The Gates Of Hell
aving repeatedly asserted the prophetic revelation the so-called “Church” is in view in the colorful description of the second beast of Revelation 13 (also known as the False Prophet, the one who looks like a lamb), I regularly encounter believers who counter with Christ’s statement that the “Gates Of Hell” will not prevail against His church:
“Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).
Like Satan quoting Scripture to the LORD on the famous pinnacle, such believers are themselves speaking “as a dragon” (Revelation 13:11), when they seek to contradict the truth of the identification -- so they are missing a crucial prophetic connection. However, for the sake of those who have ears to hear, the elements of the LORD’s assertion are most enlightening. Indeed, it’s not an accident that He used the phrase the Gates of Hell, when He could just as easily have said “the Devil shall not prevail,” or “evil shall not prevail,” or something similar.
Just as we’ve repeatedly identified the Spirit inhabiting the Antichrist beast – the first beast of Revelation – as that of Death, we have consistently identified the Spirit of the False Prophet with Hell. These are important supernatural distinctions which are consistent with the proper names Death and Hell– monikers that are categorically stated to be the names of the entities driving the Pale Horse of Revelation 6:
“And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him” (Revelation 6:8).
On a side note, this verse is a classic example of why the verbal equivalency translation technique utilized in the King James Version is so crucial, for we note how the text is not only linguistically structured in a way that includes both names as prevalent in the Pale Horse sequence, their names are actually capitalized – which is a grammatical requirement for all proper names.
Although those “believers” who are taught the prophet’s words must have physical, or literal fulfillment (what the scholars call “historical-literal”), the mystical association of the religious beast with the Spirit of Hell is not limited to Revelation. For example, when Jesus was reproaching the religious crowd, He also linked Hell to the priesthood:
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte [convert], and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves” (Matthew 23:15).
In previous essays, broadcasts, books, and videos, I have shown how the Spirit of Hell is associated with torment, captivity, deception, and a state of Spiritual unrest (Luke 11:24). It is, however, distinct from the Spirit of Death, and this is an important understanding. For example, when the Gadarenemadman with unclean Spirits within him ran into Jesus, the devils pleaded with Christ not to torment them:
“When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not” (Luke 8:28).
Likewise, the rich man who goes to Hell pleaded with Abraham for relief, when he found himself in torment:
“And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments…And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me….for I am tormented in this flame” (Luke 16:24).
Conclusively, in Revelation’s vivid imagery of two vicious and violent factions, one of the two is also linked with torment, and the text specifically states that it is not associated with Death, as these Hellish Spiritual entities are not given the authority to kill:
“And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man” (Revelation 9: 3, 5).
In fact, once the veil is lifted from the eyes of those programmed by the deceiving spirits (I Peter 1:9), and the glorious Gospel of Christ shines the truth to their thirsty souls (II Corinthians 4:6), the supernatural dimension of the heavenly architecture can come into focus. Unfortunately, the deceived believers who are stranded in the Babylon of the “Church,” are being held captive in a Spiritual place which is not the body of believers Christ said was impervious to the Gates of Hell.
The so called “Church” (note the capital C denoting a proper noun) where the “believers” are, is metaphorically named Babylon, so it’s not surprising to learn the word Babel originates with “Bab,” meaning Gate, and “El,” meaning God. Literally, Babel means Gateway To God, or Heaven’s Gate. These connections are not theoretical, for thousands of year ago the Sumerians rendered the name “Ka-Dinger” (gateway to God), while the Accadianstranslated it as Bab-ilu.
Although the ancient religionists identified Babylon as Heaven’s Gate, Jesus Christ accurately referenced it as the enemy of His true assembly (the meaning of the lower case word church), and said those who are genuinely in Him will not be found in the “Babylon” embodied by the power He described as The Gates Of Hell. However, the Scriptures tell us this Babylon will prevail against the “Church,” the one defined by the Spirit of the False Prophet, and the torment in the text clearly connects it to the Gates Of Hell:
“Her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her…And the kings of the earth …Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city!” (Revelation 18: 5, 7, 9, 10).
This describes the Spiritual fate of millions who, believing they’re saved, abide in the physical manifestation of the “Church” – incorporated in harlotries – as they refuse to obey the LORD’s directive to come out of her, and come unto Christ in His kingdom.
“Behold, the Kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21).
-- James Lloyd
The LORD has chosen this ministry to declare things which are destined to be widely rejected by this evil generation – and the sad truth is, those who will not hear us largely consist of the existing Christian body – a group which desperately needs to turn away from the false prophets who continue to deceive them. The fact that we already know vast numbers of believers will not hear this call does not change our mission. An overview of Bible Prophecy, and where we are now is found in the James Lloyd book, AMERICAN BABYLON.