The Beast and the Whore of Babylon

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The Beast & the Whore of Babylon in Revelation 13, 17

The Bible speaks of and warns against the Beast and the Whore of Babylon who rides the Beast. So who is the Beast in the book of Revelation? This questions has perplexed many people over a long period of time. However, on closer inspection, there is surprising consensus as to who the Beast is and and what it represents.

The Bible interprets itself and this is the most effective way to understand Bible prophecy and the meaning behind the Scriptures. The Word of God is not so obscure that we cannot understand it ; one simply has to study the Word to understand what often appears to be obscure and veiled reference and meanings.

In Revelation chapter 13 we see the Beast described and in Revelation chapter 17 we see that the Whore of Babylon rides the Beast. But what does the Beast represent?

15 Characteristics of the Beast Power

According to the Bible, the Beast power has fifteen characteristics:

  1. It is both a church and a city (Revelation 17:18; Jeremiah 6:2)
  2. It is seated upon seven mountains (Revelation 17:19)
  3. It is arrayed in purple and scarlet and adorned with gold and precious stones (Revelation 17:4)
  4. It asserts power over all the inhabitants of the earth (Revelation 13:7)
  5. It arose within a densely populated area with cultural diversity (Revelation 17:15)
  6. It completely eradicated three other kingdoms when rising to power (Daniel 7:8) [a horn in prophesy = a kingdom; see also Daniel 8:21-22]
  7. It makes war with the saints (of God – not Catholic saints ..) (Revelation 17:6) [according to the Bible, those who belong to God are His saints ; they are gods to be worshipped or prayed to – as in Catholicism!]
  8. It has a single man acting and speaking for the whole (Daniel 7:8)
  9. The sovereign of this kingdom exalts himself as God (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)
  10. The sovereign of this kingdom is identified with the number 666 (Revelation 13:18)
  11. It speaks pompous words and blasphemies (Revelation 13:5)
  12. It has attempted to change God’s calendar and laws (Daniel 7:25)
  13. It ruled supreme for 1,260 years (Revelation 13:5)
  14. It was stripped by a civil power and taken into ‘captivity’ (Revelation 13:10)
  15. It was mortally wounded but will ultimately recover (Revelation 13:3)

Only one power on earth fits every detail of the prophetic description found in the Bible – the Roman Catholic Church.


 

The Roman Catholic Church is the Beast warned against in the Bible

The Protestant reformers throughout history all agreed that the Roman Catholic Church is the Beast. But how can this be true when this monolithic and all-powerful religious entity appears to be so spiritual?

“And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.” – 2 Corinthians 11:14 (NKJV)

This information is not intended to offend Catholics who love Jesus Christ. But Jesus himself said …

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – John 8:32 (NKJV)

It should also be self evident that on close inspection of Catholic doctrine, the Catholic Church denies the deity of Christ, and justification by faith alone in Christ. At least ten false doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church are contrary to what the Bible teaches.


The Roman Catholic Catechism contradicts the teachings of the Bible

vatican roman catholic catechismFurthermore, it’s Catechism contradicts the teachings of the Bible, and references itself rather than the Bible. (I have an official Vatican copy and can prove this!)

The teachings of the Catholic Church do not become true simply because they claim they are true. As Christians, we are told to study THE WORD OF GOD and to TEST EVERY SPIRIT so that we can determine what is true and what is not. According to the Bible the SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST is at work in the world and this spirit seeks to contradict and wage war against GOD’S TRUTH. There cannot be two versions of truth!

One of the questions I have for well-meaning Catholics is: why does your church need a Catechism? After all, the Catholic Catechism is an extra-biblical reference book that explains the doctrines and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. So which is more important – the Catechism or the Bible? Every Christian is instructed to study the word of God (the Bible), but not a Catholic Catechism.

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

If you are a practising Catholic, please realise that Catholicism cannot save you – only Jesus can!

For more information, see also Catholicism – A Damning and False Religion

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Alan Vincent is the founder of PropheticAlert - a spiritual discernment ministry that promotes the gospel of Jesus Christ through new media.

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