1 ¶ And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. 3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
From the time of the Emperor Vespasian, in the era of the fall of Jerusalem to and destruction of the temple by his son and general and future emperor Titus, there are coins still existing that show the goddess Roma as a woman seated on seven hills. Rome, as an entity, spiritual or temporal, spiritual or political, has existed from the eighth century BC onward and exists now as the Roman Catholic Church.
The Pope represents the ancient Emperor, the Cardinals the Senate, on down to the Priests representing the lowest level magistrates of Rome. The ancient pagan title of chief of priests the pontifex maximus is the Pope’s title now as Supreme Pontiff.
Jerusalem has also said to be a city set on seven hills.(19)
The rulers of the earth have committed spiritual fornication with this mystery and the people of the earth have been made drunk with it. The imagery is stark. The woman rides the beast, is decked with scarlet and purple, and adorned with gold and precious stones. She is wealthy and regal. Mystery means that what she is really is hidden and unknown although only thinly so.
1Corinthians 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
The essence of the Babylonian impulse in is idolatrous ecumenism, hypocritical double-standards, and a union of church and state. From Babylon’s earliest manifestation in the Bible we have the desire to unite the people of the earth in assailing heaven in opposition to God.
Genesis 11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
Babel, or Babylon, same word, means, according to Strong’s dictionary, “confusion by mixing.” Babylonian type religion is the source of all religious corruption, bringing the defiled together with the pure, bringing error together with truth, all for a purpose not in God’s directive will.
Worldwide conferences of religion where every religious impulse is glorified as an aspiration on the part of man to the divine even if they are completely against the standards laid down by the God of the Bible are an example of this. The ecumenical Babylonian says, “it’s all good,” and, “it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you believe in something.” God defines religion very carefully in the Bible, giving us the proper expression of our faith.
James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
He shows us the proof of our indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
…and He shows us that there is only one truth and that is Christ.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
The embracing of any spiritual desire of man, no matter where it leads him, is an example of this neo-pagan ecumenism, this Babylonian impulse in unregenerate man. They will say, “we are all God’s children,” when in reality…
John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
As Peter acknowledged….
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Jesus remarks about this woman mixing in leaven, or corruption, in three measures of meal until the whole was corrupted in a warning. Could this refer to the three main branches of Christianity; Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestantism, mixing in pagan and secular with worship?
Matthew 13:33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
Luke 12:1 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
The Vatican in Rome embraces this corruption when they embrace other religions as being God-acknowledged “aspirations to the divine,” and criticizes people of wealth while it is incredibly wealthy and criticizes building walls to protect a nation when it’s administrative center is also protected in a likewise manner. The Protestant fundamentalist embraces this corruption when he insists you have to long for a time in America’s history that never existed where citizens were faithful, church-going Christians who lived right and pure before God and loved their fellow man and that one political party has a lock on God’s approval simply because it’s candidates say, “God,” every other sentence. The Protestant mainline church embraces this Babylonian mixture when it says that it is okay for someone who rejects God’s standards of morality to be a priest in their denomination.
The uniting point of all of these faith traditions is that the church can make it up as it goes along and God, or the God they have created in their minds, must accept what the people decide, the Laodicean, or people judge, church. To these wicked religionists God’s word was only given by inspiration at one time in history and He was unable to preserve it. God’s word to them is of no more importance to them than their traditions, fears, cultural preferences, bigotry, or worship of self.
Under the power and authority of the beast who is under the power and authority of Satan, they will slaughter believers who come to God with an open heart desiring to be taught by the Holy Spirit, and eventually demand that the believer reject Christ or die. This is the eventual outcome of all human-centered religion; Christian, Muslim, Jew, or other just as the culturally dominant and accepted form of Christianity in nineteenth century America led directly to the unbelief of the twentieth. As the Greek philosopher, Protagoras said, “Man is the measure of all things.” This Babylonian religion ultimately unites church and state in a humanistic combination that throughout history has proved most deadly and filled with the most error. Through the state man magnifies himself above God.
Babylonian religion claims to be of God but elevates man to His position. As Richard T. Ely, mentor and teacher of President Woodrow Wilson said,
Now, it may rationally be maintained that, if there is anything divine on earth, it is the State, the product of the same God-given instincts which led to the establishment of the Church and of the Family. It was once held that kings ruled by right divine, and in any widely accepted belief, though it be afterwards discredited, there is generally found a kernel of truth. In this case it was the divine right of the state.(20)
The false prophet who comes out of the earth in Revelation 13:11 looks like a lamb but speaks like a dragon. Until the beast declares that he himself is God this Mystery Babylon is most useful in bringing the world together under a one-world church and state tyranny, rejecting the Bible statements that Christ is the only way to God.
This Mystery Babylon will be responsible for blood of millions of martyrs shed by the beast who supports her as long as she is useful.
(19) Ernest L. Martin, “The Seven Hills of Jerusalem,” on Associates for Scriptural Knowledge, http://askelm.com/prophecy/p000201.htm. (updated February 1, 2000).
(20) Gary M. Pequet and Clifford M. Thies, “The Shaping of a Future President’s Economic Thought: Richard T. Ely and Woodrow Wilson at “The Hopkins,” The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy 15, no. 2 (Fall 2010): 262, 266. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost (accessed August 2, 2011).