Judgment Begins With the House of God

Reader's Comment:

I recently came across your site last week and recognized some quotes taken from Robert King's site as well as the book "Jehovah himself has Become King". I had always had a slight intuition that the coming New World Order would lead into great tribulation. But what really got me was seeing how so many times not only does the judgement begin with God's house but even the nature of those judgments. He did after all discipline his ancient people, so why wouldn't he do a similar thing in our time?

But that all aside, what I really want to say is that the manner more or less of how the future will really unfold is the key. We know that the great tribulation will be something that has never before happened in history, but its when you consider what will make it so difficult and a true test.

My initial response, via email, to this was the following:

As for the "New World Order," the idea is actually a rather old one. In fact, it's as old as the original rebellion in the Garden of Eden when Satan tried to take over rulership of God's creation. And that's what it's all about, even today. As the king of the north eventually overtakes the king of the south and the UN aligns with the man of lawlessness...it's all about control. If, however you [are] referring to the symbolism and mysticism associated with the illuminati and things of that nature, well, the king of the north is going to ban all religion (which will happen really early on in the time of the end, as will be explained in the next article we are going to publish on prophecy). Once that happens, all of the "deep things of Satan" will be reduced to nothing (Revelation 2:24; 14:8; 18:1-24), except for the final beast. Once the UN takes over, it will demand to be worshiped as the last vestige of false religion. Once the 8th king is done away with, then the destruction of Babylon the great [will be complete].

However, I would like to make some additions to this comment. Some of this will almost certainly be covered in our next paper covering Revelation, but there may be some confusion on how exactly “judgment begins with the house of God” if Babylon falls before the judgment against God’s people takes place.

Revelation 17:12-18 mentions 10 kings that receive authority with the wild beast for one hour. We discussed in The Time of the End that it is the UN that has authority with the king of the north for one hour until (that is, a short time) before defeating the king of the north and eventually stepping into its place. The UN is symbolized by 10 kings, 10 representing earthly completeness or fullness. In this context, 10 kings represents all the world’s nations or governments. In other words, since the UN supposedly represents all the nations of the world currently, the Bible uses that notion to symbolize the UN by 10 kings.

At Revelation 17:16-17, it says the following:

And the ten horns [representing ten kings] that you saw and the wild beast, these will hate the prostitute and will make her devastated and naked, and they will eat up her flesh and completely burn her with fire. For God put it into their hearts to carry out his though, yes, to carry out their one thought by giving their kingdom to the wild beast, until the words of God will have been accomplished

At Revelation 18, beginning in the 2nd verse, once the prostitute has been devastated, it says “She has fallen! Babylon the Great has fallen, and she has become a dwelling place of demons and a place where every unclean spirit and every unclean and hated bird lurks!”

As we mentioned in The Time of the End, the continued existence of Babylon the Great indicates that the fall is separate from the destruction. Remember that the UN, in power as the 8th king, will demand to be worshiped. It is not until the 8th king is removed from power that Babylon the Great will be destroyed.

So the question, if judgment begins with the house of God, then how is it that Revelation 18 also speaks of Jehovah’s judgment of Babylon the Great when she falls, if judgment has not even come upon Jehovah’s Witnesses yet?

There are two points to address here. The first is that the judgments spoken of in the later verses of Revelation 18 are set in a future time from when the proclamation is made that Babylon has fallen. Remember that after her fall, Babylon the Great still exists. That is why the call is made to “get out of her, my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins.” (Revelation 18:4) Notice how Revelation 18:21 – 24 describes the results of Jehovah’s judgment as being a future event. Specifically at Revelation 18:21, the angel states, “Thus with a swift pitch will [future tense] Babylon the great city be hurled down, and she will never be found again.”

Of course, the actions that are a result of Jehovah’s judgement against Babylon the Great are separate from the the judgment itself, so we still need to address the actual judgment. When the man of lawlessness makes an alliance with the UN, it will constitute a rejection of Christ’s rulership, as God’s kingdom will at that point already have been established. It is the point at which Jehovah’s Witnesses reject God’s anointed King that Jehovah also rejects them (as an organization, not individually), the same as it was back in the 1st century when the Jews rejected the Messiah. Thus, the judgment against Babylon the Great will begin with her most wicked member: the Organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

There is another, more poignant way in which judgement begins with the house of God, though. In the article The Time of the End, We mentioned that Jehovah’s Witnesses will be first in line to receive the mark of the beast when the UN sweeps away the man of lawlessness and demands allegiance from Jehovah’s Witnesses. Eventually, however, the UN will spread its wings and demand all people of the earth to worship it, thus opening up the mark of the beast to the people of the nations. Thus, Jehovah’s Witnesses will be first in line to receive the mark, which will culminate in the destruction of the Organization along with the rest of Babylon the Great at Armageddon.