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The Mysteries of the Bible - Part 13

April 14, 2019

 

The Mystery of Babylon the Great

Revelation 17:4-5 (KJV)

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:

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


The Context

Revelation 17:1-3 (KJV)
1 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:
2 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.
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.


Interpretation

•       The Great Whore – the kingdom of the antichrist.

•       Fornication (porneo) – spiritual unfaithfulness.

•       Scarlet Beast – the final form of the kingdom of man.

•       The Woman Riding the Beast – a vile representation of the best human civilization can offer. 


Revelation 17:15 (KJV)

And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

  • Throughout the Bible there is a conflict between Babel representing the plan of man/Satan, and Jerusalem representing the plan of God.


What is so mysterious about Babylon?

•       (mysterion), “mystery, secret; something previously unknown or unrevealed.”

•       The sign is on her forehead labels her intrinsic character.

•       The “unrevealed” matter is that her intrinsic character is not known except by divine revelation.


Seven kingdoms that hold power over Israel

1. Egypt

2. Assyria

3. Babylonia

4. Persia

5. Grecian empire = all “past” in A.D. 90

6. Rome I = “now is” in A.D. 90

7. Rome II = future revived kingdom


Future of Babylon

  • Isaiah 13:19, “And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldeans’ pride, will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
  • Isaiah 13:20, “It will never be inhabited, nor will it be settled from generation to generation; nor will the Arabian pitch tents there, nor will the shepherds make their sheepfolds there.
  • Rev. 14:8, “And another angel followed, saying, ‘Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.’ ”
  • Is. 21:9, “‘And look, here comes a chariot of men with a pair of horsemen!’ Then he answered and said, ‘Babylon is fallen, is fallen! And all the carved images of her gods He has broken to the ground.’ ”
  • Jer. 51:8, “Babylon has suddenly fallen and been destroyed. Wail for her! Take balm for her pain; perhaps she may be healed.”

 

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