Report From The Tower
The Revelation, more fully known as the "Revelation Of Jesus Christ", contains this specific direction to the people of Jesus Christ. Jesus speaks throughout the Revelation, but here, He speaks to His own people, to tell them that they are going to have to come out of Her. We, the people of Jesus Christ, must then determine the identity of the one referred to as "Her", as Jesus has given us, as Christians, the mandate that we are to come out of her and stand clear of her. Should we fail to do so, we will suffer along with her. This process began in 1793 with the French Revolution, where 24,000 priests were put to death and 40,000 church properties were destroyed. It will continue until all the daughter harlots have suffered the same fate as the mother. Almost every christian and many non Catholic Christian ministers were apparently caught up and trapped in that intense period of suffering that broke forth upon France at that time. Jesus speaks in this manner in the three preceding verses, regarding her:
Rev 18:1 "And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. Rev 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. Rev 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies."
Most writers conclude that verse four is out of chronological order with the preceding three verses, as those verses declare that "Babylon the great has fallen", yet verse four presents an image where the people of Jesus Christ are still inside of her and still need to come out of her. However, what if....that is not the case, but these verses are chronologically arranged in their correct order? What if Babylon the great has already fallen, but the people of Jesus Christ are so spiritually dull that they are unaware that they are inside of something that has already become a habitation of devils and the hold of every foul spirit? I believe this is the case right now. This is the picture of the present condition of the church of Jesus Christ: it is INSIDE of Babylon the great, and she has fallen. Babylon the great, as ROME+: a title I give to the Mother harlot and all of her daughter harlots, and that title of Rome+ describes the world, the love of this world and the love of everything that is in the world. Babylon the great is ONE with this world and not ONE with Christ, therefore, she is a harlot. She has a form of godliness, but has no fruit that tends to life. She is a FAUX church, with a remnant true church within her that is dull, lifeless, in a spiritual coma and is unaware of these events, yet the Spirit of prophecy cries out to her, saying again and again, come out of her, my people, the double judgements are about to reach where you are, right now.
Please, let us linger here, for a brief moment, with this image in our minds: The true, remnant church of Jesus Christ is INSIDE of Babylon the great, and she, the great harlot, has fallen. She has become a haunt of devils and a hold of every foul spirit, yet this true, remnant church is unaware of her predicament. I have been preaching about this and around this from various angles of approach for many years. Jesus is very near unto coming for His bride, but He is first going to have to extricate His bride from the inside of the great harlot and from the daughter harlots, for in their case, the apple did not fall very far from the tree. He never wanted to do it this way. This hearkens back to the double shock vision the Lord gave me several years ago: Double Shock and The Defibrillator Shock Vision In the vision, I saw the true, remnant church, asleep and appearing to be dead, lying on a gurney in a hospital. Jesus approached the patient with the two paddles of the defibrillator and prepared to apply the double shock to the patient. I understood by the Spirit that the double shock was going to be applied by Jesus to His people when the double judgements of Revelation 18:6 fall upon Mystery Babylon, the mother of harlots. Rev 18:6 "Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double." Jesus would have you to obey the prophetic admonition and to come out of her, but failing that, He will attempt to revive some of you with the plagues that will fall upon the great harlot. They will also fall upon you, though Jesus never wanted or intended for you to suffer in this way. The double judgements of Revelation 18:6 are, at least in some part and with respect to the true remnant church, redemptive.
This image of our modern churches, already in a fallen state, so defiled and fouled that they are completely INSIDE of Mystery Babylon, the mother of harlots is consistent also with a vision I had in 2005 on the slopes of Mount Elgon, near Chwele, Kenya. Signs Of The International Prophetic Explosion-5 Visions I Received In Africa In the vision, which was VISION 4-MAY 28TH, 2005, RECEIVED IN KAPKATENNY, WESTERN KENYA, I saw a great number of vultures in the sky, flying toward the West. The clouds were clearing from the rainstorm and the setting sun was visible. Thousands and thousands of vultures were all flying directly west. Then, the Lord began to speak: "These are the evil angels of Africa, that have been trapped here since the time of Moses and Aaron. They are now leaving Africa, heading to the churches of America, for the vultures will be gathered to the carcass, says the Lord". One week later, Joseph Cook sent me an email from America, reporting that Kim Clement had now prophesied that America's churches will be getting visits from wonderful angels, sent by God, who will bring great blessing. So, the churches of America have even been deceived by false prophets into thinking that certain of the supernatural manifestations they have experienced during the last thirteen years have been the work of real, holy angels of God, when, in fact, they have been witnessing the outworking of these evil angels. Truly, "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird" and the true, remnant church lies near dead and lifeless within this great whore.
Let us, once again, linger on the consideration of the horror of that which I have just presented. The churches of America were described to me by Jesus, in 2005, as carcasses. The vultures that I saw in the vision, or the evil angels, were flocking to them. I tell you that I did not fully understand the impact of that which the Lord revealed to me in 2005 until tonight, as the impact and breadth of that statement came to me fully. W. Robertson Nicoll wrote as early as 1903 in his Expositor's Bible Commentary, Volume 25, that he had some suspicions regarding the power of the Great Whore. Revelation 18:13-14 presents a long list of merchandise that the Mother Of Harlots was trading in that culminated with slaves and the souls of men. Sir Nicoll suspected that something more than mere physical slavery was being alluded to and that some type of strong control or enslavement of the soul and mind would be exerted over the souls of men by this harlot, and now, tonight, I know that Sir Nicoll was correct in his suspicion. Those of the true remnant church who are trapped inside of Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots or in one of her harlot daughters are not free souls but they are bound and enslaved and are the souls of men in which she has been trading. Miraculous effort will be required to extricate them. These souls have been made into her merchandise and the evil angels add to the intoxicating effect of the witches brew that she uses to keep them bound. These poor souls have neither eyes to see nor ears to hear what the Lord is saying any more, for they have been made drunk by the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
The arrival of the double judgements to a church near you is going to be an unimaginable horror to be caught up in, yet, even in that horror, one who awakes at the application of the double shock of the defibrillator in the hands of Jesus will find their condition to be vastly superior to the ones who never awake to life at all. Her destruction by fire has indeed been more than once alluded to. The beast and the ten horns will be the perpetrator of this and "they shall burn her utterly with fire; yes, "she shall be utterly burned with fire." Babylon the great is a harlot and destruction by fire leads us directly to the thought of the spiritual, and not simply the civil, or political, or commercial, character of Rome. According to the law of Moses, burning appears to have been the punishment of fornication only in the case of a priest's daughter: "And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the harlot, she shall be burnt with fire." (Lev 21:9)
Today's christians are no different than those of different eras. Christians were dull in the time of Christ and they are dull now, slow to believe all that God has spoken to and revealed to His people. Christians never believe that a threatening word of prophecy refers to THEM...such a word must always refer to the church down the block or to worldly, wicked and utterly sinful people. They fail to realize their double accountability, for they have been ambassadors of Christ to earth, and have been entrusted with a sacred mission. There is no greater deflector than a dull christian: it is almost impossible for the living word to penetrate such deadness of mind, yet the Spirit continues in His attempts. Right about now, the dull, walking dead christian is deflecting off any application of Revelation 17 and 18 to himself, believing, rather conveniently, that it is either impossible to know what these verses refer to in some distant, drastically different future, as they believe that they most certainly have no application to the present day. Others will read my other writings and also will deflect these threats away from themselves, believing that these two chapters have reference only to the Roman Catholic Church. Both views are wrong: DEAD WRONG!
Most assuredly, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH, is initially and correctly identified as the Roman Catholic Church. But take note, she is a MOTHER. She has spawned harlot offspring. The church where you attend is one of her DAUGHTERS! Yet, you are blissfully unaware.
IDENTIFYING THE HARLOT-MOTHER OF HARLOTS
The scripture lists seven identifiers that make a positive identification of this whore possible. She is definitely ROME, or rather, ROME+, when it comes time for God to pour out plagues upon her. I will place the proofs for these seven identifiers at the end of this article for brevity sake. These seven lock solid identifiers are:
Now, the question each and every one of us has to answer is whether we are joined with a harlot or not? Are we one with a harlot spiritually, which is ONE with the world? There may yet be a few, true remnant believers who remain, ensconced in the Roman Catholic Church. They certainly need to come out. But, what about the daughter congregations of this Mother of Harlots? Are you a member of one? Just how bad is bad enough? Once again, beware: the tendency of the modern believer to deflect this problem away to someone else is certainly an enduring pandemic. We are desperately sick with this malady and we must receive the ability from the Lord so that we are able to examine ourselves to see that we are in the faith. Are you fooling yourself?
IDENTIFYING A DAUGHTER CHURCH OR CONGREGATION OF THE MOTHER OF HARLOT
God gave me my Defining Vision-The Lord And The Pyramid in 1991, where Jesus came to strike the Senior Pastor controlled pyramid church. So, I have been warning all of the churches of my generation, with no apparent success, that they need to level out the top of the pyramid. This is a very serious warning that God gave me via open, Ezekiel style vision, yet I have felt the presence of God many times in churches where a Senior pastor controlled much of what was being done there in the ministry. And so, I have wondered about this for many years: this has really puzzled me. Why would God indicate to me that the Senior Pastor system was such a serious problem that He will one day destroy it and then, tolerate it for the purpose of allowing believers in such churches to experience His presence? I obtained the answer in 2009, related here in Structural Abominations, when I was in prayer after an elder, who desired the preeminence, took the position of Senior pastor in a church where I was one of four elders who had previously shared authority equally. The Lord spoke this to me at that time:
"I the Lord have designed My church to suit my good pleasure, and men have departed from My wishes as they have elevated the desires of their hearts over and above the desire of My heart. They have among them men who desire to be chief, and others who wish to be like the rest of the world around them. All believers in your nation have "a pastor", and so, those for whom you intercede desire "a pastor", so as not to be peculiar in appearance. They are uncomfortable when others in their community regard them as different or strange. I the Lord have called my people to be a peculiar people, and I will abide with those who abide with Me. I will abide with the one who keeps My word and My commandments. Where the function of the church is proper, but the structure of the church is aberrant, I will put upon that church no special measure of My presence and My power. As my presence is experienced in the harlot church, so will I be experienced in the church for which you intercede, for the structure alone is sufficient to defile the whole lump."
Please take note that the Lord Himself told me that members of the harlot church will feel some measure of His presence inside of a harlot church, but they will have no special measure of His presence: not enough to provide protection in the time of the double judgments. Feeling some of God's presence is not a sufficient assurance of the condition of the church that you are a member of and it is certainly no guarantee of refuge in a time of trouble. The aberrant structural design, not of the Lord's choosing, was sufficient to defile the whole church. Does your church have a senior pastor, or a lead pastor, or do you simply have one single pastor? If so, you are a member of a harlot church: your church is a daughter of the mother harlot: Mystery Babylon, the mother of harlots.
The present church structure that we in the out of Catholic churches have employed is a well known holdover from the mother church. Luther wrote about what an impossibility is was to wean the village people away from the priest, and so he settled on simply replacing the priest with a single, senior pastor. And so, in this most important of ways, the daughter harlots carry a structure that closely resembles the pyramid model of the mother, Roman Catholic church, headed by it's Pope at the top of the pyramid. I inquired of the Lord about this today, and I received a new answer: "The Reformation and the Reformers of the sixteenth century refused to tear down the high places of Roman Catholicism." And so, just as occurred with several reformations and revivals in the history of Israel, failure to tear down the high places led to a return to gross idolatry by the people. As it was in their day, so it is in ours. Our senior pastors are the absolute proof that our churches share the same spiritual DNA of the Mother Harlot.
Jesus taught us how to recognize false prophets by their fruit, as it is relayed to us in Matthew 7. Might we not also employ these standards to judge a church? Using bible to interpret bible, Galatians 5 teaches us that Gal 5:22 "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. Gal 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Gal 5:26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another." Many of these get after issues of the character. We are also shown the types of traits and behavior that will indicate that one is not walking in the Spirit, but the flesh: Gal 5:19 "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Gal 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Gal 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like". We are taught elsewhere in the scripture that covetousness and greed are the same as idolatry and these will keep a man out of the kingdom of Heaven.
FINAL WORDS-THE HEART OF THE MATTER
I will leave you with this apt comment I found on one christian forum by an unnamed author whom I only know by this piece of writing. Sometimes, a stranger can really put it all together though, as I certainly, do not have all the answers. This, right here, right now, reminds me of some passages in the bible where a prophet came and delivered a word. We never were to know the name of that prophet, but his message rang true. I have tried my best to catch the true doctrine and to present to you what the Lord has said to me. This stranger from Australia has seemed to catch something quite close to the heart of the matter:
"For my friend Carey and pastors and leaders of churches in Brisbane Australia and all over the planet. Nailing it on religions door. Luther did it and MUCH more needs to be done……. I’m no Luther but I plead with my brothers and sisters to consider the following. I plead with myself to grapple with it wherever I am.
Below is a list of traditions not found in scripture that have been invented by men. While these people who love Sunday Church throw one liners at the so called “hurt” or “rebellious people” – will they listen and grapple with the traditions, junk and lies that they want us to jump into willy nilly. I’ve looked for local assembly of the so called “body of Christ” that would try -Just indicate they are trying to address ANY of the following glaring issues. Prove to me they aren’t the false church when they embrace (or fail to embrace) the stuff I talk about below.
1. The big meeting is always on Sunday. Why not meet on Thursday night and go away together for the weekend to be the real family where you can really get to know people. Don’t bring up Wednesday night as the “extra time” for body ministry and all the other things missing on Sunday. Most Wednesday nights are just a copy of Sunday anyway.
2. The calendar is full of Easter and Christmas and all the stuff around it. One worships a baby and the other calls the festival after the Goddess of fertility nullifying the sign of Jonah with only two days and nights between Friday and Sunday. Bible verses please -at least stick to Passover.
3. On Websites all over the world you can read doctrinal statements BUT where are the instructions on how to abide, meditate, sing and act in faith towards our Saviour. Coming along to know the pastor seems more important with bios and histories instead of knowing how to know, love and obey the Lord through His Spirit. Mental assent to doctrines is no substitute for a rich heart felt faith working by love.
4. Tell me that God has told you to have a women’s ministry, children’s ministry or old peoples club. Or did you start them because “that’s what we have always done” , the denominations says we should, or God hasn’t told us not to. Where is a church that will let God build his church and that won’t move until a plurality of leadership has heard from heaven. Why is it that part of the most important parts of the Body of Christ is hived away from everybody else where their input and expression is never heard by the others? For of such IS the kingdom of God. I’m talking about the children. I’ve been a children’s pastor and these folk can hear important things from the Lord. Why do we fragment the body into groups to be held at differing times? I’m not saying it is wrong -I am asking people to “ask the Lord” about what he thinks of all this effort. Is it producing what he is expecting? Should we be splitting up families at all during the week?
5. Money. Why are only a few or just one in so called full time ministry? Where is the room for body ministry. Has the Holy Spirit got any chance of breaking into your written order of service? Is the bulk of the finance collected ending up in bank coffers or real estate that gets used a few times a week? Are people taught wrongly that if they do works (give) then their abundance in life rests on that? Is there a place to really put money into things that do truly advance the kingdom? The moderns churches track record for local assemblies is amazing when you examine the holes that most of the money goes into.
6. How long does the Clergy – Laity thing have to keep on going? Why is the term pastor mentioned so little in the new testament? When can somebody else pray for the sick, teach, give counsel or encouragement if they are not part of the normally very small ministry team? The answer is often the car park. When will true God anointed and appointed 5 fold ministry be birthed and activated in His body. There are many counterfeits in this area. When will these leaders be chosen on the grounds of fruit (and not gifting) as clearly shown forth in the New testament scriptures that explain the true qualifications for ministry (elders, deacons etc) Why is it that the “rest of us” can only minister through filling communion cups, collecting offerings, moving furniture, singing or running children's work? Got some scriptures for this practice? (all geared towards an hour or two on a Sunday)
7. Where is the ear? How are you trying to hear from God? My sheep hear my voice. Where and when is the time to hear from God? Who is hearing from God? Where and when is this precious information being given to His body? Whats steps are being taken to DO what he has said? Show me the list of what God has said to your group in the past five years and explain to me how and when you tired to obey? Do you really believe that you hear His voice and that you will not follow a strangers voice? What is the father telling you to do?Jesus only did what His father told him to do. Be prepare for some blank stares if you ever ask this one.
8. Do people really believe that Christ dwells in their hearts by faith? Do you see ample evidence of people taking on their daily tasks with the belief that they can do all things through Christ. That they have all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge in Him. That they are rejoicing so much because he has already granted them everything pertaining to life and Godliness. Are they actively believing and seeking for His righteousness so they can boldly approach the throne of grace for help and favour in time of need? Or are they looking at themselves as sinners not good enough for Gods bountiful supply? Do they truly believe that our of their belly is flowing rivers of living water? Are they trying to believe these things or grapple with them on a daily basis? If not why not? I can honestly say that some people do believe these things but we need to labour so Christ is formed in all who believe.
9. Why can’t fellow believers use a telephone? If those that do the will of God truly are my brothers and sisters then why can’t we all ring each other? I can honestly say that in fifty years of going to church I have had two people that I visited (or they visited me) or rang me on a regular basis. In those 50 years I doubt I had 50 phone calls. My last pastor verbally dressed me down asking why I left (at least 6 months afterwards) at the local Macdonalds restaurant. Why did he wait for this chance meeting? After 11 years he could not ring and ask? Nobody else could either. Ditto for the three churches before that too. I got rung by one where the people were paid to ring through the non attenders data base. If being part of the body of Christ (that should be one of the best things on the planet) is as wonderful as I think it should be then why can’t they try to be a real friend. We will love you while you attend but after that we forget you. Thank God HE does not forget me. Why can’t the Body be like the Head? -just a little bit? one phone call? Love shows no partiality ever. I try to visit believers I once knew but they don’t understand why I am doing it when I don’t go to their church anymore.
10. Is worship really just about singing and the stage show that seems to go with it? If your 30 in Australia then you are probably too old to be on the worship team. Isn’t presenting my body a living sacrifice doing reasonable worship? Isn’t all that I do supposed to be worship unto the Lord? Do all things as unto the Lord. A church “service” just sounds like a car service. You go in get a grease, oil and filter change, coolant top up and some new spark plugs and in two hours you’re back on the road again. The church “service” though runs out by midday Monday and you need something else. When will we meet multiple times a week to pray, eat, sing, and encourage one another to a real lifetime of worship? You might say that I can’t make it once let alone multiple times. Try attempting to fix just a tenth of the above and I will be the first through the door. Don’t invite me to the same old useless traditions that are of no effect. Don’t add stuff that is not in the bible. There is plenty to do there. Only add what HE tells you to do. Then you can’t go wrong. Lets all think long and hard about what real love looks like. His love. His love NEVER fails. The non believers in my street and the folk in my motorhome club are far better at contacting me and “having a chat” than any church folk that I spent 10 years with. We have a mighty God that longs to express HIS love and goodness through all believers.
I wait with patience and anticipation……"
Please, come out of her, My people.
Stephen L. Bening
Many multitudes of books have been written conclusively proving the identity of Mystery Babylon the Great as ROME, yet God's people today cannot identify her. This is, to my mind, the greatest work of satanic forgetfulness that the world has ever seen. Here is a short article that does a good job with it: A Woman Rides The Beast I have included pertinent excerpts below from this article.
The incredible wealth of this woman caught John's attention next. She was dressed "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 filthiness of her fornication" (Revelation 17:4). The colors of purple and scarlet once again identify the woman with both pagan and Christian Rome. These were the colors of the Roman caesars with which the soldiers mockingly robed Christ as "King" (see Matthew 27:28 and John 19:2,5), which the Vatican took to itself. The woman's colors are literally still the colors of the Catholic clergy! The same Catholic Encyclopedia quoted above states: Capps Magna- A cloak with a long train and a hooded shoulder cape ... [it] was purple wool for bishops; for cardinals, it was scarlet watered silk (for Advent, Lent, Good Friday, and the conclave, purple wool); and rose watered silk for Gaudete and Lactate Sundays; and for the pope, it was red velvet for Christmas Matins, red serge at other times. Cassock (also Soutane) The close-fitting, ankle-length robe worn by the Catholic clergy as their official garb.... The color for bishops and other prelates is purple, for cardinals scarlet ....
The Roman Catholic Church possesses many thousands of solid gold chalices kept in its churches around the world. Even the bloodstained cross of Christ has been turned to gold and studded with gems in reflection of Rome's great wealth. The Catholic Encyclopedia says: "The pectoral cross [suspended by a chain around the neck and worn over the breast by abbots, bishops, archbishops, cardinals, and the pope] should be made of gold and ... decorated with gems ...10 Rome has practiced evil to gather her wealth, for the "golden cup" is filled with "abominations and filthiness." Much of the wealth of the Roman Catholic Church was acquired through the confiscation of the property of the pitiful victims of the Inquisitions. Even the dead were exhumed to face trial and property was taken from their heirs by the Church. One historian writes: The punishments of the lnquisition did not cease when the victim was burned to ashes, or immured for life in the Inquisition dungeons. His relatives were reduced to beggary by the law that all his possessions were forfeited. The system offered unlimited opportunities for loot.... This source of gain largely accounts for the revolting practice of what has been called "corpse-trials."... That the practice of confiscating the property of condemned heretics was productive of many acts of extortion, rapacity and corruption will be doubted by no one who has any knowledge either of human nature or of the historical documents.... no man was safe whose wealth might arouse cupidity, or whose independence might provoke revenge. 11 Most of Rome's wealth has been acquired through the sale of salvation. Untold billions of dollars have been paid to her by those who thought they were purchasing heaven on the installment plan for themselves or loved ones. The practice continues to this day — blatantly where Catholicism is in control, less obviously here in the United States. No greater deception or abomination could be perpetrated. When Cardinal Cajetan, sixteenth-century Dominican scholar, complained about the sale of dispensations and indulgences, the Church hierarchy was indignant and accused him of wanting "to turn Rome into an uninhabited desert, to reduce the Papacy to impotence, to deprive the pope... of the pecuniary resources indispensable for the discharge of his office." 12In addition to such perversions of the gospel which have led hundreds of millions astray, there are the further abominations of corrupt banking practices, laundering of drug money, trading in counterfeit securities, and dealings with the Mafia (fully documented in police and court records), which the Vatican and her representatives around the world have long employed. Nino Lo Bello, former Business Week correspondent in Rome and Rome bureau chief for New York Journal of Commerce, writes that the Vatican is so closely allied with the Mafia in Italy that "many people ... believe that Sicily ... is nothing more than a Vatican holding." 13The Roman Catholic Church is by far the wealthiest institution on earth. Yes, one hears from Rome periodic pleas for money-persuasive appeals claiming that the Vatican cannot maintain itself on its limited budget and needs monetary assistance. Such pleas are unconscionable ploys. The value of innumerable sculptures by such masters as Michelangelo, paintings by the world's greatest artists, and countless other art treasures and ancient documents which Rome possesses (not only at the Vatican but in cathedrals around the world) is beyond calculation. At the World Synod of Bishops in Rome, England's Cardinal Heenan proposed that the Church sell some of these superfluous treasures and give the proceeds to the poor. His suggestion was not well-received.Christ and His disciples lived in poverty. He told His followers not to lay up treasure on this earth but in heaven. The Roman Catholic Church has disobeyed that command and has accumulated a plethora of riches without equal, of which "the Roman Pontiff is the supreme administrator and steward.... 14 There is no church, no city which is a spiritual entity, no religious institution past or present which even comes close to possessing the wealth of the Roman Catholic Church. A recent newspaper article described only a fraction of that treasure at one location: The fabulous treasure of Lourdes (France], whose existence was kept secret by the Catholic Church for 120 years, has been unveiled.... Rumours have been circulating for decades about a priceless collection of gold chalices, diamond-studded crucifixes [a far cry from the bloodstained cross on which Christ died], silver and precious stones donated by grateful pilgrims. After an indiscreet remark by their press spokesman this week, church authorities agreed to reveal part of the collection ... [some] floor-to-ceiling cases were opened to reveal 59 solid gold chalices alongside rings, crucifixes, statues and heavy gold brooches, many encrusted with precious stones. Almost hidden by the other treasures is the "Crown" of Notre Dame de Lourdes, made by a Paris goldsmith in 1876 and studded with diamonds. Church authorities say they cannot put a value on the collection. "I have no idea," says Father Pierre-Marie Charriez, director of Patrimony and Sanctuaries. "it is of inestimable value."... Across the road is a building housing hundreds of [antique] ecclesiastical garments, robes, mitres and sashes — many in heavy gold thread.... "The Church itself is poor," insists Father Charriez. "The Vatican itself is poor." 15 [The treasure described here is only part of that which is kept in one location, the small town of Lourdes, France!]
The "golden cup [chalice] in her hand" again identifies the woman with the Roman Catholic Church. Broderick's edition of The Catholic Encyclopedia declares of the chalice: "[It is] the most important of the sacred vessels.... [It] may be of gold or silver, and if the latter, then the inside must be surfaced with gold."9 The Roman Catholic Church possesses many thousands of solid gold chalices kept in its churches around the world.
John next notices that the woman is drunk — and not with an alcoholic beverage. She is drunk with "the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus..." (Revelation 17:6). The picture is a horrible one. It is not merely her hands that are red with this blood, but she is drunk with it! The slaughter of innocents who, for conscience' sake, would not yield to her totalitarian demands has so refreshed and exhilarated her that she reels in ecstasy.One thinks immediately of the Inquisitions (Roman, Medieval, and Spanish) which for centuries held Europe in their terrible grip. In his History of the Inquisition, Canon Llorente, who was the Secretary to the Inquisition in Madrid from 1790-92 and had access to the archives of all the tribunals, estimated that in Spain alone the number of condemned exceeded 3 million, with about 300,000 burned at the stake. 17 A Catholic historian comments upon events leading up to the suppression of the Spanish Inquisition in 1809: When Napoleon conquered Spain in 1808, a Polish officer in his army, Colonel Lemanouski, reported that the Dominicans [in charge of the Inquisition] blockaded themselves in their monastery in Madrid. When Lemanouski's troops forced an entry, the inquisitors denied the existence of any torture chambers. The soldiers searched the monastery and discovered them under the floors. The chambers were full of prisoners, all naked, many insane. The French troops, used to cruelty and blood, could not stomach the sight. They emptied the torture-chambers, laid gunpowder to the monastery and blew the place up. 18 To wring out confessions from these poor creatures, the Roman Catholic Church devised ingenious tortures so excruciating and barbarous that one is sickened by their recital. Church historian Bishop William Shaw Kerr writes:The most ghastly abomination of all was the system of torture. The accounts of its cold-blooded operations make one shudder at the capacity of human beings for cruelty. And it was decreed and regulated by the popes who claim to represent Christ on earth....Careful notes were taken not only of all that was confessed by the victim, but of his shrieks, cries, lamentations, broken interjections and appeals for mercy. The most moving things in the literature of the Inquisition are not the accounts of their sufferings left by the victims but the sober memoranda kept by the officers of the tribunals. We are distressed and horrified just because there is no intention to shock us. 19The remnants of some of the chambers of horror remain in Europe and may be visited today. They stand as memorials to the zealous outworking of Roman Catholic dogmas which remain in force today, and to a Church which claims to be infallible and to this day justifies such barbarism. They are also memorials to the astonishing accuracy of John's vision in Revelation 17. In a book published in Spain in 1909, Emelio Martinez writes: To these three million victims [documented by Llorente] should be added the thousands upon thousands of Jews and Moors deported from their homeland.... In just one year, 1481, and just in Seville, the Holy Office [of the Inquisition] burned 2000 persons; the bones and effigies of another 2000 ... and another 16,000 were condemned to varying sentences.20 Peter de Rosa acknowledges that his own Catholic Church "was responsible for persecuting Jews, for the Inquisition, for slaughtering heretics by the thousand, for reintroducing torture into Europe as part of the judicial process." Yet the Roman Catholic Church has never officially admitted that these practices were evil, nor has she apologized to the world or to any of the victims or their descendants. Nor could Pope John Paul II apologize today because "the doctrines responsible for those terrible things still underpin his position." 21 Rome has not changed at heart no matter what sweet words she speaks when it serves her purpose.Pagan Rome made sport of throwing to the lions, burning and otherwise killing thousands of Christians and not a few Jews. Yet "Christian" Rome slaughtered many times that number of both Christians and Jews. Beside those victims of the Inquisition, there were Huguenots, Albigenses, Waldenses, and other Christians who were massacred, tortured, and burned at the stake by the hundreds of thousands simply because they refused to align themselves with the Roman Catholic Church and its corruption and heretical dogmas and practices. Out of conscience they tried to follow the teachings of Christ and the apostles independent of Rome, and for that crime they were maligned, hunted, imprisoned, tortured, and slain.
Only one city has for more than 2000 years been known as the city on seven hills. That city is Rome. The Catholic Encyclopedia states: "It is within the city of Rome, called the city of seven hills, that the entire area of Vatican State proper is now confined. The Greek word, "Oros", here translated as "mountains", is otherwise translated as "hills" and there is no specification for height connoted in the Greek term, as the Greek word "Oros" is also used to describe the Mount of Olives. There are, of course, other cities, such as Rio de Janeiro, that were also built on seven hills. Therefore, John provides at least seven more characteristics to limit the identification to Rome alone. As we shall see, there is only one city on the earth which, in both historical and contemporary perspectives, passes every test John gives, including its identification as Mystery Babylon. That city is Rome, and more specifically, Vatican City. Even Catholic apologist Karl Keating admits that Rome has long been known as Babylon. Keating claims that Peter's statement "The church here in Babylon ... sends you her greeting" (from I Peter 5:13) proves that Peter was writing from Rome. He explains further: "Babylon is a code word for Rome. It is used that way six times in the last book of the Bible [four of the six are in chapters 17 and 18 and in extrabiblical works such as Sibylling Oracles (5, 159f.), the Apocalypse of Baruch (ii, 1), and 4 Esdras (3:1). Eusebius Pamphilius, writing about 303, noted that "it is said that Peter's first epistle... was composed at Rome itself; and that he himself indicates this, referring to the city figuratively as Babylon."
Spiritually speaking, Not only does Rome's pope call himself the vicar of Christ, but the Church he heads claims to be the one true Church and the bride of Christ. Christ's bride, whose hope is to join her Bridegroom in heaven, is to have no earthly ambitions. Yet the Vatican is obsessed with earthly enterprise, as history proves; and in furtherance of these goals it has been, exactly as John foresaw in his vision, engaged in adulterous relationships with the kings of the earth. That fact is acknowledged even by Catholic historians. Christ said to His disciples, "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you" (John 15:19). The Catholic Church, however, is very much of this world. Her popes have built an unrivaled worldwide empire of property, wealth, and influence. Nor is empire-building an abandoned feature of the past. We have already seen that Vatican II clearly states that the Roman Catholic Church today still ceaselessly seeks to bring under its control all mankind and all their goods. Popes have long claimed dominion over the world and its peoples. Pope Gregory XIs papal bull of 1372 (In Coena Domini) claimed papal dominion over the entire Christian world, secular and religious, and excommunicated all who failed to obey the popes and to pay them taxes. In Coena was confirmed by subsequent popes and in 1568 Pope Pius V swore that it was to remain an eternal law. Pope Alexander VI (1492-1503) claimed that all undiscovered lands belonged to the Roman Pontiff, for him to dispose of as he pleased in the name of Christ as His vicar. King John II of Portugal was convinced that in his Bull Romanus Pontifex the pope had granted all that Columbus discovered exclusively to him and his country. Ferdinand and Isabel of Spain, however, thought the pope had given the same lands to them. In May 1493 the Spanish-born Alexander VI issued three bulls to settle the dispute. In the name of Christ, who had no place on this earth that He called his own, this incredibly evil Borgia pope, claiming to own the world, drew a north-south line down the global map of that day, giving everything on the east to Portugal and on the west to Spain. Thus by papal grant, "out of the plenitude of apostolic power," Africa went to Portugal and the Americas to Spain. When Portugal "succeeded in reaching India and Malaya, they secured the confirmation of these discoveries from the Papacy..." There was a condition, of course: "to the intent to bring the inhabitants ... to profess the Catholic Faith." It Was largely Central and South America which, as a consequence of this unholy alliance between church and state, had Roman Catholicism forced upon them by the sword and remain Catholic to this day. North America (with the exception of Quebec and Louisiana) was spared the dominance of Roman Catholicism because it was settled largely by Protestants. Christ said, "My kingdom is not of this world; otherwise my servants would fight." The popes, however, have fought with armies and navies in the name of Christ to build a huge kingdom which is very much of this world. And to amass their earthly empire they have repeatedly engaged in spiritual fornication with emperors, kings, and princes. Claiming to be the bride of Christ, the Roman Catholic Church has been in bed with godless rulers down through history, and these adulterous relationships continue to this day.
Physically speaking, John's attention is drawn to the inscription boldly emblazoned upon the woman's forehead: "MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH" (Revelation 17:5). Sadly enough, the Roman Catholic Church fits the description "mother of harlots and abominations" as precisely as she fits the others. Much of the cause can be traced to the unbiblical demand that her priests be celibates. The great apostle Paul was a celibate and recommended that life to others who wanted to devote themselves fully to serving Christ. He did not, however, make it a condition for church leadership as the Catholic Church has done, thereby imposing an unnatural burden upon all clergy that very few could bear. On the contrary, he wrote that a bishop should be "the husband of one wife" (I Timothy 3:2) and set the same requirement for elders (Titus 1:5,6).Peter, whom the Catholics erroneously claim was the first pope, was married. So were at least some of the other apostles. This fact was not the chance result of their having been married before Christ called them, but it was accepted as an ongoing norm. Paul himself argued that he had the right to marry like the rest: "Have we not power [Greek exousia, the right or privilege or authority] to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles and as the brethren [half-brothers, sons of Mary and Joseph] of the Lord, and as Cephas [Peter]?" (I Corinthians 9:5).The Roman Catholic Church, however, has insisted upon celibacy even though many Popes, among them Sergius III (904-11), John X (914-28), John XII (955-63), Benedict V (964), Innocent VIII (1484-92), Urban VIII (1623-44), and Innocent X (1644-55), as well as millions of cardinals, bishops, archbishops, monks, and priests throughout history, have repeatedly violated such vows. Not only has celibacy made sinners of the clergy who engage in fornication, but it makes harlots out of those with whom they secretly cohabit. Rome is indeed "the mother of harlots"! Her identification as such is unmistakable. No other city, church, or institution in the history of the world is her rival in this particular evil.History is replete with sayings that mocked the church's false claim to celibacy and revealed the truth: "The holiest hermit has his whore" and "Rome has more prostitutes than any other city because she has the most celibates" are examples. Pius II declared that Rome was "the only city run by bastards" [sons of popes and cardinals]. Catholic historian and former Jesuit Peter de Rosa writes: Popes had mistresses of fifteen years of age, were guilty of incest and sexual perversions of every sort, had innumerable children, were murdered in the very act of adultery [by jealous husbands who found them in bed with their wives].... In the old Catholic phrase, why be holier than the pope? 16 As for abominations, even Catholic historians admit that among the popes were some of the most degenerate and unconscionable ogres in all of history. Their numerous outrageous crimes, many of which are almost beyond belief, have been recited by many historians from preserved documents that reveal the depths of papal depravity, some of which we will cover in later chapters. To call any of these men "His Holiness, Vicar of Christ" makes a mockery of holiness and of Christ. Yet the name of each one of these unbelievably wicked popes, mass murderers, fornicators, robbers, warmongers, some guilty of the massacre of thousands - is emblazoned in honor on the Church's official list of popes. These abominations that John foresaw not only occurred in the past but continue to this very day, as we shall see.
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