After examining the different denominations and churches, we find that the apostolic church was the purest church that ever existed. But Paul stated that, at his time, the devil started to pollute the pure church “mystery of iniquity doth already work” and the “man of sin” will be revealed (2 Thess. 2:3-8). The church fell away during the Dark Ages when it persecuted the saints and banned the Bible.
Today, there are many denominations that claim to be God’s true church, yet they differ widely in biblical interpretation, faith, and practice. How can we locate God’s true church?
We can be thankful that Jesus has solved this dilemma for us by describing His end time church in such detail that we can easily identify it. That description is found clearly in book of Revelation chapters 12 and 14.
“And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 12:17).
The true church or the saints will:
- Have the Faith of Jesus.
- Keep the Commandments of God (including the seventh day Sabbath of the fourth commandment-Ex. 20:8-11).
- Have the Testimony of Jesus Christ (“for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” Rev. 19:10).
Jesus recognizes His children who are in Babylon (unfaithful churches) “Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (Jn. 10:16, 27).
Jesus is calling His faithful children from all fallen denominations “Come out of her [Babylon], my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities” (Rev. 18:4, 5). Jesus promises that His people who are yet in Babylon will hear and recognize His voice and come out to safety.
In His service,