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We have learned that a living temple is built on a foundation of apostles and prophets. To do their jobs, the apostles and prophets must put their own thoughts, feelings, and egos aside. They must submit to the Spirit, and then submit to one another in the Spirit. They must put the Spirit first, the brotherhood second, and the focus must forever be service.
In contrast, the Catholic Church was a political creation (for more details, see Nazarene Israel). By 325 CE the Roman Emperor Constantine’s empire was divided. Half of his subjects practiced torahless Christianity, and the other half worshipped the sun. Emperor Constantine knew he needed a common religion to unify his empire. Therefore, he convened the Council of Nicea which helped to merge Christianity and sun worship, and form a universal (Catholic) faith. He put his political agenda first, forced a brotherhood second, and banished the Spirit of Truth.
The Catholics could force unity on a false foundation as long as the average man could not read the Scriptures for himself. However, by 1517 the printing press made it possible for most men to have a copy of the Scriptures, and when Martin Luther pointed out that the Roman church did not follow Scripture, the people broke away from the pope.
One might say Martin Luther showed the people that the cornerstone of the Roman Church was Emperor Constantine (or the pope), not Yeshua. In Revelation and the End Times we show how the bride broke away from this satanic foundation, and is fleeing from the dragon (the papacy), while the dragon spews a flood of water out of his mouth (symbolic of unclean doctrines), trying to sweep her away in the flood.
Hitgalut (Revelation) 12:13-15
13 Now when the dragon [Satan] saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman [Israel] who gave birth to the male Child [Yeshua].
14 But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.
15 So the serpent spewed water [unclean doctrine] out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood.
We explain the bride’s flight in more detail in Nazarene Israel and in Revelation and the End Times, but what we need to see here is that first Yeshua was struck by the Romans, and then His ministers (under-shepherds) were struck by the Roman Catholics. Next, the Catholic foundation was struck by an increase in knowledge, as the Protestant Reformation took hold, and the sheep fled (just as Zechariah said).
7 “Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, Against the Man who is My Companion,” Says Yahweh of hosts. “Strike the Shepherd, And the sheep will be scattered; Then I will turn My hand against the little ones.”
We are Yeshua’s flock, and He is our Good Shepherd. Without a shepherd, the sheep are easy prey for the wolves.
So now let us view the flight of the bride as a series of pastures into which the sheep fled. Yet notice that knowledge is a problem, because the more knowledge the sheep gain, the more the flock scatters.
On the left end of this spectrum, the Catholics suppress knowledge, to hold their foundation together. On the right end of this spectrum, the Messianics actively study, but the more knowledge they gain, the more they fragment. What we see then, is an inverse relationship between knowledge and unity, such that knowledge is a problem. This shows that all of these pastures belong to replacement theology Babylon.
|++ Unity||+ Unity||– Unity||– – Unity|
|– – Study||– Study||+ Study||+ + Study|
If we turn the series of Babylonian pastures and the fragmented foundation up on its side, we can see how it is a Babylonian tree with bad fruit.
Yeshua says that a good tree can only bear good fruit, and a bad tree can only bear bad fruit. If the fruit is good, then the tree is good—but if the fruit is bad, then so is the tree.
Mattityahu (Matthew) 7:16-20
16 “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”
Many Messianics, Christians, and Catholics believe they have Yeshua’s Spirit of Truth, but they either suppress knowledge, or they disdain unity. This is not the fruit the apostles bore.
To manifest good fruit, we must pray, and ask Yahweh to cut us out of the bad olive tree, and graft us into the good olive tree, of which Yeshua is the root, and the apostolic foundation is the trunk. The root extracts the nutrients and water from the soil, and the trunk passes the nutrients to the branches (the elders), who pass them to the twigs (the deacons), who pass them to the leaves (the people).
The root determines the fruit. When Yeshua is our root, we are eager to do His works. We are joyful to give of our time, talents, and money—even our lives—if it will further His kingdom, because we know it will please Him.
If we are to build a set-apart nation, we must start with a true foundation. All else is of Babylon.