The Word And Prophecy
The Word And Prophecy
Chapter 11
*Rev. 17:1-5 * (Study Text)
And there came one of the seven angels which had the  
seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come
hither;  I will show unto thee  the judgment of  the great
whore that sitteth upon many waters:
With whom  the kings  of the earth  have committed
fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been
made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness:
and I saw a woman  sit upon a  scarlet coloured beast,
full of names of blasphemy,  having seven heads and
ten horns.
And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color,
and decked  with gold and  precious stones and pearls,  
having a golden cup  in her hand  full of abominations  
and filthiness of her fornication:
And upon her forehead was a name written,  Mystery,
Babylon The Great,  The Mother Of Harlots And
Abominations Of The Earth.

Babylon, the great whore, is the second woman of mystery
and spiritual origin that is mentioned in Revelation. The first
woman,  in the twelfth chapter  of the book of Revelation,
symbolizes the Church.  The origin of  the Church came
through Jesus Christ,  and His death and His resurrection.
And through the works  wrought by Jesus  at Calvary the
mystery of God  was made known  unto man;  and that
mystery is God in Christ, and Christ in man.

Even as the mystery of God  is manifested  throughout His
kingdom,  so will the mystery of Satan  and iniquity also be
manifested in the Antichrist realm that will be upon the earth
in the latter days.  The mystery of iniquity  will be Satan's
possession of,  and absolute influence over,  the Antichrist
nation of the latter days,  and it's power to control the rest
of the world.

The scarlet colored beast that carries the woman, bears her
up,  and gives her support.  The beast is seen having seven
heads and ten horns, and is full of the names of blasphemy.
The scarlet color of the beast  represents it's great sins; the
names of blasphemy symbolizes it's reputation for being
irreverent, and disrespectful of God. The beast will have an
open and public  manifestation of  disrespect for the deity,
the high rank, and the worthiness of God.

The seven heads  and ten horns  of the beast  make known
to us that  it will be the  seventh world empire, or governing
power, having absolute controlling power; and it will have at
least ten other nations  giving to it their  support and power.
I think we can already see  this beast taking  it's place in the
world today through the United Nations,  and the European
Union, that are even now exercising power and authority in
the earth.

Babylon is called the  "Great Whore"  because from her
origin in the days of Nebuchadnezzar, she has lured and
enticed other nations to partake of her riches, her sins, and
her abominations.  Again, Babylon does not represent one
city or nation in the latter days,  but the entirety of mankind
that have been  drawn away from God  by the lusts of the
flesh;  for every man is either  the seed of  the righteous
woman,  which is the Church:  or they are the seed of the
whore, Babylon.  But the beast  that bears her  up does
represent a nation,  or several nations,  that make up the
last controlling world power.

Babylon is called  "The Mother Of Harlots"  because she is
the mother of  all the unrighteous;  and she  brought forth
seed in  her likeness;  and they, too,  enticed,  lured,  and
spread sin and evil. In Gal. 4:22-31 we are given an allegory
of these two spiritual women.  Paul writes to us concerning
Abraham and his two sons; the one born of a bond woman,
and the other one born of a free woman. The first-born son,
Ishmael,  that was born of the bond-woman was born after
the flesh;  but the second-born son, Isaac, born of the free
woman, was by promise. Paul goes on to say that heavenly
Jerusalem is the mother of the righteous, and that her seed
will be less in number than those of the bond-woman.  And
again,  the bond-woman is Babylon,  the mother  of all the
unrighteous in the earth.

Babylon's origin,  or her beginning,  is recorded in the fifth
chapter of the  book of Zechariah.  An angel reveals unto
Zechariah  a curse  that will go forth  over the face of the
whole earth.  He is shown an ephah  (a measure which
determines the extent, volume, or quantity of something)
that goes forth, and he is told that it's the resemblance of
those that are throughout all the earth.

Zechariah then sees a talent of lead, lifted up and dropped
into the midst of the ephah.  The angel reveals to him that
the talent of lead represents a woman that sits in the midst
of the ephah, and she is wickedness.  In Zech. 5:10-11 the
angel reveals to Zechariah that the ephah and the weight of
wickedness that's in the midst of it will be established in the
land of Shinar, which is the earlier name for Babylon.  This
means that wickedness, in reference to a nation,  and it's
power to influence other nations to be partakers of it's evil,
was first founded, and set up on a firm basis in Babylon.
So God's judgment  upon the earth  in the last days will be
upon the extended, fullness of Babylon,  which envelopes
the entire world today.

* Rev. 17:6-11 * (Study Text)
And I saw the woman  drunken with the blood of the saints,
and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw
her, I wondered with great admiration.
And the angel said unto me,  wherefore didst thou marvel?  
I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast
that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
And the beast that thou sawest was,  and is not;  and shall
ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition:
and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names
were not written  in the book of life  from the foundation of
the world, when they behold the beast that was,  and is not,
and yet is.
And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads
are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
And there are seven kings:  five are fallen, and one is, and
the other is not yet come;  and when he cometh,  he must
continue a short space.
And the beast that was,  and is not,  even he is the eighth,
and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

In verse seven we are told, again,that the beast with the
seven heads  and the ten horns  carries the woman (he
bears her up, and supports the weight of her burden and
her influence).  And the beast, or controlling world power,
will bring to life the spirit of Antichrist in the woman,  and
will uphold her in it.

In verse eight the beast was and is not,  and shall ascend
out of the  bottomless pit,  and go into perdition;  and the
beast was, and is not, and yet is. This is another unveiling
of the same revelation that was disclosed in the thirteenth
chapter of Revelation when John sees a beast rise up out
of the sea,  having the resemblance of a leopard, the feet
of a bear, and the mouth of a lion.
When John  saw the beast  come up  out of  the sea this
means that it  will be a nation;  and it will have the political
confederation of ten other nations, and this confederation
of nations will be a reincarnation of the Roman Empire.
The ancient Roman Empire at one time "was,"  but today
it  "is not," and yet in time it will be, "yet is."

The bottomless pit that the beast is seen ascending out of
is hell;  and the beast  going into perdition  foretells of it's
final and utter ruin, and it's eternal damnation. And all those
that dwell upon the earth shall wonder, whose names
were
not written
in the book of life, when they behold the beast.
I've underlined the words "were not written" because I want
you to notice the difference in the way this phrase is written
here,  after the Church is gone from the earth:  and the way
it is written in Rev. 13:8, before the saints of God are taken
out.  Before the  harvest of the earth  the Scripture reads,  
"And all that dwell  upon the earth  shall worship  the beast,
whose names
are not written in the book of life."

The Scripture  tells us in  verses ten and eleven  that there
are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is
not yet come.  And the beast that was,  and is not, even he
is the eighth,  and is of the seven,  and goeth into perdition.
The five kings  that are fallen  are the  five kingdoms that
rose and fell  before the Roman Empire;  and they are the
Babylonian,  the Medo-Persian,  the Grecian, the Seleucid,
and the Parthian Empires.

The phrase  "and one is"  is referring to the ancient Roman
Empire that was in power at the time of John on the isle of
Patmos.  The king that is to come  is the seventh,  and the
final world empire,  that today is in existence,  but has not
yet taken complete controlling  power.  But the ten nations
(horns) are now  gathered together,  and the  little horn is
gaining strength.  The stage is set, and just waiting for the
curtain to rise on the final scene on planet earth.

The eighth king, which is also the beast that was, and is not,
will be the great Antichrist,  the false prophet,  that will have
unlimited authority in the seventh world empire.  He will be  
the second beast to rise up out of the earth in John's vision
in the thirteenth chapter of Revelation.
Again,  the beast rising up out of the earth means that it will
be a man,  and not  a nation.  He is also  given the  title of
being "the beast that was, and is not" because he will have
the same  Antichrist spirit,  and blasphemous nature as did
the rulers over the ancient Roman Empire.

And so two beasts  shall come forth in the latter days, one
will be a nation,  and one will be a man;  and together they
will rule over the earth with absolute and irrevocable power;
for no man,  nor nation,  will have the  power to over-throw
Satan's ultimate, evil work. Only the coming of Jesus Christ
as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords to reign upon the earth
will be able to destroy  the power and  the reign of the Anti-
christ and his kingdom.

*Rev. 17:12-18 * (Study Text)
And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which
have received no kingdom as yet;  but receive power as
kings one hour with the beast.
These have one mind,  and shall give  their power and
strength unto the beast.
These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall
overcome them:  for he is  Lord of Lords,  and King of
Kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen,
and faithful.
And he saith unto me,  The waters which thou sawest,
where the whore sitteth,  are peoples,  and multitudes,
and nations, and tongues.
And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast,
these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate
and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to
agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the
words of God shall be fulfilled.
And the woman which thou sawest is that great city,  
which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

These last seven verses of chapter seventeen,  and all of
chapter eighteen are very descriptive Scriptures of earth's
final hours  in her state  of estrangement,  and alienation
from God.
A world that chose to follow after man rather than God, and
chose to adhere to the words of man  rather than the Word
of God, will suffer agonizing loss and bewilderment as God
lays waste  the whole sum  of earth's glory  in His ultimate
and final retribution upon mankind for his disobedience.

Below I have listed some of the Scriptures taken from the
eighteenth chapter of Revelation,  foretelling of Babylon's
desolation and destruction  because of her sin and rebellion
against God. Babylon, that great city, which is the dwelling
place of all earth's inhabitants in the last days after the Bride
of Christ, has been caught away by the Bridegroom.

* Rev. 18:2-3 * (Study Text)
And he cried mightily with a strong voice,  saying,  Babylon
the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of
devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every
unclean and hateful bird.
For all nations have  drunk of the wine  of the wrath of her
fornication,  and the  kings of  the earth  have committed
fornication with her,  and the  merchants of  the earth are
waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

* Rev. 18:8-10 * (Study Text)
Therefore shall her plagues come in one day,  death, and
mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with
fire:  for strong is  the Lord God  who judgeth her.
And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication
and lived deliciously with her,  shall bewail her,  and lament
for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning;
Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas,
alas that  great city Babylon,  that mighty city!
For in one hour is thy judgment come.

* Rev. 18:14 * (Study Text)
And the fruits  that thy soul  lusted after  are departed from
thee,  and all  things which  were dainty  and goodly are
departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.

* Rev. 18:21 * (Study Text)
And a mighty angel  took up a stone  like a great millstone,
and cast it  into the sea,  saying,  Thus with violence shall
that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found
no more at all.

The great whore has been judged:  and her judgment was
very grievous. And the mother of all unrighteousness and
abominations, and all unholy blasphemies against God and
His saints,  has now received her just reward.  Her seed
remained in the earth, and when the fruits of her wickedness
reached their fullness, the time of harvest came upon her.  
And because her seed was unrighteous,  and her fruit was
tainted and rotten,  they were gathered, only to be  cast out
and trodden down by God in his fury.

Isa. 24:18-20
And it  shall come  to pass,  that he  who fleeth  from the
noise of the fear shall fall into the pit;  and he that cometh
up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for
the windows  from on high  are open,  and the foundations
of the earth do shake.
The earth  is utterly  broken down,  the earth  is clean
dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.
The earth shall reel  to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be
removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall
be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.

Isa. 34:1-4
Come near,  ye nations, to hear;  and hearken,  ye people:
let the earth hear, and all that is therein;  the world, and all
things that come forth of it.
For the indignation of the Lord is upon all nations, and his
fury upon all their armies:  he hath utterly destroyed them,
he hath delivered them to the slaughter.
Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come
up out of their carcases, and the mountains shall be melted
with their blood.     
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