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February 27, 2022 4:30 am
This week Dr. Cheryl Davis continues her series in Revelation, discussing Babylon, the pagan religion, and more.
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Thank you. This is the Truth Network welcome to the weekend edition of matters with Cheryl Davis daily on the station at 8:20 AM and 5:20 PM matters is a ministry fabric roof project whose mission is to empower men and women in the Christian faith to teach biblical truth in the culture and marketplace of ideas using the Bible as a sacred trust of truth and sharing the message of Jesus. Learn more about the ministry of the truth project at www.projectmatters.com, not Babylon and the pagan religion and more. Let's enjoy this week's Extended Edition of truth matters. We continued our march through the book of Revelation last time we were together we chapter 6 and the number of bowl judgments come upon the earth since the last event for the second coming of Christ, and as I promised before him in the next couple chapters, we are going to discuss and going to cover Babylon as we have covered Babylon before in the book of Daniel, as I said before, technically, there are two Babylon's and the first Babylon, the historical city of Babylon, which was the center of the Babylonian empire. The people who destroyed Jerusalem and carried the southern tribes of Israel into captivity in 586 BC and we read about this city and the book of Daniel as Daniel was one of those prisoners that was taken ever and then turned into a unit as he became a an advisor for King Nebuchadnezzar said that is the first Babylon that we note the second Babylon that's really probably the far most important is that is a system of religious thinking that was characterized by the Babylon of old, but which also touches our lives today as we know Babylon dates back to Genesis chapter 10 the building of the Tower of Babel, which was associated with a man named Nimrod and we learn about Nimrod in Genesis chapter 10 verse eight Cush begot Nimrod he began to be a mighty one on the earth and said this is where we find out about Nimrod and Nimrod was a descendent of Noah, but according to the ancient records of Babylon.
Nimrod's wife was simmering, BS but in the Syria. She was called ass chart and you've heard these before.
In studies of the Bible as I'm sure on these names will sound similar to Syria, Nimrod's wife was called ash tart in Egypt. She was called Isis and Greece. She was called Aphrodite in Rome. She was called Venus. This woman who originated in Babylon was the first high priestess of idolatry in the world and the names that I read out earlier were very common but a lot of this is according to legend, that this is really the history of pagan religion in the world I simmering as he was Nimrod's wife conceived a son miraculously by a sunbeam.
She offered him up as the promised deliverer of the earth. His name was Tammuz.
When he reached manhood.
He was killed by wild boar, but raised from the dead after 40 days of his mother's weeping but as a result of this mother child cult was developed and spread throughout the ancient world in Syria. The name was Ishtar and Tammy's and Phoenicia was asked tart and Dale and I'd like to note here that Jezebel who originally married King Ahab and historic Israel came from Phoenicia and she and her father was a priest of on asked tart and veil in Egypt on is known as Isis and arthritis in Greek is Aphrodite and Euros and in Rome it was Venus and Cupid. This religious cult developed its own liturgy and worship by the offering of wafers to simmering SS the queen of heaven. They observed 40 days of absence known as Lent that memorializes the 40 days of her weeping and there was a feast. Following the absence to celebrate Thomas resurrection part of that celebration was exchange of Ishtar eggs symbolizing new life which is where our word Easter comes from the word Ishtar, even the sign of the cross which is used in many liturgies was the pointing of the T, which stood for Tammy's do any of the sample mirrors what I want to ask you.
I know that Brent is very familiar Easter eggs is very familiar ass chart and bail cross some aspects of modern Christianity.
The festivals that we observe have history and pagan religions like Easter eggs. For example, we find reference of this pagan religion in the Old Testament.
Jeremiah sharply condemns the nation of Israel for her worship of the queen of heaven and we are talking about Nimrod's wife simmering us, who is the queen of heaven. So let's go to Jeremiah chapter 44 versus 15 through 18. And all the men who knew that their wives had burned incense to other gods with all the women who stood by a great multitude, and all the people who dwell in the land of Egypt and Patras answered Jeremiah saying. As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord. We will not listen to you, but we will certainly do whatever has gone out of her own mouth to burn incense to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her as we have done we and our fathers, or kings and princes in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem for then we had plenty of food were well-off and saw her essentially stop burning incense to the queen of heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her.
We have lacked everything and have been consumed by the sword and backgammon speaks a lot about the condition of the hearts of the Israelites and stiffnecked people that Jeremiah preached they were drunk with the world and they look at the world is the security let's go to Ezekiel chapter 8 verse 13 to 14 and he said to me turn again and you will see greater abominations that they are doing so he brought me to the door the north gate of the Lord's house and to my dismay, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz said again, we see idolatry that is pervasive among the Israelites and the prophets that are called for repentance. They were involved in the 40 days of weeping and absence for Tammy's which part of the cult liturgy. The mother child cult which started in Babylon ended up in Rome where it is incorporated into the pagan religious practices under the Pontifex Maximus, who was the highest rates of Rome at the time when Constantine made Christianity the official religion of Rome in the fourth century A.D., many pagan temples and practices were adopted for Christian worship that said a number of times the Antichrist, the beast will be the leading political arm of government and the false prophet will be leading the religious arm.
This revived Roman Babylonian church will be ruling the religious world.
Chapter 17 and 18 of Revelation tell us that the Roman Babylonian religious system is going to be destroyed along with the ancient city of Babylon itself.
That is just an introduction and history of the spiritual Babylon and the actual origin of pagan religion. So let's get into chapter 17. Let's read verses 1 to 6 then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, come, I will shave the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters within the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication that he carried me away into the spirit into the wilderness and saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and 10 horns woman was arraigned in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication, and on her forehead was a name written, mystery, Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and of the abominations of the earth saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. Pagan system which is both religious and political in the end times described as a woman arraigned in purple and scarlet_. She is described as a great harlot who sits on many waters.
The image appears this way when and thinking about why this is the religious system practices spiritual adultery by joining herself not to God but to the Antichrist. The woman is sitting on the beast, and who is therefore her support.
She like an adulterous to his left. God join herself to the beast.
Let's talk about the universal power, the woman John in the last verse of the chapter identifies the scarlet woman, the great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.
Rome is the only city that would fit that description. In John's day.
Rome had a vast political and religious system in Rome who is clearly who John sees when he sees the scarlet woman signed the woman seated upon seven mountains which are seven hills upon which Rome is built seven hills east of the river.
Thai beer is the geographical part of Rome which is within the walls of the city woman who sits on many waters. In verse one, which are people's multitudes, nations, and tongues, which we know in 15 verse 15 she sits above all other peoples on the earth which was true of Roman John's day while Rome's power today is not as great as it was the Roman church is the only religious body in the world that is recognized as its own independent country whether religion has that kind of political power. Let's look at the unique position of the woman woman's posture in the world is her alliance with the beast. They have a political religious partnership which is unique in the world on the seven heads and the 10 horns of the beast suggests political positions that he has established during the tribulation positions with which the woman is tied to partnership with the beast asked to see the unlimited prosperity of the woman on verse four details the wealth of the religious system in the tribulation on that is indicated by his clothes with purple and scarlet dormant gold, precious stones and pearls is a golden cup in her hand and a woman is betrayed is very wealthy. Nick solicited unholy passions of the woman the cup the woman holds in her hand is filled with abominations and the filthiness of her fornication, which is a reference to spiritual adultery name is mystery Babylon the great, which calls to mind the ancient and pagan roots of her idolatrous religious practices which we just before which has its origins in Ron and his wife simmering. John identifies the woman as Rome and connects the ancient Babylonian Missy mystery religion with the church in Rome.
Yes, I know that when Constantine made Christianity the religious the religion of Rome in the 14th and the fourth century A.D., many of the Babylonian practices were transferred right into the church. Some of these were the queen of heaven, Mary purgatory, holy water priestly on absolution, which is confession and forgiveness that is imparted by the priest fails and candles celibacy of the priesthood and dedicated version. All of these were pagan practices of the Babylonian religion that were infused into the church at the time in the fourth century A.D., let's look at the unequaled persecution of the woman in verse six the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints shall Rome kill true believers during the tribulation.
All of this really is symmetry of on symbols and imagery of events that we have studied before in previous chapters, which are being shown in different symbols to John in verses one through six, but now it's getting to the monster of Babylon as that is verses seven through 15. But the angel said to me why did you Marvel I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the 10 horns. The beast that you saw was and is not and will ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go to perdition. Those who dwell on the earth will marvel these names are not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was and is not in yet is here is the mind which has wisdom. Seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits there also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is in the other has not yet come when he comes, he must continue a short time beast that was and is not, is himself also the eighth as of the seventh and is going to perdition. The 10 horns which you saw are 10 kings, which are received no kingdom as yet receive authority for one hour as kings of the beast. They are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. They will make war with the Lamb and the will overcome them, for he is the Lord of lords and King of Kings.
Those who are with him are called, chosen and faithful, and he said to me, the waters which he saw which the harlot sits, people, multitudes, nations, and tongues. We are leaving the religious system which John focuses on the beast going to the monster of Babylon, and it almost reads like a riddle when these verses said the beast that was, is not shall be. We first met the beast in Revelation. In chapter 13, he came out of the sea.
The mass of world humanity. Now in verse eight we see him arising from the bottomless pit.
The reason for this change has to do with him being killed and coming back to life and greater satanic power and influence than before. After his resurrection, he arises from the abyss with satanic power to deceive the world. Then we talked about seven heads seven mountains and seven kings, seven mountains refer to the seven hills of Rome 17th. The five emperors who reigned prior to John's writing Donna TN who was raining as John wrote 72 is antichrist who is not yet come here 10 horns 10 teens. The war with a woman 10 kings or 10 heads of state which the Antichrist and the false prophet will use to administer their influence and power. We seen those at the statue of Daniel week seen that in Daniel's visions of the monster that had 10 horns, and that was how the little horn coming out. These are the same as the 10 toes on the image seen by Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel 242. They represent the future government of Rome which we have yet to see one day their vehicle listing of 10 nations, which combined to get them some sort of unified block of nations. Under the leadership of the antichrist and let's get into the end of the Babylonian system in verses 16 to 18 then the 10 horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire for God has put it in their hearts to fulfill his purpose to be of one mind to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of out of field. The woman he saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth. We see in verse three that harlot is riding upon the basis that religious system which get support from antichrist that the end of the vision we see the beast turn upon the woman and ravage her seems apparent that the antichrist is using the religious system for his own purposes when he no longer needs her. He destroys her in verse 14 verse eight Babylon's following the great cities follow.
In verse 19 we see that the woman you solve is that great city which reigns over the earth is made to the Wheaton division of truth matters with Dr. Cheryl Davis matters is a ministry group project are North Carolina based ministry dedicated to teaching sound theology goes inside or outside of the church. If you'd like to listen to these messages on demand to project truth matters.com and click on the podcast way. Dr. Davis is also available to speak to your ministry or church function can be reached by email at Cheryl email@example.com. Or if you'd like to send a letter to Everest's project.
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