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Mystery: Babylon the Great

Posted on August 2, 2013 at 11:45 PM

REVELATION 18:4

 

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

 

We live in a time of great deception.

 

REVELATION 17:1-2

 

And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew 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.

 

It is signifigant that it's one of the angels having one of the seven vials, which contain God's finished wrath. Which seems conceivable that the judgement of the Babylon takes place during the time of the final plagues.

 

But who is she? The angel calls her "The" great whore, not a great whore, but the great whore.

 

REVELATION 17:3

 

So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

 

Okay, now we've got another mystery. Who is the beast on which this woman is sitting?

 

The beast sounds very familiar, sounds like the beast mentioned in Chapter 13 of Revelation. In the book of Daniel Chapter 7, God shows him four beasts arise out of the sea. The beasts are representing world powers. So it would be conceivable that the beast in Chapter 13 and Chapter 17 of Revelation are the world power at the time of the end. But who is this woman?

 

One of the latest theories going about today is that she is America. I've heard and seen compelling arguments, even the statue of liberty being compared to the whore of babylon. So could it be America?

 

REVELATION 17:4

 

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:

 

Right away this does not sound like America. This woman is rich, she's decked out in royalty. She is a queen. It is very common for royalty to have a golden cup in their hand. This has been compared to Lady liberty's torch, but is not a cup, but a torch. Ancient Babylon was a great city, a rich and powerful city, that at one point ruled the world. So without reading further down I would say it's safe to say that Babylon the great, is a more than likely a city, not a nation or world power. In Daniel Chapter 2 is a vision God gave to him showing the world powers till the triumphant return of Jesus Christ. He gives this analogy as a giant statue of a man. The head, representing ancient Babylon, was of fine Gold. God's vision gave a very accurate detail of Babylon. Babylon was a very rich city. Gold everywhere. So in Revelation Chapter 17 we are told she is arrayed in purple and in scarlet and she sits like a queen with a golden cup in her hand. She is not standing with a torch in one hand and a book in another.

 

REVELATION 17:5

 

And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

 

Okay she is not only "The" whore, but she is also a mother of whores and abominations. I think it would probably good to ask, who or what are her children?

 

Many think that ancient Babylon will be rebuilt, because that ancient city has long since disapeered off the face of the earth. It did exist in what is now modern day Iraq. But that wouldn't be a mystery.

 

Babylon was destroyed about 689 BC, and has left no remnants since since 323 BC. And yet the apostle Peter wrote;

 

I Peter 5:13

The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.

 

Huh? What? Most scholars do believe that this epistel was written from Rome. However, that doesn't do more than speculate. Lets read on

 

.REVELATION 17:6

 

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.

 

Okay, she is a murderer, and even John here is moved wondering with admiration.

 

REVELATION 17:7-8

 

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. 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.

 

REVELATION 17:9

 

And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

 

Okay, we are given a great clue to the mystery in verse 9. The heads are seven mountians on which the woman sits. Although today there are at least three cities that this verse could describe. Throughout the ages only one city that this could describe. Rome.

 

 

REVELATION 17:18

 

And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

 

Within Rome is the government of the Roman Catholic Church known as The Holy See.

 

Her Royalty:

 

Queen of Heaven is a title given to the mother of Jesus by the Churches, to whom the title is a consequence of the Councel of Ephesus in the fifth century where she was proclaimed to be the mother of God.

 

Her Appearl:

 

One has only to look at the church itself. The Gold, the riches within the Vatican. The scarlet and purple robes worn by the priests. It is rich beyond measure.

 

I do not believe that the Catholic Church is the beast, nor is there any evidence to back this up in scriputre. Nor do I believe that she is the False Prophet, no she is simply Babylon the great.

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My point here is not to offend anyone or to point fingers at any denomination, but to share the truth. Although I do believe she is the great whore, we did not reveal her children

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