Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A FEW KEY POINTS ABOUT END TIMES UNDERSTANDING

The Lord wants His people to stop closing yourselves off from HIS word, settling instead for what is common. You should love the truth of His word more than you fear being wrong. Your pride is standing in the way of your gaining understanding. How can His Holy Spirit speak, teach and guide you if you already know? How can He pour His Spirit into you when you refuse to empty yourself of you. Let His word speaks where it speaks. Let His Spirit speak when He speaks. Let my word be your measure, not man's. Let God be true, and every man a liar.
1 Peter 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
Jeremiah 25:29  For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.

1- It is utter foolishness to believe the only reason you don't think you will go through the tribulation is because the word "church" does not appear in the book of Revelation. What is God's definition of a Church? 
Matthew 18:20  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
- It does not matter if the word itself is used.

2- It is impossible for the Catholic Church to be the Harlot of Babylon. 
Most will quote:
Revelation 17:9  And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
- These are Kingdoms, not literal mountains, and we can know this through the very next verse:
Revelation 17:10  And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
A king rules from a kingdom.
- Yes, they are responsible for the death of many true Christians. 
However, when God's word says this:
Revelation 17:6  And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
AND:
Revelation 18:24  And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
God is referring to the  Saints who are killed during the tribulation:
Revelation 13:7  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Daniel 7:21-22  I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;  22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
Daniel 8:24  And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
Daniel 11:33  And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.
There is no reason to speak of or study the past when it will be happening in the present.
The Catholic Church could never be the whore because they were never Christian.
Scripturally, the terms whore, whoredom, or harlot, is regularly used by God to His people, Israel's straying from of Him with other gods, going astray from their marriage to Him:

Jeremiah 3:3  Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore's forehead, you refused to be ashamed.
Ezekiel 16:28  Thou hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast played the harlot with them, and yet could not be satisfied.
Jeremiah 3:1  They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man's, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.
Jeremiah 3:6  The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot.
Jeremiah 3:8  And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
Ezekiel 16:35  Wherefore, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD:
Leviticus 20:5  Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people.
Jeremiah 13:27  I have seen thine adulteries, and thy neighings, the lewdness of thy whoredom, and thine abominations on the hills in the fields. Woe unto thee, O Jerusalem! wilt thou not be made clean? when shall it once be?
Ezekiel 23:8  Neither left she her whoredoms brought from Egypt: for in her youth they lay with her, and they bruised the breasts of her virginity, and poured their whoredom upon her.
Ezekiel 23:17  And the Babylonians came to her into the bed of love, and they defiled her with their whoredom, and she was polluted with them, and her mind was alienated from them.
Hosea 5:3-5  I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me: for now, O Ephraim, thou committest whoredom, and Israel is defiled.  (4)  They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God: for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not known the LORD.  (5)  And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity; Judah also shall fall with them.
Apostate means to fall away, or to leave. You cannot fall away from somewhere you have never been, nor can you leave a person you have never knew.
Isaiah 3:8-9  For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory.  (9)  The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.
Jeremiah 23:14  I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.
Jeremiah 42:14  Saying, No; but we will go into the land of Egypt, where we shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet, nor have hunger of bread; and there will we dwell:
Jeremiah 44:8  In that ye provoke me unto wrath with the works of your hands, burning incense unto other gods in the land of Egypt, whither ye be gone to dwell, that ye might cut yourselves off, and that ye might be a curse and a reproach among all the nations of the earth?
Revelation 18:9  And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
-There are other reasons why the Catholic Church is the Harlot, but I will not cover them right now.
Lastly, in the Book of Revelation, there are only two names that are referenced with the Great City: Babylon and Jerusalem:

Revelation 18:10  Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
Revelation 21:10  And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
Revelation 11:8  And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.