Bible Believers' Newsletter 583
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Thank you for joining us in fellowship around God's unchanging Word. As a Bible believer heaven is your goal, so please do the 'hard yards': don't just skim through the Articles but follow the links and prove all things. This is the only way that you can guarantee your sabbath or "make your calling and election sure" and reach the high mark of your calling.
Our main Article this week sets forth the historic and Scriptural precepts for natural, national and individual adoption.
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.
Your brother-in-Christ, Anthony Grigor-Scott
Israel did 9/11
ALL THE PROOF IN THE WORLD!! . . . Full story: theinfounderground.com
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, 2009
June 1, 2009 I am proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in the first 100 days of an Administration. . . At the international level, I have joined efforts at the United Nations to decriminalize homosexuality around the world. . . I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States do hereby proclaim June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists. Full story: whitehouse.gov
Comment: "The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: God hates pride, and arrogance, the evil way and the perverse mouth. . . Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall" (Proverbs 8:3; 16:18). This shameful Obamanation (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Deuteronomy 22:5) confirms Christ's second or 'parousia' Coming and the prophesied destruction of the United States by fire. Luke 17:28-30, "As it was in the days of Lot . . . so shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed".
Obama's Elite Agenda: Black Abortion for Profit
June 3, 2009 In a 1934 letter, Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, wrote to her financial sponsor, Clarence Gamble (the Proctor & Gamble heir): "We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don't want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members."
July 17th 2007: Speaking before Rockefeller sponsored Planned Parenthood's 'Action fund' banquet candidate Barack Obama made his public announcement that his 'first act as President' would be signing FOCA ("Freedom of Choice Act"). It was. . . Full story: henrymakow.com
The Bilderberg Plan for 2009: Remaking the Global Political Economy
May 26, 2009 This report by Andrew G. Marshall, a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization, covers the Bilderberg Meeting in Greece, May 14-17 2009, from which Russia and China were absent. Discussions included:
elimination of national borders destruction of national sovereignties removal of national Constitutions destruction of the US dollar diluting of national cultures One World Government Global Central Bank global currency global military a short but deep depression vs. a long protracted depression culling of millions of world citizens no middle class........only rulers and servants controlled world opinion........."mind control" world tax on "world citizens" universal legal system no democracy Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: Here is the template: "The so-called Jews claim to be the seed of Abraham "as of many," yet this disputes Moses and the prophets of Israel, and as Baruch Levy wrote, their lewd holy book the Babylonian Talmud (Kethuboth 111a, note 52) states, "The Jewish people as a whole will be its own Messiah. It will attain world dominion by the dissolution of other races, by the abolition of frontiers, the annihilation of monarchy, and by the establishment of a world republic in which the Jews will everywhere exercise the privilege of citizenship. In this New World Order the children of Israel will furnish all the leaders without encountering opposition. The Governments of the different peoples forming the world republic will fall without difficulty into the hands of the Jews. It will then be possible for the Jewish rulers to abolish private property, and everywhere to make use of the resources of the state. Thus will the promise of the Talmud be fulfilled in which is said that when the Messianic time is come, the Jews will have all the property of the whole world in their hands" (Baruch Levy, Letter to Karl Marx, 'La Revue de Paris,' p. 574, June 1, 1928).
Cheney's Admission: there was NEVER any Evidence Linking Iraq and 9/11!
June 2, 2009 Cheney said in an interview on Fox News: "On the question of whether or not Iraq was involved in 9/11, there was never any evidence to prove that," he told the Fox host. "There was "some reporting early on . . . but that was never borne out . . . [President] George [Bush] . . . did say and did testify that there was an ongoing relationship between al-Qaeda and Iraq, but no proof that Iraq was involved in 9/11". . . Full story: uruknet.info
Comment: Confession of genocide of an innocent people.
Doctors warn: avoid Genetically Modified Foods
May 30, 2009 On May 19th, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) called on "Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community, and the public to avoid GM (genetically modified) foods when possible and provide educational materials concerning GM foods and health risks." They called for a moratorium on GM foods, long-term independent studies, and labeling. AAEM's position paper stated, "Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food," including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. They conclude, "There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation," as defined by recognized scientific criteria. "The strength of association and consistency between GM foods and disease is confirmed in several animal studies."
More and more doctors are already prescribing GM-free diets. Dr. Amy Dean, a Michigan internal medicine specialist, and board member of AAEM says, "I strongly recommend patients eat strictly non-genetically modified foods." Ohio allergist Dr. John Boyles says "I used to test for soy allergies all the time, but now that soy is genetically engineered, it is so dangerous that I tell people never to eat it. . ."
In India, animals graze on cotton plants after harvest. But when shepherds let sheep graze on Bt cotton plants, thousands died. Post mortems showed severe irritation and black patches in both intestines and liver (as well as enlarged bile ducts). Investigators said preliminary evidence "strongly suggests that the sheep mortality was due to a toxin. . . . most probably Bt-toxin." In a small follow-up feeding study by the Deccan Development Society, all sheep fed Bt cotton plants died within 30 days; those that grazed on natural cotton plants remained healthy.
In a small village in Andhra Pradesh, buffalo grazed on cotton plants for eight years without incident. On January 3rd, 2008, the buffalo grazed on Bt cotton plants for the first time. All 13 were sick the next day; all died within 3 days. Bt corn was also implicated in the deaths of cows in Germany, and horses, water buffaloes, and chickens in The Philippines . . .
The only published human feeding study revealed what may be the most dangerous problem from GM foods. The gene inserted into GM soy transfers into the DNA of bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to function. This means that long after we stop eating GMOs, we may still have potentially harmful GM proteins produced continuously inside of us. Put more plainly, eating a corn chip produced from Bt corn might transform our intestinal bacteria into living pesticide factories, possibly for the rest of our lives. . . Full story:Jeffrey Smith
Comment: Read Revelation 6:8. This is a genocidal program for global depopulation.
Al Gore sued for Global Warming Fraud
John Coleman, founder of the Weather Channel and 30 thousand scientists (with 9 thousand PhDs) are suing former Vice President Al Gore Jr. for fraud. The fraud? Gore's claims that global warming exists, and no longer needs to be debated. Coleman and his very knowledgeable climatologists have tried repeatedly to debate Gore or any of the ecoalarmist pseudo-experts since they know global warming hype is a myth and a scam. Coleman argues that Gore's claims that CO2 is hazardous. Gore's rhetoric has led to the US Supreme Court classifying CO2 as a hazardous substance when it is absolutely necessary to maintain human life. Full story: jonchristianryter.com (also see Newsletter 567).
When Lending to the US Treasury stops, it's Game Over
President Obama is facing the takeover of two of the biggest economic entities in the worldCalifornia and GMwith another entity, the US Treasury, which relies totally on foreign borrowing for its continued viability. When lending to the US Treasury stops, its game over. . . The collapse of the US real estate collateral foundation continues. After the rally, another fall on US stock markets lies waiting. The economy has already fallen out from under the markets as seen in the unemployment rates. These events have torn the heart out of the tax revenue of all levels of US government. The bureaucracies are hanging in mid airbroke.
With a few exceptions, the immense government bureaucracies are almost the same size they were before the crisis began. They have experienced little unemployment while their "livelihood"their taxesare falling out from under them. Without taxes, all bureaucracies face their demise. . . No bureaucracy can effectively fund itself. That is why it needs taxes to keep operating. These taxes have to come from the civil and private economy. Further, no bureaucrat really pays taxes because his entire wage or salary IS taxes.
In a land where freedom reigns, the only place where any individual man or woman encounters the State is in a courtroom. Both the government and the State (the sum total of government agencies) are LIMITED. There are seventeen delegated powers stated in the Constitution of the United States. THAT IS ALL. There are NO others. Any attempt by Congress or the Executive or both to exceed these delegated powers is UN-Constitutional. But US bureaucracy today is under no such restriction once Congress has voted an agency into existence and then voted the funds necessary for it to function. Once established and funded, the bureaucracy seeks to expand. Internal promotion and increased funding is a lot easier to get in an expanding bureaucracy than in a stagnating one. What follows next is critical. The new bureaucratic agency acquires a "sub-legislative" power. It gains the power to issue regulations! In order to have these regulations enforced, it gains the power to issue fines for non-compliance. With that, we enter the labyrinth of ADMINISTRATIVE law. Unelected bureaucrats sit in their offices having in their hands the same power as an elected body of legislators. The only difference is that they issue "regulations" funded from the legislature which established the bureaucracy and from fines and fees gained from licenses, permits etc. The private, civil economy pays of ALL of this.
President Obama, as an experienced politician, knows that to achieve his aims he has to act through the standing Federal Public Service. Knowing this, he has decided to make its inherent drive to expand coincide with his own. The joint aim is to rule. What millions of Americans are observing right in front of their eyes is the direct political takeover of their nation by their bureaucracies as "led" by their President. Ultimately, that is Totalitarianism by another name, in this case it's called "change". . .
The US itself is today the world's biggest international debtor nation. It is living week by week on the inflow of foreign funds. If this inflow ebbs away, the US financial system and the US Dollar will dive. If the inflow turns into an outflow of foreign funds, the US financial system and the US Dollar will crash. That will be followed by an internal economic depression which will exceed the one in the 1930s. . . Full story: © 2009The Privateer 630
Comment: As prophesied in your Bible and by Brother Branham.
COMEX Gold Price Manipulation Stress near Breaking Point
May 28, 2009 A gold-backed yuan currency would surely cause massive disruption in a climax merger of events. The barter system set up between Russia and Europe will bypass the US$-based settlement system, as will the barter system set up between Russia and China. The avoidance of contract settlement in US Dollars would result in extreme disruption to the global banking system. The creditor nations are plotting to organize and launch alternative currencies, maybe to fortify existing currencies (like the euro or yuan or ruble) with a gold component, maybe also with a crude oil component. A challenge to the US Dollar by asset-backed currencies would result in extreme disruption to the global banking system. The hidden nitroglycerine to the disruptions is the Russian military, and any pledges of support for nations attempted to force systemic changes. . .
[Comment: Gottfried Feder was an engineer, economist and member of the Reichstag who helped bring about the National Socialist Wirtschaftswunder (Economic Miracle) of the 1930s. Adolf Hitler attended his lectures while recuperating from war wounds. In Mein Kampf he credits these lectures as enabling him to comprehend the global crisis of his time. The above report indicates Russia, Europe, China, Venezuela and other South American countries have noted the proven soundness of Feder's ideas and are bypassing the International Banksters precisely as Hitler did. Will "Jews of All The World [be urged to] Unite" AGAIN to declare war on these nations as they did against Germany, and German Jewry in 1933?
Here is a summary of Feder's Manifesto for the Abolition of Interest Slavery (presented in Public Debate in Wagner Hall, Munich, April 11, 1921, p. 111-112). By adopting these measures Hitler transformed Germany from depression, bankruptcy and unemployment to the highest standard of living in the world in just five years. The economic measures of the political puppets of the USA, UK, Australia, Germany, Japan, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan and other colonies or nations occupied by the City of London are calculated to destroy their national economies, subjugate their people to debt slavery and enrich "the City's" banksters.
The German Federation for the Abolition of Interest Slavery, hereinafter called "The Federation," demands the following:
1) We demand the nationwide discontinuation of interest payments, which is nothing more than robbery of the nation on behalf of global finance.
2) Specifically we demand revocation of the privilege given a certain private corporation, namely the Reichsbank, to print money anywhere in the country. This revocation should be accomplished through the nationalization of the Reichsbank.
(3) We demand nationalization of all those banks that no longer perform their valid socioeconomic task of facilitating the circulation, movement and transfer of money. Those banks have ruthlessly taken command of our economic life. They are extorting tribute from the productive sector of our economy in the form of ever-increasing interest.
4) We demand adequate compensation for the devaluation of savings on behalf of small pensioners. The devaluation that resulted from the [Weimar] government's finance and tax policies has ruined everyone.
5) We demand specifically that the economic independence and future of Bavaria not be jeopardized by the assignment of our priceless natural resource, waterpower, to private finance capital.
6) We demand that the State undertake the development of water resources by utilizing our own labor resources. The State should create the necessary monetary instruments through its own financial authority. These instruments will be covered by income from the power plants that are built.
7) We demand that the State use its national assets and taxing power for productive undertakings, not to provide necessary collateral for borrowing money.
8) We demand restrictions on the raising of capital by corporations. Joint stock corporations should use their profits to increase their productive capacity and nothing else. They should not be allowed to pay unprecedented dividends while at the same time assuming unprecedented debt. These massive amounts of new (borrowed) money represent more debt, demanding additional interest that can only lead to increased inflation
The Federation rejects the imputation that its demands are "utopian" and "designed to spread unrest among the people." The recovery of our national economy can be achieved only by discontinuing national debt service, is vitally important for everyone. Therefore, it is not "utopian." Whatever public unrest exists is created by the opponents of economic recovery and by no one else. It is true that individual selfish interests will be harmed here and there, but discontinuation of interest payments is a necessary act that can no more be avoided than can a life-saving operation be avoided on account of the associated discomfort.
The Federation insists that the national economic crisis demands a solution! The havoc wreaked by our financial policies is affecting the entire nation! These failed policies aggravate all our social problems. At present, our government cannot satisfy the private need for credit. An effective program would entail a complete abolition of interest, for which there is historical precedent. At present, interest rates are left to the unrestricted demands of the lenders.
A solution to the present crisis can be found only by requiring the lender to share risk as well as profit. The lender should not receive a blanket guarantee on investment plus other ever-increasing charges plus the constant unearned growth of wealth through fixed interest.
The Federation proposes the liberation of all Western nations from their stupendous indebtedness. The abolition of interest slavery is the necessary prerequisite for the solution of ever country's crisis, not just Germany's crisis. We have proposed a plan to end the titanic struggle now raging between Labor and Capital in favor of the freedom to work and produce. Our plan shows how to accomplish this without undermining the acquisition of wealth through individual effort, industriousness and intellectual achievement.
Only by abolishing interest slavery can Germany achieve reconciliation in a nation torn by class conflict. It can be achieved only by putting an end to the unearned income that is derived from the possession of money. Our greatest social task is the abolition of interest slavery. This responsibility to abolish interest slavery towers above all other issues of the day. It is the only solution to the greatest problem of our time.
The abolition of interest slavery will deliver us from global Capitalist domination. It will accomplish this while avoiding both Communist destruction of the human spirit and Capitalist degradation of labor. The abolition of interest slavery opens the way to a truly social economy, by liberating us from the overwhelming domination of money. It opens the way to a state based on creative work and genuine accomplishment [End Quote].
Sixty years to the day before 9/11, a courageous voice spoke out against America's pre-planned entry into World War II. Speaking in Des Moines, Iowa, on September 11, 1941, the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh II declared that three groups were pressing for war with Germany: the British, the Roosevelt administration, and the Jews. And on the very same day, ground was broken for the US Pentagon.
Exactly three months later Judea and those conspiring colonies of the City of London, Britain and the USA had their war, and fascist F.D. Roosevelt found a way out of the Great Depressionsomething that Hitler had ended in Germany six years earlier WITHOUT resort to rearmament and war!
Was it all mere coincidence? Or was history planned in advance?
In 1933 Judea Declared War on Germany and the City of London prosecuted World War II because Hitler refused to return Germany to the Gold Standard, and since it was trading by barter it was no longer able to be plundered by the banksters. Within two and a half years Hitler re-employed seven million made jobless by Jewry's "Weimar Republic"; full employment was reached within five years. World War II has been over for 60 years and most of the Jews who in 1933 were required to repatriate German property looted via their Weimar Republic hyperinflation have received it backwith compensation because Germany is still occupied by Allied Forces of "the City of London," and her politicians are required to comply with all Allied demands under the terms of the 1945 "unconditional surrender".
Further reading, see: Cesare Santoro, Hitler's Germany as Seen by a Foreigner, (Internationaler Verlag, Berlin, 1935); A.P. Laurie, The Case for Germany, (Internationaler Verlag, Berlin, 1939). Dr. Wilhelm Baur, German Economic Policy, (Terramare Publications No. 11, Berlin, 1939). Charles W. Domville-Fife, This is Germany, (Seeley Service & Co. Ltd., London, 1938/1939?). Matt Koehl, The Good Society, (postage paid for $10 US; $12 non-US from NEW ORDER, PO Box 270486, Milwaukee WI 53227).
A proposition considered by the recent G20 meeting in Londonactivating the Rothschild-controlled IMF's power to create even more fiat money (in which the US dollar presently has the largest weight) would introduce a de facto world currency outside the control of any sovereign body (and over which Rome will have no control). As a permanent measure such strategy does not appear comply with either Scripture or the published plans of the elite].
Sources from GATA (the Gold Anti-Trust Action committee) report growing distress for participants in the COMEX gold contracts, where a commercial party is very short and in deep trouble. They have sold more gold bullion than they can deliver. They are likely one of the big banks who violate the law with impunity, with US Government-sanctioned protection. By that is meant they routinely do not post 90% of the metal as collateral that they illegally sell. This is naked shorting by any other name. There are reports of grave concern over the upcoming June gold option expiration. If too many deliveries are ordered, then the commercial shorts would be under stress for exposure for naked shorting. They will eventually be caught in a bind and default on contracts . . .
The Germans have demanded that gold bullion held in US custodial accounts be returned to their owners, with physical gold shipped back to Germany. The Dubai bankers have demanded that gold bullion held in London custodial accounts be returned to their owners, with physical gold shipped back to the United Arab Emirates. They are following the hired German counsel. In all likelihood, neither US nor London sources are in possession of all the gold held in those custodial accounts, since at least some of it probably was improperly leased. . .
China is the biggest gold producer in the world now, but none of its output is directed to the open market. Russia is a significant gold producer also, but none of its output is directed to the open market either. A near default occurred in early April from a close call to Deutsche Bank on 850 thousand ounces of gold. The tarnished bankers at D-Bank dug up over a million ounces on the quick from the ready Euro Central Bank mine shifts in the nick of time. Never ignore the basic fact that COMEX lies through its teeth about the gold bullion in its vaults, since audits do not occur, some is leased (replaced by paper certificates), and some is committed in some fashion to very wealthy parties (unavailable). Far less gold bullion rests in COMEX vaults than is advertised. All signals point to serious strain in COMEX gold supply.
Full story: marketoracle.co.uk. Read ALL of this; discover the lies you were taught in school, and what unjust, "ignorant and learned men" your ministers of religion and political leaders really are.
Comment: What about the empty vaults of Fort Knox?
Too late the world will realize nation has been fighting nation NEITHER for just cause NOR national interest but to advance the kingdom of Lucifer and the children of Darkness. Men have been brainwashed to trust their teacher, political blowhard or kind old priest rather than "prove all things in God's unchanging Word" and to think for themselves. Having chosen the "wide gate, and broad way, that leads to destruction," citizens of Esau's Empire of the City of London do his dirty work, betraying true Israel (Genesis 27:39-41), and killing their Gentile kith and kin of Adam's race in service to the children of Cain whom God set at enmity with the offspring of the first and the last Adam (Genesis 3:15).
Our political party systems are the best the Money Power can buy. No party politician dare re-present the wishes of his electors as his party is beholden to the banksters whose will he will do or lose preselection. Should he spill the beans he may also lose his life. None of the traitors serving Lucifer's totalitarian one world government would restore tariff barriers, cut legal and illegal immigration, or return refugees to the doorstep of "the City" which is the cause of their plight. Their policies are designed to make us a nation of shopkeepers maintaining the illusion of prosperity while ensuring the prosperity of China and the utter bankruptcy of the (once) Christian West.
Predestinated unto the Adoption of Sons by Jesus Christ to Himself Part I
In the closing years of the Hebrew dispensation Jesus said, "Fear not those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul: but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in the lake of Fire" (Matthew 10:28). Jesus had empowered His twelve disciples by authorizing them to deliver the Word of Life that manifests what was spoken when received by a heart of faith: "Cast out evil spirits, heal every disease and infirmity" (Matthew 10:8). As Judas Iscariot was one of the twelve we see that this power and authority reside in the spoken Word Itself, not in human beings (Matthew 28:19). Jesus told the twelve not to debate unbelievers but to seek the elect. He also taught that the kingdom of God is not built with money but upon faith in the present Truth by which God will provide their necessities.
We are presently in the closing years of the Gentile dispensation. Once again Jesus has sent forth His disciples "as sheep in the midst of wolves," with the admonition "be wise as serpents and harmless as doves," dependent on the Spirit of the Lord rather than "might or power" that His strength might be made perfect by adding what is wanting in our weakness, thereby gathering glory to Himself (II Corinthians 12:9). Brother Branham forewarned that we will become a "little hunted and persecuted group," hauled before magistrates, betrayed by kith and kin and hated by all men because of this Message, which completes the kingdom of God that "will break in pieces and consume" Satan's worldly kingdoms, for as we identify with the Words of our Master we must expect to be treated with contempt as He was.
Finally Jesus encouraged those who would constitute the nucleus of the Christian Church and ourselves that so long as we abide in His Word we will triumph over all adversity and the least kindness toward us as His disciples will receive its reward. Brother Branham added, "If you have heard from your theophany [or guardian angel, you know you are elect and] need not fear those who can destroy your body, for they cannot kill the soul. However, if your name is on the Book of Life but not in the Lamb's Book of Life, be sure to reverence the Lord who is able to utterly destroy both body and soul in Gehenna".
The New Testament saints, whose names are in the Lamb's Book of Life and elect in accordance with the foreknowledge of God the Father, will be consecrated by the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ, sprinkled with His blood and receive the Spirit of adoption that seals them into the Body until the redemption of their glorified physical body or full adoption (I Peter 1:2; Romans 8:15, 23; Ephesians 1:5; 4:30; I Corinthians 12:13). Before God made the world He chose us to be His very own: holy and blameless in His Presence, predestinated in love to the adoption of children through Jesus Christ in whom as Attributes of the Logos we died for our sins on Calvary and being raised in Him are already seated in heavenly places and cannot come under condemnation but have passed from death unto Life (Ephesians 1:4-5; II Corinthians 5:13-21; Romans 8:1-11; John 3:18; 5:24).
In the secular world, adoption is a term in law for the act of creating the legal relationship of parent and child when it did not exist naturally, as pharaoh's daughter adopted Moses (Exodus 2:7-10); Mordecai Esther (Esther 2:10); Abraham Eliezar (as a slave was often in the East adopted as a son Genesis 15:2-3); Sarai the son born by Hagar (Genesis 16:2-3); Leah and Rachael the children born of Zilpah and Bilhah, their handmaids respectively, who brought forth their children on the knees of the adoptive motheran act representing the complete appropriation of the sons as equal in rights to those by the legitimate wife (Genesis 30:3-13). Jacob adopted as his own Joseph's two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, on the same footing as Reuben and Simeon, his two elder sons (Genesis 48:5). Thereby he was able to give Joseph his favorite son more than his single share with his brothers of the paternal heritage (Genesis 48:8-20). And Mary, being the daughter of Heli, and Joseph her husband being adopted by him on marrying his daughter, an heiress (as appears from her going to Bethlehem to be registered in her pregnancy), Joseph is called "son of Heli" (Luke 3:23).
Under Roman law adoption followed due legal process wherein the child received the adopting father's name, possessions, and family sacred rights as his heir at law. The father also was entitled to his son's property, and was his absolute owner. Gratuitous love was generally the ground of the selection. Often a slave was adopted as a son. Even when not so, the son adopted was bought from the natural father. A son and heir often adopted brothers, admitting them to share his own privileges, which is the basis for John 8:34-36, "You [Pharisees] are slaves of sin, every one of you. A slave has no right of permanent tenure in the house: but the Son remains forever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed." The Hebrews, though not having exactly the same customs, were familiar with the Roman usage as we see in Hebrews 2:8-12, "As yet we do not see all things subjected to God (I Corinthians 15:28), but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels [or theophanies of the saints] for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man [in Adam's race]. For it befitted God, for whom and through whom the universe exists, in bringing many sons unto glory, to perfect the Leader of their salvation through sufferings. For the One who makes holy and those who are made holy all have one Father, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brothers, when He says, I will proclaim Your Name to My brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing Your praise" (Psalm 22:22). We were bought with a price and freed from the Law of sin and death (I Corinthians 6:20; 7:23; Ephesians 1:14; Galatians 5:1).
God adopted Israel as a nation (Exodus 4:22-23; Hosea 11:1), and that nationall 144,000 elect Israelites will be born-again in one day (Isaiah 66:8). Paul declared, "I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my racial kinsmen who are Israelites. To them belongs the adoption as sons, and the glory, and the Covenants, and the giving of the Law, the worship and the promises" (Romans 9:3-4).
For the sake of the fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, "Israel was [to be] a holy people dedicated to the Lord God; He chose them out of all the nations of the earth to be His valued possession" (Deuteronomy 7:6). Unfortunately natural Israel overlooked the fact that His choosing pertained only to an election, "For they are not all Israel, who are of Israel." The nation rejected grace and was placed under a conditional secondary covenant ministering death and condemnation under the Law of Moses (II Corinthians 3:7-9).
Speaking of the reunion of Israel and Judah with Himself when they are restored to the Promised Land in the first half of Daniel's Seventieth Week, God said, "How shall I put Israel among My [adopted or placed] children [Christ's Bride] and give you a pleasant land, the most beautiful heritage of all nations? And I said, You will call Me, "My Father," and will not turn away from following Me" (Jeremiah 3:19). The question was, how shall one so long estranged from God as the whole nation of Israel has been, be restored to the privileges of adoption? The answer is, by pouring out upon them the Spirit of adoption whereby they will cry to God, "Father, Father" as the nation is re-born in one day (Isaiah 63:16; 64:8; 66:8; Hosea 3:4-5; Zechariah 12:10).
Whereas God deals with Israel as a nation and their one provided place of mutual meeting and sabbath observance is in the Promised Land, He deals with we Gentiles as individuals wherever we happen to be geographically, so long as we are in Christ Spiritually by a clear revelation of the present Truth, which is the Word for our day and our only place of rest.
Individual and Spiritual Adoption
In the Old Testament, when a son was proven to be mature, proficient in the family business, responsible and trusted to have the mind of his father in matters requiring decision, he would be dressed in a special robe and in an official ceremony of adoption conducted at a prominent place his father would announce to the community that from henceforth his son's word is equal in authority to his own.
God took Jesus into Mount Transfiguration where He was transfigured "and His raiment was white as light." Before three witnesses of the New TestamentPeter, James and John, and two witnesses of the Old TestamentMoses and Elijah, God announced: "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; listen to Him." In the near future, while the Church Age saints are being dressed in glorified flesh, what "we who are alive and remain" speak by inspiration in the manifestation of the Sons of God, He will do. God never changes His ways. The natural ceremony of adopting a son in the Old Testament established the type for Jesus, and His adoption is the type for His mystic Body, the Bride of all ages.
Individual and Spiritual adoption is an act of God's grace originating in His eternal counsel of love "even as He has chosen us in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: having predestinated us unto the adoption of sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good intent of His will" (Ephesians 1:4-5; Jeremiah 31:3) imparted by the invisible marriage union of His people by faith to Christ. John 1:12-13, "To as many as received Him and believed in His Name, He granted authority to become the Sons of God, who were re-born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God".
Romans 8:11-16, "If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give Life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit which dwells in you. It follows, brethren, that we are obligated, not to the flesh, to live according to the fleshfor if you live according to the flesh, you will die: but if by the Spirit you mortify the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the Sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption. When we cry, "Abba, Father," it is the Spirit bearing witness with our spirit, that we are God's children".
Galatians 3:26, "For you are all the children of God by faith in Jesus Christ."
Galatians 4:4-7, "But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order to redeem those who were under the Law, that we [non-Israelites (Hebrews 11:39-41)] might receive the adoption of Sons. And because you are Sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, "Abba, Father!" You are therefore no more a slave, but a Son; and if a Son, then an heir of God through Christ." There it is. Jesus Christ came forth, died upon the cross, and accomplished Redemption (restoring to original owner by means of purchase, or paying the price) and thereby PLACED US AS SONS. He did not make us Sons, for we were already His Sons, but He placed us as Sons; for as long as we were in the world, in the flesh, we could not be recognized as His Sons. We were held captive by the Devil. But we were Sons, nonetheless. And hear this: "AND BECAUSE YOU ARE SONS, GOD HAS SENT FORTH THE SPIRIT OF HIS SON INTO YOUR HEARTS WHEREBY YOU CRY, FATHER, FATHER." Upon whom did the Spirit fall at Pentecost? Sons. At Corinth? Upon Sons while they HEARD THE WORD" (William Branham, An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 153:1).
Those who are sons of the first Adam were always sons whose names were written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, which is his genealogy. And those who are Sons of God were always Sons whose names were written in the Lamb's Book of Life from the foundation of the world, which is the Spiritual genealogy of the last Adam. A natural son or a race is called and trained in the expectation he will prove to be responsible, publicly acknowledged as such by his father and adopted or placed in equal authority. However, the son or race may fall short of expectations and fail to qualify, and his name, even a tribal name, may be removed from the Book of Life (as in Revelation 7 Dan and Ephraim are missing with Joseph and Levi substituted in their place). On the other hand the Sons of God are His children because God foreknew they would hear His Voice, recognize their day and its Message, be baptized into Christ and resurrected or translated at the end of the Age, which is the "full adoption." Because they are Attributes of the Logos and always part of God, their names can never be removed from the Lamb's Book of Life.
The Natural types the Spiritual
The slave (to sin), once forbidden to say father to the master, being adopted can use that endearing appellation as a free man. God is his Father, because He is Christ's Father (John 20:17). Sealed by the Holy Spirit, the earnest of the future inheritance (Ephesians 1:13), producing the filial cry of prayer in all, Israelite and Gentile alike (Galatians 4:6); and the fruit of the Spirit, a life in conformity to Christ (Romans 8:29), renewed in knowledge after the image of God (Colossians 3:10), his privileges are God's special love and favour (I John 3:1; Ephesians 5:1); union with God, so perfect hereafter that it shall correspond to the ineffable mutual union of faith in the revealed Word for which Jesus prayed in Gethsemane (John 17:23, 26); access to God with filial boldness (Romans 8:15, 26-27), not slavish fear such as generated by the Law, observing times and laws and sabbath days, when our destiny is eternity (Galatians 4:1-7); fatherly correction (Hebrews 12:5-8); provision and protection (Matthew 6:31-34; 10:29-30); and as the Bride and joint-heir with Christ, the inheritance of all things (Romans 8:17; I Peter 1:3-4; Revelation 21:7).
By creation all men in Adam's race are sons of God (Luke 3:38; Acts 17:28, 29) but many are not adopted or placed by their earthly father. By foreknowledge every Christian is a Son of God and "those He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestinated He also called: and whom He called, He also justified: and whom He justified, He also glorified" (Romans 8:29-30). Because of election and predestination your "full adoption" is sure (Romans 8:31-39). Unlike natural adoption, Spiritual adoption is the not the introduction into the family of an unrelated child but Father God's public acknowledgement of individual Sons "because you are sons" (Galatians 4:6).
The "full adoption" is the resurrection of the believer with a body like Christ's glorious body. Romans 8:18-25, "I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation waits for the manifestation of the Sons of God, for the creation was subjected to frustration, not from choice but by the will of Him who subjected it in hope, because the creation itself will be liberated from its enslavement to decay into the glorious freedom of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning and suffering agony together until now; and even we as Christians, who have the Spirit as firstfruits, even we groan inwardly as we wait for our full adoptive rights as His children, including the new bodies He has promisedbodies that will never be sick again and will never die. For in this hope we are saved: but hope that is seen is not hope: for who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience".
Christ was a Son even in His humiliation; but He was only "designated the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness by His resurrection from the dead" or "full adoption" (Romans 1:4). Thereafter He is "the faithful Witness, the first born from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth" (Revelation 1:5). Hence Paul quotes Psalm 2:7, "You are My Son, this day have I begotten You" with reference to the day of His "full adoption." Not that He only then became Son, but His Sonship was then openly vindicated by the Father's raising Him from the dead (Matthew 17:9) for the justification of all of His elect (Acts 13:33-34; Romans 4:25).
Soon our Sonship will be openly vindicated: Romans 8:11, 19, "If the Spirit of God who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwells in you . . . For the earnest expectation of the creation waits for the manifestation of the Sons of God" during the resurrection or "full adoption" of the New Testament saints.
Our "full adoption" is now a reality, albeit a hidden reality. I John 3:1-3, "See, what wealth of love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the Sons of God. And so we are. And the reason why the world does not know us is because it did not know Him. Beloved, we are the sons of God right now, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself as He is pure". nl583.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.