Bible Believers' Newsletter 453
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; we welcome you to fellowship in God's unchanging Word.
Pastor David J. Meyer had this to say: The vast majority of the American people today are products of crafty manipulation through gradualism. People are not looked at today as having individual rights but rather as a collective society regulated by collective public policy. How can America be a nation of independence when the people are totally dependent on a governing power that watches and regulates them from the cradle to the grave? The people of the United States are truly an enslaved people and are in bondage, just as the Bible said it would be in the last days, or the days of the beast. That is why Revelation 13:16 uses the word bond to indicate slavery during the time of antichrist rule as follows: "And he causeth all. both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads." Here let it be noted that the word bond means slave by definition and context.
The entire nation of the United States of America consists of a population that is controlled and enslaved in many ways. It is a nation in bondage to addictions, regarding not only illegal and prescription drugs, but also alcohol, pornography, gluttony, and every other form of carnal pleasure imaginable. As I see the long lines of people at the drug stores, the masses of people at the all-you-can-eat restaurants, the adult entertainment centers all along our highways, and the large number of taverns and night clubs; it becomes obvious that the same conditions that existed in ancient Rome just before that empire fell now exist in our country.
There is another addiction, however, that is even more destructive and enslaving than anything that went on in the ancient world or even in the world of thirty years ago. It is the deceptive and destructive realm of electronic devices. The strange force that travels through resistors, capacitors, and microchips now snares and enslaves almost everyone; the electronic brain of the beast, or the Internet, now runs the world. The electronic role playing games now captivate and could destroy an entire generation of youth and even adults. At this time of the year, people are rushing out to buy gifts that inadvertently celebrate the death of God's two witnesses of Spirit and Truth that are supposed to be working in Christianity but have now been replaced with religious entertainment. We are told of this gift giving and making merry once truth has been cast off in Revelation 11:10 as follows: "And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another: because these two prophets tormented them that dwell on the earth." Indeed, the most popular gifts are electronic games and related equipment.
In this world of electronic enslavement, Satan and his pulsating brain, also known as the worldwide web, control almost everyone with a set of three nine-digit numbers, or 999. The bank routing numbers for checking accounts are always nine digits. The full zip code now has nine digits. The social security number also has nine digits. How many transactions require these three nines? We must also remember that in the world of the occult words are often spelled backwards, and numbers are inverted or written upside down when possible. This is believed to amplify the power of the word or number. The word murder is written red-rum, which is its mirror image. The Freemason's mark sign of death to a traitor is the upside down double-headed axe, and there are many other such examples of inversions. Thus, the number of the beast, or 666, is inverted and becomes 999, and almost every American is ruled by these three, above mentioned, nine-digit numbers.
The reality of all of this is right before our very eyes, and no thinking person can deny it. Without question, Bible prophecy is being fulfilled as you read this. This means that we are all very close to entering eternity. I urge you to call upon the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ now before it is too late. Time is short and the days are evil (lasttrumpetministries.org)!
In the eyes of the US Administration it appears there is but one citizenship. US citizens may "appeal to Caesar," the rest, like Australian David Hicks and hundreds, if not thousands of innocent Muslims from different countries, have no rights and rot in clandestine dungeons around the world where fraudulent confessions are extracted by torture to exonerate amoral war criminals of the Imperium.
Mr. E. L. Godkin, editor of the Evening Post wrote in 1895: "The situation seems to me to be thus: An immense democracy, mostly ignorant and completely secluded from foreign influences and without any knowledge of other states of society, with great contempt for history and experience, finds itself in possession of enormous power and is eager to use it in brutal fashion against anyone who comes along, without knowing how to do it, and is therefore constantly on the brink of some frightful catastrophe . . ." (The Martial Spirit, Walter Millis, Literary Guild of America, 1931, p. 38).
This Newsletter serves those of like precious faith. Whoever 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.
Limp-Wristed Lame Duck: "As it was in the days of Lot"
Bush and Cheney are, as we all know huge backers of Israel and are extremely supportive of Israeli politicians. Is it not significant, then, that Israel's President, Moshe Katsov, is now under investigation in that country for raping and sexually molesting ten young staffers? The crimes of Katsov, the sex-fiend President of Israel, are perhaps exceeded only by those of Bush and his homoerotic cohorts.
Consider the sexual sadism practiced at Abu Ghraib prison. Video films of Iraqi male, nude prisoners showed many being victimized in acts of brutal sodomy. Naked Iraqi malesmany whom later were found to be innocentwere stacked in pyramids . . . Evidence shows that top Bush White House and Pentagon officials, including Secretary of State Rumsfeld, privately viewed these obscene, monstrous movies . . .Shades of the abominable activities of France's notorious sadist, the Marquis de Sade.
Seymour Hersh, acclaimed New York writer who uncovered the My Lai, Vietnam atrocities decades ago, reports that inside the Pentagon's inner sanctum, kept hidden by Bush people from view by ordinary Americans, are horrific videos that beggar the imagination. They include grim scenes of US CIA and military interrogators raping and sodomizing Iraqi children. Hersh has seen them and says the "soundtrack of the shrieking boys" and hearing their mothers, forced to watch, crying out for mercy, made him sick to his stomach.
Bush is a sick, sick man, indeed. Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, and Beria don't have a thing on this man. Bush and his coterie of homoerotic thugs are craftier and more sinister than anything the brutal Soviet system ever produced. And coincidentally, Lenin and the boys in Russia were all Jews, and they were all homosexuals to boot. Just like Bush and his neocons . . .
That most of the Bush queer battalion are Jews is not a surprise. The Jewish Talmud, the rabbis' most holy book, officially endorses pedophile acts by homosexual fiends. The Talmud says that sex with a girl under three years of age, or a minor boy under nine, is permissible. It's not even a "sexual connection," say the rabbis.
Evidently, evangelicals like TBN's Paul Crouch (who gave $425,000 to hush-up his homosexual lover from writing a tell-all exposť of he and Paul's sodomite affair) and the NAE's gay deceiver, Ted Haggard, for years either winked at the White House Bordello, or just avoided the issue.
So, apparently, did Dobson, Falwell, Hagee, Graham, Warren, Hybels, Schuller and all the other evangelical fakesters. For this crowd, it's the old monkey's routine of "see, hear, say nothing." . . . Full story:conspiracyworld.com
The 1782 Congress of Wilhelmsbad: the Illuminati Takeover
The Illuminati took over Freemasonry in 1782 at the Congress convened at Meyer Amschel Rothschild's castle in Wilhelmsbad. In August 1781 C. W. Dohm, under the influence of Moses Mendelssohn, published Upon the Civil Amelioration of the Condition of the Jews, which produced a great wave of pro-Semitism. The historian Graetz wrote that Dohm's book painted the Christians "as cruel barbarians and the Jews as illustrious martyrs." It is a fact of history that the convention triumph of Weishaupt's Illuminati in 1782 occurred simultaneously with the admission of the Jews to Masonic lodges. . .
Full story: biblebelievers
Man-made Global Warming the Debate is Not Over!
When looking at the science, the facts don't seem to add up. That is what Christopher Monckton says in a two-part article that appeared in the UK's Sunday Telegraph. His conclusion: The science of global warming is being manipulated, we are addressing the wrong problem, and our solutions won't do what their proponents say they will.
Full story: blog.hasslberger.com
The Banksters Dialectic
1. War is the ultimate discipline to any government. If it can successfully meet the challenge of war, it will survive. If it cannot, it will perish. All else is secondary. The sanctity of its laws, the prosperity of its citizens, and the solvency of its treasury will be quickly sacrificed by any government in its primal act of self-survival.
2. All that is necessary, therefore, to ensure that a government will maintain or expand its debt is to involve it in war or the threat of war. The greater the threat and the more destructive the war, the greater the need for debt.
3. To involve a country in war or the threat of war, it will be necessary for it to have enemies with credible military might. If such enemies already exist, all the better. If they exist but lack military strength, it will be necessary to provide them money to build their war machine. If an enemy does not exist at all, then it will be necessary to create one by financing the rise of a hostile regime.
4. The ultimate obstacle is a government which declines to finance wars through debt. Although this seldom happens, when it does it will be necessary to encourage internal political opposition, insurrection, or revolution to replace that government with one that is more compliant to our will. The assassination of heads of state could play an important role in this process.
5. No nation can be allowed to remain militarily stronger than its adversaries, for that could lead to peace and a reduction of debt. To accomplish this balance of power, it may be necessary to finance both sides of the conflict. Unless one of the combatants is hostile to our interests and, therefore, must be destroyed, neither side should be allowed a decisive victory or defeat. While we must always proclaim the virtues of peace, the unspoken objective is perpetual war.
One Third of Jailed Journalists are Bloggers
December 7, 2006 A new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists warns of increasing authoritarian attitudes towards the free flow of information on the Internet as statistics reveal that of the estimated 134 journalists jailed for their work worldwide, a full third are Internet writers and bloggers.
"We're at a crucial juncture in the fight for press freedom because authoritarian states have made the Internet a major front in their effort to control information" . . . "China is challenging the notion that the Internet is impossible to control or censor, and if it succeeds there will be far-ranging implications, not only for the medium but for press freedom all over the world."
The past few months have produced a noted increase in the amount of negative rhetoric spewed forth by western governments over the so-called dangers of the Internet and its exploitation by "terrorist organizations."
Add to this the state-imposed mental illness of political correctness brainwashing, whereby criticism of any individual, policy, group, gender, race or sexuality is treated as hate crime, and the last outpost of true freedom of speech will exist no morereplaced by a stifled, poisoned, controlled, censored, regulated "Internet 2." Full story: prisonplanet.com
The Yid who stole Christmas
There is very definitely a war on Christmas. They generally stop short of pointing the finger of guilt at the Jews, but nine out of ten times it seems to be a Jewish liberal or Jewish atheist who is filing lawsuits and waging the war on Christmas. Most recently, no less than a rabbi came forward to file one of these lawsuits. Full story: altermedia.info
Christ's Victory over the Beast and the Millennium
I Kings 21:17-26, "The Word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, Go down to Samaria to meet Ahab king of Israel. He will be at Naboth's vineyard, taking possession. Tell him, THUS SAITH THE LORD, Isn't killing Naboth bad enough? Must you also rob him? In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth, dogs shall lick your blood. . . I have come to place God's curse upon you, He will take away your posterity, and cut off every male descendant, bond or free, in Israel. . . Also concerning Jezebel the Lord said, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel. Your family who die in the city shall be eaten by dogs and the birds of the air will eat those who die in the open country. Truly there was never one so reprobate as Ahab whose wife Jezebel seduced him to evil in the sight of the Lord. He was abominably evil because he worshiped idols, as the Amorites had done, whom the Lord dispossessed before the children of Israel".
Revelation 2:20-23, "I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and teaches and beguiles My servants to commit fornication and to eat food sacrificed to idols. And I gave her time to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Take note of what I am saying: I will cast her into a sickbed and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her doings. And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am He who discerns the thoughts and intents of all hearts: and I will give to each of you as your works deserve".
Revelation 19:17-21, "And I saw an Angel standing in the sun; and with a loud voice He called to all the fowls that fly in midheaven, Come, gather for the great supper of God, to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all humanity, both free and bond, small and great. And I saw the beast gathering the kings of the earth and their armies to wage war against the One mounted on the horse and against His army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet who performed miracles in his presence, with which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast, and those worshipping his image. These were both cast alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulphur. And the rest were slain with the Sword that goes forth from the mouth of the One mounted on the horse. And all the fowls were gorged with their flesh"
Paul and Brother Branham taught us Scripture records natural types that symbolize Spiritual antitypes in order to forewarn His elect of things that are to be. So in order to confirm our understanding of the Scripture we are admonished to match our revelation against its natural pattern. For instance if we were seeking the antitype of Israel's Pascal lamb we would be looking for a kinsman whose nature was the gentle demeanor of a lamb; a virgin-born man whose life was unspotted by sin and the world; who when reviled against, reviled not again. An innocent man upon whom the whole nation of Israel would lay their sins (Matthew 27:24-26; John 11:45-54; 18:14). A man who would come as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, open not his mouth, dying between noon and 3.00 pm on 14 Nisanthe hour, day and month prophesied by Moses in Exodus 12:1-14 in the year prophesied by Daniel 9:26, then rising again within three days as foretold by David in Psalm 16:10 and He Himself in Mark 14:58.
The sincere seeker of Truth will find only one man who fulfilled this type and prophecy.
If we wanted to identify the last prophet promised to the Gentiles we would look for a man in the office of the Elijah of Malachi 4:5-6 and the angel of Revelation 10:7. Elijah was a man and angels are men as women are forbidden to teach or preach, and since Jesus Christ said this prophet would be a man, we would look for a woman. He was William Branham (1909-1965), a relatively uneducated man of the wilderness who spoke in terms of nature and denounced immoral women and organized religion like John the Baptist, and as John foreran Christ's first Coming he foreran His second Coming.
The first Elijah cursed Jezebel and Ahab in the Name of the Lord and indicted the nation of Israel. Their sin was idolatry, murder and sexual immorality. Jesus Christ prophesied the Roman Catholic church would be Jezebel's antitype, for she has seduced the whole world into the idolatrous worship of her Babylonian religion. God gave Rome almost a thousand years of Dark Ages in which to repent, and she repented not. He also gave her once Protestant daughter churches space in which to repent during the Reformation of the Roman Catholic system of false worship. They too have ended in apostasy. God is now bundling these thorns and briers into the World Council of Churches, ecumenism and the charismatic movement of Vatican II, under the headship of mother Rome ready for the burning. The Great Whore will be destroyed by her lovers, the ten secular kingdoms that will constitute a revived Holy Roman Empire. After Rome breaks her covenant with the International Banksters in the midst of Daniel's Seventieth Week they will turn Communist, ally themselves with Russia, and blast Vatican City State from the face of the earth (Daniel 7:20-26; Revelation 17:1618:20).
Jezebel hated Elijah, and because Ahab was so completely under the influence of his wife, he sold his soul to the Devil and regarded God's prophet as his enemy. Elijah prophesied the death of Ahab and the termination of his kingdom. The king of Israel and his nation are a type of the United States of America.
Brother Branham said, "History is 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 [the "third pull" versus the prophets of Baal]. 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 Mount Transfiguration, and the third will be Mount Zion (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 174:2).
Ahab made a pact with the king of Judah to war against Syria in order to regain sovereignty over a piece of territory. When King Jehoshaphat asked confirmation of the will of the Lord, Ahab summoned four hundred denominational prophets on whom he could rely to support his plans. But Jehoshaphat said, "Is there not a prophet of the Lord besides these four hundred priests of Astarte who eat at Jezebel's table left alive by Elijah at Mount Carmel [though the 450 prophets of Baal were slain (I Kings 18:19, 40), that we might enquire of him?"
Contrary to the unanimous approval of the four hundred pagan prophets, Micaiah confirmed the prophecy of Elijah saying, "I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have no shepherd: and the Lord said, These have no master: let every man return to his house in peace. . . Hear the Word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by Him on His right hand and on His left. And the Lord said, Who shall entice Ahab, that he may go and die at Ramoth-gilead? And one said this, and another said that. And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will persuade him. And the Lord said, How? He said, I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And He said, You will succeed: go ahead. Can't you see, the Lord has permitted a spirit of deception to speak through all these prophets of yours, and the Lord has decreed disaster upon you . . . If you return at all in peace, the Lord has not spoken by me. And he said, Hear me, all you peoples" (I Kings 22:15-28).
As Elijah indicted Israel, Brother Branham indicted the United States of America, which rejected her last chance for national repentance in 1956/7: "Its a million miles from being a Christian country. I don't even pray for it. How can I pray for it, and it won't repent under the mighty powers of God demonstrated before it, and denying, and closing the doors to it, and walking away? I commit it to God. And she's going further away, and now she's going to sink. Just watch what happens" (Trying to do God a Service, p. 23:136). In 1933 the Lord showed him seven continuous visions which would come to pass before His Coming was completed. The fifth vision concerned the moral depravity of our age. The sixth vision concerned the rise of the Roman Catholic church to complete dominance over America. In the seventh vision he heard a terrible explosion, "I saw this United States burning like a smolder; rocks had been blowed up. And it was burning like a heap of fire in logs or something that just set it afire; and looked as far as I could see and she'd been blown up. And then the vision left me. Five out of the seven, has happened" (The Seventy Weeks of Daniel, p. 135:212).
Here is our antitype. Having rejected the Message of God's prophet in order to court denominational votes, the United States has become the false prophet to Rome. Her image is the (once) Protestant church. It reflects the same false trinitarian worship, observes the same false baptism in the Titles, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, and recites the same Bible-denying Apostle's Creed (so-called). This is Balaamism, or substitution. They have organized away from the Leadership of the Holy Spirit by establishing an unscriptural hierarchy among the clergy. This is "nicolaitanism which Jesus hates." Brother Branham sometimes spoke of four hundred denominations, four hundred churches and four hundred pastors that spoke with one voice against the Message. Like Jezebel's priests who withstood the prophet Micaiah, these too are prophets of Astarte.
In Ahab's day, the land of Syria, more properly Assyria, included modern-day Iraq. Israel's warfare was unjust for although Assyria was occupying Ramoth-Gilead, which was territory God had granted to Israel, all of God's promises to Israel were conditional upon obedience as Moses taught in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 27-29. Ahab did not seek to know the will of the Lord but received the spirit of strong delusion in support of his own will. How like America's George II who is determined to prosecute the City of London's program for world hegemony regardless how many millions of lives he destroys. This modern day Ahab, in partnership with banksters of the City of London, has falsely prophesied a coalition of willing dupes into the cowardly, murderous and covetous invasion of that part of Assyria known as Iraq with imperial ambitions over Syria and Lebanon which constitute the remainder of that ancient nation.
The dogs may not lick the blood of George II but they are already licking the life-blood of the false prophet, his fiat currency. Rome will heal America's wound by refinancing the dollar, making the United States completely subservient. Under Roman authority the false prophet will prophesy the nations into one world religion and obedience to her edicts on penalty of death (Revelation 13:11-18). Under the influence of a lying spirit, the whole world has believed the deceptions of 9/11, WMD; the Bali, Madrid, London, Jakarta and other bombings; al Qaida, terrorism, SARS, bird flu, climate change, peak oil and other hoaxes (II Thessalonians 2:11). Illuminus Jewish President F.D. Roosevelt said, "If something happens in politics, you can bet it was planned that way." The United States has been maneuvered into a pre-planned compromise.
A hundred and seventy years after the death of Ahab and Jezebel Assyria conquered Israel and transported her citizens throughout the empire where their descendants live to this day. As God prophesied Israel's destruction, He has also prophesied the destruction of the United States: "this great nation is going to strike a war that's going to blow it to bits" (Laodicean Church Age, p. 500:43). Revelation 19:17-21 describes the battle of Armageddon, which takes place after Rome has broken her agreement with the International Banksters and forced the mark of the beast with US military aid. The secular powers withdraw from their alliance and side with Russia and the forces of Communism. Revelation 17:16-17, "the ten horns which you saw on the beast shall hate the whore, make her desolate and naked; they will eat her flesh, and burn her with nuclear fire. For God has put into their hearts to fulfill His purpose in mutual agreement to give their authority to the beast, until the Words of God are fulfilled" by Israel's regeneration in one day. Armageddon follows the nuclear destruction of Rome and the United States of America prophesied by Jesus Christ and Brother Branham.
In previous Newsletters we have quoted the Audio Letters of Dr. Peter Beter (1921-1987), a Washington lawyer, member of the US Court of Military Appeals and US Supreme Court, Counsel to the US Export-Import Bank, and an international financial and legal consultant. Dr. Beter advised the Pentagon and US Administration of intelligence concerning the location of hundreds of Russian nuclear devices planted in volcanoes, fault lines, rivers, dams, ports, bridges and infrastructure throughout the United States, and the coordinates of nuclear missiles submerged in US territorial waters.
"The Angel standing in the sun" was foreshadowed by the vision of Matthew 16:2717:8, signifying the 'erchomai' Coming of the Son of man in His Kingdom after six days of a thousand years for a thousand years of peace. His Light exceeds the light of the sun and in New Jerusalem the sun and the moon will not rise and shine because of His presence, for He is its Sun and Light, Himself, and we Gentiles who enter into it will walk in His Light (Isaiah 24:23).
The Bright and Morning Star reveals Him as the fullness of the Word and Judge, brighter than stars of the Church Age, having in His Lightbeams healing for resurrection, glorification and "the restitution of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began" for the thousand-year honeymoon of the Bride and Groom.
As Micaiah confirmed the prophecy of Elijah, the Logos unveiled confirms the prophecy of Ezekiel 39:17 and Brother Branham (Revelation 19:17-18), calling the fate of spiritual Ahab and Jezebel as Elijah called the fate of their natural type. This is not "the Wedding Supper of the Lamb" to which the Lord has called the elect of all Ages, but "the great supper of God" to which He is calling the damned.
In speaking of Spiritual Israel crossing from shadow of the Law into the Light of the Son (Revelation 12:1), the Prophet taught, "That Sun is the Word of God. . ." (Shalom #13:5, p. 13:70). And in every Age, "she" the Church became "He" the Word when she walked in the Light as He was in the Light. This symbol signifies the last of God's elect, the 144,000 Israelites are united with the Lord, and "the atoms will soon be burning, and the heavens will be on fire as II Peter 3:7 said, and will burn with fervent heat. The atoms of the earth will catch fire soon. There'll be a relay, and there'll be not even dust left of the people" (William Branham, Conference with God, #61-0410).
Malachi 4:1-3, "Behold, the day of judgment is coming, burning like a furnace. The arrogant and all evildoers shall be as straw; they will be consumed like a tree. It shall leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who fear My Name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His beams, giving you glorified bodies; and you shall go forth into the Millennium leaping as calves let out from the stall into pasture. And you shall tread down the wicked; for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I do this, says the Lord of hosts."
After the tribulation the wicked will be ashes, thus Satan will be bound until the general resurrection of his subjects after the Millennium (Matthew 3:12).
"The king of Syria commanded his thirty two captains that had rule over his chariots, saying, Fight neither with small nor great, save only with the king of Israel" (I Kings 22:29-40). In place of the battle contemplated by the beast and the kings of the earth, the beast and the false prophet are seized and cast alive into the lake of fire where "their worm dies not, and their fire is not quenched" (Daniel 7:11). "The rest," that is, "the kings and their armies" are not immediately cast into the lake of Fire, but for the present only killed in the body by the sword of God's Word, and all life on earth is destroyed (Daniel 7:12).
The Angel who comes down from heaven" in Revelation 20:1-2 signifies Christ who in accordance with Revelation 1:18 has the key of death and of the realm of the dead (Hades). The abyss is contiguous with Gehenna, which will not be ready to receive its guests until after the general resurrection and the White Throne Judgment. Death and hell follow Satan, the rider of the Fourth Seal, as the preliminary condition that binds his power throughout the Millennium transition of creation from time to eternity in which the Kingdom is restored to Israel (Isaiah 24:21-22; Daniel 7:11-12; 9:24; Revelation 6:8). This verse contradicts the theory of those who deny the demonic origin of sin, derived exclusively from the sensual or material nature of man.
Judgment, which includes rulership, was granted to the saints of the first resurrection, (I Corinthians 6:2; Revelation 1:6; 5:10; 20:4), "and we shall rain on earth," not in heaven as the Seventh Day Adventists presume, for "heaven is God's throne," but earth is the domain of King Jesus and His Queen. New Jerusalem, which is God's elect, "comes down from God out of heaven." Christ first receives "judgment" and the "kingdom," then the saints with Him (Daniel 7:9, 13-14, 22; Matthew 19:28; John 5:27; Romans 8:17). These "souls of those who were beheaded" are the theophanies of the disembodied elect martyrs of the Church, "and they lived" being resurrected in glorified bodies.
"This is the first resurrection," proving that there is a "rapture" and out-resurrection from the dead as distinct from the resurrection of the dead. As surely as "the rest of the dead lived not (again) until the thousand years were finished" refers to the bodily general resurrection, so must the first resurrection refer to the body.
These Scriptures promise the rapture of Christ's Bride:
I Corinthians 15:12, 21, 51-54
Philippians 3:8-11, 20-21
Isaiah 24:21-23, "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited. Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously". nl453.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.