The Whore of Babylon features in the Bible.  Despite attempts to paint her as Jerusalem she is actually Rome understood as the spiritual empire of the world.

Is she the Roman Catholic Church?  Did the author of Revelation hear that the ideas that formed this Church were appearing in Rome?  Is that how his prediction turned out more plausible than you would expect?
The Book of Revelation sees the whore as an occult power that uses witchcraft to fool the nations – so she evidently seems nicer than she really is. In 18:23 it reads “by your magic spells and poisonous charm all nations were led astray”. This tells us the reason the whore can be behind everything evil, it has magical powers with which to delude the world. Some believe the Church is behind everything evil in the sense that it works with the Devil and increases his power and influence in the world. This is true too of the whore as described in Revelation but it also has occult power. The whore would naturally do all it could to deceive people all over the world so that they think they are in touch with God while it is the Devil who they are really in touch with. The whore would have to be the largest religion in the world to do this. The evil it does lives on after it is done and infects other religions and pollutes the rulers of the world forever which is how it has so much power to do evil. This indicates then that the whore has been the whore for a long time. It would need to have been in order to defile the world meaning nearly everybody has tasted and been polluted by its power. Jesus said we must expect him back at any moment therefore he is telling us that Catholicism is the whore and has been for a long long time.
Read the verse again. It says the whore is charming. So is the Roman Church and the pope certainly fools people with his smiles and his lies and gets respect despite the fact that the evidence that he is really the infallible head of the Church is so bad and at best ambiguous that he must have deliberately stolen his office. The charm that beguiles the world indicates that the Church pretends to be nice but does lots of evil behind the scenes and gets away with it. The excessive cruelty in Church institutions and priests raping children would be the tip of the iceberg if that is true.
Only the Catholic Church could be the whore. Its doctrines alone would be enough to prove it. It’s paganism and lies and magic tricks with miracles and priests make it the modern day manifestation of ancient Babylon with its paganism and corruption.
Babylon has to give us a god who is not the true God. Catholicism does that with the communion bread believed to be Jesus Christ. Babylon has to give us many gods. Catholicism does that for the saints are more powerful than God. God is their subject because they influence God which means they are stronger. Nothing can influence an all-wise and all-powerful perfect being unless it is wiser and more powerful than it. The Church says it believes in salvation by the blood of Jesus. But its Jesus has little value compared with the saints so his blood cannot save. Babylon has to prevent the word of God speaking for itself. Roman Catholicism does that with its doctrine that the pope and the Church and tradition are the interpretators of scripture. It is an interpretation that is believed in not the scriptures for interpretations are like clouds in front of the moon.
The Catholic Church seeks guidance from angels and saints in prayer. It also agrees with people meeting up with saints in visions. There is no biblical warrant for accepting messages from the dead. It is spiritualism. The Roman Church is an occult sect.  It will say that the beings are holy and love God and are sent from God but spiritualists say the same about the beings they encounter. The God of Rome is worse than the Devil because he causes sin for he prevented Mary from ever sinning and will not grant the rest of us the same favour. Nearly every Roman Catholic doctrine implies that God is Satan and worse for Satan tempts but God goes a step further! Revelation ends with a warning that nobody has the right to change a single word in it because it contains warnings for tough times in the future when the Church has to deal with the coming of the whore and all that. It curses anybody that tries to tamper. Pope Sixtus V produced a messy Bible and ordered the whole Church to accept it on pain of excommunication. Can a Protestant see this as coincidence?
We know that the saints Catholicism prays to are really neo-pagan gods and they deny that God is really supreme or really God.
The Virgin Mary is the goddess in Catholicism that corresponds to the goddess Semiramus in Babylon. Her Jesus is the Nimrod of Babylon for he is an idol for the Church worships a wafer as Jesus and cannot honour God because it cannot cleanse from sin.
We know that Jesus Christ was not God so the Jesus the Church adores as God the Son is a mocking idol of Jesus. The Church then offers one of the other Jesuses the apostle Paul warned us about that couldn’t save.
We know that the Church says it can make babies children of God and wash their souls of sin by baptism which contradicts the Bible where Jesus says that only happens at the behest of the spirit which like the wind is unpredictable. The result is that the Church consists of fake children of God and is a fake Christian Church.
The Catholic Church teaches lots of untrue doctrines. It has Catholics taking fake forgiveness of sins from priests who cannot forgive sins. The book, By Faith Alone, RC Sproul, (Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1995) proves that Protestantism is true Christianity because it teaches that salvation is by faith alone without sacraments which contradicts the Catholic view that you need sacraments. The Church of Rome objects that this means that you are your own Church. This is hypocrisy for they know that the Bible advises a Christian to join a Church but doesn’t however state that it is necessary for salvation or a sin not to bother.  The Christian is put into a family when he converts and is expected to join a Church that teaches the Bible for fellowship and the Christian if he loves God will not be his own Church but will obey the voice of God in the Bible. Even the Church of Rome teaches that the sacraments are no good unless you open your heart up to God for salvation so if this is not being your own Church they should not be saying Protestants are guilty of that for there is no difference.
The Catholic Church keeps people away from God just as much as God says idolatry does.
The Church corrupts people by making them depend on sacraments that do not work to make them better people. . A faith that fails to do more good than bad with its powers is to blame for anything evil that its people do. But there is nothing a good Catholic does that cannot be explained by just the goodness in human nature. The Church commands people to go to Mass and to pay money to the priests when it should be commanding people as strongly to help the poor. It has put these rules into its well-known commandments of the Church. It condemns somebody who prefers to help the poor on a Sunday than go to Mass as a grave sinner.
We know that the communion bread and wine that Rome worships is not Jesus Christ. So Roman Catholicism commits the greatest sin of all according to the Bible, idolatry. Rome says that it worships Jesus in the Eucharist but that is not the point. If the Eucharist is not Jesus then it is bread and wine that are adored. Rome lies knowing fine well that the Law of Moses forbade the worship of images of God such as the golden calf. Nobody adores a statue just because it is a statue but because it is thought to be a link to the God but Rome goes further by claiming that the wafer is Jesus.
We know that the Roman Church opposes the gospel of salvation by faith alone which is the Bible gospel. The Bible says that you are saved by faith and that is not of yourself and isn’t your work so that you cannot boast and you are chosen to do good works (Ephesians 2:8,10). Catholics claim that faith is not infused by God like this and isn’t enough to mark you out as saved – you need to make your own input so you can boast.
The Church arbitrarily distinguishes between sin that does not deserve an eternity in Hell and sin that does which contradicts reason and the Bible which say all does and means people are dying in sin they think will not take them to Hell which actually does. Thus the Church prepares people for death who are not prepared to meet God at all though they think they are.

The Church says that you never know 100% that you are saved from Hell. Even if you are on your deathbed and know 100% that there is a Heaven you cannot be as sure that you will get in one day. The Church says that in Hell you cannot help yourself. If you go to Purgatory you cannot help yourself either. You just have to suffer there until you are considered pure enough for Heaven. And the Church is clear that the pains of purgatory and the sense that you are not with God all match the torments and loneliness of Hell. And you could be in purgatory a long time. What if purgatory is a scam for getting you into Hell and keeping you there? What if it is Hell you end up in and you think you are in purgatory?
The Catholic Church held more Jubilee years when it was having money difficulties to attract more tourists to Rome to get and indulgence, a remission of the punishment for sin, it’s a gospel that can be used commercially (page 38, By Faith Alone).
The ideal in Catholicism is to obey the pope without question as the Vicar of Christ. We can’t see if Jesus gets any benefit from this so this is no different at all from the pope actually claiming to be God or Jesus. Practically, where it counts there is no difference.
There are countless other reasons why the Catholic Church is not the Church of Christ but a counterfeit.
If Catholicism is not the whore then the Book of Revelation is not divinely inspired for it is full of useless predictions about a universal whore Church that nobody can make sense of. But the book says it can be understood for how could we be blessed in learning what it says (Revelation 1:3) when we cannot understand it to learn?
The whore will fool the world so she must make herself appear loving and caring above all other organisations so her charity work and spirituality will seem to be outstanding but are really part of her kiss of death. The prophecy is no good if it will be fulfilled privately or in a way that nobody can see easily. That means if it could mean Rome it must mean Rome.  Therefore only those who are not superficial and who take God’s word for it will see the whore for what she is and only because of what God says for there are many whores. Revelation identifies the whore and says she is a whore no matter how beautiful and attractive she makes herself.


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