Janet Smith – April 13, 2017 ©gardenministries.org
This article starts with an excerpt from Mike Bickle regarding Revelation 17 http://mikebickle.org/resources:
Mike Bickle: “Revelation 17 is one of the most significant end-time prophecies. It gives insight into Satan’s strategy to deceive the nations. Satan wants to deceive the nations and put his systems in place. One of the reasons this is so significant for us to understand is that it will cause many Christians to fall away from their faith. I do not believe most will, but I believe many will. I believe it will be millions and millions. They will denounce Christ under the pressures of the oppression and under this seduction and temptation of the harlot system. They will not denounce Christ just because of pressure. They will denounce Christ because of the seductions of what the harlot Babylon system is offering the nations. It will appear very, very good on the front-end. While I believe there will be millions falling away, I believe there will be hundreds of millions coming to the Lord in the great harvest. I believe at the same time of the falling away will be the ingathering of souls in the great harvest. Two things are happening at the same time frame.
“The main message of Revelation 17 is easy to understand. The main themes are the seductive power and cruel persecution, along with the inevitable destruction of the harlot systems… The first [6 verses] of chapter 17 sets the stage and tells the main point spiritually where the seduction is going to be in the earth and how intense the seduction and the persecution will be. The main themes of chapter 17 are the seductive power and the cruel persecution, along with the inevitable destruction of the harlot systems. The main message of Revelation 17 is that the harlot system has seductive power. The nations will love it. They will rejoice in it, “This is amazing.” There will be economic prosperity; there will be total rampant immorality. […as in the days of Noah and Lot.] No moral absolutes at all, and it will all be under the banner of “God is pleased” and “Isn’t this wonderful?” There will be a temporary world peace at the same time. Many people will say, “Maybe this is the thing we have been praying for.” It is not. It is the counterfeit that will emerge first.
The counterfeit global prosperity, unity of the nations, world peace, and the counterfeit global justice movement will be led by the harlot Babylon system. Many believers, not most, but many millions will say, “This is what we have prayed for.” If they have even a foundational understanding in the Scripture, they will know this is the counterfeit, the deception. It will be very, very seductive in its power.
Revelation 17 tells us more. It will include cruel persecution. Though this religious system will be filled with humanitarian works and having gold and prosperity, they will be drunk with the blood of the saints. They will see the saints as the archenemy of global unity and prosperity. They will say, “That one group is saying this is of the devil. Though we have never had world unity at this level, we have never had world prosperity at this level, and we have never had more goodness happen, they keep saying it is of the devil. They are criminals of the state; they are enemies of society.” That is what the saints will look like to them.
The message is not just that the saints will experience cruel persecution and the nations will be seduced powerfully. There is also the inevitable destruction of these systems. [Isaiah 13,14; Jeremiah 50,51; Revelation 17,18] Meaning, the saints need to be steady because it is only a temporary exaltation of the harlot. This system will go down and forever be wiped off the face of the earth. It is only a temporary counterfeit. It is a real but counterfeit justice movement.” (end of Mike Bickle Revelation 17 excerpt)
Beware of hijacked empathy! Counterfeit justice movements make people our answer for the world’s ailments when only Jesus is, and always will be, the only answer of peace for the sin-sick soul. His Word is the gateway that leads to His heart of great compassion and care. Without seeking, accepting, and obeying what Jesus says, we cannot know Him. When the body and soul begin to suffer the consequences of rejecting Jesus and His Word, turning back to Jesus will bring us the peace we yearn for. Don’t let people, who are unwilling to receive the life of Jesus Christ as their answer, hijack your human empathy and make you their answer!
Beware! the Harlot!
In 1985, in Wichita KS, George Smith was laid up with 2 sprained ankles in casts, and had an open vision while lying on a couch praying. George was shown a sensually powerful, beautiful woman and then audibly heard the Lord speak to him in a tone that shook George. The Lord warned, “Beware! The Harlot!” “There’s coming to your nation a social, religious, and political system that will look so good that many of My people will be deceived by it.”
Even though George could clearly see that the woman was a prostitute, the Lord let him experience how powerful her force of sensual seduction would feel to people. George cried out to the Lord, “But God, she’s so beautiful!” and the Lord answered George saying, “That’s her power to deceive. That’s why many of My own people will buy into it.” George understood a lot of Christians misperceived it and thought it was God because it felt so good to their natural man nature and stimulated their soul. This lack of discernment between soul and spirit caused these Christians to think that this system was an answer to the prayers regarding the strife and conflict in our nation that happens between government and religion.
This harlot’s religious, political, and social system would appear to bring peace to these issues but would involve clear compromise and a departure from God’s Word. God has promised to restore His government by restoring the Prophets, Priests, and Kings. The harlot religion that George was shown will offer a counterfeit government to God’s government. Mike Bickle suggests that the counterfeit religious system of Mystery Babylon (The Harlot!) will be sent just ahead of or during God’s kingdom restoration of prophets, priests, and kings. This separation between the Bride and the Harlot reminds us of the striking contrast between the woman of Revelation 12 and the woman of Revelation 17 and provides a ripe backdrop for the prophesied coming Civil War in our Church and nation.
The Civil War in the Church
George first heard about the Civil War in the Church in 1977 when Jesus told him; “Even as the religious system of my day crucified me, so the religious system of your (George’s) day would attempt to crucify my Bride when she begins to emerge.” Jesus continued, “My Bride will be birthed in the midst of a Civil War.” George understood that Jesus was describing a war within the Church. George also understood one of the many beautiful paradoxes of God will play itself out during the Civil War in the Church: the very fire of accusation and persecution against Christ’s bride that occurs during the Civil War in the church will produce the very fire that God uses to refine and purify the heart of Christ’s Bride and qualify her to be his Bride.
During the Civil War, the Bride will not return in kind but will show the same heart as Jesus showed and taught in Luke 6:26-31, “Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets. 27 But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies; do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.” And I Peter 3:8, 9 “Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with a blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
We know from scripture that the harlot rides on and appears to dominate the beast or antichrist for a time. It’s important to know what the antichrist is doing underneath the harlot so we can see ahead to what is coming next.
The antichrist man
On August 14, 2016, in a dream encounter, Janet Smith was “introduced” to the antichrist man and was shown two representations of his physical and spiritual nature. [Note: the actual man may or may not actually look like what Janet was shown.] Janet was first shown the antichrist’s “humble-looking-facade.” He manifested as a slightly gaunt, physically attractive, vulnerable, spiritually sensitive, totally possessed with evil self-centered arrogance, yet somehow projected a safe-looking-shepherd type image. In this spiritual shepherd-looking representation, the antichrist had dark brown, softly flowing, shoulder-length, feathered hair and deep, dark brown eyes. He wore a long, flowing ecru-ivory colored robe and was “gentle” looking and handsome—almost pretty. Janet could feel his evil more than see it. He was still in his spiritual wilderness of preparation and was almost ready. He accepted that his gender was male. He was not tall, maybe 5’9” or so.
Coupled with his unassuming and vulnerable overall tone, his appearance communicated a romantically safe appeal. This was his power to spiritually seduce. He had a look of gentle humility that was not true. He relied on his outer beauty and false humility to spiritually attract. He was completely possessed but knew how to act and speak humbly for the purposes of seduction. This representation would especially appeal to spiritual seekers. Beneath this outer “look” of romantically gentle and vulnerable humility, his ultimate heart motive was to cruelly seduce for his own selfish gain. In contrast to Jesus Christ, the Great Shepherd who laid down His life for His sheep and who has already undeniably proven through the righteous fruit of the Holy Spirit He bears, that He is completely gentle and humble in heart, the antichrist’s hidden agenda and heart motive is violently self-centered and bears the ugly fruit of division and violent control. The antichrist will first appear for a time as sacrificial only to seduce and eventually turn and violently subjugate all those who follow him and worship him as their “savior.”
Then Janet was shown in the dream a 2nd representation of the antichrist. In this representation, the antichrist displayed a completely different side than his spiritual side. The second representation showed his “arrogantly-influential” social and commercial nature. He presented himself in this representation almost entirely based on being appealing to youth—especially the young, trend-seeking adults who sought what they considered as cool. In his self-confident arrogance, this antichrist representation was completely close-minded to anyone who differed in ideology from him and manifested complete, absolute, and exclusive rejection toward anyone who tried to counter, resist, add to or subtract from any of his ideologies, programs, agenda’s, or plans and purposes. He was intensely after commercial and materialistic wealth and was especially attracted to anyone who had the power to make, amass, and manage wealth.
The antichrist aggressively sought out and exclusively “accepted” only those who’s human mind’s and souls 100% agreed with and followed him and his ways. His physical form was the same in height as the first representation—not tall and not short, but this time he was bulkier in his body then he was in his first presentation. In this social and commercial representation, the antichrist’s dark brown hair was closely shaved on both sides of his head emphasizing his longer, top-and-center portion of hair that was swept up and softly folded to one side, almost like a longer Mohawk-style. [Note: The hairstyle Janet saw in the dream is, as of this article, currently a pop culture trend possibly pointing to a timing relevance. Is his time to be revealed coming soon?] This version of the antichrist had extravagantly manicured, very long, almost claw-like toenails and was especially proud of them as he specifically pointed them out to me as something he considered a thing of beauty. Even though he looked like a male, he utterly and completely rejected his exclusively male gender and presented himself as entirely genderless—being neither male or female—he considered himself androgynous. He had a look and feel of being both violently aggressive (perverted masculine) and effeminately victimized (perverted female).
Finally, Janet was shown in her dream what she thought at first to be a 3rd presentation of the antichrist but in the dream, a young child entered the room and saw what Janet was thinking and told her that this presentation was called “The Harlot.” The Harlot looked like the 2nd social and commercial representation of the antichrist and that was why Janet thought she was still being shown the antichrist. Once corrected by the child, Janet then reframed her language to call this presentation, “The Harlot.” In the dream, Janet saw The Harlot in a building that had a commercial retail front with a backroom space that had a large desk in it and a waiting area. The Harlot sat behind the large desk and had extravagantly long and manicured fingernails (much like the antichrist’s toenails). He was constantly looking back and forth for anyone seated in or passing through the waiting area who might be interested in and vulnerable toward trying out his offerings and his “wares.”
On his desk were piles of glittering, colorful chemicals. These were The Harlot’s offerings and wares. Once he found and seduced a vulnerable and interested human soul to agree to “just try” his offerings, and based on his knowledge of the chemicals various effects, the Harlot would instantly respond. First, he dipped his long fingernails into one or more of the chemical piles. Then he reached his chemically-laced fingernails over to his opposite forearm and punctured his own forearm’s skin to access his blood with which he mixed into the chemical. Once the chemical-blood mixture congealed, he would then point his fingernails at the accepting human soul and would shoot the chemical across the desk and into the human being producing instant ecstasy and instant addiction. (end of Janet’s dream)
These dreams and words are warnings to remind us that we are in a time of preparation for the end of the ages! We are to not grow weary during this vigorous season of preparation. If we faint not, we will be properly prepared for the coming changes, some of which will happen suddenly.
Just by way of reminder, here’s a checklist of good spiritual hygiene basics!
1. Follow the Way, the Truth, and the Life: Jesus
2. Seek to know and obey His Word and to wholeheartedly love Him
3. Trust the Holy Spirit to lead you in His paths of righteousness for His names sake
4. Beware of the fine sounding arguments that undermine the Word of God (the Bible)
5. Beware of undealt-with anger and offense that causes bitter roots and unforgiveness
6. Beware of hiding behind money, image, and things
7. Beware of isolating from others who hold fast to God’s Word and try to go it alone
8. Spend time in daily prayer and study of God’s word and minister heart-to-heart with God
9. Obey what you know God is saying to do
10. Learn how to use the sword of truth—the Word—that divides and discerns between soul and spirit
The religion of the spirit of antichrist rejects the cross and the Word of God and seeks to lead the human soul while a Christ-centered believer chooses to embrace the cross and holds fast to the Words of Life—to Jesus and the Bible and seeks to be led by the Spirit and not the soul (1 Timothy 3:1-17).
The MYSTERY Babylon harlot religion rides the beast. The harlot religion is offering yet another repackaged-as-new-looking way to avoid the crucified-with-Christ life that Jesus taught. Rather than deny self and die to self, we are now told to embrace self in all its brokenness and yes, even indulge self. The prostitute offers addictive, self-centered pleasures without the cost of commitment and without having to do the real work of real relationship. Faith without works is dead and Christ died for nothing if embracing self-centered idolatry and moral compromise is all we “get” from the extravagant price He paid for our freedom and healing from these very issues. Now, instead of accepting Christ’s cross-centered path toward inward transformation, the antichrist/harlot’s religion offers to keep us just as we are outwardly while we medicate our guilty consciences and invest in “inclusive-of-most” social justice work programs to feel better about ourselves.
“Inclusive” means that we must accept and excuse sexual immorality and idolatry through various food-based, chemically stimulating practices and methodologies. No surprise that those not included in this newly revamped form of “Christianity” are those who wholeheartedly engage in the struggle to hold fast to, believe, and obey God’s divine leadership as He expresses Himself to us through His holy and inspired Word—the Bible. The harlot and the antichrist’s “new angle” on “grace” gives their followers spiritual permission to gratify the cravings of the body through various self-centered practices, programs, chemicals, and foods in order to keep their focus on stimulating the natural life found in the body and soul rather than focusing on the Eternal Life of the Spirit in Christ.
Real Christianity means that we are to deny our self-centered ways, pick up our cross daily, and follow Christ! And if we are wondering if the real Christianity is working, all we have to do is to look at the fruit. The religious spirit cannot produce the lasting fruit of the Holy Spirit. All the so-called permission to sin and disobey God’s Word that false religions offer feels good in the moment, but doesn’t impart any lasting peace or rest because only a Christ-centered, death-to-self, walk with Jesus Christ promises to give us His fruit and then delivers it!
Those who accept Jesus Christ as the (only) Way, Truth, and Life and who accept God’s Word, and who believe that He means what He says and says what He means, will be led to repent and turn to God and come out of the spirit of the world called “Mystery Babylon.” True followers of Christ will reject all teachings of spiritual compromise—especially the teachings that condone sexual immorality and idolatry. While we may still be in a personal struggle of overcoming sexual immorality and addiction, by embracing the Word of God and by taking up our cross daily, holding fast to the Truth of Jesus Christ, we can trust that He is faithfully cleansing and delivering us from the spirit of the world and the struggles of our body and soul, and through it all, He is inwardly transforming us into His glorious image. It is this very process of being conformed into the image of God that delivers us from the god of image and the god of the stomach (Philippians 3:17-21).
The spirit of antichrist seeks to work its way into human beings and change them from a controlling, outside-in, image approach. Jesus, Who is far greater within us than he that is in the world, transforms us from an inside-out, love-based approach and makes us into His glorious image. And we know we belong to Jesus because we will by His unselfish nature, exercise sacrificial love toward others like He does. We will also desire and seek sexual purity and freedom from idolatry rather than being deceived by the fine sounding arguments that defend, excuse, promote, or indulge sexual immorality and idolatry.
The religious spirit drugs and seduces people into thinking that humans can cover themselves to appease their conscience or, if they believe God exists, to appease Him. Dead religion is man’s attempt to cover themselves with their own good ideas and conclusions when in fact, we fell short of this capacity way back at the beginning. In the garden, attempting to cover up their sin and deal with their guilty consciences using their own natural resources, Adam and Eve sewed fig leaves together to cover their nakedness. God stepped in and gave them a more suitable covering and sacrificed innocent blood to provide it, sending a direct message along with the bloody provision that their disobedience had cost innocent life.
The religious spirit undermines the Word of God in order to lessen people’s fears of eternal punishment and separation from God. Those who trust in the Lord and follow His commands have no need to be afraid of this.
The following are some thoughts from Bible Teacher, Dr. Chuck Missler (khouse.org):
Throughout the Bible, we see God’s love and grace freely available to all who will accept it. The entire Bible is a record of the extremes God has gone to in order to allow us to avoid the destiny of our fallen state.
“No, God, I do not want to love you” and “I want to run things my own way.”
God’s 3 alternatives to willful sin and disobedience:
• He can indulge it and allow it to go on forever; which means the cruelty, the suffering, and the pain can go on and on
• He can force man into automaton, but true love cannot be forced
• He can withdraw Himself (see “spiritual death” below)
Two Deaths: Physical and Spiritual
Physical death is the separation of the soul from the body
Spiritual death (the “second death”) is the separation of the soul from the Spirit of God Himself (Jude, Rev. 2:11; 20:6,14; 21:8]
It is we ourselves who choose whether God will judge us.
It is we ourselves who decide either to accept or refuse His grace, love, and forgiveness.
It is we ourselves who choose everlasting life—or everlasting death.
(end of Dr. Missler’s comments)
1 John 1:5-10 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.