The Great Sin of Pride, and Mystery Babylon

Chronicles shows us that Mystery Babylon, instead of being one religion, or one city, is all unsaved human beings, all human beings who are not servants of Christ.

Understanding the identity of Mystery Babylon is important for two reasons. The first is to have a better grip on what the world will be in for in the end times. I wrote about that here.

This post discusses aspects of the second reason. The second reason is to better understand what is meant by God’s call to his people to come out of Mystery Babylon.

All The Blood

One mental exercise I’ve been working on is what are the implications of Rev. 18:24 where it says “all the blood is found in her.” This would suggest that all murders of people from Cain killing Abel to the very last murder just in the moment before Christ returns might be a part of Mystery Babylon. This led me to ask if all murders have a common factor.

It was the pursuit of the common factor that led me down an interesting path. If Mystery Babylon is indeed all humans who are unsaved, from the earliest times to the end times, then it might be good to understand all the murders. The best place to go for that is the Bible, I reasoned. After all, in Daniel Revisited, the Bible itself tells us the characteristics of a lion, of a bear, and of a leopard, to better tell us why those beasts are used in Daniel 7.

Survey of Biblical Murders

So I conducted a survey of the murders in the Bible. The resulting list did not include the people killed that God had his people kill, such as Samuel killing the king of Amalek, or David killing Goliath. No, the list of murders involved those people for their own reason, for one reason or another, deciding they had to murder someone else, and then carrying it out or attempting to do so.

I counted a total of fifteen murders and three attempted murders. There are undoubtedly more, but those are the ones that caught my eye. The eighteen are, in order in the Bible, with the murderer’s reason, as follows:

Cain killed Abel – religion

Levi and Simeon killed Shechem – revenge for raping sister

Pharaoh to baby boys – keeping power

Saul attempted murder of David – keeping power

Saul killed Ahimelech for siding with David – keeping power

David has Uriah killed – hiding sin

Absalom kills Amnon – revenge for raping sister

Jezebel kills Naboth – for money/convenience

Jezebel tried to murder Elijah – religion

Athaliah mudered royal family – keeping power

King Nebuchadnezzar and the 3 teens – religion

Leaders tried to kill Daniel in den – keeping power

Haman tried to kill Jews – keeping power, and religion

Pharisees’ forefathers mudered prophets – religion

Herod murdered John the Baptist – religion (of Herodias)

Pharisees murdered Jesus – religion

Romans murdered Jesus – keeping power to prevent Jewish rebellion

Pharisees murdered Stephen – religion

The Great Sin

The reasons given in the list above vary by murder. Eight of them are due to “religion” which means the murderer could not stand to have his own belief system challenged by the one who was murdered. Jezebel could not stand to have Elijah challenge her religion just as Cain could not stand to have Abel prove that his own idea of a sacrifice was wrong.

Another common reason is to hang on to power. Seven murders were due to the murderer wanting to keep his or her own power.

One was for money, one was to hide sin, and two were due to revenge.

Think about it long enough and one common underlying factor emerges—pride.

Whether the murderer felt the need to protect his own religion, or his power and influence on others, or to attain more money, or to execute his own view of justice (revenge), the murderer believed his beliefs, and his world, was more important than those of the person being killed. That is Pride at its core.

Each unsaved person is the ruler of his or her own reality, of his or her own universe. Each unsaved person can only believe in a false version of reality because they do not have a correct view about the Reality. The manifestation of pride is the person thinking that they are the most important person in their reality. They rule their own world. And their reality is correct, in their view. It is pride that blinds them.

This might be why the world’s condition is going from bad to worse, here in the end times. God and his reality and his standard are being forgotten.

This is why a woman would abort her own baby—in her view she and what she wants is more important than any other human being that might be growing in her womb.

This is why leaders of a religion might have others who do not follow their religion be murdered; it is because only their religion can be the true one, so all other religions must be erased.

Cain, the first member of Mystery Babylon, killed Abel for this reason. God accepted Abel’s sacrifice because Abel presented his “first lamb.” God did not accept Cain’s sacrifice because he brought “some fruit” not the “first fruit.” Cain wanted his beliefs and religion to be true and for Abel’s not to be, so in Cain’s prideful mind, Abel had to be murdered.

C.S. Lewis wrote about Pride in the chapter called “The Great Sin” in his book Mere Christianity. (Amazon, here; free pdf, here)

Lewis wrote that Pride, or self-conceit, is the opposite of Humility in a Christian’s morals. The worst sin is not sexual sin, but Pride. It is what made Lucifer the devil. As Lewis wrote, “Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.”

As I discuss in Chronicles, every servant of Christ lives in, or will live in, the Holy City, the New Jerusalem. In contrast, everyone who is not a servant of Christ, who is unsaved, is a servant of sin, and is a servant of the sinful nature. Jesus said you are either for Him or against Him (Matt. 12:30). Every servant of Christ is of God. Therefore, everyone who is not, is against Christ, and has an “anti-God state of mind” as Lewis puts it.

Therefore, it becomes apparent that one underlying quality of servants of Christ is their humility. This exists with those in whom the Holy Spirit resides.

It also becomes apparent that the one underlying quality of servants of the sinful nature is their pride. This exists with those who subscribe to the spirit of the Harlot, Mystery Babylon. Many teachers who say Mystery Babylon is a single entity say it is a religion or is spiritual in nature. Indeed it is spiritual in nature. Mystery Babylon may contain all the unsaved humans, but the one thing they all have in common is their pride, the anti-God state of mind.

Lewis also wrote that the more pride one has, the more one dislikes pride in others. “Pride is competitive by its very nature.” Additionally, Lewis wrote, “It is Pride which has been the chief cause of misery in every nation and every family since the world began.” Imagine Adam and Eve’s heartbreak over their one son murdering their other son. And not only does pride cause enmity between people, it also causes enmity between man and God.

The citizens of the great city, Mystery Babylon, whether they call themselves pagans, or atheists, or Buddhists, or Muslims, or Christians, are all at enmity with God. Let us always remember we were too until God called us and Christ saved us through faith in his work on the cross.

Lewis then asks what he calls a terrible question:

“How is it that people who are quite obviously eaten up with Pride can say they believe in God and appear to themselves very religious? I am afraid it means they are worshiping an imaginary God. They theoretically admit themselves to be nothing in the presence of this phantom God, but are really all the time imagining how He approves of them and thinks them far better than ordinary people: that is, they pay a pennyworth of imaginary humility to Him and get out of it a pound’s worth of Pride towards their fellow-men. I suppose it was of those people Christ was thinking when He said that some would preach about Him and cast out devils in His name, only to be told at the end of the world that He had never known them.”

Pride is probably the most dangerous sin because it is the hardest to see in one’s self. We need the Holy Spirit to convict us of this. Lewis then goes on,

“It is a terrible thing that the worst of all the vices can smuggle itself into the very centre of our religious life. But you can see why. The other, and less bad, vices come from the devil working on us through our animal nature. But this does not come through our animal nature at all. It comes direct from Hell. It is purely spiritual: consequently it is far more subtle and deadly.”

I mentioned at the start of this article that there are two important reasons why the true identity of Mystery Babylon is so important. We have been discussing the second, and in my opinion, far more important reason. Mystery Babylon is not some single city or single religion. It is everyone who is a slave to their sinful flesh, who has an anti-God state of mind. It can even include those calling themselves Christian who go to church every Sunday. As Lewis wrote, pride is far more subtle and deadly than any other sin. We must be on the watch.

(Incidentally, that chapter in Mere Christianity is worth a read. Lewis differentiates what is real pride and what is not, of what is important and is not. Lewis also shows in that same chapter that acceptable pride is the pleasure of knowing you did something that pleased the Lord; unacceptable pride is when you cross over to thinking you must be a good and fine person for doing what you do. Jesus spoke of this in Luke 18:10–14.)

Of those being saved and becoming servants of Christ, Lewis also wrote,

“We must not think Pride is something God forbids because He is offended at it, or that Humility is something He demands as due to His own dignity—as if God Himself was proud. He is not in the least worried about His dignity. The point is, He wants you to know Him: wants to give you Himself. And He and you are two things of such a kind that if you really get into any kind of touch with Him you will, in fact, be humble—delightedly humble, feeling the infinite relief of having for once got rid of all the silly nonsense about your own dignity which has made you restless and unhappy all your life. He is trying to make you humble in order to make this moment possible.”

The religious leaders of Jesus’ day had their own ideas as to how they would believe. Their pride buoyed these beliefs. But the true reality, that of the living God, would have people come to belief a different way. This is why the religious leaders said (in Mark 15:32), “Let this Christ, this King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Their own religion, their beliefs, were false because the God of the universe, the God of reality, was showing us that the Son of God had to die on the cross to save us all.

Dying to Self

The key to enter the Holy City, and the turning point in our lives, is that we must die to our self. We must make living for Christ and in Christ triumph over living for ourselves. The Gospels, and the Epistles, and Revelation all say this.

First, Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.” (Matthew 16:24–25 NIV 1984)

Second, Paul wrote, “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin–because anyone who has died has been freed from sin,” (Rom. 6:6–7) and, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” (Col. 3:2–3 NIV 1984)

And third, and understood only if Mystery Babylon is all of unsaved mankind, God said, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.” (Rev. 18:4–5 NIV 1984)

These are all calls to come to Christ by denying our self, and to belong to Him. We all were citizens of Mystery Babylon, slaves to our sinful flesh, and immersed in pride. Jesus Christ came to Mystery Babylon, the great city, allowing Himself to be sentenced by the Jewish religious leaders, and to be executed by the Romans, both groups being part of the great city. Revelation 11:8 tells us that is where Jesus was crucified: in the great city. (Yes, physically it was Jerusalem, but spiritually, it was part of the great city.) Jesus came to the great city, and died in the great city, so we may escape the great city and become citizens of a different city, the Holy City.

Chiastics in Chronicles shows us that the Harlot is opposite of Christ: one or the other will rule over your heart. Chiastics also shows us the great city is the opposite of the Holy City: you will live for eternity in one or the other. Chiastics also shows us in the end times that the punishment and plagues assailing Mystery Babylon is the direct opposite of the eternal blessings to be received by the servants of Christ.


This is all further evidence, and an important reason why, we must understand Mystery Babylon contains all of unsaved mankind. It is the spiritual seducer, the trance inducer, and the one who makes people and the nations drunk and sleepy, so all the unsaved will believe their pride is normal and nothing to worry about, and that what they each believe is indeed, truth.

Not only will dying to self and living for Christ have you escape the eternity of Hell, but for the end times coming soon, the servant of Christ will also escape the plagues coming to Mystery Babylon, i.e., the world.

Revelation presents a powerful message here. Thinking of Mystery Babylon as only one geographical or religious entity on earth will make you miss it.

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11 replies

  1. Wow Mark, I think you may be right. Pride is such a barrier to feeling Jesus’s presence in our lives. Thank you for the last quote by C.S. Lewis about pride making us restless and unhappy all of our lives. Keep up the good work and as they say, Preach on brother!

  2. Revelation 17:9 teaches that Mystery Babylon will eventually have sat upon seven “mountains” or empires, which are identified in chapter 5 of “Daniel Revisited.” The seventh empire, the Islamic realm, will be revived to become an eighth empire. But instead of Mystery Babylon sitting on that eighth empire as well, God will prompt its Antichrist-controlled ten kings to destroy her (Revelation 17:16-17). She will have reigned over the kings of the earth until then (17:18). Who has the power to reign over the kings of the earth? Mystery Babylon must be an elite assemblage of unsaved human beings that collectively act as a deep state controlling national leaders.

  3. Reflecting on your statements on Cain and the blood spilt, It dawned on me how the flood was in a sense to cleanse the earth and start again. The first city after the flood was Babylon. Thinking that “all the blood” is connected to matters after the flood. The first government created and influential in those thereafter.

  4. Hi Mark,
    In Joel Richardsons book about Mystery Babylon, he makes a good case for it being a city in Saudi Arabia.
    In short, what is wrong with this idea?

  5. Hi Giles,
    Yes, he does. If “the great city” is indeed a single physical city, his argument of Islam/Saudis is better than any other argument for Rome, NYC, or any other place.
    The problem is, I believe, is “the great city” is referring to the entire human race. It is no longer an argument of which physical city, but an argument for “the great city” referring to far more than any one city. Notice eight times the Harlot/MB is referred to as “the great city” with no modification to the title. Also, where Joel argues the city is in a wilderness/desert, the word trails of Revelation are saying the great city is in a wilderness versus the holy city is on a high mountain, in order to contrast the desolation of one place with the richness of another.
    There are many more arguments.

  6. From “Fiddler on the Roof”:

    TEVYE: He’s right.

    AVRAM: He’s right and he’s right? How can they both be right?

    TEVYE: You know, you’re also right.

    To say that Mystery Babylon is all unsaved human beings may be right. But only an elite assemblage of unsaved human beings acting as a cabal can have power over nations (Revelation 17:18).

    To say that Mystery Babylon is an elite assemblage of unsaved human beings may be right. But people outside of the cabal can knowingly or unknowingly support it.

    “The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings; five are fallen [Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Medo-Persia, Grecian], and one is [Roman], and the other is not yet come [Islamic]; and when he [the Antichrist] cometh, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth [Revived Islamic], and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition” (Revelation 17:9-11). Joel Richardson’s idea that Mystery Babylon migrates from place to place may also be right.

  7. Prism,
    If the power center migrates from place to place, from country to country, then MB is the whole world.

  8. You’re both right! Couldn’t resist!

  9. Working through the comment you made on it being the human race in general, the comment seems problematic since the antichrist along with his entourage of nations in covenant with him have it in to destroy her. Simply not comprehending your idea on this unless it’s more along the lines of destroying a systemic approach to government that was established by the first city ever establish (Babylon) and this followed by other cities. Thinking that line of reasoning would still keep in line with your ideas.

  10. Gary,
    Yes, the Scripture that speaks of the antichrist and the ten kings hating MB is definitely included in the argument. Yet, chiastics in Chronicles gives us a clue here, too. The text that talks of the antichrist hating MB, is echoed by the mark itself. In other words, the AC will use his mark to draw people out of MB, and into his own economic system. And again, being a false Christ, it counterfeits Christ’s own words of “come out of her.” By “emptying MB” of people that would indeed ruin her. But God is not fooled, and the bowl plagues will still strike. Besides, the truth is those that have the mark will still be in MB. They certainly won’t be in the Holy City.
    You and other readers have brought up several good points about MB. This is evidence that indeed the book I’m working on must be thorough in its arguments, touching on all facets.

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