CRY OUT AGAINST THE SYSTEM (VOLUME 1)ed
FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE YEAR 1994 By BRIDE OF CHRIST MINISTRY WORLD-WIDE © BRIDE OF CHRIST MINISTRY WORLD-WIDE
The authorship of this prophetic and revealing book cannot be attributed to any man as the Bible wrote very clearly in Second Peter 1:20-21 in this manner saying,
This portion of the scripture is proven to be truth through this write up as indeed it is written by holy men of God who were actually inspired by the Holy Ghost to write the will of God for our generation. When one reads the Book of Isaiah Chapter 8 Verse 1, he must get a further confirmation that God can tell a man to write for Him. “The Lord said to me (Isaiah), “Take a large scroll and write on it with an ordinary pen: Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz (Quick Loot, Fast Plunder).” KJV
Prophet Isaiah only obeyed the Voice of God and thereby served as a Secretary to the Lord, therefore there is no way the authorship of the book could be attributed to Isaiah the prophet, but rather the Authorship belongs to God Himself who dictated what should be written down by His servant.
We are still living in the days of the Apostles and Prophets. We are still living in the dispensation of the Holy Ghost who even presently inspires men to speak and write upon His dictation. So, when well over a dozen men gathered in obedience to the commission from the Lord to write this particular book, they separated themselves from every other thing and consecrated themselves in the presence of the Lord, and within a period of seven days this book was put together through the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, then it became God’s Book for the Hour that takes us back to the Christians’ absolute which is the Holy Bible - the Word of God, and God Himself.
The message contained in this work is an honest attempt to tell the truth. The body of this work is divided into three major sections. While the first section dealt with the issue of identifying the system which is being cried out against, the second section dealt with what the true system stands for.
As a matter of fact the system being cried against is a wrong system responsible for all the ills of the society - be it in the political, economic and religious realm. To expose this system for what it is forms the main thrust of the presentation in the first section of this work. In the same vein, the second section tried to show more of the falsehood surrounding the false system. As such the distinctive mark of the true system was highlighted and presented.
Progressively from the first two sections, the third section dealt with the God sent solution to as many that sincerely want the way out of the, so to say, unsolvable problem of the cruel, merciless and wicked system that has been imposed on mankind. No matter how people will disagree; the major problem is religious and herein hangs all human problems. To solve this problem the way out is presented.
The sincere admonition therefore is that whoever is reading must be patient and take his time to read through and then be in position to judge the contexts of this booklet. Two reactions or responses are certain from those who will read or hear about this work.
While a few will consider what is written therein, the truth and nothing but the whole truth that must be received to help them out of the age long errors and falsehood pervading everywhere, the greater majority will either ignore it or consider it one of the most dangerous religious information or material.
Some may even go out of the way to stop its circulation or call those that have a hand in its production into question.
However, whoever is reading should not expect much of the accepted and prevailing academic, intellectual and theological learning. Where people least expect to see God is normally where God is seen. God remains a mystery, unless He reveals Himself, which He does to whomsoever He wills. Amen.
IDENTIFYING THE SYSTEM:
CRYING OUT AGAINST THE SYSTEM
But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment. For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness. So that there is no place clean” (Isaiah 28:7-8, KJV).
Isaiah the prophet of God cried out against the evil systems of various men, nations, kingdoms and synagogues in his day; in the same manner every true God-called man or Church must raise his/their voice against every falsehood in their day, although it might cost them their life blood.
Righteous and holy men of God are as bold as a lion whenever they see, discern or notice any perversion, impersonation, or deception from the devil on the land against the people of God and against the Word of God. ‘The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion” (Proverbs 28:1, KJV).
The Lord Jesus Christ who is the Author and Finisher of the Christian faith was always bold to tell the truth about everything in His day. In Matthew 23rd chapter, we read clearly how Jesus boldly spoke against the hypocrisies of the Scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees, Lawyers, etc.
He called everything by their names to the extent that His hearers spoke concerning Him “But, lo, He speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto Him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?” (John 7: 26, KJV).
Jesus never compromised like our preachers of today, rather He boldly declared the entire Truth of God’s holy Word, and so were the rest of the prophets, Apostles, and other holy men and women of God.
Elijah the prophet cried out against apostasy in Israel, and against Ahab’s wicked rule and idolatry, influenced by his unrepentant wife Jezebel according to the Scriptures “But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, who Jezebel his wife stirred up. And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel” (1 Kings 21:25-26, KJV).
Concerning Ahab and his wife Jezebel, Elijah boldly cried Out against the evil ways as revealed to him by God “And the Word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite saying, Arise, go down to meet Ahab King of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the Vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to possess it.
And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine ....... And of Jezebel also spake the Lord, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel. Him that dieth of Ahab in the city the dogs shall eat, and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat” (1 Kings 21:17-19, 23-24, KJV).
Elijah neither feared nor flattered Ahab and Jezebel, who were the king and queen of the nation of Israel at that time. Elijah boldly declared the truth regardless.
Micaiah was another prophet who stood as a man alone in God’s hand and boldly cried out against Ahab and his false prophets. These false prophets like so many preachers of today, flattered Ahab with prosperity messages, declaring that he would win his battle against his enemy despite the fact that God’s Word was against his going to war against that city.
These false prophets with their “prosperity Message” wanted even the true prophet Micaiah to compromise with them and preach falsehood. “And all the prophets prophesied so, (that Ahab must succeed), saying, up to Ramoth-Gilead, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into the King’s hand. And messenger that was gone to call Micaiah spake to him, saying, Behold now, the Words of the prophets declare good unto the king with one mouth (Accord): let thy Word, I pray thee, be like the word of one them, and speak that which is good”, (in order words, compromise with us and preach prosperity message to the king and his people).
And Micaiah said, “As the LORD liveth, what the LORD saith unto me that will I speak…And he said, I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd: and the LORD said, These have no master: let them return every man to his house in peace. And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, did not I tell thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil?” (1Kings 22:12-14, 17-18, KJV).
So many people today are like King Ahab, longing only to hear “good message of prosperity” and hating to hear that “the wages of sin is death” for the disobedient. And God has allowed false, deceiving and deceived preachers who are like the false prophets of Ahab to mount the pulpits to preach Only “Miracle, prosperity “ to them in order for such people to end up in hell without repentance.
Yet God has preachers of truth like Micaiah of old, who will not join the majority to propagate false hope and false doctrine to the people. Such preachers will be hated as Ahab hated Micaiah and even put in prison for not joining the rest of the ecumenical preachers to say the approved message by the religious headquarters of false prophets with “prosperity message.”
We read about another character in the Bible, John the Baptist, by name, who boldly declared the truth from God’s Word to the people of his days.
Although he was aware of the danger of preaching the entire truth and the threat on his life for boldly speaking the truth without deceiving anyone’s ear or giving any one a false hope in respect of the Kingdom of God, yet he maintained his ground and cried out against the adulterous life of King Herod who snatched the wife of his brother Philip, Herodias by name, merely because he was richer.
John the Baptist never minded king Herold’s wealth or social status, rather he boldly condemned the King for breaking the law of God on “Marriage and Divorce” without fear and flattery.
“But Herod the tetrach, being reproved by him (John the baptist) for the Herodias his brother Philip’s wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done, added yet this above all, that he shut up John in Prison” (Luke 3:19-20; KJV).
“For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias sake, his brother Philip’s wife. For John said unto him, it is not lawful for thee to have her... .And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison” (Matthew 14:3-4,10; KJV).
John indeed died but he died a saint and for the Truth of God’s Word. Peter the Apostle of Jesus Christ upheld the Truth of God’s Word boldly before the council that threatened to kill them should they continue to preach the Truth out of the Scriptures concerning Jesus Christ.
“And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, whether it be right in the sight of God, to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:18-20; KJV).
When the council had released the Apostles after much threatening, floggings and mockery, these servants of God never compromised but rather yearned for more boldness from God to declare the Gospel Truth even at the risk of their lives ”And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto Thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak Thy Word,….” (Acts 4:29; KJV).
It does not take much education or wealth to boldly stand for God as did Isaiah or any of the prophets and apostles of old. What it takes is only to be with Christ, the Word of God, and understand what He loves and what He hates bearing in mind that whatever He spoke is irrevocable Word of God, as it is written “Forever 0 LORD, Thy Word is settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89).
Peter and the rest of God’s true servants never acquired any Bible college qualification only that they had been with Jesus, the Word of God, and possessed His Doctrine and life and became fully like Him
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13; KJV).
We can as well display such boldness today by being actually with Christ, which is the Word of God (John 1:14). And any man, or Church who meets Christ today will as well speak boldly like Micaiah and the rest of the true preachers of righteousness without speaking the popularly accepted doctrine from the people’s prophets for the peoples Church.
Regrettably, preachers of today who are quite aware of the evil lives among the Churches, Nations, Presidents, Governors, Ministers, Kings, traditional rulers, have sold their birth rights only to propagate “good prosperity message” like the false prophets of Ahab, to the people of our day that needs to be reproved of their various sins against God and His Word.
These compromising preachers shy away from declaring the whole counsel of God like St. Paul who said “For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the Counsel of God” (Acts 20:27; KJV).
Paul knew the danger of deceiving the ears of his audience so he unavoidably and boldly told them the entire Gospel Truth as he said “Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God” (Acts 20:26-27; KJV).
But the social preachers of today with their social “non-offensive, non-provoking and unity and love” messages continue to deceive the ears of the people in order to retain their meal ticket.
These preachers know very well that any moment they speak the entire true, rugged, and uncompromising Word of God against the evil system and way of the people in our day, so many noble and rich men will stop attending their Churches and thereby diminish the much desired population of people in their groups.
That is not all, such preachers are aware that the real Word of God preached uncompromisingly is a “hard truth” and many people hate to hear the “hard truth”. Should such preachers dare to preach it, “the Governors will no longer attend the fund raising service or the launching of the Cathedral building”.
They avoid also telling people the truth because “the mayor will be offended and leave. Also traditional rulers will ignore the invitation for the bazaar programme”.
For the sake of money and respect of persons, preachers nowadays present a social gospel that “must be sweet to every ear” to a dying generation in this end time. They are afraid to be cast out of the pulpit or rejected by their Church and its headquarters.
They are afraid of having their certificate of registration being withdrawn and their Church being closed, they are afraid of being ridiculed or of losing their popularity. It is a shameful thing to such preachers.
Saint Paul spoke concerning such people in Philippians 3:17-19 “Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as you have for an example. (for many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ; whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things)” KJV
Paul said such preachers are going to end up in hell because their god is their belly and bodily desires. They think only of things that belong to this world.
Isaiah the prophet saw such preachers and their pulpits and lamented that there was no place clean. He said “For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness “. (The tables represent the pulpit from where we collect our daily spiritual food for our souls).
Isaiah went further to prophesy “They are of the way”. Let us find out the way which these people have left from Isaiah 35 verse 8 “... And an highway shall be there, and a way. and it shall be called The Way of’ Holiness: the unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for those: The wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein”. KJV
To understand it further we have to read St. John Chapter 14 verse 6 “Jesus saith to him, I AM THE WAY, The Truth, and The Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.“ KJV.
Christ (who is the Word of God made flesh) is the only Way of holiness, so Isaiah cried out against the people for forsaking the Way of God, the Way of holiness and Truth, even the Word of God, he cried out, “They are out of the Way”.
Every true preacher in every age never failed to cry out against the people, nations, kingdoms and denominations each time they noticed them erring from the way of truth, holiness and life of God These faithful preachers cried out against the flattering and compromising religious leaders whose pulpit, tables are full of vomit as they brought back all that they rejected earlier on by the Word of God.
The Bible spoke concerning such men and women who went back and picked up again all the evil systems that the Word of God asked them to forfeit.
“If people have escaped from the corrupting forces of the world through their knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and then are again caught and conquered by them, such people are in worse state at the end than they were at the beginning.
It would have been much better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than to know it and then turn away from the sacred command that was give them. What happened to them shows that the proverbs are true: “A dog goes back to what it has vomited” and “A pig that has been washed goes back to roll in the mud” (2 Peter 2:20-22 GNB).
How many people today call themselves sons and daughters of God, yet their lives are full of vomit and pollution and filthiness of sin and unbelief to God’s Word. They are out of the way of the Lord, the Christ, the way of truth and true holiness. Such people are out of the Word of God and Christ is the Word of God and the Way, Truth and Life (St. John 1:1, 14; 14:6).
Isaiah said “they err in vision” because they only see God by the way their carnal, ungodly and sinful minds visualises the Word of God through Bible college theological and denominational eyes and understanding. They do not want to see God according to His Word, the Holy Scriptures.
For this reason as prophet Isaiah said further “they err in judgment” as they declare false teachings and messages contrary to God’s Word. Every preacher and Child of God is called to be a judge. He must know the truth and the mind of God in order to judge wisely based upon God’s Word which is our constitution.
The preacher must condemn whatever the constitution (God’s Word) condemned and justify whatever the Word of God justified because he is an “Ambassador of God” and therefore must judge or speak like God “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ . ..“ (2 Corinth. 5:20)
“Do you not know that the saints shall judge the world? And if the world shall be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know you not that we shall judge angels? How much more things that pertain to this life?” (I Corinth. 6:2-3; KJV)
“If any man speak (judge), let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen” (I Peter 4:11; KJV).
Unfortunately, so many preachers and so called Christian groups pass false judgment by the Word of God today not understanding the constitution of the kingdom of God. That is why we find many unrepented men that have married and divorced more than one wife retaining their positions as elders, deacons, or even preachers in the Church contrary to God’s Word.
Nowadays, preachers are passing judgment that it is alright for mothers and the entire womanhood to appear almost nude as footballers for such activities like “Mothering Sundays, Launchings” etc. Poor judgment from the pulpit has caused men in secret and occultist societies to remain in the Church, even retaining high and very important positions.
It is poor judgments that introduced cultural and various traditional dances like the masquerades into the Church. By so doing, all manner of worldly cultures, life and systems have overthrown the Way of God out of power among all denominations. Sin and ungodliness have been welcomed to stay in the congregations only because of false judgments.
All the doctrines of God have been misjudged, displaced, dislocated and misquoted because poor judges, who boast of only theological qualifications with brain knowledge without ever being with Christ have overtaken the pulpits.
In spite of all these, yet people with false doctrines and sinful ungodly lives goes ahead to claim “we are children of God”. But the question is, Which God? Is it the God who live in no other place but in His Word “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and, the Word was God” (John 1:1; KJV).
Anyone who claims to be a child of God must be a child of the Word, living and teaching in accordance to God and His sacred Word. But on the reverse what we see today among so called Christians neither reflect the life and teaching of God nor His Word.
The poor judgment has produced corrupt system both in Politics, Economy and Religion. Everywhere spells corruption and no one is interested to take a bold stand to cry out against such evil systems.
However, as the Word of God was against the false systems in the past, the same way it is against the false systems of today and forever because the Word never changes “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and forever. Amen” (Hebrews 13:8; KJV) Christ is the same because, He as God changeth not. “For I AM the LORD, I change not; ... (Malachi 3:8; KJV).
Because of this immutable nature, whatever He hates from the beginning is hated till the end; and whatever He loves from the beginning, He loves to the end. For instance when Jesus observed the hypocritical life of the Pharisees, how they appeared religious before people and yet always broke God’s law,
He warned His disciples saying “... Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. ... This people honoureth Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. Howbeit, in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men as washing pots and cups and many other such like things ye do. And He said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keepyour own tradition” (Luke 12:1, Mark 7:6-9; KJV).
As Jesus condemned such habit once, He forever condemns it. Yet today denominations love to propagate man-made ways more than God’s provided way. Like the Pharisees, people in our day uphold catechisms more than the Word of God, which certainly is traditional.
People love standing in the market places to pray openly where everyone can see them than to obey the Bible that said, “And when thou prayest, thou shall not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men.
Verily I say unto you. They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly “. (Matthew 6:5-6; KJV)
And such other man-made dogmas, people prefer to God’s Word. Imagine ordinary human being preferring to keep his own system other than the Word of God. God hates seeing in any Church or people usurping authority over His Word as it is written “and whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus (the Word of God), giving thanks to God and the Father by Him” (Colossians 3:17; KJV)
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4, KJV)
For the fact that God loves His Word to prevail over every man, and subjects everything under the Word of God, makes it necessary for a true man of God to raise his voice against every man-made systems introduced into the various Churches today in the name of God by carnal human reasoning for it is written “there is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverb 14:12, KJV).
Every man-made system introduced into religion, economy or politics deceitfully in the name of God must fail with everyone that introduced such because Jesus said “I AM the Vine, ye are the branches; he that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit (the same succeeds) FOR WITHOUT ME YE CAN DO NOTHING” (John15:5, KJV).
No nation, Church or people can ever succeed in life if they abandon the true Word of God. The Word of God must be the absolute for every child of God, to cross check his daily life, his doctrine, conduct and order. Any attempt by anyone to ignore God’s Word, such a one can easily be swallowed up by his own traditions and selfish systems, yet having the assumption that he is pleasing God.
Being a child of God is a way of life and not a mere religion where one covers himself, hiding in hypocrisy whereas one’s life does not reflect the very love of God here on earth. Realizing this, one must be very certain of the ground that he is treading upon for the fact that the Faith of Christ is not a gamble.
Saint Paul said in 2 Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” KJV. (Christ is the Word of God, the Way, the Truth and Life, one must be certain whether the Truth is in him).
The Holy Scriptures have both the questions and answers to the Kingdom of God. And by it alone must one examine himself whether he is in the Faith of Christ, contended by the saints in all ages. One must not lean upon his own understanding, otherwise he perish.
It is written in Romans 1:18”for the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness” KJV.
When one answers a child of God, he means that he is in the truth and therefore he must be extremely careful concerning the very life he lives or doctrine he professes as he, in other words, is telling everyone around him that his life and teaching is from God and Christ. God must judge everything that man introduced into the world created by God, whether it be a life lived or doctrine taught or whatsoever he manifests.
The Bible said “Each of us shall give account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12, KJV). Everyone without, exemption, must appear before the judgment seat of Christ. All will be there whether Pope, cardinal, bishop, overseer, pastor, denomination, or the entire people, all will be there individually to answer for himself.
As we know that God is no respecter of persons, what manner of persons ought we to be? We therefore ought to be certain of whatever we believe and teach as well. Moreover, one must also be certain of the life that he manifest - whether one live actually a godly life, holy and truthful.
One must as well examine his doctrine whether it is absolutely backed by the Scriptures, if in the positive, then God is in control of one’s life, but if one’s life and doctrine is negative and contradicts the Holy Scriptures then repentance is the only immediate solution as there is no reasonable excuse before God.
Surely God is a God of love and mercy, but one must remember that He is also a God of justice. For instance in His love and mercy He spared not rebellious Satan when he introduced rebellion against God’s rulership and God casted him down (Ezekiel 28:12-17; Isaiah 14:12-19).
God spared not His first son and daughter on the earth, (Adam and Eve), when they transgressed against the word of God (Gen 3:1- 19).
In the book of Numbers 10 verse 1-3, we read another account of how the very God of love and mercy sent down fire from heaven to destroy the two disobedient sons of Aaron (the first high priest of Israel) because they sinned against Him by making sacrifices in the temple of God with “strange fire” which God disallowed.
God destroyed the city of Sodom and Gomorrah by fire in Genesis Chapter 19, because the inhabitants enjoyed sin at random.
Even Israel, God’s chosen nation, were severely punished by God each time that God caught them guilty of introducing strange systems of idol worship into their midst (Judges 2:10-15).
So God of love and mercy judged and judges still, every transgression and man-made systems because “our God is a consuming fire” (Heb. 12:29). He hates to see whatsoever He never introduced among His people because He alone is the. Author and Finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2).
He started the faith and must end it and as well loves to see it preserved just as it was handed over to man, without any man-made systems, being added to it or subtracted from it.
But it seems today’s Christianity has overlooked this important fact. In Ephesians 2 verse 20, the Bible says “And (we) are built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the Chief Corner Stone “. Christ, the Word of God is the main and central point of all that the Apostles and prophets spoke about. The Scriptures say further “Whatsoever ye do in words or deeds, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him” (Col.3:17, KJV)
“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.” (Eph.3:14-15, KJV).
The Word of God must be one’s absolute, for unto Christ (the Word of God) alone must we bow to and obey because He was the central theme of all that the Apostles and prophets preached, they never preached or heralded any man-made system throughout their era. Amen.
THE MIDNIGHT CRY
In the Book of Matthew 25th Chapter, first through thirteenth verse, the Holy Bible recorded an interesting and striking passage that must fulfil in this last age during which the whole world shall be covered in gross darkness. It is called the parable of the ten virgins which took place during the midnight hour.
From the Book of Isaiah 60 verse 2, we read “For behold the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people ...” In fact, the earth and the entire people upon the earth who had not Christ in their lives are in gross darkness because Christ is the light of the world. This darkness came as a result of rejection of the Word of God and true believers and bearers of the Word by the entire world.
However, this parable of the ten virgins fulfils when the world is in gross darkness for rejecting God’s Word, and when even the religious people who claim to have their lamp trimmed become tired of waiting for Christ’s coming and then slumbers without having enough oil, (the Holy Spirit), and without Light - the Word of God).
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD, he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life” (John 8:12, KJV). We read further in St. John 1:1, 4-5 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God ....... In Him was Life and the Life was the light of men. And the Light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”
Christ, the Light is the very life of men, whosoever that rejected Him is in darkness. So, that midnight cry will sound when the entire worldly men and women are operating without the Light and Life of God.
Let us prove it further that Christ is that Light and life provided by God for all human race. From St. John’s Gospel Chapter 12 verse 35-36 “Then Jesus said unto them, a little while is the Light with you. Walk while you have the Light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While you have Light, believe in the Light, that ye may be the children of Light .....” KJV
It is quite clear that Christ (the Word of God), is the Light that was given by God to men to guide their pathway here on earth as David the Psalmist said “Thy Word is a Lamp unto my feet, and a Light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105, KJV).
Without the true Word of God on the land, the entire world remains in gross darkness, and each time the world would see any Light, it must have to come through the children or lovers of light who hold the Word of God as a Lamp to order the footsteps of the people across the wide wilderness of life in this dark world.
And as long as the true believers hold unto the Lamp and Light-giving Word of God in each age, those believers remain the Light of the world like Jesus who was the Light to the world when He manifested in the flesh. Jesus spoke of the believers in Matthew 5:14 “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid” KJV
Whenever Christ (the Word of God) is rejected and put out of the lives of various families, tribes and nations of the world, and God’s children who are the true bearers of the lamp (light) of the true Word of God can scarcely be found, then the next and only thing to witness is gross darkness all over the land.
Comparing the way and manner of life manifested by many people today with the Word of God, one can easily discover a parallel line that majority of people live contrary to the Scriptural standards and as a result grope in gross darkness because they refused to accept the Light of God’s Word to control their lives and doctrines.
Nevertheless, there must be a persistent uncompromising voice from God in this dark hour of the world to cry out against all falsehoods of men in this present age, warning all and sundry to flee from the darkness into the marvelous Light of God’s Word, yet only very few will obey that voice because....“the Light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not ...
And this the condemnation, that Light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than Light, because their deeds were evil. For verily every one that doeth evil hateth the Light, neither cometh to the Light, lest his deeds should be reproved” (John1: John 3:19-20, KJV)
The midnight cry of Matthew 25:1-13 signifies a Gospel Message from God through an end time messenger who will herald the secret coming of Christ to catch away His Bride for the Wedding Super in the air according to 2 Thess. 4:16-17 “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” KJV
Firstly, one must take note of the fact that the voice of Matthew 25 went forth at midnight “And midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him” (Matt. 25:6, KJV).
This cry is a message like John the Baptist’s cry “The voice of him crieth in wilderness, prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God (Isa.40:3; Luke 3:4, KJV).
It was not an ordinary cry but a message to wake up a people in the world that have slumbered and slept although they have the Bible (the lamp) in their hands but had not the Spirit of God (oil) to make it burn effectively.
“Then shall the kingdom of God be likened unto ten virgins, which took lamps, and went forth to meet the Bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no with them. But the wise took it in their vessels their lamps” (Matt.25:1-4).
This portion of the Scriptures concerns mainly the people who handles Word of God which David called “a lamp unto my feet”. It is mainly for every gathering where the Bible is being mentioned, therefore one has to be very certain that he or she does not carry about the Lamp without enough oil.
In the Bible, oil represents the Holy Spirit of God being figuratively spoken of in many portions of the Scriptures. Like an oil, the Spirit of God consecrates, comforts, illuminates and heals.
There is no use for anyone to contend for the heavenly race and kingdom of God without the Holy Spirit dwelling in him or her, consecrating the person for the race, comforting one in time of distress and despair, illuminating one’s heart to understand the mind of God and healing one of both spiritual and physical sickness.
The Spirit God is nothing less than the Word of God and the Living Truth from God’s Word as Jesus said in St. John 6:63 “It is the Spirit that quickeneth (makes alive); the flesh profiteth nothing: the Words I speak to you, they are Spirit and they are life.” Jesus spoke no other words other than the very Words of God. The Word of God is Spirit because God Himself is a Spirit (John 4:24).
We can now understand by the above explanation that what those foolish virgins lacked was “enough” Word or Spirit of God. They lacked the Word of God enough in their lives which hindered them from the Wedding Supper in the sky with the Bridegroom.
This shows that anyone who does not acquire enough revelation of God and His Word to walk fully like Christ Himself in this age must not be in the wedding supper with Christ. The Bride of Christ must acquire enough Truth, Life and Doctrine of Christ to sustain her till the Bridegroom comes. She must be in uniform dressed with the wedding garment in the Word of God for the marriage feast as it is written.
“For by One Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into One Spirit” - God’s Word (I Cor. 12:13, KJV).
There is only one way for one to become a child of God, having and manifesting godly life, preaching, teaching and believing one Truth out of God’s Word as the Bible said “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling: One Lord, one Faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all...” (Eph. 4:4-6)
“For God is not author of confusion, but of peace, as in all Churches of the saints” (1 Corinth. 14:33, KJV). God gave only one faith to every true child of God through the foundation of the teachings of the Apostles and prophets according to Ephesians 2:20 “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the Chief Corner Stone “.
This foundation laid by the Apostles and Prophets are not man-made. “knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:20-21).
The prophets and apostles were true witnesses of God “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of Life; ... And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full” (I John 1:1 & 4, KJV).
Because of the certainty of their experience with God, the Apostles and Prophets pointed everyone to the only Truth, Way, and Life commanding everyone to “... earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3).
There is only one true faith to be contended for, there is only one way for anyone to know the truth from God which is through the Holy Scriptures for it is written “and ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make ye free” (John 8:32, KJV).
The only oneness and unity in faith which pleases God is the one achieved in line with God’s Word (THE TRUTH). God has only one standard and if anyone does not meet up God’s standard, he or she is disqualified no matter the position one occupies here on earth.
This is why the “midnight cry” is going forth now saying “Check up your lamps whether you actually have enough oil and true word of God in you”, just as the Scriptures say “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates” (2 Corinth. 13:5, KJV).
It is the midnight hour and Christ is coming soon and His message has gone forth “Wake up from your slumber, for you have the Bible - the Lamp, without having the Holy Spirit to quicken the Word into your soul”.
Presently, the entire religious world slumbered and are tired of proclaiming the truth of God’s Word uncompromisingly with the same burning zeal the apostles and prophets handed it down, rather they keep on messing up the sacred name of the only one and true God.
However, only the Voice of God through the Message of the Midnight Messenger can wake one up from his or her slumber. And the hour has come when one should know on whose side he or she stands for. When those virgins woke up from their slumber, we discovered that half of them united together in search of oil as they went out in gross darkness at the late hour.
They had not enough Word of God and His Spirit in their midst so they missed the Wedding Supper of the Bridegroom, but the other half that had enough Word of God and His Spirit (the oil) were sustained by it, they were never tired because what they had was able to catch them away to meet the Bridegroom.
No matter the pains, ridicule and mockery on those wise virgins, they retained the oil (God’s Truth) because at the long run “they’ll ever be with the Lord” in the Wedding Supper. The Bible says “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not - rely not - unto thine own understanding” (Prov. 3:5, KJV).
Indeed the Faith is not like a disco or playing party, nor a social club, it is not a political party, nor a mere religion where one depends on his human understanding through Bible Colleges and other educational institutions. One must not rely on any human being and his human ideas whether Pope, Cardinal, Bishop or Reverend Father or Mother, for every man-made programmes, or teaching must disappoint whosoever rely on them.
Faith in Christ is a matter between life and death because it is a business between man and his Creator who is a consuming fire “For our God is a consuming fire” (Heb. 12:29).
And God committed the main responsibility of worshipping God unto the hand of man here on earth, to understand what is pleasing to his Creator and observe it word for word, line by line, precept upon precept and it is a duty “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments FOR THIS IS THE WHOLE DUTY OF MAN” (Eccl. 12:13, KJV).
Worshipping God is a strict business, one must be certain of the path he is treading upon knowing full well that, God must bring everything done in this present body to judgment. One must not do anything only because he loves it that way. EVERY THING MUST BE DONE ONLY THE WAY GOD WANTS IT, AND NO OTHER WAY IS REQUIRED.
Worshipping God calls for man’s complete dependence upon God and His Word, for God created us and paid a special price to save mankind “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, AND YOU ARE NOT YOUR OWN? FOR YE ARE BOUGHT WITH A PRICE: Therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinth, 6: 19-20, KJV).
There are numerous worshippers today who feel that they are in a ‘free world” and for that reason they claim the right to live anyhow and introduce into God’s Church any kind of man-made social, deceptive creeds and dogmas. No one has such right because God must certainly ask him or her why such a thing was done. For this reason one must re-examine his experience by God’s plumb line - the Word of Truth.
One must not be carried away to say “God is with me because He is blessing and prospering me” That is not a sure sign to ascertain one’s relationship with God because the Bible tells of a man Lazarus by name, who experienced abject poverty, was wretched and sick as he had no money for hospital expenses but entered the paradise of God only because he was faithful to the entire Word of God.
Assuming that prosperity is used as a yardstick, poor Lazarus would have been the first to enter the place of torments. So many preachers today have deceived the ears of the people by proclaiming that “poverty is a curse, and if you are poor you are a sinner”. Never! It is the devil’s lie because a call to the Faith of Christ is a call for suffering, poverty, and other various hard experience
“Giving no offence in anything, that the ministry be not blamed. But in all things approving ourselves the ministers of God, in much patience, necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonment in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fasting ..... By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known, and behold, we live; as chastened and not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things” (2 Corinth.6:3-5, 8-10, KJV).
The Holy Ghost in Paul warned children of God concerning material blessings and prosperity “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which draw men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many arrows (Tim. 6:9-10, KJV).
Jesus never deceived His followers with promises of material prosperity and blessings. He spoke to them plainly “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God” (Mark 1O: 25, KJV) “ ...... And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.” (Matt. 20:29, KJV).
It is now clear that prosperity in material wealth is not an unfailing sign that God is pleased with someone and the very thing he is doing, neither is lack of material things of the world a sure sign that God has forsaken anyone because God never promised the riches of this present life to His children. He promised them “One thing needful” which is Eternal Life and no power or money can buy it. One can prosper and still perish.
Satan is still in control of the present wealth of the present worlds because he was created in riches “Thou hast been in Eden the Garden of God; every precious Stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz and diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrels and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou was created.” (Ezek 28:13, KJV).
God casted down Lucifer with all his powers and riches pending the day he and his angels will be cast into the lake of fire prepared for him and his angels, his riches notwithstanding.
Is it not blindness on the part of preachers today who proclaim that God is with them only because they have acquired flashy cars and costly cathedral - Church buildings including gigantic theological colleges, or that they have so many number of people within their congregations. That is not the plumb line. How many buildings did Jesus raise? Did any of the prophets and Apostles build any synagogue? Rather they hardly had any place to lay their heads.
Concerning the number of people in a congregation, how many people remained with the Lord Jesus after hearing the dynamic uncompromising hard truth from His sermons. During one of His sermons even many of His disciples forsook Him and His Church had only very few members because He boldly declared the true Word of God as He was not preaching just to have the largest populated group but to prepare the lives of men for the Kingdom of God.
The Bible said, “From that time many of His disciples went back and walked no more with” (John 6:66, KJV). The Lord Jesus never preached a “sweet non-offending social gospel” to His audience; neither did John the Baptist nor Saint Paul.
They all died in the truth and for the truth they stood for, which meant most everything to them, and not how many multitudes that flooded the pews and attended the crusade. And everyone must take side with either the uncompromising hard Gospel Truth or the popularly accepted social and compromising system of the present religious world. Amen.
THE SYSTEM TODAY
A system is defined as a way of organizing something according to certain ideas, principles, etc. It is also a plan or method. There is devil’s system of doing things and there is God’s system of doing things also and both systems are expressed through human beings.
Whenever man operates through God’s system, it must agree with God’s Word, but anytime man is influenced by the devil to operate devilish systems, it will disagree with the Word of God bearing in mind that a system is a way of organising something according to certain ideas and principles. God has His own ideas and principles as the devil has his also and they both differ from human ideas.
God spoke concerning His ideas and principles thus in Isaiah 55:8 saying “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Various ideas and principles emanate from one’s manner of thoughts and ways. God’s ways and thoughts are perfect and whatever He does must be perfect, and as devil’s thoughts and ways are pervert, same manner all his ideas and principles remain pervert.
From the above quoted scriptures from Isaiah, one can see that man’s ways and thoughts in organizing anything without the influence of God and His Word, MUST DIFFER both in principles and ideas from God’s as the Scriptures further says “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! FOR WHO HATH KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD? OR WHO HATH BEEN HIS COUNSELLOR?” (Rom 11:33-34, KJV).
No one is God’s counsellor. The Word of God remains what God said it should be. No one can query God’s ideas, principles, the system of God remains the absolute and every devilish system through human beings must be resisted and cried against.
Unfortunately, blind and foolish, deceived men of the world today believe that they can counsel or correct God and for that reason they insist on the correction of the Holy Bible - the Word of God, in order to establish their own devil-influenced human ideas and principles, a system that will encourage them in their evil lusts to rebel against the Word of God.
Such people must either repent or perish, for God sees things from His own perspective and not from man’s ideas, principles or ways.
Man in his wickedness right from Genesis 3, has always rebelled and rejected God and His system only to have his human way. This hatred on God’s Word has also caused man to hate anyone who loves to stand for God as we can see in the case of Cane and Abel.
Cain slew Abel in Genesis 4, only because God identified Himself with Abel who did His will through revelation of God’s Word. Yet, in this twentieth century this clash between the people of God and devil has continued.
Adolf Hitler of Germany for example hated the God of the Jews and subsequently he hated the Jews as a people of God in the natural. Such hatred prompted Hitler to execute the genocide against the Jews with the use of “gas chambers” to annihilate about six million Jews.
In his human idea, Hitler thought that he could put to an end a nation whose God promised to be re-gathered in their homeland of Israel in the last days. Today, we are living witnesses that Israel has been re-gathered to their homeland according to God’s promised Word, but Hitler is dead and gone.
One can hate God, His Word and the people of God, yet he cannot put to an end whatever promise that God has made for His people in His Word, as God’s promise can never fail. “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry” (Habakkuk 2:3, KJV).
Another instance is Jesus of Nazareth - The Truth from God, whom the blind Jews (religious people) with the help of the Romans (government) killed; they crucified the true Word made flesh and buried Him thinking that they have succeeded to put His ministry to an end, but contrary to their human ideas it took God only three days to raise up Jesus - the Truth - back to life again.
It is the same thing today because God never changes in His ways, whosoever that crucifies the truth from God again must see the truth back to life again within seventy two hours (three days). The Truth must always re-surface triumphantly because “... we can do nothing against the Truth, but for the Truth” (2 Corinth.13:8, KJV).
Jesus knew that the peoples of the earth hate the truth and the bearers of truth. Therefore He said “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Remember the word that I said unto you, the servant is not greater than his Lord, if they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also. But all these will they do unto you for My Name’s sake, because they know not Him that sent Me “.
The world and her corrupt system hate the Word of God and every faithful follower of God’s Word. However, no matter what the world does or says, the true Word of God must be preached and it must attack all the man-made systems. Jesus said that the world at large must hate and persecute the true children of God for the Truth they represent.
How can the same world that hated and crucified Jesus - the Word of God - spare or accept any man or group of men who live and teach in accordance to the ideas, principles and doctrine of Jesus Christ? It is impossible.
But preachers of today claim to be higher than the Lord Himself, because the same wicked ungodly world and her system that rejected and killed the Master of Truth - Christ - is now in sweet romance with such preachers even to the point of awarding such preachers with honorary doctorate degrees and other various titles as a sign of appreciation for their compromise with the world.
The entire world jointly awarded “a Nobel peace prize award” to a Pope in our generation. In other words, making the Pope their prince of peace, whereas same world crucified the True Prince of Peace - Jesus Christ - and hated and rejected His teachings and manner of life.
But the Bible asked “can two walk together except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3, KJV). This goes to show that Churches and preachers of various denominations have compromised with the world with social and flattering gospel, preaching “peace and unity” contrary to the word of Jesus “Think not that I AM come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in-law against her mother in law” (Matt. 10:34-35, KJV).
The doctrine of Christ must cause separation between believers and unbelievers as the Scripture says “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to doctrine which is according to godliness: he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmising, perverse disputing of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: FROM SUCH WITHDRAW THYSELF” (1 Timothy 6:3-5, KJV).
But preachers of various denominations ignore these scriptures by welcoming every pagan and unbeliever who is not willing to talk in line with God’s Word into the Christian fold because they want “peace and unity” by all means.
However, the Church of God is the Pillar of Truth and no room for compromise with any worldly system. Yet one witnesses each day before his eyes, how the leaders of various denominations are uniting the Church and other heathen, traditional religions together, including voodoo and Satanic priests. Such amalgamation or togetherness tolerates everything that God condemned in His Word.
The ecumenical leaders in their blindness are ignorant of the fact that they are leading their followers into the ditch of hell and destruction.
The true Church of God must cry out against all the evil ideas and principles of men in religious attire, which they have incorporated into the worshipping of the true God contrary to God’s command by His Word - as God says.....
“Ye shall not add unto the Word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from to, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you ....... Every Word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put trust in Him. Add thou not unto His Words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar... For I testify unto every man that heareth the Words of the prophecy of this Book, if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this Book:” (Deut. 4:2, Prov. 30:5-6, Rev. 22:18, KJV).
The true Church must cry out against all the man-made systems added into the Churches of today for the Bible says “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, that Thou mightest be justified in Thy sayings, and mightest overcome when Thou art judged” (Rom. 3-4, KJV).
God alone and His mind through the Word of God is the only Truth and source of truth and every other man-made formula or system is a lie and fallible. Both the word of a Pope and the highly recognised man in the world or even the least man upon the earth is fallible. Only the Word of God is infallible and must be the Absolute to every sincere child of God.
The Bible commanded all true worshippers who worship God in Spirit and Truth through the Holy Scriptures not to compromise with the world nor love her system “Do not love the world or anything that belongs to the world. If you love the world, you do not love the Father. Everything that belongs to the world - what the sinful self-desires, what people see and want, and everything in this world that people are so proud of - none of this comes from the Father; it all comes from the world. The world and everything in it that people desire is passing away; but he who does the will of God lives forever”. (1 John 2:15-17 GNB).
The order of the world is contrary to God’s way. Jesus Christ who is the Anointed Word of God made flesh never compromised with the world for the sake of peace and togetherness, rather He upbraided them in doctrine or life, no matter how big or small or beautiful it seem, but if it contradicts God’s Word it is then against (anti) the Word of God - and such is the anti-Christ (against the Word of God).
Jesus said “He that is not with Me is against Me; and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth abroad” (Matt 12:30, KJV). Anything against Christ and His Word is the anti-Christ whether ideas or principles of man or groups of men.
The Word of God condemns the system of this world because Satan influences the actions of all ungodly men who walk not according to God’s Word. “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Rev. 12:9),
“But if our Gospel be hid it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world (Satan) hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the Light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the image of God should shine on them” (2 Corinth. 4:3-4, KJV).
Satan, incites religious ungodly men under his control to teach and live contrary to God’s Word and to propagate man-made ideas, and he is fully aware that such falsehood will only bring those compromisers back to hell for destruction. Inspite of the horrible and terrible judgment that awaits such men, they love sin and Satanic man-made systems more than the Word of God, and even go to any length to stop every true move and Word of God to establish their vain manmade traditions. Amen.
THE GREAT DECEPTION
From the book of Obadiah verses 3 and 4 the Bible says “The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the cliffs of the rock, whose habitation is high; that says in his heart, who shall bring me down to the ground? Thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord”.
Man by nature loves to deceive his heart (as he hate to tell himself the truth), so the heart of man is deceived through pride any moment he feels that he has succeeded in his life endeavours dwelling in his strong ground of pleasure through sin, unbelief and neglecting of God’s provided way.
He feels very much secured in his very nest of popularity which he has woven for himself by his own system, and he swells up with pride, and boastings because of the very height of his man-made achievements or new found nest. One can liken the present unity of various religious groups going on around the globe today to the above mentioned scripture because of the deception involved.
Very many people today feel proud and confident of the nest being woven upon the platform of “One World Church“ However, God’s Word speaks contrary as there should be nothing good that will ever come out of the Confederation of Churches, rather Satan has successfully used this vehicle to deceive the entire religious world.
Confederation of Churches is a deception of the devil and never came from God as He warned His people never to support nor partake of it “For the Lord spoke thus to me with a strong hand and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people saying, Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say a confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid” (Isaiah 8:11- 12, KJV).
The entire religious world is gathering into associations and confederations. It is the order of the day. God never instituted this system for His people, rather He warned His children never to join these religious associations, neither should they fellowship together with them in any way, nor partake of anything in common with those confederations and associations established by man in religion as the Lord God had already foretold of their failure
“Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear all ye of far countries, (including Nigeria, etc.), gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces” (Isaiah 8:9, KJV)
God is not a fool for repeatedly speaking this Word, each time God repeats any word in the Scriptures, He only wants one to be careful that He is serious on that as Jesus repeatedly say “Verily, Verily, I say unto you”. He wants to drive His point home on a very serious note and not vain repetition.
The Word of God in Isaiah 8:9, had said “gird yourselves and ye shall be broken in pieces“ KJV. In other words, “fortify yourselves under your confederacy or associations of religious body, yet ye shall surely fail”
It is clearer as we read Isaiah 8:10-13 “Take counsel together and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: For God is with us. For the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, say ye not, A confederacy neither fear ye their fear nor be afraid. Sanctify the Lord of hosts Himself; and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread” KJV
God in His infinite mind foreknew that fear in men’s heart in the latter times will lead people into confederations and associations contrary to God’s Word. Fear; - fear of failure, fear of hunger and starvation, fear of war and persecution, fear of annihilation. And that was the reason why Churches confederated together to become “One World Super Church” in order not to be swallowed up by communism - Fear of Communism.
Yet communism was not the real enemy of the true Church of God, rather Romanism. Because of fear of communism - that communism rose up to wipe away Christianity, the denominations confederated together under false foundation of World Council of Churches “to pull down communism” because of ignorance of the Scriptures concerning the real enemy of the Church of God and true Christianity and thereby the denominations fulfilled the Scriptures as they erected an “image to the beast”.
They began to say confederacy which God commanded His people not to say nor fear. Because of fear of collapse of Christianity they have woven false nest on top of collapsible rock of “ecumenism” thinking confidently that they have finally secured an high inhabitation in a cleft rock of human foundation, but God’s Word says that they have been deceived and “shall be broken in pieces”.
God spake harder concerning the ecumenical gathering in Isaiah 54:15 “Behold, they shall surely gather together but not by Me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake”. Ecumenism means togetherness - bringing together of the various denominational groups who fears communism, etc., yet they fear not the LORD of hosts nor have any regard to His Word. Such man-made gathering will finally rise against God’s Word and His true Bride, but God said they shall surely fall. Amen.
THE THREE KINDS OF GATHERING
Before we go any further on this issue of ecumenism, we have to consider the three kinds of gathering that the Bible foretold to manifest in this End-time and which presently are taking place around the world.
Firstly, there is the gathering of the true Bride of Christ made up of all that believe every portion (A - Z) of God’s Word. These members of the Bride are being gathered together by God’s Messengers (Angels) with the true Gospel trumpet into the Kingdom of God - the true Church of Christ with Scriptural life and doctrine
“And He shall send His angels (messengers) with a great sound of trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matt. 24:31, KJV).
He states further “For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together” (Matt. 24:28, KJV). The gathering of the Gentile Bride in this End-time must be around the Word of God - the eagles food. They will not gather around man-made creeds and dogmas. They will reject whatsoever that is contrary to God’s Word.
God likened Himself to an eagle “As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wing, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So the LORD along did lead him (Israel), and there was no strange god with him” (Deut. 32:11-12, KJV).
As God likened Himself to an eagle, so His children are likened to eagles that gather only where the carcass - eagle food (the Word of God) alone can be found. So the present gathering of the Bride is around the Word of God - Genesis through Revelation, for “... Man shall not live by bread along, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the Mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4, KJV).
The bread of man is a type of man-made systems, creeds, dogmas and formulas, it can never sustain an elect (eagle) of God, only the Bread of Life from Heaven - the true Word of God can sustain the Bride of Christ and that’s the only ground that they can be gathered.
The Gentile Bride as the true Israelites worships God only where He placed His Name. No one can worship God on any other ground unless where He placed His Name. The Israelites as a nation never worshipped God except where He placed His Name as recorded in Deuteronomy 12:11, 13-14, “Then there shall be A PLACE which the LORD your God shall choose to cause His Name to dwell there; THITHER shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD... Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt offerings in every place that thou seeth; BUT IN THE PLACE WHICH THE LORD SHALL CHOOSE in one of thy tribes, there thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, and there thou shalt do ALL that I command thee “.
The Gentile worshippers worship God as individuals, and all these individuals put together make up the Church of God, nation of God. As a nation of God, the Gentile Bride or true Church of God must also gather to worship God only where He (God) placed His Name.
However, it is not a gathering around a physical temple alone but spiritual. The true Church of God worship God through His Word “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, AND THE WORD WAS GOD” (John 1:1, KJV)
“His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and HE HAD A NAME WRITTEN, that no man knew, BUT HIMSELF, And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in BLOOD; AND HIS NAME IS CALLED THE WORD OF GOD” (Rev. 19:12-13, KJV)
“To wit, that God was in Christ - the Word, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the Word of reconciliation” (2 Corinth. 5:19, KJV)
It can be clearly seen that God’s Name could be called “the Word of God” or Christ, and it is in the Word of God alone that the Name of God has been placed for the Gentile Bride of Christ “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12, KJV).
It is only the Word of God - Christ that gathers the true Church together and not man-made ways. The gathering of the Gentile Bride is only where the Name of God is placed which is in the Word of God - Christ, for He came in His Father’s Name (God’s Name) “I am come in My Father’s Name, and ye receive Me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye shall receive” (John 5:43, KJV).
Therefore the true gathering of the end time, Bride - The faithful Church of Christ is to take place around the Word of God alone because that is the only place where God placed His Name for us to worship Him and for the salvation of His people. The Gentile Bride must resist and reject any call for ecumenism because such gathering is outside the Word of God.
The second gathering that takes place in this End-time is among the Israelites (Jewish nation) whom God promised to re-gather to their homeland after being scattered around the globe because of unbelief towards God and His word as the Scripture says, “Well, because of unbelief they were broken off and thou (Gentiles) standest by faith. Be not high minded, but fear. And they also if they abide not still in unbelief shall be graffed in : for God is able to graft them in again” (Rom 11:20, 23, KJV).
The Israelites were cast away by God the moment they rejected and crucified Christ Jesus - the Word of God, but God promised to re-gather them back to their nation this end time in order to seal the 144,000 out of the nation for the kingdom of God according to Revelation 7:1-8.
The re-gathering of the Israelites to wait for the revelation of their Messiah was predicted by Jesus “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; when his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh” (Matt. 24:32, KJV). This parable refers to Israel as God likened them to a fig tree in the Scriptures
“I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the first ripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baal-peor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved” (Hosea 9:10, KJV).
In Jeremiah 24:1-10, the picture becomes clearer that Israel is the fig tree “Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, LIKE THESE GOOD FIGS, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good” (Jer. 24:5, KJV).
As Jesus spoke in Matthew 24:32, He revealed that one of the end time signs is the re-gathering of Israel back to their nation as they will spring up and blossom as a fig tree through the assistance of various kings and princes of other nations which was accurately prophesied in Isaiah 49:19-23 “For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of the destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, and they that swallow the up shall be far away. The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other shall say in thine ears, the place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell”. KJV
Israel became a nation by 1948 when all hopes were lost of the re-emergence of the Zion State. But the Word of God fulfilled and Israel was re-gathered to their homeland with only very few population. And a little while after re-settling, their population swelled up inspite of the fact that Hitler killed about six million of them in his gas chambers.
Today, Israel fights for expansion of her territory to settle the under-estimated nation. The Bible prophecies are just perfect and true! How did those few people become so great in number that they ask for expansion? The Scriptures has the answer “Then shalt thou say in thine heart, who hath begotten me these seeing I have lost my children and am desolate, a captive and removing to and fro? And who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these where had they been?”
How did my population come up to this number of people, where do they come from seeing that no one wanted to see the Jews? I lost six million in Germany under Hitler, all these people migrating from America, Russian, Ethiopia, you mean that they are all my children - Jews by blood?
Surely the Jews re-gathered according to promise of God in His Word “Thus saith the LORD God, Behold I will lift up My hand to the Gentiles and set up My standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers, they shall bow down with their face forward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet, and thou shalt know that I AM the LORD” KJV
All these Scriptures in Isaiah 49:19-23 fulfilled to the letter this generation. As God scattered the Israelites through a man, namely Titus the Roman General in AD 70 because of their unbelief, same way God promised to re-gather them through kings and queens in the government of the Gentile nations.
God used men like General Allenby of Britain to re-capture the Jewish territory without any gun shots, and queens and kings of nations like England and America were used to nurse the tender state to maturity.
Israel from its tenderly stage as a tiny fig plant received the nurturing of the entire nation through the government of America and other nations that God used to bring Israel to full height as a matured fig tree or nation that can now boast of her national flag, military power, currency and government. She is a full-fledged nation, for God’s Word is true and must fulfil as God spoke.
There is a third gathering of people that is presently taking place on the land beside the gathering of the Bride of Christ back to God’s Word, and Israel back to her homeland to wait for their Messiah and resume full worship of God by revelation.
This third gathering is the gathering of the tares that are meant for fire. The wheat represents the true Church of God, whereas the tares stand for the false Church- the false religious groups of the world will gather into ecumenism - togetherness to form the image of the beast.
The false unity will elect a popularly accepted man to preside over the affairs of religion worldwide. He will be ruler as Nebuchadnezzar, and will decree that everyone must buy his “anti-Christ” idea and principle and whosoever that opposes his decrees shall be punished even unto death. That leader will claim authority to “ratify the legal status of the Church” and to pardon the Jews for crucifying Christ.
It is the gathering of the confederation of Churches that leads to the mark of the beast, it is the anti-Christ move and gathering of his followers to fulfil the Scriptures - The “confederation of Churches” and “Ecumenism” equals to the Mark of the beast.
This is a very crucial point we must treat by the Scriptures which is the Absolute for all children of God. Every sincere child of God must run away from the Confederation of Churches or ecumenism seeing that it leads only to the Mark of the beast.
That is why the Spirit of God spoke through Isaiah saying “For the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A Confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid” (Isaiah 8:11-12, KJV).
The gathering together of denominations and other religious bodies of the world into a confederation is not of the Lord, it is the image of the beast through which deceived people shall receive the mark of the beast. Amen.
THE BEAST AND HIS MARK
From the beginning, Satan has ever remained a cunning, subtle and deceptive being and so are his ministers. When Satan deceived Eve, Adam’s Bride, he claimed to have believed what God has commanded in His Word, yet the cunning devil never failed to add his own sinful idea and principle to the original commandment of God.
“Now the serpent was more subtle (- social, smart, clever, cunning) than any beast of the field which the LORD God has made. And he said unto the woman, yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, we may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
But of the fruit of the tree, which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods knowing good and evil” (Gen. 3:1-5, KJV).
One can easily notice how Satan deceived Eve a type of the Church of God in the beginning. The devil never came as a stark unbeliever rather he accepted that what Eve (the Church) quoted was from God but in his smartness he questioned the Word and the authority of the Word, only to introduce his own system.
He confirmed that the Bible is true but decided to get rid of some Scriptures like 2 Corinth. 6:14.. “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” KJV.
He (Satan) confirms that it is the Word of God but turns around to say “well, there must be unity and togetherness with all religions”. Satan and his ministers are always clever, cunning, social and smart. He, first of all, accepts to identify with the Word of God, then after creeping in (by making one to believe that he is a child of God) then he will cunningly twist the Word out of meaning to suit his own catechisms, creeds and dogmas, saying that God never meant what He spoke and through this smart means he deceives whosoever that have not the revelation of the Word of God.
The Scripture says in John 7:49 “But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed” KJV. God’s Word is a law and instruction to everyone and therefore no man should give any excuse that he or she was deceived as a result of ignorance of the Scriptures.
So many people today in the denominational world have been deceived through Satan’s ministers to identify themselves even ignorantly with the beast and the image of the beast and thereby receive the mark of the beast because social, cunning, clever and smart - flattering preachers hatched out of Bible College incubators have deceived them to join the system contrary to the Word of God.
God does not condemn any one without first of all warning him or her. And by this Message one will either be part of the Body of Christ or part of the human system of the mark of the beast. This is a Message of warning for one to escape the impending danger of judgment and condemnation. One must take side either with the entire Word of God or man-made systems of denominations.
One must know what the mark of the beast - 666 - means, otherwise he might have been in it already, ignorantly kindling the system to power. The truth about it must be known or else one could be cursed for it is written “and these people who knoweth not the law are cursed”. (John 7:49, KJV).
The mark of the beast is written in the Scriptures or Law of God and one must know what the Word of God said concerning the mark of the beast in order to escape the wrath of God. The Lord God always makes a way for His people to escape to safety in the face of any temptation unless such a person hardened his heart through unbelief and then he perish
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: But God is faithful, who will not suffer (allow) you to be tempted above that ye are able; BUT WILL WITH THE TEMPTATION ALSO MAKE A WAY TO ESCAPE, that ye may be able to bear overcome or resist) it.” (1 Cor. 10:13, KJV).
God knows that the mark of the beast will be a temptation upon all the inhabitants of the earth, but the Scripture say that God does make a way of escape, therefore the only people that can receive the mark will be all those who reject God’s provided way of escape through His Word, those who disbelieve God’s Word
“Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, TODAY if ye will hear His Voice, harden not your hearts, as in provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: when your fathers tempted Me, proved Me, and saw My works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation and said, They do always err in their heart, and they have not known My ways. So I swore in My wrath, They shall not enter into My Rest)... But with whom was He grieved forty years? Was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcass fell in the wilderness? And to whom swear He that they should not enter into His Rest. BUT TO THEM THAT BELIEVED NOT? So we can see that THEY COULD NOT ENTER IN BECAUSE OF UNBELIEF” (Heb 3:7. 11, 17-19, KJV).
There is every need for one to know and believe the Truth in order to escape to liberty from the mark of the beast and bondage of men’s creeds and dogmas that leads to the mark of the beast. However, if one refuses or fails to accept and believe the Truth he is then the very cause of his death and doom.
By this Message, we declare the entire truth from God’s Word concerning the mark of the beast to enable everyone to run for his dear life. We, as watchmen must warn everyone of the imminent danger and on coming storm upon all them that will join the system of the beast.
“So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a WATCHMAN unto the house of Israel; therefore, thou shalt hear the Word at my mouth, AND WARN THEM FROM ME. When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man thou shalt surely die; if thou (watchman) dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity (false life, doctrine or system),
but his blood will I require at thine hand (because the preacher that knew the truth failed to declare it for the people to flee away from their evil system). Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity BUT (WATCHMAN) HAST DELIVERED THY SOUL (Ezekiel 33:7-9, KJV).
Dear friend, the Message contained in this booklet is to deliver our souls, we don’t want to be cast away by our God who had spoken the truth of His Word by revelation to us and had made us able Ministers of the New Testament in accordance to 2 Corinth 3:5-6
“Not that we are sufficient of ourself to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God, WHO ALSO HATH MADE US ABLE MINISTERS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT; not the letter, but of the spirit for the letter (man-made theology and understanding of the Bible) killeth, but the spirit (the Word of God in revelation by the Holy Spirit) giveth life.” KJV
God made us able Ministers of the New Testament to proclaim His word and to warn every human being of the doom that awaits all that reject and disbelieve the true and sound Word of God for man-made Creeds and systems. It is not a Message to entertain men, neither is it to entice nor to please men and receive their praises or approval.
It is a Message in obedience to God’s Voice that was audibly spoken to our hearing, saying “I have anointed you with My Spirit, I have anointed you with My Power. Speak My Word; Fear them not for I will be with you. I have anointed you with My anointing, Speak My Word for I have promised to be with you, I have anointed you with My Unction, yes the LORD of Hosts has promised. It’s My Word among My people, It’s My Word among My People, for it’s My Power, Yes, Thus shall you come into MY sanctuary and they shall see My Power among My people.... The camp of my people shall be separated from the camp of the ungodly... “.
Saint Paul said “and I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God... And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom (philosophy and theology), BUT IN DEMONSTRATION OF THE SPIRIT AND OF POWER” (1 Corinth. 2:1,4 KJV)
The Message therefore is being proclaimed by the Spirit, Power and Unction of the Lord God Almighty.
It is further being proclaimed according to 1 Thessalonians 2:4-5 “But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the Gospel, even so we speak, NOT AS PLEASING MEN, BUT GOD, which trieth our hearts. For neither anytime used we flattering words (God’s Word must be proclaimed as raw and effectively powerful as an unadulterated acid), neither anytime used we flattering words as ye know, nor a cloak of COVETOUSNESS, God is witness “.
It is not a message going forth for the sake of money, popularity and membership but THAT ONE MAY KNOW THE TRUTH AND ESCAPE FROM THE BEAST AND HER SYSTEM FOR THE SCRIPTURE says “And you shall know the Truth and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32, KJV). It is only the truth that will deliver one from the evil and deceptive system of the beast on the land.
Many people are wondering “What is the beast? How can one identify it? Is it physical or spiritual? And what is the mark of the beast - 666?”
As stated earlier, whosoever that is ignorant of what the mark of the beast is, could easily end up being guilty of giving support and accepting it, contrary to the Word of God. Ignorance, according to the Scriptures is not an excuse, neither is it acceptable before God. Abuse of the truth after knowing it brings God’s judgment.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, WHO HOLD THE TRUTH IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen being understood by the things that are made, even His Eternal power and Godhead; SO THAT THEY ARE. WITHOUT EXCUSE” (Romans 1:18-20, KJV).
God does things so that no man can have any excuse before Him. Therefore everyone must drop his human excuse and retain God’s Word in his heart, for that is the only way of escape to as many as want to walk with God and escape His judgment. If God receives one man’s excuse He will be obligated to receive excuses from others too.
From the book of Revelation chapter 13:16-18 we read concerning the mark of the beast “And he causeth all both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond to receive A MARK in their right hand or in their forehead. And that NO MAN MIGHT BUY OR SELL, SAVE HE THAT HATH THE MARK, OR THE NAME OF THE BEAST, OR THE NUMBER OF HIS NAME. Here is wisdom: LET HIM THAT HATH UNDERSTANDING COUNT THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST: FOR IT IS THE NUMBER OF A MAN; AND HIS NUMBER IS SIX HUNDRED THREE SCORE AND SIX - 666”. KJV
One must understand that the beast pertains to a man, and that man will clamp down on commercial lives of all men through his religion and no man (individual or group) will be permitted to sell or buy unless they are in support of the system of that beast.
The issue of the mark of the beast had been a very controversial one among various denominations, because of the controversies involved, it should be treated in detail by the Holy Scriptures to enable one understand it fully by the revelation of God’s Word.
Very many preachers around the world have taught on this controversial topic based on their understanding of the word of God. Some used their theological philosophy to explain this issue, yet in all their great teachings and explanations they only succeed in leaving their followers confused as to the true revelation of the mark of the beast because of the conflicting teachings from the theologians.
God’s Word comes to a prophet to reveal every secret that God has determined to reveal in His Word “Surely the LORD GOD will do nothing, but revealeth his secret unto His servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7, KJV). It is not an issue to be treated by carnal men destitute of the Truth and rejects prophets of God only to go about boasting with theological certificates “I am reverend doctor so and so “,
God is never known like that. We thank God who always sends His servants - the prophets to reveal these great secret to His Church lest they be misled.
God had remained in His WORD - The Son, and knowing Him depends only upon God’s delight and pleasure for one to know Him as Jesus said “All things are delivered to Me of My Father: AND NO MAN Knoweth who the Son (THE WORD) is, but the Father (The Spirit reveals the Word); and who the Father is (one can’t know God as the Spirit except through the Word of God), but the Son, and he to whom the Son (the Word) will reveal Him” (Luke 10:22, KJV). One can not know about the things of God by spending ‘thirteen” or several years in a Seminary or Bible College unless the Word of God is revealed to him by the same Holy Spirit (The Father) that wrote the Scriptures.
That’s why St. Paul said “But I certify you, brethren, that the Gospel which was preached of me is not after man. FOR I NEITHER RECEIVED IT OF MAN, NEITHER WAS I TAUGHT IT, BUT BY THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST (THE WORD OF GOD SPOKEN BY HIS PROPHETS) “. (Galatians 1:11-12, KJV)
Therefore it takes only the Holy Spirit that lived in Christ Jesus to bring one to complete understanding of the entire Scriptures and not by man-made theologies of catechisms and traditions of men.
Before we proceed any further on this issue of the mark of the beast, one should first of understand fully what the beast means, for there cannot be a mark of a beast, without any beast that gives the mark. It will take only God’s Word to reveal this important matter. Amen.
WHO IS THE BEAST?
Naturally speaking a literal beast means “an irrational animal as opposed to man, a brute or unpleasant person, cruel, merciless; unfeeling and inhuman”
However, the beast from Scriptural point of view is not mere literal four footed animal, though by manifestation it is “cruel, merciless, unfeeling and inhuman” in all ramifications towards God and his people.
The Bible talked about the various beasts in the Scriptures and the beast that will give the mark in the End-time Daniel 7-17 gives one a clearer understanding that the beast in question doesn’t mean a literal four footed animal “These great BEASTS which are four, ARE FOUR KINGS which shall arise out of the earth “.
God had spoken in His Word and who can question it, the beasts mentioned above represents kings - human beings that will reign on earth. The Bible story on the passage of Daniel 7 is widely known as it concerns the four predicted kingdoms that must control the political affairs of this world until Jesus Christ returns to earth to take over the throne as the king during His one thousand year reign on earth.
According to the Scriptures and fulfilled and confirmed history of the world, Babylon became the first beast or kingdom to control the whole universe followed by Medes and Persia, then Greece, followed by the Roman kingdom which is the fourth and last beast - kingdom to rule the world. The Scriptural definition of the beast is spiritual, and as a result every spiritual minded person must receive what the Bible said in order to escape from the “cruel and merciless” beast of this generation.
The four beasts seen by Daniel the prophet represents four kings and their kingdoms throughout their dispensation. There cannot be a kingdom without a king, therefore each beast represents the entire kingdom and her power under the king (the Word kingdom fully means “the king’s domain “) and every king has authoritative powers in his domain.
One can now understand that “beasts” as prophetically spoken in the Scriptures means kings and the power of the king over his kingdom. It does not mean ordinary four footed animal in a nearby bush. Another instance is found in Revelation 1:20 “The mystery of THE SEVEN STARS are the ANGELS of the seven Churches: and THE SEVEN CANDLESTICKS which thou sawest ARE THE SEVEN CHURCHES” KJV
One can easily use his carnal theological understanding to explain the stars, candlesticks, but contrariwise God’s Word explained the stars to mean Angels or messengers, and the candlesticks to mean Churches. The Bible is a spiritual book for men with spiritual understanding.
Let us consider another instance from Revelation 17:15 “And He saith to me (John the Apostle), The Waters which thou sawest, where the Whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues” KJV
Every ordinary man without revelation from God could easily be telling people that there is a woman - whore that sits on top of waters, yet when the Word of God explained it, the meaning differed as the waters turned out to be “people, multitudes, nations and tongues” and even the whore was not a literal woman.
So the Bible cannot be understood carnally without the revelation from God and His Spirit that wrote the Word, and by this guide and understanding one can now approach the prophesied “Beasts” of Daniel 7:1-8.
“In the first year of Belshazzar King of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream and told the sum of the matters. Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. And FOUR great BEASTS came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
THE FIRST was like a LIQN, and had eagle’s wings; I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made to stand upon the feet AS A MAN, and a man’s heart was given to it.
And behold another beast, A SECOND, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.
After this I beheld, and lo another, (THIRD) like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.
After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a FOURTH beast, dreadful and terrible, strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it:
AND IT WAS DIVERSE (DIFFERENT) FROM ALL THE BEASTS THAT WERE BEFORE IT; AND IT HAD TEN HORNS. I CONSIDERED THE HORNS, AND, BEHOLD, THERE CAME UP AMONG THEM ANOTHER LIITLE HORN. BEFORE WHOM THERE WERE THREE OF THE FIRST HORNS PLUCK UP BY THE ROOTS:
AND, BEHOLD, IN THIS HORN WERE EYES LIKE THE EYES OF MAN, AND A MOUTH SPEAKING GREAT THINGS”. KJV
Let’s read verse 17 “THESE GREAT BEASTS, WHICH ARE FOUR, ARE FOUR KINGS, WHICH SHALL ARISE OUT OF THE EARTH”.
Dear reader, the Scriptures are perfect and foretell everything that must happen in this world from the very beginning of the age of this world to the End-time. You can now clearly understand that these four beasts represents four kings or four kingdoms that has to control the Gentile age beginning from the time of Babylon which is the first (the beginning) and head of the gentile kingdoms on the earth.
Remember this vision came to Daniel the prophet during the first year of Belshazzar’s reign over the Babylonian kingdom. His reign was a continuation of his father’s (Nebuchadnezzar’s) reign as indeed Belshazzar was Nebuchadnezzar’s son.
Daniel 5:1-2 “Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank before the thousand. Belshazzar, while he yet tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which HIS FATHER NEBUCHADNEZZAR had taken out of the temple in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein “.
So Belshazzar as Nebuchadnezzar’s son controlled the affairs of the Babylonians after his father. During Nebuchadnezzar’s days, God allowed Nebuchadnezzar to have the vision of these same four kingdoms that were to control the affairs of the entire world until the End-time.
THESE FOUR KINGDOMS ARE THE GENTILES TIME TABLE FOR THEM TO KNOW WHEN THE END IS COME BECAUSE THE FOURTH KINGDOM IS THE LAST KINGDOM OF UNGODLY MEN ON THIS EARTH BEFORE GOD USHERS IN HIS OWN RIGHTEOUS KINGDOM as the Bible rightfully put it in Daniel 7:13, 14, 18
“I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like THE SON OF MAN came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought Him near before Him. And there was given Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed”.
The Lord Jesus Christ must come and take over the rulership and government of this world after this fourth kingdom “For unto us a child is born, unto, us a Son is given: AND THE GOVERNMENT SHALL BE UPON HIS SHOULDER: and His Name shall, be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
Now let us consider further this four kingdoms (or four beasts) as was revealed to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon in form of “a great image “.
Daniel 2:31-45 “Thou, 0 King, sawest, and behold a great image. The great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.
This image’s head was of fine gold (1ST PART), his breast and his arms of silver (2ND PART), his belly and his thighs of brass (3RD PART), his legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay (4TH PART).
Thou sawest till that a stone was cut without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and break them to pieces “.
Remember that Christ is the Stone which the builders rejected according to Luke 20:1-18, the same Christ that was rejected by both religious and political leaders in all their programmes will take over the kingdom of this world after the tenure of the fourth kingdom.
From verse 35 of Daniel 2 we read “Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them; and the Stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled’ the whole earth “.
Christ Jesus will destroy both the beast of this fourth kingdom and his image, the iron legs mixed with clay, an ecumenical image.
Dear friend we are discussing the issue of the beast extensively from the Scriptures in order for you to understand what this “Mark of the beast” is all about.
If we succeed by the help of’ the Scriptures in letting you know what the beast means in the light of the Bible, then you can easily understand what the mark of the beast means.
From verse 36 of Daniel Chapter two we read again, “This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the King (Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon) Thou, O King, (Nebuchadnezzar) art a king of kings “.
He is the, number one king of the kingdoms of the world, but Jesus Christ is the King of kings as the number one King of the kingdom of Heaven.
“For the God of heaven hath given thee (Nebuchadnezzar) a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And wheresoever the, children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of heaven hath He given into thine hand, and made thee ruler over them all THOU ART THIS HEAD OF GOLD.
And after thee (Nebuchadnezzar, and Babylonian Kingdom) shall arise another KINGDOM inferior to thee, and another third KINGDOM OF BRASS which shall bear the rule over all the earth.
And the fourth kingdom (or the 4th Beast which is the centre of our discussion) shalt be strong as iron forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things; and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it (this fourth kingdom) break in pieces and bruise.
And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided, but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay”. KJV
This kingdom will be divided into Eastern and Western blocs, yet maintaining its strength as the iron, disagreeing with one another yet working together as the iron and clay from Verse 43, “And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay And in the days of these kings” KJV
We are talking about kings and kingdoms not just literal beast or image and God promised to take over the rulership of this world after the fourth kingdom. “In the days of these kings” shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: And the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.
Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and brake. in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold, the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof certain “. Amen.
These four world empires are historically known. The Babylonian Empire as shown in this image as the head of gold or the beast like a lion, extended from 606-538 BC. and was controlling the world at that time. The second kingdom that controlled the world was the kingdom of Medes and Persians symbolized as the breast of silver and the arms of the image in Nebuchadnezzar’s vision.
The same kingdom is the beast like a bear, and it is also termed as “the ram having two horns” in Daniel 8:20. This kingdom of Medes and Persians started exactly at the end of the first kingdom of Babylon after the reign of Belshazzar the son of Nebuchadnezzar when prophet Daniel interpreted Belshazzar’s vision of the hand writing on the wall
“MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN: God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. Thou are weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.” KJV (Daniel 5:25-28).
This Medes and Persians Kingdom that controlled the world after Babylonian Kingdom is known to have been from 538-330 B.C. The third kingdom that controlled the world at that time was the Greek Empire under Alexander the Great which is shown by the hips and also the lower body of the image in Nebuchadnezzar vision “his belly and his thighs of brass “.
Daniel 7:6 described the same kingdom as “a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it”.
History has it that Alexander the great conquered all other kingdoms of the world in his day but he couldn’t conquer death which came and snatched his life away at a very prime age. He lived a short life.
And after his death, his kingdom was divided into four kingdoms namely Egypt, Syria, Thrace, Macedonia, “four heads that received dominion” and his subordinate generals controlled the affairs of the Empire of Greece which extended from 330-30 B.C.
The Greek Empire was succeeded by the last empire, the Roman Empire, from that time unto the end, the Roman Empire has been ruling and will continue to rule until Christ the stone comes and destroy the fourth beast (the kingdom of the Romans).
Remember these four beasts, which came out of the masses of people of this world, symbolises both the four empire, and also the rulers and the heads of the same.
The symbol of the four beasts seen by- prophet Daniel and the image seen by Nebuchadnezzar are describing the same empire that are to control the affairs of this world and each given time allotted them to dominate this world in fulfilment of the prophecies and visions concerning them.
We do not need to take time any longer to speak of the first three, as their era have elapsed and as a result, they don’t have any major significance to us in this book.
We will speak mainly about the fourth beast which is now in existence, as we have established the fact through the scripture that these beasts represents a form of man’s government, and not a mysterious animal or a big computer in Brussels, Belgium.
The beast has to do with a man and his kingdom or Empire on earth. It is the dominion of a man over men, dominion of ungodly man over his fellow men exercising dictatorship and ungodly authorities over his fellow man contrary to the Word of God, displaying brutality, cruelty, and unpleasantness.
This system of man in politics, religion commerce etc. will always deny the superiority of the word of God over it and as a result the aim of such rulership will be to remove the law of God and allow human ideas to usurp authority over God’s.
The first, second, and third beasts displayed such spirit to some extent and as well distributed it to their subjects, the same way the fourth must act towards the same direction in its fullness because the fourth kingdom will be under direct influence of Satan.
These are kingdoms of unrighteousness, propagated by unrighteous man, with unrighteous decrees. Bear in mind that they are all gentile kingdoms. There has only been one nation which God of Heaven have ruled as their king until they rejected Him and decided to emulate the pattern of the Gentiles.
Israel had God as their king until they rejected His righteous decrees and government and opted for the unrighteous system of government of gentiles that can permit all sorts of sin in the society.
So the beast is not just a computer but the power of a government of man’s kingdom and empire, scripturally beast represents power. Amen.
THE FOURTH BEAST (ROME)
Let us therefore consider this fourth beast (which is the domination of world religion, politics and commerce by the Roman Empire that took off after Greece Empire, which the Bible declared to be different from the other three beasts or kingdoms before it.
“The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon the earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces” (Dan.7:23).
The fourth beast, which is the Roman Empire, swallows up according to Bible prophecy, the whole world and treads it under foot. That is THUS SAITH THE LORD IN HIS WORD. This fourth beast is described as follows:
“After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. (Dan.7:7-8).
Notice the “little horn” mentioned is of great significance. There is going to arise power out of the Roman Empire that must dominate the affair of the world.
This fulfilled when the Popes took over the affairs of the old Roman Empire which was made up of ten kingdoms (ten horns) and dominated the entire world after the Caesars.
This little horn came up strangely out of the ten kingdom powers that made up the old Roman Empire, speaking great and abominable things, and exercising authorities all over the earth. One must remember that “in this horn were eyes of man and a mouth speaking great things “. A man controls it.
John also saw the same beast with ten horns coming Out of the sea (waters or sea means multitudes of people, Rev.17:15). It has also seven heads, and on the seven heads, blasphemous names. On the horns were ten crowns (Rev. 13:1).
This agree totally and coincide with Daniel 7:24 “And the ten horns out of the kingdom are ten kings that shall arise “.
The first three beasts otherwise known as the three empires as Daniel saw them, were also found in Revelation 13:2 and are integrated into the fourth beast,
“And the beast which 1 saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of lion .
..“IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT SATAN GIVES HIS THRONE AND MIGHT TO A MAN AT THE END OF THIS LAST WORLD EMPIRE (ROME),
“... and the dragon gave him his power, and his throne, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as though it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed, and all the world wondered after the beast” (Rev. 13:2-3).
The Bible described further the dragon which gave his power and throne to the fourth beast of the Roman Empire in this manner
“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, CALLED THE DEVIL, AND SATAN, which deceiveth the WHOLE WORLD: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels (messengers) were cast out with him” (Rev. 12:9).
The last world empire will be under the direct influence of Satan It is a fact that all the past i three beasts (Babylon, Medo-Persian and Greece) were influenced by Satan, however, the difference is that Satan himself will incarnate fully into a man to dictate the affairs of the fourth kingdom under the leadership of the Roman Empire in the end time, and out of it appears the anti-Christ which we shall soon see.
The era of the fourth beast started from the time of pagan Roman Empire under the Caesars. These Caesars wielded great universal powers and influence over the nations of the world as recorded in the scripture
“And it came to pass in those days that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed” (Luke 2:1), “Now in the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrach of Judaea...” (Luke 3:1).
The influence of the Caesars in faraway Rome was greatly felt in every nation including Israel on every matter like taxes, census etc. Politically and economically the presence of the Caesars were felt not only in Israel, but all over the entire world, to the point that when certain people withstood the Gospel of Christ preached by St. Paul the Apostle, they accused the early missionaries of treason and going contrary to “Caesars decrees, saying that there’s another king, one Jesus” (Acts 17:7). One can imagine how the Caesars were regarded, none ever dare speak against him.
However, pagan Rome under the Caesars came to an end and paved way for a Papal Rome after the entrance of Constantine a Roman Emperor into the Church at Rome. Yet the Papal Rome was a continuation of the same fourth kingdom, same way Belshazzar continued the rulership of Babylonian kingdom after Nebuchadnezzar.
The papacy took over the seat enjoyed by the Caesars, wielding the same universal influence over nations, enjoying the kissing of Pope’s feet.
Moreover, the Popes claimed infallibility and became idolized as a god, and the authoritative decrees of the Caesars were replaced by papal decrees and papal “bulls” that could easily unseat any king under heaven. The Popes claimed having the ability to forgive sins and the authority to condemn any man to death that teaches contrary to the Roman Catholic faith, while promising the faithful Catholics a “purgatory”.
The old Roman Empire was converted from Paganism into Catholicism by the Popes who organised a universal (catholic) religion and system of politics that forced everyone to bow down to her or face severe judgment and punishment.
The Popes had been and remain politicians and dictators, although they have always disguised themselves as peaceful religious leaders.
Indeed they are merely pious deceitful men in religious uniform and never spiritual or godly with regard to Bible standard in any form. The Popes are religious - Political dictators of Catholicism- a religious political institution which is propagated at all cost, to the point of shedding the blood of about 68 million innocent Protestants during the dark ages as history proved.
The Church history is deeply immersed into the blood of the martyrs. Only at the Second Vatican Council which lasted from 1962 to 1965 it was agreed that the curse which was placed upon the Jews by the Papacy would no longer be valid. They were classified as “Christ-Murderers.”
Because of this curse repeated by the successive Popes upon the Jews, they were persecuted, their possessions were taken, they were driven from place to place and killed by the multitudes. The same has happened with all who believed differently.
But who knows something about the massacre in Ireland today? Who knows what was behind the Spanish Inquisition or St. Bartholomew’s Eve in France? Who knows what the Huguenots went through and the Mennonites in Europe?
Who knows something about the Waldensians in Austria, who were expropriated and driven out from their properties and dwelling places? What is with all the curses which were expressed, especially at the Council of Trent, and placed upon those who believed something else by this fourth kingdom of the papacy?
They were never taken back. The goal is the same and so is the nature of this old institution. Only the strategy has changed mask. Are not all who believe differently, especially Bible believing Christians, still considered to be heretics, sectarians and so forth?
Why? The reason is not far-fetched, Rome is the present world power, and the Roman Catholic Church is the organisation through which the power of Rome is expressed.
As earlier said, through the decline of the Roman Empire Rome lost its power for some time, but at the end through uniting of the religious and the political and economic powers this empire rose to a power that it never had before.
In the Roman Empire, the Roman Catholic trinity belief was proclaimed in the 4th century to be the only valid faith. Emperors, Popes, Princes and all who had influence felt duty- bound to use all their powers to reach this goal. Whoever turned to the only true God, for instance Jews and those believing differently, were terribly persecuted. There were the many crusades and the so-called holy and righteous wars because the so-called holy and righteous Church was standing behind it.
Whoever has made a tour through the Vatican, will know what the tourists are told, before they go and look at the sights. The first thing they hear is that the Vatican is a state of its own with everything that an earthly government has including head of state - which is the Pope of course.
Ambassadors of this state are everywhere, just like any other nation and country has. Benito Mussolini through the Lateran Pacts in the year 1929 assured the Pope Sovereignty over the Vatican state, so that the Bible prophecy should finally be fulfilled:
“And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eight, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition “.
It came out of Roman Empire, yet she is a sovereign empire exercising her own government as a universal power very rich in wealth and other materials above all others.
The strength of the Vatican as a world power can also be seen from their involvement on the holocaust against the Jews which cost the lives of six million Jews during World War II. In a draft document the Vatican says
“A terrible mixture of religious, social, economic, political and racial hostility created the historical basis for the European Jews being driven on the deadly way toward the Shoal (Holocaust).
The Vatican acknowledged further that the “Church (Catholic) as a whole offered no effective resistance to the Nazi persecution and extermination” (From Daily Times Newspaper, Friday 27th May, 1994)
The actual role of the Catholic Church in World War II is documented in many volumes. The following citation speaks out. On May, the 3rd, 1945, the Vatican asked General Franco to give the declaration in the Spanish press in Madrid after Hitler’s death,
“Adolf Hitler, son of the catholic Church, died while defending Christianity. It therefore understandable that words cannot be found to lament over his death, when so many were found to exalt his life.
Over his mortal remains stands his victorious moral figure. With the palm of the Martyr, God gives Hitler the laurels of Victory
“(E. Paris, The Secret History of the Jesuits, pg. 163). All these atrocities were committed in the name of God”.
...and one faith to the whole world. “as Hitler’s soldiers wrote on their buckles” God with us “only because they were backed by the catholic power. What wickedness and blasphemy. Yet those who actually initiated the evil were spared.”
Cardinal Fringes of cologne announced already on the 16th of December, 1945, in a radio speech, he desires an Occident only .shaped by Christendom that of course means by Roman Catholicism. He was the first one who requested publicly on the 23rd of June, 1950 at general meeting of Catholics in Bonn that Germany be armed again, founded on God’s Order, resting in peace ...
Bishop Muench asked Pius XII in 1945 in a pastoral letter to show forbearance towards the German war criminals. In 1951 he was honoured by the German president with the Great Federal Service Cross and was promoted to be Cardinal by Pope John XXIII (K. Deschner, Abnermals Krate Der Hahn pg. 647-650).
How can a Church of God or her ministers join hands with unbelievers like Hitler to deal treacherously against the Jews and Christians that believed not her false doctrines contrary to the Scriptures that says “After all, it is none of my business to judge outsiders (in the faith). God will judge them. But should you not judge the members of your own fellowship? As the Scripture says Remove the evil man from your group (1 Cor. 5: 12-13 GNB)
It may be that someone there will not obey the message we send you in this letter. If so TAKE NOTE OF HIM AND HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH HIM, so that he will be ashamed. BUT DO NOT TREAT HIM AS AN ENEMY; INSTEAD WARN HIM AS A BROTHER” (II Thess. 3:144 GNB).
Does not the action of the Catholics who persecute, kill and destroy people for opposing their teachings contradict the scriptures? They have other reason but to prove that they are the government in power. She is indeed cruel, brutal and merciless as the scripture said concerning her - the fourth beast.
Roman Catholic Church is a political kingdom whose only ambition is to rule the entire world as the Caesars did. And according to Bible prophecy they must surely achieve this through the Popes by ecumenism. That is why they have the “Holy See” (Roman Catholic Embassies) round the world propagating only catholic visions, presenting religion while they are deep necked in politics.
Persecution both Jews and Christians by the Roman Catholics shows that they have not the spirit of Christ, for the word of God says “Be ye not unequally yoked ii unbelievers: For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion light with darkness?” (II Cor. 6:14). Moreover it says “Thou shall not follow a multitude to do evil, neither shall thou speak in a cause to decline after many wrest judgment” (Exo. 23:2). How can a Church of God support the killing of innocent men and women based on “Mixture of religion, social, economic political and social hostility?”
But Jesus said “For if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your heavenly Father forgive your trespasses “(Matt. 6:15)
Then came Peter to Him, and said, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee until seven times BUT UNTIL SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN. 70 x 7 equals to 490 times of offence, and this Master of Christianity said forgive your transgressors and offenders, whether they offended you politically or socially or religiously or economically, there should be no hostility, only forgive.
The Christian battle is not a battle of physical combats, sending paramilitary groups to molest our opposers. Neither are we called to raise “defenders of the faith” like the Knights, to defend God’s holy Church through every ungodly manner ranging from assassinations, murders, false accusation, rapes, thefts, and kidnappings, to every other criminal acts.
The Bible said “for though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (physical), but mighty (powerful) through God (with God’s help) for the tearing down of fortresses (strong holds) inasmuch as we tear down reasoning and every proud banner that is raised up against the knowledge of God and lead every thought into subjection to Christ” (11 Cor. 10:3-15)
In Ephesians 6: 10-15 the Bible told us the same thing, explaining to us that Christian warfare is not physical combats against the unbelievers, rather the Bible revealed what our spiritual weapons should be, in order to prevail in this warfare, and till the end of time, the Christian armour still remains nothing else but these, Truth, Righteousness, the Gospel of Christ, Faith, Salvation, the Word of God (Sword of the pint), If you must win your battle as a Christian individual or group, Preach the Truth, Live righteously, Propagating nothing but the Gospel of Christ, having faith in the word of God abiding in the Salvation in Jesus Christ alone, and being fully equipped with the word of God, then your victory is sure. Amen.
If there arise any opposition, God shall judge such an one as we all shall appear before the judgment seat of Christ. A Christian does not avenge his cause, the Lord is his avenger.
Dear reader, it is an established fact that the fourth beast in this End time is none other thing but the power of Rome and “the nation in a nation “, the Vatican power, which took over the affairs of the world after Caesars of Rome.
The Papal Powers were fully felt during the dark ages and must be felt fully again any moment from now as soon as she has finally regained her authority and power that has been wounded from the time of Martin Luther who started to protest the falsehoods from Rome. The Pope shall regain his power through the World Council of Churches (image of the beast) which we shall soon treat herein as the scripture says “Here is wisdom, let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it the number of a man, and his number is six hundred three score and six (666)”.
The Bible clearly taught that the beast represents a man and his kingdom and it is the number of “a man “, and not any other thing. And the man’s number is “666”. Let us trace where on earth we can find such “a man “, that bears such number over him, not a machine but a man.
This man bearing the number “666” is also going to be the one to incorporate the others who agrees with him into the mark of the beast system. Remember, a beast represents power of a kingdom or institution and every kingdom or institution must be headed by a man.
The man fully represents such institution because he is their mouthpiece, head, or king. So the End time beast which shall establish an anti-Christ kingdom or power over the entire world is spearheaded by a “man” not a machine or any other inanimate thing.
We have seen how the Papacy took over the affairs of the beast or kingdom of Rome after Caesars. But we have to prove it clearly further through the Scriptures in order for every child of God to escape from the beast and her mark because the moment we identify the beast, we can then obey ‘the Scriptures which says “come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Rev. 18:4).
The Roman Catholic institution is the power that took over the affairs of Rome, controlling the world through the Popes after the era of Caesars.
Understanding this will enable one to understand the “man that has the number of the beast upon him. Let us read Revelation 13:1-10: “And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea with ten horns and seven heads with ten diadems on his horns and a blasphemous name upon his heads.
The beast I saw resembled a leopard and his feet were like those of a bear and his mouth like that of a lion. The dragon invested him with his power and his throne and great authority.”
Let us stop and consider these two verses again. This beast resembles the first three beast of Daniel 7th chapter, as Daniel spoke “I it.” The fourth beast although “diverse” from all the saw in my visions by night and behold the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea And four great beasts came up from the sea diverse one from another.
The first was like a lion and had eagles wings, I behold till the wings thereof were plucked and was lifted up from the earth, and made to stand upon the feet as a man and, man’s heart was given to it.
And behold another beast a second like a bear and it raised up itself on one side and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it and they said, thus unto it Arise devour much flesh. After this I behold and saw another like a leopard which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl the beast had also four heads and dominion was given to it.”
The fourth beast although “diverse” from all the rest resembles the first three beasts described above according to Rev. 13: 1-2 The first three beasts or empires (lion, bear, leopard), are kingdoms of Babylon, Medo-Persian and Greece, which were political kingdoms presided over by full-fledged politician.
However the last kingdom or beast, which is the Roman domination of the world affairs resembled the first three as a political kingdom through the Caesars. It started with political dictators, yet it is diverse from the rest because a religious power came up through the Popes and mixed up with politics.
This beast of Rome is turned into a religious/political kingdom presided over by one man that will be accepted by the entire world. Religion will achieve for Rome, what politics alone could not achieve for her. Let no man deceive you the Roman Empire, which is the fourth beast, must dominate both world politics, religion and commerce until Jesus comes.
The awful thing about this end-time beast (the Roman Empire under the Popes), is that Satan directly influences the leaders of this kingdom, in all their decisions and actions.
From Revelation 13:34 we read, “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon (Satan is the dragon, Rev. 20:2) which gave power unto the beast, saying who is like unto the beast who is able to make war with him?”
Many people are surprised to see Rome again dominating the affairs of the world in religion, commerce and politics. Rome was almost dead after the Caesars, and even after Luther’s protest against the Popes.
Today, Rome is revived and healed. Satan handed his power to the beast of Rome. Remember, the kingdom changed hands from the Caesars to the religious Popes. The Popes operate under the influence of Satan.
The devil is religious. He believes in God and trembles but his works are evil.
Thou believest that there is one God, thou doest well the devil also believe and tremble (James 2:19). “And no marvel, for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light, therefore at as great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the minsters of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works” (2 Corinth. 14:14-15)
Any man can claim to be religious, but watch his works whether they are in line with the Holy Bible The affairs of the Roman Empire is controlled from the Vatican City by the Popes.
And because the received such authority from Satan himself, that makes them the enemy of Christ. The Pope is Satan’s minister in-charge of the fourth beast the Roman Catholic Empire (which replaced the old pagan empire under Caesars) and no nation, man or woman can challenge him because he alone claims to be “Infallible” like God.
People worship Satan by worshipping the beast and identifying with his systems, “And they worshipped the dragon (Satan which gave power unto the beast. And they worshipped the beast saying, who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” (Rev.13:4).
Who can challenge the Roman Catholic institution and the Popes which took over the affairs of the Roman Empire after the Caesars? Who regarded as the most religious man or institution earth today?
Who is the man that the world awarded “Nobel Peace Prize Award”, yet his religion has shed more blood than the entire civil wars of the world put together? Who is he that the presidents of nations look unto for a prevailing peace to the world?
Who is the most popular and widely accepted man earth? It is the Pope of Rome of course. He is man who controls the beast, an empire which was almost dead, but, now is revived “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” (Rev. 13:3).
Rome lost her political power but regained it through ecclesiastical power. Many people wondered how Rome whose powers were no longer felt after her fall, rose up again to be in control of the world’s affair.
They achieved this through the Roman Catholic Empire, picking infants at a very tender age and indoctrinating them to pay all their allegiance to Rome, and before the world realized it, all the nations of the world were filled with Roman Catholic citizens, who were more faithful to the Popes than to God and the kings and presidents of their individual countries.
Now let us consider this fact concerning the of Rome. Inscribed in the Vatican are the Latin words “VICARIUS FILEII DEI” which translated means “instead of the son of God”.
This truth will become even more enlightening when one understands this blasphemous title. There are no “U’s” in the Roman language, just “V’s” and the value of these numerals in this title totals 666: It is on this throne that the anti-Christ will one day reveal himself.
666 then is the number of Rome and as such is the number of any system headed up by Rome.
VICARIUS FILEII DEI
V I C I V I L I I D I
Imagine the blasphemy of a man, whether priest or Pope, to claim to stand before the people “instead of the son of God”. I Thess. 2:4 describes him well: “worshippeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing that he is God”.
The Lord Jesus Christ, though He is the Prince of peace, was rejected by the world. And all the prophets and Apostles were rejected and killed by the world.
There can’t be any God’s sent man that will be widely acclaimed by this ungodly world. Yet the Pope, claiming to stand for Christ, is world’s cherished leader. He differs from Christ both in teachings and in life style.
Christ never chose any throne here on earth, neither did he accumulate any wealth, and He is an example for all Christian, but the Roman Catholic Empire, and her kings, (the Popes) are the world’s richest institutions and individuals.
She is the beast of Revelation 13 that will usher in the anti-Christ mark of 666 upon all the entire peoples of the earth. Her system will be acknowledged and acceptable to all and sundry who know not the word of God in their age.
Let us not be blind, it is not by chance that the major religious movements of today are leaning more and more to Catholicism. It is not by chance that the Charismatic movement is becoming an adhesive to cement together Catholicism, Pentecostalism, an liberal Protestantism.
It is not by chance that the Anglican Church is trying to amalgamate with the Roman Catholic Church, which they earlier protested. Nor is it by chance that we have World Council of Churches with their one-world Church thrust. Though it appears very spiritual and much activity is taking place, remember the scriptures speak of two Churches, one very large and illustrious and one very small and humble.
Don’t be fooled for there is no such thing as “unity and being one” as far as God is concerned unless it is unity around the word of God. In this disorderly mixture, Catholics are still Catholics, Pentecostal are still Pentecostal, the continental instituted Churches are still what they are, and each other respective Church holds to their creeds with equal tenacity.
There is little regard for basic scriptural fundamentals such as holiness, place of women, correct water baptism, error of infant baptism, and many others like obtaining Bible Certificate before permission to preach the Gospel, Ordination of women, etc. In this mock revival the one dispensable element is the Bible itself. Unfortunately everyone of them are rushing towards the Roman system.
It was the Roman Church that first amalgamated itself with the state, and today every. other denomination is being incorporated by governments, which shows that they are out to make money and therefore they should pay taxes out of the monies they have made through various dubious schemes.
The Church has no business with government, because she is the “Pillar of Truth” But today they are politicians in religious attires, only mindful of money. Repent and come out of the Roman system, or you perish.
THE BEAST OF ROME:
THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
In Revelation the 17th and 18th chapters we are given one of the most foreboding and ominous warnings contained in the whole scriptures. Herein, we find identified a great woman which is called the great Whore, Mystery Babylon, and the mother of harlots.
She is also identified as the mother of the abominations of the earth. She stands above all others as a direct enemy to Jesus Christ and the influence of His Church, and Her own seductive spell has swept from the kings to the inhabitants of the earth.
She is Satan’s queen (Revelation 18:7, I sit a queen, and am no widow). So alluring and cunning are her enchantments that Revelation 17:8 tells us that the only ones who will not wonder but know her for what she is will be those whose names are written in the book of life from the foundation of the world.
All the world will eventually bow down and become a part of her and her daughter system. Everyone will team up and join her in affiliation, propagating her systems.
It is against her and her children, that at this time of coming judgment, God has turned his face and with her particularly does the Book of Revelation deal with as it speaks of the wrath of God soon to be poured out upon a wicked and unrepentant world.
Below we have listed some verses out of Revelation 17 which will enable the reader to identify the clues provided by God to show who this woman is.
The fact that we are dealing with a woman who according to Revelation 13 desire to be worshipped reveals that it will be a religious system. Bear in mind that the true Church of Jesus Christ which is faithful to Christ as a faithful woman to her husband, is qualified as a woman “Bride” or “Lamb’s wife “.
“And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.... Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready.
And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: For the fine linen is the righteousness of saints” Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. (Revelation 21:9; 19:7-8).
The true, faithful, called and chosen saints who makes up the body of Christ and His true Church are called the Bride or the Lamb’s wife. But this woman, who is called “mystery Babylon, The Mother of Harlots” is cruel, treacherous, merciless, and brutal. She has the nature of Jezebel wife of Ahab King of Israel. She is guilty of idolatry and displays woman’s disposition, usurping authority over her supposed Husband, the Word of God.
Revelation 17:1-6, 9, 15, 18: Let’s read Rev. 17:1. “And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters (Rev.17:15 tells us that the waters are multitudes, and nations and tongues).
Rev. 17:2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
Rev. 17:3 “So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. “.
Rev. 17:4. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
Rev. 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH”.
Rev. 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
Rev.17:9 “And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
Rev. 17:15. “And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
Rev. 17:18. “And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
Now let us accumulate the clues listed in the scriptures and ask ourselves a question. Which Religious Institution and System-
a. Controls multitudes, nations and tongues?
b. Has seduced kings and inhabitants of the earth (Seducing with false teachings like praying to dead saints, worshipping of a woman, introducing paganism as an acceptable way of worshipping God, etc.)
c. Is arrayed in purple and scarlet? (Royalty)
d. Is decked with silver and gold? (Richest organised institution on earth)
e. Is drunk with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus? (Started killing before other religions even came up)
f. Sits upon seven mountains? (Operating from a city surrounded by seven mountains, from where worldwide decrees have gone out)
g. Is a great city reigning over kings?
UNLESS THE READER IS WILFULLY IGNORANT IT BECOMES OBVIOUS THAT THE RELIGIOUS SYSTEM HEREIN DESCRIBED HAS TO BE THE GREAT CHURCH OF ROME; (ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH) THE SO-CALLED ETERNAL CITY OF SEVEN HILLS.
Revelation 17:15 describes her as a mother with harlot daughters. If the mother is an illegitimate Church so also will be daughters. A scant study of all protestant denominations will reveal that they actually came from the womb of Rome.
When Martin Luther was inspired by God to spawn the reformation it was a true revival. However, the followers of Luther instead of being led by the Holy Spirit into further light denominated on Luther’s message and gave birth to another organization In such a way the first daughter was born and in the same manner every successive daughter came about.
Each Church mixed their creed with God’s Word and like the mother strayed from God’s direct leadership to become a dead illegitimate organization. By the time of the Lord’s return Rome and her adulterous daughters are seen to have formed into a vast system, able to control politics, religion and commerce, forbidding whosoever that fails to join their system from buying or selling.
From such the true Bride of Jesus Christ will have to separate and heed the call of Revelation 18:4. “Come out of her my people and be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues “, ARE YOU PART OF THE BODY OF CHRIST OR PART OF THE SYSTEM?
If your faith is founded entirely on the Word of God, you are part of Him. Matthew 4:4. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”.
If you are denying or altering any of the Word of God to be a member of a denomination, you are part of the system!!!
WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES: THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST AND HIS MARK
Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake. “. (Isaiah 54:15).
“Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces.
Take counsel together and it shall come to naught; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us.For the LORD spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.
Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread” (Isaiah 8:9-13)
The Bible clearly revealed that there will be an end time unification of denominations into a confederacy. This confederacy is contrary to God’s will because it is only achieved by compromise, hypocrisy, and insincerity.
The Bible asked in Amos the 3rd Chapter and the 3rd verse “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”.
The answer is definitely no. But today it is commonly read from our newspapers how the protestant, Pentecostal, and the Roman Catholic Churches are uniting in the so called ecumenism - togetherness, and they are moving further to obtain government legal backing for this ungodly programme.
Reading from the Book of Revelation 13th Chapter and from the 11th verse And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (666)”.