church is the community of believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord
and Saviour. Many prefer to have Jesus as Saviour but not as
Lord. To such, they wish to be saved without ever being obedient
who profess to be Christians and the whole world are in these last days
divided into two churches. Two women in Revelation 12 and 17,
with one being the comely woman and the other the mother of harlots,
symbolize these two churches.
Woman as symbol of a church
Bible compares the church to a woman. In the Bible, the union of
marriage represents the sacred and enduring character of the relation
that exists between Christ and His church. The Lord has joined
His people to Himself by a solemn covenant, He promising to be their
God, and they pledging themselves to be His and His alone.
said in the Old Testament, “I have likened the daughter of Zion to a
comely and delicate woman” (Jeremiah 6:2). And again, “Say unto Zion,
Thou art my people” (Isaiah 51:16). The true church is called Zion and
God compares it with a comely and delicate woman.
a symbolism of marriage between God and His church, God declares: “I
will betroth thee unto Me forever; yea, I will betroth thee unto Me in
righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving-kindness, and in mercies”
(Hosea 2:19). And, again: “I am married unto you” (Jeremiah 3:14).
employs the same figure in the New Testament when he says: “I have
espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin
to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:2).
unfaithfulness of the church to Christ in permitting her confidence and
affection to be turned from Him, and allowing the love of worldly
things to occupy the soul, is likened to the violation of the marriage
sin of Israel in departing from the Lord is presented under this
figure; and the wonderful love of God which they thus despised is
sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord
God, and thou becamest Mine … And thou wast exceeding beautiful and
thou didst prosper into a kingdom. And thy renown went forth among the
heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect through My comeliness, which
I had put upon thee. . . . But thou didst trust in thine own beauty,
and playedst the harlot because of thy renown … as a wife that
committeth adultery, which taketh strangers instead of her husband!”
(Ezekiel 16:8, 13-15, 32).
as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt
treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the LORD” (Jeremiah
the New Testament, language very similar is addressed to professed
Christians who seek the friendship of the world above the favour of
God. Says the apostle James: “Ye adulterers and adulteresses,
know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?
whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God”
now something very profound. The fallen church is called Babylon
and God compares it to a harlot. She committed fornication by
departing from the Bible truth, forming her own concept of truth and
clothing herself with her own righteousness.
saw this woman and says, “the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet
colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a
golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her
fornication” (Revelation 17:4). John further identifies this
fallen church as “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND
ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” What a horrifying contrast with the
“comely and delicate woman,” Zion!
Comely and delicate woman
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:
And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be
delivered. … 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” (Revelation 12:1,2,5).
have already established that a woman in the Bible is a symbol for a
church. A comely woman symbolizes the true church. “I have
likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate woman” (Jeremiah
6:2). This comely woman is pictured in Revelation 12.
comely and delicate woman in Revelation 12 is clothed with the sun,
moon, and stars – the natural light of God’s creation. These
represent the church as the light of the world. Christ declares,
“Ye are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). Christ is the
source of light and power for His church. If the heart is pure
and right, if godliness is dwelling there, it will be revealed in the
life. It will pervade the conversation and all the relations of
man to his fellow man. He will be a doer of the words of
Christ. His every action will shine with a holy luster. He
will be invested with power, for the divine presence is with him.
sun represents the light of Jesus and the glory He bestows on His
church. “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give
grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk
uprightly” (Psalms 84:11). He says to His church, “But unto you
that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in
his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall”
(Malachi 4:2). The true church then reflects the light to the
moon under her feet represents the types and shadows of the Old
Testament sacrificial system. As the moon reflects the light of
the sun, so the sacrificial system was helpful to the church because it
reflected the light of the Messiah to come.
explains that the sacrificial laws pointed to Jesus who makes His
church perfect, “For the law having a shadow of good things to come,
and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices
which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto
perfect” (Hebrews 10:1).
12 stars above her head symbolize the leadership of the church – 12
tribes of Israel in the Old Testament and 12 apostles of Christ in the
New Testament. In other words, the true church continues from the
Old Testament through the New Testament.
one who is to rule all nations with a rod of iron is Jesus
Christ. God says of Jesus through the prophet David, “I will
declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this
day have I begotten thee. … Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron;
thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel” (Psalms 2:7, 9).
complements by saying, “And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in
blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And out of his
mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations:
and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the
winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he
hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND
LORD OF LORDS” (Revelation 19:13, 15, 16).
a continued symbolism of marriage, again Christ is the head of His
church. “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ
is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body”
Revelation 12 provides a picture of the true church. The people
of God, symbolized by a holy woman and her children, are represented as
greatly in the minority. In the last days only a remnant still
this remnant John speaks as they “which keep the commandments of God,
and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17).
Mother of harlots
woman of Revelation 17 is described as “arrayed in purple and scarlet
colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a
golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness: ... and
upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE
MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Revelation 17:4, 5).
the prophet: “I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and
with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.” Babylon is further
declared to be “that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the
earth” (Revelation 17:6, 18).
power that for so many centuries maintained despotic sway over the
monarchs of Christendom is Rome. The purple and scarlet colour,
the gold and precious stones and pearls, vividly picture the
magnificence and more than kingly pomp affected by the haughty see of
Rome. And no other power could be so truly declared “drunken with
the blood of the saints” as that church which has so cruelly persecuted
the followers of Christ in the Dark Ages.
to the “mother of harlots”, it is widely known that there is only one
church that claims to be the mother church – the great Roman Catholic
Church. A prominent Catholic priest, John A. O’Brien, said: “That
observance [Sunday keeping] remains as a reminder of the Mother Church
from which the non-Catholic sects broke away” (John A. O’Brien, The
Faith of Millions (Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, Inc., 1974, p.
the papacy is the power described in Revelation 17 is widely accepted
by Protestants. Many leaders of the Reformation (Huss, Wycliffe,
Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Melanchthon, Cranmer, Tyndale, Latimer,
Ridley, and others) taught that the papacy is the power here involved
(George Eldon Ladd, The Blessed Hope, Grand Rapids, MI: William B.
Eerdman's Publishing Co., 1956, pp. 32-34). The details by which
the papacy is described in Revelation 17 are too clear for doubt.
is also charged with the sin of unlawful connection with “the kings of
the earth.” Alexander Flick says that by the 13th century, the
pope was “at least in theory and claim ... the ruler of the whole world
in temporal and spiritual affairs” (The Rise of the Mediaeval Church,
New York: Burt Franklin, 1959, pp. 575, 576). It was by departure
from the Lord, and alliance with the heathen, that the Jewish church
became a harlot; and Rome, corrupting herself in like manner by seeking
the support of worldly powers, receives a like condemnation.
is said to be “the mother of harlots.” By her also harlot
daughters must be symbolised churches that cling to her doctrines and
traditions, and follow her example of sacrificing the truth and the
approval of God, in order to form an unlawful alliance with the
world. The message of Revelation 14:8, announcing the fall of
Babylon must apply to religious bodies that were once pure and have
become corrupt. Since this message follows the warning of the
judgment, it must be given in the last days; therefore it cannot refer
to the Roman Church alone, for that church has been in a fallen
condition for many centuries.
the time of the rise of the Protestant churches, they took a noble
stand for God and the truth, and His blessing was with them. Even
the unbelieving world was constrained to acknowledge the beneficent
results that followed an acceptance of the principles of the gospel.
protestant reformers of old, Wycliffe, Huss, Luther, Tyndale, Baxter,
Wesley, urged that all doctrines be brought to the test of the Bible
and declared that they would renounce everything which it
condemned. Against these men persecution raged with relentless
fury; yet they ceased not to declare the truth. Different periods
in the history of the church have each been marked by the development
of some special truth, adapted to the necessities of God’s people at
that time. But what befell the great faith and spirit of truth of
the words of the prophet to Israel: “Thy renown went forth among the
heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect through My comeliness, which
I had put upon thee, saith the Lord God.” But they fell by the
same desire which was the curse and ruin of Israel – the desire of
imitating the practices and courting the friendship of the
ungodly. “Thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the
harlot because of thy renown.” (Ezekiel 16:14, 15).
if not already, the mother of harlots, in alliance with her harlot
daughters and the kings of the earth, will persecute God’s people
(Revelation 13). This will happen, if not already, when Christian
churches unite with State to enforce a false worship, decreeing a
Sunday law. The present day alliance of protestant churches and
Roman church is unholy alliance destined to persecute God’s people.
is said: “Protestants little know what they are doing when they propose
to accept the aid of Rome in the work of Sunday exaltation. While
they are bent upon the accomplishment of their purpose, Rome is aiming
to re-establish her power, to recover her lost supremacy...
is silently growing into power. Her doctrines are exerting their
influence in legislative halls, in the churches, and in the hearts of
men. She is piling up her lofty and massive structures in the secret
recesses of which her former persecutions will be repeated” (Ellen G.
White, The Great Controversy, California: Pacific Press Publishing
Association, 1950 Revised edn, pp. 581, 582).
religious and political powers unite to enact a law demanding God’s
people to keep Sunday holy, God will surely act. Daniel 12:1
tells us: “At that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that
shall be found written in the book.” Zechariah 2:8 tells us: “For
thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the
nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple
of his eye.”
Satan has directly touched the fourth commandment, the Sabbath, God
intervenes directly! Satan caused Pharaoh to work the Israelites
“daily” (Exodus 5) including on Sabbath, God sent plagues (Exodus 7),
then Moses to take His people out. When Satan will cause
confederacies to enforce Sunday worship (Revelation 13), God will send
the plagues again (Revelation 15, 16), and Jesus Himself will come to
take His faithful people home.
predictions that religious intolerance would gain control in the United
States, that church and state would unite to persecute those who keep
the commandments of God, have been pronounced groundless and absurd.
as the question of enforcing Sunday observance is widely agitated in
parts of Europe in preparing the world for the universal Sunday law,
the event so long doubted and disbelieved must now be seen to be
approaching. And now Babylon is fallen, and now must God’s people
come out of her.
woman identified as Babylon in Revelation 17 represents churches that
have their own bread – concept of truth, and their own apparel –
self-righteousness, and yet claim to be Christian (Isaiah 4:1).
mother of harlots, Babylon, rejects God’s Ten Commandments.
Instead of the true Sabbath (Saturday), she institute and keeps Sunday
as a day of worship. To her and her harlot daughters, Jesus says,
“Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the
commandments of men” (Mark 7:7).
Come out of her my people
is calling His people out of Babylon. First, people are warned
that Babylon is fallen. “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 18:2).
people are called out of the fallen Babylon. “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”
of God’s people are still in Babylon because they are kept captive in
Babylon for the want of truth. No longer have the hosts of evil
power to keep God’s people captive; for “Babylon is fallen, is fallen,
that great city,” which hath “made all nations drink of the wine of the
wrath of her fornication;” and to spiritual Israel is given the
message, “Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her
sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 14:8; 18:4).
the captive exiles heeded the message, “Flee out of the midst of
Babylon” (Jeremiah 51:6), and were restored to the Land of Promise, so
those who fear God today are heeding the message to withdraw from
spiritual Babylon, and soon they are to stand as trophies of divine
grace in the earth made new, the heavenly Canaan.
who are willing to accept the truth will hear the voice of Jesus
calling and will come out of Babylon. Such are the sheep yet out
there. “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them
also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one
fold, and one shepherd” (John 10:16).
is calling all of His faithful, honest followers to come out of
Babylon. They must hear His voice, respond, and enter His one
true, end-time church. But what exactly is that true
church? There are seven characteristics that identify what
exactly the true church is.
Seven signs of the true church
the true church emerges after the Dark Ages. The Dark Ages were
identified by the prophecy of Daniel 7:25 and Revelation 12:6,
13-17. The Dark Ages stretched from AD 538 to 1798. During
the Dark Ages, the papacy persecuted the true followers of Christ.
papacy inflicted persecution on God’s people over a period of “forty
and two months” (Revelation 13:5), which period is the same as the
“time and times and the dividing of time,” three years and a half, or
1260 days, of Daniel 7:25 – the time during which the papal power was
to oppress God’s people. The worldwide power of papal Rome became
official in AD 538, when Emperor Justinian’s decree making the papacy
supreme was no longer opposed. The period terminated in 1798,
when at that time the pope was made captive by the French army, the
papal power received its “deadly wound” (Revelation 13:3), and the
prediction was fulfilled, “He that leadeth into captivity shall go into
captivity” (Revelation 13:10).
the papal deadly wound (Revelation 13:3), this was inflicted when
Napoleon’s general, Alexander Berthier, entered Rome and took Pope Pius
VI captive in February of 1798. Napoleon decreed that at the
death of the pope, the papacy would be discontinued. The pope
died in France in August of 1799. “Half Europe thought ... that
without the Pope the Papacy was dead” (Joseph Rickaby, “The Modern
Papacy,” Lectures on the History of Religion, Lecture 24, London:
Catholic Truth Society, 1910, p. 1).
is after 1798 when a movement proclaiming that the “hour of his
judgment is come” (Revelation 14:7) was seen and came to be organised
into the end-time remnant church.
the true church teaches the same truths the apostles taught, and all of
its teachings will agree with the Bible. We have already
established the woman of Revelation 12 as having 12 stars above her
head symbolizing the continuation of the church from the Old Testament
through the New Testament. The end-time present day true church
is said to be the “remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of
God” (Revelation 12:17). It is a “remnant’ of the church that was
led by 12 tribes of Israel in the Old Testament and by the 12 apostles
in the New Testament, continuing the same truths taught by the apostles.
the true church keeps all the Ten Commandments, including the Bible
Sabbath (Revelation 12:17). Saturday is the Sabbath, and the true
church worship on Sabbath.
the true church has the Spirit of Prophecy (Revelation 12:17;
19:10). In Revelation 22:8, 9, we notice that it is the prophets
who have the spirit of prophecy. Paul confirms that this spirit
of prophecy or “testimony of Christ” is given to the true church “so
that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord
Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:5-7).
gift of prophecy is one of the gifts Jesus gave to His church:
“Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity
captive, and gave gifts unto men” (Ephesians 4:8); “And he gave
some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some,
pastors and teachers” (Ephesians 4:11); “For the perfecting of the
saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of
Christ” (Ephesians 4:12); and the gifts remain “Till we all come in the
unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a
perfect man, unto the measure of the nature of the fullness of Christ”
the true church proclaims the three angels’ end-time messages “with a
loud voice” calling all to “fear God” “and worship him that made
heaven, and the earth,” warning that “Babylon is fallen, is fallen” and
warning of the danger of worshiping “the beast and his image” and of
receiving the mark of the beast (Revelation 14:6-14).
Sixth, the true church is a worldwide movement, including “every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people” (Revelation 14:6).
the true church teaches “the everlasting gospel” (Revelation 14:6),
which is salvation through Jesus Christ alone. In verity of the
everlasting gospel, the true church proclaims: “Behold the Lamb of God,
which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29); “There is none
other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”
(Acts 4:12); “Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you” (James
4:8); “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1
John 1:7); “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive
us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9);
“Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee” (John 5:14); “go, and
sin no more” (John 8:11); “Fear God, and give glory to him; for the
hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven”
(Revelation 14:7); “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with
me, to give every man according as his work shall be” (Revelation
is only one church that fits all the seven characteristics of the true
church, and that church is the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Arising after the Dark Ages, in around 1844 this movement of destiny
began the predicted program of restoring the truth, which had been lost
or distorted during the Dark Ages. One after another of the
original doctrines of Christ were returned to their former luster and
beauty. As the authority of the law and the Sabbath was
reestablished, God did exactly what He had promised to do: He restored
the beautiful spirit of prophecy to the remnant church.
gift of prophecy in the Seventh-day Adventist Church was manifested
through the life and teachings of Mrs. Ellen Gould White. By the
close of her seventy-year ministry, literary productions totalled
approximately 100,000 pages, or the equivalent of 25 million words.
They deal with a wide range of subjects – spirituality, theology,
education, health, family, etc. Based on the Biblical rule, “To
the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word,
it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20), all of her
writings, inspired by the Holy Spirit, are in perfect harmony with the
rest of the Biblical Scriptures.
Seventh-day Adventist Church has been established in countries
representing nearly 100 percent of the world population. It
continues to proclaim unique doctrines of Revelation 14, including the
judgment, the Sabbath, and the beast message, and soon coming of Jesus
is calling His people out of fallen churches to His true church.
Soon Sunday worship will be forced upon people, and God will respond
with plagues upon those who break His Sabbath. Be sure to be
found in the true church, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the only
church “that keep the Commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus”
False and true church in conflict
are only two parties upon this earth – those of the comely woman who
stand under the bloodstained banner of Jesus Christ and those of the
harlot who stand under the black banner of rebellion. In
Revelation is represented the great conflict between the obedient and
the disobedient, between the comely woman and the harlot. This
conflict is the consequence of proclaiming the third angel’s
message. “The dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make
war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God,
and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17).
refusal to obey the commandments of God, and a determination to cherish
hatred against those who proclaim these commandments, leads to the most
determined war on the part of the dragon, whose whole energies are
brought to bear against the commandment-keeping people of God.
“He causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to
receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no
man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the
beast, or the number of his name” (Revelation 13:16, 17).
Is the Mark of the Beast? It is the mark of authority of the
beast. The beast is the papacy. The best way to discover
its mark of authority is to ask the papacy directly.
the following section from a Catholic catechism: Q. Which is the
Sabbath day? A. Saturday is the Sabbath day. Q. Why do we observe
Sunday instead of Saturday? A. We observe Sunday instead of Saturday
because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to
Sunday (Peter Geiermann, The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine,
St Louis: B. Herder Book Co., 1957 edition, p 50).
is another statement from a catechism: Q. Have you any other way of
proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept? A.
Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all
modern religionists agree with her – she could not have substituted the
observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of
Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural
authority (Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism, New York: P.J. Kenedy
& Sons, third American edition, revised, edn., p. 174).
the papacy is saying that its mark of power and authority is making
Sunday a holy day – a change that virtually the entire Christian world
all churches admit in their official writings that there is no
Scripture support for Sunday sacredness. Tragically, both
Protestantism and Catholicism stand guilty before the judgment bar of
God for throwing out the Bible Sabbath! God Himself gave the
Sabbath as a sign, or mark, of His power to create and His power to
sanctify and save (Exodus 31:17; Ezekiel 20:12). Dare any man
tamper with this sacred sign, which represents the great God of heaven
and all that He stands for? Will God not avenge the transgression
of His law?
message in Revelation 14 warns men against receiving the mark of the
beast or of his image in their foreheads or in their hands. To
receive this mark means to come to the same decision as the beast has
done, and to advocate the same ideas, in direct opposition to the Word
forehead represents the mind, and the hand is a symbol of work.
“On the hand” and “between the eyes” are consistent symbols in
Scripture for a person’s thoughts and actions (Exodus 13:16;
Deuteronomy 6:8; 11:18). A person will receive the mark of the
beast in his forehead by choosing to believe that Sunday is a holy day
in spite of Bible truth. A person will be marked in the right
hand by working on God’s Sabbath or by outwardly keeping Sunday laws
for convenient reasons – such as a job or family.
you obey the decree that commands you to cease from labour on Sunday
and worship God, while you know that there is not a word in the Bible
showing Sunday to be other than a common working day, you consent to
receive the mark of the beast, and refuse the seal of God.
Sunday observance becomes a forced issue, only those who have received
the mark of the beast will be able to buy or sell (Revelation 13:17).
that time, people who keep God’s holy Sabbath will do so at the risk of
their lives (Revelation 13:15), and those who choose to profane His
holy day and officially cast their votes by placing the laws of men
above the Law of God will be marked as belonging to Antichrist.
who are loyal to Jesus and His holy Sabbath, Saturday, will receive
Jesus’ glorious seal, thus making them His forever. Those who try
to remain neutral will be counted for Antichrist (Matthew 12:30).
ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). The apostle Paul
adds: “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield your-selves servants to obey,
his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of
obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). Obeying the laws of
the papacy (Sunday) rather than God’s law (Sabbath) will leave you with
the mark of beast.
sign, or seal, of God is revealed in the observance of the seventh-day
Sabbath, the Lord’s memorial of creation. “The Lord spake unto
Moses, saying, Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying,
Verily My Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between Me and you
throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that
doth sanctify you” (Exodus 31:12, 13). Here the Sabbath is
clearly designated as a sign between God and His people.
mark of the beast is the opposite of this – the observance of the first
day of the week (Sunday). This mark distinguishes those who
acknowledge the supremacy of the papal authority from those who
acknowledge the authority of God. Soon, if not already, Sunday
worship will be forced upon God’s people. When that happens, God
will act to protect His people. You must hasten your decision to
join the true church. If you wait to see, it may be too late, for
you have no control over when your own probation ends. Now is the
time to server your allegiance from Babylon and serve God.
now must make a decision. You cannot avoid making a decision over
this kind of truth. You can decide to accept it, or reject
it. You can choose to obey or disobey. But one thing is
certain – you can never be the same again, no matter which decision you
make. Conviction has a way of staying with us even when we try to
ignore or banish it. You can never forget the things you have
learned about the true church. You are now in possession of the
most sought-after truth in the whole Bible.
can deceive yourself that it does not matter which church you belong
to. But in your inner conscience, you will undoubtedly know that
you have simply found the truth too hard for you to accept because of
your hardened heart. Some of Jesus disciples, not the twelve,
also rejected the truth: “From that time many of his disciples went
back, and walked no more with him” (John 6:66). It is unfortunate
if you too like them turn back on the truth. If you turn back on
the truth, you are en route to receive the mark of the beast and her
that you know the truth, you must follow it, else you sin against God
at your peril. “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it
not, to him it is sin” (James 4:17). Let this truth impact your
decision. If you are in Babylon, “come out of her my people,” says the
Bible, and join the true church.
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His
commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).