The first Babylon – bab el, or the “gate of the gods”, was the location where the Tower of Babel was set up in the aftermath of the flood to attempt to unite humanity by its own efforts and organization. It was scattered. It was out of this area, “Chaldea” that Abram arose, left to go toward Canaan (but stopped in Haran until the death of his father). The civilization that Abram, then renamed Abraham founded, was crushed and shattered by Babylon many hundreds of years later, although a remnant came out of that, leading to the Maccabean period.
Today, we see the remnants of the civilization that Jesus called his countrymen into – to come out of the remnants of the Babylon of their time (as Jews and Christians later cryptically used to refer to Rome) and into a new spiritual reality based on the patterns of the Old Covenant, which were “but a shadow” of the reality. The Jews of the time had more or less joined with the Roman authorities to maintain their worldly position and the condition of their temple (which they mention was a reason they had to have Jesus killed) – this preserved a semblance of their ability to continue to practice the rituals of their covenant. The new Israel that came from Jesus, as he said, “Abraham rejoiced to see his (Jesus’) day” – based in Rome after a new Exodus of sorts, from “Sodom and Egypt” as John the Revelator called Jerusalem, is believed to one day be the seat of Mystery Babylon.
The Jewish sect known as “The Way” and later Christianity became transformed into a largely Gentile organization. It was rooted in Abrahamic/Hebraic history, but the development of the trunk and the branches occurred after Christians were overwhelmingly Gentile. So there is a continuity with Hebraic history, but an entirely new civilization was formed when the Roman Church ascended after Constantine. Catholicism galvanized a tremendous diversity of nations in the European landmass and peoples under Latin culture, and would undergird Western Civilization until the shockwaves of the Reformation and the subsequent scattering of political power in Europe began the decline of that Civilization.
Protestantism was sidelined by nationalism as the most influential political affiliation after the 30 years’ war (as the Northern Kingdom of Israel was) and Catholicism was similarly sidelined after the rise of Napoleon in the 1800s (as the Kingdom of Judah was). Out of the space of that transcendent unifying factor which religion had always filled, a global order of sorts has risen which has a default secular mindset and a “lowest common denominator” approach to religion. The Nation-State was always seen as a medium step as early as the League of Nations, toward a truly global society of nations which represented a higher evolved corporate state of man, wherein man could truly be man, given a perfect habitat, education, and social conditioning.
Nietzsche and Dostoyevsky – atheist and Christian, respectively – foresaw the sort of century that was on the horizon on the basis of the diminution of the vertical dimension of life and the rise of a truly unbound spirit of exalted man.
That global order has evolved over time. It is currently controlled by forces that are decidedly anti-Catholic and anti-Christian. Initially, the approach was to crush Christianity with force. When this proved impossible even within the USSR and even now within China, infiltration and cutout strategies became the new methodology of control. Thus, every single Protestant denomination and even the highest levels of the Vatican bureaucracy are being or have been targeted and steadily infiltrated or at least targeted for reduced societal influence. Every single Russian Orthodox clergy above a certain rank was assumed to be a Russian Agent during the mid 1900s. Steadily, these individuals – under a number of different banners – Freemasonry, global Communism, Satanism, “The Club of Rome,” and myriad other groups whose mention would unjustly earn me the label of “conspiracy theorist” (despite the published statements and writings of key figures in these groups) press for the establishment of “New Babylon” – a New World Order. A stool leg of their strategy is to use the husk of the global religious institutions – one in particular known as the Roman Catholic Church – as a stabilizing force in its goals.
Why Catholicism? Why Rome? As Jerusalem had to be destroyed and invaded by Satan – it is a matter of pride that he hollow out the institutions of the designated imagers of God and use the shell of what remains for his own glory. He must sit in the temple, proclaiming himself to be god. He must ascend above the stars of God. He must sit on the mount of assembly. He must make himself like the Most High. And he did just that – the remnant of the first Israel now opposes Christianity vociferously and rejects Jesus.
As we approach an era of the “Iron and the Clay,” European countries are starting to reject the idea that they should be mixed with mass waves of immigrants. No civilization has ever endured massive, sudden demographic change without war or destructive internal strife. The EU is held together by precious few threads of stability that could easily give way. Prominent figures in the United States on every part of the political spectrum have stated that the two contrary realities cannot coexist and some sort of amicable divorce may be necessary. Perhaps it will happen, but it will not be pretty when it does. There is no such thing as a truly amicable divorce with the levels of bitterness and distrust on both sides as they are.
Likewise, Protestant factions are highly divided. Only a few denominations hold strong to notions of biblical morality. Traditional Catholics are as solid as ever, but small in number. Catholicism itself has changed dramatically in form in the past century.
The Roman Catholic Church as an organization could best be described as a central hub with a system of pipes and conduits leading out to its various organizations and orders. At least, it could have been described this way prior to Vatican II. One of the central documents of Vatican II explains that Bishops share in the universal power of the Pope, and this was intended to stealthily strip the Pope of his unique authority over the Church universal. Even though Paul VI added an explanatory note indicating the Pope is superior to any council, the act still empowered the various Bishops conferences in their respective countries to essentially act without the Pope’s blessing or act directly against his best wishes, provided the Pope is not in a position to stop them. Frequently, whenever certain factions wished to get through a particular practice, they would simply begin to do whatever they wanted and when confronted, they would just say it was the common custom and drag their feet on it.
Thus, the organization of the Roman Catholic Church was altered from a central hub to a sort of confederacy, with certain factions calling themselves “traditionalist,” others “progressive,” others “moderate” or “conservative.” Apostle Paul hadn’t seen anything yet when he noted how factions in the Corinthian church had begun to say things like “I am of Paul,” “I am of Apollos,” “I am of Cephas.”
Our situation is much more dire, and the factions are threefold. There is a faction in this case that clings to the throne of Peter and to Christ and to the historical teachings of the institution Christ founded. There is another that believes we must work with the world and moderate our teachings to the dictates of sound policy and social science from a non-Catholic perspective to maintain relevancy. Many of these individuals no longer believe in the supernatural elements of the church’s tradition. They “have a form of Godliness, but deny the power thereof.” The last faction are the ones who refuse to believe that things are as bad as they are, and what comes this way. But the positive is that so many individuals are returning to order, tradition; in other words, the things that build civilization. I read old books because I wish to learn from those who build the under-girding of our society, not from those who are tearing it down to build a fantasy.