Bible Believers' Newsletter 1094
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; we are pleased you could join us in fellowship around God's unchanging Word.
Our main article is an exposition on cherubim, seraphim and angels according to the Bible. God's unchanging Word is at variance with the understandings presented by many religions and held in the popular imagination. However these important revelations explain election and predestination according to God's foreknowledge, touch upon offices in the Church and help us to recognize our position in the Body of Christ.
Newswise the coronavirus already top of the list, promises a negative drag on the China and international economy that may temporarily strengthen the US dollar.
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.
China's New Coronavirus: an Examination of the Facts
January 25, 2020 — 63 coronavirus headlines from last 24 hours, Model shows 138 million infected by February 20, Wuhan has surpassed number of SARS cases, there are 1,239 critical condition patients already and 132 confirmed dead. It's impossible to fit all the headlines below . . . I noticed my last two videos on coronavirus never showed up in search engines, so please share otherwise no one will find these facts. To be absolutely clear, this is NOT a prediction that 100 million people will be infected by February 20. Rather, this has been its (growth rate for the last 12 days).
At the time of writing, Chinese health authorities announced 830 confirmed cases caused by this virus in 29 provincial-level regions in the country . . . A few cases have been reported in other countries, Thailand, Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, the US, Japan, [Australia, Taiwan, Macao, Hong Kong, Cambodia, South Korea, Malaysia, Canada, France, Vietnam], all of which involved ethnic Chinese who had traveled to Wuhan . . . January 25, is the first day of the Lunar New Year . . . that typically sees the largest mass-movement of people on the planet . . .
SARS was proven to be caused by a strain of the coronavirus, a large family of mostly harmless viruses also responsible for the common cold, but SARS exhibited characteristics never before observed in any animal or human virus . . . it was . . . almost exclusively) Chinese who were infected, those in Hong Kong most seriously . . . precisely the case with this new virus . . .
American universities and NGOs having come into China in recent years to conduct biological experiments that were so illegal as to leave the Chinese authorities enraged. This was particularly true when it became known that Harvard University had surreptitiously proceeded with experiments in China that had been forbidden by the authorities years earlier, where they collected many hundreds of thousands of Chinese DNA samples and then left the country . . .
Recent disease outbreaks that would seem to possibly qualify as potential bio-warfare agents are AIDS, SARS, MERS, Bird Flu, Swine Flu, Hantavirus, Lyme Disease, West Nile Virus, Ebola, Polio (Syria), Foot and Mouth Disease, the Gulf War Syndrome and ZIKA . . . in every such case, once the smoke clears there are many unanswered questions that challenge the official Western narrative, but it's old news and the media have already staked out their ground so the matter dies in the Western public mind, but not in China. Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: McDonald's is shutting 300 restaurants in China as the coronavirus spreads. The Chinese government failed to act quickly enough to curb the spread of the Wuhan virus, risking further outbreaks, a Hong Kong-based Chinese virologist Guan Yi has said. A total of 300,000 people reportedly left Wuhan on Wednesday and could carry the virus to other Chinese cities.
Dr. Maria Van Der Kerkhove of the WHO stated that one of the reasons why the growth in coronavirus diagnoses has been so rapid is because the Chinese government had published a full genome-mapping of the new variant within days of the initial outbreak, making diagnosis easier. This is possible partially because China has been producing an academic golden generation of doctoral candidates in the biological sciences over the past 15-20 years. China has got an absolutely massive academic talent-pool in the life-sciences, especially in molecular biology, microbiology and biochemistry. In other words, the rapid increase in newly diagnosed cases should be interpreted as a positive rather than as a negative, insofar as it was an indicator of the proficiency of the Chinese response.
Australian researchers expect to develop a vaccine against the Wuhan coronavirus within four months as part of an international collaboration aimed at halting the spread of the deadly respiratory disease. A 20-member team . . . will apply an innovative "molecular clamp" rapid response technique . . .
Our planet is providing novel viruses and other pathogens with a massive Petri dish that permits unimpeded mutation and virulence. The World Health Organization has cited increased rainfall and high humidity as factors contributing to the appearance of new infectious diseases. "The Bible predicts that in the last days, that they'll be a germ warfare . . . on everyone without the baptism of the Holy Spirit" (God's Provided Way of Healing, #54-0719A).
China, not only Iran, is targeted by the USA
January 25, 2020 — The basic reason for the decision to assassinate Soleimani, taken by the Deep State before being taken by the White House, must be sought in . . . the growing economic presence of China in Iran.
Iran plays an essential role in the New Silk Road . . . between China and Europe across Central Asia, the Middle East and Russia, combined with a sea route across the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea and the Mediterranean . . . In this framework, China is making investments . . . in the oil, gas and petro-chemical industries and in transport infrastructures, including oil and gas pipelines . . . these investments, to be exploited over a five-year period, will later be renewed.
In the energy sector, the China National Petroleum Corporation, a publicly-owned company, received from the Iranian government a contract for the development of offshore drilling of the South Pars/North Dome field in the Persian Gulf, the largest reserve of natural gas in the world . . . with another Chinese company, Sinopec (75% State property), Iran is engaged in the development of the production of the oil fields of West Karoun. Defying the US embargo, China is also increasing the import of Iranian oil . . . in these commercial agreements—and others—between China and Iran, is to be increasing use of Chinese renminbi (yuan) and other currencies, with increasing exclusion of the dollar.
In the transport sector, China has signed a contract for the electrification of 900 kilometres of Iranian railways . . . and will probably also sign for a high-speed railway of more than 400 kilometres . . . linked to the 2,300 kilometre line which already connects China and Iran, reducing the merchandise transport time to 15 days instead of 45 days by maritime transport. Via Tabriz, a large industrial town in the north-west of Iran—the starting point of a 2,500 kilometre gas pipeline which arrives in Ankara in Turkey—the transport infrastructures for the new Silk Road could thus connect with Europe.
The agreements . . . plan for approximately 5,000 Chinese guards, employed by the construction companies for the security services . . . at the end of December, the first naval exercise between Iran, China and Russia will have taken place in the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean.
Taking these facts into account, it is not difficult to see why Soleimani's assassination was decided in Washington—it was planned to provoke a military riposte by Tehran in order to tighten the stranglehold on Iran and justify an attack, and also to hit the Chinese project of the New Silk Road which the USA does not have the means to oppose in the economic sector. The chain reaction triggered by the assassination of Soleimani will also implicate China and Russia, creating a situation which is becoming increasingly dangerous. Full story: voltairenet.org
Comment: This message is from Chinese Citizen Lin Liangduo to President Trump, the Government of the United States, and the American media: what do you want from us?
CIA chief 'behind Soleimani's Assassination' killed in Downed Plane in Afghanistan
January 28, 2020 — Russian intelligence sources have claimed that Michael D'Andrea, head of CIA operations in Iran and who orchestrated the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, was killed in a US spy plane downed yesterday in Ghazni, Afghanistan.
The plane with US Air Force markings reportedly served as the CIA's mobile command for D'Andrea, who earnt several nicknames including: Ayatollah Mike, the Dark Prince, and the Undertaker. He is one of the most prominent CIA figures in the region, appointed head of the agency's Iran Mission Centre in 2017. Under his leadership, the agency was perceived to take a more "aggressive stance toward Iran".
The Taliban claimed to have shot down the plane but have yet to provide evidence, whilst the US has denied the claim but has acknowledged the loss of a Bombardier E-11A plane in central Afghanistan. Graphic images online have already circulated purportedly showing some of the charred remains of those on board . . . It has been speculated that Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) may also have a hand in the incident, especially as anti-aircraft support has previously been given to the Taliban. Additionally, the Afghan Shia Fatimyoun Brigades, who are trained by the IRGC, also have a presence in the country . . . Full story: middleeastmonitor.com
Saudi accused of 'Judaising' the Quran
January 28, 2020 — A copy of the Qur'an that was translated to Hebrew and approved by Saudi authorities has more than 300 errors, a number of which appear to support Israel's narrative over its claim to Palestine and Al-Aqsa Mosque. Amongst the most serious errors, discovered by the Palestinian news agency Shehab, is the omission of the name of the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh), who is mentioned at least four times in the Muslim holy text. Equally serious is the translation of Al-Aqsa Mosque to "The Temple" which is the Jewish name for the Muslim holy site.
The website of the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Quran, which produces about ten million copies of the Quran every year in 74 different languages, displayed the error strewn copy on its website . . . It was the Saudis, in fact, that led the Arab Peace Initiative in 2002 which offered full normalisation with Israel in exchange for a full withdrawal from the occupied territories (including East Jerusalem) and a "just settlement" of the Palestinian refugee problem based on UN Resolution 194.
Israel's ability to forge new relations with the Saudis despite not conceding to any of the demands in the Arab initiative has been presented by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a victory for him and a demonstration of Israel's strength in the region.
Israel has been accused of removing the connection of Islam and Christianity to Jerusalem in an attempt to cement its exclusive claim to the occupied territory. In addition to passing laws reducing non-Jews to second class status by declaring Israel to be a Jewish state, lawmakers in Tel-Aviv have also banned the Muslim call to prayer, and regularly blocks and abuses worshippers in the holy sites. Full story: middleeastmonitor.com
Comment: Saudi Royals are Dönmeh Jews; ask your rabbi, or Jewish President Donald Trump.
Trump's 'No-Peace/Peace Plan' for Palestine
January 24, 2020 — The so-called peace process is the greatest hoax in modern times, along with the US war OF terror worldwide, not on it. Israeli/Palestinian no-peace/peace plans have been around since the 1970s . . . proof positive of US/Israeli unwillingness to respect Palestinian rights . . . Former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Shamir explained . . . He and his predecessors wanted forever talks accomplishing nothing—giving Israel time to steal all valued Palestinian land. His successors to the present day followed the same strategy. [Trump] illegally recognized Jerusalem (a UN-established international city) as Israel's exclusive capital, moved the US embassy there, abandoned a legitimate two-state solution, recognized Israel's unlawful Golan annexation, and no longer considers illegal settlements occupied territory . . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: United Nations has rejected US President Donald Trump's 'deal of the century' and reiterated that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be solved based on UN resolutions and international law. (As per Isaiah 34:1-8, Zechariah 13:8-9; 14:2d, Revelation 16:19, UN Resolution 181, and middleeastmonitor.com). Trump's 'Deal of the Century' resurrects and restores grand apartheid, a racist political system that should have been left in the dustbins of history (mondoweiss.net). The US government represents the lawless billionaire class who seeks to enrich itself at the expense of others (presstv.com).
Trump Impeachment: a Clash between America's Competing Elites?
January 26, 2020 — Is the Trump impeachment a Jewish coup? It's a dangerous question even to ask . . . Jewish Congress members want White House to shun news outlet that called Trump impeachment effort 'Jew Coup' . . . undeniably, Jews have taken very prominent, very public roles in impeachment. Full story: barnesandnoble.com
Comment: How the FBI sabotaged Trump foreign policy.
Target Orthodox Church: NATO's Eastern Crusades
January 22, 2020 — The . . . attempted subversion of the Orthodox Church using the intelligence and political instruments still at the disposal of the moribund post-Christian West has gone virtually unreported, uncommented, and uncondemned. It concerns the multi-front offensive currently being unleashed against the most ancient and authentic Christian communion, the Orthodox Church.
The epicenter of this externally induced commotion is at this moment in Montenegro, NATO's latest "catch" in its persistent effort to secure or at least neutralize the Balkan rear, with a view to the projected conflict with Russia . . . The Orthodox Church, which saw Montenegro through its centuries of confrontation with the Ottoman Empire, is literally the repository of Montenegro's identity and culture. Russia's traditional ally Montenegro—just like the Ukraine, which finds itself similarly targeted cannot be reconfigured and turned into a compliant instrument of the impending Western crusade unless its identity shaped by the Church is first suitably redesigned . . . the pressure that has been brought on the Church in Montenegro is not an isolated phenomenon but part of a "broader pattern." That includes unbridled meddling by the Ecumenical Patriarch in Istanbul throughout the Orthodox world, and not just in the recent high profile example of the Ukraine. It also includes high-pressure State Department "religious diplomacy" aiming to align major centres of Orthodox religious authority in the Balkans and the Middle East with Western strategic goals. That can ultimately be reduced to but a single element: politically isolating and blocking Russia by rupturing its ties to the rest of the Orthodox communion because, in the perception of Western strategists, the Russian Orthodox Church is a key lever of Russia's "soft power" influence . . .
The issue which brought the crisis into the open and moved it to the verge of physical confrontation was the unprecedented law, allegedly to secure "freedom for religious confessions," which the regime rammed through the rubber-stamp parliament on December 27, 2019, complete with the almost routine arrest of about twenty opposition parliamentarians who objected vociferously to its Orwellian provisions . . .
The pretentious Ecumenical Patriarchate . . . without laity of any consequence to give it weight, chronically strapped financially, with decrees of "canonical recognition" for schismatic sects designated by NATO as future components of its "nation building" operations as its only salable commodity, and dependent entirely upon the toleration of the Turkish government hosting it, is an ideal tool for such geopolitical manipulation and blackmail . . . With all due respect for Orthodox believers in Macedonia, the advancement of this agenda, in the context of the installation of a slavishly pro-Western government and impending incorporation into NATO structures, is simply too much to be regarded as a mere coincidence. It more likely is part of another political project, only now under different auspices . . . Full story: strategic-culture.org
Comment: Papal Rome and the US image of the beast of Imperial Rome are at enmity with the apostate Orthodox (sic) church. Theoretically the Middle East is the key to wide-ranging, economic, interlinked integration, and peace; from Genesis we learn that peace cannot precede the millennium. New Silk Roads are a "threat" to the "US Bloc." The rise of China and Russia herald the close of the Christian dispensation, followed after seven years by the consummation.
Saudi Arabia to stop funding Mosques in foreign Countries
January 25, 2020 — Former Saudi minister of justice, Mohammed Bin Abdul-Karim Issa, has announced that his country will stop funding mosques in foreign countries . . . Saudi Arabia is to establish local administrative councils for each mosque, in cooperation with the local authorities . . . all over the world, referring to "security reasons" . . . Full story: middleeastmonitor.com
Cherubim, Seraphim and Angels
Genesis 3:20-24, "And Adam [man from the earth] called his wife's name Eve [life-giver] because she was the mother of all living [but Adam was not the father of all living]. And the Lord God made coats of skins for Adam and his wife, and clothed them. And the Lord God said, Behold, the man [but not the woman] has become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of [Christ] the Tree of Life, and eat, and live forever: [having partaken of the Tree of Knowledge Adam is in a dying state; should he now partake of the Tree of Life his ruin would be irreparable, death everlasting and incurable. In sudden recognition of his awful danger] the Lord God sent him forth from the Garden of Eden and the Tree of Life, to till the ground whence he was taken. So He drove out the man and placed cherubim and the [Shekinah as a] flaming sword which turned every way [yet ever maintained its place] at the east of the Garden of Eden to guard the way to the Tree of Life".
Although driven from Paradise the couple continued to live in the land of Eden, which Brother Branham said was in Egypt. Many years later Cain was the first to leave Eden with his half-sister and wife. Genesis 4:16, "And Cain ['possession' or acquired one—not from Adam—proven by the fact he] went out from the Presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod [which means 'wandering' as an aimless fugitive] on the east of Eden." Absent the Book of Life, Cain was irredeemable with no inheritance in this world or hope in the world to come. Like the denominations they distanced themselves from the Lord and His children who follow the Sun westward typing the S_O_N Light (II Peter 1:12; I John 1:7).
There was an altar at Eden's eastern gate guarded by the cherubim and the fiery Shekinah sword: this was the sole entry. The Tabernacle and Temple followed this pattern foreshadowed in heaven. Here Cain offered the fruit (and vegetables) of his hard work. Whereas the heathen sacrifice to appease their god by works, Bible sacrifices are brought before God by faith expressing the propitiation He has in His gracious purpose already made from the foundation of the world by Jesus Christ (Revelation 13:8). Here Abel worshipped looking westward by faith to the Light of things that are to be. The way back to Eden is by penitence and laying your sacrifice of faith on the altar, but "The blood of goats and calves" cannot remit sin and the Old Testament saints could not be restored to eternal Life until the Blood of their near KINSMAN Redeemer was applied to the altar.
The cherubim mark the purpose of God from the moment the curse was pronounced, and are the pledge that it will one day be removed. They guarded Paradise with the Tree of Life from the gaze and approach of sinners, not against, but for man, against the time when he will again be fit to enjoy and never more be separated from its Presence. Thus preserving the blessed hope of immortality for creation, the "cherubim of glory" guarded the Most Holy Place of God's Presence, the Mercy Seat over the Ark; itself a type of Jesus Christ, the Tree of Life, showing the sinner that he is separated from beholding God and from the full enjoyment of His mercy.
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). Their wings hovered over the Ark of the Covenant, and their faces, as they stood opposite one another, looked down upon the Mercy Seat speckled with the blood of an innocent victim, and between them manifest the Shekinah which is "the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord" (Ezekiel 1:28). "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God" (Matthew 5:8).
The cherubim were composite forms of the four heads of animal creation: the lion of wild beasts; the ox of tame beasts; the eagle of birds; and man the head of all. These were the provisional occupants of man's lost inheritance, the pledge of the restoration of man and the creaturely world associated closely with and subject to him (Isaiah 11:6-9; Hosea 2:18; Romans 8:17-24). Each cherub bore the face of a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle—ideal representatives of redeemed creaturely life, in which man is prominent (Ezekiel 1:5; Revelation 4:7). The four cherubic forms were placed in the Signs of the Zodiac in God's first Bible, The Witness of the Stars, such that they divide it into four equal parts, uniting in one the twelve signs that set forth the blessed hope of groaning creation, which waits for the Promised Seed of the woman to come and crush the serpent's head and bring in universal blessing.
Under the Old Testament the cherubim were represented on the standard of the four head tribes of Israel in their camping order (Numbers 25:1-31). Judah (Lion) on the east between Issachar and Zebulon; Reuben (Man) on the south between Simeon and Gad; Ephraim (Ox) on the west between Manasseh and Benjamin, and Dan (Eagle) on the North between Asher and Naphtali guarded the way to the Tabernacle of the Lord and the Ark of the Covenant overlaid with gold, containing God's Word on Tables of Stone and overshadowed by the Shekinah of God's Presence—a perfect type of Jesus Messiah. Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the Life: no man comes to the Father, but by Me. If you had known Me, you should have known My Father also: and from henceforth you know Him, and have seen Him." There is no trinity, Jesus is the One Person of God manifest in virgin-born flesh. Cherubim, seraphim and angels were symbolical creatures in God's thinking before the foundation of the world—shadows and types that progressively unveil to us simple men and women things that are to be; three different ranks or offices like Father, Son and Holy Ghost, or Son of man, Son of God, and Son of David.
Under the Old Testament the cherubim guarded the Throne and only Israel's high priest, one man, once a year could enter the Presence, and then after repeated washings and approbations. Since the Atonement by the precious Blood of Jesus Christ the cherubim have been urging whomsoever will of Adam's race "Come!" Come through the eastern gate "without condemnation" before "the Tree of Life" seated on the very throne of God.
There is a mistranslation in the New Testament of the King James Bible: the cherubim are called "beasts" (Gk.) 'therion' which means 'wild animal,' metaphorically, a brutal, bestial man. The correct word (Gk.) 'zoon' means 'a living being' or 'living creature' as in Ezekiel 1:5 and 3:13.
Under the New Testament the cherubim morph into the saints baptized into Christ under the four Seals of our Spiritual redemption. As this diagram explains, they are shadows and types of redeemed human beings who will worship God in Spirit and in Truth and call their elect Brothers and Sisters of the new creation "Come." The saints of Pentecost, Ephesus, Smyrna and Pergamos were redeemed under the First Seal (AD30 – 606) called by the living creature with the face of a Lion, and the Office of Apostle; the Gospel of Matthew guarded the way the Tree of Life from the east. The saints of the Thyatira Church Age were born-again under the Second Seal (606 – 1520) called by the living creature with the face of an Ox and the Office of Pastor: the Gospel of Mark guarded the way into the Presence from the West. The saints of the Sardis and Philadelphia Church Ages were regenerated under the Third Seal (1520 – 1906) called by the living creature with the face of a man, and the Office of Teacher: the Gospel of Luke guarded the way into the Presence from the South. The saints of the Laodicea Church Age and Christ's end-time Bride are born-again under the Fourth Seal (1906 — ) by the Offices of Evangelist and Prophet (II Timothy 4:1-5) called by the living creature with the face of an Eagle: the Gospel of John guarded the way from the North to the Acts of the Holy Spirit in us that we might manifest that we are the Sons of God (Romans 8:19). Our understanding must agree with each of the four Gospels that guard the way to the Acts of the Spirit in the Apostles in order to enter the eastern gate.
There are no more cherubim after they called us to the revelation of the Fourth Seal in the Gospel age, for the Church Age saints were all redeemed before Christ opened the Book, and His end-time Bride was fully redeemed in Christ on Calvary. Thus in Revelation 5:8-14 every member of His Bride was present in theophany. The 144,000 elect Israelites were also redeemed in Christ on Calvary but they were not present at the opening of the Seals and will not attend the Wedding Supper of the Lamb.
When Jesus opened the Seventh Seal and expounded the UNWRITTEN mystery of the voices of the Seven Thunders through the seventh angel, William Branham, He proclaimed "there shall no longer be (Gk.) 'chronos' time [for redemption]" (Revelation 8:1; 10:6-7, in contrast to (Gk.) 'kairos' time). The seven Church Ages of PART-Word and Christ's mediation for ignorance of "that which is complete" AND Redemption are over! "That which is perfect has come"—the revelation of the Seven Seals in 1963 brought Christ back to earth in W_O_R_D form; PART-Word, denominational guesswork and Christ's mediation "are done away" (I Corinthians 13:10). Christ's end-time Bride and the 144,000 elect Israelites were fully redeemed in Christ on Calvary: once the last member of Christ's end-time Bride recognize their day and its Message by The Revelation of the Seven Seals they will be born-again and we can all go Home. Then God will turn back to Israel, calling 144,000 elect Israelites to the Land of their Covenant where two Hebrew prophets will reveal the Seven Trumpet mysteries to quicken their souls.
B-b-b but you said there will be no more cherubim after the Fourth and Fifth Seal terminate and the Sixth Seal manifests, instituting the Day of the Lord and beginning Daniel's Seventieth Week. How do you explain Revelation 4:6-8; 5:6, 8-10, 14; 7:11; 14:3; 15:7 and 19:4?
These events in parenthesis are either past or future. We learn from Revelation 1:1 how Jesus revealed these things to "His angel" Brother Branham between 1963 and 1965 after He loosed the Seven Seals on the Book of Redemption. During John's exile on the Isle of Patmos he saw and heard Brother Branham expounding these mysteries in a series of visions from AD95 to 96. We know that John represents Christ's end-time Bride throughout these visions because the Seals were revealed for us after Laodicea was finished (Revelation 4:1). They describe events that began to transpire in AD30 and take us into the renewed heavens and renewed earth with historical shadows, types and references tracing back before the foundation of the world. Under the Old Testament the cherubim guarded the place of God's Presence above the Mercy Seat on the Ark of the Covenant which typed the Tree of Life, Jesus Christ. Under the New Testament the cherubim were throne guards calling penitents to the Tree of Life by virtue of the Blood of the Lamb and a revelation that transforms their lives into "written epistles [of] the present Truth, read and known of all men".
Representing Christ's late 20th and early 21st century end-time Bride in Revelation 7:9-17, John looks upon the Christian saints martyred throughout the 2,000 year "great tribulation" from Pentecost to the termination of the Christian dispensation. And in Revelation 14:3 we see through John's eyes 144,000 elect Israelites born as a nation in the second half of Daniel's Seventieth Week ahead of their martyrdom in Revelation 14:12 – 15:4. "And after that" in Revelation 15:6-7 the vision takes us back to Pentecost and the Church Age saints who cannot be resurrected until after the Seven Vials of Christ's jealous wrath are poured out, age by age, on congregants of the great whore and her harlot daughters.
In Revelation 19:4 the Old Testament saints and the apostles and prophets of the New Testament who were bidden in Revelation 18:20 to rejoice over the nuclear annihilation of Vatican City State now raise voice as one great chorus of praise.
The seraphim or (Heb.) 'burners,' bring "the present Truth" which is "the way to the Tree of Life" received by revelation and lived as a sacrifice of faith (John 14:7). Seraphim are the highest order of angels and symbolize our leaders: Paul, Irenaeus, St. Martin, St. Columba, Martin Luther, John Wesley, and William Branham. The seraphim have the same appearance as the cherubim and remain in the Presence of God, "seated with Christ in heavenly places" like us ordinary angels without wings (Ephesians 2:6).
Brother Branham said the seven letters of Revelation 2 and 3 were addressed to the leader of the Church in each of the seven Church Ages. When he was translated to the third heaven beyond the curtain of time he was shown millions of his converts, and he said, "I want to see Him."
The Brother said, "You can't see Him now, but soon He will come. We're waiting for Him, but when He comes, He will come to you first. And you'll be judged according to the Gospel you preached, and we will be your subjects."
"Well," I said, "you mean I'm responsible for all these?"
"All of us!"
I said, "Well, will everyone . . . ?"
He said, "You were born a leader."
And I said, "Well, will everyone be responsible?"
He said, "Every leader."
I said, "What about Saint Paul?"
Said, "He'll be responsible for his age."
"Well," I said, "I preached the same Gospel he did."
And millions of voices raised, said, "We are resting upon that!" (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 209).
Isaiah 6:1, "In the year that king Uzziah died Isaiah also saw a vision of the Lord seated upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple." Metaphorically His train is heavenly beings, the angels or theophanies of His Bride who follow Him wherever He may go. (To illustrate, Queen Elizabeth II wore this supremely regal 21 foot train on her Coronation gown). "Seated on the throne, the train of the skirts of Christ's royal and judicial robe, spread and overflows His divine glory as a badge of dignity, and filled the temple or palace of God." The glory of the Lord is His Wife and together we are the Temple (Ephesians 5:22-33; Revelation 21:22-23). Isaiah's vision encompasses almost three thousand years from the death of Uzziah in about 758BC to about eight years in the future, passing through Israel's apostasy to the close of the Christian dispensation when earthquakes will sink Los Angeles and cleave the Mount of Olives as the Sixth Seal and Seventh Trumpet manifest, and the Seventh Vial of God's wrath is poured upon the earthbound church, inaugurating Daniel's Seventieth Week.
This illustrates the fact that the Bible is the story of God changing His form or unfolding Himself from the eternal Spirit alone with His thoughts to the flesh of His glorified family. The finished creation will ALL be Himself manifest, and nothing but Himself. His elect are all Attributes of His Spirit and consequently eternal with Him and He will not share His glory with another for "God gave Him to be the Head over all things to the Church, which is his body, the fullness of Him that fills ALL in all." God does not need mythical beings like the pagan religions because his ultimate objective is to be "ALL in all" (I Corinthians 15:28; Ephesians 1:23). The "saved" non-elect will be "granted in" to salvation by His grace at the Great White Throne as His subjects and ours: throughout eternity they will worship God in the form of His glorified Family, King Jesus Christ and His Queen. And in the renewed heavens and renewed earth "the kings of the earth will bring [the tithe of] their glory and honour into New Jerusalem]".
Before "the beginning" the eternal Spirit was alone with His thoughts, He was not even God, because god, any god, is an object of worship, and before creation there was nothing to worship Him. So in His great thinking He created (Heb. bara') (Gk.) 'ex nihilo' from nothing but thought angels, seraphim, and cherubim to worship Him. Then He was God, but this was all in His mind. His thoughts are eternal and they are real for they are part of God, Attributes of Himself. But they were symbols foreshadowing things which one day will be translated into substance and form, not in the material stature of cherubim and seraphim described in the Bible, as denominational believers expect, for they are "redeemed men" (Revelation 5:6-10).
The Prophet said, "Angelic beings associate together . . . And if you've got the Holy Spirit in you, then you're a candidate for association with the unseen world and the Supernatural. People can't believe in those things; they've never come in contact. They got nothing in here to believe with.
But when the Holy Spirit comes into the heart, quickly he becomes then a twofold being: one of the earth to die; and one of heaven to live. Amen. In his body he's still subject to death; but in his soul he's passed from death unto Life. In his body he has his earthly contact with his five senses; in his spirit he has a contact with God through the Holy Ghost. And the Angels of God visits them, and speaks with them, and they are messengers sent from God to reveal, and to bring messages from God to the individual. He's out to get the first things first. You can't put the cupola on before the foundation's laid. See? So we got to remember that, put first things first. "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness; all these other things will be added unto you" . . . angel sent to signify these things . . . (Revelation Book of Symbols, p. 10:55).
"Then, after you recognized the very Word of God was Eagle Food, then you left the other thing. You have then been formed into the living image of the living God. You heard from your theophany. "If this earthly body be dissolved, we have one waiting" (Who is this Melchisedec, p. 17:88).
"You mark my words, if you class me, and (which, by honour you say it, and by love) you class me to be God's seer, remember, this is on the Books of heaven. He's present. Wouldn't you like to live where you're conscious that the unseen world's right with you all the time? To realize when you walk out here and get in your car, Angels take their positions to the side of you. When you walk up yonder to that man so unlovely to you that the Holy Spirit's standing right above you and Angels all around you.
"Is that right, Brother Branham?"
"The Bible said so: "The Angels of God are camped about those." They don't go back to heaven; they camp there. They're sent on missions to watch you through life's journey. Oh, isn't that wonderful (Revelation Book of Symbols, p. 19:103-104)?
The angels are the men and women described in Genesis 1:26-28 and Revelation 5:8-14; one of them was you in the appearance of your glorified form. If you were not in His thinking then, you could not be with us in Spirit. But being a son of God or a daughter of God, you were in His thinking at the beginning.
After the Fall "God drove out the man and placed cherubim and the flaming sword [or Shekinah] which turned every way [yet ever maintaining its place] at the east of the Garden of Eden to guard the way to the Tree of Life".
Since Pentecost the cherubim, manifest as God's elect, have been calling "Come!" (Revelation 6:1-8). You will recall the Lord told Brother Branham his ministry would have two phases. Initially he would "do the work of an evangelist"—overlook denominational error to a great degree to gather believers in the spirit of "Brotherly Kindness" and rekindle belief in the Supernatural by "making full proof of his ministry"—revealing "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever [by] discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart"—healing the sick and infirm, restoring sight to the blind, speech and hearing to deaf mutes and raising the dead. This was Christ's "appearing" (Gk. epiphaneia or glorious manifestation in Presence and power) as Paul prophesied for the ministry of the seventh angel at the end of Laodicea in II Timothy 4:1-8, also Luke 17:28-30.
His prophetic second commission would "finish the mystery of God" by delivering the revelation of the Seven Seals to the mixed multitude of believers gathered under His first commission as Christ loosed and revealed the Seals to Him. Just before the close of the Laodicean Church Age the Lord gave Him a precious scriptural sign of His "appearing" in the realm of the Supernatural, confirming his new commission where under he would restore the apostolic faith and finish the mystery of God (Revelation 1:1; 3:14; 10:7; 22:6-10, etc.).
Quoting the Prophet, "In Sabino Canyon that morning, praying and wondering what would happen, holding my hands out to God, up on top of that mountain, that Sword dropped into my hand; with a pearl handle, and its guard over it, and a long blade about three foot long, and glisten like pot metal or like chrome, razor sharp. And I didn't know what it was. And I said, "I'm afraid of these things."
"And just then a Voice spoke, that shook the canyon. Said, "This is the Sword of the Lord." And the Sword of the Lord is the Word of the Lord, for the Word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword (#63-0623M, Standing in the Gap, p. 23:89-90).
"And I had my hands out, and all at once something hit my hand. I don't know. I can't say. Did I go to sleep? I don't know. Did I go into a trance? I don't know. Was it a vision? I can't tell you . . . And it struck my hand, and I looked, and it was a sword, and it had pearl [wisdom] handles, real pretty; and had a guard over it with gold, and the blade looked like, something like a chrome, like silver [redemption], only it was real shiny. And it was so feather-edge sharp, Oh, my. And I thought, "Isn't that the prettiest thing?" just fit my hand. I thought, "That's awful pretty." But I said, "Hey, I'm always 'fraid of them things"—a sword. And I thought, "What will I do with that?"
"And just then a voice shook down through there that rocked the rocks, said, "It's the Sword of the King." And then I come out of it. "The Sword of the King . . ." (The Seventh Seal, p. 507:285-288).
The Shekinah as a "flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the Tree of Life" has been placed back in its sheath; the Lord has placed the Sword of His Word and redemption in the hand of His Prophet to gather His children Home (Matthew 25:6; Ephesians 1:10). With the Word in his hand the revelation of the Seven Seals was the 'third pull' of Brother Branham's ministry. Now the 'third pull' is THUS SAITH THE LORD, the Sword of the King in your hand. And in the manifestation of the Sons of God what you say He will do because you are one with His Word expressing what you are. Sanctify yourself in preparation for the "great earthquake" of Revelation 16:18 which will mark the close of the Christian dispensation and inaugurate the Day of the Lord. You will become one of a hunted and persecuted little group, an outcast as the "squeeze" tightens and you'll have to be in this Council of Churches, or you won't be able to have fellowship.
Brother Branham said, "The 'third pull' will not be used in a great way until this Council begins to tighten up . . . then you'll see, what you've seen temporarily, be manifested in the fullness of its power . . . There is coming a time . . . to where this nation is going to exercise all the power that the beast had before it, which was pagan Rome when it become papal Rome, see, that this nation will do that. Revelation 13 plainly explains it."
"It's tightening. And then when that time comes, and the press comes to a place to where you're pressed out, then watch . . . the Third Pull then, see, and it'll be absolutely to the total lost, but it will be for the Bride and the Church" (Look Away to Jesus, p. 5:37-49). nl1094.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.