By: Beverly Vest and Susan Kilgore
Spiritual Fornication: The Sin of the Great Whore... Are You Guilty?
Most Bible reading Christians have read about the Great Whore spoken of in the book of Revelation, but do not understand who she is and what her sins are. When the Bible speaks of a woman, it is figuratively describing a religious body, whether it be the true church, or a false church. The true church is pictured as a group of people who will be the spiritual bride of Christ at his return, at the marriage supper. Rev. 19:7-9 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, these are the true sayings of God. II Cor. 11:2 For I am jealous over you with Godly jealousy: For I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. The Great Whore is a religious body that has committed the sin of spiritual fornication, which is not being loyal to God, by mixing in pagan, idol worshipping customs with their worship of him. The old pagan practices have eased their way into christian traditions, and today have become unconditionally accepted around the world in most denominations. Let's take a look at the customs that have crept into our religious beliefs: Saturnalia - Every winter on the 17th of December the people of ancient Rome began a wild party that lasted 7 days. The festival called Saturnalia was in honor of Saturn the God of agriculture from whose name we get Saturday. There were processions through the streets, candles were lit to symbolize the rebirth of the year, houses were decorated with greenery and presents were exchanged. Also tied into this time of festivities was the revelling which centered around the worship of the sun. The festival lasted from the 17th to the 24th of December with gifts exchanged, especially on the last 2 days. Then on the 25th they celebrated "The Birth of the Unconquerable Sun," as the days began to lengthen and the sun began to regain it's dominance. (It was generally believed among pagans that the sun dies during winter soltice and then rises from death) Vernal Equinox - This is the days or period of days in the Spring when the days and nights are again of approximately equal length. This is the time of celebrating new life, the resurrection of nature from the dead and it has typically featured fertility rights, merry making, and usually centers on orgiastic sexual activities. In ancient times there was the sacrificing of virgins, the worship of fertility Gods and Goddesses, and worship of the phallus. "May Poles" almost certainly had their origin as phallic shrines, around which orgiastic celebrants danced to honor the male sex organ. such practices are known to have been featured in spring festivals in ancient Egypt, Babylon, Greece and among the Druids in Great Britain and Europe. Eggs as symbols of fertility have always been featured in such pagan festivals as have rabbits (symbols of vigorous sexual activity and reproduction). In Ezek. 8:13-18, he describes a pagan observance of the God "Tammuz" who died at the age of 40. The people set aside one day for each year of his life to dedicate to worshipping him. It translates into the present day custom of "40 days of Lent"! Ezekiel 8:13-18 He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do. Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord's house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these. And he brought me into the inner court of the Lord's house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east. Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose. Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them. Many of these practices continue today, but are diguised as christian holidays. Satan has cleverly deceived christians by designating these as christian. Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. All through the 17th chapter of Revelation the Bible describes in detail Mystery Babylon the Great, the great whore, mother of harlots. It warns us to "Come out of her", or distance ourselves from her: Rev. 18:4 And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. He calls her a "whore" in other words she is prostituting herself, fooling around with other Gods, not being faithful to God. So the first thing we would have to understand is who "she" is. We know that all through the Bible the term "woman" is used to refer to a religious body or a church. In chapter 17 it clearly describes the whore who sitteth upon many waters (people). It describes her in detail then says on her forehead is written a name, "Mystery Babylon the Great, The Mother of Harlots and abominations of the earth." It refers to the beast that carries her that ascended out of the bottomless pit (Satan) or his representative. It talks about the 7 mountains on which the woman sitteth. (Rome the city of 7 hills) It says the woman is that great city (or power) which reigneth over the kings of the earth. Then in ch. 18, it says all the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her. What other religion would fit this description? What other religion has had harlots break off from her? What church claims to follow Christ, but carries over so many pagan practices with her? There is only one church that history shows to have made the claim of authority over the kings of the earth. It also says in Rev. 17:3 that she is "full of blasphemy". The Bible defines blasphemy as someone other than God claiming to be able to forgive sins. Mark 2:5-7 Only God has the power to forgive sins, yet priests claim that power. God specifically tells us time after time not to worship the "creation", and yet that is what this entire religion is based on. Even the day they worship is named in honor of the Sun God, and was changed to the official day of worship by the Roman Emperor Constantine. Professing christians today will say that it doesn't matter, that they are not intentionally worshipping other Gods,....but what does God have to say about it? God describes how he feels about the incorporation of these customs into present day religion. Jeremiah 10:1-4 Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: Thus saith the Lord, learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. II Kings 17:16 And they left all the commandments of the Lord their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal. II Kings 21:2-3 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out before the children of Israel. For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them. God warns his people not to follow after the pagan practices of the idolatrous nations of the earth, who worshipped the heavenly bodies, as mentioned in the above verses, and are carried over in religious practices today. Duet. 12:28 -30 Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee forever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the Lord thy God. When the Lord thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land; Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou inquire not after their gods, saying, how did these nations serve their Gods? even so will I do likewise. Ezek. 20:39 As for you, O House of Israel, thus saith the Lord God; Go ye, serve ye every one his idols, and hereafter also, if ye will not hearken unto me: But pollute ye my Holy name no more with your gifts, and with your idols. Many thousands of people today are professing to be christians, but are not loyal to God. Most christians today are committing spiritual fornication and are completely unaware that their practices are an abomination to God. Rev. 14 talks about the 144,000 and says "These are they who are not defiled with women (churches) who follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth". So we see that the criteria for being one of the 144,000 is loyalty! Rev. 18:4 And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. We need to "come out" of the pagan practices of the great whore. Our future depends on it. Email Me Email Me
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