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Sunday, November 20 2016
Revelation 17: Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother of Harlots
"And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots"
The illustration below was produced in 1523 for Martin Luther's translation (into German) of the New Testament. The bizarre irony of Luther's recognition of the identity of the "Harlot of Babylon" is that Luther's "Protestant" beliefs continued the same antichrist doctrines for the rest of his life. In effect, Luther rejected the "mother" harlot, while becoming the father of many of her harlot "daughters" - as did numerous other supposed "reformers" who rejected the personal leadership of the Papacy while continuing the Church of Rome's anti-Biblical doctrines.
The Church of Rome is an accurate title. It was created, centuries after the Messiah's first coming, by the Caesars as a state religion for the Roman Empire (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
At first, the Bishop of Rome was merely the Emperor's local bishop - there were many other equal-authority bishops throughout the Empire (see also Could Santa Claus Have Become The Pope?). It was only when the political Roman Empire began to fall that the Bishop of Rome assumed many of the powers of the Caesar - a power grab that was bitterly opposed by the other Roman bishops (see The Struggle For The Papacy).
Through the centuries, many political leaders were followers of the Church of Rome - through which their religious doctrine beliefs became political doctrine in their various nations. Hence the fulfillment of "With 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."
While Roman Catholics and Protestants have often persecuted each other over the centuries (not over their near-identical doctrines, but because of their struggle to "lead"), both Roman Catholics and Protestants have equally persecuted the true Church of God ("church" means people) because of their faithfulness to the true and actual Word of God (see The Woman And The Dragon). Hence also the fulfillment of "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."
"17:1 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: 17:2 With 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.
Fact Finder: How can anyone, who truly repents, become "the elect lady and her children"?
This Day In History, November 20
1194: Palermo, Sicily was conquered by the Holy Roman Emperor, German King Heinrich (in English, Henry) VI (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1272: Edward I became King of England.
1541: John Calvin, 32, established a religious government at Geneva, creating a center for growing Protestantism in Europe.
1759: In the Battle of Quiberon Bay during the Seven Years War, the British fleet with 23 warships under Admiral Hawke destroyed the French invasion fleet of 21 warships under Admiral Conflans.
1780: Britain declared war on the Netherlands after the Dutch had supplied French and Spanish arms to U.S. rebels (the Dutch were the colonial rulers of the colonies before Britain took them and renamed them "New England," while France and Spain both had colonies throughout North America, that they tolerated no independence for, while they at the same time supported the revolt of the English colonies against Britain).
1820: An 80-ton whale reportedly "attacked" the Essex - a whale-killer ship from Nantucket, Massachusetts. The peaceful whale (and members of its family) was actually the one being attacked by the whaling ship, thrashing about in great pain after being harpooned. The falsely-reported event was later used as the basis for the 1851 fictional novel Moby Dick (see also The Origin Of Moby Dick).
1873: In Hungary, the rival cities of Buda and Pest were joined to form the national capital - Budapest.
1910: Francisco Madero issued the Plan de San Luis Potosi that called for revolution against President Porfirio Diaz, thereby starting the Mexican Revolution.
1917: During the First World War (1914-1918), 324 British tanks struck at the German lines in the Battle of Cambrai, France, the first major battle involving tanks. By the end of the battle, no gains had been made and the British lost 43,000 men.
1922: In Switzerland, the Lausanne Conference began to resolve differences between the allied powers after the First World War.
1923: During the inflation crisis in Germany, the Rentenmark replaced the Papiermark as the official currency. It had an initial exchange rate of one Rentenmark to one trillion Papiermarks.
1945: The war crime trials of 24 Nazi leaders began at Nuremberg, Germany. On the same day, the Allied Control Commission approved the transfer of 6,000,000 ethnic-Germans from Austria, Hungary and Poland back to West Germany.
1947: Princess Elizabeth (the future Queen Elizabeth II) married Philip Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh, in Westminster Abbey.
1967: Lester Pearson, a Nobel Peace Prize winner (1957) and Prime Minister of Canada (1963-1968) was presented with the Medallion of Valour of the State of Israel for his efforts on behalf of Israel at the United Nations.
1980: Jiang Qing, widow of Mao Zedong, went on trial in China on charges of treason.
1985: Microsoft Windows 1.0 was released.
1992: A fire that burned for 15 hours before being brought under control severely damaged part of Windsor Castle in London.
1992: 20 paintings by Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) went unsold at an auction after they failed to receive a single bid.
1998: A Taliban court in Afghanistan declared terrorist leader Osama bin Laden to be "a man without a sin."
1998: The first module of the International Space Station was launched on a Russian Proton rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.