The Revelation (Prophecies of the Revelation Part 10)
The Revelation (Prophecies of the Revelation)
Part 10 - The Judgment of Babylon
In the Bible, in the book of Revelation, you can find prophecies regarding the end of the world. One such prophecy has to do with the future city of Babylon. The original Babylon was the capital of the ancient empire of Babylonia; this empire was located near the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Babylon was known for its wealth and luxury and it flourished from 2700 to 538 B.C. It will be rebuilt in the future, and regain its role as an important trade center.
The final seven years of this world is called the Tribulation Period. During that time the new Babylon will become headquarters of a world church system. This organization will be led by a man known as the False Prophet. He will compel people to worship the Antichrist, a man who will be the leader of the final world government. Near the end of the Tribulation Period, God will cause Babylon to be destroyed by the Antichrist and his army.
We can read about God's judgment of Babylon and its destruction in the Bible in the following chapters:
Revelation, Chapter 17, Verses 1 through 8:
One of the seven angels who had the seven cups came and spoke with me, saying, "Come, I will show you the judgment of the great whore who sits on many waters. And with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been intoxicated with the wine of her fornication.
Then he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet-colored beast that was covered with blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns.
The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and covered with gold, precious stones, and pearls. In her hand she held a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. On her forehead there was a name written:
MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH
I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great admiration. Then the angel said to me, "Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and ten horns.
The beast that you saw, once was, and now is not, and will come up from the Abyss and go to his destruction in the lake of fire. And those who live on the earth, whose names were not written in the book of life from the creation of the world, will marvel when they see the beast that once was, and now is not, and yet will be."
The woman on the beast represents a false world church system that will have its headquarters in Babylon during the Tribulation Period. She sits on many waters; meaning that numerous people all over the world will support Babylon's false church system.
The kings of the earth have committed fornication with her; meaning Babylon will conspire to have its false church join with world governments. The people who have been intoxicated represent those who will be deceived by the demonic power of the newly formed world church.
The woman was sitting on the beast that has seven heads and ten horns; this symbolizes the false world church system that will be supported by the Antichrist and his world government. The woman was covered in gold, precious stones, and pearls; this means that the false church system will be very wealthy from the contributions of world governments controlled by the Antichrist.
The name on her forehead indicates that this church system will be the offspring of Babylon, have demonic power over people, and be full of evil practices. The woman was drunk with the blood of saints and the martyrs of Jesus. This means that, in trying to establish a one-world church, the False Prophet and other non-Christian leaders in Babylon will have Christians executed.
The beast had seven heads and ten horns. The beast from the Abyss is the Antichrist who will come into power, and be in control of the final world government. But he will eventually be destroyed in the Lake of Fire. Unsaved people will be amazed by the Antichrist when they see him come into power; he will seem to be fatally wounded, but recover and return to power.
Revelation, Chapter 17, Verses 9 through18:
"This is for the mind that has wisdom; The seven heads are seven mountains that the woman sits on. And there are seven kings. Five have fallen, one is here now, and the other has not yet come; but when he comes, he must remain for a short time. And the beast that was, and is not, he is the eighth; and he is of the seven, and will go to his destruction."
"The ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not received a kingdom yet, but will receive authority as kings for one hour with the beast. They have one purpose, and will give their power and authority to the beast. They will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them; because He is Lord of lords, and King of kings, and those who are with HIm are called, and chosen, and faithful."
The angel said to me, "The waters that you saw, where the whore sits, are people; they are the multitudes of nations and languages. And the ten horns that you saw on the beast will hate the whore, and make her desolate and naked, and eat her flesh, and burn her with fire; because God has put it in their hearts to fulfill His will. And to agree, and to give their kingdoms to the beast, until God's words are fulfilled. The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth."
The seven heads of the beast are seven mountains, meaning seven world governments, of which six have existed throughout history. And there are seven kings of whom five have fallen, the sixth is in power now, and the seventh does not exist yet. At the time John wrote Revelation, five world kingdoms had existed; they were the Assyrian, the Medo-Persian, the Greek, the Egyptian, and the Babylonian kingdoms. The sixth was the Roman Empire that was in power then.
The seventh world government has not come yet, but when it does, its leader will rule for a short time. The Antichrist will be of the seven; specifically, he will be part of the seventh government because he was not part of the first six. He will eventually take control of this government and become the eighth king. But at the end of the Tribulation Period, the Antichrist will go to his destruction in the Lake of Fire.
The ten horns of the beast are ten world leaders who will come into power with the Antichrist during the Tribulation Period. These world leaders will all have one purpose and that is to rule the world. Each of the leaders will be in command of a separate division of the world but all will be accountable to the Antichrist.
At the end of the Tribulation Period, they and their armies will make war against Jesus and His army of Christians at the Battle of Armageddon. Then Jesus and His army will defeat the Antichrist, the ten world leaders, and their army because He is Lord of lords and King of kings.
People of the world will give support to the false church system that has its headquarters in Babylon. But the ten world leaders will hate Babylon and declare war against its church system. They will attack the city, kill its religious leaders, and confiscate its riches. God will put this idea in their hearts to fulfill His will, and also to agree to give control of their territory to the Antichrist until God's words are fulfilled.
Babylon will be rebuilt during the first part of the Tribulation Period. It will be a great city and have power over the kings of the earth, but then later it will be destroyed.
Revelation, Chapter 18, Verses 1 through 10:
After these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. And with a strong voice, he shouted, "Babylon the Great has fallen, and has become the home of demons, and haunted by evil spirits, and a cage for every unclean and detestable bird.
For all nations have drunk the wine of the wrath of her fornication. The kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown rich through the abundance of her luxuries."
Then I heard another voice from heaven, saying, "Come out of her, my people, so that you do not share in her sins, and receive any of her plagues. Because her sins have reached heaven, and God has remembered her wickedness. Reward her as she has rewarded you, and give her double, according to what she has done, in the cup that she has filled. And as much as she has glorified herself, and lived luxuriously, give her that much torment and sorrow.
Because in her heart she has said, 'I sit as a queen, and I am not a widow, and will see no sorrow.' Therefore, in one day her plagues will come, death, mourning, and famine; and she will be completely consumed by fire, because strong is the Lord God who judges her."
"The kings of the earth, who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her, will weep and mourn over her when they see the smoke of her burning. They will stand far off for fear of her torment, saying, 'Alas, that great city Babylon, that powerful city, because in one hour your judgment has come.' "
Revelation, Chapter 18, Verses 11 through 24:
"The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their merchandise, such as the following: gold and silver, precious stones, pearls, fine linen, purple, silk, and scarlet cloth, citron wood, items made of ivory, expensive wood, brass, iron, and marble. Also, cinnamon, perfumes, ointments, frankincense, wine, olive oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, slaves, and the souls of men."
"The fruits that your soul lusted for is gone from you. All items of fine merchandise are gone from you, and you will not find them any more. The merchants who sold these items, and became wealthy because of her, will stand far off, weeping and mourning, for fear of her torment. They will say, 'Alas, that great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and covered with gold, precious stones, and pearls! In one hour such great riches have been lost."
"Every ship's captain and crew, and sailors, and those who earn a living from the sea, will stand far off. And when they see the smoke of her burning, they will call out, asking, 'What city is like this great city?'
They will throw dust on their heads, and call out, weeping and wailing, saying, 'Alas, that great city, where those who had ships on the sea became rich by transporting her costly merchandise; because in one hour she has been brought to ruin.' Rejoice over her, those in heaven, holy apostles, and prophets because God has avenged you by His judgment on her."
Then a mighty angel picked up a stone that was like a large millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, "And with such violence will that great city Babylon be thrown down, never to be found again. The music of harpists, musicians, flute players, and trumpeters will never be heard in you again.
Craftsman of any type of craft will never be found in you again. And the sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again. And the light of a candle will never shine in you again. The voices of a bridegroom and bride will not be heard in you again.
Your merchants were great men of the earth. All nations were deceived by your sorceries. In her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all those who were killed on the earth."
And so ends the great city of Babylon, an evil city with a false church led by a false prophet. The False Prophet and his church will have deceived many. He will cause many Christians to be killed for not worshipping the Antichrist and receiving his mark.
At the end of the Tribulation Period, Jesus will return with His army of Christians and defeat the Antichrist, the False Prophet, and their army at the Battle of Armageddon. Those in the army will be killed and the Antichrist and False Prophet will be captured and thrown into the Lake of Fire where they will be destroyed.
From the Bible:
For true and righteous are His judgments, for He has judged the great whore that corrupted the earth with her fornication, and has avenged the blood of His servants by her destruction.
(Revelation, Chapter 19, Verse 2)
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