Have you ever noticed that the bible predicts the Antichrist will use one religious group to gain power, and then he will destroy that group? Why would he destroy his “friends”? Who are these people?
This woman “rides” the beast, which implies that she thinks that she can control him, and she is using him to gain power. I think the evidence is that they are using each other to gain power. She is called “the mother of harlots” but where are these daughters in this picture? I think the evidence is that they are allied with her, though perhaps not quite absorbed into her.
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.
15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. 17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. 18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth. Revelation 17:3-5, & 15-18
Have you ever wondered just who this group is? Most people focus on the woman in question, and most would state that she is the Roman Catholic church, or Rome. I would have to agree to a point. She certainly has an association with Rome, but I don’t believe the city in question is Rome. The only city named in this passage is actually Babylon, Iraq. I would suggest that ultimately the Church of Rome will have to move its headquarters, but that’s not what this article is about.
Notice in verse 6, John says “ I wondered with great admiration”. Why would John have such wonder over this woman and her daughters? The answer is that she, and they, proclaim themselves to be the Church of Jesus Christ! John saw a woman who looked somewhat like the bride of Christ, and yet she is guilty of the blood of the martyrs of Jesus!
What is a daughter? It may seem a strange question, but the answer identifies the daughters of the Harlot. A daughter is the same kind of entity as her mother. If the mother is a woman, her daughters will be women like their mother. If the mother is a church, then her daughters will also be churches, like their mother. Who are the churches who came out of Rome? These are the protestant denominations, including the Baptists!
While loudly decrying some of the errors of Rome, these Churches have all clung to other of her errors.
This fact explains why the Antichrist and his cohorts will destroy this woman and her daughters, even though they will support him, and persecute the true believers with him. These churches have an allegiance to a Jesus Christ! While they initially support the Antichrist, and work with him to form a world government, they will balk when he declares himself to be the Son of God, and he knows this. They will never accept him as the Son of God. This is why they must be destroyed before he declares himself God in the flesh!
This is exactly the same reason why Jesus hates these harlots. Their allegiance is to another Jesus, and not to the Jesus of the bible! Over the centuries they have created a Jesus in their own image! Slowly, they have added characteristics to Jesus which He never claimed as His, and removed characteristics which He does claim, so that eventually their Jesus became a creation of their own minds! Their Jesus looks a lot like them, and doesn’t have the power to save!
Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. 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. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. II Corinthians 11:1-4
It’s like this; lets say, for argument’s sake, that I was preaching the gospel of Shiva (I’m not, but please bear with me for a moment). Let’s suppose that I said that Shiva was the only begotten son of God, that he came to earth and lived a perfect life, was crucified for your sins, and was raised the third day.
Any Christian would say that I have ascribed the biblical gospel to a false god, and they would be correct.
Now what difference is there if I preach that same gospel, and say it is about Jesus Christ, but then I add characteristics of Shiva to Jesus, while still calling him “Jesus”? Can that gospel save? I don’t think so. That would be another gospel, even though is has a surface similarity to the biblical gospel.
So, what if someone preaches a Jesus, but adds characteristics of the pagan god Tammuz, to Him? This is the same thing, and this is exactly what the Roman Catholic church has done. December 25 was the ancient celebration of the birth of Tammuz, the son of the “virgin” queen Semiramus, and it was a celebration of conspicuous consumption. This celebration took place in Rome at the time of Christ, and you will not find it in the bible, because Jesus and His disciples did not take part in pagan celebrations!
Jesus is the name above all names, but the name itself is not a magical name! Getting saved is not a magic spell you say in the name of Jesus! It is the person behind the name who does the saving! He has revealed Himself in His word, the Holy bible, and any deviation from that text is adding characteristics to Him that He does not approve of! This is a very dangerous thing, yet most “Christians” do it with impunity. They do it so often that they don’t even know they are doing it!
Take for example the subject of wine. The bible declares that Jesus made wine at a wedding in Cana, in John chapter 2. There is a certain body of “Christians” who will tell you that Jesus did not make wine at this wedding, “because wine is sinful”. They will tell you that the word “oinos” could mean wine, or it could mean grape juice, depending on the context. Then they will tell you that if Jesus made it, the context would dictate that it must be grape juice! This is a lie.
These men ignore the fact that there was a Greek word for grape juice, “trux”, which was available to the bible’s authors, if that was what they meant. They also ignore the fact that the master of the feast thought the beverage was wine. “the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,10And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: butthou hast kept the good wine until now.” John 2:9b-10
These men ignore the fact that Jesus Himself declared that he drank wine;
For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners! But wisdom is justified of all her children. Luke 7:33-35
Think about what He is saying here. He is contrasting himself with John the Baptist (Baptizer). What John did not do, Jesus did, and it did not matter to the Pharisees; they condemned both! These men, who deny the plain teaching of the word of God, have made themselves enemies of this same Jesus, even while pretending to be His ministers!
What are they actually saying? Aren’t they saying that God was unable to say what He really meant, and that it is up to them to correct Him? Aren’t they asking us to deny the plain teaching of the Word of God, and put their interpretation ahead of that of the Holy Spirit! Aren’t they actually lifting themselves above God? Some of these men will go to great lengths to show us that we should believe the plain-sense, literal teaching of the bible, and then they go and contradict themselves on this subject!
I’m afraid these men would not recognize the real Jesus if He were in a room with them! They have created a false Jesus for the sake of the “good cause” of preventing men from drinking alcohol! Jesus never commanded them to do this, they took it upon themselves! In other words; Who determines right and wrong for these people? Is it God, or is it themselves? By going above and beyond the Scriptures they have put themselves in God’s place! Scripture actually forbids men from doing this, yet these men have no fear of God!
This is a technique the protestant, and Baptist, churches learned from Rome. It is one thing they clung to, when they left their mother! They employ the same kind of Scripture twisting methods whenever the plain teaching of the Word of God conflicts with their traditions! The same kind of rationale is used on a number of subjects such as Sunday worship, Christmas, Easter celebrations, and in a wide range of subjects. By doing this they have created a Jesus in their own image!
The Word of God is sandwiched between two commands not to tamper with God’s Word in any way;
Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. Deuteronomy 4:2
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, andfrom the things which are written in this book. Revelation 22:18-19
I know that many professing Christians would protest “But that’s not us”! But it is! I was raised in such a church, and it has taken some 50 years to realize that their Jesus is significantly different than the Jesus depicted in the Scriptures! This is the “falling away” that Paul wrote of in II Thessalonians 2:3. It didn’t happen over night, but has taken centuries to blossom into full-blown apostasy.
This is why the Lord puts it into the hearts of the Antichrist, and the ten kings of Revelation 17, to destroy the Harlot and her daughters. This, amazingly, is the one thing the Lord Jesus and the Antichrist have in common…a burning hatred of the Harlot. The Antichrist hates her because he knows she has an allegiance to a Jesus, albeit a false Jesus, and Jesus hates her because her allegiance is to another Jesus!
So how will the Antichrist enlist the support of this Harlot? He will talk about “Christ” and will espouse a form of morality commonly practised by “Christians”. Christians will jump on these as signs that he is a Christian, and will climb on his bandwagon without carefully investigating what he is really about. Many German, and some western, Christians followed the same pattern with Hitler!
The Beast will be from a Muslim nation and this change in an Arab leader will lead professing Christians to welcome him as a “Man of God”.
True believers will stand firm against this man, and they will be persecuted by the Harlot because they are fighting against “God’s man for the world”! The Antichrist will not reveal his true intentions, until after the Harlot and her daughters have been destroyed! By then it will be too late!
Think what I am saying is wrong? Check out Judah’s Lion’s analysis on the state of the modern Church.