The Harlot Church
(Understanding Prophetic Events-2000 PLUS! - Series - Part 5)
In this Truth for the Journey today, we will further discuss the role that the Church and religion as a whole, the role it will play and the influence it will have, on the world stage, during the culmination of this age. Not everyone is clear on how things will play out. Scripture is vague in some areas and specific in others. Nevertheless there is a great “unfolding” occurring and only the spiritually discerning (not elite nor exclusive) will have any true perception about what’s really going on. (Eph 1:17-19)
For instance some have thought that the Roman Catholic Church is the harlot church where the Antichrist will rule, and the city of Babylon being Rome, Italy. However the Harlot is not any single denominational structure. She is an amalgamation of all the world’s ecclesiastical, man-made religions, including the present day denominations choosing to have only a form of godliness (2 Tim 3:5).
Today the ancient harlot is about to receive a new vehicle through which she can function. Quite possibly it is the World Council of Churches, which works for the unity of all religions. While man-made religions are working to bring all Christians under their control, the Holy Spirit is working to bring them (Christians) together as the Glorious Church!
It is also possible that the city destroyed during mid-Tribulation will be the headquarters of the harlot religious system, or as some have identified it, the World Church. But its exact identity is unknown. Presently Geneva, Switzerland, is the headquarters of the World Council of Churches, World Bank centre, and is the city of treaties between nations.
As I mentioned in my previous article, Grant R. Jeffrey, also mentions in his book (page 228) *‘Prince of Darkness’ that; “In a fascinating revelation, Archbishop Runcie of the Church of England told Time Magazine (October 16, 1989) that he had given a special ring to the Roman Pontiff. He explained that this ring was ‘an engagement ring’ between him and Pope John Paul II as a promise of the coming union between the Church of England and the Church of Rome.”
Grant goes on to expand this theme further by adding, “These ecumenical groups have often complained that the only real obstacle to their religious union was the resistance of the evangelical conservative Christians. Once these Christians are removed supernaturally by the Rapture, there most probably will be little resistance from any other group to its proposed union.
Ultimately this false world religion will involve an alliance of the Roman Catholic Church, the Russian and Greek Orthodox Churches, various Protestant groups, and New Age cult groups. Virtually all religiously minded people will enthusiastically join this false church in a tremendous alliance with the new political leader of the New World Order, the Antichrist.” (It’s clear then, that the Evangelical Alliance must also avoid falling into this trap!)
The prophet John saw this future, satanically inspired, alliance of religion and politics as symbolised by the Babylon, “Mother of Harlots.” As John prophetically looked down the centres he saw this world wide religious system supporting the Antichrist and the ten nations of his kingdom in their rise to power:
I saw a woman sitting upon a scarlet beast, which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. (Revelation 17:3-5 NKJV)
Note that John saw the end-time false religious system “sitting upon a scarlet beast.” This indicates that the religious system will initially be lifted up and honoured by the Antichrist’s political allies. However, John reveals that this last day religious system will be characterised by apostasy and blasphemy. She will be known for her vast riches, yet her true secret nature is indicated by the prophet’s words, “abominations and filthiness of her fornication.”
The Bible often uses the imagery of sexual unfaithfulness to signify spiritual apostasy. This false church will wallow in sensuality and will express the materialistic spirit of these last days. It will be known as “Mystery, Babylon the Great” because it will secretly embody the Babylonian religious mysteries that have characterised every man-made religion and cult since man’s rebellion at the Tower of Babel.
(Outside the European Parliament Strasburg France)
PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Glorious Father, I keep praying that You may give to me the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that I may know You and Your ways better. I pray that the eyes of my heart may be enlightened in order that I may know the hope to which You have called me, and the riches of the glorious inheritance in Your holy people, including Your incomparably great power for us who believe. Amen
CONFESSION OF THE DAY
I have the victory in Jesus name. My adversary is under my feet. I am not moved by adverse circumstances. I have been made the righteousness of God in Christ. I dwell in God’s Kingdom and have peace and joy in His Holy Spirit.
[TAKEN FROM: ISRAEL, THE CHURCH AND THE ENDTIMES, pages 84-85. Published by APMI Publications, Available as PDF version. Other formats available soon.]
[*Prince of Darkness, by Grant R. Jeffrey, Frontier Research Publications, USA]