The Great and Abominable
Church in Prophecy

by Duane S. Crowther

 

Review

         Numerous prophecies in the Book of Mormon, Bible, and Doctrine & Covenants make reference to a church "great" and "most abominable above all other churches s among the Christian nations, and to its persecutions of God's people.
         Various interpretations concerning the identity of this organization are considered and evaluated in this tape.
         Also cited is strong evidence from the scriptures and from modern prophets, telling of the rebellion of nations which will then be under the wicked church's control. The scriptures prophesy that these nations will begin to war among themselves (the fourth world war), eventually causing the collapse of the great and abominable church as they destroy one another. Described also is the earthquake and burning and destruction of the great city in which the church will be based. These events will occur in the era when the Lord's Church will be based in the New Jerusalem. The great and abominable church is inseparably intertwined with the future of the Lord's people and of the nations of the earth. No one can fully understand prophecy and last-days eschatology without first grasping the pivotal function this wicked church will fulfill.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Two Revelations of Special Significance
1. 1 Ne. 11-14 Nephi's great vision.

Names of the Great Organization
2. 1 Ne. 13:4 A great church.
3. 1 Ne. 13:5,26 A church which is most abominable above all other churches.
4. 1 Ne. 13:6,8,26,28: 14:3,8,15; 22:13,14; 2 Ne. 6:12; 28:18 A great and abominable church.
5. 1 Ne. 13:32,34 An abominable church.
6. 1 Ne. 14:17 The great and abominable church of all the earth.
7. 1 Ne. 13:34; 14:7 The mother of harlots.
8. 1 Ne. 14:9,10,13,16 The mother of abominations.
9. 1 Ne. 14:10 The church of the devil.
10. 1 Ne. 14:10,11; 22:13; 2 Ne. 28:18 The whore of the whole earth.
11. 1 Ne. 14:12; 22:14 The great whore.
12. Rev. 17:1 The great whore that sitteth upon many waters.
13. Rev. 17:5 Mystery, Babylon the great, the mother of harlots.
14. Rev 17:15-16 The whore.
15. Rev. 19:2 The great whore.

The Great Organization Is a Church
16. 1 Ne. 13:5 A church was founded which is most abominable above all other churches.
17. 1 Ne. 13:8 The desires of this great and abominable church are for worldly and temporal things.
18. 1 Ne. 13:24,26 A church most abominable above all other churches.
19. 1 Ne. 13:28 The book goes through the hands of the great and abominable church.
20. 1 Ne. 13:32 The most plain and precious parts of the gospel have been kept back.
21. 1 Ne. 13:34 Gospel parts kept back by that abominable church.
22. 1 Ne. 14:3 A great pit was dug by the great and abominable church.
23. 1 Ne. 14:9 Behold that great and abominable church.
24. 1 Ne. 14:10 The church of the devil.
25. 1 Ne. 14:17 God's wrath will be poured out upon the great and abominable church.
26. D&C 29:21 The great and abominable church shall be cast down by devouring fire.
27. D&C 18:20 Contend only against the church of the devil.
28. D&C 88:94 An angel will declare that the great church is ready to be burned.

The Devil Is The Founder
29. 1 Ne. 13:4 Nephi sees the formation of a great church.
30. 1 Ne. 13:32 Behold the foundation of a church which is most abominable.
31. 1 Ne. 13:6 The devil is the founder of that great and abominable church.
32. 1 Ne. 14:3 That great church founded by the devil and his children.
33. 1 Ne. 14:9 The mother of abominations whose founder is the devil.
34. 1 Ne. 1410 The church of the devil.
35. 1 Ne. 14:17 The great and abominable church whose founder is the devil.
36. D&C. 18:20 The church of the devil.
37. 1 Ne. 13:27 The great and abominable church strives to pervert the right ways of the Lord.
38. 1 Ne. 13:29 Children stumble and Satan gains power over them.
39. 1 Ne. 14:3 The devil dug a great pit to lead the souls of men down to hell.

Satan Forms Organizations to Accomplish His Purpose
40. Hel. 6:17-18 People began to sin in order to get gain.
41. Hel. 6:21-30 A band of murderers and plunderers is stirred up by Satan.
42. 2 Ne. 9:9 The devil is the founder of secret combinations.
43. 2 Ne. 26:14 The devil will organize secret combinations in the last days.
44. 2 Ne. 26:22 The devil is the founder of secret combinations.
45. Eth. 8:16 Secret combinations existed during Jaredite times.
46. Eth. 8:24-25 Moroni warns the people about latter-day secret combinations.

Objectives of the Great and Abominable Church
47. 1 Ne. 13:5 The wicked church persecutes the saints of God.
48. 1 Ne. 13:9 They destroy the saints of God.
49. Rev. 12:13 John the Revelator characterizes Satan as a dragon, the early church as a woman and Christ as a man child.
50. Rev. 12:17 Satan is angry with the woman and makes war with her seed.
51. Rev. 16:6 Satan's followers have murdered many saints and prophets.
52. Rev. 17:6 Satan's followers have become drunken with the blood of the saints.
53. Rev. 18:24 The blood of prophets and saints is found in her.
54. 1 Ne. 14:13: Rev. 17:14 The great church fights against the Lamb of God.
55. 1 Ne. 22:14,19: 2 Ne. 6:12-13: 10:16; Rev. 16:14-16 The great church strives to fight against Israel and Zion.
56. 1 Ne. 14:11; 22:23: Rev. 13:7-8 The great church seeks to gain power and
dominion over the whole earth.
57. Rev. 17:2: 18:3, 9, 11-16 The great church desires worldly influence.
58. 1 Ne. 13:9: 22:23; Rev. 18:7 The great church desires to glorify itself.
59. 1 Ne. 13:7-8: 22:23; Rev. 17:4: 18:7 The leaders of the great church desire the
luxuries of the world.
60. 1 Ne. 22:23; 2 Ne. 10:15 The church allows its members to do iniquity.
61. 1 Ne. 13:29; 14:3,7: 2 Ne. 28:21-23 Satan seeks power over the souls of men.
62. 1 Ne. 13:27; 22:14 Satan perverts the right ways of the Lord.
63. 1 Ne. 13:34.40 Satan holds back many gospel truths from his followers.
64. 1 Ne. 13:27,32: 14:7: 22:15,18 Satan strives to harden men's hearts.
65. 2 Ne. 28:20 Satan causes men to feel anger against good.
66. 2 Ne. 28:28 Satan strives to make people angry because of the truth of God.
67. 2 Ne. 28:27-29 Satan makes people believe they don't need the word of God.
68. 2 Ne. 28:21-25 Satan leads the saints into carnal security.

Past Activities of the Great and Abominable Church
69. 1 Ne. 13:1-3 Nephi sees many nations and kingdoms of the Gentiles.
70. I Ne. 13:4-5 Nephi sees the formation of a great and abominable church.
71. 1 Ne. 13:4 The great and abominable church is large.
72. 1 Ne. 13:5 The great church is most abominable above all other churches.
73. 1 Ne. 13:25-26 The church is formed after the New Testament goes forth.
74. 1 Ne. 13:6 The devil founded the great and abominable church.
75. D&C. 86:1-3 The wicked church was formed after the death of the apostles.
76. 1 Ne. 13:7-8 The desires of the great and abominable church are worldly.
77. 1 Ne. 13:5 The great church slays the saints of Cod.
78. Acts. 15:1-35; 21:20-25; Gal. 2:1-16 Gentiles were forced to live the law of Moses.
79. Matt. 24:9-12 Jesus warns the saints of persecutions and betrayals.
80. 1 Ne. 13:26 The wicked church took away many plain and precious truths.
81. 1 Ne. 13:27 The wicked church perverted the right ways of the Lord.
82. 1 Ne. 13:12-14 Nephi prophesies of the travels of Columbus.
83. 1 Ne. 13:24-26 The great and abominable church is formed after the
Gentiles receive the scriptures.
84. 1 Ne. 13:26-29 Many stumble because of lost gospel truths.
85. 2 Ne. 28:3-15 Many churches in the last days are wicked.

Modern Churches Have Inherited Blindness and Hardened
Hearts From the Great and Abominable Church
86. 2 Ne. 28:16-18 Last-days churches are linked with the great and abominable church.
87. 2 Ne. 28:3 The churches are not built up unto the Lord.
88. 2 Ne. 28:4 The churches are filled with the spirit of contention.
89. 3 Ne. 11:29; D&C 10:63: Hel. 16:22: 2 Ne. 26:32 The devil is the father of contention.
90. 2 Ne. 28:4 The churches are contentious and deny the Holy Ghost.
91. 2 Ne. 28:5 The churches deny the power of God.
92. 2 Ne. 28:6 The churches deny God's priesthood and miracles.
93. 2 Ne. 28:7-8 The churches justify their sins.
94. 2 Ne. 28:9,12.13-15 The churches are proud.
95. 2 Ne. 28:9,12,14-15 The churches teach lake doctrine.
96. 2 Ne. 28:13 The churches persecute the meek.
97. 2 Ne. 28:14-15 The churches commit all manner of sin.
98. 2 Ne. 28:15 The churches pervert the right ways of the Lord.
99. 2 Ne. 28:16 The churches revile against that which is good.
100. 2 Ne. 28:11 The churches have all become corrupted.
101. 2 Ne. 28:14 There will be only a few humble followers of Christ.
102. 2 Ne. 28:10 The blood of the saints shall cry out against them.
103. Rev. 17:6 The wicked are drunken with the blood of the saints.
104. 1 Ne. 22:14 The great and abominable church will fall.
105. 1 Ne. 22:22-23 The latter-day churches are part of the kingdom of the devil.
106. 2 Ne. 26:20-22 Latter-day churches will practice secret combinations.
107. 2 Ne. 26:22 The devil leads men to do evil.
108. Morm. 8:26-28 Church leaders and teachers have hearts full of pride.
109. Morm. 8:32-33 People will pay to have their sins forgiven.
110. 2 Ne. 28:14 There are still humble followers of Christ.
111. 2 Ne. 28:14 Some followers of Christ will be led astray.

World Population Figures and the Extent of Modern Christiandom
No scriptural references cited.

Summary of the Past and Present of the Great and Abominable Church
No scriptural references cited.

Great Change Which Will Divide the World
112. 1 Ne. 14:1-2 Those who follow the Lord will be blessed.
113. 1 Ne. 14:5-6 Those who don't follow the Lord must perish.
114. 1 Ne. 14:7 The decision: Men will choose either righteousness or evil.
115. 1 Ne. 14:8-10 Those who don't belong to the Lamb's church belong to the great and abominable church.
116. 2 Ne. 30:10 The wicked will be destroyed.
117. 3 Ne. 27:10-11 The joy of the wicked will last only a season.
118. Alma 5:39-41 Good comes from God, evil from the devil.
119. Matt. 13:24-30 There will be a separation of the righteous from the wicked.
120. Matt. 13:38-39 Good seeds are the children of the kingdom.
121. Matt. 13:30 The wicked will be separated from the righteous and be burned.

The Great and Abominable Church Will Fight Against the Lamb of God
122. 1 Ne. 14:11-14 The church of the devil will fight against the church of the Lamb.

Conflict in the Americas
123. 1 Ne. 14:15-17 The wrath of God will be poured upon the wicked.
124. 1 Ne. 14:1-6 If the Gentiles follow the Lamb, they will be blessed.
125. 1 Ne. 14:2,5 If the Gentiles repent, it shall be well with them.
126. 1 Ne. 14:4-6 Those who don't repent shall perish.
127. 1 Ne. 14:7-10 The Gentiles who aren't righteous shall perish.
128. 2 Ne. 6:12-15 The Gentiles must repent and not fight against Zion.
129. 2 Ne. 10:10-16 The wicked will be destroyed by the remnant of Jacob.
130. 3 Ne. 16:10 Gentiles who reject the gospel shall have it taken from them.
131. 3 Ne. 16:12-15 Those who repent will be saved.
132. 3 Ne. 20:15-22 The powers of heaven are among the righteous.
133. 3 Ne. 21:9-25 Great destruction will be among the wicked.
134. D&C 45:66-70 The New Jerusalem will be the only people not at war.

Conflict With the Great and Abominable Church Worldwide
135. Rev. 13:2 Satan's followers are called beasts by John.
136. Rev. 13:7-8 Satan will overcome the saints.
137. Rev. 13:12-18 Another beast will arise, with the number 666.
138. Dan. 7:21-27 The horn made war with the saints and prevailed.
139. Rev. 17:12-14 Ten nations will make war with the Lamb.
140. 1 Ne. 14:3 The great pit will be filled by those who digged it.
141. 1 Ne. 22:12-19 The wicked will turn against one another.

The Fall of Rome
142. Rev. 17:1 John the Revelator is shown the judgment of the great and abominable church.
143. Rev. 17:3 John sees a woman with seven heads and ten horns.
144. Rev. 17:5 The woman's name is written on her forehead.
145. Rev. 17:6 The woman is drunken with the blood of the saints.
146. Rev. 17:18 The woman is a great city.
147. Rev. 17:9 The seven heads are seven mountains upon which the city sits.
148. Rev. 18:17-18 Many on ships at sea shall see the city burn.
149. 1 Pet. 5:13 Peter refers to Rome as Babylon.
150. Rev. 17:5 Babylon is the mother of harlots and abominations.
151. Rev. 16:13-19 Rome is destroyed by a great earthquake.
152. Rev. 17:16 Many nations will turn against the great and abominable church.
153. Rev. 18:8 Plagues and famine and fire will destroy the city.
154. Rev. 18:10 Kings will lament the city's fall.
155. Rev. 18:21 The city will be thrown down and found no more.

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