JUL 13

Revelation 17:1-18
Memorise Revelation 18:1-10
“Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen”


By the time we come to the last days before Jesus returns we see before us a thoroughly corrupt Church. All commentators from the Reformers agree that the Mother of Harlots is the Roman Catholic Church inasmuch as it is located on the City of Seven Hills (Revelation 17:9). The kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, a picture of politics entering the Church and the Church making use of politics. The description of the woman being arrayed in purple and scarlet, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls can fit no other Church on earth than the Roman Church. What chills the spine of the true Church of Jesus Christ is the vision of this Church being drunk with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. Has not the Roman Church, in all her domain during the time of the 16th Century Reformation put to death countless thousands of true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ? The Spanish Inquisition (1215) is another chapter of her nefarious deeds. Many were burned at the stake for possessing or distributing the Bible. The short reign of Bloody Mary of England (1555-58) saw 288 burned at the stake because they were Protestants.

A more contemporary manifestation of the Mother of Harlots is the Ecumenical Movement organised since 1948 as the World Council of Churches (WCC). The word Christian is not there because her ultimate aim is to unite all religions inasmuch as the word “Ecumenical” means all of the inhabited earth. Is the Ecumenical Movement and its organisation the WCC a chaste virgin to Christ or a harlot? The Mother of Harlots is surnamed Mystery Babylon the Great, and Babylon is Rome, as Chambers Dictionary defines: “Babylonian: Romish, popish (from the identification with Rome of the scarlet woman of Revelation 17)”.

When Jerusalem became as Sodom (Revelation 11:8) and Gomorrah (Isaiah 1:9) did God spare her? She was completely overthrown by Nebuchadnezzar under God’s righteous judgment. When the Harlot Church goes far beyond apostate Jerusalem in her wickedness, she is righteously judged through the attack upon her by the Scarlet beast she rode (Revelation 17:16). At the end of the tribulation, she will receive a just reward for all the many great sins that she has committed. For now, we must be careful that we never find ourselves part of this adulterous relationship!

Thought: Should we worship in churches that is a part of the Ecumenical Movement?
Prayer: Lord, I want to live a separated life, holy and pure for Thee.