Bible Believers' Newsletter #144
"We focus on the PRESENT Truth -- what Jesus is doing NOW . . ." ISSN 1442-8660
We greet you in the wonderful Name of our Lord Jesus Christ and appreciate your fellowship. This newsletter serves those of like precious faith and whosoever will receive the truth is welcome to feed their soul from the waters of the River of Life. Everything presented should be confirmed personally in your own Bible.
God bless you all as you obey God's unchanging Word . . . Brother Anthony
Global Aging Crisis Daunting Demographics
Peter G. Peterson, author of "Gray Dawn: How the Coming Age Wave Will Transform America -- and the World" has impressive credentials which include: Deputy Chairman of The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and Chairman of The Council on Foreign Relations
Global aging and attendant labor shortages will ensure retirement is not an option and that immigration remains a major issue in developed countries. ("As it was in the days of Noah", Satan is using miscegenation to destroy Adam's race. See "Thought Reform." Ed.).
Next century's elderly have already been born and can be counted . . . unfunded liabilities for their pensions is already over $50 trillion in the US alone. Add health care, and the total at least doubles.
Will the Chinese, for example, some day demand the US shore up Medicare the way Americans once demanded China reform human rights as a condition for foreign aid?
Full story: Foreign Affairs (Journal of The Council on Foreign Relations) January/February 1999, vol. 78, no. 1 Gray Dawn: The Global Aging Crisis).
Setting-up Pawns for World War III
We cannot win our war for survival unless we name the group that has chosen to be our enemy. It is not Islam, the Russians, Palestinians, or the common citizen of Israel (but you're getting warmer). The nameless enemy of God and man working under these different names and occupations is provoking World War III. As with the Napoleonic Wars, World Wars I and II, this group are not combatants yet they finance both sides and planned this war generations ago.
Have ever wondered why the Middle East was divided as it is, why Pakistan and the Islamic members of the Russian Federation and the Balkan's are so situated, or why Rockefeller and the CIA created Indonesia, Islam's most populous nation? These are all pawns in the game of Satan's Synagogue which in the nineteenth century decided that World War III should be between the Political Zionists and Islam.
Make no mistake, World War III is almost upon us now, and the outcome was decided hundreds of years ago. The pawns are being provoked into a fight to the death for the benefit of the "hidden hand" whose goal is world hegemony.
This week Israel boasted, "We are the guerrilla warfare champions of the world." As indeed they are, and boasting the shame of it!
Indonesian officials have called off a presidential trip to Canberra (for the sixth time). At least three planned visits by President Abdurrahman Wahid have been called off this year as relations between Indonesia and Australia remain soured after Australia led an international peacekeeping force into East Timor last year.
Stirring the pot, Australia said the Independence movement in Papua (invaded and colonised by Indonesia) would be encouraged if human rights were suppressed.
See how the hidden hand provokes division between third parties they finance? Always under a different name and in a different occupation. Three of their stooges are Israel, Indonesia and Australia. There are others:-
In the name of the United States, the hidden hand has destabilised, demoralised and disintegrated Russia and Asia, priming them with hatred. According to Rothschild's plans, updated last century by Albert Pike, Communism is their tool to destroy all religions. Now there is a backlash against American music, non Eastern Orthodox religions and the American system of "democracy". Billions of dollars milked from Russia have been laundered in the US.
The sinking of the Kursk was an act of war driven by the desperation of the financial oligarchy, which sees the looming financial crash as the moment they lose power (EIR, Australian Alert Service, Vol. 2 No. 34, August 24, 2000). The explosion on the USS Cole, on the other hand, like Pearl Harbor and the sinking of the SS Lusitania, appears to have been an "inside job" to provoke and justify hostilities.
Full story: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2000/11/item20001107222723_1.htm http://nationaljournal.org/e2000/judaism/arafat_stooge.htm
"Second Coming" in Third
Melbourne, November 11, 2000 -- In the annual Melbourne Cup race, a horse called "Second Coming" came in third. Ironically, the second physical Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ as anticipated by denominational people, will in fact be His Third Coming. Right at this moment they are missing the Second or "parousia" Coming of Christ because their man-made traditions know nothing about It.
The Second Coming of the glorified Jesus follows AFTER Armageddon destroys all life on Earth. Then, with the glorified saints of all Ages He will step out upon the ashes of the denominationals, leaving them neither root nor branch (Malachi 4:1-3; Revelation 19:20; 20:5, 10).
Catholic US Electoral College; Voting Fraud
The Founding Fathers sought to create a working Constitutional Republic with "fairness and justice for all" -- without political parties and national campaigns. According to William C. Kimberling, Deputy Director, FEC Office of Election Administration, "The function of the College of Electors in choosing the president can be likened to that in the Roman Catholic Church of the College of Cardinals selecting the Pope. The original idea was for the most knowledgeable and informed individuals from each State to select the president based solely on merit and without regard to State of origin or political party" (The Electoral College).
Non-citizens not registered to vote received a "Dear friend" letter from President Clinton, paid for by the California Democratic Party and enclosing a Voter ID Card. Others responsible include the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Census Bureau. Full story: http://www.fec.gov/pdf/eleccoll.pdf http://www.worldnetdaily.com/bluesky_btl/20001106_xcbtl_voter_frau.shtml http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/nl117.htm
Sowing to Harvest Character
I Corinthians 15:36-38, 42-44, "When you plant seed, it doesn't germinate unless it dies first: nor is the seed you sow the body of the plant that will develop, but a naked kernel of wheat, or some other grain: but God gives it a beautiful new body according to the kind of seed that was sown (Genesis 1:11). . . So is it with the resurrection of the dead: the body that is sown is perishable and decays, but the resurrected body is immortal and immune to decay. It is sown in dishonor and humiliation; it is raised in glory: it is sown a weak, dying body; it is resurrected in strength and endued with power. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a Supernatural body. As surely as there is a natural body formed from the dust, governed by a sensual nature subject to appetite and passion, there is also a spiritual body that is eternal, created and governed by God."
What suspicion had Adam and Eve of the power of Evil: that Eve was about to be overcome and that Adam would turn from God's perfect to His "permissive" will, and experience the meaning of that awful word "death", uttered by their Creator; to feel the terrors of His wrath, the desolation of ruin, the horrors of corruption?
The all-wise God well knew that the great obstacle to perfection in the creature was lack of character, which develops over time through experience in exercising discernment between good and evil; denying the senses of the flesh and mortal spirit, to fulfill the will of God (Hebrews 5:14). Therefore He gave Adam and Eve and every one of us freedom of choice with the certainty of reward or punishment. Our options remain: Lucifer, who is the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, or the Tree of Life, Which is God Himself.
Character is never made without suffering. Character is a VICTORY, not a gift (Romans 5:1-5; 8:17-18; II Timothy 3:12). Man is made in the image of God to rule this Earth as God rules His Universe, and a man without character can't reign because power apart from character is Satanic. But power with character is fit to rule. We have to overcome by applying our faith in the Word of God and prayer even as the Forerunner of our salvation overcame and is seated at His Father's right hand, meaning He has been adopted or recognized as a Son and placed in Authority with the spoken Word. This is the destiny of every son of God.
Jesus was the firstfruits of the Old Testament saints; William Branham was the first mature son of those who are Christ's at His "parousia" (I Corinthians 15:23). And that's now! The end-time saints will not see death in the flesh; they will demonstrate their maturity in the manifestation of the Sons of God when God honors their Authority with the spoken Word, translating them to Supernatural glorified bodies.
Therefore man was not created mature in character (Hebrews 5:8-9; 12:23); but, by painful yet most salutary experience, he should learn his own moral frailties and take dominion over them by God's Word for which cause his soul was born dead. Inasmuch as it is a Supernatural spirit, it can be quickened only by the PRESENT Truth. As a man's vitalised soul grows to maturity, it brings his mortal spirit and corruptible flesh under submission to display the Token Life of Christ which is the nature of the born-again soul. Finally, death will be swallowed up in victory by those who partake Christ's character, when we put on immortality and receive glorified bodies like His Own.
All men since the Fall are sown in dishonor (Psalm 51:5): imprisoned in bodies of corruption subject to vanity, waste and decay until beauty turns to ashes, and however robust or beautiful, they become repulsive and loathsome. But through and out of all this we should be saved by a Power and led by the hand of Another. Our sin, which we are utterly unable to expiate, punished in the person of a Substitute Who should die in our stead. Thus should we be taught the absolute dependence of the creature upon the love and power of the Almighty Creator God.
If we can humble ourselves under His almighty hand; trust Him in the time of our darkness; believing that He causes all things to work together for our good; and thankfully accept His way of peace and salvation -- then, after a little space, the days of our mourning should be ended. He will wash away every stain of sin or tears: and instead of the garment of corruption, He will invest us with the robes of immortality, place a crown of Life upon our head and everlasting joy should break forth upon us (Revelation 7:9-17). When having borne the image of the earthly, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly, resting no longer in hope, but in abundant never-failing satisfaction after awaking or being changed into God's likeness. This is the goal of our being, the mystery for which we were ordained before the foundation of the world.
Then we shall know why He bade us to consider ourselves strangers and pilgrims upon Earth while we were in a state of death, our real life being hid with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3). Then, we shall understand the Words of our Lord, "If you are untrustworthy in worldly wealth, who will entrust you with the true riches of heaven" (Luke 16:12)?
Short, indeed, was their time of happiness: for the powers of evil were already setting the fatal snare. But in Adam, God was raising seed to take dominion over the Earth.
The sin irrevocably committed: the Tempter had triumphed. "Your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as God, knowing good and evil?" Her eyes and those of her husband were indeed opened; but to self-consciousness, not God-consciousness; to behold their own sad condition of nakedness and shame. For now they became suddenly conscious of the vileness of that flesh which had been the medium of their transgression; they were bewildered with the painful sense of a fall from the eminence on which God had placed them, of their resemblance to the brutes around them, and of their unfitness to be seen.
The Laodicean churches have imbibed so deeply of worldly knowledge, they are being transformed into the brute beasts who will rule the New World Order under Rome. Having all but lost their God-consciousness in this great apostacy, they "know it not". But the sleeping virgin, awoken by the "Shout" of the Message of Malachi 4:5-6; I Thessalonians 4:16 and Revelation 10:7, and made aware of their spiritual nakedness, seek white raiment, which is the new birth, that they may be clothed in righteousness by the end-time Message. Jesus counselled, "Buy of Me gold tried in the fire that you may be rich; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see, and that the shame of your nakedness does not appear (Revelation 3:18)."
These feelings seem to have been intensified by an instant and visible change in guilt consciousness. For while Adam and Eve remained in obedience, the Spirit of Life that God had breathed into them through fellowship retained its full power and vigor, untempered by unbelief (John 6:63). Its pervading influence defended their whole being from the inroads of corruption and death; while at the same time its brightness lighting their souls, shed a holiness so that the grosser element of their bodies were concealed from their consciousness behind a veil of radiant glory as God veils Himself and appears in Light as the Shekinah or "appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord" (Ezekiel 1:28).
Psalm 104.1-2, "Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, how great You are -- clothed with honor and majesty and Light. You stretched out the starry heavens as a curtain." The Light of God is the likeness of His own glory and holiness and majesty. In their state of holy innocence before the fall, our first parents were clothed from one another by a measure of the Father's radiant glory which shone within their souls.
I don't believe that our first parents exuded a visible aura as suggested by some. I believe they were full of Spiritual Light or holiness because they had no sense of sin, being content with God's Word. And until Eve took of the Tree of Knowledge, they possessed no consciousness of "alternative lifestyles" that bring darkness.
In Revelation 19:7-9 we read of Israel's "parousia" or realization of Christ and His Bride: "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb has come to pass; the Wedding Banquet is now taking place, and His wife has put on His character, it being granted she should wear the cleanest and whitest of fine linen: which represents the righteousnesses of the saints. And the angel (William Branham) said, 'Write, Blessed are they who are called to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb. This is THUS SAITH THE LORD'." Her adornment was His character shining within her soul, not an external glow.
John 1:4-5, "God's Own Life was in Jesus: that Life was the Light of men. And the Light shone in darkness, but spiritual ignorance and its associated wickedness received It not." If you try to share the revelation with a denominational believer, you will discover the truth of that verse. As children of Light we are dressed from within by the covering of His blood which is the baptism of the Holy Ghost: righteousness or the new birth. And the Token Life of Christ is on display.
When Jesus returned from preaching to the souls of the unbelievers in the place of the departed, He ascended, presented Himself to the Father and cleansed the heavenly tabernacle of the sins of the Old Testament saints. Then He descended and resurrected His Body in glorified form, moving right through the fine linen cloth Joseph of Arimathea had purchased for the women to embalm His body. Even the napkin that had covered his head rested as He had been laid out. Nothing was disturbed (John 20:5-7).
Students of Brother Branham's Message will recall how the Angel of the Lord frequently appeared as a Light near someone who had faith to be healed, and how those oppressed of a demon were overshadowed by the dark shadow of Death in the shape of the demon. Often the Light was visible, as was the shadow of Death. The Law that imprisons the guilty and condemns them to death was a dark shadow of the Light, Life and liberty in Jesus Christ.
The sin of Adam and Eve was made possible by a league of spirit and body that subjugated the soul to a powerless and almost silent prisoner. Its Spiritual vision was impaired, and their inner Light faded and disappeared. The influence of the character or Life of God had departed and could no longer either preserve their bodies from decay, or clothe their souls in Its glory as with a garment. They were now as naked spiritually as they were physically. The threat of God was an accomplished fact; the reign of death had commenced. And sin has disarmed the church as Satan sowed the seed of discrepancy by the spirit of error under the Fifth Trumpet, impeding the Light of God's truth (Matthew 13:24-30, 37-39; Revelation 9:1-3). Ichabod is written over her doors, and since 1963 the Lord has been calling His people out from her.
Brother Branham said the form in which Christ appeared to Paul on the Damascus Road is the form in which He exists today: Light (Acts 9:1-9). He will be in this form until He steps out upon the ashes of the wicked for the Millennium. Jesus said, "I come from God and I go back to God". God is Light (John 13:3; I John 1:5; Revelation 21:23). In this form He led the children of Israel and has appeared to us in these last days. Jesus is the Angel of the Covenant (Revelation 10:1-6). Since He claimed the Book and opened the Seven Seals in 1963, His body sits on the Throne of Judgment. One difference between His "parousia" Coming today and His first and Millennial Comings is the absence of a physical Presence. We meet Him in the Air.
In 1957 the Prophet said, "He will come like the Light, coming from the east to the west. And every eye shall see Him, every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess, when He comes" (Zechariah 14:7; Matthew 24:27-28; Revelation 1:7). He did, and it has been so since the Bride recognized His "parousia".
When the resurrection or the body change takes place, our God-consciousness will be so supreme we'll even defy gravity. Our angel or theophany bodies are Supernatural Light which will reflect the Light of God's through our glorified flesh -- as character.
After the world enters the tribulation, the Church Age saints will resurrect, and the wise virgin, translated into glorified bodies, will unite with them and ascend to the Wedding Supper. "Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father" (Matthew 13:43). Once glorified, we shall be like Him.
The man and his wife were ashamed. But the existence of this feeling showed that the God-consciousness within them, though overwhelmed, was not altogether extinguished. And when someone today has done a thing for which they are truly repentant and desiring God's forgiveness, it shows that their name is still on the Book of Life, that forgiveness is available, and that He is still calling them,
Bewildered by their altered condition they immediately tried to restore their lost dignity by an artificial covering as their descendants have done ever since. The word "religion" means "a covering". Through ignorance, pride or vanity, people serve the senses of the flesh or mortal spirit, striving to adorn the inner man with religious rites and ceremonies, or to enhance the outer man, covering the sin in their soul rather than banishing sin by walking in the Light of the PRESENT Truth. For every living creature has its own proper covering, not put on, but integral, coming from within; man alone is destitute and has recourse to artificial aids because through sin he has lost God's holy veil of innocence and exchanged it for a veil that lusts for knowledge of good and evil. But it is the inner man of the heart who must be clothed by being born-again and liberated so that sin no longer has control of his eyes, his ears, his mind and his tongue. "For the worshipper once purged has no more guilt of sin" (Hebrews 10:2). He's restored to the innocence Adam and Eve had before the Fall.
Satan's knowledge made Adam and Eve aware of their nakedness. Prior to receiving his secret knowledge on the facts of life, they were veiled by the Holy Spirit and they looked upon one another not realizing their nakedness. Satan substituted that holy veil with a veil that lusts for the knowledge of good and evil. And that's the veil the covers the worldly churches of today. Hence in this scientific age Satan is approaching the pinnacle of his career. So much so that very soon the whole world will worship him.
We have three different bodies in which we, our born-again soul dwell, as we mature from the shadow or negative of this present life into the substance or reality. First is our mortal body of corruption, second is a celestial or theophany body, third is our glorified body. So if we know one another in these mortal bodies, how much more will we know each other in the glorified state? We will recognize a resurrected saint, and that will boost our faith to change in the atoms.
Our first body was born of our earthly parents by sexual desire so we must be born-again from above by the spoken Word through faith, starting with our soul. That birth clothes the inner man or soul with our angel or theophany (Psalm 34:7). It has the appearance of our glorified form and this is how God sees us in His foreknowledge, already seated in heavenly places (Revelation 5:8-14). When we're born-again, God doesn't see these bodies of corruption. This veil of flesh is what keeps us out of His Presence and prevents us from behaving as we really want to behave (Romans 7:7-25). The Church Age saints enter their theophany upon death. "If this earthly tabernacle be dissolved, we have another one waiting" (II Corinthians 5:1).
The veil of flesh prevents us from seeing into that Dimension, but those who are born-again, are sealed to the day of their bodily redemption. Romans 8:29-30, "All whom He fore knew, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, he also called: and whom he called, he also justified: and whom he justified, he also glorified." That ought to give you the confidence and encouragement to know "It is finished!" As far as God is concerned, if you're His elect you are already glorified! You've just got to finish your pilgrimage through time-space, overcoming by the Word of God and prayer to identify whose Son you are that He may receive glory.
God veiled Himself behind the flesh of the Lord Jesus. But when He tore that veil in two He became God again, and raised that veil in a glorified condition. And when the veil of our flesh is torn in two, we will speak and God will answer in the manifestation of the Sons of God. Then we shall know the power of His resurrection (Philippians 3:10). Our first body must rot or be changed in the atoms because it was "born in iniquity and conceived in sin" (Psalm 51:5) and nothing unclean can inherit the kingdom.
The spirit of natural life is conducted through our bloodstream. In the resurrection we will be empowered by the Life of the Spirit of God in our theophany, a body of Light not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Hence, when Jesus met His disciples He said to them, "I am flesh and bones". Not "I am flesh and blood". If our theophany or angel is eternal and is the image or negative of our glorified form it shows we never had a beginning and can never have an end. That ought to give you the confidence and encouragement to know that if you are born-again, when Christ overcame and paid sin's price on Calvary, you were in Him then and have already paid for your sins in Christ on Calvary.
We will be made of unseen substance. "Through faith we understand that the ages or dispensations were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which appear. And faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1, 3). God will transfigure that substance in the first resurrection.
We are the New Jerusalem Jesus has been building for two thousand years (John 1:1-3). "And the City was pure gold -- transparent Deity or manifested Word. Each of its twelve gates was one unique pearl (revelation, or proverb of wisdom): and the street of the city was Deity, transparently pure" (Revelation 21:17-21; 22:17-19; Ephesians 5:25-27).
The end-time Bride will be changed in the atoms without death, but the saints from Pentecost to Laodicea enter the Presence by way of the grave. In their theophany or celestial body they fellowship in a dimension (symbolically under the golden altar that was associated with the Holy of Holies), waiting for the last member to be baptized into the Bride. In that state they neither eat, drink, nor sleep, and they cannot resurrect and be glorified until we have matured and are ready for the manifestation of the Sons of God (Hebrews 11:39-40).
When the Seventh Trump sounds the end of the Gentile dispensation, those celestial bodies will descend like the Light that rested on Jesus like a dove, and receive their glorified bodies. As only John the Baptist saw the Shekinah upon Jesus and heard the Voice, only the end-time Bride will see the resurrected saints. Their appearance to us will build grace in our hearts for translation faith. And quick as a thought we'll be in that Dimension, leaving nothing behind. It'll be that fast. If you could think of Heaven, that's how quick you'd be there: in an indivisible moment of time, the twinkling of an eye.
We can only discern time, length and breadth, the three dimensions of this earthbound system. People are going to find out some day, that they're not seeing a hundred and fifty million years of light space; they're just going right around in a circle. They imagine Heaven is so many billions of light years away when it's about fifteen feet above our heads in a faster Dimension.
After His resurrection, Jesus came right through the walls into a locked room and ate boiled fish and honeycomb (Luke 24:36-44; John 20:19-25). Speed! Einstein scientifically proved that if two objects were coming toward each other fast enough, (now they'd really have to be going fast, like a billion miles a second), they could pass right through one another without disturbing anything. Hallelujah, speed! And as soon as life leaves this body, we'll be in the Presence of God.
Television proves that. Cowboys are chasing Indians right through this room; the US Fleet is fighting the Japanese Navy in your home right now. Your television set can capture those light waves and project them onto a screen. There are other dimensions our mortal senses cannot reach. But they are real, and they're recorded. It's like throwing a pebble into a pond. The splash of displaced water disappears in an instant, but the ripples bear record right around the pond. And everything we say, and do, is recorded in another dimension. The veil of flesh is what keeps us out of His Presence.
Our new bodies will have the stature and look like the originals, only in the prime of life. There will be no scars, defects or imperfections, and the reproductive glands will be absent as there will be neither marrying nor giving in marriage, and no children.
It is the Godly character of a born-again soul that creates the immortal robe which clothes It and blossoms into a glorified body; never to grow old, fall sick or to have a heartache. We mature into the Divine nature as we add to faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity (II Peter 1:1-8). In the fullness of time the many membered Body will grow into the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Then there'll be an resurrection and He'll take us Home.
God's plan was for fellowship with His family. He wanted to bring glory to Himself by manifesting the Attributes of His Own Life through a people who would choose Him in love and discernment, dying to the desires of their flesh and mortal spirit to express His will. This was to be accomplished through fellowship with Adam and Eve before sin separated them (Amos 3:3). Had they waited, all of their offspring would have matured through fellowship into glorified form. But in order that God could display His attributes as Healer, Savior, Judge, Provider, and so-on, He placed them on free moral agency, making possible the Fall and saving grace.
God has restored that fellowship through the blood of a Substitute and the end-time Bride feeds on His Word, not in letter only, but in understanding and obedience (James 1:22-25). Since that which is perfect has come, we walk with the fullness of the Word like Adam before the Fall. But unless we have a sincere desire for intimacy He will not share His secrets with us.
We must ask, seek and knock. Where? "Wheresoever the carcass is -- the fresh Word of the PRESENT Truth, there will the eagles be gathered together" (Matthew 24:28). Where is that? Where the Message -- Spiritual food in due season -- is rightly divided and freely fed to believers as our Lord fed loaves and fishes to the multitude.
Don't just devour these sermons and Newsletters. Taste them, and prove them by God's Recipe Book. Ensure they contain all the Spiritual vitamins and minerals He promised, and that you understand what you are partaking. If it is the Truth, it will give you eternal Life, and the character of Christ. nl144.htm
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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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