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The mark of the beast is probably one of few Bible topics that the whole world knows about, and yet there are so few people who actually know the truth about what the mark of the beast actually is. Some believe it’s the number 666. Some believe it’s a tattoo. With the majority believing it’s some kind of physical mark like a microchip. And why do the majority believe it’s a physical mark? Because the word “mark” in Revelation 13 actually means a mark! But this is flawed logic.
So let’s look at this logic for a brief moment to show how it is flawed. In Revelation 13 it also mentions two beasts that cause the world to worship them. Now if you look at the original meaning of these beasts, you will see that they are actual beasts. Also, in Revelation 17 we find a harlot woman riding a beast, and if you take a look at the original meaning, again you will see that it is an actual woman riding a wild beast. So can we now expect to see wild beasts roaming the earth causing the world to worship them? And can we expect to see a prostitute woman riding a wild beast too, seducing the “kings of the earth” into giving her their support? Well, if this was a Hollywood film, then maybe, but this is real life and we know this isn’t going to be the case.
The thing is, the book of Revelation is full of symbolic language, and we cannot just accept the literal meaning of all the words found in that book. This also applies to the mark of the beast. Just because the word mark means a literal mark, doesn’t mean the mark in real life will be a literal physical mark. So instead of just guessing what the mark of the beast is, we must use the Bible to interpret itself and let it explain what the mark is.
What is the Mark of the Beast?
So what is the mark of the beast? Let us first confirm that we firmly believe the beast mark cannot be just a physical mark like a microchip or tattoo or ID card. Why? There are a couple of big problems with this belief. First, in Revelation 13:14 it says that “deception” is involved in this issue.
Revelation 13:14 …’And deceived them that dwell on the earth by the mean of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast.’
Now where is the deception in forcing people to take a physical mark like a microchip? Satan is the arch deceiver and he is not just going to force people to take a physical mark. There is no deception in that whatsoever. And that is not how Satan works. The next problem with this belief of the mark of the beast being something like a microchip is the fact that any government could force a microchip or ID card or tattoo upon us. And we cannot be lost for something that is forced upon us. Now don’t get me wrong. I do believe some kind of technology like a bank card or ID card will be used in association with the mark of the beast to stop those who refuse the mark from buying and selling. But in of itself, technology or any physical mark cannot be the mark of the beast. So what is the mark? Revelation 14 gives us a clue.
Revelation 14:12 …’Here is the patience of the saints. Here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.’
Now right before this verse, the third angel explains that those who do take the mark of the beast will receive the full wrath of God. Which means the verse above is telling us about those who don’t take the mark. And what are they doing? They are keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus Christ. So the mark of the beast is in some way connected to the commandments of God. Which makes sense, as this issue is all to do with worship and obedience. Look at what it also says in Revelation 14.
Revelation 14:9 …’And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice. If any man WORSHIP the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in in hand ….’
Do you see? The issue of the mark of the beast is to do with WORSHIP! Somehow, Satan is going to deceive the world into giving their allegiance to the beast and it’s image and they will end up spiritually worshipping and obeying the beast instead of worshipping and obeying God. But God’s end time saints will be faithful to Christ Jesus and will know the truth, and will continue to obey God and keep His commandments.
What was it that the deceivers used to get Daniel thrown into the Lions den? … Daniel 6:5 …’Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God‘ … Knowing that Daniel would be faithful to the law of God, these deceivers caused the king to institute a secular law which would go against one of God’s commandments. In the same way, the beast kingdom will institute a law (mark of the beast) which will be in opposition to the commandments of God, and will be used to condemn God’s people in the end.
So can we pinpoint exactly what the mark of the beast is? Yes. But first we need to find out who the beast of Revelation 13 is, to know what it’s mark is. If you do not know who the beast is, then please follow the link above to find out.
From the resources above, you will find out that the sea beast of Revelation 13 is the Papal Church of Rome. Which means the mark of the beast is in fact that mark of the Roman Catholic Church. So has the Roman Catholic Church done anything in connection with the commandments of God that could be regarded as her “mark”? Yes, and this was prophesied to happen in the book of Daniel with the little horn power which again is the Papal Church of Rome.
Daniel 7:25 …’And he [the little horn] shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change times and laws.’
So the Roman Catholic Church would think to change “time” and the law of God. Did they ever do this? Yes. If you take a look at the Roman Catholic Ten Commandments, you will see that they have made changes to the commandments of God (think to change law). And the Roman Catholic Church boast that it is they who changed the weekly sabbath day from the 7th day to the 1st (think to change time), of which there is no Biblical authority for any such change. Take a look at the following quotes with regards to this sabbath “change”.
“By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of … Because by keeping Sunday they acknowledge the church’s [Roman Catholic] power to ordain feasts, and to command them under sin.” (Abridgement of Christian Doctrine, page 58)
“Of course the change (from Sabbath to Sunday) was her act …. and the act is a MARK of her ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters.” (signed by H.F.Thomas, Chancellor for Cardinal Gibbons, in a letter dated Nov. 11, 1895)
“The church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact.” (Catholic record of London, Ontario, Sept. 1, 1923)
“Not the Creator of Universe, in Genesis 2:1-3, but the Catholic Church can claim the honor of having granted man a pause to his work every seven days.” (S. C. Mosna, Storia della Domenica, 1969, pp. 366-367)
“Is not yet too late for Protestants to redeem themselves. Will they do it? … will they indeed take the written word only, the Scripture alone, as their sole authority and their sole standard? Or will they still hold the indefensible, self contradictory, and suicidal doctrine and practice of following the authority of the Catholic church and wear the SIGN [MARK] of her authority? Will they keep the Sabbath of the Lord, the seventh day, according to Scripture? Or will they keep the Sunday according to the tradition of the Catholic church.” (Ibid, page 31)
So the Roman Catholic Church (little horn of Daniel 7) is guilty of changing the law of God. The very commandments that the saints of Revelation 14:12 are keeping which stops them from receiving the mark of the beast. And remember, the issue of the mark of the beast is all to do with worship and obedience. Will we worship and obey the beast and receive it’s mark, or worship and obey God? Don’t think that you will need to get down on your knees to worship the beast. All you will need to do is give allegiance to the beast and accept it’s authority over God, and this would be deemed as worship.
So is the mark of the beast to do with Sunday worship? Yes, but not yet, as Sunday has not yet been enforced as a day of rest yet. But the Roman Catholic Church, along with many other churches and institutions, including trade unions, are now actively pushing for a Sunday law to be enforced as a national and international day of rest. And this is in direct opposition to the sabbath rest that God instituted during creation week. And this places the authority of the Roman Catholic Church above the authority of our Heavenly Father. Which of course is an abomination!
The 4th commandment concerning the seventh day sabbath is the ONLY commandment that tells us who it is we worship. It tells us that we worship the Creator of heaven and earth. It is the central commandment that connects God with mankind, and it contains the seal of God of which the end time saints receive. So anyone who accepts the Sunday law that is going to be enforced will be giving their allegiance and worship to the beast (Roman Catholic Church) instead of God. Then they will be marked (spiritually) with the mark of the beast, either in their forehead, or in their hand. The forehead represents the group of people who freely make their decision in their minds and give their loyalty to the beast, ie., professing Christians who accept the “authority” of the Roman Catholic Church. The hand represents the group of people who just go along with it because of economic pressure, and their actions are in accordance with the mark of the beast, ie., non believers. Which is why it says they get the mark in their foreheads OR their hand.
666 Number of the Beast
What about the number of the beast 666? Many people think that the mark of the beast is simply the number 666. Some people won’t go anywhere near or touch anything with the numbers 666 on them. Like a barcode, or date, or telephone number, or licence plate. And yet Revelation is very clear in stating that the mark of the beast is NOT 666. The number 666 is the number of the beast, not the mark of the beast.
Revelation 13:17-18 …’And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, OR the name of the beast, OR the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast; for it is the number of a man, and his number is six hundred threescore and six.’
So as we can see, the number of the beast 666 is not the actual mark of the beast. It is the number of a man within this beast kingdom. This number has been given to us in the Word of God in order for us to further identify the beast system, and the leader of that beast system.
It is also interesting that it states people will either get the mark of the beast OR the name of the beast OR the number of his name. This would suggest that ANY affiliation with the beast (Papal Church of Rome) or the image of the beast would be deemed as going against God. And Revelation 14:11 confirms this by pronouncing judgment upon those who “worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”
Warning! The ecumenical movement is uniting the churches with Rome!
We can also see from Revelation 13:17-18 above that the number 666 is NOT just three digits that could appear on a barcode or tattoo or whatever. These Bible verses tell us that 666 is an actual number that needs to be calculated. So it isn’t just three digits. It is a real number that needs to be added up, and we need “wisdom” in order to arrive at the number.
Does this number match the Roman Catholic Church? Yes! The Popes of the Roman Catholic Church have previously been given the title “VICARIUS FILII DEI”, which means “Vicar of the Son of God”. Take a look at the follow quote from a Catholic Answers Website in 2011:
“Question: Vicarius Filii Dei? What does this mean? Is it a phrase referring to the pope or priest? I have heard that it is inscribed on the pope’s hat, or something. Just curious to know what is it.”
Answer: (From father Reginald Martin) … “Vicarius Filii Dei means Vicar [or representative] of the Son of God, a term scholars believe first appears in a document known as the Donation of Constantine, dated to the eight or ninth century. This is an apt description of the Pope, who is frequently referred to as the Vicar of Christ, and, at present, probably only the most bitterly anti-Catholic individuals would take offense at the title.” (Our Sunday Visitor, The Catholic Answer, 24th Nov. 2011 – http://www.osv.com/TCANav/TCAQuestionoftheDay/Nov21252011/tabid/8480/Default.aspx)
Now if you convert the name “Vicarius Filii Dei” into Roman numerals, and add them up, you will come to 666. This is the number of the beast and more specifically, the number of A MAN!
Sunday Law is Coming!
The Sunday law is really being pushed now, and if you take a look at the Sunday law news page, you will see that it is a worldwide issue, that is being received with open arms by the majority of professing Christians. Why? Because they have been DECEIVED into thinking that the seventh day sabbath has either been abolished, or has been replaced with the Sunday sabbath, which is the mark of Rome!
If you accept the Sunday law that will be enforced one day soon, or you remain affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and the other fallen churches in this ecumenical movement, then you will be giving your allegiance and worship to the beast or his image. Please heed the warning from the third angel of Revelation 14 …
Revelation 14:9-11 …’And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.’
Please find out the truth about the bible sabbath, and do not receive the mark of the beast. Instead, be one of the end time saints by keeping the commandments of God (including the sabbath commandment) and the faith of Jesus Christ.
Revelation 14:12 …’Here is the patience of the saints. Here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.’
“We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
– Romans 8:28
If the Bible teaches us that God brought every created thing into existence and that nothing would be here if not for His acts of creation (Gen. 1:1), then we have to admit that even trouble and adversity could not exist without Him. Any doctrine of creatio ex nihilo — God’s creation of the universe out of nothing — must deal with the vexing problem of evil. It must answer many questions, including: “Can a good God do evil? How did evil get here? Does evil have a purpose?”
Admittedly, the Lord has not revealed everything we might like to know about His relation to evil. Yet there are many issues related to evil on which Scripture is clear. First, the Bible tells us that evil never occurs outside God’s sovereign decree. He works all things according to His will, and evil is no exception (Eph. 1:11). Even “calamity” occurs under His all-encompassing reign (Isa. 45:7). Many well-meaning Christians say that the Lord has nothing to do with terrorism, hurricanes, cancer, disabilities, and so on because they want to protect His good character from besmirchment. We sympathize with their intent, but Scripture does not allow us to say that God has nothing to do with wickedness. Our understanding of God’s goodness must be big enough to account for His sovereignty over evil.
The Bible is likewise plain that the Lord cannot do evil Himself. He tempts no one, nor can He be tempted (James 1:13). God is so pure that He cannot tolerate evil in His presence, let alone do it (Hab. 1:13). He alone is good, so evil cannot enter into His intent or actions at all (Mark 10:18).
Ultimately, we have to say that although evil happens according to God’s sovereign will, His ordination of evil is not evil because His intent for allowing evil is not evil. When evil people plot and do their dastardly deeds, the Lord is working in the situation for good ends. This is what He did when Joseph’s brothers sinned (Gen. 50:20). This is what He is doing when evil happens to us.
When we understand that God is the Creator, question and answer 26 of the Heidelberg Catechism tell us, we know that He may “send” adversity our way. But His goodness and sovereignty means that He will also “turn to [our] good” such affliction. This is the comforting truth taught in today’s passage.
The vast majority of Christians in the United States have been taught that America is simply not in Bible prophecy. No matter where one may turn, America is not there, either by name or by any form of code name either. Thus say the host of America’s Christian clergy to their flock. The second thing they are told is that Babylon is NEVER TAUGHT ANYWHERE IN SCRIPTURE AS A NATION. Babylon is a SYSTEM, and most view it as a RELIGIOUS SYSTEM OF SOME SORT.
Prophecy said these views would surface at the time of end. It is the mark of apostasy to DENY YOUR IDENTITY, YOUR SIN, AND THE TIME OF YOUR VISITATION. In fact, that is the essence of all apostasy, THE REJECTION OF SCRIPTURE AS IT APPLIES TO A PERSON, COMMUNITY OR NATION. It is always SOMEONE ELSE, SOMEWHERE ELSE, AND AT SOME UNKNOWN “FUTURE TIME”. Never is it NOW, US and OUR NATION.
Does it not seem odd to you that America, the GREATEST NATION IN THE WORLD, the greatest evangelical nation; that took the Gospel of Christ to the four corners of the world; THE RICHEST NATION ON THE EARTH, who has given more aid to nations than any other; THE NATION TO HAVE WON TWO MAJOR WORLD WARS and many others; IS NOT EVEN MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE? That God would forget a nation that has been central to the survival of Israel in this age? Not even in a cryptic way?
That is like saying God is blind in one eye, and cannot see out of the other! It is accusing God of utter negligence! But it is not God who is NEGLIGENT. It is not God who FORGOT AMERICA in prophecy. It is not God who failed to paint a picture that was obvious to those that wanted to find it. IT IS NOT GOD, BUT THE FALSE PROPHETS OF AMERICA WHO HAVE UTTERLY FAILED THEIR FLOCK. They are DECEIVED, AND THUS ARE DECEIVERS AND HYPOCRITES, FOR THEY LEAD MILLIONS TO ETERNAL RUIN.
God told the citizens of BABYLON THE GREAT, AMERICA, exactly what would happen in America, and pointed a finger directly at the CHRISTIAN SHEPHERDS. Why do you suppose that God would do that? Why would He pick a specific group and lay the blame right at their feet? Because it is GOD’S PEOPLE WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE ANTICHRIST NATION, THE NATION THAT SPAWNS ANTICHRIST. Remember that antichrist rises in DECEPTION.
“My people (Christians) hath been LOST SHEEP
(UNSAVED, UNREGENERATE – HELL BOUND):
(THE CHRISTIAN CLERGY, THE EVANGELISTS, THE PREACHERS, THE TEACHERS)
HAVE CAUSED THEM TO GO ASTRAY,..(Jeremiah 50:6).
The shepherds of God’s people in Babylon America embrace a FALSE SALVATION GOSPEL (Matthew 7:21-23; 2 Peter 2:1-3), which leads MILLIONS into eternal ruin. Their salvation Gospel is an UTTERLY FALSE GOSPEL. It is “sugar-coated”, and an ALL POSITIVE GOSPEL. That is what Jeremiah means when he says: “they have turned them AWAY on the MOUNTAINS; they have gone from MOUNTAIN TO HILL, they have FORGOTTEN THEIR RESTING PLACE.”
God fights His wars IN THE VALLEY. True salvation lies IN THE VALLEY. If you refuse the VALLEY EXPERIENCE (THE NEGATIVE ASPECTS OF THE SALVATION DOCTRINE) you will never FIND YOUR RESTING PLACE. Jesus said you MUST PICK UP YOUR CROSS AND FOLLOW HIM. Babylon’s gospel of salvation HAS NO CROSS, NO DEATH OF SELF, AND THEREFORE NO TRUE LIFE. It is an utterly false salvation doctrine. IT SWEEPS THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICAN CHRISTIANS INTO ETERNAL HELLFIRE. That is why God says they ARE LOST SHEEP. They ARE lost, LOST FOREVER.
“We are confounded, because we have heard REPROACH;
SHAME HATH COVERED OUR FACES:
FOR STRANGERS ARE COME INTO THE SANCTUARIES OF THE LORD’S HOUSE
Indeed, the false Christian clergy ARE STRANGERS and they hold forth a FALSE GOSPEL, that leads to their REPROACH AND LOSS at the judgment seat of Christ. They shall one and all BE ASHAMED, and now face ETERNAL RUIN FOR EVER AND EVER. This is the primary reason why AMERICAN CHRISTIANS reject that America is Babylon. They have been UTTERLY MISLEAD BY FALSE SHEPHERDS. It is part of prophecy. BUT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE ONE OF THEM! You can extricate yourself from God’s disfavor by SIMPLY ACCEPTING WHAT GOD SAYS AS FACT, and rejecting all the nonsense of these hell bound false leaders.
In this first part of our investigation we will focus on the aspect of whether or not God teaches that Babylon the Great is in fact A NATION AMONG THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD. GOD SAYS BABYLON IS A NATION. To claim otherwise is to utterly contradict GOD and all of HIS PROPHETS that spoke of BABYLON. The mark of a FALSE TEACHER is one who DENIES OR CONTRADICTS THE WORD OF GOD, usually in an effort to prove his/her views correct. WE ARE ALL LIARS, AND GOD IS THE ONLY ONE WHO TELLS THE TRUTH.
The issue before you, then, is not your opinion, your biases, your intelligence, your standing before God, your education or your denominational belief structure. IT IS WHETHER OR NOT YOU WILL ACCEPT WHAT GOD HAS TO SAY EXACTLY AS HE SAYS IT. The vast majority of Christians WILL NOT ACCEPT WHAT GOD HAS TO SAY. They refuse it, alter it, deny it, contradict it, or pervert it, and twist it. THIS IS EXACTLY WHY CHRIST SAID THE VAST MAJORITY OF CHRISTIANS WILL NEVER ENTER HEAVEN AT ALL. They shall be ETERNALLY SENT AWAY INTO RUIN AND LOSS. It was not that they COULD NOT ACCEPT WHAT GOD SAID, but THAT THEY WOULD NOT.
In view of the EXTREME SHORTNESS OF THE HOUR, PLEASE SIMPLY ACCEPT WHAT GOD HAS TO SAY, and take it into your heart. NO MATTER HOW IT MAKES YOU FEEL, DO IT NOW!!
FACT ONE: BABYLON THE GREAT IS A NATION.
When we say Babylon is a nation, we mean to say that she is A LAWFUL NATION, A NATION WITH SPECIFIC BOUNDARIES, A NATION RECOGNIZED IN INTERNATIONAL LAW, A NATION CAPABLE OF ENTERING INTO TREATIES, A NATION WITH A CENTRAL GOVERNMENT, AND A NATION RECOGNIZED BY THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH. That is a nation with a SPECIFIC LAND MASS, DEFINED BOUNDARIES BY LAW, A NATION WITH A PEOPLE THAT GO BY A SPECIFIC NAME, A NATION WITH URBAN AREAS, CITIES, TOWNS AND RURAL DISTRICTS, FARMS, LAKES, FORESTS, ETC. That is what we mean by a nation, and that is what GOD MEANS BY A NATION.
Babylon is referred to in the Scriptures as a nation both directly and indirectly. Often the term KINGDOM and NATION are used interchangeably. We will first of all examine those areas in the Old Testament prophecies that identify BABYLON THE GREAT as a nation, as a SINGULAR ENTITY, not some world wide system. Jeremiah 50:12 is a good place to start:
“Your mother shall be sore confounded;
she that bare you shall be ashamed:
BEHOLD, THE HINDER-MOST OF THE NATIONS
shall be a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert.”
This is a direct reference to BABYLON THE GREAT, who is also called THE DAUGHTER OF BABYLON. Jeremiah calls her directly THE HINDERMOST OF THE NATIONS. You view this his perspective, as he looks down the tunnel of time – the HINDERMOST from him would be the LAST BABYLON. That means the LAST BABYLON TO RISE BEFORE THE END. The last and the YOUNGEST OF ALL THE GREAT NATIONS AT THE END TIME. In comparison with the other nations of the world, at the time of the end, SHE WILL BE THE YOUNGEST AND ALSO THE MOST POWERFUL NATION AMONG THE GREAT NATIONS. America fits that description perfectly. She is the YOUNGEST and yet the most powerful NATION among the NATIONS of the world.
We know for a fact that this must refer to a limited LAND MASS AREA WITH SPECIFIC BOUNDARIES, for THE WHOLE WORLD IS NOT DESTROYED, but BABYLON THE NATION IS DESTROYED. This latter day Babylon has a mother, which is also a NATION. This mother was responsible for “birthing” this mighty Babylon of the end times. If Iraq is Babylon as some try to claim, WHO IS THE MOTHER OF IRAQ? If you read this verse carefully, it says that the MOTHER NATION PRECEDED BABYLON, GAVE BIRTH TO HER, WATCHES HER RISE TO FULL POWER, AND WATCHES HER DIE IN FIRE. Again, WHO IS THE MOTHER OF IRAQ? Iraq has none.
Who is the mother of Rome, which is often presented as BABYLON? Rome is not a nation, but a city. Further, SHE HAS NO MOTHER. Who is the mother of the EC, which is often presented as BABYLON, THE REVIVED ROMAN EMPIRE? In point of fact, SHE WILL HAVE NO MOTHER, and further, BABYLON THE GREAT is always shown as a SINGLE NATION FROM HER BIRTH TO HER RISE TO FULL POWER AND GLORY. The EC does not qualify. Each parameter must be fulfilled. You CANNOT PICK AND CHOSE that which you wish to present to prove your case.
However, AMERICA has a mother. This mother was DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR HER BIRTH. That mother PRECEDED HER. England has been around awhile. England gave birth to America, and England is still around, and ENGLAND WILL WATCH AMERICA BURN. England is further confirmed as the mother of BABYLON THE GREAT by Daniel the Prophet in Daniel 7:4 (THE LION). Ezekiel also mentions it in Ezekiel 38/39 as “TARSHISH”, who gives birth to “young cubs”. Tarshish is a cryptic reference to ENGLAND and her young cubs are America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc. Daniel refers to her as a LION. The national symbol of England is A LION. The eagle wings on top the lion IS AMERICA, HER DAUGHTER. America’s national symbol is THE EAGLE WITH OUTSTRETCHED WINGS.
BABYLON THE GREAT IS A NATION. We would not need any other reference to prove it, because ONE DIRECT REFERENCE IS ENOUGH! There are many more. Habakkuk is a key prophet in identification of BABYLON THE GREAT. He is usually ignored by prophecy “experts”.
“For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans (New Babylon),
THAT BITTER AND HASTY NATION,
which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces
that are not their’s
Notice the term NATION. Not NATIONS, or any GROUP OF NATIONS, but always ONE NATION, A SINGULAR NATION. Again God calls BABYLON THE GREAT A NATION. She is also referred to as a KINGDOM, the same as a nation. Babylon is always referred to IN THE SINGULAR.
“And BABYLON, THE GLORY OF KINGDOMS,
the beauty of the Chaldee’s excellency,
shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah
Here Isaiah calls Babylon A KINGDOM, in fact, she IS THE QUEEN AMONG ALL THE KINGDOMS/NATIONS OF THE EARTH. She is the leading power of the WHOLE WORLD. Notice her end: BY FIRE. That is EXACTLY WHAT JEREMIAH SAYS, and that is EXACTLY WHAT REVELATION 17 and 18 say. SHE WILL BE BURNED UTTERLY WITH FIRE. From coast to coast, from sea to shining sea. There is a complete HARMONY OF SCRIPTURE.
“Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness,
O DAUGHTER OF THE CHALDEANS:
for thou shalt no more be called,
THE LADY OF KINGDOMS
Isaiah again refers to her as THE QUEEN OF ALL THE KINGDOMS. She is presented in Scripture as being the MOST POWERFUL OF ALL END TIME NATIONS. None can come close to her in terms to WEALTH, POWER, MILITARY, AGRICULTURE, MANUFACTURING, MU-SIC, CATTLE, HORSES, AUTO-MOBILES AND TRUCKS, AIR-CRAFT AND SPACE EXPLORATION. All of these attributes are listed by the prophets as they describe BABYLON THE NATION. The point being she is REPEATEDLY REFERRED TO AS A SINGULAR KINGDOM, A SINGULAR NATION.
Babylon the Great is also referred to as the DAUGHTER OF BABYLON, and also THE DAUGHTER OF THE CHALDEANS. It is important to note that IT IS AGAIN A SINGULAR DAUGHTER. It is not DAUGHTER(S) OF BABYLON, but the ONE SINGULAR DAUGHTER. The word for “daughter” is “bath”, and it means OFFSPRING OR DESCENDENT of Babylon. LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER. It means that this DAUGHTER OF BABYLON will be OF THE SAME TYPE, OF THE SAME CHARACTERISTICS.
Ancient Babylon was the splendor of the world. She was the center of world trade, the richest and most powerful nation in the known world. Jesus said that AS IT WAS, SO SHALL IT BE!
“For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel;
THE DAUGHTER OF BABYLON is like a threshingfloor,
it is time to thresh her: yet a little while,
and the time of her harvest shall come
Mighty Babylon, THE GREAT NATION OF THE END TIMES, is going to be PULVERIZED. She is to be UTTERLY DEMOLISHED FOR HER SINS.
“Come down, and sit in the dust, O VIRGIN DAUGHTER OF BABYLON,
sit on the ground: THERE IS NO THRONE,
O DAUGHTER OF THE CHALDEANS:
for thou shalt no more be called TENDER AND DELICATE
Here Isaiah calls BABYLON THE GREAT the QUEEN OF THE NATIONS, but her throne has been taken from her. She has been REMOVED AS THE MOST POWERFUL NATION IN THE WORLD, and made to sit in the dust. Notice the SINGULAR ASPECT, ONE DAUGHTER, ONE THRONE, ONE QUEEN. BABYLON THE GREAT IS NOT A GROUP OF NATIONS AS THE EC, OR A SYSTEM, BUT ONE NATION, a nation that SPAWNS ALL THE END TIME SYSTEMS OF THE WORLD: POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, AND RELIGIOUS. In other words BABYLON THE NATION is responsible for the BABYLONIAN WORLD WIDE SYSTEM IT CREATES. And behind it all stands MYSTERY – WHICH THE BIBLE DEFINES AS SECRET RELIGIOUS ORDERS.
The Lord also uses the word “MOUNTAIN” to describe a kingdom or nation. Jeremiah 51 is a prophecy against the nation Babylon. Jeremiah says in 51:25:
“Behold, I am against thee, O DESTROYING MOUNTAIN,
saith the Lord, which destroyest ALL THE EARTH:
and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee,
and roll thee down from the rocks (other nations), and will make thee a
BURNT MOUNTAIN (nation).”
Notice again it is a SINGULAR MOUNTAIN, not MOUNTAINS in the plural. Notice how the Lord calls BABYLON THE GREAT A MOUNTAIN, and the other nations are ROCKS. So Babylon, compared to the other NATIONS OF THE WORLD, is a MOUNTAIN AMONG THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD. She is again portrayed as the BIGGEST, MOST POWERFUL SINGULAR NATION IN THE WORLD.
With one accord, the prophets say that BABYLON IS A SINGULAR NATION. This is vital to your understanding AS TO WHY AMERICA PLAYS THE ROLE SHE PLAYS IN END TIME PROPHECY. It is America, THE NATION BABYLON THE GREAT, that is held responsible BY GOD for all the evils that spread over the whole earth. IT IS FROM THE NATION BABYLON THE GREAT, and specifically FROM THE LITERAL CITY WITHIN THE NATIONAL BOUNDARIES OF BABYLON, CALLED MYSTERY BABYLON, THE GREAT CITY BABYLON, that all of these systems are spawned and nourished by the RICH MEN OF THE EARTH. In short, NEW YORK CITY, the GREATEST CITY WITHIN AMERICA, is held by God as being the CHIEF INSTIGATOR AND PROPAGATOR OF ALL THE EVIL SYSTEMS SHE CREATES.
The argument that Babylon is ONLY A WORLD SYSTEM utterly contradicts the Lord God and his prophets. BABYLON IS ALWAYS PRESENTED AS A NATION THAT GOES FORTH FROM ONE SPECIFIC LOCATION AND FROM THAT LOCATION CONQUERS THE WHOLE WORLD THROUGH THE SYSTEMS SHE CREATED. A spider weaves a large web, but she has to start from one place. Scripture is adamant and clear: SHE BEGINS AT BABYLON THE NATION, AND BABYLON THE CITY. Through her slowly expanding system of trade, economics, military power, political power and religious power, BABYLON’S WEB SNARES THE WORLD.
That is why God says that THE BLOOD OF THE SAINTS, THE PROPHETS AND ALL THAT WERE SLAIN UPON THE EARTH (Revelation 18:24), CAN BE TRACED BACK TO BABYLON THE NATION, AND TO BABYLON THE LITERAL CITY. It always comes back to roost at the feet of a SINGULAR NATION AND A CITY. America is turning rapidly ANTI-CHRISTIAN. The UNITED NATIONS, for all of its speech about HATRED AND INTOLORENCE, is ANTI-CHRISTIAN TO ITS CORE. God speaks to the United Nations in the Psalms, and MOCKS THEM for taking HIS WORDS IN THEIR MOUTH and then PERVERTING THEM, REVERSING THEM.
The KING OF BABYLON THE NATION, is presented in the Scripture AS THE ANTICHRIST (LUCIFER). THIS KING, OF THE NATION BABYLON THE GREAT, goes forth and conquers and then RULES OVER THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD. Check Isaiah 14:4-6, Jeremiah 51:25; 44; Habakkuk 1:6-10; 2:4-5; Revelation 13:7-8; 17:18; 18:24, and you will see this. It is THE KING OF BABYLON in every single instance that GOES FORTH TO CONQUER AND TO DESTROY AND RULE THE NATIONS. It is ALWAYS BABYLON THE NATION AND THE CITY, from whence he gets his POWER TO DO IT. It is BABYLON THE NATION, through its deceptive front THE UNITED NATIONS, that rules the world FROM THE GREAT CITY BABYLON, which is NEW YORK CITY. That is why the UN is located in NEW YORK. It is no accident. It is not a coincidence!!
That means that THE KING OF BABYLON must be, and has to be, A PRESIDENT/RULER OVER BABYLON THE NATION, and will also be at the end, A SUPER SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS, A WORLD PRESIDENT. The occult knows ALL OF THIS. It is in almost all of their writings. They have written about the SECRET DESTINY OF AMERICA. Isaiah and Jeremiah claim the occult have labored from the inception of the nation to bring LUCIFER into the world. If the OCCULT FORCES KNOW THAT AMERICA IS TO SPAWN AND BE RULED BY LUCIFER (THE KING OF BABYLON), then why cannot Christians ACCEPT IT?
The ANSWER LIES IN THE REJECTION OF THE WORD OF GOD; IN APOSTASY. It lies in an utter refusal to ACCEPT GOD AT HIS WORD. Jeremiah said the Christian leaders in America would UTTERLY REJECT THE TRUTH OF SCRIPTURE, and lead their flocks astray. THAT PROPHECY HAS BEEN FULFILLED IN AMERICA. If you refuse these parameters, you will never understand why America is getting involved, through its front the UNITED NATIONS, in many nations around the world! It is THE KING OF BABYLON or the antichrist (LUCIFER), that goes forth and conquers the nations of the world, AND RULES THEM IN ANGER. You have to START from some specific location, AND THAT LOCATION IS AMERICA, THE NATION, BABYLON THE GREAT.
As one might expect, A NATION would have CITIES within her borders, and if that is true, there would be a reference to same:
“…and I will kindle a fire IN HIS CITIES….
“HER CITIES are a desolation,…
We find specific references to the CITIES OF BABYLON THE GREAT. The NATION has cities, and great ones at that, for THE CITY BABYLON is a mirror reflection of the NATION and her OTHER CITIES. Thus, in America, NEW YORK CITY is a reflection of MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, CHICAGO, LOS ANGELES, SAN DIEGO, SAN FRANCISCO, DALLAS, HOUSTON, ATLANTA, ETC. The nation is portrayed as the greatest NATION IN THE WORLD. There is none her equal anywhere on the globe. A nation would also have VAST LAND AREAS. If Babylon is truly a NATION, then references to her LAND would be found:
“And against her LAND..”
“that shalt make her land desolate…”
“go forth out of the land.”
“the sound of battle is in the land..”
“In the land of the Chaldeans..”
“out of the LAND of Babylon..”
“It is the LAND of graven images..”
“and shall empty HER LAND..”
“A LAND where no man dwelleth..”
“Her WHOLE LAND shall be confounded…”
“and THROUGH ALL HER LAND…”
“from the LAND of the Chaldeans…”
It should be self evident that BABYLON IS A SINGULAR NATION. She has huge cities, but one VERY SPECIAL CITY, THE LARGEST CITY WITHIN HER BORDERS THAT IS ALSO THE LARGEST SEAPORT CITY OF THE NATION! She has a huge land mass, and thus has NATIONAL BOUNDARIES. She is recognized in the family of NATIONS as the greatest nation in the whole earth. America fulfills that parameter.
The context is plain and simple. BABYLON THE GREAT IS AN END TIME NATION, THAT PLAYS A MAJOR ROLE IN END TIME EVENTS, A SINGULAR ENTITY. To claim otherwise is to UTTERLY CONTRADICT GOD. It is to spit in His face and call him a liar. The refusal to accept the fact that BABYLON THE GREAT IS A NATION AMONG THE NATIONS is one of the PRIMARY REASONS why many modern day prophetic scholars cannot understand WORLD EVENTS, as they relate to literal prophecy. They do not understand who America is, nor WHAT SHE WILL DO. They reject with mocking and vehemence all suggestions that America is BABYLON THE GREAT. They are thus DECEIVED, AND ARE DECEIVING OTHERS.
They are looking at the EC and some form of REVIVED ROMAN EMPIRE, which according to the Scripture, WILL NEVER HAPPEN. Did you know that John the Revelator UTTERLY DENIES A REVIVAL OF ROME? He does! This is not to say the EC is not important, for the EC is in reality the formation of BIOREGION TWO of the UNITED NATIONS TEN WORLD REGIONS. It too will pay a major role in the future. So these folks are always looking at some other place, while ALL OF IT IS HAPPENING RIGHT UNDER THEIR NOSE. The United Nations is rising up right in front of them, the American government is becoming more draconian and dictatorial, more and more openly antichrist, and is now involved in the actual extermination of Christians, such as the Randy Weaver case and the WACO Branch Davidians. and the false prophets CHEERED THEM ON! The nation is engulfed in every antichrist religion in the world, and the false prophets are TOTALLY BLIND AS TO WHY! However, by their refusal to accept the Word of God they fulfill the prophecies against the shepherds of Babylon.
This nation, this SINGULAR ENTITY has certain key CHARACTERISTICS that identify her. In the next issue we will review these PARAMETERS to prove that AMERICA, AND AMERICA ONLY MUST BE, AND IS, BABYLON THE GREAT. There is no other nation upon earth that fulfills the parameters listed for BABYLON THE GREAT, NOT ONE, NOT ANYWHERE! AMERICA ALONE DOES. It is not IRAQ; IT IS NOT ROME; IT IS NOT THE EC. IT IS AMERICA. When you finally begin to grasp that one central key fact, then THE REST OF THE PROPHETIC PICTURE WILL COME INTO CLEAR FOCUS, and you will know WHY AMERICA IS DOING WHAT SHE IS DOING ALL OVER THE WORLD.
You will know why the United Nations is located in New York City. You will understand WHY the nations of the world ALL COME TO BABYLON AMERICA AT THE GREAT TOWER OF BABEL ON THE HUDSON. You will know why America is becoming the headquarters for every anti-God, anti-Christ religion in the world, for it is the CENTRAL SEAT OF BAAL, another name for SATAN/LUCIFER. America is the center of ALL OCCULT ACTIVITY. It falls to the occult. It falls to MYSTERY, and when it does, IT TURNS UPON ITS HERITAGE WITH A VENGENCE and destroys the people of God, and it will use TERRORISM as it primary weapon, claiming that FUNDAMENTALISTS ARE CAPABLE OF, OR CARRYING OUR “ACTS OF TERRORISM”. The media will hype it. Don’t believe it? Stay around for a few short months or years – and you will watch it happen in front of your eyes. THERE WILL BE A KILLING FIELDS OF AMERICA. God decreed it. It will happen.
You will also understand WHY America was born AS A GODLY, CHRIST FEARING NATION, and why she turns and utterly destroys her heritage and rises up as the LEADING CHRIST HATING NATION IN THE WORLD. It has happened exactly as Jeremiah said it would. You will know why NEW YORK’S WALL STREET is the financial capitol of the world, and why the RICH MEN OF THE EARTH all have offices in THE GREAT CITY BABYLON. You will know why the WORLD TRADE CENTER sits in New York City. You will understand why the New York Stock Exchange is the most important exchange in the world. If Wall Street falls, the WHOLE WORLD FALLS WITH IT! Youl will know why CNN’s MONEYLINE with LOU DOBBS comes on the air with the statment “FROM FINANCIAL CAPITAL OF THE WORLD”, located in NEW YORK CITY, BABYLON THE GREAT CITY, home of THE UNITED NATIONS.
You will know why New York City is the largest SEAPORT CITY in the Western Hemisphere, and why America is surrounded by warm water seaports and trades by the sea with every nation upon earth. You will see why God said she “sits upon many waters”, that is, SHE IS SURROUNDED BY LARGE BODIES OF WATER each with a different name. Thus the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Gulf of Mexico, The Arctic, the Great Lakes, the mighty Mississippi. You will see what God meant when he said that Babylon the Great would be a nation formed out of every tribe and tongue on earth, who slowly migrated to ONE NATION and formed THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. That is why America has “E PLURIBUS UNUM” as it’s motto! It was foretold by God!
You will understand why the U.S. Military is being used by the United Nations, for God said Babylon would have the greatest military machine the world ever knew or ever would know, but in the end, because she rejected Christ, it would fail her. YOU WILL KNOW WHY THE AMERICAN MILITARY IS BEING DOWNSIZED AND IT’S LEADERS ARE CLAIMING THERE IS NO MAJOR THREAT – FOR GOD SAID THEY WOULD DO EXACTLY THAT.
You will know why America is the central nation involved in GLOBALISM, and is the chief instigator of the NEW WORLD ORDER, and why it is America that issued State Department Document 7277. You will know why American Corporations and their leaders have spanned the globe, for they are the MIGHTY MERCHANTS OF BABYLON THE GREAT, whom God calls THE GREAT MEN OF THE EARTH. You will understand why AMERICA WILL BE, AND HAS TO BE THE KEY ANTICHRIST NATION OF THE END TIMES. It is the KING OF BABYLON OF THE NATION BABYLON, that is the LUCIFER. He will go forth in anger and RULE THE WORLD FROM NEW YORK CITY, called the GOLDEN CITY, right at the UNITED NATIONS. (Isaiah 14:4-6). You will understand why the United Nations will be granted the right to TAX, and why it will destroy the nations through that ability! IT IS COMING, AND COMING FAST.
You will know all of this because GOD TOLD US via his prophets, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Habakkuk, and a host of others that the NATION, BABYLON THE GREAT, would be all of this and much more. Jesus Christ said that as it was in the days of Noah, so would it be again. Many Christians do not realize that Noah lived 350 years AFTER the flood. He saw Nimrod’s BABYLONIA (The nation). He saw the MIGHTY CITY BABYLON that sat within the boundaries of the nation Babylonia. He saw the TOWER OF BABEL, that was beside the GREAT CITY. AS IT WAS, SO IT SHALL BE AGAIN.
There will be a NATION, at the time of the end, that is A TYPE of ancient BABYLONIA, an offspring, a look alike DAUGTER. Within this New Babylonia will be a large city BY A RIVER. This large city BY A RIVER will reflect the wealth and power of the nation. Within the area of THE GREAT CITY BY A RIVER will be a TOWER OF BABEL, which represents A GLOBAL GOVERNMENT, A GLOBAL ECONOMY, AND A GLOBAL RELIGION.
This NATION AND CITY are referred to as a LADY, a QUEEN, because she reflects the ancient religion of Old Babylon, which included a QUEEN OF HEAVEN. Thus a symbol of some sort WILL SIT BY THE SHORES OF BABYLON that represents THIS LADY, THIS QUEEN. Is it coincidence that THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, A LADY, sits in NEW YORK HARBOR, NOT FAR FROM THE UNITED NATIONS? OR THAT THOSE INVOLVED WITH THIS STATUE HOLD TO A RELIGION IDENTICAL TO NIMROD, THE FIRST ANTICHRIST? WAKE UP, O YE CHRISTIANS, FOR THE NIGHT IS FAR SPENT!!
It is mere coincidence that America reflects in every way ancient Babylonia? From her laws to her three class system, she mimics ancient Babylon. Is it mere coincidence that within the confines of America’s boundaries lies a CITY ON A RIVER? That is known as BABYLON ON THE HUDSON? Is it coincidence that within that City, is a glass tower that sits BY THE RIVER, and that tower represents man’s attempt to rule the world without God? Is it coincidence that the United Nation’s religion is identical to ANCIENT NIMROD? That the UN stands for GLOBAL GOVERNMENT, and is pushing hard for a one world economy, and wants the world to embrace her RELIGION?
You have a choice to make. You can either believe God or the false prophets of Babylon. You can either accept the truth of Scripture, or the apostasy of the false shepherds. You can either save your soul, and count it worthy, or you can hate your soul, and cast your lot with the Babylonian false shepherds of eternal ruin. IT IS YOUR CHOICE.
THE IDENTITY OF AMERICA AS BABYLON THE GREAT
IS YOUR KEY TO THE WHOLE MYSTERY OF THE END TIMES.
It will become very clear to you why AMERICA will produce ANTICHRIST. He will rise up right in front of the noses of the apostate Christians who will embrace Him with their whole heart, for they REJECTED TRUTH, REJECTED GOD, AND REJECTED CHRIST. It will be the deception of all deceptions. YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE A PART OF THAT DECEPTION! “COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE, THAT YE NOT BE PARTAKERS OF HER PLAGUES.
In order to properly discuss any subject, a proper definition of terms must be understood. With that in mind, notice the following definitions:
To judge ~ “to criticize or censure” (Anges 774).
Judging ~ (1) “to decide…give a verdict” (ISBE) and (2) “discernment or separation between good and evil. God judges among people and their actions according to the standards of His LAW” (Nelson’s).
Now that we understand what is meant by judging, the subject can be properly addressed. To begin, consider Matthew 7:1-6:
Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
In this passage, “judged” means “to distinguish…to try, condemn, punish”; judgment is defined as “a decision” (Biblesoft’s). Further, it “denotes the result of the action signified by the verb krino, ‘to judge’…it is used (a) of a decision passed on the faults of others…” (Vine’s).
There is a similar passage in Luke 6:37, “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.” The Greek word used for “judged” is the same word that was used in the Matthew 7 passage. The word “condemned” means “to adjudge against, i.e. pronounce guilty” (Biblesoft’s) or “‘to exercise right or law against anyone’; hence, ‘to pronounce judgment, to condemn'” (Vine’s).
Another passage to consider is John 7:24, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” In this passage, “judge” and “judgment” are the same Greek words that were used in the other passages. “Righteous” means “equitable, innocent or holy” (Biblesoft’s).
The passages in Matthew and Luke seem to condemn all forms of judgment, but when they are properly considered, one finds they only condemn unjust judgment. The passage in John shows there is a difference between unrighteous and righteous judgment.
The Scriptures recognize it to be necessary that, under proper limitations, men should form and express judgments relative to their fellowmen. There is the necessity of private, unofficial judgment. We must constantly form estimates of the conduct and character of others for our own guidance and safety and usefulness. ‘You will know them by their fruits.’ The prohibition of judging in Matt 7:1 is not opposed to this, as can be seen in vv. 6-7 of the same chapter. We are forbidden to usurp God’s place as judge, or to pass rash and unjust and uncharitable and needless judgments. (New Unger’s)
There is even Bible example of such judging. Paul righteously judged against the Corinthian man caught in adultery as well as the congregation for overlooking it (1 Corinthians 5).
The Bible clearly, however, condemns unjust judgment. Unjust judgment is “the act of carelessly, precipitately, wantonly, or maliciously censuring others” (M’Clintock and Strong). Matthew 7:6 indicates such. The pearls denote the doctrines of the Gospel. The dogs denote “people who spurn, oppose, and abuse that doctrine” while the swine are “those who would trample the precepts underfoot; people of impurity of life; those who are corrupt, polluted, profane, obscene, and sensual; those who would not know the value of the gospel” (Barnes’).
The meaning of this proverb, then, is, do not offer your doctrine to those violent and abusive people who would growl and curse you; nor to those especially debased and profligate who would not perceive its value, would trample it down, and would abuse you. (Barnes’)
How does one decide who is of such character? The only way to decide is through judging fellow man, but one must ensure that judgment is just judgment.
Consider as well Romans 1:26-2:3 as well as 21-23. The verses in Chapter One give a list of sins. The verses in Chapter Two show the error of the Roman brethren–they were unrighteously condemning others for the same sins they were also guilty of committing. They were practicing unjust judgment, condemned for it and, therefore, considered “inexcusable.”
“We should do well to consider…that this practice of rash judging is absolutely forbidden in the sacred Scriptures (Matt. Vii, 1)…it often evidences our pride, envy, and bigotry…They who are most forward in censuring others are often most defective themselves” (M’Clintock and Strong).
The question has arisen: “Is exposing false doctrine unjust judging?” To begin, consider the aim of exposing false doctrine. It should be to compare a particular doctrine to the Bible. If the doctrine agrees with the Bible, then there is nothing wrong with it, but if the doctrine does not agree with the Bible, it is not of God and should be cast out (1 John 4:3-6). If a doctrine is condemned, it is done through the Word of God. In addition, the Scriptures actually demand judgment be made against false doctrines. Jesus states false prophets can be recognized by their fruits (actions) (Matthew 7:15-20). Jesus condemned the Scribes and Pharisees for teaching their traditions as doctrine (Matthew 15). Paul warned Titus of the commandments of men in Titus 1:10-16. Romans 6:17 demands one “mark” those who cause divisions and such. First Thessalonians 5:21 says, “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” These passages clearly indicate Christians are to make judgments concerning various doctrines. The Scriptures, and the Scriptures alone, are the basis for what constitutes sound doctrine (Titus 1:9; 2:1). One must make righteous judgments in order to maintain sound doctrine, thereby weeding out those doctrines that are false.
Unjust judgment is clearly condemned by the Scriptures. Righteous judgment, however, is not only authorized, but commanded. Part of just judgment is exposing false doctrine when it comes our way. Something that need not be forgotten, especially when dealing with judgment, is found in Ephesians 4:15 where Paul entreats us to speak the truth with love. [Our necessary judgments, though, must stop short of presuming to pass final judgment on any soul (James 4:12).
Question: How can a just, loving God be against women? Paul says in the bible (I’m not sure where) “I do not allow a woman to teach a man.” Is this God, or Paul? If I believe that all scripture is error free, than God himself is against women. This is not just, but sexist. If it is merely Paul saying this, than the bible is not error free. How can I deal with this?
I do not believe God is “against” women. The passage to which you are referring is 1 Timothy 2:12, “But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet.” On its face, this may seem a sexist position. Why can’t women teach? Aren’t they as knowledgeable as men? Aren’t they as smart? This line of thinking takes the passage out of context, though.
The above passage (along with several others) is meant to set down the structure of leadership in the church as an organized body. Before I go into detail on this, let me first explain what it is not saying. Warren Wiersbe gives us a great account of how the New Testament approaches women.(1)
- The Bible does not say that a woman cannot teach a man about Christ. Priscilla, along with her husband, taught Apollos the way of God more accurately (Acts 18:26).
- It does not say women cannot exercise spiritual gifts. The four daughters of Phillip had the gift of prophecy (Acts 21:9). 1 Corinthians 14:3 tells us “But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation.” Thus prophesy and other gifts can be used between women and men.
- It does not say that women cannot evangelize. Lydia, after being converted, had regular fellowships in her home and evangelized others(Acts 16:14,40).
The Bible clearly gives a very high view of women, especially when one looks at their position in the culture of the times. In the ancient world women were considered more property than persons. They were purchased with a dowry, they had to have total obedience to the will of their husbands, and they could not participate in any governmental or political actions. In ancient Palestine a man could divorce a woman by giving her a hand-written note (for an offense a slight as burning the evening meal) and their testimony was not permissible in a court of law.
Given this history, let’s see how God approaches women in the Bible. The first person to see the resurrected Christ was a woman (John 20:15-18). The first European convert was a woman (Acts 16:14). The only followers of Jesus to stand with Him in his crucifixion were women. There were woman in the upper room and anointed with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost (Acts 1:14, 2:1-4). Jesus was born to an earthly mother, but not an earthly father(Matt. 1:18,etc.). Only a woman understood Christ’s upcoming death (Mark 14:8). These actions show that women played a part as crucial to Christ’s ministry as the men. (In fact, if someone was “making up” stories for their new religion, as has been charged to the writers of the New Testament, they certainly wouldn’t have the women as the only ones brave enough to stand at Calvary or the first ones at the empty tomb. Remember, a woman’s testimony was inadmissible in a court of law, so the incident not only makes the disciples look bad, but actually undermines from their assertion that it happened at all! Luke 24:11 states that even the disciples thought their story was “nonsense, and they would not believe them.” This is actually a benefit in proving the validity of the Gospel account.)
Now we’ll examine what the Bible says about women and their position. In Galatians 3:28 the scriptures explicitly state that women hold a position of equal value and importance to men: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” When the Messiah was born, He was presented to the prophetess Anna as well as Simeon, again showing the equality of importance in women as well as men. This scripture does not mean that we ignore all differences and treat everyone as one homogenized lump, though. Paul, who penned the above lines, also wrote on how slaves should conduct themselves differently from free men (Eph 6:5-6). In Galatians, Paul is showing that the value of each of those categories has been raised, for by believing in Christ that person becomes a child of God, no matter what their condition previously.
So, taking all of the above into account, how do we interpret the passage in 1 Timothy? God created the world and its systems with an order to them. He has divinely given the responsibility of authority for the church as an organized body to the man, just as the ultimate authority of the marriage relationship rests on the man. This does not make the man superior, only placed in a different role than the woman. The best example of this I can think of is the tribes of ancient Israel. The Levites were chosen out of the twelve tribes to be the priests and to run the house of God, but this didn’t mean they were superior to any of the other tribes. That is just the position in which God placed them. In the same way, men are to be the authority in the church. Women are allowed to teach other women, and instruct men. Even Timothy, the recipient of this epistle, was tutored by his mother and grandmother (2 Tim 1:5; 3:15). God also commanded Abraham to listen to the council of his wife in Genesis 21:12. However, since the authority falls to the man, it is he who will be held accountable for improper decisions, such as also happened to Abraham when he followed bad advice from Sarah in Genesis 16.
So, God is not against women at all. Because each sex has a different role to play, doesn’t make one role more important than the other. Men are entrusted with leading the church. Women are entrusted with bearing children and providing them with a Godly and secure home life so they may become Godly adults making an impact on our society. I believe I can successfully argue that the responsibility placed on a mother is one of the most important in the world. Sometimes our society glorifies position and career to the neglect of other weightier matters. Every person in the church has a role, and as is stated in 1 Corinthians 12, all positions become equally important to the mission of glorifying Christ and doing His will.
I hope this will help clarify things for you. Please let me know if you have any confusion about the things we discussed here. I pray that you continue to search the scriptures and see if these things are true.
This topic is one that some will disagree with, others may not want to hear, or in some cases with Christians, they will take offense with because they believe Jesus doesn’t care what we eat. I’m not trying to be legalistic when it comes to why we should avoid pork and shellfish. I’m trying to be realistic and share some health insights into why these foods could be dangerous to your health. If you want to live a long, disease-free life while you’re occupying your body, then this issue is one you need to pay close attention to.
The cold hard truth is consuming pork and shellfish regularly can guarantee you an early trip to the grave. Pork and shellfish rank near the top of the list as some of the worst foods you can put into your body right along with trans fats, refined sugar, and artificial sweeteners. Consumption of these foods was forbidden to the ancient Israelites in the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy because they were considered unclean. To this day Orthodox Jews and Muslims avoid pork and shellfish.
There’s a very simple reason why God wanted the Israelites to avoid these foods and it wasn’t because He wanted to make arbitrary rules just to test their obedience. Here’s what the passage from Leviticus says:
“And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you. Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you. These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat. And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you: They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination. Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.” (Leviticus 11:7-12)
From pigs we get pork, pork chops, ribs, ham, bacon, pepperoni, sausage, Chitterlings (chitlins), and other by-products. Let’s examine a few of the reasons why God considered a pig an unclean animal and why He said they shouldn’t be eaten.
Pigs are scavengers. They are notorious for eating anything, including their own waste and garbage. A pig will eat sick and infected animals, including its own piglets that die from disease. Pigs also have one the quickest, yet poorest digestive systems of any animal. On average a pig can completely digest its food in four hours. Since it processes everything so fast, many times the toxins aren’t removed and they are stored in the pig’s fat. Many pigs are traumatized physically before being slaughtered. Under these conditions, which are generally the case in large factory operations, pigs will release toxins and hormones into their muscles that affect the quality of their meat.
Pigs are also notorious for being infected with parasites and tapeworms because they roll around in poop most of their lives. Anyone that knows anything about cooking pork knows that it is important to cook it long enough and warm enough to make sure all the parasites and tapeworms have been killed off. If not, you could become infected.
Somehow eating pork containing cooked, dead parasites doesn’t sound much better either. All parasites lay eggs to create more parasites. Just because a parasite dies during cooking doesn’t mean that you can’t become contaminated by the eggs. Some health experts believe that over 90 percent of our population today has parasites in their body that reside primarily in the intestinal system. Certainly our society’s desire for pork products has played a major factor in this. People that consume pork products all the time tend to be overweight and unhealthy. Body odor is usually a problem too.
A doctor that I know personally says that pig fat is the best medium there is for cancer growth. He runs a high-tech laboratory where all sorts of microbiological research and tests are conducted. Their lab puts a lot of emphasis on diagnosing and treating cancer naturally. They actually have the ability to isolate cancer viruses from a patient’s blood and view them under a microscope to determine the strain and then develop herbs to help rid the body of that specific virus. They also have the ability to replicate the cancer virus in a Petri dish. What he told me is that the best medium he works with for growing cancer viruses is pig fat.
If they can do that in a lab, what’s all the pig fat doing to your body internally if you’re eating high amounts of pork products regularly? It would be interesting to see a study where that question was asked of cancer patients. My guess is we would find that many cancer patients and people with poor health are pork eaters.
Did you know that all of the clean animals God said we could eat live only on vegetation? They also digest their food much slower and more effectively so they aren’t storing all these toxins and wastes in their body. Would you rather eat an animal that eats filth and waste and is potentially contaminated with parasites or would you rather eat an animal that processes its food properly and eliminates the toxins from its body?
Don’t Gamble Your Health On Shellfish Either
Now let’s examine why you should avoid shellfish. Shellfish consists of lobster, shrimp, oysters, clams, crabs, scallops, and mussels. All shellfish can be a serious health risk. Like pigs, they are scavengers that live at the bottom of the ocean and eat the waste of other animals and the pollutants that man dumps into the ocean. Although only 0.1 % of all shellfish consumed is eaten raw, that tiny percentage is responsible for a large proportion of reported food-caused illnesses. Poisoning from shellfish can come from bacterial or viral contamination. Generally adequate cooking eliminates this danger, but is it worth the risks in the long run. Poisoning can also arise from heat-stable toxins derived from the food that the shellfish have been eating. Shellfish are notorious for being high in mercury, heavy metals, and industrial contaminants in the environment because they’re bottom feeders that eat the ocean’s waste. I’m sure I don’t have to explain in detail how damaging these heavy metals and toxins can be to your health.
God didn’t give the Israelites dietary laws because he was a mean, restrictive God that didn’t want them to enjoy their food. He gave them these laws because He knew best how the human body functions and that by following His dietary laws they would live their best without succumbing to disease and pre-mature death so they can serve Him. God knows far more than we can understand or comprehend. While things definitely changed after Jesus came to the earth, we should examine the Old Testament scriptures further to try and understand why God wanted things done a certain way, especially with the foods we eat.
America’s ancient Indian’s called it the “Cliff of the Strange Writings”. It has been named Phoenician Rock or the Commandment Stone. It is called today Inscription rock. Located west of Los Lunas, New Mexico at the base of Mystery Mountain (also called Hidden Mountain) this rock has been raising some eyebrows.
The strange chiseled characters on the volcanic basalt rock were undecipherable by America’s early European settlers and to the “native” Indians. (Hence, the mountain’s name – Mystery). The local residents had been made aware, by the Indians, of the unusual inscription as early as the year 1800. Why is this rock causing such excitement?
The stone preserves an abbreviated form of the Ten Commandments as written in Exodus 20, which is very exciting, but what makes this stone an enigma is the fact that the writing is clearly semitic in origin. The ancient Hebrew inscriptions were once thought to be a combination of Greek, Hebrew and Phoenician characters but now are clearly seen as a form of Hebrew writing dating to approximately 1000 B.C.! The Greeks “borrowed” from the Phonetic alphabet so the characters would be familiar. The Hebrews and the Phoenicians were neighbors which, in their trading environment, shared the same language and alphabet. The style of the characters is strikingly similar, almost identical, to that used on the Moabite Stone in the days of the Israelite kings Omri and Ahab. The Moab stone was engraved by captive Israelites for the Moabite king, Mescha, as per its own inscription. After examining the Los lunas site geologist, George Morehouse, estimated the placement of this Decalogue inscription up to 3000 years ago, which would, again, date it around 1000 B.C. Just how were historians to explain how a seventy ton boulder with Hebrew inscription appeared on this mountain landscape in North America around 1000 B.C.?
Over two thousand years before Columbus “discovered” America there were people of semitic origin in New Mexico worshipping the God of Israel. How can this possibly be reconciled with known history? It is seemingly apparent that the financial backing to launch a Hebrew-Phoenician voyage of world exploration could have readily occurred during the reign of King Solomon of Israel. Solomon worshipped the true God of Israel and had the means to fund explorative voyages to other lands. With Solomon’s main port being located on the Red Sea it would be difficult to explain how his fleet would have entered America through the Atlantic drainage. ( Reference note:1Kings 9:26 And king Solomon made a navy of ships in Eziongeber, which is beside Eloth, on the shore of the Red sea, in the land of Edom.27 And Hiram sent in the navy his servants, shipmen that had knowledge of the sea, with the servants of Solomon.)
Tarshish , however, had access to the Atlantic. The reign of Solomon was enveloping the entire world. Israel’s close neighbor, Phonecia, and their expert navigators were working with the servants of Solomon from both countries ports. The ships of Tarshish sailed extremely long voyages to bring back all kinds of raw materials and items (copper & other ores, flora & fauna samples, “exotic” animals, etc.). ( Reference note:2Ch 9:21 For the king’s ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram: every three years once came the ships of Tarshish bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.)It would help explain the need of three year journeys if the seamen had to cross the ocean to come to these far off isles in America. The fact that the trading ships of Phoenicia did have docks in ancient America can be proved from inscriptions they left behind. ( See Dr. Barry Fell’s book America B.C. and also reading Steven M. Collins The “Lost” Ten Tribes of Israel…Found! is highly recommended) The Los Lunas site is located along the Puerco River which is tributary of the Rio Grande River. The Rio Grande is definitely in the Atlantic drainage. It would have been entirely possible for the Hebrew-Phonecian sailors to access the area of the stone.
We must realize that our history was written by the Greeks (and Romans) and is told entirely from their self-glorifying viewpoint which sometimes tends to omit other nations contributions to the world. Columbus didn’t discover America. How is it that there were people (some of semitic features) already living in America for centuries before Columbus? Ancient colonists and prospectors? Why is it that some of the words and alphabet characters of these ancients also resemble Hebrew or Ibunic-Phoenician? How is it that some of the same pagan gods and symbols were worshipped on both ends of the earth simultaneously? And is there any other explanation why the commandments of the God of Israel would be written in the middle of the North American continent in Hebrew characters?
The inscription has been translated by the Epigraphic Society as follows:
I (am) Jehovah [the Eternal] Eloah [your God] who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim[Mizraim or the two Egypts] out of the house of bondages. You shall not have other [foreign]gods in place of \(me). You shall not make for yourself molded (or carved) idols [graven images]. You shall not lift up your voice to connect the name of Jehovah in hate. Remember you (the) Sabbath to make it holy. Honor your father and your mother to make long your existence upon the land which Jehovah Eloah [the Eternal your God] gave to you. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery (or idolatry). You shall not steal (or deceive). You shall not bear witness against your neighbor, testimony for a bribe. You shall not covet (the) wife of your neighbor and all which belongs to your neighbor.
The Los Lunas Commandment Stone is one of several proofs that exist in America that the ancients of Israel, including both the worshippers of the false gods such as Baal and of the True Eternal God, walked on this continent long before Columbus or any of the 14th century European explorers. It is also another proof that biblical history is accurate. In the past, when a “new” world kingdom came into power they had the option of re-writing how their history and the history of those in subjection to them would be remembered. It was not uncommon to strike out the good things acheived by a former power that was now in subjection or exile. Or even to ascribe the glory of the former powers conquests to themselves. The bible, and the history of Israel that it contains, is refreshingly honest in its history of battles won and lost. It does not cover up Israel’s mistakes or captivities. God’s word is truth. History’s word is questionable. It is obvious that the writers of world history knew of these ancient travellers but neglected to tell the story of history from a neutral standpoint. Reality to each of us is what we are taught. Truth is what is absolute, beyond the perception of men and their “reality”. History has some explaining to do.
This is a witness of our faith as in Joshua 24:27 :
And Joshua said unto all the people, Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us; for it hath heard all the words of the LORD which he spake unto us: it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest ye deny your God.
After being examined by a priest, a leper is exiled from the community. (Source)
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While the rituals associated with the identifications of infectious skin leprosy had some sort of quarantining effect, the procedures were apparently more religious than medical. For instance, the biblical priesthood was explicitly in control of only two diseases, leprosy in Leviticus 13 and gonorrhea in Leviticus 15. (Zias, 28) Considering the limited documentation of disease in the Old Testament, the careful descriptions of diagnosis and quarantine of leprosy suggests its religious significance. Coupled with the biblical belief that leprosy of the skin was considered an intractable disease, the religious significance of a leper returning to good health cannot be underestimated.
As described in Leviticus 13, potential lepers were subjected to a thorough examination by a priest:
“When anyone has a swelling or a rash or a bright spot on his skin that may become an infectious skin disease,
he must be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons who is a priest.
The priest is to examine the sore on his skin, and if the hair in the sore has turned white
and the sore appears to be more than skin deep, it is an infectious skin disease.
When the priest examines him, he shall pronounce him ceremonially unclean.
If the spot on his skin is white but does not appear to be more than skin deep and the hair in it has not turned white,
the priest is to put the infected person in isolation for seven days.
On the seventh day the priest is to examine him, and if he sees that the sore is unchanged and has not spread in the skin,
he is to keep him in isolation another seven days.
On the seventh day the priest is to examine him again, and if the sore has faded and has not spread in the skin,
the priest shall pronounce him clean; it is only a rash.
The man must wash his clothes, and he will be clean.
But if the rash does spread in his skin after he has shown himself to the priest to be pronounced clean,
he must appear before the priest again.
The priest is to examine him, and if the rash has spread in the skin, he shall pronounce him unclean; it is an infectious disease.”
The condition marked lepers as polluters of the community, a source of corruption to be exiled:
“”The person with such an infectious disease must wear torn clothes, let his hair be unkempt, cover the lower part of his face and cry out, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ // As long as he has the infection he remains unclean. He must live alone; he must live outside the camp.”
(Leviticus 13: 45-46)
While exiling a leper may have had the practical effect of quarantining, the requirement for lepers to lament their status was significantly more religious in purpose. And while lepers are not explicitly condemned as sinners, the condition of leprosy marks its victims as both physically and spiritually unclean, and unable to take part in the community.
Even harmless types of leprosy were observed as marks made by a displeased deity. The labeling of benign forms of leprosy such as white leprosy seem like exceptions to the general rule, as some people with leprous skin can still be considered clean. For instance, one type of leprosy possibly being the tropical disease leukoderma was characterized by bright white spots where the hairs also became white. (Gordon, 463-464) When the patches enlarged such that they covered the entire skin, the leper was considered clean, and otherwise harmless. Yet while still under the social stigma of leprosy, the leper still needed to undergo the same quarantine and rituals prescribed by the priesthood. The fact that the leper needed to be presented to the priesthood was more than a concern of a benign infection turning dangerous. With the specific case of white leprosy, the condition may be likened to the skin tone of the dead. (Lewis, 595) For instance when Miriam and her brother Aaron spoke against Moses, God stuck Miriam with leprosy “as white as snow”. (Numbers 12: 9-15) Aaron summarizes the fear of this form of leprosy, pleading: “’Let her not, I pray, be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when he cometh out of his mother’s womb’”. Just like one of the dead considered unclean, the victim turned white was feared to be one of the soon deceased. The pallor of the dead compared to the pallor of a leprosy victim was a terror especially to those with darker skin at the time. It is through this similarity to the dead that the horror derived from benign forms of leprosy traces its religious roots.
While the mildewing of garments and of homes may seem inconsequential to human health, the cleanliness of one’s possessions also played a role of purity in God’s eyes. One trend of Hebrew tradition was to link cleanliness of the body to the purity of soul. (Gordon, 463-464) For instance, before Moses was able to bring the Ten Commandments to the Israelites, Moses was ordered: “Go unto the people, and sanctify them to-day and to-morrow, and let them wash their garments” (Genesis 35: 2-3)
Similar stories such as the changing of garments before visiting the altar reinforce the importance of cleanliness in Hebrew tradition. Clothes that were judged spoiled, or leprous, in the eyes of the priesthood were burned. (Study Light)
House walls were also given similar consideration as priests were called in to inspect houses suspected of mildewing. (Leviticus 14: 33-52) Initially, the house was closed off in order to determine if the mildew was spreading. If so, rocks would be gutted from the wall and the mildew scraped off and disposed outside the villiage. When all options were exhausted, the house was utterly destroyed and transported outside the villiage to be dumped.
Even though leprosy of clothes and other inanimate objects was often merely the mildewing of fabrics and house walls, the fact that the priesthood took great pains to diagnose and such infractions on hygiene lends more evidence to the religious significance of leprosy as a corrupting influence.
Ezra 10:2 – And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, [one] of the sons of Elam, answered and said unto Ezra, We have trespassed against our God, and have taken strange wives of the people of the land: yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing.
Deuteronomy 22:9-11 – 9 Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyard, be defiled.
10 Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together.
11 Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woollen and linen together.
Nehemiah 13:23-30 – 23 In those days also saw I Jews that had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab:
24 And their children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews’ language, but according to the language of each people.
25 And I contended with them, and cursed them, and smote certain of them, and plucked off their hair, and made them swear by God, saying, Ye shall not give your daughters unto their sons, nor take their daughters unto your sons, or for yourselves.
26 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved of his God, and God made him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin.
27 Shall we then hearken unto you to do all this great evil, to transgress against our God in marrying strange wives?
28 And one of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliashib the high priest, was son in law to Sanballat the Horonite: therefore I chased him from me.
29 Remember them, O my God, because they have defiled the priesthood, and the covenant of the priesthood, and of the Levites.
30 Thus cleansed I them from all strangers, and appointed the wards of the priests and the Levites, every one in his business;