of the Virgin Mary to redeem His Bride on Calvary. This was a physical (Gk.) 'erchomai' Coming to fulfill the prophetic office of Son of man. His second Coming as prophesied throughout the New Testament is not a physical or 'erchomai' Coming but a (Gk.) 'parousia' Coming. Unfortunately our English Bibles do not differentiate between these two words but translate both by the word "come." This has caused great confusion among those who do not "study to show themselves approved of God, rightly dividing the Word of truth" as the ancient priests flayed the sacrifice, a type of our faith, to prove it was without spot or blemish before offering it to God. Whereas the word 'erchomai' means to physically arrive, enter or come, the word 'parousia' means "arrival and subsequent presence" but it is not necessarily a physical presence. For instance, if we were to speak on the 'phone, we would be in one another's presence, but I may be in Hong Kong whereas you may be in England; we may never have set eyes on one another yet we would be in one another's presence. Were you to view film of Brother Branham he would be in your presence yet you would not be in his presence.
Jesus' third Coming or second physical return will be the 'erchomai' Coming of the glorified Man returning as Son of David with the glorified saints of all Ages to step out on the ashes of the wicked for a thousand years of peace (Malachi 4:1-3). This will be the restoration of the kingdom to Israel which will be ruled unto the consummation by non-Semitic Gentiles such as the Serpent's seed Herodians (Acts 1:6; Isaiah 9:7; Daniel 9:27). Foolish virgin in the circle of this Message and denominational churches are looking for this Coming, which no one will see but those who return with Him as it will be after the consummation of life on earth. These people are rejecting the Message of the Prophet of Malachi 4:5-6, which is the fullness of the Word and His second or 'parousia' Coming.
As Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three offices or dispensation claims of the One Person of God and not a trinity of beings, so Son of Man, Son of God, and Son of David are three offices or dispensation claims of One Man, Jesus Christ, who is "the beginning of God creating Himself a part of His creation" (Revelation 3:14). We must understand these things if we are to recognize the times or the seasons and rightly divide the Word of Truth because we are living in the end of time when "the mystery of God is finished . . . and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise will understand" (Revelation 10:7; Daniel 12:10).
Forty days after His resurrection, Christ the Logos or fullness of God's expressed attributes ascended bodily into heaven where He took the office of Son of God as Mediator for the ignorance of the Church Age saints, receiving the revelation of the Word for their day and excusing their ignorance of mysteries not yet revealed, or that became lost through pogroms of the Roman church. On the fiftieth day of Pentecost He recognized the faith of those assembled in the upper room, and inaugurated His mystic Body, the true Church, by the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the same visible manifestation of the Shekinah as when He dedicated the Tabernacle in the wilderness, Solomon's Temple, Jesus Christ, the Chief Cornerstone of His new, living and eternal Temple, and as He will lighten New Jerusalem, His King and Queen and the elect of all Ages.
Each Church Age was distinguished by a different measure of revealed Word quickened by a commensurate portion of the Spirit, so it should be clear that as Christ is the FULNESS of the anointed Word, He could not be present with us because so long as the Bible was sealed with Seven Seals we had only PART-Word. When the last soul predestinated to the PART-Word Body was redeemed in the Laodicean Church Age redemption was over and the Lamb advanced from the outer court of the heavenly temple where His bloody Body had lain as a memorial throughout the Church Ages. Now, as Lion of the Tribe of Judah He claimed the Book of Life, tore open its Seals, and took His seat as Son of man, King of Kings, and Judge (Revelation 4, 5; 10:1-7).
As Ezekiel represented the nation of Israel, and then Judah in Ezekiel 4, John represents Christ's end-time Bride throughout the Book of Revelation, in which he is led by the angel of Revelation 1:1, who was the prophet William Branham, the only man to whom Christ revealed the mystery of the Seven Thunders hidden under the Seven Seals (Revelation 10:1-7). Here God reveals an important symbol as "another Mighty Angel came down from heaven, clothed with the Cloud [or Shekinah as foretold in Acts 1:9-11 and Revelation 1:7]; and the rainbow was upon His head [for this is the second or 'parousia' Coming of Christ, the Angel of the Covenant, as foretold in I Thessalonians 4:14-16]. His face shone like the sun; and His legs like pillars of Fire. And He held a little Book open in His hand. He placed His right foot in judgment on Rome, the beast that arose from the populous lands of the Mediterranean, and His left foot in Judgment on the United States of America, which arose from a relatively unpopulated land to become the image of the first Beast".
As we have noted from I Corinthians 13:10 and Matthew 24:22-28, the Revelation of the Seven Seals in 1963 brought Christ back to earth in WORD form through the mouth of His Prophet. Jesus stated emphatically, "Do not look for a Man, look for Light on the Word." His second Coming is a revelation not a physical or 'erchomai' Coming. How will the people who believe in Messiah know these things unless they are constantly in the Word to understand the present Truth? Daniel said "the wise will know their God, but the foolish or unwise will not know".
Jesus spoke of a sign in the sky, and explained that His 'parousia' Coming would be "universal." Revelation 1:7, "Behold He comes with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, even they who pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen." Clearly a natural cloud and the glorified Man could not be seen "universally," besides it is night time over half the world. But were they universally visible to the natural eye His Coming would hardly be "as a thief in the night," and the resurrection and catching-away of Christ's Bride of all Ages would hardly be secret and sudden, nor would there be need to send two prophets to witness the obvious to Israel.
"Every eye shall see" does not necessarily refer to the eyes in our head, for that would exclude blind saints. This is a metaphor for perception by the eye of the discerning mind when the physical side recedes. The seers or "eagles" are His Bride who sees Him in the Word for their hour. "They who pierced Him" are the 144,000 elect Israelites who, through the ministry of the Hebrew prophets of Zechariah 4 and Revelation 11 will walk by faith rather than sight (Zechariah 12:10 13:9; Matthew 24:30-31). "All kindreds of the earth will wail because of Him" are foolish virgin and others who recognize they have missed the "rapture" and must surrender their lives in martyrdom during the tribulation in order to maintain their names in the Book of Life and secure their salvation.
Jesus was speaking of three different groups at three different times. The Bride, the elect Israelites who will not recognize the significance of the Sign in the sky until three and a half years after the Bride has been caught up to meet the Lord in the air, and the non-elect who are "saved". "God's elect understand the New Testament not by the letter, but by the Spirit. [As Israel discovered], the letter kills, but the Spirit gives eternal Life. . . For the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made us free from the Law of sin and death" (II Corinthians 3:6-18; Romans 8:2).
This Supernatural Cloud was photographed over Arizona in the USA on the 28th of February, 1963, and appeared in Life Magazine on the 17th of May. It is the Cloud of glory Brother Branham prophesied from the pulpit on December of 1962. It manifest above the atmosphere where there is no moisture to form a cloud in answer to the prophecies of Daniel 7:9, the Gospels, Acts 1:11 and Revelation 1:7. From approximately 150 reports, many from persons well aware that this was a type of cloud unprecedented in years of cloud watching, it was established that it was at least 26 miles (42km) high and 30 miles (48km) across, exhibited iridescence, and that its internal structure was peculiar. And although many papers have been published in journals such as Science, Weatherwise, encyclopaedia year books, books on meteorology, and articles in the international pressto this day scientists have been unable to present a satisfactory natural explanation for this phenomenon. Jesus said when Israel is restored to statehood in the Land of the Covenant, "Look up, for your redemption draws nigh."
This was the Sign of Christ's 'parousia' to we Gentiles as Matthew 24:3, 30 will be the sign of His 'parousia' to Israel. The same Light of revelation that opened the eyes of Christ's Bride in the East was restored in the evening time, through the revelation of the Seven Seals to His Bride in the West as promised by Zechariah 14:6-7, Malachi 4:5-6, Matthew 17:11; 24:22-28, Acts 3:21-23, I Corinthians 13:10, II Thessalonians 2;1, together with Revelation 10:1-7; 18:1-4. According to visions God had shown him, Brother Branham said that Hoffman's Head of Christ at 33 was a perfect likeness of Jesus. On the main page of our Website we have superimposed the Cloud over Hoffman's portrait of Jesus Christ, which is how He appeared to Daniel and John after the Church Ages and His Mediatorial Office were fulfilled, wigged as a Judge looking down upon the Western world that has rejected and put Him out of the churches which are called by His Name as the Eastern world rejected and crucified Him without the city.
God's mysteries are illustrated by symbols. When the disciples asked Jesus, "What shall be the sign of the end of the Ages or dispensations"? He replied with the parable of the fig tree, the symbol of Israel. "When you see the nation of Israel restored to statehood, you know that summer with its feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement and feast of Ingathering of the 144,000 elect Israelites is nigh. . . I assure you this generation that saw the state of Israel restored will not die out until the antitypes of her feasts are fulfilled".
The restoration of Israel in 1948 was a sign warning of judgment to follow the manifestation of the Sixth Seal and Seventh Trumpet that will mark the end of the Gentile dispensation, the dawning of the day of the Lord and the commencement of Daniel's Seventieth Week. It may be later than you think! The end-time began when Christ opened the Seven Seals (Daniel 12:4, 9; Revelation 10:4).
Christ's Mediation ended in 1963 and the world church system which knows nothing of this is worshipping in vain. Jesus said that the denominationseven those within the circle of this Messagewould be apostate and know it not. They are ignorant either because their pastors are slothful and possess the "letter" but not the revelation of the Message, or because you and I have not shared it with them, or perhaps because they have rejected God's prophet, and without a prophet there can be no second or 'parousia' Coming, for the Word of God comes only to a prophet (Deuteronomy 18:15-18; II Peter 1:21).
Amos 3:7, "Truly the Lord God will not do anything unless He has first revealed His secret to His servants the prophets." Joel, Malachi, Jesus, Matthew, Luke, Peter and John all foresaw the visitation of a covenant prophet before the end of our dispensation, to restore the apostolic faith and "finish the mystery of God," introduce the second Coming of the Word, and call God's people out from the world church system into agreement with the fullness of the Word, for the manifestation of the sons of God and the translation. Denominations generally do not believe the "unchanging God" would send a prophet in this day, but if She, that prophet would preach their tradition or she would not preach at all.
Jesus said, that all of the prophets from Abel to John the Baptist had been rejected by Israel, and foretold those prophets He would send would be rejected by the church (Matthew 23:34). God hides in humility and reveals Himself in simplicity. His servants are not to be known for their fine clothing, scholarship or eloquent speech. The morning Brother Branham laid the cornerstone for his church the Lord spoke to him in a vision and said, "This is not your Tabernacle. When you come out of this vision read II Timothy 4." And He set him down under the bright blue sky and said, "Do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of your ministry. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine but shall heap for themselves together teachers, having itching ears, and shall be turned from the truth to fables." This is the apostasy Jesus and Paul foretold for the end of the Laodicean Age.
In 1936 he saw a vision of the 1937 Flood which showed the Ohio River 32 feet above Spring Street in Jeffersonville. The Lord said, "Leave Jeffersonville and do the work of an evangelist." But in deference to the wishes of his mother-in-law, he put off obeying God. Shortly thereafter his father died in his arms from strychnine administered by his doctor. Three days later his sister-in-law died, then the Flood took place according to the vision and resulted in the death of his young wife, and four days later his nine-month-old daughter died.
Obedience is better than sacrifice.
Brother Branham's ministry spearheaded the healing revival that followed World War II. God told him he would travel around the world, praying for kings and potentates. But with only a seventh grade education he could not understand how. God said, "As the prophet Moses was given two signs for a vindication, so will you. Take people by their right hand in your left, and keep humble. A reaction on your right hand will indicate what's wrong with the patient." He said, "This is the same thing our Lord Jesus did on earth. And it will come to pass that you'll know the very secret of their hearts. This is the revealing of the Son of Man".
God is true to His Word. Our Brother prayed for King George VI, who was healed of sclerosis. Florence Nightingale, a missionary nurse in Africa was flown to London where Brother Branham prayed for her at her hotel. No one in the party had ever seen anyone in such a pitiful condition: just skin and bones. Eight months later he received a photograph with her testimony of healing. Then Congressman William D. Upshaw, a US Presidential candidate in the days of prohibition, after being confined for 66 years, leapt and ran, pushing his wheelchair from the meeting. Owing to the multitudes His second meeting in Durban South Africa was held at the race track, the second largest in the world; his crowds broke all previous records of attendance.
Riding a train to Miami, Florida, he saw a vision of a little boy lying dead, his brown eyes turned back, his little body a mass of broken bones, and the automobile wrecked on the side of the road. He told the vision to the congregations asking them to note in their Bibles: "I have THUS SAITH THE LORD, if the boy is not raised from the dead, I am a false prophet".
Two years later, in Finland, he noticed the wrecked Ford and a large crowd of people. A little boy with his little coat over his face had been dead for about thirty minutes. He noticed his little foot through ribbed stockings, legs broken according to the vision. When they raised his little coat, he saw the little brown eyes turned back and his brown hair. Kneeling, he said, "Lord God You spoke of this vision. And I know in Your great predestinated will, it's already finished, so Death give back the boy's life." And the little fellow jumped to his feet just as normal as he was before he was hit."
Even his critics dare not deny what God did in his ministry, revealing Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever by the Messianic Sign of Hebrews 4:12, "discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart . . . as it was in the days of Lot." The dead were raised to life, demons cast out and cripples made whole; the blind saw and cancers were healed. Sometimes the meetings held crowds estimated at 500,000.
Following a revival meeting in 1933, Brother Branham was baptizing the seventh of 500 people, with 5,000 watching from the bank of the Ohio River when the pillar of Fire appeared above him in the form of a Star, and a Voice said, "As John the Baptist foreran My first Coming, your Message will forerun My second Coming." Once again, the unchanging God with unchanging ways has sent a vindicated prophet led by the Angel of the Lord.
Moses led the children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage in the first Exodus after receiving instructions from the Angel of the Lord who spoke from the pillar of Fire in a bush. In the second Exodus Paul, who led the Church out of Israel, met the same pillar of Fire on the Damascus road, and a Voice said "Why do you persecute Me? I am Jesus, and it's hard to kick against the pricks" (Acts 9:3-5). We live in the third and final Exodus wherein Christ is calling His Bride out from the apostate churches into oneness with the Word for the manifestation of the Sons of God and the translation.
Once again the unchanging God has appeared in the Shekinah Ezekiel called, "the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord." Seen only by the high priest within the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement, today it has been photographedin doors, out of doorsin different countries around the world. It is amber or emerald green in colour as described in the Bible. One photograph was tested by an FBI-certified forensic laboratory and certified genuine. It is the Lord Jesus, the only vindicated photograph of the Supernatural.
As Jesus told Peter and Andrew, "Henceforth you will be fishers of men," God spoke to Brother Branham from a vision wherein he was fishing for rainbow trout in a crystal clear lake, a type of the fullness of the Word where God's elect feed their souls. Employing the metaphor of fly fishing He said, "Like all great ministries, yours will consist of three 'pulls.' In the first, you'll hold the hand of a penitent seeking healing, and a Supernatural sign will appear on your hand by which I will indicate to you the nature of their disease. This will give them faith to receive their healing, confident that the God who knows their condition can also heal them." The Prophet's 'first pull' attracted the attention of the little fish and immense numbers of people recognized that God is alive. But his mission was not to catch the little fish, so he pulled his line just beyond their reach, and their swarming after the lure of divine healing attracted the attention of the bigger fish.
For his 'second pull,' God gave Him the lure of the Messianic sign of Hebrews 4:12. This identified God in Christ, and was the last sign promised to we Gentiles before the close of our dispensation (Luke 17:28-30). As God revealed Himself to Abraham and Sarah behind the flesh of a created Man before the destruction of Sodom, and to the woman at the well from behind the virgin born flesh of Messiah, He has discerned the thoughts and intents of the people's hearts behind the flesh of this sinner saved by grace, revealing Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. But his mission was not to catch these bigger fish either. God used this sign not to attract the attention of the religious mass, but to gather the rainbow trout, or wise virgin.
Ministers asked him to explain the first and second 'pulls' and before long there were carnal impersonations across the land. Now God said, "Set your line for the 'third pull,' and don't explain it to anybody." The lure for the 'third pull' was the revelation of the Seven Seals. The opening of the Word will catch the rainbow trout or call Christ's Bride out of Babylon to be filled with the Spirit (Matthew 25:6; Revelation 18:4). There can be no impersonation of this, and the elect of God cannot be deceived on the revealed Word of God.
When the world church system had turned their ears from the truth to fables the Laodicean Church Age ceased. Christ fulfilled Revelation 4, 5, and 10:1-7, and endued His prophet with an increasing measure of the Spirit as He revealed each of the Seven Seals, until with the fullness of the Spirit he revealed the fullness of the Word. I Thessalonians 4:14-17, "Since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, we know this as a type of the first resurrection, and when He returns, God will bring back with Him all the Christians who have died. For we have THUS SAITH THE LORD that we who are alive and remain unto the [parousia] Coming of the Lord will not take precedence over those who have died (Matthew 16:27; Mark 8:38; John 21:22). For the Lord Himself (not a second of third person) will descend from heaven with a Shout, with the Voice of the Archangel, and with the Trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord".
This not the 'erchomai' Coming of the glorified Man, whose precious feet will not touch this earth until the Millennium (Isaiah 13:9; Malachi 4:1-3; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 19:20). This is His 'parousia' Coming with the "Shout" of Brother Branham's Message, which is the "midnight cry" of Matthew 25:6 awakening the wise and foolish virgin and calling them out of Babylon and her (once) Protestant daughter churches as confirmed by the heavenly Voice of Revelation 18:4. It is the invisible union of the wise virgin with Christ the Word: her Name called from the Lamb's Book of Life.
The seven earthly angels were Paul, Irenaeus, Martin, Columba, Martin Luther, John Wesley, and William Branham. Christ is "The Archangel" the "other mighty Angel who descends from heaven, robed with a Cloud, with a rainbow over His head." "The Voice of the Archangel" is Christ in the heart of His end-time Bride, whispering His love by placing the Message from Genesis to Revelation to bring her to maturity in the unity of the faith (John 17:21-26; Ephesians 4:13). "The Trump of God" will be marked by massive earthquakes sinking Los Angeles and 1,300x300-400 miles of California, splitting the Mount of Olives, demolishing the Dome of the Rock and igniting the "hot" stage of World War III. It will announce the end of the Gentile dispensation, Israel's feast of Trumpets (Matthew 24:31), and call the first resurrection.
Christ's 'parousia' Coming is bound up with the rapture or three fold PROCESS of a "Shout, Voice, and Trump" that began with the revelation of the Seven Seals in 1963 and will soon be completed with the Seventh Trump. The elders of Israel said of Christ, "We know You are a prophet come from God for He has thoroughly vindicated your ministry." This has repeated in our day, and those who receive a prophet in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ will receive a prophet's reward, which is to be a friend of God (Matthew 10:41; James 2:23).
Like Israel we Gentiles will soon be without excuse and the door of grace will be shut. Yet people claim to be Christian without having received the restoration ministry of God's prophet. Peter said, "It shall come to pass that every soul who will not hear that prophet will be destroyed from among the people". . . Or cast into the tribulation. nl507.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.