14:8 THE SECOND ANGEL’S MESSAGE
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The context of chapter 14 is “the hour of His judgment” so
The first stage of her fall was during the “
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During the “Pergamos” period of the fourth and fifth centuries, the “throne of Satan” was set up (see 2:12,13 Throne of Satan). This was the union of church and state as manifested in the era of the great church councils. Despite the protest of the faithful “Antipas” Christians, idolatry came into the church with the worship of the saints and the “mother of God” (See 2: Antipas). The “doctrine of Balaam” (See 2:14 Doctrine of Balaam) saw corrupt priests and monks exploiting the superstitions of the masses, amassing wealth by “selling” access to relics, rituals, holy days and places “hallowed” by the saints. The Nicolaitan heresy (See 2:15 Nicolaitans) split the Church into the spiritually elite (the "celibate" priests and monks in remote monasteries), and the immoral masses. This system in turn led to the development of the system of penance, indulgences and purgatory to “propitiate” for a continuing life of sin.
During the “Thyatira” era of the Middle Ages Babylon was full blown as the persecuting “Jezebel” (See 2:18-20 You Tolerate Jezebel). The Crusades, the Inquisition, millions of martyrs and bloody religious wars were the result. The Protestant reformation brought life back into the church, but even this was spoiled during the “
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 Revelation 17:5 refers to end-time Babyon as a harlot and "the mother of harlots," showihng that churches that have accepted the false Roman Catholic doctrines and political entanglements share her harlot status.