Luk 16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.
MAMMON: G3126, mammōnas, mam-mo-nas'
Of Chaldee origin (confidence, that is, figuratively wealth, personified); mammonas, that is, avarice (deified): - mammon.
Be not deceived, if you spend all your time and energy pursuing wealth, you probably do not have a very close relationship with God, there is also a very good chance that you are completely opposed to the God of the Bible. Jesus said that a man CANNOT serve God AND Mammon (wealth).
Mat 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye CANNOT serve God and mammon.
The Bible is not against work, or accumulating wealth, but it is apparent from scripture that God is very much against His children spending the vast majority of their time pursuing wealth at the cost of relationships with family, friends, neighbors, and most important…our relationship with GOD. God measures success by LOVE, how much we receive and more importantly, how much LOVE we GIVE!
Joh 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
Joh 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Everybody knows people who view the world through “gold” colored glasses. ALL of their interaction with people is based primarily on how THEY can profit from the relationship, whether they will have you as a friend, or as a neighbor, or as an employee, or as an employer, or as a part of their family is based on a profit/loss calculation. How will the connections they make at school, or at work, or at a country club, or at a church, or at the lodge, be of value? If they spend their time cultivating a relationship with you, they expect you will eventually be a “monetary” benefit to THEM?
Treating human beings as “commodities” or “chattel” is the basis of the current world wide Babylonian system.
Rev 18:11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
Rev 18:12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,
Rev 18:13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and SOULS of men.
What is really sad is that many people have bought into the Babylonian mindset and view “themselves” as commodities. Their self-worth is based solely on their occupation. How many people have you heard about, or who you might even know, that are dead within a few months after they retire.
I believe that God is helping us identify a very powerful spiritual stronghold by telling us about “MYSTERY” Babylon because we are rapidly approaching the end of the age and the return of Jesus Christ.
MYSTERY: G3466, mustērion, moos-tay'-ree-on
From a derivative of μύω muō (to shut the mouth); a secret or mystery (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites): - mystery.
Pagan mysteries were only revealed to people who were initiated into the secrets of the religion or society. It usually consisted of a long, arduous process that involved a series of steps, levels, or degrees, which eventually led to the final initiation into the ultimate mystery and/or goal of the organization. The word “initiation” makes me automatically think about fraternal societies. Fraternal societies have been around for thousands of years, I believe they originated in the City of Babylon, they are hidden, but all around us in the modern world.
Daring the seventeenth century the specu-
lative successors to the ancient English
operative Freemasons added to their symbol-
ism, drawn from the workingmen's guilds
of the middle ages, many of the character-
istics of the older religious and mystical
societies. Thus, there may be found in
modern Freemasonry traces of the Egyp-
tian, Eleusinian, Mithraic, Adoniac, Cabi-
ric, and Druidic Mysteries, all of which,
when undefiled, taught purity, immortality,
and the existence of an ever-living and true
God. Their ceremonials were divided into
degrees in which were conferred secret
means of recognition, and each had a
legend which, by dramatic representation,
impressed upon the novitiate the lesson that
the way to life is by death. Masonic sym-
bolism and ceremonials show also the influ-
ence of the teachings of the Gnostics, the
Kabbalists, Pythagoreans, Druses, Mani-
cheans, and the earlier Rosicrucians. CYCLOPEDIA OF FRATERNITIES, by Albert C. Stevens, 1899.
Undoubtedly, the original secret societies began as trade guilds where young people were “initiated” into the various skills required in order to advance from lower steps or degrees of occupational skill, first from an apprenticeship, to a journeyman level, and eventually they would “master” the skills of their chosen avocation or trade, and after many years of training under a master craftsman, and with years of actual experience in their chosen field, they would be recognized as experts, or as a master craftsmen, who could then be trusted to pass down the essential knowledge of the trade to others. A person’s “value” depended on how well they performed in their trade or occupation.
When people separate themselves from others, they tend to start forming cliques, and begin favoring people in their own clique, and they also tend to begin forming negative opinions against people outside of their cliques. This natural tendency was seized upon somewhere in the ancient past. People realized if they were in a “secret” clique, they would have a huge advantage when conducting their everyday business.
Imagine you were competing for an executive position at a blue chip company and you belonged to the same secret society as the person hiring for the job. Imagine if you were in a court of law, whether as a plaintiff or defendant, and you belonged to the same secret society as the judge or a member of the jury. Imagine if you, or your child, were applying to a prestigious school, university, country club, or business association, and you belonged to the same secret society as the person(s) running the admissions office. Imagine if you were applying for a loan at the bank and you belonged to the same secret society as the loan officer. NOW imagine you have all sworn the same secret blood oath:
1. To conceal each other's crimes.
2. To deliver each other from difficulty, whether right or wrong.
3. To unduly favor Members in political action and in business matters.
4. Members are sworn to retaliate and persecute unto death the violators of Member obligations.
5. To know no mercy, and swear to avenge violations of Member obligations unto death.
If you believe these secret societies are just groups of men and women that like to dress in silly costumes and perform meaningless rituals, you are sadly mistaken. Within at least the last few hundred years, and probably for thousands of years, secret societies have penetrated nearly every facet of society, not only in the United States, but in every country on earth. They can commonly be found influencing the highest levels of government, business, religion, education, science, entertainment, and finance. During the 2008 election, both the Republican and Democratic candidates for President of the United States of America belonged to the same secret society: “The Skull and Bones Society”.
I believe that “Mystery Babylon” and “Secret Societies” are so intertwined with each other that they are virtually one and the same. Except Mystery Babylon is best visualized as a bloated spider, and the secret societies can be visualized as a vast spider’s web of oppressive government rules and regulations, predatory business practices, continual religious guilt, and parasitic banking debt, which virtually enslaves nearly every man, woman, and child, on the entire planet. The more debt you are lured into taking, and the more you buy into the Babylonian World System, the more you are entangled by Mystery Babylon’s spider web.
Pro 22: 7 The rich will rule over the poor, and the borrower is a slave of the lender. Lexham English Bible.
It is my thesis that in every period of world history there has always been ONE CITY THAT WAS THE CENTER OF WORLD COMMERCE AND TRADE. I believe that the ancient City of Babylon was the beginning of nearly every wicked idea that has ever plagued mankind. However, when Babylon eventually lost its commercial dominance the SPIRIT of “Mystery Babylon” like a parasite searching for a healthy host body, found a new city, and then another, and then another, down through the ages.
We can trace it in the Bible from Babylon, to Persia, to Greece, and finally to Rome. From Rome, we need to search through our history books. The City of Rome was the center of world commerce from about 146 B.C., when she destroyed the City of Carthage until about 500 A.D., when the City of Constantinople arose to the center of world trade. Constantinople remained the center of trade until it was sacked by The City of Venice and the Latin League, in 1204 A.D., and then Constantinople eventually fell to the Ottoman Empire in 1453 A.D.
The Portuguese were cut off from the ancient trading routes by the Ottoman Empire and explored a new route to China around Africa. Between 1453 A.D. and 1518 A.D., the Portuguese city of Lisbon eventually became the center of world commerce. After the discovery of the Americas by Columbus and the inheritance of the Holy Roman Empire by King Charles V of Spain, the city of Seville, Spain became the center of world commerce.
After a war of succession, the Netherlands split from the Spanish Empire and with the establishment of the Dutch East India Company and the creation of the first full time stock exchange in 1648, Amsterdam became the center of world commerce.
After nearly continual war with France, eventually the Netherlands were taken over by the French. Paris then became the center of world commerce until the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Within ten years the largest stock market in the world was located in London, England.
It took a revolutionary war in 1776 A.D. between the United States of America (U.S.A.) and Great Britain, and then another war with Britain between 1812 and 1815 A.D.; countless wars against the Native Americans; the Louisiana Purchase; the Mexican- American War; the Civil War; the Spanish American War; World War I and World War II, but eventually the largest stock market in the world was located in New York City, U.S.A. The two largest stock markets in the world are currently the Dow Jones and the NASDAQ. The market capitalization of these two stock exchanges is nearly the same capitalization as the world’s next fourteen largest stock markets combined.
Not only is New York City, the current center of world commerce, it became the center of world government when the United Nations was established there in 1945. ALL the major wars in world history have been fought to determine which nation or empire was going to control the world’s shipping lanes. Wars are nearly always fought for control of RESOURCES, TRADE, and COMMERCE. Major wars are NEVER fought for liberty, freedom, democracy, to save the children, or to stop the bad guys! If you do not believe me, you may be enlightened by reading the following books:
War is a Racket, by Smedley Butler, https://archive.org/stream/WarIsARacket/WarIsARacket_djvu.txt
Commerce and War, by Alvin Saunders Johnson,
Other People’s Money And How the Bankers Use It, Louis D. Brandeis,
You may be reading this and your world view has been turned upside down, or you might think I am just a nut, or you may have reached some other conclusion about “Mystery Babylon”, I am just trying to lay out the evidence and compare it to the Word of God the best that I can.
If I prevent one person from joining a secret society, becoming a Wall Street trader, enslaving themselves to the big banks under a pile of debt, or participating in a senseless war, I can’t help but believe all the time that I have spent researching and writing these articles about MYSTERY BABYON have been of some value.
1Jn 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
1Jn 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.