The Prostitute on the Scarlet Beast - Part 2
The history of Roman religion has its beginning in the Middle Ages when the Roman Empire through Constantine the Great legalized Christianity in the empire and thereby ending persecutions against Christians through the Edict of Milan in 313 BC. But it was Theodosius I who made Roman Catholicism the official religion of the Roman Empire in 380 BC. The reign of popes as its designated “successors” of Peter the Apostle is clouded with dark secrets and mystery that defies the true spirit of Christianity. The church’s official holidays, likewise, have mixtures of paganism. And that is understandable. The real objective of the Edict of Milan is to unite the Roman Empire, the largest empire the world had seen. There was an enormous challenge for the whole empire to embrace Christianity whose dominant religion as most know is paganism, whose gods originated from the Greek mythology. The most supreme of all their gods is Zeus and there were countless number of lesser gods and goddesses not counting the gods from the east like Babylon and Egypt who had separate sets of gods. Then, they came up with the idea to blend Christianity with their existing religions so it will be easier for new converts to adopt Christianity. They were successful. Instantly, the world saw the fastest spread of Christian religion, nevertheless, raw and lacking spirit.
It is not surprising that their doctrines on sacraments have also dubious impressions that virtually negate Christ’s death with faith in Him as the only way to salvation. Graven images in expensive robes adorn their huge palatial houses of worship. Marian devotion, their Queen of Heaven is a must in every service gathering and places of worship. Read similar ancient practice in Jer 7:18; 44:17–19. In other words, the Roman Catholicism is a mixture of Christianity and the dominant religions of the ancient Romans in the early centuries. It was not really a true propagation of Christianity but an attempt to unite and strengthen the Roman Empire into one religion while tolerating false practices and therefore compromising the true doctrine and faith in Jesus Christ.
However, let no one be so quick to judge. If we judge, let us first check the plank in our own eye. Bear in mind that many practices of the Roman religion have seeped even through the Protestants and conservative Christian religions. Example is the feast of Saturnalia that evolved to our Christmas Holiday being celebrated every December 25 after the Roman god Saturn (More on this in the next topic). Majority still stick with the eighth day, Sunday, as the Sabbath day of rest. Moreover, the Sabbath day was renamed Saturday in the Gregorian calendar after the same Roman god, Saturn. Almost all Christians do not notice that we are following the Roman tradition of worshipping on the eighth day instead of on the Sabbath day, not speaking of other man–made religious feasts. God hates our religious feasts (Isa 1:14), and He promised to get rid of them in the future (Zeph 3:18). This is only few of the many wrongs Christians today have inherited from Roman religion. Almost everybody is as guilty.
Regardless anyway of the false doctrines or religions, the followers of the false churches are still called Christians to the unbelieving nations and whose God is the same Lord, Jehovah. They bear the holy name of Christ. They are the people “called by my name” says the Lord (read 2 Chronicles 7:14, Isaiah 43:7). The name of Jesus Christ is at stake and in constant mockery.
This is the real message of Revelation 17 and the tribulation. The misled followers of the great prostitute cannot be held fully responsible to the wrong doctrines infused in them – Orthodox, Catholics, Protestants, and all Christians alike. The priests, pastors, and leaders of the respective sects are even guiltier of greater sins against God, and He is bound to punish them all. That is why God is giving everyone the chance through tribulations to repent and know the truth.
And these also stagger from wine and reel from beer: Priests and prophets stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine; they reel from beer, they stagger when seeing visions, they stumble when rendering decisions (Isaiah 28:7).
People during the time of Jesus Christ were very religious and they strictly followed the teachings of the Pharisees. They always visited the Temple, attended religious feasts and adhered to the laws of Moses. However, Jesus Christ saw them differently and had compassion on them. To Him they were still like sheep without a shepherd.
If that was how Jesus saw those people back then, how will He now judge our generation who does not even have time for God? People today are really suffering in spirit because we are more like sheep refusing to be shepherded.
Now, continue reading the the prophecy on the prostitute For a better understanding about the beast and ten horns, read Who Are the Ten Horns of the Beast? - Part 1 and Who Are the Ten Horns of the Beast? - Part 2:
It is very surprising now that the beast (Antichrist) and the ten horns (ten governors) will destroy the prostitute. Why? Because the Antichrist will establish a new religion, promote a new god, with him as a new god to be worshipped. Read The Antichrist and the Number "666" to understand this terrifying events. As a result, many Christians will be killed, a great annihilation that unless Jesus Christ shortens that time, no one will physically survive.
It is important for everyone to realize and accept the meaning of the message of Revelation 17. Understanding this one chapter alone will open our eyes about power of God and the incessant attack of the Devil on Christianity. Since the time Christianity was born, the enemy has not stopped to destroy it. It is the most persecuted religion in the world, much in the same as the people of Israel are the most hated people of the world. There's only one reason-- and that is there only two powers that works among us: the power of God and the power of the Devil. Somehow, it is easy to be ruled by either one. The world right now is under the power of Satan, majority is under his control as it is written:
I understand that it is difficult for many even for some matured Christians to accept the revelations in this topic. But that is how it is-- only few will be able to accept the Truth that leads to life. But it is this Truth that sets as free, free form the lies of the enemy.
God has warned us against the lies of the great prostitute:
Let us open our eyes and minds and break the chains that bound us from the love and grace of the true God and great Saviour, Jesus Christ. He made a straight way so simple to follow, not the complex and winding way crafted by men that leads to destruction. His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
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