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Revelation 17:5 “And upon her forehead was a name written, mystery, Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth.”
Is Mystery Babylon America? - Page 2
Some have assumed the USA to be Mystery Babylon but this is impossible. Here are a few points, of which more could be given, that prove America is impossible.
- America is not responsible for the “blood of the saints, and the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.” Revelation 17:6 The proponents (most coming against the obvious truth would be Catholics) claim it cannot refer to them based on Revelation 18:24 that says “And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.” They say the blood of the prophets would have to refer to a time before the Catholic Church existed. This erroneous idea however does not take into account that the Roman Catholic Church while being referred to as Babylon in scripture is shown as being the culmination of the entire Babylonian system. For example: The first beast of Revelation 13 which is synonymous with the little horn of Daniel 7, is shown as a composite beast as it was “like unto a leopard, [Greece] and his feet were as the feet of a bear [Medo Persia], and his mouth as the mouth of a lion [Babylon]: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.” Revelation 13:2 See Daniel 7:3-6 and the Antichrist identity for detail. So the Catholic Church is being shown to be the culmination of all these previous powers in the same sense. Jesus also says the Pharisees have the blood of the prophets on their hands. Obviously they are not directly responsible for all the blood of the prophets and this again is in the same scenario as Revelation 18:24. So this reasoning to exclude the Roman Catholic Church is a nice try but wrong. Matthew 23:29-35 says, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore you be witnesses unto yourselves, that you are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill you up then the measure of your fathers. You serpents, you generation of vipers, how can you escape the damnation of hell Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them you shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall you scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom you slew between the temple and the altar.”
- America is not a Church. Revelation 17:3 “I saw a WOMAN sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy… 5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON the great, the MOTHER OF HARLOTS.” A “Woman” symbolically in Bible prophecy as we have already seen is “ALWAYS” a Church and this point cannot be debated. The woman [Church] is the bride of Christ. Revelation 19:7-8 “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his WIFE has made HERSELF ready. And to HER was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” Jesus is not returning for America as His bride for example to make this point clear.
- Revelation 18:4 says come out of HER my people. How do you come out of America? You can of course come out of an apostate Church and her daughter Churches. Revelation 18:4 “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues.”
- America is the false prophet being synonymous with the second beast of Revelation 13 and so cannot be both the first and second beast. See The Antichrist and America in Bible Prophecy for details.
- Purple, scarlet and gold are the colours of the Catholic Church, which is missing the colour blue which represents the law of God. Blue is excluded as they believe they can change the law of God and so are lawless in God’s eyes. Numbers 15:38:40 “Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue: And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that you may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that you seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you use to go a whoring: That you may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.” Note also that purple, scarlet, gold and blue were the colours of the robes of the Levi priests. Exodus 28:4-6 “And these are the garments which they shall make; a breastplate, and an ephod, and a robe, and a broidered coat, a mitre, and a girdle: and they shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, and his sons, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office. And they shall take gold, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen. And they shall make the ephod of gold, of blue, and of purple, of scarlet, and fine twined linen, with cunning work.” America is NOT represented by the colours purple, scarlet and gold but these are Papal Church colours. Revelation 17:4 “And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold…”
- Mystery Babylon is described in Revelation 17:5 as the “Mother of Harlots,” which means by Bible symbology that SHE being a WOMAN is the mother Church that other Churches came from that are hence HER daughters. These other Churches originated from the Protestant Reformation but in ignorance took on some of HER Babylonian pagan practices. America is not a Church and does not have daughters that came from it. Note that the Catholic Church also claims to be the mother of all the churches. At the entrance of St. John Lateran Cathedral in Rome there is a very large Latin inscription that says, “Sacrosancta Lateranensis ecclesia omnium urbis et orbis ecclesiarum mater et caput.” which translated in English reads, “Sacred Lateran Church. Church mother and head of all the churches of the city and the world.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church also calls the Church, “Mother and Teacher.” The “Dominus Iesus” faith declaration says, “It must be always clear that the one, holy, catholic and apostolic universal church is not the sister, but the mother of all the churches.”
Mystery Babylon by Commentary - Page 3