"Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication." Revelation 14:8
The Hebrew word for Babylon is Babel that comes from a root word Balal, meaning confusion, to mix, mingle or confound. The word Babylon is mentioned in scripture 252 times; but what is Babylon and how does it relate to us?
Babylon originated from Babel the kingdom of the mighty hunter, Nimrod. The son of Cush, Noah's grandson, Nimrod's name means rebellion and he founded Babel and went on to build the city of Nineveh. In the city of Babel is where the famous tower of Babel was constructed and men sought to reach God in their own strength, thereby bringing about God's displeasure.
Over the centuries Babylon has become the center of commerce and religion. A mixture of pride, greed, selfishness and religious tradition. Babylon is the world system that controls the entire civilization of mankind. Today Babylon is disguised in a stylish corporate world of finance, capitalism and lust for power and prestige. The church today for the most part has adapted the ways of Babylon being polluted with the doctrines of men and demons and has become a whore.
"Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication." Revelation 17:1,2
MYSTERY BABYLON THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. Revelation 17:3
There are two women that the Bible speaks of: the bride and the whore, the bride is the wife of the Lamb, Jesus and the whore is the bride of Satan. The scarlet beast that carries the whore is the devil and the seven heads are seven mountains, the seven areas of influence in the world: religion, family, education, government, media, arts and entertainment and business.
The whore is the false church that seduces by the influence of Babylon with health, wealth and success and her doctrines are man-made, full of religious rituals and laws that hold people in bondage and condemnation. She is responsible for the death of saints, apostles, prophets and even the Lord Himself!
This Babylonian princess looks beautiful to the world with her Crystal Cathedrals, mega churches, and family life centers but her heart belongs to Satan and many are the slain in her courts. Beware that you are not seduced by her beauty and fall prey to her demonically inspired schemes to hold you in her arms, for once you embrace her it will be too late and you will be caught in her snare and infected with the virus of religion.
Now therefore, listen to Me, My children; pay attention to the words of My mouth: do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, do not stray into her paths; for she has cast down many wounded and all who were slain by her were strong men. Her house is the way to hell, descending to the chambers of death. Proverbs 7:24-27
DRINKING THE CUP OF DEMONS
The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. Revelation 17:4
The woman being described in Revelation is dressed in the colors of royalty and the treasure she is adorned with are the souls of men. Looking like a queen but in actuality married to a prince, the prince of darkness, she uses her beauty to seduce the world into believing she is the bride of Christ, but she is only a cheap imitation. The cup in her hand suggests communion, something to be consumed that will create intimacy, but once it is received it brings forth spiritual death.
In I Corinthians 10:1-22 the apostle Paul warns the church not to be involved in sexual immorality and idolatry reminding them what God did to Israel when they lusted after evil and disobeyed Him bringing about swift judgment killing 23,000 in an instant. The main point of his message was the taking of communion (co-union, intercourse, intimacy) with evil or drinking from the cup of demons.
True biblical communion is partaking of the blood and flesh of Christ in remembering what He did for us on the cross. Meant to be a love feast and not a dead ritual, it was a type and shadow in the Old Testament of the celebration of passover. Communion is our proclamation of being one with Christ through the sacrifice of the cross thus becoming a member of His family by the blood He shed for us.
Communion is a remembrance of being set free from the bondage of sin and death by the blood of the Lord Jesus and the sacrifice of His life for ours redeeming us from eternal condemnation by giving us the gift of eternal life. Communion does not provide salvation as some denominations teach, it is meant to give a blessing to the body of Christ by proclaiming our inheritance to God and to one another, thus producing true fellowship.
You cannot drink of the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord's table and the table of demons. I Corinthians 10:21
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world- the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life- is not of the Father but is of the world. I John 2:15,16
This is the deadly mixture of Babylon, loving the world, not the earth or the birds and bees, but the world system, and mixing in religion. The modern day church has successfully taken out all those awful things in the gospel that repulse people and offend them, such as: the cross, the blood, the sacrifice and self-denial. A little here, and a little there and the gospel becomes a much broader road for the world to traverse on their way to hell!
The cross of the Lord Jesus Christ is the center of Christianity and yet today it is hardly ever spoken of, nor the Savior that gave His life for us as He bled out on it. No, the only cross we see is on a steeple or worn around someone's neck adorned in solid gold. The death, burial and subsequent resurrection of our Lord believed on by those that choose the way of death to the world is the true path of salvation.
The devil is a master of mixing in enough religion to infect people with a deadly virus believing they are saved when in actuality they are falling headlong into a fiery eternity. The Catholic church is a good example of an organization that has sent millions of innocent souls to hell by the deadly practice of the "Sacrifice of the Mass." Transubstantiation, the power of the priest to turn the "Host," or Holy Eucharist into the actual living Lord Jesus Christ, brought down to kill Him again so that when partaken of it will produce eternal life.
The Catholic church is respected worldwide and regarded as Christian but it's doctrines are straight from the pits of hell! The Mass, Mary as the Mediator for God, praying to the saints, Purgatory, praying for the dead, abstaining from marriage and that's just to name a few. One of the wealthiest churches in the world she is a force unlike any to be reckoned with and her leader, the "Holy Father," an abomination in itself, looked upon as the supreme headship of the church.
Don't think for a minute that the Protestant denominations can escape the judgment of God because they are just as guilty as the Catholics. Luther received a revelation of being saved by grace and not of works and left the Catholic church in protest, thus the Protestant church was formed birthing many denominations. Remember Babylon is a state of mind rooted in the hearts of men to mix the world with religion, such as politics, love of country and so on, but it does not create spiritual life.
And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!" Revelation 18:2
JUDGMENT UPON THE HARLOT
"For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury." Revelation 18:3
Babylon is being destroyed, shaken to pieces by the Lord Himself, because of its pride and arrogant behavior. Preachers are falling like flies, priests are being exposed molesting little boys and churches are struck by lightning and violent storms, not to mention the 5.8 earthquake that recently hit the very seat of power, Washington, DC. The entire financial system is teetering on the verge of bankruptcy and the Babylonian world is crumbling under the weight of God's judgment.
This message is meant to warn those that have eyes to see and ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the true church of the last days, escape from the midst of Babylon. If you have allowed yourself to be trapped in a demonic system of religious ritual and have given your heart to the ways of the world instead of trusting Jesus for your needs then repent and be set free from its deadly grasp and flee!
Many are complacent and apathetic waiting on the trumpet to blow and suck them out of the pew not knowing that the "Mark of the beast" and the "Mark of God" has already been given and millions will be destroyed in the flood of satanic deception poured out on the harlot church and the Babylonian empire. The apostle Paul warned, as did Peter that the world would be burned with fire and that the people of God should be holy and blameless waiting patiently on the Lord Jesus Christ. May God have mercy on us all!
And I heard another voice from Heaven saying, "Come out of her my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. "For her sins have reached to Heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities." Revelation 18:4,5