Ronald Weinland

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Feb 16

Chapter 4, Part 4 (of 5)

PROPHESY AGAINST THE NATIONS
Chapter 4: An End to Deception – Part 4 (of 5)

End-Time Prophecy
The Book of Revelation was given to John to write, but only a few verses actually applied to his time. The book is written to describe the events that were to happen nearly 1900 years later. Those are the events that lead directly into the time of Christ’s coming. Chapters 3 through 20 focus on a few events that involve the last 70 years as things began to move more deeply into the end-time, but the vast majority of it covers a period that began on December 17, 1994. On that date the First Seal of the Book of Revelation was opened by Jesus Christ. It was the beginning of a very specific countdown to his return. Another chapter will cover that thoroughly, but people need understanding of other things first before they can begin to grasp what will be given later.

After the Roman Catholic Church is described by John, the verses that follow quickly move on to address actual revivals within Europe. It is done as an overview, but then the Book of Revelation moves directly into events that occur within the actual timeframe of the end-time countdown.

“Then the angel said to me, ‘Why is it that you wonder at this? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and the beast that carries her, which has seven heads and ten horns. The beast that you saw was, and is not, and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit and go into perdition. They who dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names are not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is’” (Rev. 17:7-8).

This is written partially in the form of a riddle. It has already been mentioned that this beast carries the woman—the Catholic Church. It is the beast that gives the woman even greater power and prominence. This beast is Satan and the term “beast” also describes those nations he specifically works through (creates) to carry and lift up that church to greater power and prominence during each revival. These revivals are for the purpose of war. This Church has always been involved in one way or another in those revivals. Much of that has always been behind the scenes and in secret, but nevertheless, it is a large part of it because of the actual power that supports it—Satan and the demonic spirit world.

Although these last few revivals did not carry the name of the actual Roman Empire, the early revivals did, but the latter ones still focused on nations of Europe who are revived for war, and who have this unusual relationship with the Vatican and the Catholic religion.

Satan is the one in scripture who is referred to as being restrained in a “bottomless pit” and who then ascends out of it for a short period of time. The timing of these references that use the form of a riddle is very specific.

This “bottomless pit” is first referred to in events that result from the blowing of the Fifth Trumpet. In that specific account, smoke begins to ascend out of the pit at a time when a spiritual phase of the Fifth Trumpet was being fulfilled (Rev. 9:1-3). That phase was fulfilled and was about persecution that Satan was allowed to exert upon God’s Church. That period is now past, and the last phase, a physical one, is to yet be fulfilled once Satan is fully released when he actually ascends out of the pit, out of his restraint, in order to revive ten nations of Europe for one last great war.

The time when Satan will be allowed to fully ascend out of that pit from that restraint is when it is God’s time to allow those ten nations of Europe to be brought together. When those nations are able to fully unite as a single power, without the drag of the rest of the current European Union, it will be time for a full scale WWIII.

If God did not control the timing of all this and release Satan when he does, these nations would still come to war. This is especially true in the end-time. The nations of the world are headed toward WWIII no matter what, just as a result of people and nations becoming so corrupt in their thinking. If God did not intervene in exactly the way He does and yet will, that war would last much longer and carry with it far greater agony, suffering, and a long, hideous upheaval in the world. So not only is God going to intervene to stop mankind from destroying himself, He is also shortening the time that would otherwise multiply the intensity and length of mankind’s suffering.

The “bottomless pit” is simply a physical description derived from two words. One has the meaning of an “abyss” (translated as bottomless) and the other word “pit” is often used to describe a cistern (literally, “a place prepared for holding water”).

It is rather difficult to describe things that exist in a spirit realm by the use of physical explanations or examples. This place is simply a specially prepared spirit state that restrains Satan’s ability to exert his full spirit power. It is a condition or state where he can simply be kept in spirit restraint. This restraint prevents him from using his full powers that have not yet been completely taken from him. However, even when restrained in this spirit abyss, he is still able to broadcast in strong spirit attitude and influence upon mankind. Once he finally becomes sealed in the bottomless pit at the start of the Millennium, he will have NO ability to use any powers upon others during that entire time.

The timing of Satan ascending out of the bottomless pit from this condition of spirit restraint is at the last and seventh revival. It is this last revival that has the ten horns and that will be spoken of again a few verses later.

The Beast that Was, and Is Not
Some of these verses read like a riddle, just as one verse uses the term, “the beast that you saw was, and is not, and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit.” The beast “was” could be referring to any time Satan was active during one of the revivals in Europe when he was not being restrained by the spirit abyss. However, this section of scripture is referring to a very specific time period. It is referring to the last time that he was unrestrained and when he was at work with Germany and Italy through the power of influence that he used directly upon Hitler.

Once WWII was brought to an end, Satan was restrained again, and it is in that current restraint that he “is not” exercising his full power because he is restrained by the spirit abyss, as has been the case now for nearly 70 years.

Even when in spirit restraint Satan has always been able to exercise deceit and powers through his broadcasting in spirit attitude in order to have influence, but he has not been allowed to always use his greater powers to influence to destroy as the Destroyer. This verse goes on to foretell what will follow after this period ends, when he “is not” in full power because of being restrained: “The beast that you saw was, and is not, and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition” (Rev. 17:8).

Satan is described as ascending out of the spirit abyss, his place of restraint, and he then goes on into “perdition.” This word “perdition” is one that has a wide variety of use and can mean “waste, destruction, to perish, to die.” This has a dual purpose, as it is used here, because once Satan is released, he will quickly move people and nations into WWIII. His actions lead to great destruction, waste, and death. However, this is also the last time Satan will be allowed to stir up a war that causes massive destruction, although he will try one more time.

As Satan stirs up one last great war that causes great destruction and death, he is also pressing forward toward his own destruction and death, for once he has engaged in one last war, he himself will be headed more directly toward his own perdition.

The language of a riddle is used again in the last half of the verse: “They who dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names are not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is” (Rev. 17:8).

This is prophetic and looks at the time, after the 7th revival, when Satan is finally placed in the bottomless pit (spirit abyss) for 1,000 years, beginning right after Christ returns. This is covered in Revelation 20:1-3.

Those mentioned, who are aware that Satan is now bound for a thousand years and who “wonder” (or are astonished) at what Satan has done over the past 6,000 years, are those who rejoice that he can no longer be in the presence of mankind throughout the entire period of the Millennium.

Those “whose names are not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world” are those who live in the Millennium, who do not have Satan and the demonic world’s influence throughout that 1,000 years.

Those whose names “are written” in the book of life from the foundation of the world are the 144,000 who come with Christ at his return. This description does not mean that specific individuals were predestined, as there is no such thing as some groups teach. This is not about specific names of people that were written down in a book before the creation of mankind.

Those “written in the book of life” are about a specific number of 144,000 that God had planned before the foundation of the world who would become part of the first resurrection to spirit life upon Christ’s return. Names have been written in the book of life throughout the past 6,000 years. They are those whom God has “chosen” to be part of the first resurrection to spirit life at Christ’s coming.

In verse 8 that was just quoted, it refers to Satan again in the form of a riddle, as it states, “when they behold the beast that was, and is not, but yet is.” This is speaking of the specific time when the Millennium has finally become established, and “the beast that was” is referring to when he was over the seventh and last revival of a European empire, but now he “is not.” So the timing is showing that he had been over this seventh and last revival, but once the Millennium has become established, he “is not” in power any longer because he is once again in the spirit abyss.

The expression “but yet is” simply refers to the fact that he still is—that he exists—but he can no longer deceive and influence mankind. He yet is the great Destroyer who is still alive and still exists, but now he is “in” the bottomless pit (the spirit abyss), and this time a seal has been set upon the abyss so that not only can he not ever arise to be over any more revivals of a European empire, but he can in no way influence mankind through any broadcasting or any other means over the next 1,000 years.

Although much of what has just been covered may seem a little confusing, in time it will come to mean much more as everything you experience from this time forward begins to fit into place in all those things that God is bringing to pass. As you “see” these things more clearly and “experience” them in your life, you will become more fully encouraged and hopeful of all that lies ahead in a new age. Then, as you begin to experience the things you had actually begun to hope would come to pass, you will experience a joy, fullness, and excitement for life that you have never before remotely imagined possible.

Revelation Given To Herbert W. Armstrong
As these verses continue to unfold, they give an overview of things that will follow. This chapter continues to describe the order of events in a kind of “outline format” that lead up to a final countdown of Christ’s coming.

“Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits” (Rev. 17:9).

This wisdom was spoken of earlier in the book as being from the very mind of God, as it is the word (logos) of God. Only God can give that to another. Here, God was giving Mr. Armstrong understanding of these verses that applied to the end-time. He had been given to understand that God uses mountains to prophetically speak of larger nations. In this verse, it was clearly revealing that the woman, the Catholic Church, was “on” each of these beasts during their revivals.

“There are seven kings, five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet, and when it comes, it must continue a short time [a little season]” (Rev. 17:10).

There was only one period of time, lasting only a few years, that this specific verse could be read and have the specific meaning that applied to that very period. Its meaning was revealed to Herbert W. Armstrong during the time when it was being fulfilled. God began by showing Mr. Armstrong that these verses coincide with a description that was given to Daniel the prophet. God was revealing that there was one more revival of the old Roman Empire (though not bearing that name) that was to be fulfilled before Jesus Christ would return. Mr. Armstrong had come to see that there would be seven revivals in all.

So at a point toward the end of WWII, God revealed this specific verse to him that was prophetic for that exact time in which he was currently living. He knew there would be seven revivals and that there would be one primary ruler over each of those revivals, even as Napoleon and Hitler have already been mentioned. At this time, when this verse was being revealed to him, Hitler was over the sixth revival.

From this verse, he came to see that, yes, there would be seven kings (one over each revival), five had already fallen, and the sixth one was currently underway in this Second World War. So of the seven kings (revivals), five had already reigned and fallen, one was currently reigning in the form of Hitler, and the other—the seventh and final one—“was not yet.”

It states that the one that comes—the seventh one—“must continue a short time.” That seventh revival will be much shorter in duration than all the others before it, but because of modern weaponry, much more devastation will occur than all the previous six put together.

The next verse, still speaking in the form of a riddle, continues by saying, “And the beast that was, and is not, even it is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goes into perdition” (Rev. 17:11).

As a result of understanding what has been given to this point, it becomes more obvious what this verse is now saying. The one that goes into perdition is Satan. Satan is the beast who gives power to each revival. He is known as the beast power, working during the time of the revivals. Satan is the beast that “was, and is not” that was spoken of previous to this.

So Satan is “of the seven” because he is the power over each revival, and because he is “of” each of the seven and over all of them, he is counted as the eighth.

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Jan 16

Chapter 4, Part 3 (of 5)

PROPHESY AGAINST THE NATIONS
Chapter 4: An End to Deception – Part 3 (of 5)

Prophecy About That Great Church
The Book of Revelation speaks of this great church that now has well over 1.25 billion people around the world. There are also just as many that have adopted its same basic doctrines, as their foundational doctrines come from the Catholic Church.

From 31 A.D. and forward, the true Church of God, led by God’s apostles and ministry, has continued in the doctrines God established from the beginning. By the end of that first century, other groups were springing up who called themselves Christian, but were not. They had simply adopted some of the same practices of Simon the sorcerer who mixed paganism with counterfeited doctrines of God’s true Church. They contained stories as told by the disciples and those that came from old scripture, as well as stories “about” Christ and his resurrection. However, these groups were not unified or organized in any real way.

It wasn’t until 325 A.D. that Constantine began to organize and unify the doctrines within one church that would carry authority backed by the Roman Empire. A unified and organized Catholic religion was born.

God’s true Church and the Catholic Church continued on for several hundred years before any other church organizations began to spring up. As always, the true Church remained small and rather obscure, as it often was forced to be in hiding, remote from others, and/or restrained in their ability to speak openly of their different beliefs. This false Church has a long history of pursuing the true Church and persecuting it, which often included killing those whom they found to be part of it.

In the 1400s through the 1600s, there was a movement where several new organizations began to be formed as they broke away from the Catholic Church and formed their own separate governing bodies and clergy. Although there were many that were formed, probably the best known organizations originated from Luther and Calvin, and of course, the Church of England that became separate, primarily because King Henry VIII was not able to divorce and remarry as often as he would like due to rulings enforced within the Catholic Church.

Most of these churches only had slight doctrinal differences, but most came down to disagreement over government and power held by the clergy.

So not all churches in traditional Christianity have had long histories like the true Church of God and the Catholic Church. Both of these existed many hundreds of years before these other church organizations were ever created or formed. But of all of these, only God’s true Church has a history that goes all the way back to the original apostles with doctrines that remain the same to this day.

Those churches that broke away from the Catholic religion still retained her most basic doctrines like the Trinity, Sunday worship, communion, Easter, and Christmas (the mass of Christ). However, these splinter churches have no authority in scripture for any of these beliefs just mentioned. Those doctrines and teachings do not exist in scripture. In all truth, their authority rests in the Catholic Church and the authority the Popes have assumed in order to change doctrines or invent new ones.

There is one primary section in scripture that identifies this great church and those who splintered from her that retained her same foundational doctrines.

In these verses that will be covered, and in others later that pertain to prophecy, I am going to give you the prophetic meaning as God’s Prophet. Some of these verses about this great church are so descriptive that some people have been able to grasp that these are indeed about the Catholic Church, yet most have not recognized they are also about them and their beliefs as well.

In the following scripture, an angel has taken John to show him the wonders (or marvel) of that church that has had the kind of power it has exercised over rulers and nations since its inception:

“So he [the angel] carried me [John] away in the spirit into the wilderness, and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, and having seven heads and ten horns” (Revelation 17:3).

The “woman” is used to indicate a church, even as God’s Church is described as a woman in some scriptures. This woman in these verses has a drastically different description being given of her than what God’s Church does. This church is made to stand out in very bright colors that are used in a lavish manner of pomp and grand procession in ceremony. It is the beginning of a description of the Roman Catholic Church.

This church is being described as having names full of blasphemy, as it has changed true doctrines to false ones and used God’s name and that of Christ as their authority to do so. Even the descriptions of its leaders are a blasphemy to God and His name as some are called Pope, Father, and Cardinal. These leaders have even taken it upon themselves to absolve people of their sins, of which only God Almighty can do through the sacrifice of His Son as the Passover who spilled his blood to the earth for that very purpose—so mankind can become forgiven of sins.

The scarlet colored beast is what has given strength and power to this church and is spoken of in two manners by which this is fulfilled. It is first and foremost accomplished by Satan who is a beast described as a great dragon. He has given his power to various nations that comprise a great kingdom. That single kingdom that has received its power and influence at various stages from Satan, only when God has allowed it, also carries the description of a beast, for it exists and is empowered by “the beast” who is the great dragon—Satan.

The seven heads are a reference to seven specific revivals of this kingdom, which has always been within Europe. In the past it has primarily been known as the Roman Empire in the early revivals, however, it has consisted of different nations of Europe during different revivals. Not all have had the label of the Roman Empire, but nevertheless, all have existed as definite powerful military forces that have been well known within Europe.

One revival that most will be familiar with was under Napoleon. Another, and the most recent, was under Hitler when Germany was determined to establish a Third Reich. The translation of the German word “Reich” is “Empire or Kingdom.” The “Third Reich” became the most popular term to describe this historical period, although it was Hitler’s desire that it be known as “Großdeutsches Reich” (Greater German Reich). Another term he used was “Tausendjähriges Reich” (Thousand-Year Reich). He wanted to transform Berlin, to make it the capital of a Greater German “World Empire.” He declared at a rally in Nuremberg that “…in the next thousand years there will be no other revolution in Germany.” Even in this, Satan seeks to mock God’s truth, as there is only one Millennium, which is the 1,000-year reign of Jesus Christ as the Messiah.

The rise of Hitler during WWII was the sixth revival, and there is yet one more, which may have fully come together by the time you are reading this. This last revival will be from ten nations, which are represented by the ten horns. God gave to His apostle, Herbert W. Armstrong, the understanding of these prophecies concerning the seven revivals of the Roman Empire and the meaning of those ten horns.

Those ten horns emerge during the seventh revival. They are ten nations in Europe who engage Russia and China in WWIII. That revival has been underway since 1950, and it has been very slow in forming, but at the end, it is given great power because of the beast and the woman who rides it.

These ten nations will emerge out of the current European Union. Even now as I am writing, the nations in the south of this union are unsettled within it causing a ripple effect, and the north is becoming weary of carrying them. Talk for the past couple of months has been whether or not there will be a “Grexit,” which is in reference to a Greek exit from that union. Before this is over, ten nations will be forced to unite as a matter of survival, as all the rest will either leave or be excluded from this final formation.

The primary advocates for a stronger union have seen certain countries as a burden. They refer to the economy of these countries by the acronym PIIGS, and they include: Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain. The acronym itself expresses much about some of the frustration and disdain that some in the north have toward these nations. Currently, this is hardly a recipe for being a united empire, as these deep seated feelings still exist.

Finally, these verses in Revelation describe the woman riding the beast. It is about the Catholic Church that has had great sway over Europe, and especially when it was organized in the heart of the Roman Empire that was ruled from Rome. As time continued on and other religious organizations began to arise, especially in the 1400s through the 1600s, that Church began losing more and more of its influence over other nations in Europe. However, for a very short period it will have a very strong influence on this final revival of those ten nations merging as one.

This prophecy continues: “And the woman [this great false church] was arrayed in purple and scarlet colors, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness from her fornication” (Rev. 17:4).

This verse simply uses a description that reflects her actual appearance on a physical plane, which describes her immorality on a spiritual one. Such appearance is reflected especially in ceremonies, rituals, and lavishness used in decorating the Vatican itself. The use of the “golden cup” reveals a great spiritual perversion concerning the blood of Christ and the true meaning and commanded observance of an annual Passover. Their communion ritual is a perversion of this observance and is a blasphemy toward Jesus Christ and God and is very much the definition of an abomination. This all describes fornication on a spiritual plane as they take symbolism of those things that are true and mix them spiritually and unfaithfully with things that are false.

“And upon her forehead is a name written, ‘Mystery Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth,’ and I saw the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of witnesses of Jesus, and when I saw her, I wondered in great astonishment [amazement]” (Rev. 17:5-6).

The reference of Babylon is used for two reasons. The first concerns what began to happen shortly after the flood in Noah’s day when false religion once again began to spring up in different cities, one of which was Babel. Those living in that city had determined to build a tower that would reach up into the heavens. The ruins from that tower still exist today in the area of Iraq. Corruption and pride were accelerating at such a fast pace in the minds of those living there that God had to intervene once again to slow any further corruption.

At this point in time, all spoke the same language. The means by which God was going to slow mankind in their evil pursuit was to confound the people with different languages. This is the origin for the basis of differing languages today. God changed a portion of the spirit in their mind in an instant so they had understanding and ability to speak another language. When God did this, different groups could no longer understand each other, and they were only able to understand those who where given the ability to speak the same language as themselves.

It would be like everyone speaking English one day, and then all of a sudden, certain groups could only speak French, others Japanese, while others spoke only Russian, and so they would divide into groups. It may be hard to imagine such a thing happening, but that is exactly what occurred. For a person who spoke a single language on one day and a completely different one on another, it was as if they had always known the new language they were now speaking and had no memory or understanding of their previous one.

The name of the city became known as Babel and it simply means “confusion.” That is what had been created with the different languages on that day. However, the practices of the people, raising up different religious beliefs, already created great confusion on their part, so God simply placed confusion between them with different languages.

The term Babylon, which became one of the first prophetic world ruling empires, carries that same meaning. Babel and Babylon both mean “confusion.” That term has become synonymous with the way of religion and governments of this world. They are man-made systems that only create confusion, turmoil, division, and wars. These are all opposite to the way of God that produces unity, soundness of mind, and true peace.

This great false religion that became a great church is the Roman Catholic Church. It has exercised great power and influence upon the Roman Empire and upon Europe as a whole, and has done so to acquire great wealth, and to maintain and even strengthen the power it has had. It is also described as “the mother of harlots,” and that is because of all the churches that have been born of her.

It is this Church that has persecuted God’s Church ever since its formation, and as this verse points out, it is guilty of the blood of those who have been part of God’s true Church. Since its formation, it has been the primary power responsible for many of God’s people being imprisoned and killed. It refers to those killed as the “witnesses” of Jesus (some translations use the word martyr), but it is referring more to those who have faithfully lived God’s way of life within the Body of Christ, the Church of God, and have been witnesses that have experienced the purpose of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice in their life, which has made God’s spiritual creation possible in the transformation of the mind of those called.

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Jan 16

Chapter 4, Part 2 (of 5)

PROPHESY AGAINST THE NATIONS
Chapter 4: An End to Deception – Part 2 (of 5)

Changing the Sabbath
As the Church was being scattered throughout regions of Judah and Samaria because of the immediate persecution that followed its formation, the worship of Baal and other pagan gods had been well-established and practiced in Samaria for several hundred years. However, these beliefs or ones directly related to them were also being practiced throughout the Roman Empire at that time. After many generations, people were fully accustomed to keeping such observances and religious practices related to deities of the sun with worship that was conducted on the 1st day of the week—our Sunday.

Throughout this period of the original apostles, they were teaching about Christ, what he taught, and of his death and resurrection to life again. The Roman world had been somewhat rattled because of those teachings, as it interfered with their well-established beliefs, beliefs that rulers used to wield greater power, inspiring even partial worship of themselves from their subjects. This has been true for many rulers throughout history who have supposedly had a special “in” with the gods or were sometimes themselves revered as being part god. Satan has truly done a number on weak minded human beings.

The Pharaohs fit into this category, as well as other leaders through time, but this also existed in part among the Caesars. So the Roman Empire saw the true Christianity of the apostles as a threat and they hated those teachings. There was already great hatred toward the Jews who were known for their worship that was practiced on the weekly 7th day Sabbath. The practice of the Jews was an irritation to the Roman government, especially because of the Jews’ strictness in refusing to conduct business on that day or on the annual Sabbaths.

When true Christianity was born, it had two great enemies: Judaism (primarily of its leaders) and the Romans.

Simon did not find it difficult to begin mixing aspects of his pagan worship with truth about Christ. It was a simple thing for him to do, just like what Israel had done long before. So he, and others like him, changed the truth taught by the disciples of a 7th day Sabbath to that of worshipping on the 1st day of the week. This was easy and not questioned by those who were already practicing their pagan beliefs on that day.

Other religious leaders who had been fully immersed as priests of Baal or other similar gods and were already teachers of those beliefs now began to do as Simon did, as it added strength, popularity, and far greater wealth to what they were already getting. They simply added stories about Christ and his life to that of their already existing practices and beliefs. They blended quite well, in a perverse sort of way, but that is the way Satan had already planned it long before.

By 325 A.D., the Church of God was still exceedingly small and was still being heavily persecuted. It was hated then as it always has been by society, religious leaders, and government officials. Constantine had come into power in Rome shortly before this and had been influenced by his mother who had become “Christian.” However, she was not following the way that was being taught by the Church of God and the apostles of that time, but she was following those who had now mixed many of their pagan practices and beliefs together with true stories of Christ.

That method has not changed much over the past 1,800 years. It has only become refined, as religious leaders speak much about Christ, but do not actually teach what he taught and lived. Jesus Christ lived in obedience to God’s laws. He kept the Sabbaths of God and taught the people about God’s plan and purpose, and he taught them on those Sabbaths. But today, most of traditional Christianity teaches that God’s laws, the Ten Commandments, were done away with through Jesus Christ, although the apostles, after the death of Christ, clearly taught on those days and observed them just as Christ did.

One of the first things recorded that Jesus Christ taught concerned the law: “Do not think that I have come to destroy the law, or the prophets. I have not come to destroy, but to fulfill. I say to you truly, that until heaven and earth pass, not one jot or one tittle will in any way pass from the law until it is fulfilled” (Matthew 5:17-18).

The world of traditional Christianity twists things to say that Christ fulfilled the law, but many scholars know full well the scriptures that contain such expressions are about Christ fulfilling things within the sacrificial system and the laws that pertained to it. So they use Christ’s name to support their false doctrines, but they fail to truthfully teach what he taught.

In Christ’s comments about the law and the prophets, he was making it very clear that nothing written in the law or in the prophets would be destroyed (changed or done away with) until it had all been fulfilled. God makes it clear that all that He has recorded in prophecy will be accomplished by Him—it will be fulfilled. It will be accomplished within a period that goes just a little beyond the next 1,100 years. After that, all that the prophets have written will have been fulfilled—completed.

The law will have become fulfilled once God’s spiritual creation is complete in all who are called and in all who then yield to that complete transformation and creation that must take place in the mind before one can enter into spirit life. That will be completely fulfilled in a period that goes just a little beyond the next 1,100 years because God’s spiritual Family will have become complete by this time, as all who become part of it will have been resurrected as spirit composed beings into ever-lasting life.

Their minds will have become completely transformed to be in full unity and oneness with the mind of God, the ways of God, as the law will have become fulfilled in them—in their thinking and in their mind.

Christ was making it clear that the fulfilling of the law and all prophecy is so important that not one jot or tittle can be removed (done away with or destroyed) from it. This is like saying that of all that is written in the law and prophets, not one apostrophe or dot above the letter “i” can be removed.

Yet many churches make no qualms about teaching that Christ did away with the law. The only law that was done away with is spoken of primarily in the Book of Hebrews. Many who read such writings think that what they are reading is about the Ten Commandments, but it is not. It is about the practice of the law of sacrifices by the Levitical priesthood. This was about the sacrificial system of killing animals, spilling their blood to the earth, and offering those up before God on the altar. Hebrews makes it very clear that such animal sacrifices never took away sin, but that the spilling of the blood of Jesus Christ through this one sacrifice does take away sin. Jesus Christ simply fulfilled what the sacrificial system was picturing.

So when some ministers of traditional Christianity say that the Ten Commandments were done away with, you can begin to go through each one. They can be asked, “Then do you mean that adultery, as well as stealing, lying, murdering, and cursing God are all okay?” The answer is always, “Well of course not.” But if you ask whether the keeping of God’s Sabbath is required on the 7th day, then the usual comeback is, “No. That has been done away with.”

The Sabbaths of God, both weekly and annual, have always been hated by others. People do not realize that there is a real spirit power that stirs up such resentment and prejudice against these observances. The reason Satan wants people to keep away from any real observance or teachings of God’s Sabbaths is because these are what reveal God’s plan from the beginning to the end.

Instead, Satan has been successful in getting people to focus on the birth of Jesus Christ, who wasn’t even born in the winter months. Satan has successfully deceived people in observing Easter, and especially the sunrise service of Easter, which they say is to commemorate the fact of Jesus Christ being resurrected at that time, which he was not.

The Council of Nicaea
As Constantine was coming into power in the Roman Empire a few hundred years after the death of Christ, there was an occasion in which he had an “experience” just before he engaged in a great battle. There are many stories that exist concerning this. These stories vary quite a bit in terms of the exact details of what happened, so whether it was a dream, premonition, or some kind of vision, this story is not definite. Nevertheless, he did experience something. These accounts all agree that he saw a cross in the sky with certain letters or words inscribed on it.

As some of this and other historical events are discussed in this chapter, an overview will be given, but not an over-abundance of detail. Those who want to learn more can easily look up such stories in a variety of reference material that is available on many of these subjects. As an example, there is much more that can be learned by looking up the history and documentation of such subjects like Christmas, Baal, Easter, Council of Nicaea, Sunday worship, the Trinity, etcetera.

Concerning Constantine’s “experience,” it is said that after seeing the cross he had his soldiers paint this symbol with letters on their shields. The letters are IHS, which are a kind of monogram or symbol for Jesus. He believed that what he saw concerned the death of Christ and that this “experience” was given to him from Jesus.

The story is that the soldiers did as Constantine instructed and they went on to win an overwhelming victory. It is here that the cross began to take on greater significance as a symbol that would be affixed to traditional Christianity in an even more substantial way than it already had been. This symbol and a couple variations of it had already been in use in pagan practices that went back over a thousand years earlier and it had already been creeping into use within this evolutionary process of traditional Christianity that was growing in momentum.

For hundreds of years, the cross had been steeped in superstition and pagan worship as a kind of talisman and a symbol of their religion. It is how the story came about that Christ died on a cross and this false concept began to be merged into the practice and observance of traditional Christianity.

This event that Constantine experienced was most assuredly not from Jesus Christ or God. It should not be a difficult thing once again to know who actually was responsible for this deception. This experience did seem to have a strong impact on Emperor Constantine. He began to take more of an interest in his mother’s religion. He involved himself directly with priests who were representing this movement of what is now traditional Christianity. Nothing that Constantine was doing had any involvement with God’s true Church or God’s apostles at that time.

Over a relatively short period of time, Constantine had become upset over dissension and disagreement that existed in his empire among many of these groups that were springing up in false Christianity. By this time, these groups covered areas in Egypt, up through the regions of Judea, and of modern Turkey, and westward past Rome itself.

In 325 AD, Constantine convened a large group of these teachers and priests from throughout the empire in what became known as the Council of Nicaea. Constantine did not simply turn this meeting over to them to discuss and decide things amongst themselves, but he had direct input, control, and direction to give to it.

There were two primary objectives for this council, though it resulted in even more decisions and diktats that were made.

First, Constantine wanted it settled once and for all concerning a dispute that many were having concerning Christ’s deity. One belief that had support was that Jesus Christ’s existence did not occur until he was actually born of Mary in a physical birth, but in this there were different ideas concerning his deity.

The concept that some priests and Constantine pushed was what became known as the Trinity. It was the belief that Jesus Christ has always existed, just like God the Father. The Trinity also included the belief of a third being, a spirit, that has taken on different names, but is probably best translated as the Holy Ghost. These three are described as being fully separate beings with their own identity, but also one—one single God.

In time, this basic belief became a part (and still is) of congregational worship where the relationship of these three, in one, within the Godhead is recited during Sunday morning worship. It is recited much like an allegiance and affirmation of the Trinity. It became established as the Apostles’ Creed.

In order to establish such doctrine, this great church believes that it has had a succession of people who have carried the authority of apostle, however, none of these religious leaders are actually known as apostles or called apostles. Further, no apostle can change any doctrine established by God in scripture. Those things never change! But it is believed that at the decree of a Pope, changes can be made to existing Biblical doctrine.

Passover to Easter
In addition to them establishing a belief that was to be a unified teaching for the church concerning the Trinity, there was also one other big change that Constantine was set on making to standardize doctrines and beliefs of the church.

Some of these false Christian groups were observing a Passover, while others were observing Easter. To the Roman world, Passover reeked far too much of Judaism, which was an extremely hated religion, as were the Jews. But there were ulterior motives for adopting Easter, and those were quite sinister and highly deceitful.

Constantine wanted to adopt what many were already observing in the false Christian groups and in the pagan practices of various groups within the empire. It was the establishment and observance of Easter. A declaration was made stating that Passover was to no longer be observed. In the false Christian groups, Easter was observed as a celebration of the early Sunday morning resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Since its observance revolved around timing having to do with Christ’s resurrection, the specific lunar Sunday it became associated with always fell relatively close to the time of Passover, since Passover was when Jesus Christ was put to death.

Easter had now been made the official observance for this newly organized and more fully unified religious organization that Constantine was exerting control over. The Trinity and Easter were now the “official” belief of this newly unified religion. As time went along, Constantine continued to put more authority and power into making this “new Christianity,” which was actually a unified false Christianity, the official state religion of the Roman Empire.

Constantine had a great underlying ulterior motive for establishing Easter as the official observance of this newly developing forerunner to traditional Christianity. Because of the teaching that Jesus Christ was resurrected on a Sunday morning, and being that Easter was an early morning sunrise service on a Sunday, this gave credence to always having a Sunday morning worship, instead of the 7th day as some were still observing. It wasn’t long after this that Sunday was declared to be the day of observance for this church throughout the Roman Empire and worship on the 7th day began to be outlawed.

The Council of Nicaea, through Constantine’s leadership, became the formal push for the firm establishment of a church that would become very great in the world—the Roman Catholic Church. It has always reflected everything that is opposite to what is true. It has decorated itself in great pomp, ceremony, and the use of religious relics, statues, crosses, as well as a flood of pictures of God, Christ, and Mary with baby Jesus. All such practices are completely against what God instructs in one of the Ten Commandments. God clearly states that mankind is not to use any such images for religious purposes or worship.

Satan established his own mockery toward God, His word, and His laws by influencing a church to rise up who twisted and misrepresented every truth of God, even the very commandments that instruct people concerning how to honor, respect, and properly worship God.

The First Commandment was broken by adopting the doctrine of the Trinity, as this false church was now declaring there was more than one God being. Although it deceitfully states they all are one God, the Trinity says that there are two other beings besides God the Father, and that goes directly against this First Commandment.

Acts 2 establishes the truth that the father of Jesus Christ was God the Father who identifies Himself as Yahweh Elohim through the verses quoted from the Old Testament. It also bears repeating what the Eternal—Yahweh Elohim—had to say about Himself: “I am the Eternal [Heb. – Yahweh Elohim] and there is none [no one] else, there is no God beside [Heb. – except, but, only, save] me” (Isaiah 45:5).

The Second Commandment was broken through the use of statues, artifacts, and pictures, depicting God, Christ, the angelic realm, and numerous other “religious representations” in religious services and ceremonies, and their place as decoration throughout buildings for worship.

The Third Commandment was broken concerning not taking God’s name in vain, as every doctrine adopted by this false Church was against what God gave as true, yet they used God’s name and that of Jesus Christ as being their authority, which was truly taking God’s name in vain.

Then the Fourth Commandment was broken as they completely removed any requirement to keep a 7th day Sabbath by adopting a pseudo-Sabbath day for worship on the 1st day of the week—the day of the sun—Sunday.

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