The whoredom of Aholibah
11 And when her sister Aholibah saw this, she was more corrupt in her inordinate love than she, and in her whoredoms more than her sister in her whoredoms.
12 She doted upon the Assyrians her neighbours, captains and rulers clothed most gorgeously, horsemen riding upon horses, all of them desirable young men.
13 Then I saw that she was defiled, that they took both one way,
14 And that she increased her whoredoms: for when she saw men pourtrayed upon the wall, the images of the Chaldeans pourtrayed with vermilion,
15 Girded with girdles upon their loins, exceeding in dyed attire upon their heads, all of them princes to look to, after the manner of the Babylonians of Chaldea, the land of their nativity:
16 And as soon as she saw them with her eyes, she doted upon them, and sent messengers unto them into Chaldea.
17 And the Babylonians came to her into the bed of love, and they defiled her with their whoredom, and she was polluted with them, and her mind was alienated from them.
18 So she discovered her whoredoms, and discovered her nakedness: then my mind was alienated from her, like as my mind was alienated from her sister.
I was born in a devout Catholic family that would not dine unless the family Rosary was said. We were part of the Cathedral in Mumbai. My mother, all her life knew of only two places one our house and the other the church, since she gave a lot of her time to the church. She was a leader of one of the communities of the Cathedral; doing the reading during Mass, giving communion, helping during social occasions were the highlights of her life. My father on the other hand was outstanding Catholic, he would attend Mass standing outside the church, but in his life he lived as a good man never harming anyone, always helping a person in need and always friendly to all from the beggar to the rich man. But in time of test he showed more faith than my mother.
I as a young boy had great inclination towards God so in this environment I too became a devout Catholic carrying photos and religious pendants always and would spend most of my time in church as altar boy. I also became very friendly to the priests and would spend a lot of time with them. Being a senior altar boy and close to the priests I was preferred for the high Masses of the Cardinals and was also chosen to lead the troupe of altar boys for the Pope John Paul's Mass when he visit India. I was the Catholic leader in school and the principle thought I would become a priest.
In church I would pay attention to the readings therefore knew something of the religion. All my life I would have stayed like that, thinking I was on the right path if it was not for the Lord shaking the lives of some of my family members and then of myself.
In my problems as a young man loss of all hopes when I began to pursue God I became part of a charismatic ministry reaching out to other people, being part of outreaches in Mumbai and outside Mumbai, but as a part of the Catholic Church. In the ministry I grew to depend on scriptures and thirst for its understanding. Our ministry did face resistance from the Catholic Church with regards to putting Bible before traditions.
As a staunch Catholic I would fight with people when they questioned my belief. As I started studying the Bible I saw the things I did as a Catholic or the things I believed in, contradicted scriptures. Having a Calling of a Teacher of the Word in spiritual things, the Lord would teach me through visions like He did to Daniel or John (book of Revelation), so if I had a question I would put it to the Lord and keep pursuing it with the Lord, and within a few days I would see visions or events in life by which the Lord would explain them to me. But when I saw contradictions in the religion I followed as a Catholic I put my queries to the Lord and meditated on it. Then slowly the Lord started opening all the hidden things of this religion and they were a great shock for me. It took me more than 1 year to settle down when the deceit of this church was exposed to me and my belief was shaken. Everyone around me was stanch Catholic, those in my family and those in the ministry. Some people in the ministry did know the deceit but they did not have the courage to do something of it.
There was 2 things that really shook me about this Church one was it claiming to take me to God but was taking me half way and then taking me elsewhere, thus failing in taking me to God and worst bringing me into greater wrath of His judgment, for now I knew of Him yet have rejected His Word.
The second thing was I was made to think I worshipped the Lord but then realized there was nothing about Him I worshipped. Although I stood before statues and pictures representing Jesus and people in the Bible yet they had nothing to do with the real Jesus or the people in the Bible, it was something else I was worshipping.
In the book of Acts we read the Jews also claimed they worshipped the Lord with great fervour but in reality as exposed by Jesus, Stephen and Paul as they worshipped not the Lord but gods. The Catholics do idol worship of false gods in the name of God but the idols of the Jews are not made of earth or wood like those of the Catholics.
In today's message we read of the 2 sisters, daughters of one (spiritual) mother who is a prostitute. The scripture says second is worse than the first. The Jewish Church was initiated by Abraham and is founded on the teachings (Laws) of Moses. The Christian Church was initiated by Jesus Christ (who came out of the Jewish Church and was called a leader of a sect) and was founded on the Holy Spirit (Spirit of Truth). But later these churches did not be what they were set to be. The Jewish Church claimed to be followers of the Laws of God given through Moses but in fact did the traditions of man in the name of Moses, for they never understood the teachings of Moses. They never knew Moses spoke about Jesus and a great part of Moses' prophecies were to do solely with Jesus. They never knew the word YHWH which they changed to Yahweh is an ideogram which means 'Behold the Hand Behold the Nail', in other words referred to Jesus Christ.
The Christian Church about 300AD became the Catholic Church which was founded on half-truths (symbolized by stones in Greek Peter /Petros and in Aramaic Cephas / Kephas unlike the Truth symbolized as an unmoveable rock/mountain Petra and in Aramaic Shua) when Emperor Constantine fused Roman pagan beliefs with Christian beliefs. These later were known as traditions of the Church.
We see later the coming back of the Christian Church exactly 1260years fulfilling prophecy. Also the prophecy of the fall of Babylon the Great (the Catholic Church) is at hand and today's message expounds on how it will happen. It tells us the Catholic Church will reach out to other religions and thus start to fuse some of its beliefs with theirs; this we see has already started. The Catholics in Malaysia wanted to refer to God as Allah not knowing that Allah is the deity Hubal/Hibal the moon god of the pagan Arabs worshipped in the Kaaba before Mohammad. In fact Mohammad's father was named after this god (Abd Allah ibn Abd al Muttalib).
For the Catholics spiritually it actually does not make much difference for their main god/goddess Mary (who is not the Mary of the Bible) is also a form of the moon goddess Ashtoreth (whom the Jews also worshipped as Queen of Heaven) that is why you will see statutes of Mary standing on the crescent moon (Immaculate Conception) and this same god is also in Hinduism as Shiva (crescent moon on its head), that is why Jesus said since Satan's house is united it survives, even though God bought confusion between them during the bringing down of the tower of Babel. The Catholics may say the image of Mary is according to Rev 12:1 - note firstly this verse does not talk of crescent moon but just moon, secondly it has nothing to do with Mary (it is connected to Christ and His Church and was also the sign which was visible in the sky when He was born), we also see the prophecy of 1260years of the church fulfilled in this scripture.
Another point to note in Catholicism (Laws of the Catholic Church) Muslims and Jews are also part of the salvation of God even though they reject Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour (http://www.Vatican.va section 839 to 845 - under the topic 'The Church and non-Christians') thus making the teachings of Jesus and the Apostles as void.
Today's message states after this church starts to reach out to other religions its people will realize its deceit and not only come out of her, but will go against her. The Bible talks of this church falling in a day (very short period) and I was made to understand there would be a legal battle which would bring this church to bankruptcy, thus fulfilling prophecy (Revelation 17-18).
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, when the Israelites who left Egypt You did great wonders yet they continued worshipping other gods for they were stiff necked. Yet You Lord did not consume them for the sake of their children, who would enter the Promised Land. They were the shadow of your true people. In the same way Lord, You tolerated this False Church for the sake of us and those who are yours and are yet in this church. You are slow to anger but not void of anger. As it is written You will vent your anger on this church and revenge the souls of the martyrs. We pray Lord we see your True Church come in its glory when it becomes a united body as it is written...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference ]
5 Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth.
6 And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth.
7 And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah.
8 And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof.
9 Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven.
10 Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah?
11 And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.
1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
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