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Mystery Babylon

Mystery Babylon

Chapter Seventeen

The seventeenth chapter introduces us to Mystery Babylon, which has a double meaning. Mystery Babylon is symbolic of the city and she is a mother – a harlot. The emphasis in chapter seventeen is upon the world religious system.

One of the seven angels that John saw holding a bowl came to him and said: “‘Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.’ 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” (Rev. 17:1b-5).

This woman was seen by John to be enthroned above the waters and she was sitting on a red beast that had seven heads and ten horns. The waters are symbolic of the masses of people and the beast is the Antichrist. Very early in the administration of the Antichrist, he united all the religions of the world except born again Christians. The harlot has been active during the entire Tribulation period. We are seeing the concept of new age sweeping the world today welcoming all religions except right-wing Christianity, which declares that Jesus is Savior and King.

“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” (Rev. 17:6). We have already seen that the followers of Christ will suffer great persecution during the Tribulation. It is interesting that the new age manifesto states that the Christians will be killed if they do not conform to new age unity.

Verses seven through twelve restates the meaning of seven heads and ten kings which we have already identified. It is interesting that the seven heads can also represent the Seven Hills of Rome. Many believe that the pope will lead the one world religion and the Vatican will be its temporary headquarters before being moved to the city of Babylon.

“Then he said to me, ‘The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. 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. 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. And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth'” (Rev. 17:15-18).

The ten kings, who will reign under the Antichrist, will hate the world religion system and its leader and will try to destroy it. State and Church have never worked well together because of the power struggle between their leaders. History has shown that the leader of the church has always tried to rule the nations. The marriage of politics and religion usually end in a violent divorce. As we have already seen at the middle of the Tribulation, the False Prophet will require all the people to worship the Antichrist thus ending the system of one-world religion.

Chapter Eighteen
Destruction of Babylon

The angel proceeded to show John the destruction of Mystery Babylon’s second identity – the city. “After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, ‘Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury'” (Rev. 18:1-3).

This is a picture of the merger of government and business. World leaders have dreamed of a one-world government where there will be one financial system with one currency providing free world trade. History has shown that a centrally controlled style of leadership becomes greedy and leads to a dictatorship. This has been demonstrated with communist leaderships. That is also exactly what will happen with the Antichrist and his kingdom.

“For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her. In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’ Therefore her plagues will come in one day—death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her” (Rev 18:5-8).

This godless city will be filled with pride and be against all the things that God stands for. God is going to pour out His wrath on this wicked city and will destroy it with fire. The weeping of those who have participated in the world system of commerce is stated in verses nine through nineteen. They will see the power of God as destruction comes on the city in one hour.

“’Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!’ Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, ‘Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore. The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters shall not be heard in you anymore. No craftsman of any craft shall be found in you anymore, and the sound of a millstone shall not be heard in you anymore. The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth'” (Rev. 18:20-24).

Chapter Nineteen

There will be great rejoicing in heaven when Satan’s evil empire is finally destroyed. Its roots were in the sin of Adam and it became a kingdom of nations under Nimrod. (You may want to read Rev. 19:1-21.)

Christ returns as Lord of lords and King of kings and will bring with him His angels and saints. Then He will judge the Nation Israel and the Gentile Nations. This will be followed by his 1000 year reign in the millennium kingdom.