This is half of Chapter 1 of Peter Whyte’s e-book “Come out of her my people” which you can read fully here:
BABYLON THE GREAT
“And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet colored beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned (gilded) with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality, and upon her forehead a name was written, a mystery, “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. And when I saw her, I wondered greatly. And the angel said to me “Why do you wonder? I shall tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.” (Rev. 17:3-7)
It is essential for those of us who are hearing the call of the Spirit to “come out of Babylon” to understand some basic truths about her so that we can see through Satan’s deceptions. Babylon the Great is depicted in Revelation as a woman clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls. She is Satan’s counterfeit of the Bride of Christ, who is the city of pure gold, the New Jerusalem. (Rev. 21: 18)
Notice that the false woman is adorned or gilded with gold in order to cover the impurity beneath the gilt, so while she looks beautiful and genuine on the surface she is not God’s Bride city which is pure gold through and through. When we read of this harlot we often fail to realize that she is so close in appearance to the real Bride that she deceives and seduces us. She is not obviously repugnant but extremely attractive and innocent in appearance. Like the New Jerusalem she is adorned with pearls and precious stones, and to our carnal minds she appears to be too sincere to be false. This is because she holds the vast majority of God’s children in captivity and we fail to see that it is not the people who are false but the system which is the Harlot City and the subtle mind of Satan that controls it.
The woman sits on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names having seven heads and ten horns. Scripture states in verse 9 that the seven heads are seven mountains and many Christians interpret this to mean the Seven Hills of Rome which is not correct. When Revelation was written, the Roman Catholic Church did not exist, yet Mystery Babylon had been working to deceive believers from the first century. Hills are not mountains, and mountains are symbolic of kingdoms or governments. Verse 9 must be read in context with verse 10 which tells us that the seven mountains are also seven kings, and so we should understand that the heads represent seven kingdoms or worldly governmental systems. The Roman church is very much part of Mystery Babylon, but so are the Protestant and Eastern churches. This great city Babylon the Great rules over every branch of the church system. THE SCARLET BEAST, SATAN THE RED DRAGON, CONTROLS EVERY WORLD SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT AND SOCIETY INCLUDING THE RELIGIOUS SYSTEM.
The ten horns are also ten kings, rulers of governments, and their power and authority over men is used by Satan who manipulates and uses them, as his world system embraces everyone except those who “love not the world”. (Verses 12, 13) Despite this, these ten governments hate the harlot, the visible structures of “churchianity”, and they make her desolate and naked and destroy her. However, it is God who puts it in their hearts to do this for they are simply executing his purpose. (Rev. 17; 17) This woman city reigns over the Kings of the earth, who are God’s children, and holds them captive by her deceptions. She controls every denomination, every church organization that functions according to the standards of the world (kosmos). The method Babylon uses to deceive and secretly control believers in Christ is rooted in the world order, the systems, structures, organizations and traditions of human society.
The apostle John tells us:-
“Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.” (1 In. 2:15, 16)
“We know that we are of God and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” (1 In. 5:19)
The Greek word for “world” in these verses is “kosmos” and it refers to order and arrangement. It includes everything that men have developed for the conduct and control of their societies, including every system of government, education, religion, law, economics, defence, finance, business and entertainment. It is all the elements of society that lie in the power and control of Satan. By using the norms of society to control our concepts Satan subtly seduces God’s children, making us believe that the standards of the world are the norms of the church.
The spirit of the world is manifest in all its ugliness in churches which glory in the size of their buildings, numbers of members, their wealth and their programmes. It can be seen in the man oriented services, the preaching aimed at impressing or entertaining audiences, the music and singing and star performers in theatre type situations, which are no more than “show-biz” in Christian wrappings. Satan holds us captive in Babylon having established in our minds the false idea that the world’s standards are acceptable in churches.