First let me say I hope this letter finds you in good health and spirits. Thank You for everthing you have done for me during these times. Everything has gone good for me, thank you for being concerned. I just got back to the Browning Unit on 9-15-15, there was a letter from you for me that day mailed out on June 2. You must have had lots of fun at the Young Foundations events. I hope everything went great. I also recieved your postcard you sent to jail. The books as well.
Thank You for the book you sent. I liked the book even though it was hard to follow. I have a problem recieving anymore though. Now we have to get all books approved prior to receiving them. I have set up a way to receive them. You can send them to the Chaplain with a note to whom they go to.
I will be leaving soon for prison around the end of September and will send a forwarding address as soon as I can. Thank You. Your Bother in Christ,
I wanted to let you know that I recieved and just finished reading the following:Leadership, Doors in Door, Three Kinds of Believers, Wisdom versus Faith, and The Greatest Battle Ever Fought. They were very good. I am looking forward to the ones you ordered for me this month. Also I thank you for the quizzes you sent. I'll be sure to do them as I read through te books.
I also want to tell you that I signed a plee agreement for 7.5 years D.O.C.[department of corrections]. I will likely be here until the end of September before moving on to prison. I hope you will continue to send me reading material once I leave here. I would greatly appreciate if you did. Thank you for all you are doing for me. It's truely helping me convert my heart to Jesus.
Let's talk about Jubilee for a moment...
In Judaism, the festivals (moedim-appointed times) foreshadows things to come -much how Yeshua fulfilled Passover. (Colossians 3:16-17). We first see the festival of Jubilee in Leviticus 25. In Leviticus 25:9 we see the mention of a "loud" (or lit. "great) "trumpet" that declares the forgiveness of debts for the Covenant people of god and liberty throughout the land of Israel. In 25:3 the Covenant Keepers return to their homes in Israel from afar. Rabbis foresee this as the resurrection of Israel in the age of diaspora. The prophets speak of this theme, too, along with the "great trumpet". E.g., Isaiah 27:12-13 and Ezekiel 37:1-13).
Yeshua connects his return with the sounding of the loud (or lit. "great" trumpet in Matthew 24:29-31. This is the year of Jubilee. Paul picks up on this theme first in his discourse about the resurrection when speaking in 1 Corinthians 15:51-53. Paul, as did all of Israel then, spoke of the Jubilee using the circumlocations "load, great, last, and the Trumpet".
In circa 49-51 A.D., false teachers were going around and claiming that this resurrection | Jubilee already happened with the rising of Yeshua into heaven. (cf. Matthew 27:51-53 with 2 Timothy 2:16-18. Paul puts there worries to rest in Thessalonians 4:13-18. Note in verse 16, Paul connects the resurrection with "the Trumpet". This Trumpet is the Jubilee when all of our debts are forgiven Matthew 6:12.
Many in Christianity are taught that we all will go into heaven, according to 1 Thess. 4:17. This is not the case. The kingdom of God and the Messianic Age will be on earth. (Matthew 6:10; Revelation 21:2). When Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 that the Saints will be caught up in the clouds, he is again drawing on the words of Isaiah 60:8: "Who are these that fly like a cloud and like doves to their windows?" Isaiah is speaking of the regathering of God's people.
Yeshua explains our destination in his parable about the weeds in Matthew 13:36-43, rebuilding a righteous Israel.
In conclusion, the great Jubilee is a "Sabbath". In Hebrew the word means "rest" (shabbat). This is why Yeshua is known as our "rest" and the author of Hebrews says, "...there remains a Sabbath Rest (Jubilee) for the people of God." (Hebrews 4:8-10). Meaning, the great Jubilee has yet to occur- putting to rest the fears of those who think the resurrection already happened.
Of course, this is a very superficial explanation. The whole study is very beautiful and inspiring. I pray it helps you understand my belief on the topic.
I am pleased to hear you are not a believer in the pagan-based trinitarian doctrine. You are correct. Sadly so many otherwise faithful and sincere believers have no knowledge about the source of some of the doctrines they believe in - like the Trinity. They merely trust in what they're told by ministers without really investigating God's Word to confirm their truthfulness. This ids how the devil divides us. He tried the same thing with Yeshua in the wilderness when he tested Him. That whole encounter was about the true understanding of God's Word. Some liken the encounter to theological differences between the materialist and corrupt Sadducees and the Pharisees. Contrary to what traditional Christianity teaches, Yeshua did not say the Pharisees where wrong. He did rebuke a handful of Pharisees who were corrupt. Those that were not corrupt, Yeshua ordered us to obey. Matthew 23:1-3. Paul never denounce being a Pharisee, either. Acts 23:6: Philippians 3:6.
I did get the book you left me, Brother Branham, A Man Sent From God. It was a great book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. That Rev. Branham sure is a amazing man. I have already received a copy of the recording, A Stature of a Perfect Man. You left it the first time we met at Bible Study. If I receive another copy, I'll be sure to share it with the others in the pod.
I am guessing I will be here about two more months. I will put in a request to the lieutenant for next months books today. Thank you so much for your patience and helping me.
I just received your letter moments go. For some reason it took a long time to forward to my new location. I had received a little setback and I was transferred to another IPC (Intensive Patient Care) facility at the Tucson prison. I am feeling better the past weeks now. I'm on a lot of medication for pain which is an addition to my normal truckload of other meds for my heart, blood pressure, thyroid, etc., etc. I'm comfortable. 🙂 I also have a few perks at my new location. A nice motorized hospital bed that is adjustable- it sure beets the hard narrow flat medal back beds. I also have a computer next to my bed that I got by order of the court in my lawsuit to review court documents on. Sadly it does not have internet. Boo. The nurses and doctors are very nice. Food is better. Despite it all, I miss being with my friends and being able to fellowship. Shabbat is so important to me.
It sound like you had a wonderful Jubilee retreat. Praise God! Did you know that Yeshua is expected to return on a Jubilee according to the Scripture?Paul made an allusion to it in 1Thess. 4:13-17 when he mentions the "Great Trumpet" blast. The sounding of the "great" trumpet is according to the Torah, the forgiveness of debts and the call for the people of the covenant to return. It is a beautiful and very powerful teaching.
Do you know the true meaning of the Hebrew "Shalom"? It is much more than "peace". It is the single most diverse Hebrew word that summarized means to be whole | complete in God. To be tranquil and comforted by the presence of God.
I don't think you truly understand my view about God and Messiah. There is a misunderstanding, it seems. I do not believe that God and Yeshua are separate- or at least in clinical terms. They are very much ONE. The Jewish understanding of oneness is however a little different than the gentile understanding. I promise I will provide you with my view on the subject soon.
Yes, Messianic very much believe in Divine Healing. It is a very big part of the Gospel message. I am always open to read any material you believe can be helpful. Again, thank you. I am blessed. As for health issues, it is not diabetes. I have a laundry list of health issues.I have heart , blood pressure, thyroid, and central apnea problems. I'm a train wreck. My problems stem from poor prison health care. I'm fighting for my life right now. Literally.
Thank You for the letter you sent me. It felt good knowing that God still love us who we are and that I got a friend that can show me to me a good servant in Christ.
P.S. Yes I would like to get the free automatic monthly mailing study quizzes.
I wanted to let you know that I put in a request form to the lieutenant to receive the books from Voice of God Recordings that we talked about in our last letter, but never received them. He said they may have been sent back if they arrived before he got my request and OK'd it.
Anyways I really appreciate you for trying to get them to me and hope the books listed for the upcoming month make it. I'm going to request in now to the lieutenant and one to the chaplain for the book you left me, Man Sent From God. I really like William Branham, can't wait to read it. I'm still waiting for a plea from the courts. hopefully they have one on [...] that's my next court date. Please pray for me. I'm scared they will give me too many years in prison, I have three young daughters ages 7,6, and 2 that need me. I have to remind myself to trust in God and the purpose He has in my life. I'm sure it will be OK.
As for me I'm doing OK I guess considering my circumstances. the good ol' SHU at Tuscon. We'll I have been doing some studies. I live by myself now. My Brother Jason kinda bugged out on me and took of on me and the moved me. Unfortunately my Brother Jason has more problem than I can take. I do pray for him though. I still love Him. I honestly hope he is doing better. I don't know if you have heard from him? but if you do tell him I said God bless him! and I still love him. Anyways I'm supposed to hopefully be transferring from this facility. In the next couple of weeks. I'm not for sure were they are going to send me? But where ever it is, I'll be OK. Ive been spreading the Word a lot more and I hope you don't mind, but my friends I talk to, I can't help but give them your info to them. You do amazing things for us and I appreciate it. You've encouraged me a lot and the inspiring booklets that you offer is a blessing. Brother I hope to hear from you soon. Can you please send me these books,
William Branham- A Man sent from God
William Branham- A Prophet visits South Africa
As the Eagle Stirreth Her Nest