Babylon is Fallen - Part 3
That Great City - Threefold union
The prophet says, "I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power: and the earth was lightened with glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils" Revelation 18:1, 2. This is the same message that was given by the second angel. Babylon is fallen, "because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication." Babylon is also called “that great city.”
John in Revelation 16:19-21, gives a description of what will become of her, - during the outpouring of God’s judgments upon the inhabitants of the earth, - after the close of human probation: “And the great city was divided into three parts.” From the previous articles, we’ve learned that Babylon refers to the Roman Catholic Church system and also to the Apostate Protestant churches which rejected the judgment hour message in the summer of 1844.
When Babylon falls she will be divided into three parts, yet for some time the union that has existed will appear before the eyes of men as a twofold union: a union between the Roman power and the professed protestant world. The Protestant churches have for years had a strong and growing sentiment in favor of a union based upon common points of doctrine. Given its wide diversity of belief, such a union can only be secured when discussion of subjects upon which all are not agreed - however important they might be from a Bible stand point - must necessarily be waived.
There are but two great errors which unite the Protestants: the doctrine that men continue to live in a spirit form after they die and that Sunday, the first day of the week, is sacred. While the first great error unites the churches to Satan the second error unites them with one another creating a bond of sympathy with Rome. It is through these two great errors, that Satan will bring the people under his deceptions.
In the past the Roman Church, used the power of the state to enforce her doctrines, and to exalt the Sabbath of her creation. Using the sword of the state, she killed, led captive and spoiled God’s people who would not yield to her authority by bowing to Sunday and reverencing it in the place of the Lord’s Holy Sabbath. This child of the papacy has been largely adopted by the professed Christian world. Here upon this point, Romanism and Apostate Protestantism meet.
“On November 22, 2008, the Sofia Echo published an article that noted that joining with the Catholic Church in pressing for the protection of Sunday as the day of rest for Europe, is the Council of European Churches (CEC). The CEC includes about 120 Orthodox Christian, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, plus 40 associated organizations.“
The church representatives expressed their wish to see the Sunday rest day being better protected in national legislations as well as in the future EU Working Time Directive which currently is being revised. “In our societies and in our economies, where efficiency has become the ultimate criterion of valuation, Sunday rest allows the individual to be placed at the centre of society and calls attention to the fact that he is free and not the slave of work,” the church groupings said.”
Rome never changes! The change must be on the part of the professed Protestant world. The arguments brought forth in favor of this day appear noble. Movements are arising around the world with similar motives as the CEC has, seeking to protect the sanctity of Sunday as a rest day. Protestantism has and will continue to nourish the child of the Papacy - the Sunday Institution - until Protestantism shall give a hand of fellowship to the Roman power. Then there will be a law against the Sabbath of creation.
“When the leading churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of doctrine as are held by them in common, shall influence the state to enforce and to sustain their institutions, then Protestant America will have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters will inevitably result.” Great Controversy, p.445.
Such has been the work of the devil in past ages and he has succeeded in the same way since 1844. He has sought to lead God’s people into apostasy by rejecting the light sent them from heaven, then to secure their power over the consciences of the people he leads them to seek the aid of the civil powers. All those who refuse to yield, are mercilessly persecuted and even killed. That is how the Jews ended up killing the Son of God, that is how Rome ruled for 1260 years, and history is about to be repeated!
John says, “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.” Revelation 16:13. This is the threefold, a counterfeit of the threefold message of Revelation 14:6-12. “For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” Revelation 16:14. The messages which come from the devil’s threefold union are meant to gather the nations together against God, while the three angel’s messages are meant to gather together God’s people.
Only those that have drunk the wine of the wrath of her fornication will be deceived by these spirits of the devil. Of such the Bible says, “because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12.