Bible Believers' Newsletter 894
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; it is so good to see you.
Two thousand years after the Great Flood the world is once again falling apart as foretold by Jesus Christ and His Prophet William Branham (Matthew 24:37). "Jesus Christ is the [visible] image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature." As "thought" God's Word was invisible until as Word it was made flesh in Jesus Christ (John 1:1-14). "He is Himself before all things, having essential being from eternity, thus pre-eminence: in Him all things were called into being from nothing and are maintained in their present state" [and He is the instrument of realizing the divine purpose of Ephesians 1:3-23] (Colossians 1:15-17). Through His sacrificial death at Calvary and His resurrection, the invisible God now comes into the temple of individual Christians making Him visible again.
The whole creation consists of and is sustained by God's Word but this union has been breached by overwhelming unbelief and moral abandon within Christendom. The revelation of the Seven Seals brought Christ back to earth in W_O_R_D form; its rejection by the world church system crucified the Son of God afresh so the world is again falling apart. Our news items show the world racing toward the 'hot stage' of World War III, the sinking of Los Angeles and a huge segment of earths crust, the tribulation of Daniel's Seventieth Week, and Armageddon.
Our main article is "Abiding in the Vine." Jesus Christ is the true Vine and we must enter into the unity of His faith in order to manifest that we are the Sons of God and change in the atoms when we recognize the glorified temple of one of our sleeping Brethren made visible again.
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.
Latest NYT BIG LIE: Russia responsible for Syrian Refugee 'Surge'
October 27, 2015 NY Times reporting shifts from the absurd to the contemptible . . .
Fact: The Times article is a complete fabrication.
Fact: Washington bears full responsibility for Syria's refugee crisis. Britain, France, Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other rogue partners share blame.
Fact: Russian intervention is a liberating, not displacing force. More on this below . . .
Fact: Refugees arriving daily in Europe come from various countries, most either Pentagon war theaters or nations affected by US-inflicted instability, violence and chaosincluding Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Somalia, Eritrea, Mali, Syria and others.
Fact: Syria is Obama's war, planned years before he took office, part of longstanding US strategy to replace all sovereign independent governments with US-controlled illegitimate puppet regimes.
Fact: Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria are four of history's great crimes, America bearing full responsibility, millions of lost lives and unspeakable human suffering considered a small price to paythe appalling dark side of US imperial viciousness.
On October 24, the reliable Sputnik News service headlined "Syria Refugees Praise Russian Airstrikes, Consider Returning," saying: "Syria's Grand Mufti Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun previously said that over 800,000 refugees have returned since Russian airstrikes against terrorist targets in Syria began on September 30th. The operation has also given refugees from the conflict hope that peace would return, according to interviews AP conducted around the Aleppo province, a hub for refugees leaving Syria. 'I hope that with Russian pilots' help, our military will advance and defeat terrorists so that we could return to our homes,' one refugee told AP."
This view is widely held and growing, opposite of deplorable Times propaganda, a Lying Machine for wealth, power and privilege, supporting all US wars of aggression, past and current. In a few short weeks, Russia's intervention dramatically changed the Syrian and regional landscape. Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: Lest we forget, this constitutes an undeclared act of war against a sovereign country in violation of international law (Nuremberg).
Amply documented, from the outset of the Syrian insurgency . . . "As the unrest and killings escalate in the troubled Arab state, agents from MI6 and the CIA are already in Syria [2012 report] assessing the situation, a security official has revealed. Special Forces are also talking to Syrian dissident soldiers. They want to know about weapons and communications kit rebel forces will need if the Government decides to help (Syria will be bloodiest yet, Daily Star, January 2012). (globalresearch.ca).
US weapons and ammunition supplied to terrorists in Iran and Iraq youtube.com. In over a year of US bombing both countries, zero ISIS targets were struckinfrastructure and other government sites only. With America backing pure evil to advance its Imperium, Moscow's best hope is to restore regional peace and stability.
President Putin tells Everyone exactly Who created ISIS
October 1, 2015 As readers and subscribers of this Newsletter have known for the past twenty years, the apostate US Vassal of the City of London and "image of the beast of Imperial Rome" is the guilty puppet. Here President Putin answers questions regarding ISIS from a US journalist at the Valdai International Discussion Club in late 2014. Full story: youtu.be
Comment: Watching the addresses to the General Assembly of the United Nations by leaders of the major powers was a lesson in the use and abuse of power. President Putin's address on behalf of the Russian Federation contrasted sharply with the address made by President Obama, for the United States. While President Putin emphasized the fact that the international world order and security system depended on the principles set out in the UN Charter, President Obama made the absurd claim that the United States had the right to ignore national sovereignty in order to "restore security" for peoples of nations oppressed by what it labeled "tyrants" and echoed the Bush doctrine that it would act alone or with its allies to accomplish these objectives, come what may . . . (syriathetruth).
In his September 28, 2015 speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Russian President Putin declared: "The ranks of radicals are being joined by the members of the so-called 'moderate' Syrian opposition supported by the Western countries. First they are armed and trained, and then they defect to the Islamic State. Besides, the Islamic State itself did not just come from nowhere. It was also initially forged as a tool against undesirable secular regimes . . ." (globalresearch.ca).
Mid-East Coup: As Russia pounds Militant Targets, Iran readies Ground Invasions while Saudis Panic
October 1, 2015 Putin looks to have viewed this as the ultimate geopolitical win-win. That is, Russia gets to i) expand its influence in the Middle East in defiance of Washington and its allies, a move that also helps to protect Russian energy interests and preserves the Mediterranean port at Tartus, and ii) support its allies in Tehran and Damascus thus preserving the counterbalance to the US-Saudi-Qatar alliance.
Meanwhile, Iran gets to enjoy the support of the Russian military juggernaut on the way to protecting the delicate regional nexus that is the source of Tehran's Mid-East influence. It is absolutely critical for Iran to keep Assad in power, as the loss of Syria to the West would effectively cut the supply line between Iran and Hezbollah.
The same dynamic is playing out in Iraq. That is, Iran is fighting ISIS via various Shiite militias just as it's fighting the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen via the Shia Houthis. It is thus extremely significant that Baghdad has agreed to share intelligence with Syria and Russia, as that effectively means the Iran-backed Shiite militias battling for control of Iraq will enjoy the support of the Russian military.
What should be obvious here is that this is a coordinated plan.
The Kremlin has effectively agreed to bring the might of the Russian air force to bear on Assad's opponents in Syria and on Sunni militants in Iraq in support of Iranian ground troops and because the US and its allies have failed so miserably in terms of fielding anti-Assad rebels who don't turn out to be extremists, Putin gets to pitch the whole thing as a "war on terror." It would be difficult to design a more elegant power play . . . Full story: zerohedge.com
US pulls Aircraft Carrier out of Persian Gulf as Russian Ships enter
October 10, 2015 The United States has pulled the USS Theodore Roosevelt, a massive, nuclear-powered aircraft carrierout of the Persian Gulf as Russian warships have entered the area.
For the first time since 2007, the US Navy has now no aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, according to NBC News. The warship was withdrawn from the Persian Gulf on Thursday, a day after Russia fired 26 long-range cruise missiles from its Caspian Flotilla against terrorists in Syria, Pentagon officials said.
US military officials claimed that the aircraft carrier, which houses about 5,000 sailors and 65 fighter jets, was withdrawn because it needed to undergo maintenance. Tensions between the United States and Russia escalated after Moscow began its military campaign on September 30 against Daesh (ISIL) terrorists wreaking havoc in Syria . . . killing hundreds of Israeli, Saudi and Turkish troops operating against international law in Syria and Iraq . . . Full story: presstv.ir
IQ 93 Invaders will wreck Germany
October 27, 2015 Non-white invaders tested at Chemnitz University in Germany have average IQs of around 93 and this is going to cause "cognitive errors" with enormous consequences for the rest of society, one of that country's leading psychology professors has warned . . . the mass importation of low IQ non-white immigrants is going to lead to the destruction of Germany . . . An average IQ of 93 puts these "university qualified" non-white invaders a full ten points below the average non-university qualified German native IQ. Full story: newobserveronline.com
Comment: The extent to which non-white invasion has overtaken Germany is reflected in the fact that over half of that country's lawmakers—previously all enthusiastic supporters of [Jewess] Angela Merkel—now oppose her "open doors" policy and are on the brink of a revolt, a new article in Der Spiegel magazine has admitted . . . (newobserveronline.com).
British, French, and US military interventions in the Middle East, combined with the European Union's "asylum" program, are the two direct causes of the Islamic State's (IS) newly-revealed plans to infiltrate terrorists disguised as "asylum seekers" into Europe. The IS plans, disclosed after the UK-based Quilliam Foundation—a government-funded organization which claims to be made up of "moderate" Muslims—translated a recruiting document published online by a prominent IS-linked propagandist . . . like all of the nations where America, Britain, France and other western nations have intervened on behalf of Israel in the Muslim world, the chaos left behind in Libya after the western-engineered fall of the Gaddafi regime in 2011, has allowed the radical Islamist group to gain support (newobserveronline.com).
Huge Crack in the Earth opens East of Yellowstone Caldera
October 23, 2015 A giant crack in the earth appeared in the last two weeks on a ranch in the Bighorn Mountains. Everyone here is calling it "the gash". Full story: youtube.com
Tensions soar Internationally following US Deployment in South China Sea
October 28, 2015 Yesterday's US deployment of the destroyer USS Lassen and surveillance aircraft into the 12-nautical mile zone surrounding the Chinese-controlled Subi and Mischief reefs in the South China Sea has qualitatively escalated tensions across Asia.
The aim of the US action is to humiliate the Chinese regime and present it with only two options: either make a forceful response or bow down to Washington's flagrant trampling on its long-standing sovereignty claims. The pretext for the military provocation is the claim that the US is asserting its "right of freedom of navigation" in international, not Chinese, waters. This assertion has no more credibility than the claims that Iraq was attacked because of "weapons of mass destruction" or that the US waged war on Libya to defend "human rights . . ." A fraught process of diplomatic and military brinksmanship is now in motion that could lead to an open clash between nuclear-armed powers and draw countries across the entire Asian region and internationally into a catastrophic war. Full story: wsws.org
A recently released classified document obtained by WikiLeaks establishes that active US planning for regime-change predated the outbreak of the Syrian civil war by at least five years. The secret report from the head of the US Embassy in Damascus outlined "vulnerabilities" of the Syrian government that Washington could exploit. At the top of the list were fomenting "Sunni fears of Iranian influence" to cause sectarian conflict and taking advantage of "the presence of transiting Islamist extremists."
Given that the document was written in 2006, at the height of Iraq's sectarian carnage caused by the US invasion and Washington's divide-and-rule tactics, these proposals were made with full awareness that they would provoke a bloodbath. Nearly a decade later, the bitter fruits of this policy include the deaths of some 300,000 Syrians, with another 4 million driven from the country and 7 million more internally displaced.
While cynically exploiting the suffering of the Syrian people to justify an escalation of US militarism, Washington is not about to let Russia derail its drive to impose its hegemony over the oil-rich Middle East and the entire planet. The path to war with Russia is by no means accidental. From the outset, the US intervention to topple the regime in Damascus was aimed at weakening the principal allies of the Syrian government—Iran and Russia—in preparation for a direct assault on both countries. More and more directly each day, the eruption of American militarism, rooted in the historic crisis of American and world capitalism, confronts humanity with the specter of a nuclear Third World War. wsws.org
Can you prove the Original Isaiah 9:6 said Jesus will be called Mighty God?
Question: The original of Isaiah was written 700 years BEFORE Jesus was born. From Isaiah himself to the Dead Sea scrolls, the gap may be 500 years. From Isaiah himself to the Masoretic text (manuscripts date from around AD1000), the gap may be 1,600 years. In the Septuagint (completed before 150BC), Isaiah 9:6 does NOT say "Mighty God," it says "Messenger".
Isaiah 9:6 is NOT quoted by the authors of the New Testament. The question is why?
Answer: Isaiah 9:6 is quoted in part in Matthew 28:18, Luke 2:11, John 3:16, 10:30, 14:9, and I Corinthians 15:25.
Question: Can you prove (the original) said he will be called mighty God? Yes or no?
Answer: Yes, of course. The progress at Isaiah 8:20 9:1-5 is like that from early dawn to sunrise when the Light of revelation is risen upon the Galileans in the progressive unfolding of the Old Testament shadows and types, becoming not only clearer and brighter, but more extensive. All of this blessing extends from a virgin-born child, a wonderful Son born to Israel as proven by the might and His names that point to an origin above the earth. He is a son of David, and will raise up the kingdom of David on the foundation of justice and righteousness accomplished by the zeal of the God of Israel whom He will be (verse 7).
Matthew 4:12-17 understands this, and the "multiplication of the Israel nation and increased gladness in the Presence of the Lord" belongs to the period of Messianic prosperity through the revelation of the risen Christ, "Not by might nor by power, but by the Spirit of Revelation" (Zechariah 4:6). And "the government shall be upon His shoulder" in antithesis to "the yoke and staff" of the driver, for Israel's elect, too, shall be wonderful children (Romans 9:7-33; Galatians 4:28-31). From chapter 7 Isaiah has represented the Messianic salvation from proceeding from David's race in a genuine human way through conception, pregnancy and birth, thus this child, fashioned wonderfully, and infinitely higher than all other human children will establish the kingdom of David, not only on the firmest foundation, but raise it up to the point of eternal power and peace (Jeremiah 23:6).
From Isaiah 7:14 we find the Child will be called "Emmanuel," which means "God with us" for He is "the beginning of the creation of God [Himself]," in creation, the first-born of the new creation of God-men (Revelation 3:14). God the Mighty Man of (Psalm 24:1; Isaiah 9:6; 10:21; 11:1-2; 45:21; Matthew 1:23; John 14:9; Titus 2:13; Revelation 1:8; 15:3).
"The beginning of the creation of God" is who the Lord Jesus says He is. But those words don't mean exactly as they sound to us. Just taking them the way they sound has made some people (in fact multitudes of people) get the idea that Jesus was the first creation of God, making Him lower than Godhead. Then this first creation created all the rest of the universe and whatsoever it contains. But that is not right. You know that doesn't line up with the rest of the Bible. The words are, "He is the BEGINNER or AUTHOR of the creation of God." Now we know for a surety that Jesus is God, very God. He is the Creator.
John 1:3, "All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made".
He is the One of whom it is said, Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." [Read Isaiah 44:24, "THUS SAITH THE LORD, Your Redeemer, He who formed you from the womb, I am the Lord, the Maker of all things; I alone stretched out the heavens and formed the earth by Myself"]. Also it says in Exodus 20:11, "For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day." See, there is no doubt that He is the Creator. He was the Creator of a FINISHED PHYSICAL CREATION [and there is no change in specie].
Surely we can see what these words mean now. To have any other interpretation would mean that God created God. How could God be created when He, Himself, is the Creator?
But now He is standing in the midst of the Church. As He stands there revealing who He is in this last age, He calls Himself the "Author of the creation of God." This is ANOTHER CREATION. This has to do with the church. This is a special designation of Himself. He is the CREATOR of that church. The heavenly Bridegroom created His own Bride. As the Spirit of God, He came down and created in the Virgin Mary the cells from which His body was born. I want to repeat that. He created the very cells in the womb of Mary for that body. It was not enough for the Holy Spirit to simply give life to a human ovum supplied by Mary. That would have been sinful mankind producing a body. That would not have produced the "Last Adam." Of Him it was said "Lo a body hast Thou (Father) prepared for Me." God (not Mary) provided that body. Mary was the human incubator and she carried that Holy Child and brought Him to birth. It was a God-man. He was the Son of God. He was of the NEW creation. Man and God met and joined; He was the first of this new race. He is the head of this new race.
Colossians 1:18, "And He is the head of the body, the church: Who is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; that in all things He might have the pre-eminence".
II Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away, behold all things are become new." There you can see that though man was of the OLD ORDER or creation, now in UNION WITH CHRIST, he has become the NEW CREATION of God.
Ephesians 2:10, "For we are His workmanship CREATED IN UNION WITH CHRIST JESUS unto good works".
Ephesians 4:24, "And that you put on the NEW MAN which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness".
This New Creation is not the old creation made over, or it could not be called a new creation. This is exactly what it says it is, "NEW CREATION." It is another creation, distinct from the old one. No longer is He dealing by ways of the flesh. That was how He dealt with Israel. He chose Abraham, and of Abraham's issue through the godly Isaac line. But now out of every kindred, tribe and nation He has purposed a new creation. He is the first of that creation. He was God created in the form of man. Now by His Spirit He is creating many Sons unto Himself. God the creator, creating Himself a part of His creation.
This is the true revelation of God. This was His purpose. This purpose took form through election. That is why He could look right down to the last age when all would be over and see Himself still in the midst of the church, as author of this New Creation of God. His Sovereign power brought it to pass. By His own decree He elected the members of this New Creation. He predestinated them to the adoption of children according to the good pleasure of His will. By His omniscience and omnipotence He brought it to pass. How else could He know that He would be standing in the midst of the Church receiving glory from His brethren if He did not make sure? All things He knew, and all things He worked out according to what He knew in order that His purpose and good pleasure be brought to pass.
Ephesians 2:11, "In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who works all things after the counsel of His own will." Hallelujah! Aren't you glad that you belong to Him"! (William Branham, An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 336:1-4). Our Lord Jesus Christ is the One Person of the godhead born of a virgin to fulfill the part of KINSMAN Redeemer for the first Adam and his fallen race. He is the Almighty God.
Abiding in the Vine
Let us turn to Matthew 24:24, "False Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders so that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect".
Now read II Corinthians 11:12-15, "Those surpassers of the apostles in their own esteem are false apostles, deceitful workers, pretending to be "workmen" for the Lord, and really seeking their own gain, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of Light. So it is not extraordinary if his ministers disguise themselves as servants of righteousness; whose end shall correspond to their deeds."
And II Timothy 3:8-9, "That in the last days or Messianic Age of redemption and completion . . . impersonators like Jannes and Jambres who withstood Moses will resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the revealed Word of the hour. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest to all men, as theirs also was".
The deceiver hides behind the mask of an upright man which is how our political leaders are voted into office to serve their electors when they are in reality serving party politics, self, and the City of London working towards one world government. Its objectives are to maintain and gradually increase the authority of the United Nations, extend the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court and strengthen the Jews' world system of financial control in private hands in order to dominate the political system of each nation and the economy of the world as a whole, driving the nations under unrepayable debt to private banksters; 'dumb down' institutes of education and learning and create a new social order with a UN army able to act immediately anywhere without the delay involved in each country making its own decision whether to participate.
Welcome to the Empire of the City of London!
These false anointed ones and false prophets in the end-time will not be teaching Judaeo-Catholic dogma, Baptist, Mormon or Buddhist doctrine, but "as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses," these are withstanding the Message of William Branham, "saying what the tapes say" without taking it back to the Absolute of God's written Word to understand what the Holy Spirit means. But rehearsing THUS SAITH THE LORD as "vain repetitions" of the "letter" without the "Spirit" they have the cow eating grass on top of a tree.
Satan is not transforming himself into a shabby drunk with soup stains on his tie, a cigarette in his mouth and horizontal creases in his trousers. And he doesn't have hooves and horns; in appearance he is a mild-mannered, quietly-spoken and respectable gentleman of the kind you would be proud to call your friend. As Lucifer he was the cherub anointed to guard God's holy mountain and guide His people into His Presence. He constituted the perfect measure of wisdom and beauty and was blameless in his walk until iniquity was found in him.
Were Satan to present himself to you or your Church you would not meet an unkempt ruffian but a delightful, refined and loveable gentleman. He would make you feel appreciated; you would trust him and feel comfortable in His presence. You could not fault him in any way but by the fine line of revelation in God's Word, and then only if you are elect. He would be a shoo-in for a denominational pulpit.
There are many such men ministering in the circle of this Message, so Brethren, your duty to God and your responsibility to yourself is to prove all things in your own Bible and study to show yourself approved of God by rightly dividing the Word of Truth to make your calling and election sure.
Genesis 2:1, "The heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them" speaks principally of the natural stars of heaven and the inhabitants of earth (Isaiah 34:1-2). Nehemiah 9:6 speaks spiritually: "You are Lord alone; You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and You preserve them all; and the host of heaven worship You."
Nehemiah states correctly that our 'angels' are the host of heaven (Genesis 1:27; Revelation 19:14).
The Prophet said, "It was in Him to be man. That's the reason that Christ was the expressed image. See? Now, He was to be Father; He was to be Son; He was to be Saviour; He was to be Healer. There was nothing. There wasn't even a Angel or nothing. Then He created Angels. Then He become God; He was worshipped. Then these are the manifestations of His thinking."
"There is nothing wrong. Everything is going to turn out all right. Don't be scared. God's big timepiece is ticking right along. It'll be there. He'll have a Church without spot or wrinkle. It was in His thinking. The thing of it is, am I in there? Are you in there? And here He was the eternal Thought of God expressed into Sonship. Oh, my. There was God Emmanuel then. Notice. Then He was the Word" (Sir, We would See Jesus, p. 12:83-84).
A Word is thought when it is expressed, and as His Attributes the elect were in God's thinking eternally, which is how we have eternal Life. The angels are the theophanies of our glorified appearance (Revelation 5:9-12; The Revelation of the Seven Seals, p. 500:Q23a Q23b; COD, p. 846:Q195). In His great thinking God sees us as already redeemed, glorifying Him throughout eternity as Jesus prayed, "Now, O Father, glorify Me with Your Own Self with the glory which I had with You before the world was" (John 17:5).
God did not choose His elect by arbitrary decisionI choose, you, you and you; the rest of you are dismissedwhich would be an injustice to the non-elect, but according to His foreknowledge of the decisions you yourself would make by the exercise of your sovereign free will to conform your life to the revelation of "the present Truth" for your day whereby you become the living Word "known and read of all men" (II Corinthians 3:2; I Peter 1:2).
Now the natural types the Spiritual. Jesus said, "Henceforth I no longer call you servants; for the servant does not know what his lord does: but I have called you friends; for all things which I have heard from My Father I made known unto you. You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained, [planted or appointed] you, that you may go and bear fruit, and that your fruit may remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in My Name [with the Token on display representing all the Word that I am], He may give it you. [Because] if you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you [as you are My Word manifest]. Herein is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be My disciples. These things I command you, in order that you may love one another" (John 15:15-16, 7-8, 17).
The choosing of which Jesus speaks is not the Spiritual election of God to eternal life according to His foreknowledge before creation manifest at the beginning of time because eleven of His disciples were elect from eternity while the twelfth, whom Jesus called "My own familiar friend in whom I trusted," was foreknown as "the son of perdition" (John 6:70; 13:18; 17:12; Psalm 41:9). As God chose Abraham as His friend (Isaiah 41:8), Jesus was choosing His friends from among His disciples because of their mutual indwelling: "I am the vine, you are the branches: He who abides in Me, and I in him, brings forth much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing. If a man abides not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch [like Judas], and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done for you. Herein is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be My disciples" (John 15:5-8). Therefore in light of the moral destiny of their character, Jesus was distinguishing them above His many disciples or pupils to be His personal friends; confidants with whom he entrusts His understanding that, as apostles, they might pass His Life to the increase of His Body.
The office to which they have been ordained will be to bear witness after His crucifixion and resurrection but first they were to "tarry in the city of Jerusalem until they are endued with power from on High" (Luke 24:48-49). After they have received the promise of Abraham, they and us too are Abraham's heirs through the baptism with the Holy Ghost (Galatians 3:26-29) so we should go forth in the fellowship and impulse of His love, bringing forth much fruit "whose seed is in itself," in Christ's love and the Kingdom of God.
In Revelation 3:7 Jesus set Himself forth as He that is holy, true, (or the only reality) the one with the key of David, the one who opened and shut. And that is exactly true. Those phrases describe Him perfectly. But the Jews in His day refused Him and all He was. They rejected their Saviour and all He meant to them. And today's nominal Christian has done the same. They have done what the Jews did exactly. The Jews crucified Him and then turned on the true believer. The nominal Christian has crucified Him afresh and turned on the true church to destroy it. But God is true, and He who is above all will yet return, and when He does He will show who is the only Potentate (I Timothy 6:15). And as He proves Himself to the world, and all the world bows at His feet, at that time all the world will bow at the feet of the saints, proving that they were right in their stand with Him. Blessed be God forever (Isaiah 60:14; Revelation 3:9)!
Now we will consider the age of the "open door".
Revelation 3:8, "I know your works; behold I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it; for you have a little strength, and have kept My Word, and have not denied My Name."
The first phrase of this verse, "I know your works," is analyzed in the rest of the verse, for their works had to do with the "open door," "little strength," the "Word" and the "Name".
In order to understand the wealth of meaning involved in "behold I set before you an open door, and no man can shut it," we must now recall what has been said about each age running over into another age. There is an overlapping, a melting or fading into, rather than an abrupt end and a clear cut start. The Philadelphia Church Age particularly flows into the next age. And not only does this age overflow into the last age, but the last age was in many respects simply a carrying on of the sixth age. The seventh or Laodicean Church Age (a very short age) gathered up into itself for one quick work, all the evil of every age and yet all the reality of Pentecost. Once the Philadelphian Age had about run its course, the Laodicean Age quickly came in, bringing both the tares and the wheat to harvest, "First bind the tares to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn" (Matthew 13:30).
The Holy Spirit is gathering and binding the tares in the charismatic and ecumenical movements and the World Council of Churches which are reconciling Rome's apostate (once) Protestant daughters back into the bosom of the great harlot ready for the burning (Revelation 2:20-23; 17:1-5, 16; 16:13-16; 18:7-10, 17-18; 19:19-21; Ezekiel 16:37).
Remember, please, that the Sardisean Age started the Reformation that continued until the grain that was planted at Pentecost went through the full cycle of planting, watering, nourishing, etc., until it comes right back to original seed under the "former [or teaching] rain" of the seven thunders in Revelation 10 which are the revelations contained in the Seven Seals. These divinely revealed 'mystery truths' will literally turn the hearts of the children to the Pentecostal fathers (Malachi 4:5-6; Matthew 17:11; Revelation 10:7). While this is going on, the tares that were sown will have to go through their cycle and be harvested also. That is exactly what we see happening. If you can just think of the seasons, you can get a very good picture of this. The plant that you see growing in full strength in summer suddenly appears to be going to seed. You can't tell exactly when summer became autumnit just faded into it. That is how the ages are, and especially these last two.
It is to this age that Jesus said in verse 11, "I come QUICKLY." And He did (Matthew 25:6; I Thessalonians 4:14-16; I Corinthians 13:10; Revelation 4, 5, 10:1-7)! That made the last age a very short one. Laodicea was the age of the quick work (Matthew 24:22-28). It was cut short by the end of Christ's mediation in the office Son of God for ignorance when the last saint predestinated to Laodicea was baptized into the Body. Then redemption was over and He returned as Judge in the prophetic office Son of man (John 5:27).
Now we will specifically dwell on the OPEN DOOR that no man can shut. First of all it signifyies the tremendous missionary effort of that age. Paul called a new missionary endeavor for the Lord an open door. II Corinthians 2:12, "When I came to Troas to preach Christ's Gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord." By the comparison of Scriptures we can see that this open door signified the greatest spreading of the Gospel that the world has ever seen.
I want you to see something here. God works in threes, doesn't He? It was in the third or Pergamean Age that the church was married to the state at the First Nicaea Council in AD325 where the Judaeo-Roman Universal church organized. "The deeds of the Nicolaitanes" had become "the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes." That age was the OPEN DOOR for the false vine. Once it was backed up by the power of the state it became actually a world system even though it bore the name, Christian. Thus it spread like wildfire. But now, three ages later, after a long and hard struggle of faith, here comes the OPEN DOOR to the truth. The Word of the Lord now has its day. Of course the fifth age had set the stage for this mighty move, as that age gave us exploration, colonization, the printing of books, etc. But Jesus never told us to go into all the world and establish Bible colleges; nor did He tell us to pass out literature. Those things are fine, but what Jesus told us to do was to PREACH THE GOSPELstick with the WORDand then the signs would follow. The power of God is still available to those who will believe and receive (Matthew 10:1-8; Mark 16:15-20; Hebrews 2:1-4). God never told a man to labor thirty years and harvest nothing. He gave us the open door of Word and power and that is what we are supposed to use. That is what gave Paul his great and effective ministry. I Corinthians 2:4, "My speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power." We are only fishing for God's elect, if after the first and second admonition a man cannot receive "the present Truth" you know the election is off (John 10:1-5; Titus 3:9-11).
I don't want to hurt your feelings, girls, but you have no business handling God's Word in public (I Corinthians 14:34-35; Ephesians 5:22; I Timothy 2:11-15). And a man has no business preaching unless he is filled with the Holy Ghost and preaching the true Gospel in the demonstration of the power of the Holy Ghost. If you are not seeing the results that Jesus said you would see, it's because you are not preaching the true Gospel.
It was after the Laodicean Church Age that Christ came quickly "to finish the work and cut it short in righteousness; because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth" (Romans 9:28; Matthew 24:23-28). After Laodicea ended, John, who represent's Christ's end-time Bride throughout the Book of Revelation "saw a door still open in heaven; and the first Voice which he heard as clear as a trumpet, said: come up hither and I will show you things that must be after all seven Church Ages are fulfilled [as they were before Christ opened the Seals in 1963]. And immediately Christ's end time Bride was caught up in the rapture" (Revelation 1:10; 4:1-2). The revelation of the Seven Seals transports us across the breach between the Church Ages and the Seals into Christ and the Capstone of His mystic Body.
JESUS IS THE DOOR of the sheep and Christ's end-time Bride is caught up into the OPEN DOOR which is the revelation of Him. That Revelation is opening up to bring us Strength, to illuminate the Word and glorify His Name. It was in the midst of the two last ages that the Revelation of the Supreme Deity of Jesus Christ blossomed out before us. Yes, we knew He was God. How else could He be our Saviour? But to know that He was GOD ALONE, that He was the Alpha and the Omega, that this "Jesus was both Lord and Christ"making Him LORD JESUS CHRIST, the Father, the Son and Holy Ghostthree major offices of ONE PERSONa revelation that had been lost since the first Church Ages, but now we are seeing it again. The revelation of WHO HE WAS, IS, AND FOREVER WILL BE had come back. Indeed Godhead is not a three-person God with one personality, for it takes personality to make a person. If there is ONE personality, there is but one person. But they who believe in three persons have a three god Godhead and are guilty of breaking the first commandment.
Now that the revelation of Godhead has been restored the true church can build in strength again. After all this time she finally knows who her Lord is, and once again we are BAPTIZING IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS just as they did at Pentecost.
"If you abide in Me and My Words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you" for with the mind of Christ you and the Word are one so you asking for what you are. Thus will it be in the manifestation of the Sons of God to elevate faith for translation grace. nl984.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.