The Man-Made Religions of the World
The true religion of God Is Holiness
"Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, 'Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication'" (Revelation 17:1-2).
"So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls,
having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written:
MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,
THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS
OF THE EARTH" (Revelation 17:3-5).
(Millions of victims tortured and killed in the name of the Pope, Mary goddess, and the eucharist wafer)
"I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement" (Revelation 17:6).
The Roman Catholic Church throughout the years has killed millions of innocent people through their crusades and the Inquisition. They considered Bible reformists (those who base they faith on the authority of the Bible alone) to be a threat to their religion.
Here is a short historical summary of some of the horrific actions taken upon by the Roman Catholic Church:
• 1184 ad - Synod of Verona says you can burn heretics at the stake.
• 1215 - 4th Lateran Council: Burn heretics and take their property. The "Inquisition" is formed.
• 1220 - Inquisition is handed to the newly-formed "Dominican" order.
• 1229 - Synod of Toulouse makes the Inquisition a systematic process. Guilty until proven innocent!
• 1252 - Pope "Innocent" IV: Torture is doctrinally acceptable to make an accused heretic "confess."
• 1487 - Pope Innocent VIII promises to forgive the sins of anyone who kills Vaudois (Bible believing Christians) labeling them as "heretics." He hands over their property, too.
- "Did the Catholic Church Give Us the Bible?" by David W. Daniels
“Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits" (Revelation 17:9).
Rome has obtained the title City of Seven Hills, as it was literally founded on seven hills. It was established when a wall had been built around houses that had been built on the 7 hills.
(The Pope being greeted by many of his followers in Vatican City)
"Then he said to me, 'The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth'” (Revelation 17:15-18).
Shown right in the photo is the tiara, the crown of the Pope. According to the Vatican, the three layers symbolize “the triple power of the Pope: father of kings, governor of the world and Vicar of Christ.”
“The pope is of so great dignity and so exalted that he is not a mere man...he is as it were God on earth, sole sovereign of the faithful of Christ, chief of kings, having plenitude of power.” -Lucius Ferraris, Prompta Bibliotheca, 1763, Volume VI, 'Papa II', pp.25-29
(Notice how Mary is pointing at her chest, having the sun behind her head. This represents pagan sun worship. Compare to photo of Isis statue)
"In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow'" (Revelation 18:7).
The Roman Catholic Church is also known as "Mother Church", declaring Mary mother of Jesus as Queen of Heaven. The only time the title Queen of Heaven is used in the Bible is written by the prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 7:18, 44:17-19). He speaks of a pagan goddess worshiped throughout the ancient Mediterranean and Near East during ancient times. God detests all pagan worship.
The Roman Catholic Church has passed down this pagan worship of goddess' masking her in the image of Mary the mother of Jesus making her into an idol of worship.
(Notice this statue of Isis a pagan goddess pointing at her chest, having the sun on her head. Compare to the photo above of Mary)
They went as far as to change the second of the 10 commandments from "You shall not make idols", to "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain."
"You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them" (Exodus 20:4-5).
Read Deuteronomy 5:6-21 to see the list of the 10 commandments given by God to the children of Israel. You will see that the Roman Catholic Church split the 10th commandment "You shall not covet" in two making the 9th commandment, "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife", and the 10th, "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods." They then went ahead and tucked away the second commandment "You shall not make idols" combining it with the first commandment, "You shall have no other gods before me."
The Roman Catholic Church has made many idols, and the most popular being Mary. Many statues of Mary have been erected throughout the Catholic Churches where people will come to light a candle at her feet, bowing and praying to her. Not only is this idolatry, breaking the second of the 10 commandments, but we are never instructed to pray to any of the saints in the Bible; only to Jesus or the Father. For only God alone has the power to hear our prayers.
Roman Catholic Church has also given Mary the status of co-redeemer and co-mediator with Jesus. But this is nothing more than a heresy to elevate Mary to status of worship that God never intended:
"For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:5).
The Roman Catholics chant this prayer to Mary:
"Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen."
Firstly, the Bible forbids us to make inquires of the dead, as told in these verses:
"There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God" (Deuteronomy 18:10-13).
"And when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living? To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn" (Isaiah 8:19-20).
As seen in bold above, we should inquire God alone. Jesus makes this clear when He instructs His disciples in what manner they should pray:
"In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen" (Matthew 6:9-13).
To those who come and bow down before a statue of Mary, hailing her, inquiring for her to make intercession by praying for them is nothing but foolishness to God:
"Their idols are silver and gold,
The work of men’s hands.
They have mouths, but they do not speak;
Eyes they have, but they do not see;
They have ears, but they do not hear..." (Psalm 115:4-6).
"...They prostrate themselves, yes, they worship.
They bear it on the shoulder, they carry it
And set it in its place, and it stands;
From its place it shall not move.
Though one cries out to it, yet it cannot answer
Nor save him out of his trouble" (Isaiah 46:6-7).
Only God has the power to hear all the prayers of the people. To say Mary possess this power is to make her like God.
To say she is "full of grace", is to raise her on the status of someone who has redeeming power in some sense. And this is blaspheme, for only God possess' this status through His Son Jesus Christ:
"Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”)" (Galatians 3:13).
Mary is called blessed in the Bible among woman, for she was a chosen vessel to conceive the only begotten Son of God Jesus. And we should not take it any further than that. To say she is "Mother of God" has the potential to elevate her to a status of worship where it becomes idolatry, breaking the second commandment of God.
Yes, Mary gave birth to Jesus, but truly God has no mother. Although when Jesus was on the cross, when He told Mary to behold her son, not once in the Gospels does Jesus call Mary "mother". But rather He uses the word "woman", which is equivalent in modern terms to "ma'am" used as respect towards somebody.
There is one instance where someone tells Jesus that His mother and brothers are outside, and this is how He responded:
"While He was still talking to the multitudes, behold, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him. Then one said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.”
But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother” (Matthew 12:46-50).
Is this any way for Jesus to treat the mother of God, the Queen of Heaven as the Roman Catholics call her?
This is because God has no beginning, so truly God has no mother. It is God who created Mary, and Himself through her in the child of Jesus.
When a Roman Catholic is pointed to the verses in Jeremiah concerning the pagan worship of sun goddess', they may object by pointing to Revelation 12:
"Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth" (Revelation 12:1-2).
They make the claim that this woman "...clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland(crown) of twelve stars" is speaking of Mary. But is this really the case? I will show you why this woman spoken here is not Mary, but in fact the bride of Christ, the heavenly Jerusalem.
"In Roman Catholic Mariology, Mother of the Church (in Latin Mater Ecclesiae) is a title, officially given to Mary during the Second Vatican Council by Pope Paul VI. The title was first used in the 4th century by Saint Ambrose of Milan, as rediscovered by Hugo Rahner."
The issue with this proclamation is that Mary is never once referred to as the mother of the Church anywhere in the Bible. We do find this title given by Apostle Paul, but to the holy city New Jerusalem that is in heaven:
"but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all" (Galatians 4:26).
"But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem..." (Hebrews 12:22).
Apostle Paul speaks of a mystery about a heavenly Jerusalem that exists in heaven. When God instructed Moses to build the tabernacle, he was building a copy of what was in heaven (Hebrews 8:5). So there is this heavenly Jerusalem with the temple of God that dwells in heaven.
We get more detail of this heavenly Jerusalem in Revelation 21 identifying this city as the Lamb's wife:
"Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband" (Revelation 21:2).
"Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God" (Revelation 21:9-11).
To figure out the identity of this woman, let us go back to the start of Revelation chapter 12:
"Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth" (Revelation 12:1-2).
The reference here to the sun, moon and stars is tied with Israel, as seen with a dream that Joseph shared with his family:
"Then he(Joseph) dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me" (Genesis 37:9).
In his dream, the sun represented his father Jacob(Israel), the moon his mother, and the eleven stars his brothers, and Joseph himself was the twelfth star. Jacob's twelve sons are where we get the twelve tribes of Israel.
So the twelve stars on the crown this woman is wearing shows that she represents Israel. But since she was a sign who appeared in heaven, she represents heavenly Jerusalem. The reason for her being a woman symbolizes her as the bride and "...the mother of us all" (Galatians 4:26).
"She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne" (Revelation 12:5).
The Roman Catholics may say this is proof that the woman is Mary because she gave birth to Jesus, for Jesus will rule the nations with a rod of iron. Did you know that Jesus promises this blessing to those who overcome in Revelation Chapter 2?
"And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—
‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron;
They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’—
as I also have received from My Father" (Revelation 2:26-27).
Another key point is that Revelation 12:5 tells us the man child was "caught up" to God and His throne. The Greek word for "caught up" is "harpazō" (strongs g726) which means "to seize, carry off by force, "to snatch out or away".
We know after Jesus was raised from the dead, a feat that He said He had authority over, to lay down His life, and to raise it up again (John 10:18), that He appeared unto His disciples and others; and then after 40 days was "taken up" to heaven by His own authority. The Greek word for "taken up" is "epairō" (strongs g1869) which means "to lift up", "raise on high". So this would be different from harpazō which means to be forcefully snatched away.
"Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days" (Revelation 12:6).
Here we see the woman in the end times during the reign of the beast flee into the wilderness to escape the persecution of the Antichrist. This is another reason why we can know this woman doesn't represent Mary, for Mary has already passed on and is not present on Earth in the last generation during the reign of the beast.
So who this woman represents is the 144,000 who are described as sealed on the Earth from the twelve tribes of Israel in Revelation chapter 7, and seen standing on Mount Sinai (heavenly Jerusalem) in Revelation chapter 14; the twelve tribes of Israel, from the Heavenly Jerusalem.
This is what it means that the woman in heaven was with child about to give birth, and that she bore a male child. This represents the 144,000 coming down to Earth from the heavenly Jerusalem in the last days to make war with the devil and his kingdom.
The devil's job is to twist and distort the image of God on Earth, perverting the ways of righteousness through deceit, and making counterfeits of what is in heaven. He has done this with the Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, Islam and more. But above all, you can say the Roman Catholic Church is his masterpiece.
"Jesus answered, 'My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here'" (John 18:36).
"Again, the devil took Him(Jesus) up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, "All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me."
Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve'" (Matthew 4:8-10).
"And I heard another voice from heaven saying, 'Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her'" (Revelation 18:4-6).
There are many who believe Mystery Babylon is Jerusalem. Though you can make a case for it, it can only go so far. For Revelation 18:7 says, "...I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow". Jerusalem has been destroyed multiple times, so it has indeed seen many sorrows. The Vatican on the other hand has yet to see any sorrow of the like.
You will also read that the beast that this woman rides on will hate her, and destroy her, and the kingdom will be given to the beast. We know in Revelation that the Antichrist will seat himself in the temple of God that will be built in Jerusalem. So once again, Mystery Babylon could not be Jerusalem for this very reason.
Many people like to make the claim that the Roman Catholic Church is the oldest, and thus the true Church of God. But when did it really start?
The true Church of God was established by Jesus Christ with His twelve Apostles as the foundations:
"And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18).
The Apostles James, Paul and Peter helped maintain and spread God's Church, and we do not see the Roman Catholic Church appear until the 4th century, in 313 ad. Constantine merged all the Pagan priests of the state church, and he added them to all of the successors of the biblical church, and merged those two together.
To this day, we can see many pagan symbols used throughout the Vatican church.
Starting with the Mitre hat worn by the Pope. You can see this resembles a pagan tradition passed down throughout the centuries worn by a priest who practiced worship of the ancient pagan god Dagon.
As mentioned previously, the Roman Catholic Church was founded in 313 ad when Constantine merged all the pagan priests of the state church.
The Jehovah's Witnesses trace their origins back to the 1870's under a man named Charles Taze Russell. It is overseen by the authority of the Watch Tower Society, stationed in New York City, that was formed in 1881. They went as far as forming their own version of the Bible under the name "New World Translation".
Their New World Translation has distorted the divinity of Who Jesus truly is in the Bible. They have altered the Greek language making subtle changes to make it appear that Jesus is a created being.
One big error the Jehovah's Witnesses believe is that Jesus is Michael the archangel, a created being. What cults like to do is diminish the power of Christ so that His saving power may be made null among their congregation. For the devil wants every soul, just as God wants every soul.
How can we be sure that Jesus is not a created being? Let us take a look at some scriptures:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1 nkjv).
"And the Word became flesh(Jesus) and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14 nkjv).
The New World Translation Bible renders John 1 as this: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a* god" (John 1 NWT 2013).
As you may have noticed, they perverted the scriptures from, "and the Word was God", to "and the Word was a* god". This completely diminishes the very being of Who Jesus Christ is, Who is God in the flesh.
"And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life" (1 John 5:20 nkjv)
"You are My witnesses,” says the Lord,
“And My servant whom I have chosen,
That you may know and believe Me,
And understand that I am He.
Before Me there was no God formed,
Nor shall there be after Me.
I, even I, am the Lord,
And besides Me there is no savior.
I have declared and saved,
I have proclaimed,
And there was no foreign god among you;
Therefore you are My witnesses,”
Says the Lord, “that I am God'"(Isaiah 43:10-12 nkjv).
"And they do not rest day or night, saying:
“Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was(Jesus) and is(YHWH) and is to come(Jesus)!” (Revelation 4:8).
How about Jesus being Michael the archangel? This is also easy to refute. Let us start in the book of Revelation:
"Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things.
Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” (Revelation 22:8-9 nkjv).
"For to which of the angels did He ever say:
“You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You”?...
But when He again brings the firstborn(Jesus) into the world, He says:
“Let all the angels of God worship Him.” (Hebrews 1:5-6 nkjv).
From these verse above, we can clearly seen that Jesus is above the angels, being worshiped by them all. The angel tells John in Revelation not to worship him, but God. So for all the angels to worship the Son(Jesus), He must be God.
Even more, in this same chapter of the book of Hebrews, we have God the Father calling the Son of God, God!
"But to the Son(Jesus) He(God the Father) says:
“Your throne, O God(Jesus), is forever and ever;
A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness more than Your companions” (Hebrews 1:8-9 nkjv).
It is simple. The mystery here is that God is communicating to us in different persons, for we are finite beings of human nature. For an eternal God Who has no beginning, Who dwells in unapproachable light, for Him to reveal Himself to us on Earth, He has come down to us in the form of man(the Word became flesh) to reveal Himself to us.