Studies in Matthew 24

The Final Abomination

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Participants: Pr. Stephen Bohr

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00:34 Shall we bow our heads for prayer?
00:38 Father in heaven, what a joy it is to be in Your presence.
00:44 There's no better place to be than in Your presence.
00:48 And there's nothing more important to study
00:50 in this time of history than Your holy word
00:54 because we know that it's a sure guide
00:57 in a world that is totally confused.
01:00 We ask, Father, that as we study
01:02 today about The Final Abomination,
01:05 that your Holy Spirit will be with us
01:07 guiding our thoughts.
01:09 Not only guiding our thoughts but softening hearts.
01:14 I not only ask for those who are gathered here,
01:16 but also for those who are watching on worldwide broadcast.
01:22 I ask, Lord, that You will open their hearts as well.
01:25 And we thank You for the promise of Your presence.
01:28 Where two or three are gathered in the name of Jesus,
01:32 Jesus will be there.
01:33 And we claim that promise in His holy name. Amen.
01:39 As I mentioned in my prayer
01:41 the title of our study today is "The Final Abomination."
01:47 And basically, what we're going to do
01:49 is compare the condition of Israel
01:52 before the destruction of Jerusalem,
01:55 in the year 586 BC
01:59 with the final destruction of the world
02:02 shortly before the second coming of Jesus in power and glory
02:08 because the sign of the Son of Man
02:10 is gonna be seen in the heavens,
02:12 and there's gonna be earthquakes and calamities
02:15 before Jesus actually arrives on planet earth.
02:19 So let's go back to the Old Testament
02:22 to the story of Israel before the Babylonian captivity.
02:27 And there are several details that we're gonna study
02:29 that I want you to remember
02:31 because we're gonna come back to them
02:33 in the second half of our study together.
02:35 We're going to go to the Book of Revelation
02:37 and we're going to see a striking parallel
02:40 between what was and what will be.
02:44 Now what we're gonna be studying
02:46 is about God's professed people.
02:49 We're not gonna be studying
02:51 about the pagans that surrounded Israel.
02:53 Everything that we are going to study are things
02:56 that were happening among the people of God.
02:59 This is what makes what we're gonna study
03:02 all the more striking because Israel
03:04 was in a gigantic apostasy.
03:08 Now I'd like to begin by turning in my Bible
03:11 and I invite you to turn in yours
03:13 to the Book of Jeremiah 31:32.
03:18 Jeremiah 31:32.
03:22 Here we're going to find God describing
03:25 what took place at Mount Sinai.
03:28 In fact, Jeremiah is gonna tell us,
03:31 he's quoting God that God married Israel at Mount Sinai.
03:37 In other words, the covenant between God and Israel
03:40 at Sinai was a marriage ceremony.
03:43 And God wanted Israel to belong only to Him.
03:47 Notice Jeremiah 31:32.
03:51 God is speaking about making a new covenant,
03:53 not like the one at Sinai.
03:55 "Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers
03:59 in the day that I took them by the hand
04:02 to lead them out of the land of Egypt,"
04:06 notice, "My covenant which they broke,
04:10 though I was a" what?
04:12 "Though I was a husband to them, says the Lord."
04:18 So you see God was the husband
04:20 and Israel was his wife.
04:23 And they got married at Mount Sinai.
04:25 That was the covenant. It was a marriage covenant.
04:29 And God wanted Israel to conserve herself
04:32 only for Him and for no one else.
04:36 But we find in the Book of Ezekiel,
04:38 a sad description of the condition of Israel
04:42 shortly before the Babylonian captivity.
04:45 In fact, the condition of Israel was one of apostasy
04:49 for approximately 800 years after Mount Sinai,
04:52 one apostasy right after another.
04:56 Now I want you to notice Ezekiel 16:1, 2.
05:00 We're going to read a lot of text
05:02 from Ezekiel 16 and Ezekiel 23
05:05 not exclusively but many we will read from there.
05:09 Ezekiel 16:1, 2 and I want you to remember
05:13 a key word in these verses.
05:16 It says there in 16:1
05:20 "Again the word of the Lord came to me,
05:24 saying, 'Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her,'"
05:32 what? "Abominations."
05:35 Is that a keyword that we find in Matthew Chapter 24
05:39 that speaks about the destruction of Jerusalem?
05:41 Most certainly.
05:43 And so God is saying to Ezekiel,
05:48 "I'm gonna show you the abominations
05:51 that are taking place among My people."
05:56 He's not describing what is happening
05:59 among the Philistines, or the Babylonians,
06:01 or the Egyptians, or any other nation.
06:04 These are His professed people whom He married at Mount Sinai.
06:09 Now the greatest abomination
06:10 that was being committed was sun worship.
06:15 If you read Ezekiel Chapter 8,
06:16 you're gonna notice that Ezekiel describes
06:20 several abominations that were taking place in Jerusalem.
06:23 Actually, God is describing these abominations to Ezekiel.
06:28 And God shows Ezekiel an abomination.
06:30 And Ezekiel says, "Well, that's pretty bad."
06:32 God says, "You haven't seen anything yet.
06:34 I'm gonna show you a greater abomination than this one."
06:37 So then God shows Ezekiel another abomination
06:40 that's taking place among God's own people,
06:42 even in the temple.
06:44 And Ezekiel says, "That's terrible."
06:45 God says, "You haven't seen anything yet.
06:47 I'm gonna show you an abomination
06:49 that's worse than that."
06:50 And so then God shows Ezekiel another abomination
06:53 that's taking place among His people.
06:56 And Ezekiel says,
06:58 "There can't be anything worse than that."
06:59 And God says, "You haven't seen anything yet.
07:01 I'm gonna show you an abomination
07:03 that is worse than that."
07:06 And at the very, very top of the list
07:11 is this abomination that's described in Ezekiel 8:15, 16.
07:17 It says there, "Then He said to me,
07:22 'Have you seen this, O son of man?
07:25 Turn again, you will see greater abominations than these.
07:30 So He brought me into the inner court of the Lord's house,
07:35 and there, at the door of the temple of the Lord,
07:39 between the porch and the altar,
07:41 were about twenty-five men with their backs
07:44 toward the temple of the Lord and their faces toward the east,
07:48 and they were worshiping the sun toward the east.'"
07:53 That is the last abomination in the list.
07:56 That is the greatest of all abominations
07:59 that Israel is committing, worshiping the sun,
08:03 with their backs to the Lord.
08:07 Now I want you to notice
08:09 what Israel is called in Ezekiel 16:15.
08:13 You know, this is an incredible language
08:15 that God uses here in Ezekiel 16.
08:17 You really need to read the whole chapter.
08:19 Notice Ezekiel 16:15, two keywords that we find here.
08:25 "But you trusted in your own beauty,"
08:28 God is speaking of His people "played the" what?
08:33 There is a keyword.
08:34 "Played the harlot because of your fame,
08:39 and poured out your harlotry."
08:41 By the way, the King James Version
08:44 translates this word "harlotry," fornications.
08:49 We need to remember that because really
08:51 the word "harlotry" means adulteries or fornications.
08:57 So God says, "But you trusted in your own beauty,
09:00 played the harlot because of your fame,
09:02 and poured out your fornications
09:04 on everyone passing by who would have it."
09:09 Primarily, the fornication that was being committed
09:12 was with the surrounding nations.
09:14 In other words, Israel was mixing
09:17 with the surrounding nations and adopting their pagan practices.
09:22 Notice Ezekiel 16:28-30.
09:26 Ezekiel 16:28-30 describes this fornication
09:33 between Israel and the kings that surrounded Israel
09:37 and the assimilation of these pagan practices.
09:41 It says there beginning in verse 28.
09:44 "You also played the harlot with the Assyrians,
09:49 because you were insatiable.
09:52 Indeed you played the harlot with them
09:56 and still were not satisfied.
09:58 Moreover you multiplied your acts of harlotry
10:02 as far as the land of the trader, Chaldea,
10:08 and even then you were not satisfied.
10:11 'How degenerate is your heart!' says the Lord God,
10:15 'seeing you do all these things, the deed of a brazen harlot.'"
10:22 Isn't that strong language that God uses
10:24 to describe His own people?
10:26 You see, they had forsaken
10:27 their love relationship with their husband.
10:30 And they were going after the nations
10:33 and after the gods of the nations.
10:35 They were assimilating the pagan practices
10:38 of the surrounding nations.
10:40 And, therefore, God describes
10:42 what they're doing as fornications,
10:44 as harlotry and calls His people a harlot.
10:49 Now I want you to notice how Israel was garbed
10:54 according to the Book of Ezekiel.
10:57 Notice Ezekiel 16:17.
11:00 And please remember all of these details
11:02 because we're gonna come back to them again. Ezekiel 16:17.
11:09 It says here, God speaking about His people.
11:12 "You have also taken your beautiful jewelry
11:17 from My gold and My silver,"
11:20 remember that, they've taken
11:21 the gold and the silver which belonged to God.
11:25 "Which I had given you, and made for yourself
11:29 male images and played the harlot with them."
11:36 Notice also Ezekiel 23:40. Ezekiel 23:40.
11:43 It speaks about Israel garbing herself.
11:46 Of course, this is symbolic language.
11:48 Israel is represented as an apostate woman.
11:52 Notice what we find in Ezekiel 23:40.
11:56 "Furthermore you sent for men to come from afar,
12:01 to whom a messenger was sent, and there they came.
12:06 And you washed yourself for them, painted your eyes,
12:11 and adorned yourself with ornaments."
12:16 In other words, Israel was decked with gold and silver
12:21 and precious stones that God had created
12:24 for His glory not for her glory.
12:29 Notice also Ezekiel 16:32
12:33 where Israel is described as "God's unfaithful wife."
12:38 It says there, "You are an adulterous wife,
12:44 who takes strangers instead of her husband."
12:50 Do you see that there's fornication going on here?
12:53 You see, they are assimilating
12:55 the practices of the nation's paganism
12:58 including the worship of the sun.
13:00 And they have these illicit relationships
13:02 with the kings of that time period.
13:06 Also, we're told
13:11 that Israel was trampling on the sanctuary
13:15 and they were trampling upon God's holy Sabbath.
13:20 By the way, in case you're wondering,
13:22 the Book of Ezekiel was written approximately the year 597 BC.
13:29 This is several years before Jerusalem was destroyed.
13:32 So everything we're reading from Ezekiel
13:34 is describing the condition of Israel
13:36 before the destruction of Jerusalem.
13:39 We're not taking anything out of context.
13:41 God is simply describing what was taking place.
13:44 Notice Ezekiel 23:28,
13:47 "Trampling on the sanctuary and on the Sabbath.
13:50 Moreover they have done this to Me.
13:54 They have defiled My sanctuary on the same day
13:58 and profaned My Sabbaths."
14:03 So you notice that they're trampling on the sanctuary
14:05 and they're profaning the Sabbath of the Lord.
14:09 By the way, Israel was also shedding
14:13 innocent blood in her midst.
14:15 She had become a persecutor against those
14:19 who did not agree with her apostate religion.
14:23 Notice Ezekiel 16:38, Ezekiel 16:38
14:29 and I'm reading this text from the New International Version
14:32 because it's slightly clearer than the New King James Version.
14:36 It says there, "I will sentence you
14:40 to the punishment of women who commit adultery
14:44 and who do" what? "Who shed blood.
14:48 I will bring upon you the blood vengeance
14:52 of my wrath and jealous anger."
14:56 And so Israel was guilty
14:59 of shedding the blood of the innocent.
15:02 In fact, Jesus referred to this
15:04 in Matthew Chapter 23 where He says,
15:06 "How many of the prophets
15:08 and the holy men of old did you not kill?"
15:12 Jesus was speaking about this period,
15:15 before the Babylonian captivity.
15:17 He also referred to it in the parable, you remember,
15:21 of the vineyard that we already studied where,
15:24 you know, messengers were sent, they were killed.
15:27 Further messengers were sent
15:29 after the captivity, they were killed.
15:31 Finally, God sent His Son and He said,
15:35 "They'll respect my son, but they killed Him also."
15:38 In other words, Israel was guilty
15:40 of the blood of God's faithful people.
15:44 And how did the people look upon this apostasy?
15:48 Who was really to blame for this apostasy?
15:51 It was the leaders, but the people
15:54 were very well satisfied with it.
15:56 By the way, Jeremiah also wrote
15:59 right before the Babylonian captivity.
16:01 Notice Jeremiah 5:31. Jeremiah 5:31.
16:07 We read this in another context
16:09 in a previous lecture, but let's read it again.
16:12 It says there,
16:14 "The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests,"
16:21 they would be called ministers by the way, today.
16:24 "And the priests rule by their own power."
16:28 And then the sad part of the verse says,
16:31 "And My people love to have it so."
16:36 So the religious leaders were actually
16:39 to blame for the apostasy of the people.
16:42 But the people also had blamed
16:44 because they love to have it so.
16:46 They didn't mind. Now because Israel was in this apostasy,
16:51 she had broken her wedding vows, God said,
16:55 "I am going to pour out upon you My wrath."
17:00 Notice Ezekiel 23:32.
17:04 Ezekiel 23:32, God is speaking about Israel
17:09 drinking the cup of His wrath. It says there,
17:13 "You have walked in the way of your sister, therefore,"
17:18 it's speaking about Samaria by the way here.
17:20 The sister of Judah was Samaria.
17:23 And Samaria had already been destroyed at this point.
17:26 "You have walked in the way of your sister.
17:29 Therefore, I will put her cup in your hand.
17:33 "Thus says the Lord God,
17:35 'You shall drink of your sister's cup,
17:39 the deep and wide one.
17:42 You shall be laughed to scorn and held in derision.
17:48 It contains much.'"
17:50 Notice that they were gonna drink
17:52 the cup of the wrath of God because of their apostasy.
17:57 And God promised that the destruction
17:59 was going to come from the four corners of the earth.
18:02 That's important. Notice Ezekiel Chapter 7
18:05 and we're gonna read a rather extensive passage here.
18:08 Ezekiel 7:1-8, where God is describing
18:12 what's going to happen to Jerusalem
18:14 because of her apostasy.
18:16 It says there in Ezekiel 7:1,
18:21 "Moreover the word of the Lord came to me,
18:24 saying, 'And you, son of man,
18:27 thus says the Lord God to the land of Israel, an end!
18:33 The end has come upon the four corners of the land.'"
18:37 I want you to remember that expression.
18:39 The end is coming upon what? The four corners of the land.
18:44 "Now the end has come upon you,
18:46 and I will send My anger against you.
18:48 I will judge you according to your ways,
18:51 and I will repay you for all your,"
18:54 there's the keyword, "abominations."
18:57 My eye will not spare you, nor will I have pity.
19:00 But I will repay your ways, and your,"
19:04 there is the keyword again,
19:05 "abominations, will be in your midst.
19:08 Then you shall know that I am the Lord.
19:12 Thus says the Lord God,
19:13 'A disaster, a singular disaster,
19:16 behold, it has come.
19:18 An end has come. The end has come.
19:20 It has dawned for you. Behold, it has come.
19:24 Doom has come to you, you who dwell in the land.
19:27 The time has come, a day of trouble is near,
19:30 and not of rejoicing in the mountains.
19:32 Now upon you I will soon pour out My fury,
19:36 and spend My anger upon you.
19:38 I will judge you according to your ways.
19:40 I will repay you for all your abominations."
19:45 There's the word again.
19:46 Interesting, three times in this passage
19:49 God says that the judgment is going to come
19:52 because of Israel's abominations.
19:56 And we notice that the destruction is gonna come
19:59 upon the four corners of the land.
20:03 Very, very important details
20:04 for what we're gonna look at in a few moments.
20:08 But before the destruction would come,
20:10 something had to be done.
20:14 There needed to be a sealing before the destruction
20:18 because not everyone was practicing
20:21 the abominations in the city.
20:23 There was a faithful remnant.
20:25 And so God needed to separate the faithful remnant
20:28 from the unfaithful before the destruction came
20:31 so that He could preserve His people
20:34 in the midst of destruction.
20:36 Is this exactly what happened at the time of the flood?
20:39 When God closed the door, did He seal that door?
20:43 And God's people were safe and sound from the destruction
20:47 and from the anger of their enemies? Absolutely.
20:50 And in Ezekiel, not everyone is committing these abominations,
20:54 so God is gonna say, "Before the destruction comes
20:57 upon the four corners of the land,
20:59 I'm going to seal my faithful people on their foreheads."
21:04 Does that ring a bell?
21:06 Notice Ezekiel 9:1-6. Ezekiel 9:1-6.
21:13 "Then He called out in my hearing
21:15 with a loud voice, saying,
21:18 'Let those who have charge over the city draw near,
21:21 each with a deadly weapon in his hand.'"
21:25 This is speaking about the angels.
21:27 "And suddenly six men came
21:29 from the direction of the upper gate,
21:31 which faces north, each with his battle-axe in his hand.
21:36 One man among them was clothed with linen."
21:39 By the way, this is Jesus Christ.
21:41 "And had a writer's inkhorn at his side.
21:44 They went in and stood beside the bronze altar.
21:48 Now the glory of the God of Israel had gone up
21:50 from the cherub, where it had been,
21:53 to the threshold of the temple.
21:55 And He called to the man clothed with linen,
21:58 who had the writer's inkhorn at his side,
22:01 and the Lord said to him,
22:03 'Go through the midst of the city,'"
22:05 which city? Is this dealing with the pagans?
22:10 Is this sealing taking place?
22:12 Is it sealing God's people and not sealing the pagans?
22:16 No, it's dealing with the sealing of God's people
22:21 that are among people who claim to be God's people.
22:25 Are you following me?
22:26 Notice, "Go through the midst of the city,
22:29 through the midst of Jerusalem,
22:32 and put a mark on the foreheads of the men
22:38 who sigh and cry over all the," there is again,
22:44 "the abominations that are done within it.
22:50 So to the others He said in my hearing,
22:53 'Go after him through the city and kill.
22:57 Do not let your eye spare, nor have any pity.
23:01 Utterly slay old and young men,
23:03 maidens and little children and women,
23:08 but do not come near anyone on whom is the mark.
23:14 And begin at My sanctuary.'
23:18 So they began with the elders who were before the temple."
23:22 Who did the angel begin with?
23:26 They began with the leaders,
23:29 the spiritual leaders of the people
23:32 that ministered in the sanctuary.
23:34 Those individuals that had mislead Israel.
23:36 And, of course, Israel loved to have it so.
23:41 Now it's interesting to notice
23:42 that God had told Israel through Jeremiah,
23:46 that if they kept the Sabbath, Jerusalem would never fall.
23:50 It's said very clearly in Jeremiah Chapter 17.
23:53 But He also warned them
23:55 that if they did not keep His holy Sabbath,
23:58 Jerusalem would be destroyed.
24:01 Notice Jeremiah 17:27. Jeremiah 17:27.
24:09 Here God is speaking about Israel and He says this
24:15 "But if you will not heed Me to hallow the Sabbath day,
24:21 such as not carrying a burden
24:23 when entering the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day,
24:27 then I will kindle a fire in its gates,
24:31 and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem,
24:35 and it shall not be quenched."
24:39 Was the destruction of Jerusalem directly
24:42 due to Sabbath desecration, according to Jeremiah?
24:46 Among other things, yes,
24:47 but this was one of the main reasons.
24:50 And a little earlier in this chapter,
24:52 God says, "If you keep my Sabbath,
24:55 the gates of Jerusalem will remain open
24:57 and this city will remain forever," is what God said.
25:02 In fact, in Ezekiel 20:12,
25:05 we find God saying to Israel
25:08 that He gave them the Sabbath as a sign
25:12 that He is the God who sanctified them
25:15 and that He was their true God.
25:17 Notice Ezekiel 20:12,
25:20 "Moreover I also gave them My Sabbaths
25:25 to be a sign between them and Me."
25:29 What was the sign? The Sabbath.
25:33 "That they might know
25:34 that I am the Lord who sanctifies them."
25:39 So God gave the Sabbath as the sign
25:42 between Him and His people. And He said,
25:45 "Keep my Sabbath and Jerusalem shall stand forever."
25:50 But instead we read that Israel trampled upon the Sabbath.
25:54 And as a result, instead of worshiping the Creator,
25:58 they worshiped the sun with their faces to the east,
26:03 and with their backs to the Lord.
26:05 You see, to worship the sun
26:07 is to turn your back to the Lord,
26:09 according to what Ezekiel has to say.
26:12 Now it's interesting to notice how God said
26:15 Israel was gonna come to an end
26:16 at the Babylonia captivity.
26:18 Notice Ezekiel 16:39. Ezekiel 16:39.
26:26 What we're told is that the kings
26:29 with which Israel fornicated,
26:31 were gonna be the very ones who would turn against her,
26:34 and they would make her naked,
26:36 and they would burn her with fire,
26:38 and they would destroy her,
26:40 the very kings that she was committing fornication with.
26:44 Notice Ezekiel 16:39.
26:48 God says, "I will also give you into their hand."
26:53 That is into the hand of the kings.
26:55 "And they shall throw down your shrines
26:58 and break down your high places.
27:00 They shall also strip you of your clothes,
27:04 take your beautiful jewelry,
27:07 and leave you naked and bare.
27:13 Does that kind of ring a bell?
27:15 Is there anything in Revelation about the kings of the earth
27:19 turning against the harlot and making her naked
27:22 and burning her with fire? Absolutely.
27:26 Now we've noticed the Old Testament story.
27:29 Now we need to go to the end time
27:32 because we're discussing The Final Abomination
27:34 in the light of what happened in connection
27:37 with the first destruction of Jerusalem.
27:41 I want us to go now
27:42 to the Book of Revelation 12:1. Revelation 12:1.
27:50 Here the church of Jesus is described as a woman
27:54 who is clothed with the sun and the moon is under her feet.
27:58 Notice what it says there.
28:00 "Now a great sign appeared in heaven,
28:03 a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet,"
28:09 and then it says, that she has
28:10 "on her head a crown," with what? "With twelve stars."
28:15 What does this woman represent?
28:18 At this point, she represents the Old Testament church
28:21 because she's with child
28:22 and the child hasn't been born yet.
28:24 And the child is Jesus.
28:26 Obviously, you can't have
28:27 the New Testament church before Jesus is born.
28:29 So at this stage we have
28:31 the Old Testament church from which Jesus was born.
28:35 But in verse 6, the church has transitioned
28:38 from the Old Testament church to the New Testament church.
28:42 Notice after Jesus ascends to heaven, according to verse 6.
28:46 "Then the woman fled into the wilderness,
28:50 where she has a place prepared by God,
28:52 that they should feed her there
28:54 one thousand two hundred and sixty days."
28:58 This is the period of papal oppression.
29:01 This is the period which we know as the dark ages.
29:04 When the woman or the church had to flee to the desert
29:08 to escape being destroyed and blotted out
29:12 from the face of the earth.
29:14 So the woman here represents the church.
29:17 In fact, in Ephesians 5:25 if you go there with me.
29:21 Ephesians 5:25, God describes His relationship
29:26 with His people with the symbol of marriage.
29:29 Notice Ephesians 5:25.
29:34 "Husbands, love your wives,
29:38 just as Christ also loved the church
29:42 and gave Himself for her."
29:45 Do you see the comparison here?
29:47 Husbands are to love their wives,
29:50 even as Jesus the husband loved what? Loved the church.
29:55 So once again the relationship between Jesus and His church
29:59 is illustrated by marriage
30:01 just like in the Old Testament story.
30:05 However, the Book of Revelation speaks of the fact
30:09 that apart from a small remnant,
30:12 the church at the end of time
30:14 is gonna be in the same condition
30:16 that it was before Babylon came to destroy Jerusalem.
30:21 Notice Revelation Chapter 17. Revelation 17:1.
30:27 And you tell me if this is similar terminology
30:30 to what we've already studied.
30:31 Revelation 17:1, "Then one of the seven angels
30:38 who had the seven bowls came and talked with me,
30:41 saying to me, 'Come,
30:43 I will show you the judgment of the--'"
30:48 Excuse me, what does it say next?
30:51 "Of the great harlot who sits on many waters."
30:56 What is this woman called? The great, what? Harlot.
31:01 Well, I suppose that this great harlot
31:05 has to represent the Muslims.
31:11 Well, it probably represents the Hindus then.
31:16 How about the Buddhists?
31:18 No, what does this harlot represent?
31:22 It represents the church of Christ
31:25 that has become what? Corrupted.
31:30 We're gonna notice a series of parallels
31:32 that makes that unmistakable.
31:34 That this is talking about the Christian church
31:36 in the end time that has become a harlot
31:40 for the same reasons that Israel became a harlot.
31:44 Notice Revelation 17:1, once again,
31:47 another detail that we need to take a look at.
31:49 Not only is this woman called a great harlot,
31:53 but we're told that she sits where?
31:56 On many waters. It says, "Then one of the seven angels
31:58 who had the seven bowls came and talked with me,
32:00 saying to me, 'Come,
32:02 I will show you the judgment of the great harlot
32:04 who sits on many waters.'"
32:07 Now what does the act of sitting mean?
32:09 The act of sitting means that she what?
32:12 She rules over the many waters.
32:15 Sitting is an act of rulership.
32:19 Now what do the waters represent?
32:21 Notice Revelation 17:15.
32:24 Revelation 17:15, "Then he said to me,
32:30 'The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits,
32:35 are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.'"
32:41 Let me ask you, is this harlot church,
32:44 a universal church at the end of time?
32:47 Yes, because she has dominion over every nation,
32:53 kindred, tongue, and what?
32:56 And people. And, by the way,
32:57 do you know that in the Book of Revelation,
32:59 God has a message to counteract her rulership?
33:02 He also sends a message to people of every nation,
33:06 kindred, tongue, and people to warn them about the system.
33:11 Notice Revelation 14:6, 7. Revelation 14:6, 7.
33:18 "Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven,
33:21 having the everlasting gospel to preach
33:23 to those who dwell on the earth,
33:24 to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people,
33:27 saying with a loud voice,
33:29 "Fear God and give glory to Him,
33:31 for the hour of His judgment has come.
33:33 And worship Him who made heaven the earth,
33:36 the sea and the springs of water."
33:40 Is this a universal message?
33:42 Does it go to the same group of people
33:44 over which the harlot rules?
33:46 Yes, the same terminology every nation,
33:49 tribe, tongue, and people.
33:52 And so you this-- you have this universal,
33:54 this worldwide apostate church
33:57 represented by a woman who is a harlot.
34:00 She sits upon the multitudes of the world.
34:03 In other words, she's in every country of the world
34:06 and she commits a particular sin which is very offensive to God
34:10 because the church is to be married
34:11 only to whom? To Jesus.
34:14 The church is only to carry out the will of Jesus
34:18 through the power of Jesus.
34:19 The church is not supposed to get the state
34:22 to do the biddings of God.
34:24 The church is supposed to have Jesus
34:26 perform the mission of the church not the state.
34:29 Notice Revelation 17:2,
34:32 one of the problems with this harlot.
34:35 It says there in verse 2 speaking about the harlot,
34:40 "With whom the kings of the earth committed--" What?
34:47 Did we find that word before in Ezekiel? Yes.
34:53 "With whom the kings of the earth
34:55 committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth
34:59 were made drunk with the wine of her,"
35:02 there it is again, "with the wine of her fornication."
35:07 Is this church in the end time
35:09 also going to fornicate with the kings,
35:11 the political powers of the earth?
35:13 Is she going to assimilate many of the religious pagan practices
35:18 that are out there among all of the nations? Absolutely.
35:22 Now I want you to notice
35:24 another interesting detail about this harlot.
35:26 Revelation 17:5. Revelation 17:5.
35:31 She's not the only harlot. She has companions.
35:36 Notice Revelation 17:5, "On her forehead
35:41 a name was written mystery, Babylon the great."
35:46 Notice this. "The mother of harlots."
35:50 How many of you know a mother that's never had children?
35:56 I know women who have never had children,
35:58 but I don't know the first mother that never had a child.
36:02 Now if this is the mother of harlots,
36:05 it must mean that she has what?
36:08 Daughters that were born to her that share her fornication
36:14 and that want to fornicate with the kings of the earth.
36:17 Want to get involved,
36:18 in other words, in the political process.
36:21 Notice the last part of the verse.
36:23 "And on her forehead a name was written mystery,
36:26 Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and of the?"
36:31 There is the word again
36:33 "of the abominations of the earth."
36:38 By the way,
36:41 amplifies about these abominations.
36:44 Notice what we find,
36:46 "And on her forehead a name was written mystery,
36:48 Babylon the great, the mother of harlots
36:50 and of the abominations of the earth."
36:52 And if you read verse 4,
36:54 you're gonna notice that these abominations
36:56 are found in a cup.
37:00 And what is that the cup contains?
37:03 The cup contains wine.
37:05 So the wine is composed of her abominations.
37:10 Now you say
37:12 what are the abominations of the end time Babylon?
37:14 We don't have time to read all of the verses
37:16 so I'm just gonna share them with you.
37:19 In the Bible, "idolatry" is called
37:22 an abomination to the Lord, many times.
37:25 For example, Deuteronomy 7:25 and 26
37:28 speaks of idolatry as an abomination to God.
37:30 So any church that would have idols
37:33 before which people bow would fit within this category.
37:38 Another thing that is spoken of as abomination
37:41 is claiming to be able to speak with the dead.
37:45 So it has to be a church that says
37:47 that you can communicate with the dead,
37:50 even if it means in prayer.
37:54 Have you ever heard of praying to the saints?
37:57 Praying to Mary. Absolutely.
38:01 Now Deuteronomy 18:9-12 forbids the idea
38:05 of communicating with the dead
38:07 because the Bible says that the dead know nothing.
38:12 So it has be a worldwide church that is--
38:16 that believes that the dead are not dead.
38:18 That they actually survive at the moment of death.
38:21 A church that practices idolatry.
38:24 Also, in Proverbs 28:9,
38:28 we are told that those who turn away
38:31 their ear from hearing the law,
38:34 their prayer is an abomination to God.
38:37 So to try and get rid of God's law is an abomination.
38:42 By the way, also the Bible says that fornication,
38:46 spiritual fornication is an abomination,
38:50 according to Jeremiah 13:26, 27.
38:54 According to Luke 16:16,
38:57 thinking that you can be saved by your works
39:00 is an abomination to God.
39:01 So any church that says that you have to go on pilgrimages
39:04 or you have to pay indulgences
39:06 or you have to do this and you have to do that
39:08 in order to not suffer eternal damnation,
39:14 is violating the fact that Jesus said
39:16 that he who says that he can be saved by his works,
39:19 this is an abomination.
39:20 Deuteronomy 14:3 says that when people say
39:25 that you can eat any old thing,
39:27 even the foods that God has forbidden,
39:30 that is an abomination to God,
39:31 eating things that God has forbidden.
39:34 Shedding innocent blood is an abomination
39:38 according to Ezekiel 22:2.
39:41 And of course, the greatest abomination
39:43 that we already studied is worshiping what?
39:48 Worshipping the sun.
39:52 So we have to look for a worldwide church
39:54 that fits within all of these categories.
39:57 These are the abominations that are in the cup.
39:59 The abominations are the wine.
40:01 And what does this universal church do?
40:04 It gives its wine to whom? To all of the nations.
40:10 In other words, it gives her
40:12 false teachings to all other nations.
40:15 She gives wine to the kings of earth
40:18 and to the inhabitants of the earth.
40:20 And as a result, they become drunk.
40:24 Have any of you ever tried
40:25 to give a Bible study to a drunkard?
40:31 I tried once.
40:33 I haven't tried again because their mind can't comprehend,
40:37 can't comprehend what you're talking about.
40:40 Now apply that spiritually.
40:42 You know, when I talk to people about the Sabbath,
40:44 I show it clear as day in Scripture.
40:47 They say, "Well, that's not what my preacher says.
40:50 Or why does everybody then keep Sunday?
40:52 Can everybody be wrong?
40:54 Well, didn't Jesus resurrect on the first day of the week?"
40:56 You have all of these arguments.
40:58 Rational arguments that they use.
41:02 Are any of these arguments biblical?
41:05 They're not biblical.
41:06 And yet no matter how much Scripture you present,
41:11 they fall on deaf ears.
41:13 The reason why is because they are drunk
41:16 with the wine of Babylon.
41:18 And trying to get the truth into their minds
41:20 that are drunk with the wine of Babylon
41:23 is a very difficult thing.
41:26 Now I want you to notice
41:28 how this harlot is garbed in Revelation 17.
41:32 Notice verse 4 "The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet."
41:39 See those two interesting colors purple and scarlet.
41:44 Did any of you watch the funeral of John Paul the II?
41:49 How could you have not watched it?
41:52 It's the only thing that was on for 2 weeks.
41:55 Did you see how the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church
41:58 were garbed in purple and what?
42:01 Scarlet and notice, "And adorned with" what?
42:06 "Gold and precious stones and pearls."
42:12 Does that sound like Ezekiel? Certainly.
42:16 And it says here, "Having in her hand
42:19 a golden cup full of abominations
42:23 and the filthiness of her fornication."
42:27 Let me ask you, are the hands of this woman stained in blood?
42:32 Yes, they are.
42:34 Notice Revelation 17:6. Revelation 17:6.
42:39 It says there, "I saw the woman,
42:43 drunk with the blood of the saints
42:47 and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.
42:50 And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement."
42:56 Is there any doubt as to which church
43:00 this is pointing to when we look at the characteristics?
43:04 Absolutely not. Daughters were born from her.
43:08 She's decked with gold and silver.
43:11 She uses purple and scarlet.
43:15 She gives her false teachings to the world.
43:20 There's just too many characteristics
43:21 to not be able to identify this system
43:25 which is spoken of in Bible prophecy.
43:28 And yet it is a church that claims to be what?
43:31 Claims to be Christian.
43:33 And yet it is full of abominations and fornications
43:37 and illicit relationships with the kings of the earth.
43:42 Therefore God said,
43:44 "I am going to come and I'm going to destroy."
43:48 Notice Revelation 6:14-17. Revelation 6:14-17.
43:55 It's speaking about the coming of Jesus.
43:56 It says, "Then the sky receded
43:58 as a scroll when it is rolled up,
44:00 and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.
44:03 And the kings of the earth, the great men,
44:05 the rich men, the commanders,
44:06 the mighty men, every slave and every free man,
44:09 hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains,
44:13 and said to the mountains and rocks,
44:15 "Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him
44:18 who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb.
44:21 For the great day of His wrath has come,
44:23 and who is able to stand?"
44:27 So there's destruction coming.
44:30 But before destruction comes, what is God going to do?
44:35 What did He do in the Book of Ezekiel?
44:38 He separated His people by placing a seal on their what?
44:44 On their foreheads because they sighed and cried
44:48 because of the abominations they were being committed
44:51 among God's professed people.
44:54 Notice that immediately after this picture of destruction
44:57 that I just read from Revelation 6,
45:00 you have the sealing.
45:03 Notice Revelation 7:1-3.
45:06 Revelation 7:1-3.
45:11 "After these things I saw four angels
45:14 standing at the four corners of the earth."
45:15 Does that ring a bell, the four corners of the earth?
45:19 See when the angels release the winds
45:20 from the four corners what comes?
45:22 A cataclysm, destruction, just like it says in Ezekiel.
45:28 It says that they were "Holding the four winds of the earth,
45:30 that the wind should not blow on the earth,
45:32 on the sea, or on any tree."
45:34 This is before the destruction.
45:36 "Then I saw another angel ascending from the east."
45:39 This is the man clothed in linen by the way.
45:41 "Having the seal of the living God.
45:43 And He cried with a loud voice to the four angels
45:46 to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, saying,
45:49 'Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed
45:55 the servants of our God in their foreheads.'"
45:59 So is God going to separate His people
46:02 and seal them before the destruction comes?
46:05 Absolutely, so that when the general rule ruin comes,
46:09 they will not be destroyed.
46:14 Now the question is what is this mark?
46:17 Well, let's notice Revelation 13:16.
46:22 Revelation 13:16, I want you to notice
46:25 that the mark of the beast is in contrast
46:27 to the seal of God.
46:29 Both of them are placed on the forehead.
46:31 Now notice Revelation 13:16.
46:35 Speaking about the mark of the beast it says,
46:38 "He causes all, both small and great,
46:42 rich and poor, free and slave, to receive,"
46:48 A what?
46:49 "A mark on the right hand or on their foreheads."
46:56 Now is this in contrast to the seal
46:59 that God places on the forehead?
47:00 Yes. Notice in Chapter 14:1.
47:04 Right after this verse, we find the other group.
47:08 It says in Revelation 14:1,
47:10 "Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion,
47:15 and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand,
47:19 having His Father's name written"
47:22 Where? "Written on their foreheads."
47:27 So whatever the mark of the beast is,
47:29 it is in contrast to what?
47:32 To the seal of God
47:33 because they're spoken of one right after the other.
47:37 Now going back to the Book of Ezekiel,
47:40 what came immediately before Ezekiel 9:1
47:44 where the sealing is spoken of?
47:47 You go to the previous chapter to verse 16 and 17.
47:51 Don't miss this point.
47:52 You go back to the previous chapter verses 16 and 17
47:56 immediately before the sealing of God's people
47:59 on their foreheads and what does it speak about?
48:02 It speaks about the leaders of God's house
48:08 kneeling and worshiping the sun to the east
48:13 with their backs to God.
48:15 In other words, the seal is in contrast
48:19 to the abomination of worshiping what?
48:22 Of worshiping the sun.
48:24 Now you say, "Now, wait a minute.
48:26 There is no Christians today who worship the sun."
48:31 True enough, but there are Christians
48:34 who worship on the day of the sun.
48:37 And you say, "Pastor, it's not the same thing."
48:39 Yes, it is. You say, "How is that?"
48:42 Well, let me ask you.
48:44 Who made the sun? God did.
48:47 Did He make it for worship?
48:49 So what happens if you make it into an object of worship?
48:51 What is that called? Idolatry.
48:54 Who made the first day of the week?
48:57 Did He make it for worship?
48:59 So what happens if you make it a day of worship?
49:01 It's idolatry.
49:03 It doesn't matter whether it's an object
49:05 or whether it's a day.
49:07 Whatever man makes for worship
49:08 in place of what God established for worship is idolatry.
49:14 And so in the Old Testament, it was the literal sun.
49:17 At the end of time, as we've studied before,
49:19 the eagle and the sun of the United States,
49:22 the abomination that we found in Matthew Chapter 24,
49:25 it's not gonna be the literal sun
49:26 because the devil is not gonna convince Christians to kneel
49:30 and worship the sun towards the east.
49:32 He's more sophisticated.
49:34 By the way, I want you to notice a very interesting contrast here
49:38 between Revelation 14:7 and Revelation 14:9.
49:42 The final issue is about worship.
49:43 Notice Revelation 14:7.
49:46 It says, "saying with a loud voice,
49:48 'Fear God and give glory to Him,
49:52 for the hour of His judgment has come.'"
49:55 And now notice "and worship Him
49:59 who made heaven and earth,
50:01 the sea, and the springs of water."
50:04 In other words, worship God who is the what?
50:08 Who is the creator.
50:11 But in verse 9, God denounces the worship of the beast.
50:17 Is that in contrast to the worship of the creator?
50:20 Absolutely. Notice verse 9.
50:22 It says, "Then a third angel followed them,
50:24 saying with a loud voice,
50:25 'If anyone worships the beast and his image,
50:29 and receives the mark on his forehead or on his hand,
50:32 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God,
50:36 which is poured out full strength
50:38 into the cup of His indignation."
50:41 Did we read about the cup in the Old Testament
50:43 that God was going to empty His cup
50:45 upon His professed people?
50:47 Absolutely.
50:48 So you see the contrast is between
50:50 worshiping God, the Creator and worshiping the beast
50:53 and receiving his mark.
50:55 Now what is the mark of God? What is the sign of God?
50:58 The Sabbath is His sign or His seal.
51:01 What is the mark of the beast?
51:03 It must be an opposite mark.
51:06 By the way, have you ever noticed
51:07 that the final crisis has to do mainly
51:09 with the first four commandments?
51:12 The beast claims to be God.
51:15 He raises up an image, the image to the beast.
51:20 He has a false prophet who speaks in the name of God.
51:24 He uses the name of God in vain.
51:26 And he claims to exercise the power
51:29 and prerogatives of the creator
51:32 because he claims worship in contrast to the creator.
51:36 Now what is God going to do with this system
51:38 and those who choose to remain within the system?
51:41 Notice Revelation 17:16. Revelation 17:16.
51:49 Speaking about the kings,
51:50 the ten horns represent the kings of the world.
51:53 The number 10 represents global extent.
51:57 I don't have time to get into that,
51:58 so you have to accept that by faith.
52:01 And I know that some of you are gonna e-mail me
52:03 and you're gonna ask me about that
52:04 and I'm gonna give you the evidence.
52:06 It says there Revelation 17:16,
52:09 "And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will"
52:14 what? "Hate the harlot."
52:17 Before they loved her, right?
52:19 But what are they gonna do?
52:21 They are going to hate the harlot and make her what?
52:26 Oh, is that a word that we found in Matthew?
52:29 The abomination of what? Desolation.
52:32 They will make her desolate and what?
52:35 Naked, eat her flesh, and burn her with what? Fire.
52:43 Is that what happened with Jerusalem
52:46 when Jerusalem was destroyed
52:47 both the first and the second time?
52:49 Yes, we have studied this.
52:52 Now, folks, God is not going to leave
52:55 His sincere people in this system
52:58 either in the mother or in her daughters.
53:01 He is calling them out today just like in the Old Testament,
53:06 God wanted to seal His people before the destruction
53:09 just like he gave a sign to those who were in Jerusalem
53:11 so that they could flee and not be destroyed.
53:14 God today is making a call by those who sigh and cry
53:20 because of the abominations
53:22 that are taking place in Christendom.
53:25 Notice Revelation 18:1.
53:28 This is the sighing and crying part in the end time.
53:32 Notice Revelation 18:1,
53:34 "After these things I saw another angel
53:36 coming down from heaven, having great authority,
53:41 and the earth was illuminated with His glory."
53:45 And notice verse 2,
53:46 "And he cried mightily with a loud voice."
53:49 Is this the sighing and the crying
53:51 because of the abominations that are being committed
53:53 among those who profess God's people?
53:55 Yes, "Saying, 'Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen,
54:01 and has become a dwelling place of demons,
54:04 a prison for every foul spirit,
54:06 and a cage for every unclean and hated bird.'"
54:10 In other words, Babylon has been filled with what?
54:14 With demons, with the occult.
54:18 And notice verse 3, several key terms.
54:22 "For all the nations have drunk
54:25 of the wine of the wrath of her fornication."
54:27 There's the keyword.
54:29 "The kings of the earth had committed fornication with her,
54:32 and the merchants of the earth have become rich
54:35 through the abundance of her luxury."
54:38 And then we have this beautiful call of Revelation 18:4
54:44 just like there was a sighing and crying in Jerusalem
54:46 so that God's true people
54:48 would not participate in the abominations.
54:51 As the sealing was taking place, there was a sighing and crying
54:55 because of what was happening
54:56 among those who profess to be God's people.
54:58 At the end time, there's gonna be a sighing and crying
55:01 because of the condition of the church
55:03 and God is going to give a call
55:05 to His faithful people to come out.
55:07 So I guess Christendom is filled with God's people.
55:11 You know, many people think that the Adventist Church
55:13 believes that only Adventists are gonna be saved.
55:16 Far from it, we believe that most of God's true people
55:20 are outside the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
55:22 We believe that they belong to
55:24 this universal church that we've talked about.
55:26 They belong to the daughters. They are out there.
55:29 They don't know the truth as it is in Jesus.
55:32 But we believe that when this message is proclaimed,
55:35 they will heed the call of Jesus,
55:37 and they will come out, and not participate
55:39 in the abominations of this end time religious system.
55:43 Notice Revelation 18:4,
55:47 "And I heard another voice from heaven saying,
55:52 'Come out of her, my people.'"
55:57 Does God have people there?
55:58 Oh, yes, He does. Praise the Lord.
56:00 "Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins,
56:05 and lest you receive of her plagues."
56:10 Is there an amazing parallel between both of these stories?
56:14 It's unbelievable.
56:16 Now allow me to finish by saying this,
56:19 the final controversy is not primarily about 2 days,
56:26 it is about two authorities.
56:30 And the days are the way in which God tests you to see
56:34 whose authority you accept.
56:36 You see, when you keep the Sabbath, you're saying,
56:39 "I accept God's authority."
56:41 He says, "Keep the seventh day Sabbath as a sign of Myself."
56:45 Therefore, I keep the Sabbath.
56:46 In this way, I show that I accept God's authority."
56:51 However, those who worship the beast and receive his mark,
56:54 they keep the first day of the week
56:56 which is the sign of the authority of the beast
56:59 because the beast is the one
57:00 who changed the day from Sabbath to Sunday.
57:03 So those who choose to follow the beast and receive the mark
57:06 are actually accepting the authority of the beast.
57:11 So the issue of the days is really
57:14 the issue of which authority will you accept,
57:19 the authority of God,
57:21 the Creator of the heavens and the earth,
57:24 or the authority of the beast.
57:26 I pray to God that it will be the authority of God.


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