She has spread her traditions and heathen doctrines to all nations, and most of the people of the world have accepted her pagan traditions and nonsense as truth. We have seen that this woman is the papacy. We have seen that Babylon is the Catholic Church and all her Sunday-keeping daughter churches. The second message is that Babylon, the false religions of the world, has fallen. As the false churches continue to move farther and farther from the truth, they will soon discover that there is not really that much to keep them separate, and they will form a great ecumenical alliance powerful enough to influence the government of the United States to pass the national Sunday law.
This action by the United States will give birth to the image of the beast.
The United States and the great ecumenical alliance will form the image of the beast when the police powers of the United States are used to enforce the dictates of the ecumenical alliance. The third message from God to our dying world is found in Revelation , It is the most severe warning found anywhere in the Bible. He has tried enticement with sinful pleasures. He has tried deception to convince mankind that the wrong way is the correct way.
He has infiltrated his ministers into the churches. He has used force. He is using communism in an attempt to remove all traces of the Word of God from the earth. But no matter what he has done, there have always been a few people who have been true to God.
Satan, of course, will be the driving influence behind this national Sunday law. What most of these people do not know is that he will do this at least twice! He will first appear shortly before the close of human probation to give impetus and supposedly divine authority to the national Sunday law by telling the people that he changed the day to be kept holy from Saturday to Sunday.
This act will not fool the truly sincere and obedient followers of Christ, for they are expecting him to do this, but it will drive the people of the world into a frenzy to persecute those who refuse this mark of the beast in much the same way as the scribes and Pharisees influenced and controlled the mob who demanded the crucifixion of Jesus. Satan issues his extremely stern warning, described in Revelation , that we had better accept the mark of the beast or else we will not be able either to buy or to sell and thus will not be able to supply our basic needs.
Satan even threatens with death those who refuse to receive the mark of the beast. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Who shall be able to stand?
Only the righteous who keep all of the Ten Commandments and put their complete trust in God, for without the grace of God our situation on this planet would be completely hopeless. 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 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 [astonishment].
And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
These verses refer to a great harlot, a false church, who has made all nations participate with her in her false religion. The statement that the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her indicates that they have willingly accepted her tradition and pagan practices in place of true Bible doctrine. John was carried away into the wilderness where he saw this large, powerful church drunken with the blood of the saints.
We know from our previous studies that this time period of prophetic days or actual years is the period of the Dark Ages, when the papacy reigned supreme. John, therefore, in the vision was carried forward in time to this wilderness period of the Dark Ages, which he describes in Revelation chapter seventeen.
The only large, powerful, prominent church existing at that time was the papacy. This harlot, therefore, is the Roman Catholic Church. Let us now go back and consider the details of Revelation ,9 with the understanding that this prostitute is the papacy. Verse 2 says that the people of the earth are drunk on the wine of her fornication, that is, drunk with her false doctrine. Many fail to realize the significance of this verse. These people are stone drunk; they are completely unconscious of the truth in the Word of God.
So drunk are they that many of them are unable to understand Bible truth even when it is explained very carefully and in great detail to them. Verse 4 mentions the colors of the papacy: scarlet and purple. The harlot is adorned with these colors and with gold, precious stones, and pearls, symbols which indicate expensive tastes and worldly glamour to attract her lovers, the nations of the earth.
The papacy in its pomp and ceremonies is always richly adorned. This is the church which is basically the seat of the false pagan doctrines that are practiced to a greater or lesser extent in all the other churches. We see that this church is described as a mother church who has given birth to many other churches, all of which are referred to as harlots. Which church claims that it is the mother church? We have seen that the Catholic Church makes this claim:. Rome, the capital, or seat of power, of this church, is well-known as the city which is built on seven hills.
The seven heads of the animal in this prophecy actually represent two things. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. They are also seven kings. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. They have an entirely different appeal. There is often a monetary motive involved or an entirely selfish motivation. God has spoken, and Christ appeals to His Word. Ask yourself what kind of message is this person delivering?
You can work hard, save your money, and even buy many things you desire, but the truth is someone else will always have more to their name. We all know the Joneses. They drive their kids to private school in their new car, and every weekend, they head out of town — fashionably dressed — to eat at their favorite restaurants. They always seem to have money to do everything they want to do whenever they want to do it. No budget. No worries. Or so it seems.
The next time you begin feeling envious of what others have, take a close look at what God has blessed you with and say a short prayer of thanks. Ask God to change your heart and allow you to be grateful for the blessings He has bestowed upon you. Also, pray that God will help you along your journey in life. Your actions and priorities do affect those around you. With that in mind, know that every time you choose to be lazy instead of meeting friends you made plans with weeks in advance, you are hurting your relationship with them.
When you choose to stay in your pajamas, eating playing games or watching movies all day, your relationships suffer, as does your waistline. Being lazy includes the refusal to listen when God tells you to take a few hours each week to help feed the hungry or go to the bank to get some cash to donate to a good cause. Pray for people in your spare time. Backsliding refers to going backwards spiritually and morally.
Jewish rabbis have historically viewed solar eclipses as warnings from God to Gentile nations. We have seen that the Catholic Church makes this claim:. Throughout the history of the world, God has always made known to his people impending times of trouble, and given them time to prepare or escape :. Recently the Lord awakened me in the early morning with a word to warn His people to prepare for the judgements that are just ahead. And He forbids evil, vice, and transgression. Most of these warnings are coming from the church.
When a believer backslides, he falls back in some way into a less desirable condition; His lapse may be a relatively minor one and unintentional. He may simply fall back through neglect by not praying, reading the Bible, and keeping his focus on living for God. This type of backsliding can carry disastrous consequences. It can bring dishonor to the One who laid down His life for us. But there is good news for us when we backslide.
A big step you take to escape the tangles of sin is turning to Jesus, the only One who has defeated sin and death out of His deep love for us. But grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory now and forever! We are called to put on the full armor of God and protect ourselves from the enemy and the ways of this world that counter Jesus and His mission. Warnings About the Antichrist The Antichrist may or may not be alive today.