What is God referring to when He says Get out of her my people?

Dec 23rd, 2009 | By | Category: Questions You Ask (click for the full answer), Revelation

What is God referring to when He says Get out of her my people?

Revelation 18:2-10
2  And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
3  For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
4  And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
5  For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
6  Reward 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.
7  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.
8  Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
9  And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
10  Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

To answer this question would normally require a very lengthy response, we till try and sum things up and if the need arises to go into detail on how we arrive at some of our conclusions.

The entire book of Revelation has to do with experiences of the True Church of God (that is those individuals that compose the Bride of Christ, regardless of any sectarian divisions)

That being said, Babylon the great, is a sectarian division, i.e. the Papacy and the Roman Catholic Church. It was once a “golden cup” in the hand of the Lord (Jer. 51:7; Rev. 17:4), The True Church was taken over by the Nicolatian spirit (Lording over God’s Heritage–development of the Clergy and Laity classes). But until the Reformation they were the only source of God’s Word. Not that they used it, because they had become “babylon” i.e. confusion. They allowed traditions of man equal weight with God’s Word (you can see that in an article on the Vatican Nativity scene here, though it is an older article it does show that they prefered to harmonize tradition rather and God’s Word).

So besides confusion of doctrines by traditions (like the Scribes and Pharisees), they are the habitation of evil. We can clearly see that through the Inquisition where representatives of the Pope brutalized, persecuted and tortured  and destroyed anyone who dared to think differently (Protestants). We see how the Catholic church worked with Hitler, protects Pedophile priests, and pays millions in bribes to keep her dirty secrets. She has fornicated with all the kings of the earth –There is no separation of Church and State, Papacy is the Civil power that the Catholic church wields, and especially during the dark ages the Pope controlled the kings of the earth. No king (until Napoleon) was recognized unless the Pope crowned him. But in chapter 13 we see there was a wounding of one of the heads (see  the Newsletter on Revelation 13). Since 1929 we see the power coming back to the Papacy and see the Papacy again getting its tendrils into this worlds governments.

Another description is the wealth. That is abundantly known, so no reason to get into that. But will bring up one interesting historical note. During the days of the Black Plague (just before John Wycliffe came on the scene), the Pope declared a pilgrimage. A pilgrimage meant all pious Catholics had to go to the Pope (who at this time was in France) and bring him presents. This Pope didn’t care that all of Europe was dying because of the Black Plague, he just wanted presents. There is also the selling of indulgences (your get out of Purgatory free card), lighting of candles, scapulars, prayers for the dead, masses and rosaries–all of which cost your money, and none of which has any foundation in God’s Word.

This is the institution that God says to GET OUT of, because she will be destroyed and if you are supporting her, you will receive of her plagues. She is also pictured with Lot. Lot was removed just before they were destroyed, and if we as Christians want life, we need to GET OUT of systems he has condemned.

That being said, Revelation also speaks of Babylon as the “Mother of Harlots.” Who are the children of the Catholic Church? Protestants!

Protestants have ceased to Protest, because they also have become like their mother, a harlot and entangled with the World, and they too will go down. So if your fellowship is not protesting against the Papacy, you also need to get out of them as well.

It is every man for himself. No denomination will get you into God’s favor. You have to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, and study to show yourselves approved, a workman that needeth not be ashamed. Wake up!, trim your Lamps and take the extra oil and go out and meet your Lord!

Also see a discussion on this topic in our New Forum we just set up and feel free to join and post as well!

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