Friday, October 30, 2015

IDENTITY #4 - REV 17:4  And the woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality,

We noted that the main colors of this so-called great harlot refers to the main colors of the RCC and the papacy when every member of the Roman hierarchy wore a purple stripe as well as scarlet as his badge or identification of his position.

Then the golden cup reveals that this woman or false church appears to be a woman of wealth and authority.

This color of clothing complements her also wearing gold, precious stones and pearls and her use of a golden cup.

All of these bring out her beautiful impressive exterior with her cup also being filled with what the Bible says is her “immorality, abominations and the filthiness of her fornication.”

The great harlot deceives many by her appearance because although she looks beautiful and has the trappings of wealth, luxury and authority, manifested by her actions but in reality she is an abomination to God.

REV 17:4, "The unclean things of her immorality" refers to the sins of the Roman Catholic Church which are immense, with its idolatry, murder, child abuse and so on, that she has committed throughout her history, and CONTINUES to commit.

IDENTITY #5 - REV 17:5  and upon her forehead a name was written, a mystery, "BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH."

Notice that the name is called a mystery because the whore of Babylon is shrouded in mystery.
2CO 6:17-18, "Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate," says the Lord. "And do not touch what is unclean; And I will welcome you. And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me," Says the Lord Almighty.

The mystery here means that outsiders are kept in the dark as to what really goes on behind the scenes or behind the closed doors, especially in the Vatican.

There have always been religious organizations throughout human history that have always had secrets or mysteries that they have practiced behind in close doors like the Mormons or the Masons as well as the RCC.

One of the signs of an anti-Christ church correctly translated as a pseudo-Church or a false religion, especially in the cults, are the secret things that go on within the organization.

2CO 2:11 in order that no advantage be taken of us by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his schemes or devices.

In the RCC and within the papacy, there is certainly a lot of mysterious behavior that goes on within them.

It is called a mystery because it is a counterfeit church which is based upon lies and not the true mysteries of the Christian faith which are totally different.

ROM 16:25-26, Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past,   but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith;

EPH 1:9 He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him

The RCC and the papacy did what all cults do, they keep the mysteries hidden from the majority.

In Eze 8,  we have the secret rooms in the Temple which we call "the chambers of imagery or images" and how the religious Jews tried to cover these rooms up.

It can happen to a pseudo Christian organization, it happens in cults, it can even happen to a believer on a personal basis.

The NKJ version says in PSA 19:12  Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults.

Principle: There is a secret room in every heart where the soul stores up its skeletons, and in many cases, refuses to even admit that there's a problem.

There is something in every soul that is never told to others but at certain times is brought to the surface by God.

Sometimes others will see the manifestation of it but because of love not say anything about it.

In some cases, these things are totally different and contrary to the character of the individual and therefore are suppressed and hidden
in the secret chamber of men's hearts.

These things either give an individual a low self image or produce arrogance because of self-justification. (repeat)

Worst of all, they hinder and sometimes even destroy a believer's confidence with their relationship with God.

1CO 4:4  For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord.

He said "I not conscious of anything that I'm doing which is wrong but that doesn't acquit me or vindicate me, the one who examines me is the Lord."

Many believers have skeletons in their closet or what is known as a secret room which is very confidential, private, and undisclosed.

Sometimes people even live in denial that it certain personal problems exist or they justify it by saying everyone sins.

These are the kind of things that take place when things are hidden or mysterious in the individual's soul but this is different than the secrets and mysteries practiced by false pseudo religious organizations.
Israel is a picture of the believer's soul and we can extrapolate many wonderful principles from their experiences, whether good or bad,
1CO 10:6, ROM 15:4.

1CO 3:16  Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

1CO 6:19  Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?

The appearance of fire represents the vengeance of God against the wickedness which was going on in the Temple.

The appearance of brightness reveals His majesty as in 1TI 6:16 who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light;

The idol or the image of jealousy was probably Baal or Asherah, whose image had already been placed in the temple by Manasseh in 2KI 21:7.

1. The worship of a physical object or objects as God. 2. Inordinate attachment or extreme devotion to something.
Jealousy is used as an anthropopathism which explains divine policy in terms of man's frame of reference.

The Shekinah glory was still in the Temple even though there was an idol which was being worshipped secretly by the elders in the Temple.

This is analogous to the fact that even though a believer might have a secret room in the soul which he has given over to the Satan and the kingdom of darkness through self-centeredness, that TLJC still doesn't leave the believer's body.

The north entrance was right before the Lord's altar emphasizing the wickedness of their rebellion.

The fact that the Jewish king and the Jewish elders would allow their friends and the people to go into every part of the Temple except one.

There was a secret room in the Temple which no one knew about except a few.   You couldn't even tell that this room existed.

Just like a lot of believers can look like they have everything together as the temple of God and yet there may be areas in their life that need to be dealt with.......however, only by them.

MAT 23:27   "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness.

JOH 7:24 "Do not judge according to appearance"

By the appearance you couldn't even tell that this room existed in the temple.  It was a secret room.  It was confidential, private, undisclosed room.  It was very mysterious, concealed, hidden, isolated, and secluded room.

You are the temple of God, 1CO 3:16; 1CO 6:19. And just as there was a secret room for idol worship in the literal temple, many believers have secret rooms in their soul filled with idols as well.

If it is hindering your relationship with God, it needs to be brought to the light and dealt with.

The phrase "in the room of his carved images?" is translated in the K.J.s "in the chambers of his imagery" which is a little more applicable in our day and age.

There are rooms in the souls of multitudes of Christians where there are all kinds of idols, errors, secret faults, fears, insecurities and doubts.

Just like this room in the temple was sealed off, many believers seal off their own room as well.

Sometimes this room is filled with the idol of fear, worry, anxiety.

Sometimes with the idol of lust or love for money.

Sometimes it's a room of insecurity, instability and doubt.

Sometimes it's a room where personal weaknesses are allowed to continue because the individual does not know how to overcome them.....or in some cases, doesn't want to.

Even by testing the structure of the wood, you couldn't tell that there was this secret room behind the wall in the temple.

JER 17:9  "The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; Who can understand it?

ROM 7:15 For that which I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.

It is a room untouchable by man but touchable by God!

The interesting thing about our passage is that of all the rooms in the temple, this one room had the potential to have more light from the outside than any other.

On the top of each room in the temple, on one wall, each room had light trays which could slide over to let in the light.

This particular room had four walls where light could be let in, if they desired to, but they did not!

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