Hope of Israel Ministries (Ecclesia of YEHOVAH):
Do You Belong to a Harlot Church?
The harlot church, in its humanism, denies the “Commandments of God”, substituting church laws and observances in their place, in the same way the Pharisees did. Thus the cup the harlot and her daughters offer to satisfy thirst is, “full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication”. It is unusual for any in a harlot church to meditate on the Law of YEHOVAH God day and night -- (Psalm 1:2). When knowledge is rejected, the “I will reject thee” takes place -- YEHOVAH then rejects His people.
by Arnold Kennedy
What we are considering is whether or not most so-called “Christian” churches are daughters of the Mother of Harlots (Rome). This concept is not new, but we will take a different approach.
Our approach is from that of Matthew 13:33, “Another parable spake he unto them; “The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened."
If this leavened doctrine has now spread through all denominational churches, is any action demanded from those who are members of any of these churches?
“Meal” is a symbol of YEHOVAH’s provision of His Word as something that cannot be used up if a prophet of YEHOVAH God is involved. We see this in 1 Kings 17:14, “For thus saith the LORD, the barrel of meal shall not waste”, where a widow was fed “according to the word of the LORD by Elijah”. The meal was continually being renewed. In 2 Kings 4:40, meal was used by Elijah to destroy deadly poison in a pot of food. We find more about three measures of barley meal in Genesis 18:6 and Revelation 6:6.
One of the important things demanded in regard to sacrifices made to YEHOVAH God, is that the meal offering should always be unleavened. But in Matthew 13 as quoted above, the Messiah is telling us that a “woman”, who can be identified as a Harlot, is concealing leaven (aorist tense) into three measures of unleavened meal, until the whole becomes leavened.
So what is leavened? It is “The Kingdom of Heaven” (over Israel) the Messiah tells us. The three “measures” of what feeds YEHOVAH’s people is leavened, so that there becomes a time when what should be feeding YEHOVAH’s people would become poisoned. As the Word is food, this suggests that the organized churches would become leavened in three major doctrinal areas, in the last days. These seem to be:
1). THE IDENTITY OF ISRAEL. This is done by spiritualizing the “Seed of Abraham” which comes from Abraham’s loins -- (Hebrews 7:5,10).
2). MULTICULTURISM. Nehemiah 13:35, “Ye shall not give your daughters unto their sons, nor take their daughters unto your sons, or for yourselves. Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things?” is denied in the leavening process. This in turn leads to interracial marriage and universalist doctrines. These are still sins.
3). LAWLESSNESS. Revelation 22:14,“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life”, is actively denied by a harlot church for those already justified by faith. Thus the leaven in this measure of meal gives meaning to:
Luke 11:52: “Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered”.
The Harlot woman thus has taken away the key of knowledge by which those who would enter the Kingdom are prevented from doing so. We read, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. The Statutes, Judgments and the Commandments part of the total Law is replaced by “The Commandments of Men”, that is, the Harlot teaches humanism.
The actions of the Harlot in the three measures of meal that are leavened are described as being “filthiness” and “abominations” and “fornication”. Those who touch the Harlot’s doctrines and do not challenge them are likewise filthy. Of such a whorish woman who “hunts for the precious life”, we read in Proverbs 6:26, “Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?”
Because of the leaven inserted by this “woman”, the Word of YEHOVAH God has been leavened and changed so that the ways of YEHOVAH’s people are not cleansed by, “Taking heed unto Thy Word”. This is because they are taking heed to a leavened word.
Of this Harlot woman, we read:
Revelation 17:4-5: “And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
In these verses we find the words “fornication” and “harlots” that both have to do with idolatry. Through abomination in doctrine, this Harlot attacks the Saints of YEHOVAH God by taking their life-blood, for we read, “And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus”.
Yes, we have identification given to us. The last verse of this chapter says, “And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth”. At the time John was writing, Rome was ruling over the known world. The source of doctrinal abomination in churches originates from this source, particularly in the three areas listed above. There are those who say it is Judaism that controls the world today, but if the Vatican is controlled through the Jewish-Jesuit faction, then it makes no difference.
Rome, as the Mother of harlots, has daughters who are also harlots, we are told in these verses. Rome is a church. Her daughters are churches. Denial of a mother by a church does not insist that that church is not a daughter of the Mother of Harlots. Since almost 100% of organized Christianity has derived its structure, organization, and the three doctrinal areas as above listed, from the Roman Catholic Church, we may rightly discern whether or not a “Christian” Church is a Harlot by comparison of that Church with its mother, the “Mother of Harlots”.
The term “whore” = zanah relates to physical whoredom, whereas “harlot” = q’edeshyah has to do with female temple prostitutes, that is, it has to do with worship as spiritual idolatry. The words “whore” and “harlot” are not synonyms, even if translators mix them up.
Does a harlot have just one suitor? Likewise the Harlot church has many gods or lovers, just as Judah once had.
Jeremiah 11:13: "For according to the number of thy cities were thy gods, O Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem have ye set up altars to that shameful thing, even altars to burn incense unto Baal."
Some churches even go so far as to say that all religions are ways to YEHOVAH God, thus denying, “I am THE way”. We will see more about Ba’al as in this verse (and Balaam) later, because there is a connection with racial intermarriage.
The Two Types of Women (Religious Beliefs)
Early in the Book of Proverbs, from chapters one to eight, there is a contrast between two different types of women. Seeking one woman (who is pictured as wisdom and understanding) is encouraged, while being seduced by the other woman (who is called a harlot) is condemned.
In Proverbs chapter 7, a young man who is devoid of understanding, is going his way when he comes across a woman in the attire of a Harlot. The phrase, “attire of a harlot” shows that there are means of recognizing a Harlot. Think back to how the Mother of Harlots was attired and then consider and compare with Israel symbolized as a different woman, “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars” -- (Revelation 12:1).
The young man who was found by the Harlot was “in the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night”. There is more to this than not wanting to be seen; it was the young man who was being hunted by the woman. The phrase that is translated as “in the twilight,” suggests “at the end of the day”, and that these verses which outwardly are sexual in content, are actually prophetic of the end times. The twilight years of this age are described by the prophets as being dark and cloudy days, and that in those days men would “love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil” -- (John 3:19) -- they would do evil in a way that has waxed worse than ever before -- (2 Timothy 3:13). The leaven then has done its work in the three measures of meal! All the organized church denominations will have been leavened, particularly in the three areas listed.
What a Harlot Does to the Ignorant
This woman in the attire of a harlot comes to meet the young man, taking the initiative -- the harlot has been lying in wait to seduce him. Rome is a Jezebel who, “calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols-- (Revelation 2:20). Rome seeks to seduce YEHOVAH’s people, in particular to commit fornication. What is sacrificed unto idols is false worship. We can see the mention of idolatry, but what is “fornication”?
“Fornication” here is the same word as in 1 Corinthians 10:8, “Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand”. The context confirms that this refers to race mixing, as we see from going back to the Old Testament story about this -- (Numbers 31:16).
Now, the Harlot is a church -- Rome is a “church”. The Harlot has prepared a spiel of words that will attract the young man to her. This spiel of words is doctrines -- they are the doctrines being followed in various measures by almost every church. In all the popular non-liturgical churches, there is very little between each of them in the structure, in the format of services, or in doctrine. Many, including liturgical churches, even see the Roman Church as being the mother-church to themselves, whereas in days gone by the Papacy was anathema and abhorrence. This indicates such churches have become daughters of the Harlot.
This harlot induces the ignorant young man to come into her. She says, “let us take our fill of loves until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves. For the Goodman is not at home, he is gone on a long (= far) journey: He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed”.
In Mark 13:34 the Messiah declares that HE is a man taking a far journey. He tells us that he left his house, and that it is he who will return on the day appointed:
Mark 13:34-37: "For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch."
The young man was not watching. When the Harlot says, “let us take our fill of loves”, and “let us solace ourselves with loves”, the singular word “love” comes from a root word meaning “to boil”. The plural word “loves” comes from a root word meaning, “to trample upon”. The word “solace” means “to rejoice”. A harlot has a boiling and rejoicing obsession that tramples upon everything else. What is the over-riding obsession of most denominational churches? It can be described by the word “love”. They have a misapplied and unbalanced concentration upon the “Love of God”. The “Love of God” is described church-wise as anything but, “And this is love, that we walk after his commandments” -- (2 John 6), or in the words of the Messiah, “If ye love me, keep My commandments (John 14:15). Some even go as far as to say that even immorality is acceptable to YEHOVAH God, if it is done in love. So then these churches are using the word “love” in the wrong way, even as the woman in the attire of a harlot did to the young man. What is trampled upon? It is “My commandments”. We will later come back to this phrase, because it helps to identify a harlot church. From this it may be said that every denominational church has now become a harlot church.
We are commanded to watch and must understand that in the evening of days, right before Yeshua returns, there will be a Harlot on every street corner, as it were, seductively enticing those who have no understanding to come in to her “house”. Churches are sometimes termed “houses” of worship and it is the common (but wrong) popular doctrines that entice to the Harlot’s house.
The harlot only desires that the ignorant young man will stay until morning. A short time in the wrong “house” is all the time it takes for him to be destroyed by the Harlot. Just one short visit -- just one dose of flattering lips! One dose of wrong doctrine. Yes, just one visit to a harlot church can destroy by becoming ensnared!
Proverbs 7:21-27: "With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life."
How to Escape the Harlot
This passage goes on to say:
"Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth. Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death."
“How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!" There are strong men in church leadership that have been seduced by the Mother of Harlots today. We read in verse 8, “Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house”. In the Hebrew, the word “corner” is about a place where one makes a turn! Each harlot has her “corner”. In the USA in some parts, there is a saying that there is a church on every corner. We are not to even incline to the Harlot church’s paths. What must we do when we find a church is a harlot in doctrine?
Proverbs 4:25: "Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil."
When we come to such a “corner” (place of turning), we are to not even look, not even to go into such a harlot church building when doctrine is being presented!
Joining Ourselves to a Harlot (Church)
Paul says that we are NOT to join ourselves to a Harlot. We become a partaker in the deeds of anything we join ourselves to. Sectarian church membership is not advocated at all in all of Scripture. We are NOT authorized to “join” or belong to a church, a denomination, or a cult, as members. We are NOT to join ourselves to be “members” of a Harlot!
Yes, Paul and Barnabas were given the right hand of fellowship -- (Galatians 2:9), but that was not about joining a church in the modern sense. They were being sent out from the only one church. This church was found in many towns in Paul’s day, and Paul did not minister in just one town.
So the question is this, can we rightly have fellowship with any church that holds to any of the doctrines or structure of the mother Harlot? We are told:
1 Corinthians 6:15-17: "Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.”
Joining ourselves to something is very serious business. YEHOVAH God has declared it to be so. To make ourselves “members” of something is to partake in the rewards or punishments of that entity.
The Pharisees were the Harlot church of the Messiah’s day. Consider what the Messiah prophesied to the Pharisees that since they were “gathered together against the LORD, and against His Christ” -- (Acts 4:26), that they would CORPORATELY be held responsible for every murder of all of YEHOVAH’s prophets and wise men!
Matthew 23:34-3: “Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar."
Notice that the Messiah said that because they had joined together in league against him, ALL the righteous blood ever shed upon the earth from Abel to Zacharias would come upon them-- (it is no coincidence that it is from A to Z). They would specifically be punished, as rebels, along with ALL of those who had ever made themselves adversaries against YEHOVAH God and YEHOVAH’s people. Any who support the leaven that is placed in the three measures of meal are adversaries to YEHOVAH God.
Paul tells us in Corinthians plainly that we are either:
(a) The members of Yeshua the Messiah, -- (“body of Christ” is masculine), or
(b) The members of a Harlot. -- (“harlot” is feminine).
Now, if the institutional churches are harlots, where do we find the true church? Those redeemed from amongst Israel are already the “Church”….their names are written in heaven, not on a church register. Their names were written in the Book of Life at conception. The phrase, “are written in heaven” is perfect in tense (that is, it was completed in the past) and passive in voice (that is, it is not a matter of our choice).
Being “written in heaven” is not when one is “born again”, “receives Jesus”, “chooses Christ” or when “there is a new name written down in glory”. These are religious church terms that make acceptance a matter of one’s own choice. Being “written in heaven” certainly is not when one gets written onto a church register to become a member. That choice is to join to a harlot! It is to be unequally yoked.
More of What the Bible Says About “Membership”
First, we see that YEHOVAH’s people start off as “members of Christ”. The potential is still there to become members of a Harlot. In Romans, Paul explains that we “are servants to whomever we yield ourselves to obey”. We can change masters! We can find leavened doctrine attractive because it does not demand “death to self”! It is even pleasing to the senses.
Paul consistently compares YEHOVAH’s people to the BODY, describing YEHOVAH’s people the” Body of Christ”. The word translated as “Christ” is adjectival in the Received Text which means YEHOVAH’s people are members of an anointed body of people.
As “members in particular”, (this latter word has to do with destiny or allotment), none of us are to yield our members to sin and unrighteousness -- the Body of Christ should not yield its “members” to harlotry.
We are either “members” of the Body of Christ, or we are “members” of another entity that is foreign to the Messiah and separated from him. We are told “we, being many, are one body, and all members one of another” -- (Romans 12, verse 5). Can we consider all the various churches to be one body? If they were they would all be in agreement!
The Nicolaitanian Nature of the Harlot Church
The Protestant churches today have organized themselves along a hierarchical structure that begins at the top with such as Pastors and flows downwards towards the laity. The doctrine of the Nicolaitanes can be clearly seen in the structure of organized Protestantism today. This is same structure as the Papacy with the Popes and Cardinals, etc. at the top, with the laity at the bottom. The word comes from NICO and LAITANE which mean “conqueror of, or tyranny over, the laity”.
We must also note that the Messiah declares that he hates Nicolaitanism. Yeshua the Messiah treats Nicolaitanism in the same manner as Pharisaism. Such churches are “whitewashed sepulchers full of dead men's bones”, as the Messiah called the organized structured religion of his day.
We can see in John’s third epistle that the Nicolaitanian structure was evolving even back in those early days:
Verse nine: “I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church”.
The word for “malicious” here usually translated as “wicked” or “evil”. These are strong words. What did Diotrephes use? He used doctrine, or "wicked prating” words. Many modern churches have their own Pastors like Diotrephes!
In YEHOVAH God’s plan, He places people in His Church as it pleases Him. They are not placed as it pleases a church hierarchy. It is YEHOVAH who gives the necessary gifting as He wills. These giftings do not come from Seminary or such training. We are not told about the appointment of Diotrephes, but from the spirit he demonstrated, he did not understand, “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God” -- (Ephesians 5:21). This is the spirit of a Harlot Church, and another means of identifying one.
In 1 Cor. 12:1-30 we read, “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues" and so on. In this we find a ranking order that puts apostles, prophets, and teachers far above the governmental part of a group, the latter being placed second from the bottom in this ranking order. The Harlot Church will not accept the Biblical structure. Therefore it follows that such a wrongly structured Church must be a Harlot. The ministry of an Apostle, Prophet or Teacher is not confined to one group biblically, those so-gifted minister to the one true church anywhere.
In all this we can see that official Church membership or appointments do not denote membership in the Body of Christ, especially if these members are of non-Israelite stock. A harlot church will be a mixed race church. Usually there will be a crucifix symbol somewhere -- (The geometric “cross” is not found in Greek texts and geometric symbols are not used in the Bible as symbols). These are other marks whereby we can identify a Harlot.
There are Israelite people in institutional church denominations who are in ignorance about the error of their ways, and these cannot be condemned, for a time that is, because “ignorance is no excuse” does come to apply to those who refuse to seek YEHOVAH God with all their hearts. The Harlot instead claims she is the one who has the understanding to be able to teach, and that all that is necessary to understand comes from the pulpit. All that the Harlot says is necessary is to do your duty and make the prescribed church attendances or sacraments.
But of those who are not in ignorance we read, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” -- (James 4:17) -- these have to make a choice to come out from that which ”hast a name that thou livest, and art dead” -- (Revelation 3:1). Those who know and are audacious and willing to terminate this sin by separating themselves from the harlot church, find understanding starts to flood in. They discover that there is a better and wider fellowship of real disciples that they had any idea existed. These are outside of the popular church structure.
The members of this fellowship recognize that they are parts and members of one body, set in that body as this pleases our God, the God of Israel. They will never join themselves by membership to any harlot church, or anything that is schismatic. To them the word “Christian” has the biblical meaning. They do not hyphenate this word with words or meanings like, “Judeo-Christian”, “Messianic-Christian”, or associate Christianity with denominational names, recognizing that these terms are sectarian. They know that this is not an either/or option; that they are either a member of the Anointed Body, or they are members of a Harlot. In reality there is just one hyphenated term that might be valid, and that is “Christian-Israelite”, since there are Israelites who are Christians and Israelites who are not.
We see the wrong sectarian trend was emerging even in Paul’s day. We can see this human tendency was the same in Paul’s day as it is today:
1 Corinthians 1:11: “For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?”
What Do Those Who Come Out of Harlot Churches Find?
•They find they can have more real Christian fellowship than they ever had as church members. They treat origins from Judaism in the same way they treat what originates from Roman Catholicism, appreciating that BOTH have doctrines that makes the Word of YEHOVAH God to be of none effect.
• Those that come out of harlot churches see the lie that says, “One cannot be a Christian unless one goes to Church”.
• They realize that to be members of any organization is to share in the judgment against that group.
•They know that “church membership” is condemned in Scripture, and that YEHOVAH God says He hates any form of Nicolaitanism; that this is of necessity divisive and that the One who loves them says, “Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth”.
•They understand that Christian discipline can be administered in the loving fellowship of One Body, outside of organized religion.
• They feel a need for each other to keep in balance, and can accept correction in Love.
• They do not need letters of commendation to have fellowship -- (2 Corinthians 3:1).
• They hear what their God says, ““Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues."
They are willing to suffer reproach with the Messiah outside of the cult-city gates, outside of the religious camp:
Hebrews 13:12-15: “Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name”.
“The people” here is the word “laos” which refers to those of one singular stock, the stock of Israel who the Messiah came to redeem. Understanding this is a major difference in understanding between the one real Church and that of the Harlot. This word “stock” and what this means is not allowed by a harlot church.
The Harlot in its humanism denies the “Commandments of God”, substituting church laws and observances in their place, in the same way the Pharisees did. In making their own laws, each becomes a god. Thus the cup the Harlot and her daughters offer to satisfy thirst is, “full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication”. “Obey them that have the rules and authority over you” is exercised in a perverted form of church discipline with Pastors and the church oversight being lords over YEHOVAH’s inheritance.
At the beginning of this article, it was said, “The Bible uses the term 'harlot' mostly as a picture of spiritual idolatry." We can find reference to “whoredom”, “whores”, “adultery”, and “harlots” all within one passage. This is where such inconsistencies of the part of translators creates understanding problems. This article is dealing with harlotry as spiritual idolatry in particular, even if this is sometimes pictured in the physical sense. There are some long passages dealing with this, but we can make a start in Hosea, commenting as we go.
YEHOVAH’s People Can Become Harlots
Hosea 4:10: "For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the LORD. Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart."
The words, “left off” are significant. Before this verse we can note this, “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”. Forgetting “the law of thy God” is normal in our harlot churches. To forget this is normal church teaching. The relationship of Law and Grace is confused, and the words, “shall we continue in sin that Grace may abound -- God forbid”, after being justified, are effectively leavened. It is unusual for any in a Harlot church to meditate on the Law of YEHOVAH God day and night -- (Psalm 1:2). When knowledge is rejected, the “I will reject thee” takes place -- YEHOVAH then rejects His people. This in turn leads to whoredom. This is inevitable-- “They SHALL commit whoredom”. At this point, YEHOVAH’s people become harlots. Their churches become harlot churches. From thence they have “no heart” for the things of YEHOVAH God. What happens then? This passage goes on to say:
"My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God."
Where do they then get their counsel? The “stocks” and “staff” refers to the idols they get their support from. This may be many things such as:
(a) Fellowship under a minister who tickles ears?
(b) Church discipline under an authoritarian Pastor like Diotrophes.
(c) A psychiatrist?
(d)“Once saved, saved for ever” doctrines.
From there it gets worse and worse; THEY COME TO LIKE WHAT IS EASY GOING, as we see in the verse below. This is not a verse in isolation. Through this action the whole family group then become involved in whoredom:
"They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow thereof is good (easy going and agreeable to the senses): therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom, and your spouses shall commit adultery."
YEHOVAH God does this! He says, “therefore your daughters SHALL commit whoredom, and your spouses SHALL commit adultery”. In the sentence, “Therefore the people that doth not understand SHALL FALL”, the verb “fall” is passive. Committing adultery and whoredom then cannot be avoided! What is committed on a spiritual level becomes physical, in the body or the mind. Where does this all start from? It starts from the leaders! Verse 18, “her rulers with shame do love” (harlotry) “because of their (wrong) sacrifices” -- (Verse 19). Note the place of church leaders here!
Jeremiah puts it this way:
Jeremiah 5:7-9: "How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots’ houses. They were as fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbor's wife. Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD:"
This tells of a common enough happening! It is common enough because warnings are not heeded! This is one reason why the level of physical adultery amongst church members is little different than in the unchurched. The law of YEHOVAH God has little meaning to both! We will see a bit more about being “well fed” shortly…..and about these horses!
As Moses says:
Deuteronomy 8:11: "Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping His commandments, and His judgments, and His statutes, which I command thee this day: Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage."
Note again about what is pleasing to the senses. What is the warning? It is about what is forgotten? What is forgotten is, “not keeping His commandments, and His judgments, and His statutes”? When is this liable to happen? Both Jeremiah and Moses say it is when we have eaten and are full! So according to the verse in Jeremiah above, they gather together in harlots’ houses. What is a “harlot’s house? The word here is Strongs 1004 bayith = temple. They gather in a church “temple” to play church together! They all tell each other that, “his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes” are legalism, that they are “done away with”! What then is functioning in the churches? It is harlotry! Whole families have become harlots! Churches and Church Members have become daughters of THE HARLOT through forgetting the Law of YEHOVAH God.
No, they were not born harlots. Isaiah says they became harlots!
Isaiah 1:21-23: "HOW IS THE FAITHFUL CITY BECOME AN HARLOT! It was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers. Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water: Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them."
Note the change from one state to another. The God of Israel says they had become adversaries (satans) and thus were enemies to be resisted. Rather than considering the “cause of the widow”, they collect money to pay a bank in unlawful interest on an unlawful loan instead. Thus the law, “is slacked”. Note the “therefore” in:
Habakkuk 1:4: "Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth."
Note the Law connection here again. There is this clear-cut reason why the wicked surround the righteous! In many places we can see the place of YEHOVAH’s Law in the life of YEHOVAH’s people.
Then our God speaks about judgment:
Verse 24: “Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies”.
Yes enemies! All the nice sentimental talk, “fellowship”, “worship”, “praise” and even prayer meetings will not help or change being under YEHOVAH’s judgment.
Proverbs 1:24-31: "Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at naught all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices."
The prophet Jeremiah has much to say about YEHOVAH’s people who become harlots:
Jeremiah 2:20-21: "For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot. Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me?"
That which once belonged to YEHOVAH God has become degenerate. Note the “gene” connection in “degenerate”. How? By wandering away from YEHOVAH’s commandments! Can Israel/foreigner racial mixtures fulfill their real purpose as a “strange vine? What does YEHOVAH God say about this position? What polluted them and caused them to degenerate? “Degeneration” has to do with mixture, just as “adultery” has to do with adulterating. The word “strange” here is nokriy that is used of non-Israelite foreigners. By racial mixing, YEHOVAH’s people had become as foreigners. Harlot churches see nothing wrong in Ba’al worship, or going “after Baalim”. That is, they see nothing wrong in racial intermarriage.
Continuing in this passage in Jeremiah chapter two:
Verse 22: "For though thou wash thee with niter, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord GOD. How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I HAVE NOT GONE AFTER BAALIM? see thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done: thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways; A wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away?"
Yes, they may say, “Jesus is Lord” and even love to hear the Word of YEHOVAH God but they will not do it -- (Isaiah 58). Most churches have no idea what “gone after Baalim” means. They are not taught about it. What does it mean? What did Balaam counsel Balak? It was to commit fornication with foreign women. This is the temptation that “is common to man”, that is, to the Israelite man -- (1 Corinthians 10:13). “Not a problem”, says the Harlot. “Not a problem” say all the Harlot’s daughters. Note the phrase, “at her pleasure” in the verse above. Baalam’s doctrine is obviously pleasure in the Harlot churches. And note that it is a taught doctrine!
Is not the prophet saying that the harlot churches are like wild asses in heat in this regard? Then the Harlot says,
Verse 25: "There is no hope: no; for I have loved strangers, and after them will I go."
These “strangers” are foreigners! There is determination in the Harlot churches to go after strangers. Oh yes, when this is pointed out they will not accept it-- no they still trust in their doctrines -- their gods. This is one of their idols. So the prophet asks,
Verse 28: "But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble."
Then YEHOVAH God asks, “Wherefore will ye plead with me? ye all have transgressed against me, saith the LORD. In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction”. But they go on teaching, their ways -- (Verse 33), saying, “I have not sinned” -- (Verse 35).
In the next chapter, the prophet Jeremiah tells the Harlot they are denied YEHOVAH’s blessing because they had, “played the harlot with many lovers”. Jeremiah tells the harlot, “Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore’s forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed” -- (Verse 3). We will see more about the “forehead” shortly.
Hosea 2:6 confirms this, “Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths”. The “showers" are held back; prayers remain unanswered. If they were answered and if YEHOVAH God manifested Himself, they would all die of fright! -- or of judgment.
Ezekiel tells the same story. The harlot used what YEHOVAH God had given her to commit harlotry:
Ezekiel 16:15-17: "But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was. And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colors, and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so. Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them."
Ezekiel also names these lovers, in this case as Assyrians, being their neighbors. Assyrians were foreigners and good looking ones at that!
Ezekiel 23:5: "And Aholah played the harlot when she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbors, Which were clothed with blue, captains and rulers, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding upon horses. Thus she committed her whoredoms with them, with all them that were the chosen men of Assyria, and with all on whom she doted: with all their idols she defiled herself."
These foreigners all seemed desirable and again, pleasing to the senses!
But there is a sad consequence, these foreigners eventually turn against YEHOVAH’s people. YEHOVAH God causes this.
Verse 9-10: “Wherefore I have delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, upon whom she doted. These discovered her nakedness: they took her sons and her daughters, and slew her with the sword: and she became famous among women; for they had executed judgment upon her."
YEHOVAH’s people had lost the covering their God had given them, and had become “naked”. We have already seen this in Proverbs 6:26, “Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?” When the clothes are burned off one becomes naked. Foreigners then became YEHOVAH’s instrument for judging His people.
How are these foreigners described?
Ezekiel 23:19-20: "She had played the harlot in the land of Egypt. For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses."
These Egyptians were foreigners of another race. The “flesh of asses” and the “issue of horses” were (and are) unclean, but it sounds as if the flesh of foreigners is as the flesh of animals. That is, other races are like different animals; (some modern geneticists evidently agree with the Bible about this!)
This prophet gives another discourse about this in chapter 16:15-37 and this concludes by saying that the insatiable harlot’s nakedness would be discovered. In the passage below, we see how the churches build their, “high and eminent” places, or church buildings in prominent positions. There they attract members of non-Israelite foreign races. There they collect money so they will give their wealth to other races, exactly as prophesied. When Paul collected money, it was only for the poor “saints” at Jerusalem. (For a definition of who are saints, please view Psalm 114:14). This Ezekiel passage is posted below without further detailed comment, but it is worth reading carefully, because in it we can see further detail about harlotry by YEHOVAH’s people -- and the consequences!
Ezekiel 16:15-37: "But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was. 16 And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colors, and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so. 17 Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them, 18 And tookest thy broidered garments, and coveredst them: and thou hast set mine oil and mine incense before them. 19 My meat also which I gave thee, fine flour, and oil, and honey, wherewith I fed thee, thou hast even set it before them for a sweet savor: and thus it was, saith the Lord GOD. 20 Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne unto me, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Is this of thy whoredoms a small matter, 21 That thou hast slain my children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them? 22 And in all thine abominations and thy whoredoms thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, when thou wast naked and bare, and wast polluted in thy blood. 23 And it came to pass after all thy wickedness, (woe, woe unto thee! saith the Lord GOD;) 24 That thou hast also built unto thee an eminent place, and hast made thee an high place in every street. 25 Thou hast built thy high place at every head of the way, and hast made thy beauty to be abhorred, and hast opened thy feet to every one that passed by, and multiplied thy whoredoms. 26 Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians thy neighbors, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger. 27 Behold, therefore I have stretched out my hand over thee, and have diminished thine ordinary food, and delivered thee unto the will of them that hate thee, the daughters of the Philistines, which are ashamed of thy lewd way. 28 Thou hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast played the harlot with them, and yet couldest not be satisfied. 29 Thou hast moreover multiplied thy fornication in the land of Canaan unto Chaldea; and yet thou wast not satisfied herewith. 30 How weak is thine heart, saith the Lord GOD, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious whorish woman; 31 In that thou buildest thine eminent place in the head of every way, and makest thine high place in every street; and hast not been as an harlot, in that thou scornest hire; 32 But as a wife that committeth adultery, which taketh strangers instead of her husband! 33 They give gifts to all whores: but thou givest thy gifts to all thy lovers, and hirest them, that they may come unto thee on every side for thy whoredom. 34 And the contrary is in thee from other women in thy whoredoms, whereas none followeth thee to commit whoredoms: and in that thou givest a reward, and no reward is given unto thee, therefore thou art contrary. 35 Wherefore, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD: 36 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thy abominations, and by the blood of thy children, which thou didst give unto them; 37 Behold, therefore I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against thee, and will discover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness."
This “nakedness” is becoming seen today. The harlot churches are dropping in membership. Aliens are taking over our lands. We have seen how foreigners are instruments of judgment upon Israelites.
So the end of the unrepentant Harlot is not pretty. The end of the well dressed, well favored Harlot is woe.
Nahum 3:1-6: "Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth not; The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the prancing horses, and of the jumping chariots. The horseman lifteth up both the bright sword and the glittering spear: and there is a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcasses; and there is none end of their corpses; they stumble upon their corpses: BECAUSE OF THE MULTITUDE OF THE WHOREDOMS OF THE WELL-FAVORED HARLOT, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts. Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame. And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazing stock."
There is no escape by rapture, is there?
Jeremiah tells the same story about Jerusalem that had become described as a Harlot:
Jeremiah 22:8-9: "And many nations shall pass by this city, and they shall say every man to his neighbor, Wherefore hath the LORD done thus unto this great city? Then they shall answer, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God, and worshipped other gods, and served them."
The phrase, “Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God” is the real substance of what makes a Harlot. There are some 63 Bible references to “other gods”. On top this are all the references to the gods of other peoples.
But there is more than this; a covenant is involved. YEHOVAH’s covenant involved commandments, statutes and judgments:
Deuteronomy 4:13-14: "And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone. And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments."
FORGETTING OR FORSAKING THIS COVENANT IS PRECISELY WHAT MAKES A CHURCH INTO A HARLOT. THE COMMANDMENTS, STATUTES AND JUDGMENTS HAVE NO PLACE IN THE HARLOT’S MANNER OF LIFE OR WORSHIP. Few could even tell what the differences are between “commandments”, “statutes” and “judgments” and how these relate to the total Law. They are taught nothing about the different components of YEHOVAH’s Law. The Harlot seduces by her spiel that obedience is not required today.
The church that has become a harlot has come to believe in what is termed, “The Brotherhood of Man”, that is, they believe that race mixing is even desirable, and that all races are the same in YEHOVAH God’s sight. This is the belief of humanism. Churches do this because the commandments, statutes and judgments have no place in their thinking.
So let is consider this all from the viewpoint of not forgetting the covenant. Now, we all know about, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” as found in the Ten Commandments. Further on we find:
Exodus 23:13: “Make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth”.
Then a little further on we find:
Deuteronomy 6:14: "Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you."
These are keys to understanding. In this verse please note the phrase, “WHICH ARE ROUND ABOUT YOU”. Israelites as YEHOVAH God’s elect people were commanded to be a separate people. They were designed to be “a peculiar people”, described as YEHOVAH’s “treasure”. At that time the other races were “round about”, not “amongst” them. But what happened? Through disobedience and unbelief Israel did NOT carry out the ethnic cleansing of the promised land, and since that time the foreigners became mixed up with them. This led (and still leads) to the worship of strange gods.
But the real doctrine of separation has not changed one iota. Israelites are still commanded to be a separated and peculiar people in the New Testament. This is exactly what the Harlot churches will not accept. This is one of the things that makes a church into a harlot church. Remember, we are not to join ourselves to a harlot. What else?
Deuteronomy 13:12-14: “If thou shalt hear say in one of thy cities, which the LORD thy God hath given thee to dwell there, saying, Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known; Then shalt thou enquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you”.
Here is that word “abomination” again. The “other gods” are the gods of other peoples. This passage goes on how to deal with harlot (Belial) churches by those Israelites who believe their God.
Verse 15: "Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword. And thou shalt gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the street thereof, and shalt burn with fire the city, and all the spoil thereof every whit, for the LORD thy God:"
There is no trace of it being acceptable to have fellowship with those with “other gods”. As YEHOVAH God cuts them off, so must we.
Is There Hope For Members of the Harlot Church(s)?
Yes there is -- and we must not forget that our God delights in mercy. But there is no hope outside of repentance and separation. The cost is extreme, especially in family relationships!
Ezra 10:10: “And Ezra the priest stood up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed, and have taken strange wives, to increase the trespass of Israel. Now therefore make confession unto the LORD God of your fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the strange wives”.
Again the wives are nokriy, or foreigners. Not only that, in the demanded divorce the mixed-race children were included in the separation.
There can be no repentance unless people are made aware of their error. For those in error through disobedience to YEHOVAH God, they are not likely to repent unless they become ashamed.
Paul put it this way,
2 Thessalonians 2:14: "And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed."
“No company” and “no fellowship” with a harlot church means just that. Then, when ashamed, the harlot may repent, especially when oppressed by foreigners.
Eventually YEHOVAH God will separate the Tares from the Wheat, the Straw from the Chaff and the Sheep from the Goats.
Isaiah 61:25-30: "And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin: And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counselors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city. Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness. And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed. For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen. For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water. And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them."
The Whore's Forehead
Part of the passage below has been quoted earlier.
Jeremiah 3:3-5: "Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; and THOU HADST A WHORE’S FOREHEAD, thou refusedst to be ashamed."
The place where a mark of identification is placed is given as being on the forehead, being that part of the body that is not normally covered up with clothing or a hat. This is what we saw about Rome and her daughters.
"And UPON HER FOREHEAD was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH."
The forehead is where leprosy, the outward effect of sin is manifest. It can be seen by all:
2 Chronicles 26:19: "Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn incense: and while he was wroth with the priests, the leprosy even rose up IN HIS FOREHEAD before the priests in the house of the LORD."
Of one in leadership, we read in the 21st verse, “And Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death”.
Now we can see the dangerous place of leadership of a nation or a group in regard to the abomination of harlotry. Those who follow leaders unconcerned about the abomination of being joined to a harlot, share the same fate as King Uzziah. They share in a cup of indignation that shows on the forehead.
Revelation 14:9-10: "And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:"
But there is another mark in the forehead available:
Ezekiel 9:4: "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."
To “sigh” (= ‘anach) is to groan in pain. To “cry (= ‘anaq) is to lament, as Jeremiah did in the Book of Lamentations. Search and see that “abominations” involves mixed-race marriages.
Why should mixed race marriages be such an abomination? It is because it dilutes the spirit YEHOVAH God has placed upon His people Israel. When Esau married outside of his race it was a grief to his parents. They “groaned” and “lamented” about this.
Genesis 26:24-25: "And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite: Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah."
That is not the end of the story. We read that Esau sought repentance, and could not find it. Why? “Because blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men” -- (Matthew 12:31). In Esau’s case his race-mixing was deliberate. Many sins can be undone and forgiven, but having offspring from mixed marriage cannot be undone. The only solution involves divorce from the foreign wife and the mixed-race children as we saw in Ezra chapter 10 about this.
Where Does This Leave the Harlot Churches?
It leaves them facing YEHOVAH’s wrath. All the sentimental, “God loves you and so do we” talk will never change this. No one can pretend that harlot churches mourn over the abomination of mixed marriages. The Messiah prefaced the verse above by saying, “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad”, and he went on to say to that “generation of vipers”:
“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned”.
Idle words are worthless words.
The Mother of Harlots claims universality, and she has taught her daughter harlots well:
1). All “seduce my servants to commit fornication”. We can see this because the daughter churches have their mother’s doctrines.
2). All promote racial intermarriage!
3). All deny the identity of Israel.
4). All deny the place of YEHOVAH God’s commandments.
5). All go along with the gay agenda -- allowing active homosexuals in the congregation and ministry.
Of these doctrines we cannot say they, “Are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets” -- (Ephesians 2:20). Neither can they, in reality.
This is another aspect whereby we can identify a church that is a harlot. The prophet Ezra summed up one vital point of the Law of YEHOVAH God when he too spoke about the mixed-race abomination.
Ezra 9:10-12: "The land, unto which ye go to possess it, is an unclean land with the filthiness of the people of the lands, with their abominations, which have filled it from one end to another with their uncleanness. Now therefore give not your daughters unto their sons, neither take their daughters unto your sons, nor seek their peace or their wealth for ever: that ye may be strong, and eat the good of the land, and leave it for an inheritance to your children for ever."
Why say this is a vital point? This is simply because mixed marriages bring in cultural practices that mitigate against the Law of YEHOVAH God.
Jeremiah 10:1: "Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen”
Then Jeremiah goes on to say, “For the customs of the people are vain”, and he tells how non-Israelite cultural practices will lead to idolatry by YEHOVAH’s people.
In practice today we see the truth about harlot churches, THOU HADST A WHORE’S FOREHEAD, thou refusedst to be ashamed”. The Harlot is linked to “Babylon the great”.
Of Babylon we read in Revelation 18:4, “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”.
Now we can see further into, “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted”. These are those who are marked on the forehead with YEHOVAH’s mark. Repeating this passage from Jeremiah, “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." Only those who sigh and cry are so marked.
We all need Ezekiel’s attitude:
Ezekiel 21:6: "Sigh therefore, thou son of man, with the breaking of thy loins; and with bitterness sigh before their eyes. And it shall be, when they say unto thee, Wherefore sighest thou? that thou shalt answer, For the tidings; because it cometh: and every heart shall melt, and all hands shall be feeble, and every spirit shall faint, and all knees shall be weak as water: behold, it cometh, and shall be brought to pass, saith the Lord GOD."
Then we will be able to say with Paul, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing”.
The Harlot Church does not, “contend for THE FAITH which was once delivered unto the saints” -- (Jude 3). They promote A FAITH that is delivered to everyone else as well. The Harlot Church does not really contend for anything other than abominations, following the Mother of Harlots.
"Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh."
Do you then not hear this call to “come out of her My people”?
Edited by John D. Keyser.
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