Zion Ministries - Bible prophecy
and what it means for you!
THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE, THE 2300 DAYS AND THE GREAT TRIBULATION By Neville V. Stevens CHAPTER 3 12. The widespread slaughter of God's faithful and true people begins. All prophecy centers on the final, endtime events. This is the period when God will fulfill His pledge to utterly destroy the works of the devil (1John 3:8). What is more, God will complete this task with perfect justice. God has called you as His faithful foot soldiers to be in the frontline of the final battle. And where appropriate you will go as LAMBS to the SLAUGHTER. God has further honoured you with the title of 'LAMB' the title of His Son. But you must go like a LAMB to the slaughter just as Christ did! If you seek to save your life, then you will be killed anyway! You must obey as Christ did! You must fulfill the contract that you entered into with God. He fulfilled His part in promising you His Holy Spirit. When you stepped into the water of baptism, you knew that this act symbolized death. You symbolically gave your life to God. The strange obsession of the Churches of God with the 'place of safety' is tantamount to a negation of the contract.
God has provided an alternative to death in martyrdom. This is what He says:Rev 13:10 "If anyone is to go into CAPTIVITY, into CAPTIVITY he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for PATIENT ENDURANCE and FAITHFULNESS on the PART OF THE SAINTS." Which 'SAINTS' is this? Is it those other guys in the 'Laodicean' church - as you fraudulent leaders of God's flock ALWAYS CLAIM? This scripture says 'on the part of THE saints' - NOT 'on the part of some of the saints'! And THESE saints will possess the kingdom (Dan 7:18, 21, 27). 13. An alliance is formed between the King of Greece and the eleventh horn. Both Daniel and John speak of this alliance. This is what John records: Rev 13:11 "Then I saw another beast coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. He exercised ALL the AUTHORITY of the FIRST BEAST on HIS BEHALF, and made the earth and its inhabitants WORSHIP the FIRST BEAST, whose fatal wound had been healed." So this beast, although he has all the authority of the first beast, uses his power and influence to secure the worship of him by the inhabitants of the earth. This is no ordinary man! Like the first beast, who receives his power from Satan (Rev 13:4), this second beast has the same power and authority. This power and authority is given by Satan the dragon. He is the one who rides this beast. He is the 'other' woman described in Gen 3:16. He is the one who was in the Garden of Eden. He is the one who ruled ancient Babylon; and he is the harlot! The human beings whom he empowers to rule on his behalf are puppet rulers. The real rulers are Satan's lieutenants; some of whom have spent long periods of time imprisoned in the ABYSS. Just as Christ lives within true Christians, so these spirit beings live in their human hosts.
It's not in the nature of these evil spirit beings to cede power to anyone. They have no qualms even about killing their own people(Isa 14:20). But on this occasion, God is in control. This is what He says: Rev 17:17 "For God has put it into THEIR hearts to accomplish His PURPOSE by agreeing to give the beast THEIR power to rule, UNTIL GOD'S WORDS ARE FULFILLED." So God intends for this beast to rule until His words are fulfilled. This is His PURPOSE. There is no such thing as 'policy on the run' with God. He has planned everything in infinite detail - according to His PURPOSE. Long ago, through the Prophet Daniel, God let it be known that the SAINTS in the 'time of the end' would be handed over to this beast. Aferwards, they would be rewarded with sovereign rule over the territories and the kingdoms of the beast. Satan and his lieutenants are walking straight into a trap - and they don't know it - yet! 14. The abomination is set up. The setting up of this abomination sets the stage for the most outrageous desecration imaginable. This event occurs 1290 days after the daily sacrifice is taken away (Dan 12:11). And it will be done after a rebellion by the armies of Jerusalem. They will rebel in favour of the beast. In a parable described by Ezekiel, it speaks of when a mighty angel appears in Jerusalem: Eze 8:3 "...The spirit [being] lifted me up between earth and heaven and in visions of God he took me to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the north gate of the inner court, where the IDOL THAT PROVOKES JEALOUSY STOOD." Eze 9:1 ""Then I heard him (the spirit-being) call out in a loud voice, "Bring the guards of the city here, each with a deadly weapon in his hand." And I saw six men coming from the direction of the upper gate, which faces north, each with a deadly weapon in his hand. With them was a man CLOTHED IN LINEN, who had a writing kit at his side. They came in and stood beside the BRONZE (not stone) altar. Now the GLORY OF THE GOD OF ISRAEL went up from above the CHERUBIM, WHERE IT HAD BEEN, and moved to the THRESHOLD of the TEMPLE. Then the LORD called to the man CLOTHED IN LINEN who had the writing kit at his side and said to him, "Go throughout the CITY of JERUSALEM and put a mark on the foreheads of those who GRIEVE AND LAMENT over all the DETESTABLE THINGS that are DONE IN IT." As I listened, he said to the others, "Follow him through the city and kill, without showing pity or compassion. Slaughter old men, young men and maidens, women and children, but DO NOT TOUCH ANYONE WHO HAS THE MARK [OF GOD]. BEGIN at My SANCTUARY." So they began with the elders who were in front of the TEMPLE." V11 "Then the man in LINEN with the writing kit at his side brought back word, saying, "I have done as you commanded." So everyone is slaughtered except those who have the MARK OF GOD. Just like in Egypt when the death angel passed over and slaughtered the FIRSTBORN throughout the land - except where the Mark of God had been struck on the door-frames of their houses.
And who are these people that poke their noses into the affairs of God and who allow the sanctuary to be defiled with an idol, and which causes the glory of God to remove from the place directly ABOVE THE CHERUBIMS (the most Holy Place)? The Bible tells us:V9 "He answered me, "The sin of the HOUSE OF ISRAEL and JUDAH is exceedingly great; the land is full of bloodshed and the city is full of injustice. They say, 'The LORD has forsaken the land; the LORD does not see.' So I will not look on them with pity or spare them, but I will bring down on their heads WHAT THEY HAVE DONE." Yes, once again, silly Ephraim will again take on the role of the 'dove of peace' (Hos 7:11) and side with the bloodthirsty scum-of-the-earth that is presently filling ALL OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL and JUDAH. This is the start of the 'fulness of the Gentiles' prophecy. (The article dealing with this will be posted shortly.) Always interfering in matters that they know nothing about, and in which they have no right to intervene, EPHRAIM is again going to side with the seed of Satan against Judah. This is what God says: Hos 5:5 "Israel's arrogance testifies against them; the Israelites, even EPHRAIM, stumble in their sin..." V9 "EPHRAIM will be laid waste on the day of reckoning. AMONG THE TRIBES (plural) of ISRAEL I proclaim what is certain." Hos 7:1 "Whenever I would RESTORE THE FORTUNES OF MY PEOPLE, whenever I would HEAL [the nation of] Israel, the SINS OF EPHRAIM are exposed, and the CRIMES OF SAMARIA revealed." The SINS OF EPHRAIM are their inability to see the CRIMES OF SAMARIA (reference to SAMARITANS or PALESTINIANS), and EPHRAIM'S insistence of a stupid and lop-sided 'peace process.' Every time a Palestinian bomb is exploded in a bus, supermarket or shopping mall, somehow it always seems to be Israel's fault! EPHRAIM has descended into a mode of insanity that cannot be comprehended by any form of logic. They keep saying 'peace, peace, when there is no peace.' And by their interfering stupidity, they provoke even greater violence and outrage AGAINST GOD'S PEOPLE (Hos 7:1). When God would have 'RESTORED THE FORTUNES OF MY PEOPLE' and 'HEALED' the JEWISH NATION OF ISRAEL - EPHRAIM interferes!
EPHRAIM'S sins are stored up(Hos 13:12) until the day of reckoning (Hos 5:9). God ponders the attitude of EPHRAIM and JUDAH: Hos 6:4 "What can I do with you, EPHRAIM? What can I do with you, JUDAH? Your love is like a morning mist, like the early dew that disappears. Therefore I CUT YOU TO PIECES [by] My PROPHETS, I killed you with the WORDS OF MY MOUTH; My JUDGMENTS flashed like lightning upon you..." Notice further: Hos 9:7 "The days of punishment are coming, the days of reckoning are at hand. Let Israel know this. Because your sins are so many and your HOSTILITY (to God) so great, the PROPHET is considered a fool, the inspired man a maniac. The PROPHET, along with My God, is the WATCHMAN over EPHRAIM, yet snares await him on all his paths, and hostility in the HOUSE OF HIS GOD." This is speaking of you EPHRAIM! And you who stand in the spiritual HOUSE OF GOD while the TEMPLE is yet to be built! Yes, you people, who also stand very tenuously in the Churches of God in EPHRAIM - the United States of America - the headquarters of the Churches of God. You have become polarized against the children of Israel in favour of the Gentile scum that has also infiltrated your nation. You have allowed the Gentile strangers and indigenous people in the land that God gave to you, to prosper, and to rise up high against you. And by the very hand of these degenerates you will suffer terribly! Just as Moses stated in the LAW OF MOSES: Deut 28:43 "The ALIEN that lives among you will rise above you higher and higher, but you will sink lower and lower." Your whole focus is on showing 'much love'. You show much love all right - love for all the things that God despises! And don't start your sanctimonious platitudes about God calling many Gentiles. God does indeed call many Gentiles and these people are equal in every respect to the rest of the Body of Christ - and no distinction is made here against these - the true members of this Body. But only insofar as they are grafted into the tree of Abraham and become Israelites in every respect! God has promised nothing to any nation apart from the TRIBES OF ISRAEL! (Amos 3:1) And it's through the tree or seed of Abraham that all nations on earth will be blessed!
These things are all elementary! These are the things that you should have understood long ago. Instead you, in the Churches of God, have not warned the HOUSE OF ISRAEL; you have joined them in despising the Word of God and refuting the blessings that He has poured out on you. The only reason that you, the citizens of Ephraim, have not suffered the disasters of other nations is because YOUR SINS are being STORED UP!(Hos 13:12). You've shown no respect for God and His Word, instead you have followed the crazy 'wisdom' of this world! What could God do with you, EPHRAIM? You are worthless and useless for the completion of the great final WORK of God! You have immersed yourselves in the filth of this world and despised God's Word - polluting it with lies, and actually encouraging the abominable practices of the House of Israel and the Gentile ways they have learned!
Even Daniel recognized this trend during his time, and sought God's forgiveness:Dan 9:10 "We have not obeyed the LORD our God or kept the laws He gave us through his SERVANTS THE PROPHETS. All Israel has transgressed your law and turned away, refusing to obey you. Therefore the CURSES and SWORN JUDGMENTS written in the LAW OF MOSES, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against you." But you members of the Body of Christ, God has granted you a little time to come to your senses. Most of you won't! Most of you are too indoctrinated with the ways of this world to heed the call. And some of you, even realizing your errors, will refuse to leave the comfort zone provided by those who are the ENEMIES OF CHRIST! These are the despicable liars and frauds that cling to the madness of their own preaching and enforce their lies upon you. Be warned that you don't have much time to come to your senses!
Where are you, Zerubbabel? Your time has come!
And when the ABOMINATION IS SET UP, then EPHRAIM will know that their time has come! The testing of the Churches of God will begin years before this! The setting up of this ABOMINATION is the trigger to flee JUDAH. So God's people, His very elect, will get out of the nation of Israel, that is, Judea. The false prophets are currently telling everyone that when this event occurs, you are to flee from wherever you are. What's the point of this? If you are in EPHRAIM ( the U.S.) where are you going to flee to? To the hills? Where? This prophecy doesn't concern you! You will have enough problems of your own - you will hardly notice this event! But those who love Jerusalem, the Zion of God, will!Isa 66:10 "Rejoice with JERUSALEM and be glad for her, ALL YOU WHO LOVE HER; rejoice greatly with her, all you who MOURN over her." And when this ABOMINATION IS SET UP there will be two men in JERUSALEM in deep MOURNING! They won't be wearing the LINEN or the ROBES AND SASH any longer - they will be wearing sackcloth from that time on! They will MOURN for the terrible things that are done in the HOLY CITY!
You Churches of God in Ephraim have never REJOICED over JERUSALEM - THE HOLY CITY OF GOD, and neither have you MOURNED for her! But you seem to think that you are the natural heirs to this CITY! Yet you show nothing but contempt for her and the CUSTODIANS that God placed there - the JEWS! Why do you always show contempt for the things that are loved by God?
You write silly articles about the 'peace process' always ensuring that they are 'balanced' between the Israelis and the Palestinians, or else they are weighted against the Israelis. You contemptible beasts! Are you blind? Do you despise God's heritage so much?
You know that the setting up of the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION will trigger the GREAT TRIBULATION. Christ Himself, has told you that! But you CHURCHES OF GOD IN EPHRAIM seem to think that this is the only moment of danger for you. You are all waiting for the GREAT TRIBULATION to begin, because you have the perverted idea that you will sit it out in a 'place of safety.' Be aware that those who are protected will be in the HOLY CITY OF GOD and JUDEA - and will flee from there! Don't let anyone tell you differently!! They are liars!15. The Great Tribulation begins. You know when this will occur, because Christ told you. It's after the Beast stands in the Holy City, on the Temple Mount, and enters the Holy of Holies. He will proclaim himself to be God. He will blaspheme the God of gods, and say unspeakable things against Him. BUT BEFORE ALL THIS, they will lay hands on you and try to kill you (Luke 21:12). So this event occurs AFTER they hunt you down and persecute or kill you.
Let's be very plain about one thing! The Great Tribulation is to come upon the 12 tribes of Israel, principally because of what they do to you! The doctrine of 'multiculturalism' is Satan's masterstroke to infiltrate the tribes of Israel. Only the tribes of Israel have fallen for it. And the tribes of Israel will side with Satan's degenerates against the Body of Christ! The doctrine of 'multiculturalism' is treated with contempt by all other nations who don't recognize the rights of foreigners and aliens living in their country. You have surely noticed this in recent years! But among the tribes of Israel, the rights of these satanic degenerates are paramount - and to the exclusion of the seed of Abraham. The Book of Malachi says we are to remember the Law of Moses. Daniel also spoke of it. Daniel recognized that all the terrible things that befell his people was a direct result of their failure to heed God's warnings and obey Him.
And so it is today. You will find many things written in the Law of Moses and elsewhere about the aliens living amongst us. The nations of Israel have violated God's commands, and will find these people rising up high against them. God's instructions to His people, the tribes of Israel, are to NOT learn the way of the heathen(Jer 10:2). The heathen are to learn the WAY that God set out for the tribes of Israel - and not vice-versa!
But God warns you all!Zech 2:8 "....for whoever touches you touches the APPLE OF HIS EYE - I will surely raise MY HAND against them so that their slaves will plunder them. Then you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me." David also spoke of this: Ps 17:8 "Show me the wonder of your great love, you who save by your RIGHT HAND those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the APPLE OF YOUR EYE; hide me in the shadow of your wings, from the wicked who assail me, from my mortal enemies who SURROUND me." The Book of Psalms is a special book of prophecy. Christ tells us that we must check the book of Psalms for prophecy (Luke 24:44). You will notice that many of the references to Christ in the Book of Psalms are cryptic - they seem to be speaking of something else. This is why you must be well-grounded in all Bible prophecy to recognize the meaning of the Psalms. In most cases this is done simply by following pointers and markers which God has provided throughout the Bible. 'APPLE OF HIS EYE' is one such marker. You are expected to apply these principles. It would be impossible for any writer to fully illuminate every pointer and marker in an article. This is where the WISDOM OF GOD must fill your life with understanding. You must search and find and understand. And when you do, you too, will be OUTRAGED at all that is being taught by those who have never understood the Bible.
Only when you apply these principles will the WORD OF GOD become clear and understandable. Most of the Bible is encrypted - NOT sealed, mind you - but encrypted so that only those who follow and understand this encryption will truly understand. You really don't need this writer or anyone else to teach you if you truly set your heart to understand. But you must believe God - just as Abraham did, and it was credited to him as righteousness(Rom 4:3). But a word of warning: Don't cut yourself off from the tree, the olive tree, and try to go it alone. Whether you understand this or not, you must be told: In this endtime, there will be two olive trees that will pour out the OIL [HOLY SPIRIT] to all of God's people. Try to understand what God is doing in this endtime - and WHY!
Don't confuse the two olive trees with the VINE - which is Christ. The northern ten tribes are the vineyard, and the house of Judah is the garden(Isa 5:7). Now notice John 15:1 "I am the true VINE and My Father is the GARDENER. He cuts off every branch in Me that BEARS NO FRUIT, while every branch that does bear fruit He trims clean so that it will be even more fruitful. You [the disciples] are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in Me and I will REMAIN IN YOU. No branch can bear fruit of itself; it must remain in the VINE." Of course the lying frauds quote this scripture to force you to remain in their Church group. But the scripture plainly says you are to remain in the VINE - which is Christ and the BODY OF CHRIST which you are, no matter where you are!
Many of you, who sit transparently in the congregation, who listen and watch (and occasionally question some of the outrageous things being taught) will be raised to awareness by the SPIRIT OF GOD. And some of you outstanding students of the Bible will be called to a special task by God. When that time comes, you will know what you MUST do! God Himself will empower you! Be strong and very courageous!
Don't let any man deceive you! There are many lying deceivers around now. If they don't speak according to the WORD OF GOD - then reject them! As the children of light you must have nothing in common with the darkness of this world(2Cor 6:14). If these fakers are constantly speaking of 'peace and safety' then you know they are without any form of enlightenment. God instructs us through the Prophet Jeremiah: Jer 23:16 "This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with FALSE HOPES. They speak visions FROM THEIR OWN MINDS, NOT from the MOUTH of the LORD. They keep saying to those who DESPISE Me, 'The LORD says you will have PEACE.'" And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts they say, 'NO HARM WILL COME TO YOU.' But which of them has stood in the council of the LORD to see or hear His word? Who has listened and heard His word? See the STORM of the LORD will burst out in wrath, a whirlwind swirling down on the heads of the wicked. The anger of the LORD will not turn back until He fully accomplishes the purposes of His heart. In days to come [latter days] you will understand clearly." V28 "Let the prophet who has a dream tell his dream, BUT LET THE ONE WHO HAS MY WORD SPEAK IT FAITHFULLY. For what has straw to do with GRAIN?" declares the LORD. "Is not My WORD LIKE FIRE," declares the LORD, "and like a HAMMER THAT BREAKS A ROCK IN PIECES?"" Job wrote this: Job 5:13 "He catches the wise in their craftiness and the schemes of the wily ARE SWEPT AWAY." Paul also quoted this verse and identified the 'wise' as those who are 'wise' by the standards of this age (1Cor 3:19). Yes, if you listen to these madmen that preach 'PEACE AND SAFETY' on the VERY EVE OF THE MOST CALAMITOUS TIMES IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD, then you are one of those who DESPISE God. This is what the Apostle Paul wrote: 1Thess 5:1 "Now, brothers, about times and dates, we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the Day of the Lord will come like a THIEF IN THE NIGHT. While people are saying, 'PEACE AND SAFETY', destruction will come on them suddenly, as labour pains on a pregnant woman, and THEY WILL NOT ESCAPE." Those who speak the WORD OF GOD FAITHFULLY are NOT preaching a message of 'PEACE AND SAFETY'! God's true servants speak WORDS OF FIRE, that are a HAMMER THAT BREAKS A ROCK TO PIECES. If you want to hear sanctimonious platitudes then go and listen to those who DESPISE God, and reap what they sow!
God has more to say on this matter:V30 "Therefore," declares the LORD, "I am against the prophets who STEAL from one another WORDS SUPPOSEDLY FROM ME. Yes," declares the LORD, "I am against the prophets who wag their own tongues and yet declare: 'The LORD declares.' Indeed, I am against those who PROPHESY FALSE DREAMS," declares the LORD. "They tell them and lead My people astray with their RECKLESS LIES, yet I did NOT SEND OR APPOINT THEM. They do not benefit these people in the least." declares the LORD." It will be the rare exception indeed, if God empowers anyone who has been TEACHING lies for many years, even though some have done it in ignorance. But then, they only did it in ignorance because they never recognized the AUTHORITY OF GOD. Instead they chose to listen to the interpretations of others; interpretations that have no Bible support!
God's true believers will bring new things as well as old out of the STOREROOM. Putting new wine into old wineskins is not God's way. Nor does He permit us to cast his pearls before swine!Matt 7:6 "Do not give DOGS what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to SWINE. If you do, then they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and TEAR YOU TO PIECES." These are harsh words but remember that Christ said that he who is not with Him, is AGAINST Him. Then there are those who will claim to be Christians, and Christ will say to them, "I never knew you, depart from Me." Those who teach lies are the enemy of God. Of course, repentance is always an option for them, but most won't heed the message.
The Apostle Paul wrote this:2Cor 10:5 "We DEMOLISH arguments and EVERY PRETENSION that sets itself AGAINST THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD." And so we should! There is no point in being conciliatory with these people, nor are we permitted to compromise God's truth. And God MARKS those who argue their own pretensions AGAINST THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD.
From now on, you will either be enriched by the TRUTH OF GOD, or you will go backwards and be broken, and snared and taken(Isa 8:13-15). At the end of the SIX DAYS, God will sit in judgment. Great changes will occur in this world. You will be caught up in it. Decide now whether you will stand with God or Satan's deceivers.
In the last days there will be scoffers who will deny the power of God. They will say that Christ delays his coming. They will increase their efforts to appear 'godly' and their sanctimony will take on new dimensions. But they will plot to kill you! All will hate you, including your brothers and sisters. Yes, these are truly God's called-out ones, and they will turn against you. They will hate God's truth! Their consciences will be seared and their lamps will have gone out. Survival to them will be more important than God's truth, and even more so as THAT DAY approaches.
These evil degenerates that oppose the WORD OF GOD, and who appear as 'angels of light', who secretly plot against those who believe God, will be crushed like ants. Don't fear them! Put your trust in God and believe His every word. In Christ's day, all the disciples deserted Him, but only one betrayed Him. In this endtime, the ratio is likely to be reversed. God speaks of others He has set apart for a holy purpose.
Most of you have a great expectation that the Great Tribulation is about to start tomorrow or next week. This is the way that it has been suggested to you. Some of those who have set themselves over God's flock have predicted that it would begin almost every year since the late '80's. And when their 'prophecy' fails, they don't turn a hair. They just predict another year. They prophesy in God's name - BUT GOD HASN'T SPOKEN THROUGH THEM! They are liars and deceivers and completely without any conscience! And in so doing, they are counter-signing their rubbish articles with their title: FALSE PROPHET! Follow them at your peril!16. The armies of the tribes of Joseph are captured in the Middle East and killed or enslaved. Ephraim will amass a huge army in the Middle East as a buffer for peace. They will be defeated. At home, civil rioting, natural calamities, and disease epidemics will decimate the United States of America. They will be too shattered to be a nation. The will to fight will be gone. They will be plundered and slaughtered and none will escape.
All that God has said in the LAW OF MOSES will be exacted as written - to the very last detail. Only then will they acknowledge that the GREAT GOD rules! Those who think the LAW OF MOSES has been DONE AWAY will quickly learn that NOTHING has been DONE AWAY - until ALL IS FULFILLED!
And when all these things happen, you will know that a prophet has been among you.17. The Mark of the Beast is enforced. By now you should understand who the enemy is - if you have been checking in your Bible. If you don't, then you will not know what to expect. You will be in danger of listening to the cretins who have told you to keep your eyes on the Pope.
These mad fools, who DESPISE God would have you believe that the Mark of the Beast is a TITLE! They suggest titles like 'Vicarius Filei Dei' and others, and spin their web of deceit. The Bible is very clear! The Mark of the Beast is his NAME! Not his TITLE! Even in something as clear as this, they don't believe God's instructions!
When the time comes, many of you will accept the REAL Mark of the Beast because these liars have deceived you! You will have the perverted view that its okay to accept the real Mark of the Beast because it isn't 'Vicarius Filei Dei' or something equally stupid and without Bible support. The Bible reveals the REAL NAME of the Beast! You must have wisdom to understand what this is! There is no point in this writer telling you what it is, because then you would not have to exercise wisdom and understanding to know this name. For some of you it may take two or three years of devoted Bible study to understand fully - but God Himself will reveal it to you. In the meantime, mark those who have conjured up silly titles WITHOUT BIBLE AUTHORITY! There are many clues given in all these articles. One further clue: the name is already in use even though the 'man of sin' has not yet been revealed.
If you accept this Mark of the Beast, then you are doomed. It will be the ultimate betrayal of God. Now notice what God says:Rev 15:1 "I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign; seven angels with the SEVEN LAST PLAGUES - LAST, because with them God's WRATH IS COMPLETED. And I saw what looked like a SEA OF GLASS mixed with fire and, standing beside THE SEA, those who had been VICTORIOUS over the beast and his IMAGE and over the NUMBER OF HIS NAME. They held harps GIVEN THEM BY GOD and sang the SONG OF MOSES the servant of God and the SONG OF THE LAMB...." So what if you DO accept the Mark of the Beast? Can you just fob it off and still claim VICTORY? God answers through the Apostle John: Rev 20:4 "I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to JUDGE. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of [THE] TESTIMONY [OF] JESUS and because of the WORD OF GOD. They had NOT worshipped the beast or his image and had NOT received his MARK on their foreheads or their hands. They CAME TO LIFE and reigned with Christ a thousand years." This is speaking of our time! These people CAME TO LIFE AFTER the MARK OF THE BEAST WAS ENFORCED - which they refused to accept even in the face of death! The Mark of the Beast has not yet been enforced, so these people have not yet died.
Notice that these people are killed for the TESTIMONY OF JESUS (which is the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY -Rev 19:10) and the WORD OF GOD (not the word of 'intellectuals' who have given their personal opinions ABOUT the Bible!)
It cannot be emphasized enough the importance of knowing the identity of the name of the beast, who he is, from where he will arise, and the determination of God's true servants to firmly resist him and to REFUSE HIS MARK!
The whole chapter ofIsa 44 speaks of this endtime. In times of relative peace, the children of Israel will violate the covenant. They will willingly worship a foreign god, and in madness and blindness they will allow the mark of the beast to be enforced on them. This is what God says: Isa 44:20 "He feeds on ashes, a DELUDED heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, "Is not this thing in my RIGHT HAND a LIE?" God further expands this theme in V25 "I am the LORD...who foils the SIGNS of FALSE PROPHETS and makes fools of diviners, who overthrows the LEARNING of the wise and turns it into NONSENSE, who CARRIES OUT THE WORDS OF HIS SERVANTS and FULFILLS THE PREDICTIONS OF HIS MESSENGERS." The whole world will have this 'mark' forced on them. They either accept it or they have no ability to trade. The arising beast power will control the energy resources of the world. Satan has already 'tested the water' in regard to energy resources. In the early to mid-eighties the Opec nations manipulated the petroleum market to test consumer demand. They were tense years when the world realized the huge power of those who control energy reserves. Because the world has never understood how petroleum was formed, they tend to search in all the wrong places. It's true that many discoveries have been made, but these have been fortuitous rather than calculated. In almost every human endeavour, the 'science' theorists get it wrong. What they sow they will also reap. And what they reap will be out of all proportion to their expectations. Everything they have taught and believed will fail - they will have no explanation for all that is about to descend on them.
Power generation and industry in all nations will be threatened. Transport will be paralyzed. Shipping companies will make fortunes from trading with petroleum resources. And the beast power will control all trade. The prophets wrote of these things, and particularly the Prophet John(Rev 18:3, 9, 11, 17, 19). John also recorded this: Rev 13:8 "All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast - all whose names have NOT BEEN WRITTEN in the Book of Life...". John's writings go to great lengths to identify the great harlot - and actually name his city - BABYLON! Notice what he wrote: Rev 18:7 "Give her as much torture and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. In her heart she boasts, 'I SIT AS A QUEEN; I am not a WIDOW, and I will never MOURN." V10 "When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry: 'Woe! Woe, O great CITY, O BABYLON, CITY of POWER! In one hour your doom has come!" Speaking of this same CITY Isaiah recorded this: Isa 47:5 "Sit in silence, go into darkness, Daughter of the BABYLONIANS; no more will you be called QUEEN OF KINGDOMS." V7 "You said, 'I wll continue for ever - the ETERNAL QUEEN!' But you did NOT CONSIDER THESE THINGS or REFLECT on WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN. Now then, LISTEN, you wanton creature, lounging in your security and saying to yourself, 'I AM, and there is NONE BESIDES ME. I WILL NEVER BE A WIDOW or suffer the LOSS OF CHILDREN.'" It must be tough for the purveyors of 'Satan's so-called deep secrets' (Rev 2:24) to justify their lies from the pages of the Bible. Here we have two of the prophets speaking of the same CITY and both call it BABYLON - NOT ROME! Rome was already in existence before either of these prophets came on the scene and was known by them. The Apostle Paul wrote to those in Rome (the Book of Romans) and actually visited the city. Not once in the Book of Romans did he mention or indicate any connection between Rome and Babylon!
How devout are these disciples of Satan who constantly reinforce their lies with persistent references to Rome as Babylon! Their evil zeal is commensurate with the Moslems who bow down to their CITY five times a day in abject worship. Neither Mecca nor Rome is Satan's city - BABYLON IS! - today, as it was anciently. But he will not be satisfied until he controls the CITY OF GOD - JERUSALEM! This is also true today as it was anciently(Isa 14:13-14). And all the ten kings will give their power to the BEAST - this is their sole purpose: Rev 17:17 "For God has put it INTO THEIR HEARTS to accomplish HIS (GOD'S) PURPOSE by agreeing to give the BEAST THEIR POWER TO RULE, until GOD'S WORDS ARE FULFILLED." As always, God is in control! As it is written - so will it be! God's WORDS and all that He proposes will be FULFILLED!
And let it be stated clearly - nothing that is proposed by those who follow'Satan's so-called secrets' will be fulfilled! These evil snakes and vipers have perverted God's WORD to entice you to Satan's deceptions! And they will reap the reward for their evil! In that day, all their 'righteousness' will count for nothing! And they will be without excuse! There will be no 'Nuremburg' defence!
Those whose Bible study consists only of reading what others have said about the Bible will join them in death - the second death! God holds responsible each and every one of his called-out ones for their own decisions. He has warned you again and again that the final authority is His WORD. If you think that wisdom is going to come from any other source then you are horribly mistaken! It's true that in this endtime, God's prophets will give you much instruction(Mal 2:4-6), but you must confirm these things in your Bible! If you don't, then you will lack the wisdom to know the NAME of the BEAST and his NUMBER. Even this is not of primary importance at this time - but the message that Almighty God has prepared for you in the Bible, together with the infinite detail of endtime prophecy, is! When the BEAST does emerge, you faithful and true Christians will be expecting him - and you will know from where he is to arise - because you, like Abraham, BELIEVE GOD! (Rom 4:3). What if God had said that He would raise a mighty army from the inhabitants of the Canary Islands and use them to conquer the world - would you believe Him? Or what if He said that the Eskimos would be the next super-power - could we be sure? If God says it, then, like Abraham, we should believe Him! If you don't, then it's little wonder that so many among you have died of diseases. Your faith is barren! But of course, God didn't say these things; but He did tell us who would arise and from which nation he would appear. We don't need to decide if God has the power to do this - what He said He will do! And do you know what? If God's servants failed to tell you this, the VERY STONES WOULD CRY OUT! (Luke 19:40). These words were spoken by Christ just before He descended down the road from the MOUNT OF OLIVES to enter JERUSALEM. And did He enter Jerusalem through the King's Gate? There is every reason to believe that He didn't - at that time!
If you don't believe God in such small things, how can He entrust you with greater things? Have you ever noticed the differences in what the various Churches of God believe? In the main, they are relatively minor and easily resolved. But the one thing in which they are all unanimous, is the doctrine of 'Satan's so-called secrets'. All of them believe it, and all of them teach it. So do hundreds of other so-called 'Christians' sects. And all of them publish these articles as if they were some earth-shaking new revelation! And it's been going on for hundreds of years! They are constantly inviting you to have 'a new look' at their great discoveries. These are usually symbols or objects or some other paraphernalia or regalia. Their 'new look' is never any discovery from the Bible!18. The remnant of the seed is handed over to the Beast for captivity or death. As surely as the Great God lives, the saints - that is those who have the Holy Spirit - will be handed over to the beast! The scriptures that relate to this are very plain! The question is, why would God do this? And herein lies the whole mystery to the Bible. The answer to this question has been hidden from the creation of the world. But it also raises another question: Why would the beast have such an interest in the saints? In the very garden of Eden, at the time of this creation, God said this: Gen 3:15 "I WILL PUT ENMITY between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." Let's make it very plain: God, Himself, has put the ENMITY between these two lines of humanity. Notice now, who this 'woman' is. There have been many attempts to teach that a 'woman' is a church. The very first time that the word 'church' appears in the Bible is when Christ used it in Matt 16:18. Let's also understand this: even though we sometimes refer to 'other' churches using that term (for want of a better word), the term cannot and should not reference any group of people that doesn't have God's Holy Spirit. Those who claim the Roman Catholic Church is the great harlot, and therefore assume that it's a 'woman' because it's also a 'church' are implicating themselves in blasphemy. This is linking something holy (the Body of Christ - the Church) with something totally evil that is, the great harlot. Of course, the Bible doesn't say that the Great Harlot is a church; it says it's a 'woman.' This serves to illustrate the circular reasoning of those who don't honour God and His word. They call the Great Harlot a false 'church', which is an oxymoron - a contradiction of terms.
From earliest times, God spoke of two women, the good seed and the bad seed. The good seed is a thin line of humanity that emerged in many great men of the Bible, including Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God records the genealogy of His seed, the woman and her OFFSPRING - from Adam to Christ. The other seed, the evil seed, is the OFFSPRING OF THE DRAGON - the HARLOT WOMAN, and this includes the vast SEA of humanity.
In reference to the Church that Christ founded, some choose to put their own spin on Acts 7:38 while others assiduously avoid it. This speaks of the 'church in the wilderness' that was present at Mount Sinai. Other versions refer to it as 'assembly in the desert' or something similar. The English word 'CHURCH' is derived from the Greek word: 'KURIAKON' and properly means the 'House or place of God', that is, belonging to the Lord. All instances of the word 'church' in the original manuscripts are derived from the Greek word: 'ECCLESIA' and is a reference to God's called-out ones. No-one can form a 'church'; they must be ADDED to the existing structure (Acts 2:47). So all who have followed from the original disciples have been ADDED to that which has existed from the time of Christ. There are no new 'churches'! What organizations that currently flourish in the name of Christ are merely imperialist interlopers who are outside the authority of Christ. On the contrary, there is a certain reality that emanates from a true Christian that sanctifies an unbelieving mate, and also sanctifies the children of the union (1Cor 7:14). This clearly relates to 'SEED' or 'OFFSPRING'; those empowered few that can impart sanctity to their own children - through their SEED.
But the real issue here is the one that is so flagrantly portrayed in order to paint an acceptable vista of the woman who is mentioned inRev 12:13. It's the 'woman who gave birth to the male child - which is Christ - V5. Now some of these lying beasts of Satan the devil have gotten really cute with this verse and applied it to themselves. They believe that their group gave birth to Christ apparently. Those who love and fear the Almighty God (Mal 3:16) would literally tremble with fear to make such a claim! Those of you who arrogantly contrive to establish themselves in the top spot of the 'salvation stakes' are soon to be shattered. It's unspeakable blasphemy to make such claims (Rev 13:5-6 - notice the words 'GOD'S NAME and HIS DWELLING PLACE, Dan 7:25, 11:36). There are no parameters of human reasoning that would justify such conclusions in a scripture that is so basic in meaning. The scripture states plainly that this 'woman' gave birth to the male child - CHRIST! The Bible emphasizes again and again that Christ was born of the Tribe of Judah - of the LINE OF DAVID. And to ensure that there is no mistake, the two lines are recorded in Matt 1 and Luke 3. The Church that Christ built (Matt 16:18) DID NOT GIVE BIRTH TO HIM!
So who is this 'woman'? Should we guess? Or should we consult other Bible 'scholars'? No! As always the Bible explains:Isa 66:7 "Before she goes into labour, she gives birth; before the pains come upon her, she delivers a SON. Who has heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen such things? Can a COUNTRY be born in a day or a NATION be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is ZION in labour than she gives birth to her CHILDREN. Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?" says your God. Rejoice with JERUSALEM and be glad for her, all you who LOVE her; rejoice greatly with her, all you who MOURN over her." Who is this speaking of?
It's ZION! It's ZION who gives birth to the SON. It's ZION who gives birth to a COUNTRY - and a NATION! And this same ZION gives birth to CHILDREN!
And who is ZION? They are the ones - the only ones - that LOVE JERUSALEM; the very ones that MOURN FOR JERUSALEM - the HOLY CITY OF GOD! This CITY is ZION, and the rightful heirs to this CITY are also called ZION. This CITY bears GOD'S NAME(Dan 9:18-19) and so do the rightful people of this CITY (V19). See also Isa 18:7, particularly the last part.
And so we have armies of 'spiritual' mendicants whose primary role in life is to convince the Body of Christ that their doctrine is Bible-based. And they get away with it as long as no-one obeys God and studies His WORD! In fact, they don't want you to study God's WORD because you might ask them embarrassing questions that they can't answer!
But you, brothers and sisters in Christ all you who were once faithful to God, who once treasured His every Word, are about to be handed over to the BEAST to be tested - BY GOD! And you had better believe God! Up to now you haven't believed God or you would not believe the LIES you've been taught.
Hundreds of years ago, God planted the tribes of Israel in a new land. And He appointed them a leader. This was the Tribe of Ephraim. When the Tribes of Israel split up into two nations, which led to the formation of the northern ten tribes - who rejected JERUSALEM - God also selected a leader for them. This leader was also of the tribe of Ephraim. His name was JEROBOAM. Most people are not aware that God called this man to the task long before Solomon's son, Rehoboam, alienated the tribes. In fact, during Solomon's reign, God promised to give JEROBOAM ten tribes of Israel:1Kings 11:31 "Then he said to JEROBOAM, "Take ten pieces for yourself, for this is what the LORD, the God of Israel says: 'See, I am going to tear the kingdom out of SOLOMON'S hand and give you TEN TRIBES." The reasons for all of this are covered in the article: 'The Tribes of Israel' (soon to be posted!). Of primary concern here is the fact that God planned for EPHRAIM to rule over the TEN TRIBES. And this is still part of God's purpose. The nation that causes men to tremble when they speak is EPHRAIM (Hos 13:1). And EPHRAIM is the United States of America! They are currently completing their time of the judges - when they 'will live many days without a king.' Hos 3:4 "For the ISRAELITES will live for many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or idol. Afterwards the Israelites will return and seek the LORD their God and DAVID their king. They will come trembling to the LORD and to His blessings IN THE LAST DAYS."
Which ISRAELITES is this? God wants you to understand that when EPHRAIM is referred to in prophecy, He is speaking of the ten lost tribes of Israel. Because of the pertinence of this passage of scripture, it's quoted in full; but notice the last part:Jer 7:12 "Go now to the place in SHILOH (in Ephraim's allotted portion) where I first made a dwelling for My NAME, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of My people Israel. While you were doing all these things, declares the LORD, I spoke to you again and again, but you did not listen; I called you but you did not answer. Therefore, what I did to SHILOH I will now do to the HOUSE that bears My NAME, the TEMPLE you trust in, the place I gave to YOU (the southern kingdom of Judah) and your fathers. I will thrust you from My presence, just as I did ALL YOU BROTHERS, THE PEOPLE OF EPHRAIM." Speaking of Ephraim (Isa 28:1), God says this: Isa 28:14 "Therefore hear the WORD of the LORD, you scoffers who rule [over] this people in Jerusalem. You boast, "We have entered into a covenant with death, with the grave we have made an agreement. When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by, it cannot touch us, for we have made a LIE OUR REFUGE and FALSEHOOD OUR HIDING-PLACE. So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See I lay a stone in ZION, a TESTED stone, a precious CORNERSTONE for a sure FOUNDATION; the one who trusts will never be dismayed. I will make JUSTICE the MEASURING-LINE and righteousness the plumb-line; hail will sweep away your refuge, THE LIE, and water will overflow your hiding-place." V19 "As often as it comes it will carry you away; morning after morning, by day and by night, it will sweep through. THE UNDERSTANDING OF THIS MESSAGE WILL BRING SHEER TERROR."
But in the day that they reach out to touch the APPLE OF GOD'S EYE, God will chop off their arm! Stupid, foolish EPHRAIM! How God has loved you!(Hos 11:1-4) Yet you always refused to listen - anciently as today! But God is about to get your attention. And when you see these things happening you will experience the SHEER TERROR that this MESSAGE brings.
And what of the Church of God? You who sit and listen to the LIES; where will you seek REFUGE? What will your HIDING-PLACE be? Whatever it is, and wherever you are, the OVERWHELMING SCOURGE will OVERFLOW your HIDING-PLACE!
Only those from the LINE OF DAVID - the ones who GAVE BIRTH TO CHRIST - will be spared:Rev 12:15 "Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water LIKE A RIVER, to overtake the WOMAN and sweep her away with the TORRENT. But the earth helped the WOMAN by opening its mouth and swallowing the RIVER that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. Then the dragon was enraged at the WOMAN and went off to make WAR against the REST OF HER OFFSPRING - those who obey God's Commandments and hold to the TESTIMONY OF JESUS [Spirit of prophecy - Rev 19:10)." And indeed, at that time, you will finally have the TESTIMONY OF JESUS, and you will have the opportunity to go willingly into captivity and perform the duty to God that you have always ignored. It was God's intention that you perform all the duties that our Saviour set before you - but you have refused! Instead you chose to believe LIES!
And what did God intend?Eph 3:9 "And to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. His INTENT was that now, THROUGH THE CHURCH, the manifold WISDOM of God should be made known to THE RULERS AND AUTHORITIES IN THE HEAVENLY REALMS, according to HIS ETERNAL PURPOSE which He accomplished in Christ Jesus, our Lord." What a laugh! Imagine the CHURCHES OF GOD in EPHRAIM trying to inform the RULERS AND AUTHORITIES OF THE HEAVENLY REALM the meaning of the great MYSTERY behind the SACRIFICE OF CHRIST! What would they tell Satan and his demons? They would tell them EXACTLY WHAT SATAN HAS ALREADY TOLD THEM! The moronic ramblings of their writings and their so-called 'prophecies', which EVERYONE teaches, are UTTER MADNESS!
This is what God says when He restores again the House of David in Jerusalem:Zech 13:1 "On that day a fountain will be opened to the House of David (see 12:10-14) and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity. On that day, I will banish the names of the idols from the land, and they will be remembered no more" declares the LORD Almighty. "I will remove both the prophets and the spirit of impurity from the land. And if anyone still prophesies, his father and mother, to whom he was born, will say to him, 'You must die, because you have told LIES in the LORD'S name.' When he prophesies, his own parents will stab him. On that day every prophet will be ashamed of his prophetic vision. He will not put on a prophet's garment of hair in order to deceive. He will say, 'I am not a prophet. I am a farmer, the land has been my livelihood since my youth.' If someone asks him, 'What are these wounds on your body?', he will answer, 'The wounds I was given at the house of my FRIENDS.'" From earliest times God has sent prophets to speak His WORD and to warn the people. To those who OPPOSE THE TRUTH - Satan's SEED, Christ had this to say: Matt 23:30 "And you say, 'If we had lived in the days of our forefathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.' So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of the sin of your forefathers! You SNAKES! You BROOD OF VIPERS! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Therefore I am SENDING you PROPHETS and WISE MEN and TEACHERS. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. And so upon you will come ALL the RIGHTEOUS BLOOD that has been SHED ON EARTH, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berakiah, whom you murdered between the Temple and the altar. I tell you the TRUTH, ALL THIS WILL COME ON THIS GENERATION." Which GENERATION is this? Christ is speaking to the Jewish leaders of His day, but is He referring to them? No! He is referring to the evil GENERATION that existed in the time of ABEL - the very GENERATION that killed him. This GENERATION was present in CAIN. And who was the real murderer? Christ tells us: John 8:43 "WHY IS MY LANGUAGE NOT CLEAR TO YOU? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to YOUR FATHER THE DEVIL, and you carry out YOUR FATHER'S DESIRE. He was a MURDERER FROM THE BEGINNING, not holding to the TRUTH, for there is no TRUTH in him. When he LIES, he speaks his native language, for his is a LIAR and the FATHER OF LIES." And at that time, with the emergence of this murder from the beginning, God set a MARK on the SEED OF SATAN (Gen 4:15). It was God's purpose, even from earliest times, that Satan's SEED would be known and recognized. Unfortunately, the Church of God and the Tribes of Israel have lost sight of this important instruction. At the time of greatest danger, they will be deceived, and many will succumb to the mark of the beast. Both John the Baptist and Christ set the example for their followers. Both recognized these SATANIC DEGENERATES! Today, as in their day, these DEGENERATES are among you - and many of them are your teachers! And be sure you understand whom Christ was referring to! He was NOT referring to the Jewish people WHO DIDNT EXIST IN THE TIME OF ABEL!
Christ spoke of these degenerates who WILL kill the PROPHETS, WISE MEN AND TEACHERS that He will SEND. (And incidentally, the PROPHETS, WISE MEN and TEACHERS are the three types of shepherds that will complete the endtime work. Christ has told you in advance!) Christ confirmed that they had said they would not have killed the prophets in the days of their forefathers. Oh, noooo ! At the earliest possible time they tried to kill Christ. When they had done this, they set about killing all His followers. One young man, a teacher by the name of Stephen - a man who did great MIRACLES and WONDERS(Acts 6:8) became their target. Did Stephen plead for his life? Was he conciliatory towards them? This is what he said: Acts 7:51 "You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit! Was there ever a prophet your fathers did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered Him - you who received the law that was put into effect through angels but have not obeyed it." For these comments he was stoned to death!
Platitudes and sanctimonious repartee are not the measure of spirituality! BELIEF IN GOD'S WORD IS! You must BELIEVE God! All that God says He will do - that He will do!
Down through the ages there have been many great men of the Bible - men who believed and honoured God. All of them were sorely tried - and all passed the test! These men (24 to be exact) have a special honour awaiting them. Because of their outstanding faith in God and their devotion, these men will be appointed to the inner-circle of God's advisors. There are presently 24 caretaker positions occupied by angelic Elders. At the appropriate time they will relinquish their crowns and give glory to God. This is what the Bible says:Rev 4:9 "Whenever the living creatures give glory, honour and thanks to HIM who sits on the throne and who lives forever, the TWENTY-FOUR ELDERS fall down before HIM who sits on the throne, and worship Him who lives forever and ever. THEY LAY DOWN THEIR CROWNS before the throne and say: "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being." These will certainly include Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Job, Moses, Daniel, Noah, David, and others.
All of these men exhibited outstanding characteristics, and these characteristics can be described in one word - FAITH! The Apostle Paul speaks of them in the 'faith' chapter(Heb 11). Paul wrote these words: Heb 11:32 "And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, who through FAITH conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and REFUSED TO BE RELEASED, so that they might gain a BETTER RESURRECTION. Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned; they were sawn in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and ill-treated - THE WORLD WAS NOT WORTHY OF THEM. They wandered in deserts and mountains; and in caves and holes in the ground. These were commended for their FAITH, yet NONE OF THEM RECEIVED WHAT HAD BEEN PROMISED. God had planned something better for us so that only TOGETHER WITH US would they be made perfect." All of these people QUALIFIED for the COMMENDATION of God by their suffering - just like Jesus Christ. None of them received the promises - at that time. Instead, God has planned for all of us to perform the admirable deeds that these endured. And they, TOGETHER WITH US, will be made perfect. Did you notice that some of these people endured torture and REFUSED TO BE RELEASED? Why did they do this? Notice the words 'that they might gain a BETTER RESURRECTION.' So even at that time, God had planned for this end. What is more, He has planned something better for us that we might demonstrate our absolute faith. Probably not as good as crucifixion (which would be the ultimate way to die - exactly like our Saviour) but something almost as good! But as long as it's martyrdom - who cares? Whatever death God has in mind when His people go as SHEEP TO THE SLAUGHTER, remember the words of Paul: 2Tim 4:6 "For I am already being poured out as a DRINK OFFERING, and the time has come for my DEPARTURE. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the FAITH. Now there is in store for me the CROWN of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will AWARD to me on that day - and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing." Paul also recorded these words: Rom 8:36 "For Your [God's] sake we face death all day long; we are considered AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED." (See also Ps 44:22). The sheep are required to follow the Good Shepherd: Acts 8:32 "He was led like a SHEEP TO THE SLAUGHTER, and as a lamb before the shearer is silent, so He did not open His mouth." Of course Christ did open His mouth and say a number of things, but the INTENT of this scripture is that He didn't 'open His mouth TO OBJECT.' If the SHEPHERD HIMSELF went to the slaughter, why should the SHEEP object?
You should understand that Jeremiah was a prophet in Jerusalem immediately prior to the final captivity and destruction of Judah and Jerusalem in 586 BC. But it is clear from the Book of Jeremiah that he wrote of another time far into the future - our time! Over 100 years before Jeremiah wrote the book, the House of Israel had disappeared and gone to other lands. Now this is what God says:Jer 11:10 "They have returned to the sins of their forefathers, who refused to listen to My words. They have followed other gods to serve them. Both the HOUSE OF ISRAEL and the HOUSE OF JUDAH have broken the covenant I made with their forefathers. Therefore I will bring on THEM a DISASTER THEY CANNOT ESCAPE." V14 "Do not pray for this people nor offer any plea or petition for them, because I WILL NOT LISTEN when they call to Me in the TIME OF THEIR DISTRESS." When our Shepherd went before us, He was also forsaken in accordance with this scripture and others, because He took on the sins of the world. Hence the words, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?" Then Jeremiah records these words in Jer 12:1 "You are always righteous, O LORD, when I bring a case before You. Yet I would speak with You about Your JUSTICE: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the FAITHLESS [House of Israel - Jer 3:12] live at ease? You have PLANTED THEM and they have TAKEN ROOT; they grow and BEAR FRUIT. You are always ON THEIR LIPS, BUT FAR FROM THEIR HEARTS. Yet You know me, O LORD, You see me and test my thoughts about You. Drag them off LIKE SHEEP TO BE BUTCHERED! Set them apart for the DAY OF SLAUGHTER." Then God answers: V5 "If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in SAFE COUNTRY, how will you manage in the THICKETS BY THE JORDAN [RIVER]? Your BROTHERS, your own FAMILY - even they have BETRAYED YOU; they have raised a cry against you. Do not trust them, though they speak well of you. I will FORSAKE MY HOUSE, and ABANDON MY INHERITANCE; (House of Israel: Ps 78:71, Isa 19:25, Jer 10:16, 51:19) I will give the ONE I LOVE into the hands of her ENEMIES. MY INHERITANCE (House of Israel) has become to me like a lion in the forest. She roars at Me; therefore I hate her." V10 "Many SHEPHERDS will ruin MY VINEYARD (House of Israel: Isa 5:7) and trample down My field; they will turn My pleasant field into a DESOLATE WASTELAND." It's clear that the House of Israel has lost favour with God. For centuries they have despised Him and reviled His laws - even though they pay LIP SERVICE constantly. God tells us exactly what He plans to do with the HOUSE OF ISRAEL. And this will be the subject of an extensive, future article.
Speaking of the time just before the great calamity that will strike the House of Israel, God says this:Jer 3:14 "Return, FAITHLESS people," declares the LORD, "for I am your HUSBAND. I will choose one of you from every town and two from every clan and bring you to ZION. Then I will give you SHEPHERDS AFTER MY OWN HEART (see Acts 13:22), who will lead you with knowledge and understanding." V19 "I Myself said, 'How gladly would I treat you like SONS and give you a desirable land, the most beautiful inheritance of any nation.' I thought you would call Me 'FATHER' and not turn away from following Me. But like a WOMAN unfaithful to her HUSBAND, so have you been unfaithful to Me, O HOUSE OF ISRAEL," declares the LORD."
So-called Christians don't worship the FATHER, they worship Christ. Even though Christ is of the ELOHIM FAMILY and is the ONLY begotten SON of that FAMILY(John 3:16), and He is GOD (John 20:28), His instruction to His disciples is to worship the FATHER. Of course, Christ is worthy of worship (Matt 28:17), and nothing to the contrary is implied here. But the primary focus of our worship should be directed to God the FATHER. And this is what the FATHER says in this regard: Mal 1:6 "A son honours his father, and a servant his master. If I AM A FATHER, where is the honour DUE TO ME? If I am a MASTER, where is the respect DUE TO ME?" says the LORD Almighty. It is you, O priests, who DESPISE MY NAME." The religious leaders - the shepherds of His people, always seem to despise HIS NAME! If you read on in the Book of Malachi, you will note that it speaks of DEFILED FOOD OFFERED ON THE ALTAR and unacceptable SACRIFICES. It speaks of ANIMAL SACRIFICES - which are a SHADOW OF THE GOOD THINGS TO COME: Heb 10:1 "For the LAW is only a SHADOW OF THE GOOD THINGS TO COME - not the realities themselves. FOR THIS REASON it can never, by the SAME SACRIFICES repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect THOSE WHO DRAW NEAR TO WORSHIP." Paul preached the GOSPEL and it was understood by those who were sacrificed in martyrdom AND REFUSED DELIVERANCE! They knew what their role was! Paul went on to explain the role that Christ filled when He set the example for all those who bear His NAME - CHRISTIAN!
Paul also recorded this:Rom 12:1 "I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a LIVING SACRIFICE, holy, acceptable to God, which is your REASONABLE SERVICE." The NKJV is quoted here because the NIV mistranslated the word 'SERVICE' which in the Greek is 'latreia', str. 2999, and means 'service rendered for hire, service of God.' We are God's SERVANTS and we must SERVE Him (Rev 1:6). He is the Potter; we are only the clay. And the clay doesn't question the Potter about how He forms the clay! (Rom 9:21) Those who bear the name of Christ, who live comparatively luxurious lifestyles today, free from the trauma of the days of early Christianity, have somehow imagined that they are offering REASONABLE SERVICE to God. They keep the Sabbath and observe the Holydays and they pay tithes. All of which are commendable - even though they themselves are the sole beneficiaries. The Sabbath, of course was made for man - to benefit him, and it should be a glad and joyous day, and equally, the Holydays. Hardly a REASONABLE SERVICE! They are also pointers and markers to further understanding of the Bible and should also be seen in that context. If they are not pleasurable for you then the fault is with you. Now tithing - that's a REASONABLE SERVICE to God isn't it? Again, the answer is no! Tithing involves reverse orders of magnitude. On the one hand God requires it, but promises to greatly eclipse all that you give with greater blessings, including material wealth! If you were assured of giving a dollar and getting ten back, then you could hardly call that REASONABLE SERVICE. That is a blessing (see Mal 3:8-12). And God issues the challenge to prove Him on this point. You either BELIEVE God or you don't! On this issue you should also bear in mind that it's GOD'S TITHE and God expects HIS TITHE to benefit HIS WORK! The question for you is: Who is doing HIS WORK? Only the Spirit of God can reveal that! Christ Himself made that point (Matt 16:15-17). Only LEVI has the authority to collect tithes (Heb 7:9). See also Malachi chapters 2 & 3.
In the early years of the Church following the resurrection of Christ, Christians experienced many miracles; but they also endured much persecution. Yet they remained faithful and resolute in their desire to serve God. The Book of Acts reveals that whole families were dragged out of their houses and put to death. They didn't complain! They believed this to be REASONABLE SERVICE to God. None of the Apostles suggested that God had blundered in not protecting them. And nor did those who went to their deaths - IN FAITH! The historian Eusebius recounts stories of these great persecutions and advises that other Christians who also went to their deaths willingly joined Christians, who were tracked down for slaughter. How strange that today Christians believe their primary role is to escape! They believe that saving their lives is REASONABLE SERVICE.
When Christ spoke to the Apostles after the resurrection, He spoke of sending them a glorious gift. What was it called? Protector? No, it wasn't! Christ called this SPIRIT the COMFORTER (some versions call this Spirit COUNSELLOR which is equally correct). When Christ was arrested all His disciples fled. Only Peter and John ventured anywhere near the scene. All of them were afraid - afraid because they did not then have the COMFORTER or COUNSELLOR!
But they did have the Holy Spirit prior to receiving the COMFORTER or COUNSELLOR! Christ spoke these words:John 14:15 "If you love Me you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another COUNSELLOR to be with you for ever - the SPIRIT OF TRUTH. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you AND SHALL BE IN YOU." Perry Mason fans will remember the frequent use of the word 'counsellor', which means lawyer or ADVOCATE. The people of this world engage lawyers or advocates to defend them during a courtroom trial. Few Christians seem to understand that they too, have a lawyer or ADVOCATE. Our ADVOCATE is with the FATHER, and His name is Jesus Christ! (1John 2:1). It would have been helpful if the Bible translators had translated the Greek word, 'parakletos' with some degree of consistency. Wherever it appears it really means ADVOCATE, including the references to COMFORTER and COUNSELLOR.
Christ was careful to identify this SPIRIT OF TRUTH! It was Christ's own SPIRIT - notice the words'lives with you and shall be in you.' The Apostle Paul wrote this: Rom 8:9 "You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the SPIRIT OF GOD lives in you. And if anyone does not have the SPIRIT OF CHRIST, he does not BELONG TO CHRIST." The Apostle Peter also had some interesting comments to make about the SPIRIT OF CHRIST (1Pet 1:10-12).
We are given further information about this COUNSELLOR:John 14:25 "All this I have spoken while still with you. But the COUNSELLOR, the HOLY SPIRIT, whom the Father will SEND IN MY NAME, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. PEACE I leave with you; My PEACE I give you. I do not give [PEACE] to you AS THE WORLD GIVES. Do not let your hearts be troubled AND DO NOT BE AFRAID." If Christ left them 'PEACE' according to the definition of this world, then why would they be afraid? But Christ said He didn't leave them that sort of PEACE! And did Christ have that sort of PEACE? The cowardly hypocrites who speak of nothing but 'peace and safety' would not understand the PEACE that Christ had, and which He left for His followers. Christ died violently, and so did most of His disciples. Did they have PEACE? Yes, they did! They had the Godly PEACE that comes from REASONABLE SERVICE!
The cowardly hypocrites, who always use this scripture to lull you to sleep with the false knowledge that the life of a Christian was designed to be all wine and roses, are disgusting frauds! Quite frankly, if you believe them, then you don't have a COUNSELLOR with the FATHER - you are not Christ's! And at the appointed time, Christ will say,'I never knew you!' (Matt 7:21-23). You must do the WILL OF THE FATHER - just as Christ did, for this is your REASONABLE SERVICE. If you want PEACE now, then BELIEVE GOD and His WORD, because the PEACE in which you now believe, will soon depart from you. BELIEVE GOD! We must seek GODLY PEACE! It is this PEACE that will hold us in good stead at the appointed time. It was this PEACE that empowered Christ and all the martyrs down through the ages. You will be sorely tested as they were - AND YOU NEED TO WAKE UP NOW!
Paul wrote these words in2Tim 1:7 "For God has NOT given us a spirit of FEAR, but of POWER and of LOVE and of a SOUND MIND." (NKJV). Just as assuredly, Paul reminded us that the SPIRIT would not be active in many IN THE LAST DAYS: 1Tim 4:1 "The SPIRIT clearly says that in the LATER TIMES some will abandon the FAITH and follow DECEIVING SPIRITS and things TAUGHT BY DEMONS. Such teachings come from HYPOCRITICAL LIARS, whose CONSCIENCES have been SEARED as with a hot iron." Of course many of you will prefer to follow these HYPOCRITICAL LIARS and listen to their fluffy, feel-good version of the 'gospel' where the exercising of FAITH is not paramount. You have yet to face the stark reality of Bible prophecy, and at that time you will be appalled at the madness and blindness that you have listened to all these years. And many of you will lack the spiritual stamina to see you through your ordeal. They will have no peace!
If you don't recognize what the SPIRIT OF CHRIST is, how are you going to endure all that CHRIST WARNED OF? This SPIRIT OF CHRIST first descended on His followers on the DAY OF PENTECOST following His resurrection. That SPIRIT was with them in the person of CHRIST(John 14:15). At the request of Christ, the Father did a very special thing; He agreed to embue Christ's followers with His Holy Spirit AND the Holy Spirit of Christ. Can we be sure? Well, Christ ensured that we understand that the COUNSELLOR or ADVOCATE would COME AT THE APPOINTED TIME, that is on the DAY OF PENTECOST! Prior to this, notice what Christ did: John 20:19 "On the evening of that first day of the week, when the DISCIPLES were together, with the doors locked for FEAR of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "PEACE be with you!" After He said this, He showed them His hands and side. The DISCIPLES were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, "PEACE be with you! AS THE FATHER HAS SENT ME, I AM SENDING YOU." And with that He breathed on them and said, "RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven." ALL OF THESE WORDS mean EXACTLY what they say!
On that first evening AFTER the resurrection, Christ gave them the GOD'S HOLY SPIRIT. Fifty days later, they received the SPIRIT OF THE ADVOCATE - which is CHRIST! And Christ began to DWELL IN THEM! This COMFORTER or ADVOCATE was a clear ADDITION to the mighty POWER OF GOD'S HOLY SPIRIT.
God's people have been sitting in the congregations like wood ducks believing all the nonsense that is taught them. The smug, self-satisfied liars who are teaching you must get a great deal of pleasure from the PERVERSION that they cast all over you. These sicko tricksters KNOW they are teaching PERVERSIONS; they KNOW they are deceiving you! They THINK it will be 'all right on the night' because they are providing a 'REASONABLE SERVICE.' Well, they aren't providing a REASONABLE SERVICE to you, AND THEY CERTAINLY ARE NOT PROVIDING A REASONABLE SERVICE TO GOD!
From the very start, the COUNSELLOR, which is CHRIST came from the Tribe of Judah - of the line of David(Rom 1:3) and began a ministry that would continue forever. His own refused to receive Him, yet He drew His followers from this very tribe. IT WAS THESE WHO TOOK THE MESSAGE TO THE WORLD. But many centuries before, God foreshadowed a great calling for the Gentiles: Isa 49:6 "He says, "It is too small a thing for you to be My servant to restore the Tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I HAVE KEPT. I will also make you a LIGHT TO THE GENTILES, that you may bring My SALVATION TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH." Jesus fulfilled this in part at that time (John 4:7, 21-26, 39 - and notice the words 'SALVATION IS OF THE JEWS').
Many years later, Christ called a special man to be an Apostle. Saul of Tarsus was struck down with a bright LIGHT and was given the commission to go to the GENTILES. The acts of the 'Apostle to the Gentiles' is the dominant feature of the New Testament with some 14 books written by this one man. And it was through the work of this man Paul that Christianity proliferated throughout the world. Under the auspices of the Gentiles, truth quickly became the casualty of error. Paul recognized the trend but knew it was the purpose of God(Acts 20:24:31). For most of the past 2,000 years, the Gentiles have dominated Christianity. And in the very heartland of Satan's throne (Rev 2:13), the greatest perversion of Christianity occurred.
While a prisoner in Rome (though living in private dwellings with a soldier to guard him), Paul called the Jews together to speak to them. It was his intention to convince them that the Messiah had indeed come. Some believed and some didn't. This is what is written:Acts 28:25 "Some were convinced, but others would not believe. They disagreed among themselves and BEGAN TO LEAVE AFTER Paul had made this FINAL statement: "The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your forefathers when he said through Isaiah the Prophet: 'Go to this people and say, "You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving." For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn and I would heal them.' Therefore I want you to know that God's salvation has been sent to the GENTILES, and THEY WILL LISTEN!" Paul spent days speaking to these people, and some of them were convinced. But as soon as he spoke of the prophecy of Isaiah - from the very pages of the Bible - which they were well aware of, and had read many times, they left! They rejected GOD'S WORD! And this is why God rejected them and the message was given to the GENTILES - who did LISTEN! Within seven years, Judah was a shattered nation, Jerusalem was taken and the Temple destroyed.
Now the wheel has turned full circle. What God then rejected He has now restored. And those who now REFUSE TO LISTEN TO HIS WORD are rejected. You in the Churches of God are now marked for slaughter. And you had better hope this is true, because God will give you the opportunity to prove yourselves faithful in the face of death. This is your REASONABLE SERVICE to God. But of course, you don't believe that because the prophet is a MANIAC, and everything that is written in the Bible applies to everyone else - except YOU! Like the Jews of Paul's time, they were familiar with the scriptures, and also the one that Paul quoted from Isaiah, but they refused to believe it applied to them! This is what God says:Hos 9:7 "The DAYS OF PUNISHMENT are coming, the days of RECKONING are at hand. LET ISRAEL KNOW THIS. Because your sins are so many and your HOSTILITY so great, the PROPHET IS CONSIDERED A FOOL, the INSPIRED MAN A MANIAC. The PROPHET, along with my God is the WATCHMAN OVER EPHRAIM, yet snares await him on all his paths, and HOSTILITY IN THE HOUSE OF HIS GOD." The days of PUNISHMENT are coming AND the days of RECKONING. Some of you will arise from the GRAVE and will shine like the sun, others will arise to EVERLASTING CONTEMPT! Dan 12:2 "...But at that time your people - everyone whose name is found WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE - will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will AWAKE: some to EVERLASTING LIFE, others to shame and EVERLASTING CONTEMPT. Those who are WISE will SHINE like the BRIGHTNESS OF THE HEAVENS..." This speaks of the time when Michael the archangel who protects God's people (Dan 12:1), arises to fight against the KING OF GREECE and the KING OF BABYLON (after he has fought the king of Persia - Dan 10:20) and frees the saints. The kingdom is then handed over to the saints. The Beast and the False prophet assemble their armies for battle (Rev 19:19) against Christ who sits on a WHITE HORSE. This RIDER takes over all the KINGDOMS that came from BABYLON - the former rider of a white horse. Just as the king of Babylon was the HEAD of the great image, so is Christ the HEAD. Just as the king of Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar) ruled over all these kingdoms - so will Christ take all these kingdoms and appoint the saints to rule over them (Dan 7:17, 27). Nebuchadnezzar ruled as God's servant. Christ, the greatest servant of all, will depose him. Nebuchadnezzar was the king of kings (Dan 2:37, Eze 26:7, Ezra 7:12), and Christ will be King of kings (Rev 17:4, 19:6, 1Tim 6:15). Only those who ruled over BABYLON are permitted this title in the Bible (see Ezra 7:12).
God rises up EARLY to send His prophets. God has sent His prophets! You are being warned! Why is this language not clear to you? Christ answers this question(see John 8:43). For too long you have ignored God's warnings and chosen to follow deceivers. Most of you have read vast sections of the Bible, and perhaps some of you have read it all. If you had read any of it with a degree of objectivity, you would have been aware that it's full of dire warnings of endtime events that will culminate with the return of the King of kings. Why are you so preoccupied with 'peace and safety'? Because you have listened to LIARS!
God is now warning you!Jer 4:1 "If you will return, O ISRAEL, return to Me," declares the LORD." V5 "ANNOUNCE IN JUDAH and PROCLAIM IN JERUSALEM and say: 'Sound the trumpet throughout the land!' Cry aloud and say, 'Gather together! Let us flee to the fortified cities!' Raise the signal to GO TO ZION! Flee for safety without delay! For I am bringing disaster from the NORTH, even TERRIBLE DESTRUCTION." From Judah and Jerusalem, a flame will spread to the whole house of Israel and consume it. 19. The seven trumpet plagues begin. Long after the Great Persecution, and the Great Tribulation begin, God will order the Seven Trumpet Plagues. We need now to understand all that happens in the time prior to this, in order to establish the time setting.
We know that the seven SEALS precede these plagues. In fact, the seventh SEAL actually ushers in the first TRUMPET plague(Rev 8:1). We've already covered the meaning of the first four SEALS as revealed by the Bible. We now come to the FIFTH SEAL. This is what it says: Rev 6:9 "When He opened the FIFTH SEAL, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the WORD OF GOD, and the TESTIMONY they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you JUDGE THE INHABITANTS OF THE EARTH and AVENGE our blood?" Then each of them was given a WHITE ROBE, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the NUMBER of their fellow-servants and brothers WHO WERE TO BE KILLED, as they had been, was COMPLETED." Notice that its the NUMBER of these people that must be COMPLETED. It's an exact number! In regard to God's elect, only one exact number is given! This is the number 144,000. It consists of 12,000 of each of the 12 Tribes of Israel (with the omission of the Tribe of Dan). Another group is spoken of. This is a massive group of people from every nation on earth whom God redeems. These Christians are referred to as 'an innumerable multitude.' God makes the point of letting us know that these people are unknown, that is, they are not identifiable as a group until they emerge from the GREAT TRIBULATION. This is what the Bible says: Rev 7:9 "After this I looked and there before me was a GREAT MULTITUDE that NO-ONE COULD COUNT, from every nation, tribe, people and language, STANDING BEFORE THE THRONE and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried with a loud voice: 'Salvation belongs to our God [THE FATHER], WHO SITS ON THE THRONE, and to the LAMB."
And just so that we understand that the exact identity of these people is unknown at that time, this is what is said:V13 "Then one of the elders said to me, "These in white robes - who are they, and where did they come from?" I answered, "Sir, you know." And he said, "These are they who have come out of the GREAT TRIBULATION; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."
The elder knew they had come from the GREAT TRIBULATION, but he didn't know who they were. The Prophet Isaiah also spoke of them. In reference to the distant nations of the house of Israel(Isa 49:1), he said this in Isa 49:19 "Though you were ruined and MADE DESOLATE and your land laid waste, now you will be too small for your people, and those who devoured you will be far away. The children BORN DURING YOUR BEREAVEMENT will yet say in YOUR hearing, 'This place is too small for us; give us more space to live in.'. Then YOU will say in your heart, 'Who bore me these? I was BEREAVED and BARREN; I was EXILED and REJECTED. Who brought these UP? I was left all alone, but these - WHERE HAVE THEY COME FROM?'" God answers in the next verse: V22 "This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See, I will beckon to the GENTILES, I will lift up MY BANNER (pointer: Isa 13:2, Ps 60:4, Zech 5:1) to the peoples; they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders. Kings will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. They will bow down before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust of your feet. Then you will know that I am the LORD; those who hope in Me will not be disappointed." These verses are not included to denigrate anyone, and certainly not those faithful and true servants of God, regardless of their ethnic origins, but to lead to the understanding of certain other scriptures that speak of the 'FULL NUMBER OF THE GENTILES' as opposed to an 'INNUMERABLE MULTITUDE OF GENTILES' which will shortly be covered in another article.
Just a personal word: No article is a substitute for GOD'S WORD! The Bible is your primary textbook; this is where you are to draw your knowledge. These articles are only a pathway to truth - which you must discover for yourself. Either prove them right, or reject them, but let the Bible be your final arbitrator. No man can write a complete article and cover every aspect of the subject matter. The Bible is written in such a way that almost every verse is a pathway to new understanding, and if pursued with great diligence, it will lead you on a never-ending journey of enlightenment. A true servant of God will soon find that the knowledge base of the Bible is so vast, and the subject matter so detailed, that a lifetime will never fully explore it. One of the most difficult things for a true servant of God to do is to stay aligned with the subject matter, because tangents emerge all the time that expand and magnify everything. You should always note the pointers and markers for future reference when reading and studying your Bible. There will be times when you will need to pursue them extensively to glean the intricate detail that they disclose.
You will soon discover that no man could have written the Bible. No human being could flange together such intricate detail over millennia of time. Only a superior intelligence could accomplish this! And this is why the Bible is called the WORD OF GOD. Up to now, most of you have understood nothing! You've confined your studies to the opinions of men. It's time now to confine your studies to the opinions of God. You must build a mental database of vast sections of the Bible. You will begin to recall key words (pointers and markers) that will lead you to greater enhancement of your understanding.
But don't cut yourself off from the OLIVE TREE(Rev 11:4, Zech 4:3). Communicate with those who have an overwhelming urge to serve God (Mal 3:16). Love your brothers and sisters in the faith, snatching some from the fire, and hating the garment (false doctrine) spotted by the flesh! (Jude 1:23, Jas 5:17-20). Above all, stand firm! If necessary, place your life on the line - this is pleasing to God because it demonstrates your faith. But don't deliberately provoke anyone. Leave that to God's prophets! This is what they are trained to do! (Rev 10:11). God's word to them is to TORMENT those who oppose the truth! God's instructions are to cry aloud and SPARE NOT! (Isa 58:1). Their primary target are the false prophets, firstly in the Churches of God, secondly the 12 tribes of Israel, and thirdly the whole world. Believe God! Fear no-one! Finally, don't be offended at God's truth, nor the way that God chooses to complete His final work. After much study you will understand everything clearly!
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Because of the wide scope of this article, a lot of detail has been left out. In the future there will be a major upgrade, which will expand any sections that are inadequate in explanation. Other future articles will also cover many of these things.
Some of you may have noticed that up until now, none of these articles contain the personal pronouns 'I' or 'me' or any other in reference to this writer. When it's necessary to refer to this writer, the articles all refer, in the third person - to the 'writer.' There are good reasons for this; not the least of which is to demur from offering any personal opinions. This note, however, is not a part of this article, but merely an opportunity to converse on a personal level with those who truly love and serve our Creator God.
If you can see this note, then obviously you took the time to read the article (and hopefully study it in the pages of your Bible). There are many more things to be told, but you will need to be very strong - that is, spiritually strong. What you must be told will be bitter and hard to take, but at the same time it will be sweet and glorious. Perfect knowledge takes away fear. To know in advance is to be forewarned, and God intends to forewarn His true and faithful followers.
Those whom God is now calling He calls 'the wise.' Not by human standards, that is, the wisdom of this world, but by the standards that God sets. What is to come, will come on the whole earth. There is no escape. But God has ways of protecting you - because you are precious to Him. Those whom God is calling to this endtime work are to be called God's 'treasured possession.'
Because these articles are all shop-fronted to the world, there are many cryptic aspects to them. This is necessary at this time because of the prophecy ofEph 3:10. The time has not yet come for this to be fulfilled. From earliest times, God intended "the CHURCH to make known the MANIFOLD WISDOM of God to the RULERS and AUTHORITIES of the HEAVENLY REALMS". Instead the CHURCH decided to teach 'Satan's so-called deep secrets', of 'mysteries' and trinkets and paraphenalia. They found all these crazy things from antiquity to be more appealing than the TRUTH OF GOD. Satan also has a 'shop-front' to Christianity. It's called the Catholic Church. He's dressed it up to comply with the misguided views of Christianity in order to deceive. What he actually has in his 'warehouse' is something entirely different.
Christianity has armies of 'spiritual midgets' who continue to write articles and books in support of Satan's deception. They go to great lengths to detail the 'so-called deep secrets' with elaborate details of paraphenalia and regalia about the Catholic Church and the Pope. And for hundreds of years, people have been sucked in by this rubbish. The 'so-called deep secrets' are no secret at all! All of Christendom is aware of it. The Bible tells us not to learn it! If you have learned it - then dismiss it and forget it!
These articles are not designed to scare you, but to EMPOWER you! I want you to know that God is with you every step of the way - if you have truly surrendered to Him. Just as the blood of His glorious Son is precious to God, so is yours! God says, 'Vengeance is mine, I will repay.' Anyone who attempts to rob God of His 'precious possession' will pay dearly when God exacts vengeance on them.
And God will EMPOWER you! No longer will you ponder vast sections of the Bible and wonder about the meaning of it. You will know! And you will understand! Your eyes will be opened to comprehend the real meaning and purpose of all that is written. You will be shocked senseless for a time when you realize your former stupidity of believing the mindless nonsense that is taught by all of Christianity today. Remember what Paul wrote: "God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of POWER, LOVE AND A SOUND MIND."
Christ warned his disciples that they would be persecuted. Was Christ expressing a LACK of love when He said these things? No! He was expressing true love in warning them in advance. This is God's way. He loves those who serve Him faithfully, and wants you to be aware what is required of you. You will be greatly rewarded for your efforts. By listening to those who promise peace and safety, you are denying God. You are effectively calling Him a liar. As long as you live in the candy-floss world of these deceivers, and follow them, you are denying the truth. You must FOLLOW Christ - to His death if necessary. This was your solemn vow to God when you repented and received His Holy Spirit. Receiving God's Spirit didn't make you perfect, it merely magnified your imperfections, and set you on a course of change. Many of you have been in a constant state of spiritual hibernation every since. You didn't grow spiritually, and neither were you EMPOWERED.
These articles are merely guideposts to direct you to the real treasure. You must seek and find. You must dig deeper and uncover the true riches. Nothing else will seem important. And when you do, every word of God, every utterance, will be greatly magnified, and it will enrich your life. God's word is the true riches. Everything else, to use the words of Solomon, is vanity! Stupid, senseless vanity!
It gives me no pleasure to frighten you, and neither is this intended, but I must warn you. This is my God-given role. Nothing you can say or do will change the direction of the events that are now shaping up in the world. All of this is pre-ordained to occur.
Having read these articles, you will realize that my life is in great danger. This is of no concern to me. If they can kill me, then it might as well be sooner than later. But God is in control! Never-the-less, they are an evil brood; they have sought to kill people like Salman Rushti for many years now for criticizing their leader. They are actively killing Christians in their own countries. It's extremely dangerous to be a Christian in a Moslem state today. And this plague of evil is now spreading rapidly to all parts of the globe including your country. Be warned!
Be strong, dear brothers and sisters in Christ; all that is written is about to descend on us. Prepare yourself! Put on the whole armour of God and stand firm. Your eternal life depends on it!
I welcome your e-mails at any time. I'm particularly interested in hearing from those whose eyes are being opened. Let me know of your progress - I'm interested in you.
And those who want to 'flame' me with 'hate' mail, feel free! Then I will know who you are! And God also will know.
With much love to all who desire to serve the Almighty God,