WHO IS BABYLON?
The subject of Babylon is a most important topic and one that must be understood correctly. Why? Because in Revelation 18:4, we are told to “come out of her." “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her [Babylon (Rev. 18:2)], My people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues [Rev. 16]" (emphasis added). Where are Elohim's people said to be in this verse? In Babylon!
Many who are reading this already have preconceived opinions on many things dealt with in the Scriptures. But we want to know THE TRUTH. There is only one truth, and what we believe to be the truth may not necessarily be THE TRUTH. Many hold opinions based on what others believe and not on what they have studied for themselves. Not good! Or on what a certain denomination has taught for years. Not good either!
We can say things that are not the truth for years and many good and learned people may give their voice to it, but does that mean it is the truth? Say a lie often enough and long enough by enough people, and pretty soon, we actually believe it to be the truth. A prime example of this is the statement that the United States is a Democracy. Is this true or false? If it is true, then I was programmed to believe a lie every time I said the Pledge of Allegiance as a child. Who is telling the truth? How can we know? All we need to do is go to the original document, and it will tell us the truth.
Article IV Section 4 reads: “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican form of government and shall protect . . .” See the previous article “Is the United States a Democracy or a Republic?” So if we go to the source for our understanding, we can come to the right conclusion.
So it is with the things from Elohim’s Word. It is just like finding the correct understanding of whether the United States is a democracy or a republic. Many influential leaders in the United States refer to this country as a democracy. What do you think? Maybe no one out there cares. But it proves a point to those of us who want to have the truth and believe it needs to be correct. We cannot even trust our political leaders to give us the truth, and so it is with those who “claim” to be our spiritual leaders in religious matters.
How does what they tell us measure up to what the Bible has to say is an absolute must! Isaiah 8:20 tells us, “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Elohim wants us to look to Him for the truth and not to any man. “Howbeit when the Spirit of truth is come, He will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13, emphasis added). If the “Spirit of truth” is not sufficient to “guide you into all truth,” then no man, or woman, or denomination is sufficient either.
How should we study the Bible? We should not study the Bible for the purpose of sustaining our preconceived opinions but with the single object of learning what Elohim has said in the Bible. In Revelation 18:3, it is written: “For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her (Babylon’s) fornication.” If you have been drinking wine (in this case, spiritual wine), are you able to make sound and correct decisions? If Babylon represents the Catholic Church, as many contend, how has she made “all nations” drink of “the wine of the wrath of her fornication?”
Once again, hear this out before you rush to any conclusions. How about China, the Muslim countries, Japan, Russia, and India? In Revelation 17:15, Babylon is described as the “Mother of Harlots.” Is Hinduism a daughter of the Catholic Church? NO! Is Islam a daughter of the Catholic Church? NO! How about Buddhism? Judaism? Shintoism, etc. NO!
If you are content with a West European/American view of prophecy, then these religions would not be included in the call to come out of Babylon, but the gospel is to be given globally and takes in “every nation, kindred, tongue, and people”. (Rev. 7:9; 14:6). “Go you into all the world” (Matt. 28:19, emphasis added), and not just into the Christian countries, for Elohim has His people in all these religions and countries also, but all are said to be in Babylon.
The fact is the Catholic Church is one of the daughters of Mother Babylon. When did Babylon first come on the scene of human history? It was shortly after the Flood. Elohim had told Noah and his descendants to scatter over the face of the earth. Elohim had directed men to disperse throughout the earth, to “be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth” (Gen. 9:1), but these builders of Babylon had determined to keep their community united in one body and to found a city from which all the earth could be controlled. Ever heard of the United Nations?
There is a reason why Elohim divided the world into nations. See my study on Daniel chapter two pertaining to the aims and purposes of the New World Order. The New World Order also wants to “control the whole earth,” just as the original Babylon wanted to.
Once again, out of the ruins that will come upon the earth during the sounding of the first four trumpets pictured in Revelation chapter eight, modern-day Babylon will arise to power, dividing planet Earth into ten interdependent regions, which they call “kingdoms.”
Even though the inhabitants of the original Babylon were scattered over the face of the earth when Elohim confused their languages, their religious symbolism, beliefs, and rites went with them. See videos by Doc Marquis for an excellent in-depth examination of the symbolism and rites brought into our time by the descendants of ancient Mother Babylon. Ancient MOTHER BABYLON gave birth to the false religions of planet Earth, and they are referred to in Revelation 17:5 as her HARLOTS of which the Catholic Church is only one of them. Remember, the Catholic Church’s teachings can be traced back to pagan Greece, which the Roman armies conquered physically, while Greek paganism and philosophy conquered Rome spiritually. The Catholic Church was not the originator of her teachings!
In Revelation 18:4, it is written: “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, My people” If Babylon represents the Catholic Church, do we only call Elohim’s people out of its body and its offspring, the Protestant Churches? What about the Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, pagans, heathens, etc.? Are we to conclude Elohim has no followers who are living up to all the light they have in these other groups, which far outnumber Catholics and Protestants?
But if Babylon is referring to ancient mystic Babylon from which ALL false religions have their origin, then it becomes a GLOBAL call to come out of all false worship to worship the Creator of the Universe. “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that Elohim is no respecter of persons: but in every nation [and religion] he that fears Him, and works righteousness, is accepted with Him” (Acts 10:34-35). Please see my studies on Revelation chapters seventeen and eighteen. All false religions have their origin in ancient Babylon! Not the Babylon of Nebuchadnezzar but the Babylon of Tower of Babel fame with Nimrod, Semiramis, and Tammuz – the original Trinity. And modern-day Babylon comes up from the ruins of the first four trumpets pictured in Revelation 8:6-12 just as ancient Babylon came up from the ruins of the Flood.
The last part of Revelation 17:2 indicates that “the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine [the false customs, practices, beliefs, and teachings of paganism] of her [‘the great whore’ Revelation 17:1] fornication”. If we are to understand that the “wine of her fornication” are the false customs, practices, beliefs, and teachings, then ancient mystic Babylon and not the Catholic Church is the originator of those doctrines/teachings. The Catholic Church is simply the product of those customs, practices, beliefs, and teachings that the Church of Rome incorporated into its system when it became the product of the amalgamation of Christianity and paganism.
In Revelation 17:3, it is written: “So he (‘one of the seven angels which had the seven vials’) carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.”
From Revelation 13:1 (See my study on Revelation chapter thirteen), we discovered that the beast rising “up out of the sea” also had “seven heads and ten horns.” Each head represents one of the seven religious belief systems of this world, and each horn represents a “kingdom” or a region into which the New World Order will divide planet Earth.
It is not the intention of this study to get into any depth on Revelation chapters seventeen and eighteen but to show that Babylon is not the Catholic Church but is ancient mystic Babylon where all the false religions had their beginnings. All false religions, including the Catholic Church, had their origin in ancient mystic Babylon. The call to come out of Babylon is not simply a call to come out of the Catholic/Protestant Churches but is a call to come out of ALL FALSE RELIGIONS WITH THEIR FALSE WORSHIP AND FALSE TEACHINGS AND TO WORSHIP YAHUWAH ELOHIM ALMIGHTY ALONE! “Saying with a loud voice, Fear Elohim, and give glory to Him [not Them]; for the hour of His [not Their] judgment is come: and worship Him [not Them] that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” (Rev. 14:7).
Revelation 18:6-24 goes into the practices of Babylon and how those whose worship encompasses anything that pertains to Babylon. You will see after viewing Doc Marquis’ videos which can be found on my website, Global Impact Studies, the holidays celebrated by the world today, which are all of occult origin, have greatly enriched the merchants of this earth. It is the time right now to get out of Babylon before the plagues promised on those who are in Babylon begin to fall. See Revelation chapter sixteen.
It will not matter whether you are practicing the rites and following the teachings of Babylon ignorantly. The times of our ignorance, Elohim winks at and is willing to forgive us for our sins, but when after He makes the truth known to us, He expects us to turn from those practices and beliefs and follow Him. “And the times of this ignorance Elohim winked at; but now commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30).
The entire chapter of Leviticus chapter four pertains to sins that are done through ignorance. “Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of Yahuwah concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them. If the priest that is anointed do sin according to the sin of the people; then let him bring for his sin, which he hath sinned, a young bullock without blemish unto Yahuwah for a sin offering” (Lev 4:2-3). It is a dangerous thing to sin through ignorance, and when Yahuwah makes known the truth, He expects people to repent (change).
When Yahuwah makes the truth of a matter available to His people, and they remain willfully ignorant, then what is written in Hosea 4:6 takes place. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee.” It is not that the truth has not been made available, but it is that the people reject the knowledge that would have corrected them.
When you see how many of the so-called “Christian” practices and beliefs are derived from the occult (symbolism, rites, customs, beliefs, practices, and teachings) and you are sincere in following Messiah, it is my hope you will give it much prayer.
Elohim has given you the freedom of will and will convince you as to “what He would have you to do.” The choice remains with you. Elohim warned ancient Israel when He was about to place them in the Promised Land. “When thou art come into the land which Yahuwah thy Elohim gives thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations” (Deut. 19:9, emphasis added). Whether we have been doing this in ignorance or not, we must follow Elohim fully and not as many do in smorgasbord fashion, where we pick and choose what we will follow. It is written: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of Elohim” (Matt. 4:4, Luke 4:4, Deut. 8:3).