REVELATION CHAPTER 17
We will consider Revelation chapters 17&18. First chapter 17. Bear with me on the length~Imay divide this chapter into two parts.
There are many different angles we could continue in searching the scriptures to unfold this mystery of Babylon the great. There are so many different subjects that can be brought forth to go with this subject
. There are so many different messages that can be introduced and expounded upon that would go with this. To name just a few:
The abomination of desolation, Daniel and Matthew 24; The man of sin, 2nd Thessalonians 2; The beast of Revelation 13; His mark, name, and image; This generation, of Matthew 24; The perilous times in the last day, 2nd Timothy 3:-4:5; The little season of Revelation 20:1-3,7-9; The great tribulation period of the last days at the end of time, Daniel 12; Matthew 24; Mark 13; and Luke 21; to name just a few.~but the main ones for sure.
For now, we only want to reveal the mystery, Babylon the great, with this labor; even though, these other subjects are connected with them in many ways.
Have you ever heard a minister preach on a certain subject and then another one and then another; and after a while you say to yourself: he is actually preaching on the SAME thing, but using different sermon titles and different verses but the message is the same. You can do that with this subject. REVELATION CHAPTER 17-MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
The main reason we started with the Old Testament and worked our way to Revelation 17 is this: Stephen and Paul in the NT did the same; Acts 7; 13:16-39.
We thought it would be easier to understand Revelation 17&18 after explaining the OT scriptures that are connected with these two chapters in Revelation. Let us now consider these two chapters. Revelation 17:1....
Tells us plainly that what is recorded in this chapter is dealing with the JUDGMENT OF THE GREAT WHORE...Who is PART OF Mystery, Babylon the great.
The angel said that this whore SITTETH upon MANY WATERS. Verse 15, tells us: "And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are
peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues."
This whore had committed fornication with people FROM EVERY NATION under heaven. She had not committed fornication with every person from every nation, but with people FROM every nation. Many were virgins in these nations under heaven.
Revelation 14:4~"These are they which were not defiled with women; (the world and the whore~RB) for they ARE VIRGINS.(spiritual virgins) These follow the Lamb withersoever he goeth, THESE WERE REDEEMED FROM AMONG MEN, (so these are ALL of the redeemed~RB) being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb." Verse 2...
"With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication.." The kings of the earth rolls the red carpet... (NOT because they love her, but it is just good politics to do so, and for no other reason) ...out for this whore and take counsel from her and embrace her as their own. They believe her lies and she believes their lies. Remember Daniel 11:27?
She does not have the same spirit as John the Baptist: "But Herod the tetrarch being reproved by him for Herodias his brother Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done." Luke 3:19
We all know John the Baptist would not be invited to a prayer breakfast in Washington D.C., or to be a special guest on any TV talk show; those spotlights are reserved for the false prophets of Babylon, and there are many of them from the many different sects of Babylon.
They have their "astrologers, stargazers, and monthly prognosticators, along with the multitudes of false prophets;" (Isaiah 13:10-13) That cannot
save them from the things that shall
come upon them!
"....the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk
with the wine of her fornication." Not only has she committed fornication with the kings of the earth, through her love of power
and the attention
it brings with it, by fornicating with the powers that be; she has made the world (all whose names were not written in the Lamb's book of life from the beginning of the world) drunk
with her promise of peace and life and liberty, while SHE and THEY are still living in their sins! Read 1st Kings 22:1-40; 2nd Peter 2 and the book of Jude. Verse 3...
"So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of the names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns." Verses 4-5..
"And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, 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." Please consider a few points: 1.
The woman in Revelation 17:4, sits upon the beast, or was carried by the beast, verse 7. (which we will talk about shortly) The woman of Revelation 12:13 was persecuted by the devil/dragon. Both
Babylon, one "OF" Babylon, one persecuted "BY" Babylon's king and his people. This woman of Revelation 17 was drunken
with the blood of saints
(Revelation 17:6) and the martyrs of Jesus that lived there but refused
to be Verse 4-5..part of them
. These godly saints tormented
them that lived in Babylon, by their godly life and by the words that proceedeth out of their mouth
. See Revelation 11:5,10
Revelation 12:17~ "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to MAKE WAR with the remnant of her seed, which KEEP the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."
ONE of the tools that the devil uses to make war with the saints is his great whore, called Mystery, Babylon the great. This whore has
other families members
that are NOT religious, that we will see later! They all are generation of little vipers.2.
This woman that is called Mystery, Babylon the great is only PART of Babylon that GREAT CITY that the devil has built. It is only a small part of the whole
. Just like the White House is not Washington, D.C., but part of that which makes up Washington, D.C. The major part
of Babylon is found in Revelation 18. 3.
This great whore is the RELIGIOUS part of this great city called Babylon. The devil has many of his children IN RELIGION to better war against the saints and the God of heaven. He has a great multitude outside of religion, and that number WILL increase at the very end, as we will see. 4.
The devil's whore is very seductive with her wealth and social standing in Babylon.
The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls and she has a golden cup in her hand. Revelation 17:4
I am not convinced that these things should be taken literal; why should we, when we KNOW that the beast, the woman, and the waters are NOT literal? By literal I mean: monetary wealth; Some may be, many may not be.
This great whore deceived her followers (2nd Cor. 11:12-14) by the art of her seductions and sorceries and lies to allure her VICTIMS, and VICTIMS they ARE!
What she had and what she offered to her followers in comparison to the those who kept the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, was like: gold, precious stones, and pearls to wood, hay and stubble, to those who saw her and heard her. But those who keep the commandments of God ARE KEPT FROM this whore;
Proverbs 7:5~"That they (God's commandments) may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words."
She has beautiful temples; with multitudes of followers, but
, with no commitments; Christianity only a part of their life, instead of ALL of their life; I might need to add this: RELIGION might be part of their whole life for many of them; BUT, they have set the commandments of God aside for their OWN traditions; and they have corrupted the HOLY SCRIPTURES by refusing to preach what the Bible actually says, and have put their opinions/commandments in the place of THUS SAITH THE LORD.(See 2nd Thessalonians 2:4)
They refuse to EARNESTLY CONTEND with the wicked; and speak out against those saints that do contend for the truth. They allow the wicked to set the standard for what is acceptable and what is not. There is no difference between them and the world; if there is any difference, it is very little. On and on we could go. You can add to the list just as easily as I could.
All natural men are impressed with a religion like this. Most men are willing to accept a religion that requires NOTHING from them, but their presence occasionally and their deep pockets often, and the more the better. What natural man would not LOVE a religion like this whore offers; knowing that he can have eternal life AND live according to his own fleshly desire, without committing his life totally to the word of God.
They ALLURE through the LUST of the FLESH with such things. 2Peter 2 and Jude. 5.
She has a GOLDEN CUP in her hand. WHO would not LOVE to drink from this cup! THIS CUP is one of her enticements that she uses on her followers. Men of this world think they are special if someone offers them a drink from such a cup.
What is within this cup reveals that she is a WHORE with every intention to destroy those who drink thereof! "......having a golden cup in her hand FULL of ABOMINATIONS and FILTHINESS of her fornication." Revelation 17:4
This great whore does not only have a few abominations, but she is FULL of them, along with the filthiness of her fornication. These abominations that she is full of, will be the cause of her being made DESOLATE, by the kings of the earth; as they are being used by God, as His servants. (verse 16)
BUT, VERY SHORTY afterward, these kings and the REST OF their people shall be destroyed by the Lord Jesus and his army. Revelation 19:11-21; 20:7-9. AMEN!
Let us consider at this point in our teaching on this subject, what are some of the MANY ABOMINATIONS that are in this whore's golden cup that she has gotten the people of this world to drink of. They were MADE DRUNK with the wine of her fornication and by the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.
Was she ashamed? NO! She BODLY displayed her wickedness, by having on her FOREHEAD a name written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. There is nothing humble about this whore. The BEAST (the devil himself) that carried this whore HATH DECEIVED HER, yet she does not know she is deceived. That is the very nature of deception, you DO NOT KNOW THAT YOU ARE DECEIVED! The LOVE OF praise and being accepted by this world BLINDS us and takes away our power to know the truth and destroys a honest heart before God. There is NOTHING more sacred to an honest heart than truth; but that honest heart can be destroyed by our great enemy so quickly!
"...having a golden cup in her hand FULL of ABOMINATIONS," I am sure you can add to the list that we will give. Before giving a list of some you will find in our day, we must make the proper connection from the Old Testament to the New concerning the word ABOMINATION. We will not give a long definition of the word as defined by the Spirit in the scriptures.
When the word ABOMINATION is used by the prophets, apostles, and Jesus Christ in the scriptures, by its definition, means: that which is ABHORRENT to God that WILL bring total ruin or devastation. ANYTHING in thought, word, or deed that is against the HOLY, INFINITE PURE nature of the MOST HIGH. It can be summed up in the ten commandments given to Moses his servant; but, those commandments when understood properly, are exceedingly deep and broad in their scope and they are holy and just, good and spiritual.
In Daniel the prophet, we find the word used a few times: Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11; and in Daniel 8:13, we read: "......the transgression of desolation" instead of abomination of desolation in other places. So by that, we understand that abomination is a transgression AGAINST God's express will to us concerning what he accepts or HATES. If God hates anything, then he WILL bring it to total ruin and desolation. Our Lord Jesus Christ PERFECTLY understood Daniel's prophesy when he used the words ABOMINATION of desolation. Matthew 24:15..
"When ye therefore shall see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the HOLY PLACE, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)"
The Spirit said: whoso readeth, let him understand; the Spirit is speaking of WHOM ever reads Daniel’s words on the abomination of desolation let him understand as he IS HEARING OR READING WHAT IS IN MATTHEW 24
! Christ is NOT SAYING by understanding Daniel you will understand Matthew 24. NO! Matthew 24 is a COMMENTARY on the book of Daniel! Furthermore, we have two words that are very important for us in Mark 13:14..
"But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it OUGHT NOT, (let him that readeth understand,)"
again, as you read THIS, then you need to UNDERSTAND what this means! Matthew 24 said that he is in the HOLY PLACE and Mark 13 said it OUGHT NOT to be there!
Please consider: Our Lord would never
refer to the temple in Jerusalem HOLY forty years after his death! That's unthinkable and abominable to even consider that he would; he KNEW that the temple in Jerusalem had served its purpose and was not
needed anymore and neither was Jerusalem needed to be the city to worship in, See John 4:21-22.
The ONLY two places that was HOLY to God and to saints after the death of Christ are the churches of Christ and the body of believers
. You should know the scriptures to follow this simple teaching.
The abomination that is in the holy place in our day that we SHOULD SEE abominations abounding, is recorded for us in 2nd Thessalonians 2:1-12. Here he is called the MAN OF SIN. What is recorded in verse 4.... "Who OPPOSETH and EXALTETH himself (man of sin is used as a collective pronoun, which means MANY; to prove this, see verses 10,11,12, the word THEM and THEY! the apostle changes the pronouns he and him to they and them, WITHOUT CHANGING THE SUBJECT, and not only that, we know that it includes ALL of the wicked because of verses 10 and 11, which we will not quote but you should earnestly consider.) above ALL that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he AS GOD sitteth in the temple of God, (HOLY PLACE, where he OUGHT NOT) shewing himself that he IS GOD." …..Is also recorded in Daniel 7:25 and in Daniel 11:36.
"And he shall speak great words AGAINST the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and THINK TO CHANGE times and laws: (God word) and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and dividing of time.Much of what is determined is found in Matthew 24 and Revelation.
And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall MAGNIFY HIMSELF (man of sin) ABOVE every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of god, and shall prosper till indignation be accomplished: (the abomination of desolation) for that is determined shall be done.”
To sum up what is in Daniel and Matthew 24; Mark13; Luke 21; 2Thessalonians 2; Revelation 11; 13; 17; and 18; that, at the time of the end of the world, the latter days of this world, know as the "little season” of Revelation; the MAN OF SIN shall rule in the HOLY PLACE; and we will add this: the world will be even MORE wicked than ever before; the reason why, will be that the Spirit of God will withdraw his power from hindering the mystery of iniquity from abounding.
At the end of the thousand years (a time of totality that is determined by God and only known by him) are expired Satan shall be loosed out of his prison and a great multitude of evil spirits loosed with him upon the world of proud reprobates that are in churches and out of them. Revelation 20:7-9; Revelation 9:1-11 (the locusts are evil spirits loose upon the world for five months or a little season) The world shall abound with false prophets and false cults, called the great whore of Revelation 17.
This allows us to continue on in Revelation 17 to better understand as we work our way through this chapter.