2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
Notice that the apostle Paul states that another gospel other than the Gospel of Jesus Christ ( as defined in 1 Corinthians 15;1-5 and preached in Acts 2:38) will remove you from the grace of Christ.
Galatians 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
The apostle Paul also exhorted the church that he desired to espouse us to ONE husband (Jesus Christ) and present the church to Him as a CHASTE VIRGIN.
2 Corinthians 11:1-3 Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. (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. (3) But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
The first harlot was backslidden Israel whose false doctrine mingled with the beast empires of Daniel’s interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (Daniel 2:31-45)
The head of Gold = Babylon
The arms and breast of silver = Medes and Persians
The belly and thighs of brass = Greece
The legs of Iron = Rome
The toes of Iron mingled with Clay = Last World Empire (led by Antichrist)
Notice that these empires had influence over Israel’s walk with God.
(example: The Babylonian Talmud)
This same image was given to Daniel in a dream but he saw it as 4 beasts. (Daniel 7:1-7)
In Revelation 13, John sees the same beasts that Daniel saw, however John saw them as 1 beast.
Revelation 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
The harlot is represented by two symbols in the Bible.
In Daniel, the clay in the feet represents the harlot.
In Revelation she is a whore that sits on the back of this beast.
Revelation 17:1-6 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: (2) With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. (3) So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. (4) And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: (5) And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. (6) And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
1. The Woman is a city. Rev 17:18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
2. The City rules over great kings of the earth. Rev 17:18
3. The harlot is riding on the 4th Beast of Daniel which is the last Empire that Daniel saw (Or the ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT). Daniel 7:7 and Rev 17:3.
4. The harlot represents the clay on the ten toes of the statue dream that Daniel interpreted representing World Empires. Daniel 2:41-42.
5. The Woman (City) sits on Seven Hills. Rev 17:9 The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth
6. The Woman (City) also sits on many waters. Rev 17:15 The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
7. The Woman has caused many people to commit fornication. Rev 17:2
8. The Woman is drunken with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus Christ. Rev 17:6
9. The Woman is arrayed in purple and scarlet color. 17:4
What City would fulfill
all of these prophecies?
1. Rome is a great city which in history.
2. Rome has in time pasts ruled over kings of the earth.
3. Rome Catholicism which came from Rome did in fact ride on the beasts' back. THE HOLY ROMAN Empire ruled the entire world in history.
4. The Pope and the Emperor of Rome ruled the world through the IRON of politics and the CLAY of Rome's compromising religion.
5. Rome indeed is termed "The City on Seven Hills" look it up for yourself in any encyclopedia.
6. Roman Catholicism claims over 1 billion disciples. This is peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.
7. Roman Catholicism's doctrines has caused many people to commit fornication (teach false doctrines).
8. Rome is responsible for the death of millions of True Christians which history refers to as "heretics".
9. The Roman Catholic Church is divided into two governing bodies, the Cardinals which wear Red robes, and the Bishops and Archbishops which wear Purple.
The Pharisees and Sadducees (which were often rebuked by Jesus Christ) taught from a compromised doctrine (Matthew 16:12). Jesus called them a generation of vipers (Luke 3:7). Their teachings were based on a mix of tradition (Babylonian Talmud) and scripture (Old Testament – Tenak) (Mark 7:5-9). God sent the prophets during their captivity of these beast empires to deliver them back to Mosaic Law, but they refused. These traditional teachings were refused by Christ as He commanded them to repent. These traditional doctrines are the foundation of Roman Catholicism, as many of the Catholic Church’s doctrine are based on Babylonian Tradition (Purgatory, Marian Worship, etc…) and eventually led to the philosophical teaching of the Trinitarian Godhead which would deceive millions.
Scripture that describes Israel’s blindness in part
The election that obtained it is the apostles (which were Jews), the gospel was preached to the Jew first (Acts 2) and then preached to the Gentiles (Acts 10) and then to the uttermost parts of the earth.
Romans 11:7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded
11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but [rather] through their fall salvation [is come] unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.
20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
21 For if God spared not the natural branches, [take heed] lest he also spare not thee.
22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in [his] goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.
24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural [branches], be graffed into their own olive tree?
25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
28 As concerning the gospel, [they are] enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, [they are] beloved for the fathers' sakes.
Backslidden Israel was the root of false doctrine, this doctrine mingling to the beast empire Iron mingled with clay (Daniel 2), and harlot on the back of the beast (Revelation 17) created the harlot of Mystery Babylon. Remember that Jesus Christ is coming back to defend Israel (Zechariah 12-14) but it will be an Israel that will go back to the roots of their birthright, and will get the revelation of Jesus Christ and obey the gospel (Acts 2:38). God will no longer honor the fulfilled law. Building a temple and sacrificing lambs will not please God. Obeying Acts 2:38 is the only way. (See John 14:6, John 10:1). It is amazing that we as the Church have been privileged to receive what was intended for Israel, Praise GOD!
So how did Rome and her Protestant daughters become harlots instead of Faithful Brides? It all began in the early centuries of Christianity. Paul the apostle through the Holy Ghost spread the Gospel message (Acts 2:38) to Rome. For almost 250 years Rome persecuted Christianity until the early 4th Century. The year was 325 and Constantine was the Emperor of Rome. He realized the power of unity, and how persecution of the church just produced more growth. His decision to embrace Christianity has earned him the title of a "hero" in traditional Christianity. However, he assisted in creating a mixed religion. A religion of compromise (CLAY) and attempted to mingle it with his empire (IRON). How did he unite pagan religions with Christianity? The answer involves the conversion of believers. The early church believed in the Oneness of God (Monotheism) just as strong as the Jewish people did. (Deut 6:4, Mark 12:29, Eph 4:6). As Peter explained on the day of Pentecost, Jesus was both Lord and Christ. (Acts 2:35-38). This means the True Christians acknowledged the full Deity of Christ meaning that He was God of the Old Testament manifested in the flesh. (1 Tim 3:16). Constantine used the approach that they could somehow get the pagan polytheist to accept Christianity, so through the council of Nicea the doctrine of the trinity was introduced; which states:
Š The Trinity Doctrine of Nicea
"God exists is one God in three divine person, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. Co equal, Co eternal, Co existence so that the Father is not the Son and the Son is not the Holy Ghost and the Holy Ghost is not the Father, however these three persons are in essence are one God."
is taken out of Baptism, hence the Bride is not taking on Her Husband's name.
Compromising the Oneness of God through this new doctrine, Constantine's Roman Universal (Catholic) Religion became the most powerful force that this world has ever seen. To this day Roman Catholicism is one of the most influential forces on our world today. Constantine rejected the message of Acts 2:38 and the apostle's doctrine and began to teach the conversion of believers through baptism in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. (Matt 28:19). Why was this a compromise? Because the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is Jesus Christ, and to take the name out of the baptism takes Salvation out of the conversion experience. (Acts 4:12). Therefore the candidates that would come to this teaching would go through the baptism (Burial with Christ) but come out without taking on the name of the Bridegroom. This means that you now have a church that claims to be the Bride of Christ, but has not taken on His name hence why God referred to Her as the Mother of Harlots and abominations of the earth. (Peter and the apostles correctly obeyed Jesus' command in Matt 28:19 in Acts 2:38 8:12-17 10:44-48 19:1-6 22:16.).
The Protestant Churches broke away, however if not far enough remained daughters to Rome. Martin Luther, John Calvin... and the others that took a stand against the Catholic Church were stepping the right direction, however failed to go back to the Acts message of Baptism in the name of Jesus Christ and renouncing the doctrine of the Trinity, therefore becoming a double compromiser. On one hand rebelling against the Catholic Church, on the other hand still being rejected by God because of the leaven in their doctrine by holding on to the false doctrines of the trinity, Marian worship, transubstantiation, praying to saints, etc. However her Protestant daughters are coming back to their mother. The following is an article release by the Associated Press sometime in the year 1999:
Catholics, Lutherans end debate on Salvation
BERLIN (AP) - Ending an almost 500-year debate that
started when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to a church door; the
Lutherans and Roman Catholic Churches plan to sign a joint declaration today
putting aside their differences over the way humanity achieves salvation.
"Together we confess: By grace alone, in faith in Christ's saving work and not because of any merit on our part, we are accepted by God and receive the Holy Spirit, who renews our hearts while equipping and calling us to good works."
After 30 years of consultation among theologians, the two sides announced in June that they would sign the agreement on the day 482 years after Luther posted his theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.
"Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein."
The Apostolic word is in truth the authorized "Word of God". In this age of hundreds of so called churches and organizations we can find comfort in still being able to know that the foundation that God has laid through the work of the Apostles is still holding strong, fast and unmovable against false prophets and doctrines of devils. If you seek the "Voice of God" for direction in your life you only need to seek out the sure and safe teachings of the Apostles to know your life is being built on the Eternal foundation. Remember that the word "Church" means "Called out ones". In Scripture we find God calling out in several places. We find that not only does God call people out of the world at large, but we also find in the book of Revelations where God is calling people to come out of "Mystery Babylon" which is symbolic of all false "Religions". So then we find that the Church the ecclesia – “Called out ones" are coming out of "The World" and "False Religion"