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5 Dec

Interesting Quote: “But since Saturday, not Sunday, is specified in the Bible, isn’t it curious                that non-Catholics [Protestants] who profess to take their religion directly from the Bible and not the Church, observe Sunday instead of Saturday? Yes, of                course, it is inconsistent; but this change was made about fifteen centuries before Protestantism was born, and by that time the custom was                universally observed. They have continued the custom, even though it rests upon the authority of the Catholic Church and not upon an explicit                text in the Bible. That observance remains as a reminder of the Mother Church from which the non-Catholic sects broke away – like a boy running                away from home but still carrying in his pocket a picture of his mother or a lock of her hair.” (“father” John O’Brien, The Faith of Millions)

The above words are direct from Babylon, the MOTHER of  harlots. And those harlot churches are now returning to their mother. Please find out the TRUTH about the sabbath day.

The Other Woman

27 Nov
Every marriage must rely on trust – and likewise in our union with Christ, we must remain faithful to Him and His Word. Revelation speaks about the true bride of Christ, but there is another woman who is trying to seduce believers away from God’s Word. Revelation contains a shocking message about Babylon, the other woman. Babylon is fallen, and Christ’s people must escape her charms or perish! Thus begins the second part of the three angels’ message. Here you will learn the very real identity of spiritual Babylon and learn how to avoid being hypnotized by her fatal beauty … what could be more important?
In the book of Revelation, God calls this woman

In the book of Revelation, God calls this woman “Babylon.”

1. How does Jesus symbolize Babylon in the book of Revelation?

“I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters.” “And I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.  And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:  And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”  Revelation 17:1, 3-5.

Answer:   In Revelation 17:1-6, Jesus symbolizes Babylon as a harlot dressed in red and purple. She is seated upon a scarlet-colored beast, which has seven heads and 10 horns and sits on many waters.

2. Who is the symbolic pure woman of Revelation chapter 12?

Answer:   A pure woman, clothed with the sun, is depicted in Revelation 12:1-6.  We learned in Study Guide 20 that this pure woman symbolizes God’s pure church which is faithful to her lover, Jesus.  We will study Revelation chapter 12 in depth in Study Guide 23.

3. What does a harlot represent in Bible prophecy?

“Cause Jerusalem to know her abominations.” “Thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot.” Ezekiel 16:2, 15.

Answer:   As a pure woman symbolizes a pure church which is faithful to Jesus, so an impure woman represents an impure, or fallen, church which is unfaithful to Jesus (James 4:4).

Most Reformation leaders taught that

Most Reformation leaders taught that “Babylon” of Revelation 17 is the papacy.

4. Can we identify the harlot (church) that is called “Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots” in Revelation chapter 17?

Answer:   Yes, it is widely known that there is only one church which claims to be the mother church, the great Roman Catholic Church. A prominent Catholic priest, John A. O’Brien, said: “That observance [Sunday-keeping] remains as a reminder of the Mother Church from which the non-Catholic sects broke away.” 1
The points used in Revelation 17 to describe mother Babylon and the beast she rides clearly fit the papacy:
A. She persecuted the saints (verse 6). (See Study Guides 15 and 20.)
B. She was dressed in purple and scarlet (verse 4). The popes often wear the royal color of purple at important functions, and red is the color of the robes of Catholic cardinals.
C. The seven heads of the beast  (verse 3) upon which the woman is seated are seven mountains (verse 9). It is well known that Rome, the world headquarters of the papacy, is built upon seven hills or mountains.
D. The beast is guilty of blasphemy (verse 3), a point which also clearly fits the papacy. (See Study Guides 15 and 20.)
E. She ruled “over the kings of the earth.”
Verse 18. Alexander Flick says that by the 13th century, the pope was “at least in theory and claim … the ruler of the whole world in temporal and spiritual affairs.” 2 This point could fit no other earthly kingdom or government. The papacy is described in Revelation 17 too clearly for doubt.
Note: Many leaders of the Reformation (Huss, Wycliffe, Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Melanchthon, Cranmer, Tyndale, Latimer, Ridley, and others) taught that the papacy is the power here involved. 3
1John A. O’Brien, The Faith of Millions (Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, Inc., 1974), p. 401.
2The Rise of the Mediaeval Church (New York: Burt Franklin, 1959), pp. 575, 576.
3George Eldon Ladd, The Blessed Hope (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdman’s Publishing Co., 1956), pp. 32-34.

The word

The word “Babylon” dates back to the Tower of Babel.  It means “confusion”.

5. What is the literal meaning of the word “Babylon,” and what is its origin?

“Let us build … a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven.” “And the Lord said … let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” “Therefore is the name of it called Babel [“confusion”, margin]; because the Lord did there confound the language.” Genesis 11:4, 6, 7, 9.

Answer:   The words “Babel” and “Babylon” mean “confusion.”  The name Babylon originated at the Tower of Babel, which was erected after the Flood by defiant pagans who hoped to build it so high that no flood waters could ever cover it (verse 4).  But the Lord confounded their languages, and the resultant confusion was so great they were forced to halt construction.  They then called the tower “Babel” (Babylon), or “confusion.”
Later, in Old Testament days, a worldwide pagan kingdom named Babylon arose which was an enemy of God’s people, Israel. It embodied rebellion, disobedience, persecution of God’s people, pride, and idolatry (Jeremiah 39:6, 7 50:29, 31-33 51:24, 34, 47 Daniel chapters 3 and 5).  In fact, in Isaiah chapter 14 God uses Babylon as a symbol of Satan himself because Babylon was so hostile and devastating to God’s work and His people. In the New Testament book of Revelation, the term “Babylon” is used to signify a religious kingdom that is an enemy of God’s spiritual Israel, His church (Revelation 14:8 16:19).

Churches that adopt the false teachings of mother Babylon become

Churches that adopt the false teachings of mother Babylon become “Babylon” themselves.

6. Who are the harlot daughters of the mother Babylon described in Revelation 17:5?

Answer:   They are some of the churches which originally protested the false teachings of mother Babylon and left her during the great Protestant Reformation.  But, later, they began to mimic the principles and actions of the mother and thus became fallen themselves.  No woman is born a harlot.  Neither were the symbolic Protestant daughter churches born fallen.  Any church or organization that teaches and follows Babylon’s false doctrines and practices could become a fallen church or daughter.  So Babylon is a family name which embraces both the mother church and those of her daughters, who are also fallen.

The beast of Revelation 17 represents the civil government.  The woman astride the beast means that the church is in control of the government.

The beast of Revelation 17 represents the civil government.  The woman astride the beast means that the church is in control of the government.

7. In Revelation 17, why is mother Babylon pictured as riding upon the beast?  What does the beast represent?

Answer:   In Revelation 13:1-10, Jesus portrays the papacy as a combination of church and state.  (For more information, see Study Guide 20.)  In Revelation chapter 17, Jesus depicts the church (the harlot) and state (the beast) as separate entities, though related.  The woman is astride the beast, which signifies that the church is in control of the state.

Non-Christian religions and apostate Protestantism will join the papacy as allies in the final war against God and His followers.

Non-Christian religions and apostate Protestantism will join the papacy as allies in the final war against God and His followers.

8. What other powers unite with the papacy in fulfilling end-time events?

“And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.  For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” Revelation 16:13, 14.

Answer:   The dragon of Revelation 12:3, 4 and the false prophet of Revelation 13:11-14 19:20 form an alliance with the beast of Revelation 13:1-10, or the papacy.
A. The dragon of Revelation chapter 12 represents Satan working through pagan Rome.  (See Study Guide 20 for more details.)  In these last days it includes non-Christian religions such as Buddhism, Shintoism, Hinduism, the New Age, secular humanism, etc.
B. The false prophet represents apostate Protestantism centered in America, which will take the lead in urging and influencing worldwide worship of the beast (see Study Guide 21).
C. The beast is the papacy (see Study Guide 20).
D. These three powers:  Non-Christian religions and governments, Roman Catholicism, and apostate Protestantism will become allies in Armageddon, the final war against God, His law, and His loyal followers. This coalition is called “Babylon the great” by Jesus in Revelation 18:2.

The powerful miracles of Satan and his angels (posing as spirits of dead) will unite the world in their support of the beast.

The powerful miracles of Satan and his angels (posing as spirits of dead) will unite the world in their support of the beast.

9. How will organizations with such diverse backgrounds be able to effectively unite?

“These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.” Revelation 17:13.

Answer:   Revelation 16:13, 14 says “unclean spirits like frogs” which are “spirits of devils” will unite them through the miracles they will work.  Spiritism – the belief that the dead are alive and can contact the living – will be the tenet which will weld all together.  Satan and his angels, posing as the spirits of dead loved ones, prophets of old, angels of heaven (2 Corinthians 11:13, 14), and even Christ Himself (Matthew 24:24)will convince the world that their cause is guided from heaven itself (see Study Guide 10).  Incidentally, all three entities believe that the dead are alive:
A. Catholicism prays to Mary and other dead saints and believes these saints bless their followers with miracles.
B. Non-Christian religions are virtually all based on belief in and worship of spirits of the dead. The New Age stresses “channeling”supposed talking to the spirits of the dead.
C. Apostate Protestantism believes that the dead are not dead but, rather, alive in heaven or hell.  Thus they are highly susceptible to deception by demons who pose as spirits of the dead.

Babylon falls because she turns away from Bible truth.

Babylon falls because she turns away from Bible truth.

10. For what sins does God indict Babylon?

A. “Babylon the great is fallen.” Revelation 18:2.

Answer:   To fall means to turn away from Bible truth and true worship of the true God (2 Peter 3:17).
B. “And is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit.” “By thy sorceries were all nations deceived.”  Revelation 18:2, 23. Answer:  Here God is indicting Babylon for (1) conferring personally with devils by inviting evil spirits into its midst through spiritism, and (2) for deceiving virtually the entire world through lying, demonic spirits.
C. “The inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk”  from the wine of abomination and fornication found in her cup (Revelation 17:2, 4 18:3). Answer: The word “abomination” in the Bible symbolizes lies (Proverbs 12:22).  Babylon’s wine, which contains false teachings, disorients and benumbs those who drink it and makes them spiritually drunk.
D.  “The kings of the earth have committed fornication with her.” Revelation 18:3. Answer: The church is the bride of Christ (Revelation 19:7, 8) and must love and be loyal only to Him, which Jesus said means keeping His commandments (John 14:15). The papacy is censured here for turning away from her husband, Jesus (James 4:4), and forming illicit relationships with civil governments (union of church and state) for her support.
E. Trafficking in the “souls of men” (Revelation 18:13). Answer: God here denounces Babylon for treating people as merchandise rather than as precious children of God.

Receiving false doctrine brings spiritual drunkenness, which makes comprehending truth extremely difficult.

Receiving false doctrine brings spiritual drunkenness, which makes comprehending truth extremely difficult.

11. What are some of the false teachings contained in Babylon’s wine that make people spiritually drunk and confused?

Answer:   Amazingly, some of the most prominent doctrines of Protestantism today are not found in the Bible at all. They have been brought into the Protestant churches by the mother church of Rome, who received them from paganism.  A few of these false teachings are that:
A. The law of God has been amended or repealed. God’s law can never be changed or repealed (Luke 16:17).  Study Guide 6 cites irrefutable evidence.
B. The soul is immortal. The Bible mentions “soul” and “spirit” 1,700 times.  Not once is either referred to as immortal.  People are mortal (Job 4:17), and none receive immortality until Jesus’ second advent (1 Corinthians 15:51-54).  (See Study Guide 10 for more information.)
C.  Sinners burn eternally in hell. The Bible teaches that sinners will be completely consumed (put out of existence), both soul and body, in the fire (Matthew 10:28). An eternal hell of torment is not taught in the Bible. (See details in Study Guide 11.)
D.  Baptism by immersion is not necessary. Baptism by immersion is the only baptism recognized by Scripture.  (See Study Guide 9 for further information.)
E.  Sunday is God’s holy day. The Bible teaches, without question, that God’s holy day is the seventh-day Sabbath, Saturday. (For details, see Study Guide 7.)
Note: These false teachings, once believed, tend to bring “confusion” (which is what the term “Babylon” literally means) and make understanding Scripture much more difficult.
A Sobering Thought It’s sobering to think that some might unknowingly be drinking Babylon’s wine.  Perhaps this is all new to you.  If so, please ask God to guide you (Matthew 7:7).  Then search the Scriptures to see if these things are so (Acts 17:11).  Promise that you will follow where Jesus leads, and He will not permit you to end up in error (John 7:17).

The angels of heaven will be on the side of God's people in earth's final battle.

The angels of heaven will be on the side of God’s people in earth’s final battle.

12. Who will be on the Lord’s side in the battle of Armageddon?

Answer:   In this final battle, the angels of heaven (Hebrews 1:13, 14 Matthew 13:41, 42) and God’s people, the remnant (Revelation 12:17) – will be allied with Jesus, who leads the armies of heaven (Revelation 19:11-16) against Satan and his supporters.
God’s remnant is composed of those who refuse the falsehoods of Babylon (Study Guide 23 will give additional details).  They are known for: (1) their love of Jesus (1 John 5:2, 3), (2) their loyalty to and faith in Him (Revelation 14:12), and (3) their firm obedience to His Word and commandments (Revelation 12:17 John 8:31, 32).

In the end time, Satan will deceive all who do not demand clear Scripture proof for every Bible doctrine.

In the end time, Satan will deceive all who do not demand clear Scripture proof for every Bible doctrine.

13. What will be Satan’s strategy in this final conflict between God’s truth and Satan’s lies?

Answer:   Though Satan hates God and His Son, he rarely admits it openly.  In fact, he and his demons will pose as holy angels and as devoted Christian clergymen (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).  What he presents as evidence for his side will seem so righteous, spiritual, and Jesus-like that nearly everybody on earth will be deceived and follow him (Matthew 24:24).  He will doubtless use the Bible, as he did when tempting Jesus in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1, 11).  Satan’s logic is so persuasive that it deceived one-third of the angels of heaven, Adam and Eve, and (at the time of the Flood) everybody on earth except eight people.

God's Word exposes Satan's strategies.

God’s Word exposes Satan’s strategies.

14. What is God’s counter-strategy?

“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Isaiah 8:20.

Answer:   God always counters Satan’s lies with Bible truth.  When tempted by Satan in the wilderness, Jesus repeatedly quoted Scripture (Matthew 4:1-11).  Through His remnant people, God will tell the truth about the un-biblical nature of Babylon the great.  He will make it clear that Babylon is presenting a false gospel (Galatians 1:8-12) which has opened the door wide for billions to be deceived and lost. God’s counter-movement is outlined in the great three angels’ messages of Revelation 14:6-14, which we are examining in nine of the 27 Study Guides in this series.  These three fantastic messages expose and warn against Satan’s lies and counterfeits and call people to worship God and obey Him, not only in spirit but in Bible truth as well.

God's end-time message will bring glorious truth and light to every person on earth.

God’s end-time message will bring glorious truth and light to every person on earth.

15. Will God’s end-time messages of warning and hope be effective?

“After these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.” Revelation 18:1.

Answer:   In Scripture, angels represent messengers or messages (Hebrews 1:13, 14).  God’s end-time appeal is symbolized by a mighty angel whose power is so great that the entire world is lightened with God’s truth and glory. This final, God-given message will go to the inhabitants of the entire world (Revelation 14:6; Mark 16:15; Matthew 24:14).

When Jesus' end-time appeal is given to all the world, His true people will come out of Babylon and follow Him.

When Jesus’ end-time appeal is given to all the world, His true people will come out of Babylon and follow Him.

16. What final, urgent appeal will Jesus make to those who are in Babylon?

Answer:   He will say: “Come out of her [Babylon], my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.  For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” Revelation 18:4, 5.
Please notice that Jesus refers to many people in Babylon as “my people.” There are millions of sincere Christians in Babylon who have not yet heard this urgent warning message.  These people love the Lord supremely, and Jesus says they are His children.

17. How will Jesus’ people, who are in Babylon, respond when they hear His appeal to come out?

Answer:   Jesus gives the answer.  He says, “Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:16, 27.
Jesus recognizes His children who are in Babylon.  Further, He promises to call them out of Babylon before it is destroyed.  And, most glorious of all, Jesus promises that His people who are yet in Babylon will hear and recognize His voice and come out to safety.
Note:  This is the seventh Study Guide in our series of nine on the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14:6-14.  Our next Study Guide will describe God’s end-time church so plainly that you cannot fail to recognize it.

18. If you are in Babylon, are you willing to heed Jesus’ urgent appeal to come out of her?

Answer:

 

Earth’s Final Warning part 1

21 Nov

Compiled from the Mark Woodman DVD series “God’s final call”

 

Part 1

Today we find that Christianity has the testimony of and faith in Jesus

Christ, but they

don’t keep the 10 Commandments. This idea of

righteousness by grace without any works

has been over emphasised that

the law has been removed

but the law clearly, has not been removed.

God calls us to worship Him as the Creator. Remove yourselves from the

idea that you are evolving to‟ God

hood‟. The immortality of the soul is a lie

opening up the doors to evolution, re-incarnation and various other things

that lead us away from God.

Rev 18:1-3 (speaks of a cry from heaven warning us against the deception

on earth). God is rebuking the false system that we find ourselves in. „

And

after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great

power and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with

a strong voice saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the

habitation of devils and the hold of every foul spirit and a cage of every

unclean and hateful bird. For

all nations have drunk of the wine of the

wrath of her fornication and the

kings of the earth have committed

fornication with her and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through

the abundance of her delicacies.

.‟

God‟s church is represented in the Bible as His bride.

Ellen White

, p277 writes: “The message of the fall of Babylon, as given by the

second angel, is repeated, with the additional mention of the

corruptions

which have been entering the churches since

1844. The work of this angel

comes in at the right time to join in the last great work of the third angel‟s

message as it swells to a loud cry

. And the people of God are thus prepared to

stand in the hour of temptation, which they are soon to meet. I saw a great

light resting upon them and they united to fearlessly proclaim the third angel‟s

message.

Rev 18:4, 5 „

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her,

my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins and that ye receive not of her

plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven and God hath remembered

her iniquities

.‟

Compiled from Mark Woodman’s DVD series ‘

God’s final Call’ (072 500 3934 or info@homebase.org.za)

Compiled by: Nicolene Filmalter (nfilmalter@iburst.co.za)

A 120 years it will be as it was in the days of Noah when this message of

Righteousness by Faith will be preached..and then one will be taken and one

will be left behind..

The world needs to hear the

Sanctuary message the Old Testament

tabernacle is pointing towards the heavenly sanctuary. Heb 8:1-

2 „We have

such a high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in

the heavens; A minister of the Sanctuary and of the true tabernacle, which the

Lord pitched and not man

.‟ In other words, we have such a high priest, in

heaven; a minister of the sanctuary, the true tabernacle, which the Lord

pitched and not man.

In the

Jewish calendar, a year was seen as an entire cycle. A full cycle of

the Jewish calendar would represent the full cycle of an

entire Christian

era

(type and antitype).

Type

(One Jewish year) Antitype (entire Christian era)

Passover (Nisan 14) Crucifixion

Unleavened Bread (Nisan 15) Christ in the grave

First Fruits (Nisan 16) Resurrection

Feast of weeks (Sivan 6) Pentecost, harvest of souls

The four feasts in the Old Testament were fulfilled in the New Testament

(discussed earlier). Three of the Old Testament feasts were a shadow of

things to come and was fulfilled by Jesus in the NT.

Three other important feasts was the

Trumpets (Tishri 1)

Atonement (Tishri 10)

Tabernacle (Tishri 15)

We need to ask

how do they get fulfilled? Going back to lecture number 2

Who is God?

70 week prophecy of Daniel 8:13-14 How long shall be the

vision concerning the daily sacrifice and the transgression of desolation, to

give both the Sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said

unto me, Unto

two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the

Sanctuary be cleansed

. (17) „he said unto me, Understand, O son of man:

For at the time of the end shall be the vision

.‟

2300 Days has got something to do with the end of time and out of these

2300 days, 70 weeks is put aside for something: Daniel 9:24 „

Seventy

weeks

are determined upon thy people upon thy holy city, to finish the

transgression and to make an end of sins and to make reconciliation for

Compiled from Mark Woodman’s DVD series ‘

God’s final Call’ (072 500 3934 or info@homebase.org.za)

Compiled by: Nicolene Filmalter (nfilmalter@iburst.co.za)

iniquity and to bring in everlasting righteousness and to seal up the vision

and prophecy and to anoint the most Holy

.‟ (verse 25) „Know therefore and

understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to

restore and to

build

Jerusalem unto the Messiah, the prince shall be seven weeks and

threescore and two weeks

…(verse 26) „and after threescore and two

weeks

shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself

..(verse 27) „Then he shall

confirm a covenant with many for

one week; But in the middle of the week He

shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering

.‟

Remember the key to unlock:

one day for a year.

Starting trigger of 2300 days

is the commandment to restore and to build

Jerusalem. This was pinpointed at

457 BC with the Decree of Artaxerses I,

to re-establish the city government of Jerusalem.

457 BC (Decree) + 69 weeks = 483 years

27 AD (Jesus baptised) + 3.5 years

31 AD (Jesus crucified) + 3.5 years

34 AD (Stephen stoned) unto 2300 days 9 years, then shall the sanctuary be

cleansed (Dan 8:14) = JUDGEMENT DAY

What does this mean? This date comes

457 BC + 2300 years (days) =

1844 (remember there is no zero year). Not

realising that there was

no zero year, people came up with a date of 1843. A

cry/warning went out into the world to recognise and acknowledge the

Creator

called the Miller write movement there was for the first time in

history an acknowledgement of this 2300 days/year prophecy. We don‟t

know the hour or the year. In their error, they went back to the Bible, and

realising their error

in that there is no „zero‟ year, – stated that 1844 would

be the end of the world! Disillusioned, many people left the movement,

bitter and disappointed.

William Miller got the date right, but they got the

event wrong

.

They did not yet recognise that the

earthly sanctuary was pointing towards

the

heavenly sanctuary. The sanctuary cleansing process was a critical

event in the cycle of the tabernacle that took place every year, because all

the sins of the people would be „pent up‟ in this sanctuary and once a year

the high priest would go in and this sanctuary would be cleansed. In the

bigger picture what this is pointing to is once, in the entire cycle of earth‟s

history, the sanctuary which is in heaven would be cleansed. Heb 9:1-12

Then verily, the first covenant had also ordinance of divine service and a

worldly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was

 the candlestick and the table and the showbread; which is called the

sanctuary. And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the

Holiest of all; Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went

always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. But into the

second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which

he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: The

 Holy Ghost this

signifying, that the

 way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest,

while as the first tabernacle was yet standing

: here we have confirmation

that the Holy Ghost has not yet opened the way into the tabernacle in the

Old Testament

) „But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come,

by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say,

not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own

blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal

redemption for us

.‟ Once this 1843/4 didn‟t happen, these scholars went

back and studied the Word and realised their mistake.

Through the blood of Jesus Christ, He enters once into the heavenly

sanctuary

the Day of Atonement was exactly that. From the first day that

sin came into the world, man separated himself from God. Once a year, in

the sanctuary on earth, there was a point where man had the chance to

unify with God again. That was the Day of Atonement (At- One- ment). As

the high priest entered the most holy, he was order by God to wear

pomegranates and

bells the people outside would then listen to the sound

of the bells, if they could not hear him moving anymore, they would know

they he had died because he was not without sin before God. He was there

on their behalf

, and they had to trust what was being done by him for

them. In the same way, we have to have faith in Jesus where He is in the

sanctuary after 1844 on our behalf. Two goats were chosen and tied just

outside the curtain of the sanctuary waiting through all this for their part in

this last final symbol of union between God and man and the end of sin.

They cast lots over the 2 goats

one was God’s goat and the other was the

scapegoat

the one chosen to represent the devil known as Azazel.

(sondebok – baphomed)

Here is the first indication why people represent

the devil as a goat.

The high priest would use God‟s goat as a peace offering for himself and

then take the second goat (Azazel)

he would confess that the sins had now

been removed from their minds, memories and lives and now were

transferred to the mind, memory and life of the devil. He does not kill him,

but a man would then lead Azazel into the wilderness where he would be

left. In other words, the sins would be taken out of the sanctuary,

transferred onto the goat and the sanctuary would be cleansed. This

happened once every year on the Day of Atonement.

Compiled from Mark Woodman’s DVD series ‘

  From the time of Jesus

crucifixion, we received the right to ask God directly

to forgive our sins, these sins were then transferred to the Heavenly

Sanctuary

and this sanctuary had to be cleansed! And the date given by

the Lord was

1844. Not only does this prophecy depict Christ in the

Heavenly Sanctuary

, it also points to the destruction of all sin on earth but

also to Baphomed, Azazel being led out into the wilderness.

The Trumpets (Tishri 1) is fulfilled in the Second Advent movement

Atonement (Tishri 10) is fulfilled in the pre-advent judgment

Tabernacle (Tishri 15) is fulfilled in the homecoming second advent.

Trumpets (message went into the world

be careful, the end of the world is

coming (Trumpets). 1844

the moment when Jesus enters the Holiest of

holy on our behalf to request that the tabernacle be cleansed of all sin

(Atonement)

. And then the homecoming is what we‟re waiting for now

(Tabernacle). This is a beautiful depiction of what Jesus if doing on our

behalf.

Satan knows and studies prophecies. The

Jesuit order was set up in 1734

(110 years prior to 1844).

America was acknowledged by France in 1798.

What happened around the same time?

1776

was the American Revolution,

1789

, the French revolution. In 1789, the Original Human Rights

declaration

of the French revolution is shown laid out as the 10

commandments, on two tablets, in the middle, the symbol of fasciasism,

above the hat of Jacobin, serpent eating its own tail, Masonic triangle with

all seeing eye (46 years before the date)

– satan‟s starting to get his forces

together under various unifying organisations.

1823

Spanish Revolution

1831

Polish Revolution

1844

Karl Marx joined the league of communists in 1844 and Darwin

starts pinning together his work on Origin of the species. In 1844, the

Sinaitic manuscript

(Codex Sinaiticus) was discovered at Mt. Sinai in the

monastery of St. Catherine. The manuscript agrees with the Codex

Vatica

nus “discovered” 1481 in the Vatican library. More or less the same

time, 1848, there‟s this recognition of the birthplace of

Modern

Spiritualism

– “Upon this site stood the Hydesville cottage, the home of the

The Fox sisters

, through whose mediumship communication with the spirit

world was established March 31, 1848

” (and with capitol letters on the

tombstone)

there is no death, there are no dead.

1848

Italian and German Revolution

 1863

Around the same time, the Bahai faith was founded by Baha‟l-Baha

(linking the faith with the Bahi faith founded by the Bab, (meaning gate). He

announced that he was the coming One in 1863. His son Adu‟l

-Baha was

his successor. [In other words

– another „gate‟ to God.] In their own

documents they refer to the wronged „one‟ –

this is all about Unit under the

wronged „one‟.

1871

Albert Pike wrote in about the 3 World Wars necessary to unify the

world under one government (barely 30 years after 1844).

And today the

United Nations uses the sun symbol and the baal hadad as

their symbol. There‟s this image of Jesus knocking on the building of the UN

building

– trying to warn them that they don‟t know what they‟re doing.

Muller, R in

Most of all they taught me happiness, Garden City, NY: Image

book 1984 pp126-

127 wrote about this image: „There is a famous poster

which shows Christ knocking at the tall UN building, wanting to enter it. I

often visualize in my mind another even more accurate painting: that of a UN

which would be the body of Christ.

” He continues in New Genesis: Shaping a

Global Spirituality Anacortes

, WA: World Happiness and cooperation, 1982

pp 13. “

My great personal dream is to get a tremendous alliance between all

the major religions and the UN.

From his article in 1987 Defend Life

Magazine

entitled One-world Church expected in ’97 as quoted in Kah,

G.H. 1998.

The New World Religion Noblesville: Hope International pp 221.

“Peace will be impossible without the taming of fundamentalism through a

United Religion that professes faithfulness only to the global spirituality and

to the health of this planet”

 

Hidden Eyes and Closed Ears

27 Oct

By Joe Crews

Narrow is the Way

Some of the most astonishing prophecies in the Bible have to do with the proportion of people who will be saved at the coming of Christ. Jesus clearly taught that only a comparative few would be ready to inherit His kingdom. He said, “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: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13, 14).

In Luke 18:8, by asking a very penetrating question, Jesus implied that the “few” might be even less than we could hope or imagine. “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” Again, the Master spoke of the final separation in these words: “And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man” (Luke 17:26). Only eight people were saved from the flood and “as it was then” so shall it be at His coming. Other Bible writers and prophets use similar language to portray the “little flock,” the “remnant,” and the “few” who will prove faithful to the very end.

The fact that so few will be saved is not nearly as shocking as the reason given in the Bible for their loss. It seems obvious that great multitudes will be excluded from heaven even though they professed Christ, worshiped Him regularly, and spent much of their time doing wonderful works in His name. Jesus said, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:21-23).

These verses reveal that the earth will be flooded with a lot of false religion in the last days. Millions will be spending their time, their effort, and their money in promoting a religion that involves apparent miracles, apparent spiritual gifts, and much enthusiastic activity. All of this is explicitly spelled out in the teaching of our Lord. Yet those many will finally be utterly rejected by Jesus and shut out of heaven. Talk about startling truth! More people need to get their eyes open to this little-understood situation that will characterize the end time. Then we need to find out how to avoid the vast spiritual delusions which will cause so many religious people to be lost.

Why will they be rejected in spite of their devoted worship and ministry in the name of Jesus? It has caused some people almost to despair of salvation. How can one know that his own religion will not finally be found in this category? Let us seriously look for the answers to these questions. Our salvation does not depend upon our sincerity, but upon finding the truth in God’s Word and obeying it!

Obedience is the Acid Test a Valid Religion

The first point we must understand is this: RELIGIOUS ACTIVITY IS QUITE USELESS IF WE ARE NOT DOING THE WILL OF GOD. Christ declared that calling on God’s name, and even leading out in great selfless humanitarian programs, will be wasted if obedience to God’s will is excluded. Mark this fact upon the table of your mind and never forget it—the Scriptures exalt OBEDIENCE as the distinguishing test of a valid religion. Those who engage ever so fully in the preaching of the name of Jesus—with time, talent, and money—and do not keep His commandments, cannot meet the approval of God. In fact, because they are not obeying Christ, such worshipers actually open a door by which Satan can enter unrecognized and work miracles through them, IN THE NAME OF JESUS, which they ascribe to the power of God. The plaintive plea, “Have we not prophesied . . . and in Thy name cast out devils?” is proof positive that their miracles had been done by some other power than that of Christ, albeit in His name. If Jesus never knew them, who else could work such miracles? Only Satan. The Bible speaks of “the spirits of devils, working miracles” (Revelation 16:14).

By the way, what did Jesus mean when He said, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity”? How does one really come to “know” the Lord? The beloved John tells us, “Whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him” (1 John 3:6). “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4). Knowing Him means we obey Him. Biblically, it is impossible to be a true child of God while refusing to obey the commandments of God. Willful disobedience cuts off the relationship, drives away the Holy Spirit by which we are sealed, and effectively removes the individual from the position of grace.

Now we begin to see how simple it is to test the religious spirits that are in the world today. It is time that we look past the stimulating music, the spellbinding oratory, and even the exciting witnessing programs and apply the test set up by the great Author of all truth—Jesus Himself. He made it exceedingly clear that the original requirements of God have remained unchanged. The condition of obedience which would have kept man in Eden becomes the condition for his restoration to Eden. “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).

Love is Not Legalism

We must not fail to emphasize at this point that element of love which must also attend all acceptable obedience. Forcing the forms of compliance without a personal love-experience with Christ the Savior is fully as fatal a mistake as omitting all obedience. Jesus had to deal with the cold formalism of the Pharisees over and over again. And because He so thoroughly condemned the program of salvation by works, many have hastily assumed that He considered obedience unimportant. Now we need to see the beautiful balance in Christ’s doctrine of faith and works. He taught that obeying in order to be saved is the worst kind of legalism, but obeying because we are saved is the acid test of a true religious experience. Obedience follows true faith just as surely as day follows night. Incidentally, the word “legalist” has been thrown around with too much abandon. I greatly fear that many sincere Christians have been accused of legalism only because their love for Christ led them to be more particular in their obedience than their accusers. Never forget that a legalist is one who believes that he can be saved by his works. The person who keeps the commandments because he doesn’t want to displease the God he loves is not a legalist at all. The old argument is often heard, “I’d rather see a happy, loving Christian who doesn’t keep all of the commandments than to see an unloving one who strictly obeys the law.” Why try to measure degrees of guilt? Both are completely wrong. Our feelings have nothing to do with it. Christ has established the standard of measurement. Nothing less than a “faith which worketh by love” will be accepted.

But let us return to the alarming proposition that most of mankind will be lost, including the fervent religious activists. Worship is commanded in the Bible and is a necessary ingredient of true religion, but will a host of worshiping Christians be lost? Jesus said, “But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:9). Another shattering statement of truth! People will engage in vain worship if they reject true doctrine in favor of man’s tradition.

When is Worship Vain?

On several occasions Jesus urged the necessity of walking in all known truth. “If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin” (John 15:22). “If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth” (John 9:41). When a man learns a point of truth in the Bible and refuses to obey it, he is guilty of practicing sin. Such a man is fighting the Holy Spirit whose primary work is to guide into all truth. This refusal to obey hardens the conscience, causing the Holy Spirit to finally withdraw and leads to the unpardonable sin. No wonder such worship is vain. By rejecting the commandments of God in favor of human traditions, the Holy Spirit is spurned. According to Acts 5:32 only those who obey are eligible to be filled with the Spirit.

Let us pause now and consider the profound significance of what we have discovered. The vast majority of people will be lost, including many who work miracles in Christ’s name, worship Him, and claim to know Him as His children. The reason they will be lost is that they do not love Him enough to keep all of His commandments. For some reason these ardent church workers have learned to look lightly upon the law of God. Most of them consider it legalism to believe that disobedience could keep them out of heaven. Satan has blinded their eyes to the beautiful, intimate relationship of love and obedience. Millions of Protestant Christians have actually been taught that their obedience or disobedience can have no effect whatever upon their ultimate salvation.

In view of the deep-rooted tradition of popular Christianity today, we can see how Satan has manipulated millions into a state of mind to reject the claims of God’s moral law. Under the twisted interpretation of a cheap grace (someone has called it “sloppy agape”) the stage has been set for the devil’s master strategy of deception. The final contest between truth and error will revolve around the basic issue of loyalty or disloyalty, obedience or disobedience. And the focus will be squarely on the fourth commandment which contains the great distinctive sign of God’s creative power and authority.

Sunday—A Tradition of Man

It seems more than coincidental that Jesus spelled out “traditions of men” as the false doctrine that would lead into vain worship. The chief tradition today which has turned multitudes from keeping the Ten Commandments is the doctrine of Sunday-keeping. Almost any Christian of any persuasion can defend and extol nine of the Ten Commandments. It is only the Sabbath which has stirred deep hatred and prejudice against the holy law of God.

Who inspired that attitude of contempt for the only part of the Bible which God wrote with His own hand? How have so many millions been led to equate obedience with legalism? The tragedy is that ministers have largely been responsible for turning people away from obedience. Repeatedly in my evangelistic crusades people tell me of angry tirades made by their own pastors against the Sabbath. Unable to give any Bible reason for Sunday observance, and frustrated by the insistent questions of their flock, many pastors turn to emotional attacks upon the validity of the law. I have found that these attacks generally follow two lines of argument. The fundamentalist group of preachers emphasizes the “spirit of the law” while insisting that the letter is not binding. This allows for the specific seventh day to be set aside for Sunday. The other group of more liberal theologians contends that no special day of worship is necessary and the believer is entirely free from all claims of the law.

Since sin is defined in the Bible as “the transgression of the law,” and Paul affirms that “Where no law is, there is no transgression,” any attack on the law serves only to weaken man’s convictions about sin (1 John 3:4; Romans 4:15). James tells us that the breaking of even one commandment is a violation of all ten, and constitutes transgression or sin (James 2:10-12).

Is it a serious matter to tear down confidence in this great hand-written moral code of God? Do men take sin more lightly when they lose faith in the authority of the Ten Commandments? Without question they do. The strange circumstance of ministers teaching people to sin is not easy to comprehend. It is only when we study the great lines of prophecy concerning these last days that we can begin to understand the phenomenon.

Apparently, God had to deal with unfaithful pastors in both Old and New Testament times. Some strong judgments had to be pronounced against the shepherds who misled the flock. Watchmen who would not tell the truth about approaching dangers were held accountable for the deaths which resulted. Such preachers are actually turned into agents of the evil one. Paul wrote, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness” (2 Corinthians 11:14, 15).

Only the inspired Book would label these ministers in such a blunt manner. Apparently, God looks upon such men as actual ministers of Satan because they fear to tell the truth and, instead, give their own ideas. It is time to understand the great conspiracy of Satan to lead men of the cloth—high-placed religious leaders—to teach perverse doctrines in the name of Christ. Paul predicted that “the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine . . . And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Timothy 4:3, 4).

It is interesting to note that these last-day teachers are described as turning their ears away from the truth. This means that they saw it, understood it, but did not want to acknowledge it. God made exactly the same charge against His priests in the Old Testament. “Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they showed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them” (Ezekiel 22:26).

The priests of the Old Testament hid their eyes from the Sabbath and the ministers of the last days would turn their ears from the truth. How tragic! In other words, they would see it but would try to get away from it by refusing to keep looking. I have often talked to ministers of various persuasions on the subject of the Sabbath. Some have honestly admitted that Saturday is the true Lord’s day of the Bible. Others reject it for various reasons. A few just could not believe that God was so particular about which day to observe. They reasoned that God would be understanding with those who found it more convenient to keep a different day than the seventh day. Some ministers that I talked with do not really accept the Bible as the inspired Word of God.

Preachers in Doubt

It is shocking to realize how skepticism and higher criticism have robbed many pastors of their faith in the Bible. Even many of the old-line conservative evangelical denominations are becoming riddled with doubts about the inspiration of the Scriptures. Often that is used to justify their rejection of the Sabbath.

In one Amazing Facts crusade I spent an interesting afternoon with a Southern Baptist minister who had requested an interview on the Sabbath subject. Some of his members were attending the Amazing Facts crusade and had questioned him about what they had learned. For the first time in his life he delved into the subject in order to find answers for his people. Then he asked me to meet him in his church office. I listened in amazement as he explained why he could not accept the Sabbath. I was amazed because the Southern Baptists have had the historic reputation of being fundamental, Bible-believing Christians. But this young man, who graduated from the Louisville Southern Baptist Seminary in 1975, did not believe in the Genesis story of creation. He denied the flood story and affirmed his belief in evolution as the explanation of man’s existence. He explicitly rejected the story of Jonah and the whale. Finally, I asked him if he believed in the virgin birth of Jesus. His answer was, “I don’t believe it is necessary to believe in the virgin birth to be saved.”

I wish I could tell you that this attitude is exceptional among the Baptists, but it is not. This pastor assured me that over half of the Southern Baptist ministers believed just like he did. I certainly hope he is mistaken about that estimation, and I’m frankly of the opinion that he was exaggerating the numbers. Nevertheless, I’m convinced that the majority of this young preacher’s classmates had lost their faith in the inspired Word while studying at the seminary, just as he had.

Finally, under close questioning, he weakly affirmed some kind of personal faith in the virgin birth even though he didn’t think it was too important. I asked him if his congregation knew about his views on the Bible, and he assured me that they did not. He did not dare preach the things that he believed. I said, “Dave, if your church knew what you have expressed to us, they would fire you on the spot.” I could understand perfectly why he was afraid to preach his convictions.

It should not be too great a surprise to see this wave of skepticism growing. Basically, it is one of the signs of the end of time. We are watching prophecy being fulfilled before our eyes. What I have just told you is only one of the dramatic signs that Jesus is coming very soon.

Do you wonder how the seminaries and great denominations have drifted into this sort of open doubt of the Word of God? One reason is obvious. By denying the Sabbath they opened the door to doubts about the literal six-day creation. Another easy step led to the vast periods assigned to evolution. God gave the Sabbath as a divine reminder of His sovereign creative power. Representing His authority as the only true God, the Sabbath was to be a weekly reminder that the only God deserving of worship is the One who alone had the power to create and recreate. As a sign of both creation and redemption, observance of the Sabbath would be a perpetual protection against the evil of evolution as well as modernism. When the churches rejected the Sabbath, they also rejected the strongest bulwark which would
have protected them from the kind of deadly disbelief which the young minister expressed. No man can be an evolutionist or a modernist who truly believes and keeps the Sabbath.

If the Sabbath Can Be Changed Then the Bible Can Be Changed

This state of confusing doubt is also the fruit of antinomianism which has been so widely espoused. By trying to do away with the moral law of the Ten Commandments, the churches have compromised the doctrine of an infallible Bible. If the Sabbath can be explained away, if the great basic moral law can be nullified, then almost any other part of the Bible can be rationalized. And it has been, by millions who were taught to do so by the preacher behind the pulpit.

What does God think about those who have created this shameful breach in His law? Through the prophet Malachi God describes the failure of His ministers to uphold the law: “For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts. But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law . . . according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law” (Malachi 2:7-9).

God charges the preachers with being partial in the law. That means they preached part of it but not all of it. They caused people to stumble at the law, which indicates that they influenced people to break it. Throughout the Old Testament God outlined the development of a Satan-inspired program to set aside His law.

Closing this subject, I would like to trace one chain of such prophecies, all links of which are related by a common symbol. I want you to notice the connecting thread which is picked up by both major and minor prophets and woven through their writings.

God’s Law—A Protecting Wall

The chief symbol of God’s law seems to be that of a wall, and it is used extensively throughout the Old Testament. Isaiah dramatically represented disobedience to the law as a break in the wall. “This is a rebellious people . . . children that will not hear the law of the LORD . . . Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall” (Isaiah 30:9-13).

Follow closely now as we allow other inspired writers to enlarge upon this basic concept of the breached wall. Ezekiel indicated that some transgressors of the law would try to cover their act of sin by smoothing over the break in the wall. Unfortunately, they would substitute some weak, counterfeit material to make the wall look good but which would not prove to be acceptable at all. “Woe unto the foolish prophets . . .Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge . . . and one built up a wall, and lo, others daubed it with untempered mortar” (Ezekiel 13:3-10).

Here God rebukes the spiritual leaders for not making up the gaps and breaches in the wall. As the watchmen on the walls they were to be the very first ones to notice any weakness and to warn of the break immediately and make restoration of the defenses. In this case, not only were the priests not making proper repair of the breach but were condoning a dangerous substitute of weak materials which God could not approve. The untempered mortar represents an effort to gloss over the seriousness of the defect by false teaching instead of leading the people back to full obedience. Repeatedly God had to warn the priests against weakening the authority of His law. Malachi warned the priests: “Ye have caused many to stumble at the law . . . ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law” (Malachi 2:8-9). It was such an attitude that caused God to rebuke them for daubing the wall with untempered mortar.

The Wall Broken — The Sabbath Breach

Now we are ready to establish the interesting fact that the primary breach in the law had to do with the fourth commandment. The prophet picked up the theme of the wall again in Ezekiel 22:26-28. “Her priests have violated my law, and profaned mine holy things . . . and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths . . . And her prophets have daubed them with untempered mortar saying, Thus saith the LORD GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.”

Here we have a specific breach of the law (Sabbath breaking) connected with the untempered daubing. Again, it is the priests, or preachers, themselves who are responsible for the error. As we have already noted, they have broken the law by hiding their eyes from the Sabbath. This indicates that they clearly saw it but deliberately turned away and refused to recognize or obey it. But what does it mean that they daubed the wall with untempered mortar? It doesn’t take a lot of intelligence to see that they were trying to fill up the Sabbath breaking with counterfeit material that did not really restore the wall at all.

Furthermore, they would try to make it seem that God had approved what they had done, saying, “Thus saith the LORD GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.”

Question: Have religious leaders tried to put some false, un scriptural day in place of the true Sabbath and tried to make it appear that God condones it? Indeed they have! Instead of restoring the true seventh-day Sabbath, which had been breached by pagan infiltration of the early church, they brought in a day dedicated to ancient sun worship. Without a line of biblical authority they honored that day with the title “Lord’s Day” and continually say, “Thus saith the LORD, when the LORD hath not spoken.”

God Measures the Wall

Does the Lord indeed approve of this unholy tampering with His perfect law? Jesus said, “In vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:9). No amount of daubing with foreign, untempered material can make the wall whole again. Only the restoration of the original material, the seventh day of the week, can satisfy the great plumbline of God’s scrutiny. He is the Author of that law—the builder of the wall—and He will accept nothing less than the full original strength and proportion. “Thus he showed me: and, behold, the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in _his hand. . . . Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people” (Amos 7:7, 8). A plumbline is used to determine the exact straightness of a wall, and God will measure His people by His holy law. Jesus declared that even worship is vain and empty when the commandments of men are taught instead of His commandments. “Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition” (Matthew 15:6).

By these words Christ surely established that tradition will be used to nullify His law. Thus we can see how the untempered mortar represents the tradition of Sunday worship, which is applied to the breach in the law. The result is the institution of a section of wall which is alien to the original, perfect one.

Someone may object that we are taking verses out of context and that the wall symbol does not refer to God’s law in these modern days. The prophet Ezekiel indicated that the counterfeit wall would be daubed with untempered mortar in the last days, and that the seven last plagues would bring its total destruction. “Say unto them that daub it with untempered mortar, that it shall fall . . . and a stormy wind shall rend it” (Ezekiel 13:11).

Wall Daubers Destroyed by the Plagues

Does the Bible give us any information about the time of this great deluge of hail? John the revelator describes the event in these words: “And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven . . . and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great” (Revelation 16:21).

Here is evidence that the false wall of tradition will be dealt with at the time of the seven last plagues. God speaks of that judgment on the wall as “my wrath” in Ezekiel 13:14-15. “So will I break down the wall that ye have daubed with untempered mortar . . . and it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof. . . . Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall and upon them that have daubed it.” What is His wrath?

God refers to the seven last plagues as His wrath: “Seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God” (Revelation 15:1). Do you get the picture now? His wrath in the destruction of the counterfeit wall is accomplished by the overflowing hail, which is one of the last plagues, also designated as God’s wrath. This places the judgment on the wall-daubers at the end of time when the seven last plagues are poured out.

But how can we be sure that this untempered mortar is truly the tradition of Sunday worship? In case there is any doubt remaining on this point, please weigh this final proof. The wrath of God falls ONLY upon those who have the mark of the beast. “If any man worship the beast . . . and receive his mark . . . The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God” (Revelation 14:9, 10).

Now let’s do some reasoning together. The facts of God’s Word are before us. Since the seven last plagues fall only upon those who have the mark of the beast, and since the counterfeit wall-builders receive the plagues, we have to conclude that the wall-builders have the mark. We have already shown that the Sunday tradition was used in the daubing. Does this mean that Sunday-keeping is connected with the mark of the beast? Indeed it does. For a full explanation of this fascinating connection, write for the free booklet, The Beast, The Dragon, and The Woman. Even without looking into the subject any further we can see that those who daub the wall (change God’s law) are Sunday advocates and that they also receive the plagues which fall ONLY upon those who have the mark of the beast. One would have to be blind to miss the fact that the mark is tied closely to Sunday-keeping.

Let us now pursue the wall symbolism further in the writings of the Old Testament prophets. God was deeply concerned about the gap or breach that had been made in His law. He is quoted as saying, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me” (Ezekiel 22:30).

In view of the diversionary tactics of daubing tradition into the breach, creating a false wall, God is represented by the prophet as searching for someone who will “make up the hedge” and “stand in the gap.” What a picture is presented here! Did God find those who would have the courage to restore unpopular truth? Does the Bible finally describe the faithful rebuilding of the wall to meet the specifications of God’s plumbline?

Let Isaiah take up the thread now and paint the final picture. “And they that shall be of thee (of God) shall . . . be called, The repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in. If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honorable . . .” (Isaiah 58:12, 13).

Here, without any equivocation, we find a clear description of those who will repair the breach and restore the original wall. It is those who turn back to the true Sabbath, and who enter into the work of clearing the debris of tradition, so that the Sabbath may again glow as the delight of God’s people—a holy day and honorable. Freed from the false allusions cast by antinomians and libertines, the law of God will be recognized as the great moral standard of grace-saved Christians—evidence of a genuine love relationship with Jesus.

Gathering up these golden threads of Bible truth, we can summarize the prophetic story very easily and quickly. In the last days great thrusts will be made by false shepherds to weaken the authority of God’s law.

Influential religious groups will join forces to lead people to reject the true Sabbath. By setting aside the fourth commandment, a breach is made in the law which is represented as a protecting wall. While counterfeit material is used to restore the gap in the form of Sunday worship, God finds a people who will be called the repairers of the breach and who turn back to keeping the true Sabbath. Those who try to change His law by substituting the pagan day of the sun receive the mark of the beast and experience the punishment of the seven last plagues.

But let us close this discouraging prophetic picture on a note of hope and assurance. Not all will be found tearing down
or trying to change God’s law. In the book of Revelation God points out His saints and describes them in these words: “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12). A remnant will not go along with the traditions of men. They will not accept any substitute for the requirements of God. As the last end-piece of the apostolic church, they are characterized by loving Jesus supremely and keeping His commandments. Satan’s final desperate battle against God will take place over the loyalty of this little group. Here’s the way John viewed that clash: “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17).

May God grant you the courage to be a part of that remnant church which has the faith of Jesus, the testimony of Jesus, and keeps all of His commandments. These truly may be designated as the saints.

In summary, note how link upon link of related texts show the fortunes and misfortunes of the wall—God’s law.

1.The wall represents God’s law. A breach in the wall represents breaking the law [iniquity] (Isaiah 30:9-13), “This is a rebellious people . . . children that will not hear the law of the LORD . . . therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall.”

2.False ministers did not repair the break. But they did try to mend the gap with weak, untempered mortar, a counterfeit material (Ezekiel 13:3-14), “Woe unto the foolish prophets . . . ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge . . . and one built up a wall, and lo, others daubed it with untempered mortar.”

3.The breach in the wall was the Sabbath, which the preachers saw, but hid their eyes from it. Instead of restoring the true Sabbath, they used the pagan Sunday [untempered mortar] as a substitute, claiming that the Lord said it was all right, when “the LORD hath not spoken” (Ezekiel 22:26-28), “Her priests have violated my law, and profaned mine holy things . . . and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths . . . and her prophets have daubed them with untempered mortar . . . saying, Thus saith the LORD GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.”

4.The counterfeit wall [Sunday] will be revealed and destroyed when the plagues fall [hail] (Ezekiel 13:11), “Say unto them that daub it with untempered mortar that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall and a stormy wind shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it.”

5.Hail is one of the seven last plagues (Revelation 16:21), “And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven . . . and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.”

6.The plagues are called “the wrath of God” (Revelation 15:1), “Seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.”

7.The wrath of God [plagues] fall on those who have the mark of the beast (Revelation 14:9, 10), “If any man worship the beast . . . and receive his mark . . . The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God.”

8.God’s wrath [plagues] fall on those who used the untempered mortar [Sunday]. The plagues and destruction prove that these events take place at the end of the world and that these prophecies apply to our day (Ezekiel 13:13-15), “I will even rend it . . . and great hailstones in my fury to consume it. So will I break down the wall that ye have daubed with untempered mortar . . . Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall and upon them that have daubed it.”

9.God looked for those who would repair the gap or breach in His law correctly (Ezekiel 22:30), “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me.”

10.God finds those who will repair the breach. They will restore the true Sabbath to its right place (Isaiah 58:12, 13), “And they that shall be of thee . . . shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of the paths to dwell in. If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day.”

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In these morally challenged times – when billions are embezzled through corporate fraud when trusted, spiritual leaders prove false when lying in politics seems to be the norm when those you depend on the most often hurt you the deepest – is there anything left you can trust? Yes! You can fully trust the Bible! Why? Just take a look at the evidence…
The Bible is not a collection of men's ideas.  Its writers were guided by the Holy Ghost.

The Bible is not a collection of men’s ideas. Its writers were guided by the Holy Ghost.

 

 

1. What does the Bible claim about itself?

The Bible says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God.” 2 Timothy 3:16. “Prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” 2 Peter 1:21. “The scripture cannot be broken.” John 10:35.

Answer:   It claims to be inspired. It was written by men who were guided by the Holy Ghost. It cannot be broken or proved untrue.

 

Jesus quoted the Bible and stated that it was true.

Jesus quoted the Bible and stated that it was true.

 

 

2. How did Jesus demonstrate His confidence and belief in Scripture?

Jesus said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone.” “It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” “It is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” Matthew 4:4, 7, 10. “Thy word is truth.” John 17:17.

Answer:   Jesus quoted Scripture when meeting the temptations of Satan. He also stated that the Bible is truth John 17:17. Jesus often quoted Scripture as authority for the truth He was teaching.

 

Before Cyrus was born, God's Bible prophet named him as the general who would overthrow Babylon.

Before Cyrus was born, God’s Bible prophet named him as the general who would overthrow Babylon.

 

 

3. Do Bible prophecies confirm inspiration?

The Bible says, “I am the Lord . . . new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.” Isaiah 42:8, 9. “I am God . . . Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done.” Isaiah 46:9, 10.

Answer:   Bible predictions of things to happen in the future confirm the inspiration of Scripture as they come to pass. Notice the following examples of fulfilled Bible prophecies:

    1. Four world empires to arise: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome Daniel chapters 2, 7, 8.

 

    1. Cyrus to be the warrior to capture Babylon Isaiah 45:1-3.

 

    1. After Babylon’s destruction, it would never be inhabited again Isaiah 13:19, 20 Jeremiah 51:37.

 

    1. Egypt would never again have a commanding position among the nations Ezekiel 29:14, 15 30:12, 13.

 

    1. Earth-shaking calamities and fear toward the end of time Luke 21:25, 26.

 

  1. Moral degeneracy and decline of spirituality in the last days 2 Timothy 3:1-5.

 

 

4. Can we expect scientific statements made in the Bible to be accurate?

The Bible says, “Thy word is true from the beginning.” Psalms 119:160. “The Spirit . . . will guide you into all truth.” John 16:13.

Answer:   Yes, the Bible is true. The Holy Spirit, who guided the Bible writers, always speaks the truth. Here are a few Bible statements that have been confirmed by science:

    1. “He . . . hangeth the earth upon nothing.” Job 26:7. This scientific fact is from Job, the Bible’s oldest book.

 

    1. “He . . . sitteth upon the circle of the earth.” Isaiah 40:22. The Bible said the earth is round centuries before man found out.

 

    1. “To make the weight for the winds.” Job 28:25. Long before scientists knew, God said air has weight.

 

  1. “By Him [Jesus] all things consist.” Colossians 1:17. The word “consist” here literally means “hold together” or “cohere.” Many Bible translations put it “hold together.” This is the answer to the nuclear physicists’ worrisome question about the atom. The real mystery of the atom does not involve its benumbing mega-power, but rather, “Why doesn’t the atom fly apart?” Scientific knowledge says it should, but it doesn’t. Some scientists are wondering what puzzling power, completely unknown to them, is holding it together. The Bible says that mysterious power is the Creator, God Himself.

 

Many diseases would not exist if God's ancient laws regarding morality were obeyed.

Many diseases would not exist if God’s ancient laws regarding morality were obeyed.

 

 

5. Are biblical health principles tuned to the twenty-first century mind?

 

Answer:   

    1. Cover body waste with dirt Deuteronomy 23:12, 13.
      The Bible provision of Moses’ day that body waste should be buried was 3,500 years ahead of its time and saved countless thousands of Jewish lives. Major problems still arise when sanitation is not properly handled.

 

    1. “Neither let us commit fornication.” 1 Corinthians 10:8.
      The word “fornication” denotes all kinds of immoral sexual conduct. There would be no AIDS epidemic if this up-to-date Bible counsel were obeyed, nor would abortion be the international scandal that it now is.

 

  1. Leave alcoholic beverages alone Proverbs 23:29-32.
    If this extremely effective Bible solution were implemented, just think what it would mean:

      1. Millions of alcoholics becoming sober, respectable citizens.
      1. Millions of families reunited.
      1. Millions of broken homes mended.
      1. Multiplied thousands of lives saved by sober driving.
      1. Thousands of government, business, and professional leaders making clear-minded decisions.
    1. Billions of dollars available for humanitarian use.

 

The use of alcohol has brought untold woe to many people.

The use of alcohol has brought untold woe to many people.

Note:   God not only tells us how to succeed with joy amid today’s harrowing problems, but He also gives us the miraculous power to do it 1 Corinthians 15:57 Philippians 4:13 Romans 1:16. Bible health principles are relevant and desperately needed, but few are listening. For more on health, see Study Guide 13.

 

Ancient artifacts unearthed by archaeologists repeatedly confirm the accuracy and truth of the Bible.

Ancient artifacts unearthed by archaeologists repeatedly confirm the accuracy and truth of the Bible.

 

 

6. Are the historical statements of the Bible accurate?

The Bible says, “I the Lord speak the truth, I declare what is right.” Isaiah 45:19, RSV.*

Answer:   Yes, Bible historical statements are accurate. What God says in His book is true. Sometimes, temporarily, evidence may not be found to substantiate certain historical facts from the Bible, but in time the evidence surfaces. Note the following:

    1. For years skeptics said the Bible was unreliable because it mentions the Hittite nation Deuteronomy 7:1 and cities like Nineveh Jonah 1:1, 2 and Sodom Genesis 19:1, which they denied ever existed. But now modern archaeology has confirmed that all three did, indeed, exist.

 

    1. Critics also said that Bible-mentioned kings Belshazzar Daniel 5:1 and Sargon Isaiah 20:1 never existed. Once again, it has now been confirmed they did exist.

 

    1. Skeptics also said the Bible record of Moses was not reliable because it mentions writing Exodus 24:4 and wheeled vehicles Exodus 14:25, neither of which they said existed at the time. They, of course, know better today.

 

  1. At one time the 39 kings of ancient Israel and Judah who reigned during the divided kingdom were authenticated only from the Bible record, so critics charged fabrication. But then archaeologists found cuneiform records that mentioned many of these kings and, once again, the Bible record was proved accurate. Critics have repeatedly been proved wrong as new discoveries confirm biblical people, places, and events. It will always be so.

*The Revised Standard Version of the Bible C 1946, 1952, 1971 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Used by permission.

 

7. One of the greatest miracles of the Bible is its unity. Please ponder the following amazing facts:

 

 

 

7. One of the greatest miracles of the Bible is its unity. Please ponder the following amazing facts:

 

Answer:   
A. The 66 books of the Bible were written:

    1. On three continents.

 

    1. In three languages.

 

    1. By about 40 different people kings, shepherds, scientists, attorneys, an army general, fishermen, priests, and a physician.

 

    1. Over a period of about 1,500 years.

 

    1. On the most controversial subjects.

 

    1. By people who, in most cases, had never met.

 

  1. By authors whose education and background varied greatly.

B. Yet, though it seems totally inconceivable,

    1. The 66 books maintain harmony with each other.

 

  1. Often new concepts on a subject are expressed, but these concepts do not undermine what other Bible writers say on the same subject.

C. Talk about astounding!

Ask people who have viewed an identical event to each give a report of what happened. They will differ widely and will virtually always contradict each other in some way. Yet the Bible, penned by 40 writers over a 1,500-year period, reads as if written by one great mind. And, indeed, it was: “Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” 2 Peter 1:21. The Holy Ghost “moved” them all. He is the real Bible Author. The four Gospels do sometimes differ in the way they report the same event, but they complement each other.

 

Accepting Christ and obeying Scripture changes a drunken, immoral, profane, sinner into a loving, sober, pure Christian.  Skeptics cannot explain this fact.

Accepting Christ and obeying Scripture changes a drunken, immoral, profane, sinner into a loving, sober, pure Christian. Skeptics cannot explain this fact.

 

 

8. What evidence of Bible inspiration is found in the lives of people?

The Bible says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17.

 

Christians have an inner joy and peace that others do not possess.

Christians have an inner joy and peace that others do not possess.

Answer:   The changed lives of those who follow Jesus and obey Scripture constitute the most heartwarming proof of Bible inspiration. The drunkard becomes sober; the immoral, pure; the addicted, free; the profane, reverent; the fearful, courageous; and the rude, kind.

An American skeptic was visiting an island whose natives were originally cannibals. When he spotted an old man reading the Bible, he ridiculed him for reading a book “full of myths which had already been exposed.” The native smiled at him and said, “My friend, be grateful we do believe this book. Otherwise, we would be serving you for dinner.” The Bible really does change people, and this amazing fact confirms its inspiration.

 

 

9. What evidence for Bible inspiration emerges when we compare Old Testament prophecies of the coming Messiah with New Testament happenings in the life of Jesus?

The Bible says, “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He [Jesus] expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” Luke 24:27. “For he [Apollos] vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.” Acts 18:28, NKJV.*

 

Jesus fullfilled more than 125 Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah.

Jesus fullfilled more than 125 Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah.

Answer:   The Old Testament predictions of the Messiah to come were so specific and so clearly fulfilled by Jesus of Nazareth that both Jesus and Apollos used these prophecies to prove to the Jews that Jesus was, indeed, the Messiah. There are more than 125 of these prophecies. Let’s review just 12 of them:

Prophecy Old Testament Scripture New Testament Fulfillment
1. Born in Bethlehem Micah 5:2 Matthew 2:1
2. Born of a virgin Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:18-23
3. Of David’s lineage Jeremiah 23:5 Revelation 22:16
4. Attempted murder by Herod Jeremiah 31:15 Matthew 2:16-18
5. Betrayal by a friend Psalms 41:9 John 13:18, 19, 26
6. Sold for 30 silver coins Zechariah 11:12 Matthew 26:14-16
7. Crucified Zechariah 12:10 John 19:16-18, 37
8. Lots cast for His clothes Psalms 22:18 Matthew 27:35
9. No bones broken Psalms 34:20 Exodus 12:46 John 19:31-36
10. Buried in rich man’s tomb Isaiah 53:9 Matthew 27:57-60
11. Year, day, hour of His death Daniel 9:26, 27 Exodus 12:6 Matthew 27:45-50
12. Raised the third day Hosea 6:2 Acts 10:38-40

Dr. Peter Stoner, former chairman of the departments of mathematics, astronomy, and engineering at Pasadena College California, worked with 600 students for several years applying the “principle of probability” to the prophecies of the Messiah’s coming. They chose just eight from the many available and finally decided the chances of all eight being fulfilled in one man in a lifetime is one in 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. What would the odds be on the more than 125 prophecies of the Messiah? It couldn’t just happen!

*The Holy Bible, New King James Version, C 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission.

 

The Bible teaches that the earth was created in six literal days.

The Bible teaches that the earth was created in six literal days.

 

 

10. What great advantage does a person have who accepts the Bible as God’s inspired word?

The Bible says, “I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.” Psalms 119:100. “Thou . . . hast made me wiser than mine enemies.” Psalms 119:98. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are . . . my thoughts [higher] than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9.

 

The Bible account of the Flood provides the answers secular scholars are searching for.

The Bible account of the Flood provides the answers secular scholars are searching for.

Answer:   A person who accepts the Word of God will soon know the answers to many complex challenges that secular scholars will never figure out. For example, the Bible teaches:

    1. God created the earth and all living organisms in six literal, 24-hour days Exodus 20:11 Psalms 33:6, 9.

 

    1. A worldwide flood destroyed every living thing except the sea life and what was inside Noah’s ark Genesis chapters 6, 7, 8.

 

  1. The different languages of the world began at the Tower of Babel Genesis 11:1-9.

God, who has always existed and knows everything, shares the above three truths with us, recognizing that we could never figure them out on our own. We know only “in part” now 1 Corinthians 13:9. And God’s knowledge is “past finding out.” Romans 11:33. Evolutionists will never know the age of the earth because it was created with apparent age, as were Adam and Eve. The couple were only one day old on their second day of life, but they appeared to be mature. Man’s measuring instruments cannot allow for apparent age. In such cases, they are not trustworthy. Believe the Bible, and you will always be ahead of the speculation of secular scholars and the worldly-wise.

 

 

11. What crucial world happenings have brought the power and appeal of the Bible into sharp focus?

 

Answer:   The failure and collapse of communism and the weakening and inconsistency of the theory of evolution have spotlighted the Bible.

 

True science is always in harmony with the Bible because God is the author of both.

True science is always in harmony with the Bible because God is the author of both.

Note:   The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics tried communism, atheism, and also evolution, which is Marxism’s number one tenet. They all failed. The resultant new democracies realize that only one thing will work, and they are almost with one voice crying out to Christendom: “Bring us the Bible and Christian preaching and teaching. We must now build on the unshakable foundation of prayer and the Christian faith. Nothing else compares. Nor will anything else answer life’s great questions and bring peace to the hearts of our people. Please don’t keep us waiting! We desperately want and need the Bible, God, and Christianity now.” Once again, God’s Word triumphs.

Evolution, like communism, is losing its grip and credibility. We must remember that it is nothing more than an unproved, shaky theory. We will mention three items only:

    1. Robert Gentry’s book Creation’s Tiny Mystery has unsettled many evolutionists with its apparent, clear evidence of instant creation. Mystery in the Rocks, an easy-to-understand book based on his research, may be purchased from Amazing Facts.

 

    1. Molecular biology’s recent demonstration that the single cell is vastly complex makes the accidental origin of life in a single cell a mathematical absurdity.

 

  1. The widely different ages now being assigned to the Grand Canyon layers by current scientific measurements, as opposed to those assigned previously, make evolutionists and their prior measurements seem reckless and irresponsible. The atheistic theory of evolution that humans and apes came from common ancestors scorns the concept that people were created in the image of God. It denies the existence of God, totally disavows Jesus as Saviour, negates the Bible, and ridicules the truth of an eternal home in heaven. Satan loves the evolution theory because it destroys the credibility of salvation. Communists are learning. Will we?

 

The Bible has universal appeal because it provides clear answers to life's most perplexing questions.

The Bible has universal appeal because it provides clear answers to life’s most perplexing questions.

 

 

12. Why does the Bible have such universal appeal?

The Bible says, “Thy word is a . . . light unto my path.” Psalms 119:105. “These things have I spoken unto you . . . that your joy might be full.” John 15:11. “In the image of God . . . created he them.” Genesis 1:27. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16. “I will come again, and receive you unto myself that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:3.

Answer:   Because it answers life’s most puzzling questions:

    1. Where did I come from? God created us in His image. We did not accidentally emerge as nondescript globs from some primeval slime. We are sons and daughters of God, the Mighty King Galatians 3:26. We are so precious to God that when Adam and Eve sinned, He gave His Son to die and pay the penalty for our sins so we could be free. He wants to restore us to His image and then, shortly, take us back to Eden, the home Adam and Eve lost.

 

    1. Why am I here? Our aims for life today should be to discover the Bible’s wonderful answers to life’s puzzling problems and to accept Jesus’ offer to restore us to His image Romans 8:29.

 

  1. What does the future hold for me? There is no guesswork about the future. Jesus will come very soon to take His people to the fabulous home He has prepared for them in heaven. There, with supreme joy and happiness, people will live forever John 14:1-3 Revelation 21:3, 4.

 

 

The Rider on the white horse

18 Oct

Revelation 19 KJV

19:1-5 Triumphant Praises to God: Revelation 19 begins with a picture of the redeemed saints in heaven singing triumphant praises to God with all their hearts. They are praising God for the justice and righteousness of His judgments on Babylon and for salvation from sin and from the power of Satan. All the heavenly beings join their voices proclaiming “Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” All heaven is filled with unutterable joy in the love of God and with rejoicing at the eradication of evil from the universe.

 

19:6-9 The Marriage Supper of the Lamb: The announcement is made, “The marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready.” Here Christ receives His kingdom, which is called “His Bride” (Revelation 21:9), and is symbolized by the New Jerusalem. Revelation 21:9-10.

She is clothed in “fine linen, clean and white.” The “fine linen” is the righteousness of Jesus which He gives to all who receive Him as Lord. The hosts of the redeemed are the citizens of His glorious kingdom. Thus “His Bride,” Christ’s Church and Kingdom is symbolically clothed in “the righteousness of the saints.”

The saints take part in “the marriage supper of the Lamb,” vs. 9. All heaven rejoices in a glorious celebration as Christ receives His kingdom.

19:10 The angel tells John to “worship God” only. Angels and prophets are both created beings, servants of God trusted with a common task, to bring prophecy, called here “the testimony of Jesus,” to mankind

19:11-16 The Feast of the Birds, Armageddon: Next, John sees a vision of Christ’s Second Coming that deals with the wicked. Christ appears on “a white horse” as the Conquering King. He comes with the “armies” of “Heaven” to “judge and make war.” His eyes seem to pierce to the heart of each person, for He knows every thought and word and action of their lives. His vesture has on it the “blood” of the victory He won at Calvary; that accomplishment ensured His triumph now in the battle of Armageddon.

The “sharp sword” and “rod of iron” signify victory over His enemies. Jesus comes to smite the wicked nations, who have waged war against Him, His saints and His church. He has laid aside his priestly garments and put on “crowns” and kingly attire; He is coming as “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS

19:17-18 When the battle of Armageddon is over and the wicked are all dead, an angel invites “all the fowls” to “the supper of the great God” that they “may eat the flesh” of the wicked. While the saints partake of the “marriage supper of the Lamb,” the wicked become a feast for the birds at “the supper of the great God.” May we all accept Christ’s gracious invitation to live and dine with Him in Heaven.

19:19-21 “The beast,” the Papal Roman Church system, along with “the false prophet,” apostate Protestantism, are “cast alive into a lake of fire.” The rest of the wicked are slain and left to be eaten by the birds; no one is left alive.

 

 

Babylon Falls

18 Oct

Revelation 18

18:1-3 God Calls His People out of Babylon: Just before probation closes and the seven last plagues are poured out, “another angel” cries “mightily” and “the earth” is “lightened with his glory.” This angel represents a gracious message of salvation. It is the final and most powerful warning given to the world. It is so strong that every person on earth is forced to choose sides in the conflict between Christ and Satan. God’s people, energized by the Holy Spirit, take this message to the world with “great power.”

They provide a marvelous demonstration of God’s character of self-sacrificing love as they plead with the people to choose God and “worship Him,” reinforcing the first angel’s message of Revelation 14:6-7. They give the warning that “Babylon the great is fallen” repeating the second angel’s message of Revelation 14:8. They fervently implore God’s people who are still in Babylon to “come out of her” (vs. 4) and “be not partakers of her sins.” She has chosen to reject God, and her time of punishment is at hand when she will “drink of the wine of the wrath of God,” which is the third angel’s message of Revelation 14:9-11.

When this angel gives his loud cry, the “Christian” churches of the world have joined themselves to Babylon. The angel declares that they have “fallen,” and describes them as “the habitation of devils,” “the hold of every foul spirit” and as “a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” They have become spiritually, morally and doctrinally corrupt. They have rejected the Holy Spirit and embraced the most vile sins, chosen false doctrines over pure Biblical truth and have turned to spiritualism for wisdom and advice. Evil angels, posing as the spirits of dead loved ones, lead them astray; Satan himself appears as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14), even going so far as to impersonate Christ. Thus, the churches will have cast aside their Biblical foundations are deceived

18:4-8 The mighty call, “Come out of her my people,” strengthens as Babylon is reaching the height of her power, the time when she has the universal support of the kings of the earth. In contrast of God’s people who are showing His character of love to the world, the churches of Babylon have begun to persecute God’s commandment-keeping people. They demand the strict enforcement of the Sunday law and call for a death decree upon those who will not obey this man-made edict rather than God’s commandment. God’s people, who are still scattered among many denominations, see the contrast between those who give this message and those who persecute them. They recognize the voice of their Saviour as He calls them out of Babylon.

In Daniel’s time, after seventy years of captivity, God’s people were called to leave their comfortable homes, come out of Babylon and return to Israel. Jeremiah 51:6. When the call is given to come out of spiritual Babylon, God’s people who are in churches will reject Bible truth and approve of sin must give up their comfortable traditions and unBiblical doctrines and come out. Christ says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27.

Babylon views herself as a “queen” ruling over the kings of the earth and no longer powerless. She says I “am no widow;” she sees her rise to power and deems herself secure in heaven’s favor, but her “sins have reached unto heaven.” It is time for God’s judgments to fall.

The seven last plagues now fall on Babylon, the great city, and on all its inhabitants, those who have received the mark of the beast. See Revelation 16. The terms “one hour” (vss. 10, 17, 19) and “one day” (vs. 8) indicate that the plagues are sudden and only last a relatively short time before Babylon is completely destroyed.

18:9-24 In the rest of the chapter the angel depicts the destruction of Babylon in an allegorical manner, borrowing most of his imagery from portions of Isaiah 47, Jeremiah 50-51, and Ezekiel 26, 27.

The “Kings” and governments of the earth thought Babylon would establish God’s kingdom on this earth and solve the problems facing the world. Now they see all that they have worked for destroyed. They “lament” that his dream of an earthly utopia, which would not require dependence on God but only on an external display of surface piety, will never become reality.

The merchants watch the world crash down around them and their riches go up in smoke. They “weep and mourn” and destruction of the financial system which has provided them with riches and luxury at the expense of the less fortunate. The silver and gold, the grand houses and treasure—the gain of a lifetime has all become worthless. A righteous and upright character is the true treasure obtained in this life. The merchants have scorned as worthless the gold of a righteous character, and they have esteemed as priceless the material treasures of this world. Now they are left with nothing.

The multitudes see that they have been deluded by the religious leaders and rulers and taken advantage of by those in control of business. The glory, the glitter, and the promise of ease and luxury have faded to bitter disappointment. The splendor of this glorious new world under the combined power of church and state is seen to mask an inner evil and decay. When the people realize that the leaders they trusted have deceived them, and that they are now eternally lost, they “shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate…and burn her with fire.” Revelation 17:16.

“With violence” Babylon is “thrown down;” its destruction is complete. The sights and sounds of life are gone. She has been punished for her deceptions, for the souls she has lured to destruction, and for all the pain, misery, and suffering she has inflicted on the “prophets” and the “saints.”

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