The last recorded revelation from GOD to JESUS CHRIST which JESUS gave to John the last surviving Apostle, spoke of a mysterious woman, a harlot (Revelation 17:1) and a mother to many daughter who too are harlots (Revelation 17:5) riding a scarlet beast. To students of the Bible they would (or should anyway) understand what the symbol of a woman represents in Biblical symbolism and what the symbol of harlot represents.
Those who don't know Biblical symbolism please read the book of Ezekiel chapter 16 where the ancient nations of Israel (Samaria) and Judah were portrayed as harlots because of their idolatry, seeking and going after the gods of the pagan nations and seeking alliances with the pagan nations around them. So a woman represents a Church or nation that is of GOD.
And a harlot represents such a Church or nation that commits 'fornication' thus practicing 'harlotry' with the nations of the world while professing their belief in GOD, the CREATOR GOD. From a Spiritual context harlotry refers to having alliances with pagan nations for recognition, protection or mutual defensive treaties. Read the Keys To Unlocking The Mystery of Bible101*1 for the Scriptural keys to understand the symbols used in the writings of the Scripture of Truth. The harlot symbolism thus represents either an unfaithful nation of GOD or a nation impersonating or passing itself off as the nation of GOD. This equally applies when the subject is a Church, which literally means assembly or congregation which is a sort of precursor to nation. The Church of GOD is a nation of GOD waiting to inherit the Kingdom just as the congregation of the Israelite were in wilderness travelling to inherit the Promise Land.
For most people living in the world today their perception of "Christianity" is Christmas and less so "Easter" and "Sunday worship and rest from work". For those who professed that faith and also those who know a little deeper than superficial knowledge, there is Easter where JESUS CHRIST was supposedly resurrected to life after being dead for three days and three nights. Of course different "Christian" sects have variation in the celebration of their faith, some with Easter bunnies, others Lent, etc.
But if a person who has totally zero knowledge about the Christian faith was to read the Bible - claimed by most who professed the faith as the Word of GOD and the foundation and basis for their faith - they will not find any of these so called celebrations of the faith in the Bible. Neither will they be able to reconcile the exhortation of the Prophets in this Bible with the practices, doctrines and lifestyle orientation of these professed "Christians." Isn't that supposed to be a strange thing? Not so in the eyes of the these professed "Christianities." How do you account for that?
Yet the Bible is not silent on these professed "Christianities" that do away with the teachings of JESUS CHRIST and the commandments of the GOD they claimed to worship. In fact it tells us that this ancient Babylonian religion in a new guise and its offshoots had been the ones murdering GOD's Elect (Revelation 17:6) and will be very ones who will oppose CHRIST at HIS coming. These had been persecuting and murdering GOD's chosen people (Revelation 17:6; 18:24; 19:2; 16:6) since the days of the Apostles, throughout the centuries and will do so yet again very soon from now.
Yes a great false or harlot church that rules over the nations of the earth through her doctrines and celebrations (Revelation 19:2). A church that also spawnsed many other daughter harlot churches (Revelation 15:7). That is other church organizations with the same foundation doctrines of Trinity, Christmas, Easter, Sunday worship, etc. When the Apostle John wrote about this woman her identity was a mystery because she did not exist at the time of the Apostle John in that new guise (Revelation 17:5, 6).
She and her numerous daughters shouldn't be a mystery today (Revelation 17:7, 18), but to the majority in the world they still are. How does that figure?
Why Babylon? Because that was where it all started (and splintered), at the Towel of Babel (Genesis 10:10).
The New Guise Of An Old Religion.
In the book of Acts there was mentioned a certain man who practiced sorcery by the name of Simon. If you can still remember, when at the very beginning of this book I mentioned that the Christian Bible is very focused and consistent. That it deals mainly with mankind and particularly man that still has a relationship with GOD. The Bible only dealt with the other nations and people that did not worship GOD as and when these come into contact or had interactions with or had some bearing on the nations and people that acknowledged and worshiped HIM.
So it should not be strange that this ancient Babylonian religion, that was going to factor so greatly in the Church of GOD in her journey through the centuries, would have some entries in the Scripture of Truth to reveal the beginnings of this Babylonian Mystery religion in the very Church of GOD.
Here was a man who practiced sorcery and had the whole of that city astonished and deceived such that everyone from the least to the greatest believed he was the great power of god, that he was someone great. Notice also it said that they all heeded him. Now when in the Bible was it recorded that man (and woman) heeded someone to the extend that they disobeyed the only other PERSONAGE they knew having received every good thing from HIM including their very lives and existence.
It was recorded that this Simon of the Babylonian Mystery religion too joined the ranks of converts to Christianity. But GOD revealed through HIS Apostle, Peter that he was, 'poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.' That was a prophecy of the work and harm this man would set about to do as he started his own brand of "Christianity" having 'neither part nor portion' in JESUS CHRIST. Exactly as Nimrod set himself up as king, this Simon went on to appoint himself the Great Chief Apostle of his "Christian" religion but practicing his true religion, the Mystery Babylonian religion. He incorporated enough of the forms of the Christian religion but essentially retaining all the attributes and doctrines of the Babylonian Mystery religion of which 'he was the great power of god'.
And as true disciples of JESUS, every one of HIS Apostles followed HIS example (John 13:15) and obeyed all HIS commandments, instructions, charges (Matthew 28:20) and example of life (1 John 2:6). That is what the Scripture of Truth testified to from the book of Acts through the all Epistles to the book of Revelation. This is not something I made up. All these texts are publicly available for just about anyone who so desired to confirm. Don't you think it is amazing that all of mainstream "Christianity" consisting of over two billions, all believing in Christmas and Easter and Trinity and Sunday.
None keeps the commandments of the GOD of the Christian Bible (John 15:10). None keeps the commandments and obey the instructions of JESUS CHRIST (John 14:15). None keeping and commemorating the Passover which JESUS CHRIST instituted as the Everlasting Covenant with GOD. None of them seeking much less doing the will of the FATHER (Matthew 7:21). And all of them believed they are the disciples of JESUS CHRIST. The very Bible that they claimed they believed in very clearly called their great mother church, MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
This Simon did his own will and would not keep the commandments GOD. So were all those who followed after him, all supreme leaders that obeyed no one. Setting themselves up as the sole arbiter of GOD, they rejected everything that JESUS CHRIST taught and commanded. And the whole world heeded them (Acts 8:10) keeping their commandments, doctrines and celebrations. Exactly as the people heeded Nimrod and built the Towel of Babel (Genesis 10:10, 9; Genesis 11:4, 9). Exactly as Adam and Eve heeded the mysterious talking serpent and ate the forbidden fruit. Exactly as the all Samaria from the greatest to the least heeded this Simon, saying, “This man is the great power of God.”
Why? Because they neither know JESUS or HIS FATHER (Titus 1:16).
Jesus answered, “You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also.”
And because they are of their father, the Devil.
Throughout the centuries JESUS CHRIST's words have been proven to be true. And they will again prove to be true as the leaders and disciples of the Christmas religion once again are going to seek the murder of the disciples of JESUS CHRIST just as they did, conspiring with the same Beast power then, and again soon with the last instance or resurrection of this fourth Beast power.
Next Series of Events To Watch For In The Great Harlot And Her Daughters.
Today we see the mother church of this Babylonian Mystery religion trying to get all her daughters back under her fold, as the stage is quickly being set for the persecution of the true disciples of JESUS CHRIST.
Before the great Tribulation her daughters will all be back in her fold so she can focus on the persecution of the rest of the Elect of GOD.
And who are these daughters? Those that hold the same foundational beliefs of Trinity, Easter, Good Friday, Christmas and, Sunday as the day of worship and rest.
The most significant event for this Great Harlot of the Mystery Babylonian religion will be the soon coming revealing of The False Prophet (Revelation 13:11 - 17).
NEXT THE CHURCH OF GOD TODAY.
1. Words in italic referenced titles or proper names where this applies, otherwise these are personal notes to selected people who are familiar with them.
2. I have intentionally left out many scriptural references as anyone who wants to prove or disprove what is written here should read the Christian Bible thoroughly and extensively (from cover to cover at least three or more times).
3. The various chapters and articles discussed here are by no means exhaustive of the doctrines, prophesies, subjects and answers to questions on the Christian Holy Scriptures.
4. Scriptures quoted are from New King James Version unless otherwise indicated.
5. Please bear in mind that this stuff here is for foundation understanding and some 'deeper' verses and advanced doctrines are skipped.
6. The word or term 'man' is used throughout as a reference to man specifically as well as to all mankind (male and female) according to the context in the same way as the Bible used the term.
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Last Updated: 2013 11 01
First Posted: 2010 06 16