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Lesson #45

RETURN TO SYLLABUS

REVELATION AND THE SECOND COMING
LESSON #45
MORE DETAILS OF MYSTERY BABYLON

  • MEMORY VERSE: 1JOH 4:1
  • THE NEW TESTAMENT IS NOT THE FIRST TIME WE SEE THE WOMAN CALLED “MYSTERY BABYLON”. (REV 17) BESIDES THE ROOTS THAT BEGAN IN GEN 10, WE FIND THIS WOMAN, THAT REPRESENTS THE WORLD FALSE RELIGION, IN ZEC 5.
  • READ ZEC 5:5-11 THE WOMAN IN THE EPHAH
    • WHAT IS AN EPHAH?
      • AN EPHAH IS A CONTAINER THAT MEASURES GRAIN (VERY MUCH LIKE A BUSHEL BASKET). IT CONTAINED A DRY MEASURE OF ABOUT 4 GALLONS. THIS IS THE LARGEST DRY MEASURE FOR QUANTITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
        • THE FACT THAT THE LARGEST AVAILABLE MEASURE IS USED IN THE VISION INDICATES GOD’S LONG-SUFFERING MERCY. EVIL AND WICKEDNESS HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO ACCUMULATE OVER TIME TO FILL THE LARGEST POSSIBLE CONTAINER.
        • THE SYMBOL OF THE EPHAH BECAME THE OFFICIAL SYMBOL FOR COMMERCE.
          • REMEMBER THAT THE FALSE PROPHET WILL CONTROL THE WORLD’S ECONOMIC SYSTEM IN THE TRIBULATION PERIOD WITH THE MARK OF 666. (REV 13)
          • REMEMBER THAT A WOMAN IN SCRIPTURE REPRESENTS SYMBOLICALLY A RELIGIOUS SYSTEM.
    • THEREFORE, THE WOMAN IN THE EPHAH REPRESENTS A RELIGIOUS SYSTEM MIXED WITH ECONOMICS AND COMMERCE.
      • “This is their resemblance through all the earth.” (6) =
        • THIS RELIGIOUS SYSTEM WITH ECONOMIC CONTROL WILL EXIST IN ALL THE WORLD.
    • “there was lifted up a talent of lead (7) =
      • THE TALENT OF LEAD (USED HERE AS A LID):
      • THE TALENT WAS THE LARGEST MEASURE OF QUANTITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST. IT WAS MADE OF LEAD AND USED FOR THE WEIGHING OF GOLD, SILVER, AND OTHER METALS. THE TALENT WAS USED IN ALL COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS FOR WEIGHING OUT MONEY.
        • THE TALENT WEIGHED OVER 120 POUNDS
      • THE HEAVY LID HIDES AND RESTRAINS WICKEDNESS INSIDE THE CONTAINER UNTIL THE APPROPRIATE TIME.
        • THE EVIL “MYSTERY” RELIGION PREVIOUSLY HIDDEN WILL BE REVEALED AND SPREAD OVER THE WORLD IN THE TRIBULATION PERIOD. IT WILL EVENTUALLY BE CONCENTRATED, CONTAINED, AND CENTRALIZED TO OPERATE FROM ONE GEOGRAPHIC AREA.
    • “a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah” (7) =
      • SHE IS CALLED “THE WICKEDNESS” (OR LAWLESSNESS) IN VERSE 8. SHE IS THE PERSONIFICATION OF SIN AND EVIL.
      • THIS IS THE SAME WORLD FALSE RELIGION THAT CAME FROM BABYLON AND THE TOWER OF BABEL.
        • IT WAS THE ROMAN EMPERORS IN HISTORY THAT ORIGINALLY MOVED THE HEADQUARTERS OF THIS RELIGION TO ROME.
        • IN THIS VISION IN ZEC 5, SHE IS MOVED BACK TO BABYLON.
    • “two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork” = (9)
      • THESE TWO ARE NOT ANGELS. ANGELS IN THE BIBLE ARE NEVER SPOKEN OF AS FEMALE.
        • A STORK IS A FILTHY, MIGRATORY BIRD, A SCAVENGER. IN THE BIBLE THE STORK IS AN UNCLEAN ANIMAL.
          • BECAUSE THESE WOMEN HAVE THE WINGS OF A STORK, THEY REPRESENT EVIL POWERS.
            • WIND IS A SYMBOL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, BUT THE WIND IN THE WINGS OF THESE TWO WOMEN REPRESENTS EVIL SPIRITS.
            • IN THE END TIMES, THESE TWO EVIL POWERS ARE THE ANTI-CHRIST WHO CONTROLS SECULAR, CIVIL GOVERNMENT, AND THE FALSE PROPHET WHO PROMOTES A FALSE RELIGIOUS SYSTEM THAT CONTROLS THE WORLD ECONOMY.
        • THESE TWO FEMALE FIGURES MOVE THE EPHAH WITH THE WOMAN TO BABYLON.
    • “build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base” (11) =
      • SHINAR IS ANOTHER NAME FOR BABYLON.
      • THE WICKED RELIGIOUS SYSTEM WILL RETURN TO BABYLON AND ESTABLISH ITS BASE OF OPERATIONS THERE.
      • THE WOMAN IS TAKEN BACK HOME TO SHINAR (BABYLON) WHERE A HOUSE IS BUILT FOR HER.
        • IN THE TRIBULATION PERIOD, THE FALSE PROPHET AND THE ANTI-CHRIST WILL MOVE THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE WORLD FALSE RELIGION FROM ROME BACK TO BABYLON WHERE IT BEGAN.
          • IN 1995 SADAAM HUSSEIN WORKED ON REBUILDING THE OLD CITY OF BABYLON SPENDING SOME 900 MILLION DOLLARS. WHY?
            • SADAAM HUSSEIN’S GREATEST HERO WAS NEBUCHADNEZZAR OF BABYLON. IT WAS HIS DREAM TO RECAPTURE THE OLD GLORY OF NEBUCHADNEZZAR’S MIGHTY KINGDOM.
              • SADAAM HUSSEIN HELD AN ANNUAL BABYLONIAN FESTIVAL WITH 2000 INTERNATIONAL GUESTS HONORING ANCIENT GODS OF MESOPOTAMIA.
          • THE NEW CITY OF BABYLON IS BUILT ON THE SAME LOCATION AS THE OLD CITY WHICH HAPPENS TO LIE OVER AN UNDERGROUND LAKE OF ASPHALT AND OIL THOUSANDS OF FEET DEEP. THIS SUBSTANCE PERIODICALLY BUBBLES TO THE SURFACE THROUGH THE SAND IN THE SUMMER MONTHS. THIS CHARACTERISTIC IS VERY INTERESTING IN LIGHT OF THE PROPHECY OF THE DESTRUCTION OF THIS CITY BY FIRE AT THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST. (ISA 13-14 JER 50-51)
            • THE KURDS OF IRAQ (MEDES) WILL HAVE A PART IN ITS DESTRUCTION IN SOME WAY. (ISA 13:17)
            • ISA 13:1, 6, 19-22 TELLS US THAT ONCE THIS CITY IS DESTROYED IN THE LAST DAYS, IT WILL NEVER BE REBUILT AGAIN.
  • TODAY’S EVIDENCE IS A MIXTURE OF MYSTERY BABYLON WITH ECONOMICS AND WORLD BUSINESS. THERE ARE 2 MAJOR EXAMPLES WE WILL EXAMINE:
    • =1= FREEMASONRY, IT’S HISTORY AND NATURE:
      • THE ORDER OF FREEMASONS IS THE WORLD’S LARGEST FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION.
        • IN 1717 IN ENGLAND, JAMES ANDERSON, AND REV. JOHN DESGUILIERS, SCIENTISTS AND PHILOSOPHER, BEGAN THE ORDER OF FREEMASONS.
          • THEY BASED THE ORGANIZATION RITUALISTICALLY ON THE PAGAN “MYSTERY” RELIGIONS ORIGINALLY FROM BABYLON THAT HAD SPREAD TO EGYPT WITH THE WORSHIP OF ISIS (SEMIRAMIS), HORUS (TAMMUZ), AND OSIRIS (NIMROD).
            • THE THIRD DEGREE MASON IS INITIATED RITUALISTICALLY INTO THE DEATH, BURIAL, AND RESURRECTION OF OSIRIS (NIMROD) AND PRESERVES THE TRADITIONAL PRACTICE OF OLD TESTAMENT WORSHIP OF BAAL.
          • SOME OF THE SYMBOLISM COMES FROM THE STONE MASON GUILDS OF EUROPE AND MIXING IT WITH THE BIBLICAL ACCOUNT OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF SOLOMON’S TEMPLE.
          • FREEMASONRY WAS ORIGINALLY INTENDED FOR WEALTHY, EDUCATED BUSINESS MEN.
          • THERE ARE MASONIC LODGES IN EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD EXCEPT FOR THE COUNTRY OF IRAN. THERE ARE 2-3 MILLION MEMBERS IN THE UNITED STATES. HOWEVER, FREEMASONRY IS THE STRONGEST IN ENGLAND.
          • OTHER ASSOCIATED ORGANIZATIONS FOR MEN:
            • SHRINERS
            • KNIGHTS TEMPLAR
            • YORK RITE MASONS
            • ACACIA (COLLEGE MEN)
            • SOJOURNERS (ARMED FORCES MASONS)
            • PRINCE HALL MASONRY (FOR BLACK MEN)
            • PALLADIAN RITE MASONRY ( THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF MASONS)
          • WOMEN’S ORGANIZATIONS:
            • EASTERN STAR
            • DAUGHTERS OF ISIS
            • DAUGHTERS OF THE NILE
          • GIRL’S ORGANIZATIONS:
            • JOB’S DAUGHTERS
            • RAINBOW GIRLS
          • BOY’S ORGANIZATIONS:
            • DEMOLAY
        • MANY PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY CHRISTIANS, ARE UNAWARE THAT FREEMASONRY IS A RELIGION OPPOSED TO CHRIST.
          • THE BOOK OF FREEMASONRY, MORALS AND DOGMA p. 213 SAYS:
            • “EVERY MASONIC TEMPLE IS A TEMPLE OF RELIGION.”
          • THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FREEMASONRY SAYS THAT FREEMASONRY CAME FROM THE DESCENDANTS OF NOAH (TOWER OF BABEL) AND THAT NIMROD IS LISTED AS ONE OF ITS FOUNDERS.
          • THE MASONIC GOAL HAS AS ITS PURPOSE TO ESTABLISH ONE GOVERNMENT AND ONE RELIGION OVER THE WHOLE WORLD.
            • MORALS AND DOGMA p. 220 SAYS:
              • MASONRY…”TENDS TO CREATE A NEW PEOPLE, WHICH, COMPOSED OF MEN OF MANY NATIONS AND TONGUES, SHALL ALL BE BOUND TOGETHER BY THE BONDS OF SCIENCE, MORALITY, AND VIRTUE.”
                • THE GOAL IS TO REVIVE THE ANCIENT PAGAN “MYSTERY BABYLON” RELIGION AND RESTORE IT TO THE WORLD IN ITS ORIGINAL AND PURE FORM SO AS TO UNITE ALL MANKIND IN IT.
            • FREEMASONRY AND THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH:
              • OFFICIALLY THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH HAS BANNED CATHOLICS FROM JOINING FREEMASONRY. HOWEVER, AT THE VERY HIGHEST LEVELS OF THE VATICAN, THERE IS A VERY POWERFUL MASONIC GROUP.
                • IN 1903 THE VATICAN ALMOST ELECTED A CATHOLIC MASON AS POPE. HE WAS CARDINAL RAMPOLLA. MANY DID NOT KNOW HE WAS A MASON. HOWEVER, THE AUSTRIAN EMPEROR, FRANZ JOSEF, VETOED RAMPOLLA’S ELECTION.
                • THERE ARE SOME WHO BELIEVE THAT THE MYSTERIOUS AND SUDDEN POISONING DEATH OF POPE JOHN PAUL I (CALLED THE SEPTEMBER POPE) WAS CARRIED OUT BY THE VATICAN FREEMASONS.
            • MASONIC SYMBOLS:
              • THE PYRAMID WITH THE ALL-SEEING EYE. YOU CAN SEE IT ON THE UNITED STATES DOLLAR BILL. THE SYMBOL MEANS REVERENCE TO THE SUN GOD OF EGYPT.
              • APIS, THE BULL, WHICH IS THE SYMBOL OF OSIRIS (NIMROD) AND REFERS TO THE GOLDEN CALF THAT THE ISRAELITES WORSHIPPED IN THE BOOK OF EXODUS.
              • EASTERN STAR. THE MASONIC WOMEN’S ORGANIZATION, USES AN INVERTED FIVE-POINTED STAR. IT IS THE SAME STAR USED FOR SATANISM (A PENTAGRAM).
                • WHEN WOMEN SAY, “WE HAVE SEEN HIS STAR IN THE EAST AND ARE COME TO WORSHIP HIM”, THEY DO NOT MEAN JESUS, BUT “BAPHOMET”, A DEMONIC DEITY, THE PAGAN GOD OF LUST, REPRESENTED BY A GOAT-HEADED GOD (THE GOAT OF MENDES). THIS IS ANOTHER SYMBOL FOR SATAN.
              • THE COMPASS AND THE SQUARE (THE DEEPER MEANING AT THE VERY TOP LEVELS OF FREEMASONRY):
                • THE COMPASS REPRESENTS MALE DOMINANCE AND SEXUAL IMPREGNATION OF THE FEMALE (THE SQUARE) BENEATH. THE LETTER “G” IN THE MIDDLE IS A CORRUPTION OF THE HEBREW LETTER “YOD”. IT REPRESENTS THE MALE ORGAN AND REFERS TO THE LEGEND OF OSIRIS. (SEE LESSON #42)
            • MASONIC DOCTRINE:
              • THEIR DOCTRINE INCLUDES ASTROLOGY, REINCARNATION, AND DEATH OATHS. THE PLAN OF SALVATION IS THIS:
                • YOU MUST BE ENLIGHTENED WITH “SECRET” KNOWLEDGE.
                • YOU MUST BE FAITHFUL TO THE OATHS AND OBLIGATIONS OF FREEMASONRY OTHERWISE DEATH RESULTS.
                • YOU MUST LIVE A VIRTUOUS LIFE.
                • THERE IS A PERSONAL SAVIOR, HIS NAME IS HIRAM ABIFF. HIS LEGEND AND SPIRITUAL BACKGROUND:
                  • HE WAS A CHIEF ARCHITECT OF THE TEMPLE PROJECT. HE KNEW THE “MASTER’S WORD”, A SECRET THAT NO ONE KNEW AND COULD NOT DISCOVER UNTIL THE TEMPLE WAS FINISHED. OTHERS WANTED TO KNOW THE SECRET AND TRIED TO BEAT IT OUT OF HIM. IN BEATING HIM, HE DIED. AFTER THREE DAYS THE TRUTH WAS REVEALED AND THE KILLERS CAUGHT. HIRAM’S GRAVE WAS OPENED AND KING SOLOMON RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD WITH MASONIC RITUALS.
                  • HIRAM ACTUALLY REPRESENTS THE EGYPTIAN SUN GOD, OSIRIS (NIMROD)
                  • FOR A PERSON TO RECEIVE NEW LIFE AND ASCEND TO SPIRITUAL LIGHT, THE PERSON MUST ENTER INTO THE DEATH, BURIAL, AND RESURRECTION OF OSIRIS (HIRAM) (NIMROD). THE MASON IS TO BECOME LIKE HIRAM AND PERSONIFY HIM.
  • =2= THEOSOPHY OR THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY (DIVINE WISDOM):
    • IN 1875 IN NEW YORK CITY HELENA PETROVNA BLAVATSKY, AND LATER ANNIE BESANT, BEGAN AN ORGANIZATION CALLED, THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY. THE ROOTS OF IT GO BACK TO THE TOWER OF BABEL AND NIMROD AND CONTINUE FORWARD THROUGH HISTORY TO THE “NEW AGE” CULTS TODAY. THIS BELIEF PLAGUED PAUL AND HIS MINISTRY IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. IN PAUL’S DAY, THE FORM OF THIS RELIGION WAS CALLED, GNOSTICISM.
      • HELENA PETROVNA BLAVATSKY WAS BORN IN RUSSIA IN 1831. ANNIE BESANT, THE NEXT LEADER, LIVED FROM 1847-1933.
        • ANNIE BESANT WAS ALSO A CO-LEADER IN THE MASONIC MOVEMENT AND A COMPANION TO ALBERT PIKE, THE FATHER OF MODERN FREEMASONRY.
    • ALICE ANN BAILEY WAS THE NEXT LEADER OF THE THEOSOPHY MOVEMENT. SHE ALSO FOUNDED TWO OTHER RELATED ORGANIZATIONS. ONE WAS CALLED THE LUCIFER PUBLISHING COMPANY. LATER SHE CHANGED THE NAME TO, LUCIS TRUST. IT IS KNOWN BY THAT NAME TODAY. LUCIS TRUST IS A VERY POWERFUL PUBLISHING COMPANY, INFLUENTIAL IN SOCIETY, GOVERNMENT, RELIGION, AND WORLD AFFAIRS TODAY. THE OTHER ORGANIZATION SHE FOUNDED WAS CALLED, TRIANGLES, THAT PROMOTED MEDIATION AND MEDITATIVE VISUALIZATION. SHE, ALSO, WAS A MASONIC LEADER.
    • THE BELIEFS OF THEOSOPHY:
      • THEOSOPHY IS A PANTHEISTIC RELIGION. REMEMBER THAT PANTHEISM BELIEVES THAT GOD MANIFESTS HIMSELF IN EVERYTHING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD AND IDENTIFIES HIMSELF WITH THE UNIVERSE. THEOSOPHY SAYS THAT TRUTH IS FOUND IN ALL SOURCES OF RELIGION, PHILOSOPHY, AND SCIENCE, INCLUDING EVOLUTION. THE GOAL OF THEOSOPHY IS TO MAKE PEACE AND UNIFY ALL RELIGIONS. THEIR PRACTICES INCLUDE ASTROLOGY, MEDITATION, SPIRIT GUIDES, CHANNELING AND OTHER OCCULT PRACTICES.
    • PIERRE TEILHARD DE CHARDIN
      • HE WAS A CATHOLIC PRIEST BORN IN 1881. HE WAS A WELL-KNOWN PHILOSOPHER AND WRITER FOR CATHOLIC DOCTRINE DESPITE HIS BELIEF AND HIS LINKS TO THEOSOPHY. HE WAS GREATLY INFLUENCED BY ALICE BAILEY. FINALLY IN 1957 THE CATHOLIC CHURCH BANNED HIS WRITINGS, BUT PROGRESSIVE CATHOLICS AND NEW AGE CULTS STILL USE HIS WRITINGS.
  • SUMMARY:
    • OVER THE PREVIOUS THREE LESSONS WE HAVE SEEN SOME OF THE TENTACLES OF MYSTERY BABYLON AND THEIR PROGRESSION TO TODAY’S WORLD. ALL OF THESE TENTACLES RELATE TO REV 17 AND ZEC 5 OF THE TRIBULATION PERIOD.
    • THIS WORLD FALSE RELIGION CALLED, MYSTERY BABYLON, OF REV 17 TAKES ON A POLITICAL NATURE IN REV 18.
    • IN OUR NEXT LESSON WE WILL FOLLOW THE EVIDENCE AND SEE HOW THIS HAS OCCURRED AND TO WHERE THE EVIDENCE WILL LEAD TODAY.

HOMEWORK
BABYLON THE GREAT — REV 18
THIS IS A SELF-STUDY. PLEASE DO NOT SEND HOMEWORK ANSWERS TO THE TEACHER FORCORRECTION.

  • APPLICATION OF MORE DETAILS OF MYSTERY BABYLON:
    • HAVE YOU BEEN OR ARE YOU NOW INVOLVED IN ANY OF THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS?
      • FREEMASONRY:
        • THE MASONS
        • SHRINERS
        • EASTERN STAR
        • JOB’S DAUGHTERS
        • RAINBOW GIRLS
        • OTHERS:
      • THE RELIGION OF THEOSOPHY
    • IF YOU HAVE NEVER REPENTED OF THESE THINGS, YOU NEED TO REPENT AND ASK GOD TO FORGIVE YOU. READ REV 18:4
    • PRAISE GOD FOR THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST THAT FORGIVES US OF OUR SINS.
  • PREPARATION FOR REVELATION 18 BACKGROUND:
    • READ REV 18:1-19
      • READ ISA 14:1-11, 18-23
      • COMPARE REV 17 WITH REV 18 BY FILLING IN THE FOLLOWING CHART:
  MYSTERY BABYLON – REV 17 BABYLON THE GREAT – REV 18
WHAT KIND OF SYSTEM IS IT? VS. 4, 5 VS. 3
WHAT DO KINGS THINK OF IT? VS. 16 VS. 9
WHO DESTROYS IT? VS. 16 VS. 5, 8
WHEN IS IT DESTROYED?    
    • READ REV 18:20-24
  • MEMORY VERSE: REV 18:4

 

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