James David Malm
In Jeremiah 5 in verse 30, Jeremiah recorded that God said to him, “A wonderful and horrible thing is committed
in the land; the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and
what will ye do in the end thereof?” “The prophets prophecy falsely and the priests bear rule by their means”.
What does this mean? If we looked at Strong’s Concordance Word Number 3027, we see that the word means refers to presumptuously
or with strength. So, the priests bear rule presumptuously and with strength or power dominating the people. God says is a
wonderful and horrible thing, or in the marginal rendering, this is an astonishment and filthiness. “The prophets prophesy
falsely, the priests bear rule by their means, and my people love to have it so”.
Why do people like to be dominated? Why do they like to be controlled? Why do they like to hear the pleasant
things? Is it not because they had been taught to be this way? They had been taught to fear the human authority over them.
They had been taught to believe that some man comes between them and God, that there is an intercessor, a mediator between
man and God. And when people really believe this, when they believe that a man comes between them and God, that a man has
the power to keep them out of God’s Kingdom, to keep them out of eternity, to keep them out of heaven or the paradise
of God, to prevent them from the being in the resurrection, when people really believe that, then this person has power, a
real power, over those who believe such a thing.
And if the people believe that this person has the power to consign them to the second death, to consign them
to the lake of fire, or some teach to an ever burning eternal torment, then that is real power. The people are enslaved with
chains around their minds and around their spirit far more powerful, far stronger, far harder to break than any chains around
their hands and feet. This talk today is going to be about the means of control of the people by religion and by government
from the days of ancient Rome until today.
In the ancient Roman Empire, the emperor was supreme. He had a huge area of land populated
by many different peoples, and societies, and religions, and cultures, and there was a problem of controlling all those different
people. Somebody over in Britain might say, “I don't like the policies of Rome and I want independence”. And
while the emperor was fighting in Britain, somebody might say the same thing in Bulgaria, and there was constant strife, constant
upheaval, constant uprisings, and friction, and confusion, and the emperor had a headache.
The price of his empire was worry and stress, and he had a real problem maintaining his position and maintaining
the empire. And then he began to notice that every culture, every society had their gods. And the people respected their gods,
they worship their gods, they looked up to those gods, and each of these gods had their priests. And the priest had the respect
of the people by teaching the people about this particular god, and by using his position as a priest of this particular god.
And setting himself between the people and the god, the priest had great respect and great authority over the people.
Now Rome as an empire had many cultures and many gods. And it became very clear to the emperor that the way to
power, the source of real power, lay in becoming a god. So, the emperor declared himself a god, or had the Senate proclaim
him a god. This was not a difficult thing to do because he would just be one of many gods. Every culture respected the gods
of other cultures and acknowledged their existence. One more wouldn’t make a whole lot of difference to the people,
but it would make a lot of difference to the emperor. If he was a god, people would not dare to rebel against him. He would
have that added degree of respect, the added degree of authority, and the added power of the superstition of the people.
So, the emperor declared himself to be a god. And this helps smooth out the affairs of the empire until the empire
began to include the Jews in Judea. They did not acknowledge any other god as being a God. However, they tended to keep to
themselves lest they'd be rendered unclean by the Gentiles; and except for commercial ventures, could pretty much be trusted
to keep to themselves. So, this was not a major problem until a person named Jesus Christ came on the scene. And He commanded
his followers in Matthew 28:19, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and
of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with
you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen”.
Now Jesus commanded his followers to go out and spread the word, to evangelize, to teach all nations that the
eternal was God, and that Jesus Christ was his son. To teach all nations to observe all the commandments of God and to teach
all nations that there was only one God, one only, the Eternal Father, and the Son. This was a real problem for Rome. As these
people went out preaching, a certain man named Saul went out, and he toured through Greece and Asia Minor and ended up in
Rome. And it was said of him and those with him: that he turned the whole world upside down. And that is exactly what he did.
He taught there was no god but God, and the emperor was not it,
and neither were any of these other gods.
Suddenly the whole empire was turned upside down because the very foundation of power, the foundation of authority,
the basis of the authority of the emperor was being challenged. This could not be tolerated and persecutions began. Not because
these people were some sort of monsters or they were evil, or they did all kinds of wicked things, but because their teachings
about God and about the Eternal Being, the only God, set the entire Roman empire back on its heels, undercut the foundations
of the authority of the empire, and made it extremely difficult for him to maintain order in the empire as people began to
think, “Well if he's not God, then maybe I can get independence or maybe I can challenge this law or that law, or
challenge the rulings on this or that, or rebel, or rise up in some way”.
And the Roman Empire was shaken. Now over a period of time the degree of persecution rose and fell according
to the inclinations of the various emperors that came along. However, by a certain time; during the of fourth century
A.D., a man named Constantine sought the throne of Rome. This man Constantine is purported to have seen a vision of a cross,
and hearing the words "in this sign conquer". Since that time, it has been suggested and thought that this was the
sign of the cross, and it was Christianity, and he was being converted to Christianity. Nothing could be further from
The cross is simply the same thing as the letter “t”. Go to your paper and write the letter “t”
in English and you will find that it is a cross. And the letter “t” stood in the mind of Constantine who was a
sun worshiper, for the high priest of the sun god; Tammuz. The letter “t” stood for Tammuz. Tammuz was the originator of the
worship of the sun. People who worship the sun will tell you, “We do not worship the sun. The sun is merely a symbol.
It is a symbol of the light bringer”. And the first high priest of this religion, the first teacher of this religion,
the originator of this religion was a man named Tammuz. Tammuz was high priest to the Sun god and the Sun god is only a symbol
for the uninitiated, and the initiated know that the sun is merely a representation of the light bringer Lucifer.
Lucifer, the being who rebelled against God and who became his adversary and was renamed Satan, the adversary.
Lucifer, the god of this world, who deceives the whole world, used as his symbol the sun, because his original name Lucifer
meant “the light bringer”. Now Constantine worshipped the sun. He was a sun worshiper, but being initiated into
the highest levels of the hidden mysteries, he was a Satan worshiper, a Lucifer worshiper. The sun was the symbol of his god
and the letter “t” or the cross was the symbol of the origionator of and high priest of the sun god;
Tammuz. In fact the cross was not and has never been the symbol of Christianity. The cross has always been a symbol of the
religion of sun worship and of Tammuz.
The cross was later adopted by certain elements within the religion of Rome and accepted and labeled as Christian,
but it was not Christian. It is simply relabeled as Christian and has been used to help deceive people into the religion of
sun worship. Now Constantine conquered his opposition and assumed the leadership of the Roman Empire in the name of Tammuz,
the high priest of the Sun god. And he worshipped the sun until the day of his death; continuing to cast coins throughout
this reign dedicated to Sol Invictus, the Invincible Sun. Constantine realized that he had a problem on his hands. The so-called
Christians were turning the foundation of the empire upside down. And the more that were killed, the more were converted
to that belief. So, that on many occasions the actual executioners were convicted and converted by the example of their victims.
And it was just impossible to control this new sect. So, Constantine did the one thing that is often done throughout
history, “if you can't beat them join them”. And he had a conference with Sylvester, Bishop of Rome and they
reached a compromise.
The Bishop of Rome would teach that the Emperor was not God but that he was the choice of
God, the personal choice of God, that God backed him up, that God put him on the throne, and that anyone who disobeyed --
who disobeys the emperor was disobeying God, and anyone who challenged the Emperor was challenging God, and that the Emperor
was backed up and had his authority from God.
Thus making Constatine the very first "HOLY" Roman Emperor.
as proof of that, he, the Bishop of Rome as high priest, would crown and anoint the Emperor thus demonstrating to people that
the Emperor had the backing of God. What was in this for the Bishop of Rome? Why; he was made the Head of all the bishops,
the head of the church, and his church was made the official religion of the empire And the papacy was born.
Now certain problems arose. If he was the official religious leader and the Head of the official religion of the empire,
all the other little groups didn't like that idea. So, he had to convince them to join with him and to become part of
the official religion.
How was this to be done? He went and he took their beliefs, their choice prized beliefs such as their annual festivals
like the Saturnalia, which was the birthday of the Sun god. And simply re-label this the birthday of, the Son of God;
and placed a Christian veneer upon it, relabeling this festival Christian, in this case Christmas. He did this with the other
festivals as well such as the Bacchanalia and the May Day and so on.
These changes had to be justified amongst
the existing Christian community.
And how was that to be done? The bishops got together and they racked their brains and came up with the
Primacy of Peter doctrine stating that Peter was given all authority from God regarding things on the earth to make whatever decisions they
wanted, and what they were doing was in the best interests of the church, because it was bringing in millions of converts
[who weren’t really converted, but they were joining the church], officially becoming a part of the church. The church
was becoming a force to be reckoned with within the empire, a power, and this justified the means.
So, they took the “ends justifies the means” approach and used the Primacy of Peter heresy as the
foundation. To make sure that the church and the Bishop of Rome would cooperate, Constantine called the Council of Nicea and
there he commanded that all the bishops would now observe the venerable day of the Invincible Sun and would no longer observe
the Biblical Sabbath, which runs from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday on the grounds that it was Jewish. Constantine wanted
the people to worship on the day of the sun. So, he passed an edict that all people would worship on the day of the Invincible
Sun. And this edict by the Emperor and the Bishop of Rome was to be enforced by the power of Rome, the armies and police of
the Roman Empire.
And so it came about that, what was once the Christian church, which followed the teachings of Jesus Christ and
obeyed the commandments of Almighty God, was perverted and seduced away from the teachings of God. Now the Primacy of Peter
doctrine, which elevated the leader of the church above the word of God and empowered him to make any decision to bind anything
or to loose anything, as he saw fit and for his own benefit, and the benefit of his institution and his organization. This
resulted in the substitution of his own opinions, and the traditions of his Church; for the word of God.
This exalted this man above God's word and set him up as judge of God's word, and in so doing, by being
a judge of what God said, he set himself up over God, he exalted himself above Almighty God. Now for these people things worked
pretty well for the next few hundred years until a certain British King became more concerned with his own reproductive needs
than he was about the authority of Rome. And he decided that he would make just as good a Pope as the Pope in Rome was, so
he declared an English church with an English leader. He declared that the Crowned head of England, the King or the Queen
would be the Head of the Church of England, and that they would divorce from the Vatican because the Vatican would not grant
him the divorce he wanted.
This set in motion a series of wars between Catholics and Anglicans in Britain and also a series of reformers
within the Roman church. Many heroic personalities began to teach in the Roman church about the need for justice and judgment
and the weightier matters of the law, and that the authority of the leader of the church was being carried too far. Other
people like Cromwell fought the power of Kings to gain for us the advantages of religious freedom that we possess in our nations
today. And while we have many legal freedoms, there is still the matter of freedom of the mind, freedom of conscience, and
freedom of spirit.
And again, the individual who believes that anyone can stand between themselves and God, and honestly believes
that another human being can keep him out of God’s Kingdom, can prevent him from being in the resurrection to life,
and can consign him to the second death; has made a god of that person or group. If someone really believes that, then the
person he believes in; has total complete ultimate power over him, and has an authority which belongs only to our Creator,
only to Almighty God, for we shall be judged by His word and only He will decide whether we are righteous or not. Only He
will decide whether we may enter His Kingdom or not.
There is no mediator between man and God except Jesus Christ. There is no intercessor between man and God except
Jesus Christ. You know the Scriptures, you know these words, if you don’t, get a good concordance and look them up.
Intercessor and mediator, there is none between man and God, only Jesus Christ. Paul tells us in Romans 8 and verse 35, “Who
shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril,
As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors for him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor death, nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”.
Consider he says, “Neither powers, nor principalities, nor things present nor things to come can separate
us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”. The term powers and principalities refers to prophets and
apostles and Popes and Kings and none of them; none whatsoever can come between us and the love of God and his Christ, unless
we allow them to do so, unless we allow them to come between us and God, unless we choose to follow them without checking
and testing whether they be of God and from God and whether their words are consistent with the word of God.
No, Peter did not have the power to change God's word. And no man before or since has such power. The
Bible contains the laws of God, which are the means by which order will be maintained, the weak and innocent will be protected,
and the means by which peaceful harmonious relationships between men, between each other, and between men and God will be
maintained. The Holy Bible is the Constitution of the coming Kingdom of God. It is the basic law, the foundation upon which
the Kingdom is built. No man has the right to try and tamper with that, has a right to decide to change that, has the right
to decide for himself what must be bound and obeyed, and what may be ignored.
This is the basic law, the Constitution of the Kingdom of God. It is God, who is the king. It is his law and
none of his subjects has the right to question that law or God's authority because He is ourheavenly Father.
And the creation is never greater than the Creator, and the children are never greater than their Father. Why then do people
love to be dominated and controlled? Why then, as God said to Jeremiah, do the people love to have it so?
First, because they are taught that that is the way things should be. Second, because like the people of Israel
in the days of Moses, they are afraid. They said, “Moses, you go and speak to God for us because we are very afraid”.
And people are afraid today. They are afraid of making mistakes; they are afraid that they can't understand, they are
afraid, and they lack faith that God can lead them into the truth, that God’s Spirit will lead them into the truth.
Yes of course mistakes will be made, but the righteous man gets back up and dusts himself off, and carries on with the journey
Do not ever be afraid to try and learn. If we were all afraid to try as children, we would have never learned
to walk. And the same is true spiritually speaking. If we are afraid to study, afraid to think, afraid to trust God, we will
never develop and learn spiritual things. People want to be controlled. They want to be told what to do because they're
afraid, because they are taught to be that way, and because they are naturally involved in their own physical lives, and they're
spiritually lazy, and they don't want to be bothered with checking things out, and studying and making the effort.
And I tell you, God is looking around for people who are willing to make the effort. And those are the people
He will bring into His Kingdom, people who care enough to try, people who care enough to make the effort. Read the Parables
of the Pounds and the Talents, remember the lessons there; that people who bury their talent, people who don't try, people
who don't care, people who are content to be spoon-fed, and told what they should think and do, those people will have
their pound, their talent taken away from them and given to somebody else who will do something with it, who will make an
just love to be told what to do, because that is the easy way. That is the way that requires a minimum effort, and they figured
they’ve got it made if they just do what they're told. Well, I tell you, it doesn't work that way. You have
to do what God tells you. And to find out what God tells you, you have to make the effort to check it out, look it up, study,
pray and learn, and not just rely on what some other person tells you because human beings make mistakes. They really do.
We all do. Put your trust in God. Do not put your trust in men. And if you put your trust in God even though you yourself
may make mistakes, God will lift you up, and He will help you, and you will make it right through to the very end.