I discussed the origins and rise to power of the Antichrist in my previous post. Now I’ll add a footnote, of sorts, to focus on who backs him in his lust to rule the one world government. We find the most details about his supporter in Revelation 17 & 18.
Revelation 14:8 gives us the general prophecy that the whore, who is the great city spiritually known as Babylon, will fall. In Revelation 17 & 18, an angel takes John on a tour to reveal who this whore is and to give details about her fall, as briefly mentioned in Rev. 14.
1…Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 2With 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. 3So 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.
4And 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: 5And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus… [Revelation 17]
Notice how the beast is red, having seven heads and ten horns, just like his spiritual father the dragon [Satan] in Rev. 12:3. The great whore sits on the beast and we know that whenever a human sits on a beast, it means they have control over the beast. This beast is the same as the one mentioned in Rev. 13, only this time he is scarlet. He is full of the names of blasphemy because blaspheming God is what he lives for, as he himself claims to be God.
The whore wears purple and scarlet clothing with high end accessories to show off her wealth and to act as if she is royalty. If we fast forward to see who this harlot is, we can then understand why she has what she does as she sits on the beast.
9And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. …18And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth. [Rev. 17]
The only city that reigned over the kings of the earth when Revelation was written is the city of Rome and it sits on seven hills, or mountains. Several theologians have tried to argue against this, but the word of God is clear. The same Rome that ruled the earth then still rules the earth now through the Vatican. Rome never really went away as a world power, it just changed itself into the Roman Catholic system and sent their agents throughout the world to have a hand in the affairs of men, whether in government or the private sector, whether in putting leaders in power or taking them out of power, or in some cases, snuffing them out. Through its Inquisitions and Crusades, it has shed more blood of Jews and Christians than any other organization on Earth. I know the fact that I’m pointing this out upsets many people, but it’s the truth.
If you look at Roman Catholic leaders when they dress for special occasions in Vatican City or throughout the world, you will see purple and scarlet, gold, precious stones, and pearls. The whore in Rev. holds a golden cup of abominations and filthiness because she has committed practically every abomination God said he was against in the Bible, from murder to fornication to sodomy to idolatry.
Do I hate Roman Catholics? No, I don’t. Jesus died for all mankind and loves all mankind. But as a genuine Christian, it is my duty to “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [express disapproval of, correct] them,” [Ephesians 5:11]. I pray that those caught up in Roman Catholicism will see the light and come out of her.
She is called “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” because much of the evil things done in the Roman Catholic system are done in secret, its spiritual roots of seeking world domination and its idolatry go back to Nimrod and his tower of Babel which is how Babylon was founded, and she plays the harlot with shady back door deals–“bedding down” with politicians and religious leaders and businessmen and criminals all over the world to glorify herself. The Vatican is considered a nation whose religion is Roman Catholicism.
I will now give two major examples of how Rome has affected the world stage. Rez Aslan, author of No god But God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, admits in his book that Islam was founded to “Christianize” the Arabs. What he didn’t point out is that Roman Catholicism in its quest to take over the world did not like the resistance of the Arabs to their religion. So they recruited the prophet Mohammed through Khadija, his first wife, and worked with him on establishing a religion with a holy book and “visions” from God. Then they could claim that followers of this religion are considered saved by Roman Catholic standards. If you look at the Catechism, it says Muslims have salvation.
Karl Marx was a devout Catholic and the Vatican worked with him to come up with a government system where the government could own all of its citizens’ property. He wrote his Communist Manifesto in 1848 under their tutelage and they gave us the communist/socialist system. Is it any wonder why they both share a love for the color red?
If you read Rev. 18, it gives an extensive list on the commerce that takes place in Rome even today. Verse 13 even says they trade in slaves and souls of men. “Souls of men” speaks to how religion is used for their profit and the mention of slavery highlights why human trafficking is such a problem there today just as it was when Revelation was written.
At some point the beast and the ten kings who back him will tire of Rome and the Roman Catholic system [Rev. 17:16-17]. This is in spite of the fact that the Vatican helps bring the beast to power. As I mentioned in my previous post, the Antichrist will double cross the leaders he has an agreement with. Then God will use this as an opportunity to destroy Rome along with Roman Catholicism and the beast with his 10 kings will look to Jerusalem as their new headquarters, setting the stage for the abomination of desolation.
Revelation 17: 8 and 11 tells us the beast was, and is not, and yet is. This may be referring to the kingdom on which his belief system is based, which is the same system of the whore–Babylon. Nimrod set up the original Babel to be the first one world leader. It became Babylon and he was worshipped by the people. Every pagan system since has been based on the idolatry of the people of Babel who desire a man-god. Nimrod became Baal, the sun god. So this beast of Babel was [it existed in ancient times], and is not [the physical kingdom died out when God confused their language], and yet is [the pagan principles it established still exist].
10And 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. 11And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. [Rev. 17]
This verse is talking about the most famous and powerful kingdoms to have existed. The five that have fallen are Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, and Greece. The one that “is” existed during John’s time and continues today–the Roman Empire. The other is not yet come because it is the one that Antichrist and his 10 kings will establish in the future, but it won’t last very long. Nevertheless, Antichrist represents the remnants of the aspirations of the kingdoms that came before him and is therefore “of the seven.”
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–