Apostle Jacquelyn Fedor
ABOMINATIONS ACCEPTED IN THE CHURCH TODAY
In Revelation 17:4-5 we see a spiritual vision or picture of an idolatrous religious system that unfortunately encompasses much of today's church. Hopefully by the end of this lecture you will be aware of who this system is physically as well as spiritually, enlightened as to the depth of her wickedness, and knowledgeable of the symbolism found in her description. I say her, because she is a bride. Let us begin by reading
4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication.
5 And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
We can see her mark etched on the world's religions, especially on the denominational churches. The evil spirits that lurk behind idolatry are exactly what formed the denominations in the first place. Men, and the nugget of truth God gave them, became the idols that these denominations were founded on. But God moves on. New truth is constantly being released. These once on fire churches become lukewarm, and in some cases spiritually dead, and left on the street to die. They think they are alive and well! But, God is not a denomination, so if we are, we are simply not in His image. Revelation, chapter three describes this very thing.
1 "And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: "I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.
2 "Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.
3 "Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you (they are so busy fighting God's people and change that they really don't see His body being raised).
4 "You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy (these are those trapped in the spiritually dead churches that try to truly walk as holy as they know to walk).
5 "He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life (it's not once saved, always saved); but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
6 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."
We see the spiritually dead again in Revelation 11:8.
8 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom (Sodom was destroyed because of its immorality) and Egypt (the world's systems), where also our Lord was crucified (the great city is actually the religious system of Babylon).
NOT ONLY SPIRITUALLY DEAD, BUT VICIOUS
Churches that are a part of Babylon reproduce a very vicious kind of people as we find in verse 6 of Revelation 17.
6 I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.
In other words, those Babylon mentors are deceived and blinded by immorality and false doctrine, and therefore have become a people that hate God's family. This is mainly because they were at one time a part of God's people, but stubbornly refused to make the changes in their lifestyle that truth demands, or were raised by ones that had lawlessly made that choice. So they demean, belittle and over the ages, as the above scripture brings out, have even killed the Lord's people because of the truth they teach and the walk they make. All this to justify their own actions.
The precious stones that are found in the vision of Mystery Babylon are her personal treasures. These jewels are people however. Ones that were meant to be God's gems that are now allowing Babylon's filth and abominations into their lives. They became tainted through the unholy actions of those connected to them in the church. Or perhaps they were already involved in these things because they themselves didn't choose to walk out truth. Here is what God intended for His people to be as prophesied by Zechariah.
16 The LORD their God will save them in that day, As the flock of His people. For they shall be like the jewels of a crown, Lifted like a banner over His land-
They were to be His special treasure, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.
The gold Babylon is adorned with is symbolic of those who were called to leadership positions in God's Kingdom that she has lured into herself.
Malachi 3:3 and II Timothy 2:20-21 will help us to see this symbolism.
3 He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi (Israel's leaders, her priesthood), And purge them as gold and silver (they are His treasure), That they may offer to the LORD An offering in righteousness. (Those that do not want to be purged will become a part of Babylon where they can be accepted as they are or where change is not demanded.)
2 Timothy 2:20-21
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor.
21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
This tainted leadership (the wood and clay vessels) and all they mislead, end up drinking from Babylon's cup of abominations, walking contrary to truth and believing the lie of Satan that they are still OK with God. Because they belong to a church, they really think they are the children of God and therefore covered by the blood of Jesus, symbolized by the scarlet color Babylon is arrayed in. They see themselves as spiritually dressed in purple or as royalty (the color purple is symbolic of Royalty). Babylon's children walk in self delusion, arrogance and pride. They are so deceived!
MOTHER OF HARLOTS
Babylon is herself called the great harlot that fornicates with man's systems, and all that are a apart of this are one flesh or body with her.
1 Corinthians 6:15-17
15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not!
16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For "the two," He says, "shall become one flesh."
17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
This is a physical truth as well as a spiritual reality.
HOW TO RECOGNIZE BABYLON
Is the church you are affiliated with permissive concerning moral issues? What is its stand on abortion for instance? Homosexuality? Adultery and Fornication? What about gambling, drinking, drugs, witchcraft and mind control? There are many people that claim to be Christians that participate in these demonic activities. You say no way, but how many do yoga exercises and play with a Ouija board as a mere game. Or how many fortune tellers are frequented by so-called Christians. Horoscopes are read daily by people professing to be Godly. Behind many pulpits there are those that engage in pedophilia, pornography and other grossly perverted sexual practices. The spirit of perversion is absolutely huge in Babylon, resulting not only in perverted sexual practices, but perverted doctrine and truth as well.
The people connected to Babylon, as mentioned before, will unite to form a group or body that is in total opposition to Christ's body. If a person is a part of them, they too are, or soon will be, in opposition to Christ Himself also. Please hear what I am saying and leave at once if you discover you are one caught up in a permissive group. The nature and force behind these people is Satan! They are in fact the tabernacle or dwelling of Satan, united in one body through sin. They are Antichrist, the lawless one. Their mother is Babylon and they are governed by, and still a part of, the beastly worldly systems of man. 666 is their identification number and their description is found in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,
10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,
10 and with unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, (They believe they are still loved by God)
12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
If you look at the word condemned in the Strongs Concordance it could be translated as damned. Why were they damned or condemned? They did not believe the truth. You see Jesus is the Word, He is the Truth, He is Life. If you don't believe the Word, or truth, you do not believe in Jesus, so you will lose your life. Don't be deceived by Babylon.
2 And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen (like Eve, Babylon started out Godly, but fell for Satan's lies), and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for ever foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! (This affects the people that innocently become a part of her and do not take the time to inspect her fruit.)
3 "For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication (she is sanctioned by the world), the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her (she is the church of those in government), and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury." (Babylon is the church of the world. She tolerates their principles and unfair scale. Her religious artifacts are big business.)
SHE STILL LOOKS HOLY
She talks about God. She teaches Godly conduct, but she reproduces what she is behind closed doors. Remember, she has become the bride of Satan. She is good and evil, and can appear outwardly as an angel of light. Her Sunday Schools teach the innocent, her ladies' groups shape today's wives, and her men's groups mold the husbands. But what is she teaching? What abomination is she condoning? What filth has she sugarcoated? Homosexuality for instance runs rampant in her churches. God says it's an abomination!
27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge (see, again no love for truth), God
gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting
The Word definitely points homosexuality out as an abomination both in the New Testament and the Old. But the above do not want to hear the truth, so God gives up on them just as He did in II Thessalonians 2:11. Unfortunately those involved in these atrocities do not realize that God is not with them. Because of the church's permissive attitude, they believe they are still in the will of God.
But Leviticus 18:22 is pretty plain on this subject.
22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.
In fact, Leviticus 20:13 tells us that in God's eyes it is deserving of death!
13 If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. (God did not want this sin spread throughout Israel then or now!)
Homosexuality however has been so accepted in the church today that it is now marrying them. It encourages these sin riddled people to adopt children and is even allowing them to pastor, etc. Is a church group that permits this of God? According to the Bible this is a sign that our society is in its last stages of decay!
Does your church perhaps teach and condone abortion? Its murder! From the moment of conception to old age, a life is a life. John the Baptist while in his mother's womb recognized the voice of Mary and leaped for joy.
41 And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
42 Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
43 "But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 "For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
What if Elizabeth had aborted him? (No John the Baptist.) Or, what if Mary had aborted her baby? (No Jesus!)
In Psalms 139:13 David sang:
13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb.
God actually fashions us in our mother's womb, and even places the call on our life at that time. Satan knows who we are even as fetuses. Remember how he had King Herod try to kill Jesus? Before that even, he had the Pharaoh try to kill Moses. In Jeremiah 1:5 God tells Jeremiah,
5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations."
Look at what Apostle Paul said in Galatians 1:15-16.
15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb and called me through His grace,
16 to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood,
How many great men and women of God have been destroyed, murdered, and never allowed to fulfill the plan God had for them concerning His Kingdom before birth? Abortion is truly an abomination.
LUST OF THE FLESH
There are so many people involved in adultery in today's church and their children, at younger and younger ages, engage in fornication.
27 "You have heard that it was said to those of old, You shall not commit adultery.
28 "But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Who lives in our hearts?)
It was addressed in the original Ten Commandments! Paul warned very strongly in his day:
1 Corinthians 5:9-11
9 I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people.
10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. (these are the natural fruits of the unsaved)
11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner - not even to eat with such a person.
Babylon talks about this scripture, but doesn't walk it. She just closes her door and what she does behind it is her business and not God's!
The Jezebel spirit is a very strong and predominant principality in Babylon. Where the spirit of idolatry and error cause scriptural perversion, the Jezebel spirit causes the people themselves to be perverted morally. We can read about it in Revelation 2:18-23.
18 "And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass:
19 "I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first.
20 "Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel (referred to as she, as is Babylon, but it is a spirit that operates through people), who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.
21 "And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent.
22 "Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds.
23 "I will kill her children with death (the spiritually dead), and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.
What is your church's real opinion on drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, over-eating, etc.? These also are lusts of the flesh. They are idols in the lives of people, that not only enjoy them, but turn to them in time of need as crutches to make it through situations where God alone should be their support. A person may be indulging themselves in a substance they have an appetite for, but in reality they are appeasing the spirit behind it. The idol of gluttony, nicotine, etc are evil spirits that people are in bondage to. These spirits mean to destroy every part of their lives that is Godly and then eventually destroy the vessel they've enslaved.
Again Paul warns us in Romans 13:11-14
11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep (spiritual death); for now our salvation is nearer (redemption of our mortal bodies) than when we first believed.
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
13 Let us walk properly,
as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.
14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.
There are church groups that actually serve alcohol at their functions, and go outside for cigarette breaks, etc. The problem is, Babylon is the home of demons that have reached the depth of hatred, bitterness, and perversion. They were sent by Satan to kill, steal and destroy all that is Godly. Lust, homosexuality, gluttony, drunkenness, witchcraft etc are all expressions of demonic activity. They are the fruit of the tree of good and evil. Here is the promise to the righteous however in Matthew 7:19-20.
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.
In Luke 10:19 thankfully Jesus gives those who want to walk holy the power to do so. We do not need to be in bondage to these things, nor do we need to be captivated by people that try to ensnare us to be like them, or imprisoned by their demon possessed churches!
19 "Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
1 John 4:4 assures us the Holy Spirit is greater than any other spirit. Plus, we have angels that fight for us against the powers of darkness as we pray for help.
1 John 4:4
4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Acts 5:18 and 19 is an example of our protective covering from the angels.
18 and laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the common prison.
19 But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out,
HOW TO ESCAPE BABYLON
If we want to find a way out of Babylon, Revelation 18:4 tells us what to do first. Separate! Escape!
4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, "Come out of her, My people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.
There is the promise of help for those that will obediently come out of Babylon. As already stated, first we must separate from her and repent of ever being a part. The next step is to be born over again for a totally new beginning, and be filled with the Spirit so you can be led, trained and matured by God. Another vital step in being set free is to experience Isaiah 61, or the ministry of deliverance so you can be all that the Lord has called you to be, as well as the body you are now a member of. In other words, if you are not all you can be, the rest of the body cannot be all they are to be.
WHO THEN REALLY IS THE CHILD OF GOD ?
Psalms 102:18 shows us this end time born again child of God.
18 This will be written for the generation to come (a different kind of people from those that are descendants of Adam), That a people yet to be created (God does a new thing in this people, they are created as a different kind) may praise the LORD. (These new ones are born to praise God.)
As Galatians 3:27-29 assures us, if we are baptized into Christ, meaning cut off from the Adamic race and born again through the name of Jesus, then we are Abraham's seed and he was a Hebrew. The proof of Abraham's lineage is found in Genesis 14:13 if you would like to investigate this. But let us turn to Galatians three and read concerning God's people.
27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
This means the born again are also Hebrew when born through God and that the many promises He has made His children Israel are opened to them also. That is, if they will stay separate from the world, walk in repentance and live and walk holy in the shadow of their Father. For instance, as God destroys the harlot and the beastly systems she upholds, here is the promise and the hope of the Lord's people as promised through the angel Gabriel to Daniel.
1 "At that time Michael shall stand up, The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people (Daniel was a Hebrew); And there shall be a time of trouble, Such as never was since there was a nation, Even to that time. (Now here is our promise) And at that time your people shall be delivered, Every one who is found written in the book.
To be named among those found in the book of life we must surely separate from what God calls abominable and so we must leave Babylon. Jesus prophesied the separation of the righteous at the end of this age and the destruction of the wicked as well. This too will be handled through the angels. We will be marked for life or death depending on where they find us and what we are doing.
49 "So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just,
50 "and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
The fate of Babylon and those that chose to remain in her loving care is recorded in Revelation 18:7-8.
7 "In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow for she says in her heart, I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.
8 "Therefore her plagues will come in one day - death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her.
God says in verse 20 that we are not to feel sorry for Babylon or her people. They wouldn't listen when warned to change, nor would they come out of the evil religious systems, but instead, actually came against those who tried to give them truth and warn them. In fact, God says to.
20 "Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!"
For misleading so many of the Lord's people by permissively allowing sin, teaching false doctrines and lies, and for stealing His precious stones, His treasure, through offering them a comfort zone where change is not necessary, let us read of her fate in verse 21.
21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea (of humanity), saying, "Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore.
This punishment is in fulfillment of Matthew 18:7-8.
6 "But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
7 "Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!
And look at the warning found in I Corinthians 8:12.
1 Corinthians 8:12
12 But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.
You see, when people allow the enemy to operate through them to gossip, ridicule and destroy the validity of God's leaders and people, they are really coming against the Lord. They may or may not realize what they are doing, but as the Apostle John said in I John 4:20-21,
1 John 4:20-21
20 If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?
21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.
This statement is made by Jesus in Matthew 25:40.
40 "And the King will answer and say to them, Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.
So this is how Jesus sees it whether we want to acknowledge it or not. When people attack His brothers they are automatically in opposition to Him. Not a good place to be!
Babylon is the opposite of New Jerusalem. The Beast she rides, man's government, is in opposition to Zion, God's government. There are two opposite forces that function through them, Satan and Christ. Satan is uniting those he dwells in to become a body to oppose those Christ lives in. Satan unites through sin and hate, Christ unites those that walk in holiness through love. Whose side are we really on? Whose mark is on us? Revelation 18:4 should mean so much more to us now. So let us go back and read it one more time.
4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, 'Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.
In this particular lecture we have discussed the lusts of the flesh harbored by Babylon. In the next few lectures we will in detail, expose her lies, and her horrible perversion of the Word, in depth. We will further remove her mask and reveal who and what she really is, that her captives may be set free.