“Rise up and leave out. This place is not your home. Because it is polluted, it will destroy you, even with a sore destruction.” – Micah 2:10
I believe it’s about time for me to come out of the closet. I tried to hide it, but it burns like a blazing flame. I can’t seem to hold it anymore.
What I am about to share may be a hard pill to swallow. The only way you will be able to take it is with lots of water. So all I have to offer you is the Word.
I recently wrote a post sharing the painful reality that many pastors, and those clothed in the garbs of leadership, are succumbing to the vicious temptation to indulge in gross sexual sin.
Many are being charged with sex-related crimes. These charges are no longer empty accusations or buzzing rumors but now lie in the hands of governmental officials. This epidemic is occurring at an alarming rate of speed. Every week a new case seems to emerge.
This man-eating beast does not seem to care for your age, race, gender or belief. If you profess to be a man of the cloth, you are now prey. This beast is eating the “so-called church” alive!
I also posed a couple of questions. I was hoping someone could tell me, who exactly is the “Great Whore/Fallen Babylon” as referred to in Revelation 17 and 18.
When a voice fell from heaven saying, “Come out of her, My people. Do not participate in her sins or you will share her punishment,” where exactly was the Lord commanding God’s people to come out from?
Out of all my Facebook Friends, including those who hold positions in the “church,” only one made an honest attempt to answer my questions. This came to no surprise.
Through my growing experiences, this has always been the case — the silence of the lambs. Questions which seem to challenge Satan’s deception always seem to go unanswered, especially in the “church.”
(So who is this Great Whore and where is the Lord commanding His people to come out from?)
I believe the Great Whore stands in direct opposition of the Bride of Christ. She is a great imitator, not only in the world, but also operating in hidden darkness where she professes to offer her light.
The Great Whore is the queen of this world’s system. Her web of deceit creates bondage and fear, which ultimately leads to death. This world’s system has many faces, even over the “so-called church.”
This institutionalized, mechanical system breeds control. The Great Whore has taught the “church” her man-made ways of maintaining order and how to regulate the flow of the Holy Spirit. This operation is not of God.
I believe this hierarchy-type church structure, which operates under a stiff political reign, has fallen away from the original church, the True Bride of Christ. This false religious system professes to have “all power” while lording over “the sheep.”
This is where this great deception is revealed. The truth is, we are all God’s sheep, with one Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Yet in our ignorance, Pentecostals point their fingers at the Baptist, while the Jews point their fingers at the Pope, as we dumbfoundedly try to identify who “she” is.
Meanwhile, the Great Whore throws her head back in laughter as she lavishly eats her success at the expense of dying souls. For she is well aware that her system is in full swing in EVERY denomination. No “ministry” is exempt from the tempting advances of the Great Whore.
The Holy Spirit is my witness that this revelation has come to me from heaven above and the Kingdom of God from within. As I walked along this journey called the wilderness, this was one of the Lord’s instructions to my heart. It was clear and profound.
I shook my head in blind denial. “No, way, Lord! You would never tell me to leave “the church.” This goes against everything I have been taught. I would be breaking the cardinal rule!”
The “cardinal rule” has indeed been broken. But not a moment before I fought and wrestled for months against God’s call to come out. After rebuking the Holy Spirit in my ignorance, I then tried to bargain with Him.
I became committed to a “home ministry,” convincing myself that I had come out of the “church building” just like He had commanded me. But to my surprise, the same trauma was revealed — the unyielding need for power!
This world’s system can work out of any environment, whether big or small. Solomon instructed the sluggard to consider the work ethic of an ant. So whether it is a large corporation or a small house is not the problem.
The problem lies in the system itself. The System is ruled by pride. Whether in the “church” or in the world, power is the Great Whore’s ultimate desire.
This system deceives the hearts of its leaders to believe that they are the “all-seeing eye,” and its subordinates are mere extensions. The subordinates (God’s flock) are riddled with fear and guilt if ever they were to think differently or outside of the system’s guidelines.
Through this world’s system, false doctrines are created. While misrepresenting the true word of God, fear is nurtured and cultivated in the hearts of God’s people.
I believe Satan has his favorite quotes, which are used to keep God’s little ones in check. “Obey your leaders,” “forsake not the assembly,” and “touch not My anointed” are just a few.
I do not know if any of you saw the movie “The Experiment,” starring Forest Whitaker, but the mayhem found within the script gives a great depiction of how this false church system operates.
(Well, Malchishuah, are you saying that every church ministry operates underneath this false religious guise?)
What I am saying is, if a hierarchy system is in place that disregards and/or prohibits the God-intended functioning and service of the True Body of Christ, as referred to in I Corinthians the 12th Chapter, yes, that particular “ministry” is operating under the system of the Great Whore.
The Body of Christ is still one body, even though it is made up of different parts. If the body were just an eye, how would it hear?
(Did you catch that?)
So then the eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” Nor can the head say to the feet, “Well, I don’t need you!”
You see, it’s quite the contrary. We cannot do without the parts of the body that seem to be the weaker. And those parts that we think are not worth very much are the ones which should be treated with greater care.
God, Himself, has put the body together in such a way as to give greater honor to those parts that need it, so that there is no division (or levels of importance) in the body, and all parts have the same concern for one another.
I believe there are some “church ministries” that mean well, but the Lord is not pleased. They have still allowed this woman, Jezebel, to bring her contaminated offerings into the Holy Seat, as she bribes her way into power. When this is done, everything else becomes unholy.
This power-hungry system, The Great Whore, envies the True Bride of Christ! She tries to lure God’s people away from the truth and into her trappings.
If you listen carefully, you will recognize her voice. Whether soft or smooth, rough or tough, loud or rude, she will subtly remind God’s people never to question or refuse her hand of authority. In fact, when these words slip from her lips, it is a sure sign that you are in the midst of the Great Whore.
The Great Whore forces her disciples to eat from her table, which is always food (false doctrines) sacrificed unto idols. She is extremely possessive.
While under her rule, God’s people are imprisoned. They are enslaved to her every desire. Tormented with fear, God’s people are intimidated by her lies. She brandishes God’s word to force others into a compromising place of submission by sending deadly threats never to touch “or question” her better judgment.
Jesus loves His sheep. So much so, He reminded Peter, until it wearied him, to be certain that he cared for God’s sheep. The Great whore, on the other hand, defiantly ignores Jesus’ warning regarding the care of God’s sheep. Jesus said:
“Things that make people fall into sin are bound to happen. But how terrible for the one who makes them happen. It would be better for him if a millstone were tied around his neck and he was thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to fall. So watch what you do.”
Jesus loves His bride and protects His sheep. His Spirit provides freedom, love, liberty and truth. However, when we see these power struggles within the “church,” they come from our desire for pleasure, which are constantly fighting within us.
We want things but cannot have them, so we are ready to kill. We do not have what we want, because we do not ask God for it. And when we do ask, we do not receive it, because our motives are all wrong.
You Great Whore! Don’t you know to be friends with the world makes you an enemy of God? As the scripture says, “God gives grace to the humble but He rejects those who are proud.”
Therein lies a great danger when we allow Satan to persuade us to use the same system that controls the world to control the Body of Christ. I believe this is why there is so much sexual sin in the “church.” And guess what? It is tolerated!
Leaders of the True Church had zero tolerance for such behavior. They realized that a little bit of yeast could make the whole batch of dough rise. They knew it was absolutely necessary to remove the yeast so that we would remain entirely pure.
While Paul the Apostle was away, it had come to his attention that there was someone among them who was forwardly involved in sexual immorality. He was appaulled at the church’s nonchalant response to the situation.
Paul rebuked them. He said they should have been filled with sadness and then expelled the individual from the group. Paul said we should not even eat with people who do such things.
In this example, Paul was not sending a message of condemnation, nor was he referring to those in the world who are blind. Paul was talking to the church, those who profess to have God’s light but are boldly practicing sin behind closed doors. He made it plain that this behavior is inexcusable.
Do you not know that your bodies are part of the body of Christ? Should we take a part of Christ’s body and then join it with The Great Whore? Of course not! Or perhaps you are unaware that anyone who joins his body to a prostitute becomes physically one with her.
The scripture plainly says, “The two will become one body.”
Whoever joins himself to the Lord, however, becomes spiritually one with Him.
Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you, and is given to you by God? You do not belong to yourselves but to God. He bought you for a price. So use your bodies for His glory.
The reason the leading sin behind these falls are sexual in nature, is because Babylon the Great is the mother of all whores. The kings of the earth practiced sexual immorality with her, and the people of the world have become drunk from drinking the wine of her wickedness.
Lies and deception are the Great Whore’s fruit, while sexual degradation is how this spirit physically manifests who she really is. Even the best of us would struggle to keep from falling if we were given this fleshly authority and then elevated before the eyes of men.
Position for power is the Great Whore’s ambition. This is what makes the wheels on this world’s system turn. The True Church operates differently.
Did not Jesus rebuke His disciples when He told them that he would soon be going away, and He discerned that His disciples were fighting amongst themselves as to who would take His place and become the next top greatest?
Listen carefully to Jesus’ response:
“You know that the rulers of this world lord over their people. Their officials flaunt their authority over those underneath them. But among you, it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader must become your servant. And whoever wants to be first must become the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give His life as ransom for many.”
Can you see it? Have we not adopted the world’s way of handling God’s people in the same way the world handles its own?
The Holy Spirit gave us a prophetic word towards the close of 2012 entitled ‘The Great Fall.’ This exhortation sheds a greater light on what is soon to come.
John, the revelator, saw a mighty angel pick up a stone the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “This is how the great city Babylon will be violently thrown down never to be seen again.”
Isn’t that interesting? Did not Jesus give the same prophetic illustration to His disciples?
“The music, the harps, human voices, and trumpets, even the players of the flute, will never be played again. Never again will that (false) light be seen in you. No more will the voices of brides and grooms be heard in you. Your businessmen were the most powerful. With all your false magic, you deceived all the people of the world.”
“Babylon was punished because the blood of the prophets and of God’s people were found in her. Yes, the blood of all those who have been killed on earth.”
Time is of the essence. We must get up from underneath the Great Whore — and quickly — or we will share her punishment.
Yet even though this world’s system is falling never to rise again, God’s promise to His people remains sure:
“No matter how great the fall, God can raise you greater still.”
(Okay, so now what? Where do we go from here?)
Where God always calls His people whenever He has to strip them from their old ways and Egyptian lifestyles to prepare us for something new.
Into the wilderness.
The wilderness is where the test becomes real. No more dress rehearsals. It is where the bells stop ringing. Choirs stop singing. Preachers stop preaching. And scholars stop teaching. The wilderness makes way for the Holy Spirit to take lead. In the wilderness, the heart of man is tested to see what he/she is really made of.
Don’t be surprised. Those who heed God’s call to “come out from among her” may become falsely labeled as rebellious, backsliding-troublemakers. Jezebel accused Jehu of the same thing before she was thrown to her death. So don’t count it strange. Persecution is the price you pay for knowing the truth.
The truth is, we are not troublemakers at all. We are the end-time remnant that was prophesied by the prophets of old. We are the True Bride of Christ. We are martyrs, prepared for battle, willing to die for the truth and our testimony.
These end-time warriors are wise as serpents, harmless as doves, and bold as lions. This body of believers poses a great threat to their opponents; for they have already laid down their lives to follow Christ’s example who said boldly to the enemy of the cross, “How can you take my life when I have already laid it down?”
Those who have ears to hear recognize this clarion call to “come out from among them and be separate.” The wilderness is a call into the deep. It requires great faith, the sacrifice of everything you have, the emptying out of self, and then absolute obedience.
As I continue to walk this journey, the Lord continues to thread my heart with like-minded believers. Contrary to popular belief, you are not “forsaking the assembly” because you refuse to sit underneath the Great Whore.
Once you have died to self, humility is birthed in your heart. Although we must choose to die daily, God’s perfect will becomes a sweet desire. You will yearn for the truth and nothing but the truth. God’s word will become your daily bread. You will develop a godly fear of stepping into nomad’s land. Your spirit will seek a witness to be certain that you are not walking in error.
Remember, Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered together in My name, there I am in the midst.”
Paradoxically, it seems that the wilderness has a way of challenging this desire for a witness; for sometimes you may feel alone. The confirmation you seek may not come as you want it.
But this is all part of the test, a constant fight to break your will, a relentless battle for the Holy Spirit to gain your complete trust and obedience, until you get to know God’s voice for yourself.
For Jesus said, “My sheep know My voice and a stranger they will not follow.”
The wilderness is a personal journey. Although we are all headed in the same direction, each person’s experience will be different.
You can read more about this journey through the wilderness at http://secretofthewilderness.wordpress.com/
Nevertheless, anyone who can bear witness to what I have shared here, whether you do so openly or secretly, will find this inspired writing to bring courageous hope to those who are fearing the dreaded step into the deep. For those who have already launched out, you will find comfort in knowing that you are not alone.
The Lord will continue to gather us together like eagles. He will continue to build us up. You shall live and not die.
For it was the Lord who gave gifts to men and women. He appointed some to be apostles, others to be prophets, others to be evangelists, others to be pastors, and others to be teachers.
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts all coming from the same Spirit. There are different ways of serving, but the same Lord is served.
There are different abilities to perform service, but the same God gives ability to all for their particular service. The Holy Spirit’s presence is shown in each person for the good of all.
The Holy Spirit gives one a message full of wisdom, while to another person a message full of knowledge. The same Spirit gives faith to one person, while to another He gives the power to heal.
The Spirit gives one person the power to work miracles, to another, the gift of speaking God’s message, and to another, the gift to tell which Spirit is of God and which are not. To one person He gives the ability to speak a strange language, and to another, the ability to explain what was said.
But it is one Spirit who does all this. As He wishes, He gives a different gift to each person. He did all this to prepare all of God’s people for the work to serve the Kingdom of God, in order to build up the Body of Christ.
We will all come together into the oneness of faith and into a greater knowledge of who the Son of God really is. We will become mature people, reaching the very height of Christ’s full stature.
Then we will no longer be children carried by the waves and blown about by every shifting wind of the teaching of deceitful men, who lead others into error by the tricks they invent. Instead, by speaking the truth, in a spirit of love, we must grow up in every way towards Christ, who is the Head.
Under His control, all the different parts of the body are joined perfectly together. The whole body is held together by every joint which is provided. So when each separate part works as it should, the whole body grows and builds itself up in love.
In the spirit of love,
grace and peace,