The scriptures employ a variety of symbols and to depict the Roman Catholic Church, one of which is “mystery Babylon.” Revelation 17 and 18 give a good description of every specification of this blasphemous system of apostasy that characterizes not only the Popery of the past, but also of the present and future. Revelation 18:3-6 is clear that the merchants of the earth are engaged in an illicit affair with Roman Catholicism which contributes to the church’s sins reaching unto heaven thus calling down the wrath of God, and prompting the call for men and women to come out from that system. “For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, 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. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.”
It is no secret that the Roman Catholic Church’s wealth is incalculable. The National Post in 2013 published a piece under the title, “Wealth of Roman Catholic Church impossible to calculate” wherein it was stated, “between the church’s priceless art, land, gold and investments across the globe, it is one of the wealthiest institutions on Earth. Since 313 A.D., when Catholicism became the official religion of the Roman Empire, its power has been in near-constant growth.” Additionally, the Roman Catholic Church is the largest property owner in the world. According to Avro Manhattan’s Vatican Billions, “The Vatican has large investments with the Rothschilds of Britain, France and America, with the Hambros Bank, with the Credit Suisse in London and Zurich. In the United States it has large investments with the Morgan Bank, the Chase-Manhattan Bank, the First National Bank of New York, the Bankers Trust Company, and others. The Vatican has billions of shares in the most powerful international corporations such as Gulf Oil, Shell, General Motors, Bethlehem Steel, General Electric, International Business Machines, T.W.A., etc.” As all other Popes, the current one has an intimate relationship with the businessmen of the world, as he heads the organization that controls the world’s wealth. Because the Roman Catholic Church has control over the treasuries of the earth, and it is through the abundance of her delicacies that the merchants are made rich, it is clear that the Papacy directly and/or indirectly funds these fortune 500 companies and keeps their respective businesses in operation. But of course this funding does not come without strings attached. In exchange for their share of the wealth, the merchants owe much to their financier—their allegiance and also their promotion of her message using their businesses, and that is exactly why Pope Francis has repeatedly met with the CEO’s of major companies, many times in private settings, and other times in large settings, just as he has Dec. 3 at the Fortune-Time Global Forum held at the Vatican.
“The Forum brings together Fortune 500 and Time 100 leaders, who were discussing technology and jobs, global health, food and water, commitment to communities, energy and the environment, and financial inclusion—each representing critical elements related to poverty alleviation.‘Our world today is marked by great unrest,’ – Pope Francis told them – ‘Inequality between peoples continues to rise, and many communities are impacted directly by war and poverty, or the migration and displacement which flow from them. People want to make their voices heard and express their concerns and fears.’”
Of course the topic at the forum, the alleviation of poverty, is not at all surprising, as it has been one of Pope Francis’ passions since he became Pope. Let not Bible students be deceived by the man of sin however, he is not at all a voice or an advocate for the poor, he is only out to get more himself and thus dominate the world. Judas Iscariot presented himself in like manner, claiming to have such concern for the poor; but it was for self-serving purposes (see John 12:2-6). Judas is labeled by Christ as the “son of perdition” in John 17:12 as is the man of sin, the Pope in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 and 4: “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”
As aforementioned, the Roman Catholic Church has accumulated so much wealth, that her organization alone could bring an end to poverty, but her goal has never been the aid of humanity, but rather its domination, and if this cannot be achieved, the decimation of those who oppose her supremacy. This meeting was a call for a one-world economic system, which is not the first time the call has been made by the Roman Catholic Church; and since she controls the wealth, she would be the overseer of such an order. “On December 2 and 3, Time Inc.’s 2016 Fortune/Time Global Forum convened select global Fortune 500 CEOs, members of the Time 100 and nonprofit, academic, religious and labor leaders to address the need for a global economic system that both encourages growth and spreads its benefits more broadly. The two-day conference, held in Rome and at the Vatican, culminated today with a Special Papal Audience and an address by His Holiness Pope Francis.” Let it not be forgotten that in July of 2015, Pope Francis called for a new economic order.
Attached to Pope Francis goal to bring an end to poverty, which is also one of the UN’s millennium peace goals, is the institution of government-mandated Sunday observance; and with the support and aggressive promotion of his agenda by the moneyed men and their companies along with politicians and other religionists, individuals will see in this proposal the solution not only to end poverty, but also to combat climate change and other real or imaginary social ills. Conscientious Christians, students of the Bible, resolutely reject the claim to authority that Popery boasts and will in no wise bow to her man-made “holy days” and traditions, but will “keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, even in the face of fines, threatened imprisonment and even death; may God find us thus faithful.
 Manhattan, Avro, Vatican Billions (1972)