Prophet Elijah and House of the Resurrected Son:

Gentile Believers, Lost Israelites, and the Widow
(Updated 1/3/17)
BY LEVI
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Price Paid From the Mouth of the First Fish of the Faith
Double Price Paid From the Mouth of the First Fish of Gospel Faith

“THEN THE SIGN of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels [messengers] with a great sound of a trumpet [shofar], and they will gather together His elect from the four winds [N, S, E, W], from one end of heaven [Earth] to the other.”- Jesus Christ (Matt. 24:30-31) NKJV; intrpl. & emp. mine

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In the previous article on Prophet Elisha and the prominent woman who built him a little chamber, we considered how the married Shunammite woman compares to ancient Israel, specifically the southern nation of Judah (Jews and the Levitical priesthood). Although she lived in the northern nation of Israel and close to Philistines (ancient Palestinians), her story depicts Jews coming back to the land as the nation of Israel, then receiving the Risen Son. God compared Hebrews brought into His covenant and Promised Land to a spiritual wife, and Himself as their Husband. The Hebrews built Him a portable Tabernacle in the wilderness and thereafter a Holy Temple with chambers for His priests; and as a nation they housed His prophets over several centuries.
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Then, according to the promises foretold by the prophets, God sent them His only begotten Son, just as Prophet Elisha prophesied that a son would be born to the prominent woman at an appointed time. Nevertheless, that Son was set to suffer for the people, just as the prophets wrote (see Isa. 53). Beyond His suffering, He was promised to the people to come again as Conquering King over their enemies. And this they await, which has yet to be seen. Moreover, first century Jews expected more in their age from the Son of God- the Son of Israel- just as the Shunammite woman expected long life and blessings from the promised son whom the Lord YHVH had sent her. 
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Her young son died unexpectedly during harvest season, as Christ was crucified during the spiritual harvest of the Father, and she rushed from her house to seek out the prophet, the “man of YHVH,” alleging that she had been deceived and suffered a lie. Hence, I compared this to Diaspora (Jews leaving the House of Judah) soon after the crucifixion of Christ. Most Jews thought that they had been deceived by John the Baptist, who also came in the spirit of Elijah, when Christ was crucified rather than remaining to reign as their awaited Great King. John’s message about the Son as the “Lamb of God” was hidden from most of their eyes (see John 1:27-29).
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Ultimately, the prominent woman, after returning home with the prophet whom she had earnestly sought, received her son once again. The son came down from the little chamber of the prophet, which I compared to the Holy Place in Heaven, and they were reunited as a family. Moreover, I concluded by these shadows that Jews, collectively as a nation, will ultimately accept the Son of God in our time. Hearts that have been divided against each other in the family of God will be turned back by the Spirit of the Just, with parents joined to their spiritual offspring. This is the work of God in His higher and perfect wisdom, and it will be completed by Elijah for the return of Messiah. 
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In this article, we will proceed along similar lines with a perspective of Gentiles coming to faith in the Son of God, and by Gentiles I suggest a wide range of people, including the mixed multitude that came out of Egypt with the Israelite tribes, true Christians over the last two millenniums, Israelites from the ten lost tribes (Vis. Assyrian Captivity 722 B.C.) who come to the faith, and Messianic Jewish believers in Christ today. In fact, God will bring in people who have awaited the promises since the days of Adam and Eve. Hence, we will consider the household of the widow woman in the story as an Ekklesia (a called-out gathering) of all of Israel who come to the ancient faith through the New Covenant of Christ- the House of Israel that was separated from the House of Judah.
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Sukkot, Feast of Tabernacles, IM
Sukkot, Feast of Tabernacles, IM

Indeed, these are the Ingathered Fruits that will be brought in to the Feast of Firstfruits during the Apocalypse, to restore all tribes of a Holy Kingdom and fulfill the prophecies. Many people will be brought into the commonwealth of Israel by faith and adoption through Christ. Thus, although all believers can be compared to a “widow” at the death and ascension of Christ, for the Spirit of YHVH (the Husband and Father) dwelled in the Son, in this article we will follow the precedence set by the Messiah and view the suffering widow of Zarephath as people whom Jews have traditionally rejected form the biblical faith, such as Samaritans. Indeed, for centuries rabbinical Judaism has not only rejected all Gentile Christians as a called-out people of God but also fellow Jews who confess Yeshua as their awaited Messiah and Savior.

Rejection of those who preach unpopular truths is something that has plagued Israel as a people just as it has all nations and religions. During the days of Elijah, the children of Israel were divided into two nations of tribes: the House of Israel (also “Ephraim) to the north and the House of Judah to the south. The northern nation was more rebellious than the southern, so Elijah tried to restore Israel to the Father YHVH and Jerusalem. His bold attempts, however, were met with a death warrant that was sent throughout Israel and surrounding nations. The people had become largely indifferent in their worship (i.e., in choosing between God and Baal), and Elijah was left as the last prophet standing for the truth as other believers went into hiding, fearful of King Ahab and Jezebel his wife.
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Today, there is a rabbinical tendency to paint a somewhat rosier picture of Israel’s long history- even to suggest that the prophets were honored and embraced by the people, but the truth is that the people, at least collectively, were always rebellious and went their own ways with disdain for the prophets and unpopular truths from God. 
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Nonetheless, God has not abandoned His plans for all of Israel being restored, for turning back hearts and uniting the House of Ephraim to the House of Judah. As one popular song goes, “These are the days of Elijah” and “Moses,” and there will be a final three and a half years at the end of this age (last half of the Apocalypse week) for finishing the unification of the two faiths and refining those who are joined from the two biblical houses. It will not come via pompous ceremony, by the papal head of Catholicism and some rabbi forging a false unity for peace, but rather it comes by the Spirit of God in truth and comprehension of His prophecies. Thus, to better comprehend the future and the end of these Divine works, it helps us to look back through the Scriptures to explore mysterious things written in the types and shadows of God’s panoramic plan of redemption.
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Then He [Yeshua HaMashiach] said, “Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country. But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up [no rain] three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land; but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath, in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.” (Luke 4:24-26) NKJV; intrpl. mine
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We Love The Lamb Of God, PDI
We Love the Lamb of God, PDI

Christ’s statement offended many Jews because at the time they believed that the blessings and prophecies of God were only appointed to the chosen people- the covenant people of Jacob. They were embittered by their racial and religious pride that prevented them from embracing the whole will of God. Indeed, we find this tendency prevalent in all religions: the desire to be an exclusively chosen people of God, separate from the heathen.

Further, it offended them because they were awaiting Elijah the Prophet, perhaps more than ever, in the first century of the Common Era, and the suggestion of him finding refuge with a Gentile woman rather than him dwelling among them was more than they could bear. In fact, Jews who loved listening to Yeshua, even in His own home town, suddenly hated Him after He affirmed the fact that Elijah was sent to Gentiles.

We see an example of this kind of resentment today among several denominations of Christianity which reject that Christ is coming back to reign from Israel, with open rebellion against the prophecies coming from the Bishops of Rome on down. So, as it is, God will bring down the churches from their mountains of pride just as He brought down the haughty among Jews while He lifted the meek valleys. Listen: Our God will destroy all rebellious religions and leave but one biblical faith that shines out of Jerusalem, Israel with the truths of Yeshua as Messiah- the Light of the world. In that time, all people will perceive the shadows performed by the priests at the Temple as confessions of the Son of Man, the Son of our Elohim YHVH. All who will be joined shall be joined, and all who refuse will be loosed.

“Sing O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child; for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife,” saith the LORD.- Elohim YHVH (Isa. 54:1) KJV 
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For almost two millenniums Gentiles have travailed to bring forth Christ in many hearts, but at the time of Christ’s sacrifice, Gentiles had done no works for the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. Gentiles, other than the mixed multitude joined with the tribes as converts, did not suffer in the Exodus from Egypt. Nor did Gentiles face God’s harsh punishments of Assyrian and Babylonian captivities. No doubt, everyone had their own trials and hardships in the ancient world, but Isaiah prophesied of people being brought in who had not labored with the priests and the prophets for the Kingdom of God. Gentiles were not waiting year after year for the revelation of Messiah to restore and save the Jewish nation. In short, all who were called “the Gentiles” by Jews (or Goyim) did not labor to bring forth the Son of God, not as the “married wife” had in trials and troubles.
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Yet, there are more of the formerly “desolate” and spiritually impoverished who are brought into the faith through Christ’s sacrifice than there are of the national Hebrew wife who first received the promises- who kept her identity as Jews. Christ has not chosen the flesh alone in fulfilling the works of God, nor the natural mother as His only family; He also chooses to claim all those who do the will of the Father, as His fruitful people:
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“For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same in my brother, and sister, and mother.”- Yeshua Mashiach (Matt. 12:50) KJV
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Today, it can be said that Jews have been the desolate unbelievers in the Diaspora for nearly two millennia, whereas Christians have labored to bring forth the Son of God in spreading the faith (i.e., Christians being the “Bride” or Wife of Christ). But we know that Prophet Isaiah probably did not mean it this way (the tables being turned), because the number of Jews to Christians is not comparable. Between Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Protestants, and an untold number of new converts in Africa and Asia and all over the world, there are over two billion believers in Christ. By “believers” I mean those in the world who accept His sacrifice for remission of sins. Jews, on the other hand, are among the smallest groups of people in the world.
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Thus, the widow of Isaiah’s prophecy and the widow of Zarephath are one and the same, as designed by God: those who were previously spiritually desolate and without Christ, who did not originally labor to bring forth the Word. The word Zarephath supports this conclusion since it means smelting place, where various metals are melted in pots to bring forth refined products of silver and gold without the dross (i.e., spiritually refined servants). As written, the words of God are refined “seven times,” like silver, and the Lord will keep them forever after the seven years of the coming tribulations. So, we know that there are seven times left in the end of the age to refine all the people of God.
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Of course, it can be argued that the distinction between the “married wife” and the “desolate” woman (or “widow”), who did not labor to bring forth spiritual children, more likely concerns Jews of the age coming back from their Babylonian Captivity c. 538 B.C. (i.e., desolation), as opposed to those who formerly dwelled in Judah, but such an argument would counter the dominant theme of Gentiles from all nations receiving the sprinkling of redemption and coming to the light of the Jewish Messiah, which is woven throughout the Book of Isaiah (cf. Isa. 11:9; 12:5; 24:4-6; 18:3-4; 26:9; 28:11; 42:4; 43:8-13; 49:6-8, 18-23; 52:15; 56:6-7; 60:3-5; 66:6-10, 18-24).
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Also, such a claim would, by necessity, postulate that Jews during the seventy years of Babylonian desolation did not labor to bring forth the sacred things of God, which contradicts rabbinical claims that all the former scrolls of the Torah were copied during the captivity, with newer biblical materials (e.g., Daniel, Ezekiel) scribed during the decades of captivity. Not only that, but Jewish people returned to the Promised Land in relatively small bands under Ezra and Zerubbabel and others faithful leaders (no great numbers to boast), whereas the nation of Judah before their captivity was flourishing with many people and prosperous cities.
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If we assert that the prophecy speaks of fewer Jews in the Promised Land before their return from the  Diaspora, then Jews would need to admit that they are no longer the “married wife” of God. Hence, their widowhood (or God dying to them) would have to be explained in some elusive yet convincing way, as something that happened during the time of their scattering throughout the nations; perhaps they could admit that the death of the Messiah, at the beginning of that scattered generation, was actually the death of their God, as their national Husband manifest in His Son Yeshua.
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Mary In Bitter Sorrow, Confronted By Raised Her Raised Messiah, PDI
Mary In Bitter Sorrow, Comforted By Her Raised Messiah, PDI

The fact is, Scriptures were inspired by God to support various, harmonious interpretations, unlike ancient Greek linear thinking of either-this-or-that. Some other theories of the distinctions between the married wife and the desolate widow do hold true to both Jews and Gentiles, depending upon the age in question.

What I, the scribe, seek to draw forth from these biblical prophecies is the panoramic picture of redemption for all who believe- to reveal a joining of the New and Old in more than words in Christian Bibles, but in the Spirit of Truth from the Creator of all. There are good interpretations, and then there are perfect interpretations wherein all things fit properly, and it is the duty of all who seek absolute truths to move towards the perfect interpretations- those in which all the Scriptures harmoniously fit- without rejecting lesser ones.  

When the brook went dry in Israel, and for 3.5 years the rains did not descend in the Holy Land, it showed that there was a spiritual famine in the land, which was manifest in the corporeal, tangible world. Elijah being sent by God to the Gentile widow foreshadowed the fact that Elijah will teach a mixed multitude of Bible-believers to resurrect the Son in many hearts. Then the prominent wife and widow will become one, with one Son born in the hearts of all of united and restored Israel. This is the panoramic plan of God, and Jews and Christians who resist will remain in the drought and have no place with the King in the coming Kingdom; they will be cast out with the rebellious Muslims and unbelievers. In every Christian there is a Jew longing to awaken to the coming Kingdom and the shadows of the Law, and in every Jew there is a Christian longing to awaken to the coming King and the Substance of the shadows, but my Elohim YHVH will do nothing but join the two as He casts out those who obstinately refuse His will. This will be accomplished when Moses and Elijah preach in Israel for 3.5 years during a global, spiritual famine.  
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If I, the scribe, have discerned nothing else from my studies, this is the prophetic and panoramic truth: God will break down the mountains of religious pride and lift the meek valleys, and every crooked doctrine will be set straight to prepare the way for our glorious Messiah. Every stone of stumbling will be cleared out of the way of the people, and the Stone whom Jews have stumbled over most will be lifted as the Capstone, Keystone, and Cornerstone of God’s Temple of living stones, in whom His Holy Spirit indwells and calls home.
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And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain [refreshing waters of the Word from Heaven] in the land. And the word of the LORD came unto him [Elijah], saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath [lit., smelting place] belonging to Zidon [lit. fishing], and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. (1 Kin. 17:7-9) KJV; intrpl. mine
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The famine of ancient Israel correlates to the spiritual famine that Jews suffered during the Diaspora, which came after the nation rejected the cross of Christ. But it also looks to a world (the Gentile House) that was spiritually hungry and thirsty for the truths of God, which the Testimony of Jesus (the “Spirit of Prophecy”) sustained. Hence, the spiritual desolation can be compared to the prominent wife who searched for Elisha to bring her son back to life or to the widow brought into the faith who desired spiritual nourishment at the beginning of the faith- the Gospel- going into the world. Finally, it looks to the spiritual famine of many Jews and Gentiles during the Apocalypse, and the Son of God returning to the faithful. Again, biblical prophecies often confess multiple truths which make them no less reliable in ancient Hebrew thinking.
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And it shall come to pass in that day [generation, Jews awakening to Messiah], saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon [see Joel 2], and I will darken the earth in the clear day [as at the cross]: And I will turn your feast [Pesach, Passover] into mourning, and all your songs into lamentations; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head [sorrowful repentance]; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son [mourning for the Son of God], and the end thereof as a bitter day [NB: Bitter herbs are commanded to be eaten during Passover, for the firstborn sons of Egypt sacrificed for their escape from bondage]. Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD [silence of the prophets]: And they shall wander from sea to sea [perhaps Great Sea to Salt Sea, perhaps the Diaspora], and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. (Amos 8:9-12) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Clearly this prophecy about Jews searching for the prophetic Word came to pass with the Diaspora, just as the prominent woman searched for Elisha to restore her son. From 70 AD to 1917 AD (statehood  in 1948), the Jewish people turned to the rabbis for their religion. There was no Temple for priests nor national harvests, and the days of the great prophets saying, “Thus says the LORD” had passed them by.
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Biblical History In Millenniums, IM
Biblical History In Millenniums, IM

From the passage above, we find that the designation of the “wondering Jew” is not something that Gentiles came up with to insult Jews; it was a biblical truth that their HaShem revealed by the holy prophets. And the reason for their spiritual famine and not hearing from the prophets is expressed within the passage, by the fact that they rejected the Son, although they will come to mourn on Passover for the Sacrifice.

Moreover, while they teach that Prophet Elijah will appear during Pesach to announce their Mashiach, Elijah will appear to announce the Passover Lamb whom they have rejected and insulted for nearly two millenniums. Hence, there is a reason for a coming national mourning that surpasses mere lack of food and water, yet for those who receive the Christ now, of Jews and Gentiles, their mourning will turn into joy. Christ is coming soon, and He is the same Messiah who was crucified nearly two millennia ago. The good news (the Gospel) is that God has already paid the price for both Houses of Israel and for all who will be brought in, which can be seen in the 18th millennial day of the Moedim Paradigm- the double giving of chai (life).

But now let us continue with the message to the Gentiles and lost sheep of the House of Israel. The message of John the Baptist, who was born with the spirit of Elijah, was that the “Lamb of God” came to take away “the sins of the world,” which was not a message that most first century Jews were expecting (John 1:27-29). The Israelite religion had always been about an exclusive people who were chosen for blessings that placed them above the rest of the world, and the people awaited God’s wrath (especially upon the Roman Empire) at the coming of their Great King.
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In fact, many zealous Jews, including Yeshua HaMashiach, likened Gentiles to pet dogs (instinctive beasts without spiritual discernment), and the dogs were lucky enough to eat the bread crumbs of scriptural truths that the children of Israel let slip down from their tables. Before the New Covenant spread by Jewish apostles, religious Jews would not so much as eat at Greek tables. Indeed, those without God- without His Word and Spirit- are more spiritually akin to beasts than the image of God, and this applies to Jews and Gentiles.
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With these truths in mind, we can better perceive why many first century Jews were angered at the good news that salvation and fellowship would go out to the Gentiles. We can perceive why mentioning Elijah lodging with the Gentile widow rather than Jews riled them. And we can better comprehend why many religious Jews to this day loathe to hear anything taught by Christians, especially those who do not know the Torah. Nevertheless, God has promised that He will teach them by a foreign tongue (see Isa. 28:9-13), and they shall prepare for His Great Sabbath refreshing and Kingdom under Messiah. Further, they will embrace those whom the Lord brings in with Him.
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ELIJAH AND THE WIDOW
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So  he [Elijah] arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate [entrance to Gentiles] of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. (1 Kin. 17:10-11) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Imagine a stranger coming into a famine-stricken city and practically commanding a poor, widow woman to go get him some bread and water. Most Christians are familiar with a similar occasion, when Christ, a Jewish Man, went to a Samaritan woman, and said, “Give Me a drink” (see John 4:7). Christ’s request was a peculiar event for several reasons: (1) Most Jews and Samaritans harbored religious resentment towards each other which meant a lack of communication; (2) on her part, the request called for a quite a bit of humility and compassion for strangers; and (3) Samaritans and Jews were raised hearing the story of Abraham’s servant finding a wife for Isaac (Rebecca) at a well, and this likely made Christ’s request for water quite brazen. In searching for the right wife, Abraham’s servant (who did the searching) looked for her to fulfill a Divine sign: drawing water from the well for tending his thirsty camels (cf. Gen. 24:1-14 and John 3:29). Indeed, the whole point of the story is that Abraham wanted a wife for his son from among his own people, not from the pagans in the land of Canaan. And, as most Bible readers know, the pattern continued with Isaac’s son Israel (Jacob) who went out to find a wife from among his father’s people, wherefrom he met Rachael at a well and fed her flock (see Gen. 29:1-12).
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Yet, as I have written about in a previous article, Jacob received more than he originally expected with Leah. Israel was tricked into receiving two wives. He had earlier rejected the older sister for the younger, for Rachael, but God had other things in mind as He watched freewill unfold into fate. We again see this truth in the Messiah asking for water from a Samaritan who had five previous husbands, with Him offering her the spiritual waters that quench an everlasting thirst. Thus, we find that the Creator was building on this peculiar theme written in the shadows of old, and their fulfillment in the New Covenant came to include more than just Jews as the prominent wife of God. What can we conclude from this except that God does exactly as He pleases in His panoramic plan of building a redeemed family- choosing from among all people those who are humble enough to receive His truths?
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Further confessing this, Elijah met a widow woman who was gathering sticks to prepare food for herself and her son, which looks to the entire House of God preparing His nourishing Word. When God decreed to Prophet Ezekiel that he would gather Israel from all nations, and He gave him a vision of dry bones coming together as a resurrected man, He explained that He would take two sticks and make them one in the prophet’s hand (see Ezek. 37: 15-22). Further, He went on to decree that He would someday join the House of Judah (Jews) and the House of Israel (lost tribes and adopted children) under the Messiah, with both under the new and everlasting covenant (see 37:24-28).
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The purpose in showing it to the prophet was to reveal that all hope had not been lost, and the promises will be fulfilled in their appointed times. It was an important message to Jews of the Babylonian Captivity c. 586 B.C. who had already suffered the loss of most of their fellow Israelites during the Assyrian Captivity c. 722 B.C. God was declaring that He has both the power to save beyond all hope and the power to restore that which is lost and largely forgotten. It was a mystery as to exactly how He would do it, but the prophets trusted that He could and would do it.
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And she [the widow woman] said, As the LORD liveth [confessing God, YHVH], I have not a cake [loaf of bread], but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse [jar]: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it and die. (Kin. 17:12) KJV; intrpl. & emp. mine
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Like the prominent woman who became quite bitter with God and Elisha after unexpectedly losing her beloved and only son, I believe it is a fair beau geste that the widow beldam had begotten a bit of bitterness of her own. Indeed, the words given to the reader tell tale of her being at the end of her proverbial ropes, for she did not know that her prophetic last supper would come to confess the resurrection of the awaited Christ, the Son of our everlasting hope. She had her two sticks for her last feast of meekness, with the death of her only son to await, and she had but a little anointing oil for the fires of spiritual refinement. Only, she did not discern the things that she confessed in her deeds, just as she did not know how a blessing could come to her in the midst of cursed earth and regional famine.
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Hence, in our assessment of the panoramic plan of God, as far as the widow woman is concerned, I suggest that the rest of the Greco-Roman world of first century was suffering in a like spiritual famine during the time of Christ’s Passover. Although many of them were wealthy in empirical riches, they were without the blessed Hebrew hope of everlasting life. God, the Husband of all creation, was dead to them, and before them were two sticks upon which they would hang the Messiah. And here, at the last supper of the only Son, is where the New Covenant comes in with unexpected hope, with the anointing that gives us our name: Christian, meaning anointed one, as the people who join in the Ruach HaKodesh oil of Christos (or Christus).
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Moreover, we have a little Bread, for Christ is our nourishing Word, and we have a little oil, for He is our anointing of the Holy Spirit. And we have two pieces of wood for a last Passover feast before the death of the only begotten Son. So in this story we find that God is able to make a blessing out of a curse, and He is able to bring life to a world of deprivation, bitterness, spiritual famine, and death.
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And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou has said: but make me thereof a little cake [bread] first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the LORD [Elohim YHVH] of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth. (1 Kin. 17:13-14) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Notice that Eliyahu HaNavi did not try to stop her but only change her expected outcome. All she had to do was first share what little she had, then the Creator would multiply her blessings in nourishment and sustain her. This is the message of Christ, of multiplying bread to feed the spiritually hungry. And this is the message of His servant and friend, Prophet Elijah, that the anointing of the Holy Spirit and the Bread of the Word shall not cease in the faithful Household of God until the Messiah comes in the clouds of Heaven, as the Hand of God, as the Former and Latter Rain to the earth.” And, on the morning of the third day from cross, we who are obedient and believe “shall live in His sight”:
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After two days [2,000 years] will he [YHVH] revive us [awaken, resurrect]: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared [appointed] as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain [two harvest seasons] unto the earth. (Hos. 6:2-3) KJV; intrpl. mine
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The widow woman was a little hesitant to do the will of Elijah, but then she acted on faith. After all, she did not have much to lose except a little less of a last meal. This hesitancy is perceivable in the world as it was first resistant to the Gospel, but then it multiplied to satisfy everyone who hungered. Today, every nation, and almost every remote corner of the world, has been fed from the children of Israel’s Bread. It all began with John the Baptist and his fellowship of the Word with all who had faith to believe, and his preaching of the “Lamb of God” whom the world would eat from for forgiveness of sins and everlasting life. (NB: This multiplication has to do with God spiritually satisfying His people over ages, and this exegesis has nothing to do with money. I want nothing from readers except to share a little bread of the Word and anointing of the Spirit.) 
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And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house [household], did eat many days. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah. (I Kin. 17:15-16) KJV; intrpl. mine
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TRIALS OF THE WIDOW AND PURGING THE BODY OF CHRIST
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Before we move on, it may be best to summarize the parable of Prophet Elisha and the resurrection of her son once again, and make it very plain, and then we can better compare the married wife to the widow woman. To do this, I will briefly retell the story with its panoramic parallels:
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The prophets up until John the Baptist foretold of Christ coming as a promised Son to Israel, just as Elisha foretold of a son being born to the prominent woman of Israel, but Christ died unexpectedly (in their perspective) while harvesting for His Father. Likewise, so did the son of the prominent wife. She then felt deceived and rushed from her home in search for the prophet. In the same manner, Jews, in great anguish, left the House of Judah and the land of Israel soon after the crucifixion of Messiah, and they searched for the coming of Prophet Elijah (to reveal and announce the Great King) during their long Diaspora. When it was all said and done, she was reunited with her son and finally discerned that she had not been deceived by the words of the prophet, which I likened to John the Baptist and Elijah revealing Christ as their promised Moshiach in our age.
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Now we proceed to a similar story: Elijah resurrecting the son of an impoverished widow woman. Thus far, I have correlated this to the rest of the people whom God is bringing out of the Gentiles to restore the House of Israel. They will be joined to the House of Judah (Jews) to dwell with the Lord during the millennial Sabbath. I posited the famine as the spiritual poverty that Gentiles and lost Israelites were in before the New Covenant, and I postulated that the widow collecting two sticks for a last meal (before they died) correlates with the cross and Pesach, at the beginning of the Christian faith. I also reaffirmed that there are more of the desolate than that of the married wife, stating that God is bringing in a greater number of Christians and Messianic believers than the House of Judah- that He will restore all the lost tribes for the messianic reign.
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To gain a greater perspective on the widow, we must include the whole of Scripture, and the whole of Scripture has a lot to do with Babylon and her daughters, which is the way God sees the Greco-Roman world of unfaithful Christianity. This speaks of the Roman Catholic religion and break-away denominations that have become worldly rather than a blanket condemnation of all individual believers. What we find in the story of the widow woman is the fact that God will bring trials upon the Body of Christ when the sins of Babylon are brought to His remembrance. Hence, in this true parable, the Gentile widow mostly concerns the Roman Catholic Church, from the beginning of Christianity spreading into the Gentile world, unto the coming of the Messiah to save all His people.
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And she [widow woman] went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house [household of Christian faith], did eat many days [nourished on the Word]. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail [Church sustained by the Spirit], according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah. And it came to pass after these things [after being sustained many days, Church Age], that the son of the woman [Body of Christ], the mistress of the house [Church], fell sick [plagues in sins and falling away]: and his sickness was sore, that there was no breath [Spirit] left in him. And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God ? art thou come unto me [unto Babylon] to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son [collective offspring]? (1 Kin. 17:15-18) KJV; intrpl. mine
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We should naturally sympathize with the widow woman. After all, she seems to have done everything asked of her. She housed the prophet and shared her water and bread. Why would he bring some form of evil upon her? And what “sin” or sins haunted her, which she believed he was recalling against her? As for the early Ekklesia, they were often poor in earthly things, but they shared their food with the needy servants of God, often not knowing where the next meal would come from. Nevertheless, the full story of Christianity cannot be told in the first couple of centuries of the humbler faith, just as the full story of the poor widow woman is not told within the Bible, but only a summary of her life as she crossed paths with Elijah.
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Indeed, the Catholic Church of the Dark Ages, with bloody Inquisitions and the evils of Western serfdom, can hardly be compared with the meekness of the first few centuries of sufferings, faith, and trials. Thus, before we judge God’s judgment, we should consider that much has been covered-over. When trials come, many Roman Catholics and other Christians will blame the two witnesses of Revelation (Moses and especially Elijah), but doing so ignores the fact that God is the one who remembers and brings judgment, as He pleases. God loves widows and orphans and meek people wherever they are found, but even meek people can become proud and cruel when lifted in the world.
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Note how easily the ancient Babylonians, who brought about the destruction of Jerusalem and the Jewish Captivity, correlates with the Greco-Roman world under the eschatological implementation of Dual Prophet Fulfillment:
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Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans [spiritual offspring of ancient Babylon]: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms [Roman Catholic Church]. I was wroth with my people [Jews], I have polluted mine inheritance [Israel, see Deut. 32], and given them into thine hand [Rome, 70 A.D.]: thou didst show them no mercy; upon the ancient [elder] has thou verily laid thy yoke [oppression]. And thou saidst, I shall be a lady forever: so that thou didst not lay these things [the prophecies] to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it [the appointed outcome]. Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me [only true Church, Wife of God]; I shall not sit as a widow [as Jews did], neither shall I know the loss of children: But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection [completion of prophecies] for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments [religious, liturgical nonsense]. For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness [geopolitical scheming for worldly advantages]: thou hast said, None seeth me [secret transgressions, sins]. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge [sophia, science], it hath perverted thee [corrupt theology]; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me. (Isa. 47:5-10) KJV; intrpl. mine
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The Roman Catholic Church has long boasted that the gates of Hell will not prevail against her. She will never suffer defeat. She calls herself a “Queen” and the only true Church, built on the seven hills of Rome. She believes that she is the only wife of Messiah, and that she reigns for Him over the Earth- her and her so-called “Vicars of Christ.” She has historically counted Jews as cursed with her Replacement Theology. She became a new type of wife of God while Jews suffered widowhood at the crucifixion of Christ.
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Further, since her early days she has embraced the Wisdom of Greeks, from Socrates and Plato to the early sciences of famous Aristotle. Indeed, she exalted her wisdom while ignoring biblical prophecies. Yet in Revelation, God calls His people to escape her, and He declares that she will fall suddenly, trampled under the feet of the False Prophet (Islamists) and the Roman-European Beast that she has ridden for centuries. Like ancient Babylon, she has a history of persecuting and expelling Jews, which God gave into her hands when He allowed the destruction  of Jerusalem and His Temple. Moreover, she has not considered the latter end of these things.
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And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people [Bible-believers], that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities [remembered past evils]. Reward her even as she rewarded you [Jerusalem received double destruction, from Babylon and Rome, see Isa. 40:1-2], and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup [of wrath] which she hath filled fill her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and an no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and FAMINE; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. (Rev. 18:4-8) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Now you, the reader, suppose for a moment that what I, the scribe of these articles, write is indeed true. What does this suggest other than that the story of Prophet Elijah, taken into the Gentile widow’s house, and her thereafter suffering the loss of a child, foreshadows a Zerubbabel-figure (meaning, born of Babylon, see Zech. 4) and his call to come out of Babylon before Messiah returns? Suppose that, as Prophet Isaiah wrote, that the world has “broken the everlasting covenant” of Christ, and the mother church and her denominational daughters (which she still calls to come home) have become worldly and materialistic, tainted with false doctrines and manifold abominations and evils- even homosexual ministers marrying other homosexuals and churches shared as mosques.
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Are Christians exempt from martyrdom, wrath, and refinement from God? I affirm that they are not, for even today better Christians than so many who warm the seats of Western pews are being beheaded for their faiths in Africa and the Near/Middle East. Judgment begins at the House of God, as Scriptures warn. God has not forgotten a single thing over the ages, and all things are weighed in the balances of His perfect judgments. And, as it is, sometimes He must bring a curse rather than the blessings that He would prefer to give.
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Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD [YHVH]: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers [elders of the faith] to the children [spiritual offspring], and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse [lit., utter destruction]. (Mal. 4:5-6) KJV; intrpl. mine
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While I do not wish to dwell on Prophet Elijah, it is fitting in this article to explain crucial things that have long been overlooked and ignored by most Christian assemblies and denominations. What is Elijah but another man, the same as everyone else, except for the fact that God has appointed him to turn back hearts for the sake of His people- His elect from Old and New, elders and offspring, the House of Israel and the House of Judah? With the story of the widow, the sins that haunted her never came to light, for she turned to the prophet of God for instructions during times of trials and sorrows. Likewise, while there is time, we can all receive the blood of atonement for the covering of sins if we earnestly seek the Lord and trust Him.
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And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults to one another [to those who were wronged, not to strangers in a dark confessional closets], that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias [Eliyahu] was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth for the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit [spiritual harvest of the Former and Latter Rain]. Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth [depart from sound Doctrine], and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. (James 5:15-20) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Hence, in the panoramic perspective a blessing can be left instead of a curse when there is true repentance (literally, turning back hearts) from false doctrines and transgressions, with a covering of past rebellions given by the blood of atonement. Having written that, the Roman Catholic Church has bragged for centuries that she never changes, which is not altogether true (although she has never cleansed the renegade religion down to its apostolic, Hebrew roots). Thus, she brings a curse upon herself for her obstinacy, even until trials and refinement bring forth the true spiritual fruits in which the Lord desires and demands of His people. Even so, God can restore a loss of children, and there will be a resurrection of the just at the coming of Messiah, as written in the shadows of the Old Testament story:
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And he [Elijah] said unto her [the widow], Give me thy son [surrender to his hands]. And he took him out of her bosom [Church], and carried him up into the loft [raised to spiritual/heavenly heights], where he abode, and laid him [the dead child] upon his own bed. And he cried unto the LORD [YHVH], and said, O LORD my God [YHVH my Elohim], hast thou also brought evil upon this widow woman with whom I sojourn [dwell with], by slaying her son? And he stretched himself upon the child three times [three years of pressing himself upon the offspring of the churches], and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again [resurrection]. And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived [see Hos. 6]. And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house [House of Israel], and delivered him unto his mother [Ekklesia]: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth. And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is truth. (1 Kin. 17:19-24) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Even after Elijah had miraculously multiplied the bread and oil to sustain the household, with renewed life for her and her son, she did not believe the words he spoke to her. Only after her son had been raised from the dead and delivered did she believe Elijah to be a true prophet of God, speaking the words of the Lord. Looking forward, the widow who sits in spiritual poverty, although they believe that they rest secure in the luxuries of the world, cannot easily perceive the truths of the Most High. Elijah and Moses will multiply the bread of the Word and the oil of Spiritual anointing, but they will be hated by the world and killed. Yet after they ascend and thereafter come down with the resurrected saints, belief will no longer be an option. After they preach for three years, according to Revelation, they will be killed, but on the fourth year they will descend with the Risen Son and His Body of Believers. And that undeniable revelation will be on the morning of the third millennial day since the cross.
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QUEEN OF HEAVEN AND BABYLONIAN WIDOW ORIGIN
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ROMA SITTING ON HER SEVEN HILLS
ROMA SITTING ON HER SEVEN HILLS

In Revelation, the adulterous entity that sits on the seven hills of Rome depicts the Roman Catholic Church. The reason this worldly entity is called a “harlot” in Scripture is because she has not been faithful to God. For centuries she has been more interested in worldly gain than a spiritual harvest of righteousness. Pagan nations and religious entities that never had a covenant with God are not called “harlots,” for they were never committed to God in the first place.

Just as the ancient city of Rome was the center of economic trade when Revelation was written, and the empire sought to rule the entire world, the Roman Catholic Church grew out of the state with a mission to subdue the world via mixing religion and authoritarian rule over nations. Hence, they became adulterous by desiring the riches and power of the world rather than the treasures of God’s Word and Holy Spirit.  

Precedence for this conclusion comes from the scriptural fact that God described the nations of Israel and Judah as adulterous wives when they were not faithful in their worship. Israel was not to mingle with pagan nations but to separate themselves as a holy preiesthood (kohenim) and humble people.

Thus, while the religious city of Revelation is called “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of  Harlots and Abominations of Earth,” there is no mystery as to her identity for those who know her history with Western world powers. It is the unfaithful church that mixed worldliness and paganism into the pure Gospel she had received.

However, there is a bit of mystery in regards to the origin of the mother of unfaithful, denominational daughters (at least for most Bible readers). That mystery goes back millennia to the fertility/nature cult of ancient Babylonians (i.e., Assyrians, Sumerians, Chaldeans, Akkadians). At its origin, the southern Mesopotamian religion was a state-ran institution centered upon their seasonal harvests, practiced with priestly ordained orgies around their male deity Tammuz (also called Dumuzi) and his wife Ishtar (perhaps Easter as an equivalent in English). Ishtar, the goddess of fertility, love, and regeneration, was called the “Queen of Heaven.”
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Since the early days of Nimrod worship in Babylon, the state religion has spread to many nations and cultures, including variations in ancient Greece and Rome. Often we find Ishtar pictured with a halo over her head and an infant in her arms, and Christians should be excused if they mistake them for Mary holding the infant Christ. (Note: Halos are not of Judeo-Christian origin, except for a rainbow token of salvation over our heads). Indeed, when we take a closer look at the ancient Babylonian religion, it is not difficult to discern how it meshed so easily with Judeo-Christian doctrine in emerging Christendom- in ancient Rome:
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Every year the Queen of Heaven gave birth to her son and god, much like our annual Christmas celebration of the birth of Christ (an unsure date to celebrate). In doing so, Ishtar, their divine queen, brought the world back to life, out of the deadness and desolation of winter. Every year her husband Tammuz would mysteriously die, usually via beasts, burning, or by reapers in the summer months. Thus, the Queen of Heaven would become a widow once again, year after year. Yet, each year she was impregnated once again by Tammuz to deliver the son (of her dead husband), which resulted in the seasonal deliverance of the winter world. On the winter solstice (first day of winter), the goddess- impregnated the previous Spring- gave birth to a son who grew once again into her husband, Tammuz.
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Moreover, in the ancient religion, their head god was the king, husband, father, and son, and their goddess was queen, wife, widow, and mother. To Ishtar worshipers, the harvests of the land and childbirths were connected to their beliefs, with produce maximized by Ishtar and Tammuz’s sexual activity in the heavens. The priests here on Earth initiated orgies between temple prostitutes and clergy to entice the gods to do likewise. Only then could they rest comfortably in belief that the land and herds would produce bountifully.
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Hence, the widow’s child grew quickly in early February, while his mother completed a purification period of forty days, and on the fourteenth day (Valentines’ Day) she was ready for romance with her son-become-husband once again. The Earth supposedly responded to their sexual activity as a blessing in the harvest season.
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Catholics Putting Creature Above Creator, PDI
Catholics Putting Creature Above Creator, PDI

Likewise, the Roman Catholic Church does not see itself as a widow as long as there is a harvest left to gather on Earth (i.e., people to convert). She is the “Queen” and “Married Wife,” and Christ is her “Husband,” in their view. The Father and Son are confused because Christ came in the Spirit of the Father.

Mary (Mariam) is the embodiment of the their religion, their bishopric hierarchy; therefore, they call her “The Mother of God” (since Council of Ephesus 431 A.D.), just as Ishtar was the mother of their head deity. Rather than teaching that Mariam was an ordinary (yet blessed) Jewish woman who sinned and died (like the rest of us), and merely a vessel for the Messiah, they infused paganism in Christianity and developed traditions over the centuries that glorify her as a sinless goddess- a perpetual virgin (the Madonna) who ascended into Heaven rather than dying.

Hence, clearly “Babylon, the Great” is a perfect illustration of the worldly/stately religion of Roman Catholicism, for they mixed the truths of the Gospel and Christ’s life with pagan beliefs already celebrated in the empire.

Revelation Babylon, Ray Tracing Comp.
Revelation Babylon, Ray Tracing Comp.

The Passover (Pesach) death and crucifixion of Christ, where Mary lost her adult Son, meshed with their Easter celebration of Ishtar loosing her husband/son, Tammuz. But just as Christ rose from the grave, and thus began the world harvest of souls through the Church, Ishtar regained her husband through her son.

We find terms like “Queen of Heaven” and “Mother of God” shared between the ancient Babylonian religion and Roman Catholicism, and the pagan-based religion deifies Mariam as ruler of Heaven brought down to Earth.

Just as the Babylonian priests saw parallels between their clergy and temple prostitutes engaging in fornication to sexual activity between Ishtar and Tammuz, the Roman Catholics believe their Church is the Wife of God, and their head priests, the Bishops of Rome (whom they call “popes,” meaning papas), sit as “Vicars of Christ”- having God’s authority on Earth. Hence, in their view the harvest of souls is not possible without the Catholic priesthood. What is bound on Earth is bound in Heaven- a distortion of the Gospel message for their role in the Divine harvest.  

However, we should not consider the religious life of ancient Israel in a better light than the straying Roman Catholic Church and her denominational daughters. Long before Christians provoked God by mixing in pagan worship with biblical doctrines, many Israelites stirred God’s wrath with some of the same gods. First, the nation of Israel provoked God, followed by Judah before they were exiled. This is not merely my opinion; it is recorded in sacred Scriptures:
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“Has this house [Temple], which is called by My name, become a den of thieves in your eyes [thefts of God’s things]? Behold, II , even I, have seen it,” says the LORD [YHVH]. “But go now to My place which was in Shiloh, where I set My name at the first [beginning], and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of My people Israel. And now, because you have done all these works [same deeds],” says the LORD, “and I spoke to you, rising up early and speaking, but you did not hear, and I called you, but you did not answer, therefore, I will do to the house which is called by My name, in which you trust, and to this place which I gave to you and your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh. And I will cast you out of My sight, as I have cast out all your brethren [northern nation of Israel during Assyrian Captivity]- the whole posterity of Ephraim. Therefore do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them, nor make intercession to Me; for I will not hear you. Do you see what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? The children gather wood, the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead the dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven [Ishtar]; and they pour out drink offerings [libations] to other gods, that they may provoke Me to anger. Do they provoke Me to anger?” says the LORD. “Do they not provoke themselves, to the shame of their own faces?” Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD [Elohim YHVH]: “Behold, My anger and My fury will be poured on this place- on man and on beast, on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground [loss of children and loss of harvest]. And it will burn and not be quenched.” (Jer. 7:11-20) NKJV; intrpl. & emp. mine (NB: the defilement of Temple in Jer. 7:30.)
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As we see from the above passage, the curse came to Judah because of their religious adultery- mixing the things of God with pagan worship. Much of this curse on ancient Israel and Judah is repeated verbatim in Revelation, which tells us that a religion that has not been faithful with the New Covenant will reap a like harvest of God’s vengeance.
Compare the curse on Babylon in Revelation 17:5 and 18:23 to the following passage:
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“Then I will cause to cease from the cities of Judah and from the streets of Jerusalem the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom [Messiah] and the voice of the bride [elect people]. For the land shall be desolate.” Jer. 7:34) NKJV; intrpl. mine
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We may never know the origin of Ishtar (Inanna in Sumerian), but we can gain insight into some interesting parallels to the Roman Catholic Church via ancient cuneiform tablets left to us from millenniums ago (or translations thereof). In the Gilgamesh Epic, which took earlier historical accounts and meshed them fancifully together (e.g., Noah’s Ark), Ishtar was an easily enraged harlot who brought harm to her many lovers. Indeed, she even sought to seduce their hero Gilgamesh, but he escaped her grasp by pointing out all the harm that she brought to five previous husbands (or lovers/heads), which included a raging lion and a battle horse.
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Tammuz was the husband of her youth, but lastly she loved a shepherd, much as Harlot of Revelation had five heads of “the Beast” before the covenant with Christ during the Roman Empire (the 6th head): “You have loved the shepherd of the flock, and he made meal-cake [or bread] for you day after day; he sacrificed kids [young goats] for your sake. You thrashed and turned him into a wolf; now his own shepherd boys chase him away; his own dogs worry his flanks” (intrpl. mine). Questions: ‘If Christ is the Good Shepherd that gave the “Queen of Heaven” daily bread and sacrificed for her, was His kindness not punished with a thrashing, violent church that transformed Him into something He is not- a creature more akin to the beasts of nations and despots? And do priestly shepherds actually chase Him away with the barking dogs of Gentile unbelievers?’
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After Gilgamesh rejected the Queen of Heaven, the scorned harlot went storming to her heavenly father Anu (head deity of the Babylonian pantheon), demanding that he grant her the Bull of Heaven so that she might punish him or perhaps force him into sexual submission (see Ezekiel 34:2-28). Apparently, the Queen of Heaven was drunk in her rage and wrath, and destruction and hell was the price to pay for rejecting her.
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When Anu sided with Gilgamesh because of the reasonable argument that he had made, Ishtar threatened him, claiming that she would mix the people of heaven and hell: “There will be confusion of people, those above with those from the lower depths.” Further, she would break down the doors and release the demons of the dead to eat the living of the land. If the Babylonian religious queen did not get her way with her lovers, the borders of Hell would be opened upon her own people, and she would mix them with the people and cause confusion in the world.
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Thus, she was granted her wish and given the Bull of Heaven to punish the hero, but Gilgamesh and his best friend defeated the beast in battle, killing it. Thereafter, Ishtar stood on the city wall as they ate the beast and cursed them. After spewing her curses, according to the Epic, she assembled “her people, the dancing and singing girls, the prostitutes of the temple, the courtesans,” and they together cried for the slain Bull of Heaven. The beast was to avenge the rejection of her covenant of love, but the beast was slain and given to the fire, as food to the victorious.
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Peculiar Religion of Rome
Peculiar Religion of Rome

Thus far, parallels of the Babylonian harlot in Revelation and the Queen of Heaven in the Gilgamesh Epic are spot on. In both accounts she is a murderous religious entity. In the Sumerian account she persecutes her own lovers and threatens her people with demons and hell, but in the Revelation account she kills God’s people, whom He calls to come out of her. In the former, her people are temple prostitutes who cater to the perversities of Babylonian nobles. In Revelation, we know Babylon as the religious city of Rome (the Vatican) that engages with political leaders. (NB: Ishtar’s religious city was Uruk, which was the “city of the sacred courtesans.”)

What we know from the myths is that Ishtar descended down into the underworld (the prison, hell) and demanded that the doorkeeper open the gates for her, apparently so she could release some of her people: “If you do not open the gate to let me enter, I will break down the doorway; I will wrench the lock; I will smash the doorposts. I will force open the doors. I will bring up the dead to consume the living.” Apparently, Ishtar was claiming power similar to the passage from the Gospel that the Roman Church has long utilized to boast of special power and authority over other Christians and churches:
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“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matt. 16:18-19) NKJV
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But there’s much more. Christ warns in Revelation that some of His people would be found naked (or exposed) if they did not watch for His coming (Rev. 16:15), and Peter (supposedly the “First Pope”) was found naked when He suddenly appeared to the fishermen after His first coming. In the Ishtar account, the seven gateways were opened to her, but at each gate she lost an article of clothing until, at the final one, she was left naked and fuming mad.
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Not only that, but upon charging the goddess of the underworld, Ereshkigal, she was cursed with sixty plagues. These things are fitting with Babylon the Great being cast down naked and cursed with diseases and plagues in Revelation. If we consider the Seven Heavens to be seven millennial days, perhaps at the entrance of the seventh she will enter the depths of the underworld.
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According to the myth, all fornication and sexual acts on Earth ceased while she was cast down, suffering naked in the underworld. The report of this was then brought up to the lead deity Ea from the messenger deity Papsukal. Wanting to save the world from the winter conditions, Ea created an intersexual entity, Asu-shu-namir, to send into the underworld. There, he invoked Ereshkigal, “in the name of the great gods” to surrender a bag containing “the waters of life”- the sacred holy waters. Although the goddess of the underworld was quite enraged, she surrendered it, and Asu-shu-namir sprinkled Ishtar with the waters to revive her. Hence, Ishtar was able to work her way back through the gates, regaining an article of clothing at each one, until alas she was fully clothed upon existing the seventh. However, there was a catch to her release, at least when we add the mythical accounts together: The demons would only open the doors and release her if she agreed to let them escort her into the world above, and she had to find someone to take her place- a substitute in hell for her transgressions. 
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Cup of Abominations, IM

Ishtar agreed, but when she received a warm welcome back from everyone she knew, she resisted sending them in her place, at least until she came upon her first love Tammuz (Damuzi). Tammuz sat on his kingly throne full of cheer rather than mourning for her, and easily enraged Ishtar released the demons to drag him down in her place. 

Tammuz was a powerful king in the legend, and apparently she had the demons catch him unaware in the night, after she was satisfied after a long period of abstinence. 

Nevertheless, Tammuz’s story doesn’t end in hell. All of the women mourned for him and made him meal-cakes as a sign of love. And his sister, Geshtinanna (also called Belili), being especially distraught by his loss, volunteered to spend half of the year in prison in his stead. Thus, every year Tammuz was reborn and grew quickly to have sexual relation with Ishtar, and the world flourished abundantly during that time, but when he died and returned to the underworld, no divine sexual activity could occur, which left the world in the dead of winter.

In conclusion, the Queen of Heaven became a widow every year, but she never admitted to being a widow or to the loss of children. It was all a cycle of seasons, just as the Church of Rome has boasted for centuries that it never changes. As for the sprinkling of holy water for life, substitution in the underworld, and the raging harlot who persecuted her lovers, it is left to the reader to learn of the Roman Catholic Church and decide if these asserted parallels are indeed true.
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