REVELATION 17 | Prophecy of Seven Kings
1. Which part of the Bible led you to reach this conclusion?
there came one of the seven angels... saying unto me, Come hither; I
will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon
many waters: 2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed
fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with
the wine of her fornication. 3 So he carried me away in the spirit into
the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet-coloured beast,
full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 And 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: 5 And upon her forehead
was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 And I saw the woman drunken with the
blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Yahushua:
and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. 7 And the angel
said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery
of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven
heads and ten horns. 8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and
shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they
that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in
the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the
beast that was, and is not, and yet is. 9 And here is the mind which
hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman
sitteth. 10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and
the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short
space. 11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and
is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. 12 And the ten horns which
thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but
receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13 These have one mind,
and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. 14 These shall
make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is
Master of masters, and King of kings: and they that are with him are
called, and chosen, and faithful. 15 And he saith unto me, The waters
which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes,
and nations, and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon
the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and
naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. 17 For Yahuwah
hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give
their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of Yahuwah shall be
fulfilled. 18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which
reigneth over the kings of the earth". Revelation 17:1-18.
2. Give a short explanation of all this.
Briefly, John is shown the final judgment of the great whore due to her own course of action. This great whore, referred to as Babylon the great, was shown to John in the wilderness (v. 3). This is an important setting, as will be seen later.
The description of the whore is parallel to the first beast of Revelation 13 that also has seven heads and ten horns (v. 7)
indicating that both symbols represent the same entity – that being the
Roman Catholic papal system. Furthermore, the whore is described as
sitting on seven mountains (v. 9). Rome has frequently been identified as the City of Seven Hills, from classical times down to contemporary time.
Whereas in Revelation 13 the union of ekklesia and state was blended in one symbol, in Revelation 17, Yahuwah has pictured them separately. A woman always symbolizes an ekklesia in the Bible, in this case the whore – an impure ekklesia/church. And a beast
has always signified a kingdom or state that persecutes Yahuwah's
people. So we have an impure woman sitting on (i.e. controlling) a
scarlet-colored (a bloody) beast (state). This again reinforces the
reality of the Catholic system being the only system that is a church
and an earthly kingdom at the same time. This whore is described as
being eminently rich, proud, and more importantly, very corrupt (v. 4, 5). Indeed, it represents Satan's final supreme instrument of deception. (For more on the prophetic symbols: Prophetic Symbols)
The reason why we use Ekklesia and not church when referring to Yahuwah's faithful in WLC content is because the word "church" does not accurately convey the meaning of the original Greek, "Ekklesia." Throughout the New Testament, Ekklesia refers to the Called Out Ones. The word "church," which emphasizes a group, is therefore an erroneous translation and should never have been used. Christians are literally the Called Out Ones. The true followers of Yahushua are indeed the Called Out Ones from the organized denominations and religions of fallen Babylon. When the call to flee Babylon has been heard, none are to again return to Babylonian churches and forms of religion.
The following verses are key verses: "And
there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is
not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. And
the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the
seven, and goeth into perdition".Revelation 17:10, 11. Yahuwah elaborates on the seven heads of the beast, which are identified as seven kings.
Significantly, the vision was viewed during the reign of the sixth
king. He was to be followed by the seventh king, who will rule for a
short time. However, the eighth king is going to be one of the previous seven kings, but that when he appears from the bottomless pit (v. 8), he will not only merely be a king (ruling power) but a beast (a persecuting power); finally, he will then go into perdition.
When one of the seven kings reappears from the bottomless pit as the eighth king but in the form of a beast, the ten kings of the earth (v. 12)
(ten is an all-inclusive, universal number indicating that this
includes all earthly rulers; cf. parable of ten virgins) will be greatly
awed by the beast, and will willingly surrender their power to the
beast for a short time (v. 12, 13).
Both the beast and the ten kings will rule and war against Christ in
the person of His followers for a short time, but will not overcome them
before the end of all things, the ten kings will discover that they
have been ensnared and deceived by the beast (the eighth king from the
bottomless pit) and they will turn with vengeance against the beast
system, and destroy it (v. 16). For they will this time, though belatedly, be doing Yahuwah's will (v. 17).
3. Great whore sitting on the beast was viewed in the wilderness (Rev. 17:3).
This is important as it is not by happenstance that the "great whore who sitteth upon the scarlet beast" was seen in the wilderness. In Revelation 17,
Yahuwah is indicating the time-period that the Roman Catholic Church is
viewed in. To understand what will happen to the world when she comes
out of her wilderness experience, we need to understand how the Roman
Catholic Church entered this wilderness experience.
4. What does wilderness mean in Bible prophecy?
In the Book of Revelation
we have another instance of an ekklesia that went into the wilderness. It
was Yahuwah's true ekklesia during the Middle Ages, when the ekklesia was
subject to papal persecution: "And the woman (ekklesia) fled
into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of Yahuwah, that
they should feed her there a thousand and two hundred and threescore
We know that this ekklesia was pure, for it is Yahuwah who led her to the
wilderness, away from the papal persecution that raged for 1260 years
from 538 A.D. until 1798 A.D. The dragon (Satan) was warring against
the ekklesia during this period, using his earthly instrument, the Roman
Catholic Church: "And
to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly
into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time,
times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent." Revelation 12:14.
The wilderness then, in Bible prophecy, is a figure of speech picturing
the harsh conditions facing an ekklesia in a particular period in her
5. When did Yahuwah's true ekklesia come out of her wilderness experience?
The logical answer to this question would be, when the papal persecution ceased. This officially happened in 1798,
when Napoleon Bonaparte sent to Rome where he exiled Pope Pius VI to
Valence in France. At the same time Berthier declared an end to the
temporal power over much of Europe that the Catholic Church had enjoyed
up to that time. It was a most humiliating and abrupt end to a long rule
of power that lasted 1260 years. Shortly after, Christian Bible
Societies spread all over the world, with their work unhampered or
threatened by papal constrictions. Thus, 1798 marks the date when
Yahuwah's ekklesia ended her wilderness experience. Now Yahuwah's ekklesia
was totally free to focus her energies on translating and printing the
Bible in as many languages as possible and to conduct missionary
activities all over the world.
6. Did the Catholic Church then enter her wilderness experience just as Yahuwah's true ekklesia came out of it?
was exactly the case. In 1798 the Catholic Church not only lost her
temporal power over the kings, dukes, and princes of much of Europe, but
was in fact no longer free to carry her own ecclesiastical privileges,
such as selecting a pope to succeed Pius VI. Her representatives needed
the permission of Napoleon Bonaparte before they could appoint Pius VII
in 1800 to succeed the pope who died in exile, a year earlier.
the wilderness experience for the Catholic Church came to bear on her
in a most profound way from an entirely unexpected direction – from her
own backyard, Italy. Here is the background for the harsh and arid
realities of life that faced the Catholic Church in Italy in the
the second and final defeat of Napoleon in 1815, Italians found their
peninsula divided into states, duchies, and Papal States. Metternich,
the strong Austrian leader at the time, used to refer to Italy as a mere
'geographical expression', reflecting the absence of united country.
This odd situation gave rise to nationalistic attempts to unify Italy
into one country. However, these attempts were met with great suspicion
and resistance from the Catholic Church. Over time, the conviction grew
in the minds of these nationalistic leaders that the Catholic Church was
indeed a serious obstacle to the fulfillment of their national
the move to unite Italy and form a united nation passed an important
milestone when the Papal States were usurped in 1860 by force. There
remained one major obstacle, however, for the creation of one Italian
nation. The Italians wanted Rome, the seat of the Roman Catholic Church
and the last piece of property left for the Church, to serve as the
capital of their united country. This Italian dream came about when
Italian troops occupied Rome on September 20, 1870, during the reign of
Pope Pius IX. Shortly after, the Kingdom of Italy was declared.
the pope refused to recognize the new kingdom and went into voluntary
captivity in protest. This unprecedented situation came to be known
historically as the Roman Question.
It remained unresolved for 59 years, during which time all succeeding
popes confined themselves to movement within the few buildings in the
Vatican in Rome, refusing to leave Rome. Indeed, the Catholic Church in
the nineteenth century was engulfed in a very hostile wilderness
summary: we have seen thus far that from 1798 (when Pope Pius VI was
banished to Valence by the French general) up to 1870 (when Rome was
usurped by the Italian army), the Roman Catholic Church was entrenched
in her wilderness experience – a far cry from the dominating beast
status she had enjoyed during her 1260 years of supremacy when she was a worldwide persecuting power which directly, or through her over-powering
influence over European rulers, caused the martyrdom of close to one
hundred million of Yahuwah's faithful followers.
7. How was the Roman Question between Italy and the Roman Catholic Church resolved in 1929?
was incomprehensible for the Roman Pontiff to be the head of Catholics
the world over, yet in his own country be subject to another head of
state. The Catholic Church believed that by virtue of his calling, the
pope had an inalienable right to a temporal sovereignty. Only then could
he conduct fully and freely his duties as head of the universal
Catholic Church. But this demand conflicted with the natural desire of
the Italians for a united nation with Rome as its capital. Italians
after 1870 found themselves torn between their allegiance to the
Catholic Church as Catholics themselves, and their allegiance to their
newly-established country. This unresolved tension between the two sides
undermined the new country internationally as well as domestically. A
solution for the Roman Question had to be found!
Both sides of the conflict were eager for an end to this lingering problem. In 1922, Benito Mussolini, the Duke, and Pope Pius XI
came to power. And by 1929 they had at last found a solution to the
thorny Roman Question that had lasted 59 years. On February 11, 1929,
three sets of documents, known collectively as the Lateran Accords, were
signed in Rome at the Lateran Palace by Cardinal Gasparri, representing
Pope Pius XI, and Mussolini, representing King Victor Emanuel III.
8. Give a summary of the highlights of the 1929 Lateran Treaty between Italy and the Catholic Church of Rome.
Italian State recognized the sovereignty of the Catholic Church, and
regarded the Church as an independent member of the international
community. By this agreement the Church obtained an independent state in
Rome with an area of about 44 hectares.
Italian State recognized the Roman Catholic Church as the official
state religion, and the Catholic church recognised the independent
Kingdom of Italy.
- All anti-clerical laws passed by the Italian parliament since 1870 were annulled and made void.
settlement was made to the Roman Catholic Church to compensate her for
renouncing all legal claims to the City of Rome and the old Papal
pope pledged to perpetual neutrality in international relations, and
abstention from mediation in any controversy except when specifically
requested by all concerned parties.
What is the significance of the Lateran Treaty of 1929 to the
wilderness experience which the Roman Catholic Church was in since 1798?
the Roman Catholic Church got in 1929 was its independence and
sovereignty. The political independence means that now they had a
monarchy, although on much reduced area of land, where the pope was the
absolute ruler. The pope now was not only the supreme head of the
Catholic Church universally, but also the indisputable temporal king
over the State of Vatican City. He was no longer a prisoner of
the Roman Catholic Church did not, in 1929, even remotely regain the
stature she had prior to 1798, when she was a beast power. As such, she
did not, in 1929, yet come out of her wilderness experience. Although in
1929, and by virtue of the Lateran Treaty, the popes were now
universally recognized as sovereign kings, the Lateran Treaty however
stipulated that the popes must pledge to perpetual neutrality in
international affairs. This restricting condition could not have been
imagined to be agreed upon by any pope prior to 1798. The Catholic
Church long believed that Christ is the Master of the whole world, and
that at His departure He left His dominion to His representative, Peter,
and to Peter's successors, the popes. Therefore, it is the stated
position of the Catholic Church that true and genuine temporal power and
dominion lie exclusively in the hands of the pope. Consequently, every
earthly ruler or monarch possesses only so much power and area as the
pope would deem appropriate and good.
sum, while tangible gains were secured for the Catholic Church by the
Lateran Treaty, it did not restore the primacy and power the Church had
enjoyed worldwide up to 1798, which had enabled her to persecute her
enemies, and hence was tagged in Bible prophecy as a beast power. Hence
there is not much significance of the Lateran treaty of 1929 to the
wilderness experience of the Roman Catholic Church, as she still
remained in the wilderness, even after 1929.
10. What about the seven kings of the Roman Catholic Church during her wilderness period?Now we come to the most important part of the whole chapter. Yahuwah has prophesied that there will be only seven kings: "And
there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is
not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space." Revelation 17:10. From this verse the following facts can be gleaned:
- Seven kings in total. (7 kings)
- John was taken in vision to the time of the sixth king: "five are fallen, and one is."He
comes after the first five have fallen. Again, it is not coincidental
that when taken in vision, John was taken to the time of the sixth king.
It is a divine hint by
which Yahuwah is guiding us to focus our attention on this particular
king, as he will play a very important role in the end-time events.
- The seventh king "must continue a short space."
11. So who are the seven kings/popes?Pius
XI was the first Roman Catholic pope (from February 6, 1922) who became
king as well on February 11, 1929. He along with Mussolini, engineered
the Lateran Treaty.
12. What is destined to take place after the prophesied short monarchy of Benedict XVI?"And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition."Revelation 17:11. Here, we learn the following:
Roman Catholic Church was once a beast (up to 1798), but now is not (as
she has been in the wilderness experience since 1798); however, she
will regain the beast status (meaning she will come out of her
wilderness experience) after the fall of the seventh king, Benedict XVI.
next one to come after Benedict XVI will be one of the other seven
kings. But he will no longer be considered a mere king, but will be a
beast as well; for with him the Roman Catholic Church will regain her
former power to persecute her enemies.
- The eighth, when he comes, will be the last; for he "goeth into perdition."
13. Who is the eighth who will restore the beast status to the Roman Catholic Church anew?
To answer this question we need first to note the origin of the eighth: "The
beast that thou sawest was [the Catholic Church was once a beast until
1798] and is not [during her wilderness experience], and shall ascend
[after the fall of Benedict XVI, the eighth will restore her beast
status] out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition." Revelation 17:8.
From this verse we can conclude the following:
one more king will come after Benedict XVI, and he will be the eighth.
And this king will restore the beast status to the Roman Catholic Church
– for during his reign persecution of Yahuwah's people will resume
again, just as it was in the Middle Ages.
- That the eighth king will ascend from the "bottomless pit", and in due course will "go into perdition."
14. What is the bottomless pit from which the eighth will ascend?
Once again, we go only to the Bible to answer this valid question. The Greek word translated ‘bottomless pit’ is abussos which has the English counterpart, ‘an abyss’. The following verses will unfold what is the abussos.
certain man, which had devils long time…30 And Yahushua asked him,
saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were
entered into him. 31 And they besought Him that He would not command
them to go out into the deep (abussos)… 33 Then went the devils out of
the man, and entered into the swine..."Luke 8:27, 30, 31, 33.
From the above Bible passage we learn that the Greek abussos
(in the Bible translated ‘deep’ or ‘bottomless pit’) is a certain
location (not known to man) where some of the fallen evil angels are
confined. Not all the evil angels are permitted to leave the abussos,
which is not a very pleasant place to be in, even for the evil angels.
One can imagine the pandemonium and the constant jostling that goes on
at the abussos
among the rebellious evil angels. The legion of devils, who were
tormenting a certain man in the above story, dreaded that Christ would
command them to go to the abussos. And they begged Him not to command them to go to the deep (abussos). They find much happiness in tormenting people and animals than to be in the company of others of their kind.
The bottomless pit is certain location that serves as a confined habita-tion for some of the evil angels (devils.)
summarize, the bottomless pit is a certain location that serves as a
confined habitation for some of the evil angels (devils).
15. This does not make sense! How can the eighth king come from the abussos? How can the eighth king be a devil?
The eighth will be a devil from the abussos impersonating one of the 7 kings.
What we have been learning thus far will make more sense when we focus on the following verse: "And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition." Revelation 17:11. Yahuwah is clarifying that the eighth is really one of the seven kings.
Combining this important key with the fact that the eighth will be an
evil angel (devil) from the bottomless pit, we can begin to comprehend
what will soon sway the whole world into unprecedented capitulation.
The eighth king will be a devil from the abussos impersonating one of the 7 kings.
When the eighth king will appear on the scene, he will rapidly
spearhead the coming of the Roman Catholic Church out of her wilderness
experience into a full-fledged beast.
is not difficult at all to visualize this prophesied dramatic
transformation of the Roman Catholic Church (out of her wilderness
status and into a full beast status) once we identify the king (out of
the seven) who will be impersonated by a devil who ascends from the
16. Which of the seven popes will be impersonated by a devil from the abussos?
From the study of Revelation 13 & 17, we can conclude only one who constitutes the best personality for achieving Satan's end-time agenda: it is John Paul II the Great. Below are the reasons:
- Out of the seven kings, he is the only one that fulfills the prophesied statement: "And
I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly
wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast." Revelation 13:3.
John Paul II is the only king of the seven who experienced a deadly
wound in 1981, when he was nearly assassinated. Thereafter, the whole
world, as prophesied, wondered after him.
- Remember the divine hint: "five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come." Revelation 17:10.
When Apostle John was taken in a vision to the future, he was taken to
the time of the reign of the sixth king (John Paul II).
the most important reason: Which of the 7 kings is most known, loved
and respected in today's generation? If Satan would want to lead the
world into imposing universal laws for exalting his false Sabbath
(Sunday), who would be the most effective personality other than John
Paul II? Who would be more effective than him who called on Christians
to "ensure that civil
legislation respects their duty to keep Sunday holy…refraining from work
and activities which are incompatible with the sanctification of the
Lord's Day." [Apostolic Letter,
Des Domini of John Paul II, dated May 31, 1998]? Again, no one is better
suited for carrying the agenda of Satan than John Paul II. Hence,
impersonating him makes the most sense for Satan, who is intent on
deceiving the whole world.
17. How will a devil impersonate John Paul II?
impersonation of John Paul II by a devil will be followed by other
impersonations of known personalities climaxing with the impersonation
of Yahushua by Satan.
"And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light."2 Corinthians 11:14. Yahuwah
has not shed light through His written Word as to how the impersonation
will take place. Nonetheless, Apostle Paul has warned us that the
coming back of the beast in the last days will be "after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,and with all deceivableness" 2 Thessalonians 2:9, 10. The
elements which Satan will use to deceive the whole world and hold it
captive to his instrument, the Roman Catholic Church, are: (1) all
power, (2) signs, (3) lying wonders, and (4) all deceivableness.
impersonation of John Paul II by a devil will be followed by other
impersonations of known personalities climaxing with the impersonation
of Yahushua by Satan. He will make it appear to the whole world that
Yahuwah is distinctly honoring and blessing the Roman Catholic Church
with unprecedented divine manifestations and miracles. Satan will make
it appear that heaven has favored earth when it brought "back to life"
the world's most beloved personality, and that he has come back with a
divine agenda which should become the primary occupation of world
leaders. And it certainly will become
How will the impersonation of John Paul II change the world as we know
it today, and impact the eternal destiny of everyone alive?
Bible prophesies that there will be most dramatic and eventful changes
in the world once the Catholic Church regains her beast status, when she
comes out of her wilderness experience with the next pope, the eighth
king. Below is given a list of the most prominent changes that will take
place, as foretold by our loving heavenly Father in His Word:
will use the papacy (the beast power) and the USA to impose universal
religious laws to exalt Sunday, the violation of which will deprive
citizens of their basic rights of buying and selling: "And
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.
- Yahuwah's people, who will persist in refusing to honor the beast and accept the false Sabbath, will be persecuted and killed: "The image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed." Revelation 13:15.
19. The end of all things is at hand. I want to be found ready to receive my Master Yahushua when He comes. What should I do?
purpose of this study is to awaken beloved readers to the shortness of
time between now and the end of all things. We have seen that we are
living in the time of the seventh king, the last human pope. Yahuwah has
informed us, in His written Word, that the eighth king will transform
the Roman Catholic Church by bringing her out of her wilderness
experience and back to her former persecuting-beast status. The eighth
king, a devil impersonating John Paul II, will usher persecution for
Yahuwah's people who obey His Sabbath day. The time of the eighth
king/beast will witness hitherto unseen false miracles and signs, which
will exalt the papacy in the eyes of all who are not written in the Book
of Life: "The
beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the
bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth
shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the
foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is
not, and yet is."Revelation 17:8.
In the near future you shall find that your only safety will be in the Bible: "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.
That is why today the Bible must be our only infallible guide and rule.
Yahuwah's word is our sole safeguard against the influence of false
teachers and the delusive power of spirits of darkness that enshroud the
world today. Satan can most readily control the minds of those who are
unconscious of his influence. That is why the word of Yahuwah gives us
so many examples of his malignant work, unveiling before us his secret
forces, and thus placing us on our guard against his assaults. And that
is why Satan employs every possible device to prevent men from obtaining
true knowledge of the Bible, for its plain utterances reveal his
deceptions. At every revival of Yahuwah's work the prince of evil is
aroused to more intense activity; he is now putting forth his utmost
efforts for a final struggle against Christ and His followers. The last
great delusion is soon to open before us. Antichrist
is to perform his marvelous works in our sight. So closely will the
counterfeit resemble the true that it will be impossible to distinguish
between them except by the Holy Scriptures. By their testimony every
statement and every miracle must be tested.
who endeavor to obey all the commandments of Yahuwah will be opposed
and derided. In order to endure the trial before them, they must
understand the will of Yahuwah as revealed in His word; they can honor
Him only as they have a right conception of His character, government,
and purposes, and act in accordance with them. None but those who have
fortified the mind with the truths of the Bible will stand through the
last great conflict. To every soul will come the searching test: Shall I
obey Yahuwah rather than men? The decisive hour is even now at hand.
Are our feet planted on the rock of Yahuwah's immutable word? Are we
prepared to stand firm in defense of the commandments of Yahuwah and the
faith of Yahushua?
In the near future you shall find that your only safety will be in the Bible
love for you is seen clearly in revealing the future to you so that you
need not be taken unprepared by surprise. Christ's grace is
all-sufficient to cleanse you from all sin and to fit you to withstand
the impending conflict that you be found righteous when He appears the
second time. The time for this glorious desired end is measured today in
years rather than decades: "And
that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep:
for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far
spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of
darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly,
as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and
wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Master
Yahushua, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts
you become alarmed for your own soul, if you seek Yahuwah diligently,
He will be found of you; but He will accept no half-hearted repentance.
If you will forsake your sins, He is ever ready to forgive. Won't you
just now surrender to Him? Won't you look to Calvary and inquire: "Did Yahushua
make this sacrifice for me? Did He endure humiliation, shame, and
reproach, and suffer the cruel death of the cross because He desired to
save me from the sufferings of guilt and the horror of despair, and make
me unspeakably happy in His kingdom?" Look upon Him whom your sins have pierced, and resolve: "Yahuwah
shall have the service of my life. I will no longer unite with His
enemies; I will no longer lend my influence to the rebels against His
government. All I have and am is too little to devote to Him who so
loved me that He gave His life for me – His whole divine self for one so
sinful and erring." Separate
from the world, be wholly on Yahuwah's side, press the battle to the
gates, and you will win glorious victories. Will you resolve to obey
Him, as of this very minute, no matter what the price for such
obedience? Will you resolve to share this light with others, so that we
can truly hasten our Master's second coming?
Blessed is he who heeds the words of eternal life. Guided by "the Spirit of truth",
he will be led into all truth. Though he will not be loved, honored,
and praised by the world, yet he will be precious in the sight of
what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be
called the sons of Yahuwah: therefore the world knoweth us not, because
it knew Him not."I John 3:1.