The Moving Stronghold
This is a look at a most important subject when looking at bible prophecy. It is the story of a very powerful spiritual stronghold that has moved from city to city throughout the time of mans probation here on earth. I will not give this spiritual entity a name other than to say that its influence can be traced from antiquity to our time in the 21st century.
This stronghold is known more by its spiritual attributes than by any singular name. Looking at this entity in this manner will dispel a great deal of confusion if one is willing to listen to the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit and is not set on trying to ‘teach God’ what his word means, as so many are inclined to do.
The Spirit of the City
Tyre was also a great city of antiquity and was the capital of the Phoenician Empire. Its sister city was Sidon (Zidon) located 22 miles north of Tyre. Both cities were an important part of the ancient world and was located on the Mediterranean. It had all the characteristics of suffering from the same spiritual leprosy as her evil twin sister, Tyre. What is interesting about Tyre is that she was once a friend (sort of) to Israel. It was Hiram (from Tyre) that built the Temple of God under King Solomon.
Indeed, it is clear that Tyre was also instrumental in assisting Israel Build the second Temple. (Ezra 3:7). Without digressing too much it also appears that commerce was important to the Tyreans during the building of the Second temple because they were selling all manner of goods on the Sabbath in Jerusalem and wrought great evil in so doing. (See Neh. 13:15-17).
Commerce and religion played a role in the past when this stronghold took control and it will be the same in any system that falls under the sway of this demonic stronghold.
In the following passage we see some very important characteristics; A multitude of Merchants resided in her who were considered to be great men on the Earth.
Who hath taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning [city], whose merchants [are] princes, whose traffickers [are] the honourable of the earth? The LORD of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, [and] to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth.
This entire Chapter in Isaiah is instructive as to the economic relationships that Tyre had developed as well as who God proposed and eventually destroyed her.
Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered. And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the LORD will visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth. And her merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to the LORD: it shall not be treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise shall be for them that dwell before the LORD, to eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing.
From Ezekiel we see that Worship, Merchandise, Earthy wisdom
Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart [is] lifted up, and thou hast said, I [am] a God, I sit [in] the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou [art] a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God: Behold, thou [art] wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee: With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures: By thy great wisdom [and] by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches: Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God; Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness. They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of [them that are] slain in the midst of the seas.
Ezekiel adds another important aspect to Tyre. That is Worship. The King of Tyrus though he was a god. He was full of PRIDE.
This king of Tyre (Ethbaal) was very wise, even wiser than Daniel, and that is God’s opinion of him! He used his wisdom to gain riches via economic traffic. Yes this is the same Tyrus that Isaiah spoke about.
But later we also see the real power behind the King of Tyrus is a very powerful angelic being that was in Eden.
Thou [art] the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee [so]: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou [wast] perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
This is not a human entity that is being described. No human except Adam and Eve have been in Eden and no human is a Cherub. A Cherub is a very special angelic being. There was only one angelic being that was recorded as being in Eden and he took the form of a Serpent. This was the real power behind Tyrus and the real power behind this most important of spiritual strongholds.
One of the first places we can find the clearest indication of this stronghold is in a place called Nineveh. It was the capital of the Assyrian empire. This city was a very important city in antiquity and it was known for several things that God remarked on in his word.
She is identifies as a Harlot By God
She is well favored (beautiful)
She is involved in witchcraft
She sells nations through her whoredoms
She has many merchants and merchendise
She is situated near water.
Brothers and sisters, this is not coincidence and if we delve deeper into the Scriptures we will see from another often quoted scripture who is really in control of this spiritual stronghold.
Here is a verse that shows this entity doing all of these things.
Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts.
God becomes angry with this harlot and declares here judgment on her she is going to have her shame and nakedness exposed for all to see.
Behold, I [am] against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame. And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazingstock. And it shall come to pass, [that] all they that look upon thee shall flee from thee, and say, Nineveh is laid waste: who will bemoan her? whence shall I seek comforters for thee?
Here God makes it clear that he will deal with the wickedness of the city of Nineveh that sits by the water. It is important to note here an important spiritual point. Nahum made these prophecies about a hundred years after Jonah, who as sent, rather reluctantly to Nineveh to warn of God’s Judgment. God spared Nineveh because at that time the Ninevite’s repented (Jonah 3:5ff).
However, later after all the old-timers in Nineveh had passed away, the next generation rose up and did as they wanted. It appears that commerce and witchcraft were keys to its dominion and God prepared his recompense on those who submitted themselves to the spiritual forces that were in control of Nineveh. From the scriptures in Nahum we can see some the things that happen as God Judges Nineveh.
The People flee (3:7)
She shall be drunken (3:11)
She will be burned with fire (3:15)
There is no remedy for her wounds. (3:19)
Something happens that makes the gates of the City open wide to their enemies and the people become ‘women’. (3:13)
While I could go into the old Covenant and show how this entity has moved from Tyre on to Babylon I think rather, I will show an interesting scripture that shows that there was a strange spiritual entity that is signified by a wicked woman that is capable of movement and her last known destination was Babylon.
Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what [is] this that goeth forth. And I said, What [is] it? And he said, This [is] an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This [is] their resemblance through all the earth. And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this [is] a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah. And he said, This [is] wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof. Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind [was] in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven. Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah? And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.
The land of Shinar is just another name for Babylon. The two storks are taking this wicked woman from somewhere (probably Tyre) to Babylon.
We notice here as I have mentioned on other parts of this site that this entity is capable of movement from place to place.
There is another woman mentioned in the Book or Revelation and it lines up perfectly with what we have seen in Tyre and Nineveh.
The best place to look is in Revelation Chapter 17 and 18, and Jeremiah 50 and 51. Here you will see all the characteristics of Babylon that we find in the other two cities.
And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead [was] a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. And here [is] the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, [and] the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. 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. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him [are] called, and chosen, and faithful. And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth. And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 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. 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. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. 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. 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, 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. And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! 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, And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What [city is] like unto this great city! 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. Rejoice over her, [thou] heaven, and [ye] holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. 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. And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft [he be], shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
All of the same elements are here. The woman who is a wicked harlot involved in Merchandise and is very rich. God gets angry with her and destroys her. And as with Tyre, there is witchcraft involved in the system. Revelation 17 and 18 and portions of Jeremiah 50 and 51 are end time prophecies and have not occurred yet, despite what the false prophets of Babylon are telling you. They are part of the satanic stronghold that is deceiving many and they are drunken with the wine of her fornication and her riches and the unholy relationship she has with this system.
Why is it so difficult to see this? Why are the Churches not speaking out about merchandising the Gospel? Why are so many ministries involved in it?
In all fairness, I know that it takes money to run a Church and ministries and God knows this as well. I have one. It costs money, no doubt about it. I get so little support that at times it gets very discouraging. But many have had their eyes opened up because of what I have written, by God’s grace and I know that my reward is not money but rather, is located in Heaven. Those who sow into this ministry will reap its rewards. Those who sow into the false apostate Corporate Christendom located in the United States of America will reap destruction. Merchandising the Gospel is not what God wants us to do. I do not sell the gospel, prophecies, ‘holy handkerchiefs’ or any other such MERCHENDISE, while I do have a small kiosk on this site, I have no control over the copyrights of those books and thus cannot give them away, as I do with my own book. Yes, you will find some links here and there to Amazon.com and even to some financial web sites, but these are for assisting people with decisions and gaining information on in the times we are in. If God’s people obeyed him like they claim to I would not have to have any of that stuff on my site. But the American Christian would rather, spend $50 on tickets to a Basketball game, or $100 eating out at a fancy restaurant than on God’s work.
They are known by their fruit.
God is not against his people making money and is not against using innovative ways to support ministries. But the entire emphasis in modern Christendom is on huge multi-million dollar Churches to attract the Lexus Generation to increase ‘Church’ revenues.
This is not what the kingdom of God is all about. The kingdom of satan… yes, the Kingdom of God… no.
What is the kingdom of God about?
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Buying and selling is a necessary evil in our times… emphasis on the world evil. Yes, the saints must to some degree operate in the system of Mammon but let us get our priorities right and never let mammon, the threat of the loss of riches, power, comfort or worldly ‘peace’ override our godly responsibilities. Those responsibilities are to love the truth, hate the lie, minister to each other and the poor, to forget not the persecuted look earnestly and joyfully for the coming of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Apostate Churches will speak of helping the poor and then look at them suspiciously when one enters their Church. They will cast out the homeless and do their utmost to attract the well-moneyed children of mammon in order to to fleece them.
I have digressed here because the LORD has directed it. It was not my intention to cover this issue but the Holy Spirit deems it of great importance. Mammon is satanism and satanism is mammon. Those who fall under the sway of mammon are of the devil. As Christ said, you cannot serve God and mammon. The Churches today by and large support our illegal war, our plundering (theft) of another nation, our torture camps and the deliberate lies told to the people to get us into this unjust and illegal war. They support this antichrist system. Remember that all liars go into the lake of fire, there are no exceptions (Revelation 22:15)! He does not exclude the kings and rulers of the Earth that lie us into bloody wars who claim to be Christians and then plunder nations. Why do the Churches support this system? Because they are part of it.
The tragedy is that they don’t even know it.