The Great Harlot on the Beast

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I am not sure where most Christians get their information on Bible prophecy. If you are like me, you probably got introduced to Jesus’ return in church and then read some books by prophecy “experts” to put it all together. That was me in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. I was sure Jesus was coming to get me any day. He would rapture me up to keep me from the tribulation. World events were falling into place. The European Union had been spawned and the revived Roman Empire was about to rear its power and authority to encourage everyone to worship the antichrist. Of course, true Christians would not be on earth to see this. True Christians would be raptured into the air to meet Jesus. I read dozens of books on this subject, and I compared the information I had read to the Bible to see if it was plausible.

Those who follow this line of thinking are, sometimes, very strong in their assertions. To some, if you disagree with their theology, you might not be a “real Christian.” It was heresy to disagree with established pre-tribulation end times Bible teachers. And, in truth, I had no reason to. I agreed with them. But I had some unsettled questions in my end-times theology.

My first area of uneasiness had to do with the Old Testament. If God was going to judge the world for its sin, why was Jesus always punishing the nations around Israel upon His return? He was never in South America or Australia punishing those sinners. Jesus was treading the wine press of the wrath of God in Edom. Old Testament prophets pronounced God’s judgment on Babylon, Arabia, Damascus, Tyre, Gaza, and Egypt (modern day Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, and Egypt), all the nations surrounding Israel.

Joel 3:18 says that Egypt will become a waste and Edom will become a desolate wilderness Because of the violence done to the sons of Judah, In whose land they have shed innocent blood. God will avenge their blood. Amos 1:11 says Edom will be punished because he pursued his brother with a sword. Obadiah 1:10 says that Edom will be judged because of violence done to your brother. Zechariah 12:9 states that in that day that God will come out against all those nations that come against Jerusalem. Many of the judgments listed in Revelation are related to blood. Revelation 16:6 says:

6 “for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. They deserve it.”

Another problem I had with what I was reading in books was that I could not imagine a European led government forcing the world to worship anything. It just did not make sense to me. The church and governments in Europe acted independently from one another. I could not imagine them joining forces again, even under an evil regime.

The last problem I had was the idea of a pre-tribulation rapture. I was very familiar with the verses in I Corinthians 15:51-52 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. But those verses just explained how we were to be transformed. The verses in Matthew 24 explained that Jesus was going to return and retrieve His elect after the tribulation. I never could see anything to indicate that Christians would be caught up to Jesus before the tribulation in Israel. In fact, Jesus tells us that the world will hate us; we would be persecuted and even killed. Jesus encourages us to endure and overcome.

Several years ago I happened upon a book by Walid Shoebat that answered many of my arguments over modern day prophecy teachers. I had been taught that the harlot of Revelation 17 stood for all the false religions of the Babylonians that had found it’s way into our culture. Christmas, I was told, was celebrated on December 25th in order to coincide with a Babylonian pagan holiday. The same was done with Easter, Ishtar. I was taught that the new age movement was going to join the world together in a spiritual battle against God. One writer identified the Roman Catholic Church as the woman that road upon the beast. The main point was that God was not happy and He would judge us because of it. It all made sense to me.

At this point I believe it is important to lay down some ground rules in order for us to understand what is being said in Revelation 17. The Bible sometimes uses symbolism to make a point. Kingdoms or empires are sometimes referred to as mountains or beasts. A head can also be a kingdom or a king. Water is used to refer to groups of people. A woman is used to identify a spiritual entity. God frequently punished Israel for going after the harlot or playing the harlot instead of being devoted to Him.

Revelation 17 is very descriptive:

And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality, and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus.

The first thing we notice is that John was taken to the desert to observe a woman sitting on a beast. The woman is dressed extravagantly indicting great wealth. She is identified as Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots and abominations. Notice also that the woman is drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the witnesses of Jesus.

Follow along with me now. What false religion is in the desert of the Middle East is very wealthy and kills Jews and Christians? This false religion identified as “the mother of harlots” is the greatest false religion of all time. The term “mother of harlots” is used to identify the size and scope of this false religion, not that this religion was the source of all false religions. The terminology is similar to the terminology used to describe the Rose Bowl football game, “the granddaddy of them all.” The phrase “the granddaddy of them all” is used to show the prominence of the Rose Bowl game. It is not used to indicate that the Rose Bowl was the source of all other bowl games. Now we will take a look at what this rich false religion in the desert is riding upon.

Verses 9–11 give us some insight about the beast:

Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits, 10 and they are seven kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while. 11 The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction.

Let’s put together what we know so far. In the desert, a wealthy false religion full of abominations responsible for killing Jews and Christians is riding on seven empires. During John’s day five of the empires had fallen, one was present during Johns day, and one had not yet appeared and is itself, an eighth empire and one of the seven.

John stated that five empires had already fallen when he was writing Revelation. The fallen empires were the Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Medo-Persian, and Greek. The Roman Empire was in power during John’s day. John says that the seventh empire, the one after the Roman Empire, has not yet appeared but is also an eighth empire.

The Islamic empire, culminating with the Ottoman Empire, ruled the Middle East for 1300 years, until 1924. Islamic rule ended when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk dissolved the Caliphate at the end of World War 1. This is the fatal wound to the seventh head of the beast in Revelation 13:3. Yet, The Islamic Empire dissolved in 1924 is alive again. The Islamic State has reestablished the Caliphate and controls the same geographical area as the other historical empires. The head wound to an Islamic Empire has been healed. To read an article about the human toll that Islam has imposed upon the world click here.

I will ask the question again. What wealthy false religion in the desert is intent on killing Jews and Christians? Certainly the Ottoman Empire and the Islamic State are motivated by this false religion of Islam. Revelation 17:14 says:

14 “These will wage war against the Lamb (JESUS), and the Lamb (JESUS) will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.”

Revelation 17:18 Identifies this false religion (Islam) as the great city that reins over the kings of the earth. Mecca is the birthplace of Islam. Because of the importance of oil to the world, Saudi Arabia has influenced kings and governments. The world has turned a blind eye to the blood thirsty, anti-Semitic, sexual perversions that are inherent to Islam. Revelation 18:3 says:

For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality.”

What wine in the desert has made the kings drunk? It is most certainly the oil that Saudi Arabia sells to the world that causes the world to turn a blind eye.

It is interesting that Revelation 17:16 says the Beast (Islamic State) will hate the harlot (Mecca) and make her desolate and naked and will eat her flesh and burn her up with fire. The Qur’an calls for the elimination of Kafirs (unbelievers) and hypocrites (Muslims that live contrary to sharia). The Islamic State has already made threats against the Kaaba in Mecca.

Here is the bottom line for what is happening when Jesus returns. God is going to punish Israel, once again, for unfaithfulness. This is the tribulation that people are always talking about. This has nothing to do with America; it has everything to do with Israel. Once Jerusalem is attacked, Jesus will return and obliterate, once and for all, the false religion of Islam. He will punish the nations for shedding the blood of Jews and Christians. He will punish them for their hatred of Israel. He will establish his kingdom in Jerusalem. Only then will there finally be true peace in Israel.

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The Blood of Saints and Our Blood Avenger

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Blood facts

Human blood is red due to the iron content

Crabs have blue blood because their blood contains copper instead of iron

Leeches have green blood because their blood contains chlorocruorin

Blood makes up about 7% of your body weight

The average human body contains about 10 pints of blood

Blood has a very prominent place within the three religions born in the Middle East. The Jews were instructed to offer animal sacrifices to God in the Old Testament. Every year on the Day of Atonement the priest would enter the temple and sprinkle blood from the sacrifice on the altar. In the same way, Christians understand that the blood of Jesus has been shed for their salvation. The veil of the temple was torn when Jesus died; we now have direct access to the throne of God through the blood of Jesus. In Islam, the “religion of peace” has spilled the blood of Christians and Jews since the rise of Mohammed. But there is so much more in the Bible about blood that we should know about.

The first mention of blood in the Bible is in Genesis chapter 4. After Cain killed Abel, God asked Cain where his brother was. God told Cain “the voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground.” (Gen. 4:10) This idea of our blood crying out to the Creator is carried out to the last book in the Bible.

“When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” (Rev. 6: 9-10)

The Law of the Old Testament instructed Jews not to eat flesh with the blood still in it.

For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.’ (Lev 17:11)

Even the land of Israel itself was affected by blood. God gave the Jews some very important instructions regarding the land He was about to bring them into. God told the Jews not to spill innocent blood in the land.

“So you shall not pollute the land in which you are; for blood pollutes the land and no expiation can be made for the land for the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of him who shed it.”(Number 35:33)

“So innocent blood will not be shed in the midst of your land which the Lord your God gives you as an inheritance, and bloodguiltiness be on you.” (Deut. 19:10)

The Law of the Old Testament outlined some very important guidelines in regards to blood. The first instructions had to do with spilling of innocent blood. “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man.” (Genesis 9:6)

Numbers chapter 35 provides guidelines for the avenger of blood. “The blood avenger himself shall put the murderer to death; he shall put him to death when he meets him.”

The Law provided that the blood avenger was not just entitled to pursue the murderer and take his life, he was obligated to do it. It was the only way the land could be cleansed.

God Himself takes on the roll of blood avenger throughout the Bible. In fact, the burden of the blood avenger has been shifted from man to God Himself, the ultimate blood avenger.

“You shall strike the house of Ahab your master, that I may avenge the blood of My servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the Lord, at the hand of Jezebel.” (2 Kings 9:7)

“Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.” (Rom. 12:19)

One day soon Jesus, our blood avenger, will return to the earth. He will come and avenge those who have had their blood spilled by the false religion of Islam. This great mother of all harlots has been responsible for taking peace from the earth and poisoning the land.

“…BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE AMOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH…And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. (Rev:17:5-6)

Isaiah 63 highlights the return of the Holy One of Israel, Jesus. He is coming from Edom, which is the modern area of Jordan and Saudi Arabia. He is majestic in His appearance, and His robe is drenched in blood. Verse 3 says “their lifeblood is sprinkled on My garments.”

Have you ever noticed the judgments listed in the book of Revelation? Many of the judgments deal with blood. The seas are turned to blood, the rivers are turned to blood, hail stones and fire is mixed with blood. There is a reason for this. Our blood avenger is exacting His revenge.

“Then the third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of waters; and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters saying, “Righteous are You, who are and who were, O Holy One, because You judged these things; for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. They deserve it.” And I heard the altar saying, “Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.” (Rev. 16: 4-7)

Joel 3 gives a very detailed account of Jesus return and why He is exacting judgment.

“Egypt will become a waste,
And Edom will become a desolate wilderness,
Because of the violence done to the sons of Judah,
In whose land they have shed innocent blood.
But Judah will be inhabited forever
And Jerusalem for all generations.
And I will avenge their blood which I have not avenged,
For the Lord dwells in Zion.” (Joel 3:19-20)

Revelation 19 describes the return is Christ in all His glory. Again we are reminded what He accomplished.

“because His judgments are true and righteous; for He has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality, and He has avenged the blood of His bond-servants on her.”
(Rev 19:2)

The reason Jesus is coming back in wrath is because of the innocent blood that is being spilled by this harlot, or false religion, Islam. He is coming to avenge His people who have remained faithful to the end. He is going to give them their just reward. Come Lord Jesus, Come!

Christian Persecution Elevates in Egypt: Now Called a “Pandemic” as Slaughter Ensues by Muslim Brotherhood (Video)

The religion of peace strikes again….at Christians! Is anyone surprised?

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“The Main Stream Media is too afraid of reporting what’s really happening in the Islamic world” says Brooke Goldstein — Director of the Lawfare Project, to FNC’s Martha MacCallum on America Live, as she exposes the many attacks against Christians issued by members of the Muslim Brotherhood over the recent ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.

 

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WHY I BELIEVE THE BIBLE, AND WHY YOU SHOULD TOO

Reason number 8.

It is certainly no secret that Jews and Christians have been persecuted throughout the course of human history. The Jews, in particular, have been pushed around, mocked, beaten, and killed for over 3,000 years. They have been hated for the land that they live on, but more importantly, they have been hated for just being Jewish. The six million Jews that were killed during the Holocaust of World War II were eliminated based solely upon their race; but the Holocaust was not the only incident of Jew hatred throughout history

History records the fact that Mohammad watched the beheading of eight hundred Jews during one day with his twelve year old wife Aisha. Christians have endured a similar experience over the course of history. The Roman Emperor, Nero, enjoyed killing Jews and Christians for sport.

The hatred of Jews and Christians was not limited to Nazis and Romans, however. Liberals hate Christians too; but by far the most vitriolic and diabolical hatred comes from the religion of peace, Islam. The Armenian Genocide of 1915 was responsible for the deaths of 1.5 million Christians at the hands of the Islamic Ottoman Empire.

Islam has a long history of beheading those that will not submit to Islam. Islam is a political system that forces all to convert, submit, or die. Jihad was the vehicle Mohammed used to advance his political agenda. It is the same vehicle used today to get non-Islamists (kafirs) to submit to the Islamic ideology. The trail of blood left throughout the Middle East, Europe, and Africa was directly proportional to the advancement of Islam.

So, why is this one of the reasons that causes me to believe the Bible is true? There are actually two reasons for this. First, It just does not make sense that the world should hate Jews and Christians. The Jewish people have truly been a blessing to the world we live in. They have been instrumental in developing technologies and treatments in the medical field, and have won numerous awards in math and science.

Christians have a message of good news; Christ has come to save the world from sin. Why should Christians be targeted for that? The world should embrace that and be thankful, but it’s not.

This should not surprise us at all, which is my second reason that this causes me to believe the Bible.  Jesus told us EIGHT times in the Gospels that we would be hated because of His name. John 15:18 says that: If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.”

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Mark 13:13 says:You will be hated by all because of my name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.”

 So why do Christians feel the need to have interfaith dialogues between leaders of Islam and the church? The world hates us because of Him. There is no common ground. We are encouraged to endure to the end.

Daniel describes the final empire or kingdom that is in power before Jesus returns. Chapter 7:25 describes how the leader of this empire “wears down the saints.”

 Revelation 13:7 describes how it was given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them;”

 The Bible describes how Christians will be killed during this time because of the testimony of Jesus.  Revelation 12:17 describes how Satan hates the woman (Israel) and “goes off to make war with her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.”

 This is referring to Jews and Christians. It certainly looks like we’re on the verge of the Bible’s final chapters. The Bible even indicates how Christians will be murdered.

Revelation 20:4: And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God. It is interesting to note that the Koran instructs Muslims to Cut off the heads of the Kafirs.

There is one more clue the Bible gives us about those that will kill us. Jesus tells us in John 6:2 “but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God” 

Although this was true during the Reformation, I believe Jesus was referring to this time in human history as well. Islamists claim that they are motivated by devotion to Allah; Islam is the cancer that looks to infect the entire world.