The Waco War

The Waco War - Nahum's Prophetic Forecast

President Clinton

Commander In Chief Ordered The Delta Force To Not Take David Koresh When Asked What They Should Do When They Encountered Him Inside The Building As Close As 15 Feet Away From Koresh and Others

"Nahum makes clear thai in this conflict God interposes against Assyria, and that as a result she is unable to withstand him who "dasheth in pieces." Having set Himself to humble her. He therefore strengthens the arms of her enemy. Accordingly, Assyria falls, not because she is weak and small nor because she is out-numbered and out-matched, but because God's purpose determines her downfall. In other words, the coalition which may have the greater resources and man-power, and which from the human point of view may seem sure to win, is in this case sure to lose.

"Such is the ironic pattern of history. Always has God visited judgment upon enlightened nations or peoples who have become so self-righteous and self-sufficient that their lights have gone out and their works become wicked and hypocritical. Ever has He punished them by the sword of the unenlightened and outright wicked barbarian. This He does for two reasons: first, that they might see the folly of professing themselves to be a righteous people, when they are in fact worse than barbarians; and second, that while these hypocritical ones are thereby led to repent, their conquerors may thereby be led to see that their victory is not of their own strength.

The Book of Nahum has in it a blueprint of what is to transpire in the church and the world during these last days. The original prophecy, the type, outlines what is to be fulfilled in the latter antitype which began its fulfillment in Brother Houteffs day with WW II. Inspiration has stated that WW II is not yet over and that it must end sometime in the future. In studying out Brother Houteffs interpretation of the book of Nahum we can better understand its fulfillment in our day, and its application to the church - the Branch, Davidian and Seventh-day Adventist Movements - will be more clearly seen.

"Thus both victor and vanquished are brought to a place where they may surrender to God and give glory to Him." - Tract 14, p 25-27

As we begin to unravel this prophecy, I would like to point out the main actors in this modem day drama which the Lord Himself has orchestrated for signs and wonders in these last days. Since ancient Assyria and Syria, and ancient Judah and Israel were involved, then we must have a latter day counterpart for them. Modem Israel as we know is the church, the SDA movement. Modem Judah which is made up of two tribes, wouldthen have to be the Davidian and the Branch movements within the SDA movement. Collectively then, these make up modem Israel - the Branch, Davidian, Seventh-day Adventist Movement.

Assyria would also have its modem counterpart, a confederacy of nations, the One World Order. In the type Israel confederates with Syria to go after Judah. Syria was a part of the Assyrian confederacy and has a major role to play, as her counterpart the US Government has today.

The "one who dashes in pieces" is the one that prepares for his confrontation and breaks in pieces that which is before him. He takes on an acquired title as did Hitler and his latter day counterpart Vemon Howell, also known as David Koresh.

There is one last individual, the Lord's messenger. He is the one who publishes peace, calling all of Israel (BD SDA) to keep their solemn feasts (solemn assembly or the finishing up of the Great Day of Atonement) and bids them to turn back to the Lord that they might be freed from the Assyrian's yoke of political and religious bondage.

As we read Brother Houteffs interpretation of how this prophecy applied in his tiem, let us keep in mind the names of the present-day actors so that we can clearly understand the events which would have to transpire within the church in our modem day in order for WW II to come to a close, the Assyrian fall and the church be liberated. Let us now begin to examine Brother Houteff's study. Note: To distinguish between Brother Houteff's comments and our own comments we will indent our comments when in paragraph form, otherwise they will be the different color.

Digest of Nahum's Prediction

"When the chariots rage in the streets, when they jostle one against another in the broadways, when they speed like lightning, and glare like torches, in that day [not before] shall one who dashes in pieces prepare himself and come up before your face, O king of Assyria. He shall make you empty, void, and waste. Your heart shall melt, your knees shall smite together. There shall be much pain in your loins, and the faces of all shall gather blackness. Woe to your bloody city that is like Nineveh of old! for it is full of lies and of robbery: the prey departs not. The noise of the whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, of the prancing horses, and of the jumping chariots, are in its midst.

"Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publishes peace! that says, O Judah. keep your solemn feasts [Feast of Passover and Atonement], perform your vows, for the wicked shall no more pass through you, he is utterly cut off. For now will the Lord break the Assyrian yoke from off your neck, burst your bonds in sunder, and set you free [freedom from the sinners and the yoke of worldly government since the Lord sets up His own Kingdom].

"God is slow to anger, and great in power. His way is in the whirlwind and in the storm. The clouds are the dust of His feet. He is jealous and will take vengeance on His adversaries. He is also a stronghold in the day of trouble, and knows them that trust in Him. But He will make an utter end of the wicked; darkness shall pursue His enemies. Affliction shall not rise up a second time" [after the one who dashes in pieces is taken out with his valiant men and followers, the Lord will not afflict His people a second time]

"Nahum beholds two great powers in conflict projected to a day when everything on wheels moves like "lightning." Then by way of sharp contrast, he focuses attention on one who walks openly on the mountains [churches, both Old Mt. Carmel and New Mount Carmel], not obscurely in the valleys, and who publishes peace rather than war [the publications of the Revelation of Jesus Christ and His Righteousness and Merkabah 5 were sent or given to both groups]. He urges Judah [BDSDA and DSDA] to be faithful in order to effect that peace, assuring her that the wicked will no longer be in her midst, and that she will be set free from the Assyrian yoke. At the same time, he beholds God's great power. His jealousy over His people and His vengeance on their enemies [if all will heed His message and put away their idols -preconceived ideas, habits and practices - the Lord will bring divine retribution upon the Assyrian who has overrun Immanuel's land - New Mount Carmel].

"While envisioning the might of these two belligerent powers, Nahum at the same time envisions the liberation of the church from the Assyrian yoke, recorded in chapter 1, verses 12-15, and in chapter 2, verse 2; and also the vengeance of God recorded in chapter 1, verses 1-9. To facilitate the reader's comprehension of these three all-inclusive aspects of this forecast, this tract deals separately with each.

"Now then, who, specifically, are the actors in this dramatized forecast? Especially who, under the present or future set-up of nations could these two belligerents possibly be? And have they yet come to grips? If not, when are they destined to do so?

"If we desire to know for a certainty the answers to these inevitable questions, we shall find them in


"Two powers are seen rising in their might against each other. Indeed, the all-consuming concern of Nahum's entire book, but three short chapters in all, centers in the preparation for this conflict, the conflict itself, and the titles of the powers involved.

"The first clue to this solution is that the war preparation takes place when chariots with flaming torches 'rage in the streets [cars do not spew out flames like torches when driven, but tanks equipped with flame throwing mechanisms or gun barrels shooting would appear so],...justle one against another in the broad ways,' and 'run like the lightnings,' Nahum 2:3, 4. It is self-evident that these preparations are made when the thorough fares of city and countryside are congested with vehicular traffic. [Is this not precisely when the ATF and FBI began to make their preparations, after the raid on New Mount Carmel failed, and the streets and highways in and around New Mount Carmel were congested with vehicular traffic?]

"The second clue is that the conflict itself takes place when mechanized power is developed to such a degree that vehicles are driven at a speed which seems lightning-like. The war itself, consequently, is to be fought by mechanized armies [like ATF, FBI and Delta Force were highly trained and used the most sophisticated equipment].

"The third clue is that the one power, being called "Assyria," has a hereditary title, which reveals that it is the modem counterpart of the once widespread empire of ancient Assyria even as modem Babylon of Revelation 17, verse 5, is the modem counterpart of ancient Babylon, and as 'spiritual Egypt' of Revelation 11, verse 8, is the modem counterpart of ancient Egypt. (See The Great Controversy, pp. 269, 270.) All of these counterparts, then, are but another Scriptural intimation, and confirmation, of the age-old truth that history repeats itself, and on much broader scale than in the original [the modern Assyria is a confederacy of nations - the One World Order, or international peace keeping force of which the Delta Force, ATF and FBI are members].

'"We are standing on the threshold of great and solemn events. Many of the prophecies are about to be fulfilled in quick succession. Every element of power is about to be set to work. Past history will be repeated; old controversies will arouse to new life. and peril will beset God's people on every side. Intensity is taking hold of the human family. It is permeating everything upon the earth.' - Testimonies to Ministers, p. 116.

ATF and FBI Joined Forces With The Delta Force

David Koresh was able to not only fragment the Branch Movement and others, but when the ATF came against him they too met defeat and had to join forces with the FBI, and then the Delta Force who were confounded and unsuccessful for the 50 days in getting him or his followers to surrender.

"The clincher is that the other power, 'He that dasheth in pieces,' has an acquired title [Vernon Howell changed his name to David Koresh to depict, Cyrus, a Persian king anointed to come against the modern day Babylon] earned by virtue of his exploits. Manifestly, therefore, it designates a nation that is headed by a ruler of no royal line, but of anomalous [departing significantly from the normal] character and unprecedented might, whose military genius scatters and destroys all who dare oppose him."

"Regardless of whether this four-way key discloses these two camps to be the 'Axis' and the 'United Nations' [One World Order] today, one's only safety from being caught and ruined sooner or later in this predicted struggle, is to follow strictly the path which God has prophetically mapped out. Indeed, the prophecies are given for no other reason than to illumine the traveler's steps to safety. ' ...through knowledge shall the just be delivered.' Prov. 11:9.

"Now with key in hand, we shall be able to unlock the mystery, beginning with


Nahum, Chapter One

Nahum 1:10,11 'For while they be folden together as thorns [united with others to protect themselves], and while they are drunken as drunkards [filled with theory], they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry [as when fire sweeps through it]. There is one come out of thee [out of a nation characterized by ancient Assyria - USA], that imagineth evil against the Lord, a wicked counsellor [President Bill Clinton].'

"In the light of these passages, it becomes clear from the outset that though 'Assyria' is armed and allied with other strong nations ('folden together as thorns'), yet neither her armament nor her alliance will save her. For having become drunken as a drunkard, and having received wicked counsel of one that has come out of her, she shall 'be devoured as stubble fully dry.' 'Thus saith the Lord; Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he [that dasheth in pieces] shall pass through.' Nahum 1:12, first part.

Nahum, Chapter Two

"Nahum 2:1. 'He that dasheth in pieces is come up before thy face: keep the munition, watch the way, make thy loins strong, fortify thy power mightily.'

 ATF Under Estimates Koresh's Preparedness

David Koresh prepared himself and his followers mentally, physically and spiritually for this confrontation. The ATF under estimated his preparedness and were caught off guard just as the prophecy predicts. The ATF was then forced to fortify itself with more men and heavier weaponry as it called in the FBI and the Delta Force.

"Coming face to face with the might of him 'that dasheth in pieces,' Assyria is driven furiously to fortify herself. And though in addition to her fortifications, her allied strength numerically is greater than the allied strength of him 'that dasheth in pieces' (if indeed he be allied at all), yet even his very title indicates that against his might all the Assyrian 'strong holds shall be like fig trees with the first-ripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.' Nahum 3:12."

"Nahum 2:3. 'The shield of his mighty men is made red, the valiant men are in scarlet: the chariots shall be with flaming torches in the day of his preparation, and the fir trees shall be terribly shaken.'

"Very evident it is that this aggressor power who 'dasheth in pieces,' girds himself for war in the day when the chariots have such blazing lights (powerful electric headlights) that they resemble "flaming torches" [tanks with flame throwing equipment^. In the day of this phenomenon, "the fir trees [the great rulers of earth -- Ezek. 31:1-14] shall be terribly shaken [the leaders of the One World Order who rule over the Delta Force, ATF and FBI negotiators are worried that this incident would show publicly how vulnerable and incompetent they can be]."

"Nahum 2:4. 'The chariots shall rage in the streets, they shall justle one against another in the broad ways: they shall seem like torches, they shall run like the lightnings.'

"Again, there is no escaping the conclusion that these two powers plunge into war with each other at a time when everything vehicular is geared to unprecedented speed, and that their feverish preparations for combat must therefore include an intensified implementing of their fighting forces with fast-moving 'chariots.' [The FBI quickly mobilized their troops and set up their camp: the media did likewise] Daniel also, was told that in 'the time of the end, many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.' Dan. 12:4.

"Since the setting for this deadly clash is in a day of advanced mechanization, it could not have been World War I, because the preparation for that conflagration was in process when the machine age was but in its infancy. Even when the war was on, the chariots were too few, too feeble, and too slow to jostle one against another in the manner envisioned. To fulfill the prediction, these two powers must prepare when the chariotsare many and mighty and fast, as they are today. [1990 's]

"This is not to say that the former World War is excluded from prophecy, but simply that an entirely different Scriptural background is given for it. The Saviour Himself predicted with terrible exactness that fearful conflict climaxing nineteen centuries of wars and rumors of wars, when He declared: "Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.' Matt. 24:7, 8.

"Indeed then (1914-1918), for the first time since the dawn of history, the nations and the kingdoms rose against each other, famine stalked the war-ravaged countries, the death's-head of pestilence followed after, and earthquakes in quick succession flung abroad their devastation to heap higher the woes of mankind. All these calamities but led up to World War II, the most terrible one of all time. Truly, indeed the sorrows of World War I did signalize only the beginning of sorrows!

"Nahum 2:5-8. 'He shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk [that is, though he exults in them, they, too, nevertheless, shall fall]; they shall make haste to the wall [fortress] thereof, and the defense [by Assyria - USA] shall be prepared. The gates of the rivers [nevertheless] shall be opened and the [Assyrian's] palace shall be dissolved. And Huzzab [of Assyria] shall be led away captive, she shall be brought up, and her maids [nations under her rule] shall lead her as with the voice of doves, tabering upon their breasts. But Nineveh [the capital city] is of old like a pool of water: yet they [her citizens] shall flee away. Stand, stand, shall they cry; but none shall look back.'

"Unlike flowing or undulating waters, water in a pool stands still. But in this instance, the waters (peoples) in the capital city of the present-day 'Assyrians,' [Washington, DC] contrary to all expectations and their fighting tradition, flee away. And even when they hear the command to stand, they shall be so anxious to get out of the way of him 'that dasheth in pieces' that they shall not dare look back."  [US Government wants nothing to do with this mess they created]

Government Feared Public Support For Koresh

After their big blunder, the ATF were quite happy to give the run of things over to the FBI, who in turn allowed Koresh to pretty much have the upper hand and gave no indication to him that they were ready to engage in an open fight again. The US government and the One World Order were fearful that David Koresh and his followers were going to get the sympathy of the world behind them. The Lord tied their hands in the matter and only His plans and purpose were to be fulfilled.

"Hence, to him 'that dashelh in pieces,' the command is: 'Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold: for there is none end of the store and glory out of all the pleasant furniture.' Nahum 2:9.

"Subsequent to giving this command to despoil Assyria, the Lord turns to the 'bloody city' and pronounces upon her the resulting doom:

"Nah. 2:10-13. 'She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melteth, and the knees smite together, and much pain is in all loins, and the faces of them all gather blackness.

Where is the dwelling of the lions [the kings' palaces], and the feeding-place of the young lions [the dominion of his princes], where the lion, even the old lion [the head king] walked, and the lion's whelp [the king's son], and none made them afraid? The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses [queens], and filled his holes with prey, and his dens [treasuries] with ravin [riches].'"

David acquired much publicity with this whole episode. He began to negotiate to take the spoil of the Assyrian through royalties for books, movies, interviews, etc. He had negotiated to have enough for all his children and his many wives and would have had plenty to live on comfortably and to do the Lord's work.

 '"Behold, I am against thee, saith the Lord of hosts and I will bum her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard.'

Chapter Three

"Nah. 3:1-19: -Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth not: the noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the pransing horses, and of the jumping chariots. The horseman lifteth up both the bright sword and the glittering spear: and there is a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcases; and there is none end of their corpses; they stumble upon their corpses; because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavored harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts.

'"Behold, I am against thee, saith the Lord of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame. And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazingstock. And it shall come to pass, that all they that look upon thee shall flee from thee, and say, Nineveh is laid waste: who will bemoan her? whence shall I seek comforters for thee? Art thou better than populous No, that was situate among the rivers, that had the waters round about it, whose rampart was the sea, and her wall was from the sea'? Lthiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite; Put and Lubim were thy helpers. Yet was she carried away, she \\cm into captivity: her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets: and they cast lots for her honourable men, and all her great men were bound in chains.

'"Thou [Assyria] also shalt be drunken; thou shall be hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy. All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater. Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are women: the gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars. Draw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy strong holds: go into clay, and tread the mortar, make strong the brickkiln [the manufacturing plants].

There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off. it shall eat thee up like the cankerworm: make thyself many as the cankerworm, make thyself many as the locusts. Thou hast multiplied thy merchants above the stars of heaven: the cankerworm spoileth, and fleeth away. Thy crowned [under-lords] are as the locusts, and thy captains as the great grasshoppers, which camp in the hedges in the cold day, but when the sun ariseth they flee away, and their place is not known where they are [they are lovers of ease and of pleasure]. Thy shepherds slumber, 0 king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell in the dust: thy people is scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth them. There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous; all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?'

"Nevertheless, 'at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up. and to pull down, and to destroy it; if that nation, against whom Ihave pronounced, turn from their evil. I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.' Jer. 18:7,8.

"Seeing that the Lord is about to humiliate "Assyria' for her own good. but that He would forbear doing so if only she would repent as did Nineveh of old at Jonah's warning, obviously this Forecast is published to benefit not the church alone but "Assyria" and her allies also, and even their enemy.

"Nevertheless, if these belligerents will not voluntarily awaken to the fact that Destiny is not in their own hands but in the mighty hands of the Infinite and Omnipotent God, then will He bring them involuntarily to that realization, and spare only their God-fearing citizens, as He declares:

'"In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. In that day shall Israel [BDSDA] be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel Mine inheritance.' Isa. 19:23-25.

"Thus in His infinite mercy would the Lord lift "the burden of Nineveh' today [the Lord will send His messenger to Nineveh with the message of Jonah — the Dove, The Spirit Daughter of God], even as He did in the ancient day. Indeed, it is for 'a blessing in the midst of the land,' even to all nations, that He is to effect


"Nahum 1:12, 13. 'Thus saith the Lord; Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more. For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder.'

"This person ('thee') whom the Lord has already chastened, obviously cannot be the Assyrian king or nation aforementioned, because the Lord is delivering this one, while He is beating the Assyrians to their knees at the hands of him 'that dasheth in pieces.' Just who this third character ('thee') here introduced may be, is immediately established by Isaiah in his correlative prophecy concerning this same Assyria:

'"And it shall come lo pass in that day,' declares the prophet, 'that his [Assyria's] burden shall be taken away from off thy [Judah's] shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.' Isa. 10:27.

"Immediately we see that in the revealing light of this scripture, the one ('thee') who, in both cases, is set free in the time of Assyria's fall, proves to be the church (Judah) liberated from Gentile (Assyrian) rule. Conclusively, therefore, Isaiah clarifies Nahum's prophecy as referring to the church's liberation from the last-day Assyrian yoke. The fact. though, that the church, as Nahum says, is not only to be relieved from affliction and freed from bondage but is also to be sentenced to death (Nahum 1:14), creates a paradox!

Inspiration, however, quickly clears it, again through Isaiah. Speaking of the church, he declares:

'"And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto My chosen: for the Lord God shall slay thee, and call His servants by another name.' Isa. 65:15."

When the "one who dashes in pieces," David Koresh, came against the Assyrian, the name of the Lord, The Branch, was made a curse in the whole earth. David and many of his followers were slain by the Lord through the Assyrian, so that consequently the Assyrian would be judged for the merci- less and underhanded manner he dealt with these people.

This is what will bring his downfall. The Branch name was left to His chosen mess-enger, the Joshua of today, who as the high priest repre-sents the church that the Lord is actively working with at this time of purification. This church will be called by a new name which the mouth(piece) of the Lord shall name. After the purification comes revival and reformation - a reorganization of the church and its leadership with an anointed president.

"Plainly, therefore, in the time when Assyria crumbles, the Lord is to perform a dual work among His professed people, some of whom will be made free because of their faithfulness, and some of whom will be slain because of their wickedness. The delivered ones will then be called by another name.

"The time of this 'work' is termed 'harvest.' Matt. 13:30. Therefore, up to this separation, the tares (those who are to be slain) and the wheat (those who are to be delivered) together comprise the membership ofLaodicea (the last of the seven churches — Rev. 3:14-18), the church just before the "tares" are forever separated from the 'wheat' (Matt. 13:30). Very obviously, then, the penitent Laodiceans are separated from the impenitent ones during Assyria's fall. and then are liberated from her rule."

David Koresh                    - The Idol Shepherd - 

The Lord has commanded that no more of David Koresh's ideas be sown or promoted and that the "idol shepherd" or god that Vernon was made into and his teachings be cut off, for the Lord has made his grave and slain him for his unrighteousness. At this time, the idolator - those that were not worshipping God but man as their "idol shepherd," - and his idols - David Koresh and his doctrine - would forever perish or no longer be a part of the pure church that the Lord establishes through His present-day messenger.

The Branch, Davidian and Seventh-day Adventist Movements make up the last church which is commingled with saints and sinners, and called Laodicea. Therefore, within all these movements can be found both tares and wheat. In the Branch movement there were two main factions - those that followed Vernon Howell and those that were faithful and waited upon the Lord. A separation had to take place. Those that were ready to die for Vernon had to be separated from those in the church who were ready to live for the Branch the Lord our righteousness and not for a man. Even some of Vernon's followers, a third part, either agreed to come out during the 51-day siege, or were as brands plucked out of the fire. Nevertheless, there was a separation. Some died and others lived! All sincerely believed they were doing the Lord's will. A Branch from outside of Vernon's group was given a message which he had shared with them in 1984. They refused the message and the messenger! That same message and messenger has come to bring tidings of peace and restoration to those who have escaped the holocaust and to the rest of the church of Laodicea - SDA, DSDA and BDSDA.

"Nahum 1:14. 'And the Lord hath given a commandment concerning thee, that no more of thy name be sown: out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will make thy grave; for thou art vile.'

"Thus, at this time, forever perishes the idolater and his idols."

"A detailed demonstration of this purification of the church is projected in Ezekiel's prophecy. There the Lord commands him who records the life history, the angel with the writer's inkhom [the messenger], to go through the city and to set a mark (seal) on those only who sigh and cry for the abominations [the unholy teachings that Vernon and others have propagated since 1844] that are therein. Then five others go after him to slay all who have not the mark. (See Ezekiel 9; Testimonies to Ministers, p. 445; Testimonies, Vol. 3, p. 266, and Vol. 5, p. 211.)

'"The city' is figurative ofJudah and Israel [modern day Israel - the Branch, Davidian, and Seventh-day Adventist Movements], the church in which are to be found [the first to be gathered at New Mount Carmel are the first of the first fruits — the barley wavesheaf; second to be gathered in Jerusalem Israel are the Waveloaves] the 144,000 servants of God (Testimonies to Ministers, p. 445). [both the Wavesheaf and the Waveloaves, the barley and the wheat are] those who are to be called by another name after the unworthy servants are slain. And as the 144,000 are the first fruits (Rev. 14:4) of the harvest, they are the 'escaped' of the Isaiah 66:19 and of Ezekiel 9. This separation of the tares from the wheat in the church is to signalize the beginning of the final harvest of earth - the end of the world. Then will have come the time for the denominational name to cease, for all her idols to be cut off. and for a new name (Isa. 62:2) to be given to those who escape. Then will these escaped ones proclaim God's glory and His fame to the Gentiles, and bring out of all nations all their brethren (all that will be saved) to 'the house of the Lord.' Isa.66:16, 19, 20.

"For such judgment to be averted, the entire church [Branches, Davidians, and Seventh-day Adventists] will have to repent of her erroneous thinking, begin to feel discomfort in her lukewarmness, become either cold or hot (dissatisfied), and emptied of self and filled with the Spirit. (Rev. 3:14-18). [The Present Truth message of the Holy Ghost must be accepted by all to receive the impartation of the robe of Christ's righteousness and be translated and permitted to go to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in Heaven.]

"Nahum 1:15. 'Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah. keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.'

"The term, 'Judah,' attaches to the Christian church not only because of antitypical significance but also because of hereditary factor. This will be seen as we review Judah's history:

"The ten tribes (the Kingdom of Israel) [SDA] were by ancient Assyria dispersed throughout the cities of the Medes, and assimilated by the Gentiles of that day, but it was not until years later that the two tribes (the Kingdom of Judah) [Branch - Davidians] were carried into Babylon, remaining there until the expiration of the seventy years of Jeremiah's prophecy, then returning to their homeland. Thus it was only the descendants of the Kingdom of Judah [Branches and Davidians] who became so unfaithful that they rejected and crucified the Lord [afresh when rejecting His message of Present Truth - the Branch She].

But the faithful from among them accepted Him [Christ the word in His message of today], and became the Christians [the Emmanuels], the founding members of the New Testament church [the purified latter day church - The BRANCH, The LORÎ Our Righteousness]. The church herself [the one that is called by Your new name] therefore, is the daughter of the Kingdom of Judah [The Branch and Davidians]. Hence she [The Living Waters Branch of Righteousness] is appropriately still called Judah [because she possesses all the purified Present Truth of all the movements comprising the church of Laodiciea - BD - 2 tribes, SDA - 10 tribes].

"While she is by virtue of parentage, faithfulness, and purity (absence of tares) entitled to be called 'Judah,' still because of their last-day lukewarmness and the resultant infiltration of' tares' into her membership, she is, of necessity, additionally termed 'Laodicea.' [This condition will not be so after her latter-day purification.]

"Applying the 'eyesalve' (Rev. 3:18), they shall 'behold upon the mountains [Old Mount Carmel and New Mount Carmel, and other churches - SDA, DSDA, and BDSDA] the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that published! peace!' And beholding Him, they shall accept His message and know the truth and the truth shall make them free [from their preconceived ideas and self righteousness], and shall save them from being spued out of His mouth (Rev. 3:16).

"Therefore, only as they awake and give heed to the voice of the True Witness, and turn their steps toward the gates of the Kingdom [the Kingdom of Peace], may they ever hope to participate in the divine eventuality: 'O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.'

"Here in prophetic utterance is not only a promise to purify the church when modern Assyria is being crushed, but also a suggestive statement as to what constitutes 'meat in due season' for men today; and as to what movement they are to enlist in if they would make sure of salvation. They are enjoined to fix their vision upon the feet of him who brings 'good tidings' (message from the Lord), who publishes 'peace' (the peace of Christ's Kingdom), and who declares that while the powers of earth are engulfed in a gigantic war [Desert Storm - One World Order and Iraq], the wicked in the church shall be cut off, no more to pass through her. Specifically, the prophet exhorts all penitently to turn unto the house of Judah (the latter-day Kingdom of Judah [The Branch and Davidian collectively] - Mic. 4; Ezek. 37:16-22), the church in the purification of which are to be sealed 12,000 out of each of the 12 tribes, as firstfruits. And he urges the subjects of the kingdom to perform their religious duties and to keep their promises to the Lord. In short, he admonishes them to give heed to the message of the hour - the message which announces the imminence of the church's purification, after which, as the promise is, 'the wicked shall no more pass through' her, for 'he is utterly cut off.' (See also Matthew 13:30,47-50, Isaiah 66:16,19,20).

'"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. 

"In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His name whereby He shall be called. THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that they shall no more say. The Lord liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; but. The Lord liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.' Jeremiah 23:5-8"

I Will Raise Unto Davidia  A Righteous Branch

In this second set of Scriptures we see that there is a righteous Branch that grows up unto the House of David and shall execute judgment and right- eousness in the land, and in those days shall Judah (Branch - Davidians) be saved, and Jerusalem, New Mount Carmel, shall dwell safely, and this Righteous Branch. She too shall be called The Lord of our righteousness. There is a male Branch and a female Branch. The latter rain message reveals that these Two Branches are The Lords and Masters of our righteousness - The Lord and His Holy Spirit.

"In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land. In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this [is the name] wherewith she shall be called. The LORD our righteousness." - Jeremiah 33:15, 16

"The only way for the 'angel' of Laodicea (upon whom is the condemnation of being 'wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked,' and yet satisfied) to enter into this glorious kingdom, is for him voluntarily to yield the reins of control over the church. as he sees the Lord Himself taking them into His Own hands (Testimonies to Ministers, p. 300). Arouse, therefore. O 'angel' of the Laodiceans [Branches, Davidians and Seventh-day Adventists], to Heaven's stirring cry:

'"Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem [Branch - Daividia]: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive [captive to the corruption and abominations done and taught in Laodicea since 1844] daughter of Zion [The Holy Ghost - The Spirit of Prophecy]. Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice [the messenger] together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion.' - Isaiah 52:1, 2, 8. [When the Lord purifies the church, those that come in will raise their voices with the Lord's voice, His messengers, and they will all see eye to eye through the work and intercession of the Angel of Mercy, the Holy Spirit Daughter, the Bride of Christ.]

"If the present World War is the one predicted by Nahum, and if the sealing or marking of the 'servants of God' is to be completed without the angels' having again to tighten their hold on the winds (Rev. 7:1, Early Writings, p. 38), then the time to restore the excellency of Jacob and of Israel is at hand. At long last has come the hour for Zion's deliverance from Gentile bondage, and for her children to return to the land of their fathers (Ezek. 36:23-38), the vineyard of the Lord of hosts [New Mount Carmel Center]. So let her stand ready and eager, awaiting her Lord's order to start marching thitherward."

New Mount Carmel A Place To Gather For Rehearsal

In Brother Houteffs time, Pales- tine was no longer under Gentile British rule (Assyrian) and became the state of Israel for many Jews and immigrants who returned to the land.  In the latter day application, the Gentile nations must also give back the land that belongs to His people. The return of spirit- ual Jerusalem, New Mount  Carmel must first come to pass, so that we have a gathering place for the van- guard, a place of rehearsal before we go to literal Jerusalem to gather the 144,000.

"It is at this time that Assyria falls, the reason being:

"Nahum 2:2. 'For the Lord hath turned away the excellency of Jacob as the excellency of Israel: for the emptiers have emptied them out. and marred their vine branches.'

"Having already (through the emptiers) chastened His people, the Lord will chasten them no more, but will now free them.

"Sharing with the nations the guilt [the Delta Force - international peace keeping force] for marring the branches [killed and wounded the Branches] of His vineyard (His Kingdom), this modem Assyria must now share in the divine retribution while God is taking His people back to their own land. Inferentially, with the fall of the 'Assyrians' (the Gentiles in possession of the Promised Land), 'the time of the Gentiles' is fulfilled (Luke 21:24)."

We can see here that the Branches were slaughtered before the whole world by those who would setup the One World Order and because of this the Assyrian is going to fall. The Lord sends divine retribution upon the Assyrian and thereby breaks his yoke from off His people as He returns them to their land, New Mount Carmel, to begin its restoration. Both the Assyrian and God's people will recognize that the BRANCH has taken the reigns into His own hands and nothing can stop the fulfillment of His harvest plan.

"Looking forward to this time of deliverance the angel explained to Daniel: 'And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great Prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.' Daniel 12:1.

'"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem.' Isaiah 27:13."

In the day that this comes to pass, the great trumpet will be blown to announce the coming of the Antitypical Day of Atonement which marks the end of the Great Day of Atonement - a prophetic period of 150 years. At this time, Joshua the high priest will stand up to represent His people, as does Michael, whose name means "who is like God" or who speaks on behalf of God to the people. And they that were about to perish in the land of the One World Order and those that are outcast from Egypt (the world) will be delivered and come to worship Him in the mountain of the Lord, New Mount Carmel, spiritual Jerusalem, where The BRANCH has placed His name and His Truth. There they will build His Kingdom of Peace and Righteousness and gather in the Wave sheaf and Barley under the direction of the Joshua of today.

"Glorious promise! Is your heart set upon it Brother, Sister? Then without delay respond to the divine injunction: 'Turn ye unto Him from Whom the children of Israel [Branches, Davidians and Seventh-day Adventists] have deeply revolted. For in that day every man shall cast away his idols of silver, and his idols of gold [the tithes and offerings that support man-made gospel programs; the money that will be gathered from interviews, books, movies, etc.: and the billion dollar lawsuit against the government for destroying New Mount Carmel and slaughtering its occupants; all must be laid at the Lord's feet] which your own hands have made unto you for a sin. Then shall the Assyrian fall with the sword not of a mighty man, and the sword, not of a mean man; shall devour him: but he shall flee from the sword [of the Spirit in the hand of His messenger], and his young men shall be discomfited [embarrassed and confused]. And he shall pass over to his strong hold for fear, and his princes shall be afraid of the ensign [the banner or the standard of the kingdom of peace - Joshua and his executive council at Mt. Carmel], saith the Lord, Whose fire is in Zion [His Church Congregation], and His furnace in Jerusalem [New Mount Carmel] Isaiah 31:6-9.

'"Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand [those who acknowledge Wisdom as their Mother - the Jerusalem above, the Mother of us all].'1 Daniel 12:10.

"Nahum makes clear that in this conflict God interposes against Assyria, and that as a result she is unable to withstand him who 'dasheth in pieces.' Having set Himself to humble her. He therefore strengthens the arms of her enemy. Accordingly, Assyria falls, not because she is weak and small nor because she is out-numbered and out-matched, but because God's purpose determines her downfall. In other words, the coalition [international peace keeping forces - Delta Force] which may have the greater resources and man-power, and which from the human point of view may seem sure to win, is in this case sure to lose.

"Such is the ironic pattern of history. Always has God visited judgment upon enlightened nations or peoples who have become so self-righteous and self-sufficient that their lights have gone out and their works become wicked and hypocritical. Ever has He punished them by the sword of the unenlightened and outright wicked barbarian. This He does for two reasons: first, that they might see the folly of professing themselves to be a righteous people, when they are in fact worse than barbarians; and second, that while these hypocritical ones are thereby led to repent, their conquerors may thereby be led to see that their victory is not of their own strength. Thus both victor and vanquished are brought to a place where they may surrender to God and give glory to Him.

"After defeating Ancient Babylon, Cyrus, a barbarian, found that his victory and even his name had been recorded in sacred prophecy years before he was bom (Isaiah 44:28; 45:1- 4). Whereupon "the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he make a proclamation throughout all his kingdom.... Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The Lord God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and He hath charged me to build Him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all His people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah and build the house of the Lord God of Israel (He is the God,) which is in Jerusalem. And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojoumeth let the men of his place help him with silver and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of God that is in Jerusalem....'

'Also Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels of the house of the Lord, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerusalem, and had put them in the house of his gods: even those did Cyrus king of Persia bring forth by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and numbered them unto Sheshbazzar, the prince of Judah. And this is the number of them: thirty chargers of gold, a thousand chargers of silver, nine and twenty knives, thirty basons of gold, silver basons of a second sort four hundred and ten, and other vessels a thousand. All the vessels of gold and of silver were five thousand and four hundred. All these did Sheshbazzar bring up with them of the captivity that were brought up from Babylon unto Jerusalem.' Ezra 1:1-4, 7-11.

"At the same time, those whom Cyrus freed from the Chaldean captivity, knew that God had wrought their deliverance. Hence, 'the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy, and offered at the dedication of this house of God an hundred bullocks, two hundred rams. four hundred lambs; and for a sin offering for all Israel, twelve he goats, according to the number of the tribes of Israel.

'"And they set the priests in their divisions and the Levites in their courses, for the service of God, which is at Jerusalem; as it is written in the book of Moses. And the children of the captivity kept the passover upon the fourteenth day of the first month. For the priests and the Levites were purified together, all of them were pure, and killed the passover for all the children of the captivity, and for their brethren the priests, and for themselves. And the children of Israel, which were come again out of captivity, and all such as had separated themselves unto them from the filthiness of the heathen of the land, to seek the Lord God of Israel, did eat, and kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy.'Ezra 6:16-22.

"That 'Assyria' and her allies, folded together as thorns, might today leam this same lesson. God permits them to become robbed and spoiled. Then, that they may be healed of their ailment, the Lord through Isaiah gives

The Background of Their Plight, And The Dietetic Cure

"Isaiah, Chapter 7, Verses 1-16. 'And it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king ofJudah, that Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem to war against it, but could not prevail against it. And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is confederate with Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind....

"'O Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil counsel against thee, saying. Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal: Thus saith the Lord God, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass. For the head of Syria is Damascus [not heaven], and the head of Damascus is Rezin [not the Lord]; and within threescore and five years shall Ephraim [the ten-tribe kingdom] be broken, that it be not a people. And the head of Ephraim is Samaria [not heaven], and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's son [not the Lord]. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.

'"Moreover the Lord spake again unto Ahaz. saying. Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord. And he said. Hear ye now, O house of David [Branch Davidians]; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also? Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a so, and shall call His name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall He eat, that He may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good. For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land [Syria and Israel] that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings [Rezin and Pekah]."

"Isaiah, Chapter 8, Verses 1-8. 'Moreover the Lord said unto me. Take thee a great roll, and write in it with a man's pen concerning Maher-shalal-hash-baz. And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah. And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the Lord to me, Call his name Maher-shalal-hash-baz. For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria.

'"The Lord spake also unto me again, saying. Forasmuch as this people [Israel] refuseth the waters of Shiloah [the protective host of heaven] that go softly, and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah's son [glory in their national government]; now therefore, behold the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks: and he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck: and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of Thy land, O Immanuel.'

"That is, though ancient Judah [Branch Davidians] was not to suffer defeat by the confederacy of Israel and Syria [the confederacy of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the US Government to investigate Branch Davidians], she was, nevertheless, also to be brought under tribute to ancient Assyria [The General Conference had to appease the wishes of the USA - One World Order - to be allowed to operate as a 501-C-3 non-profit or non-prophet church].

And, as we shall see, the spirit of this confederacy did not end with that of ancient Israel and Syria.

"The high points of this confederacy, some of which are still unfulfilled, [therefore a latter day application] fall into sequence thusly:

"1) The overthrow of both ancient Israel [modern Israel SDA - Israel] and Syria [US government] by ancient Assyria [One World Order], as a divine judgment especially upon Israel for confederating against her own brethren, the kingdom of Judah [SDA for confederating with the US government to investigate both Branch and Davidian brethren in Waco] (Isaiah 7:2-9).

"2) The birth of a man-child (Immanuel) [the Lord's anointed messenger - the Joshua of today] to a virgin [The Living Waters Branch Movement], for 'a sign' to 'the house of David' [Branch Davidians] (Isaiah 7: 13, 14).

"3) The birth of a son (Maher-shalal-hash-baz) [George Roden - the first born son] to the prophet [Benjamin Roden] himself, "for signs and for wonders' in Israel [to raise interest and questions among SDA] (Isaiah 8:18).

"4) The overthrow of Israel [The Branch Davidian Seventh-Day Adventist Movement by the One World Order] to occur before Immanuel [the messenger] could learn to differentiate evil from good [to understand what David Koresh was teaching - truth mixed with eror: so that a curse would be placed upon the Branch name, message and movement, that Christ the Word be crucified afresh by His own professed followers], and before Maher-shalal-hash-baz could say 'my father, and my mother' [before George Roden could say my spiritual father and my spiritual mother are the Branch He and the Branch She, not Ben and Lois; he needed to be born of the Spirit Mother not of a fleshly mother, to receive the anointing. George believed that he inherited the anointing because he was the son of two prophets] (Isaiah 7:16; 8:4).

"In amplification of this cluster of events, several facts stand out in unmistakable self-interpretation:

"(1) 'Immanuel,' by virtue of his virgin birth and his name, 'God with us' (Matthew 1:23), can only be Christ with us [Christ in the messenger whom He sends, Joshua or Yehoshua].

"(2) He was born for a sign that the unholy alliance between Israel and Syria [SDA and the US Government - church and state confederacy - 501-C-3 non-profit or non-prophet status] was to come to naught.

"(3) The lands, Israel and Syria [church and state alliances], which Judah abhorred [Branches and Davidians hated], were to be forsaken of both their kings [Benjamin Roden and Victor Houteff] - conquered by the king of Assyria [taken over by the One World Order] — before Immanuel was to be able to refuse evil and choose good [the messenger could understand the Lord's plan in what transpired at New Mt. Carmel], and before Maher-shalal-hash-baz was to be able to say 'my father and my mother.'"

Both the Seventh-day Adventist General Conference and the US Government were to be taken over by the One World Order before George Roden (and those born of the flesh) would accept the Present Truth message brought by the Immanuel to teach him who his spiritual Father and Mother are, the Branch He and the Branch She - Jeremiah 23:5,6; 3:15,16. It is interesting to note that George also represents all those Christians who are spiritual bastards and will be cut off from the congregation if they do not leam who their spiritual Father and Mother are. They need to be baptized or be born again of the Holy Ghost and with fire - revived, informed and reformed.

"But the simple historical fact that these two kingdoms were overthrown centuries before Immanuel was even bom, brings a time-discrepancy which can be reconciled only by the conclusion that all four nations (Judah, Israel, Syria, and Assyria) involved in this historical action, were typical of four others that were to arise sometime following Immanuel's birth: for after His birth, Israel and Syria were to be conquered by Assyria.

"Necessarily, then, there must be found in the Christian dispensation a backslidden Christian power (Israel) [SDA] confederated with a pagan one (Syria) [US Government], to the end of assimilating or annihilating the orthodox Christians (Judah) [Branches and Davidians]. And the only such confederacy in the Christian era was the unholy union of Church and State which ruled during the Dark Ages, and which sought the destruction of the 'bom again,' who refused to depart from the Apostolic faith and submit to a Christian-Pagan (Israel-Syrian) confederacy [The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and US Government - the Two Horned Beast that speaks as a Dragon].

"Foretelling, to Daniel, the work of this wicked power, the angel declared: 'And he shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.' Daniel 7:25. As a natural consequence, therefore, the type, ancient Assyria, finds its 'double' in the power which in the Middle Ages broke up that church-state union. And as that union was dissolved by the present Protestant nations, the conclusion inescapably follows that modem Assyria reaches down to our day, thus certifying the fact that Isaiah's prophecy is correlative with Nahum's.

"But since ancient Assyria overthrew the Israelite-Syrian confederacy centuries before Immanuel was bom, and since modem Assyria overthrew the church-state alliance of the Middle Ages centuries after He was bom, logic demands that as Syria, Judah, Israel, and Assyria are types, so also Immanuel must be. Wherefore, the virgin-birth prophecy does not refer alone to the birth of Christ, but even more significantly to His followers - the birth and development of Christendom. Correspondingly, Maher-shalal-hash-baz must be symbolical of another group in the Christian era. And as he knows only to say 'my father, and my mother,' while Immanuel (Christ in the person of His people) [Christ in the person of His messenger] knows to refuse the evil and choose the good, Maher-shalal-hash-baz manifestly cannot symbolize any who lived before Immanuel [in other words, Immanuel must come on the scene first to teach them who their Father and Mother are].

"Still further, the fact that both were to be born into Judah (the church) [The Branches and Davidians, one born of the Spirit, the son anointed by the messages of the Branch He and the Branch She] and the other of the flesh [the fleshly son of the prophets who brought the messages of the Branch He and Branch She], is conclusive evidence of their being, as the prophet says, for 'wonders' and for 'signs' of two classes of church members, living at the same time [those born again of the Spirit and those born of the flesh].

"Having been pre-existent with His Father (Hebrews 1:1,2; John 1:1,2), and then having been re-bom in Bethlehem, Immanuel manifestly represents the 'born again' Christians [Joshua the high priest who represents those Christians who are born again through the Spirit of Prophecy and become true Branches] (John 3 :3); whereas never having been pre-existent, Maher-shalal-hash-baz can only symbolize those not 'born again' - that part of the church membership which cannot be represented by Immanuel [represented by the high priest - Joshua] - A parallel is found in the allegory of Ishmael and Isaac, typifying the 'born after the flesh' and the 'born after the Spirit' - the non-Christian Jew and the Christian Jew. (See Galatians 4:22-31.)

"In the clear focus of these facts, there comes to light the truth that the 'born again' Christians who lived when Ecclesiastical Rome fell, and who are represented by Immanuel, were spiritually too 'young,' not far enough along in time and corresponding Bible knowledge and spiritual progress, to discriminate the evil from the good.

Consequently, they must attain to this knowledge in the Assyrian (Protestant) [during the siege at New Mount Carmel] period, for the confederacy of Israel and Syria [SDA and US Government], let us remember, was to be broken by Assyria [the One World Order - confederacy of Britain and her allies - Protestant nations] after Immanuel was born but before He could 'refuse the evil and choose the good' [not until the 51-day siege was over could one begin to understand the true motives of those that were slaughtered and those that barbarically came against the religious community of New Mount Carmel]; and not only after Maher-shalal-hash-baz was born but also before he could say 'my father and my mother.' And the fact that the church is still imperfect, shows that even the 'born again' Christians [Branches and Davidians] are to this day unable to choose consistently between good and evil [still sinning, not yet overcomers], and that those who are merely born after the flesh are so undeveloped as to be unable even to lay positive claim to knowing their father (God) [The Branch] and their mother (the Church) [The Branch She].

"The obvious lesson is that at the time one is converted (born again) to Christ [The Branch], he is but a babe in the Christian life, and needs for the time being to be fed, as a new born babe, on the "sincere milk of the Word," that he "may grow thereby [and become a mature Branch that bears the fruit of the Spirit]." 1 Peter 2:2.

"Through the apostle Paul, Inspiration interprets this milk to be 'the first principles of the oracles of God.' Hebrews 5:12. And through Isaiah, It asks: 'Whom shall He teach knowledge? and whom shall He make to understand doctrine?' Then, answering Its own questions, It declares: 'Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.' [We are drawn from the breasts of the Spirit of Prophecy, our divine Mother, who nurtures our spirit man from the time She brings us forth at our new birth - when we are baptized by water into Christ.] Isaiah 28:9.

"But the main lesson of Isaiah, chapters 7 and 8, teaches that the church collectively, born in the first century A.D., is today about to pass from her childhood and be fed "strong meat" so as to empower her to choose the good and refuse the evil. 'For every one that useth milk,' Inspiration declares, 'is unskillful in the Word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.' Heb. 5:13, 14. Obviously, as time progresses, so the Truth and the Christian advance commensurately with it.

"Having fed on 'milk' only - on the simple, elementary revelations of the Word - through the long years of her infancy and childhood, the church has finally come to the stage where she must take 'strong meat' also - the advanced, latter day revelations of the Word.

"This becomes all the more obvious as we consider that when 'Assyria' in the Middle Ages dealt the deadly blow to the church-state union of that day, neither Maher-shalal-hash-baz, the flesh-born Christian, nor Immanuel, the Spirit-bom Christian, were mature enough, as we have seen, to 'refuse the evil and choose the good.' Now, though, they must be coming into full maturity, for not only have many years passed since the Assyrian dealt the blow to the church-state union, but also has come the time for Assyria, herself to fall. Besides that, the 'strong meat,' too, is already here [the revelation of Jesus Christ and His righteousness - the fullness of the Godhead bodily - the Holy Spirit Daughter].

"Unquestionably the time has come for all church members [Branches, Davidians and Seventh-day Adventists and others] to realize that they are now passing from Christian childhood into Christian maturity [to bear the fruit of the Spirit, a righteous character], and should, therefore, no longer try to reach the stature of the full grown by continuing to feed on the food of babes. Hence each one, even the younger members [the born after the flesh], can now be enabled to recognize their spiritual parents [The Branch He and The Branch She], so as intelligently to say, 'my Father and my Mother': for to know their God aright [The Divine Father and Mother] through the Son [the fullness of the Godhead bodily - our Creators and our Redeemers], and to know their church aright [The Branch She - The Daughter of Zion, the Jerusalem above] through timely Truth [the present Truth message about The Branch He and She the Lords of our righteousness brought by the Joshua of today], is what brings life eternal. And as each assimilates the 'strong meat' [the latter rain - reign of the Holy Spirit], he will thereby become wise and strong 'to refuse the evil and choose the good [be an overcomer].'

"Of necessity, therefore, the 'special work' for the church, predicted in The Great Controversy, page 425, has been ordained to bring every honest member to Christian maturity [bearing the fruit of righteousness through the power of the indwelling Christ - the Saviour's Shekhinah Glory].

"Accordingly, also the two foods which Immanuel was to eat in order to 'refuse the evil, and choose the good' must be symbolical; for butter and honey in themselves possess no virtue or efficacy to transmit moral discernment, vitalize the will, and purify the heart.

Besides, He ate of all lawful foods in general (Matthew 11:19). These two points therefore witness that the 'butter and honey', are symbolical of the Scriptures unfolded - 'meat in due season,' - the only food that gives one the knowledge and the will to do right instead of wrong. Thus Christ said: 'I have meat to eat that ye know not of.' John 4:32. Hence, the Christian who would truly know his God and his church in order to be emptied of evil and be filled with the good, must now feed on Present Truth, — the progressive Truth of the living Word revealed through Inspiration. (For the interpretation of the remainder of Isaiah seven, see our Tract No. 6.)

"As one sinks the shaft deeper into the mine of Truth, he finds that when Inspiration makes grass figurative of the people. It accordingly makes 'rain' figurative of their spiritual nourishment, timely Truth. Thus when the terms grass, wheat, or corn are employed to designate the people in the latter days, then the spiritual food necessary to bring them to their full Christian stature is appropriately termed 'latter rain' (Zechariah 10:1). And to show that it is for the uplifting of humanity, Joel gives it personification in the term, 'teacher of righteousness' (Joel 2:23, margin). [The latter rain message brought by the anointed, messenger, the Immanuel, reveals the mystery of iniquity and the mystery of godliness to bring about the purification of the church.]

"In this advanced light, we see that the latter rain (Joel 2:23) and the latter pentecost (Joel 2:28) are two distinctly separate and successive but intimately related manifestations of the Holy Spirit

"The one gift is a special truth, 'a teacher of righteousness,' arousing the church from her Laodiceanism and fitting her members for the final gospel work in all the world. Foreseeing them actively engaged in this work, the Spirit of Truth declares: 'All fear of their relatives was gone, and the truth alone was exalted to them.... I asked what had made this great change. An angel answered, It is the latter rain, the refreshing from the presence of the Lord, the loud cry of the third angel.' - Early Writings, p. 271.

"The other gift is a special power, transmitting to each recipient the dynamic virtue of a seer, enabling them to proclaim the special truth to all the world. 'I heard those clothed with the armor speak forth the truth with great power,' continues the Spirit of Prophecy. 'It had effect. Many had been bound; some wives by their husbands, and some children by their parents. The honest who had been prevented from hearing the truth now eagerly laid hold upon it.' - Ibid.

"The special truth, or knowledge of the Scriptures, is obtained as a result of praying, 'hungering and thirsting,' for it at the right time (Zech. 10:1). Then 'the 'latter rain,' or refreshing from the presence of the Lord [a message about the Divine Presence, the Shekhinah, The Branch She the Lord our righteousness], will come, to give power to the loud voice of the third angel.' - Early Writings, p. 86. Thus while the gift of the latter rain - the additional message - gives power and force to the old message, the gift of the latter pentecost - the addition of the Spirit's power - subsequently gives power and force to the latter day messengers. This miracle-working power, accordingly, comes not because of praying for it, but because the messengers, through the latter rain, have met the conditions for receiving it.

"Uninformed human beings as we are, though, we determine to get the special power instead of the special knowledge, which alone will enable us to use the power aright. So we find men praying out of season, ignorantly or presumptuously, for that which they are not asked to pray for, and not praying for that which is in season, and for which they are admonished to pray!

'"Light is sown for the righteous.' And no church can advance in holiness unless its members are earnestly seeking for truth as for hid treasure.' - The Great Controversy p. 522.

"For God to give the pentecostal power to one before he comes to full spiritual growth, would be as injudicious as for a State Board to give a physician's license to a medical student before he earns his doctor's degree! And should the Lord invest us with the miracle-working power, the experience which we desire, before He endues us with the miracle knowledge of the Scriptures, which we need. He would thereby be doing us no more favor than would the state in issuing a driver's license to any and all applicants regardless of their qualifications to drive an automobile. Both being injudicious acts, they could, of course, but result in casualty to one's self and to others.

"This is why those who seek the miracle power of the Spirit, while not themselves men with miraculous knowledge of the Bible, obtain either nothing or a fatal counterfeit; whereas those who seek to know themselves and the Truth, are filled with knowledge beyond their expectation. And having learned what they actually are, and what they ought to be. they too, like Isaiah and Paul (Isaiah 6:5; Rom. 7:22, 23), become humble in their own estimation but powerful and faithful servants in the Lord's vineyard.

"Hence, by the timely unfoldment of these simple yet profound figures, no one should now fail to recognize the signs of the time, and no one should now cheat himself of the Truth they proffer. For, It alone can fit the saints for the pentecostal power, as says the Lord: 'And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and daughters shall prophecy your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.'

"No longer wait, therefore, but now "ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain [we are to ask for more light even in the time of the latter rain, even after the Shepherd's Rod and The Branch messages have fallen], so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field." Zechariah 10:1; Joel 2:28.

"The urgent lesson here to be learned is that those who are ever-progressing, keeping pace with the march of Truth, are the only real Christians. And though even the most advanced of these have not yet reached the high standard (the full growth) set for them by the Lord, yet Inspiration m this latest feast of butter and honey (the latter rain), proffers character-building material to all. As a result of this, thousands of faithful ones at first (Revelation 7:3-8; 14:1, 5) and millions at last (Revelation 7:9; Micah 4:1-3; Isaiah 60:5, 6) will having finally matured for harvest, actually achieve the Lord's standard, and come 'in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ [fullness of the Godhead bodily].' Ephesians 4:13. What a bountiful harvest of full grown Christians to be garnered in!

"Isaiah 8:9,10. 'Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces.... Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us."

"The statement, 'God is with us,' implies that He is not with the nations that are affiliating themselves for mutual protection, and that therefore they shall be broken, whereas His followers shall then be delivered. Nevertheless, for God to be 'with us' in this special sense, we must of course make a special effort to be with Him. And to do this, we must sincerely study His way and follow joyously in His stately steps, which lead us to a full knowledge of the prophetic mysteries [especially the mystery of the Godhead], enabling us to avoid the pitfalls, and to stand though all others fall. So, following on to know the Way, the Truth, and the Life, we continue our inquiry into Isaiah's prophecy.

"Isaiah 8:11-22. 'For the Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying. Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. Sanctify the Lord of hosts Himself; and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread. And He [The BRANCH] shall be for a sanctuary [to the followers of the truth]; but for a stone of stumbling, and for a rock of offence, to both the houses of Israel [those in the Branch. Davidian and SDA movements found what transpired at New Mount Carmel to be a rock of stumbling, a rock of offence, but the Lord reveals that it is the very foundation rock of our salvation]; for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem [even as He was at His first advent so is He at His second advent as The BRANCH]. And many [therefore] among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken [many Branches, Davidians, and SDAs will be shaken out because the Lord takes the curse of sin upon His name, His message, and His movement(s) to atone for the living and complete His purification and At-One-Ment]..

'"Bind up the testimony, seal the law among My disciples [followers in truth]. And will wait upon the Lord, that hideth His face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for Him. Behold [it is now plain to see], I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders m Israel from the Lord of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion. And when they shall say unto you [to the 'sealed' ones], Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep and that mutter; should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law [Ex. 20:3-17] and to the testimony [Rev. 19:10]: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. And they [those in darkness] shall pass through it hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that, when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves [of famine], and [some shall] curse their king and their God. and [some shall] look upward [and be converted]. And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they [the rejecters of the latter rain] shall be driven to darkness' in the day of

The Power Which Destroys 

The Wicked and Delivers The Righteous

"Nahum, chapter 1, verses 1-9: 'The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite. God is jealous, and the Lord revengeth; the Lord revengeth; and is furious for His enemies have destroyed His vineyard [New Mount Carmel and its inhabitants]the Lord will take vengeance on His adversaries, and He reserveth wrath for His enemies. The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath His way in the whirlwind and in the storm [whereas the aircraft of the nations do not], and the clouds are the dust of His feet. He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers [but men and their ships go down therein to rise no more] Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth. The mountains quake at Him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at His presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. Who can stand before His indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of His anger? His fury is poured out like fire and the rocks are thrown down by Him. The Lord is good, a strong hold m the day of trouble, and He knoweth them that trust in Him. But with an overrunning flood He will make an utter end of the place thereof [the place of the wicked], and darkness shall pursue His enemies. What do ye imagine against the Lord? He will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time [because the wicked are cut off, and His Kingdom now stands forever]."

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"From the glorious supply house from which Immanuel received butter and honey long ago, the Spirit of Truth is herewith seen ladling out its soul-nourishing food more lavishly than ever before. May everyone who so freely receives, not only lift his heart in thanks to the Great Giver of all good gifts, 'the Father of lights [The Branch the Lord of our righteousness],' but also freely give his best efforts to cooperate with the Comforter [The Branch She the Lord of our righteousness] Who has come, by freely giving to all who will ask [The Present Truth about Her Intercession and work on our behalf to complete our characters in His perfect image].

"Now that the heavenly watchman has done his part, there remains but for those addressed to do theirs - assume their

Personal Responsibility

"'Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them. When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: if when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. But if the watchman sees 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.

'"So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at My mouth, and warn them from Me. When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shall surely die; if thou doest not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul." Ezekiel 33:2-9.

'"Say unto ihem, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die. O house of Israel? Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people. The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby m the day that he tumeth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth. When I shall say to the righteous that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it. Again, when I say unto the wicked. Thou shall surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right; if the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk m the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live. he shall not die. None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live." Ezekiel 33:11-16.

"To you who take heed to this timely warning, will come this glorious reward:

'"And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem: when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion [the unrighteousness of the Branch, Davidian and Seventh-day Adventist churches], and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment [did not heed the warning by His messenger], and by the spirit of burning [the Lord executed judgment upon those that rebelled and were in apostasy]. And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion [the church at New Mount Carmel], and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for: upon all the glory [the Shekhinah Glory - the Branch She] shall be a defense. And there shall be a tabernacle [the Tabernacle of David] for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.' Isaiah 4:3-6.

"But to you who do not take heed to this warning, 'thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war.' Isaiah 3:25

Time and Chance Solve Mysteries

Subject: Nahum's War Prophecy

"Time and chance are still the most trustworthy witnesses, as well as the best disclosers of mysteries. They now give the answers to the questions: Which one of the nations is 'Assyria' of today? Who is 'he that dasheth in pieces'? When does the clash of these two mortal enemies take place (p.47)?

"Now that considerable time has passed since this tract came off the press (4 years) [50 years - one Jubilee cycle], and since many important events have shaped themselves to maturity since then, our readers of advancing Truth are doubtless now m a more favorable position to see the truth even more clearly and more realistically than beforeHence, for the benefit of all, we are adding these paragraphs. They express the Tract's view on the subject as time and events are now able to exhibit.

"The trend of World War II leaves no doubt that it is the one foretold by the prophet Nahum. This is made manifest by several facts:

"Inspiration makes clear that Nahum's war is fought in the time the chariots rage in the streets, while they justle one against another in the broad ways, while they seem like torches and run like the lightnings, in our day (Nahum 2:4).

The prophecy is fulfilled in a day of unprecedented vehicular traffic, the day when the chariots [automobiles - military tanks] are with flaming torches [barrels of the tanks with flame-throwing mechanisms] and when they jostle one against another in the broad ways - unquestionably in our day [in the 1990's - Feb 28 to April 19, 1993].

The prophet, moreover, states that after the one that "dasheth in pieces" (Nahum 2:1) comes up before Assyria's face, then it is that Assyria makes her 'loins strong,' fortifies her 'power mightily' (Nahum 2:1) - which, as the whole world knows, is just what took place when Hitler came against the allies: The allies, being unprepared to fight Hitler when he started dashing in pieces, they necessarily fortified their power mightily after the war began. All these facts prove that World War II is the war prophesied by Nahum, and that Hitler is the one that "dasheth in pieces."

At the time that WW II began, there was not a two-tribe Judah within modem spiritual Israel - the SDA movement - since the Davidian movement was all that existed at that time and the Branch movement had not yet been established. This unequivocally shows that Nahum's prophecy was partially fulfilled at the time and that WW II had still yet to come to its complete fulfillment. Consequently, the "one" that dashes in pieces" and the Assyrian as well as "he that publishes peace" all must have their latter-day counterparts when the prophecy is fulfilled through antitypical Israel (SDA) and Judah (Branches and Davidians), and the Assyrian (One World Order - confederacy of Protestant nations - descendants of Britain and her allies).

"Though Nahum predicts the 'fall of Assyria' in connection with 'he that dasheth in pieces,' it does not say that he that dashes in pieces is himself to finish off Assyria, as one would naturally be inclined to conclude. It is now seen, though, that he that dasheth in pieces, himself was only to break or cause to be broken in pieces not only the allied nations, but his own nation, too. In fact, the prophecy says that 'his worthies' (the worthies of the one that dasheth in pieces), were not to win, but that they were to 'stumble in their walk,' stumble while on their march to victory (Nahum 2:5). And what happened in Hitler's armies? - They stumbled while endeavoring to defeat Russia.

In the latter day fulfillment, "he that dasheth in pieces," antitypical Cyrus - David Koresh, wars with antitypical Assyria for 51 days at New Mount Carmel Center. On the march to victory, Assyria's enemy - "he that dasheth in pieces" - makes a grave mistake and consequently falls to lose his life and the war. Vernon himself should have come out before the American public and taken his chances with the judicial system rather than being so confident that the Lord would intervene in a supernatural way and destroy the Assyrian forces on his behalf. Vernon was correct about the time but not the event and his followers suffered a great disappointment and a grave loss.

After Nahum 2:5 there is no more mention of him that dasheth in pieces, showing that he is out of the way. Add to this fact the truth that the war has split the whole world - practically all nations and peoples - into opposing chips of all sizes, and we have solid anchors to the proof that World War II is Nahum's war, and that Hitler is the one whom inspiration entitled 'he that dasheth in pieces.' Indeed, he divided the nations and peoples so that so far no one has been able to weld them together.

Vemon Howell was able to dash in pieces the Branch, Davidian and SDA movements, bringing reproach and a curse upon those names, especially the name "Branch." He was instrumental in splintering into opposing opinions, practically all Branches, Davidians and Seventh-day Adventists, yes even other denominations and organizations. And we have solid proofs that David Koresh is the antitypical fulfillment of the "one who dashes in pieces," in the church as you will later read in the personal comments and observations.

After David Koresh and his mighty men stumbled and were defeated and destroyed by the allied forces of the One World Order, no more has been heard about them. The media have been silenced. Nevertheless, the truth is and will continue to be brought out in the open. The allied forces slaughtered those men, women and children to cover up their true intent for the initial assault. Protestors are investigating these barbaric actions upon US citizens. This is sending an echo throughout the whole earth that we best beware of our governments, for martial law is about to be enforced and all dissenters will be treated in like fashion as were David Koresh and his followers. Thus, he initiated the downfall of the US and her allies which morphs into the One World Order.

Furthermore, by the outcome of the war, England actually has not won. Yes, she has lost far beyond what she would have lost had she let Hitler have what he wanted in the first place - only a part of Poland.

Then too, the defeat of Japan and of Germany has by no means ended the war. It has only deepened the international deadly wound. Thus the possibilities of fulfilling every phase of truth contained in Tract No. 14, WAR NEWS FORECAST, are now brighter than before. As far as Inspiration is concerned. World War II has not ended [but is about to escalate into WW lll].

Assyria fortifies her power mightily after her enemy comes before her face: the ATF and FBI have become part of a world police force; they have beefed up their national guard forces; set up ex-military bases as concentration camps; increased legislation for gun control and legislation against secular and religious organizations that are not politically correct, especially Messianic Jewish organizations as the Branch Davidians, etc. The Assyrian-like England will never recover from what they did to the Branch Davidians and consequently, they will fall, but "not by the sword of a mean man," not by guns and weapons of war, but by the Sword of the Spirit of the Lord in the hand of His messenger.

This in itself is evidence enough that the world now, during this period of international unrest such as it has never before had - unrest that is caused by every existing element - is to give birth to something. As so far as we see it now, all the things of which we read in Tracts No. 12, THE WORLD YESTERDAY, TODAY, TOMORROW, and No. 14, WAR NEWS FORECAST, seem to be [are at this time] on the way to quick fulfillment.

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The Waco War - Nahum's Prophetic Forecast 

Personal Comments and Observations

As you can see very plainly from this study by Brother Houteff that only when God's people listen to the messenger who the Lord sends and they turn to Him, The Branch, Whom they have rebelled against, putting away all of their idols of silver and gold which their own hands have made, will the yoke of the Assyrian, English speaking Protestant nations and denominations - Britain and US and their allies - who become the One World Order, be broken.

Brother Houteff points out that the "one who dashes in pieces" is none other than Hitler during the time of WW II. But the war is not yet over! David Koresh fulfilled the latter-day application of Hitler's counterpart in the prophecy in the church setting as "the one who dashes in pieces." Vernon effected this when he took on the "acquired title" David Koresh, and set up the political aspect of the image to the beast in the Branch Movement, when he became a diabolical dictator, who like Hitler, had his followers implicitly do his will to the point of worshipping him as their fuhrer or lord and master. 

Vemon even attempted, as Hitler did, to set up his own arian race, by conscripting many women, single and married, to bear his "pure" offspring, who would rule the earth with him as the 24 elders in his perfect kingdom. Both these tyrants would not tolerate insubordination. Both used fear tactics and mind control on their subjects to keep them in line. Like Hitler, David Koresh thought that the Lord was going to destroy and remove the Assyrian from his path to victory and world domination, for they were doing His will and good pleasure, and they desired to establish a heaven on earth where they and their chosen ones would rule without end.

David Koresh also set up the spiritual image to the beast, the Catholic system, with a celibate priesthood and all women were married to him, as nuns are in the Catholic system allegedly married to the pope - vicar or substitute of Christ. Vernon claimed to be the lamb of  Revelation 5:6, Christ the Word, and to be the absolute ruler, both in civil and religious affairs as the pope claims to be in the Catholic church. It is an interesting parallel that Hitler was backed by the Catholic church to rid the earth of true-believing Jews. This was Vernon's plan as well to bring about the slaughter of Ezekiel 9 upon Sabbath-keeping believers that did not conform to his theology and accept him as the messiah and the lamb of Revelation 5:6. Those in the Branch, Davidian and Seventh-day Adventist Movements who did not accept him and his serpent's root message, would come under the wrath of his slaughtering weapons and would be removed from the political and religious system that he had established at New Mount Carmel, that would eventually cover the whole earth - like the Caliphate promoted by the Muslims today.

 It is plain to see that Vernon represented the "one who dashes in pieces" in these latter days, since he dashed in pieces both physically and spiritually the Branch Movement (religious aspect). And through the international media coverage he was able to come against the Assyrian (multinational peace-keeping forces i.e.The Delta Force) as he made fools of the government in their methods of handling the situation to serve the bogus warrant to arrest him. He not only "broke in pieces" the Branch Movement, but he tore out the claws of the Beast System, the confederate governmental system (Assyria/One World Order) that came after him, to destroy him and his kingdom.

Let us now examine three interesting paragraphs that Brother Houteff wrote in Timely Greetings, Volume 1, #24, p. 12, about Nahum's prophecy and see how they fit the antitypical application.

"The people whom God has afflicted (by their dispersion among the nations) and whom He promises to afflict no more, and to break the Assyrian yoke from off their shoulders, are His people. His church - antitypical Judah [Branches and Davidians]. They are. therefore, me other people.

"The title of God's people, you note, is 'Judah'." They are counselled to behold the messenger of God who at the fulfillment of this prophecy brings to them good tidings, tidings [the Present Truth gospel] of peace...the message of the Kingdom of peace (Isa. 11:6-9). The Lord counsels them to be honest with Him, honest in their profession of faith. They are, moreover, assured that at the fulfillment of this prophecy the destroying angels are to remove the wicked from the midst of the righteous. Thus will the wicked be 'raptured' away and be no more.

"So it is that while Nahum predicts liberation and peace for God's faithful people, he predicts disaster and humiliation for antitvpical Assyria (the power which they serve) and for the wicked in the church. - 1 Timely Greetings #24, p. 12

These paragraphs are so full of information that it would be best to examine each sentence and comment thereafter.

"The title of God's people is 'Judah.'"

The Advent Movement or modern day Israel includes the Ten Tribes and the Two Tribes. Benjamin Roden and V.T. Houteff have both agreed that there are two separate divisions in modern Israel - the northern kingdom of the Ten Tribes (Israel) was governed by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (SDA) located in Takoma Park, Washington (now in Maryland); and that the southern kingdom of Judah was first governed by the General Association of Davidian Seventh-Day Adventists (DSDA) located at New Mount Carmel, Waco, Texas. Later, when Judah was divided into two tribes - The Branch movement and the Davidian movement - it was governed by the General Association of Branch Davidian Seventh-day Adventists (BDSDA) located at New Mount Carmel, Waco, Texas.

"They [Judah] are counselled to behold the messenger of God who at the fulfillment of this prophecy brings to them good tidings, tidings of peace...the message of the Kingdom of peace."

In January of 1993, Charles Pace communicated with Clive Doyle at New Mount Carmel, after nine years of silence. He sent him a message of peace in a letter stating that it did not matter what Vemon had done and his followers had condoned in the past (i.e., the practice of polygamy, claims of being the lamb of God, etc.), all they had to do was repent and the Lord would have mercy on them and forgive them. We could then be united in teaching to the world the truth about a merciful, compassionate and forgiving Saviour - the Lord of the Harvest, the BRANCH of righteousness.

 "The Lord counsels them to be honest with Him, honest in their profession of faith."

Charles Pace was willing to come to New Mount Carmel at Passover of 1993 to study again the Message - The Revelation of Jesus Christ and His Righteousness - that he had presented to Vemon and his followers nine years before, at Passover of 1984. He stated in the letter that the upcoming Passover would mark the ninth and final year that the Lord would tolerate Vernon's rejection of the Present Truth Message and that judgment would be meted out upon him and followers by the Lord Himself. Charles received a letter from Clive Doyle on February 27, 1993 (the day before the 51-day siege began) stating that he had read the study that was sent and agreed with about 80% of its content, and that he wished to study some more. Clive, as we all know, was one of the survivors of the fire and providentially so. Charles asked Clive if he communicated to Vemon what was in the letter and the study. His reply was that he did not think Vemon would have taken any interest in it or needed its counsel.

"They are assured that at the fulfillment of this prophecy the destroying angels are to remove the wicked from the midst of the righteous."

Brother Houteffs own comments would suffice here:

"Plainly, therefore, in the time when Assyria crumbles, the Lord is to perform a dual work among His professed people, some of whom will be made free because of their faithfulness, and some of whom will be slain because of their wickedness. The delivered ones will then be called by another name.... The time of this 'work' is termed 'harvest.' Matt. 13:30. Therefore, up to this separation, the tares (those who are to be slain) and the wheat (those who are to be delivered) together comprise the membership of Laodicea (the last of the seven churches — Rev. 3:14-18), the church just before the 'tares' are forever separated from the 'wheat.' Very obviously, then, the penitent Laodiceans are separated from the impenitent ones during Assyria's fall, and then are liberated from her rule.... A detailed demonstration of this purification of the church is projected in Ezekiel's prophecy [Ezekiel chapter 9]. - Tract 14, "War News Forecast, pp. 18. 19.

"Thus will the wicked be 'raptured' away and be no more."

This last point is somewhat of a paradox. How can the wicked, who are being destroyed, be "raptured" away? Why does V.T. Houteff use the word "raptured" which means to be in a state of ecstasy? Evangelicals also use this term to describe what happens to the righteous when they are taken up to heaven before the tribulation. I am not agreeing with their theology but it does add to the inconsistency of the term, unless something unusual took place to all those who were viewed by the majority as wicked and who died in the holocaust at New Mount Carmel.

What if the Lord caused Vemon and his followers to believe in what the Scriptures teach as God's permissive will (i.e., polygamy, to take twelve-year-old girls in marriage, have concubines, use guns for protection, etc.), so that they would bring a curse upon The Lord's name and movement and cause our Lord, The BRANCH, to be crucified afresh, as was prophesied by V.T. Houteff and Benjamin Roden.

Professed believers from within the movement, believing that they were obeying God's will, were used by the Lord Himself to bring about this condition of sin and unrighteousness to fully demonstrate to modern Israel and Judah of old.

It is interesting to note that Moses could not enter the Promised Land because of his sins. He had to physically die and be resurrected to newness of life before he could enter the heavenly Canaan. I believe that Vemon Howell and all who died with him were truly fulfilling the Lord's will and purpose. It was prophesied that professed followers were to bring the curse of sin and wickedness upon The BRANCH. His Message and His name. They, like Moses, accomplished God's permissive will, not His perfect and righteous will.

These conscientious believers would not have knowingly and intentionally sinned against The Lord to bring Him to open shame before the whole world. Therefore, the Lord cleverly devised a plan to bring about this strange act. He gave Vemon inspiration and understanding of the Scriptures that demonstrated and explained His permissive will - that which God allows or overlooks, but does not completely approve (e.g., polygamy). He taught this to his followers as the inspired will of God, but it was nothing more than truth mixed with error; mixed with human ideas and practices. This is what the Laodicean condition produces and has produced ever since the truth which has been given in its successive messages and movements since 1844 has been rejected by those "who are in need of nothing." Christ the Word was crucified afresh by His own professed followers who felt they needed no more truth or prophets. They rejected the messages and messengers He sent in 1888, 1929, 1955, 1977, 1984 and again in 1993.

Consequently, The BRANCH the Lord of our righteousness took on the curse of sin before the world when His professed followers went into open apostasy and caused His Message and Movement to receive the mark of the beast when they chose a sinful man to be their lord and master. The mark of the beast is 666, the number of a man. It is a mark in the forehead and in the hand that signifies that the one who bears it believes and acts out the will of man, not the will of God. Therefore God's permissive will allows man to have his own free will to learn to choose good and refuse evil. Vemon and those that died with him were not destroyed for al eternity, but on the contrary, they were "raptured" or died in ecstasy knowing they were fulfilling the Lord's plan.

Benjamin Roden taught that when the Lord was crucified upon Calvary He took upon Himself the Ezekiel nine slaughter to atone for all who have ever died since the creation. In order for all the living to be atoned for by The BRANCH, our High Priest, the Word of Truth in the Branch Message and Movement was crucified afresh by His own professed believers. His Name and Truth took on the curse of their sin and wickedness and thereby received in antitype, the slaughter of Ezekiel nine to atone for all the living.

The Savior took upon Himself the curse of mankind's sin and died an eternal death. Since He fulfilled the Father's permissive will and traded His Righteousness for our unrighteousness, the Father allowed Him to be resurrected, renewed and restored to fulfill His perfect will. Yes, soon there will be a resurrection of all who have given up their lives for the Present Truth in the Branch, Davidian and Seventh-Day Adventist Movements. Through Vernon and his followers, the Lord was able to begin the Executive Phase of the Judgment of the Living and execute the Ezekiel 9 slaughter, hopefully once and for all, at the end of the antitypical Day of Atonement.

Remember, Christ bore the Ezekiel 9 slaughter for all the dead when He was crucified on the cross. And once again, Christ, as the Word of God in the Message of the BRANCH, has taken the Ezekiel 9 slaughter for all the living, who will never die. Praise the LORD for His Mercy and His Righteousness, for His permissive and His perfect will. Only He can take on the curse and make it a blessing! Only the Lord has the power to lay down His Life and take it up again!

"Nahum predicts liberation and peace for God's people."

'"And it shall come to pass in that day,' declares the prophet, 'that his [Assyria's] burden shall be taken away from off thy [Judah's] shoulder and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.' Isa. 10:27... Plainly, therefore, in the time when Assyria crumbles, the Lord is to perform a dual work among His professed people, some of whom will be made free because of their faithfulness, and some of whom will be slain because of their wickedness. The delivered ones will then be called by another name. ... And ye shall leave your name [Branch Davidian Seventh-Day Adventists] for a curse unto My chosen: for the Lord God shall slay thee [Davidian BDSDA], and call His servants by another name [The Branch, The LORD Our Righteousness].' Isa. 65:15. ... Applying the 'eyesalve' (Rev. 3:18), they [Laodicea - BD SDA, D SDA and SDA] shall 'behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace!' And beholding Him [The BRANCH], they shall accept His message [about His Righteousness and Bride] and know the truth and the truth shall make them free, and shall save them from being spued out of His mouth (Rev. 3:16)... Therefore, only as they awake and give heed to the voice of the True Witness, and turn their steps toward the gates of the Kingdom, may they ever hope to participate in the divine eventuality: "O Judah [BDSDA and DSDA], keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off." - Tract 14, p. 18, 21, 22

"disaster and humiliation for Assyria"

'"At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; if that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.' - Jer. 18:7, 8. Seeing that the Lord is about to humiliate 'Assyria' for her own good, but that He would forbear doing so if only she would repent as did Nineveh of old at Jonah's warning, obviously this Forecast is published to benefit not the church alone but 'Assyria' and her allies also. and even their enemy.... Thus in His infinite mercy would the Lord lift 'the burden of Nineveh' today, even as He did in the ancient day. Indeed, it is for 'a blessing in the midst of the land,' even to all nations, that He is to effect the Church's liberation from 'Assyrian' yoke.... Sharing with the nations the guilt for marring the branches [killing and wounding} of His vineyard (His Kingdom [Branch Davidians]), this modern Assyria must now share in the divine retribution while God is taking His people back to their own land [New Mount Carmel — Waco}. Inferentially, with the fall of the 'Assyrians' (the Gentiles in possession of the Promised Land [government possession of New Mount Carmel]), the 'time of the Gentiles' is fulfilled (Luke 21:24). - Tr. 14, pp. 16, 17, 25.

Let Us Summarize

The war, the fast-rolling chariots, and a revival and reformation such as the world has never seen, are signposts of the fulfillment of Nahum's prophecy. David Koresh and those that were slaughtered with him, through their death, initiated the purification of the church and the revival and reformation in the Branch Davidian Seventh Day Adventist Movement. They also initiated the downfall of the Assyrian. But, the Messenger of the Covenant, who comes in the spirit and power of Elijah, as the Elisha and the Joshua of today, ushers in the great revival and reformation among God's people. He brings a message with a double portion of truth and power. It reveals the latter rain (reign) of the BRANCH HE and the BRANCH SHE the LORDS of Our Righteousness, in a Message about the BRIDEGROOM and HIS BRIDE and deals with the finishing up of the Atonement, the removal of the curse of corporate sin and its uncleanness from off His Corporate Body of people and Body Temple.

When God's people cast aside all their idols, and fully turn to Him, then it is that the Assyrian falls. Then it is that the wicked are removed [the unclean cumbersome branches] from the midst of the church and the Assyrian yoke is broken. The servants of God, the first of the first fruits of barley, will stand with the Lamb on Mt. Zion, the church headquarters at Mt. Carmel Center. When all of God's people. Branches. Davidians, and Seventh-day Adventists put away their idols of silver and gold and begin to pay all the Tithes and Offerings to the Lord's work, and stop worshipping at the graves of the dead prophets - E.G. White, Waggoner and Jones, V.T. Houteff, Benjamin and Lois Roden, and yes, even Vemon Howell (David Koresh), then the Assyrian yoke, the stronghold that the One World Order has on all of God's people and their property (especially Mt. Carmel Center), will be broken and the servants of God will all stand on Mt. Zion (the mountain of the Lord - Mt. Carmel) with the Lamb (at the Feast of Passover).

The Branch and His Kingdom of Peace

"One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, 'When will the Kingdom of god begin?' Jesus replied, 'The Kingdom of God isn't ushered in with visible signs. You won't be able to say, It has begun here in this place or there in that part of the country. For the Kingdom of God is within you.' Later he talked again about this with his disciples. 'The time is coming when you will know it beyond all doubt. It will be as evident as the lightning that flashes across the skies.''' - Luke 17:20-24

"'But first I must suffer terribly and be rejected by this whole nation. When I return the world will be as indifferent to the things of God as the people were in Noah's day.... And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot: people went about their daily business - eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building - until the morning Lot left Sodom. Then fire and brimstone rained down from heaven and destroyed them all." - Luke 17:26-29

"Yes, it will be 'business as usual' right up to the hour of my return. Those away from home that day must not return to pack; those in the fields must not return to town - remember what happened to Lot's wife!" - Luke 17:32

"Whoever clings to his life shall lose it, and whoever loses his life shall save it. That night two men will be asleep in the same room, and one will be taken away, the other left.

Two women will be working together at household tasks; one will be taken, the other left; and so it will be with men working side by side in the fields." — Luke 17:33-36 (The Living Bible)

'"Lord, where will they be taken?' the disciples asked. Jesus replied, 'Wheresoever the body is, there will the eagles be gathered together." - Luke 17:37

Here we have the Lord's own description of what the setting up of His Kingdom would be like. It would come at a time that it would be least expected and in a manner that no one but his elect would know. But before His kingdom could be set up. The BRANCH, the Lord of righteousness must suffer terribly and be rejected by the whole nation - by this generation, a worldwide rejection.

After His terrible suffering and rejection by His followers and even non-believers. His body lies out in the open for all to see and contemplate what caused this unholy and strange act. We are told that "whosoever clings to his life will lose it, and whosoever loses his life shall save it." When He sets up His kingdom, only those that have lost their life to Him and are living only for Him. will be taken or gathered into His kingdom; "one will be taken, the other left."

And what will gather them, and where will they e gathered? The answer lies wherein His dead body is. Where He was crucified afresh by His own professed followers and He took on the curse of their sin and uncleanness. once again for all the living to see. There is only one place in the whole world where He has placed His name BRANCH, where He suffered terribly and was rejected by this generation, at New Mt. Carmel, at Waco, Texas.

Christ the Word, in the Message and Movement that bore His name BRANCH was ridiculed, rejected and crucified afresh by the world and His own professed followers who chose to follow a man who claimed to be the lamb of God, their messiah-king. They chose David Koresh, a thief and a murderer as did Israel of old, when they elected Barabbas (means "son of the Father") instead of the Son of God, and said "Let His blood be upon us."

David Koresh, as a mighty eagle, coveted Christ the Word in the Branch Message as his prey. He swooped down with great force and overwhelmed the Branch Message and Movement with his strength and power. By his eloquence and his strong command of the Scriptures and his powerful charisma, Koresh was able to overpower and kill the body of Christ, The Branch and His Movement as an eagle kills a defenseless lamb for his prey. David Koresh was instrumental in killing the Lamb of God, so that the eagles, the mature Immanuels - those who can now choose the good and refuse the evil - will gather themselves together upon Immanuel's land and feed upon the butter and honey. This latter rain message of strong meat matures and strengthens them to be able to fly and hunt during the latter reign of power as they go forth as a mighty army conquering and to conquer.

All of these events were prophesied, not only by Nahum, but also by V.T. Houteff and Benjamin Roden. Yes, where the dead body is, the carcass of the Branch Message and Movement, New Mt. Carmel Center, there will the eagles be gathered. Eagles symbolize God's people as seen in the following Scripture:

"But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run. and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint." - Isaiah 40:31

The eagles gather at Mt. Carmel to feed upon the freshly-killed carcass of the Lamb of God. the WORD of TRUTH, THE BRANCH of RIGHTEOUSNESS. Here they will not only receive fresh warm meat in due season, but they will feed upon the strong meat and not the milk of the Word. These eagles are mature enough that they can fly and gather themselves together to dine at the Passover Table of the Lords and eat the fresh manna, the Bread of Life and drink the Cup of Salvation in Their Kingdom.

It is interesting to note, that eagles are hunters and will feed only on freshly-killed prey. Our Savior said, "Unless you eat My flesh and drink My blood, you will have no part with Me in My Kingdom. This is a hard saying." He was implying that unless we are at the very place where fresh meat and drink is served "daily," we will starve to death. The Immanuels will have The Branch He and The Branch She with them in their midst to protect and feed them through Their anointed messenger.

Our Creator, the Second Adam, was crucified on Mt. Calvary and paid the debt for the sins of all of Adam's descendents who would have to die to receive their glorification. As the first of the first fruits of them that slept. He became their prototype when He was resurrected and restored to newness of life by His Spirit and Second Self. The Shekinah Glory had tabemacled within His Body Temple and gave Him the victory over sin and Satan during His life and ministry and now in His resurrection.

The BRANCH was crucified afresh on Mt. Carmel, to make atonement for all the living descendants of Adam who will be resurrected from a life of sin and death and made overcomers through His indwelling Shekhinah Glory. These translated ones will not have to die to receive their glorification. Likewise, Christ the Word of Truth in the Branch Message and Movement will be raised to glorious exaltation and victory at the shame of His enemies when the Angel of Revelation 18:1 joins Him at the right time to give Him power and force to establish His Kingdom of Peace and Righteousness in the earth.

The Angel of Mercy, the Shekhinah Glory, will bring revival, reformation, and purification to The Branch Movement - His Body of Believers - when Her Message and Movement, The Living Waters Branch of Righteousness joins the Third Angel, The Branch. As this Truth about the Bridegroom and His Bride is taught, the whole world will be lightened with Their Glory. Humanity and divinity will marry each other. Justice and Mercy will kiss each other. The human family will be adopted back into the Divine Family. The first dominion will be restored to Adam's descendents and cover the whole earth.

Consequently, the cruel and barbaric war that took place in Waco is to bring the glorious and peaceful end of Nahum's prophetic forecast. Many wonder why such a strange and unholy scenario needed to take place to fulfill the Lord's plan of Atonement and Redemption. The answer to this question lies in the brazen serpent in the wilderness and the cross of Calvary.

Moses was asked to make a graven or carved image of a serpent and to place it on a pole for all to look at. This seems contrary to the second commandment. Nevertheless, God's permissive will commanded that it be done. The brazen serpent that was placed on a pole saved those that were bitten by the poisonous serpents round about them. But, what is the spiritual lesson in all this? We know that this serpent on the pole represented our Saviour on the cross of Calvary. But why a graven image of a serpent of all things? Doesn't the serpent represent Satan and sin?

Our Lord and Saviour took upon Himself the curse of our sin. and became sin for us. He unselfishly took the penalty of sin upon Himself and died the eternal death that was the requirement of the Law. As we look upon the cross of Calvary and see Him as our sinless substitute become sin for us, trading His righteousness for our unrighteousness, taking the Ezekiel nine slaughter on our behalf, it causes our rebellious and sin-sick hearts to break. We turn to our Redeemers for compassion and mercy, to pardon our selfish and wayward lives that have been bitten by the serpents and devils round about us.

Our only hope, friends, is to see Him as He takes on our corruption and the curse of our sin, that we might recognize how terrible sin and its result is. It can even destroy the Life of the Creator if it is allowed to take its hold. The Father permitted His Son to take on the curse of our sin and pay the requirement of His Law.

Now let us look to our High Priest, The Branch of righteousness, and see how He has taken o the sin of the congregation as He finishes up His mediatorial Work and comes out of the heavenly Sanctuary to finish up the Antitypical Day of Atonement and to place these sins on the Scapegoat. The Branch, Our High Priest, again took upon Himself the curse of our sin as he was crucified afresh on Mt. Carmel by His own congregation - Branches, Davidians, and Seventh-Day Adventists. Yes, we who are still in the wilderness of sin, must again look upon that brazen serpent upon the pole or a rod (The Branch and Davidian Messages) and see how He has taken upon Himself the curse of our sin. The Lord has suffered terribly at the hands ofJudah - Branches and Davidians - and has been crucified afresh before the whole world to make atonement for the living. My friends, do not judge David Koresh or any of his followers as worthy of greater punishment than you yourself deserve. All have sinned and come short of the Glory of God. And He is not a respecter of persons. We all have crucified our High Priest afresh when He took on our sins. We made Him a curse, a serpent before the world. The Branch Truth was raised upon The Rod Truth to show the church and the world how terrible the rejection of His messages and His messengers can be. For by a prophet has He led them, and by a prophet will He preserve them. Now the whole earth must look toward the brazen serpent raised upon the rod in order to be saved from the flood of false doctrines that have come forth from the dragon's or serpent's mouth.

"And as Moses in the wilderness lifted up the bronze image of a serpent on a pole, even so I must be lifted up upon a pole, so that anyone who believes in me will have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in Him (The Branch) shall not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:14-16 (TLB)