Chapter 5:

Thoughts on the Coming Persecution

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In Revelation and the End Times we show how torahless Christianity, rabbinic Judaism, and Islam are Babylonian faiths. The reason they are Babylonian is that instead of being true to the entire Torah (and the original faith) they focus on one aspect of the Torah (and the original faith). Working together they create a spectrum of substitutes for the Torah, as if they are clusters of arrows that miss the mark in one direction or another.

In Revelation and the End Times we saw how the church is Mystery Babylon. She is Mystery Babylon because outwardly she looks like the faith in Yeshua, but she is not. Her job is to lure as many of Yeshua’s followers into a coming false one world religion as she can.

Christianity, Judaism, and Islam all struggle with each other, and yet secretly they all collude to establish a one world government, with a one world religion (that will not be based on the Torah). Revelation 13 speaks of the coming one world religion as the first beast which comes up out of the sea. This is in its infancy as the United Religions Initiative (URI). Revelation 13 also speaks of a second beast that comes up out of the land. This refers to the coming one world government, which is in its infancy as the United Nations (UN). (For more details, please see Revelation and the End Times.)

Hitgalut (Revelation) 13:11-18
11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb [UN and URI] and spoke like a dragon [Satan].
12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast [Rome/Islam] in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast [Rome/Islam], whose deadly wound was healed.
13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.
14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast [URI] who was wounded by the sword and lived [Catholic and Ottoman empires].
15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast [possibly URI], that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads,
17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666 [chi xi stigma].

No matter in which language Revelation was written, the thought patterns are Hebraic. In Hebrew, then, the word for earth is aretz (ארץ). Depending upon the context, aretz can refer either to the land of Israel, the Middle East (i.e., the ancient known world), or to the earth (i.e., the globe). Therefore, we don’t know whether the UN will rule only over the land of Israel, or over the entire Middle East. However, as we show in Revelation and the End Times, the UN cannot rule over the globe, because there will be a war between the nations at trumpet 6.

Hitgalut (Revelation) 9:14-16
14 saying to the sixth messenger (angel) who had the trumpet, “Release the four messengers who are bound at the great river Euphrates.”
15 So the four messengers, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind.
16 Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them.

Logically, if the UN comes to full power, and rules over the entire globe, the nations will not be able to fight with each other. Yet since we are told the nations will fight at trumpet 6, the UN can only be brought to something less than full power. This along with the fact that historically, the way to survive Babylonian persecution was to stay away from the major centers of power (e.g., Rome, etc.), then logically we do not want to be in the land of Israel during the tribulation, unless Yahweh specifically tells us to go.

Yet the principle is not to think our way through life, or to follow logic, but to pray, and listen for Yahweh’s voice.

Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 30:21
21 “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.”

We also should not fear what man can do to us. Rather, we are only to fear Yahweh, knowing that He is perfectly in charge, and that man cannot do anything to us unless Yahweh allows it (for His reasons).

Mattityahu (Matthew) 10:28-31
28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.
30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

Yahweh will call the Two Witnesses to Jerusalem during the Tribulation. They will die there, and be resurrected. The 144,000 will also die during the tribulation, and be rewarded as firstfruits.

Hitgalut (Revelation) 14:3-5
3 They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth.
4 These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to Elohim and to the Lamb.
5 And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of Elohim.

As for the rest of us, persecution is increasing, and will continue to increase. As we show in Revelation and the End Times, King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed of a statue, symbolic of an enduring Babylonian empire. The toes of the statue were made from iron (Roman Christianity) mixed with clay (Islam).

Daniel 2:37-45
37 “You, O king, are a king of kings. For the Elohim of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory;
38 and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all — you are this head of gold.
39 But after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours [Medea-Persia]; then another, a third kingdom of bronze [Greece], which shall rule over all the earth [land].
40 And the fourth kingdom [Rome] shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others.
41 Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron [Rome] mixed with ceramic clay [Islam].
42 And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron [Roman Christianity] and partly of clay [Islam], so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile.
43 As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron [Rome] does not mix with clay [Islam].
44 And in the days of these kings the Elohim of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.
45 Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold — the great Elohim has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.”

The reason Masonic Western governments are allowing Muslim immigration into their borders is that it leads to a rise in violent conflict inside of their countries, which leads to a need for more government, and more police. In other words, it leads to the rise of the second beast. In America they are even spending taxpayer funds to bring Muslims in, and plant them in conservative areas, in order to weaken conservative enclaves.

Catholic and Orthodox countries are historically less tolerant of divergent beliefs, which explains why Latin America and Eastern Europe have lower percentages of Muslims than most Protestant nations. (Other nations which have undertaken ideological cleansing, such as Vietnam and Cambodia, also have lower percentages of Muslims. Japan also has lower percentages of Muslims, as traditional Japanese society is strongly pro-ethnic.)

So what do we do? Everyone has different ideas. Some are already fleeing to South and Central America, to get away from what they see as rising tyranny in America. To that I can only say, pray, and listen. If we are hearing and obeying His voice (rather than our own), Yahweh will take care of us, and bless us. As our forefathers said, the best place to be is in His will.

I do not recommend rebellion against the government. There are some times for civil disobedience, which we cover in “Obedience to Government” (in Nazarene Scripture Studies, Volume 1). However, in general we are to obey the governments appointed over us, and do our best to be good, exemplary, law-abiding citizens, and give a good witness.

Romim (Romans) 13:1-7
1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from Elohim, and the authorities that exist are appointed by Elohim.
2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of Elohim, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.
3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same.
4 For he is Elohim’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is Elohim’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.
5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.
6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are Elohim’s ministers attending continually to this very thing.
7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.

When Babylon falls (after trumpet 7, at the end of the tribulation) it will be different—but for the moment we are generally to be in subjection to the governments Yahweh has put over us.

Some Christian patriots encourage us to resist Babylon. That is not scriptural. In “Yeshua’s Definition of Belief” (in Torah Government v2), we show that the zealots of John 6 were a group of Israelites who wanted to make Yeshua their king, so that He could lead a military revolt against the Romans.

Yochanan (John) 6:14-15
14 Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Yeshua did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”
15 Therefore when Yeshua perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.

Yeshua then traveled across the Sea of Galilee, and the zealots followed. When they caught up with Him again, Yeshua told them that even though they sought to make Him their king (so He could throw the Romans off by force), they did not believe.

Yochanan (John) 6:36
36 “But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe.”

As we show in that article, the reason Yeshua said they did not truly believe was that they wanted to use Him as a prop to do their will, rather than laying down their lives to do His. Laying down our lives is a transformative test of our faith. No matter where we live, the main thing is that we hear and obey Yahweh’s voice, and do what Yeshua said, which is to establish a unified body of true worshippers all around the world.

In Nazarene Israel and in Torah Government we saw how Yeshua wants us to volunteer our time, talents, and tithes to build Him a unified kingdom worldwide. We also saw that this entails supporting the local congregational leaders, and helping them evangelize their communities. We also saw how the congregational leaders are called to support the set-apart priesthood, which ties all of the supporting congregations together worldwide.

People ask me my plans. If Yahweh wills, I plan to stay where I was planted, unless or until I am no longer able to do the job. Should that happen (and it may happen), then I will move, and be happy. But above all I intend to pray, and listen for what He wants me to do.

We know big changes are coming, but we don’t know exactly what they are. We just have to wait, see, and play things by ear. Most people I know are concerned not for themselves, but for their families. Sometimes they ask me for advice, and the best advice I can give you is that if we will pray, and listen, and do whatever Yahweh tells us to do, and live wherever He tells us to live, then one way or another, we will be in His favor. And that is always the best place to be.

Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 29:11-14
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says Yahweh, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
14 I will be found by you, says Yahweh, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.”

May Yahweh bless and provide for us all.

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