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Records the Conspiracy
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1: Mystery Religion in Modern Groups
2: Financial Influence and Freemasonry
3: The Great Merchants and Global Deception
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else we should recognize is that it is not an uncommon belief
among Christians that this great city "Babylon the Great"
is Rome. On this note, we would like to make a point. Since
Rome is not the actual city of Babylon and the text itself
does not indicate which city is meant by name, if this description
could be Rome, then it could also be some other city to rise
to such prominence. So, those who would assume that Babylon
the Great is Rome, cannot object in principle to the notion
that the title Babylon the Great could be transferred to another
city instead of Rome if the proposed city fit the description
intended in Revelation 17:5. (For more on whether or not Rome
and the Roman Empire are indicated by the symbolism found
in Revelation, please read our articles entitled, "Prophetic
For this section of our study the point is not, which city
the title is meant to indicate. The point is what aspect of
that city is this title describing? In what respect is this
city similar to Babylon?
Let's look at the title again.
Revelation 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written,
MYSTERY,  BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF
HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
When we consider the descriptions found alongside this title
"Babylon the Great" we see that it is not describing this
city in terms of the wealth and power of Babylon. While those
things would certainly be traits of the great city that rules
the kings of the earth (and are included in Revelation 18's
descriptions of "Babylon the Great"), this description is
focusing on "mystery," "abominations," and "spiritual harlotry."
These are terms describing a religious or supernatural relationship
to Babylon, not a relationship of material wealth or political
greatness. The point is, even if Rome was the intended recipient
of this description from Revelation 17:5, it is not the power
and wealth of Rome that grant it the title of "Babylon the
Great," it is the "mystery," "the abominations," and the "spiritual
harlotry" of Rome. And for that matter, if the city in question
is not Rome, the title of "Babylon the Great" would still
convey the very same spiritual characteristics in regard to
whatever city it is.
Notice that these traits are not passive. These descriptions
don't simply convey that the city is immoral, as the term
Sodom might convey. And they don't convey that the city is
merely itself a place of repression, as Egypt was to the Israelites.
Instead, they convey the active, outward role this city plays
in deceiving and polluting the nations of the earth by its
spiritual practices. This city not only practices these things,
it facilitates and initiates their practice all over the world.
We would not have to look far to find out why Babylon is associated
with such things as "mystery," "abominations," and "spiritual
harlotry." The Book of Daniel provides the most detailed Biblical
description of the kingdom of Babylon. There we find the following
In Daniel, there are 13 occurrences of the term "wise men"
(Daniel 2:12,13,14,18,21,24,27,48, 4:6,18, 5:7,8,15.) 9 out
of these 13 occurrences it refers to "the wise men of Babylon."
There are 8 occurrences of the term "Chaldeans" (Daniel 2:10,
27, 4:7, 5:7,11,15.) There are 5 occurrences of the term "magician"
(Daniel 2:10,27, 4:7,9, 5:11.) There are 6 occurrences of
the term "astrologer" (Daniel 2:10,27, 4:7, 5:7,11,15.) There
are 4 occurrences of the term "soothsayer" (Daniel 2:27, 4:7,
5:7,11.) There is 1 occurrence of the term "sorcerers" (Daniel
2:2.) Each of these terms is used to describe some form of
mystic person and the activity, which that person practices.
That is a total of 37 references to men who practiced mysticism
in one form or another. And we know according to Daniel 1:4
that Daniel was instructed in the way of the Chaldeans. Clearly,
from this inside account of the book of Daniel, we can see
that the kingdom of Babylon was characterized by its mystery
religion. And it is precisely this aspect of Babylon that
is conveyed by the title "Mystery , Babylon The Great,
The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth." This
is the particular aspect of Babylon that is carried over and
centralized in this great city of Revelation.
So, we see that the aspect of this "great city" that Revelation
17 is primarily concerned with is its prominence as the seat
of hidden religious secrets ("Mystery") and as a central exporter
of spiritual deception ("the Mother of Harlots and Abominations
of the Earth.") Revelation 17:18 also tells us that this city
is "that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the
earth." So, we know that in its day it is the seat of global
government. We have also discussed that whether or not this
city is Rome, the point is that this city, whatever it is,
is the seat of global government during the end times and
also a seat of mystery religion.
A short comparison of Revelation 17 and 18 adds further proof
that this city is also the center of commerce and global wealth
The Harlot of Revelation 17
Babylon of Revelation 18
17 and 18 demonstrate that this "Babylon the Great" deceives
the nations in part through its religious "mysteries." Interestingly
enough, the application of the word "harlot" or "prostitute"
also indicates for us the means by which those who practice
these ungodly religious mysteries are able to deceive and
manipulate the world. This city is not simply an "adulteress,"
which would indicate her spiritual crimes, but there is commerce
tied up in her activities. She is made rich by her spiritual
adultery. And from Revelation 18:15 we also learn that she
makes others wealthy who participate in her commercial system.
So, her religious mysteries are connected with both her commerce
and the means by which she manipulates the nations.
of the earth commit fornication
Made drunk with the wine of her fornication
Title of "Babylon
"that great city"
burn her with fire
drunk with blood of
saints and martyrs
arrayed in purple
and scarlet, adorned
with gold, precious
stones, and pearls
referred to as a
"whore" or like term
Kings of the earth commit fornication
Made drunk with the wine of her fornication
Referred to as
"that great city Babylon"
"what is like
this great city?"
Referred to as
"that great city"
Referred to as
"the great city Babylon"
She is made desolate
She will be utterly
burned with fire
In her was found the blood of prophets
great city that
was clothed in fine
linen, purple and
scarlet, adorned with
gold and precious
stones and pearls
Referred to as a great harlot, avenged the blood of
his servants shed by her
This is yet another indicator of the strong connection between
the mystery religion and the end time political conspiracy
that rules the world. It is an entity of hidden, ungodly,
religious understanding. It is also a city that pollutes and
misleads the world through both spiritual deception and financial
dominance. And it also reigns over the kings of the earth.
So, again we see that this connection of mystery religion
and politics has exists over a period of thousands of years.
We have seen from the Book of Daniel that it was connected
to (associated with, and perhaps originated in) ancient Babylon.
From 2 Thessalonians 2 and 1 John 2, 4, and 2 John 1, we see
that it was in practice at the time of the writing of the
New Testament in a form known as Gnosticism. And from Revelation
17 and 18, we know that it is in place in the final 3 1/2
to 7 years before Jesus' return. There is no mention of their
cessation in any of these intervals. Therefore, we have no
reason to assume any break in the continuity of their practice
between their mention in Biblical record. Clearly, then, this
mystery religion, which, Biblically speaking is unavoidably
connected to political power is not a new event in the end
times, but rather the final culmination of an age old conspiracy
that has existed and developed throughout most of human history.
And like these ungodly religious secrets that have been practiced
from that day to this one, there have also been present in
the world all this time the spirit of the antichrist along
with antichrists and deceivers who deny that Jesus Christ
was God come in the flesh.
When viewed together, the types of spiritual, commercial,
and political activities that are involved in these passages
indicate the historic existence of a group of men involved
in a hidden plot that will culminate in the end time empire
of the antichrist. And they have practiced these mysteries
for at least as far back as the first century (but perhaps
even back to ancient Babylon and Egypt). When we take into
account the wording of the Psalms (Psalms 2, 83, 110) and
the use of the title "Babylon the Great," it is likely that
such activities and groups of ungodly men existed back into
the time of the Old Testament as well. (We will revisit this
last aspect again later on in this series of articles.)
In conclusion, we have shown the following. First, Isaiah
8:12 does not instruct Christians to avoid belief in conspiracies.
Two, Psalms 83 demonstrates that the Bible does speak of men
conspiring against God. Three, Daniel and Exodus 7:11 indicate
the existence of mystery schools back into both Egypt and
Babylon. Four, Psalm 2 and 110 demonstrate that there will
be a conspiracy against God in the end times right before
Jesus returns to establish the kingdom of God on the earth.
Five, ungodly religious mysteries were in practice from the
time 2 Thessalonians 2 was written. Six, these ungodly mysteries
are involved in commerce and political control during the
time of the antichrist's empire. Based upon these six premises,
we conclude that the Bible does bear evidence to the existence
of men practicing ungodly religious mysteries down through
the centuries from empire to empire, and culminating in financial
control, political control, and mass deception right down
to the time of Christ's return. The purpose of these men is
to throw off the rule of the returning Christ who is coming
to rule them with an iron rod.
What else could we call such a scenario except a conspiracy?
A conspiracy that is not short-lived, but as old as human
history itself. A conspiracy that does not come into existence
suddenly with a Big Bang, but instead with slow, gradual,
(For a thorough demonstration of the political aspects and
connections between ancient Babylon and the end time conspiracy
please see our articles entitled "Prophetic
Symbols" in the End Times (Eschatology) Section of the
In Depth Bible Studies.)