“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
In this week’s series of devotions we will be concentrating on the false religions (and their false messengers) that are sent into this world. They are symbolized by the character that John had seen … “I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast” (otherwise described as “the Great Whore”).
Our devotions for this week will concentrate on the 5 different titles given to this character….
1. “The Great Whore”; 2. “Mystery”; 3. “Babylon The Great”; 4. “The Mother Of Harlots”; 5. “The Mother Of… Abominations Of The Earth”
In our last devotion we studied the title “The Great Whore”. In our devotion for this morning, we will be looking at the title “Mystery”.
The word translated “Mystery” here does not simply describe something that is unknown. It actually means something that is “known to the initiated, but unknown to all others”. In other words, the character, motivations, abilities and workings of this woman sitting upon the beast is unknown by many, however, known by some people.
If this is the case, the next questions we should ask are … who are the people that are “in the know?” And “who are the people that are ignorant of these truths about her?” The Bible gives us the answer to these questions.
In 2 Corinthians 2:11, we are told that Christians “are not ignorant of his (Satan’s) devices”.
Whereas, lost mankind in 2 Corinthians 4:4, are said to be “blinded” by “the god of this world” (Satan). This blinding involves a blindness towards Christ, His work and His truth, as well as towards Satan, His devices, and His teachings of error.
As Christians we all should understand how Satan uses his earthly religious kingdom of error to mislead and ensnare lost mankind. Also, we all should understand the need to:
1. RECOGNIZE her teachings
1Jn 4:1-3 KJV –
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”
2. SEPARATE ourselves from it
2Jn 1:9-11 KJV –
“Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”
Rom 16:17-18 KJV –
“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”
3. and ACTIVELY REVEAL AND OPPOSE them using the truths of God’s Word….
Eph 4:14-15 KJV –
“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:”
May we all firmly stand against the workings of Satan, as he uses the false teachings and religious systems of this world to oppose the work of Christ.
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation: