|Revelation 17:1-6 |
1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, "Come here; I will show to you the judgment of the great whore who sits upon many waters;1
2 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."2[The wine of her fornication is the false promise of living in lusts and pride with no consequence of the fury of God. As Paul also predicted: "For the time will come when men will not endure sound doctrine, but they will heap [accumulate in piles] to themselves teachers after their own lusts, who will say what their itching ears want to hear; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and will be turned to fables." 2 Tim 4:3-4. The whole world has been turned to the false-church whore's fables that teach men to live however they please, with no fear of God, and to ignore all laws, the requirements of holiness, and the necessities of repentance — being drunk on the sweet wine of the whore's assurances that they are greatly favored by God and on their way to heaven, despite their indulgences in sin.]
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet colored beast, full of many names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.3
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication.
5 And upon her forehead was a name written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.4
6 And 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 wondered with great amazement.5
5 I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. The Roman sect, which included the Orthodox sects, was part of the Roman Empire's government; and it began killing and banishing all who dissented from the official doctrines of the Church of Rome. The Roman sect's later Inquisitions stand as history's greatest act of brutality committed in the name of religion. But it was all predicted in the Bible's Book of Revelation: the whore was drunk with the blood of the saints. The Roman sect's inquisitions and slaughters took place throughout Europe during the Middle Ages (800 AD to 1500 AD), in which nine million souls were put to death, accused of witchcraft. The Roman sect's methods and numbers of killing and torture make the 20th Century Nazis look like amateurs. Those intelligent enough to have seen the barbarity and falseness of the Roman religion quickly died from torture. The still-lauded pillars of the Roman faith, Augustine and Thomas, approved and supported such murders in writing; unrepudiated, they stand as testimony to the continued depravity of the Roman Catholic sect.
Following in the footsteps of their murdering mother, the Protestants killed and murdered throughout Europe too. John Calvin was an early Protestant founder venerated by Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, even influencing the Lutherans; Calvin had Michael Sevetus arrested tried for heresy, insisting he be burned at the stake with green wood, making a slow, painful death; plus he had thirty four women also burned at the stake. The founder of the Episcopal sect, Henry VIII, had 72,000 people killed, mostly Roman Catholics. The Peasants War in Germany, led by Luther-inspired religious despots, raped, plundered, and killed 100,000 of the nobility and Roman Catholics. Between 1650-1700, the Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Baptists, and Congregationalists of England and America imprisoned over ten thousand Quakers and killed over 869 Quakers including three Quaker men and one woman hung in Boston by the Bible-believing Puritans. The beast was given power to overcome the saints. The false church, the whore of Babylon, was drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.
All the Protestant and Catholic sects that killed, (or even approved of killing), those with a different religious opinion were very different from real Christians; in even considering murder, they were following and yielding to their father the devil, who was the murderer from the beginning.
Martin Luther also set the stage for the Nazi persecution of the Jews. Luther advocated setting Jewish synagogues on fire, destroying Jewish prayer books, forbidding rabbis from preaching, seizing Jews' property and money, smashing up their homes, and ensuring that these "poisonous envenomed worms" be forced into labor or expelled "for all time;" he also seemed to sanction their murder, writing: "We are at fault in not slaying them." The Nazi persecution of Jews in Germany began in massive scale on Kristallnacht, (the Night of Broken Glass), in which 200 synagogues were burned; Jewish books were burned; 7500 Jewish businesses storefronts were smashed, (hence the broken glass name); tombstones and graves were uprooted; 30,000 Jews were arrested and taken to concentration camps; at least 100 were immediately murdered; and many homes were looted. A similar pogrom of similar magnitude took place in Vienna, Austria on the same night. These events occurred on November 9-10, 1938: Luther's birthday was November 10. Luther's advice was fulfilled on Kristallnacht to the letter. This was beginning of the Final Solution and The Holocaust.
The Protestant denominations carry on many of the man-made inventions and heresies of the Roman sect. Infant baptism, grape juice and bread, the trinity, (nowhere mentioned in scriptures), marriage by priests, vain and prideful buildings, steeples with bells, black robes, black shirts, special collars, creeds, reading sermons, sacraments, salvation by ritual, vicars, clerks, parsons, curates, bachelors of art, masters, fathers, Christmas, Easter, bachelors of divinity, etc.; all are inherited from the mother of the Protestants, the Roman Catholics.
Perhaps you are beginning to see that by 388 AD, Christendom had been transformed into synagogues of Satan with ministers of Satan transformed to appear as ministers of righteousness. Augustine and Thomas are two of the four pillars of Roman Catholicism. Calvin and Luther are the principal founders of Protestantism. If the venerated founders of the sects are evil, how could the sects and their promulgated doctrines also not be evil? When the root is evil, no matter the number of branches on the tree — they are evil too. From the Word of the Lord within: "They are corrupt, through and through; woe to those who try to bring good from evil."
The Protestants and Catholics are part of the same beast, the second beast of Revelation with horns like a lamb, but who speaks like a dragon, which re-established the heathen religious traditions that the early Christian church almost destroyed, (the wound to the first beast's head), at the early Church's peak. The false church, Roman Catholic and Protestants alike, boasts she is not a widow and will never see grief. These false churches boast that Christ is their husband; but all of these false churches are the whore of Babylon, who ignore Christ's commands to repent, his teachings, his requirements, his warnings, his required holiness, his gospel, his Kingdom, his promised freedom from sin, and his cross of self-denial — the Missing Cross to Purity.
All worships not totally controlled by the Holy Spirit are an abomination; God is a Spirit and must be worshiped in Spirit and Truth. See Proper Worship for how the early Church and the early Quakers worshipped in Spirit and Truth.
To understand more on how all the so-called Christian sects today are part of Babylon, see Isaac Penington's outstanding writings on Babylon the Great and the The Great Apostasy. Also see Francis Howgill's writing on The Entering in of the Apostasy.