Are you offended already? Please don't be. My purpose is only to get you to think. If, after viewing the following, you still believe the church of Rome is the true church, then you will have strengthened your own understanding of what you believe. The scriptures below speak of some city on this earth that was extant during the time of the Apostles, and is still around today. If you are Catholic, I am not writing against you! I only wish to present what the Bible says about your church. I welcome any correspondence about the views expressed on this page. Let's just try and be honest and keep emotion out of our reasoning process. Fair enough? Then read on. The scriptures used are from the King James Version, but you are encouraged to look them up in your Catholic Bible! There will be little difference.

Revelation (Apocalypse)17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
6.And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

Notice several things about this "woman".

1. The woman sits on many waters.
Letting the scriptures interpret themselves, what do the many waters represent?

Verse 15." And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues."
She "sits" on "many" waters. She has some influence over "many" peoples.

2. The woman is a city.
Verse 18." And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth." - We are looking for a city that has influence over many people, nations and tongues.

3. She (the city) is "drunken" with the blood of the saints and martyrs. She is a "religious" city. (All Christians in the Bible are called "saints" - before thier deaths!) This is a hard one. Anyone honest enough to research the history of the Roman church will find hundreds of thousands of real Christians murdered by the "woman" who is a "city".   What else can we learn about her?

4. She is riding a "scarlet coloured beast".

Verse 3 "[A]nd I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns." Is the beast defined? Yes, it is Satan himself.

Verse 8 "The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is."

He is the master deceiver! 1 Corinthians 11:14,15 declares, "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."  Satan's ministers show up as good, upright "ministers" or "priests". They speak of righteousness and goodness, yet they are the ministers of Satan!  They are deceived, and deceiving millions!

Many will wonder when they find that although they were faithful to their religion (think clearly now!), their names are not written in the book of life! How tragic!

5. It is called "Mystery" Babylon. It is not the literal city of Babylon, but a city that is associated with the Babylonian mystery religious system (see Hislops Two Babylons).

6. The city sits on seven mountains, or hills.

What city on earth will match the above?  Think! What are the "colors" associated with that city? (The Vatican) The city is a political-religious entity. It "rules", i.e., has strong political influence over the nations of the earth. The city is Rome. There is no other city on earth that, to an honest mind, meets the requirements of the Scripture. The city has a religion associated with it. It is the Roman Catholic religion. Now, before you cry "bigot" and click away somewhere, please at least give it some honest thought. The Bible says "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8,9).  How does that verse square with all the "works" required by Catholicism. Confession, baptism, the Mass, penance, the rosary, the stations of the cross, the seven sacraments. Even marriage is called a "sacrament" (i.e. some work whereby one can "merit" grace). Roman Catholics believe it is a sin to believe that you can know where you are going upon death. Yet, John the apostle wrote in his 1st epistle, chapter 5, verse 13 "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. "

My heart aches for so many thousands of dear Catholic people who sincerely believe everything their church has told them. And yet very little of it can be found in the Bible. If you have read this far, and have questions or comments, I will write to any and all who respond with an honest heart. Please don't be among those who, with surprise, find out too late that their names are missing from the Book of Life.

Evidence from Rome herself that she is the Harlot Woman of Revelation (Apocalypse) Chapter 17. (reproduced from Hislops The Two Babylons see below)

The Apocalyptic emblem of the Harlot woman with the cup in her hand was embodied in the symbols of idolatry derived from ancient Babylon. It is singular that in our own day, the Roman Church has actually taken this very symbol as her own chosen emblem. In 1825, on the occasion of the jubilee, Pope Leo XII. struck a medal, bearing on the one side his own image, and on the other, that of the Church of Rome symbolized as a "woman," holding in her left hand a cross, and in her right a CUP, with the legend around her, "Sedet super universum," " The whole world is her seat."

Reproduced here is a cut of that medal taken from the book The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop, published in America by Loizeaux Brothers Inc. In England by A & C , ltd. The book proves clearly and conclusively the connection between the ancient Babylonian mystery religions, and the Church of Rome.

Pope Leo XII on front, Woman with cup from Rome, on reverse.

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