Excerpted from A Woman Rides the Beast
© 1994 by Dave Hunt
Reproduced by permission
"Virtually all attention these days is focused on the coming Antichrist
—but he is only half the story. Many are amazed to discover in
Revelation 17 that there is also another mysterious character at the heart
of prophecy —a woman who rides the beast."
The Bible says the whore of Revelation 17 is a city and gives remarkable clues
to her identity. The following is one of a series of excerpts from
A Woman Rides The Beast, by Dave
Hunt. Here Hunt digs behind these clues which point to only one
possibility: Rome and the Vatican. In this book, Hunt's thorough
research is a must for anyone who would witness effectively to Roman Catholics.
The more deeply one probes into the history of the Roman Catholic Church and
its current practices, the more impressed one becomes with the amazing
accuracy of the vision John received centuries before it would all be
lamentable reality. John's attention is drawn to the inscription boldly
emblazoned upon the woman's forehead: "MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE
MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH" (Revelation 17:5). Sadly
enough, the Roman Catholic Church fits the description "mother of harlots
and abominations" as precisely as she fits the others. Much of the cause
can be traced to the unbiblical demand that her priests be celibates.
The great apostle Paul was a celibate and recommended that life to others
who wanted to devote themselves fully to serving Christ. He did not,
however, make it a condition for church leadership as the Catholic Church
has done, thereby imposing an unnatural burden upon all clergy that very few
could bear. On the contrary, he wrote that a bishop should be "the husband
of one wife" (I Timothy 3:2) and set the same requirement for elders
Peter, whom the Catholics erroneously claim was the first pope, was
married. So were at least some of the other apostles. This fact was not the
chance result of their having been married before Christ called them, but
it was accepted as an ongoing norm. Paul himself argued that he had the
right to marry like the rest: "Have we not power [Greek exousia, the right or
privilege or authority] to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles
and as the brethren [half-brothers, sons of Mary and Joseph] of the Lord,
and as Cephas [Peter]?" (I Corinthians 9:5).
The Roman Catholic Church, however, has insisted upon celibacy even
though many Popes, among them Sergius III (904-11), John X (914-28),
John XII (955-63), Benedict V (964), Innocent VIII (1484-92),
Urban VIII (1623-44), and Innocent X (1644-55), as well as millions of
cardinals, bishops, archbishops, monks, and priests throughout history,
have repeatedly violated such vows. Not only has celibacy made sinners
of the clergy who engage in fornication, but it makes harlots out of those
with whom they secretly cohabit. Rome is indeed "the mother of harlots"! Her
identification as such is unmistakable. No other city, church, or institution
in the history of the world is her rival in this particular evil.
History is replete with sayings that mocked the church's false claim
to celibacy and revealed the truth: "The holiest hermit has his whore" and
"Rome has more prostitutes than any other city because she has the most
celibates" are examples. Pius II declared that Rome was "the only city
run by bastards" [sons of popes and cardinals]. Catholic historian and
former Jesuit Peter de Rosa writes:
"Popes had mistresses of fifteen years of age, were guilty of incest and sexual
perversions of every sort, had innumerable children, were murdered in the
very act of adultery [by jealous husbands who found them in bed with their
wives].... In the old Catholic phrase, why be holier than the pope?"
As for abominations, even Catholic historians admit that among the popes were
some of the most degenerate and unconscionable ogres in all of history.
numerous outrageous crimes, many of which are almost beyond belief, have
been recited by many historians from preserved documents that reveal the
depths of papal depravity, some of which we will cover in later chapters.
To call any of these men "His Holiness, Vicar of Christ" makes a mockery
of holiness and of Christ. Yet the name of each one of these unbelievably
wicked popes, mass murderers, fornicators, robbers, warmongers, some
guilty of the massacre of thousands is emblazoned in honor on the
Church's official list of popes.
These abominations that John foresaw
not only occurred in the past but continue to this very day, as we shall see.
Read all of chapter 6