Saturday, April 17, 2010

Revelation 17:1-3

Before getting into chapter 17, we need to go back to the history of Babylon that we covered back in Genesis. It was shown that this mystery religion originated at the time of Nimrod and the Tower of Babel. We briefly saw that this mystery religion traveled with people when dispersed at Babel and continued on in the faith of many countries with the so-called gods having different names in different countries due to the many languages that God created at Babel. However, the headquarters of the mysteries themselves continued on in specific locations. We saw that the headquarters moved from Babel (Babylon) to Egypt and from there presumably to Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and the Roman empire, as they became the dominating world powers. While the mysteries controlled these world powers, Babylon herself did not always reside in the specific city associated with that empire. For instance, we know that when John received this revelation, Babylon’s (ultimately Satan’s) throne was located in Pergamos where Diana worship (another name for Babylon) was going on. Hence the mention of it in the letter to the church there in the second chapter of Revelation. It appears historically that Babylon moved into the organized Christian church when Constantine merged Christianity into paganism. She resided there in the Roman Church where she worked particularly through a group that arose, called the Rosicrusians. During the Crusades, these men were said to have found things while in Jerusalem that led them into the deep mysteries of Babylon and Satanic worship. They brought this back into the church for while, but due to greed and jealousy, these men were purged out of the church by a king and a pope during the time of the inquisition. Most of them were put to death, however a few survived and took the mysteries with them. (This did not entirely purge the corruption from the Roman church. Satan still works in all the churches, (Roman and otherwise) however, the mysteries themselves headquartered themselves apart from the church at this time.) These followers survived “underground” for a while until they found an appropriate front for the mysteries. The masons were in need of support, so in exchange for keeping the order alive, they were taken over by this group of left-over Rosicrusians. Babylon (who is more than just a system, there is reason to believe she is a real spiritual entity) desires serious political as well as spiritual power though, so she needed an empire upon whose back she could ride, not just a brotherhood. This group bided their time looking for a place to establish an empire and in due time, it showed its face. America as a republic, contrary to popular belief, was not created as a political entity by Christians, but by a group of Illumined Masons. One only need to read the correspondence of these people to see that Christianity was nothing more than a window dressing for the vast majority of them. They were deists at best, not Bible believing Christians.

Babylon found her home here in America. I could take the time to go through all of the information and evidence that infers this, but much is already available on this both in books and online. One need only do a little research to find it. If anyone doubts this, you need only go to the documentary film on the Bohemian Grove ritual on youtube and watch as the highest politicians in our land (and probably many other lands) sacrifice to the owl god Molech, a mystery Babylon god. The sacrifice is supposed to be an effigy, but when I watched the tape, I found it disturbing that when the sacrifice is set on fire, and everyone is cheering, you also hear in the background someone screaming as if being tortured. Our country’s capitol building was actually built as a temple to the goddess. Anyone who knows anything about occultic symbolism can see that Washington, D.C. is an in your face statement of occultism. The fact that we have been for a while the reigning nation on earth, that the visible world government (as opposed to the invisible one) resides in NYC, that we have far more wealth and live in luxury as compared to other countries, that the world gets rich off of us as we buy their wares, that we have taken our sinful ways and disseminated them to other countries changing their cultures forever to resemble our own, and that we police and strong arm the rest of the world is a testament to the fact that Babylon must live here. Wherever she has gone in history, this is how she has acted and how the empire she has ridden upon has behaved. The only thing we haven’t done is persecute the Jews to the same extent as the previous beasts that she has ridden. That is, we haven’t done that yet. I have a horrible feeling that it is just down the road. This time it will not be just Jews though, it will also be Christians. She is guilty of the blood of the martyrs and saints. She will not stop now.

So let us see what the next chapter has to tell us about Babylon.

Chapter 17

Verse 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.”

One of the previous seven angels who has poured out one of the vials now comes over to talk to John. He is going to show John the judgment of Babylon. We now start getting definitive characteristics of Babylon to help identify who she is. First she sits on many waters. If we were to take this literally, this is a place that is surrounded by a variety of different bodies of water. While there is a plan afoot to rebuild Babylon in Iraq, and even Scripture has a verse that might indicate that Babylon returns home at the end, Iraq is not exactly surrounded by water. We have seen historically where Babylon has moved her headquarters, and at the moment, I think it is safe to say that she lives in America. America is surrounded by all types of bodies of water from two oceans, a gulf, a handful of Great Lakes, to some rather large rivers. So, if that were the way this was to be taken, America would certainly fit the bill. However, in verse 15 we read the following: “And he saith unto me, the waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” Those who believe that the Whore is the Catholic church, see this as confirmation of that, as the Catholic church can be found in every country, but then, so can most Protestant churches. I believe the Whore, while a religious entity, needs more than a religious organization. While the Catholic church is a political entity of sorts, the Whore has always sat on a beast which is an empire that is the most powerful nation on the earth. What is needed is a nation where peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues can be found. Iraq as of now would not qualify in this description. Even if the world political headquarters were moved there, her people would not be of every people, multitude, nation and tongue. Only the political representatives of these nations who are ambassadors would fill that qualification. Where on earth do you find such a mix of nationalities and tongues, as a people, as in America? America is the world’s melting pot. America is the modern day Tower of Babel. We have reached the heavens and we have people who speak practically every language on earth living here.

The kings of the earth commit fornication with this entity. The inhabitants of the earth are drunk with the wine of her fornication. We have corrupted every other nation on the face of the planet with our filth. We export it everywhere. I realize it is not as if many of these other nations are squeaky clean, they most definitely are not, but they do not export it in the same way we do. We are masters at decadence and we have made everyone else lust after the decadence that we enjoy. No matter how much people in other countries say they hate us, they still would all give up much to live here in the lap of luxury. It is called the green-eyed monster combined with sour grapes. It is simply human nature. Who wants to be poor and do without? Nobody. Who wants the freedom to say what they want to say and do what they want to do (within reason)? Everybody. Need I say more? At this point in time, unless something major were to happen to create this international city in Babylon, Iraq, and things change drastically overnight, I think it is safe to say that this description does not apply to anyone except America at this time. It gets confusing in that much of the time, Babylon and the beast she rides are thought of as a single entity, therefore many think that whoever is Babylon is also the empire of the beast. That does not necessarily have to be so. Babylon could be America, while the beast's empire could be the revived Babylonian empire. We certainly are involved with Iraq (and its neighboring nations) at the moment, and could be said to be riding on or using it to help bring on the New World Order. We are allowing our government to take away our freedoms and bring us into the NWO without a murmur, because of the threat of terrorism. Is there more to the story of our involvement over there than what we are being told?

Verse 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.”

John is carried away (in the spirit which implies this is a vision or as many say today, an out of body experience) to the wilderness. This is an interesting description, as America was once a vast wilderness. Iraq is also of course a desert country, so one cannot rule out Iraq as a possibility for Babylon based on this character trait.

John now sees Babylon. She is a woman. As mentioned above, Babylon may be more than a system. She may be a female spiritual entity. She sits on a beast which is red in color. Is the red from blood? Is the red significant in some other way? Oddly scarlet seems to be the color whores like to use. i.e. The red light district. Bordellos are usually decorated in red. Satan is often depicted as being a red being. It is interesting that red is a color associated with evil. We call communist countries "red" also.

The beast is full of names of blasphemy and has seven heads with ten horns. We have already covered these facts earlier when discussing the beast as to what the seven heads and ten horns are, so that will not be repeated here.

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