“Mystery Babylon” is Rome, Not Mecca!

  So then, what is “Mystery Babylon” today, according to Richardson’s theory, having (in the eyes of his supporters) “solved at last” the “enigma” which, they fondly imagine, has baffled Christians for centuries, until the modern “prophet Joel” came along to explain it all to us?

  “Well in the last days, the question is, what is the reigning beast empire?…. What is the empire of our day, where Satan’s stronghold is over the Earth?…. The answer is that it’s the Islamic empire.  Islam is the last beast empire.  The system of the Antichrist, the religion of the Antichrist is Islam. And so if we look to the spiritual and financial capital of the Islamic world, it’s the city of Mecca and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

  No Christian denies that Islam is a massive threat to Christianity and the world.  But that does not make it the system and religion of the Antichrist!  For Islam to fit that bill, it would have to fulfil all the prophecies relating to the Antichrist; and it simply does not.[20]  The Antichrist is one who claims to take the place of Christ; a supposed “vice-Christ”.  He is a false “christian”.  And no Islamic leader ever makes such a claim!  The Antichrist of Bible prophecy is each and every pope of Rome.  Mecca cannot, by any stretch of the imagination, fit the description of “that great city” in Revelation 17 and 18.  Only Rome can

  Richardson says: “The city of Mecca, quite simply, is the greatest city of idolatry that mankind has yet to produce.”  He continues to display his ignorance of the Bible, and of Church history, by making such a statement.  Does he really think that Mecca exceeds Rome as the greatest city of idolatry in all history?  Then he knows nothing of Rome, and has no true understanding of the false religious system that has ruled over Rome, and from Rome, for so many centuries.  And indeed, this is shown by his next sentence: “Every day, 1.62 billion people, the world’s second largest religion after Christianity as a whole, bow five times towards that city and pray towards that great pagan idol called the Kaaba”.  The only way Richardson can claim that Christianity is a larger religion than Islam, is if he includes the Roman Catholic system as part of “Christianity”!  For Roman Catholics number well over a billion people.  So then, he is claiming that Roman Catholicism is part of “Christianity as a whole”!  And making this claim displays such ignorance, not only of what Roman Catholicism is but even of what true Christianity is, that he forfeits any remaining claim to being a teacher of Bible prophecy – a claim that lies in tatters anyway, given what we have analysed above.

  He also claims that Saudi money is the greatest single financially corrupting force in Washington.  “There is not a single lobby, there is nothing that compares to the corrupting power of the Saudis in Washington.”[21]  Oh, yes, there is – it’s the Roman Catholic lobby.  This has been, for much longer than Saudi money, the greatest single financially corrupting force in Washington!  But Richardson would ignore this, because he believes that Roman Catholicism is “Christian” – and because he just has not done his research properly.  But the evidence is overwhelming for anyone who looks.

Conclusion

  In conclusion, Richardson says: “Saudi Arabia is the financial source and the spiritual source of the greatest Antichrist religion that mankind has ever produced.”  Again he completely overlooks Roman Catholicism.  This is the true religion of Antichrist.  And this religion is even more deadly than Islam, because, unlike Islam, it presents itself to the world as the one, true Christian Church.  And it has succeeded in convincing the world that this is so. 

  Joel Richardson has done the professing “Church” a grave disservice by his books, which are misleading, inaccurate, and consequently extremely harmful.  They will serve to turn away the attention of multitudes from where the Lord, in His prophetic Word, has directed believers to look: to the seven-hilled city of Rome, and to the religious monstrosity that rules from there.

March 2017

Shaun Willcock is a minister, author and researcher.  He runs Bible Based Ministries.  For other articles (which may be downloaded and printed), as well as details about his books, audio messages, pamphlets, etc., please visit the Bible Based Ministries website; or write to the address below.  If you would like to be on Bible Based Ministries’ email list, to receive all future articles, please send your details.

ENDNOTES:


[1]. The “Islamic Antichrist” Deception, by Shaun Willcock.  Bible Based Ministries, 2016.  Available on our website: www.biblebasedministries.co.uk

 

 

[2]. The Two Babylons, or the Papal Worship, by Alexander Hislop.  Loizeaux Brothers, Neptune, New Jersey, 1959.

 

 

[3]. WND, February 5, 2017, art. “Author Believes He’s Identified City of Antichrist.” www.wnd.com.

 

 

[4]. Book History, Vol. 3, pgs. 286-304. Penn State Press.

 

 

[5]. Forbes, February 22, 2013, art. “Here’s How You Buy Your Way Onto the New York Times Bestsellers List”. 

 

 

[6]. Los Angeles Times, March 6, 2014, art. “Can Bestseller Lists be Bought?”

 

 

[7]. Stanford Graduate School of Business, July 1, 2004, art. “The Surprising Impact of the Bestseller List.”  www.gsb.stanford.edu.

 

 

[8]. WND, February 5, 2017, art. “Author Believes He’s Identified City of Antichrist.”

 

 

[9]. See Antichrist Exposed, by Ronald Cooke.  Pilgrim Brethren Press, Petersburg, Ohio, 2002.  A monumental study of the position held by Christians through the centuries, that the Roman Papacy is the Antichrist of Bible prophecy.

 

 

[10]. See the following materials by Shaun Willcock, all available either for purchase or as free downloads on our website: books: Trappings of Popery and Satan’s Seat; pamphlets: 1) The Great Whore of Revelation; 2) Bible Prophecy Speaks of Popery; 3) The Antichrist; 4) The “Islamic Antichrist” Deception; MP3s/CDs: 1) The Antichrist; 2) The Book of Revelation (a verse by verse study of the entire book of Revelation).  Website: www.biblebasedministries.co.uk

 

 

[11]. WND, February 5, 2017, art. “Author Believes He’s Identified City of Antichrist.”

 

 

[12]. See “Holy War” against South Africa, by Shaun Willcock.  Bible Based Ministries, 2011.  See our website for purchasing details: www.biblebasedministries.co.uk  

 

 

[13]. WND, February 5, 2017, art. “Author Believes He’s Identified City of Antichrist.”

 

 

[14]. WND, February 5, 2017, art. “Author Believes He’s Identified City of Antichrist.”

 

 

[15]. For a comprehensive study on this matter, see The Myth of Mental Illness, by Thomas S. Szasz, Perennial Library, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1974; and Psychoheresy, by Martin and Deidre Bobgan, EastGate Publishers, Santa Barbara, California, 1987.

 

 

[16]. WND, February 5, 2017, art. “Author Believes He’s Identified City of Antichrist.”

 

 

[17]. See Trappings of Popery, by Shaun Willcock, pgs.41-48.  Bible Based Ministries, 2007.  See our website for purchasing details: www.biblebasedministries.co.uk

 

 

[18]. See The Great Whore of Revelation (pamphlet), by Shaun Willcock, available as a free download on our website; and The Book of Revelation: Chapter 17 (MP3s or CDs), by Shaun Willcock, available for purchase from our website: www.biblebasedministries.co.uk

 

 

[19]. WND, February 5, 2017, art. “Author Believes He’s Identified City of Antichrist.”

 

 

[20]. See the following pamphlets by Shaun Willcock: 1) The Great Whore of Revelation; 2) Bible Prophecy Speaks of Popery; 3) The Antichrist; 4) The “Islamic Antichrist” Deception.  All available for free downloading from our website: www.biblebasedministries.co.uk.  See also the following MP3s/CDs by Shaun Willcock, available for purchase on our website: 1) The Antichrist; 2) The Book of Revelation (a verse by verse study of the entire book of Revelation).

 

 

[21]. WND, February 5, 2017, art. “Author Believes He’s Identified City of Antichrist.”

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