Bible Believers' Newsletter #142
"We focus on the PRESENT Truth -- what Jesus is doing NOW . . ." ISSN 1442-8660
God bless you in the wonderful Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I appreciate your fellowship and your e-mail.
Several e-mails received this week indicate some Subscribers are quickly scanning the Articles without "proving all things". Consequently they have the letter without Spiritually understanding what it means. In other words, they are without the faith.
In these Newsletters as when I teach, I endeavor to rightly divide the Word and carefully choose and define the right word supported by references and URL's. Care for your soul; ensure you understand the meanings I believe the Holy Spirit is trying to convey; prove your understanding in the Bible, then obey what It says do. And please study more broadly than the Newsletter, making full use of the Christian resources on our Church web site. It is too late in the day for us to be found wanting in the faith.
Your brother-in-Christ . . . Anthony Grigor-Scott
They Sat Down to Eat and Rose UP to Play
In their latest Golden Calf scheme, the National Council of Churches, representing 35 Protestant and Eastern Orthodox churches, propose inviting Roman Catholics, evangelical Protestants and Pentecostals to a meeting next year. Their purpose is to bring together people who disagree. Balaam had the same plan for Israel and Moab (Exodus 32:1-6; Numbers 25:1-5; Amos 3:3; II Corinthians 6:14-18). One idea they suggest, would be to unite Christian churches in a decade-long campaign to alleviate poverty (Matthew 26:11; Revelation 3:17).
The National Council of Churches, like its parents the Methodist Federation for Social Action, the Methodist Federation for Social Service, Union Theological Seminary, and child, the World Council of Churches, is a Judaeo-Communist front, funded by Rockefeller, other international oil, banking and business interests.
Brother Branham said, "They have this big morgue built there in New York, of that federation of churches, it's the same as in United Nations . ." (The Stature of a Perfect Man, 50:376). Fullstory: http://www.nytimes.com/2000/10/23/national/23CHUR.html
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Gene Scientists Disable Plants' Immune System
London (The Observer) October 11, 2000 -- Scientists working for Swiss food giant Novartis have developed and patented a method for 'switching off' the immune systems of plants, to the outrage of environmentalists and Third World charities who believe the new technology to be the most dangerous use so far of gene modification. Patents filed by Novartis, manufacturers of Ovaltine, reveal that its scientists expect to be able to use the radical biotechnology for almost every crop on Earth. Full story: http://www.iahf.com/index1.html and search for this title.
Possessing All Things
"Let no man glory in men. For all things are your's . . . and you are Christ's; and Christ is God's" (I Corinthians 3:21-23).
God sent Brother Branham with a Message that would show the Bride her place in the Body and her position in His Word to substantiate her identity in union with the Word. Comparing the Bride with the church in the end-time we discover the church ain't what she imagines she is. She controls immense material wealth and lives on past reputation with enough psychology to create a strong delusion that will deceive the world, such that in the Tribulation all whose names are not written in the Lamb's Book of Life will serve her. The Message delivered by the Prophet was Christ, the fullness of the Word, calling both the wise and foolish virgin out from the world church system into the unity of the faith (Matthew 25:1-13; Acts 2:21; I Corinthians 13:10; I Thessalonians 4:16; II Thessalonians 2:1; Revelation 10:7; 18:4).
Jesus and Paul foretold the Gentile dispensation ends in apostacy, not revival. Like Israel in the days of His flesh, the Gentiles anticipate the wrong Coming. As Israel rejected John the Baptist (the Elijah of Malachi 3:1) and crucified the Word he introduced, the church in Laodicea rejected Brother Branham and is now crucifying unto themselves the Son of God afresh, or rejecting the Message which is the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, in a form we can receive by faith (John 14:18-20).
The church, and I refer to the individual members as well as the systems they serve, is found to be naked of the blood, bankrupt of the faith and blind to the PRESENT Truth. In its apostatcy it is really no more than the world with God's Name on it. By their very nature, church systems cannot follow the Leadership of the Spirit and are bound by boards, councils, colleges and synods of men. The people can not lay up Spiritual treasures in heaven because their leaders are without the measure of faith predestinated to this day that is the baptism with the Spirit or new birth (I John 1:7). Their vast wealth is temporal and dispossessed at death. What they call faith is vain imagining. Faith is not mental gymnastics, it is the mind of God in you. Faith is the substance of which the material world was formed, and the evidence of a perfect world to come. Take care how you feed your soul. It might make you sick, even unto death.
Brother Branham's Message is based on the Message of Paul and the apostles and prophets (Ephesians 2:20; Acts 3:21). It restored that apostolic faith which was based upon Moses' Message (Malachi 4:5-6). This fullness of the Word, is our inheritance. As Paul wrote, ALL things are ours: the present and the future, even life and death, are in our hands. What we do with them is determined by our obedience to the faith and we will be rewarded according to how we exercised that faith. That outcome will show who were the wise, and who were foolish virgin.
As Christ's bondservent, Paul had surrendered himself body and soul and was no longer his own. He had no material wealth, indeed he was impoverished, abused, imprisoned, made of no reputation among his former peers -- students of Talmud under such as Gamaliel -- and all for the Gospel. Yet Paul bestowed Spiritual riches with profusion, knowing that the whole world belongs to the believer whose Father is possessor of heavens and earth (Genesis 14:18-19; II Corinthians 6). And that we are joint heirs with Christ in all things because we are Christ's and Christ is God's.
Grace is free, unmerited favor from God. The Church though heir of all things, possess them only as the Bride of Jesus Christ Who is the heir of all things being the firstborn from among the dead and thereby having the pre-eminence among His brethren. In Genesis 2:7 we learn how the Lord God formed a male human body from the dust and breathed lives into him -- a mortal spirit to activate his body, and an immortal soul in His own image and likeness. Next God formed the animals and brought them to Adam to name. By naming the animal kingdom, Adam took possession of his dominion before the appearance of the woman so that she shared his lordship not in her own right, but as being bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh (Genesis 2:23; Ephesians 5:30).
Jesus declared, "You are purged through My spoken Word as a vine is pruned to make it fruitful. Abide in My Word and I will live you. As a branch cannot bear fruit if it is pruned off the vine, you can not bear fruit unless you abide in Me."
"I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me, and I in him, will be abundantly fruitful: but cut off from Me you can do nothing" (John 15:3-5).
Here's a lesson on marriage and divorce in the natural and the spiritual. Although Eve was taken out of the spoken Word, Adam, she did not abide in their reunion and was seduced by the Devil-incarnate serpent (II Corinthians 11:2-3; I Timothy 2:12-15). He is called the beast and he types the Pope, who, when he is incarnate of the Devil, is called the beast and will deceive the second Eve, the church.
She is called a whore and the mother of harlots because, like the wife of the first Adam, she was defiled before the last Adam could take her to Himself (Revelation 13:14; 17:3-5). Paul admonishes us "receive not the grace of God in vain", you possess all things: hold to the promises and seek not to be unequally yoked together with unbelievers who only temporarily control the world. They have the shadow, you have the Word and without your Husband, you can do nothing.
Adam called his wife Woman (Hebrew "Isha" or female) because she was taken out of Man (Hebrew "Ish" or male). As she was flesh of Adam's flesh and partaker of the feminine nature of his spirit, God called her by Adam's name from the time she was presented as his wife (Genesis 5:2). Since Christ called us and we have received Him as our Husband we have been known by His Name. "Christian" is one name common to all of us as Adam was one name common to the husband and his wife. His name over us signifies He is ruler over us, or Lord.
"One day we will have another change; we will certainly receive a new name. It could well be that Name was our true and original name written in the Lamb's Book of Life from the foundation of the world. He knows that name, but we do not. One day at His good pleasure, we will know also. . . When ALL becomes new, then He will take upon Him a new Name and that Name will be the Name of the Bride also. What that Name is, none dare conjecture. It would have to be a revelation of the Spirit given so conclusively that none would dare deny it. But no doubt He will leave that revelation to the day when He desires to give that Name forth. Suffice it to know that it will be more wonderful than we could ever imagine" (William Branham, An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 212; 318:1).
By the grace of God we do not need to "conjecture" what Christ's new Name and our new Name is. The Word is known by faith or revelation and "the mystery of God is finished" (Revelation 10:7). Here is a clue from "The Revelation of the Seven Seals".
"And Jesus, His Name on earth was Redeemer, Jesus. When He was on earth, He was the Redeemer; that's true. But when He conquered death and hell, and overcame them, and ascended on high, He received a new Name. That's the reason they holler the way they do and get nothing; it will be revealed in the thunders."
"Notice, the mystery. He's coming, riding. . . There's got to be something to change this Church, you know that. There's got to be something. Notice. No man knew but Himself. Now, notice, no man knew but Hisself."
(There's got to be a revelation to the Bride WHO she is. And if she knows who she is, won't she know her own Name)?
"And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood (the blood of His enemies as we discovered from our study of Isaiah); and His Name is called The Word of God. (Notice). And the armies that were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He had on His vesture and on His thigh a Name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."
". . . Christ is called the Word of God. That's what He is. He's called that. Now, He's got a Name that no man knows, but He's called the Word of God. . ." (William Branham, The Revelation of the Seven Seals 158:3-8; 159:4).
He's not returning physically as the Jesus the Redeemer but as the King of kings and Lord of lords. Brother Branham gives the answer in the sermon, "Who is this Melchisedec" (18:96-97).
"Now, the true revelation of Melchisedec comes into view was -- that He was God, the Word, before He became flesh, God the Word. 'Cause He had to be; no one else could be immortal like Him. See, I had father and mother; you did too. Jesus had father and mother. But this Man had no father or had no mother. Jesus had a time He started; this Man didn't. Jesus gave His life; this Man couldn't, because He was Life. And it's the self same Man all the time. I hope God reveals it to you, the self same Person all the time."
"Notice His title, King of righteousness. Now, Hebrews 7:2: King of righteousness and King of peace, He's two Kings. Now, watch, Hebrews 7:2, King of righteousness, also the King of peace. He's two Kings there. Now, since He has come in the flesh and received His body up (Ed. or translated the Church of all ages), in Revelations 19:16 He's called the King of Kings. He's all three of them together. See? King God, King Theophany, King Jesus; He's the King of Kings. It's all met, just like soul, body, and spirit. All comes to make one."
"Also He is the Father, which was the first, Son, and Holy Ghost, the Spirit. King of righteousness, the Spirit attribute; theophany, King of peace, theophany; and in flesh He was King of Kings: same Person."
Once we have changed into the likeness of His glorified body, we will share His Titles and be the Queen of righteousness, Queen of kings, and Queen of New Jerusalem which is Queen of Peace. I believe our new Name is Melchisedec. Meanwhile we separate ourselves from the world and the things of the world unto Him. "Kings' daughters were among Your honourable women: upon Your right hand stood the Queen in gold of Ophir. Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear; forget also your own people, and your father's house; so shall the King greatly desire your beauty: for He is your Lord; and worship Him" (Psalm 45:9-11; Genesis 2:24; Matthew 10:37).
Jesus left His father and mother (as is supposed) and united with His wife by the baptism of the Spirit with assurance He will never leave us nor forsake us to the consummation (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5). Thereafter we will never be apart.
As a man and his wife become one flesh through the marriage union, Christ's Wife becomes Word of His Word and in agreement with Him as He and the Father are one in mind and Spirit (John 17:21-26). And we reflect the nature and character of our Husband's Name as Jesus declared His Father's Name. All of the Father's attributes were made known in His flesh. Jehovah of the Old Testament is Jesus of the New manifest in virgin-born flesh to redeem us. There is no such thing as a Trinity of Gods:
Jehovah Jireh -- the Lord will provide (Genesis 22:13-14; Matthew 14:15-21)
Jehovah Rapha -- the Lord that heals (Exodus 15:26; Matthew 4:24)
Jehovah Nissi -- the Lord our banner (Exodus 17:8-15; Revelation 19:11-16)
Jehovah Shalom -- the Lord our Peace (Judges 6:23-24; Luke 19:38)
Jehovah Raah -- the Lord my Shepherd (Psalm 23:1; Matthew 26:31)
Jehovah Tsidkenu -- the Lord our righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6; Romans 10:4)
Jehovah Shammah -- the Lord is Present (Ezekiel 48:35; Revelation 21:3)
Notice the Oneness of the Father expressed visibly in a Son under pre-eminence set the pattern for the harvest wave offering of many Sons of God. This will be the manifestation of the Sons of God, the Wife of Christ under pre-eminence to the Word. All God was He poured into Christ; all Christ was He poured into His Church. This is God expressing His Attributes to gather glory unto Himself.
Jesus declared "I am Alpha, the beginning" or original Pentecostal Church that held and understood the Word of God pure and undefiled, "and Omega" or Bride Church restored to the same faith plus the revelation of the Seven Seals at the end of the Gentile dispensation. Jesus was Alpha and He will be Omega, the Word at the beginning and the Word at the end, but He is not what was in between -- Seven Church Ages of PART Word mixed with man-made creed and dogma (Revelation 1:8; Malachi 4:5-6; I Corinthians 13:10).
While the Bible was sealed with Seven Seals and the faith or understanding was lost through Roman martyrdom, Jesus was a Mediator for the saints. He received the Word for the hour and placed their ignorance under the blood so they could be born-again. Now, since the revelation of the Seven Seals, we have the true sayings of God. And Jesus calls His end-time Bride, His "Wife", Mrs. Jesus Christ, because she has made herself ready by clothing herself in "the true sayings of God" (Revelation 22:6-10; 19:7-9). And the Spirit and the Bride are at last in agreement and require no Mediator (Revelation 22:17).
Since "that which is perfect is come", the fullness of the Word, there is a church, and there is a Bride called out from "her" (the church), into "Him" the Word (Revelation 18:4; Matthew 25:1-13). When the earthquake marking the close of the Gentile dispensation sinks Los Angeles, the answer to Jesus' prayer in Gethsemane will be vindicated in the manifestation of the Sons of God, proving we are truly one with and abiding in the Vine.
In the new heavens and new earth God will be worshipped throughout eternity by the "saved" in the FORM of Jesus Christ and His Bride. The New Jerusalem that comes down from God out of heaven IS the glorified Church. We are united with our Melchisedec, possessor of heavens and earth, the Logos manifest in glorified flesh. His Wife, foreknown in the Logos, was drawn from His side on Calvary. She is invincible under pre-eminence to Him, and all things are ours. nl142.htm
Homework: http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/bb950526.htm#Israelite Marriage
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Brother Anthony Grigor-Scott is a non-denominational minister. He has ministered full-time since 1981, primarily to other ministers and their congregations in various countries. He pastors Bible Believers' tiny congregation, and is available to minister in your church.
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