3 And I saw one of his heads as if it were wounded to death; but his deadly wound was healed; and all the world followed the beast in wonder and admiration.
4 And they worshipped the dragon who gave power to the beast; and they worshipped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?"1 [All the world worships the dragon, who is Satan, the god of this world who excuses sin for some religious act: a special prayer, special food, washings, meditation, a contribution, service to the poor, etc. — giving man the license to live however he chooses in his lusts and pride. The world thinks they are worshipping the one true God, but they have been deceived and so are worshipping Satan instead.]
15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.8 [ — self-appointed ministers posing as authorized by Christ who solicit your money and Lord it over you. Christendom's ministers are the false prophets Jesus warns about. Deceiving billions, they promise heaven to anyone who believes, ignoring salvation's stated exclusions, requirements, and qualifying conditions. When you see how Christendom is nothing but Babylon, you will be both sad and angry: Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy out of their own imagination, 'Hear the word of the LORD,' Because they have seduced my people saying, 'Peace!' when there is no peace... you have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad, and have strengthened the hands of the wicked, so that he does not return from his wicked way, by (falsely) promising him life. Eze 13:2,10,22.]
16 You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?
|Revelation 12:1-6 |
1 Now there appeared a great wonder in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.1 [The woman is the true church of Christ as it first appeared.]
2 And being with child she cried out, travailing in birth, and in pain of childbirth.
3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
4 And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth; and the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, waiting 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 to God, and to his throne.
6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand-two-hundred and sixty days.2 [In 388 AD the true church of Christ was destroyed, its remnants driven into the wilderness, to reappear briefly 1260 years later as the early Quakers. The Quakers later became completely apostatized, resulting in the true church once again returning to the wilderness, where the Lord is leading individuals around the world, who one day will coalesce to bring the true church public once again.]