|Revelation 17 |
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 however they please, 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
6 And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus; and when I saw her, I wondered with great amazement.5
7 And the angel said to me, "Why do you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast who carries her, which has the seven heads and ten horns.
8 The beast that you saw was, and is not; and will ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition; and those who dwell on the earth will wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
9 And here is the mind that has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits.6
10 And there are seven kings. Five are fallen, and one is, and the other is yet to come; and when he comes, he must continue a short space.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goes into perdition.
12 And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings for one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and will give their power and strength to the beast.
14 These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them. For he is Lord of lords, and King of kings; and those who are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful."
15 And he said to me, "The waters that you saw, where the whore sits, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and languages. [In this verse the Greek word for tongues or languages, (glwssai <1100>) is the same word used throughout 1 Cor 14 that speaks about the gift of tongues or languages. Clearly the whore sits on the world of languages, not supposed heavenly tongues; clearly the gift of tongues or languages also speaks of the different languages of the world.
16 And the ten horns that you saw upon the beast, these will hate the whore, and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
17 For God has put it in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled.
18 And the woman that you saw is that great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth."
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1 The whore sits on many waters. The waters are the many tongues, peoples, and nations of the earth. The whore [the false church] sits atop of them. The whore is over the many tongues, peoples, and nations of the earth. This spiritual whore sold her body and her members to the world for its money, protection, approval, and acceptance; casting aside the commands of Jesus, to enrich herself with the luxuries and pleasures of the world. So the Holy Spirit finds no rest in Christendom, drunk on the lusts and pleasures of the world, leaving Christendom with only a form of godliness, without the power of the Holy Spirit as in the time of the Apostles; just as the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth, Gen 8:9.
Edward Burrough, in an extract from a letter of his to the Pope, writes of this whore:
Behold I have heard the voice howling and bitter lamentation. I heard the voice of war and not of peace. I have seen the strong become weak and the mighty become miserable and the proud and honorable brought into contempt. Yes, I have seen her who has sat as a queen and has said, "she shall never see sorrow." I have seen the loss of children and widowhood, upon her [the whore] even in one day. I have seen her [the whore's] beauty turned into bitterness. I have seen her honor brought into contempt. I have seen the whore who has made all nations drunk with her fornications, who had the Golden cup in her hand. I have seen the cup of indignation prepared for her to drink. I have seen her cast upon the bed of never ending torments. I have seen the city that was full of people, which was the glory of kingdoms, which made all nations rich with her traffic and merchandise; I have seen that city laid desolate, dis-inhabited, and made the sorrow of the whole earth; and I have seen the smoke of her burning ascend forever. This is, and must, shortly come to pass.* If you have an ear to hear, you may hear. These things are true and faithful, and a shall not fail; but the wicked shall know the majesty, dread, terror, vengeance, and indignation of the Almighty.
* Since this was written in 1658, obviously this has not occurred in the world we know. It is another instance of what happens in the mysterious world inside every man's heart. The events in Revelation was, is, and is to come, (like Jesus, who is, who was, and who is to come, so is His revelation; all are experienced by those past, those present, and those in the future).
2 the great whore who sits upon many waters; 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. The Kings of the earth also fornicated with this whore, the false church. By 325 AD, Roman Emperor Constantine had effectively become the head of the "Christian" church, ruling on many of its doctrines. Under the leadership of Emperor Constantine, who had poisoned his son and boiled his wife to death, the Catholic sect was embodied into the Roman government, which prescribed its doctrine, built its churches throughout the empire, paid the clergy, clothed the clergy identical to Roman government officials, abolished Passover to become Easter, and designated Christmas to coincide with Roman pagan holidays. Christian names were applied to the various heathen rituals and traditions, giving credibility to the unsuspecting. Roman Emperor Theodosius I enacted a law in 380 AD establishing Catholic Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire. The crushing boot of the Empire's sponsored Roman religion was used to persecute and kill the true church. All dissenting Christian believers were either banished into exile or killed. The Roman Empire's church, both east and west, had doctrines that had been dictated by the sainted Emperors Constantine and Justinian the despot, thus eliminating the true gospel by 388 AD. As prophesied in Revelation 18:3, the church adulterated with the Kings of the earth. You can't mix a church with the powers of the earth, and expect anything but a monster religion to result because the powers of the earth are motivated by greed, approval of men, possessions, pride, envy, revenge, blood lust — all the base human characteristics.
All the nations of the earth have become drunk on the wine of the whore, the false church's fornications (uniting with the world's corruptions). The whole world joined with this intoxicating religion that excused the ways of the world, giving license for immorality, allowing man to live however he chose, without regard for God's commandments, without regard to sin. Just by believing, attending sect services periodically, eating the bread, drinking the wine, paying the money — anything was excused, anything was overlooked, assurance of heaven was guaranteed. And so man became dead drunk on the intoxicating wine of fornication — the pleasures of the world, serving his lusts and greed without any restraint, with no fear of God.
3 I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet colored beast, full of many names of blasphemy. The many sects of Christianity have many names, but they are all names of the same beast, full of many names of blasphemy. Yes, all the deficit sects of today comprise Revelation's Whore of Babylon, of which all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, because all the sects are simply evolutional varieties of the Roman Empire's church. You may be thinking: How could the name of my sect be a blasphemy? Because every sect is a deficit sect that tolerates sin to the grave; every sect preaches from the carnal mind, which is enmity to God; every sect worships from a schedule or program, rather than being led by the Holy Spirit; every sect has ministers called by men, and taught by men, teaching the traditions of men — — rather than true ministers, called by Christ, taught by Christ, sent by Christ, and teaching things learned from the Sprit, with words supplied by the Spirit immediately before speaking.
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 is great and mighty. Babylon the great: aggrandizement of self. Oh Christendom, be not at ease in Babylon!"
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.
5 I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. The Roman sect, which included the Orthodox sects, was part of the Roman Empire's government; and it began killing and banishing all who dissented from the official doctrines of the Church of Rome. The Roman sect's later Inquisitions stand as history's greatest act of brutality committed in the name of religion. But it was all predicted in the Bible's Book of Revelation: the whore was drunk with the blood of the saints. The Roman sect's inquisitions and slaughters took place throughout Europe during the Middle Ages (800 AD to 1500 AD), in which nine million souls were put to death, accused of witchcraft. The Roman sect's methods and numbers of killing and torture make the 20th Century Nazis look like amateurs. Those intelligent enough to have seen the barbarity and falseness of the Roman religion quickly died from torture. The still-lauded pillars of the Roman faith, Augustine and Thomas, approved and supported such murders in writing; unrepudiated, they stand as testimony to the continued depravity of the Roman Catholic sect.
Following in the footsteps of their murdering mother, the Protestants killed and murdered throughout Europe too. John Calvin was an early Protestant founder venerated by Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, even influencing the Lutherans; Calvin participated in the burning at the stake of Michael Sevetus plus thirty four women also burned at the stake. The founder of the Episcopal sect, Henry VIII, had 72,000 people killed, mostly Roman Catholics. The Peasants War in Germany, led by Luther-inspired religious despots, raped, plundered, and killed 100,000 of the nobility and Roman Catholics. Between 1650-1700, the Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Baptists, and Congregationalists of England and America imprisoned over ten thousand Quakers and killed over 869 Quakers including three Quaker men and one woman hung in Boston by the Bible-believing Puritans. The beast was given power to overcome the saints. The false church, the whore of Babylon, was drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.
All the Protestant and Catholic sects that killed, (or even approved of killing), those with a different religious opinion were very different from real Christians; in even considering murder, they were following and yielding to their father the devil, who was the murderer from the beginning.
Martin Luther also set the stage for the Nazi persecution of the Jews. Luther advocated setting Jewish synagogues on fire, destroying Jewish prayer books, forbidding rabbis from preaching, seizing Jews' property and money, smashing up their homes, and ensuring that these "poisonous envenomed worms" be forced into labor or expelled "for all time;" he also seemed to sanction their murder, writing: "We are at fault in not slaying them." The Nazi persecution of Jews in Germany began in massive scale on Kristallnacht, (the Night of Broken Glass), in which 200 synagogues were burned; Jewish books were burned; 7500 Jewish businesses storefronts were smashed, (hence the broken glass name); tombstones and graves were uprooted; 30,000 Jews were arrested and taken to concentration camps; at least 100 were immediately murdered; and many homes were looted. A similar pogrom of similar magnitude took place in Vienna, Austria on the same night. These events occurred on November 9-10, 1938: Luther's birthday was November 10. Luther's advice was fulfilled on Kristallnacht to the letter. This was beginning of the Final Solution and The Holocaust.
The Protestant denominations carry on many of the man-made inventions and heresies of the Roman sect. Infant baptism, grape juice and bread, the trinity, (nowhere mentioned in scriptures), marriage by priests, vain and prideful buildings, steeples with bells, black robes, black shirts, special collars, creeds, reading sermons, sacraments, salvation by ritual, vicars, clerks, parsons, curates, bachelors of art, masters, fathers, Christmas, Easter, bachelors of divinity, etc.; all are inherited from the mother of the Protestants, the Roman Catholics.
Perhaps you are beginning to see that by 388 AD, Christendom had been transformed into synagogues of Satan with ministers of Satan transformed to appear as ministers of righteousness. Augustine and Thomas are two of the four pillars of Roman Catholicism. Calvin and Luther are the principal founders of Protestantism. If the venerated founders of the sects are evil, how could the sects and their promulgated doctrines also not be evil? When the root is evil, no matter the number of branches on the tree — they are evil too. From the Word of the Lord within: "They are corrupt, through and through; woe to those who try to bring good from evil."
The Protestants and Catholics are part of the same beast, the second beast of Revelation with horns like a lamb, but who speaks like a dragon, which re-established the heathen religious traditions that the early Christian church almost destroyed, (the wound to the first beast's head), at the early Church's peak. The false church, Roman Catholic and Protestants alike, boasts she is not a widow and will never see grief. These false churches boast that Christ is their husband; but all of these false churches are the whore of Babylon, who ignore Christ's commands to repent, his teachings, his requirements, his warnings, his required holiness, his gospel, his Kingdom, his promised freedom from sin, and his cross of self-denial — the Missing Cross to Purity.
All worships not totally controlled by the Holy Spirit are an abomination; God is a Spirit and must be worshiped in Spirit and Truth. See Proper Worship for how the early Church and the early Quakers worshipped in Spirit and Truth.
To understand more on how all the so-called Christian sects today are part of Babylon, see Isaac Penington's outstanding writings on Babylon the Great and the The Great Apostasy. Also see Francis Howgill's writing on The Entering in of the Apostasy.
6 The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits. Many people think this means the seven hills of Rome, but Jerusalem also has seven hills or mountains: ;1) Mount Gared, 2) Mount Goath, 3) Mount Acra, 4) Mount Bezetha, 5) Mount Moriah, 6) Mount Ophel, and 7) Mount Zion. Jerusalem stands 2400 feet above sea level, so these are real mountains; but the hills of Rome are no taller than 150 feet, (very, very small hills). Look at Rev. 11:8: And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. So Jerusalem is called Sodom, Egypt, and Babylon. Physical Babylon has certainly been destroyed, long ago in 312 BC by Greek conquest. Christendom points to the Jews return to Israel in the 20th Century and awaits the sacrifice to be reinstituted in a new temple in Jerusalem, heralding the antichrist to shortly appear. But this will not happen. Christendom is wrong.
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