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The Church: Babylon the Great

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“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”  Revelation 17:5.  The Catholic Church.  The Mother Church, which gave birth to two harlots.

The word “church” first appears in the book of Matthew.  “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18.  Peter means a (piece of) rock, the foundation of this spiritual church.  While Paul understands this spiritual concept, saying that the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, he will form his own doctrine, a foundation of sand, upon which the physical churches will be built.  Let’s take a look at who built the first temple.  It was not David…

“The Messianic reign, a parallel to the reign of David, preached a spiritual kingdom, which is why David was not permitted to build a physical temple.  That was done by Solomon in the following reign, representing the reign of pseudo-Christianity that followed the Messianic reign, the physical house of the Lord that Solomon built representing the carnal church, which Paul built up through his own doctrine.”  – THE BIBLE DECODED

… It was his son Solomon, who had 700 wives and 300 concubines, which equals 1000; a number that points to Saul, not David—“ Saul slew his thousands, and David his ten thousands.” 1 Samuel 29:5.  When the children of Israel were taxed to make a choice between Samuel, which means heard of God and Saul, which means to demand, they chose Saul. They wanted to be like the other nations, demanding to be ruled by a king, rather than to be ruled by God through a direct communication with God.   And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people, in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.”  1 Samuel 8:7.  Verses 9 through 17 show us the manner in which this king will reign over the people, revealing how the Church rules its people.  “He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.”  The sheep symbolize the flock or congregation.  To take the tenth of the sheep is requiring them to pay ten percent of their income to the Church. 

“Israel wanted a king to judge them, and fight their battles for them, just as people want their religious leaders to decide what is right and wrong so they don’t have to battle with these decisions themselves. We have long since forgotten how to trust in and take direction from our internal anointing, which guides us into the light of truth through the power of our holy spirit.  We prefer to have the unholy spirit of fear rule our mind and tell us lies, then to allow the holy spirit of our heart to bring us the truth that will result in a spiritual and physical freedom that seems to petrify us.  Saul was the king that ruled over Israel of Judaism, but he also represents a spirit that rules over Israel of the Gentiles.  With a new Israel came a new Saul.  The name has changed, but the spirit remains the same.  Paul, referred to as an Apostle to the Gentiles, was not chosen to be among the twelve so that we may see that there are two foundations that have been laid. One foundation has twelve pillars, represented by the twelve apostles, the foundation upon which the holy city of Jerusalem is built.  The other foundation has one pillar, represented by the one apostle, Paul, upon which the city of Babylon is built.  Paul laid his foundation through the words that he spoke, mixing carnal law with spiritual truth; mixing milk with meat, which is unlawful.  It is the cause of all the confusion and dissension among Christians today.  The word Babylon means confusion.”   THE BIBLE DECODED

The Jews would do the same thing as there ancestors, demanding a Messiah king that would restore the literal kingdom of Israel to its former glory.  As their ancestors rejected Samuel, they would reject this Messiah that spoke only of the restoration of the spiritual kingdom within.  It’s time to rend our spiritual kingdom from Saul and return it to David.  It is time to reject the soul-destroying doctrine of Paul and accept the soul-saving doctrine of Jesus, as it is written,  “To translate the kingdom from the house of Saul, and to set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah…” 2 Samuel 3:10.  Paul was Apostle to the Gentiles.  But Jesus said, “salvation is of the Jews, proof that Paul’s teachings on salvation are a lie.  The Church, which was founded upon the lying words of Paul is Babylon the Great, whose judgment has come.  “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. For her sins have reached into heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.”  Revelation 18:4, 5

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2016

The Revelation of Jesus Christ – Part 1

THE SEVEN CHURCHES mentioned in the beginning of the book of Revelation were physical churches founded upon Paul’s teachings. But they also pertain to the religions or religious beliefs that grew out of those teachings, which were formed between the middle of the first century up until the twenty-first century.  The number seven pertains to the spiritual, the spiritual aspect of each church being the angel, which is a messenger.  We are to hear the spiritual message of each church. To hear is to believe, and to believe is to obey; to put action to the works, as Jesus said, “believe the works.” 

” Unto the angel of the church of EPHESUS write… I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars… and for my name’s sake hast labored… Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou has left thy first love… repent and do the first works…”  The message of the first church is to begin the works of tearing down the false religious image or belief, which begins with identifying the lies in its doctrine, which is to labor for my name’s sake; for the sake of truth, the first love we left when we unwittingly bought into the religious lie.  Now we must repent, which is to think differently about the Word of God, and do the first works, which is to seek the spiritual truth of God’s Word, through which we overcome the religious iniquity.  Ephesus is the first church, representing mainstream Christianity, which is made up of three main religions: Catholic, Trinity, and Pentecost, which takes us from the middle of the first century to the beginning of the twentieth century, the Pentecostal theology dating back to 1905. All three mainstream Christian religions have been built upon Paul’s false doctrine– a foundation of sand.

“And unto the angel of the church in SMYRNA write…  I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews but are not, but are of the synagogue of Satan.  Fear none of those things which thou shall suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that you may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life… He that overcometh shall not be hurt by the second death.”  The works are the labor they have put into seeking spiritual truth.  The tribulation of the one seeking truth might be in part, the rejection he feels from those religious brothers he once considered friends.  “And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands?  Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends”  Zechariah 13:6.  Those who have discovered the lies or iniquity in the doctrines of religion and who are now seeking spiritual truth, were poor, but are [becoming] rich through the truth that is being revealed to them.  Those “which say they are Jews but are not” (in the spiritual sense) are those which say they believe but do not because to believe is to put action to the spiritual works conveyed through these churches. The devil symbolizes the religious iniquity, which through their sincere desire to overcome will cast some of them into prison, which is a good thing!  For it is in this solitary quiet “silence in heaven” place that we come in contact with the spirit and word of God, as Joseph came into contact with the baker and the butler during his time in prison.  The ten days is not about a literal period of time, but about what occurs during this time, which is a change in the way we think about God’s Word.  Repentance. Those that stay faithful by completing the spiritual works of the first six churches, which leads to a spiritual death in the good sense (“the second death”) receive a crown of life; spiritual life (Revelation 3:11).  Those “which say they are Jews but are not” (in the literal sense) are the Messianic Jews.  They “are of the synagogue of Satan” because the carnal traditions they observe are now, in this final “era of Jacob,” counted as iniquity, which Satan symbolizes (Isaiah 1:13). Messianic Judaism emerged in the 1960s, which combines Christianity with elements of Judaism and Jewish tradition.  Jesus said, “salvation is of the Jews.”  However, both the Jews of Jesus’ time and the Messianic Jews of our time have rejected the salvation that comes through obedience to Messiah’s spiritual teachings.  The Jews that receive salvation are true Jews; those who have become spiritual Jews through a spiritual circumcision.  These Messianic Jews “blasphemy” by calling themselves Jews before they have experienced the spiritual circumcision that would mark them as true spiritual Jews.  The tribulation is the time of trouble the prophet Daniel spoke of, which is already in progress.  It’s purpose?  To bring on the spiritual birth.

Up Next: “The Revelation of Jesus Christ – Part 2”

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2020