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Revealing The Mysterious Harlot Of Revelations!
Who Is She???
"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: 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. 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. 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: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 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. And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. 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. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast .These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. 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. 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. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth." (Rev 17:1-18)
Who is the mysterious 'Harlot" of Revelation 17? This is a puzzle to millions of people-and even to many theologians. Yet the Word of God devotes most of an entire chapter-plus many references elsewhere--to this vital topic.
Whoever this great "Harlot" is, she is very powerful. She has, and will in the future, MARTYR untold millions of human beings. She is destined to dramatically CHANGE the lives of every one of you who read this article! This Harlot sits astride a system encompassing many nations and peoples, "Then he said to me, 'The waters which you saw, where the Harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues"' (Revelation 17:15). And she continues to exist right up to the Second Coming of Christ! For God's Word describes the "ten horns" or ten KINGS (v. 12) which will arise at that time: "These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.... And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire"(vv. 14, 16).
Modern theologians and Bible commentaries try to be "politically correct" in their references to this great Harlot. For instance, notice this comment from the Expositor's Bible Commentary, Vol. 12, pp. 553-554:"In an important sense, the interpretation of this chapter controls the interpretation of the whole Book of Revelation. For a majority of exegetes, Babylon represents the city of Rome. The beast stands for the Roman Empire as a whole, with its subject provinces and peoples. The seven hills (v. 9) are the seven selected dynasties of Roman emperors from Augustus to Domitian. The ten kings are heads of lesser and restless states, eager to escape their enslavement to the colonizing power. john's prediction of the fall of Babylon is his announcement of the impending dissolution of the Roman Empire in all its aspects."
Though these scholars may be sincere, it is amazing that they seem either unwilling or unable to see that the "woman" - the great Harlot- "RIDES" the Beast. She is clearly set forth as being distinctly SEPARATE from the Beast-the empire with ten final kings giving their power and authority to one super-dictator also called the "Beast." Obviously, the woman cannot "ride" the Beast and at the same time be the Beast!
Many Biblical scholars do realize, however, that the Beast of Revelation 17 is the Roman Empire and its "revivals" in various forms.
Who IS This "Woman"?
Please understand. Throughout the New Testament, the term "woman" is used as a symbol for a church. For instance, the Apostle Paul writes the Church of God at Corinth, "Oh, that you would bear with me in a little folly; and indeed you do bear with me. For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:1-2). Clearly, the True and Faithful Church is here described as "betrothed" to Jesus Christ-in the position of an engaged woman to her fiancé who is Jesus Christ.
In Ephesians 5:23-24, Paul writes, "For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything." Again, the analogy clearly identifies the True and Faithful Church as being in the position of a woman-a wife who is submissive to her husband, Christ. And in Revelation 12:1-5, we read the inspired account of the "woman" -this time ancient Israel, the "CHURCH in the wilderness" (Acts 7:38, KJV) -being used by God to bring forth the Messiah, "a male child who was to RULE all nations with a rod of iron."
Verse 5 picks up the story about "the woman" - -fleeing into the wilderness to "a place prepared by God." The following verses make it even more evident that this "woman" is, in fact, representing Israel, God's Chosen people that are protected by God Himself from the wrath of Satan. near the end of the Great Tribulation.
So when we come to the "woman" of Revelation 17, it should be very obvious that-letting the Bible interpret its own symbols-this woman is indeed a church or church system. However, this church system, which we call the Counterfeit or False church, "sitting on a scarlet beast" (v. 3) is truly a spiritual "harlot."
For she has entered into adulterous alliances with the leaders and kings of this world (v. 2). And the inhabitants of the earth are made spiritually "drunk" because of her false teachings. She is a 'mother" church-giving birth to spiritual Daughter, "harlots" (v. 5). And, as indicated, she deals in "mysteries," as did the ancient pagan religions before her.
A PERSECUTING Church
Also, this "woman" is a great PERSECUTING church. For John was inspired to write, "I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement" (v. 6). Please think about that.
Who is this great fallen woman-a powerful church system which has and which will again be "drunk with the blood of the SAINTS" ? Obviously, she persecutes the True Christians-the True "saints" of God. They are described in Revelation 14:12: "Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus."
In contrast to the Commandment/Gospel-keeping True and Faithful Bible Believing Church Jesus Christ founded, this great apostate church system and her subsequent "daughter" churches and religious organizations [her offspring] REJECT the need to keep the Ten Commandments and the True Word of The Gospels as a WAY of life! Somehow, in their spiritual drunkenness, they manage to reason around the plain and clear teachings of Jesus: "IF you want to enter into life, KEEP the commandments" (Matthew 19:17).
Historically, do we read about a great church system that did persecute millions of people during the Middle Ages? Did such a church system actually exist?
In his well-documented book, A Woman Rides the Beast (pp. 243-244), author Dave Hunt describes what the "woman" did for many hundreds of years up to and through the Middle Ages:
"Thus Roman Catholicism became "the most persecuting faith the world has ever seen... [commanding] the throne to impose the [Universal] - [Catholic] religion on all its subjects. Innocent III murdered far more [of the True] Christians in one afternoon... than any Roman emperor did in his entire reign."
Will Durant writes candidly: "Compared with the persecution of heresy in Europe from 1227 to 1492, the persecution of Christians by Romans in the first three centuries after Christ was a mild and humane procedure.
Making every allowance required by an historian and permitted to a Christian, we must rank the Inquisitions (where thousands of True and Faithful Christians were tortured and killed, many being burned at the stake), the Crusades, the so called holy wars along with the wars and persecutions of our time, as among the darkest blots on the record of mankind, revealing a ferocity unknown in any beast.
Many Thousands of Jews were slaughtered, by marauding Catholic Crusaders, in the Rhine Valley of Germany, and in other countries as well as the murder of thousands of Jews and others in the Holy Land.
So when John saw this "woman" or the apostate, counterfeit, false church system "drunk with the BLOOD of the saints," he was certainly not exaggerating. Even scores of Catholic writers have been mightily embarrassed about what their church practiced for the last 1700 years. For with the vast record of homosexual and pedophile priests sodomizing young men, of lesbian Nuns, of the beatings, killings and physical-sexual abuse of children in their care, of many Popes, Cardinals, Bishops, Monsignors, Priests, Monks, some openly and others secretly maintaining mistresses, many of them Nuns and fathering illegitimate children all over Italy and then later through out the whole world, many of these babies were killed at birth and buried in unmarked graves to hide their existence and prevent scandal and embarrassment, high offices in the church being offered and bought for money by criminals, monarchs, politicians and all manner of ne'er -do-wells, who used the Catholic church as a sanctuary, a place to hide - it has seemed to many objective historians that this powerful church was the veritable embodiment of evil in nearly every aspect.
During the last 1,700 years, the Roman Catholic Church has put to death hundreds of thousands she believed to be heretics -- Jews, dissident Catholics, Protestants, Anabaptists, Hussites, Lollards, Waldenses, Albigenses and many others in distant lands who refused to convert to the 'one true church.' In the forth century, Constantine the Roman Emperor that founded the Universal Catholic Church, murdered some 500,000 Jews .Today, the Roman Catholic Church calls people who hold these very same opinions 'separated brethren' and teaches it is wrong to persecute on the basis of religious belief. Which church is right? The church which killed those who dispute her teachings, or the church which treats other Christians -- and even other religions -- as alternative pathways to heaven?
Daniel's "Little Horn"
The prophet Daniel was inspired to describe the leadership of this "Mysterious Harlot", this "Universal" foully, corrupt "Romanized/Babylonian style Religious System" as a "little horn." After describing the four great ruling kingdoms of the Gentile world-Babylon, Medo-Persia, Alexander's Greco-Macedonian Empire and finally Rome-Daniel then describes a "little horn" coming up among the early resurrections of the Roman Empire: "I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words." (Daniel 7:8).
In (Daniel 7: 25-27) of this same chapter, Daniel is inspired to describe the actions of this pompous "little horn" and how it would last right up to Christ's return and His RULE over the nations: "He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time. But the court shall be seated, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and destroy it forever. Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him."
Notice that this "little horn" is different from the pagan Roman empire (Daniel 7:24), for it is, in fact, a RELIGIOUS empire! Note also that the human leader[s] of this foul system speaks "pompous words" against God, persecutes the true Christians and intends to change TIMES and LAW. This is a direct reference to the fact that the Catholic Church fostered the idea that the Ten Commandments were subsumed to church authority and that they CHANGED God's commanded seventh-day Sabbath (Exodus 20:8-11; Hebrews 4:9-11). They substituted the pagan "day of the sun" in place of God's Sabbath.
Renowned modern historian Will Durant writes, "The serious temper of the Jewish Sabbath was transferred to the Christian Sunday that replaced it in the second century" (The Story of Civilization, vol. 3, 1972, p. 599). How did this happen?
A Roman Catholic study course tells us that "the [Roman] Church transferred the obligation from Saturday to Sunday" (Father Smith Instructs Jackson). The Catholic Mirror agrees: "The Catholic Church... by virtue of her Divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday" (Sept. 23, 1893).
The Papacy Predicted in Advance
As we have seen, the "little horn" of Daniel is describing this false church system and especially its spokesman, possibly a latter day pope, a Charismatic Religious Leader, the last one, speaking "pompous words." In the New Testament, God inspired the Apostle John to describe the "resurrection" of the final Beast, the Revived Roman Empire (Revelation 13:1-10). Then, in verses 11-1 "another beast" is described as rising up who looks like a "Lamb," Christ, but speaks like a "dragon" Satan the devil (Revelation 12:9)
This exceedingly clever and sinister "FALSE PROPHET" exercises all the power of the "Beasts" kingdom ( the revived Roman Empire) in his presence and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the beast ( The Antichrist) whose deadly wound was healed in other words, this great False Prophet is able to sway most mankind to stand in awe of, and OBEY the revived Roman Empire. Then we read, "He performs great SIGNS, so that he even makes FIRE come down from heaven the earth in the sight of men. And he DECEIVES those who dwell the earth by those signs which was granted to do in the sight the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived" (vv. 13-14).
As this system developed, a "man of sin" would be revealed audaciously taking to himself title and authority that belong only GOD. He was to sit as a veritable "god" in the temple of God-using some of the very titles of God. fact, though Jesus called God "Holy Father," Catholics call their pope "Most Holy Father" and "Vicar of Christ" -which literally means "in place of Christ"!
Dave Hunt describes the blasphemous pretentions of papacy:
The total submission that Rome requires has been expressed by many popes, but none said it more clearly than Nicholas 1 (858-867ad): "it is evident that the popes can neither be bound nor unbound by any earthly power, nor even by that of the apostle [Peter], if he should return upon the earth; since Constantine the Great has degreed that the pontiffs held the place of God upon earth, the divinity not being able to be judged by any living man. We are, then, infallible, and whatever may be our acts, we are not accountable for them but to ourselves". (A Woman Rides the Beast, pp. 153-154).
Pope John Paul ll continues his rule over a resurgent modern Roman Catholic church that insists it is the 'mother" of all churches and that it alone has the "keys" to God's Kingdom.
So the popes have claimed that they hold "the place of GOD on earth"! And what is most frightening is that they continue to make such claims-and even get away with it in our so-called "modern" world. For because the Roman Catholic Church is such an omnipresent and powerful entity, the media usually treads very lightly in attacking even the most outrageous and blasphemous claims of the modern popes and clergy.
But how is all this destined to affect your life?
The Beast and the Woman-Together Again
Few realize that the old Roman Empire is being revived right under our noses! Throughout most of continental Europe, there is a great push for full European unity. And one of the major players in this geo-political chess game is-you guessed it! the pope himself.
In his detailed and revealing book, The Principality and Power of Europe (pp. 36-37), British author Adrian Hilton explains what is now happening:
"While visiting Austria in 1983, the Pope spoke out against the national and artificial borders all over Europe." He added:
'Europeans should overcome the menacing international confrontations of states and alliances, and create a new united Europe from the Atlantic to the Urals.'
In 1988, he continued this theme when he addressed the European parliament in Strasbourg; an occasion at which many asked why a perceived spiritual leader was addressing the issues of political unity. The Sunday Telegraph, in 1991, summed up the Pope's plans for the 'evangelization' of Europe. It stated:
'He is calmly preparing to assume the mantle which he solemnly believes to be his Divine Right that of new Holy Roman emperor, reigning from the Urals to the Atlantic.'
Although the Bible certainly does not indicate that the final pope will be the "Antichrist-emperor" of this revived Roman Empire; it does show that he will be the "power behind the throne." As God carefully indicates to us, the coming False Prophet, a Charismatic World Religious Leader "causes " those who will not worship the Antichrist "to be KILLED" (Revelation 13:15). This "False Prophet" will be the antichrist's henchman So, as many popes did during the Middle Ages, he will use the power of the state-the "Beast" -to force His will on the entire western world!
Remember what happened under Hitler? A knock on the door, the father or mother grabbed and hustled into a van by the state police for saying or doing some "politically incorrect" thing! Do you think that could NOT happen again? If so, you could not be more wrong!
The God who gives us life an breath clearly describes how, one again, the woman "rides" the Beast.
This "Woman", This Mysterious "Harlot", This corrupt Religious Empire, rides, piggy-back on the back of the "Scarlet Beast" Empire of The Antichrist.
And what most people do not realize is that the false teachings and practices of this fallen "woman" have permeated the ENTIRE world. That is precisely what John was inspired to write-. "So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the WHOLE WORLD; he was cast down to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him" (Revelation 12-.9).
Even sincere Protestants an Evangelicals have unwittingly been made spiritually DRUNK by the, deceptions, immorality and paganism of this system-. "The inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication" (Revelation 17:2). What each reader needs to realize is that SATAN is the invisible "god" of this present world (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). And that "all nations" are spiritually DRUNK.
In describing this entire system and the harlot "daughters" that have come out of "mother" Rome, here is what the respected Critical and Experimental Commentary has to say- "Not merely Rome, but Christendom, as a whole, as Israel, as a whole has become a harlot.... External extensiveness over the world, and internal conformity to it-worldliness in extent and contents-is symbolized by the world-city's name, "Babylon." (Vol. 6, p. 710).
What You Should DO?
Recent news reports from many nations have indicated that Catholic persecution of religious minorities continues. Although they have learned to smile and act agreeably in nations where the Protestants or others are in the majority, the old demons of hate and authoritarianism come out very quickly when Catholics are in control.
A recent article in Christianity Today magazine (August 2000, p. 30) reported:
"In March, about 70 Protestant families were expelled from the Mexican village of Plan de Ayala, in Chiapas state, by the town's Roman Catholic majority 'Fourteen homes were demolished by the mob as the Protestants fled to the hills for refuge,' reports Seventh-Day Adventist pastor Isias Espinosa." This is just a tiny sampling of the type of religious oppression practiced by this powerful church! And its leaders continue to emphasize that they are the ONLY true church-that others are, in effect, only "second-class Christians."
A recent report by Victor Simpson came through the Associated Press wire on September 5, 2000:
"Accusing some Catholic theologians of manipulating fundamental truths of the church, the Vatican rejected Tuesday what it said are growing attempts to depict all religions as equal... the Vatican equality refers to "personal dignity" of individuals and not to doctrine. It is the second recent document by the congregation [the Catholic 'Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith'] warning against abuses by Catholics in dealings with other religions and denominations. The Italian media have reported the congregation has warned against the phrase "sister churches," saying that it contradicts the Catholic Church's identity as "MOTHER" OF ALL CHURCHES". That document has not yet been released. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, at a news conference repeatedly referred to a trend toward RELIGIOUS RELATIVISM.
"The lack of unity among Christians is certainly a wound for the church," the document said, saying it hindered "THE COMPLETE FULFILLMENT OF HER UNIVERSALITY IN HISTORY."
The declaration, a complex theological document, was titled "On the Unity and Salvific Universality of Jesus Christ and the Church."
So they not only admit, but even insist that they are the "MOTHER" of all churches"! An they insist also that they alone have the "keys" to God Kingdom!
Truly, it is time to WAKE UP!
It is time for all who believe in God to go back and PROVE whether their religious beliefs and practices actually came out of the Bible-or out of "Babylon." For the Creator God tells all who will heed "'For all the nations have drunk the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.' And I heard another voice from heaven saying, 'COME OUT of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her PLAGUES... (Revelation 18:3-4).
In Christ's name, I urge you: please begin to genuinely STUDY your Bible as never before! Follow Paul's inspired admonition, "PROVE all things, hold fast that which is good" (I Thessalonians 5:21, KJV).
And again, I urge you to read our on-line sermon article:"Revealing The Beast of Revelation". This revealing article coupled with this article you are now reading-will give you the full picture and PROOF of the nature of the powerful and ominous forces now rising in Europe.
As Jesus said, "Watch." Keep your eyes on the revival and expansion of this Roman/Babylonian style Religious Empire, "The Mysterious Harlot" which will eventually be under the control of a charismatic " False Prophet". "Watch" how it slowly but surely begins to gain total power in most of Europe-then Central and South America and finally most of the entire world. "Watch" how other churches are, bit by bit, coaxed, persuaded or finally coerced into going back to the "mother" church. Frankly you will be disappointed to see how many supposedly dedicated Protestant and evangelical leaders will be manoeuvred into giving up much of what they have always believed when real PRESSURE is put upon them.
Will YOU also turn aside from the True God of the Bible?
For your eternal good, pray for real understanding, faith and courage.
Obey Jesus' instruction, "Watch therefor, and PRAY always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man"(Luke 21:36).
You Can Escape these perilous times coming on the Earth simply turn yourself over to the loving Savior our Lord Jesus Christ.
Let Us Pray Together--
PRAY: "God be merciful to me a sinner. Receive me now for Christ's sake. Cleanse me from my sin by your precious blood, shed on the cross for me; lead me to be Baptized and fill me with your Holy Spirit. Teach me to pray each day; to read Your will for my life from your word, the Bible; and help me to worship and serve You in the fellowship of your church. I thank you Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN!
Information for this article came from his well-documented book, A Woman Rides the Beast by author Dave Hunt