Psalm 87 Your name must not be blotted out
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Natural birth gives you no spiritual advantage. Jesus had the lowliest birth in an obscure town
- Zion or Sion is the dwelling place of God
- A mountain represents a kingdom
- But there are many antichrists
- From Egypt to Babylon and Rome they opposed the Word
- Natural birth gives you no spiritual advantage
- The Highest has the lowest birth
- Love of money undermines the restoration of truth
- Zion is a spiritual concept that is eternal
- The revised roll of the names that stayed in the Book
Zion or Sion is the dwelling place of God
PSALM 87:1 A Psalm or Song for the sons of Korah. His foundation is in the holy mountains.
The foundation you build on determines if the building will stand.
This creates the immediate impression of an earthly mountain being a preview or symbol of a heavenly mountain.
REVELATION 14:1 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.
The mind is in the forehead.
The Bible speaks of "the mind of the spirit" and "the spirit of the mind".
The words "mind" and "spirit" can only be interchangeable if they refer to the same thing.
ROMANS 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is
the mind of the Spirit,
EPHESIANS 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
God's great Plan is for His Spirit to dwell within the minds of men and women so that we can understand the thoughts of God.
Zion is a symbol of God living within mankind to control and expand our thinking.
The 144000 Jews who come out of great Tribulation know the name of the Father. Thus, they are not Trinitarians who cannot explain why their “names” for the Father (Jehovah, El, Elah, Elohim, etc.) cannot be found in the New Testament.
In the New Testament, "God the Father" of the three-Person-Trinity is thus nameless.
In the Old Testament, “God the Father” is never written. The Spirit of God needed a perfect human Son of God in Whom all of God could indwell before He could be called “God the Father”.
But the 144000 have a higher knowledge as they know the name of “God the Father”. God became “God the Father” when the Son of God was born. The fulness of the Godhead lived in the Man Jesus.
COLOSSIANS 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Thus, Jesus Christ is the human name of God.
There is no such expression as “God the Son” in the Bible.
God is a Spirit, God is not a Man.
NUMBERS 23:19 God is not a man,
Jesus, as a Man is not God. The fulness of God dwelling in Him makes Him God.
Jesus Christ was God coming down to the level of mankind by dwelling in a single Man.
ISAIAH 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
REVELATION 1:5 And from Jesus Christ,
REVELATION 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
"Which is to come" in the seven church ages of which the beginning (first church age) and the ending (last church age) are most important because the 7th age has to merge into the first age that had the truth that Jesus Christ is Almighty God.
Then God wanted to dwell in His Bride-church during the 7 church ages.
After that, God wanted to dwell in the 144000 Jews who would protect His Bride.
I CORINTHIANS 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
God wants to dwell in the human heart.
PSALM 2:6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
God dwelling in Zion is linked to God dwelling in the human heart.
I CORINTHIANS 3:10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
The foundation combines different concepts together.
The foundation connects the building to the ground.
The apostle Paul, an expert tentmaker, sewed together Law and Grace as well as Free-will and Predestination. He also sewed together the three titles of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost as manifestations of the ministry of Jesus Christ, Who is Almighty God.
God above us as the Father, God with us as the Son, and God in us as the Holy Ghost.
JOHN 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
JOHN 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
But we also have to fit into God’s Plan. He wants the seventh or last church age of the Eagle to return to the first church age of the Lion of the tribe of Judah, Jesus, Who is the Word of God.
I CORINTHIANS 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
The Lord founded the church on the power of His own Godhead.
He is Almighty God.
From Him will branch forth the seven church ages which form His Bride. His most precious creation. God is building her for eternity.
Jesus is the central branch of the candlestick. Thus, only the first church age is guaranteed, not the 7th age of deception.
REVELATION 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man,
JOHN 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,
The Word is our foundation.
A mountain represents a kingdom
DANIEL 2:34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
The Coming Capstone will complete the pyramid of the resurrected Bride-church from seven church ages. The Capstone that catches up the Bride to Heaven will destroy the world system of churches and the Gentile concepts of civilization.
The world then enters great Tribulation, which ends in the massive battle of Armageddon (war is symbolized by wind).
DANIEL 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
The image is destroyed. Human religious beliefs are just a pile of junk.
From those ruins, there grows a mighty Kingdom, the Millennium or 1000 years of peace. This is represented by a long-lasting mountain.
This basically tells us that our present civilization on planet earth is evil and is only fit to be destroyed during the 3½ years of great Tribulation.
God’s Kingdom will last. A 1000-years of peace and justice with Jesus ruling as the King.
Only the Gospel of Matthew speaks of the Kingdom of Heaven, which refers to the specific church age that each believer happens to be in.
Matthew Chapter 13 deals with 7 parables of the Kingdom of Heaven. The 7 church ages.
The believers in each church age had to combat that spirit of antichrist, which opposed the Word for that age.
Rome is built on seven mountains, symbolized by the seven hills of Rome that are shown below.
Each hill symbolizes a church age which was the Kingdom of God for that age.
REVELATION 17:9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
The woman (or church) is Vatican City, which rose to power, as the nerve centre of the Roman Catholic Church, on the seven hills of Rome.
REVELATION 17:18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city,
which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
The pagan Roman spirit was manifest in all seven church ages.
That is the foundation of that antichrist spirit. It has changed and adapted as the Roman Empire collapsed in AD 476. The pagan Roman spirit was then resurrected in the Roman Catholic church.
There is a Roman Catholic church on each of the 7 hills of Rome.
I JOHN 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God:
and this is that spirit of antichrist,
whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
But there are many antichrists
I JOHN 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
Unclean spirits are difficult to understand. Legion had an unclean spirit, but they were many spirits.
MARK 5:8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
:9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.
That spirit of antichrist sneaks in by religious deception that changes or contradicts the Bible. Religious deception then embraced political involvement and finally produced Big Business megachurches and an obsession with money-making.
I JOHN 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
Many antichrist spirits arose in the early church but left because they could not remain Scriptural.
The difference between truth and error was based on proving what you believe, just from the Bible.
Antichrist spirits cannot do that, nor can they fully obey the Bible.
They make people Bible-illiterate as the people become uninterested in the Bible verses that they cannot explain.
The end result of that antichrist spirit riding on the three horses of religious deception, political involvement, and big-money religion is to unite all three in a macabre dance of Death. Two billion people will die under the Fourth Seal, which describes the 3½ years of great Tribulation.
Only by realizing where the church systems disagree with God’s Word can you discover an error.
We learn from our mistakes. The Roman Catholic church system of man-made organization took the world far away from Scripture and very subtly opposed the restoration of Bible truth. By learning to expose their crafty speculations, we deepen our own knowledge of truth and learn to cling to what the Bible says. Every Bible word is true. We learn a deeper understanding of Scripture only by exposing the church's errors.
Only by staying with God’s Word can you discover the truth.
Only by contradicting errors can you understand the deeper truth.
Satan’s first attack on the church was to get them to lose their love of truth and accept one-man human leaders as the elevated head of each church. The spirit of the Nicolaitans set out to build up big churches that could accumulate wealth and attract ambitious men.
God started with small local churches run by local elders that met in houses.
I PETER 5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
This is getting towards the end of the New Testament, and Peter puts the emphasis on local elders who are among the people.
I PETER 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
Feed the flock with Scripture and take the leadership role as a group.
I PETER 5:3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
There is not one person who is in charge. Elders lead by example.
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Show me by the Bible what's greater, in the Bible, than a local elder to a local church?
That's right, yes, sir, the sovereignty of the local church, each church in itself.
HEBREWS 11:10 For he [Abraham] looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
The only foundation that Abraham looked for was God’s Word. No other city would last. The Vatican City is Satan’s opposition to God’s Plan. But it will be burned with fire like Sodom was.
REVELATION 18:2 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.
REVELATION 18:9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
From Egypt to Babylon and Rome they opposed the Word
Human kingdoms are a short-lived morass or swamp of human opinions.
It is no use building on the sands of time that ran out for Egypt with her military might and trinity doctrines when they opposed the first Exodus. The journey of the Jews out of Egypt.
Babylon then used military might that was joined to Nimrod’s pagan mysteries and Egypt’s trinities. Babylon lost its military power but created Mystery Babylon, which is the modern denominational church system whose unscriptural beliefs oppose the third Exodus. That is the journey of the Bride out of the churches.
After Alexander the Great died mysteriously when he tried to build up Babylon, the city fell into ruins. Saddam Hussein tried to rebuild Babylon but was killed during the American invasion of Iraq. So, Babylon remains a deserted ruin. But Mystery Babylon survived as the Roman Catholic denominational church system.
REVELATION 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.
:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
The holy city is the Bride. God dwelling in His true church. This is the city for eternity. This is God’s final dwelling place, or Zion.
A mighty pyramid about 1300 miles high is the final mountain that God dwells on.
PSALM 87:2 The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
The gates of hell cannot prevail against a revelation.
The gates of hell are the open mouths of those who preach error and unscriptural traditions.
God has 12 gates that protect His Bride-City.
REVELATION 21:12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
Jacob produced the twelve tribes of Judah, whom God loved best of all the nations that dwelled on earth. But then came His Christian Bride, whom God loved better than the best.
At Calvary, the love of God crossed over from Jew to Gentile. God’s love and redemption entered the feet of the Gentile image, which became the seven church ages.
At the end of the seventh age, God returns back to the Jews during great Tribulation to pull out 144000 Jews who will be spiritual eunuchs, protectors of the King’s Bride.
Thus, the greatest glory of the Jews will not be when they dwelled in their own land to pursue their own interests. It will be when they form a protective wall around the Bride. They will guard the gates that allow entry to the Bride, the Lamb’s wife.
PSALM 87:3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.
The Bride is God’s City.
She will be glorious in her godly beauty.
New Jerusalem is the Lamb’s Wife. That will be the main Jewel of the King.
The City descends from God onto a great pyramid mountain. That foundation is eternal.
The real glory of God will appear in the future for those who treasured God's Word as the only foundation on which they would build their faith.
Natural birth gives you no spiritual advantage
PSALM 87:4 I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there.
These nations were highly spoken of at one time, but then their importance faded.
Human importance does not last.
Can you name the millionaires of Babylon?
We think that people have an advantage if they are born of wealthy or famous parents.
But from a spiritual viewpoint, a person’s natural birth gives them no advantage. Nations vary in their glory. So, where you are born makes no difference in the long run.
Egypt once was the world’s superpower. People trembled in the face of their armies.
The word Rahab (that describes Egypt) implies being fierce with insolent pride because of their great military strength. But they fell from that high position and were swept into the dustbin of fallen empires. Being born in Egypt now has no advantage.
ISAIAH 51:9 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?
:10 Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over?
Verse 10 refers to the opening of the Red Sea to allow the Israelites to escape from Egypt.
The dragon is Satan, who made a number of trinities for the Egyptians to worship.
Thus Rahab refers to the first Exodus. God's Plan began with this escape of the nation of Israel from the mud pits and slavery of the world's superpower, Egypt.
Babylon was the head of gold in the Gentile image that Nebuchadnezzar saw.
The Mysteries of Babylon would resurrect to life in the Roman Catholic Church to produce Mystery Babylon and fool saved Christians away from the restored Word, back into pagan errors.
Babylon was a mighty military superpower, but in addition, the priesthood was the proud descendants of Nimrod’s rebellion against God. The head of gold refers to their bright ideas, their religious mysteries that would fool the Roman Catholic church and then the Protestant churches. Their subtle mysteries also involved a trinity, the birth of the sun god on 25 December that mutated to become Christmas. Changing the crucifixion from Thursday to the unscriptural Good Friday helped pagans in their worship of the fish goddess by eating fish on Friday. The Nicolaitans made a man the head of each church. Then one man, the Pope, claimed to be the head of all the churches. Church leaders became involved with politics. Combining politics and religion into a dance of spiritual death. Babylon’s beliefs survived the longest by infiltrating and taking over the Roman Catholic church. They were then established in the Vatican, the world’s smallest state or country that is less than one square kilometer in size, with about 150 people who have Vatican passports. The Vatican is the little horn of Daniel that will dominate the world. But Revelation Chapter 18 reveals their future extinction by means of an atomic or nuclear bomb. Thus, the Babylonian mysteries have survived for an amazingly long time but will soon be extinct.
So being of Babylonian birth is ultimately of no advantage.
Philistia was the home of the less-known Philistines.
It was once the home of the greatest and most feared warrior of his day, the giant Goliath. But a teenage boy David killed him with a sling. In 604 BC Babylon conquered Philistia, and the Philistines disappeared from history, despite having been very strong for a brief while.
A man can be an intellectual Trinitarian giant in the church as he throws human quotes around. But one stone or one question can hit his forehead and destroy his thinking on the Trinity.
The question is, "What is the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost?"
Trinitarians have no answer.
Gaza was part of Philistia.
But today, Gaza is not a great place to live.
Modern-day Gaza has high unemployment and fires rockets at Israel, which provokes Israeli reaction.
Gaza has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world, and more than half of its population lives below the poverty line.
Most of the people have no access to safe water, regular and reliable electricity supply or even a proper sewage system.
So there is no advantage today for anybody born in the ancient land of Philistia, part of which is modern Gaza.
Tyre was an amazingly strong commercial city.
But first Nebuchadnezzar and then Alexander the Great threw the rock and stones of the buildings as well as the dust and soil of the ancient city of Tyre into the sea to build a causeway about 70 metres wide and half a mile (800 metres) long, to the offshore island of Tyre. The ancient city of Tyre ended in ruins and was dumped into the sea.
So much for great wealth. It had no lasting value.
Ethiopia was part of Eden which seems like a tremendous initial advantage.
GENESIS 2:10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
GENESIS 2:13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.
Today Ethiopians are struggling with a violent civil war.
This is not a small war. It has claimed some 400,000 lives just since it started in 2020. The entire country is in chaos, 4.5 million people are in need of aid, and famine is gripping the population thanks to this conflict. Right now, in 2022, an estimated 400,000 combatants are engaged in this conflict with no end in sight.
Poor governance and corruption are major problems in almost all African countries.
Most political figures in Ethiopia today are very corrupt, with little or no experience at all. Poor governance and political instability in Ethiopia also drive investors away.
So, countries that had great advantages did not keep those advantages for too long.
Everything that humans build up can only last for a while.
This is to tell us to take our eyes off the so-called grandeur of Gentile civilizations.
The Highest has the lowest birth
Then we look to God’s chosen people Israel.
PSALM 87:5 And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.
"Her" refers to Zion, not to some man.
Zion is God’s dwelling place. Various great men were born there in natural Jerusalem, but that did not stop Israel from being exiled first by Babylon and then by pagan Rome. Despite famous men being born there, the land of Israel was neglected and forsaken for almost 1800 years.
Jesus is the highest, and yet He had the lowest birth. His natural birth gave Him no advantages.
He owed His success to the Scriptures that He fulfilled.
Nazara means truth.
Netzer means a branch. Netzeret means the place of the Branch or the place of the Branching forth.
Thus, Nazara and Netzeret combine to mean Nazareth, the place of the Branching forth of the Truth.
"Nazareth" is a Greek word that is never mentioned in the Old Testament.
Thus, it is a translation from Hebrew.
Nazarene means a follower of the truth.
Thus, our most important calling today is to follow the truth.
The only great Man, Jesus Christ, comes to the Jews and is born in an insignificant village that is never mentioned in the Old Testament. Thus that remote village has no Hebrew name.
Nothing that is man-made lasts for too long. Only Truth is eternal.
Jesus is the only truth.
JOHN 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
So, our focus should be on Truth, the King James Bible.
Nazareth was an obscure and unlikely place. This means it is not you. Not who you are. It is God in you and what He achieves through you. That is the lesson we learn from Jesus. He had the lowliest birth in a stinking stable wrapped in swaddling clothes which are the old sacks that were wrapped around animal yokes. These rags would be soaked with the sweat of horses, donkeys, and mules.
JOHN 1:46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?
Nazarene was an insulting term, an unflattering reference to an obscure and lowly origin. Basically, a bad place.
Zion refers to God’s dwelling place on earth. In the Old Testament, God lived in a building, a Temple. Religion generates money as people are keen to pay money to get right with God. That led to greedy money-makers ruling the Temple that forced Jesus to take a whip to clear them out. He did this three times.
Love of money undermines the restoration of truth
The restoration of truth after the Dark Ages, happened over three church ages.
The restoration is only complete when the seventh church age is restored back to the first church age.
But each age was wrecked by the love of money. The desire for material gain has nothing to do with spiritual Zion.
The first church age truth got lost over four church ages until the church dwelled in the Dark Ages of man-made superstition. The Roman Catholic Church wallowed in extreme wealth and luxury while the people suffered and were starved of Truth.
Then, Martin Luther in Germany restored salvation by faith in the fifth church age in 1520.
After his death, his movement became dependent on state finance and died.
John Wesley restored holiness and outreach around 1750, when the Industrial Revolution started. This revolution generated a lot of wealth, but the colonies were looted to build up the mother country. Brotherly love ended as colonial people were starved while their food was stolen to enrich the colonizing power and pay for the costs of industrialization.
Pentecost restored the Holy Ghost baptism by the restoration of the supernatural gifts around 1906.
But the wealth generated by the westernized countries due to the invention of cars and chemicals and electricity just produced the Gospel of Gain. People served Mammon, not God. Each church wanted to be bigger and better than the next church. Competitive Churchianity.
William Branham in America restored the Holy Ghost baptism as the ability to understand the revealed mysteries of Scripture by born-again believers. But America had turned Christianity into Big Business.
JOHN 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:
Megachurches, ostentatious wealth, and huge church investments that are well concealed.
The balances of money-making allowed that antichrist spirit to ride the black horse of demonology that had wrecked the restoration of truth, except for a few individuals.
LUKE 18:8 Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
Ukraine exported 60% of the world’s cooking oil and 40% of the world’s wheat. Russia’s brutal invasion in 2022 made wheat and oil scarce and costly. Two of the four items are mentioned in the Third Seal. A sign of the times.
REVELATION 6:5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
REVELATION 6:6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund feared that this invasion of Ukraine could trigger an economic “earthquake,” especially in the poorer developing countries. With national debt having risen because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the financial markets were hard-pressed.
In 2022, the church’s love of money, which they regarded as God’s blessing, was taking strain.
Zion is a spiritual concept that is eternal
God had dealt with Israel as a nation. Wrong man-made beliefs and the love of money meant that the Jewish nation failed. They saw Zion as a physical kingdom and thought that they were the elite because they were born Jews. They measured their faith by their wealth.
God then changed His Plan. In the New Testament, He began to live in the human hearts of repentant and born-again people. God’s greatest desire was to communicate His thoughts to the church by means of the Bible. This required the church to think spiritually in order to understand the Word.
God now began to work with Gentile individuals. He wanted us to think the way that He expressed His own thoughts in the Bible. He wants us to love His way of thinking.
Zion is a spiritual kingdom. It is not involved with the physical world. It seeks only the spiritual fulfillment of God’s Word. There is no prosperity Gospel. No self-pride and selfishness.
But the church people preferred to build up a big church system that could make a lot of money.
So, in the last church age, God did not whip out the money-makers from the church; He just spewed the church out of His mouth where His Word comes forth.
The modern churches have become Bible-illiterates. They cannot believe that the King James Version is the infallible thoughts of God. Thus, they cannot think as God thinks.
They cannot prove their beliefs just by quoting Scripture, as they know very little Scripture.
REVELATION 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;
REVELATION 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Thus, God thinks at a higher level. He wants His Word, the perfect King James Bible, to control the thoughts and motives of the human hearts of His Bride individuals.
But very few want the revealed truth of the mysteries of Scripture. Very few study the Bible anymore.
“I have a quote” has replaced “It is written”.
MATTHEW 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
So, this is what the restoration of truth is looking like today amongst the denominational and message churches, as God mentions no exceptions when He stands outside the church.
Churches have no desire to return to the little local groups that were ruled by local elders and met from house to house. Not much chance of getting self-important and getting very rich in that system.
The revised roll of the names that stayed in the Book
PSALM 87:6 The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.
The only birth that counts is to be born again and then have your full faith in the Word of God.
Our names were written into the Book before the foundation of the world.
But, like Judas, if we betray the Truth of the Bible, our names can be blotted out of the Book.
The “bottomless pit” has no Bible foundation.
REVELATION 17:8 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.
The Pope is the figurehead of the beast church system. Like Hitler was the figurehead of the Nazis.
The Roman Catholics claim that Peter was the first Pope. So, the Pope always “was” from the beginning.
“And is not”. The Pope dies.
“And yet is”. A new Pope is elected.
The succession of Popes is the longest line of rulers in the Western world.
EXPOSITION OF THE SEVEN CHURCH AGES. SARDIS CHAPTER 7
“In concluding this subject for this time, let me refer to a statement made at its beginning wherein I said that not one Scripture spoke of the Lord PRESENTLY compiling a record of names. That is indeed so. However, there is a Scripture pointing to a future compilation. It is in the eighty-seventh Psalm. This Psalm speaks of the Lord writing up the names of all those born in Zion. On no account can it be presumed that God has to wait until the end of ages or that period of time dealing with Zion in order to know who all might be born in Zion. Again, that would preclude omniscience. Surely He knows who all comprise that number.
But what is it?
Is it not simply the revised roll wherein God simply places in a new record those names which remained after the second resurrection and pertained to Zion?
Surely, that is it.
"And I will confess his name before My Father and His angels."
Roll call in heaven! "If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
Thou shalt call and I will answer Thee: Thou wilt have a desire to the work of Thy hands."
The Great Shepherd is calling His sheep by name. The creative voice of God is calling them forth from the dust or changing their atoms even though they had not fallen asleep. It is the rapture. It is the great Marriage Supper of the Lamb and His Bride.
But the rapture is not the only roll call. There at the second resurrection, at the great White Throne judgment, will names be confessed before the Father and His angels.
Now I have been told by those who know, that the sweetest sound to a human ear is the sound of that person's name.
How people love to have their names before the public. How they love acclaim.
But no earthly voice will ever sound your name as sweetly as will the voice of God if your name is in the Book of Life and remains there to be revealed before the holy angels. What a day that will be when we hear Jesus say, "Father, they confessed My Name before men in the days of their earthly pilgrimage. Now I will confess their names before Thee and all the heavenly angels."
THE EPHESIAN CHURCH AGE
The Word can't change or be changed because the Word is God.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
To change one word of it, as did Eve, brings sin and death, even as it says in Revelation 22:18-19,
"... If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy,
God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life,
and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."
Thus, what the church was at Pentecost is the standard. That is the pattern. There is no other pattern. No matter what the scholars say, God has NOT changed that pattern. What God did at Pentecost He has to keep on doing until the church ages close.
What it is, is Revelation 22:18,19,
"For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."
It is the changing of even just ONE word by taking away or adding to it. It is the original trick of Satan in the Garden of Eden. He just added one little word to what God had said. That did it. It brought death and destruction. And in Ephesus, it was just the same.
Just a word added, just a word taken away, and the anti-Word, antichrist spirit began to flourish.
PERGAMEAN CHURCH AGE
And today each one of us true believers has had a change in name. We are Christians. It is a name common to all of us.
But one day we will have another change; we will of a certainty receive a new name.
It could well be that name was our true and original name written in the Lamb's Book of Life from the foundation of the world. He knows the name, but we do not. One day at His good pleasure, we will know also.
REVELATION 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment;
and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life,
but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
REVELATION 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
PSALM 87:7 As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in thee.
Zion ends with a mystery. Where was the temple?
In other words, who are the end time Bride?
Not the obvious churches that you can see.
Most people believe that the Temple was built at D, which is in the large red rectangle that is called the Temple Mount. But there are no springs there. The large red rectangle has large walls around it, which was typical of Roman forts in a city.
The nearest spring is Gihon which is in the red square. There are no walls there.
Some people believe the Temple was built there.
Please remember that the Roman Emperor Hadrian hated the Jews and told the Roman soldiers to tear down and destroy the Temple site, as Jesus had prophesied.
MATTHEW 24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
:2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
Would Hadrian have left that big rectangle of stone walls that encloses 37 acres to show people where the Temple had stood?
Some historians claim that the big rectangle was the wall that was built around the Roman fort, Fort Antonia. Roman forts typically occupied 36 acres.
So, consider your verdict.
There will be singers and musicians there.
Zion has springs. The water of the Word.