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Mystery Babylon – The Great Harlot and the Illuminati / Masonic / Catholic Connection
17 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
Mystery Babylon and the Tower of Babel
The name, Mystery Babylon carries with it a sense of wonderment and intrigue. What is the “mystery” of Mystery Babylon? Babylon was an ancient city located some miles from Baghdad in modern Iraq. It later became an extensive empire that controlled the Middle East and beyond, but, what is this “Mystery Babylon”?
The land of Mesopotamia is called the “Cradle of Civilization”. It was here, in the land of Shinar, or Babylon, that Nimrod set up the tallest tower in the ancient world: the Tower of Babel. Babel, a city founded by Nimrod, according to Genesis 10:10, was the center of a world government that served Nimrod, the mighty hunter. This kingdom centered in Babel was started sometime after Noah, his wife, and Noah’s three sons and their wives arrived with enough animals to repopulate the world. Nimrod was the great-grandson of Noah and the son of Cush (see Genesis 10). He started a religion of sun-worship that led people away from the true God, the Creator, to serve and worship the creature (the sun, the moon, stars, etc.).
According to the writings of many ancient historians, traditions, and numerous facts, we have learned that Nimrod started a religion that spread throughout the whole world, as a result of the division of tongues (or languages) that happened at the tower of Babel, when God confused the languages. Prior to this dispersion, people everywhere had the same language.
5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
These scattered peoples, spread across the Earth, but they all remembered what Nimrod had taught them about the worship of nature as opposed to worshipping God the Creator.
Sometime after this dispersion, or at the time of the dispersion, Nimrod was caught and killed. His body was chopped to pieces and dispersed to various places as a warning to the followers of Nimrod. His wife, who also happened to be his mother, the evil woman Semiramis, claimed that Nimrod was reincarnated in the form of their son, Tammuz. She claimed that Tammuz was a god and that she was the woman whose seed would bruise the serpent’s head. God had told Eve, the first woman, about this very thing. In Genesis 3, we read that because Eve disobeyed God and ate of the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil, she would have sorrow in childbearing and she would die of old age.
Genesis 3:13-15 (bold added)
13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Adam and Eve had told their children all these words. A little more than a dozen generations had passed since Adam, and mankind (which includes women) was very familiar with the knowledge that the seed of a woman shall bruise the serpent’s head. Who is the serpent? The serpent was a symbol of Satan, the deceiver. Satan, once an angel of God, became God’s enemy. He rebelled against the Most High God and led a third of the angels in rebellion against God (Revelation 12:4). Satan is the one who told the first lie and he still tells that lie today. What was the first lie?
3 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
“Ye shall not surely die,” whispered the serpent. That is the first lie. If we disobey God, that is sin. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Sin produces death, spiritual and physical. Spiritual death is being cut off from God. Physical death is being cut off from the land of the living.
The next lie Satan told the Earth as recorded in the Scriptures can be said as, “You are all gods, so is it bad that some of you should be worshipped as gods?” The truth is, we have an ability to discern the difference between good and evil, but we will die like men.
6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.
We are still human and mortal and not to be worshipped. God forbids the worship of anyone and anything but Himself. God told the children of Israel these words, which are the Ten Commandments that apply to all.
20 And God spake all these words, saying,
2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
God takes this serious. Those who broke this commandment (who didn’t repent) were to be stoned to death according to Old Testament law. Of course, this law has been fulfilled by Jesus Christ, who died for our sins on the cross of Calvary (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
The Structure of Mystery Religion
God was not pleased with Nimrod and Semiramis’ idolatry. According to the research of Alexander Hislop and others, Nimrod’s grand-uncle, Shem, and a group of patriarchs felt called by God to put to death the wicked Nimrod. They cut up his body into pieces and sent the pieces to various places as a warning to others (see Hislop, pp. 62-64). After this, the worshippers of Nimrod and Semiramis made their religion more secretive and mysterious. Thus, it was known as mystery religion. This religion was arranged in a pyramidal design with the “Pontifex Maximus” (Hislop) as the top. The next level included other “pontiffs”. Then, down the pyramid were various clergy--including “priests”-- and finally the common people. The common people were never allowed to understand what the priests knew unless they went through the training to become a priest. This pyramidal system can be found in the structure of the Catholics, Masons, and other “Mystery” organizations.
Alexander Hislop, the author of the well-known work, The Two Babylons, wrote: “The College of Cardinals, with the Pope at its head, is just the counterpart of the Pagan College of Pontiffs, with its "Pontifex Maximus," or "Sovereign Pontiff," which had existed in Rome from the earliest times, and which is known to have been framed on the model of the grand original Council of Pontiffs at Babylon.”
This “Council of Pontiffs at Babylon” is the system set up by Semiramis after the death of Nimrod. In this system, the bottom-of-the-barrel commoners went to a priest to make a confession of his or her sins, exactly the way Catholics do today. This practice has its roots in Baal worship and is found in nearly all the Mystery Religions.
Hislop writes that:
“…a mysterious power was attributed to the clergy, which gave them "dominion over the faith" of the people--a dominion directly disclaimed by apostolic men (2 Cor 1:24), but which, in connection with the confessional, has become at least as absolute and complete as was ever possessed by Babylonian priest over those initiated in the ancient Mysteries. The clerical power of the Roman priesthood culminated in the erection of the confessional. That confessional was itself borrowed from Babylon.”
Babylon held its power by getting people to confess their sins to priests who never confessed their sins to the people. This is unbiblical and wrong. James 5:16 says, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” We confess our faults to those we have wronged and we need to repent before God. In Babylon and in Catholicism, the priest does not confess his sins to the people, but they confess their sins to him, putting them under his control.
Having the fear of the priest knowing one’s secret sins holds people under his power. The next method of control involved the area of seeking God, or not seeking God. The priests told the people in Babylon that they had the answers from God, and so also Catholic priests do the same. But, the people were never encouraged to seek God and find out what God had to tell them. In Jeremiah 29:13, God says, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
For thus saith the Lord unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live:
But, the Catholics and the Babylonian Baal worshippers did not encourage people to seek God. They could not hold sway over the people if the people were seeking God for themselves. Rituals, mass gatherings (masses), repetitive prayers to “the queen of heaven”, and going to confessionals were what Babylonians, and other Mystery religions performed in order to know they were going to Heaven.
“Queen of Heaven” or “Queen of Deception”
Now, who was the “queen of heaven”? Many ancient cultures have a goddess who they call “the queen of heaven”. In Babylon, the woman and her son were called Ishtar and Tammuz. In India, they were named Isi and Iswara. The Chinese called her Shing-moo with child. The Scandinavians named the mother and child Frigga and Balder. The Greeks called them Ceres or Irene and Plutus. The Phoenicians named them Ashtoreth and Baal. Babylonians gave them the nomenclature Ishtar and Tammuz. Egyptians worshipped the mother and child as Isis and Horus (Veith).
Semiramis took her son, the son of Nimron, and called him a god. She also called herself a god and men worshipped her. Her religious system of Baal worship embraced all kinds of sin, including orgies, pagan revelry, and other perversions, not to mention idolatry. The very fact that she married her own son, Nimrod, shows her depravity.
The Catholic Church and Paganism
As the tribes of mankind spread out through the Earth, the pagans brought Baal-worship with them. This system was in place during the time of the Roman Empire and after it. When Constantine, one of the last Emperors of Rome, came into power, Christianity had grown tremendously and had spread across his empire. Paganism was still firmly entrenched. To solidify his power base, Constantine, a sun-worshipper, needed to have a single religion to preside as head over.
The German historian Heggtveit writes:
“Constantine labored at his time untiringly to unite the worshippers of the old and the new faith in one religion. All his laws and contrivances are aimed at promoting this amalgamation of religions. He would by all means melt together a purified heathenism and a moderate Christianity…His injunction that the ‘Day of the Sun’ should be a general rest day was characteristic of his standpoint…Of all his blending and melting together of Christianity and heathenism, none is more easy to see through than this making of his Sunday law. The Christians worshipped their Christ, the heathen their sun god; according to the opinion of the Emperor, the objects for worship in both religions were essentially the same” (Edwardson).
This can be argued to be the foundation for the Roman Catholic Church. It was from this point forward that lukewarm “Christians” compromised with the pagans to form a new conjoined religion. But, as many researchers have shown, it was merely Babylonian-based paganism dressed up to look somewhat like “Christianity”. For instance, “Pontifex Maximus”, the title used by popes today was also used by Roman Emperors long before Constantine’s reign (Hislop, pg. 206).
Other examples of the pagan roots of the Catholic Church can be found in their buildings. The all-seeing-eye of Horus, found in masonic lodges, and on the back of the dollar bill, can be found in the masonry and imagery of Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches (which are really Catholic churches formed after the Roman Empire was divided in two). You will even find masonic imagery on the walls of Catholic Churches. Phoenix birds, satanic pentagrams (five-pointed upside down stars), masonic square and compass symbols, and pagan tridents can be seen in some Cathedrals throughout Europe and even in South America.
The halo, or nimbus, that sits behind the heads of many statues and paintings in the Catholic Church can be found on the statues of Greek and Roman gods. Apollo is depicted with a halo around his head. Circe, another Roman god, has a halo, as does the Catholic Mary. What is the significance of a halo or nimbus?
George Clarke, author of Pompeii, writes: "This glory was called nimbus, or aureola, and is defined by Servius to be 'the luminous fluid which encircles the heads of the gods. It belongs with peculiar propriety to Circe, as the daughter of the Sun. The emperors, with their usual modesty, assumed it as the mark of their divinity; and under this respectable patronage it passed, like many other Pagan superstitions and customs, into the use of the [Catholic] Church." (Click to SEE MORE INFO ABOUT the ILLUMINATI, the MASONS, and the CATHOLIC CHURCH).
Christmas, Yule-day, and Saturnalia
Other pagan associations are found in the holidays, such as Christmas. How can Christmas be pagan? After all, isn’t it about the birth of Jesus? Or, is it?
Christmas is sometimes called “Yule-day.” Yule, is the Chaldean word for an “infant” or “little child” (Hislop). Pagan Anglo-Saxons celebrated Yule-day long before Christian influences came to England. The day called “Christmas Eve” was called “Mother-night”. They worshipped the female sun goddess and a male moon god during the December 25th period (Hislop, pg. 94). This was the celebration of the winter solstice and the worship of the Babylonian sun god Baal, who was considered to be an incarnation of the sun (Hislop, pg. 96). The Roman’s celebrated this same festival as the feast of Saturn, or Saturnalia (Hislop).
Some similarities to how Christmas is celebrated today include candles, the yule log in the hearth, a Christmas tree, wreaths, red and green colors, and the date (25 of December). The burning yule log symbolized the dying god (Nimrod / Baal) before he was to rise from the dead reincarnated in the form of his son, Tammuz. The standing Christmas tree symbolized this reincarnation and coming back to life (Hislop).
During this sun-worshipping feast, drunkenness and immorality were prevalent in ancient Rome and elsewhere. People sacrificed geese and pigs to Baal (or the equivalent deity). These same animals are found in many European dishes on Christmas Day (Veith, Festivals).
What is more, Santa Claus has some attributes of pagan deities. Santa is said to ride across the sky in a sleigh. The Egyptian sun god Osiris was born on the winter solstice (identical to Baal). He was said to ride on a chariot through the heavens, and Helios, the Greek sun god, rode in a chariot across the sky. In more northern cultures, reindeer pulled the chariot. The East is not to be left out. The Hindus had a god called Sûrya, who also rode across the sky in a horse-drawn chariot (Veith, Festivals). (Christmas is said to be about Jesus Christ, but it is not. CLICK HERE to see what the Bible has to say about Jesus Christ.)
Easter and Ishtar
Like Christmas, Easter comes from pagan origins, as should be no surprise. Easter is the same as Astarte, Ishtar, Beltis, the “queen of heaven” (Hislop). Ishtar is a name found on Assyrian monuments (Hislop), proving that Ishtar is Assyrian.
The feast called Ishtar or Easter occurred each spring on a Sunday, near the time of the vernal equinox. With the pagan influences surrounding them, compromising Christians moved the time of the Passover (as recorded in the Bible) to the time Easter was celebrated, (Goubej) and linked the two together.
One powerful symbol of paganism is stamped over Easter, the Easter egg. How could an egg be pagan?
Hyginus, the “keeper of the Palatine library at Rome” (Hislop) writes in his book called Fabulae: "An egg of wondrous size is said to have fallen from heaven into the river Euphrates. The fishes rolled it to the bank, where the doves having settled upon it, and hatched it, out came Venus, who afterwards was called the Syrian Goddess” (Hyginus). Venus, as we’ve seen, is the same as Ishtar (or Semiramis).
Another Easter symbol was the rabbit (Goubej). The rabbit is known for producing a lot of offspring in a short amount of time and can be thought of as a fertility symbol. These fertility symbols were to celebrate the goddess of fertility, Ishtar, Ashtaroth, Isis, Semiramis, the mother of Nimrod, who called herself the “queen of heaven”. This same person is adored by the Catholics as “Mary, the queen of heaven.” This is blasphemy against God, for God the Creator alone is to be worshipped (see Exodus 20:4-5). God does not want us to worship graven images (such as statues of Mary or Saints) (see Exodus 20:4-5).
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
Catholics and Protestants both accept Christmas and Easter as legitimate festivals to celebrate Jesus Christ. Knowing now that they were based on pagan festivals, a follower of Christ needs to evaluate why he or she celebrates them. (I took a long time to change my beliefs, but after looking into it more, I realized how pagan these celebrations really are. I encourage you to seek God and to see what God’s Word has to say about all of this.).
- If you, the reader, are a Catholic, I encourage you to take time away from the Church and seek God with all your heart and get a copy of the Bible and read it (I encourage you to read the King James Version). God wants to have a relationship with you through His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, God the Son. The priests of medieval Europe kept the common people from reading the word of God. They read it in Latin, but not in the common language. They kept people from reading the scriptures or having it translated into their own languages. Why? You may find out if you seek God and read the Bible. The Bible tells us how to be saved through Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9-10, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23), how to know God’s name (Psalm 9:10), how to experience true peace, and so on.
- If you are a Protestant Christian, I encourage you to seek God with all your heart and read the Bible. In it are the words of life. God wants to have a relationship with you. Seek him fervently, seek to know God. Jesus Christ has died to pay for your sins and has risen from the dead. Seek to know him better and He will reveal Himself to you. If you have sins you need to repent from, repent from them. They keep us from seeking God. Seek God and God will give you a heart after His heart. God said this of King David: “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will” (Acts 13:22).
If You Would Like to Have a Relationship with God, Be an Adopted Child of God, and Go to Heaven…
God loves us so much that He sent His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins and shed His precious blood to pay for all of these sins (John 3:16 and 1 Corinthians. 15:3-4). And He rose from the grave on the third day (1 Cor. 15:4).
The Bible says this about Jesus and Salvation:
John 14:6 (bold added)
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
1 Timothy 2:5 (bold added)
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”
Acts 4:12 (bold added)
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
HOW TO GET SAVED and KNOW GOD:
1. If you repent (turn away) from your sins (Acts 3:19),
2. and believe and confess aloud that Christ has paid for your sins with his precious blood and has risen from the dead (Romans 10:9-10),
3. and have made Him your Lord and Savior (again Romans 10:9-10) you are saved.
4. Now seek God with all your heart. Seek to know Him and you will (Jeremiah 29:13).
John 17:3 says: "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."
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Edwardson, Christian. Facts of Faith. Brushton: Teach Services, Inc., 2001. Print.
Goubej, Wendy. “Paganism and Easter.” amazingdiscoveries.org. Amazing Discoveries. Web. 23 Feb. 2014.
Hislop, Alexander. The Two Babylons. Dahlonega: Crown Rights Book Company, 2002. Print.
Hyginus, Fabulae, pp. 148, 149.
Veith, Walter J., PhD. "Paganism and Catholicism: The Mother-Son Sun Worship System." amazingdiscoveries.org. Amazing Discoveries. Web. 23 Feb. 2014.
Veith, Walter J., PhD. “Paganism and Catholicism: Festivals.” amazingdiscoveries.com. Amazing Discoveries.Web. 23 Feb. 2014.
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