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She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. -Proverbs 31:27


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Saved, born again, Bible believing Christian, homemaker, only wife to one amazing man, home schooling mother to a quiver of beautiful children. King James Only, Dresses Only, head covering. Loves nature and being physically fit. Likes schedules and organization, but can throw it all out, and go with the flow as well.


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Femininity and Family
Where you Dwell
Biblical Femininity
GUIDE the House
The Christian Mother
Natural Skin and Hair Care
The Proverbs 31 Woman
The Titus 2 Woman
Family Integrated Church
Children Sitting Well in Church
Bibles for the Family
No Epidural Needed
Dresses Only
Head Covering
Glory and Brightness
Headcovering Q&A
Why No Children's Church
Women and the Ministry

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Attitude, Gratitude, Servitude
A Godly Woman's Heart
Don't Forget
Finding Joy in Homemaking
Living Beneath Your Means
A Homemaker's Helpful Trick
Table Chore Success
Decorating the Home
Meals and Groceries
Fridge Fun and Food Preps
Homemade Tooth Care
Homemade Hair Care and Soap Info
Homemade Household Cleaners
Homemade Laundry and Dishwasher Detergents
Homemade Health Helps
About Oregano Oil
Stock It Up

Home School
Who is Raising Your Children?
What is the Trivium?
Free Home School Finds
Individualized Home Schooling
Free Copy Work Book
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Priority Number One
Home Management Binder
A Schedule
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Messy House Rescue
Clean Your House in Five Steps
Children's Chores
A Homemaker's Helpful Trick
Table Chore Success

Interesting Things
Roses and Daisies
Dispensers and Accumulators
Joining the Holy Guild Fellowship
How Many Planets?
Relative Time Travel
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Internet Trolls

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HMB University
Corinthians Controversy
Christian Homesteading
Torah vs. Grace
The Black Thread

About the Bible
How to be Born Again
A Bible Quiz
How to Study the Bible
How to Find a Good Study Bible
How to Mark Your Bible
Make Your own Study Bible
King James Only
New King James?
Geneva vs. KJV
The KJV is not my idol

Holiday Truths
"Saint" Patrick's Day
Remembering Christ's Death
There is no "Good Friday"
Easter is Pagan
Don't be an April Fool
Halloween Truth
Election Day
Thanksgiving
Christmas is not Christian
Happy New Year
Holidays and Romans 14

Revealed Deceptions
Church Membership, Covenants, and Denominations
Why There are Cults
Mystery of Iniquity
Mystery Babylon Revealed
Torah Observents
Are You a Sabbath Keeper?
The Revelation 4:1 Deception
Pre-Trib Rapture Deception
Vatican vs. God
Counterfeit Christianity
Jehovah's Witnesses
More J.W.s at my Door
Scriptures for J.W.s
Homosexuality
Principalities and Powers

Eschatology
Angel and Trumpet
2 Thess. 2 Truth
The Rapture: Did You Know?
The Revelation 4:1 Deception
What About the Wrath of God?
Pre-Trib Rapture Deception
A Study on the Book of Revelation
And Took Them All Away
A Matthew 24 Parallel
Unveiling Antichrist
No one Knows the Day?
The 7 Thunders
Know These Three

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Pastoral Authority?
In the Beginning
Can You Lose Your Salvation?
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Faith and Works
Lordship Salvation?
Putting the Sabbath to Rest
Simply Shunning
Family Integrated Church
Legalism and Legalism
Watch What You Say/Write
What Demons Are
Hollow Earth Brought to Light
Beings: Hollow Earth and Outer Space
Three Hells and Three Heavens
The Truth About Aliens
Dragons, Spaceships, Aliens
Do You Hear This in Church?
Scriptural Prayer
The Seed
War: Flesh vs. Mind

Recipes
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Candy's Sourdough Bread
No Knead Sourdough
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Acorn/Cattail Bread, etc.

Breakfasts
Super Good Oatmeal
Baked Oatmeal
Granola
Quinoa
Baked Buckwheat Pancakes
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Lunches
Cheesy Rice
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Suppers
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Crock Pot Chili
Cowboy Beans
Creamy Potato Soup
Meatloaf
Baked Tilapia
Chicken Pot Pie
Black Bean Burgers
Chicken Tetrazinni

Sides
Cranberry Gelatin Salad
Fresh Fruit and Veggies Salads

Desserts
Caramel-Apple Cake
Healthy Ice Cream
Chocolate Cream Pie
Russian Apple Pie

Other
Flax Milk
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Yogurt
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Church Memberships, Church Covenants, and Denominations

I am thankful for the Family Integrated Church movement. Many FIC churches, and now some other churches, are no longer doing "church memberships." I applaud these churches, because according to the Scriptures, 'church memberships' are via being part of the body of Christ, and the Bible tells us that we become part of the Body of Christ upon salvation.

"For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit." -1 Corinthians 12:13

We are baptized into Christ's Church, His Body, via the Holy Spirit. This happens when we become sealed by the Spirit. We become sealed upon salvation:

"In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise" -Ephesians 1:13

Speaking to born again Christians, the Bible says over and over again:

"Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular." -1 Corinthians 12:27

"So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another." -Romans 12:5

The church isn't a local building. It is the Body of Christ on earth, made up of saved, born again Christians all around the world. If you are saved, then you are a member of the Body, which is the church, and Christ is the Head of the church:

"And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence." -Colossians 1:18

"For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body." -Ephesians 5:23

"Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all." -Ephesians 1:20-23

Church membership has puzzled me over the years, but when I take my questions to the Scriptures, I clearly see that church memberships are commandments and traditions of man, and not of God.

"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." -Colossians 2:8

Church memberships and Church Covenant signings are traditions of man.

Do I believe the Word of God, or don't I? I do, and this means I will no longer become a member of any local church assembly. I will attend church, but I refuse to knowingly submit to any anti-Scriptural traditions of man, such as "church membership," or signing "Church Covenants." I am already a member of Christ's Church - His Body - because I am a saved, born again, Bible believing Christian. I don't need any membership to any local church assembly for this. I already have a Church Covenant. It is made with God. It is my faith in Christ, and God's grace over me. THAT is the Scriptural church covenant - not signing some paper.

Some churches no longer have church membership, which is fabulous, but a percentage of those churches are replacing one evil with another - 'Church Covenants.' Other churches require membership and the signing of a Church Covenant together. A Church Covenant is a piece of paper that lists the basic beliefs and tenants of that church, and from the various church covenants I've viewed online, they usually include some type of line about the church being in unity. Here's the problem: I've seen many churches sacrifice the truth of God's Word to the alter of 'Unity.'

Unity in Christ NEVER comes from a single, particular, local church gathering. Unity in Christ comes from believers reading, believing, and following the Word of God! True Christian Unity can never be attained merely from a church agreeing to follow everything taught in the pulpit, or from signing some paper called a "Church Covenant." If we aren't going to be like the Bereans, and check every teaching against the Scriptures, then we might as well throw our Bibles away right now, turn off our brains, and become mind-numbed imbeciles, being spoon-fed whatever the local assembly wants us to believe. This is serious. Wake up.

While I could pick apart many of the tenants of all of the online church covenants I have recently perused, I am instead going to be more efficient. I am going to go straight to the heart of the issue.

Church covenants are not only unScriptural, but they go against the very teachings of Jesus Christ. Signing a Church Covenant goes against the Christian's Covenant with God. I'll show you this in just a minute, but first, I want to make a few things clear, so there isn't any confusion.

The very first time the word 'covenant' is mentioned in the Bible, is in Genesis 6:18, and that is the covenant between God and Noah. In the Old Testament, we see covenants made between man and God, but also some covenants made between man and man. Does this carry over to the New Testament? No, it does not.

In the Old Testament (Old Covenant between God and man) swearing oaths and making promises was common day. In the New Testament (New Covenant between God and man) we are specifically told not to do this. Here's the question - is a covenant akin to promising, swearing, or taking an oath? Let's see...

The Hebrew word for 'covenant' is "bĕriyth," which literally means 'covenant, alliance, pledge.' Clearly, a covenant is more than just a yes or no. It is a pledge. What is a pledge? According to Dictionary.com, a pledge is "a solemn promise or agreement..." In the Greek, 'covenant' is "diathēkē," which literally means 'a compact, a testament.' According to Dictionary.com, a 'compact' is "a formal agreement..." Why do we need a formal agreement in any church?

In Googling information about Church Covenants, I see many papers written by churches or pastors, where they freely interchange the words 'covenant,' and 'promise.' This makes sense, because in the Bible, when you see a covenant made, it was one making a promise to another. We see God making covenants with His people throughout the Bible, contingent on certain conduct, or an action from His people. Covenants contain promises:

"And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect." -Galatians 3:17

The Bible interchanges the words "testament and covenant." A testament is a covenant. A testament/covenant contains promises:

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

A covenant therefore is a container that contains conditions and promises. Is it okay for a Christian to promise? Signing a covenant means one is promising to abide by its conditions. The New Testament of the Bible says that Christians are not to swear, or take oaths. Is promising part of that? If you look up the definition of 'oath' on Dictionary.com, definition two says "a statement or promise strengthened by such an appeal." An oath is a promise, and therefore a promise is an oath.

If you look up 'sware' on Dictionary.com, we see in definition seven "to promise or undertake on oath or in a solemn manner; vow."

Why can't our yes be yes, and no be no? Why do some churches want their congregations to sign covenants? To have to sign something, to me, seems that my 'yes' isn't good enough.

There is no place in the New Testament, where man is making a covenant with man (other than marriage, which is a living lesson of Christ and the church - see Eph. 5). This is because man making a covenant with man is against the New Covenant (New Testament) between man and God. A covenant is a commitment by promise. It is more than just saying 'yes, I'll do it." It is a pledge - a promise - it's swearing to something, or taking an oath. Jesus says not to do this, as does James:

"But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil." -Matthew 5:34-37

"But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation." -James 5:12

Really, after reading the two above Scriptures, would you be comfortable signing a church covenant? I certainly would not be. I'd prefer not to go beyond my yes or no, which "cometh of evil," and can make me "fall into condemnation."

Church Covenants are anti-scriptural, and if your church wants you to sign one, point out the two above Scriptures to them, and politely refuse to sign. Signing a Church Covenant is against the New Testament Church's Covenant with God. Perhaps you think you just shouldn't sign, and keep quiet about it. Perhaps you feel that even if you did speak up, it would make no difference. It may not, but at least if you speak up, you know you tried.

Lastly, I want to quickly mention denominations. Is it Scriptural to have denominations? No. Many, if not most 'Christian' denominations require one to be baptized in that church to become a member. Some do not, but many do. The Bible says 'no' to denominations, and also 'no' to using baptism as a membership card to a local assembly:

"Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?" -1 Corinthians 1:10-13

Sit up and take notice. Most churches are introducing leaven into the lump, and have been, for centuries. What do we do, then? Do we stop going to any church, and perhaps go for home churches? For many people, that is a great idea, but I believe if you do so, you should be gathering with at least one of other family. We are called to gather with other believers in Christ.

For most of us, though, I think we need to attend churches, and we need to be a light. Who knows? Seeds could be planted. Revival could be around the corner.

As for denominations, memberships, and covenants - I refuse to sign the covenants, I refuse memberships, and even if I attend a church that has a denominational name, that does not mean I take on the denominational name. I am a Christian. I am not of Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or Luther, or Wesley, or Menno, etc. I am of Christ, because I have been born again a new creature in Christ.

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." -2 Corinthians 5:17

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How do You Home School

I consider myself to have been a home schooling mother for over 14 years, now. I begin by reading the Bible to my children while they are in-utero, and then we do small lessons for their age, starting at birth, with certain colored baby toys, etc. Before they are four, they know the letters and their sounds, the colors, shapes, how to count to at least 20 or higher, etc. At age four, they learn how to read and write. All of my children learned to successfully read at age four. That is a great age to sit down with your child and teach them phonics. They can retain and can be very receptive at that age, if you are patient.

If you've read much of my stuff, then you know that I lean towards the Trivium, or classical approach in schooling my children. I am not strictly Trivium, but that is probably the closest box you can put me in.

These days in home school, I have two in elementary grades, one doing Jr. high, and one doing high school. We do most of our formal schooling at the dining room table. On one of the dining room walls is a large, dry-erase, whiteboard. On it I list the children's main assignments for the day, do example math problems, keep track of their Bible assignments and our family Bible studies, and more.

I mentioned that I keep a list of the children's main assignments for the day on the whiteboard. I do not list all of their assignments. For example, I don't list our family read aloud time, or the lessons my husband gives in the evenings, etc. However, the children love the list. Each child has their own color of dry-erase marker, and as they finish each assignment, they put a little mark next to the item on the list. This is handy for me as well, because this means I don't have to look in their workbaskets or interrogate them on what they've finished yet. I can just look on the whiteboard and see what is checked off, and in what color, and then I know which child has finished what. The children also like that they can do that list of assignments in whatever order they'd prefer, and it doesn't have to be in the order listed.

Each evening, I set up the next day's schoolwork. Included in that setup is making sure the list for the next day is on the board, and ready for the children to utilize. When I write specific assignments on the board for specific children, I write it in their assigned color. This way, I don't need to use up space writing their names. They see their color on the board, and they know it's for them.

I have two small sets of wire shelves I keep against the wall in our home school area. One has three shelves, and that is where I keep my teacher's manuals, our current read aloud book, and books that the children and I go through together, etc. The other set of small shelves are more like wire baskets connected to little shelves. Each child has their own wire basket shelf. Each evening, when I am setting up for the next day's school, I put in the books, charts, worksheets, and papers needed for each child, in their assigned shelf.

In the morning, the children begin with their listed assignments until breakfast is ready. Then, we clear the books off of the table and eat, then do quick table chores, and back to schoolwork. When each child finishes an assignment, it is returned to their basket shelf, and later in the day, I take the completed work from the shelves, and "grade" them. I don't actually give a letter grade or percentage score. Instead, if one or more thing is wrong on the page, I mark it with a 'W.' If it is illegible, then I mark it with an 'I,' etc. Then, I call the child over to make the needed corrections. They are done with home school for the day when all assignments are completed and are completely correct.

Some assignments on the board require me to teach or explain, before they can do that assignment. I usually do this during the morning hours. Then, if the kids have any questions, or I find I need to explain and expound on something more, then that occurs through out the day as and when needed.

One of the reasons I love teaching my children to read when they are four, is that I think it makes home schooling overall easier. My children can sit down with a book, read an assigned amount, then come and tell back to me what they read in their own words, or when older, can write it down in their own words, and illustrate it with a picture, graph, or chart.

I don't utilize the comprehension questions at the ends of chapters and sections in textbooks such as science or history. Instead, the children make narration pages. They tell back what they read either out loud to me, to a sibling, or just in their mind, and then they write it down. I believe children absorb and learn more of the material this way, rather than just trying to memorize answers to dry questions. Learning in this manner leads the child to form an interest in the material presented, and assimilate it as a whole, rather than cramming rote info into their minds, simply to pass a test, then later forgetting a percentage of what they supposedly learned.

How do you home school?

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When Conversing with Jehovah's Witnesses

I'm a list person, and I find that if I can just have a list, and some Scriptures on a page in my Bible while I converse with J.W.s, then it helps keep my mind on target, and I can relax, and be a bit of a better conversationalist. Below is similar to my list, to help keep my mind on target when conversing with, or having a Bible study with J.W.s. It's not a bad idea to condense the below down into a page that can be inside one's Bible, if this is something you'd like.

1) MOST IMPORTANT - Ask them how to get to heaven. If they don't know how, or beat around the bush, then focus on their salvation. Do not enter any other topic, until they know how to get saved, which may be via you telling them, and showing them in the Scriptures.

2) Do they believe The Jehovah's Witnesses is a denomination, or a separate religion? If denomination, then point out 1 Cor. 1:10-13.

3) Before the J.W.s come to your door, study the below Scriptures carefully, and be ready to share them with J.W.s. The following Scriptures refute some of their common mis-teachings.

Salvation -How to Get to Heaven

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. –Ephesians 2:8-10

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. – Romans 10:9-11

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16

Good Works Do Not Get One Into Heaven

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. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. –Matthew 7:21-23

We Are To Keep The New Testament Commandments

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. -John 13:34-36

And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. -Mark 12:29-31

And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. –1 John 3:22-24

1) Believe on Jesus Christ
2) Love one another

Baptism Does Not Save Us

Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. – Acts 8:35-38

And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, This Is The King Of The Jews. And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise. -Luke 23:38-43

The Earth and Heavens WILL be Destroyed, but Will be Renovated

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? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. –2 Peter 3:10-13

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. Revelation 21:1

Paradise is not on Earth, it is in Heaven

I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. –2 Corinthians 12:2-4

And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise. –Luke 23:42-43

Jesus is not 'a god,' He is God. He was not created. He Always Was

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men -Philippians 2:6-7

In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. –Colossians 1:14-17

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. –Micah 5:2

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

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. –1 John 5:7

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. –1 Timothy 3:16

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. –Isaiah 7:14

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. –Matthew 1:23

Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. - John 8:58

There is no "Soul Sleep," or Similar Doctrines. When the Human Body Dies, Their Spirit Leaves Their Body Until the Resurrection

Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth? -Ecclesiastes 3:21

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. –Ecclesiastes 12:7

Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. -2 Corinthians 5:6-8

Eternal Hell is Real, and the Unsaved Will Spend Eternity There

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels -Matthew 25:41

The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. –Matthew 13:41-42

And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. -Mark 9:43-48

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More J.W.s at my Door

Only once in my life do I recall ever getting saved, born again Christians at my door, interested in telling me about Jesus, and that ended up being from the church I was attending. Meanwhile, I've gotten many others at my door over the years, but mostly Jehovah's Witnesses.

I wrote an article here from the last time J.W.s came to my door. They gave me a little book to read, and I read it and posted my findings at the above link.

The J.W.s at my door this time gave me a little pamphlet that says "Where can we find answers to life's big questions?" at the top. I already know the answer to that - it's in the Holy King James Bible. This pamphlet then goes on to advertise a URL where one can go to get answers to certain questions. I checked out the site, and it's very basic, with some false teachings mixed with true, as is the case not only with J.W. teachings, but much of Christianity's today.

On the back of the pamphlet, it says that their website will answer the following questions:

What is the meaning of life?

Is God to blame for our suffering?

What happens when you die?

I don't need a website to tell me these answers, or to tell me what the Bible says. I can read, so I can get those answers from the Holy Scriptures myself, and from reading the Bible over and over again since 1995, I've had the answers to the above questions for many years, now.

Not having to go to a website, I can instead go straight to God's Word for the answers to the above:

Q - What is the meaning of life?

A - Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. -Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

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

Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. -1 John 5:1-7

Q - Is God to blame for our suffering?

A - And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. -John 9:1-3

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned -Romans 5:12

For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. -Hebrews 12:6

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. -John 3:36

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness -Romans 1:18

And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. -1 Corinthians 11:24-32

Q - What happens when you die?

A - And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment -Hebrews 9:27

Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. -2 Corinthians 5:6-8

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. -Matthew 25:46

Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth? -Ecclesiastes 3:21

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. -Ecclesiastes 12:7

And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. -Mark 9:43-48

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. -Galatians 6:8

Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. -1 Timothy 1:16

Dear Reader - we don't need any church, cult, denomination, or anything else to tell us what the Bible says. We can open up a King James Bible, and read it for ourselves. The answers are in there.

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Mystery Babylon - Revealed

For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. -2 Thessalonians 2:7

The Mystery of Iniquity is Mystery Babylon invading the Christian church, and it started its iniquity invasion when the church was very young:

Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. -Matthew 13:31-33

And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up -Matthew 13:3-4

The fowls are the birds of Matthew 13:31-33. The birds lodging in the tree representing the Kingdom of Heaven are unclean spirits, false teachers, and wolves in sheep's clothing, leavening some Mystery Babylon teachings into the church.

Before I continue, I want to show a quick distinction between the Kingdom of God, and the Kingdom of Heaven. I will quote from God's Plan for Man:

"The kingdom of Heaven is not now the literal reign of Heaven over the Earth, but is the sphere of profession, or the professing Christian world. ... In the next dispensation, the Millennium, the kingdom of Heaven ceases to be the sphere of profession and becomes the real, literal kingdom of the Son of Man. ... The kingdom of God, means the sovereignty of God over the universe and includes and embraces the kingdom of Heaven and all other realms in the whole universe. It is moral and universal and has existed from the beginning and will know no end. The kingdom of God existed even before the creation of the Earth."

The above was quoted from pages 558 and 559.

Therefore, the above two parables are in the realm of those professing Christ. Only true Christians can be in the kingdom of God, but in the current kingdom of heaven, there are those who are really of the kingdom, true Christians, and those who claim to profess, but who in actuality, do not. As we learn from the parables that preceed the ones quoted above, the enemy, Satan, sewed tares with the wheat. Until both the special wheat and tares mature, one cannot tell which is the true wheat, and which is the poisonous weed. This is where we are, right now in the kingdom of heaven in the sphere of profession.

Since we have now established that the above two parables cannot be referring to rapid church growth, we can look more closely at these parables. Notice the above calls the mustard seed "the least of all seeds." The mustard seed in a rabbinic saying, refers to anything minute, or incredibly small. Thus the reason Jesus said "faith as a grain of mustard seed" in Matthew 17:20 and Luke 17:6.

While Christians walk in the Kingdom of God, we are currently in this world, which, at the moment is Satan's Kingdom. However, since we've been born again, Satan is no longer our king - Jesus is.

This fallen world is currently under the rulership of Satan, and he has claimed this kingdom since the fall of man. This is why the devil offered rule to Jesus, if Jesus would just bow to Satan:

Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. -Matthew 4:8-9

Satan is currently the god of this fallen world:

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. -2 Corinthians 4:3-4

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

Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. -John 14:30

Those who are not born again are of this world, and therefore Satan is their ruler, whether they know it or not. Those who are saved and born again, are not of the world, and therefore are not under the dominion of Satan, the current prince of this world. True Christians are under Jesus Christ, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.

Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. -John 18:36

They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. -John 17:16-18

Christians are strangers and pilgrims in this fallen world - the kingdom of Satan.

Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul -1 Peter 2:11

Don't let the things of this world distract you from what's really going on:

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. -Ephesians 6:12

Satan is the current king of this fallen world. He has the Beast System in place to control the world, and he also has Mystery Babylon - the Woman who rides the Beast set up to control money and religion. To better understand the Mystery of Iniquity, and some of the fowl birds in the tree, we need to study Babylon. The other day, I was reading through the book of Jeremiah, when I came across the below Scripture, which was referring to Babylon's destruction:

Therefore the wild beasts of the desert with the wild beasts of the islands shall dwell there, and the owls shall dwell therein: and it shall be no more inhabited for ever; neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation. -Jeremiah 50:39

This hasn't happened yet. Babylon has inhabitants.

Therefore hear ye the counsel of the Lord, that he hath taken against Babylon; and his purposes, that he hath purposed against the land of the Chaldeans: Surely the least of the flock shall draw them out: surely he shall make their habitation desolate with them. At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth is moved, and the cry is heard among the nations. -Jeremiah 50:45-46

Obviously, the above is also talking about the second destruction that hasn't happened yet, because the second destruction will be "heard among the nations," and we know it's not just a city Babylon, because the above says "the land of the Chaldeans."

How do I know there is a double destruction of Babylon? I know this, because the first destruction was when the Medes and Persians came on the scene, as prophesied. The second one has a different description than the first. We have not only the "heard among the nations" clue, but also:

As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbour cities thereof, saith the Lord; so shall no man abide there, neither shall any son of man dwell therein. - Jeremiah 50:40

Is Babylon inhabited? Yes. After the second destruction, it will be as Sodom and Gomorrah, for no person shall inhabit it again.

If you continue studying Babylon throughout the Scriptures, then you can see that Babylon isn't considered just a physical locale. Babylon is a headquarters for the Mystery Babylon religion:

Babylon hath been a golden cup in the Lord's hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad. -Jeremiah 51:7

And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth. -Revelation 17:4-5

In the Old Testament Scripture, Babylon was "a golden cup in the Lord's hand." In the New Testament Scripture, it's a "golden cup in her hand." Not only are there two destructions of Babylon, but there are also two Babylons.

The Babylon with the golden cup in the Lord's hand was the Babylon that was destroyed via the invasion of the Medes and Persians. The golden cup (gold representing Babylon according to Daniel 2) was in the Lord's hand, because He worked through, and used the Babylonian kings during this time to accomplish His will. The Babylonian kings generally followed the Mystery Babylon cult, of which one of the symbols was a golden cup, however God used their evil to accomplish His good. We especially see this with the Babylonian king Nebuchanezzar/Nebucharezzar.

The Babylon of Nebuchadnezzar, and the one taken over by the Medes and Persians, is in modern day Iraq. Jeremiah 50 and 51 prophesy of the Mede and Persian invasion destruction, and then of a later destruction that hasn't happened yet. This is much in the same style as how the Old Testament often portrays both comings of Christ in one, and both of the resurrections as one.

When will this second destruction of the Iraq-Babylon happen? Let us turn to Isaiah for more details:

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. 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. And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land. Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword. Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished. Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it. Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children. And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there. -Isaiah 13:9-20

The above shows us that the second destruction of Babylon happens at the Day of the Lord. Notice the above passage mentions the Medes, but not the Persians. I think this may prove significant. If you looked very deeply into the end times, then you know that the Day of the Lord happens at the end of the seven year tribulation. Meanwhile, we read of the city Mystery Babylon being destroyed just prior to the Day of the Lord, as we see in Revelation chapter 18.

This Babylon is given some different geographical details than the Iraq Babylon. The Babylon of Revelation 17 and 18 sits on seven hills, and is by a sea.

We see that Iraq Babylon gets destroyed twice. The first time already happened, and the second time will happen during the Day of the Lord. Before the Day of the Lord, but during the tribulation, the Mystery Babylon city will be destroyed.

We see in Revelation 17:16 that the ten kings destroy Babylon. As we see in the next verse, God is using them as an instrument to bring His judgment on Babylon.

Question - Is it the Iraq Babylon where the great destruction of Revelation chapter 18 occurs? Where is the headquarters for Mystery Babylon? Will it be in Iraq at that time - in the original geographical Babylon location? Let's take a look at an important clue, in one of the chapters where Revelation is describing the destruction of the Mystery Babylon city:

For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! -Revelation 18:17-18

The Babylon that gets destroyed in Revelation 18 has to be in an area where there is shipping, a sea, and where its destruction smoke can be seen from the distance from the sea.

Let us take a look at a map, of where the original Babylon was, which is where Iraq is, today.

Map, showing the location of Babylon:

Besides the river Euphrates, I don't see any major waterways. It appears Babylon is landlocked.

Is the river Euphrates a "sea?" No. Further, the Euphrates river will be dried up before Mystery Babylon City is destroyed, and thus not a waterway to Babylon:

And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. -Revelation 16:12

The headquarters for Mystery Babylon, therefore, will not be in the original physical Babylon locale by the time of Revelation 18. The Babylon that is destroyed then has to have sea access.

We must therefore find out where the Mystery Babylon headquarters are, and that will lead us to the Babylon of Revelation 18...

Mystery Babylon originated at the Tower of Babel. This mystery religion was founded by Nimrod and his wife Semiramis. Nimrod's deified names recorded in the Bible, as his father, his son, and himself, are: Baal, Bel, Molech/Moloch, Dagon, Chemosh, and more. Semiramis doesn’t appear in the Bible under that name. In the Scriptures we only see her deified names of "Queen of Heaven," Ashtoreth/Ashteroth, Astarte, Diana, etc.

After the division and confusion of tongues, the peoples took their Mystery Babylon religious practices and names for their false gods, and continued this apostate religion in different areas around the world, with different names, since they now spoke different languages.

In Daniel chapter two, we see the major world powers that play out in biblical prophecy. We see that Babylon was represented by the metal gold. There were the Medes and Persians, the Greeks, and then the Romans. The metal the Bible gives to prophetically represent Rome is iron. On the prophetic calendar, we are currently in the foot of Daniel's statue (please read Daniel chapter 2). The Roman Empire is still the world power, however it has morphed, so that now it is iron mixed with clay. Rome continues to be the empire, even down to the future-rising ten kings, which are the ten toes on the statue, and the ten horns in Revelation.

The Mystery Babylon headquarters followed the prophesied world powers of the day. Since we are in the foot of the statue, we need to see the world kingdom for what it really is. We need to recognize the iron mixed with clay. In the Bible, clay represents man, and iron represents Rome. Therefore the iron and clay mixture is a mixture of the Roman Empire and other governments of man.

Mystery Babylon is described in Revelation as a woman riding the beast of the world system. Since the last metal in Daniel's statue is iron, and iron represents Rome, then Rome must be the current, and final headquarters of Mystery Babylon. Rome is Babylon.

Was/is Rome Babylon? Let's see what some others have to say:

Tertullian (155–222) "So, again, Babylon, in our own John, is a figure of the city Rome, as being equally great and proud of her sway, and triumphant over the saints."

Hippolytus [170-236] "Tell me, blessed John, apostle and disciple of the Lord, what didst thou see and hear concerning Babylon? Arise, and speak; for it sent thee also into banishment." John was banished by Rome.

Eusebius [325AD] "And Peter makes mention of Mark in his first epistle which they say that he wrote in Rome itself, as is indicated by him, when he calls the city, by a figure, Babylon" Referring to 1 Peter 5:13

St. Jerome [382AD] "Read the apocalypse of John, and consider what is sung therein of the woman arrayed in purple, and of the blasphemy written upon her brow, of the seven mountains, of the many waters, and of the end of Babylon. 'Come out of her, my people,' so the Lord says, 'that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.' It is true [of] that Rome..."

Augustine [425AD] "Rome herself is like a second Babylon..... To be brief, the city of Rome was rounded, like another Babylon, and as it were the daughter of the former Babylon,"

Geneva Bible Notes [1599] "That harlot, the spiritual Babylon, which is Rome."

Matthew Henry [1662-1714] "Seven heads: They have a double significance: 1) Seven mountains - the seven hills on which Rome stands. 2) Seven kings - seven sorts of government."

The Scofield Study Bible "...[A]postate Christendom, headed up under the Papacy."

The King James Study Bible [Nelson publishing] "The city of Rome was known throughout the ancient world as a city built on seven hills or mountains. John notes that the wise mind will make the proper identification. The woman apparently represents idolatrous, anti-God civilization, centered at Rome but with worldwide influence."

If the Mystery Babylon headquarters are in Rome, then we need to recall that Mystery Babylon is a religious entity as well as a city. What religious entity resides in Rome, and has worldwide influence? Vatican, the seat and capitol of ROMAN Catholicism.

What does the Vatican say? Do they see Rome as Babylon? They too have admitted it. Below is a quote from the official "Holy See" Vatican website:

"[I]n addition to the Letters of St Paul, there are also two other Letters under the name of St Peter. The first ends with an explicit greeting from Rome, which, however, appears under the apocalyptic pseudonym of Babylon: 'She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings' (1 Pt 5: 13)" Quoted from Vatican.va

Rome herself says that Rome is an "apocalyptic pseudonym of Babylon."

The evidence is mounting up. Rome being Babylon certainly looks feasible. What about sea access? The Babylon of Revelation chapter 18 has to have sea access.

Let's consult a map to see:

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According to what I've found online, Rome is only 14 miles from the Mediterranean Sea. There's the sea access.

Sea access isn't the only clue as to the location of final Babylon in the Scriptures. Let's look deeper, because we want be sure.

Before reading further, it is imperative that you read Revelation chapter 17. You can do so here.

From Revelation 17, Mystery Babylon:

"sitteth upon many waters" - In Revelation, waters are defined as many nations - ("The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues" -Rev. 17:15b). All nations seem to have ties with Rome. Kings, presidents, the rich and famous all around the globe seem to make various pilgrimages to see the Pope.

"With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication" - This is spiritual fornication. We are supposed to be true to the Heavenly Father. The Bible says to call no one Father, but God. Notice the capital 'F.' This means the title of "Father." Lower case 'f' is simply your dad. Your dad is your father, but no one is Father, but God, because God is our Heavenly Father. "Pope" means Father! Pope is a title. Pope comes from the Latin 'Papa,' which means Father. We can read in the newspapers about prime minsters, kings, and presidents going to speak to the Pope. It doesn't stop there. We even see Protestants partaking:

-- The only name Pope Francis wants divided Christians to call each other is "brother" or "sister."

-- His voice breaking with emotion, Giovanni Traettino, a Pentecostal pastor in southern Italy and longtime friend of Pope Francis, welcomed the Pope, "my beloved brother," to his partially built church in Caserta.

-- The head of the World Evangelical Alliance applauded Pope Francis’ meeting Monday with Pentecostals in Caserta, Italy

--A Priest speaks on behalf of the Pope at a Kenneth Copeland Conference, and says he came in the "spirit of Elijah," to "turn the hearts of the sons to the fathers."




Billy Graham and a Pope - Nov. 1982

From the home page of Kenneth Copeland Ministries, on 02-28-2014:


The headlines are almost daily filled with the Vatican and the Pope furthering the ecumenical movement, trying to bring the Protestants into Catholicism. Of course, the semantics are different, but that is the ultimate goal.

I am not a Protestant. I do, however, protest the Roman Catholic church based off of what I've seen in the Scriptures, and what I see that church doing, however I am not of any Christian denomination. I am simply a Christian. What kind of Christian? I'm a saved, born again, Bible believing Christian. We learn in 1 Corinthians chapter one that we are not supposed to have denominations.

"Woman" - Mystery Babylon is likened to a woman. Religious systems are often personified as women, however I believe "woman" is even deeper here, because of one of Semiramis' titles being the "Queen of Heaven." Roman Catholics, interestingly enough, have been known to refer to Mary as the "Queen of Heaven."

There is a "Mary, Queen of Heaven school" here, and a "Mary, Queen of Heaven parish," here, and, according to Wikipedia - "Queen of Heaven is a title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary by Christians mainly of the Roman Catholic Church," and look at all these references to "Mary, the Queen of Heaven" on the official "Holy See" Vatican website, here.

What does the Bible say about the "Queen of Heaven?" We'll view a few Scriptures about that in a few moments.

"purple and scarlet colour" - Roman Catholicism sees great value in these two colors, as seen from the Vatican website:

"The Pope places the biretta on his head and says, in part: "(This is) scarlet as a sign of the dignity of the cardinalate"

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"Having been invested with the sacred purple, they are to be fearless witnesses to Christ and his Gospel in the City of Rome and in faraway regions."

Lots of purple and scarlet in the Roman Church:


"decked with gold and precious stones and pearls" - Not only is Vatican reputed to be the richest entity in the world, but Roman Catholic statues of "Mary" are often depicted with a golden crown on her head ("Queen of Heaven,") and the rosary (looks like pearls) around her neck or in her hands. Some statues of Mary are regularly dressed in fancy clothing and jewels.

"having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication" - According to CatholicTradition.org:

"The Holy Eucharist is the Bread that comes from our Heavenly Mother. It is Bread produced by Mary from the flour of Her immaculate flesh, kneaded into dough with her virginal milk. St. Augustine wrote, 'Jesus took His Flesh from the flesh of Mary.' We know, too, that united to the Divinity in the Eucharist there is Jesus' Body and Blood taken from the body and blood of the Blessed Virgin."

The page the above is quoted from, starts with a very large picture of "Mary," and next to her, a golden cup for the "Eucharist." Under that large picture is the above quoted passage, and more. I got this from here on the Catholic Tradition website.

Did you see the above quote? THAT is the center of the Mystery Babylon religion. Take a look in the Scriptures for yourself:

The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. Do they provoke me to anger? saith the Lord: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces? -Jeremiah 7:18-19

There is the dough to the Queen of Heaven. Mystery Babylon had their own version of "Eucharist," under a different name, of course. They made dough unto their "Queen of Heaven," in quite a similar way as the Roman Catholics of today, as described in the above Catholic Tradition website.

Roman Catholicism also burns incense to images. So did Mystery Babylon:

But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done -Jeremiah 44:17a

Consider this quote from the official Vatican.va website:

"Further, people are drawn to honour these images with the offering of incense and lights, as was piously established by ancient custom. Indeed, the honour paid to an image traverses it, reaching the model, and he who venerates the image, venerates the person represented in that image." - Quoted from here.

Hmmm, burning incense to images. Mystery Babylon burned incense to the "Queen of Heaven," but like Roman Catholics, they burned incense to other images as well:

He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan. -2 Kings 18:4

As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images. -Hosea 11:2

And don't forget this important Scripture:

Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them -Deuteronomy 5:8-9a








This is spiritual fornication.

"And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus" - History is clear about Christians who were killed by Rome.

"The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth" - Babylon headquarters sits on top of seven mountains/hills. Rome sits on seven hills. These seven hills are called Quirinal Hill, Viminal Hill, Capitoline Hill, Esquiline Hill, Palatine Hill, Caelian Hill, and Aventine Hill.

Some would argue that Vatican City itself does not sit on seven hills - Rome does. Ah, but Vatican City is included:

"The ancient city of Rome was originally built on the topographical layout of seven separate hills. These seven hills were joined together by the ancient walls of Rome- the Servian walls. The Seven Hills of Rome lie in the east to the Tiber River. Later many more areas were annexed to the city. The city walls were extended to include them also and the city is now much bigger than its original territory. The Vatican and Vatican hill are included in the Areas that were added to the city much later in history." (Underlining by me.)

The above quote is from here on Vatican.com.

"And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth." - Mystery Babylon was depicted in Revelation 17 as a whore, religious system, and a city. This city reigns over the kings of the earth. Remember the iron in Daniel's statue (Daniel 2)? We are still in the iron kingdom, which represents Rome.

Recall that we are in the feet of the statue - iron mixed with clay. Revelation 17 also depicted this woman with a golden cup in her hand. The cup represents the false Eucharist of the "Queen of Heaven," as established above, but why gold? Jesus was a carpenter. I highly doubt he led the Lord's Supper with a gold cup. Historically, we can see this is very much not likely. Yet, my ex-Roman Catholic husband tells me, along with the myriads of pictures I've seen online, that the Roman Catholic Eucharist cup is usually gold.

Back to Daniel's statue - iron is the metal for Rome. What kingdom had gold as their metal? Oh yes, that's right - BABYLON. There we see it - Rome the power, wielding Mystery Babylon the religion.

The Roman Empire never fell. It simply morphed/changed. History books that say the Roman Empire ended are wrong. The Bible says the iron kingdom will continue being the world power, until Jesus comes back (see again Daniel chapter two). Today’s Roman Empire has clay mixed in with it. It (the iron) can hide behind the clay (governments of men), and only come out when it wants to. How is Rome/the woman on the beast ruling over all the kings of the earth? Why, via money and religion, of course. We've looked a bit at how they do it through religion, but there is more I'd like to point out. That will be later. Right now, I want to touch upon how Rome rules over the earth via money.

People like to say that the world is actually run by the Illuminati, or a select group of bankers. Many people also like to point out the mile of banks in England. Here's the thing: that is part of the beast system, but not the woman. Let me ask you something. When you ride a horse, who controls the horse? Do you control where the horse goes, or does the horse go where it wills, and you are just going along? Unless you have a very unruly horse, and you have poor horsemanship skills, YOU control the horse. When a person rides a beast, they control where that beast goes.

The Iron finds no problem hiding behind the Clay - men in high power, bankers, the Illuminati, etc. However, please understand that the woman who rides the beast, is the one steering the beast.

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

The beast is scarlet colored, because it is tinted with the religion of the whore/woman/city that rides atop it. We see in Revelation that the seven heads match up with the kingdoms in Daniel, the last four of the seven heads being Babylon, Medes and Persians, Greece, and Rome. The ten kings won't like the woman steering the beast, however they are part of the beast. The beast is full of names of blasphemy also because the religious entity steering it has influence over it, whether parts of the beast fully know it or not.

How, monetarily, is the woman steering this beast she is riding? The beast is basically the world economic system, if you want to simplify it. In this fallen world, money is power. He who has the most money can wield the most control in this fallen world system. The Illuminati, Rothschilds, Rockefellers, the Bilderbergers, the Bohemian Grove, and all those things are steered by the woman on the beast. They are part of the beast, going where the woman wills.

Whoever has the ultimate control over the banking system is the entity that has the power to steer world economics and more. If we follow the path, where does it end? Take a look:

"All roads do lead to Rome … We have the Federal Reserve begat by the Bank of England begat by the Bank of Rome. Similarly, the Bank of Canada is an offspring of the Bank of England, which in turn is a child of the Bank of Rome – aka, the Vatican Bank." Quoted from Does the Vatican Hold Your Mortgage?

Federal Reserve == > Bank of England (also Bank of Canada, etc.) == > Bank of Rome/Vatican Bank < == There's the woman steering the beast.

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. -Matthew 6:24

For the love of money is the root of all evil -1 Timothy 6:10a

Almost every Christian church in existence has some things in it that are from Mystery Babylon. Come on - steeples? They originally represented Nimrod's penis. They are obelisks.

The cross? It was used as a symbol for pagans long before Jesus was crucified. Why was He crucified on a cross shape, anyways? Why not an X, or a stake? Because the cross stood for Tammuz - another name for Nimrod, or his son, which was claimed to be Nimrod reincarnated.

"The followers of Tammuz also marked the forehead with a cross! ... A pagan sign of the mystic Tau of the Chaldeans and the Egyptians, this cross was a symbol of the Roman god Mithras and the Greek Attis, and their forerunner Tammuz, the Sumerian solar god, consort of the goddess Ishtar. Conveniently, the original form of the letter 'T' was the initial letter of the god of Tammuz. During baptism ceremonies, this cross was marked on the foreheads by the pagan priest."

The above was quoted here from Answering-Christianity.com

The Mystery Babylon cross marked on the forehead, is now the Ash Wednesday cross on foreheads of Roman Catholics:


Roman Catholicism takes more of its practices from Mystery Babylon than it does Christianity. It simply takes Mystery Babylon practices, but changes the names and minor details, and makes it look Christian. This is a true wolf in sheep's clothing.

Christmas and Easter? Not Christian. All the traditions of Christmas and Easter were practiced around the same days they are now, thousands of years before Christ was born, as originally part of the Mystery Babylonian cult. Even the Catholic Encyclopedia admits to the paganism:

Easter:

"The English term, according to the Ven. Bede (De temporum ratione, I, v), relates to Estre, a Teutonic goddess of the rising light of day and spring ... The custom may have its origin in paganism, for a great many pagan customs, celebrating the return of spring, gravitated to Easter. The egg is the emblem of the germinating life of early spring."

Christmas:

"Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church. Irenaeus and Tertullian omit it from their lists of feasts ... Pagan customs centering round the January calends gravitated to Christmas."

In fact, Christmas used to be illegal:

"For preventing disorders, arising in several places within this jurisdiction by reason of some still observing such festivals as were superstitiously kept in other communities, to the great dishonor of God and offense of others: it is therefore ordered by this court and the authority thereof that whosoever shall be found observing any such day as Christmas or the like, either by forbearing of labor, feasting, or any other way, upon any such account as aforesaid, every such person so offending shall pay for every such offence five shilling as a fine to the county."

From the records of the General Court, Massachusetts Bay Colony, May 11. 1659

Jesus says that God is a Spirit and we must worship the Lord in spirit and in TRUTH. How many Mystery Babylonian rituals and/or traditions are you partaking in? The current and final headquarters of Mystery Babylon - Rome - seems to pervade. The iron is so well-mixed with the clay that it can be hard to see the difference. However, clay and iron do not stick together, so if we really learn and observe, we can begin to see the lines of division.

The Bible calls us to knowledge and understanding. If we let the scales fall from our eyes, and believe the Scriptures, rather than certain "church teachings," we will begin to see the truth, and notice how prevalent the lie has become.

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Babylon in the Churches

Almost every "Christian" church in existence has some things in it that are from Mystery Babylon. Come on - steeples? They originally represented Nimrod's penis. They are obelisks.

The cross? It was used as a symbol for pagans long before Jesus was crucified. Why was He crucified on a cross shape, anyways? Why not an X, or a stake? Because the cross stood for Tammuz - another name for Nimrod, or his son, which was claimed to be Nimrod reincarnated.

Christmas and Easter? Not Christian. All the traditions of Christmas and Easter were practiced around the same days they are now, thousands of years before Christ was born, as originally part of the Mystery Babylonian cult. Even the Catholic Encyclopedia admits to the paganism:

"The English term, according to the Ven. Bede (De temporum ratione, I, v), relates to Estre, a Teutonic goddess of the rising light of day and spring ... The custom may have its origin in paganism, for a great many pagan customs, celebrating the return of spring, gravitated to Easter. The egg is the emblem of the germinating life of early spring."

"Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church. Irenaeus and Tertullian omit it from their lists of feasts ... Pagan customs centering round the January calends gravitated to Christmas."

In fact, Christmas used to be illegal:

"For preventing disorders, arising in several places within this jurisdiction by reason of some still observing such festivals as were superstitiously kept in other communities, to the great dishonor of God and offense of others: it is therefore ordered by this court and the authority thereof that whosoever shall be found observing any such day as Christmas or the like, either by forbearing of labor, feasting, or any other way, upon any such account as aforesaid, every such person so offending shall pay for every such offence five shilling as a fine to the county."

From the records of the General Court, Massachusetts Bay Colony, May 11. 1659

Jesus says that God is a Spirit and we must worship the Lord in spirit and in TRUTH. How many Mystery Babylonian rituals and/or traditions are you partaking in? The current and final headquarters of Mystery Babylon - Rome - seems to pervade. The iron is so well-mixed with the clay that it can be hard to see the difference. However, clay and iron do not stick together, so if we really learn and observe, we can begin to see the lines of division. The Bible calls us to knowledge and understanding. If we let the scales fall from our eyes, and believe the Scriptures, rather than certain "church teachings," we will see the truth, and how prevalent the lie has become.

--Tomorrow I will put all of this together--

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Do All Roads Still Lead To Rome?

The Roman Empire never fell. It simply morphed/changed. History books that say the Roman Empire ended are wrong. The Bible says the iron kingdom will continue being the world power, until Jesus comes back (see again Daniel chapter two). Today’s Roman Empire has clay mixed in with it. It (the iron) can hide behind the clay (governments of men), and only come out when it wants to. How is Rome/the woman on the beast ruling over all the kings of the earth? Why, via money and religion, of course. We've looked a bit at how they do it through religion, but there is more I'd like to point out. That will be later. Right now, I want to touch upon how Rome rules over the earth via money.

People like to say that the world is actually run by the Illuminati, or a select group of bankers. Many people also like to point out the mile of banks in England. Here's the thing: that is part of the beast system, but not the woman. Let me ask you something. When you ride a horse, who controls the horse? Do you control where the horse goes, or does the horse go where it wills, and you are just going along? Unless you have a very unruly horse, and you have poor horsemanship skills, YOU control the horse. When a person rides a beast, they control where that beast goes.

The Iron finds no problem hiding behind the Clay - men in high power, bankers, the Illuminati, etc. However, please understand that the woman who rides the beast, is the one steering the beast.

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

The beast is scarlet colored, because it is tinted with the religion of the whore/woman/city that rides atop it. We see in Revelation that the seven heads match up with the kingdoms in Daniel, the last four of the seven heads being Babylon, Medes and Persians, Greece, and Rome. The ten kings won't like the woman steering the beast, however they are part of the beast. The beast is full of names of blasphemy also because the religious entity steering it has influence over it, whether parts of the beast fully know it or not.

How, monetarily, is the woman steering this beast she is riding? The beast is basically the world economic system, if you want to simplify it. In this fallen world, money is power. He who has the most money can wield the most control in this fallen world system. The Illuminati, Rothschilds, Rockefellers, the Bilderbergers, the Bohemian Grove, and all those things are steered by the woman on the beast. They are part of the beast, going where the woman wills.

Whoever has the ultimate control over the banking system is the entity that has the power to steer world economics and more. If we follow the path, where does it end? Take a look:

"All roads do lead to Rome … We have the Federal Reserve begat by the Bank of England begat by the Bank of Rome. Similarly, the Bank of Canada is an offspring of the Bank of England, which in turn is a child of the Bank of Rome – aka, the Vatican Bank." Quoted from Does the Vatican Hold Your Mortgage?

Federal Reserve == > Bank of England (also Bank of Canada, etc.) == > Bank of Rome/Vatican Bank < == There's the woman steering the beast.


No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. -Matthew 6:24

For the love of money is the root of all evil -1 Timothy 6:10a

---I will continue this study tomorrow--

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The Mystery Babylon of Revelation 17

Before reading further, it is imperative that you read Revelation chapter 17. You can do so here.

From Revelation 17, Mystery Babylon:

"sitteth upon many waters" - In Revelation, waters are defined as many nations - ("The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues" -Rev. 17:15b). All nations seem to have ties with Rome. Kings, presidents, the rich and famous all around the globe seem to make various pilgrimages to see the Pope.

"With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication" - This is spiritual fornication. We are supposed to be true to the Heavenly Father. The Bible says to call no one Father, but God. Notice the capital 'F.' This means the title of "Father." Lower case 'f' is simply your dad. Your dad is your father, but no one is Father, but God, because God is our Heavenly Father. "Pope" means Father! Pope is a title. Pope comes from the Latin 'Papa,' which means Father. We can read in the newspapers about prime minsters, kings, and presidents going to speak to the Pope. It doesn't stop there. We even see Protestants partaking:

-- The only name Pope Francis wants divided Christians to call each other is "brother" or "sister."

-- His voice breaking with emotion, Giovanni Traettino, a Pentecostal pastor in southern Italy and longtime friend of Pope Francis, welcomed the Pope, "my beloved brother," to his partially built church in Caserta.

-- The head of the World Evangelical Alliance applauded Pope Francis’ meeting Monday with Pentecostals in Caserta, Italy

--A Priest speaks on behalf of the Pope at a Kenneth Copeland Conference, and says he came in the "spirit of Elijah," to "turn the hearts of the sons to the fathers."

The headlines are almost daily filled with the Vatican and the Pope furthering the ecumenical movement, trying to bring the Protestants into Catholicism. Of course, the semantics are different, but that is the ultimate goal.

I am not a Protestant. I do, however, protest the Roman Catholic church based off of what I've seen in the Scriptures, and what I see that church doing, however I am not of any Christian denomination. Historically, Protestants came out of the Roman Catholic church. I did not. We learn in 1 Corinthians chapter one that we are not supposed to have denominations. Meanwhile, I do not believe Roman Catholicism to be a denomination. I believe it to be a whole different religion, altogether. It is too different from Scriptural Christianity to be anything else.

"Woman" - Mystery Babylon is likened to a woman. Religious systems are often personified as women, however I believe "woman" is even deeper here, because of one of Semiramis' titles being the "Queen of Heaven." Roman Catholics, interestingly enough, have been known to refer to Mary as the "Queen of Heaven."

There is a "Mary, Queen of Heaven school" here, and a "Mary, Queen of Heaven parish," here, and, according to Wikipedia - "Queen of Heaven is a title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary by Christians mainly of the Roman Catholic Church," and look at all these references to "Mary, the Queen of Heaven" on the official "Holy See" Vatican website, here.

What does the Bible say about the "Queen of Heaven?" We'll view a few Scriptures about that in a few moments.

"purple and scarlet colour" - Roman Catholicism sees great value in these two colors, as seen from the Vatican website:

"The Pope places the biretta on his head and says, in part: "(This is) scarlet as a sign of the dignity of the cardinalate"

and

"Having been invested with the sacred purple, they are to be fearless witnesses to Christ and his Gospel in the City of Rome and in faraway regions."

Lots of purple and scarlet in the Roman Church:


"decked with gold and precious stones and pearls" - Not only is Vatican reputed to be the richest entity in the world, but Roman Catholic statues of "Mary" are often depicted with a golden crown on her head ("Queen of Heaven,") and the rosary (looks like pearls) around her neck or in her hands. Some statues of Mary are regularly dressed in fancy clothing and jewels.

"having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication" - According to CatholicTradition.org:

"The Holy Eucharist is the Bread that comes from our Heavenly Mother. It is Bread produced by Mary from the flour of Her immaculate flesh, kneaded into dough with her virginal milk. St. Augustine wrote, 'Jesus took His Flesh from the flesh of Mary.' We know, too, that united to the Divinity in the Eucharist there is Jesus' Body and Blood taken from the body and blood of the Blessed Virgin."

The page the above is quoted from, starts with a very large picture of "Mary," and next to her, a golden cup for the "Eucharist." Under that large picture is the above quoted passage, and more. I got this from here on the Catholic Tradition website.

Did you see the above quote? THAT is the center of the Mystery Babylon religion. Take a look in the Scriptures for yourself:

The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. Do they provoke me to anger? saith the Lord: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces? -Jeremiah 7:18-19

There is the dough to the Queen of Heaven. Mystery Babylon had their own version of "Eucharist," under a different name, of course. They made dough unto their "Queen of Heaven," in quite a similar way as the Roman Catholics of today, as described in the above Catholic Tradition website.

Roman Catholicism also burns incense to images. So did Mystery Babylon:

But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done -Jeremiah 44:17a

Consider this quote from the official Vatican.va website:

"Further, people are drawn to honour these images with the offering of incense and lights, as was piously established by ancient custom. Indeed, the honour paid to an image traverses it, reaching the model, and he who venerates the image, venerates the person represented in that image." - Quoted from here.

Hmmm, burning incense to images. Mystery Babylon burned incense to the "Queen of Heaven," but like Roman Catholics, they burned incense to other images as well:

He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan. -2 Kings 18:4

As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images. -Hosea 11:2

And don't forget this important Scripture:

Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them -Deuteronomy 5:8-9a








This is spiritual fornication.

"And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus" - History is clear about Christians who were killed by Rome.

"The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth" - Babylon headquarters sits on top of seven mountains/hills. Rome sits on seven hills. These seven hills are called Quirinal Hill, Viminal Hill, Capitoline Hill, Esquiline Hill, Palatine Hill, Caelian Hill, and Aventine Hill.

Some would argue that Vatican City itself does not sit on seven hills - Rome does. Ah, but Vatican City is included:

"The ancient city of Rome was originally built on the topographical layout of seven separate hills. These seven hills were joined together by the ancient walls of Rome- the Servian walls. The Seven Hills of Rome lie in the east to the Tiber River. Later many more areas were annexed to the city. The city walls were extended to include them also and the city is now much bigger than its original territory. The Vatican and Vatican hill are included in the Areas that were added to the city much later in history." (Underlining by me.)

The above quote is from here on Vatican.com.

"And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth." - Mystery Babylon was depicted in Revelation 17 as a whore, religious system, and a city. This city reigns over the kings of the earth. Remember the iron in Daniel's statue (Daniel 2)? We are still in the iron kingdom, which represents Rome.

Recall that we are in the feet of the statue - iron mixed with clay. Revelation 17 also depicted this woman with a golden cup in her hand. The cup represents the false Eucharist of the "Queen of Heaven," as established above, but why gold? Jesus was a carpenter. I highly doubt he led the Lord's Supper with a gold cup. Historically, we can see this is very much not likely. Yet, my ex-Roman Catholic husband tells me, along with the myriads of pictures I've seen online, that the Roman Catholic Eucharist cup is usually gold.

Back to Daniel's statue - iron is the metal for Rome. What kingdom had gold as their metal? Oh yes, that's right - BABYLON. There we see it - Rome the power, wielding Mystery Babylon the religion.

--I will continue this study tomorrow--

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The Location of Mystery Babylon

Mystery Babylon is described in Revelation as a woman riding the beast of the world system. Since the last metal in Daniel's statue is iron, and iron represents Rome, then Rome must be the current, and final headquarters of Mystery Babylon. Rome is Babylon.

Was/is Rome Babylon? Let's see what some others have to say:

Tertullian (155–222) "So, again, Babylon, in our own John, is a figure of the city Rome, as being equally great and proud of her sway, and triumphant over the saints."

Hippolytus [170-236] "Tell me, blessed John, apostle and disciple of the Lord, what didst thou see and hear concerning Babylon? Arise, and speak; for it sent thee also into banishment." John was banished by Rome.

Eusebius [325AD] "And Peter makes mention of Mark in his first epistle which they say that he wrote in Rome itself, as is indicated by him, when he calls the city, by a figure, Babylon" Referring to 1 Peter 5:13

St. Jerome [382AD] "Read the apocalypse of John, and consider what is sung therein of the woman arrayed in purple, and of the blasphemy written upon her brow, of the seven mountains, of the many waters, and of the end of Babylon. 'Come out of her, my people,' so the Lord says, 'that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.' It is true [of] that Rome..."

Augustine [425AD] "Rome herself is like a second Babylon..... To be brief, the city of Rome was rounded, like another Babylon, and as it were the daughter of the former Babylon,"

Geneva Bible Notes [1599] "That harlot, the spiritual Babylon, which is Rome."

Matthew Henry [1662-1714] "Seven heads: They have a double significance: 1) Seven mountains - the seven hills on which Rome stands. 2) Seven kings - seven sorts of government."

The Scofield Study Bible "...[A]postate Christendom, headed up under the Papacy."

The King James Study Bible [Nelson publishing] "The city of Rome was known throughout the ancient world as a city built on seven hills or mountains. John notes that the wise mind will make the proper identification. The woman apparently represents idolatrous, anti-God civilization, centered at Rome but with worldwide influence."

If the Mystery Babylon headquarters are in Rome, then we need to recall that Mystery Babylon is a religious entity as well as a city. What religious entity resides in Rome, and has worldwide influence? Vatican, the seat and capitol of ROMAN Catholicism.

What does the Vatican say? Do they see Rome as Babylon? They too have admitted it. Below is a quote from the official "Holy See" Vatican website:

"[I]n addition to the Letters of St Paul, there are also two other Letters under the name of St Peter. The first ends with an explicit greeting from Rome, which, however, appears under the apocalyptic pseudonym of Babylon: 'She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings' (1 Pt 5: 13)" Quoted from Vatican.va

Rome herself says that Rome is an "apocalyptic pseudonym of Babylon."

The evidence is mounting up. Rome being Babylon certainly looks feasible. What about sea access? The Babylon of Revelation chapter 18 has to have sea access.

Let's consult a map to see:

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According to what I've found online, Rome is only 14 miles from the Mediterranean Sea. There's the sea access.

Sea access isn't the only clue as to the location of final Babylon in the Scriptures. Let's look deeper, because we want be sure.

--I will continue this study tomorrow--

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Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures
1 Corinthians 15:1-4

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21

A Christian Homemaker's Priorities

  1. God - Pray. Read from the Bible daily. Live your life for Christ, and joy in the Lord always.

  2. Husband - Be kind to him, appreciate him, and never nag, or try to change him. Read and live the book Fascinating Womanhood.

  3. Children - Praise them for good deeds daily. Be consistent when discipline is needed. Provide steady structure, and a steady diet of love. Have a good attitude - little eyes are watching and learning

  4. Homemaking

A) Your appearance - make sure you look nice. Wear a pretty and modest dress, and head covering. Look your best every day, regardless if you plan to go somewhere or not. Make sure you are healthy - take care of your teeth, hair, skin, and figure.

B) Regular meals for you and your family - three healthy, square meals a day

C) A tidy house - even if you are behind on housework, you can still take five minutes to tidy up each room, which will make your home look clean and inviting.

D) Education and self improvement - homeschool/home educate your children, and don't forget to continue enriching yourself via reading good books. There are many books recommended on this website, and some of them are free. Take advantage of these.

Basic Daily Cleaning Routine

  • Tidy the house every morning, afternoon, and evening

  • Dust main living areas

  • Vacuum main living areas

  • Keep things picked up and put away

The below links open into printable .pdf files, so they may take a few moments to load.

Schedules

Meals

Cleaning

Homeschool

Household Budget

Homemaking Rules


Build Your Foundation on the Rock of Salvation

"He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great." -Luke 6:48-49

"The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation." -2 Samuel 22:47

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." -John 8:32

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." -John 14:6

The terms "Christian" and "personal relationship with Jesus Christ" have been bantered around so much, that for many people, they have lost their original savor. What is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Is it going to church? Is it being a "good person?" Is it via doing certain rituals, or following certain traditions? No, it is so much simpler than that.

Jesus says:

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." -Revelation 3:20

Let Jesus into your heart and life. Put your faith and trust in Him, and in Him alone.

Why did Jesus Christ come to this earth? He came to pay for our sins. Have you ever broken any of the Ten Commandments? Did you know that Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount that just looking at someone with lust in your heart is the same thing as committing adultery in your heart?

Many people will say I'm a good person. Sure, I've stolen a few paper clips in my time, and I've told some lies, but I've never killed anyone, so I'm good enough for heaven. Don't be so sure. Have you ever felt hatred toward someone? If so, then you are guilty of committing murder in your heart:

"Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him." -1 John 3:15

If you have stolen, lied, lusted after someone, hated someone, loved someone or something more than God, etc., then you have broken at least 5 of the Ten Commandments. Do you really think you'd make it to heaven? Not according to God's Word:

"Know ye not that the unrighteous {sinful} shall not inherit the kingdom of God {or go to heaven when they die}? Be not deceived: neither fornicators {sex outside of marriage, or pre-marital sex}, nor idolaters {loving something or someone more than you love God}, nor adulterers {physically, or in the heart}, nor effeminate {cross dressing}, nor abusers of themselves with mankind {homosexuality}, Nor thieves {even stealing a pen or paper clip makes you a thief}, nor covetous {inordinately desiring wealth or things}, nor drunkards, nor revilers {one who assails with abusive language}, nor extortioners {blackmail, or wresting anything from anyone via force}, shall inherit the kingdom of God." -1 Corinthians 6:9-10 {words in curly brackets are my notes}

But there is good news:

"And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." -1 Corinthians 6:11

We are all sinners:

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" -Romans 3:23

Even Mary, the woman chosen by God to be a vessel that would carry Jesus in her womb, was a sinner, and in need of a Saviour:

"And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour." - Mary said this in Luke 1:47. Only sinners need a Saviour, and Mary also accepted Jesus Christ as her Saviour.

We are all imperfect, fallible sinners:

"This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." -1 John 1:5-8

The blood of Jesus Christ is what cleanses us from all sins. Jesus came to this earth to die to pay for our sins. You see, Leviticus tells us that 'the life is in the blood,' and that it takes spilt blood to atone for sin.

When we choose to truly believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, and to live our lives for Christ, then Christ's spilt blood cleanses us from our sins:

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." -Isaiah 1:18

Jesus tells us this:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." - Jesus said this, in John 3:16-18

Paul gives us a simple "step by step process" on how to be saved:

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." -Romans 10:9-11

Jesus is our one and only mediator:

"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;" -1 Timothy 2:5

Jesus is our High Priest:

"Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." -Hebrews 4:14-15

We are to follow the Lord and the Bible, not traditions of man:

"But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?" -Matthew 15:3

Jesus is God:

"And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." -1 Timothy 3:16

If Jesus isn't the Lord of your life, then I hope that you will let Him into your heart and life this very moment.

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." -Romans 5:8

Have you built your foundation on the Rock of Salvation?

Jesus is the way. If you would like to receive Jesus into your heart and life, then let Him know. Pray to the Lord, telling Him that you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, and that you believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay the death penalty for your sins. Tell this to God in your own words, from your heart.

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." -Romans 6:23

Believe, and Receive:

"In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise" -Ephesians 1:13

When you believe on Jesus Christ, you receive the Holy Spirit. You are sealed as a child of God.

If you have accepted Jesus Christ into your heart and life as your Lord and Saviour, and you believe that Jesus died on the cross in your place, to pay the death penalty for your sins, and that Christ rose from the dead three days later, then you are saved, and born again.

You are now a saved Child of God, with the Holy Spirit living within you. Please get a King James Bible and turn to the Gospel of John. That is the fourth book in the New Testament. If you don't have a King James Bible, then you can read it for free, online - here.

After you've read the Gospel of John, go on to read Acts, and then Romans. These three books will bring you through the Gospel, the early church, and basic Christian doctrine. After you've read these three, then turn to the beginning of the New Testament, and read it all the way through. After that, read both the Old and New Testaments.

You should also follow the Lord and get baptized in water. A Believer's Baptism doesn't save you. Only faith in Christ saves you. A Believer's Baptism is an outward showing of your salvation. It symbolizes you being born again. When you are lowered under the water, it shows you dying to your old self, and when you are raised up out of the water, it symbolizes you being born again, as a new creature in Christ. This is called a Believer's Baptism, because, according to the Bible, a person is supposed to get baptized after they have believed on Christ. Anyone who was "baptized" before having faith in Christ just got wet - nothing more.

Find a good church to go to, and you can get baptized there.

It can be hard to find a good, Bible believing church. Below is a directory to some great Bible preaching churches or home churches.

Find a Wonderful Church Near You.

If you were not able to find any churches at the above directory near you, then search the internet or phone book for Family Integrated Churches. They are worth commuting to.

Immerse yourself in the Bible. The Bible is God's love letter to you. It is also your Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.


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