Bible Believers' Newsletter 983
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; it's always a pleasure to share your fellowship in God's unchanging Word.
Brother Branham said, "[the 'third pull' will not be used in a great way until this Council [of churches] begins to tighten up . . . But when . . . the squeeze comes down, then you'll see, what you've seen temporarily, be manifested in the fullness of its power . . . There is coming a time upon, in this nation, to where this nation is going to exercise all the power that the beast had before it, which was pagan Rome when it become papal Rome, see, and that this nation will do that" (Look Away to Jesus, p. 5:39, 45).
Nations have been transformed into corporations controlled by the Money Power through debt, an ancient scheme for peaceful conquest of the whole universe employing every endeavour to subdue countries by an economical conquest. Now, six months into the new administration, it is becoming clearer and clearer that America is in decline, and according to our news item from the CFR's Foreign Policy magazine, President Trump is not going to fix it.
Henry Kissinger is credited as saying, "Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world." But the City of London's fractional reserve fiat money system is on a precipice. Vatican City State is no longer exercises absolute authority over mind and soul, and Washington City State's US Corporation is motherless broke. Ah, but she possesses the world's most powerful blooded military.
Should the troika delay the 'hot stage' of World War III unduly their tyranny over mind and matter will escape their clutch. This trinity of evil will unite to maintain their powers and the world system by force. Daniel and Jesus said so. It's in the Book. Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Syria and Russia are possibly the only countries without a Rothschild controlled Central Bank. The apostate (once) Christian West will attack the East.
Our feature article, "Pentecost & Two Wave Loaves" expounds the one way for men and women of God to escape the wrath that will overtake the world in a time of unprecedented natural convulsion in the sun, moon and stars, with earthquakes, volcanos and tidal waves, international warfare, economic collapse: "men's hearts failing them for fear of nuclear annihilation".
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.
The Squeeze: how Governments can kill Cash
July 17, 2017 — The global elites are using negative interest rates to do the same thing as inflation—make your money disappear. One way to avoid negative interest rates is to go to physical cash. In order to prevent that option, the elites have launched a war on cash. The war on cash has two main thrusts . . .
In the US, banks will report anyone taking more than $3,000 in cash as engaging in a "suspicious activity" using Treasury Form SAR (Suspicious Activity Report). And then . . .
- Make it difficult to obtain cash in the first place.
- Eliminate large-denomination banknotes.
The US got rid of its $500 note in 1969, and the $100 note has lost 85% of its purchasing power since then. With a little more inflation, the $100 bill will be reduced to chump change . . . The war on cash is old news, but there are important new developments . . .
Last May, the European Central Bank announced that they were discontinuing the production of new 500 euro notes (worth about US$575 at current exchange rates). Existing 500 euro notes will still be legal tender, but new ones will not be produced. This means that over time, the notes will be in short supply and individuals in need of large denominations may actually bid up the price above face value paying, say, 502 euros in smaller bills for a 500 euro note. The 2 euro premium in this example is like a negative interest rate on cash.
Why are central banks like the ECB imposing negative interest rates? What is the point of this policy?
The whole idea of the war on cash is to force savers into digital bank accounts so their money can be taken from them in the form of negative interest rates. An easy solution to this is to go to physical cash. Yet if physical cash becomes scarce (or nearly worthless due to inflation), savers may pay a slight premium for large-denomination notes.
Your premium disappears because the note pays no interest. The elites have actually figured out a way to have negative interest rates follow you from digital accounts to paper money.
Negative interest rates are a thinly disguised tax on savers.
The traditional way of stealing money from savers is with inflation. You may get a positive interest rate of 2% on your money, but if inflation is 3%, then your real return is negative 1%.
If we take your €100,000 bank deposit for example and apply a 2% positive interest rate, you would earn €2,000 in interest, leaving an account balance of €102,000 after one year. But after adjusting for 3% inflation, the purchasing power of the €102,000 balance is only €98,940. This leaves the saver worse off than in the negative interest rate example above (assuming no inflation in that case). In the first case, the banks extracted €500 through negative interest rates. In the second case, they extracted €1,060 in lost purchasing power. Any way you look at it, you lose. That's the reality.
The second answer is the academic theory behind negative interest rates. In theory, savers will be dissatisfied with NIRP and react by spending their money. Likewise, entrepreneurs will find negative interest rates attractive because they can borrow money and pay back less to the bank.
This combination of lending and spending by consumers and entrepreneurs alike will lead to consumption and investment that will stimulate the economy, especially after the famous Keynesian "multipliers" are piled on top. This theory is junk science.
The reality is the opposite of what the elite academics project. The reason savers are saving in the first place is to achieve some future goal. It could be for retirement, children's education or medical expenses. When negative rates are imposed, savers don't save less; they save more in order to make up the difference and still meet their goals.
The other unintended consequence of NIRP is the signal it sends . . . Savers rightly conclude that if central banks are using NIRP, they must be worried about deflation. In deflation, prices drop. Consumers defer spending in order to get lower prices in the future. Instead of inducing savers to save less and spend more, NIRP causes savers to save more and spend less. It's a perfect example of the law of unintended consequences. When abstract academic theories are applied in the real world by central bankers with no real-world experience, you get the opposite result of what's intended. These unintended consequences have already appeared in Japan and Europe.
Serious doubt has been cast on the ability of central bankers to extend NIRP beyond current levels. Banning cash would make those plans much easier to implement. One solution to negative interest rates is to buy physical gold. But governments always use money laundering, drug dealing and terrorism as an excuse to keep tabs on honest citizens and deprive them of the ability to use money alternatives such as physical cash and gold.
When you start to see news articles about criminals using gold instead of cash, that's a stalking horse for government regulation of gold. An article on the topic or criminals using gold appeared, in Bloomberg. This is one more reason to get your physical gold now, while you still can.
As if inflation, confiscation, and negative rates weren't enough, the global elites are coordinating a new plan for global taxation. As usual, there's a technical name for global taxation so non-elites won't understand the plan. It's called base erosion and profit shifting, or "BEPS."
The BEPS project is being handled by the OECD and the G-20, with the IMF contributing technical support. If you're interested in BEPS, there's an entire website devoted to the global taxation plans and timetables. To paraphrase that famous line attributed to Trotsky, "you may not be interested in BEPS, but BEPS is interested in you."
The global elite plan doesn't stop there. There's also the climate change agenda led by the United Nations. This agenda goes by the name United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The science [sic] of climate change is a sticky topic . . . a convenient platform for world money and world taxation. That's because climate change does not respect national borders. If you have a global problem, then you can justify global solutions.
A global tax plan to pay for global climate change infrastructure with world money is the end game. Don't think that climate change is unrelated to the international monetary system. Christine Lagarde almost never gives a speech on finance without mentioning climate change. The same is true for other monetary elites. They know that climate change is their path to global financial control. That's the global elite plan. World money, world inflation and world taxation, with the IMF as the central bank of the world, and the G-20 Leaders as the Board of Directors. None of this is secret. It's all hiding in plain sight. This will be playing out in the next few years. Full story: dailyreckoning.com
Comment: Jesus saves! If you are not in the 'rapture' right now you had better redeem the time and "study to show yourself approved of God, rightly dividing the Word of truth . . . to make your calling and election sure" (II Timothy 2:15; II Peter 1:10).
Photos of Aleppo Rising
July 15, 2017 — Coverage of the Syrian war will be remembered as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of the American press . . . The United States has the power to decree the death of nations. It can do so with popular support because many Americans—and many journalists—are content with the official story.
Now, during the first summer of relative calm Aleppo residents have seen in over four years of grinding conflict, the city commonly referred as "the jewel of Syria" is once again rising from the ashes . . . Some few honest correspondents, unable to deny the local population's spirit of hopefulness and zeal with which they undertake rebuilding projects, acknowledge that stability and normalcy have returned only after the last jihadists were expelled by the Syrian government and its allies . . .
US Ambassador Robert Ford's personal friend, Col. Abdel Jabbar al-Okaidi, who was head of the US and UK funded Revolutionary Military Council of Aleppo. Okaidi worked in tandem with ISIS military commander Omar the Chechen and his crew for the operationforeign policy.com all while supported by the United States and Great Britain . . . there is actually video evidence and eyewitness testimony (US Ambassador Ford himself later admitted the relationship to McClatchy News). Video, titled "US Key Man in Syria Worked Closely with ISIL and Jabhat al Nusra" . . . Full story: zerohedge.com UN Drops Syria Truth Bombs!
China's seen Globally as Gaining Ground on US
July 13, 2017 — '[A]ccording to a new report from the Pew Research Center which released results of a 38-nation survey Thursday afternoon. While the majority of those polled still correctly believe the United States is the world's biggest economy, 12 nations—including Canada, Russia, and most of western Europe—believe China has the largest economy in the world.
'Pew detected a dramatic shift; only six nations said Beijing possessed the world's strongest economy when the question was asked between 2014 and 2016. Since then, the number of countries that view the United States as playing second fiddle to China has doubled. And more striking is the change that's taken place in just the past year: Canada, Britain, Germany, Spain, and Italy all went from seeing America as the biggest player to viewing China as the top dog.'
Economic growth rates in the US are only half of what they were in the glory years and less than half of China's growth rate . . . with no sign of picking up . . . Australia now believes China is the biggest player . . . Full story: foreignpolicy.com
Fake News: the Russia Story
CNN propaganda against President Trump fake news for audience ratings. Four videos . . . Full story: voltairenet.org
Pentecost & Two Wave Loaves
Israel was an agrarian nation and lived by the cycles of Sun and Moon so that seedtime and harvest and appointed times of meeting with the Lord were decided by sunrise and new moons. Israel had seven annual appointed times of meeting:
- Passover on Nisan 14.
- Unleavened Bread shall be eaten for seven days from Nisan 15.
The Sheaf of the First fruits of Barley, the first ripe grain, was reaped after sunset which began Nisan 16. The offering of the wave-sheaf sanctified the whole harvest and typified the resurrection of Christ who rose from the dead on the very day the first-fruits were offered (Leviticus 23:9-14; Romans 11:16; I Corinthians 15:20).
First fruits of the Wheat Harvest were offered "when the fiftieth Day of Pentecost was fully come" and consisted of two loaves baked with leaven. It solemnized the termination of the harvest season as the wave sheaf of barley had signaled its commencement (Exodus 34:22; Leviticus 23:15-21). The two loaves represent Christ's Bride of all Ages as "we who are alive and remain" manifest that we are the Sons of God in the Pentecostal Jubilee of our resurrecting brethren.
The Feast of Trumpets on Tishri 1 marks the first day of the civil year (Leviticus 23:23-25). Israel's two prophets will bring the Law of Moses with its statutes and ordinances to Israel's remembrance (Malachi 4:4), and expound the mystery of the Seven Trumpet judgments over two thousand years of unbelief to awaken faith that will call the nation to fulfil the sixfold purpose of Gabriel's instruction to Daniel and reconfirm the New Covenant on their Day of Atonement.
- The Day of Atonement on Tishri 10 is when the nation will be born-again in one day (Leviticus 23:26-32; Isaiah 66:8).
The Feast of Tabernacles is the feast of gathering the bountiful blessings of the provenance of God that led to the joyous rebirth of the nation, 144,000 elect Israelites called to their Day of Atonement by the Feast of Trumpets are the Lord's harvest. It commenced on Tishri 15 and extended for seven days followed by a sabbath on the eighth day. The first six days represent six thousand years in which man has laboured against sin; the seventh day represents the millennium, while the eighth day will be eternity in the new heavens and new earth (Leviticus 23:33-44).
Of the seven annual appointed times of meeting (Heb. Mow'ed) only the Passover's Feast (Heb. chag) of Unleavened Bread (Exodus 12:14; Leviticus 23:4-8), the Feast (Heb. chag) of Weeks or Pentecost that is the First fruit of the Wheat Harvest, and the (Heb. chag) Feast of Ingathering or Tabernacles at year's end, are actually feasts. Each event marks a milestone in the journey of Israel from Egyptian bondage and servitude to security and rest in the land of God's promise to Abraham.
The Hebrew sacred year began with the Passover that signaled a new beginning, both in the course of the year and in the life of the people as separated from the nations (Numbers 23:9). Israel's antitype, the Church, must be separated from the denomi-nations as God's Word calls for a total separation from unbelief, the love of the world and the things of the world. Passover commemorated the solemn circumstances under which Israel commenced national life—its exemption under the blood of the lamb from the plague of death on Egypt's first-born and its Exodus in prepared haste such as to deny them time to leaven their bread (Leviticus 23:1-8).
Whereas Israel came forth from Egyptian bondage under the blood of a natural lamb which they killed and ate, we came from bondage to the world and the things of the world under the shed Blood of the Word made flesh, the risen Lamb of God slain on Calvary in the stead of Adam and his fallen race. All who are truly under the Blood and born again "have eternal Life, and will not come into condemnation; but have passed from death unto Life" (John 5:24). As Israel ate and thereby became one with their Pascal lamb Christians feast upon and become one with the revealed Word for our day as signified by the Lord's Supper.
Natural Israel is a shadow and type of Spiritual Israel, the Church, and these milestones of God's provenance in Israel's history foreshadow God's program for the divine redemption of Adam's race. Like Israel's natural lamb our Kinsman Redeemer was slain at Passover to redeem the Old Testament saints, but principally Christ's Bride—"God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect [resurrected and glorified]" (Hebrews 11:40). We are Sons, not servants—an election from all kindreds, colours and tongues of Adam's race chosen by Jesus according to our revelation of and obedience to the "present Truth" for our day. And called out from seven Church Ages by seven baptisms of the Holy Spirit, the antitype of the seven sabbaths of Israel's Pentecostal Feast.
"When the Day of [the first] Pentecost had fully come" the Lord God spoke the Ten Commandments from Mount Sinai in an audible voice and Moses recited the statutes and ordinances he had received when he was with the Lord in the thick cloud on the Mount (Exodus 19:16 – 24:8). "Moses wrote all the Words of the Lord and early the next morning he built an altar and twelve pillars, and the young men offered burnt offerings and sacred peace offerings of oxen unto the Lord. Moses then took half of the blood and put it in basons, and half of the blood he sprinkled the altar. And he took the Book of the Covenant and read it before the people of Israel: and they said, All that the Lord has said we will do. And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the Covenant, which the Lord has made with you concerning all these Words" (Exodus 24:4-8).
Moses ascended the Mount forty days and forty nights for Divine communications and to receive two stone tables of the Law written with the finger of God. In the meantime the Israelites had broken the Covenant and fabricated a golden calf which Aaron expressly called "thy Elohim which brought you up out of Egypt;" and he called the feast "a feast to Jehovah" (Exodus 32:4-8, 17-19). Having just seen that "upon Egypt's gods Jehovah executed judgments" (Numbers 33:4) what Israel yearned for was not the Egyptian idols but some visible symbol of the unseen Jehovah furnished by the cherubic emblem of the calf or ox. "Thus they changed their glory [and Head, God Himself], into the similitude of an ox that eats grass" (Psalm 106:20).
The Israelites transferred the rites of the Egyptian calf-god Mnevis' feast at Heliopolis, boisterous revelry, dancing and offerings with which they were familiar, to Jehovah's calf image. Acts 7:40-43, "Saying to Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we know not what is become of him. And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands." Idolatry! Worse was to follow: "Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the Book of the prophets, O you house of Israel, have you offered Me slain beasts and sacrifices for the space of forty years in the wilderness? Yes, you took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which you made to worship: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon" (Amos 5:25-27).
The earliest of historians, Herodotus, informs us about the Hebrew cult of human sacrifice. He wrote: "The Hebrews sacrificed humans to their God Moloch" (Herodotus, Vol. II, p. 45).
God was prophesying the future transportation of the northern kingdom of Israel by Assyria because of the calves Jeroboam set up at Dan and Bethel to discourage his subjects from travelling to the Temple at Jerusalem for worship lest they be alienated from him. Like Aaron he said of the calves: "behold your gods, O Israel which brought you up out of Egypt" (I Kings 12:26-29). Calf worship breaks the second Commandment by worshipping the Lord God with an image or symbol, which is Rome's sin to this very day. And when Moses saw the calf, and the people dancing without moral restraint he cast the tables out of his hands and broke them beneath the mount".
What is here recorded at the inauguration of the Israel nation under the Old Covenant foreshadows its spiritual state and breach of Covenant and Law at Calvary. Then, "when the Day of Pentecost was fully come, suddenly there came a sound from heaven like a rushing mighty wind . . . and a hundred and twenty were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance" (Acts 2:1-4). The inauguration of Christ's Church, and Israel's apostasy at the close of the dispensation of the Law foreshadows the apostasy of the churches in Laodicea, "For God has shut up all in unbelief, that He might have mercy upon all" (Romans 11:32). The Gentile churches end in apostasy and enter the tribulation after the first resurrection of the sleeping New Testament saints and the translation of "we who are alive and remain . . . when the Day of Pentecost has fully come [again]"; then the Lord will turn to an election of Israelites "in the time of Jacob's trouble" (Jeremiah 30:7).
What Moses had communicated up until verse 8 was to be immediately observed at Mount Sinai and during the wilderness journey, while the wave sheaf and Feast of Pentecost could not be observed until the entrance to Canaan. Leviticus 23:9-22 contains instructions for the wave sheaf, which formed part of the feast of unleavened bread, and for the wave loaves at the feast of Pentecost.
On Nisan 14 the best first ripe sheaves of standing barley were selected and tied as Jesus was bound to the Cross, and on the evening of Nisan 15, three men, each with a sickle and basket, set to work. Foreshadowing Matthew 27:25 where all Israel swore "Messiah's Blood be upon us and on our children," the men first asked of the bystanders three times each of these questions: "Has the sun gone down?" "With this sickle?" "Into this basket?" "On this Sabbath?" (or first Passover-day), and, lastly, "Shall I reap?" Having each time been answered in the affirmative, they cut down barley to the amount of one ephah, about six gallons. This was threshed, parched, ground, and one omer, (a tenth of an ephah) of the flour, mixed with oil and frankincense, was waved before the Lord in the Temple at about 9.00am in the morning service on Nisan 16 (Leviticus 2:12-16). Thereafter the grain harvest commenced, as did the resurrection of the Old Testament saints, Jesus Christ having cleansed the heavenly sanctuary of their accumulated sins (Leviticus 23:9-14).
The Israelites were not to eat of their new corn until God's part was first offered to Him; and we must always begin with God. Begin every day with Him, begin every meal with Him, begin every affair and business with Him. "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things will be added to you." Not in the Temple, nor by the priest, but in the silence of the garden-tomb, lay the First Omer of the New Paschal Flour to be waved before the Lord. The waving of the omer of the first fruits for acceptance by the Lord blessed and consecrated the remainder of the harvest. The first fruit of the barley harvest represented Jesus Christ made sin for us, condemned and crucified, but waved before the Lord on the third day and acquitted, "He was raised again for our justification" (Romans 4:25).
As the Omer of flour from the first ripe sheaf of the harvest was to be offered on "the morrow after the weekly sabbath," that is, on Sunday Nisan 16, the feast of Pentecost is always on a Sunday (Leviticus 23:15-16). The two wave-loaves at Pentecost were a thank-offering and memorial of Israel's deliverance, appropriately terminated in the giving of the Law—just as, in the highest application, the Passover sacrifice of the Lord Jesus may be said to have been completed in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost.
In the third month (Nisan, Zif), Sivan, according to Jewish usage, the first day of that month—"the same day"—is added to mark the time more explicitly, that is, forty-five days after Egypt—one day spent on the mount (Exodus 19:3), one returning the people's answer (Exodus 19:7, 8), three days of preparation, making the whole time fifty days from the first Passover to the promulgation of the Law. Hence the feast of Pentecost, that is, the fiftieth day, was the inauguration of the Old Testament Church, and the divine wisdom is apparent in the selection of the same reason for the institution of the New Testament Church (John 1:17; Acts 2:1).
I Corinthians 15:20, "Christ has been raised from the dead to become the first fruits of the Old Testament saints that slept [past tense]." Hebrews 11:39-40, "All of these, having obtained a good report through faith, [being under the blood of bulls and goats] received not the promise [of eternal inheritance by the Blood of Jesus Christ" (Hebrews 9:14-15)]. God having provided some better thing for us, [His Bride], that they without us should not be resurrected and glorified".
As Attributes of the Logos we were accounted in Christ on Calvary: when He died we died in Him; and when He was raised, we raised in Him and can never come into condemnation (Romans 8:1-4; II Corinthians 5:13-21). Jesus had to redeem His Bride before He could redeem our servant nation, Israel. Thus in Matthew 27:50-53 we read, "When Jesus again cried out with a loud voice, He yielded up His [mortal] spirit, and the veil of the temple was rent in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split; and the tombs were opened; and many bodies of the [Old Testament] saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and accompanied Him out of Paradise in glorified flesh after His resurrection and entered the holy city, and appeared to many" (Acts 26:23; I Corinthians 15:23; Colossians 1:18; Revelation 1:5).
In discussing the resurrection a Brother noted, "No man knows the day or the hour." This is true and considering calendar changes, Jews may be keeping sabbath on a Friday or Sunday and know it not. But God is omniscient and cannot change His ways (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8), thus Matthew 27:50-53 set the type for the resurrection and body change of Christ's Bride. "Jesus did NOT say no man could know the year, month or week in which His Coming was to be completed" (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 322:4).
This is certain because Israel's seven annual appointed times of meeting are fixed by sunrise and new moons, and "while the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease" (Genesis 8:22). As the natural types the Spiritual the harvest of the first ripe grain, barley, typed the death and resurrection or harvest of the antitypical Lamb of God from Nisan 14 to 16. As the first fruit Jesus was the earnest that the whole of the harvest will follow: the remainder of the barley crop of Old Testament saints that slept entered into His resurrection and witnessed to many in Old Jerusalem over forty days. "Inasmuch as death came by man [when he took sinful Eve back to himself and forfeited his dominion to Satan], the resurrection of the dead also came by Man [who "bruised Satan's head" and is establishing a Kingdom which shall never be destroyed (Daniel 2:44)]. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made to live. But each in his own [dispensation or Church Age]: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His [second or (Gk.) parousia Coming" (I Corinthians 15:20-23; Romans 8:29; Colossians 1:18).
We live in the days of Christ's 'parousia' which commenced when He opened the Seven Seals above Mount Sunset on about March 8, 1963 (Revelation 10:1-4). Brother Branham called this "the uniting time and sign" of Christ's second or 'parousia' Coming and said, "These signs given by the Lord, is given only to believers. The unbeliever never sees it . . . Titus, this great Roman general had to unite his armies together and come around, after these Jews had rejected the God-given sign of the time to them (Luke 21:20). That's the time that Titus united his armies together, and come to take the city. First there had to be a uniting of God's people (so-called) against the Word of God, before that the nation could unite itself against God's people . . . Notice, they're right now uniting. You say, "Brother Branham, is that true?" They're coming to the Battle of Armageddon; exactly what they will do (Revelation 16:12-16). See? And they're uniting for that right now. That's why we got the UN and everything we have. The Western World's uniting against the Eastern World, communism and so forth, it's all uniting together. The churches are uniting together. Everything seems to be uniting. Uniting, uniting themselves together, we see that . . . God is uniting His Bride. She is coming together, from the East and the West, and the North and South. There is a uniting time, and that's on right now. What is She uniting for? The Rapture. Amen! God's getting Her ready. Yes sir, uniting! What is She uniting with? With the Word! "For all heavens and earth will pass away, but My Word shall never pass away." She's uniting Herself with THUS SAITH THE LORD regardless of what any denomination or anybody else says. She's uniting Herself. She's getting ready. Why? She is the Bride. That's right. And She's united Herself with Her Bridegroom, see, and the Bridegroom is the Word. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us" (The Uniting Time and Sign, p. 9:37, 45, 89, 91).
I Thessalonians 4:14-18, "If we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also that sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the 'parousia' of the Lord shall not precede them who are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall 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 will 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. Wherefore comfort one another with these words".
Our 'rapture' is the threefold PROCESS that commenced in 1963 with the "shout" of I Thessalonians 4:16 (Matthew 25:6). This was William Branham's Message that will turn the hearts of God's children back to the faith of their apostolic fathers (Malachi 4; Matthew 17:11; Revelation 10:7), and reveal the mysteries of the Seven Thunders in Revelation 10, which are the revelations contained in the Seven Seals. These divinely revealed 'mystery truths' will literally turn the hearts of the children to their Pentecostal fathers. This PROCESS will be completed when Israel's Seventh Trump sounds one Nisan 14 (I Corinthians 15:52; I Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 11:15). The world will experience an earthquake unprecedented since men were upon earth (exposing the unscriptural folly of pre-Adamites and the evolution of species). Los Angeles and a 1,500 x 300 – 400 mile segment of earth's crust will sink beneath the Pacific. Islands and mountains will vanish as this convulsion of nature shakes not earth only but the heavens also, raining hailstones of a hundredweight—by an atmospheric discharge arising from the tension of physical extremes of heat and cold and their conflict —"as it was in the days of Noah." The sun will become black as sackcloth of hair, and extraterrestrial tectonic activity will turn the moon blood red (Haggai 2:6-7; Hebrews 12:26-27; Revelation 6:12-17; 11:19; 16:18-21; 18:21-24).
"When Jesus ascended on High, He led a host [of Old Testament saints] who had been captives of death, captive of eternal Life, and [when the Day of Pentecost had fully come] He gave gifts of a five-fold ministry unto men" (Ephesians 4:8).
Brother Branham said, "Three things happens. A shout, a voice, a trumpet, has to happen before Jesus appears. Now, a shout . . . Jesus does all three of them when He's descending. A shout, what is the shout? It's the Message going forth, first, the living Bread of Life bringing forth the Bride" (The Rapture, p. 27:130).
When Jesus descended from on High he said, "Jesus comes from Heaven with ten thousands times ten thousands of His [New Testament] saints, and the Bible says that "the Heavens was empty for the space of a half hour" (The Sardisean Church Age, p. 348:96; I Thessalonians 4:14). This took place in 1963, yet as it was in the days of His flesh 2.3 billion nominal Christians know nothing about it—54 years after the fact! According to Revelation 5:5-14 and 8:1, "after Jesus had opened the Seven Seals there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour" because heaven was empty. The mystery of God is revealed on earth, "In the days of the voice of the seventh angel, William Branham, when he begins to deliver His end-time Message, the mystery of God should be finished, precisely as God declared to His servants the prophets" (Revelation 10:7). The greatest of all revelations is the Supreme Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the mystery of the One Person of God revealed; the Author and Beginner of the New Creation as explained in Newsletter 979.
When Jesus descended from on High to Sunset Mountain in 1963 John witnessed His parousia in visions during his incarceration on Patmos Island between AD95-96. The seventh angel Brother Branham was caught up to complete a constellation of the theophanies of the previous six angels to show Jesus Christ as Son of man and Judge in the Pillar of Cloud foretold in Daniel 7:9-14, John 5:17, I Corinthians 13:10, Revelation 1:13-16 and 10:1-4. "I saw another mighty Angel descend from heaven, robed in a cloud, with a rainbow over His head, and His face was like the sun, and His legs like pillars of fire: and He held a little Book open in his hand. He set His right foot [in judgment] on the [Judaeo-Roman beast that rose up from] the sea [multitudes of people], and His left foot on the [Judaeo-Protestant beast that rose up from the sparsely populated united States or] earth, and cried with a loud voice like the roar of a lion. And as He shouted, Seven Thunders uttered their voices. And when the Seven Thunders had spoken, I was about to write; but I heard a Voice from heaven saying, Seal up what the seven thunders have spoken, and do not write it".
Jesus prophesied, "The conditions of Noah's days will repeat in the 'parousia' of the Son of man" (Matthew 24:37). Before God destroyed the world that then was He revealed Himself in Enoch, a man whose testimony was that he pleased God by his perfect walk of faith. Enoch, who was called out from the seventh generation of the first Adam also prophesied, "the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all the ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him" (Jude 14-15; Hebrews 11:5-6).
Like Enoch Brother Branham pleased God, and like the created Man in Genesis 18 he veiled the fullness of the Spirit and "revealed 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," and performed "more abundant works" (Luke 17:28-30; John 14:12). His Message forewarned and foreran the destruction of the world that now is.
Malachi 4:5-6, "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and dreadful day of the Lord comes [in the tribulation of Daniel's Seventieth Week after the close of the Christian dispensation of grace]. He shall turn the heart of the [apostolic] fathers to the children." [This Elijah was John the Baptist who introduced Jesus' first or (Gk.) 'erchomai' Coming in Malachi 3:1 (Matthew 11:7-14; 17:12). The fruit of John's ministry was the conversion of the Pentecostal fathers three years after his death when the Church was inaugurated on the Day of Pentecost. God's servant nation having rejected the Lord (John 8:35), their ministry was directed to God's children—elect sons and daughters of Adam's race regardless of nationality]. 2,000 years have passed since John the Baptist, and "the great and dreadful day of the Lord" has not yet come. It is surely "at the doors".
Malachi's prophecy next turns to another Elijah 2,000 years later. This Elijah was William Branham, 1909-1965 (Malachi 6b; Matthew 17:11; Revelation 1:1; 3:14; 10:7). His ministry introduced Christ's second or 'parousia' Coming in the holy convocation of the antitype of the fiftieth day of Israel's Pentecostal Feast after the 49 days, seven weeks or seven Church Ages. This man William Branham was "a prophet as thoroughly vindicated, or even more thoroughly vindicated than was any prophet in all the ages from Enoch to this day, because this man will of necessity have the capstone prophetic ministry, and God will show him forth. He won't need to speak for himself, God will speak for him by the voice of the sign. Amen" (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 329). His commission was to call an election out from Laodicea, the seventh generation from the last Adam, and "turn the heart of the children back to the faith once delivered to their apostolic fathers." These "children" were under the spirit of Laodicea in denominational churches which, like Israel at the time of Christ's first Coming, have rejected the Word and are "crucifying to themselves the Son of God afresh" (II Timothy 4:4; Hebrews 6:6; Revelation 3:17-20). Oh, they love the trinity, "are materially rich and increased with goods but know not that spiritually they are wretched and miserable, bankrupt of faith, blind to God's Word and naked of the Blood" (Revelation 3:17). Now speaking as God, Malachi threatens "lest I come and smite the earth with a curse".
This takes us to Malachi 4:1-3 and the consummation of Life at Armageddon. "For behold, the day comes, burning like a furnace, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; and the day that comes shall burn them up, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who fear My Name the Sun of righteousness will arise with healing in its beams; and you will go forth [into the millennium] leaping like calves from the stall. And you shall tread down the wicked; for they will be [nuclear] ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts".
This end-time Message is to separate the elect from the world and the things of the World unto their Husband the Word, and only Him; "For the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry [of reconciliation], for the building up of the Body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" for the manifestation of the Sons of God and the translation (Ephesians 4:12-13; Romans 8:19; I Corinthians 15:52).
Leviticus 23:15-22, "Count for yourselves from the day after the sabbath, from the day when you brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven complete sabbaths: You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord. You shall bring from your homes two loaves of bread for a wave offering, made of two tenths of an ephah: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven; as first fruits to the Lord. [This does not imply that every householder was to present two loaves prepared expressly for holy purposes; they were to be made for the daily food of a household]. Along with the bread you shall present seven lambs without blemish of the first year, and one young bullock, and two rams: they shall be for a burnt offering to the Lord, with their grain offering, and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire, of sweet aroma to the Lord. You shall offer one male goat for a sin offering and two lambs of the first year for a sacrifice of peace offerings. The priest shall then wave them with the bread of the first fruits for a wave offering before the Lord, with the two lambs: they shall be holy to the Lord for the priest. On this same day you shall proclaim that it is a holy convocation to you. You shall do no servile work therein: it is to be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations."
"When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field, nor gather the gleanings after your harvest: you shall leave it for the poor, and for the stranger: I am the Lord your God." This is a repetition of Leviticus 19:9-10; those who are truly sensible of the mercy they received from God, will show mercy to the poor without grudging.
James 1:18, "Of His own will God gave us new birth by the Word of truth, so that we might be a kind of first fruits in His Family." But after the harvest you are to leave some grain for those poor in revelation and those unfamiliar with the faith to glean liberally during the tribulation from the revelations you have shared and retain their names on the Book of Life with salvation through the witness of your life. Such are the foolish virgins, Fifth Seal Israelites, those who have been good and kind to the Bride, those martyred for refusing the mark or service to the beast, and those of Adam's race who died before the age of accountability.
The saints under the Old Testament were represented by the harvest of barley—its inferiority to wheat marked by the offering of barley in the ordeal of jealousy (Numbers 5:15; Hosea 3:2). New Testament saints, Christ's Bride, Israel's Queen, are represented by the harvest of wheat, the most noble of grains. We are ready to be offered as the finished product—grain prepared for food—two loaves of bread baked with leaven and made with flour of the first fruits sifted fine, declaring "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever." This new wave offering represents the Alpha Bride born of the apostolic faith and the Omega Bride born of the same faith restored by the prophet of Malachi 4:5, 6b (Matthew 17:11), "that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost" (Romans 15:16). The Alpha and Omega Bride are identical as God showed Brother Branham in a vision, dressed in the costume of every nation of Adam's race, each in turn marching in step with the Word ("The Masterpiece").
The two identical loaves are comprised of Israelites and Gentiles born of the original Seed (Luke 8:11; Genesis 17:5; 22:18). "For Christ is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us . . . to make in Himself one new man, so making peace; and through the Cross reconcile both in one Body to God . . . carefully joined together in Christ and growing into a temple that is holy in the Lord, in whom you are also built up together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit" (Ephesians 2:14-22) I Corinthians 12:12-13).
The day after the earthquake sinks Los Angeles we will witness to our loved ones and all we meet as Jesus witnessed to the departed souls following His crucifixion. The following day we will be waved before the Lord as Christ was waved on Nisan 16, two days after the earthquake that marked the breach in God's relation with Israel (Daniel 9:26; I Peter 3:19-20; Jude 5-6). Our acceptance will signify His consecration of the whole harvest of the Alpha and Omega Ages and the PART-Word saints of the seven Church Ages in-between. Since we are "baked with the leaven" of sinful flesh we cannot be offered as a burnt offering, an assurance Christ's Bride will not go through the tribulation. But the well-known corrupting influence of leaven ceases as soon as the lump is baked. As the former rain began to fall on that first Day of Pentecost, the latter rain will fall on this first Day of Pentecost, initiating the resurrection of the sleeping saints and the manifestation of the living Sons of God. Then on the fiftieth day we shall be "changed and caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: so shall we forever be with the Lord".
The two wave loaves were seven palms in length and four in breadth, signifying "the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" in His Bride of all Ages redeemed by the seven-fold Spirit of God under the first Four Seals. They were made the evening prior to, or in the event of a sabbath preceding, two evenings before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. This shows (in type) that His end-time Bride with the perfect interpretation of the Word (I Corinthians 13:10; Revelation 10:7) was fully redeemed in Christ on Calvary, for redemption was over at the close of the Laodicean Church Age in 1963. Whereas the saints of Pentecost and the Church Ages required Christ's mediation for their ignorance of the fullness of the Word, when He opened and revealed the Seven Seals, all seven sabbaths or Church Ages were fulfilled and there was no further delay for mediation (Revelation 10:6), yet we were not born-again. This proves that our dispensation is the holy convocation typed by the fiftieth day of the feast when all servile work is prohibited. With "the true sayings of God" (Revelation 19:9; 22:10) we do not need mediation for ignorance, and as we are all members of one Body, the Church Age saints cannot be raised and glorified without us. Brother Branham said, "These people who died in here are depending and waiting on us." Let us not keep them waiting.
One loaf was given to the high priest typing Christ the Principal Man, the other to the ordinary priests or seven shepherds who officiated during His absence. It was eaten that same night in the temple, and no fragment was suffered to remain till the morning, signifying that when we go Home we will not leave so much as a hoof left behind (Exodus 10:26). Praise the Lord! Then the Angel of the Lord will reveal Himself to Israel in the office of Son of man (Revelation 7:1-2). nl983.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.