Bible Believers' Newsletter 517
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; we are pleased you could join us in fellowship around God's unchanging Word.
Praise the Lord for shining His grace upon us after thirteen years of persecution through the national media by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and their associates. One of their most egregious accusations was that we follow the British Israel/Christian Identity sect which is itself a Jewish hoax. They commenced legal action against the Church on August 25, 2004, and later joined me to the case. I subsequently managed to have the Church removed from the case. The matter was dismissed and previous court orders set aside on February 28, 2008. To YHWH be all Glory in His compound redemptive Name, Lord Jesus Christ.
Thank you Brothers and Sisters, your effectual fervent prayers availed much. Thank you also for proving everything we present in your own Bibles, placing your trust in the God of Truth so that your confidence rests not in the words of men.
The hour is later than many dare imagine. Looking at Revelation 16:12 we see the effects of the outpouring of John Wesley's Vial in the trial of jealousy against the nominal church, for "the way of the kings of the East is prepared." The Khazars and Chinese have taken over the world from within the Western (once) Christian nations. Revelation 16:12-16 describes the uniting time in the struggle of man against man against God, for the great eschatological battle of Revelation 19:11 20:10. A union of churches, institutions and nations built on shifting sands of nineteenth century rationalization became incarnate in twentieth century atheism, Fascism, Nazism, Communism, Zionism, Humanism, Feminism, Unionism, Capitalism and a host of other "isms"all born of the same spirit against the faith.
Truth is absent from the echelons of power occupied by verbally ambidextrous puppets of the caliber of the current crop of "democratically pre-elected" candidates for the presidency of the United States of America; and "Truth is no defense". May God have mercy on the blind, lame and withered minds of electors.
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.
Russia: Victim of Narco-Aggression
February 4, 2008 Afghanistan's narcotics have struck Russia like a tsunami threatening to decimate its already shrinking population. In a country of 142 million people, there are about 6 million drug-usersa 20-fold increase since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Overwhelmed by a flood of drugs from Afghanistan, Russia says it has fallen victim to "narco-aggression."
The illegal drug turnover in Russia is estimated to be between $10 billion and $15 billion, discounting transit trafficking. The Federal Drug Control Service said earlier this month that as many as 30 million to 40 million people in Russia may have tried drugs at least once. Annually, some 80,000 Russians die of drug-related causes. One in five crimes committed in Russia is related to drugs. . .
In December, Russian Ambassador to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov told the Vesti 24-hour news channel that according to unconfirmed reports the US military transport aviation is used for the delivery of drugs from Afghanistan to the American airbases, Ganci in Kyrgyzstan and Incirlik in Turkey. . . One of the best-informed Russian journalists on Central Asia, Arkady Dubnov, quoted anonymous Afghan sources as saying that "85 per cent of all drugs produced in southern and southeastern provinces are shipped abroad by US aviation." Well-informed sources in Afghanistan's security services told the Russian journalist that the American military acquired drugs through local Afghan officials who dealt with field commanders in-charge of drug production. . . Full story: hindu.com
Comment: Vietnam and Air America redivivus with a new destination.
US Embrace of Musharraf Irks Pakistanis
Islamabad, February 29, 2008 The Bush administration's continued backing of President Pervez Musharraf, despite the overwhelming rejection of his party by voters this month, is fueling a new level of frustration in Pakistan with the United States. That support has rankled the public, politicians and journalists here, inciting deep anger at what is perceived as American meddling and the refusal of Washington to embrace the new, democratically elected government. . . Pakistanis say the Bush administration is grossly misjudging the political mood in Pakistan and squandering an opportunity to win support from the Pakistani public for its fight against terrorism. . .
"I've never seen such an irrational, impractical move on the part of the United States," said Rasul Baksh Rais, a political scientist at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. "The whole country has voted against Musharraf. This was a referendum against Musharraf". . . Full story: nytimes.com
Comment: The US move is eminently rational and practical as the objective of the 'hidden hand' is to provoke Political Islam to the "hot stage" of World War III, and what better excuse for US aggression than a "recalcitrant" nuclear-armed Islamic state?
Scientists see WTC Hutchison Effect Parallel
January 30, 2008 In two appearances on a Washington DC Pacifica Radio Station, WPFW, on a show hosted by Author and Political Commentator Ambrose I. Lane, Sr., Dr. Judy Wood, a former Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and John Hutchison, an experimental scientist, discussed how photographic and video evidence suggest that the World Trade Centre (WTC) towers were destroyed using Directed Energy Weapons (DEW).
John Hutchison is a Canadian inventor and experimental scientist who has been working with "field effects" for almost 30 years. The Hutchison Effect is a collection of phenomena discovered accidentally by John Hutchison in 1979 during attempts to reproduce the work of Nikola Tesla. Hutchison uses radio frequency and electrostatic sources. The Hutchison Effect occurs in a volume of space where the beams intersect and interfere. The results are levitation of heavy objects, fusion of dissimilar materials such as metal and wood, anomalous melting (without heating) of metals without burning adjacent material, spontaneous fracturing of metals (which separate by sliding in a sideways fashion), and both temporary and permanent changes in the crystalline structure and physical properties of metal samples.
Hutchison has reproduced his experiments many times and the results are recorded on video and have been included in a number of TV documentaries that focus on unusual scientific experiments. Hutchison's metal samples have been repeatedly tested by scientists, including a group at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, confirming Hutchison Effects. The article by Wood and Hutchison documents effects and events seen in the vicinity of the World Trade Centre and compares these with observed characteristics of the Hutchison Effect. Full story: drjudywood.com
Russia quietly prepares to switch some Oil Trading from Dollars to Rubles
Moscow, February 25, 2008 the world's second-largest oil-exporting nation after Saudi Arabia, has been quietly preparing to switch trading in Russian Ural Blend oil, the country's primary export, from the dollar to the ruble. But the change, if it comes, is still some time off, industry analysts and officials said. . . companies and countries that buy petroleum products are encouraged to hold dollar reserves to pay for their supplies, coincidentally helping the American economy support its trade deficit.
Russia would like to change this practice, at least among its customers, as a means to elevate the importance of the ruble, a new source of national pride after gaining 30 percent against the dollar during the current oil boom.
A move away from the dollar, meanwhile, is more glum news for the United States. Full story: iht.com
Part of Jerusalem officially labeled PA Territory
February 27, 2008 Israeli authorities have placed several signs near the Atarot area in northern Jerusalem recently warning travelers, "You are entering territory under the control of the Palestinian Authority. Israelis are absolutely forbidden to enter!" Approximately 25,000 residents of Jerusalem, some of them Israeli citizens, live in the areas now designated as PA territory. . . Full story: israelnationalnews.com
Comment: Zechariah 14:1-2; Revelation 16:19.
Global Warming faces a Cold Shower in New York
February 25, 2008 The Carbon Sense Coalition based in Australia is supporting an International Conference on the Science of Global Warming in New York this week.
"There is definitely no "consensus" on man-made global warming even if this were relevant to determining a question of science. In fact, far more scientists have openly rejected the IPCC propositions than are publicly supporting it. . ."
"Garnaut's proposal that Australia should target a 90% cut in carbon emissions by 2050 is so extreme that Australians need to take notice what destruction is being proposed in such a cavalier fashion. At one stroke, he could destroy the value of the huge public assets in coal fired power stations, as well as causing a dramatic fall in food production, power shortages and the migration to Asia of much of Australia's cement, steel, processing and manufacturing industries."
"These people have already brainwashed our children into a state of fear about the future, now Garnaut will guarantee them lives of shortages and poverty. Without coal and oil the world could not maintain the world population, or produce and transport its food. . . The only efficient way to harvest the sun's energy is to use plants such as grass, trees and algae. However, "Biofuel" is a costly con which does more harm than good to energy supplies, energy costs and the environment" Full story: heartland.org carbon-sense.com
Comment: Chairman Viv Forbes, BScApp, FAusIMM, FSIA confirms that the objective of the "Global Warming" scam is the divestment, poverty, famine, disease, and global depopulation, disempowerment of the Western (once) Christian nations and massive world depopulation in accordance with the program of the 'hidden hand' prophesied by Jesus in Revelation 6:8 and reported on our Website for fifteen years.
It seems as if the US will soon join the Carbon Economy ponzi scheme.
The Gaza Bombshell
After failing to anticipate Hamas's victory over Fatah in the 2006 Palestinian election, the White House cooked up yet another scandalously covert and self-defeating Middle East debacle. . . President Bush, Condoleezza Rice, and Deputy National-Security Adviser Elliott Abrams backed an armed force under Fatah strongman Muhammad Dahlan, touching off a bloody civil war in Gaza and leaving Hamas stronger than ever. . .
I've seen the video. . . It shows abu Dan kneeling, his hands bound behind his back, and screaming as his captors pummel him with a black iron rod. "I lost all the skin on my back from the beatings," he says. "Instead of medicine, they poured perfume on my wounds. It felt as if they had taken a sword to my injuries". . . The video reveals a bare room with white walls and a black-and-white tiled floor, where abu Dan's father is forced to sit and listen to his son's shrieks of pain. Afterward, abu Dan says, he and two of the others were driven to a market square. "They told us they were going to kill us. They made us sit on the ground." He rolls up the legs of his trousers to display the circular scars that are evidence of what happened next: "They shot our knees and feet—five bullets each. I spent four months in a wheelchair."
Abu Dan had no way of knowing it, but his tormentors had a secret ally: the administration of President George W. Bush... Full story: vanityfair.com April, 2008.
Comment: Once Israel funded Hamas with intent to develop Islamic extremists, now the US Administration is playing the same dirty tricks (Revelation 13:11-18).
A Wave of the Watch List, and Speech Disappears
March 4, 2008 Steve Marshall is an English travel agent. He lives in Spain, and he sells trips to Europeans who want to go to sunny places, including Cuba. In October, about 80 of his Web sites stopped working. . . Mr. Marshall's Web sites had been put on a Treasury Department blacklist and, as a consequence, his American domain name registrar, eNom Inc., had disabled them. Mr. Marshall said eNom told him it did so after a call from the Treasury Department; the company, based in Bellevue, Wash., says it learned that the sites were on the blacklist through a blog.
Peter L. Fitzgerald, a law professor at Stetson University in Florida who has studied the blacklistwhich the Treasury calls a list of "specially designated nationals"said its operation was quite mysterious. "There really is no explanation or standard". . .
Susan Crawford, a visiting law professor at Yale and a leading authority on Internet law, said the fact that many large domain name registrars are based in the United States gives the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control, or OFAC, control "over a great deal of speechnone of which may be actually hosted in the US, about the US or conflicting with any US rights. OFAC apparently has the power to order that this speech disappear". . . Full story: nytimes.com
Comment: George Orwell (alias Eric Blair) was right. Big Brother is alive in Yourtown, USA!
Be Encouraged Brethren, for Today is One Day Closer to our Lord's Return
October 08, 2007 Overlooking the fact that "today" is just ten days short of 48 years since our Lord's return, this page of an SDA-oriented website does contain some illuminating images illustrating Lucifer's carnal mastery and long term plans over the image unto the beast of Imperial Rome. Full story: xanga.com
Christ's Offices of Prophet, Priest & King typed in the Old Testament
Prophet, Priest and King are the principal offices that define the Kingdom-building work of our Lord Jesus Christ. These notes review the type of the Temple ritual on the great Day of Atonement whence the Book of Revelation draws the symbols that explain redemption. For the Law and ordinances were a shadow of good things to come and Moses' heavenly vision was for the purpose of instructing and guiding Israel back to fellowship in the Presence of God. Moses did not see the glorified saints "for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the Temple of New Jerusalem in the renewed heavens and renewed earth." He saw their "pattern" in the form of a material temple and built a transportable similitude from the resources available in the wilderness (Revelation 21:22).
Hebrews 9:21-24, "Moses sprinkled blood on both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry." (For the tent and the instruments used for worship represent the corporeal and individual elect of God under the Spiritual covering of Shem as prophesied in Genesis 9:27 and implied in Brother Branham's "tent vision"). "Indeed, under the Law almost everything is purified by blood, and without the shedding of blood is no remission. So it was necessary that the copies of the heavenly things should be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these." (You and every elect soul of God are these "heavenly things" and the "better sacrifice" (singular) is our kinsman Redeemer, the last Adam). "For Christ has not entered into a sanctuary made with hands, which are types of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the Presence of God in our behalf".
A PROPHET is a mediator between God and men who speaks to the latter in the Name of the Former (Deuteronomy 18:15-22). He is the God's mouthpiece and speaks only what he has heard by inspiration from God (Jeremiah 1:9; Isaiah 6:5-10; John 8:26), or what God has shown him by vision or dream (Numbers 12:6; John 5:19-20).
Through the prophet Moses, God commanded Israel not to adopt the moral religions and customs of the Serpent's seed nations from whom they would dispossess the Promised Land. Deuteronomy 18:16-19, "According to all you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb in the day of the assembly, when you said, Let me not hear again the Voice of the Lord my God, neither let me see the Shekinah any more, lest I die. And the Lord said to me, They have spoken well. I will raise up for them a Prophet from among their brethren, like you, and put My Words in His mouth; and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. And whosoever will not pay heed to My Words which He shall speak in My Name, I Myself will require it".
Moses was prophesying of Jesus Messiah, who alone was comparable to Moses in His mediatorial character, in the peculiar excellence of His ministry, in the number, variety and magnitude of His miracles, in His close and familiar communion with God, and in being the author of a new dispensation of the faith (Acts 3:22-23; 7:37). As Moses introduced the Law, "which was Israel's schoolmaster to bring them to Christ, that they might be justified by faith" (Galatians 3:24), Jesus was the Israelite "prophet like Moses" who satisfied the requirements of the Law and fulfilled the part of kinsman Redeemer in God's plan of redemption. Particulars pertaining to Messiah are scattered through the words of so many prophets, yet all converging in Jesusthe race, nation, tribe, family, birthplace, miracles, humiliation, death, crucifixion with the wicked and association with the wealthy at his death, resurrection and the extension of His seed, the Churchare so numerous that their minute conformity can only be explained by believing that the prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit to foretell these events.
The Old Testament is said to contain 333 prophecies regarding Messiah, most of which were fulfilled by the first Coming of Jesus Christ. Even the most liberal critics acknowledge that these prophecies were written at least 400 years before His birth. Mathematicians have easily shown that the odds of all these prophecies being fulfilled by chance in one man is greater than the number of atoms in the universe many times over.
The self-styled Jews and Israelites would certainly not have corrupted the prophets in order to confirm Jesus' Messianic claims, which they reject. And the prophetic details are so complex, and seemingly inconsistent, that before the event it would seem impossible to make them coincide in one person. A "Son," yet "the everlasting Father"; a "child," yet "the mighty God"; "Prince of peace," sitting "upon the throne of David," yet coming as "Shiloh" (the peace-giver) when "the scepter shall depart from Judah"; "Son of David," yet "Lord of David"; a Prophet and Priest, yet also a King; "God's Servant," upon whom He "lays the iniquity of us all," "Messiah cut off," yet given by the Ancient of days "an everlasting dominion." The only key that opens this immensely complicated lock is the Gospel narrative of Jesus, written ages after Israel's prophets; but like the prophets, the Gospel has been rejected by Israel.
It is essential that we as end-time Christians clearly understand that a prophet is one with whom the Lord communicates in visions and in dreams and by inspiration even "mouth to mouth" (Numbers 12:6-8) as He spoke with Moses, Jesus Christ, and Brother Branham. The vindication of a prophet requires that everything he speaks in the Name of the Lord is in perfect accord with the Words of every previously vindicated prophet, and that it comes to pass according to his words (Deuteronomy 13:1-5; 18:15-22). A word is a thought expressed, and as God's thoughts are eternal He is not now thinking or even taking counsel with Himself for all His thoughts He has always had. Therefore His Words are real and will come to pass in their designated and decreed season and time (Habakkuk 2:3; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8).
The Word of God comes first hand through His servants the prophets and we receive it secondarily. As the prophet and his Message are one and the same, Christians become "written epistles" of the Word for their day (I Peter 1:20-21). Hence the Psalmist says, "Touch not My anointed, and do My prophets no harm" (Psalm 105.15). God does not make mistakes, and as we read in Deuteronomy, the false prophet shall be put to death, while the person who does not hearken to and obey the THUS SAITH THE LORD of His vindicated prophets will answer to God (Revelation 22:17-19).
Amos 3:7, "Truly the Lord God will do nothing without first revealing His secret to His servants the prophets." Who was he? Where did he live? What was his Message? And what does it mean? A prophet is a sign from God: a sign of coming judgment. His Message offers God's grace and the way of escape.
Our eternal destiny is dependent upon receiving and understanding the Message of God's prophets, specifically the Message of His covenant Prophet, William Branham in this end-time. Peter said, "Every soul, who will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people." Brother Branham is the Covenant prophet promised in Malachi 4:5-6, Matthew 17:11 and throughout the Book of Revelation (Acts 3:23). Outside a clear understanding of his Message there is no possibility of being born-again in this day and every certainty of the tribulation.
If you do not have a personal revelation from God of the prophet He has sent in this day confirmed by his Holy Bible you are going nowhere with God. Whoever that man was (past tense), he has been and has fulfilled everything spoken of him. Unless you identify that prophet, prove his vindication and his Message, you are walking in Darkness. And if you believe he was William Branham but have not proven this for yourself you are trusting psychology and not faith: tradition is obviously very powerful, because people believe tradition instead of "receiving the word with all readiness on mind, then searching the prophecy of Scripture, whether those things were so." However, the "letter" of his Message without faith to know what it means, is the "spirit of strong delusion" prophesied by Paul. Faith is not reading tea leaves, but God's infallible mind in you by a clear understanding of His revealed Word. Unless we are walking in the Light of the present Truthwhat Jesus is doing nowwe are deceived.
A PRIEST is an advocate who presents himself as the representative of another. As a mediator he intercedes in behalf of the people of God, His elect and holy nation, in the Presence of the Lord, and prepares a way by which they themselves might approach Him. As such he instructs them in the way of righteousness and holiness and is to be so himself for he is also God's representative, and partaker of the sacrifices and living from the tithes (Leviticus 9:9-11,17; Malachi 2:7; II Corinthians 5:18-19; I John 2:1; I Peter 2:5, 9-10; Revelation 1:6).
There are four characteristics of the priest. He was:
1. chosen of God;
2. the (purchased possession or) property of God;
3. holy unto God, and
4. he offered gifts to God, and took back gifts from God (Numbers 18:8; I Corinthians 9:13-14; Hebrews 5:1-4).
Numbers 16:5, 40, "The Lord's . . . holy [and] . . . chosen . . . come near . . . to offer incense (a type of prayer made pleasing by faith) before the Lord" (Psalm 141:2; Revelation 8:3). This right and duty was reserved exclusively to the priest (II Chronicles 26:18). All Israel was originally chosen as a kingdom of priests to intercede in behalf of the Gentiles of Adam's race (Exodus 19:6; Isaiah 42:6; 49:6; 51:4). But Israel renounced the obligation through fear of the nearness of the Presence of the Lord (Exodus 20:18-19), and God accepted their renunciation (Deuteronomy 5:24-28; 18:16-17). Moses became their mediator with God, and the Aaronic priesthood became Israel's priesthood until Christ, the antitypical High Priest and Mediator should come.
Every New Testament saint whether male or female, Israelite or Gentile, is a priest (or intercessor with God), but not five-fold ministers (I Peter 2:5,9; Galatians 3:28), and in the regeneration we shall reign with Messiah as king-priests (Revelation 1:6; 5:10; 20:6; Ephesians 5:26). The five-fold ministry is not a priestly office, for Christ has an unchangeable priesthood as He ever lives" (Hebrews 7:23-25). Unlike the Aaronic priesthood or the papacy, He does not need to transmit the priesthood to successors. Christ needed no assistance in His priestly duties, so He is the sole representative of both high priest and the Aaronic priesthood which has passed away (Hebrews 10:1-23).
Israel was chosen to be the royal priesthood with respect to the other nations, though incapacitated by its natural sinfulness and therefore not realized in fact. By its incessant transgressions of the very Law through the fulfillment of which it was to be sanctified to enter the Presence (Exodus 19:21), it required the priesthood as a separate element which by its existence represented the nation as yet unfit to approach God (Hebrews 9:7-11). The priesthood was calculated to keep alive their consciousness of their estrangement from God, and the people offered their gifts to God by means of this separated class and in connection with the propitiatory sacrifices (Exodus 19:3-6; Numbers 3:12-13; 18:20-24; Deuteronomy 7:6).
The insufficiency of the priesthood itself was expressed by their being excluded from the Most Holy Place. The chief priest had access only once a year when the entire guilt of the nation was to be atoned for, and to enter, laid aside his magnificent robes of office to officiate in a plain linen garment (Exodus 29:36-43; Leviticus 16:1-4; Philippians 2:7-8; Hebrews 2:6-18).
He had to confess his own sin and bring a sin-offering (Leviticus 6:3, 6, 11, 14). Then he presented the atonement for the congregation and the gifts of a reconciled people (Leviticus 16:5, 7-10,15-23; 23:27). Finally, he brings back from the Presence the blessing of grace, mercy and peace (Numbers 6:22-27).
In the patriarchal age before Moses, the head of the family performed the priestly acts and drew near to God. For instance, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Job (Genesis 12:8; 18:23; 26:25; 33:20; Job 1:5). Melchisedec who became Jesus Christ, was King-Priest.
Jesus Christ our King-Priest descended from the kingly lineage recorded in Matthew 1, and also from a lineage recorded in Luke 3 that includes many priests: Levi, Eliezer, Malachi, Jochannan, Mattathias, and Heli, not of the priestly stock, but patriarchs who exercised the priesthood, delegating it to their first born or favoured son who became a Nazarite, separated from among his brethren (Genesis 27:15; 37:3; 49:26; Deuteronomy 33:16).
The priests mentioned in Exodus 19:16, 24; 24:11 may have been the firstborn or heads of the tribes and families as we find the 150 princes of Reuben who rose up (Numbers 16:2). At the time of the exodus the first-born were specifically claimed by God for His service. Subsequently, the Tribe of Levi was taken as a substitute for the firstborn not upon right or privilege but by God's sovereign grace (Exodus 19:5-6; Numbers 3:12-13; 8:5-22). Only those called by God and sanctified by Him can represent the people (Numbers 16:7; Hebrews 5:4). This was symbolized in Aaron's rod which budded but which was in no way distinguishable from the other rods but was a sign of the Power of God's grace which replenished him in office.
The priest was to have no bodily defects or imperfections and the High Priest could only marry a virgin as he was a type of Christ who is only marrying a virgin to the Word, not a denominational harlot (Leviticus 21). Priestly succession depended on the sureness of the genealogy, these genealogies (in which mothers as well as fathers were named) were jealously preserved and referred to in disputed cases (Ezra 2:62; Nehemiah 7:64). The ordinary priests could marry the widow of another priest (Ezekiel 44:22). The priests could drink no wine during the time of their ministrations and were not permitted to minister in the Tabernacle until twenty-five years of age (Leviticus 8:24; 10:9). In the antitype we see the distinction between the born-again elect and the "saved" foolish virgin.
Those who entered the Tabernacle were of a higher order than the Levites and there were two sets of ceremonies which accompanied the consecration of the priesthood, carried out by Aaron and his sons (Exodus 29:1-37; 40:12-15):-
1. a) washing a type of Justification
b) robing a type of Sanctification
c) anointing a type of the New Birth.
Moses, the "servant of Jehovah," is fitly the consecrator and sanctifier throughout these ceremonies because, as the channel through which others receive this Office, he has for the time a higher priesthood than that of Aaron. As Moses divested himself of the priestly Office and transferred it to Aaron, the ascended Christ has transferred His earthly ministry to us (II Corinthians 5:18-21; Ephesians 4:11-12; I Peter 3:15). Every Christian is a priest, but God has taken to Himself and set in the Church the Gift of five different Offices of ministry to serve His holy people: to keep them clean and bring them to maturity through revelation of the Word, for the exercise of their priesthood in reconciling sinners through personal testimony when they ask a reason of the hope that is in them.
2. A three-fold sacrifice constituted by:-
a) a sin-offering of a bullock (Exodus 29:10; Leviticus 8:14)signifying that they who seek to serve in the ministry of reconciliation must first themselves be reconciled. By laying hands on the bullock as sin offering they typically transferred their guilt to it as we identify with Christ who took upon Himself our guilt.
b) a burnt offering of a ram, a "sweet savour" indicating a totally surrendered life. The blood was sprinkled on the sacrificial horns of the altar, showing the candidate was not yet in possession of the priesthood. The blood of the second ram of consecration was applied to the candidate as his actual investiture into Office. The blood applied to his right ear implied its openness to hear God's voice (Psalm 40:6; Isaiah 1:5). The blood on the right hand, his duty to dispense or distribute what had been heard, and the blood on the right foot signified a holy and consistent walk in God's ways.
Lastly, Moses took portions of the sacrifices with the cakes of unleavened bread and blessed them in the hands of the candidates, and after presentation to God as a heave offering; all was burned. This symbolized the transfer of the priestly function of offering the fat upon the Altar of God and the conveyance of the right to receive certain gifts from the Altar for themselves. But as the priest was not yet properly consecrated, the portion is not yet given to him but to God by fire.
c) The above ceremony known as the "filling of the hand" meant to consecrate (Exodus 29:9; II Chronicles 13:9), and communicated the authority to exercise the Office of priesthood. It was repeated for seven days, during which they stayed in the tabernacle, separate from the people (Leviticus 8:31-36). This was the third part of the three-fold sacrifice. The consecration was transmitted from father to son and required no renewing. Only on the eighth day did he commence his priestly function, as on the eighth day Christ resurrected and commenced His Priesthood by cleansing the heavenly temple of the sins of the Old Testament saints with His own blood. And on the day following the seven sabbaths of the Pentecostal Feast or Gentile dispensation the end-time Bride takes the open Book of Redemption from the hands of Christ and comes into the unity of the faith, for the fiftieth day of the Pentecostal Feast is likened to an eighth day in that it is a restoration to the faith once delivered to the apostolic saints. Entering this holy convocation by the revelation of the Seven Seals we commenced our priesthood "to many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings" (Revelation 10:8-11) with authority to speak the Word in the manifestation of the Sons of God.
The holy garments of the priest represent his Office. They were first worn at the consecration and preserved in the Temple when not actually required. They were holy garments for "glory and beauty." They consisted of FOUR parts, all of which were required to be worn that he die not (Exodus 28:35,43).
The turban and coat were a shining white, typifying Light wherein God dwells (Exodus 34:29; Psalm 104:2; Daniel 2:22; 7:9; I Timothy 6:16). So His ministers should minister in the earthly sanctuary in livery emblematic of His ministry in the heavenly sanctuary. White is the only pure colour; white linen reflects the purity of God and represents the righteousness of the saints (Ezekiel 10:2,7; Daniel 12:6; Matthew 17:2; 28:3; Acts 10:30; I Timothy 6:16; Hebrews 1:7).
God loves holiness and forbids hybridizing. This is declared in the law of reproduction and symbolized in the ban against wearing garments of diverse threads such as wool and linen (Leviticus 19:19; Deuteronomy 22:11).
This whiteholiness and puritycompletely covered the body down to the feet and adhered closely to the body with tight sleeves and the neck drawn together by a band. It was altogether woven, without seam like Christ's garment, a symbol of entireness, perfection and spiritual health.
Though entirely white it had a chequered or variegated pattern wrought in it (Exodus 39:27-29; 28:1-8). It was gathered round the body with a girdle of needlework (Exodus 28:39) which was only to be worn during the time of officiating as it was a sign of office. (It went round about the breast rather than the loins then around the waist and hung loosely down to the ankles whilst the priest was not engaged in laborious service, for in that manner it had its most agreeable appearance to the spectator. So he wore it before the Altar of Incense when interceding. But when he was obliged to assist at the offering of sacrifices, in order that he might not be hindered in his priestly operation by its motions, he bore it on his right shoulder). It was about four fingers broad and was loosely worn and embroidered with flowers of scarlet, purple and blue, the colours of the Temple, but only the warp was linen and therefore white.
Revelation 1:13, "And in the midst of the seven candlesticks One like unto the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the breast with a golden girdle." Here we see a symbol of the glorified Christ in the midst of the churches. It is the Lord's Day; for John sees Him standing, not as a priest but as the coming Judge. The golden girdle is no longer girt around the waist where the priest must wear it as he ministers to God in the Holy Place but it is now around His shoulders, for He is not now the priest but the Judge. John 5:22 has come to pass, "For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment unto the Son." His service has been rendered. The priesthood is over.
The ordinary priests wore at all times a bonnet or cap resembling in appearance a helmet signifying joy in their salvation: in Israel, uncovering the head was a sign of grief or mourning the dead and the priest was not to be associated with death but Life (Leviticus 10:6; 21:10). Hence Isaiah 59:17; Ephesians 6:17; I Thessalonians 5:8. The High priest wore a wound mitre or turban.
The last item was the linen trunks that reach from the loins to the middle of the thighs "to cover their nakedness" (Exodus 28:42-43; 39:28; Ephesians 6:14).
In all their ministrations the priests were barefooted to preserve the sanctity of the tabernacle (Exodus 3:5; Joshua 5:15).
The sacerdotal functions of the priests thus consecrated, in contradistinction to those of the Levites, in drawing close to God, or "keeping the charge of the sanctuary for the children of Israel" (Numbers 3:28; 18:3:) was:
a) Mediatorialto keep the sacred fire ever burning on the sacrificial Altar (Leviticus 6:12-13); feed and trim the lampstand; offer the morning and evening whole offerings (Numbers 28:9-10) accompanied with a meat and drink offering. Then there was the tending the lamps; replacing the showbread, offering firstfruits, estimation of commutation in money for extraordinary vows for any devoted or unclean beast, house, field, etc.
These were fixed duties which never varied. Their chief function was to be always ready at their post of duty, to do the priest's office for any guilty, penitent, rejoicing, or thankful Israelite. The worshipper may come at any hour.
b) Teachers and guardians of the Law of God (Leviticus 10:10-11; Deuteronomy 33:10). From their knowledge of the Law which was at once civil and ecclesiastical, they were to act individually, and collectively as a court of appeal in the more difficult controversies in criminal or civil cases (Deuteronomy 17:8-13). Whereas nowadays "Halacha is the Jewish national legal system," although the Babylonian Talmud makes the Word of God of no effect (Matthew 15:1-9), under the Law and the prophets, fresh revelations or new enactments could not be made by the priest or anyone else, the Urim and Thummim of the high priest was the only exception. The priest had simply to explain the given Law "Law to the priests, counsel to the wise, and the Word to the prophets" (Jeremiah 18:18).
c) They were to be referred to in the case of undetected murder (Deuteronomy 21:1-9). They were to bless the people at every solemn meeting and after the regular daily service (Numbers 6:22-27).
During the journeying in the wilderness the priests were required to cover the Ark and all the vessels of the Sanctuary with a purple or scarlet cloth before the Levites approached them (Numbers 4:5-15).
They were to blow the Trumpets. Only the priests could blow the Trumpets, not the Levites.
Under Joshua they received thirteen of the forty-eight cities of refuge assigned to Levi. They had no inheritance in the Land (Numbers 18:20-24; Ezekiel 44:28).
The priests received a tenth of the Tithes the people paid to the Levites. A further source of income was from the firstfruits of the animals and also the redemption money (Leviticus 27; Numbers 18), a share of war spoils, the skins of the burnt offering, meat of the sin offerings, etc.,
The priests of Jehovah were NOT to be wealthy. The maintenance of the priests depended upon the blessings of God or, the religious condition of the nation so they had a duty to ensure Israel was meeting the requirements of God's Covenant.
David divided the priesthood into 24 courses, each with a president.
As the three sections of the Tabernacle were separated with extreme severity, so the three orders of ministers.
The LEVITES were the appointed servants of the court, but they were excluded from the holy Place on pain of death.
The PRIESTS executed the ministry of the Holy Place but were as solemnly prohibited from entering beyond the veil into the Holy of Holies.
The priesthood culminated in the HIGH PRIEST as mediator between God and the people. He was set apart to represent the nation in order to "bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts" (Exodus 28:38). Hence the offerings are sanctified by the appearance of the high priest as an atoning mediator before God. Until Christ, this had to be constantly repeated because the blood of bulls and goats cannot remit sin, but were only a temporary covering for the past year (Hebrews 7:17-28; 10:1-14).
Levi was the chosen tribe of the chosen people to whom earthly possessions were denied. At their consecration the nation presented Levi to God by laying hands on their heads, exactly as when they offered a common victim in substitution (Numbers 8:10; 11:14; II Corinthians 5).
The priesthood, again, were the chosen of the tribe of Levi and the high priest was the representative of the entire priesthood, as well as of the whole nation, whose twelve tribes he had to bear on both his shoulders and on his heart (Exodus 28:12, 29).
God receives the whole nation to favour in the person of the high priest (Zechariah 3; Romans 5:8-21; II Corinthians 5:14; Colossians 3:3). On the other hand, if the high priest sins, it brings guilt upon the whole people. His sin offering of a young bullock is identical to the sin offering for the nation (Leviticus 4:3). Thus when Caiaphas called for the death of Messiah, whose type he was supposed to be, he separated himself and his nation from God (John 11:49-54; Matthew 27:25).
It was sacrilegious to kill the king, even at his own request, because he was "the Lord's anointed" (I Samuel 23:5-10; 26:9,16; II Samuel 1:14; Lamentations 4:20). Thus when Caiaphas and Israel "cut off Messiah after threescore and two weeks" the nation was "cut off" from the grace of God and "Spiritual insensibility has come over until the last member of Christ's Gentile Bride is redeemed" (Daniel 9:26; Romans 11:25; Isaiah 29:9-12).
The personal requirements of the high priest are in some things the same as those of the ordinary priest but as he was to reflect the whole fullness of the holy life in addition, he was to remain aloof from all defiling contact with death (Leviticus 21:10-15) so as in no way to interrupt his sacred function at the sanctuary (Leviticus 10:1), so we understand Luke 14:26 and Deuteronomy 33:9. He is not permitted to attend funerals or even mourn the dead (Leviticus 21:10).
The services or ceremonies of consecrating a high priest lasted for seven days.
The only specific difference between the consecration of the priests and of the high priest seems to have consisted in the four additional symbolical garments which, in the high priest's case were added to the coat, girdle, breeches and bonnet that belonged to the priests in general and the fact that while the priests were simply sprinkled with the perfumed precious oil, the high priest was anointed, for it was poured till it ran down to the hem of his garments (Leviticus 8:12; Psalm 133:2). Hence he was called the "anointed priest" (Leviticus 4:3, 5, 16). This symbolized the Holy Spirit with which our Lord Jesus was anointed without measure (John 3:34; Hebrews 1:9).
The transfer of the garments of high priest from Aaron to Eliezer was a transfer of the Office itself (Numbers 20:26-28) without these holy garments, the high priest was only a private person and could not represent the people. Hence he is threatened with death if he appears before Jehovah without them (Exodus 28:35).
The robe of the ephod was worn over the ordinary garment of a priest (Exodus 28:31-35). This pallim or blue robe of the ephod was of inferior material to the ephod itself, being only of woven work. It was also longer than the ephod and the tunic or coat would be visible only under it; also in the sleeves, since this blue robe had no sleeves, but arm slits.
It had bells (representing thunder) and pomegranates (representing lightning) around the hem . . ."and his sound shall be heard when he goes into the Holy Place . . ." (Exodus 28:35; Leviticus 16:17; Revelation 6:1-8:1)he was to be the sole person in the Holy Place during the entrance into the Most Holy Place when the "golden" was first removed but in the court many were present. He never wore the robes of beauty and glory in the Most Holy.
The command respecting the bells was given before Aaron was restricted to entering the Most Holy Place only once a year. Indeed Leviticus 16:1 implies he entered the Most Holy Place as often as his inclination led him and it is therefore intelligible that he should have been commanded to warn the priests of his approach to the inner mysteries. But as these bells formed an integral part of the vestments, their use became restricted to the Day of Atonement.
He only wore the Golden garments as far as the Holy Place where he put off his "Golden," washed in a golden basin, and put on his white robes and entered into the Most Holy. Thence he returned, assumed his golden robes, and went out to the people into the court.
We are approaching another cleansing of the sanctuary. When Mediation ended after the Church Ages, the Mercy Seat in the heavenly Temple became the Judgment Seat. The lamb advanced from the Outer Court where the Sacrifice had lain as a Memorial, and His entry into the Most Holy was heard in thundering and lightnings (Revelation 4:5; 10:3-4). He took the Book of Redemption, tore open the Seven Seals, and as Lion of the Tribe of Judah sat on the Throne as King of kings and Judge. The revelation of the Seven Seals indicted the world and is calling His Queen to the Marriage Supper.
The bells of the robe of the ephod warned the priests, who left the Holy and were not allowed to re-enter till the bells announced to them that the entrance had been completed. Hence "No man is able to enter into the Temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels are fulfilled" (Revelation 15:8). So when Christ's Bride has made Herself ready, Brother Branham's vial will be poured into the air for another cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary, causing Satan to be cast out from heavenly places down to earth (Revelation 12:7-17; 16:17-21). And accompanied by thunders and lightnings, the sounding of the Seventh Trumpet will smite earth with a curse; a great earthquake will sink Los Angeles beneath the Pacific (Revelation 8:5; 11:19; 16:18), and the temple of God in heaven will open, revealing the ark of God's Covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacoba sign of His favour toward Israel. It also signals the end of the Gentile dispensation, calls the resurrection of the Church Age saints and the manifestation of the living Sons of God, and announces the revelation of Joseph's Antitype to Israel. After three and one half years when faith is quickened, they will recognize the Atonement, the Bridegroom and His Bride, King and Queen, and all Israel will be born in one day (Revelation 14:2; 15:8; 19:6).
The form of the vestment signified integrity since it was to be of one piece, and the blue colour, the heavenly origin of the Office of high priest to which the robe of the ephod was made subservient.
The ephod consisted of two parts, like an apron (Exodus 28:5-14), one falling down behind, one in front. Its four colours represented the four elements.
The Urim (blazing Lights of reflected Glory, or revelation, from the twelve stones) and Thummim (perfections, referring to the twelve tribes who, as the children of Abraham were in Covenant, bound to walk before God and be perfect), was attached to the ephod.
This breastplate in the midst of the ephod signifies the shadowing forth of justification by the precious stones. It was called the breastplate of judgment and glory (Isaiah 61:10; Revelation 21:10-21). The New Testament antitype is the "breastplate of righteousness." It also represented the camp of Israel, the glory of the New Jerusalem (Isaiah 54:11-12), and the twelve months and signs of the zodiac.
Two sardonyx stones were worn on his shoulders. Upon each was engraved the names of six Tribes, according to their generations (Exodus 28:12). Aaron wore them as a memorial so that Jehovah should remember them as they were carried into the Presence on the shoulders of the representative of the people.
The high priest will also be king in David's stead as indicated by the insignia of office which he wore upon his shoulders (Isaiah 9:6). In order to signify that the representative bore the people into God's Presence, their names were engraved not only upon his shoulders but also over his heart on the Urim Thummim, the "Breastplate of Judgment" (Exodus 28:30; Leviticus 8:8). The government will be on Christ's shoulders, and He will rule the kingdom of Israel during the Millennium where the nation will be restored to Tribal order and apportioned land in relation to the Temple (Acts 1:6; Ezekiel 48).
The high priest wore a mitre with a gold plate fastened by a ribbon of blue (Exodus 29:6). It was different to the turban of the priests and consisted of two turbans, the one being the bonnet of the ordinary priest and another turban of blue upon the first. His official garments were to descend from the one to his successor (Exodus 29:29). As the high priest was President of the Sanhedrin he was also the supreme judge. His special function however, related to the Day of Atonement.
A KING is mediator of the judicial and executive Power of God among His people, acting in the Name of Jehovah. The king is also judge (II Chronicles 19:6; Psalms 2:10-11; John 5:27).
We understand from Deuteronomy that Moses contemplated the contingency of a king being set over Israel as in all the adjoining nations. The theocracy and the Law could be maintained as well under kings as under a commonwealth. God had promised, "I will bless Sarah, and give you a son by her, and I will bless him, and he shall become nations, and kings of nations shall be by him" (Genesis 17:16; 36:31; Numbers 24:17; Deuteronomy 28:36).
Israel's request to Samuel, "Make us a king to judge us like all the nations" (I Samuel 8:5) was evidently inspired from Deuteronomy 17:14, so Samuel's language in presenting Saul as "Him whom the Lord has chosen" (I Samuel 10:24) alludes to Moses' direction in Deuteronomy 17:15, "You may indeed put a king over you whom the Lord shall choose. From among your own brothers you will put a king over you, not a foreigner who is not your brother".
So the people chose their own king, but only in accordance with God's choice, and from their "brethren." This rule explains the guile of the Pharisees: "Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not"? And the wisdom of the Holy Spirit: But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, "Why do you tempt Me, you hypocrites? Show Me the tribute money. And they brought Him a penny. And He said to them, Whose is this image and superscription"?
They replied, "Caesar's." Then Jesus said, "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's." When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left him, and went their way" (Matthew 22:15-22; Jeremiah 30:21).
Israel's fault was not that they wanted a king, but that they set aside Samuel, though anointed by the heavenly King, on the pretext of his age, though he took a leading part in state affairs for the next thirty-five years. After the kingdom was set up the danger was no longer a physical return to Egypt, but a spiritual backsliding to Egypt (Hosea 11:5; Isaiah 30:1-2; Revelation 11:8).
When set up, the king was but God's viceroy, enjoying only delegated authority. The words, "Jehovah is our Judge, Jehovah is our Lawgiver, Jehovah is our King" embody the theocracy (Isaiah 33:22). The land itself was His; and the people as His servants, could not be permanently bondservants to men (Leviticus 25:23, 42, 55). Instead of being of a distinct royal caste like Eastern kings, he was simply to be the first among equals, and like his subjects, bound by the fundamental Law of the nation (Matthew 23:9).
If we rightly divide the Word of Truth and recognize our day and its Message, we will see that Messiah's three principal offices are distinct and also successive. He had first to be the Prophet and lay down His life as Kinsman Redeemer for His Gentile Bride before He could be our High Priest under the New Covenant, mediating for an election ignorant of the fullness of the Word so long as the Book was sealed with Seven Seals. Once He had redeemed the Church Age who were saints predestinated to live under the times of PART-Word when the Book was sealed, redemption was over, for His end-time Bride and the 144,000 elect Israelites were fully redeemed in Christ on Calvary and require no mediation as we were predestinated to be born-again after the revelation of the Seven Seals when "the mystery of God is finished."
The saints could not crown Jesus Christ King by their revelation until the end of the Age when He claimed the Book of Redemption and sat down in the Judgment seat, and as King in the office of Son of man He is also the supreme Judge, and as "first among equals" able to execute judgment on his peers (Revelation 5:11-14; John 5:27). The revelation of the Seven Seals in 1963 began a cycle of events that will terminate man's day, end the Gentile dispensation, and begin the Day of the Lord with the Spiritual awakening of 144,000 elect Israelites and an outpouring of the wrath of God's judgments upon this sin-cursed world.
Once He has fully redeemed and glorified His Bride and their elect servant subjects they will return to a cleansed earth for the Millennium. This is when the kingdom is restored to Israel and King Jesus will be in the office of Son of David. As Son of Man He was the Prophet who died to redeem His people, as Son of God He was Mediator for their ignorance of God's unchanging Word so long as the Bible was sealed with Seven Seals. After the conclusion of His Mediatorial Office He claimed the Book and opened the Seals then returned to earth in the Office of the Son of man, and veiling Himself behind the flesh of a son of man, William Branham, He revealed the seven thunders which are the mysteries hidden under the Seals (Revelation 5, 6, 10:1-7). Returning with the glorified saints of all ages he will be King in the office of Son of David. Now we understand how the offices Prophet, Priest, and King are successive and cannot be engaged simultaneously until the Millennium.
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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.