In Revelation the 17th and 18th chapters we are given one of the most foreboding and ominous warnings contained in the whole scripture. Herein, we find identified a great woman which is called the great whore; Mystery Babylon, and the mother of harlots.
    She is also identified as the mother of the abominations of the earth. She stands above all other as a direct enemy to Jesus Christ and the influence of His church, and her own seductive spell has swept from the kings to the inhabitants of the earth. She is Satan’s queen (Revelation 18:7 – I sit as queen and am no widow), So alluring and cunning are her enchantments that Revelation 17:8 tell us that the only ones who will not wonder but know her for what she is will be those whose names are written in the book of life from the foundation of the world. All the world will eventually bow down and become part of her and her daughter system.
It is against her and her children, that at this time of coming judgement, God has turned His face and with her particularly does the book of revelations deal with as it speaks of the wrath of God soon to be poured out upon a wicked and unrepentant world.
Below we have listed some verses out of Revelation 17 which will enable the reader to identify the clues provided by God to show who this woman is. The fact that we are dealing with a woman who according to Revelation 13 desires to be worshipped reveals that it will be a religious system.
REVELATION 17:1-6, 9, 15, 18
Rev. 17:1 “And there came one of the seven angels which had seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgement of the great whore. (a) that sitteth upon many waters:” (Rev. 17:15 tells us that the waters are multitudes, and nations and tongues.)
Rev. 17:2 “With whom the (b) kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the (c) inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”
Rev. 17:3 “So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast , full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads  and ten horns.”
Rev, 17:4 “And the woman was (c) arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and (d) decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication.”
Rev. 17:5 “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
Rev. 17:6 “And I saw the woman (e) drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.” 
Rev. 17:9 “And here is the mind which hath wisdom. (f) The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.”
Rev. 17:15 “And he saith unto me. ’The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples and multitudes, and nations and tongues.”
Rev. 17:18 “And the woman which thou sawest is (g) that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.”
Now let’s accumulate the clues listed in the above scriptures and ask ourselves a question:
  1. Controls multitudes, nations and tongues?
  2. Has seduced kings and inhabitants of the earth?
  3. Is arrayed in purple and scarlet?
  4. Is decked with silver and gold?
  5. Is drunk with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus?
  6. Sits upon seven mountains?
  7. Is a great city reigning over kings?
     Unless the reader is willfully ignorant it becomes obvious that the religious system herein described has to be the great church of Rome; the so-called eternal city of seven hills.
    If the mother is an illegitimate church, so also will the daughters. A scant study of all protestant denominations will reveal that they actually came from the womb of Rome.
    When Martin Luther was inspired by God to spawn the reformation it was a true revival. However, the followers of Luther instead of being led by the Holy Spirit into further light denominated on Luther’s message and gave birth to another organization. In such a way the first daughter was born and in the same manner every successive daughter came about.
Each church mixed their creed with God’s Word and like the mother strayed from God’s direct leadership to become a dead illegitimate organization. By the time of the Lord’s return Rome and her daughters are seen to have formed into vast system able to control politics, religion and commerce.
From such the true Bride of Jesus Christ will have to separate and heed the call of Revelation 18:4 “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”