|Revelation 18:3,11 |
3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown rich through the abundance of her delicacies."1
11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no one buys their merchandise any more.4
4 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no one buys their merchandise any more. The merchants are the preachers and priests in Babylon, (masquerading as ministers of righteousness, preaching make-believe Christianity), who have gotten rich charging for their false teachings, charging money, preaching for filthy lucre; the hired hands who speak lies in hypocrisy until their conscience was seared as though with a hot iron. At the time of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, the Roman sect owned 40% of all the property in Europe. To say that Christendom was rich, is an understatement; Christendom almost owned the whole word, but had lost its soul. Today, Christendom's sects are major stockholders in most exchanges. A single well-known American televangelist, who preaches the gospel of prosperity, in 2008 bragged that he was a billionaire, "walking in that a long time."