Could you be touching the disgusting thing? What is the disgusting thing?

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The bible makes it clear we are to avoid idols. Sometimes the distinction between an idol and an image becomes distorted. We have to be very careful because we could be touching the unclean thing and in doing so we become unclean. The disgusting thing as you will see is false worship especially idolatry.

(2 Corinthians 6:16-18) 16 And what agreement does God’s temple have with idols? For we are a temple of a living God; just as God said: “I will reside among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” 17 “‘Therefore, get out from among them, and separate yourselves,’ says Jehovah, ‘and quit touching the unclean thing’”; “‘and I will take you in.’” 18 “‘And I will become a father to you, and you will become sons and daughters to me,’ says Jehovah, the Almighty.. . .

We are told to flee from idols and to guard ourselves from them.

(1 Corinthians 10:14) 14 Therefore, my beloved ones, flee from idolatry. . .

(1 John 5:21) 21 Little children, guard yourselves from idols. . .

We are told to not bow down to images because God requires exclusive devotion.

(Isaiah 42:8)  8 I am Jehovah. That is my name; I give my glory to no one else, Nor my praise to graven images. . .

(Exodus 34:12-14) 12 Be careful that you do not make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land to which you are going, or it may prove to be a snare among you. 13 But you are to pull down their altars, you are to shatter their sacred pillars, and their sacred poles you are to cut down. 14 You must not bow down to another god, for Jehovah is known for requiring exclusive devotion. Yes, he is a God who requires exclusive devotion. . .

If we have faith then we do not need images because God is a spirit and we must worship in spirit. True faith requires us to focus on the things we cannot see, not the earthly and material things.

(2 Corinthians 4:17, 18) 17 For though the tribulation is momentary and light, it works out for us a glory that is of more and more surpassing greatness and is everlasting; 18 while we keep our eyes, not on the things seen, but on the things unseen. For the things seen are temporary, but the things unseen are everlasting. . .

(2 Corinthians 5:6, 7) 6 So we are always of good courage and know that while we have our home in the body, we are absent from the Lord, 7 for we are walking by faith, not by sight. . .

These idols or graven images are an identifying mark of false worship. In order to flee from false worship we must learn to identify when an image is just an image and when it is being used in a way that would offend God. Idol worship can take many forms as I will do my best to show the many forms it can take.

(Isaiah 21:9)  9 Look at what is coming: Men in a war chariot with a team of horses!” Then he spoke up and said: “She has fallen! Babylon has fallen! All the graven images of her gods he has shattered to the ground!”

(Jeremiah 51:52) “Therefore look! the days are coming,” declares Jehovah, “When I will turn my attention to her graven images, And throughout all her land the wounded will groan

If we do not want to share in Babylons destruction we must learn to avoid the images that could deceive us into worshiping with Babylon not only that but we could be afflicted with the same distorted viewpoints of Babylon in which Jehovah declares has made the nations go mad.

(Jeremiah 51:6, 7)  6 Flee out of the midst of Babylon, And escape for your life. Do not perish because of her error. For it is the time for Jehovah’s vengeance. He is paying her back for what she has done.  7 Babylon has been a golden cup in the hand of Jehovah; She made all the earth drunk. From her wine the nations have drunk; That is why the nations have gone mad.

Idol worship caused God to abandon Israel into the hands of Assyria.

(2 Kings 17:7-15) 7 This happened because the people of Israel had sinned against Jehovah their God, who brought them up out of the land of Egypt from under the control of Pharʹaoh king of Egypt. They worshipped other gods, 8 they followed the customs of the nations that Jehovah had driven out from before the Israelites, and they followed the customs that the kings of Israel had established. 9 The Israelites were pursuing the things that were not right according to Jehovah their God. They kept building high places in all their cities, from watchtower to fortified city. 10 They kept setting up for themselves sacred pillars and sacred poles on every high hill and under every luxuriant tree; 11 and on all the high places they would make sacrificial smoke just as the nations did that Jehovah had driven into exile from before them. They kept doing wicked things to offend Jehovah. 12 They continued to serve disgusting idols, about which Jehovah had told them: “You must not do this!” 13 Jehovah kept warning Israel and Judah through all his prophets and every visionary, saying: “Turn back from your wicked ways! Keep my commandments and my statutes according to all the law that I commanded your forefathers and that I sent to you through my servants the prophets.” 14 But they did not listen, and they remained just as stubborn as their forefathers who had not shown faith in Jehovah their God. 15 They continued rejecting his regulations and his covenant that he had made with their forefathers and his reminders that he had given to warn them, and they kept following worthless idols and became worthless themselves, imitating the nations all around them that Jehovah had commanded them not to imitate.

So we will discuss what makes an image an idol in God’s eyes and how we can avoid them. This is taken from the Watchtower Societies Insight books.

*** it-1 p. 1167 Idol, Idolatry ***

An idol is an image, a representation of anything, or a symbol that is an object of passionate devotion, whether material or imagined. Generally speaking, idolatry is the veneration, love, worship, or adoration of an idol. It is usually practiced toward a real or supposed higher power, whether such power is believed to have animate existence (as a human, an animal, or an organization) or is inanimate (as a force or lifeless object of nature). Idolatry generally involves some form, ceremony, or ritual.

The Hebrew terms used to refer to idols often highlighted the origin and inherent worthlessness of idols, or they were derogatory terms of contempt. Among these are words rendered “carved or graven image” (literally, something carved out); “molten statue, image, or idol” (literally, something cast or poured out); “horrible idol”; “vain idol” (literally, vanity); and “dungy idol.” “Idol” is the usual rendering of the Greek word eiʹdo·lon.

God made it very clear to the Israelites that they were to make no images to be used in their worship of him. He also made it clear man could not adequately make an image that would represent him.

(Exodus 20:4, 5) 4 “You must not make for yourself a carved image or a form like anything that is in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. 5 You must not bow down to them nor be enticed to serve them, for I, Jehovah your God, am a God who requires exclusive devotion, bringing punishment for the error of fathers upon sons, upon the third generation and upon the fourth generation of those who hate me,

(Deuteronomy 4:15, 16) “Therefore, watch yourselves closely—since you did not see any form on the day Jehovah spoke to you in Horʹeb out of the middle of the fire— 16 that you may not act corruptly by making for yourselves any carved image having the form of any symbol, the representation of male or female,

(Isaiah 40:25) “To whom can you liken me to make me his equal?” says the Holy One.

(Acts 17:29) “Therefore, since we are the children of God, we should not think that the Divine Being is like gold or silver or stone, like something sculptured by the art and design of humans

There is a time God had Israel make an image. They were to look at the image. One could speculate because they most likely developed a deep fear of serpents that looking at the image of one would fill you full of fear unless you had faith that God would heal you. But later the image had to be destroyed because they had crossed the line from looking at the image to worshiping it.

(Numbers 21:7-9) . . .with Jehovah so that he may remove the serpents from us.” And Moses interceded on behalf of the people. 8 Then Jehovah said to Moses: “Make a replica of a poisonous snake and put it on a pole. Then when anyone has been bitten, he will have to look at it in order to keep alive.” 9 Moses at once made a serpent of copper and put it on the pole, and whenever a serpent had bitten a man and he looked at the copper serpent, he survived. . .

(2 Kings 18:1-6) 18 In the third year of Ho·sheʹa the son of Eʹlah the king of Israel, Hez·e·kiʹah the son of King Aʹhaz of Judah became king. 2 He was 25 years old when he became king, and he reigned for 29 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Aʹbi the daughter of Zech·a·riʹah. 3 He kept doing what was right in Jehovah’s eyes, just as David his forefather had done. 4 He was the one who removed the high places, smashed the sacred pillars, and cut down the sacred pole. He also crushed the copper serpent that Moses had made; for down to that time the people of Israel had been making sacrificial smoke to it and it used to be called the copper serpent-idol. 5 He trusted in Jehovah the God of Israel; there was no one like him among all the kings of Judah after him nor among those prior to him. 6 He held fast to Jehovah. . .

Israel fell into the trap of using an image in their worship. They even justified it by saying that it was in celebration to Jehovah. You can clearly see the similarities between what occurred in the past and what is occurring now with many of the traditional holidays that they claim is to honor God.

(Exodus 32:5, 6) 5 When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it. Then Aaron called out: “There is a festival to Jehovah tomorrow.” 6 So they got up early on the next day and began offering up burnt offerings and presenting communion sacrifices. After that the people sat down to eat and drink. Then they got up to have a good time. . .

(Exodus 32:8) 8 They have quickly deviated from the way I commanded them to go. They have made for themselves a statue of a calf, and they keep bowing down to it and sacrificing to it and saying, ‘This is your God, O Israel, who led you up out of the land of Egypt. . .

(Jeremiah 10:1-10) 10 Hear the word that Jehovah has spoken against you, O house of Israel. 2 This is what Jehovah says: “Do not learn the way of the nations, And do not be terrified by the signs of the heavens Because the nations are terrified by them.  3 For the customs of the peoples are a delusion. It is just a tree of the forest that is cut down, Worked by the hands of the craftsman with his tool.  4 They adorn it with silver and gold And fasten it with hammer and nails so that it will not fall over.  5 Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field, they cannot speak; They have to be carried, for they cannot walk. Do not fear them, for they can do no harm, Nor can they do any good.”  6 No one is like you, O Jehovah. You are great, and your name is great and mighty.  7 Who should not fear you, O King of the nations, for it is fitting; Because among all the wise ones of the nations and among all their kingdoms, There is no one at all like you.  8 They are all unreasoning and stupid. Instruction from a tree is an utter delusion.  9 Silver plates are imported from Tarʹshish and gold from Uʹphaz, The work of a craftsman, of the hands of a metalworker. Their clothing is blue thread and purple wool. They are all made by skilled workers. 10 But Jehovah is truly God. He is the living God and the eternal King. Because of his indignation the earth will quake, And no nations will endure his denunciation.

Many will be misled and fall because of their refusal to abandon idol worship and accept pure worship that is right in God’s eyes.

(Revelation 9:20, 21) 20 But the rest of the people who were not killed by these plagues did not repent of the works of their hands; they did not stop worshipping the demons and the idols of gold and silver and copper and stone and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. 21 And they did not repent of their murders nor of their spiritistic practices nor of their sexual immorality nor of their thefts.

Greed takes many forms whether it is greed for power, money or material things,  it can become a form of idolism if we leave it take president over spiritual things. Sexual imorality can also be considered a form of idolism if we let it overtake us. Even hurtful desires that can bring emotional , spiritual or physical harm to others can be a form of idolism.

(Colossians 3:5-11) 5 Deaden, therefore, your body members that are on the earth as respects sexual immorality, uncleanness, uncontrolled sexual passion, hurtful desire, and greediness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of those things the wrath of God is coming. 7 That is how you too used to conduct yourselves in your former way of life. 8 But now you must put them all away from you: wrath, anger, badness, abusive speech, and obscene talk out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another. Strip off the old personality with its practices, 10 and clothe yourselves with the new personality, which through accurate knowledge is being made new according to the image of the One who created it, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, foreigner, Scythʹi·an, slave, or freeman; but Christ is all things and in all. . .

King Solomon eventually fell into idolism because he associated with and got involved with those from the nations who participated in it. This shows the dangers of even associating with ones who participate in forms of idolism.

(1 Kings 11:3, 4) 3 And he had 700 wives who were princesses and 300 concubines, and his wives gradually inclined his heart. 4 In Solʹo·mon’s old age, his wives inclined his heart to follow other gods, and his heart was not complete with Jehovah his God like the heart of David his father. . .

(2 Kings 23:12-15) . . .. 13 And the king made unfit for worship the high places in front of Jerusalem that were to the south of the Mount of Ruination, which Solʹo·mon the king of Israel had built to Ashʹto·reth the disgusting goddess of the Si·doʹni·ans; and to Cheʹmosh the disgusting god of Moʹab; and to Milʹcom the detestable god of the Amʹmon·ites. 14 He broke the sacred pillars to pieces and cut down the sacred poles and filled their places with human bones. 15 He also tore down the altar in Bethʹel, the high place that Jer·o·boʹam the son of Neʹbat had made that caused Israel to sin. After tearing down that altar and the high place, he burned the high place, ground it to dust, and burned the sacred pole. . .

We know that God requires exclusive devotion. Having wealth or material possessions is not wrong. God even blessed those who put true worship first with wealth at times. We are in the last days so Satan and his peoples attacks will be severe for those who pursue true worship but we cannot leave that wear us down and get us to give in to those devoted to destruction who have been deceived by what this system has to offer. We need to keep in mind this is all temporary and will be done away with very soon. We cannot slave for two masters, we either slave for our heavenly father Jehovah or for Satan and his system of things which is temporary and will be gone very soon.

(Exodus 34:14) You must not bow down to another god, for Jehovah is known for requiring exclusive devotion. Yes, he is a God who requires exclusive devotion.

(Matthew 13:22) As for the one sown among the thorns, this is the one hearing the word, but the anxiety of this system of things and the deceptive power of riches choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

(Luke 16:13) No servant can be a slave to two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stick to the one and despise the other. You cannot be slaves to God and to Riches.”

Those who get involved in idolatry will not be a part of the Heavenly Kingdom which is gong to restore the earth to the glory that it was meant to be and will fulfilled the command given to Adam and Eve and that was to fill the earth and spread the paradise like garden through the entire earth.

(Ephesians 5:5) 5 For you know this, recognizing it for yourselves, that no sexually immoral person or unclean person or greedy person, which means being an idolater, has any inheritance in the Kingdom of the Christ and of God.

Here is a link to even better information on why we should not use images in our worship. If you search for idolatry you can get a much clearer picture on how to avoid it. Many use the cross in their worship which is a form of idolatry.

Jesus did not scratch peoples itchy ears and just as in times past I know my post will anger those with hardened hearts, the apostles also angered those with hardened hearts. We must shake the dust from our feet and keep going forward the rest is between the one receiving the message and God.

https://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/faq/cross-belief/#?insight%5Bsearch_id%5D=8299b581-8566-4244-92cd-39f9039532d0&insight%5Bsearch_result_index%5D=13

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Who is Babylon The Great?

If you don't read it how can you have faith.

Babylon the Great who is she? We know she cannot be a political entity because the kings of the earth and merchants will mourn over her death. We know she would claim to be God’s representative on earth and convince many to follow her in her false worship. Baal worship was very similar to true worship but was not acceptable to God. Many of Gods people in times past were lured into Baal worship. We have to know what God requires in order to be able to avoid being part of Babylon the great. 

(Jeremiah 51:7, 8) Babylon has been a golden cup in the hand of Jehovah; She made all the earth drunk. From her wine the nations have drunk; That is why the nations have gone mad.  8 Suddenly Babylon has fallen and is broken. Wail over her! Get balsam for her pain; perhaps she may be healed.”

We know the bible tells us not to put our faith in man and human governments but to put our faith in the Heavenly Kingdom. The Harlot also known as Babylon the Great will prostitute herself out to governments so she will be heavily involved in the political system and have a heavy influence on it.

(Revelation 17:1, 2) One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me: “Come, I will show you the judgment on the great prostitute who sits on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed sexual immorality, and earth’s inhabitants were made drunk with the wine of her sexual immorality.”

(Revelation 18:2, 3) And he cried out with a strong voice, saying: “She has fallen! Babylon the Great has fallen, and she has become a dwelling place of demons and a place where every unclean spirit and every unclean and hated bird lurks! 3 For because of the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality, all the nations have fallen victim, and the kings of the earth committed sexual immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth became rich owing to the power of her shameless luxury

(Revelation 17:3-5) . . .. 4 The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and she was adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, and she had in her hand a golden cup that was full of disgusting things and the unclean things of her sexual immorality. 5 On her forehead was written a name, a mystery: “Babylon the Great, the mother of the prostitutes and of the disgusting things of the earth.. . .

It is clear that Babylon the Great represents an international entity but who is it? Babylon the Greats influence will be world wide. God is going to put it into mans heart to destroy Babylon the Great and those who refuse to get out of her.

(Revelation 17:15-18) . . .. 16 And the ten horns that you saw and the wild beast, these will hate the prostitute and will make her devastated and naked, and they will eat up her flesh and completely burn her with fire. 17 For God put it into their hearts to carry out his thought, yes, to carry out their one thought by giving their kingdom to the wild beast, until the words of God will have been accomplished. 18 And the woman whom you saw means the great city that has a kingdom over the kings of the earth.”

(Isaiah 47:1, 2) 47 Come down and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon. Sit down on the ground where there is no throne, O daughter of the Chal·deʹans, For never again will people call you delicate and pampered.  2 Take a hand mill and grind flour. Remove your veil. Strip off your skirt, uncover your legs. Cross over the rivers.

We get a clue in Isaiah and Jeremiah when Jehovah is speaking about Babylon. He is mentioning things that false religion participated in, things he forbids us to do. Things like casting spells, going to fortune tellers and using idols and images in their worship.

(Isaiah 47:11-15) 11 But calamity will come upon you, And none of your charms will stop it. Adversity will befall you; you will not be able to avert it. Sudden ruin will come upon you like you have never known. 12 Go ahead, then, with your spells and your many sorceries, With which you have toiled from your youth. Perhaps you may be able to benefit; Perhaps you may strike people with awe. 13 You have grown weary with the multitude of your advisers. Let them stand up now and save you, Those who worship the heavens, who gaze at the stars, Those giving out knowledge at the new moons About the things that will come upon you. 14 Look! They are like stubble. A fire will burn them up. They cannot save themselves from the power of the flame. These are not charcoals for keeping warm, And this is not a fire to sit in front of. 15 So your charmers will become to you, Those with whom you toiled from your youth. They will wander, each one in his own direction. There will be no one to save you.

(Jeremiah 50:1-3) 50 The word that Jehovah spoke concerning Babylon, concerning the land of the Chal·deʹans, through Jeremiah the prophet:  2 “Declare it among the nations and proclaim it. Raise a signal and proclaim it. Do not hide anything! Say, ‘Babylon has been captured. Bel has been put to shame. Merʹo·dach has become terrified. Her images have been put to shame. Her disgusting idols have become terrified.’  3 For a nation has come against her from the north. It makes her land an object of horror; No one is dwelling in her. Both man and beast have taken flight; They have gone away.”

(Jeremiah 50:38) 38 There is a devastation on her waters, and they will be dried up. For it is a land of graven images, And because of their frightful visions they keep acting with madness.

Rulers of Babylon exalted themselves over Jehovah and again God mentions false worship being involved. They had stolen the Gold from the temple of the Israelite’s and were drinking from the cups. That was something only certain ones among Israel had a right to do. It was up to God who had that right so they were taunting God by deliberately disobeying him.

(Daniel 5:22, 23) 22 “But you, his son Bel·shazʹzar, have not humbled your heart, although you knew all of this. 23 Instead, you exalted yourself against the Lord of the heavens, and you had them bring you the vessels of his house. Then you and your nobles, your concubines and your secondary wives drank wine from them and praised gods of silver and gold, of copper, iron, wood, and stone, gods that see nothing and hear nothing and know nothing. But you have not glorified the God in whose hand is your breath and all your ways.

(Revelation 18:23, 24) 23 No light of a lamp will ever shine in you again, and no voice of a bridegroom and of a bride will ever be heard in you again; for your merchants were the top-ranking men of the earth, and by your spiritistic practices all the nations were misled. 24 Yes, in her was found the blood of prophets and of holy ones and of all those who have been slaughtered on the earth.”

(Deuteronomy 18:10, 11) There should not be found in you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, anyone who employs divination, anyone practicing magic, anyone who looks for omens, a sorcerer, 11 anyone binding others with a spell, anyone who consults a spirit medium or a fortune-teller, or anyone who inquires of the dead.

So you can see the prostitution is spiritual prostitution.

(Leviticus 20:6) 6 “‘As for the person who turns to the spirit mediums and the fortune-tellers so as to commit spiritual prostitution with them, I will certainly turn against that person and cut him off from his people. . .

(Exodus 34:14-17) 14 You must not bow down to another god, for Jehovah is known for requiring exclusive devotion. Yes, he is a God who requires exclusive devotion. 15 Be careful not to make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, because when they prostitute themselves to their gods and sacrifice to their gods, someone will invite you and you will eat from his sacrifice. 16 Then you will surely take some of their daughters for your sons, and their daughters will prostitute themselves to their gods and cause your sons to prostitute themselves to their gods. 17 “You must not make gods of cast metal.

So we can see the harlot riding the beast is Babylon the Great which is false religion who claims to have the right to drink from the golden cup but in actuality are like those in Babylon they would be arrogant and unwilling to change. They would put their faith in worldly things and have a lot of influence on world governments. Instead of putting their faith in the heavenly kingdom they would believe they can change the world.

(James 4:4) 4 Adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever, therefore, wants to be a friend of the world is making himself an enemy of God.

(Revelation 18:4-8) 4 And I heard another voice out of heaven say: “Get out of her, my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues. 5 For her sins have massed together clear up to heaven, and God has called her acts of injustice to mind. 6 Repay her in the way she treated others, yes, pay her back double for the things she has done; in the cup she has mixed, mix a double portion for her. 7 To the extent that she glorified herself and lived in shameless luxury, to that extent give her torment and mourning. For she keeps saying in her heart: ‘I sit as queen, and I am not a widow, and I will never see mourning.’ 8 That is why in one day her plagues will come, death and mourning and famine, and she will be completely burned with fire, because Jehovah God, who judged her, is strong.

There would be many prostitutes spreading the false worship. So there would be many types of false religion linked to Babylon the great.

(Revelation 17:15) 15 He said to me: “The waters that you saw, where the prostitute is sitting, mean peoples and crowds and nations and tongues.

If we do not want to be a part of Babylon we must worship in truth. We must follow the path Jesus laid out. We are not to use idols or images in our worship. We are to worship only Jehovah God and to approach him in prayer to our king Jesus Christ. The bible tells us we cannot be a part of Babylon and a part of true worship.

(2 Corinthians 6:14-17) 14 Do not become unevenly yoked with unbelievers. For what fellowship do righteousness and lawlessness have? Or what sharing does light have with darkness? 15 Further, what harmony is there between Christ and Beʹli·al? Or what does a believer share in common with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement does God’s temple have with idols? For we are a temple of a living God; just as God said: “I will reside among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” 17 “‘Therefore, get out from among them, and separate yourselves,’ says Jehovah, ‘and quit touching the unclean thing’”; “‘and I will take you in.. . .

We do not want to prostitute ourselves to false religion.

(Judges 2:17) 17 But they refused to listen even to the judges and would prostitute themselves to other gods and bow down to them. They quickly turned aside from the way in which their forefathers had walked, those who had obeyed the commandments of Jehovah. They failed to do that.

(Judges 8:33) 33 As soon as Gidʹe·on died, the Israelites again committed spiritual prostitution with the Baʹals, and they appointed Baʹal-beʹrith as their god. . .

(Psalm 106:35-39) 35 But they mingled with the nations And adopted their ways. 36 They kept serving their idols, And these became a snare to them. 37 They would sacrifice their sons And their daughters to demons. 38 They kept spilling innocent blood, The blood of their own sons and daughters Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Caʹnaan; And the land was polluted with bloodshed. 39 They became unclean by their works; They committed spiritual prostitution by their deeds. . .

We cannot claim to love God yet participate in the things the world does that our heavenly father does not approve of.

(Matthew 6:24) 24 “No one can slave for two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stick to the one and despise the other. You cannot slave for God and for Riches. . .

(1 John 2:15-17) 15 Do not love either the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him; 16 because everything in the world—the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the showy display of one’s means of life—does not originate with the Father, but originates with the world. 17 Furthermore, the world is passing away and so is its desire, but the one who does the will of God remains forever.

(2 Peter 2:1-3) 2 However, there also came to be false prophets among the people, as there will also be false teachers among you. These will quietly bring in destructive sects, and they will even disown the owner who bought them, bringing speedy destruction upon themselves. 2 Furthermore, many will follow their brazen conduct, and because of them the way of the truth will be spoken of abusively. 3 Also, they will greedily exploit you with counterfeit words. But their judgment, decided long ago, is not moving slowly, and their destruction is not sleeping. . .

We know the bible prophesied when the last of the apostles died true worship would seize for a time. Then it would be restored. We cannot let Babylon the Great deceive us because now more then ever true worship is very important. The bible made it clear there is only one truth.

(Revelation 21:2) I also saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God and prepared as a bride adorned for her husband

(Colossians 2:8, 9) 8 Look out that no one takes you captive by means of the philosophy and empty deception according to human tradition, according to the elementary things of the world and not according to Christ; 9 because it is in him that all the fullness of the divine quality dwells bodily.

(Isaiah 1:24-26) 24 Therefore the true Lord, Jehovah of armies, The Powerful One of Israel, declares: “Ah! I will rid myself of my adversaries, And I will take revenge on my enemies. 25 I will turn my hand against you, I will smelt away your dross as with lye, And I will remove all your impurities. 26 I will restore your judges as in the beginning And your advisers as at the start. After this you will be called City of Righteousness, Faithful Town. . .

God requires exclusive devotion, he is the one true God.

(1 Corinthians 8:4-6) 4 Now concerning the eating of food offered to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world and that there is no God but one. 5 For even though there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth, just as there are many “gods” and many “lords,” 6 there is actually to us one God, the Father, from whom all things are and we for him; and there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things are and we through him.

(Matthew 23:8-12) . . .. 9 Moreover, do not call anyone your father on earth, for one is your Father, the heavenly One. 10 Neither be called leaders, for your Leader is one, the Christ. 11 But the greatest one among you must be your minister. 12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. . .

Now you can see that Babylon the Great is false religion. Since false religion opposes Christ this would also make them a part of the antichrist. I have also written about the antichrist you can learn more at the following link.

https://iamajuicer.wordpress.com/2018/08/23/who-is-the-antichrist/

Persecution Why And Who?

    If you don't read it how can you have faith.If You Worship In Truth You Will Be Persecuted.

Why Are People Persecuted?

  The bible warns us that those who are    pursuing true worship and righteousness will be persecuted. It

also warns us that the whole world lies in the power of the wicked one. Having this knowledge helps us to realize that the persecution will come from many directions even from our own family (1 John 5:19) (Jeremiah 12:6) Not all will be persecuted for righteous reasons. Some will be persecuted for the disgusting sins they have committed in disobedience to God. In doing so they have caused God’s good name to be smeared. (Romans 2:17-24) Those who have done those detestable things are reaping what they have sown. The sad part is those false Christians make it appear as if they are being persecuted and falsely accused. I know true worshippers do not profess to be guilty when they are innocent. They trust God to clear their name. Instead of confessing their sins and accepting the punishment they continue in their lies and are still leading others into their detestable form of worship. (Matthew 7:21-23) The bible warns us that not all professing to be followers of Jesus would make it especially those being lead by those false teachers. Not only do they get involved in their sins but by worshipping with them they show their approval of that behaviour.

We have the example of Joseph in the bible who was wrongly accused and convicted of rape with no solid evidence. He put his faith in God, he never admitted to something he did not do. Yet those who are smearing God’s name and are guilty, still will not admit their guilt even with evidence against them.

Those who choose to worship in truth and follow the path Jesus laid out for us will be persecuted just as he was. Because they choose the spiritual things and not the things of the world, in which we know lies in the power of the wicked one, he and his children will persecute true worshippers(John 15:18-19) (1 Peter 2:21-23) One very important aspect of true worship that professed Christians ignore is the importance of using God’s name Jehovah. Because Israel had forgotten God’s name Jesus and the disciples had to make it known again. (John 17:26, Psalm 83:18)

Some Methods And Types Of Persecution.

          1. There will be a belief that the teachings of the truth is a new teaching. (Mark 1:27) (Acts 17:19)

          2. Because you do not choose the way of the world but choose God’s way and do not pursue wealth or material things or whatever else the world has to offer people will be confused, even to the point of thinking you lost your mind.

            (1 Peter 4:34) (Mark 3:21) (2 Corinthians 4:11-13) They will even look down on a true worshipper. Jesus own family thought that he lost his mind.

          3. Because true worship does not get caught up in the commercialism of worship by using idols and symbols which by now most people know is not permitted by God, or getting involved in traditional celebrations that were not ordained by God. Or because Jesus followers refuses to bow down to those idols or images the world will hate and be angered by it. (Collossians 2:18) (Jeremiah 10:2-5)

            (Acts 19:23-28) For some their greed over rides their reasoning so they get angered because when people stop buying their images for false worship they lose money.

          4. Because followers of Jesus try their best to obey God and share the truth as he did it exposes false worship. Also those who want to continue in false worship do not want their sins exposed. They will have a form of Godly devotion like the pharisees so they will oppose true worship. (Jeremiah 20:10)

          5. Just as Jesus has done, true worshippers will follow his example. They will not tickle peoples ears but will tell them what they need to hear. Satan’s seed will not want to hear the truth. (2 Timothy 4:3) Because of the demonic influences in the world many peoples minds have been molded by them. (James 3:13-16) Others will persecute just because they have the power to. So they will scheme things against true worship. (Micah 2:1)

          6. Some would view disobedience to God as sport. So persecuting Jesus modern day followers would be sport to them. (Proverbs 10:23, Proverbs 14:6-9)

          7. The world does not want reminded that they will be held accountable so they reject God, so they are going to reject his messengers. (John 8:42-44)

          8. Most of the world would view God’s warnings as a joke. (Genesis 19:14) So just as in times previously they would not seek to know God but get caught up in the world and the destruction will come on them before they have a chance to do anything to protect themselves. (Matthew 17:28-30)

          9. They will try to discredit true worshippers by contradicting everything they say. (Acts 13:45)

          10. Because the world lacks faith they would put their confidence in the world. So they do not desire to pursue spiritual things. (1 John 4:4)

          11. People will try to publicly humiliate those who worship in truth. They will attempt to make a spectacle of them to cause embarrassment. (Hebrews 10:33) (1Peter 4:16))

          12. When they can’t get Jesus followers to give in to the world and it’s ways they will mock, beat, imprison, kill them and even force them to live in poverty. God is aware of what his worshippers are enduring and God won’t forget what they have done for his names sake. (Hebrews 11:35-38) (1 Peter 4:16)

          13. Some will persecute just because they have the power to. They scheme things against God’s people. (Micah 2:1)

Next we will discuss the outcome for those who are persecuting those in true worship.

Results Of The Persecution On Those Who Persecute.

            1. The opposer’s sins can reach a level that God will no longer listen to their prayers. He won’t even listens to the prayers of others praying for them. (Jeremiah 11:14)

            2. In the past God’s people seemed defenseless to the persecutors. They will view his modern day people as defenseless. The results will be the same, their total destruction. Sometimes at their own hands when God turns them against each other. (1 Chronicles 20:1-4, Ezekiel 38:8-10,18-23) (Exodus 14:21-27)

            3. When people try to hinder God’s work they eventually are the ones that get embarrassed because they eventually realize that the work is being accomplished by God. (Nehemiah 6:16)

            4. People will ignore God’s warnings just as they have in former times. When the destruction comes it will be sudden. People will be carrying on with life ignoring God’s messengers until it is too late. Just as Jehovah closed the door on the ark in Noah’s days he will close the door to the heavenly kingdom in our times. (Genesis 7:11-16) (Luke 13:24-30)

            5. Even the demons will not escape the one true God’s judgement. (Jude 6)

Next we will consider the results of the persecution on those who remain loyal to God.

Results Of Persecution For Those Worshipping In Truth.

              1. Most are aware we are in the last days, because of this man as a whole will have to endure many things. True worshippers will depend on our heavenly father for guidance and wisdom. So their hearts and minds would be protected. (Philippians 4:6,7)

              2. Just as in the days of the Baal worshippers it would be difficult to distinguish true worship from false worship it will be likewise in our days. True worshippers will know God and be able to clearly identify false worship. So they will not suffer the same fate that the Baal worshippers did. Those who ridicule and oppose true worship will. (1 Kings 18:21,39) (Hebrews 8:10) (2 Peter 3:3,4)

              3. Satan has already been defeated even more so with the witnessing of the truth. They did not and will not let Satan’s attacks stop them because of their love for Jehovah God and his only begotten son Jesus Christ. (Revelation 12:11)

              4. When the calamity comes the obedient will be protected just as in times past. (Daniel 3:15,25) (2 Kings 6:17,18:26)

              5. When all things on earth are done away with true worshippers will not lose their treasure because they are stored were no one not even Satan can take them away. (Matthew 5:11,12) (Matthew 6:19-21)

              6. The persecution with Gods help will build endurance, wisdom and strength in in those being persecuted. (James 2:1-5)

              7. Those who have true faith in God will see his invisible qualities and will be protected so no weapon will succeed against them weather it is spiritual or physical. Even if they get imprisoned wrongly God will take care of them. (Isaiah 54:17) (Hebrews 11:1,2) (Acts 55:17-20)

              8. The obedient ones are blessed with authority over demons instead of Satan and the demons having authority over them. A good reason why Satan and the demons put pressure on people to disobey  God. (Luke 9:1)

              9. Not even death can separate us from God and his only begotten son Jesus Christ love. (Romans 8:38)

If you are not being persecuted you may want to check your standing with God. The only way to do this is to get to know him by studying your bible daily. If you are persecuting anyone, remember you reap what you sow. These list are in no way comprehensive. There are many other forms of persecution and many other ways God punishes and rewards people. Research your bibles and look for those hidden gems.

If you desire to learn more about persecution their is a wonderful article here that can show you more. http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2003723?q=persecution&p=par