"Upon her forehead was written a name: Mystery,
Babylon the Great, The Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth." - Revelation 17:5
Why does this woman have ‘Mystery’ as part of her name. It is needful to remember that in the Christian faith, a ‘mystery’ consists of Knowledge that must be imparted to another person, in order for them to understand
some important truth. What Christ is trying to teach us here is that this woman is a symbol of some profound and hard to understand truth.
It is a mystery because if one were to attempt to merely blurt out this incredible truth in a couple short sentences, people might be highly offended. Therefore, it was only disclosed to those worthy enough to receive it, along with the implications involved.
In this article, I hope to delve into the background of this Mystery and I am convinced that when my reader realizes the important truths concealed here, he will truly be amazed.
TWO FORGOTTEN MYSTERIES
The writers of the New Testament, made several reference to two ‘Mysteries’: The ‘mystery of Godliness’ and the ‘mystery of Lawlessness’. Both mysteries point to tremendous and powerful systems of thought and lifestyles. When you have come to understand these two myteries, your life will not be the same, I guarantee you.
The author of I Timothy 3:16 states, "Without controversy, great is the Mystery of Godliness: God was manifested in flesh, justified in Spirit, seen by angels [angels ascended and descended upon the Son of Man]. . ."
This same writer prophesied of our own day, warning, "Know this also, in the last days perilous (fierce) times will come, for men . . . will have a form of Godliness, [which] denies the power thereof." - II Timothy 3:5 Since there is a whole series of articles dealing with this subject in The Seventh Trumpet (look in the Mandala), I will pass on to the Mystery of Lawlessness.
A LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING GOES A LONG WAY
There is an amazing prophecy in the last chapter of Zechariah, which shows how one nation shall become two nations. It reads, "And his feet shall stand , in that day, upon the Mount of Olives, which is outside Jerusalem, on the east side.
And the Mount of Olives shall split down the middle, with half the mountain moving toward the North and half the mountain moving to the South."
- Chapter 14, verse 4 In the old Hebrew language, ‘north’ means ‘darkness’, while ‘south’ means ‘light’. And in the Book of Revelation, we see that ‘mountain’ is the symbol for a great people or nation. So, what we are looking at here is a great division that will separate a nation into two peoples. The question we must ask ourselves is: Has this prophecy already happened or is it still future.
HOW A NATION BECAME TWO PEOPLES
There is a very interesting vision which Mary, the mother of Jesus had just before the infant child was born. It is recorded for us as follows: "Joseph mused within himself, saying, I will enroll my sons, but how shall I enroll Mary, as my wife or as my daughter? He decided to let the LORD handle it at the right time. He saddled his she-ass and put Mary on it and led the way, while his sons brought up the rear.
As they were approaching the three mile marker, he turned around and saw her looking pained and thought that the baby must be paining her. A few moments later he looked back and saw her laughing, so he asked her, Why is it I see you sad one moment and laughing the next?
She answered him, Joseph, I see with my eyes two peoples, one weeping and lamenting and the other rejoicing and exulting."
- Pp. 10, 11, Translation of James’ Proto-Evangelism, as found in The Complete Gospel of Jesus Christ, by Jeffrey Brackeen, Koinonia Communications, 1994.
I realize that most Christians are expecting Jesus to return to Earth and plant his feet upon the Mount of Olives just outside Jerusalem and that is
probably what he will do. But as for Zechariah's prophecy about the division of Israel into two peoples, I believe that that happened in the lifetime of Jesus, while he was on Earth. Indeed, he was the catalysts that caused the division. As we read the Gospels,
we see Jesus railing against the Pharisee and the Sadducees for setting aside the Commandments of God in favor of their own traditions that destroyed the intent of the Law.
"You hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophecy about you, saying, ‘This people draws near to me with their mouth and honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. In vain do they worship me, for their doctrines are the [interpretations] commandments of men [Rabbis] - Matthew 15:1-9
IS THE TALMUD A HOLY BOOK?
It seems like every week, I hear or read of someone using the expression
‘Judeo-Christian religion’, as though they were one and the same. What these folks do not realize is that contemporary Judaism does not study the writings of Moses or the Old Testament. They will frankly tell you that they study the Talmud, a collection of commentaries by Rabbis compiled over many years. Britain's Jewish Chronicle (March 26, 1993) informs us that in their religious schools (yeshiva), Jews are "devoted to the Talmud to the exclusion of everything else."
If you go to a public library and look at the sacred writings of the world’s religions, you will find much beauty and truth in most of them But you will not find a copy of the Talmud because if the public ever read what is written there, they would go out and hang every Jew they could find. I am not speaking lightly here. In that collection of writings can be found the most blasphemous and wicked doctrines known to man. The following is a mere
sample of quotations from the Talmud:
"The Jews are human beings, but the goyim (Gentiles) are not human being, they are only beasts." - Baba Mezia 114a-114b
Why are Jews constantly found defrauding and deceiving Gentiles? Learn this: "Yahweh created the non-Jew in human form so that the Jew would not have to be served by beasts. The non-Jew is consequently an animal in human form and is condemned to serve the Jew day and night." -Midrash Talpioth 225 A Jew need not pay a Gentile (‘cuthean’) the wages owed him for work. - Sanhedrein 57a
Now, you can begin to understand how it was that Jews owned so many Black slaves and were the foremost marketer of slaves in the Caribbean. If you read more garbage like these inspired quotes, you will begin to see why it was so easy for the Jews, during the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia to execute and slay 40 million White Russians.
Read this and understand why Jews are the foremost dealers in pornography and filthy movies. "When a grown-up man has intercourse with a little girl, it is nothing." - Kethuboth 11b
"Jesus mother was a whore." - Sanhedrin 106a Read this and understand how it is that Jews hate Christians and seek to kill them whenever they can. In September 1995, Joseph Sobran, a nationally syndicated columnist, wrote: "Not only persecution of Jews but any critical mention of Jewish power in the media and politics is roundly condemned as ‘anti-Semitism.
But there isn’t even a term of opprobrium for participation in the mass murder of Christians. Liberals still don’t censure the Communist attempt to extirpate Christianity from the Soviet Union and its empire and for good reason - liberals themselves, particularly Jewish liberals, are still trying to uproot Christianity from America."
WILL THE REAL BABYLON PLEASE STAND UP
Why did the Apostle Peter call Jerusalem ‘Babylon’? He wrote to his own fellow believers calling them ‘strangers scattered’ abroad, . . . from "The church that is in Babylon, elected together with you." (I Peter 1:1 and 5:13) Stop and think for a moment, was there a church in old Babylon? No, that ancient city was still in ruins and uninhabited.
The fact is, Peter was calling Jerusalem ‘Babylon’ because of it’s persecution of the Christians. Wave after wave of Christian fled Jerusalem and Judea because of the fierce persecution of the Christians, instigated by the elders of Jewry.
Even in those days, they were studying the writing of Rabbis which had been codified in Babylon and so they became known ever after as the ‘Babylonian Talmud’.
THE CURSE UPON THE FIG TREE
One of Jesus’ parables was about a Fig Tree. He said, "A certain man had a fig tree planed in vineyard and he came seeking fruit there on and found none. Then he said to his gardener, Behold, for the past three years, I came seeking fruit on this fig tree and found none. Cut it down for why should it occupy the ground?
"And he answered him, Lord leave it this year and I will put fertilizer (dung) around it. And if it bears fruit, good, but if it does not, then cut it down." - Luke 13:6-9
In the last year of his ministry, it is recorded of Jesus, "Now, in the morning as Jesus was returning to the city, he was hungry and when he saw a fig tree along the way, he went to it and found nothing on it but leaves. He said to it, Let no fruit grow on you from this time forever. And right away, the fig tree began to wither away." -Matthew 21:18
Many Christians have been deceived into believing that Christ Jesus will return and rapture them to heaven, only to turn around and bring them back to earth three years later. During their absence, the Jewish nation will be converted to Christ and the Temple will be rebuilt so that they can again begin offering up sheep and cattle upon that cursed altar.
Nothing could be further from the purposes of the Most High. Judaism (the fig tree) is cursed forever. God is now dealing with the Olive tree (with its Gentile - wild branches grafted on).
THE COMING OF THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS
Evidently, the believers in the city of Thessalonica were afraid that the Day of Christ was near at hand, so Paul wrote them advising, "Now we entreat you Brethren, by the Coming or our Lord Jesus Christ and and gathering together unto him, that you should not be disturbed in mind or troubled in spirit, whether by word or letter [purporting to be] from us [stating] that the day of Christ is at hand.
Let no man deceive you by any means for that day will not come until there has been a falling away [from God] and the Man of Sin (Lawlessness) is revealed. The son of Perdition opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he sits in the temple (church), showing himself to be God. Don’t you remember that when I was with you I told you all these things? -
"And you know who withstands him [Michael - See Dan.1021] but he will only restrain him, until he is taken out of the way and then shall that Lawless One be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with spirit of his mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of his Coming,
even him, whose coming is accomplished by the working of Satan, with all power and signs and lying wonders and every unrighteous deception by those that perish, because they received not the love of the Truth, that they might be saved. Therefore for this reason, God shall send them strong delusion, so that they will believe his lie." - II Thessalonians 2:1-11
Today, the Jews have positioned themselves in seats of great power. They love money and all that that entails. Did not the Apostle say that "The love of money is the root of all evil"? And didn’t Jesus ask, "What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?"
Jews believe that when their messiah comes, the wealth of the entire world will be in their hands and I have to confess as I look about the world today and see the institutions which have been set up to deprive nations of their wealth and reduce them to poverty, that it is time for their messiah to come. This is not the Christian Messiah but rather the Man of Lawlessness spoken of in so many prophecies.
Just as God had prepared the way for Jesus’ first appearing by creating a holy people (the Essenes), who later became known as Christians, so too has the God of this world prepared a people to do his work, when the Man of Lawlessness appears.
Jesus said to the Jewish leaders of his day, "Why do you not understand my speech? Simple, because you cannot hear my word, because you are from your father the Devil and the desires of your father will you do.
He was a murderer from the Beginning and abode not in the Truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own, for he is a liar and the father of it." - John 8:43, 44
I believe that this agent of Satan is alive on Earth today and that he will publicly manifest himself to the world very soon and offer to solve many of the problems of this world. Almost immediately, he will begin his killing and deporting of masses of people, especially those who profess to love the Lord Jesus Christ.
But do not be afraid friends because even if our earthly house be dissolved, we have a greater and more beautiful body to put on. Be Strong and be of good cheer.
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