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1Sunday morning we read from pp. 100 of the Message Jezebel Re;igion 61-0319, that brother Branham preached right over here in Middletown, Ohio and he said, "When God sends forth a message and tells the people, and they don't receive it, then He withdraws His servant and sends His plagues: famine, death, spiritually speaking, physically also. You watch for a depression, brother. You think you've seen something; you just wait after while. You haven't seen nothing. You think you're dying for a good spiritual revival; you wait till after a bit. You just wait, long and cry to hear the Word of God. The Bible said so. "There'll be a famine in the last days," said the prophet, "and not for bread and water alone, but for hearing the true Word of God." But that voice will be quiet in the wilderness somewhere, hid away. He ordained the ravens, His servants. Bless them birds, His servants, that kept the voice of--of Elijah alive during the time of his isolation from the church.
4So let's turn to Deuteronomy 28:15 and read, "But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
6Hearken: to give respectful attention to.
Observe: to watch carefully especially with attention to details or behavior for the purpose of arriving at a judgment, then to comply with by conforming one's action or practice to.
Do: to bring into existence by playing out the role or character of, to behave like, to perform or serve as.
7I think we could take an entire service on just these three words and what they mean concerning our approach to our Savior. But for now, let's look at the curses which have to do with our economic situation if we do not give respectful attention to the Voice of God and if we do no watch carefully with attention to detail, and if we do not comply with and bring play out our role and behave like we are ordained to behave like.
81. Cursed shalt thou be in the city,
2. Cursed shalt thou be in the field. That is where you do your sowing and reaping.
3. Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store. We all know what a basket is, we have baskets on bicycles, on shopping carts, for picnics, for carrying groceries, and goods. And it say these are cursed. And then he also says our store, that mean where and what you are storing, it won't last, it will go empty, or will rot, or dry up.
4. Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body,
5. The fruit of thy land, the increase of thy cattle, the flocks of thy sheep.
6. Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in,
7. Cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
8. And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron. And with no rain and the ground gets as hard as iron, there are no crops, and food costs go through the roof.
9. The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust:
10. And thou shalt grope at noonday, (that means you will live in uncertainty) as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways:(again we are talking about economics here) and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee. The word spoiled means: To impair the value or quality of, and the word Oppressed means: To keep down by severe and unjust use of force or authority.
11. Thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: (Millions of houses have gone "under water" which means they bought when it had a certain value, but the market crashed and that value drops way down, which means they can not sell it, because they would take such a large hit to get rid of it, and so the banks are ever repossessing these homes at a rate unparalleled in history. As an example, from January 2007 to December 2011 there were more than four million completed foreclosures and more than 8.2 million foreclosure starts ….)
9"thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof. Farmers are loosing their farms to companies like Monsanto, which sue the small farmer who tries to raise his own seed that he saves back each year, but because his crop gets contaminated by Monsanto seed that cross pollinates it, Monsanto comes in with there scores of Lawyers and the small farmer get sued for using Monsanto seed without a contract.
12. Thine ox shall be slain before thine eyes, and thou shalt not eat thereof: thine ass shall be violently taken away from before thy face, and shall not be restored to thee: thy sheep shall be given unto thine enemies, and thou shalt have none to rescue them.
1114. And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee.
15. Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it.
16. Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.
17. Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit.
18. The foreigner that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low.
19. He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail. we put in place a foreigner who is the president of this country by fraud, thus fulfilling the curse of Deuteronomy 28.
45 Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee:
20. Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.
21. The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;
1222. A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young: Based on this Scripture we can see that Russia will come in and destroy and capture and rape and pillage the women in the cities.
23. And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy cattle, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee.
24. And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the LORD thy God hath given thee.
53 And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:
13The word straitness means to compress or squeeze, so we are looking at the squeeze here. Distress means: seizure and detention of the goods of another as pledge or to obtain satisfaction of a claim by the sale of the goods seized
1463-0318 The First Seal 349 And after the church is taken away, Rome and the Jews will make a covenant with one another. The Bible said they would, with the holy people. And now notice, they'll make it, because why? This nation is going to be busted, and the rest of the world that's on the gold standard is busted. You know that. If we're living off of taxes, due bills for forty years from now, where are we at? There's only one thing can happen. That's to call in the currency and pay off the bonds; and we can't do it. Wall Street owns them, and Wall Street's controlled by the Jews; the rest of it's in the Vatican, and the Jews has got the rest of it in Wall Street with the commerce of the world. The Jews (the bankers, the Federal Reserve and central bankers) they own most of the paper, and Rome owns the Gold.
15According to James Hamilton, Professor of Economics at The University of California San Diego, the true US debt is not $17 trillion but actually in excess of $70 trillion, because Government numbers do not include Social Security, Medicare, and Federal pension promises. Medicare alone has a $50 trillion obligation due to the aging population, and social security has a $23 trillion dollar obligation, then we have the military and federal workers pension obligations, and now, this new forced medical insurance program which could also run trillions of dollars.
16The United States government has spent more than it has taken in for 71 of the past 82 years. And as brother Branham said During the Seals, this nation is broke. But she has just been living on her printing presses, as the dollar has devalued more than 96% over the past 100 years since the federal Reserve took over printing our currency.
17I read an article the other day how the banks are using leveraged buyouts to buy up American commerce, which is totally illegal but they are getting away with it through crooked money laundering schemes.
18The article said, "Giant bank holding companies now own airports, toll roads, and ports; they control power plants; and they store and hoard vast quantities of commodities of all sorts. They are systematically buying up or gaining control of the essential lifelines of the economy. So how have they pulled this off, and where have they gotten the money?"
19In a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke dated June 27, 2013, US Representative Alan Grayson and three co-signers expressed concern about the expansion of large banks into what have traditionally been non-financial commercial spheres.
20The letter said, "Specifically, We are concerned about how large banks have recently expanded their businesses into such fields as electric power production, oil refining and distribution, owning and operating of public assets such as ports and airports, and even uranium mining.
21Here are some examples. Morgan Stanley imported 4 million barrels of oil and petroleum products into the United States in June 2012, Goldman Sachs stores aluminum in vast warehouses in Detroit, (and I'd like to add they have been accused by Coca Cola of delaying aluminum shipments in order to control futures pricing of aluminum, running up pricing which they) at the same time they serve as a commodities derivatives dealer. This bank is also expanding into ownership and operations of airports, toll roads, and ports. JP Morgan markets electricity in California.
The letter goes on to say, In other words, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and Morgan Stanley are no longer just banks-they have effectively become oil companies, port and airport operators, commodities dealers, and electric utilities as well. This is causing unforeseen problems for the Industrial sector of the economy. For example, Coca Cola has filed a complaint with the London Metal exchange that Godlman Sachs was hoarding aluminum. JP Morgan is currently being probed by regulators for manipulating power prices in California, where the "bank" was marketing electricity from power plants it controlled.
22"According to legal scholar Saule Omarova, over the past five years, there has been a “quiet transformation of U.S. financial holding companies.” These financial services companies have become global merchants that seek to extract rent from any commercial or financial business activity within their reach. They have used legal authority in Graham-Leach-Bliley to subvert the “foundational principle of separation of banking from commerce”. . . ."
23"It seems like there is a significant macro-economic risk in having a massive entity like, say JP Morgan, both issuing credit cards and mortgages, managing municipal bond offerings, selling gasoline and electric power, running large oil tankers, trading derivatives, and owning and operating airports, in multiple countries."
25What is interesting in the fact that these Giant banks are buying up our country’s infrastructure – utility companies and supply chains, is that they are somehow coming into ownership of all the paper. And when they make this deal with Rome, to finance the paper, then Rome will own it all.
27Wall Street banks are using the “excess” deposits – (excess of deposits over loans) – as collateral for borrowing in the repo market. Repos, or “repurchase agreements,” are used to raise short-term capital. Securities are sold to investors overnight and repurchased the next day, usually day after day.
28What they are doing is manipulating many commodities and markets, as follows: As in Silver it is estimated that for every ounce of silver they have on hand they have sold or leased that same ounce to over 100 customers, and then in addition to that many of those customers are paying a holding fee for storing their silver which they think they leased or purchased. And we are not talking just one ounce of silver we are talking hundreds of millions of ounces and billions of dollars being scammed. The same hold true with the Gold. The USA claims to hold 8,500 tons of Gold, but for years it is speculated that they have leased or sold it all and actually have none.
29That may be why 1500 tons of Gold Bullion in the London vaults that were sent to China to pay off some of the USA debt tot hem turned out to be Tungsten covered with an eighth inch of gold wrap. When they got the tungsten bars they did a core drill sampling and found out the bars were fakes.
30Life 57-0602 P:26 You see, if Satan has a kingdom, he's got to have a false economy. He's got to have something that he can present to them to make them think they are living. But it's absolutely on the vice versa side. It's death in the form of life.
And under this resent administration we are heading as fast as possible towards communism, which will lead to Catholicism and brother Branham said in his sermon, Second Coming 55-0220A P:42 Communism comes in with a false economy, and promise him something faulty.
31And that is no different than Catholicism, promises salvation when they have no clue. promises the poor people mediators with dead saints when the Bible says "there is one mediator between God and Man, the man Jesus."
32The article also said, "The large banks are leveraging depositors money to buy up ports, airports, toll roads, power, and massive stores of commodities. Using these excess deposits directly for their own speculative trading would be blatantly illegal, but the banks avoid the appearance of impropriety by borrowing from the repo market. The banks’ excess deposits are first used to purchase Treasury bonds, agency securities, and other highly liquid, “safe” securities. These liquid assets are then pledged as collateral in repo transactions, allowing the banks to get “clean” cash to invest as they please. They can channel this laundered money into risky assets such as derivatives, corporate bonds, and equities (stock)."
33That means they can buy up companies with someone else's deposited funds. This repo buying and selling was illegal until portions of the Glass-Steagall Act were repealed by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.
35Much of this balance sheet cash has been dumped into the repo market, laundered through the off-the-books shadow banking system. This allows the trading desks at these “banks” to use this fictitious cash as collateral to take out loans to gamble with. In a process called hyper-hypothecation this pledged collateral gets pyramided, creating a ticking time bomb ready to go bust when the next panic comes around.
36Historically, banks have attempted to maintain a loan-to-deposit ratio of close to 100%, meaning they were “fully loaned up” and making money on their deposits. Today, however, that ratio is only 72% on average; and for the big derivative banks, it is lower yet. The unlent portion represents the “excess deposits” available to be tapped as collateral for the repo market.
37The Fed’s quantitative easing contributes to this collateral pool by converting less-liquid mortgage-backed securities into cash in the banks’ reserve accounts. This cash is not something the banks can spend for their own proprietary trading, but they can invest it in “safe” securities – Treasuries and similar securities that are also the sort of collateral acceptable in the repo market. Using this repo collateral, the banks can then acquire the laundered cash with which they can invest or speculate for their own accounts.
US Treasuries are now being bought by banks in record quantities. These bonds stay on the banks’ books for Fed supervision purposes, even as they are being pledged to other parties to get cash via repo. The fact that such pledging is going on can be determined from the banks’ balance sheets, but it takes some detective work. Explaining the intricacies of this process, the evidence that it is being done, and how it is hidden in plain sight takes Lokey three articles, to which the reader is referred. Suffice it to say here that he makes a compelling case.
39Countering the argument that “banks can’t really do anything with their excess reserves” and that “there is no evidence that they are being rehypothecated,” Lokey points to data coming to light in conjunction with JPMorgan’s $6 billion “London Whale” fiasco. He calls it “clear-cut proof that banks trade stocks (and virtually everything else) with excess deposits.” JPM’s London-based Chief Investment Office [CIO] reported:
40"JPMorgan’s businesses take in more in deposits that they make in loans and, as a result, the Firm has excess cash that must be invested to meet future liquidity needs and provide a reasonable return. The primary reponsibility of CIO, working with JPMorgan’s Treasury, is to manage this excess cash. CIO invests the bulk of JPMorgan’s excess cash in high credit quality, fixed income securities, such as municipal bonds, whole loans, and asset-backed securities, mortgage backed securities, corporate securities, sovereign securities, and collateralized loan obligations."
41As Representative Grayson and co-signers observed in their letter to Chairman Bernanke, the banking system is now dominated by “global merchants that seek to extract rent from any commercial or financial business activity within their reach.” They represent a return to a feudal landlord economy of unearned profits from rent-seeking.
42So in getting back to what brother Branham was telling us way back in 1963, he said, 350 We can't call it in. And if we could do it, do you think these whiskey guys and all these tobacco people with billions times billions of dollars a year and write off all their income tax for old vulgar pictures and things like that, go out in Arizona there and buy thousands of acres of land and dig them big wells at fifty thousand dollars and pay it off with income tax? And they'd put you in jail if you don't pay yours. But they write it off and throw up wells and send bulldozers in. And what do they do? They put housing projects in there, and the next turn around with their money they made (they have got to make an investment) and put houses, projects in there and sell them for millions of dollars. Do you think them guys is going to compromise to change the currency?
43" 352 Like this fellow down here in (What's his name?) Castro did. He done the only smart thing he ever did do then, when he destroyed the bonds: paid them off and destroyed them. Notice, but we can't do that. These guys won't let us. The rich merchants of the earth hold it, and then there's only one thing to do: The Catholic church can pay it off. She's the only one that's got the money; she can do it, and she will do it. And in doing this to get it, she'll compromise with the Jews and make a covenant, and when she makes this covenant with the Jews... Now, remember, I'm taking this from the Scriptures. And now, when she does this and makes this covenant, we notice in Daniel 8:23 and 25 he will cause craft to prosper (And craft is manufacturing.), in his hand."
44Notice, brother Branham said they will do it. Do you remember last year when Lord James of Blackheath told the House of Lords, that a certain group he would call Foundation X for anonymity purposes, was willing to pay off the debt and had the means to pay off all the debt of the world? And they were still on the gold standard. The UK government scoffed at him, but brother Branham said one day they will do it, and in so doing, they will look to be the savior of the world. And look how much further they have plunged economically since then.
45From, Daniel 8:23-25: we read, And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the fullness (or Completion), a king of fierce countenance (he's got a mighty Presence), and understanding dark sentences (he understands how to double deal or talk out of both sides of his mouth), shall stand up (shall present himself or come on the scene). 24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power (not by his own ability which means he gets it from others): and he shall destroy wonderfully (Bring to ruin, perversion and corruption), and shall prosper (make great profits) , and practise (bring about a press or squeeze), and shall destroy (bring to ruin) the mighty (the many nations) and the holy people (that's the Jews). 25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft (which brother Branham said is manufacturing) to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace (quietness, ease and prosperity) shall destroy (corrupt, pervert and ruin) many: he shall also stand up (stand forth and present himself) against (on behalf or on account of) the Prince of princes (Christ); but he shall be broken without hand (when the final act is played out).
472 Thessalonians 2:3-13: Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
48Daniel 11: 21-23: And in his estate (office) shall stand up (rise up) a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honor of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. 22 And with the arms of a flood (or overwhelming political force) shall they be overflown (swept away) from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant. 23 And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.
Daniel 12:1-10: And at that time shall Michael (Christ) stand up (Come on the scene and present Himself), the great prince which standeth for (takes His stand with) the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble (great distress, or a great binding or press, or squeeze), such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people (Kinsman) shall be delivered (slip out unknown to safety), every one that shall be found written in the book of Life.
Now, I want you to notice this next verse because it provides a clue to the time of this great escape.
2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. In other words, this will be at the time of the General Resurrection. 3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. 4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end (In which time) many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. 5 Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river. 6 And [one] said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long [shall it be to] the end of these wonders? 7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which [was] upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that [it shall be] for a time, times, and an half (time = one, times = 2, and 1/2 = total of 3-1/2 years); and when he shall have accomplished (or brought to a finish) to scatter (the shattering or breaking) of the power of the holy people (God's set apart nation, the Jews), all these things shall be finished. 8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what [shall be] the end of these things? 9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
And when is that? When the Seven Seals are opened, at that time everything will be in place for the fulfillment of this prophecy
10 Many shall be purified ("by the washing of water by the Word", Ephesians 5:26-7 , Psalm 119:9) , and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
49"355 And he makes this covenant with the Jews, and in the midst of this, three and a half years, he breaks his covenant as soon as he gets the thing wrapped up and gets the money of the Jews tied up. And when he does that, oh, my, oh, my, he's called the antichrist until the end of the church age, for he and his children are against Christ and the Word. This man's called the antichrist. Now, he's going to hold the money. And that's where I think he'll come in. Just a minute, while I say this, then I want to go back to it in a minute. He's called the antichrist and will be called the antichrist in the sight of God until the end time. Now, but then he'll be called something else."
50"359 Now, when he gets the money all under control, then he will break this covenant with the Jews, as Daniel here said he would do it, in the midst of the last half of the seventy weeks of Daniel. And then, brother, what will he do? He will have all of the world trade and the commerce, a pact with the world, 'cause he will hold the wealth of the world completely. And during that time, them two prophets will rise on the scene and call that hundred and forty-four thousand. Then what will take place? Then the mark of the beast of Revelation 13 will set in, 'cause he holds all the commerce, trade and everything of the world. And what will take place then? The mark of the beast will come in that no man can buy or sell except him that has the mark of the beast. Thank God, the Church will be enjoying a great three and a half years in glory. Don't have to go through that."
51"361 Now, notice, at the end time, at the end of the church ages, now, he and his children are called the antichrist, 'cause anything that's against Christ is antichrist. And anything that's against the Word is against Christ, 'cause Christ is the Word. Now, he's antichrist. Then in Revelation 12:7-9, when Satan is cast out, the accuser... You want to put that down, 'cause I want to read it; we haven't got time now, 'cause it's fifteen till ten. See? But in Revelation 12:7-9, Satan the spirit, the devil, which is up there now, accuser of our brethren, all right; the Church is taken up, and Satan is cast out. When the Church goes up, Satan comes down. Then Satan incarnates himself in the antichrist and is called the beast."
52"364 Then in Revelation 13, he sets the mark down. See, when He that letteth--only now Christianity is left on the earth in its purity is because Him that letteth. You remember back here in that in Thessalonians? Setting upon the temple of God, calling himself God; forgiving sins on earth, and that'll go on, and iniquity shall abound and on, 'cause it won't be known yet until his time to be revealed is called. And then the Church will be caught away. And when it's caught away, then he changes himself from an antichrist now. Oh, my, the church, the great church and... Now, he becomes the beast. Hm. I wished I could make people see that."