NATIONS ACCEPT GOSPEL…
FOR THE FIRST TIME. For the first time in history the gospel is being taken and accepted by nations around the world. Jesus advised us to “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Jesus, Matt. 6:33)
NATIONS NOW ACCEPTING THE GOSPEL (scroll down)
The gospel is “the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek [gentile].” (Rom.1:16) It is the gate into the kingdom of God. “13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate [gospel] and narrow is the way [laws of God], which leadeth unto life, and FEW THERE BE that find it.” (Matt. 7)
The gospel is in two parts: the WORD and POWER. “For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but ALSO in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance [faith]; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.” (1 Thess. 1:5) The WORD of the gospel is simply what is required by the gospel; including faith, repentance, and baptism of water and the Spirit.
The POWER of the gospel is authority from God to minister in His name. Every minister in the Bible held authority from God; including Jesus. The original priesthood of God was originally called the priesthood of the Sons of God. It was changed to the Melchisedec in the days of Abraham to honor the righteous king of Salem. It was lost 400 years before Jesus with the last Prophet Malachi.
Having been born alien to the kingdom like all other men, Jesus entered the kingdom by being born of water and the Spirit. Then, after being tempted of Satan, “the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.” (Matt. 4:11) What did they minister?
JESUS WAS ORDAINED under the hands of God as a Prophet like Moses to the original Melchisedec Priesthood given to Adam, Noah, Moses, and others. “And no man taketh this honour [of the priesthood] unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron [by revelation from God]. So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he [the Father] that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.” (Heb. 5:4-6; see Acts 3:22) Through this ordination, Jesus became the son of God; having been the only man ordained under the hands of God.
Paul, the great Apostle to the gentiles, reminded his son of the law of God on holding the priesthood of God. “Neglect not the gift [of the priesthood] that is in thee, which was given thee by PROPHECY, with the LAYING ON OF THE HANDS of the presbytery [those holding that priesthood].” (1 Tim. 4:14)
After obeying the gospel and being ordained to the highest priesthood of God, “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matt. 4:17)
He then called and ordained the Twelve so they could be sent. “And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach.” (Mark 3:14)
Jesus then called and ordained all of the other officers of this priesthood because none administer the saving ordinances of the gospel without holding one of these offices. “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors [high priests and elders] 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.” (Eph. 4:11-13) Has anyone in your church been called by revelation from God–like Jesus and all others in the Bible? Does anyone in your church hold one of the offices? The Apostle Paul reminded his son: “Neglect not the gift [of the priesthood] that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.” (1 Tim. 4:14)
FAITH is the first principle of the gospel; “… without faith it is impossible to please him.” (Heb. 11:6) The priesthood of God is required to obtain GOSPEL FAITH. It can only be realized through this priesthood. “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then FAITH COMETH BY HEARING, and hearing by the word of God.” (Rom. 10:14-17)
The gospel passed from Adam to Noah, from Noah to Abraham, and then through the seed of Abraham and Jacob to Joseph. Israel evidently lost all priesthood during the 400-year Egyptian Captivity. It was restored by Moses who obeyed the gospel. “And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea.” (1 Cor. 10:2) Then, the gospel and authority from God passed through prophets of God to Malachi–the last prophet. Four hundred years later, the priesthood and the gospel were restored by Jesus and passed through the Jews until after His resurrection. When the Jews rejected the gospel and had Jesus crucified by Roman Law, the gospel was taken from them and given to gentiles for the first time.
After the crucifixion, Peter, James, and John held the Prophetic Office. until John. Paul was the last of the Twelve, and John was the last of the Apostles and Prophets. The kingdom continued under lower offices of the Melchisedec Priesthood–High Priests and then elders. The noted historian Eusebius noted the office of high priest likely continued only two generations. There is no record how long the office of elder, the gospel, and the kingdom of God remained.
The priesthood of God is the only gate into the kingdom. It was soon lost among gentile churches after the apostles. By the second century they began voting “Bishops” to head the churches. (See Life of Jesus, Craveri, p. 231.) The problem is that the office of Bishop holds no authority from God to administer the saving ordinances of the gospel. It is reserved by God for the sons of Levi—not gentiles—to minister in temporal affairs. By the second century the various churches called their own man-made priesthood. “… each of these was ruled by a bishop, chosen from the elders (the presbyters) and assisted by other presbyters and deacons, who were elected by the vote of the entire congregation.” The voice of man is never the voice of God. “crucify him, crucify him.” (p. 234)
The Bible, ecclesiastic historians, and church leaders all recognized this apostacy and loss of priesthood. The Bible advises us ““3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day [return of Jesus] 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, shewing himself that he is God.” (2 Thess. 2)
The Bible tells us: “3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day [return of Jesus] 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, shewing himself that he is God.” (2 Thess. 2)
The Church of England admitted of this apostasy in the Homily Against Peril of Idolatry. “So that laity and clergy, learned and unlearned, all ages, sects, and degrees of men, women, and children of whole Christendom–an horrible and most dreadful thing to think–have been at once drowned in abominable idolatry; of all other vices most detested of God, and most damnable to man; and that by the space of eight hundred years and more.”
The noted Ecclesiastic historian Mosheim wrote of the fourth century. “The rites and institutions, by which the Greeks, Romans, and other nations, had formerly testified their religious veneration for fictitious deities, were now adopted, with some slight alterations by Christian bishops, and employed in the service of the true God.” (Mosheim, Ecclesiastical History, Century 4, Part 2, chap 4:1, 4)
In Revelation 12 and 13, the Apostle John advised us the Church of Christ, the priesthood of God, and every saint (believer) would be destroyed by Satan for 1,260 years. “1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman [Church of Christ] clothed with the sun [Jesus as Prophet], and the moon under her feet [His counsellors in the Prophetic Office], and upon her head a crown of twelve stars [Twelve Apostles]: 6 And 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 threescore days [1260 years]. 17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed [priesthood of God], which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. (Rev. 12) “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to OVERCOME THEM: and power was given him over ALL kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” (Rev. 13:7)
Not one person was left in the kingdom of God for 1,260 years. History attests this truth. When Constantine in the fourth century organized his new Catholic church, he stood as absolute head; even though he was not a Christian. “Constantine asserted the right to exercise absolute authority over the entire Church.” (Constantine’s Sword, James Carroll, p, 188) All offices of the Melchisedec Priesthood were lost. He thought to stand as God on earth. “… about the year 320… Constantine fully understands himself by now as ‘the vice-regent of God.’” (Ibid., p. 187)
Constantine was a loyal follower of the sun-god all his life. “Thus, the now absolute and sole Caesar, demonstrating an authority no one had ever exercised before, summoned the bishops of the Church to a meeting over which he himself would preside… In response to the emperor’s mandate, the bishops did, in fact, agree to a formulaic statement of belief, defining especially, and in explicit terms, how Jesus is God.” (Ibid., p. 189)
As a loyal follower of the sun God, Constantine made the pagan Trinity—found nowhere in the Bible—as the foundation doctrine of his new Catholic Church. It originated in Babylon. Three gods or One. “To us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol.” (1 Cor. 8:6-7)
It embraced the pagan demi-god doctrine. In essence it made God an adulterer. It makes Jesus the offspring of Holy Ghost. His doctrine states the Holy Ghost “proceeds from the Father and Son.” How could Jesus beget Himself? This would negate Jesus being the Messiah; as He would not have been of the seed of Abraham, Jacob, and David; according to the flesh as required to be the Messiah. Even worse, the offspring of any union outside of marriage is identified as bastards. Had this been true, Jesus would have been the bastard son of ghost. Jesus would not have even been allowed–by the law of God–to enter the congregation. “2 A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD.” (Deut. 23)
The Bible teaches that Jesus had to be of the seed of Abraham, the tribe of Judah, and house of David according to the flesh. The first sixteen verses of the New Testament verify this. “Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh.” (Rom. 1:3)
These 1,260 years were to officially begin when one claiming to be a minister of God and head of the church thought to stand at the head as God on earth. “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, shewing himself that he is God.” (2 Thess. 2:4)
Who was this? Roman Emperors stood at the head under the Lombard invasion in 568. Then in 570, the Bishop of Rome claimed to stand at the head of the entire church. He was the first pope. “The pope is of so great dignity and power, and he constitutes one and the same tribunal with Christ, so that whatever the pope does seems to proceed from the mouth of God. The pope is as God on earth.” (Guiness, Romanism and the Reformation, pp. 25, 26) The 1260 years began. When Luther and others thought to reform the church, they could have no claim to a priesthood that had been lost hundreds of years before them.
John also noted that at the end of this 1260 years, I saw another ANGEL fly in the midst of heaven, HAVING THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to EVERY nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.” (Rev. 14:6)
Now take the 570 and 1260 and you get 1830. The only man at this time to claim to such an angelic administration was Joseph Smith. The Prophet Ezekiel wrote there would be two prophets and two works among the gentiles of the last days (Ezek. 37). He organized the Church of Christ on April 6, 1830, with the same priesthood of God found in the Bible.
In the Doctrine and Covenants—the official book of revelations and commandments—note four times that he would die in office. Just nine days before he was killed, he received a vision of the Almighty, was advised of his impending death, and was told to appoint James J. Strang in Burlington, Wisconsin, as his successor.
Some of the darkest days in the history of this country followed. His prophecy came true. On June 27, 1844, with the help of the Governor of Illinois, he was shot and killed while under protective custody of the Governor in Carthage Jail. The same hour that he died, James J. Strang—400 miles away—claimed to have been ordained as his successor under the hands of angels as required by the law of God. The prophecies of Joseph that he would die while in office and that he was about to die and the ordination of James without any knowledge of Joseph’s death are prophetic in their own right.
Our adversary prevailed again. The saints were commanded to gather to Beaver Island and other islands in North Lake Michigan—one of the frontiers. James encountered immediate opposition when he would not allow Indian (diluted) whiskey to the Indians. This finally ended when his enemies from Mackinaw used the US Steamer, with the help of the Captain to shoot James. His wounds were mortal and he was taken back to Wisconsin where he died on July 9, 1856. All of the saints had there property stolen, where driven from the island with only what they could carry, and dropped of on the docks in Milwaukee and Chicago. Since there were to be only two prophets sent to the gentiles, there was no successor in the Prophetic Office.
Some of the Twelve Apostles tried to get the saints to gather but without success. The Church began a downward spiral. Kill the shepherd and the sheep will scatter. James had ordained L. D. Hickey one of the Twelve, he ordained Samuel Martin a high priest, who ordained Lloyd Flanders a high priest, who ordained Samuel E. West an elder on July 8, 1956. In 1961, the main stream church apostatized making their church a function of the US Government that killed their prophets, invented a new man-made law to rule them, and a new order of priesthood contrary to the laws of God. Only three of us resented. One has passed away.
Samuel continued his work in the gospel. Preaching the gospel around the world through this web site. Only a few in America were ordained elders and there was no great work realized. Then, in 2004, the pastor of an Assembly of God church in Nairobi received a vision with our Savior, was told his church was false, and was led to me. In the Spring of 2005, we were able to meet in Dubai, where I baptized and ordained him an elder. Over the years, the gospel was only accepted in Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania.
NATIONS NOW ACCEPTING THE GOSPEL.
Now, there has been a CHANGE IN OUR TIME AND SEASON. “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” (Jesus, Matt. 24) For this first time in history gentiles in many nations are now seeking the kingdom of God through the priesthood of God. Near the end of 2018, the Lord began calling others into the kingdom in Ghana, Ethiopia, and Eretria.
As of June 16, 2020, the gospel has been accepted in Angola, Asia (Brunei), Benin, Bufino Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Cypress, Egypt, Eretria, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Fiji, Kenya, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Lebanon, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Philippians, Russia, Sao Tome, Seychelles, South Korea, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Others are waiting in Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Belarus, Cambodia, Cameroon, Columbia, Croatia, Dakar, Djibouti, France, French Polynesia, Gambia, Greece, Guinea Bissau, Indonesia, Laayaune, Mali, Morocco, Niger, North Macedonia, Poland, Serbia, Singapore, Senegal, Togo, Ukraine, Vietnam, Western Sahara, and Zambia.
James J. Strang is to soon return, set the house of God in order (with all the priesthood again), gather the worthy to a place of refuge in Zion, and bring judgment on the nations (“fire goeth before, famine followeth after, and pestilence will waste them.”).
We are living in the few remaining years that will see much of mankind die. The covid-19 virus is just an early warning. It will get worse. “And your [Israel] covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the OVERFLOWING SCOURGE shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it. From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.” (Isa. 28:18-19)
The only promises in the last days are for Israel; but even they will suffer. “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake [Israel] those days shall be shortened.” (Jesus, Matt. 24:21-22)
“Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely: And they [Israel] shall be my people, and I will be their God.” (Jer. 32:37-38)
Since there are no gentiles in the kingdom of God, they will almost be destroyed. “The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws [worship idols like the Trinity], changed the ordinance [no more baptism], broken the everlasting covenant [of priesthood]. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and FEW MEN LEFT.” (Isa. 24:5-6)
“For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen [gentile]: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head. For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be AS THOUGH THEY HAD NOT BEEN.” (Obad. 15-16)
The only hope for gentiles is to follow the admonition of Jesus: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33) We have already seen the kingdom is only available through obedience to the gospel; and obedience to the gospel is only possible through ministers that have been called of God (by prophecy) and been ordained by one holding the Melchisedec Priesthood.
THERE IS STILL HOPE.
Samuel West was ordained to the Melchisedec Priesthood on July 8, 1956. He ordained Stephen Munyora in Kenya in 2005. Many other elders have been ordained in the countries noted above. This is a time to earnestly seek the kingdom of God before our time and season changes again and opportunity is lost and destruction of the gentile nations begins. “Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it. For the indignation of the LORD is upon ALL NATIONS, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly DESTROYED THEM, he hath delivered them to the slaughter.” (Isa. 34:1-2)
“Fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid. For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I MAKE A FULL END OF ALL NATIONS whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.” (Jer. 30:10-11)
The gate into the KINGDOM OF GOD IS STILL OPEN. I welcome your inquiries:
Samuel E. West