Bible Believers' Newsletter 1057
"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.
We have two main articles, "Sanctions of Mass Destruction: America's War on Venezuela;" Ancient African historian Garikai Chengu confirms the prophecy of Revelation 13:11-18 showing the United States is the 'rogue state' Jesus Christ called "the image unto the beast [of Papal Rome]." Like the United States today, Imperial Rome was a declining economic and military behemoth smitten to death when Emperor Constantine healed its deadly wound by uniting church and state at the Hegelian dialectic of the First Nicaea Council of AD325. "Outline: the Revelation of the Seven Seals" shows Christ's end-time Bride her place in His Word and explains how the Body of Christ has been built by faith in "the present Truth" through nine different baptisms of the Holy Spirit.
Modern events are made clear by prophecy since faith reads between the lines of propaganda advanced as impartial, truthful news by Jewry's worldwide media monopoly to recognize our day and its Message. After Los Angeles sinks, the bankrupt United States will unite with the world church system under Papal Rome in covenant with Jewry and the Black Nobility as foretold in Daniel 9:27, Revelation 13:4-9 and 17:11-18. Rome's then Devil-incarnate Pope will refinance the US dollar with gold backing to revive the fractional reserve banking racket, preserve Jewry's paper wealth and foil Russia—victorious following her invasion of mainland USA—from gaining world presidency and maintain her adversarial policy of "divide and conquer".
The American buffalo rose up in the relatively unpopulated North American continent; whereas the Lamb of God has seven horns (Revelation 5:6), it had two horns like a lamb signifying the separation of church and state, veiling its objectives with great subtlety, intelligence and culture. Thomas Jefferson wrote, paraphrasing the writing of his close friend Philip Mazzei, an Italian-born patriot and pamphleteer, "We hold these truths to be self-evident . . . that all men are created equal . . . that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness . . ." But Jefferson owned hundreds of slaves and upon his death the only slaves given their freedom in the former president's will were two of the sons of Sally Hemmings, Jefferson's black slave mistress.
Yes there is more refinement, more civilisation, more thought, freedom from slavery, freedom of religion and expression, democracy and human rights, but America is the world-power that is worshipped for the self-seeking "pursuit of happiness"—worldly honours, pleasures, occupations, influences and powers. So the power of the second beast lies in deception as well as violence and intent in magnifying its mistress, the Judaeo-Roman Catholic Church. It soon spoke like the dragon and exercises all the power of Papal Rome. After the first half of Daniel's Seventieth Week it will force the earth and all who dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed at Nicaea.
Revelation 13:13-14, "And it performs great signs, so that [at Hiroshima and Nagasaki] it made nuclear fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And deceives those who dwell on the earth by the means of those nuclear miracles which it had power to do by the authority of the first beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make a [Protestant] image to the beast that had the wound by a sword, and did live".
As the beast of Papal Rome martyred sixty-eight million Christians for refusing her trinitarian dogma, her US image will force trinitarianism on pain of death after the midst of Daniel's Seventieth Week (Daniel 7:25; Revelation 13:7, 15-18).
Australia, the antipodean lap dog has added its support for the attempted coup against Venezuela by the US "image unto the beast" as it had joined the "coalition of the willing" killers to hunt down the sons and daughters of Jacob as by subterfuge Herod the Great sought to destroy his rival, the infant Jesus, the legitimate Heir to David's throne. "For fear of the [non-Semitic, anti-Semitic Edomite and Khazar self-styled] Jews," genuine blood Israelites live in exile in North Africa and the Middle East pending the utter defeat of the modern Israel state and the mass exodus of Israeli imposters prophesied by Isaiah 6:9-12; 13:6-16; Joel 2:2; Zechariah 14:1-2; Revelation 16:19 and UN Resolution 181.
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A World without Dollars? Are we approaching the End of America's Financial Order?
February 1, 2019 — For Washington, the US dollar is leverage, a financial weapon to dominate the world economy, to impose its foreign policy agendas and to secure a steady flow of natural resources over sovereign countries who use the currency.
In the last decade or so, the reputation of the US dollar has been widely discredited because it is viewed by many governments around the world as a risky asset since the US economy holds more than $21 trillion in debt and if you add the unfunded liabilities in the form of promises to ensure payments to retirees associated with government pensions, entitlement programs and social security it amounts to more than $200 trillion. The dollar is a fiat currency based on "faith" . . . but countries . . . threatened by Washington with economic sanctions have lost faith . . . The dollar is a debt instrument issued to the public with no real objective measure of the dollar's true value. Since the Federal Reserve Bank was founded in 1913, the dollar has lost over 97% of its value . . .
The US will never be able to finance their debt even if they bring back their manufacturing base, reduce government spending and end all of their wars including those in Iraq and Afghanistan . . . The US and their allies including Saudi Arabia, Israel, NATO, Colombia . . . are preparing for a major war with Russia, China, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba to basically regain control over the world by restoring the US dollar to the global dominance it once had . . .
Iraq's Saddam Hussein decided to sell oil in Euros bypassing the dollar and Libya's Muammar Gaddafi planned on Africa using a gold-backed currency in dinars instead of the dollar . . . Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi were eventually captured by US and NATO-backed forces and terrorist groups and executed . . .
Russia's SPFS (System for Transfer of Financial Messages). . . is now more popular . . . than . . . SWIFT . . . World War III will be based on maintaining the power of the US dollar. The interests of major corporations, the establishment from [the sovereign City State of] Washington and [the sovereign City State of] London, the banks and an interesting tribe whose seeds were planted [in Eve by Lucifer incarnate in the Serpent and sown - Ed.] in the Middle East back in 1948 are based on the dollar's strength.
The dollar is the backbone, the tool that allows Washington to continue its geopolitical dominance backed with its military power over the world's economy and its natural resources. The dollar allows Washington to intimidate sovereign countries with economic sanctions as a way to influence or directly control their politics and economy in Washington's favour, nothing more and certainly, nothing less, and that's a major reason the acceleration of dumping the US dollar around the world will lead us into a major world war that may start with a country that has plenty of oil which two come to mind, and that is Venezuela and Iran. Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: Today, the US Treasury is applying political sanctions against Belarus, Burundi, North Korea, Cuba, Iran, Libya, Nicaragua, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Russia, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Zimbabwe, to which we must add the Donetsk People's Republic Ukraine), Hezbollah (Iran), the Houthis (Yemen), and many others (voltairenet.org).
Real Threat to World Peace: Nuclear Israel with 400 WMD or Non-Nuclear Iran?
January 31, 2019 — US intelligence officials confirmed to the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Tuesday, that Iran was not developing nuclear weapons in violation of the 2015 nuclear agreement, and furthermore had no strategic plans to do so. This report from the US intelligence community indicates that Israel's Netanyahu and his American cohort, Donald Trump, have deliberately misinformed the world regarding Iranian nuclear capability. The state of Israel, which is estimated to have in excess of more than 400 undeclared nuclear warheads must be compared to Iran which is not a nuclear weapon state. Who, therefore, is the threat to world peace?
Under the influence of the Israeli Prime Minister and ignoring the emphatic advice from the UN Security Council and the European Union, US President Trump last year pulled out of an international nuclear deal with Iran, put in place under his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama. Trump then re-imposed sanctions on Tehran causing massive economic and political destabilisation throughout the Middle East in addition to dismay from European and other signatories to the nuclear deal. It is crystal clear where the truth lies, and it is certainly not in Tel Aviv nor in the Trump White House. Now is surely the time for Europe to strengthen cooperation with the geographically important state of Iran, both economically and politically, whilst cutting ties and trade with Israel. It is vital that the West recognises who are its future friends and strategic partners. Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: February 2, 2019 — Yuval Steinitz who is expected to be Israel's next Foreign Minister is threatening an 'airliner false flag' provocation by Israelis, blaming Iran? to start Iran war? (youtube.com).
Venezuela confirms Coltan Deposits, $100 Billion in Gold Reserves
February 4, 2019 — The Venezuelan government has confirmed . . . "significant" coltan deposits south of the Orinoco River, as well as proven gold reserves valued at $100 billion . . . diamond, phosphate, uranium, titanium and lead deposits also were found . . . important deposits of kaolinite have been found and are being developed with assistance from Russia . . . Full story: laht.com
A Note on the Crime against Venezuela
January 29, 2019 — To clarify the importance of the January 23rd coup attempt in Venezuela we remember that ever since WWII the customary motivation for violations of the Convention on Genocide has been to gain a region's natural resources. For example Iraq, Libya, Syria, Haiti, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Guatemala, and others . . .
If these people are eradicated, resource development proceeds without impediment or any benefit or payment to the rightful owners. Night's Lantern places an implicit warning for peoples inhabiting or able to make legal claim to resource-rich territory. Venezuela possesses about a quarter of the earth's oil resources. The corporate battle for profits is understood to be criminal. The US has made a point of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court and attempting to destroy international law. Since there is strong evidence Venezuela is threatened with a takeover by corporate interests, represented by US policy, the people of Venezuela are now under a genocide warning. Full story: nightslantern.ca
Guide to the NY Times' Support of US-backed Coups in Latin America
January 29, 2019 — On Friday, The New York Times continued its long, predictable tradition of backing US coups in Latin America . . . This will be the 10th such coup the paper has backed since the creation of the CIA over 70 years ago. A survey of The New York Times archives shows the Times editorial board has supported 10 out of 12 American-backed coups in Latin America, with two editorials—those involving the 1983 Grenada invasion and the 2009 Honduras coup—ranging from ambiguous to reluctant opposition. The survey can be viewed here . . . Full story: truthdig.com
US has killed more than 20 Million in 37 'Victim Nations' since World War II
January 20, 2019 — Let us put this in historical perspective: the commemoration of the War the End All Wars acknowledges that 15 million lives were lost in the course of World War I (1914-18) . . . 60 million lives both military and civilian were lost during World War II. The largest WWII casualties were . . . 26 million in the Soviet Union, China estimates 20 million deaths . . . these two allies of the US which lost a large share of their population during WWII are now categorized as enemies of America, which are threatening the Western World. A so-called pre-emptive war against China and Russia is currently contemplated. James A. Lucas documents the more than 20 million lives lost resulting from US led wars, military coups and intelligence ops carried out in the wake of what is euphemistically called the "post-war era" (1945- ). The extensive loss of life in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and Libya is not included in this study. Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: There was no "post-war era," US-led warfare has been continuous since 1945. The military do not count people, civilian or military but destroyed tanks, artillery pieces, missile launchers and captured weapons. A Timeline of CIA Atrocities
History of Oil – Hidden Cause of the First World War?
An American plan to bring democratic dictatorship to your homeland . . . out of the barrel of a gun. Comedian Robert Newman gets to grips with the wars and politics of the last hundred years—but rather than adhering to the history we were fed at school, he places oil centre stage as the cause of all the commotion. He does not realize that nature is constantly generating oil. Full story: youtu.be 45m.
Comment: Worth viewing for enjoyable education. This sets the tone for our main article, "Sanctions of Mass Destruction: America's War on Venezuela." John Bolton admits US-backed Coup in Venezuela is about Oil, not Democracy.
Sanctions of Mass Destruction: America's War on Venezuela
By Garikai Chengu © 2019 all rights reserved
January 30, 2019 — American economic sanctions have been the worst crime against humanity since World War Two. America's economic sanctions have killed more innocent people than all of the nuclear, biological and chemical weapons ever used in the history of mankind.
The fact that for America the issue in Venezuela is oil, not democracy, will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history. Venezuela has the world's largest oil reserves on the planet.
America seeks control of Venezuela because it sits atop the strategic intersection of the Caribbean, South and Central American worlds. Control of the nation, has always been a remarkably effective way to project power into these three regions and beyond.
From the first moment Hugo Chavez took office, the United States has been trying to overthrow Venezuela's socialist movement by using sanctions, coup attempts, and funding the opposition parties. After all, there is nothing more undemocratic than a coup d'état.
United Nations Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur, Alfred de Zayas, recommended, just a few days ago, that the International Criminal Court investigate economic sanctions against Venezuela as a possible crime against humanity perpetrated by America.
Over the past five years, American sanctions have cut Venezuela off from most financial markets, which have caused local oil production to plummet. Consequently, Venezuela has experienced the largest decline in living standards of any country in recorded Latin American history.
Prior to American sanctions, socialism in Venezuela had reduced inequality and poverty whilst pensions expanded. During the same time period in America, it has been the absolute reverse. President Chavez funnelled Venezuela's oil revenues into social spending such as free+6 healthcare, education, subsidized food networks, and housing construction.
In order to fully understand why America is waging economic war on the people of Venezuela one must analyse the historical relationship between the petrodollar system and Sanctions of Mass Destruction: Prior to the 20th century, the value of money was tied to gold. When banks lent money they were constrained by the size of their gold reserves. But in 1971, US President Richard Nixon took the country off the gold standard. Nixon and Saudi Arabia came to an Oil For Dollars agreement that would change the course of history and become the root cause of countless wars for oil. Under this petrodollar agreement the only currency that Saudi Arabia could sell its oil in was the US dollar. The Saudi Kingdom would in turn ensure that its oil profits flow back into US government treasuries and American banks.
In exchange, America pledged to provide the Saudi Royal family's regime with military protection and military hardware.
It was the start of something truly great for America. Access to oil defined 20th-century empires and the petrodollar agreement was the key to the ascendancy of the United States as the world's sole superpower. America's war machine runs on, is funded by, and exists in protection of oil. Threats by any nation to undermine the petrodollar system are viewed by Washington as tantamount to a declaration of war against the United States of America.
Within the last two decades Iraq, Iran, Libya and Venezuela have all threatened to sell their oil in other currencies. Consequently, they have all been subject to crippling US sanctions.
Over time the petrodollar system spread beyond oil and the US dollar slowly but surely became the reserve currency for global trades in most commodities and goods. This system allows America to maintain its position of dominance as the world's only superpower, despite being a staggering $23 trillion in debt.
With billions of dollars worth of minerals in the ground and with the world's largest oil reserves, Venezuela should not only be wealthy, but her people the envy of the developing world. But the nation is essentially broke because American sanctions have cut them off from the international financial system and cost the economy $6 billion over the last five years. Without sanctions, Venezuela could recover easily by collateralizing some of its abundant resources or its $8 billion of gold reserves, in order to get the loans necessary to kick-start their economy.
In order to fully understand the insidious nature of the Venezuelan crisis, it is necessary to understand the genesis of economic sanctions. At the height of World War Two, President Truman issued an order for American bombers to drop "Fat Man" and "Little Boy" on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing 140,000 people instantly. The gruesome images that emerged from the rubble were broadcast through television sets across the world and caused unprecedented outrage. The political backlash forced US policy makers to devise a more subtle weapon of mass destruction: economic sanctions.
The term "weapons of mass destruction" (WMD) was first defined by the United Nations in 1948 as"atomic explosive weapons, radioactive material weapons, lethal chemical and biological weapons, and any weapons developed in the future which have characteristics comparable in destructive effect to those of the atomic bomb or other weapons mentioned above".
Sanctions are clearly the 21st century's deadliest weapon of mass destruction.
In 2001, the US administration told us that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction; Iraq was a terrorist state; Iraq was tied to Al Qaeda. It all amounted to nothing. In fact, America already knew that the only weapons of mass destruction that Saddam had were not nuclear in nature, but rather chemical and biological. The only reason they knew this in advance was because America sold the weapons to Saddam to use on Iran in 1991.
What the US administration did not tell us was that Saddam Hussein used to be a strong ally of the United States. The main reason for toppling Saddam and putting sanctions on the people of Iraq was the fact that Iraq had ditched the Dollar-for-Oil sales.
The United Nations estimates that 1.7 million Iraqis died due to Bill Clinton's sanctions; 500,000 of whom were children. In 1996, a journalist asked former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, about these UN reports, specifically about the children. America's top foreign policy official, Albright, replied:"I think this is a very hard choice, but the price – we think the price is worth it."
Clearly, US sanctions policies are nothing short of state-sanctioned genocide.
Over the last five years, sanctions have caused Venezuelan per capita incomes to drop by 40 percent, which is a decline similar to that of war torn Iraq and Syria at the height of their armed conflicts. Millions of Venezuelans have had to flee the country. If America is so concerned about refugees, Trump should stop furthering disastrous foreign policies that actually create them. Under Chavez, Venezuela had a policy of welcoming refugees. President Chavez turned Venezuela into the wealthiest society in Latin America with the best income equality.
Another much vilified leader who used oil wealth to enrich his people, only to be put under severe sanctions, is Muammar Gaddafi. In 1967 Colonel Gaddafi inherited one of the poorest nations in Africa; however, by the time he was assassinated, Gaddafi had turned Libya into Africa's wealthiest nation. Perhaps, Gaddafi's greatest crime, in the eyes of NATO, was his quest to quit selling Libyan oil in US Dollars and denominate crude sales in a new gold backed common African currency. In fact, in August 2011, President Obama confiscated $30 billion from Libya's Central Bank, which Gaddafi had earmarked for the establishment of an African Central Bank and the African gold-backed Dinar currency.
Africa has the fastest growing oil industry in the world and oil sales in a common African currency would have been especially devastating for the American dollar, the US economy, and particularly the elite in charge of the petrodollar system.
It is for this reason that President Clinton signed the now infamous Iran-Libya Sanctions Act, which the United Nations Children's Fund said caused widespread suffering among civilians by "severely limiting supplies of fuel, access to cash, and the means of replenishing stocks of food and essential medications." Clearly, US sanctions are weapons of mass destruction.
Not so long ago, Iraq and Libya were the two most modern and secular states in the Middle East and North Africa, with the highest regional standards of living. Nowadays, US Military intervention and economic sanctions have turned Libya and Iraq into two of the world's most failed nations."They want to seize Libya's oil and they care nothing about the lives of the Libyan people," remarked Chavez during the Western intervention in Libya in 2011.
In September 2017, President Maduro made good on Chavez's promise to list oil sales in Yuan rather than the US dollar. Weeks later Trump signed a round of crippling sanctions on the people of Venezuela.
On Monday, US National Security adviser John Bolton announced new sanctions that essentially steal $7 billion from Venezuela's state owned oil company. At that press conference Bolton brazenly flashed a note pad that ominously said "5,000 troops to Colombia." When confronted about it by the media, Bolton simply said,"President Trump stated that all options are on the table".
America's media is unquestionably the most corrupt institution in America. The nation's media may quibble about Trump's domestic policies but when it comes to starting wars for oil abroad they sing in remarkable unison. Fox News, CNN and the New York Times all cheered the nation into war in Iraq over fictitious weapons of mass destruction, whilst America was actually using sanctions of mass destruction on the Iraqi people. They did it in Libya and now they are doing it again in Venezuela. Democracy and freedom have always been the smoke screen in front of capitalist expansion for oil, and the Western Media owns the smoke machine. Economic warfare has long since been under way against Venezuela but military warfare is now imminent.
Trump just hired Elliot Abrams as US Special Envoy for Venezuela, who has a long and torrid history in Latin America. Abrams pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the Iran Contra affair, which involved America funding deadly communist rebels, and was the worst scandal in the Reagan Era. Abrams was later pardoned by George Bush Senior. America's new point man on Venezuela also lied about the largest mass killing in recent Latin American history by US trained forces in El Salvador.
There is nothing more undemocratic than a coup d'état. A UN Human Rights Council Rapporteur, Alfred de Zayas, pointed out that America's aim in Venezuela is to "crush this government and bring in a neoliberal government that is going to privatise everything and is going to sell out; a lot of transitional corporations stand to gain enormous profits and the United States is driven by the transnational corporations."
Ever since 1980, the United States has steadily devolved from the status of the world's top creditor country to the world's most indebted country. But thanks to the petrodollar system's huge global artificial demand for US dollars, America can continue exponential military expansion, record breaking deficits and unrestrained spending.
America's largest export used to be manufactured goods made proudly in America. Today, America's largest export is the US dollar. Any nation like Venezuela that threatens that export is met with America's second largest export: weapons, chief amongst which are sanctions of mass destruction.
The Goal is to Automate Us
Silicon Valley companies collude with world governments with one goal: to keep a close eye on YOU. Orwell's "1984" wasn't wrong. It was just early . . . "Surveillance capitalism unilaterally claims human experience as free raw material for translation into behavioural data. Although some of these data are applied to service improvement, the rest are declared as a proprietary behavioural surplus, fed into advanced manufacturing processes known as 'machine intelligence,' and fabricated into prediction products that anticipate what you will do now, soon, and later. Finally, these prediction products are traded in a new kind of marketplace that I call behavioural futures markets. Surveillance capitalists have grown immensely wealthy from these trading operations, for many companies are willing to lay bets on our future behaviour" . . . Full story: theguardian.com
Comment: Family Tree DNA, one of the largest private genetic testing companies whose home-testing kits enable people to trace their ancestry and locate relatives, is allowing FBI agents to search its vast genealogy database in an effort to solve violent crime cases (buzzfeednews.com).
A Modern Mania
February 4, 2019 — Every society seems destined to suffer at least one episode of crowd madness from the Dutch Tulip Mania in 1636, the British South Sea Bubble in 1720, hyper-inflation in the Weimar Republic in 1923 and in Zimbabwe in 2008, bank failures, booms and depression, and evil eras of murderous madness like those of the Bolsheviks in Russia, the Red Guards in China, Pol Pot in Cambodia [and the coalition on the willing in North Africa and the Middle East - Ed].
Today a modern madness, less dramatic but more insidious, is affecting the affluent West. It is the phobia about hydro-carbon energy now being blamed for every natural disaster, and the parallel religious worship of everything "green".
"Green Energy" is a relic from a bygone era when most people lived or worked on farms and relied on animal power, windmills, sailing ships, solar energy and biomass. Subsidising, mandating and promoting its use in modern urbanised industrial society is a con-trick worthy of the shady salesmen of past manias. Weather-dependent "Green Energy" may suit remote or stand-alone applications, but is unreliable and destabilises electricity grids. It is destroying Australian industry and jobs and harming consumers, while disfiguring the landscape and having no measurable effect on global temperature.
Manias always end badly. Suffering electricity consumers forced to endure the costs of its unreliability will eventually revolt and we will abandon this modern "Green Energy" mania. Full story: destroy an electricity grid in three easy steps
New York Muslims have a New Security Patrol Group
December 24, 2018 — New York's Muslim community has a new security group watching over it . . . joining the Jewish enclave's Shomrim and the Brooklyn Asian Safety Patrol among New York's culture-specific security groups. The white Ford Taurus bears insignia nearly identical to those of an NYPD patrol car—with blue horizontal stripes down the sides, a shield on the front driver's side door . . ." Full story: nypost.com
Comment: Brother Branham prophesied a race war in the United States (The Third Exodus, p. 24:1-2; And Knoweth it Not, p. 37:2). This morning the Deputy PM spoke of the "rich cultural diversity" [inassimilable people] Australia wants!? NO nation wants diversity—death knell to unity and program for global social cataclysm, "the general reactionary movement which will follow [the ongoing World War III] the destruction of Christianity and atheism, both conquered and exterminated at the same time." Then Lucifer's one world government (Matthew 4:8-9).
Outline: the Revelation of the Seven Seals
From the foundation of the world the Bible was sealed with seven unwritten mysteries, without whose truth "no one in heaven, nor on earth, neither under the earth was able to open the Book, neither to look thereon." For us Gentiles they have disclosed what the voices of the Seven Thunders uttered, while Israel will see their corollary, the Seven Trumpet mysteries (Daniel 9:24; 12:4, 9, and Revelation 10:4; Matthew 24:31; Revelation 8:2, 6 – 11:19). They were sealed "to the time of the end, when many scrutinize, running carefully through every page of the Book (Habakkuk 2:2): seeking an understanding of the prophecy of the seventh angel, and subsequently, the Message of the two witnesses to Israel, and the discovery of God's purpose shall be increased . . . None of the wicked shall understand, but the wise will understand".
Revelation 1:3 "Blessed is he that reads, and they that [not only] hear the Words of this prophecy [of future events (Revelation 1:1)], but keep in mind and live those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand [for these prophecies to be revealed as they were unveiled through the Church Ages]." In the worship of the Christian communities as in the synagogues, one member read aloud while the congregation listened (Colossians 4:16). The art of reading was not a general accomplishment in the circles from which the Christian societies were for the most part recruited, and lector or reader became one of the minor offices in the church as it is to this day in the Lutheran church.
The first Six Seals are written in Old Testament symbols, however Seventh Seal of Revelation 8:1 simply states "When Christ had opened the Seventh Seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour." It is unwritten because it is the revelation of the previous Six Seals which is the voices of the Seven Thunders of Revelation 10 which John, like Daniel, was forbidden to write.
Revelation 10:1-6 was fulfilled on March 8, 1963 when Christ descended upon Mount Sunset in Arizona and Brother Branham was caught up into the Pillar of Cloud to complete the constellation of the seven angels or Church Age Messengers. "And I saw another mighty Angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon His head, and His face was as it were the sun, and His feet as pillars of fire (I Thessalonians 4:14-16; Job 14; I Corinthians 13:10): and He had in His left hand a little Book open: and He set His right foot [in judgment] upon the [beast from the] sea [Papal Rome], and His left foot [in judgment] on the [beast from the earth] the United States [image unto Imperial Rome]. And cried with a loud Voice, as when a lion roars: and when He had cried, Seven Thunders uttered their voices. And when the Seven Thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, Seal up those things which the Seven Thunders uttered, and write them not."
"And the Angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up His right hand to heaven, and swore by Him that lives forever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be (Gk.) 'Chronos' time no longer [for the Seventh Seal takes us into the renewed heavens and earth (The Revelation of the Seven Seals, p. 501:231-232)]. But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, [William Branham (1909 – 1965)] when he begins to proclaim [his Message (Matthew 25:6; I Thessalonians 4:16)], the mystery of God should be finished as He has declared to His servants the prophets" (Isaiah 24:1-23; 26:1-27:13; 66:1-24; Daniel 7:11-12; Zechariah 14:1-21 Malachi 3:4; 4:1-3).
In contrast to the injunctions given to Daniel (Daniel 12:9-13), Brother Branham who is the angel of Revelation 22:8-11, tells John who represents Christ's end-time Bride throughout the Book of Revelation, "Seal not the sayings of this Book: for the time is near. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he who is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still." Such is ever the difference between the prophecy of the old, preparatory dispensation, and the prophecy of the new, consummate dispensation.
The time of the end commenced on March 8, 1963 when Revelation 4:1 – 5:14 and Revelation 10:1-4 were fulfilled. "Seven Angels come down from God, visibly standing right there, and told me about the end time, and these revelations and things of the Book of Revelation, the Seven Seals, and said, "Return home, and one by one will bring the Message." That, that's right" (Testimony, #63-1128M, p. 6:32). His Message restored the apostolic faith, revealed the Seven Seals which are the mysteries contained in the Seven Thunders, and introduced Christ's second or (Gk.) 'parousia' Coming. He delivered the Revelation of the Seven Seals to His Church from March 17 to March 24, 1963 as outlined below.
GOD IN SIMPLICITY March, 17, 1963 explains how God hides Himself in simplicity and reveals Himself in simplicity and humility.
BREACH BETWEEN THE CHURCH AGES & THE SEALS March 17, 1963. Marriage breakdown and Christ's divorce from the adulterous church which is nothing but the world bearing His Name in vain.
THE FIRST SEAL March 18, 1963. The Living Creature with the face of a LION guarded the way into the Presence by new birth as Satan rode his White Horse from Pentecost through the Ephesian, Smyrnean and Pergamean Church Ages garnering SPIRITUAL POWER. "The deeds of the nicolaitanes" were codified as "doctrine" (dogma) in AD325 at the Hegelian dialectic of the First Nicaea Council where the Judaeo-Roman Universal church was inaugurated under its president Emperor Constantine, and "those who say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan" (Revelation 2:9). Based on an 8th century forgery, the Donation of Constantine, Bishop Boniface III was declared [first] Pontiff and head of all the churches on February 19, 607. The teachings of the Roman church were regarded as the foundation of law and order so heresy was an offence against the state as well as the church. For centuries civil rulers sought to stamp out heresy. (We see a repetition of this in the misguided zeal of the patsies of political Islam (the Arab World including Mohammedanism) and political Zion (including the State of Israel and apostate churches) trying to do God a service contrary to His will, blindly fulfilling the 1871 plan for World War III: "Directed in such a manner that Islam and Political Zionism will destroy themselves while at the same time the remaining nations, once more divided against each other on this issue, [they] will be forced to fight themselves into a state of complete exhaustion physically, mentally, spiritually and economically. Can any unbiased and reasoning person deny that the intrigue now going on in the Near, Middle, and Far East is designed to accomplish this devilish purpose?"
Satan is building his huge universal church upon the ignorance of intellectual scholarship and human wisdom. "While God in His wisdom foresaw that the world would never know Him through human genius, and was pleased to save those who believe through the foolishness of preaching" (I Corinthians 1:21). God is building His Kingdom upon sovereign faith in the mind of Christ established upon the Absolute of two or three witnesses of His unchanging Word, "But if one does not recognize this, let him remain ignorant" (I Corinthians 14:38).
These Jewish, so-called Christian and Muslim patsies are earth-bound, serving impotent gods requiring man to do their works by whatever dishonourable bloody means they choose. In Matthew 4:8-9 Satan showed Jesus "all the kingdoms of the world. And said, All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me." Christians are heaven-born: the Kingdom of God is in us. Judaism, which is Pharisaism, was born in Babylon: their lewd holy (sic) book, the Talmud "makes the commandments of God of non-effect" (Matthew 15:6). Judaeo-Roman Catholicism is Babylonian religion in Christian guise impersonating Israel's temple worship. Islam is a pastiche of Talmudism, Romanism, Zoroastrianism and other religious myths assembled in the Koran as the dispensation change from the Pergamean to the Thyratirean Church Age and Gentiles became the Christian majority. Every serious student of Islam will know this simply by following the text of the Koran to its sources preserved in the original tongues that preceded Mohammed by up to and over a thousand years.
THE SECOND SEAL March 19, 1963. The Living Creature guarding the way back to God and eternal Life bore the face of an OX. Satan was garnering POLITICAL POWER over the monarchies as the first of many Popes, wearing the triple tiara mounted on his Red Horse through the Thyatirean Church Age. After certain civil rulers were unwilling or unable to punish dissenters for heresy the Judaeo-Roman church took over this role and following the crusades (1095–1291) Gregory IX (1227-1241) created a special court to investigate suspects, often using torture to "save" wayward souls. Rome martyred so many Christians during the Thyatirean Age that the faith, which was in their hearts, was lost, bringing the Dark Ages upon Europe.
THE THIRD SEAL March 20, 1963. The Living Creature guarding the way back to the Presence had the face of a MAN while Satan rode his Black Horse through the Sardisean and Philadelphian Church Ages garnering DEMON POWER through education: the Counter Reformation of the 1500's and 1600's, the Judaeo-Jesuit Order established in 1534 paved the way for social, political, moral, military, educational and religious anarchy; the Council of Trent 1545-1563 reaffirmed transubstantiation, defended indulgences, approved prayers to the saints, and established seminaries, then in 1542 the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition was established to "spread sound Catholic doctrine and defend those points of Christian tradition which seem in danger because of new and unacceptable (Protestant scriptural) doctrines."
THE FOURTH SEAL March 21, 1963. The Living Creature with the face of an EAGLE has defended the way to Truth and Eternal Life throughout Laodicea by restoring the revelation that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Meanwhile Satan has ridden his sickly Pale Green Horse, a hybridized monster of his previous three steeds as the ultimate beast is a composite of the evil attributes of all four Gentile empires, and denominational "names of blasphemy" (Revelation 13:2-11; 17:3). In Laodicea the demonic spirits from the White Horse ride of the Dragon (Revelation 12:3), Satan Himself, wielded SPIRITUAL POWER to persuade the world's leaders and the whole world to unite for or against Fascism, and earth suffered her first birth pain in World War I. Between 1922 and 1975, twenty-one nations were fascist and ten other nations including the USA, UK, Canada and Australia had significant fascist movements. Then wielding POLITICAL POWER the Roman beast acquired under Satan's Red Horse ride (Revelation 13:1), the Adversary persuaded the world to unite with or against National Socialism, and earth suffered her second birth pain in World War II. Now DEMON POWER inculcated by intellectual education and carnal reasoning against the faith on Satan's Black Horse ride, combined with his SPIRITUAL and POLITICAL POWER has produced the spirit of Laodicea which means "Rights of the People" to thus divide the secular world under Judaeo-Communism from religious elements under totalitarian Romanism, restore peace and inaugurate one world government under Satan incarnate in her pope following the 'hot stage' of the now ongoing World War III (Albert Pike).
We are living between the Sixth and the Seventh Vial (Revelation 16:13-16). The Christian dispensation will terminate at the close of the FOURTH SEAL when the Seventh Trumpet sounds, the Sixth Seal manifests, and the Seventh Vial pours its curse upon the apostate churches. Thereafter the demonic spirits working miracles will gather the world to the great battle of God Almighty.
THE FIFTH SEAL March 22, 1963. These souls under the animal blood poured out at the foot of the sacrifice altar are not Jews but Semitic Israelites of the seed of Jacob, martyred for their stand on the testimony of Moses and the Old Covenant between Christ's death of on Calvary and the close of the Gentile or Christian dispensation at the manifestation of the Sixth Seal (The Revelation of the Seven Seals, p. 369:5; 388:1; 408:5; An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 279). These people will be granted into eternal Life at the White Throne Judgment following the General resurrection.
THE SIXTH SEAL March 23, 1963. The manifestation of this Seal will terminate the Christian dispensation of Grace sinking Los Angeles. After the resurrection and translation of Christ's Bride of all Ages, Daniel's Seventieth Week will commence and God will anoint two Israelite prophets. Satan will incarnate the pope and ride his Pale Green Horse to perdition with his followers. The Great Tribulation under which the Church was persecuted for two thousand years will come upon 144,000 Elect Israelites who will be born-again and martyred. The foolish virgins and other classes of the "saved" will also be martyred in this time. Thereafter the beast and the false prophet will be cast alive into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone (Revelation 19:20), joined after the General Resurrection by Satan (Revelation 20:10).
THE SEVENTH SEAL March 24, 1963 was opened by Christ at the sounding of the Seven Thunders over Sunset Mountain on about March 8, 1963. The revelation of this unwritten Seal is the exposition of the previous Six written Seals "and we do have today, by God's help, the perfect interpretation of the Word with Divine vindication" (COD, p. 1005:57). "The Seven Thunders in Revelation 10 are the revelations contained in the Seven Seals finishes the mystery of God. These divinely revealed mystery truths will literally turn the hearts of the children to the Pentecostal fathers" (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 328).
THE PILLAR OF CLOUD.
Revelation 10:1-4, "I saw another mighty Angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon His head, and His face was as it were the sun, and His feet as pillars of Fire: and He had in His hand a little Book open: and He set His right foot upon the sea, and His left foot on the earth, and cried with a loud Voice, as when a lion roars: and when He had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a Voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not".
Many people focus on the scientific explanation surrounding the cloud, or lack thereof. These issues pale in comparison to the real issue which is: Are William Branham's accounts of the cloud's formation credible? If they are not, then where does that leave a person with respect to William Branham's overall credibility?
Many of those who have believed and followed the Prophet's recorded sermons over many years and memorised the quotes have fallen into the camp of scoffers, make-believers and un-believers, because they have neglected to take his Message back to two or three witnesses in the Absolute, which is the Holy Bible first written in the heavens, then in the Great Pyramid, and finally in our Bible of paper and ink. The Message is not the Absolute, the Holy Bible is the Absolute. It matters not what Moses, Isaiah, Jesus, Paul or Brother Branham said: what matters is what they meant. Anyone can read and memorise the Books of the Bible and quote the Prophet's Message; only the Holy Spirit understands and can reveal what it means, so we must take the Message and the Scriptures to two or three witnesses in the Absolute to make our calling and election sure.
Because he was deeply concerned about the confused claims published by believethesign.com who neither understand nor believe the heavenly sign, a certain pastor wrote:
> Also of importance is the issue of the difference in dates pertaining to the Cloud's appearance and WMB's hunting trip. believethesign.com
Brother Branham must have been home in Tucson on February 28, 1963 preparing for his hunting trip, unaware of this public appearance of "the sign of Christ's imminent 'parousia' Coming," Daniel 7:9, Revelation 1:14 and 10:1-4. Dr. James E. McDonald of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, University of Arizona wrote: "Approximately 175 letters have now been received from persons who observed the stratospheric cloud. Correspondence with those who indicated that they had taken photos has led to a present total of 85 photographs from 35 different localities in Arizona and New Mexico (Stratospheric Cloud over Northern Arizona; and Status of Investigation of the Northern Arizona Stratospheric Cloud of February 28, 1963). Daniel 7:10-14; Zechariah 14:4-5, Matthew 24:3, 30-31 and Luke 21:24-33 foretell a similar public sign over the Mount of Olives after the end of the Gentile dispensation. It will announce Christ's second or 'parousia' Coming to Israel heralding the "Kingdom of God" on earth for which His disciples sought before their re-birth (Acts 1:6). We go to "the Kingdom of heaven" for the Wedding Supper of the Lamb in the Sky (Revelation 19:9).
An article in Life Magazine (May 17, 1963)—"High Cloud Ring of Mystery" over Arizona—caught Brother Norman's attention while visiting and he borrowed the magazine. When Brother Branham came by the following Sunday to take the Normans to dinner, he recognized the Cloud as that into which he was caught up from Sunset Mountain where he was hunting with Brothers Gene Norman and Fred Sothman on March 8, 1963. He borrowed the magazine and reported his discovery to the Church on Saturday, June 1, 1963 in his sermon "Come, follow Me," p. 2:13-16. Also see "Standing in the Gap, p. 21:82; June 23, and "Is Your Life worthy of the Gospel? p. 1:6-7, June 30.
This Cloud appeared twice, and Brother Branham could not have known of its appearance on February 28 or these photographs before May 26. Let us discern the logos from Brother Branham's rhema:
Come, follow Me, p. 2:13-16; June 1, 1963: "When I come [to Tucson], one thing, was by a vision, that [the Lord showed me in Jeffersonville on December 22, 1962 in which] I was standing above [about forty miles northeast of] Tucson up here when a blast went off. Brother Fred was there [but Brother Branham was alone picking sand burrs from his trouser legs] when it went off. [Brother Branham is speaking of the fulfilment of Revelation 10:1-4 on March 8, 1963 when he was hunting with Brothers Sothman and Norman at Sunset Mountain in the Coronado Forest]. And they [anonymous members of the public] took that picture [of the Cloud on February 28], you know, in the sky. And I didn't think much about it, never noticed it [until I saw "Life" magazine]. So it begin to impress me somehow the other day. And Brother Norman, Norma's father here, told me, said, "Did you notice this?"
"And just as I looked [at the magazine], right there was them angels just as plain as they could be, setting right there in that picture. You see? I looked to see when it was, and it was time, same 'bout day or two before or, day or two after I was up there [in Sunset Mountain]. I looked where it was at: northeast of Flagstaff [200 miles nor'-nor'-west from Tucson as the crow flies], or Prescott [165 miles nor-west from Tucson as the crow flies], which is below Flagstaff. Well, that's just where we was at (See?), just exactly." [Yes, "you was at" Tucson preparing for your hunt [in March] whereas the Cloud was 200 miles nor'-nor'-west of you as the crow flies in February]!
"Twenty-six miles high; why, vapour can't go for over four miles high, or five, moisture, any kind of fog or anything. You see? Planes fly at nineteen thousand. That's to get up above all the clouds. You see? And nineteen thousand is about four miles high. This is twenty-six miles high and thirty miles across it, and in the shape of the pyramid, if you've looked at the picture [of the Cloud that appeared over Prescott and Flagstaff on February 28, 1963]."
"And on the right-hand side, as I told you I noticed, outstanding, that Angel, there He is, chest out, wings back, coming right in, just exactly the way it was. I never noticed it when they first . . . There's been so many things. [In the Seventh Seal the Prophet explains the last angel was his own theophany]".
Standing in the Gap, p. 21:82; June 23, 1963: "And now, I didn't know at the time, that they were taking pictures of that, scientists was [on February 28], as the Angels lowered themselves from heaven to bring the Message. And you remember, I said the one on the right side of the constellation had His—kinda chest back, and His wings . . . You remember me saying that, all of you? And how that I watched him? He was very distinctive from the others. And I didn't know [until about May 26] they were taking a picture of it, 'cause immediately [after the Cloud of Revelation 10:1-4 manifested on March 8] I hurried east [to the Church in Jeffersonville, Indiana, but probably not before March 10 or 12]. But going back home to Tucson, there it was all through the papers that had been seen almost nationwide or plumb into Mexico, all the western States. And I think the "Courier" over here . . . It was on the Associated Press. How many saw a mysterious cloud in the sky? Let's see the hands. And now, the "Life" Magazine picked it up. And I have the article here this morning in the "Life" Magazine there, of the show . . . Now, here it is, the same time I was there. See the pyramid or the Cloud? I was standing just below this. And there . . . See the distinctive Angel on the right hand side? See the pointed wing of it? Just exactly what was said. And here's interview of Mexico and different places from where they took the picture. Now, this scientist here is trying to get all the information about the picture that he can, about the people who has the picture. He's studying it".
The Lord Jesus opened the First Seal nine days after this public sign appeared over Flagstaff on February 28. He daily unveiled the revelation of the Seals to His Prophet "in the little room" at Brother and Sister Wood's Jeffersonville home where he was praying and studying. He delivered the rhema of their logos from March 17 to 24, 1963 in absolute ignorance of the appearance of the Cloud on February 28, photographs or media interest, until May 26. Were news of the Cloud noised abroad at that time, "Life" Magazine would have published it before May 17, or not at all.
In spite of the Judaeo-Catholic church and the truly exceptional imagination of some Brothers, angels are the theophanies of human beings, without wings. Brother Branham was referring to the swept back appearance of the Lord's beard in the Cloud as it 'flew' eastward. In Malachi 4:2 we read, "Unto you who fear My Name will the Sun of righteousness [Jesus Christ] arise with healing [restoration and glorification] in His wings [His beams are likened to the outstretched wings of a bird]; and the righteous will go forth [rejoicing] as calves released from the darkness of a winter stall to frisking for joy in spring pastures" (Isaiah 30:26; Jeremiah 30:17; Revelation 1:16). The evening-time Light is restoring and building faith in us for the manifestation of the Sons of God and the translation (Joel 2:25; Zechariah 17:7; Malachi 4:5-6; Matthew 17:11; 24:27-28; Ephesians 1:17-23; Revelation 10:7; 18:1).
The glory of the Lord represented in this Cloud is made up of the theophanies of the seven angels and their converts, including you and every member of Christ's end-time Bride who was also present in theophany when the Lamb claimed the Book (Revelation 5:8-14). Redemption is over, and since we were predestinated to be reborn of the fullness of the Word, we were fully redeemed in Christ on Calvary. This is "that great Cloud of witnesses . . . the general assembly and Church of the Firstborn who are written in heaven" (I Thessalonians 4:13-14; Hebrews 12:1, 22; Jude 14).
Is Your Life worthy of the Gospel? p. 3:12, June 30: "I'd say 8:00 o'clock or 9:00 [on March 8, 1963], wouldn't you think something like that, Brother Fred; maybe 9:00 o'clock, something? I run over on this side quickly to keep the javelinas from seeing me. They're wild boar, you know, and they're pretty scary."
"So I went over the hill this way and started to run up the hill, and I just run along in a little what we call a dog trot; and all of a sudden the whole country just rung out. I never heard such a terrific blast. Just shook and the rocks rolled. And I felt like I must've jumped five feet off the ground, looked like. It just scared me. And I thought, "Oh, my . . ." I thought I'd gotten shot, that somebody . . . I had on a black hat. I thought they might've thought it was a javelina running up the mountain, somebody had shot me. It went so loud right on me like that. Then all at once something said, "Look up." There it was. Then He told me, "It's the opening of those Seven Seals; turn home." So here I come".
I expect you now recognize that the pillar of Cloud appeared to the public over Prescott 165 miles nor'-west and Flagstaff 200 miles nor'-nor'-west of Tucson in the evening from around 1840hrs MST on February 28, 1963 to fulfil the requirement of Psalm 19:1. And that the same Cloud appeared a second time to the Prophet and only to him forty miles north east of Tucson between about 0900hrs and 1000hrs MST mid-morning on March 8, 1963 to fulfil his vision of December 22, 1962.
It is the Rising of the Sun, p. 1:8-9; April 18, 1965: "Realizing that our time is limited here, especially for those friends who are listening in by this telephone, I would like to call your attention this morning to a picture that some time ago was taken by the camera of a vision that I had [received on December 22, 1962 and recounted on December 30] here at the Tabernacle [in the sermon, "Is This the Sign of the End, Sir?"] of leaving Indiana to [relocate to] Arizona, where I was to meet in the form of a pyramid, seven Angels. Not knowing what would happen, later when I got there, thinking it was the end of my life, that no one could stand the blast . . . (And I'm sure all of you are acquainted with the story). And then in Sabino Canyon one morning like this [at about 8.30am in early January 1963, soon after relocating to Tucson], while in prayer, there had been a sword placed in my hand and said, "This is the Word and the Sword of the Word."
Later [on March 8, 1963] the Angels appeared as was prophesied [in the vision of December 22, 1962]. And at the same time, [actually without his knowledge on February 28] a great cluster of Light left to where I was standing and moved thirty miles high in the air and around the circle, like the wings of the Angels, and drawed into the skies a shape of a pyramid in the same constellation of Angels that appeared.
It is essential to discern the logos from Brother Branham's rhema as he frequently conflates the two visitations of the Cloud. Whilst the appearance of the Cloud on February 28 was a public testimony, his assumption from Mount Sunset into the glorious Cloud of God's Presence on March 8 was seen and experienced by himself alone as on the Day of Atonement Israel's high priest entered the Presence alone and only he saw the Shekinah in the Holy of Holies.
The main photograph in Life Magazine was taken over Flagstaff; the small pictures were taken from Prescott, Phoenix, and Winslow, a circumference of roughly 200 miles centered at Prescott. As the Cloud was twenty-six miles high and thirty miles across it would have been overhead wherever one was in that circle. Several months later Brother Branham reminded us that God always signifies major events in the heavens before they take place (Genesis 1:14; Psalm 19:1-5). He also said. "Did you notice before the Seven Seals were revealed, the great mysterious Light showed forth in the heavens up here above Tucson where we were."
The Shekinah manifest as the Pillar of Cloud on two occasions and at two different locations. The first occasion was on February 28 when it appeared for a public witness seen by thousands and noted by scientists and the media unbeknownst to the Prophet until May 26. The second occasion was over Sunset Mountain when Christ opened the Seven Seals "(Is Your Life worthy of the Gospel," p. 3:13) when Brother Branham was physically caught up into the "great a Cloud of witnesses," showing that the Church Ages and Christ's mediation for ignorance were fulfilled. The "constellation" or alignment of the angels' Messages of PART-Word and PART-Spirit signify "that which is perfect [or complete]" and we must "look away [from the messengers] to Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith" (I Corinthians 13:10; I Thessalonians 4:14; Hebrews 12:1-2; Revelation 4:1-8; 6:1; 18:4). His assumption confirmed his "new commission" and he was told to return to Jeffersonville where the Lord would reveal the mystery of the voices of the Seven Thunders, which is the revelation of the unwritten Seventh Seal expounding the mystery of the six written Seals. Underestimating the Prophet's hunting prowess I reckoned this had occurred on March 9, 1963, however I later learned that his eldest daughter, our late Sister Rebekah Smith, had said that the correct date was March 8. No one but the Prophet himself saw this manifestation of the Shekinah, which he later 'recognized' from photographs of its visible public manifestation taken eight days previously.
Revelation 6:1, "And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the Seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come".
believethesign.com does not believe, but questions: "Is William Branham Credible? . . . The Scientific Explanation is: On February 28, 1963, a thrust assisted Thor rocket was launched from pad 75-3-5 at Vandenberg Air Force base in California carrying a Keyhole 4 military surveillance satellite. The rocket started to veer off course and was intentionally destroyed at an altitude of 146,000 feet at 1:52pm . . ."
Be this as it may it is irrelevant because the "blast" or single "thunder" of Revelation 6:1 and the Cloud into which Brother Branham was caught up according to the vision and dreams disclosed to the Church in December 1962 manifest not on February 28, 1963 but on March 8, unseen by anyone but God's Prophet.
On January 26, 1963, before the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International Convention in Phoenix the Lord spoke through his prophet expressing His complete displeasure with them and their system "like so many others they were now just another organization" (Revelation 2:6, 15; 3:17-20). After stating the Lord's anger, he was whirled around by the Holy Spirit in two circles, and as he left the platform he cried with a loud voice, "Come out of her My people"!
Within moments the international directors were summoned to a hastily arranged executive session. There nineteen men passed a motion stating that "No longer would William Branham be invited as a speaker to FGBMFI functions." The motion passed seventeen to two. Following the passing of the motion, Carl Williams and Clay Sonmore (both executive vice-presidents of the FGBMFI) tendered their resignations if this motion was left to stand and remain on record. In deference to them as persons whose resignations might make waves, the motion was rescinded and removed from the record.
Even though most of these men re-voted to remove the motion from the record, they remained convinced that the ministry of this Prophet should be curtailed and effectively side-lined. From that day they despised the Word of the Lord. They murmured against the Prophet that God sent to the church of Laodicea. On February 28 the Lord Jesus Christ appeared in the heavens wigged as a judge looking down upon Phoenix, and the Pentecostal church along with the Seven Church Ages ended on March 8. William Branham was vindicated (Investments), like Micaiah in the days of the 400 prophets of Jezebel (I Kings 22).
Hebrews 10:30-31, "We know Him who said, Vengeance belongs to Me, I will repay, and also, The Lord will judge His people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God".
After preaching "Doors in a Door" in Tucson on February 23 Brother Branham received a three-page telegram from Mr. Ted Kipperman, a Jew in partnership with a Catholic named Ayers who was married to a Jewess. These photographers were engaged by the Baptist critic Rev. Dr. Best to take his photograph threatening to skin Brother Bosworth in the auditorium of the Rice Hotel in Houston on January 24, 1950. Six photographs of Dr. Best waving his fist at Brother Bosworth were blank. God would not allow the photographers to dishonour his aged servant. The seventh photograph portrayed Brother Branham overshadowed by the Shekinah. The telegraph was a deep apology by the Jewish photographer and an appeal to Brother Branham to intercede for his sister's son who was to be executed. Brother Branham postponed his hunting trip and drove to Houston where he entreated the governor in behalf of the boy and his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment.
Then on March 4, Brother Branham preached "The Absolute" at a prayer meeting convened by the prison chaplain, his long time friend Raymond Hoekstra and immediately after the service he and Brother Norman drove 1,100 miles back to Tucson for the remainder of the Javelina pig hunting season which ran from March 1-10. The hunting party pitched camp on March 6 and Brother Branham shot his javelina the following day, March 7, he was picking a goathead from his trouser leg as shown in the vision when the "blast" went off on March 8.
"The Road to Sunset," an article published in the June 1992 issue of ONLY BELIEVE magazine discusses the Cloud photographed on February 28, 1963 and details the hunting trip in March; the "blast," his union in the cloud of angels, and his new commission.
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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.