“Thus the slain shall fall in the land of the Chaldeans [demonic doctrines, forecasters, heaven interpreters], and those thrust through in her streets. For Israel is not forsaken, nor Judah, by his God, the LORD of hosts, though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel.” Flee from the midst of Babylon, and every one save his life! Do not be cut off in her iniquity, for this is the time of the LORD’s vengeance; He shall recompense her. Babylon was a golden cup in the LORD’s hand that made all the earth drunk. The nations drank her wine; therefore the nations are deranged. Babylon has suddenly fallen and been destroyed. Wail for her! Take a balm for her; perhaps she may be healed. We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed. Forsake her, and let us go everyone to his own country; for her judgment reaches to heaven and is lifted up to the skies. The LORD has revealed our righteousness. Come let us declare in Zion the work of the LORD our God. Make the arrows bright! The LORD has raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes. For His plan is against Babylon to destroy it, because it is the vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance for His temple.’ (Jer. 51:4-11) NKJV; intrpl. mine
As we explore this chapter of Revelation, another nefarious entity (provoking God’s wrath) is revealed, which the book likens to ancient Babylon; only, this adulterous entity is called “Mystery Babylon,” for she is not part of the ancient empire of southern Mesopotamia. She shares in its wicked spirit of worldly rebellion and mirrors its history, as far as how it relates to Israel, but her name is left for readers to discern rather than it being literarily revealed.
John wrote quite a bit about Babylon, so before we explore this mystery, we should make a distinction: specifically, that she only rides the main, first Beast in Revelation. This is important to note in identifying her, because the secondary beast of the False Prophet (Islam) has not been ruled by her (i.e., ridden). When John received the vision in the first century, Rome was the seat of control over the devouring empire, so this tells us that a new power (Islam) would emerge from the Middle East earth (7th century origin), and it would help empower the primary Beast in the end; moreover, the False Prophet beast would never be ruled by the Harlot that is seated at the city of Rome. Since ancient Rome (before Islam) did indeed rule over the Near East and part of the Middle East, we know that the Babylonian entity- riding the Greco-Roman Beast- would not possess the same power over the region after Islam arose and the power of the Roman Beast waned.
Further, when we consider that Europe was largely ruled by the Roman Catholic Church, as a worldly-minded harlot that has not been spiritually faithful to God, which again, is seated at the ancient city of Rome, it becomes clear why she does not ride the secondary beast of the False Prophet in Revelation: Her religion has not meshed well with the newer Islamic religion, rather they have been at war for centuries. Remember, both the Beast and False Prophet hate the Babylonian harlot during the Apocalypse, though the first Beast she once mounted and rode.
Bible exegetes and prophecy enthusiasts often associate the False Prophet beast with the Roman Catholic Church, i.e., with Babylon, but clearly the False Prophet is an entirely different entity. We know this because the False Prophet beheads those who will not receive the monetary mark of the Beast during the Apocalypse, and in our day in time, only the barbaric religion of the false prophet Mohammad is beheading those who do not submit to their will.
And even if the Roman Church was able to return to her torturous ways- as in her Inquisitional yesterdays- and began beheading those whom their bishops and clergy deem heretics, we are yet left with the important fact that Revelation reveals that the Beast and False Prophet will utterly hate the “harlot,” and, accordingly, they will burn her with fire. (NB: The Bible only calls Elohim YHVH’s own people spiritual harlots, for not being faithful to Him, not pagan nations and Muslims.)
Moreover, those who truly study Revelation know that the False Prophet beast cannot be the Babylonian harlot in which both beasts hate. In the Book of Revelation, the Beast empire casts her off, and she can no longer rule; so we discern that the picture of her riding the Beast depicts her historical power coming to an end. Unmistakably, the Antichrist will align himself with Islam and blaspheme the God of the Bible, persecuting Christians and Jews.
Thus, the Lord calls for His people to escape her curses and come out of her. And, consider, that ISIS is threatening that Rome is next on their list of terrorism. The head Roman Bishop, Jorge Mario Bergoglio (whom Catholics call their “pope,” meaning papa), has pandered to Islam as “brethren,” yet he reportedly has a hit out on his head. Recently, he stated his fear of assassination, and that he hopes it will be quick if it occurs, for he cannot endure pain.
Moreover, the identity of the False Prophet entity belongs solely to Islam, as a plague on Christians and Israel. So the Lord- showing us Islam as a ram with two horns, speaking like the Dragon/Satan- is explaining a sacrificial animal that speaks of death with cruelty, and, indeed, the Islamic children of Satan often sacrifice themselves in homicidal bombing of innocent people, and they believe that their slaughtering of innocent people will cause their false deity to invite them into paradise- ignorant to the fact that shame awaits them when they perish in hell.
The Catholic priests do not boast to the world, not as the Dragon does, about destroying and killing innocent people, but they speak of peace quite passively, even though they distort the Scriptures as Satan does. Islam is the religion that worships death and slaughter, and Islam is indeed the False Prophet of Revelation. There has never been a more widely accepted false prophet than Mohammad, founder of Islam.
The LORD judges all nations with a flawless memory, but even more zealous is He for judging injustices done by the people of His name, entrusted with His works. This is a scriptural truth evident by judgments that the Lord YHVH brought upon Israel and Judah, and by many prophecies that He sent against them because of their obstinate ways and fornication with pagan nations and foreign idols, in which they bowed before.
He was a “Husband” to the Hebrew people, yet, because of the long years of their callous trespasses, He called them “harlots” of the faith. He allowed the destruction of the city in which He loves, which is Jerusalem, and He allowed ancient Babylon to cast down the Temple of His glory. He judged His own people for their injustices; they were far from exempt by any Divine right or passage.
In my estimation, the Roman Catholic Church has been given a much lighter burden during this Age of Grace, but the Age of Grace to Gentiles is coming to an end for the return our awaited Messiah, for His judgments. Now is the time for justice and the end of the worldly, corrupted and obstinate religions. Indeed, true Christianity will thrive, and Israel will survive in great glory, but the old institutions will be forever destroyed.
In my own reading of Catholic history, I felt compelled to look the other way, as someone does when not wanting to see a cruel and senseless accident or slight injustice done by a trusted friend. I preferred to look only upon the thin and beautiful veil of the Roman Catholic Church rather than lift it for the light of truth to shine through.
Nothing, however, remains in the dark with the Lord, but He calls out hidden things to His truths, to the light of His life. Under the thin veil, beneath the abundant cosmetics of the Roman Church, lie a hideous creature that has yet to meet the judgments of God. I was prepared to look upon the glory of her accomplishments, but the Lord recalls the long history of her riding on, and ruling with, the Roman Beast. The Lord brushes nothing under the historical rug, although He has extended her grace until the end of the Age of the Gentiles. Today, He looks to her unrepentant nature, her self-aggrandizement, upon her pompous parade, and to her unpaid balance of blood and injustices- her mixing of good and evil for worldly power, all in His name.
It may be that Catholics electing the Jesuit Jorge Mario Bergoglio will prove to be the straw that broke the elderly camel’s back. But no matter what the final straw is in the eyes of the Lord, or if it is merely the appointed time, this is the last generation of the hierarchical religion. The end comes as was Divinely appointed.
Today we no longer see the tortures of the Inquisitions in secular Europe. The evils that some of her Catholic heads do are much milder, more secretive, and hidden behind the façade of beautiful cathedrals and her worshipping masses. Yet, what we see is not the same as what God sees, who knows every thought and unjust deed done in the world. He knows every plot of submitting nations to Catholicism and every political scheme for personal power and prestige.
Perhaps I received a glimpse of His perfect view when over a decade ago I saw Babylon as a large piranha in a small fish tank, with dreadful teeth. I had lightly esteemed the long history of her injustices, for I know that histories are often written by flawed men who lean upon their own ideas with subjective interjections, to promote their own worldviews. There are two sides to every story, as most Catholic historians and scholars are quick to postulate, painting the Roman Catholic institution as a perpetual victim of Satan’s assaults rather than an actual perpetrator of his injustices.
In the dream that the Lord brought me into, the little fish swam in fear of her, hiding in the corners of the aquarium where it was more difficult for her to reach. Then the Holy Spirit instructed me to put on a thick mitten and remove the dreaded fish from the tank. In normal circumstances, fish are removed with nets rather than oven mittens, so at the time I did not discern the meaning behind what I was told to do, although I did it anyway. Today, knowing much more about spiritual symbolism, I comprehend that I, too, would have to put my hand in the waters of the Word for her removal, and that I will be protected (mittens) from any attack by her people in the process.
Why has our God drawn His sharp, double-edged Sword against the Roman Catholic Church, which calls herself the “Mother” of Christianity? Why has He sent His Word against a church system that calls herself the “Queen of Heaven” and even the “Bride of God”?
Because neither the soft touches of the latter, elderly Bishops of Rome, nor adoring praises from the masses in her square, can erase a tainted history of over 1,600 years of spiritual corruption, via their cruelty for power and twisted interpretations of Scripture for gain; nor can golden chalices, solemn assemblies, and flowing robes of the whitest fabrics hide her ancient mixture of good and evil in both words and deeds. Her more than 600 years of torture and murdering of innocents, largely by her puppet kings of Christendom, has not been forgotten by our God. Indeed, she had ridden the Beast to devour her enemies, and now my Elohim YHVH has passed judgment on her and will not forget her recusancy, even if we might unjustly excuse her in this present era. The Lord’s fury builds-up inside His scribes and preachers- not to torture as she has done but to set all things straight and in order for the coming of the Great King.
If not for the promise to Peter, the Lord surely would have long ago stripped the Roman Church down to a ruinous heap of repugnant ashes, and no one else would have called themselves by her “universal” name. For one young girl injected with The Pear, and ripped-open in the Inquisitions, wrongly called a “witch,” the pope who turned his head would have had every thread of glory ripped from his head and his house ransacked in ruins. For one heretic hung in The Cage, starved and subjected to the cruel elements of the weather, until only the dry bones from his cadaver were cast away as burdensome trash, a millstone would have been hung around the consenting cardinal’s neck. For one woman butchered with the Breast Ripper, as the clergy snarled, “sinner,” in the torture chamber, the Lord would have collapsed the murderous church. For one righteous man sent to the Garrote, the Lord would have stripped the gold from off the papal necks and the fingers of those who sat in judgment under the authority of the Roman Catholic Church. For even in things done in the name of God, for the Roman Church by monarchal rulers, her silence in knowing would have been her Divine condemnation, and only by the grace and mercy of God has she has stood until now. Indeed, she has not been the Ekklesia that Peter, Paul, and the apostles began for Rome and throughout the empire, but she has for all these centuries been adulterous with world powers, murderous from the priestly top on down.
How much more will the Lord now recompense her for the uncounted masses who were strapped to spiked wheels and broken; for those drowned with funnels of vinegar; for those put to the Heretic Fork; for those forever silenced by the Brank; for those crushed with Pressing Fingers; for those mutilated in the stocks, racked, sliced-open with swinging pendulums, shut-up in the Iron Maidens; for those tortured in the Judas Cradle, for those hung and stretched apart by their ropes; sent to the guillotines; burned continuously at the stakes; for those imprisoned in chains in dark dungeons as the local clergy feasted on the heretics and apostates’ estates; and those maliciously disembodied and disemboweled by every conceivable evil which could enter into the beastly minds of those ruling the nations with the justification of the Roman Church and her inquiring men?
Should God now have pity on a religion that “would happily burn 100 innocents if there was one guilty among them”? Should the Lord, my Elohim YHVH, now have mercy on a religious institution that has made the nations, attentive to her, deranged in her cruel and self-righteous violence? Or, should the Lord show no mercy, even as one of her “popes” called for King Edward II to show no mercy, but to torture all the “heretics.”
Who then was a heretic? Who did such evil as to warrant screams of horror at the mercy of the church’s inquisitors? According to the Roman Catholic religion, it was anyone who rejected their priestly authority and practices:
Above are a few of the anti-scriptural, dark sayings of the “saints” of Roman Catholicism. Volumes of books have been written that document her atrocities over the centuries with her alleged “authority” over the believers of the Lord. How far might have the Gospel gone and won more hearts to Christ had she reigned in grace, mercy, righteousness, and love for the broken and lowly? Would the nations of today, especially those of beastly Europe, so gladly cast off the harsh yokes of Christianity had her history not been so tainted, cruel and bloody? Would the name of the Messiah be blasphemed half as much today had she not caused the learned among men to despise the holy oracles of God, who mistake her dogma and traditions with the Doctrines and Testimony of Jesus Christ? Moreover, for all the good deeds claimed by the Catholic Church, and many done with hospitals and orphans, the evil of her history is equally astonishing.
Whole estates were confiscated for the Catholic Church’s treasury, which further enticed the clergy to cruelly accuse. Children watched parents burned in open town squares. Orphans begged in the streets while their fathers were rotting in church purgatories. And when the inquisitors burned the heretic to a crisp, they called it “relaxed” and “relieved,” as if they had done the poor sinner a favor. Many were bound to crosses after trials without witnesses, without hope of salvation. Pulleys lifted the heretics to ceilings, with iron weights at their feet, perfecting the art of horror in their torture chambers of confessions. Some of the so-called heretics, apostates, and infidels (unfaithful) had their arms and legs broken so that they would die painfully slowly, satisfying some of the inquisitors who believed that torturous death was not to come with blood. Indeed, how very Christian and thoughtful of them.
The list of such injustices over the centuries, endorsed by unfaithful Babylon, were neither few in number nor all done in zeal of holiness. Most of that which was done was to sustain papal power and prestige by putting fear into the hearts of the masses.
But the worst of these Roman Catholic crimes against God was the religion’s claim that their priestly institution was the intermediate of salvation between sinful man and Holy God. How many people lost their faith in God and righteousness, even counting themselves damned at death, because the Catholic Church condemned them, with them believing that it had some kind of Divine authority to do so?
The Catholic Church has for most of its history claimed that what they bind on Earth is bound in Heaven, and whom they cast out of their church was loosed from Heaven and condemned to hell or purgatory. So the “Holy Office”- the Sanctum Officium– had long ago fallen far short of the glory and holiness of God, crushing the common people as serfs and exalting the pomp of the fatted pious. Money paid for forgiveness of sins (indulgences), and holiness was reduced to the image of ceremonial extravagance in their solemn traditions of death.
Yet Babylon had her glory in her day, excommunicating kings in Europe; employing armies of crusaders and riding the Roman Beast up and down the nations from on high and feared; slaughtering and exiling heretical Christians and Jews in her holy inquisitions. She had her accusing, religious kings make her feared; she had popes such as Pope Gregory VII, Pope Innocent III, Pope Boniface VIII, Pope Alexander VI, Pope Gregory XIII, Pope Pius IX, and archbishops and cardinals from all over the beastly empire, laymen, inquisitors, brute kings from Spain to Germany, and men of the cloth everywhere to humble the peasants with fear, torture, and death.
Before Peter 112th, there appears to lie two opposing roads: One is for him to acknowledge the work that God is doing, to lead an escape from Babylon; this is a road of glory. The other is to seek to preserve, by threats, accusation, or whatever forces can be mustered, things that the Lord YHVH is ending in the churches; this is the road to shame and rebellion. Will Peter betray the Lord three times as His Body is being persecuted? Or will Peter repent and strengthen the brethren, bringing in a large ship of fish?
No matter which choice is chosen, from repenting in tears and sackcloth to sitting haughtily on an exalted throne of piousness (as a naysayer of the movement of the Spirit), judgment comes upon the houses of God, from the Roman Catholic Church down to all the Protestant daughters of Babylon. We can celebrate the fall for the glory of the Lord and the arrival of Messiah, or we can seek to preserve that which is destined to fall and join in the fall. This choice lies before Peter, the 112th, yet the Lord’s House will be established in Jerusalem at His coming, and it will not be left for a supposed substitute to reign in the seat of our awaited Messiah.
Years ago, after learning of Malachy’s prophecy of the 112th, “Peter the Roman,” and the Antichrist coming to battle him, I prayed and asked the Lord if the prophecy is indeed true.
That night in a dream, a surreal vision, I stood inside of a great, square building. In the center of the building was a mountain of hardened earth drilling upwards out of the ground, towards the height of the building. It was like a giant drill-bit, with something like a road spiraling from its base to its top. The building had no ceiling, and I began to panic, thinking that the giant, earthly drill-bit would rise through the opening and destroy the planet. Then, to my relief, I saw a solid roof, like an iron or stone cap, descending down from Heaven upon it, as soon as the mount reached the height of the walls. After that, a voice instructed me, saying, “So it will be unto the 112th.” Then, I was awakened by a word that rang out with authority: “NISAN!”
After that, I looked to the oracles and the traditions of the Jews, so that I might understand more things of the sacred month, Nisan. Though I knew that Nisan is the Divine “Month of Redemption,” I did not know that it is also considered a “New Year for Kings,” as recorded in their Mishnah. (Although the book is not as the Word of God, it has some insightful things from ancient Jewish thinking.) Nisan was the new, Babylonian name given for the Hebrew month, Aviv, during their Babylonian Captivity, which brings to mind the altering of the their redemptive Passover season in the Babylonian world.
Finally, I considered that barley is called “Aviv” (Nisan) after the grains have reached full maturity, filling with starch. The conclusion I reached was that Babylon has reached her limits and is about to be harvested for the coming of the Great King. The heights of Babylon will not reach the heavens, no more than the Tower of Babel, for the Lord Himself has called for a cap and a sealing, and He is calling for His people to escape the judgments coming upon her.
The Mounted Beast of the Harlot
Taking a closer look at this passage, it is rather clear that her judgment is not something that has already passed; it will come upon “Babylon” during the Apocalypse. The ruin of the city of Babylon is permanent and complete, and this has yet to occur in the history of Rome.
Sitting on “many waters” explains that she is something spread throughout many nations of the seas; this is revealed because the Roman Catholic Church has converts and cathedrals throughout the world- among many waters. (NB: The former Roman Empire no longer exists to have this kind of widespread influence.)
Fornicating with the kings of the earth expresses the fact that she shares in worldly, political, and financial interests with national leaders, rather than being consecrated and separated unto the Lord and His work. Relatedly, Vatican City was given the privilege of national status, having a seat at the United Nations with world leaders, even after the church lost its universal power over Western nations.
Inhabitants of the earth, made drunk with the wine of her fornication, means that those who have shared in her golden chalices have had impaired spiritual judgment, deceived by her tainted doctrines of primacy and historical power. Intoxication means that she has hindered them with impaired judgment over the things of God. The golden chalice filled with abominations is also a sign that she drinks unworthily of the Lord’s cup of sacrifice. Further, golden chalices are used to this very day during Catholic liturgy.
Babylon the Great was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and this expresses her royalty, sitting as a queen; besides being royal colors, purple and scarlet have long been the primary colors worn by the cardinals and bishops; in fact, the red birds called “cardinals” received their name from this scarlet-wearing priesthood.
Riding the Beast shows the great control she once had over the last, great empire (Roman) in which Satan embodied to bring national desolations and spiritual trials- i.e., the “wilderness.” No other institution or great entity has held so much sway over the Western world- not in comparison to the Roman Catholic Church.
She was adorned with precious stones and pearls which explains the richness of her ancient treasures and adornment, and possibly it hints at the rosary beads of her mystical chants (i.e., prayer beads that have nothing to do with the fruits of righteousness nor Scriptures or Divinely appointed practices). The gates to Heaven in Catholic traditional teaching are pearly gates, which is derived from the description of New Jerusalem in Revelation, with each gate for the twelve tribes composed of a single pearl. The Roman Catholic Church has for centuries adorned itself with a false teaching that Christians must go through their Church to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
There is perhaps one problem in interpreting the vision of Babylon of Revelation as the Roman Catholic Church: Too many parallels perfectly fit to properly explain them all in but a few articles. Volumes could be written to establish that the vision of Babylon is indeed for the Roman Catholic Church. Most of these characteristics can only perfectly fit the papal institution.
Knowledge of this, I suspect, is the primary reason that the Catholic Church has taught their faulty interpretations of Revelation, placing Babylon’s identity on ancient Rome or Jerusalem or some other spiritual force. They know that no other entity fits so perfectly as does her history and likeness, and her scholars must hide this fact. Thus, Catholic theologians have sought to change the times of Revelation Scripture with A-millennialism and Post-millennialism to hide it and maintain their worldly status, image, and pompous glory- a marvel to behold, as John saw in the vision.
One interesting difference between Mystery Babylon and the ancient Babylonian Empire is the placement of the golden chalice. Jeremiah the Prophet pictured ancient Babylon as a golden chalice in God’s hand; she made the nations drunk with her raging ways before she suddenly fell to invading Persians. Mystery Babylon, however, has the golden chalice in her own hand, which shows that she believes that she has control over her own destiny and her many murderous abominations, not God (see Jer. 51).
This is seen in her boast of authority in changing the holy Sabbath day of worship to Sunday for her devoted masses. (She really does believe that her authority and traditions are equal to, or above, the Word of God, which is a doctrine of the damned in and of itself.) In fact, many Catholics sit secure, believing that their Church is above the fray and exempt from the judgments of God. Every past torture and murder is, in their eyes, justified because of her holy authority in the things of God. These are not my opinions but come from her own corrupt doctrines.
Not only did the Roman Empire contain much of the land of the ancient empires (beasts of Daniel), but the city of Rome was founded upon seven hills. Many ancient depictions of Rome show these seven named hills, such as the Dea Roma Coin, minted 71 A.D., which is with us to this day; it shows Romana (Roma) sitting on her seven hills (as pictured above). The seven hills are (1) Aventine Hill, (2) Caelian Hill (a.k.a. Celio), (3) Capitoline Hill, (4) Esquiline Hill, (5) Palatine Hill, (6) Quirinal Hill, and (7) Viminal Hill. As pictured in the illustration below, the Vatican sits above (just northwest of) abundant waters of the Tiber River and the original seven hills of Rome. (NB: In the 4th century B.C., the early city of seven hills were protected by Servian walls.)
The seven Roman hills of the city are not the great mystery of Babylon, although it helps affirm her identity; this has always been Rome’s tradition of its founding. The mystery has more to do with the Roman Empire’s relations with Jerusalem, the Temple, and the oracles of God, as touched on in other articles. It is no secret, at least for those who learn of the city (or live there), that one of the ancient titles of Rome is “City of Seven Hills.”
For those who are still uncertain that “Mystery Babylon” is indeed Rome, consider the words of Peter when in Rome, whom the Roman Catholics call their “first pope”; he clearly called the city of Rome “Babylon,” writing that “She who is in Babylon, elect together with you, greets you” (1 Pet. 5:13). Hence, “the church” at Rome was preparing to take her seat over the seven hills from nascent Christianity. The mystery of iniquity was already forming in the 1st century.
The apostles and early assemblies of Christianity called Rome “Babylon” because they (Peter, Paul, et. al) were mostly 1st century Jews who knew the history of their people and discerned clear correlations between the Roman Empire and the earlier Babylonian Empire. They witnessed the destruction of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple by the Romans, knowing that it, in many ways, mirrored the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple by the Babylonians. In fact, Jewish tradition has it that both Temples of Elohim YHVH were destroyed on the very same date: 9th of Av. Rome and Babylon both exiled Jews from the land; the former as captives spread in Babylon (c. 586 B.C.) and the latter in the Jewish Diaspora into the Roman world (began 70 A.D. and complete by 135 A.D). The priesthood was abolished in both cases, and Gentiles in both cases received the sacred treasures of the Lord from the Temple. Finally, Jews were warned of a second destruction of the Temple while still in Babylonian Captivity, linking Babylon to then-future Romans (see Dan. 9:25-26).
Moreover, Jews of the first century who had wisdom of the world and their own history knew that the City of Seven Hills was Rome, and Rome was called “Babylon” because the latter empire mirrored the historical actions of ancient Babylon concerning the Jewish people and nation. For them, the mystery of Babylon was not her identity as a city, rather it was the “mystery of the Church” falling away from the truth of their God YHVH and the Gospel of the coming messianic Kingdom at Jerusalem- the collusion of the pagan and persecuting Rome Empire with the Gospel and an Ekklesia that was called to be consecrated and separate from the worldly and their carnal ways.
Hence, can the first few centuries of persecution of the Christian Church by the Roman Empire be compared to the much longer history of the Church of Rome’s killing of “heretic” Christians and “Judas” Jews?
When Rome was burned in ancient times, did the Lord call His people out of her to rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple? No, Christians were actually blamed for the fire and other misfortunes, slaughtered by the Romans in retaliation. The mystery is only half-complete until the Lord brings His people out of Babylon and back to the Promised Land, where He is prophesied to reign.
For this reason, the Catholic hierarchy must twist and distort Revelation to deny that Christ is coming to claim His Sabbath dominion. They must reign in His stead, which is another way of saying antichrists (substitutes opposed to His coming millennial reign).
The Roman Catholic Church has always been the largest group of Christians (over one billion strong today), so would it not make sense for Christ to call His people out of the Roman Church for His coming, as opposed to calling them from the contemporary city of Rome or some other city? The city will suffer its fate, but the call is dualistic in that it concerns Christians coming out of the Babylonian religion.
Does the coalition Beast during the Apocalypse merely hate the secular city of Rome, to burn her with fire? Or, does the Beast hate Vatican City, fourteen miles from the contemporary city? If Satan comes to persecute Christians, and if he joins with the children of the False Prophet, who would more likely be the source of his hatred and rage? Needless to say, if I lived in that area (Rome or Vatican City), I would be sure to heed the message of the times and escape. The Lord has appointed swift judgment for Babylon, and it will come to pass.
There are also seven kings [kingdoms]. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. (Rev. 17:10) NKJV; intrpl. mine
Remember, the Beast is a composit of empires that ruled over the land of Israel. The harlot was seen sitting on the Beast because, at the time of John, Rome was the seat of power ruling over the Holy Land, but it was the Roman Church- for a short time during crusades- that ruled the Beast empire and conquered Jerusalem.
The composition of the “five” empires that had fallen before the time of John’s vision is (1) Egyptian, (2) Assyrian, (3) Babylonian, (4) Medes-Persians, and (5) Grecian; these lost their empires and rule over the land of Israel yet remain in part as Daniel foretold of the ones described from his time forward. The “one” empire/kingdom that the angel said “is” at the time of John was the (6) Roman Empire, with the seat of control at the city of Rome. The empire that had “not yet” arrived in John’s day, which would rule over Israel during the time of Jews returning to the land (after the Diaspora), was the British Empire; they ruled for a “short time” over the region and the land of Israel.
The Ottoman Empire ruled into the British Empire but did not rule over Jews when it was time for them to return and form the nation of Israel. In some articles, I, the scribe, write of the Ottoman-British as the 7th head of the Beast, but only to summarize centuries before the nation of Israel was reborn. The seventh head was British alone at the appointed time for Jews to return and fulfill the prophecies.
The above passage clearly explains that the Antichrist will rise out of a former empire and region which already ruled over Israel, even before John received the vision. He cannot arise from North America, Central America, South America, Antarctica, Australia, East Asia, or even most of Africa. He cannot come from Russia, north of Europe, nor anywhere but the geographical regions of the former empires. The seven empires’ region consists of Europe, the Near/Middle-East, and northern Africa along the Mediterranean Sea. He cannot be British in the west, the 7th head, or there would be no reason to mention an 8th shortly after British control of the Holy Land. Besides, the British did not have an empire before John wrote Revelation (i.e., “was”).
The Antichrist Beast has a Grecian torso (leopard) with many Roman characteristics. If he battles Egypt before submitting them, as recorded in Daniel, he probably will not come from the former Egyptian Empire; the Antichrist is described as north of Israel, whereas Egypt is to the south. Also, he could hardly rise to power from the former Babylonian Empire, which today is the weakened nation of Iraq and filled with rogue terrorists. Further, the second ram-like “Beast” that joins him is already Islam.
We do know that the ten nations arise out of the former Roman Empire (see Dan. 7:23-24). The curious thing is that the Antichrist is called the “eighth” on a Beast with seven heads and ten horns. There is no mention of an eighth head- not in Daniel and not in Revelation. Though the ten horns arise from the seven heads which formerly reigned, the 8th is their leader but not a head.
This provokes curiosity, and consider the clue that the seven-headed dragon of Satan did not cast down 1/3 of the “stars of Jacob” by one of his seven heads; instead, he used his tail- an end-time appendage of Satan’s power. The tail of the former “Holy Roman Empire” is Germany, and Germany may be where the Son of Perdition arises.
The “tail” having power over Israel is an everlasting sign and prophecy given in the Torah; Israel could be the head or the tail depending upon their obedience to God, and enemies that should be as the tail would become the head over them if they lacked redemption from sins. Hence showing a tail casting down 1/3 of the stars (see Rev. 12:4) shows that their enemies which should be a tail are given power to act like a head, making Israel like a tail.
The fate of Babylon the Great reminds me of a pro rodeo event. A bull-rider positions himself atop of a raging beast, trying to hang on for dear life until a mere eight seconds of spin and turbulence has passed. Unfortunately for him, he is usually violently thrown off before finishing his desired time. Then the daring rider must avoid being stomped, trampled, and tossed about before he can jump up and escape to safety, for the mad bull is after him.
The harlot religion that has ridden the beastly nations of Europe has already been thrown off, having no official reins of power like her glorious yesterdays, and despite her cheering masses, she sits vulnerable. As soon as the Beast turns around and recognizes the source of his rage, he will ignore all of her distracting clowns and charge with stomping hooves and horns, head lowered in rage to break her. The rodeo beast thrashes in every direction, angry at what he considers a weaker, foolish creature that dared to defy his nature, making him a spectacle before the excited crowd.
Only, this Babylonian Harlot’s clowns have had their hands tied, and no one can redirect his rage to stand in her defense. Nor has the Beast been dehorned from its youth, but it still has its wild Western and Islamic powers with a nature to thrash. The ten unified nations that grow out of the Beast will come against the Roman Catholic Church, for, once again, she has already been cast off and stripped of her reins of power, and no one is there to save her from what is to come. The harlot is still intoxicated on her past power of slaughtering the saints and riding the Beast up and down the nations, and she and her papal king may be too disoriented to know that the same Beast has already cast her off and is about to trample her; Scriptures inform us it will suddenly happen.
There should be no doubt in the minds of anyone who has some knowledge of Scripture and Western history that Rome was the undisputed, ruling city during Apostle John’s day. The only question is if the Roman Catholic Church, which has been the power of Rome for many centuries, can be separated from the secular city? Is the secular city of Rome the source of hatred for those ten nations? Reasonable minds should doubt it.
Many Muslims of the False Prophet Mohammad hate Rome and would like to see it destroyed, but their hate is because of the Roman Catholic Church at Rome, as their historical enemy. Not only do the Muslim children of Satan hate the Roman Church, but so do most leaders of secular humanism Europe. Throughout European and American universities, progressives revisit the evils of “the Church” in medieval Europe, rarely teaching their students of the good done by the faith and how the Church rallied Christians to hold back Muslim hordes as they marched through Christendom.
Also, the Roman Church desperately seeks to show its embrace for the neo-Darwinian worldview, knowing that a new generation has utterly severed its allegiance from Christian history for a new god of materialism science and a new religion of progressive political correctness. Indeed, the secular humanist enemy of God has already grown too powerful to be appeased by her, and they side with the children of the False Prophet Mohammad. They know that Islam is a traditional enemy of the Roman Church. Further, it does not help the Roman Church to have a foolish Jesuit leader who preaches open borders and invites Islamic immigrants, which can only continue to weaken their adulterous form of Christianity and endanger all Christians and Christian churches.