"And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth.”
– Revelation 17:5
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This verse is from the book of Revelation in the Bible. Most biblical teachers do not understand the impact this verse has on our world and on our lives. Only a few people understand that this book is one of the most important written works of Scripture.
It is believed the apostle John (a personal witness of Jesus), wrote the book while on the Isle of Patmos in the Aegean Sea. Historians say the Romans tried to silence him by banishment to Patmos. Before his isolation, he most likely taught about the risen Jesus in Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey).
It was at Patmos that he received a prophecy foretold in the Old Testament and by Jesus, which soon came upon the Jewish people. Despite what Bible teachers have told us, Revelation and Mystery Babylon are understandable once we know the symbolism and the history. Much of Revelation is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy in symbolism and shows:
- a warning to seven churches about the mystic practices of Mystery Babylon,
- judgment upon the Jewish temple system and false Jews for bringing in this demonic controlled belief system,
- the end of the Old Testament age, and the eternal New Testament placed into action.
The main theme of Revelation shows us a spiritual court in session where a judge passes judgment on Israel-Judea and eternity. For centuries, God warned His people, the Jews, not to chase after strange gods, goddesses, or false beliefs.
The temple leadership had brought Mystery Babylon into their temple, and God allowed the destroyer to bring them to destruction in AD 70. Revelation contrasts Old Testament history with the restored kingdom of God released into the Spirit-baptized true church, which He calls His bride.
Mystery Babylon is not the city of Babylon but a powerful, deceiving, and controlling belief system that started thousands of years ago. What this book shows is how this ancient power still deceives organized religions, influences our lives, and keeps us from knowing God’s original plan–His spiritual kingdom baptized into us.
To all the deceived people of the world…
“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” (Underline added)
– Revelation 12:9
“There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.”
– Charlie Brown
With all due respect to Charlie Brown, we need to consider religion, politics, and other subjects concerning the powers that deceive us, even metaphorically, the Great Pumpkin.
Deception first entered our young lives thanks to traditions from our parents and others. During our childhood, we believed in characters such as the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and in Charlie’s case, the Great Pumpkin.
As we grew older, we discovered, to our dismay, that those stories were lies. Most of us also heard something similar to the Great Pumpkin—a being we believe exists yet we cannot prove it, and we’ll call this the god of our religion.
Deceptions at first seem innocent, and so we accept them. However, it left us to determine if the god of our religion was part of the deception.
Throughout history, people have created many gods and goddesses, idols, or beliefs that controlled their lives and explained their environment. But there are also groups that don’t believe in gods or religions.
Others claim they’ve met an uncreated loving God named Jesus. He taught that He came from a father-type Spirit in a spirit world where there is no time (eternity) as we perceive it.
How can this be? Is it possible to prove to ourselves, and others, that a spiritual realm (i.e., heaven or different universe) and a loving God exist outside our world of superstitious religions?
The irony is that religions have caused many people to become unbelievers, and the unbelievers’ state that those who do believe in God are, well, blithering idiots.
To their point, do we want to waste our lives bobbing our heads, bowing up and down, singing the same chants, saying the same prayers, or anxiously rubbing beads? Should we hand over our hard-earned money to a religious TV salesperson? Is a camp meeting the place we need to send payment for a breakthrough of a double- or a hundred-fold blessing in return? Hasn’t science proven our universe came from a big bang and evolved over billions of years? Didn’t human organisms come from a mineral slime pool?
The answer to these questions is no. They are deceptions to knowing the certainty of God and His purpose for us.
Most children have heard a story where a kingdom exists, with a prince and a princess and a benevolent king who governs his realm. Evil, as a dark knight or a dragon, entered this world, put the princess under a spell, and the prince rescued her. It was the king’s judgment of salvation (saving the princess) that overcame the evil, and his people lived happily ever after.
Deep within our spirit, there seemed a life of realism about this world. Boys imagined their princely rule and built forts, swung swords, and fought against their enemy. They needed to rescue a damsel in distress.
Girls daydreamed of being a princess and had tea parties with dolls, who were there to comfort her with emotional support and serve her princess needs as she dreamed of her future prince.
Then at some point, it all blew up. Someone lied to us and implied we were not worthy to be a prince or princess. We believed them; our sub-conscious memory still holds the tragedy of that day when we exchanged a kingdom of realism to become the damsel in distress needing the rescue.
Doesn’t the world stop when a royal wedding occurs, and we give all attention to the marriage ceremony? Something within us still stirs this interest.
We need to find out if there is a kingdom with a loving king where we can live happily ever after, or else dispel this also as a lie.
Therefore, one task here is to prove that not only do the king and kingdom exist but also to show us how we can discover it for ourselves with no lingering doubt. Interesting enough, there is a book that tells us all about it: the Bible.
We will find out how we can have a personal and dynamic relationship with a king named Jesus. The world’s religions haven’t told us this is freely available without living under their rules and controlling doctrines. Instead, they recruit members to serve their false doctrines and rules through religious and spiritual abuse. This is the main reason there are unbelievers today.
Once we know how false religions distort the truths about God and His Word, we become convinced that the Bible is not a book of fables. We can find out:
- how organized religions promote the deceptions of Mystery Babylon,
- what the Bible is telling us,
- who started deception,
- the ways we have become deceived in religious churches, business, politics, science, entertainment, media, and the like,
- how we can fully understand the book of Revelation.