|Revelation 17:3-8 |
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
7 And the angel said to me, "Why do you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast who carries her, which has the seven heads and ten horns.
8 The beast that you saw was, and is not; and will ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition; and those who dwell on the earth will 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.
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.
The Reformation birthed the Protestants, and they too were fond of murder, following in the footsteps of their Roman sect mother. John Calvin, a principal founder of Protestantism still revered by many Protestant sects, forced the citizens of Geneva to attend church services under a heavy threat of punishment by death or expulsion. Because Michael Servetus had disagreed with Calvin's doctrinal writings, Calvin charged and arrested Servetus for heresy, (among other differences were Servetus' denials of infant baptism and the trinity), resulting in Servetus being slowly burned at the stake with green wood. Jacques Gruet, a known opponent of Calvin, was arrested, tortured for a month and beheaded on 7/26/1547, for placing a letter in Calvin's pulpit calling him a hypocrite. Calvin also had thirty four women burned at the stake as witches accused of being responsible for a plague. His theocracy in Geneva is credited with seventy-six persons being exiled and a total of fifty-eight sentences of death, (after being tortured to obtain their "confession"). 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. England, Scotland, and Ireland suffered three civil wars of Puritans* against ruling governments, which left 190,00 dead in England, (3.7% of the population); 60,000 dead in Scotland, (6% of the population); and 616,000 dead in Ireland, (41% of the population, which was mostly Catholic).
*Justifying their revolution as bringing Christ's kingdom to earth, the Puritans regarded their adversaries as enemies of Christ. The Puritan officers of their army frequently inspired their troops by shouting a quote from the Old Testament against heathen idolatry: "Cursed be he that does the work of the Lord deceitfully, and keeps back his sword from blood." The victorious Puritan and parliamentary soldiers, with their extraordinary biblical names — Praise God Barebones and Sergeant Hew Agag in Pieces before the Lord — were roaming through the country, smashing the images in the churches, tearing out the pipes in the organs, breaking the stained-glass windows, and stabling their horses in cathedrals.
This was followed in the 17th Century by the Protestants of England and America, who in 50 years were responsible for the deaths of over 869 Quakers, imprisoning tens of thousands, and seizing the property of tens of thousands; the persecutors of the Quakers included Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Congregationalist Puritans, and Baptists. Three men and a woman were 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, another principal founder of Protestantism, 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.