Chapter X - Tactics of the
Whorish and Lawless Children
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The first "bad girl" of the Bible is Adam's own wife Eve, and while not a whore in the same sense as Rahab or Jezebel, her unfaithfulness to her husband and Yahweh's Words single-handedly brought evil into the world through the seed of Cain. We're taught in 1 Timothy 2:13-15 that “Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.” Again, notice the reference to childbearing. Paul also teaches us “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled [seduced] Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:2-3). Notice the reference to virginity?
The non-canonized Protevangelion gives us a hint as to what happened in the garden of Eden; “When her sixth month was come, Joseph returned from his building houses abroad, which was his trade, and entering into the house, found the Virgin grown big: Then smiting upon his face, he said, With what face can I look up to the Lord my God? or, what shall I say concerning this young woman? For I received her a Virgin out of the temple of the Lord my God, and have not preserved her such! Who has thus deceived me? Who has committed this evil in my house, and seducing the Virgin from me, hath defiled her? Is not the history of Adam exactly accomplished in me? For in the very instant of his glory, the serpent came and found Eve alone, and seduced her. Just after the same manner it has happened to me. Then Joseph arising from the ground, called her, and said, O thou who hast been so much favored by God, why hast thou done this? Why hast thou thus debased thy soul, who wast educated in the Holy of Holies, and received thy food from the hand of angels? But she, with a flood of tears, replied, I am innocent, and have known no man” (Protevangelion 10:1-10).
Eve was found guilty by Yahweh of eating [partaking] of the the tree [race] of the knowledge of good and evil and cursed her according to that specific sin by saying “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children” (Genesis 3:16). That offspring was Cain “who was of [spawned from] that wicked one” (1 John 3:12) and not listed in Adam's genealogy (as found in Genesis 5:3); “Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth [Replacement].” Rather than focus on what happened, let's instead look at how it happened. “The serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which Yahweh God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die” (Genesis 3:1-3).
The thing to notice is that the serpent, or Satan (Revelation 20:2), was more subtle than any beast of the field. Satanail says to Eve “Yea, hath God said” casting doubt on Yahweh's Word as is his favorite tactic to which Eve misquotes Yahweh's original words “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17). “The serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons” (Genesis 3:4-7).
Not only does Lucifer twist Yahweh's Words by adding to them he uses his age-old tactic of offering the ability to be gods and to know good and evil. We've already discussed his tricks somewhat in chapter six, this same maneuver can also be seen much later during the Gospels through his so-called temptation of Christ. Nonetheless, we should notice that it was Eve who became seduced by the serpent and it was her error that caused Adam to fall as well. This is a re-occurring theme throughout most of the Old Testament narratives. The moral of Eve's story is "Don't trust Satanel." If there was any question about Eve's integrity, without a doubt Rahab was once a Canaanite whore. Her very name means “proud, roomy or wide” (Strong's # H7342 & G4460)" but by her works she found justification under Yahweh's grace. James 2:25-26 states; “Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
A second witness is found in Hebrews 11:31 that says; “By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.” In these verses we not only learn that faith without works is dead but that the ex-whore Rahab makes it to the so-called "Faith Hall of Fame" alongside such greats as Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses due to her actions. Have you ever wondered why she was so blessed by God when several Old Testament writers even attribute her name to be equal to fallen Egypt (as documented in Psalm 87:4 & 89:10 in addition to Isaiah 30:7 & 51:9)? Here's a hint, in Matthew 1:5 this same Rahab is listed in Joseph's seedline; “Salmon begat Booz of Rachab [Rahab]; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse.”
In order to see what Rahab did right we must turn to the Biblical account itself; “Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there. And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came men in hither to night of the children of Israel to search out the country. And the king of Jericho sent unto Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men that are come to thee, which are entered into thine house: for they be come to search out all the country. And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were: And it came to pass about the time of shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out: whither the men went I wot not: pursue after them quickly; for ye shall overtake them. But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof” (Joshua 2:1-6).
The first thing to notice is that the wise war chief of Israel Joshua sent two spies into Jericho to case out the situation - a war tactic that is still necessary to "be wise as serpents." When the man-king came to question Rahab, the harlot lies to him protecting the Israelite spies hidden upon her rooftop by saying they had left the city of Jericho. This is certainly not the first time that someone was chosen to tell a lie to protect the chosen race, nor would it be the last. Those familiar with this particular story should also be aware that Rahab believed in Yahweh by saying “we have heard how Yahweh dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed” (Joshua 2:10). She goes on to make a pact with the two spies before letting them down by a cord through her window to safety. Later, during the taking of Jericho, Rahab and her family are spared because Yahweh says; “The city [Jericho] shall be accursed, it, and all that are therein, to Yahweh: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent” (Joshua 6:17).
Faith is very important. A deeper study into Rahab's past will unearth some interesting tidbits of information. For example, the word used for harlot - zânâh (pronounced zaw-naw') can also mean “innkeeper” (meaning that it's a possibly she never prostituted herself in the first place). There's even a few books published on this subject proving that Rahab was actually from of the tribe of Ephraim but either way the fact still remains that she was blessed for lying to our enemy and was even made a partaker of the promises for her unwavering faith and for doing so. “For many are called, but few chosen” (Matthew 22:14). The moral of Rahab's story is "Keep the Faith." If there are any doubts in your mind about either Eve or Rahab, you'll find few Christians that will debate whether or not Jezebel was a sneaky whore or not. This subtle dog not only had Naboth murdered for his vineyard but even planned to have Elijah slain before Jehu had her torn to pieces.
Perhaps there is no name in all the scriptures that is as tainted as that of this idolatress and even in this day and age people are known to refer to a sluttish woman as "a Jezebel." She was married to king Ahab and the daughter of Ethbaal ['ethba‛al - “with Baal”] the king of the Zidonians so she continually moved the children of Israel to worship Baal throughout the books of 1st and 2nd Kings. The greatest aspect of Jezebel's gloomy life is actually her death because Yahweh said about her; “Dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel” (1 Kings 21:23) and “Dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her” (2 Kings 9:10). Turn to 1 Kings, chapter 21 and begin reading at the first chapter; “It came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money. And Naboth said to Ahab, Yahweh forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee” (1 Kings 21:1-3).
Here we read that king Ahab wanted Naboth's sacred vineyard so he could plant a garden of herbs yet he refuses the king's offer. We should pay attention to what king Ahab does next because it's an age-old tactic, he involves his woman. We can see that Ahab is a spoiled rotten seed in the following few verses that explain exactly what happened. “Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him: for he had said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers. And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread. But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread? And he said unto her, Because I spake unto Naboth the Jezreelite, and said unto him, Give me thy vineyard for money; or else, if it please thee, I will give thee another vineyard for it: and he answered, I will not give thee my vineyard” (1 Kings 21:4-6).
Ahab couldn't sucker wise Naboth out of his vineyard so he cries to his wife Jezebel who takes matters into her own hands by soon forging letters in her husband's name in order to murder Naboth and take away his property. Even worse is she commands that they set two "sons of Belial" to bear false witness against him - keep in mind that this entire matter is over a piece of property, my how times don't change! Read it for yourself; “Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel? arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite. So she wrote letters in Ahab's name, and sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters unto the elders and to the nobles that were in his city, dwelling with Naboth. And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people: And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die” (1 Kings 21:7-10).
Those familiar with the account might recall that Jezebel succeeded in her mission to murder the innocent Jezreelite Naboth by stoning and not long after “when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead [he] rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite to take possession of it” (1 Kings 21:16). Birds of a feather flock together and king Ahab was about as honest as his whorish wife Jezebel. Turn to 2nd Kings, chapter 9 and begin reading on the 30th verse; “When Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window. And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master? And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on my side? who? And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs. And he said, Throw her down.” Jezebel is sitting high up in her window feeling all smug - after all, her name in the Hebrew means “chaste” (#H348)" - and along rides the mighty Jehu who had a major reputation and great skill for slaying idol worshippers. Jehu simply yells out to the three nutless eunuchs to "Throw her down."
What do you suppose happens? “So they threw her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trode her under foot. And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a king's daughter. And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands. Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This is the word of Yahweh, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel: And the carcase of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not say, This is Jezebel” (2 Kings 9:33-37). The moral of Jezebel's story is that it never pays to be a whore or try to usurp authority over your husband - just look at what happened to her! When Jesus returns one wouldn't want to be found as a mashed pile containing a skull, two feet and a couple of palms. When our own daughters learn the way of the heathen and go whoring after their strange gods, the outcome is never a good one.
Our final female illustration will be Delilah, the double-crossing whore who betrayed the mighty Samson. You can read the story of how a colossal man became a total fool when placed in the hands of a seductive and semi-attractive woman in Judges 16:4-18; “It came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her, Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lieth, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him: and we will give thee every one of us eleven hundred pieces of silver. And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee” (16:4-6). This is the first time Delilah asks Samson about the secret of his strength. Strangely, Samson resists giving this whore the real answer three times and instead tells her lies proving her a snake each time by her preceding actions. For brevity, we'll skip those three tricks and rather focus on what caused Samson's spirit to break and finally reveal the secret to this Philistine-mixing dog known as Delilah.
The answer is in the 16th and 17th verses; “It came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death; That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother's womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any man.” Samson quickly becomes a blinded sacrifice to the bogus Philistine god Dagon but not before taking out a few dogs in the process and bringing down the temple by crushing the two middle pillars killing hundreds of pagan spectators. Good going! The moral of Delilah's story is never trust a woman that has been proven unfaithful over three times (or one who constantly nags you).
Now, what list of Biblical "bad guys" would be correct if it didn't start with Cain, the first murderer? 1 John 3:12 says that Cain “was of that wicked one” and he slew his brother “because his own works were evil” as apposed to righteous Abel's. Let's take a closer look at what made Cain kill Abel and see how he was exactly spawned from "the wicked [lawless] one" or Satan himself. “Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from Yahweh. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto Yahweh. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And Yahweh had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And Yahweh said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him” (Genesis 4:1-7).
Literally hundreds of studies have been published into these verses so rather than break down the Hebrew and Greek-added words (found in the manuscripts) focus on what the Word says about Eve and her "beguilement." Before doing so we should take notice that Eve "again" or continued (Strong's # H3254) to bare Abel proving that he and Cain were twins so they both bring their offerings "in [the] process of time" on the same exact day. Interesting is the fact that the word "tiller" used to describe Cain is taken from the Hebrew word ‛âbad (pronounced aw-bad') which means "a slave (Strong's # H5647)" proving that Cain and his future seed would always be slaves to the ground or earth. Right from the beginning Yahweh has no respect for Cain nor his offering while the keeper of the sheep Abel is forever considered righteous for remembering to offer Yahweh blood. Cain and his bastard clan are without a doubt 'bad seeds' both then and now. An even less-known idiot from the Holy Bible is the counterfeit prophet Balaam who was murdered at the slaughter of Midian. Born in Mesopotamia and considered a full-scale soothsayer, Balaam's false prophecies are mostly transcribed in the book of Numbers but he's also mentioned several times in the New Testament as an eternal example of what not to follow.
Jude says; “Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core” (Jude 1:11). Peter gives Christians a second witness in 2 Peter 2:15-16; “Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet.” Neither what Peter nor Jude has to say about Balaam is as important as the Words of Jesus Christ Himself who says; “I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication” (Revelation 2:14). Those familiar with the Babylonian tulmud might be aware that the name of Jesus is replaced by this very false prophet. For example, a half-hearted study into Sanhedrin 106b proves that jews teach the virgin Mary was a “whore” and a quick glance at the footnotes will also show that “all the Balaam passages are anti-Christian in tendency [so] Balaam [is] being used as an alias for Jesus” (Rabbi Freedman).
The Anti-Defamation League gives even further proof when they say “In the nineteenth century, when the field of academic Jewish studies was in its infancy, a small group of Jewish scholars suggested that in some cases the term Balaam in the Talmud may be a codeword for Jesus.” It's no wonder the Creator Jesus Christ purposely calls out "the doctrine of Balaam" by name! Here's what happened - the children of Israel were camping out in the plains of Moab near Jericho after they had just wiped out both the kings of Og and the Amorites. They had already been commanded by Yahweh to “Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle” (Deuteronomy 2:9) yet the current king of the Moabites named Balak “was sore afraid of the people, because they were many” (Numbers 22:3). So, he sends for Balaam the son of Beor offering the rewards of divination and asks him “Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and I may drive them out of the land” (Numbers 22:6-7).
Balaam accepts the offer from king Balak so Yahweh hurriedly tells him “Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed” (Numbers 22:12). Nevertheless, he still sets out the next morning in an attempt to curse the chosen people except “the angel of Yahweh stood in the way for an adversary [śâṭân] against him” (Numbers 22:22). The story of how Balaam's ass gains the ability to speak is classic - “Yahweh opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times” (Numbers 22:28)? A little while after this Balaam begins to bless the children of Israel while Joshua himself resists to deliver the chosen people (Joshua 24:10). What exactly is the stumbling block Balaam cast before the Israelites? Pay attention to what happens next and how yet another attack on Israel's race started; “Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods. And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of Yahweh was kindled against Israel. And Yahweh said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before Yahweh against the sun, that the fierce anger of Yahweh may be turned away from Israel. And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his men that were joined unto Baalpeor” (Numbers 25:1-5)." The same age-old attack of miscegenation and eventually serving other gods.
Baal-Peor was the false god of the Moabites who was worshipped by his adherents in so-called temple "orgies" where the illegitimate offspring where eventually sacrificed to him (much like Moloch). This deity is most often represented as both a male sun-god and a female moon-goddess and he was worshipped high atop Mount Peor, hence the fitting name 'Baal [lord of] Peor.' Because of this forbidden sexual activity David would eventually write; “They joined themselves also unto Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead” (Psalm 106:28) and Hosea would add; “I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto shame; and their abominations were according as they loved” (Hosea 9:10). All brought to you by the false prophet Balaam! Judas Iscariot is quite arguably one of the better-known disciples of Jesus Christ due to the fact that he was a thieving snake who eventually betrayed our beloved Savior to the serpentile enemy. Iscariot was actually the keeper of the treasury meaning that he handled most of the funds but towards the end of his sad life he would betray Jesus for a mere thirty pieces of silver, the price of a common slave (Exodus 21:32). Truly, “the love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:10).
During a deeper study into Judas Iscariot and his actions we can start to see major similarities between him and Satan. One such parallel has been already mentioned and it's the fact that Judas was keeper of the treasury but he was also among the first group chosen by Jesus. Compare this to the fact that Lucifer was "the anointed cherub that covereth [the Law]" and was “perfect in [his] ways from the day that [he] wast created, till iniquity was found in [him]” (Ezekiel 28:14-15). Also, think upon how both Judas and Satan are chosen vessels of dishonor used to bring about Yahweh's glory and perfect will on earth. This shouldn't be very surprising because Luke 22:3-5 teaches us; “Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them. And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money.” The most important thing to notice about the betrayal is that it came from a so-called "close friend" of the Messiah in keeping with Biblical prophecies like “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful” (Proverbs 27:6) and “Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me” (Psalm 41:9). These verses reference Judas Iscariot.
Jesus taught us that; “a man's foes shall be they of his own household” (Matthew 10:36) and this truth certainly rings true today. How can Christians ever expect to overcome the tactical enemy when so much time is spent slinging mud at one another? During the last supper Jesus says; “He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born. Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said” (Matthew 26:25). He also teaches us; “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me” (John 13:17-18). Jesus Himself taught that it would've been better for Judas to have never been born and that he was not chosen by the Messiah. Ever wonder why this was? He was obviously a selfish man who cared less about the poor (John 12:4-8) and deceived those that he stole from, including Jesus Christ (Acts 1:17).
Judas was also an steadfast unbeliever (Luke 22:1-6) that left himself open to satanic influence (Matthew 26:14-16) so towards the end of his life he engaged in bribery (Matthew 26:47-50) to forsake the Savior, someone that he ate and walked with and supposedly considered a friend. Unlike Satan, Judas did see the error of his ways before finally buying a section of land with a part of the thirty pieces and hanging himself there so violently “he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out” (Matthew 27:5 & Acts 1:18). In Matthew 27:3-4 it states; “Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.” Still, it was a bit too late by this time so we read in the very next verse; “He cast down [some of] the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.” There's a lesson to be learned by Christians in the example of Judas - never betray Jesus Christ. That sounds like a rather simple concept but remember that the Bible says “Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts” (Hebrews 3:15).
Jesus instructs; “Ye shall be hated of all for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:22 & Mark 13:13) meaning that those walking in the genuine Biblical truth will without a doubt be hated of all. Saying that Jesus is God is a sure-fire way of heaping that hatred from our enemies on yourself. “There was a certain man called Simon, who before 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 for a long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. But when they believed Philip, preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized both men and women. Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done” (Acts 8:9-13 wbs).
Simon Magus was a sorcerer of great status and his morbid magical arts among the Samaritans was certainly well-known during the time of the Acts. As soon as phony Simon sees the apostle Philip baptizing other Christian believers he quickly decides that he wants a part of the gift so he poses as a believer until he finds an opportunity to offer the early church money for the gift of the Holy Spirit. The modern-day negative term of “Simony,” as denoting the purchase for money of spiritual offices, is derived from him. Let's continue to read this gloomy account; “Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John: Who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit: (For as yet he had fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then they laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Spirit” (Acts 8:14-19 wbs).
This Simon alongside the whore goddess Helena (known as Salome to John the Immerser) not only helped to found the bogus Gnostic sect, but he also through turn of events actually helped spawn the not-so-holy Roman Catholic church as we know it today. It's not so strange that Simon Magus was worshipped in place of Yahweh as some type of a false god, the term "magus" simply means “a worker of magic” and truly “there is no new thing under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Some circles teach that Simon Magus was founder of the Gnostic sects and considered the first "pope." Before concluding this chapter, let's see how Peter answers; “Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thy heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me” (Acts 8:20-24 wbs).
Notice that even after Peter's stern rebuke Simon refuses to repent? What type of idiot would think that either the gift of the Holy Spirit or forgiveness of sins can be purchased with money or a simple chant like "Hail Mary?" Jesus Himself condemned this type of practice when He said; “Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition” (Mark 7:10-13)." That word corban means “an offering or present” (Strong's # G2878)" and the practice still exists today in the false pagan catholic church. Come out of that great whore before it's too late!
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