Is the Pope the Pied Piper for the World-Wide Whore Religion of the End Times?

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TEXT: Revelation 17:1-6

1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:

2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

5 And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth.

6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

Some Bible scholars believe that the Babylonian whore described in this passage is the Roman Catholic church.

John MacArthur said, ‘The Roman Catholic Church will be at the center of this coming together of world religions into one.’

Ray Stedman said, “When we put all these clues together it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that this pictures the Roman Catholic Church. It is a church that arises during the present church age, but comes to its greatest power in the last seven years of this age, after the true church has been raptured.”

Dave Hunt said, “Against only one other city in history could a charge of fornication be leveled. That city is Rome, and more specifically Vatican City. She claims to have been the worldwide headquarters of Christianity since its beginning and maintains that claim to this day.”

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Dr. David R. Reagan also said:

The Christian leaders who are advocating tolerance to the point of embracing apostasy are going to triumph in the near future, at least temporarily. The Bible makes that clear. Just as “one world” thought is dominating the political and economic scenes today, it has captivated the thinking of both Catholic and Protestant leaders regarding religion.

That thinking is paving the way for the establishment of the one world government of the Anti-Christ which will be supported by the one world religious system of the False Prophet.

I believe the harlot church of Revelation 17 will most likely be an amalgamation of the world’s pagan religions, including apostate Protestants, under the leadership of the Catholic Church.

In that regard, I think it is significant that in 1989 the Archbishop of the Anglican Church, Robert Runcie, called for all Christians to accept the Pope as “a common leader presiding in love.” Runcie made his appeal at an evening prayer service midway through his first official visit to the Vatican. “For the universal church, I renew the plea,” he said. “Could not all Christians come to reconsider the kind of primacy the bishop of Rome exercised with the early church, ‘a presiding in love’ for the sake of the unity of the churches in the diversity of their mission?”

We have already been given a chilling preview of what is to come. It occurred in November 1986 in Assisi Italy when Pope John Paul II called a convocation of the leaders of twelve world religions to pray to their gods for peace. One of those who came was the Dalai Lama who is considered to be a god himself! The show was stolen by an American Indian chief who danced and whooped to his god.

Why did the Pope feel it was necessary to bring together pagan religious leaders to pray to pagan gods? Does the Pope feel his own god is inadequate to the task? The most obvious answer is that the Pope believes all the leaders were praying to the same god.

This is one of the most popular ideas in Christendom today. It is the concept that God has revealed Himself in many different ways to different peoples. The conclusion, therefore, is that there are many roads to God. It is tolerance gone to seed. It also contradicts the Scriptures which say that God has revealed Himself in only one person, His Son, Jesus of Nazareth.

We live in an age of demonic deception. We must be on guard at all times. We must test everything by the Word of God.

There are those who argue that the only thing that is important is the Gospel, and we should be willing to embrace anyone who has accepted the Gospel. The Gospel is then defined as the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.

Such an attitude ignores the fact that doctrine can deny the Gospel. For example, Jehovah’s Witnesses claim they accept the Gospel, but their doctrine of Christ denies the Gospel, for they claim that Jesus was the archangel Michael. Likewise, Mormons claim to accept the Gospel, but their doctrines pervert Jesus into a created god who is the brother of Lucifer.

Doctrine is not irrelevant. That’s why the Scriptures tell us to avoid “strange doctrines” and “different doctrines”. That’s why Paul publicly rebuked two men by name for teaching that the resurrection had already taken place.

We are told to reject what is contrary to “sound teaching” and to “retain the standard of sound words”. And in Titus 1:9 Paul says that an elder is to be able “to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict it.

Catholics claim to accept the Gospel, but their doctrines deny the sufficiency of the sacrifice of Jesus and the salvation of God by grace through faith.

Catholic doctrine depreciates the significance of Jesus. For example, the tremendous importance of His incarnation is diminished by the doctrine of Mary’s immaculate conception (the concept that Mary was also born without a sin nature). The all-sufficiency of the Lord’s sacrifice on the Cross is dispelled by the doctrine of Transubstantiation, which holds that He is re-sacrificed daily in the Mass. His current unique role as our High Priest before the throne of God is diluted by the doctrine that Mary serves as our co-redeemer and interceder.

The Jesus of Catholicism is not the Jesus of the Bible. He is a pagan god who denies us access to God the Father unless we atone for our own sins by paying penance in this life and then suffering in purgatory.

The Mary of Catholicism is also not the Mary of the Bible. The Mary of the Bible was a woman of great faith and sterling character. But she was also a sinner who needed a Savior. The Catholic Mary is just another pagan god.

Catholicism is steeped in idolatry. In their veneration of Mary and the Saints, Catholics commit the worst of all sins against God.

There is a myth that prevails in Christianity which says that all sins are equal. That is not true. All sins are equal only in the sense that any sin condemns us before God. But all sin is not equal in the eyes of God. There are sins that God hates more than others. That is why there are going to be degrees of punishment for the unrighteous.

The Bible always portrays the worst possible sin as the sin of idolatry.10 That is why the first commandment says, “You shall have no other gods before me”, and the second says “You shall not make for yourself an idol”.

And that is precisely why the Catholic Church, in its presentation of the Ten Commandments, always deletes the second commandment and then makes up the difference by doubling the last commandment against coveting, making of it two commands: you shall not covet your neighbor’s house, and you shall not covet his wife. This is blatant scriptural manipulation designed to cover up the sinful idolatry of the Church.

But God cannot be mocked. His Word says that idolaters will be excluded from Heaven. They will be thrown into the lake of fire.

The message of the Word of God to those caught up in the spiritual darkness of Catholicism is, “Come out of Babylon, the great whore!”

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Today, we come to the third phase of our mini-series titled “The Ruler of the Nations.” We are looking at God’s dealings in prophecy with Gentiles, and we have seen what the Bible calls the spirit of Antichrist. From the writings of the Apostle John, we have learned that this spirit is in the church today among those who call themselves Christians, but who do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the Saviour of the world, and who seek to undermine the preaching of the pure Gospel. We also talked about the spirit of antichrist that is in the world today and how the Holy Spirit empowers us to resist and combat that spirit.

Now, we turn our attention to the coming antichrist world system. Why is it called a “world system”? Because, more than anything else that has existed on earth, when this system comes to fruition, it will truly be a system which encompasses the whole world. The groundwork for such a system is being laid even today. We see it in the governmental arena with the United Nations and the European Union. We see it in the military arena with NATO. We see it in the economic arena with the World Economic Forum and the International Monetary Fund. We see it in the religious arena with the Global Interfaith Partnership and World Interfaith Harmony.

You might be wondering, what is wrong with any of those organizations? They were founded with good purposes — to keep world peace, to provide global stability, to promote economic unity, or to facilitate understanding between different religious groups. There is nothing wrong with any of those goals. However, it is the growing acceptance of a move toward a global governing structure that Satan will manipulate and exploit in the end times in order to set up the man of sin — the Antichrist — on the world stage as the leader of the world. Then, Satan will turn the entire world system to oppose the children of Israel, the people of God, and the return of Jesus Christ.

When we think about the coming antichrist world system, our thoughts might automatically jump to a political/military organization which many leading prophecy experts believe, based on the Bible, will be identified as a revived Roman Empire. However, there is another organization that we must consider first if we are to gain a better grasp of this coming antichrist world system. That organization — a religious organization — is revealed in Scripture as the Babylonian whore. Ray Stedman said, “No symbol in the book of Revelation is given more identifying marks than this woman, therefore she must represent a very important factor. ”

During his vision of the end times, John tells us that an angel came and spoke with him, saying, “Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” Let us begin looking at some of the identifying marks of the Babylonian whore.

1. The whore has worldwide influence. In Scripture, the use of the symbol of “many waters” is connected with multitudes of people, particularly Gentile people. In verse 15, the angel tells John, “The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” So, we know that this organization symbolized as the Babylonian whore will have sway over the entire world.

2. World leaders will be in league with the whore. The Bible tells us that “the kings of the earth have committed fornication” with the whore. Alliances will be made between political leaders and this worldwide Babylonian organization. Heads of state will promise their people that they can have what the whore offers. The whore will have tremendous influence in the halls of power.

3. The world’s population will drink up what the whore has to offer. We read in Revelation that the “inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” Whatever the Babylonian whore is offering, the world will eat it up. You’ve seen how thousands of people camp outside of stores and line-up at midnight to get their hands on Black Friday deals or on some new product from Apple. That will be the world’s response to the Babylonian whore, just on a much larger scale.

What type of organization does the Babylonian whore represent? Dr. John Walvoord and Roy Zuck state, “This evil woman symbolizes the religious system of Babylon.” In the last days, there will be a religious movement that will take over the world. Eventually, the antichrist will take over this movement, declare himself to be god, and demand that he be worshipped. Sadly and unfortunately, the Gentile nations will eagerly accept the form of religion that the Babylonian whore offers. This religion has its roots in the life of the founder of Babylon, a man named Nimrod. Genesis 10 tells us that Nimrod, a great-grandson of Noah was “a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord… And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel.” “Nimrod, who founded Babylon, had a wife known as Semiramis who founded the secret religious rites of the Babylonian mysteries, according to accounts outside the Bible. Semiramis had a son with an alleged miraculous conception who was given the name Tammuz and in effect was a false fulfillment of the promise of the seed of the woman given to Eve. Various religious practices were observed in connection with this false Babylonian religion, including recognition of the mother and child as God and of creating an order of virgins who became religious prostitutes. Tammuz, according to the tradition, was killed by a wild animal and then restored to life, a satanic anticipation and counterfeit of Christ’s resurrection.”

False religion is at the heart of the worldwide organization symbolized by the Babylonian whore. The place of man’s greatest need is his spirit, his soul. Millions have found that money, success, relationships, and a variety of other things cannot fulfill the soul-need of any person. So, the false religious system of the Babylonian whore will promise to fulfill this deepest need of man. This antichrist system will implement false religion, false doctrine, false belief, and false ritual. The people of the world will buy into this system thinking that they can finally gain what generations of their ancestors have sought. As Eugene Peterson put it, “Worship under the aspect of the Great Whore is the commercialization of our great need and deep desire for meaning, love, and salvation. The promise of success, ecstasy and meaning that we can get for a price is Whore-worship. It is the diabolical inversion of ‘You are bought with a price,’ to, ‘I can get it for you wholesale.'”

That is what the global religious organization symbolized by the whore of Babylon will offer the world in the end times. This revelation ought to remind us that much false religion is prevalent in the world today. Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, New Age belief systems — even atheism — promise to fulfill the soul-need of the human race. But, we know the truth. The only one who can fulfill that need is the one, true God through His Son, Jesus Christ. As we hasten to the end times, this knowledge ought to spur us on in the sharing of the Gospel with a lost and dying world.

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If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.

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