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 wi