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The Mother Of Harlots
The very term Mother of Harlots indicates a family of children of the same nature as the Mother. Throughout the Bible, the Holy Spirit inspired words and types that fit perfectly with the subject. This has to be one of those incredible times where a key subject of Scripture, in this case the term the "Mother of Harlots," would be impossible to understand until the present fulfillment. The Catholic Church has rejected every religion that she has ever encountered, even persecuting to death those that did not submit. Suddenly, the Catholic Church wants to be a worldwide religious mother embracing all religions under her coattail. She has been a harlot since her beginning, but now she is quickly becoming the "Mother of Harlots."
Worldwide religion has never been in such a mess. I think I can say that the church world is closer to hell than the world itself. When Jesus came to earth to effect His grand plan of redemption, His greatest enemy was the religious world. He wept more over Jerusalem and the religious world than He did over the world itself. Religion is the heartthrob over all mankind. When religion is sick, the world is sick. We have come to a day when religion as a whole is so sick that it can actually find comfort in fellowship with a harlot system.
This is not written to thrash even one Catholic person. We are not dealing with our Catholic neighbors, Catholic friends, or work companions. There are many Catholics that love America, love moral standards, and serve our country as leaders, business executives, soldiers on the battlefield, and in every area of public life. We must never be disrespectful or unkind to someone of the Catholic persuasion.
Multitudes have been saved while in this system and then delivered into Bible-believing churches. There has probably been a vast company of individuals within the system that discovered the blessed joy of being a new creature in Christ that never escaped this institution but went to be with the Lord and to await the Resurrection. God the Father will save anyone that calls upon Him in the name of Christ, trusting only in the merits of the cross. If they find themselves in inescapable circumstances, then they must serve the Lord in the midst of darkness.
The Catholic System is Full of Rot
There is no question but that the Catholic system is unsound to its foundation. There is also no way that a Biblical institution could produce the false doctrines and corrupt lifestyle evident in this worldwide system. According to Newsweek Magazine, there are between 15,000 and 23,000 homosexual priests in the United States priesthood alone. The level of pedophile priests in American Catholic priesthood would never escape the wrath of this entire nation if it were evident anywhere else, such as in the Protestant churches or the secular world. Somehow this massive, world dominating organization with its ambassadors in high places can intimidate its way through such a crisis and even grow stronger in the process.
First, let's look at this passage of Scripture that details the "Mother of Harlots." "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: 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. 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. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns." (Revelation 17:1-7).
The first thing evident in this text is the incredible scope of this harlot's influence. She is clearly a religious organization with a worldwide power and great ability to dominate and control. She is called "the great whore that sitteth upon many waters." (Revelation 17:1). These "waters" are described in a later verse as "The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." (Revelation 17:15). She does not just control people but "nations and tongues." The nations of the world treat Rome as if she alone is the ultimate voice of Christianity.
Consider the host of nations that has a government ambassador to Rome. Why should any nation ever consider such an idea? What do these ambassadors do in Rome and what influence do they exert on our governments? This kind of action is highly suspect. Does the Catholic institution get treatment different then the Baptist, Methodist, or any one of us? Apparently, they do. Why? Our president was seen on the news the night before I wrote this article visiting the pope in his capitol.
When the pope travels the world, he gets incredible treatment from the governments he visits. Leaders swoon to his presence and curry at his feet. The media follows him in mass and reports almost every word and action on the front pages. Religious leaders welcome him as he visits or visit him themselves in his small self-governed concave of Italy.
A recent event held in Assisi, Italy, is an example of the way every religion in the world appears to view the pope as the world's spokesman for God/god. This event was held on January 24 of this year. The Associated Press reported that twelve major religions were present. They consisted of Christians, Muslims, Shintoists, Sikhs, witchdoctors, etc. The report stated that practically every branch of the Christian churches were present. All the different gods were being invoked simultaneously. The prayer was offered that the world might experience peace. Yet, the Prince of Peace was reduced to just another god of the gods.
The Doctrines of Rome are Deeply Flawed
Let's consider just a few of her darkest doctrines. The Lord's Supper has been transformed to what they call the "Mass." The word transubstantiation describes the transformation of the wine and bread into the literal blood and body of our Lord Jesus Christ. This suggests that Jesus is crucified afresh every time a priest prays over the wine and bread. The priest places the bread, supposedly transformed into the body, on the lips of each worshipper. Only the priest, even though he may be a homosexual or a pedophile, is holy enough to handle the body changed from the bread. The fruit of the vine is even less available to the worshipper. Only the priest can drink the wine supposedly now "His literal blood."
This is nothing less than blasphemy. Jesus Christ was crucified once and clearly proclaimed, "It is finished." To consider eating His body is pagan at best and cannibalism at worst. The Lord Himself plainly stated, "What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." (John 6:62-63). Paul said that they "crucify the Son of God afresh and put Him to an open shame." (Hebrews 6:6). The Mass, as they celebrate it, is a blasphemous act that reduces Jesus Christ to just another pagan god.
The virgin birth of Mary and her ascension to Heaven without death is just another incredible invasion of the false into the theology of Rome. Mary was a blessed woman and held a dear place in the truth of Scripture. She must be remembered and her name respected. Without a doubt a glorious reward awaits her resurrection. To elevate her to a position almost on par with the Trinity is completely false. She is not appearing around the world in many apparitions, but is with the Lord and waiting the Day of the Lord. These apparitions are satanic lies and masquerades. Satan is at the heart of these imitations of Mary and the theology of these events is nothing but deception. It is a tool to excite the faithful Catholic and to draw them deeper and deeper into error. Protestants that are now joining the pilgrimages are simply being deceived and damned.
The dark theologies of the Catholic system know no end. Praying the rosary is a cheap way to destroy the prayer life of the Catholic people. It keeps them in bondage to the system. The absolution of sin by a priest is a false way of penance. These two statements in the catechism of Rome give a brief picture of this doctrine.
Confessions to a priest are an essential part of the sacrament of penance.
One who desires to obtain reconciliation with God and with the church must confess to a priest all the confessed grave sins he remembers.
Probably the doctrine of purgatory is one of the worst possible deceptions. Multitudes of the Catholic people face death completely dependent on purgatory as the final point of cleansing and acceptance into Heaven. "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." (Hebrews 9:27). Can you imagine the innumerable host of souls in hell that died in sin and expected to have those sins cleansed in purgatory? How about the thousands of homosexual and pedophile priests that believe they will pass through purgatory, be cleansed, and then enter the presence of the Lord? What a rude awakening awaits these deceived priests and defilers of others.
Any system that begets this kind of rotten theology has to be the "Mother of Harlots." I listened in shock in a hotel in Santo Domingo in the Dominican as an American Cardinal stated, "We have not had a homosexual pope since the 1700 AD." I had never heard that there had ever been a homosexual pope. That statement gives you some breath of how far from God this institute has been during hundreds of years. When you read documented facts of popes who sired illegitimate sons, who later became popes, of popes with large families on the side; it leaves you with a sick feeling. Plus, more, more, more
The Catholic system is the only possible candidate for the "Mother of Harlots." Truly "the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication." (Revelation 17:2).
John Visits A Wilderness
The Lord carried John into a wilderness to show him this religious system. The word wilderness is a picture of her dwelling place. We are not talking about a literal wilderness but a spiritual one. It means a destitute place, no spiritual life and ruled by the creatures of darkness. He sees the woman (her system) sitting upon a scarlet colored beast full of the names of blasphemy. She rides the beast or the earthly government the beast represents. There is no suggestion that she was invited but rather she imposes herself. All of this is such a perfect picture that we see developing right now.
The woman is a picture of earthly beauty, treasures of wealth and a golden cup to serve her deception to the world. People will almost drink anything if it is from a golden cup. Then, we see her identification. In her heart she is identified as Babylon, but a mystery form of all that Babylon represents. Mystery Babylon is simply the religious form of the same paganism as the city itself suggests. She is not the city and must not be confused with it. The city is a literal city that we will see destroyed as described in Revelation chapter eighteen. The rulers and armies of the literal city and the worldwide one world government of the Antichrist will destroy the Mother of Harlots and her children.
It is amazing to study the ancient Babylon religions, such as the Mother goddess, pagan rituals, and other dark ideas, and then see them repeated in the Mystery Babylon of Rome. The likeness is undeniable.
John Looked With Admiration
John knew the system was false, but the grandeur of her world-controlling powers and the incredible way she could force her will caused him to admire her greatly. Even this reaction by John is a prophetic statement. It is also clear that John did not yet understand all that she represented and the angel proceeded to show him the rest of her story. The world religious leaders, even many in the top leadership of the Christian church, are being deceived by her lies and her grandeur.
The world is admiring the Catholic institution even as I write and it's overwhelming to me. It is going to get worse, much worse, as we await our Lord's return. Religious leaders that in the past preached the pure Gospel are being slowly led to accept the Catholic system. This deception will send a large multitude to hell. We need another angel to say, "Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns." (Revelation 17:7).
I plan to write a second part to this article to address the "Mother of Harlots and Her Children." In that article we will finish her story and then explain the beast from hell that she is riding. To understand the "Children of this Harlot" could be disturbing to many of you. Almost all key leaders in the various Christian churches are beginning to defend the Catholic institution. This is unthinkable in light of overwhelming proof of the opposite. There is no way to call this institution anything but the "Mother of Harlots."