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Are You Ashamed Of Jesus? The Truth Might Surprise You!

Romans 1:16 states emphatically that a true Christian is NOT to be ashamed of the power of God revealed in our lives. But…..really how many of us actually live conscious of that fact? I’d bet good money that we don’t even think about the fact we live like we are ashamed every day, not willingly so much as selectively. We avoid situations that place us in the way of telling others about our savior before we actually get into them thus telling ourselves it wasn’t God’s will to speak to them. We justify simple moves to avoid the bigger issue of  spreading the Gospel of power.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

The power of God is ONLY REVEALED THROUGH US WHEN WE SPEAK ABOUT JESUS AND HIS GOSPEL. Not only that but the righteousness we THINK we have in Christ is directly tied to the preaching of that same Gospel releasing freedom into our lives, so if we become ashamed of that power in ANY WAY we by extension deny God’s power.

Romans 1:17  For therein (In the power of God) is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. “

Now…think about this very carefully, BOTH the righteousness and the power of the Gospel to save us from sin, are tied to NOT BEING ASHAMED of it. Doesn’t that indicate clearly that the majority of so-called salvation’s are hinging upon a proper understanding of this concept?

Romans 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;…”

 What is “Holding the Truth” in an unrighteous way? Could it possibly mean THINK YOURSELF to be saved while AT THE SAME TIME BEING ashamed of the Gospel. The two are oxymoron’s, one cannot be saved and ashamed according to scripture, they are mutually exclusive. Could this be the reason most religious people are deceived? Could it be the reason religions create false premises concerning salvation’s rules to cover for this obvious infraction against God?

The just shall live by faith and in order to live by faith,…God’s version of faith in Hebrews 11:1 you must not be ashamed of Gospel because it counter acts what true faith is! True faith cannot be revealed as the overcoming power it is, if you are constantly countering it’s power in you through your personal embarrassment of what it represents. Religious people only believe what their church tells them to believe, they are in effect trained to understand only a limited experience. Their faith is NOT BIBLICAL and thus not able to overcome the world system around them, which is why man-made religions cannot save us!

 Hebrews 11:1    “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

True biblical faith CONTAINS certain ingredients that average everyday faith does not, it has substance and evidence contained within it ready to be released through our lives as we believe, that produces everything religion cannot but being ashamed countermands it’s effect. This is called being double minded in scripture.

James 4:8  
 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners;
and purify your hearts, ye double minded. “

We can CURE our double mindedness by simply getting as close to God as we can, and as far from man-made ideas as possible. We then create an atmosphere where pure biblical faith can grow, sprout and reproduce itself in our lives. This is the true Christian faith in action not the fake religious version we all go to church and see. True Christianity is nothing like we see today, of course some things are but that is how we become deceived, we think we are serving God but all the while we are simply serving our own selfish needs, masking them over with religious duties.

Religion is the single most reliable source of Atheism in the world, why? Because it is a never ending well of excuses why God cannot be real. Religion gives lip service to everything real making it powerless before the world. Religion takes everything the bible says and diminishes it’s viable power through traditions created in the minds of mere men, totally powerless traditions!

Who can look at scriptures presentation of the power of God and think for even a second that Christianity as we witness before us is scriptural? What kind of deception is at work to make us excuse our weak kneed version of faith as the real faith of our fathers? How can we read of Jesus’ life in the Gospels, his healing of the sick, casting out of dark spirits, his renewing of the insane minds around him and think…..”Yeah…that’s the kind of power my religion emits around me!”

James 5:19-20  

 “Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death,
and shall hide a multitude of sins.” 

Man’s religion is our greatest err from the truth we could have ever committed against God, we have settled for demonic counterfeits rather than biblical truth. We have replaced his power for a powerless pile of dogmas. Do we really think God could be pleased with our lack of power?

 John 4:13-14


“Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this
water (The water of normal mortal life.) shall thirst again: 

 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I

shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be
in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”

Eternal life means just that, it is life that is SELF-REPLICATING, UNABLE TO DIE not simply unwilling to as the natural life of man is. This water from the well of God himself cannot be overcome, cannot be polluted by the world’s ways, cannot be what religion wants it to become…..weak and unobtrusive into the affairs of men!

God has provided us with a power so great that it’s painful to watch how the church has thrown away that power to BLEND IN WITH THE WORLD it’s supposed to be saving from it’s sin. Do we really believe that God will put up with us as mere shadows of what we are supposed to be?

John 6:53-58

 “Then
“Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life
in you.  Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal
life; and I will raise him up at the last day.   For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 
 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my
blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
 As the living Father hath sent me, and I

live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.  This is
that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and
are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.”

The Church’s power did not end in the forth century it was merely put to sleep by religious unbelief and only awakened periodically over the centuries in revivals that God caused to awaken his bride to be. But for us to believe we are his church we must believe his word to us, his true description of his body. That and that alone is our reflection not the weak religions ideas of what the church is! Human beings have a bad habit of accepting the easiest solution to a problem instead of digging for truth as 04-05-14 - 1God requires of us!

Think about it, would the God of creation really give up all he had to give up just to produce a powerless religion that believes in nothing and accomplishes nothing of import? Would Jesus really want what we know of as the Christian religion to take over the world? Come on people wake up, religion is the poorest excuse for faith and belief that has ever been invented. For heaven’s sake, it’s created more unbelief that all the Atheists combined over the century’s so why do we think for a moment that God is even in our worthless religions?

If we do not obey to the letter what Jesus commands we are not true believers, the truth cannot set you free if your view of it is warped from what it truly is. Truth is not really truth if all it is, is your personal opinion and not God’s word. The Bible is not a book of suggestions it’s a directional instruction for living life as God requires and e do not get a choice on that! Being ashamed of God is not a hard thing to do, it shows itself at every disobedience, every time your opinion trumps God’s direction, every little fear or pandering to the world’s ways creeps in……you are ASHAMED AND YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED of being ashamed because he gave more than any human being on this planet, past, present and future.

The Opening of the Seven Seals

The Opening of the Seven Seals
Chapter 3

John is not writing in some sort of code about things which would be understood by his contemporaries. He clearly writes that the events predicted by the visions are to begin soon and are a picture of the future, unfolded sequentially.
It is not that there are not “symbolic” words in the book of Revelation. There are, but they would be undecipherable, for a large part, until they are compared with the fulfillments of other prophecies or of these themselves. Some of these “symbol” words are defined in Daniel and Ezekiel. There are many which the book opens with and defines for you. For instance:
 
The one sitting on the Throne is obviously the Father.
The Lamb is Jesus.

Seven candlesticks are seven churches.
Many “sign” words are defined for us by the book itself. Other words are defined in usage in other places in the Bible or in the fulfillment of the prophecies themselves. In such places it may be suggested in context whether they are symbolic or to be taken literally. For instance:
Mountains are governments or principalities;

Islands are nations;

Earthquakes are revolutions;

Those that dwell in the earth are the unsaved.

Those who dwell in heaven are the saved no matter their address.

Beasts are human authorities, kingdoms or empires.

Fire and brimstone are usually literal explosive destruction.
Fire is sometimes good as zeal or at times purgative punishment.

Horns are divisions of a kingdom or world power.

Stars are symbols of spiritual powers.

The sun are moon symbols of more important earthly authorities.

The dragon is Satan in human government.

Earth refers to the inhabited, civilized, world.

Earth may mean the worldly scheme in contrast to the way of Christ.
Revelation and Symbols of Future Events
1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave to him, to show to his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified [it] by his angel to his servant John:
 
There are two possibilities in understanding the words “shortly come to pass.” It can either mean the symbols will be fulfilled within a short span of time, which is the position of the Futurists who believe that all of the symbols predict events in the last seven years of the world’s history; or it may mean that the symbols will begin to be fulfilled soon.
 
That is, that shortly after 96 A.D. the first symbol will epitomize an epoch of world history and each of the following symbols will follow sequentially paralleling the historical periods through history, until such time as the mystery that God wishes to reveal is complete.
 
We believe the historical parallel approach is the correct one as will be shown in the body of this book. The Futurist view has too many obscurities in it, not the least being that the most popular way of seeing the events of the last seven years is that they are supposed to happen in the world after the church has been “raptured.” If that view were correct it makes little sense to tell us, the church, about it, since we will not be here to see it!
 
The words “sent and signified” indicates the method of revelation. The symbols are just that — symbols; they signify. They do not describe the events literally but they depict events with signs or symbols.
 
The Outline of Revelation
 
1:19 Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter.
 
This verse above is the outline of the book: (1) The things which you have seen: refer to the visions of the first chapter. That is, Jesus among the candlesticks and related items. (2) The things which are: are the descriptions of the seven churches currently in John’s times. They describe conditions in which churches find themselves, in every age, including John’s. (3) The things which shall be hereafter: The rest of the book is preparation for, or descriptions of, prophecies that are future from John’s time.
 
4:1 After this, I looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice that I heard was like a trumpet talking to me; which said; Come up here and I will show you things which must be hereafter.
 
The above verse begins the future material or actually the introduction to it. In chapter four we see the source of the revelation, i.e. the throne room of God. And in chapter five there is a description of the book of prophetic things, “that which must be hereafter,” contained in the book of seven seals. Jesus is introduced as the only one able to open the book. He then proceeds to open the book. Those things predicting the future from John’s time start in chapter six with the opening of the seven seals.
 
Revelation 6: The First 6 Seals
 
6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as the noise of thunder, and one of the four creatures saying, Come and see. 6:2 And I saw and behold, a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given to him; and he went forth conquering and to conquer. 6:3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second creature say, Come and see. 6:4 And there went out another horse, [that was] red; and power was given to him that sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given to him a great sword. 6:5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third creature saying, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. 6:6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four creatures say, A measure of wheat for a penny and three measures of barley for a penny; and [see] that you hurt not the oil and the wine. 6:7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth creature say, Come and see. 6:8 And I looked and behold, a pale horse; and the name of him who sat on him was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with pestilence, and with wild beasts of the earth. 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held. 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long O Lord, holy and true, do you not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth. 6:11 And white robes were given to every one of them, and it was said to them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brothers, who should be killed as they were should be fulfilled. 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and lo, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood. 6:13 And the stars fell to the earth, even as a fig tree casts her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 6:15 And the kings of the earth and the great men and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come and who shall be able to stand?
 
 
THE INTERLUDE ASSOCIATED WITH THE SEVEN SEALS
 
 
7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 7:2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east having the seal of the living God; and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the se 7:3 Saying, Hurt not the earth nor the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed, [and there were] sealed one hundred and forty four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. 7:5 Of the tribe of Judah [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad [were] sealed twelve thousand. 7:6 Of the tribe of Aser [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Napthalim [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses [were] sealed twelve thousand. 7:7 Of the tribe of Simeon [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi [were[ sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar [were] sealed twelve thousand. 7:8 Of the tribe of Zabulon [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin [were] sealed twelve thousand. 7:9 After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 7:10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God who sits on the throne and to the Lamb. 7:11 And all the angels stood round about the throne and the elders and the four creatures, and fell before the throne on their faces and worshipped God, 7:12 Saying, Amen: Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, [be] to our God for ever and ever. Amen. 7:13 And one of the elders spoke, saying to me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and where did they come from? 7:14 And I said to him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These are they who came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 7:15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he that sits on the throne shall dwell among them. 7:16 They shall hunger no more neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 7:17 For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and lead them to living fountains of water; and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
 
 
THE FULFILLMENT OF THE SIX SEALS
 
 
Horsemen: The first four symbols are connected by using the same symbol. In the total scheme of all the symbols, this style — making the first four in each group of seven to be connected — continues in the trumpets and bowls. In the first of the four trumpets, blows strike,
 
(1) one third of the land and vegetation;
 
(2) one third of the sea and shipping;
 
(3) one third of rivers and fountains;
 
(4) one third of sources of light, sun, moon and stars.
 
Under the figures of plagues, the first four vials or bowls are likewise blows against land, sea, rivers, and the sun. In the fulfillment of these figures there would naturally be a relation of the first four symbols historically, with the possibility of some overlapping in the fulfillment. Remember then, the design of the book is that the first four symbols in each group are interrelated.
 
What to look for:
 
1. White: is a symbol of something good, the bow and crown of armored authority, and expansion of territory in conquest. So the first period of time after Domitian should be characterized historically as an unusually “good” (righteous) period associated with conquest and expansion. When we look in a secular history book the period just following Domitian should say, “something good.”
 
 
2. Red: is a symbol of blood, war, fire, not of “good.” Take peace from the earth indicates a total disorder. Kill one another indicates internal war, not killing the enemy, it is a figure of civil war. A great sword indicates a lot of dying in battle. So the second period of time should be characterized historically by breakdown of society, a great deal of armed conflict with many killed in civil disorders and not because of invasion of outsiders. This must follow a period of peace and “good” and expansion.
 
 
3. Black: is a symbol of darkness and despair. The scales and high prices and instructions not to waste suggest need for care because of shortages. The third period following hard on the civil disorder should be a period of famine and associated hardships. “Hard times” is the key note.
 
4. Pale: is a symbol of sickliness. The symbols associate closely with death, the abode of the dead (hades) as epitomizing history in the period. Twenty five percent, or the fourth part of the earth, are to die from
 
(1) sword;
(2) famine;
(3) disease;
(4) wild animals.
 
So the fourth period following the previous (and probably overlapping, as death and famine are part of both) should be a period characterized by depopulation of the earth due to war, famine, disease, and wild animals.
 
5. Saints under the altar: refers to the dead in Christ awaiting judgment day. These have been killed because of their faith and testimony. They want to know how long before God takes vengeance indicating the day of vengeance on the persecutors. “Rest a little season until,” should indicate a short interval following the last horse’s period. “The time that your brothers should be killed;” when this is fulfilled it will be a period of further persecution for a short but intense period when history is epitomized by that persecution.
 
 
So, following the four horsemen
 
(1) peace and good,
(2) civil war,
(3) famine,
(4) depopulation,
 
there should follow a period that is characterized by persecution. In the vision, the persecution has been going on previously, persecution in which Christians have been dying, but this last will be a climax and completion of the persecution. Many Christians will die but after a little season the persecution stops. History is to look like this in the future from John’s view.
 
 
6. A great earthquake: equals complete shakeup of those things counted secure: government, religion, social order, ethics, economy; all shaken. The sun and moon are symbols of authority in human governments, the emperor, etc. The stars represent spiritual powers just as astrological charts indicate. The gods of paganism were associated with planets and stars. Heaven departing indicates the removal of spiritual powers or ethical inhibitors.
 
No guidance from above! Mountains and islands are symbols of nations and governments. These being moved out of their places is a symbol of turnover of government, continuing the symbol of a great earthquake, that characterizes this period. The following verses (15-17) make it plain that the whole upheaval is identified with Jesus Christ and it is a day of reckoning for the enemies of the cross of Christ. It is a day that will cause his enemies to hide, disappear, flee away, and he will take vengeance.
 
 
So following the period of persecution, world history should be characterized by the world being turned upside down, the disappearance of pagan powers, while Christian ethics take their place. Government will be likewise reorganized and shaken violently at the end of which Christianity will be in a good position, as the next symbol makes clear.
 
 
The Interval of Chapter Seven.
 
 
All of chapter seven speaks of conversion. 144,000 of the nation of the Jews and then a great multitude out of every nation and language, beyond number, are brought to worship God and Christ. (Vs. 9) Verses 14 and 15 contain a description of conversion that is symbolic of the changes that most born again believers associate with their own experience. What is characterized in the whole of chapter seven is a great ingathering or gospel harvest that follows the revolutionary period just previous to it.
 
 
So the interval is a period of evangelism and expansion of the Christian gospel that should epitomize that historical period. Any one knowing the history of the world from the time of Domitian through the next few centuries will be struck with the incredible coincidence of the outline of the seer of Patmos with what actually happened.
 
 
7: Opening the Seventh Seal
 
 
Let the Winds blow: At the commencement of the Interlude of sealing the servants of God an angel is instructed to “Hold back the four winds until the sealing is over. Thus after the ingathering of souls, the Seventh seal will be associated with events that will look like the destructive action of blowing winds associated with the first of the Trumpets. A map of the next 100 yearas after The triumph of the Christian Cburch should look like blowing winds.
Also as noted in the fist chapter of this book The seventh seal IS the Seven Trumpets.
 
Confirming that the trumpets can not be concurrent with the Seals. They are designed to be in sequence. Let us note the following Maps. The first shows the Roman Empire in 395 at the end of the 60 or so years described as the Triumph of Christianity. Notice how the Empire is still in a very neat condition.
 
 
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This next map shows the the next 100 year beginning in 410, Beginning fifteen years after the last map.
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Review
 
Let us review one more time. The historical periods following the time of Domitian should follow:
1. Something good.
2. Civil disorder, many die.
3. Hard times.
4. Depopulation by twenty five percent.
5. Persecution.
6. Revolution of religious as well as political life.
7. Interval of ingathering or expansion of Christian gospel.
8. Let the Winds Blow
Historical Fulfillment
1. The period immediately following Domitian introduces a century of peace called the Pax Romana or translated the Peace of Rome. The emperors of the period are known in history books as the “Five Good Emperors.” Marcus Aurelius was a philosopher whose doctrines approached the ethics of Christianity. The name of emperor Antoninus Pius indicates his inclinations. This period, from 98 to 180 is also characterized by the additions of large border regions to the empire and expansion to the greatest limits ever. If God wanted to picture the period he could not have chosen a better symbol than a white horse and conquest.
 
 
2. History texts call the period from 180 to 280 the period of disorder. Eighty emperors ruled in a space of ninety years and most of them met death by violence. The post of emperor was actually bought and sold at public auction. The empire was ravaged by civil war for most of the period. Every few months a new soldier of fortune would make a claim on the title and march on Rome from distant as well as more local locations, fighting, pillaging, and burning as they approached a war weary city. The depletion of stocks, burning of countryside, disruption of markets, and farms denuded of crops took their toll and the next two figures overlap the end of this period.
 
 
3. The devastation of the wars of the previous period brought the empire the worst of famines and shortages. This period overlaps the end of the last.
 
 
4. The consequences of the preceding wars and famines created a climate for the depopulation of the earth that historians tell us characterized this period. Due to the depopulation, wild animals increased in formerly civilized areas and death from them was common enough to be placed in the histories. An outbreak of the black plague (bubonic plague) is recorded at this time. The figures of death due to sword, famine, disease, and wild animals is a perfect description of the period, which, with the last, overlaps and extends as a result of the wars to the early 300s when they were cause for what followed. The Christians were blamed!
 
 
5. From 300 to 313, “a little season,” the history of the Roman empire is characterized by persecution. It is the last and most severe of the ten great persecutions against the Christian religion which were authorized by the emperors of Rome. Many thousands died, many church buildings and Bibles went to the flames. Every elder, (bishop) was arrested and killed and all other Christian leaders went into hiding or suffered death in the arenas publicly, as sport for the spectators. Diocletian resigned midway and his successor and son-in-law carried on the extremities. He it was who issued the edict of persecution. He would later admit defeat and would issue the edict of toleration which ended the OFFICIAL persecution on a world scale forever. Christians have never faced death on such a scale since. Historians all epitomize this historical period as an epoch of persecution.
 
 
6. Following the end of the persecution, Constantine the Great left York in Britain and marched against Galerius and his successors. His conquests and subsequent emperorship are characterized by turning the imperial system of Rome upside down. Rather than merely tolerating Christianity, he issued in 325 the Edict of Milan, which made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire. The pagan temples were closed and they were given to Christian churches; the pagan gods were swept away, not only from their pedestals but from peoples’ hearts.
 
 
The figures of the stars falling and heaven being rolled up could not better describe the disappearance of the old religious and ethical order and the taking of its place by the Christian religion. Imagine being paid to become a Christian when only four or five years ago your family was being torn by lions for the same faith!
 
New government took the place of the old order; the church would play a large part in the affairs of state; and the capitol would be moved from Rome to Constantinople. There could not possibly be a better set of figures to epitomize this great, eventful period than mountains and islands moving, a great earthquake and the day of Jesus Christ’s vengeance, and the shaking and disappearance of secure heavenly powers in favor of Jesus! There is much more to say about the fulfillment of these figures and while this is necessarily an outline it is extraordinary in its completeness and simplicity.
 
 
7. The period of history that follows this sequence in any history book is always characterized by the expansion of the Christian religion. The interlude of chapter seven predicts that the history of the period would be characterized in this way. The chapter headings in text books on world history that one finds after the discussions of Constantine, and the consequences to the sweeping changes wrought by him are: The Triumph of Christianity, or The Rise of the Church, or The Expansion of Christianity, or The Rise of the Christian Church. With the end of persecution and the support of the empire, Christianity became the most popular life style world wide and grew to undreamed of proportions. The difficulties that resulted from that triumphal expansion is not what is noticed here but rather that the association of the figure, of ingathering of souls, with what historians say actually happened in the world, is too accurate to be mere coincidence.
 
 
The History in a Secular Outline
 
 
It may be valuable to go over this outline one more time using Barnes and Noble’s College Outline.* This is a book that was written for review for College students who want a quick review of the course of study. We begin at the year 96. I will supply the scriptural symbols and let the book outline the periods.
 
* Rickard, J.A., and Hyma, Albert; Ancient, Medieval, and Modern History; Published by Barnes & Noble, Inc. 1962. The material here is quoted in gleanings from pgs. 62 to 66
1. The White Horse is the good period. College Outline follows:
“Nerva (96-98). Nerva was the first of the so called “five good emperors.”
 
As a member of the senate he increased the importance of that body. (5) Trajan (98-117). This war-like ruler subdued Dacia and established a Roman colony there. He also conquered Arabia, Armenia, and Parthia, and made these regions into Roman provinces. (6) Hadrian (117-138). This emperor gave up some of Trajan’s conquests, built a wall across Britain, and established a federal civil service system. He also reorganized the army by introducing morals and discipline, extended citizenship to many provincials, and encouraged learning. (7) Antoninus Pius (138-161). He improved the lot of the slave and adopted the principle that a man is innocent until proved guilty. He neglected the defence of the frontier. (8) Marcus Aurelius (161-180). He was a stoic philosopher and writer.
 
While his Meditations approach Christianity in spirit, yet he persecuted Christians. He died while defending the frontier against barbarians.”
 
Could this period be better epitomized than by the symbol of something good, and conquering and to conquer?
 
2. The Red Horse, when they kill each other with a great sword.
 
“So low had Rome sunk that Julianus bought the throne at public auction… Eighty emperors occupied the throne within a period of ninety years, and most of them met death by violence.”
 
Thus the period of the next ninety years from 180-270 was a period of civil war, disorders and disruption, just as the symbol states.
 
 
3. The Black Horse or hard times.
 
It would be difficult not to predict hard times following ninety years of civil war. This and the next symbol actually overlaps the time of the Red Horse and continues on.
 
Thus in Barnes and Noble for this overlapping
period: “Lacking money the government paid soldiers in land, and received taxes in grain… the army through force put incompetent rulers in power… Wasteful methods of villa farming led to decreased productiveness.”
 
 
4. The Pale Horse with Death
 
 as the rider and the symbols of a twenty five per cent loss of population due to war, disease, wild animals and famine. This period overlaps the last as would be obvious. Barnes and Noble say:
 
“The Decline of Population. Increased luxury produced a lower birth rate, while higher cost of living made for smaller families. The Asiatic Plague also caused the death of many.” and on the next page: “War, slavery, plague, and unprofitable living conditions also caused a decline in population.”
 
This absolutely incredible coincidence between the history and the symbols continues in Barnes and Noble to about 300 A.D.
 
5. Saints Under the Altar.
 
This can hardly be missed as predicting a final persecution after a series of the same. This persecution started right on time from about 300 to 313. Barnes and Nobel describe Diocletian:
 
“The Work of Diocletian. Diocletian made Rome into an undisguised Oriental monarchy. He… assumed the role of a god-king… Finally, he engaged in the last and bitterest persecution of the Christians in Roman history.”
 
 
The coincidence continues
 
. 6. The Earthquake, Islands, Mountains Moving and Day of Jesus’ Wrath.
 
This symbol of disruption and revolution follows the last of Persecution. Barnes and Noble describe this next period:
 
“Diocletian’s…period…was ended by the triumph of Constantine. This Emperor (323-337) is chiefly important for two acts: the recognition of Christianity as the state religion, and the removal of the capital to Constantinople… the period as a whole is a sad story of anarchy and confusion.”
 
Thus the six seals are paralleled in Barnes and Noble as they simply tell the story of the historical periods. The next period of the interlude of the seventh chapter indicates that what follows hard on this should be a multitude of people becoming Christians. They dip their garments in the blood of the Lamb!
 
 
The next chapter in Barnes and Noble that covers the period after Constantine from 325 to 460 is called:
 
“THE RISE OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH”
 
And it should be, because that is what the book of Revelation says should be next! This is quite an astounding review and should impress the most skeptical.
 
7th Seal
 
 Then after the interlude of ingatering We are to see “Let the Winds Blow. see the map 2 above as a reminder Click the back button to return to this page.
 
 
It might be possible to create one symbolic figure of an historical period and pick it out in history by mere accident. But if one says, as John did, that there will be periods of history, the first one to begin soon, the pattern of which will be identical to symbols that outline and epitomize briefly the events in the epochs to come, what would be the odds of getting eight out of eight right on the money?
 
 
The rest of the book of Revelation’s symbols can be paralleled right up to the present, and an attempt can even be made of predicting the near future based on what has been gleaned. It would at least be more meaningful than a mere guess, to base your predictions on what has gone before, and then use the similar symbols to project the future.
 
In the light of these prophecies, anyone who would believe in some other God appears ignorant in the presence of the God of history who pre-wrote the outline in the book of Revelation.
 
 
Also in this light, if men would put aside this remarkable historical coincidence so they could follow some remote theory or obscure method of interpreting Revelation, we would look in wonder at what has to be unbelief in the proper intentions of the God who wrote the book of prewritten history.
 
Perhaps they are ignorant through neglect, which is excusable if study would banish the ignorance. We cannot accuse the Futurists, who make great efforts to project their position, of neglect nor indecision, but we speak of others of who cloud the air with their uncertainty.
 
To write a book and have nothing to say is not excusable, although it may mask a poor claim to scholarship, because little effort is needed to take a position of no posture, or give an indefinite application to these wonderful symbols.
 
 It takes significantly more time, thought, study, and application, to arrive at definite conclusions of what is the Truth; while it takes little or none to be a skeptic, or simply to be indefinite.
 
 
In other words, while any one can read the book, and anyone can print the book, and anyone can make unmeaningful comments on the book in the name of caution, it takes a bit more effort to show its design and tell what it means.
 
 
If you are moved to faith in this God and his book, I recommend that you obey him. You begin that obedience by placing faith, or trust, in Jesus Christ; the first act of faith is your submission to baptism, an immersion in water, into his life-giving death to effect your resurrection. This first act of obedience as the start of a life of obedience is a part of every truly repentant believer’s Christian experience.


The Woman in the Wilderness – The Church of All Ages



The Church of All Ages

Revelation 12

 

1. And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: 2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
Woman with Child: There can be little doubt that the woman described here is Zion, the mother of us all, described in Isaiah 66.
 
 
3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. 5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
 
 
The Dragon Beast is identified in verse 9 below as Satan himself. But he is garbed in the figure of the Roman Empire. This figure is explained in Chapter 13 in detail where it is seen to be based on the fourth beast of the seventh chapter of Daniel and is almost universally seen to be fulfilled in the Roman Empire.
 
 
Here Satan appears in the Garb of the Roman Empire. He appears again in history in the form of the Dragon Beast again after the demise of the Roman Empire, in the historical attempts to restore godless secular pagan government: He is mentioned in this way in Chapter 11:7 where he appears as the godless secular paganism of the French Revolution and again as the political power in the atheistic pagan Soviet Union. He is pictured at the Dragon Beast in the Soviet Union in Revelation 16. Read the comments on Armageddon.
 
 
The Man Child: The picture here is of the Messiah being born from a Jewish Mother and the history of the persecution of the Messiah by the Roman Empire is easy to see but after struggling with Satan He obtained Divine protection at the throne of the Almighty where he can no longer be reached by Satan. But more on the struggle with Satan before he was “caught up” below
 
 
6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and sixty days.
 
 
1260 Days or 3 and 1/2 lunar years which contain 42 months: This period: This figure is one of several that describe the same period of time and events that synchronize during this period of time. It is elaborated on below in verse 14 where the same period is called “time times and half a time.” see 14 below
 
 
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
 
 
Satan not Found anymore in Heaven This verse describes the Spiritual warfare which resulted in the casting out of Satan from the presence of God’s throne to a limited realm in the physical universe. He could not walk any longer in the presence of God as he did in the patriarchal dispensation as described in the Book of Job. There he assumes the role given to him in verse 10 below as the “accuser of our brethren.” The war and its results and when it took place in relationship to earth time is described below.
 
 
 
 
Cast out: Where he was cast out from is described in the verse above. He is cast out of heaven but into the earth. He was not cast out of earth in this war mentioned here. On the contrary earth (the physical universe) is now the limit of his province and he is called the Prince of demons in Mt 9:34; and 12:24 and in Mk. 3:22. He is still the Prince of the Power of the Air (Eph 2:2) and John record’s Jesus’ words calling him the Prince of this world three times in Jo. 14:30 and 16:11 and in the verse below.
 
John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. 32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
It is this verse which marks the point in “time” when Satan was cast out of heaven. Jesus said that his death on the cross would be the event that would cause the casting out of Satan. Since that time Satan can not appear before God as the “accuser of our brethren” or in any other way. The next verse gives it more plainly.
 
 
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
 
 
Accuser of our brethren is cast down The comments in the verse above quote the verse that marks the terminal point in the conflict in heaven. The final battle is fought in the earth and is still raging. Salvation and the Kingdom come as a result of the Cross to the earth to those who accept the covenant.
 
Verse 11 makes it very clear how we in the earth overcome in the battle which is still raging here. We overcome by the blood of Jesus and by the word of our own testimony and we certainly do not love our own earthly lives in relation to that which is promised. If physical death is necessary let it come.
 
 
12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
 
 
A Short time: The cross of Christ is the point at which Satan was cast out of heaven and he now rages because his time is short. He is to have a temporal end.
 
 
13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
 
 
He persecuted the woman: There are many levels of persecution which the Remnant Church has endured including 300 years of actually being put to death at the hand of Roman rulers followed by the adoption of the false religion of the Papal system which persecuted the true believers for many centuries.
 
 
It is that period: The period when the true church was obscured in history and the false Papal System pretended to be the church, fusing the secular and false spiritual power in one system for the period that comprises the 1260 days. Another symbol of this period is given in the next verse.
 
 
 
 
The woman was given two wings of a great eagle: The woman who is the Church, the continuing Zion of God, the Remnant Church of all ages, then fled before the persecution into the wilderness of obscurity.
 
 
Here the period is called “time times and 1/2 time” which identifies this figure as the same period of 1260 days in verse 6 above. The figure in this verse was given first in Daniel 7 and 12. Here it is plain that “time times and a half” is also 1260 day/years. See the explanation of this period in Daniel 12. Also see the synchronizing of all the figures of the same period (1260 days, 42 months, and 3 and 1/2 years) in the chapter that deals with these numbers.
 
 
15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. 16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. 17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
 
 
The dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed The continuation is confirmed here of the same spiritual battle which was waged in heaven and on that field was won by the greatest event of history on earth at Mount Calvary. This battle will continue to rage on through the centuries and not be complete until well after Armageddon. But it will be won by individuals in the manner described in verse 11:
 
 
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
The next chapter of Revelation, Chapter 13, describes in detail the beast with 7 heads and 10 horns and how Satan used it, and its two other entities. against the woman (the church) in history. Only a small remnant of that beast, a shadow of former power, remains at this time in history but its end is very near.

 

COME OUT FROM FALSE WORSHIP MY PEOPLE and touch not the unclean thing! “TALKING TO THE DEAD” A religious practice of dead religion FORBIDDEN BY God!

There are two major players in the prophetic realm today to stay clear of but only one is the true Beast of Revelation.

Ultimately the true Beast is Islam, but the other Beast is the Roman Catholic Church

Come out of her, my people.

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“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’” (Revelation 18:4,5).
Babylon (or Babel) was the capital of an ancient empire. The name means “confusion” and originates from the confusion of languages which halted the building of the tower of Babel.

Symbolically, Babylon represents the confusion of idolatry and false religion. “And look, here comes a chariot of men with a pair of horsemen! And he answered and said, ‘Babylon is fallen, is fallen! And all the carved images of her gods He has broken to the ground’” (Isaiah 21:9).
  “Declare among the nations, Proclaim, and set up a standard; Proclaim, and do not conceal it — Say, ‘Babylon is taken, Bel is shamed. Merodach is broken in pieces; Her idols are humiliated, Her images are broken in pieces’” (Jeremiah 50:2). 
“And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Revelation 17:5). Harlotry represents unfaithfulness to the true God through the worship of idols (Exodus 34:15,16; Leviticus 20:5; Deuteronomy 31:16; Psalm 73:27; Judges 2:17; 8:33; Jeremiah 2:20; 3:1; Ezekiel 16:15-17). 
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B004JU0JT4&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrIn all ages, Satan — that old serpent, the enemy of God and man — has supplied the world with a confusion of false religions,BUT no Religion so GREAT AND CONFUSING AS CATHOLICISM and ISLAM WHICH FULFILLS THIS PROPHESY PERFECTLY!
Israel was carried away into Babylonian captivity as punishment for its apostasy and idolatry and even today is “Politically” Deceived by the Harlots lies as is the WHOLE WORLD!

Flee from Babylon! THIS IS GOD’S CRY TOWARD HIS OWN PEOPLE IN ALL THE WORLD WHO ARE DECEIVED BY THE FALSE RELIGION THAT PROMISES PEACE AND SAFETY IN IT’S ARMS,WHILE FORCING US TO DRINK FROM IT’S “CUP OF INIQUITY” the Church today has made an alliance with the “MURDERER OF THE SAINTS OF THE PAST” A CONCORDAT OF DEATH with the Master of death. 

THE PITCHER PLANT IN NATURE IS THE PERFECT REPRESENTATION OF THE VATICAN’S AND ISLAM’S TRUE INTENTIONS REGARDING THE SAINTS OF GOD WITHIN IT’S GRASP TODAY,DO NOT BE DECEIVED BY IT’S BEAUTY.
 Pitcher Plant Blossom


The Pitcher-plant is a carnivorous plant, a meat eater. http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1935071122&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrCarnivorous plants usually live in nitrogen poor soils. They have ‘learned’ to augment the inadequate nitrogen available in the soil by capturing and consuming insects!

The inside of the tubular shaped leaf is lined with downward pointing hairs. These hairs block an insect from climbing up the tube and escaping. The fluid in the bottom of the tube contains digestive juices that will consume the insect prey.

The Antichrist Church has ONLY one REASON FOR DECEIVING THE SAINTS AND THAT IS TO CONSUME THEIR LIFE FROM THE EARTH, SO DO NOT LET THE “HAIRS” of UNITY BLOCK YOU FROM ESCAPE, FOR THE “FLUID” of DESTRUCTION AWAITS THE SAINTS WHO GO TO FAR INTO IT’S DOCTRINAL ABYSS!
 
There is also this to realize, the Roman Church is also diverting http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1456490168&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrattention from the true Beast of Islam in her quest to take over the World

“Go forth from Babylon! Flee from the Chaldees! With a voice of singing, declare, proclaim ‘The LORD has redeemed His servant Jacob!’” (Isaiah 48:20). See verses 12-22.

“Depart! Depart! Go out from there, touch no unclean thing; go out from the midst of her, be clean, you who bear the vessels of the LORD” (Isaiah 52:11). See verses 7-12.

“‘In those days and in that time,’ says the Lord, ‘The children of Israel shall come, They and the children of Judah together; With continual weeping they shall come, And seek the Lord their God. They shall ask the way to Zion, With their faces toward it, saying, “Come and let us join ourselves to the Lord In a perpetual covenant That will not be forgotten”‘” (Jeremiah 50:4,5).

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1599160927&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr“Move from the midst of Babylon, Go out of the land of the Chaldeans; And be like the rams before the flocks” (Jeremiah 50:8). “Flee from the midst of Babylon, 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” (Jeremiah 51:6).

“We would have Healed Babylon (The common EXCUSE FROM CATHOLICS WHO ARE “Born Again” is that they are working from within to bring change), But she is not healed (Some have come out and that’s good BUT GOD SAYS COME OUT OR SHARE IN HER DESTRUCTION). 

Forsake her, and (HER DOCTRINES OF DEVILS) let us go everyone to his own country; For her judgment reaches to heaven and is lifted up to the skies. The Lord has revealed our righteousness. Come and let us declare in Zion the work of the Lord our God” (Jeremiah 51:9,10).

“My people, go out of the midst of her! And let everyone deliver himself from the fierce anger of the Lord” (Jeremiah 51:45). See chapters 50 and 51.

“Up, Zion! Escape, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon” (Zechariah 2:7).

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The expression “great city” is used in Scripture to designate idolatrous and evil cities: Nineveh (Genesis 10:11; Jonah 1:2; 3:2,3; 4:11); Gibeon (Joshua 10:1); Jerusalem (Jeremiah 22:8; Revelation 11:8); Sodom (Revelation 11:8); Babylon (Revelation 16:19; 18:10); Rome (Revelation 17:18).
If you compare the passages in Revelation, you will discover that Jerusalem, Sodom, Babylon and Rome are all referring to the same city! This is the city of the false prophet, the city of the Antichrist, the city which represents all rebellion to God.


We too must flee

In our time as well, God’s people are commanded to depart from Babylon. We ARE COMMANDED BY GOD not to participate in the false religion that surrounds us. God calls us out of Babylon and tells us to return to Zion:GOD’S KINGDOM “And I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1928660320&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrof her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities’” (Revelation 18:4,5).

How can God’s people be in Babylon? Referring to certain people who had not yet heard the Gospel, Jesus said: “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city” (Acts 18:9,10). These were people who were searching for God and whose attitude was such that they would accept the Gospel. Through the preaching of Paul they were given an opportunity to repent and be saved, to escape from Babylon.

In His prayer to the Father, Jesus said: “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word” (John 17:6).

Cornelius is also a good example. He prayed regularly to God and did good deeds (Acts 10:4,31). Because God appreciated this, He provided Cornelius with an opportunity to hear the Gospel. Just through his prayer and good works, however, Cornelius was not yet saved! He was commanded: “Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon whose surname is Peter, who will tell you words by which you and all your household will be saved” (Acts 11:13,14).

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What does it mean to depart from Babylon? “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?” (2 Corinthians 6:14-16). “Belial” means “the worthless one” or “the lawless one”.

“Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you” (2 Corinthians 6:17). “Beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1). Read 2 Corinthians 6:14 through 7:1.

Some people think they can compromise with a false religion. They try to serve Christ in the camp of the Antichrist! They think they can serve God inwardly although they remain in a denomination that deviates from the doctrine of Christ.

They are mistaken. If they remain in Babylon, they will perish with Babylon. “Whoever http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1414104405&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrtransgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds” (2 John 9-11). 

“Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch” (Matthew 15:13,14).

God warns us

“Go forth from Babylon! Flee from the Chaldees!” (Isaiah 48:20).

“Depart! Depart! Go out from there, touch no unclean thing; go out from the midst of her, be clean, you who bear the vessels of the LORD” (Isaiah 52:11).

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“Flee from the midst of Babylon, 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” (Jeremiah 51:6).

“We would have healed Babylon, But she is not healed. Forsake her, and let us go everyone to his own country” (Jeremiah 51:9).

“My people, go out of the midst of her! And let everyone deliver himself from the fierce anger of the Lord” (Jeremiah 51:45).

“Up, Zion! Escape, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon” (Zechariah 2:7).

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=9628139908&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrWhat is the Catholic sacrament of Holy Eucharist? What is the Catholic definition of celebrating Holy Eucharist?

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B000H2M928&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr“TALKING TO THE DEAD” A religious practice of dead religion FORBIDDEN BY God!

I am coming at this problem from an angle that I personally am familiar with as a former black witch in the Occult for 8 years. You may be asking…”Is there such as thing as a sixth sense?
Is it possible to communicate with the spirit world?

Popular television shows like Ghost Whisperer, Medium and John Edward Cross Country all seem to suggest that talking to the dead and communicating with spirits is quite possible and even normal, most of the time these shows are well made and entertaining. I personally like to watch these shows for the pure entertainment value ALONE with THE exception of John Edwards whom I believe is a fake Medium at best AND A REALLY GOOD GUESSER But what does the Bible say about talking to the dead?

The Old Testament warns against consulting (And this means in ANY FORM DIRECTLY or http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0883687356&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrINDIRECTLY ) with mediums and psychics in several instances. These practices are considered detestable to the Lord.WHY?
 
Because God knows that in doing this we are really “Communicating with Demons” NOT WITH THE PEOPLE WE HAVE LOST!
You may be thinking…What does this have to do with the Church..both Catholic & Protestant? According to a recent study by the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, 20 percent of Americans believe that the living can communicate with the dead. In an on line survey of 10,000 Beliefnet members, 77 percent said they’d felt the presence of a spirit, angel or dead soul. 
Both the survey results and the TV statistics indicate that women are more likely to believe it’s possible to interact with the spirit world. Forty-six percent of women surveyed believed that “the souls of the dead protect the living as spirit guides,” compared with 27 percent of men. Women were also more likely than men to believe that “the dead can hear our prayers or intercede with God on our behalf.” 
Most interesting, people tend to view these spirits as protectors who may intervene to help in their daily lives. Forty-two percent in the Beliefnet survey said the souls protect the living by acting as guardian angels or spirit guides. Can you communicate with the dead only if you’re a http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=088419454X&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrpsychic—or a TV star? Thirty-six percent of Beliefnet poll respondents believed that talking to the dead is “something that everyone has potential for.” 
All this interest in communicating with the dead comes despite the fact that Jews and Christians have prohibitions against it. The Bible says, “There shall not be found among you any one that consults a ghost or familiar spirit, or a necromancer” (Deut. 18:10). 
One respondent captured a common Christian view when he said the appearance of a loved one is “the Devil in disguise.” These spirits are “simply a way to try to move us away from our close relationship with God.”

The Old Testament term for communicating with the dead is “necromancy.” (Deuteronomy 18:11, also read verse 10) It is forbidden by God: “There shall not be found among you… For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord” (an “abomination,” KJV). 

Also see: 1 Samuel 28:3-20; 2 Chronicles 10:13, 14; Isaiah 8:19-22. The punishment for contacting the dead is very severe, if not repented of. 
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B004FN2B5U&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrThis must also include what Roman Catholicism claims is praying to the “saints” — the deceased who have been beatified, canonized, or placed in a position of spiritual superiority by the hierarchy. (Scripture refers to all believers as “saints.”) The real force at work in such “apparitions” (appearances of the deceased) is deception: demonic activity, evil spirits.
I am a personal witness to these deceptive beings “Pretending ” to be humans who once lived on earth,it does happen for Satan disguises himself as “an angel of light,” it says in 2 Corinthians 11:14. (He doesn’t approach us saying, “Boo!” or we’d run & hide.) 
When prophecies or visions fail to come to pass, we know they’re not of God (Deuteronomy 18:21-22). But even if a vision or prophecy DOES COME TO PASS (and Satan can & does have the power to make THINGS COME TO PASS AS HE SAID THEY WOULD,AS LONG AS THAT THING IS WITHIN THE PLAN OF GOD;SO DON’T BE FOOLED, scripture says, we are still instructed to discern the source: if it doesn’t glorify Jesus — if it glorifies any other person, living or dead — it’s not of God. examine or

When someone claims to have received a “vision” of the dead, it’s really a deception of the enemy — demon forces at work. 
Luke chapter 16 contains excellent instruction on the state of the dead, referring to an impassable separation between the after-life and this world. Those in the next world, saved or otherwise, simply do not return to deliver messages to the living: 
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Another example is the instance in which, at the death of his son, David testified: “I shall go to him, but he shall not return unto me.” (2 Samuel 12:15-23) 
Not all miracles are of God. Satan performs lying signs and wonders (Exodus 7:9-12; 8:7, 17-19; Deuteronomy 13:1-5; Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22; 2 Thessalonians 2:9; Revelation 13:13-14, 16:14; 19:20) The magicians in the times of Moses and Daniel could perform some magic (Exodus 7:9-12; 8:7; Daniel 1:20) … but their power is limited (Exodus 8:17-19; Daniel 2:2, 10, 27; 4:7; 5:7-8, 15). 
Many Roman Catholics and others, lacking discernment* and knowledge of the Scriptures (“My people perish for lack of knowledge”) — and trusting the hierarchy of man — fail to “test the spirits and see whether they be of God” (1 John 4:1). They assume the priests do that for them! Some of the primary points relative to this issue include: 
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=117707818X&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrIf a sign or wonder predicted comes to pass, but the person is enticed to follow after another god, we are to reject it. (Deuteronomy 13:1-5) Also, if the message delivered is contrary to Scripture, it’s not from God (Isaiah 8:20; 2 Timothy 3:16). Some religious messages don’t glorify Jesus at all; rather, the “vision” is glorified and, repeated again and again, perpetuated by tradition. 
The Roman Catholic practice of praying to and for the dead can be traced in part to the Old Testament apocryphal books (2 Maccabees 12:46 “It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead.”) These books, rejected from the canon (“rule,” or “standard”) of Scripture, contain historical and geographical errors, and many teachings inconsistent with the rest of scripture: salvation by almsgiving; suicide; magic; angelic intercession; etc. Definitely nothing sturdy upon which to base one’s eternal destiny. 
Matthew 24:23-27 (KJV)
”Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 
For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” 
Colossians 2:18 (KJV)” Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1414102356&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrworshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,”
1 Peter 5:8 (KJV)” Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: ” Isaiah 8:19-20 (KJV)”And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. 
Now here is a direct reference to a Lying spirit telling us he goes into men to Lie and mislead,but in this case God is using this Demon to his advantage to bring his plan into being for Israel. 
1 Kings 22:21-23 (KJV)”And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so. Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee. “
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If you are a Roman Catholic, it would be very wise to be concerned as to why the Catholic Church teaches some things that are totally contrary to God’s word? One of these things the Bible clearly teaches us is that we are not to have or pray to graven images (statues).
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God”, Exodus 20:4-5a THIS GOES FOR ALL CHRISTIANS WHO HAVE PICTURES OF JESUS OR CROSSES AROUND THEIR NECKS AS WELL!
 
Worship is a tricky thing and can be done sometimes without knowing it with Charms that we think ARE HARMLESS!
We all need to study God’s word daily so we can understand His truth. Another big difference and concern is, why do Catholics pray to saints when the Bible teaches very clearly to only pray to God?
If you are praying to Mary or a saint; you are also practicing necromancy. Necromancy is http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1163047325&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrcommunicating with those who are dead. It is a hideous sin that is an abomination to a holy God.
Deut. 8:10-12 “There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. “
Abomination is one of the strongest words used by God for something He utterly detests. ARE THE SAINTS DEAD? HAS MARY THE MOTHER OF JESUS DIED? Remember Mary did not EVER get raised from the dead in the same way as Christ did so she like all human beings is DEAD TO THIS PLAIN OF EXISTENCE unlike Jesus who can come and go as he pleases because he was raised in a spiritual body unlike those in Heaven.

THE ANSWER IS …YES! THEY ARE ALL DEAD,THEREFORE WE ARE FORBIDDEN TO TALK TO THEM OR ASK FOR ADVICE FROM THEM! 

The usual argument that this a spiritual exercise to bring us closer to God does NOT WORK BECAUSE OF THIS SPECIFIC WARNING!

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“There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom:
the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 
But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1564764885&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrhe said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead” (Luke 16:19-31).
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This man prayed to and called Abraham his father, and this was very wrong. We all know that Abraham was a righteous man in scripture.
He was a great man of faith. If he wasn’t to be prayed to, then no other saints are to be prayed to either. If you are praying to Mary or any other saint you will also be where this rich man was one day. Jesus tells us to call no man Father except God in heaven. 
Why are priests called Father?

“And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven” Matthew 23:9.
As he prayed to Abraham he knew where he had gone wrong. He had not repented while he had been alive. Now it was to late! But he still had mercy on his brothers, but unfortunately he was indoctrinated into believing that Abraham could help them.
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Jesus Christ died on the cross and shed His atoning blood so we could be forgiven of our sins. “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many;”
Hebrews 9:28.
There is absolutely no other sacrifice needed! Jesus paid our debt of sin in full!. Jesus said: “repent ye, and believe the gospel” Mark 1:15. 

All He wants us to do is repent and believe His Gospel. 

Now that we know what repent means, what does it mean to believe the Gospel? 
This does not just mean to believe in God and believe what he did. Most people already believe http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0829409300&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrin God or a higher power that they call god. Believing the Gospel is much more than this. It is to believe that much in the Lord Jesus Christ that it causes a change of heart. 

You become born again and set aside for God’s purposes. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name”: John 1:12.

  Dear Catholic friend, ask yourself the most important question; do you trust in God’s word or in man’s?

As you have seen, the Bible and Catholic teachings appear to be completely different on what really matters most. Which way will you turn?

Will you trust in the living and the risen savior? 

The One who rose from the dead so you can live again?

Or will you continue to trust in man’s word which will not be able to do anything for you when you stand at the judgment seat of Christ. 

Are you still determined to pray to any dead saint or idol?

What can they possibly do for you once you are in hell?

Why not put your trust in Jesus Christ, the living Lord and Savior the only one who can save you http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1594483353&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrfrom death and hell. “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” Revelation 1:18.

PRAY TO GOD ALONE

Now is the time to repent and pray to God the Father in heaven who is the only one that can save you from hell by His Son Jesus Christ. “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” Matthew 10:28
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