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The Final Reformation


Chapter IV

THE PROPHETIC MESSAGE OF Yahush˙a
OUR Messiah FOR OUR TIME

Have the Scriptures left us destitute of this all-important revelation? Has our Messiah, our only great Prophet, our only Great Teacher, our only Great Leader - has He left us without a warning? No, He has warned us in Matthew 24, and He has warned us again in His final message, the book of Revelation, especially in its last part, chapters 6-22, which we shall now study. Chapters 11-22, especially, will receive our attention.

As an introduction, we wish to refer to some Old Testament Scriptures pertaining to the end-time. These scriptures were given to us "by inspiration of The Mighty One, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of The Mighty One may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work," 2 Tim. 3:16-17. The prophecies of the Scriptures are especially and encouragement and comfort to us, "We also have the prophetic word made more sure, which you do well to heed as to a light that shines in the dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts," 2 Peter 1:19. This is repeated in Romans 15:4, "For whatever things were written before, were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope." That which has happened to Israel of old, especially in her wilderness experience, is a lesson and a warning to us, as we read in 1 cor. 10:11, "Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they are written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the ages have come." Was Peter not referring to this same wilderness experience (1 Cor. 10) of Israel, in the time of Moses, when he tells us in Acts 7:38-42 that Israel would not obey the Living Words, and "then The Mighty One turned and gave them up to worship the host of heaven"? Are we today's believers, not in the same wilderness experience? Surely we are! We have not entered the Promised Land yet.

Among these prophetic messages for our time, which indeed is a comfort to us, is Daniel 12:4, which, according to the German, Dutch and Afrikaans versions, reads as follows, "But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall do reasearch, and knowledge shall increase." (See the Preface of this book). We are absolutely convinced that the latter rain has begun to fall, the Spirit of Truth that guides us into all truth. Our Disobedience to the Living Words, the Ten Words, the Covenant, the same Law of Yah˙weh (which is the contents of the New Covenant - Heb. 8:10 and 10:16), has resulted in the following: "For Yah˙weh has poured out on you the spirit of deep sleep, and has closed you eyes, namely, the prophets; and He has covered your heads, namely, the seers. The whole vision has become to you like the words or a book that is sealed," Isa. 29:10-11. This is the result of our disobedience to the New (rather: Renewed) Covenant - the Law of Yah˙weh. The New Covenant is but a renewal of the Eternal Covenant.

However, there is to come a recovery, a renewal, in fact; the Final Reformation, in the end-time, as we read in Isa. 29:18, 19 and 24, "In that day the deaf shall hear the Words of the Book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness. The humble also shall increase their joy in Yah˙weh ... These also who erred in spirit, will come to understanding, and those who musrmered will learn doctrine." Our Messiah also promised us that these truths will be revealed to us. In Luke 8:17 He promised, "For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light." He is the only One Who can open our eyes, Luke 24:31. The is the only One Who can open our understanding, Luke 24:45. He has told us all about this in His end-time prophecy in Matthew 24, and again in His final message of the end-time in the book of Revelation chapters 6-22, especially 11-22. It is clearly written. All we need is for Him to open our eyes to what He has said, and for Him to open our understanding. However, He has laid down His condition for the opening of our understanding, "Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has , to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him," Luke 8:18. This is generally commented on as follows: He who receives light from the Word, particularly form the Messiah Himself, and obeys that light, unto him more light shall be revealed. But he who does not obey this light, from him shall be taken away that which he seems to have. This is a vital and all-important condition for receiving light on Scriptural truths. "A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven, " John 3:27. If we disobey Him, Yah˙weh will do as he warns us through His Son, when He quoted from Isaiah, as we read in John 12:40, "He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they should see with their eyes and understand with their heart, lest they should turn, so that I should heal them."

Therefore, if we humbly obey the Word, particularly the Word that became flesh - Messiah Yahashua - He will then cause us to see and understand His prophecy about the end-time in Matthew 24 as well as His final message to us in Revelation. In Matt. 24:12 He reveals to us that "lawlessness will abound" in the end-time. The NASB renders this more correctly, "lawlessness is increased ... " Then in verse 15, He reveals to us that "the abomination of desolation" will be standing in the Separated Place. In Matthew 24, He warns us four times (vv.4, 5, 11 and 24) about deception - being deceived. So we desperately need the Spirit of Truth if we long for truth, lest we be deceived by the spirit of error (1 John 4:6). If we do not receive the love for the truth ("Thy Word is the Truth" -John 17:17), Yah˙weh will send us strong delusion that we should believe the lie, 2 Thess. 2:10-12. The Spirit of Truth guides us into all truth, convicting the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment - John 16:13 and 8. In contrast to this, there is now prevailing "the spirit of error", "the spirit that now works in the sons of disobedience," Eph. 2:2. These are awesome words, but we do believe that the time has come that we should return to "fear Yah˙weh" - Rev. 14:7, Matt. 10:28, Acts, 9:31, 2 Cor. 7:1, Eph. 5:21, 1 Pet. 2:17, Rev. 15:4, and Rev. 19:5.

Therefore, in Matthew 24 Yahush˙a warns us that before His Second Coming we should take note of three things:

1) His warning against being deceived,

2) expect lawlessness to increase,

3) and the "abomination of desolation" standing in the Separated Place.

1. DECEPTION:

Satan is the one who deceives the whole world. The way in which he has done it, and the nature of the deceit, will become apparent as we study points 2 and 3.

2. LAWLESSNESS:

The incorrect translation of the Greek anomia (lawlessness) and anomos (lawless) in the older translations has been a major reason for the deceit that has crept in. The serious increase of lawlessness, even in the assemblies, is the fruit of this mistranslation. It has done immeasurable harm. The restoration of the true meaning of this word cannot be done soon enough. The newer translations, such as the RAV, NASB, Ferrar Fenton translation, New World translation and Rotherham translation, have it truthfully and correct, as well as all the Greek-English Interlinears, of course. With anomia and anomos correctly rendered as "lawlessness" and "lawless", we are awakened from our "deep sleep", our intoxicated state, having been done away with". Indeed, our Messiah Himself reveals to us the startling fact that those believers who are still practising lawlessness will be turned away (Matt. 7:23), in fact they will be cast into the furnace of fire (Matt. 13:41-42)! These are the irrefutable and unassailable words of The Messiah Himself.

With anomia and anomos correctly rendered, we also discover in 2 Thess. 2:1-12 that this great passage on "The Great Apostasy" or the Mystery of Lawlessness, comprises the very subject of lawlessness. The words "lawless" or "lawlessness" appear 3 times (in some, 4 times ) in vv. 3-9. Verse 3 tells us that the leader or instigator of this lawlessness, namely the man of Lawlessness, will "sit as Yah˙weh in His the Temple of The Mighty One, showing himself that he is Yah˙weh." We have been ignorant of, and we have been blinded to this startling truth, because of incorrect translation in the past.

Let us ask ourselves: Is Yahush˙a the Messiah ruling in our individual bodies, His temples? Is Yahush˙a the Messiah ruling in our individual bodies, His temples? Is Yahush˙a the Messiah the One Who is ruling in His Assembly, His Body? Our Messiah never did away with His Father's Law. In fact, He commanded us to keep His Father's Commandments -matt. 19:17, Luke 10:28, John 12:50, Rev. 22:14, Luke 16:17, Matt. 5:19. Yahush˙a is the Mediator of the New covenant itself, He is the Mediator of it. What then is the New or Renewed Covenant? Heb. 8:10 and 10:16 clearly tell ut it is the Law of Yah˙weh into our hearts and in our minds. Who writes the Law into our hearts and in our minds? It is the Mediator of the new Covenant Who does it: Yahush˙a. He is the Law-giver, the Lae-mediator. Therefore, He has been opposed by, and replaced by, the Man of Lawlessness. Apart from the Man of Lawlessness who will be sitting in the Temple, we read in 2 Thess. 2 that lawlessness, the Great Apostasy, the Mystery of Lawlessness will take over prior to The Messiah's Second Coming. This is precisely what Yahush˙a also said in Matt. 24:12. Please not in Matt. 24:12 that, because of the increase of lawlessness, we find as a result, "the love of many will grow cold." The horizontal love, the keeping of the second table of the Law, the love towards our fellow-man, will grow cold because of increased lawlessness. And also the vertical love the keeping of the first table of the Law, the love towards Yah˙weh, will grow cold because of increased lawlessness.

In contrast to this lawlessness which will increase in the world in the end-time, we discover in Matt 24:20 that the faithful few will be keeping the Sabbath. He reveals the contrast between lawlessness and Sabbath-keeping in the end-time. Remember, the Sabbath is the only Scriptural sign of Separation - Exod. 31:13, 17 and Eze. 20:12, 20. It is a sign that he is separating us unto Himself, and separating us from this world which is increasing in lawlessness. Furthermore, this Sabbath is the sign of the Eternal Covenant, the sign of the Eternal Covenant which has been given to the Chosen People, Israel, "forever" - Exod. 31:16-17.

This end-time increase in lawlessness in the world in indeed what Paul also spoke of in 2 Tim. 3:1, "but know this, that in the last days perilous times will come." Read verse 13 too. Even more alarming is the lawlessness which is permitted or even taught in some assemblies. Toleration of, and even acceptance of homosexuality, ignorance of the Ten Commandments, preaching that the Law has been done away with, that the "Law has been nailed to the cross" - all are signs of the "Great Apostasy", the caption for 2 Thess. 2, which many translators use. Indeed, the curse is devouring the earth,as we read of in Isa. 24:6. In Isa 24:1-6 we read the great prophecy for the end-time apostasy and subsequent judgement upon the earth. It describes it vividly for us, "Behold, Yah˙weh makes the earth empty and makes it waste, distorts its surface and scatters its inhabitants ... The earth mourns and fades away, the world languishes and fades away; the haughty people of the earth languish. The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants ..." Why is this happening to us? The reason is given in verse 5, "Because they have transgressed the Laws, changed the ordinance, broken the Everlasting Covenant." And the result? Verse 6 brings us the shocking answer, "Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, and those who dwell in it are desolate. Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left." Indeed we are guilty, we have transgressed the Laws of Yah˙weh, we have changed the ordinance (Luther's German translation reads "Changed the Commandments"), we have broken the Everlasting, the Eternal Covenant - the same covenant which is even now called the Renewed or New Covenant, the Law of Yah˙weh into our hearts and in our minds Shall we not repent of our sins, the transgression of the Law, lest we be burned with all the lawless ones in the Day of Judgment? Shall we not repent of our lawlessness, ask Yahush˙a for forgiveness, and be part of the small Remnant People, the "Few men left"? Yahush˙a had said in matt. 7:14 "For the gate is small, and the Way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who enter by it," NASB. Again He said in Matt. 22:14, "For many are called, but few are chosen." These "few" are described in Rev. 17:14 as the "called, chosen and faithful." They are described in Rev. 14:12 and in Rev. 12:17 as those "who keep the Commandments of Yah˙weh and the faith of Yahush˙a" - two requirements which we are to meet if we are serious to enter into eternal life.

3 THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION:

Yahush˙a said in Matt. 24:15 that it will be seen, or more correct: called to attention to, in the end-time, that the Abomination of desolation is standing in the Separated Place. This "Abomination of Desolation" is also prophesied of in Dan. 9:27, Dan 11:31 and Dan. 12:11. Who is he or it? In 2 Macc. 6:2 he is revealed to us as the deity "Zeus Olympios" or Baal Shamen as the Syriac version of 2 Macc. 6:2 renders it. The great Sky-deity or sun-deity is standing in the Separated Place! This shocking revelation is confirmed by the similar revelation of Isa. 14:4 and 12:16 where he is revealed to us as Helel (Hailail or Heileil), the Shining One or Bright One, interpreted, amongst others, as the Sun-deity, or as Jupiter (Zeus). In 2 Thess. 2:3-4 he is revealed to us as: either the Man of Sin or the Man of Lawlessness, or else by being represented by someone, or some object.

Not only have various names, surnames, and name-derivatives of the ancient Sky-deity (Zeus, alias Jupiter) been retained in the religion of the Western World, but above all, we find that an even more tangivle form of Zeus- or Jupiter-worship exists, to this present day. It is commonly known, and laso told by the guides of the Vatican, that the bronze statue of "St. Peter" in St. Peter's in Rome is but only the ancient pagan image of Jupiter,

FIG. 7: Vatican statue of Peter, originally an image of Jupiter!

which was adopted, "canonised" and "sanctified"! This same image is being reverenced and his one big-toe regularly kissed at certain ceremonies. Do we need more concrete proof of our Messiah's prophecy about this, as is recorded in Matt. 24:15, and by Daniel in Dan. 9:27, Dan. 11:31 and Dan. 12:11?

Thus, Yahush˙a reveals to us in Matthew 24 that the end-time deceit and apostasy will be hallmarked by increase of lawlessness anc by the Sky-deity or Sun-deity standing in the Separated Place or Temple or religion. In contrast to this, The Messiah reveals to us in Matt. 24:20 that the remnant few will be keeping the sign of the Eternal covenant, the Sabbath.

We will now proceed to Yahush˙a's final message for us in Revelation chapters 6-22, especially chapters11-22. The end-time apostasy is clearly conveyed to us in these Scriptures. We have previously mentioned that the Ten Commandments were given on two tables, the first table being the basis for the religious Law or vertical love, while the second table is the basis for the ethical or social Law or horizontal love. It is generally accepted that, at the time of The Messiah's sojourn of earth, the Jews erred mainly as far as the second table was concerned. They were somehow keeping the first table, even if their "oral laws", which were added, caused them to differently interpret the Third and Fourth Commandments. For instance , they made a burden of Sabbath-keeping, instead of the original intention of it being a delight, by adding 39 additional rules pertaining to Sabbath-keeping, as we find recorded in their Mishnah.

The Jews also avoided the use of the Name Yah˙weh, an "oral law" which is not supported by Scripture. Yahush˙a remarked on this deletion of His Father's Name when He reprimanded them for having taken away the key of knowledge, Luke 11:52. The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, vol. 2, p. 407, says that the Name of our Heavenly Father "is the key to understanding the biblical doctrine" of Yah˙weh. The Messiah prophesied about the restoration of His Name and His Father's Name when He said in Matt. 23:39, "For I say to you, you shall see Me nor more till you say, 'Blessed is He who comes in the Name of Yah˙weh!'" - where He quoted from Psalm 118:26, and was referring to the restoration which is to take place before His Second Coming. This can only refer to His Second Entry into Jerusalem. In Luke 19:38-40 we read of His First Entry into Jerusalem when the crown called out this verse, Psalm 118:26. They must have used the Name, as it is written in Psalm 118:26, for some of the Parisees asked Him to rebuke them. They must have objected against the crown using the Name, because the rabbis had forbidden such a practice. However, Yahush˙a did manifest His Father's Name to His disciples - John 17:6, 26 and Heb. 2:12. And He promised to make it known to us too - John 17:26.

Wherefrom did the rabbis get the idea of hiding the Name, teaching the people that the Name is ineffable, unutterable? We have already touched on this, but would like to discuss it more fully. Legge, Forerunners and Rivals of Christianity, p. 37 says "The ineffablility of divine names was an old idea in Egypt, especially in the Osirian religion, where it forms the base of the story of Ra and Isis. So the name of Osiris himself was said to be ineffable ... The name of Marduk or Babylon is in the same way declared ineffable in an inscription of Neri. glissar ... The name of Yahweh became ineffable directly after Alexander. ... In every case, the magical idea that the god might be compelled by utterance of his secret name seems to be at the root of the practice." A.H. Sayce in his Religion of the Ancient Babylonians, p.4, writes, "Religion has always loved to cloak itself in mystery, and a priesthood is notoriously averse from revealing in plain language the secrets of which it believes itself the possesor. The priesthood of Babylonia formed no exception to the general rule ... and the true pronunciation of divine names was carefully hidden from the uninitiated mulitude." Furthermore, it is well-known that the Greeks, for a long period of time, preferred to avoid the names of their deities, and rather called them by a title. Usually kurios and theos were used. Thus, the un-Scriptural teaching of the rabbis of hiding or masking the Name, was something which they had learnt from the Egyptians, Greeks and Babylonians. Their decision to hide the Name was taken significantly just after they came from Babylonian captivity.

What was the ultimate result, all over the world, of this decision by the Jews to hide the Name? Just this: In all the countries of the world, the Name was replaced by a title which was previously used for a again deity of that particular pagan country. In many cases we find that the proper name of the local pagan deity was adopted to stand for the Name of Yah˙weh. In the Polish translation of the Scriptures Pan Bog was, and still is, used as a rendering for Yah˙weh . Both Pan and Bog were pagan deities. In South Africa the ancient pagan deity-names Modimo, uNkulunkulu, and uTixo, were brought into the translations of the Scriptures of three different African languages, to call the Almighty by.293 A few weeks ago we read that in the Maquiritare language of south-western Venezuela, the name Wanaari recently became used for the Name of our Almighty in the translation of the Scriptures. Who was Wanaari? In this recent publication of the United Bible Societies it is openly admitted that Wanaari was the "lyingest cheatingest immoral character", their pagan "cultrual hero", their mythological figure. And "with one bold stroke the horrible past of this pagan deity was "reinterpreted".272 This shocking syncretism, identifying our Mighty One with a pagan deity, in fact, the paganisation of our Mighty One, happened in the same way as many centuries ago, in defiance of the clear commands of Yah˙weh which instruct us that the names of pagan deities must be destroyed, not used! - Deut. 12:3. "And do not mention the name of other mighty ones, nor lot them be heard from your mought," Exod. 23:13 NASB.

We have deviated somewhat. To return to the point made: In The Messiah's time the horizontal love was neglected more than was the vertical love. In contrast to this, we find that in The Messiah's final message to us in Revelation chapters 12-22, the religious Law, the vertical love, is the burning issue. We read her how Yahush˙a repeatedly exposes the idolatrous worship, also called fornication, generally interpreted as spiritual fornication. Spiritual fornication means pagan idolatry or mixed worship. The Greek words, porne, porneia, pornos, porneuo, have been translated as: harlot, fornication, fornicator, or whore, in the King James Version, but they all derive from the same basic Greek word as listed above. Modern translations have used other words as well, such as "sexually immoral" and "prostitute", as we also find in the Revised Authorised Version. We have preferred the KJV's rendering of these words in this book. All these words may also refer to literal fornication, including the sensual symbols, as we have already seen. Nevertheless, it is generally accepted that these words primarily refer to the spiritual fornication or spiritual harlotry. If we count the Greek words porne, porneia, pornos and porneuo in Revelation 12-22, we find that they appear therein no less than 14 times. Another word that points to idolatry is the word "abomination(s)", translated from the Greek word bdelugma (and bdeluktos), used in Scripture to denote an idolatrous object or an idol. We find this in Rev. 17:4, Rev. 17:5, Rev. 21:8, Rev. 21:27, as well as in Matt. 20:15, as we have already discussed. We further find "idolators" twice in these final chapters of Revelation. Other words and figurative speech also point to this idolatry and apostasy, such as "unclean things" (Rev. 17:4 NASB), "every unclean and hated bird" (Rev. 18:3), "abundance of her luxury" (Rev. 18:3).

Therefore, we find a cloud of witnesses in this final message of Yahush˙a, which reveal to us that this Mystery Babylon, the Great Harlot and "mother of harlots", Rev. 17:1-5, is indeed the instrument responsible for making "the inhabitants of the earth drunk with the wine of her fornication," Rev: 17:2. Please note, this wine of fornication is not given to the earth's inhabitants by Babylon of her own accord. No, she has done it because "Babylon was a golden cup in Yah˙weh's hand, that made all the earth drunk. The nations drank her wine...," Jer. 51:1. Read Jer. 25:15 too. Our Mighty One is responsible, He has caused it to be! He is the One Who sends strong delusion to those who believe not the truth. Therefore, do not blame Babylon! We have only ourselves to blame, because of our disobedience to His Covenant Law, the Eternal Covenant with the Sabbath as its Sign. We have invited his Wrath, and therefore He sent us strong delusion - He gave us up to worship the host of heaven. And He has used babylon to do it! At first, wine makes you feel happy, but it then begins to dull your senses, and the more you take of it, the more difficult it becomes to discern between the truth and the lie. "Pause and Wonder! Blind yourselves and be blind! They are drunk, but not of wine; they stagger, but not with intoxicating drink. For Yah˙weh has poured out on you the spirit of deep sleep, and had closed your eyes, namely the prophets; and He has covered your heads, namely, the seers," Isa. 29:9-10. Why has this happened? "Because they did not receive the love of the truth ('Thy Word is the Truth' -John 17:17) that they might be saved. And for this reason Yah˙weh will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness," 2 Thess. 2:10-12. "Then Yah˙weh turned and gave them up to worship the host of heaven," Acts 7:42. This is again found as the source of the Mystery of Lawlessness, the Great Apostasy, of which we read of in 2 Thess. 2:3-12 and in Matt. 24:12-15, as well as in this final message of Yahush˙a in Revelation chapters 12-22.

By what means has the Great Harlot, as an instrument in the hand of the Almighty, done this? By means of "the wine of her fornication" which she has given to all the inhabitants of the earth to drink, out of the "golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication," Rev. 17:4. The words "abominations" and "fornication" speak of idolatry, as we have already discussed. The passage in 2 Thess. 2:3-12 speaks of the same time as that which The Messiah reveals to us here in Revelation 12-22, especially here in Revelation 17. The word "mystery" is found in both. In 2 Thess. 2 we read of the "mystery of lawlessness" and here in Revelation 17 we read of "Mystery Babylon". It reveals to us how this "mystery" had taken over "while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way," Matt. 13:25. In this all-important parable of the tares in Matthew 13, Yahush˙a gives this parable, and then explains this parable too, revealing to us that "WHILE MEN SLEPT" the enemy sowed the seed of "LAWLESSENSS" Matt. 13:41 (capitals mine). Satan is the one who sows the seed of the tares, Matt. 13:39. The tares are identified by Yahush˙a Himself as "all things that offend, and those who practise lawlessness." Matt. 13:41.

The final message of Yahush˙a ends with His revelation of the shocking condition of the world in the last phase of the end-time. In Revelation chapters 12-22 He refers to idolatry, spiritual fornication, abominations - as we have already detailed - in no less than 24 places. Thereby He exposes the Mystery of Lawlessness, Mystery Babylon, as the religious system which is particularly identified as being idolatrous, having rejected the vertical Law, the religious Law, the basis of which is the first table, consisting of the first four Commandments. In fact, the Church has changed, or rejected, or set aside much of the religious Law.

This is the outcome of the fusion of the religions, which came about at the time of Constantine. Previous to this time, the seed-bed has bee n prepared by the half-Christian Gnostics, the partly-Gnostic Alexandrians (such as Clement and Origen), the prevailing anti-Judaism, the predominant Sun-worship of the Roman cults, the influence of Neoplatonic philosophy, and the Alexandrian method of allegorising the Scriptures. Also, this fusion was made more acceptable to the persecuted Messianic Believers, because their severe persecution was thankfully stopped by Constantine. This resulted in them having much goodwill towards Constantine. More-over, the ground for the fusion had been prepared by the concealment of the Name Yah˙weh.

The emperors of Rome had been Sun-worshippers and also regarded themselves to be Sun-deities. Emperor Constantine was no different to his predecessors. The only difference was that he ended the persecution of Messianic Believers. He started to fraternise with them, and He sought their co-operation for his own political ends, i.e. to bring about peace, unity and strength in his empire. Thus a Sun-deity worshipping Roman emperor used his fraternising and his political power to fuse the Messianic Faith with that of the predominant Sun-worship. Constantine even assumed the chaiemanship, the chair of the Pontifex Maximus, at times, such as at the Coucil of Nicaea in the year 325 C.E. His son, Crispus, before his father beheaded him, also tookthe chair at this Council of Nicaea. The great Mystery of Lawlessness became established, the system which annulled, changed or set aside the religious Laws of the True Worship - that worship which was primarily given to Israel of old and subsequently given new life by Yahush˙a The Messiah.

We shall now complete our search in the Scriptures on the finaly message of Yahush˙a to find final proof of the identitiy of "Mystery Babylon". With this, the final destiny of this religious system will also be revealed to us. The book of Revelation is the revelation of Yahush˙a, which He had received from His Father. In times past it was incorrectly referred to as the revelation of John. That is not quite correctly referred to as the revelation of John. That is not quite correct, for it is called "The revelation of Yahush˙a The Messiah which Yah˙weh gave Him to show His servants ... And He sent and signified it by His Angel to His servant John." What is this final message all about? The clue is given in Rev. 1:19, "Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this." Thus, the latter part of the book of Revelation tells us of "the things which will take place after this" - bearing in mind that this book of Revelation was written +- 96 C.E. The contents of the latter part of Revelation is clearly prophecy for the final phase of the end-time. Another proof that Revelation is mostly prophecy for the end-time, is the indication given in Rev. 1:10, "I was in the Spirit on the Day of Yah˙weh," the latter being an oft-used Scriptural term (some 30 times) for the final Day of Reckoning. The chapters of Revelation are arranged somewhat chronologically. To illustrate: the last two chapters clearly speak of the New Heaven and the New Earth. Chapters 5-20 are arranged chronologically, but do we do find that, in some places, different visions or even different facets of the same happening or period are given. For instance, the judgement upon Babylon in the end-time is discussed in five different places - Rev. 14:8, Rev. 16:19, Rev. 17:16-18, Rev. 18:2-23, and Rev. 19:2-3. This does not mean that five different judgments are poured out on Babylon. It only relates to five phases or aspects or visions of the same judgment.

Who or what is this Mystery Babylon, the Great Harlot? Rev. 17:9 reveals to us that she is sitting on seven mountains. Thus, Scripture immediately identifies her as: Rome. The Church Fathers Acknowledged this. Augustine, in his City of God, states in four places that Rome is the Second Babylon, but more clearly so in two passages, which we have already discussed.243, 244 Likewise, Tertullian wrote, "Babylon ... is a figure of the city Rome."273 Moreover, we discover the interesting fact of the following Roman Catholic clergyman admitting this too: The Jesuit Sylvester J. Hunter, Cardinal Newman, Bishop Bossuet of Meaux, Bishop Walmsley, Cardinal Baronius, Cardinal Bellarmine, Salmeron, Alcasar, Maldonatus, Andreas, and Bishop Victorinus.274 Even the Roman Catholic versions of the Scriptures admit it in their foot-notes on Rev. 17:5 - The Douay Bible, The Jerusalem Bible, the Dutch Canisius translation,and the Dutch Willibrord translation. These translations admit that Rome is indeed Babylon, explaining that this Babylon is "political Rome" or "pagan Rome". However, it cannot be a political system primarily, because the Great Harlot is a woman, and a woman in Scripture is a symbolic of a religious system, and not a political government or system. However, we do agree with the identification "pagan Rome", for it was indeed pagan Rome, pagan Sun-worship, which was victorious when emperor Constantine championed the cause of his "Sol Invictus, my companion". Constantine's Sun-worshipping religion is foremost that which is described as Mystery Babylon in Revelation. The sins of idolatrous Sun-worship, however, have persisted all thourgh the centuries. The Catholics and the Protestants have all inheritied these sins of pagan Rome's Sun-worship, and we must all repent of these.

Therefore, the call, "Come out of her, My people" (Rev. 18:4), simply means to come out of the sins, particularly the sins of Sun-worship, which we all have inherited from "pagan Rome". Most commentatros admit that Mystery Babylon of Rev. 17 comprises all apostasy found amongst Catholic as well as Protestants. The revelation which we have received, as proclaimed in this book, centres around the identification of this enormous idolatrous sin of Sun-worship, which we have inherited from pagan Rome, Constantine's Rome - and instrument in the hand of Yah˙weh!

The Scriptures are our only source of spiritual truths, and all revelations which are important, are found in it, including the revelation of the "woman clothed with the Sun, with the Moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve Stars" - Rev. 12:1. The call, "come out of her, My people," means exactly just that. Our Mighty One has called the mixing of True Worship with that of Sun-worship "wicked aboinations" in Eze. 8:9-16. He cannot change (Mal. 3:6 and James 1:17), therefore His verdict on this mixed-with-Sun-worship is still the same, and His judgment upon it is fearsomely, described in Revelation 14, 16, 17, 18 and 19. These five chapters describe to us the plagues and final destruction that is to come upon Babylon.

"And the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication" - by giving them to drink out of "a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication." Rev. 17:2-4. Unless we repent of these abominations (idolatrous things) and fornication (spiritual harlotry), we will not enter the New Jerusalem. in fact, our destiny will then be the lake of fire! Not we say so, but Yahush˙a says so in Rev. 21:8, Rev. 21:27 and Rev. 22:15. Let us read His clear verdict on this: "But to the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolators, and all liars their part is in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone; which is the second death," Rev. 21:8 Berry Interlinear. "But there shall by no means enter it (the New Jerusalem) anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life," Rev. 21:27.

Finally, Yahush˙a speaks of the absolute necessity of doing His Father's Commandments if we wish to enter the gates of the new Jerusalem, when he said in Rev. 22:14-15, "Blessed are they that do His Commandments, that their authority shall be to the tree of life, and through the gates may enter into the city. But without are the dogs, and the sorcerers, and the fornicators, and the murderers, and the idolators, and everyone that loves and practises a lie." Berry Interlinear. It is very interesting that the "Commandments are contrasted with the "Lie". Likewise, the "Truth" is contrasted with the out, the "Lawlessness" of 2 Thess. 2:3-12 identifies this "Lie" for us. Yahush˙a thus exposes and reveals to us the Great Lie of the false teaching of "the Law has been annulled". Similarly, Paul writing in 2 Thess. 2 exposes the Man of Lawlesness and the Mystery of Lawlessness, the Lie, the Great Apostasy. The Messiah ahs already unmasked the "tares" in Matt. 13:25-42 as "those who practise lawlessness", who will be "cast into the furnace of fire". here in Rev. 21 and Rev. 22, Yahush˙a finally exposes the Great Lie of "the Law has been done away with". Those who practise lawlessness will not enter the New Jerusalem. Those who practise lawlessness will not enter the New Jerusalem. Those who practise lawlessness will be cast into the furnace of fire, also cited as the lake of fire. Not we say so, Yahush˙a has said so.

Is there an escape (or protection) from the fearsome plagues and eventually the final judgment which is to come upon Babylon? Yahush˙a has given us the way of escape out of these dreadful judgments of the end-time. He gives it to us in rev. 18:4, "Come out of her, My people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues," RSV. Our Messiah does not request us to come out of her, no, He commands us to come out of her. Yahush˙a then continues in Rev. 18:5-8, "For her sins have reached to heaven, and Yah˙weh has remembered her iniquities ... Therefore her plagues will come in one day - death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire for strong is Yah˙weh Who judges her," RAV. Coming out of Babylon, Rome, simply means: Coming out of the sins, the teachings derived from pagan Rome, which Rome had composed from her forerunners, namely: Paganism, Gnosticism, Hellenised Alexandrian theology, and above all: the prevailing Sun-worship. In contrast to this, we read of the wonderful time when the sealed ones, the 144 000, the first-fruits to Yah˙weh and to the Lamb, will stand with the Lamb on Mount Zion with His Name and His Father's Name written on (or in) their foreheads - Rev. 14:1-5. The "great multitude" from all nations, Rev. 7:9-14, seems to be the second-fruit company who were not protected in the Great Tribulation.

Even more precious is the proclamation of the Kingdom of Yah˙weh here on earth, when the seventh and last trumpet is sounded in Rev. 11:15-19, "And the seventh angel sounded: and there arose loud voices in heaven saying, 'The kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Sovereign and of His Messiah; and He will reign for ever and ever!" ... And the Temple of Yah˙weh was opened; and the Ark of His Covenant appeared in His Temple ...." NASB. This is repeated in Rev. 12:10, "Now the Kingdom of our Yah˙weh, and the authority of His Messiah have come," NASB.

This is exactly what was prophesied of by Daniel when he revealed and interpreted the dream of Nebuchadnezzar, in Daniel chapter 2. This is a prophecy for a time which we shall soon enter. This dream centred around a great image of which the head was made of gold. Gold is the metal which since times of old symbolises wealth and also symbolises the sun. Daniel then identifies the head of this image with Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, who represents Babylon. Please note: Firstly, the image is ruled by its head, the king of Babylon. Secondly, the image is ruled by gold, ealth. Thirdly, the gold of the head the rulter is also sybolic of the sun. We have already noted that the chief deity of Babylon is the Sun, originally named: Bel, Baal. the rest of the body of the image is generally interpreted, because of historical events, as Medo-Persia (Persia). Greece, Rome, and the "feet and toes" as the kingdom which is divided - whether this be all the world which is divided, or whether this be a divided Europe, or a revived Roman Empire.

As we view this image for its religious significance, we are immediately struck by the fact that Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome, as well as the various divisions of the European continent have each contributed towards the paganistaion, or more specifically, the solarisation of the Messianic Faith. But the wonderful news is that this image of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, will be broken in pieces and crushed by "a stone" at the time of the end. This image with Babylon's king (Heileil) at its head, will be utterly destroyed and the "stone" will become "a great mountain", Daniel 2:34-45. The kingdom of this world, with Babylon or the king of Babylon being its head, its leader, will come to an end, and the Messianic Kingdom of Yahush˙a The Messiah will be established here on earth! This is exactly the same prophecy which we read of in Rev. 11:15-19 and Rev. 12:10. More detail of this kingdom of Yah˙weh on earth is given in Daniel's vision in Dan. 7:13-27. "His Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him," Dan. 7:27. This establishment of the Kingdom of Yah˙weh on earth is also confirmed in Isa. 24:23, Hag. 2:22, Micah 4:7, Isa. 2:2-4, Joel 2:32, Joel 3:17, Eze. 34:23-24, Eze. 37:24-28, Zech. 14:3-21, Obad. 1:17-21, Ps. 2:6, Ps. 110:2-7.

CHAPTER V
WE ARE OUTSIDE THE NEW COVENANT!
WE HAVE REJECTED THE SIGN OF THE ETERNAL COVENANT


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