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DO THE READERS KNOW of those believers in Christ holding that recovery of church truth in 1827--- endeavoring to continue the expression of the "one body in Christ" worldwide in the scriptural order, as inten-
ted by God for "unity of the faith"----rather than independency, mergers, and sectarianism? Does one want to know? Such a fellowship does exist today.
Some thoughts here especially for the faithful saints who value Bible-only , who earnestly desire to be faithful to our Lord and His Word (Mt.18:20; Acts 20:27). See also other pages listed below for some thoughts. Write to the Site Manager if one has questions or comments.
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CHRIST IS THE CENTER
If the "Kingdom of Heaven" is like an OUTER CIRCLE of profession and honor to God and His ways, as we understand, and the "Kingdom of God" is like an INNER CIRCLE of posses-sion of Christ and the "new birth", then we might well look for a CENTER CIRCLE with-in of believers gathered around Christ and His Word for obedience and submission.
This page speaks to those who value the fol-lowing G.R.E.A.T.W.A.Y: Gathering with other saints to the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ alone in love; Receiving "all the counsel of God" and "rightly dividing the Word of Truth"; Expressing the "one body" of Christ in the world; Acknowledging the "priesthood" of all believers; Trusting the Lord and keeping His Word; Worshipping in devotion as pleases God; Appreciating God's assembly, order, and government; Yielding to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
In anticipation of those who might have some objections, one ought to say: no one should presume to boast of being in a center circle; nevertheless, it remains and that should be the object and desire of faithful saints.
BABYLON, THE GREAT LATTER DAY RELIGION
By R. L. DeWitt, 4/05; add: 3/07
[The great empire of Babylon described in the Word of God, is set forth prophetically as both a political and a ecclesiastical dominion until the end of time. In history it was a huge city, wealthy, powerful, religious with many gods; with well-educated people, and hated by God for her many sins against Israel (Jer.50:11-18). In the religious type thereafter, God shows Babylon as a worldwide apostasy dominating in the name of Christianity, which dishonors God and is ruthless in controlling all religious thought and suppressing all opposition; being also as Jezebel ---the teachers in it (note Rev. 2:20-23; Rev. 16, 17, 18) . By prophecy that system rose up in this age of Grace primarily from about 500 A.D. to 1500 A.D. with the RC Religion as secular history shows, which has since continued to this day with less power, due to God's revival of the gospel and the Protestant Reformation effort. It remains a strong force in world affairs, proclaiming itself as the voice of God, absolute religious authority, and with strong allegiance by many followers].
In Revelation, chapters two and three, there is a picture given of church history down through the ages, in the conditions found in seven churches of Asia. A careful study will show that six of those conditions (or ages) have already occurred in the universal church, and the seventh period is what we have today (Laodicea). After that period the church will be taken home to God, and judgment will fall on this world before the Kingdom age comes. One might also read Matthew 13 and Acts 27 to view church history through the types shown. Truly we are near the end of the Church period on earth. Some prophetic description of Babylon as opposed to God in the past and present is found in Revelation:
Revelation 2:18-29: The fourth period of church history shown in Revelation is Thyatira, which many sound Bible commentators agree is a picture of the oppression of the Roman Catholic Religion in the time of about 500 A.D. to 1500 A.D. God hates this "prophetess", which He calls Jezebel, and says He will also kill her children (verse 23), which some see as the religious sects which have descended from her and continue to this day ---some of them defending their "mother".
Revelation 14:8: God speaks of the fall of Babylon in His judgment of the tribulation times after the Church is taken home.
Revelation 16:19: The "fierceness" of God's wrath will fall on Babylon for its apostasy and fighting against God's testimony in the world.
Revelation 17:1-18: God speaks of Babylon also as representative of Gentile world power opposing God. It is viewed as a political power and as a religious power. At the zenith of its influence and dominion, Babylon was hated by God for its idolatry, evils against Israel, and ruthless power in the world. She is viewed as a "great whore", and with her daughters commits abominations. This shows the papacy of Rome (the seven-hilled city, verse 9) with its religious dominion since the church was formed (verses 15 and 18); and the daughters (the sympathetic protestant systems which came out of her, verse 5 and also Rev.2:23). Some writers have tried to theorize Jerusalem as the "seven-hilled city", but it doesn't fit with all the judgments against prophetic Babylon. This whole chapter is devoted to speaking of how
God hates this religious system which opposes Him, and she will be destroyed by political Babylon (verse 16) under the rule of the political beast who will rise up to rule the earth. She is "the mother of harlots", and as noted above they will be destroyed, for God hates even that vestige of the mother which has continued much of her ways.
Revelation 18:1-24: The apostasy of Babylon continues to be judged, and warnings are given to flee her, who God calls "Jezebel" (Rev.2:20-23). She has continued to be anti-Christ (though using His name) and God remembers her evil (verse 5), and He has taken note of her wickedness (verse 24). - RLD
ADDENDUM: All the religious sects and systems of men dishonor God, and those sects who preach "another gospel", as God says, and practice worldly activities are hated; and faithful saints are called to the Word of God to express only the true testimony as God intended. It is important to see that the political world even to the end will continue to use religion to sway, appease, and control the populace, but God will prevail. - RLD