THE WOMAN OF REVELATION 17
"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:
"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.
"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.
"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:
"And upon her forehead was
a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
"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. (Rev. 17:1-6)
PART 1: A MYSTERY WRAPPED IN AN ENIGMA
Revelation 17:1-6 is one of the most enigmatic passages in all of Scripture.
It's a parable, a mystery wrapped in an enigma - and it's meaning is
hidden to all those who brazenly and unblushingly call themselves by
Christ's Name for advantage or convenience, but whose lives betray that
calling. Specifically, I speak here of the leaders of today's American
Church - the Pharisees and Sadducees of our time; the same people about
whom Jesus spoke when He told His disciples:
"... it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom
of heaven, BUT TO THEM IT IS NOT GIVEN.
"For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have
more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away
even that he hath.
"THEREFORE SPEAK I TO THEM IN PARABLES: BECAUSE THEY SEEING
SEE NOT; AND HEARING THEY HEAR NOT, NEITHER DO THEY UNDERSTAND.
"And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith,
BY HEARING YE SHALL HEAR, AND SHALL NOT UNDERSTAND; AND SEEING
YE SHALL SEE, AND SHALL NOT PERCEIVE:
"For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears
are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any
time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their
ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be
converted, and I should heal them.
"But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears,
for they hear.
"For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous
men have desired to see those things which ye see, and
have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye
hear, and have not heard them. (Matt. 13: 10-17)
WHICH DIVIDE DO YOU FALL IN?
The question is, which divide do you fall in? - are you capable of
understanding these "mysteries," or has that ability been
stripped from you? If it has, then nothing that I can say will do you
any good in understanding them. You no longer have "eyes to see"
and "ears to hear." Your heart is "waxed gross,"
and your "ears are dull of hearing, lest at any time you should
see with your eyes, and hear with your ears, and understand with your
heart, and ... you should be healed" (Matt. 13:15).
You are in danger of being cast away by God. And don't think that can't
happen to you. Jesus plainly says that it can; that's clearly what happened
to the "unprofitable servant:"
"Cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there
shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matt. 25:30)
"He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that
loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and
I will love him, and will manifest myself to him." (John 14:21)
DO YOU LOVE GOD?
Do you love God? Do you really love Him? If you do, your love will
be manifested by your obedience. Do NOT say that you love
God when you refuse to obey Him. Do NOT say you have faith
in Him when you refuse to be obedient to His commands. The Apostle James
"What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say
he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
"If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
"And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye
warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which
are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
"Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
"Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew
me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my
"Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the
devils [demons] also believe, and tremble.
"But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is
dead? (James 2:14-20)
All this to say, if you do not possess the will to obey God, then the
"mysteries of God" will be forever hidden from you - and though
you diligently seek to unlock these mysteries through much study and
perseverance, you will be unable to do so - even if they should be explained
to you by an angel of God. AND THESE ARE NOT MY WORDS, BUT CHRIST'S.
If, however, you are willing to obey God, then your eyes will be opened
and your ears will be unplugged, and the meaning of these "mysteries"
will be revealed to you - and I speak especially concerning their application
in today's world and in this present time; and most particularly as
they pertain to the American Church, the American New World Order System
and the kind of avaricious and imperial Christianity it has spawned
throughout the world.
PART 2: THE WHORE OF REVELATION 17
Revelation 17:1-6 portrays a Woman - a religious system - sitting on
a Beast full of names of blasphemy (cursings, profanities, impieties
and irreverence) towards God. So intertwined are these two - i.e., the
Woman and the Beast - that they seem to be one, though in fact they
are two separate entities:
That TWO Babylons are spoken of here is evidenced by
the fact that when Religious Babylon (i.e., the Woman) is destroyed
shortly after the Abomination of Desolation, she is destroyed
because of the jealousy and hatred of the Ten Kings and the
Beast (Revelation 17:6); but when Commercial Babylon (i.e.,
the Beast) is destroyed, these same kings, together with the
business leaders of the world, are sorrowful and mourn her destruction
[see Revelation 18].
One should be clear that the "religious entity" the
Scriptures have in mind here is not some strange "New Age"
religion, but one which is clearly characterized as "Christian"
(an apostatized form of Christianity, no doubt, but "Christian"
as the world counts "Christian" - and to this, most
evangelicals - from Barnhouse, to Gaebelein, from Chafer to
Pentecost, from Ironside to Ryrie - agree. [Please see "Part
4" in this chapter, "Apostasy"]
Many people - especially those who have grown up in this country
during the last twenty or thirty years and who are thus accustomed
to thinking that civil power can be separated from religious
power - are puzzled as to why the Bible speaks of two Babylons
in the "Latter Days" - one a religious entity and
the other a civil entity. They seem genuinely bewildered by
the picture the Bible uses to portray their relationship one
with the other - a woman (the religious entity) riding a beast
(the civil entity). Why, they ask, does the civil power (the
beast) have need of the religious power (the woman)? The fact
of the matter is, however, there is a fundamental mutual interdependence
between religion and politics, and today's multicultural and
secular elites have been making a grave mistake in believing
otherwise. Why? - because civil power, in the end, must be legitimized,
and an appeal to the fickle and even capricious "democratic
will of the majority" - while adequate enough during periods
of cultural and economic stability - often fails to ensure that
same stability during periods of turmoil and dislocation.
Religion gives sanction to obedience on the part of ordinary
people and it legitimizes the exercise of power
on the part of rulers. For this reason, religion has historically
been impressed into all of society's experiences and actions
- from simple family chores to the corporate activities of the
state. The fact is, in most societies religion has been a state
obligation and responsibility. It has manifested the very essence
of the state itself - so much so that there has rarely been
any question, at least at the popular level, concerning the
vital link between the practice of religion and the health of
the state. To most societies it has seemed self-evident that
all authority emanated from the divine because from no where
else could the certitude so necessary to social order be derived.
The result of religion has been to put men and women in right
relation to their society. It has assured the order and certainty
so necessary to the stability of most social structures. The
proposition that the state could be separated from a religious
undergirding - embodied in the concept of "separation of
church and state" - represents relatively new political
thinking. "Politically correct" academicians in this
country have been making a very grave mistake in over estimating
our society's freedom from a fundamental dependence on a religiously
based ethical system.
Society organizes itself around culture. Culture sets the parameters
of the society. It determines what is "right" and
what is "wrong." It provides the underlying assumptions
upon which society is based. But what a culture determines to
be "right" or "wrong" must be anchored by
something. For example, who is to say whether abortion is "right"
or "wrong?" or whether homosexuality is acceptable
behavior? or whether divorce should be condoned or not? or whether
the society should be organized as a patriarchy? or maybe as
a matriarchy? One may assert that he "feels" homosexuality
is wrong; that abortion is murder; and that men should be the
head of the family. But that's not enough. Others may "feel"
the exact opposite. And an appeal to philosophy to end the argument
is more often than not futile. Philosophical or ethical speculation
in the absence of some kind of an anchor has normally proven
useless for such purposes. Indeed, all it seems to accomplish
is to further erode fixity and stability, the essential ingredients
of the bonds of social existence. In the absence of an acceptable
anchor, philosophical and ethical speculation exists in a state
of perpetual agitation. Should the agitation continue unchecked,
it may lead to the ultimate contempt of all authority.
THE OVERWHELMING PRESENCE OF THE
WOMAN AND THE BEAST IN THE "END OF DAYS"
So overwhelming is the presence of these two entities in the "Latter
Days" that Dwight Pentecost can write:
"... (in the end of days) WE SEE THE WHOLE STAGE (i.e.,
the whole world) FILLED WITH TWO PERSONALITIES ONLY: A 'BEAST'
AND A 'WOMAN' ..."
There are many who see Revelation 17:9 ("And here is
the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads [of the Beast] are
seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth") as a
reference to ancient Rome (i.e., the "Seven Hills of Rome"),
and HENCE TO THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. But Revelation
17:10-11 makes clear what these seven mountains are: THEY
ARE A REFERENCE TO SEVEN KINGS which will precede the AntiChrist
in their headship over the American New World Order System -
a system that has been "in the works" for many years
now. They have nothing to do with the so-called "Seven
Hills of Rome:" "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 time. And the beast that
was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven
[i.e., he comes out from one of the seven], and goeth into perdition"
(Rev. 17:10-11). The word, "mountain" as used in Revelation
17:9 is a translation of the Greek word, "Oros."
The Hebrew word for "mountain" is "Har."
Strong's Concordance says; "In the poetical literature
of the Old Testament, the view of the world held by men of that
era finds its reflection. One can speak of the foundations of
the 'mountains' as rooted in the UNDERWORLD."
So what we have here is a reference to the actual place where
the Woman derives her strength: the UNDERWORLD,
a place where the DEMONS dwell, and all those
who have been cast out of the presence of God. Again, what's
that say about the United States and the church that is connected
to this great nation? Finally, I must tell you this: While I
do not defend the heresies of the Roman Catholic Church, you
should understand that there is probably more hope for the "Liberation
Theologians" of the Catholic Church - people like Gustavo
Gutierrez, Juan Luis Segundo, Leonardo Boff, Clodovis Boff,
Carlos Meister, Frei Betto, Oscar Romero, Dom Helder Camara,
Paulo Evaristo Arns, Ernesto Cardenal, etc. - than there is
for people like Jerry Falwell, D. James Kennedy, Charles Stanley,
Rick Warren, Tim LaHaye, Pat Robertson and all the other "leading
lights" of the Protestant evangelical community.
PART 3: AMERICA IS NO LONGER JUST A
NATION. IT IS NOW A RELIGION
THE WOMAN OF REVELATION 17
As to the identity of Religious Babylon (i.e., the Woman), she is without
a doubt the false Super-Church of the "last days" which
will lend to Commercial Babylon and the Antichrist the religious legitimacy
that they require in their headlong pursuit of world domination.
And what church is that? - the American Church, of course: The church
of Paul Crouch, Jack Hayford, Charles Stanley, D. James Kennedy, Tim
LaHaye, the late John Wimber, Juan Carlos Ortiz, C. Peter Wagner, Beverley
LaHaye, Ern Baxter, Kenneth Copeland, the late Kenneth Hagin, Oral Roberts,
Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Chuck Colson, Robert Stearns, Mike Bickle,
Reuven Doron, Che Ahn, Frank Hammond, Cindy Jacobs, Bill Hamon, John
Eckhardt, Bobbie Byerly, Dutch Sheets, Jim Goll, John Paul Jackson,
James Ryle, Frank Damazio, Ed Silvoso, Carlos Annacondia, Claudio Freidzon,
Roger Mitchell, Ted Haggart, Paul Cain, Chuck Pierce, Rick Joyner, Kingsley
Fletcher, Jim Laffoon, Barbara Wentroble, ad infinitum.
C. PETER WAGNER: THE PRESIDING APOSTLE
OF THE INTERNATIONAL COALITION OF APOSTLES
For example, take the fawning, pathetic words of C. Peter Wagner -
who presumptuously styles himself as the "PRESIDING APOSTLE"
of the "INTERNATIONAL COALITION OF APOSTLES;" Commenting
on Bush's "War on Terrorism" that is now threatening to "morph"
into a war against all of Islam, Wagner writes:
"The United States and the
world are attempting to emerge from a history-altering catastrophe [by
which Wagner means the destruction of the Twin Towers on September 11,
2001 by al-Qaeda]. President Bush used well-chosen (and appropriate)
language when he characterized this conflagration as a conflict between
good and evil ... For the first time in 50 years our nation is now unified,
in heart and in voice, READY TO SHIFT FROM AN ERA OF PEACE TO AN
ERA OF WAR." [Please see our article on the Twin Towers entitled
"The Events of September 11,
2001: What's Going On?" Please also see our article, "Radical
Wagner seems to actually revel in the fact that Bush is taking the
nation into a war against Islam; he says that the church too must ready
itself for this war: Moreover, like Bush, Wagner sees this war as a
conflict between "GOOD" and "EVIL;"
between "GOD" and the "DEVIL"
- a war that must be prosecuted both physically and spiritually.
Now it might fairly be asked, Exactly what kind of a Christian would
arrogate unto himself the right to speak for the church in this manner?
The hubris and titanic impertinence of Wagner and his ilk in styling
themselves "apostles" and "prophets" with the RIGHT
to speak for the church give some idea of what the Apostle Paul meant
when he said:
"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming
themselves into the apostles of Christ.
"And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel
"Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed
as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to
their works." (2 Cor. 11:13-15)
FALSE PROPHETS & APOSTLES
Sandy Simpson writes,
"I'd like to know who made Wagner the 'PRESIDING APOSTLE'
of the church ... That he and a few others want to be the papal voice
of Christianity (as if we needed a larger cacophony of voices at this
point) is an indictment on Christianity as a whole. (It's) because
the true church has not cast these people out and called them cultists
and heretics long ago that we now have to contend with them claiming
absolute authority over the churches."
Jesus warns us about these so-called "apostles" and "prophets"
- i.e., about the kind of people who have the temerity and effrontery
to appoint themselves as such:
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing,
but inwardly they are ravening wolves." (Matt. 7:15)
And Jesus goes on to say that such people are,
"... false Christs, and false prophets, ... (who) shall show
great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they
shall deceive the very elect." (Matt. 24:24)
What is it that the Bible is saying here? - it's warning us against
allowing these men to substantiate their claims to "apostleship"
by (1) the supposed "sanctity of their lives" [i.e., "Beware
of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing ..."
(after all, by this standard, Ghandi and "Mother Theresa"
could claim "apostleship" in today's church despite the fact
that they were NOT Christians by any standard evangelicals
would accept)], and (2) "great signs and wonders" (by
that standard, the prophets of Baal and the magicians of Egypt could
be called apostles). But these are EXACTLY the means that
Wagner and his ilk use to verify their "apostleships;" it's
certainly not by recourse to the Bible.
The very real fact of the matter is, these men - all of them - are
CHARLATANS and FRAUDS - impostors and pretenders
posing as leaders of the church, and calling on it to support Bush in
his endless "War on Terrorism" and his attempt to construct
a "National Security State." The blindness of Wagner and his
crowd here is staggering! - "blind leaders of the blind" -
that's what they are. (Matt. 15:14) [Please see our articles, "The
Utility of Police Brutality in Controlling the Poor;" please
also see our article, "The Watchers
Are Watching You."]
AMERICAN SOLDIERS AS MISSIONARIES
Concerning the relationship that has developed between the church and
the state in America, George Monbiot of the British newspaper, The
"The United States is no longer just a nation. It is now a
religion. Its soldiers have entered ... [the Middle East] to liberate
its people not only from their dictator, their oil and their sovereignty,
but also from darkness. As George Bush told his troops on the day
he announced victory: 'Wherever you go, you carry a message of hope
- a message that is ancient and ever new. In the words of the prophet
Isaiah, "To the captives, 'come out', and to those in darkness,
"SO AMERICAN SOLDIERS ARE NO LONGER MERELY TERRESTRIAL COMBATANTS;
THEY HAVE BECOME MISSIONARIES. THEY ARE NO LONGER SIMPLY KILLING ENEMIES;
THEY ARE CASTING OUT DEMONS ... LIKE ALL THOSE WHO SEND MISSIONARIES
ABROAD, THE HIGH PRIESTS OF AMERICA CANNOT CONCEIVE THAT THE INFIDELS
MIGHT RESIST THROUGH THEIR OWN FREE WILL; IF THEY RESIST, IF THEY
REFUSE TO CONVERT, IT IS THE WORK OF THE DEVIL ... IT IS NOT JUST
THAT THE AMERICANS ARE GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE; AMERICA ITSELF IS NOW
PERCEIVED AS A DIVINE PROJECT ..."
"SO THOSE WHO QUESTION GEORGE BUSH ... ARE NO LONGER MERELY
CRITICS; THEY ARE BLASPHEMERS ... (AND) THOSE FOREIGN STATES WHICH
SEEK TO CHANGE THIS POLICY ARE WASTING THEIR TIME; YOU CAN NEGOTIATE
WITH POLITICIANS; YOU CANNOT NEGOTIATE WITH PRIESTS. THE U.S. HAS
A DIVINE MISSION, AS BUSH SUGGESTED IN JANUARY: 'TO DEFEND ... THE
HOPES OF MANKIND', AND WOE BETIDE THOSE WHO HOPE FOR SOMETHING OTHER
THAN THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE."
IMPOSING UNITY UNDER PAIN
Speaking concerning the discipline that the "government of the
church" must be prepared to impose on believers who "vacillate"
as the church prepares itself for war in conjunction with Bush's American
New World Order System, Rick Joyner writes,
"SOME PASTORS AND LEADERS WHO CONTINUE TO RESIST THIS TIDE
... MUST BE REMOVED FROM THEIR PLACE."
"... there will be many 'stumbling blocks' circulating in the
church ... . Those serving in leadership must trust their discernment
and REMOVE the 'stumbling blocks'."
Of course, in saying this, Joyner is unwittingly fulfilling the words
of Christ when He said:
"... THEY SHALL SEPARATE YOU FROM THEIR COMPANY, and
shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of
man's sake." (Luke 6:22)
"... take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up
to councils; and in the ... (churches) ye shall be beaten: and ye
shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony
against them." (Mark 13:9)