|Revelation 18:1-6 |
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1 Then after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of demons, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hateful bird. [From the Word of the Lord within: "Just like Judaism was taken over by the enemy, so has Christianity, which is corrupt through and through. There is no church in the world that Christ set up specifically. Like Daniel, you are captive of the Chaldeans. Your place of worship is filled with unclean birds." Unclean birds are demons. ]
3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown rich through the abundance of her delicacies."1
4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, "Come out of her, my people, so that you do not share in her sins, and so you will not receive her plagues.2 [Some of God's people are still in Christendom Babylon; God is pleading with his elect to leave the false church. Arise and depart, for this is not the rest. Because it is defiled, it shall destroy you, even with a grievous destruction. Micah 2:10]
5 For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.
6 Reward her even as she done to you, and repay her double according to her works; mix a double portion in the cup that she has filled for others.
2 Come out of her, my people, so that you do not share in her sins, and so you will not receive her plagues. Notice, some of God's people are in Babylon, the false church; so obviously God's people are fooled, at least for awhile. If you are the elect, you are expected to be in Babylon for awhile; to learn about Babylon is to further learn what is evil. Eventually the elect cannot stand listening to the hundreds of lies and inconsistencies with scripture; and God's elect have had revelation(s), which don't quite fit with the practices and doctrines of Christendom. Finally, the elect will see through all the smoke and mirrors, however painful and frightening the conclusion is. When you can see through Christendom as Babylon, which means confusion, you will not want to stay. The lies will be too painful to hear. 'Come out from among them, and be separate,' says the Lord, 'and touch no unclean thing; and I will receive you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters.' 2 Cor 6:17. You will understand that Christendom is not Christianity; and God calls you out of it, pleading with you.
Regarding the whore, the false church, the deficit sects of Christendom; the voice of the Lord said: When they pray, they don't pray to God; they pray to their collective conscience. You say, how could that be? Does their gospel include Christ being able to lead them out of darkness to a sinless state? Does their Jesus offer the destruction of sin and the works of Satan within them, now, while on earth? Does their Jesus show them what is in their heart so that they can repent of it and please Him by obedience? Does their Jesus promise them the Kingdom of Heaven while still alive on the earth, providing they make it their first priority? Paul said, people preached a different gospel and a different Jesus from those he preached. He further said, cursed is anyone who brings you a different gospel; -- a different gospel and different Jesus form those he preached. Can you see Christ arguing for sin, imperfection, impurity, and unholiness? Jesus said, "Truly, Truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin." John 8:34. Doesn't 45,000 sects mean there are 45,000 different concepts of Jesus? So, each is praying to a different Jesus — their collective conscience — their group's collective opinion of how Jesus wants them to live, how he wants them to seek him, how he wants to be worshiped, what he expects them to do — as taught to them by their Bible scholars, with 45,000 different possible interpretations — and counting.
If people believe that Jesus came to set them free from guilt, instead of set them free from sin, then Jesus came so we can more easily sin: removing guilt, making sin easier, allowing us to sin more — therefore Jesus promotes sin. They make Jesus evil. They have totally ignored his teachings. When people pray to a Jesus who promotes sin, to whom are they praying? Do I want to fellowship with people who worship a different Jesus; people who think sin is permitted without guilt or repentance, however well-intentioned they may be, having been grievously deceived?
The deficit sects ignore, disregard, and treat with indifference all the commands of Jesus, while relying on four verses out of thousands to support their imaginary, presumed salvation without experience; never bothering to question how those four verses must be interpreted in conjunction with all of Jesus' wonderful teachings and commands. They expect Jesus to be their excuse for not obeying the commands that he left his glory in heaven to come to the earth to teach; and then died a horrible death, to show the extent of the required obedience that we all must have to ever please God. He will not be their excuse. Jesus said he will deny all who continue to sin, even those who firmly believe they are saved Christians.
From the Word of the Lord within:
Arise and depart, for this is not the rest.
Because it is defiled, it shall destroy you, even with a grievous destruction. Micah 2:10
The false shepherds will plead for you to stay as a paying customer: "But you must meet with fellow believers; you cannot forsake the assembling of yourselves together," as Hebrews 10:25 plainly states, but the people in Hebrews were hoping and "exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching," the day of the Lord's return with his Kingdom, which is a personal experience of purified believers. The people in Hebrews have nothing in common with people looking forward to heaven after death and content to continue to live in sin until death. The people in Hebrews were exhorting each other, which is to rebuke sin, to be obedient, to do works of love, to fight for the faith. If they don't share your hope of purity and the Kingdom through repentance, with faith in God to fulfill your hope, then they are unbelievers. As Paul says: But now I write to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of [Christian] brother if he is known to be guilty of immorality or greed, or is an idolater [whose soul is devoted to anything that usurps the place of God, and how they spend their free time defines to what they are devoted to], or is a person with a foul tongue [railing, abusing, reviling, slandering], or is a drunkard or a swindler or a robber. You must not so much as eat with such a person. 1 Cor 5:11.
If you are not even to eat a meal with such a person, do you think you are approved by God in fellowshipping with them? If you attend such a fellowship, you are supporting the beast, you are supporting the whore. You can only expect God's severe condemnation for staying in Babylon, particularly after you have been warned and seen the fraud of the false church.