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The Final Reformation


    The following publication originally published as "The Final Reformation" has been updated.. 
It is now called "Come out of her my People".. and is available in book form at:  

Institute for Scripture Research
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"The reason for the change of title was because of discussions with the late Dr Chris Koster just before he passed away. The "Church" is not about to reform, the only way is to 'come out of her.'.. "

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PREFACE

    Ever since the Reformation began at the beginning of the 16th century, there have been steps taken, in response to directions from the Mighty One, to restore "the Faith which was once for all delivered to the saints," Jude verse 3 RAV. This book, which you are now reading, is the Final Reformation, "the restitution of all things," Acts 3:21 KJV. We do not profess that further Light will not come, for indeed, our Saviour will complete that which He has now started, "He will thoroughly purge His threshing-floor ... He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire,'' Matt. 3:12 KJV.

    This book serves to unveil the Great Apostasy (as Bible translators like to call it) as is described in 2 Thess. 2:312. It reveals to us the "Mystery of Lawlessness" of 2 Thess. 2:7 REV. It reveals to us "Mystery Babylon" of Rev. 17:5, of which much is said in the final eleven chapters of the book of Revelation. It unmasks the "Abomination of Desolation", which our Messiah said (in Matt. 24:15 - and Daniel as well in Dan. 9:27, Dan. 11:31, Dan. 12:11), will be found to be standing in the "Holy Place". In fulfillment of Messiah's promise in Luke 8:17, it unseals the important things that were revealed to Daniel in visions and dreams. Daniel was commanded in Dan. 12:4, "But you Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end." This command to Daniel was repeated to him in Dan. 12:9. This sealing of the book was only up to the time of the end-time, "until the time of the end; many shall push forth, and knowledge shall increase," Dan. 12 4 Hebrew text. The German, Dutch and Afrikaans translations have preferred the figurative meaning of the Hebrew shut (push forth), namely: "do research", and it fits in perfectly with the context of this verse The revelation of the "Abomination of Desolation" (Dan. 9:27, Dan. 11:31 and Dan. 12:11) and all the things "what will be in the latter days" (Dan. 2:28, Dan. 7:18 and 27, Dan 8:17 and 19 and 26, Dan. 10:14, Dan. 11:40, Dan. 12: 1-13), are described for us in Daniel chapters 2,7,8,9, 10, 11 and 12. These visions, revelations, were so shocking that Daniel said, "I, Daniel, was deeply troubled by my thoughts, and my face turned pale, but I kept the matter to myself," Dan. 7:28 NIV. In Dan. 7:15 he said, "my mind disturbed me." NIV. In Dan. 8:27 he said he "fainted and was sick for days." In Dan. 10:8 and 16-17 Daniel further recorded the sickening effect these revelations had upon him, "I had no strength left, my face turned deathly pale and I was helpless . . . am overcome with anguish . . . I am helpless, my strength is gone and I can hardly breathe," NIV. That is exactly how we too felt when the Abomination of Desolation, the Great Apostasy, the Mystery of Lawlessness, and Mystery Babylon were unveiled to us!

    The Spirit of Truth was indeed guiding us into all Truth (John 16: 13), convicting us of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:8). The Spirit was truly declaring to us our transgression and our sin (Micah 3:8). Our Elohim was verily fulfilling His promise of Eze. 36:27, "I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them." The fire of the Baptism of the Spirit does indeed "burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire, " Matt. 3: 12. All the revelations in this book were given to us in a supernatural way, by the Spirit, and subsequent search led to confirmation in Scripture, as well as in reliable sources of scholars of Scripture, of religious history, or of archaeology. Someone has attempted to criticize us for including non-ecclesiastical historians and archaeologists in our search. However, this criticism can be refuted on the very Scriptural example of the Almighty even speaking through an ass (Numbers 22:28), and even using stones (archaeology), as Messiah has predicted in Luke 19:40. It is well known that the Church, from the 4th century onwards, had accepted many pagan festivals, images, idol's names etc., into the Church, with the apology that these things of idolatry have been "sanctified". Therefore, much of the frank idolatrous origin of these things became suppressed, ignored, or explained away. However, honest historians and archaeologists recorded these facts for us, for they were unbiased and merely related their findings. Thus, the very stones of archaeology and history also cry out! The study of the names of pagan idols is greatly impeded by the fact that the pagans diversified the names of their deities, and also disguised their names, and even tried to keep them secret, in order to avoid their opponents getting hold of the name of their idol. Further, Hislop tells us in The Two Babylons, p.122, that "The Pagans were in the habit of worshiping the same god under different names." And, even worse, with the syncretism that prevailed since the time of Alexander the Great, the deities of the various nations became identified with one another. But, in our research, the Spirit of Truth was blessing us by guiding us and leading us— leading us out of this confusion. Another important point needs to be mentioned: The Sun-deity had, and still has, many names. This fact soon becomes very obvious to anyone who starts reading on the subject. In the 4th century, when the fusion of Sun-worship with the Messianic Faith took place, Macrobius wrote, "All gods are only different powers of the Sun" (quoted by James Bonwick, Egyptian Belief and Modern Thought, p.276). The details of this assimilation are fully discussed in the text of this book, The Final Reformation.

    This book will greatly help the seeker of Truth to return to the True Faith. The Gift of "discerning of spirits" must be prayed for, in order to discern between the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of error (1 John 4:6), to discern between the Spirit of Yah˙weh' and "the spirit that now works in the sons of disobedience" (Eph. 2:2). Not many will accept the revelations coming forth in this book, "for many are called, but few are chosen," Matt. 22:14. "For the gate is small, and the Way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it," Matt. 7:14 NASB. "Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left," Isa. 24:6. Who are the "few" that are chosen? "Just as HE CHOSE us in Him [Messiah] before the foundation of the world, THAT WE SHOULD BE SEPARATE (HOLY) AND WITHOUT BLAME before Him in love " Eph. 1:4, capitals mine. Read also 2 Thess. 2:13, 1 Pet. 1:2, 14-16. We are chosen by Him to be Separate (holy), for He is Separate (holy). Many are called, but few respond to His requirement, His demand for Separation (holiness). Therefore the "few" are described in Rev. 17:14 as "called, chosen and faithful." How can I know that I am being chosen? Simply by responding to His call "to be Separate" from the sins of the world. Take heed: without Separation no one will see Him—Heb. 12:14. Only those who accept His only-begotten Son as Saviour, and then as his only Teacher (Matt. 23:8 and 10), and only Leader, Shepherd and Overseer (1 Pet. 2:25), will endure to the end on the Narrow Way. They are those who truly come into the binding relationship with Yah˙weh, the New Covenant, of which the Law of Yah˙weh is still the contents—Heb. 8: 10 and 10: 16. Only they will escape the end-time plagues and final destruction that is to come upon Mystery Babylon.

    This book is meant for those who, out of thankfulness for the Great Redemptive Love shown on Golgotha, can but only respond by loving our Elohim with all their hearts, all their minds and all their souls. They are those who strive to read and obey every Scriptural command,for they delight in doing so. They are those who "live by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of Yah˙weh," Deut. 8:3 and Matt. 4:4. They are those who no longer read and obey the Word in a "pick as you please" way, no longer in an a la carte fashion. In one sense Scripture is the story of the struggle between True Worship and false or apostate or mixed worship. The message of the Three Angels in Rev. 14:6-12 is a call for reform, a call for sanity. This book details that call for sanity. It appeals to those who have come to know their Saviour personally those who, like us, "serve Yah˙weh with gladness", who "rejoice in Yah˙weh always". When we have accepted Yahush˙a as our Saviour, He lives in us, in our hearts, He and His Father (John 14:23), working in us "both to will and to work on behalf of His good pleasure," Philip. 2:13. He is the One Who reconciles us with His Father (Rom. 5:10,2 Cor. 5:18,1 Peter 3:18). He is the One Who motivates us to do the Will of His Father, to bring us to the place where we can truly say, "I delight to do Your Will, O my Elohim, and Your Law is within my heart," Ps. 40:8. This book is a call to worship the Father not only in Spirit, but in Truth also—John 4:23-24. "Trust and obey, for there is no other Way", should be the song sung from our lips, but also from our hearts.

This book cannot be sold, for Messiah has already paid the price. He has already paid the price on the cruel tree on Golgotha, not only to save us but also to "redeem us from all lawlessness", Titus 2:14 Greek text. However any contributions received, will be used exclusively for the reprinting of further copies and distribution thereof.

    We are greatly indebted to our Messiah Who said "Without Me you can do nothing," John 15:5. We are also greatly indebted to every brother and sister who has supported this, The Final Reformation, by their tithes, by helping prepare the manuscript, and above all: their prayers.


Chapter I
SUN-WORSHIP HAS BEEN FUSED WITH THE MESSIANIC FAITH

The Almighty has turned and has given us, the Christian Church and the Christian world, up to worship the host of heaven, which comprises the sun, the moon, and the stars, of which the sun is the most important. He did this to Israel after He brought them out of Egypt, the land of sin, Acts 7:38,39 and 42. The startling truth is that He has done it again, to us! This is revealed to us in the book of Revelation by our Saviour, in Rev. 12:1—the woman (the Church), "clothed with the sun . . . moon . . . stars." The Almighty delivered Israel up (Act 7:42 NASB) to worship the host of heaven, because they would not abide by, and remain faithful to, the Covenant, the "Ten Words"— Deut. 4:13 Hebrew text, correctly rendered in the New English Bible or Green's Interlinear. Israel would not abide by the "Living Words" (Acts 7:38 NIV or Green's Interlinear) which they received from the Angel on Mt. Sinai, through the mediation of Moses.

    Likewise, our Saviour, the Mediator of the New Covenant (Heb. 8:6, Heb. 9:15, Heb. 12:24), has been seeking to mediate the New Covenant to us. The contents of the New Covenant are the same as the Covenant of old, namely the Law of Yah˙weh 1 (Heb. 8: 10, Heb. 10: 16, Jer. 31:33), of which the Ten Words, the "Living Words" or the Ten Commandments, form the basis or foundation. These Ten Words were given on two tables. The second table with the last six Commandments is the basis of the ethical or social law. The first table with the first four Commandments is the basis of the religious law. The second table is the basis of our love towards our neighbour, our fellow-man (Matt. 22:39, Luke 10:27b, Mark 12:31, Rom. 13:9, Lev. 19:18). The first table is the basis of our love towards Yah˙weh (Matt. 22:37- 38, Luke 10:27a Mark 12:29-30, Deut. 6:5).

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FIG. 1: The Name of our Heavenly Father in the Hebrew Scriptures. It is best transliterated as IaHUeH, according to the Oxford English Dictionary (see under "Jehovah"). The Hebrew word must be read from back to front. The ihu.gif (1392 bytes) represents YAHU-, and the final he.gif (1110 bytes) represents -EH or -WEH. (See also References No. 1).

For almost 2 000 years the Church has been striving to get people to adhere to the ethical or social laws The laws of the second table, the love towards our neighbour and fellow- man. But what about the love towards Yah˙weh, the first table, the religious laws? These have been shockingly neglected, turned aside, "done away with" or ignored. The very essence of Yahush˙a our Saviour's

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FIG. 2: All authoritative sources agree, e.g. Kittel's Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, that this is the original form of our Saviour's Name, preserved in the Old Testament as the name of Moses'successor. The ihu.gif (1392 bytes) represents YAHU-, and the final sha.gif (1122 bytes) represents -SHUA. (See also References, No. 6).

 

final message in Revelation chapters 12 to 22 is that of the sad neglect, in fact, even rejection of the "love towards Yah˙weh"—the religious laws. At the end of this article we shall study Revelation chapters 12 to 22 in full detail, wherein we shall discover numerous facts that witness to this, proving that we too have been "given up to worship the host of heaven". We have not allowed the Mediator, Yahush˙a, to mediate His Father's Law into our hearts and in our minds, especially not the first four Commandments or Words, the religious law, the love towards Yah˙weh. The Scriptures repeatedly warn us against the worship of the sun and the rest of the host of heaven, which is simply a form of idolatry, in fact, the most natural thing for natural man to do. These warnings are found in Deut. 4:19, Deut. 17:3, Job 31:26-28, Eze. 8:9- 16, 2 Chron. 14:5. Jer. 44:17, Jer. 19:13,2 Kings 23:4-11, Acts 7:42, and Revelation chapters 12 to 22.

For quite some time we have been convinced of this idolatry of Sun-worship which has been adopted by the Church. We then discovered the honest and unbiased conclusions arrived at by the following four scholars. This prompted us to come forward and to "Cry aloud, spare not; lift up your voice like a trumpet, tell my people their transgression," Isa. 58:1. Let us read what these scholars said:
The Oxford Classical Dictionary, Second Edition, p. 233, states, "Constantine combined veneration for the 'Unconquered Sun my companion' with that of Christ." This frank and honest statement is confirmed by the three other authoritative sources. One of the most knowledgeable scholars in this field, Franz Cumont, candidly states on p. 288 of his book, Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism, "The vague deism of Constantine strove to reconcile the opposition of helioatry [sun-worship] and Christianity." John Ferguson, in The Religions of the Roman Empire, p. 56, states, "Constantine's god was a fusion of the Unconquered Sun and Christ the Victorious." Another scholarly researcher, Legge, on pp. 118-119 of Forerunners and Rivals of Christianity, relates what happened in the first few centuries of our common era, before this fusion took place, and then that which followed, " . . . the . . . importance thus given to the worship of the material sun, which henceforth forms the centre of adoration in all non-Christian religions . . . All the post Alexandrian legends of the gods were turned the same way, and Serapis, Mithras, Attis were all identified with the Sun, whom philosophers like Pliny and Macrobius declared to be the one supreme god concealed behind the innumerable lesser deities of the Graeco-Roman pantheon. Even the Christians could not long hold out against the flood, and the marks of the compromise to which the Catholic Church came in the matter may perhaps be seen in the coincidence of the Lord's Day with Sunday and the Church's adoption of the 25th day of December, the birthday of the Unconquered Sun-god, as the anniversary of the birth of Christ. It is certainly by no accident that the emperors whose reigns immediately preceded the establishment of Christianity all turned towards the worship of the Sun-god who was looked upon as the peculiar divinity of the family to which Constantine belonged."

Pagan worship is forbidden to the people of the Almighty, even if mixed with True Worship. Many Scriptures testify to this: Deut. 4:13-19, Deut. 12:1-4, Deut. 12:29-32, Deut. 18:9, Lev. 20:23-26, Jer. 10:2-3, Eph. 4:1722, Eph. 2:1-4,2 Cor. 6:17,1 Cor. 10:14-21,1 John 5:21 etc. Notice especially in 2 Kings 17:33 and 41 how True Worship was mixed with idol worship. Note also, that even the high priest Aaron was persuaded by his people to lead them into a mixed worship, Exod. 32:5. The Almighty's wrath was kindled and He wanted to destroy everybody except Moses. Other examples of mixed worship are Eze. 23:38-39, Jer. 7:2 and 8-18.

In an attempt to justify this assimilation of Sun-worship with the New Testament Faith, much appeal was made, especially in the early centuries, to Malachi 4:2, the prophetic promise (interpreted by many to mean the Messiah) of the "sun of righteousness". However, this figure of speech cannot justify the adoption of Sun-worship, just as the figurative reference to the Messiah as "the Lion of the tribe of Judah" (Rev. 5:5) cannot justify the adoption of lion-worship!

For primitive man, ignorant of the True Worship and the True Mighty One, it is only natural to start venerating or paying homage to the sun, moon and stars (the host of heaven), of which the sun is the most important, giving warmth to man and animal, and life-giving growth to plants. That is the reason why, when Yah˙weh commanded His people to keep the Ten Commandment Covenant, He warned them against the corruption of worshipping and serving the sun, and the moon, and the stars - the host of heaven - things which Yah˙weh has divided unto all nations (Deut. 4:13- 19). The Wycliffe Bible Commentary comments on Deut. 4:19, "The worship of the visible and creaturely was characteristic of the Gentile nations whom [Elohim] had abandoned to their perverse folly." Dr. J.H. Hertz, in Pentateuch and Haftorahs comments, "The heavenly luminaries exercised a great fascination upon early man . . . The 'host of heaven' was the dominant influence in Babylonian religion. The Egyptians also reverenced the sun, the moon, and the stars as symbols of deities. Associated with this worship was also the superstition that the heavenly bodies influenced the lives of mortals, a superstition which is not yet altogether extinct . . . [Elohim] had suffered the heathens to worship the sun, moon and stars ...." Because of similar comments by others, the Good News Bible took the liberty of rendering Deut. 4:19, ". . . the sun, the moon, and the stars ... Elohim has given these to all other peoples for them to worship." The New English Bible also relates this verse this way. We do not want to justify this rather free translation, but in the light of Acts 7:38, 39 and 42, as well as Jer. 10:2, it prompts us to carefully heed His warning to remain in His Covenant, His Law, lest we become as the heathen who worship the host of heaven. In Acts 7:38-42 we read of the Spirit-filled Stephen reprimanding his fellow Jews for not keeping the Law (Acts 7:53), just like their forefathers who received the "Living Words" (verse 38 Green's Interlinear and NIV), but the forefathers did not obey the Living Words. Therefore, what happened? Acts 7:42 reads, "Then Elohim turned and gave them up to worship the host of heaven ...." In Jer. 10:2 we read, "Thus says Yah˙weh: 'Do not learn the way of the Gentiles; do not be dismayed (awed - NEB) at the signs of heaven; for the Gentiles are dismayed (awed - NEB) at them.' " This is astrology and astrological religion, which had its origin in ancient Chaldea (Babylon), and later on moved to Rome, being based on the different paths of the sun through the sky, displaying the sun at the centre of the zodiac. The people of Yah˙weh are forbidden to participate in these things which are the customs of the Gentiles. Being secretly enticed by the sun or the moon, or any homage paid to them, is an iniquity and a denial of Elohim—Job 31:2628.

In Eze. 8:3-16 we see the most alarming description of how idolatrous worship is fused with True Worship, especially in verses 14-16 where Sun-worship has been brought into the House of Yah˙weh. The Tammuz - worship of v. 14 is just one form of Sun-worship, Tammuz being the incarnate Sun, the young rising Sun as a deity.2 In verse 16 the prophet was also shown the twenty-five men worshipping the Sun towards the East, and that is exactly what started happening in post-apostolic Christianity. This praying towards the Sun in the East is recorded in the writings of Clement of Alexandria (150215), as well as in the writings of his scholar, Origen. They were both guilty of trying to justify this practice, which Yah˙weh labelled "wicked abominations" (Eze. 8:9). The Bishop of Carthage, Cyprian, in the year 258 also exhorted Christians to pray to the East at sunrise. On the other hand, in the year 197, Tertullian writing in his Ad nationes 1,13, accused fellow Christians of Sun worship because of their praying to the East and because of making Sunday a day of festivity. Despite this warning by Tertullian, Augustine (354- 430), in his many writings, was repeatedly trying to justify his prayers to the East. This was a regular practice in the basilica of St. Peter in Rome, which caused Pope Leo the Great to make a vigorous attack on this practice in the year 461. However, his objection was ignored and they continued with this in the basilica up to the year 1300, as we shall see later. Another voice in the wilderness was crying out against this practice, that of Eusebius of Alexandria, who wrote, "and not only Sun-worshippers and heretics do this, but also Christians, departing from the faith, mingle with heretics." These important facts are all well documented in Dr. F.J. Dolger, Sol Salutis, as well as in Dr. Samuele Bacchiocchi, From Sabbath to Sunday.

In Eze. 8:9 Elohim calls this a "wicked abomination". In Deut. 17:3-5 the civil law demanded that those of Israel who were found guilty of worshipping "the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven", were to be stoned to death. Has our Mighty One changed? "For I am Yah˙weh, I do not change," Mal. 3:6. He is "the Father of lights, with Whom there is no variation or shadow of turning, " James 1: 17. The civil laws of the Scriptures are not being applied today, but Yah˙weh has not changed and will still mete out the just penalty. "Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and long suffering, not knowing that the goodness of Elohim leads you to repentance? But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of Elohim, Who will render to each one according to his deeds: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for esteem (glory), honour, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; but esteem (glory), honour, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with Elohim. For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law; for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of Elohim, but the doers of the law will be justified," Rom. 2:4-13. Let us not despise His forbearance and long suffering. Because of His forbearance and long suffering, we have come to salvation —think of it! He is patiently leading us to repentance, repentance from every form of sin. The Law cannot forgive and save us, but the purpose of the Law is to tell us what sin is - 1 John 3:4, Exod. 20:20, Rom. 3:20, Rom. 4:15, Rom. 7:7.

In Deut. 12:30 Israel was warned not to follow the Gentiles in their idolatrous religion, "Take heed to yourself that you do not inquire after their elohim, saying 'How did these nations serve their elohim? I also will do likewise.' " Israel was prohibited the frank worship of idols, as was also the manner in which the idols were worshipped. Not only is frank Sun-worship forbidden, but also the mode, the manner and means by which the Sun was worshipped - the "how". This is important.

We shall now discuss the manner of Sun-worship, the customs and the "how" of Sun- worship, which was fused with the Messianic Faith by emperor Constantine and others that followed, political leaders, but especially religious leaders. In spite of subsequent attempts to justify the adoptions of these components of Sun-worship, their origin is important, and it must be exposed. Let us get complete clarity on the attempts made to justify these adoptions, this "canonization", this "Christianization" or ''sanctification'' of heathen customs, deities or festivals. The Scriptures are very clear on this: These things cannot be "sanctified" - only repentant sinners, humans, can! IGNORANCE OF, AND DEVIATING FROM, THIS MOST BASIC SCRIPTURAL PRINCIPLE, HAS BEEN THE ROOT CAUSE FOR THIS GREAT SICKNESS OF "SOLARIZATION" THAT HAS BEFALLEN US, THE CHURCH. We must repent of this great sin if we earnestly seek for a restoration or a revival!


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