LORD OF HOSTS
by George Kirkpatrick


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LORD OF HOSTS
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1 The God of Israel .................... 
Chapter 2 Lord of Sabaoth ...................... 
Chapter 3 The Creating God .....................
Chapter 4 Dwells Between the Cheribum .......... 
Chapter 5 King of Israel .......................
Chapter 6 The First and the Last...............
Chapter 7 Our Redeemer .........................
Chapter 8 The Holy One of Israel ...............
Chapter 9 God of the Whole Earth ...............
Chapter 10 Rock of Offence & Stone of Stumbling .
Chapter 11 The I AM .............................
Chapter 12 God of Judgment ......................
Chapter 13 The Great City ....................... 
Chapter 14 Babylon, a Biblical Perspective .....
Chapter 15 The Man - Beast.......................
Chapter 16 Fall of Babylon, 1ST Destruction ..... 
Chapter 17 Second Destruction ...................
Chapter 18 The Hope of God's People .............

Lord of Hosts

Chapter 1

In speaking to many people, it seems there is a lack of awareness and understanding that the God of the Old Testament is the same God we worship in the New Testament.

Man seems to have difficulty drawing definite lines between Jehovah and Jesus. There is a golden thread that runs through both, the Old and New Testament. This golden thread reveals "There is One God" and this "One God" did not change from the Old Testament to the New Testament; only our relationship to God changed.

When we come to the realization that there is "One God" and that our relationship to God is positional, we witness Him in the Old Testament as Father, or Progenitor, or the one who begins; in the New Testament, as the Son that brought forgiveness of sin and the ministry of reconciliation to His creation.

After Pentecost, our relationship to God is one of ruler and reigner. Through the Holy Spirit anointing, we know much about God. Much is revealed by the many names which are attributed to God in His Word. Of all the names that God subscribes to Himself, none is more prevalent than the "Lord of Hosts".

The word "Lord" is the Hebrew word "YHWH". The writers of the Old Testament would not write, nor speak the name of God, because of *** Lev. 4:16 which states, "And he that blasphemies the name of the Lord, He shall surely be put to death..."

Their concern was that they might accidentally blaspheme God's name in their speech or writing. So they refused to use His name and substituted the name "Adonai". When the translators came to the word "YHWH", they added vowels; thus, the word YAHWEH was created. Jehovah is another derivative of the same YHWH. They changed the Y to a J and added an O vowel. Jah is the shortened form of Jehovah or Yahweh. 

When Moses was told to tell the people "I AM that I AM" sent him, God was speaking in the first person as "I AM". Yahweh means "He Is". So when the people proclaimed "He Is" or "YAHWEH", they were making reference to God as the "I AM".

The word YHWH, or Yahweh, was used 5371 times in the Old Testament and is the personal name of God. Yahweh is the basis for all the covenant names of God. 

God has revealed His personal nature through the twelve covenant names ascribed to Him in His Word:
1 - Jehovah Shammah God is There 
2 - Jehovah Rohi God our Shepherd 
3 - Jehovah Tsidkenu God our Righteousness 
4 - Jehovah M'Kaddesh God who Sanctifies 
5 - Jehovah Jireh God our Provision 
6 - Jehovah Oz God our Strength 
7 - Jehovah Nissi God our Banner 
8 - Jehovah Rophe God who Heals 
9 - Jehovah Zimrath God my Song 
10 - Jehovah Shalom God our Peace 
11 - Jehovah Elyon God Most High 
12 - Jehovah Sebaot God of Hosts 

Through these 12 covenant names of God, we have access to the throne room of God, enabling us to touch the heart of God in many areas.

# 1 Jehovah Shammah - God is There

By proclaiming Jehovah Shammah, we are welcoming His Spiritual presence. 

"But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that HE IS, and that HE IS a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him." *** Hebrews 11:6

When we come to God, we must know that HE IS God and we must let God be God. When we pray we must know that God is There. 

# 2 Jehovah Rohi - God our Shepherd 

Our Shepherd is the Holy Spirit's guidance in our lives. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth and will guide us into all truth, *** John 16:13. We need the Holy Spirit guidance, Jehovah Rohi, in our lives.

"The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want." *** Psalms 23:1 

# 3 Jehovah Tsidkenu - God our Righteousness

We are righteous; not in the fleshly realm, but in the Spiritual realm.

"In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS." *** Jeremiah 23:6 

"If ye know that He is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of Him." *** I John 2:29

# 4 Jehovah M'Kaddesh - God who Sanctifies

Sanctify means "to set apart" in the Spiritual realm. The Holy Spirit is our hedge. He has set Spiritual bounds around us that neither the physical realm, nor the spiritual realm can penetrate.

"And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go awhoring after them, I will even set My face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.

Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the Lord your God.

And ye shall keep My statutes, and do them: I am the Lord which sanctify you." *** Leviticus 20:6-8

When we are within His Spiritual bounds, the spiritual realm of evil can not affect us.

# 5 Jehovah Jireh - God our Provision

"And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-Jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen." *** Genesis 22:13-14

God proved His supply to our father, Abraham. God supplies all our needs according to His riches in glory.

# 6 Jehovah Oz - God our Strength

Our strength, our enduring and overcoming power, comes through the Holy Spirit, the Christ in our lives, our Jehovah Oz. 

"God is my strength and power: and He maketh my way perfect." *** II Samuel 22:33

"Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:" *** Isaiah 26:4

# 7 Jehovah Nissi - God our Banner

The word Banner means "standard". God's standard in our lives is Love. His Banner over us is Love. God is Spirit and His Spirit is the Light of Love in us. We need to let that Light of Love shine in our Spiritual walk.

God's love is shed abroad in our lives in many ways; in our victories, in our failures and our disappointments. We must always stand by the standard God has set in our lives. 

After Moses had wrought a great victory over Amalek in the wilderness, he built an altar unto his God and called it Jehovah- Nissi, *** Exodus 17:15. This was to show that God had wrought the victory in Israel. Jehovah-Nissi, our standard in battle, will be victorious!

We are admonished in the Word, to love one another. We cannot love unless the God of love is in our hearts. Jehovah Nissi is our Banner and our banner must be Love.

# 8 Jehovah Rophe - God who Heals

Our Jehovah Rophe continues to search and heal our innermost hurts and feelings. God is our total healer, not the physical body only, but He wants to heal our innermost being as well. He desires that we be whole in spirit, soul and body. 

Through the pen of the apostle Paul, God speaks of this total healing.

"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." *** I Thessalonians 5:23

# 9 Jehovah Zimrath - God my Song

God is our Song. Paul exhorts us to sing with the Spirit and with the understanding, also, *** I Corinthians 14:15. We should have a constant song of praise in our hearts toward God. We need to be praising God, singing in the Spirit at all times. As we pray, praise and sing without ceasing, then the problems that we seem to have, automatically take care of themselves. The book of Revelation reveals that those who have the victory over the beast, his image, his mark and his number have the harp of God. *** Revelation 15:2

"And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints." *** Rev. 15:3 

Those who have a song in their hearts now, will sing the song of Moses before the throne.

# 10 Jehovah Shalom - God our Peace

God will give us perfect peace when our mind is stayed on Him. This is the peace that passeth all understanding. We are admonished in the Word, "And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God..." *** Ephesians 4:30. We immediately know when we have grieved the Holy Spirit because we lose our peace, our Jehovah Shalom. 

When the angel of the Lord appeared unto Gideon, God gave Gideon assured peace.

"And the Lord said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die. 

Then Gideon built an altar there unto the Lord, and called it Jehovah-shalom:..." *** Judges 6:23-24

# 11 Jehovah Elyon - God Most High 

When we come into the knowledge of the Lord Most High we make Him Lord of Lords and King of Kings in our lives. The word kingdom means "the king's domain". When our lives become the King's domain, then the Kingdom of God will be within us, *** Luke 17:21. 

And we will sing as the Psalmist, "I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High." *** Psalm 7:17

Jehovah Elyon is the King, Eternal, Immortal, Invisible, the Only Wise God, *** II Timothy 1:17. He is the Blessed and only Potentate, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. *** I Timothy 6:15 

# 12 Jehovah Sebaot - God of Hosts

The word Hosts is SEBAOT and means "the mighty warrior", or the "all-powerful King". Yahweh, the Mighty Warrior, led all Israel's armies when Israel was in obedience.

When David went to face Goliath, he came in the name of the Lord of Hosts, Yahweh, the mighty warrior.

"Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied." *** I Samuel 17:45

The Lord of Hosts is the God of the armies of Israel. David knew that in the physical, he had no strength to come against Goliath. But David knew his power in the name of Yahweh, the mighty warrior. He knew the Head of the armies of Israel. 

Today, that distinction would have been given to Saul. As king, he would have been recognized as the head of the armies of Israel, but David was not fighting for Saul. David knew Saul had no power. Saul was cowering back in his tent. David had already tried on Saul's armor which was the arm of flesh. David knew his authority in God and the use of His name.

"And he (David) took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine." *** I Samuel 17:40

We have all heard about the five, smooth stones and David's sling. These were important, but not the most important. First, he took his staff. The staff was the sign of his authority in God. 

It was by God's authority that David came in the name of the Lord of Hosts. David was accustomed to using the name of the Lord of Hosts in authority. By this authority, he was able to slay the lion and the bear. 

When David was questioned by Saul about his ability as a warrior, David proclaimed, 

"Thy servant kept his father's sheep and there came a lion and a bear and took a lamb out of the flock. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God." *** I Samuel 17:34-36

David was a foreshadow of Israel overcoming the lion and the bear. After the second World War, when Israel wanted to go back to their homeland and Great Britain (the lion) would not permit the Jews to return to Palestine, the Jews proceeded to overcome the lion. 

The year was 1947. The ship, "President Warfield", renamed "Exodus 1947", steamed toward Palestine with 4515 Jewish refugees aboard. These had escaped the Nazi ovens hoping to make their new home in their ancient promise land.

The "Exodus" had been purchased by the Israeli underground movement. For 14 years they had purchased ships to send immigrants to British occupied Palestine. The British were determined that Palestine would not be settled by the Jews. They had prohibited the Jews from returning to ancient Israel.

On July 18, 1947, surrounded by 5 British destroyers and one cruiser, the British were ordered to board and take control of the "Exodus". The destroyers turned and rammed the "Exodus" causing great damage to the vessel. Although many attempts were made to board the "Exodus", only a few men were allowed to board because of the stiff resistance by the men, women and children of the "Exodus".

The "Exodus" sinking, the landing at Telaviv aborted, a British guard all about her, the "Exodus" was forced to sail for Haifa, where upon docking, the passengers were arrested and returned to German concentration camps.

The voyage and consequences surrounding the "Exodus" drew world-wide attention to the plight of the Jewish refugees. Because of this world-wide criticism against Great Britain in their attempt to halt the return of the Jews to their ancient homeland, on September 26, 1947, Great Britain relinquished its rule over Palestine at Lake Success, New York. Israel had defeated the British lion, opening the resettling of ancient Israel in the land promised to Abraham.

A similar event will happen in the near future when Israel will defeat the bear, Russia. This is foretold in Ezekiel 38 & 39 when Russia is defeated on the mountains of Israel. The prophet, Ezekiel, foretold that, in the last days, Russia will invade Israel from the north and 80% of Russia's army will be destroyed on the mountains of Israel.

God has given us these twelve covenant names that we may have further understanding of His character and nature. Twelve is the number of divine government. These are the provisions God has made in His divine nature that we may know our God in intimacy through His revealed nature.

In addition to the 12 covenant names, there are 10 positions ascribed to the Lord of Hosts: 

1. The Lord of Hosts is the God of the armies of Israel 

God is still head of Israel's army. It is by the authority, in the name of the Lord of Hosts, that Israel (both natural and Spiritual) will be victorious.

2. The Lord of Hosts is the God of Israel 

He was in David's day, and He is today. 

"And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The Lord of Hosts is the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee. 

For thou, O Lord of Hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: 

therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto Thee." *** II Samuel 7:26-27

3. The Lord of Hosts is the Creating God

"I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even My hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded. 

I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build My city, and he shall let go My captives, not for price nor reward, saith the Lord of Hosts." *** Isaiah 45:12-13

"And command them to say unto their masters, Thus saith the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say unto your masters; 

I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto Me." *** Jeremiah 27:4-5

"Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of Hosts is His name:" *** Jeremiah 31:35

4. The Lord of Hosts dwells with man between the Cherubims

"O Lord of Hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth." *** Isaiah 37:16

Isaiah spoke of the Lord of Hosts as Creator, God of Israel and as the one dwelling between the Cherubims. As the creating God, the Lord of Hosts is the God in Genesis. As the God that dwelt between the Cherubim, He is the God of Exodus. The God that dwelt between the Cherubims is the Almighty God who lights the Holiest of all with His shekinah glory.

At the time of Eli, when the ark was taken by the Philistines, it was ascribed that the ark belonged to the Lord of Hosts. 

"So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the ark of the covenant of the Lord of Hosts, which dwelleth between the cherubims: and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God." *** I Samuel 4:4

When the Philistines captured the ark and placed it in the house of dagon, dagon bowed before the ark. When the Philistines set their idol up, the Lord of Hosts destroyed dagon and his head and hands were cut off. *** I Samuel 5:2-7

5. The Lord of Hosts is the King of Israel

6. The Lord of Hosts is also the First and the Last

"Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and His redeemer the Lord of Hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside Me there is no God." *** Isaiah 44:6

As King of Israel, many facets of God come to light. When Isaiah was taken to the throne of the Most High God, he proclaimed Him to be King.

"Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts." *** Isaiah 6:5

The whole earth is full of the glory of the Lord of Hosts. 

"And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of Hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory." *** Isaiah 6:3

7. The Lord of Hosts is the Redeemer

"As for our redeemer, the Lord of Hosts is His name, the Holy One of Israel." *** Isaiah 47:4

8. The Lord of Hosts is the Holy One of Israel

9. The Lord of Hosts is the God of the Whole earth

"For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of Hosts is His name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall He be called." *** Isaiah 54:5

10. The Lord of Hosts is the Rock of Offence and the Stone of Stumbling

"Sanctify the Lord of Hosts Himself; and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.

And He shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem." *** Isaiah 8:13-14

In summary, there are 10 names ascribed to the Lord of Hosts: 
#1 The God of the Armies of Israel
#2 The God of Israel
#3 The Creating God
#4 The God that dwelt between the Cherubims
#5 King of Israel
#6 The First and the Last
#7 Our Redeemer
#8 The Holy One of Israel
#9 God of the whole earth
#10 The Rock of Offence and Stone of Stumbling

Chapter 2

Many, today, have only a limited understanding of the New Testament because they have shunned the Old Testament. To these, the Old Testament is a collection of disconnected facts and fiction. In reality, the Old Testament is an integral part of what God is speaking to His Elect who will inherit the earth.

Jesus was flesh, clothed upon with the Spirit of the Father, the Holy Spirit. He was clothed that we may understand God in the Spirit, and at the same time, learn by His example how God would have us live in the flesh.

By studying the life and words of Jesus, we can have a better understanding of His true identity. In light of Old Testament revelation, there is always a "golden thread of truth" which weaves the Old and the New Testament together. Although we do not find the Lord of Hosts in the New Testament, the thread of truth is there, and He is revealed as the Lord of Sabaoth.

Sabaoth means "host or armies". It appears twice in the New Testament: *** Romans 9:29 & *** James 5:4. The "thread of truth" ties the God of the Old Testament to what is recorded about Jesus in the New Testament. 

There are 10 titles ascribed to the Lord of Hosts in the Old Testament. We will now review these ten titles and let the New Testament shed light on the Lord of Hosts, as revealed by His Word. David spoke of the Lord of Hosts as the God of the armies of Israel. The head of the nation or country is always the head of the army; thus, this head is the most powerful person in the nation. It will be no different when we discover who is the head of the armies and nation of Israel in the New Testament.

Jesus proclaimed, "All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth." *** Matthew 28:18. The word "all", PAS, means simply "all". No other has any power above that power which was given to Jesus. "All" means the "whole or total". The word "power", EXOUSIA, means "freedom to act, or right to act, unrestricted". So Jesus' power and authority is total and unrestricted in heaven (Spiritual Realm) and in earth (fleshly realm). He did not proclaim all power on earth, even though He does, indeed, have all power on the earth. He said He had all power IN earth, and that earth is His purchased territory. What is His purchased territory? We are! We are not our own, we are bought with a price. *** I Corinthians 7:23

Jesus stated that He has all power in earth and we are His host and His army in the earth. Paul wrote to Timothy, 

"Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 

No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please Him who hath chosen him to be a soldier." *** II Timothy 2:3-4 

As we examine this scripture closely, the first word used for soldier is STRATIOTES and means "warrior". The second use of soldier is STRATOLOGEO and means "to enlist". Warreth means "to contend with carnal inclination" and entangleth means "to be involved with". Paul was saying that, as a good warrior of Jesus Christ, no man should contend with carnal inclination (the disposition of mind or character) or get involved with the transactions, or affairs of this life; that he may be pleasing to the one who has enlisted him in His glory.

We are the army of which Christ is the head. He is given all power in His army. If our desire is to be part of that army, we must give Him preeminence in every area of our lives. 

As the Lord of Hosts, Jesus is also given all power over the host of heaven, or Spiritual realm. When Jesus was being taken, He stated:

"Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He shall presently give Me more than twelve legions of angels?" *** Matthew 26:53

Jesus had the power to command the angels to deliver Him from the death on the cross. But He knew that He must die on the cross so that the scriptures would be fulfilled, *** Matthew 26:54. He was faithful and obedient to the Father, even unto death.

Eternal power and authority were instilled in our Lord and Saviour by the Father's anointing (the Holy Spirit). Because of Jesus' total subjection and obedience to that anointing, Jesus is our example of what the Holy Spirit's anointing is to be in our lives. He is to have all power in earth; in our earth.

Paul wrote of Jesus in Colossians:

"For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 

And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power:" *** Colossians 2:9-10

Jesus was the repository of the fulness of the Godhead. He is the head of all principalities and powers ascribed to the Spiritual realm. Jesus is the Lord of all the hosts, and we are complete in Him.

The word for complete is PLEROO and means "to fulfill, to carry out to the full, nothing lacking". Jesus is the sum total of the total. 

Jesus is revealed as the God of the armies of Israel, both physical and Spiritual, when He comes as the White Horse Rider. 

"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war. 

His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself.

And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God.

And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 

And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." *** Revelation 19:11-16 

All the armies of heaven were following the Lord of Hosts. He is the KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. Hallelujah! The God of the armies of Israel. We can be part of that army, but we must be under the total headship of Christ.

There seems to be a general lack of knowledge as to who constitutes the nation of Israel today. Many do not understand Israel because they cannot differentiate between Jacob and Israel. 

"Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual." *** I Corinthians 15:46 

As we read the Bible, we must look at the former things as natural, and the things that come after, as Spiritual. 

We must examine the scriptures to discover where the name of Israel came from. We read in *** Genesis 32:24-30 that Jacob was blessed and his name was changed to Israel. Verse 28 states: 

"And He said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed." *** Genesis 32:28

Jacob means "supplanter", or "to take the place of". Israel means "Prince of God", or "Ruler with God". Natural Israel is revealed unto us in Jacob. When Jacob's name was changed to Israel in the Old Testament, it foretold the coming of the Messiah that would bring forth Spiritual Israel. Spiritual Israel will be made up of the Body of Christ.

Spiritual Israel is represented in the Bible as "The Wild Olive Tree" and "Spiritual Jews". Natural and Spiritual Israel are the two witnesses in *** Revelation 11:3. God has not forsaken His original people, Natural Israel. They will be part of Spiritual Israel. But all Israel will come the same way; through Christ. 

Paul addressed Spiritual Israel in Galatians.

"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God." *** Galatians 6:14-16

The word "creature" is KTISIS and means "creation". He is talking about the new creation. That new creation comes through the "New Birth". The "New Birth" takes place, by and through, the Holy Spirit; ...when old things are passed away and, behold, all things are become new. *** II Corinthians 5:17

Paul goes on to say that "as many as walk according to this rule...". The word for "rule" is KANON. KANON is a measuring devise, a rule. This also alludes to the beam of a balance and is used in the composition of music. Therefore, KANON is the "standard of excellence used to measure our walk in God".

Paul spoke that as we walk in Christ Jesus, we should not glory in anything except the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Circumcision nor uncircumcision availeth nothing in our walk in Christ. The only thing that availeth anything is our becoming a New Creation in Christ Jesus. The Israel of God is made up of those who are becoming this new creation in Him. Both Natural and Spiritual Israel make up this new creation. Paul further clarifies the Israel of God in his writings to the Ephesians.

"That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:" *** Ephesians 2:12 

Paul stated that, at the time we were without Christ, the Holy Spirit anointing, we were aliens from the commonwealth of Israel. The word for "commonwealth" is POLITES and means "inhabitant of a country or nation". So, while we were without Christ, the Holy Spirit, we were aliens (foreigners) from the country, or nation, of Israel. When we come into a Spiritual walk in God, we, then, are citizens of Israel.

We have become the Israel of God through the Holy Spirit. We are not of the physical nation Israel, but the Spiritual nation Israel. God is raising up Spiritual Israelites all over the earth. 

We are that people who were not a people and are now the people of God and called the children of the living God. *** Romans 9:25-26 

Israel means "Prince of God" or "rulers with God". A prince is the son of a king. Spiritual Israelites are the sons of God who will rule and reign with Him.

Spiritual Israel is symbolized by the wild olive tree in Romans 11. Paul spoke of the wild olive tree being grafted into the root. Paul said that, "...we were grafted in among them, and partake of the root and fatness of the olive tree," *** Romans 11:17. We were grafted in among the natural branches. These are the natural branches that have come by the way of the cross as we have. 

Every part of the olive tree was usable. The olive tree was very important to Israel's economy. It was used for wood, fruit and oil. Even the leaves were medicinal. The olive tree was a main stay in Israel's commerce. When the olive crop failed, it brought disaster to Israel. 

The olive tree is also the emblem of peace, prosperity and wealth. Olive oil was the main ingredient in the anointing oil used in the Old Testament. Many churches use olive oil for anointing. It is the purest oil known to man.

Paul used the olive tree as the symbol of both natural and Spiritual Israel.

Jesus spoke in Matthew, "I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel (natural Israel)." *** Matthew 15:24 

He further stated in John,

"And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." *** John 10:16 

There were other sheep who were not of natural Israel. Jesus stated that He was going to bring these into His fold. Paul referred to these as the wild olive tree, or the Gentile nations. These, too, would know His voice. There was to be one fold and one shepherd, natural and Spiritual Israel, grafted into one root which is Christ.

Ezekiel foretold this:

"The Word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,

Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions: 

And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand." *** Ezekiel 37:15-17 

One stick, Judah (natural Israel), and Joseph, the stick of Ephraim (Spiritual Israel), became one in the hand of God which is the Chief Shepherd. 

Paul related that the natural branches were cut off because of unbelief. He warned that if we fall into unbelief, we too, will be cut off.

"Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 

For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee." *** Romans 11:20-21

When natural Israel returns from their unbelief, they also will be grafted back into the same Spiritual root. Natural and Spiritual Israel will then become one and will make up the body of Christ. 

"For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 

And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:" *** Romans 11:25-26 

Natural Israel's blindness has come to an end. Many natural Israelites are accepting Jesus and are beginning to walk in the Spirit of the Father. All saved will be called Israel.

Paul further clarifies this in Romans:

"Not as though the Word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:" *** Romans 9:6

The whole house of Israel is made up of Natural and Spiritual Israel. The other sheep Jesus spoke of are Spiritual Israel. These are heirs according to the promises made to Abraham. *** Galatians 3:29

Paul also referred to Spiritual Israel as Spiritual Jews. 

"For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God." *** Romans 2:28-29

Circumcision means "the cutting away of the flesh". Paul says that the outward circumcision in the flesh does not make one a Jew. This was a sign of keeping the Law. "...For by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified." *** Galatians 2:16

Paul's letter to the Romans made it very clear as to our position in the Law.

"For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth." *** Romans 10:4

When we come to Christ, the Holy Spirit, we are no longer under the Law. Our righteousness in God is no longer dependent on the righteousness of the Law, but the righteousness of Christ. The circumcision we have in Christ is not in the flesh, but in the heart (soul, mind), and in the Spirit. This is the inward work of the Spirit in our lives cutting away the flesh; the fleshly desires, fleshly ideas and fleshly nature. We begin to put on the mind of Christ, growing up into the head, which is Christ; no longer trying to please God or man in the flesh. Our eyes are no longer on the natural, but on the Spiritual. We begin looking up as our redemption draweth nearer. We no longer look on the natural appearance. We no longer judge according to the flesh. We walk, not by sight, but by faith.

Paul said our circumcision was not in the letter (Law). Our praise will not come from men, but from God. He is speaking of Spiritual Israel. When natural Israel comes to this place in God, they, too, will become Spiritual Israel. Again, they, too, will be a praise unto God. But first, they must be grafted in again. Then, the Lord of Hosts will be the God of Israel; and both houses of Israel will come together in the hand of God.

Chapter 3

"Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of Hosts is His name:" *** Jeremiah 31:35

The Old Testament proclaims the Lord of Hosts as the Creating God. John introduced us to the Creating God in the New Testament. 

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." *** John 1:1 

John speaks of the Word. First, we must identify who is being referred to as "the Word". John reveals this when he named those that bear record in heaven. 

"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." *** I John 5:7 

John proclaimed the Godhead as being the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost. All other references in the scriptures say Father, Son and Holy Ghost. So the Word is the Son, Jesus. We must then read John 1:1 as, In the beginning was Jesus, and Jesus was with God, and Jesus was God.

"All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made." *** John 1:3 

John proclaimed Jesus to be the Creating God. He made all things and there was nothing made that He did not speak into existence. Paul also proclaimed Jesus as Creator.

"And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:" *** Ephesians 3:9 

"Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him:" *** Col. 1:15-16 

Jesus, in the flesh, was the image of the invisible God. Not only did He create the heavens;all that we call outer space, the planets, stars, asteroids, comets, sun and moon, He also created everything in the invisible, the Spiritual realm: all principalities and powers were created by Jesus. This includes the demonic realm. Satan is a created being, and this dispels any belief that satan, or Lucifer, was ever part of the Godhead, or ever had any authority co-equal with Jesus. He is a created being and is therefore under the power and authority of the Godhead. He is not a power unto himself. His kingdom is made up of those who have chosen to follow him, as we have chosen to follow Christ. Jesus was given all power and authority, and we are given the use of that creative name. This gives us authority over any and all demonic powers. 

Peter also knew Jesus as Creator.

"Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator." *** I Peter 4:19 

Peter was speaking of the day in which we live when he said: 

"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" *** I Peter 4:17 

God's judgment must begin at the house of God. Judgment, truly, has begun on the house of God. This is the time that we must look only to our Faithful Creator for help, strength and

understanding. 

Many, today, are falling away because the walk has become hard. Promises have been made to them that, once they accept Jesus, they will never have a difficult day. Many are crying, "The way is too hard", and are turning to an easier way. These will not escape the judgment God is bringing upon the earth.

Paul wrote to the church at Rome:

"For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead: so that they are without excuse:

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened." *** Romans 1:20-21 

The fool says in his heart; NO, God! *** Psalms 14:1. These are they that knew God, but did not make Him the Lord of their lives. They did not know Him as the Faithful Creator. And though they might have been wise in man-made doctrines and creeds, they have become fools and have turned their backs on God. They have allowed the light they once possessed to become darkness. They will stand before Him without excuse. 

Jesus was, and is the Creator.

"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." *** Revelation 4:11 

It is our position to give glory and honour to the Creator. Everything He created was for His glory and pleasure and that includes us. If we are not a glory to Him, and if we are not a pleasure to Him, then He will not want us in His presence when He comes to set up His Kingdom.

We need to know Him as Creator and know that the Lord of Hosts is coming to make up His precious jewels; those who have come to understanding and know their God.

Chapter 4

"And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baal of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the Lord of Hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims." *** II Samuel 6:2

According to the Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Cherubim means "a biblical attendant of God, often represented as a being with large wings, a human head and an animal body; in the order of angels".

Two cherubims were placed atop the Ark of the Covenant, one on each end, above the Mercy Seat. *** Exodus 25:19-20

The word for Mercy Seat is KAPPORETH and means "the cover of the sacred ark". The Mercy Seat was where the Lord of Hosts met with man in the Holy of Holies. *** Exodus 25:22

The Ark of the Covenant was a box made of shittim wood and overlaid with gold, *** Exodus 25:10-14. In the Ark was the golden pot of manna, Aaron's rod that budded and the tablets of the ten commandments. *** Hebrews 9:4

The Ark of the Covenant represents five things: 
1 - God's presence Ex. 33:14 & 40:38 
2 - God's power II Sam. 6:6-7; Acts 5:1-11 Matthew 27:50-51
3 - God's protection Ex. 14:19-20 & 40:38 
4 - God's provision Ex. 16:4,15
5 - God's peace Ex. 33:14 & Romans 14:17 

The Ark was placed inside the Holy of Holies of the Tabernacle. The Lord of Hosts met with man once a year when the High Priest entered into the Holy of Holies with the sin sacrifice on the Day of Atonement.

"For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the Lord.

And he shall make an atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make an atonement for the Tabernacle of the Congregation, and for the altar, and he shall make an atonement for the priests, and for all the people of the congregation." *** Lev. 16:30 and 33 

The priest made atonement with blood for himself and for the errors of the people, *** Hebrews 9:7. Atonement means "to placate, set aside and cover". There was no forgiveness for sin under the old covenant. The blood of bulls and goats could only atone, placate, set aside and cover for Israel's sin.

"For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins." *** Hebrews 10:4 

When the priest came into the presence of the Almighty God, it was to set aside Israel's sin until the Lamb of God was slain; that they might be reconciled to the Father, through the shedding of the undefiled blood of Christ. This, Jesus did on the cross when He shed His blood as a sacrifice for the sin of all mankind. He did this for natural Israel, as well as for the Gentile. 

"For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:

How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 

And for this cause He is the mediator of the New Testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance." *** Hebrews 9:13-15 

"For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true: but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

Nor yet that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others,

For then must He often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation." *** Hebrews 9:24-28 

The God that dwells between the Cherubims was made flesh, dwelt among us and was the slain Lamb of God who is now the mediator of the New Testament. *** Hebrews 9:15

God was made flesh. We beheld the glory of the Father in Jesus. That glory shone in the face of Jesus, just as it shone in Moses' face as he came down from the presence of God on Mt. Sinai. *** Exodus 34:29-30 

What was the glory that shone in Jesus' and Moses' face? 

*** In Genesis 1:3 God said, "Let there be light: and there was light." 

The light that shone in Jesus' face was the Holy Spirit of God.

"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." *** II Corinthians 4:6 

The light, the Holy Spirit, that shines out of darkness today, shines in our hearts. That light is the glory of God that shone in the face of Moses and of Jesus Christ. Speaking of John the Baptist, John said that he was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness to that Light. The one that John the Baptist bear record of "...was the True Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." *** John 1:8-9

Jesus was that Light when the anointing of the Father came upon Him on the banks of the Jordan. He was the presence of God that walked the earth for 3 1/2 years, bearing record and bringing forth the glory of the Father.

"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." *** John 1:14 and 17 

John states that Jesus was full of Grace and Truth. Grace and Truth were not part of His flesh. Grace and Truth comes by the Holy Spirit. Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit on the banks of the Jordan River. He became, therefore, the repository of Grace and Truth.

The Holy Spirit anointing in our lives brings us into Grace and will lead us into all Truth. We can have the Grace of God by the Spirit of Truth anointing.

Truth is not a block of knowledge or learning. Truth is the Spirit of Truth. When Pilot asked: "What is Truth?" *** John 18:38, Truth was standing before Him. Yet, He never recognized it. 

Many, today, have accepted precepts and doctrines of men as truth and have rejected the Spirit of Truth, even though the Spirit desires to do a mighty work in their lives.

The God who dwells between the Cherubims, the Holy Spirit, is shining in the hearts of men, desiring to be the light of their lives. The Lord of Hosts, who dwells between the Cherubims, came on the day of Pentecost as Cloven Tongues of Fire to cleanse the heart of man that he may enter into the presence of God; not for just one day a year, but to dwell there, eternally.

Flesh and blood cannot enter into the presence of God. This flesh must be changed. Paul spoke of this in I Corinthians. 

"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." *** I Corinthians 15:51-52 

Paul further wrote, "And as we have borne the image of the "earthy", we shall also bear the image of the Heavenly," *** I Corinthians 15:49. When we are changed, we will put on Spiritual flesh. The corruptible, "apt to rot", and the mortal, "temporary body", will be put off. The Spiritual flesh will be put on, which is incorruptible. It will not rot and is eternal. Our immortal shall put on permanent flesh.

Paul said in *** II Corinthians 5:1-2 that we will be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven, or the Spiritual realm. 

Today, because we have the Holy Spirit anointing in our lives, we can come into the presence of God through our praise and worship unto Him, but we cannot live there. The flesh is unable to stand in the presence of God for very long. But the day is coming when we will be changed, and we will live in the presence of the Lord of Hosts, who dwells between the Cherubims.

Chapter 5

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. 

Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. 

Who is this King of glory? The Lord of Hosts, He is the King of Glory." *** Psalms 24:7-10

David knew the Lord of Hosts as the King of Glory. Kings rule over Kingdoms. As Americans, we do not understand kings or kingdoms. We witness Christians standing up for their rights before God. But in a kingdom, the only rights we possess are granted by the King. Yet, Christians demand their rights under the Constitution while claiming to be part of the Kingdom of God. A Christian has no rights. We are not our own. We are bought with a price, *** I Corinthians 7:23. That price was the blood of the King of Glory. 

When the wise men came from the east, they had followed His star, looking for the King of the Jews. At Jesus' trial, Pilate asked Him if He was the King of the Jews, and Jesus' answer was, "Thou sayest," *** Matthew 27:11. All writers of the gospel record that Pilate inscribed a plaque saying, "Jesus, King of the Jews", and nailed it to His cross. 

There is much evidence that Jesus was recognized as the King of the Jews, or Israel. But the New Testament records so much more of the eternal Kingship of Christ Jesus. When He came the first time, He established His Kingdom.

John, the Beloved Disciple, spent more time with Jesus than any other person, except Peter. John seemed to have a deeper perception of the true identity of Jesus than did the other writers of the Bible. In John's records of the calling of Nathanael to be a disciple, Nathanael called Jesus the King of Israel.

"Nathanael answered and saith unto Him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel." *** John 1:49 

Jesus never claimed to be the King of the Jews. He is King of both houses of Israel, natural and Spiritual Israel. John recorded Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, different from the other writers of the gospel.

"Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord." *** John 12:13 

John knew Jesus as the King of Israel.

Paul, in his writings to Timothy, knew Jesus as the eternal King of Glory.

"Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on Him to life everlasting.

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen." *** I Timothy 1:16-17 

Paul further wrote to Timothy of the second appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ.

"Which in His times He shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;" *** I Timothy 6:15 

Paul called Him King of kings and Lord of lords. He also called Him the only Potentate which means "all powerful authority". 

What Paul revealed about immortal and invisible, not only reveals the state of Jesus' existence today, but it also reveals the pre- existence of Jesus before He was clothed in flesh and came as the Saviour of the world.

This is shown in the Melchisedec priesthood.

"For this Melchisedec, King of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;

To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of Righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of Peace;

Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually." *** Hebrews 7:1-3 

Melchisedec was without father or mother, without genealogy. He had no beginning of life, nor was there any end of days in Melchisedec. He was made like the Son of God. Jesus was made in the image of the invisible God, *** Colossians 1:15. Jesus was the "incarnate" Melchisedec of the Old Testament. 

The writer of Hebrews wrote: "Now consider how great this man, "Melchisedec", was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils," *** Hebrews 7:4. Jesus stated that Abraham saw His day and was glad. 

"Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day: and he saw it, and was glad." *** John 8:56 

The Jews said, "You are not yet 50 and you saw Abraham?" And Jesus replied, "Before Abraham was, I AM," *** John 8:57-58. Before Jesus was clothed with flesh, He appeared as Melchisedec, that His creation could relate to Him. 

Melchisedec was called the King of Righteousness and the King of Peace. On the Isle of Patmos, Jesus revealed to John that before the angels would pour out their wrath upon the earth, those who had gotten the victory over the mark of the beast would be singing the Song of Moses and the Lamb. They said, "Great and Marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, Thou King of Saints." *** Revelation 15:1-3

Who is the King of the saints? 

"Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in." *** Psalm 24:7

The King of Saints desires to enter into us today. But, as in the beginning, there was no room at the inn; there is no room in the inn of our hearts. God does not want a partial room. He wants all of our heart, soul, mind and being. He was willing to settle for a manger only in the beginning. 

He has revealed Himself as the King of Glory, the King of Righteousness, the King of Peace, and the King of Saints. He is the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and the Lord of Hosts is His name. 

The king demands total authority in our lives. We must submit to the King's will in every aspect. We have no rights. We must depend completely upon our King's goodness and mercy to give us what is good for us, and not demand that which He will have to judge us for.

Chapter 6

"Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and His Redeemer the Lord of Hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God." *** Isaiah 44:6

The Lord spoke to Isaiah that the Lord of Hosts was the First and the Last, and that besides Him there was no God.

John has said, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." *** John 1:1 

The writer of Hebrews proclaimed: "And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:" *** Hebrews 1:10 

God laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are His handiwork. We have witnessed Jesus as the Word, the beginning of all things. We must also recognize Him as the end of all things. When God put John on the Isle of Patmos to reveal Himself in His revelation to us, He stated that this was the revelation of Jesus Christ, *** Revelation 1:1. Jesus was going to be revealed in this book.

Jesus proclaimed who He was in *** Revelation 1:8, "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."

Jesus was Alpha and Omega. Alpha is the "A" in the Greek alphabet and Omega is the "Z". He, also, declared Himself to be "The beginning and the end, the creator and judge." Jesus was pre- existent and is reigning in the earth today, and is to come to be the Head over His Kingdom that He is presently establishing. He is establishing His Kingdom in the earth, in His peculiar people. 

Jesus stated that the kingdom is within, *** Luke 17:21. The Kingdom cometh without observation, *** Luke 17:20. God will establish His Kingdom in the earth before He puts His Kingdom on the earth. 

"And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:" *** Revelation 1:17 

When John came face to face with Jesus, He fell at His feet as dead. This was the same John who had an intimate relationship with Jesus while He was in His flesh. He was called the Beloved Disciple and had leaned on Jesus' breast at the Last Supper. Jesus also appeared to John three times during the 40 days that Jesus walked the earth after His resurrection. John had seen Him in His Spiritual flesh.

Jesus said, "Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself: handle Me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have." *** Luke 24:39

John, at no time, fell at Jesus' feet to worship Him while Jesus was in His flesh. It was only when John saw Him in all His glory; the glory He had with the Father from the beginning, that he fell at His feet as dead. Jesus comforted John by assuring him that He was the first and the last. He told John, "I am He that liveth, and was dead: and, behold, I am alive for evermore, ..." *** Revelation 1:18

Jesus used the names Alpha and Omega, and the beginning and the end, as He addressed the churches in Revelation. To the church at Smyrna, He spoke as the first and the last. 

"And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;" *** Revelation 2:8 

To the Laodicean church He stated, "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;" *** Revelation 3:14 

He was the beginning of the creation of God. He was the Light that appeared in Genesis 1:3. Jesus climaxed the Bible with the declaration of Himself. 

First, in *** Revelation 21:5-6, "And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

And He said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto Him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely." 

To those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, He will give to drink of the water of life, freely. 

"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last." *** Revelation 22:13 

He proclaimed His eternalness, declaring Himself to be the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last. He revealed Himself in all His creative power, His pre-eminence and His glory to all His creation, that they may understand Him to be the God of the Old Testament, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the Lord of Hosts. He declared Himself to all the world to know and believe. 

Jesus is not only the beginning of our salvation, He is the eternal life that dwells in us that we may endure forever. 

Chapter 7

"As for our Redeemer, the Lord of Hosts is His name, the Holy One of Israel." *** Isaiah 47:4

Isaiah prophesied of the coming Redeemer and proclaimed His name to be the Lord of Hosts. Jesus was the Redeemer for all mankind. He came to restore man's relationship to the Father. His death on the cross was the unselfish act that brought total and complete redemption to His creation, man.

The writer of Hebrews called this redemption eternal. 

"Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us." *** Hebrews 9:12 

The blood of bulls and goats could not bring this plan of redemption. It took the precious blood of Jesus. Jesus' blood purges our conscience from dead works so that we can serve the living God. *** Hebrews 9:14

We cannot serve the living God as long as our minds are on our own dead works. We must come into that Holy Place with Him. Only then can we serve the living God. 

Peter understood the redemption plan of God:

"Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 

But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:" *** I Peter 1:18-19 

No price could be paid for this redemption, but the precious blood of Jesus. All the silver and gold could not purchase it; only the shed blood of the Lamb of God.

Paul understood the plan of redemption through the blood of the Lamb:

"In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace;" *** Ephesians 1:7 

The redemption plan bore the cost for the forgiveness of sin. 

"And for this cause He is the mediator of the New Testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance." *** Hebrews 9:15

God has promised us an eternal inheritance, but we must partake of this redemption plan of God.

What were we redeemed from?

"Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." *** Titus 2:14 

We were redeemed from all iniquity. The word iniquity means "lawlessness, wickedness and unrighteousness". These are the acts of men that cause alienation from the presence of God. These could all be summed up in the word SIN. It is sin that brings separation in man's relationship with God. But we are redeemed that we may be pure before God. He is looking for the "peculiar people" who are "zealous of good works".

What else did this act of redemption include?

"To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons." *** Galatians 4:5 

It is God's desire to redeem them that are under the law so that He may receive the adoption of sons. Paul further wrote that "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: For it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:" *** Galatians 3:13 

The curse of the law was "if you sinned you would die", *** Romans 8:2. Therefore, the redemption plan of God has redeemed us from the law and the curse of the law.

God's eternal redemption plan is complete. We have not yet been totally redeemed, but we are in the process of being redeemed. 

God's redemption plan is not complete until we come to Christ, the Holy Spirit. Paul wrote about our redemption in the Holy Spirit. 

"And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." *** Ephesians 4:30 

We are sealed by the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption. Have we not been redeemed? Yes, but the redemption plan of God is not complete. And we are sealed by the Holy Spirit of God until that day.

"In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise,

Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory." *** Ephesians 1:13-14 

We are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise. This is the earnest, or down-payment, of our inheritance. We have only received the firstfruits of the Spirit, *** Romans 8:23, until God redeems His purchased possession. We are that treasure in the earth; that pearl of great price. Jesus sold all that He had to purchase that treasure. We are His praise and His glory in the earth.

"But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:" *** I Corinthians 1:30 

We are in Christ Jesus and Christ Jesus is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. Jesus was our redemption by His shed blood. Now, God is redeeming us through His Spirit.

"Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." *** Romans 3:24 

The redemption that is coming upon the body is completed in Christ Jesus; not Jesus Christ, nor Jesus, the anointed. But in Christ Jesus, which is Jesus in His proper place as the Anointing in our lives. Jesus has become the anointing (Christ, the Holy Spirit). 

"And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body." *** Romans 8:23 

All creation is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God, *** Romans 8:19. We are waiting for the redemption of our body, (flesh), when this flesh will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of the eye. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality, *** I Corinthians 15:52-54. We will be changed, and will receive the adoption of sons. 

Jesus gave a list of things to watch for that we may know when our redemption is drawing nigh in *** Luke 21:25-27.

This redemption of the body is coming in the near future. 

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." *** Luke 21:28 

We should be looking up. 

But before we look up, we must wake up!

"While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept." *** Matthew 25:5 

The church is asleep! They need to wake up to what the Spirit is saying unto the church. We are to lift up the hands that hang down and begin to rejoice. We need to begin to seek God in a new way, with our whole heart.

Our redemption is drawing nigh. The things our eyes are on are going to pass away. Only those things which are not seen are going to remain. God's redemption plan is complete in Him. It is about to be completed in His people. Our Redeemer is the Lord of Hosts, the Holy One of Israel.

Chapter 8

"Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the Lord of Hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel." *** Isaiah 5:24

The Lord of Hosts is the Holy One of Israel. The Holy One of Israel is revealed in the New Testament as Christ, the Holy Spirit. 

Because of the blindness of people's hearts, they are unable to see Christ. They can only recognize God as Jesus in the flesh, and continue to worship Jesus in the flesh. 

But God would have us recognize Jesus as He is today, not as He was during His 33 years He walked the earth in the flesh. We are to recognize His eternalness in the Spirit. Jesus spoke of Himself and said, "...No man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and He to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him." *** Matthew 11:27

We can only know Jesus by the Father anointing that is upon us which is the Holy Spirit. 

"Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we Him no more." *** II Corinthians 5:16

We have known Christ after the flesh, but we know Him no more after the flesh. We can only know Christ Jesus by the Spirit. 

Just before Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane where He was betrayed, He spoke to His disciples concerning His fleshly existence.

"For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in Me, And He was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning Me have an end." *** Luke 22:37 

The death of Jesus' flesh had to be accomplished because it was written, or prophesied, that He would die for the sins of the world. Jesus also revealed, "The things concerning Me have an end." He spoke this of His flesh, or fleshly existence. And yet, He is still being worshipped in the flesh, instead of His true place in our lives; as the Holy Spirit anointing.

The church today is no different than Israel at the time Jesus walked the earth. Just before Stephen was stoned, Stephen gave a dissertation on the history of Israel, and He spoke to those who were about to stone Him:

"Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye." *** Acts 7:51 

Paul wrote that ancient Israel always resisted the workings of the Holy Spirit. As Israel resisted the Holy Spirit, much that is called church today is still resisting the Holy Spirit. They will not allow Him to rule and reign in their lives. They are still uncircumcised in their hearts and in their ears. They are stiff- necked, or hard-headed.

From the beginning, God has endeavoured to reveal Himself as the Holy One of Israel in the lives of Natural and Spiritual Israel. But they refuse to succumb to the complete control of their lives to the Christ in their lives. When the Spirit begins to bring change in their lives, they run back to the cross and plead the blood of Jesus. They ask God why He is allowing satan to be so hard on them. When, in reality, it is the cloven tongues of fire trying to burn the flesh away, that they may come into the presence of God and be made whole. 

Israel never recognized Christ who had taken them through the wilderness for 40 years. Their clothes and shoes never wore out. They were given manna throughout the forty years in the wilderness. 

They saw the water come out of the flinty rock and they never recognized the cloud by day and fire by night.

In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul exposed for all the world to see, who the miracle worker in the wilderness was. 

"And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 

And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." *** I Corinthians 10:3-4 

The Spiritual meat was manna. It represented Jesus Christ. He was the bread that came down from heaven. Jesus said, "Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead." *** John 6:49

Those who are partakers of the flesh will die, but those who partake of the Spirit will never die. 

Jesus explained, "I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world." *** John 6:51 

Jesus was that bread that came down from heaven, or the Spiritual realm. The flesh did not come from the Spiritual realm. That which came from the Spiritual realm was the anointing. 

The fleshly Jesus, born of woman, was changed, just as our flesh will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. The flesh was shed for the forgiveness of sins and the Spirit was given to bring us to the Father.

There is no eternal life in the flesh. If this body is not changed, it will die. Christ is the Spirit of God, the Father. Christ is God's eternal seed which He has set in the earth. 

Paul spoke of Abraham's seed:

"Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ." *** Galatians 3:16 

Abraham had one seed which would bring forth the promised heir and would be as the sand of the sea and as the stars of heaven. That seed is Christ, the Holy Spirit of God, the Holy One of Israel.

In his letter to the Romans, Paul spoke clearly of the promised seed, Christ:

"And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha." *** Romans 9:29 

The Lord of Sabaoth is the Greek rendering of the Lord of Hosts which was known as the Holy One of Israel in the Old Testament.

Paul further states that if we be Christ's, or His anointed ones, then we are Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise. *** Galatians 3:29

It is God's heart's desire that we begin to understand Christ as the Father and as the Holy Spirit. The demonic realm had no trouble recognizing the anointing which was upon Jesus. When they saw Jesus, they spoke: "Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God." *** Mark 1:24 

As the truth begins to become evident in our lives, there will be a new awakening in our Spirit to know who we are in Christ. 

Our lives are no longer in the flesh, but must be in the Spirit. God is Spirit and no flesh will enter into His presence. No flesh will enter into His Kingdom.

The Holy One of Israel is saying, "Come up higher. Leave the dust of the earth and arise." God's call is to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see. These are the eyes and ears of Christ, the anointing in our lives.

The Holy One of Israel, the Lord of the Sabaoth is the Lord of Hosts.

Chapter 9

"For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of Hosts is His name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall He be called." *** Isaiah 54:5

Isaiah spoke through inspiration that The Lord of Hosts would be called the God of the Whole Earth. In Genesis, God created the earth and the stars and all creation. God made man and all His creation from the earth. He created man from the dust of the ground. *** Genesis 2:7 

Three main words for dust, ground and earth are APHAR, ADAMAHA and ERETS. These words are interchangeable and all have the same basic meaning of TERRE FIRMA. When God speaks of the earth in the Word, we must determine if He is speaking of the planet earth, or that which He has created from the earth which includes man. Many times man is referred to as earth. 

"O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the Lord." *** Jeremiah 22:29 

In this scripture, Jeremiah was speaking to God's created earth, "Man".

We have witnessed Jesus as the Creating God, the Creator of all things which are in heaven and in earth, visible and invisible, thrones, dominions, principalities and powers. These were created by Him and for Him. 

As was revealed unto John, "Thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." *** Revelation 4:11 

We, as His created earth, are created for His pleasure. Certainly, we should gratify Him as the God of the Whole earth. But there is more: 

"God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;" *** Acts 17:24 

"For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof." *** I Corinthians 10:26 

Truly, our Lord Jesus is the Lord of the Whole Earth. We are told that He should be the Lord of our lives. When the writers of the Bible were speaking of God's dominion on earth, they recorded it "on earth". But when God was speaking of His purpose "in man", He recorded it "in earth". The Lord's Prayer is a good example of this:

"Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done `in earth', as it is in heaven." *** Matthew 6:10 

Jesus prayed that, as His will was done in heaven, the Spiritual realm, so would His will be done "in earth", in the lives of His creation, man.

John recorded there were three that bear record in Heaven and "in earth". 

"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 

And there are three that bear witness `in earth', the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one." *** I John 5:7-8 

The three that bear record in the earth are the Spirit, the water and the blood. These three agree in one. The Spirit is first because, without the Spirit, we have no communion with the Father. Our being baptized in water, bears record of our sin being forgiven by the blood. This is His redemptive work "in the earth", being reconciled back to the Father. We are awaiting the day when this earth, or flesh, will be changed in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye. 

Paul spoke of this act of reconciliation:

"And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven." *** Colossians 1:20 

Jesus reconciled all things in this earth and the Spiritual realm unto Himself. "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and in earth..." *** Philippians 2:10 

This is the sign of being humble before our Creator now. We humble ourselves, our knees bowed before our Creator, who's name is above every name.

Another attribute that Jesus had was the power to forgive sins.

"Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? 

But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins," *** Luke 5:23-24 

This was before Jesus went to the cross. We know that His shed blood forgives sin. But Jesus had this power before He went to the cross. This power was only retained in God. 

There was no forgiveness of sin under the Law. God has always had power in Himself. God displayed the power to forgive sins many times in the Old Testament.

"Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made He man." *** Genesis 9:6 

The first commandment that God gave after the flood, was that murder was to be punished by death. Yet, Moses and David, both used mightily by God, were murderers; and both were forgiven by God. Moses and David lived under God's grace. They witnessed God's forgiveness of sin. But Jesus said He had the power to forgive sins. It was Jesus, in His pre-existent Spiritual state, that forgave Moses and David of their sins. 

Jesus also demonstrated Himself, being the God of the Whole Earth, when He came walking on the water.

"And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea." *** Matthew 14:25 

He further demonstrated this when He called Peter to step out on the water with Him. He created the water, He created man and He had the power over both. 

The disciples were amazed when they witnessed His control of the elements. When Jesus calmed the sea, the disciples declared, "What manner of man is this! For He commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey Him." *** Luke 8:25

Jesus had power over the elements. Only God, the God of the Whole Earth, has this power.

John records another example of Jesus being the God of the Whole Earth. He was not bound by time and space.

"When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take Him by force, to make Him a king, He departed again into a mountain Himself alone.

And when even was now come, His disciples went down unto the sea,

And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them.

And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. 

So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid.

But He saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid.

Then they willingly received Him into the ship: and

immediately the ship was at the land whither they went." *** John 6:15-21 

Jesus, His disciples and the ship were immediately at the land where they were going; the ship, the cargo and all the people were translated to the other side.

We, as His "earth", are also given certain power and authority and we are given the use of that Name that is above every name. We have the power to bind and loose.

"Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." *** Matthew 18:18 

These are powers in the Spiritual realm which are given to His "earth". If we bind or loose anything on earth, it will move God's hand in the Spiritual realm to honor our request while we are yet in the flesh. 

We, as His creation, need to understand that the God of the Whole Earth is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is directing our lives. God is reconciling all things "in earth" unto Himself. There is nothing, except that which comes from God. We need to recognize the God of the Whole Earth in our lives. The Lord of Hosts is His name. We are the repository of this power and authority through the Holy Spirit anointing in our lives.

Chapter 10

"Sanctify the Lord of Hosts Himself; and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.

And He shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem." *** Isaiah 8:13-14

Isaiah spoke of the Stone of Stumbling and the Rock of Offence as being a gin (to separate and scatter), and a snare (a noose or trap) to both houses of Israel.

Paul also spoke of this Stone of Stumbling and Rock of Offence.

"Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at the stumblingstone;

As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed." *** Romans 9:32-33 

Natural Israel stumbled at the Stumbling Stone. Spiritual Israel, too, stumbles at the Stumbling Stone. The Stumbling Stone is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is also the Rock of Offence. 

Paul writes that whoever believes on the Stumbling Stone and Rock of Offence shall not be ashamed. If we are to understand this, we must first understand the two stones that are spoken of in the New Testament.

"Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone;" *** Ephesians 2:19-20 

The household of God is built upon the foundation of the apostles (New Testament) and the prophets (Old Testament). Jesus Christ is the chief corner stone of both.

The second stone spoken of is the headstone, though not much is said about it. Jesus spoke of the headstone as recorded by Matthew, Mark and Luke.

"Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?" *** Matthew 21:42 

The stone the builders rejected has become the head of the corner. In the building that God is erecting, all the corners come together in one stone. The only building with the design which makes this possible is the pyramid. The headstone of the pyramid is Christ Jesus.

Paul spoke of the headship of Christ in our lives.

"But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:" *** Ephesians 4:15 

We are to grow up into the head, and the head is Christ, the Holy Spirit. The cornerstone is Jesus Christ and the headstone is Christ Jesus.

It sounds like we are saying the same thing, but let's take a closer look. When Jesus was born, Mary was told to call Him Jesus. 

Jesus was fathered by the Holy Spirit. *** Matthew 1:18, 1:20 and Luke 1:35

When Jesus stood on the banks of the Jordan River and the Spirit descended upon Him as a dove, the Father spoke, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased," *** Matthew 3:17. This was when Jesus became the Christ, or the anointed one of the Father. Jesus told His disciples to tell no one that He was Jesus THE Christ. *** Matthew 16:20

Matthew recorded the genealogy of Jesus, stating that Jesus, who was called THE Christ, was the son of Mary, *** Matthew 1:16. So Christ was an addition to Jesus' name. He was called Christ because He was the "anointed one". Christ means "the anointed one". 

While Jesus walked the earth, He was Jesus, THE Christ. But, on the Day of Pentecost, Jesus came as the "Anointing". He was no longer the "anointed one". When He returned to the Father He became the Anointing.

John recorded Jesus' words concerning the coming of another Comforter in John 14. Jesus told His disciples that after He left, He would send another comforter and that comforter would abide with them forever. This comforter would be the Spirit of Truth. Jesus promised the disciples that He would not leave them comfortless, but stated, "I will come unto you." *** John 14:16-18

Jesus was the first comforter, as the Son. When He came on the Day of Pentecost, He came as the Father, the Holy Spirit of God; or, as He is called 55 times after the Day of Pentecost, Christ Jesus.

Christ Jesus is the head of the corner, or the headstone. The headstone is the exact image of the completed building. When He sets His head upon His body, the church, then the building of God, His temple, will be complete, made of the living stones Peter spoke of. *** I Peter 2:5

Jesus said the builders rejected this stone, *** Matthew 21:42. The builders are those who have built their houses upon the sand (flesh). The Holy Spirit has nothing to do with their building projects. They are built upon the flesh with the precepts and doctrines of men as their foundations, instead of the Holy Spirit. God will only inhabit those houses that are built upon the Rock, with Jesus Christ as the chief corner stone and Christ Jesus as the head.

Luke records Jesus' words about the stone the builders rejected, becoming the head of the corner, *** Luke 20:17. Luke added, "Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder." *** Luke 20:18 

When we come to an understanding and knowledge of these words that Jesus spoke, we can perceive, both the work of Jesus Christ and Christ Jesus in our lives. Jesus said that when we fall upon that stone, we shall be broken. The word broken is SUNTHLAO and means "to break or crush". When we come to Jesus Christ, our old ways, our old habits are broken and crushed. God begins to take the pieces and construct a new life. Changes begin to take place. The language changes, the friends change, the places we visit change. The old way of life is being broken off and reconstruction begins to take place.

This relates to when we fall upon that foundation stone and come to repentance. But when that stone that is above, falls upon us, we are ground to powder. The word that was translated "grind to powder" is LIKMAO and means "to throw against the wind", or "to winnow". This is the last act of God in our lives before He takes the full, ripe, fully developed grain into His granary.

John the Baptist spoke of this in Luke:

"Whose fan is in His hand, and He will throughly purge His floor, and will gather the wheat into His garner; but the chaff He will burn with fire unquenchable." *** Luke 3:17 

The winnowing process is the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The cloven tongues of fire that came on the Day of Pentecost is the cleansing power of God in our lives. It will cleanse all the worthless chaff out of our lives; the things that do not profit. 

Malachi also spoke of this final cleansing of the Body of Christ:

"But who may abide the day of His coming? and who shall stand when He appeareth? for He is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:" *** Malachi 3:2 

The refiner's fire is to turn up the heat in our lives that the dross may come to the top where God can skim it off to remove those things that are displeasing in His sight. This is the cleansing power that must take place if we are to be acceptable in the eyes of the Beloved. In the Old Testament, a fuller was a launderer. The fuller's soap was an example of the cleansing power of God in our lives. This is one of many ways God uses to describe this cleansing that must take place in our lives.

When Isaiah wrote of the Stone of Stumbling and Rock of Offence, he said it would scatter and separate God's people. This is exactly what the Holy Spirit does. When you try to discuss the Holy Spirit with those who sit in the church, who have nothing to do with the Holy Spirit, they are offended. The Holy Spirit has become the Stumbling Stone in their lives. They stumble, just as natural Israel stumbled, at the Holy Spirit working in their lives. 

When they were about to stone Stephen, he spoke to the religious system of His day before they stoned Him. 

"Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye." *** Acts 7:51 

The Holy Spirit has always been a Stumbling Stone and a Rock of Offence to Natural Israel. The same is true today in what is called "church". You can discuss Jesus as much as you wish, but when the Holy Spirit is mentioned, it causes separation and division. The builders are still building their man-made works on doctrinal foundations that please the flesh and tickle the ears. 

But God is refining a people to inhabit His kingdom through the Holy Spirit cleansing fire. If we are offended by the Holy Spirit's presence in our lives, then we will not stand before the Father because we have not made Him the Lord of our lives. We must sanctify the Lord of Hosts. His presence should become our fear and our dread.

Chapter 11

"And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you." *** Exodus 3:14

The word translated Lord is YAHWEH and means "HE IS". We should know when we address our God that "HE IS". When God spoke to Moses, He called Himself "I AM", or He addressed Himself in the first person, present. He proclaimed Himself to be the self- existent one. He is the repository of all power and authority. God has no need to go outside Himself for anything. He proclaimed that I AM THAT I AM.

The name I AM is the all-inclusive name of God; His nature, purpose, and attributes are complete in that name. Many times in the New Testament, Jesus addressed Himself as the "I AM". But, before we can examine that, we must first understand italicized words in the Bible. They were added words to bring clarification to the text. But, in many cases, they confuse what God intends for His people to understand. Many times the translator added the pronoun, He, when Jesus spoke, "I AM". When quoting these scriptures, we will omit the "He" that we may consider the scriptures as it was originally written. 

The beloved disciple, John, understood Jesus as being the great I AM and recorded His words to bring out Jesus as the I AM, or the Almighty God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

"I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I AM, ye shall die in your sins." *** John 8:24 

Jesus, speaking to the Pharisees, proclaimed that they would die in their sins because they did not believe that He was I AM, or the God that spoke to Moses. The same holds true today. The writer of Hebrews stated: "...He that cometh to God must believe that `HE IS'..." *** Hebrews 11:6. When we come to God, if we do not know "HE IS" YAHWEH, or Lord, it is impossible to please Him. 

When the Pharisees did not recognize Jesus as the I AM, there was no forgiveness of sin. They would die in their sin. Jesus told the same Pharisees that they would recognize Him.

"Then Jesus said unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I AM, and I do

nothing of Myself: but as My Father hath taught Me, I speak these things." *** John 8:28 

When Jesus was crucified, the centurion recognized who Jesus was:

"Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God." *** Matthew 27:54 

Truly, Jesus is the Son of God. He is also the Great I AM because He and the Father are one, and the works that He did in the flesh were done by the Father, or the anointing that was on His life. Jesus always did what pleased the Father. Again, Jesus proclaimed His pre-existence when He spoke of Abraham:

"Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM." *** John 8:58 

Jesus was the God of Abraham in His pre-existence before He left the glory of the Father to come as the Son, to be the sacrificial Lamb of God. He was the God that spoke to Moses and made the covenants with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He was the Great I AM of the Old Testament.

Jesus proclaimed to His disciples, "Ye call Me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for I AM." *** John 13:13

When Judas betrayed Jesus in the garden, Jesus proclaimed Himself to be the I AM. Jesus asked, "Whom seek ye?" And they answered, "Jesus of Nazareth". Jesus' answer was, "I AM". But they believed not on Him.

When Jesus proclaimed that He was the "I AM", they fell backward to the ground, *** John 18:6. 

They could not stand in the presence of the Almighty God. When Jesus asked again, "Whom seek ye?", they said, "Jesus of Nazareth." He said, "I AM", and He allowed Himself to be taken.

The question is asked: "How could Jesus be the great I AM in the flesh, when the Bible is clear that God is Spirit." In the flesh, Jesus was only a man. He was flesh, born of woman; but Jesus' power and authority was in His anointing; the Father Anointing that He received on the banks of the Jordan. He said nothing unless He heard His Father 

saying it, and He did nothing unless He saw His Father doing it. 

We received the first-fruits of the Spirit of the Father on the Day of Pentecost. Jesus received the Spirit without measure, or the fullness. That same fullness of the Spirit is coming upon the children of obedience in the coming seventh day, or the millennial reign of Christ in the earth. This is when Christ Jesus will become the head of His body; those who have made Him the Lord of their lives. This is when we will do the greater work that Jesus spoke of in *** John 14:12.

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father." *** John 14:12 

Jesus was our example:

"For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps:" *** I Peter 2:21 

We should follow Jesus' steps. His life was a life of sacrifice. But it was also a life of obedience and believing every word the Father spoke. He was obedient in doing what He saw the Father doing. This is the example that Jesus left us. 

We need to look to the Great I AM, the all-sufficient God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Chapter 12

"...The Lord of Hosts shall be exalted in judgment..." *** Isaiah 5:16

Hosts means "mighty warrior or almighty king". The Lord of Hosts is the God of Judgment. A large portion of the Bible is the record of God's judgment on Israel because of their sin. These judgments "are for examples and they are written for our admonition upon whom the ends of the world are come." *** I Corinthians 10:11 

There are three main areas where judgment has been prophesied as to what would come at the end of this age:
# 1 Upon the house of God
# 2 Upon the United States
# 3 Upon the whole earth

These three judgments are already in process. They come as travail or birth pangs. When a woman is bringing forth new life into the world, her birth pangs begin easy and far apart; but the closer the time of delivery, the closer and harder the birth pangs become; until the water breaks and the child comes forth. The water is the Word of God. God is going to pour out His Word before the man child is birthed. In any normal birth, the first thing that appears is the head. It is no different in birthing the manchild; we must first recognize the head, Christ Jesus. When the head is in place, then the birth can proceed.

Daniel saw the day in which we live. 

"But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased." *** Daniel 12:4 

Daniel's words were shut up until the time of the end; his words would not be revealed until this time. He said many would run to and fro and knowledge would increase. If you want to see man running to and fro, just spend a few hours in a major airport or watch a busy freeway.

Daniel also related that knowledge would increase. As we view the technology of today, we cannot deny that knowledge is increasing at an unprecedented rate. The knowledge of God, also, is increasing in His people as never before in the history of mankind. God is baring His arm (strength and authority) unto His people. *** Isaiah 52:10 

As we view the coming events, we realize the only safe haven for those who will walk through what is coming on the earth is IN GOD. Jesus said, "Watch ye therefore and pray always that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass and to stand before the son of man". *** Luke 21:36

God's people are to pray that they are counted worthy to escape the things He is going to bring upon the earth. At the time God pours out His wrath upon the earth, those who have prayed this prayer will be standing before the Son receiving strength, guidance and protection in that hour. 

We are not speaking of standing before the Son in the flesh, because no flesh will enter into His presence. We are not referring to a false rapture, but coming into a place in God where we have put off the flesh and the fleshly desires.

Jesus said those who try to save their lives will lose it. When we come to the place where we allow God to move in our Spirit to consume the flesh, and the only voice we hear is His voice and we become obedient to listening only to the Father's voice, then the things of this world will not concern us and God will have delivered us from His wrath.

Peter relates that judgment must begin at the house of God. This judgment has already begun. Ezekiel prophesied the judgment coming upon the house of God:

"And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar." *** Ezekiel 9:2 

Six men came from the north. North represents the place of God's throne, *** Psalms 48:2. These men came from the higher gate and were sent from God with a slaughter weapon in their hand. The six men from the higher gate are the six angels that pour out the wrath of God upon the earth. *** Revelation 16 

One of the six men was clothed in linen and had a writer's inkhorn by his side. Linen is the sign of righteousness. The man who was clothed in righteousness is the angel in Revelation 7 who has the seal of the living God. This angel is going to seal the servants of God in their forehead. The number is 144,000. *** Revelation 7:2-3

There are two sealings of saints in Revelation; those spoken of in Revelation 7, and those Jesus revealed in Revelation 3. 

"Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon Him, the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from My God: and I will write upon Him My new name." *** Revelation 3:12 

These saints have the name of the Holy City. They will rule and reign in the earth. This group of saints will flee into the wilderness where they will be protected for 3 1/2 years from the wrath and from the face of the serpent, *** Revelation 12:6-14. These are the called out ones; the virgins who are prepared to enter in. *** Matthew 25

The 144,000 who were sealed in Revelation 7 are the same 144,000 who stand on Mount Sion with the Lamb. These have the Father's seal in their foreheads. The saints sealed in Revelation 3:12 have the name of the Holy City in their foreheads. Both groups rule and reign. The 144,000 were redeemed from the earth being the first fruits unto God and the Lamb and rule and reign around the throne, *** Revelation 14:3-4. The ones with the seal of the Holy City rule and reign in the earth. These are the virgins who are prepared to enter into the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. *** Matthew 25:10

"And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by his side;

And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof." *** Ezekiel 9:3-4 

The God of Israel, the Lord of Hosts, went up from the cherubims and called to the man clothed with linen who had the inkhorn, (seal of God). God instructed the man with the inkhorn to go through Jerusalem and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry for the abominations they see in their midst. 

Jerusalem represents the true place of worship. Those in Jerusalem are called by His name. God said, "I have put my name upon this city." The man with the inkhorn was not told to go into the world, but only to those who were called by God's name; the "inchristed ones".

We expect the world to do abominable things. God told the man with the inkhorn, "Go to those who are called by My name and find those who are sighing and crying, those who are wailing, mourning and weeping for sorrow, and groaning in the Spirit for the abominations that are in the lives of the children of God." 

The abominations God lists in His Word are: homosexuality, lesbianism, idolatry, lewdness, fornication, adultery, dabbling in the occult, prostitution and dishonest business dealings. When we hear of these in our midst, we have a tendency to say God will forgive them because our God is a loving God and He will not punish sin.

The writer of Hebrews reveals: 

"For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 

And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame." *** Hebrews 6:4-6 

The word impossible means exactly "impossible". It will be impossible for those who have known God and have fallen away to renew again to repentance because they have crucified the Son of man afresh and have put Him to an open shame. 

Man put Jesus to open shame as He hung naked before the whole earth. His creation will never again put Him to open shame. Those who are called by His name are His new creation. 

Why was Jesus crucified? Because He interfered with the religious system that man had established. Today, the religious systems are ordaining homosexuals and lesbians. When those who stand in the pulpits are caught in adultery, lewdness or crooked business dealings, we say, "God will forgive them". God will always forgive if there is repentance. Repentance means a change of direction. He will not forgive them who do the same thing over again, continuing to put Him to an open shame. 

The Word says, "God knows the heart". Yet man continues to try to fool God with his mouth. When God looked upon the heart, He knew the heart was deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, *** Jeremiah 17:9. Jeremiah further states, "Strangers are come into the sanctuaries of the Lord's house." He was speaking of the pulpit. Strangers who do not even know God are standing in the pulpits; to these it is only a job. They are unregenerate hirelings. 

So many sitting in pews today have lost their fear of God as Zephaniah recorded.

"And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The Lord will not do good, neither will He do evil." *** Zephaniah 1:12 

God's people believe that the Lord will do nothing, neither good nor evil. It is written that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, *** Proverbs 9:10. So many believe that God will not judge His people because He loves them so much that they can do anything and He will forgive; God is love and only love. 

But Paul wrote: 

"Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in His goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off." *** Romans 11:22 

We are to continue in His goodness. How do we continue in His goodness? By being obedient to His voice and obedient to His Word. 

If we fall into the abominations that are around us, we will be cut off and suffer the severity of God. 

The severity of God is His judgment. Judgment on the house of God has begun. If this judgment does not purify His house, those who are not purified will be cast into the great winepress of the wrath of God, *** Revelation 14:19. Those who are cast into the winepress do not have the seal of God in their foreheads. 

Then Ezekiel's words will come to pass:

"And to the others He said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:

Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house." *** Ezekiel 9:5-6 

Those who do not have the seal of God will be slain. The six men with the wrath of God in their hands were told to begin at the ancients, or the elders of the church. 

Many who read this will say that he was speaking to ancient Israel. All things that happened unto Israel are examples, and they are written for our admonition upon whom the ends of the world are come. *** I Corinthians 10:11 

When Ezekiel witnessed in the Spirit what was coming to pass, he fell on his face and cried, "Ah, Lord God, will thou destroy all the residue (remnant) of Israel?" *** Ezekiel 9:8

God answered Ezekiel in verse 9, "Then said He unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The lord hath forsaken the earth, and the Lord seeth not."

It was both houses of Israel; Israel and Judah, Natural and Spiritual Israel.

Paul writes much about our walk in God. God spoke through Paul, "Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate and touch not the unclean things and I will receive you." *** II Corinthians 6:17 

Paul went on to write: "Let no man deceive you with vain words." Many today are listening to vain words such as: "God is only a loving God"; "once you are saved, you are always saved"; "no matter what you do, God will forgive you"; and "you won't miss your reward". These vanities have become false hopes in many lives. 

"Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:" *** Ephesians 2:2 

So many of God's people today are still walking in the course of this world. They have not separated themselves from this world, nor from the prince of the power of the air. Paul calls those who are still walking according to the course of this world, children of disobedience. Paul said because of these things cometh the wrath of God on the children of disobedience, *** Ephesians 5:6. Be not partakers with them, *** Ephesians 5:7. Mortify, therefore, your members which are upon the earth: fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence and  covetousness, which is idolatry. For which things sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience. *** Colossians 3:4- 5

The wrath of God is coming on those who will not follow the Rhema (spoken) Word, or the Logos (written) Word. Those who refuse to obey the Word of God are children of disobedience and they will have their part in the judgment of God.

"For thus saith the Lord of Hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; 

And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of Hosts." *** Haggai 2:6-7

As we view the possibility of this great shaking coming upon the earth, we must consider all aspects. We need to differentiate between when God is speaking of the earth (terra firma); and US, as His earth. Haggai records the dry land being the (Terra Firma) earth; and the earth being His people. The Lord of Hosts will shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. 

The writer of Hebrews also records this great shaking: 

"Whose voice then shook the earth: but now He hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.

And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain." *** Hebrews 12:26-27 

The book of Hebrews spoke of the voice that shook the earth, referring to when God spoke to the children of Israel on Mt. Sinai and the mountain shook and the fire of God was so dreadful that all Israel fled from His presence. This time He has promised not only to shake the earth, but the heavens as well. Heaven is the Spiritual realm. At this shaking, satan will be cast out of heaven. 

"And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil, and satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." *** Revelation 12:7-9 

Satan will be cast unto the earth. No longer will he have access to God's throne. No longer will he be the accuser of the brethren.

"Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time." *** Revelation 12:12 

The physical shaking of the earth has truly begun. Matthew and Mark record that there will be earthquakes in diverse places. The ten major earthquakes in modern times have been in the last 15 years. Everyone knows the big ones are yet to happen. 

But, in the Spiritual sense, the shaking of our earth is also taking place. Men's hearts are truly failing them for fear when they look at the things coming upon the earth, *** Luke 21:26. They are being shaken. Their Spiritual lives are being shaken. Their walk in God is being shaken. 

The old religious ways no longer satisfy. They are crying out to God for more; more of God, more understanding. This shaking in our earth is to shake out those things that do not bring glory unto God, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. There are greater earthquakes then we have ever witnessed coming in our near future. But the shaking that is in our earth now is so important. The words of Haggai must be fulfilled in us.

"And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of Hosts." *** Haggai 2:7 

God is going to shake the nations and the desire of all nations shall come. Many who read this scripture, attribute the phrase, "desire of all nations", as the second coming of Jesus. Haggai was not speaking of the second coming of Jesus. The word for nations is GOWY and means "a foreign nation, or Gentile, or aliens from God". 

The desire of all nations are those who have come into the fullness of Christ from all nations on earth. God will fill His house (the Body of Christ, His inheritance in the earth) with His glory. This includes both houses of Israel, Natural and Spiritual. 

When Israel was broken off from the root, they became aliens of God, and are still aliens of God until they be grafted back into the root, *** Romans 11:15-24. That root is Jesus Christ. They must come the same way as the wild olive branch. 

At the time of the shaking of the earth, God is going to fill the house of Israel, His body, with glory. Paul spoke of being filled with that glory: 

"When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe, (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day." *** II Thessalonians 1:10

The time of judgment is upon the Body of Christ NOW. And the shaking we are all feeling is so necessary if we are to receive the full glory when He comes to make up His precious jewels. At this time God will claim the treasure He has hidden in earthen vessels. 

As we witness the judgment and feel the shaking, we need to look up for our redemption draweth nigh. The Lord of Hosts will judge His house first. If He will not judge His house, how can He judge the earth? His judgment now is on the faithful ones. Those who refuse the shaking in the earth are children of disobedience. 

John said that the wrath of the winepress will be trodden without the city and the blood will come out of the winepress to the horses bridles by the space of one thousand six hundred furlongs, or 200 miles. *** Revelation 14:20

This is the blood of the vine. The vine is that which brought forth the full ripe fruit, or the church system. And that blood is the blood of the children of disobedience; those that call themselves by the household of God; those who were not changed by the shaking in their earth. They resisted the shaking and did not separate themselves from the things of the world, the flesh or the prince of the power of the air. They had not made God the Lord of their lives, but rather had depended on the precepts and doctrines of men. They followed their religious order instead of the Rhema and Logos Word of God. 

The Lord of Hosts is a God of judgment. And severity will fall on those that have not continued in God's goodness. These will be cast from the presence of God. The angel with the sickle will cut them off and cast them into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 

God desires that we turn to Him with our whole heart and become separated from the things in our lives that will cause separation from Him IN THAT DAY.

Chapter 13 

"Thus saith the Lord of Hosts; The broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly broken, and her high gates shall be burned with fire; and the people shall labour in vain, and the folk in the fire, and they shall be weary." Jeremiah 51:58

For many generations the question has been asked: "Is the United States mentioned in the Bible?" As we ponder this question, it would certainly seem reasonable that God would make mention of the most powerful, affluent nation that has ever existed on the earth. We know that the Word does not mention the United States by name; none the less, the United States is spoken of extensively in God's Word.

We must realize the uniqueness of the United States. This nation never became an empire with a large amount of disconnected land under one governmental control. The United States has never been under a monarch rule. The reference to the United States in the Word is as a "CITY". 

The reason for this is that the United States did not become a great nation by throwing down other nations to acquire territory. Rather, it annexed, purchased and developed land. When territories wanted to become part of the United States, they became states and were annexed into the United States the same way cities annex other towns, or surrounding areas, to increase the size of their cities. Examples of these are Texas, Alaska and Hawaii.

The United States also purchased vast territories. These purchases included the Louisiana Purchase, the Gladstone Purchase and the Seward Purchase. The United States also developed land. It only took 74 years from the time that the United States declared their independence from England until the `49ers settled California.

How do we recognize the United States in the Bible? It has been thought for many years, that the judgment of the Great Whore in Revelation 17 was the United States. Now God has provided the Spiritual Truth.

Let's let the scriptures speak for themselves:

John tells us in *** Revelation 17:1, "And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:"

The whore was sitting upon many waters. The many waters are explained further in Revelation 17:15. This becomes our first clue as to who the whore is.

"And He saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." *** Revelation 17:15

The United States is known as the melting pot of the world. The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of welcome to all nations and languages. The inscription on the Statue of Liberty states it very clearly:

"Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land; 
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand 
A mighty woman with a torch
Whose flame is imprisoned lightning
And her name "Mother of Exiles".
From her beacon-hand glows world-wide welcome;
Her mild eyes command 
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!"
Cries she, with silent lips.
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, 
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, 
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Every nation on the face of the earth is represented in the United States. We have many people who have migrated here, bringing their cultures, and still speaking their own languages. There are sixty different languages taught in our schools. We are truly a nation of multitudes, nations and tongues.

Other clues to the identity of the Great Whore are found in Revelation 17:

*** Revelation 17:4 states that the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet and decked with gold, precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand. The Great Whore represents a very wealthy nation. She is clothed in royalty.

"And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth." *** Revelation 17:18 

The woman, the whore, was the "great city". Note that this woman, the whore, was called that Great City. The Great City is also mentioned in Revelation 16:

"And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath." *** Revelation 16:19 

The Great Whore is a city and a nation and is called "Babylon". 

"Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour is thy judgment come." *** Revelation 18:10

"And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all." *** Revelation 18:21 

Further examination of Revelation 18 describes Babylon as a great industrial nation, having many craftsman and the sound of the millstone. The merchants were the great men of the earth. *** Revelation 18:22-23

No industrial nation has been as blessed in industry as the United States. The great merchandising men of the whole earth have come from the United States: Carnegie, Mellon, Rockefeller, Ford, Edison, Firestone, Westinghouse. A list of these great merchandisers would be endless. Our modern society began in the United States. The computer, television, radio, telegraph, electric light, modern agriculture, the airplane were all products of this mighty nation.

As we have discovered, the great whore was a great city that was made up of many nations, tongues and peoples that was a great merchandising nation. She was very wealthy. The Great Whore is called "Mystery Babylon". *** Revelation 17:5 

Another way we can identify the United States is the constant reference to the Whore, the Great City and Babylon in the feminine gender. Everything God created, He created male and female. This includes nations. The United States is a feminine nation. 

No other nation or city on earth fits these descriptions other than the United States.

Chapter 14

Babylon and the judgment of Babylon is discussed throughout the Bible. Her downfall and destruction becomes very clear. Revelation 17 proclaims, not only the judgment of the United States, but, also, the time frame of her judgment. 

"And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space." *** Revelation 17:9-10 

A mind that has wisdom can understand what is written here. The seven heads on the scarlet colored beast are full of the names of blasphemy. These heads are mountains. Mountains represent kingdoms. Over these seven kingdoms, there are 7 kings. At the time of the judgment of the Great Whore, five of these kingdoms will have already fallen. One kingdom is, or is in power at the time of the judgment of the whore.

After the judgment of the whore, there is yet another kingdom to raise up. This is the seventh mountain, or kingdom. Revelation 17 foretells of an 8th kingdom that will come to power with the 7th kingdom. 

"And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. 

And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast." *** Revelation 17:11-12 

The seventh kingdom will be in power only a short time and their reign will be in conjunction with the 8th kingdom which is the beast kingdom. 

THE GOLD KINGDOM

The Bible is self-explanatory. These eight kingdoms are spoken of in Daniel. If we are to locate where the United States appears, we must go back to the ancient prophecy and lay a foundation on which to build.

Daniel 2 reveals a dream that Nebuchadnezzar had which troubled him so much, he could not sleep. The wisemen, astrologers and Chaldeans were called upon to interpret the dream. Even though Nebuchadnezzar threatened them with death, they could not reveal the dream unto him. 

When Daniel was informed that the king had ordered the death of all the wisemen, he volunteered to reveal and interpret the king's dream for him.

"But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these; *** Daniel 2:28 

Daniel stated that the dream would reveal what was to happen in the latter days.

"Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.

This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay." *** Daniel 2:31-33 

Nebuchadnezzar's dream was about a great metal image which troubled him very much. By the wisdom of God, Daniel was able to interpret the dream. Daniel's interpretation revealed the first four kingdoms God would use.

"And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold." *** Daniel 2:38 

Daniel revealed unto Nebuchadnezzar that he was the first kingdom, or the head of gold. Nebuchadnezzar was the king of ancient Babylon which was the first kingdom.

THE SILVER & BRASS KINGDOM

"And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth." *** Daniel 2:39 

Verse 32 revealed that the second kingdom was the silver kingdom, or the Medes and Persian kingdom. History teaches that Darius, the Mede, dried up the Euphrates River and came into the city of Babylon under the flood gates. He captured Babylon the same night. Handwriting appeared on the wall at Belshazzar's drunken party when the holy vessels from the temple were brought to serve wine to his drunken guests, *** Daniel 5. This was October 13, 539 B.C.

The third kingdom, or the brass kingdom, was the Grecian Empire. Daniel had a vision concerning the kingdoms of the Medes & Persians, and the Grecian Empire.

"In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me, even unto me Daniel, after that which appeared unto me at the first." *** Daniel 8:1 

"Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high: but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last." *** Daniel 8:3 

The ram had two horns. One horn was higher than the other horn. Horn means power. But one was higher and the higher one came up last. Persia came up first; and the Medes, the higher horn, came up second.

The Medes were the ancestors of Madai, the son of Japeth. They settled in Eastern Russia and became a great power. They made an alliance with Persia and ruled their kingdom together.

"I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great." *** Daniel 8:4 

"And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes." *** Daniel 8:5 

Daniel was given the interpretation of this vision.

"The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia." *** Daniel 8:20 

"And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king." *** Daniel 8:21 

The rough he goat was King Philip. The great horn and great power was King Philip's son, Alexander the Great. Alexander the Great subdued the whole known world and died at the age of 33 1/2, crying because there were no more worlds to conquer.

THE IRON KINGDOM

Now we come to the fourth kingdom, the Roman Empire. The Medes and Persian Empire lasted until 323 B.C. when Alexander the Great established the Grecian Empire. This was prophesied in Daniel, chapter 8. 

"And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.

And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.

And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not

mixed with clay." *** Daniel 2:40-41, 43 

The fourth kingdom was IRON. Iron breaketh in pieces and subdues all. Verse 41 speaks of the feet. The feet are what moves the body. The feet showed how the Roman Empire moved, or operated. They were Iron and Clay. Rome used power to control the people, but allowed the people to rule themselves.

At the time of Jesus, Pilot was the ruler over Rome. He had the final say. He allowed Israel to maintain their own priestly system and government. Pilot did not interfere with their law; only interceding when he had to maintain Roman law and settle regional disputes.

Verse 43: The Iron, the authority of Rome, mingled themselves with the seed of men. Many times the captors married the daughters of the captive rulers and would permit the ruler to continue. This kept the people happy. One example of this was Anthony marrying Cleopatra. King Philip was the son of Cleopatra. Another example was John the Baptist who lost his head because he said Herod could not have his brother's wife, Herodious. Iron and clay would not cleave together. There was never unity in the Roman provinces. 

THE KINGDOM OF GOD

The Roman Empire controlled the known world when Jesus was born and Rome was in control at His death. Daniel foresaw the establishment of God's kingdom in the earth that would last forever.

"And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever." *** Daniel 2:44 

This was, of course, the kingdom of God which Jesus brought when He ministered on earth.

Luke spoke of God's kingdom having no end:

"He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David:

And He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end." *** Luke 1:32-33 

THE BEAST KINGDOMS

We have briefly examined the first four kingdoms which are the metal kingdoms. Now we will examine the beast kingdoms. The four beast kingdoms of Daniel 7 have always been a mystery. Some have tried to reference to them as the first four kingdoms in

Nebuchadnezzar's dream. The four beast kingdoms reveal the kingdoms until the second coming of Jesus. 

This is not to say that these were the only kingdoms that existed during the time mentioned, but these are the kingdoms God used to reveal to His people the time in which we live.

"Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.

And the four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it." *** Daniel 7:2-4 

THE LION KINGDOM

The first beast was like a lion. The next great empire to rise to power after the Roman Empire was the British Empire. Great Britain's national symbol is the lion.

The country of Britain dates back to 600 B.C. It became a part of the Roman Empire in 85 A.D., and was ruled by Rome until 416 A.D. Britain did very little expansion until they began to colonize in 1583. Their first colony was New Foundland. Her foundation as an empire began in the early 1600's, when they formed the East India Company. The empire reached its pinnacle in power in the early 1900's, 

when Great Britain, as she was then known, controlled nearly one- fourth of the world.

The saying, "The sun never sets on the British Empire" was surely true. In 1607, Britain established Jamestown, a Virginia colony, in what was known to them as the "new world." They further colonized the new world in 1620, when the Pilgrims established the Plymouth colony. Of course, we know the history of how, from this meager beginning, the colonies became what is known as the United States of America.

THE EAGLE'S WINGS

In Daniel's vision, the first beast was like a lion, having eagle wings. Daniel beheld until the wings were plucked, or separated. This happened when the United States won its

independence from England in 1776. Thus, the United States of America was born. It cannot be denied that we came off the back of England. Our nation's symbol is the Eagle. 

Daniel went on to say that the Eagle's wings were separated and lifted up from the earth. God raised this nation above all nations of the earth. Because the United States was started on the knees of God-fearing men, freedom of worship became the foundation stone on which this nation was built.

Our belief in God was known throughout the earth. "IN GOD WE TRUST" was imprinted on all our money. "One nation under God" was our Pledge of Allegiance. Congress and the Senate opened every session with a prayer. Prayer and Bible study were established in the schools. The Bible was the main study tool. Church was the social center of the community. Praising God was a way of life. God truly blessed the United States and made it stand upon the feet as a man. We were the first human form of government on the face of the earth.

The United States never became an empire or kingdom. When the colonists wanted to make George Washington King, he said that the United States had one king, and that was God, Almighty.

In Revelation 17 & 18, the United States is called a "city". The understanding of this becomes clear when we realize that kingdoms and empires use force and power to expand their territories; while the United States expansion of territories was by pioneering untamed and unchartered lands, purchasing of large quantities of land, and by territories wanting to come under the protection of the United States by peaceful means.

When the native Indians were displaced, they were given lands. They are still being cared for today. These people were not eliminated as a people, and they are allowed to rule themselves. 

"A MAN'S HEART WAS GIVEN TO IT".

The United States was ruled from the heart of a man. The people elected their representatives, and sent them to Washington and to their state governments. The people's voice was heard in the affairs of government; locally and nationally. Every town and city held town hall meetings so that every person could be heard. 

"IT STOOD UPON THE FEET AS A MAN"

This was to be a human government, not one of the beast governments. Other nations have tried this form of government, as far back as the Grecian Empire, but failed. God's hand was on this nation. It not only succeeded, but it became the greatest nation ever recorded in the history of man.

The United States became the leader of the world because of God's hand being on it. It is sad... but we cannot ascribe this greatness to this nation today. The more prosperous she became, ease became the way of life, and sin became more and more acceptable and more open. Today we see her as the Great Whore, selling herself for the pleasure of the world. Her judgment is sure.

THE FALL OF THE LION

After the wings were separated, the eagle wings were never part of the lion beast again. The fall of the lion beast came during the Second World War. World War II was very destructive to the British Empire. The constant bombing from Germany on London, her capital city, brought the empire into disarray. Decline and collapse were sure. 

Great Britain controlled Palestine until after World War II. She released Palestine in 1948. Thus was the birth of Modern Israel.

THE BEAR KINGDOM

In Daniel's vision, the second beast was like a bear. 

"And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh." *** Daniel 7:5 

The kingdom that came to power after World War II was the bear. The only country, or government, that rose to power after World War II was Russia. Its national symbol is the bear. Throughout history, there have been attempts to make Russia a great world power, but all attempts have failed. During the Second World War, Russia was allied to the United States. At the end of the war, the United States gave Russia her strong foothold in Western Europe. This was the beginning of her rise to power.

"THE BEAR RAISED ITSELF ON ONE SIDE"

The bear raising itself up on one side is descriptive of Russia laying on her side and looking to the west and south where her expansion has been. To understand this, we need to look at a world map. The world map will reveal that Russia can expand no more to the north and east. All Russia's expansion has been to the west and south.

"ARISE AND DEVOUR MUCH FLESH"

Truly, millions have lost their lives by the expansion of communism; some say, as many as 100 million. Truly, the bear has devoured much flesh.

"AND IT HAD THREE RIBS IN THE MOUTH OF IT BETWEEN THE TEETH OF IT" 

The bear had three ribs between its teeth, or it had a firm grip on these three ribs. These ribs are continents. Russia has a firm grip on Europe, Asia, and ancient Asia Minor. Although Asia Minor is no longer considered a continent, it was a continent when the Bible was written. Asia Minor is the oil rich Middle East, where Russia has an ever-increasing influence. Russia sits on part of these three continents. No other nation on earth sits on three continents.

During the time of Russia's great expansion, the United States has become digressive. She has gone from the most powerful nation, to second place in power to Russia in 40 short years.

Russia is called Magog in Ezekiel 38 & 39. The Word proclaims that Magog, or Russia, will be destroyed in the mountains of Israel, and that only one-sixth of her army will remain. This destruction will come from God.

Revelation 17 reveals that, at the time of the whore's judgment, five kingdoms will have fallen, and one is. The five kingdoms that have fallen are: Babylon, Medes and Persians, Greece, Rome and Great Britain. The "one that is", or the one which will be in power at the time of the Whore's judgment is Russia. Russia will be destroyed. Therefore, the judgment of the United States will come before the fall of Russia.

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"And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha." *** Romans 9:29

The prophecy of the first six kingdoms takes us to the judgment of the Great Whore. The prophecy of the last two kingdoms brings us to the end of the age: or until Christ sets up His kingdom on earth. The coming events foretold here, will be after the destruction of the United States, but will effect those everywhere. 

These events cannot be looked at from the viewpoint of today because, when Russia detonates their nuclear weapons in the atmosphere, nothing, anywhere on earth, will be as we know it now. We will live in a world unlike any place we could ever imagine. 

"After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it. 

After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns." *** Daniel 7:6- 7 

We must consider these two kingdoms together, because they come to power together and will rule together for a short time. To understand the Leopard Kingdom, we must look at the fourth beast kingdom, first. Daniel wrote that the fourth beast was diverse, or different, from the first three beast kingdoms because the fourth kingdom is the man-beast kingdom. God will destroy this kingdom with the brightness of His coming. *** II Thessalonians 2:8 

This unnamed man-beast will head a kingdom whose power comes from satan. This will be the anti-christ, or man-beast kingdom. Prophecy tells us that this beast was dreadful and terrible. He was exceedingly strong. His teeth were as iron, and it devoured and break in pieces.

History teaches that one of the most cruel, ruthless kingdoms was the Roman Empire. But this man-beast will be more ruthless, and more cruel than any ruler that has ever lived. He will be totally controlled by satan.

THE TEN HORNS

This man-beast kingdom had ten horns. These are the same ten horns that are spoken of in Revelation 17.

"So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns." *** Revelation 17:3 

The word "scarlet colored" means "terror, destruction and ruin". The scarlet colored beast is a beast of terror, destruction and ruin.

"And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. 

And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast." *** Rev. 17:11-12 

These ten horns are the third kingdom in Daniel 7, and the 7th kingdom in Revelation 17. The ten horns are the Leopard Beast Kingdom. The man-beast kingdom is the eighth and the last earthly kingdom. The ten horns come to power with the beast for one hour, or a very short period of time. 

Most teach that the ten horns are the European Common Market nations. When Spain became the tenth nation of the European Common Market, many thought that the ten horns confederacy was complete. The description of the ten horn nations does not fit the European Common Market.

Many call the European Common Market the Revised Roman Empire, but only nine of the ten nations in the Common Market were in the Roman Empire. The Common Market is an economic confederacy for the nations of Western Europe, not the nations of the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire included North Africa, parts of Asia, and the southern tips of Russia. The Common Market, also, is not a military power as described in Revelation 13. It is an economic community to promote an unified trade center.

"And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?" *** Revelation 13:4 

As we behold what the scriptures say concerning this man-beast and the Leopard Beast kingdom, it will become clear who the ten horn confederacy represents.

"I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things." *** Daniel 7:8 

The little horn that came up among the ten is the man-beast. Verse 7 revealed that when the man- beast was complete, he had ten horns. Verse 8 says, "I considered the horns." 

We need to consider the horns. The man-beast had ten horns and he was the little horn that came up. So if we started with ten, the man-beast would be the eleventh.

Daniel goes on to say, 3 of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. Plucked up by the roots means they were destroyed; or they no longer exist.

Now, simple math teaches us that if there were eleven, and 3 were plucked up, that would leave eight. But the man-beast had ten horns when he was complete. Therefore, we cannot begin with ten horns. We must begin with fourteen. 14 = 10 + 1 + 3

In order to identify the ten horns of Daniel and of

Revelation, we must look for a confederacy that is made up of a fourteen membered confederation: 
1. Ten horns on the man-beast when he is complete
2. + one, the little horn that came up; 
3. + the three that were pulled up by the roots = (10 + 1 + 3 = 14). 

Revelation 17 reveals that the whore, or the United States, is over this confederation.

"So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns." *** Revelation 17:3 

The whore sat on the scarlet colored beast that had seven heads and ten horns. The whore controlled this confederation from its conception. The little horn will take control of this ten horn confederation, plucking up 3 of the original horns. 

THE LEOPARD BEAST KINGDOM

Now we need to identify the Leopard Beast Kingdom. The Leopard Beast Kingdom is the North Atlantic Treaty Organization; or NATO. Let us examine this organization to see if it fits the picture Daniel gave of the Leopard beast.

# 1 From its inception, the United States has headed the NATO organization. NATO was started in 1949. It started with the 12 original members listed below:
United States Great Britain
Canada France
The Netherlands Belgium
Luxenburg Denmark
Norway Italy
Iceland Portugal
Today, there are 15 members of NATO.
United States Canada
Great Britain France
The Netherlands Belgium
Luxenburg Italy
Norway Denmark
Iceland Portugal
West Germany Turkey
Greece

Daniel revealed that the little horn came up among the other horns, of which 3 were plucked up by the roots. The little horn was not part of the original twelve.

In 1951, Greece and Turkey were admitted. In 1954, West Germany; thus bringing the total membership to fifteen members. 

We are looking for a 14 membered confederation. As it has been revealed, the Great Whore will be judged and cut off. The United States will not be part of NATO when the little horn comes to power.

"And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire." *** Revelation 17:16 

The ten horns hate the whore and will burn her with fire. Our final destruction will come from NATO. The nuclear armament we gave to the NATO countries will be turned on the United States. 

THE MAN - BEAST

Let us take a close look at the man-beast. Daniel was given the interpretation of his vision: 

"And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. 

I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;" *** Daniel 7:20-21 

The little horn had eyes and a mouth, was more stout than his fellows, and spoke great things. Stout is the word RAB and means "lord, chief, captain"; he had more power and authority than the ten horns.

Verse 21 proclaims that he made war with the saints and prevailed against them. This is also spoken of in Revelation. 

"And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations." *** Rev. 13:7 

The little horn in Daniel's vision is revealed in Revelation 13:

"And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy." *** Revelation 13:1 

There are crowns upon the ten horns. This speaks of the time when the ten horns and the beast will come to power.

"And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority." *** Revelation 13:2 

The beast was like a leopard. He had the feet of the bear and the mouth of the lion. To identify this man-beast, we must look for a nation with the Leopard as its symbol, and whom also belongs to NATO. The only nation in NATO with the Leopard symbol is Greece.

"And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition." *** Rev. 17:11 

Therefore, the beast would come from a nation that was part of the original seven kingdoms. The man-beast would come out of the Leopard Beast Kingdom, Greece. 

The man-beast will also have the feet of the bear, Russia; or the strength of Russia. The strength of Russia in Europe is the Warsaw Pact Nations. 

When Russia is defeated on the mountains of Israel and the fall of Babylon, the USA, is complete, then Europe will unite under the headship of the man-beast. He will control both NATO and the Warsaw Pact Nations and all of its armament will be in the hands of the man-beast.

He will have control of the giant computer in Brussels, Belgium. Note: NATO headquarters is in Brussels where all the banking transactions of the world are handled. This computer has the ability to give every man, woman and child on earth an 18 digit identification number. This will make him the most powerful person in all the earth; both militarily and financially. Revelation 13:2 says that the dragon gave him his power and his seat and great authority.

He also has the mouth of the lion. This is where the European Common Market has a part. The most influential segment of the European Common Market is Great Britain. The man-beast will control the commerce of Europe and the rest of the world.

"And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?" *** Revelation 13:4 

Because of the chaos that the world will be in after the two main powers, Russia and the United States, have been destroyed, this man will come in with flatteries, claiming to have the answers to all that plagues the earth. *** Daniel 11:21

And who will be able to make war with him? All military abilities will be under his control. He will have control of all the world finances. The little horn, or man-beast, or anti-christ will come from Greece, the Leopard Beast Kingdom.

Now that we have an understanding of the Leopard Beast Kingdom, let's look again at the third beast in Daniel's vision: 

"After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it." *** Daniel 7:6 

The Leopard beast had four wings of a fowl. The wings are 4 provinces. Greece is a country containing four provinces: Macedonia, Epirus, Achaic or Hellas, Peplponnesus

The four heads are the heads of these provinces. God revealed this to Daniel in the vision that is recorded in Daniel 8. 

"And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king." *** Daniel 8:21 

"Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power." *** Daniel 8:22 

As stated before, when Alexander the Great died, four generals took over his kingdom and tried to rule over it, but they failed. God revealed what would happen to Greece in the end of the age: 

"And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.

And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. 

And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand." *** Daniel 8:23-25 

First, this is in the latter time, or last times, when the transgression is come to the full, when sin gets as bad as it can get. Timothy recorded in the New Testament that man will get worse and worse. *** II Timothy 3:13

The king (kingdom) of fierce countenance, whose look was more stout than his fellows, understood dark sentences. He spoke that which is in the kingdom of darkness. 

Daniel relates that his power shall be mighty. He will be the most powerful man, militarily and economically, and he shall destroy the Holy people. He will also stand up against the Prince of Princes and will be broken without hand. 

Paul spoke of this event in His letter to the Thessalonians: 

"And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming:" *** II Thessalonians 2:8

He will be broken without hand.

As we stated before, the little horn (man- beast) will come out of Greece. At the time of Daniel's vision, He was in captivity in Babylon. Daniel prayed and fasted for 3 weeks and God revealed one of the secrets of the ages unto him.

"And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel". *** Daniel 10:4 

Daniel was by the great river, Hiddekel. Where was Daniel? He was in the ancient Garden of Eden. The only other place that the river, Hiddekel, is mentioned is in Genesis 2:14. The River, Hiddekel, was one of the four great rivers in the Garden.

"Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:

His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude." *** Daniel 10:5-6 

Many believe that this man who appeared unto Daniel was an angel. But if we check the description given here as to His appearance with other references in the Bible, such as Ezekiel, Isaiah and Revelation, they spoke of the appearance of God. The description Daniel gave here was not of an angel, but that of the "Incarnate Christ". 

Other evidence of this: Three times Daniel called this man, "Lord". The word for Lord is YAHWEH. This man never corrected Daniel for calling Him, Lord. Daniel, also, fell on his face before this man, *** Daniel 10:9. Other places in the Bible, when men bowed before the angels, they were told they were not to do that. Daniel was strengthened and set upon his knees. Daniel was in a place of reverence before this man.

This man revealed the prince of Persia to Daniel. 

"But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia." *** Daniel 10:13

The prince of Persia withstood him for 3 weeks. But Michael, the chief prince, came to help him. The prince of Persia is satan, the old serpent. The first territory satan acquired on earth was the Garden of Eden. Daniel was praying in that garden. Satan took it from Adam and Eve and he still controls it today. 

When this man came to Daniel, He related to Daniel that He would return to fight with the prince of Persia, *** Daniel 10:20. 

I do not intend to try to explain why the "Incarnate Christ" had to fight with the prince of Persia, or satan, but I do know that the Word records that he defeated satan on the cross.

This man then spake to Daniel, 

"Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days." *** Daniel 10:14

Then he stated, 

"Knoweth thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come," *** Daniel 10:20. 

When this man left, He stated to Daniel that the prince of Grecia would come. He was speaking of the coming of the man of sin who would come out of Greece. This would be the man understanding dark sentences and having a fierce countenance that would come out of the Grecian Kingdom. Greece was part of the seven. 

Revelation reveals more about the man-beast and the ten horn kingdoms.

The man from the Leopard kingdom, the man- beast, will gain control of NATO and the NATO nations will come to power with him. 

"And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast." *** Rev. 17:12 

"These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast." *** Revelation 17:13 

When the man-beast takes over the NATO nations, he will have, at his control, all the power (great authority) and strength. All military might, possessed by NATO, will be put under his great authority and he will make war with the Saints. And he will overcome them.

"And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations." *** Revelation 13:7 

Those who are depending on a rapture will not be prepared to overcome the evil one in this hour. Today is the Day of Preparation. Those who overcome will stand on the Sea of Glass mingled with fire.

"And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God." *** Revelation 15:2 

God is forewarning His people.

"But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the Children of Light, and the Children of the Day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ." *** I Thessalonians 5:4-5 & 9

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"And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.

O my threshing, and the corn of my floor: that which I have heard of the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, have I declared unto you." *** Isaiah 21:9-10

The Fall of Babylon, foretold in the Bible, is the First Destruction that will come upon the United States and will come from Russia. The book of Revelation speaks two times about the Fall of Babylon: Revelation 14 and Revelation 18.

"And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication." *** Revelation 14:8 

This is the second angel in Revelation 14. The first angel had the everlasting gospel that would be preached into all the earth. The first angel also announced the coming judgment. The second angel announces the Fall of Babylon. The judgment of Babylon is at the beginning of the wrath that God is going to pour out upon the whole earth. 

Before we proceed with the Fall of Babylon, we must understand how God intended His Word to be taught. Isaiah revealed this unto God's people: 

"Whom shall He teach knowledge? and whom shall He make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:" *** Isaiah 28:9-10 

The word for doctrine is SHEMUA and means prophetic message. How are we to understand the prophetic message in God's Word? We must put precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little, there a little. We can put line upon line to discover when the prophetic word foretells the Fall of Babylon.

"And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath." *** Revelation 16:18-19 

Great Babylon came into remembrance before God. At this time, God is going to pour out His wrath upon Babylon, the United States. 

Putting line upon line, precept upon precept, verse 18 says there will be voices and thunders and lightning and a great earthquake. This time is recorded in Revelation 8 and foretells when the wrath will fall upon the United States.

"And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake." *** Revelation 8:5 

This happens just before the seven angels announce the wrath with the sounding of the trumpets. The destruction of the Great Whore comes right before the wrath of God is poured out on the rest of the world.

The second angel announced the Fall of Babylon. This angel came with great power and the earth was lighted with His glory. *** Revelation 18:1

"And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird." *** Revelation 18:2

Babylon had become the habitation of devils, or demonic spirits, and the hold (fort) for every foul spirit (spirit of lewdness, homosexuality, perverseness, etc.). The angel then proclaimed:

"For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies." *** Revelation 18:3 

All nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. This is also stated in *** Revelation 14:8. All nations have prostituted themselves to receive from the wealth of the United States.

The merchants of the earth have become very rich by our luxurious way of life. For years our imports have been more than our exports. This is called trade imbalance. But in reality, it has created debt. The nations and merchants have been made rich by the United States continuing to go into debt to maintain their way of life.

The wrath will come upon the United States at the opening of the 6th seal. *** Revelation 8:1

*** Revelation 6:17 states, "For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?" 

When the wrath is poured out upon the United States, the world will never be the same as we know it today. 

"And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places." *** Revelation 6:12-14 

The heavens departed as a scroll when it is rolled together. As I was observing the sky, I asked the Lord, "How could the great expanse of the heavens roll together as a scroll?" He quickened to me the knowledge I had obtained over the years about a nuclear explosion. When a nuclear device is exploded, the outward thrust goes in all directions so fast that it forms a perfect vacuum in the center of the blast. When the outward thrust is expended, the air then rushes back to fill that vacuum. When the air that is filled with smoke comes back together, it rolls and moves upward forming the mushroom cloud so evident at every nuclear explosion. Nuclear explosions in the atmosphere will cause the heavens to roll together as a scroll. 

The first destruction of Babylon will come when Russia explodes their nuclear devices in the atmosphere. In July, 1985, Russia armed outer space. This was done at the time President Reagan began to speak about Star Wars. These nuclear devices were maneuvered close to our communication and military satellites. When these are detonated, all communication and services dependent on the satellite program, will be eliminated; Communication, transportation, electronic banking, all will be gone.

The Scriptures speak much about this judgment on Babylon. Ezekiel 38 & 39 foretell of Russia's attack on Israel and how Russia will be destroyed on the mountains of Israel.

The first destruction of the United States is also foretold in Ezekiel 39. 

"And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the Lord." *** Ezekiel 39:6 

The United States is the nation that dwells carelessly in the isles.

"Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children:" *** Isaiah 47:8 

Those who are dwelling carelessly are saying, "I am, and none else. I do not sit as a widow, and neither shall I know loss of children." 

In Isaiah 47:5, the daughter of the Chaldeans (Babylon) is called the Lady of Kingdoms. When we put line upon line in the New Testament, we relate this to Revelation 18:7.

"How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow." *** Revelation 18:7 

So, the one dwelling carelessly is Babylon. Isaiah goes on to say:

"But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments." *** Isaiah 47:9 

What is coming upon Babylon will come in a moment, or instantly.

"Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know." *** Isaiah 47:11 

This destruction will fall and people will not know from where it comes. They will not be able to put it off. Science tells us that when a nuclear devise is exploded in the atmosphere, not only would it create great amounts of fallout, the windstorms on earth would be from 800 to 3000 miles an hour. 

Jeremiah records these great windstorms and also the noise that will accompany these nuclear explosions:

"A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the Lord hath a controversy with the nations, He will plead with all flesh; He will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the Lord.

Thus saith the Lord of Hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth." *** Jeremiah 25:31-32 

First, will come the great noise that will be caused by the explosions. When there is no atmosphere or obstructions, this sound will reverberate around and around the earth as does a rocket ship in orbit in a weightless condition, going around and around with no energy expended. 

"At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth is moved, and the cry is heard among the nations." *** Jeremiah 50:46 

At the noise of the taking of Babylon, the earth is moved. This is recorded in Revelation 6:14. Every mountain and island will be moved out of their places. An island is a mountain with water around it. 

When the earth is moved, it will once again come to an upright position, aligning True North with the stars. Today, the earth sets at a 26 1/2 degree angle. Magnetic North is 26 1/2 degrees from True North. When these explosions in the atmosphere occur, it will create great heat. The polar ice caps will melt and the earth will come to an upright position creating the great earthquake spoken of in Revelation 6 and 16.

Isaiah also revealed the earth coming to an upright position: 

"The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.

The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again." *** Isaiah 24:19-20 

Secondly, Jeremiah foretold of the great whirlwind that will raise up from the coasts of the earth. The coasts of the earth are the clouds. The evil in the whirlwind, (nuclear fallout), will be carried from nation to nation, *** Revelation 14:8. 

All nations will drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. 

Jeremiah further states:

"And the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground." *** Jeremiah 25:33 

Those who are killed at the Fall of Babylon by the giant windstorms and the fallout will be from one end of the earth to the other end; or all around the earth, wherever the whirlwind of evil carries this deadly fallout. Every nation on earth will be affected. The dead will not be gathered nor buried, nor lamented. 

Scientists also disclose that, when a nuclear explosion happens in the atmosphere, all the moisture will be driven so far up that it will freeze into a giant sheet of ice, hundreds of feet thick. The weight of this ice will fall to earth creating giant hailstones. This is revealed in Revelation 16:21:

"And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great." *** Revelation 16:21 

This is only the first destruction that will come upon the United States. Babylon will fall. This nation will never be established as a world power again; although it will reestablish order and some semblance of government, only to be completely destroyed at a later date. 

The Fall of Babylon will affect the whole earth. At this time the man beast will stand up and, with flatteries, enslave the whole earth.

Daniel recorded, "And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand." *** Daniel 8:25. All craft or labor will be in his hand. Every one small or great, rich or poor, free or bond, will be required to receive his mark to operate and live. 

This is not written to bring fear, but repentance and preparation. Those who do not know God need to turn to God. Backsliders need to turn back to God. Those who are going on in God need to prepare. We need to proclaim that the kingdom of God is at hand. 

This nation, Babylon, the Great Whore is not our security. The only security is being in the hand of the Father. The days of this nation are numbered. 

"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." *** Revelation 18:4 

Those who survive the first destruction must flee, or no one will survive the second destruction. There will not be one man, woman or child left when God's wrath is finished upon this nation. 

"Come out of her, My people, and be not partakers of her sins." This is a call today for God's people to turn from their sins, or they will be partakers of the plagues coming upon the great whore.

"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you." *** II Corinthians 6:17

Chapter 17

"For thus saith the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel; The daughter of Babylon is like a threshingfloor, it is time to thresh her: yet a little while, and the time of her harvest shall come." *** Jeremiah 51:33

God has warned His people in the United States to "Come out of her My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." *** Revelation 18:4 

"Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her." *** Revelation 18:8 

In one day will come death, mourning and famine. She will be utterly burned. The word used for "utterly burned" is KATAKAIO and means "to burn to the ground and to consume totally", for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. Or, strong is the judgment that the Lord will judge her with. The judgment that is coming upon this nation is from God, and His judgment will be complete.

The Fall of Babylon will come from the "Bear" kingdom, but the final destruction of the United States will come from the Leopard Beast Kingdom. The Leopard Beast Kingdom is NATO, the 10 horns. They will come to power with the little horn (man- beast) as the head. The Leopard Beast Kingdom will only rule a short time and then will turn all power and authority over to the man-beast until the final judgment from God. He will be destroyed at the brightness of the Lord's coming. The Lord will then set up His kingdom with His Christ, and shall rule forever and ever. *** Revelation 11:15

So, when the Leopard Beast Kingdom comes to power, we are informed:

"And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire." *** Revelation 17:16 

The 10 horns will hate the whore and will make her desolate and naked. The 10 horns will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 

These are the plagues that are recorded in Revelation 18:8. 

"For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil His will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled." *** Revelation 17:17 

It is God that has put in their hearts to completely destroy the United States. They are only fulfilling His will. God will allow the beast to reign until God's Word be fulfilled. The judgment of the whore, the USA, is sure and her total destruction has been prophesied by Jeremiah the prophet and others.

The book of Jeremiah was written from 625 B.C -586 B.C. The fall of ancient Babylon came on Oct. 13, 539 B.C. Ancient Babylon was still in existence when Jeremiah wrote his words. Not only did Jeremiah prophesy the downfall of ancient Babylon, he also prophesied the fall of modern Mystery Babylon, the United States of America.

Jeremiah recorded dual prophesy concerning Babylon. Jeremiah 50:46 states that at the taking of Babylon there was a great noise and the earth was moved.

"Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in the midst of them that rise up against me, a destroying wind;" *** Jeremiah 51:1 

The destroying wind that will raise up from the coast of the earth will flatten whole cities; not one building will be left standing. The people will not only be killed, but literally blown away. They will not be gathered, nor buried. This will happen at the Fall of Babylon. Then will come the final destruction. Both the fall and destruction is foretold in Jeremiah:

"Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed." *** Jeremiah 51:8 

Jeremiah gives us many clues as to Babylon being the United States. Babylon is called the hammer of the whole earth, *** Jeremiah 50:23. Hammer stands for construction. The United States builds all over the face of the earth. The largest construction firms are in this nation. 

The United States has been used mightily by God to carry the message of salvation over the entire face of the earth. We were the primary force on earth to assure the rights of men. We exported the idea of freedom to every nation on the face of the earth. Babylon was, indeed, the Golden Cup in the Lord's hand. 

Then Jeremiah goes on to say that we made all the earth drunken. The nations have drunk her wine. Therefore, the nations are mad. *** Jeremiah 51:7

God has prospered this nation above every nation on earth. But we have turned the Golden Cup the Lord had in His hand, to our own pleasure and greed. The Golden Cup is now in the Whore's hand. 

"And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:" *** Revelation 17:4 

The whore filled the golden cup with abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. God will fill her with judgment because of her sin.

"For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.

Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double." *** Revelation 18:5-6 

All nations have drunk from this cup and all nations are mad. God's judgment fell that very night on Ancient Babylon. Just as Belshazzar called for the Golden Vessels which his father, Nebuchadnezzar had brought from the temple to serve his drunken guests wine, so will God's judgment fall on this nation. We have taken the Golden Cup from the Lord's hands and turned it to our own greed, pleasure and lust; and God's reward for this will be just. 

"O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness." *** Jeremiah 51:13 

Babylon dwells on many waters. Revelation 17:1 states that the whore sits on many waters. The waters where the whore sitteth are peoples multitudes, nations and tongues. *** Revelation 17:15 

Jeremiah recorded that the sword is upon all the mingled people, *** Jeremiah 50:37. Mingled means "mixed people", mixed from every nation on earth. 

Jeremiah spoke that Babylon was abundant in treasure. THINE END IS COME!. The United States has been the richest nation on earth, but Jeremiah records that the sword is upon her treasures and they are robbed, *** Jeremiah 50:37. All may wonder why the United States is broken beyond hope. God's devouring sword is upon her treasures. 

God revealed to John on the Isle of Patmos:

"For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, 

And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!" *** Revelation 18:17-18 

Her great riches have come to nought. This nation has become the biggest debtor nation on earth. The U.S. is in debt 3.5 trillion dollars. The trade and national debt are uncontrollable. We may ask why this has happened?

"And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

The Lord shall open unto thee His good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in His season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:" *** Deuteronomy 28:1, 12-13 

"But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:

The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low.

He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail." *** Deuteronomy 28:15, 43-44 

God's promise was that if we did His commandments, we would lend to the nations and not borrow. As long as this nation honored God, they lent billions of dollars to many nations. But today, we fulfill Deuteronomy 28:43-44. We borrow in excess of 100 billion each year. We are no longer the head. We, certainly, have become the tail.

God stated that He would send strangers in the land. Jeremiah recorded that God would send fanners into Babylon:

"And will send unto Babylon fanners, that shall fan her, and shall empty her land: for in the day of trouble they shall be against her round about." *** Jeremiah 51:2 

Fanners mean "foreigner, stranger, and profane people". In the last 40 years (a generation), there have been many refugees from Korea, Cambodia, Laos, VietNam, Cuba, Columbia and Nicaragua entering the U.S. Most of the people have melted into our society and way of life, but the discontent from all these groups have joined together in gangs. These have armed themselves and have become a mighty force in the cities. They are called by various names and are responsible for a lot of the crime in our cities. Most are involved in drug related operations.

Jeremiah said that these shall fan her. The word for "fan" is ZARA and means "to scatter or spread" (bring division). "And shall empty her land." Many, today, speak against this nation. The VietNam War and its dissidents, truly, have brought division which have never been healed. There is no will to defend this nation any more in the time of war.

"The mighty men of Babylon have forborn to fight, they have remained in their holds; their might hath failed; they became as women: they have burned her dwelling places; her bars are broken." *** Jeremiah 51:30 

The men of this nation will no longer fight. Many young men and even those in uniform would not stand and fight, they would flee to Canada or somewhere else. They have become as women. *** Jeremiah 50:37

Jeremiah went on to record, "For in the day of trouble (speaking of the fanners), they shall be against her round about. The fanners will help bring the final destruction. 

God has warned His people to flee this nation before the final destruction comes. Jeremiah records this 5 times:

"The voice of them that flee and escape out of the land of Babylon, to declare in Zion the vengeance of the Lord our God, the vengeance of His temple." *** Jeremiah 50:28 

"Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the Lord's vengeance; He will render unto her a recompence." *** Jeremiah 51:6 

"We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies." *** Jeremiah 51:9 

"My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver ye every man his soul from the fierce anger of the Lord." *** Jeremiah 51:45 

"Ye that have escaped the sword, go away, stand not still: remember the Lord afar off, and let Jerusalem come into your mind." *** Jeremiah 51:50 

Jeremiah says, "Ye that have escaped the sword, (those who have escaped the Fall of Babylon), "Go away, leave, flee. Remember the Lord far away." Why would the Lord be far away? Because this nation has fallen into gross sin. Her sin has reached to heaven. Jeremiah records, "Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul. Be not cut off in her iniquity."

God reveals that He would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed. Babylon would not repent of her sins. God says to forsake her, and go every one into his own country.

Her judgment has reached into heaven, *** Jeremiah 51:9. Another way of saying this is: The stink of her sin has reached the nostrils of God, and God's judgment has come.

*** Revelation 18:5 verifies what Jeremiah wrote: "For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities."

Another judgment is the drought upon our waters.

"A drought is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up: for it is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols." *** Jeremiah 50:38 

The Drought of 1987 showed the seriousness of the water shortage in this nation. The major rivers did not have enough water in them to float the barges that are the lifeline of many industries of this nation. A more serious problem than the rivers, are the underground aquifers drying up. These are the underground rivers that store the water for wells and irrigation. Without irrigation, the farmers in the West and Southwest could not farm. They receive water from above ground rivers as well as underground rivers. When these have been depleted, then winter vegetables that are grown in these areas will cease to exist for the markets in the East. Famine, as mentioned in the Bible, would ensue.

There is a drought upon Babylon's water. Jeremiah recorded this again:

"Therefore thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will plead thy cause, and take vengeance for thee; and I will dry up her sea, and make her springs dry." *** Jeremiah 51:36 

Springs are the underground water supplies. 

Jeremiah further stated, in Jeremiah 50:38, that Babylon was a land of graven images. A graven image is one that man has fashioned with his hands. This nation worships the works of their hands. The works of their hands have become their idols. They are mad upon their idols. They worship the way of life they have grown accustomed to. They have forsaken the worship of the True God. Government has become their god and the way of the cross has been forsaken. What started out as a Golden Cup in the hand of the Lord has become a stink in His nostrils and an abomination in His sight. 

"Because ye were glad, because ye rejoiced, O ye destroyers of Mine heritage, because ye are grown fat as the heifer at grass, and bellow as bulls;" *** Jeremiah 50:11 

Jeremiah stated that Babylon had grown fat as the heifer at grass. And we surely bellow as bulls. Nebuchadnezzar was judged, and so will modern Babylon. "For she hath been proud against the Lord, against the Holy One of Israel." *** Jeremiah 50:29 

"The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?" *** Daniel 4:30 

Nebuchadnezzar's arrogant attitude is prevalent in the United States today. It brought his downfall and will also bring ours. 

"A sword is upon the liars; and they shall dote: a sword is upon her mighty men; and they shall be dismayed.

A sword is upon their horses, and upon their chariots, and upon all the mingled people that are in the midst of her; and they shall become as women: a sword is upon her treasures; and they shall be robbed." *** Jeremiah 50:36-37 

The sword has come upon this land. Babylon's judgment is from the Lord. Although many will trust in our technology, the sword is upon our horses and chariots (military strength).

I have heard some say that we cannot be attacked because we will develop "Star Wars", as it is called. And this will be our shield from nuclear attack. God was aware that we would put our trust in this arm of flesh, when He told Jeremiah to write: 

"Though Babylon should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortify the height of her strength, yet from Me shall spoilers come unto her, saith the Lord." ***

Jeremiah 51:53

If Babylon should mount up to heaven to put up a shield that works, (the experts say it will not work), Jeremiah says this would not stop God's judgment. The spoilers will come upon this land to destroy her because the judgment is from the Lord. 

In times past, when Babylon spoke, the whole world listened. They not only listened because of our military might, they listened because they wanted the handouts that were available to many nations. If they did not listen, we would shut off payments to them. Now, Babylon has become a debtor nation. Our voice is no longer heard, nor heeded.

"Because the Lord hath spoiled Babylon, and destroyed out of her the great voice; when her waves do roar like great waters, a noise of their voice is uttered:" *** Jeremiah 51:55 

Babylon is no longer the great voice of the earth. 

Jeremiah wrote that He has raised up the spirit of the Medes to destroy Babylon:

"Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the Lord hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for His device is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the Lord, the vengeance of His temple." *** Jeremiah 51:11 

The Medes destroyed ancient Babylon. God spoke to make the arrows bright. The bright arrows are the nuclear missiles. These bright arrows are all over the earth to be used to bring God's judgment. The judgment on Babylon is the vengeance of the Lord. 

Jeremiah further stated:

"For, lo, I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon an assembly of great nations from the north country: and they shall set themselves in array against her; from thence she shall be taken: their arrows shall be as of a mighty expert man; none shall return in vain." *** Jeremiah 50:9 

This assembly of great nations that God has raised up against Babylon is NATO. Their arrows shall be as a mighty expert man, and none shall return in vain. All will accomplish their purpose. Babylon will become the hindermost, least in power; a wilderness, a dry land and a desert. *** Jeremiah 50:12

"Because of the wrath of the Lord it shall not be inhabited, but it shall be wholly desolate: every one that goeth by Babylon shall be astonished, and hiss at all her plagues." *** Jeremiah 50:13 

Revelation records this:

"And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, 

Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:" *** Revelation 18:9-11 

The kings of the earth will lament and bewail her. The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because they have lost their market place. These are all standing afar off. They will not come to her aid, nor will they help.

"And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all." *** Revelation 18:21 

Babylon will be thrown down with violence and will be found no more because she is utterly burned. 

Six times Jeremiah records Babylon's utter destruction: 

"The Lord hath opened His armoury, and hath brought forth the weapons of His indignation: for this is the work of the Lord God of Hosts in the land of the Chaldeans.

Come against her from the utmost border, open her storehouses: cast her up as heaps, and destroy her utterly: let nothing of her be left." *** Jeremiah 50:25-26 

"Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the Lord, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain." *** Jeremiah 51:25 

God is against thee, O destroying mountain, that destroyeth the whole earth. We need to ask who created this nuclear hell that will destroy the whole earth? Of all the nations on earth, we are the only nation that has unleashed this nuclear hell upon mankind. We accomplished this dubious feat twice. This, too, will bring God's judgment. God will make us a burnt mountain.

"And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but thou shalt be desolate for ever, saith the Lord." *** Jeremiah 51:26 

They will not take a stone for a corner, nor a stone for a foundation. No one will ever pattern a government, again, after this nation. Like ancient Babylon, it will be desolate forever. "And the land shall tremble and sorrow: for every purpose of the Lord shall be performed against Babylon, to make the land of Babylon a desolation without an inhabitant." *** Jeremiah 51:29 

Babylon will be desolate without an inhabitant. Not one person will live here again.

"Her cities are a desolation, a dry land, and a wilderness, a land wherein no man dwelleth, neither doth any son of man pass thereby." *** Jeremiah 51:43 

It will be a wilderness, a dry land. It will be the habitation of dragons.

"And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwellingplace for dragons, an astonishment, and an hissing, without an inhabitant." *** Jeremiah 51:37 

"Because the spoiler is come upon her, even upon Babylon, and her mighty men are taken, every one of their bows is broken: for the Lord God of recompences shall surely require.

And I will make drunk her princes, and her wise men, her captains, and her rulers, and her mighty men: and they shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith the King, whose name is the Lord of Hosts.

Thus saith the Lord of Hosts; The broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly broken, and her high gates shall be burned with fire; and the people shall labour in vain, and the folk in the fire, and they shall be weary." *** Jeremiah 51:56-58 

When the judgment of God has been fulfilled upon this nation, nothing will remain. God has warned His people to flee the wrath to come. When this time of fleeing comes, it will not be man that will be leading God's people to their place of safety, but the voice of God will go before His people. Those who know His voice and are obedient to His voice will be in a place of safety that God has prepared for them, where they will be fed for one thousand, two hundred, and three score days, (1260 days), while the wrath of God is being poured out.

We need not be partakers of the coming wrath. God will lead His people out, not by a non-existent rapture, but by His voice. Many are praying for God to heal Babylon, but Babylon will not be healed. Her judgment is sure.

"Thus saith the Lord of Hosts; Consider your ways." *** Haggai 1:7

Chapter 18

"And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward: 

For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the Lord of Hosts shall do this." *** Isaiah 37:31-32

The word remnant means "surviving after an elimination process"; those who escape out of the house of Judah (house of Praise) out of Jerusalem (double peace and true place of worship); also out of Mount Zion (sunny heights and the high place in God). The remnant, who shall escape, will be planted again in the earth. Those who are from the house of praise, in the true place of worship and have come into the high place in God and have survived the wrath of God will take root downward and bear fruit upward. 

God has a people whom He will protect through the wrath. We read that those days will be as the days of Noah, *** Luke 17:26. As God protected Noah through His wrath of the water, so will He protect His "Called" through the fire.

God's plan for His people is not escapism, but protection. That protection is sure and complete. The Bible speaks much about a time of fleeing for God's people. Jesus told His disciples that when they were persecuted in one city, to flee to another; and before they had fled into all the cities of Israel; that the Son of man would come. *** Matthew 10:23. He went on to say, "The disciple is not above His master, nor the servant above His Lord." *** Matthew 10:24 

Paul wrote to Timothy, "All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." *** II Timothy 3:12

The word for persecution is DIOKO and means "to put to flight, drive away, to pursue". The idea of God taking His people out of the world before any persecution comes, is completely foreign to the Word of God. Jesus prayed:

"I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil." *** John 17:15

Jesus prayed that we would not be taken out of the world, but that we would be kept from the evil. He will keep those who are in Him from the evil that is coming upon the world. 

God has foretold of a place of protection He has planned for His people during the 3 1/2 years of wrath that is coming upon the earth:

"And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days." *** Revelation 12:6 

This woman brought forth the man child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. At the time of the wrath of God, (1260 days, 3 1/2 years) the woman will flee into the wilderness to a place prepared by God, where she will be fed and protected. This woman was clothed with the sun, the Sun of righteousness, 

*** Malachi 4:2. She had the moon under her feet, she had overcome judgment and upon her head was the crown of twelve stars. Twelve is the number of government. The twelve stars are the Spirit-led saints, "stars" who will administer the GIFT of government. *** Revelation 12:1 

Jesus forewarned of the events that will proceed His wrath. We are not to be ignorant of the times nor the seasons. We should watch and pray. 

Jesus spoke much of this time of fleeing. He also forewarned us that the times would be as the days of Noah. In the days of Noah we are told that men multiplied on the face of the earth. *** Genesis 6:1

Today, the earth is reeling from the population explosion. The earth is unable to feed the people. Mankind is suffering starvation all over the face of the earth. We only hear about the most severe cases; over 3/4 of the population of the earth is malnourished. 

God also saw the wickedness of man was great in the earth, that every thought of man was continually evil, *** Genesis 6:5. Truly, this describes the degradation of mankind today. "...But Noah found grace in the sight of God."

Paul wrote that man would get worse and worse. "As it was in the days of Noah..." *** Luke 17:26

Lot was another example of how God warns us of the time of the wrath. God judged Sodom and Gomorrah because of the Sodomites. Today, we call them homosexuals or gay. This nation is full of Sodomites. This nation has legalized what God has called an abomination. 

God's judgment was that the Sodomites were to be stoned to keep this abomination from spreading. This nation recognizes 2 men or 2 women living together as a family, and have given them marital status when it comes to filing taxes. They are even allowed to adopt children. This is an abomination to God; and His judgment will come because God must judge sin.

God will protect His people through the wrath, as Noah was protected during the flood, and as Lot was protected at the time of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities of the plain. As Noah and Lot, we must be ready to leave all and flee.

Luke recorded Jesus' words:

"Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back." *** Luke 17:30-31 

When the time of fleeing comes, if we are in the house, or out in the field, we are to leave immediately, taking nothing. Then Jesus reminded us to remember Lot's wife, *** Luke 17:32. Why should we remember Lot's wife? Because Lot's wife is an example of disobedience. She looked back, desiring those things she had left behind, and it cost her her life.

Jesus went on to say that if we desire to save our lives, we will lose them, and that if we lose our lives, we shall preserve them, *** Matthew 17:33. I believe Jesus was speaking of us trying to save our physical lives at the expense of our Spiritual walk in God and our being obedient to His voice.

Luke records 3 examples of this fleeing: First, he gives the example of 2 in bed, one taken and the other left. This speaks of marriage (We are omitting the italicized words. They were added), 2 grinding at the mill (represents industry), one will be taken and the other left. Two in the field (the world); one will be taken and the other left. *** Luke 17:34-36

As we contemplate the words of Jesus, let's examine the word taken. Taken is the word PARALAMBANO and means "to receive or to take to oneself"; some will be taken, the others left. The word for left is APHIEMI and means "to leave, to let, suffer". Those who are taken unto God will be protected. Those who are left will be required to endure until the end to be saved.

Those who hear the Father's voice and are obedient to His voice are those who have come into a close intimate relationship with God. These will be instructed by the Father's voice. There will be many who are disobedient to that voice because they are not willing to let go of their earthly belongings and will make excuses.

Some will say, "I have bought a piece of ground. I need to go see it. I pray thee have me excused, *** Luke 14:18. These people own lands and real estate that they have not forsaken as they were told to do in *** Matthew 19:29 in order to inherit everlasting life.

The next group that desired to be excused were those who had bought a yoke of oxen, *** Luke 14:19. Oxen represent possessions. 

These have refused to let go of the things of the world to follow Christ. When the call comes, these will not be willing to leave their possessions. 

The next group proclaimed, "I have married a wife". These are men who are not the head of their household. The wife has not brought herself under the headship of her husband. These do not have the freedom to act independently because there is no agreement. They cannot act together. There is no unity. God is trying to bring homes into proper order. As Peter revealed:

"Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered." *** I Peter 3:7 

When the home is not in order, both the husband and wife are out of order. Because of the lack of unity, it is more difficult to hear the voice of God. Those who have not forsaken all, will make excuses and will refuse to heed the voice of the Father. 

As we read in Revelation, God will deliver and protect those who are obedient: 

"And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent." *** Revelation 12:14 

As Israel, in ancient times, was born on eagle's wings to be delivered from Egypt, *** Exodus 19:4, so will God lift up His people into His protective realm to deliver them from the face of the serpent for those 3 1/2 years of His wrath.

Both Isaiah and Zephaniah spoke of this protected place in God: 

"Come, My people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.

For, behold, the Lord cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain." *** Isa. 26:20-21 

The word chambers is HEDER and means "the innermost part of God's protection". Hide thyself until the indignation be overpast. 

The Hebrew word for indignation is ZAAM and means "fierce anger or wrath". 

God has a people that the wrath will not touch, just as Noah was protected in the wrath. It was all around him, but he was in God's protected place and the wrath did not touch him.

Zephaniah stated:

"Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought His judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord's anger." *** Zephaniah 2:3 

Jesus said that we were to pray that we be accounted worthy to escape all the things that shall come to pass, *** Luke 21:36. God has promised to protect those who come into His place of protection. The ancient prophets spoke of our day and they saw the things that are coming upon the earth and the protection that God has for those who love Him.

"Thus speaketh the Lord of Hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the Lord's house should be built." Haggai 1:2

Today, God is constructing the temple that He will inhabit from the living stones spoken of in *** I Peter 2:5. He is building His temple without the sound of metal being struck together and He is doing this with no notice, nor fanfare. His work is being completed in the heart of man. 

Today is the Day of Preparation. God is preparing His people Spiritually, mentally and physically for the time that is directly ahead of us. He is preparing His people for this time of separation and fleeing. Places of refuge are being prepared throughout the earth to receive those who are prepared to flee. 

As God reveals the secrets that He has hidden in the books of the Bible concerning the reconstruction of the temple at Jerusalem, it will become plain that He is speaking of the construction of the temple of living stones whom God will inhabit in the earth. 

"The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of Hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of Hosts." *** Haggai 2:9 

The glory of this latter house shall be greater than the former. Truly, the temple they reconstructed from the heaps of rubble could, in no way, be compared with the temple that Solomon built.

The Ark of the Covenant, God's promises, never rested in Zerubbabel's temple and God's glory never filled the reconstructed temple. God was speaking of the latter house that He will fill with glory. God will leave His peace with this temple of living stones. 

Paul saw the glory:

"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." *** Romans 8:18 

Paul did not consider the suffering of his present time, as being anything, nor should we consider the suffering of this present time. But we, too, should look forward to the glory that God is going to reveal in those who have their hope in Christ and have Christ as their hope in glory. *** Colossians 1:27

Peter also spoke of this revealed glory:

"But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy." *** I Peter 4:13 

We must be partakers of Christ's sufferings if we are to be partakers of Christ's glory that is going to be revealed. When we are allowed to suffer for the cause of Christ, we should be glad with exceeding joy. We understand that this is not a natural attitude, but a super-natural attitude that God is putting in the hearts of those who will be His "Called, Chosen and Elect". God is going to build His temple in the earth.

Many are saying, "It is not time to build the Lord's house". Zechariah recorded:

"And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of Hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and He shall grow up out of His place, and He shall build the temple of the Lord:" *** Zechariah 6:12 

God is building His temple that He will inhabit for all eternity.

"The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the Lord of Hosts hath sent me unto you." *** Zechariah 4:9 

Zerubbabel means "those who have come out of confusion". Many, today, are walking in confusion. But our God is not of confusion, *** I Corinthians 14:33. Those who are walking in confusion are still walking according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air. *** Ephesians 2:2 

Those who have been called out of confusion are laying the foundation of God's temple in their lives. There is a constant labor to be done by the people whom, when the Lord returns, He will inhabit.

Malachi recorded:

"Behold, I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts." *** Malachi 3:1 

The Lord will come suddenly to His temple. He is sending His messengers before Him to prepare this temple. When His temple is prepared, then the messenger of the covenant, Christ Jesus, will come to inhabit the temple made of Living Stones. 

Paul spoke of His return to His temple:

"When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe in that day." *** II Thessalonians 1:10 

The Lord of Hosts will construct His living temple in the earth.

"Thus saith the Lord of Hosts; Let your hands be strong, ye that hear in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets, which were in the day that the foundation of the house of the Lord of Hosts was laid, that the temple might be built." *** Zechariah 8:9 

Those who become His temple will inhabit eternity. Out of their bellies shall flow rivers of living waters. Everything that these rivers touch will be healed. 

Zechariah related how this work will be accomplished in His temple:

"Then He answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts." *** Zechariah 4:6 

The Lord of Hosts' temple will not be completed by power, nor by might. The work in God's temple will not be completed by military strength or power of money. The only way this work will be complete is by the Spirit of the living God changing, purifying, sanctifying and justifying those in Himself.

Paul quoted Isaiah, the prophet:

"And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth (Lord of Hosts) had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma and been made like unto Gomorrha." *** Romans 9:29 

God is raising up a remnant of people, who have no other desire in life, then to be that people of God whom He will inhabit on His return. 

The word discloses that Judgment is coming. It has already begun. God still judges sin and God is judging the sin of Babylon. 

Many believe that God still winks at sin, that He is no longer in charge of the happenings of earth. 

God gave us Solomon as an example. Solomon was the "All Wise Son". God raised up Solomon and loved him. When Solomon served God, Solomon could say, "Now, the Lord my God, hath given me rest on every side. There is neither adversary, nor evil activity." *** I Kings 5:4 

But Solomon's heart was turned away, and he began to turn all the wealth of Israel to his own use. He taxed the people more then they could pay. He turned to the gods of the heathens. It is related that the Lord was angry with Solomon because his heart was turned away from the God of Israel. *** I Kings 11:9

God, then, stirred up an adversary, an enemy, against Solomon; 

Hadad, the Edomite, *** I Kings 11:25. God stirred up another adversary, Rezon, the son of Eliadah, *** I Kings 11:23. He was an adversary to Israel all the days of Solomon. When Solomon turned his back on God, God raised up enemies. Solomon, whose name means peace, never knew peace again. 

What of Babylon? The United States has turned her back on God, and God has raised up adversaries unto her. Let's look at some facts: On June 17, 1963, the Supreme Court banned prayers in the schools. This was not only a sin against God, it was a sin against the children. No longer could they learn of God in the public school system. 

In the decade of the sixties and early seventies, the children rebelled against any and all authority. They burned universities and colleges, turning against their parents, and discarding all moral obligations. They began to live in communes. Free sex was their guidelines; drugs, alcohol, anything that was a sign of rebellion. They burned the flag and their draft cards. This nation is still suffering from what began in that era of rebellion and self-destruction by our youth.

Rock and roll came to the forefront. R and X rated movies are shown in most movie theaters. TV standards were lowered to where anything was acceptable and nothing was too crude, lewd or suggestive. God had surely raised up an enemy in our midst. 

On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court stated it was lawful to murder our unborn (abortion). We must remember, in all things, God always gives us space to repent. The United States failed to repent and the first legalized abortion was performed in July of that same year. When the United States performed its first legalized abortion, its judgment was sealed. 

In the days when Manasseh was King of Israel, he shed much innocent blood. The Lord said he would not pardon or forgive the shedding of innocent blood, *** II Kings 24:4. God will not forgive the shedding of innocent blood. 

Did God judge the United States for their legalized murder? In November of 1973, the oil tap was shut off from the Arab nations (Ismaelites). This created situations in this nation that it will never be able to recover from. The price of fuel has quadrupled. Electricity and all energy sources, which were low for years, tripled and quadrupled in cost. No longer would this nation be run on supply and demand. But it would be run on the greed of the power barons in every aspect of our society.

God's judgment hand has raised up another enemy who has destroyed the power base of this nation. Since the Supreme Court has made these, and many more decisions against God, the United States has gone from the richest nation on earth, to the biggest debtor nation. 

God spoke through Jeremiah, "We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go everyone into his own country, for her judgment reacheth into heaven and is lifted up to the skies." *** Jeremiah 51:9

We hear many well-meaning people quoting *** II Chronicles 7:14, and saying that America should repent. Let's take a closer look at what God spoke in II Chronicles 7:14:

"If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

If My people, who are called by My name,
(Christians), 
...shall humble themselves 
God expects His people to humble themselves before Him, not the haughty attitudes we see in most (so-called) Christians today, 
...and pray, 
earnest prayer before God; not the normal "Give me", demanding prayer we hear coming from their lips, 
...and seek My face, 
seek Him with all their heart, soul and mind, 
...and turn from their wicked ways, 
I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land. 
God is not telling this nation to turn from their wicked ways. 

God knows this nation will not be healed. There is no forgiveness for this nation because they have turned from God and have gone their own way. But God is pleading with His people to turn from their wicked ways and repent and turn back to Him with all their heart and He will forgive their sin and heal their land. 

God is not speaking of the United States as His land. When He spoke of their land, their earth, He was referring to this body in which we dwell. When God created the earth, He created man of the earth. Many times He refers to our body as the earth. The kingdom of God must come in this earth before it can come on this earth. 

This nation will not be healed. But God wants to heal His people. Thus sayeth the Lord of Hosts, "Consider your ways." *** Haggai 1:7

We need to consider our ways before God. Are we pleasing in His sight, or will we be part of His wrath that He will pour out in all of His fury? He has given us His way that we need not partake of His judgment. 

"Thus saith the Lord of Hosts; If thou wilt walk in My ways, and if thou wilt keep My charge, then thou shalt also judge My house, and shalt also keep My courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by." *** Zechariah 3:7 

God has laid out our paths. These are the paths of righteousness. God has set before us this day a blessing and a curse: A blessing if we obey His commandments, and a curse if we disobey His commandments. *** Deuteronomy 11:26-28

As Joshua, we must choose this day whom we will serve. Will we obey government or God? Will we serve the idols of the world or the living God? The Lord of Hosts will build His house. Those who are part of that temple will go no more out, but will be a permanent part of God. These are those who will dwell in life eternal.

We worship a Righteous Judge and His judgment upon the world, this nation and His people will be righteous judgment. The Lord spoke this to Zechariah:

"Thus speaketh the Lord of Hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:

And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart." *** Zechariah 7:9- 10 

Today, God is raising up His temple in the earth that He will inhabit when He returns to earth. He will protect these through His wrath. They are not appointed to wrath, *** I Thessalonians 5:9. These will be called to flee to a place where God will protect them during the coming judgment. 

God is calling this people unto Himself. Those who heed this call must overcome the world in their lives to stand before the Lord of Hosts.

 


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