Babylon is the World wide false religion. Not just one religion but ALL world religions
Mystery Babylon is a "city"~
just as Mount Zion is a city. Babylon is Satan's city that he has (within God's permissible will) created so that his children would with one consent, give their strenght unto himso that he could carry out his rebellion against the God and his children.
Babylon is like any city in this world~it has its religion, entertainments and commercial~
Bottom line, Mystery Babylon is twofold
, both religious and government/commercial side. In Babylon. it is ALL RELIGIONS that are antichrist, meaning that they preach another gospel, have another Jesus and are under another spirit, which is the spirit of the beast as he mounts up last day power to defeat the saints, and Jesus Christ, the true God.
I have put together an 80 pages study on Mystery Babylon, and would be happy to post some of my notes as time permits...here's is part of my introduction:
18 February 2009
1 Page OF 77MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT Revelation 17:5: By D. W. "Red" Baker; Introduction to this mystery called: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT CITY
As many have taken in hand to set forth what they believe the scriptures teach on the subject of, MYSTERY BABYLON; it seemed good to us, having an understanding of what Mystery Babylon is, to put it together on paper, for the understanding, comfort and protection of the saints.
We know there are sundry and divers interpretations on this subject. Only one can be right. I know that even the correct "overall" view of this subject "will still need" help to make it perfect. I am convinced that no man can give a perfect understanding of this subject without some things within his writings that could have been added or left off, or both, so that it would be free of error. We all live in a body of sin and death, and this is one of the perils of this state in which we live. Nevertheless, we are trusting our God, to enable us to be as close as we can to His truth, without misleading any of His elect away from truth and into error. We fear of perverting God's word, but that fear must not stop us from doing anything for the kingdom of God's sake. Matthew 25:24-30.
We ONLY want to build upon the foundation laid by our Lord and his apostles; gold, silver, precious stone; NOT, wood, hay, and stubble. Our prayer would be: That we would teach the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God has ordained before the world unto our glory. It is His hidden wisdom. May He be pleased to open this holy wisdom for us to see and behold and to glory in, to prepare our souls for what is ahead for God's saints and this world.
As one reads the many positions on Mystery Babylon, one can see why so many are confused. We will not waste any time of our readers on the many different beliefs. We have one main agenda, and that is: that we may give understanding to God's elect. We do not care for any others. Those who teach the scripture should only be concerned with feeding the sheep of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord did not waste his time "laboring to feed the goats!" God ALONE regenerates his elect by His Spirit. A teacher of the truth can do no more than to impart knowledge to those who can see and hear. Without spiritual life, one cannot see or hear. The gospel can only bring to light, life, it does NOT bring life. 2Timothy 1:10. The gospel can ONLY manifest where there is spiritual life; it has never brought life to a sinner dead in trespasses and sins. But it will manifest the evidence where the wind of God's Spirit has been. It will also manifest where it has not been. I trust one understands what I mean by that statement. Of course, the Holy Ghost is everywhere, but He does not work in all hearts the same; many He leaves to their own sinful desires, their vain imaginations, and to their foolish darkened hearts. I know well, and these very folk just named, He works through them for the good of His own good pleasure, for whatever pleasure He so desires to accomplish, that doeth he with all men, vessels of mercy and vessels of wrath.
The word Babylon is in our Bibles many times, but the number is not important, knowing how many times it is there, does not shed any light on why it is there and what it means. We want to know: What does MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT mean according to God's definition? God's word is its OWN dictionary. We MUST stay in the word of God and allow the scriptures to define its own use of words and they will. The Bible WILL interpret its own scriptures by carefully comparing them with each other and allowing them to FIT TOGETHER with each other.
One has well said, the Bible is a "spiritual puzzle”. The spiritual workman must labor to make the scriptures interpret each other, so one can see the truth on the subject he/she is studying.
Many are like one of my grandsons. The young lad was putting a puzzle together that I had gotten for him. He was doing fine, until he came across one that he could not make fit where he wanted to put it; so he stood upon his feet and lifted up his leg into the air, and came down with all of his might, and slammed the piece into the place his little mind thought it went. I said, Luke, that is not the way you do a puzzle. But many do the scriptures the same way. If it does not fit, they still force verses into their doctrine that does not fit and will never fit. A trained spiritual eye can see it so easily. For a man to have a truth on any given doctrine, all verses pro and con must work together, not against each other.
If we only had the Old Testament and not the New, then we would NOT know its HIDDEN meaning. It is hidden, or else, it would not be called by the name: "MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT"....The book of Revelation helps us out greatly to make the connection with the Old Testament, so that, we come to a true Biblical understanding.
We must avoid denominationalism, men opinions, favors, pressure of exclusion, praises of men and other things that would hinder us from faithfully standing for the truth. No one loves standing alone among the multitudes and standing alone just to have claims of doing it. But, we must be faithful with what God has given to us and trust Him for His purpose with our life. This one thing we do know, you will never have the multitudes on the side of TRUTH, NEVER! Matthew 7:13-14
We sing the song, Babylon is fallen from Revelation 14:8 and other places in the OT.
"Hail! the day so long expected, hail! the year of full release; Zion's wall are now erected; And her watchmen publish peace. Thru our Shiloh's wide dominion, hear the trumpet loudly roar Babylon is fallen, is fallen, is fallen, Babylon is fallen to rise no more.
All her merchants stand with wonder, What is this that comes to pass? Murm'ring like the distance thunder, Crying, O alas, alas! Swell the sound, ye kings and nobles, Priest and people, rich and poor. Babylon is fallen, is fallen, is fallen, Babylon is fallen to rise no more.
Blow the trumpet in Mount Zion! Christ shall come the second time; Ruling with a rod of iron, All who now as foes combine. Babel's garments we've rejected, and our fellowship is o'er. Babylon is fallen, is fallen, is fallen, Babylon is fallen to rise no more.
THIS IS A GREAT SONG! But, who really understands WHAT they are singing?
"Thru our Shiloh's WIDE DOMINION,".........CANNOT be said to be true, UNTIL, Babylon is TRULY FALLEN. When Babylon falls to RISE NO MORE, then our Shiloh's dominion will be over ALL the earth, over every person. The knowledge of the LORD shall cover the earth, as the sea does now.
The Apostle Paul said: ".....I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the UNDERSTANDING also." 1Corinthians 14:15 We must understand WHAT we are singing WHEN we sing songs unto our God. Also, are we not teaching one another when we are singing?
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; TEACHING and admonishing ONE ANOTHER in psalms and HYMNS and SPIRITUAL SONGS, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." Colossians 3:16
Yes, we are singing to the Lord at the same time. We must labor to sing with understanding to our Lord. May this paper on Mystery Babylon help God's children to do to just that. That is: have a Biblical understanding of Mystery, Babylon the great. May the Lord of heaven and earth, use it for the good of his people.
Without a true understanding of this subject, a part of God's truth is missing from your Bible knowledge. It may leave you or/and your loved ones unprepared for the evil days ahead and from the sorceries used by MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT! No man lives to himself, and what he believes and practices, others with him, who ever they may be, will believe and do likewise; and if in error, they will suffer the same consequences.
May we all seek to know the true meaning of MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT. Knowing the truth here and responding as a child of God should, will prepare you for that day.
How can one heed the call of the Holy Ghost, "...COME OUT of her, MY PEOPLE, that ye BE NOT partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." Revelation 18:4.....if they do not know the truth concerning Mystery, Babylon the great? It is impossible! Some may think that they have never been part of it; others may think they have come out already and do not need to heed this call; but, they may very well still be part of it, yea, a big part of it! May this paper help God's elect to know the truth, that they may heed this call that is in Revelation 18:4 and many other places in the scriptures; though said a little differently, but meaning the same as the exhortation in Revelation 18:4.
Before we start, I will promise that we will use ONLY the scriptures in presenting our understanding of this subject. If we are going to have THE TRUTH, then we MUST use the ONLY source of truth in this world: The record of God himself, that is noted for us in the "scriptures of truth"....which the angels themselves used with Daniel. "I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth:" Daniel 10:21. ANYONE who uses "EXTRA BIBLICAL" sources as a means to teach who Mystery Babylon is, is deceiving you. If they cannot use ONLY the word of God to prove their teaching, then they are using sleight and cunning craftiness that cannot stand up against the scriptures of truth.
All wise and righteous men from the day man has been upon this earth, to our Lord Jesus and his holy apostles and to this hour; have trusted in the word of God for all true history, for instruction in righteousness, for our doctrine, and for that doctrine to remain THE TRUTH, have lived by and trusted only in God's word, just as it was first given to us in our mother tongue.
We teach the scriptures to our little children that they may be wise unto salvation (in every sense that word is used from the scripture), nothing else really matters as far as this duty. (Of course, we teach them to read and other necessary things that can help them serve God and others).
"From a child thou hast know the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, (NOTHING ELSE IS) for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be PERFECT, (you need nothing else!) THROUGHLY FURNISHED unto ALL good works." 2Timothy 3:15-17
If this is not so, then may some man stand up and prove otherwise. I do not expect any man to step forth! If one does, bring ONLY the scriptures with you. Acts 17:28 does NOT qualify. One must start in the OT and from there work themselves to Revelation 17,18 BEFORE they can be sure that they have the truth concerning Mystery Babylon, I have done this in my articles that I put together back around eight years ago.