A nagy paráznához vagy a szent maradékhoz tartozni – Abonyi Sándor
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More than 2000 years ago, Jesus was walking on this earth and after Pentecost came into the world by the Holy Spirit in the Church. In the first generation, local churches started up like mushrooms in many cities in the area of Roman Empire. We can read about this in the New Testament: in the Acts and the letters of the apostles. The Church of the first generation – despite her many mistakes – is a pattern to us today. Many efforts attempt the reformation of the present apostate Church to turn it back to the glorious state of the first Church.
When people speak about reformation of the Church they are looking at this solely through the glasses of the organized, established, institutional, traditional churches. In this way they speak about changes and assume that God is restoring the spiritual gifts and ministry gifts. This is a widely held view about the history of the institutional and traditional Church, but this is a totally false interpretation. It’s good to clear this, otherwise we will come to false conclusions regarding many other question too!
God didn’t send Jesus onto the earth to reform his contemporary religious system, but –independently from that – to demonstrate a totally new system. This produced the hate and the persecution of the contemporary religious Jews. In point of fact, this pattern repeated throughout the last 2000 years namely “Cain’s Church” continuously persecuted and tried to destroy “Abel’s Church”.
Our generation tends to think of the Church after 2000 years – as a result of the continuous reformations (Catholicism, Protestantism, Baptist, … Pentecostal movement) – slowly but surely getting back to her original dynamism and all these things are occurring in our generation. Coming after 2000 years, many think we are the generation of the “last days”. Many are thinking Jesus will come back during the life of the present generation and so they are waiting for the wonderful rapture.
It’s totally normal to wait for Jesus’s coming back, because the Bride with a Christ like nature – namely true believers in relation to true Church – is waiting for her Bridegroom and would like to meet with Him as soon as possible.
However we cannot be selfish monopolizing all the things in the Word that speak about the “last days” and interpreting them as solely for our generation. We need to honor the former generations living through the previous 2000 years particularly because many of them were persecuted, and some even died for their faith. From the Word, they had similar hope to their generation! We know from the Word that the Church of the first generation – similarly to us – waited for Jesus coming back in their own generation and hoping for the rapture too. Therefore they became sad, even disturbed when the first believers started to die. Paul made an effort to encourage them and remember when he wrote in his letters:
“I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1 Thess 4:13-17)
In his first letter Paul speaks about his personal hope of being involved in the rapture too:
“we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord….
we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds”
Later Paul warns the same believers to be sober, which can be not be contrary to his hope which he described in his earlier letter:
“We beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition” (2 Thess 2:1-3)
We can also read here about people who troubled the believers by saying that “the day of Christ is at hand.” This happened throughout the 2000 years of the “last days” too, as we will see it below. Each generation can live in such a situation, because Jesus said as well:
“many false prophets will come, who make believe if it is possibly the elected ones too”.
Within the last 2000 years, approximately 50 generations have lived, who had the same strong hope in their hearts. And this is right in a way, because our God is the “I AM”, who reveals Himself similarly to the believers of each ages. Therefore each word written in the New Testament – in the time of the first generation – have similarly been a rhema for each generation! Paul’s warnings are timely ones today as well and good to bear in our mind after 2000 years too. Therefore we don’t want to trouble people in the same way “as that the day of Christ is at hand.” Many believers accepted the prophecies of false prophets through last centuries and made wrong decisions which destroyed their life. Wisdom is “the fruit of spirit” too and we don’t need to feel shamed, because we often need it badly.
There is a root fallacy in the interpretation of Church’s history. Manfred Haller says the following words about the history of the development of the above mentioned organized, established, traditional “churches”: “the historical development of the Christendom is the history of the flesh, of the natural human and the old Adam.” Remember that Revelation speaks about two Churches and not one and only, which are very different from each other and we can read not about their development there. One of them is called in the Revelation the “Great Harlot” Church (“Babylon the great”) which is a fallen, Church fornicator with the world, and the other one is called to the “Bride”. This means the saint “Bride” of the Bridegroom, who is Jesus Christ
Many believers think wrongly about the time of the “last days”. They think about the “last days” as in the present time and in the future only. They don’t think to the earlier generations but they think of living in the last days alone or maybe the next generations. This is not a biblical truth regarding the last days, if we are thinking according to the Bible. Look at a few words considering this:
Peter quoted Joel prophet and spoke about the last days (in the first generation!) at Pentecost for the gathered multitude:
“This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: … Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.” (Acts 2.16-17; 33)
The next passage describes this similarly:
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;” (Heb. 1.1-2)
From these verses we can see as well that the last days are the time of the Authority of Jesus Christ, who is appointed by the Father to be Lord over all things. We can read about this in the Mat 28.18-19 too:
„Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore …”
We can see very clearly from these verses that the time of the last days had started already at Pentecost and will keep on till the coming back of Jesus. So the last 2000 years have been the time of the “last days” and will continue till the coming of Jesus.
Jesus had – independently from the “Great Harlot” Church – true followers in each generation who have been members of the “Bride” – in other word they are the Saint Remnant. We have to separate the organized, established churches (the “Great Harlot and her daughters”) who fornicate with the world continuously from the “Saint Bride” who contains all believers living as saints in each generation. These saints had no fellowship with the Great Harlot at any time. They were living their lives independently of Great Harlot or started within it but God called them out from among it.
In Revelation 2 and 3 chapters we can read about seven churches where God calls upon six churches to repent. They belong to the “Great Harlot” but there are a few people among them who hear yet the voice of the Lord. These six churches will be judged if they will nor repent. The true believers need to come out of them if these churches don’t repent. Only one of the seven churches belongs to the “Bride” of Jesus because they are saints, obedient (kept the Lord word), and had not denied His Name”. This church has only a little strength and other six churches look down on her.
“I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.” (Rev 3.8-9)
If we understand the two different churches (Great Harlot and Bride) then we come to another conclusion regarding the explanation of the history of God’s Church. Jesus had true followers over the last 2000 years in each generation, who were persecuted and called “heretics”. So there is a “Saint Remnant” in each generation and the Remnants together through the last 2000 years with the later Remnant in the future create the true Church of Jesus Christ, His saint Bride. We know from the Word that the “Great Harlot” (Babylon the great) will never improve, never become holy, but she will finally get her deserved punishment:
“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. 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. 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. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” (Rev. 18:2-5)
The reformations starting from Catholicism though Protestantism and other more recent ones could never lead to the desired result. Therefore God commanded for each generation to “come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues”
We need to think about the heroes with great honor, who were qualified as “heretics” – persecuted, banished or burned to death – by the “Great Harlot”. Through centuries there was a “Great Harlot” line and separated from that with its parallel a “Saint Bride” line. We can read about this in the book “Pilgrim Church” written by E. H. Broadbent. This book provides very detailed reports about an “alive Christ like line” through the last 2000 years. This is the true history of the true Church of Jesus Christ. We can read in this book about believers who didn’t bow down before the “Baal”. Others called them Bogomil, Huguenot, Waldensian, Anabaptist, Puritan and other names. They described themselves simply as brothers. Jesus has true followers today as well but they are living their life mainly outside of the organized churches. The true history of the true believers has been forgotten, because the history of the Church is written by the traditional churches and so the true believers (called out) were called as heretics in each age according to the view of the worldly churches, Great Harlot. The books written by the heretics were burned, their traces obliterated and so their history fell into oblivion. They died in the Christ as our true brothers and so we are all together members of the Bride, the Saint Remnant preparing for the royal wedding. In the true Church of Jesus Christ – opposite to many common opinions – the spiritual gifts and ministry gifts: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers were operating continuously. The idea that these are being restored again by God in present days if false. There are not passages in the Bible which would support this idea! The true followers of Jesus Christ served – in each ages – suffering persecutions, in secret, with great humility, never looking for the own glory and popularity.
If we bow down before the “Baal” on that issue we will be in spiritual fellowship with the “Great Harlot” and share in her sin. We deny the cross sacrifice and the remembrance of our brothers who were persecuted and killed as “heretics” by the “Great Harlot and her daughters” throughout the last 2000 years. These heroes are members of the “Bride” and the “Saint Remnant” as well. They and the saints of the future together will create the “Bride” and gathered by Jesus to fest the royal wedding.
Be not deceived! Our brothers are not the fleshly parts of the apostate “Great Harlot”, who are the enemies of Christ’s cross, but the believers dying in Christ throughout the last 2000 years, who were obedient to Him in all things.
So we have to remember with a great honor the heroic believers in each generation who fought and struggled similarly to us, and many times through tougher tests, or died because of their faith.
Therefore we don’t need to work on the reformation of the “Great Harlot and her daughters”, because Jesus told us very clearly neither to “sew a piece of new cloth on an old garment” nor to “put new wine into old bottles”
Jesus call out His people in each generation from the institutional churches and will take care of them. In this way “there shall be one fold, and one shepherd”. He told that as well:
“I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Jesus is leading His people and working in them by the Holy Spirit. He will them call out and often prepare them in the wilderness, in secret, personally – similarly to Elijah – in the right time suddenly releasing them, and setting them into action to fulfill God’s will. .
Elijah was similar man to us. Elisha – in succession Elijah – asked from Elijah “a double portion of thy spirit” and God gave it to him
So we are not to be faithless but being fearless are working with the spirit of Elijah and “preparing the way in the wilderness” for the Lord similarly to John the Baptist.
The question is now the following:
Do you belong to the “Great Harlot” or to the “Saint Remnant”?
If you belong to the “Great Harlot” the actual message to you is “come out of her”!
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