The Catholic Church and Protestant Churches Prophesied in Revelation 17
Last time we studied about the identity of the Roman Catholic Church through Revelation 13. This is not the end of God’s prophecy. God explicitly depicts the appearance of the Roman Catholic Church and rebukes many protestant churches for having left the commandments of God. Through this topic we should realize how important obeying God’s words is and confirm once again that there is no other place where we can receive salvation except the World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG).
Revelation 17:1 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters.
Here, what does the great prostitute who sits on many waters refer to? First of all, let’s study what the words “sits on many waters” mean.
Revelation 17:15 Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages.
The words “sits on many waters” means “ to reign over many people of the world.” In addition, a prostitute means an adulterous woman. Then, what do “woman and adultery” refer to? Let’s check the meaning of the woman first.
1 Peter 5:13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark.
1 Peter 5:13 The church that is at Babylong, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Mark my son (KJV).
In the King James Version Bible, She is stated as ‘The church’. In other words, a woman refers to a church. Then, what does the words “a church committing adultery” mean?
James 4:4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
Adultery means to be friends with the world. In other words, a church that focuses on the power of the world, abandons the words of God. Then, which church is the one committing adultery and reigning over many people of the world? Continuing on with verse 3 let’s find out the identity.
Revelation 17:3 Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns.
As studied in Daniel 7 and Revelation 13, the beast with ten horns indicates the Roman Empire. The words “a woman sitting on the Roman Empire” means an adulterous church that controls the Roman Empire as it pleases. Then which church controls the Roman Empire as it pleases? The answer is the Roman Catholic Church. Like the prophecy, the Roman Catholic Church manipulated the Roman Empire the way it wanted to in the medieval age and also many people followed the Catholic Church. God prophesied about its characterisitics and appearance, to reveal that the prostitute is the Roman Catholic Church.
Revelation 17:2 With her the kings of the earth committed adultery
Does kings of the earth not mean the leaders of countries such as a president or a prime minister? Today, The Roman Catholic Church has many members throughout the world. It also has a close relationship with many leaders of the nations of the world. Today, among all the churches in the world, it is only the Roman Catholic Church that fits this prophecy perfectly.
Revelation 17:4 The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries.
The woman, namely the church, was said to be dressed in purple and scarlet. Purple and scarlet are the colors of the wardrobe of the Pope and the cardinals. And the church is glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. Let’s have a look at the interior of the cathedral decorated luxuriously. Is there another church glittered with gold, precious stones and pearls other than the Roman Catholic Church in the world? Also, the church holds a golden cup in her hand. The Roman Catholic Church uses the golden cup during its services. It is only the Roman Catholic Church that fulfills this prophecy. God explains it to us in detail to disclose the identity of the Roman Catholic Church. Moreover, the Bible explains about not only the Roman Catholic Church but also the many other false churches following it.
Revelation 17:5 This title was written on her forehead: MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH
God calls the Roman Catholic Church the great Babylon. Like the history that a long time ago the nation of Babylon destroyed the temple of God, killed the people of God and also took some of them captive, spiritual Babylon also has destroyed the temple of God, killed the people of God and taken some of them captive. God calls it Babylon to make us understand that point.
Moreover, God calls the Roman Catholic Church the mother of prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth. If the Roman Catholic Church is the mother, will there not be her daughters whom she bore, namely the prostitutes and the abominations of the earth? Then, who are the daughters – the prostitutes and the abominations of the earth? They are the Protestant churches following the doctrines of the Catholic Church. Protestant churches, which follow the doctrines such as Sunday service, Christmas and cross reverence made by the Roman Catholic Church, are the daughters of the Roman Catholic Church and the prostitutes. If the Roman Catholic Church is the great Babylon the Protestant churches are small Babylons. Even the Roman Catholic Church calls herself the “Mother Church” of all churches.
The sins of the Roman Catholic Church do not end here. God recorded every single sin the Roman Catholic Church had committed in the medieval age.
Revelation 17:6 I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus. When I saw her, I was greatly astonished.
The church claiming to believe in God is said to be drunken with the blood of the saints. Just like the words of this prophecy, the Roman Catholic Church installed the Inquisition and massacred and tortured innocent Christians cruelly in the medieval age. Historians testified that more than 50 million Christians were sacrificed during this period. The tools the Roman Catholic Church used for torture at that time and the paintings that depict people being executed are truly horrible.
So far, we have studied the identity of the Roman Catholic Church and the Protestant Churches following the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church. God reveals their identity with the word “prostitute”. As a church, it does not worship God but is friends with the world as well as betrays God and kills the people of God. How can it be considered a church that believes in God? In addition to that the Protestant Churches, even though they know the reality of the Roman Catholic Church they follow the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church, can never avoid God’s stern judgment.