Bible Believers' Newsletter 328
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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With the end of the Bush Administration looking imminent before the November elections and a US invasion of Saudi Arabia possible, we may expect interesting times in the next few months.
Following meteor strikes in Florida last week there have been several recent reports of fireballs in Portugal, Washington, and Seattle (see photos), as well as sonic booms caused by meteors at Hawkes Bay in New Zealand.
Our Brother Israel Shamir suggests anyone who may be interested in attending the Lausanne Conference for One Democratic State in the whole of Palestine/Israel from June 23-25 should contact Sami Aldeeb.
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,
Blair and Bush up for Nobel Peace Prize
February 1, 2004 Tony Blair and George Bush have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for waging war on Saddam Hussein. They face competition from the Pope. The pair has been put forward by a Norwegian politician who said toppling the Iraqi dictator had reduced the threat of weapons of mass destruction. It had also laid the foundations for a democratic Iraq, said Jan Simonsen of the right-wing Party of Progress. Full story: bbc.co.uk
Comment: Anti-war campaigners condemned the move as "completely unbelievable" and said it made a mockery of the prize. The only "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq are the DU ordnance deployed by Bush and Blair who are absolutely incapable of "laying the foundations for democracy" since true democracy is the antithesis of their own forms of government.
Ban on Torture overruled in Pentagon
June 8, 2004 A secret document discloses that, on the eve of the Iraq war, political appointees overruled military lawyers to assert that President George W. Bush was not bound by US and international law on torture.
The memo, prepared for Donald Rumsfeld, the Defence Secretary, went on to claim that, if national security was at stake, government agents who tortured or even killed prisoners on the president's authority were immune from prosecution. Full story: telegraph.co.uk foxnews.com
Chemtrails and Terror in the Age of Nuclear War
May 2004 (Idaho Observer) Part of what is happening in the atmosphere above us involves the Pentagon's secret space weapons program, designed for strategic, operational and tactical levels of war. NASA missions will soon be transferred to Pentagon control. The Air Force Space Command declares that, in order to monitor and shape world events, it must fight intense, decisive wars with great precision from space. Air Force Secretary James G. Roche has stated: "Space capabilities are integrated with, and affect every link in the kill chain."
A glimpse into new death technologies under construction is in legislation introduced by Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinch. His unsuccessful Space Preservation Act of 2001 was intended to ban space deployment of:
- electronic, psychotronic and information weaponry
- high altitude ultra low frequency weapons
- plasma, electromagnetic, sonic and ultrasonic weapons
- laser weapons
- strategic, theater, tactical or extraterrestrial weapons
- chemical biological, environmental climate or tectonic weapons
- chemtrails (this item was stricken from a later version, suggesting duress).
Full story: proliberty.com rumormillnews.com
Adolf Hitler's Vril
In 1946 the Rockefeller Foundation paid for an official version of World War II to present to the public, a version that would cover up the support and backing Germany received from the US Bankers. One of Hitler's major financiers was Rockefeller's own Standard Oil Corp. Full story: vho.org
Israel's use of Torture must be Exposed
The pictures of American soldiers torturing prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq have shocked the world. To the Palestinian people however, these photographs of hooded or naked figures come as no surprise. For the tens of thousands of Palestinians who have served time in Israeli prisons, the pictures only bring back memories of their own torture.
In many cases, the treatment of the Iraqis in Abu Ghraib bears striking similarities to Israeli methods of torture. Accusations are now circling in the world's press that Israeli security officers have actually assisted in training private US security contractors being sent to Iraq.
Regardless of whether there is any truth to these allegations, the world must recognize that torture is commonplace in Israel. It is not enough to condemn the actions of these American soldiers while ignoring the systematic human rights abuses imposed on the Palestinian people. Full story: axisoflogic.com
Bishop Refuses to Sign 'Jesus is the only Way to reach Heaven'
June 4, 2004 The Episcopal bishop of Los Angeles was forbidden from delivering a welcoming speech at a regional meeting of conservative Episcopalians that opened Thursday in Long Beach because he refused to sign a statement declaring that belief in Jesus as savior was the only way to get to heaven.
By requiring such a statement for conference attendance, leaders of the conservative American Anglican Council said they wanted the meeting to be a "safe place" for Episcopalians who dissented from the US church's liberal stances on biblical interpretation and homosexuality. Full story: ktla.trb.com
The Powers-that-be are ordained by God
In our two last letters we established the distinction between a soul and a nature, correcting a misunderstanding among some brethren who have taken the "letter" of Brother Branham's Message without recourse to God's unchanging Word for revelation by the "Spirit," and shown by the Bible and the Message that a 'nature' is definitely not a soul.
A 'nature' is the sum of spiritual and physical qualities and propensities that make up the essential features and elements of character of a person, object or being. The nature of a bee is to collect pollen, to "buzz," and, if provoked, to sting; the nature of a trumpet is to give a certain sound to signal an alarm, assemble the multitude, or make music; the nature of water is its wetness, while the nature of today's news is grim indeed. None of these objects possess a soul, and none of these natures is a soul.
Your soul is a spirit, an individual person made in the image and likeness of God who is a spirit Being. He is the 'Holy Spirit' whose compound redemptive Name is Lord Jesus Christ. The decisions of your soul determine whether its nature reflects the attributes of II Peter 1:4-7faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness and brotherly kindness culminating in "the divine nature" in the Capstone, charity. As we put on these virtues we are growing into the measure of the stature of a perfect Man (Ephesians 4:7-15).
Let us now continue the study begun last week in which we read from God's Word that since the Fall Satan is the god of this world and although the offices of civil administration are ordained by God and a social necessity, the officers are at times our mutual enemy: the natural and spiritual Serpent's seed. Jeremiah 12:1-2 asks, "O Lord, You always give me justice when I present a case for your decision. Now let me bring you this complaint: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are evil men so happy? You have established them, they have taken root: and their business grows. Their profits multiply, and they are rich. They say, Thanks be to God! But their hearts are far from You".
The answer is that those who are "of the earth" receive their rewards in this life. Their utility in God's economy is to provide necessities for His children. Naturally, someone must administer our governments, establish and police laws for the security and order of society, mill the paper on which our Bible is printed, plan our towns, generate the electric power we use. Spiritually, someone must give us cause to exercise faith under circumstances that ensure we overcome in adversity by the Word of God and prayer to make our calling and election a personal reality not merely psychology, and elevate us to maturity in the unity of the faith with the character of Christ on display.
To this end Paul implores us in Romans 12, "Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And don't be conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. . ."
He goes on to explain how "that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God" should be seen in our attitude and conduct towards Brethren in the faith, and to those who are outside, without respect of persons once our mind has been renewed and is in accord with the mind of Christ.
Romans 12:9, 14, 17-21, "Let your love be sincere and without pretense as manifested in abhorring what is evil and clinging to that which is good. . . Bless those who persecute you: bless, and do not curse (particularly if a policeman upholding the law has justly booked you for unjustly speeding). . . Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. Don't quarrel with anyone but inwardly feel peaceably disposed toward everybody. And as far as others will allow it, be at peace with everyone."
"Avenge not yourselves dearly beloved, leave that to Divine wrath, for God has said that He will recompense the just (Deuteronomy 32:35; Hebrews 10:30). Therefore if your enemy hungers, feed him; if he thirsts, give him drink: for in so doing he will feel a burning shame for what he has done to you. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good".
It is not enough that we should preserve an enemy from perishing; we must treat him with all affection and kindness. This passive conduct in relation to private injuries must be carried over into our civil duties and responsibilities toward the world in general, remembering that our liberty in Christ is mainly spiritual - moral freedom from the slavery of sin out of which the reformation of society proceeded by degrees over the centuries with the abolition of slavery and child labor, the spread of literacy and numeracy, universal suffrage, equality under the law, public health and hygiene, building, sewerage, drainage and other standards, industrial and workplace reforms and so- on, beginning in countries where the Gospel was believed and honored.
By asserting the higher Law of the Gospel of Christ as the basis of the lower secular authority we continually elevate the lower authority nearer the Divine Law. The removal or alteration of unjust or unreasonable law when obtained by lawful means, and in accord with the Highest Power, elevates the moral sense of society in general and will accomplish more than any revolution, however justifiable and necessary. Our inside Life with Christ will be the governing principle in the Millennium, at the White Throne judgment, and in the new heavens and new earth . . . but only if we yield Him the preeminence now.
Romans 13:1-5, "Let every soul be subject [in an intelligent, voluntary and principled character, as distinct from blind, servile subjection] to whatever authorities that are over us. For there is no authority except from God: and those which exist have been ordained by God. Therefore whoever sets himself against the authority is resisting the ordinance of God: and those who resist will bring the condemnation of God upon themselves because it is His authority in the magistrate they have resisted. For rulers are not formidable to those who do good but those doing evil will always fear. So if you don't want to fear the authority, obey the laws and you will be commended: because he is God's minister to you for your benefit. But if you are doing things that are wrong, you have every reason to be afraid, for you will be punished; as he does not bear the sword and symbol of ultimate punishment in vain: for he is God's minister to execute vengeance on offenders. Therefore you must obey the law for two reasons: firstly to avoid being punished, and second, because your conscience tells you what is right and to reverence God's authority".
Note the antithesis between the fear of the external infliction of punishment in the sinner's soul and of inward and free obedience in the knowledge and reverence of the divine order in the civil affairs of men felt by those with the mind of Christ. Christians are neither Jews nor Roman Catholics to whom "the ends justify the means." When we strive, our motives and our objectives must both be right so that we strive lawfully. Brother Branham said that all Americans bear the shame of the Revolution when brother fought against brother.
When the sword becomes a terror to good works the limitation of the strict requirements of Paul's definition apply, yet we must distinguish the corrupt official from the office God has ordained. What would a prophet say to the unlawful invasions of sovereign nations like Iraq and Afghanistan by George I and II, not to mention 60 other nations George II has listed for 'regime change' when Paul has commanded "every soul to be voluntarily subject to the higher powers?" Clearly these "higher powers" have exceeded their authority under God by trampling the Constitution and Bill of Rights of their own nation, by breaking the Geneva Convention, and defying United Nations Resolutions by which the US is bound.
The attitude of Jesus Christ, His apostles and the early Church toward the civil government down to the time of Constantine and the organization of the Roman State church was to recognize in it an ordinance of God, and despite its degeneracy, yielding to it in all legitimate affairs, a ready obedience, despite the fact that they were persecuted by it with fire and sword. And it should be remembered that Paul's exhortation was addressed to the Romans, when the cruelties and crimes of a Tiberius, Caligula and Claudius were still fresh, and when the monster Nero, who a few years later wantonly and mercilessly persecuted the Christians, condemning Paul to a martyr's death, sat on the Imperial throne. It was, however, by just such Christian conduct, in contrast with Roman cruelty, that Christ's true Church won the moral victory over the Roman Empire and heathendom. Under the influence of such precepts, the early church was "great in deeds, greater in sufferings, greatest in death, for the honor of Christ and the benefit of generations to come;" thus she was able to "overcome evil with good".
Faith is our victory. Brother Branham prophesied, "Now I said . . . that the false vine came into full fruition in this age. Her fruit would mature and ripen. That is correct. This evil-spirited church, full of iniquity, will be revealed as the mustard seed that grew into a tree wherein lodged the fouls of the air. At her head will be the antichrist, the mystery of iniquity. All this is true. And if this is true, then it must also be true that the Bride Church will mature, and her ripeness shall be an identification with her Lord by means of the Word, and her Head Who will come to her is the Mystery of Godliness, Which indeed is Christ. And as the false church with all cunning and diabolical power made up of political force, physical force and demons of darkness come against this true vine, the true vine with the fullness of the Spirit and the Word will do the very acts of power Jesus did. Then as she nears her Headstone, becoming like Him through the Word, Jesus will come that the Bride and Groom may be forever united as one (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 363:1).
From the organization of the Roman Catholic State church at the First Nicaea Council, nominal Christianity under secular and behind the scenes, Jewish, leadership has militated against the attitude of Christ, the original apostles and the early Church. The entire history of institutional Christianity has been one of rebellion against or usurpation of civil governments and according to our last study this is clear, Scriptural evidence that denominations are not of God.
As I write many good men throughout the once Christian world speak of social reformation and renewed respect for the constitutions and other ancient landmarks set by the fathers. Men like Dr. John Wilson, who is focused on the restoration of the right to trial by jury, the imposition of 'certainty' in loan contracts, and the removal of unjust and corrupt judges, are working within the framework of laws deemed inconvenient and ignored by the courts. Others seem disposed to sedition or a coup by the Military/CIA against their corrupt government, in the United States. Christians realize that since the opening of the Seven Seals there will be no further delay in the fulfillment of prophecies that culminate in the consummation of all life on Earth, that the time for reform has past and the mayhem of anarchy planned by the 'hidden hand' will engulf the whole world after the midst of Daniel's Seventieth Week. The main accomplishment of righteous men who strive lawfully to right the wrongs of corrupt authorities will be to "heap coals of fire on their heads" and accumulate evidence that will condemn them at the judgment.
The corruption endemic in non-Christian lands has overtaken our sham 'democracies' whose electors have forsaken God's Word for mammon's allure, allowing alien unbelievers to settle with equal rights by means of which they have taken over the levers of power under the spirit of Laodicea. Like the Law given to Israel, our governments, corrupt as they are, are ordained of God as a chastisement with a view to correcting elect and nominal Christians whose wandering from the strict path of vigilance in the faith is responsible for the enslavement of our nations to these sons of Cain.
Romans 13:6-11, "Through reverence to God's authority you pay taxes necessary to maintain the civil authorities who are God's ministers, attending continually to government (which, consciously or unconsciously, is, in the highest sense, a servant of the Kingdom, and in the widest sense, is a servant of God). Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour."
"Owe no man anything, except to love himwhich is a debt you can never fully discharge: he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the Commandments, You shall not commit adultery, you shall not kill, you shall not steal, you shall not bear false witness, you shall not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying [which we might call "the Capstone Commandment"]; you shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no harm to a neighbor: love therefore is the fulfillment of the Law. [The perfection defined, in the main, negatively, in the Decalogue becomes the measure of the perfection, defined, in the main, positively, of the Gospel]. And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now our salvation is nearer than when we believed".
Paul is saying, "Let us meet all of our commitments, for we know the day of redemption is nigh." Brother Branham said, "pay off your lingering debts:" your life must reflect the Capstone ministry for the fullness of the Word is incarnate in Christ's end-time Bride from which the PART-Word Body subtends, "joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share causing growth of the Body for the edifying of itself in love." For this reason Brother Branham called our holy convocation "the honed age." Our lives must be shaped and honed to display the Token that caps the Body of PART-Word saints who have gone before us for we have all been hewn from the world by the Word of God's prophets and apostles that is our foundation (I Corinthians 3:10-13).
From Paul's instructions we learn how God has ordained unbelievers and make-believers to legislate and govern us according to laws for the ordering of civil society, and that this is beneficial and for our protection provided we honor the law and the "higher powers." As Christians we are bound to "submit" to whatever powers are set over us, however Paul does not say "obey" for although obedience is demanded because of God's appointment, it is not demanded in matters contrary to His appointment. When the civil power contradicts God's Word and His Voice in our conscience, then it contradicts and subverts its own authority.
We honor God as we respect the offices He has ordained, not officers of poor character. Where we encounter bad laws and officials we are to "overcome evil with good." Once Eve had been impregnated with the seed of the Serpent and Adam had taken her to himself, God sentenced his race to six thousand year's hard labor against sin, sickness and the enmity of Cain's hybrid race.
Satan and his people rule this world which cannot become a "better place" this side of the Millennium because spirits do not die, so every time someone dies who is not on the Book of Life another demon is unleashed, and our labor is increased.
Satirist H.L. Mencken (1880-1956) defined the establishment's modus operandi for maintaining a fierce and lucrative hold upon the collective American mind: "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed and thus clamorous to be led to safety, by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."
In his recent essay, "Freedom vs. Security: A False Choice," US House of Representatives' Ron Paul describes how the present Administration is menacing citizens and the world population with psychological manipulation in the quest for Cain's totalitarian one world government.
On the basis of the Hegelian dialectic a wise man said, the best money is in pretending to fight a problem you create and losing. The US government's pretend War on Drugs, while being their main importer is a perfect example, as was the War on Poverty and is the present War on Terror. A second important saying is that isolated incidents don't exist. So if the War on Drugs was not an isolated fraud, could the War on Crime be another?
Crime is any action (like printing fake money, smuggling drugs, murder and robbery) that the leaders prohibit to you, because they want to do it themselves. Most of America's wealthiest blue blood families amassed their wealth by activities considered to be criminal: the Delanos and the Coolidges did it with narcotics trafficking, the Kennedys and the Rockefellers with alcohol smuggling, etc. In his book, "On the Take, from Petty Crooks to Presidents," William Chambliss, professor at George Washington University remarks aptly:
"Organized crime really consists of a coalition of politicians, law enforcement people, businessmen, union leaders, andin some ways least important of allracketeers. In Seattle, Washington, I discovered a symbiotic relationship between organized crime and the police that made it impossible to differentiate between them. Law enforcement officers, from street patrolmen to police chiefs to members of the prosecuting attorney's office, not only accepted payoffs from people who organized illegal gambling, prostitution and drug sales, but the police and prosecutors were instrumental in organizing and managing these activities. Seattle is not an exception; it is the rule" (Power, Politics and Crimes).
An isolated incident? They don't exist. A February 1926 statement by "a group of concerned prominent citizens in Chicago" describes the same situation being prominent already 70 years ago:
"Many public officials are in secret alliance with underworld assassins, gunmen, rum-runners, bootleggers, thugs, ballot box stuffers and repeaters . . . a ring of politicians and public officials are operating through criminals . . . under police protection."
Organized crime and law enforcement make unique bedfellows in the service of our society's richest. At one side you have a grim group operating under a gang code of silence which committed 23,800 break-ins in 25 years in Chicago alone, ran a death squad, blackmailed and murdered appellate and Supreme Court judges it didn't like. That's the FBI. The Mafia, in contrast, is organized. Michael Milan was a hit man (murderer) whom Edgar Hoover FBI chief purloined for his death squad from his pal, Mafia boss Frank Costello. In Milan's book, "The Squad The US Government's Secret Alliance with Organized Crime" you get an insider account of the cooperation:
"I saw what the cops were doing, and the FBI and the CIA, and plenty of government agencies . . . I was both inside and outside the law at the same time, and I couldn't tell one side from the other."
"They were holding this [informant] at the Williamsburg Precinct station. The cops tossed me into the lockup with the rest of the drunks, slapped me around just to make it all look like it was on the up-and-up. They slipped a knife into my pocket, and then disappeared. The flask of booze I passed around worked really fast. It had to, because Mr. Lucchese [the mafia boss] and some of his associates dropped in to see how I did the job. I woke the rat up first; when he saw Lucchese staring at him, he #####ed down his leg. Then I cut him. They let me out of the lockup, packed me into a car, and we ditched the knife in the East River. The drunks slept through the whole thing. It was the same story during the war when I had to rub out people for Captain Roscoe McCall."
"Once Edgar Hoover got angry at an appellate judge out in Kansas, who threw out every conviction the local cops could get. President Johnson just threw up his hands and told Hoover the judge would be in office "for the rest of his life." Then he winked. That was all Hoover needed. He polled each one of us after that meeting. He said, "It's a judge, boys, take your best shots." They sent me down to do the hit, but Hoover wanted him to experience the pain. "Make it special" he said. "Make it nice and slow. . ."
It's hard to tell the government and the mafia apart when they murder people together; perhaps using score cards will help. The death toll of white collar crime (what "national interest" really stands for) is estimated being five times, its financial toll being fifty times the toll of blue collar street crime. Income taxes which appear to be collected without legal authority in the United States (mostly pocketed by the same elite) amount to a fraud still ten times higher. All in all, the elite takes you for 500 times the amount what the occasional freelance mugger, burglar or fraudster could, while pretending to "fight crime."
People's actions are determined by their sense of justice, not dusty law books. Crime is a pure product of law, the ideology which criminalizes to one group what it allows to another, thereby working fundamentally against justice. Tacitus didn't remark by accident that the more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws; a centralized law-based government's main business soon becomes the production (and pretend fighting) of crime. See, intelligent people in any age soon realize that a privileged minority who taxes away up to half of their income to build sumptuous palaces and fortunes for itself, who pretends to be their servants yet disallows the termination of its hiring, has no function. So this minority must rely on laws to preserve its racket, using law enforcement effectively to fight against progress and justice. This is why today only 20 percent of law enforcement wiretaps in the United States target criminal activity.
And this is why the police manhandles war protesters, civil rights activists, and other voices of progress with special savagery worldwide but kowtows to 'insider' mobsters: just professional courtesy. After all, they don't only fight together on the same side of the fenceone day they'll steal it together too".
Perhaps that was not the kind of commentary you are accustomed to hear over the pulpit but it confirms Bible teaching. For your safety and security God set the unjust judge to avenge the just, the thief to catch a thief, a crook to control the crooks in accordance with law, because "The law is made 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 male prostitutes, for sodomites, for menstealers, for liars, for perjurers, and for whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God" (I Timothy 1:9-11).
The powers-that-be, though two-faced like Janus are ordained by God, and because Christians are to "overcome evil with good," our labor is hard but our victory in Christ Jesus is assured. The victor's prize is not a laurel garland but the Token of Christ's character in you, and it must be won to be worn. Unless we suffer with Him we cannot reign with Him. You have to suffer to reign. The reason for this is that character simply is never made without suffering. Character is a VICTORY, not a gift. nl328.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.