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Tuesday, March 19 2013
2 John: The Bride Of Christ and The Great Harlots
"I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus"
A prophecy of the great "harlot" of Babylon, and her daughter harlots who went out from her in protest, but who kept her antichrist doctrines:
"17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 17:2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
Unlike "the great harlot" apostate church that became unfaithful to the genuine teachings and commandments of Jesus Christ, the true Church of God is described as a "woman" and "the bride of Christ" (see the Fact Finder question below) because it is of those people (see Can You See The Church?) that the children of God will be "born again" (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?).
Ever since the Garden of Eden, the rebel Satan has stalked the Church of God (see The Church In The Garden and the Fact Finder question below).
"12:1 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: 12:2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon [see The Dragons Of The Bible], having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
Satan detests the Church of God, the people of God, because they "keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Satan is the originator of the abominable false doctrine that "God's Law is done away" (see Satan's Fall: From Conservative To Liberal).
"12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. 12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God [see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners], and have the testimony of Jesus Christ [see What Does Word of God Mean To You?]." (Revelation 12:13-17 KJV)
"The elder unto the elect lady and her children"
John's second epistle is a general letter addressed to "the elect lady and her children," the Church of God, as explained above.
"1:1 The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;
The reason that John addressed them in that way is because "I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father." A true Christian church is not an invention of men and women merely looking to idolize their own egotistic ideas that they presume to call "Christian."
"1:4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father. 1:5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments [see Works Means Obedience]. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it." (2 John 1:4-6 KJV)
The greatest threat to true Christians are not atheists or people of other religions, but rather those who teach false Christianity (see The Messiah's Warning About Christian Charlatans). The ultimate "antichrist" will claim to be a Christian.
"1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist [see What Is The Mark Of The Beast?]. 1:8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. 1:9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 1:10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 1:11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds." (2 John 1:7-11 KJV)
John ended the letter with a greeting from the people, the church, the "woman," that were with him: the "children of thy elect sister greet thee."
"1:12 Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.
Studies For The Book Of 2 John
Fact Finder: Who is "the bride of Christ"?
This Day In History, March 19
721 BC: The first lunar eclipse recorded in non-Biblical history; seen in Babylon.
1279: A Mongolian victory the Battle of Yamen ended the Song Dynasty of China.
1452: Frederick III (Hapsburg) was coronated Holy Roman emperor by Pope Nicholas V (see Emperors and Popes). He was crowned with the crown of Charlemagne and married to Leonora in the same ceremony.
1563: In France, the Peace of Amboise brought the First War of Religion to an end. The Huguenots were granted a limited amount of religious freedom.
1687: French explorer Robert Cavelier (La Salle) was murdered by his own men while searching for the mouth of the Mississippi River.
1702: Upon the death of William III of Orange, Anne Stuart, sister of Mary, succeeded to the throne of England, Scotland and Ireland.
1861: The Maori insurrection in New Zealand ended.
1885: Louis Riel declared a Provisional Government in Saskatchewan, beginning the North-West Rebellion.
1930: Arthur James Balfour died at age 82. The British statesman maintained a position of power in the British Conservative party for 50 years, was Prime Minister 1902-1905, Foreign Secretary 1916-1919, was perhaps best known for his First World War statement (the Balfour Declaration) which expressed official British approval of "Zionism" (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1931: Gambling was legalized in Nevada, paving the way for it to become a major industry in the state.
1932: Australia's Sydney Harbor Bridge was officially opened.
1943: Chicago gangster Frank Nitti (a close associate of Al Capone), committed suicide at the Chicago Central Railyard.
1945: At the end of the Second World War, as Allied forces were invading Germany, Adolf Hitler issued his "Nero Decree" that ordered the destruction of all industries, military installations, shops, transportation facilities and communications facilities in Germany. Most of his defeated army refused to carry out the order of the "Leader" (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1969: The 385 meter / 1,263 foot TV-mast at Emley Moor, United Kingdom, collapsed due to a rare ice build-up.
1982: An Argentine scrap metal dealer landed on South Georgia and planted an Argentinian flag. The situation escalated and eventually led to the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina.
1987: U.S. "Televangelist" Jim Bakker resigned as head of the PTL Club due to sex scandal; control of the "ministry" was delegated to Jerry Falwell.
1989: The Egyptian Flag was raised on Taba, Egypt proclaiming the end of the Israeli occupation after the Yom Kippur War in 1973 and the peace negotiations in 1979.
2002: Zimbabwe was suspended from membership in the Commonwealth amidst charges of human rights abuses and electoral fraud.
2003: George W. Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq, to supposedly seize Iraq's nonexistent "weapons of mass destruction," and in supposed retaliation for Iraq's nonexistent connection to the 9-11 terrorist attacks (all of the 9-11 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan - none were from Iraq). Over one million innocent Iraqi men, women and children were killed or wounded, and Iraq was reduced to rubble, as a result of Bush's false accusations.