God is giving an urgent message today to the people in the various churches. It is a SALVATIONAL message, and we know this because of what is said in Revelation 18:1-4:
Revelation 18:1-5 …’And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, 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. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. 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. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.’
Please read our who is the Whore of Babylon page and you will see that Babylon represents the fallen churches of the world, including the Roman Catholic Church AND the Protestant churches.
Is Revelation 18:1-5 a salvational message? Absolutely! And we know this because God is telling His people who are still in Babylon to ‘come out of her’, otherwise they will partake of her sins and receive of her plagues. Anyone who receives of the 7 last plagues will be lost, because they are poured out after probation has closed and will be received by those who have been deceived by the churches of Babylon, and they will be forever lost!
This is why God is lovingly calling His people to COME OUT of Babylon, so that they can be saved. He does not want them to perish. But if they do not heed His calling and continue to follow their churches, instead of following Christ, then God cannot do any more for them, because He will not force anyone to obey Him, and they will end up perishing with the fallen churches.
What is the message from God? “COME OUT.” But what is the message from the fallen churches and the world? “COME IN and let us put aside truth, so that we can all unite together.” But just look at the following prophecy of what is coming upon the churches soon:
Ezekiel 9:1-7 …’He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand. And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar. And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side; And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house. And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city.’
This is a scene that is soon to be fulfilled among the various churches. And we know Ezekiel 9 is pointing to the churches in the end times, because of two major factors. One is that it mentions God’s true people who ‘sigh and cry for the sins’ will be ‘marked in their foreheads’, pointing to Revelation 14:1-5 which confirms God’s end time saints as receiving the ‘seal of God’, or the ‘Father’s name in their foreheads.’ And two, that the apostle Paul says that we – the church – are now the ‘temple of God’ (1 Cor.3:16). And the apostle Peter says that ‘judgment must begin with the house of God.’ (1 Peter 4:17). So for God to say ‘begin at My sanctuary’ in Ezekiel 9 above, He is clearly saying that the destruction is coming FIRST to the church – the unfaithful churches!
“Study the 9th chapter of Ezekiel. These words will be literally fulfilled; yet the time is passing, and the people are asleep. They refuse to humble their souls and to be converted. Not a great while longer will the Lord bear with the people who have such great and important truths revealed to them, but who refuse to bring these truths into their individual experience. The time is short. God is calling; will you hear? Will you receive His message? Will you be converted before it is too late? Soon, very soon, every case will be decided for eternity.” (Manuscript Releases, Vol.1, p.260)
The majority of professed Christians in this world are living comfortable, easy lives, thinking they need not do anything for the Lord. They are building a future for this world, rather than a future in heaven. They are storing up treasure on earth, rather than treasure in heaven. And they are unaware of the soon coming judgment, where Jesus will say to them … “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:23). It is only those who are DOING the will of God which will be saved (Matthew 7:21). And it is only those, as Ezekiel 9 confirmed above, who are ‘sighing and crying for the abominations’ in the churches who will be marked with God’s seal, and spared from the coming destruction.
The churches of the world today are nothing like the New Testament church. FLEE! FLEE!
Amos 8:3 …’And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day, saith the Lord God: there shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with silence.’
What is the cause of the churches becoming ‘FALLEN’ and in danger of the coming destruction? Because they have rejected the truth of God in favor of the creeds and traditions of men. The one true God and His Son Jesus as revealed in the Bible have been rejected, in favor of a strange ‘3 in 1’ trinity god. The Sabbath and commandments of the Lord our God have been rejected. The sanctuary message has been rejected. The truth about complete victory over sin has been rejected. The truth that we are complete in Christ has been rejected. Just to name a few! And the churches have ‘mingled’ themselves with the world, committing fornication with the heathen around them and with the governments, just as Israel of old.
The churches are full of people who follow man, instead of following Christ and are slaves to sin, rather than to the Spirit. The majority of people trust and obey man, rather than trusting and obeying Christ our Lord. This is the crux of the third angel’s message of Revelation 14. Those who receive the mark of the beast will be those who give their allegiance to man over Christ and His truth. Look at what God warned us:
2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 …’And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.’
Hosea 4:1,6 …’Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land … My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.’
How many people in this world have a real ‘LOVE for the TRUTH’? Not many sadly. The truth of God’s Word has been replaced with ‘church creeds.’ And it is through those creeds that the churches are coming together in this ecumenical movement with Rome. Truth has been pushed aside for ‘peace’ and ‘unity.’ The majority of people in the churches do not truly study for themselves. They are not allowing God to teach them His truth, which is why there is so much confusion in the churches. So God is allowing them to be taken by the ‘deadly delusions’ of Satan, because they are putting their trust in the leaders and ‘theologians’, rather than being led by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus did not tell us to “abide in the churches.” He said .. “Abide in ME.” John 15:4-6).
As a result of this, we are seeing all sorts of errors and evils entering the churches – God’s law rejected – Homosexual lifestyle accepted – Women ordained leaders over men – Worldly rock and pop music – No conviction or warning about sin, etc. And the result of this will be the destruction mentioned in Ezekiel 9 above. Yes, we are all sinners, but once we come to Christ, He CHANGES US and we become ‘new creatures’, no longer fulfilling the lusts of the flesh, but walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-24) and keeping God’s commandments by faith in Christ (Revelation 14:12). When we are in Christ, there is no longer any such thing as ‘culture’ or ‘tradition’, as Christ breaks down all these things, and we all become NEW in Christ. So to use ‘culture’ and ‘tradition’ to excuse sin is not accepted by the Lord. We should no longer be influenced by anything from our past. We should only be influenced by the Lord Jesus Christ and His Spirit working in our hearts and minds.
People are even taught and believe that you have to be a member of and attend a church to be saved. But this is Satan’s deception to take people away from Christ. The Lord said … “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6). Jesus did NOT say ‘the church is the way to the Father.’ No, HE is the only way. No church on earth can save you! Only Jesus can.
As a result of the great apostasy of God’s professed people, the Lord is giving a final warning to WAKE UP … Amos 8:2 …’Then said the Lord unto me, the end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more.’ – What a fearful statement! Wake up! Wake up!
Revelation 12:17 …’And 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.’
God does have a people in these last days, known as His ‘remnant’ people. But think about this. What is a remnant? A remnant is something that is left of THE ORIGINAL. So the ‘remnant CHURCH’ (a people, NOT a building or denomination) is what is left of the ORIGINAL church in the time of Christ. A church that did NOT have any man made creed, but where followers of the teachings of Christ alone. A church that did NOT have leaders who lorded it over the people. A church that did NOT tolerate sin. A church that laid all on the altar of sacrifice – money, houses, possessions. A church that was persecuted for their faith. A church that would NEVER unite with the state powers. This was a church that followed the Lord Jesus Christ, just as the remnant will:
Revelation 14:1-5 …’And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.’
This is God’s remnant people in the last days. John sees them standing on mount Zion with Christ, as a symbol of their victory over this world and over sin. Yes, they will go through great trials and persecution. But they ‘loved not their lives unto death’ (Revelation 12:11). Instead, their eyes were fixed firmly upon Christ and He redeems them as His own people, ‘a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle’:
Ephesians 5:27 …’That he might present it to himself A GLORIOUS CHURCH, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.’
The remnant people of God will not be dependent upon the denominations of the day. They will not be dependent upon man to teach them. They will depend upon the Lord Jesus Christ alone. They will be the ones ‘abiding in Christ’ (John 15), and allowing Christ to live His perfect life in them.
So what is the message? What is the call to the world? The churches of the world have FALLEN and we must come out of these churches, so that we receive not of her sins and plagues. We must stop trusting in man and the church leaders and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone. We must stop following man and the churches and follow the Lord Jesus Christ alone. FLEE Laodicea! FLEE Babylon! GO TO JESUS! GO TO JESUS!