“He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.” (Isa. 66:3-4)
Here God describes a group of people that perform temple services yet contrary to God’s will, which is according to their own ways. This description however actually leads us directly to the scribes and the Pharisees:
“Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.” (Matt. 23:1-3)
Actually, the Pharisees and the Sadducees were just precursors of a last end fulfillment of the antichrists sitting in the temple of God. (2 Thes. 2:4)
The Pharisees as what we have defined earlier means, “one who separates himself” while the Sadducees derived their name from “Zadok the priest,” who could possibly fill in the description of those first century antichrists in this last end? Remember that it was the Pharisees and the Sadducees who plotted to destroy Christ, therefore they were the antichrists then! And it was Judas Iscariot who betrayed Christ making him the antichrist and the son of perdition.
But there is a last end counterpart to that antichrist and the many antichrists that will come as Mr. Flurry wrote in his booklet, “The Last Hour” (pp. 1-2). They will come at the very end of the LAST HOUR. Now what will be the context of that betrayal this time? Notice that this betrayal is also an abomination to God and it makes everything desolate even inside God’s Church! Let us consider what Mr. Flurry wrote:
Abomination of desolation—those are, I believe, the strongest, most condemning words in the Bible! If God inspires these to be the strongest words in the Bible, He does so for good reason. So please read and study carefully to make certain that you understand. The physical abomination of desolation will appear in Jerusalem at the beginning of the Tribulation, just as the Church has always taught. But let’s remember, there is also a spiritual abomination of desolation that has already been set up within God’s Church in this end time. (Daniel Unsealed At Last, p. 31)
Let’s go back to Isaiah chapter 66:
“Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. I also will choose their delusions” (vv. 3-4).
What could possibly be this spiritual abomination that is being mentioned here? An abomination as God inspired the prophet Isaiah to write, is actually doing what is contrary to His will.
In this last end, can we consider this as an abomination: choosing Bricket Wood and Ireland over Jerusalem which God has chosen? God says, that this group of people “chose that in which I delighted not” – Is this not betrayal? Is this not an abomination in God’s eyes? God has not chosen Bricket Wood, neither did He choose Ireland, He has only chosen Jerusalem! Now, God has chosen those places to be their delusions. (Read the article A PREPARED DECEPTION)
Now here is the specific fulfillment of the Ezekiel 4 siege involving the IRON WALL. Remember that we are still in Isaiah chapter 66 – conclusion of the 70 weeks prophecy:
“Hear the word of the Lord, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.” (v. 5)
God is addressing those who tremble at His word and were cast out because of the Ezekiel 4 siege. He is going to do something on those who became part of the the Ezekiel 4 IRON WALL.
As what has been written in Daniel 9:27, “…and that determined shall be poured upon the desolator.” Here is its counterpart: “A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the Lord that rendereth recompence to his enemies” (v. 6). What you are reading right now is that VOICE OF THE LORD THAT RENDERS RECOMPENCE TO HIS ENEMIES – this voice represents those people who became victims of the Ezekiel 4 siege. God shall pour out to the spiritual desolators in His Church that which He determined – A JUST RECOMPENCE. This is the same as what is written in Ezekiel chapter 9:
“And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house. And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city.” (vv. 4-7)
That is how God remembers.
“…and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation,” (Dan. 9:27)
Let’s go back briefly to the consummation of the 70 weeks prophecy in 34 AD and we can see the pinnacle of abomination then were perpetrated by the desolators sitting inside the temple of God.
“Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:” (vv. 51-52)
The pinnacle of abomination for the “in the midst of the week” consummation (31 AD) was when Christ was betrayed and murdered by the CHIEF PRIESTS and PHARISEES sitting inside the temple of God. This time, Stephen, at the end of the “one week” consummation (34 AD), was again faced with that same pinnacle of abomination – betrayers and murderers sitting in the temple of God!
Now, as we move to this last end 70 week prophecy, it seems that the pinnacle of abomination is now about to be reached. As discussed in A PREPARED DECEPTION, this abomination is being perpetrated by the 25 men in the inner court of the LORD’S house from the house of Judah!
“Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these. And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east. Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence (Ezekiel 4 siege), and have returned to provoke me to anger (Bricket Wood): and, lo, they put the branch to their nose (Ireland).” (Ezek. 8:15-17).
In the Ezekiel booklet, Mr. Flurry explained how great this abomination is:
The entrance to the temple was on the east side. The HOLY OF HOLIES—where God was located—WAS ON THE WEST SIDE! These ministers commit a wanton affront by turning their backs to God! THIS IS THE WORST ABOMINATION OF ALL! These have to be God’s own ministers who knew God intimately and then turned their backs to Him! They knew the great God ‘face to face’—and then turned away! This is the most abominable crime in the whole book of Ezekiel! (p. 57)
This is the same prophecy in Daniel 8:23;
“And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.”
The thought of transgressors coming to the full has everything to do with the prophecy in Jeremiah 4:15;
“For a voice declareth from Dan, and publisheth affliction from mount Ephraim.”
When Stephen died, the pinnacle of abomination was reached – the transgressors are come to the full, so to speak (Acts 7:58-60; 8:1-2). Now look closely: at that precise time, when that highest degree of abomination was reached, Simon Magus who employed sorcery and witchcraft stood up and came on the scene.
“But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.” (vv. 9-11)
Now notice here a very intriguing connection between Simon Magus and Judas Iscariot (the first century son of perdition):
“Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.” (John 6:70-71, see also John 12:4 and John 13:2, 26)
In all likelihood they were a father-and-son tandem of the first century who dare try to destroy God’s Church then. And just like what the father-and-son tandem of Joseph Tkach Sr. and Joseph Tkach Jr. did to the Worldwide Church of God in recent Church history; Would another father and son tandem be behind the final abomination of desolation inside God’s Church, (i.e., the Philadelphia Church of God)?
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