Mystery Babylon, the Mother of Prostitutes

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A MYSTERYThis title was written on her forehead: MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES, AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. When I saw her, I was greatly astonished. Then the angel said to me: “Why are you astonished? (Revelation 17:5, 7)

Spiritual Babylon – In the last days, many believe that a one world church will be formed, perhaps an amalgam or intermarriage of all world religions in the ultimate in coexistence. This world church (the harlot) will be involved in
the political and economic affairs of the world and, with the help of the Beast, will become a great power. The world church will ride into power on the back of the Beast and with the help of Satan. A union (marriage of church and state) will exist between the nations ruled by the Beast and the world church. The scene in Revelation 17 takes place during the first half of the Tribulation, when the Beast is not yet revealed in his true satanic character. During the middle of the Tribulation, the Beast will want to have all the power and all the worship for himself (Revelation 13). This means he must get rid of the harlot, because she represents the worship of God, if even in an apostate way. Once the harlot is out of the way, the Beast will declare himself to be a god and demand the worship of the nations.(1)

The true Church is a pure virgin (Revelation 19:7–8, 2 Corinthians 11:2), but the false religious system is a harlot who has abandoned the truth and prostituted herself. In every age, there has been a harlot who has persecuted God’s people. This will reach its zenith in the last days as this worldwide apostate religious system.(2)The woman” was introduced in Revelation 12:1–6 as Israel or the Church while still faithful. Satan having failed by violence and persecution to bring her down successfully seduces her by the allurements of the world. She is no longer the virgin bride, but the wayward harlot.(3) As the union of Christ and the Church was a “great mystery” (a spiritual truth of momentous interest, once hidden, now revealed – Ephesians 5:31, 32), so the Church conforming to (consorting with) the world and thereby becoming a harlot is a counter mystery.(4)

The phrase, “the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s holy people,” suggests that the apostate religious system of the first half of the last seven years leading up to Christ’s second coming will likely be devoid of any true Christians. As a matter of fact, the apostate church will attempt to kill all those who follow the true faith. John expressed that he was “greatly astonished” at the revelation of this mystery.(5)

Some claim that the Roman Catholic Church is, or will become, this apostate religion. Still others look to the World Council of Churches as the genesis for the apostate church of the tribulation period. It could, of course, be an amalgam of religions “coexisting” in one world religion.

Up Next – The Scarlet Beast.

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References

  1. Wiersbe, W. W. (1992). Wiersbe’s expository outlines on the New Testament (pp. 846–847). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
  2. Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 2, pp. 611–612). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
  3. Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 2, p. 590). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
  4. Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 2, p. 590). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
  5. Walvoord, John F. (1985). Revelation. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 971). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

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