Bible Believers' Newsletter 707
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; it is a blessing to have your company.
Please study our exposition on Zechariah 12 slowly and carefully, and compare the Scripture references to ensure you receive a clear revelation of the sequence of short-term prophetic events. Although they apply to the tribulation or "time of Jacob's trouble" a personal understanding of prophecy will ensure you are not deceived and able to stand your ground.
My objective in these studies in Zechariah is to seek a more perfect revelation on certain points so that I can complete our unfinished series "The Whole Creation Groans in Travail." We have covered Zechariah 12 previously in Newsletters 432 and 617 upon which this week's more fulsome main article is based.
We have clarified Newsletter 705 on-line. Where we had quoted Revelation 12:15-16, Revelation 12:13-14 is more precise as it speaks of the first half of Daniel's Seventieth Week whereas verses 15-16 speak of Revelation 11:7-13 which is the second half of the Week in which Israel's two prophets will be martyred. After three and a half days their resurrection will be telecast globally in real time sparking the revelation of Christ's 'parousia' Coming and the birth of Israel in one day, all 144,000. In "An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages" Brother Branham wrote on page 36:5, "This is the revelation story of Zechariah 12:9-14. . ." Reading through to page 40:1, he expounds on this point and explains that in order to keep the new saints from upsetting her NWO, "at this very time, the antichrist covenant that the Jews have made with Rome will be broken. Rome and her allies then send their troops to destroy all God-fearing, Word-abiding Jews. But as they come against the city to destroy it, there will appear in the heavens the sign of the Coming of the Son of Man with His mighty armies to destroy them who have been destroying the earth. With the enemy repulsed, Jesus then comes and presents Himself to the 144,000 [by revelation]. Having seen His mighty acts of salvation, they have come to know His power."
This awakening of the 144,000 elect Israelites to Christ's 'parousia' Coming and to the strange sign in the clouds over the Mount of Olives three and a half years previously will be their new birth. The earthquake of Revelation 11:13 will see "the enemy repulsed" with seven thousand of their troops swallowed up by the Earth as the Red Sea swallowed Pharaoh's army in the first delivery. This is Revelation 12:15-16.
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
Al-Qaida calls on Ahmadinejad to end 9/11 Conspiracy Theories
September 28, 2011 In its English language magazine Al-Qaida has reportedly called on Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to stop citing conspiracy theories that the US was to blame behind 9/11. Al-Qaida has sent a message to the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, asking him to stop spreading conspiracy theories about the 9/11 attacks. Iranian media on Wednesday reported quotes from what appears to be an article published in the latest issue of the al-Qaida English language magazine, Inspire, which described Ahmadinejad's remarks over the 11 September attacks as "ridiculous." In his UN general assembly speech last week, Ahmadinejad cast doubt over the official version of the 2001 attacks.
"The Iranian government has professed on the tongue of its president Ahmadinejad that it does not believe that al-Qaida was behind 9/11 but rather, the US government," the article said, according to Iranian media. "So we may ask the question: why would Iran ascribe to such a ridiculous belief that stands in the face of all logic and evidence?" . . .
Full story: guardian.co.uk
Comment: This chuckle in The Guardian from CIA, MI6, and MOSSAD deceivers of US-sponsored al Qaeda invasions in the Balkans, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, etc., leads one to wonder if Inspire magazine is written to spook feeble-minded English-speakers, to attract advertisers like Bud Lite, Marlboro, Coke and the ADL in these straightened times, or because of the dearth of Arabic linguists employed by the CIA.
At the time of 9/11, CIA employee Osama Bin Laden, recuperating in an American military hospital in Pakistan, stated it was not the mythical al Qaeda demon that wired WTC1, WTC2, and WTC7 for controlled demolition or fired an ICBM at the Pentagon. Mr. Ahmadinejad's finger-pointing at the US government is Conspiracy fact, not theory. It mirrors hard evidence and the firm opinions of New York residents.
White House Statement on Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani
September 29, 2011 "The United States condemns the conviction of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Pastor Nadarkhani has done nothing more than maintain his devout faith, which is a universal right for all people."
"That the Iranian authorities would try to force him to renounce that faith violates the religious values they claim to defend, crosses all bounds of decency, and breaches Iran's own international obligations. A decision to impose the death penalty would further demonstrate the Iranian authorities' utter disregard for religious freedom, and highlight Iran's continuing violation of the universal rights of its citizens. We call upon the Iranian authorities to release Pastor Nadarkhani, and demonstrate a commitment to basic, universal human rights, including freedom of religion."
US Commission on International Religious Freedom, September 28, 2011 "The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) expressed deep concern about the fate of Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who this week has appeared daily before an Iranian court demanding that he recant his faith or face execution for apostasy. USCIRF also is concerned about deteriorating conditions for all religious minorities in Iran."
"After being arrested in October 2009 and receiving an informal, oral death sentence for apostasy soon after, Mr. Nadarkhani eventually was tried and the sentenced in September 2010 and, in November 2010, received a written verdict with a sentence of execution by hanging. After an appeal, in June 2011, the Iranian Supreme Court upheld the verdict but sought an investigation to determine whether or not as an adult Mr. Nadarkhani had converted to Christianity from Islam. Despite finding that he had not converted as an adult, an Iranian court this week demanded that Mr. Nadarkhani recant his Christian faith because of his Muslim ancestry. While his immediate fate is uncertain, a previous official fatwa issued in Iran gives a defendant three days to recant his or her faith after which a sentence can be implemented any time thereafter. His fourth and final appearance is scheduled for today, Wednesday."
"Despite the finding that Mr. Nadarkhani did not convert to Christianity as an adult, the court continues to demand that he recant his faith or otherwise be executed," said USCIRF chair Leonard Leo. "The most recent court proceedings are not only a sham, but are contrary to Iranian law and international human rights standards, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a party," said Leo. . . Full story: uscirf.gov
Comment: "Mr. Leo is active in the affairs of the Catholic Church, serving as a member of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and a member of the board of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast." Why is a supposedly fiercely secular state so concerned with "religious freedom" in foreign nations in "continuing violation of the universal rights of its [own] citizens," and abusing "basic, universal human rights, including freedom of religion" at home?
All who worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob know from the Bible that the Judaeo-Roman church is a creation of Jewry, from history that Islam is a Judaeo-Roman creation, and that the (once) Protestant United States is the image to Rome. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is an extremely sinister organization expanding US Imperialism beyond pure military force to demonic mind-control enforced by the sword as Constantine transformed Imperial Rome from a natural military power over the body to a spiritual (demonic) master over mind and soul. Jesus has warned us that when Rome's pope is incarnate by Satan he becomes the "beast who will empower and authorise his US image to demand and enforce all to serve him, accept his trinitarian dogma, or be killed" (Revelation 13:4-8, 15-18; 18:13).
Remembering the Censored Death of Gaza Boy killed in Drone Attack
September 29, 2011 "Both of Ibrahim's arms were cut off. He had a hole in his lung. Parts of his legs were missing. His kidney was in a bad condition . . . we need people to stand with us." These were the words of an exhausted man as he described the condition of his dying son in an interview with The Real News, an alternative news source.
Ibrahim Zaza was merely a 12-year-old boy. He and his cousin Mohammed, 14, were hit by an Israeli missile in Gaza, fired from an unmanned drone as they played in front of their house.
The story started on August 18. The next day, the British Telegraph reported: "Israel launches fightback after militant attack on Egypt border," The whitewashing of the recent Israeli strikes at besieged Gaza leaves one wondering if all reporters used Israeli army talking points as they conveyed the story. Palestinians were punished for an attack at Israelis that reportedly accrued near the Israeli border with Egypt. There is no evidence linking Gaza to the attack, and Egyptian authorities are now disputing the Israeli account altogether. . . Full story: truth-out.org
UNOYou represent whom?
September 20, 2011 The United Nations Organization is neither United, nor it is an Organization, but rather, a club for trading interests, and what community of Nations is it supposed to represent? Did anyone vote for it? Therefore speaking about the UNO and democracy in one and the same breath is ludicrous.
In fact, speaking about "democracy" at all is as absurd as it is hilarious since the only truly democratic system of governance is the Libyan Jamahiriya, thought up and implemented by Muammar al-Qathafia system based upon self-regulating communities called People's Councils who decide who their leaders should be, draw up plans for the community members and request funding and equipment for their needs, the role of the central Government being to distribute wealth and serve the interests of the people.
Enter the UNO, talking about "democracy." What "democracy"? Did anyone vote for the United Nations Organization? Then what right do a handful of members sitting in its Security Council have to implement policy which can have a direct effect on our lives? And how "democratic" are the member states supporting the policies it implementspolicies which more and more rubber-stamp NATO's colonialist adventures? . . .
The truth of the matter is most people in Libya are against this NATO-led war, most people in Libya despise the NTC members as the terrorists they areelements within this scourge are listed on anti-terrorist lists and most people in Libya favour the Jamahiriya government. . . Full story: mathaba.net
Comment: All truth! The UN is a Jewish criminal organization. Party politics preclude democracy.
Sirte Civilians accuse NATO of Genocide
September 27, 2011 Civilians pouring out of the besieged city of Sirte accused NATO of committing genocide yesterday as revolutionary forces reinforced their numbers and prepared for a new attack on Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's home town. Long lines of civilian vehicles were seen leaving after a night punctuated by NATO air attacks. Forces fighting for the National Transitional Council (NTC) added their own artillery and mortar rounds at regular intervals.
Civilians, many looking scared or sullen, said that conditions inside Sirte were "disastrous". They made claims which, if verified, offer a conundrum for NATO, which operates with a UN mandate on the need to protect civilian life. . .
Full story: theaustralian.com.au
Proof Izrael behind the Fake 'Libyan Spring'
September 27, 2011 On 10.05.2011 the Russian newspaper www.Gazeta.ru obtained an image from a Ukrainian intelligence officer of a document in Hebrew signed between Israel and the Transitional National Council (TNC) in Benghazi requiring Aalzam Israel to support insurgents with logistics and weapons and to place pressure on the European and Arab states not to disclose that the Council is training militants for Army forces; in return they promise to allow Israel to establish a military base in Green Mountain. This Agreement is for 30 years with an option to renew.
There are other confidential documents that contain very serious Transitional Council undertakings to allocate the Libyan plot area of square kilometers for the burial of nuclear waste. Consider this in the context of Israel's policy of advocating the dumping of nuclear waste in Arab countries, especially after the scandal one of the areas defined by the Mauritanian agreement was for the transport and secret burial of nuclear waste from Israel, but the issue floated to the surface and was exposed.
It also undertook to provide military support and assistance in the event Israel goes to war with any Arab country, here, in Egypt or Tunisia or Algeria or Sudan or any Arab uprising declared to be hostile against Israel. This is the freedom and democracy sought by the rebels in Libya . . .
And we wondered why more countries recognized TNC as a 'legitimate government' just days after they started attacks on governmental buildings, but not Palestine after decades of struggle to keep what is rightfully theirs. And we wondered why all (Zionist) media called NATO's Al Qaeda terrorists "Freedom Fighters". Full story: libyasos.blogspot.com, further confirmed by globalresearch.ca
The Latest Orchestrated Threat to America and the End of History
September 27, 2011 Have you ever before heard of the Haqqanis? I didn't think so. Like Al Qaeda, about which no one had heard prior to 9/11, the "Haqqani Network" has popped up in time of need to justify America's next warPakistan.
President Obama's claim that he had Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden exterminated deflated the threat from that long-serving bogeyman. A terror organization that left its leader, unarmed and undefended, a sitting duck for assassination no longer seemed formidable. Time for a new, more threatening, bogeyman, the pursuit of which will keep the "war on terror" going.
Now America's "worst enemy" is the Haqqanis. Moreover, unlike Al Qaeda, which was never tied to a country, the Haqqani Network, according to Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, is a "veritable arm" of the Pakistani government's intelligence service, ISI. Washington claims that the ISI ordered its Haggani Network to attack the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 13 along with the US military base in Wadak province.
Senator Lindsey Graham, a member of the Armed Services committee and one of the main Republican warmongers, declared that "all options are on the table" and gave the Pentagon his assurance that in Congress there was broad bipartisan support for a US military attack on Pakistan.
As Washington has been killing large numbers of Pakistani civilians with drones and has forced the Pakistani army to hunt for Al Qaeda throughout most of Pakistan, producing tens of thousands or more of dislocated Pakistanis in the process, Sen. Graham must have something larger in mind.
The Pakistani government thinks so, too. The Pakistani Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, called his foreign minister home from talks in Washington and ordered an emergency meeting of the government to assess the prospect of an American invasion . . .
Over the years of its servitude as an American puppet the Pakistan government has brought this on itself. Pakistanis let the US purchase the Pakistan government, train and equip its military, and establish CIA interface with Pakistani intelligence. A government so dependent on Washington could say little when Washington began violating its sovereignty, sending in drones and special forces teams to kill alleged Al Qaeda, but usually women, children, and farmers. Unable to subdue after a decade a small number of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, Washington has placed the blame for its military failure on Pakistan, just as Washington blamed the long drawn-out war on the Iraqi people on Iran's alleged support for the Iraqi resistance to American occupation.
Some knowledgeable analysts' about whom you will never hear in the "mainstream media," say the US military/security complex and their neoconservative whores are orchestrating World War III before Russia and China can get prepared. As a result of communist oppression, a significant percentage of the Russian population is in the American orbit. These Russians trust Washington more than they trust Putin. The Chinese are too occupied dealing with the perils of rapid economic growth to prepare for war and are far behind the threat.
War, however, is the lifeblood of the profits of the military/security complex, and war is the chosen method of the neoconservatives for achieving their goal of American hegemony.
Pakistan borders China and former constituent parts of the Soviet Union in which the US now has military bases on Russia's borders. US war upon and occupation of Pakistan is likely to awaken the somnolent Russians and Chinese. As both possess nuclear ICBMs, the outcome of the military/security complex's greed for profits and the neoconservatives' greed for empire could be the extinction of life on earth. . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls go Online
September 26, 2011 Two thousand years after they were written and decades after they were found in desert caves, some of the world-famous Dead Sea Scrolls went online for the first time on Monday in a project launched by Israel's national museum and the web giant Google.
The appearance of five of the most important Dead Sea scrolls on the Internet is part of a broader attempt by the custodians of the celebrated manuscriptswho were once criticized for allowing them to be monopolized by small circles of scholarsto make them available to anyone with a computer.
The scrolls include the biblical Book of Isaiah, the manuscript known as the Temple Scroll, and three others. Surfers can search high-resolution images of the scrolls for specific passages, zoom in and out, and translate verses into English.
The most complete scrolls are held by the Israel Museum, with more pieces and smaller fragments found in other institutions and private collections. Tens of thousands of fragments from 900 Dead Sea manuscripts are held by the Israel Antiquities Authority, which has separately begun its own project to put them online in conjunction with Google. . . The Antiquities Authority project, aimed chiefly at scholars, is tentatively set to be complete by 2016, at which point nearly all of the scrolls will be available on the Internet. Full story: dss.collections.imj.org.il
Zechariah Chapter Twelve
In Zechariah chapter 12 we pass from Israel's rejection of Messiah in the previous chapter which we studied in Newsletter 705, past two thousand years of the Gentile dispensation, to the second half of Daniel's Seventieth Week and Israel's final deliverance and salvation. Throughout this period Judea is ruled by the "worthless or idol shepherd" of pagan Rome, papal Rome, her abominable daughter Islam, and ultimately Satan himself, cast down to Earth and incarnate in Rome's pope with whom Jewry will covenant when he restores peace following the brief 'hot stage' of the present World War III. Then by universal acclaim he will be declared president of one world government (Daniel 7:8-11; 8:9-27; 9:27; 11:35-38). Modern Israel has been restored in a condition of unbelief as foretold in Isaiah 1, much as it was at the time of Christ's first advent when the threads of God's dealings with Israel were finally dropped, not to be taken up "until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled" and our silver thread of grace is severed. Israel's "Sodom of strangers [Serpent's seed, Heb. 'zuwr,' impersonate the kinsmen of Abraham, Isaac and Israel], devour and plunder all they see," and Jesus prophesied that from now to the consummation, Jerusalem will be "deemed as Sodom and Egypt spiritually" (Luke 17:28-30; Revelation 11:8). Bypassing the first half of Daniel's Seventieth Week, Zechariah 12 prophesies the great siege, Israel's national conversion (Zechariah 12:10 13:9; Romans 11:25-32) and God's wonderful deliverance of David's City.
Only when they were in the greatest straits did Joseph make himself known to his brethren, and when Jerusalem is in its dire extremity that memorable scene in the ancient land of the pyramids will be reproduced in all its pathos. Then their long-rejected Brother will say to His own after the flesh, "I am Jesus, your Brother whom you sold to Pilate. Do not grieve or be angry with yourselves because you delivered Me to be crucified: for God sent Me before you to preserve a remnant in the earth and to save you by a great deliverance" (Genesis 45:1-15; Zechariah 13:6-9).
Zechariah 12:1-8 introduces us to the prophet's second burden (or threatening prediction) from the Lord that will distress Israel prior to her complete deliverance. "The burden of the Word of the Lord concerning Israel: Thus says the Lord, who stretches forth the heavens, and lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a bowl of reeling to all the peoples round about, when they are in the siege against Judah and against Jerusalem. In that day I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all peoples: all who lift it will be severely injured; and all peoples of the earth will come together against it".
In order to assuage doubt and build faith as to the fulfillment of the prophecy, the Lord reminds Israel that He is not an absentee landlord but the ever-present Sustainer of His creation, daily stretching forth the heavens and laying the foundations of earth, which, were it not upheld by His almighty power, it would wander from its orbit into ruin (Colossians 1:16-17). And as He formed our mortal spirit there are no restraints upon His ability continuously to mold the thoughts and intents of the heart in order to accomplish His purposes through men.
All the nations of earth will gather against Judah in the siege of Jerusalem. And the country of Judah like her capital will be a bowl of reeling God administers to the invaders and the burden will overcome and rupture them politically as one who has overrated his own strength in lifting a stone too heavy for him suffers injury. Israel will "fall" on Messiah, the Rock of offense, and be "broken" with contrition but that Rock will fall on Jerusalem's foes"all peoples, all the nations of the earth"the United Nationsand "grind them to powder" (Matthew 21:24; Daniel 2:44-45).
"In that day, says the Lord, I will smite every horse with bewilderment, and his rider with madness. But upon the house of Judah I will open My eyes, when I smite every horse of the Gentiles with blindness. Then the clans of Judah shall say to themselves, the inhabitants of Jerusalem have found strength in the Lord of hosts, their God. On that day will I make them like a hearth of fire among the faggots, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they will devour to the right and to the left all the peoples round about, while Jerusalem stands unmoved. And the Lord will give victory to the tents of [the poor rural folk of] Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the [mansions of the] inhabitants of Jerusalem may not be exalted over that of Judah".
Whereas from Calvary and throughout the Six Trumpet Judgments during the Gentile dispensation God appeared to close His eyes to Israel's welfare and "smite her with insanity, and blindness, and bewilderment" (Deuteronomy 28:28), He now opens wide His eyes upon the house of Judah to see and provide for her needs while He smites her foes with precisely the same three plagues so that they will destroy themselves (II Kings 6:18; Zechariah 14:12-13; Revelation 3:17-20) "in that day . . . when they shall be in the siege against Judah and against Jerusalem".
The tribal chiefs of the 144,000 find strength in the faith of their brethren who have remained in Jerusalem in the surety that as Israelites "it shall come to pass that all who call upon the Name of the Lord [in the appointed way] shall be delivered: for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord has said, and those who are saved will be those whom the Lord has called" (Zechariah 12:5-6; Joel 2:32; Deuteronomy 16:2, 16; Psalm 14:7; Obadiah 17-21; Romans 8:30). The repulse of the foe from the metropolis shall assure Judah that the Most High who dwells in Jerusalem will save them also, and in consequence of this trust in the Divine election, He will consume their foes on every hand "as a torch of fire in a ripe sheaf . . . and [the 144,000 daughters of] Jerusalem will be unmoved".
I believe that at the close of the Gentile dispensation Israel will be stripped of her military and made neutral. God chooses the weak to confound the mighty that all human glorying may be set aside; He will stand for the elect Israelites against their sworn enemy the so-called Jews. Thus because of Judah's meek acknowledgment of dependence on Jerusalem subordinate to His right arm (12:5), the Lord first saves the tents of Judah, weak and insecure, spread over the open country in order that the fortified capital may not lift itself above the defenseless land, that both Jerusalem and Judah may acknowledge the victory is the Lord's.
Daniel 7:8 signifies antichrist as a horn growing out of the fourth Gentile world empire and dwells on his worldly conquests as a global ruler. John and Paul describe him as "that man of sin, the son of perdition," a spiritual tyrant called the false prophet "having a form of godliness while denying the authority of God's Word."
"In that day [without military might or power] the Lord will defend and exalt the inhabitants of Jerusalem to a degree of strength far exceeding anything in their past history, [terrifying and blinding the warlike forces of the enemy so that day they will fight against one another (Zechariah 14:13-14)]. Then the stumbler who can scarce hold himself up, much less attack a foe, will become a hero like David; and even David's house shall exceed its highest fame of old, and become [superhuman] like God, like the Angel of the Lord, who once marched at the head of the armies of Israel".
What is briefly described by one prophet is more fully prophesied by the other. God's Covenant with natural Israel was breached when the nation crucified her Messiah on the sixty-ninth of the Seventy Weeks on the hour, day, month and year foretold in Exodus 12:6, Nehemiah 2:1, and Daniel 9:26. That breach brought the great convulsion of nature described in Matthew 27:45-53. The Sun darkened for three hours from noon: "the earth quaked and the rocks rent; and the graves were opened and many bodies of the sleeping saints arose and left their graves after His resurrection." This established the pattern for the terminus of the Gentile dispensation described in Joel 2:31-32, "The Sun shall be turned to darkness, and the Moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord. [I Thessalonians 4:16-17, "and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord"]. And it shall come to pass, that whoever calls on the Name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the remnant [144,000 Israelites] He has called" (Isaiah 4:2; Obadiah 17; Zephaniah 1:14-18; Revelation 6:12-14). Zion will be the only place of safety for the elect Israelites in the first half of Daniel's Seventieth Week (Revelation 11:5-6). Joel 3:1-21 tells of the judgments that will be inflicted upon their enemies after the midst of the Week, that is, in the second half of the Week while the Lord vindicates the promises of His Word.
The purpose of this earthquake at the close of the Gentile dispensation will be to demolish the Dome of the Rock and ignite the "hot stage" of World War III in order to initiate judgment upon the Gentiles and as a means to bring the twelve Tribes of Israel back from exile, primarily from the now Muslim nations of the ancient Assyrian Empire to the land of the Covenant for their redemption. God deals with Israel as a nation, and only within the land of the Covenantpresently occupied by "strangers," the self-styled non-Semitic Jews. In addition to gathering genuine Israelites of the blood of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Lord will "also gather all nations, and bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for harming My people and My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations. They have parted My land and divided My people as their slaves, traded a boy for a harlot, and sold a maiden for wine that they might drink".
The First Committee of the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP), on which each of the then fifty-five members of the United Nations was represented, held twelve meetings from May 6 to May 13, 1947, using the facilities for simultaneous interpretation available at Lake Success on May 6 to determine the make-up of UNSCOP that would determine the future of Palestine [UN docs. A/C.l/P.V.46-57 (May 6-13, 1947)]. The upshot of those meetings was that "all nations [the United Nations] . . . have parted My land" (Joel 3:1-3) in the partition of Palestine and will yet part it when UN Resolution 181 of 1947 is enforced following World War III (Daniel 11:39; Zechariah 14:2).
Brother Branham said, "If you want to see what time of year it is, look on the calendar. If you want to see what time of night it is, look at the clock. If you want to see what day you're living in, look where the Jews [he means Israelites] are. That's God's timepiece."
"And look. The very night, the very day that the angel of the Lord met me, 1946 [he means 1947] on May the seventh, at Green's Mill, Indiana, that same day the treaty of peace was signed for the Jews and they were a established nation for the first time for twenty-five hundred years. Hallelujah."
"And tonight, the oldest flag in all the world, the six-point star of David, flies over Jerusalem for the first time in twenty-five hundred years, since the carrying away of Babylon. Jesus said, 'When you see the fig tree putting forth its buds.' There she is. There He said, 'Learn a parable. You say summer's nigh. When you see this, know that the times is at the door.' We're right at the end of time" (COD, p. 47:Q6).
"First, they were carried down into Egypt. Second, they were carried into Babylon, and the [times of the] Gentiles was issued in. And then, the third, they were carried or scattered by the Roman empire, and 1947 on May the seventh, they were once more recognized among the nations of the world for the first time for twenty-five hundred years, the Jews were."
"Notice, two thousand, yeah, twenty-five hundred years the Jews has been scattered to every nation under heaven. As God hardened Pharaoh's heart, bringing them back, He hardened Hitler's heart, Mussolini's heart, and so forth, till He's drove them back to Palestine. Coming back they have made them a nation again, and on May the sixth, 1947, the Jewish flag was raised over Israel for the first time for twenty-five hundred years. The oldest flag in the world was raised for the first time in twenty-five hundred years. And He said in the last days He'd raise up a ensign over Jerusalem, showing that the time is at hand" (Beginning and Ending of the Gentile Dispensation, p. 10:89; Isaiah 11:10-16; 18; 30; 31; Zechariah 9:16; Matthew 24:32-34).
"Now, to see whether this Message that we got is connected with it or not. The very hour that Israel was signed in to be a nation; it was the very same hour, very same day, very same month, everything else: I was at Green's Mill, Indiana, when that Angel there appeared to me and sent me out on the field with this; after He had met me down on the river [in 1933] and told me what would take place, then commissioned me eleven years later at the same hour that Israel was signed in as a nation. It's all connected together" (The Ten Virgins, p. 444.99).
Leviticus 26:14-31 decrees a curse on the disobedient while verses 40-45 contain a promise to the penitent: "But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers in the treason they perpetrated against Me, and walking contrary to Me, so that I walked contrary to them and brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised heart is humbled and they accept the punishment for their iniquity; then I will remember My Covenant with Jacob, My Covenant also with Isaac and My Covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land (and its desolation). For the land shall enjoy its sabbaths while it lies desolate in their absence, and they must make amends for their iniquity because they spurned My ordinances and their souls abhorred My statutes. Yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them so as to annihilate them completely and break My Covenant with them: for I am the Lord their God. But for their sakes I will remember the Covenant with their forefathers, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I am the Lord".
Note carefully the Old Covenant was exclusively with the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob whose forefathers participated in the exodus from Egyptian bondage. It specifically excludes any other people, including the Edomite descendants of Esau and the Khazars, even when they assume the more respectable Japhetic appellation of "Ashkenaz" as they had assumed the name Jew.
In 487BC Hosea 6:1-3 prophesied: "Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for He has torn, and He will heal us; He has smitten, and He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we will live in His sight. Then we shall know if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come to us as the rain, as the latter and former rains that water the earth." II Peter 3:8: "A thousand years is as one day with the Lord," and as 2,011 + 487 = 2,498 years shows, we see we are clearly "in the third day".
"As Israel (chosen people of God) in majority forfeited their rights in the Book of Life by rejecting Jesus, so the majority of the Gentile church will also come into condemnation with the resultant removal of their names from the Book of Life by rejecting the Word and thereby entering into the world ecumenical movement which is the image erected unto the beast" (William Branham, An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 274:2).
Soon the Mighty Judge will summons the Gentile nations to war so that He can take recompense in Israel's behalf, fulfill His promise to the penitent and deliver His dread decision in the metaphorical "Valley of Jehoshaphat" (II Chronicles 20). The imagery is furnished by the great deliverance God gave Jehoshaphat, when the forces of Ammon, Moab, and Edom came against Him; his name means "Jehovah has judged"; the king appealed to God who turned their swords against one another as is also prophesied for this coming battle (Ezekiel 38:21-23; Haggai 2:6, 20-23; Zechariah 14:12-15). Here the Lord will "plead" against the Gentiles to charge them with the crimes of scattering His people and treating them with the greatest contempt throughout the history of His servant nation. The word implies the nations will argue their own cause in an attempt to justify themselves, but of course they have no ground on which to stand.
This is looking at the second half of Daniel's Seventieth Week, when God calls Israel "My people, and My heritage Israel" whereas for two thousand five hundred years the Northern kingdom was "Lo-ammi, not My people, and I will not be your God. [Hence the folly of British Israel/Christian Identity theologya Jewish HOAX perpetrated by cabbalist John Dee and Rabbi Menasseh ben Israelis manifest (II Timothy 3:9)]. But when the children of Judah and the children of Israel are gathered together [to the Land of the Covenant (Jeremiah 3:18) following the invasion at the start of Daniel's Seventieth Week from which the self-styled Jews will flee], and [in the second half of the Seventieth Week] appoint themselves one Head [Jesus Christ the Son of David] and together return from exile, [there] He will say to them: You are the sons of the living God" (Hosea 1:9-11; Isaiah 11:11-16). This brings us to the earthquake of Zechariah 14:3-8, Revelation 11:13-14 and 12:15-16 (Ezekiel 38:20; Haggai 2:6) "the time of Jacob's trouble" in the second half of Daniel's Seventieth Week and the fulfillment of Zechariah 12:9-14 following the martyrdom of the two witnesses of Zechariah 4 and Revelation 11 when Israel will recognize Christ's second or 'parousia' coming (Jeremiah 30:1 31:40). Zechariah's description of the brave gallantry of the Israelites is a metaphor for the confidence of their new-found faith in Jehovah rather than valiant prowess in physical warfare, for the battle will be the Lord's.
Most people in the circle of this Message believe that following Calvary only half a week of Daniel's Seventy Weeks remained outstanding, but as shown on the diagram, this cannot be the case. Rather there remain three and a half years wherein the New Covenant ministered to Israel by John the Baptist and Jesus will be reconfirmed.
Zechariah 12:9-14 "And on that day, [when the 144,000 are born-again spiritual supermen as prophesied in verses 1-8] I will seek to destroy all nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour out upon the house of David and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and supplication, so when they look on Me whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps for a firstborn".
In this passage no thought is given to the coming conflict, or victory, no reeling bowl for the Gentiles, no torch among the sheaves, no march of a hero at the head of conquering hosts. On the contrary, all is subjective, subdued, inwardly and outwardly spiritual. Israel is seen at the end of the world standing alone in her relation to Him whom they rejected, and meditating upon the character of their great crime. One thought occupies all minds, one feeling pervades all hearts. Each tribe, family and individual separates to weep in silence and solitude over the grievous infliction.
Psalm 51:4-10, "Against You and You alone have I sinned committing deicide in Your sight, so that Your sentence against me is just and blameless in judgment (Revelation 15:2-4). But I was born in iniquity and in sin my mother conceived me. Surely You desire truth in my inward being; therefore teach me this wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. And after You have chastised me, cause me to hear joy and gladness, so that the bones which You have broken may rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a steadfast spirit in me".
Zechariah 12:11, "In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon." This refers to the lamentation over King Josiah who was mortally wounded "in the valley of Megiddo" (II Chronicles 35). He is introduced as a type of Messiah because he was slain on account of the sins of the Judahites; his reign was the closing manifestation of mercy on the part of God; unspeakable misery came upon the Judahites immediately afterwards as it has since Calvary under the Trumpet judgments; and the lamentation for his death rested upon the mingled feelings of love, and of sorrow for their own sins as the cause of his death.
This will be Israel's Day of Atonement when they afflict their souls in mourning for their murder of Messiah (Leviticus 23:27-32). "On that day I will set Myself with determined earnestness to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem".
Brother Branham deals with these verses in An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages (pp. 36-42) where He speaks of the coming God, Jesus Christ:
Revelation 1:7, "Behold, He comes with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also who pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen".
He is coming. Jesus is coming. God is coming. The Prophet is coming. The Priest and King is coming. The ALL in ALL is coming. Even so, Lord Jesus, come quickly. Amen.
He is coming. He is coming in clouds, clouds of glory as when He was seen upon the Mount of Transfiguration, [that is, in the Shekinah (Matthew 24:3; 30-31) as in the sign of His imminent parousia seen over Arizona on February 28, 1963 and featured on the index page of our Church Website], and His garments were shining as the power of God enfolded Him. And EVERY eye shall see Him. That means this is not the Rapture [or translation]. This is when He comes to take over His rightful place as World Ruler (Zechariah 14:9). This is when those who have pierced Him with their denominational creeds and doctrines shall mourn, and all the people shall wail in terror because of Him who is the Word. [This is not the physical (Gk. 'erchomai') return of the glorified Jesus, for His precious feet will not touch this earth until He returns with the glorified saints of all Ages to step out on the atomic ashes of the wicked for the millennium (Isaiah 13:9; 51:6; Daniel 2:44; Malachi 4:1-3). On that day there will be no survivors on earth to "see" His return (Nahum 1:5; Zephaniah 3:8). This will be the revelation of His (Gk. 'parousia') Coming to Israel in W_O_R_D form by the Message of the two witnesses of Zechariah 4 and Revelation 11 after their martyrdom by Rome.
Zechariah 12:10, "And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for His firstborn".
John 19:33-37, "When the soldiers came to Jesus, and saw that He was dead already, they did not break His legs: but one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and there came out blood and water. And he who saw it bore record, and his record is true: and he knows that he tells the truth, in order that you might believe. For these things were done, that the Scripture should be fulfilled, 'A bone of Him shall not be broken' (Exodus 12:46; Psalm 34:20). And again another Scripture said: They shall look on Him whom they pierced".
Note the change of person in the quotationfrom "Me whom" for "Him whom." In Zechariah it is Messiah who is speaking of Himself, while in John's Gospel the evangelist is speaking of Messiah. Note also that although the Roman soldier thrust his spear into our Lord's side, in both the Old and New Testaments God holds Jewry guilty (Matthew 27:25; Revelation 1:7).
There was a preliminary mourning at the crucifixion. Luke 23:46-48, "When Jesus had cried with a loud voice, He said, Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit: and having said this, He gave up the ghost. Now when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying: Certainly this was a righteous man. And all the multitudes who assembled to see the sight, when they saw what had taken place, returned home striking their breasts." But the real fulfillment began when the multitudes of Israelites and proselytes at Pentecost were "pricked in their heart" (Acts 2:37).
As I have said, this is not the visual (Gk. 'optomai') sighting of the glorified Man but of the sign of Christ's Presence (or Gk. 'parousia') Coming by faith signified by the Shekinah that will appear over the Mount of Olives in the near future (Matthew 24:3, 23-31; Acts 1:6-11).
Christ's second or 'parousia' Coming to Israel will be the revelation of His invisible arrival and subsequent Presence with His elect in W_O_R_D form. Throughout the Seven Church Ages the Bible was sealed with Seven Seals, and because the saints had only PART-Word, Christ was a Mediator for their ignorance of the whole. The revelation of the mystery of the Seven Seals in 1963 brought Christ back to earth in WORD form through the spoken Word of His prophet, William Branham, for Christ is the fullness of the Word].
Brother Branham continues, "This is the revelation story of Zechariah 12:9-14. Zechariah prophesied this about 2,500 years ago. It is just about to take place. Listen. "And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced. . ." Now, when is the Gospel returning to Israel? When the day of the Gentiles is finished. The Gospel is ready to go back to the Hebrews. Oh, if I could just tell you something that is about to happen right in this our day. This great thing that is about to happen will carry over to Revelation 11 and pick up those two witnesses, those two prophets, Moses and Elijah, turning the Gospel back to the Hebrews. [That "great thing" is Christ's parousia in Israel's former or teaching rain under the ministry of their two prophets, and the latter or harvest rain to the Gentile Bride]. We're ready for it. Everything is in order. [In the same manner] as the Hebrews brought the Message to the Gentiles, even so the Gentiles will take it right back to the Hebrews, and the Rapture [or resurrection and translation] will come.
[As the born-again Hebrews brought the Message to us through the ministry of the prophet Paul in a time of apostasy and persecution, the Message will return to Israel through a prophetic ministry in a time of apostasy and persecution].
Now, remember what we have read in Revelation and Zechariah. Both come right after the tribulation. [Brother Branham is speaking of the birth of Israel in one day in the second three and a half years of Daniel's Seventieth week]. The Church of the First-born does not go through the tribulation. We know that. The Bible teaches that.
At that time it says that God is going to pour out His Spirit upon the house of Israel. It is the same Spirit that was poured upon the Gentiles in their day. [By the former or teaching rain: "Faith comes by hearing and understanding the revealed Word for your day," making your life a written epistle of that part of the Word]. "And they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for his only son, and they shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his first-born. In that day there will be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadad-rimmon in the valley of Megiddon. And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart . . ." and each one of the houses apart when He comes in clouds of glory at His Second Coming. [This will be the fulfillment of the second purpose of Gabriel's sixfold instructions to Daniel regarding his Seventieth Week: "To make an end of sin," or unbelief in the revealed Word of GodDaniel 9:24.
A still more elaborate description of the mourning is given in the verses 12-14. Not only the capital but the whole land shall mourn; every family and each individual will mourn intensely by personal revelation, and the wives will mourn apart before the Lord. Four families are enumerated, David and Nathan from the royal line, and Levi and Shimei from the priestly line, one leading family and one subordinate branch to show that the grief pervades all, from the highest to the lowest. And all that remain after the fiery ordeal of Zechariah 13:8-9 in which two-thirds of the nation will fall and the remaining third tried to separate the elect (Malachi 3:2-6), proving this penitential grief has not been in vain].
Those Jews that pierced Him shall see Him as it says in chapter 13, "Whence did You get those wounds?" and He will say, "In the house of My friends." [This will be the fulfillment of the third purpose of Gabriel's sixfold instructions to Daniel regarding his Seventieth Week: "To make reconciliation for iniquity," or doing what you know is wrongDaniel 9:24.
Amos 8:2-3, 7-10 says, "The end is come upon My people of Israel; I will pass him by no more. And the songs of the temple shall be howlings. In that day, says the Lord God: there shall be many corpses every place; they shall cast them out in silence. . . . The Lord has sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of their works. Will the land not quake for this, and every dweller therein mourn? It will heave and sink like the rise and fall of the Nile. And it shall come to pass in that day, says the Lord God, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in a clear day: [this is not an eclipse but a catastrophe that will subvert the order of nature]: and I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness on every head [as a sign of mourning]; and I will make it like the mourning for an only son, and the end of it like a bitter day".
Amos 9:9-12, describes how, by its dispersion Israel comes, as it were, into a sieve, in which the good corn and the dust and dirt are tossed up together. Yet this is only in order to make a speedy separation, and the good grain remains. In Amos 2:5 we see the same judgment that destroys Israel is executed against Judah but without dissolving its national existence. "All the sinners of My people shall die by the sword, who say, The evil shall not overtake nor reach us. In that day will I raise up the hut of the Davidic monarchy that is fallen down, and close up its breaches and restore its prostrate ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: that they may possess (Genesis 27:37; Numbers 24:18) the remnant of [Adamic] Edom, and of all the heathen who are called by My Name, says the Lord that does this".
"In that day" God will so vindicate His honor by judgments so that none else "shall be exalted" (Isaiah 2:11-20; Zechariah 14:9). Suffering shall lead to repentance (Isaiah 19:17-22) when Christ reveals Himself to Israel by His visible parousiathe only means whereby their obstinate unbelief shall be overcome (Psalms 102:16; Isaiah 52:1-6; Zechariah 12:10; 14:5).
Zechariah 13:1, "In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the House of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness." This verse resumes and completes the process began in Zechariah 12:10 and treats the same parties: "the House of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem," standing for the whole nation. He who poured out the spirit of supplication will also provide the means of purification from sin. A fountain is shut up so long as it remains under ground, sealed from access (Songs, 4:12); it is opened when it breaks forth and flows freely. The reference appears to be drawn from the sprinkling of the Levites with water at their consecration for purification from sin (Numbers 8:7), and the sprinkling of persons contaminated by contact with death, with the water prepared from the ashes of the red heifer, which removed uncleanness. In both these cases the impurity denoted the defilement of sin, and like the laying on of hands the outward purification was a symbol of the inward work. So the water which flows from the fountain is a water of sprinkling by which sin and uncleanness are removed. It need not be renewed from time to time, as was the case with the Levitical waters, but issues from a living wellspring. The water represents the blood which cleanses from all sin (I John 1:7), the blood of that Sacrifice which was typified in the sin-offering of the red heifer, the blood that removes guilt and the dominion of sin, a shadow and type of the blood of Christ which released the Spirit].
Not only will it be a mournful time for the Hebrews who rejected Him as Messiah, but it will be a mournful time for those left of the Gentiles who have rejected Him as the Savior of this day.
There'll be weeping and wailing. The sleeping virgins will be wailing. They represent the church that refused to get oil (symbol of the Holy Spirit) in their lamps (symbol of the body or holder of the oil) until it was too late. It wasn't that they were not good people. They were virgins and that signifies a high moral order. But they didn't have oil in their lamps so they were cast out where there was wailing and gnashing of teeth. . ."
"The Bride will be taken off the earth. She will be caught up before the great tribulation to meet her Lord in the air. For three and one-half years while the retributive wrath of God is poured out, she will be in the great Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Then will He return [in W_O_R_D form by revelation of the Message of two prophets], leaving His Bride in "His Father's house," while He makes Himself known to His brethren. [This will be Christ's parousia Coming in the office of Son of man to regenerate the 144,000 elect Israelites in one day. Since Revelation 12:7-12 is in parenthesis describing the spiritual battle that ensues following Satan's expulsion from the heavenly realm, and verse 12 refers to the Third Woe and its devastating impact that will ultimately cause the consummation of life on land and sea (Revelation 8:13; 10:6), verses 13-17 should be read from Revelation 12:6. When Satan is cast down to earth he will persecute the whole house of Israel who return "into their place" in the Land of the Covenant at this time where they will be nourished Spiritually for three and a half years through the ministry of two Hebrew prophets. "And if any man wants to harm them, Fire issues from their mouths, and consumes their enemies: should anyone wish to injure them, he must be killed in this way." At the end of their ministry Rome will break her covenant with the international Jews (Revelation 11:5-7; 17:16-17; Daniel 9:27
At this very time, the antichrist covenant that the Jews have made with Rome will be broken. Rome and her allies then send their troops ["as a flood"] to destroy all the God-fearing, Word-abiding
Jews[Israelites (Revelation 12:15)]. But as they come against the city to destroy it, there will appear in the heavens the sign of the Coming of the Son of Man with His mighty armies to destroy them who have been destroying the earth (Zechariah 14:4; Revelation 11:18). With the enemy repulsed . . .
[How is "the enemy repulsed"? In Israel, he will be repulsed by an earthquake coinciding with the visible physical resurrection of Israel's two prophets. "And the earthquake helped the woman [Israel's elect] by swallowing seven thousand soldiers the Devil-incarnate pope had sent to destroy her. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, that keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Then Rome will begin to force the mark of the beast and 144,000 will flee to the cleft of the Rock (Revelation 11:7-13; 12:15-17). Subsequently the Jews' international banksters will side with Judaeo-Communist Russia which they created and financed at the cost of US and British taxpayers, and Russia will bomb Vatican City State and mainland USA. This was precisely what the United States and Vatican planned for Russia in 1960 as "first aggressor for peace" (Avro Manhattan, The Dollar and the Vatican, p. 79-90). The deaths of Stalin and Pope Pius XII postponed their strategy, which has since been reactivated under the Bush I and II, Clinton I and Obama administrations as "preemptive war" veiled behind "the war against terror" in which the terrorists are us! The Russian bombing will fulfill the seventh of seven consecutive visions shown to Brother Branham in 1933.
Daniel 12:1-9 is a variant of the vision that appeared on Mount Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8). Here we see Moses on the Old Testament side of Jesus Christ standing on the River of Life and Elijah on the New Testament side. Christ explains that after three and a half years their revelation of the Seven Trumpet mysteries, which were erstwhile sealed, will be complete and themselves martyred. This agrees with what Christ revealed to us in Revelation 12:7-17 and 13:1-9.
Returning to the start of Daniel's Seventieth Week the earthquake of Revelation 6:12, 8:5 and 16:18 will destroy the Dome of the Rock at the dispensation change, and the Jews will immediately restore Israel's animal sacrifices and build a new abomination of desolation on the Temple site (Revelation 11:1-3; 13:4-18). Daniel 12:10-13 informs us that Rome will ban the animal sacrifices, and provides us with a timeline for the outcome of the prophetic ministry in the new birth of the elect Israelites who "endure unto the end" . . . after the midst of the Week (Matthew 24:13; Revelation 13:10)].
"With the enemy repulsed, Jesus comes and presents Himself to the 144,000. Having seen His mighty acts of salvation, they have come to know His power. But also seeing His wounds and knowing that they had rejected Him even to that moment, causes them to cry out in the agony of terror and fear, even as did their brethren of old when they stood before Joseph, being sore afraid that they would be killed. But as Joseph said, "Don't be angry with yourselves. It is all right. God was in it all. He did it to preserve life." Even so will Jesus speak peace and love to them.
Why did the Jews reject Jesus? God was in it all. It was the only way that He could bring out the Gentile Bride. He died on the cross to preserve the life of the Gentile Church.
Now these 144,000 are not in the Bride. In Revelation 14:4 they are called virgins and they follow the Lamb wherever He goes. The fact that they have not defiled themselves with women shows that they are eunuchs (Matthew 19:12). The eunuchs were the keepers of the bridal chambers. They were attendants. Notice that they do not sit in the throne but are before the throne. No, they are not in the Bride, but will be in the glorious millennial reign.
[Israel is God's servant nation, not Messiah's Bride. These 144,000 elect cannot be in Christ's Bride as the marriage, our new birth, occurs during the Gentile dispensation, and "Israel is blinded until the Gentile dispensation is fulfilled" (Romans 11:25). There are individual Israelites in Christ's Bride, but Israel will be born as a nation in one dayall 144,000 of them, another flaw in British Israel/Christian Identity theology].
We then see that when these last of Israel have been joined in love to the Lord, and the enemy has been destroyed [in the battle of Armageddon], God will prepare His holy mountain, His new Garden of Eden for the Bride and His and her attendants [the 144,000 elect Israelites] for the thousand year honeymoon upon the earth. As Adam and Eve were in the garden and did not finish out the thousand years, now Jesus our last Adam and His Eve (True Church) will fulfill all the plan of God.
Oh, how the Bible repeats itself. The scene of Joseph and his brethren is about to be repeated, for Jesus is coming [to Israel] soon . . . there is one more thing I want to bring to your attention about this end time. You recall that as Joseph stood before his brethren when Benjamin was not with them he spoke through an interpreter though he knew the Hebrew well. He spoke to his brethren in another tongue. Did you know that the first Gentile Age (the head of gold, Babylonian Age) went out with a Message in tongues written on a wall? This age is going out the same way. The abundance of tongues in this day is a further proof that the "times of the Gentiles" is [about] over and God is turning back to Israel.
He is coming soon. The Alpha and Omega, the Prophet, Priest and King, the All in All, Lord God of Hosts, is coming soon. Even so Lord Jesus, the One and Only True God, come quickly"! (nl432.htm nl617.htm extended in) nl707.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.