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Is It True That The Catholic Church Is The “Babylon” Or “Harlot” Woman Mentioned In The Book Of Revelation?

Is It True That The Catholic Church Is The “Babylon” Or “Harlot” Woman Mentioned In The Book Of Revelation?

Is It True That The Catholic Church Is The “Babylon” Or “Harlot” Woman Mentioned In The Book Of Revelation?

Several ignorant anti-Catholic cults (e.g. SDA, INC, ADD, WMSCOG, BAC, etc.) had frequently accused the Catholic Church as the “Pagan” “Babylon” or “Harlot” woman being mentioned in the Book of Revelation. They are simply trying hard to demonize the Church founded by Christ, yet they failed many times eversince their cults had just emerged few decades ago. Because it was Christ himself who had promised that even the gates of Hell shall not prevail against his Church. How come that the Church they accused as “Pagan” or “Babylon” was responsible for the compilation of the Christian Bible that anti-Catholics are using now?

Anti-Catholics are relying solely to their erroneous private interpretation of a certain prophetic passage in Revelation 17 which says:

“On their forehead was written a secret name: Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots (Whore) and detestable things of the Earth” (Rev.17:5).

Then, they desperately concluded that the “Babylon who is the Mother of Harlots is no other than the Catholic Church”. Is this biased interpretation correct? Obviously NO!

Babylon

The term “Babylon” in the Bible refers to a place, and not a Church or a religion (Rev. 16:19, Rev. 18:10, Rev. 18:21). And it is figuratively referring to the Empire of Rome (1 Pet.5:13), not the Catholic Church. Rome was known for its seven hills, and is even mentioned in Rev. 17:7.

Harlot Woman

The “woman” mentioned in Revelation 17 similarly refers to the Pagan Roman Empire who killed the Apostles (Sts. Peter and Paul) and several early Christians. In Rev. 17:6 it says:

“I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of the witnesses (martyrs) to Jesus” (Rev. 17:6).

Historically, it was Caesar Nero, the pagan Roman Emperor who ordered the killing of Sts. Peter and Paul, and several Christian believers. Persecutions had continued until Constantine the Great was converted to Christianity and signed the Edict of Milan on 312AD. Caesar Nero killed his mother and two of his wives. He then committed suicide. With that, many bible scholars considered Caesar Nero as the fulfilment of the 666 due to his beastly characteristics. His name also adds up to a total of 666 in the Hebrew equivalent.

Almost 30 Catholic Popes starting from St. Peter had been martyred until Constantine the Great gave freedom for all Christians in Rome. If the Catholic Church is the “harlot woman” who killed early Christians including the Popes, then she killed their own leaders (the Pope), which is a very absurd accusation.

The Great Roman Empire

The Roman Empire was divided into two (2) era – the Pagan Empire and Christian Empire. The nation of Israel, European and Middle Eastern countries in Asia had been part of this biggest empire in the history. The Pagan Roman Empire had worshipped their pagan gods (e.g. Jupiter, Saturn, etc.), and had persecuted Christians until the reign of Constantine the Great on 312AD. It was Caesar Nero the pagan emperor who ordered the killings of Apostles Peter and Paul, while many Christian believers were fed to the hungry lions.

On the other hand, the Christian Roman Empire had been instrumental for the propagation of Christianity throughout the empire. It was in this period that the Catholic Church made its effort to compile the Christian Bible. In the late 4th century, at Councils of Rome, Hippo and Carthage, the Catholic Church had decided to give the final list of 27 books to be part of the New Testament. Around 300 books were rejected by the Church, and those 27 NT books were added to the 46 OT books of the Septuagint, making a single book called the “Bible”. If the Book of Revelation was really against the Catholic Church, then the Church could have removed it in the list of New Testament canon, just like how the Church rejected those other 300+ books (e.g. Gospel of Thomas, Acts of Peter, Gospel of Mary, etc.).

To those who still insists that the Catholic Church is a “Pagan” “Babylon” and “Harlot” woman, it is now high time for you to throw away your Bible. Because everytime you quote verses coming from New Testament, you accept the Authority of the entity who compiled it – the Catholic Church. By the way, where was your sect/cult located when the Catholic Church made its effort in compiling the Bible?

#Little Knowledge Is Really Dangerous ☢️

Martin Luther And The Destruction Of The Holy Mass

Martin Luther And The Destruction Of The Holy Mass

Luther And The Destruction Of The Mass.

How did we get from the ancient, Christocentric, traditional Latin Mass, to the man-made fabrication of the post-Vatican II New Mass?

Apostate Martin Luther, once a Catholic priest of the Order of St. Augustine, was the first to advocate and to instigate the destruction of the Mass. His slogan of “Tolle missam, tolle Ecclesiam” “destroy the Mass, destroy the Church” – is indicative of his diabolical hatred for the venerable Latin Mass of the Roman rite.

In 1522 (WA 10:2, 220), countering Henry VIII’s defense of the Catholic Church, Luther wrote:

“Having triumphed over the Mass, I think we have triumphed over the whole papacy. For upon the Mass as upon a rock is built the whole papacy with its monasteries, its bishoprics, its colleges, its altars, its ministers, its doctrines, and leans on it with its whole weight. And all these things must fall with the sacrilegious and abominable Mass.  

So Christ through me (sic) has begun to unmask the abomination standing in the holy place, and to destroy him, whose coming was through the operation of Satan in all wonders and lying miracles.

Nonetheless, in order to obtain success towards this end and without danger, it will be necessary to preserve some of the ceremonies of the old Mass for the weak minded, who would be scandalized with a too rapid change.”

RESTORE THE TRADITIONAL RITES OF THE CHURCH, RESTORE THE LATIN MASS, RESTORE THE FAITH!

Jesus Ascended Into Heaven Where He Is Seated At The Right Hand Of God The Father

Jesus Ascended Into Heaven Where He Is Seated At The Right Hand Of God The Father

*He Ascended Into Heaven Where He Is Seated At The Right Hand Of The Father*

_(Thursday 30th May, 2019. Read Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47, Ephesians 1:17-23 and Luke 24:46-53)_

_*“Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven.” (Luke 24:50-51)*_ 

Today makes it forty days since the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. In the course of this period, Jesus constantly appeared to the disciples to strengthen their faith, to assure them of the truth that he is the Messiah. He told them so many things and since there were much more they needed to know, He assured them of the Holy Spirit who would come to teach them everything.

Till this time, the disciples were still expecting that Jesus would take over power from the Roman authorities. They still didn’t understand that Jesus had not come to be a Political Messiah. The disciples asked him: “Will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6).

Jesus must have probably laughed at them for not having their priorities right. So he responded: It is not for you to know the times or seasons… But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be my witnesses” (Acts 1:7-8). In other words, receiving the power of the Holy Spirit and becoming witnesses for Jesus is far more important and far more precious than having to overthrow the Romans or taking seats in government.

This is the point St. Paul harps upon in the second reading. He prays that we have the spirit of Wisdom so that our eyes would be open to realising the great hope we now have courtesy of Jesus’ Ascension into heaven. By His Ascension, Christ has united our human nature with God thereby making it possible for the human species to be united with God. St. Paul refers to this as a glorious inheritance, immeasurable greatness.

By leading them up to Bethany as the Gospel of Luke presents, Jesus wanted the disciples to remember His dear friend Lazarus, to know that He has truly conquered the power of death.

Jesus then lifted up His hands to bless the disciples and as He blessed them, He was carried into heaven before their very eyes. Does it mean that Jesus is no longer with us? Of course, no. By going up to heaven, Jesus did not create a distance between Himself and humanity, rather His Ascension confirms the truth that we all have a final destination that is not here on earth. Jesus is still with us. Jesus is always with us.

In fact, We must never forget Jesus’ last words in the Gospel of Matthew: 

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).

Today should be a day of joy for us, a day to celebrate the final victory of life over death, a day to celebrate our firm assurance that heaven exists, that just as Christ ascended to heaven, we too shall one day depart this earth and be united with God in heaven. 

Luke concludes by saying: “The disciples returned to Jerusalem with great joy and were continually in the temple blessing God.” The disciples entered a mood of prayer in preparation for the descent of the Holy Spirit. This is exactly what we must now do as we await the Comforter, the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost from heaven.

Let Us Pray: Lord Jesus, may the celebration of your Ascension rekindle my prayer life that I may be properly prepared to receive the Holy Spirit, Amen!

*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you.

Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. Year C. 

Bible Study: Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47, Ephesians 1:17-23 and Luke 24:46-53).*

Jesus Ascended Into Heaven Where He Is Seated At The Right Hand Of God The Father

Jesus Ascended Into Heaven Where He Is Seated At The Right Hand Of God The Father

*He Ascended Into Heaven Where He Is Seated At The Right Hand Of The Father*

_(Thursday 30th May, 2019. Read Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47, Ephesians 1:17-23 and Luke 24:46-53)_

_*“Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven.” (Luke 24:50-51)*_ 

Today makes it forty days since the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. In the course of this period, Jesus constantly appeared to the disciples to strengthen their faith, to assure them of the truth that he is the Messiah. He told them so many things and since there were much more they needed to know, He assured them of the Holy Spirit who would come to teach them everything.

Till this time, the disciples were still expecting that Jesus would take over power from the Roman authorities. They still didn’t understand that Jesus had not come to be a Political Messiah. The disciples asked him: “Will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6).

Jesus must have probably laughed at them for not having their priorities right. So he responded: It is not for you to know the times or seasons… But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be my witnesses” (Acts 1:7-8). In other words, receiving the power of the Holy Spirit and becoming witnesses for Jesus is far more important and far more precious than having to overthrow the Romans or taking seats in government.

This is the point St. Paul harps upon in the second reading. He prays that we have the spirit of Wisdom so that our eyes would be open to realising the great hope we now have courtesy of Jesus’ Ascension into heaven. By His Ascension, Christ has united our human nature with God thereby making it possible for the human species to be united with God. St. Paul refers to this as a glorious inheritance, immeasurable greatness.

By leading them up to Bethany as the Gospel of Luke presents, Jesus wanted the disciples to remember His dear friend Lazarus, to know that He has truly conquered the power of death.

Jesus then lifted up His hands to bless the disciples and as He blessed them, He was carried into heaven before their very eyes. Does it mean that Jesus is no longer with us? Of course, no. By going up to heaven, Jesus did not create a distance between Himself and humanity, rather His Ascension confirms the truth that we all have a final destination that is not here on earth. Jesus is still with us. Jesus is always with us.

In fact, We must never forget Jesus’ last words in the Gospel of Matthew: 

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).

Today should be a day of joy for us, a day to celebrate the final victory of life over death, a day to celebrate our firm assurance that heaven exists, that just as Christ ascended to heaven, we too shall one day depart this earth and be united with God in heaven. 

Luke concludes by saying: “The disciples returned to Jerusalem with great joy and were continually in the temple blessing God.” The disciples entered a mood of prayer in preparation for the descent of the Holy Spirit. This is exactly what we must now do as we await the Comforter, the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost from heaven.

Let Us Pray: Lord Jesus, may the celebration of your Ascension rekindle my prayer life that I may be properly prepared to receive the Holy Spirit, Amen!

*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you.

Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. Year C. 

Bible Study: Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47, Ephesians 1:17-23 and Luke 24:46-53).*

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