There is one specific church on earth that God has spoken against in the book of Revelation, chapter 17. His wrath is upon this false religion, and I am sure other false religions God is not happy with also. It is named Mystery, Babylon the Great. The Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth. We read this in verse 5. As we read this verse and the ones leading up to it and after, we get a broader picture of what this church is comprised of, along with the abominations they have done over time. It reads, “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.” (Revelation 17:1-3) The waters here represent people, tongues, and nations, of which are influenced by this church, as we learn in verse 15. Even kings, presidents, and magistrates from all around the globe have been influenced by the pope over the centuries. This is why they go to Vatican city regularly. The same pope and priests are decked out in purple, and scarlet apparel. And so we learn from the Catholic church that they are called the mother church. This represents the woman in these verses.
As we learned earlier, the priest’s and pope’s clothing are decked out in purple and scarlet, but also with gold and other precious stones and pearls. The pope has a golden cup that he uses. However, this clothing and cup is not something God approves. This is because it represents their abominations and filthiness, which goes right along with their fornication. Abominations in all the earth can be seen from this one church and its influences upon people and society over time. It doesn’t only stem from their idolatry to Mary and the Saints, but mostly their killings of the saints of God during the middle ages and later. By order of the papacy, it is estimated that between 50 to 150 million people were killed because of religious persecution by the Catholic church upon the people. This persecution during the times of the inquisition is why God is not with the Catholic church but against it. It is written, “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.” (Revelation 17:4-6) If you are a part of the Catholic church, then leave it behind for Christ’s sake. May God be with you as you put Jesus as the head of your life.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people who are truly seeking You will find You in this life. Too many people are trapped in false religions that do not save and I wish I could help them know Your truth. However, I am only one person. May my influence and the messages on “Daily Christian Devotionals” go viral across the globe. I know that my ministry is small now, but for Your cause, it can reach millions of people more. Lord, use me to do even greater things for Your glory and not my own. The more I read the Bible and pray, the more I desire for more souls to be saved. I hope to reach people before Your wrath is poured out upon the wicked at Your coming, Jesus. Lord, testify to these people in different churches that aren’t Yours, by helping them know the real truth from the Bible. May the Holy Spirit reach many more people for Your kingdom before this earth is all set and done. Lead many more Christians out in the harvest, in order to find the elect and lead them to You for salvation. I want everyone to know how much I love You, Lord. You are my God, and I worship You. In heaven, I pray that more people are saved than would have ever been before because people stepped out in faith. You are the one that gives us boldness to share the gospel with the lost. I have seen countless people come to You over the years just because I had enough faith in You to go on the streets and witness for Your cause. Through You and You alone, people have prayed for salvation, been healed from their sickness, demons have been cast out, and much more was seen and witnessed. I know You are with me and that is why I still have breath. I love You. Amen.