Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Who is Mystery Babylon?

Who is Mystery Babylon? This is one of the great mysteries that has puzzled many theologians (some think they know exactly who she is). The four current main schools of thought (there may be some other suggestions, but they do not have the large following of these others, and quite honestly I do not know of them.) Probably the oldest line of thought is that Babylon is the Roman Catholic Church centered at the Vatican. The next choice is that America is Babylon, and the last two suggestions are that she is Jerusalem or a literal rebuilt city of Babylon in Iraq.

In the course of writing on Revelation, I had to come to some conclusions based on the knowledge that God had allowed me to have at that time.  However I have never been quite satisfied with that and it has troubled me that something was missing from the information.  Actually it wasn't that something was missing.  It was that I wasn't able to put all the information together.  I have spent time praying and asking God to give me wisdom to understand the knowledge I have had.  I have been convinced that when the time got close for things to begin, God would reveal these last things that I have not understood.  Well, today I was pondering all this information I have stored in my brain and suddenly it all came together.  At least I believe it has.  That makes me wonder how close we are.

When I began this article, I had written the first paragraph then intended to do an article laying out the description of Babylon and pointing out her characteristics, leaving it to the reader to ascertain whom  of the candidates they thought might be the one who filled the bill. During the course of writing it though, I had been in prayer asking for wisdom to finally know for certain, as I have never truly been sure myself of the choice I had made. I had questions that I could not solve, as to why she rode the beast when it seemed that she was a political entity herself, apart from the beast. I also did not understand why in the end he hates her so, when she has been his companion all these years, riding him with apparently his consent. It also seemed that she should be a religious entity, but then she was political too. This fact seemed to point in one direction, but then the description in Revelation 17-18 pointed in another. It was a conundrum I could not reconcile. Not until now. I had all the information at my disposal all this time, but I could not piece the puzzle together correctly.

I want to share what I have discovered. It starts with looking at her in Revelation. She rides a beast. A beast with seven heads and ten horns. We must first look at the beast and understand who he is to then understand her. We are told the following about the beast. Revelation 17:3, 8-13 “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.......The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall 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. And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

We are told that the beast comes out of the bottomless pit. I believe he is a spiritual being, a demon who will inhabit the antichrist, that being whoever is in a position for him to use. (I believe the person involved may be killed and the beast will then enter and occupy the body, making it appear the person has been resurrected.)  He has seven heads. We are told that these heads are seven mountains (which symbolically in Scriptures stands for a kingdom) and seven kings (the rulers of those kingdoms). Further we are told that five of those kings (kingdoms) have fallen before John's time, one exists at John's time, and one is future to John's time, and will only last a very short time compared to these other kingdoms. We are told that the beast himself will become an eighth kingdom/king and that he is “of” the seven and will go back to hell. Then we are told that the ten horns stand for ten kings (leaders) who have no kingdom at John's time, but will receive power in one hour along with the beast. They will submit their kingdom's power to the beast. We know from the book of Daniel that the statue Nebuchadnezzar dreamed about gave a history of world empires. Each of these empires was controlled at one time by the beast and was one of the heads he has. We know that Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome are four of those heads. Rome is the one that existed at John's time, which tells us that we need two more before Babylon. What do all of these have in common? They were the world super-powers and they persecuted Israel. So what other two kingdoms before Babylon did the same. The question is easy to answer. Egypt and Assyria. We know that one kingdom will come into being after Rome has ceased to be a power. What “kingdom” was a world power and persecuted the Jews, and we are told that this particular kingdom will be short-lived. This is also an easy answer. The Third Reich under Hitler. Hitler was a well-known occultist, and his empire lasted only a matter of a few years in comparison to these other kingdoms.  So this also fits well.

Now we need to go back and consider the whore Babylon. We are told that she sits upon and rides the beast. A woman symbolically in Scripture generally represents a spiritual not political element. If the beast were the ruler of a kingdom, then what part did she play in each kingdom (for she has always ridden him)? It has always been assumed that she represented the religious system of Satan, the Babylonian Mysteries. And she did. It was the religion, the Babylonian Mysteries, that controlled the people in each of these ancient kingdoms up through Rome. While the beast reigned, she controlled the people for him. While she is seen riding the beast, because she did through all of these six kingdoms, we shall see that she and the beast have parted company for the seventh and eighth kingdoms, and she has become more than just a religion. First we need to consider her and the beast's shared history.

The Babylonian Mysteries started at the original Babylon or Babel with Semiramis. She created a religion around her husband Nimrod (Marduk) and her son Tammuz. This was the creation of the mother/son worship which we still see even in some Christian churches today. The Scriptures indicate that something happened to Nimrod to change him. Genesis 10:8-9 “And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.” Nimrod became a mighty one. References to “mighty ones” often refers to the Nephilim that existed before the Flood. They were half-breeds of the angelic/human matings. Now Nimrod was not born a mighty one, he became one. What this indicates is uncertain, but something changed him. Was he possessed by the spirit of a demon? It is thought that demons are the bodiless spirits of the nephilim who died in the Flood and still are free to roam the earth. They may not be confined to hell, due to their dual nature. They seem to seek and need bodies, whereas angels (including fallen ones) have their own bodies. If Nimrod and Semiramis were possessed by two spirits, (whether nephilim or fallen angel)  these same spirits would go on to inhabit other bodies as the humans they possessed died. I believe it is possible the beast (whatever his actual spiritual name is) possessed Nimrod, which is what made him change to be a mighty one, and this beast was striving to build a one world kingdom, (sound familiar?) the Tower of Babel. Semiramis, possessed by the spiritual being, Babylon the whore, created the religion to control its people. This seems to have been the goal of each of the kings on the head of the beast and she was always his cohort or consort providing the religion for his kingdom. As God dispersed Babel before it could be created as a world power or government, this kingdom did not qualify to be one of the heads of the beast, hence the first head on the beast is Egypt.

When Babel was dispersed because of the Tower incident, the Mysteries traveled around the world, but Babylon herself along with the beast had to go to one place as they are not omnipresent. The place they seemed to choose was Egypt. We can see their influence with the pyramids, the Osiris/Isis/Horus religion, and eventually their persecution of Israel. Because the language was changed, we hear different names than is seen in Sumerian texts, (ancient Babel) but when one examines the religion, one sees that whether it is China, India, Egypt, Phoenicia, Greece, or Rome, the gods and the stories are basically the same or very similar. That is because all of the information about the Babylonian Mysteries was carried with each group dispersed from Babel. With the eruption of all these new languages, the names were changed, and the stories changed, as any story does when carried in different directions and passed down from generation to generation.

With the decline of Egypt's power, (maybe God's punishment for what she did to Israel?) they moved their base to Assyria. Always the couple, in fact one wonders if they were lovers or husband and wife as Semiramis and Nimrod were, they used the same system in each kingdom they took over. I do not know which of the leaders of each of the kingdoms was actually possessed by the beast, or if really all of them were, but the fact is, the pattern of world domination, the Babylonian Mysteries as the religion, and persecution of Israel is found in all of the kingdoms on the beast's head. We know that Assyria took Israel captive, and in fact they never came back from captivity becoming known as the ten lost tribes. Following Assyria we had Babylon. Babylon took Judah captive and it was Nebuchadnezzar to whom God gave the visions for the future that we find in the book of Daniel. When Babylon was conquered by Medo-Persia, we had the incident with Esther, another persecution. It was during the inherited captivity in this kingdom that the people of Israel were sent back to rebuild the city and temple. In each case the kingdom that persecuted Israel was in turn overthrown. Punishment by God? I think so. Medo-Persia was overrun by Greece. It was one of the Seleucid rulers (one of the four divisions of Greece after Alexander died), Antiochus Epiphanes, who set up a statue of Zeus in the temple and slaughtered a pig on the altar, as well as killing many Jews. Greece was overthrown by Rome. I think we all know how Rome persecuted Israel, crucified Christ (with Israel's help), destroyed the temple (dispersing Israel for 2000 years), followed by persecution of Christians. And each of these kingdoms had a form of the Babylonian Mysteries as their religion, controlling the people.

What happened when the Roman Empire declined? The empire was split in two and both went into decline, the western empire dying quite some time before the eastern. There was no world power that raised its head any time soon, the same way these other kingdoms had followed each other in succession, for the beast to take over. The implication from Scripture is that he had been put in the abyss until the seventh king came on the scene, as he seems to have been inactive until that seventh kingdom came about, which was a very long time in happening.  Even the Ottoman Empire did not seem to bring him out, as long-lived as it was, because it was a Muslim empire. Islam in spite of it being anti-Christian does not lend itself to Babylon's Mystery religion. And during all this time, Babylon was still on the scene. She was left with a dying empire and no new empire immediately on the horizon.  Plus she was without her man. So what happened to her? 

Well, the first thing that happened was that Christianity came along and lived side by side with her in the Roman Empire. That was a thorn in her side. She tried to deal with Christians the same way she and the beast had tried to deal with Israel, by destroying them. The martyrdom of the early church is well known. But this was different. Israel was one thing, Christ was another. Christ defeated death and the gates of hell cannot prevail against Him. Then Christianity quit living alongside of her and came in and corrupted her religion. What? I hear you say. We are used to thinking of Constantine corrupting Christianity by incorporating paganism or Babylonianism into it when he made Christianity the state religion. From our point of view that is true, and maybe initially she thought it would work to allow this pairing, as she had done with Judaism when she incorporated Kaballah into it, but again, Christ is a much greater opponent. From Babylon's point of view Christianity came in and corrupted her religion, for as bad as the combination was for Christianity, the fact was that the truth that Jesus or Yeshua came and died for our sins was a teaching in the combined church that could actually save people from Satan's control and her ways, and was something she could not and would not endure. It was abominable to her to have worship of the true God saving people, alongside herself. She was not going to share her godhead with anyone, much less with the true Son of God. Her joint venture with the church was not long-lived. Although the leftovers of her corruption of Christianity and many of her followers remain in the church to this day, she does not headquarter herself there. It is not the source of her religion. She soon went underground and became a secret religion, as Christianity was too great a power for her to reign out in the open anymore. This is how she lived for quite a while until someone resurrected her on a much bigger scale. And what was that, you might ask.

In the 11th century, the Knights Templar were a special order under the Vatican. They were believed to be an order above reproach, but they were not. While on the Crusades it is said that they came across the Babylonian Mysteries, and it almost sounds from the reports that they came across her headquarters itself, wherever that was. They saw the power that she and these mysteries offered them, and they immersed themselves in her teachings, giving themselves over to her control which really was the control of Satan. For a while they were able to conceal their activities, as this was a secret religion, and they were supposed to be known as a charitable organization, well respected by the people. Many nobles and princes even willed their estates to them. Within 200 years they became the bankers of Europe because of this wealth. Babylon now had followers and wealth, and with wealth comes power, but she had no beast anymore to provide a kingdom in which she could rule by religion, and she could not reign out in the open as herself.  But, she had money, so she would find a way back to power through the Templars.

In 1307 King Phillip IV had a run-in with the Templars. He discovered that in actuality they were a Satanic cult using the gnostic teachings and ancient Babylonian Mystery rites. To get into the order, one had to commit sodomy, spit on the cross of Christ, denounce Christ and swear allegiance to Lucifier. They used the name Lucifer, as this is what Satan had them call him - his supposedly original name which means light-bearer. He presented himself as the way of enlightenment to them via Babylon's teachings. The people of Europe were outraged. Germany and France demanded that investigations be done. A trial was held and the Knights Templar confessed. At that time the leader of the KT was Jacques DeMolay. He was the most well-known Satanist of all time. In the Masonic “bible” Morals and Dogma by Albert Pike, he says that the KTs had been masters of deception and experts in duplicity appearing to serve Christ on the surface while worshiping Lucifer in their inner rites. The Templars, like all secret organizations had two doctrines, one concealed and revealed only to the masters, and one for the public whom they deceived. On May 12, 1310, fifty-four French Templars were burned alive in Paris. Prior to his execution, Jacques DeMolay formed four secret underground lodges. One at Naples for the east, one at Edinburgh for the west, one at Stockholm for the north and one at Paris for the south. That he founded these four is testified to by the fact that although they differ in some respects, his initials are found used in the same order in the first three degrees of ascension. These secret societies kept underground and were governed by unknown people revealing themselves only to those who passed through a series of degrees and proved themselves worthy to be trusted with the secrets. At this time there was a massive flow of gold and silver from France to Scotland. Scotland became the power base of these secret societies.

A couple hundred years passed while these orders kept themselves secret. In the late 1500’s and early 1600’s they decided to try to go public. They created a document called the “Teachings of Christian Rosencroix” which allegorically told the history of the Knights Templar through the life of a person searching for spiritual enlightenment who went to the Middle East and came in contact with superior occult teachings and brought them back to Europe. They floated these documents to university leaders and scholars with a return address to gauge interest. They were overwhelmed by the responses. This was due in part to the Renaissance and enlightenment philosophies that were developing at the time. They became known then as the Rosacrucians. Shortly after that they went public. They needed a public front and organization already respected and established for their cover. At that time building guilds were threatened with extinction and wanted to keep their building traditions alive, so they agreed to a take-over by the Rosacrusians. So the Rosacrusians became the Stone Masons Guild, or as we know them today, the Masons. The KTs became known as “speculative” masons and they adopted all the symbols of the Masonic guild such as the square and compass. Remember though that Babylon was and is in control of this, and what people think of as a fraternal organization is actually a cover for the Mystery Babylonian religion.

Through the rich bankers, Babylon had amassed a fortune.  She had followers with business power, a legitimate front to come out of hiding, and now needed a kingdom through which she could wield political power. She had found that she could not do this openly in Europe as the European royalty had not treated her well in the past. She needed something that she could mold from the start to suit her own purposes -  a country without competition from the royalty, who did not want to share that power with her followers who were the tradesmen of the day.  It was about this time that Europeans had really started to settle the new continent of America. As time went by it appeared that this country would provide the perfect cover for Babylon's activities.

By early 1717, the first grand lodge was formed. By the late 1700’s Masonry was accepted in Europe as a charitable organization. In 1776 (interesting date isn't it?) the Illuminati was created. Albert G. Marley who is a Masonic historian describes the Illuminati as a secret society founded on May 1, 1776 by Adam Weishopt who was a professor of Canon law at the University of Inglestadt. He is celebrated in the history of masonry as the founder of the order of Illuminati in Bavaria. It was very popular and had 2000 names of distinguished men in France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Italy, and Germany. Its purpose was similar to our Council on Foreign Relations today. They wanted their men in key political advisory positions around the world to favor world government. (And this has now been accomplished. The leaders of the countries of the world are mostly, if not all, Masons.) They were exposed in about ten years by someone who seized some of their documents and sent them to leaders of Europe. By this time the leaders had thought the threat had been abolished not understanding it had gone undercover and had grown in ranks.  Ranks who did not look upon the patronizing attitude of the royalty with favor. These leaders thought the documents so outrageous and unbelievable, they paid no attention. This is the common response of people today to the idea of an Illuminati that controls world affairs. George Washington, John Adams, and James Madison made a show of warning the U.S. about the Illuminati. This seems a little bogus as these men were Masons or favorable toward Masons themselves.

When our government was founded in 1776, we had Illuminists and Masons as our founding leaders, as have the majority of our leaders been since then. That is why you will find so many occultic symbols at our nation’s capital and on our nation’s currency. - The Washington Monument (obelisk); the pyramid with the missing capstone, all-seeing eye, and words Novus Ordo Seclorum on the currency. Our country's capitol is actually a temple to the goddess. The streets are even set up in an occult way outlining occult symbols. The vast use of all of this in our country is another study in and of itself. One more thing, Washington DC is the headquarters for The Supreme Council of the Inspectors General Knights Commander of the House of the Temple of Solomon of the Thirty-third Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States of America.” (its official name) It is also known as the House of the Temple Home of the Supreme Council, 33°, Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction. Most importantly it is also commonly known as the Mother Supreme Council of the World (notice the word “mother” and “world”) and was the first Supreme Council of Scottish Rite Freemasonry. To join the Supreme Council, one must attain the 32° of the Scottish Rite, and then be conferred the honorary 33°. It is at these ranks that it is revealed to its members that the God that they are worshiping in secret is actually Satan.  A great many of our political, business, and even I am sure some religious leaders as well as sundry other people from teachers to artists, spend two weeks a year in worship of Babylon at the Bohemian Grove in California, where a mock human sacrifice (I believe it may be a real human sacrifice) is offered to a thirty foot statue of the owl god Molech. (Just one of Babylon's persona). This is just one of what I am sure are many debauched activities goes on. 

In 1801 in Charleston, SC, the first U.S. grand lodge was founded. Babylon had found a home. She had her religious worship (the Masonic rites) and now she had a political power base. The rites of Masonry demand that the brotherhood come before any other loyalty. This is why a Mason will give preference to or help another brother Mason in all kinds of situations from giving him a promotion on a job (even undeserved) to letting a criminal get away with a crime (as a judge). The loyalty of brotherhood even supercedes country loyalties. The leaders of the world are Masons. Their loyalty is not to their country, but to their Masonic brothers and religion. Even well-known so-called Christian minsters and leaders are secret Masons. They give themselves away when they are photographed using the secret signals that Masons love to use. The goal of the beast and Babylon has always been a one world government, and that is the goal of the leaders of the world. All of the posturing that they hate each other is bogus. Just as Babylon covers her real religion under the guise of a fraternal order, the leaders of the world cover their real agenda by acting in public as they think they should if they were loyal to their countries. What they do behind closed doors is another matter entirely.

So it would appear that America is Babylon's kingdom.  And indeed if one reads the description in Revelation 17-18, not to mention what is said of her in Jeremiah, it does seem to describe the U.S. If you are now wondering what that city is that rules the kings of the world, mentioned in Revelation 17:18, I believe it is not NYC as most people, or even as I had believed until just the other day. I had long ago come to believe that Babylon was America based upon the description in Revelation 17 and 18, as nobody fits that description as the USA. And I now think that is absolutely correct. And the logical city in her boundaries to be the city Babylon seemed to be NYC based upon the fact that the UN is there, and most of the world thinks of the UN as being the ruler over the leaders of the world. Not to mention the statue of Babylon standing in the harbor. But I now believe that the UN is as much a phony front and cover to throw suspicion away from the real city, as is the Masonic Lodge being a good works fraternal organization. The Mother Supreme Council of the World, the headquarters for the Supreme Council of Scottish Rite Freemasonry is at Washington, DC. This is the true power base of Babylon. This is what controls and reigns over the leaders of the world. Their Masonic religion. Their fraternal order to which their loyalty comes before any other loyalty. Their goal of a one world government is on the behalf of their goddess and god (Satan). The temple to their goddess Babylon is the capitol building at Washington, DC. The entire city is a shrine to her. I have come to believe that Washington is that city spoken of in Revelation and America is the political power she wields to enforce her control over the world. We are the super-power of the world. She is back on top but this time by her own power alone, not with the help of the beast.  She has carved out this world power by the work of her own hands and she sits as a queen saying she is not a widow, as she has accomplished all this without the help of the beast, and having the belief that nobody can touch her, but she is a widow (having lost her man). 

Now to explain something mentioned earlier. After Rome, the beast must have been sequestered away from Babylon in the abyss, as otherwise he would have reared his ugly head before he did. When did he next surface? I believe the seventh head of the beast was when he surfaced and possessed Hitler. Hitler was bent on world domination and attempted to conquer Europe, Russia, and countries to the south into Africa. He did create a fairly vast empire, but just as the Scriptues say, he didn't last long. He was also an occultist and murdered Christians and Jews by the millions. What was interesting about Hitler was that he hated the Masonic order. Why, if he worshiped Satan too? It makes no sense. It makes no sense until you understand what the Masonic Lodge is. Babylon's power control. When the beast came back, he found that Babylon had established a power base without him. She was now a world power to be reckoned with. She was not about to hand over to him what she had spent a great deal of time creating by herself, and he was not pleased.  If she wasn't going to give her power to him, he wanted to rid himself of her from his own power base. So Hitler went about dissolving all the Masonic Lodges in his domain. The ten Grand Lodges of Germany were the first to go, with its prominent members being sent to concentration camps. The Gestapo grabbed the membership lists and looted the lodges. This activity carried over to each country as it was conquered by the Nazis, with the Masters of the lodges ending up in concentration camps. The beast now hated Babylon, for she was not his consort, and the means of him controlling the people, she was his enemy and rival for world power. He could not control the people by religion, as he had no religion in place, so he controlled them by fear and brainwashing, getting rid of anyone who posed a threat. When Babylon saw the threat he posed to her, and how he was going after her followers and eliminating them from the positions of power all over Europe, she needed to stop him, so America entered the war. And she defeated him, sending him back to the abyss from whence he had come.

The next time he comes out, he will possess (either taking possession of the person inside the body, or that person will die as indicated by Scripture, and the beast will merely usurp the corpse for his own use) the person known as the antichrist, (whomever that may be) and he will be determined to get his revenge against Babylon. This time he will win, for it says that he destroys her in one hour. But this is only because he is carrying out God's will for Him. Babylon, oddly enough when she first had a hand in creating this country, stood by while Christianity flourished, sending out missionaries and doing great things on behalf of God. She did not mind this, as her religion was quite separate (and secret) this time, so it couldn't corrupt her followers. And her followers were the political leaders and financiers in charge. Christianity is a source of great good for a country. The countries in which Christianity flourished were the most prosperous, civilized, and educated in the world, and she knew it. She needed Christianity for the good it did for her, creating a people who would serve her well when she turned them. Meanwhile God was using her country for His good, and she had no problems with that at the beginning. After all, she could corrupt Christianity in time and turn the people away from God within the churches. She had corrupted it before, she could do it again. But this time from a position of power politically, as well as her secret religion which controlled quietly behind the scenes. She put her followers in positions of leadership and power within the church to corrupt it from within. America started out as a golden cup in God's hand, Jeremiah 51:7, but now she was a whore making the whole earth drunk off the wine of her abominations. She now holds the golden cup. She is also drunk with the blood of the saints. Now we come to the really scary part for American Christians. Everyone is worried about the beast, but Americans have much to fear from Babylon. Her cup is full of the blood of the saints. Not just those she killed in Rome years ago, but those she will kill during the Tribulation. Americans are the Laodicean Christians who are rich and blind and think they have need of nothing. They will have to overcome if they want to get into heaven.

So now we see that America truly appears to be Babylon. And who is the next puppet of the beast that hates her so? From where will the man he possesses come? Ask yourself - who hates America more than anyone else? The beast needs a religion to control his people. He didn't have one the last time, and he lost, but while he was here possessing Hitler, he had time to look around. Where could he find a fanatical religion that hates America, (Babylon) Christianity, and the Jews? Think about it. If it helps, remember, he is going to cut people's heads off.  And Satan has given this religion some prophecies that have them looking for a Messiah or Mahdi to come on the scene who will turn the world to their religion. They also believe in a second return of Jesus Christ - their Jesus Christ being a false prophet who will say to the world that the Mahdi is the world's Messiah.  It would certainly fit the description in Daniel 7:7 "After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns."  This beast is not just a political nation.  It says it is different from all the other beasts before it.  And it is a great bully, killing all who get in its way as it takes over.

I don't know how the reader feels, but I believe this fits the Scriptures quite well.

*After writing this, the idea came to me that Babylon is not necessarily the beast's consort or wife, but his mother.  I thought back over the myths and in each case the father (Nimrod/Marduk, Osiris, etc.) is "killed" leaving the mother and son to carry on. This would explain why the mother/son relationship is so important in all religions and especially in Masonry with Horus (the son) being so important.  Quite possibly the beast is the literal offspring of some type of relationship between Satan and Babylon which we don't quite understand.  It does say in Genesis that Satan will have a seed, and that might mean more than people following him by rejecting God.  It might mean a literal seed just as God has a literal seed in Jesus.  As Satan appears to be reptilian in nature (called the Serpent, Dragon, etc.) his offspring would no doubt also be a rather literal gruesome beast, hence his moniker. 

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