Yesterday, Pope Francis I made an astonishing statement in the closing remarks of his first address as the new Roman Pontiff. He said, "Now, I will give you and the whole world a blessing, to all men and women of good will. Tomorrow I want to go to pray to the Madonna so that she protects all of Rome. Good night and have a good rest."
In light of this incredible statement that he was going to pray to Mary, it is time to address this false, idolatrous religious system that claims to be Christianity. It is time for the world and many naïve Christians to wake up from their drunken stupor of accepting the Roman Church's corruption of the gospel of Jesus Christ, it's blatant idolatry, it's deep systemic sexual immorality, and it's political ambitions of a contrived peace through a socialist world government. But before we look at this specific problem of Rome's blatant idolatry through Mary worship, we have to understand that God Almighty, the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth revealed the rise of this evil institution in the book of Revelation. God gave numerous identifying clues so that His people would recognize this idolatrous entity. He also revealed how it would work with the Antichrist in the last days.
The Great Whore Riding the Beast
In Revelation 17 and 18 God gave the Apostle John a prophetic vision about a harlot religious system that was full of idolatry. For those of you who are not familiar with what I mean by “harlot religious system” or “great whore” then let’s take a closer look at what the Apostle John prophesied. He saw a “great whore” rising in the earth and riding on a beast in the last days. We know from Revelation 13 & 17 and the book of Daniel that the beast with seven heads and ten horns will be a unification of nations into a one world government that will have ten kings and one leader of those ten kings. This leader will be the last world ruler known as the Antichrist. In Revelation 17, this whore and the beast are seen riding together, however they are not the same thing.
The “beast” is a political and economic system that will be led by the “little horn” (the Antichrist). The “great whore” is a religious entity and system that will work with the Antichrist. You may wonder how I know it is a religious system. Well, it is really simple if you look up the definitions of the Greek words used in the passage. The terms “fornication” and “harlot” are defined in the Strong’s Greek Dictionary as either literal sexual sins and/or the spiritual sin of idolatry. That alone identifies “the whore” as a religious entity. Not to mention, we were told in Revelation 13 that the beast/Antichrist would have a false prophet working with him to cause multitudes of people to “worship” the beast and his image. The term “worship” denotes religion and worshipping anyone or any god instead of or even along with Jesus Christ is a false religion and idolatry. True Christianity worships Jesus Christ as God and none other. Furthermore, the very definition of a prophet is one who speaks for God or a god, revealing this person to be a religious leader with great influence.
So, let’s identify the “great whore.” The Bible tells us that this whore sits on many waters. That may sound strange, but then a few verses later this symbolism is explained. Revelation 17:15 says, “And he saith unto me, ‘The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.’” This tells us that this “religious entity” has an international presence and influence upon multitudes. That would definitely describe the Roman Catholic Church and its over one billion adherents worldwide.
The next clue is Revelation 17:9, “And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.” If you look up the city of Rome, Italy in almost any Encyclopedia or book, one of the first things you see is that Rome is known as the “the City on Seven Hills.” The clues continue in Revelation 17:18 where it says, “And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” The word “reigneth” here is a present tense Greek verb which means “ongoing, continuous action that is taking place in the present.” Thus, he was taking about a great city that was presently reigning over the kings of the earth. Well, in 96 A.D. when the Apostle John wrote the book of Revelation, the Roman Empire ruled over the kings of the earth from their great city of Rome.
However, if you are still not convinced, John identifies her further. Revelation 17:4 says, “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.” The Roman Catholic Church has two ruling bodies in it: one contains the bishops and archbishops and the other the cardinals. The bishops wear purple and the cardinals wear scarlet which is red. In fact, the popes wore red up until the sixteenth century. At times they can still be seen wearing red or purple capes for different occasions…a coincidence? I don’t think so.
One of the most glaring indictments that identify the Roman Catholic Church as the “great whore” is Revelation 17:6. It says, “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.” It is not a secret that the Roman Catholic Church tortured and killed millions of true Christians and Jews during their numerous inquisitions and crusades. Some estimate that they have killed around sixty-eight million people. [**This clue is a MAJOR reason why the United States is NOT Mystery Babylon. The USA has not killed millions of Christians to the point we are "drunk" with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus]. No...The Roman Catholic Church killed and persecuted millions of Christians for centuries. It is Rome that is drunk with the blood of martyrs not America. And though Rome claims to have changed since those inquisition days, I personally believe (and many would agree with me) that she has continued murdering true saints covertly through her secret agents the Jesuits. No wonder the Apostle John marveled at this treacherous whore.
She is also called, “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” This word “mystery” means something that it hidden, covered up or a secret. So, this Scripture is saying that this religious system will have aspects of ancient Babylon covered up or hidden by something. It is clear from the Bible and archeological discoveries that Babylon was, at one time, the center of false religion and idolatry of the world. They worshipped different gods and goddesses like Lilith and Bel. They built opulent temples for their gods and attempted to unify the world under their dual religious and political system. This is exactly what the popes have been trying to do for a very long time.
For instance, Pope Pius the XII (March 2, 1939 – October 9, 1958) was an unabashed internationalist. In a 1959 speech entitled “Legacy to World Federation” He urged for peace on three levels: 1) “The reaffirmation for the necessity of a Supranational World Order.” 2) “Accept the United Nations but with ceaseless efforts to strengthen it.” 3) “We must promote the fullest cooperation with every agency that promotes international friendship.” Pius said that, “Catholics have the obligation of insisting on the ratification by America of the Genocide Pact and of working for reorganization of the United Nations in order to make it more consistent with that world institution” which Pius the XII stated should have “supreme power”.57
His successor Pope John XXIII stated in 1963, “Along with its plea to the United Nations to become ‘more equal to the magnitude and nobility of its tasks,’ the Pope’s encyclical made a case for the establishment of world government with all the cogency of his theologians’ best proofs that God exists. In Vatican language Pacem en Terris calls world government a ‘public authority’, but defines it as ‘having worldwide power and endowed with the proper means for the efficacious pursuit of the universal common good.’ The Pope held that such a government must be founded because all nations are now interdependent.”58 Pope John Paul II was also very dedicated to developing the “New World Order” with a reformed United Nations. This is why he worked so diligently with Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall. It wasn’t about freedom; it was about preparing the way for world government. Uniting the nations of Europe under one government and currency would be the prototype for their ultimate goal. In fact, Pope John Paul II made this statement in the early 1990’s: "By the end of this decade we will live under the first one world government that has ever existed in the society of nations…a government with absolute authority to decide the basic issues of human survival. One world government is inevitable."59
More recently Pope Benedict XVI said in his 2009 encyclical entitled, Caritas in Veritate, or Charity in Truth, “…there is an urgent need of a true world political authority…with real teeth” whose task would be “to manage the global economy.”60 And this is exactly what the Bible tells us that the Antichrist and the False Prophet will accomplish. They will have a world government and then control the world economy through 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. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six” (Revelation 13:16-18).