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IRON and CLAY: HARLOT OF BABYLON
ROME – the Iron Kingdom
Rome is known as the iron kingdom (the fourth) in Daniel’s vision of all the kingdoms that would exist from the time of Babylon (Dan 2). In the final kingdom the ‘iron’ will mix with the ‘clay’ in a ten-toed one-world empire. I’ve never tried to interpret what exactly that kingdom consists of, but after being led to write on this particular subject, my spirit is flooded with wonderment.
In the Word, believers are called ‘clay’, in that our LORD Jesus is our Potter. Iron, we know, represents the Roman Empire (government) in Daniel’s interpretation of the king of Babylon’s prophetic dream.
The Bible tells us Jesus was tried under the authority of Tiberius Caesar (emperor of Rome) and Pontius Pilate (governor of Rome). He was sentenced to death by Roman crucifixion. Why? The Jewish leaders were in bed with Rome. Let’s look at John 19:12 “As a result of this Pilate made efforts to release Him, but the Jews cried out saying, ‘If you release this Man, you are no friend of Caesar; everyone who makes himself out to be a king opposes Caesar.’"
Likewise, Herod, the Roman emperor in 37 AD, was yet in bed with the Jewish leaders who were ecstatic about his execution of James, the brother of John. Herod wanted so much to please them he arrested the Apostle Peter, intending to kill him, too. Of course, out of respect for the Jewish feasts, he waited to do so until after the Jewish Passover. Acts 12:2 “When he [Herod] had seized him [Peter], he put him in prison, delivering him to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out before the people [Jewish leaders].” Of course, this was not God’s plan, as Peter was miraculously delivered from that prison.
I could go on and on about the adulterous relationship of the Jews and the Roman government of that time, but I’m going to establish how the last-day ‘Church’, who is called ‘the Bride of Christ’, has been poisoned by this same adulterous relationship…specifically beginning with the Roman Catholic diocese.
Rome’s State Church
If we read Acts 19, we will see what was going on in the Roman Empire at that time. There were Jewish exorcists (let’s align these with Catholic Priests) attempting to cast out devils. Surely, their claim to being ‘God’s chosen’ should have enabled them to exorcise without getting overpowered. The demon certainly revealed why it could attack them: “I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?”
In this chapter, we also see those who were profiting by making and selling shrines and idols of the goddess Artemis, aka Diana, aka Ishtar (pronounced 'Easter'), all known as the “Eternal Virgin”. This goddess (by different names, depending on what part of the empire one visited) was known as the “Queen of Heaven”. Similarly, shrines to and idols of the Virgin Mary, since called "The Queen of Heaven" by the RCC (as well as angels and canonized saints) are yet crafted and used in Catholic churches throughout the world. What does the Bible have to say about the “Queen of Heaven”?
- Jer 7:18 “The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods in order to spite Me.”
- Jer 44:24-27 “… you have spoken with your mouths and fulfilled it with your hands, saying, ‘We will certainly perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn sacrifices to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her.’…‘As the Lord GOD lives. Behold, …all…will meet their end by the sword and by famine until they are completely gone.”
Back in the time of Acts 19, the gospel of Jesus Christ was saving souls and disrupting Rome’s main source of income, which resulted in quite a commotion! Let’s now read vs. 38-39 “So then, if Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a complaint against any man the courts are in session and proconsuls are available; let them bring charges against one another. But if you want anything beyond this, it shall be settled in the lawful assembly.” It’s obvious the courts, proconsuls and lawful assemblies supported the worship of this goddess and the income she generated.
In the third and fourth centuries, AD, Roman emperors became increasingly involved in the church, funding construction of church buildings, presiding over church councils, and even becoming involved in the appointment of bishops. The state church of the Roman Empire was organized during the 4th century and came to represent the Empire's sole authorized religion.
So, they had ONE religion of the day, one that yet exists in this day. The Roman Catholic Church (RCC) is the Mother of all ‘Protestant’ churches that protested their many pagan practices, resulting in mass martyrdom throughout the subsequent centuries of the Inquisition (suppression of heresy). The whole purpose of the Inquisition was to make Roman Catholicism the one-world, universal Church.
In order to appease the ‘World’, the RCC embraced all kinds of pagan practices of the Roman Empire to gain converts. Many, including I, have written about these things (and this is just the tip of the iceberg)!:
- Founded the ‘church’ on the Apostle Peter, rather than on Christ Jesus alone – 1 Cor 10:4
Claimed/claim to be God’s vicegerent on earth, in that the Pope can modify God’s divine Law - Dan 7:25
Popes and priests are called 'Father' (in a spiritual sense), while Jesus condemns this in Mat 23:9
- Took out the second Holy Commandment of God in order to carve and worship graven images – Ex 20:4; Rev 22:19
- *Introduced the doctrine of the Trinity (God in three, distinct ‘persons') – Ex 20:1-3
- *Altered bible passages such as Mat 28:19 (The Catholic Encyclopedia, 2, pg 263) and 1 John 5:7 (aka The Comma Johannium) to promote the Trinity doctrine – Rev 22:18
Ordained infant baptism - nowhere in the Bible
Forbade marriage of priests and nuns – 1 Tim 4:2-3
- Claimed to be able to forgive sins (their members could actually purchase the forgiveness of their sins, accumulating ‘indulgence’ money for the church). – Luke 5:21; Mat 21:12
Practice repetitive prayers (‘hail Mary’), as the ‘heathen do’ – Mat 6:7
- Brought in the practices of fertility god worship:
- Declaring December 25th as the birth date of Jesus
- Christmas trees, wreaths, mistletoe, the hearth god renamed St. Nicholas
- Renaming the 40-day, pre-Easter practice of mourning Tammuz, Ishtar's son, to the ’40 Days of Lent’ (Eze 8:14)
- Worshiping Ishtar (celebrating Easter) by renaming the Virgin Mary the ‘Queen of Heaven’, allowing rabbits and eggs
Etc. Etc. Etc.
* The LORD (YHVH) is the Father (the Holy Spirit) who came in the flesh of Jesus Christ, the Son. I invite you to read Let Me Tell You WHO GOD IS!
Separation of Church and State
If the ‘clay’ represents the ‘Church’ and the ‘iron’ the state (government), what is to be said about the state-church religion? While the RCC set itself up as ‘the Universal Church’, she was in bed with Rome and still is. Even her daughters (the Protestants), who mean well, still believe and practice many of her pagan traditions in ignorance. The ‘state church’ is the ‘world church’. It is NOT a mixture of iron and clay, by any means. The True Church (Potter's clay) WILL NOT MIX with this 'iron' hierarchy!
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The concept of separation has been adopted in a number of countries, to varying degrees depending on the applicable legal structures and prevalent views toward the proper role of religion in society. A similar but typically stricter principle of laïcité has been applied in France and Turkey, while some socially secularized countries such as Norway, Denmark and the UK have maintained constitutional recognition of an official state religion. The concept parallels various other international social and political ideas, including secularism, disestablishment, religious liberty, and religious pluralism. Whitman (2009) observes that in many European countries, the state has, over the centuries, taken over the social roles of the church, leading to a generally secularized public sphere.
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
IRS Tax Code 501c3
Did you know the majority of all U.S. churches, regardless of denomination, are contracted with the government with IRS 501c3 status? Referencing an article entitled State-Owned Churches Are Killing America “The now infamous 501(c)(3) section of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) goes back to 1936 (the seeds of this Venus Fly Trap date back to 1872). But then-Senator Lyndon Johnson was the Dr. Frankenstein who, in 1954, unleashed this monster upon America. His motivation was: he did not like the way pastors and churches were opposing his liberal agenda, and he wanted to use the power of law to silence them. He, therefore, introduced verbiage to the IRC that churches were prohibited from influencing political legislation and supporting political campaigns, or risk losing their tax-exempt status.”
“…they [church clergy] will compromise or sacrifice any and every Bible doctrine or principle in order to preserve their tax-exempt status and stay on the smiley side of the IRC.”
Talk about SILENCE OF THE LAMBS! Did you KNOW that, instead of a Bible, Lyndon B. Johnson took the Presidential oath of office on a Roman Catholic missal (a book containing all the prayers and responses necessary for celebrating the mass throughout the year)? Coincidence?
The 501c3 churches are NOT to speak against ANYTHING the state or federal government considers ‘legal’ or ‘lawful’. Do YOU wonder WHY we see “Christian” churches ordaining homosexual ministers, marrying homosexual couples, NOT preaching against abortion, pornography, gambling and the like (how much MONEY is generated by these things?), taking down crosses and brandishing American flags? WHY are the majority of “New Covenant” preachers brain-washing their members to TITHE in order to gain ‘filthy lucre’ (1 Tim 1:11; 3:3, 8; Titus 1:7; 1 Pet 5:2), ‘rebuke the devourer’ and ‘not rob God’ (Malachi 3:8 and 11)? WHY is it that they must have 501c3 status in order to give their tithers their tax write-off? Churches don’t want to pay taxes; tithers want their tax credit.
WHY is American politics in perpetual decline? The mutual agreement between the IRS and the churches that the pulpits remain silent about these matters!
How are churches manipulated into getting in bed with the government? Just as the tithing passages are abused and misrepresented from the pulpits, the government misuses Romans 13:1-7, which states (NAS):
Be Subject to Government
“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.”
Interesting that this passage clearly states, “because of this you also PAY TAXES….Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due…”
Churches, you need to understand:
- “It has been reported that Adolph Hitler's favorite section of the Bible was Romans 13:1-7. He reportedly used these verses to justify everything from war to the murder of millions of Jews.”
- All Governments are Not Ordained by God: http://www.christianblog.com/blog/blessings2you/all-governments-are-not-ordained-by-god/
- Acts 5:29 “But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than men.’”
- Consider the law of the land that condemned Daniel to the lions’ den (Dan 6) and earlier, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah (renamed pagan god-names of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego) to the fiery furnace (Dan 3)! Why? They refused to disobey GOD by following the ‘law of the land’.
The Birth of CHRISLAM
On Sunday, June 26, 2011 the new rumored ‘One-World Religion’ was founded. It is called ‘Chrislam”. It is the COMBINATION of those who profess to be Christians and those who follow Islam. Both are to congregate together, reading from the Bible and the Qur’an, focusing on their ‘common ground’. The prominent Rick Warren who wrote “The Purpose-Driven Life” and Robert Schuller of the Crystal Cathedral have shocked the Christian community in catapulting this heretical movement.
Why is it heretical? What are the FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCES in these two ‘religions’?
1. Christianity holds to the fact that Jesus Christ is divine, God in the flesh. Islam denies Jesus is divine. He is a mere prophet and definitely NOT God’s Son, let alone God.
2. Christianity believes Jesus Christ died on the cross. Islam denies Jesus ever died on a cross.
3. Christianity believes salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ. Muslims do not know whether or not their god, Allah, will save them until after death.
4. Christianity believes God is the Father; Jesus is His Son. The god of Islam, Allah, is NOT a father, nor does he have a son.
We MUST look at 1 John 2:22: “Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.”
Islam is not just a religion; it is a Law. Have you ever heard of Sharia? It is the goal of Islam to infiltrate and implement Sharia Law in all the world by 2050. Just read “The Third Jihad”. Islam is allowed to LIE in order to deceive and further the cause of converting others to Islam or to destroy those who refuse to convert. They have the practice of making peace treaties to initially deceive, and then break them in order to conquer. This is known as “hudna”.
What does the Word say the Antichrist will do? He will claim to come in peace (Islam claims to be a religion of peace). He will confirm a covenant (agreement), only to break it half-way through. He is called the ‘son of perdition’ (destruction). Judas was called the ‘son of perdition’; JUDAS was a devil (John 6:70) and a TRAITOR (Mat 26:24).
Do the 'sheep' of such 'Pied Piper shepherds' not see that they may be fed to the wolves in time? Either convert or be killed. Getting in bed with the Antichrist is the worst form of TREASON or what the LORD calls HARLOTRY!! Get OUT of that BED!!!
Is Chrislam the result of the wealthiest churches/leaders compromising to such a degree, in order to please the world government and retain their tax-exempt status or are they actually being given even more tax exemptions for promoting such a movement? The ‘love of money is the ROOT of ALL EVIL’ (1 Tim 6:10). Jesus Christ, who is the perfect Truth said in Mat 6:24, "You cannot serve God and mammon [money]."
Truly, 2 Thes 2:11-12 warn us that “God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
The Temptation of Christ-ians
Sheep, those of you who follow ONLY the LORD, Jesus Christ are the ‘clay’, for He alone is your Potter. The one-world government and religion are NOT of God and we will NOT bow down to them or worship them. We will not mix with them.
2 Cor 6:14-16 (NLT) “Don't team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? And what union can there be between God's temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: ‘I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be My people.’”
“Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. ‘All this I will give you,’ he said, ‘if you will bow down and worship me.’
Jesus said to him, ‘Away from Me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’
Then the devil left Him, and angels came and attended Him.”
Jer 51:45 “COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES! RUN FROM THE FIERCE ANGER OF THE LORD!”
Rev 18:4 “COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE, SO THAT YOU WILL NOT SHARE IN HER SINS, SO THAT YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE ANY OF HER PLAGUES!”
Dan 2:41 & 44 “In that you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, it will be a divided kingdom; but it will have in it the toughness of iron, inasmuch as you saw the iron mixed with common clay… In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.”
1 Pet 4:17 Judgment begins with the Household of GOD
- The State of Our World Part 4: Rome-The Dawn of the Iron Age
The Hebrews, both church and person, had to come together and decide to deliver our King to the Romans. Herod Antipas, whose father Herod the Great tried to kill the Messiah as a Child, was also consulted when Pilot refused to execute judgment agains