This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
A note about the identity of the Harlot of Revelation 17/18
and the motives that drive her,
addressed to all those hoping for personal salvation on the basis of belonging to any one of the thousands of groups that emanated from the seed of Abraham claiming to belong to God and have doctrinal truth.
Well, what motivates a Harlot?
Personal gain and satisfaction of one sort or another.
Please read to the end of this page and all will be deobfuscated
Jehovah's Witnesses taught me from the beginning almost before I was baptized in January 1958 right up to the end in January 08 when I was disfellowshipped, as they term this modern version of being burned at the stake, that the harlot of Revelation 17 is the world power of false religion, which encompasses all religions including all of Christianity except, of course, Jehovah's Witnesses.
I have since learned differently in that this wanton lady of Revelation 17 is the once beautiful composite virginal bride of Christ who has become a most reprehensible adulterous harlot, worse even than God's beloved wife ancient Israel ever was before her destruction by the third world power Babylon in 607 BCE, or whatever according to other ‘authorities’ who do not accept the authority of the biblical record of Israel lying waste and barren for the prophesied time of 70 years according to Jehovah's purpose and determination for her to pay off her Sabbaths and receive the due penalty for her adulteries. Please read all of Ezekiel 16 for a summary of the life of Israel.
This means that all Christian religions, versions thereof, Islam and others loosely related, including, may I say, Jehovah's Witnesses, are represented by that harlot of Revelation 17, because within the framework of the law, harlot can only fit a woman who had previously belonged to a husband, engaged (Deuteronomy 22:23, 24; Matthew 1:18, 19) or married. In the current situation, the Bride of Christ is in that position of an engaged virgin belonging to the Christ, with non-Christian religions playing no part in the life of the whore of Revelation, since they were never married or betrothed to either Jehovah or the Christ and so unable to commit adultery in the biblical context and sense.
With that background in mind one could be excused to dismiss all of Christianity and associates as condemned by God and no longer part of his engagement with humanity.
Far from it. The collective or congregation of Christ's bride were given an assignment which was to last until the establishment of the Kingdom of God yet future. That assignment has never been rescinded and is still incumbent on the congregation, the multi-gender, multi-ethnic anointed (Christian) Israel of God.
No single Christian religion can claim exclusive right to that assignment. God has not founded any one of the multitude of Christian religions, sects and sundry offspring nor can any of the existing ones claim that assignment exclusively for themselves.
Since all of them stem from that original bride congregation, they are collectively still beholden to the talents of that original assignment of spreading the good news of God's Kingdom and making disciples (sons of the kingdom) from out of, not of, people of all the nations (Matthew 28:19) and herald that kingdom to the entire inhabited earth (Strong's 3625 oikoumene) (Matthew 14:14) until the end of the age of earthly Israel and in preparation for the inevitable heavenly announcement of that heavenly Kingdom's inauguration (Matthew 24: 29-31) in the near future.
Now the point of all of this is that the apostate bride has collectively done God's will of spreading the Gospel/good news earth-wide in spite of the dreadfulness of her adulterous behaviour as a handmaiden to every Tom, Dick and Harry ruler and government.
Jehovah has used her in this manner so that virtually all people on earth have heard of Jesus, however negatively, and have benefited in no small measure from her teaching of God's standards of morality and cleanliness and the good deeds of helping the needy, providing medical care and other humanitarian services.
That is the makeup she wears, as prostitutes do.
Yet she is guilty of all the blood spilled through her sectarianism, for failing to teach love of neighbour in deed and not just in words, proclaiming the Prince of Peace while engaging in the most horrid persecutions and sacrificing the lives of millions in world wars where Christian slaughtered Christian in the name of the God they claim to worship.
As apostate Israel of old had still kept the fires of faith burning until their Messiah (anointed one) had arrived, so it is with the apostate congregation of the Bride of Christ, who keep on running with the promises however dim the flame of faith may have become.
One cannot imagine, however, the devotion and sacrifices of a whole host of individuals who have suffered for neigh on 2 millennia since the founding of the Christian congregation just like those under or in apostate Israel as reported here by the Apostle Paul in Hebrews 11:32-38:
32 And what more shall I say? For the time will fail me if I go on to relate about Gid´e·on, Ba´rak, Samson, Jeph´thah, David as well as Samuel and the [other] prophets, 33 who through faith defeated kingdoms in conflict, effected righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 stayed the force of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from a weak state were made powerful, became valiant in war, routed the armies of foreigners. 35 Women received their dead by resurrection; but other [men] were tortured because they would not accept release by some ransom, in order that they might attain a better resurrection. 36 Yes, others received their trial by mockings and scourgings, indeed, more than that, by bonds and prisons. 37 They were stoned, they were tried, they were sawn asunder, they died by slaughter with the sword, they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, while they were in want, in tribulation, under ill-treatment; 38 and the world was not worthy of them. They wandered about in deserts and mountains and caves and dens of the earth.
Yes, since the founding of the Christian congregation Christians have suffered at the hands of governments and their own wayward brothers.
But, in spite of all that, has the name of Jesus been spread around the earth and particularly in these last two centuries have the Bible Students and Jehovah's Witnesses been at the forefront of spreading that illustrious name of Jesus' Heavenly Father Jehovah as they and others hallowed or sanctified His name, however inadequately, in keeping with the Lord's Prayer, which still continues to be prayed around the inhabited earth in these last days before the heavenly Kingdom's establishment.
In conclusion: What scriptural basis is there for claiming that all Christian groups have a measure of authority to complete the assignment to spread the name of Jesus worldwide and to do so irrespective of motive?
Just listen to the word of God:
(Mark 9:38-42) 38 John said to him: “Teacher, we saw a certain man expelling demons by the use of your name and we tried to prevent him, because he was not accompanying us.” 39 But Jesus said: “Do not try to prevent him, for there is no one that will do a powerful work on the basis of my name that will quickly be able to revile me; 40 for he that is not against us is for us. 41 For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink on the ground that you belong to Christ, I truly tell you, he will by no means lose his reward. 42 But whoever stumbles one of these little ones that believe, it would be finer for him if a millstone such as is turned by an ass were put around his neck and he were actually pitched into the sea.
(Luke 9:49-50) 49 In response John said: “Instructor, we saw a certain man expelling demons by the use of your name and we tried to prevent him, because he is not following with us.” 50 But Jesus said to him: “Do not you men try to prevent [him], for he that is not against you is for you.”
Also on motivation:
(1 Corinthians 9:16-18) 16 If, now, I am declaring the good news, it is no reason for me to boast, for necessity is laid upon me. Really, woe is me if I did not declare the good news! 17 If I perform this willingly, I have a reward; but if I do it against my will, all the same I have a stewardship entrusted to me. 18 What, then, is my reward? That while declaring the good news I may furnish the good news without cost, to the end that I may not abuse my authority in the good news.
(Philippians 1:15-18) 15 True, some are preaching the Christ through envy and rivalry, but others also through goodwill. 16 The latter are publicizing the Christ out of love, for they know I am set here for the defense of the good news; 17 but the former do it out of contentiousness, not with a pure motive, for they are supposing to stir up tribulation [for me] in my [prison] bonds. 18 What then? [Nothing,] except that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is being publicized, and in this I rejoice. In fact, I will also keep on rejoicing, 19 NWT
One of the greatest publicity agents ever to spread the good news about Jesus and his kingdom around the world has to be the Christmas Story and its commercialisation. The name Jesus has thus invaded communities that would never have been reached otherwise or to the same degree.
At one time, when Jewish leaders told Jesus to get his disciples to shut up about him, he replied with: “I tell you, If these remained silent, the stones would cry out.” (Luke 19:40). This has been never more true of atheists individually and collectively who run anti God-Jesus-Christian campaigns via books, films and other media. Even stone-hearted (?) atheist communist governments have printed Bibles en masse. As opposers rave and rant against God, Jehovah, Jesus, Christians and the Bible they are adhering, however unwillingly, to that great commercial principle of bad publicity is better than no publicity.
Whether Christian or Atheist, no religions are from God, but he uses them even against their will to accomplish His purpose: ‘so my word that goes forth from my mouth will prove to be. It will not return to me without results, but it will certainly do that in which I have delighted, and it will have certain success in that for which I have sent it.’ (Isaiah 55:11)
So it matters little what people get up to or what faithful ones in whatever Christian religion may encounter along the way, while perhaps beholden to false doctrines and hope:
Hail, rain, snow or persecution, the message of the good news must and will get through, because it was meant to get through and it has, by whatever means Jehovah chose.
Please continue your journey