Conspiracies of the Harlot

So let’s talk conspiracy theories. Over the years there have been so many wild eye, smoke filled room, tin foil hat, black helicopter, alien encounter, conspiracy theories that most reasonable minded observers just tune out the nonsense. Give a conspiracy theorist two or three real facts and they’ll weave 50 more unrelated facts into an intricate salacious tale which has the power to capture the imagination. And that’s the problem with conspiracy theories. Their adherent’s point to a couple of real facts and then the other 50 unprovable facts become the most important part of the story. After all, if all the facts were known, it wouldn’t be a very good conspiracy, would it?

Today, I want to offer for your consideration a grand unified theory on conspiracies. This theory will allow you to take those two or three real facts most conspiracy theories often point to and understand their place in the Biblical world view. I’ll be frank with you here,

I believe there is a conspiracy at work in this world.

It’s a conspiracy first described in the pages of the Bible and it cannot be easily dismissed. One which touches the lives of every single individual on this earth. It’s a conspiracy that must be understood so that it can be effectively challenged and countered.

Before we look at this conspiracy as found in the pages of the Bible, I think it would be helpful to define the word conspiracy. According to the The Free Dictionary online a conspiracy is:

“An agreement between two or more persons to engage jointly in an unlawful or criminal act, or an act that is innocent in itself but becomes unlawful when done by the combination of actors.”

By this definition we realize that the first conspiracy in the Bible was between the serpent and Eve, and shortly thereafter Adam. At the prompting of the serpent (Satan), Adam, and Eve conspired to act in an unlawful manner by eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

In my past few articles, The Mother of Harlots, The Religion of the Harlot, and Babylon and the Harlot we have learned that these events introduced into this world the evils of humanism and it is this Satanically inspired philosophy that has given rise to every other false religious practice invented by men.

King David in Psalms 2 provides us another perspective on this conspiracy in the following passage:

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against YHWH, and against his anointed, saying,

Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: YHWH hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. (Psalm 2:1-7)

In this passage, King David was inspired to write that the kings of the earth take counsel against YHWH and His anointed (David literally & Yeshua prophetically). This evil counsel is a conspiracy to “break their bands” and “cast away their cords”. In other words, these kings of the earth conspire to overthrow YHWH’s laws and His will for mankind. Psalm 2 goes on to explain how and why this conspiracy will fail.

But let’s add another layer to these Biblical conspiracies so that we can see how they are all gathered under one overriding grand conspiracy. The apostle Paul explains:

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (Ephesians 6:10-13)

Putting it all together, we can see that there is a grand conspiracy instigated by Satan and his “rulers of the darkness of this world”, which has been encouraging and facilitating mankind’s rebellion against YHWH, His laws, and His redemptive plan for mankind through Yeshua. This rebellion, as we have learned in the past three articles in this series, is facilitated by the philosophy of humanism.

The Conspiracy Today
To describe this conspiracy in terms of past Biblical history is one thing, but many of us have a hard time seeing how those ancient events relate to world around us today. So let’s explore this humanistic conspiracy in terms of the people and events of our own day. To do this I want to look at one of the most influential humanistic organizations of the past three centuries. Most of us know them as the Freemasons or simply Masons. Due their secretive nature, their esoteric symbolism, and impressive number of influential members, the Masonic brotherhood has long been the subject of conspiracy theories.

Let me say at the outset that all Masons are not a bunch of devil worshipping white guys in some smoke filled back room bent on controlling the world. That is simply an invention of those who do not understand the true nature of the conspiracy or its dangers. They are not the conspiracy, but just one face of it. They, like any extra Biblical religious system or philosophy, are simply one of the daughters of Mystery Babylon. The Masons are made up of men (and now women) from all walks of life, religious backgrounds, and races. From a strictly human point of view, most Masons are upstanding decent human beings bent on the betterment of mankind.

Further, Masons are an incredibly influential and generous philanthropic organization, who have done wonderful things through their lodges and especially their Shriner hospitals. Their member’s count has some of the most influential private and public leaders of the past three centuries. Although, traditional Masonic lore claims origins in the ancient antiquity, their present form can only be traced the 1700’s.

To be blunt, the dangers of Masonry do not lie in its obvious good works, but rather the philosophy which binds its members together. One of the most eloquent descriptions of Masonic philosophy comes from William J. Hutchinson (1732-1814), former Master of the Masonic Lodge of Concord. The following quote is from a series of lectures he gave entitled The Spirit of Masonry:

Masonry directs us to divest ourselves of confined and bigoted notions, and teaches us, that Humanity is the soul of Religion. We never suffer any religious disputes in our Lodges, and, as Masons, we only pursue the universal religion, the Religion, of Nature.

Worshipers of the God of Mercy, we believe that in every nation, he that feareth Him and worketh righteousness is accepted of Him. All Masons, therefore, whether Christians, Jews, or Mahomedans, who violate not the rule of right, written by the Almighty upon the tables of the heart, who Do fear Him, and WORK righteousness, we are to acknowledge as brethren; and, though we take different roads, we are not to be angry with, or persecute each other on that account.

We mean to travel to the same place; we know that the end of our journey is the same; and we affectionately hope to meet in the Lodge of perfect happiness.

From a secular standpoint, these are noble sentiments indeed, but they are contrary to the teaching found in the Bible. Notice the clearly humanistic focus of the above statement:

• Humanity is the soul of Religion
• Masonry pursues the “universal religion” of nature
• All mankind who “WORK righteousness” are accepted of God

Paul in his letter to the Colossians explains why this Masonic philosophy is false and why Yeshua and his substitory atonement on our behalf is the only way to be accepted by God.

Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. (Colossians 1:12-20)

Paul in his epistle to the Ephesians puts an even sharper point on the subject. Notice again how Paul describes the “prince of the power of the air” as the one who works in the “children of disobedience”, who were “fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind”. In other words:

Humanism!

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: [Mystery Babylon – the mother of idolaters – Rev. 17-18]

Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. [Humanism]

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) [Yeshua = YHWH’s Salvation]

And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. {Heavenly Jerusalem the Mother of believers Gal. 4:26)
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 2:1-9) [Salvation is by the unmerited favor of YHWH – Not Human effort i.e. Humanism]

Before we look at the profound influence Masonry has had on American thought and history lets first briefly look at its history. It is not a little ironic that Masonry’s oldest manuscripts trace its origins back to the Biblical Babel.

Babel

The History of Masonry
Historically speaking, Masonry began as guild of English stonemasons as early as the 14th century. Later, these guilds were organized into “speculative” lodges through which the philosophical tenants of Masonry were developed and expounded. The Matthew Cooke Manuscript (1450 AD) and York Manuscript (1560) written in English doggerel, provide some of the earliest known records of Masonic history. The following comes from Mackey’s Encyclopedia of Freemasonry vol. 1.

NIMROD
The Legend of the Craft in the Old Constitutions refers to Nimrod as one of the founders Of Freemasonry. Thus in the York Manuscript. No. 1, we read:

‘At ye makeing of ye Toure of Babell there was Masonrie first much esteemed of, and the King of Babilon yt was called Nimrod was A Mason himself and loved well Masons.”

And the Cooke Manuscript thus repeats the story:

‘And this same Nembroth began the towre of babilon and he taught to his werkemen the craft of Masonrie, and he had with him many Masons more than forty thousand. And he loved and cherished them well” (see line 343).

The idea no doubt sprang out of the Scriptural teaching that Nimrod was the architect of many cities; a statement not so well expressed in the authorized version, as it is in the improved one of Bochart, which says: “From that land Nimrod went forth to Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and Rehoboth city, and Calah and Resen between Nineveh and Calah, that is the great city.”

In the next quote Mackey provides the Masonic reader with the philosophical interpretation of this historical concerning Masonry’s origins:

BABEL
…If the tower of Babel represents the profane world of ignorance and darkness, and the threshing-floor of Oman the Jebusite is the symbol of Freemasonry, because the Solomonic Temple, of which it was the site, is the prototype of the spiritual temple which Freemasons are erecting,

…then we can readily understand how Freemasonry and the true use of language is lost in one and recovered in the other, and how the progress of the candidate in his initiation may properly be compared to the progress of truth from the confusion and ignorance of the Babel builders to the perfection and illumination of the temple builders, which Temple builders all Freemasons are.

So, when, the neophyte, being asked “whence he comes and whither is he traveling,” replies, “from the lofty tower of Babel, where language was confounded and Masonry lost, to the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite, where language was restored and Freemasonry found,” the questions and answers become intelligible from this symbolic point of view (see Ornan).”

Rather enlightening, isn’t it? In Mackey’s description above notice the underlying humanistic thrust of Masonry. Speculative masonry seeks to rebuild and regain that which their tradesmen forbearers lost at Babel. Most of you have probably seen the Masonic symbol of the square and compass arranged as a pentagram surrounding the letter G. In the following quote Albert Pike one of Masonry’s most influential and revered scholars describes the meaning of this well-known symbol:

The Pentagram, which you see in the East, called in the Gnostic schools and in Masonry “The Blazing Star,” is the sign of intellectual omnipotence and autocracy.

In the centre of this Blazing Star Freemasons place the letter G. It signifies GNOSIS and GENERATION, the two sacred words of the ancient Kabala; and also the GRAND ARCHITECT; for the Pentagram, whichever way we view it, presents the letter A. (A. Pike, Morals and Dogma)

Interestingly, Pike’s explanation is taken directly from one of the 19th centuries most influential occultists, Eliphas Levi. Levi not only influenced Pike, but also another infamous Satanist and occultist named Aleister Crowley. To get a sense of Eliphas Levis world view, here is a quote from his book Mysteries of Magic,

“Magic is the divinity of man conquered by science in union with faith; the true Magi are Men-Gods, in virtue of their intimate union with the divine principle.” (Wikipedia[19])

Levi’s and Pike’s explanations of Masonry’s most well- known symbol combines both the historical and philosophical underpinnings of Masonry. It shows the tools of the builders surrounding the letter G (Gnosis) which is the Greek word for “knowledge” or in an esoteric sense that “knowledge of spiritual truth held by the ancient Gnostics to be essential to salvation.” (Merriam-Webster online dictionary)

This spiritual truth is in its very essence of the humanistic world view. To the Mason the G represents God, the Great Architect of the Universe, and the Gnostic idea (knowledge) which allows all mankind to attain Godhood.

33 degree Freemason, Dr. J. D. Buck (1838 -1916) in his book Mystic Masonry explains it this way:

“The only personal god Freemasonry accepts is humanity in total. God, the Great Architect of the Universe, personifies himself through man. Humanity, therefore, is the only personal god there is.”

To the Christian this philosophy is anathema to the Biblical teaching that YHWH, the living God of the Bible is the Creator and designer of this world and all of its inhabitants. Mankind, contrary to the humanistic belief, is not evolving into God Men, but rather we fell from our intended state in Eden. Further, that fall in Eden was the result of Satan’s clever humanistic lie that Masonry and other humanistic belief systems have just repackaged over the subsequent centuries. Mankind from a Biblical world view can only regain that which we have lost by the grace of YHWH through the atoning blood of Yeshua who paid the price for our sins. This substitory atonement is the only way for mankind to be restored true fellowship with God and inherit eternal life.

Masonry in America
Today, many Christians wonder how America with such auspicious Judeo-Christian beginnings could have fallen to the secular humanistic condition we now find ourselves. Our journey to ruin began in the early years of our nation’s founding. Like the Biblical parable of the wheat and tares, the humanistic ideas of Masonry were sown into the American wheat of Judeo-Christian principles. Today, we draw near to the harvest and the tares can no longer be ignored.

Before proceeding, I need to make something very clear. I do not believe America, Washington, D.C., or New York City is the Mystery Babylon described in Revelation 17 &18. I could be wrong, but I believe that this title belongs to another. My purpose in exploring Masonry in America is simply meant to demonstrate the insidious nature of Satan’s humanistic lie and show how this philosophy corrupts those who follow its pernicious tenants.

I should also mention that the Masonry of the 18th century America was not the same of Albert Pike’s Luciferian Masonry which so influenced the 19th century. To be sure, speculative Masonry has always had humanistic underpinnings, but that humanism was kept in check to some extent by the predominating Judeo-Christian beliefs of early Americans. By the early 19th century a more pernicious version of Masonry was finding fertile ground in America’s Masonic lodges.

Hints of this transition comes to us from America’s first President and most respected statesman  in the following letter written in October of 1798. Consider carefully George Washington’s defense of Masonry to Reverend G. W. Snyder:

Mount Vernon, October 24, 1798.
Revd Sir: I have your favor of the 17th. instant before me; and my only motive to trouble you with the receipt of this letter, is to explain, and correct a mistake which I perceive the hurry in which I am obliged, often, to write letters, have led you into.

It was not my intention to doubt that, the Doctrines of the Illuminati, and principles of Jacobinism had not spread in the United States. On the contrary, no one is more truly satisfied of this fact than I am.

The idea that I meant to convey, was, that I did not believe that the Lodges of Free Masons in this Country had, as Societies, endeavored to propagate the diabolical tenets of the first, or pernicious principles of the latter (if they are susceptible of separation). That Individuals of them may have done it, or that the founder, or instrument employed to found, the Democratic Societies in the United States, may have had these objects; and actually had a separation of the People from their Government in view, is too evident to be questioned.

As author John Daniel explains by late 1799, it became apparent to George Washington that Adam Weishaupt’s Illuminati had become a threat to the republic. I quote Mr. Daniel:

“But, how was George Washington to know this? Although a Mason, he never frequented English lodges, and rarely was active in the reconstituted American Lodges. Yet, he certainly was knowledgeable of the existence of the Illuminati, but obviously ignorant of inroads it had made in our society.

His naiveté did not last long. During the summer or fall of 1799, just months before his death, Washington was informed by John Adams that indeed the Illuminati had infiltrated American Freemasonry, and that his order was a danger to our new Republic.(29) Because of his faith in Adams, our first president immediately warned the whole country to beware of all secret societies – not that he believed secret societies were bad, but rather that he recognized how their structure enabled easy penetration by the Illuminati, who had designs for America not in step with his own.

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams later disagreed over the use of American Freemasonry by the Illuminati. In fact, “John Adams….accused Jefferson of using the lodges that he himself had founded, for subversive Illuminati purposes. The three letters of Adams which deal with this problem are in the Wittenburg Square Liberary in Philadelphia.” (30)

The power struggle amongst early American lodges notwithstanding, Masonry in early 18th century America reached its height of power in the late 1820’s with the murder of Captain William Morgan, a 13 degree Royal Arch Mason. Morgan broke one of the cardinal rules of Masonry and revealed some of their secrets to the general public. Sworn to secrecy on pains of death Morgan’s brother Masons did not take kindly to his revelations. Kidnapping Captain Morgan, they subsequently drowned him and disposed of his body. Thus began what became known as the Morgan Affair.

As the facts of the Morgan Affair became known, there was such a public outcry that an anti-masonic party was formed. Keep in mind here, that Masonry by this point in American history was an incredibly powerful force in American politics and public affairs. Michael Smythe, writing for the The National Educator in December 1996, decribed the events this way:

“Before the publishing of Morgan’s book, the Baptist denomination… had been greatly carried away by Freemasonry. A large proportion of its eldership and membership were Freemasons. A considerable number of ministers and members of other branches of the Christian Church had also fallen into the snare. The murder of Wm. Morgan and the publication of Masonry…broke upon the churches…like a clap of thunder from t a clear sky. The fats where such, the revelations were so clear, that the Baptist denomination backed down, and took the lead in renouncing and denouncing the institution. Their elders and associated churches, almost universally, passed resolutions disfellowshipping adhering Masons…Now its worth of all consideration and remembrance, that God set the seal of His approbation by pouring out His Spirit upon them.

Great revivals immediately followed…In 1830 the greatest revival spread over this [land] that had ever been known in this or any other country. (49)(as quoted in John Daniel’s, Scarlet and the Beast: A History of the War Between English and French Freemasonry p. 358-359)

In 1826, American Masonry had 50,000 members, by 1830, 45,000 members had left Masonry and renounced their oaths of allegiance. This drastic renunciation of Masonry saw the closure of 2000 Masonic lodges. As noted above, it was no coincidence that by 1830 America was in the midst of the second Great Awakening. One of the daughters of Mystery Babylon had lost its death grip on American minds and this resulted in one of the greatest spiritual outpourings in American history.

For those who appreciate a bit American political history, the Anti-masonic party was the first third party in American politics. Eventually they merged with the Whig party and out of their ashes rose what we know today as the Republican Party.

For those hoping for another American spiritual revival, the lessons of the 2nd Great Awakening are important to keep in mind. American revival in the late 1820’s took a great leap forward when the church renounced Masonry and its humanistic doctrines.

Unfortunately, the power of Masonry was hurt, but not broken. With the events of the Civil War, American Masonry saw a resurgence and with this resurgence a new and more dangerous version of Masonry was introduced. Thanks in large part to the efforts of a confederate General named Albert Pike, masonry was reborn in the spirit of Lucifer.

YHWH willing in Part II of Conspiracies of the Harlot, we will continue with our exploration of the influence Masonry’s “god” of secular humanism has had on American Judeo-Christian values and the destiny of America. In closing this week, I leave you with a quote from 33rd degree Mason Leonard A. Wenz who wrote for Freemasonry’s New Age magazine in February, 1968.

“The keynote of Masonic religious thinking is naturalism which sees all life and thought as ever developing and evolutionary…The Bible is not today what it once was. Current higher criticism has made obsolete the idea that the Bible is a unique revelation of supernatural truth.” (Fisher, p.57)

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Authors note:
Part II of Conspiracies of the Harlot may be delayed a week or two. Next week, Winnie and I will be in Kentucky. In April, our daughter Hope won the Skills USA college welding competition for Arizona. She will be competing nationally in Louisville next week.

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Part I – The Mother of Harlots
Part II – The Religion of the Harlot
Part III – Babylon and the Harlot

Babylon and the Harlot

In Revelation 17 & 18 it describes a great idolatrous city which reigns over the kings of the earth in the period of time leading up to the return of Yeshua. That this is no ordinary city is made clear by Revelation 18:24 where it tells us this city is responsible for the blood of the “prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.”

Think about that for a moment. This city is the responsible for all those slain upon the earth. So not only does this Mystery Babylon represent an actually literal city at the end of this age, but it also transcends time representing the city or mechanism which is responsible for all the blood shed upon the earth.

That Revelation 17 & 18 was meant to represent more than just a literal city is made even clear because Revelation 17:5 describes this city as “Mystery” Babylon. The word mystery comes from the Greek musterion which means: hidden thing, secret, or mystery. So in others words one might say that this city is the hidden or secret Babylon.

To me this brings to mind Paul’s important warning to the Ephesians where he tells them the real battle for this world is being waged in the unseen realm.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12)

In my last article Religion of the Harlot we explored why the Bible describes this Mystery Babylon, as the Mother of Harlots. We found reasonable Biblical evidence to show that Humanism and its roots in satanic pride and rebellion were the underlying “religious” ideology, which has given rise to all other religious inventions of men.

Indeed, it was those seeds of humanism with which Satan deceived Adam and Eve that brought sin and death into this world. It’s no exaggeration to say that this diseased philosophy of Satan, this mother of harlotry, is the mystery (hidden or secret) “city”, the gates of which all the bloodshed of this earth can be laid.

Notice in the following passage how Yeshua describes the works of Satan:

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (John 8:44)

Yeshua tells us that Satan was the father of lies who didn’t abide in God’s truth. We learn elsewhere that because he did not abide in God’s truth, he became prideful and rebelled, then unsatisfied with his fallen state conspired to plant those seeds of pride and rebellion in the heart of mankind. Satan’s lie was the knife with which Adam and Eve (and their descendants) committed suicide in a slow death which has lasted to our present generation.

Before we explore in more detail why the Mother of Harlots is associated with “mystery” Babylon we need to have a better understanding of how Satan works his evil and his place in this world order.

In the Light of Darkness
You have to admit the perverse irony of it all. Satan promised Adam and Eve enlightenment and instead mankind was cursed with a special kind of blindness. Paul makes this rather plain in his epistle to the Corinthians where he tells them that it is the “god of this world” that hid the gospel from them which are lost.

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. (2 Corinthians 4:3-5)

Paul had a thing for contrasting the light of God’s truth with the darkness of Satan’s lie. This was not just a convenient metaphor, but rather a divine revelation given to Paul by Yeshua on the road to Damascus. If you remember, Paul (Saul before his conversion) in his zealous self-righteousness persecuted the early church. Finally, Yeshua decided to intervene personally and He gave Paul the true message of enlightenment:

And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. (Acts 26:15-18)

From these passages we learn several important truths.

• Satan is the god of this world
• Satan preaches a message of darkness disguised as a message of light (enlightenment).
• Yeshua is the true light
• Yeshua preaches true enlightenment by faith in His atoning sacrifice on our behalf.

The Mystery of Iniquity
Now, let’s once more visit 2nd Thessalonians 2 where it describes the end of this age and the secular humanistic revealing of the “man of sin” who declares himself God. Let’s see if we can put together a few more pieces of this mysterious puzzle.

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away {apostasia = apostasy} first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: (2 Thessalonians 2:1-8)

Did you notice in this passage that Paul explains that the “mystery of iniquity” was already at work and that it would reach its evil climax when the “Wicked” one is revealed declaring himself God? I don’t believe that it was an accident that Paul describes the iniquity that gives rise to the anti-christ as a mystery (hidden thing or secret), because it is this very same iniquity which comprises the soul of Mystery Babylon.

It bears repeating here: It was Satan’s pride and rebellion which infected mankind with the philosophy of humanism in all its evil forms. As we learned in our last article The Religion of the Harlot, it was that evil which has given rise to every form of religious idolatry known to man. But let’s get back to the Bible’s association between this mystery religion and ancient Babylon.

Cities of Iniquity and the City of Truth
Now I know some might think it a bit strange for the Bible to associate a city (literal and metaphorical) with the bloodshed and death instigated by Satan, but contrast this with Paul’s allegorical description of the heavenly Jerusalem as the mother or source of all (believers):

“But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.” (Galatians 4:26)

Paul brings even more clarity to the subject in his letter to the Ephesians. Notice how he contrasts “the course of this world” ruled by the “prince of the power of the air” with those who are raised up “together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus”.

“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:” (Ephesians 2:1-6 )

So we’ve established a couple of things here. Jesus and His truth is what brings true enlightenment, salvation, and a home in a future Jerusalem. Satan, the prince of this world, is the spirit which worketh in those “children of disobedience” who live in the “lusts of the flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and the mind.” Or in others words – humanism.

Now let’s turn our attention to a more terrestrial exploration of ancient Babylon Why is this city, of all the cities in the Bible, the one which YHWH chose to associate with the evil and darkness of Revelation’s Mystery Babylon?

The First Babylon
To explore this question, let’s look back in Biblical history to the first Babylon (Babel in Hebrew) in the land of Shinar.

And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

And YHWH came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And YHWH said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because YHWH did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did YHWH scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth. (Genesis 11:1-9)

How many of you have read this passage and in your mind pictured some ancient metropolis? Do you realize that this city was constructed in the days of Nimrod, the grandson of Ham? In other words, after the flood the earth was repopulated by 8 souls. Then three generations later, some of those descendants built Babel and its tower in an effort to reach heaven. Now it is pretty safe to say, even if you believe the most optimistic demographic scenario that there were not an unlimited number of laborers to build this tower in the third generation after the flood. This would suggest that the effort to reach heaven was not literal in the sense that the inhabitants were trying to build a tower up into space, but rather they were building a temple so they could reach heaven (the spiritual realm) by their own efforts.

It is important to note the focus of these early Babylonians, because we get a glimpse here of that spirit which Paul describes as working to fulfill the desires of the human flesh and mind. The focus of those early Babylonians was on what they could accomplish, i.e. “Let us” make a city and tower, “Let us” make us a name. Fausset’s Bible dictionary sums up the actions of the inhabitants of Babel this way:

“Another object the Babel builders sought was to “make themselves a name”; self-relying pride setting up its own will against the will of God and dreaming of ability to defeat God’s purpose was their snare. Also, their “tower, whose top (pointed toward, or else reached) unto heaven,” was designed as a self-deifying, God-defying boast. Compare Isa. 14:13; God alone has the right to “make Himself a name” (Isa. 63:12,14; Jer. 32:20). They desired to establish a grand central point of unity. “

In my next article Conspiracies of the Harlot, I’ll show you that one of the past three centuries most influential secular humanists organizations traced its roots and philosophy back to Babel and the humanistic efforts of its inhabitants. Further, in their own words, I’ll show you that their goal is the same as those ancient inhabitants of Babel, i.e. self-deification.

The Daughter of Babylon
Centuries after mankind’s first attempt to “make themselves a name”, a new Babylon rose from the fallen ruins of ancient Babel. True to the form of its ancient mother, the Babylon of Nebuchadnezzar’s day was also a place of humanistic pride and idolatry. Upon the ancient foundations of Babel’s tower, Nebuchadnezzar built his own tower. Interestingly at Borsippa (which the Talmud claims was the site of the original tower of Babel), a clay tablet was found dated to the 16th year of Nabonid. Notice the spirit of humanism in this inscription:

Nebo

“the house of the earth’s base (the basement substructure), the most ancient monument of Babylon I built and finished; I exalted its head with bricks covered with copper … the house of the seven lights (the seven planets); a former king 42 ages ago built, but did not complete its head. Since a remote time people had abandoned it, without order expressing their words; the earthquake and thunder had split and dispersed its sun-dried clay.”

From the book of Daniel, we learn that Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon was truly a beauty to behold. Unfortunately, Nebuchadnezzar did not give the glory to whom it belonged and instead ascribed its beauty and greatness to his own human efforts. Nebuchadnezzar’s pride eventually led him to making an “image” (idol) that was 60 cubits high by 6 cubits wide. In an effort that could foreshadow events described in Revelation 13 & 14, Nebuchadnezzar demanded all his subjects bow down and worship this image.

The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty? 31 While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.

…And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:

…Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase. (Daniel 4:30-37)

The spirit of Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon didn’t fall far from its ancient tree. Nebuchadnezzar gloried in his humanistic accomplishments not giving the glory to YHWH. Nebuchadnezzar’s story had a happy ending though. To teach old Nebuchadnezzar that he wasn’t really all that great, the living God of the Bible, gave Nebuchadnezzar the heart of an animal and he dwelt with the beasts of the field and ate grass with the oxen. This humbling experience eventually led to his repentance and the restoration of his kingdom. You’ve got to wonder if we might not see old Nebuchadnezzar in the kingdom of heaven someday.

Babylon and Lucifer
The prophet Isaiah provides us even more details on the satanic spirit which is at the heart of Babylon in his famous proverb against the king of Babylon. As you read this passage, pay special attention to the pride and rebellion which led to Satan’s delusions of self-deification grandeur. Even if you don’t believe this passage speaks of Satan, at the very least, it is another example of humanism run amok.

That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased! YHWH hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers. He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, …..

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;

I will be like the most High.

Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; …..

For I will rise up against them, saith YHWH of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith YHWH. I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith YHWH of hosts. YHWH of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand: (Isaiah 14:4-24 excerpted)

Tyrus and Lucifer
Similarly to Isaiah’s description of the king of Babylon, Ezekiel provides another example of a human king (the prince of Tyrus), his kingdom, and his prideful heart. But part way through this passage the perspective appears to change to the spiritual realm and a picture of Satan (the king of Tyrus) and his dominion comes into focus. If this is in fact the case then what is being described in this passage is the spiritual power behind its human manifestation.

Ruins of Tyre

The word of YHWH came again unto me, saying, Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord YHWH; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:

 

…..Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee. Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord YHWH. (Ezekiel 28:1-2, 9)

Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord YHWH; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. (Ezekiel 28:12-17)

The Great I Am
There are several more examples of humanistic pride and rebellion and its associated self-deification in the Bible, but I want to give just two more which underscore the satanic spirit which drives them. To do this let’s first look at two passage in which YHWH the living God of the Bible describes Himself as the “I Am” or all existent one. In the first passage YHWH tells Moses how He desires to be known and in the second passage we have a panoramic view of YHWH as the great I Am from creation to the 2nd coming of His Salvation (Yeshua).

And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. (Exodus 3:14)

For thus saith YHWH that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am YHWH; and there is none else. I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I YHWH speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.
Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save. Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I YHWH? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall one say, in YHWH have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. In YHWH shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory. (Isaiah 45:18-25)

YHWH is the only I AM. He created us and the beautiful world we inhabit. He is the just God and our Savior and there is no one equal to or above Him. With this background in mind, now read the following passages to see if you can find the blasphemous spirit upon which Nineveh and Babylon are built. Notice also how similar Isaiah’s description of Babylon is to the description of Mystery Babylon as given in Revelation 17 & 18.

YHWH will be terrible unto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen…

And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness. And flocks shall lie down in the midst of her, all the beasts of the nations: both the cormorant and the bittern shall lodge in the upper lintels of it; their voice shall sing in the windows; desolation shall be in the thresholds: for he shall uncover the cedar work. This is the rejoicing city that dwelt carelessly, that said in her heart, I am, and there is none beside me: how is she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down in! every one that passeth by her shall hiss, and wag his hand. (Zephaniah 2:11, 13-15)

Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans:…

Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children: 9 But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments. 10 For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.

Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know. 12 Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.

Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee. Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame:… (Isaiah 47:1-2 8-15)

The Spirit of Babylon
I hope that this article has illustrated for you the spirit of pride and rebellion, which has energized the deluded humanistic aspirations of mankind from Genesis to Revelation. This “mystery of iniquity” is in fact the spirit of Babylon which rejects the truth of YHWH, and instead sees the desires and will of mankind as superior.

Today, many if not all the cities on this earth have the spirit of Mystery Babylon coursing through their veins. But someday, in the not too distant future, I believe a particular city will epitomize the Babylonian pride and rebellion we’ve explored in these pages. I’ll be frank, I don’t know the identity of Mystery Babylon. Sure, I have my own personal opinion, but I don’t think anyone can know with certainty at this time.

In closing, I encourage you to remain vigilant as the return of Yeshua draws near. Don’t confuse the idolatrous daughters of Babylon with their mother, Mystery Babylon. Remember it is the humanistic spirit of pride and rebellion, that mystery of iniquity, which Satan first introduced to Adam and Eve in Eden, that which characterizes the final Babylon and fulfills the prophecy of Revelation 17 & 18.

This prophesied city will be a place where the desires of mankind supersede the laws of YHWH, where the prideful principles of Satanic “enlightenment” are celebrated and the morals of YHWH are mocked. It will be a place where the righteousness and sovereignty of YHWH and His Anointed are reject for the deification of man.

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against YHWH, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. (Psalm 2:1-4)

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YHWH willing in my next article Conspiracies of the Harlot we will explore one of the most influential secular humanists’ organizations of the modern era to provide you with a living example of the insidious nature of humanism at work in our world today. We’ll look at its symbols and symbolism to show that in many cases they are outright expressions of Satan’s original lie. And finally, we will explore a bit of American history which will show that this organization was a powerful agent at work from the very beginning of our nation’s founding in an effort to sow the tares of secular humanism amongst the wheat of Judeo-Christian principles which were held by many of our nation’s founders.

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Part I – The Mother of Harlots
Part II – The Religion of the Harlot

The Religion of the Harlot

In our quest to expose the religion of Mystery Babylon, we need to go back to the beginning when the Serpent (Satan) first introduced mankind to his world view. It was in Eden, that pristine garden of God where Satan planted his evil seeds of pride and rebellion in the hearts of our ancestors. As we will see, it was those seeds which gave rise to the sin which has plagued mankind for the past 6000 years of Biblical history. As the apostle John explains, it was because of this sin that Yeshua, the salvation of YHWH, was sent to redeem mankind:

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8)

Let’s now look closer at mankind’s fall in Eden and the “works of the devil” as John describes them, to try and understand how they have influenced mankind’s thinking ever since. Continue reading

The Mother of Harlots

Down through the centuries students of Bible prophecy have wrestled with the identity and location of Mystery Babylon the Great as described in Revelation 17.

Until recently, the city of Rome has been the top choice of many Christian scholars. I say recently though, because a new ‘bad girl’ has appeared on the scene and is causing many to question the Roman paradigm. Thanks in large part to the writings of Joel Richardson, many are asking if Islam and Saudi Arabia might not be a better choice.

Today, we are not going to explore the Biblical record for the location of this mystery city, rather, I want to look at why the Bible describes this mystery city and its religious system as the great prostitute, the “mother” of prostitutes.

Ironically, both the Roman and Islamic theories of Mystery Babylon have one difficulty in common. Continue reading

Behold the Lamb of God!

“Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

What powerful compelling words, which now nearly 2000 years later still reach across the ages, providing us with a vivid redemptive picture of the Son of God. Did you know these words were not spoken by a polished religious leader of Yeshua’s day, but rather a simple man who wore camel’s hair and ate locusts?

What’s even more fascinating about the these famous words Continue reading

Reversing Hermon in Matthew 1

Regular readers of my blog are aware of the inspired genius Matthew concealed in the lineage of Yeshua when he wrote that intriguing list of names.  As I’ve explained over the years, that list of 41 names is an important key to understanding the significance of the Bible’s messianic symbolism as it relates to the Old Testament’s sacrificial system, the Bible’s lunar/solar calendar, Daniel 9, and YHWH’s redemptive plan for mankind. As I’ve briefly discussed in several blog posts, that list also has a larger context related to Old Testament chronology, the Shemitah, and the jubilee cycles.

This past week I was thrilled to learn that Dr. Michael Heiser’s new book Reversing Hermon: Enoch, the Watchers & the Forgotten Mission of Jesus Christ also showcases the messianic significance of Matthew 1 in a thrilling new way. I’ll get to Dr. Heiser’s information in a moment, Continue reading

Anti-Semitism, Ancient Persia, & April Fools

Next week the Jewish holiday of Purim is celebrated and then about a week later the Persian holiday of Nowruz. In this week’s blog post I’ll share with you the intriguing Biblical history which links these two ancient holidays to a period of time nearly 2500 years ago when an evil man set out to destroy the Jewish people.

This story begins with an April fool named Haman. I’ll get to the April fool part a bit later, but Continue reading