Babylon and the Beast

Posted: March 20, 2011 in Revelation

Revelation 17:1-18, “Babylon and the Beast”

Let’s be honest: have you ever read through a section in the Bible & finished the reading more confused than when you began?  Praise God that the pure gospel of Jesus Christ is simple enough for a child to understand (yet far from simplistic; it’s profound!) – but not everything in the Bible is that way.  For many people, the book of Revelation is almost completely mind-blowing, so they ignore it as long as possible – yet we know that those who read, hear & keep the words of this prophecy will be blessed (Rev 1:3).  The key is to remember that Revelation is the Revelation of Jesus Christ.  As we remember the entire book is about Him, His glory, and His soon return, it will carry us through the more difficult sections.

There’s no mistaking that this can be a confusing chapter in Revelation.  It’s filled with symbolism, and although the symbolism is explained to us, there’s still a lot of mystery that remains.  As a result, interpretations of both Rev 17-18 vary wildly.  Because of the detail of the symbolism, it’s impossible to look at this chapter & not dig into the background somewhat – but we need to be careful not to get bogged down in the uncertainties. 

The overarching theme is absolutely clear: this system is corrupt, but there’s something better coming.  What exists in today’s false religious systems (be it within so-called “Christianity” or in other religions around the world), and what will exist during the days of the Great Tribulation when the world will be given over to pagan religion & the false worship of Antichrist – all of it is corrupt.  It’s spiritual prostitution that deceives people away from the worship of our One True God.  Yet there’s something better coming.  This adulterous pagan system has been judged, and its conqueror is our Lord Jesus Christ.  He has something vastly better planned for His Church, and His plan WILL be accomplished.

Revelation 17 (NKJV)

1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”

  1. Notice the one speaking: one of the seven angels who had poured out the wrath of God.  This demonstrates a connection with the seven bowls.  Going to backtrack a bit to show some of the background of Babylon.  Babylon was remembered during the 7th bowl; it was proclaimed as “fallen” during the proclamation of the 3 angels (Ch 14:8).  Thus Ch 17-18 aren’t so much a chronological progression in the narrative, but rather an interlude that fills in some of the gaps prior to the last battle at Armageddon & it’s fall.

 

3 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. 4 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. 5 And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

  1. All these symbols are going to be explained for us through the rest of Ch 17.  The important thing for now is to understand the imagery: a richly clothed prostitute drunkenly riding a hideous beast.  Mystery Babylon is not just a prostitute herself; she is the “Mother of harlots” – the source of spiritual prostitution.  What’s this referring to?  False religion.
    1. This has always been the problem with Babylon – even back in its foundations when it was known in the Bible as Babel. Genesis 11:1–4 “(1) Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. (2) And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. (3) Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. (4) And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”” []  When God confused their languages, this is the reason why.  It’s not that God was afraid of what people might do to Him if they reached the heavens (what could finite human beings do against infinite God?); it’s that their focus of worship was themselves rather than God.  From the get-go, Babylon was about rebellion against the Creator.  That doesn’t change from Genesis to Revelation.
    2. False religion is seen again in Babylon during the captivity of the Jews – demonstrated through the idol of Nebuchadnezzar. [Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego vs. Nebudchadnezzar – Dan 3]  It’s to the period of the Jewish captivity that most of John’s imagery here refers.  The idea is mainly to the general “spirit” behind Babylon.  It has always encouraged rebellious false religion & it has existed in every culture throughout time (including Israel & the Church!), and will only increase in power & influence in the last days.
    3. Is there any doubt as to how God views false religion?  Over & over through the OT, God likens it to prostitution & adultery. (Hosea… Ezekiel…)  It’s not just a “different preference” in how someone worships; it’s utter spiritual defilement – a degrading of what had been meant for God alone, cheapened to some perverted substitute.  It’s bad enough when those outside of Christ Jesus get caught up in it; how much worse it is for the Church itself!?
  2. Remember there are at least two other women described in Revelation: (1) the woman who brought forth the Child (referring to Israel & the birth of Christ Jesus – Rev 12)…  (2) The bride of Christ, the wife of the Lamb (Rev 21).  There are huge similarities & contrasts between Babylon the Harlot & the Bride of Christ:
    1. They are both literal cities.  Babylon vs. New Jerusalem
    2. They are both literal peoples.  The world vs. the Church
    3. They are both richly adorned.  Babylon has gold & precious stones & pearls.  The New Jerusalem descends from heaven with the glory of God (Rev 19:11).  One appears to be temporarily beautiful; the other has a beauty given her by God that will never fade throughout eternity.
    4. Their character befits their husband/counterpart.  Babylon is the mother of harlots & abominations…  The Church has neither spot nor blemish & is holy.  The Church is made spotless by the work of our Bridegroom as we are given His righteousness by grace – and we continue in righteousness (seen in our works) through the washing of water by the word of God (Eph 5:26-27).
    5. It’s far better to be part of the Bride!
  3. Also an interesting contrast with the cup.  John had just gotten done seeing the vision of the 7 bowl judgments – those had been filled with the wrath of God.  The cup of the harlot is filled with abominations & filthiness of fornications.  Her cup may be full, but it will be completely overwhelmed with the bowl of God’s judgment.
  4. The angel will go on to explain the meanings here, but keep in mind this is a “Mystery.”  The term “Mystery” isn’t so much a part of the harlot’s name, as it is a description of it.  Mysteries in the Bible are typically pictures, prophecies, or types in the OT that are fully revealed to us in the NT.  However, this is introduced to us as a “mystery.”  All we have to understand this particular mystery is what is given to us here by the angel, but there is obviously more to it that is not yet revealed.  It will be understood at the proper time.

 

6 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.

  1. Mystery Babylon is not just the source of spiritual prostitution, she’s also consumed with persecuting the people of God.  The woman is seen here as being “drunk with the blood of the saints.”  It seems that this false religious system is what was directly responsible for the martyrdom of the great multitude throughout the time of the Great Tribulation.  We’ve seen this already described when John had a vision of the false prophet of Antichrist who caused the people of the world to receive the mark of the beast (666).  Those who received the mark & worshipped the beast would live; those who did not would die. (Rev 13:15)  False religion has always persecuted the people of God, as seen in the Egyptians, Babylonians, Romans, during the days of the Protestant Reformation, and still today under the alternate guises of atheistic communism & Islamic sharia law.  This will undoubtedly continue & increase during the Great Tribulation.
  2. Is there a difference between the “saints” and the “martyrs of Jesus”?  Some have suggested this is representative of the OT saints & NT saints.  Others have suggested it refers to the NT Church & the Tribulation martyrs.  All in all, it doesn’t make much difference.  The word “martyr” = “witness.”  Anyone who is a born-again believer in Jesus Christ IS a witness of Jesus (as He promised He would make us, Acts 1:8).  In addition, anyone who is a born-again believer in Jesus Christ is a “saint” – someone who is set apart by & made holy by Christ Jesus.  IOW, we’re ALL saints & witnesses – this applies to anyone who has turned from their sin & trusted Jesus as Lord.
  3. Keep in mind that although Mystery Babylon will be a literal city with a literal false religious system, the spirit behind Babylon is alive & well today already.  John made this clear in his written epistles – the personal Antichrist is still yet to come, but the spirit of antichrist is already here (1 Jn 2:18).  False religious systems all over the world are already drunk with the blood of the saints.  Persecution is not only a future possibility; it’s a present day reality around the world.

 

7 But the angel said to me, “Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.

  1. The angel has a good sense of humor.  Yet he does give the interpretation…

 

8 The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

  1. The beast is plainly representative of Antichrist.  Obviously the number of heads & crowns is the same description of Antichrist elsewhere in Revelation (with 7 heads, 10 horns, and a blasphemous name – Rev 13:1) & the angel will go on to describe that in a bit.  Yet if there is any doubt, there are four other specific designations of Antichrist:
    1. The origin of the beast: He “will ascend out of the bottomless pit.”  We’ve already seen this listed in regards to the two witnesses.  (Rev 11:7)
    2. The destiny of the beast: He will “go to perdition.”  This will be seen after Jesus’ 2nd coming when the Beast is tossed alive into the lake of fire for all eternity. (Rev 19:20)
    3. The false miracle of the beast: He “was and is not, and yet is.”  Seems to be a reference to the supernatural healing that the beast received from Satan (Rev 13:3).  This was a confirmation to the rest of the world that the beast had authority like no other, and helped persuade them to worship Antichrist.
    4. The adoration given to the beast:  Those who dwelled upon the earth marveled at the beast & worshipped him. (Rev 13:8)
  2. BTW – notice what someone’s worship of Antichrist confirms: that they never belonged to Jesus Christ in the 1st place.  Their names were not “written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world.”  Long before the fall of Adam – before the garden – before the creation of the world itself, God absolutely knew what would happen.  In His infinite knowledge, God knew of the rebellion of mankind & knew every single person that would be born in every single culture in every single eon in history.  He knew who would & who would not respond to the message of grace through Jesus Christ.  Those who would turn from their sins to follow Christ had their names recorded in the Book of Life (we’ll see more about this in vs. 14); those who persisted their entire lives in rebellion did not.  Should someone endure in their rebellion against God until their dying breath (or in this case, if they would worship Antichrist till the very end), they’ve demonstrated that their names were never written in the Book of Life in the 1st place.
    1. “So is their doom God’s fault?”  Absolutely not.  All of us are born with a sinful nature (inherited from Adam), yet every single one of us also chooses to sin willingly.  Outside of Christ, there’s no one that does good – no not one (Rom 3:12).  God has given the entire world every reason to come to Christ through the witness of creation (Rom 1:19-20) & our conscience (Rom 2:15).  God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Heb 11:6).  It’s simply that no one seeks Him (Rom 3:11).  Thus sin is 100% our fault & salvation is 100% God’s grace.  Those who do not have their names in the Book of Life absolutely deserve their fate – as would have we, were it not for the grace of Jesus Christ.

 

9 “Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. 10 There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. 11 The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.

  1. The seven heads = seven mountains.  Speaks of a physical location of a literal city.  There will be a literal city where Antichrist has his political base – this is known in Revelation as “Babylon.”  Possibly, it will be the historical city that had begun being rebuilt by Saddam Hussein. … It could also be a reference to Rome, as “Babylon” was a code-name for Rome among 1st century Jews & Christians.  Rome is also famously built upon 7 hills.  Though there’s a distinction between hills & mountains, there’s a fairly strong tie. … Ultimately, a mountain could simply be a representation of government (seen throughout the prophets) – but there is a physical aspect to this.
  2. The seven heads = seven kings.  Speaks of a political succession of kingdoms around the world. Who are the kings?  Obviously, this is an issue of much debate.  Many pretrib/premill scholars believe this to be a reference to the major world empires throughout history.  The 5 that had fallen were Egypt – Assyria – Babylon – Persia – Greece.  The one that was current at the time was Rome.  We get hints of this in Daniel’s interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream… Daniel 2:32–35 “(32) This image’s head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, (33) its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. (34) You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. (35) Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.” [] The one that had not yet come could be an unknown kingdom, or perhaps the empire of Antichrist in his original appearance as one of the 4 horsemen in the opening of the 1st seal (perhaps a revived Roman empire – others suggest an Islamic caliphate).  That’s 7 – yet we know that Antichrist receives a mortal wound & later revives, showing his full evil & power as the 8th king during the latter part of the Great Tribulation.
    1. Others have seen the 7 heads not of successive empires (or Roman emperors, though the emperor theory is completely random), but rather as of one complete beast whose heads are being killed off one-by-one.  There’s an attractive “victory” theme here (in keeping with the fall of Babylon), but this would seem unlikely as the beast is the “8th and is of the 7”.  Obviously, these are all various aspects of the beast, but there seems to be a distinction between the beast & the other 6 heads at the same time.  The idea of successive kings fits more in line.
  3. “Can they be both mountains & kings?”  Sure…why not? The city of the New Jerusalem will be both a literal city & a group of people (the Church).  We use the same terminology today when referring to cities & people. (DC, New York, etc.)

 

12 “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. 13 These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.

  1. Horns throughout the Bible are symbolic of power & this is no different here.  The 10 horns represent another group of kings; these are lesser kings than the seven heads – likely a reference to their existence being concurrent with Antichrist.  These particular kings had not yet come into power at the time of John’s vision, but they would later be given power during the days of Antichrist.  The number “ten” is reminiscent of the 10 toes in Daniel’s vision, which represented a different version of the Roman empire – also seen in a parallel vision of the 4 beasts…  Daniel 7:23–25 “(23) “Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast shall be A fourth kingdom on earth, Which shall be different from all other kingdoms, And shall devour the whole earth, Trample it and break it in pieces. (24) The ten horns are ten kings Who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; He shall be different from the first ones, And shall subdue three kings. (25) He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time.” [] As a result many scholars believe this to be a revived Roman empire that is eventually led by Antichrist when the kings give “their power and authority to the beast.”  How this will work out, we aren’t told.  Perhaps the world will be divided by Antichrist into 10 sections – perhaps there’s a league of 10 nations that rise to dominance over the rest of the world…ultimately, that’s still a mystery yet to be revealed.

 

14 These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”

  1. The ten kings declare war upon the Lord Jesus.  This is what was alluded to during the 6th bowl when the 3 demonic spirits performed signs & wonders to gather the kings of the earth (and the rest of the world) to go to the battle of Armageddon.  Specifically they will go to war against God – and the extent of their delusion is such as they actually think they could win.  (How sad & how foolish!)
  2. Yet Jesus has the victory!  It’s not merely a reference to a temporary setback for the 10 kings; this will be the decisive victory at the final battle – the ultimate destruction of Antichrist’s forces & the crushing of the evil of this world.  When Jesus conquers in His 2nd coming, He’ll return in victory with a sword coming out of His mouth & He’ll reap the grapes of wrath in the winepress of God (Rev 14:19).  The 1st time Jesus came to earth, He was born as the suffering servant; the 2nd time Jesus will appear as the conquering King!
  3. Why?  Because Jesus is more powerful than any of them!  Thus far, the vision in Ch 17 has listed 17 kings (18 if we count Antichrist twice), but Jesus outweighs them all.  He is “Lord of lords and King of kings” – even the kings of Antichrist are no match to the King of kings.  Eventually even they will have to bow their knees to the ultimate Lord!
    1. Never forget whom it is that we serve!  Ancient cultures had the idea of little local “gods” that would fight each other when nations went to battle.  Whichever city-state won, that “god” would have proven to be the strongest.  Sometimes it seems that we still have the same idea – as if the Almighty Creator God could potentially be overrun & beaten by the kingdoms of this world or Satan himself.  Know this: every created being throughout all the Universe could rise up in rebellion against God (every human, animal, angel, and demon) – and God would still be infinitely more powerful than them all.  We serve GOD.  When God chooses to move in His righteousness, no power can possibly stand in His way.  (BTW – that’s your Heavenly Father…  That’s your Lord Jesus…)
  4. Underscores the need for us to be on the right side of the battle.  The forces of Antichrist will appear to vastly outnumber the Lord Jesus, but considering that Jesus is God it’s impossible for Him to be outnumbered!  Those who worship the beast show that their names were never written in the book of life; those who worship Christ “are called, chosen, and faithful.”  Specifically, this seems to be a reference to the Church.  According to the pretrib/premill view, we believe the Church will have been raptured long prior to this point, but we will accompany Jesus back during His 2nd coming.  Rev 19 show the armies of Christ clothed in fine linen & on white horses (the Church clothed in the righteousness of Christ) – in Ch 17 it plainly shows that the description of the called/chosen/faithful are “those who are with Him.”  That would be us.
    1. Christians are called.  By definition, this is what the Church is. “Church” = “called out ones.”  We’ve been called out from the world, and called to follow our Lord Jesus.  Just as Jesus called each one of the disciples & said “Follow Me” – so did He call us.  He is the Good Shepherd & His sheep know His voice & follow Him. (Jn 10:27)
    2. Christians are chosen.  One of the wonderful mysteries (but truth) in the Scriptures is that Jesus chose us as His own.  We were chosen by God the Father in Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world (Eph 1:4), yet we also know that each of us individually chose Christ when we personally responded to the gospel through repentance & faith.  So which is it: did we choose God or did God choose us?  Yes.  How the intricacies of predestination work is beyond our finite minds, but it’s a wonderful thing to know we have been chosen.

                                                                          i.      How do you know that you’ve been chosen?  Simple: respond to the gospel.  Forsake your sin & place your faith & trust in Jesus Christ as the Son of God who died at the cross for you & lives today.

  1. Christians are faithful.  The idea is trustworthy – Christians have remained faithful to our Lord Jesus.  Obviously that will be much easier to do in heaven (when we’re removed from the very presence of sin).  But for now, this speaks of remaining faithful to Christ in life – continually abiding in Him, walking as a servant & friend of our Lord.  Continually relying upon Him for life, strength, forgiveness, and hope.
  2. “What if I haven’t been faithful?” (1) Do a heart-check.  Examine yourself to see if you’re in the faith…  (2) Humble yourself before the Lord Jesus, confess your sins & receive His forgiveness by faith…  Walk anew in the power of the Spirit.  Every Christian has times of failing; those who abide in Christ always get back up again to cast themselves upon the mercy & grace of Jesus.

 

15 Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.

  1. Back in vs 1, the harlot was seen sitting on “many waters.”  Speaks of her authority within the world.  Just as the mighty angel in Rev 10 had one foot on the sea & one foot on the land showing God’s ultimate victory & authority in the entire world, the harlot shows that she has temporary authority over the seas – in this case, representing the peoples & nations of the world.
  2. Emphasizes the idea that this is a world-wide false religious system.  Any religion that turns someone away from Christ Jesus & towards spiritual harlotry is a part of the deception of Mother Babylon.  Every corner of the world will be infected by the disease of idolatry.

 

16 And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled.

  1. Interesting turn of events here as the 10 kings turn upon the harlot Babylon, disgracing her & consuming her.  It’s a vivid picture, but curious at the same time.  We know that the woman is not a literal woman, but rather symbolic of the city & false religious system of Babylon.  How can a system be stripped naked, eaten, and burned?  Seems to be a reference to the pagan religions of the world collapsing under the one rule of Antichrist.  Currently, there are two religious in the world today that receive the most persecution (proportional to their size): Christianity & Judaism.  Once the Church is removed, and the Jews converted, the world will focus its attacks upon anyone who follows Christ as Lord.  It would seem that when they’ve done as much as they can do (while restricted by the Lord’s protection upon His own), they’ll turn their attention upon each other.  Like a rabid pack of hyenas that fight for superiority, so will the world religions do to one another.  Only one religion will remain: the worship of Antichrist as god (2 Ths 2:4).  Antichrist will only put up with non-Christian religions for so long until he forces them to surrender all competing loyalties to himself.
  2. Note how it is that the ten kings of the earth do this: they are united by God.  “God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind.”  The forces of Antichrist are under God’s commands, even if they don’t realize it.  They are fulfilling His perfect will as He brings them to the brink of Jesus’ glorious return, and their ultimate doom.

 

18 And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.”

  1. Finally the woman is more precisely defined for us as the city.  It’s been alluded to, but finally revealed by the angel.  Mother Babylon is the great (mighty) “city that reigns over the kings of the earth”…at least, for now.  There’s a better city coming, and a more glorious rule in the New Jerusalem.  King Jesus will reign, and we as the Church are made to be co-heirs with Him to participate in His glorious rule over the nations.  Granted, Antichrist and the harlot Babylon will rule for a time, but they will ultimately be overthrown by the Lord Jesus Christ, and all the world will give glory to Him!

 

Conclusion:

We know the story of Beauty & the Beast; this is Babylon & the Beast.  Babylon is dressed to kill, and appears to have all the glories of the world at her fingertips – but ultimately she is a spiritual harlot that drinks on the blood of the saints & who is controlled by (and eventually consumed by) Antichrist the Beast.  Throughout history, we’ve seen previews of this perverted religious system – one that encourages any form of worship people could imagine, other than actually worshipping the one true God through Jesus Christ.  It exists to this very day & will come to a whole new level of power during the days of the Great Tribulation.

But her days are limited.  God has something far better in store…there’s a better city coming, whose foundations were formed by none other than God Himself.  The New Jerusalem – the Bride of Christ.  The Bride is glorious in that she’s been called by God, chosen by God, and empowered to be faithful by God.  Most of all, the Bride glories in her Bridegroom: the conquering King Jesus.  The false religious systems of the world have nothing on Christ the King.  He is Lord of lords & King of kings, and there is none in heaven or earth like Him.

Hopefully you know how you will respond to Him then; the real question is how will you respond to Him now?  Are you remaining faithful through the power of the Holy Spirit?  Is He more than THE Lord of lords, but YOUR personal Lord & Savior?  Is your desire to remain pure in His sight, or have you been getting caught up in the spiritual adulteries around us?  May we take advantage of every opportunity we have to serve Him now & give glory to Him now in anticipation of the day when we will serve Him face to face!

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Comments
  1. revelationunveiled says:

    SEE: revelationunveiled.wordpress. com Tim, you have to read the entire blog from start to finish to see what the Lord has said.

  2. timburns says:

    With respect, I think the 66 books of the Bible is enough to know what the Lord has said. His written word is enough to equip us for every good work. Please beware of adding to His revealed word.

    I’ve taken the liberty of editing your comment. I’ve left the web address in case anyone wanted to go to your site, but I took out the hyperlink. I’m typically wary of unsolicited links.

  3. revelationunveiled says:

    You touched on it precisely. There is nothing but an adding to and a taking away from His revealed Word in the “church” today. All of Revelation can, and must be interpreted FROM the Bible, not by the eyes of man looking into the ends of the earth.

    Again, as a brother in Christ, I would simply encourage you to read the blog Revelationunveiled in its entirety. If indeed it is Truth you desire.

    Yours in Christ

  4. Jay says:

    What do you see as the main differences between the beast and Babylon (the great prostitute)? When I look at the symbolism that the prostitution is the one leading everyone to false worship and the beast is the system opposed to God. They don’t seem all that different? You can just email me back if you like. No need to post.

  5. timburns says:

    Good question! I know scholars will differ on the matter – but from my perspective, it seems that “Babylon” in Rev 17 is the woman & the “beast” is Antichrist. The woman is indeed symbolic of the false religious system (the prostitution of true religion), and the various kings represented by the horns of the beast are symbolic of the anti-God political system. Yet, as you noticed, there seems to be much interaction between the two & they can be hard to separate. It would seem that the woman is at first supported by the beast, but then the beast turns on the woman & destroys her. Perhaps the false religious system is upheld by Antichrist & his forces, but once Antichrist is done with it, he forces all the nations to worship him alone & not the prostituted version of religion.

  6. One can already see the seething hatred of religion boiling over nowadays, how easy to see how the Antichrist could lead an unholy remnant of the God haters to love only human divinity and abhor even the emerging unified church of the one world order, that do as least acknowledge a God, enough to destroy her with fire.

  7. timburns says:

    Good point, Mark. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Hope to stop by more often

  9. abey says:

    The called out ones are the Elect the 144000 sealed with the name of God The Remnant seed of the Woman (all males not defiled by women meaning averse to any sort of sexual corruption, the core of which is Sodom for there was no sin than the sin of sodom that was so utterly destroyed by God) Rev 12 the lamb itself the first , arisen out of that Enmity put by God between the serpent & the Woman by their seeds at Eden & their war is against Egypt, today denoted by the many alters figure within the Israeli FREEMASONIC supreme court to that “Strong Delusion” Prophesied . Masonry itself arisen out of the corruption of the Messianic temple come as the manifestation of that Enmity against the Woman. To the Prophecy of “Spiritual sodom & Egypt by its ancient beliefs”.The nations led by the beast gather to war against the lamb & Lo who can stand against the Lord of hosts.

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