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Volume 2, No. 2
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THE GREAT SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES
On the back of your dollar bill is the Great Seal of the United States. It was ordered in 1776, adopted in 1782, and finally ratified on September 15, 1789. The Declaration of Independence was signed July 4, 1776, and on this day the Continental Congress agreed to arrange for a Seal. A Committee consisting of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin was appointed to draw a design. Franklin’s showed Moses lifting his hand, the Red Sea parting, and the chariots of Pharaoh engulfed in the waves, and with the popular motto, “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God” below. Jefferson’s showed the children of Israel led by a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. On the reverse side, in reference to our Anglo-Saxon origin, were figures of two Anglo-Saxon chieftains. Obviously these two great men were well aware of our origin in the family of Abraham, or were divinely inspired. John Adam’s design was neither original or Biblical.
The Committee’s final design was rejected, as was a second Committee’s. The third Committee began work early in 1782, and submitted an elaborate design. Congress referred this to their Secretary, Charles Thomson, who re-designed it. On June 20, 1782 it was accepted. Since that time there have been only minor changes, such as the size of the die.
Numerics is the Science of Numbers in the Bible and has great significance. Since Manasseh (United States) was the thirteenth tribe in the original Kingdom of Israel, his descendants could be expected to be identified by the number “13”. An examination of the Seal of the United States reveals a surprising number of “13’s”. On one face of the Seal, an eagle with outspread wings occupies the Strategic Center. It is symbolical of the eagle mentioned in Revelation 12:14. Here, the woman, symbolical of Israel, was “given the two wings of a great eagle that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, times, and half-a-time, from the face of the serpent”. In Revelation 12:5, the woman is described as “bringing forth a man-child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron, and her child was caught up to God, and to His throne”. verse 6 continues, “the woman fled into the wilderness where she hath a place prepared of God that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and three score days”. The “time, times, and half-a-time” are 1260 years, one time being 360 years. Israel’s punishment was to continue 7 times, or 2520 years. From 721 BC, the date of Israel’s removal to Assyria, we add 2520 years, and get the date of 1800 AD, at which time the Capitol of the United States was established in Washington, DC. exodus 19:4 refers to eagles’ wings, “I bare you upon eagle’s wings, and brought you unto myself”, on the occasion of the escape from Egypt.
Above the eagle is a cloud which represents the Shekinah Glory which protected Israel until God withdrew it because of idolatry. The 13 stars in the cloud represent the original 13 colonies. The scroll in the eagle’s beak carries the motto “E Pluribus Unum” (One Out of Many). This has 13 letters. In the eagle’s right talon he carries an olive branch with 13 leaves and 13 berries. In his left, there are 13 arrows. The shield has 13 bars. On the reverse side of the Seal there is the Pyramid with 13 levels, and the date 1776 at the base. This Pyramid is a reproduction of the Great Pyramid of Gizeh, considered by all students of the Israel Message, to be the Bible in Stone, since the measurements can be used as a calendar of events in the past, and those prophesied for the future. The Pyramid of Gizeh had no capstone. This refers to matthew 21:42, which Jesus asks the chief priests “Did you never read in the Scripture, the Stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?” He refers to genesis 49:24, which speaks of the Messiah as “the shepherd, the stone of Israel”. psalm 118:22 states, “The stone which the builders refused is become the headstone of the corner”. In acts 4:11, Peter repeats this statement. In ephesians 2:20, Paul re-affirms the status of Jesus Christ as the Corner Stone. verses 21-22 explain how we become a part of that “building”, as does I Peter 2:5-8. The clouds back of the Pyramid indicate the cloud which hid the Israelites from Pharaoh’s army. The light around the capstone is the Shekinah Glory which shone on them at night. The eye is the all-seeing eye of God, as He watches over His Chosen Servant Race. The motto means, “A New Order of the Ages”.
Is your lucky number 13?
AMERICA IS A BIBLE LAND
By Bertrand L. Comparet
All Christians know that the prophets foretold the future, and gave many prophecies which are being fulfilled in our time; but it may be news to many that the Bible even speaks of our own United States of America. Not under that name, of course; but the Bible describes a certain land in such terms as definitely identifying it as the United States. However, part of this has been concealed from all but the deepest students of the Bible by the unfortunate mistranslation of certain words in the commonly used King James Version.
The Prophet Isaiah, one of the most deeply inspired prophets in the bible, foretells the future of a number of different nations. With one exception, these kingdoms which were then important nations, and were competing with one another for mastery over western Asia and the Mediterranean shores. In his thirteenth chapter Isaiah concludes his prophecies against Babylon, and names another people doomed to be broken as a punishment for their evil ways --- the Philistines.
In isaiah 15 & 16 he prophesies the destruction of another nation, that of Moab. In isaiah 17, he foretells the fall of Damascus. (We shall skip the 18th chapter and come back to it.) In isaiah 19 & 20, he foretells the destruction of another mighty nation – the great empire of Egypt; and in chapter 23, he foretells the doom of the powerful commercial seaport of Tyre.
All of these nations were pagan enemies of God’s people, and God’s patience with their wickedness was near its end; so these prophecies are all prophecies of destruction. Isaiah lists these nations all by name – for they then had names, and were the important nations of their day. But in the midst of this, in the short 18th chapter, isaiah speaks of another nation which he does not name, but merely describes it. Unfortunately the translators have sadly garbled this short chapter until its meaning is lost. Correctly translated from the Hebrew, its references to this un-named nation (found in verses 1, 2, 3 and 7) read thus: “Ho! To the land of buzzing wings, which lies beyond the rivers of Ethiopia; **At that time shall a present be brought to the Lord of Hosts: A people tall and smooth-shaven, a nation measured out by lines under foot, whose land the rivers quarter, to the place of the name of the Lord of Hosts, Mount Zion. **That sends it ambassadors by sea, in water-drinking vessels upon the waters. Go, you swift messengers, to a nation tall and smooth-shaven, to a people terrible from their beginning onward; a nation measured out by lines under foot, whose land the rivers divide.”
Now, let us examine this very unusual description, and see which nation it will fit. It is not named – and as we shall see, this is for the very good reason that, at the time when Isaiah wrote, it had no name, for it did not yet exist.
The first strange thing we note is that it is “the land of buzzing wings”. Nearly all of you at this moment, hear the drone of airplanes in the sky. No other nation in the world has its skies so filled with “buzzing wings”, day and night, as our own United States.
Next, where is it located. Isaiah says it is “beyond the rivers of Ethiopia.” The rivers of Ethiopia are the tributaries which unite into the great River Nile and flow northward into the Mediterranean Sea due west of Jerusalem. Look straight west from Jerusalem, where the Prophet wrote these words, and your line of vision will cut across the mouths of the River Nile, across the north African shore, through Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco - none of which can possibly answer any part of the description of this nation. So we keep going on, due west, across the Atlantic Ocean, and we arrive at the shores of the United States on the coastline of Georgia and South Carolina.
isaiah says that this nation “sends its ambassadors by sea, in water-drinking vessels upon the waters.” The American ambassadors can go only to Mexico and Canada by land; more than almost any other nation, we must send our ambassadors by sea – until just the last few years, when we became able to send them on the “buzzing – wings.” By sea, they have gone, for most of our history, in “water-drinking vessels” – that is, steamships, which must “drink” great quantities of water for their boilers.
It is a nation “tall and smooth-shaven”. You have noticed how few foreigners are of our height. In both World Wars, the United States Army was the tallest army on record; and among them were few mustaches, practically no beards.
It is a “people terrible from their beginning onward” – and so we have been. We were born by defeating the greatest power in Europe, the British Empire – not only once, but twice; we whipped the North African pirate kings to whom even proud Britain was paying tribute; we ended Spain’s long dream of worldwide empire; we won two World Wars which must have gone the other way if we had stayed out.
“A nation measured out by lines under foot”, says Isaiah. The United States Metes and Bounds Act, enacted by Congress about a century and a half ago, established the world’s first system of surveying the whole nation into sections and townships, laid out by the compass – which, even today, most nations do not have. Truly “a nation measured out by lines on the ground, under foot.”
It is a nation “Whose land the rivers divide, or quarter”. The Mississippi River cuts our land in half, from north to south; the Ohio River and its tributaries divide the eastern half in two; and the Columbia, the North Platte, and related streams, cut the western half in two; Where else do you find the like?
Isaiah says “All you inhabitants of the world and you dwellers on the earth, when a banner is raised on the mountains, look in fear; and attend when the bugle is blown.” Truly, we are “a nation terrible from their beginning onward;” and when our battle-flags fly and the bugles call our armies to war, the whole world has learned that it had better pay very respectful attention.
There is no other nation in the world which will fit this entire description; but our nation does. But there is still one more point: verse seven says: “At that time shall a present be brought to the Lord of Hosts: a nation tall and smooth-shaven, a people terrible from their beginning onward, a nation measured out by lines under foot, whose land the rivers quarter, to the place of the name of the Lord of Hosts, Mount Zion”.
This is no pagan nation, like those of Asia and Africa; it is no atheist nation, like those of the Communist empire; it is a Christian nation, bringing its people, its strength, its hopes and ideals as a present to our God.
It has been proved to you that we are even today living in bible times. But it is also true that you are living in a Bible land, one favorably mentioned in the bible. The Bible is written about us, and written to us: IT IS OUR BOOK AND WE ARE ITS PEOPLE.
to what avail the plough or sail, or love, or life . . . if freedom fail? - ralph waldo emerson
THE STORY OF OUR FLAG
By Inez Comparet
From the beginning of Civilization flags have been used to symbolize the principles for which nations stand. Many different flags have floated over the territory not included in the United States. The original Union Jack was here too. It was the red cross of St. George and with it was subjoined the white diagonal cross of St. Andrew, in a field of blue. It had come into being in 1606 following the union of England and Scotland three years earlier. It was not the present Union Jack of Great Britain, for the red diagonal cross on a white ground, for Ireland, was not added until later.
Why the diagonal crosses? genesis 48 gives us the answer. When Jacob blessed the two sons of Joseph he crossed his hands, putting his right hand on the head of Ephraim and his left on the head of Manasseh, saying that Manasseh would become a great people and Ephraim a Multitude of nations. And so today we have the United States and the British Commonwealth of nations, descendants of the tribe of Joseph, to whom was given the birth-right.
The first flag of the united colonists, and the immediate predecessor of the Stars and Stripes, was the Grand Union flag – sometimes called the First Navy Ensign or the Cambridge flag. It was hoisted by order of General Washington on Prospect Hill in what is now Somerville, Mass. On January 1, 1776. It had the Union Jack in the canton and red and white stripes. It was a peculiar flag, the stripes standing for the union of the colonies and their revolt against the mother country, and the crosses indicating an allegiance to her not yet wholly broken. When reported in England it was alluded to as the “thirteen rebellious stripes.” This flag was never formalized by Congress, but was in use until nearly a year after the Declaration of Independence, until it was superseded by the Stars and Stripes.
The authentic history of our flag began on June 14, 1777, when the American Congress adopted the following resolution: “Resolved, that the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white. That the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
It was George Washington who described it in these words: “We take the star from Heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, then showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing liberty.”
When Vermont and Kentucky came into the Union on June 1, 1792, Congress soon passed an act increasing the stars and stripes on our national flag from thirteen to fifteen. This was our national banner for twenty-three years, and was the flag which inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star Spangled Banner”.
Then Tennessee came into the Union, and Ohio, then Louisiana, and Indiana – but no provision had been made for their representation on the flag. Peter H. Wendover, a congressman from New York City urged a change in form which would show their membership in the sisterhood of states and he was made chairman of a committee which made a recommendation from which we quote: “In viewing this subject there appears to be a happy coincidence of circumstances in having adopted the symbols in this flag, and a peculiar fitness of things in making the proposed alterations. In the part designed at a distance to characterize our country, and which ought, for the information of other nations, to appear conspicuous and remain permanent, you present the number of states that burst the bonds of oppression and achieved our independence; while in the part intended for the nearer or home view, you see a representation of our happy union as it now exists, and space sufficient to embrace the symbols of those who may hereafter join our banner”.
After much debate Congress passed a bill calling for these alterations. It was signed by President Monroe on the 4th of April 1818. The law reads as follows: “Be it enacted, that from and after the fourth of July next, the flag of the United States be thirteen horizontal stripes, alternate red and white; that the union have twenty stars, white in a blue field. Be it further enacted, that on the admission of every new State into the union, one star be added to the union of the flag; and that such addition shall take effect on the fourth of July next succeeding such admission.” Thus on July 4th, 1818, the flag with 20 stars and 13 stripes appeared and then came the addition of star after star for state after state until on July 4, 1960, after the admission of Alaska and Hawaii the stars number 50. No star has ever been removed.
Henry Ward Beecher said: “A thoughtful mind, when it sees a nation’s flag, sees not the flag, but the nation itself. And whatever may be the symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag the government, the principles, the truths, the history, that belong to the nation that sets it forth. The American symbol has been the symbol of Liberty, and men rejoiced in it.
Let us trace our nation and our flag from their Biblical origins. As we have said so many times – we are an Israel nation. And God commanded Israel to set up standards (or banners or flags), one for each tribe. numbers 1:52 says: “And the Children of Israel shall pitch their tents, every man by his own standard, throughout their hosts.” They are referred to 21 times in numbers, isaiah, and jeremiah. And psalm 20:5 say: “In the name of our God we will set up our banners.” This we have done.
Note the colors on our flag. When the Lord gave Moses the Ten Commandments they were deposited in the Ark of the Covenant within the Tabernacle, whose curtains were red, white, blue and purple. So being Israel, it isn’t strange that we have chosen the Israel colors of old. As for the Scriptural significance of these colors, red is the color of blood and signifies justice or judgment, reminding us of the life laid down by the Son of God. White signifies purity or holiness. Blue, the color of the sky signifies loyalty and consecration. numbers 15:38 tells us: “Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue – that ye may look upon it; and remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them.”
Why stars in our flag? When you turn to the Bible you will find that our American forefathers were using Israel emblems there too. Jacob himself recognized stars and the sign of the Israel family. genesis 37:9-10 says: “and Joseph dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars bade obeisance to me. And he told it to his father, and to his brethren and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?”
The only object ever permitted to rest upon our national flag is the Holy Bible; just as the Church Pennant is the only banner permitted to fly above in the United States Navy. These are clear, national recognition’s of the Word of God as the over-ruling spiritual force.
We salute the Flag! There are some who do not care to pay their respects to the flag of the United States of America. They regard saluting the flag as a sign of worship; but it isn’t that. It is a sign of respect for the government for which the flag stands. God organized a government at Mt. Sinai, and to that government He gave authority to rule, instructing each tribe to encamp by its own standard, the emblem of its authority, and to which respect was to be shown. From that Biblical injunction comes the Israel respect for the flag and the government it represents, as exemplified in our oath of allegiance when we salute the flag: “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”.
The Stars and Stripes symbolize these thoughts:
“Long may our land be bright with Freedom’s holy light, Protect us by Thy might, Great God, our King!”
He who has energy to root out vice should go a step further and plant virtue in its place!
an ancient marriage custom
In the book of Ruth there is a charming reference to what is called a ‘testimony in Israel.’ When there was business of ‘redeeming’ or ‘changing’, we are told a man ‘plucked off his shoe and gave it to his neighbor.’ This Boaz did at the time of his marriage to Ruth as her second husband, and it is a custom we often see today in our own land, when a shoe is thrown after the happy couple! ruth 4:7
TRIBES OF ISRAEL
Simeon - Spain
Naphtali - Norway
Zebulun - France
Asher - Sweden
Gad - Italy
Reuben - Holland
Issachar - Finland
Dan - Denmark
Ephraim - Great Britain
Manasseh - U.S.A.
Judah - Germany
Benjamin - Iceland
By Rev. William P. Gale
Many Christian denominations preach the so-called Gospel of Salvation. This is fine for the priesthood because it helps them control the people to a point where the people think these priests or preachers do something for them, something that has already been done by God.
One preacher says that he saves so many people every week. When he was asked what he saved them from he replied “I tell them not to smoke, not to drink, not to do evil things”. What does he save them from? Nothing! He can’t save anyone. The fact is that he hasn’t studied how to define truth from error as the Bible tells him. So he preaches the Gospel of Salvation.
Many have said to me “We don’t come to your services because you don’t preach the Gospel of Salvation”. I ask them to show me in the bible where Jesus Christ preached the Gospel of Salvation. They can’t do it. It is not there! They have failed to understand that at the time John the Baptist came before Christ, Israel wasn’t saved. Who came to set Israel free from sin? Who came to save us from sin? Jesus Christ; and before Christ came, they preached the Gospel of Salvation, and John the Baptist gave it to them; and we can prove this by Scripture. We can even go back to isaiah in the Old Testament, chapter 45:17, “but Israel shall be saved by Jesus with an everlasting salvation”. The people of Israel will be saved by Jesus Christ. John the Baptist preached it. He had to witness because the Bible says it will give us witnesses, ”And ye shall not be shamed nor confounded.”
In luke 1:57-77, “Now Elizabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered and she brought forth a son and her neighbors and her cousins heard how God had showed great mercy upon her and they rejoiced with her; and it came to pass that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father”. This circumcision is not the circumcision that Jews tell you about. Circumcision is the purification and holiness of the heart. “And his mother answered and said, ‘Not so; but he shall be called John.’ And they said to her, ‘There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.’ They made signs to his father, how he would have him called. And he asked them for a writing table, saying his name is John and they all marveled at this. His mouth was opened immediately and he spoke and he praised God, and fear came on all that dwelled around them; and all these things were noised abroad throughout the whole country of Judea. And all they that heard laid upon their hearts saying, ‘What manner of child shall this be!’ And the hand of the Lord was with him. He was speaking as a babe and the father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost and he prophesied saying, ‘Blessed by Yahweh the God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed the people, and he has raised up a horn.’ And he was prophesying that the God of Israel was going to come and save the people. He raised up a horn of salvation for the House of his servant David. He spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets which have been since the world began, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hands of all that hate us. To perform the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant; the oath which He swore to Abraham, our father. That He should grant us that we be delivered out of the hands of our enemies might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him before all the days of our lives and thou, child, shall be called prophet of the Highest; for thou shall go before the face of Yahweh to prepare his way; to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the remission of their sins.” What is sin? Transgression of the law, the Apostle Paul says.
But John did come before that time, before Christ, and preached salvation. And then we go further into mark 1:14, “after John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom,” It didn’t say Gospel of Salvation did it? Jesus came into Galilee preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, it says. And in luke 4:40-44 we give you all kinds of scripture to prove this. ”Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with diseases brought them unto him and he raised his hand over everyone of them and healed them.” Do you think the Almighty God couldn’t do that? ”..’And devils also came out of them saying, thou art Christ the Son of God.’ And he rebuking them not to speak, for they knew that he was Christ. And when it was day, he departed and went to a desert place; and the people sought him and stayed him that he should not depart from them and he said to them, ‘I must preach the Kingdom of God to other cities also; for therefore am I sent.’ And he preached the Kingdom in Galilee.” You see He preached the Gospel of the Kingdom again.
In luke 9:1-2, “Then He called His disciples together and gave them power to and authority over all the devils. And he sent them to preach the Kingdom of God and had them heal the sick.”
In mark 6:8-11 he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse. Whatsoever home you enter into, there abide and then depart and whosoever shall not receive nor hear you when you go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet as a testimony against them.”
In matthew 4:23, it doesn’t say anything about the Gospel of Salvation. “And Jesus went about all Galilee teaching and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.” Again Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kindom. It doesn’t say the Gospel of Salvation.
In matthew 24:14, “And this Gospel of the Kingdom be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations and then shall the end come.” So we know that this Gospel of the Kingdom is going to be preached.
ANCIENT ACCOUNT DESCRIBES JESUS
Description of Jesus by Publius Lentulus, Governor of Judea, addressed to Tiberius Caesar, Emperor of Rome. Found in an excavated city written in Aramaic on stone.
“There lives, at this time, in Judea, a man of singular virtue whose name is Jesus Christ, whom the barbarians esteem as a prophet, but his followers love and adore him as the offspring of the immortal God. He calls back the dead from the graves, and heals all sorts of diseases with a word or a touch.
He is a tall man, and well shaped, of an amiable and reverend aspect; his hair of a color that can hardly be matched, the color of chestnut full ripe, falling in waves about his shoulders. His forehead high, large and imposing; his cheeks without spot or wrinkle, beautiful with a lovely red; his nose and mouth formed with exquisite symmetry; his beard thick and of a color suitable to his hair reaching below his chin. His eyes bright blue, clear and serene, look innocent, dignified, manly, and mature. In proportion of body, most perfect and captivating, his hands and arms most delectable to behold.
He rebukes with majesty, counsels with mildness, his whole address, whether in word or deed, being eloquent and grave. No man has seen him laugh, yet his manner is exceedingly pleasant; but he has wept in the presence of men. He is temperate, modest and wise; a man, for his extraordinary beauty and divine perfections, surpassing the children of men in every sense.”
HYMN OF HATE
By Tom Hawk
The so-called left wing screams with a mighty voice about the “hate mongers” of the right. If you wish to digest real hatred from persons supposedly occupying august positions on our highest court then read the recent decisions written by Justice Abe Fortas and Justice Stewart on the cases involving so-called civil rights in the Penn case (Lemuel Penn, slain Negro educator) and the Mississippi case (3 slain civil rights workers).
Not only will some of the 23 persons accused in the slayings be twice placed in jeopardy - supposedly prohibited by the Constitution - but the decisions instead of being couched in legal language are in reality a tirade against the south in general, their court procedures, and their law enforcement officers.
Said Fortas in the Mississippi case, “the brutal joint adventure was made possible by state detention and calculated release of the prisoners by an officer of the state” – “this action by the state was part of a monstrous design” – “State officers participated in every phase of the alleged venture: The release from jail, the interception, assault and murder”.
To rehash the cases here is not in point. The guilt or innocence of the men involved is not the point, rather it is the method used by the Katzenbach crowd to violate all state laws and make a federal offense out of every possible infraction of any law. Today under this latest hymn of hate any alleged offense against any member of the so called minority races can be classified as a federal offense. Far fetched? Not a bit. Just check the facts. The South has now lost the last vestige of the right of a state to try and punish criminals, white or black.