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Is The Devil In Charge Of Hell?

11 Nov
Well? Does God really keep the devil on His payroll – is he the chief superintendent of hell measuring out the punishment of the lost?  Nearly the entire world holds a very unbiblical view about hell, and you owe it to yourself to know what the Bible really says about it.  Don’t be fooled, because what you think about hell certainly affects what you think about God’s character! Take a few moments to get the amazing facts you need to know today!
The wicked will not be punished until after the judgment.

The wicked will not be punished until after the judgment.

1. How many lost souls are being punished in hell today?

“The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.” 2 Peter 2:9.

Answer:   There is not one single soul in hellfire today. The Bible says that God reserves, or holds back, the wicked until the day of judgment to be punished.

Sinners will be cast into hellfire at the end of the world -- not when they die.

Sinners will be cast into hellfire at the end of the world — not when they die.

2. When will sinners be cast into hellfire?

“So shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and  them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire.” Matthew 13:40-42. “The word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” John 12:48.

Answer:   Sinners will be cast into hellfire at the great judgment day at the end of the world–not when they die. God would not punish a person in fire until his case was tried and decided in court at the end of the world. Nor would God burn a murderer who died 5,000 years ago 5,000 years longer than one who dies and deserves punishment for the same sin today.

All who have died, both good and evil, are in their graves awaiting the resurrection.

All who have died, both good and evil, are in their graves awaiting the resurrection.

3. Where are sinners (who have died) now?

“The hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” John 5:28, 29. “The wicked is reserved to the day of destruction.” “Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb.” Job 21:30, 32.

Answer:   The Bible is specific. Both the wicked and the righteous who have died are in their graves “sleeping” until the resurrection day.

Jesus died to save us from our sins.  Those who do not accept His gift of salvation will receive death.

Jesus died to save us from our sins.  Those who do not accept His gift of salvation will receive death.

4. What is the end result of sin?

“The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23. “Sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” James 1:15. “God … gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.

Answer:   The wages (or punishment) for sin is death, not everlasting life in hellfire. The wicked “perish,” or receive “death.” The righteous receive “everlasting life.”

The wicked are not immortal.  The Bible says they will

The wicked are not immortal.  The Bible says they will “perish”, “burn up” and “be destroyed”.

5. What will happen to the wicked in hellfire?

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8.

Answer:   The wicked die the second death in hellfire. If the wicked lived forever being tortured in hell, they would be immortal. But this is impossible, because the Bible says God “only hath immortality.” 1 Timothy 6:16. When Adam and Eve were driven from the Garden of Eden, an angel was posted to guard the tree of life so that sinners would not eat of the tree and “live for ever.” Genesis 3:22-24. The teaching that sinners are immortal in hell originated with Satan and is completely untrue. God prevented this when sin entered this earth by guarding the tree of life.
Bible Clear – Wicked Obliterated The Bible says the wicked suffer “death” (Romans 6:23), will suffer “destruction” (Job 21:30), “shall perish” (Psalms 37:20), will “burn” up (Malachi 4:1), “shall be destroyed together” (Psalms 37:38), will “consume away” (Psalms 37:20), “shall be cut off” (Psalms 37:9), “shall be slain” (Psalms 62:3). God will “destroy” them (Psalms 145:20), and “fire shall devour them” (Psalms 21:9). Note that all of these references make it clear that the wicked die and are destroyed. They do not live forever in misery.

At the end of the world, fire will fall from heaven upon the wicked and devour them.

At the end of the world, fire will fall from heaven upon the wicked and devour them.

6. When and how will hellfire be kindled?

“So shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man … shall cast them into a furnace of fire.” Matthew 13:40-42. “They went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.” Revelation 20:9. “The righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.” Proverbs 11:31.

Answer:   At the end of the world, God Himself will kindle hellfire. As the holy city comes down from God out of heaven (Revelation 21:2), the wicked attempt to capture it. At that time, God will rain down fire from heaven upon the earth, and it will devour the wicked. This fire is Bible hellfire.

Hell will be the entire world on fire.  It will be 25,000 miles in circumference--its heat so great that everything on earth will be

Hell will be the entire world on fire.  It will be 25,000 miles in circumference–its heat so great that everything on earth will be “burned up”.

7. How big and how hot will hellfire be?

“The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” 2 Peter 3:10.

Answer:   Hellfire will be just as big as this earth because it will be the earth on fire. This fire will be so hot as to melt the earth and burn up all “the works that are therein.” The atmospheric heavens will explode and “pass away with a great noise.”

Jesus will insist upon just treatment for the wicked.  Their degree of punishment will be fair and according to their works, as He promised.

Jesus will insist upon just treatment for the wicked.  Their degree of punishment will be fair and according to their works, as He promised.

8. How long will the wicked suffer in the fire?

“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as  his work shall be.” Revelation 22:12. “And then he shall reward every man according to his works.” Matthew 16:27. “That servant, which knew his lord’s will, and … neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes.” Luke 12:47, 48.

Answer:   The Bible does not tell how long the wicked will be punished before receiving death in the fire. God does specifically state, however, that all will be punished according to their deeds. This means some will receive greater punishment than others, based upon their works.

God will recreate a new world where no trace of the former evils of this world will be seen.

God will recreate a new world where no trace of the former evils of this world will be seen.

9. Will the fire eventually go out?

“Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.” Isaiah 47:14. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth.” “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:1, 4.

Answer:   Yes, indeed, the Bible specifically teaches that hellfire will go out and that there will not be left “a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.” The Bible also teaches that in God’s new kingdom all “former things” will be passed away. Hell, being one of the former things, is included, so we have God’s promise that it will be abolished.
Is God a Torturer? If God tortured His enemies in a fiery horror chamber throughout eternity, He would be more vicious and heartless than men have ever been in the worst of war atrocities. An eternal hell of torment would be hell for God also, who loves even the vilest sinner.

The fires will burn until only ashes are left.  Even the bones will be completely gone.

The fires will burn until only ashes are left.  Even the bones will be completely gone.

10. What will be left when the fire goes out?

“For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.” “And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.” Malachi 4:1, 3.

Answer:   Notice the verse does not say the wicked will burn like asbestos, as many today believe, but rather like stubble, which will be burned up. The little word “up” denotes completion. Nothing but ashes will be left when the fire goes out. In Psalms 37:10, 20, the Bible says the wicked will go up in smoke and be completely destroyed.

The fire from heaven will fall upon the wicked and destroy them, both body and soul.

The fire from heaven will fall upon the wicked and destroy them, both body and soul.

11. Will the wicked enter hell in bodily form and be destroyed both soul and body?

“It is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.” Matthew 5:30. “Rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28. “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Ezekiel 18:20.

Answer:   Yes. Real, live people enter hell in bodily form and are destroyed both soul and body. The fire from God out of heaven will fall upon real people and blot them out of existence.

The devil will be completely destroyed by fire.

The devil will be completely destroyed by fire.

12. Will the devil be in charge of hellfire?

“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:10. “I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. … And never shall thou be any more.” Ezekiel 28:18, 19.

Answer:   Absolutely not! The devil will be cast into the fire, and it will turn him into ashes.

13. Does the word “hell” as used in the Bible always refer to a place of burning or punishment?

Answer:   No, the word “hell” is used 54 times in the Bible, and in only 12 cases does it refer to “a place of burning.”
The word “hell” is translated from several different words with various meanings, as indicated below:

IN THE OLD TESTAMENT 31 times from “Sheol,” which means the grave.”
IN THE NEW TESTAMENT 10 times from “Hades,” which means “the grave.” 12 times from “Gehenna,” which means “the place of burning.” 1 time from “Tartarus,” which means “a place of darkness.” 54 TIMES TOTAL

Note: The Greek word “Gehenna” (mentioned above) is a transliteration of the Hebrew “Ge-Hinnom,” which means the “Valley of Hinnom.” This valley, which lies immediately south and west of Jerusalem, was a place where dead animals, garbage, and other refuse were dumped. Fire burned constantly, as it does at modern sanitation dump sites. The Bible uses “Gehenna” or the “Valley of Hinnom” as a symbol of the fire that will destroy the lost at the end of time. The fire of Gehenna was not unending. Otherwise it would be still burning southwest of Jerusalem today.  Neither will the fire of hell be unending.

Destroying sin, sinners, and Satan is the only way to make the universe safe for eternity.

Destroying sin, sinners, and Satan is the only way to make the universe safe for eternity.

14. What is God’s real purpose in hellfire?

“Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” Matthew 25:41. “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:15. “For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be.” “The enemies of the Lord … shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.” Psalms 37:10, 20.

Answer:   God’s purpose is that hell will destroy the devil and all sin and sinners and make the world safe for eternity. One sinner, if left on this planet, would be a deadly virus forever threatening the universe. It is God’s plan to isolate sin and blot it out of existence for all time.
Eternal Hell Would Perpetuate Sin An eternal hell of torment would perpetuate sin and make its eradication impossible. An eternal hell of torment is not part of God’s great plan at all. Such a horrible theory is slander against the holy name of a loving God. The devil delights to see our loving Creator pictured as such a monstrous tyrant, and he alone can benefit from such teachings.
Eternal Hell a Man-made Theory The “eternal hell of torment” theory originated not from the Bible, but from misguided people who were (perhaps inadvertently) led of the devil. And, incidentally, no one will be in heaven because he feared hell. People are saved because they love and obey Christ.

Jesus will be deeply saddened when He must destroy those whom He died to save.

Jesus will be deeply saddened when He must destroy those whom He died to save.

15. Isn’t the work of destroying sinners foreign to God’s nature?

“As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die?” Ezekiel 33:11. “For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.” Luke 9:56. “For the Lord shall rise up … that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act.” Isaiah 28:21.

Answer:   Yes, the work of God has always been to save rather than destroy. The work of destroying the wicked in hellfire is so foreign to God’s nature that the Bible calls it His “strange act.” God’s great heart will ache at the destruction of the wicked. Oh, how diligently He works to save every soul! But if one spurns His love and clings to sin, God will have no choice but to destroy the sinner with his sin when He rids the universe of that horrible, malignant growth called “sin” in the fires of the last day.

After sinners are destroyed, God will create a fantastic new earth for His people, where they will live in peace, joy, and love forever.  Sin will never rise again.

After sinners are destroyed, God will create a fantastic new earth for His people, where they will live in peace, joy, and love forever.  Sin will never rise again.

16. What are God’s post-hell plans for the earth and His people?

“He will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.” Nahum 1:9. “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.” Isaiah 65:17. “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain.” Revelation 21:3, 4.

Answer:   After hellfire goes out, God will create a new earth and restore it to His people with all the beauties and glories of Eden before sin entered. The horrors of sin and the past will be forgotten. Pain, death, tragedy, woe, tears, sickness, disappointment, sorrow, and all sin will be banished forever.
Sin Will Not Rise Again God promises that sin will never rise again. His people will be filled with perfect peace, love, joy, and contentment. Their lives of complete happiness will be far more glorious and thrilling than mere words could ever describe. The real tragedy of hell is in missing heaven. A person who fails to enter this magnificent kingdom has made the saddest choice of a lifetime.

Rescue from Above

9 Nov
Picture the horror of being stranded in an ocean with hungry, deadly sharks closing in!  Then imagine how grateful and relieved you’d feel to be plucked to safety.  The truth is, every person on the planet is lost in an ocean fraught with danger. We urgently need rescue, not from a boat or helicopter, but from our Heavenly Father.  God loves you, so much that He sent His Son to save you.  You’ve undoubtedly heard all this before, but are you sure you really understand what it’s all about?  What does it really mean to you, and can it really change your life?  Read on and find out!
God cares about you personally. What a fantastic cause for rejoicing!

God cares about you personally. What a fantastic cause for rejoicing!

1. Does God really care about me?

This is what He says: “Thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee.” Isaiah 43:4. “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love.” Jeremiah 31:3.

Answer:   God’s never-ending love for you and me is far beyond our understanding. He loves you as though you were the only lost soul in the universe. He would have given His life for you or me even if there had been no other sinner to redeem. Try never to forget this fact. You are precious in His sight. He loves you.

Never has there been another demonstration of love so great as the cross.

Never has there been another demonstration of love so great as the cross.

2. How has God demonstrated His love for us?

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:9, 10.

Answer:   Because He loved us so deeply, He was willing to see His only Son suffer and die rather than be separated from you and me for eternity. We will not be able to understand it, but He did it–just for you, just for me!

No one has ever lived whom Jesus did not love.

No one has ever lived whom Jesus did not love.

3. How could He love someone like me?

“But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8.

Answer:   Certainly not because I earned it or deserved it. Not one of us has earned anything except the wages of sin, which is death (Romans 6:23). But God’s love is unconditional. He loves the thieves, adulterers, and murderers. He also loves the selfish, the hypocritical, and the profane blasphemer. But, greatest of all, He loves me! And because He knows that my sins can lead only to misery and death, He wants to save me from my sins. That’s why He died.

Jesus' death was payment in full for every sin you could ever commit. When you accept this fabulous gift, you become part of Jesus' personal family.

Jesus’ death was payment in full for every sin you could ever commit. When you accept this fabulous gift, you become part of Jesus’ personal family.

4. What does His death do for me?

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.” 1 John 3:1. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” John 1:12.

Answer:   Christ died to satisfy the death penalty against me. He was born as a man so He could suffer the kind of death I deserve. Then He offered to give me the credit for what He did. In other words, His sinless life is credited to my account so I can be counted as righteous. His death is accepted by God as full payment for all my past wrongs, and by accepting what He did, as a gift, I am taken into God’s own family as His child. It staggers the mind!
Ponder these simple facts for a moment:
– Because of my sins, I am sentenced to death.
– I cannot pay that penalty without losing eternal life, because if I died for my sins, I could not resurrect myself. I would be dead forever.
– I owe something I cannot pay! But a friend comes along, in the person of Jesus, and says, “I will pay. I will die in your place and give you credit for it. You will not have to die for your sins.”
– I must accept the offer! Simple, isn’t it? I openly acknowledge and accept His death for my sins. The moment I do this, I have become a son or daughter of God!

Jesus gave His life to settle the debt you cannot pay.

Jesus gave His life to settle the debt you cannot pay.

5. How do I receive Him and pass from death to life?

Just admit three things:
1. I am a sinner. “All have sinned.” Romans 3:23.
2. I am doomed to die. “The wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23.
3. I cannot save myself. “Without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5.
Then, believe three things:
1. He died for me. “That he … should taste death for every man.” Hebrews 2:9.
2. He forgives me. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.” 1 John 1:9.
3. He saves me. “He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.” John 6:47.

Answer:   By asking for, believing in, and accepting the great gift of God, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Are you drowning in sin? Jesus will rescue you at once if you will ask Him.

Are you drowning in sin? Jesus will rescue you at once if you will ask Him.

6. What must I do in order to obtain this gift of salvation?

“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:24. “A man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” Romans 3:28.

Answer:   The only thing I can do is to accept it as a pure gift. My works of obedience will not help me one bit in the justification experience. All who ask for salvation in faith will receive it. The worst reprobate sinner will be accepted on the same basis as the most moral do-gooder. The past does not count. Remember, God loves everyone alike, and forgiveness is for the asking. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8, 9.

Jesus' power changes a repulsive sinner into a loving saint.

Jesus’ power changes a repulsive sinner into a loving saint.

7. When I join His family through faith, what change does Jesus make in my life?

“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.

Answer:   As Christ is received into my heart, He destroys the old sinful self and actually changes me into a new spiritual creation. The old life of sin now becomes repulsive and undesirable. Joyfully I begin to experience, for the first time, glorious freedom from guilt and condemnation. I begin to see how empty my life has been without Christ. Rather than feeding on husks under the table, I now feast at the banquet of the King. One minute with God provides more happiness than does a lifetime of serving the devil. What an exchange! Why did I wait so long to accept it?

The most valuable gift parents can give their children is to become Christians.

The most valuable gift parents can give their children is to become Christians.

8. Will this changed life really be happier than the pleasures of the old life?

Jesus said: “These things have I spoken unto you … that your joy might be full.” John 15:11. “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:36. “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10.

Answer:   Many feel that the Christian life will not be a happy one because of restrictions and self-denial. The exact opposite is true. When you accept the love of Jesus, a fantastic exuberance springs up from within. Unbelievable peace and joy permeate your life. Talk about excitement! There is no comparison to the old life of selfishness and failure. Like a bad dream, the painful past fades away, and you experience life “more abundantly,” the way God intended it should be.

When Jesus enters your life, His miraculous power transforms obedience from a burden to a supreme joy.

When Jesus enters your life, His miraculous power transforms obedience from a burden to a supreme joy.

9. But can I make myself do all the things a Christian should do?

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.” Galatians 2:20. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13.

Answer:   Here is where the greatest miracle of the Christian life is revealed. There is no forcing yourself to be good! What you do as a Christian is the spontaneous outflowing of another Person’s life within you. Obedience is the natural response of love in your life. Being born of God, as a new creature, you want to obey Him because His life has become a part of your life. To please someone you love is not a burden, but a delight. “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.” Psalms 40:8.

It is not hard to please someone you truly love.

It is not hard to please someone you truly love.

10. Do you mean that even the Ten Commandments would not be hard to obey?

“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15. “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” 1 John 5:3. “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected.” 1 John 2:5.

Answer:   The Bible always ties obedience to a love relationship. Born-again Christians find it no wearying struggle to keep the Ten Commandments. With all past sins covered by His atoning death, my present and future obedience is rooted in His victorious life within me. In fact, because I love Him so deeply for changing my life, I go beyond the requirements of the Ten Commandments. Daily I search the Bible for indications of His will, trying to find more little ways of expressing my love to Him. “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.1 John 3:22, emphasis added.

Keeping the Ten Commandments in an attempt to earn salvation will result only in sorrow and despair. But the person who has experienced the gift of salvation delights in walking the path of obedience to God's laws.

Keeping the Ten Commandments in an attempt to earn salvation will result only in sorrow and despair. But the person who has experienced the gift of salvation delights in walking the path of obedience to God’s laws.

11. How can I be certain that the commandment-keeping mentioned of God’s people in the Bible is not legalism?

“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Revelation 14:12. “And they [the saints] overcame him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Revelation 12:11.

Answer:   Do not mistake obedience for legalism. Legalism is trying to earn salvation by good works. The saints are identified in the Bible as having four characteristics: (1) keeping the commandments, (2) trusting the blood of the Lamb, (3) sharing their faith with others, and (4) choosing to die rather than to sin. These are the true marks of the person who is in love with Christ and who has made a life commitment to follow Him.

Baptism is the marriage ceremony that weds me to Christ.

Baptism is the marriage ceremony that weds me to Christ.

12. What significant act seals the love relationship with Christ, and what does it symbolize?

“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” “That the body of sin might be destroyed.” Romans 6:4, 6. “I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:2.

Answer:   Baptism symbolizes three significant events in the life of the true believer: (1) death to sin, (2) birth to a new life in Christ, and (3) marriage to Christ for eternity. This spiritual union will grow stronger and sweeter with time, as long as love continues to grow. As in any marriage, the loss of love can turn a paradise into hell. When love disappears, the home is held together only by the mechanical, forced duty of the marriage law. Likewise, when the Christian ceases to love Christ supremely, his religion exists only as restrictive compliance to a set of rules.

My love for Jesus deepens as I share it with others.

My love for Jesus deepens as I share it with others.

13. How can I be certain that the faith and love of my marriage to Christ will continue to increase?

“Search the scriptures.” John 5:39. “Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17. “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.” Colossians 2:6. “I die daily.” 1 Corinthians 15:31.

Answer:   No love affair can prosper without communication. Prayer and Bible study are absolutely essential to keep this relationship growing. His Word constitutes a love letter that I must read daily to nourish the spiritual life. Conversing with Him in prayer deepens the devotion and opens my mind to a more thrilling and intimate knowledge of His concern for me. Daily I am amazed to discover details of His incredible provision for my happiness.
God Seals Our Spiritual Marriage To seal our spiritual marriage for eternity, He has promised never to forsake me (Psalms 55:22 Matthew 28:20 Hebrews 13:5), to take care of me in sickness or in health (Psalms 41:3 Isaiah 41:10), and to provide for every need that could possibly develop in my life (Matthew 6:25-34). Just as I received Him by faith and found His promises all-sufficient, I keep on trusting Him for every future need, and He never lets me down.

This was taken from www.amazingfacts.org

The Scarlet Woman

26 Oct
Introduction

 

Everywhere people are asking the same questions about the modern church. Why does it appear so weak and compromised? Where is the old-time fire and power that marked the church of a generation ago? These are questions which prey on the minds of many Christians as they witness the dwindling influence of religious institutions. Something seems to have gone wrong. Church members spend more time in places of entertainment and amusement than they do in the house of God. There is little firmness of faith, and almost no discipline for those who weakly bend to the indulgent lifestyle of the flesh and the world.

Where can we find courageous pastors who fear not to call sin by its right name? Paul urged the shepherds of his day to “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” Then, he made this astounding prediction: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:2-4.

These words are being fulfilled before our very eyes. Fables are being taught, doctrinal messages are drying up, and millions are turning from truth to pleasing platitudes. Any sermon that demands obedience or self-denial is rejected out of hand as legalistic and judgmental. The voice of rebuke is seldom heard, and pointed preaching which identifies the biblical antichrist is looked upon as harsh and unloving.

Have we overdrawn the picture? I don’t believe any careful observer of the religious scene would contend that we have. Surely Satan is working harder inside the church than he is on the outside, and his plan is to produce the most clever counterfeit of truth that has ever existed. By creating a diabolical parallel system of doctrinal error within the church itself, he has already led millions into a false worship. The nefarious plot was recognized and exposed by the Holy Spirit shortly before the great deceiver began to implement the major elements of his plan in the post-apostolic church.

But before we turn to John’s inspired account of the sordid story in the book of Revelation, let’s read another prophetic description of the spiritual state of that turbulent period. Paul warned: “For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.” Acts 20:29. Again, he wrote, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposethand exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4.

Paul’s words do not reveal the nature of the apostasy nor the identity of the “man of sin” who would assume the prerogatives of God, but the program would clearly begin to unfold in the early church. Shortly after Paul’s cryptic caution about an antichrist movement within the church, the beloved John began to record his mysterious apocalyptic visions on the isle of Patmos. As the symbols of those revelations have been more clearly explained through comparative study of the prophecies, it is easy to see that John was simply enlarging upon Paul’s earlier oblique references to a developing dichotomy of good and evil within the post-apostolic church.

Without understanding the historical significance of his own enigmatic language, John faithfully described the cosmic controversy between Christ and Satan from it’s very inception. The age-old conflict would finally focus upon the emergence of a counterfeit Christ manipulated by Satan himself, who would seek to destroy God’s law, His government, and His people. In a climactic clash called the battle of Armageddon, the great adversary would consolidate both secular and religious powers of earth against the minority group of faithful loyalists who would refuse to transgress the commandments of God. The antichrist system, under the control of Satan, would be the major force to suppress truth and to seek the death sentence against those who refused to cooperate with the evil confederation.

In his epistles the beloved John had declared, “And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” 1 John 4:3. Because he recognized that the “spirit” of that prophesied antichrist was operating in his own day, John cooperated fully with the Holy Spirit by clothing his exposé that power with symbolic lan- guage, unrecognizable to enemies who might have sought to exterminate the inspired record altogether.

 

The Two Sides in Conflict

 

John used a variety of colorful types and symbols to portray the elements involved in the final controversy between Christ and Satan: for example, a dragon, a lamb, and two fierce wild beasts. But the most prominent representation of the two sides centers in the two striking women described in chapters 12 and 17. No words could be found to identify more vividly the nature of the contending forces in this contest. On one side is the pure woman of Revelation 12, clothed in the glory of the sun, wearing a crown of stars, and standing on the moon. Here is represented the true church, the bride of Christ. The prophets had written, “I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate woman.” Jeremiah 6:2. “Say unto Zion, Thou art my people.” Isaiah 51:16.

Later, Paul used the same symbolism of the church when he wrote, “I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:2.

On the other side, John wrote in Revelation 17 of the activities of a drunken, scarlet-clothed harlot, sitting upon many waters and holding a golden cup of abominations in her hand. Here is the antithesis of the pure woman of chapter 12. The woman still symbolizes a church, but one which has committed spiritual adultery. Her cup is filled with fornications. According to the Bible, this represents a turning away from Christ and unfaithfulness to His Word. “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that friendship of the world is enmity with God?” James 4:4. Although married to Christ, this church has been disobedient to His Word, taken the teachings of the world, His enemy, and therefore become a spiritual harlot. The fornications in the cup would constitute false teachings and doctrines that would be contrary to Christ, the true husband.

Just as the book of Revelation classifies all the world’s inhabitants as ultimately following Christ or the dragon, obeying truth or error, receiving the mark of the beast or seal of God, so it pictures every individual at the end of time on the side of the symbolic harlot or the side of the pure virgin. What a solemn thought it is that everyone reading these words right now will belong to one category or the other. There will be no middle ground. It will be the camp of the saved or the camp of the lost. The prophet looked on one side and saw the wrath of God falling upon those with the mark of the beast (Revelation 14:10, 11). Then, he looked on the other side and declared, “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 faith experience – a Jesus experience – that produces obedience to His commandments, is the chief distinction between the followers of Christ and the followers of the beast.

 

The Harlot System

 

Since most of our study is to focus upon this false religious system which gradually evolved from an early church apostasy, we should read the full description of the “great whore” as given by John. “And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: 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. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.” Revelation 17:1-6.

It is no exaggeration to observe that our eternal salvation could well depend upon a proper identification of this corrupt church system. The Revelator declared that “all the world wondered after the beast.” Revelation 13:3. There is no time to assemble the persuasive list of Bible characteristics of the beast power in this study, but it has been dealt with fully in the Amazing Facts’ book entitled The Beast, the Dragon, and the Woman. Here we will consider the contextual evidence of Revelation 17 to identify the fallen woman and her daughters who are assigned the name of “Babylon.”

Let us keep the points in clear, logical perspective as we look at the revealed facts. First, the woman has been shown to represent a religious system, howbeit a false one. Secondly, she is being supported by a dragon-like beast with seven heads and ten horns. Who is this beast holding up the woman? Again, we cannot exhaust the evidence for lack of time, but verse 9 gives us a very strong clue. “The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.”

These words strike a very familiar chord. What city is built on seven hills? The old pagan Roman Empire had its center in the city of Rome, which was sprawled across seven hills by the river Tiber. Even though this mystery beast involves much more than pagan Rome, we have sufficient evidence that Rome was definitely a part of that which gave support to the harlot church system. This leads us to the question, what church received support from the pagan Roman Empire? Only one, of course, and that was the Catholic Church, whose papal head also assumed the title Pontifex Maximus, as the direct successor of the Roman caesars.

The second line of evidence which points to the papacy is found in verse 6. “And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.” History reveals only one church which waged such a frenzied warfare against faithful Christians. Over 50 million martyrs fell victim to the terrible inquisitions of the Church of Rome, according to the most conservative estimates. It was indeed a persecuting church. Multiple evidence, including admissions of the church itself, could be presented to support this particular mark of identification.

Another interesting clue is found in verse 4: “And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour.” Anyone who has visited the Vatican can confirm that these are the predominant colors which are in evidence around St. Peter’s Square. Scarlet-robed cardinals are among the most frequent visitors to the papal head of state and church.

John observes further that the woman was “decked with gold and precious stones and pearls.” What a contrast to the simplicity of the pure woman of Revelation 12 who has no artificial adornment at all – only the glory of her raiment of light. Throughout the Bible, jewelry and articles of adornment are used symbolically as indications of apostasy and unfaithfulness. (With such negative spiritual connotations, the true Christian should avoid the vanities of such fleshly display and pride.)

In passing, we should also note that the beast on which the harlot sits has ten horns. The angel explained them in these words: “The ten horns … are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: … these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.” Revelation 17:12-16.

This prophetic scenario is very interesting indeed. Since the number ten designates earthly completeness, just as seven indicates divine perfection, we can recognize in this prophecy a universal confederacy of earthly governments giving support to the beast for a certain period of time. Just as pagan Rome was one of the major political powers passing on its strength to the papal system we now see at the endtimes a joining together of all the kings of earth in support of Catholic aims. John declared that “all the world wondered after the beast.” Revelation 13:3.

But a change was to take place just before the judgment of the great whore. The earthly kingdoms, apparently, would recognize that they had been duped by the Babylon system and would withdraw their support. The prophetic language leads us to believe that at the very end they violently turn against the woman and “make her desolate … and burn her with fire.”

This helps us understand another symbolic account of the woman’s experience. Although she was seated on “many waters,” those waters were to be “dried up.” Revelation 16:12. The angel explained, “The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” Revelation 17:15.

When those waters, of people and nations, turn away from their support, there is truly a drying up of the waters which held the Woman in her position. The details of this future development is impossible to define in detail, but the broad picture stands clearly before us in the language of the prophet.

 

The Harlot’s Golden Cup

 

Now, we need to give closer attention to the contents of the golden cup in the harlot’s hand. We have already established the spiritual nature of those abominable fornications. A church can only commit such infidelities by turning away from the law of her husband, which is Christ. Without question, the cup overflows with unscriptural doctrines and practices. Many of them are easily identifiable because they have been absorbed by other subsequent religious bodies. Of these we will have more to say a bit later.

In the cup can be found sprinkling in place of baptism. Here is a custom never practiced or endorsed by our Lord. When Jesus spoke of baptism, He used a special word that has only one possible definition. It cannot connote sprinkling or a partial effusion of water. It literally means to dip under and totally immerse.

Also included in the cup would be the teaching of Sunday-keeping instead of Sabbath observance. Nowhere in the Bible has God’s great hand-written law of Ten Commandments been abrogated or changed. Jesus kept the seventh-day Sabbath, “as his custom was,” and knew absolutely nothing about the observance of the first day of the week. Luke 4:16. The pagan “day of the sun” was adopted long after the days of the apostles in order to placate the massive influx of Mithraic sun worshippers and their professedly “converted” pagan emperor Constantine.

A major element in the golden cup would undoubtedly be the Graeco-pagan concept that man’s naturally immortal soul flies away at death to either eternal punishment or reward. The truth is that the Bible nowhere speaks of undying souls. Jesus called death a sleep. According to His doctrine, there is an unconscious, dreamless sleep of death in the grave from which all will be awakened in the day of judgment to receive everlasting life or eternal death. “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” John 5:28, 29.

Jesus also contradicted another popular fallacy held in the golden cup of abominations. The doctrine of eternal torment in an endless fiery hell has been responsible for turning multitudes away from the gracious provisions of a loving Saviour. Again, the words of Jesus are clear and unambiguous: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28.

This text establishes beyond question and on the highest authority that the soul is subject to death. Only the righteous receive the gift of eternal life. “The wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23. “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Ezekiel 18:4. “All that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, … And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet.” Malachi 4:1, 3.

The consistent testimony of Scripture points to a final execution of judgment upon the wicked in the lake of fire. It will be an eternal death from which there can be no survival or resurrection. Since the soul is not immortal by nature, all the wicked will suffer the fate so vividly described by Jesus, “destroy both soul and body in hell.”

 
The Harlot’s Name
These and numerous other “isms” and perversions of true doctrine may be identified in the mystery cup of the harlot. Every one of them constitutes disloyalty and infidelity to the spiritual relationship which every true Christian should sustain with Christ. This is why the woman carries the name on her forehead “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the mother of Harlots and abominations of the earth.” What a title!

The word “Babylon” denotes confusion. It originated with the Tower of Babel where God confounded their language so that they could not understand each other. We speak of a babbling of voices. God calls this woman Babylon because of her unholy blend of truth and error which causes “the inhabitants of the earth” to be “made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” In other words, the whole world will be contaminated and confused by her teachings.

But now, let’s look at that emblazoned name more closely. Notice that it is obviously a family name, because she has daughters; and they are designated as harlots, just like their mother. Having established that women symbolize churches in these prophetic writings, we now inquire as to the identity of these daughters. Since they are guilty of infidelity also, we must conclude that they are churches which share some of the same false doctrines which constitute spiritual fornication. In other words, they would be drinking out of the same golden cup with its unscriptural potion of pseudo-Christian teachings. Whatchurches could be represented by these daughters? Since the mother has been identified as the Catholic Church, we must look for other religious bodies that came forth from the mother church of Rome and carried with them some of the same confused doctrines of that church.

None can escape the conclusion that those daughters are Protestant churches who have inherited many of the empty traditions of their Catholic forebears. Whether we like it or not, we must admit that many of the most popular doctrines of the established Protestant churches are rooted in that quasi-Christian twilight period when the post- apostolic church was being overwhelmed by pagan influences.

We need only look at one example of the moral law to see how seriously the infiltration affected the teachings of the church, both then and now. With the most explicit words of the Ten Commandments before them, “The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work,” those leaders of the early church yielded to the political clamor to take in millions of former sun worshippers who did not want to give up their custom of worshipping on the first day of the week- a day they named and observed in honor of their venerable sun-god.

The Catholic Church hierarchy simply changed the day of worship from the seventh to the first day, under the claim that God bestowed such power upon them. Millions of Protestants continue that altered practice, even though it rests solely upon the illegitimate actions of the apostate Catholic system. No human church leaders, whether bishops, priests, or pope, have been given any authority to change the great moral law of the universe, the Ten Commandments.

Isn’t it interesting that the daughters blindly followed the majority practice of the compromised Catholic Church even though they properly identified her as the antichrist power of prophecy? How could this be? Why was it so easy to accept something that was such a flagrant violation of a plain command of God? Perhaps the answer to that question will be more apparent as we ourselves are confronted with a command just as concise and specific. We turn now to the crux of this tremendous prophecy and ask the question: What does God think about this woman and her daughters?

The Call Out of Babylon
The answer is found in the first few verses of Revelation 18. Here also we find the command of God which few are willing to obey in our day. “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. 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.” Revelation 18:1-5.

A close examination of these verses reveal that a very special message is being proclaimed which will profoundly affect every corner of the planet. Under the symbol of a powerful fourth angel, a warning sounds forth against the counterfeit gospel being communicated through the woman and her daughters. Not only is she spiritually fallen from favor with God, but her wine of deceptive doctrines have placed her in unholy alliance with the kings of the earth. All nations are represented as committing fornication with her by giving support to her false teachings. They use the illicit relationship to their own political advantage, and “wax rich through the abundance of her delicacies.”

But then, suddenly, the call of the fourth angel is cut off by an even more urgent voice which sounds forth from heaven itself. This time there is no doubt about the one whose message rolls from one end of the heavens to the other. God is speaking! And He is speaking to an exclusive group. He addresses Himself to “my people.”

Here are the exact words, “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.” Revelation 18:4. Now the picture becomes more distinct. There are sincere people in all of those fallen churches represented by the harlot mother and her daughters. Because they have been faithful to all the light of truth which had been revealed to them, God extends a final invitation of mercy. But what a message! This is undoubtedly the most shocking and revolutionary call to ever fall on human ears.

What does it mean? There is only one answer. Those religious bodies represented by the fallen Babylon system have departed so far from the foundations of Bible truth that God can no longer acknowledge them as His. By choosing the traditions of men over the commandments of God they have disqualified themselves as reliable shepherds of the flock of God. In almost every crusade, members come to me from a variety of churches weeping and asking what they should do about their church or their pastor. Instead of receiving loving counsel and Bible answers, they are being taught to break God’s law. “The ten commandments were nailed to the cross. You don’t have to keep the Sabbath today. You can choose any other day of rest and worship,” they are told.

Apostasy and betrayal has reached its limits when leaders comfort people in their practice of sin. God says, “This is it, my people. You can no longer remain in fellowship with a church that is so spiritually fallen that it teaches you to break my law. Come out of that confusion.” What a fearful and emotional command that is to most people who hear it for the first time, and how easy it is to empathize with their mixed feelings. They love their church. Their fondest memories revolve around its ministry – baptism, marriage, and commitment. And even though they recognize the apostasy and the necessity to separate, it is one of the hardest commands to obey.

How strange it is that the strongest and most condemnatory language in the Bible is used against religious people. Jesus pronounced terrible judgment upon the Pharisees who pretended to be so righteous while violating every principle of truth. Similarly, God speaks again directly from heaven against those who profess His name while willfully transgressing His commandments. His extreme displeasure is revealed toward both religious groups – hypocrites, whited sepulchres, generation of vipers, hold of every foul spirit, habitation of devils, cage of every unclean and hateful bird – these are some of the charges He leveled against them. Are they justified? Why such a scathing reaction against those who were so very religious?

The answer to this question is important. These churches – every one of them – had allowed the popular traditions of
men to crowd out the self-denying truths of His Word and His law. Rejecting the Sabbath of the Lord in favor of a pagan substitute, they had been guilty of condoning sin instead of righteousness. Said Jesus, “In vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:9.

Who then is Babylon and her children? Any contemporary church who teaches contrary to Jesus. Errors and “isms” could be multiplied, but the height of abomination was reached by giving deliberate encouragement to the breaking of God’s great moral law. By teaching men to break the Sabbath, the sign and seal of our salvation-rest in Christ, the churches became the spoilers of God’s people. Very soon those same churches will be so bitter against the obedient ones that they will lend their influence to force compliance by religious legislation. To such organizations no true child of God can give support. It would be equivalent to subscribing to the erroneous beliefs and actions of those church groups.

No wonder then, that God sounds that radical call, “come out of her, my people. You must leave those churches which have rejected my law.” But where should they go when they come out of the fallen churches? Does God want them now to be rootless, with no church, no pastor, and no fellowship? Indeed not. Just as surely as there is a harlot woman of prophecy representing a counterfeit religion, there is also a pure woman who symbolizes the true church of Jesus Christ.

The Woman in White
We only have time for a brief look at Revelation 12 where the exciting history of the true church is recorded. A complete in-depth study is found in the Amazing Facts’ booklet entitled The Search For the True Church.

John begins his narrative of the woman in white with this description: “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.” Revelation 12:1, 2.

The remainder of the chapter follows the course of this beautiful pregnant woman and her offspring. Standing in the glorious light of the New Testament age, with the symbols of the 12 apostles on her head, she is about to give birth to a baby. A terrible red dragon stands before her to destroy the child as soon as it is born, but the baby boy eludes the dragon. Later, he is caught up to the throne of God. Who was the baby? John declares that he was to rule all the nations of earth; therefore, we must conclude that it was Jesus. He was also the only one caught up to the throne of God.

Afterward, the woman, the true church, fled into a wilderness hiding place for 1,260 days. Since a prophetic day equals a literal year, the woman had to be hidden away for exactly 1,260 years (Ezekiel 4:6). History confirms that the total period of papal civil rule, during which the true saints were persecuted, was from 538 A.D. until 1798 A.D. During those Dark Ages, the Bible was suppressed, and the true church was not to be seen before the world.

Nevertheless, at the end of the 1,260years, or sometime after 1798, the truth was to emerge from its hiding place. John provides a dramatic description of the woman as she would appear at the very end of time, and how Satan would still be trying to silence her witness of truth to the world. “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.

This verse contains one of the most exciting revelations in the Bible. It reveals that the remnant, or last part, of the true church will be characterized by obedience to the commandments of God. The scarlet woman of Revelation 17 had turned away from God’s law, rejected the Sabbath, and spiritually adulterated the doctrines with traditions of men. Now the breach is healed and the original truths are being restored by the last part of the pure woman’s seed, the remnant church.

At last, the prophecy of Isaiah will be fulfilled: “And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt 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, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth.” Isaiah 58:12-14.

So the whole circle of apostasy has been uncovered. From the seed of the woman in Genesis 3:15 to the seed of the woman of Revelation 12:17, the true church pressed its relentless warfare against confusion of doctrine. In the final contest, the scarlet woman seemed at times to prevail with a majority support, but the faithful little remnant of the woman in white which “keep the commandments of God” ultimately triumphs. And out of all the fierce beasts portrayed in the book of Revelation, it is the bleeding Lamb who prevails in the end. Through the blood of that Lamb may we all be gathered to Mount Zion, the place of rest and eternal security.

 
 

Is There Anything Left You Can Trust

20 Oct
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.

 

 

Get to Know Jesus

19 Oct

God Loves Me

The Bible tells us, “God is Love!” (1 John 4:8). The Lord is our Creator and cares a great deal about us. “See how much the Father has loved us? His love is so great that we are called God’s children” (1 John 3:1 TEV).
God wants you to have a happy life. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
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Perhaps you’ve had moments in your life when you wondered, “Is this all there is?” Maybe you’ve felt there was something missing and felt a longing to understand the purpose of life—your life! Some people feel emptiness in their heart that nothing seems to fill. Others wonder, “Where did I come from?” or “Why is there so much hatred and evil in the world?”
The Bible tells us there is a loving and compassionate God who created our world in order to have a meaningful and joyful relationship with us. Our planet was originally created perfectly. There was no death or pain; no tears were shed over broken relationships. Everything functioned harmoniously.

My Sin Separates Me from God

Sin has broken our connection with God. “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2). Everyone has broken God’s perfect law of love. “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Unless something happens, we are all doomed to die. “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23).

An enemy named Satan came to our world and tempted the first couple, Adam and Eve, to believe a lie. The enemy convinced them to think God was not kind. They chose to turn away from God and believe Satan. It was a serious mistake because they cut themselves off from the source of all light and life. Their choice destined our planet and all people to be under a new ruler, Satan, who would eventually destroy all people. Unless someone interceded.

Jesus Connects Me Back to God

Because of God’s great love for you, Jesus willingly took the wages of sin upon Himself. Christ died so people could live eternally and not have to die. Jesus’ life without sin covers my life of sin so that I can have eternal life—salvation.
Christ’s death was accepted by God as full payment for all my past sins. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Jesus Connects Me Back to GodSomeone did intercede for us. Even though our first parents turned away from God and believed a lie, the Lord provided a way out, a plan to save people from destruction and eternal death. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, chose to take the penalty of breaking away from God. Sin is turning from God’s law of love and life and the result of sin is death. Jesus, who was equal with God, willingly laid down His life, dying for the sins of the whole world. He provides His perfect life and sacrifice for our sinful and broken lives.
Jesus offers the gift of salvation freely. It is not something we can buy but only accept. We deserve death since all of us have sinned and turned from God. Jesus extends eternal life to us. People do not have to live meaningless lives that end in hopelessness and death. God desires to restore mankind into a life-giving relationship and give people new hearts that desire the Lord and turn toward the way of life.
This free gift of salvation can be ours if only we will accept it.
 How Do I Accept Jesus Into My Life?

How Do I Accept Jesus Into My Life?

When I accept Christ’s death, as a gift, I become a child of God. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
What does Jesus death on the cross mean in my life? “To all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God” (John 1: 12 RSV). If you would like to receive Christ into your life right now, follow these simple steps:

  1. Recognize you must die. “The wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23).
  2. Realize you cannot save yourself. “Without Me (God) you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
  3. Repent and confess to God that you are a sinner. “All have sinned…” (Romans 3:23).
  4. Believe Jesus died for your sins. “For God so loved the world that He gave…” (John 3:16).
  5. Believe that Jesus forgives you of sin. “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)
  6. Believe that you have eternal life. “He who believes in Me has everlasting life” (John 6:47).

Now live in faith everyday in your new way of life. “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him” (Colossians 2:6).

Gift of SalvationIf someone gives you a gift, it is not yours until you receive it. Jesus holds out before you the gift of salvation, but how do you take it? The Bible tells us that we must first sense our need of Christ. This comes as the Holy Spirit speaks to our conscience and we realize our sins have separated us from God. Then we are led to repent of our sins, which means we acknowledge in our hearts that our wrong choices have been put on Christ and destroyed His life on the cross.
Repenting means to be so disgusted with our old way of life that we turn away from it and seek a new way in Jesus. We confess our sinfulness to God in prayer and tell the Lord we are very sorry. When we come before God, broken in heart because of our sinful choices, and confess our sinfulness, we may claim the Lord’s promise to forgive us and make our hearts clean. We may be restored back into a right relationship with God, a friendship that brings us life and love and joy.
You can know you have received this gift of salvation when you accept it by faith.

New Life in Christ

New Life in Christ

When I join God’s family, how does God’s love change my life? “When anyone is joined to Christ, he is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17, TEV). When a person accepts Christ, the old sinful nature is destroyed.
Jesus gives the new Christian a new spiritual life. Then the Christian hates the old life of sin. The new Christian begins to experience freedom from guilt and realizes how empty his life was without Christ. In one minute God proves more happiness than a whole lifetime of serving the Devil. Why did I wait so long to accept God’s love?

After we genuinely confess our sins to God and ask the Lord to wash our hearts clean, we must choose to believe this truly has happened. We must have faith and say, “God promised to take away my sin. I believe that has taken place and I now thank Jesus for the work He is doing in my heart.” Even if our faith in God is weak or tiny, the Lord wants us to exercise our belief in the gift of salvation. As we walk in this new belief, it will grow stronger each day.
Like any earthly relationship that stays strong, we must maintain our connection to God. This happens by studying the Bible, the primary way the Lord has been revealed to us. We may also talk with God in prayer and reflect on the way Jesus leads in our life. Meeting with other Christians and sharing how God is working in our lives with other people also will keep our belief in the Lord strong.
So, if you have not yet given your heart to the Lord and feel ready to take that step, you may kneel down in front of your computer and pray this prayer from your heart:
“Dear Lord, I realize that you love me and want to have a relationship with me. But I have learned that I am a sinner and my evil choices and actions lead to death. I confess my sinfulness to You. Please come into my heart and remove all sin and fill me with Your love. Because Jesus Christ took my sins upon Himself and suffered for me, I freely accept His offer of eternal life. Thank you for what you have done and what you are doing in my life right now! I accept Your gift of salvation! I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!”
Now, go and tell someone what you have done!
Please accept Jesus in your heart today he will come in your heart if you open it to him

Bible Symbol Chart

14 Oct
SYMBOL MEANING REFERENCES
Angel Messenger Daniel 8:16;   9:21; Luke 1:19,26; Hebrews 1:14
Ark of   Testimony Ark of the   covenant/mercy seat where God dwells Exodus   25:10-22; Psalms 80:1
Babylon Religious   apostasy/confusion Genesis   10:8-10; 11:6-9; Revelation 18:2-3; 17:1-5
Balaam,   Doctrine of Advancing   our own interests, compromise, idolatry Numbers   22:5-25
Beast Kingdom,   government, political power Daniel   7:23
Bear Destructive   Power / Medo Persia Proverbs   28:15; 2 Kings 2:23-24; Daniel 7:5
Binding of   Satan A symbolic   chain of circumstances Isaiah   14:12-20
Black Moral   darkness, sin, apostasy Exodus   10:21-23; Jeremiah 4:20-28; 8:21; Acts 26:18; John 12:35; Joel 2:1-10
Blood Life Leviticus   17:11; Deuteronomy 12:23
Blue   (color) Law Numbers   15:38-39
Bottomless   pit Earth in   chaos, torn up, dark and empty Genesis   1:1,2; Jeremiah 4:23-28; Isaiah 24:1-4, 19; Revelation 20:1-3
Bow Success in   battle against evil Psalm   7:11,12; Psalms 45:4,5
Bread Word of   God John 6:35,   51, 52, 63
Brass,   Tin, Iron, Lead, Silver dross Impure   Character Ezekiel   22:20-21
Corrupt   Woman Corrupt,   apostate church Ezekiel   16:15-58; 23:2-21; Hosea 2:5; 3:1
Crowns Kingship,   victory 1   Chronicles 20:2; 2 Kings 11:12; Ezekiel 21:26,27; James 1:12; 2 Timothy   4:7,8;

1 Corinthians   9:25

Clothing Character Isaiah   64:6, Isaiah 59:6
Cup Meted out   suffering and judgments Psalm   11:6; Isaiah 51:12,22-23; Jeremiah 25:12-17; 49:12
Day Literal   year Ezekiel   4:6; Numbers 14:34
Door Opportunity/

Probation

2   Corinthians 2:12; Revelation 3:20

Luke   12:24, 25

Dove Holy   Spirit Mark 1:10
Dragon Satan or   his agency Isaiah   27:1; 30:6; Psalms 74:13,14; Revelation 12:7,9; Ezekiel 29:3; Jeremiah 51:34
Eagle Speed,   Power, vision, vengeance, protection Deut   28:49; Habakkuk 1:6-8; Revelation 12:1-4
Eating of   the book Assimilating   the message Ezekiel   3:1-3; Jeremiah 15:16
Egypt Symbol of   atheism Exodus 5:2
Eyes Spiritual   Discernment Matthew   13:10-17, 1 John 2:11
Eye salve Holy   Spirit to help us see truth, discernment to understand word, antidote for   spiritual blindness Ephesians   1:12-19; Psalms 119:18; I John 2: 20,27; John 16:7-13
Faithful   witness Christ John   18:37; John 3:11; Revelation 1:5; 3:14; 19:11
False   Prophet Apostate   Protestantism Revelation   16:13,14; 13:13,14; 19:20
Famine Dearth of   Truth Amos 8:11
Feet Your Walk   / Direction Genesis   19:2, Psalm 119:105
Forehead Mind Romans   7:25; Ezekiel 3:8,9
Fornication   Illicit   connection between church and world Ezekiel   16:15,26; Isaiah 23:17; James 4:4; Revelation 14:4
Four   Beasts of Living Creatures Heavenly   beings with special responsibilities Revelation   5:8-10; 4:6-9; 6:1-7; 14:3; 15:7; 19:4
Four   corners of Earth Four   directions of compass Jeremiah   49:36
Fire Holy   Spirit Luke 3:16
Fig Tree A Nation   that should bear fruit Luke   13:6-9
Field World Matthew   13:38, John 4:35
Fruit Works /   Actions Galatians   5:22
Garments Covering   of righteousness Genesis   35:2; Isaiah 61:10; 52:1; Zechariah 3:3-5; Romans 13:14
Gold True   riches of heaven, faith, scripture Psalms   19:7-10; Galatians 5:6; James 2:5; Job 23:10; Isaiah 13:12
Goat Greece Daniel   8:21
Hand Symbol of   Deeds / Works / Actions Ecclesiastes   9:10, Isaiah 59:6
Harvest End of   World Matthew   13:39
Harlot Apostate   church/religion Isaiah   1:21-27; Jeremiah 3:1-3; 6-9
Heads Major   powers/rulers/governments Revelation   17:3, 9, 10; Daniel 7:6; 8:8,22
Healing Salvation Luke 5:23-24
Hidden   Manna Christ John   6:49,50,53; mathew13:44
Honey happy life   Ezekiel   20:6, Deuteronomy 8:8-9
Horn King or   kingdom

Power and   Strength

Daniel   7:24; 8:5, 21, 22; Zechariah 1:18, 19; Revelation 17:12
Horse Strength   and Power in Battle

Special   representatives/angel

Job 39:19,   Psalms 147:10, Proverbs 21:31; Exodus 15:21; Isaiah 43:17; Jeremiah 8:6

Zechariah   1:8-10; 6:1-8

Image A likeness Exodus   20:4; Genesis 1:26; 5:3
Incense Prayers of   God’s people Psalms   141:2; Revelations 5:8
Israel True   Followers of Christ Romans   9:6-8; 2:28,29; Galatians 3:29
Jar /   Vessel Person Jeremiah   18:1-4, 2 Corinthians 4:7
Jezebel Immorality,   Idolatry, Apostasy 1 Kings   21:25; 2 Kings 9:22
Jordan death Romans   6:4, Deuteronomy 4:22
Key of   David Power to   open & close the sanctuary Revelations   3:7-9; Isaiah 22:22
Keys Control/jurisdiction Isaiah22:22;   Matthew 16:19
Lamb Jesus/sacrifice   John 1:29;   1 Corinthians 5:7; Genesis 22:7,8
Lamp Word of   God Psalm   119:105
Lamb’s   Wife New   Jerusalem Revelation   19:7-9; 21:2,9,10
Lion Jesus/Powerful   King i.e. Babylon Rev.   5:4-9, Jer. 50:43-44, Dan. 7:4,17,23
Locusts Destruction Joel 1:4;   Deuteronomy 28:38
Leopard Greece Daniel 7:6
Leprosy /   Sickness Sin Luke   5:23-24
Lords Day The   Sabbath Isaiah   58:13; Matthew 12:8; Exodus 20:10
Man Child Jesus Psalms   2:7-9; Revelation 12:5
Mark Sign/Seal/mark   of approval or disapproval Romans   4:11; Ezekiel 9:4; Revelation 13:17; 14:9-11; 7:2, 3
Measuring   Rod God’s Law

God’s Word

James   2:10-12; Ecclesiastes 12:13,14

Isaiah   8:19,20; 2 Timothy 3:16,17

Merchants Advocates   of Babylon’s teachings Isaiah   47:11-15;Nahum 3:16; Revelations 18:3,11,15,23
Moon Permanence

Moses’   system of types of sacrifices

Psalms   89:35-37

Hebrews   10:1,11

Morning   star Jesus Revelations   22:16
Mountains Political   or religion-political powers Isaiah   2:2, 3; Jeremiah 17:3; 31:23; 51:24, 25; Ezekiel 17:22, 23; Daniel 2:35, 44,   45
Mystery of   God The gospel Ephesians   1:9,10, 3:9, 6:19; Colossians 1:26,27
New   Jerusalem The Holy   city of Heaven Revelations   3:12, 21:2
Oil Holy   Spirit Zechariah   4:2-6; Revelation 4:5
Open Door Unlimited   Opportunity 1   Corinthians 16:9; Acts14:27; John 10:7-9

Hosea   2:15; Colossians 4:3

Purple Royalty Mark   15:17, Judges 8:26
Rainbow Token of   covenant keeping Genesis   9:11-17
Ram Medo   Persia Daniel   8:20
Red /   Scarlet (color) Sin/corruption   Isaiah   1:18; Nahum 2:3; Revelation 17:1-4
Reapers Angels Matthew   13:39
Reins Seat of   will, affections Psalms   7:9, 16:7, 26:2, 73:21; Proverbs 23:16; Jeremiah 17:10
Ring Authority Genesis   41:42-43, Esther 3:10-11
Rock Jesus/truth   1   Corinthians 10:4; Isaiah 8:13, 14; Romans 9:33; Matthew 7:24
Seal Sign or   mark of approval or disapproval Romans   4:11; Revelation 7:2, 3
Seed Descendents   / Jesus Romans   9:8, Galatians 3:16
Second   Death Lake of   fire Revelations   21:8; 20:2
Serpent Satan Revelation   12:9; 20:2
Seven   Candle sticks 7   candlesticks in Holy Place of Sanctuary

Seven   Churches

Exodus   25:31-40

Revelations1:20

Seven   Heads Seven Political   Powers Revelations   17:9,10; Isaiah 2:2-4
Seven   Lamps Jesus,   Word of God John 9:5,   1:9; Psalms 119:105; Revelations 4:5
Sickle Symbol of   Harvest-End of world Mathew   13:39; Revelations 14:14
Silver Pure Words   & Understanding Proverbs   2:4, 3:13-14, 10:20, 25:11, Psalms 12:6
Sodom Moral   degradations Ezekiel   16:46-55; Jeremiah 23:14; Genesis 19:4-14
Stars Angels/messengers   Revelation   1:16, 20; 12:4, 7-9; Job 38:7
Sun Jesus/the   gospel Psalm   84:11; Malachi 4:2; Matthew 17:2; John 8:12; 9:5
Skin Christ’s   righteousness Exodus   12:5, 1 Peter 1:19, Isaiah 1:4-6
Sword Word of   God

Bloodshed,   Destruction

Ephesians   6:17; Hebrews 4:12

Isaiah   3:25, 13:15; Acts 12:1,2; Jeremiah 48:2

Testimony   of Jesus Holy   Spirit/ gift of prophecy Revelations   19:10; 22:9; 1 Corinthians 13:2
Thief Suddenness   of Jesus’ coming 1   Thessalonians 5:2-4; 2 Peter 3:10
Thorns /   Thorny Ground Cares of   this life Mark   4:18-19
Tongue Language /   Speech Exodus   4:10
Time 360 Day   (Literal Years) Daniel   4:16, 23, 25, 32; 7:25; Daniel 11:13 margin
Times 720 Days   (Literal Years) Daniel   7:25, Revelation 12:6,14, 13:5; 11:1,2
Trumpet loud   warning of God’s approach Exodus   19:16-17, Joshua 6:4-5
Tree Cross;   People / Nation Deut.   21:22-23, Psalm 92:12, 37:35
Torment Test,   prove by trial 1   Corinthians 3:13; Hebrews 12:29; Isaiah 33:14
Twenty-four   elders A group   redeemed from earth Revelations   5:9-10, 4:4; 7:9-14
Two-edged   Sword God’s word Ephesians   6:17; Hebrews 4:12; Matthew 10:34
Two   witnesses Old and   New Testaments John 5:39,   Zechariah 4:1-14; psalms 119:130, 105; John 12:48
Vineyard Church   that should bear fruit Luke   20:9-16
Waters Inhabited   Area-People/ Nations Revelations   17:15
Water Holy   Spirit / Everlasting Life John 7:39,   4:14, Rev. 22:17, Eph. 5:26
White   (Color) Purity Revelation   12:9; 20:2
White   Robes Victory/righteousness   Revelation   19:8; 3:5; 7:14
Winds Strife,   Commotions, “winds of war” Jeremiah   25:31-33,49:36,37, 4:11-13; Zechariah 7:14
Wings Speed /   Protection / Deliverance Deuteronomy   28:49, Matthew 23:37
Wine blood/covenant/doctrines   Luke 5:37
Woman,   Pure True   Church Jeremiah   6:2; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:23-27
Woman,   Corrupt Apostate   church Ezk.   16:15-58; 23:2-21; Hos. 2:5; 3:1; Rev. 14:4
Wolf Disguised   Enemies that hunt in a time of darkness Matthew   7:15
Wormwood Sorrow/bitterness Jeremiah   9:15, 23:15; Lamentations 3:19
Wrath of   God Seven Last   Plagues Revelations   15:1
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