Look to the Light – chapter 1
Chapter One – A Harlot
If one takes the time to research the history of the church, it soon becomes very apparent (to those not blinded by Satan) that there has existed since the time of Christ a “true” church and a false or counterfeit church. In other words, when God sows good seed or wheat (children of God’s kingdom, Mt 13:38), the devil sows tares (children of the wicked one or devil, Mt 13:38-39). Jesus warned of it and Paul spoke of it (Mt 24:4-5, Mk 13:5-6, Lk 21:8, Acts 20:29-31, 2 Cor 11:4, 13-15, Gal 1:6-9). This false church might be more appropriately termed Mystery, Babylon the Great (Rev 17:5) or the synagogue (assembly house) of Satan (Rev 12:9, 3:9). There are many differences between the real and the false, but they all boil down to this: The false church is in the image of the world (a refection of the world), hates the true believers (sacrifices them for its benefit – it persecutes, hatred) and does not obey the Lord (regardless of how religious or godly it may appear to be). It seeks to be rich, secure and popular in the world, is very visible and wants praise and glory (justification before men, Lk 16:15). For this reason, the false church contains a majority of the people who claim to serve God. This counterfeit is very deceptive, but will be known by its fruit or actions (to be discussed, Mt 7:17-20, 12:33).
The true church is in the image of Christ and practices love (sacrifices self for the benefit of others, including enemies). The true church actually walks as Jesus walked and is led by the Holy Spirit with Christ as head (Eph 4:15, 5:23). The Lord leads in mercy those people whom He has redeemed (Ex 15:13). The true church will always be a minority that will be despised, rejected and persecuted by a world that opposes Jesus (even though many of those in the world may profess Christ – a paradox). 2 Timothy 3:12, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” The truth of this verse cannot be emphasized enough. The true church can EXPECT persecution. The true church will be a peculiar people when compared to the people of the world (1 Pt 2:9). The true church will also be known for its fruit: Matthew 3:8, “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance (also Acts 26:20).” This book will addressed how the true church must respond to the “expected” persecution.
Jesus said: Matthew 7:17, “Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.” For every tree is known by his own fruit (Mt 12:43, Lk 6:44). Matthew 7:20, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” Ye shall know them by their fruits (Mt 7:16). Living at the end of the age, we have a history of fruit to examine regarding individuals/institutions that have professed Christ. Shall we not learn from the good fruit and utterly reject the evil fruit? Shall we not take heed of the corrupt trees? God’s Word is very clear on what constitutes good fruit and what constitutes evil fruit. We must prayerfully discern (distinguish, tell the difference, differentiate, separate, determine, recognize, perceive, understand, notice) what has been produced to know what is of God and what is not of God.
A very wise man, the wisest mortal to have lived on earth (1 Kgs 3:12, 4:29-34, 2 Chr 1:11-12, 9:22-23), once noted: Ecclesiastes 1:9, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” God once formed a nation from one man (Abraham). God made a covenant (solemn agreement, Ex 6:4, 24:6-8) with this nation of Israel that they would live by God’s commandments and love the Lord with all their heart and strength. In return the Lord would multiply them and greatly bless them with a habitation (Promised Land). God said to them:A 1) Deuteronomy 6:5, “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” The Lord further told them:A 2) Leviticus 19:18, “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.” Abraham had walked (by faith – obedience and trust) in these two commandments. God’s clear direction to Israel was: Deuteronomy 13:4, “Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.”
Israel (the vast majority) played the harlot and did not obey the Lord, nor cleave to Him, nor love their neighbors (e.g. Ez Chaps 16, 20 and 23). They sought after their own lusts and idolatry in rebellion to God; over and over till there was no remedy (2 Chr 36:16, Is 65:2, 66:3-4, Jer 5:23). An end, the end is come – enough (Ez 7:1, 6)! The Lord keeps His covenant and mercy to them that love Him and keep His commandments (Dan 9:4), but Israel sinned, and committed iniquity, and rebelled by departing from God’s precepts and judgments (Dan 9:5, 11, 14). God said: “I will have no pity, but will recompense for their abominations (Ez 7:9).” Therefore, the Lord judged them with His four sore judgements: the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence (Ez 14:21). A small remnant was exiled into Babylon to learn their errors and turn back to the Lord (2 Kgs 25:11, Is 1:9, 10:21-22, Jer 4:18, 5:13, 16:12-13). This was intended to get Israel’s full attention. Jeremiah 2:35, “Yet thou sayest, Because I am innocent, surely his anger shall turn from me. Behold, I will plead with thee, because thou sayest, I have not sinned.”
In Babylon, the people of Israel would have frame of mind to ponder such things (to see things as they are, not blinded by “self”). Ezekiel 20:43-44, “And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed. And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have wrought with you for my name’s sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.” AND Ezekiel 20:35-38, “And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord GOD. And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: And I will purge out from among you the rebels (those who rebelliously walk in their own way), and them that transgress against me (those who follow the devil’s lie): I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.”
At the appropriate time, the Lord sent His Son. Jesus reiterated the Father’s will (He only spoke the Father’s Words, Jn 3:34, 7:16-17, 8:28, 38, 12:49-50, 14:10-11): Mark 12:28-31, “And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 1) And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 2) And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” Jesus is the great I AM. John 8:58, “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” We now comprehend that: Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” The same message for all times: Love God foremost and then love each other. God reveals: “For I am the LORD, I change not (Mal 3:6).”
This book will clearly reveal that Jesus was very definitive that His disciples love one another (including your enemies). Jesus told the Israelites that Abraham’s children do the works of Abraham (Jn 8:39). Abraham obeyed the Lord’s voice, and kept His charge, His commandments, His statutes, and His laws (Gen 26:5). We are further told: Romans 4:13, “For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.” Therefore: Galatians 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. AND Galatians 3:9, “So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.” AND Galatians 3:14, “That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” We are told in the first verse of the book of Matthew: “Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham (Mt 1:1).” Christ’s covenant (solemn agreement with His followers) brings us back to what God originally realized in Abraham – his faith to surrender, obey, trust in and be devoted to God’s will (Heb 11:8, 17, Js 2:21). Recall, Jesus said to do the works of Abraham. The children of Abraham are the children of faith which are the children of GodB (Rm 8:16-17). Galatians 3:26, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”
So, the nation (children) of Israel was to walk in faith as did Abraham and the disciples of Jesus are to walk in faith as the children of Abraham. Such faith was defined as loving the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength (a necessary death to self) and loving your neighbors as yourself. This love is only accomplished by sacrificing “self” for the benefit of others – a willful giving of “self.” Jesus led the example by sacrificing self and dying for all men (Jn 3:16). Similarly, Christ’s disciples “follow” Him: 1 John 3:16, “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”
Just as with Israel, those who have made covenant (the vast majority) with Christ have disregarded the covenant and become a harlot. Many who profess Jesus Christ have sought after their own lusts and idolatry and are in rebellion to God – walking in darkness. They love the world (things of) with all their heart, mind, soul and strength. They sacrifice their neighbors for selfish benefit. Just like Israel, they do not see it that way (darkness = blindness). They say: “my sin is acceptable through Christ” through so many religious words,(i.e. grace with no works). The Lord would also have them remember their ways, and all their doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed. The Lord will also plead with them since they say: “our sin is acceptable.”
God will once again bring about His four sore judgments in a time of great tribulation (Rev chap 6). Christ has warned the churches (representative) to repent and overcome (sin and the world, Rev chaps 2 and 3, Rev 21:7). Jesus specifically told the church in Thyatira (also applies to Pergamos, Rev 2:14) concerning committing fornication (spiritual unfaithfulness), and eating things sacrificed unto idols (loving the world): Revelation 2:22, “Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.” The Lord refers to this doctrine (teaching, way of life) as the depths of SatanC (Rev 2:24). The gentile church was only given this instruction: Acts 15:19-20, “Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.” AND Acts 15:28-29, “For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.” The Lord specifically says He will cast them into great tribulation. God then says: “all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works (Rev 2:23).”
Many seek “self” and the things of the world (the lusts and desires of the flesh – the darkness) and are unfaithful to the Lord (the covenant they made with Him). Thyatira was taught and seduced (drawn aside or enticed from the godly path, lead to iniquity, depart from the faith giving heed to seducing spirits – 1 Tim 4:1) by a wicked woman (Rev 2:20). This woman (spirit) will be discussed later in this chapter.
Conversely, Jesus told the church in PhiladelphiaD: Revelation 3:10, “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” What is meant by “the word of my patience?” The Lord defines it: Revelation 14:12, “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” The church at Philadelphia obeys God and walks in faith! God seals whom He will (Rev 7:3, 9:4). Notice that the great tribulation is an hour of temptation to try them that dwell on the earth. Daniel gives us some further insight into this event: Daniel 12:9-10, “And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” Many will come out of great tribulation, having washed their robes, and having made them white in the blood of the Lamb (Rev 7:14). Most men will not repent (Rev 9:20-21, 16:9-11, 21).
Many need to take heed to what Jesus told the church at Ephesus: Revelation 2:4, “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” These have left Jesus (although they do not think so) and no longer walk in true love. True love places God foremost and then one’s neighbor. The Lord cautioned them to “remember therefore from whence thou art fallen,” and said they would be removed except they repent (Rev 2:5). This book will take a very serious look at what it means to leave your first love and how this applies to so much of what is thought of as the church (the visible majority institutions). This book will reveal how we shall know if we have left our first love.
Christ told the church at Sardis: “I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead (Rev 3:1) – for I have not found thy works perfect before God (Rev 3:2). The vast multitudes of “indifferent” professed Christians who claim to be the church today firmly believe they are alive, but are in reality dead. The great challenge of this book is to show this for the intent that many will come to repentance and truly turn to the Lord. Lamentations 3:40, “Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.” Let us consider the truth of the matter: Matthew 7:22-23, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Continue to read this book and you will see the reality of so many who claim to work for God, but in fact work iniquity. One’s life (course, path) can certainly change with a contrite heart and a trembling at God’s Word (Is 66:2). I beg you to consider the light/truth.
Jesus gives the church at Sardis a WARNING: Revelation 3:3, “Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” This directly relates to: Luke 21:34, “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares (also Lk 12:37-40).” Who were those that brought no fruit unto perfection? Luke 8:14, “And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection (consider the lead-in sentence to the church at Sardis above).” Therefore: Mark 13:37, “And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch (also Rev 22:7).”
Similarly the church at Laodicea is lukewarm (indifferent), and neither cold nor hot (3:16). Jesus says: Revelation 3:17-18, “Because thou sayest, I am rich (self-sufficient), and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched (fallen short, missed the mark), and miserable (far from God), and poor (spiritually lacking), and blind (deceived), and naked (sinful, full of iniquity): I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich (persecution like the church at Smyrna – who are rich); and white raiment (purification from sin and iniquity), that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see (open your eyes that you may see the deception you walk in).” – Repent (Rev 3:19)! These are worldly, full of sin and are deceived. They desperately need persecution to drive them from the world and into the arms of God.
TAKE HEED: Revelation 3:22, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” These things Jesus says to you who will hear (Lk 6:27) – most will not hear (a great condemnation).
What does all this mean? Just like God tried Israel and purged the rebels and them that transgress against Him, the Lord will do again during the great tribulation. God will test and try man to see what is in his heart. Psalms 11:5, “The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.” Those who have professed Christ, but not followed Jesus will be put to the ultimate test. Why? The Lord wants to establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins (Ps 7:9, also Pv 17:3). AND 1 Corinthians 11:32, “But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.” How? Many ways, but ultimately through buying and selling which is the world’s mechanism for seeking the things of the world. Buying and selling places man in control rather than dependence upon God. This is worship of the beast and his image (Satan’s image is seeking the lusts of the flesh). Revelation 13:17, “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.” To choose man’s mark is to choose the world, become an enemy of God, and receive a special damnation from the Lord (1 Jn 2:15-17, Js 4:4, Rev 14:9-11) – not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts (1 Thess 2:4). The devil offers you the world now (just take his mark) – but at a price. However, the wise will respond: Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve (Mt 4:10).
Just as in Eden, there will be much deception involved (Rev 13:11-14). Matthew 24:24, “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” Those who take the beast’s mark will have been deceived (through the desires of the flesh) into such a wrongful course (Rev 10:20). Christ’s true church (the elect) will emerge, but the imposters will continue to be deceived. Those who have no heart toward God will embrace their true love – the world (ultimately self, Jn 3:19). You ultimately suffer and sacrifice for the one you love. The Lord tells those headed into great tribulation who profess Christ yet serve the world (idolatry) just what He told Israel when they served the world prior to Babylonian exile: Prepare to meet thy God (Amos 4:12). My friends: Hebrews 10:31, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Great woe!
The parallels between Israel and the church are striking. Much more could be said, but the point has been made. Rebellious man has never changed. Israel was as an harlot and many of those who profess Christ are the same. Very few men have walked in faith. This was true of the nation of Israel and this is true of many who profess belief in Jesus Christ. Nothing has changed in God’s expectations – the two great commandments accomplished through faith (those found in Christ have His Holy Spirit as those of old who walked in faith). Jesus made a very narrow way for reconciliation with the Father (God). Jesus said few would find it (Mt 7:13-14, 20:16, 22:14, Lk 13:23-24). Just as with Israel, the few are a remnant. This remnant keeps the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ (Rev 12:17). God desires the firstripe fruit (the very best of the vine/tree, Mic 7:1). The firstripe are those who surrender in obedience, trust and devotion to the will of God – heart, mind, soul and strength. This is the remnant! Ultimately, Christ’s church is composed of those that are called (Ekklesia – out of the darkness and into the light), and chosen, and faithful (Rev 17:14).
Understanding the Harlot
Throughout history, the false church, in league with secular governments, has been “the persecutor” of the true church (groups or individuals). After all: Psalms 2:2, “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us (also Lk 19:14).” The earthly kings reject God’s rule (surrender to the Lord’s commandments). If the kings of the earth rejected and persecuted the King of Kings, will they not also persecute his loyal citizens/followers? The kings of the earth have joined with Babylon: Revelation 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 (i.e. the majority of secular governments and “religious” people have been misled – intoxicated through the flesh – a kind of delirium with great enthusiasm, frenzy or madness).” These inhabitants are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues – in other words, they are global (Rev 17:15). For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication (from her golden cup full of abominations and filthiness, see below), and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her… (Rev 18:3). Babylon the Great (the false church) seduces the world to seek after the desires of the flesh and to reject God and persecute His people. Jeremiah 51:7, “Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD’S hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.” To be mad is to be inflamed to excess with desire – disordered in intellect.
Satan’s kingdom is at odds, one with another, due to the nature of hatred, strife, envy, bitterness, deception and confusion which they walk in. It is a divided kingdom that will not stand – it has an end. However, they can find agreement when it comes to persecuting those of God. For example: the religious Jews hated the Roman governor Pontius Pilate and despised Roman rule over themselves. The secular Jewish leadership (Herod) was also at enmity with Pilate. Yet the Jews had no problem forming an alliance with Pilate in order to have the state’s blessing to kill Jesus. When the Jews brought Jesus to Pilate: John 18:31, “Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death.” The Jews needed the state’s approval and they convinced Pilate to give into their will. Pilate thought to let Jesus go: John 19:15, “But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.” Yet the Jews despised Caesar and Roman rule, but used it, when convenient, for their purposes. Luke 23:24, “And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required.” ALSO: Pilate and Herod (who were at odds) became friends during the trial and persecution of Christ. Luke 23:12, “And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.” The religious and secular Jews and the powers of the world came into agreement for the purpose of killing God’s Son (Ps 2:2-3). Jesus’ sheep follow Him in all things. In other words, religion and state will be at odds with those who follow Christ just as they were with the Lord. Hopefully this will become apparent in this book.
This false church loves the world and the things of the world (1 Jn 2:15-17, the pollutions of the world – 2 Pt 2:20). Revelation 18:7, “How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.” Revelation 17:4-5, “And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Many men of the earth have waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies (Rev 18:3). Those who follow her are “self-centered” and the enticement is lust and desire.
The woman (false church) rides a beast (secular governments and their power) and persecutes the sincere “followers” of Christ. Revelation 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.” Even so, her enticements to the lusts and desires of the flesh are extremely intoxicating (exciting, complusive, stimulating, fascinating, enthralling) and most wonder after her – they marvel (that which arrests the attention and causes a person to stand or gaze, or to pause, admiration, Rev 17:6-7). Revelation 18:24, “And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.” The dragon behind this mystery makes war with those which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ (Rev 12:17). This mother of abominations (hatred, atrocity) is actually the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird (Rev 18:2). She is a mystery because she claims to represent God, yet opposes God (Zeph 3:1-12). She is the mother of all harlots (including the ancient Jews that sought after idols). As is the mother, so are her daughters (Ez 16:44). In scripture a spiritual harlot is one who forsakes (departs from) the truth of God (i.e. Ezekiel chaps 16 & 23). That which is not of the truth is idolatry (1 Jn 5:21). Idolatry is as stubbornness (seeking your will over God’s) and iniquity (violating God’s will or truth, 1 Sam 15:23). The nations of the world seek after fleshly things and so does this false church (Lk 12:29-31, 1 Jn 2:15-17). The false church is joined with worldly kingdoms. The true church of Christ seeks after the kingdom of God (Mt 6:33, Lk 12:29-31).
This false church is called a whore or harlot (being false with God) because she has departed from the Lord God (Jer 2:20, 3:1-21, Ez chap 16, Ez chap 20, Ez chap 23, Hosea). She has eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin and allures through the lusts of the flesh (2 Pt 2:14, 18). Her devotion is now to her lovers (Deut 8:19-20). She has sold herself to obtain the things that she lust and desires (prestige, power, big buildings, tax exemptions, delicacies, riches, comfort, influence, rule, security, possessions, etc.). Her love is not toward God, but rather is placed upon “self.” To exalt self is to place “self” foremost and above God (seek self above God’s commandments). To exalt self is to sacrifice others for selfish benefit. This might be thought of as the devil’s canon (standards, principles, tenets) of hate, which is the opposite of God’s two great commandments of love. In other words, the devil entices you to seek self with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and to seek self above or at the expense of your neighbor. This is the inclination of the corrupt nature of man – self first.
This whore reflects the nature of the devil, and walks comfortably within his lie (the darkness) seeking her will over God’s will. Proverbs 30:20, “Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.” She believes that she can “sin and not die” as per the serpent’s words in Eden (Gen chap 3) – to continue in her corrupt nature without consequence? This great whore has corrupted the earth with her fornication and by her sorceries (the assistance or command of evil spirits) thus deceiving all nations (Rev 19:2, 18:23, 19:2). Oh, but there is always a SELF-ish benefit for those who willingly follow the “lie.”.
Christ’s true church will not join with a harlot. 1 Corinthians 6:15-17, “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” This is because the true church is the bride of Christ and is faithful. The true church is joined to Christ and they become one (Eph 5:24-32). John 14:20, “At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.” AND John 17:21, “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” AND He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit (Jn 15:5). This book will attempt to reveal those that join with a harlot (an offspring of Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots) and thus become one – exhibiting the harlot’s nature in their love for her. 1 Corinthians 8:3, “But if any man love God, the same is known of him.” We sacrifice self for the one we love and hold dear (either love Christ – Jn 14:23, or the darkness/world – Jn 3:19, 1 Jn 2:15-17). You cannot love the darkness (Jn 3:19-20), yet be in the light (Jn 3:21). You cannot love the world, yet have the love of the Father (1 Jn 2:15-17). You cannot love money and be free of evil (1 Tim 6:10). Ultimately (day by day, situation by situation), you either sacrifice God or self. Who will prevail in your life? God or self? What fruit will be produced – good or evil?
True Blue – Obedience to the Will of the Father
God has always associated the colors of purple, scarlet, gold and blue with His tabernacle-temple/high priest/people (e.g. Ex 28:5-6, 8, 15, 33, 39:1-3, 24-25). Notice that the false church described above arrays herself with these same colors with one notable exception/exclusion – this great whore (corrupted by lewd intercourse with the world, Rev 17:1, 18:16) is missing the color of blue. What does the color of blue represent? Numbers 15:38-40, “Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue: And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.” The ribband of blue was to be a great reminder of the covenant made with God. The high priest’s holy crown was of pure gold engraved with, HOLINESS TO THE LORD and tied with a lace of blue, to fasten it on high upon the mitre (Ex 39:30-31). Holiness is sustained (upheld) through obedience to the Lord’s will (Lk 1:74-75).
This mother of all harlots and abominations of the earth imitates the colors which God’s high priest was arrayed in with the notable exclusion of blue (Exodus chapter 28). This corrupted imposter does not array herself in blue because she seeks after the lusts and desires of her own heart and eyes and does not “do” or obey the commandments of God (Gen 6:5, Deut 12:8, 29:19, Jer 3:17, 7:24, 9:14, 11:7-8, 13:10, 16:12, 17:16, 18:11-12, 23:17, Rm 1:21, Jdg 17:6, 21:25, Ps 36:2, Pv 3:7, 6:18, 12:15, 16:2, 21:2, 30:12, Is 5:21). She says, but does not do (Mt 23:3). The harlot is very religious in form, speech, doctrines and ceremony, but she does not obey God’s commandments – but her outward appearance suggest that she is godly. She is very sympathetic to those who walk in sin/darkness, but does not encourage those who walk in the light. She is quick to tell those in sin that God understands (implied approval attributed to Christ). This harlot talks all about God’s free gift, grace and no need for works (once saved always saved, predestination, easy salvation, name-it-and-claim-it, prosperity, peace-peace, etc.), but she does not obey Christ’s commands nor deny self and take up the cross (no death to self, no obedience – Jn 14:15-17, 20-21, 23, 15:10, 1 Jn 2:3-4, 3:24, 5:2-3). This false church is an imposter – a pretender, phony, hypocritical, feigned. As further confirmation, it is also obvious from the whore’s description above that fornicating with the world and killing God’s saints (Mt 24:9) is disregarding the Lord’s commandments.
When the camp (of Israel) setteth forth and the tabernacle was to be moved, the ark of the testimony was covered with a cloth of blue (Num 4:5-6, also the table of shewbread, candlestick, golden altar, and instruments of ministry were covered in blue, Num 4:7, 9, 11-12). The “ark” of the covenant was a small chest that contained God’s law which Israel agreed (covenanted) to “obey.” Many years before, Noah was saved from the flood by “obeying” God in building an “ark” for the saving of his house (Heb 11:7). Obedience to God’s commands is always for the saving of the soul! The “ark of the testimony’s” covering of blue was a further reminder to obey God’s covenant. When we stand before God at judgment, our “ark” for salvation will have been constructed through a lifetime of obedience to Christ’s Word (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 AND For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thess 5:9). This obedience to the Lord will be made manifest in our works/deeds/fruit. Those that are Christ’s are “called,” “chosen,” and “faithful” (Rev 17:14). Jesus calls them out of the darkness and they hear Him, respond and obey.
It was noted above that this false church intoxicates the peoples of the world to produce a kind of delirium. Revelation 18:3, “For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.” To be delirious is to be disconnected from the truth, marked by confusion. Confusion is the inability to differentiate (judge) right and wrong and thereby meld (join, mix) the two as shades of gray. To be drunk is to become stupefied (dullness). This would include having doctrines and traditions associated with God’s Word (twisting) that are irregular (not according to established principles) and conflicting with other parts of God’s Word – confusion of ideas (opposed to distinctness or perspicuity). Confusion results when the truth is twisted into a lie. Confusion occurs when one disobeys God and transgresses His will, yet claims to love and serve Him. Jesus said it like this: Luke 6:46, “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” Disobedience to God’s truth results in confusion: Jeremiah 3:25, “We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us: for we have sinned against the LORD our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God.” God is truth and anything apart from Him is confusion (Ps 31:5, Is 65:16, Jn 4:24). God’s people must be established in the truth (2 Pt 1:12). That which opposes God’s truth is the darkness. That which confuses God’s truth is a lie – no lie is of the truth (1 Jn 2:21).
This harlot seduces wonderfully through her deception and her appeals to the flesh. God proclaims that He is her enemy. Nahum 3:4-6, “Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts. Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame. And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazingstock.” This harlot is wellfavoured or “pleasing to the eye.” Recall that in the garden of Eden, the serpent beguiled Eve (through deception and appeals to the flesh) and she transgressed God’s will by eating fruit from the forbidden tree because it was “pleasing to the eye (Gen 3:6).” Those who seek the flesh, seek what pleases the flesh as discerned through the senses. Those who seek God, surrender to what pleases God as revealed through faith, which bypasses the flesh (no confidence in the flesh, Php 3:3) – the Lord’s will. The harlot allures one to partake of that which is forbidden; she says: Proverbs 9:17, “Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.” Beware, the dead are with her and her guests are in the depths of hell (Pv 9:18). Partaking of that which is forbidden leads to death and hell. To partake of that which is forbidden is to rebel against God’s established authority.
Man has always had the choice of submitting to God’s will or seeking the lusts and desires of his flesh (his will, self). The harlot follows Satan’s gospel which is to seek self and that which is forbidden. The darkness is sustained through the lusts and desires of the flesh (the corruption that is in the world is through lust, 2 Pt 1:4, 2:18). The harlot’s gospel has a sheep’s skin (deception, Mt 7:15). It appears godly on the outside, but underneath it is as a ravening wolf that devours men. She comes as an angel of light (truth, 2 Cor 11:14) and in the name of Christ, but deceives (Mt 24:5, 11, Mk 13:6, Lk 21:8, Rev 12:9). She twists Christ’s gospel into something that seems right but is not – she corrupts God’s Word (2 Cor 2:17, 4:2). She makes believe that what is not is – she lies (Jn 8:44). The harlot places false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies (2 Pt 2:1-2). The harlot’s false apostles and deceitful workers transform themselves into the apostles of Christ and ministers of righteousness (2 Cor 11:13-15, also Mt 24:24). They steer you to the flesh and away from obedience to the will of God. Her nature is to seek the things of the flesh and not to obey God. This is Satan’s nature, which is the darkness. The darkness is opposite of the light; the lie is opposite of the truth. When he (the devil) speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own (Jn 8:44). In other words, the supposition that you can seek your own will and disregard God’s commandments is the lie that the devil authored (what he did). He abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. (Jn 8:44). The devil teaches and leads in the lie that he created. This lie exalts self and denies the authority and rule of God. The lie leads one out of the truth – for no lie is of the truth (1 Jn 2:21).
Babylon, the mother of all harlots (false churches) has always lashed out at the true church in hate, but the true church has always responded with love. One group walks in Satan’s nature and one group walks in the Lord’s nature. This could be characterized as the proud verses the meek & humble. The proud always exalt self and the meek always deny self. The proud injure and the meek forbear the injuries that are inflicted. True followers of Christ never took up the sword, nor shall they – not even for defense. He that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword (Rev 13:10). The true church is known for love and not returning evil for evil (Jn 13:34-35). They have been commanded by their Lord to love others and the true church obeys (Jn 13:34, 15:12, 14, 17, 1 Jn 3:23, 2 Jn 1:5-6). True believers never fought back, but maintained their testimony, even to their demise. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND. You will be known by whose nature you walk in and your deeds will be manifested through your actions.
A harlot claims love for one (God), but actually has eyes for another (things of the world, the flesh). This is idolatry (Jer 2:23-25). A harlot/whore is not faithful (rather she is promiscuous) or obedient. A true follower of the Lord will make no covenant (agreement) with the inhabitants of the land (secular governments) or go a whoring after their gods (anything placed ahead of the one true God, Ex 34:12-16, Lev 18:3-5, 20:23-24 Num 33:52, Deut 12:1-4, 31:16). To go a whoring is to be led of devils (Lev 17:7, 20:5-7, 23). Devils lead opposite of God and in rebellion/disobedience to God. This is to break covenant (solemn agreement to follow and obey the Lord) with God – to break Christ’s testament (Heb 10:28-31, 38-39, 12:24). Those in covenant with God are His peculiar people that obey Him and show forth His praises (Ex 19:5, Deut 14:2, 26:18, Ps 135:4, Ti 2:14, 1 Pt 2:9).
Many have assumed that this “mother of all harlots” is Roman Catholicism given its history of persecution and practices, but this is a very narrow view. Roman Catholicism is but one of her children (Is 57:3-5). This great mystery also includes much of Protestantism and Orthodoxy (Greek and Russian). This is not to say that everyone that has been associated with these man-made organizations is guilty. The peoples of the world are intoxicated, yet the Lord is continually calling individuals out of the darkness. This darkness certainly includes “religious” darkness. The Lord is longsuffering, not willing that any should perish, but all come to repentance (2 Pt 3:9). 1 Timothy 2:4, “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” 1 John 2:3, “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.” When the Lord’s light shines, there are always those who respond to it. 2 Corinthians 4:6, “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” Often, those who saw the kingdom of God (Jn 3:3) and tried to find their way out of the religious darkness, were persecuted unto death. Their new nature was made manifest as they went to the slaugther as lambs, praying for their persecutors. The Lord moves sovereignly over His creation and the author in no way attempts to limit God in how He deals with man (whether religious or not) or the kingdoms of this world. God gives life and the Lord takes life away, blessed be the name of the Lord (Job 1:21).
Most will be appalled at such a notion, after all most professed Christians consider themselves as belonging to one of these big three religious institutions that supposedly (allegedly, purportedly) make-up Christianity. Do not be so quick to dismiss this assertion. Jesus warned over and over to beware of religious deception (read Mt chap 24, Mk chap 13, Lk chap 21). This writing is going to attempt to look at the fruit or outwardly manifested actions and deeds – how else will we know? Jesus gave us the authority and discernment to look at the fruits (Mt 7:17-20, 12:33). It is really quite simple (complex confusion made simple), you are either following man-made institutions (works of the flesh) or the Holy Spirit. Jesus said that in the end it all boils down to the fruit. It is not about the names that great institutions of men are known by, but rather by the fruits they produce! There are fruits of the flesh (i.e. wrath, strife, envy, hatred, Gal 5:19-21) known as fruit unto death,(Rm 7:4) and fruits of the Spirit (i.e. love, meekness, longsuffering, gentleness, Gal 5:23-24) known as fruitunto God(Rm 7:5). These two positions produce distinct and identifiable fruits. Galatians 5:16-17, “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” You either produce corrupt fruit (fleshly) or good fruit (godly).
The true church is composed of many nameless (as in unimportant to man) individuals that are known of Jesus and His Father (1 Cor 8:3, Jn 10:3, 14, Nah 1:7, Gal 4:9, Mt 10:32, Lk 12:8, Rev 3:5). These obey the Lord’s commandments thereby walking in faith. They do not only talk of faith, but walk in faith. They come out of the darkness into the light (1 Pt 2:9). They produce good fruit (Jn 15:8). This is not an institution of man, but a work of the Spirit having been called and assembled of God (Jn 6:44-45, 12:32).
Those who are Christ’s (belong to) have come out of the lust sustained darkness: Galatians 5:24-25, “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh (died to) with the affections and lusts.” We must cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God (2 Cor 7:1). If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Those who walk in idolatry, strife, envy, hatred, murder, fornication, uncleanness, seditions and such like, will not inherit the kingdom of God (Gal 5:19-21, Rm 1:29-32, 1 Cor 6:9-10, Col 3:8-10). PLEASE CONSIDER THIS FULLY as we proceed on…
A This was noted by a very learned scribe at the time of Christ: Luke 10:25-28, “And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.” These two great commandments were understood by this lawyer (one well versed in the law) from the writings of Moses. This was not a new concept.
B Another vital thing to realize (particularly with regards to this book) is: Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” A peacemaker is one who makes peace by reconciling parties that are at variance. In other words, they are not at variance or strife with others (particularly at war). Therefore (in keeping with the paragraph) a peacemaker is one who walks in faith which is a child of God.
C The depths of Satan or his great “lie” has always been to seek self-will over God’s will. This is realized through seeking the lusts and desires of the flesh. This is the darkness or lie. This is to place your will above God’s will or to be as gods (Gen 3:5). To seek your will must result in a diminishing or sacrifice (disregard) of God’s will.
D God’s elect is not appointed unto God’s wrath (1 Thess 5:9), but that does not mean that they will not die (be martyred). God’s elect are appointed unto salvation. The evil and wicked are appointed unto the lake of fire (Rev 20:15). Jesus told the church at Smyrna, with regard to their tribulation and suffering: “be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life (Rev 2:10).” These do not receive wrath, but life. Consider how they overcome the beast: Revelation 12:11, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Those who walk in Christ’s covenant will not compromise with the world or take it’s mark (Rev 20:4).