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LIGHT

CHAPTER X

Hypocrisy Exposed

(REVELATION, CHAPTER 17)
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JEHOVAH hates hypocrisy because hypocrites are workers of iniquity. "Thou hatest all workers of iniquity. Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man." (Ps. 5:5, 6) A hypocrite is a vile person, and a combination of hypocrites working together increases the burdens of the deceived one. "For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the Lord, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail." (Isa. 32:6) The greatest instrument for the practice and work of hypocrisy is that which is called "religion". Hypocrisy came into vogue by and through the Devil's religion. It was in the days of Enos that Satan began to mock and reproach God by inducing men to form an organization and "to call themselves by the name of the Lord". (Gen. 4:26, margin) The beginning of Satan's earthly organization was called "Bab-il", or "Babylon", which means "the gate to god", that is, Satan, the god of this wicked world. Babylon was built by Nimrod, whose name means "rebellion", and its original name, "Bab-il," is proof that it was built in defiance of Jehovah and to deride and mock him and bring reproach upon his name.

Religion took the most prominent part in that organization, and that was the Devil's religion, or wor-

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ship of Satan. Baal worship, the Devil religion, became the established religion of all the nations aside from Israel, and in time Israel fell under the spell of that satanic religion. (1 Ki. 16: 31-33; 18:19-40) The king of Babylon is shown by the Scriptures to be a specific representative of Satan, because God gave him one of the names that applies to Satan, to wit, Dragon. (Jer. 51:34) Hypocrisy has always flourished under the name of religion. Religion has been Satan's chief means of deceiving the people. (See Prophecy, p. 126.)

JEWS' RELIGION

When God organized Israel as his own people and made a covenant with that people, his first commandment was to shield and protect them from the hypocritical Devil religion: "I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth." — Ex. 20: 2-4.

The greatest crime committed by Israel was that of embracing and practicing the Devil religion, which the Lord denounces as "whoredom". (Num. 25:1-5; Ezek. 16:1-36) In his covenant with Israel God made provision for the office of priest and prophet and for men to fill these offices. To represent God when in office a man must be entirely honest and true. Instead of pursuing an honest course of action, men installed in such offices became hypocrites. A hypocrite is one who plays a part with a dishonest motive. He feigns to be good when he is in fact bad. He is a pre-

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tender to piety, virtue and honesty. He is a deceiver, a cheat and a fraud, and a dissembler.

God planted the Israelites a pure "vine"; but that people, through the practice of the Devil religion and by the hypocrisy of her priests, turned into a degenerate vine. (Jer. 2: 21-26) The clergy class of the Jews, made up of the priests, prophets, scribes, Pharisees and Sadducees, were the chief offenders against God. They claimed to be servants of Jehovah God, but their service of him was in form only. Jesus told them that they were of their father the Devil and were doing the Devil's will, and not Jehovah's will and service. (John 8:44) He also said to them: "Ye hypocrites! well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips: but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." (Matt. 15:7-9) Jesus denounced them as a "wicked and adulterous generation". — Matt. 16:1-4.

CHRISTIANITY

Let it be always remembered that Israel in a covenant with Jehovah was God's covenant people and that natural Israel foreshadowed spiritual Israel, which is otherwise called "Christianity". The things of the law covenant foreshadowed greater things of the future, and that which came to pass upon natural Israel was typical and for examples of what should come to pass upon spiritual Israel at the end of the world. (Heb. 10:1; 1 Cor. 10:11) There were some honest and true Israelites who were without guile and without hypocrisy; but they were few. (John 1:47) The ruling and so-called "noble" class were hypo-

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crites. In considering the history of the Jews pertaining to their religion we are reading in advance what has come to pass upon so-called "organized Christianity" at the end of the world, where we now arc. Among the professed followers of Christ there are some who are true and honest and without guile. But the crop of hypocrites is very large.

Jehovah God organized the church or true Christianity, with Christ Jesus as the Head thereof, and this we call "spiritual Israel". (Col. 1:18) God sets the members in the body of Christ as it pleases him, and in the beginning he set some for prophets and some for teachers. (1 Cor. 12:18-28) As men created the places having the name of Pharisees and Sadducees among the Jews, and these composed the Jewish clergy, even so in the church men taking the name of Christ have created the offices and names of "pope", "cardinal," "doctor of divinity," "right reverend," "reverend," and like titles, which are applied to the preachers, and these together form the clergy of so-called "Christianity". These men called the clergy have made pretenses of being superior to other men. They have associated with and brought into close relationship with them men from whom they have received gifts and honors and special favors and upon whom they, the clergy, bestow their favors, and these are called "the principal of the flock". — Jer. 25: 34.

It is the clergy and the principal ones of their flocks that have organized and carried on what is today known as "organized Christianity" or "Christendom". The name "Christendom" applies to all nations that call themselves "Christian" and that claim to practice "Christianity" as their religion. The name "Christian" properly applies to those only

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who are in Christ by a covenant of sacrifice and baptism into his death, and taken into the covenant for the kingdom and anointed by the holy spirit. Such are wholly for the kingdom of God and his Christ. The name "Christian" or "Christianity" or "Christendom" is wrongfully applied to all people who claim to be followers of Christ but who in fact are not. Feigning to be followers of Christ and taking a contrary course is the practice of hypocrisy. Claiming to be a Christian and at the same time supporting the Devil's organization is the greatest hypocrisy; and therefore great "whoredom", within the meaning of the Scriptures.

Why do the clergy appear before the camera and in the public places in long flowing robes richly embroidered or wearing other unusual garments? Has God directed them to do so? Is such done for the purpose of impressing the people with their own importance and their piety? Why do they go through certain formal ceremonies with much pomp and outward show? Is that done to glorify God and to represent him, or to be seen of men and to impress men with their own importance? If for the latter reason, then such is the practice of hypocrisy. Why do the clergy make long prayers, standing in public places, or by radio, and utter many vain words? Surely not for the purpose of glorifying God, but to impress the people with their own importance and piety. The clergy of the Jews acted in a similar way; and what Jesus said of and concerning them applies likewise to the clergy of the present time who claim to be practicing the Christian religion: "But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their gar-

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ments, and love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi." — Matt. 23: 5-7.

The clergy of the present time take the most prominent seats in places of public assemblies and at banquets and at inaugural ceremonies of high officials of governments, and great prominence in "blessing" the armies. In this, are they obeying God's commandments? Or is this formalism for the purpose of impressing the public with the importance of themselves and the ruling factors? Every person must see that such ceremonies do not honor God; and there is not one scripture in the Bible that authorizes any follower of Christ to take such a course. By thus proceeding under the name of Christ, and claiming to represent God, they are practicing hypocrisy.

That hypocrisy is the greatest crime committed against God and deserves the greatest punishment, and that the clergy of "Christendom" and the 'principal ones of their flock' are the greatest of all hypocrites, is clearly proven by the testimony and denunciation of Jesus, which is here submitted. The clergy of the Jews had some light. They had reason to believe that Christ Jesus was exactly what he claimed to be, the Son of God. They were in a covenant with Jehovah and it was their duty to know God's Word, The clergy of so-called "organized Christianity" have had far greater opportunity to have more light than the Jewish clergy ever had. They have the words of Jesus and of the apostles and of the prophets, and the coming to pass of events in fulfilment of prophecy, all of which have been brought to their attention; and these they have rejected. While claiming to

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be followers of Christ and representatives of God they still go on serving Satan, and thereby prove by their conduct that they are the sons of Satan, even as Jesus told the Pharisees they were. (John 8: 42, 44) Therefore the words that Jesus uttered apply with even greater force to the clergy of the present time who claim to be preachers of the church of Christ and who at the same time practice the Devil religion and support the Devil's schemes.

Today there is a comparatively small company of men and women in the land who are earnest and honest and who are diligently telling the people about God's kingdom. They are taking no part in the politics of the governments because they are wholly for the kingdom of God. Who are the men that most violently oppose that little company of faithful servants of the Lord who go about telling their fellow man of God's provision for their blessing? It is the clergy class; and they induce the law-making and law-enforcement body of men to likewise interfere. The clergy attempt to prevent the use of the radio for the broadcasting of the message of God's kingdom. They tell the people to stay away from the meetings addressed by teachers of the Bible, and they gather up and burn the books that are published and put in the hands of the people and that teach the message of God's kingdom. They refuse to enter into the kingdom themselves, because they support the offspring of Satan, the League of Nations compact, and do their hardest work to keep others out of the kingdom of God. Therefore the testimony of Jesus is specifically applied to them at the present time: "But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go

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in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. " — Matt. 23:13.

The same class of clergymen of "organized Christianity" support schemes which devour the substance of the widow and the orphans and others; and at the same time they stand in the public places and make long prayers, for the purpose and intention of deceiving the people by adding a "sanctity" to the wicked schemes that are practiced by their allies. Therefore Jesus said to them: "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation." — Matt. 23:14.

These clergymen of "organized Christianity" hold revivals and other meetings to which the people are invited, and get up great excitement and blaspheme God's name by teaching the frightful doctrine of eternal torment and like false doctrines to wrongfully induce men to join their flocks and support their institutions. This they do without regard to the practice of men and women in their daily lives, whether it be good or bad. Concerning this practice by them the Lord said: "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves." — Matt. 23:15.

These same "gentlemen of the cloth" claiming to be preachers of God's Word are great sticklers for observing the letter of the law. If a poor man traveling on the highway is supposed to have in his possession any amount of intoxicating liquor these clergymen hold that the officer of the law is fully justified

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in killing that poor man if he does not halt at the very instant he is commanded to stop. This is called "shotgun enforcement of the law", and the clergy publicly indorse it. At the same time, if a man of great wealth is found with some liquor little or nothing is said about it.

These same clergymen insist that men and women who go from house to house with the message of God in book form are violating the "Peddler's Law" or the law concerning Sunday and should be prosecuted for that reason, and they cause many of the humble followers of Christ to be arrested and prosecuted upon such charges. At the same time these clergymen neglect entirely the acts of mercy and the teaching of the people the Word of God that they might have faith, which work they ought to have done; therefore the Lord says of them: "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint, and anise, and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides! which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel." — Matt. 23: 23, 24.

These same clergymen hold themselves out before the people as men of the highest morality and piety. They loudly demand the rigid enforcement of the Prohibition law against the poor workingman, and yet many of them have their cellars well stocked with the forbidden liquid. They make great claims to honesty and insist that public officials and others be honest, and at the same time they are parties to cruel and oppressive schemes that burden the people. They have the outward appearance of purity and try to impress the people with their own 'purity', and yet they

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constantly support devilish schemes to bring oppression, suffering and death upon the people. Therefore the Lord said of them: "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee! cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity." — Matt. 23:25-28.

At the funeral of some man of prominence, particularly if he is a member of the "false prophet" class, these clergymen perform ceremonies of outward solemnity and great piety; while in the cemetery and vicinity of the tombs of other men who have died they "garnish" them with flowers, and with uplifted hands and solemn faces say concerning others that sleep in the dust and who shed blood unrighteously: 'Had we been of their day, we would not have been partakers in their wrongful deeds.' In other words, they would make those who stand by understand that they, the clergy, are good and great and lovable men and do not the deeds of blood, while at the same time the blood of many soldiers who died in the World War cries out from the earth against them. It was the clergymen who urged many of these young men into the war, and therefore their blood is upon them. (Jer. 2:34) Therefore Jesus says of them: "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the

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sepulchres of the righteous, and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers! how can ye escape the damnation of hell?" (Matt. 23:29-33) Let it be borne in mind in this connection that it was the clergy that caused the prosecution and persecution, vile punishment and death of many of God's witnesses during the World War.

In the words above quoted Jesus spoke prophetically against the clergy and the 'principal of their flocks', which prophecy has had a partial fulfilment but much of which is yet to be fulfilled. It is well known that during the World War the clergymen used their meeting houses or synagogues as a place for recruiting young men for the army, and sent them forth to die; at the same time they were inciting the people to mob violence against humble men and women who were teaching the Word of God concerning his kingdom. (See Revelation 11:8, 9, and comments.) At that time the World War was furnishing much extraneous evidence of the fulfilment of prophecy showing the presence of the Lord and the time for his kingdom, and God sent these messages to the people, and particularly to the clergy; and instead of hearing the Word of the Lord they ill-used his witnesses. Therefore Jesus says of them: "Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city, that

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upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation." (Matt. 23: 34-36) This prophetic utterance had a miniature fulfilment upon the Jews, but its far greater fulfilment is upon the clergy of "organized Christianity".

Now we are in "the last days". The great issue joined now is, Shall the earth be ruled by the scheme of the League of Nations, or shall Jehovah God and his Christ rule the earth? The clergy have taken their stand on the side of the League of Nations and given their allegiance to Satan's scheme and are against God and his kingdom. (Ps. 2:2) By their practice of hypocrisy they have induced the commercial and political rulers to follow a wrongful course. Now let the people judge whether or not the facts that are well known to all exactly fit the clergy as set forth in the following statement of the Word of God: "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." — 2 Tim. 3:1-5.

Hypocrisy is the greatest crime ever committed. In the land of so-called "Christendom" has been the place of the most widespread commission and practice of hypocrisy, and the clergy and the 'principal

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ones of their flock' have been the chief perpetrators of the crime. "Organized Christianity" is therefore the most stupendous scheme of hypocrisy ever promulgated or used on earth.

"THE GREAT WHORE"

The seventeenth chapter of Revelation has long been a mystery, even unto the most faithful followers of Christ Jesus. Jehovah's due time has come to make it plain, and he by and through his chief officer, Christ Jesus, now clears away the mystery. Let the seventeenth chapter of Revelation be here carefully studied. Let it be kept in mind that it is God who gave the Revelation to Jesus Christ and that now Christ Jesus in his temple sends forth his angel and makes known to those who love and serve God what is come to pass and what shall surely come to pass, as therein set forth.

"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." (Vs. 1) It seems quite probable that the angel here mentioned is the seventh angel, having charge over the pouring out of the seventh bowl, or plague. It is since the beginning of the pouring out of that plague in 1928 that the remnant of God's people have been given an understanding of this chapter. The angel of the Lord invites the attention of such while they are in "the wilderness". (See verse 3.) The world is now in the wilderness condition, with the "wild beast" in control. (Mark 1:13) The remnant is in the world, but not of it. All the elements ruling the earth are turned against God and against his kingdom, and

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that which is fed to the people by the worldly rulers, nobles and clergymen is but husks. The faithful witnesses of the Lord who go from house to house and talk to the people and bring to them the refreshing truths of God's Word and of his kingdom can discern, and do discern, how desolate "organized Christianity" has made the people and in what a wilderness condition they are now. The consecrated ones who have not followed and obeyed the commandments of the Lord by being his faithful witnesses, but who have opposed that work, will not get an appreciation of what is here said. Those who love God and devote themselves to him will see and appreciate the Lord's unfolding of this part of his prophecy. Those who are faithful in doing what they can to magnify the name of Jehovah are the ones who respond to the invitation of the Lord's angel to 'come hither and see the judgment of the great whore'.

"We are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth, against them which commit such things." (Rom. 2:2) Who then is "the great whore" that is judged and sentenced? Bear in mind that the Revelation was written for the benefit of God's people, particularly for those who should be upon the earth at the end of the world (Rom. 15: 4); and that therefore at the end of the world the great whore must be in existence and in a position to be discerned by those who love the Lord. "The great whore" is the Devil's religion, mislabeled "organized Christianity" or "Christendom", and which forms a part of Satan's organization. The Devil's organization is carrying on the greatest hypocrisy under the name of Christ. Parading under the name of Christ or "Christendom", it is against God and against Christ. (Ps. 2: 2) There-

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fore the greatest hypocrisy is practiced by "the great whore". It is the mixture of many kinds of religion and is practiced under the name of "Christian", but includes paganism, Romanism, Protestantism, Christian Science, and other Devil religions, operating together and used by the Devil to deceive the people.

"The great whore . . . sitteth upon many waters," which means, upon many peoples. (See verse 15.) Many peoples, nations, tongues, and multitudes, carry and bear up this hypocritical system called "Christian" or "Christendom" and by which the people are deceived. The so-called "Christian religion" is the religion of the nations that rule the earth at the present time. The Devil has other religions, to be sure, by which he deceives the people and which are a part of his organization, but "Christendom", so called, is the chief one used in the leading nations of the earth.

It was the woman to whom Satan made the first advance to go lusting or whoring after a different god than Jehovah. In the Hebrew, "whore" means "highly fed and wanton". Satan fed Eve on the forbidden fruits, and she became loose and wanton and forsook Jehovah her God for Satan. The term "whore" is therefore an appropriate one to picture an organization that has gone 'whoring after other gods', and this is what Israel and its antitype "Christendom" have done. — Ex. 34:15, 16.

God warned against the danger of those who are highly fed, lest they forget the things heavenly provided. (Deut. 6:10-14) Hence the honest of heart pray with sincerity: "Feed me with food convenient for me; lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord?" — Prov. 30: 8, 9.

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In the Greek the word "whore" seems to be drawn from the thought "to go through as a trafficker, to sell". Eve sold herself to Satan in order to traffic in forbidden dainties. She became a harlot, ravished away from the true God to the false. That which is today called "Christendom" and properly called "Babylon" was organized in the name of Christ. The organization sold itself to the Devil that it might have part in the dainties of ruling the world. Therefore the proper application of these words: "Thou hadst a whore's forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed." (Jer. 3:3) It was Satan who brought Babylon, his religion represented by a bad woman, into existence and did prostitute her and cause her to be a whore that the land (organization of the earth) might be full of "whoredom" (which is Devil worship) and the whole earth become wicked against God. — Lev. 19:29.

She is now a well-fed and "wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts". (Nah. 3:4) Babylon stands for Devil religion as a whole, and "Christendom" has become a part of Babylon, and the name Babylon attaches to and properly applies to her, and she has Satan for her lord and husband. She has caused the kings of earth to commit fornication with her; and "Christendom", at this end of the world, embraces the visible ruling powers of the earth or earth's chief empire. Therefore it is written: "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." — Vs. 2.

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Satan first applied the king idea among men in the organization of the people under Nimrod as king. This was not for the purpose of enforcing Jehovah's will, but to carry out Satan's policy and for promoting Devil worship. Knowing the natural tendency of man to worship, Satan must have a religion for man that would cause man to give his allegiance and worship to the Devil. Therefore from Nimrod to the present time the kings of the earth have had the religion of the Devil, and the Devil has been their god and received their worship. — 2 Cor. 4:3, 4.

These rulers have perverted the use of the earthly governments, which properly is to enforce the will of Jehovah, and instead have substituted and carried out the will of Satan. In this they have been seduced, deceived, misled and debauched by the Devil religion. Satan's whore lured the most of Israel's kings into the same trap. To carry out his policies it was necessary for a religion to allay the conscience of the visible rulers and to impress the people with superstition, and Satan saw to it that the need was supplied. When the time came he got control of the organization named "Christian" and has used it for his own purposes. The result has been that the poor, common people, held in subjection by these fornicating rulers, have been made "drunk with the wine of her fornication"; that is to say, they have been given an excessive potion, which has brought upon them woe, sorrow, contentions, complaining, wounds without cause, redness and dulness of vision, and they have been beaten and scourged and bitten and stung to death. In poetic phrase the Lord describes the sufferings of those who have been forced to drink of Babylon's wine (not literal fermented grapejuice, but

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Babylon's whoredoms): "Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not; when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again." — Prov. 23:29-35.

"Afflicted, and drunken, but not with [natural] wine." (Isa. 51:21) Even God's people were subject to that "wine of wrath" in 1917 and 1918, when "Christendom" maltreated them. The wine from the vine of the earth (Satan's organization) is the 'wine of astonishment and violence'. (Ps. 60:3; Prov. 4:17) This spirit of "whoredom" has caused the people to err, and they have been turned away from God.  — Hos. 4:11, 12.

"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." (Vs. 3) In this vision John saw a woman sitting on a scarlet-colored beast. A brief definition of each, the "woman" and the "scarlet coloured beast", at this point will make the matter more understandable.

"The woman" is the "great whore" mentioned in verse one of this chapter. "The woman," therefore,

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is "organized Christianity", so called, which is the Devil religion fraudulently and falsely taking the name of and operating under the name of Christ for the purpose of deceiving the people, and therefore is the very breeding place of hypocrisy. This Devil religion has brought the greatest reproach upon the name of God because claiming to be the religion established by Christ Jesus.

The "scarlet coloured beast" is an earthly Devil-organization appearing in the form of a combination of rulers of nations, the announced purpose of which combination has been and is to establish world peace. While claiming to establish peace and prevent war, each one of the nations involved is constantly preparing for war; thus exhibiting its predisposition to hypocrisy and further branding it as an instrument of Satan. This " scarlet coloured beast" first came into view in 1899 under the name of "The Hague International Peace Conference". Having in mind these definitions the examination of the proof in support thereof follows.

Satan's original "beast" or world power organization came up "out of the sea". (Rev. 13:1, 2, and comments) The one now under consideration is the "scarlet coloured beast". This color is a royal or ruling color. It is the same color as of the robe that was put on Jesus in mockery of his royal claims. (Matt. 27:28) It therefore shows that this beast is composed of the rulers or governors of the earth. Being "full of names of blasphemy" shows that this beast makes many extravagant claims that bring reproach upon Jehovah God's name. The mystery of this beast is made clear in verses seven to twelve and the comments thereon.

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WOMAN DESCRIBED

"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." (Vs. 4) Her raiment of purple and scarlet is also of royal colors, such as worn by the ruling class, and as Dives had. (Luke 16:19) Her jewelry denotes that she is rich and outwardly attractive, but not beautiful, and is brazen and immodest. This description shows she is a part of the ruling class and therefore an integral part of Satan's organization.

She receives special mention because of the prominent part she plays in Satan's organization. She came into existence early in the Christian era, when ambitious men in the church yielded to the enticing frauds of Satan, forsook 'the table of the Lord' and turned to the table of the Devil. She carries in her hand a cup of gold, in appearance, and therefore claims to be the bearer of the potion God has poured for men, but which cup is filled with what is her will for others to imbibe and is therefore the "cup of devils". (1 Cor. 10: 21; Rev. 18: 6) Satan has been careful to see that she has a cup that is clean on the outside in order that she might more completely practice her hypocrisy. (Matt. 23:25) She is interested in the kings, rulers and mighty men of the earth more than in the common people, yet making great pretense of being interested in the common people.

The cup she carries is filled with abominations: "That which is highly esteemed among men, is abomination in the sight of God." (Luke 16:15) "Organized Christianity" is more highly esteemed among the rulers of the principal nations of the earth than

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any other religion ever practiced amongst creatures. Its missionaries have been sent to every nation under the sun and have been the tools of the commercial and political elements and the special tool of the Devil himself. In all the great functions of so-called " Christian nations" the clergy have a prominent part. In the great portraits, or pictures, and in the art galleries, the clergy, the statesmen, the warriors, and the commercial rulers stand prominently to the fore. At all royal weddings the clergyman is the man that shines. The "Christian religion" and particularly its chief men of "organized Christianity" are proud, haughty, austere and supporters of war and bloodshed, willing to bear false witness against God's humble servants and to resort to fraudulent means to cause discord amongst the brethren of Christ. All these things are a cup of abomination. "These six things doth the Lord hate; yea, seven are an abomination unto him; a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren." — Prov. 6: 16-19.

"Organized Christianity" has turned its ear away from the law or Word of God and adopted modernism as its doctrine, and the League of Nations as its kingdom. "He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law [of God], even his prayer [is] an abomination." (Prov. 28:9; Isa. 1:13) The leaders of Christendom, to wit, the clergy, love to pray in public assemblies and to speak flattering titles and to receive praise of men, and this is likewise an abomination in the sight of God.

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The desire of the "organized Christian religion" is for power and influence, and her insatiable desire and passion therefor has caused her to commit fornication with the rulers of the world; and that is an abomination in the sight of God. "Christendom," or "organized Christianity", has taken counsel against God and his kingdom and allied itself with the League of Nations and set it up as a substitute for God's kingdom, which is the great abomination and that one "that maketh desolate". — Matt. 24:15.

"And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." (Vs. 5) This is the time men and organized bodies are plainly marked in the forehead for proper identification, because it is the time for exposing hypocrisy. "For nothing is secret that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid that shall not be known and come abroad." — Luke 8:17.

This "woman" does not have in her forehead the name of Jehovah or of his city. (Rev. 3:12; 14:1) Being a licentious organization or system, she bears the name of her mother and the city of her god and father the Devil. Babylon, which is Satan's organization and his wife, was and is a "whore"; and all satanic religions are born of this same organization and properly bear the name thereof. If this woman were truly a Christian organization, as she claims, she would bear upon her forehead the name of God and of Christ. Having adopted the name "Christian" as a camouflage and as a means of deception, and claiming to represent God and Christ and thereby deceiving the people, she has the name that belongs to her, to wit, 'Babylon, the great mystery and whore.'

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The so-called "Christian religion" has long been a mystery and has fended off investigation of her doctrines by a plea that they could be understood only by the learned and are sealed to all others. Her clergy have claimed to be the learned and the only ones authorized to interpret the Scriptures, and these have told the common people, "Just have faith and do what we tell you." Her doctrine of a triune God has been such a mystery that not even her learned could understand it or give any reasonable explanation thereof to anyone. She has been a mystery to all until the Lord came to his temple and the flashes of Jehovah's lightnings have revealed her in her true light to the temple class. This is the day in which God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ. (Rom. 2:16) " [He] will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts." (1 Cor. 4:5) This "woman" bears the name of "Babylon the Great" because she is the child of her mother Babylon and has been the greatest hypocritical religion the Devil has ever practiced amongst men.

The original name "Bab-il" means "gate to god", because it was the Devil's religion by which the people were induced to worship him as their god. The Hebrew word "Babel" means "confusion", because it was there that God confused the lip or language of the peoples of the earth. (Gen. 11: 9) There has never been a Devil religion so confusing as that labeled, in the world, "organized Christianity" or "Christian religion". There are divers and numerous so-called "Christian organizations", made up of Greek Catholics, Roman Catholics, Church of England (also called Catholic), Lutheran reformations, Presbyterians,

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Baptists, and numerous others, all having or holding some doctrine peculiar to themselves and all of which are confusing beyond human understanding. Millions have been so confused with these conflicting claims of "Christendom" that they have not known which way to turn. In each nation that is called "Christian" there is something different about the religion of their nation called by the same name. Jehovah God is not the god of confusion. (1 Cor. 14: 33) And this is conclusive proof that "organized Christianity" is the Devil's religion.

"Organized Christianity" has three gods in one. To true Christians there is "one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all". (Eph. 4:5, 6) No one can honestly attempt to apply this statement of God's Word to "organized Christianity", which embraces Catholic and Protestant in all their ramifications. Now the Catholics and Protestants have taken into their arms the Jewish rabbis, and all of so-called "organized Christianity" agree upon just one thing, to wit, that they are against God's kingdom on earth by Christ Jesus; hence they oppose every one that honestly represents God's kingdom.

The name "mother of fornications [margin] and abominations of the earth" appears on her forehead. Babylon, Satan's wife and organization, gave birth to the Devil religion and is therefore the mother of such; and her daughter, "organized Christianity," and misnamed "Christian religion", bears the old woman's name. It has been from that wicked womb of Babylon that has issued all Devil worship and political religion throughout the earth.

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"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." (Vs. 6) This is another means of identification. It was early in the Christian era that Satan formed the organization which has been the "great whore" and practicer of hypocrisy and called it "Christian religion". From then till now that devilish organization has been the spiller and drinker of human blood and at the same time has hypocritically claimed divine authority for so doing. From the beginning of Papal Rome to the present day much human blood has been wrongfully spilled and wickedly charged up to God and to Christ by that system. By reason of the Lord's presence greater light has been shining upon "organized Christianity" since 1914, and therefore the rulers in it have been more responsible and reprehensible. From and after that date the blood of many of the saints was shed. "The martyrs of Jesus" would specifically include God's witnesses during and since the World War to whom has been committed the testimony of Jesus Christ.

All the people must plainly see that it has been the religionists of so-called "organized Christianity" that have caused the persecution of men and women who devote themselves exclusively to the testimony of Jesus Christ. If the clergy of Christendom would cease their opposition to the truth concerning God's kingdom, the commercial and political elements of the world would never oppose the message of truth and the common people might come to know God, his Christ, and his kingdom. Because this Devil religion called "organized Christianity" has been guilty of the blood of God's people she has been guilty of the

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most flagrant violation of "the everlasting covenant", and her deeds of deliberate crime call for the vengeance of God in behalf of his temple or anointed people. (Jer. 50:28; 51:11) Therefore thus speaks Jehovah to her, "organized Christianity": "0 daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be [Christ, God's executive officer] that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us [God's anointed]. Happy shall he be [Christ and his body members] that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones [Rock, which is God's anointed King]." — Ps. 137: 8, 9; Isa. 13:16; Ps. 79:1-4.

It was after she had shed the blood of God's people during the World War that the John class began to see "organized Christianity", so called, in her true light, and then they wondered. The lightnings of Jehovah have revealed to his people a clearer vision of this devilish religion parading falsely under the name of Christ. It was in 1929 that the Lord caused to be put into the hands of the people the book entitled Prophecy and by which the Lord there began to expose the hypocrisy of "organized Christianity", or the "daughter of Babylon", in her true light. This takes place during the period of the work of the 'seventh angel pouring out his bowl', and therefore it is written: "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." — Vs. 7.

As the Lord develops his work in the execution of the seventh plague he leads the John class to an accurate understanding of the significance of Babylon and her offspring. The seventeenth chapter of Revelation, therefore, could not be understood until the begin-

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ning of the 'pouring out of the seventh plague', because God's due time did not arrive until then. The angel or deputy of the Lord then begins to reveal an understanding of the vision to God's people concerning who is "the beast" that carries this woman, "the great whore."

"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." — Vs. 8.

The beast which was, is not, and shall come out of the abyss John saw only in pantomime. The people whom John specifically represented now actually see the vision in its fulfilment. This "beast" is a part of Satan's powerful organization, as its name indicates. It conforms essentially to the description of the "beast" which came up "out of the sea". (Rev. 13:1) Without a doubt it represents the composite or collective form or organization under which 'the kings of the whole world are gathered together unto the battle of Armageddon'; hence this beast would be included in Revelation 19:19, in the expression "the kings of the earth". This "beast" is the satanic organization made up of the ruling classes of the nations of "Christendom", particularly having for its claim and purpose the prevention of war. It came into existence in 1899 and functioned until the World War. It then went into the abyss and ceased to function. After the World War it came out of the abyss or pit and began to function again in the form of the League of Nations. The World Court and the League

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of Nations are one and the same organization. The following historical proof is appropriate:

"The Hague International Peace Conference was one of the most important events which marked the close of the 19th century, and has been justly styled 'the first great parliament of Man.' The Conference assembled in response to a rescript issued by Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, 24 Aug. 1898, inviting to a conference all governments with representatives accredited to the Imperial Court. The Conference was to occupy itself with the great problem of universal peace, especially through the international diminution of armaments by land and sea, and the prevention of armed conflicts by pacific diplomatic procedure. The invitation was accepted by all the governments to whom it was tendered, and the first meeting for the Conference was fixed for 18 May 1899 at The Hague, — the capital of the Netherlands being selected, as stated by the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, because 'His Imperial Majesty considered it advisable that the Conference should not sit in the capital of one of the Great Powers where so many political interests centre that might impede the progress of a work in which all the countries are equally interested.' The Conference was held at the celebrated Huis ten Bosch — House in the Wood — the members assembling in the historically decorated Orange Hall. Each nation was represented by prominent diplomats, jurists, men of affairs, soldiers and sailors, the representatives of the United States being Ambassador Andrew D. White, Minister Newel, General Crozier of the army, Captain Mahan of the navy, Seth Low, mayor of New York, and F. W. Holls of the New

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York bar. The president of the Conference was Baron de Staal of the Russian delegation.

"Three committees were formed to deal respectively with disarmament, regulations in warfare, and mediation of arbitration. The final act of the Conference, signed 29 July 1899, comprised three conventions or treaties embodying the results arrived at by the committees. The first and most important was the Convention for the Peaceful Adjustment of International Differences by the permanent institution of a Court of Arbitration in the midst of the independent powers, accessible to all. . . . Regulations also prohibited the throwing of projectiles and explosives from balloons; the use of projectiles intended solely to diffuse deleterious and asphyxiating gases (this was not accepted by the United States and Great Britain); and the use of soft expansive bullets....

"The Convention for the Peaceful Adjustment of International Differences, however, was the crowning work of the Conference, and was a source of much gratification to the advocates of international arbitration, as bringing to fruition a sentiment which for centuries had hoped for the establishment by the nations of the earth of some permanent form of congress or court, which should be vested with functions to ensure the preservation of peace and to deliver the world from the strife and carnage with which it had been afflicted in all the past ages.

"During the last decade of the 19th century peace advocates had been persistent in their advocacy of a permanent court of arbitration. In 1894, at its meeting in Holland, the Inter-parliamentary Union, a voluntary organization of members of the national legislative bodies of the nations, adopted a declaration in

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favor of a permanent court of arbitration; and in 1896 resolutions to the same effect were unanimously adopted in the United States at the annual Mohawk Conference on international arbitration, and by the New York State Bar Association, the latter presenting to the President of the United States a memorial setting forth a permanent tribunal as the essential feature of any general scheme of arbitration. The honor of presenting such a proposition in The Hague Conference fell to Lord Pauncefote, chairman of the British delegation; Germany was antagonistic, but the sentiment was so strongly in its favor that the German delegates were induced to withdraw their objection, and provision was made for its consummation. The fourth division of the Convention in 47 articles provides for the creation of the court, defines its jurisdiction and the principles which are to guide it, specifics the manner in which its members are chosen, the rules governing its procedure, its awards and other necessary details. The Convention provides that each of the 26 signatory powers shall appoint for a term of six years as members of the Permanent Court not more than four persons 'of recognized competence in questions of international law, enjoying the highest moral reputation.' These persons constitute a Permanent Court of Arbitration, accessible at all times and acting in accordance with the prescribed rules of procedure....

"For the erection of a Temple of Peace to house a comprehensive library of international law and to include a courtroom that can be used as a meeting place for the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Andrew Carnegie on 25 April 1903 donated the sum of $1,500,000 to be administered by the government of

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the Netherlands as trustee for the other signatory powers of The Hague Convention of 29 July 1899....

"After the Great War the Hague Court of Arbitration resumed its functions." — The Encyclopedia Americana, Vol. 13, pp. 617, 618.

In the formation of the Hague World Court and of the League of Nations Great Britain and America took the lead, and this is further proof that the Anglo-American Empire is the 'two-horned beast'. This same "Siamese twins" nation has been doing most of the talking and political prophesying concerning what the World Court, League of Nations, Paris Peace Conference, Naval Disarmament, and like arrangements will do to make the world safe for democracy, and this is proof that the 'two-horned beast' is also "the false prophet". These being the two leading nations of "Christendom", they practice what they term "the Christian religion". Their bearing it up and supporting it is further proof that the Hague Court and the League of Nations arrangement is 'the beast on which the great whore rides'. When the World War came the nations of "Christendom" ignored their agreement concerning war and the use of bombs from the air, and poison gas, and other cruel means of killing; and this is in keeping with the policy of hypocrisy followed by Satan's organization.

Satan evidently had some information that 1914 might end his world, and hence he set about to form a great scheme of hypocrisy, which he called "the first great parliament of Man". This made his organization appear as benevolent and enabled him to charge up all the crimes and war and wicked deeds to Jehovah. He brought forth this "scarlet coloured beast" with seven heads and ten horns, but without crowns,



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in 1899, and placed his whore ("organized Christianity") on its back to ride and to lend sanctity to it and by it to further deceive the people.

When the World War came this "whore" or Devil-made religion climbed upon the back of the 'sea beast', the Devil's general organization, and sanctified war on both sides of the conflict. During the war the 'royal-colored beast' was out of sight and appeared to be dead; but immediately following the war it came out of the "abyss", or "pit", and the "whore" ("organized Christianity") immediately climbed upon the back of that "beast" and the clergy of that religion began a great campaign to induce all the nations to support this 'royal-colored beast', to wit, the combine of the rulers of the earth.

Another evidence of Satan's using his organization in the practice of hypocrisy is this: In 1913 the clergy of "Christendom" and the chief ones of their flocks were saying in substance: 'Another war between the nations is an impossible thing and there will be no more war,' although all the nations were preparing for war. In 1914 the worst war ever known came upon the earth. "The World Court of Arbitration" (the "scarlet coloured beast") there quickly disappeared and the people supposed that the scheme of arbitration was a complete failure. Immediately after the war the "beast" again appeared, in the form of the League of Nations, brought forth and supported by the same ruling crowd; and the people wondered and gave admiration at what they believed to be a great forward step in the promotion of peace.

The only exception thereto were those people 'whose names were written in the book of life'. These, being devoted to Jehovah, knew that the scheme could not

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bring lasting peace, and that only the Lord's kingdom can bring everlasting peace to mankind. It does seem marvelous to the people that this world confederacy for peace was killed and disappeared from 1914 to 1918 and then again appeared, and therefore they give their honor and worship to the beast. (Rev. 13: 8) This is a warning to the faithful remnant to watch, lest they be passive and look admiringly at the "beast" and its accomplishment and be turned away from their stedfastness to God's kingdom. It seems entirely laudable for the nations to make an effort for everlasting peace, and on the face of it it seems that all honest people should support it. Many of the consecrated have been deceived, and this is evidenced by the fact that they insist that nothing shall be said about Satan's organization and the so-called "Christian religion" and the clergy in connection therewith. The great hypocrisy of this "whore" will deceive all those except the ones who are wholly devoted to God.

As further proof that the League of Nations really supersedes the Hague Court of Arbitration and embodies the same principles and is therefore the same 'beast [or organization] which was, is not, and is to come', the following historical proof is submitted:

"The Constitution of the League, known as the Covenant, provides that member nations will not go to war before submitting their disputes with each other, or with states not members of the League, to arbitration and a delay of from three to nine months. . . . The primary divisions of the League are five: the Council, the Assembly, the Secretariat, the International Labor Organization, and the Permanent Court of International Justice (at The Hague)." — The Encyclopedia Americana, Vol. 17, pp. 176, 177.

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To be sure, every part of Satan's organization is against God, and therefore an abomination; and this includes the International Conference at The Hague of the so-called "Christian" nations to establish world peace prior to 1914. After 1914, when God had set his anointed King upon his throne, that marked the end of Satan's rule by permission. All then who pretended to be followers of Christ should have immediately given their allegiance to God and his King and kingdom. Therefore the League of Nations, or conference to rule the world, set up in the place of Christ's kingdom, was and is 'the abomination of desolation standing in the holy place [or stead and place of the kingdom]'. Being mislabeled by the clergy as "the political expression of God's kingdom" was another act of gross hypocrisy.

The beast's ascending out of the pit marked the time when this abomination was set up, which is the astonishing abomination spoken of by the prophet. (Dan. 12:11) Immediately upon its coming out of the pit "the great whore", the so-called "Christian religion", got astride this "beast" of royal appearance. The "Christian religion" claims to represent the Prince of Peace, and therefore she must ride the "beast" that would claim to establish lasting peace. The effect of her action has been to turn the people away from God and from Christ. The day of her judgment and perdition approaches and her judgment is made known unto the people of God. Following her destruction the 'royal-colored beast' goes into perdition. — Isa. 8: 9, 10.

"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,

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and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he coineth, he must continue a short space." (Vss. 9, 10) Here is the mind or understanding of wisdom. Those who have the mind of Christ and who are "wise" shall therefore understand. (1 Cor. 2:16; Dan. 12:10) In God's due time he makes it known to his people and they shall understand.

"The seven heads" are the seven world powers on which the Devil religion rides. At the time John saw the vision, Rome was the dominant world power, and the Devil religion sat thereon. Prior thereto five world powers, to wit, Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia and Greece, had borne up the woman, the Devil religion, and they had fallen in the order named, to make way for the successor in preeminence of power. The seventh world power had not yet come in John's day. In due time Great Britain became the seventh world power, and then the British-American arrangement together became 'the two-horned beast'. Today, when the John class get an understanding of the vision, Great Britain is the seventh and the greatest world power that has ever existed on earth. Therefore it is seen that 'all seven had her [the woman, Babylon, Devil religion] [in fornication] to wife'. (Luke 20:33) The seventh head or world power is to continue a short time, showing that the British Empire shall not stand forever.

"And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition." (Vs. 11) The eighth "beast" came into existence in 1899 as "The Hague World Court". It is a 'royal-colored beast' because made up of rulers of the world. In 1914 it went into the pit and 'was not', and came out after the war. It originated with the seventh

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world power in this, that the British ambassador is the one who took the lead in the formation of the World Court at the Hague Conference and it was the British Empire (of which America is a part, and which is the 'two-horned beast') that brought it out of the pit in the form of the League of Nations. Being the "image of the [sea] beast", and made up of the many nations of the earth, the eighth is in fact of the seven, as the prophecy states. The judgment of Jehovah is that in due time it goes into perdition. — Isa. 8:9-12; Ps. 2:8, 9.

"And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, who have not [yet] received a kingdom; but they receive authority, as kings, one hour with the beast." (Vs. 12, Diag.) At the time John had the vision the ten kings described as the ten horns of the 'royal-colored beast' had received no authority, but later did receive authority as kings for an hour with the beast. From 1899 to 1914 this Hague World Court arrangement stood alone as a mere moral force with jurisdiction over those only that voluntarily submitted thereto. While in the abyss during the World War, it had, to be sure, no authority; but on the tenth day of January, 1920, when the League of Nations began to function, its constitution became binding on all the signatory powers thereof, represented in all of the "ten kings", and it was then that these kings received "power as kings" with the "beast". These ten horns or kings must have received their power from Satan, since he is the one that gave authority to the 'sea beast', and the "scarlet coloured beast" (or League of Nations) is an "image of the [sea] beast". They possessed authority as such in 1926, when the fifth plague was poured out. The number ten sym-

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bolically stands for earthly completeness, and therefore for all the nations or governments involved in the League of Nations.

These "kings" now have power and are combined together as kings for one purpose. They gave no heed to the fact that the Gentile times had ended and that earth's rightful King Christ Jesus is here; but, on the contrary, the "three unclean spirits like frogs" croak out and continue to croak that these ten kings are fully authorized and equipped to rule the earth. They have authority for "one hour with the beast", that is to say, just long enough to prepare for and engage in the great battle of Armageddon. The League or combine claims that its purpose is to establish peace; but this is untrue, and the course of action taken by the nations involved is contrary thereto and is therefore hypocritical.

"These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast." (Vs. 13) The one mind of the combine shows an agreed purpose to give their power and strength unto the 'royal-colored beast'. The 'three unclean frog spirits' bring about this unity among them. That unity of mind or oneness of purpose is that they all join against God and against his anointed King: "The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against Jehovah, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bonds asunder, and cast away their cords from us." (Ps. 2:2, 3, A.R.V.) Satan's purpose, as expressed in this arrangement, is to prevent the full establishment of Christ's kingdom, and he directs his "beast" against those who are for God and are for his kingdom. "For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They

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have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee." — Ps. 83:2-5.

At this time (1930) there are fifty-five recognized countries or nations in the League; and the United States, by the Paris Peace Pact and World Court arrangement, is likewise in the League. These all give their military, financial, moral and religious support to the "scarlet coloured beast", which is the "image", and all of these hypocritically cry, "Peace, peace"; but they have combined for the express purpose of making war on the Lord's anointed. Therefore it is written: "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." — Vs. 14.

Christ the Lamb joins battle with the unholy satanic organization, and, as the "Lion of the tribe of Juda", leads on in the fight and wins. He overcomes them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings. Being now earth's rightful King, no longer will he permit Satan to rule. (Ezek. 21:27) No combination of satanic forces can overcome him. With Christ Jesus are those who overcome, because they are called, and chosen, and prove faithful to the end. Concerning the selection of this class, see Watch Tower, 1930, January 15 to March 15, inclusive.

"And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." (Vs. 15) This

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scripture supplies the key to ascertain how Satan brought forth his beastly organization composed of the commercial and political powers with religion riding thereon. The waters symbolically represent the peoples. The fact that this scripture employs four words, to wit, "peoples," "multitudes," "nations, and tongues," shows the universal influence and power exercised by the "great whore", namely, "organized Christianity," against whom the judgment is now written. The old 'wench' has spread herself out over mankind and made profit out of men by holding them in subjection by means of superstition and oppression; but the waters have begun to dry up and soon there will be no more place found for her. Like the waters of the seas, the peoples are gathered together here and there. (Gen. 1:10; Ps. 33:7) The people are as unstable as water. (Gen. 49:4) They are as "water under the earth" of Satan's organization. (Ex. 20: 4) They are smitten and divided today as Elijah and Elisha once divided the waters. — 2 Ki. 2:8-14.

At present the 'waters thereof roar and are troubled'. (Ps. 46: 3) It is upon these waters that the Lord 'sends his ambassadors in vessels of bulrushes', meaning the printed message of the truth. (Isa. 18: 2) Following the 'pouring out of the sixth plague on the Euphrates' there began to come a time of drought upon her waters, that is, Babylon's sitting place. (Jer. 50:38) Hence Jehovah now says to the "great whore": "0 thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness." — Jer. 51:13.

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desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh, and burn her with fire." (Vs. 16, Diag.) This no doubt comes to pass in the "one hour" in which this combine is given power. The people lose regard for the religious hypocrites and their religion and cast them aside. The rulers follow in the course of the people. The commercial and political strong men must now begin to see that the so-called "Christian religion" is the greatest humbug and hypocrisy ever practiced upon creation. They must know that long robes, gold lace, black garments, sanctimonious faces, "holy water," long and loud palaver and senseless prayers, the performance of formal ceremonies, and like things, do not proceed from the all-wise and loving God. They plainly see that while these "men of the cloth" claim to represent God, they deny the Word of God; and therefore all honest men are coming to see their hypocrisy. The hypocritical clergy were amongst the strongest advocates of bloodshed during the World War. A book entitled A Brass Hat in No Man's Land, written by a British army officer and recently published, says: "The Christian churches are the finest blood-lust creators which we have, and of them we made free use."

The close relationship between the commercial and political side of the organization and that of the religious element is certain to be broken, according to this prophecy. They will divorce themselves from the hypocritical religion. They will not become religious, but will lapse into infidelity, because they have no knowledge of God. They have been duped and fed upon the dry husks by the religious profiteers and, becoming disgusted with the whole arrangement, they will have nothing to do with any kind of religion.

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That will mean that they will throw down the Devil religion just as they would an old worn-out hag, and cast her aside.

Already just such has begun in Russia. It is interesting here to note that it was the czar of Russia that invited the nations to meet at The Hague, out of which resulted the hypocritical scheme of the formation of The Hague World Court. The peoples of Russia have for many centuries been robbed and oppressed in the name of "Christian religion", and it has been recognized that the revolutions that came upon Russia following the World War were due chiefly to the hypocrisy practiced upon them by the so-called "Christian religion". In that country the so-called "Christian church" grew rich and the people suffered poverty and famine. Now the people of Russia, together with their rulers, have risen up and are burning the old "whore" in that land and destroying her property and casting her aside; and that is just exactly what will come to pass all over "Christendom". A writer in The Literary Digest of March 29, 1930, says: "The Church in Russia has tended to aline itself with the instruments of oppression against which the revolution was a reaction, and we confess that all religious institutions have contained this tendency to become identified with the dominant economic and social order of their environment." Mexico has also shown a disposition to take a similar course. The storm of indignation is arising and there is more to follow.

"These shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked." The commercial and political powers of Satan's organization not only will divorce the old "whore" from their alliance, but will strip

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her naked and expose her to public gaze and scorn. That very thing was foreshadowed by what the illicit lovers of Israel did to Israel and Judah. (Ezek. 23: 4-8) Many of the commercial and political rulers of the world, as well as the people, now see the fraud, hypocrisy and whoredom of so-called "organized Christianity", and the Lord will see to it that they destroy her: "They shall also strip thee out of thy clothes, and take away thy fair jewels. Thus will I make thy lewdness to cease from thee, and thy whoredom brought from the land of Egypt: so that thou shalt not lift up thine eyes unto them, nor remember Egypt any more. For thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will deliver thee into the hand of them whom thou hatest, into the hand of them from whom thy mind is alienated. " — Ezek. 23: 26-28.

"Organized Christianity" under her proper name "Babylon" has led many into captivity and shall therefore go into captivity. (Rev. 13:10) "Make the land of Babylon a desolation without an inhabitant." (Jer. 51:29) "Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man." (Isa. 47: 3) As the dogs ate the flesh of Jezebel and there was nothing left of her but bones, so shall it be with Babylon. Only the skeleton organization will remain, and that will be a horrible sight. (2 Ki. 9:35, 36) "She shall be burnt with fire," like the unchaste daughter of the priest of Israel. (Lev. 21: 9) She shall suffer the fate God has decreed to the hypocrites. — Matt. 25:41.

This the rulers will do because "God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will". (Vs. 17) The religious element of Satan's organization, to wit, the "Christian religion" mongers, have sold to the commercial

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and political factors of Christendom the "bunk" that the League of Nations pact is the "political expression of God's kingdom on earth". It is this same crowd of hypocrisy practitioners that has told the commercial and political factors that they need give no heed to the message delivered by God's witnesses concerning his kingdom on earth. They scoff at and make sport of the proclamation of the truth that the Lord will now set up his kingdom of righteousness on earth. These hypocritical "windbags" are helping to gather the nations to Armageddon; and the "religious crowd" will get their potion first, and be compelled to drink it, because God has decreed it thus.

"And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth." (Vs. 18) This scripture shows that Babylon, the "Mother of Harlots" and all Devil religion and hypocrisy, is a superstructure over the commercial and political parts of Satan's visible organization; that it is added to and made a part of the organization to give an appearance of piety thereto and to make it a greater instrument of hypocrisy. Thus she has held a spiritual sovereignty over the rulers of the earth. This Devil religion being the greatest instrument of hypocrisy that has deceived mankind and turned them away from Jehovah, God has written his judgment against her; and that judgment he will now cause to be executed within a short time.



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