GOD’S ULTIMATE VICTORY
OVER ANTICHRIST AND SATAN
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God’s ultimate Victory over
Antichrist and Satan
Using Antichrist and his spirit, Satan is endeavouring to destroy all religions and world governments, and to subject the whole world to his control.
Unbeknown to most of the world’s inhabitants, Antichrist has already contaminated all religions, and gained monetary control of the whole world, thereby giving Satan a covert dominance over all world governments and institutions.
Without divine intervention Satan would succeed, but we are assured in ‘Revelation’ that “the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful." [Rev 17:14].
Author John Holland.
This chapter describes the emergence of Satan, Antichrist, and the False Prophet, and their strategy to
cast down the
CHAPTER 2. THE HARLOT -- THE CENTREPIECE OF
In Revelation, the symbolic title “Mother of Harlots,” fitly describes the religious component of Antichrist’s world wide kingdom that has deceived and captivated the inhabitants of the world.
CHAPTER 3. THE WORLDLY COMPONENT OF ANTICHRIST’S KINGDOM
This chapter introduces the “ten kings.” Antichrist uses their power and influence to
create the global circumstances that enables Satan to control the whole world.
CHAPTER 4. THE ILLUMINATE, MASONRY, AND OTHER SECRET SOCIETIES
For centuries the Illuminate has nurtured many satanic secret societies that have
been engaged in a conspiracy to form a single world government.
THE INTERNATIONAL BANKERS’ CONQUEST OF
Having gained financial control of Europe, the International Bankers
turned their attention to
CHAPTER 6. GLOBAL INSTITUTIONS CREATED BY ANTICHRIST TO
PREPARE THE WAY FOR A SINGLE WORLD GOVERNMENT
Using the Illuminate and ten kings as his agents, Antichrist has created a number of global institutions that have the common aim of promoting and creating a single world government.
CHAPTER 7. THE LORD AND HIS CALLED CHOSEN AND FAITHFUL
Without divine intervention Antichrist’s triumph would be inevitable, but we are assured by the Scriptures that “the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings,” and “those with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”
CHAPTER 8. THE FALL OF
When God judges
the inhabitants of the earth at the end of the age there will be a time of
tribulation, with privation and desolation, culminating in the fall of
CHAPTER 9. FROM DESOLATION TO REPENTANCE
In God’s end time judgment, wealth, luxuries, and exalted positions will be stripped away. Antichrist’s control over mankind will be broken, and the way will be paved for people to turn to God in repentance.
CHAPTER 10. IT WILL BE WELL FOR THE RIGHTEOUS – WOE TO
World wide judgment is forecast to fall on the earth, but the Scriptures consistently assure us that although the wicked will bear the fruit of their wickedness, God will be a shelter to the righteous.
CHAPTER 11. THE RESTORED AND GLORIFIED CHURCH
This chapter describes the emergence of Satan, Antichrist, and the False Prophet, and their strategy
to cast down the
PREPARATION TO STUDY THE
Descriptions of Antichrist and his kingdom in Old Testament prophecies and “The Revelation,” are for the most part couched in figurative language. For this reason it becomes necessary to see and understand how figurative language is used in the Scriptures.
The Use of Symbols and Types
Symbols and types are an example of figurative language, and when their meaning is brought to light, our understanding is greatly enhanced. To prepare us to understand the prophecies concerning the operation of Antichrist and his kingdom, we will begin by explaining symbols and types, and give examples of the ways in which each is used.
A symbol is the use of one thing to represent another. As we compare the characteristics of one with the other, we gain more insight into the attributes of the thing being symbolised. For instance --
Oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit who ministers to us as in healing and revealing truth. Oil was used to heal wounds and as a fuel for lamps that produce light (which in turn is a symbol for truth).
Tares are a symbol of false or apostate Christians
A type is a symbolic representation of something or someone in the future. Here are some examples:
by God as
David, as a shepherd and a
king, is also a type of Christ, our Shepherd and King. Bec
Manna, as bread from heaven, is a type of the life of Jesus in us as “the living bread.” “I am the living bread which came down from heaven.” [John 6:51].
will be made clear later in our study in the section relating to God’s judgment
The Use of Parallelism in Old Testament Prophecies
A parallel prophesy is one that has an obvious meaning relating to the historical circumstances of the Israelites, but also has a future prophetic application to spiritual Israel, which is the Church. The use of symbols and types in parallel prophecies often provide the key to interpreting “Revelation.”
Old Testament prophecies relating to the fall of
The Fall of
the following Old Testament account of the fall of
"Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain,
Who destroys all the earth," says the LORD.
"And I will stretch out My hand against you,
Roll you down from the rocks,
And make you a burnt mountain.
They shall not take from you a stone for a corner
Nor a stone for a foundation,
But you shall be desolate forever," says the LORD.” [Jer 51:25-26].
In Revelation Chapter 8, the second trumpet prophecy also describes a burning mountain, this time being cast into the sea.
“Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood.” [Rev 8:8].
Warning to Come out of
prophetic warning to the children of
“Flee from the midst of
And every one save his life!
Do not be cut off in her iniquity,
For this is the time of the LORD'S vengeance;
He shall recompense her.” [Jer 51:6].
he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, "
INTRODUCTION TO THE
A Counterfeit Trinity and Doctrine
has created a counterfeit trinity and kingdom that opposes the Holy Trinity and
is counterfeited by Satan, Christ by Antichrist, and the Holy Spirit by the
spirit of Antichrist, who is also called “the False Prophet.” We may have a better understanding of the
nature of the
God Compared to Satan
God is the supreme ruler of the universe. King Jehoshaphat prayed, "O LORD God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You? [2 Chron 20:5-7]. If God were to exert His power, He is absolutely invincible.
the Scriptures tell us that “righteousness and justice are the
foundation of (His) throne.” [Ps 89:14]. People are in God’s kingdom bec
whole world is embroiled in a climactic spiritual war, in which God is
Christ Compared to Antichrist
God sent Jesus Christ into the world to bear the
punishment for the sins of mankind by His sacrificial death on the cross. “He has delivered us from the power of
darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we
have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” [
The nature of Antichrist’s opposition to Christ is brought out when we examine the meaning of his name. In the original Greek, the prefix ‘anti’ has two meanings. The first is ‘against,’ suggesting direct opposition. The second is ‘instead of’ or replacing with a substitute. By combining these two meanings we see that Antichrist is against, or opposes Christ by creating a counterfeit church with apostate doctrines, in the place of the true church that has the true doctrine of Christ.
The following pages will unfold how Antichrist’s
false church and doctrines are created in such a way that their likeness to the
true Church and doctrines of Christ will c
In the parable of the wheat and the tares Jesus warned us that Antichrist would implant false ‘look alike’ Christians amongst the true believers.
A landowner sowed good seed, but at the time of
harvest it was discovered that there were tares amongst the wheat. Tares are a weed that looks so similar to the
wheat that it is not detected until the harvest, when its black seeds appear. This is Jesus’ explanation of the parable.
"He who sows the good seed is the Son of
It is important to see that Antichrist is not a
person who is to appear at the end of the age.
Antichrist is a major spirit being, or Satanic ‘prince,’ who has
been empowered by him and entrusted with the task of establishing his kingdom
Antichrist uses human agents through whom he can carry out his
work. In John’s letters to the
Church, the apostle warned that there were already many antichrists, or many
people who had submitted to Antichrist, and were at his disposal in opposing
the church, or
Most people expect that Antichrist, as a person, will appear at the close of the age, pointing to this reading from 2 Thessalonians as their reference.
“Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” [2 Thess 2:3-4].
We shall see in Chapter 2 how the “man of sin” relaters to the papacy of the Catholic Church, and is not Antichrist himself.
The Holy Spirit Compared to the Spirit of Antichrist
The Holy Spirit was sent by God to be the Lord’s representative to the Church, to empower her, and to guide her into His and the Lord’s will for her. He indwells Christians individually, so that He might be their guide and teacher. He is God’s instrument in refining them and recreating them in the image of Jesus Christ.
The spirit of Antichrist is Satan’s counterfeit of the Holy Spirit, charged with the task of negating the ministry of the Holy Spirit, and drawing people into his own kingdom. The following are some of the ways the spirit of Antichrist does this.
The spirit of Antichrist manifests false miracles and healings with lying signs and wonders, which people assume to be the work of the Holy Spirit. This evokes false worship which is unwittingly directed to Satan, who initiated them.
The spirit of Antichrist opposes the gospel truth through false prophets and teachers, who introduce deceptive teachings and false doctrines. For instance the New Age philosophy that man is self sufficient and self dependant, promotes deification of man and worship of the created rather than the Creator.
The spirit of Antichrist uses false prophets and teachers to disclaim Christ’s divinity. In many false religions and sects Jesus is declared to be merely another prophet. “By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” [1 John 4:2-3].
People are deceived into thinking that it is the same god that is worshipped by all religions, and that non-Christian religions are just adopting different ways of worshipping God. People who are worshipping false gods are in fact worshipping Satan.The truth of Christ’s second coming is clouded by false millennial theories.
If we persist in believing the false doctrines of Antichrist, a doorway is opened for Satan to impart a demonic spirit that is generally known as a spirit of Antichrist, which can indwell us, and make it easier for Antichrist to impart his deceptions and lawlessness. The spirit of Antichrist establishes itself in heretical institutions, and even the Church is not immune from its intrusion.
SATAN IS EXPOSED IN THE TWELFTH CHAPTER OF REVELATION
Satan’s Attack on the Church
Revelation 12 opens with a cryptic vision of a
woman, initially symbolising
When Spiritual Israel, or the Church, came into existence, she immediately became a target of Satan, who attempted to destroy her by violence and persecution. However God protected the Church by dispersing her amongst the Gentile nations, where her activities were not as easily pinpointed.
When the redemption of mankind was accomplished by Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross, Satan was defeated and stripped of all legal right or grounds to accuse mankind before God. “And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out…” [Rev 12:7-9].
There was a proclamation of victory, presented for the benefit of all generations of God’s children. "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”[Rev 12: 10-11].
twelfth chapter of Revelation ends with a dire warning that now Satan is cast
down to the earth, he is so enraged with the Church that he will make war with
her offspring continually. “Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the
sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, bec
Having failed to destroy the newly formed Church by direct persecution, Satan embarked on a new stratagem of deception by counterfeit, in which the Church and its doctrines are counterfeited by a false church with false doctrines. The agents that Satan has used to create these counterfeiting deceptions are Antichrist and the spirit of the Antichrist, or the False Prophet.
THE EMERGENCE OF ANTICHRIST AND HIS KINGDOM
Chapters Thirteen Seventeen and Eighteen of Revelation, and the seventh chapter of Daniel provide us with a picture of the emergence and fall of Antichrist and his kingdom. Within the overall picture, there are further visions that highlight various aspects of the working of Antichrist and his spirit, and the kingdom they are creating.
The First Beast – From Revelation 13
In Revelation 13, Antichrist is depicted as a beast rising out of the sea, which is a symbol of the turbulent nations of the world, and growing in his earthly influence through successive world empires. Although the beast represents Antichrist in his fullness, it is the emergence and influence of his kingdom on the religious and secular world that becomes the main topic.
“Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a
beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on
his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. Now the beast which
I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear,
and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon [Satan] gave him [Antichrist] his power, his throne, and great
word ‘rising,’ is in the continuous tense, indicating the gradual emergence and
development of Antichrist’s religious and secular kingdom. The beast, which is a symbol of Antichrist, is
pictured with seven heads and ten horns with crowns on them. Heads symbolise
A parallel prophecy in Daniel 7 also describes a vision of beasts rising out of the sea. When we compare the description of the beast in Revelation with those in Daniel’s vision, we discover that the visions are complementary, and that the animal parts in Revelation 13 refer to kingdoms of the world.
“And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other. The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings…" “And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear…” “After this I looked, and there was another, like a leopard…” [Dan 7:2-6].
“Those great beasts, which are four, are four kings [or kingdoms] which arise out of the earth.” [Dan 7:17].
“After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words.” [Dan 7:7-8].
fourth beast, or
the vision of Daniel with that of Revelation 13, we see Antichrist’s kingdom rising
and imparting his satanic characteristics to the four great kingdoms. The idolatries and paganism of
Daniel reveals a further facet of Antichrist’s kingdom when he states, “And there, in this horn, [the little horn] were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words.” [Dan 7:8]. In this case the “little horn,” refers to Antichrist’s religious kingdom, and the eyes of a man and a mouth speaking pompous words relate to the Roman Catholic Church, and the Pope as her head.
This reading is paralleled in Revelation, where the beast, or Antichrist, is described in a similar manner, with “a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies.”
he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was
The blasphemies perpetrated by the papacy and the Catholic Church against God, heaven, and the Church, will be enlarged on in Chapter 2, in the descriptions of “the Mother of Harlots,” and “Babylon the Great.”
Earlier we are told that one of the heads of the first beast appeared to be mortally wounded but made a remarkable recovery. “And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed.” [Rev 13:3].
The Second Beast
I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a
lamb and spoke like a dragon. And he
exercises all the
John saw the first beast emerge from the sea, or the turbulence of the warring
nations of the world, he saw another beast emerging from the more settled religious
climate of the earth. In this case the religion that had settled and now
dominated the earth was that of
The second beast is called the “False Prophet,” in Revelation 16:13, 19:20, and 20:10, and in 1 John 4:3 he is referred to as “the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.”
the second beast has a separate identity, it operates in the presence of (or in
union with) the first beast, or Antichrist.
The False Prophet, or spirit of Antichrist, exercises all the
are told that the spirit of Antichrist, or the false prophet, “c
In accord with the title “the False Prophet,” the spirit of Antichrist uses deceit and deception to convince people that the false church he has created is of God. He has used his power to compel people to make an image to the beast. An image is a visible representation, and the Roman Catholic Church is the visible representation of Antichrist’s work. It personifies the nature of the beast in that it reflects his surreptitious opposition to Christ’s Church, through idolatry, blasphemies, and lying counterfeits. It should be noted that Protestant churches have not been immune from the influence of the spirit of Antichrist, and that they too have been infiltrated with his contamination.
reading goes on to say that the spirit of Antichrist was given power to breathe
spiritual life into the image: “He was granted power to give breath
[spiritual life] to the image of the beast, that
the image of the beast should both speak and c
image Antichrist has created by his spirit is not an impotent and neutral
worldly institution. It has been endued
with enormous power to influence world affairs. In opposing Christ’s true
Church, the spirit of Antichrist has used his power of deception to condemn true
believers, and have them tortured or put to death. Millions of Christians were martyred in the
To idolise or worship the image, or the institution of the Catholic Church and its doctrines, is to unknowingly worship Antichrist its originator.
In his vision, John saw that the second beast “had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.” The two horns show us that the spirit of Antichrist has two power bases or areas of operation. We will see that Antichrist’s kingdom has a religious, and a worldly or secular component. The operation of the spirit of Antichrist is not limited to just bringing the Church under Antichrist’s control, but the whole world. In both religious and worldly realms the spirit of Antichrist appears benign and conciliatory, using people under his control to speak of world peace and social justice, but the actions he engenders are in accord with the nature of the dragon, or Satan.
The next part of John’s vision focuses on the spirit of Antichrist’s activity in the worldly realm of Antichrist’s kingdom, where his influence is so invasive that “all who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” [Rev 13:8]. The vehicle the spirit of Antichrist uses to bring the whole world under Antichrist’s subjection is the captivating influence of money.
The Mark and Image of the Beast
When we carefully study the reading below, we shall see that the spirit of Antichrist uses the captivating power of money to bring all mankind under Satan’s bondage, and that the implanted mark of the beast signifies that bondage.
“And he c
This reading says that “no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark.” A common misconception is that at the end of the age Antichrist, as a person controlling the world, will force people to receive a literal identifying mark on their hand or forehead. Without the mark being displayed at shopping outlets, people will be prohibited from buying or selling. However, when we examine the literal meaning of some of the words and phrases used in the reading, the true interpretation comes to light. i.e. Buying and selling so conditions a man that it becomes an inevitable consequence that he cannot buy or sell without having received the mark of bondage. The following analysis of the reading will confirm that this explanation is the correct one. It will also show that all have received the mark, and that it has to be overcome.
invests those who are totally surrendered to Him with an invisible mark or seal
on their foreheads, signifying that they belong to Him. E.g. “Then I looked, and behold, a
Lamb standing on
reading says that the spirit of Antichrist “c
The word “all” is universal, meaning that all
mankind has been conditioned to be given the mark. It is not so much something to avoid, bec
Satan uses the power of money to enslave mankind, so that unwittingly man is turned away from God and brought under his control. The continual practice of buying and selling engenders traits like covetousness, self-reliance and self-sufficiency, idolatry, avarice, worldliness, overriding ambition, dissatisfaction, and fear of the lack of provision. These traits have turned mankind from trusting God in meeting their needs, to seeking their security from the world and its financial supports, the very areas that are under Satan’s control.
The mark is “on their right hand,” signifying a controlling influence on all that they do, and “on their foreheads,” or on their mental outlook.
The Name of the Beast
Notice from the reading that when Antichrist conditions all, it is not just so he can place a mark on our hand or forehead. It is so that he can give us “the mark,” OR “the name of the beast,” OR “the number of his name.” It is so that he can impart some of his traits to us, according to our openness in various areas.
In the bible, a name often relates to the attributes of a person. In receiving the name of the beast, a person takes on board some of the attributes of Antichrist. Persons bearing the name of Antichrist go their own way rather than submitting to Jesus as Saviour and Lord. They cater to their own carnal natures, engaging in lawless self works, and obeying the lusts of the flesh and the world. Such persons reject the faithfulness and power of God, and do not trust Him to meet their needs. Instead, in self dependence, they put their trust in their own ability, and the things of the world.
The Number of the Name of the Beast
The number of the beast is equated with his name, and so in the reading it is called “the name or the number of his name.” The reading then allots a symbolic number to the name. “Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”
numerology, six is the number of man, bec
The embracing of the fullness of man’s potential is
the basis of the New Age philosophy called humanism. Our first notion of humanism may be that
it is a rather harmless new age philosophy that promotes the abilities of man
and his capacity to do all things by his own ability and efforts. But when we
study it more closely we see its origin in Antichrist, and how strongly its man
centred philosophy opposes Christianity and the
The ‘Collins English Dictionary’ definition of humanism reads: “the denial of any power or moral value superior to that of humanity; the rejection of religion in favour of belief in the advancement of humanity by its own efforts.
Humanism is not neutral in its attitude to Christianity. It actively opposes the observance of Christian practice and ethics in our public institutions, endeavouring to bring about a Godless environment. The philosophy of humanism has pervaded every aspect of our society. When we look at the nature of man’s pursuits in areas like education, science, sport and recreation, entertainment, politics, and business, we see that they are man centred and glorify man and his abilities. The Christian viewpoint that we need God to guide us and meet our needs has been replaced with the philosophy that we can do all things without reference to God. Efforts have been made to prohibit formal prayer, and Christian teaching or ministry in public institutions. The acceptance of the humanistic philosophy and the Godless society it has promoted has done much to bring about the prophesied “falling away,” and the advancement of Antichrist’s kingdom.
Clearly Satan’s ploy in using the power of money to promote man’s self sufficiency, and turn his heart away from God has been very successful. Before leaving the earth Jesus remarked, “I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.” [John 14:30-31]. The majority of mankind have turned away from trusting God to meet every need, and have put their trust in man and the institutions that he controls. The glorification of man and the things he has created rather than God the Creator, is probably the most prevalent and yet unrecognised form of idolatry.
THE HARLOT -- THE CENTREPIECE
In Revelation, the symbolic title “Mother of Harlots,” fitly describes the religious component of
Antichrist’s world wide kingdom that has deceived and captivated the inhabitants of the world.
UNVEILING THE GREAT HARLOT
Following the Thirteenth Chapter of Revelation there is a parenthesis, or break of three chapters, before returning to the topic of the disclosure of Antichrist and his kingdom. The emergence and fall of Antichrist’s kingdom is further portrayed in the seventeenth to the nineteenth chapters of Revelation, where the language is particularly figurative.
We have concluded that the two horns of the beast represent two power bases, or components in Antichrist’s kingdom through which he exercises his influence and power. One is religious, and the other secular or worldly, where trade and commerce, and the power of money, are the tools he uses to hold the nations of the world in captivity.
The Seventeenth Chapter of Revelation begins by describing the harlot, the centrepiece of Antichrist’s religious kingdom.
“Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, "Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication. So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.” [Rev 17: 1-3].
The beast is the same beast of Revelation 13, who has been identified as Antichrist. The fact that the woman is sitting on the beast indicates that the harlot is being supported by the power of Antichrist.
The “great harlot” is a symbolic name for the counterfeit church and religion that Antichrist has created. Harlotry is a symbol of unfaithfulness to God, as in worshipping false idols and embracing false doctrines. “Yet they would not listen to their judges, but they played the harlot with other gods, and bowed down to them.” [Judg 2:17].
We are told that the harlot ‘sits on many waters.” The “many waters” symbolise the nations of the world, indicating that her influence is so profound and world-wide, that kings, or world leaders, and all inhabitants are captivated by her influence.
The Revelation of the Harlot
of the clues we are given to discover her identity is, “Here is the mind which has wisdom:
The seven heads are seven mountains [Strongs
-- alternatively, ‘hills’] on which the woman sits.” [Rev 17:9].
The seven mountains or hills, is a reference to the seven hills that
PLEASE NOTE: The following disclosures of the apostasies existing in the Catholic Church are not a criticism of the millions of devout Christians in her midst, but are a revelation of the anti-Christian elements in the Catholic institution itself.
John continues with his prophetic revelation of the harlot:
“The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written: “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” [Rev 17: 4-5].
as a prophet and the
first part of the harlot’s title, “MYSTERY,” is evidenced by the many
mysterious doctrines, liturgies, sacraments, and rituals, adopted by the
Catholic Church. These elements have
been incorporated into church services to create an
The original Eucharist initiated by Christ was a simple ceremony of remembrance, where eating bread, a symbol of His body, and drinking wine, a symbol of His blood, reminds us of His sacrificial death for all mankind.
“…the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me." In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me." [1 Cor 11:23-25].
The Catholic Church has changed the Eucharist from a simple commemoration of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, to a mystical realism in which Christ is present, and His actual body and blood are presented as sacrificial offerings. The Council of Trent (1545-63) declared that "The same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross, is present and offered in an unbloody manner." Two things should be noted.
the observation of Mass, the simple remembrance ceremony has been
changed into an actual participation in Christ’s sacrifice. The Catholic
Church says, ‘In the Mass, no less than
There is no escaping the fact
that by partaking in the Eucharistic celebration of the Catholic Mass, Jesus is
being crucified again and again, and that His body and blood are being offered
repeatedly. This blasphemy is refuted by P
2. Jesus said, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.” [John 6:53]. Some use Christ’s statement to justify eating the actual body of Jesus, and drinking His actual blood. But in this reading Jesus was speaking figuratively. ‘Eating’ and ‘drinking’ in this case is to receive within ourselves all of the BLESSINGS Jesus acquired for us on the cross. E.g. forgiveness of sins, righteousness, salvation and eternal life.
The following are other examples of “mystery” in Catholic rituals.
Transubstantiation -- The Mass incorporates the doctrine of transubstantiation, which declares that once consecrated, the bread and the wine of the Eucharist are miraculously changed into the actual flesh and blood of the Lord. On 11th October 1551 the Council of Trent stated that belief in the doctrine of transubstantiation was ‘essential to salvation.’
The ringing of altar bells mark the time of the transformation of the bread and the wine to the actual flesh and blood of Jesus. There is a time span of approximately ten minutes allotted for this transformation to take place.
Adoration of the host -- Bowing to the sacramental elements on the altar has no scriptural warrant, but is said to be justified by tradition.
Clerical Vestments -- The opulence and symbolic mysticism of clerical vestments are at odds with the unassuming apparel worn by Jesus. According to the Catholic Encyclopaedia, “the liturgical vestments were made to symbolize the official and priestly virtues of their wearers.” The outward appearance of virtue may impress man, but Jesus warned “what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.”[Luke 16:15].
The second part of the harlot’s
title is “
world domination passed from
Cardinal Newman wrote; "temples, incense, oil lamps, votive offerings, holy water, Holidays, and seasons of devotion, processions, blessings of the fields, sacerdotal vestments, the tonsure (of priests, monks and nuns), images, and statues... are all of pagan origin." The Development of the Christian Religion. p.359
Cardinal Newman tells us that the reason for adopting pagan worship rites was to appease the many pagans in Rome "in order to recommend the new religion to the heathen… ….The use of temples, and these dedicated to particular saints, and ornamented on occasions with branches of trees,… incense, lamps, and candles; holy water; asylums [hermitages, monasteries and convents]; [pagan] holy-days, processions, sacerdotal vestments, the tonsure, the ring in marriage, turning to the East, images…." Cardinal J. H. Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, 1920 edition, p.373.
"The vestments of the clergy and the
papal title of 'pontifex maximus' were legacies from pagan
The Roman Catholic worship of
Mary as “Mother of God,” and “Queen of heaven,” had its origin in the pagan
worship of mythological goddesses such as the Babylonian goddess Ishtar. Elsewhere in the
Following her usual practice of courting pagan converts, the Roman Church ‘Christianised’ pagan festivals, giving them Christian names ‘Lent,’ ‘Easter’ and ‘Christmas.’
Lent was an adaption of the forty day period of mourning for the
Babylonian god Tammuz, a practice that evidently spread to
Easter was an adaption of the pagan spring festival, practiced in many pagan civilizations in a variety of forms. The name Easter comes to us from Ostera or Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring, for whom a spring festival was held annually
Christmas – the origin of Christmas had nothing to do with the birth of Jesus. Roman pagans first introduced the festival of Saturnalia to honour the god Saturn. The festival was a period of liberty and licentious revelry, beginning on December 17th. To Christianise the festival, December 25th was declared to be the birth day of Jesus Christ. Again, it was introduced into the Roman church to attract pagan converts.
NOTE: There is no Scriptural warrant for the
celebration of Lent, Easter, or Christmas.
Having said that - celebration on those days may be legitimate if it is
the Lord that is honoured, and not the day or the holiday. P
Other Babylonian Rites introduced into Roman Catholicism
The sign of the cross -- The Babylonians used the letter ‘T’ in a similar manner to the sign of the cross, to commemorate the death of the god Tammuz.
Purgatory -- an intermediate place or state between heaven and hell was of Babylonian origin. Purgatory became an article of faith in 1439 at the Council of Florence, and confirmed by the Council of Trent in 1548. The sale of indulgences to reduce time spent in Purgatory was introduced by the Roman Catholic Church.
Celibacy -- The Babylonian religion had a celibate priesthood.
to a priest and penances originated in
Cardinals --The Babylonian high priest was attended by twelve cardinals with scarlet robes.
THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH
Abominations of the Earth
The following are some examples of the many abominations and idolatries existing in the Catholic Church.
by Catholicism -- ‘Whoever refuses to
enter and remain in the Catholic Church cannot be saved.’
Receiving the Holy Spirit -- ‘The Catholic Church alone is the body of Christ. Consequently those who are outside the Church have not the Holy Spirit.’ The Teaching of the Catholic Church – A Summary of Catholic Doctrine. Pg 666
The doctrine of the ‘Immaculate Conception’ declares that Mary remained a virgin and led a sinless life. It was made infallible and official by Pius 1X, on December 8th, 1854. He also stated, “There is no salvation to those who do not believe this dogma…” Note: Mary had other children: "Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You." [Matt 12:47].
The assumption of Mary -- The doctrine of the assumption of Mary states that Mary ascended into heaven in bodily form. The doctrine was made infallible by Pius X11 on November 1st, 1950.
Mary was adopted as a mediatrix between man and God -- The Catholic Church calls Mary, ‘the Mediatrix of all graces,’ and that ‘her prayer is all powerful with her lord, for he will refuse her nothing, who deigned to be called and to be her son.’
On August 31st 2003, Pope John P
The apostle P
Extreme Unction -- end of life baptism to nullify the effect of any remaining sins. There is no Scriptural basis for this practice.
The Holy water -- water blessed by a priest to give it power to sanctify all that it touches.
Rosary -- the practice of recitation of devotional prayers and adoration to the Virgin Mary. Recitation of parts of the Rosary is often decreed as a penance for sins.
NOTE: God does not require a punishment when we confess our sins to Him.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” [1 John 1:9-10].
Contamination of Protestant Churches
As the mother, the harlot is the source of the false religious doctrines and abominations that are spawned from her. So profound is the influence of the “mother of harlots’ that denominational churches have been contaminated by her influence. These are some features adopted by Catholicism that were accepted by Protestant churches.
separation of the clergy and the laity, with ministry being the province of the
clergy. Christ has undertaken to prepare and anoint ministerial leaders to
build up and equip His Church. “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some
evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for
the work of ministry, for the edifying [building up] of the body of Christ…” [Eph 4:11-13]. Christ’s delegated
Autonomous local churches have been replaced by national and internationally controlled denominations.
The monumental church edifices decorated with statues.
The use of ostentatious vestments and religious titles like, ‘Reverend,’ ‘The Right Reverend,’ ‘Archbishop,’ with modes of address like ‘Your Grace.’
PAPAL PRIMACY and PAPAL INFALLIBILTY
The doctrine of papal primacy gradually
evolved over the centuries of the Church’s development. Stated briefly, the doctrine of papal
primacy asserts that due to his direct lineage to Peter, as the Bishop of Rome,
the Pope has divine
a long history of controversy, opposition and challenges, it has become an established Catholic
doctrine that the Pope, as Bishop of Rome, is not only the supreme head of the
Catholic Church, but also of the
“…we promulgate anew the definition of the ecumenical council of Florence, which must be believed by all faithful Christians, namely that the apostolic see and the Roman pontiff hold a world-wide primacy, and that the Roman pontiff is the successor of blessed Peter, the prince of the apostles, true vicar of Christ, head of the whole church and father and teacher of all Christian people.
To him, in blessed Peter, full power has been given by our lord Jesus Christ to tend, rule and govern the universal church. …
…So, then, if anyone says that the Roman pontiff...has only the principal part, but not the absolute fullness, of this supreme power; or that this power of his is not ordinary and immediate both over all and each of the churches and over all and each of the pastors and faithful: let him be anathema [Eternally damned]." Pope Pius IX, in First Vatican Council, Session 4, First Dogmatic Constitution on the Church of Christ, Chapter 3, #1, 9, July 18, 1870.
The following was written by Pope John P
The official list of titles of the Pope, in the order in which they are given in the Annuario Pontificio, is “Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the State of Vatican City, Servants of the Servants of God.” Wikipedia. The title, “Vicar of Jesus Christ” is interpreted as one standing in the place of Christ on earth.
Scriptures declare that Jesus is “head over all things to the church…” [Eph 1:22]. The apostles established churches that were
When the Church at
“And after they had become silent, James answered, saying, "Men and brethren, listen to me: Simon [Peter] has declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name.”… “Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood " [Acts 15:13-21].
should be noted that Peter was never elected as Bishop of Rome. Peter was
appointed by the Holy Spirit to be apostle to the Jews, and P
“But on the contrary, when they saw that the gospel
for the uncircumcised [Gentiles] had been committed to me, [P
It was not Peter, but P
infallibility is a dogma of the Catholic Church which states that, by
action of the Holy Spirit, the Pope is preserved from even the possibility of
error when in his official capacity he solemnly declares or promulgates to the
universal Church a dogmatic teaching on faith or morals. This doctrine was
defined dogmatically in the First
“The clearest example of the use of this
power, expressed since the solemn declaration of papal infallibility by
Despite the claim of papal infallibility, the Catholic Church has embraced many false doctrines like the ones previously described.
Catholic Church acknowledges that down through the centuries there have been
crimes of the grossest kind committed by some of the popes – such sins as
adultery, fornication, sodomy, rape, murder, simony, deb
"Many of the popes were men of the most
abandoned lives. Some were magicians (occultists); others were noted for
sedition, war, sl
In regard to the irrefutable historical evidence of papal corruption, these are the most common responses offered by the Catholic Church.
1. Papal infallibility does not mean that the Pope is morally impeccable. It means that when speaking ‘ex cathedra’ he is protected by the Holy Spirit, from even the possibility of error.
2. These errant popes were in fact antipopes. "At various times in the history of the Church, illegal pretenders to the papal chair have arisen and frequently exercised pontifical functions in defiance of the true occupant.” Catholic Encyclopaedia, i. p. 582. 3.
3. “A sinful pope remains a member of the church and….from whom we may not withdraw obedience.” Catholic Encyclopaedia, Vol. 14 P. 435
On the basis of Jesus’ statement, “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.” [Matt 7-18], we may conclude that the election of these popes was not by spiritual direction from the Lord, but by such things as political manoeuvring, simony, or power mongering. At the very least it casts much doubt over claims of Papal Primacy, and Papal Infallibility.
The Man of Sin
In his second letter to the Thessalonians, P
“Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” [2 Thess 2:3-4].
This “man of sin” is not Antichrist himself, for he is a man – a man being controlled by Antichrist, like the “many antichrists” spoken of by John in 1 John 2:18. However the “man of sin” to be revealed at the close of the age is a figurehead, a person of world wide prominence. Some of the features that will make him recognisable are described in the Thirteenth Chapter of Revelation.
“And he was given a mouth
speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given
we look at these attributes in the light of our study of the papacy of the
Catholic Church, we may conclude that the “man of sin” is the Pope – not a
single pope, but the office of the pope.
The blasphemous titles, the adopting of Christ’s headship of the Church,
the deification of Mary and the saints, the claim of papal supremacy and infallibility,
the claim of having higher
SCRIPTURE VERSES TRADITION
Daniel prophesied of Antichrist,
“He shall speak pompous words against the Most High,
Shall persecute the saints of the Most High,
And shall intend to change times and law.” [ Dan 7:25].
The biblical Jewish Sabbath was celebrated on Saturday, the last day of the week. The Catholic Church changed this day of rest to Sunday, the first day of the week.
Before being converted, pagans had worshipped their
gods on Sunday and after being converted the church allowed them to continue
Sunday worship. When Constantine, the Emperor of Rome, claimed conversion to
Christianity and declared Christianity to be the official religion of
In response to many debates and criticisms concerning the changing of the Sabbath, the Council of Trent, convened by the Catholic Church in the Sixteenth Century, decreed the following: "The Scripture and tradition: "The Bible as interpreted by the Church and according to the unanimous consent of the Father…Scripture and tradition are to be received and venerated equally…”
questioned concerning the change of the Sabbath, C.F.Thomas, Chancellor of
Cardinal Gibbons, replied, “Tradition,
not Scripture, is the rock on which the
The Catholic Church claims that its system of worship has been handed down through tradition. But the traditions she has adopted are mostly the traditions of Babylonian paganism.
importance of Scripture over tradition was highlighted by Jesus when He said to the scribes and Pharisees, "Why
do you also transgress the commandment of God bec
Changing the Law
Adding Non-canonical Books to the Bible
In the Sixteenth Century the Catholic Church added several apocryphal books to the bible, even though they were not recognised as canonical. They were added to bolster the validity of erroneous traditions and practices like Purgatory and the sale of indulgences.
Negating the Commandment that Forbids the Worship of Idols
In Protestant bibles the Second Commandment forbids the making or worshipping graven images. The Catholic Bible has incorporated this Commandment into their First Commandment, in which it states, “You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them."
To accommodate the idolatrous worship of such things as statues, images, and relics, the papacy has declared that worship of such images is in fact worshipping the person they depict. At the Second Council of Nicaea in 787, the ecumenical council determined that the veneration of icons and statues was not in violation of the commandment, and stated "whoever venerates an image venerates the person portrayed in it.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “While Catholics are sometimes accused of worshiping images, in violation of the first commandment, the Church says this is a misunderstanding. In the Church's opinion, the honour paid to sacred images is a 'respectful veneration', not the adoration due to God alone."
degree of veneration given to images is not relevant bec
alarming threat to the true Church is the growing disposition of world clerical
leaders to unite all religions with
NEWS BRIEF: "Pope leads world prayer day",
Thursday, 24 January 2002, BBC News Europe. "Pope
The success of John
his book, “Billy Graham and His Friends: ‘A
Hidden Agenda,’ p.408, Dr Burns quotes Billy Graham as follows: “I
think the American people are looking for a leader, a moral and spiritual
leader that believes something. And he
In 2005 five cardinal co-sponsors of the ‘International Symposium on Marian Co-redemption,’ held in Fatima, were urging Pope Benedict XV1 to declare a fifth Marian dogma, which would proclaim Mary as “the Spiritual Mother of All Humanity, the co-redemptrix with Jesus the redeemer, mediatrix of all graces with Jesus the one mediator, and advocate with Jesus Christ on behalf of the human race.”
There is no Scriptural basis for the physical union of all world religions to form a single world ‘church.’ The call for physical unity rather than true unity in the Spirit is a lying counterfeit by Antichrist, leading to a one world religion under his control. Here are some of the flaws of this religious ecumenism.
The basic tenet is that all religions worship the same God, all leading to salvation through differing pathways. The bible states, “Nor is there salvation in any other [than Jesus Christ], for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." [Acts 4:12].
Structural unity of religions, rather than true spiritual unity, is another deceptive counterfeit of Antichrist. All true Christians are already united spiritually. “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” [Eph 4:4-6].
The proposed unity of faiths is based on the lie that we can ignore doctrinal differences and concentrate on the things that we can agree on. Rather than being prepared to compromise our faith, we should heed Jude’s warning to contend, or fight for the integrity of the gospel truth. “Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” [Jude 3-4].
The Following Chapters
people think that the
THE WORLDLY COMPONENT OF ANTICHRIST’S KINGDOM
This chapter introduces the “ten kings.” Antichrist uses their power and influence to
create the global circumstances that enables Satan to control the whole world.
INTRODUCTION TO ANTICHRIST’S
In chapter 2 we revealed the development of
Antichrist’s religious kingdom, culminating in its centrepiece, “the harlot.” By
creating the harlot, Antichrist has produced a counterfeit religion that has surreptitiously
diverted people’s worship away from God and directed it towards Satan, until
now all but those who have made a genuine commitment to the Lord have been
brought to some degree under his control.
“It was granted to him [Antichrist] to
make war with the saints and to overcome them. And
The next Chapters reveal that as well as establishing his religious kingdom, Antichrist is simultaneously gaining control of the institutions and governments of the secular world. Satan is not content with gaining spiritual control of the religions of the world. His ultimate aim is to gain control of the whole world -- every government, institution, enterprise -- every facet of man’s living experience.
was with this endeavour in mind that Satan has invested Antichrist with his
complete power and
THE TEN KINGS
The emergence of the ten kings
was first foretold by the prophet Daniel. Represented symbolically by ten
horns, they are pictured with Antichrist rising out of the
"Then I wished to know the truth about the fourth beast [the Roman Empire], which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its nails of bronze, which devoured, broke in pieces, and trampled the residue with its feet; and the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn [Antichrist] which came up, before which three fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth which spoke pompous words, whose appearance was greater than his fellows”. [Dan 7:19-20].
The true nature of the ten kings is further unveiled in Chapters 13 and 17 of Revelation. Chapter 13 shows us that the ten kings are also associated with the rise of Antichrist.
“And I saw a beast [Antichrist] rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns [symbolising kings], and on his heads a blasphemous name.” [Rev 13:1].
Chapter 17 we are told that the ten horns represent ten kings, who are of one
mind with Antichrist, and to that end will share with him their power and
ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as
yet, but they receive
the bible ten is a symbol for perfect divine order, and is often used to
signify the perfect number set by God to totally fulfil His purposes. For instance, ten plagues were designated by God
to release the Israelites from bondage. Ten Commandments were used as a perfect
representation of God’s moral requirements. In the case of the ten kings, ten is the perfect measure of
The Ten Kings are empowered by Antichrist
The description of the “ten kings” from the 17th Chapter of Revelation shows that they have an important role in assisting Antichrist to establish his world kingdom.
reading states that the ten kings “receive
ten kings “are of one mind [with the beast], and they will give their power and
The Ten Kings are the Controllers of World Finance
The ten kings are the
controllers of the world’s finances, and for the most part, this means those
who are in charge of the world’s mammoth banking dynasties. Aided by their
satanic alliance with the beast, or Antichrist, they have used trading in money
to gain world-wide
To formulate this study, it is necessary to devote a good deal of space studying institutions such as banking houses, and orders like the Illuminate and Masonry, which are used by Antichrist to create his world kingdom.
behind the world banking dynasties have had their own natural ability and flair
for making and using money to build world empires. This has been enhanced by the supernatural
power they have acquired from Antichrist, and their direct involvement with satanic
institutions. Through their inherent and acquired
Money Creates the Power to Control the World
The ten kings are in effect being controlled by Satan. Through his influence they adopt the view that whoever controls the world’s finance controls the world – a point illustrated by the following quotes from key figures associated with the ten kings.
“Let me issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who writes the laws.” -- Mayer Amschel Rothschild -- (the founder of the ‘House of Rothschild,’ the first and most influential international banking dynasty).
“I care not what puppet is placed on the
A Brief History of Banking
To understand how such a small group of elitist banking dynasties have manipulated themselves into a position with controlling power beyond that of any government, it is necessary to make a brief investigation into the history of banking, and the evolution of the great banking dynasties.
Goldsmiths were Prospective Bankers
The origins of modern banking began in the Middle Ages, when disposable wealth in the form of silver and gold was kept in the safe of the local goldsmith, who would give the depositor a formal written receipt. The depositor would exchange his receipt to regain his gold. It became more convenient for people negotiating transactions with other people, to exchange receipts rather than gold, silver, or merchandise. These receipts were the forerunners to bank notes.
The Beginning of Banking Practice
The goldsmiths, now prospective bankers, realised that only a small amount of the gold in their possession was withdrawn at any one time. They began issuing receipts totalling far more than the amount of the gold and silver held in reserve. By giving these paper receipts as loans to people requiring capital, the interest that they received from the loans was of real monetary value. The practice grew until bankers issued ‘paper’ loans worth 90% above their deposits of gold and silver. This banking practice of issuing loans far beyond the real value of the bank’s assets soon became accepted practice, and is still the operating procedure of banks today.
By issuing unsecured loans created merely by book entries, bankers have made massive profits that have been used for investments in bonds, shares, real estate, business enterprises and international corporate empires. Astute family banking corporations began swallowing up their smaller competitors, and acquired controlling interests in companies producing key commodities like oil, steel, petroleum, munitions, pharmaceuticals, and primary industry products. They also gained control of media corporations and outlets, so that they were able to withhold or regulate information released to the public.
To further their control over government policy, international bankers formulated ‘conditionality’ loans, in which the borrower was granted the loan provided they met certain policy conditions. By readily issuing loans far beyond the capacity of governments to repay, they could later demand fulfilment of the promised loan conditions. This often resulted in manipulating government policies on things like privatisation, control of natural resources like oil or minerals, and gaining favourable trade concessions, or contracts for their corporations.
The down side of the growing banking industry was that some banks issued irresponsible unsecured loans with too little in reserve, resulting in their inability to meet withdrawal demands when confidence in the economy flagged. These failures paved the way for the creation of central banks.
Central Banks or Reserve Banks
the rapid growth of banking and the many uncontrolled private banks that issued
unsecured loans, there was a perceived need in
Maintaining the stability of the national currency and money supply.
To manage inflation by regulating official interest rates.
Issuing of bank notes.
Acting as the government’s banker.
Managing the nation’s foreign exchange rate.
Regulating and supervising the banking industry.
The Emergence of International Banking Dynasties
The Beginning of the Rothschild Banking Dynasty
researching the history of international banking, we find that the first truly
international banker was Mayer Amschel B
Endued with a brilliant intellect, unscrupulous cunning, and with a ruthless desire for power, Rothschild became well versed in the control of finance, and the possible use of banking to create immeasurable influence and power. He discovered that issuing unbacked loans to borrowers gave them such confidence that it induced them to surrender even more of their wealth in the prospect of making greater wealth. He would then make money scarce by tightening the issuance of finance, forcing the borrowers to surrender their collateral. The cycle was repeated again and again, until the resultant bankruptcy forced corporations and even governments to agree to place their economic management under his control in order to maintain his financial support. He also discovered that lending to governments rather than individuals had far more potential for gaining power as well as profit. By allowing government debts to escalate without exacting repayment, his family banking dynasty was able to exert even more power and influence over national affairs.
The Expansion of the Rothschild Family Dynasty
Rothschild sired five sons to whom he passed on his knowledge of banking, and
the intricacies of financial management.
Through them he established branches of the ‘House of
It is worth presenting some pertinent points of Mayer Amschel Rothschild’s will, as they issued instructions on the future management of the Rothschild dynasty. All key positions in the House of Rothschild were to be held by male members of the family. The business was to be kept in the family, and marriage with first cousins was encouraged. Later this rule was relaxed and members intermarried with members of other prominent Jewish banking families.
was to be no outside examination or disclosure of family assets. Frederic Morton,
these basic guidelines, the Rothschild banking dynasty was outstandingly
successful. Although there was complete
secrecy in the control of their own family business, the Rothschilds developed
a highly efficient intelligence and courier network throughout
Gaining Control of
Mayer Amschel Rothschild financed his
son Nathan, and sent him to
the crushing defeat of Napoleon, the French government was desperately in need
of finance. By their astute manipulation
of the loan market, the Rothschilds eliminated their competitors and eventually
gained control of the French economy.
drawing governments into their debt the Rothschilds were able to manipulate
their economic policies, and soon all European governments fell under their
control. Eventually the Rothschilds had so much influence in
Other Dynasties Established by Rothschild Finance
It was Rothschild capital that enabled the establishment of the following financial empires -- Rockefellers (oil), Harriman (railroads), Carnegie (steel), Cecil Rhodes (South Africa mining), the J P Morgan, M Warburg, and Kuhn Loeb banking dynasties in Europe and America, and the building of the Suez Canal and European railroads. Later, the beneficiaries of Rothschild finance proved to be valuable agents in the House of Rothschild gaining control of American finance.
Even the Catholic Church was not immune. Researcher Eustace Mullins reports that the control of the extensive finances of the whole Catholic Church was placed under the management of the Rothschilds in 1823. Today Catholic finances are still interlocked with the Rothschilds, and other international banking enterprises.
Authority to Rule as Kings in Antichrist’s Kingdom
The Ten Kings Empowered by Antichrist
Before proceeding further in our brief history of banking, we should be reminded of the influence of Antichrist in the rise to power of the ten kings. The extraordinary power of the ten kings that enabled them to gain control over the institutions of the world was not entirely within themselves. They, and others associated with them, received a supernatural empowering from Satan, enabling them to rule as kings in union with Antichrist.
ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they
The ten kings have
been so obsessed by their lust for power that they have allowed themselves to come under the
control of Satan. They have been enticed
by him into the
One World Government Conspiracy
To most people a
one-world government conspiracy sounds fanciful, and it is easy to understand
their scepticism. How could the multi
self-interested economic and political forces operating in the ten kings be so
united and cooperative in their aim to bring about a single world
government? The ten kings have no
inherent cohesive power that binds them to one purpose, but there is a
spiritual force behind this conspiracy -- “they receive
It is by Antichrist’s
satanic power that he is able to subject worldly people to his will. By engendering fear through odious measures
such as monetary or sexual bribery, blackmail, threats of financial or
political ruin through public exposure, and threats of death to themselves or
members of their families, people in high positions of
Financial backing is essential for Antichrist to operate his corrupt practices, and underpinning all of his coercion is the power of money, extended and manipulated by the international bankers.
Quotations from Authoritative People
Many people holding high
Satanic Powers Controlling Authorities and Institutions
“The governments of the present day have to deal not merely with other governments, with emperors, kings and ministers, but also with the secret societies which have everywhere their unscrupulous agents, and can at the last moment upset all the governments’ plans.” British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, 1876.
“Some of the biggest men in the
“No one will enter
International Bankers’ Control of Governments
“The real menace of our republic is the
invisible government which, like a giant octopus, sprawls its slimy length over
our city, state and nation. At the head is a small group of banking houses,
generally referred to as 'international bankers.” John F. Hylan, mayor of
"Bankers own the earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create money and control credit, and with a flick of a pen they will create enough to buy it back." Sir Josiah Stamp, former President of the Bank of England.
"When the Federal Reserve Act was
passed, the people of these
"Those who create and issue money and credit direct the policies of
government and hold in the hollow of their hands the destiny of the people." Rt. Hon. Reginald McKenna, former Chancellor of
"The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centres has owned the government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson." -- from a letter to an associate dated November 21, 1933, by President Franklin Roosevelt.
“The money powers prey upon the nation in
times of peace and conspire against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than a monarchy, more
One World Government
“The invisible money power is working to
control and enslave mankind. It financed Communism, Fascism, Marxism, Zionism
and Socialism. All of these are directed to make the
“The drive of the Rockefellers and their allies is to create a one-world government combining super capitalism and Communism under the same tent, and all under their control. Do I mean conspiracy? Yes I do. I am convinced there is such a plot, international in scope, generations old in planning, and incredibly evil in intent.” Congressman Larry. P. McDonald, 1976, killed in the Korean Airlines 747 that was shot down by the Soviets.
“In the next
century, nations as we know it will be obsolete; all states will recognise a
“By the end of
this decade (2000 AD) we will live under the first One World Government that
has ever existed in the society of nations…a government with absolute
“We are at present working discretely with all
our might to wrest this mysterious force called sovereignty out of the clutches
of the local nation states of the world.” Professor Arnold Toynbee, in a speech before
the Institute for the Study of International Affairs in
To this point we have discovered that for Antichrist to establish the worldly component of his kingdom, there must be a corporative union of his satanic power with the power of money under the control of world bankers. Our focus has been on disclosing the banking dynasties that control the finances and governments of the world.
Before proceeding further with our study of the ten kings, or controllers of world finance, and their contribution to Antichrist’s quest to control the world, it is necessary to make a similar study of the satanic secret societies with which they have an allegiance.
THE ILLUMINATE, MASONRY, AND OTHER SECRET SOCIETIES
For centuries the Illuminate has nurtured many satanic secret societies that
have been engaged in a conspiracy to form a single world government.
Origin and Description
The word Illuminate means ‘the enlightened ones.’ The Illuminate is an ‘Order,’ or secret society that claims an elitist status, due to having been granted special intellectual light from Lucifer, or Satan. It follows that, in their minds, they are the only ones qualified to govern in a new World Order. They are the only ones capable of ushering in a reign of enlightenment, peace, and universal wellbeing.
people date the origin of the Illuminate to the order founded in
the altruistic nature of this statement, the true aim of the Illuminate Order
The Illuminate Orders
Bavarian Illuminate order Weish
The first level was called the Nursery, and encompassed the ascending degrees of “Preparation,” “Novice,” “Minerval,” and “Illuminate Minor.”
The second level was called the Masonry, encompassing ascending orders of “Illuminatus Major,” and “Illuminatus Dirgins” (or Scotch Knight).
The final level, entitled, Mysteries, was subdivided into “Lesser Mysteries,” (Presbyter and Regent), and “Greater Mysteries,” (Magus and Rex).
The first level inmates were instructed to carefully scrutinise all of their acquaintances, and to make and submit a detailed file of all of their individual traits. This created a vast data base for their superiors, showing them who they might influence and initiate into their order, and whether they could be controlled, used, bribed, or even eliminated if they posed a threat to the Order.
were encouraged by Weish
The second level, or “Masonry,” was instructed in the mysteries of ancient sects to evaluate their potential to accept advancement into satanic operations.
members of the Order were to gain close contact with people in
Members of the Order pledged blind obedience to their superiors, and only knew of the Order that which their immediate superiors would tell them. Part of their oath read, “I bind myself to perpetual silence and unshaken loyalty and submission to the Order, in the persons of my Superiors; here making a faithful and complete surrender of my private judgment, my own will, and every narrow minded employment of my power and influence.”
step of the progress of the initiates was monitored by Weish
Banned Illuminate Nurtured in Masonic Lodges
the scope of its subversive activities came to light, Weish
Washington wrote in 1798, “It is not my
intention to doubt that the doctrine of the Illuminate and the principles of
the Jacobinism had not spread in the
1798 Revelation by John Robison
early as 1798 John Robison, a former Scottish mason, and professor of natural
history, published an extensive volume called, “Proofs of a Conspiracy against all the Religions and Governments of
Illuminate Agenda Revealed by Albert Pike
the latter half of the Nineteenth Century, it became obvious to the Illuminate
that to facilitate their plan of world domination, they would have to initiate
a series of world wars to fracture, disperse, and eliminate existing world
governments. The blueprint of this
operation was outlined in a letter written in 1871, by Albert Pike, the
Sovereign Grand Commander of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of
Freemasonry and the top Illuminist in
"The First World War must be brought
about in order to permit the Illuminate to overthrow the power of the Czars in
Russia and of making that country a fortress of atheistic Communism. The
"The Second World War must be fomented
by taking advantage of the differences between the Fascists and the political
Zionists. This war must be brought about so that Nazism is destroyed and that
the political Zionism be strong enough to institute a sovereign state of
"The Third World War must be fomented
by taking advantage of the differences c
In this further directive from Albert Pike to the ‘Supreme Councils of the Illuminate,’ he reveals Illuminate ties to both Masonry, and the direct worship of Satan.
“To you, Sovereign Instructors of Grade 33, we tell you: you have to repeat to the brothers of inferior grades that we worship only one God to whom we pray without superstition. It is we, Initiated in the Supreme Grade, that are to keep the real Masonic religion preserving pure the Lucifer doctrine." -- Albert Pike, to 23 Supreme Councils of the Illuminate -- 4 June 1889.
The effectiveness and success of Pike’s plan, formulated in 1871, can be viewed in the light of history. It must be understood that the plans of the Illuminate were longsighted, and its adherents realised that their fruition would be very unlikely to be fulfilled in their own lifetime, or in their present century.
The international bankers were in harmony with the Illuminate plan, having the same goal of world domination. They saw in it the avenue to amass vast fortunes through its operation, and the prospect of having a controlling role in the one world government.
International Bankers Involvement in the Illuminate and Masonry
we return to the original reading regarding the “ten kings,” now recognised as
the controllers of world finance, we see the obvious
ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but
the worldly and spiritual elements are necessary to accomplish the fulfilment
of Antichrist’s kingdom. The
international bankers’ quest for world power is only completely fulfilled as
they receive power and
Mayer Amschel Rothschild’s Association with the Illuminate
from historical investigators show that the international bankers and their
accomplices were heavily involved in the Illuminate, the higher degrees of
Masonry, and the many surrounding occultist societies. Mayer Amschel Rothschild’s association with
the Illuminate began in the Illuminate controlled Oppenheimer Bank, where he
commenced his banking apprenticeship. The extent to which Mayer embraced the
Illuminate philosophy was revealed by William Guy Carr, in his book, “Pawns in the Game.” He records that in 1773, Mayer Amschel
Rothschild, when only thirty years old, invited twelve other wealthy and
influential men to meet him at
Rothschild listed a series of maxims, which if followed, would achieve their final objective. The list below is from “Secrets of the Federal Reserve” by Eustace Mullins.
“He argued that LAW was FORCE only in disguise. He reasoned it was logical to conclude ‘By the laws of nature right lies in force.’”
“Political freedom is an idea, not a fact. In order to usurp political power all that was necessary was to preach ‘Liberalism’ so that the electorate, for the sake of an idea, would yield some of their power and prerogatives which the plotters could then gather into their own hands.”
“The Power of Gold had usurped the power of Liberal rulers... He pointed out that it was immaterial to the success of his plan… the victor had to of necessity ask the aid of ‘Capital’ which ‘Is entirely in our hands’.”
“He argued that the use of any and all means to reach their final goal was justified…”
“He asserted that ‘Our right lies in force. The word RIGHT is an abstract thought and proves nothing. I find a new RIGHT...to attack by the Right of the Strong…”
“The power of our resources must remain invisible until the very moment when it has gained such strength that no cunning or force can undermine it.”
“They had the right to seize property by any means, and without hesitation, if by doing so they secured submission and sovereignty.”
“Wars should be directed so that the nations engaged on both sides should be further in our debt.”
“Candidates for public office should be servile and obedient to our commands, so that they may readily be used.”
“Propaganda -- their combined wealth would control all outlets of public information.”
“Panics and financial depressions would ultimately result in World Government, a new order of one world government."
contents of this agenda show that Mayer Amschel Rothschild had already embraced
the Illuminate ideology well before he called Weish
The Rothschild Family Involvement with the Illuminate
House of Rothschild not only provided financial backing for the many
Illuminate/Masonic operations throughout the world, they themselves were active
participants. For instance, in
The Masonic reference book “10,000 Famous Freemasons,” Vol. 4,
p.74, indicates that James Meyer Rothschild was a 33 degree Scottish Rite Mason
The Rothschilds are also prominent in the Illuminate organisations, like the Bilderbergers and the Council on Foreign Relations. Lord Rothschild was one of the original members of Rhode’s Round Table group which was a forerunner of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Illuminate Involvement in Wars, Revolutions, and Assassinations
Sir Walter Scott, in the second volume of his “Life of Napoleon,” states that the French Revolution was planned by the Illuminate, and financed by European bankers.
The American Civil War was fuelled by the Rothschild Illuminate agents from amongst “Skull and Bones” patriarchs, who became leaders of the various secessionist movements in the Southern States. The Rothschild Banking house financed both the North and the South during the war.
Schiff, protégé of the Rothschilds and part owner of Kuhn Loeb Bank, was
charged by the Illuminate to organise and finance Leon Trotsky to conduct the
Bolshevik revolution in
The Rothschilds supported the
Illuminate controlled Zionist movement, which aimed to bring about the
F Kennedy also tried to introduce debt free currency, and signed Executive
Order 11110 on June 4th 1963 to strip the Federal Reserve Bank of
its power to loan money to the
was through their involvement in the network of Illuminate membership that the
financial enterprises of the House of Rothschild flourished, and their banking
empire became firmly entrenched in Europe and later in
Illuminate still operates in the highest degrees of Masonry, and in other
secret organisations like the “Skull
and Bones” and “Scroll and Key,” orders in the
THE INTERNATIONAL BANKERS’
Having gained financial
A Climate CONDUCIVE TO industrial Growth
Effect of the Civil War
gained control of
In the decades after the Civil War there was a pressing need for new industry to create the necessary railways, communications, and other infrastructure for a rapidly growing nation. Commodities like oil and steel were required for engineering and building construction. American industry was experiencing a surge of growth, but the primary concern was for the financing of the many projects. At that time most American banking was uncontrolled, with numerous unsupported and uninsured ‘wildcat’ banks that frequently went bankrupt. Two trial National Banks had been formed to control the banking system and regulate the supply of money. Though they were partly successful in regulating banking, when their tenures expired their charters were not renewed.
The Rothschilds Establish the J.P. Morgan Company as
a Base in
Americans realise that at the turn of the Twentieth Century, the
In 1835 American merchant banker George
Peabody decided to set up a
Junius Morgan died, the firm was taken over by his son John Pierpont Morgan,
who took on a partner, Anthony Drexel of
the surface, the operation of the J.P. Morgan Company was American based and
controlled, but in truth it was directed by the House of Rothschild through the
Further Expansion of the Rothschild Interests
influence on American finance expanded when they sent Jacob Schiff to
way had been paved for the Rothschilds to take control of American finance
behind the scenes. The requirement for
so much finance for the burgeoning American industry meant that it had to come
from European bankers, and essentially this meant the House of Rothschild and
their German representatives, M.M.Warburg Company of
THE FINAL TAKEOVER OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY
was in this time of expansive economic growth that the Rothschild controlled
international bankers put into play a devious but ingenious plan to bring the
American banking system under their control without the nation realizing it.
The international bankers aimed to usurp the financial control of
needed to create an atmosphere of uncertainty and fear about the security of
the nation’s control of its financial institutions, so that there would be a
demand for a National Reserve Bank, or Central Bank, to regulate the banking industry.
They enlisted the help of J.P. Morgan, who used the time honoured tactic of
inflation followed by deflation to initiate the financial panic of 1907, which c
They needed a politician to sway Congress into voting for the establishment of a Federal Reserve Bank, and then steer the necessary legislation through both houses. They had Congressman Nelson Aldridge, Republican whip in the Senate, Chairman of the National Monetary Commission, business associate of J.P.Morgan, and father-in-law of John D. Rockefeller Jnr.
They needed a
banking expert to devise a banking system that had the outward appearance of
being a government owned and controlled Reserve Bank, whilst in fact being
owned and controlled by the International Bankers. Having carefully prepared they sent P
The International Bankers were now ready to set in motion a series of dovetailing acts that would climax with the enacting of the Reserve Banking Act of 1913
response to the 1907 Knickerbocker collapse and the resultant financial panic,
Congress passed the Aldrich Vreeland Act of 1908, creating the National Monetary Commission, a study group
given the task of examining the banking practices of European countries. Senator Aldridge was its chairman, and P
outcome of the Knickerbocker collapse and the National Monetary Commission
enquiry was predetermined from the outset by the International Bankers, and the
response of the government was diabolically steered towards the adoption of a
plan already secretly devised by bankers’ representatives at
1910, representatives of the world’s most powerful banking firms, (the J.P.
Morgan dynasty, the Rockefeller dynasty, Kuhn Loeb & Company, the
Rothschilds from Europe, and M.M.Warburg from Germany and the Netherlands), met
with the utmost secrecy at Jekyll Island, a resort off the coast of
Florida. They were Senator Nelson
Aldridge (Chairman), P
reserve banking plan devised by P
to members of Congress, the banking system of the Reserve Banking Act was virtually
identical to that devised at
The Nature of the American Reserve Banking System
Most Americans think
that the Reserve Banking System is an American Reserve Bank, set up, owned, and
controlled by the American Government, with the purpose of regulating and
controlling American banking, and other financial institutions. However, the Federal Reserve Banking
System has in effect created a privately owned central bank, controlled by a
small group of international bankers.
Being privately owned
its stock is not publicly traded, its records are kept secret, and its finances
Congressman Louis Mc Fadden described its true nature in his speech to Congress, “Mr. Chairman, we have in this country one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Reserve Banks.”
think the Federal Reserve Banks are
12 private credit monopolies were deceitfully and disloyally foisted upon this
country by bankers who came here from
“Every effort has been made by the Federal
Reserve Board to conceal its power. But
the truth is, the Federal Reserve Board has usurped the government of the
After realising the true nature of the Federal Reserve, President Wilson wrote, “A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is privately concentrated. The growth of our nation, and therefore all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled and one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilised world. No longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.” From “The New Freedom,” by Woodrow Wilson
The Composition of the American Reserve Banking System
The composition and structure of the
American Reserve Banking System devised at
The American Federal Reserve Banking System is structured with twelve privately owned Central
Banks strategically situated in major cities throughout
The American Reserve Banking System, as a whole, has a general board called The American Federal Reserve Banking Board, which oversees the working of the whole System. The Board consists of seven members. They and their Chairman are elected by the President and endorsed by the Senate. In almost all cases these members are from banking institutions, and are selected through the adoption of recommendations to the President by the Bankers. Below is a summary of the duties of The American Federal Reserve Banking Board.
The General Board has many duties concerned with
governing the national economy, and as a result conducts the whole direction of
American governmental policy. It is responsible for formulating the fiscal
policy of the Reserve System, which in effect becomes the fiscal policy of
It directs the
operation of the Federal Reserve Bank of
It creates paper currency and distributes it to financial institutions.
It has broad regulatory powers over the money supply and the credit structure, controlling the daily supply and price of money, fixing interest rates, and protecting the value of the dollar by fixing its price daily to regulate foreign exchange rates.
Through its open market operations it buys and sells government securities, like saving bonds, in order to expand or contract the amount of money in the banking system.
It regulates requirements for “fractional-reserve banking,” or the practice of banks retaining only a fraction of their deposits to satisfy withdrawals, and lending the remainder to gain income from interest.
It adjusts the federal funds rate – the rate at which banks borrow reserves from each other.
The Federal Reserve Banking Board has an
operational arm called the “Federal Open Market Committee,” which is the working hub of the Board. The twelve man Committee is made up of the 7
members on the Reserve Banking Board, plus 5 from the regional Reserve Bank
Boards. The Federal Open Market
Committee is charged with the responsibility of overseeing the marketing
operations of the
The American Federal Reserve Banking Board and the
Federal Open Market Committee are in essence administrative bodies, and
need a banking establishment to apply their operations. The New
York Reserve Bank, one of the twelve regional banks, was chosen to be the
operational bank of the American Reserve Banking System bec
Who are the Owners of the Federal Reserve?
This has been a closely guarded secret,
but we are indebted to the exh
“The Federal Reserve
“The shareholders of these banks which own the
stock of the Federal Reserve Bank of
The private ownership of the Federal Reserve System has been verified by the American Judicial System. In the case, Lewis v United States, 680 F,2d 1239 (1982), the Court of Appeals, Poole, Circuit Judge, “held that federal reserve banks are not federal instrumentalities for the purposes of the Act, but are independent privately owned and locally controlled corporations.”
stock of the Federal Reserve System Banks is not publicly traded, so the
banking houses that bought the original shares still have ultimate control of
the Federal Banking System. After intensive investigation, researchers have
concluded that even though the
Federal Reserve System is American centered, it is still being controlled from
How Does the Federal Reserve Create its Vast Capital?
1. By Printing its Own Money and Investing it
The Reserve Banking Act of 1913 permitted the Federal Reserve System to print its own money, thereby giving it an unlimited supply of free capital for investment. The Reserve Banking Act has never been repealed.
The privately owned Federal Reserve System
uses the facilities of the Treasury Department to print its own money at the cost
of ink and paper. This ‘paper money’ is
then used to buy up government and institutional debts, which then must be paid
back by the government with accrued interest.
Billions of dollars from interest are distributed to its stockholders
annually. The resultant
Before the inception of the Federal
Reserve System America was debt free, and there was no personal income tax. Foreseeing the need for the government to
raise finance to cover government debt, Senator Aldridge introduced an
amendment to the Constitution that paved the way for the introduction of
Personal Income Tax. Bec
The largest source of revenue of the Federal Reserve is the interest accrued by its holdings of U.S. Government securities. The privately owned Federal Reserve purchases interest bearing U.S. Treasury Bonds, using their own cost-free Federal Reserve notes. These bonds are fully redeemable by the Fed at their purchased value plus interest.
This legalized corruption sounds too
incredible to be true, but it is verified in a ‘House Banking and Currency
Committee’ report in 1964, pp. 9. It
states, “The privately owned Reserve
Banks create Federal Reserve Notes out of thin air to buy government bonds from
the Unites States Treasury, and lending into circulation at interest, and by
bookkeeping entries of checkbook credit to the
continual opposition and exposures and almost yearly attempts to repeal the
1913 Banking Act, the control of the banking dynasties is still intact. This is bec
3. Manipulating the Economy
The American Reserve Banking System created by the Bankers, controls interest rates and the amount of money circulating in the economy. Congressional records show that the Fed bankers routinely hold meetings to gain profit by manipulating the stock market via interest rates, and the amount of money they create. Controlling the money supply has enabled it to create cycles of inflation and contraction, first inciting investment, and then reaping the rewards of depression and bankruptcy.
Huge profits were made from the 1920 Agricultural Depression, where farmers were encouraged to take out long term loans, and then when there was a sudden contraction of credit and increase of interest rates, thousands of farmers were bankrupted and their farms confiscated.
The Great Depression
The Great Depression of 1930 was preceded
by open credit and increased loans, followed by credit restriction with the
call rate 20%, forcing over 11,000 banks to be closed, and tens of thousands of
properties to be seized. The House Hearings on Stabilization of the
Purchasing Power of the Dollar, proved conclusively that in 1928 the Federal
Reserve Board worked in close cooperation with the heads of European central
banks. There is evidence that the Depression of 1929-31 was planned at a secret
luncheon of the Federal Reserve Board and the heads of European central banks
in 1927. Eustace Mullins,
“The revelation of the Federal Reserve Board’s final decision to trigger the Crash of 1929 appears, amazingly enough, in The New York Times. On April 20, 1929, the Times headlined, "Federal Advisory Council Mystery.”
Only the innermost council of "The
Both J.P. Morgan and Kuhn, Loeb Co. had "preferred lists" of men to whom they sent advance announcements of profitable stocks. The men on these preferred lists were fellow bankers, prominent industrialists, powerful city politicians, national Committeemen of the Republican and Democratic Parties, and rulers of foreign countries. The men on these lists were notified of the coming crash, and sold all but so-called gilt-edged stocks, General Motors, Dupont, etc. The prices on these stocks also sank to record lows, but they came up soon afterwards.
Predictably enough, all of the big bankers
rode through the depression "with flying colours." The people who
suffered were the workers and farmers who had invested their money in get-rich
stocks, after the President of the
The Rewards of Gaining Control of American Finance
GLOBAL INSTITUTIONS CREATED BY ANTICHRIST TO PREPARE
THE WAY FOR A SINGLE WORLD GOVERNMENT
Using the Illuminate and ten kings as his agents, Antichrist has created a number of global
institutions that have the common aim of promoting and creating a single world government.
In 1933 there was a 700 page book called “Occult Theocrasy” published, written by Edith Starr Miller. It is a very well researched study of the occultist secret societies like Masonry and the Illuminate, that have operated during the last centuries with the aim of undermining and controlling all branches of society. She wrote, "In offering this book to the public, I have endeavored to expose some of the means and methods used by a secret world, one might almost say an underworld, to penetrate, dominate and destroy not only the so-called upper classes, but also the better portion of all classes."
The quotation below from the introduction of Edith Starr Miller’s “Occult Theocrasy,” summarises the elements necessary to bring about a single world government -- namely a concentration of occultist power, the need of money, and influential intrusion into all phases of international life.
“All secret societies, whether political, philanthropic or occult in appearance, serve a political purpose unknown to the majority of their members.
The power wielded by such societies is real and its character is international.
Regardless of their exoteric [acceptable to general public] objects, the esoteric [understandable only by an enlightened inner circle] aims of most societies are all directed towards the same end -- namely the concentration of political, economic, and intellectual power into the hands of a small group of individuals, each of whom controls a branch of the International life, material and spiritual, of the world today.
The main branches thus controlled are:
The International Banking Groups and their subsidiaries.
International, industrial, and commercial control groups with their interlocking directorates.
Education, Art, Literature, Science, and Religion as vehicles of intellectual and moral perversion.
The Groups already organized throughout different countries for the study of International affairs political, financial, and economic.
The International Press, the medium used to mould public opinion.
The Political party organizations of each nation, whether conservative, liberal, radical, socialist, etc. existing in every country with parliamentary administration.
Internationally organized corruption, the white-slave traffic, vice and drug-rings, etc.
Any one of the branches above enumerated has innumerable ramifications and the control of even the least of them cannot be obtained without money. Money therefore becomes one of the most powerful levers in the hands of men who form the controlling groups. Thus does research in the realm of Finance become indispensable to the students bent upon tracing the real power behind universal control. This power, they will find, is wholly in the hands of the international Jewish financiers.
Glancing at the body frame of all political organizations, do we not perceive that MONEY is its main. If spiritual control is anti-Christian, Gnostic and occult, it must be subversive of Christianity and Religion. If it directs vice rings of all kinds, it must aim at the destruction of the moral, intellectual and physical strength of the human race.
If, in conclusion, Finance is power and as such is concentrated in one point, it is the arbiter of War and Peace, Life and Death, Welfare and Wretchedness, Prosperity and Ruin. Everything and, it is sad to say, almost everybody, has a price and can be bought though not always with money. Men who today wield financial power have long since based their system of purchase on this axiom.” -- Edith Starr Miller -- “Occult Theocracy.”
Although Edith Starr Miller’s book was published in 1933, the introduction quoted above provides us with a remarkable preview of the diverse international groups that have been established, their common goal of a single world government, their common need of financial backing, and the defiling power of money. This chapter provides a more detailed account of some such global groups, and their link to the Illuminate and the ten kings.
GROUPS ASSOCIATED WITH INTERNATIONAL BANKING
Edith Starr Miller sets out the general aim of all satanically controlled groups as “the concentration of political, economic, and intellectual power into the hands of a small group of individuals, each of whom controls a branch of the International life, material and spiritual, of the world today. She states that one of the areas that secret organisations seek to control is, “International, industrial, and commercial control groups with their interlocking directorates.” The following are some of the international organisations that they have created to extend their control over the economy and governance of the world.
The Bank for International Settlements
The concept of a central or reserve bank has been so widely accepted that now there are about 170 central banks throughout the world. Some are national (with or without government control), and some private. Whether private or national, central banks are indirectly controlled by the International Bankers. The United States Federal Reserve System Board is not the sole arbitrator of world finance. There is another international controlling body that has been set up by the International Bankers to direct and control all of the world’s central banks. It is called the Bank for International Settlements. It is self proclaimed as “the central bank for central bankers.”
to the heavy reparation burden placed on
Dawes Plan was submitted to the proposed list of central banks, and
representatives of the Governments of Germany,
influence of the Illuminate and International Bankers on the formation of The
Bank for International Settlements can be seen in the charter it was granted.
These are some of the elements that gave it undisputed
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) offices, employees, directors, and members, have immunity from virtually all regulation, scrutiny, and accountability.
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) is privately owned and operated by the central banks themselves.
It operates in
complete secrecy and it is unassailable.
Movement of money is obscured or hidden when routed through the
BIS. It was used by American banking
cartels to channel aid to
It has freedom from immigration restrictions.
It has freedom from legal jurisdiction.
The ownership of
the BIS is also enlightening. The BIS was formed with funding by the central
banks of six nations --
Once again the all
powerful influence of the international bankers controlling the American
economy is demonstrated. Whereas each
one of the central banks of the nations that subscribed received 16,000 shares,
The Board of
Directors meets at BIS headquarters in
Financial Power Directed Towards Global Control
The Bank for International Settlement’s involvement in the onward march towards global domination through control of the world’s economy is well stated by noted historian Professor Carroll Quigley.
"The Power of
financial capitalism had a far reaching plan, nothing less than to create a
world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the
political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This
system was to be controlled in a feudalistic fashion by the central banks of
the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent
meetings and conferences. The apex of the system was to be the Bank for
International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and
controlled by the world's central banks, which were themselves private
corporations. Each central bank sought… to dominate its government by its
ability to control treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to
influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence
co-operative politicians by subsequent rewards in the business world." -- Carroll Quigley,
The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund
In 1946, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (also known as the World Bank), and the International Monetary Fund, were implemented by the United Nations to provide loans for post-war reconstruction. Basically, the International Monetary Fund supplies short term loans, and the World Bank longer loans for the development of infrastructure in third world nations.
Later other agencies were added to the World Bank to further its financing capacity. They were the ‘International Development Association,’ (providing conditionality loans to impoverished nations), the ‘International Finance Corporation,’ (a lending facility to the private sector), and the ‘Multilateral Insurance Guarantee Agency.’ The overall structure is known as the ‘World Bank Group.’
World Bank is owned by its member governments which subscribe to its basic
share capital. Subscribers receive controlling votes according to the value of
their share holding. In 2004,
retaining a portion for operational costs, the World Bank distributes the
remainder of its profits to its share holders.
The World Bank also obtains finance by issuing bonds (essentially IOUs
backed by member governments), for purchase by development bankers and
investors through international money markets.
Although it was formed to provide aid to impoverished countries, the
World Bank has moved towards financing middle income developing countries, and
investing in the private sector, as in mining, transport, energy, and banking
enterprises. It also promotes and
brokers loans to undeveloped countries to enable them to engage the services of
large engineering consortiums like Bechtel and
The World Bank and International Monetary Fund were implemented as altruistic organisations to relieve poverty and provide much needed facilities like water and electricity to poorer countries. However their financial aid is often conditional to accepting ‘structural adjustment programs,’ or debt reduction measures like privatisation, trade liberalisation, deregulation, cuts in social services, and lowering wages. Such conditions have lowered the standard of living, and increased the level of poverty of already impoverished nations. Since the 1980s, the structural adjustment programs have helped create an outflow of wealth and natural resources from the developing world to the industrialized countries of the North.
World Bank Conditionality Loans -- A Case Study
With its economy in a state of duress, the
Bolivian government turned to the World Bank for support. For the next 20 years successive governments
were forced to comply with the World Bank’s provisions in order to qualify for
The successful bidder for the tender was Aguas de Tunaria, a consortium led by International Water Limited (England), the utility Edison (Italy), Bechtel Enterprise Holdings (USA), Abengoa (Spain), and two Bolivian companies, ICE Ingenieros, and cement maker SOBOCE.
The Bolivian Government signed a 40 year
$2.5 billion contract with Aguas de
Tunaria, agreeing to pay a minimum 15% annual return on its investment,
annually adjusted to the
Demonstrations erupted in which a general
strike shut down the city of
Criticism of World Bank and IMF by “Global Exchange”
This criticism of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was made by ‘Global Exchange,’’ an organisation promoting world-wide human rights, and social, economic, and environmental justice.
“For more than 50 years, the IMF and the World Bank have advanced a form of economic "development" that prioritizes the concerns of wealthy lenders and multinational corporations in the industrialized north while neglecting the needs of the world's poor majority. The institutions work as a kind of international loan shark, exerting enormous influence over the economies of more than 60 countries. In order to get loans, international assistance, and debt relief, countries must agree to conditions set by the Bank and Fund. Under the guise of promoting "free trade," market liberalization, and financial stability, these two institutions have forced cuts in health care, education and other social services for millions of people across the planet, thereby deepening poverty and increasing inequality. By elevating concerns about macroeconomic financial stability above all other competing values, the institutions have created a human rights catastrophe.
In dozens of countries around the world, the IMF and the World Bank have violated that "right to social security." The institutions have forced debtor countries to cut social spending on health, education, and other public services. They have pressured poor nations to charge their own citizens for the use of public schools and public hospitals. And they have demanded that countries keep their wage levels low, a policy which harms ordinary citizens but benefits multinational corporations.”
Despite propaganda extolling the virtues of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, statistics show that their relief measures have not reduced poverty or addressed inequality of assets, and that countries have been driven deeper into national debt. Through their control of banking and industry, the international banking dynasties have exerted a major influence on management of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, directing decisions towards promoting their own business and investment opportunities.
OTHER GLOBAL ORGANIZATIONS
Edith Starr Miller lists “International, industrial, and commercial control groups with their interlocking directorates,” as another area to be used by the Illuminate to promote their aim of global control.
Illuminate’s instruction for its members to associate with persons in key
As the banking institutions and industrial consortiums became global, it became apparent that their interests needed further protection from international competition and government interference. They arrived at a consensus that global meetings and alliances were needed to minimise competition, and to coordinate strategies to establish a new world order with a single world government under their control.
groups took on an international status after a series of meetings of about
fifty of the world’s most powerful and influential people. According to Gary Allen in the October 1972
issue of "AMERICAN OPINION,"
participants included ".such
potentates of international banking as J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, P
These meetings resolved to form an "
The Council on Foreign Relations
Council on Foreign Relations was formed in
the Franklin Delano Roosevelt years, the Council on Foreign Relations captured
the political life of the
Chester Ward, a member of the CFR for over a decade, became one of its harshest
critics, revealing its inner workings in his book, "
David Rockefeller stated on 9th September 1994: "This present window
of opportunity, during which a truly peaceful and interdependent world order
might be built, will not be open for too long - We are on the verge of a global
transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will
Since 1934 almost every United States Secretary of State, all Secretaries of War or Defence, and nearly all presidential candidates have been CFR members. The CIA has been under CFR control almost continuously since its creation.
Council on Foreign Relations has no formal affiliation with the American
government, but bec
The Bilderberg Group
Bilderberg Group was formed in 1954 from the world’s elite banking, corporate, political, and academic
leaders. Their aim was to globalise the
enterprises of corporate
The Trilateral Commission
Trilateral Commission was founded by
David Rockefeller and Zbigniew Brzezinski in 1973. It was founded with the
intention of creating a "New International Economic Order" amongst
its members, which included North America, Europe and
focus of these groups was supposedly directed towards discussion of world
affairs for the good of mankind, but bec
The United Nations
In reality the United Nations was a creation of the Council on Foreign Relations, which has a long term plan to eventually control it and use it as the basis for a one world government. Since its inception the Council on Foreign Relations has worked towards each nation surrendering its national sovereignty to the control of the United Nations, which would eventually become a world governing body under CFR control.
American delegation to the
The World Council of Churches
The Changing Charter of the World Council of Churches
The World Council of Churches (WCC) was formed in 1948 with 147 churches from Protestant and Orthodox backgrounds. Originally it had the ecumenical goal of bringing all churches into a visible unity in one faith. Now it has over 300 members with a far wider range of ideologies. Its original aim has been expanded to entering into dialogue with such diverse groups as Roman Catholics, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Communists, Jews, Humanists, and Traditional African Religions. The original goal of Christian unity has been superseded by the goal of the unity of all religions, and eventually “the unity of all mankind.”
In the Assembly in
Witnessing Replaced by Dialogue
Considering the World Council of Churches’ change of objective from the unity of religions to the unity of all mankind, it is not surprising that witnessing has been replaced by dialogue. The WCC policy on dialogue states in part, "opportunities and occasions for dialogue cannot and must not be confined to men of religious faiths but also must involve men of secular ideologies." According to their own definition, dialogue is, "…an opening of the mind and heart to others. It is an undertaking which requires RISK as well as a deep sense of vocation…this opening, this risk, this vocation, this sensitivity are at the heart of the ecumenical movement and in the deepest currents of the life of the churches." Although the WCC endeavours to hold together divergent political and religious groups within its membership by continuing dialogue, unfortunately when pronouncements are made it is often the voice of radicalism that is promoted.
Opening the Mind to Spiritual Apostasies
Chung Hyung Kyung, a theologian
During a panel discussion on Jesus, Delores Williams of Union Theological Seminary, said, "I don't' think we need a theory of atonement at all. I think Jesus came for life and to show us something about life. I don't think we need folks hanging on crosses and blood dripping and weird stuff ... we just need to listen to the God within."
Christianity should not be compromised,
or listed on the same plane as other religions. The Scriptures clearly state
that Jesus Christ, and He alone, is the
“And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved.'” [Acts 2:21]. And, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." [Acts 4:12].
During the conference, about 100 "lesbian, bi-sexual, and transsexual women" gathered on the platform and were given a standing ovation by many in the crowd. They were "celebrating the miracle of being lesbian, out, and Christian."
In a seminar on 'Re-imagining Sexuality-Family,' lesbian theologian Mary Hunt said, `Imagine sex among friends as the norm. ... Imagine valuing sexual interaction in terms of whether and how it fosters friendship and pleasure. ... Pleasure is our birthright of which we have been robbed in religious patriarchy." (AFA Journal, Feb. 1994).
Some of the activities of the World Council of Churches take our minds back to Edith Starr Miller’s prediction of the formation of global groups in “Education, Art, Literature, Science, and Religion as vehicles of intellectual and moral perversion”
Failure to Accept the Bible as the Word of God
readiness of the WCC to promote ecumenism at the expense of departure from true
Christian doctrine can be attributed to its failure to accept the bible as the
The World Council of Churches has no Christian validity in that it was initiated by the mind of man and not the Spirit of God. Consequently the ecumenism it has fostered has led to its affinity with other Illuminate groups advocating a one world government. In its effort to accommodate pagan spirituality and practice whilst fostering inter-faith ecumenism, it has opened the door to promotion of gross liberality and atrocious apostasy.
The pursuance of a one world government was instigated by Antichrist, using secret societies like the Illuminate and Masonry, and the international organisations he has instigated, with the underpinning power and control of the ten kings, or International Bankers. His intention is to destroy all religions and worldly governments, and replace them with a single world government, over which he presides, using the human agencies he has brought under his control.
From a worldly viewpoint the end result appears irreversible, and so it would be without divine intervention. With the assistance of the satanically controlled ten kings Antichrist has already gained a covert control of the governments of the world. Already they are orchestrating the right climate for an outright takeover of all institutions of the world and the property of its inhabitants. Fortunately we are assured that there will be divine intervention, Revelation proclaiming that the Lord will bring about the utter defeat of Antichrist, and cast down his kingdom forever.
ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but
THE LORD AND HIS CALLED CHOSEN AND FAITHFUL
Without divine intervention Antichrist’s triumph would be inevitable, but we are assured
by the Scriptures that “the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords
and King of kings,” and “those with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”
“These [Antichrist and the ten kings] will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful." [Rev 17:14].
The Key Bible Reading reveals two entities that are involved in the final overcoming of Antichrist’s kingdom. The first is the Lord Jesus Christ, referred to here as “the Lamb,” and “Lord of lords and King of kings.” The second is “those with Him who are called, chosen, and faithful.”
The All Conquering Lord and His Prepared Army
The judgment and overthrowing of Antichrist’s
worldly kingdom, or “
The outcome of the battle between Christ and
Antichrist is certain. We are told that Antichrist’s kingdom will be cast down
by the Lord in “one hour,” [or a
very short time], never to rise again. 'Alas, alas, that great city
The nineteenth chapter of Revelation figuratively describes the Lord going forth “conquering and to conquer.” Following Him is His army, which is referred to in the Key Bible Reading as the “called, chosen, and faithful.”
“Now I saw heaven opened [to show what the Lord is doing], and behold, a white horse [an emblem of triumph]. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven clothed in fine linen, white and clean followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword [the truth], that with it He should strike the nations.” [Rev 19:11-15].
The supreme commander of the army is the Lord Jesus Christ, “Lord of lords and King of kings,” and “Head over all things to the Church.”[Eph 1:22]. In this figurative description, His armies, previously named as the “called, chosen, and faithful,” are described in this reading as “the armies in heaven”…clothed in fine linen, white and clean.”
this reading “heaven” is a spiritual state rather than a physical
on His throne means that they have been granted the
overcomers are those who have learned to appropriate Christ’s victory over
Satan, the world, and the flesh, through their union with Jesus, and by
learning to exercise their
Being clothed in “fine linen, white and clean” indicates that those accompanying the Lord have a righteousness beyond that of the accredited righteousness we all have by the virtue of the blood of Jesus. In Revelation 19, those who have been prepared by God’s refining hand to be Christ’s bride, are “granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” [Rev 19:7-8]. Their inherent righteousness is evidenced in their righteous acts, which are devoid of the intrusion of the flesh.
The overcomers are as completely dependant on the Lord as He was on the Father. On earth, Jesus made it clear that it was not He who did the works, but the Father who dwelt in Him. God initiated every work of the Lord, and gave Him the words He used in His ministry.
you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I
speak to you I do not speak on My own
Jesus clearly stated that without Him we can accomplish nothing. “He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” [John 15:5-6]. It is in obedience to this relationship of dependence on the Lord that His army follows Him, and is used by Him to accomplish His purposes
The Sword of the Spirit
In describing the all conquering Jesus, the reading from Rev19 says, “now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword [Scriptural truth], that with it He should strike [slay, or bring to nothing] the nations.” In Revelation, ‘the nations’ is a term consistently used to describe those outside the Church who oppose Christ. The sword that goes out of the mouth of the Lord is the Word, or Scriptural truth, as in this reading from Ephesians. “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” [Eph 6:17-18]. It is Christ’s chief weapon in exposing and defeating the lies and deceptions used by Satan and Antichrist to hold people in bondage.
Although the reading says that the sword goes out of the mouth of the Lord, it is signifying that it originates from Him. In reality, He presents His word by the Spirit to His end-time prophets and teachers, and when they testify in His name to the scriptural word, the Holy Spirit upholds their testimony with His power. Consequently the sword of Scriptural truth is all powerful in overcoming Antichrist and his working.
The Called, Chosen, and Faithful
“…the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.” [Rev 17:14].
In the midst of the calamitous ruin and desolation on the earth, where desperation and uncertainty reign, it will be the task of the “called, chosen, and faithful,” to reveal the truth that unveils the working of Antichrist in the church and the world. Their ministry, which is already in evidence, will be directed towards achieving the following objectives.
To reveal the difference between the true Church and Antichrist’s apostate counterfeit church, so that people might obey God’s instruction to “come out of her.”
To reveal the nature of the mark, the name, and the number of the beast, so that Antichrist’s hold over mankind will be broken. This is to turn people’s hearts away from reliance on self and the world for their provision and security, and learn to trust God to provide for all their needs. Instead of a time of total calamity, this will be a time when people in need will repent and turn to the Lord for help. As a result, Antichrist’s stranglehold over mankind will be broken.
To unmask Antichrist’s activities in the world, where he is attempting to gain control over all the financial, political, social, and religious institutions.
To prepare people for the tribulation that the Scriptures prophesy is coming on the earth in the latter days.
To reveal the victory of the Lord and the glory of His restored Church.
They are Called
Those accompanying the all conquering Lord are described as “called, chosen, and faithful.” Amongst all Christians, only a refined remnant will be commissioned by the Lord to be involved in His final conflict with Antichrist and Satan. As Christians we are all enjoined to put off our ‘old man,’ or carnal fleshly nature, so that the Holy Spirit may refine us and change us into the likeness of the Lord. However the preparation of those in the Lord’s end-time army involves a much longer and deeper period of testing and refinement. Those being prepared have submitted to the degree of suffering needed to burn away every trace of carnal fleshly zeal and self works, so that the Lord can use them without unwitting hindrance.
The Call and Commissioning of Isaiah
The call and commissioning of Isaiah provides us with a model of the preparation and call of the “called, chosen, and faithful.” The reading commences with Isaiah’s vision of the Lord.
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said:
"Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!"
And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. [Isa 6:1-4].
Before a person can whole heartedly consign his carnal nature to the cross and submit to God’s refining work, he must first be shown how corrupt and self-centred it is, when compared with the holiness and purity of God. After seeing this vision of the Lord’s holiness and grandeur, Isaiah had an immediate twofold revelation. He had unclean lips, and as well, his fellow Israelites had unclean lips.
"Woe is me, for I am undone!
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King,
The LORD of hosts." [Isa 6:5].
In ‘Strongs,’ associated meanings for ‘unclean,’ are ‘defiled,’ polluted,’ and ‘impure.’ Our lips are the basic instruments the Lord uses to direct His ministry to others. What issues from our lips is a reflection of the inner state of our hearts. Before being called to such a ministry or commission from the Lord, we have to be shown the impurity of the utterances that proceed from a carnal mouth. It wasn’t that Isaiah was more corrupt than his fellows, but that all mankind, in their natural fleshly state are defiled, polluted, impure, and unclean.
James makes this assessment of the tongue: “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.” [James 3:6].
Before entering into a personal ministry of the Lord’s calling, we, like Isaiah, have to be shown the abomination of our carnal self centred natures, and in particular the true nature of our tongues, and our need for them to be bridled by the Lord. Isaiah’s immediate reaction to the revelation of his true self was one of self abasement and repentance.
The second part of Isaiah’s revelation was, “I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips.” If we are to minister to the end-time church, the Lord has to show us its true nature, so that we may know patience in presenting the truth that will lead to repentance. With such a revelation we may also understand that it is only truth that emanates from the Lord himself that will bear fruit.
Isaiah was Refined
“Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said:
‘Behold, this has touched your lips;
Your iniquity is taken away,
And your sin purged.’” [Isa 6:6].
Touching Isaiah’s mouth with a burning coal is a symbolic picture of refinement through suffering. Jesus said that our mouths are the organ that reflected our inner natures.
“For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.” [Matt 12:34-35].
In this light, the refinement of Isaiah’s mouth incorporated the refinement of his whole being. Such a refinement was necessary so that he would speak only the words of the Lord without the interference of carnal self. In Isaiah’s case this refining process appears to happen instantly, but in reality God’s refining work may take many years before a person can be trusted to present the true testimony of the Lord.
Isaiah was Called
After being prepared, Isaiah heard the Lord’s invitation or calling to be involved in His work, in his case as a prophet.
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:
"Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?" [Isa 6:8].
Similarly, those to be associated with the Lord in His end-time ministry should hear such a calling. They are not ordered, but called or invited by the Lord to take part in His ministry. The initiation of the ‘call’ is by the Lord, and it is directed into their spirits by the Holy Spirit. Hearing the Lord’s invitation, or calling, is a necessary part of being commissioned for a ministry. Any ministry initiated by zeal rather than a true calling is invalid. It is the Lord who chooses and prepares his servants, and allots true ministries to His Church.
Isaiah Accepted the Call
Then I said, "Here am I! Send me." [Isa 6:8].
Having heard the invitation, people must still accept it, and secondly, make a commitment to the commission with their whole hearts. Jesus said, “for many are called, but few chosen." [Matt 20:16]. The basis for being chosen is the steadfast reliability of the commitment each has made, and this is known by the Lord.
Before this stage a ‘called’ person should be aware of the warfare and suffering involved in accepting the commission. Counting the cost, they are prepared in their hearts to make a steadfast commitment. They have been made purified vessels that the Lord can use to fulfil His purposes. “But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honour and some for dishonour. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter [the fleshly nature], he will be a vessel for honour, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.” [2 Tim 2:20-22].
Those involved with the Lord in exposing and overthrowing Antichrist and the ten kings are also chosen. Not all who are called are chosen. Not all who have stepped on the path of refinement will remain to endure the full measure of suffering that is required for them to be forged into one of the chosen. Only God knows our hearts, and it is He who prepares and presents the chosen ones to the Lord. How do the ‘called’ know that they have been chosen? It is verified by the Holy Spirit. Those who are chosen are empowered by the Holy Spirit to fulfil their calling.
Characteristics of the
They should know
and have experienced the use of the
They should know the power of the blood of Jesus in negating any claim of Satan against them. They have been brought to realise the importance of the blood of Jesus in maintaining their righteousness in their relationship with the Lord.
They should be equipped with the knowledge of the blessings procured for all Christians by the cross of Jesus.
They should have continually experienced the manifestation of the life of Jesus in them in its power to accomplish all things, and to overcome all things. They should have learned to ‘feed’ on Him, or draw on His attributes, such as love, joy, peace, patience, faith, strength, and so forth, as part of their daily living.
purpose of God’s refining process is to bring the refined and chosen volunteers
to a state of complete trust in His name, and His faithfulness, to uphold them
in their ministries. Obedience has been formed in them so that the Lord can trust
them to carry out His will rather than their own. The final result is a love and devotion to
the Lord that is complete in its self-sacrificing commitment. Bec
Summarising their Ministry
With the completion of their preparation, the designated task of the refined remnant, or the called, chosen, and faithful, will be to present truth to people who have been captivated by Antichrist and left bewildered and disillusioned. By unmasking the working and deceptions of Antichrist, they pave the way for them to be released from his bondage.
They will attest to the magnitude of the power and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the inevitability of His casting down Antichrist and his kingdom. They will reinforce faith in His love, and trustworthiness in protecting and providing for the needs of His redeemed.
It is through their ministry that Antichrist will be defeated, and the glory of the Lord will be restored to His Church.
THE FALL OF
When God judges the inhabitants of the earth at the end of the age there will be a time of
tribulation with privation and desolation, culminating
in the fall of
THE DESTRUCTION OF THE HARLOT
Before describing the destruction of the harlot in the 17th chapter of Revelation, John reminds us of the scope of her influence. The foulness of her false doctrine and blasphemes have polluted all the nations of the world.
“Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, "Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters [nations], with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication." [Rev 17:1-2].
Treachery and Disloyalty in Antichrist’s Kingdom
Verse 16 of the 17th Chapter of Revelation introduces a surprising change in the overall working of Antichrist’s kingdom. Instead of the unity and cooperation that has been enforced by Antichrist, destruction is now ordered within its own ranks. Having used the harlot to contaminate the Church, she is now singled out for total destruction. The harlot is now seen as more of a threat than an asset, and has become a victim in Antichrist’s overall plan to destroy all religions. The ten kings are the instruments Antichrist will use to bring about her destruction.
“And the ten horns [the ten kings] which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire.” [Rev 17:16].
We are told that the ten horns, or ten kings, will hate the harlot or false religion that Antichrist has created, which is essentially the Roman Catholic Church. The reading states that they will “make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire.”
They will Hate Her
first it may seem strange that the ten kings should hate the harlot bec
They will Make Her Naked
To be made “naked” in biblical symbology is to uncover her secret sins and true nature, which are at present covered by a cloak of respectability.
of the harlot’s religious apostasy that denies the fundamentals of Christian
faith, and her priesthood’s involvement in paedophilia, are already being
brought into the light. But there is
also a dark secretive side of the Catholic Church organisation that was brought
about when she surrendered much of the control of the Vatican Bank finances
into the hands of international bankers.
One result of their alliance is that the International Bankers now have
privy to factual information concerning the
It has used its
status as a sovereign state to l
It has created dummy off-shore corporations in which to deposit illegally gained money.
It organised the Nazi ‘rat line,’ or escape route for Nazi war criminals, and provided money, false passports, and transport.
There have been suspicions
concerning the nature of the death of newly appointed Pope John P
Prominent Catholics have been involved in Masonic and other satanic secret societies like the Knights of Malta and the powerful P2, or Propaganda Due.
To Eat Her Flesh
To eat her flesh is to strip the Catholic Church of her worldly wealth. The Catholic Church and the many institutions related to her depend on the capital provided by the controllers of world finance, and if they removed their support she would soon become insolvent.
To Make Her Desolate
To “make her desolate” is to divest her of her loyal supporters, so that she is left abandoned and isolated. With the loss of her credibility there will be an accompanying desertion by those who formerly afforded to her homage and adulation.
To Burn Her with Fire
To “burn her with fire” is to consume her utterly so that no trace remains.
Three Kings are destroyed by Antichrist
A further example of the disunity and self destruction in Antichrist’s kingdom is prophesied in the following vision of Daniel, where he discloses that Antichrist will subdue three of the ten kings. Viewed figuratively, three is not the actual number of kings, but is the number appointed by God to fulfil His purpose.
“The ten horns are ten kings
Who shall arise from this kingdom
He shall be different from the first ones,
And shall subdue three kings.” [Dan 7:24].
In Verse 8, Daniel says that the three kings were to be “plucked out by the roots.”
was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one [the
the ten kings being of one mind, and sharing their
God is in Control of all Things
The most pertinent fact in the self destruction of Antichrist’s kingdom is the limitless power of God, who is able to initiate and consummate all things according to His will. “For God has put it into their hearts to fulfil His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled." [Rev 17:17]
The powers at work in Antichrist’s kingdom will cooperate with each other until God’s purposes are fulfilled. Then in His timing God will intervene, and the inherent greed, evil, and the animosity in Satan’s kingdom, will turn on it and precipitate self destruction.
Complete Destruction of
The Arrogant Over Confidence
Economist John Maynard Keynes wrote, “By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate secretly and unobserved an important part of the wealth of the citizens. The process engages all the hidden forces of economics on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner that not one man in a million can diagnose."
Antichrist and the ten kings have established their kingdom by stealth, and their works have passed unnoticed by the world at large. In their arrogance, the ten kings have assumed that either God has not been aware of their influence on the world, or that He has not been able to hinder their progress.
Scriptures Show that Their Confidence will be Shattered
have stated previously that some prophecies of the destruction of the nation of
"Therefore hear this now, you who are given to pleasures,
Who dwell securely,
Who say in your heart, 'I am, and there is no one else besides me;
I shall not sit as a widow [suffer bereavement or loss],
Nor shall I know the loss of children'…” [Isa 47:8]
“In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, 'I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.'” [Rev 18:7].
“But these two things shall come to you
In a moment, in one day:
The loss of children, and widowhood.” [Isa 47:9].
“Therefore her plagues will come in one day -- death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her.” [Rev 18:8].
ten kings have a mistaken belief that bec
"For you have trusted in your wickedness;
You have said, 'No one sees me';
Your wisdom and your knowledge have warped you;
And you have said in your heart,
'I am, and there is no one else besides me.'
Therefore evil shall come upon you;
You shall not know from where it arises.
And trouble shall fall upon you;
You will not be able to put it off.
And desolation shall come upon you suddenly,
Which you shall not know.” [Isa 47:10-11].
God’s Irrefutable Pronouncement of Lucifer’s Demise
the case of those in the top echelon of
An irrefutable sign of God’s divinity is that He, and only He, can announce the end of a matter at the beginning: “I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning.” [Isa 46:9-10] God has declared unequivocally the defeat and demise of Lucifer, or Satan, and what God has spoken must come to pass.
"How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
For you have said in your heart:
'I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars [angels] of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north [God’s throne];
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.'
Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol,
To the lowest depths of the Pit.” [Isa 14:12-15].
God’s pronouncement of Satan’s demise is paralleled in Revelation.
“The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever”. [Rev 20:10 ]
following is an account of the abrupt fall and destruction of the world
"And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her [the world kingdom of Antichrist], for no one buys their merchandise anymore: merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet, every kind of citron wood, every kind of object of ivory, every kind of object of most precious wood, bronze, iron, and marble; and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and souls of men. The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are rich and splendid have gone from you, and you shall find them no more at all.” [Rev 18:9-14].
We are told that “no one buys their merchandise anymore.” The above reading portrays the result of a total collapse of the world’s economy, which had been formerly controlled by Antichrist and the ten kings. No one will be able to trade in money, or buy the merchandise of the ten kings and their commercial institutions. The merchandise listed includes luxury items like “precious stones and pearls,” and everyday necessities such as “wood, bronze…flour… wheat and cattle”.
most heinous item is the “bodies and souls of men.” Throughout the whole course of the
history of the
The next part of the reading focuses on the purveyors of trade and commerce.
“The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, and saying, 'Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls! For in one hour such great riches came to nothing.' Every shipmaster, all who travel by ship, sailors [symbols of trade], and as many as trade on the sea, stood at a distance and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, 'What is like this great city?' They threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and wailing, and saying, 'Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! For in one hour she is made desolate.'” [Rev 18:15-19].
The merchants and shipmasters are symbols for the controllers of all commercial and industrial enterprises owned and controlled by the ten kings, or controllers of the world’s finances. Their immense wealth and power cannot prevent God’s judgment, for it will have been stripped away.
The Disintegration of Antichrist’s Kingdom from Within
the development of his kingdom, Antichrist had maintained an
end-time prophecy from Isaiah states, “…my people have gone into captivity, bec
With the prophesied desolation that is to come on the earth there will be a total collapse of the world’s economy and the ten kings will be deprived of their sources of revenue. Simultaneously, Antichrist will be stripped of his power to use money to captivate people and control the governments of the world.
Hordes of Demon Spirits
The agents that Satan uses to influence and control people are his hordes of demon spirits, who incite the same destructive reactions ascribed to Satan their head. In Antichrist’s kingdom the demonic spirits that incite greed, self will, hunger for power, and fear and panic, have been held in check. But in God’s timing He will open the abyss and allow hordes of demon spirits to emerge and torment those on the earth who have not been sealed with His seal of ownership.
reading below from Revelation describes God’s fifth trumpet judgment that is to
fall on the earth. It portrays the opening
of the abyss, or abode of the spirits of Satan, and the emergence of myriads of
locusts to wreak torment on those who do not have the seal of God’s ownership. Bec
the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star [an
angelic being] fallen [or
having alighted] from heaven to the earth. To him was given
the key to the bottomless pit. And he
opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a
great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened bec
these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great
When the pit is opened, smoke as from a great furnace emerges and obscures the light of the sun. This metaphorically describes the spiritual darkness that is to come upon the earth with the emergence of the demon spirits, darkening the light of spiritual truth. The growing wickedness and lawlessness that is presently apparent suggests that the earth is already experiencing the effects of this increased demonic activity.
Directed at the Throne of the Beast
Although the invasion of demon spirits falls on the whole earth, it is specifically sent forth as a judgment on those under Satan’s influence or control, and in particular, on the rulers of Antichrist’s kingdom.
In Revelation, the trumpet judgments in Chapter 9 are paralleled in the bowls of judgmental wrath in Chapter 16. The fifth trumpet judgment in Chapter 9 describes the demon invasion on the whole earth. The fifth bowl of wrath in Revelation 16 shows us that their attack is also directed at “the throne of the beast.”
the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his
kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues bec
will be a focused attack directed “on the throne of the beast, and his
kingdom,” or the
Plagues Followed by a Conclusive Crash
on, Revelation forecasts that the end of
“Therefore her plagues will come in one day -- death and mourning and famine.” [Rev 18:8].
“For in one hour such great riches came to nothing.” [Rev 18:17].
This would seem to point to a number of economic recessions and depressions, followed by the catastrophic crash that will mark the conclusive demise of Antichrist’s kingdom.
The Finality of God’s Judgment
next section of Revelation relating the fall of
“Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great
millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, "Thus with violence the great
The last part of this reading from Revelation reiterates that Antichrist’s primary instruments are the controllers of money, trade and commerce, and that the saints of God are among his victims. “For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth." [Rev 18:23-24].
God will be Glorified in His righteous Judgment of Antichrist’s Kingdom
the account of the destruction of
these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying,
"Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honour and power belong to the Lord our
God! For true and righteous are His
FROM DESOLATION TO REPENTANCE
In God’s end time judgment, wealth, luxuries and exalted positions will be stripped away. Antichrist’s
control over mankind will be broken, and the way paved for people to turn to God in repentance.
GOD’S JUDGMENT OF THE WORLD
Prophesies of Desolation
There are many end time prophesies of God’s judgment of the earth that predict worldwide deprivation and desolation such as has never been experienced before. The following apocalyptic prophesies from Isaiah are examples of this end-time desolation.
“Behold, the LORD makes the earth empty and makes it waste…
The land shall be entirely emptied and utterly plundered,
For the LORD has spoken this word.” [Isa 24:1&3].
“Behold, the day of the LORD comes,
Cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger,
To lay the land desolate;
And He will destroy its sinners from it.” [Isa 13:9].
The Nature of the Desolation of the Earth
In describing the utter desolation of the earth in the following prophecy, Isaiah uses dramatic and fearsome language that is needed to shake us out of our complacency. E.g. “the LORD makes the earth empty and makes it waste”… “the land shall be entirely emptied and utterly plundered,”…“those who dwell in it are desolate,” and “the inhabitants of the earth are burned.”
“Behold, the LORD makes the earth empty [devastates it] and makes it waste,
Distorts its surface [changes institutional structures]
And scatters abroad its inhabitants.” [Isa 24:1].
“The land shall be entirely emptied and utterly plundered,
For the LORD has spoken this word.
The earth mourns and fades away,
The world languishes and fades away;
The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants,
Changed the ordinance,
Broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore the curse has devoured the earth,
And those who dwell in it are desolate.
Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned,
And few men are left.” [Isa 24:3-6].
To understand the true meaning of Isaiah’s prophecy, we should again remember that the language is figurative. For instance when the reading says that “the inhabitants of the earth are burned,” we should understand that burning is a symbol of severe judgment, and so these words are indicating God’s strong judgment on those who have rejected Him and submitted to Antichrist’s control.
Where the reading states that the LORD will make the earth empty, and the land will be utterly plundered, it is not the physical land or population of the earth that will be desolated in God’s judgment, but Antichrists kingdom, and the corrupt world system he has created.
In plundering Antichrist’s kingdom and making it desolate and empty, especially refers to the stripping away of all the spoils that Antichrist has accumulated by his control of the world’s economy. This would seem to point to a complete collapse of the world’s economy that Antichrist controls. When the ten kings have lost all, Antichrist will be deprived of his main weapon of control over mankind. God’s judgment of the world will have a twofold effect.
1. It will be apparent that it is only God who can be relied on to provide for our needs. Many people formerly enslaved by Antichrist will repent and turn to God.
2. Antichrist’s worldly kingdom will be totally destroyed, never to rise again.
Exalted Leaders in Antichrist’s Kingdom will be Cast Down
the Scriptures, heavenly bodies are often used as metaphors for kings, princes,
and those in exalted positions of
“It shall come to pass in that day
That the LORD will punish on high the host of exalted ones,
And on the earth the kings [dignitaries] of the earth.
They will be gathered together,
As prisoners are gathered in the pit,
And will be shut up in the prison;
After many days they will be punished.
Then the moon will be disgraced
And the sun ashamed;
For the LORD of hosts will reign
And before His elders, gloriously.” [Isa 24:21-23].
The Whole World must Face God’s Judgment
The following reading from Isaiah indicates
that it is not only
And it shall be:
As with the people, so with the priest;
As with the servant, so with his master;
As with the maid, so with her mistress;
As with the buyer, so with the seller;
As with the lender, so with the borrower;
As with the creditor, so with the debtor.
The land shall be entirely emptied and utterly plundered,
For the LORD has spoken this word.” [Isa 24:1-3].
The Church is Included in God’s Judgment of Mankind
Peter declares that not only will the Church be included, but will be in the forefront of God’s judgment of the earth.
“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?” [1 Peter 4:17].
The Removal of Worldly Security Props
In the process of implanting his mark and image on us, Antichrist has imposed on us a dependence on self and the world for our provision and security. The Second and Third chapters of Isaiah provide us with an insight into how God will break our bondage to the things of the world that we cling to for our security rather than God Himself.
We see that the prophecy in Chapter 2 relates
to the last days bec
Chapter 3 describes how man will be deprived of those things that the spirit of Antichrist has conditioned him to depend on.
“For behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts,
Takes away from Jerusalem and from Judah [the whole church]
The stock and the store,
The whole supply of bread and the whole supply of water…” [Isa 3:1].
The stock and the store, and the bread and the water, symbolise the basic things man depends on for his wellbeing. Where the reading says that the whole supply of bread and water will be taken away, it does not mean that man will be deprived of all food, but rather the removal of all those things he has placed his reliance on for his security and wellbeing, instead of trusting God. All of these things will prove to be unreliable supports. Isaiah goes on to list some figurative examples of worldly things that man has turned to rather than to God.
The mighty man [world leaders] and the man of war [the military and its leaders],
The judge [the judicial system] and the prophet [false prophets with false predictions],
And the diviner [spirit guides] and the elder [trusted older persons];
captain of fifty [bure
The counsellor [worldly advisers] and the skilful artisan [cultural elite],
And the expert enchanter [world renowned orators].” [Isa 3:2-3].
nature of God’s judgment of mankind will be to show how unreliable the provision and security of the world is in the face
of the torments and privation of the tribulation period. He will allow people to suffer the
consequences of their decision to put their trust in the world order controlled
by Antichrist, so that in the duress of economic collapse they might turn to
Him in repentance. Bec
comparison, the biblical concept of God given provision and well-being is
expressed in this figurative picture. “And
When the Power of the Holy People has been Broken
The twelfth chapter of Daniel commences with a prophetic vision concerning the tribulation that will come upon the earth at the end time.
"At that time Michael shall stand up,
The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people;
And there shall be a time of trouble,
Such as never was since there was a nation,
Even to that time.
And at that time your people shall be delivered…” [Dan 12:1].
In Daniel’s vision, one angel asks another, "How long shall the fulfilment of these wonders be?" [i.e. how long till “your people shall be delivered”). [Dan 12:6].
His reply was, “When the power [strength and self-sufficiency] of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed." [Dan 12:7 NIV]
The “holy people” refers to God’s children in general, each one held back from spiritual fulfilment by the power of ‘self’ that governs his reactions and decisions. The “power,” or strength, relates to the strength of the self life -- self dependence, self-sufficiency, self confidence, self-will -- the whole arrogant attitude of self belief that denies the need of God. When the power of self dependence has been broken by their dire need and helplessness, God’s preparatory work will have accomplished its purpose. When the reality of their spiritual condition has been brought to light, and the truth of Antichrist’s deceptions have been revealed, people will be challenged by the Holy Spirit to repent and surrender and trust their lives into God’s hands.
Effect of God’s Judgment on the
Antichrist, the Ten Kings, and the Illuminate, have their own agenda of creating turmoil and devastation through wars, revolutions, terrorism, manufactured global crises, toppling governments, and the ruination and bankruptcy of business enterprises and individuals. The finalisation of their aim was set forth by Albert Pike. Disillusioned mankind “will from that moment be without compass or direction, anxious for an ideal, but without knowing where to render its adoration, will receive the true light through the universal manifestation of the pure doctrine of Lucifer.”
On the surface it would seem that the
desolation of the earth would support the agenda of Antichrist, and create the
ideal opportunity for those in his kingdom to seize wealth and overthrow
governments. They could present a pl
Antichrist’s Control over Mankind will be Broken
The desolation of the earth will involve more than the collapse of the economy of the world. Antichrist’s control over mankind will be further diminished when the truth of his operations in world government is uncovered. With the disclosure of the involvement of Antichrist and the ten kings in the initiation and control of global institutions, like the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bank for International Settlements, and the World Bank, their power to manipulate and control institutions and governments will cease.
As the monetary system and commercial monopolies that the ten kings have created collapse, every facet of Antichrist’s kingdom will be cast down forever. Antichrist’s monetary powerbase will be eliminated, depriving him of the capacity to subjugate mankind.
Wars will Cease
Both Isaiah and Micah prophecy that as Antichrist’s kingdom collapses, the Lord will reign over a restored Church, and wars will cease.
“Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
That the mountain of the LORD's house
Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
And shall be exalted above the hills;
And all nations shall flow to it.”
He shall judge between the nations,
And rebuke many people;
They shall beat their swords into ploughshares,
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Neither shall they learn war anymore.” [Isa 2:2&4], also [Mic 4:3].
The main reason that wars will cease is that “the mountain of the LORD's
house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be
exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it.” The mountains and hills are symbols
of the world’s most powerful governments and institutions. The powerful
A contributing factor for the cessation of war will be the change brought about in the economy of the world. Antichrist and the Ten Kings have used wars and revolutions to force countries to spend billions of dollars annually on defence. Escalating national debt has made governments more indebted to the Ten Kings, and more subjected to their control. With the collapse of the world’s monetary system, countries will be forced to cut their huge budget allocations on defence, and it will be beyond their capacity to finance wars.
God’s Power is activated by the Prayers of the Saints
The book of the prophet Joel provides us with a figurative account of the last days’ conflict between Christ and Antichrist. It contains the four basic elements of devastation, repentance, restoration, and judgment. It starts with a description of the complete devastation of the earth by locusts, which are used (as in Revelation) as symbols of demon spirits.
After the onsl
A call for the Church to unite
“Consecrate a fast,
Call a sacred assembly [an assembly of the saints];
Gather the elders
And all the inhabitants of the land
Into the house of the LORD your God,
And cry out to the LORD.” [Joel 1:14].
The need for whole hearted repentance
"Now, therefore," says the LORD,
"Turn to Me with all your heart,
With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning."
So rend your heart, and not your garments;
Return to the LORD your God,
For He is gracious and merciful,
Slow to anger, and of great kindness;
And He relents from doing harm.” [Joel 2:12-13].
Gather all without exception
“Gather the people,
Sanctify the congregation,
Assemble the elders,
Gather the children and nursing babes;
Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber,
And the bride from her dressing room.” [Joel 2:16].
Cry out to God to intervene
“Let the priests, who minister to the LORD,
Weep between the porch and the altar;
Let them say, "Spare Your people, O LORD,
And do not give Your heritage to reproach,
That the nations should rule over them.
Why should they say among the peoples,
'Where is their God?'" [Joel 2:15-17].
God cannot intervene when people are double minded, presenting half hearted prayers to Him, and yet by their conduct, still submitting to the things of Antichrist. But when His children repent wholeheartedly with humble hearts, He will intervene by casting down their enemies and restoring the land.
God’s response to repentance and supplication
“Then the LORD will be zealous for His land,
And pity His people.
The LORD will answer and say to His people,
"Behold, I will send you grain [truth] and new wine [joy] and oil [the Spirit],
And you will be satisfied by them;
I will no longer make you a reproach among the nations.” [Joel 2:18-19].
Instruction to rejoice with thankfulness
“Be glad then, you children of
And rejoice in the LORD your God;
For He has given you the former rain [of the Spirit at Pentecost] faithfully,
And He will c
The former rain,
And the latter rain in the first month.
The threshing floors shall be full of wheat,
And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil.” [Joel 2:23-24].
The former, or early rain, is necessary to germinate the seed and start plant growth. That is why it is likened to the fall of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, which precipitated the growth of the early Church. The latter rain, or the rain at the end of the season, is necessary to fill out the heads of grain to ensure a good harvest. The latter rain in Joel’s prophecy refers to a further outpouring of the Holy Spirit to precipitate a last great harvest of souls into the Lord’s kingdom
WHY THE JUDGMENTAL DESOLATION OF THE EARTH IS NECESSARY
God has given us a free will to choose whom
we will serve, in this case Christ or Antichrist and the things he
represents. Jesus warned us that
"no one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love
the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You
cannot serve God and mammon [money].” [Matt 6:24]. If we choose to allow our lives to be dominated
by the power of money, the vehicle of Antichrist’s control of the world, then
unsuspectingly we become captive to Antichrist himself. P
The almighty power and
We have become Dull of Heart and Indifferent
The Scriptural passage below from Isaiah was
quoted by Jesus and the apostle P
“So when they did not agree among themselves,
they departed after P
'Go to this people and say:
'Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand;
And seeing you will see, and not perceive;
For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them."' [Acts 28:25-27], also [Isa 6:10], & [Mtt 13:14-15].
Even those in the Church have become complacent and indifferent to the word of God. They have stopped their ears and closed their hearts to the truth, lest they are required to change their way of life. They have gone their own way, choosing to follow the inclinations of their own minds and hearts, and have settled into a state of spiritual staleness and death. The end time suffering is necessary to awaken dulled hearts and closed ears and eyes, so that indifference will be changed to repentance and salvation. The Lord God has been patient with the disobedience in the Church and the indifference of the world, “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” [2 Peter 3:9]. But the time of His grace and forbearance are all but over, and His judgment is at hand.
“Truly, these times of ignorance God
overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, bec
The working of
Antichrist in both his worldly and religious kingdoms has progressed unnoticed by
a stupefied world that does not see the spirit forces at work beneath the
surface of human activities. Bec
The Testing of Man’s Allegiance
Antichrist’s working will become open for all to see, heralded by the desolations he has initiated. God will empower His end-time prophets and teachers to expose the spiritual reality of Antichrist’s attack on Christ and His Church, and his attempt to subject the world to his control. There will be a time of tribulation, but it will also be a time of revelation and a time of testing. God justly tests our minds and hearts in giving us the choice of our free wills.
“I, the LORD, search the heart,
I test the mind,
Even to give every man according to his ways,
According to the fruit of his doings.” [Jer 17:10].
purpose in allowing this time of trial and privation to come upon the earth is
to test everyone, to see where their allegiance lies -- to Christ or Antichrist.
Essentially this is a spiritual war
between Christ and Antichrist.
Antichrist’s aim is to destroy the Church and the
Below is a key statement in the final chapter of Joel, which highlights God’s judgmental testing of those on the earth in the last days.
“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!
For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.” [Joel 3:14].
When Antichrist’s kingdom and working have become visibly apparent to all, and the spiritual truth has been revealed, every one on the earth will be brought into “the Valley of Decision,’’ where their eternal destiny will be decided.
one is immune from the valley of decision.
Once the truth has been revealed, everyone will be faced with the choice
of Christ or Antichrist – to remain in the
Come Out of Her
“And I heard another voice from heaven saying, "Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.” [Rev 18:4-5].
IT WILL BE WELL WITH THE RIGHTEOUS
WOE TO THE WICKED
World wide judgment is forecast to fall on the earth, but the Scriptures consistently assure us that
although the wicked will bear the fruit of their wickedness, God will be a shelter to the righteous.
"Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them,
For they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him,
For the reward of his hands shall be given him.” [Isa 3:11].
WOE TO THE WICKED
God’s Fearful Judgment of those in Antichrist’s Kingdom
Old Testament prophecies consistently portray an end-time judgmental destruction of everything associated with Antichrist’s kingdom. Below is a further example from Isaiah.
“For the indignation of the LORD is against all nations [those that oppose God],
And His fury against all their armies;
He has utterly destroyed them,
has given them over to the sl
Also their slain shall be thrown out;
Their stench shall rise from their corpses,
And the mountains shall be melted with their blood.
All the host of heaven shall be dissolved,
And the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll;
All their host shall fall down
As the leaf falls from the vine,
And as fruit falling from a fig tree.” [Isa 34:2-4].
Isaiah’s figurative prophecy is stark, with symbols and themes of destruction and chaos. For instance:
Everyone involved in Antichrist’s kingdom will come under God’s judgment.
Antichrist’s armies, or instruments of power, will be completely destroyed.
The mountains speak of the monolithic powerbases in Antichrist’s kingdom -- like global banking institutions and industrial consortiums. They will “melt with their blood” [power of life]. With all of their accumulated wealth, they will be destitute and powerless.
The stars in the
heavens are depicted as being dissolved and cast down. This is a symbolic representation of world
leaders being stripped of their
“The heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll,” indicates that the world system, with all the institutional structures Antichrist has created, will be ‘rolled up,’ or removed completely from the earth, never to reappear.
Zechariah presents a similar apocalyptic prophecy, with even starker symbolic language.
this shall be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the people who
Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet,
Their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets,
And their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths.” [Zech 14:12].
The very graphic symbology of their flesh, their eyes, and their tongues dissolving, relays the horror and finality of their judgment. The capacity of their bodily members that were previously used to wreak destruction will be dissolved, or totally incapacitated, leaving them helplessly impotent.
Zechariah continues his prophecy against the followers of Antichrist, depicting self destruction, as every man’s hand will turn against that of his neighbour.
“It shall come to pass in that day
That a great panic from the LORD will be among them.
Everyone will seize the hand of his neighbour,
And raise his hand against his neighbour's hand…” [Zech 14:13].
This theme of self destruction is repeated in this end-time prophecy by Ezekiel.
“I will call for a sword against Gog [Antichrist’s army] throughout all My mountains," says the Lord GOD." Every man's sword will be against his brother. And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone [symbols of God’s severe judgment]."' [Ezek 38:21-22].
Joel’s Account of Self
Destruction in the
The book of Joel contains an account of Satan’s attack on the Church, and God’s judgment on the followers of Antichrist. Chapter 1 describes devastation by locusts, which are used as symbols of demon spirits. Chapter 2 is a call to repentance, and God’s response in overcoming and restoration. Chapter 3, from which this reading is taken, describes God’s judgment on those who do not come out of Antichrist’s kingdom.
“Assemble and come, all you nations,
And gather together all around.
"Let the nations be wakened, and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;
For there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.
Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.
Come, go down;
For the winepress is full,
The vats overflow --
For their wickedness is great." [Joel 3:11-13].
the third chapter, Joel warns the nations, or those opposing God, of a judgment
waiting for them in a valley called “the
happened after this that the people of
King Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast, and gathered the people of the land to seek the Lord. Jahazeil, a prophet of the Lord in their midst, stood up and presented an instruction he had received from God.
all you of
the inhabitants of
“Now when they began to sing and
to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount
Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. For the people of Ammon and
took three days for the inhabitants of
The Unrepentant are Prey to the torment of Demon Spirits
In the second chapter of Joel, God refers to the destroying locusts (symbols for demon spirits) as, “My great army which I sent among you.”
"So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten,
The crawling locust,
The consuming locust,
And the chewing locust,
My great army which I sent among you.” [Joel 2:25].
reading shows us that God may use demon spirits as instruments of His judgment. It is the operation of demon spirits in
people that incite animosity towards each other through traits like hatred,
jealousy, confusion, resentment, suspicion, ambition, and anger. These traits eventually c
Those who have submitted to Antichrist have wittingly or unwittingly cooperated with the powers of darkness associated with him. God has judged that the unrepentant must reap the reward of their misplaced allegiance by being tormented by demon spirits that are inherent in the operation of Antichrist’s kingdom.
Ezekiel 39:4-5, and Revelation 19:17-18, are parallel accounts of the aftermath of the final conflict between the armies of Christ and Antichrist. God invites all birds and animals of prey to feast on the corpses of Antichrist’s defeated army.
“You shall fall upon the mountains of
“Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, "Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great."”
If this were a literal account of the battle of Armageddon, we would expect to see literal bird and animal predators feasting on fallen corpses. But we have previously decided that the battle of Armageddon is essentially a spiritual battle between Christ and Antichrist – truth verses deception. In these readings the birds and animals of prey are symbols for the spiritual hordes of demons, which Joel refers to as, “My great army which I sent among you.” This is verified in the following reading from Revelation, which foretells the demon possession of Antichrist’s kingdom after its defeat.
he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, "
The Key Bible Reading declares that the wicked will receive a just reward for their wickedness.
Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him,
For the reward of his hands shall be given him.” [Isa 3:1-11].
ALL WILL BE WELL WITH GOD’S CHILDREN
Assurance of God’s Faithfulness
The Key Bible Reading, from an end time prophecy by Isaiah, promises us that those who remain faithful to God, and those who repent and come out of Antichrist’s kingdom, are assured of God’s constant protection and care for their wellbeing.
"Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them,
For they shall eat the fruit of their doings.” [ Isa:3:11].
end time readings assure us that in the midst of God’s rain of judgment falling
on the earth, His children will know His protection and peace. In His letter to the Churches, Jesus assures
the church at
In the midst of Joel’s account of end time judgment, the same assurance appears.
“The sun and moon will grow dark,
And the stars will diminish their brightness.
The Lord also will roar
And utter His voice from
The heavens and earth will shake;
But the Lord will be a shelter for His people…” [Joel 3:15-16].
Scriptures Consistently Promise God’s Protection and Deliverance
Throughout the Scriptures God consistently promises to uphold those who put their trust in Him in all their circumstances.
“God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.”
“The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved;
He uttered His voice, the earth melted.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge.” [Ps 46:1, & 6-7].
The ultimate reality is that God is faithful in keeping all those who believe in Him and put their trust in Him. Faithfulness is a key attribute of His divine being that will never fall short or be compromised.
“If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” [2 Tim 2:13].
He cannot deny who He is. Those who trust in His faithfulness will be kept in perfect peace, even in the direst circumstances.
that day this song will be sung in the
"We have a strong city;
God will appoint salvation for walls and bulwarks.
Open the gates,
That the righteous nation which keeps the truth may enter in.
You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
THE RESTORED AND GLORIFIED CHURCH
glorious kingdom reign of the Lord Jesus Christ will be established in its midst.
Many prophecies from Isaiah, Ezekiel, and
Zechariah, foretell the restoration of
It is generally recognised that
“For I have bent
Fitted the bow with Ephraim,
And raised up your sons, O
And made you like the sword of a mighty man." [Zech 9:13].
“Behold, I will make
“As for you, son of man, take a stick for yourself and write on it: 'For
northern tribes of
Explanation of the Types
Before explaining the individual types, it should be noted that they are not visible organisations within the church, but represent the state of people’s spiritual relationships with God. For instance, in any church fellowship there may be representatives of the true church, i.e. those who adhere to its principles in their hearts. Similarly, there may e be representatives of the other types as well.
Mount Zion is a type of the Perfected Church, or Bride of Christ
In New Testament
thought and literature,
Christians on a spiritual pilgrimage of holiness,
“Blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baca [trouble],
They make it a spring;
The rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength;
Each one appears before God in Zion.” [Ps 84:5-7].
Knowing their individual corruption, each has chosen to lay his fleshly nature on the altar of the cross, and has submitted to God’s workmanship in putting it to death, and replacing it with the nature of Jesus Christ. The kingdom and righteousness of Christ are formed in them, and He is able to work through them unhindered by their flesh. They have grown into experiencing the reality of dwelling in spiritual union with Christ in God.
14 presents a picture of Christ and 144,000 standing on
I looked, and behold, a Lamb [Christ] standing
on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His
Father's name written on their foreheads…“These are the ones who were not
defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the
Lamb wherever He goes [perfected in obedience]. These were redeemed from among men, being
firstfruits to God and to the Lamb.
And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without f
144,000 is not a picture limited to the end of the age bec
Harlotry is a symbolic term describing idolatry and unfaithfulness to God. By comparison the 144,000 are called “virgins,” reflecting their spiritual purity and faithfulness to their Lord.
are called “firstfruits,” bec
They are members of the bride of Christ from all ages of the Church. They will be united with each other in their marriage with the Lamb. Accompanying them will be the rest of the Church -- those who “are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”
To those who accept and follow
the principles of the true church in their hearts, there are no denominational
divisions, no separation of clergy and laity. They see themselves as believers
united by the headship of Jesus Christ.
They recognise the Holy Spirit as Christ’s representative, and seek His
guidance and anointing on their ministries.
They recognise the ministries of apostles, prophets, evangelists and
pastors and teaches, or elders, that the Lord has set in the Church. They
recognise the gifts of the Spirit, and use them in ministry to each other.
There is true life in their midst bec
The traditional church, with its organisations and structures, is the one that is generally recognised by people in the world as ‘the church.’ Its worship services usually have very set structures, as in the number of hymns, Scriptural readings, prayers and a sermon. In the face of such order and predictability the Holy Spirit has little room to move.
Israel – is a type of the Corrupted Apostate Church
Solomon’s son Rehoboam refused to adopt a conciliatory attitude towards the leaders
The Harlot is Antichrist’s
RESTORATION AND UNIFICATION OF THE CHURCH
Ezekiel -- Chapters 36 to 39
the surface, these chapters from Ezekiel appear to be a prophetic portrayal of
the restoration of physical
Chapter 36 -- The Restoration of
describes the fate of the nation of
“Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying: "Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own ways and deeds; to Me their way was like the uncleanness of a woman in her customary impurity. Therefore I poured out My fury on them for the blood they had shed on the land, and for their idols with which they had defiled it. So I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed throughout the countries; I judged them according to their ways and their deeds.” [Ezek 36:16-19].
In this next
reading from Ezekiel, God promises that when He restores
He will gather her from the nations and restore her to her own land.
He will cleanse her from her idols by sprinkling clean water on her.
He will impart a new heart and a new spirit to her inhabitants.
He will c
will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and
bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean;
I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will
give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart
of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My
Spirit within you and c
Some people think
that Ezekiel’s prophecy of restoration was fulfilled when the nation of
When we relate
Ezekiel’s prophecy to spiritual
Ezekiel states, “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean.”
Notice that she is
to be sanctified to Christ her Head, and cleansed from her apostasy, by “the
washing of water [a symbol of the word] by
the word.” In other words, she
will be presented with the word of truth, and secondly, by applying the presented
word of truth to herself and obeying it, she will be sanctified and
cleansed. By the convicting power of the
word, individuals will be challenged to consecrate themselves, their lives, and
their possessions, to the Lord. In a
similar prophesy of restoration, Zechariah emphasis that the degree of their
commitment is such that even the bells on horses and pots in houses will be considered
as the property of the Lord. “In
that day "HOLINESS TO THE LORD" shall be engraved on the bells of the
horses. The pots in the LORD's house shall be like the bowls before the
altar. Yes, every pot in
God will implant a
new heart and a new spirit in all those who have chosen to sanctify themselves
to the Lord, c
The Land of their Inheritance is the True Church
The land, “land that I gave to your fathers,"
is the spiritual land of promise
that was granted to Abraham. It is
not the physical
Chapter 37 -- The
The State of the
The thirty seventh
chapter of Ezekiel continues with the theme of restoration. The prophet was
taken "in the Spirit of the
LORD" to a valley "full
of bones…and indeed they were very dry." There he was told that "these bones are the whole house of
This is a parallel
prophecy that vividly describes the hopelessness of
present state, the end-time church presents an image of a lifeless fragmented
collection of institutions that have no hope of faithfully representing the peace,
harmony, and love of the
Restoration is instigated by the Spirit of Prophecy
Ezekiel’s prophecy sets out the order of the restoration of the Church. Ezekiel was asked to prophesy over the bones, or the dead church. "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!'" [Ezek 37:4].
The restoration of the church, as in all of God’s important dealings with mankind, will be preceded by prophetic revelation.
“Surely the Lord GOD does nothing,
Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.” [Amos 3:7].
The eleventh chapter of Revelation describes
“two witnesses,” represented by Moses (symbolising the Word), and Elijah (symbolising the office of the prophet). The two witnesses represent the
teaching of the prophetic word. They had
been prophesying during the church age “clothed
in sackcloth,” bec
“When they finish their testimony, the beast
that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome
them, and kill them. And their dead
bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called
In the end-time church the ministry of prophetic teaching lies dead in the street, having all but disappeared. Fortunately Revelation 11 goes on to portray the two witnesses coming to life and being anointed with power from heaven.
“Now after the three-and-a-half days [a symbolic time of tribulation] the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here." And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them.” [Rev 11:11-12].
The two witnesses standing on their feet
figuratively indicate that the office of prophetic teaching will be restored,
and will precipitate the restoration of the church. The instruction to “come up here,” is a direction for them to receive the
A Call to Repentance
When Jesus met with Elijah and Moses on the Mount of Transfiguration, His disciples asked about Elijah coming at the close of the age. “And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?" Jesus answered and said to them, "Indeed, Elijah is coming first and will [future tense] restore all things. But I say to you that Elijah has come already [past tense], and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands." Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist.” [Mt 17:10-13].
The first requirement for restoration is repentance. John the Baptist, in the prophetic spirit of Elijah, came preaching repentance to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord to establish His Church. At the end of the age that same spirit of prophecy will empower Christ’s end-time prophets and teachers. They will prepare the way for the restoration of the Church and the second coming of the Lord, by turning the hearts of wayward church goers to repentance.
Ezekiel continues, “So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them." [Ezek 37:4 & 7-8].
After repentance, the second requirement of
restoration is for the church to return to its uncorrupted state. In this case the first step is to return to
the physical pattern of the early Church established by Christ and His
apostles. That pattern has been
fragmented by denominational and other schisms, and the inclusion of worldly programs
and enticements to attract more members. This may mean the end of
denominationalism as we know it, and even the return to the New Testament
Restoration of Spiritual Vitality
But even with the physical restoration and unification there was still no spiritual life. Even if the physical pattern is right, but the Holy Spirit is absent, there is no life or vitality. Ezekiel was then commanded to prophesy to the Spirit to bring about spiritual restoration.
"'Prophesy to the breath [Spirit], prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, "Thus says the Lord GOD: 'Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they might live.'"' So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army." [Ezek 37:9-10].
In Joel’s end-time prophecy, Almighty God promised that after they had repented and turned to Him in their hearts, He would send forth the latter rain just as He had sent forth the former rain at Pentecost.
“Be glad then, you children of
And rejoice in the LORD your God;
For He has given you the former rain faithfully,
And He will c
The former rain,
And the latter rain in the first month.
The threshing floors shall be full of wheat,
And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil.” [Joel 2:23-24].
The former rain of the Spirit fell on the new Church at Pentecost, “and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.” God will pour out the latter rain of the Holy Spirit on the Church in the last days to precipitate a last great harvest of souls.
The Unification of the Church
The last half of
Chapter 37 describes a process of unification, which will accompany the Church
being restored and filled with the Spirit.
Ezekiel was told to prophesy that God would "take the stick of Joseph," representing the northern
specifically referring to the nations of
The prophet was then instructed to say, "Thus says the Lord GOD: 'Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all;" [Ezek 37 21-22].
restoration prophecies, the prophet Zechariah presents an insight into how God
will work in
Lord will save the tents of
“And the governors [or
"Behold, I will make
Looking at the
Restoration of the Jews
of unification opens the door to an even wider interpretation that includes the conversion of unbelieving Jews, and their
incorporation within the Church. The
they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for
God is able to graft them in again. For
if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted
contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who
are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? 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. And so all
"The Deliverer will come out of Zion,
And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
For this is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins." [Rom 11:23-27].
prophesied that God will precipitate repentance by pouring out a Spirit of
grace and supplication onto the unbelieving Jews. "And I will pour on the
house of David and on the inhabitants of
Chapters 38 & 39
The Defeat of Antichrist and Elimination of Apostasy
In these two chapters, Ezekiel describes the last great conflict between the forces of Antichrist and the restored Church. It is a spiritual battle in which Antichrist musters all of his powers of deceit and deception in order to mask truth and derail the newborn restoration. In Revelation 16:16, this final conflict is referred to as the battle of Armageddon.
In Ezekiel and Revelation
20:8, the Antichrist and his allies are symbolised by “Gog, of the
"’Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal; and I will turn you around and lead you on, bringing you up from the far north, and bring you against the mountains of Israel.” [Ezek 39:3-4].
Antichrist’s attack will be directed towards the newly restored Church, endeavouring to turn back those who had been brought in and renewed in the Lord.
“In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely.” [Ezek 38:4].
However the fate of
Antichrist and his army is sealed, bec
“You shall fall upon the mountains of
Far from being out of His divine will, this
attack on the church is brought on by Almighty God. His purpose is to hallow
His name by making it apparent to all that He has defeated and destroyed
Antichrist and his allies forever. Through the prophet Ezekiel, God says, “You
will come up against My people
Cleansing the Church from Apostasy
During the time frame of the battle of Armageddon, the existing apostasies in the church will be expunged. In the following reading, Ezekiel uses the analogy of dead bodies and bones covering the land to represent the apostasies that still pollute the Church. A symbolic seven months (the perfectly complete time) is allotted to remove every trace of their presence from the land, or Church. Everyone in the Church will undertake the responsibility of ridding the Church from all deception and apostasy. Watchmen, such as elders, will maintain a constant vigil to ensure that no ‘bone’ or residue of apostasy reappears.
“For seven months the house
The following verses show us that the weapons of deceit and deception that Antichrist has used will be destroyed by their own exposure.
"Then those who dwell
in the cities of Israel will go out and set on fire and burn the weapons,
both the shields and bucklers, the bows and arrows, the javelins and spears;
and they will make fires with them for seven years [A symbolic time].
They will not
take wood from the field nor cut down any from the forests, bec
The following are some of the reasons that God will precipitate this final conflict, allowing the forces of Antichrist to be as a cloud of deceit and deception over the awakening church.
People have to be tested to see where their commitment lies.
Antichrist and all those who have chosen to follow him are exposed so that they may be judged and totally destroyed.
All nations will witness God’s power, and
His name will be hallowed when people see His righteous judgment. “You
will come up against My people
God’s Judgment Precipitates Further Self Destruction
Flooding rain, great hailstones, pestilence, fire and brimstone, are used as symbols to describe the fury and terror of God’s unrelenting judgment. Under such extreme pressure, Antichrist’s institutions and followers will turn against each other.
“I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains," says the Lord GOD. "Every man's sword will be against his brother. And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the LORD."' [Ezek 38:21-23].
The Church will be Restored and Sanctified
The final result of God’s judgment of Antichrist will be that the church will be restored and filled with the Holy Spirit.
“When I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them out of
their enemies’ lands, and I am hallowed in them in the sight of many nations,
then they shall know that I am the LORD their God, who sent them into captivity
among the nations, but also brought them back to their own land, and left none
of them captive any longer. And I will not hide My face from them any more; for
I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of
THE GLORIFICATION AND ENRICHMENT OF THE RESTORED CHURCH
Chapters 60 to 62 of Isaiah portray the glorification and enrichment of the restored Church. Isaiah 60 opens with a contrast as distinct as that between night and day. The first two verses portray the entire world and its population shrouded in spiritual darkness by the spirit of Antichrist. This is contrasted to the light and glory of the Lord as His Spirit enters His Church.
For your light has come!
And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you [the Church].
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the LORD will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.” [Isa 60:1-2].
When all is darkness, the light of truth will reveal Antichrist and his kingdom, opening the door for the children of the Lord to turn to Him in repentance. God will then send forth His Spirit to empower the Church, so that she will be a beacon to those who are being led out of captivity.
“And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.” [2 Thess 2:8].
Notice that Antichrist will be destroyed by
1. The breath or Spirit of the Lords mouth - i.e. manifested through His prophets and teachers.
2. The brightness of His coming. In the power of His Spirit, the glory and power of the Lord will return and fill the Church. The following readings from Isaiah illustrate Christ’s glorification of the Church.
“…I will glorify the house of My glory.” [Isa 60:7].
The cypress, the pine, and the box tree together,
And I will make the place of My feet [signifying His presence] glorious.” [Isa 60:13].
“But the LORD will be to you an everlasting light,
And your God your glory.
Your sun shall no longer go down,
Nor shall your moon withdraw itself;
For the LORD will be your everlasting light,
And the days of your mourning shall be ended.
Also your people shall all be righteous;
They shall inherit the land forever,
The branch of My planting,
The work of My hands,
That I may be glorified.” [Isa 60:19-21].
The Restored Church will be Endowed with Prosperity
Daniel prophesied that Antichrist would be defeated, and that the wealth of his kingdom would be transferred to the restored Church.
"I was watching; and the same horn [Antichrist] was making war against the saints [Christ’s sanctified ones], and prevailing against them, until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favour of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.” [Dan 7:21-22].
“But the court shall be seated,
And they shall take away his [Antichrist’s] dominion,
And the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven,
Shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High.
His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And all dominions shall serve and obey Him.” [Dan 7:27].
The Wealth of the Nations will Flow into the Church
Isaiah prophesied that, the wealth of the nations that had been controlled by Antichrist would flow into the restored Church.
“And your heart shall swell with joy;
The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.
The multitude of camels shall cover your land…
They shall bring gold and incense,
And they shall proclaim the praises of the LORD.” [Isa 60:5-6].
“Therefore your gates shall be open continually;
They shall not be shut day or night,
That men may bring to you the wealth of the Gentiles,
And their kings in procession.” [Isa 60:11].
This does not indicate that the Church will amass great wealth, but rather that she will have an abundant provision to relieve the suffering and poverty inflicted on the world by Antichrist and the ten kings.
Using those under their control, the ten kings have been able to persuade the world that the wellbeing of nations depended on the prosperity of global business enterprises, and that measures like privatisation, and minimising spending on social services and wages, were for the good of the whole population. The truth is that these economic strategies have consistently shifted the ratio of wealth to the wealthiest sector of the population, whilst poorer people have been driven further and further into poverty. To Antichrist and the ten kings, third world nations are considered dispensable, and genocide was a necessary part of establishing a new world order. Consequently millions are stricken with sickness, poverty, and starvation. These are some of the conditions (at the time of writing) that the Church will have to address.
One in two children in the world live in poverty.
640 million live without adequate shelter.
400 million have no access to safe water.
270 million have no access to health services.
10.6 million died in 2003 before they reached the age of 5.
Nearly 3 billion people live on less than two dollars a day.
It is with the understanding of the pressing needs the Church will face, that we should view these figurative prophecies of the wealth of the nations flowing into the Church.
There will be a Huge Harvest of Souls
The restoration, empowerment, and glorification of the Church by the Spirit of Christ in her midst will precipitate an ingathering of lost souls, and a return of those who have fallen away as victims of the spirit of Antichrist.
“The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.
Lift up your eyes all around, and see:
They all gather together, they come to you;
Your sons shall come from afar,
“And the ships of Tarshish will come first,
To bring your sons from afar,
Their silver and their gold with them,
To the name of the LORD your God,
to the Holy One of
“A little one shall become a thousand,
And a small one a strong nation.
I, the LORD, will hasten it in its time." [Isa 60:22].
Priests of the Lord’s Commission
At the beginning of His ministry, Jesus opened the book of Isaiah in the synagogue, and read the passage that outlined His commission of teaching, healing, deliverance, and salvation of those bound by Satan.
"The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me,
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the broken-hearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD." [Luke 4:18-19].
The reading from which Jesus quoted is extended further in the following reading by Isaiah. Phrases like “rebuild the old ruins,” “raise up the former desolations,” “repair the ruined cities,” and “the desolations of many generations,” indicate that Christ’s commission is broadened to include a ministry of restoration to the desolated church.
“To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
console those who mourn in
give them be
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified."
And they shall rebuild the old ruins,
They shall raise up the former desolations,
And they shall repair the ruined cities,
The desolations of many generations.” [Isa 61:2-4].
The Saints are to be Priests of the Lord in His Restoration Commission
“But you shall be named the priests of the LORD,
They shall call you the servants of our God.” [Isa 61:6].
The Old Testament priest was an intermediary who stood between the LORD and His people, dispensing His blessings. Those of the restored Church are to be Christ’s priests through whom He can dispense His grace and power, and “they shall rebuild the old ruins, and raise up the former desolations.”
Branches of the True Vine
Even though the Church has been empowered by the Spirit, and the power of the Lord flows through its members, it is important that each one holds his true position in the Lord as a branch of the true vine. Jesus used this analogy to explain our proper relationship to Him.
"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. [John 15:5].
Jesus needs branches that are sanctified and obedient to His purposes. Without the branches He cannot bear fruit. However the capacity to bear fruit comes from the vine itself, for Jesus said, “As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” [John 15:4].
A common hazard in past spiritual revivals was that when the Spirit fell, there was a tendency for people to embrace the empowerment of the Spirit as a personal possession that could be used at their own initiation. This has led to lawlessness and the pollution of ministries by the spirit of Antichrist. That is why Jesus issued this blunt warning:
"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'” [Matt 7:21-23].
The prepared and anointed servant of the Lord should be as a polished arrow in His quiver, ready to be taken out and used and directed at His will.
“He made my mouth like a sharpened sword,
in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me into a polished arrow
and concealed me in his quiver.” [Isa 49:2 (N.I.V.)].
God’s Covenantal Promise
The fulfilment of Isaiah’s prophecy of the restoration of the Church is sealed with God’s covenantal promise that He will not rest until her glorification is accomplished.
Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,’
And her salvation as a lamp that burns.
The Gentiles shall see your righteousness,
And all kings your glory.
You shall be called by a new name,
Which the mouth of the LORD will name.
You shall also be a crown of glory
In the hand of the LORD,
And a royal diadem
In the hand of your God.” [Isa 62:1-3].
God will Hasten it in its Time
When we contemplate the scope of the events outlined in this study we realise that there is much yet to be fulfilled -- the desolation that is coming upon the earth, the destruction of Antichrist’s kingdom, and the restoration of the Church. However, we should take these things into account.
1. The progression of end-time events is already under way.
2. Many happenings will be concurrent.
3. God has stated that end time events will be hastened in their time.
“Also your people shall all be righteous;
They shall inherit the land forever,
The branch of My planting,
The work of My hands,
That I may be glorified.
A little one shall become a thousand,
And a small one a strong nation.
I, the LORD, will hasten it in its time." [Isa 60:21-22]