Bible Believers' Newsletter 163
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
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It's Written in the Protocols
White Americans may soon find themselves unable or unwilling to stand up to challenge the new political methods that will be the inevitable result of the ethnic metamorphosis now taking place in America. Unable to cope with the new rules of the game—violence, mob riots, intimidation through accusations of racism, demands for proportionality based on racial numbers, and all the other social and political weapons used by the have-nots to bludgeon treasure and power from the haves—Americans, like others before them, will no doubt cave in.
Faced with revolution in the streets, strikes, civil unrest and the sheer terror and murder practiced by Nelson Mandela's African National Congress (ANC), the white government simply capitulated in order to achieve "peace." Westerners need peace. They need order and stability. They are builders and planners. The Third World is different. . . Full story: http://www.eaglesup.com/warning.html Protocols of the Learned Elders
Hoof and Mouth, and Financial Collapse
Is it possible that BSE, and Hoof and Mouth disease could be a conspiracy to bankrupt small farmers and ranchers so that cartels can take their land for a song, establish mega farms or return land to the wild, creating famine and massively culling the human race? According to Scripture, these and other diseases such as AIDS and tuberculosis and but the tip of the iceberg.
According to a 'good source'—The hoof and Mouth disease virus is Pan Asian Type 'O', a new strain never before seen before 'in the wild'. It is believed this strain has been created in Porton Down Laboratory. It is said that Animal Rights and/or ALF activists from Norfolk visited the farm at Hebdon on the Wall, Northumberland on about December 4, 2000. The MAFF is said to have known about the December visit and that their officials approached T.G. Norman, Longtown, Carlisle in November, 2000, inquiring about the availability of 'burn timber', and that a lady from MAFF contacted timber suppliers in Staffordshire and informed them she was working from the 1967 F&M list. It is understood that by early in February, 2001, the EU started checking F&M vaccine stocks and on February 18, allocated 430,000 Euro to F&M vaccine.
A Cumbrian farmer close to and downwind of confirmed F&M has been dosing his flock with homoeopathic Borax and has NO F&M amongst his flocks and it is understood that a directive from MAFF advised that vets advocating or using homoeopathic borax would have their licenses withdrawn. It is certain that the methods of dealing with this outbreak are being dictated by the EU. Draw Your Own Conclusions.
The British Government is said to have warned the Australian Government during the Olympics in September, 2000! Over the decade Australia has reduced government veterinary inspection services.
Unlike Britain and other Western countries, which stopped large scale preventative vaccinations in 1992, Russia has maintained vaccinations along its entire border with China and Mongolia. According to Mr. Valery Zakharov, Deputy Director of the Animal Protection Institute in Moscow, "Our system is 108 times more economical than the system in England".
On BSE or Mad Cow disease— raising the animals in penned areas, in very close quarters, and feeding them hormones and other chemicals followed by huge amounts of antibiotics upset their Immune Systems. Full story: http://www.drday.com/madcow.htm Newsletter #143 Animal Carcasses will not burn
Systemic Financial Collapse
Interest rate and tax cuts were the response to the bursting of the stock market in 1929. This sparked a suckers' rally in which the Dow Jones rose by 48 percent from its low on November 13, 1929 to its high on April 17, 1930.
The October crash in 1929 followed the Fall precedent: September 18, 1873; October 6, 1932, October 18, 1937, October 19, 1987; and October 13, 1989. But the bursting of the Nasaq, the greatest bubble in world history, occurred in the Spring of 2000.
The rhetorical question now is: Will the Dow collapse in the spring of 2001 and join in the coming suckers' rally, or will it follow the historical precedent and crash later ending the suckers' rally—which then plunges the world into the greatest depression in world history? The Dow was down 19.7 percent from September 3, 1929 on the eve of Black Thursday October 24 1929; on the eve of Black Tuesday September 29 1929 is was down 31.6 percent from its high. This Spring could be very interesting. Full story: mail to futurewatch
Christ's Parousia to Us Gentiles
Only three Comings of Christ are identified in the New Testament but they are described by two different Greek words: erchomai, and parousia.
'Erchomai' pertains to Jesus' physical first Coming through the womb of a virgin, and to His physical return with the glorified saints of all Ages after the destruction of all life on earth when He will restore His Original World Order in the Millennium. Once that order is established and man has completed God's initial command to "subdue the earth, have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that is upon the earth", He will judge sinners following the general resurrection.
'Parousia' pertains not to His physical advent but to His arrival and subsequent Presence to incarnate His elect for the manifestation of the Sons of God and the translation. (Read Newsletter 078). His second Coming is not the physical return of our Lord Jesus Christ and it cannot be seen with the naked eye but must be discerned by faith in the heart of His elect. We do not see Jesus the Man, we 'see' or understand Christ, the Word. The revelation of the Seven Seals in 1963 brought Christ back to earth in WORD Form. His second Coming was through the mouth of His prophet, the late William Branham. The revelation of the Seven Seals restored the apostolic faith, finished the mystery of God and brought Christ back to earth in WORD form as Paul foretold in I Corinthians 13:10.
Throughout the seven Church Ages the saints had PART-Word and a Mediator for their ignorance of the Word that was hidden or lost. But following the close of the seven Church Ages (typed by the seven sabbaths of the Pentecostal feast), there was an additional sabbath or holy convocation, a fiftieth day wherein the apostolic faith was to be restored and rightly divided into the finished and perfect interpretation of the Word as wheat, when separated and graded, is ground into flour, mixed with leaven, and baked into loaves to be received as food (Leviticus 23:9-21; Malachi 4:5-6; Revelation 10:7).
This is the story of the redemption of Christ's Bride—from Calvary through to the resurrection of the Church Age saints, the manifestation of the Sons of God, and their translation to unite with the rest of the Body to meet the Lord for the Wedding Supper in the air. Christ is the original corn of wheat Who was planted at Calvary. On the first day of Pentecost He reproduced His Life many fold in the apostolic saints. But in the Ephesian Age, although it hated the deeds of the nicolaitanes—a word describing those who separate the people from God by a hierarchy in the clergy—the Church left its first love, the Word (Revelation 2:1-7).
In the Smyrnean Age (Revelation 2:8-11) the nicolaitane group began to organize, asserting originality and thus pre-eminence like those who claimed to be of Peter and thus possess "the keys to the kingdom of heaven," (although it seems perhaps they deceitfully or otherwise confused Simon Magnus, the Samaritan magician who established his cult in Rome, with Simon Peter, the apostle to the circumcision who pastored a Church at Jerusalem and was never in Rome. Jesus called them the synagogue of Satan.
In the Pergamean Age (Revelation 2:12-17) the deeds of the nicolaitanes became doctrine which Jesus called "the doctrine of Balaam" who knew the revealed Word of God but substituted his own teaching to gain money and prestige in the world. This took place at the First Nicaea Council of AD325 where the nominal false church united with the State, organizing the Roman Catholic church and introduced the heresy of Trinitarianism with a false baptism in three Titles as its fundamental basis of belief. Thereafter the Roman Catholic tare church persecuted the wheat bride until Her Light was all but extinguished and she fell back into the ground and died, like her Master, through almost a thousand years called the Dark Ages in the Thyatira Church Age (Revelation 2:18-29).
The following three Ages, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea (Revelation 3:1-22), saw the Protestant reformation of the Roman Catholic system of worship through the revelations of Justification, Sanctification and the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. But at the end of the Laodicean Age the churches refused to walk in the further Light restored by the prophet God sent them. The forty-nine days being ended, the sevenfold Spirit of God which had anointed the saints with a partial revelation in each Church Age, returned to heaven and came back in Revelation 10:1-4 as Christ, the fullness.
This mighty Angel from heaven did not attempt to reform Rome. Rome would not repent, and her daughter churches which did run well in their day, were returning to the mother church and her doctrine "like a dog to its vomit and a sow that was washed to wallowing in her own dung" (Revelation 2:20-23; II Peter 2:22-3:4). Christ returned in the "shout" of the THUS SAITH THE LORD of Brother Branham's Message, calling both wise and foolish virgin out from Rome and her (once) Protestant daughters (Matthew 25:6; I Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 18:4).
Christians are concerned with Christ's 'parousia' Coming which began in 1963 and takes us to the Wedding Supper, thereafter It is revealed to the 144,000 elect Israelites. We need not concern ourselves overmuch with His second physical or 'erchomai' Coming, for once we are "caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air . . . we shall ever be with the Lord" and cannot fail to be with Him when He returns for the millennium. If you are born-again you will understand the revelation I am sharing here because you are already caught up in the spirit into the Lord's day. You are already in the air, in the 'rapture' as foretold in Revelation 4:1-2 where John represents the end-time Bride.
In Matthew 24:3 the disciples asked Jesus three questions:
- When shall the Temple be destroyed?
- What shall be the sign of your 'parousia' Coming? And,
- What shall be the sign of the completion of the dispensations? (Or consummation of the ages).
History answers their first question: the Temple was destroyed in AD70 by Roman general Titus as Jesus foretold in Matthew 24:14-21. Our prime interest however, is in their second question, "What shall be the sign of your parousia?" In Verse 30 Jesus says that the sign of His parousia to the 144,000 elect Israelites who will "mourn" the revelation rejected by their forefathers, will be seen "in the clouds of heaven" like the sign of His parousia to we Gentiles that manifested on February 28, 1963 (Acts 1:9-11; Revelation 1:7).
Jesus warns us all that His parousia will be in the manner of lightning—not in the suddenness of its flash—but in its universal shining it will irradiate the whole earth with the omnipresent, unmistakable and fearful reality of revelation to His elect. Revelation 18:1, "After (the mystery of Rome's iniquity and judgment was disclosed), I saw another Angel come down from heaven, having great authority (Matthew 28:18; I Corinthians 15:25; Revelation 10:1-4); and the earth shone with Spiritual enlightenment from the excellence and absolute perfection of His Deity".
Revelation 18:2-4 speaks of the reality of the revelation of Christ's parousia to the end-time Bride who recognize His Voice announcing, "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her idolatry, and the kings of the earth have committed idolatry with her, and the merchants of the earth are grown rich through the abundance of her invincible and arrogant all-pervading idolatrous power."
The fearful reality of Christ's command vindicates the Message of His Prophet on earth who echoes the heavenly announcement, "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, My people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues."
As lightning purifies the air, the revelation of Christ's parousia purifies the fourth dimension we call "the air". Here spirits communicate by inspiration, dreams and visions, but His elect will not be deceived since the full Word is present with us, now. We hear only His Voice and we will not follow a stranger as we cannot be deceived on the revealed Word of God (Matthew 24:24; John 10:1-5).
The answer to the disciples' third question casts further Light on the second because it is linked by a conjunction. "What shall be the sign of your 'parousia,' AND what shall be the sign of the completion of the ages?" So Christ's parousia to we Gentiles marks the end of the seven dispensations of the Church, when "'time' (or delay whilst He mediated for the ignorance of the saints predestinated to the Ages of PART-Word when the Book was sealed) shall be no longer" (Revelation 10:6). Or as Paul explained, "When that which is perfect (the fullness of the Word) is come, that which was in PART (PART-Word and a Mediator) will be done away." Christ's parousia calls us out of Babylon into the unity of the faith for the manifestation of the Sons of God and the Wedding Supper of the Lamb in the sky.
The sign of the consummation is the restoration of the State of Israel in the Promised Land. Jesus said, "when you see this take place, the end is so close that the generation who saw Israel restored to the Promised Land cannot die out through old age before the millennium commences. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the parousia of the Son of man be. For as in the days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the parousia of the Son of man be" (Matthew 24:32-39).
As it was in the days of the Flood, the chronological end of the world is concealed from the non-elect by the seeming prosperity of these last days. Most confessing Christians are so overcome by luxuries and material ease, they are lukewarm in their service and blind to His Word (Revelation 3:15-20). God's judgment was not foreseen by the non-elect in Noah's day yet they watched Noah for 120 years as he transformed his faith into a boat, loaded it with animals, and God sealed him inside. Likewise our generation has failed to recognize God's judgment sign yet Jesus Christ was revealed seven times around the world discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart, raising the dead, restoring sight to the blind, healing sickness and disease, and prophesying through Brother Branham's ministry (Luke 17:28-30; Genesis 18; Hebrews 4:12). And the sign of Christ's parousia was witnessed by the international Press, recorded in books, tested and reported in scientific journals, proving Christ has already come, but "as a thief in the night"—to the non-elect (I Thessalonians 5:2).
Christ's parousia heralds the first resurrection. I Corinthians 15:22-23, "As by our union in nature under the first Adam all die, all who are born into the last Adam shall rise again. But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His parousia".
In Christ's army prior calling does not imply a higher or lower standing and reward in the kingdom of heaven. The first shall be last and the last shall be first. Jesus was among the last of the Old Testament saints, yet He resurrected first and they arose after him. The order of the first resurrection should see the Laodicean saints rise first, and so-on back to His disciples. Then the end-time Bride, who has been manifesting the Sons of God during their resurrection, will change in the atoms to cap the body for her introduction to the Lord.
I Thessalonians 2:19-20, "For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His parousia? For you are our glory and our joy."
Paul's converts are his future crown and joy. The hope of his ministry is his reunion with the Thessalonians and all of us at Christ's parousia (II Corinthians 7:6-7; Romans 2:16). For we are all his glorying as we are the epistle of Christ written by the Holy Ghost through his ministry (Galatians 1:8-9). His glorying in us is as a natural husband and Christ are glorified in their Christian wife who reflects the character of the original from whom they are copied and with whom they are reunited.
Paul explains how in his trials he is uplifted and rejoices in the promising news of their Spiritual growth, and how he longs to see them face to face so that he may complete that which is lacking in their faith. Because the outcome of maturity or perfection in love is a heart established in holiness, fit for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Ephesians 4:11-16).
I Thessalonians 3:12-13, "And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: To the end He may establish your hearts unblamable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the parousia of our Lord Jesus Christ with ALL His saints."
Paul is looking forward to the uniting of the entire Body in Christ's parousia near the end of the Gentile dispensation. As he said in Ephesians 1:10, "At the climax of the ages God will gather together in the unity of the faith (like Joseph's seamless rainbow coloured coat mentioned in Newsletter 162) both the Church Age saints who have fallen asleep and the end-time Bride who is alive, in one glorified Body under the Headship of Christ" (I Thessalonians 4:15-17).
Christ's parousia heralds the first resurrection. Daniel 7:18-28 says "The saints of the Most High shall take and possess the kingdom forever. . . and the Ancient of Days, (Christ wigged as a judge), shall come and judgment given to the saints of the Most High" . . . This was symbolised by the sign of our parousia and is now coming to pass through the revelation of the Seven Seals. But Daniel's prophecy reaches even beyond Israel's parousia during the tribulation to the destruction of the Beast before the millennium (Revelation 19:20-21).
Israel's parousia will commence when Christ's feet stand on the mount of Olives. Of course He will not physically stand upon that mountain. This is a judgment sign as when He stood upon the beast from the sea and the beast from the earth at the start of our parousia (Revelation 10:2). He once stood on the mount of Olives with His disciples, placing Judgment on the Temple. From here He ascended to the Father; and forecast how Rome's Armies would survey Jerusalem from this same vantage point before besieging it and destroying the temple. Zechariah 14:4-8 foretells how an earthquake shall split the mount of Olives at the close of the Gentile dispensation, "and the Lord My God shall come, and ALL the saints with Him. . . and it shall be in that day that the Holy Spirit shall go out from Jerusalem as a former or teaching rain to the 144,000 through the ministry of their two prophets, and as a latter rain to imbue the Gentile Bride with faith for rapturing grace."
Jesus said, "The Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and then He shall reward every man according to his works (the "Bema" or award for service). Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, who shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His kingdom" (Matthew 16:27-28). This promise was fulfilled six days later when Peter, James and John saw a vision of Christ's parousia and the first resurrection before the Word is taken to Israel's 144,000 (Matthew 17:1-13).
Once again, here is a prophecy of Christ's parousia and as you will notice, Christ does not come alone. "When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and ALL the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory" (Matthew 25:31). As in the previous Scripture, Christ is in the Office of Son of Man, so this cannot be His glorified 'erchomai' Coming which is to be in the Office of Son of David. But it does point to the millennium when He shall take up the throne of His own glory, ruling His wife on this earth restored to His Original World Order. Presently Jesus is ruling from His Father's Throne which is heaven while the Usurper is ruling this earth.
The "holy angels" are the theophanies of the New Testament saints who, together with the twenty-four elders "Sang a new song, saying, 'You are worthy to take the Book, and to open the Seals: for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And have made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth'. Then John (who represents the end-time Bride) looked, and heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, 'Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing'" (Revelation 5:9-11).
Like Moses, Isaiah, Daniel and Ezekiel, Paul must have seen this vision when he was taken into the third heaven and saw things forbidden to be disclosed until Christ opened and revealed the Seven Seals (Daniel 12:4, 9; Revelation 10:4). Hebrews 12:22-23, "You have come to mount Zion, the City of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, (the theophanies of the New Testament saints). To the Church of the firstborn, who are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the redeemed." Romans 8:28-30 explains it all.
Brother Branham said, ". . . if you have died and entered into that theophany, what happens? The theophany comes to the earth to pick up the redeemed body. And if you're here in the air, you take the body to meet the theophany (There you are.), and caught up and go to meet the Lord in the air." (William Branham, Who is this Melchisedec, 20:110).
I Thessalonians 4:13-18, "I would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning those who fall asleep, that you sorrow not, even as others who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will also bring WITH Jesus all those who sleep in Him." (At His parousia, Christ returned with ALL of the New Testament saints).
For we say by the Word of the Lord (not by our own ideas—Zechariah 14:4-5; Matthew 24:31; I Corinthians 2:7; 7:10, 12, 25), that we who are alive and remain unto the parousia of the Lord shall not hinder them who are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the Voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these Words."
The Prophet said, "He does all three of them when He's descending" (William Branham, The Rapture, 27:30). God's grace to His end-time Bride is that He comes to us, otherwise no one at all could come to Him. Without the "shout" of the Message of the prophet of Malachi 4:5-6 and Revelation 10:7 restoring the apostolic faith and finishing the mystery of God spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began (Acts 3:19-23; Matthew 25:6), and the "Voice of the Archangel" in her, placing the Message in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, we would never reach maturity and 'speaking conditions' to exercise the 'third pull' in the manifestation of the Sons of God. Neither could the sleeping saints resurrect, for unless we come to maturity for the wave loaf offering the Body will not be complete and they cannot be glorified (Hebrews 11:39-40; Leviticus 23:16-21). But "all the Father has given Me will come to Me" (John 6:37).
The descent of the Lord from heaven in I Thessalonians 4:16 is the parousia of the mighty Angel of Revelation 10:1-4. He stepped down and was introduced to His Bride through the revelation of the Seven Seals in 1963. The Logos or fullness of the Word is here, now. Therefore the angels of God, or theophanies of all the saints, those 'Word' bodies prepared for us in His great thinking from the foundation of the world, are here with Him, now. "In the beginning was the Logos, and the Logos was with God and the Logos is God" (John 1:1). We are Attributes of the Logos, and one with the Word. "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword" (Romans 8:35-39)?
Jesus prayed, "Not for the world, but for those whom You have given Me (out of the world); for they are Yours . . . I pray that all who believe on Me through their Word may be one; as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us: that the world may believe that You have sent Me," (John 17:9, 21-26). He was praying for the whole Body who are brought into the unity of the faith through the end-time Message at His parousia (Ephesians 4:13-16). His Bride is manifested Word, one in the Word.
Paul said, "Your Life is hidden or concealed with Christ in God, so that when Christ, Who IS our Life, shall appear or made manifest to reveal His true character; then shall you ALL also appear WITH Him in His glory because your Life is the Token on display, the evidence of the new birth—Christ in you"—the wife is the glory of her husband because she reflects His character (Colossians 3:3-4; I John 3:1-2). So if Christ is here, our Brethren are ALL here, now.
II Corinthians 5:1, "If our earthly house of this tabernacle is dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." It's our Word form—"Spirit and Life"—the likeness of our glorified body which is not yet expressed (Romans 8:28-30; Revelation 5:9-11).
The elect are a part of the Logos. Like Jesus, "Who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man" (Hebrews 2:9), we too put on mortality. But we bypassed your theophany whereas Jesus was the expressed Logos, and the fullness before It was made flesh by the virgin birth to redeem the Attributes (Genesis 2:9; 3:8; 14:18-24). We came into time-space to be tested by sin, and to overcome the world by the Word of faith, expressing God's Attributes, vindicating our position in the Body, and giving Him glory.
The end-time Bride is in a transition between time and eternity. When Christ's Kingdom is complete, there will be a showdown. Physically we are here on earth, but by faith our souls are already caught up in the Spirit to meet the Lord in the air as foretold in Revelation 4:1.
Now we are coming into harmony with the Word as we become familiar with the revelation and realize the unity for which Jesus prayed, casting down vain understandings and the limitations of our five natural senses. Slowly we are accepting that we are God's Attributes expressed in flesh. After the "trumpet" sounds we will prove our identity by the 'third pull,' whether the "Voice of the Archangel" is in us, at the manifestation of the Sons of God. Then our corruptible body will be glorified, and our mortal spirit will be replaced by our theophany.
We are waiting to be clothed in glorified flesh. The material form of our angel may be likened to a film positive, which when exposed upon the elements, produces the material positive of our glorified body.
This veil of mortal flesh prevents us from seeing God and the angels in that other dimension. It hinders us from living the Life we should (Romans 7:15-25). Once it is glorified we shall enter the physical presence of the Church Age saints and together meet the glorified Jesus.
God veiled Himself in flesh so we could not see Him. Jesus told Philip, "He who has seen Me has seen the Father" (John 14:5-12). Today He veils Himself in the flesh of His saints and the world can't see Him (II Corinthians 5:16-21).
Man can simulate the fourth dimension, gather and project its images into our three dimensions. But television does not manufacture an image, it only contacts what is already there. However, as Brother Branham said, television proves the existence of the fourth dimension which though unseen, was always present. And so it is that Christ is here, and the angels of God are here in a dimension we cannot see through the veil of our flesh. But some day it will be more real than television or anything else is today, because they are here: now.
Paul closed his first epistle to the Thessalonians by admonishing the saints to prove all things and make their election and calling sure so that they would be found blameless at Christ's parousia (I Thessalonians 5:23).
II Thessalonians 1:4-7, "We praise you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure: which is a manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer: seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; And to you who are troubled (that's the living Bride on earth) rest with us WHEN the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven WITH his mighty angels."
Paul is not describing Christ's visible physical or 'erchomai' return but His parousia following the Seventh Trump before the judgments are poured out upon the sinners. In this scene the Gentile dispensation has ended and the Bride has become a hunted and persecuted little group. The word "reveal" is the Greek 'apokalupsis', meaning to unveil something that was previously withdrawn from view. Christ's parousia commenced with the revelation of the Seven Seals and it concludes with the consummation, when God's righteousness in fulfilled in retribution upon those who have troubled the saints. The same idea is conveyed by the Hebrew word 'cherem' which refers to something that is offensive to God and therefore devoted to destruction for His righteousness sake.
"And to you who are troubled (or 'squeezed' like grapes and distressed), rest with us" (be assured and comforted, and 'relax' with the sleeping saints or angels), "when the Lord is revealed or unveiled from heaven", at His parousia (Revelation 1:1; 10:7). Brother Branham said that the revelation of the Seven Thunders commences a 'relaxing time' for the Bride because the mystery of God is finished and since we now have the perfect interpretation of the Word we need no longer work to understand and enter the holy convocation of the fiftieth day (William Branham, The Revelation of the Seven Seals, p. 503:252). At the same time the Russia initiated 'detente' with the West. This Russian word means, relaxation.
This relaxation or 'detente' was foreshadowed in 1950 by Dimitri Manuilsky, a one-time Russian delegate to the UN and leader of the Judaeo-Masonic, Judaeo-Communist World Revolutionary Movement when he said, "The bourgeoisie will have to be put to sleep. So we shall begin by launching the most spectacular peace movement on record . . . The capitalist countries, stupid and decadent, will rejoice to join in their own destruction. They will leap at another chance to be friends. As soon as their guard is down, we will smash them with our clenched fist". His script was from 'The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion'. So the natural types the Spiritual.
Speaking of the 'third pull', Brother Branham said, "It will not be used in a great way, until this World Council of Churches begins to tighten up. And when it does . . . The Pentecostals and so forth can almost impersonate anything could be done, but when that time comes, when the squeeze comes down, then you'll see what you have seen temporarily, be manifested in the fullness of its power."
Christ's Bride is already resting in Him with the saints who have gone before. When earth is shaken by unprecedented natural catastrophes and the social, economic, political and religious order has turned into chaos, although she will be rejected and 'squeezed' from public worship by the organized church, she will have cause to relax for the 'third pull' will be manifesting through her. Christ is not only present with us, He has been unveiled from heaven (not in heaven) to us on earth. Through the Ages He was hidden in heaven. Colossians 3:3-4, "For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with him in glory." That word "appear" is the Greek, 'phaneroo' which means manifested to reveal one's true character: Jesus said, "By their fruits, or doctrine will you know them"—is it Spiritual food in due season, or something sent for a day gone by? In another place He said, "Let the tares grow together with the wheat until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather you together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn" (Matthew 13:30).
He has come from heaven with the messengers or saints who work His power under His authority (Revelation 19:14). But His unveiling at His arrival and subsequent Presence will span almost fifty years, in which many phases of His Work must be accomplished for both Gentile and Hebrew saints, and for the lost and the saved. His Coming is the Shekinah as in the burning bush. He is Himself "a consuming Fire" (Hebrews 12:29; 10:27; Isaiah 29:6; 30:30).
II Thessalonians 1:8-10, "In flaming Fire taking vengeance on them who know not God, and obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power; when He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed in that day)."
In that day the 'third pull' operating in us will be our 'rest', while destruction and terror reign in the world about us. Then "Every man's work shall be made manifest to reveal his true character: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by Fire; the Fire of the Holy Spirit shall try every man's work of what sort it is" (I Corinthians 3:13). And the non-elect will experience the Fire of God's vengeance that purges all uncleanliness (Matthew 3:11-12). The un-believer intentionally "knows not God" through wanton blindness (Revelation 17:8; 19:20-21) whereas the make-believer is aware but "disobeys the Gospel." Like Pharaoh and many denominational people, these hold down the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18; Revelation 13:8). We cannot all have faith, but we can each obey. Brother Branham called these people 'the total lost'.
Belief produces Life, and the 'third pull' will cause us to marvel and be in admiration of our Lord in that day of the manifestation of the Sons of God, after the Seventh Trump and not before, when His glory will be reflected in all who have believed and faithfully obeyed Paul's ministry. nl163.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.