ARMAGEDDON

Apocalypse, Armageddon, and End Times are popular terms for the desolation that is soon to come on the earth.  It is not the end of the world. True, most of mankind will be destroyed.  The Bible tells that two-thirds of God’s chosen people, the House of Israel, and about 90% of the Gentiles, will perish. The best of times will follow the worst of times.  The end of mortal man is after, and not before, the Millennium.

ESCAPE FROM ARMAGEDDON (The Book, Below)
ESCAPE FROM ARMAGEDDON (The Pamphlet)

These so called End Times are only a breadth away.  Jesus taught, “Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” (Luke 21:24)  That prophesy was fulfilled after the six day war in 1967.  “32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.”  Biblical generations are 40 years.  Jesus gave the approximate year of His return as 2,007.  “But of that DAY and HOUR knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” (Matt. 24:36)

Some have taught there will be a Rapture in which all who believe in Jesus will be caught up to heaven, seven years before Jesus returns.  They only tell what tickles the ears of their readers.  It is those who survive and are found worthy that will be caught up.  Saved by faith only?  “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:20) “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Matt. 24:13) “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5)  These claim born of the Spirit, in which the gifts of the Holy Ghost were given, has been done away.

They have given the year 2,000 as the date for Jesus to return.  Oops!  Our calendar was shifted in the sixth century by six years.  It is now 2008.  They should have all been caught up by now.  Let us use the date Jesus gave: 2,007. They should still have been gone two years ago.  The days of tribulation (most likely a little over a year) will have passed before the day of the Lord and the Rapture.  The final desolation will occur on the day of the Lord.

When Jesus returns, the first that will be caught up are those that died faithful and obedient to Christ. Then, the saints that are alive will be caught up.

“16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1 Thess. 4)

“And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem.” (Isa. 4:3)

Jesus warned of a time of tribulation shortly before His return.  “21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” (Matt. 24)  If those who believe had already been caught up, why the admonition that no flesh would be saved?

This horrible desolation is described throughout the Old Testament; and by the Apostle John in Revelations. He told of seeing, “seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.” (15:1) The sounding of these angels brings the most horrible desolation upon man. During the time of the fifth angel, “men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.” (9:6)

Consider the most likely scenario. Start with the second and third angels. These woes are most likely asteroid (comet) impacts. This would be followed by a worldwide fallout of fire, “there followed hail and fire mingled with blood.” After the Siberian impact, people could read newspapers in London at midnight. “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.” (Zach. 14:6, 7) The clouds from these impacts would then cover the earth. The earth would enter a condition similar to a nuclear winter. “For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.” (Isa. 13:10)

After the fire would come famine, pestilence, and decease. There is to be a desolating scourge come upon the earth. The description is similar to Ebola. “And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.” (Zech. 14:12, 13)

“I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD. I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD… 15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness… And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’s wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.” (Zeph. 1:2, 3, 15, 17, 18)

I have both written a book and a pamplet, using Bible references, which answer the most important questions of this time.  When, what, why, and upon who is this desolation to fall.  Most important what Escape From Armageddon has the Bible provided.

ESCAPE FROM ARMAGEDDON (The Book)

Escape from Armageddon by Samuel E. West 226 pages; paperback; $19.95 US published by Trafford Publishing ISBN 1-55369-417-1

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BACK  COVER

This book is a MUST READ for every person of this generation. People all over the world are realizing that an Apocalyptic type desolation is at our door step. Biblical prophets were not only perfectly accurate, they provided us with an Escape From Armageddon.

Learn about events in the 7000 year Biblical dateline of mortal man. Discover how these events are interconnected to affect our lives and spiritual opportunities. Prophesy reveals the last generation, that will witness Armageddon and the return of Jesus, began in 1967. Biblical generations are forty years.

Through a study of Biblical teachings, commentaries, and ecclesiastical histories, you will learn of Apocalyptic events, when they are coming, who will be most affected, and why God is bringing such judgments. Learn how the world is to be scourged with asteroid/comet impacts, fire, hail, pestilence, famine, and a decease that will end all nations. Prophesy gives the identity of the relatively few that are to escape.

Here is the untold story of the beast of Revelations, the image of the beast, the mark of the beast, the number of the beast, Mystery, Babylon the Great, and antichrist.

When Jesus returns, He is to take vengeance on all who neither know God, nor obey the gospel. Learn about the Biblical character, attributes, and will of God; and the original gospel of Christ. Understand the existence of man from the beginning, in mortal life, after death, in the resurrection, and for eternity. Most important, discover the only Biblical ESCAPE FROM ARMAGEDDON; and path to eternal life.

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Biblical study reveals escape route

ESCAPE FROM ARMAGEDDON By Samuel E. West 226 pages; paperback; $19.95 published by Trafford Publishing ISBN 1-55369-417-1

When asked why he wrote his book ESCAPE FROM ARMAGEDDON, Samuel E. West replies, “When a person learns of harm that is to come upon his fellows, it becomes his duty to sound a voice of warning. Responsibility is transferred to the recipients.” Though Samuel West has pursued many career paths successfully, his avocation for forty-six years, as an unpaid Christian minister, has been to spread the word of the path to eternal life.

Through comparisons of biblical prophesy and scientific evidence now coming to light, Mr. West presents the case that Gentiles today face the same critical decisions as men in the days of Noah, when only eight souls survived the great flood. “It is like they are floating on a smooth river ­ approaching a water fall,” says West when speaking of the life path that many Christians appear to have taken. “Momentum and contentment will carry most over the falls. Here is solid evidence that today is the last chance for Gentiles to become the master of their destiny.”

According to Samuel¹s studies, mortal mankind has been allotted 7000 years on earth. The first 2000 years was the Patriarchal Age from Adam to Abraham, when God spoke to the first-born sons of each generation. The second 2000 years was the Time of Israel, when God selected the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as His people. When they failed, the third 2000 years became the Time of Gentiles. God spoke only briefly to them at two different times, but they were to fail. The Time of Gentiles ended in 1967, marking the beginning of the final forty-year generation. By the year 2007 a new Time of Israel will commence, and only a handful of Gentiles will ESCAPE FROM ARMAGEDDON, when fire, famine, and disease will cover the earth like the flood.

West’s conversation, like his book, is liberally illustrated with Biblical quotations, and he is in a hurry to spread the word of the spiritual truth he has found. Asked what he has gained from writing this book, he says, “I fulfilled my love and responsibility to my fellows.” He goes on to say he would like to, “motivate men to earnestly search for an escape, before it is too late.” He is modest when asked about his own background: “It is neither me, my family, nor my education that is relevant. Spiritual truth flows from God; who is the fountain of knowledge. With the multiplicity of doctrines, only a deliberate and earnest pursuit of spiritual truth offers hope. The coming desolation is real, very near, and will be more horrible than the mind can imagine. No waking moment should be wasted in pursuits other than finding every possible answer to why God no longer speaks directly to man, why He is about to destroy most of mankind, and what escape He has provided.”

ESCAPE FROM ARMAGEDDON (The Pamphlet)

First Edition November, 2001 Shreveport, Louisiana

Copyright 2001, Samuel E. West. All rights to this reserved. Federal Law prohibits the reproduction of this volume, by computer or any other means, without permission in writing from the publisher.

The attack on the World Trade Centers has caused many to become more interested in Apocalyptic events. Modern seers, other religions, and Native American prophecies also tell of such events. People all over the world are having similar dreams of Apocalyptic events. The Bible abounds with such prophecies; and will be used as the primary reference for this work. The reality of these events can be appreciated by understanding that every Biblical prophecy has been perfectly accurate in every case; even to the year. This perfect record should cause anyone that accepts the Bible to take special notice of these prophecies.

Armageddon is the place where the army of the world will be gathered against Israel, just before Jesus returns (Rev. 16:16). This army is to be destroyed by Jesus. It will take all of Israel seven months to bury the dead (Ezek. 39:12). The Apocalypse is the final destruction of mortal man; after the Millennium. The term Apocalypse will be used to help describe the events shortly before, and during, Jesus return; as it will seem like the end of the world for most people.

The Bible tells of a 7,000 year period for mortal man. This time frame can be divided into 2000 years from the fall of Adam to Abraham, 2000 years from Abraham to Jesus, and 2000 years to His return. This places His return, and the desolations, in 2000 AD. Errors in our calendar render this date only an approximation. Jesus was born in 4 BC. The year 2000 AD was actually in 1996. The final 1000 years is called either the Sabbath of Creation, or the Millennium. The resurrection of the just is at the beginning of the Millennium. After the Millennium, there is to be a short season when Satan is released to deceive the world. Then comes the end of mortal man, the resurrection of the unjust, the final judgment, and a new heaven and new earth.

Addressing religious beliefs is a difficult task. Please understand that I honor every persons right to believe according to the dictates of their own conscience. Something is wrong! When was the last time God spoke to man? Now, He is about to destroy about ninety percent of all living things. What went wrong? If we do not find answers, and an escape, we will be like those in the days of Noah, who “knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matt. 24:39)

This work is for those who have an open mind, a brave heart, want above all other things to know the truth, and are willing to sacrifice personal beliefs to walk through the gate, escape these destructions, and live with Jesus and all of the saints of God, during the Sabbath of Creation. I can only touch the tip of the iceberg, in this short work. Take the helm, be brave, pray, and “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Tim. 2:15)

Come with me. Let us discover what the Bible and ecclesiastical history offers us in the way of answers to when, what, who, why, and how to escape.

WHEN Are These Events Coming?

Jesus provided us with the key to the most accurate timing of His return, “Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled… Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.” (Luke 21:24, 32) In 70 AD, exactly forty years after the crucifixion of Jesus, the Roman army destroyed Jerusalem; and the Jews were taken to Egypt and scattered across the world. Jerusalem remained under Gentile control until 1948. When the state of Israel was established, the Jews took control of half the city. After the six day war, in 1967, they took control of Jerusalem; and the prophecy of Jesus was fulfilled. This marked the beginning of the last generation that would see the return of Jesus; and Apocalyptic events.

Biblical generations are forty years. This sets the approximate date of Jesus return in 2007. “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” (Matt. 24:36) Before His return there will be a time Jesus called the days of sorrow. “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matt. 24:6-8)

We have, most likely, already seen the best of times. War and terrorism are getting worse, peace is gradually be taken from the earth, and soon there will be no safe place left in the world. The days of sorrow are both the acts of man, and an increase in natural disasters. The worst of times are to come shortly before Jesus returns. This time is spoken of as either the days of tribulation, or the day of the Lord. These Apocalyptic events are the wrath of God. They may begin up to three years before His return. When the days of tribulation begin, man will be primarily concerned with survival.

They will come like, “lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matt. 24:27) These desolations will come upon man as swiftly and unexpectantly as the attack on New York City. “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matt. 24:37-39)

“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” (2 Pet. 3:10-12)

WHAT Is To Happen?

The tribulations shortly before, and during the return of Jesus, will be more horrible than any can imagine. “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” (Matt. 24:21, 22)

One of the accounts of these events was given by John in Revelations. He told of seeing, “seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.” (15:1) The sounding of these angels brings the most horrible desolation upon man. During the time of the fifth angel, “men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.” (9:6)

When the first angel sounds, “there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.” (9:7) “…and there fell a noisome and grievous sore.” (16:2)

When the second angel sounds, “as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood.” (9:8) “…and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.” (16:3)

When the third angel sounds, “there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters… and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.” (9:10, 11) “…the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood… for they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.” (16:4, 6)

When the fourth angel sounds, “the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.” (9:12) “…poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.” (16:8, 9)

When the fifth angel sounds, “And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power… And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.” (9:3, 5) “…they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blaspemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.” (16:10, 11)

When the sixth angel sounds, the army of the world is gathered against Jerusalem, “he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” (16:16)

When the seventh angel sounds, “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. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 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.” (16:18-21)

Consider the most likely scenario. Start with the second and third angels. These woes are most likely asteroid (comet) impacts. This would be followed by a worldwide fallout of fire, “there followed hail and fire mingled with blood.” After the Siberian impact, people could read newspapers in London at midnight. “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.” (Zach. 14:6, 7) The clouds from these impacts would then cover the earth. The earth would enter a condition similar to a nuclear winter. “For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.” (Isa. 13:10)

After the fire would come famine, pestilence, and decease. There is to be a desolating scourge come upon the earth. The description is similar to Ebola. “And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.” (Zech. 14:12, 13)

“…the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness [leave the righteous]. For the Lord GOD of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land.” (Isa. 10:21, 23)

“…when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it. From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report… 22 Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth.” (Isa. 28:18, 19)

Other accounts of Apocalyptic events are found throughout the Bible. The day of the Lord is not a time to anticipate with joy. “Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.” (Isa. 13:9)

“I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD. I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD… 15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness… And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’s wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.” (Zeph. 1:2, 3, 15, 17, 18)

“Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come. Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness from the house of our God? The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered. How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate. O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field. The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.” (Joel 1:15-29)

“Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt: And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames. Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.” (Isa. 13:6-9)

The great army of the world is to be gathered against Jerusalem, shortly before His return. Jesus will return to his people, Israel, with all the saints of God. This army is destroyed by a great earthquake, a great hail, fire, and brimstone. It will take all of Israel seven months to bury the dead (Ezek. 39:12).

“And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.” (Zech. 14:4, 5)

“And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face. For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man’s sword shall be against his brother. And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.” (Ezek. 38:18-23) “So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.” (Ezek. 39:22) See also Ezek. 39-1-21; Joel 3:9-19; Zech. 14:1-9)

Then the army of the Lord (immortals) then come against the remaining sinners of the world. “And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand [200 million]: and I heard the number of them… By these three was the third part of men killed.” (9:16, 18) “And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.” (14:19, 20)

“Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?” (Joel 2:1-11)

Only a few will escape. “Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof. And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him. The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word. The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.” (Isa. 24:1-6)

“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. 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.” (Jer. 25:31-33)

WHO Will Be Destroyed?

Israel, the chosen of God. There are two distinct peoples addressed during these events: Israel and the heathen (Gentiles). The house of Israel includes the twelve sons of Jacob (Israel); and his grandsons Ephraim and Manassah. For the sake of brevity, only those called the Jews will be addressed. God covenanted with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that their seed would be the chosen (elect) people of God forever. From Abraham to Jesus, they were the people of God.

Jesus restored the holy Mechisedec Priesthood and his disciples became the people of God. He tried to turn the hearts of the Jews to righteousness. They would not. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.” (Matt. 23:37, 38)

A large part of Old Testament prophecy addresses the dispersion and gathering of Israel. When the Jews rejected the authority of Christ, and had him crucified, the curses of the law came upon them (Deut. 28). Exactly forty years later, in 70 AD, the Roman army fell upon them; and destroyed over ninety percent of Israel. The rest were taken captive into the world. “I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed. And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you.” (Deut. 4:26, 27)

They were to remain scattered until the times of the Gentiles was fulfilled. “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: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.” (Rom. 11:25-27) The times of the Gentiles was fulfilled in 1967, after the six day war.

Thirty years later God gave a sign to the House of Israel. Comet Hale-Bopp, on its previous encounter with the earth, was the birth star of Abraham (Book of Jasher, Chapter 8). It had three tails representing the three divisions of the house of Israel: Israel, Judah, and Joseph.

Israel remains the chosen people of God. They will soon, once again, become the people of God. There are two gatherings of Israel noted in the Bible. The Jews will be in Jerusalem when Jesus returns. This first gathering is according to the will of God; but is realized only through their own desire to be recognized and live again upon their own land. This was realized in 1948, when Israel was established as a nation. The Bible teaches they will not accept Jesus as the Messiah; until He returns. Then, they will flee to the valley of the mountains (Zech. 14:5), meet Jesus when He returns to Mount Olives, and honor Him as the Messiah. Jesus will destroy the army of the world, make a new covenant with them, they will again become the people of God. Then, He will gather them from the four corners of the earth. They will live and reign with Jesus, in Jerusalem, for the Millennium. The rest of Israel will then be gathered by men and angels. This gathering of Israel is a favorite subject of Old Testament prophets. “Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.” (Ezek. 38:23) “So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.” (Ezek. 39:22)

“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (Jer. 31:31-33; Heb. 8:8)

“Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely: And they shall be my people, and I will be their God: And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them: And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul.” (Jer. 32:37-41)

During the days of tribulation, Israel will suffer with the world; but, not to same the same extent. When the smoke clears, one third of Israel will remain. “And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.” (Zech. 13:8, 9)

Gentiles, the heathen. The word translated Gentile in the Bible (goi) is also translated heathen. The day of the Lord is the day of the heathen; when most Gentiles will be destroyed. Every nation of the world that has held Israel captive has been utterly destroyed. What happened to Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, and Rome? In 70 AD, Jerusalem was destroyed by the Roman army, less than ten percent of the Jews survived, and the rest were taken into Egypt; and made captives to the nations of the world. Now the world has taken Israel captive, “as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee.” Most likely less than ten percent of the Gentiles will survive.

Many Christians imagine Jesus returning to them. He is not to return to either Rome, London, New York, or any other city of the Gentiles. The city of seven hills is to be utterly destroyed, “for in one hour is thy judgment come.” (Rev. 18:10) The Gentiles will not be the people of God. “For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen [Gentiles]… and they shall be as though they had not been.” (Obad. 1:15, 16)

“Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it. For the indignation of the LORD is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter. Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcases, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood. And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree. For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea [world], and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.” (Isa. 34:1-5)

“For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen. And the sword shall come upon Egypt, and great pain shall be in Ethiopia, when the slain shall fall in Egypt, and they shall take away her multitude, and her foundations shall be broken down. Ethiopia, and Libya, and Lydia, and all the mingled people, and Chub, and the men of the land that is in league, shall fall with them by the sword. Thus saith the LORD; They also that uphold Egypt shall fall; and the pride of her power shall come down: from the tower of Syene shall they fall in it by the sword, saith the Lord GOD. And they shall be desolate in the midst of the countries that are desolate, and her cities shall be in the midst of the cities that are wasted. And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I have set a fire in Egypt, and when all her helpers shall be destroyed.” (Ezek. 30:3-8)

What about the Rapture? It is only a deception by professional preachers; when applied to Gentiles. It refers to Israel. “And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem.” (Isa. 4:3) These Gentile preachers teach their rapture will come seven years before the return of Jesus. The Bible teaches it comes after Jesus returns; and after the first resurrection. “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1 Thess. 4:16, 17) Where are they to be with the Lord? “To declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem; When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.” (Ps. 102:21, 22) “27 My tabernacle also shall be with them [Israel]: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.” (Ezek. 37:27, 28)

These same preachers teach that anyone who accepts Jesus as their Savior will be saved. It is not a simple belief that will save men; but, complete obedience to the law of God. “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:19, 20) “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 7:21) “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matt. 28:19, 20)

Without faith, repentance, baptism of water, and laying on of hands to receive the Spirit of Truth and gift of the Holy Ghost, and then remaining faithful to the end, none can be saved. “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (Acts 2:38, 39) “Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.” (John 6:53)

“For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen [Gentiles]: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head. For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been.” (Obad. 1:15, 16)

WHY Are Such Desolations Coming?

We might as well ask, why does God no longer speak to man? He spoke to man throughout the Bible. Has God changed? “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17) It is man that separated himself from God. “Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” (Isa. 59:1, 2)

The Jews fell into iniquity, lost the Melchisedec Priesthood, and God did not speak to them from Malachi to Jesus (400 years). Jesus was called of God to restore the Melchisedec Priesthood; as an Apostle and High Priest. “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.” (Heb. 3:1) “And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee… Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.” (Heb. 5:4, 5, 10)

Holding authority from God, Jesus called and ordained the twelve Apostles. “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” (John 15:16) While the dispensation was given to the Jews, they were expressly commanded not to take the gospel to the Gentiles. “These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (Matt. 10:5, 6)

The final rebellion of the Jews, when they had Jesus crucified, closed the dispensation of the gospel to them, brought upon them the curses of the law (Deut. 28), caused them to be almost destroyed, forty years later by the Roman army, and caused them to go into captivity around the world. A dispensation of the gospel was then opened to the Gentiles. “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) The Apostles were told to tarry in Jerusalem until commissioned to take the gospel to the Gentiles (Acts 1:4). Then, “ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) This commission came on the day of Pentecost.

The gospel was then taken to the Gentiles. For the first time, God spoke to the Gentiles (through His holy prophets, of the literal seed of Abraham). The Gentiles had to be adopted into the house of Israel to share in the promises made to Abraham. “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal. 3:27, 29) God spoke from Peter, 30 AD, until John 99 AD. Then silence!

All prophecy testifies the Gentiles would apostatize, turn to iniquity, and would no longer be the people of God. Ecclesiastic history provides the evidence. The very fact the Apocalyptic desolations are primarily for the Gentiles, and that Jesus will return to Israel, is evidence that all is not well in Christianity. The Church of Christ was to be taken from the earth, shortly after Jesus, for 1260 years (Rev. 12:6; 14). The beast, whose seat is the city of seven hills, was to destroy all of the saints of God. “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 Church of Christ was to return once more to the Gentiles in the last days (Rev. 14:6). Again, they were to fall into iniquity; lose the dispensation of the gospel, and fall under the same curse of the law. “The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.” (Isa. 24:5)

There are four reasons why most of the people on the earth will be destroyed:

(1) they do not know and worship the God of Israel and do not know Jesus, (2) they have not obeyed the gospel of Christ, (3) they departed from divine authority, and (4) they have turned to iniquity.

Jesus will soon return, “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God (1), and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ (2): Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” (2 Thess. 1:8, 9)

Turning from God, the gospel, and divine authority (3) were coincident. In 325 AD, Constantine became the absolute ruler of church and state; using only his civil power as Emperor of Rome. Using this authority, gained by the sword, he reorganized the Christian church into his church; and adopted all of his pagan doctrines and gods into his new Catholic church.

“Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners (4) thereof out of it.” (Isa. 13:9) As the days of sorrow progress, men will continue to turn their hearts from God and ripen in iniquity.

First, they know not God and Jesus Christ. Let us begin with the greatest commandment given to man. “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.” (Matt. 22:37-40) This law is the cornerstone of the spiritual covenant that unites man with God. “The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways. And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.” (Deut. 28:9, 14)

This law to keep the commandments of God, and not to serve any other gods, was given to all generations. “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations [40,000 years].” (Deut. 7:9) Israel was punished many times for failing to perfectly abide by this law. When they violated this law in the days of Moses, the Melchisedec Priesthood was taken away from them as a people. They were placed under the Levitical Priesthood and a very difficult temporal law. Only a few, called of God, were ordained apostles, prophets, and high priests.

You say, I believe in God and in Jesus. Are you willing to bet your life? Every people in the world believe in a god. The God of Israel has no similarity to these gods. Unless a person has a correct understanding of the character, attributes, and perfection of God, it is impossible to have faith in Him.

If God was to appear to you, what would you expect Him to look like? Look in the mirror. Man was made in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1:26). Jesus was the express image of the Father. “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Heb. 1:3) What did He look like?

Adam walked with God in the garden of Eden; and knew Him as a familiar friend (Gen. 3:8). God talked with Enoch, “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” (Gen. 5:24) Noah walked and talked with God, “These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God… And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” (Gen. 6:9, 13)

Abraham mistook God for a man. He invited Him into his tent to eat; and offered to wash His feet. “And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day… And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.” (Gen. 18:1, 22)

Jacob saw God face to face; and wrestled with Him. “And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” (Gen. 32:24, 28, 30).

Moses conversed with God face to face; as a man converses with a friend. “And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.” (Ex. 33:11)

God appeared to Ezekiel in the likeness of a man; although surrounded with fire and a glorious radiance. “And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.” (Ezek. 1:26, 27)

John knew God. He mistook an angel for God, “And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Rev. 19:10)

Constantine, in the fourth century, reorganized the Christian church. The god of modern Christianity is not the God of the Bible; but, the god of Constantine, Rome, and mystery Babylon. He was an unbaptized, pagan Roman Emperor, with ambition to rule the world– both civil and religious. He had killed his only civil rivals, two brothers-in-law, and became the absolute civil head of the Roman Empire.

Constantine wanted more. He would settle for nothing less than absolute authority and unity of church and state. His kingdom was wrought with religious dissension. It had been over two hundred years since the Apostles; and many Christians were already adopting pagan practices. There was not even unity in their doctrines on God and Jesus. Christians represented about ten percent of the population. Rome had tried for three hundred years to exterminate them; without success. The Roman kingdom, though, had been pagan since its beginning. It inherited all the religious mysteries of Babylon. Constantine made his pagan gods and doctrines those of his new Catholic (unified) church. He changed all of the Christian doctrines on God and Jesus, the gospel, authority in the priesthood, and the Sabbath.

Constantine was always loyal to the sun god. In 325 AD, he called the Council of Nicea. He stood at the head of his new Catholic church; and, with Saint Athanasius at the helm of the bishops, had no difficulty amalgamating pagan doctrines into Christianity. He simply gave them Christian names. The Creed of Saint Athanasius became the foundation for his new Catholic church.

Church and state became one. This creed states, “Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic faith… Which faith, except every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.” By declaring those who were not loyal to his Catholic church “heretics,” they could be brought before a civil court and eliminated.

“Immediately upon coming to power as the sole ruler of the empire, but only then, Constantine asserted the right to exercise ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY OVER THE ENTIRE CHURCH. He did this despite the fact that he was not baptized, and, as was not unusual, would not be until shortly before he died [on his deathbed].” (Constantine’s Sword, p. 188)

In this creed, he changed the character, nature, and attributes of the Biblical God to those of the pagan gods. “And the Catholic faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity… And in this Trinity none is afore, or after other; none is greater, or less than another… So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity, is to be worshipped.” The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost were declared to be equal, coeternal, Almighty, and incomprehensible. In addition, Constantine adopted the virgin born, demi-god, doctrines of Babylon in his doctrines of Jesus.

“As seen in Constantine’s originating piety, that supreme deity would have been associated with the sun, and pagans would have recognized, with reason, their own solar cult in such [new] Christian practices as orienting churches to the east, worshipping on ‘sun day,’ and celebrating the birth of the deity at the winter solstice [December 25].” (Constantine’s Sword, p. 176)

The Trinity is neither mentioned in, nor does it conform with, Biblical teachings. Consider the source. “In the unity of that one Only God of the Babylonians, there were three persons, and to symbolise that doctrine of the Trinity, they employed, as the discoveries of Layard prove, the equilateral triangle, just as it is well known the Romish Church does at this day. In both cases such a comparison is most degrading to the King Eternal, and is fitted utterly to pervert the minds of those who contemplate it, as if there was or could be any similitude between such a figure and Him who hath said, ‘To whom will ye liken God, and what likeness will ye compare unto Him?” (The Two Babylons, pp. 16, 17)

Saint Athanasius only made three changes in the Bible to support Constantine’s god. Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18-25, and Luke 1:27-35. Spiritual truth is one-sided. Opposing doctrines can both be false; but, only one can be true. A doctrine counterfeit in any respect is counterfeit. The reference in Matthew (1:22, 23) belies itself by referring to a sign that was given to Ahaz; and fulfilled in his days. “Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Matt. 1:22, 23)

Young’s Analytical Concordance To The Bible, notes “Immanuel, A symbolic name given to the child who was announced to Ahaz and the people of Judah as the sign that God would give them deliverance from their enemies.” The sign was to Ahaz, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good. For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.” (Isa. 7:14-16) This was fulfilled in the eighth chapter of Isaiah. The child’s name was not Immanuel; but, “Maher-shalal-hash-baz.” Mary’s son was not called Emmanuel; but, Jesus. Such a fabrication calls the whole account, starting with verse 18, into question. A problem with telling a lie is the difficulty in covering all your tracks. A bill that is counterfeit in part is counterfeit in all.

Equal? The Bible teaches of one GOD; and of His only begotten son and our Savior Jesus Christ. “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3) “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,” (Isa. 46:9) “And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he.” (Mark 12:32) “Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28)

Coeternal? The creed belies itself. “The Father is made of none; neither created, nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone; not made, nor created, but begotten. The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son; neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.” This is clearly a creed of three gods. The Father had to exist before the Son could be begotten. The Son, then, cannot be coeternal with the Father. The Father and Son had to both exist before the Holy Ghost could proceed from them. The Holy Ghost then cannot be coeternal with either one. No so in the Bible. “Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him… Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.” (Deut. 4:35, 39)

Almighty? During His entire ministry, Jesus subjected His will to the Father. Being subject to the Father, Jesus had to be inferior to the Father. Jesus was carried about in his mother’s womb, He was nursed as a child, learned obedience from the things he suffered, died, spent three days in the grave, and was resurrected.

During His life in the flesh, Jesus was not even a member of the kingdom of God; until His baptism. He was alien to the kingdom for thirty years. Even John the Baptist was superior to Jesus in the kingdom. “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5) Jesus went to John the Baptist because he held the Levitical, divine priesthood; and authority to baptize with water. Then he received baptism of the Spirit. “And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him.” (Matt. 3:15, 16)

Holding no priesthood, he was ministered to by angels (Matt. 4:11); and ordained at the hands of the Father. “For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins… And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.” (Heb. 5:1, 4, 5) If Jesus was equally Almighty with the Father, what was the necessity of baptism of water and fire; and ordination to the priesthood?

Jesus, like other men, had to learn from experience. Jesus said He was like all other men in the flesh. “Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.” (Heb. 2:17) “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.” (Heb. 5:8) Was He Almighty when He was tempted of Satan forty days? “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.” (James 1:13)

He suffered and died. “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46) Did he pray to Himself? Was He Almighty as a fetus in his mother womb? Was He Almighty when He had to depend on being nursed and held in His mother’s arms? Was he Almighty when he had to learn by the things which he suffered? Was he Almighty when He died? Was He Almighty when he spent three days in hell with the spirits in prison? Was He Almighty when He had to depend upon the Father to raise Him from the dead? GOD never changes. “For I am the LORD, I change not.” (Mal. 3:6)

Incomprehensible? This one I will gladly give to the Unseen God of Constantine. Man cannot have faith in an incomprehensible. “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.” (Heb. 11:6)

God always spoke to His people. “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7) There was no “Thus saith the Lord” in Rome. From 753 BC until its end in 476 AD, God never spoke one word to the Romans. Maybe Constantine was not aware of the curses that God imposed on those that worshipped his pagan gods. “They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.” (Isa. 66:17)

The Christian church now had a new god. They had to either worship this Trinity, this Unseen and silent God, or suffer the sword of Constantine. By the time of the Reformation, most knowledge of the God of Israel had been completely lost. They knew not God. Protestant churches simply adopted the Trinity; changing only the requirement to hold the Catholic faith.

The Demi-god of Babylon. Constantine also adopted the virgin born demi-god doctrines of mystery Babylon into Christianity. After the Council of Nicea, he commanded Saint Athanasius to canonize the Bible. Of course, it would be expected that this document would support the pagan doctrines he brought into Christianity. What would you do with the sword of Constantine hanging over your head? He killed his two brothers-in-law, his wife, and his first-born son; among many others. The problem with telling a lie is the impossibility of completely covering your tracks.

God, the son of a ghost. The Creed of Saint Athanasius presented opposing doctrines. On the one hand it claimed, “the Son is God.” On the other, the altered Bible claimed Mary, “was found with child of the Holy Ghost.” This made God the son of a ghost.

The law of God required Jesus to be of the seed of Abraham, tribe of Judah, and house of David to qualify as the Messiah. Matthew carefully gave that lineage, through forty-two generations, in the first sixteen verses– through Joseph. Why, if Joseph was not the father of Jesus? Only Joseph had the proper lineage. Mary was of the tribe of Levi (Luke 1:36). When Mary found Jesus in the temple, “his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.” (Luke 2:48)

Here is the essence of the story. “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.” (Matt. 1:18, 19) Had this story been told in Israel, the whole family would have been stoned.

The term espoused means betrothed. In Israel, a betrothal was a valid contract of marriage. The new bride and groom would immediately consummate the marriage. Why? The law in Israel required that any bride, found not to be pure, was to be taken back to her father’s house and stoned to death. “But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel: Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father’s house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.” (Deut. 22:20, 21)

The thought of their being espoused, “before they came together,” does not conform with Jewish tradition. They came together at the time of the marriage. How long does it take for it to become apparent that a woman is with child? The word virgin applies to both men and woman who have not violated the marriage bed. Martin Luther, in his edition of the Bible, used the word “YungFrau.” Translated, this means a young married woman.

Jesus, the son of a ghost? “… she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.” The creed states, “The Son is of the Father alone; not made, nor created, but begotten… The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son; neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.” This makes Jesus half the son of His mother, one-fourth the seed of the Father, and one-fourth the seed of Himself.

In Constantine’s day the pagan’s had little knowledge of the laws of God and none of genetics. They were familiar and loyal to pagan doctrine. God cannot violate His own laws. The laws of nature are a part those. Like begets like. Even an ape, closest to man in genetic code, cannot beget seed on a human. Spirits and physical beings are not of the same substance. The Holy Ghost only proceeds. When Jesus appeared to the disciples after His resurrection, they thought He was a spirit. “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) Mary had only half the genetic code required. Without the male seed, Jesus would have been neither male, nor female. He certainly could not have been the seed of Abraham. Lineage and fore-ordination follow only in the male line. “And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.” (Heb. 7:9, 10) If it were possible for spirits to beget seed upon physical beings, imagine what excitement Satan’s angels would have begetting seed upon unsuspecting women.

A just man? Finally, the last part of the fable. “Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.” That supposition might work among Gentiles. It does not in the eyes of God. Joseph could not be a just man unless he obeyed the law of God. The law of God did not allow him “to put her away privily.” “And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.” (Lev. 20:10) The law could only be fulfilled by putting both Mary and the Holy Ghost to death.

God, an adulterer? This creed would have us believe that God violated His own law and in some mysterious way beget seed upon one of his creatures. Such a thing should turn the stomach of any honest reader of the Bible. As Mary was the wife of Joseph, such a union would be nothing less than adultery. Who committed this adultery? Was it the Father? The creed claims Jesus to be “of the Substance of the Father.” Was it the Holy Ghost? “…she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.” Was it the Father and the Son? “The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son.” Or, was it all three? “Such as the Father is, such is the Son; and such is the Holy Ghost”?

Again, consider the source. “Now, when the mother of the Pagan Messiah came to be celebrated as having been thus ‘Assumed,’ then it was that, under the name of the ‘Dove,’ she was worshipped as the Incarnation of the Spirit of God, with whom she was identified. As such as she was regarded as the source of all holiness, and the grand ‘PURIFIER,’ and of course, was known herself as the ‘Virgin’ mother, ‘PURE AND UNDEFILED’… The purity of this ‘Holy Virgin’ did not consist merely in freedom from actual sin, but she was especially distinguished for her ‘immaculate conception.’ ” (The Two Babylons, p. 126)

The Church of England in its “Homily Against Peril of Idolatry,” wrote, “So that laity and clergy, learned and unlearned, all ages, sects, and degrees of men, women, and children of whole Christendom– an horrible and most dreadful thing to think– have been at once drowned in abominable idolatry; of all other vices most detested of God, and most damnable to man; and that by the space of eight hundred years and more.”

Second, the Gentiles departed from the gospel of Christ. The gospel of Christ included faith, repentance, baptism of water, and baptism of the Spirit/reception of the gift of the Holy Ghost

Faith requires a correct understanding of the character, attributes, and perfection’s of God. “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.” (Heb. 11:6) Faith was taken away by Constantine; when he changed the nature and identity of God.

Adam walked and talked with God; and knew him as a familiar friend (Gen. 3:8) God talked with Enoch (Gen. 5:24). Noah knew God (Gen. 6:9, 13). Abraham mistook Him for a man (Gen. 18:1, 22). Jacob wrestled with Him (Gen. 32:24, 28, 30). Moses conversed with Him face to face (Ex. 33:11) When God appeared to Ezekiel it was in the likeness of a man (Ezek. 1:26, 27). All of the prophets of God knew Him and spoke with Him.

There was no “Thus saith the Lord” in Babylon and Rome. The Creed of Saint Athanasius is “Thus saith Constantine.” History attests that Constantine was loyal to the sun god. By adopting the Trinity and demi-god doctrines into the Christian church, Constantine forced Christians to worship the god of Babylon. He taught this doctrine by stating, “in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity, is to be worshipped.” He enforced this doctrine by declaring any opposition as “heresy;” an offense punishable by civil law (Constantine’s Sword, p. 189).

Jesus is not God. The Holy Ghost is not God. Jesus is subject to the Father. The Holy Ghost only proceeds from them. “And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he.” (Matt. 12:32) Not me; but he. “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord.” (Mark 12:29) “Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28)

The Trinitarian god of Babylon and Constantine is not God. It was an invention of Nimrod the founder of Babylon and idolatry. Augustine, in The Confessions, describes how man should view this God, “that when God is thought of, our thoughts should dwell on no material reality whatsoever.” (Constantine’s Sword, p. 200) They are a non-entity, an Unseen God, “of no material reality whatsoever.” It cannot even exist in the mind of man; as it is “incomprehensible.” Man cannot have faith in an incomprehensible. “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3)

Repentance is essential to salvation. Repentance and baptism of water are connected as two pillars in the building of eternal life. Repentance without gospel baptism cannot forgive sin. Baptism without repentance is like a cart without a horse. Only our Lord, who was without sin, required no repentance. Gospel repentance requires circumcision of the heart. “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.” (Matt. 3:8)

Repentance is evidenced by walking on that straight and narrow path. “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” (1 John 2:6) “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth.” (1 Pet. 2:21, 22)

Baptism is essential to salvation. Jesus taught, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5) Baptism was taken away by Constantine and the Catholic church; when it was changed to baptism of infants, and later to a mere sprinkling of water on infants.

Consider the source. “So important, according to Rome, is baptism for this purpose, that on the one hand, it is pronounced of ‘absolute necessity for salvation,’ insomuch that infants dying without it cannot be admitted to glory… It is anti-Scriptural, for the Lord Jesus Christ has expressly declared that infants, without the slightest respect to baptism or any external ordinance whatever, are capable of admission into all the glory of the heavenly world: ‘Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.’… Yet the Roman Catholic Bishop Hay, in defiance of every principle of God’s Word, does not hesitate to pen the following: ‘Question: What becomes of young children who die without baptism? Answer: If a young child were put to death for the sake of Christ, this would be to it the baptism of blood, and carry it to heaven; but except in this case, as such INFANTS are incapable of having the desire of baptism, with the other necessary dispositions, if they are NOT ACTUALLY BAPTIZED with water, they CANNOT GO TO HEAVEN.” (The Two Babylons, pp. 129, 130)

Baptism by definition is immersion. “And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.” (John 3:23) It was only given to those capable of repentance. “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.” (Matt. 3:8) “John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.” (Mark 1:4) Without proper baptism there is no remission of sins; and a person remains filthy still.

Baptism by the Spirit and reception of the gift of the Holy Ghost is essential to salvation. When inquired, on the day of Pentecost what to do, Peter replied, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (Acts 2:38, 39)

The gifts of the Holy Ghost were promised to “all that are afar off.” “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant… Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.” (1 Cor. 12:1, 4-11)

Some have said they were done away in the days of the Apostles. “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” (Gal. 1:8) Baptism of the Spirit was lost when Constantine turned from divine authority; and used the civil power of Rome to rule the church. He changed the gospel.

John Wesley, a founder of Methodism, wrote, “It does not appear that these extraordinary gifts of the Holy Spirit were common in the Church for more than two or three centuries. We seldom hear of them after that fatal period when the Emperor Constantine called himself a Christian… The Christians had no more of the spirit of Christ than the other heathens. The Son of Man, when He came to examine His Church, could hardly find faith upon earth. This was the real cause why the extraordinary gifts of the Holy Ghost were no longer to be found in the Christian Church– because the Christians were turned heathens again, and only had a dead form left.” (John Wesley’s Works, Vol. 7, 89.27)

Third, divine authority to act in the name of God is essential to salvation. Acts of man have no spiritual value. Jesus went to John for baptism. John was the son of a Levitical Priest, Zacharias. He held divine authority from God to baptize with water. No one has authority to act in the name of God; except those called of God as was Aaron. “And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.” (Heb. 5:4) Aaron was called by revelation through Moses; who held divine authority to ordain Aaron. “Thou shalt not take the name [authority] of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” (Ex. 20:7)

The necessity of specific, divine authority is taught in the Bible. Every person was individually called, ordained, and sent to preach the gospel. Even Jesus did not take this honor upon Himself. “So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest.” (Heb. 5:5)

Divine authority is so essential that faith and spiritual knowledge only follow one properly called of God. “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!… So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Rom. 10:14, 15, 17)

Every person that was ever called of God to the priesthood was ordained by one holding that priesthood; through the laying on of hands. The Melchisedec Priesthood was held from Adam until at least Jacob’s grandson, Joseph; and from Moses to Malachi (400 years before Jesus). Jesus was first to hold the Melchisedec Priesthood in his time. He could have been ordained by any angel that held that priesthood in life. Evidently, He was ordained at the hands of the Father. “So also Christ glorified not himself to be made [ordained] an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.” (Heb. 5:5) Jesus then ordained the twelve. “And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach.” (Mark 3:14) “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” (John 15:16) The Apostles observed the same rule. “Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.” (Acts 1:21, 22) “And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.” (Acts 14:23) “Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.” (1 Tim. 4:14)

Was Divine authority lost? An apostasy had already begun in the days of the Apostles. “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.” (2 Thess. 2:7) The last time God spoke to man, in the first Gentile dispensation, was in Revelations. Why did God stop speaking to the Gentiles? For the same reason He stopped speaking to the Jews. God is no respector of persons. “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.” (Acts 10:34) “Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” (Isa. 59:1, 2)

Peter saw the apostasy coming. “For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.” (Acts 20:29) “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.” (Amos 8:11, 12)

John saw the kingdom, whose seat is the city of seven hills, drive the Church of Christ into the wilderness (12:6, 14); and then make war with the remaining divine authority. “And the dragon was wroth with the woman [Church of Christ], and went to make war with the remnant of her seed [priesthood of God], which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (12:17) “… for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (19:10)

Constantine brought all divine authority in the Christian church to an end. In 325 AD, he established himself as the “absolute authority over the entire church.” His only authority was that of an unbaptized, pagan Roman Emperor. There was no “Thus saith the Lord” in Rome. He held no divine authority. Yet, he stood as the absolute ruler of the Christian church by the civil authority of Rome. All authority flows downward. By establishing authority for the church by the authority of man, all divine authority was lost. The stream cannot rise about its source.

The Catholic church later claimed their authority through Peter; as first pope in Rome. There were no popes in Rome; until almost 500 years after the death of Peter. History evidences that Constantine was first, after the Apostles, to stand at the head of his the Christian church. Protestants are left to claim either none, or to claim authority through the Catholic church. Having no divine authority, the Catholic church could bestow none upon her daughters. If she had such divine authority, it was used when protesting Catholics were excommunicated.

But, says one. Did Jesus not give us authority when He commanded, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature”? (Mark 16:15) No one can use a commission given to others. The commission was given only to the Apostles. The Apostles then ordained others to preach the gospel. Consider a woman sitting in the audience during a marriage ceremony. She hears the marriage vows. Does this give her conjugal rights with the groom? Acting in the name (authority) of God, without such specific authority, is one of the most grievous sins. “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” (Ex. 20:7)

Fourth, man turned from the law of God. Who are the sinners that will be destroyed? “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” (1 John 3:4) Those who either violate the Constitution of God’s law (Ten Commandments), or do not obey the gospel can expect the wrath of God.

Escape requires obedience. Only nine of the Ten Commandments remain in the Old Testament. Catholics and Protestants, alike, have split these to arrive at ten. Jesus gave the first and the missing commandment. “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matt. 22:37-40)

The law is divided into man’s duty towards God; and toward his fellow man. It is further divided between laws of love (sins of omission) and laws of direction (sins of commission). The greatest of the laws is, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy might, and with all thy strength: thou shalt adore him, and serve him, and obey him: thou shalt have no other gods before thee.” Upon this law hangs two laws of commission. The second most important commandment is fourth in order, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Upon this hangs the other six. This is most likely the only (abbreviated) copy of the actual Ten Commandments that you have seen.

1) Thou shalt love the Lord thy God.     2) Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.     3) Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 4) Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.     5) Honour thy father and thy mother.     6) Thou shalt not kill.     7) Thou shalt not commit adultery.     8) Thou shalt not steal.     9) Thou shalt not bear false witness.     10) Thou shalt not covet they neighbor’s inheritance

Constantine changed the identity of God (1), established the authority of man over the church (2), and removed the Sabbath (3). The law of God was given to a thousand generations. “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.” (Deut. 7:9)

The Sabbath is a most holy day to God and man, “And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it.” (Gen. 2:3) Only the seventh day (Saturday) is the Sabbath. No other day has ever been sanctified by God. “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7)

The seventh day Sabbath is a sign of God, that can be used to help identify saints of God. All saints of God will obey the Sabbath. Those who keep it may not be the people of God; but, those who do not keep it, cannot be saints of God. “Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.” (Ex. 31:16, 17)

Most are not even aware that Constantine took away the Sabbath; and in its place left the “venerable day of the sun.” Some think the law on the Sabbath was changed by Jesus. Impossible. The laws of God are enduring and unchangeable. The law on the Sabbath was given as a sign to all generations. If God did not give a perfect law, He is not perfect; and faith in Him is vain. Jesus testified, “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matt. 5:18)

Had Jesus failed to obey the Sabbath, He would have sinned; and Satan would have won. He was even mocked for healing on the Sabbath. “And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.” (Luke 6:7) Saturday was still observed after Jesus death. “In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.” (Matt. 28:1) The Apostles after Jesus honored the Sabbath. Jesus, speaking of the last days, said, “But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day.” (Matt. 24:20)

Constantine took away the Sabbath. It was this unbaptized, pagan Roman Emperor, who replaced the Sabbath with the “venerable day of the sun.” Keeping the Catholic faith “undefiled,” required breaking the covenant with God. The sign of paganism is posted on every person who honors the day of the sun god.

Consider the source. “As seen in Constantine’s originating piety, that supreme deity would have been associated with the sun, and pagans would have recognized, with reason, their own solar cult in such [new] Christian practices as orienting churches to the east, worshipping on ‘sun day,’ and celebrating the birth of the deity at the winter solstice [December 25].” (Constantine’s Sword, p. 176)

There is to be a worldwide turning from the law of God. Look about you. How many of the other seven commandments are kept in the spirit of love?

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Tim. 3:1-5)

Do these same conditions not exist today? The last hundred years has seen a dramatic increase in the number of wars; with two world wars and now a third world war against terrorism. The last twenty years has seen a dramatic increase in the number of earthquakes. War is no longer between military men; but, includes indiscriminate killing of civilians, women, and children. The use of nuclear bombs was killing taken to the absurd. Children are killing other children; just to find out what it is like. Millions of mothers kill their unborn children. Other mothers kill their newborn children; because they lack natural affection. Now, all people must appreciate the real personal threat of worldwide terrorism.

Biological warfare is the most vicious and indiscriminate of killers. There is to be such a plague; which will nearly annihilate mankind, “and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.” (Isa. 28:19) As part of its genocide against Native Americans, the army sent small pox infected blankets into Indian camps to kill them. “…as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee.” (Obad. 1:15)

The most significant change to come upon man is his spiritual condition. The Apostle Paul taught that the Gentile church would apostatize before Jesus returns. “That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” (2 Thess. 2:2, 3)

There are many Bible references that provide evidence of this apostacy. “O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit. Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods?” (Jer. 16:19, 20) John prophesied that Satan would be given power over all Gentiles. “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)

HOW Can You Escape?

We have seen how the Christian church became the church of pagan Rome; Mystery, Babylon the Great. Protestant churches followed the same doctrines. They worship the same Trinitarian pagan god, they accept turning Jesus into a pagan demi-god, they no longer teach the gospel of Christ, they have no divine authority, and they even honor the “venerable day of the sun.”

The day of vengeance is at hand. Very few will escape. You are not ignorant of the gate to eternal life. You can be the master of your own destiny, most likely survive the day of the Lord, and live and reign with Jesus for the Sabbath of Creation.

The gospel and divine authority were to be returned in the last days. If there is any hope of finding one sent of God, it must be through that restoration. The prophet Isaiah said concerning this people, “Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.” (Isa. 1:9)

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matt. 7:13, 14) “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.” (John 10:1)

Finding the right path requires finding the road signs.

1) “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” (Deut. 6:5) Who knows and worships the God of Israel? Who understands and follows the Messiah of the seed of Abraham, the tribe of Judah, and the house of David? I do.

2) “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” (Ex. 20:7) Who claims to be called of God as was Aaron; as every minister of God in the Bible? Who believes in a ministry called by revelation? Who claims to have been so ordained into the Melchisedec Priesthood? I do.

3) “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God.” (Ex. 20:8-10) Who obeys the Sabbath? I do.

4) “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (Acts 2:38, 39) Who teaches the gospel of Christ? Who teaches that you must have faith, repent, be baptized of water, receive the Holy Spirit, and the gift of the Holy Ghost? I do.

5) “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.” (Deut. 7:9) “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Matt. 24:13) Who teaches that you must know and worship God, follow the gospel of Christ, and then obey His commandments to the end of life before they can be saved? I do.

The choice is yours, “choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)

Escape can be yours. It is my assertion that the man who ordained me was only four generations removed from an ordination at the hands of angels in the last dispensation to the Gentiles. Where else can you find all five road signs to spiritual truth? Truth has no fear of investigation. I could be the best friend you ever had. The kingdom of God is available without money; but, not without abiding in all the commandments of God. Come with me.