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announcement is made by the second angel of Rev. 14?
" And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is
fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the
wrath of her fornication." Rev. 14:8.
To whom is the
term Babylon elsewhere applied?
"And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color... And upon her
forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots
and Abominations of the Earth." Rev. 17:4, 5.
NOTES. - A woman, in
prophecy, denotes a church. Eze. 23:2-4; Jer. 3:1, 14, 20; Rom. 7:4; Rev. 14:4,
What does the
apostle call the church that has become corrupted by worldly alliances?
"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the
world is enmity with God?" James 4:4.
NOTE. - Babylon is also said
to commit fornication.
And what is that
called which was to reveal the "man of sin," or the papacy?
"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come,
except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son
of perdition." 2 Thess. 2:3.
NOTE. - If a "falling
away" in this case means apostasy, the "fall" of Babylon must be
a moral fall, caused by a departure from the simplicity of the gospel.
What work was
this "mother of harlots" seen to engage in?
"And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints,
and with the blood of
the martyrs of Jesus." Rev. 17:6.
What was in the
hand of this woman?
"And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with
gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of
abominations and filthiness of her fornication." Rev. 17:4.
What effect had
this wine (false doctrine) upon those to whom it was given?
"And the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the
wine of her fornication." Rev. 17:2.
This woman is
said to be the "mother" of harlots. Are there any churches which have
sprung from the mother church of Rome, directly or indirectly, and which
resemble her in doctrine or otherwise?
"If the church of Rome were ever guilty of idolatry in relation to the
saints, her daughter, the Church of England, stands guilty of the same, which
has ten churches dedicated to Mary for one dedicated to Christ." Catholic
Christian Instructed, page 18.
Mr. Hopkins, in a treatise on the millennium, says: "There is no reason to
consider the anti-Christian spirit and practices confined to that which is now
called the church of Rome. The Protestant churches have much of Antichrist in
them, and are far from being wholly reformed from corruption and
"There is a powerful element of Romanism in all the larger Protestant
bodies. The clergymen do not teach to the people the Bible itself in its purity
and simplicity, but they require them to receive instead a system of clerical
interpretations of the Bible." Literal Christian.
have been made by leading men, which show that they consider the churches to be
in a fallen condition?
"A confession can be had from the lips of the pastors of most of our
churches, that in our midst there are wicked, unholy, corrupt men who maintain
their position, and are saved from a righteous discipline, either by their
wealth or social position. It is true of this church, and it is true of many of
the churches around us. If a ship should go to sea with as many rotten timbers
as we have spiritually rotten members, it would go to the bottom in twenty-four
hours... One thoughtful, intelligent layman, a member of the church which is a
leader in its denomination, said the other day, 'Our church has degenerated into
a great, strong, social, fashionable organization.' " G. F .Pentecost, in
Christian Statesman of Jan. 8, 1876.
Robert Atkins, also, in a sermon preached in London, said: "The
truly righteous are diminished from the earth, and no man layeth it to heart.
The professors of religion of the present day, in every church, are lovers of
the world, conformers to the world, lovers of creature comfort, and aspirers
after respectability. They are called to suffer with Christ, but they shrink
from even reproach. Apostasy, apostasy, apostasy, is engraved on the very
front of every church; and did they know it, and did they feel it, there might
be hope; but alas! they cry, 'We are rich, and increased in goods, and
have need of nothing.' "
What does Paul
say of the condition of the church in the last days?
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For
men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud,
blasphemers,... lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of
godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." 2 Tim
How does the
prophet elsewhere describe the condition of Babylon?
"Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation
of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean
and hateful bird." Rev. 18:2.
Where will many
of God's people be found when this cry is at its height?
"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, My
people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her
plagues." Rev. 18:4.
In this can to
"come out" of Babylon, what message does the Lord send to guide His
people into the truth for these days?
"And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any
man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in
his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured
out without mixture into the cup of His indignation... Here is the patience of
the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of
Jesus." Rev. 14:9-12.
NOTE. - It is worthy of
notice that the first of these angels has simply an announcement to make of the
judgment at hand; the second tells the condition of the religious world, and
exposes its unfitness to meet its record in the judgment previously announced;
while the third provides a remedy whereby the people may be made ready to meet
the judgment and the coming King. Thus subject is treated in the next chapter