|BIBLE STUDY SERIES #317, 318 and 319|
21 December, 1997
By Douglas C. Nesbit, B.A.
This present series of Bible Studies began several years ago in Genesis 12 with God's Call to Abram. God, from the first conception of the world, has prepared a Great Plan of which we form a consistent part. Normally, in accordance with the steady sequence of Biblical passages which we are studying, we might today be examining some words from other Scriptures.
Today, I shall make use of a study which was first presented at Christmas time back in 1995, under the heading of "The Coming One", as the words spoken at that time are as valid today as they were then. This is what was aired on that occasion: "...as we have arrived, in the great cycle of the calendar year, at that time wherein we celebrate the appearance of the Babe of Bethlehem, God's Word in human form, it is appropriate to take our thoughts back to a time and place, and to an event which approximately two thousand years of human history has perhaps dimmed, but in no way tarnished. We are, of course, speaking of the First Advent, that appearance upon the world's scene of a divine Word, the fulfilment of multitudinous prophetic words from Scriptures, given, in some cases, thousands of years before that moment of divine intervention in the affairs of mankind."
[FOR THE REST OF THIS TEXT, PLEASE CLICK ON BIBLE STUDY #214, READING FROM PARAGRAPH THREE TO THE END OF THAT STUDY. THE WORDING IS AN EXACT COPY FROM THIS POINT ON TO THE LAST WORDS: "We, of the British-Israel-World Federation have, as our long-time listeners know, often expressed the view that the generally Anglo-Celto-Saxon and kindred peoples of today are that 'house of Jacob' over which Jesus Christ is yet to reign. May that thought bless your Christmas assemblies and your peaceful days as the year continues forward to that fateful hour of His Appearing."
28 December, 1997
By Douglas C. Nesbit, B.A.
This present series of Bible Studies began several years ago in Genesis 12 with God's Call to Abram. God, from the first conception of the world, has prepared a Great Plan of which we form a consistent part. Normally, in accordance with the steady sequence of Biblical passages which we are studying, we might today be examining some words from other Scriptures. However, as we are once again at the marker sometimes called the "turning of the year", it is a suitable time, once again, to reflect upon the year past, and that which lies ahead, knowing that every year is "one year nearer home" for most Christians.
Perhaps, in light of the knowledge that the coming re-union is not that of our departure to some far distant Christ, but the imminence of Christ's arrival to assert His Kingship in corrective measures upon this earth which Scripture affirms, we may have to reassess the exact nature of the "home" concerned. The seventieth week of Daniel is long past, being unsevered from the sixty-ninth as one would expect. No severance is even slightly suggested by Scripture. According to the historicist understanding of Scripture held by all the great scholars among the Reformers of past centuries, this is the proper interpretation. On the other hand, that is not to suggest that everything in Revelation occurred in the one lifetime of the aged St. John and of the Roman world dominance directly thereafter either, for observant students of the Word of God have determined quite certainly the applications of the portions of Revelation in the realms of religious affairs, political affairs, economic affairs and those developing with the Kingdom Age and beyond as the last two millennia transpired. Revelation, Chapter 12 is clearly a Parenthesis within the pre-written prophetic history of God's people in relation to alien world forces. This historicist interpretation of Scripture was only relatively recently set aside in the minds of those unaware of the truly literal nature of God's prophecies when applied down the long corridor of historic events from the time of Christ's Revelation to St. John, and onward to the present time.
The quite novel insertion of a gap at the sixty-ninth week in Daniel's prophecy was only felt to be an expedient by those of recent generations who refused to believe that the symbolic prophecies of Revelation were being unfolded during the last two millennia, in spite of Christ's clear assertion that the events symbolised in Revelation were to "shortly come to pass", in other words, that is to say, to commence and proceed thereafter as unfolding stages of historic patterns until His return. The mistake took root I believe, because the developments happening to Israel's descendants were not observed by the sleeping shepherds of recent generations who were not aware that Israel today is for the most part, basically found in the Anglo-Celto-Saxon and kindred peoples of the world. Thus truly, the Kingdom of God has been arriving "not with observation" as asserted by Jesus in Luke 17:20. The Pharisees did not understand the saying when Christ first stated it. The majority of church leaders in the dominant church of the Middle Ages, and those of today do not understand it either.
The problem today, as I see it, is, in part at least, that to understand the matter distinctly, one has to become so to speak, in religious terms, somewhat "politically incorrect." This is so because a clear understanding of Revelation's true prophetic applications might be construed as offensive to those not committed to an historicist Scriptural view. The truth is, I believe, that the vast majority of the descendants of ancient Israel today do not know, and are never informed of, their own direct connection to the Biblical prophecies, being literal descendants of the Biblical Patriarchs, and thus literal possessors of the Biblical inheritance as prophesied. Some Jews who know the Anglo-Celto-Saxon identity of so-called "lost-Israel" will appreciate and sympathise with the words I have just uttered. Indeed it may come as quite a surprise to many leaders among pastors and ministers of modern churches, to learn that some informed Jews, if consulted privately, might affirm what British-Israelites have been saying for the last 120 years, but for these also, the view might be thought too "politically incorrect" or "touchy" to voice openly at this time.
As the months and years of our own lives draw closer to the culmination of the second millennium of the Christian witness, we may find that events move more and more swiftly like a river which becomes tumultuous with tossing rapids in a cataract when approaching a climactic event down stream. We are not yet free of Satanic influences which seek our destruction. I think it probable that Satan himself, now knows full well, and with certainty, that his time is short, as Scripture affirms in Revelation 12:12. Satan is a liar, and the father of lies, as Christ said in John 8:44, and he is destined to be judged on that basis. His only recourse to escape a just judgment before the Throne of The Almighty is to make of The Almighty a liar like unto himself, and the only way within his power to accomplish that object, it would appear, is that God's prophetic word regarding the descendants of Jacob (Israel) must be seen to have been made impossible of fulfilment.
It makes perfect logical sense on the Satanic level of thought, therefore to destroy Israel's descendants by every means within his power, no matter how murderous and brutal, before Christ's Second Advent. This is, I believe, why he, as described in I Peter 5:8, acts as "a roaring lion, walking about, seeking whom he may devour." God's promises of the inheritance of God's Kingdom to Israel, and through them, to all who will come to Christ, must be carried out upon this earth. It is here, therefore, through the destruction of the people of God's promise, and hence the ability to make of his judge a liar like unto himself, that Satan and his angelic following will see the most likely opportunity to escape a fated judgment. He must descend, (having been cast out of heavenly realms in any event for his rebellion), to destroy those through whom God has promised to work His wonderful prophetic unfolding of the Kingdom of God upon the earth as it is in heaven.
The accomplishment of this selfish Satanic stratagem will involve massive numbers of deaths of people; destruction within the womb, and from deplorable sexual preferences which do not result in gendering of children to God's people and which preferably end with a swift onset of AIDS and death. It will involve destruction of whole populations by catastrophic fratricidal wars, by corruption of food sources and famines of nutritious food resulting in the onset of many diseases and deadly cancer-inducing poisons. Revelation and provision of truly effective and freely available scientific cures must be inhibited so that the destruction may continue and any cures which come to light must be suppressed where possible or made outrageously costly. The whole of the world's population must be reduced by two thirds at least, some planners state. Lying propaganda must result in policies which act against the best interests of God's plan. Thus God's Laws must be extracted and eradicated from the educational process, being supplanted by shattering sex-beat music and the private nirvanas or psychedelic horrors of drugs, to the end that uninhibited youth violence may proliferate, and honourable sexual partners be hard to locate by the young who would live Godly lives and bear Godly children.
All these are upon us today, as predicted by God's Word in Scripture. Do not wonder at it. It is all exceedingly clever, one might say "diabolically clever", activity with a set purpose; that of extracting Satan and his following from impending judgment, the thrust of the argument for the defence being made through the accusation that one who failed to avoid lying Himself cannot justly judge another! From Satan's perspective, it is the only chance to evade destiny and to "be like the most high" as described in Isaiah 14:14. If Lucifer cannot attain Divine perfection, having fallen to the use of lies, then The Almighty must be driven to a similar imperfection through whatever destructive means may be required, and thus to an equivalency to Lucifer himself from which state a true judgment cannot be rendered.
In the Psalms we read of the care which a shepherd gives to the sheep, and one aspect of this is the cupping of the hand to still some water so a sheep may drink. I understand that timid animals may panic and refuse to attempt to drink from disturbed sources within swirling or rushing waters. Christ knows the needs of His own, and can still the hours of our days so that we may drink His Word. Never was such careful reliance upon the Word of The Almighty of greater importance than now. Never was it more certain that disturbances will otherwise unsettle the souls of The Elect. The matter is of such importance that it behooves all who understand events to provide this touch of reality beyond the delirium and the tumult. Never has it been of greater concern to those of us who hold a valuable trust of knowledge to dispense it freely, and without counting the cost, to those in turmoil and in need. We must provide the tranquil certainties of the verities of God's Scriptures while they are most needed. Tomorrow will be too late, if the need exists today. Such is a continuing necessity when other sources are found to be so very disturbing to the soul.
Perhaps the messages which we of the British-Israel-World Federation put forth as the weeks go by can serve in this respect, being a reminder of the verities of that Word, the clarification of the prophetic aspects thereof, thus yielding greater meaning for the present day pilgrims who seek that tranquil "home" of our desires. Had we the time, we might have closed with a review of the words of Isaiah 14, but you may do this on your own this coming week.
4 January, 1998
By Douglas C. Nesbit, B.A.
Today, I want to quote the text of a message which I delivered back at the end of December, 1990, called "OF SOWING AND REAPING" because it is a relatively timeless, yet pertinent message for the termination of yet another year on our calendar, and a time of new prospects. On that occasion, I said the words which follow. "It seemed right and proper for me, once again to draw our collective thoughts to the larger scale of events on the world's stage, and the vast time panorama across which we may sweep our thoughts as we survey the significant progression of God's Great Plan, as it moves in stately procession through the centuries and the millennia.
However, one of the problems associated with the broadcasting of radio presentations these days is the fact that there may be a time delay of up to six weeks or more between the date on which a script is prepared and the date on which it is finally broadcast. Thus a commentator who assays to make pronouncements concerning current events is left with several choices, none of them particularly attractive.
First, there is the danger of making imprudent attempts to base what one is about to say on a personal prognostication of what the circumstances will probably be at the time of airing. The probabilities of "getting it completely right" are likely to be astronomically prohibitive while the penalty for failure is likely to be, at best, the loss of all esteem and interest by one's listeners - even those most disposed to kindness.
Second, should that rare chance occur which allows one to "hit the target dead centre", so to speak, the success will be of little interest at the time it is finally revealed because the news will by then, already be established across the entire spectrum of the media, and the prophetic voice, lost amid the wash of the passing scene, can expect little attention regardless of the exactitude attained.
However, there are certain principles whereby the odds can be shortened, or even reversed while giving expression to what purports to be a wise and statesmanlike observation. One, of course, is to adroitly avoid making any statement which contains a particular commitment to fact or deadline. The statement must be so general and so larded with "weasel-words" that no lawyer in the world could later hold the speaker to account. My assessment is that this is an art long cultivated by successful politicians. When combined with optimistic vacuities which tickle the ears of the thoughtless or the depressed, a politician's success is almost always assured by this stratagem.
The other is to be in possession of the all encompassing certainties and truths which are established beyond all question, and to give true and clear expression to one's assessment of the forthcoming events, even though a sense of optimism must be postponed thereby, and a warning raised, if and when such is indicated.
What I am about to say now may appear unrelated to what I have just said, but it is not. My reason for it will emerge presently.
If a scientist looks at Nature, and can therein perceive a structure of Natural Law, that scientist may then proceed to predict, with a fair measure of certainty, the outcome which will be expected to emerge from a given set of circumstances. Laboratory experimentation proceeds with the expectation that a revelation of such relationships of cause to effect will emerge. These laws of Nature are built into the Creation by Almighty God for an essential set purpose. Lacking them, mankind could not be encouraged to make sense of his totally unpredictable existence. That world into which Man was to venture had to form a predictable environment. Otherwise nothing would make sense. No suitable responses could develop. No sense of reality could emerge as we presently understand it. Man could not develop relationship to his fellow man, nor with his God. Any conscious thought, if it were possible at all, would only encounter a seemingly totally hostile hallucinatory ocean of panic. There could develop no such responses as faith, love, honour, loyalty, nor any other essence of his character. An all encompassing Natural law is an overriding essential for Man's development.
But this absolute necessity of Natural law requires that Man be a responsible thinking creature in order to avoid undesirable events. Man must learn the "rules." Venturing beyond the activities which draw the optimum satisfactions of life, he must encounter the undesirable consequences. Thus the capability of being a sinner is an inevitable attribute of existence and a concerned, loving Creator must provide him guidance in this matter. This He has done by His Word - both written scripture and the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ.
Here we come once more to the matter of predicting the future, and the problem which I mentioned at the start of this talk. In order to correctly foresee and predict the future, we must possess more than human knowledge can encompass. We must have divine assistance from the only omniscient God, the Creator.
Throughout Biblical history, we find that the prophetic record was given by the Almighty God to a succession of men and women who, in turn, wrote as they were led by the Holy Spirit. Who then is a prophet? Strong's Concordance shows us that the Hebrew word most frequently used is "nabi", an inspired person. The root is that of speaking or singing by inspiration, and it can be either in prediction or in simple discourse.
But many false prophets arose to claim the attentions of the multitudes, and these were in opposition to the true prophets of Yahweh, the God of Israel. How do we know who is a true and who a false prophet? In Deuteronomy 18:20-22 we find this definition of a false prophet: "But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him."
Note that, in the first case, the prophecy does not accord with subsequent events. It is a false prophecy, hence the one prophesying is a false prophet. The only true God will not give a false prophecy in His own Name. In the second, the false prophet is one who does not pretend to speak for the LORD God of Israel, and so, even if the thing which has been prophesied does come to pass, yet again, the prophet is false because the god he serves is a false god. Deuteronomy 13:1-5 amplifies this: "If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul....", and the passage concludes, "that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death...".
A passage in Jeremiah 23:21-22 is directed against such false prophets. The passage reads "I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings." The remainder of that passage contains a condemnation of the false prophets.
Now what has all this to do with the topic of our discussion? Well, we saw earlier that an all pervasive law of nature must operate, so that man may develop as a rational human being. We know that one aspect of this universal law of Nature is the principle of sowing and reaping, that is, a dependable cause and effect relationship operates, and this is a reflection of the character of God, the Creator. We can see something of this in the relationship of seedtime to harvest. What we sow, we also reap. Galatians 6:7 says "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." As Hosea 8:6 shows, we can sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. Hosea thus prophesied against the Northern House of Israel, the ancestors, we believe, of much of the population of Britain, America and North-Western Europe.
God does give prophetic warnings which, if heeded, will have a beneficial outcome. He sent the Prophet Jonah to warn Nineveh of that city's sins and, upon a real repentance, the city was spared. How important it is, then, that the servant of God to whom He entrusts some message of warning for His people, be faithful in relaying that warning. Jonah tried to evade the obligation of God's directive to him and wound up in a submarine gastric prison for a three-day term.
Such a reaction is not all that uncommon. When Moses heard God's call at the burning bush, his first reaction was to say "Who am I that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?" (Exodus 3:11). When calling Jeremiah, as recorded in Jeremiah 1:17, God said to him "Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: Be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them." Ezekiel 2:6-8 contains a similar call to that Prophet which includes the words "And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious. But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; be not thou like that rebellious house...". Other prophets describe their messages from God as "burdens", no doubt because these warnings would thus make the bearers of such most unpopular.
Nevertheless, they were set as watchmen, having a trumpet wherewith to sound the alarm, and Ezekiel 33:6 states God's warning to the watchman. It says "But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand."
But why consider all this at the turn of the year? The answer lies in part in the fact that God has placed the succession of events of history in a sequence which is timed. He has so adjusted all events that a certain pattern emerges which only He knows far into the future. Thus only God can give knowledge of the future through His prophets to those who are willing to hear His words. What lies ahead for the coming year? What is on the schedule? While God knows the pattern, we do not, except that part which we may learn from Him through His holy Word. But we can understand that there is a constant stream of cause and effect at work. Our choices affect the outcome. We reap what we sow, both as individuals and collectively as nations. What are the nations of modern Israel - Britain, the U.S.A., and kindred peoples, doing today? What are our national leaders doing? Is it righteous? Is it in accord with God's sense of justice and righteousness? We, as Israel, reap what we sow. Let us not sow the whirlwind.
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