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"And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY,
BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH" (Revelation 17:5).
by Tom Stewart
(Part 1) The Purpose and History of Babylon the Great ---New Window
Any attempt to describe the final destruction of Babylon
the Great-- "THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH"-- demands
an identification of that system, i.e., its purpose, history, as well as present
and prophetic future... Understanding the true nature of Babylon the Great is as
simple as knowing whether a child is good or bad. "Even
a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right" (Proverbs 20:11). It only
remains for God's people to "judge
righteous judgment" (John
7:24) concerning Babylon the Great. To act consistently
with that understanding, will require coming out of her that
"ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive
not of her plagues" (Revelation 18:4).
(Part 2) The Reformation and the Church of Rome ---New Window
By Divine Authority, the Apostle John was directed to
align Nimrod's Babylon with the finally destroyed Babylon of Daniel's 70th Week (Daniel 9:27), which indicates
a clear line of succession for Babylon the Great.
Other servants of this Divine Authority Of The WORD Of God which follow this example
Charles Chiniquy (1809-1899): "Rome is... that Modern Babylon"
-Fifty Years in the Church of Rome, (1886).
John Wycliffe (1324-1384): "the supreme authority of Scripture...
Christ's law sufficeth by itself to rule Christ's Church." -On the Truth
and Meaning of Scripture, (c.1380).
Martin Luther wrote, "I know that the Papacy is none other than
the kingdom of Babylon, and the violence of Nimrod the mighty hunter" -The
Babylonish Captivity of the Church, (October 6th 1520).
Alexander Hislop: "Rome as the Apocalyptic Babylon... Let every
Christian henceforth and for ever treat it as an outcast from the pale of Christianity.
Instead of speaking of it as a Christian Church, let it be recognised and regarded
as the Mystery of Iniquity, yea, as the very Synagogue of Satan." -The Two
Babylons: Or, The Papal Worship Proved to be the Worship of Nimrod and His Wife,
James A. Wylie (1808-1890): "From the fourth century... the Bible
began to be hidden from the people... the clergy usurped authority over the members
of the Church... While the, 'living oracles' [Scripture] were neglected, the zeal
of the clergy began to spend itself upon rites and ceremonies borrowed from the pagans.
These were multiplied to such a degree, that [even] Augustine complained that they
were 'less tolerable than the yoke of the Jews under the law.'" -History
of Protestantism, vol. 1, pgs. 16,18, (1878).
It has always been, is, and will always be right for those who name "the Name
of Christ [to] depart from iniquity" (2Timothy
2:19) by separating themselves from Babylon the Great.
"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the LORD, and
touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you" (2Corinthians
3) The Ecumenical Movement and the Church of Rome ---New Window
It has been an historic dogma of the Catholic Church that "outside
the [Catholic] Church there
is no salvation". "They
could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary
by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it or to remain in it" (from "The Catechism of the Catholic Church" , paragraph
846). This was intended by the Papacy to place the world in universal need
of coming to Rome to receive the benefits of their ecumenical salvation...
"An important affirmation made in the early phase
of collaboration between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches
was that the two share in 'one and the same ecumenical movement'... The oneness
of the ecumenical movement refers fundamentally to its orientation towards a 'common
calling'" (from the WCC's "Towards a Common
Understanding and Vision of the World Council of Churches", paragraph 2.10)...
The Harlot Church of Rome is an implacable enemy of Jehovah Jesus, for she is the
Great Whore... and the World Council of Churches' "common
calling" collaboration with the Church of Rome
is spiritual adultery. "Can two walk together,
except they be agreed?" (Amos
3:3). Rome's doctrine damns her faithful, and her history
betrays her origin-- Babylon. "Flee out of the
midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity;
for this is the time of the LORD'S vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence" (Jeremiah 51:6)...
The Roman Catholic Church (RCC) is not a member
of the World Council of Churches (WCC); and, it has never applied for membership.
Rome saith, "I sit a queen, and am no widow, and
shall see no sorrow" (Revelation
18:7). "The RCC's
self-understanding has been one reason why it has not joined"
(from an FAQ at the WCC's website , which asks if the Roman Catholic Church
is a member of the World Council of Churches). Rome understands that the Road
of Ecumenism does not lead to Geneva-- the WCC's headquarters-- but it leads
back to Rome...
One of the "principal concerns" of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) was the "restoration
of unity among all Christians" (from the Second
Vatican Council, "Decree on Ecumenism- Unitatis Redintegratio", paragraph
1)... Commenting on the term "ecumenical movement", the "Decree on Ecumenism" stated that "when
the obstacles to perfect ecclesiastical communion have been gradually overcome, all
Christians will at last, in a common celebration of the Eucharist, be gathered into
the one and only Church in that unity which Christ bestowed on His Church from the
beginning. We believe that this unity subsists in the Catholic Church as something
she can never lose, and we hope that it will continue to increase until the end of
time" (from the Second Vatican Council, "Decree
on Ecumenism- Unitatis Redintegratio", paragraph 4). And indeed, the "leopard [has not changed]
4) Come Out of Her, My People ---New Window
Or, Love Alone Will Cause Us to Obey the Command to Separate From Babylon the Great
"Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers
of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues"
Discussions of End Time Events, i.e., the Pre-Tribulational
Rapture, and Chronologies, i.e., an expectation of being Raptured before the Year
2000 ("Y2K"), are intensely interesting, but our conduct in the
meantime is of the utmost importance... Thus, when the Word of God gives the command
to separate from Babylon the Great, it remains only for the instructed Believer to
make the personal application required for their situation-- and depart from
Babylon. "And I heard another Voice from Heaven,
saying, Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that
ye receive not of her plagues" (Revelation 18:4). Love will always
obey, for "if
ye love me, keep My Commandments" (John 14:15) is the cry
and command of our LORD and Saviour.
If we were to "speak with the tongues of men and
of angels" (1Corinthians
13:1) without the obedience of Love, then we
would be as empty and worthless "as sounding brass,
or a tinkling cymbal" (13:1). If we possessed the "gift of
prophecy", understood "all
mysteries, and all knowledge", and had "all faith" to "remove mountains", but
did not have loving obedience to the command to come out of Babylon the Great,
then we would be as "nothing" in the sight of God (13:2). If we bestowed all our "goods
to feed the poor" and gave our bodies "to be burned", it "profiteth" us "nothing" (13:3). Whatever we say, if we will not come out of Babylon the Great,
we do not love God. "Therefore to him that
knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin" (James 4:17).
Love: Christ's Example
for Our Obedience
Coming Out of Babylon.
The Humanity of Christ.
Sanctified by Suffering.
A Faith Which Worketh by Love.
God Worketh in Us to Will and to Do.
Love is Perfected in Them That Obey Him.
Following the Example of Christ.
Obedience is a Test of Sonship.
The Secret to a Life of Obedience is to Abide in Christ.
The Inclination to Obey God.
Forgetting Our First Love.
Repentance Restores Obedience.
Separation: Christ's Example
for Our Holiness
To Be Separate From Sinners Describes Christ's
The Son of Man Chose to Be Holy.
All Honor to the Son of Man for the Magnificent Work He Displayed in His Earthly
Our LORD Jesus Christ Lived His Earthly Life by Faith.
Separation According to the Spirit and Not the Letter of the Law.
The Religion of the Pharisees Was a Hypocritical Contradiction.
True Scriptural Separation is Simply the Practice of Holiness.
If We Refuse to Separate From Sin, Then God Must Separate From Us.
Our Separation From Babylon the Great Will Place Us Outside the Camp Bearing the
Reproach-- With Jesus.
Judgment: Christ's Example
for Our Righteousness
The Righteous Judge Demonstrated How We
Ought to Righteously Judge.
Hypocritical Judgment is the Unrighteous Judgment That is Forbidden.
Ye Shall Do No Unrighteousness in Judgment.
Meekly Restoring a Fallen Brother is Judging Righteous Judgment.
Standing in Faith is Judging Righteous Judgment.
Opposing the Antichrist During the Tribulation Week is Judging Righteous Judgment.
Refusing the Mark of the Beast During Daniel's 70th Week is Judging Righteous Judgment.
For the Tribulation Saints, Blessing Will Come Upon Those Who Judged Righteous Judgment.
Separating From Babylon the Great is to Stand With Christ in the Judgment.
(Part 5) Billy Graham: Christianity's Modern
"Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love
them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD"
A thoughtful evaluation of the ministry of Billy Graham
will reveal that Billy Graham has been mightily used of Satan to break down the
walls of separation between the Godly and the ungodly. "And
ye shall be holy unto Me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other
people, that ye should be Mine" (Leviticus 20:26).
It will also reveal that Billy Graham's most effective work for Babylon the Great
has been that of masquerading as a Bible believing evangelist-- doing "the work of the LORD deceitfully"
(Jeremiah 48:10)-- seducing unwary Pilgrims into laying aside the "Sword
of the Spirit" (Ephesians 6:17) in the name of
Christian Love and Unity. If the Pope had approached the Bible-Believing-Evangelical-Community
with the need for Ecumenical Unity in previous generations, he would have been viewed
with suspicion-- on account of the corruptions of the Medieval Catholic Church, the
terrors of the Inquisition, the wicked absurdity of Papal infallibility, etc. "Ye shall know them by their fruits" (Matthew
(Part 6) The Final Judgment of the Great
Whore ---New Window
"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"
We have only focused on the most pervasive and conspicuous
manifestation of the Great Whore in this present Church Age-- the institution of
Roman Catholicism. "And here is the mind which
hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth"
(Revelation 17:9). Rather than viewing Catholicism as
merely one of many manifestations of the LORD Jesus Christ's Church, the Church of
Rome's history demonstrates it to be entirely transformed from the Primitive Church
of the Apostles into the abominable Babylon the Great...
As we approach the Tribulation Week, the pace is quickening
as "evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse,
deceiving, and being deceived" (2Timothy 3:13).
We need to remember that the Church of Rome has been "Satan's
seat" (Revelation 2:13) for more than a millennium...
"when the obstacles to perfect ecclesiastical communion have been gradually
overcome, all Christians will at last, in a common celebration of the Eucharist,
be gathered into the one and only Church" (from
the Second Vatican Council, "Decree on Ecumenism- Unitatis Redintegratio",
paragraph 4)... Rome's
"patience" in achieving the universal domination that describes her name,
i.e., catholic, ought to be observed by even the Godly... Pope John Paul II tenaciously
stated his commitment to the global union awaiting the Church at the New Millennium,
"I myself intend to promote every suitable initiative
aimed at making the witness of the entire Catholic community understood in its full
purity and consistency, especially considering the engagement which awaits the
Church at the threshold of the new Millennium
[WStS emphasis added]...
Does the Roman Catholic Church-- Babylon the Great--
endorse or promote the United Religions Initiative (URI)? If "in
her [Babylon the Great] was
found the blood of prophets, and of Saints, and of all that were slain upon
the Earth" (Revelation 18:24), then the UR must
eventually become attached to the Pope and the Church of Rome for the UR to be identified
as Babylon the Great... This
writer is persuaded that Babylon the Great, which is essentially Roman Catholicism,
must soon incorporate with the United Religions, if the Pope still desires the
headship of the world's religions, i.e., to be the False Prophet... Accordingly,
the Papal celebration of the "Jubilee of the Year 2000" includes:
- (1) "An Interreligious Encounter": "As one millennium draws to a close and the next looms near,
it has been thought appropriate to invite a certain number of people belonging to
different religious traditions to come together for a few days reflection. This interreligious
encounter, which is being organized by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious
Dialogue, will take place in Rome 24-29 October 1999"
(from the Vatican website), and
- (2) a "Day of Reflection on lnterreligious Dialogue":
"An invitation to prayer and reflection addressed
particularly to Catholics... fixed for Pentecost Sunday in the year 2000... Pentecost
is a sign that Babel can be overcome, that harmony can be achieved, and this finally
is the goal of interreligious dialogue... for Christians to remember that they are
not Christians just for themselves alone, but that they are called to relate to other
believers and indeed to all members of humanity"
(from the Vatican website). But for those who look for their LORD and a soon Pre-Tribulational
Rapture, "God hath not appointed us to wrath, but
to obtain Salvation by our LORD Jesus Christ" (1Thessalonians
In the Book of Revelation, we find a description
of Babylon the Great (17:1-18), her final destruction (18:1-24), and the rejoicing
in Heaven at the judgment of the Great Whore (19:1-4)... Antichrist turns against
Babylon the Great 8-9 days prior to the End of the Tribulation Week... "Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her
sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues" (Revelation
18:4). This most important
message of God to those who would be preserved from Divine Destruction is to COME
OUT OF BABYLON NOW.
End of Series.
The whole world knows there was a Reformation.
They've just forgotten why.
They're going back to Babylon
and the LORD is ANGRY.