Babylon, the mother of all false religions
Back in the 1960s there were people who said that God would never allow man to walk on the moon. Neal Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon on July 21, 1969. Since then Pete Conrad, Alan Bean, Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell, David Scott, James Irwin, John Young, Charles Duke, Eugene Cernan, and Harrison Schmitt have also walked on the moon. Those people who said that man would never walk on the moon were proven to be wrong.
There are some writers of prophetic books who have said Hitler, Mussolini, Henry Kissinger, and some of the Popes were the Antichrist. What they predicted did not come to pass. Some people have predicted that the world would end at a certain date or year, but those dates and years have come and gone and their prophecies have all failed. Their books are gathering dust, and the credibility of those who wrote them is very questionable. We are warned in the Bible about going beyond what Scripture says (Proverbs 30:6, Revelation 22:18-19). We must remember that Revelation chapters 4-22 are about the future, and all we have to go on is what is written in the Bible. Only God knows perfectly what is going to happen on this earth in those final days.
God said to Noah, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth” (Genesis 9:1). Everyone spoke the same language as they journeyed from the east to a plain in the land of Shinar, and dwelt there. They said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens” (Genesis 11:1-4). Among this group of people was Nimrod who was called “The mighty hunter before the Lord” (Genesis 10:9). The Hebrew word for “before” is “paniym” which means “in front of, or in the face of.” Nimrod was a mighty tyrant in the face of God; he was powerful in his wickedness before the Lord. Nimrod was the first apostate of the patriarchal age and a foreshadowing of the Antichrist.
Nimrod was the leader in building the city of Babel and the tower to worship false gods rather than the true and living God (Genesis 10:8-10). Nimrod established a system of idol worship that detested God and worshiped Satan. God confused their language and scattered them all over the earth and they took this false religious system with them into all the world. Babel later became known as Babylon where all false religions and idol worship came from. Paul said, “The things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God” (1 Corinthians 10:20). All idol worship is demonic worship!
One of the developments on earth in the end times will be a one-world government and a one-world religious system, which actually seems to be one of the plans for our current religious and political systems of today, with most people thinking that every religion is as good as every other religion to get into God’s heaven. This final one-world religion is called a mystery; it’s a mystical and supernatural religion that is satanic. That final form of one-world religion has not been revealed yet, so it’s still a mystery. It’s called Babylon the Great because it’s all the false religions of the world rolled into one.
The one-world false religious system will be led by the false prophet, and the political, commercial, and financial system will be led by the Antichrist (Revelation 18). The false prophet and the Antichrist will use the false religious system to bring the world under their control. If we think political power is greater than religious power, then why is it that politicians have failed to stop the religions of the world from fighting against each other? We might think that the world is getting less religious, but in fact, it’s getting more religious. The world is getting less Christian in its religious beliefs, but the world is becoming more pagan in its religious beliefs. Satan, the Antichrist, and the false prophet will use satanic supernatural power to deceive and influence worldly thinking people into worshiping the Antichrist (Revelation 13).
God created Adam and Eve perfect with the inbuilt desire to worship God. When they rebelled against God they died spiritually and lost their personal fellowship with God, but they didn’t lose their desire to worship. Man has a God-shaped vacuum within him that only God can fill, but because man’s nature has been corrupted by sin he doesn’t have the capacity to seek the true and living God—“There is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God” (Romans 3:11). The desire to worship within man is so strong that he will reach out to material things and create a god of his own making. “Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things” (Romans 1:22-23). If man is to have a relationship with the true and living God, then God must seek him! Jesus said,” The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).
Satan takes advantage of this desire within humanity to worship someone or some object. Satan and his demons will use any method and anyone to pull man into worshiping idols and false religions. Paul wrote, “For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). Because of his sinful nature, man refuses to bring himself under the authority, power, and rule of the true and living God. Why? Because man loves to sin! (John 3:19-21). Satan is the master liar and deceiver, and he entices worldly thinking people into following the doctrines of demons and seducing spirits which causes them to worship many false gods. Sinful and rebellious mankind will become a partner with Satan in bringing about false religions to fight against the true and living God. There is no natural ground; either we are serving God through our faith in Jesus Christ, or we are serving Satan—it’s our choice!