Bible Believers' Newsletter 1076
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
We greet you in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ and extend an especial welcome to our new subscribers and first-time readers. May you be blessed as we fellowship together in God's unchanging Word.
Today we commence a study of Genesis chapters 1 and 2 our teaching is entitled, "Creating the Universe and Making the Earth." The Lord created the heavens and the earth "in the beginning" from nothing but His eternal thinking, which is Spirit; that was probably billions or years ago. Then over six periods each of about one thousand years He made or prepared the heavens and the earth as a suitable dwelling place for man made in His image. On the seventh day God rested and watched the work of His spoken Word bring those things into existence.
I do hope you are keeping track of the current news and have been able to identify many of those events as Bible prophecy promised for this our day and recognize your position and fulfil your unique part of God's Word.
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.
Russian Nationals Falsely Charged with Downing MH17
June 20, 2019 — Not a shred of credible evidence suggests Russia or its nationals had anything to do with downing Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 on July 17, 2014 in eastern Ukraine airspace, all passengers and crew members perishing. So-called Joint Investigation Team member countries Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Ukraine (US sponsored Kiev regime) in cahoots with the US and NATO falsely claimed otherwise. Russia and Malaysia were excluded from the probe.
Russia's Defense Ministry earlier revealed that the serial number obtained from fragments of the Soviet-era Buk missile used to down the aircraft "indicate(d) that the engine was manufactured in the USSR back in 1986." By 2011, missiles manufactured in that year "were withdrawn from service, written off or scrapped," adding: "The sole reason why the JIT stays quiet about the origin of the missile engine manufactured in 1986 is the missile more than likely belonged to the Ukrainian armed forces." Clearly Russia had nothing to do with downing MH17, nor did Donbass freedom fighters. The incident had US and Kiev fingerprints all over it. A classic false flag, a longstanding US specialty, MH17's downing occurred in Ukrainian airspace at a time regime forces waging war on Donbass were being soundly beaten. Five years later, the Big Lie about what happened persists, ignoring what's obvious. What possible reason would Russia have to down a commercial aircraft anywhere? . . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
Exposed: The Pentagon's Cyberwar Against Russia
June 18, 2019 — Five years before Robert Mueller was appointed Special Counsel to investigate the allegation that Russia interfered in the 2016 election and had conspired with the Trump campaign, the Pentagon had been waging secret cyber attacks against Russia's electrical grid. The cyber war against Russia began in 2012. The timing of the cyber war against Russia is significant. It was thus not triggered by Russia's intervention in Syria (2015) or the Crimea referendum in June 2014 that resulted in Crimea leaving Ukraine and rejoining Russia.
During the past year the attacks have accelerated "with the placement of potentially crippling malware inside the Russian system at a depth and with an aggressiveness that had never been tried before" . . . Trump was kept in the dark but one could reasonably conclude that war lunatic Bolton and Mike Pompeo, the religious zealot who occupies the post of top diplomat, are fully plugged in by the military cabal that now functions as the real power in Washington . . . the Pentagon new military strategy/doctrine announced in December 2017 that profoundly reorients US military and foreign policy so as to prepare the country for "major power" conflict with Russia and China in the coming years. This is offensive not defensive war . . . Is it a democracy when the military makes the decisions? . . . Trump is such a vainglorious, insecure and ridiculous "leader" that he virtually invited this secret coup against his own authority. He surrounded himself with Pentagon generals in the Cabinet and green-lighted the "independence" of field commanders and their bosses in decision-making about the issues of existential importance . . . Full story: liberationnews.org
Why Russia's S-400 is a More Formidable Threat to US Arms Industry than You Think
June 15, 2019 — We are referring to Russian devices that have become famous in recent years, in particular the S-300 (and its variants) and the S-400. Their deployment in Syria has slowed down the ability of such advanced air forces as those of the United States and Israel to target the country, increasing as it does the embarrassing possibility of having their fourth- or fifth-generation fighters shot down.
Air-defense systems capable of bringing down fifth-generation aircraft would have a devastating effect on the marketability and sales of US military hardware, while simultaneously boosting the desirability and sales of Russian military hardware . . . Hollywood's role in marketing to enemies and allies alike the belief that US military hardware is unbeatable (with allies being obliged to buy said hardware) is central to Washington's strategies for war and power projection . . . Hollywood's propaganda will increasingly struggle to convince the rest of the world of the continued efficacy and superiority of US weapons systems in the face of their unfolding shortcomings . . . US concerns over the S-400 suggests that Moscow is already capable of detecting US stealth systems by combining the radars of the S-400 with those of air-based assets, as has been the case in Syria . . . for the S-400 to function in Turkey, it will have to be integrated into Turkey's current "identification friend or foe" (IFF) systems, which in turn are part of NATO's military tactical data-link network . . . This system will need to be installed on the S-400 in order to integrate it into Turkey's defensive network, which could potentially pass information strictly reserved for the Russians that would increase the S-400's ability to function properly in a system not designed to host such a weapon system . . . if Turkey were to fly its F-35s near the S-400, the Link . . . would reveal a lot of real-time information about the US stealth system. Over time, Moscow would be able to recreate the stealth profile of the F-35 and F-22, thereby making pointless Washington's plans to spend 1.16 trillion dollars to produce 3,000 F-35s. Full story: strategic-culture.org
Comment: Read Ezekiel 38:5-11 . . . Iran, Ethiopia, Libya, Turkey, Russia and allies, bearing in mind 'tripartite Agreement between Iran, Russia and Turkey. Now read Zechariah 14:1-2, thank Donald Trump, praise the Lord, and think 2020 . . . Hmmm.
The War of Oil Tankers
June 19, 2019 — The economic war waged by Trump's administration against Iran seems to have been escalated to involve false flag attacks against oil tankers . . . After an hour of each attack Trump's administration and its Gulf stooge countries; Saudi Arabia and UAE, hastened to point their accusing fingers towards Iran without any evidence and even before any independent investigation . . . the Gulf of Oman is the most guarded and monitored area by the most sophisticated surveillance equipment yet no strong evidence was produced to substantiate the American accusations.
The credibility of successive American administrations had long been lost . . . flagrant lies throughout their history had been clearly exposed. Mike Pompeo . . . proudly confessed to this fact: "I was the CIA director. We lied . . . we cheated . . . we stole. We had entire training courses" . . . price of Gulf oil barrel would match and at times may exceed the price of American shale oil barrel. Thus, American shale oil will become marketable.
There is another aggressive player in the region, who could be the perpetrator of false flag attacks . . . Zionist Israel . . . After 2000 Israel was never able to achieve planned goals of its aggressive wars against Lebanon or even against besieged Gaza, let alone achieve complete victory. Israeli army faced defeats and more casualties than it can afford. Israeli major cities and colonies have become easy targets to accurate and more powerful Gaza's and Hezbollah's missiles. Israel resorted to AIPAC and to 9/11 false flag attack to push the US to fight its wars against Arabs and to have American young troops die for Israel . . . Zionist Israelis are high suspects in the attacks on the oil tankers. They have "the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication" to quote Pompeo. Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: Iran has the power to hammer the world financial system, by causing global trade in derivatives to be blown apart. Shutting down the Strait of Hormuz would destroy the American economy by detonating the $1.2 quadrillion derivatives market; and that would collapse the world banking system, crushing the world's $80 trillion GDP and causing an unprecedented depression with oil at $200/barrel or more over an extended period. Blocking the Strait could cut off oil and gas from Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Iran—20% of the world's oil. Trump really wants a face-saving way to get out of the problem his advisers Bolton and Pompeo got him into. Washington now needs a face-saving way out. Iran is not asking for meetings. The US is! (strategic-culture.org). Wait for the earthquake.
The Generals won't save Us from the Next War
June 10, 2019 — Poll after poll indicates the only public institution Americans still trust is the military. Not Congress, not the presidency, not the Supreme Court, the church, or the media. Just the [Jews'] American war machine.
But perhaps that faith in the US Armed Forces is misplaced. I got to thinking about this recently after I wrote articles calling for dissent among military leaders in order to stop what seems to be a likely forthcoming war with Iran. [The tankers were struck on starboard side, facing Oman, not Iran]. While I still believe that dissent in the ranks stands the best chance of galvanizing an apathetic public against an ill-advised, immoral conflict in the Persian Gulf, I also know it's a pipe dream. These are company men, after all, obedient servants dedicated—no matter how much they protest otherwise—to career and promotion, as much or more than they are to the national interest. The American military, especially at the senior ranks, is apt to let you down whenever courage or moral fortitude is needed most.
In nearly 18 years of post-9/11 forever war, not a single general has resigned in specific opposition to what many of them knew to be unwinnable, unethical conflicts . . . Why should any sentient citizen believe that these commanders' former subordinates—a new crop of ambitious generals—will step forward now and oppose a disastrous future war with the Islamic Republic? Don't believe it! Senior military leaders will salute, about-face, and execute unethical and unnecessary combat with Iran or whomever else (think Venezuela) Trump's war hawks, such as John Bolton, decide needs a little regime changing . . . I've generally worked for majors and colonels more interested in pleasing their "bosses" and earning promotions than fighting off ill-advised missions and protecting their precious troops. I've buried more brave young men than I wish to count. Some of my commanders were driven by ambition; some could barely spell Afghanistan. Most were promoted anyway. It is they who will be obediently leading the next war when it comes . . . in Iran. Full story: theamericanconservative.com
Strange and Unusual Events in Turkey & around the World
June 15, 2019 — This is 2019, Nisan 14 will be April 8, 2020. Earth is certainly experiencing birth pains around the globe. Full story: youtube.com
UN Climate Change Deceit
June 16, 2019 — No proof of dangerous warming, distorting the science. The United Nations have revealed—and senior scientists confirm—that they can't prove human emissions cause dangerous global warming.
Global warming fear is powered by the belief that we cause it, but the UN now tacitly admit they can't prove it, after a group of prominent New Zealand sceptics asked the IPCC Secretariat for evidence of dangerous man-made warming and got nothing. The Secretariat said the evidence could be found in Chapter 8 of the Fifth Assessment Report, but didn't elaborate. The sceptics invited some senior scientists to review the chapter and they found no proof.
Richard Treadgold, convenor of the Climate Conversation Group, said today, "It is deeply troubling that the UN claim to have proof of warming when they don't—it defines deceitful. After decades of sermons against fossil fuels, they cannot legitimize global industrial disruption. "They distort the science. Twelve trillion tonnes of airborne water vapour dominates greenhouse warming, yet water also dominates cooling by melting and evaporating, and the vapour condenses into cooling clouds and rain. Our thermostat is not CO2, it's water."
The UN say warming air absorbs more water vapour, which warms it even more. But to enter the air water must evaporate, taking large amounts of energy and providing natural cooling that reverses the initial warming. Mr. Treadgold explained that the UN have no proof that our emissions cause harm, so governments don't have to control the temperature of the planet and nations can safely flourish with mother nature's gift of hydrocarbons.
"Appalling forecasts proliferate in the name of the UN, yet predictions of ruinous sea level rise, enormous reparations for climate injustice and the escalating belief in a climate emergency are unfounded—we urge the UN to speak against these things," he said. Full story: climateconversation.org.nz
Comment: Pope Francis, [who, when incarnate, will rule one world government and is a deceiver like the IPPC], warned of disastrous consequences if humanity does not immediately react to the threat of climate change, since the world has reached a "critical moment" and there is no time to waste (breitbart.com). Climate change is a HOAX that can be traced to Rockefeller's de-industrialisation and depopulation program for one world government.
Cycles, not Carbon Dioxide, Control Climate
June 12, 2019 — The war on hydro-carbon fuels will have no measurable effect on global temperatures. Nor will carbon taxes, carbon offsets or subsidies for wind turbines or solar panels. There are climate controllers far bigger than human CO2 at work. No place on Earth lives in the mythical average global temperature. Earth's temperature dances to cyclic rhythms every hour, every day, every month, every season, every year, and to every beat of the sun-spot and glacial cycles. The daily cycle of Earth's rotation causes continual changes in radiant energy received by and transmitted from every spot on Earth. It produces the cold at dawn and the afternoon warmth.
Superimposed on the daily solar cycle is the monthly lunar cycle, driven by the orbit of the Moon around the Earth. These two cycles interact to produce variations in atmospheric pressure, and tides and currents in the oceans and the atmosphere. These are the short-term weather makers. The yearly seasonal cycle is caused as the tilted axis of Earth's rotation affects the intensity of solar energy received by each hemisphere. This produces spring, summer, autumn and winter for every spot on Earth. As the Earth's orbit cycles between more or less elliptical, seasonal extreme temperatures also vary.
Then there is the 22 year sun-spot cycle, which correlates with cycles of floods and droughts. Sunspots are indicators of solar activity which cause periods of global warming and cooling. Earth also generates the less predictable El Nino climate events that have a huge effect on the global patterns of weather and temperature. The least recognised but most dangerous climate cycle is the glacial cycle.
We live in the Holocene Epoch, the latest warm phase of the Pleistocene Ice Age. The climate history of the Holocene, and its predecessor the Eemian, are well documented in the ice core logs and other geological records. One cycle consists of a glacial age of about 80,000 years followed by a warmer age of about 20,000 years, with peak warming occurring over about 12,000 years. Our modern warm era commenced 12,000 years ago, so it is probably nearing its end . . .
This regular repetition of natural climate change is best explained by the Milankovitch cycles relating to changes in Earth's orbit and tilt. These drive variations in solar energy received by Earth and have the greatest temperature effect on the large land masses of the Northern Hemisphere. Earth's climate is never still for long. On a longer time scale, passage of the solar system through the plane of the Galaxy seems to trigger magnetic reversals and violent spasms of volcanism, glaciation and species extinction.
What is the role of carbon dioxide in climate? Al Gore did a great job to dramatise the recurring cycles of glaciation and carbon dioxide in his widely acclaimed work of science fiction. But he missed two "inconvenient truths." First, the ice cores show that in the glacial spring-time the temperature rose BEFORE the CO2 levels rose. Therefore the rising CO2 cannot be a CAUSE of the warming—it is a RESULT of CO2 being expelled from the warming oceans. Second, at the top of every summer-time in the glacial cycle, the high levels of CO2 in the atmosphere were totally unable to prevent the cooling into the next cycle of ice. CO2 levels fell later as the cooling oceans absorbed more CO2.
We are already in the autumn of the current glacial cycle and nothing man can do will change that. Global temperatures today are lower than they were in Roman and Medieval times. They will still fluctuate with the effects of daily, lunar, seasonal, yearly and sun-spot cycles, but the long-term trend of maximum and minimum temperatures will continue drifting downwards. As soon as summer temperatures in Siberia and northern Canada are unable to melt last winter's snow, the growing glaciers will join to form ice sheets which reflect more solar radiation, and Earth will once again slip into another long hungry Glacial Winter.
The warm days, seasons, years and epochs have never been a deadly threat to life on Earth. Frost, snow, hail and ice are the killers. If our descendants do not have the energy, resources and wisdom to keep their people warm and fed through the coming glacial epoch, humans may follow our Neanderthal cousins who perished in the last glacial winter, just 20,000 years ago. There is ZERO evidence in the climate record that carbon dioxide has a detectable effect on global temperatures. However if it does indeed slightly delay the onset of the next glacial winter, we and all life on Earth should count ourselves extremely lucky. Full story: saltbushclub.com
Further Reading: By far the best simple reference book I have read on the above subjects is: "The Inconvenient Skeptic" by John Kehr. This book is written in plain language, but full of sound science, well researched and referenced. I highly recommend it for those wishing to understand what drives our climate. (Hint: It is NOT carbon Dioxide).
Another well-researched and easy-reading book on the long term cycles of ice ages and volcanism is "Not by Fire, but by Ice" by Robert Felix. "Original Research on Sunspots and Rainfall Cycles" by Prof. Will Alexander. "The Holocene Warmth as revealed by the Greenland Ice Cores." "The Eemian Warm Period was warmer than today."
US Senators meet with Jewish Leaders in Semi-secret Annual Event
June 5, 2019 — An article in the Times of Israel reports that "Jewish leaders are meeting with Senate Democrats today" . . . an annual event. A quarter of the Senate was in attendance . . . The meeting does not seem to have been announced publicly ahead of time, and staffers at Senate offices contacted for this article were not aware of it . . . Full story: israelpalestinenews.org
Comment: America's enemy is not in Iran, but in the White House, Congress, the Senate, Academie, Media, the military industrial complex, banking, education, entertainment and religion.
Beautiful Hong Kong 'Sings Hallelujah to the Lord'
June 19, 2019 — Over four balmy nights outside Hong Kong's main government building, 28-year-old Freeman Leung sat on the ground among fellow Christians and sang a hymn over and over. It was the same hymn that Christians in the Chinese territory had been singing for the past two weeks.
Sometimes they were joined by non-believers at protest rallies both large and small. "Christians started turning up at protests to sing 'Sing Hallelujah To The Lord' in case there was the chance of violence when police wanted to disperse protesters. "But once they started singing, everyone became calm" Full story: abc.net.au
Creating the Universe and Making the Earth
Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning God (Heb.) ['Elohim' the self-existent One] 'bara' created the heaven and the earth [from thought by faith, not from the elements from He afterwards made]".
In order to understand Genesis chapters 1 and 2 we must understand these four Hebrew words:
- 'Bara' meaning to create out of nothing but thought, (Gk.) 'ex nihilo' (Genesis 1:1, 21, 27).
- 'Asah' meaning to make, prepare or fashion from existing material by speaking the Word (Genesis 1:7, 26).
- 'Yatsar' meaning to form or squeeze into shape, time, space, matter (Genesis 2:7, 18).
- 'Banah' meaning to rebuild or extend (Genesis 2:22).
The earth and its surroundings are said to have been "created" in the beginning; while in the six days (Heb.) 'yowms' or periods of Genesis 1:2-31 they were (Heb.) 'asah' . . . "made" or prepared for human habitation from existing material as His Spoken Word expressed His thoughts. And when His work of speaking was completed He beheld the finished product by foreknowledge in His mind's eye and declared that it was "very Good," yet it was not until the seventh day wherein He rested, that these six periods or "generations" of spoken Word commands physically manifest His will, and man was formed from the dust to multiply, fill and subdue the earth and have dominion over every living thing.
Christ's end-time Bride can appreciate this because once again "there is silence in heaven for a short space of time." After six days labouring against sin the NEW creation of God-men and God-women will manifest from death in the grave to eternal Life in glorified flesh, or overcome mortality to change in the atoms without death (I Corinthians 15:51-55; Revelation 8:1). Then after the 'bema' judgment and Wedding Supper in the sky, during which our 144,000 elect Israelite attendants will be regenerated, we will subdue the earth, have dominion over every living thing, and build and plant through a thousand years of peace.
The heaven mentioned in verse one of Genesis is the starry or sidereal heaven, not the firmament surrounding our earth: it has continued developing from "the beginning" until today as the heavenly bodies of the sun, moon, planets, stars, comets, black holes, red dwarfs, etc., found their predestinated positions and orbital cycles in equilibrium. Our earth is one of the innumerable planets, stars and moons of the sidereal heavens, "And earth was a place of chaos, and a wasteland of emptiness (Heb.) 'Tohu va-bohu,' [as each of the other heavenly bodies is to this very day]; and the darkness of obscurity was upon the surface of the primeval deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the waters".
God laboured six days to prepare earth as the dwelling place for man created in His image as the master masons who prepared the stones for Solomon's Temple would select a stone of suitable type and size, prove its soundness, form a plane on one side, then square and dress the other five sides to meet the working plan, and turn rude matter into good form and true. "And the House, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building" (I Kings 6:7). Thus earth was prepared over six days and completed on the seventh day. Today after a further six thousand years' preparation, lively stones chosen for the Capstone of God's House are being dressed in the THUS SAITH THE LORD of His end-time Message in the present "silence in heaven" . . . to be gathered together in one" with our elder brethren of former Ages following the sound of Israel's Seventh Trumpet.
Brother Branham explained the natural types the Spiritual: as the earth, planets and stars were all once part of the Sun, God's children originated in the Logos, "the Light of the world" since manifest as the S_O_N. Brother Branham said, "Let's close our eyes as it was, and take a trip a hundred million years before there was ever a star in the sky. There was God, God was there then. And now look in the beginning there I see that great space yonder. And then the Logos went out of God, which was the Christ, the anointing that went out . . . That looked like a halo hanging yonder. No man has seen God at any time now, eye to eye. And here's the Logos. Looks like It's a supernatural Being. It's a Halo. That's the Son of God. Not eternal Sonship, 'cause the words don't go good together. That's Catholic doctrine, how could it be a Sonship and be eternal? If He's a Son, he'd had to have a beginning of time. Eternal's forever. See? So eternal Sonship, there's no such a word to make that sensible.
But it was the Logos that went out of God. And there He was playing out there in space just like a child before the door. I can see Him draw the whole picture in His mind of the Kingdom and what it might be.
And then the first thing you know I hear Him say, "Let there be light." And when He did, an atom broke yonder, and the sun come into existence. I watch that sun burn for millions of years. The first thing you know went a clinker. He stood and watched it. And it flew, fell for a few million years; He stopped it. Then another one flew, and He stopped it. What? He was putting the solar system. He was writing His first Bible. The first Bible was written in the skies. Man looked up knowing that God was above. Look at the Zodiac. It starts off with a virgin, ends up with Leo the lion: the first Coming and second Coming of Christ. Everything in the heavens declare Him. Everything in the earth declares Him. Everything around declares Him. His people declares Him. His Power declares Himself. His Son declared Him.
Now, look at Him back there. There He was standing there. After all the clinkers went off and the stars and meteors were made, I can see this Logos go over and hang over this earth, brood over it, bring it back here around this sun and begin to break up the ice around it. And great big icebergs begin to come down; Texas and Oklahoma was formed. She run into the Gulf of Mexico down there. He was making the ditches and the plains and whatever He made. Vegetation and things would come up after while.
Then after it all got melted and the ice run out and made water . . . You can take up from right there. Genesis 1, it was "without form and void." And the Spirit of God moved upon the water. Is that right? . . . Now, He separated the water, brought up the vegetation and everything.
And when He made everything that looked nice and good to Him, now He said, "Let us (plural) make man (plural) in Our own image." What was He? There is a supernatural Being. There's the One that could not be seen. God the Father never was seen, never will be seen. He's all nature. And there He is. And now, here's the Son, which is the Logos that went out of Him, made in His image, a supernatural Being that went out in the beginning . . . And then He said, "There's no man to till the soil." So He created man out of the dust of the earth . . . Then He made him a helpmate. And the first thing you know, sin came into the world . . . Of course they tried to make themself a religion and dodge around, but it wouldn't do no good" (#53-0610, William Branham, Show us the Father and it'll Satisfy Us).
Genesis 2:1-5, "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had (Heb.) 'asah' made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had (Heb.) 'asah' made [by speaking the eternal thoughts of His creative mind]. And God blessed the seventh day (Heb.) 'yowm' or period, and sanctified it: because that in it He had begun to rest from all His work which He has created [in His great thinking] to make [by commanding "Let there be" but there was not until the seventh day]. "
Man is made the end and aim of all the days of creation, the real principle in which the world and its origin is comprehended. Then the lower animals are created and brought to Adam, as the god of this world, to name. According to Genesis everything is created through the idea of man in the image of God with a view to the first Adam; according to the New Testament everything is created through the idea of Christ, the last Adam, who is the principle of creation, with a view to Christ. As Adam was the principle of creation, so is Christ the principle of humanity, and "God has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world" for "our restoration to the glory which we had with God in Christ before the world was" (John 15:16; 17:5; Ephesians 1:4).
Thus we find that the Bible is the story of God changing His form or unfolding Himself through the spoken Word from the eternal Spirit alone with His thoughts to the flesh of His glorified Family of eternal God-men. The first verse of Genesis clearly forms the ground presupposed in John 1:1-3, that God spoke through or expressed His Word, the Logos, and created the world: "In the beginning was the Logos, and the Logos was with God, and the Logos was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made".
This is supported by Colossians 1:15-19, "Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: for by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: and the Logos is before all things, and by Him all things consist. And He is the Head of the Body, the Church: Who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the pre-eminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell."
And Colossians 2:3-9, "In Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him: rooted and built up in Him, and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in Him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily".
Please listen carefully, and concentrate upon God's spoken Word so that you can understand what the Lord was doing.
Genesis 2:4-5, "These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth [that is, the whole universe] when they were (Heb.) 'bara' created, [in the beginning]." The second half of this verse refers not to the (Heb.) 'bara' creation of the heavens and earth from nothing but God's eternal thinking: the order is inverted to "the earth and the heavens" as it speaks of the [seventh] day on earth in which "the LORD God [Jehovah Elohim of all the world]" rested and observed with satisfaction as the Words He had spoken through six successive stages, genealogies or "generations" of work upon earth to (Heb.) 'asah' make or prepare the existing material substance of earth and the heavens amenable to human habitation. "The heavens" spoken of here is not the sidereal or starry second heaven but the first heaven or "firmament," the atmosphere we call sky. These words are not the conclusion of the first six days but the commencement of the seventh day in which His spoken Word commands of the first six days manifest as shown by the use of the Name, LORD God (Jehovah Elohim). "And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man [Adam] to till the ground [adamah]" (Genesis 2:5). Clearly vegetation spoken into existence on the third day did not spontaneously evolve from primordial ooze or relics of former creations.
Now let us study the "first day." From Genesis 1:1 we understand the sidereal heaven was already in existence; and when earth was isolated a great distance from the sun, clouds and ice-cold fog sank to earth's glaciated surface obscuring the sunlight. The gaseous form of the ether, especially of the atmosphere, and the fluid form of the earth-sphere occasioned by glacial melting as earth moved closer to the sun bringing "darkness on the surface of the deep [waters]." Then God said, "Let there be light," and the darkness faded to a cloudless sky and that mass of creation out there come over in around the sun, and begin to revolve around the sun, and became a Garden of Eden because it obeyed the Word of God. And we're transformed by God's Word when He says, "Let there be Light . . . one day upon the earth is as a thousand years with God; a thousand years upon the earth, is one day with God." So it took six thousand years to make this earth, and to bring it into an Eden [in one day]" (The Power of Transformation, William Branham, p. 8:49-55).
"Let there be Light" as the Word goes forth, for we ask in Jesus' Name. He sent "Light in the evening time" to separate the denominational Darkness from His Light—not Luther's Light or Wesley's Light, not even Laodicea's Light, but "Light in the evening time." Genesis 1:4-5, "And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." The denominational world has rejected the Light promised for this hour for apostasy in the darkness of church creeds and guesswork, but the Light shines because it's God vindicating that His Word is true (Zechariah 14:7; Malachi 4:5, 6b; Matthew 24:26-28; Revelation 10:7).
We must not suppose that the evening and the morning were merely the sequence of the preceding darkness and of the light that followed it, although the first evening and morning so fittingly append themselves to such a contrast. Still less are we to think of the usual evening and morning, since the earth had not yet been astrologically arranged. Besides the peculiar difficulties that attend any view to ordinary days, such as a morning or evening without a sun or celestial sky, or of a seeming nature without any consistent reality, such as growth. "Evening and morning" denote rather the interval of a creative day as appears in Psalm 90:4 and II Peter 3:8, where "one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day," and this is evidently after the Hebrew mode of reckoning; the day is reckoned from sunset.
Genesis 1:6-8, "And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God (Heb.) 'asah' made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day".
Firmament is from the Vulgate (Lat.) 'firmamentum,' which is used as the translation of the (Heb.) 'raki'a.' This word means simply to stretch, spread out, or beat out an extension or "expansion." It denotes the expanse or vault of the sky appearing immediately above us. The ancients who rendered 'raki'a' by 'firmamentum' regarded it as a solid body, a strengthening or support established upon the waters that surrounded the compass or circle of the earth (Proverbs 8:27; Isaiah 40:22). Earth is not flat and is suspended on nothing, not even "four pillars firm as a cast copper looking glass" (Job 26:7-8; 37:18), and borne up by the highest hills, which are hereafter called pillars and foundations of the heaven (I Samuel 2:8; Job 26:11). "God stretches out the north over the empty place [or firmament], and hangs the earth upon nothing." He binds up the waters in His thick clouds [or canopy]; and the cloud is not rent under their weight . . . The language of Scripture is not scientific but popular and poetic, with a religious bearing that disdains the literal sense. Therefore the stars that according to Genesis 1:17 are fixed in heaven, can nevertheless, according to Isaiah 40:26, set themselves in motion as a host of God; and we read of the sun rising and setting. It is plain that the Word "firmament" was used to denote solidity as well as expansion. It formed a division between the waters above the atmosphere and the waters below the atmosphere (Genesis 1:7). The raki'a supported the upper reservoir. Psalm 148:4, "Praise the Lord O heavens of heavens [the third heaven, the place of God's glorious throne], and you [rain] waters that are above the [first] heavens [in thick clouds or firmament (the Hebrew word for "heavens" has no singular)]." It was the support of the heavenly bodies [or second heaven (Genesis 1:14)] and is spoken of as having "windows" and "doors" through which the rain and snow might descend (Genesis 7:11; 28:17; Psalm 78:23; Isaiah 24:18; Malachi 3:10).
Brother Branham said, "the Bible speaks of three heavens . . . the first heaven is called, in the Scripture, like the clouds; in other words, down below, here on the earthly seal. Now, when that atmosphere from up in above the clouds becomes down into the church, that's a heavenly place. Then the second heavens is considered the solar system. And the third heavens goes beyond that" (The True Easter Seal, p. 22:134).
Once the earth stood upright on its axis and was astronomically arranged it would have enjoyed a uniform climate, and the sun's warmth would form the firmament or atmosphere which we breathe by evaporation, raising the gaseous form of ether which floated above the melted fluid waters to its place, above the firmament or atmosphere separated from the waters which are upon the earth. "And God called the firmament [the second] Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day".
In Psalm 104:5-9, "God laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed forever. [Following the melting of the glaciers] You covered earth with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains. At Your rebuke the waters fled; at the Voice of your thunder the waters hasted away. The waters went up by the mountains; and they went down by the valleys unto the place which You have founded for them [oceanic trenches and basins]. You have set a bound [coastline] that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth".
The psalmist is describing the motion of the waters in mountains and valleys, when, at God's command, they filed off from the surface of the earth, into the posts assigned them. Verse 8 is a parenthesis describing the general effect of the scene to a spectator as the waters subsided to their proper level. When the waters were separated, part of the earth appeared to be high, and formed the mountains, and a part to be low, and constituted the valleys or lowlands where You had cut channels for the waters to run into the main ocean, the place You have appointed for them."
Genesis 1:7 could be interpreted as the separation of a large amount of water that was placed in suspension at a high altitude, called the Water Vapour Canopy. This would have resulted in a number of beneficial effects during the pre-Flood period, explaining the longevity of the patriarchs and many other aspects. It can also explain several of the changes that were brought about following the Flood. Although many demonstrations purport to prove that rockets cannot pass through the canopy, which obviously does not exist today, and meteorites do enter earth's atmosphere, there are indications that there was a canopy at one time. The usual interpretation is that this water vapour layer was lifted up over the present air level that we have today, thereby increasing the pressure at sea level. It is suggested that the canopy was effective in preventing the harmful cosmic radiation from penetrating to the earth's surface where it would damage all living tissues in some degree, depending upon its strength. The canopy would also have created a very uniform climate around the world, giving lush vegetation even in polar areas, which would account for the presence of coal at the South Pole and in land near the North Pole. (That it may have moved there with moving land masses—plate tectonics—is an alternative explanation).
In Genesis chapters 5 and 11, the Bible gives an account of how long all the patriarchs lived, from Adam to Abraham, and how old they were when they had their son who was to carry on the inheritance . . . these ages form the basis of Biblical chronology which gives the time scale of the Bible and man's progress on this earth . . . It becomes immediately apparent that something drastic must have happened during the life of Noah. Up to his time, almost all the ages are just under one day of a thousand years, but subsequently all the life spans of his descendants decrease along a falling curve to the present life span of about seventy years.
The most obvious incident is of course the Flood, which involved vast changes of the earth's form and climatic conditions. But what factors were there that could have actually shortened the life expectancy in such a drastic fashion?
At the time of Noah's Flood, this canopy descended as torrential rain providing some of the flood water, although most of this would have come from the earth's interior—"the fountains of the deep." With the canopy removed, it is considered that cosmic radiation was now free to reach the earth and as a result the general life expectancy began to decrease.
When a population is exposed to radioactivity, it can damage the cells of all organisms. Cells are at their most vulnerable when they are dividing and the chromosomes become visible just before they divide. It is for this reason that pregnant women and young children should not be subjected to X-rays, due to the many rapidly developing cells they have. As an indication of the damaging effects that X-rays can have, radiologists have a life expectancy of 60.5 years. against the average of 65.7 years for doctors not exposed to these rays. (True Science Agrees with the Bible by Malcolm Bowden; email the author for FREE 7MB .pdf, or search for a second-hand copy of his now out-of-print 524-page book. Also quoted are The Genesis Flood by Whitcomb and Morris, and The Waters Above: The Earth's Pre-Flood Vapour Canopy by J. Dillow).
Several researches have shown that Down's syndrome children are born to older women, because they have been subjected to a higher number of X-rays over a longer period of time than average. It should be explained that X-rays are part of the electromagnetic spectrum which includes light and radio waves, etc. (Brother Branham explained how X-rays must draw light from the body in order to expose an image. #60-1218, The Uncertain Sound, p. 5:37, 53-61).
Now we will cite some of Brother Branham's quotations explaining Scripture for Brethren who recognize that he is a vindicated Prophet, the greatest Prophet since Enoch, and the final W_O_R_D Prophet to us Gentiles. This is to refute the persuasive yet unscriptural speculation on the Internet claiming that we live on a flat earth and in a geocentric rather that a heliocentric universe.
"He can make that world turn just around the sun ever exact, gaining so much, year after year, day after day; moving around the equator, moving around, its orbit. And everything, and make those stars and things, till they can predict the eclipse of the moon twenty years away to the minute. So perfect . . . (#62-0722, Show Us the Father and it will suffice us)."
"And God's law of nature pulls the earth around and makes that law of God, in nature, bring forth an Easter, a resurrection. It's beautifully. The return of the sun, to restore what the winter killed, while it was from the earth. God sends the earth back around the sun, as we're told, from way back here" (#62-0422, The Restoration of the Bride Tree, par.112).
"When there was nothing but volcanic eruptions, when God moved this old star around the sun, and making potash and calcium, He was like a great contractor laying out the lumber to build a houses . . . We were here then. Our bodies was on the earth right then. Hallelujah!" (#59-0424A, The Faith of Abraham).
"He took this old sun and He moved it around this old star that we're living on now, this earth, and He mould it over here by the sun, and laid it around the sun (#58-0927, Why are We not a Denomination, p. 49:240).
"The world's going to dust again, just exactly what God said would take place. She'll rock her right in there, out of its orbit down there around the sun. She'll burn this time like she went out away from the orbit the other time and was destroyed with water (#58-0207, Jesus Christ the Same Yesterday Today and Forever).
"That body that you're living in this morning, was here ten thousand years before one speck of life ever laid on the earth. When God had this old missile hanging out yonder, turning it around the sun and revolving it around this a way" (#58-0619B, Ye Must Be Born Again).
In the past two weeks I have testified to a good man who, like Caiaphas, has an exceptional memory for Scripture—barely a skerrick of faith and a mouth so loud he will never receive. Declining the most basic revelations he reprimanded me for not taking the Bible literally. One is given to wonder, when he observes the Lord's 'breakfast' that the commandments and anointed decisions of the Council at Jerusalem do not sear his conscience, eating what he supposes to be the literal flesh of God and drinking His literal blood (II Corinthians 3:6). So it is that the heavens and the earth were created by faith; and metaphorically "We are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone" (Ephesians 2:20). And when Jesus answered Peter, "Upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it," He was speaking metaphorically of the rock of spiritual revelation from Above, upon which repentance, the remission of sins and new birth are founded.
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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.