The Brazen Serpent

"The lifting up of the brazen serpent [Num. 21:4-9] was to teach Israel an important lesson. They could not be saved from the fatal effect of the poison in their wounds. God alone was able to heal them. Yet they were required to show their faith in the provision, which He had made. They must look in order to live. It was their faith that was acceptable with God, and by looking upon the serpent their faith was shown. They knew that there was no virtue in the serpent itself, but it was a symbol of Christ; and the necessity of faith in His merits was thus presented to their minds. Heretofore many had brought their offerings to God, and had felt that in so doing they made ample atonement for their sins. They did not rely upon the Redeemer to come, of whom these offerings were only a type. The Lord would now teach them that their sacrifices, in themselves, had no more power or virtue than the serpent of brass, but were, like that, to lead their minds to Christ, the great sin offering...

"The Israelites saved their lives by looking upon the uplifted serpent. That look implied faith. They lived because they believed God's word, and trusted in the means provided for their recovery. So the sinner may look to Christ, and live. He receives pardon through faith in the atoning sacrifice. Unlike the inert and lifeless symbol, Christ has power and virtue in Himself to heal the repenting sinner.

"While the sinner cannot save himself, he still has something to do to secure salvation. 'Him that cometh to me,' says Christ, 'I will in no wise cast out' (John 6:37). But we must come to Him; and when we repent of our sins, we must believe that He accepts and pardons us. Faith is the gift of God , but the power to exercise it is ours. Faith is the hand by which the soul takes hold upon the divine offers of grace and mercy....

"Jesus had pledged His word; He will save all who come unto Him. Though millions who need it to be healed will reject His offered mercy, not one who trusts in His merits will be left to perish." - God's Amazing Grace, p 315, E. G. White.

The Brazen Serpent Audio Study 01/21/2013


THE REAL STORY BEHIND THE WACO TRAGEDY

Various groups throughout the churches and the world have interpreted the events that transpired at New Mount Carmel Center, culminating in the great slaughter and holocaust of April 19, 1993, in different ways. The Seventh-day Adventist Church perceives it as a fiasco, a source of great shame brought upon their denomination and its work; a sad and brutal end of those the S.D.A. denomination believed were going to execute a slaughter of church members as foretold in Ezekiel Chapter 9 and in the writings of their church founder, Ellen G. White. Other denominations feel that it was a travesty of justice perpetrated by a government out of control, and that it became a wake-up call to all Christians, whatever their denomination, to be prepared for the coming persecution of the world-wide church of Christ, by a world-wide government. The secular world merely interprets this globally publicized event as the just rewards of a power-crazed, maniacal "cult" leader and his followers. However, the real story includes all of the above aspects, and much more.

David Koresh - The Serpent's Root Messenger

DKoresh

In June of 1981, Vernon Howell, who later in 1990 changed his name to David Koresh, came to New Mount Carmel Center, seeking a place where he could study the Scriptures with others of like faith. While living there, he saw an opportunity to be in ultimate control of the leadership of the church - The General Association of Branch Davidian Seventh-day Adventists. Vernon Howell charismatically seduced and manipulated the minds and hearts of its President and Executive Council, through their acceptance of his message. His "serpent's root" message (as he called it) had its origin with the serpent in Eden. Lucifer had used the serpent as his medium to voice to Eve his murmurings and complaints against God's established government and His universal law.

"Eve wandered away from the side of her husband, and was gazing with mingled curiosity and admiration upon the fruit of the forbidden tree. Satan, in the form of a serpent, conversed with Eve. The serpent had not the power of speech, but Satan used him as a medium. It was Satan that spoke, not the serpent. Eve was deceived, and thought it was the serpent. This serpent was    a very  beautiful  creature  with   wings: and while flying through the air his appearance was very bright, resembling the color of burnished gold. He did not go upon the ground, but went from place to place through the air, and ate fruit like man."

Just as Eve, the mother of all living, was seduced by Lucifer's voice through the medium of the serpent, Lois Roden, the president of the movement, was beguiled by Lucifer's eloquent sophistry, through his mouthpiece Vernon Howell, the "serpent's root" messenger. The insignia of his group and movement was the replica of a fiery-flying serpent, and unbeknown to him, was a depiction of Lucifer's modern-day serpent.

"Eve's curiosity was aroused. Instead of fleeing from the spot, she listened to hear a serpent talk. It did not occur to her mind that it might be that fallen foe, using the serpent as a medium. It was Satan that spoke, not the serpent. Eve was beguiled, flattered, infatuated. Had she met a commanding personage, possessing a form like the angels, and resembling them, she would have been upon her guard. But that strange voice should have driven her to her husband's side to inquire of him why another should thus freely address her. But she enters into a controversy with the serpent." - Spiritual Gifts, Volume 1, p 39 - 40, E.G. White

Lois Roden A Modern Eve 

Lois Roden the spiritual leader was beguiled, flattered and infatuated by Vernon's charismatic personality and seductive teachings. His propositioning Lois to have sexual relations with him should have caused her to run to her husband's writings to inquire why another should thus freely address her. It did not occur to her that it might be Satan, that fallen foe, using Vernon as his medium. But alas, Lois entered into argument and debate; precisely what Vernon wanted her to do, so that he could begin to undermine her integrity and authority. She began to listen to his teachings so that she could form her opinion as to whether they were true or false. In doing so she was drawn into his cunningly devised web of deceit.

"... She (Eve) answers his question, 'We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden. But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.' The serpent answers, 'Ye shall not surely die; for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.'

"Satan would convey the idea that by eating of the forbidden tree, they would receive a new and more noble kind of knowledge than they had hitherto attained. This has been his special work with great success ever since his fall, to lead men to pry into the secrets of the Almighty, and not to be satisfied with what God has revealed, and not careful to obey that which he has commanded."  - Ibid, p 36 - 38

The forbidden fruit, of course, was Vernon persuading Lois that it was all right to sin in the flesh as long as they were doing God's will in fulfilling the Isaiah 8:1-4 prophecy. Vernon convinced Lois that their coming together in the flesh would bring forth a prophet child to lead the movement. The prophecy had it's fulfillment, not in a child, but their relationship did bring forth the Mahershalalhashbaz movement within the church, made up of those who would hasten to follow the flesh, believing that Vernon was the lamb of Revelation 5:6, God in the flesh. They would not have the knowledge to cry "My Father and My Mother" - The Branch He and The Branch She - until after the One World Order took the riches and the spoil of their movement away on April 19, 1993.

"He would lead them to disobey God's commands, and then make them believe that they are entering a wonderful field of knowledge. This is purely supposition, and a miserable deception. They fail to understand what God has revealed, and disregard his explicit commandments, and aspire after wisdom, independent of God, and seek to understand that which he has been pleased to withhold from mortals.  They are elated with their ideas of progression, and charmed with their own vain philosophy; but grope in midnight darkness relative to true knowledge. They are ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." - Ibid, p 36 - 38

Vernon captivated the minds and hearts of the people convincing them that they were going to understand the Scriptures like never before. He introduced to them the inconsistencies of the Scriptures that God permitted His anointed to carry on, such as Abraham, Jacob, Saul, David and Solomon taking more than one wife and practicing polygamy. He convinced his followers to put aside the Testimonies of the Spirit of Prophecy and to study his interpretation of the Scriptures exclusively, leading them to "aspire after wisdom, independent of God."

"...It was not the will of God that this sinless pair should have any knowledge of evil. He had freely given them the good, but withheld the evil. Eve thought the words of the serpent wise, and she received the broad assertion. 'Ye shall not surely die; for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods knowing good and evil' - making God a liar. Satan boldly insinuates that God had deceived them to keep them from being exalted in knowledge equal with himself. God said, If ye eat 'ye shall surely die.' The serpent said, If ye eat 'ye shall not surely die.'

"The tempter assured Eve that as soon as she ate of the fruit she would receive a new and superior knowledge that would make her equal with God. He called her attention to himself. He ate freely of the tree and found it not only perfectly harmless, but delicious and exhilarating; and told her that it was because of its wonderful properties to impart wisdom and power that God had prohibited them from tasting or even touching it; for he knew its wonderful qualities. He stated that by_ eating of the fruit of the tree forbidden them was the reason he had attained the power of speech. He intimated that God would not carry out his word. It was merely a threat to intimidate them and keep them from great good. ..." - Ibid, p 36 - 38

The main underlying theme to Vernon's claim as the lamb was that he was the incarnation of God, a christ for modem-day Christians, a "sinful messiah" - one who was not only tempted in all points as we are, but also sinned in all points as we have.  If He could be saved then any one could be saved! Vernon claimed that when the Son ascended to heaven He went into the Father's glory and He was no more. Thus another messiah must come in these latter days.

The serpent voiced to Eve in the Garden that he ate freely of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and claimed that this was the reason "he had attained the power of speech". Likewise, Vernon, Lucifer's modern-day serpent, claimed that he ate freely of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In other words, he claimed to have indulged in sin freely, and this was the reason for his higher level of knowledge and inspiration. By veiling his sin in a cloak of righteousness, Satan was able to use this abominable lie to deceive both Eve and Lois, through his mediums, the serpent and the "serpent's root" messenger, respectively.

"... He intimated that God would not carry out his word. It was merely a threat to intimidate them and keep them from great good. He further told them that they could not die. Had they not eaten of the tree of life, which perpetuates immortality? He said that God was deceiving them to keep them from a higher state of felicity and more exalted happiness. The tempter plucked the fruit and passed it to Eve. She took it in her hand. Now, said the tempter, you were prohibited from even touching it lest you die. He told her that she would realize no more sense of evil and death in eating than in touching or handling the fruit. Eve was emboldened because she felt not the immediate signs of God's displeasure. She thought the words of the tempter all wise and correct. She ate, and was delighted with the fruit. It seemed delicious to her taste, and she imagined that she realized in herself the wonderful effects of the fruit.

"She then plucked for herself of the fruit and ate, and imagined she felt the quickening power of a new and existence as the result of the exhilarating influence of the forbidden fruit. She was in a strange and unnatural excitement as she sought her husband, with her hands filled with the forbidden fruit. She related to him the wise discourse of the serpent, and wished to conduct him at once to the tree of knowledge. She told him she had eaten of the fruit, and instead of her feeling any sense of death; she realized a pleasing, exhilarating influence. As soon as Eve had disobeyed, she became a powerful medium through which to occasion the fall of her husband." - Ibid, p 36 - 38

Lois Roden was the president of the Living Waters Branch Movement, the message and movement that taught the revelation of The Holy Spirit Mother, the Jerusalem above, the Mother of us all (Galatians 4:26). Vernon Howell, the messenger of the "serpent's root" approached Lois Roden, the messenger and representative as Eve was, of the Mother above. Vernon cunningly complained and murmured against the government at New Mt. Carmel Center, thereby seducing Lois. He led her to believe that they would rule the church together, and that she would achieve a higher level of spiritual understanding if she ate of the forbidden fruit that Vernon was offering her. She, in turn, was instrumental in bringing about the spiritual downfall of her partner in leadership, the Executive Council, who followed her example in their acceptance of the deception, just as Adam chose to follow Eve into sin.

According to comments made by many of the survivors, the majority of them would not have as easily accepted Vernon and his message if Lois hadn't influenced them by her verbal acceptance of his ideas and her conjugal relationship with him. Thus, just as Adam blamed Eve for his actions, the Executive Council holds Lois I. Roden responsible to a great extent, for their acceptance of the "serpent's root" message and messenger, neglecting the fact that they individually rejected the Spirit of God (the Spirit of Prophecy) to have believed such an abominable lie.

Nevertheless, what took place at New Mt. Carmel Center was the fulfillment of the prophecies given by Ellen G. White (founder of The Seventh-day Adventists), Victor T. Houteff (founder of The Davidian Seventh-day Adventists), and Benjamin L. Roden (founder of The Branch Davidian Seventh-day Adventists), as presented in the following quotes.

Ellen White Prophesied Apostasy

egw

"A General Movement Represented. I ask our people to study the twenty-eighth chapter of Ezekiel. The representation here made, while it - refers primarily   to   Lucifer, the fallen angel, has yet  a  broader significance. Not one being, but a general movement, is described, and one that we shall witness. A faithful study of this chapter should lead those who are seeking for truth to walk in all the light that God has given to His people, lest they be deceived by the deceptions of these last days (Special Testimonies, Series B, No. 17. p. 30)." - S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Volume 4, Ellen G. White, page 1162.

"Omega to One of the Most Subtle Delusions -- We are now to be on guard, and not drawn away from the all-important message given of God for this time. Satan is not ignorant of the result of trying to define God and Jesus Christ in a spiritualistic way that sets God and Christ as a nonentity. The moments occupied in this kind of science are, in the place of preparing the way of the Lord, making a way for Satan to come in and confuse the minds with mysticisms of his own devising. Although they are dressed up in angel robes they have made our God and our Christ a nonentity. Why? -- because Satan sees the minds are all fitted for his working. Men have lost tract of Christ and the Lord God, and have been obtaining an experience that is Omega to one of the subtlest delusions that will ever captivate the minds of men. We are forbidden to... set the imagination in a train of conjecture. — Diary, #48, pp. 153, 163, Aug. 25 and Aug. 28, 1904." The Manuscript Releases, Volume 11, Ellen White, page 211.

"The Rod prophesied that the Branch (Christ) would bring about revival; and reformation - the great change in the church. Now, since Christ is the Word and the BRANCH is Christ, so then, it is easy to see that the Branch is a message... The sad part is that type reveals that Judah (in the church) will again crucify the BRANCH.  Since the BRANCH is not a person but Christ, Inspiration reveals they crucify Christ by rejecting His message - the BRANCH. This is what Davidians say:

Ben Roden Prophesied Apostasy

BenLRoden

'...The prophecy of Revelation 11 shows that Christ in our day in the form of His Truth. His Word, is to be crucified afresh at the hands of His professed people and that the Truth will be raised to glorious exaltation and victory and to the shame of its enemies.' - The Symbolic Code [Victor T. Houteff], March 1956, Vol. 11 # 5 pp 13, 14." quoted in the Branch Lesson # 3, Benjamin L. Roden, July 10, 1958, p 8.

'"And his feet like unto fine brass...' Rev. 1:15 On the metal image of Daniel 2, brass is the third metal - gold, silver, and brass. Therefore The Branch, being the third division since 1844 is the brazen serpent, while we are yet in the wilderness (land of the Gentiles). If all who are bitten by the old serpent, the devil, will look upon the Brazen Serpent, the Branch, as did Israel in the days of Moses, they too, will be healed. (The Great Controversy, [Ellen White] 415:3)" -- The Wedding Supper #1, Benjamin L. Roden, Feb. 22, 1960, p 5.

As one can see from Benjamin L. Roden's prophecy, "Since the BRANCH is not a person but Christ. Inspiration reveals they crucify Christ by rejecting His message - the BRANCH." They would, Ellen White says, "define God and Jesus Christ in a spiritualistic way that sets God and Christ as a nonentity" and obtain "an experience that is Omega to one of the most subtle delusions that will ever captivate the minds of men." The greatest abomination that can be perpetrated by a created being is to exalt themselves above their Creator, making God and Christ a nonentity.

THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA OF APOSTASY

The Alpha of apostasy took place in heaven. Lucifer, the highest created being and the mouthpiece of the Godhead, aspired to exalt himself above his Creators. This account is found in Ezekiel 28, note especially verse 2, "I am a God. I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas (peoples or nations); yet thou art a man (a created being), and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God." Obviously, Ezekiel was not only describing the "Alpha of apostasy" that took place in heaven, but he was also prophesying of the "Omega of apostasy" that would take place in the earth.

In the Garden of Eden, Lucifer used the most beautiful of all the creatures as his medium of communication, a fiery, flying serpent, through which he voiced his disapproval of his Creators and Their Law. In the "Omega of apostasy" at New Mt. Carmel Center, Lucifer used, as prophesied in Ezekiel 28, a highly exalted charismatic human being (Vernon Howell), as his medium, to, again, captivate the mind of man. Both the serpent and the "serpent's root" messenger were not Lucifer in person, but the medium through which he accomplished his purpose to exalt himself above The Almighty God.

The Seventh-day Adventist Movement claims to be the last of the seven churches to be found in Revelation. They proudly call themselves "Laodicea", which means "a people preaching judgment." The movement has its roots in the Millerite prophecy that found its fulfillment in 1844 with the beginning of the Great Day of Atonement and the commencement of the Judgment of the Dead, which was an investigative bookwork, conducted by our High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary. The three steps of the Seventh-day Adventist Movement included the Seventh-day Adventist Movement, the Davidian Seventh-day Adventist Movement, and the Branch Davidian Seventh-day Adventist Movement. Since all these movements were a part of the same family tree (Isaiah 11:1), all using the denominational name, Seventh-day Adventist, they all comprise the church of Laodicea, the last church of the Protestant Reformation.

In Revelation, we are told that those in the church of Laodicea are so increased with goods and in need of nothing more - no more truth and no more prophets - because they believe they have it all. In other words, there is nothing more that the Lord and His Spirit need to do for them. But the Lord rebukes them by saying that they are "wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked." In other words, these Laodiceans, who think they have achieved righteousness, have really and truly been "crucifying their Lord afresh" by rejecting His messages of reproof. They have reached the "Omega of apostasy", which is the absolute culmination of all the corruptions that have been entering all seven of the churches since 1844. Therefore, the Branch Davidian Seventh-day Adventist Movement reached the epitome of apostasy by accepting the "serpent's root" message and it's messenger, which openly revealed the secret or hidden sins characterized by all seven churches - man following the leadership of man, instead of the creature following the leadership of his Creators.


ezekiel-4-sm

The 430 Years of Ezekiel 4 - The Protestant Reformation

During the Protestant Reformation, the “poisonous serpents” of unbelief and rebellion bit those that refused the newly revealed light of the respective reformers. They would not allow their minds and their hearts to grow in faith with the new manifestations of God's truth brought by His messengers. As in the days of Moses, they murmured and complained against God's appointed prophets and would not move forward under their leadership. Therefore, just as Moses was commanded to lift up a brazen serpent on a pole to save those who were bitten by the "poisonous serpents" in the wilderness of sin, so the Lord has commanded that a brazen serpent be raised at the end of the Protestant Reformation, which has culminated in the Branch Davidian Seventh-day Adventist message and movement, the only message and movement in the Protestant Reformation that bears the name of our High Priest -- The Branch (Isaiah 11:1, Jeremiah 23:5, 6; 33:15, 16; Zechariah 3:8; 6:12; Great Controversy page 415).

Moses Lifted The Brass Serpent For All To See To Be Healed

This truly fulfills the prophecy made by Benjamin L. Roden and re-affirms the following statement which he made:

'"And his feet like unto fine brass...' Rev. 1:15. On the metal image of Daniel 2, brass is the third metal - gold, silver, and brass. Therefore the Branch [message and movement], being the third division since 1844 (beginning of the Advent movement), is the Brazen serpent [which represents Christ the Branch our High Priest taking on the curse of the sins of his followers], while we are yet in the wilderness (land of the Gentiles). If all who are [have been] bitten [believing in the false doctrines found in all seven churches] by the old serpent, the devil, will look upon the Brazen Serpent, the Branch, as did Israel in the days of Moses, they too, will be healed [will be purified and united by His Spirit into one glorious church]. (Great Controversy, p 415)" -- The Wedding Supper # 1, Benjamin L. Roden, Feb. 22, 1960, p 5. [brackets supplied]

The Lord commanded the prophet Moses to make a graven image of a serpent out of brass and to raise it up on a pole that all might look upon it and be saved from the poisonous bites of the serpents that came into the camp of Israel. This command by the Lord seemed to be a marked contradiction of His Law and Nature, yet He was to be implicitly obeyed by those who were dying if they wished to be healed and given life (Numbers 21).

This pagan symbol that was raised up on a pole pointed to the Son of God, when He, as the Second Adam, became a curse for us upon His cross on Mount Calvary. As we look at our sinless Savior hanging upon that old rugged cross, we see how He unselfishly traded His Righteousness for our unrighteousness; His Eternal Life for our eternal death; taking on the curse of our sins, despising the shame.

Greater love hath no man, than he lay down his life for his friends, yes, even his enemies. Adam's children must see how their Creator condescended from His high and exalted position and clothed His Divinity and Glory with their sinful degenerated humanity that He might take upon Himself our debt and become a curse for us all.

Look upon Him on His cross and see the price that was paid. See Him rejected and forsaken because He would not save Himself, but became sin for us. We have all been bitten by the serpents of false doctrine and have been poisoned by the venom of their ideas and practices. The greatest abomination that has ever poisoned the minds and the hearts of this last generation is that create beings would dare to exalt themselves to the same level as their Creator and would try to take unto themselves the glory and worship that is due Him alone. We not only see this in the New Age movement, but we saw it more emphatically demonstrated in a Christian movement, the Branch Davidian Seventh-day Adventist movement, when David Koresh claimed to be the lamb of Revelation 5 and the only one worthy to open the seven-sealed book.

Koresh - The Serpent's Root

DKoresh1

Thus, as Lucifer's medium, David Koresh once again, voiced the consummate lie that Lucifer has continuously perpetrated through his false systems of worship. All denominations and their upshots comprise all seven of the churches found in Revelation. Each organized church claims to be teaching "the truth" and keep themselves separate from the other denominations who also put their own interpretational twist on the Scriptures and believe they have "the truth". All are following organized religion and come under the banner of this Lucifer movement.

Those that were bitten by the serpents of unbelief did not progress with the present truth brought by God's reformers and prophets through the office of the Spirit of Prophecy (the Holy Spirit). By rejecting God's present truth messengers, the churches rejected the Testimony of Jesus, which is the Spirit of Prophecy. In essence, they rejected Christ the Word in these messages, and also grieved the Holy Spirit, Who brought them. Consequently, the body of Christ is divided and separated, dissected into many different parts, all claiming to be "the body", but are only a small portion. All claiming to be the bride of Christ, but He has only "one" that is His betrothed.

The 2nd Adam Has Only One True Bride, The 2nd Eve

BrideChrist2

In Isaiah 4:1 it states "And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach." This scripture truly summarizes the modern-day condition among the seven churches, or women, of Revelation, who are all professing our Lord's Name, Jesus Christ, but who are eating their own bread (their private interpretations and preconceived ideas as spiritual food) and are wearing their own apparel (their self righteousness). Yet all wish to be called by His Name to take away their reproach, so that they will not appear to be the harlots they really are. Church leaders have made our Lord a polygamist, so to speak, when they all claim to be married to Him. He has only one true Bride, the Mother of all living, the Church represented by the Holy Ghost, for it is made up of all those who have been born again through the Spirit of Truth and who have accepted the latter reign of the Holy Spirit. It is the Truth of the Word as brought by the Spirit of Prophecy that sets us free from our sinful past.

The Brazen Serpent Lifted Up

Consequently, to bring this wretched condition of corporate sin to its end, Christ the Word designed that the movement at the end of the Protestant Reformation that is called by His Name, The Branch, should bear the curse of the sins of all His followers, those who believed in the paganized name and person of Jesus Christ (Christians of the seven churches and their off-shoots), rather than understanding His true identity and character as a Jewish Messiah and King - the fullness of the Godhead, bodily. All have been guilty in denying the Son of God, both Jew and Gentile have not recognized His true identity, the express image of His Father, the fullness of the Divine Family in One Body.

"The sad part is that type reveals that Judah (in the church) will again crucify the BRANCH. Since the BRANCH is not a person but Christ, Inspiration reveals they crucify Christ by rejecting His message – the BRANCH. This is what Davidians say:'... The prophecy of Revelation 11 shows that Christ in our day in the form of His Truth, His Word, is to be crucified afresh at the hands of His professed people and that the Truth will be raised to glorious exaltation and victory and to the shame of its enemies.'  The Symbolic Code, March 1956, Vol. 11 #5, p. 13, 14"- Lesson # 3, Benjamin L. Roden, July 10, 1958, p 8

Again, we need to look at Christ the Word upon His cross and see the price that was paid. Look again and see The Branch of Righteousness, our High Priest, rejected and forsaken because He would not save Himself, but became sin for us. The pure message of Jesus of Nazareth, Yahshua the Branch our High Priest, was made into a curse before the whole world by Vernon Howell and his claim, as David Koresh, to be the lamb of God (Revelation 5). Those who chose David Koresh instead of Yahshua the Branch made the same decision that was made centuries ago by those who chose Barabbas instead of the Son of God. They chose a thief and a liar instead of the true Lamb of God, the Branch of Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:5, 6). In other words, as they did centuries ago, the professed followers of God chose a sinful man instead of the righteous Son of man. This is truly the "abomination that maketh desolate" (Dan 11:31) choosing to follow a sinful man, not the Creator, thus, receiving the mark of the beast instead of the Seal of God.

All the denominational leaders of today have chosen to listen to man's theories and private interpretations rather than the inspired Word of God, as brought by the Spirit of Prophecy, through Her anointed messenger. Consequently, they have chosen to listen to the "serpent", used by Lucifer to deceive the "daughters of Zion", the seven churches. Thus, they have taken the word of created beings, the denominational leaders, over the written and inspired Word of the Creator, as testified by His Spirit, through the prophets of today. Therefore, they have set up the "abomination that maketh desolate" in the Holy Place -- the church body - where the Presence of His Spirit should reside instead of the spirit of anti-christ.

THE OTHER LAMB OF GOD - THE SECOND EVE, THE BRIDE OF CHRIST

The only One that is worthy to open the Book and to give us understanding of the deeper truths in the Scriptures is the One Who was the author of the Book, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Prophecy.

The Judgment Scene or The Wedding of the Lamb of God

"And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eves, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne... They sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou was slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, tongue, and people, and nation; and made us unto God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." -- Rev 5:6.

In the Strong's Concordance, the definition for this Lamb (G721) is "arnion - the diminutive from G704; a lambkin: - lamb." G704 is "aren; perhaps the same as 730; a lamb (as a male): - lamb." In The Doubleday Roget's Thesaurus, diminutive means "petite, dainty, miniature, undersized, small, little, tiny."

The preceding definitions and adjectives all point to another Lamb that is kin or is of the same kindred (both human and divine) as the Lamb of God. There is a distinction between the word Lamb that refers to the Son, and the word for this Lamb referred to in Revelation. These definitions most certainly imply that the Lamb of Revelation is the diminutive form of the Lamb of God, and thus, takes on a dainty or petite or feminine personality. The Scripture states that no man (a male or any created being), in heaven, or in the earth, or under the earth, is worthy to open the seven-sealed book (Revelation 5:3). This implies that only a Creator is worthy to open this seven-sealed Book.

This Lamb, Who appears "as it had been slain", has "seven eyes and seven horns, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth." The seven horns and seven eyes depict the seven Spirits that were sent into the earth. Since seven is the number of completeness or perfection, the seven eyes and seven horns represent the perfect vision and complete authority the complete Spirits represent The Holy Spirit in Her fullness. We know that our Lord and Savior said, "I will not leave you comfortless (or as orphans - orphans have neither father nor mother): I will come to you... But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name (Lamb of God), He (She) will teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you ("... Then said I, Lo I come (in the volume of the book it is written of Me) to do thy will, O God..." Hebrews 10:7)." John 14:18, 26.

The Book is the Revelation of the One Who sits on the Throne, holding the Book in His hand. It is the complete revelation of The WORD, The Creator, Jesus Christ, as the fullness of the Godhead, bodily.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was: made. |n him was life: and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness: and the darkness comprehended it not." -- John 1:1-5

Ultimately, the only other Lamb that can open The Book, or reveal the Creator to us, is the One Who comes in His Name, His Female Counterpart to testify of Him and to lighten the whole earth with His Glory (Revelation 18:1). This is the Other Comforter, or Parent, the Mother of all living, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Author and Finisher of His work in us - "Christ in you. The hope of glory."

We can now see how abominable was Lucifer's claim, through his modem day serpent David Koresh. His true motive was not only to impersonate The WORD in the flesh, but to do away with the Author and Interpreter of The WORD, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Other Comforter, as well. All who profess to be the followers of The WORD (all Christians) have rejected and grieved His Spirit has come to testify of Him when the Truth has been brought to them. We have all crucified Christ the Word afresh and put Him to open shame. While we were yet sinners, Christ took on the curse of our sin, despising the shame. The Branch, the Lord of Righteousness, became a cursed thing, as the brazen serpent. He was lifted up on Mt. Carmel during the 51-day siege, that the whole world, bitten by the serpents of false doctrine and poisoned by the venom of their ideas and practices, might some day look upon Him and be healed. The brazen serpent was a symbol of The WORD taking upon Himself the curse and sin of the whole world, "in him was life: and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."

As we gaze upon the events that took place at Mt. Carmel Center in Waco, Texas, we must recognize that it was not the death of the Branch Davidians, nor of the government agents, that is the real issue here. With all due respect to those who have died in the siege and holocaust, but the most tragic issue was the ultimate rejection and the crucifixion of the WORD of God, our Creator (John 1:1-18) and His Holy Spirit, The Branch He and The Branch She, the Lords of our Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:5, 6; Jeremiah 33:15, 16). May They forgive our rebellion, and, heal our unbelief.

Let us remember the prophecy given through inspiration:

"...The prophecy of Revelation 11 shows that Christ in our day in the form of His Truth. His Word, is to be crucified afresh at the hands of His professed people and that the Truth will be raised to glorious exaltation and victory and to the shame of its enemies."

The 2nd Adam Set His Bride, Holy Ghost, Free As 2nd Eve

BrideChrist3

The ultimate theme of the gospel is that through dying to self one overcomes sin and death bringing resurrection and eternal life. Christ, The WORD of Truth in The Branch Message, unselfishly and willingly took upon Himself the corporate sins of His professed followers. The Message and Movement bearing His Name - Davidian Branch Davidian Seventh Day Adventists became a curse before the whole world at the hands of its leadership who perished in the judgment and holocaust of April 19, 1993.

The slaughter of men, women, maids and little children, prophesied in Ezekiel chapter 9 and reaffirmed by E. G. White, Victor Houteff and Benjamin Roden, had met it's fulfillment. Just as Christ was resurrected from the dead, so will Christ The WORD in the BRANCH Message and Movement, His corporate body of believers, be resurrected "to glorious exaltation and victory and to the shame of its enemies."

 The miracle we are all hoping and praying to take place is that there will be a resurrection, not so much of those that died, but a resurrection of the Truth in the hearts and minds of those Branches that are still alive, but are dead in trespasses and their sins of rebellion and unbelief. We all need a new birth experience once again! The WORD'S professed followers have all been born again into Christ Jesus and have been baptized of water. In order that we be translated without seeing death, we must still be born again into the Spirit of The WORD and be baptized in the Holy Ghost and with fire. Fire is symbolic of the tongues of fire that fell upon the disciples at Pentecost to show the work of purification brought by the Holy Spirit. Extraneous circumstances and persecution will bring upon His people the fires of purification to burn off the dross and make their characters as fine gold. We all need to be cleansed from the uncleanness that sin has wrought in us to be completely and forever healed.

The LORD has provided us with His healing balm! Let us look upon "The Brazen Serpent", The Branch of Righteousness, and see the result of our rebellion and unbelief. He became a curse for us. He traded His righteousness for our unrighteousness. We altered The WORD of God by our own private interpretations and molded the unadulterated character of our Creator into our own image and likeness. It was our unbelief that made Him into the serpentine image that represents Satan, the adversary, the father of lies. 

Our Lord permitted us to follow our own hearts to show us that they are deceitful and wicked. He bore with our rebellious spirit, so that we would come to understand His Holy Spirit. All have rejected The WORD and His Spirit Who leads us into all Truth. All have rejected His Love. We have crucified afresh and put to open shame our loving Creators. All Christians and non-Christians ARE guilty and have come short of the Glory of God. He gave His Life that we ALL might have His Life, the Shekinah, more abundantly, dwelling in our body temple once again!


THE NEW BIRTH EXPERIENCE

"Nicodemus was being drawn to Christ. As the Savior explained to him concerning the new birth, he longed to have this change wrought in himself. By what means could it be accomplished? Jesus answered the unspoken question:

'As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.'

"Here was ground with which Nicodemus was familiar. The symbol of the uplifted serpent made plain to him the Savior's mission. When the people of Israel were dying from the sting of the fiery serpents, God directed Moses to make a serpent of brass, and place it on high in the midst of the congregation. Then the word was sounded throughout the encampment that all who would look upon the serpent should live. The people well knew that in itself the serpent had no power to help them.

"It was a symbol of Christ. As the image made in the likeness of the destroying serpents was lifted up for their healing, so One made 'in the likeness of sinful flesh' was to be their Redeemer. Rom. 8:3. Many of the Israelites regarded the sacrificial service as having in itself virtue to set them free from sin. God desired to teach them that it had no more value than that serpent of brass. It was to lead their minds to the Savior. Whether for the healing of their wounds or the pardon of their sins, they could do nothing for themselves but show their faith in the Gift of God. They were to look and live.

"Those who had been bitten by the serpents might have delayed to look. They might have questioned how there could be efficacy in that brazen symbol. They might have demanded a scientific explanation. But no explanation was given. They must accept the word of God to them through Moses. To refuse to look was to perish." - The Desire of Ages, pages 173 –175

         

"Whosoever Will, Come and Drink of the Waters of Life Freely."