THE SPIRIT OF GOD
November 2, 2009
I believe that the word of God can and will speak for itself. So most of this booklet is just that, an in depth study in God’s word of who the Spirit of the living God is. “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11. “I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before Him.” Ecc.3:14.
God’s word says: “Whom shall He teach knowledge? And whom shall He make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.” Isa. 28:9,10. So, our journey into God’s word will be “Here a little, there a little, precept upon precept.”
We should never assume that we can do anything without our heavenly Father to lead us. Therefore I would recommend that you pray before reading His Holy Word. “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1Cor. 2:14.
Is this topic, the Spirit of God, of importance? Is this something that our heavenly Father would desire us to study and find out? “That THE GOD of our Lord Jesus Christ, THE FATHER of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the KNOWLEDGE OF HIM.” Eph.1:17. “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: but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he UNDERSTANDETH AND KNOWETH ME, that I am the LORD which exercise loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in THESE THINGS I DELIGHT, saith the LORD.” Jer. 9:23,24. We are called to know who our God is and whom we should worship!
Satan has, from the beginning, tried to deceive the people of God to worship someone or something other than God. Do we think he has changed his tactics? “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst WEAKEN the nations!
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my THRONE above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the CONGREGATION, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” Isa.14: 12-14.
“But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and NOT TO GOD: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.” 1Cor.10:20, 21. We need to be diligent in studying God’s word—that we be not deceived! “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and SEARCHED the scriptures DAILY, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11.
Is there a relation between CHRIST and the COMFORTER/HOLY SPIRIT?
We will use “The Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance Of The Bible” to find the meaning of the translated words in the Bible. It is a good study tool.
JOHN 16:7 “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the COMFORTER [HELPER, COUNSELOR] will not come unto you; but if I depart, I send him to you.” Strong’s #3875
JOHN 14:26 “But the COMFORTER [HELPER, COUNSELOR] which is the Holy Ghost [Spirit], whom the Father will send in My name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” Strong’s #3875
JOHN 15:26 “But when the COMFORTER [HELPER, COUNSELOR] is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.” Strong’s #3875
JOHN 14:16 “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another COMFORTER [HELPER, COUNSELOR], that he may abide with you forever.” Strong’s #3875
Strong’s Concordance definition for COMFORTER #3875 is:
So the Comforter [Helper, counselor] is our INTERCESSOR! WHO is our INTERCESSOR?
1 JOHN 2:1 “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an ADVOCATE with the Father, JESUS CHRIST the righteous.” Strongs #3875
Again we have #3875: An INTERCESSOR.
This scripture tells us that Jesus Christ is our INTERCESSOR. An intercessor is one who intercedes [dictionary: to mediate] for us. The following scriptures will uphold this truth!
1 TIMOTHY 2:5 “For there is ONE God, and ONE MEDIATOR between God and men, the man CHRIST JESUS.” Strong’s #3316
HEB. 8:6 “But now hath He [CHRIST] obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also He is the MEDIATOR of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.” Strong’s #3316
HEB. 9:15 “And for this cause He [CHRIST] is the MEDIATOR of the new testament [#1242 covenant], that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament [#1242 covenant], they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.” Strong’s #3316
HEB. 12:24 “And to JESUS the MEDIATOR of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.” Strong’s #3316
Strong’s Concordance for MEDIATOR #3316: An INTERCESSOR.
JESUS CHRIST is our only [ONE] Mediator, Intercessor. Notice the scripture in 1 TIM. 2:5 says “There is ONE INTERCESSORbetween God and men.” When God says ONE He means ONE!
ROMANS 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities [MT.8:17]: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh INTERCESSION for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
ROMANS 8:27 “And He that searcheth the hearts [LK 2:34 & 35] knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh INTERCESSION for the saints according to the will of God.”
ROMANS 8:34 “Who is he that condemneth? It is CHRIST that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh INTERCESSION for us.
HEB. 7:25 “Wherefore He [JESUS] is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He [JESUS] ever liveth to make INTERCESSION for them.”
ISAIAH 53:12 “Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He [JESUS] hath poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors; and He bare the sin of many, and made INTERCESSION for the transgressors.”
Who is it that makes intercession for us? Heb.7:25. Who is the ONE INTERCESSOR between God and men? 1 Tim. 2:5. Who is the one who makes intercession for the transgressors? Isa. 53:12. JESUS CHRIST the Son of the living God!
Our INTERCESSOR, according to the scriptures, is not a mysterious third person that cannot be identified but it is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Who else would be more suited than the ONE who was tempted in all points as we are? Our High Priest who can sympathize with our weaknesses! (Heb.4:15)
In the above scripture (Rom. 8:27) there is a reference to the Spirit making intercession for the saints. Lets look at the:
SPIRIT of TRUTH
JOHN 15:26 “But when the COMFORTER is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of TRUTH, which proceedeth [John 8:42, John 17:8] from the Father, he shall testify of me.”
Strong’s # 225
JOHN 16:13 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of TRUTH, is come, he will guide you into all TRUTH for he will not speak of himself [John 8:28, 12:49, 14:10]; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. Strong’s #225
JOHN 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten [John 1:18, John 3:16, 1 John 4:9] of the Father,) full of grace and TRUTH. Strong’s #225
JOHN 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth, thy word is TRUTH. Strong’s #225
EPHESIANS 5:9 “For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and TRUTH.” Strong’s #225
JOHN 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, ‘I am the Way, the TRUTH, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.’” Strong’s #225
Strong’s Concordance for TRUTH #225 is: Truth, which is from #227 is: True, which is from #1: ALPHA
REV. 1:11 “Saying, I am ALPHA and Omega, the first and the last.”
The SPIRIT OF TRUTH is the SPIRIT of Jesus Christ. It is His Spirit. It is not separate of Him it is Him. HE is the Way, the TRUTH, and the life.
He could not be everywhere at one time therefore He came in another form. The scriptures declare this in John 16:11,12: “And they, when they had heard that He was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. After that He appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked and went into the country.” There are many accounts of the disciples not recognizing Jesus after He had been raised from the dead. Mary did not recognize Him and thought He was the gardener (John 20: 14,15). Peter did not recognize Him at the shore until He spoke (John 21:5-12). Jesus said, “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you ANOTHER COMFORTER [INTERCESSOR], that He may Abide with you for ever.” Jesus says, “I will not leave you COMFORTLESS: I will COME to you.”(John 14:18) He also says, “…and lo I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”(Mt. 28:20)
Let us take a look at JOHN 14:6 again:
JOHN 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, ‘I am the Way, the TRUTH, and the LIFE: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.’” Strong’s #2222
JOHN 1:4 “In him was LIFE; and the LIFE was the light of men.” Strong’s #2222
JOHN 6:48 “I am the bread of LIFE.” Strong’s #2222
JOHN 11:25 “Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the LIFE: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” Strong’s #2222
Concordance for LIFE
compare to #5590:
2 COR. 3:17 “Now the LORD is that SPIRIT: and where the SPIRIT of the Lord is, there is liberty.” Strong’s #4151
Let us take a look at some more scriptures with this same #4151:
ACTS 2:33 “Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received OF THE FATHER the promise of the Holy Ghost [SPIRIT], he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. Strong’s #4151
JOHN 14:26 “But the COMFORTER [INTERCESSOR/ MEDIATOR]
Which is the Holy Ghost [SPIRIT] whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” Strong’s #4151
Remember the scriptures declare that there is ONE MEDIATOR, ONE COMFORTER, ONE INTERCESSOR! And this scripture says the Comforter IS the Holy Spirit! Which is CHRIST! 2 COR. 3:17 (scripture above)
GAL.4:6 “And because ye are sons, God sent forth the SPIRIT of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” Strong’s #4151
PHILLIPIANS 1:19 “For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the SPIRIT of JESUS CHRIST.” Strong’s #4151
1 PET. 1:11 “Searching what, or what manner of time the SPIRIT OF CHRIST which was in them [the prophets, verse 10] did signify, when IT testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.” Strong’s #4151
ACTS 20:28 “Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost (SPIRIT) hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood.” (There is only ONE who purchased us with His own blood! Jesus Christ) Strong’s #4151
Watch and listen to what happens in Revelation. This is absolutely fantastic!
LETTERS TO 7 CHURCHES:
REV. 2:1 “Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things SAITH He that holdeth the seven stars in His right hand, [Jesus Christ has in His right hand seven stars! Rev. 1:16] who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks.” (In the midst of the seven candlesticks is Jesus Christ! Rev. 1:12,13) Notice it is Jesus Christ who SAITH these things!
REV. 2:7 “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the SPIRIT SAITH unto the Churches.” Strong’s #4151
REV. 2:8 “And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things SAITH the first and the last, [Rev. 1:11] which was dead, [Rev. 1:5] and is alive.” (Rev. 1:18) Notice it is Jesus Christ who SAITH these things!
REV. 2:11 “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the SPIRIT SAITH unto the Churches.” Strong’s #4151
REV. 2:12 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things SAITH He which hath the sharp sword with two edges.” (Rev.1:16). Notice it is Jesus Christ who SAITH these things!
REV. 2:17 “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the SPIRIT SAITH unto the churches.” Strong’s #4151
REV. 2:18 “And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things SAITH THE SON OF GOD, who hath His eyes like unto a flame of fire, and His feet are like fine brass.” (Rev. 1:14&15) Notice it is Jesus Christ who SAITH these things!
REV. 2:29 “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the SPIRIT SAITH unto the churches.” Strong’s #4151
REV. 3:1 “And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things SAITH He that hath the seven Spirits of God, [Rev.5:6] and the seven stars;.” (Rev.1:16) Notice it is Jesus Christ who SAITH these things!
REV. 3:6 “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the SPIRIT SAITH unto the churches.” Strong’s #4151
REV. 3:7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things SAITH He that is holy, [Acts 13:35] He that is true, [1 John 5:20] He that hath the key of David, [Isa. 22:22] He that openeth, and no man shutteth, and shutteth, and no man openeth.” Notice it is Jesus Christ who SAITH these things!
REV. 3:13 “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the SPIRIT SAITH unto the churches.” Strong’s #4151
REV. 3:14 “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things SAITH the Amen, the faithful and true witness, [Heb. 2:17, Rev. 19:11, Rev. 1:5] the beginning of the creation of God.” Notice it is Jesus Christ who SAITH these things!
REV. 3:22 “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the SPIRIT SAITH unto the churches.” Strong’s #4151
In every letter to the churches it is Jesus Christ that is speaking, and at the end of every letter He admonishes us to hear what THE SPIRIT says! These truths are undeniable. This is incredible. Jesus Christ is the SPIRIT!
Strong’s Concordance for SPIRIT #4151 is: Mental disposition, SPIRIT, CHRIST’S SPIRIT, the HOLY SPIRIT, MIND. Compare to #5590: SPIRIT, MIND.
JOHN 6:63 “It is the SPIRIT that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I [Jesus] speak unto you, they are SPIRIT and they are LIFE [#2222, from #5590: SPIRIT].” Strong’s #4151
JOHN 20:22 “And when He [Jesus] had said this, He breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost [SPIRIT].” Strong’s #4151
JOHN 7:38,39 “He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake He [Jesus] of the SPIRIT, which they that believe on Him should receive:
for the Holy Ghost [SPIRIT] was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)” Strong’s #4151
Do the Father and the Son have the same SPIRIT?
ROMANS 8:9 “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the SPIRIT, if so be that the SPIRIT OF GOD dwell in you. Now if any man have not the SPIRIT OF CHRIST, he is none of His.” Strong’s #4151
Notice this scripture says that we have the Spirit of God AND the Spirit of Christ. How can this be? Let’s continue to look at the Scriptures for the answer.
JOHN 3:34 “For He [Jesus] whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the SPIRIT by measure unto Him.” Strong’s #4151
ACTS 2:33 “Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received OF THE FATHER the promise of the Holy Ghost [SPIRIT], He hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.” Strong’s #4151
Notice that the SPIRIT comes from The Father! It is OF the Father it is not separate from the Father! It is likened to the spirit that is in man, it is not separate of man. If I say my spirit is grieved you would know that I was talking about myself not another person. Even so no one knows the deep things of God except the Spirit of God. Man’s spirit is likened to God’s Spirit and is explained in this way in 1Cor. 2:10-12. we will see this scripture shortly in this study.
The SPIRITof GOD, comes from the Father through the Son to us!
The scriptures tell us that there is ONE SPIRIT!
EPHESIANS 4:4 “There is one body, and ONE SPIRIT, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling.” Strong’s #4151
EPHESIANS 2:18 “For through Him [Jesus] we both have access by ONE SPIRIT unto the Father.” Strong’s #4151
JOHN 15:26 “But when the COMFORTER [Counselor, Helper] is come, whom I [Jesus] will send unto you FROM the FATHER, even the SPIRIT of truth, which proceedeth from the FATHER, he shall testify of me.” Strong’s #4151
It is the SPIRIT of GOD the FATHER:
JOHN 14:10 “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but THE FATHER that dwelleth in me, HE DOETH THE WORKS.” Jesus was baptized and the Spirit of God came upon Him. The scripture says that the Father was in Him doing the works.
MAT. 10:19,20 “But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the SPIRIT of your FATHER which speaketh in you.”
ACTS 2:22 “Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which GOD did by Him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know.” NKJV says “through Him.” Notice that the FATHER did the miracles, signs, and wonders by Him, or through Him.
2COR.5:19 “To wit, that GOD [the Father] WAS IN Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”
JOHN 5:19 “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The SON can do NOTHING of Himself, but what He seeth the FATHER do: for what things soever He [The FATHER] doeth, these also doeth the SON likewise.”
JOHN 5:30 “I can of mine own self do NOTHING: as I hear, I judge: and My judgment is just; because I SEEK not My own will, but the will of the FATHER which hath SENT Me.”
1 COR. 8:6 “But to us there is but ONE GOD, THE FATHER, OF WHOM ARE ALL THINGS, and we in Him; and ONE LORD JESUS CHRIST, BY whom are all things, and we by Him.”
1 COR. 2:12 “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the SPIRIT which is OF GOD; that we might know the things that are freely given to us OF GOD.” Notice that the Spirit is OF God the Father.
Concordance for SPIRIT
#4151 is: MIND.
The scriptures that we have looked at that have the #4151 is SPIRIT, MIND. The Spirit of God is the MIND of God! It is not a separate person but is the MIND of God.
I would like to share my testimony to further explain this concept:
I was a heavy drug addict, I could not go one day without doing drugs. I had just recently asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior and asked Him to come into my life. I was pleading that God would deliver me. One day I heard a noise coming from our baby’s room, when we went in to check on her we saw that she was convulsing in her crib. Her eyes were rolled back in her head. I screamed for my husband to pick her up and I went running frantically through the house. My husband cried out to Jesus to save his baby girl and immediately the seizure stopped. The ambulance came and I went with them and our baby. The whole time I was so scared that they would know that I was on drugs and would take her away from me. This went on for hours.
It turned out that she had an ear infection and the fever had been real high. That is why she had the seizure. They gave her a bath and some antibiotics and she was fine. I was so afraid that they were going to take her away. When we got home we put her to bed and went right back to doing drugs.
In the morning, I was so terribly upset that even at the thought of loosing my baby, because of drugs, I went right back to it. Like a dog returning to it’s vomit! I really cried out to God knowing with all of my heart (mind) that something HAD to change! The Lord put this thought in my mind that I WAS DELIVERED from drugs because of what Jesus Christ HAD done on the cross. I wrote down on a piece of paper in large letters: I AM DELIVERED FROM DRUGS BECAUSE OF JESUS CHRIST!
I said this all day every day and I believed in my heart (mind)! That was 20 years ago and I have never, from that day, had ANY temptation for drugs again!
What changed in me? From 11 years of being a drug addict to no desire whatsoever. A desire starts in the MIND. My MIND was changed. It was not the mind of a drug addict anymore it was the MIND of God and His desires!
(Isaiah 53:11, “He shall see the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied: by His KNOWLEDGE shall My righteous Servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.”)
Let’s look at some scriptures that connect the mind with the Spirit:
ROMANS 8:27 “And He that searcheth the hearts [#2588 MIND] knoweth what is the MIND of the SPIRIT, because He maketh INTERCESSION for the saints according to the will Of GOD.”
1 CORINTHIANS 2:16 “For who hath known the MIND of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? But we have the MIND of CHRIST.”
EPHESIANS 4:23 “And be renewed in the SPIRIT of your MIND.”
ROMANS 8:5,6 “For they that are after the flesh do MIND the things of the flesh; but they that are after the SPIRIT the things of the SPIRIT. For to be carnally MINDED is death; but to be spiritually MINDED is life and peace.”
2 TIM. 1:7 “For GOD hath not given us the SPIRIT of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound MIND.”
ACTS 7:51 “Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart [#2588 MIND] and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost [SPIRIT]: as your fathers did, so do ye.”
PHILIPPIANS 2:5 “Let this MIND be in you, which was also in CHRIST JESUS.”
This principle applies also in the Old Testament, you can simply study the words Spirit, mind and heart in the Strong’s Concordance. Here is one for an example: “Then the SPIRIT of the LORD will come upon you [Saul], and you will prophecy with them and be turned into ANOTHER MAN. So it was, when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, that GOD gave him ANOTHER HEART [#3820 the feelings, the will, the intellect, the MIND], and all those signs came to pass that day.” (1 Sam. 10:6, 9) Notice that when the LORD turned him into another man, God gave him another heart (MIND).
Let’s continue in God’s word to understand the principle that #4151 SPIRIT means MIND:
1 COR. 2:10,11 “But GOD hath revealed them unto us BY HIS SPIRIT: for the SPIRIT searcheth all things, yea, the deep things OF GOD. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is IN HIM? Even so the things OF GOD knoweth no man, but THE SPIRIT OF GOD. Strong’s #4151
2 COR. 3:3 “Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables OF THE HEART [#2588 MIND].” Strong’s #4151
GAL. 4:6 “And because ye are sons, GOD hath sent forth the SPIRIT of His SON into your HEARTS [#2588 MIND], crying, Abba, Father.” Strong’s #4151
EPH 1:17 “That THE GOD OF our Lord Jesus Christ, THE FATHER OF GLORY, may give unto you THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM and REVELATION in the knowledge OF Him.” Strong’s #4151
HEB. 9:14 “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who THROUGH THE ETERNAL SPIRIT offered Himself without spot TO GOD, purge your CONSCIENCE from dead works to serve the living God? Strong’s #4151
EPH. 3:17 “That Christ may DWELL in your HEARTS [#2588 MIND] by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love…”
We are called by God to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Tim. 2:15. I believe that God has shown us ample evidence in His word that the Spirit of God comes from the Father through the Son to us (Acts 2:33). And that the Holy Spirit is the presence of the Father and the Son NOT A THIRD PERSON! “Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my FATHER will love him, and WE [the Father and the Son] will come unto him, and make our abode [home] WITH him.’” John 14:23. Where would THEY make their home? In our arm or our stomach or the pump that we call a heart? No, they dwell in our minds. Jesus said “And this is LIFE ETERNAL, that they might know thee THE ONLY TRUE GOD, and Jesus Christ, whom thou has sent.” John 17:3. Notice, that this scripture is in regards to eternal life and there are two that you must know! If there was a third would He not be mentioned? “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and TRULY our fellowship is with THE FATHER, AND WITH HIS SON JESUS CHRIST.” 1 John 1:3. Again we have two beings that we are told to have fellowship with! These scriptures were written by the apostle John; he was taught by Jesus Himself!
In The Revelation of Jesus Christ we are told about 2 groups of people, those that worship The Creator and those that worship the beast and his image: Revelation 14:6, 7: “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, SAYING WITH A LOUD VOICE, fear GOD, and give glory to HIM; for the hour of HIS judgment is come: and WORSHIP HIM that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”
If we study this carefully an angel is a message or messenger. God will give a message to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
saying with a LOUD voice to “WORSHIP God who made heaven, earth, and the sea and the fountains of waters.” Jesus said to the woman at the well, “But the hour cometh, and NOW is, when the TRUE WORSHIPPERS SHALL WORSHIP THE FATHER in spirit and in TRUTH: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him.” John 4:23. Ephesians 3:9 says, “God [the Father] created all things BY Jesus Christ.” We must worship the Father and know who He is!
Rev. 14:9 says that there is another angel (message) saying, “If ANY man WORSHIP the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb.” For God’s wrath to be poured out without measure on someone, I would consider what is being said! And that this is definitely a salvational issue. There will ONLY be TWO groups of people in the last days, those that “worship” Him who made heaven and earth and those who “worship” the beast and his image. It is as simple as that! It is all about who you “worship.” We better know who God is according to the scriptures so that we be NOT deceived! Mat. 24:24 says, “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall DECEIVE the very elect.”
In Rev. 18:4 God gives a call, a plea to His people 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.” Who or what is God calling His people OUT of? Notice He says out of HER. In Rev. 14:8, we have another angel (message) saying “Babylon IS FALLEN, is fallen, that great city, because SHE made ALL NATIONS drink of the wine of the wrath of HER fornication.” In Rev. 18:1,2 another angel (message) “…having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 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.” Rev.17:4-6, “And the WOMAN was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, [does this sound familiar? We will see later.] 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. [Notice that she is a Mother, she has daughters (churches) that will unite with her and follow in her footsteps!]
And I saw the WOMAN drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus [do these clues give us any indication of who this may be?] and when I saw HER, I wondered with great admiration [#2295 to wonder, from a form of #2300 to look closely at, to perceive, behold, look upon].”
Babylon is a woman! What is a woman in Bible prophecy?
Jer. 6:2, “I have likened the DAUGHTER of Zion to a comely and delicate WOMAN. Rev 19:7 “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His WIFE hath made HERSELF ready.”
A woman in Bible prophecy is a Church. Considering some of the clues we were given above from God’s word about this HARLOT, can we identify HER? Cardinals of the Catholic Church dressed in scarlet [red] and the Bishops wore purple at the funeral of Pope John Paul II. Is the Catholic Church decked with gold, precious stones and pearls? Is the Catholic Church from times past drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus Christ? Even if you go back to Pagan Rome that ruled BEFORE Papal Rome at the time of Jesus, it TOO was drunk with the martyrs of Jesus! Remember that SHE has daughters! Webster’s Dictionary definition for a Protestant is, “any Christian not belonging to the Roman Catholic Church.” Therefore we cannot agree with any of HER doctrines, PERIOD! To further identify the Catholic Church as The Harlot of Revelation you can study Daniel and the little horn as well. The little horn is also this Church.
are two women in the Book of Revelation; one gives birth to the Son
of God [thereby being of the truth] and the other is a HARLOT.
When the children of Israel (God’s church in the Old Testament)
turned from obeying God, worshiped idols and forgot the true and
living God, they were likened to an adulteress WOMAN
Ezek. 23:1-5 “The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, Son of man, there were two WOMEN, the daughters of one mother: and they committed whoredoms [#8457 harlotry] in Egypt; they committed whoredoms [harlotry] in their youth: there were their breast pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity. And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah. And Aholah played the HARLOT when SHE was mine; and SHE doted on HER lovers, on the Assyrians HER neighbours,”
Verse 7: “Thus SHE committed HER whoredoms [harlotry] with them…with all their IDOLS SHE defiled HERSELF.”
Verse 11: “And when HER sister Aholibah saw this, SHE was more corrupt in her inordinate love than SHE, and in HER whoredoms [harlotry] more than HER sister in HER whoredoms. Verse 35: “Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; because thou hast forgotten Me, and cast Me behind thy back, therefore bear thou also thy lewdness and thy whoredoms [harlotry].”
A woman represents a church as we have seen in the scriptures. A church that turns from obeying God to worship idols, other gods, and does not follow after The True and Living God becomes a HARLOT! She does not have the pure truth of God but is tainted by the ADULTERY of God’s truth. There is no mixture of truth, you either have truth or lie. There is no in between. We cannot be lukewarm, we must be HOT! No mixture!
Jer.13:27, “I have seen thine adulteries, and thy neighings, the lewdness of thy whoredom [harlotry], and thy abominations on the hills in the fields. Woe unto thee, O Jerusalem! Wilt thou NOT be made CLEAN? When shall it once be? ” Listen to the cry of your Father: Jer. 9:1-3, “Oh that My head were waters, and Mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of My people! Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave My people, and go from them! For they be all ADULTERERS, an assembly of treacherous men. And they bend their tongues like their bow for LIES: but they are NOT VALIANT FOR THE TRUTH upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, AND THEY KNOW NOT ME, saith the LORD.”
The Father wants us to know Him, to make sure that we are not defiled by false doctrines, idols, false gods. And to know and be valiant for the TRUTH. If we do not, we are in danger! 2 Thes. 2:9,10: “The coming of the LAWLESS ONE is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and LYING wonders, and with ALL unrighteous DECEPTION among those who perish, because they did not RECEIVE THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH, that they might be saved.”
If we go back to Rev. 14:6-12, the message is clear. We must WORSHIP HIM who made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. Or we will worship the beast and his image. Ex. 20:8-10, “Remember to keep the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but The Seventh Day is the Sabbath of the LORD THY GOD…Verse 11, “For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.” When Peter and John were released from custody and reported what had happened to the others this is what they said: Acts 4:24, “And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to GOD with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is.” The Seventh Day Sabbath is a memorial of The Creator.
Rev. 14:12 gives us the antidote of how NOT to worship the beast and his image: “Here is the patience [endurance] of the SAINTS: here are they that keep the COMMANDMENTS of God, AND the FAITH of Jesus.” These are called saints that keep ALL Ten Commandments (not some) ALL! And they ALSO have the FAITH of Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God!
Here are some quotes from The Catholic Church on the topic of The Sabbath: “The Catholic Church for over one thousand years before the existence of a PROTESTANT, by virtue of HER divine mission, CHANGED the day from Saturday TO Sunday. We say by virtue of HER divine mission, because He who called Himself the ‘Lord of the Sabbath,’ endowed HER with His own power to teach, ‘He that heareth you, heareth Me’; commanded all who believe in Him to hear HER, under penalty of being placed with the ‘heathen and publican’; and promised to be with HER to the end of the world. SHE holds HER charter as teacher from Him—a charter as infallible as perpetual. The Protestant world at it’s birth (in the Reformation of the sixteenth century) found the Christian Sabbath (Sunday) too strongly intrenched to run counter to its existence; it was therefore placed under the necessity of acquiescing (quiet assent, disposed to submit) in the arrangement, thus IMPLYING the church’s RIGHT to CHANGE the day, for over three hundred years. The Christian Sabbath (Sunday) is therefore to this day the acknowledged OFFSPRING of the Catholic Church as spouse of the Holy Ghost, without a word of remonstrance (to protest) from the Protestant world.” The Catholic Mirror (Baltimore, Md.), Sept. 23,1893. “The observance of Sunday by the PROTESTANTS is a HOMAGE they pay in spite of themselves to the authority of the [Catholic] Church.” Mgr. Louis Segur, Plain Talk About Protestantism Of Today, Boston 1868, Page 225. “Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change [from Saturday to Sunday] was HER act. And the act is a MARK of HER ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters.” – C.F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons. “Sunday is our MARK of authority… The church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact.” Catholic Record, Sept. 1, 1923 (Ontario).
The disciples said it well: Acts 5:29, “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, we ought to obey God rather than MEN.” Acts 5:32, “And we are His witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom GOD hath given to them that OBEY Him.”
Babylon is an unclean church, SHE is “The Mother of Harlots”: The Catholic Church (the Church of Rome). A Mother has daughters. Will this Church that is not obedient to God’s Commandments be united with HER daughters? And will HER daughters be in agreement with HER false doctrines? The answer is yes! “The mystery of the Trinity is the CENTRAL doctrine of the Catholic faith. Upon IT are based ALL the other teachings of the Church.” Handbook for Today’s Catholic, page 12. The Trinity doctrine is a false doctrine of the Catholic Church formulated at the Counsel of Constantinople in 381A.D. Exodus 20: 2-3, “I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. THOU SHALT HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME.”
Remember that our Father calls from heaven with great love: Rev 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.’”
Revelation 22:14, “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.” Rev. 21:10,22-23, “And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, THE HOLY JERUSALEM, descending out of heaven from God…And I saw NO temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty AND the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, AND the Lamb is the light thereof.” Rev. 22:1, “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.”