Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”
Something that catches the attention of the first Christians is that they did not fear to die for Jesus Christ. For two thousand years there have been people who have not hesitated to give their lives instead of denying their faith. Even today, every day, men and women who have believed in Jesus Christ are martyred. Many are beheaded or crucified by Islamic extremists, killed by Hindu, communist governments and even under the consent of a church that claims to believe in Christ himself. To those who die in the Lord, Revelation 14:13 calls them blessed.
From Stephen to this day, millions of men and women have died for following Christ. The first Christian martyrs died in Jerusalem at the hands of the Jews or the Romans, then, for three centuries, the empire martyred many, killing them on the cross, beheading them or casting them to the lions in the Roman circus. In 313 AD, Emperor Constantine, as an astute political maneuver, gave freedom to Christians, as well as official category to the Christian church in collaboration with paganism.
With the official predominance of the Roman church over the rest of the churches from the decree of Constantine, followers of Christ who did not submit to his authority have been persecuted for centuries and millions of them have been murdered in the cruelest way. No religious institution has been responsible for the death of more Christians in history than the Roman church. And we are not only talking about the Spanish inquisition, but about the crusades in Europe that exterminated Vadoenses, Albigenses, Waldenses and other similar groups accused of heretics.
And although the Roman church has tried to rewrite history, the Bible is an immutable truth. Revelation 17:6 says, I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement. Who is this woman? In Revelation 17:3-5 we read, So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
Another clue to discover who that woman is, it is in Revelation 17:9, Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. And finally in Revelation 17:18 it says, And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth. The woman who rides the scarlet beast is a city seated on seven mountains that reigns over the kings of the earth.
There is only one city in the world with these characteristics: Rome. And within Rome, an institution wears purple and scarlet robes, adorns itself with gold, precious stones and pearls, and has a golden cup, the Roman church, the same one that for one thousand seven hundred years has been drunk with the blood of saints and martyrs of Jesus, the dead in Christ. Bible prophecy clearly identifies it and history confirms it. God bless you.