In the end time, the unrighteous are kept from the Kingdom of God by a delusion. "And for this cause God
shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie; that they all might be damned who
believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." (2 Thess. 2:11,12). At the core of this
delusion is the idea that the Kingdom of God forming farm by farm and settlement by settlement is merely
a group of blasphemous cultists. A complex scripture describes the delusion.

"Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope: that say, Let
Him make speed, and hasten His work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel
draw nigh and come, that we may know it!" (Is. 5:18,19).

I'm going to deal with the last part of this scripture first. The insistence by parts of the church that they
are searching for the formation of God's Kingdom, but not seeing any sign of God at work, is at the core
of the delusion. Throughout the end time, the 144,000 are denounced as impostors and the people
preaching God's Kingdom are called blasphemers.

Who would do such a thing? Satan's ministers, that's who! "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers,
transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into
an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of
righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." (2 Cor. 11:13-15). Satan's ministers will fight
God's gathering with all their might. Their lies are part of God's great delusion.

The weapons of Satan's ministry will be accusations; they "draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it
were a cart rope." (Is. 5:18). So they accused Christ. "But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This
fellow doth not cast out devils but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils." (Matt.12:24). Christ prophesied
that His followers would be called devils as He was. "It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master,
and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall
they call them of his household?" (Matt. 10:25).

There are two types of accusations in this scripture, one successful and one unsuccessful. First there is
iniquity used as cords of vanity. A cord of vanity is a cord like those used to bind Sampson. These cords
did not work, Sampson broke them. (Vanity as used in the Bible has a primary meaning of uselessness.)
So the fact that the cords are of vanity means that these lies don't work. Despite the lies, some people
investigate for themselves. These see that the gathering is indeed righteous and according to prophecy
and they join it.

The use of sin as a cart rope is successful, it ties the deceived members of Satan's flocks into bundles of
tares. The "bundles of tares" is a reference to Christ's parable of the wheat and the tares. "Let both grow
together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the
tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. The field is the world;
the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; the
enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels
(to the churches). As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it shall be at the end of
the world." (Matt. 13:30,38-40). God leaves the unrighteous to Satan's ministry, who deceive them so that
they remain in Satan's domain until God destroys it. “Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are upon the sinful
kingdom (of Satan), and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth...” (Amos 9:8).

Christ and his disciples did their work with a message. "Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,
sayeth the Lord of hosts." (Zech. 4:6). So it is that the message of the reapers (angels to the churches,
see Rev. 1:16,20) causes Satan's ministry to use cart ropes to bind their flocks and causes others called
by God to seek and find His Kingdom. This is the separation of the wheat and the tares that Christ
promised.

Why a cart rope? God has prophesied a judgment on His people Israel that contains the answer.
(Remember that God has gathered many members of the lost tribes and the descendants of the early
Christians into today's Christian Church. We are both physical and spiritual Israel, these prophecies apply
to us.) "And I raised up your sons for prophets, and of your young men for Nazarites. Is it not even thus, 0
ye children of Israel? saith the Lord. But ye gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the
prophets, saying, Prophesy not. Behold, I am pressed under you, as a CART is pressed that is full of
sheaves. Therefore the fight shall perish from the swift, and the strong shall not strengthen his force,
neither shall the mighty deliver himself; and he that is courageous among the mighty shall flee away
naked in that day, saith the Lord...” (Amos 2:11-13,15). The cart rope goes out to the harvest field tied to
this cart. Incidentally, the wheat and the tares must look alike as sinners and righteous do, tares are
harvested in sheaves as wheat is.

Walking into a church and looking at a congregation, only an angel could tell the wicked from the
righteous. However, in the judgment, the wicked will differentiate themselves from the righteous by their
actions. The wicked will trust in men. "Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and
maketh flesh his arm (throws away his chance at incorruptible flesh), and whose heart departeth from the
Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh." (Jer. 17:5,6).

Because they trust in fallible or satanic men, the children of Israel fail to study and be led by their Bibles.
Therefore they have cast aside God's Law, perhaps not even knowing it. "Therefore my people are gone
into captivity (of Satan), because they have no knowledge: and their honorable men are famished, and
their multitude dried up with thirst. Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without
measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth (in people's
destruction, Satan) shall descend into it." (Is.5:13,14).

In the end time, God has promised to write His Law in our hearts. "After those days, saith the Lord, I will
put My Law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be My
people." (Jer. 31:33). The Kingdom of God will be gathered to walk in God's Law. "And I will cause you to
pass under the rod (give My judge jurisdiction over you), and I will bring you into the bond of the
covenant." (Ez. 20:37) .

Adherence to God's Law is the covenant. "I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the
fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; and shewing mercy
unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments." (Ex. 20:5,6)

It is this adherence to the Law of God that allows the Kingdom of God to be demonized. In our cynical
time, we can hardly be accused for a different Sabbath and Feast Days. However, to strengthen His great
delusion, God has hidden a small but extremely controversial judgment in Exodus. Judgments are the
least of God's Laws, Commandments and statutes both outrank them. Here's the one verse that will
empower Satan to malign us as God plans.

"If he take him another wife, her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish."(Ex. 21:
10). Despite the gnashing of teeth of some of the faithful, the gathering Kingdom of God will accept
polygamy. How can we avoid it? The judges God gives us must apply the law fairly. "Judge righteous
judgment." (Matt. 7:24). Our judges cannot condemn anyone for anything God considers lawful. "Judge
not, that ye be not judged." (Matt. 7:1). If this adherence to the whole Law (except as amended by Christ)
seems a cross to you, remember that Christ carried his cross without complaint. Further, he commanded
you to be a good neighbor. (See also No. 29, "In Defense Of Polygamy.")

Who perpetuates the great delusion? Here's the beginning of the prophecy of the great delusion. "Now
we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto
Him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as
from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not
come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who
opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth
in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” (2 Thess. 2:1-4).

The falling away is not a loss of members. Since Christ began His ministry, the Christian Religion has
grown to encompass 1/3rd of the earth's population. Instead, the falling away is a departure from the Law
of God as practiced by Christ, who kept the Saturday Sabbath and the Feast Days ordained by God. This
departure from God's Law is prophesied. “I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new
moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.” (Hosea 2:11).

In turn, this falling away from God's Law reveals the son of perdition, this man of sin, for he has
orchestrated it. Because this man "sitteth in the temple of God," he must be a great and powerful
religious leader. Because he "opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God" and he “as God
sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God,” he is a great and powerful religious leader
claiming the attributes of God. This can only refer to the Roman Catholic Pope who claims like God to be
infallible.

Additionally, the papacy has claimed the right to judge the hearts of men, a right that belongs only to God.
In doing so the papacy has condemned many just men and women to death. "And he shall speak great
words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High (with persecution), and think
to change times (Sabbath, Feast Days) and laws (commandment against images -see Ex. 20:4, etc.): and
they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” (Dan. 7:25). The Seventh
Day Adventists have been denouncing the papacy for over 150 years based on such scriptures as Dan. 7,
Hosea 2 and Rev. 13,17,18. AMEN!

Here is the middle of the prophecy of the great delusion. "Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with
you, I told you these things? And now ye know what witholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For
the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only He who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the
way.” (2 Thess. 2:5-7). God allowed this mystery of iniquity to begin in Paul's time with satanic infiltrators
and has allowed it to continue into our time. But God began moving it out of the way with the Protestant
Reformation and the continuing return to Bible doctrine and God's Law.

Here is the end of the prophecy of the great delusion. "And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the
Lord shall consume with the Spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming: even
him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all
deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish: Because they received not the love of the truth,
that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send a strong delusion, that they should believe a
lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2
Thess. 2:8-12).

There are two phases to the destruction of the man of sin and those he deceives. First the Holy Spirit,
“the Spirit of His (God's) mouth,” uses various earthly persons to bring forth a prophetic message and its
adherents shall "hate the whore (the apostate satanic church), and shall make her desolate and naked
(expose her wickedness), and shall eat her flesh (take some of her members), and burn her with fire
(denounce her through the Holy Spirit).” (Rev. 17:16).

The final destruction of the Roman Catholic Church comes as Christ returns in glory to destroy those who
hate Him “with the brightness of His coming.” (2 Thess. 2:8). "Behold, I come as a thief (unannounced,
suddenly). Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his
shame. And He gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. And the
seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven,
from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a
great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so
great. And the great city (Jerusalem, the Christian Church) was divided into three parts (righteous,
unrighteous and lukewarm), and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance
before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath." (Rev. 16:15-19).

Based on the book of Daniel and the Revelation, V. T. Houteff has identified the Roman Catholic Church
as “Mystery, Babylon the Great" (Rev. 17:5). This mysterious woman is "drunken with the blood of the
saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus." (Rev. 7:16). This woman (church) has killed many
Christians who preached contrary to her doctrines.

This woman sits on seven mountains. "The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman
sitteth." (Rev. 17:9). Physically these are the famed seven hills of Rome. However, mountains are symbolic
of nations or denominations, see Is. 2:2. The seven heads of the scarlet-colored beast, referred to as
seven mountains, are the seven apostate churches that follow the papacy instead of the Bible.

This woman sits on many waters. "The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples,
and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." (Rev. 17:15). She is an international church that rules two-
thirds of the Christian people. The waters are also a symbol of the living waters of Christ's message. For
most of Christianity, she rules the understanding of Christ's and the Apostles' ministries. She deals in
merchandise and the souls of men. "The merchandise of gold, and silver ... and wheat, and beasts, and
sheep... and the souls of men." (Rev. 18:12,13).

Here is the prophecy of her sudden destruction. "For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath
remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double
according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled, fill to her double. How much hath she glorified
herself, and lived deliciously, so much sorrow and torment give her: for she hath said in her heart, I sit a
queen, and am 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. 18:5-8).

The church is widow of Christ, and while we may rejoice in His eventual return, we should not do so in a
setting of great affluence. Our riches should be spent in bringing the message of Christ to the remaining
two-thirds of the earth's population, non-Christians who have not heard the gospel.

Every Branch Davidian should find the foregoing explanation simple because of the message of V. T.
Houteff. But it isn't quite that simple. As Houteff has told you for every truth there is a satanic counterfeit.
Additionally, every satanic counterfeit is designed to conceal a truth. (See No. 45, "Satanic Counterfeits.")

The prophecies of Mystery, Babylon the Great, also loosely fit the Holy Ghost, the final prophet of the
gathering. (Please see No. 22, “The Holy Family” to understand why I call the Holy Ghost “she.”) She will
also sit on seven heads which are mountains, the seven God-fearing Bible feast keeping churches of
God's Kingdom. She will also have an international organization, and the many waters she controls are
not only the messages of the New Testament, but also the explanations of the Old Testament found in the
work of Houteff, White, the Rodens and this message. She will also deal in merchandise as she tirelessly
promotes the products of the growing Kingdom of God. And as our judge, she will deal in the souls of
men. So you will see two great international religious organizations each accusing the other of being
Mystery, The Whore of Babylon. This also is part of the great delusion. On the surface of things, it is
easier to believe that a woman is a whore than a group of seemingly pious old men.

Amo Paul Bishop Roden
THE GREAT DELUSION