Self-destruction of the Wicked
And the Inheritance of the Saints of God
It would be an understatement to say that we have talked about some serious things in the preceding studies. Many consider it a hopeless situation because the Jesuit’s secret combinations, their conspiracies, are so well entrenched into every facet of our existence.
There is a positive and hopeful conclusion to all of this fatalistic projection, however, and that is, we know who will come out ahead. It will be the Lord Jesus Christ! His wrath will soon shake the nations of the earth and will be poured out on the wicked without measure. He will cleanse the earth of all the wicked and establish His brand of peace and government. He will provide strength for the righteous and the means of escape; and eventually truth will finally triumph. But for us to be included in that triumph, we must align ourselves with God and his righteousness, and seek His Kingdom to come.
The Downfall of the Great Beast – Part I
The Prophet Micah tells us that Zion shall “go even to Babylon” and that the “Lord shall redeem thee from the hand” of her enemies. “For He shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.”(Micah 4:9-13.) The true followers of Christ are referred to as Zion, and we have gone into Babylon by way of our ignorance and apathy toward the secret plots around us. But in spite of our apathy, God has promised deliverance from our enemies.
Referring to Daniel 7 we read: “And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them.” (Dan. 7:24.) Here we learn of “ten horns” and “ten kings” that will arise toward the end times; and then another will arise, which we know as the great “beast” of Revelation. John sees a beast which is a composite of what Daniel saw. In Chapter 13 of Revelation John said, “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.” (Rev. 13:1.) Going on to Chapter 17 John records: “And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.” (Rev. 17:12-13.)
What we find here is that there will be “ten kings” who will work together with the same purpose of doing the will of the beast. In so doing, they will exert their energy, influence and resources; this, in turn, will give strength unto the beast. However, this relationship apparently will be short lived, in that these kings, who have no kingdom as yet, will only function for just “one hour.” Exactly what time period that “one hour” represents, we are not sure. But we can tell by the wording that it is of a short duration.
And after that short period of time, what happens? “And the ten horns ... these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.” A big part of God’s deliverance of His people is that the wicked will destroy one another. Within that short “one hour” time of giving their power to the beast, something happens which turns these ten kings against the beast. How is it to happen, that the church of the devil will turn against itself? The Bible doesn’t tell us what it is, but we do know why. “For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.” (Rev. 17:16-17.)
In other words, God lets the ten kings give their power to the beast until it is time for the demise of that beast. Then, and only then, does God put it in the hearts of those kings to turn against the beast until it is destroyed.
Now exactly who these ten kings are is not expressly known. There is much speculation upon this subject, but we will NOT attempt to specifically identify them individually, other than say that they most likely belong to an elite group of self-aggrandizing nobility. Perhaps the following will help explain.
The Holy Grail
Let’s embark upon the time-honoured Quest for the Holy Grail (sometimes spelt Graal). Some have called it the “Ultimate Quest,” while the general Christian Church has condemned it as a heresy.
What is the meaning of the Grail? The Holy Grail is often referred to as the cup from which Christ drank at the Last Supper, yet it has come to symbolize many things to many people. The Grail legends of King Arthur give the cup the metaphorical power of spiritual healing. The Knights of the Round Table, in seeking the cup, remained on the path of truth, allowing for a spiritual rebirth.
When Gnostic Christianity (Early Christian sects who combined Christianity with Greek and oriental philosophy and denounced as heretics) re-emerged in 12th Century Europe, stories abounded about who was the true Christ. Many believed Jesus had not been crucified but had, in fact, survived, was married and had children. This left the way open for some bold families to claim descent from Christ, which had obvious political ramifications. Elaborate family trees were traced back through a thousand years and came to be known as the Bloodlines of the Holy Grail. As squabbles arose amongst these powerful aristocratic families, even more elaborate genealogies were fabricated to reach as far back as Solomon, King David, and beyond.
Many conspiracy theories exist claiming that these families are Jewish, but they stem from a misunderstanding of “The Protocols of the Elders of Sion.” The Protocols of the Elders of Sion (Zion), are an occult-inspired manifesto for world conquest written toward the end of the 1800's. Because its language appeared to be Jewish in origin, with references to “Zion” and “Solomon’s Temple,” it was used by the Nazis as their proof of a Jewish global conspiracy. That belief still exists among the neo-Nazi (new-Nazi) groups today. However, those not familiar with the secret societies will be unaware that the “Grail fraternity” also uses the same kind of language as found in the Protocols. This is not surprising, since the Protocols were written by the Jesuits as another form of “smokescreen.” So when blame has to be placed, the Zionist Jews become the culprits instead of those really responsible — the Jesuits.
While those belonging to the Grail families claim to be the “Kings” of the Jews, they do not consider themselves Jewish. In fact, they believe they are of pure Aryan heritage, descended from the Kingly lines before the origination of the Semitic tribes. They are of the Rosicrucian order who consider themselves “super-Christians,” and claim descent through Christ, and coming from King Solomon — however, but not via Abraham. They have this twisted doctrine that their Jesus is descended through the bloodline of Cain (fathered by the Serpent) who slew his half-brother Abel. They claim that the lineage of Cain became the Pharaohs of Egypt, who subsequently enslaved the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob — who are the Jews to them. So they believe that they, also, are royally descended from Cain through the bloodline of the children of Jesus Christ.
This is one of the reasons why the Catholic Church often perform a “Mass for the Dead,” because they worship the dead. Their Jesus is nothing but a corpse still hanging on a cross, as can be seen by their Crucifix (example at right), while the true followers of the true Jesus worship a risen Christ.
To the Grail families, ancient Egypt is the origin of the “Great White Brotherhood,” whose occult tradition they continue. These Grail kings and queens believe they are untouched by Semitic blood, hence their loathing of ordinary Semitic Jews, who are perceived as a threat to their tradition.
The Protocols of the Elders of Sion (Zion), are not the work of the sons of Abraham, the Jewish people, but the work of the thirty-three families of the 33rd degree Masonic and Rosicrucian “Sion” conspirators and their Masters — the Royal Houses of Europe who claim to have Holy Blood, or Holy Grail, known as the Rex Deus, or the Grail Families.
As the Kings of the Jews, the Rex Deus/Grail families have claimed rights and territories, including Jerusalem itself, and an ultimate authority over the Pope. To keep consistency with ideas of aristocracy, it was impossible for Jesus to be the son of a mere carpenter. Therefore, they believe that Jesus was a high priest of the Temple of Jerusalem, coming from the aristocratic Aryan bloodline of the Kings of the Jews, the descendants of Cain. The myth of a simple carpenter attaining eternal life was abhorrent to the elite of a society so steeped in their aristocracy structure. Indeed, the numerous secret societies and military orders, such as the Templars or the Knights Malta, were founded and structured upon these same “pure bloodline” claims and beliefs.
This belief in genetic superiority has always been the source of political intrigue and strife throughout Europe’s bloody history. It saw its visible culmination with the Aryan bloodline claims of Adolf Hitler and his Nazis regime. His attempt to purify the entire German race ended with the insanity of the Holocaust.
The Royal Dragon Court
The Imperial and Royal Dragon Court & Order (Aryan people) was one of several occult-inspired secret societies created by the aristocracies of Europe following the formation of the Catholic Priory of Sion and the Knights Templar in the 12th Century.
During the time of turmoil within the Holy Roman Empire that controlled most of Europe, these exclusive courts and orders were designed to unify the power of the European aristocratic families under the Holy Roman Emperor, AGAINST the increasingly power-grabbing Vatican.
The Dragon Sovereignty, also known as the Rex Deus, or Grail family fraternity, was created by Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund. The order sought to attain mystical powers that they believed to be their birthright, as inheritors of the bloodline of the Holy Grail.
The aristocratic families of the Dragon Court believe their “pure Grail blood” makes them the “genetically engineered” and chosen rulers of Man. They believe the natural social order of Humankind is Feudalism rather than Democracy because, as they say, “Incompetent self-seeking, middle-class idiots more often find themselves voted into control of vast social systems.”
Much of the European Community recognizes the Dragon Court as an ethnic racial group and Sovereign State, similar to the secret society the Knights of Malta who, incidentally, have Permanent Observer status at the United Nations. By its own admission, the order has within its ranks Catholic Bishops, Monsignors, and even a Papal Chaplain: one Monsignor Laszlo Esterhazy of the Mariaremete Cathedral in Budapest.
Extraordinary claims by ex-Jesuit priest and Vatican insider, Malachi Martin, may finally get the attention he deserves, although after his untimely death in 1999. Martin worked in the inner circles of the Vatican for over twenty years, spoke 17 languages, and wrote many respected scholarly books. However, his final book claimed an occult conspiracy was afoot within the Vatican, and that Satanic rituals were conducted within a Secret Church dedicated to “Lucifer.”
The Dragon Court is directly linked to the European Council of Princes — the political body of the European Grail families who participated in the formation of the New World Order think-tank, The Bilderberg Group.
The Dragon Court primarily concerns itself with Witchcraft and Vampirism. Its function is to do “the will of the Gods” as interpreted by the Court’s hierarchy. The Dragon Court’s Knights Templar are the founding fathers of modern Freemasonry, and the role model for the Ivy League secret society Skull and Bones of which past President and CIA director, George Bush, was a member. President George W. Bush admitted in a Time magazine interview, August 7, 2000, that he was also an initiate in Skull and Bones. When asked to elaborate, he responds “Without revealing all the great secrets?” He then adds that his father told him, “These same secret societies are behind it all.” With Bush Senior as Vice-President, it is interesting that the rise of right-wing Conservativism in the 1980's was matched by an equal rise in Occultism and Witchcraft in the U.S.
It is interesting that, at the present time, certain leading figures can be adopted into the Dragon Court order if they submit a blood sample to be DNA tested at a top London facility for “purity of stock.” If the potential initiate’s blood is shown to be of the authentic bloodlines (and no doubt sufficiently connected politically and economically), they too could join the ranks of the elite aristocracy and become a Vampire. The goal is to reunify the old bloodlines and create a new Master Race, and no doubt reclaim their aristocratic authority. The elimination of the sub-races would have to be the next priority, that is, eliminate all those NOT of that blood line.
They feel that, “If the planet is to survive, then social groups must become smaller, and must be ordered by economic necessity, not by the global tyranny of the so-called Democracy of Consumerism.... By re-introducing their old social structures and values, the Dragons hope to establish a naturally ordained system of socio-economic interactions between the Dragon (Aryan) people.”
Rosicruciansim I realize that such things as the Holy Grail, Royal Dragon Court, Knights of Malta, Priory of Sion, Knights Templar, etc., can all be very confusing to the novice in the historical perspective of occultic societies and conspiracies. Then when we add such a thing as the secret doctrine of the Rosicrucian (Order of the Rose Cross), it tends to become even more perplexing. The adversary has a way of creating complex systems of secret networking organizations, which helps hide the actions of those really behind the scenes, but when studied all together, connecting the dots so to speak, it all starts to come together.
Rosicrucianism is a mystical belief system and ideology that pursues spiritual goals largely through Occult and Christian Gnostic paths. However, throughout history its endeavors have largely been to gain worldly power on the material plane, which Gnostic teachings have become twisted. Rosicrucianism was the foundational belief which was largely responsible for the ideology of the Nazis and the resulting Holocaust.
The core of the Secret Doctrine of Rosicrucianism, or Mystic Christianity, is the pursuit of psychic power to control the mind of one’s self AND others. Through the power of will, one gains the unification of one’s psychic energies, and the mastery to control others. Any negative emotion, such as guilt, is overcome by polarizing themselves at that emotional state; and by a process of denial, they manage to escape the effects of the negative pole, or feeling.
The philosophy goes so far as to state that there is no difference between these two poles or opposites, and thus, negativity or darkness can be perceived as positivity and light. The Rosicrucian “Master” has learned to strengthen his own will, and control others, directly through the repression of his emotions. The Rosicrucian, therefore, looks upon the pain and suffering of the world as being no different from the opposing pole of peace and happiness; in fact, he or she believes that one cannot exist without the other. Thus for peace to exist in one country, war must be raging in another; for wealth and abundance to exist in one region, poverty and famine must exist in another.
These mystical theories of opposites stem from Eastern Gnostic concepts of the dual energies of Man that are metaphysically expressed through the act of sex.
Sex ritual and sexual concepts are central to the Secret Doctrine of the Rosicrucian, for great power is believed to be released by the union of the pairs of opposites. They believe that, “Sex is the cause of all creation, for creation always results from generations of sexual activity.” So Rosicrucianism has merged with Pagan ideas of sexual fertility rituals, the goal of which is to gain magical powers. And one might wonder, For what is this “magical” power to be used?
At first glance it may appear that the Catholic monastic orders are at odds with Rosicrucianism; however, the cultural and educational mission of the Jesuits is rooted in these same beliefs. It is believed by scholars that the inner-circle mystic teachings of the Jesuits and Rosicrucianism are essentially the same thing.
Pope John Paul II’s announcement that “God is a supreme being with both male and female qualities,” contradicts traditional Catholic teaching, and is essentially a Rosicrucian concept. In fact, the orthodox Roman Catholic Church has always been fundamentally linked with the Rosicrucian Secret Church. It is alleged that Pope John XXIII was Grand Master of the Priory of Sion during his papal reign between 1958 and 1963. Traditional Catholicism’s obsession with sex is also a result of the Vatican’s knowledge of these secret teachings.
According to their dogma, it is the mission of the Rosicrucian to assist in the evolution of human consciousness. However, their evolutionary theories are fundamentally racist. According to their beliefs, each race is of a higher or lesser degree of consciousness.
One race may only step up to a higher plane when the lowest race is removed — removed by whatever means at hand. As theories of reincarnation are also central to the Rosicrucian belief system, such racial genocides are not considered to be negative, but in fact, most positive.
The rich and powerful man is believed to be spiritually and genetically of a higher order than the poor man. The native peoples of the world are considered “a remnant of degraded human creatures, persisting in incarnation for thousands of years, being composed of those souls not sufficiently advanced to take part in the life of the new races. These left overs are in evidence in the cases of the Australian savage, the African bushman, the American Indian, and others of a similar low order of developments.”
The higher ranks of Freemasonry are the lower ranks of the exclusive Rosicrucian orders. The Knights of Malta, the Knights Templar, the Priory of Sion etc., are instructed in these Occult beliefs; which means many powerful people have been conditioned to internalize these dehumanizing values. As one unknown author on the subject said,
"The repression and denial of the 'negative feelings resulting from one’s actions' is an attempt to avoid feelings of guilt and social responsibility. The reverse thinking of Rosicrucianism is clearly an ideology created by the rich and powerful, and based upon their pursuit of conquest and power. Ultimately it is no different to the psychology of a psychopath or sociopath, as psychiatry defines. The mental profile of a serial killer always follows a spiraling pattern — feelings of inadequacy are overcome by power fantasies of control and murder. These fantasies become an obsession and ultimately a compulsion, forcing the psychopath to act out his fantasy. After the initial elation of fulfilment, guilt follows, and the feelings of inadequacy return, but to a higher degree. The spiral downward begins again with renewed fantasies, more desperate than before, to repress the human feelings of guilt. And so obsession becomes compulsion etc. Any belief system founded on a similar spiral of repression of natural human moral feelings can only lead to similar compulsive sociopathic behavior. This logic is apparent in the modern world with its internalized amoral 'corporate values' of greed and conquest, and is illustrated by Henry Kissinger’s infamous statement, 'We’re bombing them to save them from themselves.'"
As has been popularized recently by Dan Brown in his Da Vinci Code, or before him by the Holy Blood, Holy Grail, the Royal Stuart family of Scotland are supposedly descended from King Arthur and Jesus Christ. These families are, of course, not descended from Jesus. In most Christian circles the idea is preposterous. However, they are related to the Holy Grail, but they are not Christians. In reality, they, like all the aristocratic bloodlines that form the core of the Illuminati, are descended from the resulting discovery of certain texts unearthed at Jerusalem during the Crusades.
Part of the reason for instigating the Crusades was in order for the Papacy to retrieve the wealth of gold that had been buried there, along with ancient sacred texts. Once Jerusalem was conquered, at least for a very short time, the order of knights known as the Knights Templar conducted excavations, and discovered the Gnostic text of the Sepher ha Bahir, which revived the lost mystical tradition, and set off the cultural and religious revolution of the Medieval Rosicrucian doctrines, the Holy Grail and its Dragon Court order.
Members who claim to be descendants from the “pure” Dragon Court and Grail family bloodline, and steeped in Rosicrucianism, can be found among the aristocracy of every European country, which includes such people as Queen Elisabeth II of England, and both Prince Bernhard and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. (At bottom right is the crest and Aryan symbols of the Royal House of Stuart, and bottom left is His Royal Highness Prince Michael Stuart, head of the thirty-three Grail families of Sion.)
The Downfall of the Great Beast – Part II
Now why did we go through all of this stuff about the Grail family bloodline, Dragon Court, and the Rosicrucians? It is to show that although the Catholic Church, along with its sinister Jesuit Order, is firmly attached to these orders and belief systems, there is still another powerful and egocentric element separate from Roman Catholicism which is opposed to that Church’s meddling in their affairs. From my study of Bible prophecy and historical research, I believe these Royal Families, and their respective nations, will make up those ten kings that will cause the demise of the great beast of the last days. (Much of the information on the Grail family bloodline, Dragon Court, and the Rosicrucians was obtained from
We must realize that it is Lucifer, the great Satan, who desires to enslave and rule over all of mankind. He is NO respecter of persons and he holds no loyalties in his quest to achieve his goal. He has been a liar from the very beginning. He will use his followers to infiltrate governments, religions, and various organizations to turn them to his purpose. Then he will turn around and sacrifice those same followers and infiltrated unites, doing whatever it takes to achieve his end. Thus will be the demise of the Roman Catholic Church, a major tool of Satan for almost two millennia. And the great whore, and the beast she rides, will crumble to dust.
As stated at the beginning, we don’t know exactly how these families or nations will cause the downfall of the great beast, but we do know why: it is because, “... God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will,...” (Rev. 17:17.) Let’s read again from John’s vision of that destruction of the great beast.
2. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
3. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
4. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
5. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
8. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
9. And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
10. Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
17. For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
18. And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!
19. And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
21. And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.” (Rev. 18:2-5, 8-10, 17-19, 21.)
God lets the ten kings give their power to the beast until it is time for her destruction. Then, and only then, does God put it in the hearts of those kings to turn against the beast until it is destroyed. Why will their hearts be changed? God will take away their wisdom, and they will be made insensible to their own interests. Poor judgment, ineptness, greed, covetousness, immorality, and fear will sap their energy. And as they become filled with wrath, their fear of the Great Whore, with which they have dealt for so long, rises and they become mad and give way to their own anger, turning on the one who attempted to be their master; all of this, of course, eventually leading to their own downfall and the destruction. So as that great city, Babylon, the Great Whore of Revelation, was so violent with those who dealt with her, so shall be her demise.
Salvation of the Saints of God
But what of the kingdoms who gave their power unto the beast, and who later cause her downfall? We find that answer from the Prophet Daniel, who said, “As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.” (Dan. 7:12.) And then what happens?
The Prophet Daniel said he saw all of this, and in his own words wrote, “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit.” (Dan. 7:9.) This Ancient of Days is mistaken by many to be Jesus Christ. But this is not so as we consider a few verses later. “...and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him [the Son of man] dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” (vv. 13-14.) So this “one like the Son of man” is Jesus Christ, but the one before whom He came, the Ancient of Days, is His Father in Heaven.
As some consider these passages, they somehow jump from earthly events of the beast and horns, etc., to what they believe is an event in Heaven. But this is not so. What Daniel saw was a continuation of the earthly events of the last days. This Ancient of Days will come upon the earth, AFTER the evil and Satanic thrones are “cast down,” and present to Jesus His rightfully earned glory, everlasting dominion, and a kingdom that will not be destroyed.
Now what happens? The Lord gives judgement to the faithful saints, for Daniel said, “... and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.” (v. 21.) This is a wonderful conclusion to the whole mess that the Great beast had created up to the time of her extinction. John the Revelator gives us a little more of this positive conclusion.
"AND after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.
"And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia. And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. ... Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.
"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
"AND I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
"And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them [the Ancient of Days and one like the Son of man], and judgment was given unto them [the saints]: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
"AND I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And ...the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
"And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said ... It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
"... I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. ... and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
"And he that talked... had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
"And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
"And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
"And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
"AND ... a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
"And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
"These sayings are faithful and true:
"Behold, I come quickly." (See Revelation Chapters 19-22.)
Those of us who struggle through the refining process, that is sure to be, can take comfort in the fact that we will not be alone; God will be with us, and our redemption shall be in Jesus Christ. And although we are expected to defend our liberties, and do our part, in the final evaluation we will find that it will be the Lord that “saves the day.” There will not be any special patriotic organization or group that will save America and the Constitution, this time it will be done by the Jesus Christ with His heavenly host.
We must purposely choose sides, not by default and apathy, but by conscious choice. If we are to receive the blessings of Zion, we must earn them and know we earned them. Perhaps we can end this study with the words of Thomas Paine which apply as well to us today as they did to our forefathers two hundred years ago:
"These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; ‘tis dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed, if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated." (The American Crisis, #1, December 23, 1776; The Political Works of Thomas Paine, p. 55; Also quoted in AEHDT, p. 147.)