The Mark of the Beast is Probably Already Inside You

Greater Israel: In modern terminology, the term “Greater Israel” is meant by some to be the borders of modern Israel plus the Palestinian territories. Others use the term to refer to the land promised Abram in Genesis 15:18-21: “In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.” This map is a general depiction of the land promised to Abram’s (Abraham’s) future Hebrew nation.

There are some big misunderstandings about the Bible, particularly when it comes to understanding the concept of Israel. A misunderstanding of this very issue can be the difference between Christians, the “very elect,” being unknowingly deceived into receiving the mark of the beast. Many Western Christians, especially too many evangelicals, confuse the Israel of the Bible with the current, very secular and non-Christian nation called the State of Israel. A quote from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during a keynote speech at the new “In Defense Of Christians” organization’s dinner in Washington DC in September 2014, sums up this misconception:

Ted Cruz

“I told the attendees that those who hate Israel also hate America,” Cruz said. “That those who hate Jews also hate Christians. And that anyone who hates Israel and the Jewish people is not following the teachings of Christ. These statements were met with angry boos. I went on to tell the crowd that Christians in the Middle East have no better friend than Israel. That Christians can practice their faith free of persecution in Israel. And that ISIS, al Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah, along with their state sponsors in Syria and Iran, are all part of the same cancer, murdering Christians and Jews alike. Hate is hate, and murder is murder.”
Source: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2014/09/10/ted-cruz-opposition-to-israel-led-to-me-leaving-event/

Of course, any Christian who hates any group of people is not practicing the Christian faith, but in this context, Cruz is singling out the Jewish people and Israel for a very different purpose. Notice he says “That those who hate Jews also hate Christians. And that anyone who hates Israel and the Jewish people is not following the teachings of Christ.” Here, he is in jeopardy of adding to the Bible, because hating the policies of a country in this world does not violate Christian teaching at all. Cruz was referring to those Christians in the audience who booed his unwavering, one-dimensional support of the State of Israel. In his words, he does what many evangelical Christians do: confuse this current nation of Israel with the ancient Israel of the Old Testament. Recently, many evangelical churches have been hosting pro-Israel speakers in the pulpit who slam Islam yet worship the State of Israel, repeating the false notion that those who curse Israel will be cursed by God.
Is this true? Let’s look.


One of the pillars of this strange state worship of today’s Israel is the gross misinterpretation of the Book of Revelation when it speaks of the 144,000 Israelites the Lord has reserved to be free of the sins of this world. Notice Revelation says that only 12,000 of these are of the tribe of Judah (Jews as they are commonly called for short). So how do only 12,000 Jews suddenly become 144,000? Through deliberate and spiritually dangerous deception. Some Israel state worshippers claim that all of the 144,000 Israelites are Jews because it is an allegorical number, not a literal number. But what verse in the Bible says this number is not literal? Also, there are far more than 12,000 Jews who live in the State of Israel, so even using this flawed interpretation, most of the Jews in Israel who are not the 144,000, are then not blessed. See how erroneous this line of thinking can get when you abuse the meaning of the Bible?
The fact is, only the Lord God knows exactly who the 144,000 descendants of the Israelites are, and only 12,000 of them are Jews. Moreover, these 144,000 Israelites are dedicated followers of Jesus Christ and are awaiting His return and will not receive the mark of the beast. The official religion of the State of Israel is definitely NOT the Christian faith. There should be no confusion here.
In Genesis, God is so pleased with Abraham that he blesses Abraham and promises that even more blessing await his descendants. But who are his descendants? Here’s yet another point of confusion among many Christians and even Jews. Israel is a descendant of Abraham, but Abraham is not a descendant of Israel. Thus, the blessings to Abraham’s seed applies to all of his descendants, not just the descendants of Israel.
So who are all of the physical descendants of Abraham?
The reality is that no one alive today knows except God! It is probably true that every race of man today has Abraham’s blood running in them. But as Paul tells us, we should avoid getting bogged down in endless genealogies. John the Baptist further tells us in Matthew 3:9 the following:

“And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.”
Why did John say this? Because being physically born into a family or race is not the point of life. Being spiritually reborn as the spiritual seed of Abraham through Jesus Christ is far more important and necessary for everlasting life!
Let’s not stop there. Let’s go into a verse that most evangelical Christians strangely dare not venture into for fear of being considered anti-Semitic and anti-Israel: John 8

31Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 33They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

34Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 35And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. 36If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. 37I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. 38I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.

39They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 40But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. 41Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

42Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 46Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 47He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
48Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil? 49Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me. 50And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth. 51Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. 52Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. 53Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? 54Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: 55Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. 56Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. 57Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 58Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. 59Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

Notice in the lengthy bible quote above that Jesus Christ speaks a duality regarding Abraham being their physical father vs Abraham the spiritual father. Too many Christians miss this important point. Jesus acknowledges they are the physical descendants of Abraham, but that’s nothing. He focuses on the fact that they are NOT the spiritual descendants of Abraham, which is far more important. So why would God just bless the wicked ones among Abraham’s descendants? Jesus said either you are for Him or against Him and clearly there are those among the Jews who do not support Jesus Christ in any way. The blessings are of a spiritual nature and are for those who do the works of Abraham, as Jesus says. The works of Abraham are the same as the works of the Christian faith, for God is the same yesterday (when Abraham was alive), today and forever.
Was Jesus being hateful in speaking to certain Jews in such a strong manner? Of course not! Among the Jews were certain ones who themselves were dedicated to lawlessness and were part of a secret scheme to overtake the Roman Empire and establish a new kingdom with them ruling from behind the scenes. This last conclusion might surprise many who have been taught a very watered down, filtered, propaganda view of history. But Jesus Christ Himself already gave us the biggest clue with the Parable of the Tenants and the Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds (Tares).

Furthermore, the Book of Acts is basically the story of certain Jewish leaders leading a systematic, city by city persecution of the Early Church by stirring up the citizens and local leaders against the apostles and disciples. This is the spirit of antichrist at work, the same spirit that will lead the world to accept the mark of the beast. The same spirit that would mislead people into faulty interpretations of the words of Jesus and His Apostles, including the Wailing Wall when Jesus clearly said that no stone of the Temple in Jerusalem would be left standing. The same spirit that will then build on that deception and entice the faithful to believe in the Antichrist as Jesus Christ (even using a decoy antichrist before unveiling the real Antichrist). So we must be careful when studying the Bible.

The 2nd Temple during the Roman Empire era

The Book of Hebrews was an attempt to help regular Jews bridge the gap between the Old Testament era and the New Testament era faith. All of this was done in a loving way to actually help Jews see the truth about why God blessed Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the Israelites in general, that it was not based on something as simplistic as being born physically of these great men of faith, but that the spiritual works that pleased the Lord were the things He wanted them to embrace. But if after hearing all of this, some Jews do not want to embrace the faith of Jesus Christ, then that’s ok. We still must love them anyway, but that does not mean that we worship the State of Israel, which is unfortunately based on stealing land from others already there and implementing a hateful system of racism against those same people.

The blessings of Israel in the Old Testament are for those who do the spiritual things that the great men of faith in the Old Testament did, not their bodies or race. Christians must remember that our kingdom is not of this world, that we are just strangers here until the New Jerusalem is revealed. The Jerusalem in the State of Israel today is not this New Jerusalem! So if it is not the New Jerusalem, why is it called Jerusalem? That’s the biggest clue as to the real purpose of this nation. We must not favor any nation. We are only tasked to love our fellow man, regardless of who they are and what they believe. Stay awake, Church!

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Are American Christians Turning A Blind Eye While Godless U.S. Gov’t Massacres the World in the Name of ‘War on Terror’?

Jesus Christ told us to obey His commandments. One of His commandments is to love our enemies and do good to those who hate us. Elsewhere He also told us to turn the other cheek but at the same time told the apostles that 2 swords was enough for the 12 of them (proportionate defense). Given that the United States is a majority Christian nation, shouldn’t our foreign policy reflect what Jesus Christ said?

Instead we are taught to kill the “enemy” even when the enemy is not very well defined and is far, far away. We have a Department of Defense, but the truth is that it is the Department of Offense as America is never attacked! Instead, we come up with convenient and often deceptive reasons to invade other countries in the name of ‘peace’, ‘freedom’ and ‘war on terrorism.’

But are we really fighting for peace and freedom?

Of course not! Jesus told us that in the end times, they will say ‘peace’ when there is no peace. As for freedom, Jesus clearly told us freedom only exists in Him, not in any government on earth. Freedom and peace will only come with the New Jerusalem, not the godless United States. America is the current version of the powerful seat of image of the beast, and Israel gives it life (Daniel 2 and Revelation speaks of this). The Harlot, Babylon the Great, is riding the beast and her agents are behind the scenes, the puppet masters pulling the strings. American Christians need to take the blinders off and vote for any part but the Republicans or Democrats. Vote against the established government leaders who are hell-bent on massacring innocent lives for Satan!

Church Stay Awake! We’re Still in a World of Hate!

Church Stay Awake! We’re Still in a World of Hate!

Too many Christians have been lulled into a false sense of security and trust:

We blindly trust our governments, courts and law enforcement infrastructures without question

We blindly accept the reports of mainstream news media as gospel truth

We are blind to the important events in Jerusalem because of our reliance on the mainstream news media for our facts, and especially the next temple where the abomination that causes desolation will be set up

We have allowed secularized school systems to blind us to the truth of what really happened in history, especially with the world’s glamorized, cosmetic watering down of the horrors of the revolutions that trampled Christian-based monarchies in the West and East (and Islamic monarchies in the East)

We refuse to know the real truth about the satanic World Wars, which were Zionist machinations

We are too dismissive of a growing acceptance of the most detestable sins since the dawn of civilization

We don’t test the spirits like the Bible warns us

We don’t qualify people we accept in our inner circles based on whether they are for or against Jesus Christ

We have allowed the spirit of divide and conquer to isolate us instead of uniting us

We think that there is peace in the world when there is not

We don’t study and pay attention to ALL of Jesus parables and their hidden meanings, which warns of exactly what’s going on in the world and in prophecy

We no longer believe in the miracles of Jesus Christ

But a few of us still believe and are vigilant, and for such, we need to keep nudging our fellow asleep Christians and have them put on the armor of God before the new wave of sadistic persecutions catch us unaware and asleep!

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Wake Up American Church! Satan is still very real and deadly active in 2013

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Why is the Mother of Harlots Babylon the Great Called Mystery?

Revelation 17
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

 

The word “Mystery” implies a knowledge or practice that is hidden from the public, only known to the initiated. Satan, when he was still Lucifer, was one of two arch angels in charge of using his wings to “cover” the throne of God. By covering it, he kept others from seeing it until the Lord wanted Himself revealed. Once he became a fallen angel, he perverted this practice of covering up something important by creating mystery cults where ancient knowledge was somehow revealed perversely to those who desired to be initiated into this hidden knowledge.

The Tower of Babel marked a milestone in man’s common knowledge combined with a mysterious element that led God to destroy the tower and confound the language of man into many different languages. The mighty empire of ancient Egypt marked the beginning of using a major system of human government to be founded on a mystery cult, which is what the Pharaoh system was based on. But it wasn’t until the founding of the great Babylonian empire under Nebuchadnezzar that the mystery cult went to another level of deep mysteries and complex mysteries that governs the mysteries till this day.

In Daniel 2, we see a description of a statue where Babylon is the head of gold. What made Babylon special? It’s the fact that mystery cults were organized as a way to run a major government using a shadow government system. So the Mother of Harlots spoken of in Revelation 17 and 18 is a system of men and women who are initiated into the ancient mysteries, which are largely centered on rebellion against the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the same father of Jesus Christ, Son of God. Satan created this system to ensure that his children “ride the beast” (government systems mostly run by Gentiles) behind a cloak of intentional mystery. The mystery conceals the identity of these rebellious men and women, who change allegiances when they no longer have any use for a government. This is why Babylon soon gave way to Persia, and Persia gave way to Greece, and Greece gave way to Rome. And Rome gave way to the two-legged Western Byzantine and Eastern Orthodox/Islamic government systems. But the next transition from these monarchy-based government systems to the iron-clay mixed democratic-republican-Marxist systems was the crowning jewel of the millennia-old mystery shadow government system.

From roughly the 1600s until the 1900s, Mystery Babylon the Great rode the beast into a horror-filled, murderous, orgy-tainted, blasphemous descent into the abyss of darkness based on utter deception and fraud. The blood-thirsty Mother of Harlots gave birth to many shadow “daughter harlot” government systems based on the deceit of democracy, republicanism, Marxism, capitalism, socialism, Leninism, Stalinism, Nazism, false flag terrorism and others. Monarchies, with their tight marriage between religion, royalty and devoted citizenry, was too tough to break and mold, so the Mother of Harlots was busy chipping away at royalty for all those centuries. The major monarchies of Britain, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Russia, the Ottomans, China, Japan, among other monarchies, were broken to pieces by the end of WWI. All of the horror-filled violence of these so-called revolutions included rapes of women and children, mass beheadings, mass hangings, grotesque mutilations, people cut in half alive, people burned alive in ovens like food, mass shootings, sex with corpses by sadistic rebels, eating of human body parts, cutting open of pregnant women, crushing pregnant women in wine and fruit presses, throwing children out of towers to catch them on bayonets, and other sick cruelties that the Mother of Harlots had the children of Satan imagine and enjoy! May the Lord bless those many victims whose bodies were piled in pyramids and left to lie on the streets of these crushed nations. Thus, in roughly 300 years, the monarchy system that ruled mankind since ancient Egypt came to an end as predicted by Daniel 2.

 

The Bible uses the word “horror” when warning us about Mystery Babylon the Great Mother of Harlots:

Psalms 119:53

Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.

 

Ezekiel Chapter 7

16 But they that escape of them shall escape, and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity.

17 All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak [as] water.

18 They shall also gird [themselves] with sackcloth, and horror shall cover them; and shame [shall be] upon all faces, and baldness upon all their heads.

19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.

 

And the Bible speaks of her harlotries as well:

 

Ezekiel Chapter 23

2 Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother:

3 And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; they committed whoredoms in their youth: there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity.

4 And the names of them [were] Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus [were] their names; Samaria [is] Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.

5 And Aholah played the harlot when she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians [her] neighbours…

 

Ezekiel Chapter 23

34 Thou shalt even drink it and suck [it] out, and thou shalt break the sherds thereof, and pluck off thine own breasts: for I have spoken [it], saith the Lord GOD.

35 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast forgotten me, and cast me behind thy back, therefore bear thou also thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.

 

Ezekiel Chapter 23

42 And a voice of a multitude being at ease [was] with her: and with the men of the common sort [were] brought Sabeans from the wilderness, which put bracelets upon their hands, and beautiful crowns upon their heads.

43 Then said I unto [her that was] old in adulteries, Will they now commit whoredoms with her, and she [with them]?

44 Yet they went in unto her, as they go in unto a woman that playeth the harlot: so went they in unto Aholah and unto Aholibah, the lewd women.

45 And the righteous men, they shall judge them after the manner of adulteresses, and after the manner of women that shed blood; because they [are] adulteresses, and blood [is] in their hands.

36 The LORD said moreover unto me; Son of man, wilt thou judge Aholah and Aholibah? yea, declare unto them their abominations;

37 That they have committed adultery, and blood [is] in their hands, and with their idols have they committed adultery, and have also caused their sons, whom they bare unto me, to pass for them through [the fire], to devour [them].

 

But Bible prophecy tell us that the Mystery of this Mother of Harlots will be exposed, including her terrorism, for she is the mother of terrorism, and the mystery here is that most of the world does not know the true source of terrorism because the veil of mystery is based on false flag operations that trick the public into blaming the wrong enemy. She will fall from her lofty position in a most spectacular fashion:

 

Ezekiel Chapter 26

15 Thus saith the Lord GOD to Tyrus; Shall not the isles shake at the sound of thy fall, when the wounded cry, when the slaughter is made in the midst of thee?

16 Then all the princes of the sea shall come down from their thrones, and lay away their robes, and put off their broidered garments: they shall clothe themselves with trembling; they shall sit upon the ground, and shall tremble at [every] moment, and be astonished at thee.

17 And they shall take up a lamentation for thee, and say to thee, How art thou destroyed, [that wast] inhabited of seafaring men, the renowned city, which wast strong in the sea, she and her inhabitants, which cause their terror [to be] on all that haunt it!

18 Now shall the isles tremble in the day of thy fall; yea, the isles that [are] in the sea shall be troubled at thy departure.

19 For thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall make thee a desolate city, like the cities that are not inhabited; when I shall bring up the deep upon thee, and great waters shall cover thee;

20 When I shall bring thee down with them that descend into the pit, with the people of old time, and shall set thee in the low parts of the earth, in places desolate of old, with them that go down to the pit, that thou be not inhabited; and I shall set glory in the land of the living;

21 I will make thee a terror, and thou [shalt be] no [more]: though thou be sought for, yet shalt thou never be found again, saith the Lord GOD.

 

Ezekiel Chapter 27

34 In the time [when] thou shalt be broken by the seas in the depths of the waters thy merchandise and all thy company in the midst of thee shall fall.

35 All the inhabitants of the isles shall be astonished at thee, and their kings shall be sore afraid, they shall be troubled in [their] countenance.

36 The merchants among the people shall hiss at thee; thou shalt be a terror, and never [shalt be] any more.

 

Ezekiel Chapter 28

17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never [shalt] thou [be] any more.

 

Revelation 17

15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

 

Revelation 18

1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.

6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.

7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,

10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:

12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,

13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.

14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.

15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,

16 And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!

17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,

18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!

19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.

22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;

23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

 

But the Lord gives us hope in the midst of the current terrorism of Mystery Babylon the Great:

 

1 Peter Chapter 3

12 For the eyes of the Lord [are] over the righteous, and his ears [are open] unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord [is] against them that do evil.

13 And who [is] he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?

14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy [are ye]: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;

15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and [be] ready always to [give] an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear

Bible source: http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org 

What Does Revelation 13:2 Mean by ‘Great Authority’?

The front side (recto) of Papyrus 1, a New Tes...

The front side (recto) of Papyrus 1, a New Testament manuscript of the Gospel of Matthew. Most likely originated in Egypt. Also part of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri (P. oxy. 2) Currently housed in: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Revelation 13:2

And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

In order to understand the nature and scope of this “great authority,” we have to understand what authority means. Let’s look at the definition:

The power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience.

“he had absolute authority over his subordinates”

synonyms: power, jurisdiction, command, control, charge, dominance, rule, sovereignty, supremacy

As we can see, the definition of authority alone is pretty strong. So to be ‘great’, the authority must acquire an additional attribute, an additional level of power that makes ‘authority’ above other authorities. There are a few bible verses that provide clues as to the scope and context of authority that may help:

Matthew 20:25
But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. (see also Matthew 8:9, Mark 10:42 and Acts 8:27)

Acts 26:12
Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests. (See also Acts 9:14 and 26:10)

The symbols of Revelation

The symbols of Revelation (Photo credit: Waiting For The Word)

The first verse describes secular Gentile authority, which is usually associated with the beast in New Testament bible prophecy. The second verse describes a religious-spiritual based authority that Paul had from the Jewish religious leaders in Jerusalem. This Jewish authority represented the power of a state within a state, whereby Paul was able to travel outside Jerusalem and persecute the early Church anywhere in the Roman world. Jesus Christ was described as having authority

1. to cast judgment (John 5:27)

2. to explain the mysteries of scripture (Matthew 7:29, Mark 1:22)

3. to control the weather (Matthew 8:26)

4. to cast out demons (Mark 1:27, Luke 4:36)

5. to give His authority to His servants (Mark 13:34, Luke 9:1, Luke 19:17)

6. to conquer all earthly authority (1 Corinthians 15:24)

7. to cure diseases (Luke 9:1)

Beast and the Harlot

Beast and the Harlot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So we have a description of (1) secular authority and (2) religious authority. Now imagine a hierarchical system that combined secular with religious (or pseudo-religious) authority. Revelation 13 describes such a system. Satan, who as Lucifer wanted to be like God the Father, copies the Lord’s power, and Revelation 13 gives us a description of this system. There is the beast with great authority ruling over the seas (the people). And on top of this beast, high above and almost out of the site of the peoples is Harlot, “Mystery Babylon the Great.” She rides this beast out of site of the people, greatly influencing the beast with her pseudo-religious authority in order to complete the deception of the people by every channel of authority possible, including modern methods of control such as modern bureaucracies that aggregate ever increasing powers over every aspect of life, mass media, worldwide military power through great alliances, commercialism and the absolute control of buying and selling. And just as God the Father put it in Jesus’ mouth what He should speak (John 12:49-50), so the dragon (Satan) gives communication authority to the beast, and the beast gives it, in turn, to its image to speak on its behalf and reinforce authority with the death penalty (Rev. 13:4-17).

May the Lord bless us to persevere under such great, anti-Christ authority!

Rev. 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.