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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 Harlot Of Babylon 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."

Upon the Messiah's return all of that "Babylon" is going to be obliterated (see The Fall Of Babylon's Towers and Victory Over The Beast, His Image, And His Mark).

"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.

17:3 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. 17:4 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: 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

17:6 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.

17:7 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. 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

17:9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. 17:10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. 17:11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 17:13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. 17:16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. 17:17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. 17:18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth." (Revelation 17:1-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: How can anyone, who truly repents, become "the elect lady and her children"?
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This Day In History, November 20

284: Diocletian was proclaimed Emperor of Rome (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire; also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).

Roman Empire
762: During the An Shi Rebellion in China, forces of the Tang Dynasty, with the help of Huihe tribe, recaptured Luoyang from the rebels.

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).

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.

Nuremberg War Crimes Trial
1946: Alberta's oil boom began when the initial drilling was done at the famous Leduc well south of Edmonton.

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.

Lester Pearson
1977: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat addressed the Israeli Knesset. Sadat's visit made him the first Arab leader to officially visit Israel.

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.


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