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The Building of Babylon

A picture is worth a thousand words, so we have decided to put together this visual chapter of pictures, along with relevant quotes, exposing the development of paganism all the way from ancient/literal Babylon to modern/spiritual Babylon. The purpose of this educational page is to inspire questions and to act as a catalyst in your search for truth.

“This compromise between paganism and Christianity resulted in the development of “the man of sin” foretold in prophecy as opposing and exalting himself above God. That gigantic system of false religion is a masterpiece of Satan's power—a monument of his efforts to seat himself upon the throne to rule the earth according to his will.”

- Ellen White, The Great Controversy, p. 50.

The eucharist

“Christianity [i.e. Catholicism] did not destroy paganism; it adopted it. The Greek mind, dying, came to a transmigrated life in the theology and liturgy of the Church; the Greek language, having reigned for centuries over philosophy, became the vehicle of Christian literature and ritual; the Greek mysteries passed down into the impressive mystery of the Mass.”

-Will Durant, Caesar and Christ, p. 595

“The ancient Egyptians-as we have seen-annually celebrated the Resurrection of their God and Saviour Osiris, at which time they commemorated his death by the Eucharist, eating the sacred cake, or wafer, after it had been consecrated by the priest, and became veritable flesh of his flesh. The bread, after sacerdotal rites, became mystically the body of Osiris, and, in such a manner, they ate their god. Bread and wine were brought to the temples by the worshippers, as offerings.”

-T.W. Doane (Bible disbeliever), Bible Myths & Their Parallels in Other Religions (1882), p. 306

“From this interesting passage we learn that the ancient Mexicans, even before the arrival of Christian missionaries, were fully acquainted with the doctrine of transubstantiation [bread being magically turned into a god] and acted upon it in the solemn rites of their religion. they believed that by consecrating bread their priests could turn it into the very body of their god, so that all who thereupon partook of the consecrated bread entered into a mystic communion with the deity by receiving a portion of his divine substance into themselves.”

-Sir James George Frazer, The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic & Religion (1922), p. 568

According to the Catholic Council of Trent, Session 13 on the Eucharist, Canon 1 states:

“If any one shall deny that the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore entire Christ, are truly, really, and substantially contained in the Sacrament of the most holy Eucharist; and shall say that He is only in it as in a sign or in a figure, or virtually, let him be accursed (damned).”

“At the heart of the Eucharistic celebration are the bread and wine that, by the words of Christa nd the invocation of the Holy Spirit, become Christ’s Body and Blood… The Eucharistic presence of Christ begins at the moment of the consecration and endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist. Christ is present the whole and entire in each of the species and whole and entire in each of their parts, in such a way that the breaking of the bread does not divide Christ.”

-Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1333 and #1377

“… the ‘Wafer’ itself is only another symbol of Baal, or the Sun… There are letters on the wafer that are worth reading. These letters are I.H.S. What mean these mystical letters? To a Christian these letters are represented as signifying, ‘Iesus Hominum Salvator,’ ‘Jesus the Saviour of men.’ But let a Roman worshipper of Isis (for in the age of the emperors there were innumerable worshippers of Isis in Rome) cast his eyes upon them, and how will he read them? He will read them, of course, according to his own well-known system of idolatry: “Isis, Horus, Seb,’ that is, ‘The Mother, the Child, and the Father of the gods,’-in other words, ‘The Egyptian Trinity.’”

-Alexander Hislop, The Two Babylons, p. 163, 164

“In the Roman Catholic mass, the Eucharist or ‘host’ (the round wafer) is derived from the Latin meaning the 'victim' or 'sacrifice'. It is round because it is a symbol of the sun. It is normally placed during ceremonial masses on a monstrance with a crescent moon, symbolizing the plunging of the sun into the womb of the goddess. Some monstrances bear the letters ‘SFS,’ which in the Mysteries represents 666, as S was the sixth letter in the ancient Greek alphabet and F is the sixth letter in our alphabet. The round disc in the crescent moon was a symbol of ancient Babylon, and is found in all the ancient religions. In Catholic cathedrals, these symbols are very prominent, often depicting a round form of mother and child within the crescent moon. The rebirth of the sun god was celebrated by the eating of round bread in Babylonian times, and was common in the worship of Mithraism, Osiris worship, and is the same as that being practised in Catholicism today.”

-Walter Veith, Truth Matters, p. 218-219

Aleister Crowley, known as “the wickedest man in the world” and the self proclaimed chief of Satan’s staff, has this to say on the Eucharist: “One of the simplest and most complete of Magick ceremonies is the Eucharist. It consists in taking common things, transmuting them into things divine, and consuming them. So far, it is a type of every magick ceremony, for the reabsorption of the force is a kind of consumption [similar to Saturn devouring his children]; but it has a more restricted application, as follows. Take a substance symbolic of the whole course of nature, make it God, and consume it.”

-Aleister Crowley, Grimoire of Aleister Crowley, p. 217

“There is not a shadow of a doubt that Thomas Aquinas, like Albertus Magnus, was an alchemist, who believed it was possible to harness the power of disembodied spirits to effect changes in the material world… Today alchemy can seem a strange, hole-in-the-wall activity. In fact, it is quite familiar to all church-going Catholics, because it is what takes place at the climax of the Mass. Aquinas first formulated the doctrine of the transubstantiation of the bread and wine.”

-Mark Booth, The Secret History of the World, (2010), p. 359

Prayer Beads (Rosary)

“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” '

-Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:7)

“It is interesting to note how often our Church has availed herself of practices which were in common use among pagans…Thus it is true, in a certain sense, that some Catholic rites and ceremonies are a reproduction of those of pagan creeds….”

-John F. Sullivan, The Externals of the Catholic Church, Her Government, Ceremonies, Festivals, Sacramentals and Devotions, p. 156

“The sun in the crescent was also depicted as a star in ancient religious symbols, and this symbol is used in Islam to represent its religion. Islamic beliefs are in essence no different from Catholicism. Islam is a system of salvation by works. The practice of relic veneration is deeply entrenched in Islamic tradition with veneration of numerous Biblical prophets such as Elijah and John the Baptist. As in the case of Catholicism, these revered dead are housed in 'holy sites’ of worship, examples including the remains of Mohammed in Mecca and the head of John the Baptist in the Omayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria. Significantly, Archbishop Isodore Battikha announced in March 2001 that precisely this mosque was to form the center of the first ever Papal visit to a mosque. Islam, like Catholicism, encourages pilgrimages to holy sites. Both practice repetitive prayers and use beads to guide them through the process, and have Mary as the highest woman in heaven. Moreover, Islamic art is also steeped in the ancient traditions of sun worship, with the mythical birds of the sun forming a common feature.”

-Walter Veith, Truth Matters, p. 219

the trinity