Fleeing to the Mountains: The Abomination in the Church, Part 1

By admin On August 22nd, 2013

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“Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:Constellation- Woman of Revelation 12 flees to the mountains Mark 13:14 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: Which say to…the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits…

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And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.” Isaiah 30:8-10, 25

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“FLEE TO THE MOUNTAINS”

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“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:” Matthew 24:15, 16

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So, it says here in the above passage, that when “ye…shall see the Abominhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Panorama_from_beth_meir_5.jpgation of Desolation standing in the Holy Place”, those who are in Judea should flee to the mountains. This photo is of the mountains of Judea.

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But is this where we should flee to? Or is there a deeper meaning to this passage?

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The fact is, the Bible is a spiritual book, and the Bible plainly says, “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” 1st Corinthians 2:13.

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TRUTH HIDDEN WITHIN ALLEGORIES

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God has purposely hidden many truths in the Bible by simply speaking in metaphors. Yes, the Bible is filled with many parables, or allegories.

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But now God is giving a message written in the heavens. But that heavenly message only directs back to the Bible. And this article will explore the heavens, that the heavens may declare, just what the Bible has to say about this very important warning. So come along, and see if these things are not in harmony with the Bible.

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A QUICK LOOK AT HISTORY

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Now in order to rightly understand just what is the Abomination of Desolation, it is necessary to underhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jan_Hus_at_the_Stake.jpgstand a little about history. This is because Satan wasted no time after Christ’s ascension, in waging war against God’s Church. Listen… “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only He who now lets will let, until He be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming:” 2nd Thess. 2:7, 8. This passage reveals that Satan (the “mystery of iniquity”) wasted no time infiltrating the Church, right after Christ’s ascension. So let’s take a very short look at the history of the Church, and see just how this “mystery of iniquity” has been working through history. And maybe this will reveal that “Wicked” which is spoken of in the above passage, whom the Lord “shall destroy by the brightness of His Coming”…

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THE 1st BEAST RISES

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“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.” Revelation 13:1

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Now after Christ’s ascension, persecution against Christians began. The Roman government as well as the unbelieving Jews both began to make life difficult and sometimes even bloody for Christians. But around 320 A.D., the emperor of Rome, Constantine (painting, left), had a change of heart, and began to embrace Christianity. And while peace is nice, this embracing of Christianity by the Romans had its deleterious effects, ihttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Burgkmair_whore_babylon_color.jpgn the form of worldly compromises. False doctrines and pagan celebrations were gradually introduced into the Church, causing the Church to eventually grow corrupt, ultimately becoming desolate of God’s Spirit. Rules and ceremonies replaced a faith-filled communion with God. Hence, the apostate European churches, using the civil governments as their “enforcers”, became the Mystery Babylon Harlot riding the Beast (picture, right), as spoken of in Revelation Chapters 17 and 18.

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“FLEE TO THE MOUNTAINS”

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And as those early centuries progressed, the apostate European churches eventually became the persecutors of Christians. And so http://www.gutenberg.org/files/18503/18503-h/18503-h.htmbegan a long 1300 year tribulation in which the apostate churches of Europe made life difficult, and sometimes even bloody for God’s people. At first, many Christians simply kept quiet about their love for the Bible. But as the centuries passed, many Christians had to flee to the European Alps, and begin life anew in the safety of those mountain strongholds.

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REFORMATION FINALLY BEGINS

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And then, in the 1300’s, began the great Christian Rhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Luther95theses.jpgeformation. God raised up men like Wycliffe, Huss, Jerome, Tyndale, Luther, and many more, who would fearlessly stand up to the priests and prelates of the apostate Church. Of course, Satan, the ruler of those apostate churches, likewise began his retaliatory attacks against the Reformation; and this went on for centuries. Oh yes, at various times there was peace for the Christians. God mercifully allowed them such intervals of rest. But after some time, the blood of martyrs once again was spilled.

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And also, the Bible was a much hated book by the apostate churches, and copies were burned, and that Book of books was outlawed. Satan tried relentlessly to obliterate the Bible out of existence.

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BIBLE WAS THAT SWORD

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This Protestant reformation continued on, combating these religious and civil authorities, who were torturing, imprisoning, banishing ahttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Avvakum_by_Myasoyedov.jpegnd even killing God’s people, off and on through the Dark Ages.

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But when the prophetic time-clock ran out, this first Beast finally received the deadly wound by God’s glittering sword, the Bible. “In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.” Isaiah 27:1. Yes, God’s glittering sword, the Bible, finally delivered a deadly wound to the Dragon in the “sea of nations”, i.e., Satan.

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You see, when the printing press was invented, an underground movement began to publish and distribute as many Bibles as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Caxton_Showing_the_First_Specimen_of_His_Printing_to_King_Edward_IV_at_the_Almonry,_Westminster.jpgpossible. Soon, many printing presses were producing Bibles in mass numbers. At this point, the apostate European churches could no longer suppress God’s Word: the Word they attempted to obliterate from existence was at last going out into all of Europe, delivering this 1st Beast, his deadly wound, by a sword (God’s Word).

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For those who have a thirst for reading, The History of Protestantism by James Wylie. Another much shorter history might be found in Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.

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SECOND BEAST

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“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. And he exercises all the power of the first beast before him, and causes the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.” Revelation 13:11, 12False Prophet

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At this point, Satan had to employ a new strategy against Heaven. And Satan had a radically different plan this time. And so came the hour for the second Beast to make his appearance on the world-stage. This first Beast received the deadly wound. But this wound would be healed, as is written… “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” Revelation 13:3

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And so, at the same time that the first Beast was seemingly dying, this second Beast was arising out of the Earth. This second Beast took over for the badly wounded 1st Beast. In worldly terms, you could say it was “a hellish tag-team”!

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WHY THE SECOND BEAST?

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Now why did God even speak of a second Beast? Why did He not just speak of this first Beast? WFalse Prophetell, the answer to this question is quite simple! You see, after his ruthless first Beast received its deadly wound by God’s glittering Sword, Satan knew he had to put an entirely “new face” on his hellish war-machine. The 1st Beast was so ruthless, and had such a horrible and bloody reputation, it was virtually impossible for this beast to have any more favor with society. Not to mention that the Bible was now being read by the great masses in Europe, which only exposed the totally unbiblical doctrines of that apostate church. So an entirely new and different strategy had to be implemented. This new Beast was a kinder and gentler beast. After all, False Prophets have to be nice, to a certain extent. And this was prophesied of in Daniel… “and by peace shall (he) destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.” Daniel 8:25

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“AND (HE) BY PEACE SHALL DESTROY MANY”

Daniel 8:25

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Yes, these two beasts had a vastly different modus-operandi from each other! They had two entirely different http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Burgkmair_whore_babylon_color.jpgstrategies to wage their war against Heaven: the first by blood and torture and False Prophetfamine and war. But the second Beast would employ just the opposite: prosperity, materialism, false ideologies and world-loving gospels.

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The pendulum was about to swing the opposite direction. And Satan was going to make sure it would swing much too far in the opposite direction! Wealth, pleasures, peace and safety, and time-consuming diversions, false miracles in world-loving churches, were just some of the weapons of war which this 2nd Beast, the False Prophet, would employ against God’s people in these last days.

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FROM FAMINE TO FEASTING

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“Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny Thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.” Proverbs 30:8, 9 

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This above verse lays down an important principle: that neither extreme (riches or poverty) is healthy. And so, this passage seems to be a hidden prophecy concerning the two periods of the New Testament history.

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This 2nd Beast was a new and improved beast. No longer did Satan need to killhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mall_culture_jakarta75.jpg, torture and banish Christians. Nor did he need to confiscate and burn Bibles. No, this new and improved Beast would simply flood the Christian nations with every pleasure and pursuit, and material good, and false ideology possible! (“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth;” Rev. 13:11).  

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Truly, this beast arose out of the Earth: because earthly Mammon and excess was what this 2nd Beast was all about!

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LOOK-ALIKE IDEOLOGIES

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And in addition to this, Satan has turned his efforts to persecute God’s people by means of false ideologies and biblical counterfeits. He has flooded the world with every pleasure, pursuit, ideology, and false gospel conceivable. He no longer needs to imprison and torture Christians in man-made dungeons. He would simply flood the world with all the “lusts of the flesh, lusts of the eyes and pride of life”, to the point that Christians were so preoccupied with worldly Mammon and watered-down prosperity gospels, that they had little time and little inclination to devote themselves to ceaseless prayer, and to the study of God’s Word, and to the purification of the heart. Yes, this false Prophet successfully captivated the hearts of God’s people, and greatly stunted the growth of God’s Church, by means of earthly Mammon, and wretched excess, and worldly gospels!

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“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matt. 6:24

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THE CURSE OF BALAAM

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“But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication…He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches;”  Revelation 2:14, 17

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The story of Balaam was also a picture of the 1st Beast, but also, this 2nd Beast. Balaam could not curse God’s people. What began as a curse, turned into a wonderful blessing for God’s peotissot balaam prophesies the glory of israel US-public-domainple. And this corresponds to the 1st Beast, who actually made Christianity even stronger because of his physical violence and persecution against Christians.

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But later on, Balaam told the wicked king of Moab to send in prostitutes in the Hebrew camp. And this strategy proved effective in placing a curse on God’s people.

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So it is with this 2nd Beast. Because all the persecution and bloodshed by the 1st Beast, only strengthened the Reformation and God’s people. But this 2nd Beast is using Balaam’s strategy of bringing in spiritual harlotry, in the form of earthly Mammon and various and many worldly compromises into God’s camp. And this proved far more effective in the deterioration and ultimate destruction of the church-world. 

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THE 2nd APOSTASY

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So when the 1st Beast of Revelation received his deadly wound, then churches no longer suffered http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MayflowerHarbor.jpgpersecution. The great tribulation had ceased!

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Or did it?

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No it didn’t stop. It just changed. Not only did Satan’s persecution change in form, but also in location!. Yes, Satan and his minions packed their bags, so to speak, and moved to the New World, which was rich in natural resources: the perfect place to serve as headquarters for his new assault against, not only God’s people, but also against the whole world!

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And, as already stated, Satahttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:People_on_Times_Square.jpgn had simply changed his modus-operandi. Now when Satan came as the 2nd Beast, the False Prophet, and began filling society with every conceivable pursuit: various pleasures, inventions, sports, hobbies, ideologies, careers, vacation resorts, prosperity-churches, and every other diversion he could possibly create.

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Yes, all these seemingly innocent pursuits and pleasures and pastimes would be used by this False Prophet to divert God’s people from a 100% devotion to overcoming Satan’s world.

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And so, even though the physical persecution had ceased, a far greater persecution had begun. Satan merely stopped all violence to Christians and to the Bible, and instead, created an atmosphere of “peace and safety”. And by so-doing, he did what the 1st Beast could not accomplish. Satan, by this 2nd Beast, also called the False Prophet, had created an atmosphere which completely put the Church at ease.

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“WE WRESTLE NOT AGAINST FLESH & BLOOD”

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And so, with this in mind, the rest of this article explains what has happened to the Church, since this 2nd Beast, the False Prophet, has been doing his deadly dance with the Church. So please read on,False Prophet and let’s remember that the Church is not the “bad guy”. Satan is the “bad guy”. Satan is the true Abomination of Desolation. And we have all been deceived to a great degree. So none of us can throw our “holy rags around us” and point the finger of indignation at anyone else! As Paul so aptly stated… “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” 1st Timothy. Paul correctly saw that his own heart was as wicked and deceitful as any other. But he said “this is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptance”, meaning that you and I can likewise make this same statement about our own wicked hearts! 

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“OPEN THOU MINE EYES…”

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“Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” Psalm 119:18

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Perhaps it’s time to take a short pause from this discussion of the Abomination of Desolation, in order to lay down a basic principle about Bible interpretation.

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There are many things in the Bible, which are clear as noonday; The deity of Jesus; His death on the Cross; the call to repentance; judgment to come. These are just some of those biblical concepts which God http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Magnifying_glass_on_book_iconshas stated plainly in Scripture. And God has made the way of Salvation clear enough, so that none need stumble.

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But there are many other concepts which are not so easy to see. The above verse from Psalms is a prayer for understanding what Scripture refers to as, “Hidden Manna”, that is, enshrouded Bible truths, which are like precious gem-stones scattered and concealed between the lines in God’s Word, just waiting to be discovered… “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” Psalm 119:18. And so, this verse reveals that there are certain Bible truths which are hidden, which only God can reveal, if He so chooses.

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“MANY THINGS HARD TO BE UNDERSTOOD”

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Peter’s epistle likewise agrees with this concept, as he makes the declaration that the Apostle Paul wrote of some things which are hard http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PaulT.jpgto understand… “As also in all his (Paul’s)epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.” 1st Peter 3:16

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But why would God do this? Why not just write these truths in such a way that makes them plain to understand? Well, the answer to this puzzling question is found here in several passages which address this subject. First, Proverbs makes this statement… “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.” Prov. 25:2. Since Scripture makes clear that we are kings (see Rev. 1:6), then God is speaking to Believers, as kings, who search out what God has concealed.

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MANY PARABLES AND ALLEGORIES

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The second reason why much of the Bible is hard to understand, is found in Jesus’ words as to why He spoke in parables… “Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:” Matt. 13:13, 14. The deeper truths of the Bible will not bThe True Upward Pathway www.signsofheaven.org share-alike license. please credit if copye understood by many, simply because God has hidden many truths within parables and allegories.

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Third, as already mentioned, Peter declares… “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.” 1st Peter 3:16. There are many who are unlearned in the Scriptures. But just who are the unstable? Well, listen to James… “For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1:7, 8. So an unstable man is a double-minded man. And as Jesus said… “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matt. 6:24

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And so, some of the concepts in this article are those which are not readily seen in the Bible. But by comparing spiritual things which spiritual, these difficult truths may begin to shine upon our upward heavenly pathway. But let not those who are double-minded, think that they will discover these deeper truths! Because, as these passages point out, those who are still seeking after the things of the world, have not yet entered in to God’s Everlasting Rest.

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HOW CAN YOU SEE SATAN?

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“And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,” 2nd Thessalonians 2:8, 9

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But back to the subject of the Abomination of Desolation.

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The big problem is, how can we see Satan? After all, it says, “When ye therefore shall SEE the Abomination of Desolation” How can you SEE the Abomination of Desolation? After all, Satan is an invisible spirit being! He is described as “Phttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Snakehandling.pngrince of the Power of the Air”.

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Just listen… “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the Prince of the Power of the Air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” Ephesians 2:2. Now during the Dark Ages, it was easy to see Satan. He came through the people of the world-loving churches, as they controlled the civil authorities to persecute God’s people. It was very easy to see demon-possessed men and women as they “came out with swords and staves”, to destroy God’s people. After all, they were burning both Bibles, and Christians too! And they were torturing many in dungeons. So it wasn’t so hard to know just who one’s enemies were!

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MAN OF SIN TO BE REVEALED

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But in the 20th Century, it was not so easy to see Satan. God’s people were no longer being physically persecuted as was thttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Laying_on_of_hands.jpghe Church during the Dark Ages (except in Muslim nations, of course!). Both the churches and societies now had a form of godliness (see 2nd Timothy 3:5). Christians now were enjoying peace and prosperity, to a great extent. But if we examine the above Bible passage from 2nd Thessalonians, we find the answer to this dilemma. Let’s look at it once again…. “And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,” 2nd Thess. It says here that “And then shall that Wicked be revealed“.

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LYING SIGNS & WONDERS

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OK, so now it becomes apparent that this Abomination of Desolation will be performing “all power and signs and lying wonders”. Now here is something we can see! And tie this passage together with this next one… “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Snakehandling.pngand wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” Matthew 24:24. Now we are beginning to get a picture of how the Abomination of Desolation was revealed. And never before in history, had there ever been a time in which the apostate churches were performing signs and lying wonders as they were in the Twentieth Century. Never before in history, did we read of any world-wide movement of signs & wonders as we were seeing in this 20th Century generation. And the more lawless and apostate that congregation was, the more interest they had, in signs and wonders. Or so it seemed.

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ALL POWER, SIGNS, AND LYING WONDERS

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“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” Matthew 24:24

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There are many who are jealous for their own congregation…and rightfully so! They know so many faithful fellow-members, and even witness new-comers being baptized, and proclaiming a new life in Christ. So how in the world could God not be working mightily in their congregation?

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“it were” ARE SUPPLIED WORDS

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Well, the above verse reveals that false prophets will, if possible, deceive even the very http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Preaching.jpgelect. Notice in the above verse, that the words, [it were] are in italics, and so these two words are supplied words by the King James Bible translators. It should actually read… “if possible, they shall deceive even the very elect.” Now obviously none of the Elect will be deceived to the point of losing their Salvation.

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VERY CLOSE COUNTERFEITS

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But on the other  hand, false prophets may deceive the very Elect into believing that these lying http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Third_day01.JPGsigns and wonders are from God. Yes, during the era of the congregations, Satan may have given compelling sermons. He may have caused people to give up bad habits, or give generous offerings, or even behave differently. Satan had the ability to perform “ALL power, signs and lying wonders”. In other words, Satan had the ability to completely counterfeit every aspect of Christianity. He even had the power to create religious excitement. He had the power to compose wonderful sounding worship songs. He even could perform uplifting Bible studies. He had “ALL power, signs and lying wonders”. Yes, the 20th Century witnessed a type of Christianity, which was filled with great power and seemingly with great light and religious fervor. But it was a false light and a counterfeit power and fervor! “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked…” Rev. 3:17    

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But first, before we proceed any further, let’s introduce the hostess of this article: The Revelation 12 Fleeing Woman…

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REVELATION 12 WRITTEN IN HEAVEN

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“And there appeared a great wonder (or sign) in heaven; a woman…And there appeared another wonder (sign) in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads…And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God…And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.” Rev. 12:1, 3, 6, 15

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Here is a sketch of this Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12. This is the Winter Constellations of Signs Of Heaven. Besides Orion and his Horse, we also see pictured in this sketch, the Dragon of winter four constellationsRevelation 12.

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This Revelation 12 Woman Constellation is fleeing. As you can see, the Dragon Constellation is spewing a flood of water in her direction, as is written… “And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.” Rev. 12:15. This wave of water represents Satan’s lies, and his false teachers who tell those lies.

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GOD’S MESSAGE: FLEE!!

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Beholding the Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation in winter, it seems that God is trying to get a very important message across to His people: that His Church is to flee! But what are they to flee from? Well, you can go to the article titled “The Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation”

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WINTER CONSTELLATIONS-SEEN IN FALL: This sketch to the right is how this constellation group appears in the eastern sky in fall. This is the four primary constellations of the Winter Constellations. They can be seen in this position, in the late fall above the eastern horizon. The Woman of Revelation 12 is commonly called Ursa Major or The Big Dipper and appears in the north. Orion the Soldier is the at the bottom is to the south of the Woman. The The Dragon of Revelation Constellation’s mouth isThe Hyades Cluster, and the tip of his tail is Pleiades, and his Wave of Water is primarily the Auriga constellation. The Glorious Horse Constellation head is of Perseus Constellation and his rear end is Cassiopeia Constellation.

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SHE’S FLEEING TO THE MOUNTAINS

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But beside the dragon, is she fleeing from anything else?Constellation- Woman of Revelation 12 flees to the mountains Mark 13:14

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The opening verse in this article, is a passage which is found in three of the gospels: Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Here is that passage again… “But when ye shall see the Abomination of Desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:” Mark 13:14. OK, so God’s people are to flee from the Abomination of Desolation. But what is the Abomination of Desolation? And how does this wave of water coming out of the Dragon’s mouth tie in with the Abomination of Desolation?

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ABOVE SKETCH: “Flee To The Mountains”: A concept picture, and not a true star-chart.

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FLOODS OF UNGODLY MEN

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But just what does this Wave of Water Constellation represent in Scripture? Listen… “When the waves of death compassed me…THE FLOODS OF UNGODLY MEN made me afraid. The sorrows of Hell compassed me about;” 2nd Samuel 22:5. So this passage (and others too) equates flood waterConstellation- Woman of Revelation 12 flees to the mountains Mark 13:14s with the sorrows of Hell, with ungodly men, and with waves of death. And so then by comparing Scriptures dealing with flood waters, it begins to be seen just what this Woman of Revelation 12 is fleeing from, as she flees from the water which the the Dragon is spewing. And so, by looking at various related Scriptures, it becomes clear just what this wave of water represents. This Revelation Ch. 12 Woman is fleeing from ‘waves of death’, from ‘sorrows of Hell’, and from ‘floods of ungodly men’. Just listen to Isaiah…When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. ” Isaiah 59:19. So the Bible very quickly unlocks the hidden meaning of the word, “flood”.

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ABOVE SKETCH: “Flee To The Mountains”: A concept picture, and not a true star-chart.

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WATER OF THE GOSPEL, OR…

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WATER OF FALSE GOSPELS

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But exploring the word, “water”, it is found that water represents the cleansing God’s Word. Listen…That He (Jesus) might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,Now what does this have to do with the Dragon’s floodwaters? Listen…“And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.” Rev. 12:15. NoticRevekation 12 Dragone that all of a sudden, this Dragon is referred to as the “serpent”. Here is a reference to the Garden of Eden, when Satan came as a serpent, and deceived the woman with his words.

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And so this wave of water coming from the mouth of the serpent has to do with deception. After all, what else but lies and deception could come forth from Satan’s mouth? Oh yes, Satan often cloaks his lies in much truth. But as we all know, the best lies are usually made of 80% or 90% truth.

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So God’s Word cleanses, but Satan’s words deceive. And this wave of water represents all the ungodly, whom the Devil uses to bring false doctrines and temptations, in hopes of sweeping God’s people away in his floodwaters.

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To explore this concept of Satan’s floodwaters, just click here… “Flood Waters of Satan-Introduction”

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THE ZODIAC CONSTELLATION NAMES

It is not the purpose, nor the desire of www.theheavensdeclare.net to give any validity or recognition to the Zodiac or any pagan deities. But unfortunately, the common names of many constellations (such as Scorpio or Sagittarius, etc.), must be given, solely for the purpose of locating them on star-charts.

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UNCONVERTED PERSONS IN CHURCH:

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THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION…

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The question should be asked… “What is the Abomination of Desolation, which stands in the Holyhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:81st_Academy_Awards_Ceremony.JPG Place?” What is needed is a thorough word search into this subject. One clue is what is found in Proverbs, concerning the word, “abomination”. Listen…

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“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 1. A proud look, 2. a lying tongue, and 3. hands that shed innocent blood, 4. An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, 5. feet that be swift in running to mischief. 6. A false witness that speaketh lies, and 7. he that soweth discord among brethren” Proverbs 6:16-19. This description almost sounds like your typical Hollywood movie, doesn’t it? And to a great degree, these are the qualities which govern the people of this world. Do we even need to explore these qualities? Is there any doubt that this world loves pride? Pride of dress. Pride of houses and cars, and careers and credentials? Yes, pride is a very important quality of this world. And that’s just the first quality mentioned here!

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But the other 6 qualities are also very prevalent in society. Lust, violence, greed, immorality, indifference, hatred, etc., are the sins which, not only the people of the world possess, but also the majority of the people of the church world.

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“SEVEN” = GOD’S NUMBER…

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“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 1. A proud look, 2. a lying tongue, and 3. hands that shed innocent blood, 4. An heart that deviseth wicked imaginationshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:81st_Academy_Awards_Ceremony.JPG, 5. feet that be swift in running to mischief. 6. A false witness that speaketh lies, and 7. he that soweth discord among brethren” Proverbs 6:16-19.

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So it sounds as if we’re simply talking here, about a worldly-minded person. But when God says “SIX things doth Lord hate: yea SEVEN are an abomination unto Him”, God appears to be hinting, by using the number “seven”, that He is speaking of an unconverted person WITHIN the Church! This is because the phrase “Six things doth the Lord hate” is pointing to Mankind whose number is “six” (“So God created man…And the evening and the morning were the SIXTH DAY.” Gen. 1:27, 31).

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But when God says “yea SEVEN are an abomination unto Him”, then we’re talking of “Rest”…hence the number “seven”… “And God blessed the SEVENTH DAY, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” Gen. 2:3. And as a further evidence, just look at what is the 7th thing mentioned… “he that soweth discord among brethren”. Right here God has hidden the key to the understanding of just what is the Abomination of Desolation: “he that soweth discord among brethren”. This is the 7th thing that God hates. And of course, it’s dealing with “among brethren”. And this 7th Abomination has to do with sowing discord “among brethren”. It is those wolves in sheep’s clothing who have entered God’s sheepfold, and are “among brethren”, leading these unsuspecting brethren astray. These qualities are what comprise this Abomination of Desolation.

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UNCLEAN BEASTS = ABOMINATIONS

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Doing a word search on the word, “abomination”, it is quickly discovered that God’s people were not to eat unclean beasts which were an abomination to God. Listen to Scripture… “And every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth shall be an abomination; it shall not be eaten.” Lev_11:41. God speaks of various types of unclean beasts, fowl, and creeping things, as abominations, just as this above verse does.

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But what do unclean beasts have to do with the Abomination of Desolation?

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The New Testament, whenever it speaks of unclean beasts, it is made clear that God is referring to unbelievers. Listen to Scrihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Close-up_of_mole.jpgpture… “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers…Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you…” 2nd Cor. 6:14-18. Notice it says concerning unbelievers… “come out from among them (unbelievers) and touch not the unclean [thing]“. And this is seen throughout the New Testament. The Bible in both the Old and New Testaments refer to unbelievers and false brethren as unclean beasts. Listen once again… “come out from among them (unbelievers) and touch not the unclean [thing]“.

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GOD’S JUDGMENT ON MANKIND…

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THE UNCONVERTED ARE AN ABOMINATION

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Now, listen to what Scripture says about Mankind’s behavior, comparing us to beasts…

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“[Mankind] Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Detail_of_antlered_figure_on_the_Gundestrup_Cauldron.jpgthe uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things…Who changed the truth of God into a lie, AND WORSHIPED AND SERVED THE CREATURE…Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, ETC…” Romans 1:22-32.

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So this is how God sees His people. These are the qualities which exist in the Man’s heart. As one goes through this litany of various sins, it becomes clear that these qualities often times surface in the Christian’s own behavior as well! “My” own behavior may be an abomination in God’s sight, when engaging in such ungodly conduct.

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“I WAS AS A BEAST BEFORE THEE (O LORD)”

Psalm 73:22

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“Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.” Psalm 49:20

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“”[Mankind] Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things…Who changed the truth of God into a lie, AND WORSHIPED AND SERVED THE CREATURE…Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, ETC…” (See Romans 1:22-32.)

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But notice that God makes this statement about Mankind’s character, because lost Mankind “serves and Coyote killing sheep wikipedia public domainworships the creature, instead of the Creator“. And if one thinks about it, animals possess many of these same attributes listed in the above Bible passage. Now they are dumb animals. Animals have an excuse for their bad behavior. But humans don’t have an excuse for such animalistic behavior. Man was created in the image of God. And especially we who are of the Household of Faith, have no excuse for such animalistic behavior. For instance, when we “bite and devour one another” (Galatians 5:15), are we not acting like the beasts of the Earth?

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WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING

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“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits.” Matt. 7:15, 16

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Now as to the matter of unbelievers and false brethren in the Church, the Apostle Phttps://naturalunseenhazards.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/oregon-dfw-investigation-confirms-lone-wolf-killed-five-sheep-in-umatilla-county-washington-fish-wildlife-officer-shoots-mountain-lion-in-residential-area-massachusetts-policeman-says-dog-wa/aul puts it this way… “For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.” Acts 20:29, 30. So isn’t it amazing that Scripture has this thread running through and through, concerning false brethren in the Church being called unclean beasts? And so does this above verse from Acts! Paul here refers to these imposters as wolves…grievous wolves!

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And of course, a wolf is an unclean beast, and is an abomination to partake of, even if he does come in sheep’s clothing!

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SHARING HEAVENLY MANNA

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While unbelievers are not to be considered as unclean when it comes to evangelizing them into Christianity; they are definitely considered unclean when it comes to Believers sharing in their worldly and ungodly ways. The Bible clearly commands to avoid fellowship with unbelievers…

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?…Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]”

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LEAVENED OR UNLEAVENED BREAD?

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Of course, there will be many times when a Christian cannot avoid a certain amount of fellowship with unbelievers: family situations and work situations, etc.. During such get-togethers, the Christian will be sorely tempted to engage in ungodly conversation. Afterwards, the Christian will plead for forgiveness for allowing himself to have been drawn into such ungodly conversations.

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Eventually, more and more, the Christian will try to avoid any needless encounters with unbelievers, so as to not dishonor the name of Christ, by being drawn into ungodly conversation.

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ASSOCIATIONS WITHIN THE CHURCH

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“Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary. Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs.” Psalm 74:3, 4

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But Satan is not content to have his influence over Christians merely in the world. In the above passage, the Lord equates His sanctuary with the congregations, saying that perpetual desolation are there, that the enemy has brought into the midst. Yes, Satan’s goal is to infiltrate God’s house. Listen to Habakkuk’s complaint about ungodly influences… “Therefore the law is slacked, andpsalm 65 www.thebiblerevival.com public domain judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth. ” Habakkuk 1:4.

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Satan well knows that by filling congregations with false brethren, he can leaven God’s true people with worldliness, creating a worldly environment within a congregation, even bringing it to utter corruption… “And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write;…thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication” Revelation 2:18, 19. Here Jesus is warning a congregation that idolatry has been corrupting that congregation, by reason of unbelievers infiltrating within that congregation.

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WHAT ARE WE: WISE OR FOOLISH VIRGINS?

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The people of God have been greatly compromised for a long time. We have yet to become really Christ-like. We have been compromised by the worldly ways of those in the Church, who teach us to mingle the purity of Christ with the philosophies, and psychologies, and ideologies of the world. And God has patiently endured this. But there comes a time when God says “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH”. There comes a day when the Lord says… “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.”‘ Rev. 18:4.

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This is not talking about some literal city named Babylon. This speaks of the worldly and apostate churches, as well as unnecessary secular associations, which God’s people have been compromising with for much too long.

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THE TWO CONGREGATIONS

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“I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers. I have hated the congregation of evildoers; and will not sit with the wicked.” Psalm 26:4, 5.

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The above passage speaks of the “Congregation of Evildoers”. Actually, the Bible speaks of two congregations: The Congregation of the Wicked (picture right) & the Congregation of the Righteous (left). Just listen… “Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.” Psalms 1:5.

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Just listen to this Messianic Psalm with the prophetic words of Jesus on the Cross… “For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.” Psalm 22:16.

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So Jesus defined here, just who it was who crucified Him: “The Assembly of the Wicked”. It was His very own professed people. Listen to David, I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.” Psa_26:5. By the way, it is interesting to note, that this word, “congregation” in this verse, is the Hebrew word that is translated “church” in the New Testament.

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PAUL SPEAKS OF 2 JERUSALEMS

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“Which things (Sarah & Hagar) are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Hagar. For this Hagar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answers http://hu.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C3%A1jl:Hagar-Leaves-the-House-of-Abraham.jpgto Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.” Galatians 4:24-26

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This is the great recurring theme in Scripture: two women, a virtuous woman and an adulterous, whorish woman. This above passage from Galatians really nails down a great concept: that Scripture presents literal historical events which God orchestrated, in order to present a spiritual concept.

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Paul correctly interpreted the story of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar and their children as a picture of the Church, both the apostate portion and the True Worshippers of God.

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“WITHOUT HOLINESS, NO MAN SHALL SEE THE LORD”

Hebrews 12:14 (paraphrased)

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“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” 1st Peter 1:15, 16.

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Now right here is perhaps an appropriate time to lay down the true standard of Christian behavior. Because it is only when there exists a correct understanding of just what is the basic standard of Christian behavior, does the Christian realize just how far the churches have fallen.

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And what is the standard of a Christian’s behavior? The standard is Jesus Christ. This is what the Church is to have as the standard for behavior, in all areas of life. Oh yes, God’s people will struggle. It is a battle. It is a mountain to conquer. But they will not rest satisfied until they reach that standard; till they have conquered that mountain. http://lavistachurchofchrist.org/Pictures/The%20Early%20Church%20Artwork/target8.html

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And remember this: the Lord has given Paul as a mortal human example of how the Church should behave… “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” 1st Cor. 11:1. Yes, God raised up Paul to become the epitome of what it means to be a Christian! And to become like Jesus was Paul’s great purpose and desire: so that all the world might see Jesus in him!

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And this is the great commission given to every Believer… “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He (Christ) is pure.” 1st John 3:3

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“A FORM OF GODLINESS” NOT GOOD ENOUGH!

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“Be ye followers of me (Paul), even as I also am of Christ.” 1st Cor. 11:1.

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Unfortunately, the imitation of Paul and Christ had been lost sight of, to a great degree in the 20th Century Church. Oh yes, we talked about it. But we were paralyzed by all the pleasures and pursuits and earthly Mammon, which Satan overwhelmed us with. And as a result, the Church has substituted to a great extent, the “nice and moral” behavior of the world for the holiness of Christ… “He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.” 1st John 2:6. This passage makes perfectly clear, that walking as Jesus walked is the standard. We are to be much, much, more than just “nice” or “moral”. We are to be Holy. And holiness is a supernatural experience, accomplished by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, which is, by the way, the Spirit of Holiness.Paul the Apostle-Artist-Valentin de Boulogne or Nicolas Tournier- circa 1500s

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Now does this mean we must wear a white robe, grow a beard, frown a lot, and walk instead of drive to work? No, but this does mean that our words and behavior and pursuits should not be mingled with the common. Our words, our dealings with others, our thoughts, should be as Christ-like as possible. We are to be holy. “But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” 1st Peter 1:15, 16.

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Now is this holiness compatible with this world? Can a holy person exist within this present world system? Well, the Bible foretells that the day is coming when Christians will be outcasts of society (see Rev. 13:16, 17). But again, the Enemy of our souls is going to persecute those who seek Christ with the whole heart.

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AM I A HYBRID CHRISTIAN?

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We are to be holy. “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” 1st Peter 1:15, 16.

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WHAT IS OUR REASONABLE SERVICE TO GOD?

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It was John Wesley, who said “I value all things only by the price they shall gain in ehttp://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/File:Jwesleysitting.JPGternity”. This type of wholehearted dedication, that Martin Luther, John Wesley, and many other Protestant Reformers exhibited, during the great tribulation of the Dark Ages, is not optional. It is the very same “reasonable service”, required of Believers today… “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:1,2

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“KEEP THYSELF PURE”

1st Timothy 5:22

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This is the kind of total commitment that separates the true Believer from the false brethren in the Church. The Old Testament said it many different ways: not to mingle kinds of cattle: not to blend wool and cotton in garments, for instance. “Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.” Lev. 19:19.

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God was not so concerned about cattle or clothes. This was primarily a metaphorical picture of being pure and not compromising with the world. The same concept was presented with clean and unclean beasts. The New Testament clarified this concept… “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you,” 2nd Cor. 6:17.

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This verse is not speaking of unclean beasts. It’s speaking of not being yoked with unbelievers. And there are other New Testament verses which clarify just what clean and unclean beasts represented: Believers and unbelievers. “…keep thyself pure.” 1st Tim 5:23, says Scripture. We are not to be half sheep and half swine, like this poor mutated animal appears to be in this photo below.

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WE TOO ARE PRIESTS OF THE LORD

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Just listen to Ezekiel, keeping in mind that New Testament Believers are ordained to be priests… “Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they showed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.” Ezekiel 22:26.

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This passage makes it perfectly clear that we, being a royal priesthood, are to make a mark-ed distinction between between the profane (that is, the “common”) and the holy. God wants us to be pure. We are not to imitate the frivolous behavior of the world. We are to be purely Christ-like. “He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.” 1st John 2:6.

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“[THEY SHALL BE] THORNS IN YOUR SIDES”

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So here’s a reference to how God feels about the heathen nations which surround His people. And this was the reason why the children of Israel were to drive out those nations from the Promised Land: so that God’s people would not learn the ways of the unbelievers.

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HOLY WAR, by John Bunyan

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Just read John Bunyan’s Holy War. It picks up on this metaphorical idea that the Promised Land was actually a picture of the human heart. And this concept of the Promised Land being a picture of our heart did not escape the notice of that great theologian, Matthew Henry either. Just listen to Henry’s comments on Revelation Ch. 6… “He conquers his enemies in his people; their sins are their enemies and His enemies; when Christ comes with power into their soul He begins to conquer these enemies, and He goes on conquering, in the progressive work of sanctification, till He has gained us a complete victory.” Matthew Henry on Revelation Ch. 6

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“ANOTHER JESUS…

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ANOTHER GOSPEL…

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ANOTHER SPIRIT”

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“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them (Antichrists): because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.” 1st John 4:4, 5

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If you would have gone into most any congregation, it is doubtful at best, whether you would have found much encouragement there, to becoming holy. Yes, you would have been encouraged to be a nice person. And yes, you would have been encouraged to obey the Bible. But only to a certain degree.

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But if you were to question them on precisely what portion of the Bible they were speaking of, you would have been dismayed to find that they did not believe in living a Christ-like self denying existence. That would have been totally unacceptable for any world-loving congregation.

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But even in those few that might encourage holiness, have just found that what they preached, was not what they lived. Joking and unsanctified laughter; sensual music and worldly entertainment; worldly attainments and pursuits; the cares and pleasures of life. These were among the many cherished idols one would probably encounter

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“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” 2nd Corinthians 11:3, 4.

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So from this passage it is clearly seen, that just because a congregation constantly said “Jesus, Jesus” did not necessarily indicate it was the TRUE Jesus that they were naming: it might have been a false Jesus, just like the sketch to the left. This type of Jesus brings both the Church and the world together.

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A TOTAL SACRIFICE REQUIRED

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Listen… “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:1, 2.

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Often, the standard set by many churches, is simply to stay away from the grosser sins, such as adultery, liquor, gambling, and the like. And, of course, that’s a good start for newcomers!

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On the other hand, being holy DOES NOT mean that we must grow a beard, wear a robe, and say “thee” and “thou”; but it does mean the whole-hearted dedication to becoming an ambassador for Christ, letting Christ shine out from within…

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“And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom;” Col. 3:14-16.

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As this above passage explains, true holiness is achieved by a mature understanding of Christ’s Word. There are fanatical groups who claim holiness, but merely have a spurious holiness, which is based on a limited knowledge of God’s Word. But in the above passage, it states… “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom”.

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Here is the key to true holiness and Christ-likeness: a mature and thorough knowledge of God’s Word, and the wisdom which comes from the refinement resulting from God-given experience and tribulation.

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Many parents would never, never, want to remove their children from their congregation, saying… “But my children need church! What would they do without it?”

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One of the problems with the 20th Century Church was, there was so little true fruit, and so much worldliness, http://lavistachurchofchrist.org/Pictures/The%20Early%20Church%20Artwork/target8.htmlthat young people and old alike, got the wrong idea of what it meant to be a true child of God. It appeared like a powerless religion. There was no more supernatural life-changing power than they see in the secular world. And because of this, many people only saw Christianity as just another religion. There were no Apostle Pauls, and no Apostle Johns.

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The sad fact is, we Laodicean Christians made Christianity look like just a nice quasi-religious-fraternal-social-organization. Oh yes, we were joking and jesting, and pleasure-loving, and TV-watching, and sports-loving, and world-loving, money-loving and moral people, who simply put on a good “game-face”, for a couple of hours during church service each week.

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And that was what it was in the 20th Century! Nowadays, it’s not even a viable argument. It was time to flee a long time ago! But it’s still not too late! 

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Now we are not to be self-righteous finger-pointing Pharisees. And this above passage presents a situation which occurred in ancient Israel amongst the Pharisees, and even occurs to a lessor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:YemeniJew1914.jpgdegree today. Whenever a Christian decides to give his or her self unreservedly to the Lord, the Devil will attempt to pull that Christian back into worldliness.

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But if it suits the Devil’s purpose, he will rather attempt to pull that Christian into some form of fanaticism.

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When God brought back the children of Israel out of Babylonian captivity, they were cured of outward idolatry. But Satan, as an alternative, began to promote legalism. And out of this “letter of the law” obedience, grew that order of the Pharisees, who were strict law-keepers. But because they were trying to keep the law by their own strength, they became proud and judgmental of others. And they thought themselves better than others. And this is the insidious nature of “morality”.

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And secondly, the Christian should always eagerly share the gospel with others. Ancient Israel, after their exodus from Babylon, finally cured of idolatry, separated themselves from the heathen nations. But they went too far, even considering themselves “unclean”, should they come in contact with a non-Jew.

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“And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:2, 3

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“Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.” Habakkuk 1:4.

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Did “the wicked encompass about the righteous” in the 20th Century congregations? What do you think? Did the Church become compromised by worldliness? So God gave us warning by many, to flee those apostate congregations. Listen as Habakkuk continues… “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” Habakkuk 2:2. As this verse states, God’s people were to run…to flee.

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But this vision was not for the Jews during Habakkuk’s day. It was (and is) for us who are standing on the threshold of the last conflict. No, this vision of Habakkuk would only be for an appointed time… “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Notice it says that this vision is for the time of the end.

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And this article you are now reading, as well as another article, entitled… “Fleeing to the Mountains, Part 3: The Abomination in My Heart”, are written to help us understand exactly what we are to do about this situation. As a matter of fact, this entire website is to provide information to help each of us to prepare to be hidden until the coming storm is over-past.

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The condition which now exists in Christ’s House is just what Habakkuk prophesied. Chaldean’s (false brethren) have taken control of dwelling places that belong to God. The spirit of the world has pervaded the church services.

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But what is needed is for the “spirit of the world” to be rejected, and the Spirit of Holiness to be embraced. Just listen to Peter’s testimony regarding especially the fearful hour we are now in… “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation (“behavior”) and godliness…Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that yehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PS_Kr%C3%B8yer_-_Hip_hip_hurra!_Kunstnerfest_p%C3%A5_Skagen_1888.jpg may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.” 2nd Peter 3:11. 14. OK, so God is saying through Peter here, that the true standard of conduct is spotlessness, blamelessness and holiness.

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One great reason why Christians are not living up to this passage by Peter, is because the spirit of worldliness is so infectious, and so insidious, that it is all but impossible for the True Worshipper to not become contaminated by the giddy & worldly spirit which pervades the air in today’s congregations.

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After attending service, the Believer ends up laughing and joking and carrying on with the false brethren, who are cloaked in sheep’s clothing. Vacations are scheduled. College career choices are discussed. TV shows are recommended. Parties planned. And Christ, the Apostle’s Paul & John are quickly forgotten as role-models. And the air becomes filled with “another Jesus, another Gospel, and another Spirit“.

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This next little section below is an excerpt from “Moon Into Blood Trilogy, Part 3, ‘The Sadducee Seeker'”. This article describes this 3rd Moon Beast, who is steeped in unbelief and as a result, seeks after the things of the world, to fulfill the desires of his wanton heart. Listen…

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“That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:” Isaiah 30:9, 10

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Because this furry and adorable little forest creature (the Sadducee-Seeker) loves to have hihttp://www.daphoto.info s ears tickled, the Devil has conveniently provided him with a congregation which accommodates his desires. Paul spoke of this condition, in the following words… “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; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2nd Tim. 4:3, 4.

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Yes, this adorable little creature of the field, loves his pastor, who, by the way, is very much like him. He loves to hear a playful sermon, filled with little quips and jests and tells of a god, who mostly smiles down upon this “pretty nice world”. And this Moon-Beast loves to hear sermons about “grace-alone”, because he is often told that grace-alone excuses him from dying-to-self. And to this poor Sadducee, that’s very good news!

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His pastor would actually make a great summer-camp counselor. He is fun and energetic. He is light and airy. And his sermons are very appealing and non-judgmental; and often quite similar to that delightful movie character, Pollyanna. Yes, this preacher too, like Pollyanna, has found the 810 totally non-offensive Bible verses. You see, this charismatic and precocious little girl in that movie, had developed http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PollyannaDVD.jpga gospel of her own making (which eliminated the thousands of harsh verses found in the Bible), in contrast to the fire-and-brimstone gospel of her harsh and judgmental aunt.

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And such movies as this (and there are many) have been a strong deterrent over the past years, against any Hell-fire preaching in today’s pulpits. And this too, is mostly what this Moon-Beast’s pastor preaches, either by sermon, or by personal example. Yes, his words are “smoother than butter” (Ps. 55;21), and he prophesies of “smooth things”. (Now it must be noted that there has been a lot of bad Hell-Fire preaching over the centuries past. But just because there has been such ugly preaching, doesn’t necessitate getting rid of all preaching of righteousness. For more on this subject, you may wish to read… “Moon Into Blood Trilogy: 2nd Face: The Pharisee Scorner”)

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Now Satan is the master of deceit. And one great reason for the apostasy within the Church is because Satan has effectively stigmatized the idea of becoming Christ-like. And Satan has been very successful over the past century in mis-representing what it means to be holy. This arch-deceiver fears Christians who are truly holy. And so he has raised up “Abner Hale-type” fanatics within the Church, who make holiness look disgusting. These counterfeits will often behave cold and stern, even having a dark and sinister undercurrent to their personality. Satan’s mission for these unsuspecting counterfeits is to make true holiness appear to be unloving and even reprehensible to the public and to the Church.

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But Satan doesn’t stop here. In this high-tech age, Satan has his great advertising medium known as television (and movies, radio, Internet, etc….). And so, Satan has successfully used Hollywood to portray sober-minded and dedicated Christians as being very Phariseean individuals: Straw_man_(or_lady^) Wikipedia share-alike or GNU Free Documentation licenseoff-balanced, making life difficult and rigid for their families and for their churches. Often, Hollywood portrays these dedicated Christians as secretly giving-in to sensual lust or greed.

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Then, on the other hand, Satan will portray worldly Christians as being reasonable, warm, in-touch and up-to-date individuals: just the mirror-opposite of those cold and stern “Bible-Thumper” Christians. But Hollywood rarely ever portrays true holiness, which is Christ-likeness.

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Now of course, it is true that even true Christians can and do fall into Phariseeism at times. And it is also true that even holy Christians can and do fall into lust and greed at times.

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But here’s where the straw-man deception comes into play. Satan, using the people of the unsuspecting world, as well as the worldly Church, sets up the straw-man, as they say. That is, Satan loves to portray a dedicated Christian as some cold, stern and rigid individual. Andhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Preaching.jpg this being the only alternative to being a worldly-minded Christian. And so Satan would love to have the world believe that you’re either a worldly-minded Christian or you’re an old Abner-Hale-type sour-puss. Nothing in between. And what is the result? Then most Christians say… “So let’s not be holy at all, like those cold, stern, loveless fanatics!” And this is what drives many Christians away from holiness. These Christians don’t want to be seen as being cold and stern and rigid and unfriendly. So instead of being holy, they try to be worldly and joking and giddy and even a little bit naughty, as a self-defence against becoming stereo-typed by society, friends and even family.

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Now Satan was not content for Christianity to be such a simple choice, and such a simple life. So he worked tirelessly to take control of the churches and congregations, turning them into world-loving organizations. Either by preaching or by example or both, those churches promoted another Jesus, and another gospel, which proclaimed that Christians could pursue Jesus, and have the world too. These world-loving congregations often, by preaching or by example, encouraged their parishioners to seek a life of affluence, “while having Jesus too”. But Jesus says… “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:33

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These churches, of course, were under the leadership of the False Prophet of Revelation Chapter 13, who has already been discussed, at the beginning of this article.

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Now Scripture plainly warns that Satan comes as an angel of light, and his ministers as ministers of righteousness, to lead God’s sheep into his own pasture; onto his “Enchanted Ground” as the Pilgrim (John Bunyan) rightly called it. But Scripture says this, concerning false shepherds… “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2nd Cor. 11;14, 15. Now this passage plainly reveals how Satan moved into the churches and took control: by false shepherds (and false parishioners too) who preached a worldly, watered-down gospel.

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“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:19-21

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This above passage lays out one of the most basic principles found in Scripture. And this passage makes the point, in no uncertain terms, about just what stance the Christian should take, regarding earthly riches. But in spite of so many passages like this one, there are many ministries which encourage affluence.

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“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Matthew 7:13-15

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You could call these congregations “wide gate ministries”, since that is where the False Prophet was leading these unsuspecting sheep. Young people were encouraged to get a high-priced education and obtain an affluenthttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mall_culture_jakarta75.jpg life-style.

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But God’s people in ages past encouraged their children to gain a Christian education, learning the Bible, so that they could become teachers and evangelists. During the Dark Ages, persecution of Christians and hatred of the Bible, often required Young and old alike to memorize large portions of Scripture, in order to share the Gospel wherever they might find a sympathetic ear. And these persecuted Christians were totally dedicated to spreading the Gospel whenever and wherever they could.

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But instead, in the 20th century, we were unwittingly teaching our children to pursue the same affluence and excess which destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. World-loving preachers would often tell you, “Oh you can have the things of the world, as long as you don’t set your heart on these things.” But it seldom worked out that way. More often than not, the Christian’s heart became divided. And a divided heart always becomes the servant of Mammon. Listen… “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24

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“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” Proverbs 20:1

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The subject of alcohol is a debated subject amongst church-goers, because of the seeming conflicting Bible passages concerning alcohol. Some passages appear to support Christians drinking, whttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alcohol_bottles_photographed_while_drunk.jpghile others condemn drinking. But it must be remembered that in some instances in Scripture that God will sometimes give men “enough rope to hang themselves”, so to speak. And alcohol is a really good way to hang one’s self.

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For the Christian to simply drink wine for the pleasure, has become a great pitfall in an age when alcohol is so readily available and affordable. So many Christians begin their drinking by determining to have “just one glass with dinner”. And for a few years, they maintain such a routine. But in the process of time, many eventually increase their consumption, and ultimately fall into “many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.” (1st Tim. 6:9)

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True, there have been times in history when purified water was not available, and wine may have been necessary. So for such reasons, God has written on this issue in a somewhat nebulous fashion. Listen… “Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.” It may be that Timothy lived in an area where the water was impure. And because of impure water, Paul urged “a little wine”. Or perhaps he had some ailment of the stomach, which required A LITTLE wine, because medicines were very limited in those days. But such passages as this have deceived many, who use such as a rationale to engage in alcohol consumption for purposes of selfish pleasure or drunkenness.

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God has given alcohol to this unbelieving world. God is very tenderhearted, and does not desire to endlessly torment the Lost. Listen… “Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.” Prov. 31:6. Those who believe that God endlessly torments the unsaved, should consider this verse, among the many other verses which show that God is not a merciless tyrant.

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One great consideration, should be that God has spoken of wine as a metaphor, symbolizing the various abominations of Spiritual Babylon, the Mother of William_Blake_whore_babylon-wikipedia public domainHarlots, which represents the apostate Church-world. Listen… “And the woman (Mystery Babylon)….having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and The Pleiades: Mystery Babylon: Mother of Harlotsfilthiness of her fornication….And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints,” Revelation 17:4, 6. And so God here, associated wine with the apostate Church, to represent the various abominations which had entered the churches. And there were many churches who condoned alcohol-drinking. And as a general rule, the more apostate the church, the more drinking that normally went on there, among the church-members. Or so it seemed.

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Well, what would Jesus do? Did He drink fermented wine? Many believe that the wine He drank on that last Passover, was fermented, while many others believed it to be merely grape juice.

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But the answer to this riddle can be easily determined by looking at Jesus’ earthly offices: as High Priest, and King, and a Nazarite from birth. In each of these three offices, Jesus was forbidden to drink fermented drink. “It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.” Proverbs 31:4, 5. Such passages as this, warns Christians against alcohol. God has chosen His Elect to be “priests and kings”. They too, as followers of Christ, have a High and Holy Calling to be both priests and kings: both in this world, and in the world to come. And Christians likewise are called to be spiritual Nazarites. So don’t be deceived by wine. And Christians too, are to be Nazarites, in the spiritual sense are to be “separated ones”, as the name Nazarite depicts.

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The Book of Revelation warns that Christ would not be in the midst of a double-minded church. He was outside, knocking. Listen… “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:” Rev. 3:20. Such an idea as this, to let Christ live out His life through us, was totally repugnant to “worldly-minded Christians”. After all, the worldly-minded were just that!…worldly-minded! Their goal in life was to enjoy the world, in its various pleasures, aspirations and amusements. So Christ was left outside, knocking on the door, trying to be let in, as this old painting depicts.

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Christ-like holiness, on the other hand, totally banishes “self” out of one’s heart. This is why that crowd of disciples (see John Ch. 6) turned away and followed Christ no more. They knew what Jesus meant when He said… “Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you.” John 6:53. They knew that this holy and spiritual Man was too selfless for them to become yoked up with. Oh, they didn’t mind venerating Christ; putting Christ on a pedestal was OK. But to become totally like Christ was simply out of the question!

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Yes, it is a struggle to live a holy life. It is a battle and a march all the way up to the top of Zion. Fighting the good fight can get very discouraging at times. A child of God stumbleshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Carl_Heinrich_Bloch_-_Jesus_Tempted.jpg! He falls! But many times, the Lord must pick us up from off the floor, so to speak, and dust us off, and renew our spirit. Satan would love to discourage him to the point of giving up. But this is the High and Holy Calling for every Christian. And though the Christian may lose many battles along the way, yet he will eventually win the war, if he faints not…if he doesn’t give up. And God knows just who it is among His professed people, who are striving to be holy, even as He is holy. And God likewise sees just who are at ease in Zion… “Woe to them that are at ease in Zion” Amos 6:1

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“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Mat_24:15, 16

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So now there is beginning to be an understanding of just what this “abomination which makes desolate” is really speaking of. It is simply talking about all those who brought their worldly ways into God’s house. They were considered to be “unclean beasts” according to God’s Word. Now just listen to what 1st John has to say about worldly persons … “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time…They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.” 1Jn 2:18 & 4:5

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Oh, so now it is becoming very clear just what is this Antichrist Abomination which Scripture refers to. It was just a worldly person which brought his or her worldly ways into God’s house, sending forth a malignant corrupting influence throughout the entire Church. Such persons made it seem as though it was OK to be worldly-minded and OK to be seeking after the things of the world. They were spoken of here in the above verse, as being Antichrists… “…even now are there many Antichrists…They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.” 1Jn 2:18 & 4:5

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“The Abomination in the Church part 2″

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