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Spiritual Adultery: Babylon the Great
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We pray to the Adon Olam, the Master, Creator and Sustainer of all existence, to fill our hearts with wisdom, awe and understanding as we continue this study into the Revelation of Navi Y'shua. We ask for the strength and wisdom to withstand all forms of spiritual adultery and to be ever faithful to HaShem and His Torah.
Babylon the Great: Mother of HarlotsRevelation 17:1 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, "Come here. I will show you the judgment of the great whore who sits on many waters,As discussed last time, this "great whore" will be a spiritual harlot and adulteress whose power will extend to all nations. Through her seductions all the kings of the earth (i.e. the rich and powerful) as well as the common people, will become intoxicated by the heresies (symbolically held in the cup she holds in her hands) she advocates. She will cause them all to embrace the Lie (II Thessalonians 2:11).
17:2 with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and those who dwell in the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication."
As discussed previously, as the final seven years of the age begins haMelekh haMoshiach ben David will finish vomiting the contaminated Nicolaitan/Nicene Church out into the Tribulation Period as discussed at Revelation 3:16. As this point she will openly embrace her new lover, the Rex Mundi. As the global despot rises she, as Babylon the Great, that woman Jezebel, will take him as lover. In his worship Jezebel will offer tow'ebah ("temple prostitution") to all the world, perhaps literally but certainly symbolically. This triumph of 'global harlotry' against HaShem will be the establishment of the true "Universal Church" so long envisioned by Nicolaitans and other globalists.
Its important to understand that Babylon the Great does not yet exist. No church nor denomination currently existing is Babylon the Great INCLUDING (Roman) Catholicism. The SEEDS of that tree however are germinating within them all because the root of the Nicolaitan heresy is the greed based desire of humanity to "be like God," knowing both yetzer tov and yetzer hara while in rebellion to the plan of HaShem (Genesis 3:5). The only way to remove this weed is Torah Observance.
The Whore of Babylon therefore exists today as "that woman Jezebel" who works within and without all of the religious and spiritual traditions to deceive and pervert the Light of Torah. We read of her presence within the Nicene Church period:Revelation 2:20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman, Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. She teaches and seduces my servants to commit harlotry, and to eat things sacrificed to idols.Note that the text says, "Behold, I will throw her into a bed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation..." Jezebel is a succubus who seduces and deceives the world. She fosters apostasy and division and seeks to consume the souls of humanity for her master Lucifer. She has been present within the Way and the Church since its inception undermining the unity of the talmidim of Rebbe Y'shua.
2:21 I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her harlotry.
2:22 Behold, I will throw her into a bed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works.
2:23 I will kill her children with Death, and all the assemblies will know that I am he who searches the minds and hearts. I will give to each one of you according to your deeds.
Under Jezebel's influence and human greed, over the years the Way Movement (and then the Nicene Church) lowered its guard and willingly embraced her as paramour, committing spiritual fornication (tow'ebah) against her Bridegroom (Rebbe Y'shua) as we discussed last time. The Jewish Way (Derech Yehuda) Movement of Rebbe Y'shua was replaced by the third century CE by Universal kirk (Catholicism). Through the Catholic ("universal") Church (both Roman and Orthodox Christian) and her daughters (the Anglicans, Protestants etc) "that woman Jezebel" has consistently worked to establish a one world religion devoted to her master Lucius and the rebellion he oversees by the allowance of HaShem. Jezebel had all but won during the Middle Ages but Islam arose and destroyed her centralized power. Then HaShem inspired the Anglican and Protestant Reformation and all segments of the Church, including Catholics Believers, drew back from the brink for a time. Jezebel's plans were placed on hold by Hinderers.
NOW IS COME the "great falling away" of the Laodicean Church Period as foretold at II Thessalonians 2:3, Revelation 3:14-19 and elsewhere.
Once Rex Mundi is revealed to the world, Jezebel's work will triumph. There will exist a Global Luciferian Religion. "She" will lead this Rome based movement known prophetically as Babylon the Great.
We now continue:17:3 He carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness where I saw a woman sitting on a crimson-colored beast, full of the names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.This "wilderness" Navi John is witnessing is the devastated city of Roma. In his vision Rav John had previously beheld it in ruins (Revelation 14:8). He now returns to the events taking place in the City of Rome and will share more on this below.
We've discussed this crimson-colored Beast and his symbolism in some detail before in this study (see Revelation 12:3). The color of the Beast, usually translated as scarlet, is kokkinos which more closely translates as crimson. This dye is produced from clusters of eggs of female insects known the kermes. The liturgical color worn by Catholic cardinals is kokkinos as shown to the right. The prophetic Jezebel is symbolically sitting astride Rex Mundi, depicted as a horse. As we will again discuss below, the False Prophet (the human representative of the Nicolaitan heresy) will be the leader or "Pope" of Babylon the Great and High Prophet of the Nicolaitan Order, the Ancient Order of Old Nick.
Unlike Rex Mundi and his False Prophet, "that woman Jezebel" (see Revelation 2:20) is not an actual person but the personification of the Nicolaitan Heresy propagated by "the Order of Old Nick" ("the Stranger").
"Saint" Nicholas with the Three Boys in the Pickling Tub,
South Netherlandish, ca. 1500. -- Metropolitan Museum of Art
For the sake of brevity we aren't going to look too closely at "Old Nick" in this study. Those who are interested in this aspect of Babylon the Great's development may be interested in my studies Old Nick and the Nicolaitan Heresy or the more exhaustive study The True Meaning (and Origins) of Christmas. These developments are important to understand.
The point is, the Nicolaitan Heresy, by whatever name, is a movement that has been carefully concealed and developed within the heart of Nicean religion from as early as the late First Century CE. Its origins however reach back to the Tower of Babel and the dawn of the Nephilim as previously discussed. Through these ancient heresies what today is accepted as standard Christian dogma has been painstakingly developed in opposition to Torah and billions have been deceived. Babylon the Great will be the organized, global structure developed to fruition through a very long endeavor, as we mortals consider time. This global institution will appear on the scene fully ready and empowered for its service to Rex Mundi and his master Lucius when the time is ripe.
It is incorrectly taught by some that the fact that Jezebel is sitting astride the Beast might imply that she is controlling him. This leads some denominations to conclude that either the Antichrist will work for her or that he is merely symbolic of her authority and will not personally exist. The Greek words here are kathemai epi which do not support this view. These words simply tell us that "her place of being" (kathemai) is "with" (epi) the Beast. This inaccurate interpretation often equates Jezebel with the historic Catholic Church. Due to an anti-Catholic world view many Protestants unjustly condemn Catholics, not realizing that their own core beliefs are in the main identical with and arise from Catholicism. We do not support this illogical prejudice.
Innumerable Catholics are sincere worshippers of God according to the light of their understanding. Like all Nicene Believers their essential beliefs are contrary to Torah and the New Testament teachings. When the time comes however many of these people are going to stand and be counted among the Great Multitude of righteous Gentiles in opposition to the Babylonian Mark System. What has been done behind closed Vatican doors is not of their doing. Like all other Nicene Christians, Catholics have accepted Nicolaitan heresies they have been taught. Like all others, we advise them to study Torah and the teachings of Rebbe Y'shua. To this end we offer our Yeshiva Beth HaShem lessons and other studies.
Until the doors to teshuva are closed with the pouring out of the Seven Bowl of Wrath God's people can be found throughout all of the world's religions. HaShem looks at the heart and He alone accepts whom He accepts. As the Scripture says we ought to concern ourselves with the beams in our own eyes rather than the motes in the eyes of others (Matthew 7:3, Romans 14:4).
Having been "vomited out" of the presence of HaShem (Revelation 3:16) Jezebel (the religious element of the global rebellion) now openly turns to her true lover: Nicholas or Lucifer. These prophetic words do not reference the relational status between the two in any way. For that relationship we consider this earlier comment of Navi John's:
Revelation 13:12 He [i.e. the False Prophet] exercises all the authority of the first beast [i.e. Rex Mundi] in his presence. He makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed.
13:13 He performs great signs, even making fire come down out of the sky to the earth in the sight of people.
13:14 He deceives my own people [i.e. the Jews] who dwell on the earth because of the signs he was granted to do in front of the beast; saying to those who dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast who had the sword wound and lived.
Next Navi John describes what will become of Jezebel.Revelation 17:4 The woman was dressed in purple and crimson, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls. In her hand was a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication.This is even as stated:Revelation 3:17 Because you say, 'I am rich, and have gotten riches, and have need of nothing;'...Her boast is not without truth! Through Nicolaitan religion Jezebel has long wielded great power, wealth and influence. By the point Navi John is now describing, she and her lover (i.e. Rex Mundi) will appear to be invincible. She is no longer hiding her true anti-Torah intentions. She now reigns supreme by his permission as religious authority of the planet.
Her abomination (tow'ebah) filled cup refers to all of her historic abuses of religious AND political authority done in the Name of God. For centuries Jezebel (the "Babylonian" based religion of the Nephilim) has manipulated the religions of the world, reformulated and darkened their initial noble teachings, divided the people of the earth, instigated "holy wars" and incited hatred. The Nicolaitan heresy has abused its authority by promoting its twisted doctrines contrary to the good of humanity. Her wealth, splendor and glory, and her burning malice against HaShem and His Elect, the Jews, has inspired her every move.
Her ultimate goal is the global genocide of People Israel and the enslavement of the human race.
Although Jezebel sits as a queen, seemingly "in need of nothing," yet her vileness has now been "remembered" by HaShem and He will soon act!Revelation 16:19 The great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. Babylon the Great was remembered in the sight of God, to give to her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.We will continue with this theme next time as we look at Revelation 17:5 and beyond.