DOOM OF BABYLON”
MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN”
— Christendom — The City — The Empire — The Mother — The
Daughters — Babylon’s
Doom — Its Dread Significance.
of Babylon which Isaiah...saw. Lift
ye up a standard upon the high mountain, raise high your voice unto them,
motion with the hand that they may enter into the gates of the princes.
have commanded my sanctified, I have also called my mighty ones for my
anger; even them that rejoice in my highness.
come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the Lord and the
weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.
is a noise of tumult on the mountains, like as of a great people; a
tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together; the Lord of
hosts mustereth the host of the battle.
ye; for the Day of Jehovah is at hand: it shall come as a destruction from
the Almighty. Therefore, all
hands shall become weak, and every mortal’s heart shall melt: and they
shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall have
throes, as a woman that travaileth: they shall wonder every man at his
neighbor; red like flames shall their faces glow.
the Day of Jehovah cometh, direful with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the
land desolate; and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their
light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not
shed abroad her light.
I will visit on the world its evil, and on the wicked their iniquity; and I
will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and the haughtiness of
tyrants will I humble. I will
make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of
Ophir. Therefore I will shake
the heavens, and the earth shall be removed out of her place, in the wrath
of the Lord of hosts, in the day of his fierce anger.” Isa. 13:1-13.
Compare Rev. 16:14; Heb. 12:26-29.
also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet; and the hail
shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the
hiding place.” Isa. 28:17
various prophecies of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel and the Apocalypse concerning
Babylon are all in full accord, and manifestly refer to the same great city.
And since these prophecies had but a very limited fulfilment upon the
ancient, literal city, and those of the Apocalypse were written centuries
after the literal Babylon was laid in ruins, it is clear that the special
reference of all the prophets is to something of which the ancient literal
Babylon was an illustration.
is clear also that, in so far as the prophecies of Isaiah and Jeremiah
concerning its downfall were accomplished upon the literal city, it became
in its downfall, as well as in its character, an illustration of the great
city to which the Revelator points in the symbolic language of the
Apocalypse (Chapters 17 and 18), and to which chiefly the other prophets
already intimated, what today is known as Christendom is the antitype of
ancient Babylon; and therefore the solemn warnings and predictions of the
prophets against Babylon—Christendom—are matters of deepest concern to
the present generation. Would
that men were wise enough to consider them!
Though various other symbolic names, such as Edom, Ephraim, Ariel,
etc., are in the Scriptures applied to Christendom, this term,
“Babylon,” is the one most frequently used, and its significance, confusion,
is remarkably appropriate.
Apostle Paul also points out a nominal, spiritual Israel in
contradistinction to a nominal fleshly Israel (See 1 Cor. 10:18; Gal. 6:16;
Rom. 9:8); and likewise there is a nominal spiritual Zion, and a nominal
fleshly Zion. (See Isa. 33:14;
Amos 6:1.) But let us examine
some of the wonderful correspondencies of Christendom to Babylon, its type,
including the direct testimony of the Word of God on the subject.
Then we will note the present attitude of Christendom, and the
present indications of her foretold doom.
Revelator intimated that it would not be difficult to discover this great
mystical city, because her name is in
her forehead; that is, she is prominently marked, so that we cannot
fail to see her unless we shut our eyes and refuse to look—
her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the
Mother of Harlots and abominations of the earth.” (Rev. 17:5)
before looking for this Mystical Babylon, let us first observe the typical
Babylon, and then, with its prominent features in mind, look for the
name Babylon was applied, not only to the capital city of the Babylonian
empire, but also to the empire itself. Babylon, the capital, was the most
magnificent, and probably the largest, city of the ancient world.
It was built in the form of a square on both sides of the Euphrates
river; and, for protection against invaders, it was surrounded by a deep
moat filled with water and inclosed within a vast system of double walls,
from thirty-two to eighty-five feet thick, and from seventy-five to three
hundred feet high.
the summit were low towers, said to have been two hundred and fifty in
number, placed along the outer and inner edges of the wall, tower facing
tower; and in these walls were a hundred brazen gates, twenty-five on each
side, corresponding to the number of streets which intersected each other at
right angles. The city was
adorned with splendid palaces and temples and the spoils of conquest.
was the great monarch of the Babylonian empire, whose long reign covered
nearly half the period of its existence, and to him its grandeur and
military glory were chiefly due. The
city was noted for its wealth and magnificence, which brought a
corresponding moral degradation, the sure precursor of its decline and fall.
It was wholly given to idolatry, and was full of iniquity.
people were worshipers of Baal, to whom they offered human sacrifices.
The deep degradation of their idolatry may be understood from God’s
reproof of the Israelites when they became corrupted by contact with them.
See Jer. 7:9; 19:5.
name originated with the frustrating of the plan for the great tower, called
Babel (confusion), because there God confounded human speech; but the native
etymology made the name Babil, which, instead of being reproachful, and a
reminder of the Lord’s displeasure, signified to them—“the gate of
city of Babylon attained a position of prominence and affluence as a capital
of the great Babylonian empire, and was called “the golden city,” “the
glory of kingdoms, and the beauty of Chaldees’ excellency.” Isa. 13:19;
was succeeded in the dominion by his grandson Belshazzar, under whose reign
came the collapse which pride, fullness of bread and abundance of idleness
always insure and hasten. While
the people, all unconscious of impending danger, following the example of
their king, were abandoning themselves to demoralizing excesses, the Persian
army, under Cyrus, stealthily crept in through the channel of the Euphrates
(from which they had turned aside the water), massacred the revelers, and
captured the city.
was fulfilled the prophecy of that strange handwriting on the wall—“Mene,
Mene, Tekel, Upharsin”—which Daniel had interpreted only a few
hours before to mean—“God hath numbered thy kingdom and finished it.
Thou art weighed in the balance and art found wanting.
Thy kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.” And so
complete was the destruction of that great city that even its site was
forgotten and was for a long time uncertain.
was the typical city; and, like a great millstone cast into the sea, it was
sunken centuries ago, never again to rise; even the memory of it has become
a reproach and a byword. Now let us look for its antitype, first observing
that the Scriptures clearly point it out, and then noting the aptness of the
symbolic prophecy a “city” signifies a religious government backed by
power and influence. Thus, for
instance, the “holy city, the new Jerusalem,” is the symbol used to
represent the established Kingdom of God, the overcomers of the Gospel
Church exalted and reigning in glory.
Church is also, and in the same connection, represented as a woman, “the
bride, the Lamb’s wife,” in power and glory, and backed by the power and
authority of Christ, her husband. “And there came unto me one of the seven
angels... saying, Come hither, I will
show thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. And he...showed
me that great city, the holy Jerusalem.” Rev. 21:9,10
same method of interpretation applies to mystical Babylon, the great
ecclesiastical kingdom, “that great city” (Rev. 17:1-6), which is
described as a harlot, a fallen woman (an apostate church—for the true
Church is a virgin), exalted to power and dominion, and backed, to a
considerable degree, by the kings of the earth, the civil powers, which are
all more or less intoxicated with her spirit and doctrine.
apostate church lost her virgin purity.
Instead of waiting, as an espoused and chaste virgin, for exaltation
with the heavenly Bridegroom, she associated herself with the kings of the
earth and prostituted her virgin purity—both of doctrine and
character—to suit the world’s ideas; and in return she received, and now
to some extent exercises, a present dominion, in large measure by their
support, direct and indirect.
unfaithfulness to the Lord, whose name she claims, and to her high privilege
to be the “chaste virgin” espoused to Christ, is the occasion of the
symbolic appellation, “harlot,” while her influence as a sacerdotal
empire, full of inconsistency and confusion, is symbolically represented
under the name Babylon, which, in its widest sense, as symbolized by the
Babylonian empire, we promptly recognize to be Christendom; while in its
more restricted sense, as symbolized by the ancient city Babylon, we
recognize to be the nominal
fact that Christendom does not accept the Bible term “Babylon,” and its
significance, confusion, as applicable to her, is no proof that it is not
so. Neither did ancient Babylon
claim the Bible significance—confusion.
Ancient Babylon presumed to be the very “gate of God”; but God
labeled it Confusion (Gen. 11:9); and so it is with her antitype today.
She calls herself Christendom, the gateway to God and everlasting
life, while God calls her Babylon—confusion.
has been very generally and very properly claimed by Protestants that the
name “Babylon” and the prophetic description are applicable to Papacy,
though recently a more compromising disposition is less inclined so to apply
it. On the contrary, every
effort is now made on the part of the sects of Protestantism to conciliate
and imitate the Church of Rome, and to affiliate and cooperate with her.
In so doing they become part and parcel with her, while they justify
her course and fill up the measure of her iniquities, just as surely as did
the scribes and Pharisees fill up the measure of their fathers who killed
the prophets. (Matt. 23:31,32)
this, of course, neither Protestants nor Papists are ready to admit, because
in so doing they would be condemning themselves.
And this fact is recognized by the Revelator, who shows that all who
would get a true view of Babylon must, in spirit, take their position with
the true people of God “in the wilderness”—in the condition of
separation from the world and worldly ideas and mere forms of godliness, and
in the condition of entire consecration and faithfulness to and dependence
upon God alone.
he carried me away in the spirit into
the wilderness; and I saw a woman, ...Babylon. Rev. 17:1-5
since the kingdoms of the civilized world have submitted to be largely
dominated by the influence of the great ecclesiastical systems, especially
Papacy, accepting from them the appellation “Christian nations” and
“Christendom,” and accepting on their authority the doctrine of the
divine right of kings, etc., they also link themselves in with great
Babylon, and become part of it, so that, as in the type, the name Babylon
applied, not only to the city, but also to the whole empire, here also the
symbolic term “Babylon” applies, not only to the great religious
organizations, Papal and Protestant, but also, in its widest sense, to all
this day of judgment upon mystic Babylon is the day of judgment upon all the
nations of Christendom; its calamities will involve the entire
structure—civil, social and religious; and individuals will be affected by
it to the extent of their interest in, and dependence upon, its various
organizations and arrangements.
nations beyond Christendom will also feel the weight of the heavy hand of
recompense in that they also are to some extent bound in with the nations of
Christendom by various interests, commercial and others; and justly, too, in
that they also have failed to appreciate what light they have seen, and have
loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
as the Prophet declared, “All the earth [society] shall be devoured with
the fire of God’s jealousy” (Zeph. 3:8); but against Babylon,
Christendom, because of her greater responsibility and misuse of favors
received, will burn the fierceness of his wrath and indignation. (Jer.
51:49) “At the noise of the
taking of Babylon the earth is moved, and the cry is heard among the
nations.” Jer. 50:46
some sincere Christians, not yet awake to the decline of Protestantism, and
who do not realize the relationship of the various sects to Papacy, but who
perceive the unrest and the doctrinal upheavals in all the religious
systems, may still be anxiously inquiring—“If all Christendom is to be
involved in the doom of Babylon, what will become of Protestantism, the
result of The Great Reformation?”
is an important question; but let the reader consider that Protestantism, as
it exists today, is not the result of the Great Reformation, but of its
decline; and it now partakes to a large degree of the disposition and
character of the Church of Rome, from which its various branches sprang. The
various Protestant sects (and we say it with all due deference to a comparatively
few devout souls within them, whom the Lord designates as “wheat,”
in contradistinction to the overwhelming numbers of “tares”)
are the true daughters of that degenerate system of nominal Christianity,
the Papacy, to which the Revelator makes reference in applying to her the
name “Mother of harlots.” (Rev. 17:5)
let it not pass unobserved that both Romanists and Protestants now freely
own the relationship of mother and daughters, the former continually styling
herself the Holy Mother Church, and the latter, with pleased complacency,
endorsing the idea, as shown by many public utterances of leading Protestant
clergymen and laymen. Thus they
“glory in their shame,” apparently all unmindful of the brand which they
thus accept from the Word of God, which designates the Papacy, as “the
mother of harlots.”
does the Papacy, in claiming her office of motherhood, ever seem to have
questioned her right to that title, or to have considered its
incompatibility with her profession still to be the only true church, which
the Scriptures designate a “virgin”
espoused to Christ. Her
acknowledged claims of motherhood are to the everlasting shame of both
herself and her offspring.
true Church, which God recognizes, but which the world knows not, is still a
virgin; and from her pure and holy estate no daughter systems have ever
sprung. She is still a chaste virgin, true to Christ, and dear to him as the
apple of his eye. (Zech. 2:8; Psa. 17:6,8)
The true Church cannot be pointed out anywhere as
a company from which all the tares have been separated, but it
consists only of the true “wheat,” and all such are known unto God,
whether the world recognizes them or not.
let us see how the Protestant systems sustain this relationship of daughters
to Papacy. Since Papacy, the
mother, is not a single individual, but a great religious system, in keeping
with the symbol we should expect to see other religious systems answering to
the illustration of daughters of similar character—not, of course, so old,
nor necessarily so depraved, as Papacy—but nevertheless, “harlots” in
the same sense; i.e., religious systems claiming to be either the espoused
virgin or the bride of Christ, and yet courting the favor and receiving the
support of the world, at the price of disloyalty to Christ.
this description the various Protestant organizations fully correspond.
They are the great daughter systems.
already pointed out* the birth of these
various daughter systems came in connection with reforms from the
corruptions of the mother Church. The
daughter systems parted from the mother under circumstances of travail, and
were born virgins. However,
they contained more than true reformers; they contained many who still had
the spirit of the mother, and they inherited many of her false doctrines and
theories; and it was not long until they fell into many of her bad practices
and proved their characters true to the prophetic stigma—“harlots.”
let it not be forgotten that while the various reformation movements did
valuable work in the “cleansing of the sanctuary,” yet only the temple
class, the sanctuary class, has ever been the true Church, in God’s
reckoning. The great human
systems called churches, have never been more than nominally
the Church. They all belong to
a false system which counterfeits, misrepresents and hides from the world
the true Church, which is composed only of fully consecrated and faithful
believers, who trust in the merit of the one great sacrifice for sins.
are to be found scattered here and there within and outside of these human
systems, yet always separate from their worldly spirit.
They are the “wheat” class of our Lord’s parable, clearly
distinguished by him from the “tares.”
Not comprehending the real character of these systems, as individuals
they have humbly walked with God, taking his Word as their counselor and his
spirit as their guide.
have they ever been at ease in nominal Zion, where they have often painfully
observed that the spirit of the world, operating through the unrecognized
“tare” element, endangered spiritual prosperity. They are the blessed
mourners in Zion, to whom God hath appointed “beauty for ashes, and the
oil of joy for mourning.” (Matt. 5:4; Isa. 61:3)
is only in this “harvest” time that the separation of this class from
the “tare” element is due; for it was the Lord’s purpose to “let
both grow together until the harvest [the time in which we are now
living].” Matt. 13:30
Hence it is that this class is now being awakened to a realization of
the real character of these condemned systems.
As previously shown, the various reform movements, as predicted by
the prophet (Dan. 11:32-35), were “overcome by flatteries:” each one,
after accomplishing a measure of cleansing, stopped short; and, so far as
they found it practicable, they imitated the example of the Church of Rome
in courting and receiving the favor of the world at the expense of their
virtue—their fidelity to Christ, the true Head of the Church.
and state again made common cause, in a measure united their worldly
interests, at the expense of the real, the spiritual, interests of the
church; and progress and reform in the church were again at a standstill.
Indeed, a retrograde movement set in, so that today many of them are
much farther from the proper standard, both of faith and practice, than in
the days of their founders.
of the reformed churches were even admitted to share in authority and power
with earthly rulers; as, for instance, the Church of England, and the
Lutheran Church in Germany. And
those who have not succeeded to that extent have (as in this country, for
instance) made many compromising overtures to the world for smaller favors.
is also true that while the world powers have advanced the worldly ambitions
of the unfaithful church, the church has also freely admitted the world to
her communion and fellowship; and so freely, that the baptized worldlings
now form the large majority of her membership, filling nearly every
important position, and thus dominating her.
was the disposition which degraded the church in the beginning of the age,
which brought about the great falling
away (2 Thess. 2:3,7-10), and which gradually, but rapidly, developed the
loose character, early assumed by the various reform movements, and which
gradually developed sectarian organizations, continues to the present day;
and the more these organizations grow in wealth, numbers and influence the
further they fall from Christian virtue and develop the arrogance of their
few earnest Christians in the various sects observe this to some extent, and
with shame and sorrow confess and lament it.
They see that every possible effort is made by the various sectarian
organizations to please the world and to court its favor and secure its
patronage. Elegant and costly church edifices, lofty spires, chiming bells,
grand organs, fine furnishments, artistic choirs, polished orators, fairs,
festivals, concerts, plays, lotteries and questionable amusements and
pastimes are all arranged with a view to securing the world’s approval and
grand and wholesome doctrines of Christ are thrust to the background, while
false doctrines and sensational topics take their place in the pulpit, the
truth is ignored and forgotten, and the spirit of it lost.
In these particulars how truly the daughters resemble the mother
one among numerous evidences of the freedom and even pride with which this
relationship of the Protestant sects to Papacy is owned, we give the
following sentiments of a Presbyterian clergyman, quoted from one of his
sermons as published by the daily press.
The gentleman said:
as you will, you must admit that this (the Catholic Church) is the Mother
Church. She possesses
an unbroken history extending back to the time of the apostles.
[Yes, that is where the apostasy began. 2 Thess. 2:7,8]
every fragment of religious truth which we prize, we are indebted to her as
the depository. If she
has no claims to being the true Church, then are we bastards
and not sons.
about missionaries to labor amongst Romanists! I would as soon think of
sending missionaries amongst Methodists and Episcopalians and United
Presbyterians and Lutherans for the purpose of converting them into
nearly all the doctrinal errors so tenaciously held by Protestants were
brought with them from Rome, though beyond the gross errors of Papacy, such
as the sacrifice of the mass, the worship of saints, of the virgin Mary and
of images, the auricular confession, the granting of indulgences, etc.,
considerable progress was made by each of the reform movements.
But alas! Protestants of today are not only willing, but anxious, to
make almost any compromise to secure the favor and assistance of the old
“mother” from whose tyranny and villainy their fathers fled three
those principles of truth which at first formed the ground of protest are
being gradually forgotten or openly repudiated.
The very foundation doctrine of “justification by faith” in the
“continual sacrifice” is rapidly giving way to the old Papal dogma of
justification by works and by the sacrilegious sacrifice of the mass.*
And numbers both in pulpits and in pews now openly declare that they
have no faith in the efficacy of the precious blood of Christ as the
ransom-price for sinners.
latter, the mass, amongst Episcopalians—“High Church”—in Great
Britain and the United States.
claims of apostolic succession and clerical authority are almost as
presumptuously set forth by some of the Protestant clergy as by the Papal
priesthood. And the right of
individual private judgment—the very fundamental principle of the protest
against Papacy, which led to the Great Reformation—is now almost as
strenuously opposed by Protestants as by Papists.
Protestants are fully aware that it was in the exercise of the right of
private judgment that the Reformation was begun and for a short time carried
forward, although later a presumptuous domination of recognized leaders
retarded the wheels of progress, and has, ever since, kept them strictly
within the traditional lines and put a ban upon all who fearlessly step
viewed, Protestantism is no longer a protest against the mother church, as
at first. As a writer for the
press recently remarked—“The ism
is still with us, but what has become of the protest?”
Protestants seem to have forgotten—for they truly ignore—the very
grounds of the original protest, and, as systems, they are fast drifting
back toward the open arms of the “Holy (?) Mother Church,” where they
are freely invited and assured of a cordial reception.
us hold out to you our hand affectionately” (says Pope Leo to Protestants
in his noted* Encyclical addressed “To
The Princes and Peoples of the Earth”), “and invite you to the unity
which never failed the Catholic church, and which never can fail.
Long has our common mother called you to her breast; long have all
the Catholics of the Universe awaited you with the anxiety of brotherly
love. ...Our heart, more even than our voice, calls to you, dear brethren,
who for three centuries past have been at issue with us in the Christian
in his Encyclical to the Roman church in America, +Pope
Leo says, “Our thoughts now turn to those who dissent from us in matters
of Christian faith...How solicitous we are of their salvation; with what
ardor of soul we wish that they should be at length restored to the embrace
of the Church, the common mother of all!...Surely we ought not to leave them
to their fancies, but with mildness and charity draw them over, using every
means of persuasion to induce them to examine closely every part of the
Catholic doctrine and to free themselves from preconceived notions.”
in his “Apostolic Letter to the English People” (1895) he gives
utterance to the following prayer, “O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God
and our most gentle Queen and Mother, look down in mercy upon England... O
sorrowful Mother, intercede for our separated brethren, that with us in the
one true fold they may be united to the Supreme Shepherd, the Vicar of thy
Son”—i.e., himself, the Pope.
furtherance of this same plan, “Missions for Protestants” have been
started under the charge of what are known as the “Paulist Fathers.”
These meetings have been and are being held in the large cities.
They are conducted along lines of conciliation and explanation;
written questions from Protestants are requested and answered publicly; and
tracts for Protestants are freely distributed. Protestants are practically
conceding the Romish position, and really have no answer to make; and any
one who can and does answer, and refers to facts, is denounced as a
disturber by both Protestants and Catholics.
intelligent person can see how easily Protestantism is being ensnared by
this cunning craftiness, and how perceptibly the popular current is set
toward the Church of Rome, which is changed indeed in voice and power, but
unchanged in heart, and still justifying the Inquisition and other of her
methods of the dark ages by claiming her right,
as ruler of earth, to punish heretics as she pleases.
is clear, therefore, that while many faithful souls, ignorant of the real
state of the case, have reverently and devoutly worshiped God within these
Babylon systems, nevertheless, this does not alter the fact that they are,
one and all, “harlot” systems.
Confusion reigns in them all; and the name Babylon aptly fits the
entire family—mother, daughters and accomplices, the nations styled
Christendom. Rev. 18:7; 17:2-6,18
it be borne in mind, then, that in the great politico-ecclesiastical systems
which men call Christendom, but which God calls Babylon, we have not only
the foundation but also the superstructure and the crowning pinnacle, of the
present social order. This is
implied in the generally accepted term, Christendom, which of late is
applied, not only to those nations which support Christian sects by
legislation and taxation, but also to all nations which show tolerance to
Christianity without in any definite manner favoring or supporting it; as,
for instance, these United States.
doctrine of “the divine right of kings,” taught or supported by almost
every sect, is the foundation of the old civil system, and has long given
authority, dignity and stability to the kingdoms of Europe; and the doctrine
of the divine appointment and authority of the clergy has hindered God’s
children from progressing in divine things and bound them by the chains of
superstition and ignorance to the veneration and adoration of fallible
fellow-beings, and to their doctrines, traditions and interpretations of
is this entire order of things that is to fall and pass away in the battle
of this great day—the order of things which for centuries has held the
people docile under the ruling powers, civil, social and religious.
All this has been by God’s permission
(not by his appointment and approval, as they claim).
But though an evil in itself, it has served a good, temporary
purpose in preventing anarchy, which is immeasurably worse, because men were
not prepared to do better for themselves, and because the time for
Christ’s Millennial Kingdom had not yet come.
Hence God permitted the various delusions to gain credence in order
to hold men in check until “The Time of the End”—the end of “The
Times of the Gentiles.”
the prophetic page we may clearly read the doom of Babylon, Christendom; and
it is none the less clearly expressed in the signs of the times.
That her destruction will be sudden, violent and complete is thus
forcibly stated: “And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great
millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus, with violence, shall that
great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.”
(Rev. 18:8,21; Jer. 51:63,64,42,24-26)
yet that it was to undergo a gradual consuming process is shown by Daniel
(7:26)—“But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his
dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.”
The Papal dominion
(and much of the abject reverence of the people for ecclesiasticism in
general), as already shown, was broken down at the beginning of the Time of
the End—1799; and, though the subsequent process of consumption has been
slow, and there have been occasional signs of apparent recovery, which never
seemed more flattering than at present, the assurance of Papacy’s final
destruction is positive, and its death-struggle will be violent.
First, however, she must attain more of her old-time prestige, which
will be shared with a confederated association of her daughters.
Together they will be lifted up, that together they may be violently
the punishment of Babylon will be great is assured. It is written
prophetically that, “Great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give
unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.”
“And he hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.”
“Her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her
her, even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her
works. In the cup which she
hath filled, fill to her double. How
much she hath glorified herself and lived deliciously, so much torment and
sorrow give her; for she saith in her heart, ‘I sit a queen, and am no
widow, and shall see no sorrow.’”
(Rev. 16:19; 19:2; 18:5-7)
the broadest application of this language is, of course, to Papacy, it also
involves all who are in any degree in confederation or sympathy with her.
All such will be sharers in her plagues. (Rev. 18:4)
Although the kings of the earth have hated the harlot and cast her
off (Rev. 17:16), still she says, “I sit a queen, and am no widow,”
loudly boasts of her right to rule the nations, and claims that her former
power will soon be regained.
her boastings and threats the following from a Catholic journal of recent
date is a fair sample:
Papacy will regain its temporal sovereignty, because it is useful and
convenient to the Church. It
gives the head executive of the church a fuller liberty and a fuller sway.
The Pope can be no king’s subject long.
It is not in keeping with the divine office to be so.
It cramps him and narrows his influence for good.
Europe has acknowledged this influence, and will be forced to bow to
it in greater times of need than this.
Social upheavals, and the red hand of anarchy, will yet crown Leo or
his successor with the reality of power which the third circle symbolizes,
and which was once recognized universally.”
as the day of trouble draws on, ecclesiasticism will endeavor to use its
power and influence more and more to secure its own political welfare, by
its control of the turbulent elements of society; but in the crisis of the
near future the lawless element will spurn all conservative influence and
break over all restraints, the red hand of Anarchy will do its dreadful
work, and Babylon, Christendom, social, political and ecclesiastical, shall
says the inspired writer—i.e., because she will violently struggle for
life and power—“shall her plagues come in
one day [suddenly], death and mourning and famine, and she shall be
utterly burned with fire [symbolic fire—destructive calamities], for
strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.” Rev. 18:8
saith the Lord, Behold I will raise up against Babylon, and against them
that dwell in the midst of them that rise up against me [all in sympathy
with Babylon], a destroying wind; and I will send into Babylon, fanners that
shall fan her, and shall empty her land: for in the day of trouble they
shall be against her round about...Destroy ye utterly all her host.” Jer.
I will render unto Babylon [to the Papacy specially], and to all the
inhabitants of Chaldea [or Babylonia
— Christendom — to all the nations of the so-called Christian world] all
their evil that they have done in Zion in your sight, saith the Lord.” (Jer.
we call to mind the long train of evils by which Babylon has oppressed and
worn out the saints of the most High (the true Zion), and how it is written
that God will avenge his own elect, and that speedily; that, according to
their deeds, he will repay recompense to his enemies; that he will render
unto Babylon a recompense (Luke 18:7,8; Isa. 59:18; Jer. 51:6), we begin to
realize that some fearful calamity awaits her.
horrible decrees of Papacy—the reproach and reward of which Protestantism
also is incurring by her present compromising association with her—for the
burning, butchering, banishing, imprisoning and torturing of the saints in
every conceivable way, executed with such fiendish cruelty in the days of
her power by the arm of the State, whose power she demanded and received,
await the full measure of just retribution; for she is to receive “double
for all her sins.” And the
nations (of Christendom) which have participated in her crimes and guilt
must drink with her to the dregs that bitter cup.
I will punish Bel in Babylon [the god of Babylon—the Pope]; and I will
bring forth out of his mouth that which he hath swallowed up [He shall
repudiate in his extremity the “great swelling words” and blasphemous
titles which he has long appropriated to himself—that he is the infallible
vicar, “vice-gerent of Christ,” “another God on earth,” etc.], and
the nations shall not flow together any more unto him.
Yea, the wall of Babylon [the civil power that once defended it, and
that in a measure does so still] shall fall...Thus saith the Lord of hosts:
the broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly broken, and her high gates shall
be burned with fire [shall be destroyed]; and the people shall labor in
vain, and the folk in the fire [to prop and save the walls of Babylon], and
they shall be weary.” (Jer. 51:44,58)
shows the blindness of the people, and the hold Babylon has on them, that
they will labor to uphold her against her own best interests; but
notwithstanding her desperate struggle for life and to conserve her prestige
and influence, like a great millstone cast into the sea, Babylon shall go
down, never again to rise; “for strong is the Lord God that judgeth
her.” Only then will the
people realize their wonderful deliverance, and that her overthrow was by
the hand of God. Rev. 19:1,2
is the doom of Babylon, Christendom, which Isaiah and other prophets foresaw
and foretold. And it is in view
of the fact that within her borders are many of his own dear people that the
Lord, through his prophet (Isa. 13:1,2), commands his sanctified ones,
saying, “Lift ye up a standard [the standard of the blessed gospel of
truth, divested of the traditional errors that have long beclouded it] upon
the high mountain [among those who constitute the true embryo Kingdom of
God]; raise high your voice unto them [earnestly and widely proclaim this
truth unto the bewildered sheep of the Lord’s flock who are still in
Babylon]; motion with the hand [let them see the power of the truth
exemplified, as well as hear its proclamation], that they [the willing and
obedient, the true sheep] may go into the gates of the nobles [that they may
realize the blessings of the truly consecrated and heirs of the heavenly
the warning voice goes forth to “him that hath an ear to hear.”
We are in the time of the last or Laodicean stage of the great
nominal gospel church of wheat and tares. (Rev. 3:14-22) She is upbraided
for her lukewarmness, pride, spiritual poverty, blindness and nakedness, and
counseled to forsake quickly her evil ways before it is too late.
the Lord knew that only a few would hearken to the warning and call; and so
the promise of reward is given, not to the whole mass of those addressed,
but to the few who still have an ear for the truth, and who overcome the
general disposition and spirit of Babylon—“To
him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even
as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
He that hath an ear [a disposition to hearken to and heed the word of
the Lord], let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”
But upon those who have no ear, no disposition to hear, the Lord will
pour his indignation.
with few individual exceptions, the attitude of all Christendom is that of
pride, self-righteousness and self-complacency is manifest to the most
casual observer. She still
saith in her heart, “I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no
sorrow.” She still glorifies
herself and lives deliciously. She says, “I am rich and increased in
goods, and have need of nothing,” and does not realize that she is
“wretched and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.”
does she heed the counsel of the Lord to buy of him (at cost of
self-sacrifice) gold tried in the fire (the true riches, the heavenly
riches, “the divine nature”), and white raiment (the robe of Christ’s
imputed righteousness, which so many are now discarding, to appear before
God in their own unrighteousness), and to anoint her eyes with eyesalve
(complete consecration and submission to the divine will as expressed in the
Scriptures), that she might see and be healed. Rev. 3:18
spirit of the world has so fully taken possession of the ecclesiastical
powers of Christendom, that reformation of the systems is impossible; and
individuals can escape their fate only by a prompt and timely withdrawal
from them. The hour of judgment is come, and even now upon her walls the
warning hand of divine providence is tracing the mysterious words, “Mene,
Mene, Tekel, Upharsin”—GOD HATH NUMBERED THY KINGDOM AND FINISHED IT!
THOU ART WEIGHED IN THE BALANCES AND FOUND WANTING!
And the Prophet (Isaiah 47) now speaks, saying—
down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon [said in derision of
her claim to purity]; sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of
the Chaldeans; for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate... Thy
nakedness shall be uncovered; yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take
vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man...Sit thou silent, and get thee
into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans; for thou shalt no more be
called, The lady of kingdoms...Thou saidst, I shall be a lady forever, so
that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember
the latter end of it.
hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures; that dwellest carelessly;
that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit
as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children.
But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the
loss of children and widowhood [compare Rev. 18:8]: in their full measure
shall they come upon thee despite of the multitude of thy sorceries, despite
of the very great abundance of thy enchantments; for thou hast trusted in
thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me.
Thy [worldly] wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee: and
thou has said in thy heart, I am, and none else beside me.
Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence
it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put
it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not
[previously] know.” Compare
Verse 9 and Rev. 18:7.
being the solemn declarations against Babylon, well will it be for all who
heed the warning voice and the instruction of the Lord to his people yet
within her borders; for “Thus saith the Lord”:...Flee out of the midst
of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity;
for this is the time of the Lord’s vengeance; he will render unto her a
recompense...Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed...We would have healed
Babylon, but she is not healed. Forsake
her;...for her judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the
skies... My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver ye every man
his soul from the fierce anger of the Lord.” Jer. 51:1,6,8,9,45. Compare
Rev. 17:3-6; 18:1-5.
those who would obey this command to come out of Babylon, there is but one
place of refuge; and that is, not in a new sect and bondage, but in “The
secret place of the Most High”—the place or condition of entire
consecration, typified by the Most Holy of the Tabernacle and Temple. (Psa.
91) “He that dwelleth in the
secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the
Almighty.” And such may truly
say in the midst of all the calamities of this evil day, “The Lord is my
refuge and my fortress, my
God: in him will I trust.”
come out of Babylon cannot mean a physical emigration from the midst of the
nations of Christendom; for not only Christendom, but all the earth, is to
be devoured with the fire [the fiery trouble] of the Lord’s anger, though
the fiercest of his wrath will be against the enlightened nations of
Christendom, who knew, or at least had abundant opportunity to know, the
Lord’s will. The idea of the
command is a separation from all the binding yokes of Christendom—to have
no part nor lot in her civil, social or religious organizations; and this,
both from principle and from a wise and divinely directed policy.
principle, as soon as the increased light of harvest truth illuminates our
minds and makes manifest the deformities of error, we must be loyal to the
former and discard the latter by withdrawing all our influence and support
from it. This implies the withdrawal from the various religious
organizations, whose doctrines misrepresent and make void the Word of God;
and it places us in the attitude of aliens toward all existing civil powers;
not opposing aliens, however, but peaceable and law-abiding aliens, who
render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things
that are God’s; aliens whose citizenship is in heaven, and not upon earth;
and whose influence is always favorable to righteousness, justice, mercy and
in some cases, and policy in others, would separate us from the various
social arrangements among men. On principle, it would set free any who are
entangled with the oaths and obligations of the various secret societies;
for ye who were in darkness are now light in the Lord, and [page
45] should walk as children of light, having no fellowship with the
unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reproving them. Eph. 5:6-17
as we come closer and closer to the great crisis of this “evil day” it
will doubtless be manifest to those who view the situation from the
standpoint of “the sure word of prophecy,” that, even if there be cases
where principle is not involved, it will be the part of wisdom to withdraw
from the various social and financial bondages which must inevitably succumb
to the ravages of world-wide revolution and anarchy.
In that time (and, bear in mind, it will probably be within the next
few years) financial institutions, including insurance companies and
beneficial societies, will go down; and “treasures” in them will prove
caves and rocks of the mountains will not furnish the desired protection
from the wrath of this “evil day,” when the great waves of popular
discontent are lashing and foaming against the mountains (kingdoms—Rev.
6:15-17; Psa. 46:3); and the time will come when men “shall cast their
silver into the streets, and their gold shall be as though it were unclean
[margin]: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in
the day of the wrath of the Lord. They
shall not [with their wealth] be able to satisfy their souls, neither [to]
fill their bowels: because it was the stumbling block of their iniquity.”
(Ezek. 7:19; Compare also verses 12-18,21,25-27.)
Thus will the Lord make a man’s life
more precious than fine gold, even the golden wedge of Ophir. Isa. 13:12
those who have made the Most High their refuge need not fear the approach of
such times. He shall cover them
with his feathers, and under his wings shall they trust; yea, he will show
them his salvation.
the wildest confusion approaches they may comfort their hearts with the
blessed assurance that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present
help in trouble”; and say, “Therefore will not we fear, though the earth
be removed [though the present social order be entirely overthrown]; and
though the mountains [kingdoms] be carried into the midst of the sea
[overwhelmed in anarchy]; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled;
though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.”
will be in the midst of his faithful saints, who make him their refuge, and
they shall not be moved. God
will help Zion early in the Millennial morning; she shall be “accounted
worthy to escape all those things coming upon the world.” Psa. 46; Luke
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