Bible Believers' Newsletter 377
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Pope appoints American to Enforce Doctrine
Pope Benedict chose an old friend, San Francisco Archbishop William Levada, to be the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. This office, which used to be known as the Holy Office of the Inquisition, is responsible for making sure that the teachings and positions of the church are properly reflected.
The new pope developed a reputation for strong conservatism during his rule of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He cracked down publicly on several theologians who questioned the church's positions on clerical celibacy, contraception and homosexuality. Some of them were forced to sign statements of compliance with church teaching or face excommunication. Others who were university professors were ordered to stop teaching. Full story: msnbc.msn.com
Comment: In the sixth of seventh consecutive visions Brother Branham saw in 1933, "there arose up in America a most beautiful, but cruel woman. She held the people in her complete power. I believed that this was the rise of the Roman Catholic Church." Benedict XVI appears qualified to hold tight rein on the beast Rome will ride in fulfillment of Revelation 13 and 17:3.
Danger: Mind Controllers At Work!
So you think you voted for George Bush or Tony Blair or John Howard on their 'merits'? Think again. Media mind control techniques have now reached a new standard of excellence in the west. Out go old-fashioned baseball bats and heavy drugs, replaced by 'low light images', and a new 'color coded language' fired straight down your unsuspecting optic nerve.
The deranged 'One World Government' controllers on Wall Street wish to manipulate your thoughts and reasoning, but are dead against you discovering that your thoughts and reasoning are not always your own. A major clue on this objective was provided by Zbigniew Brzezinski, then National Security Advisor to Jimmy Carter: "In the technotronic society the trend would seem to be towards the aggregation of the individual support of millions of uncoordinated citizens, easily within the reach of magnetic and attractive personalities effectively exploiting the latest communications techniques to manipulate emotions and control reason."
You can actually break the cycle and return to your own thoughts and reason, by the simple expedient of destroying your television set, VCR and DVD, but I'm betting you won't be prepared to make that sacrifice in order to save your children. Unsurprisingly perhaps, Hollywood is betting you won't do so either. Full story: vialls.com
Comment: Now we know why digital television, radio and telephones is replacing analog technology. Brother Branham said, "We rent from a woman that has the television in her house. I never intend to have one in my house. No sir, I don't want that thing in my house. I'd blow it out with my shotgun. I don't want nothing to do with that evil thing".
Are the World's Top Microbiologists being Murdered?
July, 2004 The first anthrax attacks were reported in the US on October 19, 2001. Since then, the world's leading experts in the field of microbiology have been dying, most under extremely suspicious circumstances. Here are some details of the most significant 20 such deaths . . .
It does not matter what the individual circumstances of each death are. Probably a couple of these deaths are innocuous. The insurance industry uses scientific tables to accurately predict death rates. Based on the 1997 CSO Mortality Tables, the odds that all of these men could collectively die during a 30 month period is a staggering 14,000,000,000:1. This makes it logically impossible for any reasonable person to deny that the world's leading microbiology researchers are being murdered, beginning with the anthrax attacks through last month. The question is why are they being killed, and by whom?
Full story: gatorpress.com unknowncountry.com
Comment: Brother Branham said, "the Bible predicts that in the last days, that they'll be a germ warfare? Diseases will break out upon the people, and will fall on everyone without the baptism of the Holy Spirit?
Death by Slow Burn How America Nukes its own Troops.
What 'Support Our Troops' really Means
On March 30, an AP photo featured an American pro-war activist holding a sign: "Nuke the evil scum, it worked in 1945!" That's exactly what George Bush has done. America's mega-billion dollar war in Iraq has indeed been a NUCLEAR WAR.
Bush and Cheney have delivered tons of depleted uranium (DU) weapons upon 17 million Iraqis, a "liberation" gift that will keep on giving. Depleted uranium is a component of toxic nuclear waste, usually stored at secure sites. Handlers need radiation protection gear.
Over a decade ago, war-makers decided to incorporate this lethal waste into much of the Pentagon's weaponry . . . DU munitions are classified by a United Nations resolution as illegal weapons of mass destruction. Their use breaches all international laws, treaties and conventions forbidding poisoned weapons calculated to cause unnecessary suffering. . . . Americans will be supporting Gulf War II veterans for years as they slowly and painfully succumb to radiation poisoning. US and British troops deployed to the area are the walking dead. . .
The Royal Society of England published data showing that battlefield soldiers who inhale or swallow high levels of DU can suffer kidney failure within days. Any soldier now in Iraq who has not inhaled lethal radioactive dust is not breathing. . . George Bush's ongoing war in Afghanistan is also a nuclear war. . . Drought-stricken Afghanistan's underground water supply is now contaminated by these nuclear weapons. . . If America truly supports its troops, it must stop sending them into nuclear holocaust for the enrichment of thugs. . .
Full story: sierratimes.com rps.org.au
Comment: Similar criminal thinking mandated adding fluoride, a poisonous waste product of aluminium smelting, to public drinking water on the pretext it is beneficial to health.
Air Force seeks Bush's Approval for Space Weapons Programs
May 18, 2005 The Air Force, saying it must secure space to protect the nation from attack, is seeking President Bush's approval of a national-security directive that could move the United States closer to fielding offensive and defensive space weapons . . .
With little public debate, the Pentagon has already spent billions of dollars developing space weapons and preparing plans to deploy them. . . After spending 22 years and nearly $100 billion, Pentagon officials say they cannot reliably detect and destroy a threat today.
Full story: nytimes.com Comment: See previous report in Newsletter 280.
The US Senate's unanimous vote on the REAL ID card is a tragedy . . . This neat little package says we won't be able to open a bank account, fly, or travel by air or bus without one. And just wait until the deliberately dumbed down socialist bureaucrats have finished writing the regulations!!!
Former KGB Chiefs Primakov and Karpov, who were involved, must be laughing on their way to the international socialist government planned by Lenin, Stalin, Gorbachev, et al . . . Full story: newswithviews.com
A rumor flew around Wall Street yesterday. "Some big hedge funds are in trouble. They didn't expect the way GM and Ford bonds are being written down. There are some huge derivative positions that are coming unhinged."
We did not know what to make of it. How could anyone be dumb enough to be surprised by the automakers' bonds? Everyone knew it was coming. . . And it's not only the automakers that have gotten themselves into major trouble. . .
Full story: lewrockwell.com
Spanish Nazi Victims' Chief says, I was never in Camp
MADRID, May 11, 2005 The former head of a Spanish association of Nazi concentration camp victims said on Wednesday he was never actually a prisoner in any camp and had lied for almost 30 years about his past.
Enric Marco, who in 1978 published a book about his experiences entitled "Memories of Hell," confessed he had invented his account of suffering in Germany's Flossenburg concentration camp. Full story: alertnet.org
The Forgotten Sign
Christians see the broad prophetic vision set forth in the written Word and hone their faith by the present Truth of those unwritten secrets that belong to the Lord our God and remain hid until He puts His Voice into some person to reveal them to us His children in due season. Our responsibility is to "receive that Voice with all readiness of mind, and search the Scriptures daily, whether those things are true." If the words come to pass, and keep on coming to pass, that messenger is a prophet "and God will deal personally with whoever will not hear and heed what he speaks in His Name" (Deuteronomy 29:29; 18:19; Revelation 10:7).
Having arrived at the closing hours of the Gentile dispensation we need a clear conception of history and our relationship to prophetic time in order to find our place in the Body of Christ. But this understanding was a mystery sealed from the foundation of the world, and without a prophet we cannot understand the written Word of the first Six Seals let alone the unwritten Seventh Seal, so the Bible is like a thriller we feverishly devour only to discover the last page is missing.
Without a prophet we cannot know the Absolute. God reveals His Word only to his prophets (Hebrews 1:1; II Peter 1:21). And since the mystery of God is finished, Christ is no longer a Mediator to excuse our ignorance of PART-Word, so we must heed and understand the Voice of that prophet of God in order to receive the certain sound of the Absolute.
Exodus 4:1-9, "Moses answered God and said, But, behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice. Suppose they say, The Lord has not appeared to you? So the Lord said to Moses, What is that in your hand? And he said, A rod."
"And God said, Cast it on the ground. So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. And the Lord said, Reach out your hand and take it by the tail (and he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand), that they may believe that the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you. Furthermore the Lord said to him, Now put your hand in your bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, it was leprous, like snow. And He said, Put your hand in your bosom again. So he put his hand into his bosom again; and when he drew it out it was restored like his other flesh."
"Then it will be, if they do not believe you, nor heed the Voice of the first sign, that they may believe the Voice of the latter sign."
"And it shall be, if they will not believe these two signs, or listen to your voice, that you shall take water from the river and pour it on the dry land. And the water from the river shall become blood upon the dry land".
God gave Moses these three signs. Each sign had a Voice. The Message of his third sign signified death: that the might of Egypt would drown in the Red Sea.
A prophet is a sign of impending judgment upon sin. Before God can do anything of great moment He always shows a sign in the heavens and sends a prophet with warning and a way of escape (Amos 3:7; Psalm 19).
Although a prophet is a sign he cannot introduce himself as a prophet, for God is His witness and his Words are the Voice of God Who vindicates His own Word and the prophet's office by signs that will be recognized by believers. If he is a covenant prophet like Moses, Jeremiah, John the Baptist, Jesus Christ or William Branham, they will confirm the covenant (John 5:39).
God does everything in threes, and He never changes His ways. He has revealed Himself to His children in three major offices or dispensation claims. As the Father He was above His people, as the Son He was with His people, and now as the Holy Spirit He is united with and in His people. There are three Comings of Christ. His first Coming was to redeem His Bride on Calvary, His second Coming is to unite with His Bride and receive her in a rapture, His third Coming will be to reign on Earth with His Bride in a thousand years of peace. There are also three exoduses. In the first exodus God called Israel out of Egypt, in the second Exodus He called the Church out of Israel, now in the third exodus he is calling a Bride out of the Church.
There were three witnesses to your natural birth. First the water breaks, second the blood, and third you draw breath to receive a spirit of mortal life and become a living soul. There are also three witnesses to your Spiritual birth - justification by grace through faith and baptism in water as a public testimony confirming that faith is real, sanctification by the Blood, and the baptism with the Holy Spirit (I John 5:1-8). All three stages are essential for a live birth.
Every true sign of God is followed by the Voice of God. You must prove by the written Word that it is His Voice promised for this day, and not the Word for a day gone by. For if a sign declares the same old theology you've been accustomed to over the years, or if a message in tongues and interpretation says for instance, "God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting Life," you know that sign or message was not from God. As it is already written, why should He anoint somebody to declare it in an unknown tongue? God's signs are to edify His people and point them to something new like a further unfolding of His Word, or to warn them of danger.
Brother Branham has shown that as God gave Moses three signs, all great ministries have three "pulls." Jesus told Peter and his brother Andrew, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." In an analogy of fly fishing God explained to Brother Branham how his ministry would consist of three "pulls." His First Pull would attract the attention of the little fish but he would keep the lure just beyond their reach so their activity would attract the attention of the larger fish. His Second Pull would keep the lure just beyond their reach, and they would attract the attention of a very special fish. His Third Pull would catch this "rainbow trout," or elect of God. Jesus confirmed this objective in His parables.
Luke 14:16-24, "A certain man gave a great supper, and bade many, sending his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one accord began to make excuse. The first said to him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it: I ask you to have me excused."
"Another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them: I ask you to have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come."
God's First Pull was calling Israel to receive Messiah which was their invitation to the marriage of the Lamb.
"So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind."
"And the servant said, Lord, it is done as you have commanded, and still there is room."
His Second Pull was to the poor, the maimed, the halt and the blind, represented in the healing ministry of our Lord Jesus.
"Then the lord said to the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper".
God's Third Pull was Jesus' condemnation of the Jews which spelled Jerusalem's doom (Matthew 23:37-39; 24:15-22), then His Voice called to compel "whomsoever will," be they Hebrew or Gentile, bond or free, male or female"Come to the Feast."
The Hebrews were taken over by Jews in the days of John Hyrcanus. When Judah rejected Messiah, the Jews betrayed Jerusalem into the hands of Titus (Genesis 27:39-41). Since then the Gospel has traveled from Palestine to Europe and Germany; from Germany to England and finally to America. When Germany rejected grace through faith for intellectual reasoning, the so-called "higher criticism" of Marrano Jewish-German professors, they began to question every statement in the Bible and to destroy its authority. Soon they too were taken over by Jews. John Wesley's revival preserved England for two hundred and fifty years. But when she rejected holiness, the Jews (who conquered England in 1688) began to exercise overt power, governing openly as they now rule in the United States, and England was forced to provoke and fight their wars for world hegemony.
In his Epilogue to the 1905 Edition of the Protocols, Professor Nilus shows the course of the Symbolic Snake of Judaism. Its first stage in Europe was in 429BC in Greece, where, about the time of Pericles, the Snake first started eating into the power of that country. The second stage was in Rome in the time of Augustus, about 69BC. The third in Madrid in the time of Charles V, in AD1552. The fourth in Paris about 1790, in the time of Louis XVI. The fifth in London from 1814 onwards (after the downfall of Napoleon). The sixth in Berlin in 1871 after the Franco-Prussian war. The seventh in St. Petersburg, over which is drawn the head of the Snake under the date of 1881. This "Snake" is now being drawn through the Americas, and in the United States of America it has been identified as the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission.
Had Russia accepted the Pentecostal blessing when the Holy Ghost fell in Siberia 100 years ago they would not have been conquered by Judaeo-Communism and doomed to judgment and the tyranny of Gog and Magog. Then the United States crossed the line between mercy and judgment in 1956/7, the jubilee year of the Pentecostal Revival, in Azusa Street, Los Angeles. Los Angeles is doomed to be sunk by an earthquake at the close of the Gentile dispensation, and the United States is bound to the ignoble role of fulfilling the blasphemous prophecies of Revelation 13 by uniting church and state to form an image to the beast of the Judaeo-Roman Catholic church which Jesus called a Synagogue of Satan. Now Jewry rule the United States as Israeli Prime Minister and war criminal Ariel Sharon boasts (William Branham, Is Your Life Worthy of the Gospel, p. 7:31-53).
Matthew 22:1-14 recounts the same parable as Luke with additional prophecy that foretells the razing of Jerusalem by Titus and the martyrdom of the foolish virgin during the tribulation. Although they believe the Message, without a wedding garment of the baptism with the Holy Ghost they are not Bride but Pentecostal souls in prison mistaken for Old Testament saints who are the "guests," and put out at God's Third Pull (Matthew 25:10).
Jesus' Ministry had three pulls. His First Pull was healing the sick, which made Him a very popular Man. All the synagogues wanted Him to preach and everyone seemed to believe. But His Second Pull was prophesying, for He was the Word, foretold by the prophet Moses. Then He discerned the thoughts and intents of the heart, revealing the sins of the people, their priesthood and their nation, which made Him very unpopular.
These two Pulls in Brother Branham's ministry revealed Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever, the last sign Jesus promised before the end of our dispensation (Luke 17:28-30). So long as the sick were being healed, Brother Branham was wanted by every denomination, but when God began to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart, exposing personal sin and condemning organized religion, he was as welcome as Jesus when He cried, "You Pharisees are a generation of vipers. How can you escape the damnation of hell?"
The Gospels reveal an intense conflict between Jesus and the Pharisees, one of two principal Judean religious sects (Matthew 3:7; 23:13-15,23-29; Mark 8:15; Luke 11:39). Much of this controversy was centered on what was later to become the foundation and highest authority of Judaismthe Babylonian Talmudwhich in His days was called "The Tradition of the Elders" (Matthew 15:1-9).
The Judean historian Josephus wrote: "What I would now explain is this, that the Pharisees have delivered to the people a great many observances by succession from their fathers, which are not written in the laws of Moses . . ."
While the Pharisees recognized the laws of Moses, they also claimed that there was a great body of oral tradition which was of at least equal authority with the written Lawand many claimed that the Tradition was of greater authority. By their Tradition, they undertook to explain and elaborate upon the Law. This was the "Tradition of the Elders," to which the name Talmud was later given. It had its beginning in Babylon during the captivity of Judah, where it developed in the form of the commentaries of various rabbis, undertaking to explain and apply the Law. This was the foundation of Rabbinic Judaism.
Judaism is very different to the religion of the ancient Israelites. The late Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, who was Chief Rabbi of the United States, expressed this conclusively when he said: "The return from Babylon and the adoption of the Babylonian Talmud marks the end of Hebrewism and the beginning of Judaism." The Jewish Encyclopedia tells us that the Talmud is actually "the product of the Palestinian and Babylonian schools" and is generally referred to as "the Babylonian Talmud".
Rabbi Louis Finkelstein in Volume I of The Pharisees, the Sociological Background of their Faith says, "Pharisaism became Talmudism, Talmudism became Medieval Rabbinism, and Medieval Rabbinism became Modern Rabbinism. But throughout these changes of name, inevitable adaption of custom and adjustment of Law, the spirit of the ancient Pharisee survives unaltered."
Pharisaism is called Judaism today and remains contrary to Moses and the Prophets.
The Talmud, more than any other literature, so defined Judaism that Rabbi Ben Zion Bokser admitted, "Judaism is not the religion of the Bible" (Judaism and the Christian Predicament, 1966, p. 159). It is the Talmud that guides the life and spirit of the Jewish people.
"The Talmud is to this day the circulating heart's blood of the Jewish religion. Whatever laws, customs, or ceremonies we [Jews] observewhether we are Orthodox, Conservative, Reform or merely spasmodic sentimentalistswe follow the Talmud. It is our common law" (Solomon Grayzel, A History of the Jews).
Both Jewish and Christian scholars agree that it was Jesus Christ's flagrant rejection of this "Tradition of the Elders" and His open confrontation with the powerful Pharisees that created the climate that led to His death. Historically, Christian thinkers have argued that the Talmud was directly responsible for the rejection of Christ. As it was to apostate Pharisaism and the Traditions of the Elders that the Judas who walked with Jesus betrayed the Word, so a Judas who walked with Brother Branham has betrayed the Word to Judaism and the Talmud which make the Law and the Prophets of no effect to their apostate people.
The Greek 'thlibo' or 'thlipsis,' means to press as grapes; metaphorically to trouble, afflict or distress. It is translated "tribulation" in our English Bibles. The unbelief of men like Judas and the seventy has abetted the Synagogue of Satan and others at enmity with the first and last Adam to pour tribulation on the New Testament saints, as their fathers once persecuted the Old Testament saints and sages (Matthew 23:29-36; Revelation 18:24). That Judas spirit will betray the foolish virgin to martyrdom at the hands of this murderous group through what Brother Branham called the "squeeze," (Gk.'thlipsis'). Christ's Bride will suffer persecution but by the grace of God she will endure and be translated.
After they killed Jesus His ministry moved to we Gentiles. And after Brother Branham fell asleep his ministry moved from the church to the Bride. As he prophesied, "I will ride this trail once more!" After the Bride goes Home the ministry will move to Israel by the Voice of two Hebrew prophets.
Jesus' ministry continued after the crucifixion. His Third Pull was preaching to the lost. Having refused mercy they were eternally separated from the Presence of God who made them witnesses to the vindication of His Word when He raised the saints who had been captives of death, and made them captives of eternal Life (Ephesians 4:8; I Peter 3:18-20).
Jesus said, "As the Father sent Me, so send I you. The works that I do shall you do also." As His Third Pull was preaching to the lost, our Third Pull will be preaching to the souls who are imprisoned now and know it not.
Noah's ministry had three Pulls. First he preached salvation and a way of escape, next God selected and supernaturally inspired particular animals to enter the ark, then God shut and sealed the door. Nothing and no one could enter or depart for seven days, so Noah's Third Pull was preaching to the lost.
In the days of Lot there were three Pulls. In His First Pull God sent two messengers like Billy Graham and Oral Roberts to preach to the people in Sodom "and delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: for that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds." His Second Pull was Prophecy: discerning the thoughts and intents of Abraham and Sarah's hearts (Genesis 18:9-15).
Abraham interceded for those in Sodom and the Lord agreed to spare the five Gentile cities if He could find five righteous. Presumably Abraham had in mind Lot, his wife and daughters and their husbands, but they laughed in the face of God's messengers. In our generation the two witnesses sought five righteous among Anglicans, Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, Pentecostals and the other denominations in Sodom.
After the prophetic ministry of His Second Pull, God went down to Sodom. The Church women were still cutting their hair, wearing clothes that pertain to a man, painting their faces, and competing with men in the workplace. Although they heard a denominational social gospel, their men were drinking and telling dirty stories. God's Mercy was in His Message of warning, but they had rejected the Holy Spirit and no longer desired to do right. He could not find five righteous so His Third Pull was to the lost. There was no further mercy after the Third Pull, and they were all doomed (I Timothy 5:6).
Jesus prophesied the conditions of the days of Sodom and Lot would repeat in the day when the Son of man is revealed. That day is upon us now. "As it was in the days of Noah" they are eating, drinking, marrying and taking to themselves any woman they choose. And "as it was in the days of Lot," the world is in a Sodom condition.
Brother Branham's First Pull was a sign in his hand. On taking hold of a sick person's hand the pressure of the demon power in the disease pushing back at him caused his hand to swell to almost twice its size, making it numb. "White things ran over the top of it" by which He would discern and expose the disease and God would heal those with faith to believe.
God promised Brother Branham that if he would be faithful with the First Pull, it would come to pass that he would be able to discern the thoughts and intents of people's hearts and reveal what they had done wrong in their life. That was his Second Pull, the same sign that identified the Word veiled behind the created Man in the days of Lot and the virgin-born Man of the Gospels. This discernment was unfailingly accurate, vindicating Brother Branham as a true prophet. To reject his Message is to refuse the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 14:37).
When he was anointed you could not stand in his presence without him knowing your ailment and the sins that empowered Satan to oppress you. That Second Pull was a gift of God in his possession. However, were he to pray for you all night long, it could have no effect until you believed that God has heard his prayer, for Jesus Christ has already accomplished your healing on Calvary but you can only be appropriate it by God's gift of faith in your possession.
Brother Branham's Third Pull revealed the Seven Seals which introduced Jesus Christ, the fullness of the Word, ended His Mediation for ignorance, and "proclaimed the day of vengeance of our God" (Isaiah 61:2). "Noah shut up, was a testimony. God shut the door after his Third Pull. After the Third Pull at Sodom, the doors were shut. There was no more mercy. The five couldn't be found. And the lost had the Gospel preached but could not be saved . . . every age rejects the message before judgment. Have they done it again? Is that the appearing of that Pillar of Fire down yonder on the river? Is that appearing alone in the message of cutting the women, and throwing the places where it should be, and rebuking those ministers who side with the denomination instead of staying on the Word, when God's thoroughly vindicated that it's Him and not some poor ignorant unlearned thing like a man. It's God. And have we now come to the spot that the Third Pull would return again to [preach to] the eternally lost?" (Souls that are in Prison Now, p. 42:300-301).
God's prophets are a sign of impending judgment as Ezekiel represented in his own person what was to befall the people of Jerusalem and Judah. Ezekiel 24:24, "Thus Ezekiel is a sign to you; according to all that he has done you shall do: and when this comes to pass, you shall know that I am the Lord God".
Throughout Scripture God has used prophets for signs, but they are always overlooked and mocked by all but God's elect (Matthew 23:33-35; Acts 7:52). Sometimes they have to endure torture. For three years Isaiah walked barefoot clad only in his underwear as a sign that a three years' calamity would befall Egypt and Ethiopia (Isaiah 20:3). Ezekiel had to lie on his left side for three hundred and ninety days and on his right side forty days, each day representing one year of the captivity of Israel and Judah respectively in punishment for their iniquity (Ezekiel 4).
When the Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus tempting Him to show them a sign from heaven, He answered, you already have a sign from heaven. "When it is evening, you look up and say, it will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning you look up and declare it will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowering. You hypocrites can discern the face of the sky; but you cannot discern the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign. I am God's heavenly sign, the embodiment of prophecy being fulfilled in your sight yet you can't see it. Thus no sign will be given to it but the sign of the prophet Jonah. And He walked away from them" (Matthew 16:1-4).
Ours is the wicked and adulterous generation that has seen Israel restored to the Promised Land (Matthew 24:34). As it was in the days of Noah, the wrath of God has accumulated in heaven. When the seventh angel's vial is poured into the air there will be another cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary for the homecoming of the Bride (Revelation 16:17-18; 18:21-24). Brother Branham said in prayer, "it's most any time that there could be something happen to this nation that's forsaken Thee, that there would be one great explosion that would take the nation completely off of the map of the worldwith threats behind it of an ungodly country that's anxious to do so. And knowing thatinstead of drawing nigh unto God, they seem to get further away. Knowing that the Book of the Revelation and all down through the Scriptures has predicted this day. . ." (A True Sign That's Overlooked, p. 6:27).
God's elect have seen the sign of the prophet Jonah again. The last sign Jesus promised before the close of our dispensation was the resurrected God-Prophet veiled behind the flesh of a sinner saved by grace, discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart "as it was in the days of Lot" (Luke 17:28-30; Genesis 18; Hebrews 4:12; 13:8). That was Brother Branham's Second Pull.
His First and Second Pulls were manifest in meetings across America and around the world, sometimes before hundreds of thousands. And although these signs of Christ's Coming were published in newspapers and magazines they are ignored or criticized and ridiculed to people who are ignorant by those who should know better. "Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled."
God does not tarry where the Spirit is unwelcome. When His people recognize their need and begin to pray for Him to fulfill His promised Word for a deliverer like Moses or the messenger of Malachi 4:5-6 and Revelation 10:7, God has sent His prophet.
A prophet is the sign of national demise. Moses' ministry spelled the destruction of Egypt's greatness. Joshua signaled the end of Jericho. Isaiah prophesied the destruction of Israel and the defeat of the Babylonian Empire by King Cyrus. Jeremiah prophesied the end of the kingdom of Judah and the commencement of the times of the Gentiles (Jeremiah 27:6-7). Jesus Christ prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus and Judah's dispersal, and Brother Branham prophesied the destruction of the USA.
These nations did not recognize their day and its Message. Soon the United States will follow her unbelieving predecessors to destruction, and the friends she has bought and paid for will turn against her. Foreign aid is Communist doctrine promoted by the Judaeo-Masonic United Nations in order to destroy Christian civilization. It has succeeded. The Western nations are taxing citizens in order to finance Communism in the Third World and arming nations that will become Communist once their industries are established and the US can no longer afford to buy their loyalty.
Consider Israel. Jesus said the Jews will unite with Communist Russia which will bomb Vatican City State and the United States off the map (Revelation 17-18). The plague of the Sixth Vial is Judaeo-Communism and the Judaeo-Masonic United Nations. The Prophet said, "They're coming to the battle of Armageddon; exactly what they will do. And they're uniting for that right now. That's why we have the UN and everything we have. The Western World's uniting against the Eastern World, Communism and so forth; it's all uniting together. The churches are uniting together. Everything seems to be uniting. Uniting, uniting themselves together, we see that" (The Uniting Time and Sign p. 13:56-59, 89, 96-97; Revelation 16:12-15).
God is uniting His Word that has been scattered since the First Nicaea Council, to restore "the faith once delivered to the saints," and call men and women of every race, color and creed from organization and man-made teachings, and bring them to maturity in the unity of the faith for the manifestation of the Sons of God and the translation (Jude 3; Ephesians 1:10; 4:13).
We live in nations gentrified by Christian ideals, not born of the Spirit of God. We confuse religion and good works with Christianity. But Christianity is not foreign aid, feeding the poor, educating their young and developing Third World economies. That is religion. Christianity is a personal experience and the revelation of the Pillar of Fire. Christianity is not for nations, but for the "one in a million" individuals who are God's elect. Nations do not have souls, and all nations are destined for destruction along with their material works.
Such misguided government decisions stem from denominational make-believers who confuse religion with new birth, or from treacherous politicians serving the "Hidden Hand" and not the true interest of the nation. There are hundreds of religions, none of which has salvation.
On Mount Carmel, Elijah had a showdown between religion and faith; a showdown between THUS SAITH THE LORD and man-made religion. There had been a famine in the land because Elijah had told Ahab, "THUS SAITH THE LORD, there shall not be dew or rain these years, but according to my word" (I Kings 17:1).
"And the Word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, show yourself to Ahab; and I will send rain" (I Kings 18:1). So Elijah told Ahab, summons "all Israel to Mount Carmel, and the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal who eat at Jezebel's table."
"And he came to all the people, and said, How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him: but if Baal, follow him. And the people answered him not a word."
"Then Elijah said to the people, I, alone am a prophet of the Lord; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men. Therefore let them give us two bulls; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, and put no fire under it: and I will prepare the other bull, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under it. Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the Name of the Lord; and the God that answers by fire, He is God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken" (I Kings 18:21-24).
Well, they prepared their altar and the sacrifice, and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, but Baal was silent so they shouted all the louder and Elijah mocked them. I Kings 18:29-31, "Midday passed, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, but there was neither voice nor any answer. And Elijah said to all the people, Come near to me. And all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down. And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the Word of the Lord had come, saying, Israel shall be your name".
God sent Fire from heaven and consumed the evening sacrifice, the water with which it had been drenched, and the wood and the stones and the dust.
I Kings 18:39-41, "Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, He is God; the Lord, He is God. And Elijah said to them, Seize the prophets of Baal! Do not let one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the Brook Kishon, and slew them there. And Elijah said to Ahab, Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of an abundance of rain".
A showdown between denominational religion and God's unchanging Word will take place in the time of the "squeeze" following the Seventh Trump. The former or "teaching" rain of Brother Branham's ministry has restored the apostolic faith and finished the mystery of God to unite our hearts with the Word by faith in the Message (Malachi 4:5-6; Revelation 10:7-11). For the "evening sacrifice" or revelation is the morning sacrifice or apostolic faith restored (Romans 2:16; Ephesians 2:20). The four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal in one accord against Elijah's THUS SAITH THE LORD type the apostate Christian denominations now uniting together under Rome for the second crucifixion of the Word introduced by Brother Branham, the Elijah of Malachi 4:5-6.
At that time another Elijah and a Moses will "roll twelve stones together" or unite 12,000 elect Israelites from each tribe. As Jesus said, "God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham." This will be the time of our latter rain and Israel's former rain in the month Nisan (Zechariah 14:8; Joel 2:23; Zechariah 14:8; Matthew 27:50-54). Outside the circle of this Message there has been a famine for hearing the Word of God since the end of Laodicea, because the Holy Spirit can only give the new birth by the waters of the present Truth (Amos 8:11; I John 1:7).
One night as he was seeking the Lord, the Holy Spirit told Brother Branham to pick up his pen and write. This, in part, is what he wrote: "God has promised that at the end time Malachi 4 is going to be fulfilled. It has to be for it is the Spirit-quickened Word of God spoken by the prophet Malachi. Jesus referred to it. It is just before Christ comes the second time. By the time Jesus comes all Scripture must be fulfilled. The Gentile dispensation will be in its last Church Age when that messenger of Malachi comes. He will be right with the Word. He will take the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation. He will start at the serpent's seed and carry on to the Messenger in the latter rain. But he will be rejected by the denominations."
"He has to be for that is history repeating itself from the time of Ahab. Israel's history under Ahab is happening right here in America where the prophet of Malachi appears. As Israel left Egypt to worship in freedom, pushed out the natives, raised up a nation with great leaders like David etc., and then put an Ahab on the throne with a Jezebel behind him to direct, so have we done the very same in America. Our forefathers left for this land to worship and live in freedom. They pushed back the natives and took over the land. Mighty men like Washington and Lincoln were raised up but after awhile other men of such poor caliber succeeded these worthy men that soon an Ahab was set in the presidential chair with a Jezebel behind him to direct him. It is at such a time as this that the messenger of Malachi must come. Then in the latter rain will come a Mount Carmel showdown. Watch this carefully now to see it in the Word. John was the forerunner of Malachi 3. He planted the former rain and was rejected by the organizations of his day. Jesus came and had a Mount Transfiguration show down. The second forerunner of Christ will sow for the latter rain. Jesus will be the showdown between the denominations and creeds, for He will come to back up His Word and take His Bride in the rapture. The first showdown was Mount Carmel; the second was the Mount Transfiguration, and the third will be Mount Zion."
"The strange behavior of Moses, Elijah, and John withdrawing from the people into seclusion left many confused. They did not realize that it was because their messages had been rejected. But the seed had been sown, the planting was over. Judgment was next. They had served their purpose as a sign to the people, so judgment was next."
"I believe according to Revelation 13:16 that the bride will have to stop preaching for the beast is demanding the mark in the hand or forehead if permission to preach be granted. Denominations will take the mark, or be forced to quit preaching. Then the Lamb will come for His bride and judge the great harlot" (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 174:1-175:2).
A prophet is a forgotten sign of judgment. But remember Christian, you are a sign of grace "known and read of all men." nl377.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.