April 14, 2019

Rev. 18:4 I heard another voice from heaven, saying, "Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; 5 for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. 6 "Pay her back even as she has paid, and give back to her double according to her deeds; in the cup which she has mixed, mix twice as much for her. 7 "To the degree that she glorified herself and lived sensuously, to the same degree give her torment and mourning; for she says in her heart, 'I sit as a queen and I am not a widow, and will never see mourning.' 8 "For this reason in one day her plagues will come, pestilence and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for the Lord God who judges her is strong.


It is not often I am stirred to comment on current events relating to prophetic signs of the end times. Most such signs are so way over-hyped beyond their true significance. But the sudden inexplicable burning of France’s 850 year-old Notre Dame Cathedral this week against the backdrop of present Western (read, American) societal madness cannot escape observation. A profound message lies in the silhouette of these events for any with hearts seeking wisdom.


Let me begin with a concise clear-cut statement regarding the identity of the harlot “Mystery Babylon” cited in the book of Revelation, chapters 17 and 18.  We will not get into detail on this, but only highlight the key observations. These chapters together identify a global religio-commercial entity that is renowned throughout its history for its idolatry, for its seductive prostitutional relationship with all the world’s political leaders, for its internal moral perversion (this would include pedophilia), for its martyrdom of God’s true saints, for its location on “seven hills,” and for its status as the city that, at the time the Revelation is given, rules over all the known world. There is only one such entity throughout church history that answers to this description, and that is the Roman Catholic Church seated in the Vatican in Rome.


Any composite of the history of this entity across the centuries from its incipient accord with Constantine to the inquisitions to the ages of commercial exploration to today’s globe-trotting popes easily shows this to be true. (Those who most immediately suffered under Catholicism’s inquisitions during the ages of international commercial colonialization readily testified to this same thing. This is not some novel modern prophetic revelation!)


However, in today’s global secularist climate of accommodation affecting the mind of the church 500 years after the Reformation, most 21st century evangelical believers, including the “Spirit-filled prophets” who should know better, have little to no consciousness of this prophetic fact, but remain duped in their undiscerning appraisal of Christian denominational equality with Catholicism under ecumenical delusions of “Christian unity” based in God’s “unconditional love.”  And that this observation in itself is a prophetic fact is demonstrated by the angel’s need in Rev. 18:4 to actually call God’s people to wake up and flee from all relationship with this entity right up to the hour of its destruction! (If God’s people lived with discernment, the angel would never have had to utter such a warning. All true believers would have already left off with Catholicism once they were born again.)


It is to this end that the burning of the Notre Dame Cathedral, a world renowned icon of Catholicism that has existed for almost half the entire church age is so significant. Hopefully, everyone already understands that the French words “Notre Dame” mean “Our Lady.” Well, who is “our lady” What “lady” is that? Why is a Roman Catholic cathedral even called a “lady”? It’s because Revelation 17-18 tell us there would be such a lady globally owned by the kings of the earth, and that is who it is.


The burning of Notre Dame is the voice of God’s very angel in this book crying out to those with ears to hear, “Get out of her, my people, because she is going to burn with fire in one hour!” The whole world knows about this cathedral, and the whole world saw it burn at the same time on TV. If that is not a prophetic end times sign to the whole world—especially to the church—then there is no such thing as an end times prophetic sign.


Mixed Wine

But we are not done here. The present backdrop of Western society against which this cathedral fire has occurred and is yet to occur globally must be more fully understood. This has to do with the “mixed wine” connected to this Mystery Babylon. As we read from Rev. 18 already,


6 "Pay her back even as she has paid, and give back to her double according to her deeds; in the cup which she has mixed, mix twice as much for her.


Compare this with Rev. 14 which says,


9 … "If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger;…”


So we see the idea of mixed wine, and we see it in two contexts, one being that of the harlot’s seduction, the other of God’s retribution. These follow in the train of related Old Covenant prophecies:


Is. 65:11 "But you who forsake the LORD, Who forget My holy mountain, Who set a table for Fortune, And who fill cups with mixed wine for Destiny,…”


Ps. 75:8 For a cup is in the hand of the LORD, and the wine foams; It is well mixed, and He pours out of this; Surely all the wicked of the earth must drain and drink down its dregs.


Wine has to do with intoxication. Mixed wine has to do with intensified intoxication by adding certain spices to it in order to enhance the wine’s stupefying properties. (This is not to be confused with the idea of mixing wine with water which also sometimes occurred and still does today.)


What we discover in this antiphony of mixed wine applications is that, what man uses to intoxicate himself in satisfying his own lust, God turns to intoxication for his destruction. Here in Revelation 18, where the harlot religious system brings a stupefying intoxication to the peoples of the earth, the Lord turns it into a stupefying intoxication unto her and their destruction under His wrath. The fire man plays with turns to his own burning.


The idea of mixed intoxication is especially carried forward in terms of God’s deluding of the world’s thinking. Akin to Romans 1:28, and speaking to Egypt, which is always a type of the world, God says,


Is. 19:11 The princes of Zoan are mere fools; The advice of Pharaoh's wisest advisers has become stupid. How can you men say to Pharaoh, "I am a son of the wise, a son of ancient kings"? 12 Well then, where are your wise men? Please let them tell you, And let them understand what the LORD of hosts Has purposed against Egypt. 13 The princes of Zoan have acted foolishly, The princes of Memphis are deluded; Those who are the cornerstone of her tribes Have led Egypt astray. 14 The LORD has mixed within her a spirit of distortion; They have led Egypt astray in all that it does, As a drunken man staggers in his vomit.


Pay attention to this please, especially that phrase from verse 14, “the Lord has mixed within her a spirit of distortion.”


Now why are we focusing on this idea of the mixed wine? Because if you will watch carefully, you will see that this mentally destabilizing wine depicts the present societal background lying around the burning of Notre Dame.


As we watch what is proffered as “news” throughout the media, what do we really see? The answer is, we see nothing but fools uttering stupidity under a spirit of delusion and distortion. And it is within the embrace of this distortion laden “news” that all the world suddenly gets word that Notre Dame is burning….


“Breaking alert: We interrupt our idiot reporting on today’s national delusions to take you to Paris where we are showing you live shots of the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in flames…..”


What is this actually showing us? What are we really seeing in this composite of distorted news reporting on this fire? We are seeing the prophetic sign of God’s mentally deluding wine on society’s own mixed intoxication with lusty false religion ahead of its burning to come.


America and Rome

In our very truncated purview of Revelation 17-18, we have focused on the religious nature of the harlot centered in Roman Catholicism. But if we look at Revelation 18 with more attention to its vast scope of commercial emphasis, we begin realizing we are not just seeing a description of the Vatican.


The Vatican is not actually the face of this extensive commercial power, but can only lie somehow in its shadows. (We don’t see Vatican flags flying from the masts of the world’s commercial cargo tankers.) What we are seeing rather in Rev. 18 is the powerhouse that drives the entirety of global economy over which the harlot somehow presides. And what is the single economy whose currency is driving all global commerce as we sit here watching Notre Dame burn? It is of course, the United States. This too is no hidden secret. Every central bank in the world agrees and acknowledges that the U.S. Federal Reserve is the world’s economic driver.


If Revelation 18 is really somehow also depicting the U.S. economy to us, and spiritual discernment tells us it is so, then John’s prophecy is showing us a very direct sign connection between the intoxicated delusion passing this week for “leadership” in the United States, and this same week’s burning of the Notre Dame.


The last two years, the word “collusion” has dominated the American media. But, as Paul would say it, “Behold, I show you a mystery.” Here is the real collusion. It is a collusion not yet visible on the face of global perception, but will become so as things coalesce toward the end the next few decades. The mystery if this:


Revelation 17-18 is presenting the composite of the Roman Catholic system throughout church history in terms of its ultimate amalgamation with the powerhouse of global economy centered in the United States, specifically in New York City. This is the meaning of the “harlot sitting upon (presiding over) the beast”:


17:3 And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns.


In Revelation 17-18, we are seeing the co-identity  or “marriage” of Rome and New York City, in which eventually, there will be an official merging of the offices of the Pope, the Secretary of the United Nations (headquartered in New York) and the President of the United States (The first president was inaugurated in New York). The Vatican and the United States and the United Nations will become one—one in economy and one in religion.


This is why the final one world economy and one world religion headed by the papacy will be inextricably tied together, and thus why one must ultimately “worship the beast” in order to “buy and sell.”


This means that in principle, the United States is already functioning as (and/or as the beast under) the harlot Mystery Babylon, even as the Vatican already is and always has from its inception. Revelation 17-18 draws for man a much larger picture of this religio-economic harlotry than to what the world has arrived yet. But it is given to us to understand now today before it comes tomorrow.


To that end, the Lord wants us to understand the significance of this week’s burning of Notre Dame in context of the mixed wine of delusion that characterizes the near entirety of United States leadership. The delusion will continue and grow worse. Eventually, the religious component will be brought into view. People will be worshiping the great presidential pope to come whose miracle economic prowess will be the wonder of the world as well as his skill at negotiating a final Mideast Peace plan. (We already have the prototype of such a man now in the White House. More practice runs will continue until the seat and the office are firmly in place for that final man to appear).


So if you saw Notre Dame burn this week, and you watched it on any of the main stream idiot news networks this same week, you were given your sign of mixed wine and fire in order to listen for next directions toward “coming out of her.”


What is the Lord telling you to do next?

Chris Anderson
New Meadow Neck, Rhode Island

First Love Ministry
- a ministry of Anglemar Fellowship




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