Isaiah 46:1-2 NASB
Bel has bowed down, Nebo stoops over;
Their images are consigned to the beasts and the cattle.
The things that you carry are burdensome,
A load for the weary beast.
They stooped over, they have bowed down together;
They could not rescue the burden,
But have themselves gone into captivity.
The Beast of Burden
The Lord is showing me a different kind of beast today, but it is still related to idolatry. He is showing me the beast of Revelation, the world power which is presently taking over sovereign nations and lands and natural resources not their own, and is killing innocents and murdering Christians, and of which my country is a part, and which it serves.
For, the USA was formed in order to bring about the rule of this beast, this New World Order, this one world totalitarian government which is presently forming. For, our government has no real power of its own, but it is only a government on paper. The de facto government of these United States is a shadow government of the elite of this world, i.e. of the all-seeing eye which hovers over the top of the unfinished pyramid on our national seal.
The US government is in a subservient position to this beast of the elite, of the wealthy and the powerful of the world. For, the US is the harlot which rides the beast, which is the institutional church in bed with the US government via the 501c3 not-for-profit tax exempt status, which they did not have to sign up for, for the church in America was already tax exempt.
Thus, this harlot (of Revelation) represents the fleshly, worldly, faithless portion of the church which relies on the government (global) for her support and safety, thus preferring to trust in the power and influence of the world rather than to put her absolute trust in God for her sole support and protection. Thus, she is culpable for the crimes against humanity which our government, which serves this beast, is party to.
This covenant some of the church (corporately) made with the government, via the 501c3, basically supersedes the covenant she made with Christ, which then untied the knot which bonded her with Christ as her only head. And, along with this covenant with the government, the church was made into a corporation under the headship of the government, and it united the church with the world, which God forbids both being yoked together with the world (the ungodly) and turning his house into a marketplace.
Thus, God is calling his true church to come out of “Babylon,” whether in the USA or in any other nation, so that she does not share in her (Babylon’s) sins and in her punishment (Rev. 18:4-5). For, via the 501c3, the worldly church (the harlot) has been party to handing over to this beast those who have refused this union and who have peeled away from unity with the beast. They have handed us over to the beast with our heads on a platter (like John’s head on a platter), i.e. this harlot is guilty for the murdering of Christians throughout the world who would not bow to this beast.
The Lord is saying that this is idolatry, it is murder, and that the church united with the harlot institutional church is, thus, carrying this burden of this union with the government, which is not meant for her to carry. Therefore, he wants her to forsake this false union (flee Babylon) in order to make Jesus her Lord and her only head, and for him to be the only one who carries her, too, i.e. there is to be no more riding the beast.
Isaiah 46:3-4 NASB
“Listen to Me, O house of Jacob,
And all the remnant of the house of Israel,
You who have been borne by Me from birth
And have been carried from the womb;
Even to your old age I will be the same,
And even to your graying years I will bear you!
I have done it, and I will carry you;
And I will bear you and I will deliver you.
God Will Deliver
For, it was the Lord Jesus who gave us the breath of life both physically and spiritually. He is to be our only head and master whom we serve. He is to be the only one leading the church and growing the church, not the government and not these business and marketing schemes and techniques which so many church congregations have adopted in place of the Holy Spirit.
The Lord is saying that He has not changed. The worldly church has changed by untying the knot of her bond with Christ in order to be bonded together with the government (of the beast), i.e. with this harlot, and by adopting the ways of the world rather than following, in truth, the teachings of Christ and those of his NT apostles.
So, it is God’s intention to deliver his church from this unholy union with Babylon and with the beast, but I believe this is going to happen through judgment on the church (See Rev. 2-3).
I can now see why the church is no longer referred to as the church after the letters to the seven churches (Rev. 2-3) were written. But, from that point on the followers of Christ were referred to as the saints of God. It is because, I believe, “church” has become synonymous with buildings built by human hands, and with corporations (businesses) called “church,” and with worldly institutions of human origin which are serving the flesh, not God.
So, if we say “church,” people assume we mean some building or some denomination like Baptist or Methodist. For, the whole concept of the church being the people of God in whom God dwells has gotten lost somewhere. So, if we come out of Babylon, so we don’t share in her sins, and we no longer participate with this worldly institutional church (Babylon), then we are considered ungodly by many who do.
If we don’t “go” to church, then they assume we are backsliding. Some may be backsliding, but there is a large majority of us who have had our eyes opened, and who prefer the fellowship of the body of Christ outside of these human and worldly institutions. We have come out of Babylon, and we now enjoy getting together with other saints of God who work together as God intended his body to operate, with him as the head, and with each part doing its work, instead of attending weekly theatrical productions.
Granted, not every 501c3 church is like this. They have not all sold themselves out in order to follow after the devices of man and man-made institutions, but even those must know that this union with the government is an unholy union, that God is not pleased, and he is saying to come out!
Isaiah 46:8-13 NASB
“Remember this, and be assured;
Recall it to mind, you transgressors.
“Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it.
“Listen to Me, you stubborn-minded,
Who are far from righteousness.
“I bring near My righteousness, it is not far off;
And My salvation will not delay.
And I will grant salvation in Zion,
And My glory for Israel.
Judgment is Coming
God promised that he would judge his adulterous church if they would not repent of their sins (Rev. 2-3), but I believe it is not to destroy her, but to revive her, for it is God’s will that she walk in holiness with him as her only Lord and Master.
One of the bad things that was introduced into the church via this “harlot” was not only this union with the government (global/beast), and not only much worldliness and dependence on humans over God, but it was this false grace gospel, too. For the worldly (business model) church is more concerned about pleasing the audience (their customers) than they are concerned with pleasing their God and Lord Jesus Christ.
Thus, they have removed the cross of Christ from the gospel message in that they do not require death to sin or living to righteousness for the follower of Christ. Many teach that we don’t have to repent of our sins and that we don’t have to obey Christ and his Word. And, they reduce faith to some emotional experience or some intellectual assent to who Jesus is and to what he did for us in taking our punishment for our sins upon him.
They have also reduced God’s grace to a “get-out-of-jail-free” card and to the promise of heaven when we die. But, they ignore the fact that scripture teaches that God’s grace to us is the power and the strength of the Spirit of God now living within us to resist Satan, to flee temptation, to draw near to God, and to no longer live by the flesh but now by the Spirit of God. They ignore the fact that Jesus not only died to forgive us our sins, but to put sin to death in our lives so that we might live to his righteousness.
So, God is saying to his fleshly and worldly church, which has united in a covenant relationship with the beast government that she is to come out from among them, and that she is to flee these hired hands and these wolves in sheep’s clothing whose goal it is to destroy the church.
An Original Work / June 24, 2012
Based off John 10:1-18 NIV
My sheep hear me. They know me.
They listen to my voice and obey.
I call them and lead them.
They know my voice, so they follow me.
They will never follow strangers.
They will run away from them.
The voice of a stranger they know not;
They do not follow him.
So, I tell you the truth that
I am the gate, so you enter in.
Whoever does enter
Will find forgiveness and will be saved.
Nonetheless whoever enters
Not by the gate; other way,
He is the thief and a robber.
Listen not, the sheep to him.
Oh, I am the Good Shepherd,
Who laid his own life down for the sheep.
I know them. They know me.
They will live with me eternally.
The thief only comes to steal and
Kill and to destroy the church.
I have come to give you life that
You may have it to the full…
They know my voice, so they follow me.
Monday, September 10, 2018 – Thank You, Jesus, for this teaching. I pray that everyone reading this will take what is shared here before you in prayer, asking you to reveal Your truth to their hearts.