Bible Believers' Newsletter 1093
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now . . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; the finished mystery of God is drawing us into the unity of the faith in preparation for the manifestation of the Sons of God. We are admonished to quit those things which are 'religious' but displeasing to the Spirit and Word of God.
This week we invite brethren and churches in the circle of this Message to examine whether they are in the faith of Jesus Christ having proven all things in the Absolute of God's written Word or under "the strong delusion" of a second-hand Laodicean religion. If you truly are born-again "you are not your own, for you were bought with a price;" you belong to your Husband Jesus Christ, and must be subject in everything" (I Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 5:24). The evidence of your union is the Token of His Life living in you. As the wife of Christ you must obey His every Word. An absence of the Token on display may indicate that you are not born-again.
When the Life of Christ is in you your life becomes a written epistle of His Word for this day and hour known and read of all men when they recognize that you have been with Jesus. If the Life of Christ is really in you you will not spend leisure time viewing unholy, unhealthy television when your soul could be feeding on the stimulation of revelation. Neither will you suffer foul-mouthed presenters explaining conspiracy theories. You will tithe the pastor who feds your soul, not call repayment of debt a tithe, or steal God's money to donate to charities. If you are a Christian woman you will not paint your face, cut your hair or simulate uncut hair with a wig.
Christians manage to attend their place of employment on time, and should attend Church, say twenty minutes ahead of service. We are close to the sinking of Los Angeles and the close of the Christian dispensation so "Stay in line!" or you will be left behind.
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.
Davos World Economic Forum Celebrating 50th Anniversary
January 22, 2020 — In the 1960s Henry Kissinger said that a key objective of the Bilderbergers is population reduction. In 1974, newly rewarded by the Nixon Administration as Secretary of State, for the fascist coup "9/11/73" he led in Chile, had this advice:
"Depopulation should be the highest priority of foreign policy towards the third world, because the US economy will require large and increasing amounts of minerals from abroad, especially from less developed countries."
There you have it. The dark Luciferian elite of the WEF may be talking eugenics . . . we are moving ever closer to an all-annihilating WWIII . . . they may opt for a "soft" version of population reduction—eugenics—and continuous, eternal and highly profitable regional conflicts and wars . . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
US Dollar Collapse will happen this Year
January 22, 2020 — Central banks have been buying massive amounts of gold over the last 50 years, purchasing a historic high of 374.1 tons in 2019. The unprecedented shift has been seen by many as a move away from the US dollar . . . not every country is buying gold . . . mainly Eastern central banks have been piling up the shiny metal . . . China, Turkey, Poland, and Hungary. Russia and China are the ones that are "really seeing what's happening. They know that the dollar is going to collapse." Full story: rt.com
IMF warns New 'Great Depression,' Russia ahead of the Curve
January 20, 2020 — Kristalina Georgieva . . . head of the International Monetary Fund . . . warns . . . global economy risks another "Great Depression" . . . confirms what experts in the Russian capital have been saying for years: a major Western financial crash is both inevitable and reasonably imminent . . . western governments have accumulated too much debt . . . bubbles in the system . . . include US stocks, German and British property, and the oversized valuations of tech companies, especially startups unlikely to ever return their costs. Throw in aging workforces, wage stagnation, higher living costs, and disruption to traditional industries from IT innovation, and you have all the ingredients needed for a 'big bang' . . . If she's correct, Russia is better prepared for the shocks than any other large world economy. Full story: rt.com
The Doomsday Machine Returns: Citibank has sold Protection on
$858 Billion of Credit Default Swaps
January 3, 2020 — According to the latest derivatives report from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Citibank, the federally-insured, taxpayer-backstopped bank owned by Citigroup, has sold protection to other banks, hedge funds, insurance companies or corporations on a staggering $858 billion of Credit Default Swaps. When a federally-insured bank sells protection to others on Credit Default Swaps, it is effectively taking on the risk of a default event. At a time of unprecedented levels of debt in the system and growing warnings about leveraged loans, that seems like a very unwise move by Citigroup.
The OCC notes that Citibank has bought protection via a larger amount of Credit Default Swaps—a total of $898.8 billion. (See Table 12 in the Appendix of the report.) There is no guarantee, however, that these bets are properly aligned and will not, once again, blow up this bank along with a chunk of Wall Street firms or insurance companies that may be its counterparties.
Credit Default Swaps played a central role in the 2008 financial collapse on Wall Street, as did Citigroup. It is an indictment of every federal banking regulator in the United States, as well as Congress, that Citigroup has been allowed to return as a major player in this market while using its federally-insured Citibank once again as a pawn in this game . . . Full story: wallstreetonparade.com
Comment: Why is Wall Street the only industry in America with access to the Fed's Endless Money Machine? Federal Reserve admits it pumped more than $6 trillion to Wall Street in recent six week period. Brother Branham said, "You watch for a depression, brother. You think you've seen something; you just wait after while. You haven't seen nothing" (Jezebel Religion, p. 22:100).
Treasury's Fraud exposed at Cash Ban Hearing
December 17, 2019 — The 12 December 'public' hearing of the Senate cash ban inquiry proved that the government has zero evidence or data to support its policy to ban cash transactions over $10,000. The hearing showed that despite the efforts to rig the entire legislative procedure of the cash ban bill, there is a very real chance of defeating it.
This hearing is essential viewing! The Senate Economics Legislation Committee deliberately notified interested parties only after 5:30 PM the night before so it would be too late for the public to attend, which worked. The few people who did attend reported an empty room. However, the Citizens Party has uploaded all the testimony in separate videos to YouTube so it's readily available to everyone, to see the truth about the cash ban.
The most important testimony came at the end of the day from the architects of the law at Treasury's Black Economy Division. All day ALP Senator Alex Gallacher and Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick had asked witnesses for evidence that the cash ban is necessary, to no avail. The Liberal chairman Senator Slade Brockman kept telling them they could ask Treasury those questions. When they finally did get to ask Treasury, the response was stunning: Treasury had nothing! They had zero evidence and zero actual data to back up their claims that Australia's black economy is a growing problem, or that banning cash transactions above $10,000 would combat that problem . . . Full story: cecaust.com.au
Comment: This is another element of "the squeeze" similar to that imposed upon US banks in the '80s.
June 25, 2018 –January 2, 2020 — Fires have so far burned as much as 25 million acres of land—more than the 2018 California wildfires and 2019 Amazon fires combined. This is greater than the size of Ireland. In addition to the terrible human toll, homes and an estimated 500 native birds and animals, the loss of native Australian plants and insects and their habitats has been horrendous and the heat has incinerated micro flora in the soil.
Australia is burning, exploding fire balls 500 feet wide. Smoke stretches from Australia over New Zealand covering an area equivalent to the United Kingdom and Europe, or the whole of North America.
Please view at least the first four links which allege planning over decades by corrupt state, local and federal authorities in compliance with UN Agenda 21 and Agenda 30 to which the nation is signatory toward world depression and depopulation, 'smart cities' and the return to serfdom. Twenty years accumulation of chemtrails composed of nano particles of incendiary aluminium, strontium and barium have rendered forests and even soils flammable.
Full story: Operation Torch Australia themillenniumreport.com; Australian companies – manipulating our weather; Perfect Firestorm – Created by Design; Australia – Water Deprivation Incendiary Fueled Fires; Drought by Design – The Genociding of Australia; The Deliberate Burning of Australia; Australian Bushfires: A Smart City Conspiracy?; Australian Fire Series Part 5: An Australian Holocaust; Australian Fire Series Part 6: Directed Energy Weapons, the Importance of Critical Examination; What's Really Happening With the Australian Fires.
Comment: Revelation 11:18, "And the nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that You should give reward unto Your servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear Your name, small and great; and should destroy those which destroy the earth".
Taal volcano: Lava spews as 'Hazardous Eruption' feared
January 12, 2020 — Taal volcano, 40 miles south of Manila, Philippines, launched a 9 miles high towering column of ash and smoke filled with flashes of lightning and thunder. Video shows a marriage, the volcano erupting in the background. Full story: youtu.be
Comment: "As in the days of Noah, so shall also the (Gk. 'parousia') of the Son of man be . . . they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered into the ark." This is another element of "the squeeze".
Trump's Legal Team responds to Dems Impeachment Scam
January 20, 2020 — Ahead of proceedings to begin on Tuesday, Trump's legal team formally slammed what's going on as a "brazen and unlawful attempt" to overturn results of the 2016 presidential election . . .
How would Abraham Lincoln fare today. He illegally suspended the Constitution and habeas rights, forcefully closed courts, arbitrarily ordered arrests, conscripted US citizens without congressional consent, closed newspapers opposing his policies, and ordered generals to commit war crimes. Under his command, General William Sherman's march to the sea involved rape, pillaging and mass murder. His Emancipation Proclamation didn't free a single slave. He wanted them deported at war's end to maintain America as a white supremacist society. Glorifying him as one of the nation's greatest presidents ignores his dark side. History taught Americans in secondary school, college, graduate school and in doctoral studies conceals the US dark side.
Slave owners Washington, Jefferson, and other US presidents diminished their moral and ethical standing, clearly not believing that all Americans are created equal. Despite his lofty rhetoric and intellectual pursuits, Jefferson knew slavery was wrong, but owned them anyway, never freeing them like Washington. He had a slave as mistress and lied about it. He or Washington could have set an example by freeing the nation's slaves, neither figure having the courage to do the right thing. Samuel Johnson asked: "How is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty from the drivers of Negroes?" According to historian Stephen Ambrose, "(o)f all the contradictions in Jefferson's contradictory life, none is greater," adding: "Of all the contradictions in America's history, none surpasses its toleration first of slavery and then of segregation."
Ambrose omitted endless US wars throughout most of the nation's history—from exterminating Native Americans to ongoing war on humanity. Washington reviled the nation's native people, calling them "wolves" and "beasts of prey." He dispatched General John Sullivan to attack noncombatant Onondaga people in 1779, ordering him to destroy their villages, homes, fields, food supplies, cattle herds and orchards, wanting as many as possible killed. He stole Indian land.
Dem Woodrow Wilson's tenure was defined by US involvement in WW I—after pledging to keep America out of Europe's war. It was also disgraced by signing the 1913 Federal Reserve Act into law, giving Wall Street control of the nation's money, the supreme power above all others. Policies under Franklin Roosevelt pressured imperial Japan to attack the US, giving FDR the war he wanted.
US history isn't pretty, Trump the latest in a long line of presidents whose policies supported wealth, power and privilege exclusively over peace, equity and justice, notions considered un-American—based on policies pursued by its ruling class throughout US history.
The Clinton co-presidency was anti-New Deal, anti-Great Society, pro-war, pro-business, anti-populist, anti-labor, anti-public welfare. Bush/Cheney waged US war OF terror, not on it in Afghanistan, Iraq, and against Muslims in America, numerous police state laws enacted on their watch.
Obama bragged about terror-bombing seven countries in eight years. He institutionalized indefinite detention, authorizing the military to indefinitely detain anyone anywhere without charge, including US citizens, based on suspicions or spurious allegations. His disposition matrix kill list ordered the elimination of alleged enemies of the state.
Trump exceeded the worst of his predecessors' domestic and geopolitical policies—filling the swamp he pledged to drain with neocon hardliners, militarists, and super-wealthy individuals like himself. He broke virtually everyone positive promise made, operating in bad faith, never to be trusted, while waging war on humanity at home and abroad. Yet none of his legitimate wrongdoing is included in impeachment charges against him . . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: "The actions of George W. Bush, Obama and Trump have only served to inadvertently accelerate the world's transition away from a unipolar world to a multipolar one. As Trump follows in the steps of his predecessors by being aggressive towards Iran, he only serves to weaken the US global position and strengthen that of his opponents" (strategic-culture.org).
Battle of the Ages to stop Eurasian Integration
January 6, 2020 — Retired US Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell's chief of staff from 2001 to 2005, cuts to the chase: "America exists today to make war. How else do we interpret 19 straight years of war and no end in sight? It's part of who we are. It's part of what the American Empire is. We are going to lie, cheat and steal, as Pompeo is doing right now, as Trump is doing right now, as Esper is doing right now . . . and a host of other members of my political party, the Republicans, are doing right now. We are going to lie, cheat and steal to do whatever it is we have to do to continue this war complex. That's the truth of it. And that's the agony of it."
Moscow, Beijing and Tehran are fully aware of the stakes. Diplomats and analysts are working on the trend, for the trio, to evolve a concerted effort to protect one another from all forms of hybrid war—sanctions included—launched against each of them.
For the US, this is indeed an existential battle—against the whole Eurasia integration process, the New Silk Roads, the Russia-China strategic partnership, those Russian hypersonic weapons mixed with supple diplomacy, the profound disgust and revolt against US policies all across the Global South, the nearly inevitable collapse of the US dollar. What's certain is that the Empire won't go quietly into the night. We should all be ready for the battle of the ages. Full story: asiatimes.com
Comment: Scripture is coming to pass.
Julian Assange's Extradition Case a SHOW TRIAL
Assange is charged with possession and dissemination of classified information and could face up to 175 years in prison for what is essentially the crime of exposing US war crimes. John Pilger slammed the lack of prominent coverage the day's events received in major British media, saying it was "deliberately excluded" and minimized. The journalist slammed the Guardian newspaper in particular "has played an appendage role to the state in undermining WikiLeaks and everything it represented." Reports from Pilger and others inside the room suggest the WikiLeaks co-founder looked weak and weary, his months behind bars at a maximum security prison—much of that time in solitary confinement—having had a significant deteriorative impact on both his physical and mental health. He reportedly held back tears as he told the judge he could not "think properly." His condition was the result of having "no access to proper exercise, no access to proper intellectual stimulus and no access to the people around him." Even convicted criminals responsible for "terrible crimes" at Belmarsh still "have a human social life" which is denied to Assange, he said. Full story: youtu.be
You can't teach Pentecostal Babies Supernatural Things
The cherubim had six wings, with two they covered their face in reverence; with two they covered their feet in humility, and with two they entered service. "And they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come." God was showing Ezekiel how His prepared servants must be reverent, humble, and active in allegiance to their heavenly King" (#63-0112, Influence, par. 179; Ezekiel 1).
As a travelling minister I visit many Churches whose pastors and congregations have been friends over years, even decades. However I have found most of the Churches to be what is commonly described as "Pentecostal" in character, exhibiting a confusion of unknown tongues and perambulating zombie-like in choreographed expressions of their mortal "spirit" contrary to the Holy Spirit and the strict "Conduct, Order and Doctrine in the Church" introduced by Paul and reinstated by Brother Branham (Malachi 4:5-6; Matthew 17:11; Jude 3). II Timothy 1-4 commands: "Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine." And Galatians 1:8-9 states, "If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached, let him be accursed".
It is a mistake to call these churches "Pentecostal" since Paul brought his correction in the first century, long after Pentecost when the Ephesian Church Age "left her First Love" Christ the WORD (Revelation 2:4). Then the non-Semitic, anti-Semitic Jews of Revelation 2:6, 9, 13-15, ever anxious to destroy the faith, organized the Judaeo-Roman Universal Church at the First Nicaea Council (AD325) in the Pergamean Church Age (AD312 – 606). Brother Branham's correction likewise came decades after the Pentecostal Revival of 1906 under the apostasy of the Laodicean Church Age (1906 – 1963) "when they would not endure sound doctrine; but having itching ears heap to themselves teachers after their own lusts, and turn their ears away from the truth unto fables" (II Timothy 4:3-4; Revelation 3:15-20). The Judaeo-Roman Catholic Charismatic Movement was already gathering her apostate (once) Protestant harlot daughters to form a federation of all religions when on January 25 1959 Pope John XXIII announced the Second Vatican Council as a means of spiritual renewal and an occasion for Christians separated from Rome to join in a search for Christian unity. Vatican II (1962 – 1965) was the 21st ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church and will fulfil Revelation 13:14-18, 16:12-16 and Daniel 9:27. So from the opening and revelation of the Seven Seals in March 1963 the Prophet began calling the wise and foolish virgins out from the world church system to meet the Bridegroom's parousia Coming (Isaiah 58:19; Amos 3:3; Matthew 25:6; Ephesians 1:10; I Thessalonians 4:16a; Revelation 18:4).
In his sermon, "Being Led of the Holy Spirit," the Prophet said, "You can't teach Pentecostal babies supernatural things. You'll cause carnal impersonations" (#56-0219). You will never hear Branham Tabernacle babbling unintelligibly in unknown tongues on any of 1, 200 recorded sermon from 1947 to 1965. "God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints" (I Corinthians 14:33). Only an evil spirit "sending them strong delusion that [like Eve] they should believe the lie [that God loves all worshippers so dearly "they will not surely die" when] they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness" (II Thessalonians 2:11-12).
Brother Branham proclaimed, "The day of vengeance of our God" (Isaiah 61:2b; Malachi 4:1-3, 6b) and "by the grace of God we now have the perfect interpretation of the Word with divine vindication" (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages). We must take Brother Branham's (Gk.) "rhema" back to the (Gk.) "Logos" to distinguish what he said from what the Holy Spirit meant, confirmed to you personally by "the Voice of the Archangel" (Acts 17:11; I Thessalonians 4:16; 5:21; II Timothy 2:15; II Peter 1:10).
Preaching from a montage of Brother Branham's quotes leads into error for "the letter kills whereas the Spirit gives eternal Life" (II Corinthians 3:6). This is exemplified in the wrongful promotion of Brother Branham as "the Absolute" by Voice of God Publications and misguided "Branhamites" (so-called), the late Brother Joseph Coleman's "Seven Thunders" fantasy, the Talmudic "Two Souls" theory (also see Talmudic doctrine), Jeffersonville's Deity doctrine; natural understandings of "the Tent Vision," the "rapture" as the first resurrection and translation rather than a revelation, the proposing piloting of a vintage DC3 around the globe to gather the saints, and the "eight angel." Jesus said, "In vain do you worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men" (Matthew 15:1-9).
Many ministers feed the mortal spirit of their simple-minded congregants with a second-hand religion, the enunciation of meaningless tongues, repetitious choruses, sweat and zombie-like callisthenics to the loud jungle beat of rock 'n roll (which is American Negro) slang for 'fornication.' Such 'Pentecostal' joy tickles the religious spirit of those who should be corrected or dismissed and supports the 'minister-business' but serves the Devil. One sister excited by her pastor sought to 'dance in the spirit,' collapsed under her delusion and was tendered by Sisters. This is not Christianity, it is apostasy.
Branhamite pastors are insufficiently acquainted with the Prophet's Message, else they might repent of their unbelief, repair to the Absolute of God's unchanging Word and be born anew (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8). Their evangelists conjure spectacular theater to loud "Amen's" and "Hallelujahs" then retire breathless and drenched in sweat without drawing even one of their fellows into a clear understanding of the revealed Word of the hour.
Church music is an accompaniment complimentary to and in balance with the hymnody—never overwhelming except at dismissal or "here comes the bride." Reverent restrained music prior to service stills mind and soul setting an atmosphere conducive to worship in Spirit and in Truth. Generally unskilled musicians, often attuned to the clamour of keyboard and percussion excite the senses by might and power overwhelming "the still small Voice" of God's gentle Spirit. They are attracting the wrong spirits and need to be instructed and born-again, or removed.
"Now, all the prophets spoke of this day. Isn't that right? These things would be taking place in this day. And said "in the last days, scoffers would come." Is that right?"
The Spirit spoke, "that in the last days, people would be. They'd be heady. You know what heady means? High-minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God." Look at these arenas and things over here, the stadiums: Sundays and everything else, they fill up the picture shows and the dance halls . . . "truce breakers, incontinent, fierce, and despisers of those that are good . . ." Holy-rollers, hillbillies, and everything else . . ." (#50-0823, Testimony, E-30; II Timothy 3:1-4; II Peter 3:3).
Brother Branham said there should be two or three hymns not a "vain repetition" of choruses (Matthew 6:7-8), then the anointed Message from the pulpit which is the most important part of the service. Brother Branham, Isaiah and Jesus Christ also spoke against the "pretence of long prayer" (Isaiah 1:15; Matthew 23:14).
One minister assured me, "you can't take music out of the Negro, it is his only hope." I say his only hope is to be purged of 'music' that rules body, mind and soul. Without music or preaching urchins by the highway gyrate like anointed ones in the end-time, 'men of God' simulating what they suppose to be God's Spirit! Educated Negros and ministers do not gesticulate like men possessed. Empty cheapjack music out of the church and you'll be rid of non-elect make-believers who attend to feed fleshly senses and religious spirits. Empty cheapjack music out of the man and fill him with the stimulation of revelation and you will find a new creature whose walk and talk is sober, whose sole hope and reality is Jesus Christ the Absolute.
This-evening we will look at on the gift of speaking with other tongues. This means "a single tongue" not a faculty for speaking in various languages; a tongue that is the language used by a particular people in distinction from that of other nations. To speak with a tongue is the gift of men, who, rapt in ecstasy and no longer quite masters of their own reason and consciousness, pour forth their glowing spiritual emotions in strange utterances—rugged, dark, disconnected, and quite unfit to instruct or to influence the minds of others. The origin of the expression is apparently to be found in the fact that in Hebrew, the tongue is spoken of as the leading instrument by which the praises of God are proclaimed, and that according to the more rigorous conception of inspiration, nothing human in an inspired man was thought to be active except the tongue, put in motion by the Holy Ghost.
At Babel all spoke with other tongues, and no man could understand his neighbour, but at Pentecost "every man heard in his own tongue." Pentecostal impersonators of today are the apostate daughter churches of mystery Babylon; like the citizens of Babel they are seldom inspired of the Holy Ghost to interpret the tongues in which they speak and their services are a "babble" of confusion (Genesis 11:1-9).
As Paul set the Gifts in order in the Ephesian Church Age, Brother Branham restored that order in the Laodicean Age, according to his commission in Malachi 4:5-6 and Matthew 17:11. When asked, "In what order are tongues and prophecies to be used during the service?" he interjected, "It is NOT to be used at all during the service! See? . . . to glorify God?" Brother Branham said, "Not at all" (COD, p. 533:112).
Asked, "Is there difference between the tongues spoken in private prayer and in the churches where interpretation is required?" He replied, "Yes" (COD, p. 549:240). Unknown tongues are unintelligible, and NOT edifying to the Church unless they are interpreted. "Now if there be no interpreter, anytime in the church, anywhere in the church, keep silent . . . I heard a precious brother just recently at the altar, just go down and shake somebody on the back, and then speak in tongues themselves, speaking it like they were trying to show them what to do. See, that's kind of artificially bringing the Holy Spirit . . . don't do that . . . they should keep silent in the church. He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself" (COD, p. 554:276-277, 298).
Let's read what Paul taught.
I Corinthians 14:18-19, "I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than you all: yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand meaningless words in an unknown tongue".
Paul denounces as childish and a mark of immature judgment the brethrens' high valuation of a gift so fitted to excite great astonishment, yet so unprofitable for the church as a whole. In chastising them he says such childishness belongs to Christians only in respect of evil which may as such be considered innocent, but in understanding we are to be mature.
Paul appeals to the Law to support his disapproval—not of the gift of tongues—but of their use without interpretation, showing that as the Corinthians employed it they were virtually carrying out the Divine threat in relation to the church which was pronounced by Isaiah on unbelieving Israel:
Isaiah 28:8-13, "For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean" says the Lord.
"To whom does God imagine He is teaching knowledge? Whom shall He make to understand doctrine? Why does He speak to us as if we were babies just weaned from the milk and drawn from the breasts," said Israel, "Teaching us precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little".
"For with stammering lips and another tongue will He speak to this people" said Isaiah, UNINTELLIGIBLY. "God said to Israel, This is the rest wherewith you may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing': yet they would not hear. But the Word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken".
God pronounced this Divine threat upon unbelieving Israel because of their contempt for His messengers. They asked derisively why they should be treated as little children in being taught line upon line as children are instructed.
In reply, God threatened that because they had despised His simple teaching in their mother tongue, He would thereafter instruct them through foreigners—the Assyrians—who would speak to them in a strange tongue they will not comprehend, and would treat them as contemptuously as they had treated God's servants and His Word.
The Assyrians had only the three fundamental vowels a, i, u, and must have sounded like lisping children against a God who spoke in their own familiar tongue. Although the Israelites heard nothing but childlike short monosyllabic words, they were full of meaning. And because they were ignored, they fell backward, were broken and snared, and taken captive.
Thus, when God speaks unintelligently, He exhibits Himself as a stranger, veiling Himself from those who will NOT believe, and not as One that is opening His thoughts (as a friend or Father) to His faithful elect. As Paul says in verse 22, "Tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not (nor have faith): however prophesying serves not for them that believe not, but for them who believe" (and can see the revelation).
Speaking with tongues is very powerful but it accomplishes nothing as it is unintelligible to the ear and to the mind, so the listener cannot follow the message as was the case when God spoke to Israel through the Assyrians. Israel called themselves His, but incurred His wrath. When someone speaks unintelligibly to the Church, they make it appear as if God has withdrawn Himself as if through their unbelief, as He did from Israel, and that the Church has incurred His judgment. This is the effect of using tongues in the Church without interpretation.
This is how Jesus separates the elect from the non-elect. Those who are not His sheep may hear, but cannot understand His Voice.
Matthew 13:10-16, "And the disciples came, and said unto Him, Why do you speak to them in parables?"
"He answered and said to them, because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven but to them it is NOT given. For whosoever has faith, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away even what he has."
"Therefore I speak to them in parables: because seeing they see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which says, By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see and not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear".
Matthew 11:25, "Jesus answered and said I thank You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hid these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them unto babes".
Jesus spoke unintelligibly to the seventy as if He were a stranger "Verily, verily, I say unto you, except you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His Blood you have no life in you." Jesus didn't explain Himself. It was a revelation and it pronounced judgment upon those who could not see it (John 6:53).
He employed the same technique in Matthew 28:19 where He commanded His disciples to baptize "in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." Those without the gift to interpret see God as a trinity of three persons, and baptize in three of His many Titles whilst His elect baptize in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ as He commanded.
I Corinthians 14:22, "Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serves not for them that believe not, but for them which believe" (Revelation 10:8-11).
Uninterpreted tongues, is a judgment sign, condemning unbelievers as if by withholding their understanding, God has turned His back upon them. But prophecy is a sign and means of communication to those who believe, or "understand".
As the passage in Isaiah announced judgment upon Israel, the most powerful speaking on God's part did not change the unbeliever hardened in sin. Thus Paul argues that in his day, speaking in tongues without interpretation was a sign from God to unbelievers, and a pronouncement which would produce no repentance.
Brother Branham said in the Seven Church Ages, page 42, "As Joseph stood before his brethren when Benjamin was not with them he spoke through an interpreter though he knew the Hebrew well." He spoke to his brethren in another tongue. Did you know that the first Gentile Age (the head of gold, Babylonian Age) went out with a message in tongues written on a wall? This age is going out the same way. The abundance of tongues in this day is a further proof that the Times of the Gentiles is over and God is turning back to Israel".
I Corinthians 14:23, "If therefore the whole church comes together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, won't they say that you are mad?"
Paul was condemning not the gift but exposing the absurd disobedience of using it in the Church without interpretation whereby no grace can be received from God as it can through prophecy. Faith comes by hearing and understanding by the Word of God. We are saved by grace through faith, or understanding. Without interpretation it is as though God has shut Himself from our apprehension, as He would hide Himself from unbelievers.
If "all speak with tongues" (not necessarily simultaneously), any not familiar with the gift will think you crazy. After all, there is no sense attending a meeting where what the speakers are saying can't be understood—not even by themselves.
I Corinthians 14:24-25, "But if all prophesy (or reveal the faith as in inspired preaching and not especially prophetic utterance of future events], and there come in one who believes not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: and thus the secrets of his heart are made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is IN you of a truth".
Prophesy (or revelation) can bring faith and the baptism with the Holy Ghost (which is the new birth) to the unlearned—but heathen tongues cannot. Inspired preaching can bring conviction, making a man conscious of his own sinfulness, and knowing that he is judged, bring him to repentance and redemption. Prophesy reveals God in the speaker because the Word of God is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart and the Light or understanding scatters darkness. Uninterpreted tongues are darkness manifest and have NO redeeming power.
Paul now draws some practical reasons for regulating the use of the gifts in the assemblies.
I Corinthians 14:26, "How is it then, brethren [or why?] Whenever you come together, every one of you (who has a gift), has a psalm, has a doctrine, a tongue, has a revelation, and has an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying."
"Decently and in Church order".
I Corinthians 14:27-28, "If anyone speaks in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, each taking his turn; and let one person interpret. But if there be no interpreter, let those persons keep silence in the church and speak to themselves and to God".
We speak with God all week in our prayers and supplications. We go to Church to hear God speak to us through inspired preaching. When the gifted ones are unable to contain their own enthusiasm in the exercise of their gift they create confusion, and the operation is sensual and not spiritual. Besides, what is the sense of listening to God speak if we are unable to understand His intended message? God is not the author of confusion, and unless an interpreter of tongues is present, the inspiration is either not of God or the person is untrained.
I Corinthians 14:29-33, "Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. If anything is revealed to another that sits by, let the first hold his peace. For you may all prophesy one by one, (but not in service, because messages must first be judged by two or three before they are told to the Church) that all may learn, and all may be comforted. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints".
There should be just two or three messages to the whole church, but after service there may be additional prophecies to individuals, as in Brother Branham's prayer lines when he discerned the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Brother Branham said, "Here's the way I'd run it: I'd try to find every person in there that had a gift. And I'd have those people to meet about an hour before the services ever started in a room to themselves. Let them sit under the Spirit. And the first thing you know, one comes down. He's got a gift of speaking in tongues, and he speaks in tongues. Everybody sit still. And then one raises up and interprets what he says. Now, before that can be given to the church, the Bible says it has to be judged between two or three witnesses. Now, that is men who has discernment of spirit (See?), 'cause a lot of times evil powers gets in there. See? Paul spoke of it . . . Tell me a congregation where evil doesn't sit. Tell me where the sons of God are gathered together that Satan isn't in the midst of them. It's everything. So don't frown at that. See? Satan's everywhere.
Now, here we are. Someone speaks in tongues. Now, there's three sitting there that's got the Spirit of discernment. And one speaks in tongues and gives a message. Now, it cannot be quoting Scripture, 'cause God don't use vain repetitions, and He told us not to. See? So it isn't that; it's a message to the church."
". . . your part in the church should come before the main service starts, because the unlearned is going to be among us . . . there has to be three men that have the spirit of discernment . . . They write down on a piece of paper. THAT'S WHAT THE SPIRIT SAID . . . The ones with the discernment of spirit—two or three of them—sign their names to it . . . Then they bring these messages, lay them right here on the desk . . . the pastor walks out . . . picks up this. "A message from the Church: THUS SAITH THE LORD . . . so and so".
"Then he takes his Message . . . Nothing's to interrupt; it's already taken place . . . When the message is over, the healing line starts. Here comes a woman. Someone spoke in tongues and said she was coming. See? Every one of us knows what's going to happen. Every one of us knows it. See how the faith begins to build . . ."
"Now if it doesn't happen after they've said it. Then you've got an evil spirit among you."
Speaking with tongues is not evidence of the baptism with the Holy Spirit . . . you could be baptized into the Devil's power, and speak in tongues with the baptism of the Devil's deceiving spirit" (COD, p. 524:89-90). "I know plenty of people that speak in tongues and hasn't got the Holy Ghost (COD, p. 1017:96).
"Now maybe there's been no message. Now the service is over . . . the chance comes where everything's in order, then if the Holy Spirit jumps on him to give the message, then give it . . . Then the interpretation comes" (COD, p. 439:124—148; 563:Q119; Q221). "Before that person gets out of the building, let the deacon take them to one side and talk to them . . . this is the orders and the way our church does it" (COD, p. 883:55).
God only anoints one individual at a time for prophecy or inspired preaching of His Word. While the anointing is upon an individual to speak, the rest of the congregation pays attention, discerning his message that they may learn.
There is a distinction between the office of a prophet and the gift of prophecy. Prophets are born from the cradle like Jeremiah, John the Baptist and William Branham. They have THUS SAITH THE LORD and there is no judging of them. But the gift of prophecy must be judged before two or three witnesses, and it will always foretell the future or expose something hidden. Otherwise it would not be edifying.
Interpreters of tongues don't "know" or recognize the language of the speaker. They are hearing what he said in their mother tongue, and just repeating what they have heard. This is as it was on the day of Pentecost when the saints emerged from the upper room, they spoke in Galilean, but every one of the different nationalities present heard them in his own tongue (Acts 2:4-11). Each sound has some significance. So the interpreter is prophesying what he has heard under inspiration in his own tongue. The Holy Spirit has interpreted it for him and he is speaking THUS SAITH THE LORD what the Spirit has said.
I Corinthians 14:32-35, "And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace [or harmony through agreement], as in all churches of the saints." (The evidence of His indwelling Presence is that He guides into ALL truth . . . That is peace or agreement).
By not maintaining control over their enthusiastic (mortal) spirit those exercising the gifts would appear unlearned and not led of the Spirit, creating disorder in the Church and confusion among strangers.
"Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands AT HOME: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church."
Paul is referring to the Garden of Eden where Eve sought to learn hidden knowledge through the Devil-incarnate Serpent, usurping her husband's authority and causing her deception. She next tried to bring Adam under submission to her by teaching him. Thereafter God placed man and woman under two separate covenants and woman serves God as she obeys her husband.
The woman is not to make a public spectacle of her husband or seek his instruction publicly before many potential commentators but should ask him to expound the Word at home. Women are forbidden to preach. The Fall resulted from one woman's deception and her attempt to teach her husband her errors (Genesis 3:16). Yes, a woman may speak with tongues or prophesy but then she is merely the mouthpiece of the Holy Ghost. Her words are not her own. Once she has said what was inspired to her, she sits down without comment, and remains silent.
I Corinthians 14:36-38, "What? Came the Word of God out from you, or came it unto you only? If any man thinks himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant."
Paul sets himself against all spiritual presumption regarding the vindication of his prophetic office and the THUS SAITH THE LORD of his teaching. And he challenges anyone who claims to be a prophet or simply baptized into the Body of Christ to fault his teaching. Paul knew such a one would fail the test for a prophet, and as the elect receive God's Word, would demonstrate that they were without the Spirit.
He declared in Galatians 1:9, "If a man preaches any other gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be accursed." Paul was a prophet who knew that heavens and earth will change before his prophecy could fail and stated, "God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to MY gospel".
Those who seem contentious about Paul's teachings are without the Spirit of revelation and ignorant like the "unjust" of Revelation 22:11 after God has revealed "the sayings of the prophecy of this Book" through Brother Branham; they have no relationship with God. (See also Titus 3:10-11). It's as if God brought them under judgment, and addressed them in unknown tongues, as when He spoke to Israel through the Assyrians.
Paul concludes by again emphasizing the preference of prophesying: inspired preaching and teaching of revelation, to edify the church and quicken men's souls over speaking in unknown tongues for self-edification.
I Corinthians 14:39-40, "Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order".
This Church Order laid down by St. Paul in the Ephesian Church Age has been restored to us in the end-time by the prophet to the Laodicean Church Age.
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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.