Bible Believers' Newsletter 1077
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; it's good to see you.
Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth," which is when time began, billions or even trillions of years ago. Thereafter it records how "God worked" for six thousand-year days, (Heb.) 'asah,' fashioning by the spoken Word (Luke 8:11) material existing only in His great thinking wherein He (Heb.) 'bara' created all things out of nothing—(Gk.) 'ex nihilo.' Today we will consider the third and fourth days of making or preparing the earth for life and human habitation. We encourage you to share these articles with friends, family and colleagues, and look forward to any comments or questions you may have.
This week's current news items focus on "the present Truth, what Jesus is doing now. Following the news item "Trump has a $259 million Reason to Bomb Iran," we have added a comment suggesting "Jewish President Trump may win a second term November 2020, and explaining if Joe Brandt's 1937 spiritual dreams were of the Lord he will not be president in May 2021." The Scriptures foretell what will take place thereafter and show where Christ's end time Bride stands today.
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.
Germany vs. Iran – Has Germany Sold Out to the Devil?
June 23, 2019 — [Jewess] Madame Angela Merkel—the head of Europe's strongest economy, of the leader of the European Union, said that there was strong evidence that Iran attacked the two tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Ten days ago, German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, travelled to Tehran, officially to "save" the Nuclear Deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—JCPoA), but in reality, to 'negotiate' with Tehran ways so Germany and by association other EU members, might still do business with Iran, against some "concessions" by Iran, in order to appease Washington . . . FM Maas got the cold shoulder and was dismissed. And rightly so. Maas was not really representing Germany—but the United States. Iran gave the EU an "ultimatum" of 60 days to stick to their commitments on trading with Iran according to the Nuclear Deal—despite the US reneging on it—or else, Iran may bypass some of the conditions under the JCPOA accord. The EU—not being independent and her member countries having lost all sovereignty by submitting to the dictate first from Brussels, second from the tyranny of Washington, didn't like the ultimatum, and said so in a joint statement . . .
Germany's position is as absurd as it has ever been since Merkel and the entire Bundestag accepted the sanctions imposed by Washington on Russia in 2014—and replicated them along with the rest of the EU—even to their own detriment and to the detriment of the entire EU . . . Iran had the noblesse to warn the US about the drone being in their airspace . . . make no mistake, all the visible key figures at the helm of the White House—are run in the back by Israel, by Netanyahu and the [self-]Chosen People he represents, those who also run Wall Street and the western world's banking and financial system.
Iran which is in an advanced stage of the process of entering the SCO as a full member. This could happen later this year or in 2020. Iran would recover her sovereignty, her economic potential and would—and will—be able to detach from the west, pretty much as did Russia and China, the two super-powers under constant assaults of sanctions, denigration and false accusations.
Turkey—is in a similar situation. If Turkey is admitted by the SCO—also very likely—their NATO exit will be imminent. What that will mean for the rest of NATO . . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: "The US Congress long ago decided to evade responsibility by giving up its war authority, a decision that currently rests in the hands of Bolton and Netanyahu. The European politicians are Washington's mindless puppets. The only chance for world leadership resides in the Russian and Chinese governments. Both should understand that their inaction is a form of deadly action (Paul Craig Roberts).
Provoking Iran could Start a War and Crash the World Economy
June 23, 2019 — Tensions in the Persian Gulf are reaching a point of no return . . . six oil tankers have been subjected to Israeli sabotage disguised to look like Iranian attacks . . . Iran rightfully shot out of the sky a US Drone. In Yemen, the Houthis have finally started responding with cruise and ballistic missiles to the (Donmeh Jew) Saudis' indiscriminate attacks . . . in the United States, the Fed and the military-industrial complex, both face problems that threaten to diminish Washington's status as a world superpower.
The Fed could find itself defending the role of the US dollar as the world reserve currency during any conflict in the Persian Gulf that would see the cost of oil rise to $300 a barrel, threatening trillions of dollars in derivatives and toppling the global economy.
The military-industrial complex would in turn be involved in a war that it would struggle to contain and even win, destroying the United States' image of invincibility and inflicting a mortal blow on its ability to project power to the four corners of the world.
Just look at how surprised US officials were about Iran's capabilities to shot down an advanced US Drone:
"Iran's ability to target and destroy the high-altitude American drone, which was developed to evade the very surface-to-air missiles used to bring it down, surprised some Defense Department officials, who interpreted it as a show of how difficult Tehran can make things for the United States as it deploys more troops and steps up surveillance in the region."
. . . the Western financial trend is undoubtedly heading towards an economic abyss . . . what is the rescue plan for the US dollar, its status as a global-reserve currency, and by extension of US hegemony? . . . there is no rescue plan . . . because the next financial crisis will undoubtedly wipe out the US dollar as a global reserve currency, ending US hegemony financed by unlimited spending power. All countries possessing a modicum of foresight are in the process of de-dollarizing . . . converting strategic reserves from US or US-dollar government bonds to . . . gold . . . a war of aggression against Iran by the Saudi-Israeli-US axis would have little chance of success . . . permanently devastating the global economy as a result of a surge in oil prices . . . The threat of causing a conflict in the Persian Gulf . . . will not save US hegemony but . . . end . . . dollar as a global reserve currency . . . Trump seems to be aware that the path laid out for him in the event of an attack on Iran would lead to his political destruction and probably to a conflict that is militarily unsustainable for the US and especially its Saudi and Israeli allies. It would also be the catalyst for the collapse of the world economy.
. . . The repeated meetings between Putin and Xi Jinping indicate that Russia and China are actively preparing for any eventuality . . . The pressing need is to coordinate and prepare for what will inevitably happen, once again trying to limit and contain the damage by a United States that is completely out of control and becoming a danger to all, allies and enemies alike . . . Full story: strategic-culture.org
Comment: Four times the US has threatened to stage an attack and blame it on Iran youtube.com
Colonel Gaddafi One of the Great Men of the Century
George Negus interviews Gaddafi, Gaddafi's letter to the World before his death, Libya's high standard of living under Colonel Gaddafi
Everyone needs to pay Attention to This! ALERT MESSAGE
Jun2 20, 2019 — Everyone needs to pay attention to this! ALERT MESSAGE. 5g technology warning news current events.
Full story: youtube.com
Comment: What the Government is doing is worse than You Imagine
1. How BAE sold cyber-surveillance tools to Arab states - BBC News
2. BAE Systems at SNA 2019: High Powered Microwave
3. Defence Business: BAE Systems Australia buys Tenix
Trump has a $259 million Reason to Bomb Iran
June 22, 2019 — On Thursday, the United States came perilously close to a military confrontation with Iran after it downed a US drone . . . Much analysis of Trump's slide toward war with Iran has focused on his hawkish national security adviser, John Bolton . . . Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for his part, is staking out the position that the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force allows the administration to take military action against Iran without congressional approval . . . another omnipresent influence on Trump: $259 million given by [Jews] . . . Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, Paul Singer and Bernard Marcus, donors who have made no secret, both through public statements and funding think tanks that support military action against Iran, of their desire for the United States to destroy the Islamic Republic.
As Trump evaluates his options with Iran and turns his attention to the 2020 election, he knows he'll need to rely on the Adelsons, Singer, and Marcus to boost his campaign, maintain a narrow majority in the Senate, and attempt a takeback of the House. These donors have made their policy preferences on Iran plainly known. They surely expect a return on their investment in Trump's GOP. Full story: lobelog.com
Comment: Jewish President Trump may win a second term in November 2020, but if Joe Brandt's 1937 spiritual dreams were of the Lord he will not be president in May 2021.
Our type is Matthew 27:50-53, "When Jesus had cried again with a loud voice, He yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the [Old Testament] saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many".
Our antitype is Zechariah 14:1-8, "Behold, the Day of the Lord comes" [on Nisan 14, at the close of the Christian dispensation. And after three days an earthquake of unprecedented magnitude since men were upon the earth will sink Los Angeles and a 1,500 x 300 – 400 mile segment of earth's crust will sink beneath the Pacific. The resurrection of "them which are asleep" will commence, Church Age by Church Age, "then we which are alive and remain" will become a hunted and persecuted little group "and manifest that we are the Sons of God" (Romans 8:19). What we speak God will do to raise faith in us for translation grace by "the working of His mighty power which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead" (Ephesians 1:19-20). When one of the resurrected and glorified New Testament saints appear to us: mutual recognition will supercharge our faith to change in the atoms so that "when the Day of Pentecost has full come" [again] "we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord" (Acts 2:1; I Thessalonians 4:17).
Revelation 16:18, "And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great".
John, who represents Christ's end-time Bride, saw the Sixth Seal manifest: "And . . . . [your name here] . . . . beheld a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood [as the result of lunar volcanism]; and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casts her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places" (Revelation 6:12-14).
Revelation 8:4-5, "And the smoke of the incense, which came with the revelation of "the present Truth" of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. And the seven angels which had the Seven Trumpets prepared themselves to sound" [Israel's Seven Trumpet mysteries through the ministry of the two prophets of Zechariah 4:12-14; 14:4-5, Matthew 24:31, Revelation 11:3-13 after the same earthquake].
Revelation 15:8, "And the temple [of God in heaven] was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from His power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, until the Seven Plagues of the seven angels [that is, the Seven Vials of God's wrath, have been poured out upon the non-elect church of Laodicea to separate the foolish virgins from the false church], were fulfilled." This earthquake is also mentioned in the vision of Revelation 11:19, "And the temple of God in heaven was opened, and there was seen in His temple the Ark of His Testament [a type of Jesus Christ signifying His Presence or unseen (Gk.) parousia Coming to Israel in the Office Son of Man in Daniel's Seventieth Week]: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail."
Revelation 16:17, "And the seventh angel poured out His Vial into the air [to cleanse the heavenly sanctuary by casting Satan and His host down to earth (Revelation 12:7-13) so that the New Testament saints may celebrate the Wedding Supper in the Air]; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done!" The Seven Plagues of the Seven Vials or antitype of the Ordeal of Jealousy have been poured as required by Revelation 15:8, so the first resurrection can commence and we can "enter into the temple [of God in heaven]".
Is Scripture coming together with Scripture? The Sixth Seal, Seventh Trumpet, and Seventh Vial will all manifest at the close of the Christian dispensation.
Revelation 16:18-20, "And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great [the sinking of Los Angeles]. And the great city Jerusalem was divided into three parts [as explained in Zechariah 14:2 and in United Nations Resolution 181 of November 29, 1947], and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon [the Judaeo-Roman Universal church] came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found" (Revelation 6:14).
Zechariah 14:1b, the modern faux Israel state will be utterly defeated and forever finished as a military power and "the victorious invaders will leisurely divide Jerusalem's spoil in the very presence of the [non-Semitic, anti-Semitic Israeli imposters]" who will abandon the modern Israel state. Their anger will be as vain as Esau's tears (Hebrews 12:17), and their exodus will enable Jacob's children—now no longer welcome in the Muslin lands of the ancient Assyrian and Babylonian empires—to safely return for their redemption in the land of their Covenant without "fear of the Jews".
When Esau discovered his brother had stolen his blessing, he swore that when their father Isaac died he would kill Jacob (Genesis 27:39-41). Esau married two Hittite women so the population of his Kingdom, Edom, was predominately physical Serpent's seed whom God set "at enmity" with the seed of the first and of the last Adam (Genesis 3:15; 4:9-16; 9:25); they vengefully hate the seed of Israel and have been plotting to fulfil their father Esau's curse to this day. Unbeknownst to the apostate nominal Christians in the "coalition of the willing" they are engaged in the extermination of Jacob's children, the majority of whom reside in the Middle East and North Africa. Your taxes are repaying the blood money borrowed from international banksters to fund their genocidal obsession.
Edom betrayed the Judahites to Nebuchadnezzar (Psalm 137:7), hence the denunciations in Obadiah 1, Jeremiah 49:7, Ezekiel 25:12; 35:3 – 36:7, etc. During the Babylonian captivity they seized on the Amalakite territory, and even Hebron in southern Judah, so that Idumaea came to mean the region between Seir and the Mediterranean. Meanwhile Mount Seir, or Edom proper, was occupied by the Nabathaeans (descended from Nebaioth, Ishmael's eldest son and Esau's brother-in-law), a powerful people of Southern Arabia; they founded the kingdom of Arabia Petraea in ancient Edom, and their monarchs took the name of Aretas. Aretas, the father-in-law of Herod Antipas (Matthew 14:1-3), took Damascus at the time of Paul's conversion (Acts 9; II Corinthians 11:32). Rome subdued this kingdom of Arabia in AD105.
Idumaea south of Palestine was joined to Judaea under Judas Maccabaeus and John Hyrcanus. Antipater, one of the Jewish prefects, an Idumaean by birth, became Procurator of all Judaea by the Roman Senate's decree in 37BC. His son was Herod the Great. So you see that in Jesus' days the majority of Judaeans were Edomite Jews and not Judahites. Just before the siege under Titus, 20,000 Idumaeans, circumcised and assimilated with Judaea, were admitted into Jerusalem and filled it with bloodshed and rapine.
We must recognize that the meaning of the word Judean or Jew is any resident or citizen of Judaea irrespective of nationality, race or religion. On the other hand, a Judahite is an Israelite of the Tribe of Judah. There was no such word as "Jew" in any Bible in any language before the latter part of the eighteenth century. There is no Jewish race, neither is there a Muslim race, and according to statistics in Jewish encyclopaedias well over 90% of Jews are not Semitic, and have no history in the Middle East.
Although Brother Branham spoke in the vernacular, using the word Jew when he was in fact referring to Israelites—we must "study to show ourselves approved of God by rightly dividing the Word of Truth." "For the letter killeth but the Spirit on the letter gives eternal Life" through faith, which is revelation—a clear understanding of what God's Word means. Otherwise we will be shipwrecked like those who take the letter of Jesus' Words and baptise in three Titles instead of His Name (Matthew 28:19; Luke 24:47; Acts 2:38-39).
Ezekiel chapters 34 and 35 were written during the Babylonian captivity, longing for the return to Judah, here the Jewish nation is represented as Edom and Mount Seir, because as we have shown, the Idumaeans formed part of the nation, their future kings would be of Edomite descent just as the land of Palestine is called Idumaea, whence Christ comes (Isaiah 63). Furthermore, they would murder Israel's Messiah and true King (Matthew 27:25). The significance of Edom is here, however symbolical and not literal.
Zechariah 14:2, "For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city" (Isaiah 6:9-13; 13:6-19; 34:1-8; Zechariah 13:8-9; Revelation 16:14, 19; United Nations Resolution 181 of November 29, 1947). These scriptures will take place at the manifestation of the Sixth Seal, closing the Christian dispensation and opening the Day of the Lord. As I understand from Brother Branham's Message, "What is the Attraction on the Mountain" we may see the invasion and defeat of Israel that Donald Trump, Bibi Netanyahu and Jared Kushner are so earnestly provoking, however, Brother Branham said that Ezekiel 38 and 39 will not take place until after we go Home.
Russia, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt MUST invade Israel following the division of the Mount of Olives in order to confiscate its nuclear arsenal for "Israel is seen as a mad dog; too dangerous to bother" (General Moshe Dayan, one time Minister of Defence). Muslim people will invade to defend the earthquake-demolished Dome of the Rock, Es Sakhra, and Al Aqsa Mosque. Christ's Bride will go home shortly before the invasion and brief garrison of mainland United States.
Brother Branham said, "Listen friend, there isn't a thing, this very hour, in the next twenty-five minutes or ten minutes, for Russia to send up its satellite and sweep it over here across this nation, train it's missile, say, "Surrender, or in two minutes you'll be nothing but dust." They can do it right now. Think of it. They can do it right now."
"What would happen? Plane load after plane load, ship load after ship load, of ungodly communistic soldiers would swallow our lands, would grab our girls, and take them into the street and treat them like cattle, ram a sword through them, go into our homes and take our wives out and bust the babies' heads against the wall, and ravish our women. You say one thing, it belongs to them."
"You say, "Will our Pentagons surrender? Sure it would. That'd be the only sensible thing for it to do. It would have to do it. If it didn't, we'd be nothing but powder in a few minutes. We'd have maybe a few more hours of life, but what a slaughter. What? They may be loading on the planes right now. The ships may be in harbour. Soon, these things that we're talking about can be a reality. There's not one thing left for it to happen—to keep it from happening according to prophecy. Here we are. And next week, you don't know what condition you could be in. The handwriting is on the wall. We're a weighed in the balance and found wanting."
"Now, if these things are true and you see they are true, then how close is the coming of the Lord? Tonight, I want to continue. What, where will the church be when this takes place? Now, you who've always been taught that the church will take the tribulation, come find out. If this is so close, if this destruction is so close, how much closer is the Coming of the Lord? For it'll take place before the church ever . . . Before one rocket hits this country, the church will be in the arms of Christ and gone . . ." (#58-0309M, The Handwriting on the Wall).
Zechariah 14:3-8, "Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. Christ's feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. And you shall flee to the valley of My mountains [created by the earthquake]; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yes, you shall flee, like you fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord My God shall come [as Son of Man in His (Gk.) parousia to Israel], and all the saints with thee. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: but it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be Light (Matthew 24:28). And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be." The dispensation change.
Israel's Push to destroy Jerusalem's Iconic Al-Aqsa Mosque goes Mainstream
June 24, 2019 — King of Jordan, Abdullah II, publicly stated in late March that he had recently come under great pressure to relinquish Jordan's custodianship of the mosque and the contested holy site upon which it is built . . . just days after he had visited the US and met with American Vice President Mike Pence, a Christian Zionist who believes that a Jewish Temple must replace Al-Aqsa to fulfil an end times prophecy.
In May, an Israeli government-linked research institute, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, wrote that Abdullah II had nearly been toppled in mid-April, just weeks after publicly discussing external pressure to relinquish control over Al-Aqsa . . . the plot had been aimed at removing obstacles to the Trump administration's "Deal of the Century," which is supported by Israel's government.
Last year, some Israeli politicians sought to push for a transfer of the site's custodianship to [Dönmeh Jew-ruled] Saudi Arabia, sparking concern that this could be connected to plans by some Third Temple activists to remove Al-Aqsa from Jerusalem and transfer it piece-by-piece to the Saudi city of Mecca. On Thursday, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs published an article asserting "tectonic shifts" were taking place in relation to who controls Al-Aqsa, with a Saudi-funded political group making dramatic inroads that could soon alter which country controls the historic mosque compound . . . Full story: mintpressnews.com
The Third & Fourth Days of Making the Earth
Since the focus of our ministry is "the present Truth" . . . what Jesus is doing now, dear subscribers and readers might wonder why we have gone back to "the beginning" and the six days of preparing earth for the habitation of man when we have been in the rapture since the Laodicea Church Age ended as a Move of God? We are reviewing Genesis chapter one to ensure each of us is in "the common faith," having "rightly dividing the Word of Truth." Some have spent far too much time imbibing plausible speculations from the Internet built upon human reasoning and logic to explain what is written in this chapter without proving those things against two or three witnesses in God's unchanging Word from Genesis to Revelation, and the Message of God's Prophet William Branham.
Many YouTube videos, demonstrations, PowerPoint presentations and persuasive discussions are "so close, that if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." Let us "make our calling and election sure . . . redeeming the time, because the days are evil" and literal understandings such as a two-dimensional four-sided geocentric flat earth supported upon four pillars, extraterrestrial creatures and angels cohabiting with women are contrary both to the Logos of Scripture and science, "But we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak." In Genesis chapter one and elsewhere in both Testaments we encounter visual symbols from God's mind that foreshadow the nature but not the physical likeness of things that will be.
On the third day there were two creative acts: first in Genesis 1:9-10, "God said, Let the waters under the heaven [which waters were "under the firmament" until God raised the firmament on the second day and called it heaven] be gathered together unto one place [the ocean bed], and let the dry land be rendered visible [dried by the removal of the waters, and by the expanded air, and hardened by the fiery sunlight] for its topography was already existing beneath the waters of the deep: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, [as yet unclothed by vegetation]; and the combining of the waters [as water proper] He called seas: and God saw that it was good".
Before we can rightly estimate the intensity of the forces at work on the third day we must add to the vast depth of the ocean the height of the mountains. Vast, too, as the surface of the ocean may appear compared with the dry land, it is evidently only just sufficient to supply the rain necessary for vegetation. Were it less, much of the earth's surface would be barren.
Simple as this might appear, it required special provision on the part of the Creator; otherwise the various materials of the earth would have arranged themselves in concentric strata, according to their density, and upon them the water would have reposed evenly, and above it the air. But geologists tell us that these strata have been broken up and distorted from below by volcanic agencies, while the surface was furrowed and worn by the denuding power of water. This was the third day's work, cooling earth's crust by the vast mass of waters, which now cover two-thirds of its surface, and which hitherto had existed only as vapour, began to condense and pour down upon the earth as water. Meanwhile the earth parted with its internal heat but slowly, and thus, while its crust grew rigid, there was within a mass of molten fluid. The coast lines of the great continents and the mountain ranges generally run from north-east to south-west; these lines are in reality parts of great circles, tangent to the polar circle, and at right angles to a line drawn from the sun's center to the moon's, when these bodies are either in conjunction or in opposition. These circles, it has further been remarked, are "the lines on which the thin crust of a cooling globe would be most likely to be ruptured by its internal tidal wave." Hence, though considerably modified by the mighty revolutions through which at successive periods the earth has passed, "these, with certain subordinate lines of fracture, have determined the forms of continents from the beginning" (O.W. Dawson, p. 184; cf. 'Green's Geology,' p. 512). And it was so.
Thus, instead of the confusion which existed when the earth and the water were mixed in one great mass, there was now order; and by such a separation, both were rendered useful: the earth was prepared for the habitation and support of man, and various orders of land animals, and the waters for the still more numerous tribes of living creatures, formed to abide and seek their sustenance in the seas, lakes, and rivers.
The separation of the land and the water being completed, named, reviewed and confined within certain limits, was approved as "good," preparatory to the introduction of the second creative act, the vegetable kingdom.
Genesis 1:11-13, And God said, Let the earth (Heb.) dasha dasha sprout, germinate and grow tender greenness, the herb (Heb.) zara' scattering, self-sowing, yielding seed, and the fruit tree (Heb.) 'Asah producing, yielding fruit after his kind, whose (Heb.) zera, semen, seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth (Heb.) dasha dasha sprouted grass, and herb (Heb.) zara' scattering, self-sowing, producing, yielding (Heb.) zera, semen, seed after his kind, and the tree (Heb.) 'Asah producing, (Heb.) zara' scattering, sowing, producing, yielding fruit, whose (Heb.) zera, semen, seed was in itself, after his kind: [either in the root, or branch, or bud, or fruit; which is sufficient in itself for the propagation of its kind, from generation to generation, as long as the world shall endure, without any new creation]. And God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day".
The second creative act on the third creative day was the introduction of life, first vegetable; and for this nothing less than an Almighty power would suffice. Three stages of it are enumerated. The first is (Heb.) deshe', not "grass," but a mere greenness, without visible seed or stalk, such as to this day may be seen upon the surface of rocks, and which, when examined by the microscope, is found to consist of a growth of plants of a minute and mean type. But all endogenous plants are but the development of the primary greenness. Far higher in the scale are the seed-bearing plants which follow, among which the most important are the grains; while in the third class, vegetation reaches its highest development in the tree with woody stem, and the seed enclosed in an edible covering. Geologists inform us that cryptogamous plants (algae, lichens, mosses and ferns, these include non-photosynthetic organisms traditionally classified as plants, such as fungi, slime molds, and bacteria), which were the higher forms of the first class, prevailed almost exclusively till the end of the carbonaceous period; but even independently of this evidence we could scarcely suppose that fruit-trees came into existence before the sun shone upon earth; while cereals are found only in surface deposits in connection with vestiges of man. Vegetation, therefore, did not reach its perfection until the seventh day, "[the day that the Lord God (Heb) asah made the earth and the heavens. And every plant 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 to till the ground" (Genesis 2:4-5)], when animals were created which needed these seeds and fruits for their food (Genesis 2:19-20). But so far from there being anything in the creative record to require us to believe that the development of vegetation was not gradual, it is absolutely described as being so; and with that first streak of green God gave also the law of vegetation, and under His fostering hand all in due time came to pass which that first bestowal of vegetable life contained. It is the constant rule of Holy Scripture to include in a narrative the ultimate as well as the immediate results of an act; and moreover, in the record of these creative days we are told what on each day was new, while the continuance of all that preceded is understood. The dry land called into existence on the third day was not dry enough to be the abode of terrestrial animals till the sixth day, and not till then would it bear such vegetation as requires a dry soil; and the evidence of geology shows that the atmosphere, created on the second day, was not sufficiently free from carbonic acid and other vapours to be fit for animals to breathe, until long ages of rank vegetation had changed these gases into coal. When, then, on the third day, "God said, Let the earth bring forth grass . . . herb yielding seed . . . tree." He gave the perfect command, but the complete fulfilment of that command would be gradual, as the state of the earth and the necessities of the living creatures brought forth upon it required. For in God's work there is always a fitness, and nothing with Him is hurried or premature.
Brother Branham said, "the seed was already upon the earth. I believe God had planted the seed [by speaking the Word]. And just as long as the sun could get to that seed, it begin to grow. And that's the reason it only taken days to bring forth these things, because the seed was already in the earth. All it needed was light.
And that's the way God has today. His Seed is already here, His Word. The only thing It needs is Light on It. And He is that Light, for He is the Word. The Word and the Light is the same thing. The Life in there is the Light of the Word, see, is the Life. The germ of life lays within the grain, and the grain . . . the life is what breaks forth and brings forth the life out of the grain. That's the way that Christ, in the Word, makes the Word do what It's supposed to do. Just like the life in the grain of wheat, or whatever it is; it makes the wheat do what it's supposed to do, because it is the life that's in it. All life! So Life is only by the Word of God made manifest" (There is a Man here Who can Turn On the Light, William Branham, p. 12:72-74).
With the plants there appears the first thing that is distinctly symbolic of life as well as of their familiar beauty.
Genesis 1:14, "And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for [prophetical] signs [of divine revelations of things to come], and for [cyclical] seasons [or Moonths] (Psalm 104:19), and for days, and years [or appointed times of assembly]" (Genesis 1:14; Ephesians 1:10). Consequently the days of the week were named after the Sun and the Moon and the five known planets, which, as the Serpent's seed overspread earth and the Sons of God apostatized, were in turn named after the pagan gods impersonating God's first Bible, the Witness in the Stars. Consequently we have the Sun's-day, the Moon's-day, Mars—Tiu's-day, Mercury—Woden's-day, Jupiter—Thor's-day, Venus—Freya's-day, and Saturn—Saturn's-day.
Jeremiah 10:2, "THUS SAITH THE LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them." The meaning of the heavenly signs in their right significance should not be reprobated, only the heathen misconception of them. The primitive religion was symbolic by the contemplation of the invisible deity through symbolic signs, the most universal of which are the sun, moon and stars. Thereby the primitive symbolic religion became heathenish and religious symbolism degenerated into irreligious mythology; the glory of God was suffered to pass away in the form of transitory signs whilst men lost the consciousness of the difference. The Hebrew religious appointments were regulated by the moon.
Genesis 1:15-19, "And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. God [did NOT (Heb.) bara create the sun and the moon but] (Heb.) 'Asah appointed or ordained two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: [In consequence of the day being reckoned as commencing at sunset—the moon, which would be seen first in the horizon, would appear as "a great light," compared with the twinkling little stars]; and He also (Heb.) 'Asah appointed the stars [zodiac] [which He had created in the sidereal heavens "in the beginning" now visible, having divided the waters from the waters and clearing the atmosphere that they might show their strength]. And God set them in the firmament [or expanse] of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: [Sunlight travels at the speed of light. Photons emitted from the surface of the Sun need to travel across the vacuum of space to reach our eyes. It takes sunlight an average of 8 minutes and 20 seconds to travel from the Sun to the Earth. God approved, and] and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day".
The point from which the writer views the scene is never to be forgotten, if we would understand these ancient records. He stands on earth. He uses his eyes as the organ of observation. He knows nothing of the visual angle, of visible as distinguishable from tangible magnitude, of relative in comparison with absolute motion on the grand scale: he speaks the simple language of the eye. Hence, his earth is the meet counterpart of the heavens. His sun and moon are great, and all the stars are a very little thing. Light comes to be, to him, when it reaches the eye. The luminaries are held forth in the heavens, when the mist between them and the eye is dissolved.
God set the stars in the night sky not make us astronomers, but to lead us to Him, and make us saints. The lights of heaven are God's first Bible made to serve Him, and like our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, they are the Word of God (Psalm 19:1-6; John 3:12; 9:12; Romans 10:17-18); they serve Him faithfully, and shine in their season without fail. We too, are set as lights in this world to serve God; but do we in like manner answer the end of our creation? Matthew 5:16, "Let your Light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Our light does not shine before God, as His lights shine before us. We burn our Master's candles, but do not mind our Master's work.
In old time men depended upon their own observation of the setting and rising of the constellations that mark the cycles of natural science. The visibility of the sun, moon and stars are invaluable signs for agriculture, navigation, travel and daily life; they serve as the natural chronometer of man, determining time and dates, work-days, months and years, the regulation of life and its duration; warmth, and the division of light from darkness and determination of day and night necessary for the preservation of life.
Let us turn our thoughts back to the division of "the waters which were under the firmament [from] the waters which were above the firmament," and the now non-existent Water Vapour Canopy.
If a depth of rain-water of 40ft (12m) is assumed to be held in the Water Vapour Canopy, we have the question of how much starlight would get through. An analysis of this problem (Creation Research Society Quarterly Vol. 14/3 p. 139) shows that about 255 stars might have been visible to Adam on a dark night, and due to the greater depth of atmosphere that the light had to penetrate, no stars below 8° above the horizon would be visible (J. Dillow, The Waters Above: The Earth's Pre-Flood Vapour Canopy, Moody 1982. See also Creation Research Society Quarterly Vol. 15/1 p. 27-34). It is noted that when the canopy collapsed, some 2,500 stars would become visible and the sun's intensity would increase by 23%. This might have given rise to the worship of the sun and stars culminating in the building of the Tower of Babel. Brother Branham taught us that this pagan worship was re-introduced at Babel from the antediluvian world by Ham, Cush and Nimrod.
As we have earlier stated, it is obvious that the canopy no longer exists, and therefore any viable model produced must be speculative but not dismissed.
A) Amount of water in the canopy
It is usually assumed that the rain fell for 40 days and nights and a rate of 0.5 inch (12mm) per hour, which is a severe torrent. This would give a depth of water of 40 ft (12m) over the earth's surface. This would, of course, be of much greater depth as water vapour in the canopy over the present atmosphere. There are several problems with this large amount of vapour.
(i) High canopy temperatures
With this amount of water, the pressure would be 2.18 atmospheres (i.e. 2.18 times the present pressure). Dillow used complex computer analyses and produced a viable set of conditions that gave reasonable temperatures at earth level with a higher temperature at the base of the canopy to maintain it in a vapour condition.
Later investigators arrived at results that indicate that only about 2 ft (0.6m) of water could be accommodated without a severe rise in temperature at earth level (Creation Research Society Quarterly Vol. 28. p. 3:122 and Vol. 29 p. 3:140). The subject, however, is extremely complex and one investigator admitted that another structure could be conceived that allowed the canopy to hold 40 ft (12m) of precipitable water.
(ii) Energy of the collapse
With a body of water at a very high level above the earth, there is a huge amount of stored potential energy. As the vapour descended as rain, this energy would have to be dissipated in some way. It would be transformed into heat that would raise the temperature of the surrounding air as the droplet's descent was impeded by air friction. The result is that the energy would raise the temperature far too high for life, which is one reason for limiting the depth of water to 2 ft. (0.6m) and not the 40 ft. (12m.) that has been generally used (Creation Research Society Quarterly Vol. 28 p. 3:122).
(iii) Atmospheric Expansion
With the reduced load of the canopy, the atmosphere would expand which would cool it. This may have counter balanced the heat increase discussed above. And so-on (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).
This does at least show that starlight would still have been visible even with a large amount of water in the canopy. The appearing of the sidereal heavens was made ready for the earth on the fourth formative day and the earth made ready for the cosmological regulation of the world. Light on the first day divided light from darkness and began to melt the glaciers that encased the earth. This created a chaotic sludge of minerals, waters, and gasses so that the starry heavens were not visible behind this opaque blanket. On the second day the sun's heat evaporated and raised the gasses and water vapour above the waters forming the Water Vapour Canopy above the firmament or atmosphere, so that the starry skies were still withheld from view. On the third day the sun was able to evaporate the waters such that dry land appeared and vegetation began to generate. Yet the growth of the plants must have been primitive because it was not until the fourth day that the bodies of the sun, moon and stars came to distinct view through the clearing atmosphere as "Lights in the firmament of heaven".
The "light" of the first day was sunlight, as Brother Branham explained, the sun is the mother of all of the celestial bodies which were all created "in the beginning." This is further confirmed by the fact that the sunlight was confined to one side of the earth as it rotated on its axis in its orbit around the sun so that there was day and there was night.
Sunlight travels at the speed of light. Photons emitted from the surface of the Sun need to travel across the vacuum of space to reach our eyes. It takes sunlight an average of 8 minutes and 20 seconds to travel from the Sun to the Earth. However, the conjectures of astronomers as to the immeasurable distance of most of the fixed stars, and the time which a ray of light would require to reach the earth, are accepted as indisputable mathematical proof; whereas these approximate estimates of distance rest upon the unsubstantiated supposition, that everything which has been ascertained with regard to the nature and motion of light in our solar system, must be equally true of the light of the fixed stars.
Brother Branham said, "You can't get accuracy in science now . . . They're going to find out, someday, that they're not seeing a hundred and fifty million years of light space either. They're going right around in a circle. That's exactly. You're going to find out, one of these days, that when you go to Heaven, you don't fly off somewhere else. You're still right here, too, just in another dimension faster than this.
Right through this room is coming colour. Every colour, shirt, dress, whatever you got on, is Eternal, laying right on records, going around and around the world. Every time you bat your eyes, it's right on record. Watch, television will prove that" (#65-0822M, Christ is Revealed in His own Word, p. 14:62-63). nl1077.htm
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Brother Grigor-Scott is a non-denominational minister who has ministered full-time since 1981, primarily to other ministers and their congregations overseas. He pastors Bible Believers' tiny congregation, and is available to teach in your church.