|Revelation 18 |
1 Then after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of demons, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hateful bird. [From the Word of the Lord within: "Just like Judaism was taken over by the enemy, so has Christianity, which is corrupt through and through. There is no church in the world that Christ set up specifically. Like Daniel, you are captive of the Chaldeans. Your place of worship is filled with unclean birds." Unclean birds are demons. ]
3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown rich through the abundance of her delicacies."1
4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, "Come out of her, my people, so that you do not share in her sins, and so you will not receive her plagues.2 [Some of God's people are still in Christendom Babylon; God is pleading with his elect to leave the false church. Arise and depart, for this is not the rest. Because it is defiled, it shall destroy you, even with a grievous destruction. Micah 2:10]
5 For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.
6 Reward her even as she done to you, and repay her double according to her works; mix a double portion in the cup that she has filled for others.
7 As much as she has glorified herself and lived deliciously, give her so much torment and sorrow; for she said in her heart, 'I sit as a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.'3
8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day: death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire. For the Lord God who judges her, is strong.
9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning,
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, 'Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.'
11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no one buys their merchandise any more.4
12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all scented wood, and all manner of vessels of ivory, and vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,
13 And cinnamon, and odors, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and the souls of men! [Yes, the false church, which owned 40% of all land in Europe in 1400 AD, was a great merchant power in goods; but they also sold salvation, sold forgiveness, sold heaven, sold escape from purgatory — at least to the ignorant. The intelligent were executed: 9,000,000 executed between 900 and 1400 AD. Today, Christendom's sects are major stockholders in most exchanges.]
14 The fruits that your soul lusted after have departed from you, and all the things that were rich and splendid have departed from you, and you shall find them no more.
15 The merchants of these things, who were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
16 And saying, 'Alas, alas for that great city that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
17 For in one hour such great riches have come to nothing.' And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, 'What city is like this great city!'
19 And they threw dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, 'Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships in the sea were made rich because of her wealth! For in one hour is she made desolate.'
20 Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets; for God has avenged you on her.'"
21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, "Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more.
22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in you;5 and no craftsman, of whatever craft, shall be found any more in you; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more in you;
23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in you; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in you; for your merchants were the great men of the earth; and by your sorceries were all nations deceived."6
24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, each slain upon the earth.7
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1 All nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication,
Men in all nations are going through life drunk on their lusts and pride, persuaded by the false church that God overlooks their ungodly lives. Babylon has been a golden cup in the LORD's hand, that made all the earth drunken. The nations have drunk of her wine, and therefore the nations are mad. Jer 51:7. All the nations of the earth have become drunk on the wine of the false church's embrace of the world's ways, and then licensing her members to live their lives drunk in continual sin of lusts and pride.
and the kings of the earth have committed adultery with her.
The Kings of the earth have also drunk from her cup. By 325 AD, Roman Emperor Constantine had effectively become the head of the "Christian" church, ruling on many of its doctrines. Under the leadership of Emperor Constantine, who had poisoned his son and boiled his wife to death, the Catholic sect was embodied into the Roman government, which prescribed its doctrine, built its churches throughout the empire, paid the clergy, clothed the clergy identical to Roman government officials, abolished Passover to become Easter, and designated Christmas to coincide with Roman pagan holidays. Christian names were applied to the various heathen rituals and traditions, giving credibility to the unsuspecting. All dissenting Christian believers were either banished into exile or killed.
Roman Emperor Theodosius I enacted a law in 380 establishing Catholic Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire. The crushing boot of the Empire's sponsored Roman religion was used to persecute and kill the true church. The Roman Empire's church, both east and west, had doctrines, which had been dictated by the sainted Emperors Constantine and Justinian the despot, thus eliminating the true gospel by 388 AD. As prophesied in Revelation, the church adulterated with the Kings of the earth. You can't mix a church with the powers of the earth, and expect anything but a monster religion to result because the powers of the earth are motivated by greed, approval of men, possessions, envy, revenge — all the base human characteristics.
and the merchants of the earth have grown rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
The merchants are the preachers and priests of Babylon, (made to look like Christianity on the surface), who have preached for filthy lucre, who have taken money from the flock, who have gone the covetousness way of Balaam, for whom blackest darkness is reserved for the first will be last and the last will be first.
While this false church is often identified by the Protestants as the Roman church, the Jews, and the Protestants are all part of the same false whore, (the beast has many names), and deficit sects practicing the man-made inventions of: 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, vicars, clerks, parsons, curates, bachelors of art, masters, fathers, Christmas, Easter, and bachelors of divinity; salvation based on saying certain words, water, bread and wine — all superstitious rituals — instead of a complete change of heart — circumcised to be a new heart and mind; all are inherited inventions of the mother of Protestantism, the Roman Catholics.
2 Come out of her, my people, so that you do not share in her sins, and so you will not receive her plagues. Notice, some of God's people are in Babylon, the false church; so obviously God's people are fooled, at least for awhile. If you are the elect, you are expected to be in Babylon for awhile; to learn about Babylon is to further learn what is evil. Eventually the elect cannot stand listening to the hundreds of lies and inconsistencies with scripture; and God's elect have had revelation(s), which don't quite fit with the practices and doctrines of Christendom. Finally, the elect will see through all the smoke and mirrors, however painful and frightening the conclusion is. When you can see through Christendom as Babylon, which means confusion, you will not want to stay. The lies will be too painful to hear. 'Come out from among them, and be separate,' says the Lord, 'and touch no unclean thing; and I will receive you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters.' 2 Cor 6:17. You will understand that Christendom is not Christianity; and God calls you out of it, pleading with you.
Regarding the whore, the false church, the deficit sects of Christendom; the voice of the Lord said: When they pray, they don't pray to God; they pray to their collective conscience. You say, how could that be? Does their gospel include Christ being able to lead them out of darkness to a sinless state? Does their Jesus offer the destruction of sin and the works of Satan within them, now, while on earth? Does their Jesus show them what is in their heart so that they can repent of it and please Him by obedience? Does their Jesus promise them the Kingdom of Heaven while still alive on the earth, providing they make it their first priority? Paul said, people preached a different gospel and a different Jesus from those he preached. He further said, cursed is anyone who brings you a different gospel; -- a different gospel and different Jesus form those he preached. Can you see Christ arguing for sin, imperfection, impurity, and unholiness? Jesus said, "Truly, Truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin." John 8:34. Doesn't 41,000 sects mean there are 41,000 different concepts of Jesus? So, each is praying to a different Jesus — their collective conscience — their group's collective opinion of how Jesus wants them to live, how he wants them to seek him, how he wants to be worshiped, what he expects them to do — as taught to them by their Bible scholars, with 41,000 different possible interpretations — and counting.
If people believe that Jesus came to set them free from guilt, instead of set them free from sin, then Jesus came so we can more easily sin: removing guilt, making sin easier, allowing us to sin more — therefore Jesus promotes sin. They make Jesus evil. They have totally ignored his teachings. When people pray to a Jesus who promotes sin, to whom are they praying? Do I want to fellowship with people who worship a different Jesus; people who think sin is permitted without guilt or repentance, however well-intentioned they may be, having been grievously deceived?
The deficit sects ignore, disregard, and treat with indifference all the commands of Jesus, while relying on four verses out of thousands to support their imaginary, presumed salvation without experience; never bothering to question how those four verses must be interpreted in conjunction with all of Jesus' wonderful teachings and commands. They expect Jesus to be their excuse for not obeying the commands that he left his glory in heaven to come to the earth to teach; and then died a horrible death, to show the extent of the required obedience that we all must have to ever please God. He will not be their excuse. Jesus said he will deny all who continue to sin, even those who firmly believe they are saved Christians.
From the Word of the Lord within:
Arise and depart, for this is not the rest.
Because it is defiled, it shall destroy you, even with a grievous destruction. Micah 2:10
The false shepherds will plead for you to stay as a paying customer: "But you must meet with fellow believers; you cannot forsake the assembling of yourselves together," as Hebrews 10:25 plainly states, but the people in Hebrews were hoping and "exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching," the day of the Lord's return with his Kingdom, which is a personal experience of purified believers. The people in Hebrews have nothing in common with people looking forward to heaven after death and content to continue to live in sin until death. The people in Hebrews were exhorting each other, which is to rebuke sin, to be obedient, to do works of love, to fight for the faith. If they don't share your hope of purity and the Kingdom through repentance, with faith in God to fulfill your hope, then they are unbelievers. As Paul says: But now I write to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of [Christian] brother if he is known to be guilty of immorality or greed, or is an idolater [whose soul is devoted to anything that usurps the place of God, and how they spend their free time defines to what they are devoted to], or is a person with a foul tongue [railing, abusing, reviling, slandering], or is a drunkard or a swindler or a robber. You must not so much as eat with such a person. 1 Cor 5:11.
If you are not even to eat a meal with such a person, do you think you are approved by God in fellowshipping with them? If you attend such a fellowship, you are supporting the beast, you are supporting the whore. You can only expect God's severe condemnation for staying in Babylon, particularly after you have been warned and seen the fraud of the false church.
3 she said in her heart, 'I sit as a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.' This whore, who embraces all the world's corruptions of lust, pride, greed, and sin, says: she is the bride of Christ, Christ is her husband, she is not a widow, and she is blessed by God. She has glorified herself with her cathedrals, vain buildings, palaces of pride, temples of opulence, art, stained glass windows, chandeliers, candelabras, robes, ceremonies; titles of Pope, Cardinal, Reverend, Doctor, Master, and Father. She has the scriptures, but picks and chooses selective verses, ignoring the vast majority that indict her. She tells her paying customers to ignore the scripture's exclusions and disregard the requirements of cleansing — purity — perfection and holiness; just keep coming to meetings, celebrating their presumed salvation, paying their money, and recruiting more paying customers.
4 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no one buys their merchandise any more. The merchants are the preachers and priests in Babylon, (masquerading as ministers of righteousness, preaching make-believe Christianity), who have gotten rich charging for their false teachings, charging money, preaching for filthy lucre; the hired hands who speak lies in hypocrisy until their conscience was seared as though with a hot iron. At the time of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, the Roman sect owned 40% of all the property in Europe. To say that Christendom was rich, is an understatement; Christendom almost owned the whole word, but had lost its soul. Today, Christendom's sects are major stockholders in most exchanges. A single well-known American televangelist, who preaches the gospel of prosperity, in 2008 bragged that he was a billionaire, "walking in that a long time."
5 the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in you; No more music played and sung from the carnal mind's schedule and plan; no more music to enchant the masses; no more organs, with pipes like multiple trumpets; no more tabernacle choirs; no more pied pipers, leading the masses to the ditch; no more music to soothe the savage beast, to help him think he is magically holy. However wonderful you have thought the music of Babylon to be, it pales when you hear singing from the Spirit of God by his children who are in the Spirit.
6 the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in you; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in you; for your merchants were the great men of the earth; and by your sorceries were all nations deceived. When the Lord's patience is exhausted with the people of the earth's ignoring his pleadings to come to him directly so he can lead them to purity, his pleadings will stop and he will destroy Babylon and its sinning members off the face of the earth, including those who are believers in Jesus. The time of the Lord's exhaustion of patience is near; from the Word of the Lord within: "Long have we tolerated evil in the world; it is no longer tolerable."
the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in you. The candle is a saint who is light in the Lord. No longer will the Lord send his prophets, who live in and speak from the light of God, into the false church to preach the true gospel, to call His people out of her, saying: "Come out of her, my people, so that you do not share in her sins, and so you will not receive her plagues." Rev 17:4.
the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in you — at some time in the near future, no longer will the Lord himself comfort or even speak to those in false church; no longer will his saints speak to those in the false church.
for your merchants were the great men of the earth; and by your sorceries were all nations deceived — the ministers were the merchants, selling their false salvation for money, using magic prayers, magic water, and magic bread/grape juice to magically placate the fury of God against those still locked in sin; and by their lies and promises, they deceived all the nations.
7 in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, each who were slain upon the earth. The Jews killed the prophets repeatedly. The Roman church also killed in their inquisitions and slaughters throughout Europe, in which during the Middle Ages (800 AD to 1500 AD) nine million souls were put to death, accused of witchcraft. This was followed by the Protestants of England and America who in 50 years were responsible for the deaths of over 869 Quakers in the 17th Century. The persecutors of the Quakers included Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, and Baptists. And the whore was drunk on the blood of the saints.
In this verse the word each was translated as all in most all Bibles; yet in this verse's the original Greek the word pantwn (3956) had several definitions from which to choose: all, each, individually, each, every, and the whole. Obviously there have been people killed by other than false religions, including the many wars fought without a trace of religious overtone.
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