Bible Believers' Newsletter #614
Bible Believers' Newsletter #614
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the wonderful Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have appreciated your fellowship and wish you prosperity in health with rest in the faith as we enter the New Year. May you be blessed in 2010—the fifty-seventh year of the 'rapture' of Christ's Church.
When tribulation strikes many in the circle of this Message will say, "I thought there was supposed to be a rapture," when it has passed and they knew it not (Revelation 3:17-20). Fifty-seven years ago Christ came "as a thief in the night" between the Sixth and Seventh Vials, and He is catching up one into the revelation "where the eagles are gathering together," and leaving one (Revelation 16:15; I Thessalonians 5:2; Matthew 24:40). If we do not recognize His Coming we will not be in His going, when the Spirit departs and Satan incarnates that man of sin (II Thessalonians 2:7-17). First the Church Age saints will be raised glorified, then "we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them," just one here, and one there. Very few will be changed in the atoms.
On Boxing Day the news presenter said, "One third of annual retail sales are made in the Christmas/New Year period." This brought to mind what Brother Branham said: "Why, they started buying Christmas present months ago, and what is it but a heathen trait. There's nothing about it godly. Oh, they try to say, "Give gifts, to the wise men." That's just an oasis for a devil's excuse. You want to give something, it's your life to Christ. Don't give to one another; give it to Him. That's what He died for. That's His purpose of coming. See?"
"But it's got to be a place where it's a curse to little children. Some little neighbor down the street can have plenty, and the other little fellow don't have nothing, and they look. And the whole thing is altogether wrong. And merchants raise their merchandise at these places. Why, my wife went in to get something for some little fellows, and about three weeks ago, said, "Oh, we done sold out all the stock. We made a double order of stock this year, done sold it all out." Three or four weeks 'fore the time to start shopping. Oh, what a big commercial setup it is. And after all, do you know how Christmas ever begin, this what we call Christmas, "Christ's mass"? (Falling Apart of the World, #62-1216).
Revelation 18:3, "All nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of Rome's fornication [i.e. idolatry], and the kings of earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown rich on her abundance of wantonness".
"The commercial world got into it and they. . . Why, they make enough through Christmas time until they can retire the rest of the year almost. I talked to a merchant the other day; he said, "You give me these two weeks, and if I didn't have to keep my van here," said, "I'd wait till next Christmas; I could go fishing, or whatever I want to do, till next Christmas." He said, "But I keep the boys going." Said, "Just keep them here just enough to keep my business open and it keeps my hands paid off and things." Said, "I don't make nothing till Christmas time comes on." You see, it's become a great commercial thing when it ought to be a worship: a worship" (God's Gifts Always Find Their Place, p. 21:90).
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.