"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)
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 SHALLHEAR, 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)
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 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 wrote:
"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 works.
"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.
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:
A CIVIL (political and commercial) entity - the BEAST (which we have already discussed).
A RELIGIOUS entity - the WOMAN.
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
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 that is merely an assumption and finds no substantiation in the Scriptures. The context makes clear that the Bible is referring here to a succession of rulers that precedes the rule of the Antichrist: "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) While one may argue as to the exact nature of this succession, one thing is clear - the context in which the term "mountain" is used: It is a translation of the Greek word "Oros." Strong writes: "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. What's that say, then, about the United States? - Plainly, it says that - at least in the eyes of the Prophet - the United States is connected to the rule of the UNDERWORLD.
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, 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.
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 America's "War on Terrorism" that is now threatening to "morph" into a war against all of Islam, Wagner writes:
C. Peter Wagner and the International Coalition of Apostles (ICA)
"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). The president 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 Islam"]
C. Peter Wagner and the International Coalition of Apostles (ICA)
Wagner seemed to actually revel in the fact that the United States was involving itself in 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? Perhaps only those with the hubris and titanic impudence of Wagner and his ilk who think nothing of styling themselves "apostles" and "prophets" could feel they have the RIGHT to speak for the church; these are the kind of people about whom the Apostle Paul wrote:
"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 of light.
"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)
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)
According to Jesus, they 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 the government in its endless "War on Terrorism" and its 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."]
Concerning the relationship that has developed between the church and the state in America, George Monbiot of the British newspaper, The Guardian, writes:
"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 ... from darkness. As the President told his troops: '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, 'be free'."
The Guardian continues:
"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 ... [THE POLICIES OF THE UNITED STATES] ... ARE NO LONGER MERELY CRITICS; THEY ARE BLASPHEMERS ... [AND] THOSE FOREIGN STATES WHICH SEEK TO CHANGE THESE POLICIES ARE WASTING THEIR TIME; YOU CAN NEGOTIATE WITH POLITICIANS; YOU CANNOT NEGOTIATE WITH PRIESTS. THE U.S. HAS A DIVINE MISSION: 'TO DEFEND ... THE HOPES OF MANKIND', AND WOE BETIDE THOSE WHO HOPE FOR SOMETHING OTHER THAN THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE."
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 the 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)
There are three extraordinary things that should be noticed with regard to the Woman of Revelation 17:
This Woman is described as a "HARLOT" [a whore - indeed, the "Mother of Whores" (Rev. 17:1 and 17:5)].
She is described as an "ABOMINATION." (Rev. 17:5)
She is described as dwelling in the "WILDERNES." (Rev. 17:3)
First of all, this Woman is called a HARLOT (a whore, a prostitute) - someone WHO SELLS HER SEXUAL FAVORS FOR MONEY.
Now you must understand something here: This is a detestation to God. In God's eyes, sexual intimacy is meant to be a gift a woman gives to a man whom she loves and with whom wants to be; it establishes a deep and very confidential RELATIONSHIP between herself and the man she loves with whom no one else can be privy. The basis of this kind of relationship is LOVE - unreserved LOVE between herself and the man she loves; and in this connection one should understand that sexual love between a man and a woman is something ardently to be desired. Indeed, the Bible says that "it is better than wine" (Song of Solomon 4:10), and that -
"Many waters cannot quench [this kind of] love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for [this kind of] love [i.e., the kind that only a woman can give], it would utterly be contemned." (Song of Solomon 8:7)
But understand something here: The Bible is not talking about RAW sex; it's talking about sexual intimacy between a husband and a wife that is based on mutual love, respect and commitment.
A WHORE, however, is not interested in love; she's not interested in commitment. Like the American Church, she's interested in only one thing: MONEY! She sells RAW sex for MONEY; but make no mistake about it, the sex she offers - like the American Church with all its "signs and wonders," its "Green Gospel," its rapturous music and worship services, its so-called "family values," its various "fun activities," its claims on all the flag-waving of the American New World Order System, etc. - is extremely alluring and intoxicating. [Please see our article "A Luciferic Christianity."]
Moreover, this Woman - this whore - is no "Sally Frump." She is a beautiful SEDUCTRESS, and by her beauty and eroticism she excites and thrills all those who touch her - and so much so that the Bible says that they are "... made DRUNK with the wine of her fornication" (Rev. 17:2); they "... reel to and fro, and stagger ... and are at their wits' end." (Ps. 107:27) Those who drink from her cup of fornication and who are made drunk by it are unable any longer to see that "... her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death." (Proverbs 7:27)
Those who have intercourse with her are -
"... like an ox that goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life." (Proverbs 7:22-23)
This Woman is also called an "ABOMINATION." An abomination in Scripture is something that is detestable to God; it is CONTRARY to His nature; it is something which, if He allows it to be attached to His Name, will bring shame to Him. This is INTOLERABLE to God. It is in this connection that the WHORE of Revelation 17:1-6 is called an ABOMINATION: She is called by God's Name, but she acts CONTRARY to His holy nature, and in doing so she is suggesting that God approves of her profane activities. Indeed, it is because of the hypocrisy of people who call themselves by God's great Name but who - by their activities and their living - act CONTRARY to his divine nature, that His -
"... name ... is blasphemed among the Gentiles [i.e., the unbelievers] ..." (Rom. 2:24)
Unbelievers understand what holiness is; they may not practice it, but they know what it is; and they know hypocrisy when they see it - and plainly they see it in the activities of the American Church. Brothers and sisters, I somberly warn you that God HATES this kind of hypocrisy; and He HATES anyone who is called by His Name, but who acts CONTRARY to his nature - and that's precisely why He was so harsh with regard to the scribes and Pharisees:
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, HYPOCRITES! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
"Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, HYPOCRITES! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
"Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. (Matt. 23:25-28)
And He goes on to say:
"Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
"Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, HOW CAN YE ESCAPE THE DAMNATION OF HELL?" (Matt. 23:32-33)
Finally, we need to note the connection between the Woman and the Beast - an entity that the Bible says is "FULL of names of blasphemy against God." (Rev. 17:3) Plainly, this Beast is no friend of God! - it is God's great enemy. Why, then, does this Woman - who calls herself a follower of Jesus - connect herself with this Beast, and by doing so, linking God to the crimes of this Beast? Put another way, Why does the American Church - which claims to be God's representative on earth - consort itself with the American New World Order System which is ravaging and plundering the poor of the earth - the very people that Christ came to save? After all, Jesus said:
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath ANOINTED me to preach the gospel to the POOR ..." (Luke 4:18)
Why, then, would God permit His holy Name to be linked to an imperial system that despoils and robs the poor? It is an ABOMINATION to God to be linked to such a system, and anyone who is connected to this system - directly or indirectly, centrally or just tangentially - will pay a terrible price. They are an ABOMINATION to God, and they are in danger of hell-fire. (Matt. 23:33)
You object? - but come on now! Is it so hard for you to see this? What would you think of a friend - a "best friend," perhaps - who consorted publicly and openly with someone who consistently defamed you; who went about doing everything he could to slander you and bring you to ruin? What would you think of such a friend? I tell you what you would do! - you would cut that friend off and have nothing more to do with him.
What, then, is God to think if those who call themselves by His holy Name openly consort and benefit from a relationship with His enemy - the Beast of Revelation 17 (i.e., the American New World Order System)? He will surely cut them off! He will have nothing further to do with them!
Finally, the Bible portrays this Woman as dwelling in the wilderness. Her seat of power is in the DESERT! - a place where there is no water; and without water there is no possibility of life. No matter how much the desert is tilled, no matter how much the desert is worked, no matter how much it is fertilized, life cannot take hold in a place like that. It is DEAD. What's that signify? - there is no longer any hope for life in the place where the Woman dwells, i.e., in the United States!
What's that say, then, about those who call themselves "followers of Jesus" but who refuse to get out of the U.S. in answer to God's holy DICTATE in 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." (Revelation 18:4) ? [More about this particular verse later.]
It says that they have been DESENSITIZED to the presence of God: They are unable to detect (to sense in their spirits) that He has removed Himself from that place.
Why would anyone who calls himself by Christ's name want to be in a place where Christ no longer dwells? Where there are no life-giving waters flowing out from Christ to water the land?
Now you must understand something here: These are not my words, they are Christ's. I am not the one who has called the place where this woman dwells a wilderness. It is God that has done so! - and if the woman is the American Church, then what's that say about the nation she dwells in and from which she derives her sustenance, i.e., the United States?
Listen to me, those of you who think you can produce life in this WILDERNESS - this DESERT which the WHORE calls home - by your much work: You are utterly wasting your time. There is no possibility for that to occur. You will not find any life-giving springs in this desert to water and give life to what you plant there, and if you stay there, YOU WILL SURELY DIE - and I speak not so much concerning your physical-life (which so many of my detractors seem to be fixated on), but I speak here concerning your soul-life. You are in danger of losing your soul! - and if you doubt this fact, your doubt gives evidence as to how desensitized you have become to the presence of God! It says that you have already imbibed too much of "the wine of her fornication" (Rev. 17:2). You are living in a drunken stupor, as it were - and this is what has desensitized you. You are already a long way "... down the path to the chambers of death." (Proverbs 7:27) God does not dwell in the place you reside, and if you don't sense that, you are in deep trouble.
God's warning to you is "Come out of her," and the reason He gives is that YOU WILL LOSE YOUR SOUL IF YOU FAIL TO DO SO (and, again, we are not talking about your physical life, but your soul-life).
And you should understand that these are judgments THAT GOD WILL INFLICT UPON YOU. One would do well to remember the words of Hebrews 3:7-11:
"Wherefore as the Holy Ghost saith, Today if ye will hear his voice,
"Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation [testing] in the wilderness:
"When your fathers tempted [tested] me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
"Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
"So I sware in my wrath, THEY SHALL NOT ENTER INTO MY REST." (Hebrews 3:7-11)
[This section deals mainly with the activity of the American church in Central and South America; to get an idea of what the American church has been "up to" in Africa, please see our article, "Christians in Africa Awake: America and the American Church Are Not Your Friends."]
Finally, we come to a very mysterious appellation used in the passage of Scripture we have before us (i.e., Rev. 17:1-6): "MOTHER OF HARLOTS" (Rev. 17:5). This woman - this WHORE - has given birth to many daughters throughout the world; they have spread themselves over the entire planet. Specifically, the Bible says:
"The waters which thou sawest [i.e., Rev. 17:1: "Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon MANY WATERS"], where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." (Rev. 17:15)
And believe me when I tell you that there are many such "daughters of the Whore" spread out over the world in the "SLAVE-NATIONS" of the American New World Order System - churches that ride the Beast just as surely as their Mother does - and we speak here not so much of the indigenous churches of these countries, but those churches that have by now been CO-OPTED by the American Church in order to secure a financial or commercial advantage for their members in the American New World Order System.
Christians who adhere to Liberation Theology or to an evangelical church that refuses to be co-opted by the American system are cut off from any of these benefits.
Indeed, over the years nothing has proven so advantageous for gaining admittance to the commercial benefits of the American New World Order System in the SLAVE-NATIONS of that system than membership in one of these churches - whether a Protestant evangelical church or a right-wing Catholic church. These churches are nothing more than "advance teams" for the American Empire.
For example, those who participated with the CIA in the unsuccessful effort to topple the semi-socialist government of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela recently were almost all members of churches - whether Protestant or right-wing Catholic - that were tied to the American New World Order System, while the poor and dispossessed who supported Chavez were members of churches that were opposed to the American System. Many Christians in the United States, of course, refuse to recognize the Christianity of Hugo Chavez and his followers - people such as Pat Robertson, for example. But that is nonsense. Indeed, Chavez - who was challenged on his claim as a Christian by Ted Koppel on ABC's Nightline - gave a testimony for Christ more genuine than anything I have ever heard given by people such as Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Charles Stanley or any others of that ilk. [Copies of Chavez's interview by Koppel can be obtained from ABC.]
William Young, a missionary who mixed evangelical zeal with covert missions for the C.I.A. in Southeast Asia, and who helped organize the "secret war" in Laos for the United States during the Vietnam War.
The fact is, for many years now the leaders of the Left throughout the world have been complaining that missionaries from the United States have been acting as "front men" not so much for Christ as for U.S. world hegemony. With generous financial help from their affiliates in the United States, their churches have been flourishing amidst the wreckage of radical movements that have been crushed by the American military or its surrogates. [Please see our articles, "America's New Vietnam & Your Sons and Daughters Will Be The Ones To Fight It - All In The Name of The Lord Jesus Christ," "The Spread of America's New World Order System Northward from Latin America to the United States," "The American Empire: The Corporate / Pentagon / CIA / Missionary Archipelago," and "The American Empire and the U.S. System of Client States."]
By the beginning of the 1980s, the suspicion that the U.S. government was using the American Church to further its own economic and political interests was no longer rooted in conjecture, but in fact as the Reagan administration re-militarized U.S. foreign policy after the debacle of the Vietnam War.
William Young, a missionary who mixed evangelical zeal with covert missions for the C.I.A. in Southeast Asia, and who helped organize the "secret war" in Laos for the United States during the Vietnam War.
Soon right-wing political and religious activists were joining together where - according to author David Stoll - they began combining politics and religion with the view of "winning the world to Christ" by enlarging North American world hegemony. Increasingly, North American missions such as New Tribes, the Wycliffe Bible Translators, Youth with a Mission (YWAM), Demos Shakarian's Christian Businessmen's Association, Campus Crusade for Christ, etc. began allowing their missions to be harnessed to the needs of the Political Right, and they began emphasizing the necessity for the American Church, in conjunction with the U.S. military, to "TAKE DOMINION" over the earth.
This message was echoed from the pulpits of America's "big-time" televangelists such as Jimmy Swaggart of the Assemblies of God (now "defrocked" as a result of his sexual improprieties), Jerry Falwell, D. James Kennedy, Charles Stanley, Pat Robertson, etc. These men began preaching a new kind of "end-times scenario" to their vast television audiences: that Christians had to "set things right" in the United States; that their destiny was not the end of the world, but DOMINION over it. "I trust you know," Dennis Peacock said at Glen Cole's Capital Christian Center in Sacramento, California, "that OUR DESTINY IS TO RULE THE NATIONS."
What Peacock and countless other similarly-minded Christians had in mind was to wrest control of the country from their hated enemy, the "secular-humanists," who they maintained had taken control of it, and then use the United States as a spring board to "CONQUER THE WORLD FOR CHRIST." Peacock writes:
"The Lord's prayer ... says bring your kingdom to earth now. We've been waiting for the kingdom to come and save us like a spaceship, but it's not going to ... We want God to solve our problems, like a welfarist God mentality, [as if] God is the great Washington, D.C., in the sky. We make welfare prayers instead of empowerment prayers to Him. But THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WE'RE TO BE CO-RULERS WITH HIM "
Stoll elaborates on the thinking of these men:
"Based on biblical language about taking dominion over the earth, the religious right began to talk about 'taking dominion' over American society and 'reconstructing' it on biblical principles. Emblematic of their CONQUEST OUTLOOK, some took the next logical step: that the Bible promised Christians political dominion over all the nations. 'The command of our General [i.e., Christ] is to bring the nations of the world under His dominion', one believer wrote. 'We have been ordered to disciple them and [we have been] promised that our Lord will be with us until the CONQUEST is complete. The leaders and people of the nations that plot to throw off the rule of God are conspiring in vain. Individuals and nations must be told: the Kingdom of God has come and of its increase there will be no end'."
And make no mistake about it, those who were involved in this kind of thinking saw nothing wrong with proclaiming the Gospel through the barrel of a gun. For example, R.J. Rushdooney, the father of what we today call "Reconstructionism," wrote:
"In winning a nation to the Gospel, the sword as well as the pen must be used."
Clearly, then, people like Peacock, Rushdooney, Robertson, Falwell, etc. were more than willing to tie the success of the Gospel to American military might. Stoll continues:
"If Christ would not return until his followers completed the Great Commission ... it could hardly be accidental that such a high percentage of the world's Christians lived in the United States. Didn't 70 percent of the world's trained Christians and 80 percent of its Christian resources come from the United States? Didn't 90 percent of the money spent on world evangelism come from the United States? Surely then, America had a special role in God's plan. Even though it was not the only country with the duty of completing the Great Commission, unto whom much had been given, much would be required. If America had been more richly blessed than all other nations combined, then it was America's duty to bear an outsize share of the task
"Yet active efforts were being made to stop evangelism. Wasn't door after door being slammed shut? Because the United States was the headquarters of world missions, numerous evangelicals believed, it must be a special target of the devil.
"Satan knew he had to destroy the United States as a bastion of godliness, as a missionary nation, before he could wreak havoc throughout the world. THE U.S. MILITARY MACHINE WAS GOD'S WAY OF DEFENDING THE PEACE SO THAT HIS MESSAGE OF SALVATION COULD BE MADE KNOWN. WASHINGTON'S ADVERSARIES AROUND THE WORLD, THEREFORE ... [WERE] GOD'S ADVERSARIES, AND EVANGELIZING THE WORLD HINGED ON U.S. MILITARY POWER."
Of course, when right-wing Christians - together with their supporters in the Republican Party - talk of "overturning the rule of those who plot to throw off the 'government of God'," they mean those who would toss out the greedy, money-grubbing American multinationals corporations that are looting the countries of the so-called Third World, and "disappearing" those who seek to extricate their nations from the predatory grasp of the American New World Order System.
Why was all this so hard for American Christians to see? - after all, it didn't take a rocket scientist to see what the American multinationals were doing in the Third World: the wanton destruction of the rain forests, the dispossession of the poor from their land by American agri-businesses, the rape of the earth by American mining interests, the reduction of the peasantry to the status of worker-serfs in the "slave-labor factories" of companies like Liz Claiborne, Nike, etc., and on the banana plantations of the super-rich.
The answer is, American Christians had become INTOXICATED with worldly power, and they were so inebriated by it that they could no longer tell "right from wrong." To put it in the words of the passage of Scripture we have before us (i.e., Revelation 17:1-6), they had been "... made DRUNK with the wine of her fornication" (Rev. 17:2); specifically, with the wine of their religion's fornication with the American New World Order System.
AMERICAN CHRISTIANS: "… made DRUNK with the wine of her fornication" (Rev. 17:2); specifically, with the wine of their religion's fornication with the American New World Order System.
They had been reduced spiritually to the state of drunkards who "... reel to and fro, and stagger ... and are at their wits' end" (Ps. 107:27), knowing not that those who drink from this cup of fornication are on a path that leads "... down to the chambers of death" (Proverbs 7:27) - "... like an oxen that goeth to the slaughter, or as fools to the correction of the stocks; till a dart strike through their livers; as birds hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for their lives." (Proverbs 7:22-23)
In teaming up with the elites of the American New World Order System, they had taken on the despicable image of those elites -
"Being filled with all unrighteousness ... wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
"Backbiters ... despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things ...
"Without understanding, covenantbreakers ... implacable, unmerciful:
"Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, BUT HAVE PLEASURE IN THEM THAT DO THEM." (Romans 1:29-32)
America's Christian leaders had become little better than common inebriates who had been made drunk with the power that their new connection with the Political and Economic elites of the United States had gotten them - "blind leaders of the blind" (Matthew 15:14) -
"And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." (Matt. 15:14).
"And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." (Matt. 15:14). AMERICA'S CHRISTIAN LEADERS TRYING TO LEAD TODAY'S CHRISTIAN CHURCH.
And that's EXACTLY the condition of the American Church today and all those connected to it: they've been made drunk with the wine of the Whore's fornication and have fallen into a deep ditch; besotted inebriates who stagger to and fro unable to see through the foggy haze that beclouds their brains. After all, what else can be said of Christians who embrace warfare as a means of spreading the Gospel of the PRINCE OF PEACE (Isaiah 9:6), the One who instructed His followers to -
"Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
"Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
"And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.
"Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again." (Luke 6:29-30)
OR do you think that Jesus was simply "blowing smoke" when he said these things? - that He wasn't really serious? If so, you are a blind DOLT! God's command here could not be any plainer, and if you choose to disobey it, you have NO right to call yourself a "Christian." The command to "LOVE YOUR ENEMIES AND DO GOOD TO THEM WHICH HATE YOU" (Luke 6:29) is central to the teachings of Christ; it is the essence of Christ's message in the New Testament; and, again, if you can't obey God in this matter, why do you call yourself a "Christian?"
Come on now! - where is there any room in the teachings of the New Testament for the kind of warfare mentality of today's American Christian community? - the kind of Christianity that Charles Swindall, D. James Kennedy, Charles Stanley, C. Peter Wagner, et. al. preach. Where is there any room here for the kind of Christianity that the American Church is exporting to the world in the interest of the American New World Order System and on behalf of the financial welfare of the CEOs of Exxon-Mobil, Haliburton, General Electric, Boeing, Ford Motor Company, Nike, Microsoft, etc.?
THE VERY FACT OF THE MATTER IS - WHAT CHRISTIANS IN AMERICA ARE PRODUCING IN THE OUTSIDE WORLD IS A KIND OF MIRROR-IMAGE OF THE CHRISTIANITY THAT HAS TAKEN ROOT IN THE UNITED STATES; A CHRISTIANITY THAT FLOWS OUT OF THE BARREL OF A GUN. All this substantiates the appellation given by the Scriptures to the many, many churches throughout the world that have linked themselves to the American Church: that they are "DAUGHTERS OF THE HARLOT!" And what an evil kind of Christianity these "DAUGHTERS OF THE HARLOT" have created in the client-states of the American new World Order System! Take just one early example: what happened in Guatemala in the early 1980s under General Efrain Rios Montt.
The example here ultimately failed, but it proved useful as a model for other more successful attempts in Honduras, El Salvador, Ecuador, the Congo, the Philippines, etc. And now this example has spread to Europe - in many of the countries of the former Soviet Union. Even in Western Europe this model is beginning to take shape - especially as these populations are being "re-Christianized" under the impress of the poor who are mostly impoverished Muslim immigrants from North Africa. Indeed, the recent victory of the CDU in Germany is an example of this phenomenon, as is what's happening in Austria, Holland, and Italy. Even the United Kingdom and the Scandinavian countries have not been immune from this pathology. But it's in France under the impress of recent Muslim rioting, that this model is beginning to really take hold. [Please see our article, "The Invasion of Europe by America's Apostate Church."]
But getting back to the kind of Christianity that the American Church tried to create in Guatemala in 1982, it appeared in answer to a perennial nightmare that the American elites - together with their lackey elites in the area - had had concerning the loss of their vast economic holdings in Latin America to the "scourge" of socialism - a nightmare that was given expression in a book that appeared in 1936. The novel was by an American missionary who wrote about a Russian Bolshevik who leads an uprising among Guatemala's Mayan Indians aimed at igniting a communist revolution in Central America, the fires of which engulf all of Latin America and reach even to the American border at the Rio Grande.
By the very early 1980s - almost fifty years after the book's publication - this seemed to be exactly what was happening. Indians in the western highlands of Guatemala had joined Marxist guerrillas in an effort to drive out the corrupt American-supported military regime that was then ensconced in Guatemala City. The threat was materializing, moreover, in what the Protestant Christian missionaries of Central America regarded as a particularly insidious guise: a revolutionary interpretation of their own Christian faith: the LIBERATION THEOLOGY of left-wing Catholics such as Gustavo Gutierrez, Oscar Romero, Dom Helder Camara and most especially, Ernesto Cardenal. Indeed, Cardenal had actually joined the revolutionary Sandinista government of Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua as a minister in the Sandinista's Revolutionary Council.
Christianity in the service of socialism? - in the service of the poor of the earth? Christianity aimed against the rich? - against American corporate interests? What were the proponents of Liberation Theology trying to do? - rob the American New World Order System of its most useful tool (i.e., CHRISTIANITY) in its war against its left-wing opponents.
Christianity in the service of socialism? - in the service of the poor of the earth? Christianity aimed against the rich? - against American corporate interests? What were the proponents of Liberation Theology trying to do? - rob the American New World Order System of its most useful tool in its war against its left-wing opponents? That would never do! The answer of the American Church to the threat of Liberation Theology in Central America - specifically, in Guatemala - was General Efrain Rios Montt who seized power in a military coup on March 23, 1982. This was the kind of man for whom the American missionaries in Guatemala had been praying. Stoll writes:
"We can ... [only] imagine the hymns of praise which greeted this true soldier of God. The confrontation between North American ... [Christianity] and [left-wing Catholic] liberation theology made Central America, in the words of an [American] evangelical missionary, 'one of the strategic battlefields in the spiritual warfare over the allegiance and eternal destiny of the world's inhabitants'. One of the elders in Rios Montt's Church stated, Montt was a 'stabilizing factor'. It would transform Guatemala into a 'spiritual stronghold', prevent Guatemala's rich oil and titanium reserves [most of which, incidentally, were owned by American corporate interests] from falling into Marxist hands, and become a buffer between the United States and the communist advance. 'After Guatemala', warned Word's parent church in the U.S., 'only Mexico remains'!" [NOTE: what American missionaries had in mind at that time was the threat of communism; what they have in mind today is the threat of "Muslim Terrorists."]
To the adherents of the American Church in Latin America, the main cause of poverty and social unrest in that area of the world was not the rapacious activity of American corporate interests, but the lack of a genuine "work ethic" and a truncated morality among the poor of the region. It followed, then, that only a moral reformation could save the day.
This was the premise on which Rios Montt announced he would save Guatemala for "Christ and the church" - and, of course, for the American New World Order System. Rios Montt's Christian base in Guatemala was the Word Church headquartered in Guatemala City. It was an extension of Jim Durkin's Gospel Outreach denomination based in Northern California.
This was a church that I visited many times in 1982. During this time I met often with Durkin. At the time, the church was full of talk that Guatemala was the beginning of Christianity's conquest of the world - which would lead to Christ's return. The leaders of the church met often with operatives from the U.S. State Department and the CIA - both in Eureka and in Washington D.C.
Guatemala, under the tutelage of the American Church and missionaries connected to North America, would become a model of Christian transformation and a beacon of light to other countries of the world threatened by the same "Satanic forces" of socialism and Liberation Theology. It would become a little "New Israel of God" in association with its Mother to the north - the American Church. Indeed, Guatemala would become the first of many "little daughter" churches to the colossus in the north. In January of 1982 Rios Montt declared:
"Guatemalans are the chosen people of the New Testament. We are the New Israelites of Central America."
Encouraged by North American televangelists like Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Tim LaHaye, D. James Kennedy, etc., American Christians pledged millions and millions of dollars to Rios Montt's effort to drive the satanic forces of socialism and Liberation Theology out Guatemala.
Every Sunday morning Rios took to the radio to moralize against the sorry state of Guatemalan morality and to encourage his people to begin to take "personal responsibility" for their poverty - NEVER MIND THE FACT THAT THEY HAD BEEN ROBBED OF ANY WAY TO MAKE A LIVING; NEVER MIND THE FACT THAT THE GUATEMALAN PEOPLE HAD LONG AGO BEEN ILLEGALLY STRIPPED OF THEIR LAND BY MONEY-GRUBBING NORTH AMERICAN AGRI-BUSINESSES LIKE UNITED FRUIT COMPANY AND CHIQUITA BRAND; AND NEVER MIND THE FACT THAT THEIR MINERAL WEALTH HAD SIMILARLY FALLEN INTO THE HANDS OF AMERICAN MINING INTERESTS No! - what was needed was a "moral revolution," and somehow or other money would magically "fall from heaven."
And so Rios Montt's war to drive out the forces of satanic socialism and the minions of Liberation Theology began - and what a bloody affair it was! For example, in July of 1982 the Guatemalan army - IN THE NAME OF THE "PRINCE OF PEACE" (and advised by U.S. Special Forces and the CIA) - wiped out a large village of Chuj Maya men, women and children. Stoll writes:
"This was not a case of civilians caught in a crossfire because there had been no resistance. Gang-rape (the Guatemalan army's inducement for soldiers about to massacre women), torture, execution, and ritual cannibalism were supervised by officers who alighted from a helicopter." [Carrying Bibles in their hands, no doubt.]
And this was supposed to be the new "Christian army" come to save the "poor and dispossessed" in Guatemala? - and what happened to these Chuj Mayans happened time and time again during the presidency of Rios Montt. And there at the forefront of what was going on were the elders of Rios Montt's Word Church in Guatemala City. What a pathetic sight it was. Take how one Word elder, Francisco Bianchi, tried to justify all the killing:
"The problem of war is not just a question of who is shooting. For each one who is shooting there are ten workers behind him. The guerrillas won over many [civilian] Indian collaborators. Therefore the Indians were subversives. And how do you fight subversion? Clearly you had to kill Indians because they were collaborating with subversion. And then it would be said that you were killing innocent people. But they weren't innocent. They had sold out to subversion." [Please see our article, "The Death Squads: Bringing in the Kingdom of God through Terror, Torture and Death."]
The Mayan genocide took place in Guatemala, between 1981-1983. The main groups involved were the Guatemalan government, and its counter-insurgency forces, "killing machines" (antagonist) and the Mayan Indians (protagonist). The cause for the genocide was that the Mayan Indians were accused of working toward a communist coup.
Another Christian observer wrote:
"Killing for the joy of it is wrong, but killing because it is necessary to fight against an anti-Christ system ... is not only right, but the duty of every Christian."
Soon this kind of thinking spread to other countries in the region, and was embraced by other Christian groups. Take what happened with World Vision: Refugees from the fighting in El Salvador who made their way to refugee camps in Honduras that were run by the Christian relief organization were routinely handed over to Honduran death squads which took their orders ultimately from the American Embassy run by John Dimitri Negroponte, now the Director of Intelligence in Washington D.C. A few days later, their mutilated bodies would inevitably be found floating in the river. Not only that, but World Vision staffers actually participated in the Honduran army's interrogation of refugees in their camps, often with CIA officers looking on. [Please see our article, "The Horror of John Dimitri Negroponte and Everything He Represents."]
It is precisely this kind of Christianity that has been behind the ersatz revolutions in Georgia (the so-called "Rose Revolution") and in the Ukraine (the so-called "Orange Revolution") [both successful] and the aborted revolutions in Belarus and in Venezuela where, as we have already indicated, the CIA attempted to overthrow the legitimate government of Hugo Chavez with the help of right-wing Christian groups in Caracas several years ago. [For what happened in the Ukraine, please see our article, "The Truth about What's Happening in the Ukraine: Managing Democracy."]
These kind of pseudo-revolutions are becoming endemic all over the world and give evidence to the way right-wing Christian groups and the American New World Order System have teamed up to "bring Christ to the world."