Thus Saith Paul
Romans Chapter Two
The Measuring Rod
Romans 2:1-4 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
Perhaps Paul was venting here. He seems to be on 'defense' and my guess, is it's because someone has confronted him. There is no indication of who that someone might be, since he has gone from ranting about how corrupt man is, in Romans 1, directly to this bold tongue-lashing of some unknown person. Paul does tend to go off on tangents in his writings, (which I can totally relate to) so perhaps he is speaking to a general audience- in his round-about-yet-in-your-face way.
He is stating that whoever judges another and does the same things, is inexusable, and self-condemned. True. Yahshua said not to judge anyone, or we will be judged, but Yahshua qualified His statement by the following:
Matthew 7:1-2 Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
There is a fine line between righteous judgement, and judging a matter unrighteously. Yahshua said He desires mercy, not sacrifice. He wants us to be loving, fore-bearing of one anothers' faults, kind and forgiving- to love our enemies and bless those who curse us. He wants us to be the salt and light of the world but He also said:
Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
How can we beware and wise if we are not aware and always judging the things we hear and see? There must be, within ourselves, the standard by which to weigh these matters, or it would not be fair, would it? Yahshua clears up the confusion:
I John 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
What is righteousness then? Truth is righteousness, and righteousness is the Law/Word of Yahweh. Yahshua is the Word of Yahweh. We receive Him into our hearts, when we believe His Testimony which is the Word of Yahweh. That means the truth is now etched upon our hearts and thus, we have the standard within us, by which to judge between truth and error. Judging righteously, by the Word of Yahweh, is never wrong. It is always right.
Psalms 119:142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.
While it's true that none of us have the right to condemn or judge a person's eternal state, we are commanded to love our enemies and pray for they who despitefully use us, but we are also commanded to be wise and to beware of false prophets. Unless we judge doctrine and unless we hold up everything we hear and see to the Light (The Word of Yahweh), we cannot protect ourselves from the enemy and his lies. We will be mislead down the broadway of destruction, if we believe that it's wrong to test those professing a knowledge of Yahweh, by the standard He gave us:
I John 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
The above passage of Paul's then, is correct, according to the Word of Yahweh, because it is consistent with HIM. In Christian circles, there seems to be a great fear of testing prophets, teachers, preachers, and of course, Apostles; eg., Paul. Why is that? I think it's because sadly, one of the most overused and abused sayings among false prophets, teachers, preachers and "Apostles," is, "Touch not mine anointed." Anyone then, can claim to be Yahweh's anointed, even if they are not. Anyone can also use (misuse) that favorite catch-phrase to intimidate, oppress and discourage any who would challenge their authority, by the acceptable and true standard of judgement: The Word of Yahweh, which IS the Authority.
The very word, commandment, means a directive or an order. The commandments of Yahweh are His directives to us: His directions to eternal life, if you will. Since His commandments are righteous and true, it is His Word we should adhere to, over and above every and all words (directives) given us by any man (or woman). Whoever commands us is our Master. If our Master is Yahshua, then we will do as He commands. Many claim Him as their Master yet do not obey Him. This is how we know who are genuinely His and who are not: whoever says they know Him but disobeys His commandments is a liar and the truth is not in him. It's good to beware and wise. Yahshua commanded us to be. Obeying Him is always right. Obeying Him proves to Him that we agree, that He really IS our Master, thus our Authority.
Is it wrong to judge then? Absolutely not. What can be wrong, however, is the measuring rod we use to judge things by. As well, if we judge or condemn someone for doing the exact same things we, ourselves, do, then we are actually condemning ourselves.
Matthew 7:3-5 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
Whew! I believe that each one of us has the responsibility to see that we, ourselves, are not deceived. Whether Paul is, or is not a false Apostle, or even antichrist, at this point of this study, is secondary to whether I am, or am not a hypocrite. Regardless the outcome of this testing of Paul, I know that the process of weighing his words by the Word of Yahweh, will only serve to refine my own heart, and I'm doing this, not so much for the benefit of my brothers and sisters in Him, but for my own peace of mind. Sobering.
What does Yahshua mean by 'the beam in thine own eye?' Whatever clogs or clouds my vision so that I cannot clearly see and understand truth, would be a beam in my own eye. I hope and pray with all my heart that I will know, by the end of this study, beyond a shadow of a doubt, if Paul is, or is not a beam in my own eye. The only way to know (judge) is by the righteous measure: the Word of Yahweh. Amein. So, onward!
Romans 2:5-11 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God.
Paul, Paul, Paul. Whoever he is speaking to, Paul is pronouncing judgement on the wicked and unrepentant and glory, peace and honor on they who obey the truth. He says that Yahweh will reward each person, regardless who they may be, according to their deeds. This is true, since Yahshua has said this Himself, over and over again, in His revelations to the seven, Asian assemblies and countless other places throughout the bible.
Try as I may, I cannot find anything amiss with Paul's statements, so far, in this second chapter of his letter to the Romans. Strangely, I feel a glimmer of what seems to be misplaced hope, that perhaps Paul is not a false Apostle after all. Like I said, I don't want to believe he is a false apostle. And yet, I don't want to believe he isn't either. What I do want, is the truth to be crystal clear, either way.
Romans 2:12-16 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
I feel it's extremely important, as a writer and as a human being who claims to love Yahweh and His Word, not to allow my emotions to steer my perceptions on this project. Yet, I'm an emotional person nonetheless. Having said that, and after all I said about Yahshua living inside the heart when we believe His testimony, I realize that it's impossible not be emotional about this. This feels like a dilemma but it's not if I just trust the Holy Ghost, whom Yahshua promised He would give to all who love Him. I love Him, so I have to stop being afraid of saying the wrong thing concerning Paul, and trust the Spirit of Truth to help me dissect every word of Paul.
Everything was great until I arrived at the above passage. I was glad, even joyful, that I couldn't find anything wrong with anything Paul had said, but then I read on. A red flag arose and I had to take a moment to examine myself all over again- my own intent- my reason for doing this, my loyalties . . . Suddenly, I feel sad again. That entire passage is very confusing, as well as extremely evocative. Paul's double-talk here is what has boggled my pea-brain.
First, Paul gave a beautiful sermon about judging, which completely agreed with the Word of Yahweh and caused me to experience a pinnacle moment of truth. I was happy to be forced to look at myself, instead of at someone else and even felt guilty for questioning Paul in the first place, knowing how imperfect I, myself, am. But then I think I saw through Paul. Here is what I saw:
Paul is using the Word of Yahweh as a weapon against his accusers; those he feels are judging him for doing the same things he is doing. This is important. Satan used the Word of Yahweh (His commandment) against Eve, in the garden of Eden, in order to confuse her, thus entice her away from Yahweh's protection. He twisted Yahweh's words just enough to make Eve doubt the purity of Yahweh's intentions, concerning her. Satan accused Yahweh of forbidding her to partake of the fruit of the tree of the knowldge of good and evil because He didn't want her to be wise, like Him. In a moment of confusion and doubt, Eve was seduced to sin against the commandment of Yahweh.
Paul is discussing 'the law.' He says that whoever sins, without knowing the law, will also perish without (outside) the law. He says who ever knows the law and sins though they know it, is judged in (by) the law. Basically, he is saying that one is judged according to the standard by which they live: by whichever law or (non-law) they ascribe to. This is such a vague, twisted statement that does not agree with scripture. There is one law given to all man and regardless whether one lives within, or without the commandments of Yahweh, it is still the standard by which Yahweh will judge our actions.
Next, Paul explains that it's not the hearers of the law, but the doers of it, who will be justified by Yahweh. He further explains that the Gentiles, who do not have the law, yet do it by nature, are a law unto themselves. In one breath, Paul says we have to live according to what we know- whether we know Yahweh's commandments or not. In the next, he says the doers of Yahweh's law, are justified by Yahweh. In his very next breath, he says that the Gentiles are a law unto themselves, because they don't have the law, but yet do it naturally. If Gentiles do the law, by nature, then it stands to reason, they do know the law of Yahweh, especially since Paul has stated, it is written on their hearts. Confused? Me too.
Romans 2 began with Paul's beautiful sermon on not judging others, when you, yourself, do the same things you condemn someone else for doing. Sin, is defined by Yahweh, not man, as the breaking of His law/commandments. Since this is the truth, Paul should have simply said so. That would have been much easier to understand. If Yahweh's law defines sin, then how can the Gentiles be a law unto themselves, whether the law is written on their hearts or not? Wherever it is written, it is still Yahweh's law. To say the Gentiles do the law by nature, is a lie. No-one does the law of Yahweh, by nature, unless they love Yahweh and believe the testimony of His Son, regardless whether they are a Jew or a Gentile.
Paul gives his Gentile audience a new standard by which to measure righteousness: the conscience. He further states that the Gentiles accuse or excuse one another according to their own thoughts, even though he had previously told us not to judge each other. Can our own thoughts be relied upon? Really?
When Paul was brought before the Jewish council, because they accused him of teaching against the law of Yahweh, and the temple and the Jews themselves, Paul made the following statement:
Acts 23:1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.
Wonderful for Paul. My first question, is was it right in his own mind to murder the saints of Yahweh like he did? Was that acceptable to Yahweh, who said, "Thou shalt not commit murder?" Please read Who Was Saul of Tarsus. According to Paul's own words, he was indeed justified in murdering the saints, because he was a zealous Pharisee at the time, who thought it good to do everything contrary to Jesus of Nazareth. I see no apology from Paul for that. I see him stating clearly, to the Jewish council, that until this very day, he has lived in all good conscience before God. If Jewish law permits the murder of non-adherants, for the sake of their tradition, then Paul is using that to his own benefit when confronted by them. Do you see this, or am I straining a gnat?
We need to have a look at Yahweh's own Word concerning our thoughts, and if we can trust them to keep us in line with Yahweh's truth or not.
Isaiah 55:7-9 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
According to Yahweh, we can't trust our natural thoughts at all. Paul said that the Gentiles do by nature the things written in the law. This cannot be the truth then. Unless we are born of Yahweh, through believing the Testimony of His Son; The Word which Yahweh sent to us, how can our thoughts, which guide our ways, be anything but contrary to His, which are above ours?
Jeremiah 17:9-10 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
How does Yahweh try the riegns of our hearts? He does so, according to His Word- according to whether HIS Word is our commander or not. If His Word commands us, we become subject to Him. He becomes our Master. If someone else's words command us, then that someone else, becomes our master. Who is our Master? Man or Yahshua: The Word of Yahweh? It is the Word of Yahweh which tries the reigns of our hearts. Paul said something interesting:
Romans 2:14-16 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
Very subtle isn't he? Paul sounds extremely authoritative and like he knows the truth, inside out, upside down and backwards. However, he is very misleading. The only standard for righteousness is the truth according to the Word of Yahweh. The only means by which we will be judged, is that very Word of Yahweh. Our own thoughts (conscience) cannot be relied upon to lead us anywhere, as only the truth is life to our souls. And yet, Paul has made a grand claim, has he not? Not only has he declared that the Gentiles are a law unto themselves; who need only follow their own conscience, but then Paul says that Yahweh will judge us by Paul's gospel.
In chapter one, we saw that Paul's mission was that of an apostle of obedience. (Please Read chapter one). His purpose is to teach all men to walk according to the gospel according to Paul. Why? Because they who had known Yahweh had not honored Him, thus a curse came upon all the children of disobedience: a curse which would bring them into bondage, by deception, to the teacher of lies- A Gentile Leader.
Habakkuk 1:7 They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves.
Please read Daniel 7 which is the prophecy of the Roman Empire; the Holy Roman Empire, which Daniel describes as:
Daniel 7:7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
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Habakkuk 2:18 What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols?
Habakkuk 2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
The Faith by which anyone finds true life, is the faith of Yahshua, who proclaimed to us all, the truth about the kingdom of heaven; of His Father, of His ways and His will. Yahshua commanded us to call no man our master on this earth, as He is our Master. He commanded us not to call any man our father on this earth, as one is our Father, which is in Heaven. Whoever commands us, meaning whomever it is we listen to and follow, becomes our master. Whoever we give praise and glory to, by subjecting ourselves to, as a 'god,' is our father. We give praise and glory to man when we take mans' words into our hearts and let them guide us, over and above the Word of Yahweh; the Father of Life.
Romans 2:17-20 Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God, And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law; And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness, An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.
Paul is now waging an attack that looks like it's an attack against the Pharisees, but if you look very closely, it is actually an attack on the very law of Yahweh itself. How? By pointing out the flaws in the doctrine of the Pharisees, he is downgrading the truth that IS in the law. He is mocking the Jews because though the law was given them, they do not follow it. The law is the law, no matter if we follow it correctly, in the way Yahshua taught us to, or not. It is still the law of Yahweh.
We know, by the Words of Yahshua, to the Pharisees, that they didn't really have nor follow Yahweh's law at all, but instead, cleaved to their own traditions. The actual fact is, Paul knows this. He knows the Pharisees claim to know Yahweh, yet don't follow Yahweh's truth, and he is using this knowledge to his advantage; to make the law of Yahweh seem to be the source of the problem when it's not. The source of the problem is non-adherance to the law of Yahweh.
By trying to make it appear that the Jews actually know and teach Yahweh's law, when the fact is, they neither know, nor teach it, Paul is making his own teachings seem more credible than the law of Yahweh. In other words, rather than comparing his gospel to the religion of the Pharisees, he is comparing it to Yahweh's law, in a very subtle way. He is very tricky and I hope you see what I'm trying to point out. Let me try to better explain this:
Israel was entrusted with the law and the ordinances of Yahweh. Continually, they rebelled and went after other gods. In the day of Yahshua, they did not even recognize the very Word of Yahweh, in the flesh, among them because they had developed their own traditions. Though they were still thought, by the world, to be the ones who know the law and the truth, they didn't. That's why they demanded the crucifixion of Yahshua. They didn't know nor accept Him, since they didn't understand the Word of the law and the prophets. Their own traditions- their hearts and their thoughts (conscience) had led them astray, into spiritual blindness.
Along comes Paul, who knowing all this, uses it to accuse the Jews of having the law, yet not being made righteous by it, thus, making it seem as though it's the law of Yahweh itself, which is inadequate, when truly, its the traditions of man that are. What Paul is really attacking, are both the Jews (Yahweh's chosen) and His law. Whether obedient to Yahweh or not, Israel is still Yahweh's beloved, and He has said, He punishes those whom He loves.
Romans 2:21-25 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege? Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God? For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.
Truly, the Pharisees did not follow the law of Yahweh at all, but their own traditions instead, so they were NOT making their boast in Yahweh's law. It was their traditions they boasted in, not in Yahweh's law. Indeed, they did their own thing in the Name of Yahweh, which is blasphemy, BUT two wrongs have never made a right, yet. Just because the Jews were wrong, doesn't mean Paul was right. His modus operandi, is to discredit the value of the law itself, by discrediting Pharisitic traditions, followed in Yahweh's Name. His conclusion is clear throughout all his writings: Yahweh's law does not produce righteousness, but clearly, this is a lie. Yahweh's law does produce the fruit of righteousness, when it is believed, loved and followed, as HE meant it to be; as His Son exemplified for us all.
Notice also, that Paul accuses the Jews of being the ones to blame for Yahweh's Name being blasphemed among the Gentiles. Are they really to blame? Who is blaspheming the Name of Yahweh among the Gentiles more? The Jews, or Paul?
Romans 2:25-27 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision. Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision? And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?
Paul's circular reasoning makes my head spin. Indeed, many are circumcised in the flesh, in adherance to traditions. Many have their baby sons circumcised, without any idea as to why, except it's the 'thing to do' in many cultures, (not just in Jewish circles). In this light, circumcision does mean nothing. It's only a tradition.
Paul states that circumcision only profits if you keep the law but if you don't keep the law, you are the same as one who is uncircumcised, even if you are circumcised. He concludes that if those who are not circumcised, naturally do keep the law, then their uncircumcision, is still counted as circumcision- thus making the uncircumcised the righteous ones.
Is Paul speaking total truth here? We have to look to Yahweh's own Words to verify if Paul is being deceptive or truthful.
Genesis 17:10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.
Genesis 17:12-14 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed. He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.
Can we simply disregard an everlasting covenant of Yahweh because some who are circumcised, do not truly keep His Law? No We cannot. Circumcision in the flesh of the foreskin is a commandment of Yahweh, that He has told His people, Israel, to keep. Do Christians not claim they worship the God of Israel? Would that not indicate, the God they claim to know and follow is the very same God who commanded the covenant of circumcision?
Not only has He commanded this of physical Israel, but He has also extended this commandment to the stranger, who is bought with money, or who adjoins himself, through Yahweh's covenant, to the House of Israel. We, who are Gentiles, were purchased for the kingdom of Heaven, with something even more precious than money. We were purchased by the Very Blood OF the Covenant. If we say we know Him, and now dwell in the land of the living, we lie to ourselves if we disregard the statutes of Yahweh's covenants, including that fleshly covenant of circumcision.
Regardless whether or not the Pharisees actually kept Yahweh's law, the covenant of circumcision is still in effect. Ones heart is circumcised by faith that indeed, Yahweh IS true, and His Word, our only WAY to salvation. Any one can say they know Him, regardless what religious organization they affiliate themselves with, but until and unless they affiliate themselves with the truth, as laid out for all, through Yahweh's Word, they will not enter the kingdom of heaven. The only way into the kingdom of heaven, is through the Door. Yahshua; the Word of Yahweh, made flesh, IS that door. He neither taught nor led anyone to anything but the truth, as His Father defined it, in the law and the prophets.
Circumcision is an everlasting covenant between Yahweh and Israel. Paul is lying, not Yahweh. Do you need more reassurance, that Paul has mislead us with his teaching about circumcision?
Exodus 12:48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.
If you can accept this, Yahweh is speaking of the Kingdom of Heaven. No-one who breaks Yahweh's covenants and commandments will eat from the tree of life.
Ezekiel 44:7 In that ye have brought into my sanctuary strangers, uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in my sanctuary, to pollute it, even my house, when ye offer my bread, (His Word: Yahshua) the fat and the blood, and they have broken my covenant because of all your abominations.
Ezekiel 44:9 Thus saith the Lord GOD; No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel.
What IS His sanctuary? It is His Protection- The rest given all who love and obey Him, in Spirit and in Truth. When we enter into covenant with Yahweh, through Yahshua, we agree with Him, that He is our Father and that He is our authority, thus we agree to follow His directions to the Kingdom of Heaven. Paul, in his assualt against they who opposed his teachings, whether his opposers were righteous or not, managed to cast the truth to the ground, regarding the very law of Yahweh.
Romans 2:28-29 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
This final statement of Paul's is beyond comprehension . . . unless of course you see it for exactly what it says. What he is saying, is whoever believes his gospel, is a Jew.
I have news for Paul and followers of him: Whoever believes the testimony of Yahshua; His testimony that Yahweh is true, as are all His ways, does not become a Jew, but rather, a child of Yahweh.
Have a look at this prophecy of Habukkuk:
Habakkuk 1:5 Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days which ye will not believe, though it be told you.
Habakkuk 1:6-7 For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not their's. They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves.
Now have a look at this prophecy of John the Revelator:
Revelation 13:2-9 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear.
Please look at this prophecy of Daniel, concerning the coming kingdom of lawlessnes:
Daniel 8:12 And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.
What TRUTH is cast to the ground?
Psalms 119:142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.
Please Read The beast of the sea and then read the beast of the earth, for more detailed understanding of this and how no other man but Paul and his church, fulfills these prophesies.
The house that Paul built, is going to remain standing until the time of the very end, when Yahweh destroys it and sets up His Own, Everlasting Kingdom of Righteousness.
Daniel 7:21-22 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; Until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
One final scripture passage, for your contemplation:
Matthew 7:24-27 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.