First and foremost; we would like to acknowledge all those who have supported this forum and will continue to encourage an open forum for CLEAN discussion. Today, I would like to look at the incident of the split in Cloverdale Bibleway while taking a somewhat spiritual perspective, God willing. We know that according to Scripture, we are living in the “end time” or the “last days”. This is apparent to just about anybody who has bothered to skim over biblical text and look at the “signs” of things that are to be in this hour. This hour, as when the old Testament was ending, signifies a change in dispensation. The Gospel is returning to Israel and the “fullness of the Gentiles” is upon us. Looking at the split in the assembly of Cloverdale Bibleway, I cannot help but draw a comparison or parallel to what must happen to all Christians WORLDWIDE under what the prophet William Branham termed “the squeeze” and following that, the great tribulation. It is identified as a political power being mobilized against the very Person of Christ within the people. This same power will be so close in the impersonation of Christ that it will “deceive the very elect, if possible”. Recently a split occurred within a Ministry that has been going strong for some 50-odd years. The people who decided to break away did not only want to leave and start their own ministry; they wanted to use POLITICAL means to take over the very building that Edward Byskal’s Ministry was responsible for erecting. From a log church to worldwide evangelism to the preaching of sound Doctrine which I believe stirred up some emotions within some people or “elders” who felt insulted or belittled from behind the pulpit and chose to start investigating the life of Ed Byskal in order that they may find somewhat against him. Sounds familiar? Read your Bible and you’ll see the parallels. These “elders” then decided to get some “legal” assistance in order to wrestle the grip of the church’s assets from the hands of the remaining assembly and even went as far as saying that it made sense to them to base this battle of ownership on the “strength” of numbers calling for a tally of support and putting forward that the group with the most supporters must take over the infrastructure. Rather than saying; “come out from amongst them” these “elders” opted to attempt an internal coup by force of “democratic” political will. Whether or not they had any scriptural backing in their attempts remains to be seen. According to an internet blogger, these “elders” also went as far as to send her/him private and sensitive material regarding the life of Ed Byskal’s daughter, focusing on incidents that occurred decades ago. As per a political move; they chose to use any route other than the biblical route. After 20 years of attending services under the ministry the best weapon they had, was an accusation. I say accusation because a sin confessed before God and pardoned by the Blood is thrown into His “sea of forgetfulness”. The only one who remains with its “record” is Lucifer, who according to scripture is the accuser of the Brethren. Is this sound doctrine? I say yes. Now, for these “elders” who are looking for strength in numbers; let’s look at a quote or two from the prophet; William Branham.
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197 God’s looking for character, not membership, character. Eliezer, when he went to get the Bride of Chri–of–of Isaac, he sweated it out until he found character. Remember, Abraham put him responsible as God puts us responsible (That’s right.), we ministers. “Hunt My Bride.”
God bless your heart. I ain’t looking for members; I’m looking for the pure in heart (See?), somebody that’ll believe the Word.
Eliezer looked, and he thought, “Oh, I can’t do this myself. There’s too much responsibility. I’m realize the responsibility of finding Isaac…” Which, is type of the Church, you know, Christ; Rebekah, the type of the Bride… And Eliezer got down on his knees and said, “God, You–You just have to help me.” And when he referred to God, God helped him. He got character.
My questions: Why attempt to start a ministry through political means. If you are accountable as a minister why not go out there and be independent? Why wait 20 years before you notice a problem with the ministry you’re in? Judas Iscariot also waited quite some time during that hour. What was his influence? The bible says that he was born the son of perdition. These “elders” may or may not be the same (God knows) but what is the same is the influence of political will. Now, it’s on the level of an individual assembly but it is prophesied to be on a global level against all those who are predestinated to live in this hour and resist the Mark of the Beast.
Revelation 20: 4 “And I saw thrones, and them that sat thereupon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them which were beheaded for the witness of Jesus Christ, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received the mark upon their foreheads, or in their hand; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”
Church Age Book Chapter 10 A RESUME OF THE AGES
The false church groups will come together in a world council of churches. This world council of churches is the IMAGE ERECTED TO THE BEAST. Revelation 13:11-18, “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred three score and six.”
Now remember, it was Imperial Pagan Rome that fell by the sword. But she was healed of her death stroke when she joined to the nominal Christian church of Rome and incorporated paganism and Christianity, and thereby became the Holy Roman Empire which was to endure until Jesus came and destroyed her. But Rome is not going it alone. Her daughters are right with her and she will take over absolute authority by the World Council of Churches. This may seem far fetched to some but actually it is very plain for all to see because right now the churches are controlling politics and at the opportune time will manifest exactly how great is that control. This ecumenical move will end up with Rome at the head even though the people did not envision it that way. This is so because in Revelation 17:3-6 it states that the whore, Mystery Babylon is seated on the beast. She is controlling the last, or fourth empire. This Roman Church is doing that. With the world church system under her Rome will be controlling, and this image (church system) will be obedient to Rome because Rome controls the gold of the world. Thus all the people have to belong to the world church system or be at the mercy of the elements for they cannot buy or sell without the mark of the beast in the hand or head. This mark in the head means that they will have to take the doctrine of the world church system which is trinitarianism, etc., and the mark in the hand which means to do the will of the world church. With this great power the church systems will persecute the true bride. This image will try to keep the bride from preaching and teaching, etc. Her ministers will be forbidden to give comfort and truth to the people who need it. But before the antichrist (in person) takes over this complete world system of churches the true church will be taken away from this world to be with the Lord. God will catch away His bride for the great Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
As we have seen in Scripture; the Ministry of Jesus became a serious problem for the political powers-that-be in Israel at the time; the Pharisees, Scribes and Sadducees. Separated by their own denominational differences on doctrine; these three groups UNITED to plot against the Message of the hour in their day. They recruited an “elder” in the church and used him to bring Jesus Christ’s Ministry into disrepute via a political route. They eventually assassinated the Man called Jesus via a political-driven crucifixion but were unable to kill what He contained. Jesus rose again and told His followers that through His Sacrifice, they were also entitled to be partakers of what He contained. That being Christ; the Person of God or the Anointing. This Christ has always operated out of a body. And each body it chooses to operate from; whether it is Jesus or The Body of Believers around the world. That body must play the role of the visible part of the invisible Christ. This visible part will suffer persecution as the invisible part takes full control and the enemy attempts to stop the pre-eminence of Christ inside His body. In this age, this persecution will be in the form of “the Mark of the Beast” which will bring about a political and religious pressure upon anybody who contains what Jesus contained. Those who contain Christ will not accept this “Mark” and so will be excommunicated from the world system as a whole. How will these political powers find these Christians? I say through those who are “affiliated” with the body of believers and prefer a political agenda before a spiritual one.
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6-1 So now, I am going to say something to you now, that I haven’t said all along. And that is, the thing that we have looked forward to for so long, or at least many years, four or five years or maybe longer, the third pull has now been vindicated, and I’m sure you all know what it is.
Now, remember, there’ll never be any impersonation of that, ’cause it can’t be. It cannot be. Now, it’s in existence, and I have–I am warned of this, that soon, right at this time now, it’s just happened, so it could identify its presence among you. See? But it will not be used in a great way, until this council begins to tighten up. And when it does, when that does… The Pentecostals and so forth can almost impersonate anything could be done, but when that time comes, when the squeeze comes down, then you’ll see what you have seen temporarily, be manifested in the fullness of its power. See…?… see?
How will this power get a hand around the Believers? How will they be able to identify the people whom they seek to attack? They’ll need people who are “affiliated” to this Message just as Judas was “affiliated” to the Ministry of Jesus. He was an “elder” just as Pastor Byskal had “elders” who are now turning to politics to further their cause. I wonder if they could be offered some wealth in return; would they sell Him (Christ) as they’ve sold their pastor. If so, where do we find Him today (Christ). Would you have sold Jesus if you had the true revelation of who he was? He was the Anointed One of God (the Christ).
Jesus is no longer with us, but God’s anointing is still here. Christ is still on the planet but what form is He in or who has He anointed? Pope John Paul II? (Soon to be proclaimed a “saint” by the Vatican). Pope Benedict? Any of the many “messengers” on the face of the planet including those who claim this Message as their own. Or a predestinated people in the end time (i.e. the period in which the signs of the times as shown by scripture point to His second coming). The time period is obvious; His coming is expected; His form or should I say the manifestation of the promise is mystical or a mystery… to some except those who He reveals it to. He said; “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: and he shall turn the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. Malachi 4:5
This Elijah (believe it or not) has come and gone. As his ministry came to its fulfilment; he had the same challenges that Jesus had when His ministry reached a climax. The preaching of the unadulterated, unapologetic, revealed Word stirs up the enemy. We find this enemy usually has influence closer to home than we think i.e. Judas and likewise “ministers” who were “affiliated” with the supernatural Ministry of the prophet but could not stand when a “squeeze” came.
Now; the Roman Catholic Church believes in the succession of Popes. Bible believers, however, have the Scripture which says : “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all 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 fulness of Christ: That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”Ephesians 4: 11-14
This is what is called the 5-fold Ministry; ordained to perfect the body of Christ (not the body of Jesus, the body of Christ).
Paul also says in 1Corinthians 12: 27 “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” Who does he mean when he says “ye”. The body of Believers.
Let’s take a look at the biblical “succession” or one may say the condescending of God. From Elohim into Jesus Christ, down to Pentecost where the Apostles were ordained, down through the seven Church Ages where there was a denominational mixup, up through the reformation of Luther and Wesley, through to the restorative ministry of the Elijah of Malachi 4, down through the 5-fold Ministry to the Pastors to YOU the Believer. The Believer being a member of the mystical body of CHRIST. When YOU reach a point in your life when the promises He made to you are being fulfilled in their season and in their fullness; rest assured if you have what Jesus had; you will encounter the same response in the form of persecution and most likely it will come from an area close to you such as “elders” in the church you pastor. This in itself may be a good indication that you’re on the right path for: “The disciple is not above [his] master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more [shall they call] them of his household? Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, [that] speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, [that] preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:25-28
We will continue to support the preaching of sound doctrine and we proclaim no political standpoint. We are here as witnesses and in support of our Brothers and Sisters who we may never have met in this dimension but believe the same Supernatural Message that changed our lives. We have pastors here in South Africa such as Israel Nkodima who suffer the same political issues within their assemblies. This phenomenon is not isolated to Cloverdale. It is happening GLOBALLY. Why? This due to nothing other than sticking with the unadulterated Word of God. Could it be that the time of the squeeze is here? How close are we to the end? It’s later than you think! Here’s to the ministers in this end time who choose not to be swayed by cowardly attacks! From beyond the curtain of time: “Keep Pressing On”. Stand firm and wait for the results for “By their fruits ye shall know them.” God bless you.