Babylon the great, mother of harlots and of earth’s abominations
Good morning Jeff.
Just happened to get this as a part of my daily Bible messages [Revelation 17] that I get sent to my email each day… and thought of you and your study on the Book of Revelation. Boy this sounds bizarre… Are they saying that Babylon (Iran or Iraq area I imagine…) is where the drama happens?? Clue me in a bit if you would please.
Paul, yeah this is the end time situation when the Antichrist — through the harlot — is ruling the world from Babylon.
“The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.” Rev 17:18
Believe it or not, one can rightly bring the whole of the Bible down to a “tale of two cities” — Jerusalem and Babylon! Jerusalem is God’s city and Babylon is Satan’s counterfeit city. Jesus has a bride — the church. Satan has his counterfeit — a harlot.
I believe the Bible says that it is the literal Babylon known since the days of the tower of Babel in Gen 10-11, on the banks of the Euphrates river. This same river is where the garden of Eden was located!! Not one word of the bible is in vain or unnecessary… So when you see things like the tower of Babel in Babylon where man tried to solidify himself and rebelled against God’s Word or the 90 ft. statute in Daniel 3 that Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon makes the whole world fall down and worship at the cost of death, know that this is not just there for random information/history but will come back again! You will see this all recycled in the Last Days.
Another example is Egypt and the Pharaoh and the 10 plagues inflicted through Moses and the End Time plagues released against the evil empire of the Antichrist by Jesus and the praying church! After the plagues the Pharaoh let God’s people go only to be utterly destroyed in the Red Sea. After the 21 judgments — seals, trumpets and bowls of wrath — in the book of Revelation (ch. 6-16) comes the complete destruction of the Antichrist and his armies and empire at the battle of Armageddon.
And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh. Rev 19:20-21
Babylon, on the banks of the Euphrates river, will arise from nowhere in the final days of this age to be a major city, where all the kings of the world will deal with and trade, etc. (see Rev 18). From there, the Antichrist will shift his headquarters to Jerusalem, from whence he makes an idol that will supernaturally “speak” (Rev 13:15) and the whole world must worship it at the threat of death! (BTW, this is where the mark of the beast 666 comes in!) BUT after a short 3 1/2 years (shortened by God!), Christ will come the 2nd time, riding on a white horse, prepared for battle (Isa. 63) and destroy the Antichrist’s empire and armies with the breath of His mouth. The “birds of the air” will have the feast of God and then Jesus will re-establish David’s throne (Acts 15:16) and will reign in Jerusalem for 1000 years. (Rev 20)
After the 1000 years the “New Jerusalem” will come down out of heaven with the Father on the throne (Rev 21-22) and will rest on this RENEWED earth forever!!
Revelation 17:1-18 (NRSV)
Earth’s kings conquered
Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great whore who is seated on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and with the wine of whose fornication the inhabitants of the earth have become drunk.” So he carried me away in the spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her fornication; and on her forehead was written a name, a mystery: “Babylon the great, mother of whores and of earth’s abominations.” And I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of the witnesses to Jesus.
When I saw her, I was greatly amazed. But the angel said to me, “Why are you so amazed? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast with seven heads and ten horns that carries her. The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to ascend from the bottomless pit and go to destruction. And the inhabitants of the earth, whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will be amazed when they see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come.
“This calls for a mind that has wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated; also, they are seven kings, of whom five have fallen, one is living, and the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain only a little while. As for the beast that was and is not, it is an eighth but it belongs to the seven, and it goes to destruction. And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they are to receive authority as kings for one hour, together with the beast. These are united in yielding their power and authority to the beast; they will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.”
And he said to me, “The waters that you saw, where the whore is seated, are peoples and multitudes and nations and languages. And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the whore; they will make her desolate and naked; they will devour her flesh and burn her up with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to carry out his purpose by agreeing to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled. The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”