Rev 17:5 KJV –
“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….
- “The Great Whore”; 2. “Mystery”; 3. “Babylon The Great”; 4. “The Mother Of Harlots”; 5. “The Mother Of… Abominations Of The Earth”
In our devotion for this morning, we will be looking at the title “Babylon The Great”.
Throughout the Bible, the city of Babylon represents opposition and rebellion against the Lord. Babylon traces its beginning back to the Tower of Babel. It was there at the Tower of Babel that we see the first ORGANIZED attempt by mankind to oppose God and find their security and peace within themselves. (Gen 11:1-9)
The false religious activities in this world are centered around these principles as well. Beginning at Eden, Satan has been continually seeking to pervert the Word of God as an act of rebellion against the Lord.
Satan set the pattern for this abuse in Eden when he attempted to pervert God’s Word in three ways:
- Taking the Word out of context by ignoring a portion of it
God said…“Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it” (2:16-17a)
Satan took this out of context and said…“Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? (3:1)
- Adding to The Word
God said… “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (2:16-17)
Satan added to this quote and said… “Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.” (3:3)
- Contradicting The Word
God said… “in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (2:17)
Satan contradicted it and said… “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:”
Folks these are the three ways that Satan perverted the Word in Eden and it is the way he continues to pervert God’s Word within the realm of false religious teachings today…
- Taking things out of context (by ignoring/deleting portions of it)
- Adding to it
- Contradicting it
These three methods successfully brought sin into the world and led Adam and Eve to rebel against the Lord So, too, throughout the ages Satan has successfully used these methods to create every false doctrine that exists.
May we all be on guard against allowing these errors to influence our understanding of truth. For those of us who are given the responsibility to teach His Word, may we all be on guard against allowing these errors to slip into our teachings.
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation: