Come out of her My people…

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Revelation 18:4 – And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.

Christians are called to be a distinct people, who though living in the world are still separate from it, not succumbing to its various social norms and economic ambitions. Furthermore, Christians are supposed to be spiritually alive and discerning and thus withdrawn from the vain and dead “camp” of religiosity; be it antinomian or legalistic in nature. Still, even apart from all the other religious systems in the world, the Christian pendulum of faith will often be found ignoring the holy plumbline of God’s righteousness and swinging to the extremes of warring dogmas. On one side some are defiantly holding to an effortless believism of mere mental assent to justification, while the other extreme demands a strict adherence to distorted biblical regulations compounded by embellished definitions of self-denial and legalism.

That’s the problem with “-ism’s,” regardless to which side of center the pendulum swings, they all ignore the “legality” of the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus that sets men free from the law of sin and death. God’s law has never been and never will be against faith, for even faith has a legal side to it or else there could be no “law of faith.”

Romans 3:27 – Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith… 31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

And thus one’s faithfulness to obediently walk according to the leading of the Spirit of Truth will result in the righteousness of the law being fulfilled in them. For true faith works by love.

John 14:15 – If ye love me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; 17 Even the Spirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth Me no more; but ye see Me: because I live, ye shall live also. 20 At that day ye shall know that I am in My Father, and ye in Me, and I in you. 21 He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him. 22 Judas saith unto Him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that Thou wilt manifest Thyself unto us, and not unto the world? 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him. 24 He that loveth Me not keepeth not My sayings: and the word which ye hear is not Mine, but the Father’s which sent Me.

Romans 8:1 – There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Romans 2:5 – But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: 8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God.

Many believers readily admit that the call to “come out from among her My people” applies to one’s spiritual life. But I am persuaded it will soon become necessary (for all those who can) to literally comply with this call of God geographically, to physically separate ourselves from this country. For this warning in Revelation 18 to “come out” appears to be the last call for those hoping to escape those judgments that are ready to befall the Eight Beast as it falls headlong into perdition. A call that must be heeded just as literally as the first century church did when Jesus instructed them to “flee to the mountains.”

Luke 21:20 – And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. 22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

There are a lot of Christians in America who need to quit spiritualizing everything and come up with a sound scriptural reason as to why this call to “Come out of her, My people,” should not be taken just as literal as it was given in these following passages. For is this not the exact same word which was given by God admonishing the Israelites to flee Babylon because of the wrath that was about to be poured out upon her?

Jeremiah 51:6 – Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD’S vengeance; He will render unto her a recompense.

Jeremiah 51:45 – My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver ye every man his soul from the fierce anger of the LORD.

Many believers are complacent because they have been taught that this is the rapture call of Christ’s coming to steal away His bride. However, I am persuaded it is intended to be taken just as it was by the saints in Jeremiah’s and Noah’s time; as a stern call to obedience by God for the righteous to prove their hearts and thus condemn the wicked for their disobedience.

Hebrew 11:7 – By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

Similarly, the obedience of the godly to this admonishment to “come out from among them” may well prove to be the final witness of the Spirit against the wicked in America that they have gone too far. And now having been weighed in the balances, they have been found lacking as their judgment imminently hangs above them like a sword.

Revelation 13:10 – He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

 Prayerfully consider this “Come out of her, My people” in the light of Jesus’ words when He sent forth the seventy after giving them power to be witnesses that the Kingdom of God had in truth come unto man.

Luke 9:5 – And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.

Luke 10:10 – But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say,  11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. 12 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city. 13 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you.  15 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell.  16 He that heareth you heareth Me; and he that despiseth you despiseth Me; and he that despiseth Me despiseth Him that sent Me.

Now compare the verses above with Paul’s actions towards the rebellious Jews in Macedonia.

Acts 18:5 – And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ. 6 And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.

This call to “come out” may very well be the greatest witness the Church of Jesus Christ in America can give to the unbelievers of the world into which they go. As the body of Christ once again exercises the same faith as Abraham, and leaves their natural country trusting God who has prepared for them an eternal City to provide for them here in their obedience. However, please understand there cannot be a survivalist motive or mentality in this coming out. No seeking to save our own lives, no trusting in the wisdom of man, or the strength of the flesh or confidence in silver and gold. Just simple obedience for the glory of His Name alone, for that is the nature of true faith. This call is to be a testimony of God’s righteousness and a witness against the wicked, similar to Noah’s faith in his days, of whom scriptures says he condemned the world to its destruction by his own obedience, or that of just Lot who left all his possessions obediently fleeing Sodom and Gomorrah’s destruction.

You too may know sincere believers who are preparing for the hard times they know are coming to America, but with many it is out of fear and in the wisdom of their flesh. They are hording up silver and gold trusting in its earthly worth, stockpiling food, buying guns and ammo and are getting ready to fight in order to survive and to keep what is theirs. But what does any man have that is truly his? Or when did God ever deliver His people through filthy mammon or the arm of the flesh? HOWEVER, please do not take that as a blanketing statement dismissing any wise preparation that is done in true obedience to the Holy Spirit’s leading, rather as a warning to be careful of where your confidence is and to scrutinize the motives of your heart, for regardless of peace or war, whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

Jeremiah 9:23 – Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: 24 But let him that glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD. 25 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will punish all them which are circumcised with the uncircumcised.

Zephaniah 1:14 – The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hastes greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. 15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, 16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. 17 And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. 18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of His jealousy: for He shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

Even now judgment is sweeping our land, but for all this they will not hear and will not see.

Revelation 18:6 – Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. 7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. 8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

Some will remember when President Bush Sr. began to use his position to openly promote the “New World Order” agenda to the citizens of America and the world. The key to his plan to bring peace to the Middle East was to begin with the division of the heritage of Abraham with Israel’s enemies.

Genesis 12:2 – And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed… 6 And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land. 7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.

Genesis 17:7 – And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

Psalm 105:7 – He is the LORD our God: his judgments are in all the earth. 8 He hath remembered his covenant forever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations. 9 Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; 10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant: 11 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance.

President Bush Sr. plans laid the foundation for now popular “peace initiative” that is rapidly filling up America’s cup of iniquity to the brim. Thus for decades God has been faithful to recompense America with judgments according to her works that she might see her sins and be humbled and repent. There are many, many more examples of this that can be given, as God often faithfully correlates these judgments within a twenty-four hour period or less with the actions taken by America’s leaders against His holy land Israel. Though time and space prohibits cataloging every event and detail, the following is a short list I once prepared for a men’s prayer breakfast; mostly gleaned from William Koenig’s excellent book “Eye to Eye.” This is only a minute drop in the bucket of the consequences of America’s recent leaders’ hardness of heart of rejecting God and deceitfully dealing with Israel while embracing their enemies.

  • On October 18, 1991 – the administration of Senior President Bush sends letter of invitation to each participant of the Middle East Peace Conference in Madrid, Spain to introduce the “Land for Peace” concept. Consequently, on October 20, 1991 the Oakland Hills Firestorm, the East Bay Hills Fire, and the Tunnel Fire erupt and ultimately killed 25 people and injured 150 others. At least 1,520 acres were destroyed including 3,354 single-family dwellings and 437 apartment/condominium units resulting in an economic loss estimated at $1.5 billion.
  • Through October 30 – November 2, 1991 – the Madrid Middle East Peace Conference transpires while the Perfect Storm, also known as the No-Name Storm develops and moves up along the east coast and into President Bush’s home in Kennebunkport Maine where the windows are blown out as 30 foot waves hurl 100 pound stones into his living room – Total damage estimated to be $208 million with 12 deaths. Worst storm in 100 years.
  • Between February 18-25, 1993 – having already has been to Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Lebanon, U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher of the Clinton administration visits Israel in an attempt to reopen the Arab-Israeli negotiations. Consequently, on February 26, 1993 the World Trade Center bombing occurs with $750 million in damage.
  • On March 2, 1992 – having been granted an audience with President Clinton, PLO Chairman Arafat arrived in Washington D.C. for requested meeting to protest Israel building housing units in East Jerusalem. Consequently, on March 1-2, 1997 severe weather conditions developed causing Mississippi and Ohio flooding and tornadoes. President Clinton’s home state of Arkansas was devastated by tornadoes where a total of 67 died (26 in Arkansas), and an estimated $1 billion damages. On March 4 the New York Times headline read “In storm’s wake, grief and shock” and was adjacent to photo of President Clinton and Chairman Arafat with caption reading “President Clinton rebukes Israel.”
  • On September 24, 1998 – President Clinton announced meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and PLO Chairman Arafat. The purpose of the meeting was to pressure Israel to give up 13% of land. Consequently, on September 24-28, Hurricane George develops in Gulf of Mexico on the 24th and makes landfall in three days later with 110 mph winds, heavy rains and extensive flooding resulting in an estimated $5.9 billion in damages.  Hurricane George dissipated when Arafat left the U.S.
  • Next year September 13, 1999 – is the first meeting between Israeli Foreign Minister and PLO official to work out Palestinian State borders. From September 7th to the 17th Hurricane Floyd grows into a monstrous storm on Sept. 13th causing the greatest evacuation in U.S. history. Total estimated $6 billion in damages.
  • March 31, 2001 – President George W. Bush Jr. welcomes both Egyptian President Mubarak and Jordanian King Abdullah II to the White House. Their purpose was to persuade him to be more aggressive in Middle East talks and to continue pressure and support the “Land for Peace” initiative. Consequently, on the same day a Chinese fighter “bumps” into a highly technical U.S. reconnaissance plane and forces its 24 member crew to make an emergency landing in China.
  • August 25 – September 10, 2001 – according to an article in the Washington Post, President Bush, Secretary Powell, and Ambassador to Israel, Daniel Kurtzer together with cooperation with the Saudis worked on the most comprehensive plan concerning “Land for Peace” proposal which was scheduled to be delivered by Secretary Powell on September 24th to Israel.  Consequently, on September 11, Terrorist reportedly used 2 airplanes to attack the World Trade Center towers in New York City and supposedly a 3rd was used to attack the Pentagon, while a 4th plane which was intended for the White House has its debris scattered in Pennsylvania leaving almost 3000 dead and $40 billion in damages.
  • On November 7, 2002 – President Bush hosted a dinner at the beginning of Ramadan for Arab Ambassadors. The President publicly honors the Koran and Islam by saying, “We see in Islam a religion that traces its origins back to God’s call on Abraham. We share your belief in God’s justice and your insistence on man’s moral responsibility.” Consequently, on November 9-11, 88 Tornadoes ripped through 7 states; some are category F-4 with 200 mph winds, one of the worst November outbreaks on record.

Quoting Weather.com, “Tornadoes can occur at any time of the year and just about anywhere in the world. However, the unique geography of the United States helps to produce some of the most favorable conditions for their development. The months with the greatest number of tornadoes overall are April, May, and June, but tornadoes can and do occur during any month of the year. Tornado seasons vary in different parts of the United States. In the Southeast, the peak season for tornadoes is February through April. In the northern Plains, tornadoes are most likely to develop from June through August.” Therefore these 88 tornadoes in November stand out significantly as “acts of God.”

  • On January 31, 2003 – Secretary Powell states President Bush would become more involved in Israel-Palestine talks, laboring towards the goal of a Palestinian state by 2005. Consequently, on February 1, Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart directly above Palestine, Texas, while re-entering the earth’s atmosphere. This was the first time an Israeli was included on board as a member of the shuttle mission.

It is worth mentioning how the Space Shuttle Columbia as it disintegrated on re-entry had a very similar appearance to that of a shooting star or meteorite as it was disintegrating upon its re-entry. This tragic event was telecast live and thus witness worldwide. However, shooting stars and comets are often considered bad omens, and therefore I consider this event to have been a harbinger and reliable witness to the prophetic verse in Revelation 16:10, which speaks of how “the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain.” Such terminology could be an accurate description of the results of a nuclear detonation over Babylon, the original seat and capital of Chaldea. This makes it all the more noteworthy here when we consider that the seat and capital of America is the District of Columbia.

This pattern of America’s defiance to God and deceitfulness to Israel continued through Presidents Clinton and Bush Jr. and with greater intensity into President Obama’s administration, and thus so did God’s judgments as was easily witnessed on April 19, 2010 as Israel was celebrating its independence. Gallups stated in the narration on a video, “On April the 19th, Fox News reports that the U.S. will no longer automatically support Israel in the United Nations.” April 20th, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explodes. Since then we have been witnessing record drought and fires, record flooding displacing thousands, tornadoes setting new records in strength and intensity and cost of lives and damages, while the whole earth is quaking… and for all this the wicked still will not seek God, repent or amend their ways.

All these various judgments have been, as it were, prophetic blows of the axe being laid to the root of the tree of America.

Matthew 3:10 – And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

As it was with Babylon of old, America’s sins and pride have overtaken her. The rebellion steadfast too long, and now judgment is certain and the tree condemned. As with the cutting down of any tree, there comes a time when the axe-man can stop striking the tree, for its strength is broken and ready to fall. All the axe-man needs to do is lay his hand against the tree and gently push and its descent begins with what seems to be slow motion as it will soon come crashing down in a whip like fashion.

It cannot be ignored when considering “the axe is laid unto the root of the tree,” that America has experienced profound noteworthy events with significant trees that I would assert are further prophetic testimonies to her fate. First, on February 19, 2011, a Colorado Spruce which served as the National Christmas Tree, planted in 1978 in the Ellipse south of the White House was snapped by high winds, leaving only a broken stump standing.

Daniel 4:11 The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth:  12 The leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all: the beasts of the field had shadow under it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and all flesh was fed of it. 13 I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven; 14 He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit: let the beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from his branches.

Daniel 4:23 – And whereas the king saw a watcher and an holy one coming down from heaven, and saying, Hew the tree down, and destroy it; yet leave the stump of the roots thereof in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts of the field, till seven times pass over him; 26 And whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shalt have known that the heavens do rule.

Because of his pride, Nebuchadnezzar was brought low by God’s judgments. With that in mind, consider the prophetic significance these old photographs of New York City taken from old National Geographic magazines back in the late 1920s to early 1930s.

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Another important event regarding significant trees in America happened on September 11, 2001, when a steel beam falling from one of the collapsing towers struck a sycamore growing on the grounds of St. Paul’s Chapel in New York City and destroyed it. For those who are not aware, St. Paul’s Chapel is part of Trinity Church mentioned in the last photo. Later the tree’s root system was casted and eerily recreated to serve as memorial to the 911 event in New York City. The original stump with its remaining roots was treated for preservation to be displayed in the churchyard at St. Paul’s. This church is literally the oldest public building in continuous use in Manhattan.

What makes all this overwhelmingly important is that America’s first president, George Washington, commenced his office of presidency by escorting on foot the Vice President and all members of the Senate and House of Representatives to St. Paul’s Chapel for the purpose of dedicating America to both God’s sovereign care and service. It was there upon bent knees with solemn prayer that the leaders of America humbled themselves and asked for God’s favor and blessings to be upon this nation. It was at that very moment that little parcel ground, next to where the Twin Towers would later be built and where America was dedicated, became perhaps the most hallowed ground in all America, an undeniable landmark of profound significance to our nation.

Therefore, consider those words which are recorded in the Congressional Record of the Senate which were spoken by Senate majority leader Senator Tom Daschle, when on the very next day following collapse of the Twin Towers on September 12, 2001 as he stood before the house, God, and the world, and boldly stated “America will emerge from this tragedy as we have emerged from all adversity – united and strong. Nothing… nothing can replace the losses of those who have suffered. I know there is only the smallest measure of inspiration that can be taken from this devastation. But there is a passage in the Bible from Isaiah that speaks to all of us at times like this, ‘The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed stone; the fig trees have been felled, but we will replace them with cedars.’”

Since the sycamore tree was destroyed when the World Trade Center collapsed, it was later replaced in November 2003 with a 20-foot Norway Spruce that was confidently given the name “Tree of Hope.”  However, though the spruce was ceremoniously planted with another public reading of Isaiah 9:10, having refused to grow, it withered and died and was therefore was quietly removed and all this remains virtually unknown to many sleeping Americans.

According to the Rabbi Cahn, the author of The Harbinger, “The keepers of the Tree of Hope did everything they could to save the withering tree. They even changed the soil in which it grew. But no matter what they did, the tree continued to wither away and die. Finally, in the spring of this year, the tree planted in the place of the fallen sycamore of Ground Zero, the symbol of a rising America, was uprooted. … The seventh harbinger is no more.”

So, America’s Tree of Hope planted defiantly in the face of God’s judgments on the most hallowed ground of America, where she was birthed as a nation and dedicated to God, has withered and died, been uprooted and destroy.

 Revelation 18:7 – How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.  8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. 9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, 10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is your judgment come. 11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: 12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, 13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. 14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. 15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 16 And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! 17 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, 18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! 19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate. 20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. 21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. 22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee.

The next verse in this passage is perhaps the scariest verse pertaining to judgment of America’s imminent fall.

Revelation 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. 24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

This is not just the power grid being crippled and taken out, leaving people sitting in dark, powerless houses. It is far worse than that, no more light of the Gospel, no more the voice of Christ the bridegroom being heard pleading with men to repent, no more is the church, the bride with her watchmen crying out “Repent,” warning  “This is the way, walk ye in it.” The time is at hand when Christ will once again say the time is fulfilled; it is over, and will then be too late to repent.

Revelation 22:11 – He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

The Seduction of the Nations

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

In the verse above, much of what the angel is crying out has become blurred to many believers regarding the depravity of the nations and their kings, and the prosperity of the merchants of the earth. This is not because the translation is incorrect, but rather for the reason that during the last hundred years or so, the English language has been going through a steady transmutation.  Though I began my Christian walk with the King James Version over four decades ago and am accustom to the antiquated English, there are many passages in it that have become difficult for the younger generation of believers to understand. This is not because the language with all the “thee’s, thou’s, doeth’s, shalt’s” and “hitherto’s” is too archaic and beyond their ability understand when approached with a little prayer and study. The problem stems from the constant morphing of clear and simple words being rendered nonsensical through their inappropriate usage via “slang.” Even that word might now be too outdated for many and requiring an explanation. Read the rest of this entry »

A Stronghold of Devils

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

Revelation 18:1 – And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.  2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

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

After one of the angels who had the seven vials explained to John the mystery concerning “the judgment of the great whore that sits upon many water,” John then sees another angel descend from heaven, but this one comes  with such great power and authority that the earth will be lightened with his glory. Now, whether this lighting of the earth is literal by the angel, or prophetic of some cosmic event correlated with the timing of his descent, we could only speculate. However, what we can be certain of this that the fall of Babylon the Great into its destruction begins at this time.

The motivation for God’s judgment against America is multi-faceted, the greatest perhaps being that the sins of America have permitted this country to “become the habitation of devils.” The angel continues declaring that a deluge demonic power has ascended upon America as “unclean and hateful” birds in a “cage.” The use of the word “cage” might cause some conclude this implies their imprisonment, as the Greek word phulake translated here as “cage” in other scriptures has been translated “prison” or “prisons.” However, the same word has been translated “watch,” in the sense of keeping guard over that which has been allocated to one’s supervision and control. Read the rest of this entry »

The Eighth Beast – Chapter 8

Posted: February 22, 2015 by William E. Males in America, End Times, Prophecy

…that sits upon many waters

Revelation 13:1 – And I stood on the sand of the sea, and I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns. And on its horns were ten crowns, and on its heads was the name of blasphemy.

Revelation 17:1 – And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 2 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.

Revelation 17:5 – And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, The Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth.

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

When most Americans consider the geographical United States of America, (unless they live in Alaska or Hawaii), they readily think of the contiguous 48 adjoining states on the continent of North America. If asked just what waters does America “sit on,” their first thoughts usually go the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and Gulf of Mexico.  For some people, those waters alone don’t fit their perception of the biblical description of “many waters.” However, when considering the fact that the Greek word which was translated as “many” in verse one has also been translated “great” 52 times  and “much” 73 times in the New Testament, then the various plausible meanings of the Greek word easily allows these combined three bodies of waters to biblically qualify as both “great” and “much” water. This is especially true when considering how together, just the Atlantic and the Pacific, make up approximately 76 percent of the world’s oceans and cover over 45 percent of the collective surface area of the planet, i.e. oceans, water and land.  When Alaska is considered along with the 48 adjoining states, the “many waters” would now include the Gulf of Alaska, the Bering Sea, the Chukchi Sea and the Beaufort Sea; increasing the aforementioned percentages considerably.

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The Eighth Beast – Chapter 7

Posted: February 18, 2015 by William E. Males in Shared Thoughts

The Eighth Beast – Part II

  • “I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.”

One of the main clues told to the apostle John by the angel is one which most people tend to overlook, almost as if it was needless old King James terminology word-filler. The angel told John, “The beast that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition.” In another place the angel repeats it this way, “the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.”

Most people read right past this clue and place all their focus on the part about the “seven mountains,” many yielding to the common temptation to redefine them as “seven hills,” as those upon which Rome is situated. This is done out of a determination of some to apply the significance of these “seven mountains” to the Roman Catholic Church.

My main question for those laboring to interpret it that way would be when did the Catholic Church cease to exist (and not just simply flounder at times from political oppression) and then revive? For this prophetic phrase “was, and is not, and yet is,” unquestionably indicates something which had a prior existence, but then ceased to be, and yet came back into existence once again. Regardless what theory people are inclined to lean towards, all these verses must fit their interpretation; or they simply do not say whatever it is people keep attempting to assign to them. Read the rest of this entry »

The Eighth Beast – Chapter 6

Posted: February 15, 2015 by William E. Males in Shared Thoughts

Grace

Whether or not you finish this book and leave persuaded that America is in fact mentioned in bible prophecy, and for that matter, regardless whatever it is you might believe it is all irrelevant if you still fail to recognize God’s grace for what it truly is. For if you fail to understand the purpose of God’s grace it is almost certain you will also fail to allow it to accomplish all God that intended it to in your life. Surely you have heard “by grace are ye saved,” but have you not also heard God’s bemoaning cry, “My people perish for lack of knowledge?” Although it is only by grace that we could even hope to have ears to hear the wisdom that the Spirit is trying to speak to God’s people, they still need to be listening and willing to respond to what the Holy Spirit is instructing the believers to do in order to escape the wrath to come. Never forget, while admonitions were given to all the saints in the Seven Churches of Revelation, it was only to the “overcomers” that Jesus spoke all those wonderful promises.

Luke 21:36 – Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

Hebrews 12:25 – See that ye refuse not Him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused Him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from Him that speaketh from heaven: 26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now He hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.

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

The following list contains three things that God’s word teaches us fundamentally about His grace. Not only are these truths asserted in scriptures, biblical history affirms their reality over and over again as it records without partiality both the triumphs and failures of those who professed to believe in God.

  1. Grace is sufficient.
  2. Grace can be frustrated.
  3. Grace can be received in vain.

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The Eighth Beast – Chapter 5

Posted: February 13, 2015 by William E. Males in Shared Thoughts

The Eighth Beast – Part I

When seeking understanding of prophetic imagery mentioned somewhere in scripture, it is impossible to find a greater source or higher authority than the whole of scripture; given incrementally by God over a period of about 1,500 years through forty different writers; men of various personalities called from all walks of life. The one thing they had in common is that they were all holy men of God who spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. Therefore, though there may have been many writers, there was only one author as all scripture was birthed by the Holy Ghost’s inspiration.

Consequently, scripture must be allowed to serve as its own interpreter. Therefore, what is clearly meant by the term “beast” in one prophetic vision or book is most likely the same implication when the term is used elsewhere in other prophetic passages of scripture. Furthermore, we must recognize that indisputable certainty has been provided for us where it is clear God sent His holy angels for the express purpose to deliver, with absolute clarity, the interpretation of visions to the prophets or apostles. By the angel Gabriel’s interpretation of Daniel’s four beasts, there can be no room left for any speculation as to what the “beasts” of Daniel’s vision represented.

Daniel, being desirous to “know the truth of the fourth beast which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful,” was able to approach an angel in his vision and ask him the meaning thereof. The angel interpreted the vision for Daniel saying, “The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms.” As a consequence, there can be no doubt to the reader what these beasts were, for the angel plainly reveals these four beasts as four civil or municipal kingdoms. Hence the term “beast” must be recognized as a prophetic symbol the Holy Spirit has used to represent actual historical empires or kingdoms. Read the rest of this entry »

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Biblical End Times Players of Revelation

To discern America in scripture, it helps to distinguish certain specifics regarding the main players mentioned in Revelation chapter 13-19. While we might not be able to identify all of them irrefutably, it is still possible to establish some very definite conclusions about them from the scriptures. Please understand, for decades this subject has been a recurring and principle part of the focus of my studies throughout my walk with Christ. Perhaps it has to do with what the Lord impressed upon me several years ago in an event I once addressed in an article titled, “I doubt many will believe it though a man declares it unto you,” which has been included as Chapter 19.

To start, it would be beneficial to list the end time players in Revelation 12-18 which we will be examining with brief descriptions and minor observations of each. However, for the purpose of brevity here, I will only be listing the dark players involved and not the Lamb, or the angels, or the hundred and forty-four thousand.

The entity that appears first in Revelation 13 is the seven-headed beast which rises up out of the sea.

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

Then we have the second beast, which unlike the first that arose out of the sea, this one comes up from the earth.

Revelation 13:11 – And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

On the first beast there were ten horns with crowns which represent ten monarchies in Europe and/or the Middle East that eventually will form a temporary alliance. In the end, these will succumb to a common mindset to either subjugate or destroy neighboring regions and all opposing religions; especially Israel, Judaism and Christianity. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nimrod’s Failure

The next point I will present for the reader’s consideration against an actual realization of a unified one (whole) world government under one leader, is simply that God did not allow Nimrod to complete his plans concerning the Tower of Babel.

Genesis 11:1 – And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.  2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.  3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.  4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

This passage in Genesis tells us how after the days of Noah, mankind continued to share one language and was of one speech. However, though it is a fact that scripture mentions Noah’s descendants continued to share their father’s original language, this limited detail must not be permitted to be seen as conclusive evidence that Nimrod had gain absolute dominion over all the earth.

 Similarly, when verse two states “they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there,” the question that should arise begging to be asked is just who are the “they?” Are we to believe that all of Nimrod’s relatives, the rest of the sons, grandsons and great grandsons of Noah that had been dispersing since the days of Noah, suddenly reunited and went to the “plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there?” Or is this “they” an allusion to only those who formed an alliance with Nimrod in his aggressive rebellions against God and were of one mind as well to “build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth?” Read the rest of this entry »

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Giving Way to the Rise of  The Son of Perdition.

After hiking the same trail over and over again, some can develop such a familiarity with it that the slopes and turns become so instinctive that it requires very little focus to navigate it. But when hiking trails in an unfamiliar area, many will just follow the beaten path since it is obviously the most popular one. However, every so often along the way there can be a hint of a path that departs from the main trail, and usually it is only the inquisitive and adventurous who will turn aside to see where the path leads. Sometimes the beaten path may actually be a newer path that someone once took thinking it was going to be easier and everyone else just followed, while the old path now almost forgotten is the one that is being less travelled.

But when blazing a brand new trail, there are times when one must leave the trail and take on the difficulties of climbing if they want to reach a highpoint where the perspective is open and clear enough to make sure the direction headed is correct for safely reaching the desired destination. Once the high point is reached and the overall view surveyed, one might realize they need to back track and take a right and go up at a point where they had instead taken a left and went down. For the Christian, that high place where the perspective is clear is prayer, study, self-examination and quietness before the Lord. However, there are some Christians and hikers alike, who never think to question whether the path they are on is truly the best route for where they desire to go, because their primary focus is on the journey and not the final destination.

Such it is too often with proving modern endtime theologies. Either we are so familiar with what we have believed for so long that we no longer question it, or we look at it all like that path which was most traveled and conclude the popular one must be the right one. Or worse, having taken our eyes off the destination we have become too nearsighted and focused on simply enjoying the present journey.

Hebrews 11:8 – By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. 11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. 13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for He hath prepared for them a city.

Jeremiah 6:16 – Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

I have shared all this because for some this chapter is going to be introducing a whole new perspective that is going to require a willingness to endure the difficulties of the climb if they want to reach that place where the perspective is clear and they understand it. There is a considerable amount of information and scriptures we will look at in the beginning of this chapter that may seem irrelevant to the topic at first and might require perseverance and patience, but I assure you it is all fundamental and relative to understanding the rise of the son of perdition. Read the rest of this entry »

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Preface

“Isn’t it amazing that the scriptures are silent about America?”

I once thought the same thing myself, but after prayerful re-examination of the history of America and scripture, I don’t believe it is so anymore. Therefore I submit the following for those open enough to examine for themselves whether or not America is mentioned in the scriptures. Though, I admit nowadays with the rising flood of endtime theologies out there, it is getting harder to convince most people that it is. As Mark Twain once said, “It is easier to fool someone than it is to convince them they have been fooled.” Likewise, it has been proven over and over again, that the greatest hindrance to people accepting the truth is a prejudice or presupposition to it before they fully hear a matter.

He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and a shame to him.” (Proverbs 18:13)

Please do not hastily jump to the wrong conclusion that I am anti-America. I simply believe that a holy and righteous God must deal with the sins of America the same way He would with any nation.

The information in this book is only a fraction of the information available on the subject. For those considering this concept for the first time it can be over whelming. Therefore I recommend proceeding only with prayer and an open heart and mind. Read the rest of this entry »

The Occult World Peace Plan | The United Nations | Lucis Trust

Posted: January 5, 2015 by William E. Males in End Times
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I highly recommend this video for you and your whole family.

This video makes it clear why Christians must personally know Who it is they believe in and understand the Mystery of Godliness

Isaiah 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
John 4:42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.
John 10:38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
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1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

Live for glory of the Resurrected King of kings!!

It’ll make it easier to die for Him…

Hebrew 11:6 – But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

I love the above verse, though I often state it as an exhortation to others that “with faith it is possible to please Him.” For God’ greatest desire is to be sought after by His creatures that they might truly “know” Him. Thus God has promised to reward men with understanding if they would but “diligently” seek Him. However, we are instructed that only by picking up our crosses and following Him can we truly seek after Him and hope to answer His call to perfect personal holiness.

Philippians 3:7 – But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 10 That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; 11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. 12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

For those who would by faith obey these mandates; to come to God, to please Him, and perfect holiness, Jesus said it would be given “to know the mystery of the kingdom of God.”

Mark 4:9 – And He said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 10 And when He was alone, they that were about Him with the twelve asked of him the parable. 11 And He said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parable.

Thus, if one desires “to know” this mystery, and not just in an empty doctrinal sense, they are required to prove their heart’s desire by “diligently” seeking it. The scriptures offer no hope to those given to complacency or slothfulness that they will ever “find” what they would half-heartedly “seek” after. One must actively “knock,” spending time and energy in prayers and diligent studies, if the door of understanding is to be permitted to be “opened” unto them.

Matthew 7:7 – Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

But guard your hearts and do not for a minute think your labors alone will be sufficient in their own merit or strength to break through the partition of ignorance into divine understanding, for our Savior said to His disciples that “It is given to know” to these things. Therefore do not fail to recognize the importance of coming under His discipline if you are truly aspiring to be His disciple. Read the rest of this entry »

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I have just finished writing a book titled “The Eighth Beast.”

 I have created a separate site for the book and intend to keep it available for a season.

While some of the chapters have titles similar to blog posts here on Gates of the City, please note that for the most part they have been rewritten.

Blessings

William Males

Wretched Men

Posted: November 22, 2014 by William E. Males in Devotionals, Shared Thoughts, Wake Up!
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There was a time when I thought I was a Christian, meaning, a real follower of Christ. But like so many others, I was believing what so many religious teachers out there is teaching as the Christian’s dilemma, that we will always be stuck in those things we hate and many times unable to do those right things we want. How is that being “free indeed”

John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed ;32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 33 They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? 34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. 36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Romans 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.  20) Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.  21) I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.  22) For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:  23) But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.  24) O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

How do we reconcile the words of the Apostle Paul with the words of Jesus? Are we “wretched men” or are we “free indeed?” Like so many, I was told that sin was in me and evil was always going to present with me and therefore (like Paul himself admitted) I was always going to be sinning and unable to be the person I wanted to in Christ. I just needed to accept that as fact and quit being so hard on myself and accept that was who I was “in Christ” or I would never have any peace. To this day I continually meet believers who teach this and have wholly accepted it as sound doctrinal fact and consequently have absolutely no real motivation to be “perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” That is scary, since without holiness no man shall see God on favorable terms.

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