|Revelation 17:1-5 |
1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, "Come here; I will show to you the judgment of the great whore who sits upon many waters;1
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."2[The wine of her fornication is the false promise of living in lusts and pride with no consequence of the fury of God. As Paul also predicted: "For the time will come when men will not endure sound doctrine, but they will heap [accumulate in piles] to themselves teachers after their own lusts, who will say what their itching ears want to hear; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and will be turned to fables." 2 Tim 4:3-4. The whole world has been turned to the false-church whore's fables that teach men to live with no fear of God and to ignore all laws, the requirements of holiness, and the necessities of repentance — being drunk on the sweet wine of the whore's assurances that they are greatly favored by God and on their way to heaven, despite their indulgences in sin.]
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet colored beast, full of many names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.3
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication.
5 And upon her forehead was a name written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.4
4 And upon her forehead was a name written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH: the Whore of Babylon, sitting on the beast with many names. This is the false church that sold her body to the world, mixing herself with the world, embracing the pride, greed, pleasures, envies, wars — pretending to be the pure bride of Christ. How is she a whore? Proverbs tells us: She naively embraces evil, and knows nothing. She promises understanding, but gives nothing but lies. She shares her bed with the world; embracing possessions, wealth, covetousness, power, sexual pleasures, elegant furnishing, pride, an overabundance of food, much idleness, prestigious clothing, grand buildings like castles, etc. She promises you wisdom, understanding, God's approval, and eternal life — without any requirements of change in your life, without any discipline, without any reform, without any restraint of your lusts and passions — all she asks is your loyalty and financial support. Give her that, and she will assure you that you are one of God's favorites, destined for wealth, on your way to heaven, and with no need to do anything except celebrate your salvation. But all her promises are like the lying promises of a whore, which she is, constantly committing adultery with the world. But she is grand, arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. She lives in magnificent buildings, richly furnished, with music, choirs, music directors, organs, rock and roll bands, candelabras, chandeliers, beamed ceilings, stone archways, stained glass windows, entertainments, food, social gatherings, people dressed in rich clothing, etc. This whore and her whore master, the beast with horns like a lamb and many names of blasphemy, tells you that Jesus loves you just like you are: a slave to sin; it doesn't matter, he will be your excuse, you need do nothing except go through a few rituals and ceremonies periodically. No need to change your heart, no need to repent, no need to give to the poor — give to her, so she can maintain her rich lifestyle and make you proud to be a member of her prestigious, admired-by-the-world assembly. Babylon means confusion, and confusion has veiled the true hope and faith from being realized, substituting ritual and a form of godliness without power, to supposedly justify and excuse continuing to live in sin, in enmity to God. From the Word of the Lord within: "Babylon the great: aggrandizement of self."
Isaac Penington's BABYLON THE GREAT DESCRIBED, THE CITY OF CONFUSION, IN EVERY PART WHERE ANTICHRIST REIGNS is available for reading on this site, and it is in amazing detail, yielding complete understanding of the false church, the Whore, and her ways.