Mystery, Babylon the Great, Mother of Harlots, woman on a scarlet beast, the great whore.  Who is this woman in Revelation 17?  This is an apostate church as opposed to the pure church in Revelation 12.  Is this woman the Roman Catholic Church?

Babylon the Great

Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots is a 'church'. We know from scripture that a woman represents a church. Not a church building, but the people of that church.

Jeremiah 6:2 ….' I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate woman.'

2 Corinthians 11:2 …' 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.' …… We are the bride of Christ. We are the His people and we are represented in the Bible by a woman.

So if the woman in Revelation 12, who is clothed with the sun is the pure true church of Jesus Christ, then this drunken whore, babylon the great in Revelation 17 must be an apostate church. It's a church, so it APPEARS to be good and follow Christ. Don't miss this point. It appears to be righteous, but actually it has trodden down the truth of God and deceives those people who follow it.   Jesus has revealed to John in Revelation that this church is an abomination.  It you belong to the Catholic Church then please may I say that God loves you just as He loves anyone else and this website is not here to condemn you, but merely to expose the false doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church and to expose the system of this church as antichrist.  God is calling you out of this church.  Please study the Word of God for yourself and see the Bible truth.  Do not rely on your priests or the pope, because you have a high priest in Heaven, who is Jesus Christ.  He is all you need.  Serve Him only and come out of Babylon.

Revelation 17:1-2 ....'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 the kings of the earth have committed fornication with babylon the great, this woman/church. They have committed adultery with her, and worshipped her gods instead of worshiping and following the true God, Creator of Heaven and Earth. Did you know that the Roman Catholic Church has a representative in virtually every country on this planet?  . Take a look at the following picture from Pope John Paul II funeral, where presidents and kings from all over the earth attended:

 

 

                           

 

The Roman Catholic Church combined with civil government during her reign between 538AD - 1798 and enforced her doctrines on the masses. Anyone who would not follow, were slaughtered. This is an unlawful relationship between church and state and will happen again very soon. Notice that the 'inhabitants of the earth are drunk with the wine of her fornication.' The people of the world have 'drunk' the doctrines of babylon the great, they have received it, and in this case its effect was intoxicating. The drinking of this wine represents the acceptance of the Babylonian system of worship, with its doctrines and practices. Essential pagan doctrines were absorbed into Catholicism, and not completely weeded out by the 16th century Protestant Reformation. These teachings become the common points upon which the whole world will unite and become drunk.

Revelation 17:3 .....'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.'  ..... This scarlet beast is the same as the dragon (satan) in Revelation 12 and the sea beast in Revelation 13. Now, if the sea beast in Revelation 13 is the Roman Catholic Church, then how can babylon the great also be the Roman Catholic Church? Well, beasts in prophecy represent nations, governments. Therefore the sea beast in Revelation 13 and this scarlet beast is the civil arm of the Roman Catholic Church known as the Papacy which controls and directs other nations, which many believe is run by the Jesuits.  And this woman, babylon the great represents the religious arm of the Roman Catholic Church. Don't forget, this beast also represents satan, because it is from him that the beast (Roman Catholic Church-State) gets it's power...... Revelation 13:4 ....' And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast.'

The Jesuit leader is known as the 'black pope' and they run the civil arm of the Church of Rome. See this quote:

"The Jesuits are a MILITARY organization not a religious order. Their chief is a general of an army, not the mere father abbot of a monastery. And the aim of this organization is POWER. Power in its most despotic exercise. Absolute power, universal power, power to control the world by the volition of a single man. Jesuitism is the most absolute of despotisms,; and at the same time the greatest and the most enormous of abuses." (Memorial of the Captivity of Napoleaon at St. Helena, by General Montholon)

This beast is full of names of Blasphemy. To blaspheme is to put yourself in the place of God. Well, the Roman Catholic Church have been doing this since they rose to power. See the following quotes:

"The Pope is not simply the representative of Jesus Christ. On the contrary, he is Jesus Christ Himself." Evangelical Christendom, January 1, 1895,  pg. 15, published in London by J. S. Phillips.

"All names which in the Scriptures are applied to Christ, by virtue of which it is established that He is over the church, all the same names are applied to the Pope." - On the Authority of the Councils, book 2, chapter 17

"The Pope and God are the same, so he has all power in Heaven and earth." Pope Pius V, quoted in Barclay, Chapter XXVII, p. 218, "Cities Petrus Bertanous".

"The Pope takes the place of Jesus Christ on earth...by divine right the Pope has supreme and full power in faith, in morals over each and every pastor and his flock. He is the true vicar, the head of the entire church, the father and teacher of all Christians. He is the infallible ruler, the founder of dogmas, the author of and the judge of councils; the universal ruler of truth, the arbiter of the world, the supreme judge of heaven and earth, the judge of all, being judged by no one, God himself on earth." Quoted in the New York Catechism.

Revelation 17:4 ....' 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.'...... So babylon the great is arrayed in purple and scarlet.  This verse on it's own describes the Roman catholic church. There are two main colours that the bishops and cardinals wear in the catholic church. PURPLE and SCARLET! as you can see in the picture.   Now, the interesting thing is, God told His priests in the Old Testament to wear the colours, PURPLE, SCARLET and BLUE……Exodus 28:6 ….' And they shall make the ephod of gold, of blue, and of purple, of scarlet, and fine twined linen, with cunning work……… So the bishops and cardinals are missing the colour blue, why? Let's see from God's Word what the colour blue represents…….. Numbers 15:38-39 "Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of BLUE: And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that you may LOOK UPON IT, and REMEMBER ALL THE COMMANDMENTS OF THE LORD, and do them; and that you seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you use to go a whoring:" ……..there we have it, blue represented the Law of God, the very thing the catholic church has turned away from, by removing the second commandment from their catechism and changing the 4th Commandment from the 7th day to the 1st.

                                          

NOTE:   If you look on the internet for 'blue laws', you will find they are to do with the Sunday law, which have been put into effect in the past and will soon be put into effect again. So, the catholic church will bring in the color blue, but it will be her own Sunday law, NOT God's law.

It also says in the above verse, Rev. 17:4, that babylon the great was decked in gold and precious stones and pearls. The roman catholic church is one of, if not the wealthiest institution in the world. This of course is covered up, but many books have been written on the immense wealth of the church. She also has a golden cup full of abominations. Well, this study is revealing the abominable things the roman catholic church has done and continue to do.  Notice the coin below with the woman holding a golden cup:

 

"The Roman Church has actually taken this very symbol as her own chosen emblem. In 1825, on occasion of the jubilee, Pope Leo XII struck a medal, bearing on the one side his own image, and on the other, that of the Church of Rome symbolised as a 'Woman,' holding in her left hand a cross, and in her right a CUP, with the legend around her, 'Sedet super universum,' 'The whole world is her seat.'" --The Two Babylons, p. 6 

Revelation 17:5 .....' And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.' ...... This woman, "the great whore," is also symbolized as "that great city" in verse 18, and is given the name "Babylon the Great" in this verse above.  Mystical Babylon is the name Revelation uses for the false religious system introduced originally at ancient Babel (Genesis 10:10; 11:9). When Babylon is mentioned in Bible Prophecy, it cannot mean a literal city of Babylon, because it ceased to exist long ago. Instead, it refers to the religious element of Babylon, which never died.  Babylon, in Bible prophecy, is the term used in reference to satan's system of false or counterfeit religion. Set up at Babel, that system has been preserved throughout history, always the great competitor of the true worship of God. The catholic church took on many of the pagan traditions which arose in the Babylon empire. Also, there is a striking resemblance between Babylon and Rome.

On July 5, 1998, Pope John Paul II, made public Dies Domini, stressing the importance of adhering to the Catholic tradition of Sunday worship. John Paul II stressed three points, including the importance of following "from Sunday to Sunday in the footsteps of Mary", the importance of Sunday being "it is the day of the sun" as followed by 4th century Roman law and reminding American politicians the importance of passing civil legislation respecting "the duty" to keep Sunday Holy.

Did you know?  The pagan priests of Babylon had a chief who had the title Pontifex Maximus (translated into Latin means that he was head pagan priest or literally the Greatest Pontiff). Most people know the word "Pontiff" applies to the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. History confirms where this title came from. Originally, the king of the Attalid Empire had the title of Pontiff, and he passed it on to the Babylonian Priests before he died and they went to Rome. This title was given to Julius Caesar, making him the chief priest of the Babylonian Religion and its gods.

This meant that the religion of Babylon basically moved into Rome and took it over, and became the head of the government of Rome. This title passed from emperor to emperor, all of whom served as chief priest of the Babylonian Religion from then on until 367 A.D, when Gratian, the Emperor of Rome became the first since Julius Caesar to refuse the title of Pontifex Maximus. Before Gratian refused this title of Pontifex Maximus, he bestowed it upon Pope Damasus I, who became the first Pope in history to hold this title. This made him head of the religion of Babylon, when he took the title. Damasus I was the leader of the Church in Rome, and took the title as head of the Babylonian Religion and its pagan gods. Thus the Babylonian Religion moved into the Christian Church. This is why, in His Word, God calls the Roman Catholic Church 'Babylon' the great.

Many Catholic pilgrims every year go to the Vatican and kiss the feet of the statue of who they think is Peter.  BUT, they are not kissing the feet of Peter, the truth is that this statue in the Vatican is actually a statue of the Roman god Jupiter!  It was moved from the Pantheon in Rome to the Vatican and renamed as Peter.  If you see a picture of the statue, you will notice it has a sun wheel on it's head.

Revelation 17:6 .....' 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.' ..... The Roman Catholic Church is drunk with the blood of millions of Christians who she slaughtered between 538AD - 1798, because they would not bow down to her.

"On August 24, 1527, Roman Catholics in France, by prearranged plan, under Jesuit influence, murdered 70,000 Protestants within the space of two months. The Pope rejoiced when he heard the news of the successful outcome."-Western Watchman, Nov.21, 1912 (Catholic)

"This horrid butchery was not confined merely to the city of Paris. The like orders were issued from court to the governors of all the provinces in France; so that, in a week's time, about one hundred thousand Protestants were cut to pieces in different parts of the kingdom!........... At Rome the horrid joy was so great, that they appointed a day of high festival, and a jubilee, with great indulgence." --Fox's Book of Martyrs. p35

"That the Church of Rome has shed more innocent blood than any other institution that has ever existed among mankind, will be questioned by no Protestant who has a competent knowledge of history . . . It is impossible to form a complete conception of the multitude of her victims, and it is quite certain that no powers of imagination can adequately realize their sufferings."--W. E. H. Lecky, History of the Rise and Influence of the Spirit of Rationalism in Europe, vol. 2, p. 32, 1910 edition.  (An excellent though lengthy article describing in detail the right of the Roman Catholic Church to do this, will be found in The Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. 12, p. 266.)

"From the birth of popery to the present time, it is estimated by careful and credible historians, that more than fifty millions of the human family, have been slaughtered for the crime of heresy by popish persecutors,--an average of more than 40,000 religious murders for every year of the existence of popery to the present day. Of course the average number of victims yearly, was vastly greater, during those gloomy ages when popery was in her glory and reigned despot of the world; and it has been much less since the power of the popes has diminished to tyrannize over the nations, and to compel the princes of the earth, by the terrors of excommunication, interdiction, and deposition, to butcher their heretical subjects."--John Dowling, The History of Romanism, pp. 541-542.

Revelation 17:9 …..'And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.' …… Rome is known as the "city of seven hills", and where is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church based?  Rome!

Revelation 17:14 .....'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.'..... Jesus as we know is the King of kings and Lord of lords. And yet, the Roman Catholic Church declare the pope to be the same as Jesus:

"The pope is the supreme judge of the law of the land... He is the vicegerent (replacement) of Christ, who is not only a Priest forever, but also King of kings and Lord of lords." - La Civilia Cattolica, March 18, 1871, quoted in Leonard Woosely Bacaon, An inside view of the Vatican Council (American Tract Society ed.), p.229, n

This is nothing but blasphemy!

Revelation 17:15 .....'And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.' ..... The roman catholic church has by far the largest membership in the world, which consists of all the various nations and people around the globe.  They have a membership of about 15% of the total world population.  Also, the very word 'catholic' means universal.

Revelation 17:18 ….'And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.'….. The woman's name is also Babylon (17:5). It is not a literal woman, nor is it a literal city. These two symbols, the "woman" and the "city," both designate Babylon's religion which the Roman Catholic Church incorporated.

Revelation 18:7 …..' How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.' …. No other religious institution glorifies itself the way the Roman Catholic Church does. Look at all the self exalting quotes that this church has said over the years. Click here to download a document with these quotes.

Let's compare some characteristics of the 'little horn'; 'the beast'; and 'babylon the great':

Little Horn                                               The Beast                                       Babylon the Great

'eyes like the eyes of man'                          'the number of a man'                        ----

'Mouth speaking great things'                     'Mouth speaking great things'              'she hath glorified herself'

'speak words against the most High'           'blasphemy against God '                     'full of names of blasphemy'

'wear out the saints of the most High'         'make war with the saints'                   'drunken with the blood of the saints'

'time, times and the dividing of time'          'continue forty and two months'             ----

There can be no doubt from all the evidence, that this woman, Babylon the great is the Roman Catholic Church.

There are many sincere, Godly people who are members of the Catholic Church, but what is God's warning to these people? ……Revelation 18:4 …..' 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.' ….. This is a stark warning to those who are still part of the Catholic Church. Please heed this warning and come out of her, lest you share in her sins.

To continue with this study click Mark of the Beast 666 

 

www.end-times-prophecy.org/the-whore-of-babylon.html