So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns (Revelation 17:3). She goes by many names: the whore of Babylon, the mother of Harlots. The whore of Revelation. John goes into vivid description of her, and the inscription on her head tells us all we need to know: And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth (verses 4-5). The beast on which she rides is the antichrist, and she is the one-world church that will usher him into power. And she is drunk on the blood of the saints.
Verse 6: And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. Despite all the blood she had on her hands, she was so beautiful to look upon even John couldn’t resist admiring her. Her deceit is so powerful, even the most anointed child of God will have a hard time resisting her. The kings of the earth will fall under her spell and be lost in their rapturous lust for her. She is the city of Babylon: And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth (verse 18).
Some call Charleston the Holy City because it is populated with so many churches. In a city rich with history, ancient temples with towering cathedrals jut out from every street corner like antennae reaching for the heavens. In one of those sacred places, a devil-possessed man entered a Wednesday night service where saints of God were gathered to pray. Such a holy time is welcomed to all, even this sinister outsider. But he was not moved by the Spirit and the prayers left him without conviction. He sat for an hour like a statue, gazing through eyes of demonic hatred. Ecclesiastes 10:1: Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour. He was a fly in the ointment of this beautiful service.
The media has made a point of reminding us that Dylann Roof was a racist. It has bombarded us with the words “white supremacist” and tales of his blind hatred for blacks that led him to plan this horrendous massacre. That he was motivated by his racism is not in question, nor is this meant to diminish in any way the atrocities he committed. But little mention is being made of his chosen target; it was not just any populated area, but a church. The people inside were praying to God and engaging in the free practice of their beliefs. Regardless of his motives, he was an evil man who walked into a holy place and opened fire on God’s people. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning (John 8:44).
No doubt what happened in Charleston was a tragedy. But it should be a wake-up call to the church in America to what is happening around the world. In the Middle East, Christians are being rounded up and executed by terrorists in grizzly manners. Men are being crucified. Young girls are being beheaded with rusty blades. Children are being lined up and shot in front of their screaming parents. And the media, with its bias that cannot afford to show Christians in any kind of sympathetic light, is turning a blind eye.
But that is hardly new. Every year, some 17,000 Christians suffer persecution in China, and our news media is silent. Since 1998, a wave of anti-Christian violence has swept India, leaving a trail of smoldering churches, dead pastors, and mutilated children in its wake. No one in America has said a word. Perhaps the worst persecution against Christianity the world has ever seen was during the 73-year reign of the Soviet Union; it is believed over 12 million Christians died at the hands of the Communist Party. For those 7 decades, God’s children all over Russia were massively rounded up and exterminated; some shot in mass executions, some tortured to death in horrifying manners, some sent by the militant atheist government to Siberian gulags to die of starvation. And even back then, the American media did not shed a tear.
Despite the coverage we see on the news of tearful family members of victims and candlelight vigils, the media is just as guilty. Dylann Roof walked into a church containing people freely worshiping their God and opened fire. The secularist media, militant atheists, and fascist homosexual activists have been doing this for a long time. They cringe at the atrocity of a shooter but they themselves regularly harass Christians and try to force us to abandon our beliefs. Not content to merely protest our way of life on the streets, they have been entering private businesses and demanding that Christian bakeries cater to gay weddings, or else face lawsuits. Through the news, they force their way into our homes and invade our churches, but like Dylann Roof, they sit stone-faced and unmoved by our anointed messages. Then they pull out their guns of political correctness and demand that we renounce what we just preached. Words like “bigot” and “discrimination” are the bullets they fire at our pastors for refusing to perform gay weddings.
The spirit of the Antichrist is covering the earth in this last hour. The world is being conditioned for the blood-soaked ride of the whore of Revelation. The Christian martyrdom we’re seeing today is only a precursor of what will take place during the Tribulation period. Revelation 13:16-17: And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. The mark will be a sign of allegiance to the Beast, and without it, one will not be able to buy or sell. But the Bible warns us that any who takes the mark will automatically be damned to Hell. And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name (Revelation 14:9).
Those who refuse the mark will be arrested and killed. Just like the whore, the Antichrist and his followers will be drunk on the blood of the saints. Revelation 16:6: For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. Those who take his mark will be completely given over to the devil. They will have a heartless and demonic hatred for God’s people and a desire to kill them that cannot be quenched. It isn’t hard to imagine a devil-possessed world leader with a militant regime that brutally enforces the great worldwide Christian holocaust. The foundation for this dystopian future is already being laid before our eyes.
But the mark of the beast is more than just a physical mark. The killers who stand coldly and mow down innocent people with guns have spiritually already taken it. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold had that spirit as they shot their classmates at Columbine in cold blood. So did Adam Lanza as he opened fire on innocent school children at Sandy Hook. James Holmes was completely given over to the devil as he walked into a theater and went on a murderous rampage. So were the Boston Marathon bombers. And so is every terrorist beheading children in the Middle East. And whether they realize it or not, every militant homosexual and every snarky news reporter mocking Christians has also already taken the spiritual mark.
On display for the world to see was Christianity’s most powerful message of forgiveness at Dylann Roof’s bond trial. There, the families of his victims confronted him and tearfully forgave him for what he’d done. But he stood just as stone-faced and unrepentant as the times he pulled the trigger. He is not sorry. Neither was Anders Breivik, the Norway shooter who in 2011 bombed a government building then entered a school and killed 77 people, most of them children. And at his trial, he smiled demonically and announced he was only sorry that he hadn’t killed more.
This seems hard for us to comprehend, but this blind hatred and lack of emotion at butchering innocent people will cover the entire earth during the Tribulation.
When the Antichrist is done with the whore, he will have her destroyed. He will turn the kings who burn with lust and fornicate with her against her. Revelation 17:16: And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. Some will bewail her death, but the host of heaven will rejoice in her violent demise. Verse 2: And he (the angel) cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. Her blood that is spilled upon the ground will be the blood of every prophet and saint she has killed. And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth (verse 24).
Dylann Roof may not be sorry for what he has done, but one day he will stand before God. So will all the shooters and terrorists and Communists who put Christians to death. Revelation 20:12: And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. Even those with the mark of the beast will flee in terror before the sight of Christ at Armageddon. Revelation 6:16-17: And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Despite being persecuted, we Christians must remember that we do not answer to the homosexuals who try to force us to accept their marriages. Nor will we answer to the terrorists or to the radicals who try to arrest us. It isn’t what we say to the media who mocks us or the nut who points a gun at us in our very churches. Ultimately, we too will stand before God and give an account. Some will be worthy to enter His kingdom while others are cast out. Did we have the courage to stand for Him, or did we deny Him before men? Matthew 10:33: But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.