“When God goes, anything goes.” (Pastor Chuck Smith) Once the Church is snatched out of and away from the earth, a one world religion will develop. No longer will there be Christians pointing people to the Way, the Truth, and the Life- Jesus. The way will be wide and have multiple paths and multiple truths and multiple gods and no right or wrong- “whatever works for you, whatever feels good or makes you happy”. This is already happening, in fact, but it will be widespread, worldwide, and backed by the government. There will be NO separation between church and state.
“…and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality, and upon her forehead a name was written, a mystery, ‘BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.’ And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. And when I saw her, I wondered greatly.” ~Revelation 17:3b-6
John “wondered greatly” when he saw this vision of the harlot, the great woman Babylon, drunk on the blood of the saints. How could the church kill followers of Jesus? How could all of this be? Our pastor suggested we could say that this “boggled his mind”.
The false church during the Tribulation period will be wealthy, powerful and influential- and riding on the back of the antichrist and his one world “peace at any cost” government. Those who do choose to follow Jesus during this time- after the Rapture, but before the second coming of Jesus- will be persecuted and executed. And the church will be fully participating in this. I read in chapter 13 about the false prophet. He will be the one to set up the image of the beast- antichrist, and he will establish the worship of him as well. And this false prophet- the leader of the one world church- will kill those who do not worship the antichrist or take his mark.
The first great worldwide rebellion against God happened at Babel, when they decided to build “a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name; lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” ~Genesis 11:4. Up to this point, “the whole earth used the same language and the same words”. ~Genesis 11:1. God had commanded Noah and his sons “‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.'” ~Genesis 9:1. Not only were they not obeying this command, but they also were planning to glorify themselves in this endeavour, and not God. “So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.” ~Genesis 11:8-9
Toward the end of this chapter in Revelation, we are told that once the antichrist doesn’t need the church anymore, he will destroy this harlot. After all, the beast- whose power and authority comes from Satan- will establish the worship of him- and Satan- alone. This is Satan’s ultimate goal- “I will make myself like the Most High.” ~Isaiah 14:14b
Good thing we know who wins! “‘These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.'” ~Revelation 17:14. Amen.