Bible Believers' Newsletter 868
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; we appreciate your company and welcome your emails with questions, suggestions and corrections.
I expect this will be our final Newsletter for 2014; this has been a year of blessings and a closer walk in Christ as He has opened our understanding to an increased measure of His mind in us. Today we will continue our studies in the Book of Zechariah, our attention focused on his Fifth Vision in light of the end-time which commenced when our Lord opened the Seven Seals on March 8, 1963.
When you read our main articles please be sure to visit the linked articles and study the references to ensure that your understanding is from the Lord by His unchanging Word. And be sure to follow the full story as you read through our news items.
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.
Pastor Benham Irani's Appeal Successful
22 December, 2014 Brother Benham Irani's appeal against his conviction for 'crimes against national security' was successful; charges were overturned and this additional six-year sentence will not need to be served. He has two years remaining on his current sentence. Full story: youtube.com
Free Fall of the Ruble: Who's behind It?
December 19, 2014 The remaining BRICSBrazil, India and South Africaplus members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kirgizstan, Uzbekistanand considered for membership since September 2014also India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Mongolia, with Turkey waiting in the wingswill trade in their local currencies, detached from the dollar-based western casino scheme. A host of other nations increasingly weary of the decay of the western financial system into which they are locked are just waiting for a new monetary scheme to emerge. So far their governments may have been afraid of the emperor's wrathbut gradually they are seeing the light. They are sensing the sham and weakness behind Obama's boisterous noise. They don't want to be sucked into the black hole, when the casino goes down the drain.
To punish Russia for Ukraine, Obama is about to sign into law major new sanctions against Russia, following Congress's unanimous passing of a recent motion to this effect. That is what the MSM would like you to believe. It is amazing that ten months after the Washington instigated Maidan slaughter and coup where a Washington selected Nazi Government was put in place, the MSM still lies high about the origins of this government and the massacres it is committing in the eastern Ukraine Donbass area.
Congress's unanimitywhat Congress and what unanimity?Out of 425 lawmakers, only 3 were present for the vote. The others may have already taken off for their year-end recess, or simply were 'ashamed' or rather afraid to object to the bill. As a matter of fact, of the three who were present to vote, two at first objected. Only after a bit of arm-twisting and what not, they were willing to say yes. This is how the 'unanimous' vote came to be, as trumpeted by the MSMunanimous by three votes! The public at large is duped again into believing what is not.
What new sanctions does this repeatedly propagated bill entail?It addresses mostly Russian energy companies and the defense industry with regard to sales to Syria, as well more anti-Russia propaganda and 'democratization' programs in Ukraineand Russia; all countries with the objective for regime change . . . at least 80% of the Russian population stands solidly behind Vladimir Putin. He has brought them universal education, health care and fixed infrastructure that was decaying after the fall of the Soviet Union. President Putin is literally revered as a hero by the vast majority of Russiansincluding the country's oligarchy.
In fact, nobody in the western economic system these days is dealing in rubles. In short-sighted connivance with Washington, the treasuries of the western vassals are releasing their ruble reserveswhich Russia does not buy, thereby flooding the market. Russia not only has large dollar reserves, plus the ruble is backed by gold, a fact consistently omitted in the MSM. For now, Russia prefers to let the ruble plummet . . .
Russia needs rubles. That's her currency. That is the currency Russia needs for future tradingdetached from the western monetary system.
When Russia deems that her currency has reached rock-bottom, she will buy back cheap rubles in the market with massive amounts of dollars. Russia may then flood the western marketwith dollars, euros and other western-allied currenciesand gold. Let's not forget, the ruble is backed by gold . . . Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: Please read the linked article and the full story.
The 'hidden hand' yesterday tensioned the thumbscrews in the 'squeeze' when the Jewish colony of Ukraine provocatively renounced its non-aligned status, a counterproductive step changing its status as Russia's buffer against the West and boosting tensions around the crisis in the east.
Why China will not become the Dominant Power in Asia
It is not widely discussed but China's capital-intensive growth model is founded on an ocean of debt. National corporate debt levels have grown from 147 per cent of GDP in 2008 to over 250 per cent by June 2014. As Dibb and Lee put it, "the expansion of debtwhich has been used to finance capital inputsfrom US$9 10 trillion in 2008 to US$20 25 trillion in 2014 exceeds the size of the total American banking system". Thus the debt to asset ratio of Chinese firms was 105 per cent in 2011 and is now (in 2014) even higher. Corporate debt could easily sink the global economy. . . Full story: kokodafoundation.org, Security Challenges, by Paul Dib and Dr. John Lee, vol. 10, 2014, p. 4.
Comment: This appears to reinforce our statement last week concerning global depression. Brother Branham prophesied "You watch for a depression, brother. You think you've seen something; you just wait after while. You haven't seen nothing" (Jezebel Religion, p. 22:100).
Fascism and War: Elite Tools to crush and kill Dissent
December 17, 2014 Dr. Jacques Pauwels is not the kind of historian you often hear about in the mainstream media. He's obviously not the kind of "expert" they refer to for historical facts. Actually, one crucial propaganda method consists in excluding current events from their historical context.
Listening to Pauwels makes one realize the scope of the lies we've been fed about the Second World War, fascism and democracy, and how myths related to previous wars need to be upheld in the mainstream discourse to satisfy never ending war propaganda needs. In a speech held December 15 in Montreal, he explained that World Wars I and II were all about crushing mass revolutionary movements.
The myth of the Good War
Every time Westerners' approval for war is required, the myth of the good war surfaces: the Second World War was a good war, a necessity to quench Hitler's blood thirst. Pauwels tears this myth apart, uncovering the vicious nature of the western elite.
The reasons for the US involvement in World War II lie in the social-economic conditions of the time, not in an outpouring of compassion destined to save humanity from fascism. The US elite was actually in favor of fascism, a very convenient tool to crush the mass revolutionary movement embodied by the Russian Revolution and the USSR [funded by tax-exempt US foundations].
WWII was in fact a continuity of WWI. "We are always told that WWI started with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, but it's not true", Pauwels says. It is indeed a well established myth carried on by various sources, whether history is written by "thousands of eminent experts, scholars, and leaders" like in Encyclopedia Britannica, or by just about anybody, like in Wikipedia:
The outbreak of war
With Serbia already much aggrandized by the two Balkan Wars (1912–13, 1913), Serbian nationalists turned their attention back to the idea of "liberating" the South Slavs of Austria-Hungary. Colonel Dragutin Dimitrijevic, head of Serbia's military intelligence, was also, under the alias "Apis," head of the secret society Union or Death, pledged to the pursuit of this pan-Serbian ambition. Believing that the Serbs' cause would be served by the death of the Austrian archduke Francis Ferdinand, heir presumptive to the Austrian emperor Francis Joseph, and learning that the Archduke was about to visit Bosnia on a tour of military inspection, Apis plotted his assassination. (World War I, Encyclopedia Britannica).
The immediate trigger for war was the 28 June 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, by Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo. This set off a diplomatic crisis when Austria-Hungary delivered an ultimatum to the Kingdom of Serbia, and international alliances formed over the previous decades were invoked. Within weeks, the major powers were at war and the conflict soon spread around the world. (World War I, Wikipedia).
[This was for public consumption. Australia was preparing for World War I in 1919 as the United States was preparing for World War II in 1934]. Both WWI and WWII had two dimensions: the vertical dimension, namely the rivalry between empires, and the horizontal one, class warfare, Pauwels explains.
These wars were actually the best way for the western elite to cope with the ever growing revolutionary and democratic movements fueled by dire economic conditions and which threatened the established order.
In Nietzsche's view for example, Pauwels says "war was the solution against revolution, since in a war, there are no discussions, as there is in a democracy. In a war, the minority, the elite, decides and the majority, the proletarians, obey."
For members of the elite like Malthus, "the system could not be the cause of poverty since they were profiting from it. The cause of poverty was the poor: there were too many of them. Therefore the solution to poverty and threatening revolutionary movements was simply to eliminate poor people and what better solution than war to kill poor people?"
After WWI though, "revolution was no longer a simple idea but rather something concrete: the Soviet Union." That's when fascism came to the rescue. "Fascism was the instrument used by the elite to further the objectives of 1914, namely put an end to revolutions and communism."
Communism and socialism were gaining worldwide momentum after WWI. "The German industrial and financial elite wished to crush the revolutionary movement and destroy the Soviet Union. Adolf Hitler was their instrument."
According to popular belief Western leaders were defending democracy, engaged in a war against Germany to save humanity from fascism and the US involvement in the war led to the downfall of Hitler's war machine. Nothing is further from the truth. "Hitler was supported by other European countries and the US because they wanted him to destroy the USSR, the cradle of the revolution." The exact opposite occurred: it was the USSR that defeated Nazi Germany, losing over 20 million souls in the battle.
The US even recruited the best Nazi scientists, technicians and engineers to work for them after the war. That piece of history called Operation Paperclip has yet to find its way into the Encyclopedia Britannica.
WWII was the victory of American Imperialism, a term which is rarely used today even if it best describes the reality the world has been living in ever since. But even more surprising is the surviving myth that we are going to war to save the world from evil dictators or terrorists and that the western world fights for freedom and democracy. Thanks to the "stenographers of power" the tactic is still reliable and used several decades later. Full story: globalresearch.ca
Comment: This is important reading however it is deceptive; the truth is set forth in the nineteenth century plans for three world wars followed by global revolution which will become Armageddon.
Israel's boundless Support to Terrorists laid bare
December 10, 2014 New Media information revealed that up to 1,400 terrorists who were wounded in Syria have been treated at the expense of the Israeli War Ministry in a field hospital in the occupied Syrian Golan . . . Israeli medical treatment to terrorists has also been provided at Israeli hospitals inside the occupied Palestinian territories, including hospitals that treat high ranking Israeli officers.
Recently, there have been almost daily reports of injured terrorists being transported to those hospitals, with the number of those amounting to tens of hundreds, most of them being taken care of in Poriya hospital in Tiberias and Nahariya hospital in Galilee. The latest of such reports came out earlier today by the Israeli "Walla" website . . . Other Israeli reports stated that an estimated USD 14 million has been spent by the Israeli authorities to treat terrorists injured in Syria since the outbreak of the terrorist war waged against in 2011.
Various intelligence and other reports have come to confirm those published by the media, including reports by the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) monitoring the 1974 accord between Syria and the Israeli enemy. Even the UN force itself has not been spared by the terrorist organizations operating in the disengagement zone, which are receiving direct Israeli support. UN personnel came under repeated attacks by terrorists, including from the Security Council-blacklisted Jabhat al-Nusra organization, which involved clashes as well as abduction in several cases.
Israel's support to the internationally-created terrorist organizations has taken various aspects, not least the Israeli war planes launching attacks against sites inside the Syrian territory, all in flagrant violation of the counterterrorism resolutions issued by the UN and Security Council in particular. Full story: sana.sy
Sydney Siege: Bourjerdi is Jewish?
December 16 Haron Monis was the typical Islamist. He loved western society, loved sex and violence and he promoted the propaganda of the CIA and its friends. And he was Jewish, reportedly. In 2009, he was outed as a bogus Islamic cleric by Moslem scholars.
Haron Monis, originally called Manteghi Bourjerdi, may still be alive, unless he was a mind-controlled patsy. Manteghi Bourjerdi, may have links to Borujerd (or Bourjerd) in Iran. The people of Borujerd speak mostly the Borujerdi dialect, which is "to high degree affected by the specific accent common among the Jewish population of Borujerd . . ."
The Sydney Siege was a classic CIA/Mossad/Australian Security Intelligence Organisation inside job. Haron Monis was 'out on bail' in spite of being linked to murder and various other serious crimes. Haron Monis recently 'converted to Sunni Islam' and became a supporter of the CIA's ISIS. He spouted slogans designed to discredit Moslems.
Full story: aanirfan.blogspot.com
Dog Torture at Bottom of CIA Scandal
December 18, 2014 The torture report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee has answered a big question we had about those "enhanced interrogation techniques" employed by the CIA on prisoners from the first day we heard about them . . . If one of the captives might have been in some way tangentially involved in the 9/11 atrocities, the last thing we would have wanted to do would be to torture the truth out of him, for the truth would certainly lead in directions that we would rather not go. We might as well have tortured Dick Cheney if it's the truth we were after . . .
Now, in his analysis of the Senate report, Thierry Meyssan has shown that that was not the purpose of the CIA's vile torture program. Its purpose was to break down the captives in the manner in which noted [Jewish] psychologist Martin Seligman broke down his captive dogs, by random torture to condition them to do or say anything we wanted of them. . . Full story: buelahman.wordpress.com
Comment: An eye-opener when you read the links. Did you know that attack dogs can be trained to rape? The ten most shocking facts Russia Today found in CIA torture report. A staggering 54 countries were 'involved' in the Senate report in helping US terror activates around the world. Here are seven governments whose leaders will be having sleepless nights trying to come up with excuses to explain their actions.
Although none of the countries were specifically named in the heavily edited document, through a process of elimination and by putting data together, it was quiet clear, which nations were at fault in the report. Those countries which housed US sponsored detention centers were given a code color. Poland for instance was 'Blue', while Lithuania was 'Violet'.
Farmers forced off their Land fight back in Queensland
December 19, 2014 It hasn't rained in the outback town of Winton since January 2012. Local grazier Charlie Phillott doesn't recall it being so dry for so long in all the 80 years he has lived in western Queensland. Most of his time has been spent on the family's 20,000ha Carisbrooke Station, running cattle and a tourism venture out on the Mitchell grass downs and mesa spinifex country of the upper Diamantina southwest of Winton, not far from where Lark Quarry's famous dinosaurs once stamped . . .
The octogenarian couple left the station in March, pushed off by the ANZ Bank, which claimed its debts could be recouped only by seizing and selling the prized station. Yet the Phillotts had never defaulted or missed an interest repayment on their loan . . . Farmers who are good managers or wholike Phillotthave never missed a loan repayment are being told by the banks to sell their cattle or hand over their properties because land values have fallen with the drought and loan-to-equity ratios mounted. He says government drought loans are too bound up with red tape and overseen by unsympathetic bureaucrats to be of any help. "The government must step in; we need an immediate moratorium on all forced property sales until it rains, so farm families can either leave if they want to with some dignity or try and trade their way out of the drought," Moloney told The Weekend Australian yesterday . . . Full story: alor.org
Comment: This planned tragedy has occurred because governments of both sides of our Hegelian controlled-party political sham democracies have 'stepped in' to serve the stated aims of Rothschild's Illuminati, Communism and the 'City of London' includes the abolition of private property, and inheritance. This sleight of hand has transferred the productive economy needed to trade out of debt offshore in China and other low wage nations.
Marxist Pope John Paul II stated in his Encyclical of September 15, 1981, on the subject of private property and capitalism: "Christian tradition has never upheld the right of private property as absolute and untouchable. On the contrary, it has always understood the right as common to all to use the goods of the whole creation." This stands in direct contravention to papal teachings from Pope Leo XIII to Pius XII: "The Socialist endeavor to destroy private property, and maintain that an individual's possessions should become the common property of all, to be administered by the State or by municipal bodies . . . unjust, because it would rob the legal possessor, bring the State in to a sphere that is not its own, and cause complete confusion to the community."
That the objectives of Masonry, Illuminism and Marxism are also those of the Roman Catholic hierarchy is now an open secret. These related systems were established by a vastly wealthy elite whose objective is world hegemony.
Zechariah's Fifth Vision
Zechariah's fourth vision demonstrated God's favour toward men in the dispensation of sovereign grace by the forgiveness of sins and the first Coming of the BRANCH in order to accomplish His purpose through elective love. Zechariah's fifth vision prophesies that by sovereign grace and our preeminence to the mind of God in us all obstacles will be overcome and the Kingdom of God realized.
Zechariah 4:1-3, after the previous vision the prophet had lapsed into a condition of normal consciousness when Brother Branham, "the angel who talked with me," appeared in a fifth vision "and asked: What do you see? And I said: I see a golden lampstand with a reservoir upon its top and seven lamps upon it with seven pipes to the seven lamps. And there are two olive trees engraved on the reservoir, one upon the right and the other upon the left side".
Imagine yourself in Zechariah's sandals watching the vision and listening to the description of the angel William Branham and you will recognize that Zechariah represents the 144,000 elect Israelites in the first half of Daniel's Seventieth Week under the ministry of two prophets in the Spirit and with the authority of Moses and Elijah as, Brother Branham explained, they 'reinstruct another temple' for the millennium, "an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." The elect Israelites will be transformed into the lively stones of this house of true worship by the revelation of their King Jesus Messiah and His Queen, New Jerusalem, the Church, formed from "the golden oil" of two Testaments received by faith.
Six hundred years later on the Isle of Patmos John saw the same vision at a more advanced development of the prophecy signifying Jesus Messiah in the midst of His Church drawn out from all seven Church Ages. Caught up in the Spirit into the coming Day of the Lord, John looked back through time to the present holy convocation of the fiftieth day of the antitype of the Pentecostal feast in which we live. Jesus is no longer in the office of Son of God and Mediator as He was throughout the Church Ages, and not yet in the office Son of David but in the office of Son of Man and Judge. John 5:22, 27, "For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment unto the Son . . . And has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of man".
We must distinguish the dispensations of Son of man, Son of God, Son of man, and Son of David in that order, as per the Bible, and discriminate between the unique functions of each office.
Revelation 1:12-16, "And I . . . (enter your name here because throughout the Book of Revelation John represents you as Christ's end-time Bride called-out from the Judaeo-Roman and once Protestant denominations) . . . turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And on turning I saw seven golden lampstands; and in the midst of the lampstands One like the Son of man, clothed with a long robe, and with a golden girdle round His breast. His head and His hair were white like wool, as white as snow; and His eyes were as a flame of fire; His feet like fine brass as it glows in the furnace; and His voice as the sound of many waters. In His right hand He held seven stars: from His mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and His face was like the sun shining in full strength".
Many in the circle of this Message believe Christ is still in the office of Son of God and Mediator, but this vision portrays His Bride drawn out of all seven Church Ages in oneness with Him through the unity of the faith, and He is not a Mediator but a Judge. Were He interceding for the Church Age saints on their ignorance of the fullness of the Word the Bible would still be sealed and His otherwise flowing robes would be girt around the waist in priestly service, but here they reach to His feet and He is girt about the breast (Revelation 15:6). He has not been a Mediator since March 1963 when the blood was removed from the Mercy Seat as indicated in Revelation 4, transforming it to a Judgment Seat prior to the opening of the Seven Seals, and He is portrayed with white hair signifying the wisdom and experience of the Judge.
Daniel 7:9-10 records the same vision: "I watched till the thrones were placed [they were empty when he saw the vision because the twenty-four elders of the Old and New Testaments were not then redeemed as they were when John saw the vision (Revelation 4:4)], and the Ancient of days [Jesus Messiah] took His seat; His garment was white as snow and the hair of His head like whitest wool: His throne was a blaze of flames, and its wheels were burning fire. [Daniel saw the Ark of the Covenantthe Throne of Mercy and Judgment in the Holy of Holies prior to the Captivityenveloped by the Shekinah]. A stream of Fire came forth from His Presence: a thousand thousands [His redeemed Bride] served Him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him (II Timothy 4:8; I Peter 5:2-4; Revelation 2:10; 5:11; 20:4): the court sat and the books were opened" (I Corinthians 6:2).
The two olive trees engraved on the reservoir represent the Absolute of Law under the Old Testament on one side and the Absolute of grace through faith under the New Testament on the other; each is the Word of God that furnishes the reservoir with olive oil burned in the seven lamps to shine the Light of God's will to an election of Abraham's natural seed and for the elect of Abraham's spiritual seed in an otherwise dark world. The natural types the spiritual; the first lamp was lit by sacred fire ignited by God at the dedication of the Tabernacle (Leviticus 9:24). The second lamp was then lit from the flame of the first, and the holy Fire transferred thus until all seven lamps were burning. This typed the inauguration of the Church on the day of Pentecost when the Shekinah settled as tongues of Fire upon each of the saints, and Peter in accordance with Jesus' promise unlocked the Kingdom of heaven by the keys of faith for three thousand elect Israelites and proselytes to Yahwism who received the baptism with the Holy Spirit or new birth (Matthew 16:19; Acts 2:1-42); then for the elect Samaritans (Acts 8:14-17), and finally for the elect Gentiles (Acts 10:34-48). The Life has passed through the Body from one Age to the next by the Messenger or "angel" or by a prophet under the Law who came at the end of each Age with the Word for the new dispensation.
Peter described "the keys of the Kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 16:19) as "the present Truth" (II Peter 1:12). Since there are nine separate dispensations within the Gentile dispensationAlpha or Pentecost, seven Church Ages, and Omega, the Capstone Age of this present holy convocation of the fiftieth day of the antitype of Israel's Pentecostal feast as illustrated on this diagramentered only by a clear understanding of the "key" Word of truth revealed for the current dispensation. One must possess the revelations of the previous Ages, but what baptized the saints into Christ in past dispensations will not give the new birth in this day; we must "walk in the Light as He is in that Light" not impersonate the glare of a day gone by (I John 1:7).
The Holy Bible is the story of God unfolding Himself or changing His form from the eternal Spirit alone with His eternal thoughts to their manifestation in the flesh of His glorified family. Christ is "the beginning of the creation of God" and His Bride of all Ages is the continuation of the same creation. Likewise Adam was the beginning of the creation of man and Eve was a continuation of the same creation. Jesus said, "As long as I am in the world, I am the Light of the world," and "You are the Light of the world" (Matthew 5:14-16; John 9:5). In Christ we are deity manifest, as symbolized by the Lampstand that was beaten from one piece of pure gold (Exodus 37:17-22). In Revelation 4:5 after the close of the Laodicean Church Age (at Revelation 3:22) we see "seven lamps of Fire burning before the Throne, which are the seven Spirits of God" that anointed the angels to the Church Ages to impart His Life by faith to the elect of those PART-Word dispensations that they might shine His Light in the otherwise dark world, but Laodicea is fulfilled and the seven portions of the Spirit are back before the Throne, which is no longer the Throne of Mercy, but of Judgment.
As Jesus explains in Revelation 1:20: "The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches." An angel or messenger was sent to each Church Age. Each man was born-again toward the end of the previous Age where their ministry rebuked and corrected those who had relapsed from that Message and began to teach the Message for the new Age as the Lord unveiled it to him. As the Israelite priest transferred the holy Fire from the altar to the first lamp, then from the first lamp to the second, and from the second lamp to the third, so Paul who was reborn by the Fire that lit the wicks of the Pentecostal saints kindled the saints of the Ephesian Age by the new Message. Then Irenaeus who was born-again in the Ephesian Church Age passed the Fire to the saints of the Smyrnean Church Age, and so-on. Only the angel can cross into the full Light of the new Age, so Brother Branham who is a Laodicean or Pentecostal Age saint was able to introduce Christ, the fullness of the Light or Capstone revelation, while his Pentecostal brethren could apprehend little of his new, post-Seals Message ordained to bring Christ's end-time Bride to new birth and maturity in the unity of the faith for the manifestation of the Sons of God and the translation.
In order to be born-again we must recognize our day and it's Message, otherwise we will be "souls in prison now" impersonating the Word for a day gone byeven if we are in the circle of this Message.
Zechariah 4:4-10, "Then I asked [Brother Branham] the angel that talked with me, what are these, my lord? The angel that talked with me answered; do you not know what these are? And I said, No, my lord. Then he said, This is the Word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by the might [of many], nor by the power [of one man], but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. Who are you before Zerubbabel, O great mountain? Be a plain! He shall bring forth the Capstone accompanied with shouts of, Grace, grace to it, [and to the Temple or the Body of Christ which it represents, that it stand fast forever"] (Daniel 2:40-45)!
"Moreover the Word of the Lord came to me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. For whoever has despised the day of small things shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven, for they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth".
The vision embodied a prophecy intended in the first instance to encourage Zerubbabel in the work of reconstructing the Temple assuring him that the metaphorical mountain of difficulties before him will be made a plain by the grace of God, and without the intervention of human strength of any description the Holy Spirit will accomplish the work so that the Capstone shall be brought forth from the place where it was turned from rude matter into due form, and the completed work hailed as wholly of "grace" (Isaiah 46:30; Joel 2:32; Zechariah 14:4-8; Matthew 21:42).
It was as the Lord told Paul, "My grace is sufficient for you: for My strength is made perfect in your weakness. [To which Paul said within himself], Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me . . . for when I am weak then am I strong" (II Corinthians 12:9-10).
The menorah that burned continually in the Holy Place of the Temple could give light only by grace of a plentiful supply of olive oil. Likewise the restoration of the Temple can only be attained by reliance on the blessed agency of the Holy Spirit. In the antitype the Lampstand represents Christ's Bride of all Ages who are lively stones in the Temple of the Body of the Lord. "In Revelations 1:12-13 we find Jesus standing in the seven Church Ages, the seven golden candlesticks, when John turned and saw "One like the Son of man standing clothed with a . . ." it was the Bride standing in the candlesticks drawed out [from all seven Church Ages]" (Why We are not a Denomination, p. 37:182). Christ and His Bride are one: deity beaten from one piece of Gold, the Logos. Zerubbabel represents Brother Branham, the angel to the seventh Church Age, the Elijah of Malachi 4:5-6 and Matthew 17:11 who explained, "The Elijah of this day is the Lord Jesus Christ [veiled behind the flesh of His Prophet] according to Luke 17:30" (Trying to do God a Service without it being God's Will, p. 33:212).
"Christ being the chief corner stone" (Ephesians 2:20), Brother Branham like Zerubbabel restored "that foundation, which is [the faith of] Jesus Christ [revealed to Paul who wrote the New Testament" (I Corinthians 3:10-12; Galatians 1:8), "not in enticing words of man's wisdom, but in evidence of the Spirit and power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God" (I Corinthians 2:4-5; Luke 17:28-30).
Like governor Zerubbabel whose hands laid the foundation of the restored stone house of the Lord and whose hands also brought forth the capstone, the spirit of Elijah in John the Baptist introduced Christ the foundation of God's true House (Malachi 3:1; 4:6a; I Corinthians 3:11) and the spirit of Elijah in Brother Branham restored the foundation stone of "that Temple made not with hands" and "also finished it," introducing Christ the Capstone (Malachi 4:6b; Matthew 17:11; Ephesians 2:20). He called God's elect out from the Judaeo-Roman Catholic church and her harlot daughters into the faith of Jesus Christ. Out from Apostles' Creeds (so-called), pagan trinity doctrines and false baptisms in three Titles instead of the Name of our LORD JESUS CHRIST; out from theology and human learning into the Foundation "by My Spirit" confirmed from Genesis to Revelation. When the Lord opened the Seven Seals he introduced the Capstone; and as the foundation was rejected by the Israelite builders at His first Coming, the Capstone was rejected by the denominational builders at His second Coming; but we shout, "Grace, grace, amazing grace unto it!"
God hides in humility and reveals Himself in such simplicity "these things are hid from the wise and prudent, and revealed to babes" (Luke 10:21). Or as Paul declared: "Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but to us who are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Judahites require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumblingblock, and to the Greeks foolishness; but to those who are called, both Judahites and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For you see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, has God chosen, yes, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: so no flesh should glory in His Presence" (I Corinthians 1:17-29).
Thus Zechariah also reproved the ungrateful incredulity of those who despised the humble beginnings of his monumental undertaking; and encouraged them with the assurance their progress in the work, though small, is an earnest of great and final success, because the eyes of the Lord, the sevenfold Spirit of God, are upon Zerubbabel and gladly see the plumbline in his hand judging the work whether it is good and true and fit for the Temple, indicating the work is going forward to its completion, and they support him with God's favor. They "run to and fro through the whole Earth" so nothing escapes the eye of Jehovah, thus He can ward off all danger from His people, from whatever quarter it may come, in prosecuting His work (Proverbs 15:3; I Corinthians 16:9).
In Zechariah's fourth and fifth visions the eyes were engraved in the Capstone, and the Capstone is Christ and His Bride, but when Johnthat is, you, as a member of Christ's end-time Bridesaw the vision after the close of the Laodicean Church Age you saw "a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth" (Revelation 5:6). The explanation in the following Scriptures illustrates the oneness of Christ and His Bride through the invisible marriage union, which is the redemption and reunion of Attributes of the Logos with the Logos that He may gather glory to Himself by grace through faith.
II Corinthians 5:14-17, "Because Christ died for all of the elect, all are accounted as having died in Him on Calvary [as we are Attributes of the Logos] . . . Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: old things have passed away; a new Life has begun".
Romans 8:29-30, "Those whom God foreknew [as Attributes in the Logos] He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Those whom He predestinated He also called; and those whom He called He also justified; and those whom He justified He has also glorified".
In the antitype Christ has returned in Judgment in the office of Son of man; His plumbline is the THUS SAITH THE LORD of the seventh Angel's Message. I Corinthians 3:11-15, "No other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any one builds his Temple for the Holy Spirit on this foundation with [carnal materials such as] gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or stubble, [trinities, catechisms, baptisms in three titles, or Apostles' creeds (so-called)] the day of judgment will declare it [for Christ's end-time Bride that day is now (I Timothy 5:24)], because it shall be revealed by [the Holy Spirit and] Fire [which falls on the just and on the unjust (Matthew 3:11; 5:45)]. Fire will test the quality each one's work [whether it be revelation or guesswork]. Then every [elect] workman who has built on the foundation with the right materials, and whose work abides, will receive his reward. But if the house he has built burns up, he will suffer great loss, though he [as a foolish virgin] will be saved and purged through the fire of the tribulation".
Make sure you are building your Temple of the Holy Spirit on a clear revelation of the Word for this hour unlocked by the keys of the Message of the seventh angel who talked with Zechariah in his visions, not recitations of Message quotes learned without understanding, and which will place you in the great tribulation.
Christ will gather His children Home for the wedding supper of the Lamb in the sky, and following the consummation of life we will all return to Earth for the millennium when we shall "tread down the wicked; for they will be [atomic] ashes under the soles of our feet" (Malachi 4:3; Matthew 3:12).
Zechariah 4:11-14, "Then Zechariah asked, What are these two olive trees on the right and left side of the Lampstand? And what are the two branches which by two golden spouts empty the golden oil out of themselves into the reservoir? And he said, Do you not know not what these are? And I said, No, my lord. Then he said, These are the two anointed ones who stand by the Lord of the whole Earth".
The two branches or "anointed ones" that are engraved on the reservoir (as the "seven eyes" are engraved on the Capstone) signify "the two anointed ones who stand by the Lord of the whole Earth"as Christ will be called in "the Day of the Lord" when the Seventh Trump sounds the close of the Gentile dispensation (Zechariah 14:9; Daniel 2:44; Revelation 11:15) and His 'parousia' Coming to Israel. They will be the "two witnesses" of Revelation 11:3-4. "These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the Lord of the earth." Two Israelite prophetsnot Jewsanointed with the Spirit that endued Elijah the prophet and Moses the lawgiver.
Ultimately the two offices will be united in Jesus Messiah as Son of David. This was foreshadowed to Abraham in His encounter with Melchisedec who is the Father of the Son. Hebrews 7:1-3, "This Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; to whom Abraham gave a tenth part of all, is first, by translation of His Name, King of righteousness, and then He is King of Salem, which is, King of peace. He is without father or mother or genealogy, and has neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made to resemble the Son of God, He remains a priest forever".
Jesus Messiah is Melchisedec manifest in virgin-born flesh to fulfill the part of Adam's Kinsman Redeemer. Isaiah 44:6, 24: "Thus says the Lord the King of Israel, and his Redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside Me there is no God . . . Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, and He who formed you from the womb, I am the Lord who makes all things; who stretched forth the heavens alone; who spread abroad the earth by Myself" (Revelation 1:11, 17-18). There was no trinity of gods at creation, so there is no trinity of gods in eternity. Our Redeemer is the One Person of God, whose compound redemptive Name is LORD JESUS CHRIST.
When the 144,000 elect Israelites catch the revelation of Messiah's second or 'parousia' Coming they will see Him riding a white horse to judge and make war with the beast and the kings of the earth, and their armies, and "on His robe and on His thigh a Name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS" (Revelation 19:11, 17). But before Jesus can restore the kingdom to Israel, He must take His impersonator, the Devil-incarnate Judaeo-Roman pope who, as "VICARIVS FILII DEI," claims he is King of kings and Lord of Lords. Satan's church organized at the First Nicaea Council in AD325 when Roman Emperor Constantine and "those who say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan" made a universal religion in union with the statea form of superpower that will rule the world to the consummation. At that time Jesus will cast the beast and the false prophet that wrought miracles in his presence into the lake of Fire burning with brimstone (Revelation 19:20). The (once) Protestant United States is the image to the beast whose two hornschurch and state, Judaeo-Roman ecclesiastical and civil powerswill unite to force Rome's trinity doctrine, which is the mark of the beast, on pain of death as Jesus prophesied in Revelation 13:11-18.
God has allowed Judaeo-Communism to raise up in Russia, financed by tax-exempt US foundations, to destroy Vatican City State (Revelation 18:7-20) and the United States of America. Of the last of seven major continuous visions the Lord showed him in June 1933 Brother Branham said, "I heard a most terrible explosion. As I turned to look I saw nothing but debris, craters, and smoke all over the land of America." For Daniel 9:27 prophesied, "The prince [or pope] of Rome will confirm a covenant with the Jews [and their international banksters to refinance the US dollar with gold backing] for one week [of seven years]: and in the midst of the week he will cause the sacrifice and the oblation [which they will have restored] to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations [making himself god and forcing his trinitarian religion (II Thessalonians 2:3-12; Revelation 13:15-18)] he will make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolator." Then the nations that "receive power as kings one hour with Rome and with one mind, give their power and strength to the beast. . . shall hate the whore, and will make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her [and obviously her US image] with [nuclear] fire," (Revelation 17:12-18).
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.