Thursday, March 26, 2009

Does Jesus teach works based salvation?

1. Jesus only taught that which was the beginning of the Gospel
Mar 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;
The gospel tells the whole story of his life death burial and resuurection. Jesus only taught the kingdom since he had not yet been crucified.
1Co 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
1Co 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
1Co 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1Co 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

2. Jesus taught his doctrine for Jews under the Old covenant.
Joh 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Joh 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) Jesus sayings about salvation had to be placed in a category of prophecy because the people at the time did not have the Holy Spirit.
Act 19:2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
The Holy Spirit was to come after the resurrection.
Joh 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

3. The lessons Jesus had preached were concerning the Kingdom which Jesus was king /messiah of.
Mat 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Mat 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
Mat 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Mat 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Pay careful attention to the fact that Apostles were only commissioned at this point for Israel. Why because the New Covenant was a covenant for Israel.
Jer 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
4. The apostles were concerned simply with the restoration of the nation of Israel.
Act 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
Act 1:7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

5. The apostles were to rule over the restored nation of Israel.
Mat 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

6. Jesus, in the synoptic gospels, is laying down the fundamentals of New Testament/Kingdom religion and the apostles would be mainly concerned with religion, until Paul’s revelation.
Jam 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
Act 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.

7. Prior to the cross salvation was to be attained after death.
Joh 11:24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
Joh 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
Joh 11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
Joh 11:27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

8. Through the cross Christ finally gave Heaven to the dead saints.
Heb 11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
Heb 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
Mat 27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
Mat 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
1Pe 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
1Pe 3:19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
Mat 27:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
Mat 27:53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

9. Peter’s concern at Pentecost was not primarily the message of salvation but instead a message of repentance to the lordship of Christ.
Act 2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
Act 2:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
Act 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
Act 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
Peter presented the case that Jesus was the Jewish messiah. He is not focused upon the concept of how people are to be saved. There is one reference to salvation.
Act 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Yet, Peter is simply quoting the prophet Joel. Peter is not denying salvation, yet salvation is not the #1 purpose of this sermon. Israel needs to repent of its rejection of Christ.
Then we see the retort “What must we do?” If the people were focused on the topic of salvation they would more naturally ask “…to be saved?”. Instead they asked the question as it was because they were not concerned about heaven. They were concerned about offending God because of the death of Christ.

5. It was the Apostle Paul that brought the revelation of Grace and a completed gospel for even the gentiles.
Act 26:15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
Act 26:16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;
Act 26:17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,
Act 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Here we see Jesus himself giving a commission to Paul. It is obvious he has been given a unique calling. Unique even to the Apostles.
Gal 2:7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;
Gal 2:8 (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)
Paul was to administer the dispensation of grace.
Eph 3:2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
Eph 3:3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
Eph 3:4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
Eph 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
Eph 3:6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
Eph 3:7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.
Eph 3:8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
Eph 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
It is very plain here that Paul has a unique revelation. That the Gentiles would be saved on equal terms with the Jews. Yet the Jews had the law and the gentiles were lawless.
Rom 3:2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.
Rom 2:14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
The legalist then has a dilemma; how can the gentiles be included in salvation if they are lawless? Legalists then come up with a new Law! Yet Christ did not follow a new but the Old Law.
Mat 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Mat 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Mat 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus did not do away with the law. He affirmed that the law would not change. Notice the words “one jot or one tittle”? This is in the Hebrew grammar and not in Greek. Jesus was clearly referring to the Old Testament. The phrase “one of these” says that Christians should not argue the law to be done away with.
So how are gentiles included in equal standing with the church?
By grace!
Eph 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Eph 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

5. The Apostles would accommodate Paul’s revelation as time went on.
A. Apostles endorsed Christ
Gal 2:9 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.
B. Peter taught salvation by grace
1Pe 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
1Pe 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1Pe 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
1Pe 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

C. John would write the gospel of John focusing upon Jesus teaching of grace.
Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Joh 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Joh 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
Joh 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
Joh 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
Joh 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Joh 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Joh 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
Joh 11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
Joh 12:44 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.
Joh 12:45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.
Joh 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
Joh 12:47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
Joh 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
Joh 12:49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
What about the end-times works based judgement?
Mat 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
Mat 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
Mat 25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Mat 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Mat 25:35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
Mat 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Mat 25:37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
Mat 25:38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Mat 25:39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
Mat 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Mat 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Mat 25:42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
Mat 25:43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Mat 25:44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
Mat 25:45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
Mat 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

This is a classic example of a passage that it typically interpreted without context. It is a larger text so many would assume that is directly written to all audiences. Yet this teaching of Christ only appears to the gospel of Matthew and is found in no other gospels. Does that take away it’s authenticity? Of course not! But it does say that Matthew felt uniquely responsible to write for His direct audience. Who was Matthew’s direct audience? The Jews of Israel. What was the unique purpose of Matthew’s Gospel? That Jesus was in fact the Jewish Messiah. The first half of Matthew is concerned with fulfillment of Old Testament Prophecies proving that Jesus was Christ. Towards the end of the gospel we see Jesus teaching on the end-times. This is to help making the distinction between the first coming and Second Coming of Christ. So Matthew is more concerned than any other gospel with fulfilled prophecy. He wants to explain to the Jews why Jesus is not fulfilling prophecy concerning the end-times.
It is through his discourse that we see this take place. In a previous parable in chapter 25 “The parable of the 10 virgins” we see Christ is coming to take His Bride. Yet later on now we see that Christ is coming to the earth. Later in the writings of John and Paul we will see Christ coming and taking Christians to Heaven. Yet here we see the opposite, that Christ is coming to the earth.
We also see that Christ is separating among the nations. Yet churches were to already be separated.
2Co 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
2Co 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
2Co 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
If the churches are even remotely separated then why would Christ need to separate them? Did not Christ already know the believers?
Joh 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
This is not the New Testament Church they have been gathered by Christ.
Joh 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
1Co 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
1Co 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
1Th 4:17 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.
This judgement will be in the aftermath of what we call the great tribulation.
Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
At the end of this tribulation there will be a gathering not by Christ but by angels.
Mat 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
Mat 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Mat 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Now it is said that there are teachers who argue that this tribulation was the destruction of Jerusalem. Because if it was we see the heavens moved and Jesus angels would have already gathered the elect form the four corners of the earth. There would be no church!!
It is obvious that the judgement of the sheep and goats is the same Judgement as after the tribulation. But some will ask what about the end result. One group in Hell and one group in Heaven? Actually we must look at the words again.
Mat 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
The righteous are not mentioned as entering heaven. They enter the earth.
Mat 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
The righteous will enter the literal Kingdom of God, which we call the millennial reign.
Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
Rev 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Rev 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
But what of the works?
First I would like to say that when I hear of these good works I do not feel any condemnation but instead rejoice in them. Because this is the reflection of the goodness of the God who saved my soul. These works were marks. They were distinguishing signs that these people were born-again. But it did not make them born-again. After all Jesus calls them brethren.
Mat 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Y You can not make yourself part of a family. You must be born or adopted into the family. This is salvation. It is God who adopts us. But to ignore the gospel is to run away from home.
Also notice how the disciples of Christ are to emulate Christ. The reason that this is important is that Christ wants us to have unconditional love. It would be backwards if Christ were to desire us to have unconditional love if He did not have unconditional love for us desiring our salvation?
Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Rom 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

Jesus demonstrates that After His resurrection we will be saved by grace through faith.
Joh 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
Joh 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
Joh 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Jesus demonstrates that His resurrection will accomplish salvation upon faith alone.
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Here the phrase “gave his only begotten Son” is a reference to the cross. So the “faith alone salvation” was not the standard prior to the cross only afterwards. Look at the clause “have everlasting life”
2192 echo {ekh'-o} “have”
including an alternate form scheo {skheh'-o}, used in certain tenses only), a primary verb; TDNT - 2:816,286; v
AV - have 613, be 22, need + 5532 12, misc 63, vr have 2; 712
1) to have, i.e. to hold 1a) to have (hold) in the hand, in the sense of wearing, to have (hold) possession of the mind (refers to alarm, agitating emotions, etc.), to hold fast keep, to have or comprise or involve, to regard or consider or hold as 2) to have i.e. own, possess 2a) external things such as pertain to property or riches or furniture or utensils or goods or food etc. 2b) used of those joined to any one by the bonds of natural blood or marriage or friendship or duty or law etc, of attendance or companionship 3) to hold one's self or find one's self so and so, to be in such or such a condition 4) to hold one's self to a thing, to lay hold of a thing, to adhere or cling to 4a) to be closely joined to a person or a thing
This clause is presented twice back to back. This would indicate that the Lord wanted to add emphases over the possession of eternal life. Also, notice the word “world”. From a legalist point of view, it would be better to say “church” or “righteous”. After all, how could Christ reach the world when only the best behaved saints have access?
Yet Christ repeats the world and uses the very word “saved”. “Saved” can only have two references. Either to the survival of ethnic Israel or the final judgement. “world” obviously doesn’t refer to ethnic Israel.
Finally we see the clause “believeth is not condemned” saying that if one “beleiveth” even if they are a sinner they are not condemned.
So while Jesus may have had message of repentance to the Jews. And while the message of repentance is still definitely valid to the Christian lifestyle.
Salvation is an act that Jesus completed for us by his grace through faith alone.
Psa 37:39-40 But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.
Joh 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Davidic Kingdom

I. Behold the star!
A. The star in prophecy.
Num 24:15 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:
Num 24:16 He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:
Num 24:17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.
Num 24:18 And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly.
Num 24:19 Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion, and shall destroy him that remaineth of the city.
"Here is Balaam's prophecy concerning Him who should be the crown and glory of his people Israel; who is David in the type; but our Lord Jesus, the promised Messiah, is chiefly pointed at, and of him it is an
illustrious prophecy. Balaam, a wicked man, shall see Christ, but shall not see him nigh; not see him as Job, who saw him as his Redeemer, and saw him for himself. When he comes in the clouds, every eye shall see him; but many will see him, as the rich man in hell saw Abraham, afar off. He shall come out of Jacob, and Israel, as a Star and a Sceptre; the former denoting his glory and lustre; the latter his power and authority. Christ shall be King, not only of Jacob and Israel, but of all the world; so that all shall be either governed by his golden sceptre, or dashed in pieces by his iron rod. Balaam prophesied concerning the Amalekites and Kenites, part of whose country he had now in view
.” Matthew Henry
Let’s look at a secular Jewish perspective.
17: This v. predicts the destruction of Moab by an Israelite King. Either David or Omri qualifies (2Sam.2; the Mesha [or Moabite] Stone). This v. played a significant role in the 2nd century C.E, when the star (hebrew “kokhav’) was connected by some to Bar Kosba, a Jewish leader who headed an unsuccessful revolt against Rome in 132-35 this verse, some sages renamed this leader Bar Kokhba, “the Son of the Star,” and viewed him as a messianic figure (see esp.y.ta’an. 68d). The revolt was miserable failure.The Jewish Study Bible (notes on Numbers 24:17)What is really important to note here is we have the confession of liberal Jewish scholars agreeing that this prophecy has been interpreted as being fulfilled by David and the Messiah (though the Jews picked the wrong messiah!) It is also significant that the 1st time we see in history the use of the symbol of the star of David is during the Bar Kokhba rebellion at a synagogue in Capernum. Though Dr. Dave Reagan has stated that this symbol was seen also among 1st century Messianic Jews. (May-June 2008 Lamplighter pg.13)
B. The ensign to the nations
Isa 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
Isa 11:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
Isa 11:12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.Isa 11:13 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.
Ensign (Easton’s Bible Dictionary)
(1.) Heb. 'oth, a military standard, especially of a single
tribe (Num. 2:2). Each separate tribe had its own "sign" or
(2.) Heb. nes, a lofty signal, as a column or high pole (Num.
21:8, 9); a standard or signal or flag placed on high mountains
to point out to the people a place of rendezvous on the
irruption of an enemy (Isa. 5:26; 11:12; 18:3; 62:10; Jer. 4:6,
21; Ps. 60:4). This was an occasional signal, and not a military
standard. Elevation and conspicuity are implied in the word.
(3.) The Hebrew word _degel_ denotes the standard given to
each of the four divisions of the host of the Israelites at the
Exodus (Num. 1:52; 2:2; 10:14). In Cant. 2:4 it is rendered
"banner." We have no definite information as to the nature of
these military standards. (See BANNER)
en•sign (µn“s…n, -sºn”) n. 1. A national flag displayed on ships and aircraft, often with the special insignia of a branch or unit of the armed forces. 2. A standard or banner, as of a military unit. 3. Archaic. A standard-bearer. 4. (µn“s…n) Abbr. ENS, Ens. a. A commissioned rank in the U.S. Navy or Coast Guard that is below lieutenant junior grade. b. One who holds this rank. 5.a. A badge of office or power; an emblem. b. A sign; a token.
(American Heritage Dictionary)
As we see the phrase “root of Jesse” let us look to it’s meaning:
firm, or a gift, a son of Obed, the son of Boaz and Ruth (Ruth
4:17, 22; Matt. 1:5, 6; Luke 3:32). He was the father of eight
sons, the youngest of whom was David (1 Sam. 17:12). The phrase
"stem of Jesse" is used for the family of David (Isa. 11:1), and
"root of Jesse" for the Messiah (Isa. 11:10; Rev. 5:5). Jesse
was a man apparently of wealth and position at Bethlehem (1 Sam.
17:17, 18, 20; Ps. 78:71). The last reference to him is of
David's procuring for him an asylum with the king of Moab (1
Sam. 22:3).(Easton’s Bible Dictionary)
And so here we have scholarly confirmation of a symbol of the Davidic family Messiah placed as a banner on a flag over Israel.

C. A star is born!
Mat 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
Mat 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
Mat 2:3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
Mat 2:4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
Mat 2:5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
Mat 2:6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
Bethlehem is the “city of David”. The star of Bethlehem could easily be labeled the Star of David. We see the only physical sign of this prophecy. Yet the miracle was obvious to the world even though the prophecy was not as obvious.

D. Isn’t the Star of David an idol?
Amo 5:26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.
Act 7:43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.
Some have argued the Star of David to be a pagan symbol. They use the idolatry of the Babylonian style Jews to argue that the Star of David is obviously their idol.
However, the star of Remphan (or Rephan) is actually a reference to the planet Saturn. In Moloch we see the symbolism of a King.
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Chiun = "an image" or "pillar" 1) probably a statue of the Assyrian-Babylonian god of the planet Saturn and used to symbolise Israelite apostasy

The Star of which the Masons and Pagan Jews or Kabbalah look towards is in fact the five-sided pentagram.
The Star which guided them is that same blazing star, the image whereof we find all initiations. To the Alchemist it is the sign of Quintessence; to the Magist, the Grand Arcanum; to the Kabbalists, the sacred Pentagram. The study of this pentagram could not but lead the Magi to the knowledge of the New Name which was about to raise itself above all names, and cause all creatures capable of adoration to bend the Knee.” Albert Pike Morals and Dogma pg 842
The infamous legendary Mason Albert Pike connects the ancient pagan Kabbalist with the 5 star pentagram instead of the six-sided Star of David. Pike has been laying out an argument for the Star of the Kabbalah being the Star of Bible prophecy. However, we have scene the counterfeit miracle unveiled in the Masonic Lodge notes as the pagan star is identified as a 5 sided pentagram and therefore, not the Star of David.
Now there may be some scattered incidents of this symbol (Star of David) being used for paganism. Paganism can take any symbol or visible object and make it as an idol. (Deuteronomy 4:15-19)
In fact, even the cross itself can and has been used for idolatry. Many pagans including the Ancient Romans have had their own crosses used as objects of worship.
However we should judge a symbol by the truth or heresy it is conveying and whether or not one is focused upon a heretical interpretation. (Read 1Corinthians 8:4-7, Romans 14:19-23)
Finally, many may look to the six corners as a reference to the triple 6 of the Anti-Christ. Yet where do we get the symbol of three out from the star? And while the star has six corners; we must not forget that it has 12 sides representing the 12 tribes and/or 12 Apostles. Some Rabbis argue the six corners point toward the universal extant of Gods sovereignty. (north, South, East West, Up, Down.)
E. The day star
2Pe 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
Rev 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
Here we see the ultimate meaning of the Star conveyed. Christ is that star. I believe the star of David is in fact pointing us toward Christ. Man was created on day six. Jesus is the “Son of man” and the image of the invisible God. (Genesis 1:26-27,31, Colossians 1:14-15)
Yet notice the power of the prophetic fulfillment. Jesus has connected himself with the root of David and the morning star, which in essence ties the two prophecies together!

II. David verses Moses “A tale of two tabernacles”Moses originally was directed to construct the tabernacle. Which served as a moving temple. The structure of this tabernacle was much like the Old Testament and it emphasize a separation of the people from God due to His holiness.
The People of Israel fell into Apostasy and lost the Ark of the Covenant. Though the Ark would be recovered, it would never be returned to the tabernacle of Moses. Though they had plenty of opportunity the priest never went to place it back and continued in the tabernacle to perform the worship services. Truly a sign of apostasy.
When David became King, one of his first official Acts was to set up a tent in Zion and place the Ark their. Unlike the previous tabernacle David had the Ark exposed for everyone to see. Instead of a strict liturgical style of worship David would have dancers, singers, musicians and would write the psalms as the priest would give offerings.
In Moses, we have treatment of a stubborn sinful people not willing to relate to God. In David we see a celebration of a personal intimacy with the Lord. The Jews of Moses time were lost in the wilderness wanting to go back to the idolatry of Egypt. Yet in David the people have finally claimed their rightful inheritance. The Kingdom and administration of David brought with it the theme of a personal relationship with the Lord. Prophecy shows that this was not to be a temporal time lost in the past.

Amo 9:11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:
Amo 9:12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this.
Also it is important to notice that this tabernacle and relationship with God would carry on to the Gentiles. It is obvious that the Apostles noted and based their doctrine upon it.
Act 15:14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.
Act 15:15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,
Act 15:16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:
Act 15:17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
The tabernacle of David is the OT witness of the future Age of Grace presented to us by the Apostle Paul.

III. Jesus the Davidic King
Luk 1:30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
Luk 1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
Luk 1:32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
Luk 1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Here we see the that Jesus will inherit the Kingdom of David. Yet the Kingdom of David will indeed be interwoven with the Kingdom of Heaven. As shown by the eternal nature of the promise.
Luk 23:3 And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answered him and said, Thou sayest it.
This reply points to the fact that Jesus is not trying to claim the throne of David, it is just the fact that he has already been recognized as the Davidic King.

Mar 15:12 And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews?
Luk 23:37 And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.
Luk 23:38 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
The Jewish common people recognized His office as the David King. It was the Pharisees who were in opposition because of the obvious threat to their power. Perhaps Pilate made the effort to recognize the fact of his royal in order appease the common people that He was not the one who threatened their Messiah and he recognized in a political sense his authority. So he was washing his hands of the execution and placing the blame upon the Pharisees.

Mar 15:17 And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head,
Mar 15:18 And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!
The Roman guards are obviously humiliating Christ. This is in order to send the message that Rome is the supreme authority, and they wanted Christ to submit to it; if he wanted to keep his kingdom.

Joh 19:14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!
Joh 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.
Here we see the truth behind the Israel establishment. They could have said we have no king besides God or God and Caesar. But they claimed loyalty alone to Caesar because they were in fact Roman apostates. It was Jesus who was the rightful ruler over Israel. Yet the Israeli government chose slavery to the Roman Empire over the Freedom of Christ.

Joh 19:20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.
Joh 19:21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.
Joh 19:22 Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.
Once again Pilate is careful to acknowledge the Sovereignty of Christ so that his guilt is expunged. However Rome was still guilty because the Sanhedren was in truth Roman. However the World knew that Jesus was indeed the Christ in the line of David.

IV. Our Davidic kingdom

Mat 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
This may sound quite controversial, but could it be that the Davidic throne would reign as the Kingdom of Heaven. We know that Christ is the king of that Kingdom and has the inheritance of the Davidic throne. We must all recognize the Sovereignty of Christ alone.

Mat 4:5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
Mat 4:6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Mat 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Here we see that Christ unlike other men does not tempt God in order to wield his power. However the devil has made an unchallenged point that by having the Davidic throne which is implied by the pinnacle of the Jerusalem temple he has heavenly authority.

Mat 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Mat 1:6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;
Here is clear testimony to the fact of Jesus as the ancestor of David.

Mat 9:27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us.
Many of the Jews knew of the power of the Davidic Messiah and apparently of his mercy.

Mat 12:3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;
Mat 12:4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?
Mat 12:5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
Mat 12:6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.
Mat 12:7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
Here we have Christ Justifying His actions through the authority of the Davidic monarchy. Also Christ is down playing the authority of the mosaic Covenant since it is who rule Israel through David and not Moses.

Mat 12:23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?
Mat 12:24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
Mat 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
Mat 12:26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
Mat 12:27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.
Mat 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
Here we may notice that the Davidic Kingdom of Christ is in direct antithesis to the Kingdom of Satan. It is also superior to demonic authority.

Mat 21:6 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,
Mat 21:7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.
Mat 21:8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.
Mat 21:9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
Mat 21:10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?
Mat 21:11 And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.
Mat 21:12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
Mat 21:13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Mat 21:14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.
Mat 21:15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were sore displeased,
Mat 21:16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?
Rom 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
Here it is obvious that the city had accepted Jesus as the Davidic Messiah and King. Notice also that like David erecting the tabernacle Christ has symbolically freed Israel from apostate temple slavery; by demolishing the temples of the moneychangers. Jesus acknowledges the confession of the temple children ordained of God.

Mar 11:10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.
Hosanna literally means an invitation to salvation.

Act 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
Act 1:7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
The Davidic throne however was not active on earth since Israel had not been restored. This awaits the millennial Kingdom.

Act 2:25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:
Act 2:26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
Act 2:27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Act 2:28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.
Act 2:29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
Act 2:30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
Here Peter explains the fulfillment of God’s covenant with David. David’s family would reign through the resurrection. Not through natural political means but supernaturally through Christ..

Act 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
Act 2:32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
Act 2:33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
Act 2:34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
Act 2:35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.
Act 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
The sermon at Penticost was a time where the Jews were now to repent and acknowledge the Lordship of Christ, which has been proven through the line of David. (Alongside the obvious proof of His divinity!)

Act 4:23 And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.
Act 4:24 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:
Act 4:25 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?
Act 4:26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.
Act 4:27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
Act 4:28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.
Here we see the condemnation of the pharisees that they have rejected the rightful authority of Jesus and his apostles. Though many would assume the Apostles were rebelling it was in fact the rebellion of Israel.

Act 7:43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.
Act 7:44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen.
Act 7:45 Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David;
Act 7:46 Who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.
Act 7:47 But Solomon built him an house.
Act 7:48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,
Act 7:49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?
Act 7:50 Hath not my hand made all these things?
The false kingdom is incapable of driving out idols. Yet the true kingdom is militant and in opposition to the idols which it will destroy. Through the temple system the Kingdom of God is suppressed. Yet the Lord is Sovereign throughout the earth and Heaven.

Act 13:22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
Act 13:23 Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:
Act 13:24 When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
Act 13:25 And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think ye that I am? I am not he. But, behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose.
Act 13:26 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.
Act 13:27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.
Act 13:28 And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain.
Act 13:29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.
Act 13:30 But God raised him from the dead:
Act 13:31 And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people.
Act 13:32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers,
Act 13:33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.
Act 13:34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.
Act 13:35 Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Act 13:36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:
Act 13:37 But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.
Act 13:38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:
Act 13:39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
Act 13:40 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets;
Act 13:41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.
Act 13:42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.
Here the Apostle Paul unlocks the mystery of David. He is called a man after God’s own heart because even though he had the curse of original sin God loved the virtue which he showed. David loved God and delighted in Him. His was a spirit of fellowship with God. This is why David was a man after God’s own heart because he loved Jehovah and pursued his heart.
It is in this spirit that Christ came. The Israelites assumed a type like John the Baptist who would preach repentance. But the repentance that John the Baptist preached was not towards legalism but towards Christ. John was only one preparing just as Moses had been preparing the people for the promised land and yet never attained it.
So here is the word of salvation. Even the merit of scriptural knowledge may not bring the gift of grace. As we see from the Jews. Instead the office of most is a rival to the kingdom of David. Ultimatly David and the prophets were looking forward towards Jesus Christ, the savior. As good a man as he was David was a sinner who died hoping in a Savior. This Savior is our Christ. It is through this perfect King Christ that we have the grace which is salvation. Through the David Christ we have no need of the Law. Christ has justified us through himself.
Those Jews rejected the mercies of David for the Law of Moses. Hwever the Gentiles would receive it by faith.

Act 15:13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:
Act 15:14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.
Act 15:15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,
Act 15:16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:
Act 15:17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
Act 15:18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.
Act 15:19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:
And so through Christ by administration of David, the gentiles have come unto the Kingdom yb God’s grace through faith in Christ.
God Bless,
Bro. Matt Singleotn

Friday, March 20, 2009

To whom it may concern.

2Sa 16:5-14 And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, thence came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera: he came forth, and cursed still as he came.
And he cast stones at David, and at all the servants of king David: and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left.
And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial:
The LORD hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned; and the LORD hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou art taken in thy mischief, because thou art a bloody man.
Then said Abishai the son of Zeruiah unto the king, Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? let me go over, I pray thee, and take off his head.
And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? so let him curse, because the LORD hath said unto him, Curse David. Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done so?
And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD hath bidden him.
It may be that the LORD will look on mine affliction, and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day.
And as David and his men went by the way, Shimei went along on the hill's side over against him, and cursed as he went, and threw stones at him, and cast dust.
And the king, and all the people that were with him, came weary, and refreshed themselves there.
#5-14 David bore Shimei's curses much better than Ziba's
flatteries; by these he was brought to pass a wrong judgment on
another, by those to pass a right judgment on himself: the
world's smiles are more dangerous than its frowns. Once and
again David spared Saul's life, while Saul sought his. But
innocence is no defence against malice and falsehood; nor are we
to think it strange, if we are charged with that which we have
been most careful to keep ourselves from. It is well for us,
that men are not to be our judges, but He whose judgment is
according to truth. See how patient David was under this abuse.
Let this remind us of Christ, who prayed for those who reviled
and crucified him. A humble spirit will turn reproaches into
reproofs, and get good from them, instead of being provoked by
them. David observes the hand of God in it, and comforts himself that God
would bring good out of his affliction. We may depend upon God
to repay, not only our services, but our sufferings.”
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
Mat 5:38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
Mat 5:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Mat 5:40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.
Mat 5:41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
Mat 5:42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
Mat 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Mat 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Mat 5:46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
“#38-42 The plain instruction is, Suffer any injury that can be
borne, for the sake of peace, committing your concerns to the
Lord's keeping. And the sum of all is, that Christians must
avoid disputing and striving. If any say, Flesh and blood cannot
pass by such an affront, let them remember, that flesh and blood
shall not inherit the kingdom of God; and those who act upon
right principles will have most peace and comfort.”
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Mennonite mania

Of all the various denominational traditions I would have to argue that the most passionate and appealing to me would have to be the Mennonite tradition. I am proud to consider the Mennonites a key part of the history of true churches. However, God has put me in a quest to sharpen his people of all denominations. That being said I believe that there are several doctrines, which have sucked out the life of today’s Mennonite and Amish brethren that need to be put to attention.

Cosmic flesh?
One early doctrine by Menno Simms is a reference to “cosmic flesh”. Arguing that Christ had godlike flesh. I doubt that all Ana-Baptist hold to this teaching.
Isa 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
Phi 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Phi 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
1Jo 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
It is obvious that scripture demands that Christ was full in his humanity. This is in order for Christ to be the mediator between man and God.
Apocrypha (?)
I have heard that some Amish communities use the apocrypha. This is a sign of Jesuit infiltration into the Amish community. Which is not surprising. However, Biblical Christianity does not recognize the Apocrypha as anything but a man-made collection of writings from alexandrine Jews.

The nature of baptism
A. the fact of immersion
The root meaning of Baptism is the word “immersion”. It is clearly expressed in the gospels.
907 baptizo {bap-tid'-zo}
from a derivative of 911; TDNT - 1:529,92; verb
AV - baptize (76), wash 2, baptist 1, baptized + 2258 1; 80
1) to dip repeatedly, to immerse, to submerge (of vessels sunk) 2) to cleanse by dipping or submerging, to wash, to make clean with water, to wash one's self, bathe 3) to overwhelm ++++ Not to be confused with 911, bapto. The clearest example that shows the meaning of baptizo is a text from the Greek poet and physician Nicander, who lived about 200 B.C. It is a recipe for making pickles and is helpful because it uses both words. Nicander says that in order to make a pickle, the vegetable should first be 'dipped' (bapto) into boiling water and then 'baptised' (baptizo) in the vinegar solution. Both verbs concern the immersing of vegetables in a solution. But the first is temporary. The second, the act of baptising the vegetable, produces a permanent change. When used in the New Testament, this word more often refers to our union and identification with Christ than to our water baptism. e.g. Mark 16:16. 'He that believes and is baptised shall be saved'. Christ is saying that mere intellectual assent is not enough. There must be a union with him, a real change, like the vegetable to the pickle! Bible Study Magazine, James Montgomery Boice, May 1989.

Mar 1:9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.
Mar 1:10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon hi
Act 8:36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
5204 hudor {hoo'-dore}
genitive case, hudatos {hoo'-dat-os}, etc., from the base of 5205; TDNT - 8:314,1203; n n
AV - water 79; 79
1) water 1a) of water in rivers, in fountains, in pools 1b) of the water of the deluge 1c) of water in any of the earth's repositories 1d) of water as the primary element, out of and through which the world that was before the deluge, arose and was compacted 1e) of the waves of the sea 1f) fig. used of many peoples
Act 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
Act 8:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
Act 8:39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
Rom 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
B. the price of sprinkling
Sprinkling may symbolize washing. Yet immersion symbolizes death. This death is a death to the old world and the family heritage. The contradiction here is that the Amish keeps their children in the same society making repentance have little or no value.
Mat 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
Mat 3:9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham

The kingdom is not of this world, The church is not the kingdom
932 basileia {bas-il-i'-ah}
from 935; TDNT - 1:579,97; n f
AV - kingdom (of God) 71, kingdom (of heaven) 32, kingdom (general or evil) 20, (Thy or Thine) kingdom 6, His kingdom 6, the kingdom 5, (My) kingdom 4, misc 18; 162
1) royal power, kingship, dominion, rule 1a) not to be confused with an actual kingdom but rather the right or authority to rule over a kingdom 1b) of the royal power of Jesus as the triumphant Messiah 1c) of the royal power and dignity conferred on Christians in the Messiah's kingdom 2) a kingdom, the territory subject to the rule of a king 3) used in the N.T. to refer to the reign of the Messiah

1577 ekklesia {ek-klay-see'-ah}
from a compound of 1537 and a derivative of 2564; TDNT - 3:501,394; n f
AV - church 115, assembly 3; 118
1) a gathering of citizens called out from their homes into some public place, an assembly 1a) an assembly of the people convened at the public place of the council for the purpose of deliberating 1b) the assembly of the Israelites 1c) any gathering or throng of men assembled by chance, tumultuously 1d) in a Christian sense 1d1) an assembly of Christians gathered for worship in a religious meeting 1d2) a company of Christian, or of those who, hoping for eternal salvation through Jesus Christ, observe their own religious rites, hold their own religious meetings, and manage their own affairs, according to regulations prescribed for the body for order's sake 1d3) those who anywhere, in a city, village, constitute such a company and are united into one body 1d4) the whole body of Christians scattered throughout the earth 1d5) the assembly of faithful Christians already dead and received into heaven

There are two different concepts that are brought up when we think of the church and the kingdom. The kingdom involves the divine sovereign rule of God. While the word “church” is discussing a gathered assembly which we typically assume to be religious.
Luk 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Act 13:1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
The Kingdom is heavenly in nature and churches are local.
Heb 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

1Co 16:19 The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.

Many denominations have assumed that there was a unity in the two and as a result they have assumed that church leaders are to rule church members. We see this play out in various ways.
The Mennonites assume that since the church is the kingdom that the kingdom is not of this world and therefore we see a strict doctrine of separation emerging.
However, Christ was the most holy of all and did not practice such a strict form of separatism.
Mat 9:10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.
Mat 9:11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?
Mat 9:12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
Mat 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

The Amish take this doctrine an extra step and separate their entire society from the secular world and as a result they have little to do with the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
The Kingdom is of Heaven, which is why Matthew declares this to be the case redundantly.
We are to pray for the kingdom to come.
Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
However one fact that people do not realize is that Jesus does not relate to saints as a king unto a servant.
Mat 17:24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?
Mat 17:25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?
Mat 17:26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.
Joh 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
We relate to God through our adoption.
Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Rom 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Rom 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
Gal 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

The price of peace
The Mennonites and Amish want worldwide peace. Yet our world is not peaceful. God has ordained government powers to balance each other out. When a government no longer yields the sword then they risk death.
Rom 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
Rom 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Another problem is if all Christians practiced this form of pacifism then the government would grow more corrupt since Christians would not be in the government.

The Amish extreme
A. What law?
Amish communities typically place there elders as not only ministers but as legislators of the community.
Elders have an extreme amount of authority over members. For instance they determine what clothes the people may wear and even what items they are to obtain in their houses. I recall the story of an Amish man who was putting aluminum siding on his house. His bishop came by and told him in so many words that he was not allowed to use it because he needed to continuously work. But are Christians supposed to be the slaves of clergy?
1Pe 5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
1Pe 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
1Pe 5:3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
Christian Pastors are models of humility. They should not abuse their power and they should not replace the sovereignty of God. God is the Lord of people individually.
Rom 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
Rom 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
Rom 14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
Rom 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

B. Where is the gospel?
Mar 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
While many Mennonites, do believe in the great commission, the Amish have typically given up on this concept.
Yet the Bible is clear.
Rom 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Rom 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Rom 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
Rom 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

C. Is the kingdom a race?
Eph 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
Eph 3:6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
Eph 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Amish have been known to primarily consist of eight families. This easily becomes a racial religion as a result.

Salvation which is eternal
Mennonites are in agreement with the Arminians on the subject of apostasy; most likely, as a result of faulty kingdom theology. However, the Apostle Paul was the Apostle to the Gentiles and he has showed us a deeper understanding of salvation.
Act 26:15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
Act 26:16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;
Act 26:17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,
Act 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Eph 3:8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
One aspect of Paul’s revelation is our eternal security
Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Rom 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Rom 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Rom 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Rom 8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
Rom 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Rom 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Rom 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Rom 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This passage is extremely clear that the saved
But doesn’t Peter say that Paul’s words can be distorted?
It can, but look at what Peter says.
1Pe 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1Pe 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
1Pe 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Finally look at the words of Jesus.
Joh 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
Joh 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
Joh 10:29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
The New Birth gives us hope for tomorrow and security for heaven
1Pe 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
1Pe 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1Pe 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
1Pe 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

What is true holiness?
Mar 7:14 And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand:
Mar 7:15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.
Mar 7:16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
Mar 7:17 And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable.
Mar 7:18 And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him;
Mar 7:19 Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?
Mar 7:20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
Mar 7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
Mar 7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
Mar 7:23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
Now I don’t want to argue that every Amish handles themselves in this way. There are Amish who understand this on varying levels. An Amish man would have no problem using a hand gun to kill a pig. Since a man, who wants to eat, and not murder, uses the weapon. On the other hand, when we consider the doctrines of uniforms and culture we see an emphasis on culture, which assumes that their culture is the thing which is truly holy.

Historically speaking the Mennonite movement was formed as a New Testament Church and many of her adherents are still of that qualification. However, God will judge us all and we need to critique ourselves so that we do not have a poor witness.
1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
Like any other community, Satan has tried to work apostasy among the ranks. There has been a strand of apostasy that has been slowly growing in certain Mennonite circles. If this is the case, we must let the word of God judge us and repent. This is humility.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Who is the Great Whore of Babylon?

Rev 17:1-18 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

I. The identity of Babylon lies in the Roman Empire
A. Babylon
1Pe 5:13 The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.
Most scholars admit that Peter is referring to Rome as Babylon. We notice that Peter refers to Mark the writer of the Gospel with the Latin accent “Marcus”.

B. Nebuchadnezzars dream
In Daniel 2 we see a clear prophecy through a vision given to Nebuchadnezer which Daniel interpretted. There is a direct connection between the four major empire’s dicussed.
Dan 2:37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
Dan 2:38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.
Dan 2:39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.
Dan 2:40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
Dan 2:41 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.
Dan 2:42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
Dan 2:43 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.
Dan 2:44 And 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 for ever.

C. The fourth beast
Dan 7:7 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 brake 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.
Dan 7:8 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.
The final and most terrible of the Beasts is not compared to any other animal in the biological kingdom. His great iron teeth suggest an immediate correlation between this beast and the iron legs of Nebuchadnezzar’s image in Ch.2. The ten horns of the beast also correspond to the ten toes of Nebuchadnezzars image and point to the final expression of the Roman Empire which this beast prefigures. The little horn (vrs. 8) which springs up displacing three of the horns is to be understood as the “man of sin” (cf. 2 Thess. 2:3-8, note), the “king”(cf. Dan. 11:36-45), the “beast” (cf. Rev. 13:4-10), or the Antichrist. This horn, which is a symbol of strength and sovereingty, is said to have eyes , an observation intended to identify the horn as intelligent and human. Verse 25 further defines the focus of the little horns attack. The assault is waged against the Most High God even to the changing of times and laws. Further, the saints of God become the object of intense persecution and oppression so that they are “worn out”.”
W.A. Criswell Criswell Study Bible
Dan 7:11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.
Hear the antichrist claims great authority, may be even the claim of infallibility.
Dan 7:17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.

Dan 7:19 Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;
Dan 7:20 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.
Dan 7:21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
Dan 7:22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
Dan 7:23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon 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 7:24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
Dan 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
Dan 7:26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
Dan 7:27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

D. The Dragon
Rev 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon 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?
Here wee see that the Dragon was worshipped and has a religious element to it. This gives us a connection to the future whore.

Rev 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
This is in tune with the Fourth Beast in Daniel; the Roman Empire. The ten horns are symbolic of ten national authorities. The seven crowns are representative of seven administrations of the empire system of the dragon. These I would hypothesize are Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome and the next Empire the Beast or the New World Order.

Rev 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
Rev 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
The woman here is Israel. Satan through the Empire system has always been opposed to Israel.

Rev 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
Given the context of the book, it seems obvious that this is referring to a time in the Great Tribulation. Where Israel shall flew the Persecution of the Anti-Christ.

Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
Rev 12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
It is obvious here the Satan and his Empire religion has been a competitor for the saints otherwise why would Satan have any business in Heaven? Perhaps because he deceived the saints?
Mat 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.

Rev 12:9 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.
The dragon though it is a political system is specifically a spiritual entity. The Spirit is specifically Satan.

Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
Rev 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.
Satan has been defeat by the Saints because of their testimony of the true gospel. The Atonement of Christ on the cross has defeated Satan and his empire system.

Rev 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabitors of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
Rev 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
During the Tribulation period, Satan and His Empire system will possess an earth actual form upon the Earth. While the Dragan which is a religious Roman Empire while now become a literal Empire which is the Beast.

Rev 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
Rev 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
Water being a symbol of humanity implies a persecution from all types of people. Israel will hide in the wilderness.

Rev 12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
Rev 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Restored Israel will be super-naturally protected and God will defeat the world armies as mentioned elsewhere in Revelation and Bible prophecy.

II. Anti-Christ= Pope?
The term antichrist does not simply refer being against the Christ. It also means to replace Christ
“The Greek preposition anti signifies “in place of” rather than merely “against.” The word antichrist, then speaks of one who opposes Christ by posing as Him or usurping His place….” Alan Cairns Dictionary of Theological Terms “Antichrist”A common term in reference to the Pope is “Vicar of Christ”.
“For the Roman Pontiff by reason of his office as Vicar of Christ, and as pastor of the entire church has full, and supreme, and universal power over the whole church a power which he can always exercise unhindered.” Catechism of the Catholic Church 882 pg.254 Imprimi Potest Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Doubleday April 1995.
“Vicar [13] A vicar is etymologically a ‘substitute’ for or ‘representative’ for someone else: thus the pope is the ‘vicar’ of God on Earth, and the vicar of a parish was originally someone who stood in for the parson or rector. The word comes via the Old French vicaire from latin vicarious ‘substitute, deputy’ This was a noun use of the adjective vicarious ‘substituting’ (source of English vicarious [17], which more closely preserves the meaning of its latin original). And vicarius in turn was derived from vicis ‘change, turn, office,’ source also of English vicissitude [16] and the prefix vice-.” John Ayto Dictionary of Word Origins
Vicar means to replace in other words, the Pope is the representative replacement of Christ upon the earth.
1Pe 5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
1Pe 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
1Pe 5:3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
1Pe 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
1Pe 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
1Pe 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
Peter views his office almost perfectly different from the RCC. The RCC envisions the office of Peter as world power, which control’s Christ Church. Peter sees himself as a simple elder and argues that we (clergy) should not rule the church because it belongs to Christ. Instead we are simply to be role models and are to be humble.
Nottice also that Peter teaches that Christ is the Pastor over the flock not peter himself. Proving the papal throne is a replacement and ultimately antichrist.

Can Peter override Christ?
Mat 16:21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
Mat 16:22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.
Mat 16:23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
If Satan could overcome Peter, then wouldn’t it follow that other Popes could be possessed by the Devil? Even in the classic Dante’s Inferno, Dfante envisioned one of the Popes burning forever in Hell.
The devil comes as a angelic being in light. The pope dresses in white.
2Co 10:7 Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's.
2Co 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
2Co 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
The antichrist conquers in Peace so does the Pope.
Rev 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
Hear we see the Anti-Christ receiving his crown peacefully and his bow having no arrows. By the way many times the popes have been seen with a bow with a crucifix slinking on top.

III. The mystery of iniquity/spirit of the antichrist
1. The already working nature
2Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
The same Spirit of the antichrist in the endtimes was already at work in Bible times. This spirit must last until the end-times because the Holy Spirit is not going to move out of the way in our current age of grace.

2. 1Jo 2:18-19 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
We see that the activity of minor antichrist has been to imitate Christianity without being born again. It is only likely that the major antichrist would claim Christianity.

3. 1Jo 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
1Jo 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
1Jo 4:5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
This Spirit of the Anti-Christ denies that Christ has come in the flesh. Catholicism claims that Jesus was not born naturally but at the time of labor the physical baby passed through the womb of Mary spiritually.(Imaculate conception) They deny that Christ has brothers. They also claim that His body can be transformed by priest into Wafers and wine. They also make the claim that Jesus needs two mediators Mary and the Catholic church before he would mediate to the father. This renders the doctrine of the incarnation null and void. Because the point of the Incarnation is that Christ has come to have a personal relationship with mankind. Yet Catholicism is very careful not have their adherents draw that conclusion, leading us to this conclusion. That while the RCC claims faith in the humanity of Christ; they do not practice this doctrine. Much like the spirit of the Anti-Christ.
IV. Historic persecution
The Roman Catholic Church started it’s persecution under the title “the inquisition”. Over the period of a thousand years there were constant tortures as well as the murder of an estimated 68 million people worldwide. Starting with Jews, orthodox, heretics and then groups with parallel doctrines as the modern day protestants such as the Waldensees Albigensees, Lumbards, and Paulicans. This would include the followers of Wycliffe and Hus as well as all the Reformers. One way of proving that the ancient groups were just as orthodox as the protestants is that the protestant were given the same name as the ancient martyrs. They were all grouped into the label “Mannechean”. Even though an Ancient Waldensian confession reveals that they were monotheistic Trinitarians. Luther overcame this thanks to Guttenburgs’ printing press which gave the public his views.
In the Counter-reformation we saw through Ignatius of Loyala the establishment of secret espionage forces. Loyaola was specifically behind the organization of both the illuminati (allumbrados in Spanish) as well as the Jesuit order, who have helped start many of the modern day wars in pursuit of the restoration of the Roman Empire. The jesuit orders attack were well recorded in history but are hidden from sight in our modern day. Other gangs and forces have been established since then ( The masons, KKK, Nazis, Ustashi, Catholic Action, Knights of Columbus, fascists, Mafia, Opis Dei etc.)
Former Jesuit Bishop Alberto Rivera exposes the Jesuit order in his testimony (as recorder in the adult comic series Crusaders produced by Jack Chick). Many liberal intelligence officers have produced evidence of the Jesuits and the Vatican smuggling Nazi War criminals to hide their activity in WWII.(the Unholy Trinity by Mark Aarons and John Loftus)
We eventually see an unbroken chain attempting to reestablish the Roman Empire. The RCC attempted to re-establish it in the counter reformation and the 100years war. Then they established it on small level in South America. Then the RCC attempts to conquer Europe again in WWI. And again they gain control temporarily through the fascist and Hitler’s Nazi Regime. After being thwarted again they are finally realizing their dream of a united European empire in the European Union. Currently John Paul II’s signature Euro is the most expensive of all currency. A good source of confirmation is found in the works of Avro Manhattan.

V. The woman sits upon seven Hills
“The original site of Rome consisted of a group of low ridges, known in history as the Seven Hills, on the E.side of the Tiber. These ridges called Aventine, Palatine, Capitoline, Quirinal, Veminal, Esquioline, and Caelius, were ideally suited for settlement, both for defensive and because the high ground afforded some protection against the malaria-bearing mosquitoes infesting the nearby swamps. Two other ridges in the vicinity, namely the Pincian Hill, located North at the Quirinal, and the Janiculum Hill, situated on the west side of the Tiber river, opposite the more northerly of the two sharp bends made by the river within the city limits and s. of the present day Vatican, were occupied in the course of time by the expanding city. As a result of construction activities through the centuries, most of the seven hills are indestinguishable, in modern times from the Adjacent plain. Rome is still familiarly styled the City of the Seven Hills, however.” Funk and Wagnalls Standard reference ENCYCLOPEDIA VOL.21 pg.7636 ROME

Rev 17:18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
Rev 17:9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

VI. The Catholic Church is the Roman Empire
A. Constantine
Many dispute the authenticity of the faith of Constantine. In fact Constantine was not baptized until he was upon His deathbed. Many argued that Constantine worship his family Sun god Sol most all his life. Yet Constantine did have a huge role and influence upon Catholic and Christian history and religion anyhow.
First he ended the persecution against Christians. Then he organized the first major Christian Creed. The Nicene Creed and after he had place his stamp upon the faith, he made it the state religion.
All this had been accomplished as a pagan. Is this part of the New Testament religion?
Obviously, we may argue that it was a good think for him to stop persecuting Christians. But what of the rest?
Was it biblical for Christians to be organized by Constantine at the council of Nicene?
1Co 6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
1Co 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
1Co 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
1Co 6:4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
1Co 6:5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?
Not at all. Christians and Churches ought to be able to handle controversies over doctrine by themselves with out the help of the Caesar. Also was it really wise of the Churches to trust the Caesar?
Mat 19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 19:24 And again I say unto you, 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.
Pro 23:1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee:
Pro 23:2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
Pro 23:3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
It is obvious that these bishops were not wise leaders. In fact it seems rather obvious that they were corrupt and were hoping to acquire power by submitted the kingdom to Constantine. Which power they indeed acquired.
Can you save souls through forced political actions? No it is only through the will that we are saved.
Mat 3:7-8 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
Luk 7:30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.
B. Empire Hierarchy
Many have noticed how the Papal system is similar in structure to the Roman Empire. Many times we see the Pope with the Roman Title Pontiff. The Cardinal at times are referred to as princes. Finally the Bishops are in a similar position to the Roman senators

C. Pagan Worship
To this Day one can find statues originally made as idols to goddesses like Hera in honor of Mary. One may also see an idol of Zeus with a new title “the Apostle Peter”.
One item particularly disturbing at the Vatican one may find a statue of the Roman god Neptune at the Trevi fountain in the Vatican. It not simply the fact that this Idol exist on supposed Holy Land. It is the fact the Idol was made in the 1700’s under the order of Pope Clement!
Deu 5:8 Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:
Deu 5:9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,
Augustine’s argument against paganism was the last rebuttal in the greatest of historic debates. Paganism survived in moral sense, as a joyous indulgence of natural appetites; as a religion it remained only in the form of ancient rites and customs condoned, or accepted and transformed by an often indulgent church. An intimate and trustful worship of the saints replace the cult of pagan gods, and satisfied the congenial polytheism of simple or poetic minds. Statues of Issis and Horus were renamed Mary and Jesus; the Roman Lupercalia and the feast of the purification of Isis became the Feast of the Nativity; the Saturnalia were replaced as Christmas decorations, the Floralia by Pentecost, an Ancient festival of the dead by All souls day, the Resurrection of Attis by the resurrection of Christ. Pagan altars were rededicated to Christian heroes; incense; lights, flowers, processions, vestments, hymns which had pleased the people in older cults were domesticated and cleansed in their ritual of the church; and the harsh slaughter of the living victim was sublimated in the spiritual sacrifice of the Mass. Augustine had protested the adoration of saints, and in terms that Voltaire might have used in dedicating his chapel at Ferney; “Let us not treat the Saints as gods; we do not wish to imitate those pagans who adorn the dead. Let us not build them temples nor raise altars to them.Will Durant, The Story of Civilization: A History of Medeival Civilization: A history of Medieval Civilization- Christian, Islamic and Judaic-from Constantine to Dante: AD325-1300, (Simon and Schuster, New York, 1950) 75.
The very thing which is now called the Christian religion existed among the ancients also, nor was it wanting from the inception of the human race until the coming of Christ in the flesh, at which point the true religion which was already in existence began to be called Christian.St. Augustine Retractiones

D. Holy Roman Empire
“Official Christianity had long overlaid and accustomed itself to ignore those strange teachings of Jesus of Nazereth from which it had arisen. The Roman Church, clinging tenaciously to it’s possession of the title of pontifex maximus, had long since abandoned it’s appointed task of achieving the Kingdom of Heaven. It was preoccupied with the Roman ascendancy on earth, which it conceived of as it’s inheritance. It had become a political body using the faith and needs of simple men to forward it’s schemes.” Pg.516 H.G. Wells The Outline of History
E. Inquisition
The methods used in the inquisition remind us of many of today’s dictatorial regimes. People were persecuted due to their beliefs. Information was suppressed, books were both banned and burnt. One would assume this of Nazis and Communist. But it was in Catholic Europe that these methods were first mastered.
F. Preservation of Pagan literature
The Ancient literature of the Greeks and Romans as well as other had been preserved by the Irish monasteries and Rome through the Dark ages. What is interesting is that Many priest who may not have had full access to the scriptures were well versed in pagan literature and philosophy. Why was there a higher priority with these pagan books?
G. Tricking Pepin
Pepin was a french King who was fooled into giving the Popes there 1st stake in the Roman Empire by claiming a vision and letter from Peter.

VII. The Nature of harlotry
Jerusalem was once labeled a harlot for Her political alliance with the pagan Gentile nations.
“Eze 16:15 But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was.
Eze 16:16 And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so.
Eze 16:17 Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them,”
The RCC has commited a great deal of harlotry. One can see this in the activities of John Paul II. Who affirmed the godless view of evolution. On his ecumenical world prayer day He prayed with the Dalai Lama who doesn’t even pray to God, as well as with an African witch Doctor who had persecuted local Christians. John Paul II also kissed the Koran, the book, which denies the Resurrection and gospel of Christ while ordering their persecution. Catholic bishops and Cardinals have been calling God “Allah” which originated as a moon idol. While denouncing communism, Hugo Chavez confesses to be Catholic. Fidel Castro is a closet Catholic yet his connections are obvious if one goes to Cuba and finds the Catholic Cathedrals in the supposedly Atheist country.( I have had this confirmed by Cuban immigrants) If you go to Europe you will find many atheist who grew up in the catholic church and may have their disagreements but at the end of the day take their children to catholic schools and pay taxes to the RCC. It has been said that the election of John Paul was strategic in case the U.S.S.R. won the cold War. One can also find how well RCC has adapted to local pagan cultures.
Truthfully the RCC has no problem selling it’s fidelity to the scriptures for the right price.

Essentially I have concluded the RCC is the Great Whore of Babylon for the following reasons.
A. The Beast described in Revelation is clearly the Roman Empire.
B. The Great Whore of Babylon is a city and it is most definitely Rome.
C. The Spirit of the AntiChrist is a spirit of apostasy from the Christian Faith.
D. The Pope is at least an anti-Christ in the sense that he is a substitute for Christ. Therefore His office can easily become the seat of the AntiChrist.
E. The Whore is a present day reality and she has a historic persecution of the Churches of Christ.
F. The whore is unfaithful to the gospel it was pledged to.
When we put all these facts together we can find no other institution than the Roman Catholic Church headed in Vatican Rome.
This is not meant as an attack upon Roman Catholic people. Any Fact there are clusters of Roman Catholics who identify with Vatican I whom are starting to come to this realization. They have noticed that the current administration of Catholics (Vatican II) have committed heresy according to the RCC’s own canon law and dogma.
While it is obvious that I believe the gospel of Christ is not what is taught in the RCC. You should still heed the warnings of God.
Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
Rev 18:5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
In these perilous times we live in, we must place our faith in Christ not in man.
2Co 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
2Co 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
If you would like to be saved, check out my article “Are you sure?”
In Christ,
Bro. Matt Singleton