THE DOOM OF ROME This was the vision promised to the Seer in Revelation 17:1
Revelation 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:”
1—3 A Great Angel. This angel came down from heaven and announces the fall of Babylon, i.e. Rome, and tells how the ruins of the city have become the dwelling place of unclean spirits and hateful birds. The tense is the past tense of prophetic certainty; it represents that which was destined to be as though it had already happened.
4—20 Features that will Accompany the Doom.
Another voice from heaven summons the people of God to come forth out of the city to escape the plagues by which she will be punished; and then prophetic passages from the O.T. chants a song of doom over her.
Jeremiah 51:45 My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver ye every man his soul from the fierce anger of the Lord.
Matthew 24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
(Isaiah Chapters 13.14. 34 Jeremiah Chapters 50. 81. Ezekiel Chapters 26—28). Though Rome in her wantonness says I will sit as queen, and am no widow, and shall in no wise see mourning. Double punishment will be her lot.
Jeremiah 16:18 And first I will recompense their iniquity and their sin double; because they have defiled my land, they have filled mine inheritance with the carcases of their detestable and abominable things.
Double = In full. For that which is complete, thorough, and ample. for that which is complete, thorough, ample.
Pure Heavenly TRUTH
The Church of Rome has been used of the great enemy [Satan] to rob the Lamb of God of His promised glory. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/stars.htm
JEROME, in his Latin translation of the Bible (405 AD), wrote "ipse," = HE, in Genesis 3:15, as the "bruiser of the serpent's head." This is correct. And, in spite of the fact that JEROME himself so quotes it in his commentary, and that it is masculine in all the other ancient translations of the Bible, Rome has first corrupted JEROME's Vulgate by changing the "e" into "a," and putting "ipsa" = (she) instead of "ipse" = (He); then she has so translated this corruption and perpetuated this perversion in various languages! So that in all her versions, in her pictures and statues, in the decree of Pope Pius IX, which promulgated the dogma of the "immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary," this lie of the Old Serpent has been foisted (To pass off as genuine, valuable, or worthy:) on unnumbered thousands of deluded souls, around the world; who have thereby been deceived into putting Mary in the place of Jesus;
Latin Vulgate Genesis 3:15 inimicitias ponam inter te et mulierem et semen tuum et semen illius ipsa conteret caput tuum et tu insidiaberis calcaneo eius
KJV Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it [He] [Ipse] shall bruise thy head, and thou [Satan] shalt bruise his heel.
· The "co-Redemptress" in the place of the Redeemer;
· The creature in the place of the Creator;
· The woman in the place of the woman's Seed;--
· Until the outcome is reached by emblazoning, in huge gilt letters, on the outside of a large church in Rathmines, Dublin, "MARIAE PECCATORUM REFUGIUM," to Mary the Refuge of Sinners!
So complete has been the success of the subtlety of the Serpent, that he has beguiled thousands of Protestants to unite in circulating these corrupted versions as the Word of God, thus giving currency to the Devil's lie. This is done on the plea of expediency, (the quality or state of being suited to the end in view : suitability, fitness) in order that these versions might come to many as Protestant truth instead of Popish error; but thus misleading those who were seeking for light, while confirming Papists in their darkness. But through all the "wisdom of the Serpent" we can detect his lie. It is very thinly veiled, and the Old Serpent has not succeeded in blinding the eyes which the Spirit of God has opened. True, we see in all Rome's pictures and statues the foot of Mary on the Serpent's head, but the foot is not coming down, nor is the head crushed! Rather is the woman's foot resting on its head; and the woman herself is supported by the Serpent. (E.U., One World System, NATO, &c). http://www.godsplan.org.uk/eviltrilogy.htm
Suddenly plagues will come upon her—pestilence, destruction, famine, and fire. (verse 8). The greatness of the calamity which shall overtake her is suggested by the dirges which those who have shared in her impurity shall sing. The kings shall stand at a distance and wail over her (Verse 9), afraid lest they themselves be swallowed up in her destruction.
The merchants Ezekiel 27:36 The merchants among the people shall hiss at thee; thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt be any more. (Verse 11).
The merchants shall lament the loss of their trade (Verse 11) The long list of imports into Rome closes dramatically as in Ezekiel 27:13 with the souls of men. (Verse 13)
Ezekiel 27:13 Javan, Tubal, and Meshech, they were thy merchants: they traded the persons of men and vessels of brass in thy market.
The reference is to the traffic of human life, in slavery or immorality or the shows of the amphitheatre. The ship-owners and sailors shall bewail the loss of their freights (Verse 17).
27 Thy riches, and thy fairs, thy merchandise, thy mariners, and thy pilots, thy calkers, and the occupiers of thy merchandise, and all thy men of war, that are in thee, and in all thy company which is in the midst of thee, shall fall into the midst of the seas in the day of thy ruin.
28 The suburbs shall shake at the sound of the cry of thy pilots.
29 And all that handle the oar, the mariners, and all the pilots of the sea, shall come down from their ships, they shall stand upon the land;
30 And shall cause their voice to be heard against thee, and shall cry bitterly, and shall cast up dust upon their heads, they shall wallow themselves in the ashes:
But saints and apostles and prophets are called upon to rejoice as in; because the judgement of God has been wrought over her.
Jeremiah 51:48 Then the heaven and the earth, and all that is therein, shall sing for Babylon: for the spoilers shall come unto her from the north, saith the Lord.
The Final Description of the Doom.
This is preluded (An introductory performance, event, or action preceding a more important one ;) by a symbolic action on the part of another angel, who throws a millstone into the sea to represent the ruin of Rome.
63 And it shall be, when thou hast made an end of reading this book, that thou shalt bind a stone to it, and cast it into the midst of Euphrates:
64 And thou shalt say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her: and they shall be weary. Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.
Then the description is resumed of the silence and desolation of the ruins. The familiar sounds of the households, of its works, will be no more heard; the arts of civil life will cease; the light of the lamp will be extinguished.
Jeremiah 25:10 Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle.
Ezekiel 26:13 And I will cause the noise of thy songs to cease; and the sound of thy harps shall be no more heard.
If Charles is right as to the position of (Verse 20. See above.) then the chapter ends with the summons of the saints, apostles, and prophets to rejoice over the fate of the harlot city that was the cause of all the blood shed upon the earth.
Jeremiah 51:49 As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth.
Rome could not be charged with all the martyrdoms which had occurred in the history of Israel, but as the mistress of the world Rome is held responsible for all that happened in the empire.
Was the prophecy Fulfilled?
Rome never was destroyed quite as this prophecy foretells, though the sack of the city by the Goths, the crumbling of her empire, and the decay of her power are facts of history. Gibbon quotes an Italian writer, Poggius, who in the fifteenth century described the ruins of the city as he had seen them. The last part of his description is apposite: (having to do with the matter at hand) “The forum of the Roman people, where they assembled to enact their laws and elect their magistrates, is now inclosed (enclosed) for the cultivation of potherbs and thrown open for the reception of swine and buffaloes. The public and private edifices that were founded for eternity lie prostrate, naked, and broken, like the limbs of a mighty giant: and the ruin is the more visible from the stupendous relics that have survived the injuries of time and fortune.” (See decline and Fall of The Roman Empire. Chapter71).
But the particular fulfilment of a prophecy like this is not its most important element. It had reference to a particular time and a particular city.
But just as the Seer uses ancient prophecy about Babylon, Tyre, and Edom to describe the judgement of God on Rome, so the permanent value of his prophecy is in its message of the victory of righteousness over evil, even though evil arms itself with the strongest political, material and mechanical resources.
In his commentary on Isaiah 47, George Adam Smith reminds us that we must not choke our interest in such prophecies in the dust and ruins which were their first fulfilment, because Babylon never dies. John saw that this city of harlotries, of which the prophets had spoken, had come to life again in Rome http://www.godsplan.org.uk/prince.htm. We may see the same spirit wherever there is forgetfulness of God, militarism. and the acquiescence in the existence of hideous and naked wrong because it has been long established, and because political and financial interests are supported by it.
Perhaps the most common incarnation of this spirit is the worship of wealth. The description of the fate of such worship is found in verses 11—16.
11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,
13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.
14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.
15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
16 And saying, “Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!”
which record the ruin of the commercial city, that lived only for success, and the loneliness of her mercenary life, for the merchants stood afar off from the city in her hour of destruction—the city that had only been to them a place of gain and pleasure. Babylon and Rome both signified arrogance, hardness of heart, the worship of success, indifference to all the higher values of life. Against these things and their fate are a visible warning this vision is a memorable warning and John’s words still have their personal summons—Come forth that ye have no fellowship with her sins.
Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”
Chapter XIX 1—10. The Heavenly Anthem Over the Doom of Rome.
In Rev 18:20 the Seer had appealed to the host of heaven. These verses are the response;
1. First by the angels.
2. Then by the elders and the Cherubim.
3. And then by the Martyrs over the judgement on Rome.
Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
08 And when He had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
09 And they sung a new song, saying, “Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”
11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
12 Saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.”
13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, “Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.”
14 And the four beasts said, “Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped Him that liveth for ever and ever.”
Revelation 11:16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
John’s method is to set over against a vision of tribulation one of deliverance; and over against a proclamation of judgement on the enemies of Christ to set one of the ultimate blessedness of the redeemed.
Actually the doom of Rome is future (chapter 18); from the point of view of heaven it is past.
6. Read Hallelujah for the Lord God Almighty has become King. There are two stages in the destruction of evil in the universe;
1. The first was when Satan was cast out of heaven.
2. The second is when Rome is destroyed and God becomes King of the earth.
Again the writer has in mind Domitian’s title, “Our Lord and our God.”
7—8 The Marriage of the Lamb.
The figure goes back to the O.T. representation of Jehovah married to Israel.
Hosea 2:19 “And I will betroth thee unto Me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto Me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.”
1 “Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife,” saith the Lord.
2 “Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;
3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.
5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall He be called.
6 For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused,” saith thy God.
7 “For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
8 “In a little wrath I hid My face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee”, saith the Lord thy Redeemer.
Here it denotes the indissoluble communion of Christ with the community of men and women whom He hath purchased with His blood.
Revelation 5:6, 9
6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
Revelation 14; 1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with Him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
This community is the martyrs, who reign with Christ for a thousand years; it is indeed the Holy City itself.
Revelation 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, “Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.”
Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
It is the part of the church to make herself ready, and it is given her by God to clothe herself.
12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
The bright, pure raiment of the bride is in striking contrast with the harlot’s vesture.
Revelation 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:
Revelation 18:16 And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
This raiment is interpreted as the righteous acts of the saints, and refers to the spiritual bodies which the righteous have in accordance with their characters. It is important to notice from the image to the left, and not only the raiment but;
· The great white throne [duplicate]
· the two Cherubims from the Mercy seat [duplicate]
· The fish god mitres [Dagon] (Dagon was originally an East Semitic Mesopotamian (Akkadian, Assyrian, Babylonian) fertility god) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dagon They are used also in protestant, and other churches.
2 Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
9. They which are bidden. All men are called by God, but when the time has come for the bride to become the wife of the lamb the faithful are bidden (invited) and upon those bidden this blessing is pronounced.
Matthew 22:3 And sent forth His servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
Luke 14:8 When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of Him;
The testimony of Jesus may mean;
1. The testimony which men bear to Christ; if so, the angel is claiming that he is a fellow servant of all who have the prophetic spirit, or;
2. The testimony borne by Christ, i.e. the revelation made by Him.
Then the angel means that the spirit of prophecy is governed by the revelation of “the TRUTH as it is in Christ”.
We know that the mother Babylon of these verses is the Roman Catholic church, but who are the daughters of Babylon? The name “Babylon” means “confusion” because Satan loves to confuse the people of this world and gives multiple choices to add to the babble of voices proclaiming themselves Christian, or having “the way.” In contrast, there is only one true “way.” It is to help us find that “way” that this article is written. God could have destroyed Satan and his sympathisers as easily as one can cast a pebble to the earth; but He did not do this, for rebellion is not to be overcome by force. Compelling power is found only under Satan's government. The LORD's principles are not of this order. His authority rests upon goodness, mercy, and love; and the presentation of these principles is the means to be used. God's government is moral, and TRUTH and love are to be the prevailing power.
Where had they come from?
The original Babylon, a city/church, was raised in opposition to God’s church by Adam’s son Cain and his followers, and has never fallen from the truth, for it was raised on error from the start.
16 And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.
After the Flood it was reinstated by the tower-builders of Babel and eventually became a worldwide system called “Paganism”. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/paganism.htm
1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.
4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
The Babylonian “way” was copied by many other religions, and although their gods and goddesses were given different names, the basic system remained the same wherever it was established, with the sun’s day as the day of worship and Satan the real power behind the scene. One great public difference between the counterfeit and the TRUTH, is that in Babylon a man is the head of the church, and their god behaves as a man would. (Pope) They also like having a female god whom they call “the wife/mother of god.” (Maryolitary)
For a while both Sabbath and Sunday were observed as religious symbols, but eventually the Sabbath-keepers left the newcomers to their own ways in 538AD. Christianity did not become Pagan, nor did Paganism become Christian, for the leopard cannot change its spots – only a Creator can do that.
Jeremiah 13:23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.
The two existed side by side for a while until the majority of the Sabbath-keepers died and the Pagans assumed the name of Christian. Eventually laws were passed by the State demanding that Roman Christians observe only Sunday as their official day of rest.
When Satan saw that the Roman Catholic Church was “revealed” or exposed, he brought forth the daughters in her place. It is now time that they are “revealed” also.
2 Thessalonians 2:8. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming:
The message of Revelation 14, announcing the fall of Babylon must apply to religious bodies that have become changed in some way since 1844. Without a doubt these are what came to be known as “Protestant” churches because they once publicly “protested” that Roman Catholicism is not, and never has been Christian, because of its attitude. They thought of the Roman church as anti (in place of) Christ, as it is written by one who knew,
18 “Little children, it is the last time [for the Ephesus branch of the church]: and as you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”
Yet Protestant and Catholic are all “fellow Christians” today!
We should note that the angel says that it was “Babylon” that fell, not “Israel”, yet many among us still tend to think of them as Christian systems which have fallen from the TRUTH. The angel’s message is not that they have fallen from the TRUTH (they have always been Sunday-worshippers), but that they have fallen in Christian eyes as evidenced when the 50,000 believers had to leave them in 1844. Individuals can move from one system to another, but the systems remain forever separate and distinct one for, and one against the way of God, but both calling themselves Christian. The great mass of the people, the heathen, or undecided ones, must eventually choose one or the other of these systems. One of our jobs as Christians is to help them make up their minds.
However, in the eighteenth chapter of the Revelation the people of God who are still in Babylon are being called upon to come out of it. There are undoubtedly some real Christians among the Pagan congregations, but we cannot see who is what, although when given the opportunity we are to show them the call that the LORD is making to “come out of BABYLON.”
One important clue is that the counterfeit set up in 538AD chose a man to be the head of the church in place of Christ. They needed a man to compete with the political systems by which they were surrounded and to which they wanted to belong. Yet Jesus said,
08 “But be not you called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all you are brethren.
09 And call no man your [spiritual] father upon the earth [“pope” means “father”]:
10 for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be you called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.”
Another is their insistence that a sinful nature is normal – they teach that a sinning but trying Christian is what God expects, which is a counterfeit of the true, for Jesus told us,
Matthew 5:48 “Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
It is His pleasure to supply the power to do this. In the meantime, God says,
Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
We also need to keep clear in our minds the fact that the systems with their organisers, the clergy, are different from their followers, the laity. The laity are usually unsuspecting but willing followers of the leaders. Because Babylon is a counterfeit of God’s church, both systems are very similar in some areas, while poles apart in others, and because leaders in God’s church often fall from grace, they can appear to be like Babylonian priests, but they are not. The Pharisees of Christ’s time were powerful men who were ambitious for earthly riches and glory, though making a profession of godliness. They were not willing to come to Christ to receive light. And this hasn’t changed. But Israel is not Babylon. However, the words of the prophet to Israel can also be applied to the Babylonian systems:
Ezekiel 16:14 “Your renown went forth among the heathen for your beauty: for it was perfect through My comeliness, which I had put upon you, says the LORD God.”
[the message of the everlasting gospel, or Christ as our righteousness, can be found in both systems]. But the systems the Protestants set up practiced the same action which was the curse and ruin of Israel – the desire of imitating the practices and courting the friendship of the ungodly.
Ezekiel 16:15 “You did trust in your own beauty, and played the harlot because of your renown.”
The “daughters” of Babylon are also called “harlots” because of this, and this fact is well known even among their own people. The difference is that the daughters of Babylon do this as a natural action while the “wife” of Christ has to break her vows to do so.
“The Church of England,” says Spurgeon, “seems to be eaten through and through with sacrament-Arianism [rites and ceremonies]; but nonconformity [Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists etc.] appears to be almost as badly riddled with philosophical infidelity. Those of whom we thought better things are turning aside one by one from the fundamentals of the faith. Through and through, I believe, the very heart of England is honeycombed with a damnable infidelity which dares still go into the pulpit and call itself Christian.” What is far worse is that many among us call them that too!!
It is strange the way such a clear message, “BABYLON is fallen” has become “ISRAEL has fallen” in many minds, when there is such a clear distinction between the two. Sabbath-keeping (the seventh day) has always been the mark of the true church whether in the Old Testament or the New, while Sunday-keeping (the first day) has always been the mark of the false.
Luke 4:16 And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
Acts 16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.
The miasma of Satan covers those who do not accept the truth of God, but when Israel turns from God it becomes apostate Israel – never Babylon. In like manner, Babylon can never become the church of God.
miasma = (a contagious power that has an independent life of its own)..
The Bible declares that before the coming of the LORD, Satan will work “with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness [through his churches];” and they that “received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved,” will be left to receive “strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.”
2 Thessalonians 2:9-11
09 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
Not until this condition is reached, and the union of the churches with the politicians and rulers is fully accomplished throughout the entire world, will the fall of Babylon and her daughters be complete. The change is a progressive one, and the perfect fulfilment of Revelation 14:8 is yet future. But it is moving on steadily as the polarisation continues.
Revelation 14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
But Cain and his descendants did not respect the day upon which God had rested (7th Day Sabbath). They chose instead, their own time for labour and for rest, regardless of the Son of God’s express example.
Genesis 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all his work which He had made.
Even though assured of the protection of God;
Genesis 4:15 And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
Cain withdrew from his father's household. He had first chosen his occupation as a tiller of the soil, and under Satan’s influence he now founded a city in opposition to God’s plan, calling it after the name of his eldest son.
16 And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.
(This city was later renamed Babylon.) He had gone out from the presence of the LORD, casting away the promise of the restored Eden, to seek his possessions and enjoyment in the earth under the curse of sin, thus standing at the head of that great class of men who worship the god of this world, and do their own thing. Such want their reward now and on this earth, and turn away from the new world, for righteousness has no attraction for them.
It is written: “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are [willingly] lost: in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine to them.”
2 Corinthians 4:3-4
3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Thus the “daughters” of Babylon, through the leaders of the so-called “Protesting” churches of the world, chose their own way in the mid 1800’s when presented with the thought that the end of the world would come soon, and that Christians should be keeping the Sabbath day as a mark of respect for their Creator and His Ten Commandments. By refusing the opportunity to repent and become Christian, the leaders of those systems confirmed their stand as Pagan and anti-Christian while still claiming to follow Him!
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