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Although Biblically there is a Bride of Christ who represents the Church, the New Jerusalem (Women typically represent nations/cities in the Bible, Rome is represented as the Harlot of Babylon in Revelations 17-18 e.g.), there are several problems, Biblically, with the claims made by the Mother-God Cult, also known as the World Mission Society Church of God. The cult claims that the New Jerusalem is a 'mother god' equal to God the Father who must be worshiped in order to receive eternal life,[1] and that there are only 144,000 who will be saved (even though cult membership supposedly numbers in the millions).[2] The cult teaches that a South Korean woman in her 70s named Gil Jah Chang is the 'mother god.'[3] The group appears to be engaging in widespread sex trafficking across the United States by kidnapping female college students and has been accused in lawsuits of forced abortions, forced marriages, lying to immigration officials, censoring internet access, coercion, and sleep deprivation.

Despite the group's repeated false predictions that the world would end in 1967, 1988, 1998, 1999, and 2012 it has continued to flourish,[4][5] in spite of the Biblical requirement that false prophets be rejected (in the Old Testament those that made predictions claiming to be from God which failed to pass were executed for deceiving others - Deuteronomy 18:20-22). Members have recently attempted to deny the false predictions were made, in spite of the fact that they are documented in WMSCOG vs Ji Won Tak. (2005)[6] The group's own founder, Ahnsahnghong, who it teaches was the second coming of Christ, stated in his book 'Problem with the New Jerusalem, the Bride, and Women’s Veils' that the concept of a heavenly mother is a delusional false teaching.[7]

First of all, God the Father and Jesus are separate individuals, see The Trinity.[5] The New Jerusalem referred to is not the wife of God the Father, but of Jesus, the Son of God. (Revelation 21:9-10) God the Father is superior to both Jesus and His Bride, the Church. (John 14:28; Mark 13:32)

Secondly, worship of a "Queen of Heaven" is a form of Old Testament idolatry which was strictly condemned, indeed God punished Israel (the original Bride of Jesus) by sending her and her sister-bride, Judah, into the Babylonian captivity for practicing such idolatry. (Jeremiah 7:18-20; 44:15-30)

Thirdly, Jesus is the Head of the Church, as husbands are over their wives, so she is not co-equal to either Jesus or God the Father. (1 Corinthians 11:3) In contrast to the teachings of the cult, she cannot save anyone, and indeed is only saved because of the sacrifice Jesus made on her behalf. (Ephesians 5:23-33; Hosea 2:17-20)

Fourthly, the cult claims that only 144,000 will be saved, an even more extreme version of what Jehovah's Witnesses claim. This is a misreading of passages in the book of Revelation, 7:4 and 14:1. As seen from Revelation 7:4-8 these are saved Israelites specifically, concerning non-Jews, there will be a "great multitude, which no man could number." (7:9)

Fifthly, the group's requirement that women wear veils is based on a misreading of 1 Corinthians 11. Paul specifically says in v. 15 that a woman's hair is her covering, so he was not referring to external veils.

Abusive and Controlling of Members[edit]

Possible Sex Trafficking[edit]

According to the University of Washington Daily, it may be involved with sex trafficking.[4] Multiple reports have been made in North Carolina, New Jersey, and Kentucky of the group targeting vulnerable young women and insisting on driving them to off-site locations.[8] The group has been observed inviting college students into the backs of vans after midnight, allegedly for Bible study.[9]

"However, some universities have banned the WMSCOG members from advertising on their campuses, such as the University in Mississippi and the University of Memphis, which issued bans on members of the group due to displays of aggressive recruiting. While the church claims no involvement in human trafficking, people largely do not believe the church due to its recruitment tactics, which usually involve targeting young women who are alone. It has also been rumored that other groups may be using the name God the Mother for the purposes of sex trafficking... Examining The World Mission Society Church of God is a website founded by self-proclaimed former WMSCOG members dedicated to debunking the church’s practices and unveiling it as a 'new religious movement' that controls the behavior, information, thoughts, and emotions of members. 'Members say that they are told to avoid anyone trying to ‘speak against’ the church because Satan will use the people closest to you to try to ‘kill your spirit’,' the website says. 'By automatically calling their doctrine ‘the truth,’ the WMSCOG discourages any critical questions.'"
-Madison Morgan, University of Washington Daily[4]

"Abby and her friend said 'no' to their offer, that’s when she said the couple became more aggressive and wouldn’t let them pass by on the sidewalk. After agreeing to take a picture of the flyer, the couple let them go... Police said this morning, that they will be having their VICE detectives looking into the group."
-Brandon Green, KDLT News[10]

"Members of the World Mission Society Church of God have been seen late at night inviting students into a van. On Oct. 24, campus security reported two occurrences of a group of men proselytizing to students and inviting them to bible study in the back of a van where other men waited company. The reporting party, whose name was redacted from the incident report (case no. 180546) for privacy purposes said that the men were respectful when the reporting party refused to engage. The report also said that the van party sounded sincere and cordial to the reporting party. Other witnesses and officers have stated that the group was not aggressive in their message... 'It was mainly weird because the incident took place ten minutes after midnight.' said Deputy Chief Clay Gardner... Sightings of this group have been recorded across the country in recent months at different universities. The University of Mississippi reported a similar event in January according to a video posted on NewsWatch Ole Miss’ Youtube channel. Minnesota State University Moorehead’s newspaper The Advocate reported in March about the church trying to recruit students between midnight and 2 a.m. In October, The Mesa Press at San Diego Mesa College reported on rumors related to the church participating in sex trafficking through a student club."
-Edna Newey, UCCS The Scribe.[9]

Other Abuses, Lawsuits[edit]

The group isolates members from family and friends, strictly controlling members to prevent them from finding out what the group is like, deprives them of sleep and internet access, and pressures them to get abortions or forced marriages.[11]

"Colon further claims in a civil suit she filed against the 50-year-old World Mission Society Church of God, a copy of which was obtained by PEOPLE, that the group is a 'profit-making' cult that 'uses a number of psychological control tactics…to prevent its members from exposing its criminal and tortious behavior'... interviews conducted with six other former World Mission Society Church of God members, including a former member of 12 years, echo Colon’s claims. All seven former members tell PEOPLE the religious faction isolates its acolytes from their families and friends by controlling information and using brainwashing techniques... Colon alleges church leaders tried 'micromanaging' her life, demanding she spend hours in services or studying the Bible. The church, she claims, controlled the music she listened to and forbade her from using the Internet. 'They can’t control you if you’re not there,' Colon explains. 'Everyone is sleep deprived, and this group is constantly repeating things, and regurgitating things, and it becomes engrained in your head. They’re opportunistic. They look to recruit people who’re going through a transition period in their lives or have some void to fill – and they will fill it.'... Colon and the other former members allege that church leaders would direct congregants to get abortions, telling women it was 'pointless and selfish' to bring a child into a world so close to the brink of annihilation. The former members all claim that tithes of 10 to 15 percent of their salaries were mandatory, and that the church even encouraged members to donate possessions that were later sold at church fundraising events. They also allege that recruitment efforts targeted young Caucasians who appeared wealthy, and that members were dispatched multiple times a week to malls and colleges for recruiting drives. According to the former members, the church also emphasized recruiting recently-returned army veterans who might be more psychologically vulnerable."
-Chris Harris, People Magazine[11]

"In one lawsuit, a former member seeks to be released from a non-disclosure agreement with the church, which he argues World Mission uses to cover up 'illegal and wrongful conduct' that include 'coercing World Mission members who get pregnant to have abortions,' arranged marriages and lying to immigration officials, according to the North Jersey Record. The former member, Raymond Gonzalez, said that he wants to be free to speak about practices by the church that he says are harmful and in some cases illegal. Gonzalez, who was a deacon and a member of the church for about 20 years, wants to be able to give testimony against the church in the other court cases, reported NJ Advance Media... In another lawsuit, filed in 2014 in federal court in Newark, N.J. a former member, Michelle Ramirez, alleges the church coerced her to terminate her pregnancy, causing "psychological harm and trauma," according to The Record. The church, which denies the allegations, unsuccessfully sought a dismissal of the lawsuit. Ramirez claims that she was deprived of sleep, brainwashed and discouraged from being around her friends and relatives.'"
-Elizabeth Llorente, FOX News[12]

"A lawsuit against a Ridgewood church that some former members have described as a cult is moving forward after a judge denied a motion to dismiss a woman's claim that she was subjected to 'psychological harm and trauma' after joining and that she was pressured to have an abortion. The federal lawsuit, filed in 2014, alleges that the World Mission Society Church of God deprived a former North Jersey woman of sleep, overworked her and alienated her from friends and family as a form of 'brainwashing' in order to destroy 'her independent will.' The plaintiff, Michelle Ramirez, also alleges that the church defrauded her by persuading her to donate 10 percent of her income without revealing its true beliefs. Former members have said they attended the church for months before being told a South Korean woman in her 70s is the living manifestation of God."
-Abbott Koloff, NorthJersey[13]

Jerusalem, Mother of Christians[edit]

See also Bride of Christ

The New Jerusalem represents both a physical person and a "great city" or nation. As elsewhere in the Bible, an actual person represents a nation, and vice versa. See for example the Prince of Tyre as representing Satan and the nation of Tyre (Ezekiel 26-28), Pharaoh as representing both Satan and the nation of Egypt (Ezekiel 29-32), the King of Babylon as representing Satan and the empire of ancient Babylon (Isaiah 13:19-14:32), and the empire of Babylon as represented by the harlot of Babylon. (Revelation 17-18)

Two Jerusalems[edit]

There are two Jerusalems mentioned Biblically, a lower Jerusalem on Earth, representing the original nation of Israel and the Old Covenant, and a New Jerusalem representing the Church; said to be the mother of Christians and bride of Jesus. They are the same, the Church or New Jerusalem is the original Jerusalem or Israel redeemed in righteousness as promised by Jesus in the Old Testament. (Hosea 2:17-23) Jerusalem was one of two wives Jesus had in the Old Testament, the other being Judah. (compare Ezekiel 23; Jeremiah 3:7-11; Hosea 3)

Galatians 4:21 ¶ Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?
22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

Hosea 2:17 For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.
18 And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely.
19 And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.
20 I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.
21 And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith the LORD, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth;
22 And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel.
23 And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.

Ezekiel 16:60 ¶ Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant.
61 Then thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed, when thou shalt receive thy sisters, thine elder and thy younger: and I will give them unto thee for daughters, but not by thy covenant.
62 And I will establish my covenant with thee; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD:
63 That thou mayest remember, and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more because of thy shame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast done, saith the Lord GOD.

Reference to the Church[edit]

Jesus is Head of the Church, His Bride[edit]

Jesus is the Head of the Church, His Bride, so she is not equal to either Jesus or God the Father. She is saved only because of Jesus' sacrifice, not her own will. Christians are saved because of Jesus, not the Church. The Church represents Christians, and they are saved by the blood of Jesus shed to protect and rescue them. The Church did not die on their behalf.

Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

Based on Israel[edit]

The New Jerusalem and bride of Christ is a reference to Israel, the Old Testament bride of YHWH who repeatedly rejected Him, but who He continued to love and forgive anyway. (cp. Jeremiah 2-3; Ezekiel 16; 22-23; Hosea 1-2) Although He rescued her and brought her up in love, she betrayed Him for her lovers idolatrously. (Ezekiel 16) The twelve stars on her head are a reference to the twelve tribes of Israel. The sun and moon represent Jacob and Leah. (Genesis 37:9-10)

Revelation 12:1 ¶ And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

Genesis 37:9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.
10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?

Not Glorified For a Reason: Was Adulterous[edit]

Jerusalem rejected Jesus, her Lord and Husband repeatedly throughout the Old Testament, betraying Him for her lovers, which is why she was punished so much. She is only rescued because of Jesus' repeated efforts to save her in spite of her actions. Jesus loved her and gave Himself for her in spite of all her betrayals. (Ephesians 5:25-27)

Ezekiel 16:2 Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations,
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto Jerusalem; Thy birth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan; thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite.
4 And as for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water to supple thee; thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all.
5 None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the lothing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born.
6 ¶ And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live.
7 I have caused thee to multiply as the bud of the field, and thou hast increased and waxen great, and thou art come to excellent ornaments: thy breasts are fashioned, and thine hair is grown, whereas thou wast naked and bare.
8 Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine.
9 Then washed I thee with water; yea, I throughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil.
10 I clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee with badgers' skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered thee with silk.
11 I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain on thy neck.
12 And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head.
13 Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver; and thy raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; thou didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom.
14 And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord GOD.
15 ¶ But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was.
16 And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so.
17 Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them,
18 And tookest thy broidered garments, and coveredst them: and thou hast set mine oil and mine incense before them.
19 My meat also which I gave thee, fine flour, and oil, and honey, wherewith I fed thee, thou hast even set it before them for a sweet savour: and thus it was, saith the Lord GOD.
20 Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne unto me, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Is this of thy whoredoms a small matter,
21 That thou hast slain my children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them?
22 And in all thine abominations and thy whoredoms thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, when thou wast naked and bare, and wast polluted in thy blood.
23 And it came to pass after all thy wickedness, (woe, woe unto thee! saith the Lord GOD;)
24 That thou hast also built unto thee an eminent place, and hast made thee an high place in every street.
25 Thou hast built thy high place at every head of the way, and hast made thy beauty to be abhorred, and hast opened thy feet to every one that passed by, and multiplied thy whoredoms.
26 Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians thy neighbours, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger.
27 Behold, therefore I have stretched out my hand over thee, and have diminished thine ordinary food, and delivered thee unto the will of them that hate thee, the daughters of the Philistines, which are ashamed of thy lewd way.
28 Thou hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast played the harlot with them, and yet couldest not be satisfied.
29 Thou hast moreover multiplied thy fornication in the land of Canaan unto Chaldea; and yet thou wast not satisfied herewith.
30 How weak is thine heart, saith the Lord GOD, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious whorish woman;
31 In that thou buildest thine eminent place in the head of every way, and makest thine high place in every street; and hast not been as an harlot, in that thou scornest hire;
32 But as a wife that committeth adultery, which taketh strangers instead of her husband!
33 They give gifts to all whores: but thou givest thy gifts to all thy lovers, and hirest them, that they may come unto thee on every side for thy whoredom.
34 And the contrary is in thee from other women in thy whoredoms, whereas none followeth thee to commit whoredoms: and in that thou givest a reward, and no reward is given unto thee, therefore thou art contrary.
35 ¶ Wherefore, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD:
36 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thy abominations, and by the blood of thy children, which thou didst give unto them;
37 Behold, therefore I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against thee, and will discover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness.
38 And I will judge thee, as women that break wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy.
39 And I will also give thee into their hand, and they shall throw down thine eminent place, and shall break down thy high places: they shall strip thee also of thy clothes, and shall take thy fair jewels, and leave thee naked and bare.
40 They shall also bring up a company against thee, and they shall stone thee with stones, and thrust thee through with their swords.
41 And they shall burn thine houses with fire, and execute judgments upon thee in the sight of many women: and I will cause thee to cease from playing the harlot, and thou also shalt give no hire any more.
42 So will I make my fury toward thee to rest, and my jealousy shall depart from thee, and I will be quiet, and will be no more angry.
43 Because thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, but hast fretted me in all these things; behold, therefore I also will recompense thy way upon thine head, saith the Lord GOD: and thou shalt not commit this lewdness above all thine abominations.
44 ¶ Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter.
45 Thou art thy mother's daughter, that lotheth her husband and her children; and thou art the sister of thy sisters, which lothed their husbands and their children: your mother was an Hittite, and your father an Amorite.
46 And thine elder sister is Samaria, she and her daughters that dwell at thy left hand: and thy younger sister, that dwelleth at thy right hand, is Sodom and her daughters.
47 Yet hast thou not walked after their ways, nor done after their abominations: but, as if that were a very little thing, thou wast corrupted more than they in all thy ways.
48 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, Sodom thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters.
49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.
51 Neither hath Samaria committed half of thy sins; but thou hast multiplied thine abominations more than they, and hast justified thy sisters in all thine abominations which thou hast done.
52 Thou also, which hast judged thy sisters, bear thine own shame for thy sins that thou hast committed more abominable than they: they are more righteous than thou: yea, be thou confounded also, and bear thy shame, in that thou hast justified thy sisters.
53 When I shall bring again their captivity, the captivity of Sodom and her daughters, and the captivity of Samaria and her daughters, then will I bring again the captivity of thy captives in the midst of them:
54 That thou mayest bear thine own shame, and mayest be confounded in all that thou hast done, in that thou art a comfort unto them.
55 When thy sisters, Sodom and her daughters, shall return to their former estate, and Samaria and her daughters shall return to their former estate, then thou and thy daughters shall return to your former estate.
56 For thy sister Sodom was not mentioned by thy mouth in the day of thy pride,
57 Before thy wickedness was discovered, as at the time of thy reproach of the daughters of Syria, and all that are round about her, the daughters of the Philistines, which despise thee round about.
58 Thou hast borne thy lewdness and thine abominations, saith the LORD.
59 For thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even deal with thee as thou hast done, which hast despised the oath in breaking the covenant.
60 ¶ Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant.
61 Then thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed, when thou shalt receive thy sisters, thine elder and thy younger: and I will give them unto thee for daughters, but not by thy covenant.
62 And I will establish my covenant with thee; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD:
63 That thou mayest remember, and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more because of thy shame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast done, saith the Lord GOD.

Persecution in the Last Days[edit]

Satan will persecute Christ's Bride in the last days.

Revelation 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

Revelation 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

Revelation 21:9 ¶ And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.
10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

No Queen of Heaven[edit]

The bride of Jesus, Israel, as seen from the Old Testament, was punished for practicing idolatry to a Queen of Heaven; indeed was punished by the Babylonian Captivity, one of the worst punishments in her history.

Jeremiah 7:16 ¶ Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee.
17 Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?
18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.
19 Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?
20 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched.

Jeremiah 44:15 ¶ Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great multitude, even all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying,
16 As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee.
17 But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.
18 But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.
19 And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?
20 ¶ Then Jeremiah said unto all the people, to the men, and to the women, and to all the people which had given him that answer, saying,
21 The incense that ye burned in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, ye, and your fathers, your kings, and your princes, and the people of the land, did not the LORD remember them, and came it not into his mind?
22 So that the LORD could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and because of the abominations which ye have committed; therefore is your land a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day.
23 Because ye have burned incense, and because ye have sinned against the LORD, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD, nor walked in his law, nor in his statutes, nor in his testimonies; therefore this evil is happened unto you, as at this day.
24 Moreover Jeremiah said unto all the people, and to all the women, Hear the word of the LORD, all Judah that are in the land of Egypt:
25 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying; Ye and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her: ye will surely accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows.
26 Therefore hear ye the word of the LORD, all Judah that dwell in the land of Egypt; Behold, I have sworn by my great name, saith the LORD, that my name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, The Lord GOD liveth.
27 Behold, I will watch over them for evil, and not for good: and all the men of Judah that are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine, until there be an end of them.
28 Yet a small number that escape the sword shall return out of the land of Egypt into the land of Judah, and all the remnant of Judah, that are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall know whose words shall stand, mine, or theirs.
29 And this shall be a sign unto you, saith the LORD, that I will punish you in this place, that ye may know that my words shall surely stand against you for evil:
30 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will give Pharaohhophra king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies, and into the hand of them that seek his life; as I gave Zedekiah king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, his enemy, and that sought his life.

God the Father to Be Ultimately Worshiped[edit]

A major reason God the Father honors Jesus, the Son of God, is that Jesus will ultimately submit and bow the knee to God the Father. Jesus does not seek His own glory but that of God the Father, so that when everything and everyone is submitted to Him, He too will submit Himself to God the Father. Ultimately it is God the Father alone that deserves honor, praise, and glory. Jesus is just because He does not seek His own will but that of the Father.

1 Corinthians 15:27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

1 Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Hebrews 2:8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

More Similar to Rome, the Whore of Babylon[edit]

See also Catholicism

The mother-god cult with its forced abortions and marriages appears more similar to the adulterous Whore of Babylon/Rome, Catholicism, than to the Bride of Christ. The most explicit reference to Roman Catholicism is found in Revelation chapters 17-18 which discuss a "great city" which would fall away from God, persecute Christians across all ages, and ultimately be destroyed by God at the last. The city's name? Babylon, what the early Christian Church called Rome. (Revelation 17-18) It may be represented by Jezebel, the false prophetess whose children will be executed in punishment. (Revelation 2:20-23) Rome is symbolized by an adulterous woman who has all GOD's prophets and saints murdered while conspiring with all the merchants and wealthy of the Earth to create evil. (Revelation 17-18) Rome is the daughter of the Chaldeans who pridefully says in her heart she will always be a lady and never a widow. She will be cast into Hell and punished, humiliated, and her children killed before her eyes. (Isaiah 47)

Verse Analysis[edit]

If there's any doubt, it is specifically said to be a great city in 17:18 ("And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.") built on 7 mountains as specified in 17:9. ("And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.") Rome of course is worldwide recognized for "The Seven Hills of Rome". It is symbolized by a great whore with fancy clothing, a cup full of abominations, and on whose forehead is written, "Mystery: Babylon The Great - The Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth". (17:1-6)

Other features of Babylon mentioned are:

  • Drunk with the blood of saints, martyrs of Jesus, prophets, and all those slain upon the earth. (17:6; 18:20,24)
  • Rules over peoples, multitudes, nations, and languages. (17:15; 18:3) By its sorceries were all nations deceived. (18:23) Rules over the kings of the earth. (17:2,18; 18:3,9)
  • Out of it will come the Beast, more commonly called the Antichrist, which will be worshiped by all non-Christians on the earth in the final world empire. (17:8) The Beast will be the 8th in a lineage (kings?) and ten previously kingdomless kings will receive power as kings under the Beast, to serve him, only to be destroyed by the returning Christ. (17:9-14)
  • It is a great merchant city by the sea to be mourned by merchants and shipmasters for their loss of trade in gold, silver, jewels, pearls, clothing, thyine wood, ivory, bronze, iron, marble, spices, ointments, wine, oil, flour, wheat, cattle, chariots, slaves, and souls of men. (18:3,11-19)
  • Said to be the home of devils, foul spirits, and cage to every unclean and hateful bird. (18:2)
  • Christians are a part of it, and commanded to "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues, for her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." (18:4-5)
  • Known for its harpers and musicians, including pipers and trumpeters, as well as for its craftsmen. (18:22)
  • To be utterly destroyed with death, mourning, and famine; burned by fire (which Rome was in A.D. 64) and no more found at all. (17:16; 18:8,21)

No Veils[edit]

See Women Teaching

The cult teaches that women must wear veils and men must have their heads uncovered, based on 1 Corinthians 11. This is a misreading of the passage, since Paul was addressing hairstyle, not unnatural head coverings.

Head Coverings: No Fancy Plaiting of Hair Above the Head[edit]

Paul was not advocating for a hijab, but for women to simply wear their hair down; which he considered more honorable and appropriate to the way they were made. Note 1 Corinthians 11:14-15, where Paul says that it is shameful for men to have long hair, but a glory for women to have long hair; Paul specifically says a woman's hair is her "covering" in v. 15.

As such, the lack of female hair covering Paul addresses in vv. 5-6 appears to be not letting their long hair cover their heads. Nonetheless, Paul refuses to enforce such a policy as God-given in v. 16, stating that there is no such official church policy, and he will not argue with those who insistently disagree; suggesting this was Paul's own opinion, not a commandment from God (cp. 1 Corinthians 7:6,25; 2 Corinthians 8:8).

Not An Issue With Hair Length[edit]

Furthermore, Paul had no problem with women cutting their hair short. Observe that the alternative he proposed to their heads not being covered was for them to be "shorn or shaven" which suggests that hair length itself was not the issue he was addressing.

1 Corinthians 11:5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.
6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.

Men Had Long Hair: The Nazarite Priesthood[edit]

The holiest of priests, the Nazarite priesthood, were forbidden to cut their hair unless they sinned. (Numbers 6:5,13,18) Samson, Samuel, John the Baptist, and Jesus were all Nazarites. (Judges 13:5; 16:17; 1 Samuel 1:11; Luke 1:15; Matthew 2:23) The holiest men in the Bible had long hair.

The Real Issue: Elaborate Plaiting of Hair With Fancy Hairstyles[edit]

As such, Paul was likely addressing women who put their hair up somehow artificially in buns or braided on top of their heads. This is consistent with what Peter taught as well, that there should not be "outward adorning of plaiting the hair" or a focus on wearing fancy jewelry and clothing.

1 Peter 3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:

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