Warning With Instruction For Christianity “COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE”

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Revelation 18:4, Chapters 2 & 3 

The book of Revelation communicates a strong message of warning to the Church of Yahusha the Messiah.  It tells of the present condition and the future destiny of the people who fill the pews every Sunday morning and call themselves by the name of “Jesus.”  It speaks of what is wrong with the Christian Church of the last days, and pleads with her to repent of her sins and lawless ways.  It graphically portrays the Christian Church as an Harlot at the time just prior to his return!  And it begs the members of that congregation to “come out of her, my people.”

The time for any willing to shake loose from bias through viewing the big picture on how Yehovah views congregations has arrived; therefore know that only our creator can open the eyes of those He chooses according to truth of scripture never taught – whereas all others will be hardened just as written in Romans 9:15-18, or remain with natural minds without spiritual knowledge. 1 Corinthians 2:14

Know also that those which have become totally disassociated with this world of religion and human ways — have been called out of this world in John 15:19 to walk their commanded walk as instructed in Colossians 3, and not the way this world of Christianity walks. Want better understanding of John 15:18-21?

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/LR4Qwb/how_christians_lacking_spiritual_knowledge_hate_god

As a very true and genuine believer, I am ready to suffer through affliction as written in Matthew 24 and Revelation 6 — are you? Did knot Yeshua suffer? are we not to follow His steps?

Concerning Torah keepers and those who worship Yehovah — how sure of not being amongst those in Isaiah 59 are you? What have you ever really done for others even if it means a little self sacrifice? Do you really love others as yourself? Through this past decade, I have seen but few, and even those were as a one time help with nothing more. Read Luke 6:38 while knowing what you can expect during famine, or Psalms 33:18-21 with or without Yehovah’s mercy going back to Romans 9:18 KJV.

The book of Revelation has been badly misinterpreted and poorly misunderstood by most Christians.  Our fathers have inherited lies.  These lies have been passed down from generation to generation resulting in a set of core beliefs which bear no resemblance to what the Scriptures actually teach.  We have been taught that Revelation speaks of what is going to happen in the future after the church has been snatched up into heaven in an alleged pre tribulation rapture.  We have been told that the sorrowful events of the Revelation will not affect the church of Jesus Christ.  They tell us that all those things will happen to unbelievers in the future after the true believers are gone.  But none of that is true.

The book of Revelation has been given to the “messengers of the congregation” as a warning and a plea to examine herself and to repent so as not to be recipients of the final wrath of Elohim.  In chapters two and three, Yeshua the Messiah sends rebukes and warnings to his people because they are not fully obeying his word.  From there till almost the end of the book, Elohim sends difficulties, calamities and disasters to the inhabitants of planet Earth to provoke his people and the rest of earth’s inhabitants to repentance.  Then toward the end of Revelation, just before the final wrath of Yahuwah falls, Yahusha portrays the institutional church as an harlot riding the Beast, unwilling to repent of her harlotries.  And he begs the true believers to “come out of her, my people.”  And those who refuse to leave Babylon’s practices are judged!

Proper names of the Father and Son not used in this article can be found in links below for any being few seeking spiritual understanding on world deception.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ZOXmRb/the-true-pronunciation-of-the-sacred-name

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/NZ1l1v/how-yeshua-became-jesus

What are the sins of the Christian churches which Yahuwah is begging her to repent of?  The church isn’t really that bad, is it?  What is it that the Christian churches believe and practice that has gotten Elohim so angry with her that he refers to her as an harlot?

Harlotry in the Scriptures

To understand what harlotry represents in the book of Revelation requires a bit of background study in the Tanak (Old Testament).  Before we can properly understand the harlot of Revelation 17, 18 and her acts of harlotry, we must find out from the Torah and the Prophets precisely who might be fitting of such a notorious appellation.

The term “harlot” in its various forms occurs over 100 times in the New American Standard Bible.  As we would expect, quite a few of those times, it refers to the act of marital infidelity.  Rahab of Jericho is referred to as an harlot, presumably because of her immoral lifestyle as seen in her chosen profession (Joshua 2).  Judah’s daughter-in-law Tamar played the harlot by tricking him into sleeping with her so that she could raise up seed for her deceased husband (Genesis 38).  There are additionally references to both male and female temple prostitutes, exhortations (in Proverbs) to flee from the immorality of hooking up with a prostitute, and statements in the Torah of judgments against marital unfaithfulness.

The core meaning of harlotry and prostitution is that of being committed in a relationship and in a vow with one individual and breaking that vow by becoming physically attached to another individual.  The marital commitment is not to be made lightly.  It is expected to last a lifetime.  Thus, when a person betrays that commitment by sleeping with another, he has broken the vow and endangered (perhaps put to death) the relationship with his\her spouse.

Accordingly, the term harlotry came to be used of the broken relationship between Yahuwah and his people as a result of their sinful ways.  In fact, “harlot” and “harlotry” are used more frequently in this sense in the Scriptures.  In the first instance of our word used in that context, Moses scolds the Israelites:

for you shall not worship any other god, for Yahuwah, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous Elohim — otherwise you might make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land and they would play the harlot with their gods and sacrifice to their gods, and someone might invite you to eat of his sacrifice (Exodus 34:14,15, NAS)

‘Playing the harlot with their gods’ is a expression which suggests that Israel might walk away from worshiping Yah in the way he desires, and go worship the way the unbelievers do.  This would constitute ‘harlotry” in Yahuwah’s sight.

By turning to any other god, Yah’s people are committing spiritual adultery.  So, as in the text to follow, offering a child to Molech, the god of fire, is harlotry:

‘If the people of the land, however, should ever disregard that man when he gives any of his offspring to Molech, so as not to put him to death, then I Myself will set My face against that man and against his family, and I will cut off from among their people both him and all those who play the harlot after him, by playing the harlot after Molech. (Leviticus 20:4,5)

Likewise, to listen to and heed spiritists, card and palm readers and the like, is unfaithfulness to the Elohim of heaven:

As for the person who turns to mediums and to spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people. (Leviticus 20:6 NAS)

The prophets used a lot of ink to rebuke unfaithful Yisrael and Yehuda regarding their turning to and worshiping other gods.  Isaiah speaks of the sins of the people of Jerusalem and declares:

How the faithful city has become a harlot, She who was full of justice! Righteousness once lodged in her, But now murderers. (Yeshayahu 1:21 NAS)

Jeremiah speaks in the same vein:

Then Yahuwah said to me in the days of Josiah the king, “Have you seen what faithless Israel did? She went up on every high hill and under every green tree, and she was a harlot there.  “I thought, ‘After she has done all these things she will return to Me’; but she did not return, and her treacherous sister Judah saw it.  “And I saw that for all the adulteries of faithless Israel, I had sent her away and given her a writ of divorce, yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear; but she went and was a harlot also. (Yirmyahu 3:6-8 NAS)

And Ezekiel uses this metaphor in several rebukes, in chapters 6, 16, 20, 23.  For example,

These things will be done to you because you have played the harlot with the nations, because you have defiled yourself with their idols. (Yechezqel 23:30 NAS)

And finally, Hosea gets in on the act:

They will eat, but not have enough; They will play the harlot, but not increase, Because they have stopped giving heed to Yahuwah.  Harlotry, wine and new wine take away the understanding.  My people consult their wooden idol, and their diviner’s wand informs them; For a spirit of harlotry has led them astray, And they have played the harlotdeparting from their Elohim. (Hoshea 4:10-12 NAS)

The picture portrayed of Elohim’s covenant nation of ancient times is clearly that of a stubborn, backsliding people who want to worship Elohim in their own way.  They prefer to worship Elohim in the manner which He finds to be offensive and reprehensible.  He is a jealous Elohim.  He described in detail the manner in which his people are to worship Him.  But his people wanted to worship Him by using the same customs and practices which their pagan neighbors used to worship their idol gods.  Thus, he regarded them as unfaithful to His ways and labeled them an harlot.

The Harlot of Revelation

So when we look at the metaphor of the harlot in the book of Revelation, we have a long standing history of Elohim’s people as a reference to guide us in our understanding.  It makes perfect sense that the sense of the term “harlot” as used by the New Covenant prophets would be at least similar and likely identical to the sense in which the Old Covenant prophets used that term.  The harlot of Revelation can be nothing else but the people living in the last days who claim to be Elohim’s people through the New Covenant, who, like their counterpart of old, want to be called by Elohim’s name (worshippers of “Jesus”) but who want to worship Him in their own way, like their unbelieving neighbors who worship false gods.  Thus, the Harlot is the Christian Church, worshipping “God” and practicing their faith in their own way, and not the way that Elohim has revealed in His word as the only proper and acceptable way to worship Him.

The harlot of the book of Revelation is described as sitting on a beast:

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.” Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. This title was written on her forehead: MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Yahusha. When I saw her, I was greatly astonished. (Revelation 17:1-6, NIV)

In this passage, the Beast is described as having seven heads and ten horns.  The identical details about the Beast are given in Revelation 13, where the additional details depict a politico-religious system of the last days which will control world economy and stand opposed to Elohim:

He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority…Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast… (verses 1,2,4). 

There are several striking similarities between this beast from the sea and the fourth beast in Daniel’s vision (chapter 7).  Both have ten horns.  The ten horns of both represent ten kings.  Both are set in the context of the conflict in the last days.  Both persecute the saints of Elohim.  And both will ultimately be overthrown when Elohim sets up his everlasting kingdom.

At one time the harlot is described in the same terms as the Beast and then at another time there seems to be a clear distinction between the two.  This confusion over identifying the Beast and the Harlot who rides the Beast may best be reconciled as follows:  The city of Rome is the Beast.  And the Church which has its headquarters in Rome is the harlot which rides the Beast (resides in Rome).

Confirmation of this identification of the Beast as being the city of Rome can be seen in history.  First, at the time of the writing of Revelation, Rome was the great persecutor of the Christian Church, and thus fulfills Revelation 18:24: “And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints and of all who have been slain on the earth.”  And up through till after the time of the Reformers, Rome has been the city where all who find faith in the Scriptures rather than in the Roman Church have been persecuted and killed.

For many centuries, Bible interpreters have been saying that the beast of Daniel 7, Revelation 13 and Revelation 17 springs up from Rome.  This interpretation is still held by many expositors in our own day because of the enormous weight of evidence pointing to the city of Rome. First, we might consider that the seven heads of the beast “are seven hills on which the woman sits” (Revelation 17:9).  From ancient times, Rome has been customarily referred to as ‘the city of seven hills.’

The method of historical interpretation, which views the prophesies of Revelation as being fulfilled historically during the church age, sees the prophecy of the ten horns of the beast, which represent ten kings, fulfilled in the 5th century C.E.  At that time the Roman Empire split up into ten distinct tribes, which roughly correspond to present day Europe. This interpretation was one of the main tenants of the Great Reformation, which saw in the Church that resides in Rome a complete fulfillment of those biblical prophecies. William Kimball points out that “the twofold truth that ‘the just shall live by faith’ and the claim that the Roman Church characterized the antichrist system represented the battle cry of the Reformation.” (Kimball, pp.30,31)  So the Beast refers to the City of Rome, or the institutions which were headquartered in Rome.

Babylon and the Harlot Identified

The Harlot, on the other hand, refers to the people who call themselves by “God”s name who are in Rome.  The Harlot is seen as riding the Beast because the Christian Church in Rome has always used governmental authority to enforce her edicts.  The Book of Revelation even identifies the harlot by the title that is written on her forehead:

This title was written on her forehead: MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH (Revelation 17:5)

Recall that the name of the Father (Yahuwah) and the name of the Lamb (Yahusha) are written on the foreheads of those who belong to Elohim (Revelation 14:1).  But there is a different name written upon the followers of the Beast.  The harlot woman who rides the Beast, comprised of those people who worship the Beast, is identified as those who have the same characteristics as those of ancient Babylon.  We need to merely identify the worship practices of the ancient Babylonians, and we will know the worship style of those who comprise the Beast system, and will thereby confirm the identity of the Harlot!

The Babylonian mother-child cult religious system is well known in history.  The false worship it fosters is summarized in three specific worship practices.  It featured worship on the first day of the week in honor of the “invincible sun.”  It promotes worship of “god” on the birthday of the cult-son at the winter solstice at or around December 25.  And it demands worship of “god” at the spring equinox sunrise service to honor the resurrection (rebirth) of Ishtar (hence, “Easter”).  In contrast to their worship practices, the Scriptures make it clear that Elohim is to be worshipped in truth by keeping His Sabbath day, and by observing the festival Holy Days of Passover and Tabernacles.  But the Babylonian worshippers want to worship him on Sunday instead of on the Sabbath day which He sanctified, on Easter instead of on Passover which is when Yahusha told his disciples to remember him, and on Christmas instead of on Tabernacles which is when Yahusha was really born!

What group practices these same three worship customs?  Why, of course, it’s the Christian Church!

Note that the name written of the harlot’s forehead is “Mother of Harlots.”  The Church at Rome is the Harlot.  And the fact that she is the Mother of Harlots corresponds to the fact that the rest of the Christian Churches of the world are her daughters.  The Protestant Christian denominations of the world are rightly called her daughters because, although they claim to be in “protest” of her doctrines, they still follow in the mother church’s footsteps when it comes to customs, traditions and practices.  The mother church practices the pagan customs, traditions and holidays of the pagan Babylonian sun-god worshippers, and the daughter churches – the Protestant churches – do the same.  They are her offspring because they practice the same traditions that she does.  They put into practice all the abominable practices of her mother – the Roman Catholic Church – when they celebrate “the Son” on Sunday, Christmas and Easter, which they erroneously believe honors Elohim.  But he hates those things.

And Elohim will judge that institution.  In one day, the mother church will be destroyed:

After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory. And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird.  “For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality.”  I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues.  (Revelation 18:1-4 DMR)

To correctly identify who is being referred to as Babylon here, and to whom Yahuwah is calling to “come out of her, my people,” we must summarize the following:  To whom is Elohim speaking when he says “come out of her, my people”? (answer: those who profess faith in Christ)  Whom is Elohim rebuking in Revelation 2 and 3? (answer: those who profess faith in Christ)  Who has rejected the Torah of Elohim and has thus earned the designation “harlot”?  (answer: those who profess faith in Christ)  Who sits on 7 hills? (answer: Roman Christianity)  Whose customs, traditions and practices have originated in Babylon of old? (answer: The Roman Church and all those who profess faith in Christ)  Who has refused to worship Yahuwah in the manner which he has revealed in his word?  (answer: those who profess faith in Christ)

Those who profess faith in the Messiah are the people whom Elohim calls “my people.”  This would include Catholics and Protestants, Evangelicals and Fundamentalists, Lutherans, Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Pentecostals, Assemblies of God, Adventists, Church of God, and any other group or assembly that claims Jesus as their Lord.  It is to the whole Christian world that Yahuwah is calling to come out of the pagan religious system and practices which he so strongly abhors.

The Christian church is the group whom Elohim is rebuking in Revelation 2 and 3.  They are the people whom Elohim is warning that his judgment is about to fall.  They are the ones who have lost their first love.  They have followed after the way of Balaam in their acts of sexual immorality, which runs prevalent in many churches today.  They are the ones who are dead though they think they are alive, and lukewarm though Elohim would rather have them hot or cold.

The Breaking of the Torah in Revelation

The Christian Church is the people who have rejected Elohim’s instructions to them – the Torah or “Law” – and have thus earned the designation “harlot.”  Even though the Book of Revelation portrays her that way, the Babylonian/Christian theologians have somehow missed this tiny little detail in their expositions of Revelation.  The mother church, the Roman Catholic Church, has rejected Elohim’s authority and has established her own authority to change Elohim’s laws and write her own law.  Likewise, the Protestant churches have similarly rejected the instructions Elohim gave in the Torah, and have popularized their belief in the “setting aside” or “nullifying” of Elohim’s laws by convincing their members that Jesus nailed God’s Law to the tree.  But nothing could be further from the truth.

The fact that Elohim’s laws and commandments are still relevant (i.e. have not been nailed to the tree) is most emphatically illustrated in Revelation by the way Elohim’s faithful ones are described.  They are not identified by some label, such as “Christians” or “Church members.”  On the contrary, Yahuwah chooses to identify his people by their actions.  They are recognized by the one in whom they trust and by their obedience to his commandments:

Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring– those who obey Elohim’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Yahusha. (12:17, NIV corrected)

This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey Elohim’s commandments and remain faithful to Yahusha. (14:12, NIV corrected)

If keeping Elohim’s commandments is not important, then why are His people in the last days distinguished from the unbelievers by their act of obedience to His commandments?  Clearly, obedience to his Law and Commands is a vital life sign of the true believer.  And disobedience to his commands indicates a lack of faith and trust and relationship with the Almighty.

Let’s take a look at the Ten Commandments and what the book of Revelation has to say about the breaking of them.  Then we can come to some conclusion about the veracity of  the Christian church’s belief that the Laws of Elohim have been nailed to the tree.  Here then are the Ten Commandments, which are a summary of all of Yahuwah’s instructions to his people.  The New American Standard version of Exodus 20:2-17, with the sacred name restored, is cited:

Commandment 1: I am Yahuwah your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.  You shall have no other gods before Me.

Commandment 2:  You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.  You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, Yahuwah your Elohim, am a jealous Elohim, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Commandment 3:  You shall not take the name of Yahuwah your Elohim in vain, for Yahuwah will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.

Commandment 4:  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of Yahuwah your Elohim; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.  For in six days Yahuwah made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore Yahuwah blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.

Commandment 5:  Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which Yahuwah your Elohim gives you.

Commandment 6:  You shall not murder.

Commandment 7:  You shall not commit adultery.

Commandment 8:  You shall not steal.

Commandment 9:  You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Commandment 10:  You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

Perhaps the first thing that stands out about the Ten Commandments (with the sacred name restored) is how many times Elohim has placed his personal, sacred name into these commandments.  By my count, in the first five commandments, Elohim is called by his personal sacred name no less than 8 (eight) times!  Why does Elohim have his personal name stamped all over the Ten Commandments?  Could it be to drive home the point that they are not Moses’ commandments?  Nor are they Israel’s commandments.  They are, in fact, Elohim’s own commandments.  They are personal to Him; thus, He places His own personal name on them.  They express Elohim’s will for His people.  And the numerous mentions of Yah’s sacred name in the commandments also implies that, just as Yahuwah is unchanging, so His word and His will for His people are likewise unchanging.

Secondly, let’s also keep in mind the structure of the Ten Commandments.  The greatest commandment of all, according to Yahusha of Nazareth, is to love Yahuwah your Elohim with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength.  And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourselfNote again that the first four commandments correspond to the great commandment to love Yahuwah.  And the final six commands correspond to the command to love your neighbor as yourself.

What I have found, and experienced through these past ten years while living with many hardships, it that today’s world of Christianity not only know not love towards who their lips claim to love – but are extremely selfish with greed prior to actually loving others with compassion.

Let’s examine the breaking of the Ten Commandments in Revelation.  In the section that follows, we will look at how the first four commandments, which govern our worship and respect for Elohim, are portrayed as being broken in the book of Revelation.  But first, let’s consider how Revelation describes the breaking of the final six commands, which correspond to how we treat one another.

It is important to note that not all of the final six commandments are explicitly expressed among the sins of earth’s inhabitants in Revelation.  There is a much greater emphasis on the breaking of the first four commandments, because the lines have been drawn and earth dwellers are being brought to decide who they will worship.  Thus, the barometer for measuring and determining who is worshipping Yahuwah is the keeping of the first four commandments.  Nevertheless, Revelation portrays most people as breaking the commandments which govern how to love one another.

To the congregation of  Pergamum, Yahuwah says,

But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality. (2:14)

Here, Elohim’s people are involved in acts of idolatry and adultery, the breaking of the second and seventh commandments.  No doubt that today’s churches are full of people who marry, divorce and remarry again – as if this were acceptable with Yahuwah.  No.  Yahuwah hates divorce! (see Malachi 2:16, NAS  “For I hate divorce,” says Yahuwah, the Elohim of Israel, “and him who covers his garment with wrong,” says Yahuwah of hosts.)  But the people who fill our church pews every Sunday don’t seem to mind it so much!

The breaking of the second, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth commandments are described as follows:

The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts. (9:20,21)

But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers [1John 3:15] and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (21:8)

and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (21:27)

Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying. (22:15) [1John 4:19-21]

Liars, idolaters, immoral persons, murderers and thieves are all rebuked and then condemned for their acts which break these commandments of Elohim.  But how could Elohim judge the people by these standards if the Ten Commandments are no longer valid?  Have the commandments been nailed to the tree?  If so, then Elohim surely would not impugn his people for breaking them, would he?  But we see over and over in Revelation how Elohim is angry with the inhabitants of the earth, including his own people, because they continue to rebel against him and break these commandments.

However, the people whom Elohim praises in Revelation are those who keep His Commandments!

These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. (14:4)

And no lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless. (14:5)

And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. (20:12)

and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (21:27)

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If we take these verses at face value, we come to the conclusion that Elohim places much value on the obedience to his Ten Commandments.  Those who obey them find eternal life.  Those who refuse to repent of their habit of breaking them find judgment and condemnation.

Worship of Elohim in Revelation

Next, let’s consider what the book of Revelation says about the breaking of the first Four Commandments in the last days.  These four commandments are a summary of the laws regulating fellowship with and worship of our Maker.  How we respond to these four commandments is a window into our relationship with Yahuwah because these Four Commandments define and clarify what worship of Him in truth is.  One of the significant threads of the Revelation is that of choosing whom you will worship.  Will you remain loyal to Yahuwah, the maker of heaven and earth?  Or will you worship the Beast and the false prophet?  Your choice about what you do with the first Four Commandments of Elohim are a primary indicator of whom you choose to worship.  These four commands are like a barometer measuring our allegiance to the Creator of heaven and earth.

The theme of Yah’s call to worship Him according to the regulations as revealed in the first four of the Ten Commandments is a major theme of Revelation.  But, unfortunately, most commentators have completed missed this point.  The reason that most Christian theologians and Bible teachers and preachers have missed this point is because they don’t really believe that the first Four Commandments are relevant today.  They would be the first to admit that the last Six Commandments are applicable in the Christian Church, but they tend to explain away the applicability of a literal obedience to the first Four.  As such, they don’t practice obedience to these four fundamental commands which regulate spiritual worship.  Neither do they teach obedience to the first Four Commandments as truth for today.

But Yahuwah Elohim regards the keeping of the first four commandments as essential to proper worship of Him.  The breaking of any one of these four commandments by his people constitutes apostasy and rebellion.  Shockingly, the Christian Church of the 21st century is routinely breaking all four of the commandments regulating true worship of the Creator.  It is by their own choice that they blatantly and stubbornly resist Elohim’s will for them in worship by refusing to comply with His wishes to be worshipped in the way that the first four commandments describe.

The First Commandment

Commandment 1: I am Yahuwah your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.  You shall have no other gods before Me.

The first commandment which describes worship of Elohim in truth stipulates that He is to have first place in our lives.  Yahuwah is a jealous Elohim.  He wants us to worship Him as supreme.  And as such, worship of Him must be done the way He dictates, not the way in which we choose to worship Him.  Furthermore, giving Elohim first place includes the setting aside of all other gods.

Yahusha sent his message about the breaking of this command to his people in the city of Ephesus:

But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. (2:4)

In what way did the Ephesians leave their first love, and how has the 21st century Christian Church left its first love?  Let’s see what else the Scriptures have to say.  Therein we will find the answers to these questions.

The First Commandment is further elaborated upon in the Torah, where the concept of setting aside of other gods is expanded and explained:

Yahuwah your Elohim is the one you must fear, him alone you must serve, his is the name by which you must swear. ‘Do not follow other gods, gods of the peoples round you, for Yahuwah your Elohim among you is a jealous Elohim; the wrath of Yahuwah your Elohim would blaze out against you, and he would wipe you off the face of the earth.  Do not put Yahuwah your Elohim to the test as you tested him at Massah.  Keep the commandments of Yahuwah your Elohim, and his instructions and laws which he has laid down for you, and do what Yahuwah regards as right and good…. (Deuteronomy 5:13-18, NJB)

[Has today’s world of Christian’s filled with fruitless selfishness, loving themselves only via actions, and coveting earthly items pleasing to Yahuwah that knows all things about each and every one of the Bible was written for?]

In this text, following other gods is sharply contrasted with keeping “the commandments of Yahuwah your Elohim, and his instructions and laws which he has laid down for you” and with doing “what Yahuwah regards as right and good.”  This clearly implies that to follow other gods is to worship those gods in ways contrary to the commandments of Yahuwah.

The text above also implies that “following other gods” can be defined as attempting to worship Yahuwah in the way that others worship their pagan gods.  Yahuwah expressly forbids such worship of Him.  He hates and rejects attempts to worship Him in the way and manner in which pagans worship their idol gods.  This point is explicitly made in another place in the Torah:

Now, these are the laws and customs which you must keep in the country which Yahuwah, Elohim of your ancestors, is giving you as yours, and which you must observe every day that you live in that country.  You must completely destroy all the places where the nations you dispossess have served their gods, on high mountains, on hills, under any spreading tree; you must tear down their altars, smash their sacred stones, burn their sacred poles, hack to bits the statues of their gods and obliterate their name from that place.  Not so must you behave towards Yahuwah your Elohim. (Deuteronomy 12:1-4, NJB)

Yahuwah does not want worship of Him to have anything to do with the worship of pagan idols.  The places where the other gods were worshiped were to be completely obliterated.  Nothing was to remain of the place or manner of worship of pagan gods.  Thus, worship of Him must be completely void of any hint or semblance of pagan gods.

This point is even made more plainly later on in that same chapter quoted above.  Not just the place, but the very manner in which the pagans worshipped their gods is intolerable before Yahuwah.  He must not be worshipped in the same manner the pagan gods are worshipped:

Faithfully keep and obey all these orders which I am giving you, so that you and your children after you may prosper for ever, doing what is good and right in the eyes of Yahuwah your Elohim.  When Yahuwah your Elohim has annihilated the nations confronting you, whom you are going to dispossess, and when you have dispossessed them and made your home in their country, beware of being entrapped into copying them, after they have been destroyed to make way for you, and do not enquire about their gods, saying, “How did these nations worship their gods? I am going to do the same too.”  This is not the way to treat Yahuwah your Elohim. For in honour of their gods they have done everything detestable that Yahuwah hates; yes, in honour of their gods, they even burn their own sons and daughters as sacrifices!’ (Deuteronomy 12:28-31, NJB)

The manner in which we worship Yahuwah is very important.  We are not to copy the pagans in the way they worship.  We are not to inquire into the way they worship.  Everything about the way they worship their idols is detestable to Elohim.  True worship of Yahuwah can never be after the manner of the worship of the pagans.

So, the book of Revelation describes the worship of the beast which, like the passages above imply, is very different from the true worship of Yahuwah:

I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast; they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?” (13:3,4, NJB)

In what way does the world now worship the beast, and how is the Christian Church presently worshipping the beast?  Granted, the system which is called “the Beast” in Revelation is not currently in its final form.  But we can look at the world and the present state of the Christian Church and we can see the Beast system and the Harlot taking shape in the Church.

We have already identified the Beast and the Woman riding the Beast.  It is the institution which has its home base in Rome.  The Roman Catholic Church and her daughters, the Protestant Churches, constitute the “Woman.”  They, along with the rest of the world, are worshipping after the manner of the Beast.  How is this possible?  How can we make such a claim?  Precisely by applying the truths about worship which we have just discovered above.

Yahuwah is not being worshipped “in spirit and in truth” when people who call themselves by His name practice worship of Him the way the pagans worship their gods.  The entire Christian world – Roman Catholics and Protestants, alike – worship Elohim in a manner which is detestable to Him.  The vast majority of the entire Christian world worships Elohim on Sunday, the venerable day of the Sun, like the pagans worship their gods, in stark contrast to the manner in which He has expressly commanded His people to worship.  At creation, Elohim established the Sabbath day, and sanctified it as the day He is to be worshipped.  But the whole Christian world rejects this way of worshipping Him and wants to worship Him on Sunday instead – which is the time and manner that the pagans worshipped their idol gods

And, the entire Christian world – Roman Catholics and Protestants, alike – celebrate the birthday of Jesus in a manner contrary to how Yahuwah has expressly commanded in His word.  They – along with the rest of misled Christianity and more scattered worldwide – celebrate the birth of Christ on the 25th of December, which is the birthday of pagan Nimrod and the birthday of the invincible Sun and the birthday of numerous other pagan deities.  This kind of worship is completely detestable to Elohim.  He hates it.  And He rejects it.  Why won’t the Christian world celebrate the incarnation (birth of Christ) on the anniversary of when it actually happened?  In the fall of the year at the time of the Festival of Tabernacles, which Elohim commanded to be the appointed time and manner to worship the Living Elohim, is when Yahusha the Messiah was born.

And, the entire Christian world – Roman Catholics and Protestants, alike – commemorate the death and resurrection of Christ at a time and in a manner which is detestable to Elohim.  The Christian Church and the entire world with them, celebrate Easter, even though everyone knows this is the pagan celebration of Ishtar, the pagan goddess of fertility, whose origins are ancient Babylon.  And Elohim abhors this “worship” of Him, too.  Yahusha the Savior told his disciples to remember His death at the time of the eating of the Unleavened Bread and the wine – a celebration of Yahuwah’s Passover which He shared with His disciples.  Passover is the appointed time and manner which Yahuwah has established for His people to remember and worship Him.

It’s no wonder that Yahuwah describes the institution which claims to house his people in the last days an Harlot!  The Christian Church truly has played the harlot by attempting to worship the living Elohim by practicing many detestable pagan practices year after year after year – and claiming that they are doing it for Him!  Thus, the Christian Church is guilty of practicing the breaking of the First Commandment continually before Elohim.

The Second Commandment

But, there’s more.  The Christian Church is also guilty of breaking the Second Commandment in the book of Revelation and in our day.

Commandment 2:  You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.  You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, Yahuwah your Elohim, am a jealous Elohim, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing loving kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

While the First Commandment expressly forbids the worshipping of anyone or anything other than Elohim, the Second Commandment expressly forbids the manufacture of objects or images of any kind to be used in worship.  These two commands are closely linked.  Yet they are distinct.

In Revelation we find worship of two different entities.  There is the true worship of Elohim, and there is the worship of the Beast.  The call of Elohim is for His people to come out of Babylon and worship Him, but most people are worshipping the image to the Beast:

And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life. And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed. (13:14-15, NAS)

So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth; and it became a loathsome and malignant sore on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image. (16:2, NAS)

This worshipping of the image of the Beast is clearly a reference to worship in a way contrary to the Commandments of Elohim.  Worshipping the image of the Beast is simply breaking the Second Commandment, which forbids worship of manufactured objects or images.  Such worship which is contrary to the Commandments of Elohim indicates an allegiance to the Beast system.  But worship of the Living Elohim is always done in compliance with His Ten Commandments:

Elohim warns mankind not to worship in ways contrary to his commandments.  He states the consequences of breaking the Second Commandment:

Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of Elohim, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. (14:9,10, NAS)

So, those who worship the image of the Beast are those who will be lost to eternity.

[As if they never were as back to the dust they came from – and I speak those words because our Father Elohim of love cannot be a God of eternal torture as most religions believe and teach their blinded congregations]

[“For as you [Edom] have drunk upon the mountain of My holiness [desecrating it in the wild revelry of the destroyers], so shall all the nations drink continually [in turn, of My wrath]; yes, they shall drink, talk foolishly, and swallow down [the full measure of punishment] and they shall be [destroyed] as though they had not been. Obadiah 16 (KJV)] – Resurrected or not is another subject found in my many links at end just as eternal hell fire I do not believe in.

But Elohim’s faithful ones are identified as those who have not worshipped the image of the Beast, because they know better than to be worshipping images.

And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Yahusha and because of the word of Elohim, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (20:4, NAS) [firstfruits being few of the many]

But how is the Christian Church today breaking the second commandment?  Have they “made an image to the Beast” and “worshipped his image”?  Indeed they have!  But first, a little history….  The ancient Babylonians began the mother\child cult worship which is still alive and well today.  Nimrod of the Bible was the founder of this false religion.  He is known as Ninus in historical documentation.  Scripture says that Nimrod “was a mighty hunter before Yahuwah” (Genesis 10:9, Mine)  The Histori Romani Scriptorium states that. . .

Ninus strengthened the greatness of his acquired dominion by continued possession. Having subdued, therefore, his neighbors, when, by an accession of forces, being still further strengthened, he went forth against other tribes, and every new victory paved the way for another, he subdued all the peoples of the east.

Thus, Nimrod was feared in his day.  The city he built was named after him.  Nineveh means “the habitation of Ninus.”

Semiramis was married to Ninus (the Nimrod of the Bible).  After Nimrod died, Semiramis continued the pagan worship he had inspired and declared that Ninus had become the Sun god and was to be worshipped.  She had an illegitimate son and named him Tammuz.  To cover her adultery, she claimed that Tammuz was supernaturally conceived and that Tammuz was actually the reincarnated Ninus.  This Tammuz is the same one spoken of by the prophet Jeremiah, who sees women in the temple of Yahuwah facing east and weeping for Tammuz.  The pagan practices begun in ancient Babylon by Nimrod had still been practiced by the Israelites in Jeremiah’s day!

Thus, the Babylonian counterfeit religion featured the mother, Semiramis, and her son who was also her reincarnated husband.  Thus, her son was both from his father and he was the father (cf. John 1:1 where the Word was with Elohim and the Word was Elohim )!!  This counterfeit of the relationship between the true heavenly Father and His Son is both clever and perverse.

This Babylonian mother-child cult worship was mimicked in all the major cultures of the world, and thus found its way through history all the way to Jeremiah’s day and beyond.  In Egypt, the mother and child were known as Isis and Osiris.  In India, as Isi and Iswara.  In Asia, as Cybele and Deoius.  In ancient Rome as Fortuna and Jupiter.  In Greece, as Ceres and Plutus.  Even in Tibet, China and Japan, the mother and child have their counterpart as Shing Moo and her son, and they too are depicted as a mother with a child in her arms with a ring of glory around her – just as the Roman Catholics depict Mary and the infant Jesus!

In Persia and afterward in Rome, Mithraism was the renamed Babylonian mother-child worship.  Just as Ninus (Nimrod) was the sun god of the Babylonians, Mithras was the sun god of the Persian Empire, whose rebirth (birthday) was celebrated at the winter solstice around December 25th.  Like the mother-child religions of the other cultures which were copied and renamed from the Babylonian mother-child cult, Mithraism had its mother and child:

Mithras was born of Anahita, an immaculate virgin mother once worshipped as a fertility goddess before the hierarchical reformation. Anahita was said to have conceived the Saviour from the seed of Zarathustra preserved in the waters of Lake Hamun in the Persian province of Sistan. Mithra’s ascension to heaven was said to have occurred in 208 B.C., 64 years after his birth. This birth took place in a cave or grotto, where shepherds attended him and regaled him with gifts, at the winter solstice. (Payam Nabaraz, Mithras and Mithraism, http://www.taivaansusi.net/historia/mithraism.html)

The religion of Mithraism outlasted the Persian Empire and was adopted by the Roman Empire as the dominant faith of the Romans.  Mithraism remained in place until the fourth century of the common era when it “mysteriously” disappeared – about the same time that Christianity was declared by Constantine to be the new official religion of the Roman Empire.  But it didn’t really disappear.  You see, Mithraism merely got renamed.  It came to be called Christianity, with Mary and Jesus as the mother and child!

The apostle Shaul (Paul) warns his readers about worshipping a different Jesus other than the one he proclaimed:

For if someone comes to you and preaches a Yahusha other than the Yahusha we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough. (2 Corinthians 11:4, NIV)

Who might Shaul have been speaking of?  Was there actually another “Jesus” who was the object of worship in the first century of the common era?  Indeed there was.  He was also known as Mithras, and the pictures of him are identical to the images which purport to depict Yahusha of Nazareth!

Now, getting back to the breaking of the 2nd Commandment….  How is the Christian Church breaking the commandment which forbids the manufacture and adoration (worship) of idols and images?  During the amalgamation of Mithraism and the biblical faith, Christianity accepted many of the worship practices of Mithraism, which are still present in the church today.  Even the images of Christianity are the same images found in Mithraism and in ancient Babylon.

The Roman Catholic Church features statues and images of saints in their worship, and these statues line the walls of their churches.  The most popular of these statues and images is that of the virgin Mary, who is usually depicted with the child in her arms.  Catholics everywhere have these statues and images in their churches, in their yards and in their homes.  Protestants have their version of these images.  They have “pictures of Jesus” in their churches and in their homes.  But the picture of “Jesus” is usually one of a Jesus that fits into their culture.  The Caucasians depict a light-skinned Jesus.  The Blacks display a black-skinned Jesus.  Hispanics portray Jesus as an Hispanic.  American Indians have pictures of an “Indian Jesus.”  And so on….  Sadly, Christian people want to make Jesus in their own image – which insults the Creator.  He rebuffs this kind of activity:

Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal Elohim for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. (Romans 1:22,23, NAS)

It is wrong to have statues and images of Jesus and of Mary or of any other man or animal.  Yet many Christians have these images anyway – to adore them and to “bring us closer to God.”  Many such images sit in the yard of the worshipper to “bring good luck.”  But Yahuwah does not permit this kind of worship of Him:

Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the Yahuwah your Elohim. (Leviticus 26:1, NIV with Hebrew names restored, emphasis mine)

Not only is it wrong to have these images, but the images they adore are not even images of people in the Bible!  They are replicas of the worship of Tammuz, Semiramis, Nimrod, Mithras, Ra and the like.  The statues and images of the mother and child are NOT Mary and Yahusha!  They are Semiramis and Tammuz.  The images depicting the mother and the child, which are usually thought to be Mary and Yahusha, are actually images depicting Semiramis and Tammuz, the reincarnated the sun god.  Semiramis received the title “mother of god” and “queen of heaven” – titles which, as we all know, are attached to Mary, the Virgin mother of Yahusha!

On some of the statues and images of saints and especially of the Virgin Mother and child is a halo which encircles the head.  Christians believe that this is a depiction of the glory of Elohim.  But it is not.  It is called a nimbus and it encircles the head of the Sun god and of worshippers of the Sun god.  The nimbus, or radiant light, represents the radiating light of the sun.

The nimbus is found on many images and statues of the sun god of ancient times.  And, many Catholic images, statues and pictures of Jesus, Mary and the other saints depict that person with a “glow” around his or her head.  Again, this is NOT the glory of Elohim being depicted, as Christians are led to believe.  It is the radiating light of the SUN god of Babylonian origin.

Pictures and images of Jesus which are found in the churches and homes of Catholic and Protestant Christians often feature this nimbus around his head.  Furthermore, they usually do not depict him the way he really appeared as he walked through the Promised land.  The typical Torah-observant Jew of his day (and of our day, for that matter) is one who is wearing a four cornered garment with tassels (tzit-tzit) hanging from the four corners.  The images of Jesus which are so popular in Christian churches never portray him in this Torah-observant manner.  This is probably due to the utter disdain most Christians have for the Torah.  Anyway, Jesus is usually depicted as wearing a long white robe without tzit-tzit (tassles) at the four corners of his garment, which is clearly taught by the Torah, which we know he observed perfectly!

The pictures and images used by Christians of all denominations to “adore,” “worship,” or merely “remind them of Jesus” is a present evidence that the people who congregate in Christian churches are guilty of breaking the second commandment.  For Elohim clearly forbids any manufactured statues, idols, depictions or images to be used in the true worship of Him.  And given that many of those images and statues used by Christians in their worship or adoration of Jesus, Mary and the saints are replicas of images, statues and idols used in ancient Babylon and in many other pagan worship systems is the evidence that the Christian Church has, indeed, been guilty of worshipping the Beast.  For, in worshipping Elohim by using the images, figures and statues made popular in the modern day Christian religion, Christians have been breaking Elohim’s second commandment and have been unwittingly worshipping “the Beast and his image” (cf. Revelation 14:9).

The Third Commandment

Furthermore, the Christian Church is guilty of constantly breaking the Third Commandment.  They do this as a matter of regular practice and they don’t even realize it!

Commandment 3:  You shall not take the name of Yahuwah your Elohim in vain, for Yahuwah will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.

The New International Version renders the third commandment in this way:

You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. (Exodus 20:7)

Most other English Bible translations render the verse much like the NIV has – with disdain and disrespect for the actual name of Elohim.

Note carefully the stark difference in how the Bible versions translate the name of Elohim.  The sacred name versions, including the one above, render Elohim’s name “Yahuwah” or the like.  However, most English Bible translations render Elohim’s sacred name “the LORD.”  Therein is the problem.  Elohim’s sacred, personal name is Yahuwah, not “the LORD.”  Even in the very verse in which Elohim expressly forbids misuse of His sacred name, translators have misused it!

The Christian Church, from very early in her history, has adopted the same doctrine and practice as the Jews in regard to Elohim’s sacred name.  The Creator placed his sacred name into the Hebrew Scriptures over 6000 times, because he wants to be identified and known by his unique, personal name Yahuwah.  Yet the Jews and now the Christians have covered up, hidden and buried His sacred name and have placed a substitute designation in its place!  And, ironically, this is exactly what Elohim said NOT to do in the Third Commandment.

Elohim expressed to Moses that his personal name, Yahuwah, is the name by which he is to be called by all generations of people:

Elohim also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘Yahuwah, the Elohim of your fathers– the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac and the Elohim of Jacob– has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation. (Exodus 3:15, NIV with some Hebrew names restored)

Yet, the Jews, after the time of the persecution by Antiochus Epiphanies, decided that the best way to protect the sacred name from misuse would be to forbid its use!!  And the Christian Church leaders and theologians have concurred with this sincere, but misguided, attempt to “honor” Elohim’s sacred name.

Elohim has made it abundantly clear that He wants all people to know and (properly) use His sacred name, Yahuwah.  Most of his mighty miracles were done with the expressed purpose of bringing attention to His name:

They will know that I am Yahuwah their Elohim, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them. I am Yahuwah their Elohim. (Exodus 29:46, NIV with sacred name restored)

Therefore my people will know my name; therefore in that day they will know that it is I who foretold it. Yes, it is I.” (Isaiah 52:6, NIV)

Elohim fights for his people and routs the enemy in order to make everyone see that he is Yahuwah.

I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save.  I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh; they will be drunk on their own blood, as with wine. Then all mankind will know that I, Yahuwah, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” (Isaiah 49:25-26, NIV, with sacred name restored)

The prophet Ezekiel reiterates dozens of times the phrase, “they will know that I am Yahuwah.”

And they will know that I am Yahuwah, when their people lie slain among their idols around their altars, on every high hill and on all the mountaintops, under every spreading tree and every leafy oak– places where they offered fragrant incense to all their idols. And I will stretch out my hand against them and make the land a desolate waste from the desert to Diblah–wherever they live. Then they will know that I am Yahuwah. (Ezekiel 6:13, 14, NIV, with sacred name restored)

While the Scriptures are numerous which express Elohim’s thoughts that He wants his personal name to be known by all the world, most Christians, who claim to know him, don’t even know his personal name.  We have been fed a lie for centuries by our fathers, who have told us through their translations that “the LORD” is his name.  And most Christians have not given it another thought.  Jeremiah speaks of this lie which he wants to straighten out:

Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.  Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods?  Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is Yahuwah. (Yirmyahu 16:19-21, KJV version with sacred name restored)

The designation, “the LORD,” is a substitution for Elohim’s personal name, which must be repugnant to Him.  The Third Commandment stipulates that his personal name Yahuwah is not to be “used in vain” or “taken lightly” or “emptied” or “misused.”  And yet, isn’t this precisely what we do when we replace his name with another designation.  We do, in fact, empty his name when we remove it and replace it with “the LORD.”

For the Jew in Antiochus’ time, and up to and beyond the time of Yahusha’s life on earth, merely speaking the sacred name was considered blasphemy and was punishable by death. (For the details of this, see About God’s Holy Name)  Similarly, the book of Revelation foresees men in the last days blaspheming Elohim and His holy name:

And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against Elohim, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven. (13:6)

Their punishment is also described:

Men were scorched with fierce heat; and they blasphemed the name of Elohim who has the power over these plagues, and they did not repent so as to give Him glory. (16:9)

But those who know and regard His name and receive the reward given by Elohim are figuratively pictured as having the sacred name written on their foreheads:

Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads. (14:1)

There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of Elohim and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. (22:3, 4)

[https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/12/26/amazingly-precise/ – more on the 144,000 and two witnesses]

[https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ZOXmRb/the-true-pronunciation-of-the-sacred-name] – Why I use Yehovah rather than Yahuwah. Proverbs 3:6

This symbolic representation of Elohim’s people having his sacred name Yahuwah written on their foreheads calls to mind, in contrast, those who worship the Beast:  Worshippers of the Beast are seen as blaspheming Elohim’s name (breaking the third commandment) and as having the Beast’s name on their foreheads:

He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:16-17, NIV)

[https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/09/04/the-beasts-of-revelation-and-daniel/]

Evidently, this subtle contrast between the worshippers of Yahuwah, who have His name on their foreheads, with the worshippers of the Beast, who have the mark or name of the Beast on their foreheads, is meant to underline the important of obedience to Elohim’s Third Commandment.  Indeed, worshipping Him and honoring His sacred name go hand in hand:

“Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy; For ALL THE NATIONS WILL COME AND WORSHIP BEFORE YOU, FOR YOUR RIGHTEOUS ACTS HAVE BEEN REVEALED.” (15:4)

Those who worship Him in truth will glorify His name by properly using it!

The Fourth Commandment

As the reader might have guessed by now, we are presently going to offer evidence from Revelation that the Fourth Commandment is also being continuously broken by the Christian Church along with all who worship the Beast.

Commandment 4:  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of Yahuwah your Elohim; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.  For in six days Yahuwah made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore Yahuwah blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.

The proof of this one is simple.  On what day of the week do most Christians worship the living Elohim?  Do they not worship on Sunday, the first day of the week?  Indeed, the Sabbath day of the Scriptures has become just another work day in the eyes of the Christian churches in the world today.  And Elohim’s sacred day is dishonored every week.  Christianity has not remembered the Sabbath day to keep it holy, as the Fourth Commandment directs.  To be sure, they utterly forget, ignore and violate the Fourth Commandment.

The Christian Church mistakenly believes that the Sabbath has been done away with.  But several prophesies of the book of Revelation suggest, hint and imply that obedience to the seventh day Sabbath is an important characteristic of Elohim’s remnant in the last days.  Someone may object: if the Sabbath is so important to Elohim then why doesn’t the book of Revelation just plainly say it?  To answer this we must refer back to what Yahusha once said to his disciples when they asked him why he spoke to the people in parables:

The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”  He replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.  Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.  This is why I speak to them in parables: Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.  In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.  For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ (Matthew 13:10-15, NIV)

Yahusha spoke to the crowds in parables so that those who did not believe would not be able to understand.  Only those who were intimately familiar with the Torah and the Prophets because of their personal interest in the living Elohim would be able to understand.

[unless their selfish greed keeps them separated from who their lips claim to love as written in too much scripture to even share which is totally ignored by most all believers in word only being everywhere on this earth soon to be in the worst timesoftrouble ever before on this globe.]

This same principle can (and should) be applied to the prophesies of Revelation.  Much of what is written about in Revelation is done so in figures of speech, parables, “hidden” illustrations and allusions to Scriptures, which, if the reader is not familiar with, he will completely, miss the point and misinterpret what is being communicated.  This is so that most people will NOT understand it.  But, for those who are living the Torah, [with loving others included] the Prophets and the Scriptures, the message of Revelation will become clear.

The Fourth Commandment calls for remembering the Sabbath day because Elohim established the Sabbath rest at creation for the benefit of ALL mankind (not just for the “Old Testament” Jews).  And in the issuing of the Sabbath commandment in Shemot (Exodus) 20, Yahuwah identifies himself as the one who “made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them.”  This reference calls to mind the fact that the Sabbath was instituted by the Creator at creation.  For this reason, the Sabbath commandment points to creation as its source and to the Creator as its authority.  And obedience to the Sabbath commandment uniquely identifies those who wish to serve and worship the Creator.

This phrase which identifies the Creator – the one who “made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them” – is echoed in several other Scriptures which make the point that Yahuwah is the Creator of the universe:

May you be blessed by Yahuwah, the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 115:15, NIV with sacred name restored)

Blessed is he whose help is the Elohim of Jacob, whose hope is in Yahuwah his Elohim, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them — Yahuwah, who remains faithful forever. (Psalm 146:5, 6, NIV, with Hebrew names restored)

And in the Brit Hadashah, the apostle Shaul identifies Yahusha as the one who was with the Father during creation:

He is the image of the invisible Elohim, the firstborn over all creation.  For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. (Colossians 1:15-16, NIV)

Things in heaven and on earth” brings to remembrance the way the Creator is identified in the Sabbath commandment as the one who “made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them.”  Therefore, the phrase – “made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them” – is associated with the Sabbath day and the Lord of the Sabbath.

So, when we come to the book of Revelation, it is natural for the writer to associate this phrase with the Sabbath:

Then the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his right hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, WHO CREATED HEAVEN AND THE THINGS IN IT, AND THE EARTH AND THE THINGS IN IT, AND THE SEA AND THE THINGS IN IT, that there will be delay no longer, but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of Elohim is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets. (10:5-7)

This hint at the Sabbath commandment may appear, at this point, to be merely coincidental until we note that the phrase, “who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters,” is the one the writer of Revelation choose to utilize later on in his invitation to all people of the last days to worship Elohim:

And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; and he said with a loud voice, “Fear Elohim, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.” (14:6,7)

This phrase is intended to bring the understanding reader to a remembrance of the Sabbath commandment.  Worship of the one who made heaven, earth and sea is textually linked to Sabbath worship.  So, the proper worship of Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters is grounded in the remembering of the Sabbath day which the Creator so instituted at creation.

This conclusion is confirmed and supported a few verses later in this same call to worship, where worship of the Creator is associated with the term “rest”:

Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of Elohim, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.” And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”  Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of Elohim and their faith in Yahusha.  And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!'” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.  (14:9-13)

Here the worshippers of the Beast have no “rest,” because they have refused to obey Yah’s call to worship Him on the Sabbath day, which is the day He gives rest to His obedient people.  But those saints who keep the commandments of Elohim (and have faith in Yahusha) will rest from their labors.  The people of Elohim have rest because they join the Creator in His rest on the seventh day, in obedience to His commandments!

[Where in the commandments is the Christian greed that I have experienced for 10 years acceptable to Yah?]

The juxtaposition of the terms “rest” and “keep the commandments” in relationship to the call to worship Yahuwah, the “Creator of heaven and earth and the sea and all that is in them” is no coincidence.  How much plainer could the writer of Revelation made it for the Torah-observant reader while still obscuring its meaning from the unbelievers?  It is already nearly obvious that he is referring to obedience to the Fourth Commandment which promises rest to those who worship Elohim – the Creator of heaven, earth and sea and all that is in them.

The 21st century Christian Church does not rest on the seventh day, nor do they worship the Creator according to the simple parameters of the Fourth Commandment.  And as such, they do not find Yahuwah’s promised rest.  But the call to come out of Babylon is still being sounded.  There’s still time to repent and believe the good news!

Conclusion

Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and of the abominations of the earth is the modern day pagan religious system which is propagating the Babylonian system of worship.  And who is the modern day equivalent of ancient Babylon, out of whom Elohim is calling his people?  It is the city of Rome and the authority which Rome’s religious institution has exercised over men.  And who is the harlot?  No surprise here: it’s the whole Christian church – Catholic and Protestant – all who claim the name of Jesus and worship him according to the customs, traditions and practices of ancient pagan Babylon.

The Christian Church of our day is like the ostrich depicted in the background graphic of this web page.  Christians have voluntarily buried their heads in the sand.  They intuitively know where their own worship practices and customs come from.  They know the true roots and origin of Christmas and Easter.  They know that the Scriptures teach that the seventh day of the week is the Sabbath of Yahuwah, the Maker of heaven and earth.  And they can easily find out that Sunday is not, by any stretch of the imagination, the “Christian Sabbath.”  Yet they choose to ignore the clear evidence of Scripture and history, and worship Elohim in a way which He has plainly declared is an abomination to Him.  He rejects artificial and man made attempts to worship Him contrary to his revelation.

Since the time of the writing of the early portions of Scriptures, Yahuwah has been calling out a people for himself, [John 15:18-21] from among the nations and from among the abominable practices of the race of mankind standing in rebellion against his ways.  That call to “come out of her, my people” is still ringing out today.  Yahuwah wants to bring a holy people into his kingdom of righteousness with Messiah Yahusha as the King.  But we must respond to him now.  We must repent of the lies told to us by our fathers and forefathers, and return to living and obeying his Torah with all our heart, soul and strength.  If we are sincere about serving and following Yahusha of Nazareth, then we must have nothing to do with the ways of ancient pagan traditions given birth in ancient Babylon, and which are still being propagated and practiced in the traditional customs of nearly all Christian churches today.

“Come out of her, my people,” He begs.  Choose Yahuwah and serve him alone. [without greed being your God]

http://www.BibleTruth.cc

If you have come this far, perhaps you have enough care to help my wife that have been a week without good food, and that we have a decade lacking just basic needs, while also just accepting this world of scorpions that hate truth, and to give even crumbs along with any messenger delivering what they don’t want to hear or believe; yet are very happy in going to church, paying for lies, and not coming out of her.

jeffcallarman@ymail.com is our Paypal ID — Therefore any help at all no matter how small would help us to buy rice and simple needs. Thank you because YHVH shall reward you in the same measure when you find yourself in calamity. Proverbs 1:22-32

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/about/  Myself

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/539/  My Efforts for Spiritual Knowledge

https://www.facebook.com/mmsunio  My Wife

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/  contains writings on faith, truth, obedience, end times, and more.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble offers a good choice being many [over 235] individual reads on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in; and includes worldwide misled Christianity according to the Bible which has left billions not spiritually prepared for what is soon to become the worst timesoftrouble ever on this planet.

http://vigilantcitizen.com/ How Powerful This World of Darkness Truly Is

https://truthernews.wordpress.com/ – In depth fact most all don’t want or have knowledge of.

http://www.newworldordernews.com/ – Accurate bad news so true people cannot believe.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/  – Continual reports which reveal just how deranged our human race has become.

google.com/+JeffCallarman

jeffcallarman@ymail.com

timesoftroubles@gmail.com

 

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PHOTOS ON HOW THE HUMAN MIND IS THE MOST DECEITFUL OF ALL THINGS AND INCURABLE

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If Graphic Truth On World Reality Cannot Be Handled, Stop here and scroll down to learn the truth about your own destiny through links supplied at the end.

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It was in no way the fault of this girl to be placed, chained, used and abused by sick minds in different ways that our world civilization has become infested with through uncountable ways.

Want more examples to enter your own misled mind as help? and that is because no one can really understand just how deep and misleadingly deceitful the human mind truly is — because it is the mind that controls our thoughts and actions which have placed over 7.5 billion earth dwellers in the very wide gate which leads to their own temporary destruction — rather than Yehovah’s spirit directing the few which have overcome psychological mislead injected into all minds by the prince and power of the air being the God of this entire world regardless of whatever any individual’s own religion or belief may be.

Have you seen good, positive, and uplifting human circumstance through these photos along with government and religious rule worldwide being the cause and effect of everything negative on our planet? Do you think these people chose to be placed in insane asylums, prisons or anywhere left to rot and die in misery?

Below is but a slight touch on just how sickening and brutal human trafficking has become as a multi-billion business which only destroys human lives – just as this world of false religions and corrupted governments.

human-trafficking1                   A slum building in downtown Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where drugs and prostitution are rampant. Human trafficking survivor Srey Neth was sold here, by her mother, at age 14 to a pimp who later sold Neth’s virginity for $300. (Tim Matsui)

human-trafficking                                                               A young woman in a Phnom Penh slum. Investigators later found her mother was pimping the drug-addicted girl nightly to upwards of 10 Cambodian men. (Tim Matsui)

a-child-bride-cowers-at-h-009Every year an estimated 10 million girls, some as young as seven or eight, become child brides. Child marriage is one of the least-acknowledged forms of modern slavery, yet many girls married in childhood face a life of sexual and domestic servitude, and are highly vulnerable to domestic violence, lack of access to education and health services, and have no economic opportunities or freedom of movement.

You as an another human being can easily read the signs with the whole point being that our entire misled, misused, and abused human race is not where they all choose to be — less the rich, prideful, blind, and greedy scum in high places of authority; and that includes all massive religions as super lying money suckers always wanting more that fools happily give — rather than helping those in need everywhere while being one of many causes for this world of atrocities through human greed.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/VDR3rV/to-tithe-or-not-to-tithe

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/Dx3Wxv/tithing-is-unscriptural-under-the-new-covenant

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/q9zxW6/tithing-and-excessive-giving-is-a-dangerous-gospel-of-greed

The saddest truth is that people all across the United States will also become as refugees within a controlled 3rd world nation getting no one to help them in any way. So speaks the Bible that none, no, not one believes according to scriptures not properly taught. Psalms 14:2-3, Job 15:15-16, etc. etc. etc. etc — and so speaks the signs of the times all around a civilization that cannot see their own coming destiny in gruesome ways.

Mexican Drug Cartels also have their own ways of rule, so if you are not one of them, or just in the wrong place at the wrong time — you become nothing more than the dead wrongly tortured, executed, or murdered.

READY FOR SOME EXTREMELY SICK IMAGES OF SO-CALLED WAR WITH TOTALLY DERANGED MINDS THAT ARE A PART OF EVERY CONFLICT SINCE THE BEGINNING OF HUMANITY? 

The Kill Team Photos

More war crime images the Pentagon doesn’t want you to see.

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During the first five months of last year, a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan went on a shooting spree, killing at least four unarmed civilians and mutilating several of the corpses. The “kill team” – members of the 5th Stryker Brigade stationed near Kandahar – took scores of photos chronicling their kills and their time in Afghanistan. Even before the war crimes became public, the Pentagon went to extraordinary measures to suppress the photos, launching a massive effort to find every file and pull the pictures out of circulation before they could touch off a scandal on the scale of Abu Ghraib.

The images – more than 150 of which have been obtained by Rolling Stone – portray a front-line culture among U.S. troops in which killing innocent civilians is seen as a cause for celebration. “Most people within the unit disliked the Afghan people,” one of the soldiers told Army investigators. “Everyone would say they’re savages.”

Many of the photos depict explicit images of violent deaths that have yet to be identified by the Pentagon. Among the soldiers, the collection was treated like a war memento. It was passed from man to man on thumb drives and hard drives, the gruesome images of corpses and war atrocities filed alongside clips of TV shows, UFC fights and films such as Iron Man 2. One soldier kept a complete set, which he made available to anyone who asked.

Get the full story: The Kill Team

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 On January 15th, 2010, U.S. soldiers in Bravo Company stationed near Kandahar executed an unarmed Afghan boy named Gul Mudin in the village of La Mohammad Kalay. Reports by soldiers at the scene indicate that Mudin was about 15 years old. According to sworn statements, two soldiers – Cpl. Jeremy Morlock and Pfc. Andrew Holmes – staged the killing to make it look like they had been under attack. Ordering the boy to stand still, they crouched behind a mud wall, tossed a grenade at him and opened fire from close range. This photograph shows Mudin’s body lying by the wall where he was killed.

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Following the routine Army procedure required after every battlefield death, the soldiers cut off the dead boy’s clothes and stripped him naked to check for identifying tattoos. Here they are shown scanning his iris and fingerprints, using a portable biometric scanner.

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In a break with protocol, the soldiers also took photographs of themselves celebrating their kill. In the photos, Morlock grins and gives a thumbs-up sign as he poses with Mudin’s body. Note that the boy’s right pinky finger appears to have been severed. Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs reportedly used a pair of razor-sharp medic’s shears to cut off the finger, which he presented to Holmes as a trophy for killing his first Afghan.

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Holmes poses with Mudin’s body. According to a fellow soldier, Holmes took to carrying Mudin’s severed finger with him in a zip-lock bag. “He wanted to keep the finger forever and wanted to dry it out,” one of his friends would later report. “He was proud of his finger.”

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Prior to the murder of Mudin, in November 2009, the soldiers of Bravo Company were dispatched to recover the body of an insurgent who was killed by rockets from a helicopter gunship. As they collected the remains, which appear to be those shown here, one took out a hunting knife and stabbed the corpse. Staff Sgt. Gibbs, who had recently joined the platoon as a squad leader, began playing with a pair of scissors near the dead man’s hands. “I wonder if these can cut off a finger?” Gibbs asked.

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A pistol found at the scene of the helicopter strike. Gibbs routinely collected such weapons and planted them on the bodies of unarmed civilians they killed, in order to frame their victim as enemy combatants. The presence of a “drop weapon” virtually guaranteed that a shooting would be considered a legitimate kill.

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Cpl. Jeremy Morlock with the pistol found at the scene. Gibbs was reportedly disappointed that the pistol was turned into military authorities in accordance with the proper protocol, preventing them from using it as a “drop weapon.”

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Before the military found itself short of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, Morlock was the kind of bad-news kid who the Army might have passed on. He grew up not far from Sarah Palin in Wasilla, Alaska; his sister hung out with Bristol, and Morlock played hockey against Track. Back in those days, it seemed like he was constantly in trouble: getting drunk and into fights, driving without a license, leaving the scene of a serious car accident.

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Even after he joined the Army, Morlock continued to get into trouble. In 2009, a month before he deployed to Afghanistan, he was charged with disorderly conduct after burning his wife with a cigarette. After he arrived in Afghanistan, he did any drug he could get his hands on being opium, hash, Ambien, amitriptyline, flexeril, phenergan, codeine, trazodone.

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Morlock posing with an Afghan child. The photos collected by soldiers included many shots of local children, often filed alongside images of bloody casualties. At one point, soldiers in 3rd Platoon talked about throwing candy out of a Stryker vehicle as they drove through a village and shooting the children who came running to pick up the sweets.

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Another photo of Afghan children. According to one soldier, members of 3rd Platoon also talked about a scenario in which they “would throw candy out in front and in the rear of the Stryker; the Stryker would then run the children over.”

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Staff Sgt. Gibbs in the back of a Stryker vehicle, a pair of scissors visible in the top pocket of his uniform. Gibbs allegedly used a pair of medic’s shears to cut off the finger of at least two Afghan civilians murdered by members of his platoon.

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An unidentified soldier next to the wreckage of an Afghan National Police truck that had been blown up near the base’s gate. Inside the truck, Staff Sgt. Gibbs found a working AK-47 with a folding butt stock and two magazines. According to witnesses, Gibbs placed the AK-47 and the magazines in a metal box in one of the Strykers and later used them as “drop weapons” to frame two unarmed civilians the platoon killed as enemy combatants.

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In the process of suppressing the photographs, the Army may also have been trying to keep secret evidence that the killings of civilians went beyond a few men in 3rd Platoon. In this image, the bodies of two Afghan men have been tied together, their hands bound, and placed alongside a road.

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A sign – handwritten on cardboard fashioned from a discarded box of rations – hangs around the dead men’s necks. It reads: TALIBAN ARE DEAD. According to a source in Bravo Company, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the men were killed by soldiers from another platoon, which has not yet been implicated in the scandal. “Those were some innocent farmers that got killed,” the source says. “Their standard operating procedure after killing dudes was to drag them up to the side of the highway.”

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The collection of photos includes several dozen images of unidentified casualties, including this one of a severed head. In many of the photos, it is unclear whether the bodies are civilians or Taliban. It is possible that the unidentified deaths are unrelated to 3rd Platoon, and involved no illegal acts by U.S. soldiers. But taking such photos, let alone sharing them with others, is a clear violation of Army standards.

afghanistankillteam16An unidentified image of severed legs passed around among the members of Bravo Company. Even if such unidentified bodies were enemy combatants rather than innocent civilians, their inclusion in the collection of photos bespeaks a shocking disregard for human life. “We were operating in such bad places and not being able to do anything about it,” Morlock tells Rolling Stone. “I guess that’s why we started taking things into our own hands.”

All wars have been purposely created to benefit those in high places with authoritative power as dictatorship –  thus have never been for the good of our human race in any way whatsoever; therefore all soldiers of all wars or conflicts to this very day have been brainwashed and psychologically led – just some in more inhuman ways than others according to the evil spirits within them. This writing is not for putting down soldiers as individuals, but rather showing how all minds can be made blind as to what and why people do the things they do with this link that shows just how sick and how brutal Dick Cheney purposely was to American soldiers and the people of Iraq.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/Dick_Cheney_Poisoned_Hundreds_Of_US_Troops_In_Iraq._Now_They%E2%80%99re_Dying%2C_And_The_Media_Is_Silent/57022/0/38/38/Y/M.html

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https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/  contains writings on faith, truth, obedience, end times, and more.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble offers a good choice being many [over 240] individual reads on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in and includes worldwide misled Christianity according to the Bible which has left billions not spiritually prepared for what is soon to become the worst timesoftrouble ever on this planet.

http://vigilantcitizen.com/  – How Powerful This World of Darkness Truly Is

https://truthernews.wordpress.com/ – In depth fact most all don’t want or have knowledge of.

http://www.newworldordernews.com/ – Accurate bad news so true people cannot believe.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/  – Continual reports which reveal just how deranged our human race has become.

https://www.youcaring.com/jeffandmylenecallarman-789450

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timesoftroubles@gmail.com

Is Your Life a Blessing or a Curse?

For many, what they think is blessing hides their hidden curse being judgement with punishment en route; and for many with faith, their seemingly curse in life will become a blessing. Psalms 33:17-22

When we have been placed within our spiritual prison for life, all that we can do is seek our daily path through instruction nobody of this world follows — because it’s not of this world. Proverbs 1, 2, 3, John 15, and Colossians 3 tell it like it is.

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With all the hard times in life billions worldwide have to deal with in their own way — whether it be hunger, homeless, surrounded with massive rebel violence, death, chemical genocide, diseases, torture, wrongly in prison, a victim of human trafficking, or brutal rapes with children included – which is in truth just a part of the uncountable atrocities upon innocent human beings everywhere on this planet earth, thus my wife and I have well learned to just accepted our own difficulties for many years while seeing the little we have as more of a blessing when compared to what multitudes scattered worldwide must face each day for years and years upon more years being their entire life of nothing but hardship and survival; therefore we just deal with our own way of existence through faith and prayer going far beyond just words, and beyond our world of false Christianity having words only with nothing more.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/539/  Efforts Towards Spiritual Knowledge

http://timesofroubles.webs.com/mywritingsforgod.htm Ditto

Below is a brief description of what happened to us back in April 2016, and to this day nothing has changed because zero help has ever come our way through loving and righteous Christianity – and sadly the same holds true for those always being tortured in North Korea, and places all over this globe; and it’s all because of the incapable human rule which has always been based on power, greed, and control over our entire civilization being as nothing above worthless human trash which can easily be seen by those few on this earth seeking truth on the way things truly are. So what do politicians do? Ask Killery or even Trump why this world is nothing but lies? Ask them why billions were dumped into their smorgasbord of lies as presidential candidates  rather than the power and control they have in turning billions and trillions towards helping our brutalized soon to fall United States? They won’t answer because it’s the plan of the New World Order to kill and destroy for reducing our world population through the extermination of billions.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ylRD1O/30_population_control_quotes

Because of our living situation, we went looking for a place to rent even though we had no funds because; 1) my disability from old head injury long ago, 2) having no pension, social security, employment or income for these past 10 years in a 3rd world country, less 4 months work in 2012 — and 3) has been my wife’s health problems that became so extreme, she had to stop teaching 4th grade so we could move for gaining help to care for her during hard times filled with much pain. And the reason for no money was we put everything we had from the sale of our lot and home into the near unlivable shack where she had been raised, and still the home of her parents in their 80’s with no income – thus not even our own making our life as a prison needing escape with only faith being our hope.

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Even after my own paint job and many repairs through months as little funds allowed, our day did not end well.

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Since meeting in 2007, we have always had very little in this life; therefore having even less just comes as nothing new. By rights, Mylene and I could have easily died because when we went off the road, down into shallow embankment and flipped doing about 40 mph, and because of no seat belts we were as marbles being shaken in a can – yet neither of us was badly hurt because our guardian angel was with us; and given the way our situation in life has been for almost a decade – only those few with spiritual understanding can relate – thus what happened had purpose through more shaping and molding that Yehovah has been doing for years to prepare our faith for the hardest times within the greatest world chaos that has ever been; therefore now it’s our greatest prayer for some help that we have needed for almost a decade comes our way because we really have down to absolutely nothing for so many years with strong and valid reasons why; yet even with all my efforts towards spiritual education, what is coming upon America and this world according to the signs of the times – no help has come since this happened in April 2016.

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Even though all we own is this 1997 Nissan Jeep that I had redone all the brakes, wheel cylinders, pinion seal, lights, still needs a decent radiator, fuel line, recovered the two seats, metal repair in floors, painted and more, but had no funds to rebuild the front end, replace idler arm, shocks or rear tires; thus driving that day – when the lower right control arm came loose, the front left wheel went left by itself taking us quickly off the road with no warning.

Far as our living conditions we accept. . .100_3524 Her parent’s private restroom and shower they prefer, and mine below they chose not to use because it is different even though there is no flush.

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Mylene’s mom and dad behind the empty shack next to us because we have no back yard beyond the outhouse.

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Our only transportation has been like this since April 2016, and being I was a mechanic, welder, body man, and painter with many other hands on trades – I could have easily repaired everything for a thousand dollars, buy some food to eat, and even had a needed good needed nights sleep.

Ever heard of a living Sacrifice? Well, leaving my entire prior life in 2006 was exactly that:

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I am 61 and would love a game of Chess, a drink, good music, and some normal conversations on the way things worldwide truly are. But sadly, I want far too much than this world is willing to supply.

One Big Question: Who are you in The Eyes of our Creator that knows all things with absolutely nothing ever hid?

One of self? Hate? Greed? Self-Righteous? All Knowing? Religious Hypocrite? Or like most all believers living through their words only while having Zero Action For Others In Need?

So what are Christians suppose to do?

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As for my loving wife and I,

this past decade has been nothing beyond a hard, hungry, hurting, and needful life in many ways with Christians showing absolutely zero care or concern — even though the words in the Holy Bible tell exactly their coming destiny through dead faith revealed in Matthew 25:31-46 and James 2:14-17, 1 John 3:17-18 — But do they believe who they claim to love, honor, and worship?

We would be more than thankful for any help no matter how small, because just a little is far better than nothing.

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Our Individual Existence Is Not Measured By Great Achievements. . .

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But rather by an infinite number of small ones spread through our life equaling the kind of righteousness which our human race almost totally lacks. Each and every time you do a kind act for someone to ease their burdens, which brings a needed smile to their face, it gives your own life a very great meaning in the sight of our creator. Never doubt your value, because without your type of positive genuine actions for others in need within our civilization, the world would be a dismal place without you in it.

“My soul yearns for You [O Lord] in the night, yes, my spirit within me seeks You earnestly; for [only] when Your judgments are in the earth will the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God). Isaiah 26:9 AMPC

Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the fury has passed by. For behold, the Lord is coming out from his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity, and the earth will disclose the blood shed on it, and will no more cover its slain. Isaiah 26:20-21 ESV                                                                                        

The three verses just read give all of Christianity such a strong and clear warning of what is coming upon them all with reason why that none can see or hear; why is that according to scripture all Christians have been commanded to live by.

Examine and test and evaluate your own selves to see whether you are holding to your faith and showing the proper fruits of it. Test and prove yourselves [not Christ]. Do you not yourselves realize and know [thoroughly by an ever-increasing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you—unless you are [counterfeits] disapproved on trial and rejected? 2 Corinthians 13:5 AMPC

 “But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. Romans 8:10 ESV

But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth]. James 1:22 AMPC

“For it is not merely hearing the Law [read] that makes one righteous before God, but it is the doers of the Law who will be held guiltless and acquitted and justified.  Romans 2:13 AMPC

“What is the use (profit), my brethren, for anyone to profess to have faith if he has no [good] works [to show for it]? Can [such] faith save [his soul]? If a brother or sister is poorly clad and lacks food for each day, And one of you says to him, Good-bye! Keep [yourself] warm and well fed, without giving him the necessities for the body, what good does that do? So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead). But someone will say [to you then], You [say you] have faith, and I have [good] works. Now you show me your [alleged] faith apart from any [good] works [if you can], and I by [good] works [of obedience] will show you my faith. You believe that God is one; you do well. So do the demons believe and shudder [in terror and horror such as make a man’s hair stand on end and contract the surface of his skin]! Are you willing to be shown [proof], you foolish (unproductive, spiritually deficient) fellow, that faith apart from [good] works is inactive and ineffective and worthless? James 2:14-20 AMPC

But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 AMP

“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. Isaiah 59:2 AMPC

“Even when I cry and shout for help, He shuts out my prayer. You have covered Yourself with wrath and pursued and afflicted us; You have slain without pity. You have covered Yourself with a cloud so that no prayer can pass through. Lamentations 3:8, 43-44 AMPC

Just who does this world of Christianity think is being spoken to in these words? Atheists? Agnostics? Jews that don’t even believe in Yeshua our Messiah? Sadly this entire civilization of worldly Christians living their worldly selfish and prideful ways will not learn these words directed at them – until they find themselves in the worst timesoftrouble ever before on this planet earth with no God to bail them from suffering and death until the resurrection when their judgment comes – and for many will be as goats rather than sheep.

“For a brief moment I forsook you, but with great compassion and mercy I will gather you [to Me] again. In a little burst of wrath I hid My face from you for a moment, but with age-enduring love and kindness I will have compassion and mercy on you, says the Lord, your Redeemer. Isaiah 54:7-8 AMPC

“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

Jeremiah 29:12-14 speaks of the millennial kingdom, and not the coming signs of the times in Matthew 24 and Revelation 6 bringing death and destruction worldwide; and all these facts can be found in my links for any diligently seeking truth from our Father.

From Yehovah and Yeshua whom Christians claim to love, what instruction directly from the Bible have you followed? In December of 2006, after leaving the USA on a one way ticket to the Philippines was the beginning of a totally new way of life for me while not having anything in any way when compared to my prior 51 years in America that I had became used to; therefore, now going on a decade of lacking very many basic needs such as good regular meals — all that I have experienced is this world of Christianity that will be forsaken through their dead faith by YHVH through His anger and wrath for a short period being the affliction upon all humanity for 31/2 years followed with 31/2 years great tribulation.

My wife and I have needed help since 2007, but do Christians care in any way whatsoever about fellow believers? Do any churches or pastors, ministers, priests, or any religious title ever show kindness with deed out of their own pocket as an example for their congregations to follow? Never, so their reward according to actions is en route to receive from our Father the same measure (Luke 5:38) they did for others when they all find themselves in need during famine, wars, disease, disasters, and total world chaos.

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FALLEN ANGELS AND DEMONS – PLUS PAYBACK UPON DISOBEDIENT CHRISTIANS

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Has your pastor or shepherd ever made clear according to scripture how and why billions are going to die with Christians included? How many Christians actually study to show themselves approved by Yehovah? How many prove all things? How many walk their commanded walk rather than only talking religious talk with nothing added? How many Christians are truly prepared for the most sickening, painful, gruesome-suffering and death filled world chaos lying ahead for us all? How many Christians love others as they love themselves? How many Christians see their own payback coming in the same measure as what they did for others being have-nots in need? How many Christians really have any care for others? How many Christians take part in unwritten pagan holidays like Christmas, Easter, and many others? How many Christians hate truth, therefore know more than what the Bible teaches and instructs? How many Christians hate any not being one of them as written in John 15:18-21?

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There is a great deal of misunderstanding regarding the fallen angels and the demons. Many people believe these designations are simply different names for the same beings. However, this assumption is inaccurate. In this article, we will examine the origin and activities of both these evil entities, and look at what the Scriptures and other reliable sources say about them.

The Scriptures don’t explicitly tell us when the angelic realm was created. However, the available information implies that the angels were formed after God created the heavens but before he fashioned the earth. Passages from Job and Nehemiah seem to bolster this view:

JOB 38:4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, 5 Who set its measurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the line on it? 6 On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone, 7 When the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? (NASU)

NEHEMIAH 9:6 You alone are the LORD; You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and everything on it, the seas and all that is in them, and You preserve them all. The host of heaven worships You. (NKJV)

The expressions “morning stars” and “sons of God” used in Job 38:7 refer to the angels, as does the phrase “host of heaven” used in Nehemiah 9:6. These passages indicate that the angelic domain was created after the heavens, but before the earth was given final form.

Very soon after the creation, Satan (a powerful and high-ranking cherub) sinned by tempting Eve in the Garden of Eden (Eze. 28:12-15). For more information about the fallen angel Satan, refer to my article “Satan, the Adversary of Mankind.”

Satan’s fall from grace is the first instance documented in the Bible of angels disobeying Yehovah Elohim wrongly known by most all as God being a human title via mistranslation, but it is not the only one. There is another incident recorded in Genesis 6 which occurred soon after Satan’s rebellion:

GENESIS 6:1 When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. . . . 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days – and also afterward – when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown. (NIV)

Just as it did in Job 38:7, the term “sons of God” in Genesis 6:2, 4 refers to the angels. For detailed proof that these “sons of God” were angels and not men, see my article “Genesis 6 – Who Were the Sons of God?

The ancient books of 1 Enoch and Jubilees also record the angelic rebellion of the “sons of God” in detail. As Hershel Shanks reveals in his book on the Dead Sea Scrolls, these books were held in high esteem at the time the New Testament was written:

Before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls the apocryphal book of Enoch (more precisely, I Enoch) was known only in an Ethiopic translation. Now as many as twenty fragmentary copies of the Aramaic original have been found at Qumran, which suggests that Enoch and perhaps other books now considered apocryphal were regarded as authoritative Scripture at least by some groups. Allusions to Enoch occur at least fourteen times in the New Testament; the New Testament Letter of Jude quotes from Enoch as having the authority of inspired Scripture (Jude 14-15). In some copies of the Ethiopic Bible Enoch is included in the canon.

Jubilees, the so-called Rewritten Bible, was apparently considered authoritative at Qumran: At least fifteen copies of this book have been identified, an immediate indication of the importance the Qumran sectarians attached to it. To this day, it is considered canonical by the Abyssinian Church in Ethiopia. (pp. 160-161, The Mystery and Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls)

From 1 Enoch, we learn more about the sin of the Watchers (Dan. 4:17), angels charged with watching over mankind:

ENOCH 6:1 And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto 2 them beautiful and comely daughters. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: ‘Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men 3 and beget us children.’ (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

Jubilees also elaborates on the sin of these angels:

JUBILEES 5:1 And it came to pass when the children of men began to multiply on the face of the earth and daughters were born unto them, that the angels of God saw them on a certain year of this jubilee, that they were beautiful to look upon; and they took themselves wives of all whom they 2 chose, and they bare unto them sons and they were giants. . . . (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

After the angels sinned by marrying human women, they bore them gigantic hybrid children. The Bible calls these offspring nephilim, the “mighty men of old, warriors of renown” (Gen. 6:4). When they appear again later in the Scriptures, they are called by a variety of names, including Rephaim, Zumim, Emim and Horites (Gen. 14:5), Anakim (Deu. 2:11), Zamzummim (Deu. 2:20), and Avim (Deu. 2:23).

1 Enoch and Jubilees both speak of these crossbred beings:

ENOCH 7:1 And all the others together with them took unto themselves wives, and each chose for himself one, and they began to go in unto them and to defile themselves with them . . . And they 3 became pregnant, and they bare great giants, whose height was three thousand ells: Who consumed 4 all the acquisitions of men. And when men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against 5 them and devoured mankind. And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and 6 fish, and to devour one another’s flesh, and drink the blood. Then the earth laid accusation against the lawless ones. (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

JUBILEES 5:2 . . . And lawlessness increased on the earth and all flesh corrupted its way, alike men and cattle and beasts and birds and everything that walks on the earth – all of them corrupted their ways and their orders, and they began to devour each other, and lawlessness increased on the earth and every imagination of the thoughts of all men 3 (was) thus evil continually. . . . (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

Both these ancient books, recorded long before the New Testament, speak of two primary identifying signs of the pre-Flood age: (1) the illicit marriage of the angels with humans, and (2) the voracious eating and drinking by their hybrid offspring, the nephilim. It’s very interesting that these two signs mirror those spoken of by Yeshua when he described the situation which would exist on the earth before his second coming:

MATTHEW 24:37 “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. (NKJV)

God was very angry at the rebellion of the Watchers, and decreed that these wayward angels would be locked up underneath the earth in a prison for spirits until the day of judgment. Jubilees and 1 Enoch both speak of this punishment:

JUBILEES 5:6 And against the angels whom He had sent upon the earth, He was exceedingly wroth, and He gave commandment to root them out of all their dominion, and He bade us to bind them in the depths of the earth, and 7 behold they are bound in the midst of them, and are (kept) separate. (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

ENOCH 10:11 . . . And the Lord said unto Michael: ‘Go, bind Semjaza and his associates who have united themselves with women so as to have defiled themselves 12 with them in all their uncleanness. And when their sons have slain one another, and they have seen the destruction of their beloved ones, bind them fast for seventy generations in the valleys of the earth, till the day of their judgement and of their consummation, till the judgement that is 13 for ever and ever is consummated. In those days they shall be led off to the abyss of fire: and 14 to the torment and the prison in which they shall be confined for ever. . . .’ (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

1 Enoch and Jubilees agree with the Scriptures which show that a portion of the fallen angels are currently restrained in a spiritual prison called “the Abyss” (Luke 8:31):

JUDE 6 And the angels who did not keep their own position, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains in deepest darkness for the judgment of the great Day. (NRSV)

II PETER 2:4 For indeed God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down in chains of darkness into the low regions and delivered them to be kept for the judgment of torment. (Magiera NT Peshitta translation)

I PETER 3:19 . . . He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. (NKJV)

While there are clearly some fallen angels who can move around freely, the Bible teaches that the Watchers who lusted after human women are currently locked up in “chains of darkness.”

Mankind was originally given dominion and rulership over the earth (Gen. 1:26-28). However, the fall of man set the stage for Satan and the angels to assume control. Several biblical passages allude to the fact that both good and evil angels currently have different levels of authority over the peoples of the earth:

DEUTERONOMY 32:8 When the Most High divided the nations, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the nations according to the number of the angels of God. 9 And his people Jacob became the portion of the Lord, Israel was the line of his inheritance. (Brenton’s LXX)

The passage shown above is from the 3rd-century BCE Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures known as the Septuagint. When God divided mankind into 70 nations at the tower of Babel, He apportioned rulership of the world among the angels, reserving only Abraham (father of the future nation of Israel) for Himself. God gave the angels varying levels of authority over the resulting nations of mankind.

In the official Jewish version of the Old Testament, the Masoretic Text, Deuteronomy 32:8 reads “sons of Israel” (Heb. beney Yisrael) instead of “angels of God.” However, an Aramaic copy of the book of Deuteronomy found among the Dead Sea Scrolls has “sons of God” (Heb. beney ‘elohim) instead of “sons of Israel” in verse 8. The Septuagint translators understood that the “sons of God” spoken of in Deuteronomy 32:8 and elsewhere were the angels, and rendered it that way several times (Deu 32:8; Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7). The ancient text found at Qumran verifies the Septuagint rendering of this verse, indicating that the official Jewish version was altered at a later date for some reason.

Psalm 82 speaks of the angelic council which was given rulership over the 70 nations of the earth:

PSALM 82:1 {A Psalm of Asaph.} God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: 2 “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah 3 Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. 4 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” 5 They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. 6 I say, “You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you; 7 nevertheless, you shall die like men, and fall like any prince.” 8 Arise, O God, judge the earth; for to thee belong all the nations! (RSV)

In this psalm, God chastises the angelic rulers (“the gods”) for their injustice and iniquity in carrying out the responsibilities that He has assigned to them. God tells them that their fate for disobedience will be to “die like men.” Asaph ends the psalm by exhorting God to judge the earth and its angelic rulers, because all the nations actually belong to Him. For more information on these ruling spirit beings, see my article “The Heavenly Divine Council.”

The book of Daniel gives us some further verification of this angelic authority over humanity.

DANIEL 10:5 I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose waist was girded with gold of Uphaz! 6 His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like torches of fire, his arms and feet like burnished bronze in color, and the sound of his words like the voice of a multitude. . . . 12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. (NKJV)

The passage above gives us a fascinating inside glimpse into the order and activities of the spiritual realm. The angel that visited Daniel was sent to give him an understanding of what would happen to his people (the Jews) in “the latter days.” However, this angel was delayed for 21 days because “the prince of the kingdom of Persia” stood against him. Here we see a three-week spiritual battle described by one of the participants, a holy angel! Indeed, if Michael, who is described in Dan. 12:1 as “the great prince who has charge of your people,” had not helped in this fight, Daniel’s messenger might not have been able to deliver his information.

DANIEL 10:20 Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? Now I must return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I am through with him, the prince of Greece will come. 21 But I am to tell you what is inscribed in the book of truth. There is no one with me who contends against these princes except Michael, your prince.” (NRSV)

After conveying his message to Daniel, the angel states that he must return once again to do battle with “the prince of Persia.” But he says that he will also eventually have to combat “the prince of Greece” after he has finished with “the Prince of Persia.” The picture derived from this brief account is one of continual spiritual warfare between the holy angels and the numerous spirit beings who have been given dominion over the nations of this world. For additional information on Michael, the spiritual prince over Israel, refer to my article “Christ in the Old Testament.”

The apostle Paul takes this idea one step further by showing that mortal Christians are also involved in this spiritual warfare:

EPHESIANS 6:12 For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (RSV)

The phrase “world rulers” in Ephesians 6:12 comes from the Greek word kosmokratoras. Friberg’s Analytical Lexicon to the Greek New Testament defines this word as “one holding power over the world; plural in the NT for devilish forces, spirit-beings who control parts of the world system, world rulers (EP 6.12).” Paul here clearly states that the fallen angels hold sway over the world! Paul goes on to describe the “whole armor of God” that is needed to defeat these wicked angels in the heavens and spiritual world rulers (Eph. 6:13-18).

In Hebrews 2:5, the author indirectly establishes the current rulership of our world by angels:

HEBREWS 2:5 For He did not subject the age that is to come, about which we speak, to angels. (Magiera NT Peshitta translation)

By saying that God has not appointed angels to rule the coming world, the author implies that the current world is being ruled by angels. Indeed, the Bible clearly teaches that Satan is the supreme ruler and “god” (II Cor. 4:4) of this present world.

The Bible shows that God uses fallen angels and evil spirits to accomplish certain tasks which fulfill His plan:

I KINGS 22:19 Then Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by, on His right hand and on His left. 20 And the LORD said, ‘Who will persuade Ahab to go up, that he may fall at Ramoth Gilead?’ So one [angel] spoke in this manner, and another [angel] spoke in that manner. 21 Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD, and said, ‘I will persuade him.’ 22 The LORD said to him, ‘In what way?’ So he said, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And the LORD said, ‘You shall persuade him, and also prevail. Go out and do so.’ 23 Therefore look! The LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these prophets of yours, and the LORD has declared disaster against you.” (NKJV)

The story of Saul recorded in I Samuel reveals another instance where God used an evil spirit to do His will:

I SAMUEL 16:14 Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him. 15 And Saul’s servants said to him, “Behold now, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. 16 Let our lord now command your servants, who are before you, to seek out a man who is skilful in playing the lyre; and when the evil spirit from God is upon you, he will play it, and you will be well. . . .” 23 And whenever the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand; so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him. (RSV)

I SAMUEL 18:10 And on the morrow an evil spirit from God rushed upon Saul, and he raved within his house, while David was playing the lyre, as he did day by day. Saul had his spear in his hand; 11 and Saul cast the spear, for he thought, “I will pin David to the wall.” But David evaded him twice. 12 Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him but had departed from Saul. (RSV)

I SAMUEL 19:9 Then an evil spirit from the LORD came upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his spear in his hand; and David was playing the lyre. 10 And Saul sought to pin David to the wall with the spear; but he eluded Saul, so that he struck the spear into the wall. And David fled, and escaped. (RSV)

In the first instance, the “lying spirit” that persuaded Ahab was one of the “host of heaven,” or an angel. But was the “evil spirit” that God sent upon Saul an angel, or was it a demon? To understand the difference between the two, we have to understand the fate of the nephilim that were killed in the Flood. To do that, let’s go back to the book of 1 Enoch.

We’ve already seen from the Bible, 1 Enoch, and Jubilees that the Watchers were locked in the Abyss for their sins. However, as additional punishment, God decreed that the nephilim, the children of the angels, would be destroyed from the face of the earth:

ENOCH 12:4 . . . Enoch, thou scribe of righteousness, go, declare to the Watchers of the heaven who have left the high heaven, the holy eternal place, and have defiled themselves with women, and have done as the children of earth do, and have taken unto themselves 5 wives: “Ye have wrought great destruction on the earth: And ye shall have no peace nor forgiveness 6 of sin: and inasmuch as they delight themselves in their children, the murder of their beloved ones shall they see, and over the destruction of their children shall they lament, and shall make supplication unto eternity, but mercy and peace shall ye not attain.” (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

The Bible teaches that a human being is made up of body, spirit, and soul (I The. 5:23; Heb. 4:12). The body is the physical part of a man, the spirit is the non-physical part, and the soul (Gr. psuche, Eng. “psyche”) is the character or personality. When a person dies physically, their spirit (which has no consciousness apart from the body) returns to God who gave it (Ecc. 12:7).

However, since the hybrid nephilim had both physical and spiritual natures, they were able to survive (in a fashion) the deaths of their physical bodies. These hybrid spirits, which were not part of God’s creation, had nowhere to go when their physical existence ceased. 1 Enoch tells us what became of the departed spirits of these crossbreeds:

ENOCH 15:8 And now, the giants, who are produced from the spirits and flesh, shall be called evil spirits upon 9 the earth, and on the earth shall be their dwelling. Evil spirits have proceeded from their bodies; because they are born from men and from the holy Watchers is their beginning and primal origin; 10 they shall be evil spirits on earth, and evil spirits shall they be called. [As for the spirits of heaven, in heaven shall be their dwelling, but as for the spirits of the earth which were born upon the earth, on the earth shall be their dwelling.] And the spirits of the giants afflict, oppress, destroy, attack, do battle, and work destruction on the earth, and cause trouble: they take no food, but nevertheless 12 hunger and thirst, and cause offences. And these spirits shall rise up against the children of men and against the women, because they have proceeded from them. (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

The departed spirits of the nephilim became what we know as “demons.” These entities are mentioned in the Old Testament (for example, see Lev. 17:7; Deu. 32:17; II Chr. 11:15; Psa. 106:37), and numerous times in the New Testament, where they are called “demons,” “unclean spirits,” and “evil spirits.”

One of the activities of evil spirits mentioned in the Bible is that of “familiar” or “divining” spirits. These demons appear to have the ability to rouse the spirits of the dead from their ordained sleep. They also seem to be able to foretell the future, to some extent. The first mention we see of these spirits in the Scriptures is a warning from God to avoid consorting with them or the mediums that contact them.

LEVITICUS 19:31 “Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.” (NKJV)

LEVITICUS 20: 6 “And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people.” (NKJV)

LEVITICUS 20:27 “A man or a woman who is a medium, or who has familiar spirits, shall surely be put to death; they shall stone them with stones. Their blood shall be upon them.” (NKJV)

DEUTERONOMY 18:10 There shall not be found in thee one who purges his son or his daughter with fire, one who uses divination, who deals with omens, and augury, 11 a sorcerer employing incantation, one who has in him a divining spirit, an observer of signs, questioning the dead. (Brenton’s LXX)

I SAMUEL 28:7 Then Saul said to his servants, Seek for me a woman who has in her a divining spirit, and I will go to her, and enquire of her: and his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman who has in her a divining spirit at Aendor. 8 And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he goes, and two men with him, and they come to the woman by night; and he said to her, Divine to me, I pray thee, by the divining spirit within thee, and bring up to me him whom I shall name to thee. 9 And the woman said to him, Behold now, thou knowest what Saul has done, how he has cut off those who had in them divining spirits, and the wizards from the land, and why dost thou spread a snare for my life to destroy it? (Brenton’s LXX)

ACTS 16:16 It happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a slave-girl having a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortune-telling. 17 Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, “These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation.” 18 She continued doing this for many days. But Paul was greatly annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!” And it came out at that very moment. (NASU)

The New Testament clearly records many instances where these evil spirits afflicted people by taking up residence within them. Below are a few of the examples available from the Scriptures.

MARK 7:25 But after hearing of Him, a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately came and fell at His feet. 26 Now the woman was a Gentile, of the Syrophoenician race. And she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 And He was saying to her, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 28 But she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs.” 29 And He said to her, “Because of this answer go; the demon has gone out of your daughter.” 30 And going back to her home, she found the child lying on the bed, the demon having left. (NASU)

LUKE 9:38 Suddenly a man from the multitude cried out, saying, “Teacher, I implore You, look on my son, for he is my only child. 39 “And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out; it convulses him so that he foams at the mouth, and it departs from him with great difficulty, bruising him. 40 So I implored Your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” 41 Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.” 42 And as he was still coming, the demon threw him down and convulsed him. Then Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the child, and gave him back to his father. (NKJV)

ACTS 19:11 Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. 13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 14 Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” 16 Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. (NKJV)

During his ministry, Yeshua gave his disciples dominion and supremacy over these unclean spirits:

LUKE 9:1 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. (NKJV)

We can conclude from this grant of authority that demons and fallen angels are indeed separate entities. Otherwise, Yeshua’s grant of power to the twelve disciples over all demons would have included Satan and the other angelic rulers of the divine council. Clearly this was not the case.

In his Gospel, Luke records an incident between Christ and some demons who had possessed a man which gives us additional insight:

LUKE 8:26 Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!” 29 For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness. 30 Jesus asked him, saying, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him. 31 And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the Abyss. 32 Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them. 33 Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned. (NKJV)

As the Scripture above shows, the demons who inhabited this man were terrified of being banished by Yeshua into the Abyss. This is the same place where the fallen angels were chained. Apparently, those fallen angels and demons who get too far out of line here on earth are restrained in the Abyss until the day of judgment.

In the end-time prophecy recorded by John in the book of Revelation, the Abyss plays a large part in the events leading up to the return of the Messiah.

During the period of the “seven trumpets,” when God’s wrath is poured out on an unrepentant mankind, the Abyss is opened at the sounding of the fifth trumpet:

REVELATION 9:1 The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. 2 When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. 3 And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. 4 They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 They were not given power to kill them, but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man. 6 During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them. 7 The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. 8 Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9 They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. 10 They had tails and stings like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months. (NIV)

The unlocking of the Abyss releases a horde of fallen angels and depraved demons upon mankind. God uses them as an instrument of His wrath for five months; they are allowed to torment those on the earth who don’t have God’s seal on their foreheads (Rev. 7:2-8).

In his commentary on Revelation 9:1, 3, Daniel H. Stern writes:

1 The star is not Satan (despite Isaiah 14:12, Lk 10:17), but an angel, who still has the key at 20:1. The Abyss is not Sh’ol (as at Ro 10:7), but a place where demonic beings are imprisoned (vv. 2-11, 11:7, 17:8, 20:2-3). In the Apocrypha, God is called, “You who close and seal the Abyss with your fearful and glorious name” (Prayer of Manasseh 3). . . .

3 Demonic monsters are released which fly like locusts (Exodus 10:12-20; Joel 1:4, 2:4-14) and sting like scorpions (Ezekiel 2:6, Lk 11:12). (pp. 815, 816, Jewish New Testament Commentary)

In Revelation 9:11, a mysterious character is introduced into the story. He is released from the Abyss along with the multitude of angels and demons, and is identified as their king or ruler:

REVELATION 9:11 They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon. (NIV)

Abaddon/Apollyon (literally “Destroyer” in Hebrew/Greek ) is the angelic ruler of the Abyss. He is the highest ranking evil angel now confined in the Abyss. Although not specifically mentioned by these names anywhere else in the Bible, Abaddon plays a major role in the events at the end of this current age. For additional information on the identity of this powerful fallen angel and his activities in the end-time, see my articles “Who Is The ‘Destroyer’?” and “The Goat For Azazel.”

After the release of the angels and demons from the Abyss, another group of evil spirits is released onto the earth:

REVELATION 9:13 Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” 15 So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind. 16 Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them. 17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone. 18 By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed – by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths. 19 For their power is in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they do harm. 20 But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons . . . (NKJV)

In this passage of Scripture, we see that to further punish those who will not obey Him, God authorizes the release of four powerful angels who have been held for just this occasion. Their mission is the destruction of 1/3 of mankind. To accomplish this feat, they are given an army of 200 million evil spirits. Just as Christ and his angelic army later ride white horses (Rev. 19:11, 14), these demons also ride “horses.” Fire, smoke, and brimstone issue from the mouths of their horses, and with these plagues possibly a billion and a half people are killed.

Both Abaddon, the imprisoned spirit currently ruling over the Abyss, and the four angels now “bound at the great river Euphrates” appear to be high-ranking and powerful angels. They will be freed to fulfill their part of God’s plan at the end of the age.

Yeshua tells us the fate of Satan and the fallen angels is to go into the age-lasting fire which has been prepared for them:

MATTHEW 25:41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: (NKJV)

Only Satan and his angels are mentioned here by Yeshua as going into fire. The demons have a different fate awaiting them. During the millennial reign of Yeshua, these unclean spirits will be restricted to the destroyed and uninhabited land of Babylon (Isa. 13:19-22; Jer. 51:37; Rev. 18:2). The Scriptures teach that the spirits of these hybrid giants will not be resurrected:

ISAIAH 26:14 Let not the dead live, let not the giants [repha’im] rise again: therefore hast Thou visited and destroyed them, and hast destroyed all their memory. (DRA)

At some point, God will destroy the demonic spirits of the nephilim and put them out of their misery. They are not part of His creation, and they have no future in His plan.

CONCLUSION

The earth is currently ruled over by angelic principalities and powers. Spiritual conflict is unseen but ongoing, with the holy angels often battling the fallen angels to fulfill God’s will. Demons, the evil spirits of the departed nephilim, roam the earth tormenting and afflicting mankind.

The fallen angels and the demons will be fully unleashed on the earth during the end of this age, when God’s wrath is vented on a sinning, selfish, and unrepentant humanity. In the end, however, Christ will return and subjugate all who won’t submit to God’s authority, including Satan and the fallen host. Their punishment will be age-lasting destruction and refinement within the lake of fire. The disembodied spirits of the giants will eventually be destroyed forever.

Bryan T. Huie

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THE MILLENNIAL RESURRECTIONS

How Badly Do You Want Truth Rather Than Bits And Pieces From Our World Of Confusion And Religious Mislead? Do You Have Faith? Dead Or Alive? Enough Faith To Believe Your Own Written Destiny With Reason Why?

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“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith (A)but does not have works? Can that faith save him? (B)If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, (C)and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good[a] is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. James 2:14-17 ESV

The nature of and purpose for the resurrections spoken of in the Bible are not well understood.  The timing of these prophesied resurrections (who will be raised, when, in what form, and why) has confounded believers for many centuries.  In this article, we are going to examine the totality of the scriptural teaching on this subject.  You may be surprised at what the Bible really says about the resurrections of the dead.

The “First Resurrection”

Several passages of Scripture reveal to us that Messiah will raise the dead saints at the sounding of the trumpet of God:

I THESSALONIANS 4:15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.  16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.   17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And thus we shall always be with the Lord. (NKJV)

MATTHEW 24:30 “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, all the tribes of the Land will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with tremendous power and glory. (CJB)  31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” (NIV)

Both accounts state that Messiah will come on the clouds.  When the trumpet sounds, there will be a resurrection of the righteous dead.  As Paul tells us in his first letter to the Corinthians, the dead saints who are raised, as well as those still living, will be CHANGED at the last trumpet from flesh to spirit:

I CORINTHIANS 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.  51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed – 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”  55 “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”  56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the Law.  57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (NKJV)

Paul clearly says here that the saints, both the dead and the living, will be changed from corruptible flesh to an incorruptible/immortal body at the last (i.e., 7th) trumpet (Rev. 11:15-18).  This change, which is the focus of Paul’s discourse throughout the entire chapter, will be necessary for us to inherit our reward in the Millennial kingdom.  In his letter to the Philippian assembly, Paul also speaks of this change of our bodies in the resurrection:

PHILIPPIANS 3:21 He [the Lord, Yeshua the Messiah] will change the bodies we have in this humble state and make them like his glorious body, using the power which enables him to bring everything under his control. (CJB)

Going back to Paul’s comments in I Corinthians 15, we find that the apostle spends considerable time describing the difference between our current physical bodies and the spiritual bodies we will have when we are resurrected:

I CORINTHIANS 15:35 But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up?  And with what body do they come?”  36 Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies.  37 And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain – perhaps wheat or some other grain.  38 But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.  39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds.  40 There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.  41 There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.  42 So also is the resurrection of the dead.  The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption.  43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory.  It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.  44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.  There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.  45 And so it is written, The “first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.  46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.  47 The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second man is the Lord from heaven.  48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are heavenly.  49 And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly man. (NKJV)

Paul states here that not all the spiritual bodies of those dwelling in the kingdom of God will be equal.   Some will be more glorious than others.  Different physical creatures have different types of flesh (e.g., man, animals, fish, birds).  Likewise, those changed to spirit beings will have different levels of glory, just as the sun, the moon, the major stars, and the minor stars all produce different levels of light in the sky.

Paul’s discussion of the resurrection and the change of the saints into glorious spirit beings has confused some into thinking that ALL people will be raised as spirit beings when Messiah returns.  Yet we see in other prophetic Scriptures (to be examined later) that this is not the case.

Although everyone will ultimately be changed from flesh to spirit, the context of Paul’s comments in I Corinthians 15 primarily deals with the resurrection of the saints.  John speaks from this same frame of reference in Revelation 20 when he refers to the “first resurrection”:

REVELATION 20:4 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge.  And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God.  They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands.  They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.)  This is the first resurrection.  6 Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection.  The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years. (NIV)

This lone passage of Scripture has caused a multitude of problems in understanding the chronology of end-time biblical prophecy.  It seems to say that there will be ONE resurrection at the beginning of the Millennium, which will involve ONLY the saints (who will be changed from flesh to spirit).  However, this view is hard to square with the rest of the Scriptures, which show that there will be another resurrection of the dead (“the just and the unjust”) back to MORTAL life during the time of Messiah’s Millennial reign.

So how are we to understand John’s statement here?  It’s clear from other prophecies that most will NOT be raised from the dead and changed to spirit at the “first resurrection.”   In fact, the number changed will be relatively small compared to all those who have died since creation.  What happens to the rest?  Earlier in I Corinthians 15, Paul gives us a chronological blueprint regarding the timing of the change from flesh to spirit:

I CORINTHIANS 15:20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. (NIV)

The Messiah is said to be the firstfruit (Gr. aparche, singular) of those who have died.  Yet several people are shown in Scripture to have been raised from death before Messiah Yeshua was resurrected.  These include the widow’s son from Zarephath (I Kings 17:17-23); the Shunammite’s son (II Kings 4:17-37); the widow’s son from Nain (Luke 7:11-16); the daughter of Jairus (Matt. 9:18-25; Mark 5:22-42; Luke 8:41-55); Lazarus (John 11:1-45); and the saints raised in Jerusalem at the time Yeshua died on the cross (Matt. 27:50-53). However, even though they all were raised from death back to life BEFORE Yeshua, he is called the “firstborn from the dead” (Col. 1:18; Rev. 1:5) and “the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (I Cor. 15:20).  Why?

The reason is because Yeshua was the FIRST (and so far the only) human ever brought back to life and given an immortal SPIRIT body.  This type of resurrection (from flesh to spirit) won’t occur again until the “first resurrection” of the saints (Rev. 20:4-6), which Paul tells us takes place at the “last trumpet” (I Cor. 15:50-53).

I CORINTHIANS 15:21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.  22 For as in Adam ALL die, so in Christ ALL will be made alive. (NIV)

Paul’s statement here is not well understood, and quite astonishing if accepted at face value.  In accord with what he says in verse 22, Paul told the Roman church that all of mankind has died because of Adam’s introduction of sin into the world (Rom. 5:12).  Paul said that this same “all” will ultimately be made alive as spirit beings because of Messiah; specifically, because of his righteous act of obedience (Rom. 5:18-19).

Next, Paul gives us the timetable for WHEN this will happen:

I CORINTHIANS 15:23 But each in his own turn:  Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.  24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after He has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. (NIV)

In verse 23, Paul again states that Messiah was the first human raised as a spirit being.  Next he says that those who are Messiah’s will be raised and changed when he comes from heaven (cf. I The. 4:15-17).  In the chronological sequence of resurrections to spirit, Paul states in verse 24 that the end (of the Millennial kingdom) will come before anyone else is raised and changed from flesh to spirit.

John’s parenthetical statement in Revelation 20:5 that the rest of the dead won’t “live” (with the context implying “as spirit beings”) until the 1,000-year reign of Messiah has ended is a confirmation of Paul’s statement in verse 24.  There is another supporting proclamation found earlier in Revelation that speaks of the reward of those who accept Messiah AFTER the “first resurrection”:

REVELATION 14:13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write:  Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”  “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” (NIV)

The implication of this heavenly statement is that those who die “in the Lord” during the Millennium will “rest” (in the “sleep” of death) until the Messianic kingdom comes to an end.  This fits perfectly with Paul’s statement in verse 24 that “then the end will come” and Messiah will hand over the kingdom to YHVH his Father after his 1,000-year reign and the final defeat of Satan (Rev. 20:7-10).

I CORINTHIANS 15:25 For he [Messiah] must reign until He [God the Father] has put all His enemies under his feet.  26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.  27 For He “has put everything under his feet.”  Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God Himself, who put everything under Christ.   28 When He has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to Him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all. (NIV)

The timing of this “change in leadership” from the Messiah to the Father is very important to understanding WHEN prophesied events will take place.

We have now established from Scripture that there are only TWO resurrections from flesh to spirit before Messiah turns over the kingdom of God the Father:  one in this current age (the raising of Messiah as the firstfruit), and one in the age to come (the “first resurrection” of the saints at the beginning of the Millennium).

But what about the rest of the dead?  When will they be resurrected?  Next we will examine what the Scriptures say about the fate of the remainder of mankind, including Israel and the nations.

The Resurrection of the “Just and the Unjust”

The Bible tells us in several places that there will be a resurrection of those who have done good, as well as those who have done evil.  The angel Gabriel revealed this resurrection to the prophet Daniel just before his death:

DANIEL 12:1 “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise.   There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then.  But at that time your people – everyone whose name is found written in the Book – will be delivered.  2 Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake:  some to everlasting [‘olam, lit. “age-lasting”] life, others to shame and everlasting [‘olam]contempt. (NIV)

Gabriel identifies the time of Michael’s appearance as the worst period of distress on the nations since their foundation.  Yeshua speaks of this same time and says it will be the worst period of anguish on mankind since the beginning of the world (Matt. 24:21; Mark 13:19).  In fact, this period is called “the great tribulation” in Revelation (Rev. 7:14).  By its description, it is clear that the time being spoken of is the end of this current age.

Gabriel tells Daniel that God will deliver all of his people (i.e., the Israelites) whose names are found written in the Book of Life.  This is a reference to the “first resurrection” and the changing of the saints from flesh to spirit at the last trumpet.  But then Gabriel continues on with the statement that the remaining “multitudes” sleeping in their graves will also be awakened.  This includes the unconverted of Israel as well as those from the nations.  Some will be resurrected to life in the Messianic kingdom of Yeshua, while others will be held in contempt throughout that 1,000-year age.  The clear implication is that these multitudes will be raised to MORTAL life sometime at the beginning of the Millennium.

The resurrection of all, both the virtuous and the wicked, is confirmed by Paul in his words of defense before Felix, the Roman governor of Judea:

ACTS 24:14 “But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets.  15 I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.” (NIV)

Yeshua plainly told the Jews that YHVH the Father had granted him the authority to judge mankind.  In order to execute this judgment, Messiah said he would call forth everyone from their graves:

JOHN 5:25 “Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.  26 For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in himself, 27 and has given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of Man.  28 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which ALL who are in the graves will hear his voice 29 and come forth – those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.  30 I can of myself do nothing.  As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is righteous, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the Father who sent me.” (NKJV)

Yeshua declares that an hour is coming when he will raise ALL who are in their graves from the dead.  He states that those who have done good will be resurrected to life (MORTAL existence in his Millennial kingdom), while those who have done evil will be condemned (excluded from the Millennial kingdom).   Yeshua describes his judgment of the nations in Matthew 25:

MATTHEW 25:31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.  32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.  33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.  34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’  37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?  38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?  39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?‘  40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’  41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal [aionion, lit. “age-lasting”] fire prepared for the devil and his angels.  42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’  44 Then they also will answer, saying,‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?‘  45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’  46 And these will go away into eternal [aionionpunishment, but the righteous into eternal [aionionlife.” (ESV)

The truth is that most of the people who have lived since the beginning of creation have not known God or His ways.  So how will they be judged?

Yeshua identifies himself as the Son of Man at the beginning of the “sheep and goats” prophecy (Matt. 25:31) to emphasize his kinship to all of mankind (cf. Heb. 2:11, 14, 17).  The judgment criteria that King Messiah will use to determine who from the nations will live during the Millennial kingdom is the “love your neighbor as yourself” principle.  Those “sheep” who have shown love to their neighbors (“the least of these”) during their lives will be rewarded with life in the Messianic kingdom.  However, those who lived selfish lives and cared only for themselves, abusing and taking advantage of their neighbors, will be punished by not being allowed to live during the Millennium.

 

Notice in Messiah’s prophecy that neither group appears to fully understand why they are either being rewarded or punished.  Both the sheep and the goats (most of whom appear not to really know who King Messiah is) ask “when did we see YOU” in these conditions (Matt. 25:37-39, 44)?  Messiah’s answer clearly shows that the “love your neighbor as yourself” standard is used for their judgment.

 

Paul’s letter to the Romans confirms this judgment criterion:

ROMANS 2:12 For all who have sinned without the Law will also perish without the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law.  13 For it is not the hearers of the Law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the Law who will be justified.  14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the Law, by nature do what the Law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the Law.  15 They show that the work of the Law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16 on that Day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus. (ESV)

The fact is that most people will never have heard about the true God or been taught His Law when Messiah comes to judge the nations.  Yet God’s perfect justice demands that those who have kept the righteous requirements of the Law (i.e., “love your neighbor as yourself” – Rom. 13:9; Gal. 5:14; Jam. 2:8) be rewarded.  Their reward will be MORTAL life during the golden age of the Messiah’s rule (Matt. 25:46).

Unfortunately, Messiah told us that most of humanity will not qualify for life in the Messianic kingdom (Matt. 7:13-14).  The fate of those judged unworthy to live during the Millennium is to be killed and cast into the fires of Gehenna, as revealed in numerous other Scriptures (Matt. 5:29-30; 10:28; 18:9; 23:33; Mark 9:43-48):

LUKE 12:4 “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do.  5 But I will warn you whom to fear:  fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell [geennan].  Yes, I tell you, fear him!” (ESV)

Scripture tells us the place where the dead bodies of rebels will be cast during the Messianic kingdom is the Valley of Hinnom (Heb.gey hinnom, Gr. geenna), located on the south side of Jerusalem.  The fate for law-breaking during the 1,000-year reign of Messiah (i.e., execution and being cast into the Valley of Hinnom) is specifically mentioned in the final verse of the prophetic book of Isaiah:

ISAIAH 66:23 From new moon to new moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before me, declares the LORD.  24 “And they shall go out and look on the dead bodies of the men who have rebelled against me.  For their worm shall not dietheir fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.” (ESV)

Yeshua specifically quoted this prophecy in his exhortation to avoid sin found in Mark 9:

MARK 9:43 “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off.  It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell [geennan], into the fire that shall never be quenched – 44 where ‘Their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’  45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off.  It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell [geennan], into the fire that shall never be quenched – 46 where ‘Their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’  47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.  It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell [geennan] fire – 48 “where ‘Their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.'” (NKJV)

From Yeshua’s words recorded here in Mark 9 and Luke 12:4-5, we can infer that he will be responsible for having those judged unworthy to live in the Millennium executed and cast into Gehenna (“hell”).

 

Prophecy indicates that the resurrection back to physical life will involve all the nations of the world, including God’s people Israel.  Let’s look at the words of chastisement from Messiah to that generation of Jews who saw him perform miracles, and yet did not repent of their sins:

MATTHEW 11:20 Then he began to denounce the cities in which most of his miracles were done, because they did not repent.  21 “Woe to you, Chorazin!  Woe to you, Bethsaida!  For if the miracles had occurred in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.  22 Nevertheless I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the Day of Judgment than for you.  23 And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you?  You will descend to Hades; for if the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day.  24 Nevertheless I say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the Day of Judgment, than for you.” (NASU)

The “Day of Judgment” is another name for the 1,000-year “Day of the LORD” (cf. II Pet. 3:8).  It is so named because of the judgment Messiah will exercise during this Millennial “Day.”  Below of several additional Gospel accounts of Messiah’s words regarding his judgment upon all the people who have lived and died during the first age of God’s plan (i.e., from creation to the time of his return):

 

LUKE 10:10 “But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you.  Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’  12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that Day for Sodom than for that town.  13 Woe to you, Chorazin!  Woe to you, Bethsaida!  For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.  14 But it will be more bearable in the Judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you.  15 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven?  You shall be brought down to Hades.  16 The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects Him who sent me.” (ESV)

MATTHEW 10:11 “Now whatever city or town you enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and stay there till you go out.  12 And when you go into a household, greet it.  13 If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it.  But if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.  14 And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.  15 Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Day of Judgment than for that city!” (NKJV)

MARK 6:10 Also he said to them, “In whatever place you enter a house, stay there till you depart from that place.  11 And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them.   Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the Day of Judgment than for that city!”  12 So they went out and preached that people should repent. (NKJV)

The implication from these passages is that the punishment for Sodom and Gomorrah, two of the wickedest cities spoken of in the Bible, will be more tolerable to them (i.e., easier for them to accept) than it will be for those Jews who heard the Messiah preach in person and still refused to repent.

Messiah mentions some other people from history who would rise up at the resurrection of the just and unjust with the Jews of his generation:

MATTHEW 12:41 The men of Nineveh will rise up at the Judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.  42 The queen of the South will rise up at the Judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.” (ESV)

LUKE 11:30 For as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be to this generation.  31 The queen of the South will rise up at the Judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.  32 The men of Nineveh will rise up at the Judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.” (ESV)

It seems from these statements that Israel will be judged like the other nations who are brought up in the resurrection.  However, other statements and prophecies indicate that only those Jews who specifically rejected his teaching (including most of the Jewish religious leadership of his day) will be excluded from the Messianic kingdom.  The “dry bones” prophecy in Ezekiel 37 seems to show that most of Israel will be resurrected and brought back into the land during the Millennium:

 

EZEKIEL 37:1 The hand of the LORD came upon me, and He led me out in the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the center of the plain, which was now filled with bones.  2 He made me walk among them in every direction so that I saw how many they were on the surface of the plain.  How dry they were!  3 He asked me:  Son of man, can these bones come to life?  “Lord GOD,” I answered, “You alone know that.”  4 Then He said to me:   Prophesy over these bones, and say to them:  Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!  5 Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones:  See!  I will bring spirit into you, that you may come to life.  6 I will put sinews upon you, make flesh grow over you, cover you with skin, and put spirit in you so that you may come to life and know that I am the LORD.  7 I prophesied as I had been told, and even as I was prophesying I heard a noise; it was a rattling as the bones came together, bone joining bone.  8 I saw the sinews and the flesh come upon them, and the skin cover them, but there was no spirit in them.  9 Then He said to me:  Prophesy to the spirit, prophesy, son of man, and say to the spirit:  Thus says the Lord GOD:  From the four winds come, O spirit, and breathe into these slain that they may come to life.  10 I prophesied as He told me, and the spirit came into them; they came alive and stood upright, a vast army.  11 Then He said to me:  Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel.  They have been saying, “Our bones are dried up, our hope is lost, and we are cut off.”  12 Therefore, prophesy and say to them:  Thus says the Lord GOD:  O My people, I will open your graves and have you rise from them, and bring you back to the land of Israel.  13 Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and have you rise from them, O My people!  14 I will put My Spirit in you that you may live, and I will settle you upon your land; thus you shall know that I am the LORD.  I have promised, and I will do it, says the LORD. (NAB)

This prophecy clearly shows a PHYSICAL resurrection to mortal life for the “whole house of Israel” (i.e., all 12 tribes).  After they have been raised from the dead, these resurrected Israelites will be given the Holy Spirit and brought back into the Holy Land promised to Abraham and his descendants (Gen. 12:7; 13:14-15; 15:18; 17:8).

The prophet Hosea speaks of this resurrection and the subsequent restoration of God’s blessing to Israel:

HOSEA 6:1 “Come, let us return to the LORD.  For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us.  2 He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, that we may live before Him.” (NASU)

HOSEA 13:14 “I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death.  O Death, I will be your plagues!  O Grave, I will be your destruction!  Pity is hidden from My eyes. (NKJV)

The prophet Isaiah mentions the resurrection and removal of the reproach of God’s people also:

ISAIAH 25:8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of His people shall He take away from off all the earth:  for the LORD hath spoken it. (KJV)

In his letter to the Romans, Paul also speaks about the salvation of ALL ISRAEL:

ROMANS 11:25 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.  26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:  “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; 27 for this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.”  28 Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers.  29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.  30 For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, 31 even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy.  32 For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.  33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!  34 “For who has known the mind of the LORD?  Or who has become His counselor?  35 Or who has first given to Him and it shall be repaid to him?”  36 For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever.  Amen. (NKJV)

As Paul tells us, Messiah will ultimately save ALL of God’s chosen people Israel.  YHVH has committed ALL (all of Israel, and indeed, all of the world) to disobedience, that He might have mercy on ALL.

 

CONCLUSION

The Millennial resurrections and judgments are just the start of God’s plan to eventually become “all in all.”  During the Millennium, YHVH the Father will bring about the salvation of all Israel.  Israel will become the example that it was originally intended to be for the nations of the world.  Messiah Yeshua will rule over Israel and the world, and everyone will know YHVH, from the least to the greatest (Jer. 31:34).  What a wonderful age that will be!

Bryan T. Huie
October 22, 2012

Revised: December 21, 2012

 

Now you have read truth on resurrections and judgment; therefore know that I was called out of this world to live a life in poverty almost a decade ago, and my results have been many years of experiencing this world of Christians through actions truly showing them as the goats being extremely selfish, having zero compassion, and living in disobedience regarding all the words of instruction from YHVH whom they all claim to love: Therefore are being warned again through words and scripture most all will still ignore.

 

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble  offers a good choice being many individual reads on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in; and includes worldwide misled Christianity according to the Bible.

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Below is but one link giving access to others which share the way my wife and I have lived since 2007, and even with the hundreds of thousand views my writings have had, the 16 free websites I’ve created, and the 474 page book I had published in 2012 titled Message For This Entire Human Race — To this day being September 3rd, 2016, I have not yet one brother, sister, or shepherd HAVING ANY CARE WHATSOEVER according to biblical instruction meant for the whole house of Israel scattered worldwide — with most all not even knowing their own identity or living by every word as commanded in Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4, and Luke 4:4.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/mpxzXp/lifes-misfortune-in-different-ways-for-us-all – This happened about 5 months ago, and our situation in life has only gotten steadily more difficult ever since – because Christians are the last and least to care about others in any way – Period – and proof comes from 10 years of experience upon experience upon even more experience my wife and I have from with our world of loving Christians – in word only — if even that.

For any now being called, just some food would be nice — if you can relate to Luke 6:38, Jeremiah 17:10, or any of much scripture revealing we get during coming world chaos what we have given.

I am 61, have an old head injury, no pension, no social security, no employment, expired passport, plenty physical needs, and in truth – no way to care for my only best friend on this earth being my wife who has suffered much physically and mentally ever since we met in 2007 according to YHVH’s plan as an example for all Christians and people everywhere because they follow the father of lies while thinking of themselves as self-righteous, saved, forgiven, or whatever as long as it costs them nothing.

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A Well-Worn Bible Reveals What Dust Collectors Hide

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Nothing on this earth through human beings is by accident; thus all known, planned, and predestined for specific individuals having a purpose – or do you think as all worldly existing in their unknown ways of darkness lacking True Light?

The first section of all you shall read are words by writer Casandra as a loving sister in Christ – along with my comments in bold.

It has been said that a bible falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t. I like that. The well-worn pages of a bible tell a beautiful story. Every wrinkle marks a spot where someone came to meet God. The notes written in the margin are reminders of lessons learned, questions asked, and surrender given. In a few places, you might find smeared ink where tear drops have fallen, battles have been fought, and sins have been forgiven. The cracked, worn binding of a Bible reveals strength that has been unleashed in prayer as the words of God have breathed life into a soul.

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The Bible is more than a book. God breathed and His heart took shape in the form of words on paper. His Word is a window into who He is, how He loves us, and what He is doing in us. It is a mirror by which we can see our own hearts. It shows us the truth about who we are, why we need Him, and who we can be in Him. It is a light that shows us where to go, who to trust, and how to be filled with joy.

Many believers can write beautiful words through their own spirit as uplifting, positive, hope filled, and very pleasing to read, even though YHVHs spirit is completely absent because of their many unknown iniquities which have separated them from YHVH, and that is because there has always been many Gods just as Satan being the God of this misled world all unknowingly believe and follow through uncountable different ways; after all, is not he the father of lies?

In opening our Bibles, we receive an amazing gift. Each word echoes with the voice of God. Every book points to Jesus. Every verse reveals His plan, His purposes, and His passion for you. Every time you open your Bible you meet God. You come into His presence and have the chance for a fresh start, new beginning, radical transformation, or quiet grace.

If every time a Christian opened their Bible, or dust collector, what gift, what echo, or what voice could they possibly receive or hear through being separated? How many Christians obey loving others as they love themselves? How many accept self sacrifice to help another in need? How many prove all things through spiritual research? How many do things commanded rather than what their own mind leads? Through these past nine years, even with hundreds of thousands of views through my now 15 free websites, I have yet to find just one true Christian brother, sister, shepherd, or anyone for some help on a regular basis, and just a little help like an old box of misc unused whatever, or some original Kraft dinners that to me would be as a good meal and blessing; yet our world of Christians all claiming love, saved, born again, forgiven, or whatever are actually living in very dead faith because of their own zeroed actions. Mathews 4:4, James 2:14-17, Hebrews 11:6  

God gives us a stunning promise about what will happen when we allow Him to unleash the power of His Word in our lives. “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” – Isaiah 55:10-11

Do you want to flourish? Do you want to be fruitful? Fill yourself with the words of God. His Word will not return to Him without fulfilling His deepest desire in you. Opening His Word makes it possible for Him to achieve His purpose in your life. His purpose is transformation. He wants to fill you with Jesus.

Opening His word ten thousand times, or every day for a hundred years will accomplish absolutely zilch when the instruction within is not followed; therefore whatever read or spoken through any directed by their own spirit such as all the greatest loved TV preachers and EVANGELISTS WORLDWIDE HAVING MANY MILLIONS OF FOLLOWERS — actually becomes as worthless dust in the wind.

My Jesus Resolution today is to open my Bible and meet God in its pages. Today I am not going to read just to check it off my list or quiet the guilt-o-meter. I am going to still my spirit and listen for the voice of God. I am going to let my heart beat in anticipation of being with the One who loves me beyond measure. I am going to let the richness of His Word feed my deepest hunger. I am going to let the living waters of His presence fill the deep crevices of my soul. And if my Bible looks well-loved, it will just be a reflection of a heart that has taken a journey of joy.

What saddens me greatly is just how few even have a guilt-o-meter, and if any do, their relief is only words with nothing more to quiet it – while still totally ignoring their dust book of instruction revealing them as the goats in Matthew 25:31-46, rather than sheep hearing their Lord Yeshua.

Because I do have well over two decades seeking, my Bible is well-worn through over 25 years of use – while never being a church member or associated since 1995.

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The words read by Casandra at the start of this writing, being an author, speaker, and lover of God and Christ are very uplifting, moving, heartfelt, and joyful because all she writes seems as straight-up pure promise requiring zero efforts, sacrifice, or obedience, while bringing great delight; and truth is, that is what all Christianity really want to hear from other believers, priests, pastors, ministers, bishops, laymen, and prophets being filled with love towards YHVH almighty and our Lord Yeshua in the same way — but sadly, only through words with nothing added, as I have witnessed and experienced since the end of 2006; therefore any words spoken or written being the opposite of what all worldly Christian speakers lead their followers to believe – which is completely lacking and misleading regarding their hopes, dreams, and desire of being close to Yehovah and Yeshua – are shunned, ignored, not liked, not listened to, and not believed while hating or despising whomever delivers them – even though scripture being 31,102 verses, depending on which Bible version is a message, instruction, and warning directly to Israel being Christianity scattered worldwide according to the Bible through scripture few really understand; and that is because of what has been written below in Revelation 12:9 that none believe.

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Where is all the joy she and this world of Christian believers speak about? Now for me and my wife, tears have been plenty, and the battles between flesh and spirit are nonstop; however . . .

“The prophets tell lies. The priests will not do what they were chosen to do, and my people love it this way! But what will you people do when your punishment comes? Jeremiah 5:31

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Has this world of Christianity been told to come out of all the church buildings of man where Satan dwells? Do Christians even know that all the rough, unsmooth, non uplifting and negative scripture is speaking to them as if being a mirror to the words?

Have believers been made aware that salvation for all mankind, which Yeshua accomplished through being crucified, only becomes eternal through being obedient as stated in Hebrews chapter 5:8-9? And that obedience will come when this world is being judged.

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Few and the Many

In Isaiah 26:9 is what lies ahead for all on this earth, and verse 20 speaks of the few with verse 21 being the many of this world. Read the 16 verses in Psalms 91 which discuses the two kinds of people.

Most importantly is how our entire race has been deceived, totally misled, conned, beguiled, lied to, tricked, and even paying unbiblical tithes along with many additional offerings which rarely go where people have been told, but rather line many crooked pockets just as world governments, charities, and Good Will as Wal-Mart selling massive amounts of product obtained for free, and that’s good will, rather than helping those in need? — and all spoken my brothers and sisters includes the over two billion Christians everywhere on this earth – or is Revelation 12:9 only a godly lies not including Christians?

If and when pulpits talk about world deception, wolves in sheep’s clothing, etc, — they really have no idea whatsoever that they are talking about themselves, because if they did – their error would be revealed to the congregation they teach, repentance would follow, and proper lead through much self sacrifice through becoming doers of the word would occur, rather than hearers only deceiving themselves. James 1:22-25

Would you like over 200 pages of rough read from scripture on this world of preacher teachers, churches, Satan, and congregations?

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When is the last time any religious title of all Christian denominations very sternly told their believers these following words from Isaiah 54:7-8 and 59:2?

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So what exactly is iniquity, and why should Christians be concerned?

In Psalm 32:5, the psalmist says, “I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” In this one verse, “sin,” “iniquity,” and “transgression” are all mentioned. Basically, the three words communicate the same idea: evil and lawlessness, as defined by God (see 1 John 3:4). However, upon closer examination, each word also carries a slightly different meaning.

The word sin and its cognates are used 786 times in the New International Version of the Bible. Sin means “to miss the mark.” It can refer to doing something against God or against a person (Exodus 10:16), doing the opposite of what is right (Galatians 5:17), doing something that will have negative results (Proverbs 24:33–34), and failing to do something you know is right (James 4:17). In the Old Testament, God even instituted sacrifices for unintentional sins (Numbers 15:27). Sin is the general term for anything that “falls short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

Sin leads to a downward progression that, without the restoring power of the Holy Spirit, we all tend toward. The sin nature is present in every human being born since the Fall of Adam (Genesis 3:6–7; Romans 5:12). If left unchecked, continual sin leads to a “reprobate mind,” spoken of in Romans 1:24. Our sin nature causes us to gravitate naturally toward selfishness, envy, and pride, even when we are trying to do good. The apostle Paul alluded to his propensity to sin when he wrote, “For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” (Romans 7:18).

The sin nature leads to trespassing. A trespasser is someone who crosses a line or climbs a fence that he should not cross or climb. A trespass may be intentional or unintentional. Trespass can also mean “to fall away after being close beside.” Peter trespassed when he denied Yeshua (Luke 22:34, 56–62). We all “cross the line” in thought, word, or attitude many times a day and should be quick to forgive others who do the same (Matthew 6:15).

Transgression refers to presumptuous sin. It means “to choose to intentionally disobey; willful trespassing.” Samson intentionally broke his Nazirite vow by touching a dead lion (Numbers 6:1–5; Judges 14:8–9) and allowing his hair to be cut (Judges 16:17); in doing so he was committing a transgression. David was referring to this kind of sin when he wrote, “Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered” (Psalm 32:1). When we knowingly run a stop sign, tell a lie, or blatantly disregard an authority through disobeying Yehovah instruction, we are transgressing.

In the Old Testament of the 11 words translated “iniquity,” by far the most common and important is `awon (about 215 times). Etymologically, it is customary to explain it as meaning literally “crookedness,” “perverseness,” i.e. evil regarded as that which is not straight or upright, moral distortion (from `iwwah, “to bend,” “make crooked,” “pervert”). Driver, however (following Lagarde), maintains that two roots, distinct in Arabic, have been confused in Hebrew, one equals “to bend,” “pervert” (as above), and the other equals “to err,” “go astray”; that `awon is derived from the latter, and consequently expresses the idea of error, deviation from the right path, rather than that of perversion (Driver, Notes on Sam, 135 note) Whichever etymology is adopted, in actual usage it has three meanings which almost imperceptibly pass into each other:

(1) iniquity,

(2) guilt of iniquity,

(3) punishment of iniquity.

For any true and genuine believer, the only way for our path in this life must come from our creator – so when we only look to YHVH just as our Head Yeshua, His truth is set before us, IF, we seek his truth through our dedication of study; and to actually study and show ourselves approved takes so much time that worldly ways simply become as obsolete or done away with because our mind has become set on things above as written in Colossians 3:1-4 – Because only then shall all of these verses below become as greatly needed and required spiritual education when read.

Primarily, it denotes “not an action, but the character of an action” (Oehler), and is so distinguished from “sin” (chaTTa’th). Hence, we have the expression “the iniquity of my sin” (Psalms 32:5). “ I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord [continually unfolding the past till all is told]—then You [instantly] forgave me the guilt and iniquity of my sin. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

And while you are thinking about that – think on this world of deception having over two billion Christians filled with so much iniquity, that they don’t even know they have been made crooked and off the path of righteousness through disobedience to Yehovah; so how can they confess what sin, such as pagan Christmas billions take part in – yet is not even known as being iniquity?? And in truth, do any Christians ever really confess their daily sins to our Father that He already knows? 

What about all Christians living by the Torah, laws, and feasts having no pagan holidays? All any need to do is ask themselves what they have ever really sacrificed to help others in need – and they have their answer as in YHVH knows all things; therefore shall reward them equally during world chaos, famine, drought; in plain English – whatever you have done for others shall be returned in the same measure – so spare a crumb, get a crumb, give what you can according to your heart, and what is possible – and our Father will show you His mercy during the coming perilous times.

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 “For though you wash yourself with lye and use much soap, yet your iniquity and guilt are still [upon you; you are] spotted, dirty, and stained before Me, says the Lord. (Jeremiah 2:22)

Do any of today’s shepherds worldwide tell their congregation how and why Yehovah God views them all as spotted, dirty, and stained?

From “guilt” it again passes into the meaning of “punishment of guilt,” just as Latin piaculum may denote both guilt and its punishment. The transition is all the easier in Hebrew because of the Hebrew sense of the intimate relation of sin and suffering, e.g. Genesis 4:13, “My punishment is greater than I can bear”; which is obviously to be preferred to King James Version margin, the Revised Version, margin “Mine iniquity is greater than can be forgiven,” for Cain is not so much expressing sorrow for his sin, as complaining of the severity of his punishment; compare 2 Kings 7:9 (the Revised Version (British and American) “punishment,” the Revised Version margin “iniquity”); Isaiah 5:18 (where for “iniquity” we might have “punishment of iniquity,” as in Leviticus 26:41,43, etc.); Isaiah 40:2 (“iniquity,” the Revised Version margin “punishment”). The phrase “bear iniquity” is a standing expression for bearing its consequences, i.e. its penalty; generally of the sinner bearing the results of his own iniquity (Leviticus 17:16; 20:17,19; Numbers 14:34; Ezekiel 44:10, etc.), but sometimes of one bearing the iniquity of another vicariously, and so taking it away (e.g. Ezekiel 4:4; 18:19 f). Of special interest in the latter sense are the sufferings of the Servant of Yahweh, who shall “bear the iniquities” of the people (Isaiah 53:11; compare Isaiah 53:6).

Other words frequently translated “iniquity” are:

‘awen, literally, “worthlessness,” “vanity,” hence, “naughtiness,” “mischief” (47 times in the King James Version, especially in the phrase “workers of iniquity,” Job 4:8; Psalms 5:5; 6:8; Proverbs 10:29, etc.); `awel and `awlah, literally, “perverseness” (Deuteronomy 32:4; Job 6:29 the King James Version, etc.).

In the New Testament “iniquity” stands for anomia equals properly, “the condition of one without law,” “lawlessness” (so translated in 1John 3:4, elsewhere “iniquity,” e.g. Matthew 7:23), a word which frequently stood for `awon in the Septuagint; and adikia, literally, “unrighteousness” (e.g. Luke 13:27).

Who am I to speak a real truth this world of Christianity wants not?

Did Job choose the way he suffered? How the early years of about Joseph? Daniel in prison and the lion’s den? What about Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and the fiery furnace? Did Peter and other men of YHVH expect their ways of death? Did Jeremiah want to be let down into a dungeon with mire and left to die? Did Paul want a life with many thorns including false brethren, being stoned and left for dead? What about Ezekiel surrounded by scorpions being prophecy describing this world of Israelite’s who know not their own identity?

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What about the signs of the times, and the coming punishment upon this entire world of disobedient, prideful, and very selfish and blinded Christians described in the 66 verses of Lamentations 3?

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What I know for sure without question or doubt is the indescribable world chaos being en route, and almost upon our entire human race as the beginning of our end under the yoke of pathetic human rule bringing 3 1/2 years affliction, wrath, and suffering followed by 3 1/2 years of great tribulation being the worst timesoftrouble since the creation of humanity; and with this spiritual understanding I am becoming prepared for my journey as one of the 144,000 that I will be a part of. . .

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/08/13/the-two-witnesses-of-revelation/

Read well the above link, and then ask yourself, will you also have part in the greatest position that a Christian could ever again gain as becoming a part of YHVHs eternal government? Do you want the hard walk of living on faith, being hated and casting plagues upon a rebellious mankind, and then your own death and resurrection? What I also know is this earthly life has never done me good in 61 years – so the difficult times lying ahead for me bring my only joy because I know where my final end shall be . . .

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Why did I leave America at the end of 2006 on a one way ticket to the Philippines with just over one thousand dollars to start a new life with absolutely zero income? Because sin dwells in us all, why was Job, Jeremiah, Paul and all who suffered drawn for YHVHs use?

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/OzPBmQ/what-compelled-me-to-author-my-first-book-message-for-this-entire-human-race

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble  offers a good choice being many individual reads on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in; and includes worldwide mislead Christianity according to the Bible.