Bible Believers' Newsletter 280
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; it is great to be with you.
One week and one more Newsletter closer to the end of the Gentile dispensation we see the United States exercising the power of the Imperial Roman beast (Revelation 13:12). Two weeks ago US forward planners for the war against Iran were installed in Kuwait.
"Rebuilding America's Defenses" is a policy document published by the Project for the New American Century (PNAC). It outlines an aggressive military plan for US world domination during the coming century.
An article by Israeli Uri Avnery in Counterpunch describes how an alliance of Christian fundamentalists and Jewish neo-conservatives from PNAC and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) who pushed the US into the long-planned war against Iraq are advocating total war against Israel's other enemies, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and the Palestinian Authority that will develop into the third of three World Wars planned in the nineteenth century to establish world hegemonythis one between the political Zionists and Islam.
The Bush administration has suspended all American military assistance to 35 countries. Under a provision of the American antiterrorism law, any country that became a member of the International Criminal Court but failed to give exemptions to Americans serving within its borders would lose military aid.
While Satan is uniting the one world government he offered our Lord, Christ's Bride has come out from Papal Rome and her (once) Protestant image by the "shout" of Malachi 4, Matthew 25:6, I Thessalonians 4:16, II Thessalonians 2:3, Revelation 10:7 and 18:4. She is making herself ready for the manifestation of the Sons of God by uniting with the fullness of the Word spoken by the mouth of all God's holy prophets since the world began (Acts 3:21; Revelation 10:7).
We're called to operative faith! Faith that manifests what we say: first time, every time. No smoke and mirrors, just the third pull after the seventh Trump because the Token is on display. It will not work unless the Token is on display. The countdown is on, space cadets! Read all about it.
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.
Your brother in Christ
Here are Bush's Exact Words, quoted by Ha'aretz:
June 26, 2003 "God told me to strike at al-Qaida and I struck them, and then He instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me, I will act, and if not, the elections will come and I will have to focus on them."
You can't put it plainer than that. The whole chaotic rigmarole of Security Council votes and UN inspections, congressional approval and Colin Powell's whizbang PowerPoint displays of "proof" and Bush's own tearful prayers for "peace"it was all a sham, a meaningless exercise. . . It was God's unalterable will: the Lord of Hosts gave a direct order for George W. Bush to "strike at Saddam.". . .
And that's why Bush acts with such serenity and ruthlessness. Nothing he does can be challenged on moral grounds however unethical or evil it might appear because all of his actions are directed by God. He can twist the truth, oppress the poor, exalt the rich, despoil the Earth, ignore the lawand murder childrenwithout the slightest compunction, the briefest moment of doubt or self-reflection, because he believes, he truly believes, that God squats in his brainpan and tells him what to do.
So what new crimes will the Lord have to countenance to keep His appointed servant in power?
Comment: If George II ever falls on his sword he will confess, "The Devil made me do it"! One astute reader has identified the protocols governing the actions of this dictator:
Protocol 7:3: "Surely there is no need to seek further proof that our rule is predestined by God? Surely we shall not fail with such wealth to prove that all that evil which for so many centuries we have had to commit has served at the end of ends the cause of true well beingbringing of everything into order? Though it be even by the exercise of some violence, yet all the same it will be established".
Protocol 1:16: "Out of the temporary evil we are now compelled to commit will emerge the good of an unshakable rule, which will restore the regular course of the machinery of the national life, brought to naught by liberalism. The result justifies the means. Let us, however, in our plans, direct our attention not so much to what is good and moral as to what is necessary and useful".
Protocol 1:23: "Our countersign isForce and Make-believe. Only force conquers in political affairs, especially if it be concealed in the talents essential to statesmen. Violence must be the principle, and cunning and make-believe the rule for governments which do not want to lay down their crowns at the feet of agents of some new power. This evil is the one and only means to attain the end, the good. Therefore we must not stop at bribery, deceit and treachery when they should serve towards the attainment of our end. In politics one must know how to seize the property of others without hesitation if by it we secure submission and sovereignty".
These references exhibit the President's familiarity with the Protocols and his agreement with their philosophy. Note that the "good" to which the Protocols refer, and therefore to which Bush also refers, is "an unshakable rule" to be achieved by "violence . . . bribery, deceit, and treachery." Full story: fpp.co.uk haaretz.com
California says NO to Bush SF/LA Protests
Thousands protest Bush visit to Northern California and Los Angeles.
In spite of near triple-digit heat and snarled traffic, at 11 a.m. on Friday, 2,000 strong protested Bush in a Burlingame hotel near the San Francisco airport. . . Protesters carried signs and chanted, 'Bush lied, Iraqis and GIs die,' 'President of the rich, enemy of the workers,' and 'Hey Bush, get out of Iraq, support the troops by bringing them back'. . .
That evening, people from all over Southern California, Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Riversideconverged to boo Bush in front of the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City . . . As the limos swept up in front of the hotel to deliver Bush his wealthy friends, who paid at least $2,000 to attend, thousands booed and chanted . . .
Full story: apfn.org
China preparing for Future Fight with US
Hong Kong (CNN) June 27, 2003 The Iraqi war has convinced the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership that some form of confrontation with the US could come earlier than expected . . .
Until late last year, Beijing believed a confrontation with the US could be delayedand China could through hewing to the late Deng Xiaoping's "keep a low profile" theory afford to concentrate almost exclusively on economic development.
"Now, many cadres and think-tank members think Beijing should adopt a more pro-active if not aggressive policy to thwart US aggression," . . . the PLA's astonishment at the wizardry of American firearms used in the 1991 Gulf War was a major factor behind the Chinese army's aggressive modernization drive through the 1990s. Full story: cnn.com washtimes.com
June 26, 2003 Scott Gulbransen went to Mexico to speak with people about Chinese troops. The testimony he gathered from border patrol officers, from Mexican policemen, fishermen and others, suggests that a military supply operation is underway in Mexico. Full story: thesilentinvasion.com
Comment: China is controlled by those who control the US.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin: also a 'Jew'?
"At that time former Leningrad emigrant Yitzak Radoshkovich had already become a heavyweight figure not only in his own country [Israel] but, according to rumors, in the corridors of the World Bank as well. . . [He] mentioned in passing that his second cousin Vladimir Putin had great prospects for advancement in the Russian political elite. . ."
Comment: Rumors of Putin's possible Jewish ancestry have long circulated in Russian patriotic circles. Putin's mother's maiden name was "Shelomova", a Jewish-sounding name. This is the first hard confirmation I've seen in print of Putin having a Jewish relative. Full story: niqnaq.wordpress
US Push for Global Police Force
Los Angeles, June 28 2003 The United States would train and lead an international police force, bypassing traditional peacekeeping bodies such as the United Nations and NATO, under a proposal by the Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld.
The plan, involving thousands of Americans permanently assigned to peacekeeping, would also be a major reversal by the Bush Administration, which has strongly opposed tying up its troops in such operations . . .
The proposal comes as Australia announced that it was ready to send 2,000 troops, police and government officials to rebuild the Solomons. It also coincides with a heated debate over the merits of the UN system, with (Australian Foreign Minister) Mr. Downer saying that such bodies often produced 'ineffective and unfocused policy involving internationalism of the lowest common denominator'. Full story: smh.com.au
America to build Planet-Dominating Super Weapons
June 30, 2003 The Pentagon is planning a new generation of weapons, including huge hypersonic drones and bombs dropped from space, that will allow the US to strike its enemies at lightning speed from its own territory . . . part of the drive towards self-sufficiency spurred by the difficulties of gaining international cooperation for the invasion of Iraq. . .
A US defence website earlier this month invited bids from contractors to develop the technology and the current edition of Jane's Defence Weekly reports that the first flight tests are scheduled to take place within three years.
Full story: guardian.co.uk
Fined $6,000 for answering Customer's Question
June 27, 2003 A Missouri company has been fined $6,000 for answering a customer's question and not reporting to the federal government that the question was asked. The question that's punished by law is: Are any of these products made in Israel, or made of Israeli materials? . . . Full story: unknownnews.net
Who gave the Law?
The Hebrew word for the Divine Law is Torah.
The first letter, TAU, was originally written as a cross. It literally means 'a sign' and is used in Ezekiel 9:4, where it is translated as a 'mark' to be put on the foreheads of the divinely protected ones.
The second letter in TORAH is the VAV, which literally means 'a nail' (or a "peg" on which the curtains of the tabernacle were hung (Exodus 26:32).
The third letter is the RESH, 'a head' or 'the head' in the sense of the leader.
The final letter in the TORAH is the HEY, which, when it appears at the end of the word, means 'which comes from'.
The letters in TORAH literally spell Which comes from the Leader nailed to the Cross. They show the Giver of the Law was Israel's Head and future King, Who would manifest in virgin-born flesh as Jesus Messiah, and be crucified.
This teaching is clear in both the Old Testament and the New. In Exodus 15:2 and again in Isaiah 12:2, we read that THE LORD (Yaweh of the Old Testament) "has become my salvation" (Yashua of the New Testament). The Hebrew name for Jesus means Jehovah-Savior. Hence, Scripture tells us Israel's Yahweh has become our Yashua, prophesying the incarnation of the Lawgiver in the flesh of Jesus Christ.
The One who revealed Himself to Moses by the name of Jehovah in Exodus 6:2-3, and audibly declared the Ten Commandments to Israel dwelt bodily in Jesus and magnified the Law. Jehovah of the Old Testament is Jesus of the New. There is no Trinity of gods (Stephen E. Jones, Foundation for Intercession Newsletter, May, 2002).
Operative Faith that Really Works
Free Masons style themselves after the builders of God's temple in Jerusalem. However they are not Israelites, neither are they free nor true and operative stone masons. They are in fact bound to the "Jews" who are unrelated by blood or faith to the builders or worshipers of the temple of God in Jerusalem. Carnal impersonators.
Freemasonry is a "Jewish" 'front' organization: the World Revolutionary Movement, whose motto 'Order out of Chaos' identifies them as a tool of the 'Destroyers' of whom we spoke in Newsletter 278. They consider themselves "speculative" masons because in their mysterious system the morals and dogma are "veiled in allegory and illustrated by [the] symbols" of the operative, working stone mason.
Like the Free Masons, most who consider themselves Christians and "free" are in fact bound by the Judaeo-Roman traditions of Jewry's Babylonian Talmud and every pagan nation, tribe and tongue. What they believe to be faith is speculation or conjecture and not operative faith that really works. Their beliefs cannot match the written Word from Genesis to Revelation which is why most so-called Christians have no faith. What little they believe is mostly man-made traditions that make the Word of God of no effect to them. Like the Jews they are sincerely wrong as the Bible foretold (Matthew 25:6; Romans 11:32; II Thessalonians 2:3; Revelation 18:4).
God sent the prophet William Branham to restore the hearts of denominational believers to the genuine operative faith of their apostolic fathers as recorded in the Book of Acts. God did not simply stand Brother Branham on the platform to talk: He manifested the words of His Prophet in immediate action. What he spoke in the Name of the Lord happened right there and then in sight of the congregation. The dead were raised to life, the blind saw, cripples leapt and ran, the deaf heard, demons were cast out, and God discerned the thoughts and intents of the heart revealing Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever in fulfillment of Luke 17:28-30the last sign Jesus promised we Gentiles before the close of our dispensation.
Brother Branham was our example of a sinner saved by grace, so surrendered that the fullness of the godhead could hide behind his flesh as once He veiled Himself behind the created Man in Genesis 18, and the virgin-born Man of the Gospels. As Christ was the firstfruits of the Old Testament saints who slept, William Branham was the firstfruits of we who are Christ's at His 'parousia' (I Corinthians 15:23). His life was so yielded, the Master could express Himself with no intrusion from the Prophet's imagination, memory, conscience, reasoning or affection, or what he could see, hear, smell, taste or touch.
His miracles, like those of Moses and Jesus, were simply God vindicating His prophet and attracting the attention of believers for a Message. A life surrendered to God is what we are to see in Brother Branham and pray for ourselves, not visions and a ministry in the Supernatural. One is the Christian man; the other is the unique and covenant ministry of the office of that man.
Because Brother Branham was wholly surrendered to God, his faith was operative faith. What he spoke God did because he was only expressing the mind of Christ. He said, 'My Gift is nothing that I can do. My Gift is to be able to get myself out of the way'. This is the Gift we must recognize in Brother Branham's ministry and work to apprehend.
Our goal is to share the testimony of Enoch who so pleased God, He translated this one man from the seventh generation after the first Adam before His judgment sent the tribulation of Noah's Flood. We are separated from the seventh generation after the last Adam and must share the same testimony through our perfect faith (Hebrews 11:5-6).
In time God will perform miracles and manifest what we say, when we say it, but this will not be a public show as it was in Brother Branham's ministry. It will be to provide for our needs and raise our faith for translation. And as Jesus preached to the departed sinners after His crucifixion, this manifestation will vindicate God's unfailing Word to the lost.
Presently, Christ's end-time Bride is growing to maturity in the faith, yielding the desires of her mortal senses so that He may live and express Himself through us. He is grooming us in preparation for the manifestation of the Sons of God after the close of the Gentile dispensation when we will become a hunted and persecuted little group with no certain material resources. At that time we will need to be fully trained and exercised in laying aside the ten senses God gave us to contact this world and have our soul tuned to the wavelength of God's revealed Word with His mind in us to produce operative faith.
There will be no speculative Christians at the Wedding Supper of the Lamb, nor any scoffers saying, "Where is the promise of His 'parousia'?" Their lot will be the tribulation. We must put on operative faith that really works. Faith we have experienced in works. Tried and proven faith in which we have certain confidence because we know it is ours and that it abides forever (I Peter 1:23-25).
Faith is a clear understanding of the revealed Word of God. Faith is having God's mind in youHis intent, His timing, how He wants to accomplish His purpose, and the identity of the vessel or vessels He has chosen, prepared and vindicated to accomplish His will.
We may consider God's spoken Word as a tool that unfailingly accomplishes His purpose and prospers in the task to which it was applied (Isaiah 55:11). But that tool is only as good as the skill of the craftsman who works it. Any man may wield a sword but it takes the strong hand of faith to hold the Sword of the full Word at the throat in the enemy and cut through all the Darkness (Hebrews 5:11-6:3).
Any man who can read or hear God's Word can handle it as a tool. But only in the hands of those who are skilled craftsmen practiced in its application will it accomplish what was spoken. For this reason no man is empowered to speak from behind the pulpit unless he is born-again, and experienced in the Word.
Paul admonished, "Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might, clad in the whole armor of God; for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this Age, and against spiritual wickedness in heavenly places." Our defensive armor is Truth, righteousness, the Gospel of peacethat tranquil state of a soul at rest, assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God but content with its earthly lot, and faith, crowned with salvation. Our one offensive weapon is the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God and constant prayer with watchfulness for our Brethren (Ephesians 6:10-18).
II Corinthians 10:4-6, "Though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the lusts of flesh: for (unlike the dictators George II, Tony Blair and John Howard) the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for pulling down strong holds, casting down reasoning against the faith, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ; and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled".
Our first victory must be over that little clod of earth we call I, me and myself: "Casting down imaginations, reasoning, memory, affections, and conscience where they would exalt themselves against faith and the knowledge of God. And to punish all disobedience by fasting or denial so that our every thought is subject to the revealed Word".
We must live, eat, sleep, and walk in faith, until we become living Bibles: God's Word for this Age transformed from printer's ink to flesh in us. "Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16).
We must bring our thoughts subject to the will of God and take charge of our actions so that we walk pleasing to God. In other words, we should be conscious of His Presence or anointing at all timesconducting ourselves as if He were physically visible beside us. If we are conscious of His unseen Presence we will have the Token on display at all times, as we would if we could see and touch Him.
Paul enumerates "the works of the flesh" which can manifest when our mortal spirit and flesh are undisciplined and run amok under the spirit of this world. Since they are not yet redeemed they still bear the nature of the material world from which they are made and must be tightly reined by the Word in our soul.
When Paul was troubled by his mortal spirit and flesh he realized this was not himself, his redeemed soul, but sin working in his yet unregenerate flesh and spirit. Romans 7:14-8:4, "the Law is Spiritual; but I am carnal, sold under sin for I don't understand what I am doing. That is, in obeying the impulses of my carnal nature I act as the slave of a will other than my own as a renewed man. For instead of doing what I will to do in my heart, I do that which I hate."
"If then I do that which I will not to do, I agree with the Law that it is good. Now then it is no more I, (my soul) that does it, but sin that dwells in me."
The godly saint Paul, who was the prototype for every Church Age Messenger, was co-existing with sin in his mortal being . . . but not in his soul, for it is impossible for a born-again soul to sin (I John 3:9; 5:18). There was warfare going on between his members and his soul. The Christian's calling is to gain victory over the world in which we live, our own body, by bringing the ten senses subject to the Word.
"For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh), dwells no good: for to will is present with me (my soul); but to actually perform that which is good I do not find."
Here is a classic case of the black dog and the white dog, the unregenerate sinful self or Adamic nature in the material man which must be restrained on a short leash; and the renewed man of the soul that desires to serve the Word but is in constant conflict from his flesh and spirit which naturally desire the things of the world.
"For the good that I will to do, I do not: but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwells in me. I find then a law, that evil is present with me who wills to do good. For I delight in the Law of God after the inward man: but I see a different law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members."
Paul found within himself conflicting propensities to good or evil, operating with the fixedness and regularity of two laws. One being the sinful principle in the unregenerate flesh and spirit which must die, and the other the holy principle of the renewed nature. When he describes himself as "brought into captivity" by the triumph of the sinful principle of his nature, he is speaking in the person of a renewed man drawn under the power of his sinful nature, as if he were forcibly seized and reluctantly dragged to his enemy's camp, from which he would gladly make his escape.
"O wretched man that I am; who shall deliver me from the body of this death?"
Paul is crying out as an agonized believer, weighed down under a burden of his unregenerate physical being which is not himself, but which he longs to shake off from his renewed self. His question is rhetorical, for he has already received God's provided remedy which only he can apply in order to overcome.
"I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind or understanding I myself serve the Law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk after the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the Law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin, He condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteous requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit".
Brother Branham said, "As long as you're in this life, you're going to be sticky and have a carnal nature that's going to bother you as long as you live; but the inside of you, you're born again. And when you're raised up, you're going to be in the likeness of Christ and all the sin will be gone from you" (COD, p. 1149:30).
We await the change and renewal of our body into glorified flesh and replacement of our mortal spirit with the essence of Life, our theophany or Word form body. Until that time we must contend with the unchanging character of these two principles within us. God's holy Law, so dear to the renewed mind of our heart by the revelation in our soul has the willing service of our new man; while that corrupt nature which still remains in us listens to the dictates of sin. And until this corruptible flesh puts on incorruption and this mortal spirit puts on immortality, we must exercise the Word and bring our mortal being subject.
When we bring our mortal spirit and flesh subject to the Word we display the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. This proves Christians are not under the Law, which was given only to Israel and because of sin, or "the works of the flesh".
"The Law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine".
"But if we are led of the Spirit, we are not under the Law" (I Timothy 1:9-10).
According to Malachi 4:5-6 and Revelation 10:7, Brother Branham's ministry restored us to the faith once delivered to the apostolic fathers and finished the mystery of God whereby we now have the fullness of the Word. He called this the 'mechanics,' but as he said, 'the mechanics are no good without the dynamics.' A new motor car will not run without fuel and an experienced driver to switch on the ignition that provides spark to bring the engine to life and to drive the vehicle.
The Prophet delivered the mechanics of the "letter" but only the Fire of God's Spirit in us can transform it into faith. Now faith is a tool that brings Life or death, and those with the gift of faith, in order to become proficient in its application need to apply it to themselves and practice it.
Faith cannot fail, but more often than not it seems not to produce what It says. Yet we firmly believe and are convinced that God's Word can never fail. Clearly then the problem has to be operator error.
The Word of the hour does not give new birth to the foolish virgin although every one of them is justified and sanctified by believing it. But because they are dilatory and neglect to prove all things to make their calling and election sure; or were complacent, content with the "letter" of the Message and 'Pentecostal joy' in an assembly whose pastor was not in the faith of the Message, they are unwise virgin.
Perhaps God's Word is not working for us as it should because we lack discernment through inexperience. If we treat the faith as we might treat a new computer program, disregarding the Instruction Manual of God's Bible and relying upon intellectual reasoning to work it out, we will run into general programming errors, and JesusChrist_Word.exe will crash. God set a five-fold ministry in His Church until we all come into the unity of the faith with maturity. Not in the denominations, in His Church.
Humanity is on the precipice where most, like lemmings, are rushing unstoppably to damnation. Few within the circle of this Message are truly in the faith and born-again. And of those who are, too many of us have chinks in the armor of God through incomplete Truth, insufficient righteousness, immature knowledge in the Gospel of peace causing doubts that unsettle the tranquil state of a soul at rest, and so-on, so that we are ill-prepared to hold the Sword of the Spirit to the throat of the enemy.
We must grow from spirit babes in Christ to mature Christians of full age: elders, who by reason of experience have our judgment trained to discern both good and evil. This takes diligence and dedication to God and His Word. The Bride of Christ has a sacred virtue to honor her Husband, the Word, to keep herself pure so she can bring forth His Life, and to dedicate herself to the Word of God and prayer.
We must not live in our own strength or use His Word without discretion. We are to have the mind of Christ, and speak only what God has inspired to us for the situation and do only that which He shown us by revelation. We are to walk in the Spirit and by experience and the familiarity of His Presence with us discern His will.
This is a spiritual battle against unseen forces in which the ten senses given us to contact this material world are impotent.
The time is almost upon us when we will have no material resource. Unless we are adept in the effective, fail proof, successful employment of the spoken Word of God we will find ourselves in dire straits, or even the tribulation.
That Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God is our one weapon of offense, and it must work first time, every time. We must be familiar with the written Word in order to know the parameters of the spoken Word. Our motive and our objective must be spot on. Our timing must be His timing, and we must place the Word in context.
"God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him should not perish, but would have Eternal Life".
Satan coveted Christ's destiny and introduced covetousness, hatred, pride, unrighteous desires, impatience, temper, lying, adultery and murder to conquer the world. But Christ came to liberate it with love. Love for those who were unlovable. And the weapons of His warfare were not carnal. He humbled Himself to suffer death to set an example for all who should follow Him Whose strength was perfected in weakness. When He withdrew from human passions and prejudices, God was able to project Himself.
Our late Brother Dave Hatch, who helped establish our presence in cyberspace through a BBS, and later on the Web, was born with a severe double harelip: the front of his face was missing; his eyes straddled a gaping hole where his nose/upper lip/jaw/sinuses should have been. The Lord performed a creative miracle in response to his faith and Brother Branham's prayer. Dave once told me, 'Brother Branham was so unprepossessing and humble on the platform one was conscious only of the Presence of the living God.' He was able to get himself out of the way so that God could project.
God vindicated Jesus' weapons of warfare when He healed the sick, divided five loaves and some small fish and fed five thousand. When Jesus spoke the Word of God, It worked. His faith was vindicated.
William Branham was the firstfruits of those who are Christ's at His 'parousia' Coming (I Corinthians 15:23). He was our example of the Token on display in a sinner saved by grace. Ten thousand times he spoke, and straightaway God honored what He had said.
If we turn the handle and nothing happens: pull the lever, push the button, ask the question or issue a command, and nothing happens, there is something wrong with the operator. Jesus promised us faith to bind and to loose. Having the tool of faith is one thing but applying it with the mind of Christ so that it works first time, and every time, is altogether something else again. Like Jesus Christ and Brother Branham, we must learn to remove the influence of the ten senses of our unregenerate mortal self from between our Word-born soul and God.
Our worldly passions and prejudices create an atmosphere that influences our judgment and obstructs the Presence of God and the mind of Christ. This can be an unconscious incursion by the world, the cure for which is a strict personal discipline that will not tolerate one slip by the ten senses of the spirit and flesh into insubordination to the will of our renewed soul.
Colossians 3:2-5, "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For you are dead [with Christ on Calvary (II Corinthians 5:14; Colossians 3:1)], 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. Mortify therefore your members which are on the earth".
Stay your eyes upon Jesus Who promised, "If you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done" for there is no condemnation to those who are in Him, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit, whose faith is operative when the Token is on display. nl280.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.