The name Babylon comes to us from the ancient Tower
of Babel. The tower received the name "Babel" because
God had "confused" the language of its builders (Gen.
11:9). The builders and inhabitants of the land had united in opposition
against God, and by confounding their language God had scattered them
abroad and over-ruled their plans. The descendants of the people who
continued to inhabit the land eventually formed the great world empire
It was from this ancient culture that the basis for
all pagan and false religions developed. It was from here that the
worship of the sun, moon and powers of nature was given birth. Because
of this history of rebellion the name Babylon has come to signify
confusion between truth and error (calling good evil and evil good). It
is synonymous with sin. It represents rebellion, particularly of the
various religous institutions that unite with the world in opposition to
Godís government. In short, all things that oppose Godís sovereignty
fall under that apostate system known as "Babylon the Great."
Babylon and the New World Order are one and the same.
at Its Worst
"Come hither; I will show unto thee the
judgment of the great whore that sitteth 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.
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. 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: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY,
BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
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." Rev. 17:1-6
It is this union of the various religious
institutions with the governments of the world that John witnesses here
in the Spirit. As you recall in Revelation chapter 12, the true church
was represented by a pure woman, and so the blending of these various
apostate or false religions is represented by the great whore Babylon
who has made the world drunk with her wine or false doctrines.
The mother of harlots can be none other than the
Catholic church. The other various institutions that came out of her,
yet are united with her, constitute her daughters. She and her daughters
have been charged with sleeping with the kings of the earth while
professing their marriage to Christ. As Paul said, "having the
form of Godliness but none of the power thereof", they are
forced to go to bed with the governments of this world for the power
they lack from God.
In verse three it is clearly shown that these
religious institutions will control the world governments. The great
harlot is seen riding (controlling) the beast that represents the
various political systems that arose from the collapse of pagan Rome.
There is a clear union of church and state represented here.
The Bible also gives us clear insight as to who will
make up the union of apostate religions that constitute Babylon. "And
the great city was divided into three parts...and great Babylon came in
remembrance before God... And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs
come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast,
and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the
spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of
the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that
great day of God Almighty." Rev. 16:19,13&14.
As shown in these verses, Babylon consists of three
parts: the dragon, the beast and the false prophet. We already know the
dragon represents the pagan part of Rome, but since Rome once
represented all paganism throughout the world it must also include those
forms of paganism that have survived. Buddhism, Hinduism, reincarnation,
spiritualism, Mother Earth worship and other various religions that
deify nature must all be included under the figure of the dragon. Spirit
mediums and psychics are part of this class as well, for these practices
come from paganism and are strictly forbidden by God. See Lev. 19:31;
20:6,27; Isa. 8:19; Acts 16:16-18.
The beast we have already identified as Roman
Catholicism, but what does the false prophet represent? "I will
give power unto my two witnesses (New and Old Testament), and they
shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed
in sackcloth." Rev. 11:3. During the 1260 year reign of the
Papacy, Godís true and faithful champions of Truth used the Bible (two
witnesses) to wage a never ending battle against the lies and
superstitions of the corrupted church of their time. It was because of
this that they were given the name Protestants, for they protested
against error. These were the true and faithful prophets of their time.
How sad to think that hardly a word spoken by these men is echoed today.
The majority of Protestants today are only so by name. They are false
Protestants or as we have read "false prophets" and are
represented as being one of the three parts of the great city Babylon.
How unfortunate that this implicates Protestant
America which constitutes the majority of the Protestant world. What a
shame to see the depths to which they have FALLEN FROM THE TRUTH they
once had. Where once they had the power of the Truth to touch the
conscience and melt even the hardest heart, apostate Protestants now run
to the civil authorities for the power they lack. "When a religion
is good, I conceive that it will support itself; and, when it cannot
support itself, and God does not take care to support [it], so that its
professors are obliged to call for the help of the civil power, it is a
sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one." Benjamin Franklin, Oct.
9, 1780. The Writings of Benjamin Franklin, vol. 8, p. 154.
Protestant America will be the leading agency in
bringing together this three fold union. Both the political and
religious policies of the world will be regulated and controlled by this
confederacy that God has labeled Babylon.
Lesson From the Past
In Daniel chapter 3, we find an object lesson
(concerning Babylon) that pertains to our situation today. It deals with
laws concerning religion enforced by the government which go directly
contrary to oneís right to worship God according to conscience.
After Daniel had shown King Nebuchadnezzar the
interpretation of his dream, the king was displeased with the part about
his kingdom coming to an end. He immediatley set out to defy Godís
plans by setting up a giant image like the one in his dream, except he
had it made completely out of gold, thereby signifying his kingdom would
never end. He then set up the image on the plain of Dura where it could
be clearly seen by all. Nebuchadnezzar then summoned all of the
dignitaries and leaders of the known world to come and bow down to the
image he had formed, and at the appointed time all except Danielís
three faithful young friends bowed to the image. Daniel was not present
at this gathering.
The King was furious that these three young men would
not obey him, for their conscience would not allow them to worship
images. So Nebuchadnezzar had them thrown into a fiery furnace which
had been fanned seven times hotter than normal, however, the fire had no
effect on them because they were safe with their Saviour. Jesus was in
the fire with them protecting them because they stood firmly for the
Truth, against all odds.
So shall it be again in these last days, when the
whole world will be arrayed against a faithful few. Babylon, the world
united in error, will take its stand against Godís chosen few and
place them in the fiery trials of persecution, but when they receive the
death penalty for refusing to worship the "image of the
beast" the LORD will intervene and deliver them just as He did
Daniel's three friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Let anyone
who will stand up for Truth put their trust in God, for they will suffer
True Protestants Stood Up For
Luther said, "I know that the pope is the Antichrist, and that
his see is that of Satan himself. The Papacy is the general chase, by
command of the Roman pontiff, for the purpose of running down and
Spurgeon said, "We must warn with judicious boldness those who
incline towards the errors of Rome; we must tell them of the black
doings of Popery."
Knox said the pope was "the very antichrist."
Wesley said of the Papacy, "He is in an emphatical sense, the
Man of Sin, as he increases all manner of sin above measure."
Calvin said, "We call the Roman pontiff Antichrist."
In the Roman faith the teachings of Christ are buried
beneath a mass of senseless traditions, false interpretations, and
rigorous exactions. Well do the Saviourís words to the bigoted Jews
apply even more to the leaders of the Roman Church: "They bind
heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on menís
shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their
fingers." Matt. 23:4. Satan is constantly misrepresenting Godís
character, the nature of sin and the real issues at stake in the great
controversy between good and evil. By his seductive arts he lessens the
obligation of Godís word and gives man license to sin. While
conscientious souls are kept in terror of an offended God, many of the
dignitaries of the church live in luxury and sensual pleasure. The
worship of images and relics, the invocation of saints and the
exaltation of the pope are all devices to attract the minds of the
people away from God and His Son. These practices are antichrist
(against Christ: see 1 John 2:22). Satan will direct people to any
object that can be substituted for the One who has said: "Come
unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give
you rest." Matt. 11:28. When the people need primitive
Godliness, Satan supplies them with useless and empty rounds of
ceremonies. There was a time when Protestantism supplied that need.
The term Protestant was not a self-applied label,
but, rather, it was given by the Catholic church to those that opposed
her doctrines and publicly protested against them. It was these
faithful champions of truth that risked life and limb, many of which
gave up their lives, to speak out against the oppressive policies of
that great false religious system. It was by their testimony, sealed
with their blood, that you have the rights and privileges you
"We hold these truths to be self-evident; that
all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with
certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and
the pursuit of happiness." Declaration of Independence,
July 4, 1776.
"The framers of the Constitution recognized
the eternal principle that manís relation with his God is above
human legislation, and his right of conscience inalienable. Reasoning
was not necessary to establish this truth; we are conscious of it in
our own bosoms. It is this consciousness which, in defiance of human
laws, has sustained so many martyrs in tortures and flames. They felt
that their duty to God was superior to human enactments, and that man
could exercise no authority over their consciences. It is an inborn
principle which nothing can eradicate." Congressional
documents (USA), serial no. 200, document no. 271.
The principles of our Constitution come from the
confessions of Protestantism which were put together at Augsburg on June
25, 1530. Its two great principles of civil and religious liberty became
the cornerstones of the American Republic. The Augsburg confession
stated that the duty of the church is to minister the Gospel of Christ
to men and not the laws of the state. In dealing with its membership in
exercise of discipline, the church is to act not by might nor by power,
but solely by the Word of God. This is true Christianity. People are to
be won to Christ by the truth, not by force. Every person has the right
to freedom of thought.
If these great victories for the freedom of your mind
are relinquished and Catholic ideals should once again reign, what would
become of your rights? Once again I let the Catholic church speak for
herself. Below are quotes from Catholic sources.
"Is it the intention of the pope to possess
this country? (USA) Undoubtedly. In this intention is he aided by the
Jesuits, and all the Catholic prelates and priests? Undoubtedly, if
they are faithful to their religion." Dr. Q.A. Brownson, editor Catholic
"This is our country, as it is to be
thoroughly Catholic, we have a deeper interest in public affairs than
any other citizen...We must labour to gain the confidence, love, and
respect of the American people. This once gained, the Catholic Church
is on her way to claim the American heart...Protestantism, the
murderous hag, is slowly dying of corruption and congenital rotteness,
and she will not much longer encumber the earth...If Catholics ever
gain sufficient majority in this country, religious freedom is at an
end." Making America Catholic, pp. 11,16,44,47.
"The State has not the right to leave every
man free to embrace whatever religion he shall deem true.
"The Church has the right to require that the
Catholic religion shall be the religion of the State, to the exclusion
of ALL OTHERS.
"Cursed be those who assert liberty of
conscience and of worship and such that maintain that the church may
not employ force." The syllabus of Pope Pius IX.
"We are the children of the church which has
ever avowed the deepest hostility to the principle of Ďreligious
"ĎReligious libertyí is one of the most
wicked delusions ever foisted upon this age by the father of all
"Our form of government is one based wholly on
the will of the people...the state is free from all control of the
churches...all these principles have been formally condemned by
Rome." The Independent New York, June 12, 1913
"Catholics must make all possible efforts to
bring about the rejection of this religious indifference (separation
of church and state) and the insubordination (true protestantism) as
soon as possible for the wished for union and concord of state and
church." J.H. Nichols, Democracy and the Churches, p.226.
"I want to hear some American stand up and
shout: ĎGive us justice, Give us decency. And to hell with the
Constitution.í" The CatholicNews, July 25, 1963
"On his tour of Poland in 1978, Pope John Paul
II denounced excessive materialism and the separation of church and
state." Time. June 17, 1991.
Forget the Past
TODAY the descendants of those faithful martyrs who
gave us the Protestant faith have forgotten why they are called by that
name. There was a time when the doctrines of Rome were an offense to the
purity of the gospel and Protestants based their beliefs on the Bible
and only the Bible. Has that changed? Consider the following:
is time for Protestants to go to the shepherd (the pope) and say, ĎWhat
do we have to do to come home?í" Dr. Robert Schuller,
Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Sept. 19, 1987.
! At the
reception of his honorary doctorís degree from Belmont Abbey
College, a Roman Catholic institution, Billy Graham told his
audience: "The gospel that founded this college is the same
gospel which I preach today." While on the Phil Donahue Show,
Oct. 11, 1979, transcript # 10119, Mr. Graham also had this to say
about Pope John Paul II,: "Thank God Iíve got somebody to
quote now with some authority."
I ask you, dear Reader, what happened to quoting the
Bible? Has the Bible lost its authority? Do Protestants now quote from
the man of sin? Where are the watchmen on the walls of Zion? It appears
they have fled to the other side.
"Know ye not that your bodies are the members
of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the
members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is
joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one
flesh." 1 Cor 6:15,16 KJV "Wherefore come out from
among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the
unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you,
and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."
2 Cor 6:17,18 KJV
The trend to side with human agencies and traditions,
that go contrary to the written Word of God, will inevitably lead to the
enforcement of the dreaded "mark."
Is it any wonder Paul felt so impressed to warn us
about this matter? "Let no man deceive you by any means: for
that day [Christís second coming] shall not come, except there
come a FALLING AWAY FIRST [from the Truth], and that
man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition [the papacy];
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or
that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God,
showing himself that he is God." 2 Thes 2:3,4.
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