Babylon, the Harlot

I was doing some biblical research on the Great Prostitute, the Harlot Babylon, talked about in the book of Revelation. And, so I was taking notes on how she is described in scripture, only I will share them present tense.

She makes all the nations drink the wine of passion of her sexual immorality. She is the mother of prostitutes and of the earth’s abominations. She is a dwelling place for demons, and a haunt for every unclean spirit. The kings of the earth commit acts of immorality with her. And, she is corrupting the earth with her immorality. Notice how often immorality is mentioned.

And, then I gleaned this from several commentators: She is proud, disrespectful, oppressive and a persecutor of the true church, the saints of God. She is corrupt in respect to religion and devoted to idolatry. She is identical with the apostate church. And, she entices ignorant (naïve) people to engage in immorality and idolatry (Source: biblehub.com).

And, I gleaned this from several dictionaries: She is irreverent, ungodly, corrupt, dishonorable, vile, immoral, and dishonest.

And, then the Lord put this scripture in mind:

“For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.” Phil. 3:18-19

Burn Her Up with Fire

And, so I believe the Lord would have me talk about how this is happening in our world and in the church today. So, I was reading in Revelation 17:16:

“And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the harlot and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh and will burn her up with fire.”

Now, I believe that Babylon the Great is an actual physical place, as well as it is symbolic of a particular belief system or overall attitude, frame of mind, behavior, and influence, etc. So, although I believe this actual physical place will one day be physically burned with literal fire, as a judgment of God on her, I also believe that this is talking about setting her on fire with burning passions of the flesh and of sexual immorality, and of her influence on the rest of the world toward following the same way of thinking and behaving.

I don’t want us to get hung up, though, on trying to identify the actual physical location and then to miss the intent of this message. So, I want to focus more on the philosophy, behaviors, and influences of this harlot.

Now, the beast is of Satan, and I believe it is a conglomerate of the wealthy and powerful of the world who are presently conquering one nation at a time for the New World Order (one world government) and the one world religion. And, so its goal is not just to physically conquer people and nations, but it is to philosophically, mentally and spiritually conquer all people, and especially it wants to conquer the church, which it hates. It wants to bring us down any and every which way that it can (See Revelation 12-14).

But right now, even though the beast hates the harlot, it is using the harlot, too, to do its dirty work. So, this is kind of like an “inside job,” so to speak. The harlot rides the beast, i.e. she is subservient to this beast and is attached or connected in some way to this beast. There is a working relationship between the two, in other words. But, then one day the beast will turn on the harlot, and he will destroy her. This is my understanding.

Unequally Yoked

So, how does all this fit with our lives and our world today?

I am certain that this has been going on a long while, and aspects of it have been going on ever since Jesus came, died, rose again, and ascended back to the Father, then sent His Holy Spirit to indwell his followers. Satan has been fighting against our Lord and his gospel message and his saints and servants all this time, but it is much worse now. For, now he has infiltrated the church, and has turned it into a place for demons and evil spirits.

In 1954, I believe it was, then Senator Lyndon B. Johnson encouraged the church in America to incorporate under the headship of the government of these United States of America, via the 501c3, thus turning God’s house into a market place (a business of men) and placing the government in the position that only Jesus Christ should hold over the church.

Thus the church which did incorporate, whether knowingly or not, essentially turned its back on Jesus as their only head, and they opened the door wide for all manner of evil to now permeate the gatherings of the church. For, the church was now unequally yoked together with the ungodly, and they had turned God’s house into a marketplace, and they put another head over the church, all of which God forbids his people to do.

And, it only got much worse from there. Now the church was answerable to the government, not just to God, and government worship was introduced into the church via patriotic songs and the pledge (vow) of allegiance (fidelity) to the flag (form of government) of the USA. And, the church was now operating as a business of men, instead of as the body of Christ, and it was marketing the church just like any other business.

And, so it began to change the nature (character) of the church and to alter its gatherings to appeal to the world and to the flesh of man. And, church worship services began being more like stage productions and comedy routines to entertain the masses, and pastors now had to be comedians and entertainers who were charming and witty. And, it wasn’t the Word of God and the Holy Spirit leading these churches, but it was marketing books written by mere men.

Cheapening God’s Grace

And, then, in order to draw in large crowds of people from the world, they altered the gospel of our salvation, too, to make it so we could be “saved” and have eternal life with God, but that it didn’t really have to change how we lived day to day, since we were now “under grace” and not “under the law.”

And, so people got the idea they could just live however they wanted, continuing in their sinful addictions, but that when they died, they would still go to heaven. And eventually it came to where they were telling people they don’t have to repent of sin or obey God’s commandments to be saved.

And, then this church philosophy, which largely came through the Rick Warren movement, initially, began to spread throughout the whole world, and was carried to many different countries. Thus, they were enticing the people and the kings of the world to commit adultery with them against God, and they were telling them that they were free to continue in immorality without guilt because Jesus paid it all and nothing is required of them.

And, so we now have the church at large in America, and in many places throughout the world wherever this influence has spread, who are believing that they can be saved from their sins, have heaven guaranteed them, but that they can live in all kinds of wickedness and immorality without punishment and without guilt. And, this, my friends, is BABYLON!

So, the Harlot church has the image that it is following Jesus Christ, but it isn’t. For to follow Jesus is to obey God’s commandments (New Testament). And, to follow him is to leave our sinful lifestyles and our idols and our immoralities behind us in order to live to Christ and to his righteousness.

The Harlot and Persecution

Now, I am not saying that every church which has incorporated under the 501c3 is literally living in adultery against her Lord. I believe there are church congregations which naively accept this incorporation with the government, but that they are still following the Lord and the scriptures, and they have not bought into the cheap grace gospel. But, they are in the minority.

But, I still believe God is calling them to come out of this Babylon (the 501c3 union with the government), to disconnect from this unholy union, and that they are to return to Jesus Christ as their only head.

But, this Harlot Babylon, via the 501c3, is not content with just leading people into sexual immorality and into all kinds of wickedness while promising them heaven when they die. But, it is going headstrong ahead in its persecution of the church that has not bowed to the “golden statue”, and it is accusing them falsely of teaching works-based salvation and of being intolerant, judgmental, hateful, harsh, bitter, and unforgiving, etc.

So, God is appealing to all his church that is being influenced by this harlot, and he is commanding them to come out from underneath her influence so that they do not share in her sins or in her punishment. And, he is calling his true church to come out of this “unequally yoked together” relationship with the government, with the world, and with businesses of men, and to return to him as their only Lord (Rev. 18:1-5; 2 Co. 6:14-18).

The Ninety and Nine

Lyrics by Elizabeth C. Clephane, 1868
Music by Ira D. Sankey, 1874

There were ninety and nine that safely lay
In the shelter of the fold;
But one was out on the hills away,
Far off from the gates of gold.
Away on the mountains wild and bare;
Away from the tender Shepherd’s care.

“Lord, Thou hast here Thy ninety and nine;
Are they not enough for Thee?”
But the Shepherd made answer: “This of Mine
Has wandered away from Me.
And although the road be rough and steep,
I go to the desert to find My sheep.”

But none of the ransomed ever knew
How deep were the waters crossed;
Nor how dark was the night the Lord passed through
Ere He found His sheep that was lost.
Out in the desert He heard its cry;
’Twas sick and helpless and ready to die.

“Lord, whence are those blood-drops all the way,
That mark out the mountain’s track?”
“They were shed for one who had gone astray
Ere the Shepherd could bring him back.”
“Lord, whence are Thy hands so rent and torn?”
“They’re pierced tonight by many a thorn.”

And all through the mountains, thunder-riv’n,
And up from the rocky steep,
There arose a glad cry to the gate of heav’n,
“Rejoice! I have found My sheep!”
And the angels echoed around the throne,
“Rejoice, for the Lord brings back His own!”

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18 thoughts on “Babylon, the Harlot

  1. It reminds me of the book of Hosea and Proverbs. Many times we see people turn against God with idols. Claiming these idols are “God” like what the Israelites did with the golden calf or “Jesus”. These false teachings are itching to the ears and seduce the hearers.

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  2. Interesting Sue, you’ve got the old wheels turning in my head. I have a tendency to see the 501(c)3 aspect in the USA as just one part of the falling away of the church that is taking place throughout the world. Different methods are being utilized in different countries to achieve some control over the church, in some countries such as China as an example, it is just plain and simple total opposition from a governing perspective. A good number of countries that are under Muslim control also are totally opposed to the Christian church. While there are undoubtedly potential freedom of speech ramifications associated with the 501(c)3 non-profit tax exemption qualification within the USA, from a governing control aspect, that current limitation is directly associated with regard to voicing non-partisan favouritism or approval of one political party over another to promote the gain of political power that will be more aligned with Christian principles. Although it isn’t this way now in the USA, there will come a time when the state and the Christian church are in total opposition to one another, such as is currently the case in China. The 501(c)3 brings in the control aspect of the state over the Christian church with regard to freedom of speech limitations but it is indeed limited right now. I see the total opposition aspect surfacing later on down the road such as it did when Rome was in power and allegiance to Caesar as god was required by all citizens. Ultimately the harlot Babylon will be the state against the Christian church in totality, not limited like it is now. Even now, as you have inferred, with regard to one’s allegiance to the state, ultimately you are advocating moving in the direction where one breaks with that allegiance. Is the USA and the rest of the democratic countries of the world moving in that direction, I think it is, but we’re not there yet. Ultimately I think the harlot Babylon will ultimately be the state. It is interesting to note that even the Executive Order that President Trump signed a while ago does not get rid of the legislation that Johnson brought in, but merely instructs the IRS to enforce it with maximum leniency. President Trump does not possess the authority to cancel that legislation, only Congress has. He does however, have the power to determine how it will be implemented.

    Now I could be wrong about this, determining who and to what extend the harlot Babylon is, at this point in time is largely conjecture. But the way that I read Revelation, there will come a time when there is no conjecture required because it will be a clear decision between the rule of man versus the rule of God. That will be the time when those who are alive will have to decide as to whether they stay in the state or abandon (or come out of) the state.

    I’m still researching this so this stated perspective of mine could change but just giving you a recap of what I see now. As we used to say in the military, this directive is subject to change without notice, but I will keep you posted as we discussed. This should get the wheels turning! Blessings Sue.

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    • Bruce, thank you for taking the time to look into this subject and for sharing your perspective on this subject at the present time. I admit it was an area of growth for me. The Lord was showing me much before I really grasped the magnitude of the situation and before I finally made the decision to leave “Babylon.” It was not an easy decision, I guarantee you. But, the more that I learn about all of this and where it is headed, and already is, the more I realize that I made the right decision. I sent you a video which I believe gives more of a picture of where all this is and where it is headed, too.

      Again, thank you for taking the time to look into this and for your willingness to expand your understanding of it, too. God bless!

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    • Bruce, don’t get caught up in the publicly stated ramifications of the 501c3 or whether or not the opposition to Christians and the gospel is outwardly and obviously being manifested.

      The real danger here is not the obvious, but it is what is not obvious. It is the deception. And the deception is huge, and it is absolutely in direct opposition to Christ and his gospel and to the faithful follower of Jesus Christ.

      And via this unholy union with the government many many are following after a lie and are going after the ways of this sinful world and are turning their backs on God and his ways and his righteousness in favor of a cheap grace gospel which makes them feel good.

      That video I sent you and that article I sent you (the PDF) make this much more clear the real dangers involved in this unholy union with the government. And, bottom line is that God has said we are not to be unequally yoked together with unbelievers, and we are not to turn his house into a marketplace, and we are not to put any other god before him, and all that has taken place with this union with the government.

      And, because of this the church has left the ways of righteousness, for the most part, and they are following after a gospel of men, and many are deserting the faith to go after what tickles itching ears, and the way of the cross has been brought into disrepute, and on and on.

      So, this is way way bigger than you can possibly imagine and its end goal is to bring the church into the one world religion and it is well on its way there.

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      • Hi Sue, I understand what you are saying. I’m at work right now using cellphone data so I can’t watch videos until I get home. Well, I could but I wouldn’t have any data left! I will watch it when I get home. You do realize what you are advocating with regard to the government? You’re not talking about separation of church and state, you’re talking about total rejection of any government whatsoever, right now. That’s pretty heavy. Blessings!

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      • Bruce, you are right that I am not just talking about the separation of church and state. I am talking about life and death, so this is very critical that we all get this. I am talking about people either going to heaven because they believe and follow the truth or they go to hell because they believe and follow the lies. This is what this is all about and nothing else!

        So, the bottom line here is that we have to know what the scriptures teach on this subject and we have to follow what the scriptures teach on this subject, for this is not a political issue, it is a spiritual issue.

        So, what do the scriptures teach? I have already stated that they teach we must live holy lives, separate (unlike, different) from the world and set apart unto God. We must not be unequally yoked together with the ungodly, with the world, but we are to come out from her and be separate. We are not to turn God’s house into a marketplace and we are to have no head (no authority) over the church other than Christ. And, this 501c3 violates all of these, whether or not people are aware of it.

        Ok, so what about the government or any government? What do the scriptures teach? They do teach obedience to governing authorities, so we are subject to the laws of the land. But, there are biblical exceptions to that.

        Jesus didn’t always obey his rulers and their rules. But then they were being hypocritical. He taught that love was better than following man-made and legalistic and external (outward) displays of righteousness. And, he told his disciples, that although they had to obey the Pharisees, they were not to do what they did, they were not to be like them, so he drew a line in the sand regarding when they were to obey and when they were not.

        Then, you have the case of Peter and John. They told the authorities they had to obey God rather than man when they were told to disobey God. So, we never disobey God in order to obey man. God trumps!!

        And, then there was Daniel and Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego who all directly disobeyed their governing authorities because they were being told to disobey God. So, we obey the governing authorities but only as far as what God permits. Otherwise we refuse to obey man over God.

        Ok then we are warned in scripture about wolves in sheep’s clothing and false prophets and false teachers and against tolerating false gospels and false teachers and against tolerating Jezebel, who is a figuring of the Harlot, and we are definitely warned against taking the mark of the beast which is what these institutional churches have done by the 501c3 (not speaking of individuals here) and by taking on the character of this beast and accepting its false prophet, etc. For, the mark, although maybe physical one day, is really taking on the nature, the character, the attitudes, values and beliefs of this worldly beast and harlot world system, which is what is happening in the church, and why God is calling his true church to come out from among her so that she doesn’t end up believing the lies and taking on the character and nature of this beast.

        So, again, this is not about whether or not preachers are being restricted as to what they can say about political issues. That pales by comparison. This is life and death issues that has to do with human souls and rescuing them out of the darkness and bringing them into the light. We have to listen to what the scriptures teach on these issues, and not listen to men in their deceitful scheming.

        And, remember, the Harlot is seductive, enticing, manipulative and very deceptive. So, this is not about just church against state. This is about the church being deceived and taken captive from within and it being destroyed, which is Satan’s plan. And, we, as soldiers of the Lord, must put on our mighty armor, the armor of God, and we must fight against these lies and for the souls of people.

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      • Hi Sue, I’m aware of the bigger picture, my concern is does it apply now or later as the one world religion and order rolls in, which I think it will. More research to do, I will get back to you in a day or two. We had to take one of our granddaughters (one and a half years old) to the hospital with a high fever, she appears to be doing OK now. Blessings!

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      • “‘I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter works exceed the first. 20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality. 22 Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works, 23 and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works. 24 But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some call the deep things of Satan, to you I say, I do not lay on you any other burden. 25 Only hold fast what you have until I come. 26 The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, 27 and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father. 28 And I will give him the morning star. 29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

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      • Bruce, the one world religion and the one world order are already here, and have been for some time now. If you watch that video, I believe it will help you to see that. This is not something future we are talking about here. This is here and now. The Great Harlot has been and still is deceiving minds and leading people into sin, and within the church, which is evident by the spiritual and moral decline we see in the vast majority of today’s church, at least here in America, but I suspect not just here. And, I have personally witnessed this decline, too, and this falling away from God to follow after the lusts of the flesh and the pride of life. The church of today is in crisis, the crisis of the supremacy of Jesus Christ. They have left Jesus Christ to follow after the gods of this world (the majority have) and they are just a few steps away from joining in with the one world religion, and many already have. Other religions are being taught in our churches today on a consistent basis, blended in with the truth to make it look like truth.

        Oh, I am sorry to hear about your granddaughter. I do hope she gets better soon. I hate it when my grandchildren are sick. Praying for her healing.

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  3. The Lord called me out of the church buildings 2 years ago… it is frightening all the blindness and deception going on in there… all the 501c3 is adultery… Jesus taught me that… and also that church buildings are idols (we are the temple).. it’s nothing but a business.

    Great article!

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