For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. -2 Thessalonians 2:7
The Mystery of Iniquity is Mystery Babylon invading the Christian church, and it started its iniquity invasion when the church was very young:
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. -Matthew 13:31-33
And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up -Matthew 13:3-4
The fowls are the birds of Matthew 13:31-33. The birds lodging in the tree representing the Kingdom of Heaven are unclean spirits, false teachers, and wolves in sheep's clothing, leavening some Mystery Babylon teachings into the church.
Before I continue, I want to show a quick distinction between the Kingdom of God, and the Kingdom of Heaven. I will quote from God's Plan for Man:
"The kingdom of Heaven is not now the literal reign of Heaven over the Earth, but is the sphere of profession, or the professing Christian world. ... In the next dispensation, the Millennium, the kingdom of Heaven ceases to be the sphere of profession and becomes the real, literal kingdom of the Son of Man. ... The kingdom of God, means the sovereignty of God over the universe and includes and embraces the kingdom of Heaven and all other realms in the whole universe. It is moral and universal and has existed from the beginning and will know no end. The kingdom of God existed even before the creation of the Earth."
The above was quoted from pages 558 and 559.
Therefore, the above two parables are in the realm of those professing Christ. Only true Christians can be in the kingdom of God, but in the current kingdom of heaven, there are those who are really of the kingdom, true Christians, and those who claim to profess, but who in actuality, do not. As we learn from the parables that preceed the ones quoted above, the enemy, Satan, sewed tares with the wheat. Until both the special wheat and tares mature, one cannot tell which is the true wheat, and which is the poisonous weed. This is where we are, right now in the kingdom of heaven in the sphere of profession.
Since we have now established that the above two parables cannot be referring to rapid church growth, we can look more closely at these parables. Notice the above calls the mustard seed "the least of all seeds." The mustard seed in a rabbinic saying, refers to anything minute, or incredibly small. Thus the reason Jesus said "faith as a grain of mustard seed" in Matthew 17:20 and Luke 17:6.
While Christians walk in the Kingdom of God, we are currently in this world, which, at the moment is Satan's Kingdom. However, since we've been born again, Satan is no longer our king - Jesus is.
This fallen world is currently under the rulership of Satan, and he has claimed this kingdom since the fall of man. This is why the devil offered rule to Jesus, if Jesus would just bow to Satan:
Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. -Matthew 4:8-9
Satan is currently the god of this fallen world:
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. -2 Corinthians 4:3-4
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 -Ephesians 2:2
Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. -John 14:30
Those who are not born again are of this world, and therefore Satan is their ruler, whether they know it or not. Those who are saved and born again, are not of the world, and therefore are not under the dominion of Satan, the current prince of this world. True Christians are under Jesus Christ, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.
Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. -John 18:36
They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. -John 17:16-18
Christians are strangers and pilgrims in this fallen world - the kingdom of Satan.
Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul -1 Peter 2:11
Don't let the things of this world distract you from what's really going on:
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
Satan is the current king of this fallen world. He has the Beast System in place to control the world, and he also has Mystery Babylon - the Woman who rides the Beast set up to control money and religion. To better understand the Mystery of Iniquity, and some of the fowl birds in the tree, we need to study Babylon. The other day, I was reading through the book of Jeremiah, when I came across the below Scripture, which was referring to Babylon's destruction:
Therefore the wild beasts of the desert with the wild beasts of the islands shall dwell there, and the owls shall dwell therein: and it shall be no more inhabited for ever; neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation. -Jeremiah 50:39
This hasn't happened yet. Babylon has inhabitants.
Therefore hear ye the counsel of the Lord, that he hath taken against Babylon; and his purposes, that he hath purposed against the land of the Chaldeans: Surely the least of the flock shall draw them out: surely he shall make their habitation desolate with them. At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth is moved, and the cry is heard among the nations. -Jeremiah 50:45-46
Obviously, the above is also talking about the second destruction that hasn't happened yet, because the second destruction will be "heard among the nations," and we know it's not just a city Babylon, because the above says "the land of the Chaldeans."
How do I know there is a double destruction of Babylon? I know this, because the first destruction was when the Medes and Persians came on the scene, as prophesied. The second one has a different description than the first. We have not only the "heard among the nations" clue, but also:
As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbour cities thereof, saith the Lord; so shall no man abide there, neither shall any son of man dwell therein. - Jeremiah 50:40
Is Babylon inhabited? Yes. After the second destruction, it will be as Sodom and Gomorrah, for no person shall inhabit it again.
If you continue studying Babylon throughout the Scriptures, then you can see that Babylon isn't considered just a physical locale. Babylon is a headquarters for the Mystery Babylon religion:
Babylon hath been a golden cup in the Lord's hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad. -Jeremiah 51:7
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: And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth. -Revelation 17:4-5
In the Old Testament Scripture, Babylon was "a golden cup in the Lord's hand." In the New Testament Scripture, it's a "golden cup in her hand." Not only are there two destructions of Babylon, but there are also two Babylons.
The Babylon with the golden cup in the Lord's hand was the Babylon that was destroyed via the invasion of the Medes and Persians. The golden cup (gold representing Babylon according to Daniel 2) was in the Lord's hand, because He worked through, and used the Babylonian kings during this time to accomplish His will. The Babylonian kings generally followed the Mystery Babylon cult, of which one of the symbols was a golden cup, however God used their evil to accomplish His good. We especially see this with the Babylonian king Nebuchanezzar/Nebucharezzar.
The Babylon of Nebuchadnezzar, and the one taken over by the Medes and Persians, is in modern day Iraq. Jeremiah 50 and 51 prophesy of the Mede and Persian invasion destruction, and then of a later destruction that hasn't happened yet. This is much in the same style as how the Old Testament often portrays both comings of Christ in one, and both of the resurrections as one.
When will this second destruction of the Iraq-Babylon happen? Let us turn to Isaiah for more details:
Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land. Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword. Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished. Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it. Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children. And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there. -Isaiah 13:9-20
The above shows us that the second destruction of Babylon happens at the Day of the Lord. Notice the above passage mentions the Medes, but not the Persians. I think this may prove significant. If you looked very deeply into the end times, then you know that the Day of the Lord happens at the end of the seven year tribulation. Meanwhile, we read of the city Mystery Babylon being destroyed just prior to the Day of the Lord, as we see in Revelation chapter 18.
This Babylon is given some different geographical details than the Iraq Babylon. The Babylon of Revelation 17 and 18 sits on seven hills, and is by a sea.
We see that Iraq Babylon gets destroyed twice. The first time already happened, and the second time will happen during the Day of the Lord. Before the Day of the Lord, but during the tribulation, the Mystery Babylon city will be destroyed.
We see in Revelation 17:16 that the ten kings destroy Babylon. As we see in the next verse, God is using them as an instrument to bring His judgment on Babylon.
Question - Is it the Iraq Babylon where the great destruction of Revelation chapter 18 occurs? Where is the headquarters for Mystery Babylon? Will it be in Iraq at that time - in the original geographical Babylon location? Let's take a look at an important clue, in one of the chapters where Revelation is describing the destruction of the Mystery Babylon city:
For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! -Revelation 18:17-18
The Babylon that gets destroyed in Revelation 18 has to be in an area where there is shipping, a sea, and where its destruction smoke can be seen from the distance from the sea.
Let us take a look at a map, of where the original Babylon was, which is where Iraq is, today.
Map, showing the location of Babylon:
Besides the river Euphrates, I don't see any major waterways. It appears Babylon is landlocked.
Is the river Euphrates a "sea?" No. Further, the Euphrates river will be dried up before Mystery Babylon City is destroyed, and thus not a waterway to Babylon:
And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. -Revelation 16:12
The headquarters for Mystery Babylon, therefore, will not be in the original physical Babylon locale by the time of Revelation 18. The Babylon that is destroyed then has to have sea access.
We must therefore find out where the Mystery Babylon headquarters are, and that will lead us to the Babylon of Revelation 18...
Mystery Babylon originated at the Tower of Babel. This mystery religion was founded by Nimrod and his wife Semiramis. Nimrod's deified names recorded in the Bible, as his father, his son, and himself, are: Baal, Bel, Molech/Moloch, Dagon, Chemosh, and more. Semiramis doesn’t appear in the Bible under that name. In the Scriptures we only see her deified names of "Queen of Heaven," Ashtoreth/Ashteroth, Astarte, Diana, etc.
After the division and confusion of tongues, the peoples took their Mystery Babylon religious practices and names for their false gods, and continued this apostate religion in different areas around the world, with different names, since they now spoke different languages.
In Daniel chapter two, we see the major world powers that play out in biblical prophecy. We see that Babylon was represented by the metal gold. There were the Medes and Persians, the Greeks, and then the Romans. The metal the Bible gives to prophetically represent Rome is iron. On the prophetic calendar, we are currently in the foot of Daniel's statue (please read Daniel chapter 2). The Roman Empire is still the world power, however it has morphed, so that now it is iron mixed with clay. Rome continues to be the empire, even down to the future-rising ten kings, which are the ten toes on the statue, and the ten horns in Revelation.
The Mystery Babylon headquarters followed the prophesied world powers of the day. Since we are in the foot of the statue, we need to see the world kingdom for what it really is. We need to recognize the iron mixed with clay. In the Bible, clay represents man, and iron represents Rome. Therefore the iron and clay mixture is a mixture of the Roman Empire and other governments of man.
Mystery Babylon is described in Revelation as a woman riding the beast of the world system. Since the last metal in Daniel's statue is iron, and iron represents Rome, then Rome must be the current, and final headquarters of Mystery Babylon. Rome is Babylon.
Was/is Rome Babylon? Let's see what some others have to say:
Tertullian (155–222) "So, again, Babylon, in our own John, is a figure of the city Rome, as being equally great and proud of her sway, and triumphant over the saints."
Hippolytus [170-236] "Tell me, blessed John, apostle and disciple of the Lord, what didst thou see and hear concerning Babylon? Arise, and speak; for it sent thee also into banishment." John was banished by Rome.
Eusebius [325AD] "And Peter makes mention of Mark in his first epistle which they say that he wrote in Rome itself, as is indicated by him, when he calls the city, by a figure, Babylon" Referring to 1 Peter 5:13
St. Jerome [382AD] "Read the apocalypse of John, and consider what is sung therein of the woman arrayed in purple, and of the blasphemy written upon her brow, of the seven mountains, of the many waters, and of the end of Babylon. 'Come out of her, my people,' so the Lord says, 'that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.' It is true [of] that Rome..."
Augustine [425AD] "Rome herself is like a second Babylon..... To be brief, the city of Rome was rounded, like another Babylon, and as it were the daughter of the former Babylon,"
Geneva Bible Notes  "That harlot, the spiritual Babylon, which is Rome."
Matthew Henry [1662-1714] "Seven heads: They have a double significance: 1) Seven mountains - the seven hills on which Rome stands. 2) Seven kings - seven sorts of government."
The Scofield Study Bible "...[A]postate Christendom, headed up under the Papacy."
The King James Study Bible [Nelson publishing] "The city of Rome was known throughout the ancient world as a city built on seven hills or mountains. John notes that the wise mind will make the proper identification. The woman apparently represents idolatrous, anti-God civilization, centered at Rome but with worldwide influence."
If the Mystery Babylon headquarters are in Rome, then we need to recall that Mystery Babylon is a religious entity as well as a city. What religious entity resides in Rome, and has worldwide influence? Vatican, the seat and capitol of ROMAN Catholicism.
What does the Vatican say? Do they see Rome as Babylon? They too have admitted it. Below is a quote from the official "Holy See" Vatican website:
"[I]n addition to the Letters of St Paul, there are also two other Letters under the name of St Peter. The first ends with an explicit greeting from Rome, which, however, appears under the apocalyptic pseudonym of Babylon: 'She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings' (1 Pt 5: 13)" Quoted from Vatican.va
Rome herself says that Rome is an "apocalyptic pseudonym of Babylon."
The evidence is mounting up. Rome being Babylon certainly looks feasible. What about sea access? The Babylon of Revelation chapter 18 has to have sea access.
Let's consult a map to see:
According to what I've found online, Rome is only 14 miles from the Mediterranean Sea. There's the sea access.
Sea access isn't the only clue as to the location of final Babylon in the Scriptures. Let's look deeper, because we want be sure.
Before reading further, it is imperative that you read Revelation chapter 17. You can do so here.
From Revelation 17, Mystery Babylon:
"sitteth upon many waters" - In Revelation, waters are defined as many nations - ("The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues" -Rev. 17:15b). All nations seem to have ties with Rome. Kings, presidents, the rich and famous all around the globe seem to make various pilgrimages to see the Pope.
"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" - This is spiritual fornication. We are supposed to be true to the Heavenly Father. The Bible says to call no one Father, but God. Notice the capital 'F.' This means the title of "Father." Lower case 'f' is simply your dad. Your dad is your father, but no one is Father, but God, because God is our Heavenly Father. "Pope" means Father! Pope is a title. Pope comes from the Latin 'Papa,' which means Father. We can read in the newspapers about prime minsters, kings, and presidents going to speak to the Pope. It doesn't stop there. We even see Protestants partaking:
-- The only name Pope Francis wants divided Christians to call each other is "brother" or "sister."
-- His voice breaking with emotion, Giovanni Traettino, a Pentecostal pastor in southern Italy and longtime friend of Pope Francis, welcomed the Pope, "my beloved brother," to his partially built church in Caserta.
-- The head of the World Evangelical Alliance applauded Pope Francis’ meeting Monday with Pentecostals in Caserta, Italy
--A Priest speaks on behalf of the Pope at a Kenneth Copeland Conference, and says he came in the "spirit of Elijah," to "turn the hearts of the sons to the fathers."
Billy Graham and a Pope - Nov. 1982
From the home page of Kenneth Copeland Ministries, on 02-28-2014:
The headlines are almost daily filled with the Vatican and the Pope furthering the ecumenical movement, trying to bring the Protestants into Catholicism. Of course, the semantics are different, but that is the ultimate goal.
I am not a Protestant. I do, however, protest the Roman Catholic church based off of what I've seen in the Scriptures, and what I see that church doing, however I am not of any Christian denomination. I am simply a Christian. What kind of Christian? I'm a saved, born again, Bible believing Christian. We learn in 1 Corinthians chapter one that we are not supposed to have denominations.
"Woman" - Mystery Babylon is likened to a woman. Religious systems are often personified as women, however I believe "woman" is even deeper here, because of one of Semiramis' titles being the "Queen of Heaven." Roman Catholics, interestingly enough, have been known to refer to Mary as the "Queen of Heaven."
There is a "Mary, Queen of Heaven school" here, and a "Mary, Queen of Heaven parish," here, and, according to Wikipedia - "Queen of Heaven is a title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary by Christians mainly of the Roman Catholic Church," and look at all these references to "Mary, the Queen of Heaven" on the official "Holy See" Vatican website, here.
What does the Bible say about the "Queen of Heaven?" We'll view a few Scriptures about that in a few moments.
"purple and scarlet colour" - Roman Catholicism sees great value in these two colors, as seen from the Vatican website:
"The Pope places the biretta on his head and says, in part: "(This is) scarlet as a sign of the dignity of the cardinalate"
"Having been invested with the sacred purple, they are to be fearless witnesses to Christ and his Gospel in the City of Rome and in faraway regions."
Lots of purple and scarlet in the Roman Church:
"decked with gold and precious stones and pearls" - Not only is Vatican reputed to be the richest entity in the world, but Roman Catholic statues of "Mary" are often depicted with a golden crown on her head ("Queen of Heaven,") and the rosary (looks like pearls) around her neck or in her hands. Some statues of Mary are regularly dressed in fancy clothing and jewels.
"having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication" - According to CatholicTradition.org:
"The Holy Eucharist is the Bread that comes from our Heavenly Mother. It is Bread produced by Mary from the flour of Her immaculate flesh, kneaded into dough with her virginal milk. St. Augustine wrote, 'Jesus took His Flesh from the flesh of Mary.' We know, too, that united to the Divinity in the Eucharist there is Jesus' Body and Blood taken from the body and blood of the Blessed Virgin."
The page the above is quoted from, starts with a very large picture of "Mary," and next to her, a golden cup for the "Eucharist." Under that large picture is the above quoted passage, and more. I got this from here on the Catholic Tradition website.
Did you see the above quote? THAT is the center of the Mystery Babylon religion. Take a look in the Scriptures for yourself:
The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. Do they provoke me to anger? saith the Lord: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces? -Jeremiah 7:18-19
There is the dough to the Queen of Heaven. Mystery Babylon had their own version of "Eucharist," under a different name, of course. They made dough unto their "Queen of Heaven," in quite a similar way as the Roman Catholics of today, as described in the above Catholic Tradition website.
Roman Catholicism also burns incense to images. So did Mystery Babylon:
But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done -Jeremiah 44:17a
Consider this quote from the official Vatican.va website:
"Further, people are drawn to honour these images with the offering of incense and lights, as was piously established by ancient custom. Indeed, the honour paid to an image traverses it, reaching the model, and he who venerates the image, venerates the person represented in that image." - Quoted from here.
Hmmm, burning incense to images. Mystery Babylon burned incense to the "Queen of Heaven," but like Roman Catholics, they burned incense to other images as well:
He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan. -2 Kings 18:4
As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images. -Hosea 11:2
And don't forget this important Scripture:
Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them -Deuteronomy 5:8-9a
This is spiritual fornication.
"And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus" - History is clear about Christians who were killed by Rome.
"The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth" - Babylon headquarters sits on top of seven mountains/hills. Rome sits on seven hills. These seven hills are called Quirinal Hill, Viminal Hill, Capitoline Hill, Esquiline Hill, Palatine Hill, Caelian Hill, and Aventine Hill.
Some would argue that Vatican City itself does not sit on seven hills - Rome does. Ah, but Vatican City is included:
"The ancient city of Rome was originally built on the topographical layout of seven separate hills. These seven hills were joined together by the ancient walls of Rome- the Servian walls. The Seven Hills of Rome lie in the east to the Tiber River. Later many more areas were annexed to the city. The city walls were extended to include them also and the city is now much bigger than its original territory. The Vatican and Vatican hill are included in the Areas that were added to the city much later in history." (Underlining by me.)
The above quote is from here on Vatican.com.
Vatican Hill is the eighth hill, but is of the seven. Interesting, because of Rev. 17:11.
"And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth." - Mystery Babylon was depicted in Revelation 17 as a whore, religious system, and a city. This city reigns over the kings of the earth. Remember the iron in Daniel's statue (Daniel 2)? We are still in the iron kingdom, which represents Rome.
Recall that we are in the feet of the statue - iron mixed with clay. Revelation 17 also depicted this woman with a golden cup in her hand. The cup represents the false Eucharist of the "Queen of Heaven," as established above, but why gold? Jesus was a carpenter. I highly doubt he led the Lord's Supper with a gold cup. Historically, we can see this is very much not likely. Yet, my ex-Roman Catholic husband tells me, along with the myriads of pictures I've seen online, that the Roman Catholic Eucharist cup is usually gold.
Back to Daniel's statue - iron is the metal for Rome. What kingdom had gold as their metal? Oh yes, that's right - BABYLON. There we see it - Rome the power, wielding Mystery Babylon the religion.
The Roman Empire never fell. It simply morphed/changed. History books that say the Roman Empire ended are wrong. The Bible says the iron kingdom will continue being the world power, until Jesus comes back (see again Daniel chapter two). Today’s Roman Empire has clay mixed in with it. It (the iron) can hide behind the clay (governments of men), and only come out when it wants to. How is Rome/the woman on the beast ruling over all the kings of the earth? Why, via money and religion, of course. We've looked a bit at how they do it through religion, but there is more I'd like to point out. That will be later. Right now, I want to touch upon how Rome rules over the earth via money.
People like to say that the world is actually run by the Illuminati, or a select group of bankers. Many people also like to point out the mile of banks in England. Here's the thing: that is part of the beast system, but not the woman. Let me ask you something. When you ride a horse, who controls the horse? Do you control where the horse goes, or does the horse go where it wills, and you are just going along? Unless you have a very unruly horse, and you have poor horsemanship skills, YOU control the horse. When a person rides a beast, they control where that beast goes.
The Iron finds no problem hiding behind the Clay - men in high power, bankers, the Illuminati, etc. However, please understand that the woman who rides the beast, is the one steering the beast.
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. - Revelation 17:3
The beast is scarlet colored, because it is tinted with the religion of the whore/woman/city that rides atop it. We see in Revelation that the seven heads match up with the kingdoms in Daniel, the last four of the seven heads being Babylon, Medes and Persians, Greece, and Rome. The ten kings won't like the woman steering the beast, however they are part of the beast. The beast is full of names of blasphemy also because the religious entity steering it has influence over it, whether parts of the beast fully know it or not.
How, monetarily, is the woman steering this beast she is riding? The beast is basically the world economic system, if you want to simplify it. In this fallen world, money is power. He who has the most money can wield the most control in this fallen world system. The Illuminati, Rothschilds, Rockefellers, the Bilderbergers, the Bohemian Grove, and all those things are steered by the woman on the beast. They are part of the beast, going where the woman wills.
Whoever has the ultimate control over the banking system is the entity that has the power to steer world economics and more. If we follow the path, where does it end? Take a look:
"All roads do lead to Rome … We have the Federal Reserve begat by the Bank of England begat by the Bank of Rome. Similarly, the Bank of Canada is an offspring of the Bank of England, which in turn is a child of the Bank of Rome – aka, the Vatican Bank." Quoted from Does the Vatican Hold Your Mortgage?
Federal Reserve == > Bank of England (also Bank of Canada, etc.) == > Bank of Rome/Vatican Bank < == There's the woman steering the beast.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. -Matthew 6:24
For the love of money is the root of all evil -1 Timothy 6:10a
Almost every Christian church in existence has some things in it that are from Mystery Babylon. Come on - steeples? They originally represented Nimrod's penis. They are obelisks.
The cross? It was used as a symbol for pagans long before Jesus was crucified. Why was He crucified on a cross shape, anyways? Why not an X, or a stake? Because the cross stood for Tammuz - another name for Nimrod, or his son, which was claimed to be Nimrod reincarnated.
"The followers of Tammuz also marked the forehead with a cross! ... A pagan sign of the mystic Tau of the Chaldeans and the Egyptians, this cross was a symbol of the Roman god Mithras and the Greek Attis, and their forerunner Tammuz, the Sumerian solar god, consort of the goddess Ishtar. Conveniently, the original form of the letter 'T' was the initial letter of the god of Tammuz. During baptism ceremonies, this cross was marked on the foreheads by the pagan priest."
The above was quoted here from Answering-Christianity.com
The Mystery Babylon cross marked on the forehead, is now the Ash Wednesday cross on foreheads of Roman Catholics:
Roman Catholicism takes more of its practices from Mystery Babylon than it does Christianity. It simply takes Mystery Babylon practices, but changes the names and minor details, and makes it look Christian. This is a true wolf in sheep's clothing.
Christmas and Easter? Not Christian. All the traditions of Christmas and Easter were practiced around the same days they are now, thousands of years before Christ was born, as originally part of the Mystery Babylonian cult. Even the Catholic Encyclopedia admits to the paganism:
"The English term, according to the Ven. Bede (De temporum ratione, I, v), relates to Estre, a Teutonic goddess of the rising light of day and spring ... The custom may have its origin in paganism, for a great many pagan customs, celebrating the return of spring, gravitated to Easter. The egg is the emblem of the germinating life of early spring."
"Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church. Irenaeus and Tertullian omit it from their lists of feasts ... Pagan customs centering round the January calends gravitated to Christmas."
In fact, Christmas used to be illegal:
"For preventing disorders, arising in several places within this jurisdiction by reason of some still observing such festivals as were superstitiously kept in other communities, to the great dishonor of God and offense of others: it is therefore ordered by this court and the authority thereof that whosoever shall be found observing any such day as Christmas or the like, either by forbearing of labor, feasting, or any other way, upon any such account as aforesaid, every such person so offending shall pay for every such offence five shilling as a fine to the county."
From the records of the General Court, Massachusetts Bay Colony, May 11. 1659
Jesus says that God is a Spirit and we must worship the Lord in spirit and in TRUTH. How many Mystery Babylonian rituals and/or traditions are you partaking in? The current and final headquarters of Mystery Babylon - Rome - seems to pervade. The iron is so well-mixed with the clay that it can be hard to see the difference. However, clay and iron do not stick together, so if we really learn and observe, we can begin to see the lines of division.
The Bible calls us to knowledge and understanding. If we let the scales fall from our eyes, and believe the Scriptures, rather than certain "church teachings," we will begin to see the truth, and notice how prevalent the lie has become.