Let's go on into the next chapter, Chapter 17 of Revelation. Please remember that these chapter divisions were not in the original text. The text was first divided into chapters and verses when the Geneva Bible was translated in the fifteen hundreds and it was done so for ease of reference. So Revelation 17 is a continuation of Revelation 15 and 16.
The vision of the seven angels with the seven golden vials of God's wrath to be poured out upon the earth. After John saw the hail, we read in Revelation 17:1, "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."
The angel is now going to show John the judgment, or the punishment, or the end of the great whore. Called in verse 5 "Mystery, Babylon The Great." Remember, Babylon the great whore is already here when these things are going on. John does not see Babylon arriving upon the scene. In fact, if you will check quite closely you will find that the Book of Revelation does not announce the arrival or the rise of Babylon at all.
Only what she is doing and her end. So she is not something that arises on the scene during the seven last plagues she is already there when the scene begins. The angel said to John, "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. 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." Here again is being demonstrated the utter impossibility of these visions being fulfilled literally. We will not be looking for some woman, dressed in red, riding upon a red beast having seven heads. No, this is symbolic for something else. "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: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." (1)
And now we wish you to listen, and read very very carefully to the next verse. Especially those of you who have been taught that Christians will not be on the earth when these last chapters of the Book of Revelation are being fulfilled. Verse 6 of Revelation 17, still speaking of the woman arrayed in purple and scarlet - MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, "And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration." Now that last word there does not mean that John looked upon her with favor, as the original Greek word means to look closely or to be in awe. And we can imagine that if we had seen such a vision that we would have looked upon it in awe also. But the woman was drunk with what? With the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.
Whatever this woman in scarlet is She is a Killer of Christians! That is obvious because she is drunken with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. This woman arrayed in purple and scarlet to be judged here, during the time of the seventh vial or the last plague upon the earth, was seen by John to have killed so many Christians he could describe here in no other way than to say that she was drunken with their blood. In verse 18 the angel told John, "And the woman which thou sawest is that great city which reigneth over the kings of the earth."
So we can see clearly that she is the world ruling power. She kills Christians and in the last verse of Revelation 18, after she is destroyed, God says; "And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth."
Now we have said several times that this world ruling power called Babylon is here on the earth today. It is not some future thing! She is already working her awesome murders upon the Christian people in most of the nations of the earth. And she is guilty of the death of not only Christians but of the death of all that has been slain upon the earth. That God's people would be in Babylon, captured by her as it were, is obvious by the call of God to his people in Revelation 18:4, "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." Which produces the following question: Why would God be so foolish as to call for His people to come out of Babylon, in Revelation 18, if the ministers, the Clergy of Organized Religion are correct in their Rapture Doctrine, when they say all the Christians will be gone when these passages are fulfilled? No, God's people have not only been captured by Babylon, as we read in Micah 4:10, but Babylon is responsible for the death of many of them.
Let's recount a little history, actually recent history, which has occurred in the lifetime of the older people, and at least partiality known to all. The Red Bolsheviks (Communist Jews) conquered the 16 territories of Russia and Siberia between 1917 and 1921. By 1931 they had put to death at least twenty million (20,000,000) people, most of whom were Christians, and at least that many more were in slave camps.
Every Christian Bible, to their knowledge, in Russia was burned or destroyed; every Christian Church was closed; every Christian Minister was either killed or placed in the slave labor camps in Siberia. And that process has been repeated in every nation taken over by the Communist, although it has not been reported upon by the Jew owned news media in America. The same people who claim their color is red, just the color of the woman and the beast in Revelation 17 and 18.
The Christians in Russia were not Raptured; the Christians of Armenia, Azerbaidzhan, Byelorussia, Georgia, Kazakh, Kirghy, Ukraine, Uzbe, Turkmen, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and none of the subsequent nations taken over by the Communist were Raptured; the Christians of China were not Raptured, nor were the some ten million (10,000,000) Protestant Christians murdered by the Roman Catholic Church before and after the inquisition were not Raptured. It has been admitted by at least one of the Clergy of Organized Religion that most of the Christians of China have been murdered. The Christians of Cuba were not Raptured, however, some of them did escape in small boats before Castro's power become complete.
During the Vietnam War another war was began and ended in Africa with little if any American news coverage. The war against the Ible Tribe by the Nigerians. Britain, Russia and the Jewish Israelis armed eighty thousand (80,000) Nigerian troops and in two years they had killed or starved to death one million (1,000,000) of the six million Ible people. Our rulers and our news media remained silent as did most of the radio and television preachers.
When it was almost over, Newsweek Magazine ran a one page article on it, casually commenting upon the one million who had died, and saying that the Ibles were the ONLY Negro tribe in Africa who had adopted Christianity as the official religion of the tribe. Just think of it, one million Negro professing Christians slaughter by arms from a combination of Britain, Russia and Israel and most Americans never even heard of it! At the end of the Vietnam War when the red butchers of North Vietnam swept in upon the helpless people of South Vietnam and Cambodia refugees who escaped later told of the systematic murder of every individual who was a Christian and everyone who, to their knowledge, had been friendly to a Christian or Christian Missionaries.
In the first weeks, after the Communist takeover, red murder squads went into every Christian orphanage in South Vietnam and shot to death every baby there, to eliminate what they called contamination. As you know, thousands of South Vietnamese did escape by themselves, or with the Americans in those last desperate days of the collapse of South Vietnam. In America many Ministers did join together in a relief effort to provide food and clothes for the refugees. In many cases they even helped bring them to America and settle them here. Strangely enough, or perhaps not so strangely even while some were helping Christian refugees from the Communist slaughter, others went right on preaching about how American Christians would never suffer such things, but would be Raptured off the earth before any tribulation came. As Jesus said in Matthew 6:23, about such men; "If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!" Being blinded by their own false doctrine, they could not see the tribulation being enacted right before their eyes. And still the slaughter and the horror in Southeast Asia goes on without abatement, without comment by the American news media, the American Government or the American Clergy of Organized Religion.
Lord Elton, British Tory spokesman for foreign affairs, stated in the English Parliament; "Of all the regimes which the fugitives left behind the most ferocious is in Cambodia. In 1975 the country had seven million (7,000,000) inhabitants and since the Khmer Rouge took over more than one and one-half million (1,500,000) have died of execution or starvation." He further said; "The policy is the destruction of all ties with the past and with the outside world except China."
Vietnam has since found out the same thing. The so-called Communist conquest was in actuality a conquest of Red China, one of the parts of Mystery Babylon. Who is ruling America? Is it the people of America? Or has the United States, unknown by its citizens, been captured by that thing known in the Bible as Mystery Babylon? Since 1918 the Red anti-Christ have almost swept parts of Asia and Eastern Europe clean of Christians.
They are now working to either kill or drive out all of the Christians in Africa. Aided in their criminal pursuits by the rulers of our own beloved America. And still the teaching of the Rapture grows and spreads. It is almost unbelievable to those of us who study God's Word and recognize from it the present tribulation which the blind cannot see. But think God, as we read Revelation 17 and 18 we are not reading of the rise of this great anti-Christ world power, we are reading of its judgment or its end, its total destruction. And as Babylon become visible to our people, they will be seeing its termination, its final death throes. As God moves to bring it to judgment and destruction. In fact, all of the Bible teaches it will be the wicked which will be removed from the earth, not the Christians or the Saints. The so-called Rapture Doctrine, like all false doctrines has the truth turned upside down and backwards.
1. Revelation 17:4-5.
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