Bible Believers' Newsletter 353
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; we enjoy your presence in Christian fellowship.
The San Andreas Fault is showing signs in line with prophecy. The epicenter of the great 1857 Fort Tejon earthquake whose magnitude is estimated at 7.8 to 8 was at least as large as the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and located almost exactly where the deep tremors are now occurring south of Parkfield, above Bakersfield north of Los Angeles. (See map).
Recent tremors were also detected in Puget Sound and Pacific North West States where Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier and Yellowstone National Park all show signs of activity. Earthquakes will sink Los Angeles and split the Mount of Olives at the end of the Gentile dispensation.
From Israel Barry Chamish reports further signs of the times. The Council on Foreign Relations division of the Illuminati has set up an Institute for Middle Eastern Affairs in Yeshiva University and the Jewish Theological Seminary with the object of advancing the globalist agenda for the internationalization of Jerusalem as required by UN Resolution 181 of 1947 and Daniel 11:45.
Meanwhile for several months the Church has been receiving email from Rockefeller's National Council of Churches, posting us on certain exoteric activities. We have not taken the mark!
This Newsletter serves those of like precious faith. Whosoever will receive the truth is welcome to feed their soul from the waters of the River of Life. Everything here presented should be confirmed personally in your own Bible.
Tremors rock Earth Deep Beneath San Andreas Fault
San Francisco, December 10, 2004 Mysterious tremors deep beneath the San Andreas Fault. . . are shaking the earth's brittle crust far below the region where earthquakes normally strike . . . episodes of chatter last from four to 20 minutes and are being recorded from as deep as 40 miles beneath the surface . . .
Similar deep tremors have been detected recently along the coast of the Pacific Northwest, known as the Cascadia Subduction Zone, as well as in Japanand there, too, scientists are struggling to understand what their import is. In those areas, giant slabs of the earth's crust are dipping downward and sliding ponderously beneath other great crustal slabs . . .
In California, the most mystifying feature of the unexplained tremors is that they are occurring right on the deepest part of the San Andreasa fault that does not involve subduction or volcanic activity. Instead, two sides of the earth's crust are sliding horizontally past each other in a motion seismologists call "right-lateral strike slip." In an earthquake, that slip can be an abrupt jolt, and in big quakes, a violent one.
The tremors are occurring at such great depth . . . that they must be at the very bottom of the brittle crustwhere the earth's hot, viscous upper mantle beginswhich has been under stress for millions of years. Full story: sfgate.com Earthquake Monitor
Comment: "Nations are breaking; the world is falling apart. Fifteen hundred mile chunk of it, three or four hundred miles wide, will sink . . . maybe forty miles down into that great fault out yonder one of these days, and waves will shoot plumb out to the state of Kentucky. And when it does it'll shake the world so hard that everything on top of it will shake down" (William Branham, A Thinking Man's Filter, p. 24:144).
God's 'Chosen People' NOT
Gaza, December 8, 2004 Since the outbreak of the Al-Aqsa Intifada in September 29, 2000 until October 31, 2004, the Israeli occupation troops have killed 3,800 Palestinian men, women and children and wounded 43,569 others. . . those jailed by the Israeli forces throughout the Intifada have been numbered 7,200 . . .
In addition . . . Palestinian-owned houses that have been completely and partially demolished by the Israeli occupation troops . . . 69,120 . . . other buildings and facilities demolished . . . completely and partially are 590, including 316 schools and colleges, while 43 other schools have been turned to military outposts. . . agriculture sector . . . Palestinian-owned lands razed by the Israeli bulldozers reached 71,914 dunums, 1,229,210 trees have been uprooted, 649 stores demolished, 659 farms devastated, 27,567 dunums of irrigation networks have been bulldozed, 1,234 water tanks devastated, and 207 houses owned by farmers demolished.
The report shed the light as well on the amount of unemployment amongst the Palestinian people, rating to 32.3%, as the poverty rate is 67.6% according to last year's statistics.
The violations against journalists during the Intifada are apparent in the Palestinian National Information Center (PNIC) report as 708 cases of attacks against journalists have been recorded, mainly on military checkpoints and roadblocks.
Full story: ipc.gov.ps
Milk of Human Kindness NOT
December 8, 2004 Dr Mustafa Barghouthi, prominent democratic candidate in the upcoming Palestinian presidential election . . . was stopped at the Jaba checkpoint outside the northern West Bank city of Jenin and refused passage to return to his home city of Ramallah. After being forced from their cars at gunpoint, his group faced a barrage of abuse and random beatings. Lu'ai Arafat received several blows to the head with the butt of a rifle. As soldiers began to beat Dr. Allam Jarrar, Dr. Barghouthi stepped in to intervene and received a severe beating to his back during which he fell to the ground. The other staff were also forced to the ground and all six were made to remain face down for more than an hour.
This is the second time in a week that this presidential candidate has been prevented from traveling between towns in the West Bank. On Monday Dr. Barghouthi was held at gunpoint at a checkpoint on Al-Shuhada St. in Hebron and prevented from reaching the Palestinian neighborhood of Tel Al-Armeda. Dr. Barghouthi commented after this instance that he had experienced the worst of the humiliation and abuse Palestinians are experiencing at the 700 Israeli checkpoints within the West Bank. He urged the international community to intervene not only to enable the elections but also to immediately halt this abhorrent treatment of Palestinian civilians. . . Full story: palestinemonitor.org
Zechariah Jehovah has Remembered
Hosea 6:1-3, "Come, and let Israel return to the Lord in order that He may have the pre-eminence in our lives: for it is He who has torn, (not Assyria, Egypt, Ariel Sharon or Shimon Peres), and He will heal us; He has smitten, and He will bind us up."
"After two days (each of a thousand years) He will revive Israel: in the third day He will raise us up (as He raised Messiah our King and firstfruits with the Patriarchs and Old Testament saints Isaiah 26:19; Ezekiel 37:1-28; Matthew 27:52-53; Ephesians 4:8-10), that we may live and look Him in the eye free from reproach. Then, in consequence of His restored favor we shall know His grace which will sanctify Israel to full enlightenment by faith in the knowledge of Him."
(As the want of the "knowledge of God" has been the source of Israel's evils (Hosea 4:1, 6; 5:4), so the knowledge of Him will be accompanied by all of His blessings, for it is Life.
John 6:63, "My Word is Spirit, it is Life".
John 17:3, "This is eternal Life, that they might know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent".
I John 5:12, "He who has the Son has Life; and he who does not have the Son of God does not have eternal Life".
But Israel must become doers of godly knowledge, not hearers only (Jeremiah 22:15-16; Romans 2:12; James 1:22). Knowledge must become living faith not theology, book learning and proud words.
Proverbs 4:18-19, "The path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is like darkness: they do not know what makes them stumble").
"His going forth to the relief of the blood descendants of the Patriarchs during Daniel's Seventieth Week is as certain as the morning sunrise; and His 'parousia' Coming to Israel's 144,000 will be as the rain, like the latter rain which falls in the last half of February and during March and April, (after the earthquake and just before the harvest or first resurrection of the Gentile Bride); and the former rain which falls from mid-October to mid-December to fertilize the otherwise barren land."
God's favor will restore Israel, long nationally lifeless, by the teaching rain or ministry of the two prophets of Zechariah 4 and Revelation 11. Jehovah has remembered Israel.
If we add AD2004 to 780BC when Hosea was prophesying the sum of years is 2,784, so we are well into the third day. Jesus said the generation that saw Israel restored to statehood in the Promised Land will not expire through old age before the Millennium (Matthew 24:32-34). A Hebrew woman at the age of accountability in 1948 would be 68 today. As a lifespan is only seventy years and God will translate the Gentile Bride seven years before the consummation, how late is the hour?
Brother Branham first prophesied the California earthquake in 1935, the year in which his first son, Billy Paul, was born (Trying to do God a Service without it being the Will of God, p. 6:23). He told Billy Paul, "I may not be here, but you won't be an old man until sharks will swim right where we are standing" (Pearry Green, The Acts of the Prophet, p. 119). Brother Billy Paul fulfilled his lifespan on September 13, 2005, so any day now he is likely to be considered "an old man".
The first six chapters of Zechariah are prophecies presupposing and seeking to encourage the progress of the Temple restoration by historical retrospect and Messianic aspirations. However their deeper Message alludes to God's relation to Israel throughout the times of the Gentiles that began with the Captivity, to the anointing of the Most Holy Place and the Millennium.
In my understanding of Brother Branham's expositions the anointing of the Most Holy refers to the dedication of the Millennium Temple or the new birth of 144,000 elect Israelites who become that Temple when they recognize and glorify Jesus Christ as Son of David their King with His Queen, the New Testament Church, and anoint us with the joy of their salvation.
Zechariah's prime Message pertains neither to encouraging the work of restoring Solomon's natural Temple nor the construction the third temple soon to be built and dedicated by the pope of Rome. His underlying theme is the enlargement of the kingdom of Israel to a universal realm under the Messianic Priest-King, and the 'reinstruction' of 144,000 elect New Testament Israelites into the Millennium Temple signified in Ezekiel's visions.
Clearly Zechariah saw the moral and spiritual purpose of the Mosaic system as a "schoolmaster" instructing Israel unto Messiah in order that they may be justified by faith, because the Law brought condemnation and death (Acts 13:37-39; Romans 2:12; 3:27; Galatians 3:23-24). Israel had added numerous fasts commemorating God's condemnation of and chastisement for sin (Zechariah 7:5; 8:19). And although the prophet's rebuke of formal fasting in chapter seven is not nearly as eloquent as Isaiah 58:1-7, it is in every way as decided and as vigorous a rebuke of their concern for the ceremony of human institution rather than moral obedience. Had they trusted God's promise as to the restoration of the theocracy, the fast would have given place to joy for which there was more cause than for grief.
The universality of the Messianic dispensation is repeatedly suggested with the enlargement of the boundaries of the old covenant in fulfillment of God's promise to Noah, "I shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem," that is, under the Blood of the covenant Lamb (Genesis 9:27).
At the close of the Gentile dispensation, Satan will be cast down from heavenly places whence he has accused the Brethren, in order to trouble Jacob so God can "purify the sons of Levi and purge them as gold and silver that they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant to the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years" (Malachi 3:3-4). Under the Sixth Seal the foolish virgin, and the whole earth, sun, moon, stars and nature will also be purged for the Millennium.
At the end of Daniel's Seventieth Week when the harvest of the fruit trees has been gathered and Armageddon has destroyed all life on earth, then Satan will be sealed in the bottomless pit (Revelation 12:9-17; 20:1-3). Not that a spirit can be bound by iron chains, or even Lines of Credit and Ropes of Bondage. Satan can only work through those who yield themselves to him, so because his subjects will all be in the grave until the general resurrection Satan will be bound by a chain of circumstance. During the Millennium only glorified saints, who are immune from his influence, will be on earth. Thus the Millennium will "bring in everlasting righteousness," fulfilling the sixth purpose of Gabriel's instruction to Daniel. And "the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of Jesus Christ as the waters cover the sea" (Isaiah 11:9; Habakkuk 2:14).
This will be the outcome of the universality of the dispensation of grace to we Gentiles to which Zechariah alluded again and again.
After restoring the glory of His Presence to Zerubbabel's temple in Jerusalem God promises He will dwell in the midst of the "Daughters of Zion" or elect Hebrews and Gentile proselytes who constitute the beginnings of the Christian Church (Zechariah 2:10-12). The Prophet is speaking of Christ's incarnation, "Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for I have come to live among you, says the Lord. At that time many nations shall be converted to the Lord, and they too shall be My people: and I will dwell among them all. Then you will know it was the Lord of hosts who sent Me to you. And Judah shall be the Lord's inheritance in the Holy Land, (during the Millennium when He reigns as David's greater Son, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah), for God shall once more choose to bless Jerusalem".
Zechariah 9:9-10 also speaks of the incarnation, "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (Christ's Bride); shout, O daughter of Jerusalem (the elect Israelites of that day)! For lookyour King is coming! He is just, and having salvation. Yet He is lowly, and riding on a donkey's colt. I will disarm all peoples of the earth, including My people Israel. And He shall speak peace among the Gentiles: and His dominion shall stretch from sea to sea, and from the river Euphrates to the ends of the land" (of Israel). This exposes the hypocrisy of present-day "Jews" who are trying to establish "greater Israel" from the Nile to the Euphrates in Iraq).
Messiah will not enforce peace, he will "speak peace" and "His sheep will receive His Word".
As Zechariah 6:10 explains, the heathen nations are not all destroyed but cease their hostility and co-operate with the elect Hebrews in building up the true Temple of the living God, which is the mystic Body of Christ. This has almost been completely fulfilled.
Three Israelites from those of the Captivity who remained in Babylon came to present gifts of silver and gold towards the building of the temple. But a dual crown is fashioned from it and placed on the head of Joshua, the high priest, to signify the gathering of the outcasts of Israel to Messiah who shall then be recognized as true King and High Priest (Hebrews 6:20; 7:1-21).
Zechariah 6:12-15, "Tell Joshua, THUS SAITH THE LORD, Behold the man whose Name is Branch (or sprout from the fallen trunk of David Zechariah 3:8; Acts 15:15); He shall grow up in His nation and He shall build the true Temple of the Lord (Isaiah 53:2; Matthew 16:18; I Corinthians 3:17; II Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:20-22; Hebrews 3:3). Notwithstanding His lowly origin, He shall accomplish this great work. To Him belongs the majesty of the crowns to rule as both King and Priest from the same throne, and the counsel between the two Offices will result in peace".
"They then deposited the crown in the Lord's Temple as a memorial in honor of the deputies from Babylon who gave itHelem, Tobijah, Jedaiah, and Hen the son of Zephaniah." These men were types of many Gentiles who would one day come from afar off and as "lively stones" help build the Temple of the Lord (Isaiah 56:6-8; 57:19; 60:3-13; Acts 2:39). "And when this happens you Israelites will know my Message was of the Lord. And if you diligently hearken you will participate in the blessings that Messiah the Branch will secure" (Isaiah 60:14; Zechariah 12-13).
Zechariah 8:1-19 is a metaphor of God's return to Israel and the restoration of theocratic blessings. Verses 20-23 describe the Hebrew conception of the conversion of the Gentiles. Under the Law they would have to appear at Jerusalem in order to come under the blood of the Pascal lamb. As this was the only manner of conversion of which they could conceive, the glorious conversions of Gentile nations which have taken place throughout our dispensation were presented by the Hebrew sages in harmony with their Old Testament conceptions.
Indeed on the Day of Pentecost there came to Jerusalem "men out of every nation under heavenParthians, Medes, Elamites, etc.," laying hold of the skirt of him that is a Judean to seek the face of Jehovah, and resting their hopes on the crucified Hebrew Who is Savior of the world (Acts 2:5-10).
Zechariah chapter 9:1-8, 11-17 presents us with a graphic prophecy of the expedition of Alexander the Great whereas verses 9-10 turn abruptly to a royal Personage who is to appear without armies or weapons, yet will establish general peace and set up the universal kingdom of unlimited extent just mentioned.
The daughter of Zion is called to "rejoice" at the Coming of her Kingnot for His own gain or pleasure as earthly kings come but for the sake of His Church (Daniel 9:26).
He is just or righteous, an attribute constantly given to Messiah (Isaiah 45:21 53:11; Jeremiah 23:5, 6) in connection with salvation. He does not merely pardon sin, He pays sin's dreadful price with His own Life, so that the sinner by faith becomes one with Christ who was raised for his justification.
"Having salvation in Himself" for us "He shall save His people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21). Not by any other, but by Himself shall He save, having in Himself that righteousness which was indispensable for the justification of the unrighteous (I Corinthians 1:30; II Corinthians 5:21; I John 2:1) in contrast with the haughty Grecian conqueror who came to destroy.
After the time of Solomon there is no record of asses being ridden by persons of distinction. That this King should ride upon the unridden foal an ass and not upon a horse indicated how far He should be from possessing worldly splendor. Matthew 21:1-7 and John 12:14-16 speak of the fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9.
The entry of Jesus into Jerusalem at His first Coming is a pledge of the full accomplishment of this prophecy at His second or 'parousia' Coming to Israel when 144,000 elect Israelites will catch the revelation and exclaim, as some of them did then, "Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord," and the nation will be born in one day (Matthew 21:9; 23:39; Isaiah 66:8). On His return the Word will be riding on a white horse avenging His elect. As on His former entry, this acknowledgement of Messiah as King will take place on the feast of Tabernacles, and the Bride of all Ages will rejoice at Israel's full redemption:
Revelation 7:9-12, "I looked and beheld a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb. All the angels standing around the throne, and the elders and the four living creatures, fell on their faces before the throne, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honour and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen".
Before Israel can attend the feast of Tabernacles they must observe the Day of Atonement when 144,000 will recognize and mourn for Messiah whom their forefathers crucified. The first day of the seventh month is a holy convocation, a memorial of the blowing of Trumpets which signaled an alarm, war, assembly, or to pitch or break camp. This feast of Trumpets will call Israel to heed two olive branches or "shoots" from the Old and New Testaments (Zechariah 4:12-14; Revelation 11:3-12): Hebrew prophets endued with the Spirit that anointed Moses and Elijah. They will reveal the mystery of the Seven Plagues or Trumpet Judgments by which God chastens Israel from Calvary to the consummation for refusing His Messages to the Seven Church Ages. The revelation of these mysteries will prepare the hearts of the 144,000 for the great Day of Atonement and the Jubilee or Millennium (Leviticus 23:23-25).
Jesus said this ministry will "gather the elect Israelites from the four winds"the war and strife brought upon the nation by her sinfulness, principally under the four world empires of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Imperial and Papal Rome (Zechariah 4; 6; Matthew 24:31; Revelation 7:1-8). While Israel waged a spiritual war against God, He brought natural war upon them.
The creation of the State of Israel in 1948 augurs the approaching consummation of Zechariah's prophecy (Matthew 24:32-34). Zechariah 14 returns to the prophetic picture of the siege of Jerusalem depicted in chapter 12 that presaged Brother Branham's frequent alarm, "the world is going insane." In rejecting the Holy Spirit the US, Britain and Australia, are like the "Jews," possessed of the demons of the days of Noah, Babylon, and Lot as Jesus foretold (Matthew 12:43-45; Luke 17:26-30). Our leaders are of their father the Devil, and the lusts of their father they will do (- like the cold-blooded murderer of innocent Muslims). He was a murderer from the beginning, the father of lies and liars" (John 8:44).
Israel has been restored in a condition of unbelief as foretold in Isaiah 1. It is in very much the same state as existed at the time of Christ's first advent, when the threads of God's dealings with the nation were finally dropped, not to be taken up again "until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled" and our silver thread of redemption is severed forever. The prophecy opens with a fresh account of the great siege but goes on to reveal God's wonderful deliverance for David's City. A complete restoration cannot take place until the national conversion (Zechariah 12:10 13:9; Romans 11:25-32).
Only when his brethren were in the greatest straits did Joseph made himself known to them, and when Jerusalem is in its dire extremity, that memorable scene in the ancient land of the pyramids will be reproduced in all its pathos, when the long-rejected Brother shall say to His own after the flesh, "I am Jesus, your Brother whom you sold to Pilate; now be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that you delivered Me to be crucified: for God sent Me before you to preserve a remnant in the earth, and to save you by a great deliverance" (Genesis 45:1-15; Zechariah 13:6-9).
Brother Branham said, "Remember Zechariah 9, what it said? And they didn't recognize it. Now, what is it today? Zechariah 14, speaking of His Coming:
"And His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives again, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; half of the mountain shall be moved towards the north, and half . . . towards the south.
And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountain; for the valley of the mountain shall reach from Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like you fled in the days of the earthquake in the days of Uzziah the king of Judah. . ."
Another earthquake splitting open the earth! If you want to follow out a Scripture here, notice in this 5th verse, it applies that the cleaving of the Mount of Olives is due to an earthquake, and this is confirmed by Isaiah 29:6 and Revelation 16:18-19. Exactly! What is it? The same prophet told of His first Coming, saw His second Coming! Notice, "As in the days of the earthquake." See what the earthquakes are doing, see the predictions of them?
". . . and the Lord your God shall come, and all of His saints with thee. And it shall come to pass in that day, (Hallelujah!) in that day, that the Light shall not be clear, or dark: but it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that in the evening time it shall be Light." (O God!)
"It shall be Light about the evening time," same prophet. And the people are blind! What's the attraction? Let's read a couple more verses:
"And it shall be in that day, that the living waters shall go forth from Jerusalem; half of them towards the former sea, and half . . . towards the hinder sea: in the summer and winter shall it be. (The Gospel going forth both Jew and Gentile) And the Lord shall be king over . . . the earth: in that day and there shall be one Lord and His Name one". . .
See where we're at?
Nations are breaking, Israel's awakening,
The signs that our prophets foretold;
(that earthquake to the Gentiles to the last day).
The Gentile days numbered, with horrors encumbered;
Return, O dispersed, to your own".
The conditions described in Matthew 24 and 27:51 will repeat at the end of our dispensation which will be signaled by earthquakes in divers places, most notably in California and Israel, calling the resurrection of the New Testament saints and the manifestation of the Sons of God prior to the translation of the end-time Bride. Finally, Zechariah 14:9-16 teaches us that when Israel as a nation is convertedall 144,000 of themthe Lord will be King over all the Land of Israel not de jure only but de facto, and recognized as Lord as the Name implies.
The territory between Geba on the northern frontier and Rimmon on the border of Edom in the south is hilly in the extreme. But figuratively it will be as a plain because Jerusalem is exalted spiritually. Isaiah 2:2 and Micah confirm this. The city shall dwell on its ancient site and have its ancient boundaries. The inhabitants will dwell securely and no longer go out as fugitives or captives, or fear hostile attacks. The ground of this security is exemption from the curse that always follows sin (Joshua 6:18). The cessation from sin signifies the people are a holy nation. After the Millennium, in the time of earth's purifying by its baptism of Fire, tectonic activity will push up a pyramid-like mountain whose length, breadth and heights are fifteen hundred miles.
In verses 12-15 the Prophet pauses in his account from the blessings destined for the purified nation to set forth the punishment of the ungodly. All who are "saved" of the nations which came against Jerusalem shall keep the feast of Tabernacles, or be granted in to eternal Life at the White Throne Judgment.
Tabernacles was a feast of thanksgiving for God's gracious protection and provision during the pilgrimage through the desert and for their introduction into the blessings of Canaan land. In like manner the nations of the "saved" will celebrate God's goodness which has brought them through their tedious and perilous wanderings in this life to the true and everlasting kingdom of peace and rest. In the remaining verses of this chapter we see the various nations spoken of as so many families of one people of God.
The distinction between sacred and profane shall cease as everything formerly considered profane shall become holy. This will involve cessation of the Levitical economy and the different degrees of holiness shall cease. The pots formerly used for boiling the sacrificial flesh shall be just as holy as the sacred bowls which received the blood of the expiatory victims. Not only will the Temple pots be holy but the common pot in the city and throughout the land will become as sacred. And there shall be no more descendants of Canaan, that is, Serpent's seed who are under the ban (Deuteronomy 7:2; 20:16-17), which is to say that all shall be righteous and holy. Jehovah has remembered! nl353.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.