By Paul Taylor
In the first part we learned of the “Whore of Babylon” which was shown to John through a vision in Revelation 17:5. But, who is this whore of Babylon with many daughters; and who is the daughters, what is the mystery; and what does the prophecy represent? I will, through the Bible and historical references attempt to show who this “Whore of Babylon” is and what she represents in the prophecies of the book of Revelation and the book of Daniel.
In Revelation John is shown the “Whore of Babylon” by one of the seven angels which had the seven vials
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. Revelation 17:1-6
In verse 1 we have a single angel coming to show John the mystery of the great whore which rules over many people. In prophecy we know that a woman is representative of a church, and that waters represent people. With that in mind we understand the woman is a religious order, which has power over many people worldwide.
In verse 2 John is informed of the fornications which the kings of the earth commit with her, and all that follow her are made drunk with the wine of her fornication. Now let’s see if we can break these verses down and get a better understanding of what is being revealed to John in this prophecy.
We must first define the term fornication as used in this verse and how it will pertain to the subject at hand. Fornication basically means sex outside of marriage, but in Biblical terms it means an idolatrous relationship with other gods, or religions; in other words the abandonment of the true worship of God for idolatrous worship practices based upon man’s whims, desires and traditions. This would include changing God’s laws and substituting them for man’s laws and rituals, to pacify the desires of man and the politically correct crowds.
By deviating from the true worship of God and following the many different interpretations and practices of man, people are made drunk (confused) by these many different interpretations and practices, claiming to be the true word of God. As pointed out in the first section, there are over 1200 different Christian denominations in the USA alone, which should give cause for alarm when it comes to the truth of Biblical doctrine.
According to the Bible, the relationship between Christ and his church is representative of the marriage between a man and a woman. Vows are taken in which they each pledge to cherish, honor, and be faithful in the relationship.
Jesus Christ has joined his people with himself through a promise that He would be their God and they would be His people, and his alone, the same as a marriage covenant, you each pledge to be faithful and honor the other forever.And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. Hosea 2:19.. and “I am married unto you” Jeremiah 3:14 and again in 2 Corinthians, Paul is making reference to marriage of the Church to Christ; For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:2
We see in these verses how the church is the bride of Christ and should be as a chaste virgin, true to her husband, but in Rev.17:3, we see the Church (bride/wife), has become unfaithful in its relationship with Christ by committing fornication through idolatrous worship in following man’s traditions. The majority of the Christian Churches of today are more concerned with community prestige and political correctness than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For the most part, the Churches are afraid to preach the true gospel for fear of a backlash from its members, affecting the financial status of the Church, and from the political correct crowds. This is an indication as to where the loyalty of the Christian Churches lies.
The Churches and the congregants may try as they might to cover, disguise, deny or what ever else they may decry, but, in a sense the church is in a spiritual nosedive, both in the pulpit and sanctuary, and has assumed the characteristic traits of the Church of Laodecia.
The Preachers, teachers, and the lay people alike are spiritually dead and are as worthless as a barren fig tree, which Jesus himself cursed because of its unfruitfulness. Matthew 21:18-19 Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. 19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away
Does the above verses indicate the state of today’s churches which have withered away from the true gospel and teachings of Jesus Christ? Their lack of moral and spiritual guidance has led to the sorry and decadent state we find ourselves in today.
Studies have shown that a large majority of Christian preachers don’t believe in what they are preaching and are no more than high paid motivational speakers, lulling the people into a false sense of self gratification. Church members have been so enamored with the materialistic world of greed and instant self-gratification that God and his word has been left out of the equation. And the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornications;
Let’s further try to put this verse into perspective of what it is actually saying. Satan in his attempt to form a compromise with Jesus during the forty days of temptation outlined in Matthew 4 and Luke 4 in the New Testament, showed Jesus the entire world with all of its materialistic wealth, glory and power which would be his, if he would bow down, serve and acknowledge the supremacy of Satan. Jesus rebuked Satan, sending him on his way using the Holy Scripture as his weapon. But Satan found a more fertile and successful harvest; with man.
Satan entered the church subtly by leading the church to seek worldly gains, honors and favors of the great men of the earth, thereby rejecting Christ and yielding her allegiance to Satan through Church of Rome. By seeking the glory and honor of men, she compromised with Satan to attain the power of a church and state religion, cohorting with the kings of the earth. 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 Rev.17:2
How has the inhabitants been made drunk with the wine of her fornication, and what is the wine of her fornication? The cup of intoxication represents the false doctrines she teaches and espouses to the world with her friendships and connections to the greats of the world.
Friendship with the world tends to corrupt and dilute the word of God and the faith of the Church. She then entrenches a corrupting influence on the world with the false teachings and doctrines which are opposed to the true teachings of the Holy Bible. In the zest to seek worldly fame, the false teachings and doctrines of the church are so confused with the truth, and taught for such a long time, that it can be related to drunkenness. A drunk becomes more disoriented as he consumes more wine, the same with the church; the more false teachings and doctrines the more confused the people become.
In the previous part I emphasized the number of Christian denominations in the USA alone, at over 1,200. Can you honestly say there is no confusion with this many different Christian denominations teaching from the same source, The Holy Bible? and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. I would say very confused.
In today’s society one cannot become a preacher or a teacher in any of the major denominations without adhering to, and teaching from the denominations books and creeds, which in essence, and in most cases are placed above the Holy Bible. Should a teacher or Pastor deviate from these creeds, they are replaced. There are people today which follow the creed and tradition of their Churches as passed down through the generations, never checking the scriptures for accuracy against what is being taught, and will fight you tooth and nail before even considering any other creed or dogma regardless of what the scriptures say. and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. An intoxicated (drunk) person is very irrational and cannot be reasoned with to any degree.
The Church of Rome withheld the Bible and scriptures from the people, and instead taught the people with its false doctrines and practices, requiring all men to accept the teachings as truth. Those opposed were severely punished as history so boldly records.
Todays Protestant Churches are still following the lead set by the Roman Catholic Church with it’s false teachings and paganistic practices, even though such brave men as Martin Luther, John Wesley, and others fought, and many gave their lives for the true Gospel of Jesus to be taught in place of the false teachings which the Church of Rome was promulgating upon the people.
Verse 3 has John observing this woman siting upon a scarlet colored beast full of blasphemy and having seven heads and ten horns. We already understand that the woman represents the church, but who is the beast? A beast in prophecy represents a kingdom or nation. So we now see, that if the woman represents the church, and the beast represents a nation or kingdom, then we have a church state religious order which is worldwide since she sits upon many waters, and water represents people in prophecy.
This woman (church) riding on a beast (political power) rode roughshod over Christendom and the Kings and nations of Europe and the Mideast for over 1200 years forcing her false doctrines on the people; was none other than the Church of Rome with her political power located on the Seven Hills of Rome as indicated in Revelation 17:9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
Classical writers such as, Horace, Virgil, and others, often referred to Rome as the City of Seven Hills. The first century Christians reference to Rome as Babylon is evidenced by 1 Peter 5:13 The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.
As we read further down in verses 10 we see the seven hills also represent seven kings; 10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. I will explain verse 10 later
Continuing in verse 3 we are told the woman is full of names of blasphemy. What does full of names of blasphemy indicate?
Let’s first define “blasphemy”. Blasphemy is the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for a religious deity or the irreverence towards religious or holy persons or things (Wikipedia). A contemptuous or profane act, utterance, or writing concerning God or a sacred entity. the act of claiming the attributes of deity (Merriam Webster dictionary)
By observing the definitions of blasphemy, we see that an act of claiming to be God, or an act of insult, such as changing from what God has commanded, to what man desires is all considered an act of blasphemy towards God. Is there a Church or Churches which carry out acts of blatant blasphemy as defined by the dictionary? Let’s look at a couple of texts in the Bible, in which Jesus himself is accused of blasphemy by the Scribes and Pharisees so as to further define the meaning of blasphemy.
Matthew 26:64,65 64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. (Ps 110:1 Dan 7:13) 65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. (Emphasis is mine)
We see in Matthew 26:64,65 where Jesus is claiming to be the Son of Man (God) and will be at the right hand of power with the Father. We see again in Mark 2:5-7 where Jesus is claiming to forgive sins; 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. 6 But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, 7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?(Emphasis is Mine)
These texts from Matthew and Mark show what blasphemy, in relation to the Bible is. Jesus is being accused of blasphemy because he claims to be the Son of God and can forgive sins, both are blasphemous statements from a sinful human, but not from Jesus as he was God and therefore was not being blasphemous to God. Is there a person or religion on this planet that claims to be God and can forgive sins? Think about that for a minute and we’ll get back to it.
We previously interpreted the seven heads to be the seven hills, but the seven heads also represent 7 kings as indicated by Revelation 17:10,11 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, 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 goeth into perdition
I am not going to explain the seven kings in this part as it is a very deep subject and space will not allow at this time. At this point I am merely trying to show the woman riding the beast and how all of the Christian denominations are the daughters of this woman known as the “Whore of Babylon.
Going back to verse 3 we read; … and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy,… I asked the question earlier, as to whether or not there is a person or religion which claims the power to forgive sins and takes the place of God. There is a Church which makes these very claims of blasphemy and is honored the world over and is very much into the political field and all other worldly activities, and that Church is the Church of Rome or better known as the Roman Catholic Church and its Papal system of religion. To be continued
Copyright 2013 All rights reserved worldwide by Paul L. Taylor All scriptures are KJV unless noted Rev 6/16/13
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