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Rev. 17:8-9

4/27/10 This is a difficult text that lends itself to many points of view. We know that the beast here is the same as the Euphrates and many waters, which are the resources of Babylon, the nations of the earth. This beast was, is not, and is to come. In the context of the nations of the earth, they were united throughout history for the most part, but now are not, then later will be again. Then the inhabitants of the earth, the wicked, will be amazed at this worldwide unity.

This beast has seven heads and ten horns. The heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits. Heads are kingdoms, so it would follow that the unified world has been under the control of seven kingdoms throughout history. Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, and religious Rome would fit that bill. The woman’s background is all these kingdoms, for she arose out of the last one, just as each of the them arose out of of the one before it.

Another option is that the number seven is symbolic and there’s not really any need to identify the powers specifically.

Another option is that the four powers of Daniel’s vision are in view, a fifth is religious Rome when it ruled during the Middle Ages, the sixth would be the “slaughtered to death” time of religious Rome during the time of the U.S., and the seventh would be revived religious Rome.

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Posted by on June 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 17:3-4

4/25/10 Doing what he promised, the angel takes John to show him the great prostitute. In vision he takes John to the desert and there he sees a woman (Babylon, v. 5) astride a scarlet beast (many waters, v. 1).

The many waters is the Euphrates River, which the Bible prophets used as a code word for the resources of Babylon. This woman is controlling the resources of the nations as her own. So they are her resources.

The scarlet beast was full of blasphemy, claiming to be equal to God. It had seven heads and ten horns like the sea beast and the dragon. So it is related to the political powers that came before: Babylon, Medo Persia, Greece, Rome, and the divided nations that came out of Rome.

The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, the colors of royalty and priesthood. She was covered with gold and rare stones and pearls, most of which priests and royalty wore. She held a golden cup like a priest offering drink offerings, but the cup contained abominable, filthy acts of her immortality.

This woman is the same woman who was carried into the desert to be cared for for 1,260 days, but she has apostatized. She has changed and has become a counterfeit of the pure woman. The great red dragon, the scarlet beast, and the woman clothed in scarlet are significant in that scarlet in the OT symbolizes sin.

 
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Rev. 14:8

4/10/10 John watched as another angel flew through mid heaven saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the Great…” Babylon the Great is further discussed in Rev 17 where the woman riding the scarlet best is called Babylon. Babylon is one of the key symbols in Revelation. It is opposed and paralleled by Jerusalem.

Nimrod first founded Babylon back at the tower of Babel. It was a city that from the beginning was set up as anti-God. Early on it became the standard metaphor for any power that set itself up against God.

Many sources can be cited for the fact that the first century Christians applied this title to imperial Rome. And that is how Revelation uses the term. But it is expanded in meaning and scope as we get closer to the end of time. It will reach its complete fulfillment when the religions of the world band together for some common reason. At that point Babylon will again rise to power over the nations of the world as she did in the Middle Ages.

She will force the world to drink the wine of the wrath of her fornication. In Rev 17 we see the kings of the earth committing adultery with her and the nations drunk with this relationship between religion and civil power.

Part of the message that God’s people will fearlessly deliver will be of Babylon’s coming doom. It’s not necessary that Babylon be in full power before this is preached, but as a prediction of what will happen. Besides, even though Babylon isn’t yet complete in its end-time form, it is cumulatively and progressively moving toward more and more “Babylonianness.”

In Rev 18 comes the call, “Come out of her my people.” That call must go out now, but at some point during the final crisis that call will be issued with special urgency as the saints endeavor to convince the truth-neutral to commit to God.

 
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