Bible Believers' Newsletter 1045
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; we are pleased you could join us in fellowship around God's unchanging Word.
This week we commence s seven-part series called "Redemption Revealed." Whereas through the Church Ages so much ministry was consisted of apologetics, trying to prove the simplicity and infallibility of God's unchanging Word, and the mystery of justification by grace through faith without works, since Christ has claimed the Book, loosed the Seven Seals, and revealed the mystery of the Seven Thunders through His Prophet, William Branham, we are now focused upon how He redeemed the saints in each of the Church Ages which enables us to recognize our day and its Message and distinguish the dispensations so that we do not emulate manmade denominational systems by impersonating the Word for a day gone by.
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.
US Sanctions Beijing's Purchase of Russia's S-400, China cancels Security Meeting with US
October 1, 2018 — In response to illegally imposed US sanctions on Beijing over its purchase of Russian SU-35 combat aircraft and S-400 missile defense systems, the deputy head of China's Central Ministry Commission (CMC) summoned the US embassy's acting military attache. He called US sanctions a breach of international rules and standards, a hegemonic action harming bilateral military relations.
Beijing recalled naval commander Shen Jinlong. He was participating in the 23rd International Seapower Symposium—co-hosted by the US Chief of Naval Operations and the White House at the US Naval War College in Newport, RI. Beijing demands US "immediately redress its wrongs and withdraw related sanctions." Huang said China's military reserves the right to take further countermeasures . . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
Russia to apply Total No Fly Zone in Syria
September 28, 2018 — Russia lost 15 officers when reconnaissance plane, IL-20, was brought down . . . Russia will need 5 to 6 years before they can be replaced . . . Moscow is going to take very tough security measures in Syria . . . The true importance is the global architecture created by Russia around the Syrian air space. In addition to the AA systems S-300/PMU2, Russia is going to deliver the most modern system in the world for air-management . . . called C3I which ensures automated management . . . a giant step for the Syrian army, increasing precision by 50 times. Thus the launch of the oldest missiles belonging to the Soviet period (the S-200, S-75, S-125, etc.) will no longer be a risk-ladened venture; in fact, it will be almost as precise as the S-300.
The role of the systems of automated management is an interface that is necessary to enable the Syrian air and defense units to work at the same time, now with the Russians as well . . . Full story: voltairenet.org
Comment: Although Russia had decided to withdraw its bombers from Syria after the ceasefire concluded with the United States, it is now obliged to return to the battlefield, because Washington—in violation of its engagements—has continued to deliver sophisticated weapons to the jihadists, including Al-Qaïda and Daesh. The aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov should be deployed in July (voltairenet.org).
Will London, Paris and Tel-Aviv be sanctioned by Moscow and Washington?
Moscow, 20 September 2018 - the Chief of Staff for the Israëli Air Force, General Amikam Norkin, arrives in a hurry to present his version of events. Once these proofs were checked and compared with other recordings, it transpired that Israël was lying straight-faced.
September 25, 2018 — The Russian response depends on the position of the White House, which we do not know for the moment. It must be guided by a desire to lessen tension, if possible, and also to maintain dissuasion by punishing the guilty party or parties as soon as the Kremlin names them. It is not necessary for Russia to make this sanction public as long as the chancelleries concerned are informed . . . In case the White House should find an acceptable narrative of the facts for its electors, Russia could forbid the United Kingdom, France and Israël from making any intrusion into the maritime, terrestrial and aerial space of Syria without the authorisation of Damascus. London and Paris would have to cease their threats of bombing under whatever pretext at all (false chemical weapons) and withdraw their special forces. This measure would be valid for all protagonists in general, except for the United States and, in Idlib, for Turkey. Full story: voltairenet.org
Bombing Libya: the Origins of Europe's Immigration Crisis
September 25, 2018 — Libya was a secular society, like Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, all destroyed by America while supporting Saudi Arabia and various factions of al Qaeda. It's these countries that have principally overrun Europe with refugees.
Gaddafi, like Saddam Hussein, had a tyrant side to him but could in important ways be benevolent and do very valuable things. He, for example, founded the African Union and gave the Libyan people the highest standard of living in all of Africa; they had not only free education and health care but all kinds of other benefits that other Africans could only dream about. But Moammar Gaddafi was never a properly obedient client of Washington. Amongst other shortcomings, the man threatened to replace the US dollar with gold for payment of oil transactions and create a common African currency. He was, moreover, a strong supporter of the Palestinians and foe of Israel.
In 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the prime moving force behind the United States and NATO turning Libya into a failed state, where it remains today. The attack against Libya was one that the New York Times said Clinton had "championed," convincing President Obama in "what was arguably her moment of greatest influence as Secretary of State."
The American people and the American media of course swallowed the phoney story fed to them, though no evidence of the alleged impending massacre has ever been presented. The nearest thing to an official US government account of the matter—a Congressional Research Service report on events in Libya for the period—makes no mention at all of the threatened massacre. Keep this in mind when reading the latest accusations against Russia.
The US/NATO heavy bombing of Libya led also to the widespread dispersal throughout North African and Middle East hotspots of the gigantic arsenal of weaponry that Gaddafi had accumulated. Libya is now a haven for terrorists, from al Qaeda to ISIS, whereas Gaddafi had been a leading foe of terrorists . . . Full story: counterpunch.org
Sheldon Adelson 'Spending at Least $55m' to keep Republican Control of Congress
September 23, 2018 — Casino billionaire's total contributions to various Republican causes surpass $100 million, according to the New York Times, possibly making him the largest single donor in American politics today . . . Adelson has become the most influential donor in the Republican Party during US President Donald Trump's time in office . . . spending on behalf of the Republicans in the 2016 and 2018 election combined, will surpass $100 million . . . has enjoyed a "direct line to the President" since Trump entered the White House . . . "has used his access to push the president to move the United States embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and, more recently, cut aid to the Palestinians." Full story: haaretz.com
Global Power Elite drive Amazon Share Value to a Trillion Dollars
September 30, 2018 — Driving the engine of global wealth concentration are giant transnational investment management firms. In 2017, seventeen trillion-dollar investment companies collectively controlled $41.1 trillion of capital. These firms are all directly invested in each other, making them a huge cluster of centralized capital managed by just 199 people, who decide how and where that wealth will be invested.
In the case of Amazon, the top investment management corporations are: Vanguard $56.7 billion, BlackRock $49.5 billion, FMR $33 billion, Capital $33 billion, State Street $29 billion, and most of the other trillion-dollar Giants and many others who hold 58.6% of Amazon shares . . . These elites interact through non-governmental policy-making organizations—privately funded by large corporations—that include the Council of Thirty, Trilateral Commission, and the Atlantic Council. Their role is to facilitate, manage, and protect the free flow of global capital. They do this by providing policy recommendations and instructions to governments, intelligence services, security forces, NATO, the Pentagon, and transnational governmental groups including the G-7 G-20, World Bank, IMF, and International Bank of Settlements.
The biggest problem global power elite investors face is that they have more capital than there are safe investment opportunities, which leads to risky speculative investments, permanent war spending, and the privatization of the public commons . . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
Thoroughly Modern India
September 27, 2018 — India's top court has ruled that adultery is no longer a crime, declaring that the colonial-era [Christian] law is unconstitutional and discriminatory against women . . . the criminal offence of having a sexual relationship with a woman without her husband's consent was archaic and deprived women of agency . . . the offence, which carried a prison sentence of up to five years, was arbitrary and needed to go. "It is time to say husband is not the master," said the chief justice . . . Like the decision to legalise homosexual acts, some advocates against the adultery law characterised Thursday's decision as an act of decolonising the country's Raj-era criminal code. Full story: theguardian.com
The supreme court unanimously ruled to decriminalise homosexual sex in a landmark judgment for gay rights . . . ruling that a 160-year-old law banning sex "against the order of nature" amounted to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and was unconstitutional. The judgment, after 24 years of legal challenges, triggered elation among LBGT Indians and their allies across the country and plans for all-night parties in nightclubs in major cities.
In Mumbai, people marched carrying a giant rainbow banner; in Bangalore they draped themselves in the LBGT flag and let off scores of balloons. In Delhi's luxury Lalit hotel, run by one of the activists who fought Thursday's case, and home to one of the city's furtively gay-friendly nightclubs, staff danced in the lobby. "Criminalising carnal intercourse under section 377 Indian penal code is irrational, indefensible and manifestly arbitrary," said the chief justice . . . Full story: theguardian.com. Homosexuality: legal status around the world.
Comment: Modern events are made clear by prophecy and vindicate Jesus Christ, the God-Prophet, declaring the imminence of the first resurrection and the destruction of the consummation by fire "as it was in th days of Lot" (Genesis 18; Luke 17:28-30; II Peter 3:7-10).
Video: CIA Documentary: 'On Company Business' (1980)
June 9, 2017 — "Inside the CIA: On Company Business," a gripping and penetrating look inside the world's most powerful secret institutionalized conspiracy organization . . . an absolute must for anyone studying the truly loathsome and nauseating activities of the CIA 1950-1980. This Complete Series Includes: PART I: THE HISTORY; PART II: ASSASSINATION; PART III: SUBVERSION. Ex-CIA Spies Phillip Agee and John Stockwell risk all to expose the CIA Frankenstein in full relief, its perfidy and anti-democratic, anti-union methodologies. Understand how elite New York-London financiers were able to successfully subvert the American System by using the CIA as one in a bag of fascist, bloody tools to transform the USA into a tyrannical Empire the Founding Fathers flatly rejected. Don't expect any stands for human rights or one man one vote from these amoral operatives. See Richard Helms, William Colby, David Atlee Phillips, James Wilcott, Victor Marchetti, Joseph B. Smith, and other key players in a uniquely American tragedy of truly historic proportions. Full story: youtube.com
Redemption Revealed – I
Throughout the Seven Church Ages, Christ was a Mediator for the ignorance of the Church Age saints while the Bible was sealed with Seven Seals. But also because the one and only faith in the hearts of the early saints went to the grave and was lost when they were martyred by the Judaeo-Roman church. Understandably for most of the past 2,000 years the focus of ministry was upon Justification, because the Church had only PART-Word so long as the Bible was sealed; the rest was guesswork (I Corinthians 13:10). They were preaching and believing error, which is why Christ was a Mediator until the last saint predestinated to the Laodicean Church Age was baptized into this last part of the Body that made-up the Church Age saints.
The saints identified with Christ by recognizing and manifesting that PART of His Word which was prophesied to be fulfilled in their day. Christ received their faith, and placing their error in the sea of God's forgetfulness, baptized them into that PART of the Body He was building by the Word revealed for their day.
The seven cities of Revelation 2 and 3 typed or represented seven successive Church Ages or dispensations foreshadowed by the Feast of Pentecost in Leviticus 23. The seventh or Laodicean Age closed when Christ opened the Seven Seals in 1963. Since those Seven Seals have been revealed we now have the perfect interpretation of God's Word—"that which is perfect"—Christ the fullness of the Word. As His ministry of Mediation for ignorance is done away the emphasis of ministry is no longer upon justification, but revealing how the saints were redeemed in each Age and who they were, so that if we can see which Scriptures are already fulfilled, we will not waste our time in vain worship, impersonating the Baptist, Methodist, Anglican or Pentecostal PARTS of the Body which are already complete.
We must recognize our day and its Message for that is the only part of His Word God can fulfil now. We must search God's Word, as Jesus admonished, and see "the present Truth" living through us. We're going to look at a subject I call, "Redemption Revealed".
Nehemiah 9:6, "You, alone are LORD [Jehovah, the "existing One," not two or three]; You made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and You preserve them all; and the host of heaven worship You."
Back in eternity before there was a moon, star, atom or molecule, before Christ the Logos had come out of God, He was Elohim, the Holy Spirit, alone with His thoughts. There was no trinity when He laid the foundation of the earth. And there is no trinity today.
Elohim is the plural form of the Hebrew word for "god," the One Supreme Deity. He is a [One] Spirit Being singular (John 4:24), He always existed and He alone is the sum of all Deity. However, as the word "god" means "an object of worship," this Hebrew word Elohim is also applied to the false heathen gods (plural).
"Without argument, godliness is a great mystery: God [not a second or third Person] was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory" (I Timothy 3:16). And we're to pattern our lives after the example of Jesus Christ in Whom dwelt the fullness of the nature and character of God bodily.
Revelation 10:7 says, "in the days of the Voice of the angel, or messenger to the Seventh Church Age, the mystery of God should be finished." Christ is the mystery of God revealed. And the last Sign He promised us Gentiles before the end of our dispensation was that when the world came into a Sodom condition, He would reveal Himself as "Son of Man" again, discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart "as it was in the days of Lot" (Luke 17:28; Hebrews 4:12; Genesis 18). In these last days God has again veiled Himself behind the flesh of a man, this time a sinner saved by grace, and revealed Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today and forever.
As God is the source of all things, His thoughts are the substance of what will come to pass, the evidence or foreknowledge of what He has purposed. For everything in the seen and unseen worlds is a manifestation of His thoughts.
His thoughts are eternal and will come to pass in their designated and decreed season and time. If we have the faith, the mind of Christ, this reality is in us in Spirit Form and will come to pass. And since we are at one with Him we are His Word expressed, written epistles read and known of all men.
Being omniscient His thoughts will never change and He will never have a new idea. God is not now learning or even taking counsel with Himself. All His thoughts He always had. They are His Attributes in Spirit Form not yet expressed (John 6:63).
A thought expressed is a word. And the Bible is the written record of those thoughts, showing us how He is unfolding Himself from Attributes in the Spirit realm of thought, to material substance in the physical realm.
Nehemiah 9:6 records God's order of creation. Please bear in mind that there is a natural and a Spiritual manifestation, and the natural types the Spiritual. First God created the heavenly host in the Spiritual realm—the angels or theophanies of Adam's race. They worshipped Him, and He was God. But until He created our beings He was only "potentially" God because any 'god' is an object of worship, and there was nothing to worship Him.
Surely you can see that before the Creator created, He was alone with His thoughts. There was no 'God the Father,' and no "God the Son'.
God also created a heavenly host in the Natural realm, called the sun, moon and stars. These are for signs and to indicate appointed seasons of meeting, such as the feasts of Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles, the Seven Church Ages, the Day of the Lord and the world to come.
God was writing His first Bible. There are many books which prove from our Bible that God's first Bible was the stars. (Two such are "The Witness of the Stars" by E.W. Bullinger, and "The Gospel in the Stars" by J.A. Seiss). The Magi who followed the star for two and a half years until they came to Jesus, and today's astrologers who "read the stars," have a reliable source. But since the Flood, the poles have shifted from 90 degrees to the current 23.5 degrees from the vertical plane.
A Word is a thought when it's expressed. So these heavenly bodies are symbols, writing or expressing God's unchanging thoughts. They are the rhema or "letter" expressing the "logos," the faith or meaning of the letter.
Let's quote some Scriptures. Psalm 119:89, "Forever, O Lord, Your Word is settled in heaven." And It can never change (Malachi 3:6).
Psalm 19:1-6, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the skies show His craftsmanship. Day after day they tell us about Him, and night after night they reveal knowledge. Without a sound their Message has gone throughout the earth, and their Words to the end of the world. In them lives the sun, which travels as a bridegroom coming out of his tent, and rejoices as an athlete looking forward to a race. (See also Romans 10:18; Colossians 1:23).
His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit to the ends of it: and nothing can hide from its heat."
We read in Colossians 1:15-19, "Jesus is the image of the unseen God, the firstborn of every creature in the new creation [which is God manifesting Himself in the glorified flesh of His Family—the New Testament saints]. Out of the Logos or Word He created everything in heaven and on earth, in the visible or natural realm, and the thrones, dominions, principalities and powers of the invisible or spiritual realm. All things were created by and for Him:"
(What are they? His thoughts expressed. Manifested Word. Jesus did not pre-exist. He was born of a virgin just 2,000 years ago. The Man Jesus Christ did not create all things. They were made from the Logos or Word. Eventually the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. There was no Jesus when God stretched forth the heavens.
God asked Job, "Who alone stretched forth the heavens and treads upon the waves? Who made the constellations, Acturus the Bear, Orion and Pleiades, and the constellations of the southern Zodiac" (Job 9:8-9)? There was no Father, and no Son, just the Holy Spirit alone.
"Thus saith the Lord, your Redeemer, and He that formed you from the womb, I am the Lord Who makes all things; that stretches forth the heavens alone; Who spreads abroad the earth by myself" (Isaiah 44:24; 45:5-8). No trinity here. And No Jesus. Just the Word. For in the beginning was the Word or Logos. And the Word was with God in the form of His eternal thoughts, which are the Attributes of what He is, and the Logos was God.
"And He has pre-eminence over all things, and by Him all things consist." (This word "consist" means arranged together, composed and exhibited forever, like the planets and stars of God's first Bible are established in their places forever. One star out of its place would upset the whole picture, which is what happened at the Flood).
"And Christ is the Head of His body, the Church: as He is its beginning, the firstborn from among the dead; that in all things He might have the pre-eminence. For God wanted the fullness of Himself—the Logos or sum of all deity—to dwell in Him permanently."
Therefore the heavens are the writing or expression of His Word. Not the star dust, but the logos or meaning those symbols convey, "the hope of the gospel which you've heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven" (Colossians 1:23).
Before God could express His thoughts in writing, His thoughts had to be complete. Let's look at the Spiritual side and speak of what we call angels and spiritual powers. The angels had to be created in God's great thinking before the physical heavens were manifest because the heavens were God's first Bible that is God's thoughts: all the thoughts He will ever have, expressed in symbols that can be understood.
These stars are the Logos expressed in light and matter arranged symbolically, as our modern Bible is the Logos expressed in paper and ink, and Jesus Christ was the Logos expressed in virgin-born flesh. In the Bible, stars represent people. They portray God's foreknowledge of people and events.
The stars and planets all originated in one immense ball of fire we call the sun. They broke off and flew through space until each found its allotted position. Some "fell" as meteors or comets and some became "black holes," and are "lost" or dead.
I'm not an astronomer so I can't speak on the technology of all of this but the stars represent the spiritual side of God's creative thoughts which is His foreknowledge of how spirits or angels will exercise their free moral agency in life's journey thus determining their destiny.
Now these angels that God created and which worshipped Him are not what Catholic theologians would have us to believe. They were only in His creative thinking: His foreknowledge of every one of us and our final destiny. Romans 8:28-31 gives us some idea:
"We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?"
Do you get the picture? Before God wrote your case in the stars He knew what you would do with His Word when It was presented to you. That's how He can predestinate, by foreknowledge. He is not making arbitrary decisions on your behalf, He put you and I and everyone that was or ever will be on the same basis as He put Adam and Eve: free moral agency to choose His will or to refuse it.
Lucifer was one of the angels, and very soon he'll be incarnate in the man of sin. He too had free moral agency. There in the Garden of Eden, he made the wrong choice, and now he's known as Satan and the Devil. But Lucifer was the sum of wisdom and beauty, which goes to show that God is not known by theology and denominational learning, He's known by faith or Spiritual revelation of the Word alone.
Lucifer is represented as a star and called "son of the morning." He impersonates Christ Who is "the bright and morning star" and is represented by the sun, the origin of the physical universe as Jesus the S-O-N is the Logos, God's thoughts, or the attributes of Himself manifest in flesh, and the origin of the angels. Jesus is the Pillar of Fire that was the Angel of the Covenant, Michael, who stands for the children of Israel, and the angel of Revelation 10:1, the fullness of the Word Paul calls "that which is perfect".
Hebrews 1:1-8 provides us a picture of this, "Throughout time God has spoken unto the fathers of the Hebrew people through the prophets (in dreams, visions and even face to face), but in these last days He has spoken to us through His Son, Whom He has appointed heir of all things, by Whom also He made the ages and everything that is."
(This isn't saying that Jesus Christ created all things because He created nothing. Paul's teaching us that all things were created out of the Logos, "and the Logos was made flesh and dwelt among us." Jesus became "the beginning of the creation of God" when He was born of a virgin less than 2,000 years ago—Revelation 3:14).
"Being the Light of God's glory, and the very image of His nature and character, and upholding all things by the Word. When He had by offering Himself purged our sins, He sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. He thus became superior in rank to the angels, as by inheritance He's been placed or adopted and is recognized by the Title of "Son".
For to which of the angels did God ever say, "You are My Son, this day have I established or publicly recognized You as worthy to be My Heir?"
(This adoption or recognition means that the Father has recognized His son as worthy, and responsible. And that whatever His son says or does He has the Father's consent and support. Every born-again or placed son of God has this assurance. The saints of God are now coming to maturity in the unity of the faith for the manifestation of the Sons of God after the end of the Gentile days of grace, when what they say God will honour and bring to pass because they are under pre-eminence to His Word).
"When He brought the first begotten into the world again, He said, "Let all the angels of God worship him".
(The revelation of the Seven Seals in 1963 brought Christ from the unseen Spiritual world of God's thoughts back into the habitable or created world in W_O_R_D Form, through the mouth of the prophet of Revelation 10:7 to indwell His end-time Bride. Now that's not skim milk, so think on it! This was His "parousia" coming symbolized in Revelation 10:1-7. He is here now.
When Revelation 4 and 5 were fulfilled Christ claimed the Book of Redemption and proceeded to reveal whom He had redeemed and how He redeemed them, and "All the angels of God worshiped Him," saying "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory and blessing." That was Revelation 5:11-12. It was fulfilled in 1963. Listen! It's His inheritance, and our inheritance we're speaking of. It's past tense, and you didn't know it. The hour is later than you think)
"And of the angels God said, They have no administrative power like the Son. They're only messengers like the wind, who minister as a flame of fire." (Like Me, they're an unseen force; their manifestation may be observed but like wind or fire their power is not permanent. They are the invisible part of man—souls made in the image of God, manifest in flesh to make their decisions, spirits given at birth that go to their destiny at death.
In contrast to Jesus who has been adopted, placed or recognized as a Son and glorified, the firstborn among many Sons (Hebrews 2:10), the angels are changeable, perishable servants. Jesus taught that whereas a son abides and is heir to the estate, a servant may be dismissed at any time (John 8:35). Therefore we must "give diligence to make our calling and election sure: for if we do these things, we shall never fall: and an entrance (or new birth, which is our placement) shall be ministered to us abundantly into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (II Peter 1:10-11).
Paul taught "That the heir, until he is recognized as a worthy son and adopted or placed as such, is little different from a servant, though he be lord of all. He must serve his guardians and managers until he becomes mature at the time predetermined by his father" (Galatians 4:1-3). If he did not meet his father's qualifications, he was not placed and could lose his inheritance. This explains the "fallen angels" of Adam's race.
Like the elect angels, they were born Sons of God. If we are sons of Adam we are automatically Sons of God. But only the elect are recognized, adopted or placed as Sons (which is their new birth). Another group, known as the "saved," will be granted in to eternal Life at the White Throne Judgment. The vast majority, foreknown as "fallen angels," will be lost.
Lay aside all those things that hinder you, even your necessary meat, to take hold of eternal Life in a new birth, changing from a servant to a Son, sealed to the day of your redemption—Ephesians 4:30).
"But to the Son He said, "Your dominion, O God, will last forever and ever: a judgment rod of absolute righteousness is the sceptre of Your kingdom".
Hebrews 1:13-14, "To which of the angels said He at any time, Sit beside Me with all of My authority as My adopted firstborn until I put Your enemies beneath Your feet?" (Matthew 28:18; I Corinthians 15:20-28). None! The angels are messengers, sent forth to do God's service for those who shall be heirs of salvation?"
As we've already noted, God conceived man in His great thinking before He manifested any material creation. He knew precisely what each would do with His Word and we are predestinated accordingly. That's how the Book of Life and the section called the Lamb's Book of Life were written from the foundation of the world. The Book of Life is the genealogy of Adam's race. My name's there. The Lamb's Book of Life is Christ's Offspring, Abraham's Spiritual seed, the Elect of God. By grace my name's there (Revelation 13:8; 17:8).
When God said, "Let us make (Heb. "Asah," fashion from existing material) man in our image, to have dominion over all the natural realm upon the earth and in the skies and under the seas." (But He didn't do this until Genesis 2:7, years later). The "us" was the Logos—God and His elect. Including me!
"So God created (Heb. "bara" out of nothing) man in his own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female he created them." (God was speaking or expressing His thoughts for all the men and women foreknown in Adam's race). And God blessed them, and commanded, "Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it: you are masters of the fish, and birds, and all of the animals." Yet for many thousands of years there was no man to till the earth until the Lord God formed (Heb. "yatsar," squeezed into shape) man's body from the dust of the ground, breathed into it the breath of lives, and his soul took its abode in a body with a mortal spirit" (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:5, 7).
There is no such thing as the pre-existence of souls. And Jesus of Nazareth didn't pre-exist. But God being omniscient, we were all in His foreknowledge from the foundation of the world. And that's where "the Lamb was slain from the foundation of the world"—in God's omniscient thinking (Revelation 13:8). That's how we were chosen in Him before the foundation of the world.
Ephesians 1:4-6, "Before the foundation of the world, God chose us in Christ that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to God, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He has made us accepted in the beloved."
God's foreknowledge, not our pre-existence. Romans 8:28-30 states how God sees us already glorified in His mind which is the Logos that was manifested in the theophany called Melchisedec and in the flesh of Jesus Christ. When the Logos was crucified in the flesh of Jesus, the elect were accounted in Him on Calvary for we are a part of the Word or Logos of God. We died in Christ on Calvary. We didn't leave His body until the flesh was dead. We met sin's price in Christ on Calvary and departed in the Form of His soul which is the Holy Spirit, because God and the soul that's joined together with God is one Spirit (I Corinthians 6:17). Hence, we're without sin and can never come to the judgment, but have passed from death unto Life. Read John 5:24; II Corinthians 5; Colossians 3:3).
There is a part of God's elect that never did begin. It's their angel, the appearance of their glorified form foreknown before the foundation of the world. I'll call it their theophany body because it was in the Logos, and therefore came out of His theophany just as the stars and planets came out of the sun. You can't suddenly become eternal. Either you were always eternal or you'll never be eternal.
Speaking of God's foreknowledge, Brother Branham said, "What you are somewhere else is what you reflect here. What your celestial body is somewhere else is what you're reflecting back here. In the spirit land, what you are, is what you are here. If you're still vulgar minded and so forth in the spirit land, you're vulgar minded here. If you still got malice, envy, and strife, you're in the spirit land with that, it reflects back here. But if your whole innermost being has become cleansed and purged, it shows that you've got a body out yonder waiting, that's been cleansed and purged, and it's reacting back in the flesh. Don't you see? See, there it is. "If this earthly tabernacle be dissolved, we have one already waiting" (COD, 71:78).
That's the sinless spotless Bride of Jesus Christ. But the foolish virgin and other classes of the "saved" go through the tribulation to be purged, then stand before the White Throne Judgment. "Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after" (I Timothy 5:24). God's elect were judged in Christ on Calvary, justified in His resurrection and now seated in heavenly places in Him.
God told Abraham, "In blessing I will bless you, and will multiply your seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies" (Genesis 22:17).
Naturally we come from the sand, but we look up to the stars where our names are already written if we're sons of God. If we're God's elect, we're already seated in heavenly places in the natural. And "if we are Christ's then we are Abraham's seed by the baptism of the Holy Ghost" (Galatians 3:29). If we're the children of man, or lost sons of God, our natural star and destiny has already fallen from the heavens.
Christ is the bright and morning star. All those stars represent Abraham's seed—reflecting the light of the S-U-N as we reflect the Light of the S-O-N. In Revelation chapter one we see "one like the Son of Man." Brother Branham said this is the elect Church drawn out of all seven Church Ages, the Logos reproduced in the many-membered Body of Christ. It reflects "the brightness of His glory and the express image of His Person," as Jesus declared God (Hebrews 1:3). In the hands (or under the power or control) of this Logos dressed as a Judge (the saints will judge the world), are seven stars that signify the seven angels or messengers—Paul, Irenaeus, Martin, Columba, Luther, Wesley and Branham, who brought Spiritual Food in due season to the saints of the Seven Church Ages. Seven portions of Spirit or revealed Word which gave the new birth in each of the respective Church Ages.
Here's another star symbol. Revelation 12:1-4, "There appeared a great sign in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars."
(This woman is the Orthodox Hebrew Church that was crowned by the ministry of the twelve apostles, and has crossed over the Law into the S-O-N Light of the New Testament).
"And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another sign in heaven; behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads."
(The red dragon is Satan in Rome. It's Imperial Rome, because the seven crowns are on its heads. Rome persecuted Israel from the time of Jesus' infancy when Herod sought to defeat this rival King by slaying all boys two years and under, as prophesied by Jeremiah (Jeremiah 31:15; Matthew 2:16-18). Finally Rome was compliant in His crucifixion, and then persecuted the infant Church).
"And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to deliver, to devour her child as soon as it was born".
Adam's race is made up of Shem, Ham and Japheth's people. (Cain's race is the Dragon's seed). And as the dragon is a symbol, his tail symbolizes the Talmudic tale Satan told that deceived the third part of man—Shem's race, the Israelites. They rejected God's prophet, John, so of course they could not accept Messiah, Whom John introduced.
The third part of the stars of heaven are Abraham's natural seed. He came to His Own and they received Him not, so He turned to the Gentiles to take out a people for His Name—a Wife. Messiah is marrying a Gentile Bride like Joseph and Boaz, His types, which is why we're called Christians—Mrs. Lord Jesus Christ—we take His Name (John 1:11; Acts 15:14; Isaiah 11:10; Malachi 1:11).
Stars represent souls or people. The Bible calls them angels. The prophet John describes Satan as "a STAR having already fallen from heaven," and a few verses later as "the angel of the bottomless pit" (Revelation 9:1, 11).
Isaiah 14:12-14, "How you have fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, who weakened the nations (by causing them to partake the wine of Roman Catholic Spiritual fornication—Revelation 18:3)!
For you said to yourself, I will ascend into heaven, I will rule the stars or angels of God: [We know from Ezekiel 28 how Lucifer wanted to build a bigger kingdom than Michael, who became Jesus Christ. He's achieved this with the Roman Catholic church and her apostate (once) Protestant harlot daughter churches which today number almost two billion fallen angels in contrast with Christ's "little flock"]. I'll preside upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: [Satan will rule from a new temple upon Mount Zion, in the midst of Daniel's Seventieth Week. The prophet Daniel confirms this (Daniel 11:45)].
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High." Paul saw the same vision in II Thessalonians 2:3-4.
Satan's desire from the beginning was to have the sons of God worship (or serve) him. And he's used the women to accomplish his purpose. Satan has been working on woman for six thousand years, to lead men away from God. Woman is not original creation but a by-product of man. Man was created in the image of God to serve God. Woman was made in the image of man to serve man. She's made so she can deceive and be deceived. That's why she's forbidden to preach or even lead song service.
The natural woman is a type of the church or Spiritual woman. Consider how the women dress and act if you want to gauge the spirituality or lack of Spirituality of a certain congregation. If they're all painted-up with cut hair and dressed in clothes that pertain to a man, you know God is not in that place. It's just the world with His Name on the outside. Inside it's a cage of hateful demons and a prison of every foul spirit.
Christ has the Headship of His Word Bride, and Satan has headship of his great organizational whore, the mother of many illegitimate denominational daughters, who, like her, are harlots to the Word.
Jesus foretold the conditions of Eden would repeat today. Adam and Eve were naked, but so long as they were veiled behind God's Word or Spirit, they knew it not. Look at the dress or is it undress of women today! If eating apples caused Eve to realize her nakedness, it's time to pass the apples again. Women type today's church hiding behind a lust veil . . . "naked of the blood"—apostate—"and knows it not," as Jesus foretold (Revelation 3:17-20).
Here's an illustration of God's foreknowledge revealed to Jesus. When the seventy returned from their campaign, they rejoiced over the operation of the Gifts of the Spirit like the charismatics, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject unto US through Your Name." And Jesus replied, "I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven".
Satan is "fallen" but he is not yet cast out! God revealed this future event to Jesus in a vision.
Jesus continued, "You've witnessed the authority I've given you to walk among serpents and scorpions, and to crush them: and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing shall harm you. Nevertheless, your joy should not be in the Gifts of the Spirit. The Spirit falls on ALL flesh, both sinners and saints. They can all cast out demons in My Name (as Judas did). So rejoice not because "fallen angels" or demons obey you; but rejoice, because your names are written in the Book of Life and you are not fallen angels . . . at least not just yet" (Luke 10:17-20).
There's a lesson for the Charismatics and Pentecostals (so-called) who claim that unless you speak with other tongues, you're not born-again, and who exercise the genuine Gifts of the Spirit WITHOUT the Spirit!
Satan will be cast out at the close of the Gentile dispensation, when Israel's Seventh Trumpet calls for the resurrection of the Church Age saints, the manifestation of the Sons of God by the living saints, and anoints two prophets to reveal the Trumpet mysteries to the 144,000 elect Israelites.
Let's read where he's cast out with the fallen angels. Revelation 12:7-13, "There was war in heaven [throughout the Gentile dispensation]: Michael and His angels fought against the dragon and his 'fallen' angels. The dragon was overcome [by the prayers and the faith of the saints]." And because the end-time Bride [elect angels] have "that which is perfect," Christ the fullness of the Word, there is no Scripture they can use to accuse us like they did when the Bible was sealed with Seven Seals and Christ was a Mediator for the ignorance of the Church Age saints.
Praise the Lord, once we come to maturity in the fullness of the Word, the days when Satan and his fallen angels could lead us off here or there "with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness whereby they lay in wait to deceive" have finished.
Oh, Brother! We've almost arrived at that place Paul called "the unity of the faith." Jesus prayed in John 17, "that we may be one [or in agreement by our faith or understanding] as He and the Father were in the unity of the faith." Amen! (Ephesians 4). Once we come to that point, the last saint has been baptized into the Body, and Satan and his angels will have no place, no further business, nothing to do in heaven. No excuse to stick around!
"And the great dragon called the Devil and Satan, who incarnate the ancient serpent, and deceived the whole world, was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."
"And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and the strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, who accused them before our God day and night." [This will be the close of the Gentile dispensation, it's Revelation 11:15-19, God is about to return to Israel. See the next verses].
"The Church Age saints overcame him by the blood of the Lamb [PART Word and a Mediator—from Calvary to the close of grace]—and the Fifth Seal Israelites [who were blinded to the Gospel were martyred from Calvary to the close of the Gentile dispensation] because they stood upon the Word of their testimony, the Law and ordinances of Moses; and they loved not their lives unto the death."
Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you that dwell in them! Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and sea! for the Devil has come down to you in a rage, knowing that he has little time. [That's right, when the Seventh Seal was opened in 1963, "Time was no more" which meant that the last saint predestinated to the PART-Word members of the Body of Christ was redeemed through Christ's mediation for their denominational error. And there will be no further delay for mediation, as the end-time Bride was fully redeemed on the Cross at Calvary. Thirty five years have passed since then. It's later than most people think or dare imagine. When the Seventh Trumpet sounds the end of the Gentile dispensation, Satan will know he has "but a short time"—just seven years of Daniel's seventieth week to Israel. In reality, little over three and a half years or until Israel's two prophets are martyred and Israel is born-again in one day. Do you see it?]
When the dragon found himself cast down to earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child." At this point John describes the great tribulation—what our politicians and the media call the New World Order (NWO). And they're rushing into it headlong.
When Satan is cast down to earth, he'll evict the demons and incarnate himself in whoever is pope at the time. From there on the Bible no longer refers to him as the "false prophet," but as "the beast." For as Satan incarnate the beast in the Garden of Eden and deceived Eve, he will incarnate the Pope after the end of the Gentile dispensation and deceive all whose names are not in the Lamb's Book of Life (Revelation 13:8).
In II Thessalonians 2:1-4 Paul explained, "the (Gk.)'parousia' Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ [which was His return in W_O_R_D Form by the revelation of the Seven Seals in 1963], is our gathering together unto Him, [the fullness of the Word, not "her" the church—for we "come OUT of her, My people" by the "Shout" of the Message of the prophet of Revelation 10:7, calling both wise and foolish virgins OUT of mystery Babylon and her apostate (once) Protestant image (I Thessalonians 4:16, Matthew 25:6 and Revelation 18:4).
"Don't allow your minds to be easily troubled or alarmed by some pretended revelation of the Spirit or by rumour as if from us, that the Day of the Lord [or end of the Christian dispensation has already arrived]. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come until the apostasy and falling away of so-called Christians. (Apostasy overtook the churches in 1963, as the Pentecostals or Laodiceans put Christ outside the church, when they rejected the revelation of the Seven Seals. Their revelation is "that which is perfect," they are Jesus Christ in W_O_R_D Form (I Corinthians 13:10).
Didn't Jesus foretell how the church would claim to be rich and in need of nothing? Oh, material riches they certainly do have, but Spiritually, they're "lukewarm" to God's Word. They're like Cain, "This is the best I can do God. If you're not satisfied, too bad." They're offering their own carnal works without revelation. Trying to do God a service without it being His will, and their worship's in vain. They are "wretched, and miserable, bankrupt of the faith, blind to His Word, naked of the Blood, and know it not." What's more, they care less! "Lukewarm!" (Revelation 3:16-17).
In Romans 11:32, Paul foretold the Gentile denominations will end in apostasy at the close of our dispensation as the Israelite denominations ended in apostasy at the close of the Old Covenant. And as they crucified the Son of Man, the Gentiles would crucify unto themselves the Son of God afresh. And they have, since 1963.
Israel's Pentecostal feast types the Gentile dispensation. In II Thessalonians Paul taught that Christ's 'parousia' Coming to the end-time Church will call-out and separate the wise and foolish virgin in the holy convocation or fiftieth day of the Pentecostal Feast of Leviticus 23—after the close of the Seventh Church Age, but before the end of grace and "the great and dreadful Day of the Lord".
As I said, Christ's parousia commenced with the opening of the Seven Seals in 1963. He is not a Mediator for PART Word because we now have "that which is perfect"—the fullness of the Word by the revelation of the Seals. "The Day of the Lord" is yet future. We know it's in the near future, because of the present apostasy, and "that man of sin the son of perdition" has been revealed to us by revelation, for the revelation of the Seven Seals "finished the mystery of God" as Jesus promised it would (Revelation 10:7). But he will not be publicly revealed until after the first resurrection and translation.
How close are we, Brother Anthony? Closer than you think we are. Paul said two things must happen before the Seventh Trump announces the close of the Christian dispensation and the start of the Day of the Lord. One, apostasy in the church. Two, the revelation by the true Church who "that man of sin" is.
Paul said this man of sin will "oppose and exalt himself above all gods, or that is worshipped; seating himself in the temple of God proclaiming his own divinity [like Rome's emperors before him], and forgiving sins. He claims infallibility in Peter's chair, and "What Peter binds on earth is bound in heaven, and what he looses on earth is loosed in heaven." There's that "man of sin," revealed as Paul foretold.
Aren't you glad Jesus has shown you these things?
Today Grace is full and free. We're moving into the most evil time in the history of the world but we have the fullness of the Word, so we have more abundant grace than at any time. But let us redeem the time and make our calling and election sure.
When the Day of the Lord arrives, "ALL that dwell upon the earth shall worship that man of sin, whose names are NOT written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Revelation 13:8). There will not be a single Christian on earth after the translation of the end-time Bride. The only people on earth whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life will be two Hebrew prophets and 144,000 Israelites. And once they are born again, they will all be martyred by the false Church.
God Bless you. Please study this. Take it back to your Bible and obey what It says do. And when you have the revelation yourself, be sure to pass It on. Don't debate the faith with those who cannot or will not see It. "His sheep" will receive His Word . . . automatically.
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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.