By Paul Taylor
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. Revelation 18:4
To whom is the voice of Revelation 18:4 speaking, and who is the “her” they are to come out of so as not to partake of her sins and receive the plagues?
Hopefully this study, which will deal mainly with Revelation 17 and Daniel chapter 2, and 7 will open your eyes and mind as to what these books of Revelation and Daniel are revealing for the final days of Earth’s history, or as some prefer, the END TIMES.
As I begin to write this article I know there will be those who will criticize and condemn me as a heretic, but I will still love them as God loves me, in spite of my misgivings. I hold no animosity, condemnation, or judgment on anyone for their thoughts, beliefs or feelings. It is not my duty or right to condemn, but to inform, and allow the Holy Spirit to do the work; I’m merely a messenger attempting to warn God’s people of the deceptions they are following, and to come out of Babylon before the eastern sky splits with the coming of Jesus and his Angels to take his Church home, and annihilate the wicked.
I am in no way chastising, condemning, judging, ridiculing, or defiling any denomination, religion or person. It is my sole intention to inform you of the truth as found in God’s Holy word and how his word has been twisted, ridiculed, watered down and cast to the side for too many years, to placate the desires and attitudes of man with his politically correct crowd of the various groups demanding their way, rather than God’s way. Should you find these writings offensive, may I suggest you kneel in fervent prayer before our Creator God, asking for his guidance to the truth, diligently searching the scriptures and historical documents to confirm or reject these writings.
There are two (2) classes of people in which Jesus will deal with when His appearance splits that eastern sky; He will first deal with the righteous dead and the righteous living in which he will resurrect and change into immortal beings to be with Him for eternity. He will then immediately deal with the wicked living by destroying them and everything that is on this earth; the wicked dead will remain in their graves for an additional 1000 years this according to 2 Peter 3:10 and Revelation 20:5
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 2 Peter 3:10 Now look at Revelation 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
2 Peter 3:10 makes it clear; there will be no second chance or a 7 year tribulation period. You will either be ready or you will not be ready as Revelation 22:11-12 states; He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
The religious leaders and Church’s over the years have, along with the liberal Bible Colleges and teachers twisted, turned, tweaked, and watered down God’s word to pacify the politically correct crowds of the various groups demanding their ways over God’s ways, teaching man’s traditions over God’s commandments so that the true gospel of the Holy Bible has almost been lost.
The Spirit of God has begun to move amongst, and awaken some of God’s people that have been lulled into a false sense of hope and security by Satan’s Deceptions down through the years. Some are now beginning to see the false teachings and practices of the Churches for what they are, and the deceptions that Satan has fomented on them, This being the result of the unwillingness of the Pastors and teachers to stand and preach the true gospel, and the lack of Biblical study by the Church members, which has drawn them into a trap, from which they’re unable to escape. But, through the movement of God’s Holy Spirit and his guidance, some are coming out of Babylon and her false teachings. And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. Matthew 24:4
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.Acts 17:11 (Emphasis is mine)
We are told to search the scriptures daily to prove the teachers and preachers right or wrong, before accepting their word as truth.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables
By following the present day churches with their rituals and practices, we are guilty of being partakers of her sins and will suffer the eternal damnation that awaits those who continue following these deceptions. There will be no plea bargaining, no slap on the wrist or a swept under the rug political favor, as our present justice system dictates. You have been warned and admonished to study God’s word, follow his commandments and present yourself a living sacrifice, rejecting the false teachings and rituals of today’s modern Church, and to be called worthy to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus said in Mathew 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again we see in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
And again, we find in 2 Timothy a 2000 year look into the future:
2Timothy 3:1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away (emphasis is mine)
The above verses cover a lot of territory.
In which category are you?
Are you being deceived by the teachings of your Church, that you’re safe and secure in the knowledge that you will enter Heaven, because you were baptized, sprinkled, anointed or whatever other ritual is used to call you converted, and yet continue your present lifestyle and attitudes? Read the above verses again, v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y, absorbing each line, and then answer that question honestly. God is calling his people to wake up and seek the truth, that you not suffer the lake of fire awaiting the devil and his angels. Revelation 18:4 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.
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32
God is calling his people out of the false religions of today and pleading for them to come back to the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, to seek Him and the truth, keeping his commandments.
Folks, there is presently over 1,200 different Christian Denominations operating in the United States of America today. Are all of these denominations teaching the true Gospel of Jesus Christ as outlined in the Holy Bible? We are instructed to seek God, seeking the truth with all our hearts through a diligent study of the Holy Scriptures.
Studying Biblical prophecies and world events over the years, I have become convinced through God’s word and his movement in my life, that we are in the final days of Earth’s history, yet there are those scoffers who will deny the facts of the Bible as a myth, rejecting the warnings now being proclaimed in an increasing tempo to the Churches, to prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ, who will bring an end to the corruption and sins of this world, remove his people, which have the testimony of Jesus in their hearts, and who keep his commandments.
The remaining on Earth will be destroyed at his coming and there will be no second chance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 2 Peter 3:10
When Jesus returns, none shall escape.
He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. Revelation 22:11,12
The preceding verses indicate a rapid snatching away of God’s people and a complete destruction of everything on Earth with the annihilation of the living unrepentant, no seven year tribulation to have a second chance at redemption.
If we look at Biblical History we see the learned Rabbis and Elders missed the birth of Jesus; they were too busy following man’s traditions, ways and rules, looking for a conquering King to overthrow the Romans, not a meek and mild servant whom they crucified; yet the wise men of the east correctly interpreted the scriptures and came to pay homage to the newborn king, as did the Sheppard’s in the fields; they were also waiting and watching for the Messiah.
Same as then, the Churches are too busy placating special interest groups, man’s ways and traditions, relegating the Bible and God’s word to a relic of the past, they too are missing the signs.
The Churches have been teaching a false doctrine of a “Once Saved Always Saved”, and a “Secret Rapture” followed by a “Seven Year Tribulation” period in which those left behind will be given a second chance, while an Anti- Christ makes a peace agreement with Israel and then breaks it after 3 ½ years. One of the most ludicrous deceptions ever perpetrated on the Church and they fall for it, hook line and sinker.
Why are the Churches teaching these false doctrines? Why are the people not reading their Bibles and following God’s statutes and Commandments?
These are some serious questions which have no correct way of answering except to look at history and the Bible to get the answers. If we diligently study the Holy Bible with an open mind and heartfelt desire to find the truth, seeking God, He will lead us in the right direction by placing us on a path to a true Bible believing and teaching Church with true Christians who are seeking the truth and a closer relationship with the Lord, not following man’s rituals, practices, and traditions to placate the politically correct crowd. Jesus admonished the Scribes and Pharisees for their following of man’s traditions and laws; Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also. John 8:19
Ye 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. John 8:44
Jesus is blasting the Scribes and Pharisees for their utter pride, stubbornness and lack of understanding in following God’s laws, instead following the rituals and laws of man which is the works of Satan, hence their father the devil whom they followed.
In Revelation 18:4 we are told to come out of her, (Babylon), but who and what is Babylon? 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.
The word “Babylon” comes from the word babel which means confusion and originated at the tower of Babel when God came down and confused the people of Babel by changing their languages so they could not communicate with each other, causing them to seem as though they were babbling.
And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. Revelation 17:5
We see in the above scripture that Babylon is a woman and the mother of harlots.
So what is a harlot?
A harlot is a whore or prostitute, which ever you prefer, selling herself for profit.
Who is the woman?
In prophecy a woman is referred to as a Church.
So now if we look at the above verse we can say the mother church has many offspring or other churches (daughters)
What does “MYSTERY” mean? In this case it is the false depiction of a religious church.
What does the “Abominations of the Earth” represent? These are the idolatrous practices and false teachings of the mother church passing these teachings and practices to the other churches which blindly follow her lead.
But what does the “MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT” signify?
We know that it is a religious order, and we know that it has other churches which have sprung from it. Also we know that “BABYLON” means confusion. So we look for a religious order that is worldwide, has teachings and rituals that are not biblical and to which all the nations look to, and can be referred to as the Mother Church which would exhibit the signs of the verse in Revelation 17:15. God referred to this church as Babylon because of her unholy ways of mixing truth with unbiblical teachings and rituals, making the whole world drunk with the wine of her fornication. The whole world will be confused through this “Whore of Babylon” and her false teachings.
If Jesus established his Church as a single unit to go into all the nations teaching the gospel and healing the sick, then why do we have so many different religions and churches in the world?
Since the year 30 AD there have been a total of some 34,000 different Christian Denominations in the world according to the World Christian Encyclopedia published in 2001.
As of 2005 there were 1,200 (and growing) different Christian denominations in the United States alone, and 15 major religions in the world. This according to the Association of Religious Data Archives.
With the above information, look around you at the number of various independent and mainline churches popping up on every corner and in every vacant shopping mall or storefront in communities all over the country, and ask yourself this question. If there are over 1200 different Christian denominations in the USA, and they all use the same Bible.
Where is the truth and who is teaching it?
Could there possibly be deceptive practices being fomented on the unsuspecting people of these many different Churches? Friends, something ain’t right about this picture.
To Be Continued
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