Come Out of Her My People
By Elder Bob Allgood
Old Line Primitive Baptist Church
From: Volume 5, Issue 2. March - April 1999
Come Out Of Her My People
by Elder Bob Allgood - Part 2
"Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. (Rev. 18:4-6).
Many consider The Revelation a "closed book" because it contains many things that are difficult to understand. Others have tired to merchandise it by giving their sensationalized prophetic interpretations which they periodically revise as time proves them wrong. I certainly am no authority on the book and therefore my comments will often be expressed in my opinion (IMO for short). My observations may differ from some you have read, but I hope they will be received with charity and patience. If you disagree with anything, or have additional light on this subject, please let me hear from you. We all must depend upon the Spirit of Truth to guide us, but we surely can not neglect reading the book, for it says, "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand". I am glad it does not say that we must fully understand each and every word of the book in order to be Blessed.
The Revelation was written in signified language. "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and SIGNIFIED IT by his angel unto his servant John" (Rev. 1:1). Mystery Babylon is described with signified words or sign language, which is symbolic or token type words. This is a common language within the Scriptures. Much of the Bible is written with allegorical, symbolic or token words. Jesus used parables to teach the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. Parables are facts told with token words which must be spiritually discerned (Matt. 13:10-17). Token words are just as valid and important as literal words. A token is designed to get you what you want or where you want to go without using real money. Symbolic words point us to the facts and are just as authoritative as literal words, but they require more study and godly wisdom to understand them. Sometimes we may never understand them. Unless God gives us seeing eyes and hearing ears, we can not discern the simplest of words within the Scriptures. Symbolic language can often have multiple applications, but each should harmonize with Scripture and Sound Doctrine. There will be no more "Revelations", therefore if we are to learn WHO or WHAT that WOMAN IS, Scripture must tell us. Whatever our conclusion, we should not be able to point a finger and say, I did not know about that woman !
We do not know the date The Revelation was written by John. There are as many speculative dates as there are speculative writers with speculative opinions. The date makes a difference as to which field of interpretation one wants to follow. There are those who believe Revelation is mostly future, and those who believe it is mostly historical, and those who hold to more or less of each position. The futurist generally place the date between 96-98AD, or later. However many reputable historians fix the date at 68-69AD, or earlier, but prior to the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem by Titus in 70AD. I agree with this later position, believing that John was banned to the Isle of Patmos by the Roman Emperor Nero before Nero’s death in 68 or 69AD. Paul had written to the Thessalonians in 53AD. "For the mystery of iniquity doth already work". All of the epistles written by Paul and Peter were written prior to 70AD because Nero was responsible for their death. Nero was a mad man who ordered the war against the Jews, starting about 66AD, which Vespasian and his son Titus directed, intending to exterminate the Jews. Nero began "atrocious barbarities" against Christians in 67AD with the intention of their extermination. Whatever the date, we do know that when it was written, John said, "the time IS at hand".
The angel told John that the Revelation was about "things which must shortly come to pass" and later told him of "things which must be hereafter" (Rev. 4:1). I think the "things which must be hereafter" were also "things which must shortly come to pass", because he said "the time IS at hand". Some say the "things which must be hereafter" are yet FUTURE. The Arminian premillennial dispensationalist who believe in the Postponed Kingdom Theory say most of the things in Revelation have not yet been fulfilled. These futurist have put a 2,000 year gap in between the last seven years of Daniel’s 490 year prophecy (Dan. 9:24-27).
They are the folks who claim that God HAD to postpone the kingdom, even though Jesus said, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand –". At hand means near or nigh - or about to happen. The Dispensationalist believe that the Church will be secretly caught away from this earth (raptured), before a seven year period of great tribulation on this earth, during which time the antichrist numbered 666 will make a covenant with the Jews, whom Christ will consume with flames upon his physical return to this earth, to reign in his earthly Davidic kingdom for 1000 years in a physical temple in the city of Jerusalem. They view Revelation as future, and anyone who believes these things needs all the time they can get. Sadly this includes the vast majority of professed Christians and the multitude of denominations.
The futurist view is easily refuted with Scripture right here in the Revelation. We know the seven churches which are in Asia existed at that time, because John directed this entire Revelation to them (1:4-6). Furthermore, if we go to the last chapter we read, "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches" (Rev. 22:16). The last verse reads, "He that testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen." And John adds, "Even so, come, Lord Jesus" (Rev. 22:20).
Whatever The Revelation contains, it is intended for the saints of God IN the churches of God, prior to the coming of Christ. IMO most of Revelation has already been fulfilled IN Christ or IN time. I do not know of any unfulfilled events, other than the return of Christ for his saints, and the final judgement of the wicked. At that time those whose names were written in the Lamb’s book of life before the foundation of the world will be ushered into glory, and the wicked will be judged and cast into the lake of fire, along with the Devil, the beast and the false prophet. If I am right about this, we are waiting with hope, for what Scripture calls the "resurrection of the just and the unjust" (Matt 13:36-43, 25:31-34, 41, 46, John 5:26-29, Acts 17:24-31, 24:14-15, I Thess. 4:13-18, II Thess. 1:7-10). Therefore most of my comments about Mystery Babylon will relate to history, with a few comparisons to the present time. Whatever we learn from this study, it can be summed up ahead of time with these words, "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie" (Rev. 22:14-15).
THE WHORE AND WHOREMONGERS
THE WOMAN of ill repute IS described in Revelation 17:1 as "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" (v.1) and then we are told, "The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues" (v. 15). It is said that upon her forehead is written A name (or her name) "MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH" (v. 5). So we know the woman sitteth ON, controls or influences the religious doctrine and practices of multitudes of people.
The word woman is often used in the Bible to indicate a form of religion or religious system, be it good or evil. For example in Gen. 3:15 when the Lord was announcing judgment on the Serpent, he said, "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed –". We know this was not speaking of the children of Eve, for Cain, her first son was of the wicked one and slew righteous Abel, her second son (I John 3:7-12). As I see it, the word woman was used to speak prophetically, specifically of the Virgin Birth (Isa. 7:14, Matt. 1:18-23) and of Israel in general, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, through which the Lord’s Christ, the promised seed, was born. Paul specifically names Christ as the "promised seed" (singular) in Galatians 3:16-29 and adds, "When the fullness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman - " (4:4-6). This woman is allegorical of the "Jerusalem which is above, which is the mother of us all" (Gal. 4:26), and this is the same woman who "brought forth the man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne" (Rev. 12:5). Symbolically this woman represents the heavenly or new Jerusalem, the holy Jerusalem, the holy city, that great city, the Israel of God, the True Church, of which Jesus Christ is the Head.
Therefore IMO, one could make an application and say that the woman, called Mystery, Babylon the Great, as an anti-type, is also symbolic of Hagar or the "Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children" (Gal. 4:25). In doing that, an application of the symbolic words the great whore would have to be made to the natural Jerusalem which existed at the time Jesus Christ pronounced her destruction and the "abomination of desolation, spoken by Daniel the prophet" (Matt. 23:15).
That same apostate condition would have had to exist when John wrote the Revelation. Does such an application harmonize with Scripture? Many times in the O.T. national Israel is said to have "played the harlot" with her acts of spiritual fornication or adultery. In Ezekiel 16 we read this condemnation of apostate national Israel, which resembles the description of Mystery
"Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations. --- I clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee with badgers' skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered thee with silk. I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain on thy neck. And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head. Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver; and thy raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; thou didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom. And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord GOD. But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was. And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon --- Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them --- Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne unto me, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Is this of thy whoredoms a small matter, That thou hast slain my children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them? And in all thine abominations and thy whoredoms thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, when thou wast naked and bare, and wast polluted in thy blood. --- Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians thy neighbours, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger. -- Thou hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast played the harlot with them, and yet couldest not be satisfied. Thou hast moreover multiplied thy fornication in the land of Canaan unto Chaldea; and yet thou wast not satisfied herewith. How weak is thine heart, saith the Lord GOD, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious whorish woman --- Wherefore, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD: Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thy abominations, and by the blood of thy children, which thou didst give unto them; Behold, therefore I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against thee, and will discover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness. And I will judge thee, as women that break wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy. And I will also give thee into their hand, and they shall throw down thine eminent place, and shall break down thy high places: they shall strip thee also of thy clothes, and shall take thy fair jewels, and leave thee naked and bare. They shall also bring up a company against thee, and they shall stone thee with stones, and thrust thee through with their swords."
One can see from these words that scriptural justification can be made for an application of "the great whore" to "the Jerusalem that now is, and in bondage with her children". Nor would it be too extreme to assign the judgment of "the great whore" and "that great city" to the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple by Titus in 70AD, as was foretold by Daniel and confirmed by Christ.
Similar applications can be made to the word woman in John 2:4 where Jesus said, "Woman, what have I do to do with thee ?" He was not being disrespectful to Mary, but was separating himself as the Messiah, which is clearly seen by the added words, "mine hour is not yet come". It seems to me, he was denouncing, with these token words, the apostasy of national Israel under the old law covenant. The general condition of the Jewish nation at the time of Christ was apostate as clearly seen from the scriptures. "For he came unto his own, and his own received him not". Only a small remnant of prepared Jews received him. The apostate Jewish leaders proclaimed, "We have no king but Caesar". Within the statement "Woman, what have I to do with thee" may also be found prophetic significance and reference to the Babylonish system of religion known today as Roman Catholicism, which would be born several hundred years later as a continuation of the Roman Empire, and certainly has a part in Mystery Babylon.
Not only is national Israel referred to as a woman, but the true Church of God IS referred to as a woman, the Bride of Christ. Therefore it is reasonable to conclude that the false or apostate religious system or "false church" belonging to Satan, the great imitator, would be described as a woman. In Revelation 12 we read of the woman in heaven (the Jerusalem which is above, true Israel) ready to bring forth a man child, and then the dragon ready to devour the man child as soon as he was born (Cf Matt. 2:16). We then see the dragon persecute the woman, and when he could not prevail, he created a beast in his image upon which sitteth the great whore which must be a counterfeit form of the true church.
We could give several other examples to prove this, such as the seven women of Isaiah 4:1 who said "We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach". Bread is a token word for doctrine, and Apparel is a token word for practice. This was a condition that existed in the days of Christ, for he said, "Ye hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men" (Matt. 15:7-9). This is a condition that dominates many so called "Baptists" today compared to the true NT Baptist Church. But that is another article.
We could also consider the influence the more infamous woman Jezebel was having on the church in Thyatira where she was teaching the Lord’s servants to "commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols" (Rev. 2:20). Many times Solomon warned against being entangled with the "strange woman", which we could contrast to the virtuous woman of Prov. 31:10-31. Obviously the woman of Revelation 17 is not a virtuous woman.
THE WOMAN - THAT GREAT CITY
THE WOMAN of ill repute IS described in Revelation 17:18 as "that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth". Without a doubt "that great city" under consideration IS called Babylon (Rev. 14:8, 16:19, 18:2, 10, 21). We can not limit ourselves to Revelation 17 if we are to understand this Mystery. I found the expression "great city" seventeen times in Scripture. One time it refers to Sodom and Egypt, five times to Nineveh, and seven times to Babylon. Nineveh is the city built by Nimrod, and Babylon is in Assyria, where Nimrod expanded his Kingdom. At the time The Revelation was written, the literal city of Babylon no longer existed. Alexander the Great died in Babylon on June 10, 323BC, after conquering the then know world. After his death, "the great city" was abandoned and its buildings fell into ruin.
Therefore the token word Babylon must be symbolic for a Babylonish type city or a Babylonish type religion that existed at that time. I say this because John seemed to be satisfied with the answer he was given in Rev. 17:18, "And the woman which thou sawest IS that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth". At least he did not ask, "What great city"? Many have said that Mystery Babylon is symbolic for Rome and Romanism as being that great city and the great whore. Some have claimed that the "Jerusalem that now is", or as it was at the time Revelation was written, fits that type. In contrast, the new Jerusalem, the holy Jerusalem, the holy city, the city of Christ, the true Church prepared as a bride adorned for her husband, is called "that great city" (Rev. 21:1-3, 10). But we know the two are not the same.
THE WOMAN AS MYSTERY BABYLON
There is little doubt that the woman, Mystery, Babylon the Great represents an evil religious system. That system continues to exist today, even though the "judgment" of the great whore has already been declared, and that woman awaits the ultimate sentence of that judgment. The sentence which is described in Revelation 20:10-15 will be carried out when Christ returns on that appointed day (Acts 17:31). This is much like a criminal, tried and convicted, but waiting on death row for the sentence to be carried out. Except with the woman, there are no appeals. The question arises, did the woman represent a future system to be established, or a historical system already in operation ? The use of the name Babylon indicates it was an historical system which had been carried forward. Knowing this, let’s go back and examine briefly the Babylonian Empire under Nebuchadnezzar during the time Daniel was a Prophet. Nebuchadnezzar had dreamed a dream and saw a vision, and Daniel was called upon to declare and interpret that dream. Here is what Nebuchadnezzar saw.
"Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth."
Nebuchadnezzar saw these symbolic things in his dream and Daniel was given the wisdom to know what he saw and the interpretation thereof. "This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king. Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. "
And next comes the good part. "And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure." (Dan 2:31-45)
This image includes four of the kingdoms or empires that make up the seven horns or kings of the Beast that John saw in Revelation. Daniel’s interpretation of that Image was sure. Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, was the head of gold, and the Medo-Persian empire followed, and the Grecian empire followed, and the Roman Empire was the fourth. This is a vital part of Scripture interpreting Scripture. Daniel’s interpretation tells us that the Kingdom of God and of Christ, the chief corner stone, was established during the fourth kingdom or the Roman empire. Jesus began his ministry by preaching "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe the gospel" (Mark 1:15). Therefore the Roman Empire was the king described as the one that IS in Rev. 17:10 and we all know what the word IS means.
THE WOMAN AND THE BEAST
We are told that John saw this woman "sit upon a scarlet colored beast - having seven heads and ten horns (v. 3, 7). Then we are told that the seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth (v. 9) and "There are seven kings" (v. 10) and "the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings which received no kingdom" (v.12). Again scripture must interpret scripture. The ten kings with no kingdom correspond to the ten toes of the divided Roman Empire in Nebuchadnezzar’s Image. In 330AD, the Roman emperor Constantine the Great moved the capital of the Roman Empire from Rome to Byzantium (now Istanbul, Turkey). The city was renamed Constantinople in his honor. In 395 AD the Roman Empire divided into the West Roman Empire and the East Roman Empire. I put no stock in the futurist idea that the ten European Countries that make up the Common Market are these ten kings with no kingdom.
The Beast is the image or likeness of the dragon (CF Rev. 12:3 and 13:1), and is obviously an instrument being used of the Dragon. We are told the dragon gave the beast "his power, and his seat, and great authority" and "power was given him over ALL kindreds, and tongues, and nations" (Rev. 13:2, 7). The Beast like Daniel’s Image represents a series of or continuation of world empires or great kingdoms which have ruled over many people. We see the continuation of these empires in the fact that the seven heads of the beast are seven kings, five of which are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come (Rev. 17:10). We see the conflict within these empires, because the beast had power to make war against the saints (God’s elect), because they would not worship him, while ALL those who are not written in the Lamb’s book of life did worship the dragon and the beast (Rev. 13:4, 8). Putting this in perspective, it appears to me that all of this is about the age old battle of Satan versus God’s people, and the Devil’s attempt to prevent them from giving God glory and honor in true worship. "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Eph. 6:12). This battle has been going on since the Garden of Eden.
The dragon is not hard to identify, for we are told "And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his head" (Rev. 12:3), and "the great dragon" is identified as, "that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan" (Rev. 12:9). In dealing with the seven heads of the beast, (Rev 17:7) which are the same seven heads of the Dragon (Rev. 13:3), which are seven kings (with kingdoms) (Rev. 17:9-10), upon which the woman sits, we must now look for a total of six aggressive historical Babylonish Empires. We need only six because five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come (17:10). I suggest: Babel (or Babylon), the beginning of Nimrod’s Kingdom, was the first one started after the flood of 2390 BC, Assyria, the continuation of Nimrod’s Kingdom, and that great city of Nineveh, became the second, Babylon, the Kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar, which grew out of Nimrod’s beginning, was the third; the Persian Empire (Medo-Persian under Cyrus and Darius) was the fourth; the Grecian or Macedonian Empire under Alexander the Great was the fifth; and the Roman Empire was the sixth.
We could include Egypt and make the total seven, but how would we deal with these words, "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" (v. 10). Therefore, regardless of whether or not I have the six correct, the first five had fallen and the Roman Empire was the ONE that IS.
Everyone should agree with that. IF Roman Catholicism is supposed to be Mystery Babylon, it seems to me that the Beast that carries her, and the seven horns or seven kings would have to be in the future from the time Revelation was written. We would then need to identify the seven horns or seven kings or seven empires that existed from about 313AD or 590AD through 1999.
According to my calculation Roman Catholicism has been a false Babylonish religious system under the name of Christianity for at least the past 1,500 years.
But if Mystery Babylon is an historical ungodly religious system that began with Nimrod and will continue on until the end of time, the seventh king or world empire could arise at any time. If this is true, it may turn out that Satan has been loosed from the bottomless pit and the New World government under the anti-God United Nations is the seventh kingdom or world empire. In the lobby of the UN you will find the Babylonish Greek god Zeus. The UN, which was formed in 1945, attempts to overcome the language bearer God inflicted at the Tower of Babel (Gen. 11:4-9). I certainly believe that there are characteristics about this Beast that implies a ONE World government, for "power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations", a ONE World Economy, for "no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of the beast", and a ONE World Religious System, imposed on the people of the world, so much so, "that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed". IF this is true we can only pray that "when he cometh, he must continue a short space", provided that Jesus comes quickly. Even so, come, Lord Jesus, come !
THE WOMAN AND ROMAN CATHOLICISM
This woman called Mystery, Babylon the Great, is an easy type of Roman Catholicism (i.e. Romanism) for the futurist looking back on history. But was the "Great Whore" being presented as a prophetic event using the symbolism of Mystery Babylon, OR was this an imminent event "which must shortly come to pass" using the historical symbolism of Mystery Babylon. Roman
Catholicism was born out of the Roman Empire under Emperor Constantine the Great, about 313 AD. Romanism is the continuation of the mythological aspect of the Roman Empire under the name of "Christianity". After the fall of the Roman Empire this whore began adopting titles for her Popes instead of Emperors, starting about 590 AD with Pope Gregory the Great. Before this date those they call "Popes" were nothing more than "high and mighty" regional Bishops under the doctrine of the Nicolaitans as they separated the "clergy" from the "laity" and began their rule over the people. (Rev. 2:6, 15). While Romanism claims Popes all the way back to Peter, we know that is a lie, for Peter declared himself to be an Elder and condemned "being lords over God’s heritage" (I Peter 5:1-4). There is no evidence whatsoever that Peter and his wife or mother-in-law (Mark 1:30) were ever in Rome. When Peter wrote, "The Church that is at Babylon saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son" (I Pet. 5:13) he was talking about the church that was at Jerusalem as being at Babylon, and John Mark, called Marcus, the son of a Mary, who was the sister of Barnabas (Acts 15:36-39 with Col. 4:10).
We are told the number of the beast with seven heads and ten horns is the number of a man; and his number is 666 (Rev 13:1. 18). Some have connected that number with the Papal throne, which sits on a platform with six steps. We can also connect that number with Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, and with other Babylonish related religions. Paul speaks of "The man of sin - Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple as God, shewing himself that he is God" (II Thess. 2:4). Was Paul speaking of future Popes or of Titus, the prince of the Roman
Emperor and the people who were to come (Dan. 9:26) ? Was Paul speaking of future Popes sitting in the Vatican or of the Roman Emperor Vespasian who sat in the Temple before its destruction, with the Roman ensigns of their pagan gods, and mocked the God of glory. The destruction of the Temple caused the typical animal "sacrifice and oblation" of the Jewish economy to cease in 70AD according to Daniel’s prophecy. Destruction and judgment was brought upon the Jewish nation.
They had filled up the measure of their fathers. Their house was left unto them desolate, according to the words of Christ (Matt. 23:29-38).
But that happened forty (40) years after Jesus Christ had "confirmed the covenant with many" and then was cut off "in the midst of the week". It was Christ who caused "the sacrifice and oblation to cease" when he entered into the Heavenly Sanctuary and presented himself as the One Sacrifice that perfected forever them that are sanctified (Heb.9:23-28, 10:12-14) ? Roman Catholic Pope’s sit in the Vatican and claim to be the Vicar of Christ - a substitute for Christ. Such a claim by itself makes them an antichrist, for Christ sitteth on the right hand of the Majesty on high, and no man can sit in his seat. These Popes speak as infallible gods. They are bowed down to as gods. Those who approach them must kiss their hand or feet. However this was also true of Roman Emperor’s. I assume Bill Clinton had to kiss the ring or big toe of Pope Paul when he visited him in St. Louis, MO. But that’s another article.
Popes, like the Emperors of Rome, adopt "names" by which they are worshipped and many are "deified" as Saints upon their death. During the reformation many Protestant leaders declared Rome with her Popes to be the Mother of Harlots that "sitteth upon seven mountains" and "that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth" (Rev. 17:1,9,18). Sadly her Protestant daughters did not "come out of her" all the way and recently began reuniting with their Mother in an ecumenical movement which now includes many so called Protestant "Baptists". Primitive Baptists are not Protestants, but some of them are beginning to act like they are. Some Primitive Baptists are observing the same Roman holidays and engaged in the same types of practices, such as Ministerial Training, Missionism and Ecumenicism. Remember the plea of the seven women, "we will eat our own bread and wear our own apparel"? But I had better leave this for another time.
There is little doubt in my mind that the physical location of the great whore of Romanism sits on the seven hills of Rome. But, as I see it, Mystery, Babylon the Great, is more than Roman Catholicism by itself. Mystery Babylon began long before Roman Catholicism. Mystery Babylon is more than a denominational problem, it is a world wide system of "Babylonish" religious principles and practices that touches every form of Idolatry and Apostacy (Jew and Gentile) and every person that does not and will not walk in the path of righteousness.
To prove this we read: "And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him (the beast that carries the woman), whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear" (Rev. 13:8-9). These words include ALL religions and ALL people of ALL nations, excluding those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. God’s people are told, "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. (Rev. 18:4-6). Not ALL of God’s people are involved with Roman Catholicism, but ALL of God’s people are IN the world under one form of government (rule) or another. If a Babylonish Religious System dominates the government under which we live, it is up to God’s people to refuse to bow down to the image set before us. I point you to the three Hebrew children in Daniel 3:13-18 as proof of this. This is true whether that system be Romanism, Hinduism, Buddhist, Humanism, Materialism or any other form of Babylonish idolatry, in some foreign country or here in the United States. There is no shortage of "Babylonish garments and wedges of gold" right here at home, and some of them are being hid in Primitive Baptist churches.
THE NATURE OF MYSTERY BABYLON
Mystery Babylon began with Nimrod and the Tower of Babel, after the great flood. Nimrod’s philosophy, "Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach into the heaven; and let us make us a name –" has permeated down though the ages for almost 4,000 years. This philosophy can clearly be seen in the "great whore" arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, and "hath glorified herself" and tried to exalt herself above the God of Glory.
This is the same philosophy that existed in the King of Babylon who is called Lucifer in Isaiah 14, where God said, "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit." This philosophy can be seen in Nebuchadnezzar who said, "Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honor of my majesty" (Dan. 4:29-32). This philosophy dominates the Scientific efforts to manipulate and create life, and to prove man’s superiority over God or the non-existence of God. This philosophy can also be seen in denominational "religious practices" today, where so many have departed from the Faith and have given heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, and are building themselves "a kingdom". Sadly this departure is again happening among Primitive Baptists.
Nimrod’s kingdom of Babel spread to Assyria, wherein is located the cities of Nineveh and Babylon. But Mystery Babylon is not just speaking of the old physical kingdom of Babel or Babylon in Iraq, or Asshur in Assyria, for this System has spread throughout the earth to all succeeding kingdoms and nations. Mystery Babylon is spread around the world, "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". This includes nations which are not involved denominationally with Roman Catholicism, but are partakers of the Babylonish System of Religion.
This woman Mystery Babylon is a system of religious idolatry that "shall make war with the Lamb" and is "drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus". While Romanism has certainly persecuted the children of God, and perhaps more than any other part of this Babylonish system, Jesus said to the Apostate Jews, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee" (Matt. 23:37). Read again Ezekiel 16. The war against God’s people has been going on since Cain slew Abel, and includes heathen (Gentile) nations as well as Jewish apostates.
Mystery Babylon represents an all inclusive deliberate system of ungodly, anti-Godly, anti-Christ and devilish religious beliefs and practices. I believe this Mystery of Iniquity and Abominations of the Earth represents all man made false gods and doctrines of devils, whether they be vain imaginations, graven images, objects of nature, religious inventions or humans deified as gods. It goes far beyond simple error. It is a deliberate attempt to destroy the principles of Truth.
But thanks be unto God, The Truth as it is in Christ Jesus will prevail. The Dragon was cast out of heaven, and can no longer accuse the elect. Salvation was secured in Christ Jesus. The Kingdom of God was established, and for the Elect of God, Babylon IS fallen (Rev. 12:7-11, Isa. 14:12, John 12:28-33, Dan.7:9-14). "Alleluia; Salvation and glory and honor, and power, unto the Lord our God: For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand." -- "Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God" (Rev. 14:6-8, 19:1-9).
Mystery Babylon is a religious system that involves "Man-made gods and Men made gods". This is known as Idolatry and the study of it is called Mythology. The Lord willing we will start with that next time.
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Date: 11 Aug 2006
i enjoyed your view, however, the word i studied for "temple" that is used
in 2Tess is the same word Christ used when he said, "destroy this temple,
and in three days i will raise it up". there is a totally different word
used when referring to the actual temple in Jerusalem.
Date: 20 Jun 2009
Nowhere is the church called the bride of Christ. On top of that you didn't
even provide ANY scripture that says the church is the bride! YIKES!
Israel is the bride and Jerusalem (Israel) is the mother of the church!
The church is the BODY of Christ, not the bride of Christ. That would be a
logical impossibility. My own BODY cannot also be my BRIDE!!!!
Date: 24 Jan 2010
To say that mystery babylon is a religious system such as the catholic
church to be as such is to say that the church is in sexual imorality as the
world system is false to say that the popes exalts himself to be christ is
false it would rather be said that the pope is the temple of God in the
person of christ in a blessed position in fullness of the Holy spirit in a
authority directed and guided by christ, by which you despise the place of
authority that God has put the pope in. You are just like your father luther
in his rebellious state and rebellion is what you tell me.