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CHAPTER TWO

 

“FOCUS ON MATTHEW 24”

 By David O. Ogaga

CHAPTER TWO.. 1

“FOCUS ON MATTHEW 24”. 1

ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION. 5

A WORD ON THE ANTICHRIST. 6

“ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT- THE UN”. 10

A WORD ON “THE DAY OF THE LORD”. 13

COUNTING THE NUMBER OF HIS NAME –666. 14

IS THIS THE RAPTURE?. 16

THE USE OF BED AND ITS APPLICATION. 21

INSIGHT INTO THE MILL. 23

THE PROPHETIC AND SPIRITUAL APPLICATION OF THE TWO WOMEN. 25

IDENTIFYING THE TWO WOMEN AT THE MILL. 26

THE “TAKEN AWAY” OF MYSTERY BABYLON-THE FIRST WOMAN. 27

2ND WOMAN, THE BRIDE OF CHRIST, THE TRUE CHURCH. 28

 

WHAT IS THE ISSUE IN QUESTION IN MATHEW 24?

   In this chapter, we are going to examine some major doctrines of the Christian world as it relates to Mathew Chapter Twenty-four. Among the issues to be examined are:

1.       What prompted the statement of Jesus in Verses 1 and 2?

2.       The end of the World

3.       The Deceivers – false prophets

4.       The Abomination of Desolation

5.       A word on the Anti-Christ.

6.       But more importantly what does “Two shall be on the field one shall be taken” mean?

 

A few weeks ago, something caught my attention on TBN when a man of God was proving with numerous charts, the issue of the “end times” as it relates to Mathew 24, ‘the great tribulation’, ‘the man of sin – the Anti-Christ’ and the “Rapture” of the church before the tribulation. 

It was quite a good scholarship, but to me, it was the same old story, a mere carry over of what the fathers of religion have laid down for the unserious minded believer, who cannot take the time to compare scripture with scripture. Perhaps, you may have heard preachers sweating it out to make their point from Mathew 24 with words like: “My brethren, we are certainly in the last days and times are hard. Yes, tribulation is on every side, and the very things Jesus spoke about are all happening before our very eyes. But God has promised to shorten the days. Therefore we ought to be ready, for any moment the Rapture could take place”.

 

But permit me to say it again; it is the same old story. Do you doubt the words of Jesus? You may ask. Not at all! But it is just that we have taken many things out of context as a result of lack of understanding, resulting from improper interpretation of what occurred and the words of Jesus.

 

A WORD FOR CONSIDERATION

To start with, please consider these scriptural facts of the statements of Jesus: “Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth” 2 Pet 1: 12. “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time …But I say …” Math 5: 21, 22. 

 

These scriptures show that, living your life based on yesterday revelations will certainly cause you to miss the reality of what the proceeding word of God is today.  There is the “now” word of God. The fact that the Jews believed in what Moses wrote about Jesus did not prevent them from missing the then manifestation of the word of God in Jesus Christ. They chose to live in the past and not in the present reality. That is the greatest problem and sickness of a religious mindset, which we must be delivered from. 

 

 

TRADITIONAL CHURCH BELIEF OF MATH 24

 The commonly accepted belief about Math 24 especially v.15 is that, it is referring to the end of the world, the signs thereof and the coming of a “future” antichrist that shall enter the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem and shall desecrate it by offering swine’s flesh or some other abominable sacrifices upon its altar. He shall then sit daily in the Temple as god to be worshipped.  This would mark the very beginning of the great tribulation. I think now, we can get on the journey of exploration in the word

 

WHAT PROMPTED THE STATEMENT OF JESUS IN MATH 24?

As Jesus was leaving the temple grounds, his disciples pointed out to him the various temple buildings.  But he told them: “do you see all these buildings?  I assure you, they will be so completely demolished that not one stone will be left on the top of another”.  Later, Jesus sat on the slopes of the Mount of Olives; his disciples came to him privately and asked, “When will all this take place and will there be any sign ahead of time to signal your return and the end to the world?” Math 24: 1–3 NlT

 

We may not be able to treat the whole details in this chapter, but you may order for our book “Math 24, THE SIGN OF CHRIST COMING”, as our focus here is just a few things that will lead us to v. 37- 41, which is our object of discussion.

 

 Now looking at the questions of the Apostles:

  1. When will all this take place?
  2. Will there be any sign ahead of time to signal your return? 
  3. And the end of the world?”

 

We see clearly here that these questions are but one.  It is simply one question in three phases if you will and all is resulting from the answer Jesus gave to them because of their excitement about the beauty of the Temple. The scripture says, “As Jesus was leaving the Temple grounds (which includes, the building for the choristers, priests and the Levites). The disciples pointed out the buildings to Him in form of a way of admiration as Herod had really helped to beautify this Temple. He simply told them, the whole of the Temple structure and the surroundings will be destroyed.

 

So the question was, when will this destruction take  place, and what are the likely things to look out for as a sign that, this is about to happen? Perhaps the language of Mark will makes this clearer. “Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled”? (Mark 13:4) Now compare that of Luke “And they asked Him saving, Master, but when shall these things be? And what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?”  Luke 21:7. Notice this fact, ‘the sign of thy coming and the end of the world’ are not mentioned by both Mark and Luke’s account

 

Again, notice that, when the scripture said, “As He was leaving the Temple ground”. That was His last time of ever visiting the temple and so in v.38 of Chapter 23, we read “Behold your house is left unto you desolate”. In other words, it was now a structure without the glory and defence of the Lord as they had rejected the Lord of Glory.

 

“WHAT SHALL BE THE SIGN OF THY COMING AND THE END OF THE WORLD?”

This itself is a very significant question that must be properly understood. The first thing is the phrase “sign of thy coming”. It should actually read “What shall be the sign of thy “PRESENCE” because the word “coming” here in the GRK is “PAROUSIA”, which in the Greco-Roman world was used for an official visit by a royalty. Christians adopted it as a technical term for the glorious coming of Christ. Again, the word “end of the world” (v.3) should read “the end of the system of things or the orderly arrangement of things” and not necessarily the globe as a planet. This is again made plain in verse 14 “And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached IN THE WORLD for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come”.

 

Now we need to clarify some issues here. The Greek word used for “world” in v.3 is aion and it means continued duration, always, forever, without end, never ending. Will it not be out of place for the disciples to be asking Jesus for a world that will not come to an end, and yet that is what they wanted to say. Now in V.14 another word entirely is used, and that is the Greek world “oy-kou-men-ay” which means, earth, globe and specifically –the Roman Empire. And this is the sense in which all through the Book of Revelation it is used to indicate the then Roman Empire. We can see that, Jesus was simply saying that the Gospel of the Kingdom will get through out the then inhabited Roman Empire before the end will come. The “end” here is talking about the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70, some 40 years later.

 

Mathew wrote his epistle in AD 61, some 10 years after Jesus had made these statements. Meaning Jerusalem and the Temple worship ended some 9 years after Mathew wrote about it, showing that it was actually future then. That is to say, he wrote of the future, what lasted about 9 years before it finally came pass.

 

So when we are talking about the “end of the world” (v.14) (Grk Oikonmene), we are talking of the inhabited Greco-Roman world. Wherever the Jews were in the Roman Empire they were destined to hear the Gospel of the kingdom before punishment comes to Israel. Look at this, in the words of Paul, talking about the Jews: “But I say have they not heard?  Yes verily, their sound (Gospel) went into all the earth and their words unto the ENDS OF THE WORLD” (Rom 10: 18).

 

But as of today, we do know that the Gospel has not gone round the whole earth.  For in reality, when did the Gospel come to Africa?  Just think of it! That shows it is talking of something else.

 

Compare this again: In Acts 19, we read of Demetrius, a silversmith, fighting against Paul in Ephesus for preaching the Gospel. . It said in V. 27: “So that not only this craft is in danger to be set at naught; but also that the Temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom ALL ASIA and the WORLD WORSHIPPETH”; See also chapter 24: 5. But is it true that the whole world has been worshiping the goddess Diana? Absolutely not! It was a Greek goddess.  So ‘the world’ doesn’t mean the globe or entire universe.

 

Similarly in Mathew 24: 14, the indication is that the earliest witnesses of the Gospel will be directed against the faithlessness of Judaism before AD 70. 

 

Furthermore, when we read “What shall be the sign of thy coming (Presence) and the end of the system of things”, “And what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?” it becomes absolutely clear that, Christ’s presence on the scene will put to an end the world - which is the orderly arrangement of things.

 

Now look at this, talking about the Priesthood Ministry of Jesus: “For then must He often have suffered since the foundation of the world; BUT NOW ONCE IN THE END OF THE WORLD hath He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Heb 9: 26); “END OF THE AGE” NLT.  So, what world ended when Jesus came with His sacrifice?  It is simply the “age” of the Temple worship with its rituals that could not bring man to perfection as touching the conscience. (Heb 9: 9).

 

If we can agree with the word of God, that Christ came to put an end to the Temple worship, then that is very significant to our understanding what we are dealing with. For it simply answers to the question what shall be the sign of thy coming (presence)? By implication, the presence of Christ in spirit form terminated the ritualistic mode of worship and correspondingly, the Temple worship.

 

Now, once the Temple is not in place, there cannot be any more place for the offering of sacrifices and so also the function of the priest is abrogated. Meaning that the entire Jewish religious economy is gone for “He taketh away the first that He might establish the second”. And of course, we do know that the Temple worship continued even after the outpouring of the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost, though without the Glory of God, as “the house is left to them desolate” until it was finally destroyed in AD 70. With the Temple gone, the world –age – of Jewish sacrifice ended. Is it making sense to you now?  Praise God!

 

Now, let us create a balance in our reading in order to get our focus right from the account of Luke on the same subject. In Lk. 21: 7 we read “And they asked Him, saying, master, but when shall these things be?  And what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? “They asked Jesus, “Teacher, when these things happen, what will be the sign that they are about to take place?  (CEV) Don’t forget that the issue in question is the Temple and the statement of Jesus that, it will be destroyed.

 

So friends, what they wanted to know was when the Temple will be destroyed and the signs they should watch out for. Besides, we see a very strong statement made by Jesus in Math 24: 34 that lent credence to our conclusion that everything had its fulfillment in AD 70 when the Temple was destroyed. It says, “Verily I say unto you, this GENERATRION shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled”  “I tell you solemnly, before this generation has passed all these things will have taken place” JB. “I tell you the truth, all these things will happen while the people of this time are still living” NCV.

 

Now did you get it?  How long do you think a generation is?  It is simply a period of 40 years. Now how many generations do you think have passed since when Jesus made that declaration?  We have nothing Less than 20 generations. We must conclude that the letter of the word and theology is fooling most Christians since they are too lazy to make proper scriptural comparisons. 

 

WARS, FAMINE AND EARTHQUAKES, BIRTHPANGS, CLOUDS ETC as signs of Christ coming are phrases and metaphors that are characteristic of the Theophanic expressions of God (Ex.20: 18+) and the visitation of God. These conventional images are to be interpreted symbolically, as in the Prophetic Literature from which they are derived; which in this case refers more to the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the system of things which no doubt, must include all that man has put in place theologically and philosophically for his wellbeing in place of God; hence we read of the shaking of the Heavens and the Earth that such which cannot be shaken might remain (Heb 12: 25 – 27), in order to establish God’s true Kingdom on the earth with the divine principles of God.

 

FALSE PROPHETS

Be reminded, that the issue of false prophets is one of the signs. Josephus, the most notable Jewish historian, stated that twelve years after the death of Jesus Christ, there arose a false Prophet called Theudas, who had a great followership that went with him to river Jordan claiming it will part for them to pass through. Felix as mentioned in the book of Acts had one false prophet almost everyday that filled the city of Jerusalem. There was a false Egyptian prophet who had gathered about 30,000 men declaring that at his command the walls of Jerusalem will fall down. Simon, the sorcerer (Acts 8) because of his magical powers claimed and was acclaimed to be the word of God etc. Barchochebas, Dositheus, Bar-Jesus etc were false Christs and false Prophets in their thousands within those periods (Math 24). Even if we have to talk about wars, before the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70, record has it that within the space of 18 months four Roman Emperors came to a violent death. Looking at the Annals of Tautus, a Roman historian who wrote at this period prior to AD 70, could see such terms as “commotions in Africa” commotions in Thrace, intrigues among the Parthians, the war in Britain, in Armenia, Disturbances in Germany etc. It is recorded that in secencial 50,000 Jews were killed. An uprising against them occurred in Alexandria.  Some 20,000 Jews were killed in the battle between the Jews and Syrians in Caesarea.  The record is enormous. With all of these and many more troubles that characterized this period in history, the Lord said “…but the end is not yet” (Math 24: 6) meaning these things are not what brings the global world or universe to a close. Can you believe the master enough? Amen! So using these issues as a declaration of the end of the world is an indication that you are not abreast of the thoughts of the Father in the Son.  Again we say, they were only factors then to let the disciples know how to behave themselves within this period, a kind of signpost to spiritual awareness of an unfolding event.

 

ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION

Let us quickly pick on another word here in Math 24 that men have used and written so many books about, with millions of dollars going into their pockets as they project the antichrist that will be coming into the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem. ‘He will offer peace to Israel and allow them to make their sacrifices. But after three and half years, this beast shall break his covenant with Israel, stop them from entering the Temple, and shall initiate a 3 1/2 years tribulation. This terrible period of persecution can only come to an end when Jesus shall float from the sky in a silvery cloud, to set up His earthly Kingdom in Jerusalem upon the throne of David’. Though this is just a version of the interpretation of the verse 15 that we are about to consider, there are other versions of it as men continue to peddle their theology.

 

The word says, “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place (whom readeth, let him understand). And from the time that the daily sacrifices shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days,” (Dan 12: 11)

 

Now pick something fast. The number of days mentioned here equals 3 and 1/2 years or 1290 days. Does that register anything in your spirit?  Does 3 and 1/2 years mean anything to you?  Note that this period is committed to the taking away of the daily sacrifices for the permanent sacrifices to be instituted, isn’t it so?  Let us progress, by comparing Luke’s account on the same story. 

“And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the DESOLATION thereof is nigh”   (Lk 21: 20) “Then let them which are in Judea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter therein.  For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled” (Vs. 21-22). Who wrote them? These are the words of Daniel, of course!

“When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, you must realize that she will soon be laid DESOLATE” JB. 

“And when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then you will know that the time of its destruction has arrived” NLT. 

“When you see armies around Jerusalem, you will know it will soon be DESTROYED” NCV.  

 

People of God, this is plain enough.  The word DESOLATION has nothing to do with an antichrist that will be sitting in a Temple later in Jerusalem, but it simply means the DESTRUCTION of Jerusalem by the Roman Soldiers in AD 70 led by General Titus.

 

Jesus own words in Luke 19:19-44 clearly testifies to this fact “for the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side. And they shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee, and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knowest not the time of thy visitation”.

 

It is recorded that the Roman armies first came and camped around Jerusalem, but miraculously, without anyone resisting them, they pulled up their stakes and left.  At that sign all the Christians who remembered the words of Jesus in Vs 21- 22 left the city. Not one of them was killed when Titus finally returned with his armies and leveled the place. They saw the abomination of desolation and fled the city as instructed by Jesus. Yet we still have preachers using these passages to proclaim the “soon coming Rapture”.

 

To even teach that, as soon as the rapture takes place, then there will be the revelation of the man of sin who will now enter into the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem shows a clear height of ignorance in prophetic interpretation of the word. For even up to date, the so called temple of theirs have not been built even with the site not yet in complete possession of the Jews, so how do we correlate this with the so called “soon coming Rapture?” Because in their theology, the temple must be built first before the Rapture takes place.

 

If we must be sincere with ourselves, in the light of the scriptures, what Jesus prophesied about was the end of the Jewish order of worship and its entire economy as it relates to the priesthood. And all of these as we continue saying took place in AD70.  History has it that, some 65 years later, despite the fact that the Jews were all scattered abroad, they tried another revolt against Rome, but they were completely crushed. In fulfillment of the prophecy of Micah 3:12 “therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.” The Roman soldiers literally ran plowshares over Zion, thereby uprooting all that the Jewish economy should represent. 

 

THIS CANNOT BE A RAPTURE

Reading Math 24: 16 – 20 and Lk 21: 21 -23, if this were to be a Rapture why would Jesus say they should pray that the flight should not be in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day?  Or that it would be a terrible time for the pregnant ones.  What will that have to do with being caught up in the clouds to meet Jesus in the air?  Will the sucking child prevent the mother from being translated? See how foolish we can be as believers! While it is good to receive the word of God from the preachers, it is nobler to search it out. We have been truly fooled for so long by our fore fathers. Let us think!

 

A WORD ON THE ANTICHRIST

In this section, we intend to find answers to such questions as, who is the Antichrist? How can we identify him from the scriptures? Are we to expect an individual as the Antichrist, or a group of people, Nations, Organizations or the spirit that works in the lives of people?

 

Again, let us quickly re-state the popular “Antichrist” doctrine all over in Christendom today.

It is taught that the Antichrist is the direct “seed” of Satan, already given birth to and is hiding somewhere in Europe, being nursed and trained by the Devil himself. That as soon as the Church is raptured out of the Earth, this “super being” that is full of craftiness and skill shall emerge on the world scene as a peacemaker.

That his first deal will be to offer to Israel peace and then allow them to begin to worship in a ‘rebuilt’ Temple in Jerusalem by offering their Animal sacrifices. But that after three years of peace, the Antichrist shall renege on his peace covenant with Israel, stop them from entering the Temple and shall begin a 31/2 years of tribulation. That this horrible period of tribulation shall only come to an end when the Lord Jesus and His saints shall descend from the sky in a silvery cloud, in order to set up His earthly kingdom there in Jerusalem, upon the throne of David. This is the wonderful teaching that has kept the church on tiptoe for years now.

 

A SIMPLE DEFINITION OF THE WORD “ANTICHRIST”

In 1 Jon 2:18-22 we read: “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. But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, which denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father; (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also

 

First of all, the simple definition given by John is: “the one who denies the Father and the Son”. If we must understand John’s statement here, he is saying that, you cannot claim to be worshipping the Father and yet deny that Jesus Christ whom He sent is the Son of God. In other words, to deny that Jesus the Christ is the Son of God is to deny the authority of the Father who sent Him as well, for you cannot accept the authority of a person and yet deny or reject his envoy.

 

Again, he states that, it is a sign of the last hour. What hour could this be? Certainly it is the hour between Passover and the inauguration of Pentecost, for in the words of Apostle Peter, quoting Joel, he said: “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel, ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams’” Acts 2:17 KJV. When he used the word in the last days, he was indicating the events that will take place within a period of time, amongst which is that of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. And so we find that, just as the Holy Spirit is a sign of the last days, the Antichrist is also to be manifested within this period.

 

Furthermore, John said, “ they went out from among us…many Antichrists have risen” indicating that these people were once believers but came out of the Church. Does this not prove that the right place to look for the Antichrist spirit is the Church? Sure enough! If you must follow it in the context of John’s statement, then these must be the Jews who have accepted Christ and later turned around and began to embrace Judaism, thereby denying the saving Grace that is in Christ for the Law. This is why in Rev. 2: 9 we read: “… I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.”

In the words of J.Preston Eby, and I quote In I Jn. 2:18 we read, ‘Little children, it is the last hour: and as you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; wherefore we know that it is the last hour.’ God's penman, 1900 years ago wrote, that as the coming of the antichrist heralds the last hour, therefore, since there were at that time "many antichrists", this fact proved that he himself was living then in the "last hour". And if he, John the beloved, saw many antichrists in his day, after only a few decades of progression into the dispensation of the Spirit, how much more may we today say that there are "many antichrists" after 1900 years of apostasy and shame, during which time God also said that "evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived" (II Tim. 3:13). How much more should we today expect to find the Church full of these antichrists, since God also promised that in this same age "there will be a time when they will not endure wholesome instruction, but, having itching ears, will accumulate teachers for themselves, according to their own lusts; and they shall indeed turn away from the hearing of the truth, and be turned aside to fables" (II Tim. 4:3-4). John saw many antichrists in his day. The number has been increasing steadily, all through the years, until we now find ourselves surrounded with these men. But who are they, what are they, and how do we recognize them?

 

“First, let us consider the meaning of the word. It comes from a compound Greek word made up of the preposition "anti" and the Greek word for Christ which is "Christos". "Anti" is a Greek word meaning "opposed to" or "instead of" or both of these meanings. The Greek word "christos" means, "anointed". When "anti" is compounded with a noun signifying an agent of any kind, or functionary, the compound signifies a vice-functionary, or a functionary of the same kind opposing, or sometimes both. Some apply only the first meaning - a person "against" Christ. But this would not be a very specific point of identification. Millions of people have been against Christ. Paul, before his conversion, was "against" Christ. The Jews, pagans, communists, and members of non-Christian religions of all kinds have been against Christ. But such a broad application of the word could not be what John meant. His description is far more definite than this!

 

“When John spoke of certain people, who were a type of antichrist, which was to come, he did not refer to all opposers of Christ. Instead, he referred to a certain class of people - apostates who were teaching things that were contrary to the revelation imparted by the Holy Spirit! These were not openly against Christ; they were professing Christians and apparent ministers of Christ! Therefore we find that, the word "antichrist" properly signifies one who opposes, or one who sets himself up, appropriating some of the attributes of Christ. That is, antichrist would appear as Christ and by so doing would actually be AGAINST Christ - unsurping that place that rightly belongs to Christ alone! Anything that is placed INSTEAD OF Christ is literally antichrist. We have contained and practiced a lot of attitudes, ideas, beliefs, doctrines, rituals, ceremonies, sacraments, ordinances, religious forms, Babylonish traditions, which have TAKEN THE PLACE OF TRUTH AND REALITY in our lives. These may have contained bits and shades of truth and life, but they WERN'T THE LIVING REALITY OF CHRIST HIMSELF at all! They were shadow, but not substance; form, but not essence. Any little form of SUBSTITUTION that detracts from HIS INDWELLING LIFE is ANTICHRIST.” End quote

    

A LOOK AT THE LITERAL MEANING OF THE WORD “ANTICHRIST”

So what do we see here? The antichrist is not just a matter of acting on behalf of another person like a vice, but actually usurping the office or throne. And the word “Christos” simply stands for “the Christ or anointing”.  Therefore when we are talking of the antichrist, we are dealing with ANYONE who usurps the very throne reserved for Jesus Christ. And all those who one way or the other support such a move either by way of teaching or church organization, such that man is being promoted to the place of being worshipped, are all under the spirit of antichrist. We can sum up this definition in the words of Apostle John: “Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God; 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 it is in the world” 1 John.4: 3-4.KJV.

 

ELEMENTS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

Although the full portrait of the Antichrist was not revealed in the OT, however it contains material references to people and Nations that passes on as the Antichrist; which are both individuals and Nations, that are commonly referred to as the “sons of Belial” [worthless, useless] which is a proper name connected with the power of Evil Ps.18: 4; 2 Cor.6: 15

 

[A] INDIVIDUALS: The spirit of the “sons of Belial” manifest in the following ways: Idolatry [Dt.13: 13]; Sodomy and Rape [1 Sam.2: 17,25]; Disrespect for authority [1Sam.10: 27; 2 Chron.13: 7]; Lack of hospitality [1 Sam.25: 17,25]; Perjury [that is knowingly make a false statement after swearing to an oath to tell the truth – 1 kgs21: 10,13] and Evil speech [Prov 6:12,27]. These are some of the characteristics of those who stand to revolt [Anti] against God [2 Chron 13:7] and God hates them [Ps 101: 3].

 

[B] THE SPIRIT IN NATIONS    

This same spirit works in Nations that opposes the righteous kingdom of God [Ps.2] The satire of Isa.14 against the king of Babylon and the dirge of Ezek. 28 against the king of Tyre, though commonly applied in Christendom as the fall of Lucifer, is really an adumbration [to indicate vaguely, foreshadow a coming event, to suggest or describe something in an informal way] which truly foretells that which will befall the evil satanic nature of man [Adam] that stands against God’s righteousness. These two accounts describe the destruction that awaits Nations taking authority into their hands. This fruitless struggle for Nations to frustrate God’s divine purpose for His people is clearly evident also in the destruction of the King of Gog (Ezek 39:1-20,Rev.20: 7-10) who stood to oppose God’s own people.

 

And the Apostle declares, “The nations were angry with you, but now the time of your wrath has come. It is time to judge the dead and reward your servants. You will reward your prophets and your holy people, all who fear your name, from the least to the greatest. And you will destroy all who have caused destruction on the earth” Rev.11: 18 NLT.

“When the nations got angry, you became angry too! Now the time has come for the dead to be judged. It is time for you to reward your servants the prophets and all of your people who honour your name, no matter who they are. It is time to destroy everyone who has destroyed   the earth” CEV.

 

From the above, we can see truly that the antichrist spirit is that Belial spirit that opposes God’s righteous work both in Individuals and Nations.

 

 [C] HISTORICAL TREND ON THE OPINION OF WHO THE ANTICHRIST IS

 It can be observed that much effort has been made in the past to identify the Antichrist with an Individual e.g.: The little horn of Daniel 11, was said to be Antiochus IV; Epiphanes [175-16 BC] who they taught fulfilled such scriptures as Math 24:15; Mk 13:14; Rev.14: 13-15; Dan.11: 36-39; 2 Thes2: 3-4; and Dan11: 45; 2 Thes2: 8; Rev.19: 20 as the fulfillment of his death. That itself is a version theologically. Pompey further elaborated upon this trend to include the supplanting of Antiochus IV. Later the same early Fathers [CHRYSOSTOM] tried to pin it down to Nero, as the political head of Rome, whom they suggested would resurrect to continue his terrible reign.

 

A BRIEF SKETCH OF THE BOOK OF DANIEL ON “Antiochus Epiphanes”

Just after the “great horn” (Alexander) was broken in 323 BC, “four notable ones” arose in his place, and Alexander’s empire was divided among his four generals. Among them, Ptolemy took Egypt, Libya, and Ethiopia, and Seleucius, took the territory from Syria to Babylon, these are the only ones who figured in the prophetic narrative. From these came forth a “little horn” – Antiochus Epiphanes of Syria (175-164 BC), from the lineage of Seleucius.

Daniel in Chapters 8, 10 & 11 gave accounts of his wars in Judea and against the Temple in Jerusalem. Here we see a prophetic type of war described by John in Revelation 12:17, against the Saints of old. He stopped the daily sacrifices, and replaced them with the worship of Jupiter. He sacrificed a swine on the Altar, sprinkling its blood all around the Temple, thereby polluting and desecrating it. He went further to change the Feast of Tabernacles into the feast of Bacchus, and made the worship of Jehovah a crime punishable by death. With this, he started killing those who will obey the law by circumcising their children, and also refused to eat swine’s flesh, thereby “cast truth to the ground” (Daniel 8:12).

Antiochus finally died in164 BC, and immediately after his description in Dan.11, we see the emergence of Archangel Michael, the Prince of Daniel’s people stand up in Daniel 12:1. As compared to His fighting heavenly wars in Revelation 12:7 as it relates to the 1,260 days that the woman is going to be in the wilderness, being supernaturally fed and protected, and this we are made to understand pictures the 31/2 years that the Maccabees were in the wilderness, having left Jerusalem when Antiochus stopped the daily sacrifices.

This is why the war to overcome the “old serpent, called the devil and Satan” (Rev. 12:9) as fought by Michael – Christ – on the cross in which He cast out Satan from the heart – Temple of God (the believer – John.12: 31-32; Lk.10: 17; Eph.2: 1-2; Col.2: 13-15; Rev.12: 7-13) is prophetically illustrative of the war of the Maccabees against the forces of Antiochus and his general, Apollonius, which means  “belonging to Apollo.” The only god Antiochus had regard for, was the Roman god Jupiter, other gods and their temples he destroyed. Record has it that he built a temple to Jupiter in Syria and also transformed the temple in Jerusalem to the worship of Jupiter.

It was in June of 167 BC that he stopped the daily sacrifices in Jerusalem, and in December of that same year, he dedicated the temple to Jupiter. Then in the month of December of 164, the Maccabees, having returned and with their desire for the true worship of Jehovah, rededicated the temple to God in the eight days that finally came to be known as “Hanukkah”. It is equally significant to note that this rededication and bringing back of the daily sacrifices in the Temple occurred 31/2 years after its cessation and three years after the Temple had been dedicated to Jupiter.

 

Now, we can see why men have always had the belief that the Antichrist will have a repeat of events in a rebuilt temple in a physical Jerusalem in the Middle East as a universal center of worship. But the truth is there will never be one like that for the true God. For in the words of Jesus while in His earthly ministry said:  “Believe me, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father here or in Jerusalem…. But the time is coming and is already here when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for anyone who will worship him that way.  For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth” Jn.4: 21-24 NLT.

 

[D] THE REFORMERS VIEW

Now continuing with the historical trend of who the Antichrist is, the Reformers like Gregory 1 [AD 600], Joachin of Floris [AD1190], Wicliffe [AD1306] said, the “Little horn” of Daniel had found fulfillment in the Papacy, which arose out of the 4th kingdom – Rome. “Why is it necessary in unbelief to look for another Antichrist?” he asked. Luther, in August 18th, 1520 said: “We here are of the conviction that the Papacy is the seat of the true Antichrist…personally I declare that I owe the Pope no other obedience than that to Antichrist”. Calvin etc, equated the Antichrist with the Papacy by teaching that whosoever assumed the title of “universal Priest” was the Antichrist’s forerunner. And this is the line of thought that most Sabbatharians now hold today. The scholars of Rome on the other hand in retaliation branded these reformers as the Antichrist in their teachings. It’s like the struggle continues on who the Antichrist really is.

 

[E] THE FUTURISTIC THEOLOGIANS

Again, we have the futuristic theologians like Zahn, Seiss, Scofied who believe that the Antichrist will usher in a period of great tribulation at the close of human history, in connection with mighty Empires like a revived Rome which will dominate Politics, Religion and Commerce until the “second advent” of Christ, a word not found in the scriptures. This belief has lent credence to the identification of the “G7” the “EEC”, the “One world Government” etc, as the emergence of the Antichrist.

 

But what the Futurist failed to realized is that, the feet of the image of Daniel of clay and iron could not hold and stand together –Dan.2: 33, 41-43. Secondly, that this period is also when the kingdom of God [stone without hands] shall be set up which cannot be moved –Dan.2: 34, 44;Rev.11: 15,18.

 

So, prophetically speaking, there can never be a one Nation [Government] that will rule the world, except the only righteous Nation [kingdom] of God, the emergence of the true Church with dominion. The Lord has told us prophetically in His word that, all nations [evil imaginations] that will stand against Him (Ps.2: 1-3; Rev.19: 19) them will He laugh at and they will be brought to nothing (Ps.2: 4-5; Isa.40: 23); therefore God’s children should not have heart failures because of what they are seeing upon the Earth today (Lk. 21:26).

 

“ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT- THE UN”

One major belief in the Theological circle is that, the UN could turn out to be ’One World Government’, as they see the possibility of someone arising who will gain worldwide popularity as a Leader. Who will then unite the world under his leadership using this forum. But again we found that, this is far from being possible and it is absolutely absurd. Come to think of it, despite all efforts that have being made to unite Europe in the Common Market with even a common currency, it has become obvious from recent events that this arrangement is both fragile and weak. As at the time of writing this book, various nations have rejected the new constitution. Some are already discussing the possibility of pulling out of the one currency arrangement, while others are even analyzing the idea of nations withdrawing from membership entirely.

 

In “The GoodNews Magazine (March-April 2006) Edition”. Is this article, that truly reflects the issue at hand, with the title  Resurrecting a ‘dead’ EU constitution”. Here we are told ‘several months ago the French and Dutch peoples decisively rejected the European Union’s proposed constitution in referendums… Liam Fox, Conservative British shadow foreign secretary, firmly stated, “I have repeatedly made clear my fear that the EU is determined to ignore the results of the two referenda and instead press ahead with the implementation of many elements of the constitution treaty”.

 

British Journalist William Rees-Mogg in writing would say “Wake up! The EU is stealing our Freedom,” He firmly stated: “One of the principles of the ‘dead’ constitution was a serious move towards a federal criminal justice system for Europe. A single European criminal justice system would be a huge victory for Eurofederalism and a huge defeat for British justice”. Mr Rees-Mogg went on to explain that “piece by piece, the Euro federalists have been taking over powers that the constitution would have given them…This is not how true democracies are supposed to function. But it is exactly how some bureaucracies tend to further their agendas.”

 

It is on record that British Prime Minister Tony Blair makes a speech about Europe every six months or so. All of these talks praise the growing value of U.K.membership in the European Union. But the British electorate instinctively resists European influence and would now easily defeat any referendum on joining the euro currency. As the British journalist, Charles Nevin, puts it “As I believe the Romans used to put it, what’s lacking is big unifying ideas and symbols, something to rally around, something uniquely European…” End quote.

 

An article that came up on the Internet in 2005 confirms this weakness. A paper released by the CIA is seen to be predicting the disintegration of the European Union. Why is this possible? It must be understood that, that it is a very difficult task, if not impossible, to unite countries with different languages, cultures and religions. These three factors are the major binding force in a human setting. Remove these factors; no social- political arrangement can work.

 

When God wanted to stop man from carrying on a none-God oriented and ordained agenda of building a Tower in Gen.11.He simply confound their languages. And that was the end of that humanistic agenda. When God needed to re-unite man to build for Him in Christ, in Acts Chapter Two, He did that through a common Language as they spoke in other tongues. And so we can see that no Social –political structure can exist without the binding force of Language, culture and religion. Economy factor alone is not enough to unite a people. 

   

It is even more absurd to think that, this could be done by military might, even Hitler could not achieve that. That is even when you consider the Antichrist to be a physical human being. The task of governing the world as a whole, involves the regulation of almost every aspect of the social, economic and the legal system. To control, or to have authority over a people, you must have the power to make others do some things, which you want them to do.

 

But in the true sense of it, the fears of the United Nations, the Illuminati, the Bilderburg, the Trilateral commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Skull and Bones Club or any other dreaded segment of human agenda need not be a problem to the spiritually enlightened, as none of these thoughts have biblical backings as indicators of end-time events. These theories are hanging on very loose threads of human speculations without scriptural foundations.

 

“WORLD CONSTITUTIONS AND PARLIARMENT ASSOCIATION”        

I feel I should insert this here about the issue of the “one world Government”; having read an article of a very good friend of mine in the USA, where he raised the matter of the one world Government. We had the following conversation when I asked that I be put on line to the leaders of this organization:

 

Q. Can you connect me to a source for receiving information on the WCPA, eg Mr. Kah…?

 

ANS. WCPA stands for world constitutions and parliament. I put this Association in an Internet search engine. But found no results, I understand those who are backing this program are in darkness, and they are trying to operate in secrecy. No wonder they do not put their work on the Internet. Besides, MANY OF THEIR PROGRAMS HAVE FAILED, AND THEY STARTED NEW PROGRAMS UNDER NEW NAMES.

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Q. I can recognize the influence and attempt of the Beast System to take over the world, but I do have this conviction that they can’t succeed as I read the last part of Rev.11: 18. I am convinced of their frustration and destruction along the line, just as no one political system called Democracy etc can have the rule as long as God is outside of it. Communism and not even Hitler with force could not achieve this, so there is not a guarantee.

 

ANS. That is true,…..

 

Friends, have you not read from men before now how that they said the Antichrist is Saddam Hussein? But today their most dreaded antichrist, as at the time of writing this Book is on trial even in the hands of mortal man. I wonder what truly is wrong with man! Can I say this here as we progress, that, it is unbiblical to pin the Antichrist down to one man [person], nation, and political or economic setup?

 

THE FALLING AWAY OF THE MAN OF SIN

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away [apostasia, ‘cast away’] first, and that man of sin [man of lawlessness [anomia] be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed [apokalupthe, ‘unveiled’] in his time. For the mystery of iniquity [lawlessness] doth already work; only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, [whom] the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming 2 Thes.2: 3-8.KJV.

 

Let us glean some facts here: Firstly, the Book of Thessalonians was written between AD 50-51. That is some 19 years before the fall of Jerusalem in AD70. Does that mean anything to you in relation to ‘the Day of the Lord’? He meant to say here the Day of the Lord would not come until first some people will have to leave the faith or be cast away. Could this be the Christian Jews who turned against the Christ after His death and went into Judaism, thereby manifesting lawlessness, which is not submitting to the law of the Spirit of Christ? Sure enough! Writing to the Hebrew believers, Paul said: “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame” Heb. 6:4-6 KJV.

 

The Book of Hebrew was written between AD 63-67, again some between 7 to 3 years to the fall of Jerusalem. We could conclude this because the key word in verse 7 is that the mystery of iniquity is already at work even in the days of the Apostles. The word letteth simply means to hinder or restrain, it is like keeping someone or something in check. Paul is here saying, there is something or someone “holding back” the Antichrist from manifesting. But who could this be? Certainly, this was the presence of the Apostles as they were still alive holding forth the truth of Christ. We also do know this, for in his charge to the Elders in the church in Ephesus, he said: “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.” Acts 20:28-30 KJV. The Book of Acts was written between AD 62-63, some 7years before AD 70. Compare Acts 15:35; 2Tim.2: 2; 1Tim.3: 15, 6:12.

 

Why would there be a falling away? The spirit of disunion [Apostasy], sect [heresies] is to make manifest those who do not truly have the life of Christ resident in them (Tit.1: 10-16). Therefore it helps to separate truth from error for the world to see and be eliminated. Compare 2Pet.2: 1; 1 John 2:19b; 1Cor.11: 19.

 

The next question you may want to ask is: who then is the “man of sin” seeing it is in the singular? The answer is simple. According to 2Tim.3:16-17 who is the “man of God”?All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” KJV. This is evident that we are not just talking about the man that carries the Bible as a preacher here, but every one who is born again and is applying the word of God to his life daily, is the man of God; and so it is a corporate term for all righteous people of God. Even so, “the man of sin” is a corporate term for all those walking in unrighteousness. “For as in Adam all die even so in Christ shall all be made alive” 1 Cor.15: 22 KJV.

 

Now, the spirit of the Antichrist was finally revealed after the death of the Apostles. The truth that was standing on the way of the spirit of error was now removed, and so false Christs with their false doctrine now set in and people began to believe them, [Math, 24:7-12; Acts 20: 29; 2 Pet. 2:1-2]. And refusing the truth they are already [judged] condemned [2 Thes.2: 9-12]. Why? Because only the truth can set you free [Jon.8: 32, 36]; and the truth is the living word [Christ] made manifest in our flesh – Christ is come in the flesh. So the fact is, it is a revelation of the Christ in us instead of the “man of sin” [Adam].

 

Now, get this right: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God; 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 it is in the world” 1 Jn.4: 1-3.

 

What the scripture is simply saying is that, whoever does not accept, believe and confess, by bearing witness to the fact that Christ is presently indwelling in us as a human being in order that we may manifest Him to creation, is the Antichrist. You may be a Christian, but if your concept of Christ is that of the ‘Man of Galilee’ who is presently up somewhere in the sky, who will be coming one day with a partial manifestation of His power in you now as the Holy Ghost, you are manifesting the Antichrist spirit. Why? Because you are denying the fact that Christ cannot dwell in you, therefore another spirit must. But the truth is: “Christ in you is the hope of being Glorified” Col.1: 27, and so “greater is He [Christ] that is in you, than he [the devil] that is in the world” 1 Jn. 4: 4.

 

 

A WORD ON “THE DAY OF THE LORD”

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 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” 2 Thes.2: 1-3.

 

Now get this, what happens in the “Day of the Lord”?  [1] We are gathered unto Him, [2] There will be a falling away, [3] The Man of sin will be revealed. Oh! But I thought the Day of the Lord would bring in the Rapture! Not so my brother. See it again! Why did he use the word That Day”?  It is because he had earlier on spoken about it in his first letter to them: But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day; we are not of the night, nor of darkness” 1 Thes.5: 1-5.

Again, get these facts: [1] some people knew about the Day already. In other words, they knew the signs that will precede it. [2] These people are called the children of the Day, by implication; they belonged to the one that owns the Day. These must be believers, isn’t it? [3] But the second group of people is in darkness, –unbelievers? The Day will come on them for destruction, and they will not be able to escape. The question is who are these? Simple answer, these are the Jews who will not accept the Messiah before AD 70. Now don’t forget this letter was written in AD 50-51.So the statement of Paul here shows he was quoting from a reference point and that is the statement of Jesus in Math 24: “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” [Verse 31].

This statement is a composite formula from Zech 2:10 and Dt. 30:4, which is a common text that refers to the reunion of scattered Israel, as seen prophetically in Ezek 37:9 and Neh1: 9.Here, therefore, as in vv.22 and 24, we are looking at the ‘Elect’, ‘chosen’ of the Lord, as it were with those ‘Jews’ whom the Lord will rescue from the ruin of their Nation in order to admit them along with the Gentiles into His Kingdom (V. 30). And when He referred to the Generation that shall not pass away till all these be fulfilled, [V.34] it was in direct connection to the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70.

When Paul said they had no need to be told of what times and seasons it would be, it was so because every true believer knew what signs Jesus gave as touching the Fall of Jerusalem  “Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its buds become tender and its leaves begin to sprout, you know without being told that summer is near.  Just so, when you see the events I’ve described beginning to happen, you can know his return is very near, right at the door” [V. 32-33] NLT.

But above all, we also certainly see ‘the Day of the Lord’ as a Day for the unveiling of His suppressed Glory in the saints: “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day” 2Thes.1: 7-10. This we do know to mean the full manifestation of the Lord in the Glory of sonship in the saints (See Rom. 8:18-19).                                                                                                                                                                                                     

THE MAN OF SIN, THAT IS SITTING IN THE TEMPLE OF GOD” is therefore “…the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience” Eph.2: 2 KJV. This is the same spirit that worked in Judas [the son of perdition] to betray Jesus. But we are told that when “that wicked be revealed, the Lord will consume it with the spirit of His mouth and shall destroy with the Brightness [Epiphenia] of his coming” [parousia].

 

What do we mean by the spirit of His mouth? Let me quote a passage here to explain this:  In Isa.11: 4 we are told of Christ, “But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.” The Jerusalem Bible says “…. His word is a rod that strikes the ruthless...” And so in Rev.19: 13-15 we read of the Son God: “And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood; and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies, which were in heaven, followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations; and he shall rule them with a rod of iron; and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”

 

Beloved is it not foolish for us to imagine that the Lord will be fighting a literal Antichrist with the word of God, which is the sword of the Spirit? But that is what we have been made to believe. . Now, the word Epiphenia in the Grk means, “the outshining, out raying, coming outward of his presence” and Paruosia means, “that which is present, though hidden from view”. So what do we have here? It means the manifest presence of the Christ life within shall destroy the influence of iniquity –man of sin, sitting and usurping the throne of God in the heart of man. This is the same word Peter used when he was describing the transfiguration of Jesus the Christ on the Mount in 2 Pet.1: 16: “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power [dunamis] and coming [parousia] of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty”.  Therefore we conclude that, the fulfillment of the role of “man of sin” and “son of destruction” is no longer a role played by just an individual such as Judas, but a company of people. So the man of lawlessness should be thought of as a collective noun. Praise God! 

 

 

COUNTING THE NUMBER OF HIS NAME –666

Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast; for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six” [666]. Rev.13:18 KJV.

 

 Over the years a lot of conjectures have come up as to who this mystical number stands for, such as Hitler, Churchill, Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger, Saddam Hussein, the Pope etc. But why all these carnal, religious speculations? It is all because of lack of proper spiritual interpretation as expressed by the Holy Spirit. Besides men choose to go by what is mostly featured in Books written by uninspired and uninformed men who do not even believe in the Holy Spirit, whose approach to the Book of Revelation is that of a “Literal-Journalistic-sensational-scientific” method to confirm natural happenings, such as tribulations, wars and plane crashes.

 

Please let us get this right. The title of the Book says: “THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST”. So it is not about Tigers, Leopards, Satan and things like that, but rather it is a Book that unveils the activities of Christ and His Church, the Bride. Every so-called Beast or Harlot so mentioned connotes some spiritual reality. For example in Rev.5: 6, we read of the four Beasts in the midst of the Throne. Should we expect literal animals or reptiles in the very throne of God? Are they serving as His pets or what? You see the trouble we have in our literal interpretations? Much could be written on the issue of the Beast, but we shall be giving attention to a little observation on the question of the Number as a detail study of the subject is covered in our Book: “WHO IS THE BEAST, HIS MARK, NAME AND NUMBER –666”. I will rather here present some facts for you to meditate upon.

 

From verse 17, it is clear that the “Mark” is the “Name” of the Beast and it is also “The Number of his Name”, so in counting the number “666” what is its value?

 

It is a fact that in both Hebrew and Greek, letters are used for numbers, the value of which corresponds to the place in the alphabet, adding up the values of component letters, the total number of a persons name is thereby obtained. With this, a lot of people have come to believe that Caesar Nero is the Beast, because his name added up to 666 in the Hebrew, especially as the Book of Revelation was written when the Roman Empire was in power. Besides, others claimed that it must be the Pope because his title “VICAR OF CHRIST” has the numerical value of 666, written as “VICAR OF THE SON OF GOD” in Latin “VICARIVS FILII DEI”. The numerical value of the letters are 1[used six times], I = 50,V = 5, C = 100, D =500, totaling 666. Can this validate the issue at stake?

 

 666 AS NAMES IN OTHER LANGUAGES

May I draw the attention of the Christian community to the fact that, to pin down the Beast to “Caesar Nero” or the “Pope” simply because their name added up to 666 is erroneous, if we are still holding that view, because a lot of names and titles, depending on how they are written or the Language used can produce the number. e.g. the original name of Rome was “SATURNIA” meaning the ‘City of Saturn’ and the word ‘Saturn’ was the secret name revealed only to the initiates of the Chaldean mysteries, which in Chaldee was spelt with four letters STUR and in this language, S =60,T =400, U = 6, R = 200 which  when added up = 666.

We are also told that the Greek letter of the word “LATEINOS” [Latin] the historical language of Rome in all its official acts, equals to 666. In Greek L =30, A =1, T =300, E =5, I =10, N =50, O = 70, S =200 which Totals 666, as explained by Irenaeus as early as the third century. The Romans themselves, unlike the Greek and Hebrews, did not use all their alphabets for numbers; rather they made use of only six letters. D, C, L, X, V and I where D =500, C = 100, L = 50, X = 10, V = 5, I = 1; Total =666, whereas all others were made up of a combination of these.

  

Friends, who is the Beast here? So adding up names cannot give us the truth of what the number and name stands for. See another exciting revelation on the number?

 

666 AS A NUMBER OF WEALTH AND TRADITION – BIBLICAL EVIDENCE.

It will be surprising for you to note that, even in the bible itself, in the OT, we discovered that the WEALTH that king Solomon received each year added up to 666 talents of gold [1kgs.10: 14]. And the truth is, this wealth played an important part in leading him astray. Again, in the NT the Greek word “EUPHRIA” from which the word WEALTH [Acts 19:25] is translated, totals 666.

Notice again, that out of all the 2,000 Greek Nouns of the NT, there is only one word that has this numerical value, the word PARADOSIS translated TRADITION. “Why do thy disciples transgress the TRADITION of the elders...?” Math.15: 2. And of course we do know that wealth and tradition were the two great corrupters of the Roman Church, which have also crept into the Pentecostal Church today. While wealth corrupts in practice and honesty, tradition corrupts in doctrine. So you see, there is a lot more in the language of the application of the number 666 than just a man’s name.

 

Oh, this is good! Wealth and tradition is also the Beast, yes, because they add up to 666. What about the users then? Sure enough, they must be the Beast personified. There we are brethren, with our confused theology.

 

666, THE NUMBER OF THE NATURAL MAN WITHOUT CHRIST

In the Bible, 7 is the number of perfection, and it is God’s number, hence when man was given six days to labour, he was asked to rest on the seventh day. And note that, while the rest six days of the creation week has “evening and morning” [Gen.1: 3-31], the seventh day [Gen.2: 2] has no “evening and morning” because it is an eternal day, which is the Lord’s Day in Christ –our rest. Math.11: 28. “For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his works, as God did from His” Heb.4: 10.

   

Now 8 is the number of Jesus, for the word “Jesus” in the Greek is IESOU S. I =10, E =8, S =200, O =70, U =400, S =200. That gives you 888, which becomes the numerical value of the name of Jesus. So Jesus Christ is 888. Now look at this: David from whom Jesus came was the 8th son of Jesse [1 Sam.16: 10-12]. Jesus was revealed to the women and His disciples after resurrection on the 8th day, a day after the Sabbath or 7th day. And so we see that the 8th day is a day of new beginning, God started all over after resting on the 7th day. Again, we found that this 8th day was expressed through a person –CHRST [See Eccl.11: 1-2]. So the 6th day must also be expressed through a man, after all the word says it is the number of a man.

  

Now “6” is the number that is less than “7”, that means it falls short of perfection. And since man was created on the 6th day of the creation week of reformation [Gen.1: 26-31], man’s nature falls short of the perfect Glory of God. Let me here mentioned that, the number 8, which belongs to Jesus is the number that exceeds perfection, “7” and so starting all over, unlike “666” which is continually falling short of perfection; meaning that all that is man apart from God and Christ will fail.

 

Observe also that the number is in triple 6, 6, 6, because it has to do with the number of times man has rebelled, sinned against the revelation of the personality of the Godhead. When God revealed Himself as Yahweh, man says, He is a “God of the Jews”, Then He came to man again as “Jesus”, man says He is “Jesus of Nazareth”, and again, He came as the “Holy Spirit” man is now saying ‘there is nothing like the power of the Holy Spirit. So we have the sin against the Father [6], against the Son [6], and against the Holy Ghost [6] =666 [Math.12: 31-32]. Therefore “…it is the number of man” [Rev.13: 18] because “…a man [natural man] hath no preeminence above a Beast; for ALL is VANITY” (Eccl.3: 19).

 

So when Jesus prayed the Father to keep the disciples in the world [Jn.17: 9-11] it is that they in the Divine Nature of God might be preserved from the influence of Satan, the Beast and it’s system in man, having the world under control.1 Jn.5:19, see Eph.2:2; Gal 1:4.  Therefore the sum of the number 666 is the fullness of natural life. It has nothing to do with an individual coming up from Europe tomorrow. Someone says, what about if it does manifest? Then praise God you have a good opportunity to prove the Christ in you, smash him!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

IS THIS THE RAPTURE? – MATH.24: 37-41; LK.17: 26-27, 34-35?

“Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left”

Let me state from the onset that, one of the misleading doctrines in Christendom is the “doctrine of the Rapture”.     [For a complete detail and origin of this subject, see our Book “Our Resurrection Hope Is Not Rapture”].  This is the doctrine, that has taken a strong hold within the Body of Christ, through the “Tradition of Elders” [Math 15:1-20]; Jesus said in v.15 that “every tree that my Father have not planted shall be uprooted” and by this, He meant to say, every doctrine that is not rooted in the divine will of God shall be uprooted (See Jer.1: 10).

 

The dangerous aspect of walking in and believing a doctrine, which is not of God, is found in the statement of Apostle John: “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son” 2 Jn 9; “For if you wander beyond the teaching of Christ, you will not have fellowship with God. But if you continue in the teaching of Christ, you will have fellowship with both the Father and the Son” NLT.

This shows that, what we believe can either keep us in fellowship with the Father and the Son, or will keep us separated from the Father. Why, because the son will say nothing except what the Father is saying. Since the son has nothing of His own to say, and if you are walk in obedience to what the Son is saying, it shows you, are respecting the authority of the Father who sent Him with a word.

 

This picture of alienation from God, is painted by Apostle Paul with reference to the Gentiles who were not in the commonwealth of Israel, when He said: “Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called uncircumcision by that which is called the circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenant of promise, having no hope, and without God in the worldEph.2:11-12.

  

Now get this, though we, as Gentiles existed in this world, but as long as we were not in the covenant of promise that God made with Israel, we were without God in this world.

In this same vein, you might be religiously gorgeous and zealous, but you may not have the true fellowship with the Lord. The implication of this is that, you may not be used to full capacity in the Lord because you do not know His entire mind. Even when you drop the flesh, you do not have access to full glory.

Therefore, what we are about to consider is of significant importance to our walk in the Lord. God desires that you know the truth, though religion and the traditions of men can keep you bound. But don’t be deceived, spiritual liberation is found in the revealed truth. Let us think!

                                                                                                                             

Math 24 and Luke 17: “THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN”

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left[V, 36-41].  “I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left .Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left” Lk.17: 34-36.

 

This language of the Lord has always been used, to propagate the doctrine of the Rapture, that Jesus meant to snatch away the righteous, leaving the wicked to be tormented by the Antichrist in the tribulation. But let us examine closely what Jesus was declaring to the people of His days. Don’t forget, the whole issue is tied to all that will happen as touching the signs He gave to His disciples.

 

 “…AS THE DAYS OF NOAH WERE…”

Friend, it is not a difficult thing, for us to understand what the Lord is saying here. We only need to go back and find out exactly what happened in the Days of Noah, how was it? What happened to the people? The account of what happened in the Days of Noah is found in Gen.6 - 8. In Chapter six, we are told:

 

 “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose…And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually…And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD” Gen.6: 1-8.

 

The summary of the life of those in the Days of Noah, was that “For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark” which is a symbol of the cares of this world, and the gratification of the desires of the flesh: “The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world…” 1 Cor.7: 34.

The rest of the story is best known to every student of the Bible; Noah built an Ark to the saving of his household when it rained forty days and forty nights, and the flood destroyed everything that had breath except what was with Noah in the Ark.

 

Now the application: And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away”

In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes” [V.38-39] NLT.

“They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all” Lk 17:27 

So we can see that, the word “taken” simply means to be destroyed or killed and not necessarily to take someone out of the earth, as we have been made to believe for years, as the cherished hope of the believer. And this agrees with the context, because, except Noah and all that were with him, the rest were KILLED BY THE FLOOD.

 

So what do we mean: “Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.”? V.40

Again the answer is simple: If to be “taken” means to be “destroyed” then of course, those who are left, simply means, they are the people preserved from the influence of the instrument of destruction such as the Flood in Noah’s day. If this is clear enough, then we can proceed to find out as well, what the FIELD stands for.

 

So what is the FIELD?  The answer is right there in ‘The Parable of the ‘wheat and Tares’ [Math. 13:24-30]. Which is talking about TWO MEN, who went about sowing seeds IN A FIELD, one sowed good seeds, and while men slept, an enemy came and sowed Tares. When the Disciples demanded for interpretation, the Lord said:

 

“The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels” [v: 38-39]

 

It is clear from the words of the Master, that, it was a case of Two Ministries going on side by side, on the face of the Earth, not just merely the issue of Christ and the devil, for each of these personalities are to be manifested through a people on the Earth. We are dealing with the issue of ‘a genuine’ and ‘a false ministry’ as it were, in the world today. One being masterminded by the enemy, producing seeds for his evil – deceptive – kingdom, and the Lord producing seeds through the word of life and Spirit, which shall be made manifest at the end of the age as the kingdom of righteousness to populate the Earth. Just as Noah came down from the Ark and repopulated the cleansed Earth of his days. Therefore: “Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth [Math5: 5]. “but the lord will..Continue to punish the ungodly until the day of final Judgment comes” 2 Peter 2:5-9 Tlb.

But as for the Saints, the righteous believers “if we would judge, ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world” I Cor. 11:31-32 KJV.

 

Now, don’t forget, this parable is about the kingdom of God (24) and not just about the world of the unbelievers. So He must be talking to , and about the household of faith. Looking at the verse 30, of chapter 13,of Mathew, we are also told; there shall be a separation of the TARES from the WHEAT, which in verse 41 is the separation of “…ALL THINGS THAT OFFEND, AND THEM WHICH DO INIQUITY”. What do we mean “them which do iniquity”? It is simply to be involved in and with “the false ministries’, the Lying and hypocritical camp of the devil with which all the false messages of “Rapture” “Prosperity” etc, are being pushed around without the life of God being revealed to and in the people, whereby instead of making “disciples” they are making ‘followers’ of their human – religion. Prostilyzing God’s people, to the extent that God’s people are now articles of trade. For “…Israel had false prophet (Tares) as well as true (wheat)”, the (two in the field); and you likewise will have false teachers (Tares) among you. They will import disastrous heresies, disowning the very master who bought them (by teaching something else) and bringing swift disaster on their own heads. They will gain many adherents to their dissolute practices, through whom the true way (message of the life of God) will be brought into disrepute (unbelief). IN THEIR GREED FOR MONEY, THEY WILL TRADE ON YOUR CREDULITY WITH SHEER FABRICATIONS… they have eyes for nothing but women, eyes never at rest from sin. THEY LURE THE UNSTABLE TO THEIR RUIN; Past masters in mercenary greed, God’s curse is on them! They have abandoned the straight road and lost their way. They have followed in the steps of Balaam Son of Beor, who consented to take pay for doing wrong. “2Peter 2:1-2, 14. NEB

 

What a graphic picture of the two ministries moving on side by side in the World today? They (Tares) are all out to prophesy and teach for money through lies, all in the name of “The Lord told me’ when He God have not spoken.

 

Jeremiah also wrote about this group of people when he said ‘ “listen to the dreams I had from God last night,” they say. And then they proceed to LIE IN MY NAME. Let these false prophets tell their dreams and let my true messengers faithfully proclaim my every word…. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHAFF (Tares) AND WHEAT!” Jer. 23:25-28. Tlb.

 

And because of these iniquitous life (Lying spirits in the name of the Gospel of Christ) “the love of many” for God’s way of life “shall Wax Cold” Matt 24:12. See Matt. 23:28. In other words, people will rather chose to believe the occult man, and the idol worshipers, rather than believe the Christian, so that they can come to love the Father. Therefore God shall declare to them “. …depart from me, ye that work iniquity” and shall gather the tares (false ministries and their adherents) “And shall cast them into a furnace of fire; there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth” Matt 7:23, 13:40,42.

 

And this truly stands for the prevailing power of the word of God’s undiluted truth, which will emanate from God’s people to put a stop to their Lying lips. Just as it was with Stephen and the Jewish leaders, Acts 7:54. And so they will suffer the pains of loosing their self-made empire and silly followers. See Rev 18:1-24.While this judgment is going with the false ministries-the wicked, to the saints, it is, “the righteous shining forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. “For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the Law (perfect word) at his mouth: FOR HE IS THE MESSENGER OF THE LORD OF HOST. “Matt. 13:43, Mal. 2:6-7. The one then that is taken away is the false ministry.

 

Therefore “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed…. For evildoers shall be cut off; but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.” [Ps.37: 1-9]. For just like the days of Noah, “Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished; But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly menIn a similar vein, so shall it also be in God’s day of judgment. 2 Pet.3: 6-7.  The key word here is ungodly men; not everyone.

 

Besides, you are also the Field: “…ye are God’s husbandry, [Garden, field], ye are God’s building” 1 Cor.3: 9]. So the planting is taking place IN YOUR LIFE, hence the word says: “by their fruits ye shall know them”. You finally manifest who plants what, in your life; and “When men sleep” means when you become unmindful of what the Lord is sowing into your life, then the Evil one comes in to sow tares like it happened to Adam and Eve, and so they become a corrupt field meant for destruction: “For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, [the word of God] and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God; But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.” Heb.6: 7-8.

 

“I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.”   Lk.17: 34; Math.24: 41

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I remember in the 80’s, how an international travel preacher, would crawl out of bed, leaving his wife at about midnight, making sure he is not under any covering while waiting for the ‘ruptured Rapture’ because of the above quoted scripture. To him, in his religious zeal, he does not want to miss the rapture and so he must not be caught unawares either in bed or allowing any tree to block his escape root at the moment of ‘the midnight cry’. Does this look funny? Not at all! That is what inaccurate interpretation of scriptures and belief system can do to a man and this time, even a man of God.

     

“I tell you in that NIGHT there shall be TWO IN ONE BED; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.” Lk 17:34. The key words in this verse of Scripture are “Night”Two men” :One BED”, “TAKEN” and “Left”. Now, to go straight to the point, may we observe that those who are “Left” in times of destruction or periods of captivity are often termed “REMNANT” and those who are “TAKEN” are the ones carried away into captivity or destroyed by such God ordained Programmes of judgment. See Prov. 16:4 “… the wicked for the day of evil.”

 

Prophet Isaiah, when speaking about Israel made this plain. “But though Israel be now as many as the sands among the shore, yet only a few of them will be LEFT to return at that time…Yes, it has already been decided by the Lord God of Hosts to consume THEM” Isa. 10:22-23. Tlb Paul in quoting Isaiah said “…concerning the Jews, that though there would be millions of them, only a small number would be SAVED (a remnant shall be saved. KJV)… that except for God’s mercy all the Jews would be destroyed - all of them-just as every one in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah perished” Rom. 9:21-28.Tlb. See also Rom. 11:5. Isa. 8:14-15.

 

So, you can see that those “LEFT” are the “REMNANT” and are also the “SAVED”: Those who are enlightened escaped the destruction, while those who could not escape are TAKEN. Since the Jews were a religious people, God’s own children, it stands to reason that, those who are “TAKEN” or “LEFT” have to do with God’s people.

 

This is clearly seen in the parable of the “Ten Virgins”, five foolish, five wise, but note that they were all ‘Virgins’, the same group of people. And this parable speaks of the kingdom of God, showing that, they are all suppose to be believers.

 

Again, note that, the word “Virgin” is a symbol for the “Bride of Christ”. 2 Cor.11: 2, Rev.14: 4. This “Virgin company” was supposed to keep watch so as to be able to meet with the bridegroom as He comes to receive the bride “unto Himself”, “…for the marriage of the Lamb is come”. Rev. 19:7. But unfortunately, the sleeping church could not walk out to meet the Lord when the cry was made “Behold the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him.” Math. 25:6

 

Why could they not go out to meet Him? Because the “five foolish” ones lacked “oil” in their  “Lamp” which speaks of the illumination anointing upon the word of God. In other words, they lacked the true understanding of the Spirit behind the letters. For “thy word is a Lamp unto my feet, and a Light unto my path.” Ps. 119:105. Therefore, their walk with the Lord is not perfect, and so they stumble over the word (Rom. 9:32). The religious world, that these “Foolish Virgins” represented, cannot find the expression of the Spirit in the Soul, and so making their activities completely canal. They stumble over the things of God because there is no light on their path as a result of the slumbering spirit that is upon the church;

“By night on my BED I sought Him (Christ) whom my soul loveth,… I sleep, but my hearth waketh; it is the voice of my beloved that knocked saying, open to me, my sister, my love… my beloved put His hand by the hold of the door, and my bowels were moved for … I rose up to open to my beloved … I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn Himself and was gone…” S of S 3:1, 5:2-6.

 

The above picture reveals the fact that, Christ has been labouring Himself to come in unto the bride, but the church, with her numerous Soulish activities and inability to discern the timing of His visitation has completely locked Christ outside her activities, being totally at ease on her religious bed with slumbering eyes.                The same slumbering spirit that is upon the Jews to date, that made them deny and crucify the Lord of glory, and so rather than seek the Lord through faith, they are walking by the law  “(…As it is written God hath given them the spirit of SLUMBER, eyes that they should not see, ears that they should not hear) unto this day… Let their table (speaking of their religious services) be made a snare and a trap, and a stumbling block, and a recompense unto them” Rom. 11:8-9, See Ps. 69:22-28. Why? Because “ they received not the love of the truth.” 2 These. 2:10-12.

 

But this also is a mystery, that through their fall, salvation may come to the Gentiles, for “blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. and so all Israel shall be saved… “Rom. 11:25-26.

     

What are we saying? The present sleeping church with her Laodecian spirit of “ I have need of nothing” because  “ I am rich and increase with goods” Rev. 3:17a, which is a portrait of the “prosperity message” and “seed faith” camps without the preparedness and revelation of the Holy Life of God, are presently on their bed of religious ease (prosperity comfort). Without realizing that “ …thou art wretched, and miserable,  and poor, and blind, and naked.” Rev. 3:17b.

And unto such the Lord has this to say “Woe unto them that are at ease in Zion and trust in the mountain of Samaria (trust in false gods, people and - doctrines) …” Amos 6:1

 

So what could the Lord be saying to His elect with this scripture –“THERE SHALL BE TWO MEN IN ONE BED – one shall be taken”? The best way to discover the truth herein stated is to find out what the Bed represents or stands for.

 

THE USE OF BED AND ITS APPLICATION.

The Bed is the place of REST OR SLEEP, that is why the scripture says one should not sign a surety for debts if such one has no money to pay, or else “your bed will be taken away from you”, meaning you will be deprived of your rest and peace. Prov. 22:27. The bed is also a place for holy meditation as well as for evil devising. Ps 4:4, 36:4. It is also a symbol of prostitution by the harlot church system Prov. 7:16.

 

So spiritually speaking, the bed is a state of consciousness, a realm of existence, a state of being that has to do with being alert in the Lord through spiritual understanding, and so cease from our human struggles. Even as Christ is our REST. Math. 11:28 “ For he that is entered into his REST, he also hath ceased from his own works…” (Heb 4:10), that means Grace has taken over from law.

 

On the other hand, the bed is a state of being asleep, which is the inability to understand spiritual truths, but religiously gorgeous. “ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” 2Tim. 3:7. With such spiritual dullness to which they have fallen into, through lasciviousness, they are unable to discern when and what the visitation of the Lord is, and so coming upon them “like a thief in the night” on their bed of religious prosperity “… I am rich. I have need of nothing” (Rev. 3:17). “For when they shall say, peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them… and THEY SHALL NOT ESCAPE (taken away, removed). But ye brethren are not in darkness, that, that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are the children of light, and the children of the day; we are not of night, nor of darkness (because of the illumination of the word-lamp of God). LET US NOT SLEEP AS DO OTHERS (two on the bed) BUT LET US WATCH (be alert and at rest) AND BE SOBER for they that sleep, sleep in the nigh; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night (as it was in the days of Noah?)” 1 These. 5:2-7

 

But what is the cause and meaning of the sleep and drunkenness?  Isaiah identified this spirit of sleep and drunkenness to mean in-alertness on the part of ministers, of God’s mind and His commission and their erring in doctrines (drunk with wine) when he said “His watchmen (ministers of the church) are blind, they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark (warn the people of God of errors) sleeping lying down, (on bed) loving to slumber (playing church) Yea, they are greedy dogs, which can never have enough (prosperity mega-stars) and they are SHEPHERD THAT CANNOT UNDERSTAND, they all look to their own way, every one for his gain from his quarter (religious impart revelations and denominationalism) and are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred… and are swallowed up of wine-they err in vision, they stumble in judgment (of the truth of God’s word) for all the table (messages-religious services) are full of vomit and filthiness” Isaiah 56:10-11, 28:7-8.

 

We know that “wine’ speaks of “doctrine” for “No man also having drunk old wine straight way desireth the new…” says Jesus, in answer to the question about the doctrine of fasting as to why His disciples were not fasting unlike those of John and the Pharisees. Lk.5: 33-39.

 

Now hear what prophet Amos has to say about our drunkeness “ Woe to them that are at ease in Zion that lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon couches, and eat the lambs out of the flocks (i.e. destroys the life of Christ from the church)… that chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of music like David (noise making in the name of kingdom dancing and high praise). That drink wine in bowls (fullness of false doctrines) and anoint themselves with chief ointments (faith on olive oil instead of the Holy Spirit) but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph (the revelation that came upon Joseph caused him to be sold into slavery without his brothers bothering, so it is with the true sons of God today, they are despised and rejected, yet they are the saviours- Obadiah 21). Therefore now shall they go captive (taken away) with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them (feasting as in the days of Noah, Christmas, Easter etc) that stretched themselves shall be removed (destroyed)” Amos 6:1, 4-7. KJV. “Therefore you will be THE FIRST TO BE TAKEN…” Tlb.

 

So they, the drunkards are the ones that are “taken” from the bed (rest) of ministry.  “But let us who are of the day (those of us begotten by the Christ, the light that is called day Gen. 1:4-5) be sober (vigilant for the days are evil) putting on the breastplate of love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation for God HATH NOT APPOINTED US TO WRATH, BUT TO OBTAIN SALVATION (the ones left) by (through) our Lord Jesus Christ” 1 These. 5:8-9 KJV.

 It is clear therefore, that those who obtained the salvation in Christ’s doctrine, 2 Jn 9, are the ones left, the “remnant” while other false ministries are swept off, -‘taken’.

 

This truth, of what the Bed stands for, is further made plain to us, as revealed in the prophecy of Isaiah (Chapter 28:16-20) concerning Judah, how that God will personally fight against them for trusting in Egypt for help against the Assyrians instead of God [see 2 Kigs.19: 9; Isaiah 37: 9]. And so He will nullify the agreement. Now, see how the scriptures put it:

“Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; [Egypt] when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us;[Assyrian] for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves [Agreement with Egypt for defense and protection against Assyrian]… And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it [the invasion of Assyrian]. From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you; for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night; and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report. For the BED is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the COVERING narrower than that he can wrap himself in it” [v.14-20].

 

So we truly can see here that, the BED is simply a symbol of false hope and protection. Now when you have hope and confidence on anything, the attitude you will put up is that of, EASE, REST and COMFORT. Therefore we can read of Jesus saying. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you REST Math 11:28. Again, “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his REST, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His”. So the Bed is a picture of REST and COMFORT after hard work.

 

And so spiritually speaking, it is a belief into an inaccurate doctrine and religious concept that does not guarantee total victory for the total man of God, in Christ in relation to God’s mandate for man from the beginning (Gen.1: 26-27). Therfore when we read of the woman Jezebel [symbolic of a religious tyranny that wield heavy authority both to deceive and cause men to commit that which is ungodly] “...because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols… Behold, I WILL CAST HER INTO A BED, and them that commit adultery with her into GREAT TRIBULATION, except they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am He which searcheth the reins and hearts; and I will give unto every one of you according to your works” Rev.2: 18-23.

To be cast into a BED OF AFFLICTION, is speaking to us, of the reward for walking in religious lawlessness, such that, what man trusted in as a religious protection, and belief outside of the will of God, will become a torment unto them from the Lord.

 

WHAT ABOUT THE COVERING IN Isa.28: 20?

“...and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it

Generally when you are in Bed you will need a covering. So now that we know that the Bed is not literal, what then is the Covering?  Again we read concerning Israel:

Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin; That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt! Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.” Isa.30: 1-3.

Looking at the above, it becomes clear that: the covering is the act of seeking counsel outside of the will of God and from a man. Like Israel, going to Egypt to seek counsel from Pharaoh, both for help and the next line of action to take in times of trouble. It therefore follows that; all those taking and applying worldly methods to their spiritual walk, are taking a covering from the world.

 

So, when we are talking of TWO MEN IN THE BED, ONE TAKEN AND THE OTHER LEFT, it is to be understood that there are two ministries going on in the world today, one walking in purity as they receive instructions from the mouth of the Lord, thereby walking in His counsel with absolute trust, no matter what is going on around them, in order to fulfill His will on the Earth; while the other is doing ministry by the mindset of this world, being completely conformed to the standards of this world as men pleasers, that they might have their approval.

 

And so we see a church, whose standards and methods of Programmes, is completely that of the world, with false hopes and convictions based on humanistic philosophies – A complete mixture of the world and the church.

So what is the Lord saying? The ministry with false hope, like Israel of old at the time of the invasion of General Titus in AD 70, shall be “Taken” – destroyed: “ For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape”[1 Thes.5: 3];

But on the other hand, that which represents the true Bride of Christ, without spot or wrinkle shall be “left” – allowed, to Minster and harvest the rest of mankind into the Lord’s vineyard – God’s kingdom.

 

 REST in the LORD, and wait patiently for him; fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass…For evildoers shall be cut off; but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be; yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”  [For]  “They that TRUST in the LORD SHALL BE AS MOUNT ZION, WHICH CANNOT BE MOVED, but abideth forever [Ps.37: 7, 9-11,125:1].

 

“Two women shall be grinding together… one shall be taken, the other left” Lk.17: 35

 

INSIGHT INTO THE MILL.

For us to have an understanding of the application of this symbol, ‘the MILL’, in relation to the coming of Christ and the end of the world-system of things; it is necessary for us to understand that, THE MILL is a simple apparatus usually made up of two circular stones, one place on top of the other, between which various edible threshed grains are grinned into flour from which bread was baked,  

 

The common hand mill in middle East, from which this illustration is taken, consisted of two round stones, with the upper grindstone made to fit and revolve on the lower one (Dt. 24:6, Job 41:24) with both surfaces matching each other. The upper surface  (stone) has a stick fitted into it, serving as a handle with which it is turned (revolved) on top of the lower surface with a shaft holding it in place. There is also a hole on it where the grains are poured in while it is revolving. The custom is that, two WOMEN generally operate this kind of mill (Lk.17: 35) hence the word “grinding together.” They sit facing each other, while one pours in the grain with her free hand, the other removes the flour as it comes out from the rim of the MILL and falls to the tray or the cloth spread beneath the MILL.

Bread was generally baked everyday and usually each family possessed its own MILL. And the grinding of grain into flour was ordinarily a daily activity of the woman in the household, especially “slave girls” Exo. 11:5 Compare Job 31:10, Isa. 47:1-2. There are also larger MILLS that are turned by the Ass. Math. 18:6. But we do know that, this is not the pattern of grinding among women in other nations, so there must be something specific about Israel here.

 

So what was Jesus saying? Was He talking of a real situation or a figurative expression? Perhaps you may wish to know that it was both literal and figurative. Look at it:

And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. Lk.21: 20-21

 

History has it that, when the Christians in Jerusalem and Judea saw the ruin coming on, they all retired to a town called Pella, on the other side of Jordan, where they were preserved from the destruction; so that, of the many thousands that perished in the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70, there was not a single disciple of Jesus that died.

 

But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days”! and Blessed are the wombs that never bare, and the paps that never gave suck” (Lk.23:29). Why? Because those without children will not see them being murdered; but most unhappy, will be those who are with children as it will be difficult for them to run: for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations; and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled” Lk 21:20-24.

“.. let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains; Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house, Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. AND WOE UNTO THEM THAT ARE WITH CHILD, AND TO THEM THAT GIVE SUCK IN THOSE DAYS! BUT PRAY YE THAT YOUR FLIGHT BE NOT IN THE WINTER. Math 24:16-20.

 

This is because this time, the days are short, the weather cold, the ways are dirty, making traveling a very uncomfortable and difficult task, especially for whole families. NEITHER ON THE SABBATH DAY. Again, traveling then, would give offence to the Jews, who could even be angry with the disciples of Jesus for plucking the ears of corn on that day; being forced to travel on a Sabbath day would be a grief to the Jews and the Christian believers alike.

 

Are you beginning to see the literal fulfillment of this prophecy? If this were to be the Rapture, what has winter and Sabbath day got to do with it? But we know that, Jesus was talking to the people of His days. He was addressing the Jews, but above all, His disciples, on what is about to befall Jerusalem in AD 70 so that they could escape. Therefore in context, when we are talking about the TWO WOMEN AT THE MILL, one taken and the other one left, it is as it applies to the judgment on Jerusalem wherein one could escape and the other destroyed. So it is not the issue of one being raptured and the other left to be tormented by the Antichrist. The above verses quoted and interpreted properly, demonstrate vividly the idea behind the statement of Jesus

 

WHAT IS THE BIBLE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE MILL?

According to the words of prophet Jeremiah, because of the disobedience of the people of Judah, despite God’s warning to them not to worship other gods and follow the customs of the surrounding nations and yet they did not repent, God then determined to bring the land and the neighbouring nations to desolation by sending in Nebuchadnezzar the King of Babylon, His “servant” against them. See it, “…moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, THE SOUND OF THE MILLSTONES (hand mill) and the light of the candle” Jer. 25:10. See also Rev. 18:21-22.

 

Here, it is evident that “the sound of the Mill”, which is the noise produced because of the early morning grinding of grains in homes for the baking of bread, is symbolic of prosperity, an indication of the abundance of bread. So when it is taken away, then famine (poverty) will set in, since the bread was the sources of family life. And because the family bread must be produced everyday, and the Mill being a very important aspect of the economy of Israel, God gave a law concerning it, and so we read: “No man shall take the nether or the upper millstone to pledge; for he taketh a man’s life to pledge” Dt 24:6.

  

Why? Because, that would be equivalent to “taking a man’s life”. This is so because, you are depriving that individual his source of daily bread, thereby killing him. . By implication, no part of the Millstone is to be used to pledge in case your creditors come to demand their money, for that is equivalent to using a man’s life to pledge. It was actually a law to protect the poor in the society from being starved to death by the richer ones.   

Now, let us begin to understand. What kind of bread do we really need today? Where do we find this bread? Who produces the bread? Etc

“Yes, I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE.” Says Jesus the Christ “… When your fathers in the wilderness ate bread (manna) from the skies, they all died, but the bread from heaven gives eternal life to everyone who eats it. I AM THAT LIVING BREAD THAT CAME DOWN OUT OF HEAVEN. Any one eating this bread shall live forever; THIS BREAD IS MY FLESH GIVEN TO REDEEM HUMANITY.” Jn. 6:48-51 TIb.

 

Here, Jesus is declaring that, the bread we need is not those things we struggle for, called “food”, no matter how appetizing or nourishing and costly it may be, but rather what we need is “HIS FLESH”, the true bread.

 

SO WHAT IS THIS “FLESH OF JESUS THAT WE CAN EAT TO GET LIFE? Jn. 6: 53-58.

Again we read “in the beginning was THE WORD AND THE WORD was with God;. And THE WORD was MADE FLESS…”Jn. 1:1-4,14 KJV.

     

Here we can see that the FLESH He is promising us to be the “BREAD OF LIFE”, is THE WORD.” No wonder we read “… man shall not live by bread (natural food) alone, but by EVERY WORD that proceeded out of the mouth of God” Mat. 4:4, Dt. 8:3.

    

And in so doing, God said, “…let there be light, …” Gen. 1:3. The first word that proceeded out of the mouth of God, in creation is CHRI`ST HIMSELF. See Rev. 3:14. Meaning that, when He taught the apostles to pray “Give us this day our daily bread” Math. 6:11 it was the measure of the Christ life, the Light and power of God 1 Cor. 1:24, that will be sufficient for them to go through the temptations and trials of that day. In other words, they were to ask for the measure of HIS GRACE, for “… Grace is sufficient for thee”.  2 Cor, 12:9. 

          

 

THE PROPHETIC AND SPIRITUAL APPLICATION OF THE TWO WOMEN

Now for us to truly see this picture of “TWO WOMEN GRINDING” clearly, we have to understand that “WOMEN” in the scriptures, in about ninety percent usage is a symbol for churches. Christ in Paul truly explained this mystery, when he said, “… the WOMAN is the glory of the MAN… Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands… for the husband is the head of the wife, EVEN AS CHRIST IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH… This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” 1Cor. 11:7, Eph. 5:22-32. KJV.

 

This issue of “Two Women” is clearly illustrated to us through our father of faith Abraham, as we can see in the book of Galatians Chapter Four. “Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through promise, which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar— for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children (realm of religious order)—but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all. (Bride of Christ) (vv.21-26) NKJV

 

Therefore, you can see that, the TWO WOMEN here at the mill is a perfect picture of the TWO CHURCHES existing side by side today on the earth, all claiming to be married to Jesus. The mill being the “source of life” is a clear picture of what the church ought to stand for in her mission to humanity. Hence Christ will describe the church as “the salt of the earth”… a preserving and taste-giving agent, through the manifestation of signs and wonders. “  the light of the world” just like Himself (Jn. 11:9). A body from which mankind receives her sense of direction and understanding, so that they do not walk any longer in darkness of their corrupted mind. Matt. 5:13a, 14a.

 

It is through the church, that the hidden wisdom of God ought to be made known to all realms of life and power. Eph. 3:9-11. And the whole of her mission can only be accomplished through the production (mill) of the true life of God. “THE BREAD OF LIFE” Jn 6:48, which is the “WORD” (See Dt. 32:46-47), as they reveal the word of God and partake of same “for we being many are one BREAD (Christ) and one BODY, for we are all partakers of that BREAD (Christ).” Even as “…He was known of them in breaking bread” 1 Cor. 10:17, Lk. 24:31.

 

This is the reality of the apostles. “Breaking bread from house to house … with a singleness of heart” Acts 2:46 see verse 44. In other words, they were ministering Christ (the true word) to the people. And with that “the sound of the mill” was going on, producing joy and the abundance of God’s life-prosperity.

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IDENTIFYING THE TWO WOMEN AT THE MILL

 

1ST WOMAN –MYSTERY BABYLON, THE FALSE CHURCH

In Rev.17, we read: “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.” [V.1-6]

 

So, here we find the first woman, Mystery Babylon the Great. The very church system that is full of abomination and the very corrupter of the kings and the system of the world; and that, which is very much against the saints of God.

 

As I was trying to conclude this section the spirit asked me to stop for two days with all burden to write lifted off me, until about the fourth day when in a vision of the night He showed me Zech. 5:5-11,THE VISION OF THE WOMAN IN A BASKET: 

“Then the angel who was talking with me came forward and said, “Look up! Something is appearing in the sky.”

“What is it?” I asked.

He replied, “It is a basket for measuring grain, and it is filled with the sins of everyone throughout the land.”

When the heavy lead cover was lifted off the basket, there was a woman sitting inside it. 

The angel said, “The woman’s name is Wickedness,” and he pushed her back into the basket and closed the heavy lid again.

Then I looked up and saw two women flying toward us, with wings gliding on the wind. Their wings were like those of a stork, and they picked up the basket and flew with it into the sky.

“Where are they taking the basket?” I asked the angel.

 He replied, “To the land of Babylonia, where they will build a temple for the basket. And when the temple is ready, they will set the basket there on its pedestal.” NLT.

 

In the first place, this was the picture of the house of Judah who will be purified by sending her sin, here personified as a woman in a basket to Babylon, where the Basket-sin will be worshipped as an image. The Spirit was here speaking to me that in the Messianic age, all that defiles in the Body of Christ, all false system and mode of worship represented by the false goddess of swearing falsely by the Name of the Lord, [v.4], who has been an institutionalised-temple in mystery Babylon, shall be totally cleansed out- ”taken away“ but settled within Babylon until its final destruction. What a prophetic word from the Lord to His Body even as the sovereign ruler of the universe, working all things after the counsel of His will.

 

THE “TAKEN AWAY” OF MYSTERY BABYLON-THE FIRST WOMAN.

The final picture of the destruction of this realm of worship, which is not ordered of the Lord, is graphically painted for those who have ears to hear and eyes to see in Rev.18.

 

“After all this I saw another angel come down from heaven with great authority, and the earth grew bright with his splendor.  He gave a mighty shout, Babylon is fallen—that great city is fallen! She has become the hideout of demons and evil spirits, a nest for filthy buzzards, and a den for dreadful beasts. [means she was once useful in the hands of God as an instrument,Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD’S hand, …. Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed. We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reacheth unto heaven, ,,[Jer.51:17-19]

 

This shows that, it was a process of defilement that led Babylon to destruction.  For all the nations have drunk the wine of her passionate immorality. The rulers of the world have committed adultery with her, and merchants throughout the world have grown rich as a result of her luxurious living.”[Through political and religious fraternity, as the church seeks protection and approval from the Government, while approving Governmental ills by blessing them in return]….  She has lived in luxury and pleasure, so match it now with torments and sorrows. She boasts, ‘I am queen on my throne. I am no helpless widow, I will not experience sorrow. (False peace and security, of confidence in the government, having divorced God her true husband)’.  Therefore, the sorrows of death and mourning and famine will overtake her in a single day. She will be utterly consumed by fire, for the Lord God who judges her is mighty.”

 

And the rulers of the world who took part in her immoral acts and enjoyed her great luxury will mourn for her, as they see the smoke rising from her charred remains. They will stand at a distance, terrified by her great torment. They will cry out, “How terrible, how terrible for Babylon, that great city! In one single moment God’s judgment came on her.”  “All the fancy things you loved so much are gone,” they cry. “The luxuries and splendor that you prized so much will never be yours again. They are gone forever.”… “How terrible, how terrible for that great city! She was so beautiful—like a woman clothed in finest purple and scarlet linens, decked out with gold and precious stones and pearls!  And in one single moment all the wealth of the city is gone! And all the ship owners  [Pastors-the general overseers] and captains [Branch pastors of denominational outfits] of the merchant ships and their crews [church workers] will stand at a distance. They will weep [because their faith and confidence has never been in the Lord but in the government support, the system, and the G.O. but now the system is collapsing] as they watch the smoke ascend, and they will say, “Where in all the world is there another city like this [because Christ has not been formed in them, they will always be desiring to migrate to another denomination].. And they will throw dust on their heads to show their great sorrow. And they will say, “How terrible, how terrible for the great city! She made us all rich from her great wealth.[but not rich towards Christ] And now in a single hour it is all gone.”   But you, O heaven,[the realm of righteousness] rejoice over her fate. And you also rejoice, O holy people of God and apostles and prophets! (just to let you know you have nothing to loose trusting in the Lord in the midst of perversion) For at last, God has judged her on your behalf.

 

Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder as large as a great millstone. He threw it into the ocean and shouted, “Babylon, the great city, will be thrown down as violently as I have thrown away this stone, and she will disappear forever. Never again will the sound of music be heard there—no more harps, songs, flutes, or trumpets. There will be no industry of any kind, and no more milling of grain.[no merchandising of God’s people through religious craftiness using the word “But there were false prophets also.. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not”. 2 Pet.2: 1-3]

 

Her nights will be dark, without a single lamp.[removal of the anointing] There will be no happy voices of brides and grooms.[religious celebrations, drama shows. and priestly childish pulpit displays that excites the souls of the people. etc] This will happen because, her merchants, who were the greatest in the world, deceived the nations with her sorceries. In her streets, the blood of the prophets was spilled [as they hate those who carry the truth of God’s. word]. She was the one who slaughtered God’s people all over the world.” [Through religious deception from worshipping in Spirit and in Truth and slandering]. [1- 24]. NLT.

 

 

2ND WOMAN, THE BRIDE OF CHRIST, THE TRUE CHURCH.

 

We also have another picture painted for us in Rev. 21 of another woman: “And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God”  [V.9-10]; …“You have now come to Mount Zion and to the heavenly Jerusalem. This is the city of the living God, where thousands and thousands of angels have come to celebrate. Here you will find all of God’s dearest children, whose names are written in heaven. And you will find God himself, who judges everyone. Here also are the spirits of those good people who have been made perfect. And Jesus is here! He is the one who makes God’s new agreement with us, and his sprinkled blood says much better things than the blood of Abel” [Heb.12: 22-24] CEV.

 

So graphically we have two women, which can only be seen or understood in the spirit. Did you notice that fact? Yes, they were only revealed to John in the spirit and that is the realm only by which they can be identified –Spirit; indicating to us that this is a spiritual matter.

 

And so, while one of the women, the Bride of Christ carrying His identity and Glory, is giving birth to the Christ in a people [Heavenly sons birthed in the heavens …But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all… And there appeared a great wonder in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered…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” [Gal.4: 26; Rev 12:1-2,5], that will manifest Christ Glory and fullness in the Earth for the purpose of the creation of peace and the expansion of the kingdom of God [Rom.14:17] as she reveals His will (Math, 6:10): “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”

 

This is the very church that creation is waiting for. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now” (Rom.8: 20-22)

Whereas the first women Mystery Babylon, is preoccupied with defilement of the world with her numerous Idolatrous children in the name of Religion, Christianity?