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Revealing A One World Church Under Antichrist!
A World-Wide coalition of Churches and religions becomes the Church of The Antichrist
THE ECUMENICAL CHURCH IN SCRIPTURE
The word Ecumenical means "To establish World-Wide". It was little known and hardly used by the news media.
Since that time the Ecumenical - Ecclesiastical Church has become a reality and in headline news from week to week. The dream of a worldwide church was first presented in 1910 at the World Conference on Missionary Cooperation at Edinburgh. The movement finally became recognized in 1944 with the formation of the World Council of Churches. From 1944-1961 this Council was of interest primarily to liberal Protestant denominations. But in November of 1961 when the World Council met at New Delhi there were Roman Catholic observers present for the first time.
The first Ecumenical - Ecclesiastical Council was called by Pope John and re-called by Pope Paul. This was an invitation "to the Christian brothers, separated from its perfect unity, in a way to make attractive, easy, and joyous to them the sincere recomposition in truth and charity, of the mystic body of the sole Catholic Church." This condition for unity was that the separated Protestant brothers return to the sole Catholic Church.
The Bible teaches clearly that, following the rapture, this Ecumenical - Ecclesiastical Church will be the church of Antichrist, the church of the Great Tribulation period. It will be a totally apostate church.
A careful study of the Bible will show us how this corruption had already begun to take place in the early church. In the church at Jerusalem there were deceivers like Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:2).
In the Galatian churches false teachers were brought in unawares to lead the people away from the liberty which they had in Christ to the bondage of the law (Gal. 1:8; 3:1; 5:7-9). The church at Colosse was beset by philosophy and rationalism which beguiled the saints (Col. 2:8-20).
The early church had to deal with false teachers, grievous wolves, who came in from without to devour the flock (Acts 20:29). The mystery of iniquity was at work in Paul's day (2 Thess. 2:7). He also warned the early church in 2 Timothy 3:13: "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived."
The 7 churches of Revelation 2-3 speak not only of the falling away of those 7 local churches, but they also portray the historical development of the Church right up to the time of the rapture. The church of Laodicea, which is the professing church before the rapture, finds Christ outside trying to get in: "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me"(Revelation 3:20).
The Scriptures clearly show that the professing church, or what is called Christendom, will steadily increase in departure from God and His Word by inward corruption and outward conformity to the world. But the apostasy cannot reach its height until after the rapture. The restraining power of the Holy Spirit (2 Thess 2:6-7) still continues, and the full apostasy of the Ecumenical - Ecclesiastical Church and the manifestation of the Antichrist cannot take place.
The next great event in this process is the rapture of the Church at the return of Christ: "For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord" (1 Thess. 4:16-17).
Now with the true Church taken by her Lord, "the salt of the earth" (Matt. 5:13) with its preserving quality shall be gone, and the world will soon go to corruption. The "light of the world" (Matt. 5:14) will be gone from the world and great spiritual darkness will set in. With the saints gone to be with their risen Lord, the apostate church, which will still bear Christ's Name, will reach its climax under "The False Prophet" ( A Charismatic World Religious Leader) (Rev:19:20) and the rise and revelation of the Antichrist.
The last picture that the Bible gives of this apostate or counterfeit Christianity is found in Revelation Chapters 13-18. We find a merger of all religions under one great head in chapter 13. There will be two Devil-inspired men, (The Antichrist) and (The False Prophet of the one world church) who will take over the rule of the earth after the rapture of the Church. The beast of Revelation 13:1-10 is Antichrist. Notice that this whole chapter deals with the worship of this man by the people.
The whole center of attention in our world today is on man. They tell us that the God of our fathers, and the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is dead. The god whom they tell us is alive is found in man's response towards others, preparing the way for the worship of the man of Revelation 13. Verses 4, 8, 12 and 15 all speak of worship but it will be the worship of the Antichrist. We have a good example of this in the days of Nebuchadnezzar when all the people fell down to worship the image.
The Ecumenical - Ecclesiastical Church is clearly explained in Rev. 17:1: "And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters."
In the Book of Revelation the figure of a woman is used symbolically of religion at least four times: Jezebel represents the pagan idolatry of the past, ( Rev. 20:20); the woman clothed with the sun represents the true Church (Rev. 19: 7-8; 21:9); the whore of Rev. 17:1 represents the Ecumenical - Ecclesiastical False Church of the Great Tribulation Period.
It is not surprising that the Bible uses the word whore or harlot to represent apostate or False Christendom. Throughout parts of the Old Testament God condemned Israel for spiritual harlotry. A church which calls itself Christian and yet courts alliance with the godless system of this world commits spiritual adultery. James 4:4 says: "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?"
In Revelation 17 we find the whore sitting upon many waters. Verse 15 tells us that the waters are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues, so she has worldwide influence. This is the Ecumenical - Ecclesiastical Church.
Verse 2:"With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication." The great religious sin was fornication which God mentions in relation to Israel in Jeremiah 3:2-3,9 and in Ezekiel 16-23 at least 20 times.
Verse 3 speaks of Antichrist supporting the harlot church for his own advantage. The wealth of this woman is described in verse 4. Verse 5 speaks of "MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." Babylon is the culmination of all the religious efforts of man and is the last stage of apostate Christendom.
In Revelation 17:16-18 we find Antichrist turning against the Ecumenical - Ecclesiastical Church, making her desolate and naked and burning her with fire. Then in Revelations chapter 18: 1-2 we find the further collapse of this church by direct judgment from heaven. "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird."
What are believers to do with regards to the Ecumenical - Ecclesiastical Movement? The answer is found in Revelation 18:4: "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." The teaching of modern neo-evangelicals is that we are to unite with all manner of birds and show a spirit of unity to a godless world. God says, "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins."
GIVE PEACE A CHANCE, POPE AND WORLD RELIGIONS SAY!
Building The One World Ecumenical Church
Sun January 19, 2003 02:36 PM ET -By Philip Pullella
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Leaders of world religions appealed to believers in all faiths to work to avert a conflict in Iraq as anti-war protests gathered pace around the world.
"As conflicts divide neighbors and nations and the threat of war hangs over us like a shadow, too many people see and employ religion as a force of divisiveness and violence, rather than a force for unity and peace," the representatives said in a concluding statement issued Saturday at the end of a symposium.
The Vatican-sponsored meeting was attended by representatives of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism and Sikhism.
It concluded as demonstrators staged one of the biggest waves of global anti-war protests since the United States and close ally Britain began pouring warplanes, ships and tens of thousands of troops into the Gulf region.
"As conflicts divide neighbors and nations and the threat of war hangs over us like a shadow, too many people see and employ religion as a force of divisiveness and violence, rather than a force of unity and peace," the concluding statement said.
The 38 leaders from 15 countries who attended the three-day meeting appealed for diplomacy and persuasion to correct injustices and respond to international threats.
"Opting for peace does not mean a passive acquiescence to evil or compromise of principle. It demands an active struggle against hatred, oppression and disunity, but not by using methods of violence. Building peace requires creative and courageous action," the statement said.
The United States has threatened a war on Iraq to force Baghdad to come clean on its alleged nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs. Iraq denies that it has any.
Pope John Paul has put the Vatican on a diplomatic collision course with the United States by condemning the possibility of a war, saying it was avoidable and would be a "defeat for humanity."
In an address to diplomats last week, the leader of the world's one billion Roman Catholics said conflict always had to be considered the very last option.
IRAQ WAR NOT SEEN AS 'JUST'
Days later, a Vatican-sanctioned journal attacked the United States, saying that Washington was motivated by economics and that a war would spark a wave of terrorism and destabilize the Middle East.
The Pope and other world religious leaders have made clear they would not consider an attack on Iraq a "just war," which in Christianity means that use of military force meets rigorous conditions of moral legitimacy.
To be considered a "just war" by these leaders, all other means must be exhausted and found ineffective and the type of force used must be proportionate to the wrong it tries to rectify.
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington D.C. told the gathering that lasting peace will never be achieved until the world addresses the "root causes of war and conflict."
He listed these as the rich-poor chasm, oppression of minorities. A problem that only a United and Unified World Church, and Global World Government can solve.
The last day was marred by the absence of Patriarch Michel Sabbah, the highest-ranking Catholic in the Holy Land.
Sabbah, who is Palestinian and has often criticized Israel, decided not to leave for Rome after security checks at Tel Aviv's airport that he said were excessive for a diplomat.
The Vatican newspaper accused Israeli security officials of not respecting a Vatican diplomatic passport.
BILL MILNER AT ECUMENICAL SERVICE
On August 3, 1975, in Moncton, an Ecumenical - Ecclesiastical Service was held with well-known Gospel singer Bill Milner featured as the special soloist. Taking part was a United Church preacher, two Roman Catholic Priests, the Gospel Quartet and leader from the Salvation Army of Barrington Street, Halifax, and Bill Milner. Many years ago we sponsored a record of Bill Milner and have always been thankful for his ministry of music. It is easier to go along with the crowd today and sell records than it is to stand for the faith of our fathers even if we have to stand alone and suffer for our Lord. These Ecumenical - Ecclesiastical Services are preparing the way for the Antichrist world-religious system of the Tribulation Period and we want nothing to do with it.
CANADIAN COUNCIL OF CHURCHES
The Canadian Council of Churches met in Glace Bay, N.S., from April 25-29. The primary purpose of this council is to encourage Ecumenical - Ecclesiastical understanding and action across Canada. It is a part of the World Council of Churches. Member bodies of the CCC include: Anglican Church of Canada, Armenian Church of Canada, Baptist Federation of Canada (The United Baptist Churches of the Maritimes belong to the Baptist Federation of Canada), Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Greek Orthodox, Lutheran, Presbyterian, reformed Church of America, religious Society of Friends, Salvation Army, and the United Church of Canada.
WELL KNOWN PENTECOSTAL PASTOR SAYS CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT WILL USHER IN ECUMENICAL MOVEMENT
Saturday, January 17, 1976 THE CHRONICLE-HERALD - THE MAIL-STAR By BETSY CHAMBERS Staff Reporter
"Faith Tabernacle's Rev. Ralph Rutledge, of Halifax, has been bucking international trends in the Christian church as a matter of course for the past seven years, packing near-overflow crowds into every service he has held in the city.
His congregation is ever-growing; the physical plant of his church will be doubled in February; and his popularity is so great from preaching on television and in the pulpit that some members of the congregation drive 100 miles to hear him speak on Sundays. Since the decline in church attendance, many church leaders publicly insist it's quality, not quantity, they are interested in, but not a few ministers wonder about Mr. Rutledge's aptitude in the numbers game.
This weekend will be the last to view his drawing power in Halifax before he leaves Monday for Toronto's Queensway Cathedral, one of the largest Protestant churches in Canada.
He says his congregation represents a microcosm of society. "I often see a woman with a plain cloth coat standing next to a woman dressed in mink."
Perhaps more interesting, he says, almost every denomination in the city is usually represented, including Catholics, at his services. Dissatisfaction with worship patterns in their own churches, he says, is partially responsible for attendance, but it was also apparent the charismatic renewal was having an impact on mainline church attitudes to Pentecostalism.
After feeling polarized for a number of years, he says, "we've come together in many areas, not in the traditions of the church, but in the work of the Holy Spirit, where there is a fellowship." The charismatic movement, he says is mainly responsible for the shift in attitude. So-called gifts of prophecy, tongues, healing and others have become common to those in the movement, which, until recent times in the modern age, have been considered almost peculiar to Pentecostalism.
The results, he says, are "a greater openness to God and a greater appreciation for one another ecumenically. The denominational barriers are really crumbling. A Roman Catholic woman told me at a service, "I couldn't believe I'd ever be here." It (the charismatic renewal) has become a melting pot of all denominations."
The movement, which is now world-wide, he says, is unique in the history of spiritual renewals, because it is not causing adherents to leave their churches to create a new denomination. His prediction is that the movement is "just a beginning," that it will intensify in all Christian faiths and bring together the true body of Christ in the Holy Spirit in an ecumenical movement.
"It will not be an ecumenical movement organized by church leaders. The church leaders are trying to come together on common ground, but it is not going to happen that way. There will be a strong organized church, but it will not have the power of God in it. The mainline churches will remain, but they will not have the works of the Holy Spirit in them. It will be in the ecumenical movement. The power of the Holy Spirit is bringing God's people together from all denominations. If the movement were to be organized by another system, it would not be held together by the spirit of God. This is where they are going astray. They are since but.."
What saith the Scripture concerning the Ecumenical - Ecclesiastical Movement? It is clearly taught in the Word of God that after the Rapture of the true Church by our Lord Jesus Christ the Great Tribulation will begin. During this awful period there will be one world-wide religious system, headed up by a Universal Church, situated on the "Seven Hills of Rome" , over which the Antichrist will have full control. The Ecumenical - Ecclesiastical Movement of our day is setting the stage for this great prophetical event.
We read of this one world religious system in Revelation 13:8: "And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him (Antichrist)."
Chapter 17:3-6 gives a picture of Rome: "And I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus."
The Antichrist finally turns on this apostate church: "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit." Hear God's cry: "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." (Read Revelation 18:2-4).
Once a Roman Catholic is saved it is absolutely impossible for him to remain within the Roman Catholic Church. How can a truly born again Christian filled with The True Holy Spirit, speak Glossolalia, pray the Rosary, accept the Mass, worship Mary and dead saints, go to confession, pay for Masses and pray for the dead?
The NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER carried the story of the Seventh International Conference on Charismatic Renewal in Notre Dame University. It reported that when a speaker pledged absolute loyalty to the Pope, 25,000 participants rose to their feet, cheering, applauding, and rocking the stadium. "When Cardinal Suenens said, 'The secret is our unity with Mary, the Mother of God,' again the crowd rose with spontaneous cheers." Cardinal Suenens also urged Catholic Charismatics to "keep intact Catholic allegiance to Mary and Peter (Pope)." At a Mass he called Mary "the first charismatic Christian" and the "heart of the Charismatic Church."
This makes it clear that the Charismatic Movement is of another spirit other than the Spirit of God. How could such confusion be likened to the baptism of the Holy Spirit when all of these blasphemous doctrines of the Roman Church are against God and His Word?
When Protestant preachers teach that Roman Catholics can have the baptism of the Holy Spirit and stay in their own church, then the time has come for the ordinary believer to take a stand alone on the true foundation, the Word of God!
What is the Mass? One writer, with the approval of the Roman Catholic Church, said: "The sacrifice of Christ in the Mass makes the church to stand alone as the one unique, divinely appointed authority to lead men back to God." This teaches that Christ actually becomes present in the Mass and that this bloodless sacrifice is the same as Calvary.
In his little booklet, NOW HEAR OUR SIDE, Rev. John J. Walde wrote: "During the sacrifice of the Mass Christ actually becomes present. Even as at the Last Supper, so in each Mass, bread and wine are changed into the Body and Blood of Christ. And when Christ is present it is He who then offers anew the Sacrifice of Calvary. This is why the Sacrifice of the Mass and the Sacrifice of Calvary are one and the same sacrifice."
It is repeated at least seven times in Hebrews chapters 7-10 that the sacrifice of Christ was offered ONCE FOR ALL. God's Word says plainly, "Nor yet that He should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with the blood of others; (and as the Catholic priests affirm in the Masses) For then must He often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but NOW ONCE hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself" (Heb. 9:25-26).
Through the ONE SACRIFICE He obtained "eternal redemption for us" (Heb. 9:12). The Holy Spirit has promised to lead us into this truth, not against it.
Yet Pastor Rutledge and a host of other Charismatic preachers tell us that the Holy Spirit is at work in the Roman Catholic Church. Someone is wrong. The Bible says, "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God..." (1 John 4:1).
There was a time when believers stood by the plain teaching of the Bible. Many of these same Christians used to attend "Protestant" meetings to protest the blasphemy of Rome in relation to the Mass, the worship of Mary, the confessional, the vain and repetitious rosary, prayers for the dead, etc., but not any longer! Today they go by their emotions and believe anything, even though it be contrary to the Word of God.
How can Roman Catholics be filled with the True Spirit and give allegiance to the Pope? How could any believer acknowledge any authority for the Pope? Actually he is a type of antichrist. Papal infallibility means, "When the Pope in his official capacity, with the fullness of his authority, as successor of St. Peter and head of the Church on earth, proclaims a doctrine of faith or morals binding on the whole Church, he is preserved from error." Is this what believers accept? Do they now relate the words of the Pope with the Word of God? What has come over the Church? Not the presence and power of God the Holy Spirit who has promised to lead us into all truth (John 16:13).
The Charismatic Movement is doing more to bring Roman Catholics and other liberal denominations into the Ecumenical - Ecclesiastical Movement than any other force in our day. How sad it is to find so many believers following preachers who have departed from the truth of God's Word. We have always felt that if enough individual Christians had taken a courageous stand on the Word of God, much of the confusion we see today could have been avoided. Truth mixed with error is always dangerous.
Do we not love Roman Catholics? Of course we do! We love Protestants and Catholics alike. We also love the heathen with their false religions. We love Mohammedans of Islam, but their worship is wrong for they follow a dead saviour. The Bible alone is our authority. It teaches that Christ, through His Blood-atoning Cross work, is the only way into Heaven. All other ways lead to Hell and the Lake of Fire. It is totally wrong to accept people of other religious beliefs as brothers in Christ. Protestants who are saved ought to leave their apostate denominations and worship in a church that upholds the Word of God. Roman Catholics, when saved, also ought to renounce their former religious ties and seek true Christian fellowship in a fundamental Bible Church.
SALVATION ARMY COMMISSIONS ROMAN CATHOLIC AS HONOURARY CAPTAIN. IS THIS WHAT HAS TO BE DONE TO RAISE MONEY?
The "Love" Ministry of Clinton White
It was indeed a shocking letter. We refer to the Anniversary Letter of "world Radio Mission." Surely believers in New England are not going to be moved by such an anti-Bible attitude towards truth and doctrine. Clinton White, the pastor, says this: "The lord showed me He would pour out His Spirit. People from all walks of life would get together. Protestants and Catholics, Baptists and Pentecostals, Adventist Christians and Nazarenes would work side by side. If some Christians had grown so cold they couldn't be moved from their rigid positions then God would bypass them and move upon others. We have seen this come to pass. The Lord showed me that He would put people together here, in New England, in a most unique and unusual evangelistic method that would be used to reach thousands. We have seen this come to pass in 'Telephone Time.'"
He also says, "Now you know why God blesses this broadcast. It has happened because Christians with doctrinal differences have put them aside in favour of love and unity."
What is real Biblical love? How is it manifested? Did not the early church leader, Athanasius, demonstrate Christian love when he stubbornly contested for the doctrine of the deity of Christ?? Did not love motivate Martin Luther when he stood up against all of Romanism for the Bible way of salvation, "The just shall live by faith"? Did not John Wesley evidence love when he chose to preach on a graveyard tombstone rather than conform to the dictates of men?
The modern notion of love that is prevalent on "Telephone Time" would brand all of these men as disrupters of the peace, strangers to genuine love for the brethren. It is no longer considered fashionable to contend earnestly for the faith or to insist upon a clear-cut doctrinal statement. It is considered bad taste to contest error, to call attention to false teaching in Romanism, the soul-sleep and no-Hell doctrine of Adventism, or the many compromises of Gordon-Cornell College, and the neo-evangelical compromises all over New England.
Vance Havner makes the issue very clear in writing on "The Forgotten Anathema." He said, "Some Christians who once championed sound doctrine beat a retreat once in a while and from stratospheric heights announce that they do not 'stoop to controversy'. When a man contends for the faith in New Testament style he does not stoop. Contending for the faith is not easy. It is not pleasant business. It has many perils. It is a thankless job. And it is highly unpopular in this age of moral fogs and spiritual twilights. It is a day of diplomats, not prophets. It is nicer to be an appeaser than an opposer. It is the day of Erasmus, not Luther; the day of Gamaliel, not Paul."
To love is to obey God's Word. "And this is love, that we walk after His commandments" (2 John 6). Love's allegiance is first to the Divine Commander. Love is occupied with His commandments. How can there be soul-winning fellowship with Roman Catholic's whose doctrine of salvation is utterly opposed to the Bible way of salvation. Either it is by the Mass (the wafer) or by the blood. There is no salvation inside a Catholic Church. How can we work side by side with people, who have never been properly Baptised, who deny our Lord through the Mass, through prayers to the Virgin Mary, through the Confessional, through prayers for the dead, and other false dogmas.
While new-evangelicals encourage love apart from the truth, the Bible unites both. Love springs from truth. Love centers around the truth of the Bible. Love "rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth" (1 Corinthians 13:6).
Not only does love rejoice in the truth, but love also "speaks the truth" (Ephesians 4:15). New-Evangelicals, on the plea of maintaining love and unity, withhold truth which needs to be spoken. They fear they will lose the friendship of brethren and the support for their ministry.
Clinton White would not think of warning Pentecostals of the false movement among Roman Catholic priests and people who profess to receiving a baptism of a spirit, but have never been Biblicaly Water Baptised (Acts 2:3739), and profess to be speaking in tongues with the result that they are enjoying the Mass more and more. The Mass itself is an abomination to the finished Cross-work of Christ because any spirit that helps one to appreciate and enjoy the mass more, is not of God. We praise God that many Pentecostals are seeing the false movement among Catholics today.
The Bible makes it clear that sound doctrine is to be embraced and defended in a spirit of love: "Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus" (2 Tim. 1:13). "Sound words" and "love" are inseparable. True love is limited by the boundaries of sound doctrine.
Unfortunately, the new kind of Christianity today is anxious to work side by side and fellowship with those who deny basic doctrines, "the form of sound words." Those who uphold Bible doctrine are looked upon as disturbers of the peace. "God would bypass them," says Mr. White. Yet Paul says, "Hold fast."
True Bible love is able to discern. Paul prayed for the believers at Philippi that "Love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment (or discernment)" (Philippians 1:9).
Paul had Christian love but he withstood Peter to the face because "he was to be blamed" (Gal. 2:11). Peter, in later life, wrote in praise to Paul as "our beloved brother Paul"(2 Peter 3:15).
These are days when some men, long respected in orthodox Christian circles, are veering away from a straight course in the Word of God. A sustained effort is being made to remove the sharp lines of distinction between fundamentalism and modernism in order to draw them together and to work together in an unholy alliance. Godly love is loyal to the Christian faith and the Word of God. Godly love is discerning love and this is the love we so desperately need today.
Love cannot fellowship with error. Error is like leaven, of which we read, "A little leaveneth the whole lump" (1 Cor. 5:6). Truth mixed with error is equivalent to all error, except it is more innocent looking, and therefore more dangerous. It is not easy and it is not popular to stand by the truth in love. But if we consider "the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt" it may mean light and life, abundant and everlasting. May we love the truth and hold the truth in love.
The Church of The Antichrist in Revelations
Revelation 17:1-6: "And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration."
Here we have the full revelation of Mystery Babylon which is the climax of the Ecumenical- Ecclesiastical False Church. John was not amazed when he saw the Beast, the course of the political empire and governments of this world, nor any other thing that God revealed to him concerning the future. But when he saw the scarlet woman as the Ecumenical - Ecclesiastical church of the Antichrist, he "wondered with great admiration."
In order to trace the development of Babylon we go to Genesis 10:2 and find the sons of Noah listed, - Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Ham's line is seen through Cush and Nimrod in verses 6-10. Of Nimrod we read: "And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel (or Babylon)".
Genesis 11:2-4 linked with Genesis 10:10-12 shows Nimrod and his people in the land of Shinar (Babylon) building the tower of Babel as their way of approach to God. When God saw this great ecumenical platform He said in Genesis 11:7 "Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech." Then, in Genesis 11:8-9 we read: "So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; (or confusion)..." Nimrod's desire was to establish a false religious system.
This was the beginning of an ecumenical approach to God - a new approach. God was not pleased so He came down and pronounced the system "confusion" or "babylon".
This is exactly what we see today through the tremendous strides being made to bring all religions together that "all may be one". The World Council of Churches has brought together almost every Protestant denomination. The Charismatic Movement has recently brought the Roman Catholic Church into the ecumenical fold. And now a united effort is being made to bring in the other great religions of the world.
In Revelation chapter 13 we find a merger of all religions under one great head. There will be two devil-inspired men who will take over the rule of the earth after the rapture of the true church. The beast of Revelation 13 is the Antichrist and the whole chapter deals with the worship of this man by the people.
This great ecumenical-Ecclesiastical false church is clearly explained in Revelation 17:1: "And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgments of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters."
In the Book of Revelation the figure of a woman is used symbolically of religion at least four times: Jezebel represents the pagan idolatry of the past, (Rev. 2:20); the woman clothed with the sun represents Israel (Rev. 12:1); the bride of Christ represents the true church (Rev. 19:7-8: 21:9). The whore of Revelation 17:1 represents the Ecumenical- Ecclesiastical False Church of the Great Tribulation Period.
It is not surprising that the Bible uses the word whore or harlot to represent apostate Christendom a Counterfeit Christianity. Throughout parts of the Old Testament God condemned Israel for spiritual harlotry. A church which calls itself Christian and which courts alliance with the godless system of this world commits spiritual adultery. James 4:4 says, "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?"
In Revelation 17 we find the whore woman sitting upon many waters.
Revelation 15 tells us that the waters are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues, so she has worldwide influence. This is the ecumenical false church which is truly worldwide in its influence.
Revelation 17:2 "With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication." The great religious sin was fornication which God mentions in relation to Israel in Jeremiah 3:2,3,9 and in Ezekiel 16-23 at least 20 times.
Revelation 17:3: "So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns." Here is pictured this false church sitting upon the scarlet coloured beast which is the Antichrist. The Antichrist is now supporting the harlot church for his own advantage. He uses the influence of this church to establish his name and authority. In our next message we shall see that in due time he will crush this church and destroy its influence.
The "ten horns" speak of the revived Old Roman Empire. We see the stage being set for the revival of this Empire in the European Union of our day. The woman is controlling the beast for it pictures this super church which will control the religious affairs the nations.
The "seven heads" according to verse nine are "seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth." The city of Rome is built on seven hills [Hebrew: "Har" which means hills or mountains] and without a doubt this great false church will have its center in the city of Rome. From this we can conclude, that after the True Bible Believing Church is Raptured, that the Second Beast - The false religious leader, or the false Prophet along with the "Left Behind" apostate religious professors will probably headquarter themselves in Rome. Probably at the now and some what vacant Vatican. From here the False Prophet will amalgamate and control all world religious affairs and impose the doctrines of the Antichrist. He will also announce to the world that the Antichrist is the real Messiah instead of Christ.
The wealth of the woman is described in Revelation 17:4 "And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication." It is hard to imagine the tremendous wealth of this super church which is made up of the remnants of Romanism, Judaism and Protestantism. As well as all the other false religions of the world. That is of the "left behind" ones.
Revelation 17:5 "And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." Babylon is the culmination of all the religious efforts of man and is the last stage of apostate false Christendom.
Revelation 17:6 "And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration." Religious leaders and systems have been the greatest persecutors throughout history. And I believe that as the ecumenical - Ecclesiastical false church grows in strength and influence that we may still see even greater numbers of the saints put to death for their love of Jesus. We need to read Fox's Book of Martyrs again to see something of the suffering of God's people for Jesus' sake. May we be willing to suffer for our Lord.
Revelation 17:7-9 "And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth."
The Old Roman empire "was" then "and is not" for it faded into obscurity - but never actually died out, for the evil spirit of it was still alive and lurking in the background - and is now "yet is" to be revived and brought back to life in the form of a European Union. The "seven mountains" represent the city of Rome which actually has seven mountains "and here is the mind which hath wisdom"
Revelation 17:10 "And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space." The five kings already fallen are Julius Caesar, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero. The one that is, at the time of John's writing was Domitian, the last of the Caesars. "The other that is not yet come" will be the Antichrist who will continue but a short space of seven years.
Revelation 17:11 "And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition." The seventh king is the Antichrist. The "eighth" described here represents Satan himself "the beast" which will "goeth into perdition. "or be thrown into Hell. Satan is described as being the embodiment of all the previous seven kings combined. "even he is the eighth, and is of the seven"
Revelation 17:12-13 " And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast." The "ten kings" are ten heads of state or political leaders from within the revived Roman Empire which have yet to take office. When they do, they will "give their power and strength unto the beast." that is, to the alignment with, and benefit of, the Antichrist.
Finally, the true character of this whole apostate religious system is seen in Revelation 17:14 "These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful." The spiritual war is always between those who allow Christ to rule and reign over their lives and those who refuse to do so. The whole effort of the apostasy is to do away with the deity of Christ and so they deny the inspiration of the Scriptures, the Virgin Birth, the miracles, and the bodily resurrection of our Lord. The opposition is always against Christ. And this opposition will continue right up to the end of this apostate system under the Antichrist. The spiritual war will culminate in an actual physical war between Jesus, with the True Church and the Antichrist with the False Church for control of the earth. And of course we already know who wins.
Revelation 17:15-18 "And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth."
Let Us Pray Together--
PRAY: "God be merciful to me a sinner. Receive me now for Christ's sake. Cleanse me from my sin by your precious blood, shed on the cross for me; lead me to be Baptized and fill me with your Holy Spirit. Teach me to pray each day; to read Your will for my life from your word, the Bible; and help me to worship and serve You in the fellowship of your church. I thank you Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN!