2 Ths. 2:3-4, ‘Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away [from the truth, the Lord Jesus Christ,] comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.’
Mt. 23:16, ‘Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obliged to perform it.’
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MONEY IS THE POWER OF THE RELIGIOUS BEAST:
This religious beast from the earth “causes ALL… to receive a mark… [from its counterpart, the political beast,] that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark…” In other words, the beast of RELIGION is behind the evil scheme of totalitarian monetary control through the implementation of electronic money!
The love of money had always been the trademark of religion – all religion, but again, especially Christian Kingdom-Now religion. The demon of religion, the Whore of Babylon, as described in the book of Revelation, had always been SO incredibly wealthy, she could buy power to govern, steer, control, or ‘ride’ the gruesome political beast – even all the kings of the world!
For the sake of her fast amounts of money, the “kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury… The kings and merchants of the earth… lived luxuriously with her…” - (Rev. 17:3; 18:3,9-12.)
This incredibly wealthy beast of religion will “cause everyone on earth to receive a mark,” without which no one would be able to trade.
That demon called “Mammon” is indeed a “root of all evil.” In the hands of unscrupulous men it has the power to support and govern politics and religion in all its various forms.
During the ages, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism – but especially Christianity in the form of Catholicism and Protestantism, had collected and extorted such vast amounts of money from their followers, they could literally plot secular history. They could colonize entire continents and steer the rise and fall of political empires and entire countries - even the religious beliefs of the entire world!
THE POLITICAL CRIMES OF THE RELIGIOUS BEAST:
According to Rev. 6:2-9, that antichrist demon, the Kingdom-Now beast, rides across the earth on a “white horse, holding a bow; and a crown, [which represent authority to rule,] and he went out conquering and to conquer [spiritually and militarily, through his control of the political demon.]” A rider on a fiery red horse follows the antichrist. He wields a “great sword… to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another… The rider of the black horse follows them, and he has a pair of scales in his hand, measuring wheat and barley… and the rider of the pale horse, Death and Hades, follows them.”
Four horses; four kings, four ruling philosophies, sculpt end-time history. Biblical prophecies concerning the ‘great whore of Babylon,’ the spirit of the False Prophet, ‘riding’ the political beast which governs all the kingdoms of the world, are being fulfilled in our time. As seen in our study of Nazism, communism, and freemasonry, the antichrist’s work is a willfully created paradox of wealth and poverty. During the last century, the International Masonic Brotherhood, the riders of these four horses, had taken “peace from the whole earth” – culminating in two appalling World Wars. Since then their worldwide expansion of Communist Imperialism continued to wage the most horrendous wars in different countries across the globe. During the last sixty years the “red,” Communist horse of ‘constant violent revolution globally,’ the black horse of hunger and rising prices, and the pale horse of death and hell have become startling realities for more than a third of earth’s population – Rev. 9:15.
While the devastation of Communism continues – (ethnic cleansing, genocide, civil war, ‘land-reforms,’ the dispossession and displacement of millions upon millions of people, indescribable poverty, starvation, and over-population) – all of earth’s vegetation is being destroyed, and the land- and sea animals are tortured to extinction.
Through the exploitation of natural resources, and willful negligence, the sea and all other water resources are being polluted to such an extent that “the sea, rivers, and springs of water will die, and the trees and all the green grass will be burnt up.” Air pollution through industrial greed is “blackening the sun as sackcloth of hair, and the moon is becoming like blood.” We even see our protective ozone layer going, and in the end the “sun will scorch men with fire…” Humankind will “gnaw their tongues” because of the pain that the Masonic New World Order is inflicting on creation through their atomic-, germ-, and chemical warfare, but still they will “blaspheme God and will not repent… of their murders and their sorceries and their sexual immorality and their thefts.” - Rev. 6: 3-12; 8-9-11 & 16.
Worst of all: the terrible, incomprehensible evil behind all these atrocities stems from RELIGION. Religion in all its various forms – especially Christian religion – secretly steers the mayhem on earth! All of the carnage. All of the destruction. The antichrist rider of the white horse is at the forefront of all these inexcusable atrocities against God, humanity, and the rest of God’s innocent creation. Sadly, the beast of religion is executing all of this in the Name of God, or the Name of Christ!
THE KINGDOM-NOW THEOLOGY IS NOT NEW:
As all religious-political regimes before them, the preachers and teachers of Judaism, the root of Christianity, were Kingdom-Now theologians, with the same perspective as modern preachers of this theology.
The Jewish Sanhedrin, the representatives of the ‘church-system’ of Jesus’ day, rejected Jesus as their Lord, God, and Christ or Savior, because they set their hearts and minds on a physical kingdom of god here on earth. They wanted a physical christ. Although God declared that “both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up,” they – as all Kingdom-Now theologians, opted for the ‘restoration’ of this fallen world, governed by their twisted view of the ‘Old Testament law of God.’ – 2 Pet. 3:10-11.
The Jews never perceived themselves as the prisoners of their manmade religion; spiritually degenerate and lost without a living relationship with God. Completely carnally minded, their hearts were set on the pleasures, power, prosperity, and wealth of this world, while they clung to their outward form of religious piety.
They wanted to rule the political sphere in the name of their religion, and set minds on catchphrases like that of Kingdom-Now preacher Benny Hinn, “I want my gold now!”
THE HARSH KINGDOM-NOW RULE OF PONTIUS PILATE:
Readers Digest wrote in ‘Jesus and His Times,’ “The emperor Tiberius took power in Rome in A.D. 14. His domain included Judea, which was plagued by age-old tension of religion and politics. In A.D. 26 Tiberius named a new prefect of Judea, Pontius Pilate.
“Pilate had little sympathy for his Jewish subjects and soon provoked their hatred, but he did know how to carry favor with the emperor. He erected a building, possibly a temple, honoring Tiberius in Caesarea, the Roman capital of Palestine, and inscribed both the emperor’s name and his own on one of its stones.”
This was the ROMAN VERSION of the Kingdom-Now theology. The beast from the earth had created a ‘godly’ kingdom here on earth, ruled by a divine emperor.
The crushing taxes, among other things, which Pontius Pilate introduced, forced Jews to cry out against their oppressor. Many revolutionists arose among them. “These were political rebels like the two ‘unnamed ‘thieves’ or ‘robbers’ who were crucified beside Jesus, and would be more accurately described as ‘bandits’ or even ‘insurrectionists.’” - [‘Jesus And His Times,’ Readers Digest]
Point is: these Jewish revolutionists were no ordinary criminals. They were adherents of the Judaist Law, terrorists fighting to establish the ISRAELI VERSION of ‘god’s kingdom’ here on earth. They saw themselves – and were perceived by the Jews – as ‘the freedom-fighters of Yahweh.’ They were guerilla fighters, opposed to the Spiritual Kingdom of the Spiritual King, the Lord Jesus Christ. They instigated and infuriated the Jews with high political expectations and excessive National pride, causing serious political unrest and violent riots.
The mighty army of Pontius Pilate always curbed these revolts, and many of the Jewish rebels were tortured, incarcerated, and crucified for political crimes against the Roman Empire. The Romans reserved the public humiliation and indescribable agony of the cross for rebels such as these, declaring Caesar’s boundless power over his conquered foes. Hence, crucifixion was designed for criminals without Roman citizenship.
JESUS DID NOT MEET JEWISH KINGDOM-NOW EXPECTATIONS:
The ordinary Jew might not have known the Jewish Scriptures that well, but the Scribes and Pharisees knew that Prov. 30:4 spoke of God’s Son, the coming Hebrew Christ, as foretold in Micah 5. He would be born of a virgin, (Is. 7:14,) from the tribe of Judah, and in the city of Bethlehem, (Micah 5:1.) He would be called “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace,” and being God Himself, He would reign [spiritually] upon the throne of David for all eternity, (Is. 9:6-7; Jer. 23:5.) His parents would take Him and flee to Egypt, (Hos. 11:1,) and He would become the Great Prophet of Israel, (Deut. 18:18;) Who would do astounding miracles among them, (Isa. 61; 35:5-6; 41:1-7.)
He would be more than the Savior of the Jewish nation. He would be rejected by His own people, mocked, beaten, and murdered, but – as the Sacrificial Lamb of God, not one of His bones would be broken, (Is. 53, Ex. 12:46 – Jn. 19:31-36; Num. 9:12.) He would rise bodily from the grave, as God “will not allow His Holy One to see corruption,” and become the Mediator of the New Covenant between God and His people, (Ps. 16:8-11 Is. 55:3-5.)
Through His suffering, death, and resurrection He would bring life to all those who believe in Him, (Is. 53,) and He would become the Spiritual Christ of the whole world, (Deut. 32:21; Is. 65:1.) Zechariah even prophesied that God “will pour on the house of David… the Spirit of grace and supplication, then [at His second coming] they will look on Him Whom they have pierced. Yes, they will… grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.” (Zech. 12:10)
However, as countless Christians throughout the ages, these Kingdom-Now ‘thieves and robbers’ did not view God’s Word in earnest – or in context. In spite of all God’s prophesies and warnings concerning His Spiritual Christ, these Rabbinic teachers still waited for a great military leader who would free the Jewish nation of Roman oppression.