Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Whore Of Babylon And The Woman Clothed With The Sun

I found myself getting into a debate with a Catholic over this the other day. This will be a blog that is unconnected to conjure work. It's about religion. If this bothers you or if you can't tolerate other people's opinions then you might just skip this one.

The topic is the Whore of Babylon as found in the book of Revelation. I will present a passage and give some of the identities of the Whore as believed by various groups. I will also state my opinion. Readers are free to form their own opinions as to who the Whore is.

Revelation 17:3-19 KJV

3 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.

4 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:

5 And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth.

6 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.

7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

10 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 space.

11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

The identity of the Whore:

Secular Historians believe the Whore of Babylon to be a symbol of Rome and the Roman empire.

Protestants believe the Whore is the Roman Catholic Church.

Catholics primarily believe the Whore is Islam. However, a small percentage of Catholics believe that the Whore is the Roman Catholic Church, post Second Vatican Council.

A minority of people believe the Whore is Jerusalem.

A minority of people believe the Whore is the United States.

My personal opinion:

Some people believe that Jerusalem is the Whore because Jerusalem, Israel, and even Judea are called whores by the OT prophets for their idolatry. However, it's very clear that Jerusalem doesn't have the political power that is a major attribute of the Whore of Babylon. Likewise, some people believe that United States is the Whore of Babylon. Actually, the United States fits many of the characteristics of the Whore; however, the Whore she is not. (Interestingly, the original plan for the Statue of Liberty was that of a woman holding a chalice instead of a torch. Reference the chalice the Whore drinks from.) In the beginning and end of the book of Revelation John of Patmos clearly writes that these are things that will shortly come to pass. Thus, John would not be discussing things that would only originate two thousand years after he died. However, it is conceivable that he would be writing about things that may take place within a couple of centuries. John of Patmos wrote Revelation in the first century A.D. Constantine founded the Roman Catholic Church in the 4th century A.D. (Catholics deny that Constantine created the Roman Catholic Church and insist that Jesus created it. Protestants believe Jesus created the Church and Constantine created the Roman Catholic Church.)  As a protestant I personally favor the interpretation of the Whore as being the Roman Catholic Church. She is dressed in purple and scarlet, with purple, scarlet, and white being the main colors of the Roman Catholic Church. The Whore is wealthy and decadent, just like the Roman Catholic Church. The Whore fornicates with the kinds of the earth, just like the Roman Catholic Church has been in bed with the monarchies down through time. The Whore is filled with sexual immorality. Enough said. We all know about the controversies with priests molesting children and nothing being done about it. However, from the very beginning sexual immorality has always been a plague within the powers of the Roman Catholic Church. Popes frequented prostitutes, had mistresses, had illegitimate children. The Whore has power over the earth, just like the Roman Catholic Church held power over most of the world throughout her life. The Whore is drunk on the blood of the saints. If anyone is familiar with the history of the Roman Catholic Church then they should be well aware of the Inquisition, of the torture and killing of "heretics", and of anyone who dared speak out against the corruption within the power of the Roman Catholic Church. People forget that the Roman Catholic Church killed people just for possessing a bible, let alone attempting to translate it into another language.

So there you have it. I'm a Protestant. For me it's very clear that the Whore of Babylon is the Roman Catholic Church. However, you are free to form your own opinions. The reason why I even blogged on this right now is there is a schism forming with some Protestants who don't understand traditional Protestant beliefs and who are now pushing teachings that the Whore is something else. Usually that something else doesn't fit the attributes of the Whore as indicated in Revelation. Then it seems that some Catholics are pushing to make peace with certain Protestants but only if those Protestants will accept that the Whore is not the Roman Catholic Church. I'm not opposed to peace but I do think the differences between beliefs of Catholics and Protestants may be too much to overcome.

I need to stress that I'm not a Catholic-basher. When I say it is my opinion that the Whore is the Roman Catholic Church I'm not talking about the individual believers. I'm talking about the power structure, the wicked people in power, in control. They are the Whore. And Revelation makes it clear that God will destroy the Whore. It literally reads she will be destroyed in one hour. Now, does that mean on literally hour or a prophetic hour, that I can't answer for you. What Revelation makes clear is that whatever the Whore is, you better flee from it or you will share in her plagues.

Now, one of the things that Protestants believe is that in Revelation the two main women symbolize the Church. The Whore is the apostate, Roman Catholic Church and will be destroyed by God. The second woman, the Woman Clothed With The Sun, is the faithful Church (Some also believe her to be Israel), the true Bride of Christ. Catholics believe the Woman Clothed With The Sun is Mary.

On another note, St. Malachhy, a Christian mystic, allegedly had a vision of all of the Popes that would reign. Now, St. Malachy's should not be put up on the same level as the Bible but it is interesting no-less. According to St. Malachy, the next Pope will be the last Pope. Rome will then be destroyed and, "The terrible judge will judge his people". St. Malchy described the last pope as, "Peter The Roman". Well, one of the leading contestants for the new Pope is indeed a man named Peter. So that is very interesting.



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