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There Is Coming A Day When All The Nations Will Join Forces Against Christ…

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Rev 17:11 – “And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.”

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.”

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Rev 17:11 – “And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.”

In several portions of the book of Revelation, we have seen “the beast” (a.k.a. the beast from the sea, the scarlet colored beast, etc) being talked about.

Keep in mind this beast is said to have seven heads.  These seven heads represent the seven great world powers that have existed from the Tower of Babel to the Second Coming of Christ.  These seven world powers include:

  1. Egypt, 2.  Assyria,     3.  Babylon,    4.  Medo-Persia,        5   Greece,     6   Rome,
  2. and the various world powers that strive for, but never achieve, the status of world empire.

We are told in our text that, the beast… even he is the EIGHTH.  What is this “eighth” power power?  What does this part of our verse mean?

To find the answer to our questions, we need to look back at our text.  We are told that this eighth world power is said to be “the beast”, “of the seven”, and “goeth into perdition”.

  1. The title “the beast” tells us the entire beast, which makes up all the nations of the world, will make up this eighth kingdom.
  2. The statement “it is of the seven” tells us it is made up of all the nations that made up the seven world empires (previously listed above).
  3. The statement “goeth into perdition”, reveals its sinful nature, its opposition to Christ, and the eternal wrath of God that awaits those who are contained in it.

This “eighth” world empire will be formed immediately prior to Christ’s second coming.  This eighth will include all the nations of the world combined to go to war against Christ.  This is spoken of in detail in Revelation 19:17-21… 

“And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;   That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. 

And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.  

And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”

Understanding that there is coming a day all nations of the world will unite in rebellion against the Lord helps to give us a glimpse into why the gradual unification of the nations is taking place around us.  Over the years the nation of the world have been becoming more reliant upon one another and interwoven with each other.  May the Lord bless us as we eagerly await His coming!

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What Does Your Future Hold For You? Perdition or Bliss?

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Rev 17:8 – “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.”

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “perdition”

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“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.” 

 

Perdition.  We’ve all heard of it and most of us have a basic idea of what perdition is talking about.  Most of us know it is another descriptive title for the state of lost mankind following death and the final judgment.  Most of us also equate perdition with the Lake of Fire, the place reserved for the judgment of lost mankind throughout eternity.  Basically, it speaks of what those in darkness are facing for eternity.  This includes Satan, other fallen angels and lost mankind.

But what does “perdition” actually mean?  The word translated perdition in our text means “to ruin”, “to mar”, to damage permanently”, “to destroy”.   Here is what we can learn from this description…  Lost mankind will face perdition throughout eternity, in other words, they will be brought to absolute ruin, they will be continuously marred and damaged, which results in permanent destruction.

Think of it as a body that has died and is experiencing the process of decay.  It gradually enters into a worse and worse state, but never totally goes out of existence… or, likewise a fire that is constantly destroying its fuel but never fully consuming it.

This is the exact picture Christ Himself describes when He says the Lake of Fire is “Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.”  (Mar 9:46)

Perdition is a continuous, never ending decay that consumes, but never causes a ceasing of existence or awareness. What a horrible thought for each one of us to consider.  Consignment to eternal perdition is what is awaiting all of lost mankind.   It will take place at the second coming of Christ when this sinful world is remade and lost mankind permanently taken from it…

2Pe 3:6-7 – “Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”

 

As those who are saved by God’s grace, may we all see lost mankind’s desperate need of Christ for the salvation from the horrible wrath that is to come and then see our great need to take the gospel to them in compassion and love.

Rom 5:8-9 – “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

 

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Revelation 17: Summary

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SUMMARY OF THE CHAPTER:

After looking at God’s wrath that falls against the two aspects of Satan’s kingdom in chapter 16, John now receives a new set of visions.  In chapter 17, this judgment is continued to be described by presenting to John the identity and characteristics of Satan’s kingdom…

  1. Judgment of Babylon 17:1-18
    1. The identity and characteristics of Satan’s Kingdoms 17:1-18
      1. Scarlet Beast (Satan’s Political Kingdom) 1-3
      2. Woman (Satan’s Religious Kingdom) 4-6
  • The Mystery Of The Woman and The Beast Revealed – 7-18

 

SUMMARY OF EACH DIVISION OF CHAPTER:

 

  1. Revelation 17:1-6 – The Woman And The Scarlet Colored Beast

In this section of John’s vision, the woman is described.  This woman symbolizes the religious aspects of Satan’s kingdoms.  This involves the false religions and false teachers that can be found in the world around us.

She is given the title of “Great Whore”, expressing her sinfulness, seductive nature, shamelessness and also her unfaithfulness to the Lord and His Word.  She is described as sitting on “many waters” speaking of the great authority and control that she exercises over the masses of lost humanity.  The sins she causes in the midst of mankind are described as fornication and drunkenness.  This speaks of acts of uncleanness that flow from sin natures that are left to run uncontrolled in the lives of the lost.

John is taken to the “wilderness” to receive this vision of the woman and the beast.  The term “wilderness” is describing a desert, the place where no life can be found.  This is the type of area where this Satanic duo is found and prospers, in the hearts and lives of those who are destitute of spiritual life.  Also lifelessness is the end result of those who follow the messages and dictates of these kingdoms.  Her close relationship with beast (the political powers of Satan) is shown by her riding upon it.

The angel begins a look at the scarlet beast.  Its color reveals the bloodshed and death that was inflicted upon God’s people by the oppressive nations of the world.  Its chief end is to speak evil of (blaspheme) the true God.  It’s seven heads are symbolic of the seven political world empires that have existed prior to John and will exist following John’s death until the second coming of Christ.

The woman is described as being dressed in the colors and adornments of royalty and wealth, picturing her great attractiveness in the eyes of lost mankind.  Her temptations are pictured by a gold cup being offered to mankind which is filled with sinful abominations.  She is given a series of four titles: “Mystery”, “Babylon The Great”, “The Mother of Harlots”, The Mother of Abominations of the Earth”.  From these we can learn the following truths…

“Mystery” – the true character of this woman is known to the saints of the Lord, but unknown to the lost who have been deceived.

“Babylon the Great” – The message of Satan’s false religions are worthless to man and only causes confusion.

“The Mother of Harlots” – She produces great sins among men by seducing lost men to share her sinful acts and teachings and actively seek her preservation.

“The Mother of … Abominations of the Earth” – She also produces great abominations through seduction  She seduces lost men, they, in turn, begin committing great acts that God hates.

Finally, she is shown as being drunk with the blood of the saints, picturing the great martyrdom that is committed at her hands and the enjoyment she receives from the taking of life of God’s people.

John then says that he “admired” her telling us after he had studied her, he was dumbfounded, he was amazed at how powerful, deceitful, and seductive she was.

 

  1. Revelation 17:7-18 – The Identity And Characteristics Of The Beast And Woman 

The angel begins to describe the beast with a three-fold description: “thou sawest not and is not” – speaking of the beast’s existence in the kingdoms prior to, and following, John’s life on earth;   “shall ascend out of the bottomless pit”

The origin of this beast is Satanic, sinful and deserving of divine punishment;  “and go into perdition”… the beast’s destiny is destruction and absolute ruin.  The greatness of this beast causes mankind to be amazed and wonder at it.

The beast is described as “the beast that was, and is not, and yet is” and later as seven kings that of them, “five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come”.  These both speak of the existence of the world empires in relation to John’s life.  “Was” and “fallen” – the world empires that had existed prior to John’s day; “is not” and “not yet come” – the world empires that are yet to exist following John’s day;  “and yet is” and “one is”– the world empires that existed in John’s day (Rome).

The woman being pictured as sitting on the seven mountains reminded John of the World Empire that existed in his day…. The Roman Empire.

The ten horns on the seventh head of the beast symbolically represents the variety of kingdoms that would rise to world powers, be short lived, and never be allowed to rule over the entire world.  They would all exist following John’s life on earth.  It would be these nations that would be in existence at Christ’s second coming and unify to oppose Christ at His coming.  This is the eighth kingdom being talked about by the angel.  The angel assures John that even though the nations will unite to oppose Christ, Jesus will be the ultimate Victor over the united foe.

The waters upon which the woman is seen sitting pictures the mass of fallen mankind under her influence.

Although both aspects of Satan’s kingdoms are under Satan’s control, the Lord places in their hearts to fight among themselves.  Throughout history we have seen the political powers of the world go to war against the false religions of this world seeking, unsuccessfully to destroy them. This would be done through putting to death those who held to a particular religious faith.

Finally the angel describes the woman as “that great city which reigneth over the kings of the earth.”  The great city is speaking of Babylon (vs 5), the seat of rebellion and pride of mankind.  She is the one that exercises the ultimate control over the political powers of this world.  The false religions of the world, in many ways, rule over the political kingdoms of this world.

 

WHAT’S COMING NEXT IN THIS SERIES?:

Beginning in chapter 17: we have seen the recipient of God’s wrath, the kingdoms of Satan presented in great detail. Both the characteristics and identity of both aspects of Satan’s kingdom are brought into view.  In the next section of our study, chapter 18, will present various warnings for mankind to separate themselves from the kingdom of Satan…

  1. The Results of Babylon’s Judgment 18:1-24
    1. Victory Announcement 1-3
    2. Invitation for God’s People To Separate Themselves 4-20
  • Millstone Cast Upon Sea… the Final Destruction Of Babylon 21-24

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

 

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The Bottomless Pit…. The Origin, And Destiny Of The Powers Of Darkness

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the bottomless pit”

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“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.”

The “bottomless pit”, is a special name given to “the Lake of Fire”, the place where God’s eternal wrath falls upon lost mankind.  This title stands out because it is a title that is only used in the book of Revelation.  Why would the “Lake of Fire” be described symbolically as “the Bottomless Pit”?

The Greek word from which we get the title “Bottomless Pit” is “abussos”, or transliterated,
“the abyss”.  It literally means “the depthless shaft” or “the deep” which described in the New Testament times, the unmeasurable depths of the sea.

What can we learn about the place of eternal torment from this title?

  1. It is bottomless, in the sense it can never be filled up. It will be able to hold all of lost mankind.  This is why it is described in Provs 27:20, as being never “satisfied”
  1. It is very deep, it cannot be measured, we can never come to understand all there is to know about this horrible place of punishment. His wrath extends beyond our understanding. This is why His judgments are described as “a great deep” in Psalms 36:6
  1. There is no security, strength, or foundation that can be found in the Lake of Fire. The symbolism is someone who can never find firm footing but is eternally falling out of their control.  This is explained for us in Prov 10:25, where the lost are pictured as swept up in a “whirlwind” while the righteous are “an everlasting foundation”.

These are three basic, eternal, truths we can see in the title “bottomless pit”.

 

Let’s take a look at all the references where this title is used:

(Rev 9:1-2, 11) – This text teaches us that “the star”, Christ, holds the absolute, sovereign, authority over the powers of darkness.  These powers of darkness are said to proceed out of the bottomless pit helping us to understand that they, like all the inhabitants of the pit, are deserving of God’s judgments and willfully oppose Christ and His work.

(Rev 11:7) – Here, the powers of the earthly governments are described as coming from the pit and martyring God’s people.  Their proceeding from the pit, once again, describes their willful rebellion and deserving of God’s wrath.  They are seen as coming from the place where all sinful beings will dwell for an eternity in torments.

(Rev 17:8) – This same beast, symbolizing the earthly governments, is seen as both preceding from (“the bottomless pit”) and being assigned to eternal wrath (“perdition”, or damnation, destruction).

(Rev 20:1-3) – In this final section of Scripture, we see Satan, himself, bound and cast into the bottomless pit to face God’s wrath.  He will be released following the first stage of eternity, the 1000 year reign, to face judgment and then be assigned to face God’s wrath for an eternity.

(Please notice that the title “bottomless pit” not only describes the wicked’s eternal state, but also in many cases, their origin.   We all know that Satan, the fallen angels (demons), the political powers of the world and lost mankind all find their origin in God, who is the Creator of all.

However, these sinful characters can also be said to originate from the “bottomless pit” in the sense that they are a part of all creation that have rebelled against All-mighty God, actively oppose His workings in the world, and are destined to face His eternal wrath.   In that sense the “bottomless pit” has given birth to all of them.)

 

May we all make certain that our birthplace and citizenship is in heaven (Eph 2:19-20) and that our origin is not found in the bottomless pit….

2Pe 1:10-11 – “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”  

 

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The False Religions Of This World Produce Sins Of Abominations Through Lies and Deceit

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Rev 17:5 KJV –

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

 

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Revelation 17:7-18 “Identity Of The Scarlet Colored Beast & Woman”

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Rev 17:7-18 KJV

(7)  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.
(8)  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.
(9)  And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
(10)  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.
(11)  And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
(12)  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.
(13)  These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
(14)  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.
(15)  And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
(16)  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.
(17)  For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
(18)  And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

 

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

In the previous chapter, we have seen the contents of trumpet 7, in other words bowls 1-7,  which spoke of God’s wrath being poured out upon Satan’s kingdoms at the second coming of Christ.   As bowl seven was poured out, we saw the wrath of God being brought to completion and the kingdoms of Satan totally destroyed.

Now, in chapters 17: and 18:, we see a detailed look at this kingdom that has just been destroyed…

  1. In chapter 17: we take a step back and review the identity and characteristics of Satan’s kingdom. In this text, we have the two aspects of Satan’s kingdom symbolized by the two main characters being presented to us… “the Great Whore” (the religious aspects of Satan’s kingdom) and “the Scarlet Colored Beast” (the political aspects of Satan’s kingdom).

[Please note Revelation 13: where the “Great Whore” in this passage symbolized as the “Beast from the Earth”, while the “Scarlet Beast”  is symbolized as the “Beast from the Sea”.  This description also links these to a description of Satan as the scarlet dragon with 7 heads and 10 horns in Rev 12:]

  1. In chapter 19: we will see warnings that are given to mankind living now to depart from these kingdoms that are destined to fall under the hand of Almighty God.

 

A brief outline of the coming chapters:

Chapter 17: The Identity and Characteristics of Satan’s Kingdom

17:1-6 – The Woman and The Scarlet Beast Introduced
17:7-17 – The Scarlet Beast In Detail
17:18 – The Woman In Detail

 

Chapter 18:  The Warnings To Depart From Satan’s Kingdom

18:1-3 – Announcement Of Babylon’s Fall
18:4-8 – Warning To God’s People
18:9-10 – Warning To Kings
18:11-17a – Warning To Merchants
18:17b-20 – Warning To Mariners
18:21-24 – Angel With The Millstone

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

Rev 17:7-18 KJV

(7)  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 angel now comforts John telling him that the two symbolic characters of this disturbing vision (the woman and the beast) will be explained in detail.

 

First, the angel explains the scarlet colored beast…. 

(8)  The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition:

Keep in mind the beast is a symbol of the earthly political kingdom of Satan.  It is symbolic of the seven great world empires:

  1. Egypt;
  2. Assyria;
  3. 3.Babylon;
  4. Medo-Persia;
  5. Greece;
  6. Rome;
  7. The Variety of World Powers following Rome.

 

The angel begins to describe the beast with a three-fold description:

  1. “thou sawest not and is not” ….

The kingdoms not in existence when Rome ruled the world in John’s day:

  1. prior to John – Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece,
  2. following John – Variety of World Powers following Rome.

These are the political kingdoms that John never “saw” (experienced) because they did not exist in John’s day.

The political kingdom of Satan is cyclical in nature.   One rises to power, falls and another one takes it place.  They are all a part of Satan’s political kingdom, which embodies all the nations of the world.  His kingdom simply takes different forms as each individual nation ascends to power.

 

  1. “shall ascend out of the bottomless pit”….

The origin of this beast is Satanic, sinful and deserving of divine punishment.  Keep in mind, the first nations of the world came into existence at the Tower of Babel.  The nations were formed when mankind was divided into separate locations on earth as the Lord confused their languages.  This was done as a judgment against their pride, selfish and rebellion against the Lord. (Gen 11:1-9).  This is the very beginnings of Satan’s political kingdom of this world.

 

  1. “and go into perdition”…

The beast’s destiny is destruction and absolute ruin (“perdition”).  Even though it is empowered by Satan and very dreadful in alliance with the false religions of the world, this beast was already defeated at the cross (Col 2:14-15). His final end will be eternal destruction from the face of the Lord (Rev 19:20).

 

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.

The lost of this world will find themselves gazing in amazement and admiration at the greatness and majesty of the political kingdoms of this world.

The lost are described as “whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world”.  This refers to the book of life that was written in eternity past through the divine counsels of Almighty God.  This book contains the names of those who were foreordained to come to faith in Christ.  This results in their justification before God; their life lived in holiness and service to Him; and their adoption into His family …

Eph 1:4 – “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,”

 

The beast is described as “the beast that was, and is not, and yet is”.  This refers to the many world empires this kingdom represents:

  1. “was” – the world empires that had existed prior to John’s day (Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece)
  2. “is not” – the world empires that are yet to exist following John’s day (Variety of World Powers following Rome)
  3. 3  “and yet is” – the world empires that existed in John’s day (Rome)

During all of these empires the beast existed because all of these kingdoms were a part of the beast.

 

(9)  And here is the mind which hath wisdom.

This is the thinking of those who possess Godly wisdom.  This is insight into the true character, identity and nature of this beast that comes from God Himself.  

The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

(Note: Please remember, prior to this, the woman was seen sitting upon the scarlet beast (Rev 17:3).  This helps us to understand that the mountains and the beast are two symbolic characters that speak of the same political kingdom of Satan.   The seven heads of the beast are representative of the same world empires as these seven mountains.)

The woman is seen setting upon seven mountains.  In John’s day the coins of the Roman government were embossed with the picture of a woman sitting upon seven mountains.  The seven mountains on the coin were representative of the seven mountains upon which Rome sat:

  1. Palatine
  2. Aventine
  3. Caelian
  4. Esquirine
  5. Uiminal
  6. Quirinal
  7. Capitoline

This pointed John directly to the Roman Empire, the current reigning World Empire.  He had just pointed John’s sight to the political kingdoms of the world.  However, the angel then went further explaining the beast was not limited to this current world empire, but was representative of all the world empires of all time … 

 

(10)  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.

This beast, in its entirety, symbolized seven kings (or the kingdoms over which they ruled, the seven world empires):

  1. “five are fallen” – the world empires existing prior to John’s day (Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece)
  2. “one is” – the world empire existing in John’s day (Rome)
  3. “the other is not yet come” –– the world empires existing future to John’s day (Variety of World Powers after Rome)
  4. “he must continue a short space” – this is speaking of the seventh king (the Variety of World Powers future to John). He explained to John that these future kingdoms will not exist into eternity.  Although it is described as coming last in time, with no other world kingdoms to replace it, that does not imply it will be eternal.

Each of the individual kingdoms will only have world dominance a short time and never able to completely rule the world.  As a whole, this aspect of Satan’s political kingdom would only last from the end of the kingdom in control at Christ’s first coming (Rome) to the second coming of Christ.  This very time period is described as a single period of time (Heb 1:1-2, Acts 2:16-17) throughout the Word of God.  This same time period is also described as being short, coming quickly (John 4:35, James 5:8, Rev 22:20 etc)

 

(11)  And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

The beast himself (a combination of all world nations):

  1. “is the eighth” – this beast, the combination of all nations, will have a turn being a unified world empire. This takes place following the varied rule of the nations making up the seventh kingdom. This will take place at the Battle of Armageddon when all the nations of the world will unified as a singular world power under their own authority…

Rev 19:19 – “And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.”

(Notice how all the unitied kingdoms are described in this text… “the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies” … this is the eighth kingdom that the angel is speaking about.  It will come into existence as Christ comes in the clouds with His spiritual nation, spiritual Israel (all saved makind in glorified bodies).

(Also please note: there will still be “kings” and “armies”, they will simply be united in effort against Christ.  They will not be melded into just one nation with one ruler.  They will continue to possess their own national identity, but be united fighting as one world power.)

  1. “And is of the seven” – this beast is made up of all the seven world empires throughout history.
  1. “goeth into perdition” – this beast is headed for total destruction. 

 

(12)  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.

The ten horns represent the ten kings (kingdoms) that will come to power after John’s day.  This is the many varied nations that will become world powers.

These many, varied nations will take exist following the Roman empire and leading up to Christ’s second coming.  This is why it is believed these ten horns are located on the beast’s seventh head.  It is the seventh head only that is said to be coming into existence following the Roman empire of John’s day.

These many varied nations will hold individually the position of world powers for a short period of time.  They will aspire to achieve true World Empire status, ruling over all the known world, but will never fully achieve their aspirations.    

 

(13)  These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.  (14)  These shall make war with the Lamb,

Leading up to Christ’s second coming, all of these aspiring world kingdoms will become united in purpose and goal.  They will willingly join forces with all the other nations and put all of their efforts towards a unified goal.  This goal is to go to war against Christ and defeat Him at His second coming.

Please note the term “These”.  This helps us to understand that these nations are still identified as individual nations, but they are united in goals.  They still have individual kings, but these kings are leading them to join up with all the other nations. (see vs 11 and Rev 19:19)  In the future, the nations will always have individual identities.  They will be individual nations fighting as one.  Nowhere in the Bible do we read of the nations literally unifying to the point they will no longer have national identities, becoming one literal world nation.

 

and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings:

At His second coming Christ, the Lamb, will subdue and prevail over them.  He holds the dominating authority and strength over them.  His predominate strength and authority are revealed to us in the titles “Lord of lord and King of kings” 

and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

The army accompanying Him will be made up of His spiritual nation of Israel, the Israel of God, which is made up of all believers of all time.  More on this Battle of Armageddon in Rev 18: and 19:. 

 

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

The waters that this woman sits on, spoken of in vs 1, symbolizes the multitudes of lost people on the earth.   This includes all the lost from each race, nationality, language and family. 

 

(16)  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.

Although they work together for mutual benefit, the political kingdoms of the world are ultimately controlled by the false religions of the world.  This is shown by the woman riding the beast in vs 3.

People will rebel against or oppose political authorities at the request of their false religious authorities.  They would act thinking they are pleasing their god as opposed to pleasing the human authorities over them.  The reverse is not true.  This makes the false religions of this world a constant threat to the existence and well-being of the political kingdoms of this world.   This is why the political systems of the fallen world hate the religious systems of the fallen world.

This can be seen in the many differing types of persecution of opposing religious systems by the world’s nations.   These types of persecution include:

  1. “make her desolate and naked” – economic and persecution of their members forcing them out of their religion.
  2. “shall eat her flesh” – feeding their members to wild animals, a common practice in the times of John
  3. “burn her with fire” – burning her members at the stake was also a common practice in the times of John.

This principle seems to be greatly magnified at the second coming of Christ.  The nations of the world will understand they have been misled by these false religions and now must go to war against God and receive His wrath due to the woman’s false teachings.  This will cause great hatred in their hearts and a desire to bring her to utter destruction.

Please note that the false religious systems are not listed as being a motivating, warring, nor important, character at the moment of the kingdoms unifying and soon defeat at the hand of the Lord…

Rev 19:19 –  “And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.”

However, she is mentioned in the very next verse as being present, in the symbolism of the false prophet, emphasizing her role in misleading the people to follow the political kingdoms to their defeat.  In this passage, she is sharing in defeat at the hands of our returning Lord…

Rev 19:20 – “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.” 

 

(17)  For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

All of this “in-fighting” between the two kingdoms of Satan take place under the Sovereign hand of Almighty God.  He is the One that controls the nations allowing them to abuse, persecute and attempt to destroy themselves.

God has worked in their hearts and minds in three ways:

  1. “to fulfil his will” – to do what God has decreed
  2. “to agree” – to willfully perform the dictates of His sovereign will
  3. “ to give their kingdom unto the beast” – to submit to the leadership of the unified nations of the world.

All of these work up to their utter defeat, which brings fulfillment to the end time prophecies of the Lord 

 

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

As described before, the false religions of the world control the political kingdoms of the world.

This is symbolized in three ways in this chapter:

  1. The whore riding the beast in vs 3
  2. The woman sitting on the seven mountains in vs 9
  3. The whore sitting on the waters in vs 15

All of these symbolize the same truth.  The false religions of the world, in many ways, rule over the political kingdoms of this world.

Note the woman is described as “that great city”.  This points us back to her title, “Babylon the Great” in vs 5.  Babylon, the symbolic capital of the evil religious kingdom, exercises authority over the political powers of the world and lost mankind in general. She is why the nations of the lost world submits to the political authorities of the world and, ultimately, unite to do battle against Christ.   See verses 3, 5, 9, 15, and 16 for much more detail.

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

Rev 17:14 – “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.”

In this verse, we can see Christ presented as the victorious Lamb , the Lord of lords and King of kings.

Normally, when we think of Christ as the Lamb, we think of Him as the suffering, humble, sinless, Savior who unjustly died on the cross bringing salvation to His people.   However, in this passage that same Lamb is shown as being victorious Lord and King gaining the ultimate victory over the powers of darkness at the Battle of Armageddon.

 

Why would Christ, as He leads His people to victory, be symbolized as a Lamb?

The key is to understand WHEN the victory over the powers of darkness was actually gained.  Christ had won the victory long before Armageddon… Armageddon was simply the outward display that proved the victory had been won.

 

So when was the victory actually won?

This is where Christ, as the Lamb, comes into our view.  Christ’s victory over the powers of darkness took place at the cross.  Our humble, sinless, suffering Savior won the victory at His death.   Because of this, it is only fitting that He be shown as a Lamb as the His victory over darkness is clearly shown to mankind.

 

This was a victory He had won as the Lamb of God hanging on a cross defeating the powers of darkness and bringing salvation to those He loved…

Heb 2:14-15 – “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

May we all remember that Christ has already won for us the victory over the powers of Satan and his dark kingdoms of this world.  He overcame them so that we might be overcomers with Him….

1Jn 4:3-4 – “And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.   Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

 

Because we are overcomers in Christ, we can rejoice in the midst of trials, heartaches, times of loss and when face with seeming impossible situations.  How can this be?  We know we will ultimately be given the victory over this world and all the issues it may hold for us.

We are His redeemed… He has gained the victory over this world … and will deliver us from her grasp someday…

Psa 97:9-10 – “For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.  Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.”

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “upon her forehead was a name written,… THE MOTHER OF …The ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH”

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Rev 17:5 KJV –

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

 

In this week’s series of devotions we will be concentrating on the false religions (and their false messengers) that are sent into this world.  They are symbolized by the character that John had seen … “I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast” (otherwise described as “the Great Whore”).

Our devotions for this week will concentrate on the 5 different titles given to this character….

  1. “The Great Whore”; 2. “Mystery”; 3. “Babylon The Great”;     4. “The Mother Of Harlots”;     5. “The Mother Of… Abominations Of The Earth”

In our devotion for this morning, we will be looking at the title “The Mother Of The Abominations Of The Earth”.   Not only do the false religions of this world produce spiritual harlotry, shown to us in the title “The Mother Of Harlots”, but they also produce the abominations that exist in the world around us.

 

What does it mean when the Bible speaks of an “abomination”?  Both the Hebrew and Greek words from which we get abomination holds the same meaning…
They describe something that: “is abhorred”, “is disgusting”, “is revolting”.
The root meaning of the Hebrew word is “to utterly loathe”
The root meaning of the Greek word is “to stink” (referring to things such as a decaying corpse).

These meanings help us to come to a clear understanding of what is meant by an abomination in God’s sight.  It is something that He hates, He is disgusted by it, it stinks in His nostrils.

 

It is important for our study this morning to note that many, but not all, of the times it is used the word “abomination” is used in connection to the sin of idolatry. This is the “product” of the religious kingdom of Satan.

The false teachings, the unscriptural practices, the selfish motives, the lies, the deceptions, and the evil fruits of sin that thrive in the idolatrous religions of this world, are an abhorrent stench in the nostrils of our Lord.  These religious kingdoms turn men from the truth of His Word to lies.  This leads men astray resulting in their rejection of Christ and eternal separation from Him.

May we all follow the wise advice of the Apostle Paul who said….

2Ti 3:13-15 KJV – “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.   But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;   And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

 

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False Religion Gives Birth To Unfaithfulness

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Rev 17:5 KJV –

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

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “upon her forehead was a name written,… THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS”

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Rev 17:5 KJV –

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

 

In this week’s series of devotions we will be concentrating on the false religions (and their false messengers) that are sent into this world.  They are symbolized by the character that John had seen … “I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast” (otherwise described as “the Great Whore”).

Our devotions for this week will concentrate on the 5 different titles given to this character….

  1. “The Great Whore”; 2. “Mystery”; 3. “Babylon The Great”;     4. “The Mother Of Harlots”;     5. “The Mother Of… Abominations Of The Earth”

In our devotion for this morning, we will be looking at the title “The Mother Of Harlots”.

 

Once again, just like all of the titles for Satan’s religious kingdom, we find “The Mother of Harlots” to be very fitting indeed.  The idea of “harlot” (prostitute) contains a few basic ideas:

  1. sinful unions – joining with the political kingdoms of the world, other sinful religions, and lost mankind to stand in opposition to the Lord, His Word, and His works. (Rev 19:19)
  1. seduction / temptations – one of the key tools used by these false religious systems is a seductive message that draws lost men into their membership. Promises of a glorious afterlife, “the power of positive thinking”, no hell or judgment for sins, man’s ability to save themselves, among others, are seductive messages appealing to lost mankind.  (2 Tim 4:3-4)
  1. unfaithfulness – turning from the truths of God’s Word, taking from them, adding to them, and denying them are hallmarks of their unfaithfulness to the Lord and His Word. They seek to lead men away from the Lord through their teachings and practices. (Prov 5:22-23) In all of this they have shown themselves to be unfaithful by forgetting the Lord and trusting in falsehood (Jer 13:25)

The false religious kingdom of Satan is said to be the “mother” of harlots.  This tells us that all of her “children” (the individual teachings, religions, assemblies, and folowers that she produces) are all harlots which share in these three characteristics.

 

May we never be as the Jewish nation that was found guilty of spiritual whoredom by following the false religions of the day.

Hos 4:12 KJV – My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.

 

One of the great desires for every Christian should be to always be found spiritually pure in God’s sight and to encourage others to do the same.

Col 1:28-29 KJV – Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:  Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

 

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Babylon The Great … The Center Of Rebellion Against The Lord

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Rev 17:5 KJV –  “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “upon her forehead was a name written,… BABYLON THE GREAT ”

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Rev 17:5 KJV –

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

 

In this week’s series of devotions we will be concentrating on the false religions (and their false messengers) that are sent into this world.  They are symbolized by the character that John had seen … “I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast” (otherwise described as “the Great Whore”).

Our devotions for this week will concentrate on the 5 different titles given to this character….

  1. “The Great Whore”; 2. “Mystery”; 3. “Babylon The Great”;     4. “The Mother Of Harlots”;     5. “The Mother Of… Abominations Of The Earth”

In our devotion for this morning, we will be looking at the title “Babylon The Great”.

 

Throughout the Bible, the city of Babylon represents opposition and rebellion against the Lord.   Babylon traces its beginning back to the Tower of Babel.  It was there at the Tower of Babel that we see the first ORGANIZED attempt by mankind to oppose God and find their security and peace within themselves. (Gen 11:1-9)

The false religious activities in this world are centered around these principles as well.  Beginning at Eden, Satan has been continually seeking to pervert the Word of God as an act of rebellion against the Lord.

 

Satan set the pattern for this abuse in Eden when he attempted to pervert God’s Word in three ways:

 

  1. Taking the Word out of context by ignoring a portion of it

God said…“Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it” (2:16-17a)

Satan took this out of context and said…“Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? (3:1)

 

  1. Adding to The Word

God said… “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (2:16-17)

Satan added to this quote and said… “Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.” (3:3)

 

  1. Contradicting The Word

God said… “in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (2:17)

Satan contradicted it and said… “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:”

 

Folks these are the three ways that Satan perverted the Word in Eden and it is the way he continues to pervert God’s Word within the realm of false religious teachings today…

  1. Taking things out of context (by ignoring/deleting portions of it)
  2. Adding to it
  3. Contradicting it

These three methods successfully brought sin into the world and led Adam and Eve to rebel against the Lord  So, too, throughout the ages Satan has successfully used these methods to create every false doctrine that exists.

 

May we all be on guard against allowing these errors to influence our understanding of truth.  For those of us who are given the responsibility to teach His Word, may we all be on guard against allowing these errors to slip into our teachings.

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The False Religions of This World… Are They A Mystery To You?

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Rev 17:5 KJV – “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 17:5 KJV –

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

 

In this week’s series of devotions we will be concentrating on the false religions (and their false messengers) that are sent into this world.  They are symbolized by the character that John had seen … “I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast” (otherwise described as “the Great Whore”).

Our devotions for this week will concentrate on the 5 different titles given to this character….

1. “The Great Whore”;     2. “Mystery”;     3. “Babylon The Great”;     4. “The Mother Of Harlots”;      5. “The Mother Of… Abominations Of The Earth”

 

In our last devotion we studied the title “The Great Whore”.  In our devotion for this morning, we will be looking at the title “Mystery”.

The word translated “Mystery” here does not simply describe something that is unknown. It actually means something that is “known to the initiated, but unknown to all others”.   In other words, the character, motivations, abilities and workings of this woman sitting upon the beast is unknown by many, however, known by some people.

If this is the case, the next questions we should ask are … who are the people that are “in the know?” And “who are the people that are ignorant of these truths about her?”  The Bible gives us the answer to these questions.

 

In 2 Corinthians 2:11, we are told that Christians “are not ignorant of his (Satan’s) devices”.

Whereas, lost mankind in 2 Corinthians 4:4, are said to be “blinded” by “the god of this world” (Satan).  This blinding involves a blindness towards Christ, His work and His truth, as well as towards Satan, His devices, and His teachings of error.

 

As Christians we all should understand how Satan uses his earthly religious kingdom of error to mislead and ensnare lost mankind.  Also, we all should understand the need to:

1.  RECOGNIZE her teachings

1Jn 4:1-3 KJV –

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.   Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:   And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”

 

2.   SEPARATE ourselves from it

2Jn 1:9-11 KJV –

“Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.   If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:    For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”

Rom 16:17-18 KJV –

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.   For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”

 

3.   and ACTIVELY REVEAL AND OPPOSE them using the truths of God’s Word….

Eph 4:14-15 KJV –

“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:”
May we all firmly stand against the workings of Satan, as he uses the false teachings and religious systems of this world to oppose the work of Christ.

 

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The Seductive Powers Of Satan’s Teachers…

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 17:1, 3 KJV –  “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:….”

“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.”

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the Great Whore… I saw a woman sit upon the scarlet colored beast”

SIH STSTA ICONRev 17:1, 3 KJV –

“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:….”
“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.”

 

In this week’s series of devotions we will be concentrating on the false religions (and their false messengers) that are sent into this world. They are symbolized by the character that John had seen … “I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast” (otherwise described as “the Great Whore”).

Our devotions for this week will concentrate on the 5 different titles given to this character…. “The Great Whore”, “Mystery”, “Babylon The Great”, “The Mother of Harlots”, and, finally, “The Mother Of Abominations Of The Earth”

 

The first title we find is “The Great Whore” in other words…. “the Exceedingly Fearful Prostitute”. What a very powerful, expressive name for the false teachers that exist among us.

When we think about a prostitute we think about:
1 a person who seduces others, appealing to their carnal natures, to commit unclean acts.
2. a person who, for purely personal benefit, dirties that which is pure and good (relations within a martial union).
3. a person who publically displays their sinfulness without shame or remorse.

 

What can we learn about false religious ministries through this vivid imagery?

 

1. False teachers and religions rely upon seducing others to become their followers. They take the truths of God and pervert them in an effort to lead men away from the true God and become followers of false gods. They are inspired and empowered by Satan making them very dangerous adversaries to the cause of Christ.

Mat 23:15 – “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.”

 

2. False teachers and religions are based entirely upon selfishness. Their message and practices will only lead to the destruction of their followers. Their only motives are to dishonor the Lord, oppose His work and message, and gain wealth and authority through the possession of multitudes of followers.

Php 3:18-19 KJV – “(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)”

 

3. False teachers and religions are shameless publically appearing to be spiritual while, in truth, are ungodly, spiritually dead, servants of Satan.

Mat 23:27-29 KJV – “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,”

 

 

Folks, this is why we will be looking at the false teachers and religions around us this week. Just from this set of descriptions we can see how tremendously dangerous their ministry is to lost mankind, the cause of Christ and the people of God.

 

As Christians may we remember two important principles as we enter our study this week…

 

1. We have the responsibility to recognize them and avoid them…

Rom 16:17-18 KJV – “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”

 

2. The Lord WILL BE the ultimate victor over all who oppose Him. He has already won the victory on the cross and is not simply waiting to manifest that victory at His second coming…

Col 2:13-15 KJV – “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”

Rev 20:10 KJV – “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”

 

 

May we all strive to oppose the false teaching around us and a void their deceitful seductions… after all, we can be absolutely certain that there is coming a day they will fall at the hands of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ!

 

 

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Where Will You Run When God’s Wrath Falls?

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Rev 16:20 KJV – And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.

 

 

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Revelation 17:1-6 “The Woman and The Scarlet Colored Beast”

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Rev 17:1-6 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.
(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.
(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.

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

In the previous chapter, we have seen the contents of trumpet 7, in other words bowls 1-7,  which spoke of God’s wrath being poured out upon Satan’s kingdoms at the second coming of Christ.   As bowl seven was poured out, we saw the wrath of God being brought to completion and the kingdoms of Satan totally destroyed.

Now, in chapters 17: and 18:, we see a detailed look at this kingdom that has just been destroyed…

1.   In chapter 17: we take a step back and review the identity and characteristics of Satan’s kingdom. In this text, we have the two aspects of Satan’s kingdom symbolized by the two main characters being presented to us… “the Great Whore” (the religious aspects of Satan’s kingdom) and “the Scarlet Colored Beast” (the political aspects of Satan’s kingdom).

[Please note Revelation 13: where the “Great Whore” in this passage symbolized as the “Beast from the Earth”, while the “Scarlet Beast”  is symbolized as the “Beast from the Sea”.  This description also links these to a description of Satan as the scarlet dragon with 7 heads and 10 horns in Rev 12:]

 

2.   In chapter 19: we will see warnings that are given to mankind living now to depart from these kingdoms that are destined to fall under the hand of Almighty God.

A brief outline of the coming chapters:

Chapter 17: The Identity and Characteristics of Satan’s Kingdom

17:1-6 – The Woman and The Scarlet Beast Introduced
17:7-17 – The Scarlet Beast In Detail
17:18 – The Woman In Detail

 

Chapter 18:  The Warnings To Depart From Satan’s Kingdom

18:1-3 – Announcement Of Babylon’s Fall
18:4-8 – Warning To God’s People
18:9-10 – Warning To Kings
18:11-17a – Warning To Merchants
18:17b-20 – Warning To Mariners
18:21-24 – Angel With The Millstone

 

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY: 

Rev 17:1-6 KJV

 

The Woman and the Beast Introduced: 

(1)  And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me,

One of the seven angels that had just delivered the seven vials of God’s wrath, comes to John and reveals details about the target of the vials of wrath, Satan’s kingdom… 

 

Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore

Remember, the judgment of the great whore, has just been fulfilled.  The angel now wants to review what John has just seen taking place.  He is doing this to clarify in John’s mind the wicked character of Satan’s kingdom (chapter 17) and the need for mankind to separate themselves from that kingdom before it is too late (chapter 18)

Who is this “great whore”?

We will see that she is a picture of the religious kingdoms of Satan…

  1. She is unfaithful to the Lord,
  2. she is guilty of seducing men away from the truth to error,
  3. she is guilty of committing spiritual fornication (spiritual unclean unions with the world)
  4. she is guilty of spiritual adultery (spiritual unfaithfulness to those she has been united)
  5. she is shameless and publically seeking others to join her in sinfulness
  6. etc etc etc

This is why she is symbolized as a “whore”. 

These descriptions will be taken from Isa 23:15-17, Jere 3:1-10, 4:30, 5:6-7, 51:6-8, Ezek 16:15-34,  Zechariah 5: etc. 

 

that sitteth upon many waters: 

Satan’s religious powers are said to be sitting on many waters which symbolizes her great influence and sway over masses of unsettled humanity.  The lost are her “throne”.  although rejected and opposed by God, in these vast numbers of lost humanity that she receives authority and strength.  She is both exalted over and in control of lost mankind.

Think of all the false religions of the world and the amount of lost humanity that are under their authority.  These lost people are like a sea tossed to and fro with untrue teachings , ungrounded,  and constantly wavering in error.     

(Please keep in mind that when the Bible pictures false religions these include not only those groups who lead men to worship a false god, but also humanism, atheism, mammonism, and other belief structures that lead to worship/submission of men or other idols found in this fallen world).

 

(2)  With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication,

The political authorities of the world create unlawful unions with the religious kingdoms of Satan.  We see this all the time with national religions.  They then work together hand in hand.  The national religion encourages its followers to submit to the laws of the land, while the political powers threaten punishment to those who teach in opposition to the national religion.

“fornication” comes from a Greek word for “uncleanness” and is the root of the title “whore” as well.  Both of these emphasize to us that these unions are sinful unions, not made under the Lord’s approval and authority, just as physical fornication is a sexual union that takes place without the Lord’s approval or authority.

 

and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

Because of this unlawful union between the political and religious kingdoms of Satan, we see all of lost mankind seduced to take part in this illicit union as well.  They come to these two great kingdoms and join with them, creating a union that displeases the Lord and commits heinous acts of uncleanness in the world. 

Here, the sinful condition of the kingdoms, and those who participate in them, is pictured by being drunken with wine…  uncontrolled behavior, the constant seeking to fulfill their fleshly lusts, being overcome with their own sins.  This is symbolism being given to us to show these kingdoms, and their members, slavery to their carnal lusts. 

These are the characters that the angel will now show John in greater detail… 

 

(3)  So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness:

John is said to be “carried away” only twice in Revelation.  Here, he is taken away to see Satan’s kingdom, and also in Rev 21:10 when he is taken to see New Jerusalem, the eternal kingdom of God!

What does it mean that John was “in the Spirit”?  He was totally surrounded by the Holy Spirit’s power which allowed him to see these wonderful visions.

John is said to be taken “into the wilderness”.  The word translated “wilderness” means “desert” or “a place that is destitute of life”.  What a statement to make.   For John to be shown the kingdoms of Satan, he will have to be taken to the place where there is no life (spiritual life).    He will be looking at Satan, his kingdoms, and lost mankind…. no evidence of spiritual life exists within any of this group of sinful beings.

 

and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast,

John is now shown the two aspects of this kingdom.  The religious powers are symbolized by the woman, the political powers symbolized by the beast upon which she sits.

The woman sitting upon the beast symbolizes three things for us:

  1. she is associated to the beast – the nations of the world and the beast work together (forming of national religions)
  2. she is supported by the beast – citizens are forced to participate in the national religion
  3. the beasts is controlled by the woman – the false religions keep the citizenry in submission to the beast and hold great influence in the policy making of the beast

The beast is said to be scarlet colored.  Compare the following description of the scarlet beast with the description of the beast from the sea in Rev 13: Clearly this is speaking of the same Satanic kingdom.

Scarlet symbolizes:

  1. shed blood (of Christ – Exo 25:-29:, Josh 2:18-21) –
  2. great authority (Gen 38:28-30, Dan 5:7,16,29)
  3. sinfulness (Isa 1:18)

Satan’s political power is guilty of martyrdom (shedding the blood of Christ’s people);  holds great political authority over its citizens; and is characterized by sinful laws, deeds and motivations.

 

full of names of blasphemy,

Each of the nations of the world are overflowing with laws and works that speak evil of God, opposing His will and ways.  Even the most Godly of nations (USA for example) can be seen gradually falling away from the truths of God and accepting the sinful ways of the world (abortions, homosexuality, taking Lord out of schools, silencing truth through politically correct speech etc.) 

 

having seven heads and ten horns.

This beast is said to have seven heads, each of which symbolize one of the great world empires:

1.  Egypt;
2.  Assyria;
3.  Babylon;
4.  Medo-Persia;
5.  Greece;
6.  Rome;
7.  The various, diverse kingdoms who became world powers following the Roman Empires fall … (some of these include Russia, China, Japan, USA, Italy, etc etc )

This beast is said to have 10 horns. The horns represent the power and authority held by the kingdoms.   The number 10 symbolizes diverse, multiplicity, of these kingdoms.  These horns, if located on the seventh head,  reinforce the truth that the seventh head does not represent one world empire but many, various,  world powers that never gained control the known world (as did the previous 6 world empires).

These quickly summarize the world kingdoms of Satan and their influence in the world over the centuries.

 

John’s attention is now turned to the “Great Whore” (religious kingdoms of Satan) who is seen riding the beast, once again, if we compare this description with Rev 13 we quickly see this is the same Satanic Kingdom that is described as the “beast from the earth”… 

(4)  And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour,  and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, 

The color of purple is the color reserved for those held in high honor (royalty, those of beauty or wealth).  The color scarlet pictures shed blood, martyrdom, authority, and sinfulness.  The gold, precious stones and pearls that adorn her emphasize her perceived great earthly value.  They beautify her clothing making her more desired by lost mankind.

Basically the clothing of this woman reveals her as being highly sought after.  Due to her seductive ways and teachings, lost mankind is deceived into thinking that she is valuable, beautiful, exalted, and they want to be united with her.  However, her clothing also reveals her true character one of abusive of God’s people, sinful and very deceptive and misleading.

This is the perfect representation of the religious kingdoms of Satan.   Although these religions are sinful, harmful to the cause of Christ, because they are masters of deception, lost mankind values the false religions of this world.  The lost see them as key to eternal happiness and self-fulfillment.  They desire to become a part of them seeking to follow their teachings and practices.  They are totally deceived and blinded to the true nature of these worldly religions.

 

having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

The woman is seen as holding a golden cup, picturing a cup of great value which is great desired by the lost.  This is a cup that is filled with her sins.  Once again we see that, although her actions and teachings are sinful and to be rejected, lost men under her influence are totally deceived into seeing her deeds and words as highly valuable.

Her sins are described as “abominations” (that which God greatly hates) and “fornication” (unclean, filthy).  Her actions and messages are sinful, dirty, and rebellious, causing the Lord to hate them.   Throughout the Bible, idolatry is one of the most commonly mentioned of all abominations.   Idolatry is one of the main goals that lie behind Satan’s use of false religions.  It is used to get lost mankind to worship any one,  or anything, other than the true God. 

 

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

The Lord reveals this woman though a series of titles:

  1. Mystery – a secret that is known to the initiated, but unknown to the uninitiated – the true character of this woman is known to the saints of the Lord, but unknown to the lost who have been deceived
  1. Babylon the Great – Babylon comes from a root meaning “confusion”, “clamor”, or “noise”.   The message of Satan’s false religions causes confusion.  Spiritually, their teachings are of no greater value than un-orchestrated noise that holds no meaning.
  1. The Mother of Harlots – She produces great acts of sin by seducing lost men to join in her efforts joining into unlawful unions with her. They join up with her sharing in her sinful acts and teachings and actively seek her preservation.
  1. The Mother of … Abominations of the Earth – She also produces great abominations in the same way she produces fornications and harlotry. As she seduces lost men, they, in turn, begin committing great acts that God hates.

 

(6)  And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus:

John’s reaction to this vision.  As a child of God, He sees her for who she is.  He is not deceived by her beauty and seduction…

He sees her great opposition to the Lord and His people “blood of the saints and the martyrs of Jesus”.

He sees her uncontrolled sinfulness “drunken”.

 

and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. 

It is important to note that the root word for “admiration” means “to examine closely” or “to have eyes affixed” on something.  It DOES NOT imply that John approved, respected, or in any way coveted her teachings, works, or being.

John is simply saying that after he had studied her, he was dumbfounded….  In other words, after seeing her for who she is, through an extremely careful examination, he then was amazed at how powerful, deceitful, and seductive she was.

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this passage of Scripture, we can see clearly what Christ IS NOT.  Please remember, we have been looking at the two kingdoms (religious and political) of Satan.  They stand in glaring contrast to the kingdoms of God.

What a wonderful comparison is set before us.  Note the comparisons:

Satan’s Kingdom (Both Aspects)      Rev 17: The Kingdom Of God     Rev 21:-22:
Sinful Sinless
Temporal Eternal
Members are Lost Mankind Members are Saved Mankind
Located on this Fallen Earth Located on the New Earth
Satan Is King Over Them God Is King Over Them
Headed For Destruction Experiencing Eternal Glory
Deceitful and Seductive Honest, Transparent, Truthful

 

Folks, after we look at this comparison, may we stop and honor Christ today:

We could be serving a deceitful, unreliable king who only seeks his own welfare at the expense of his citizens…. But we don’t!

We could have only eternal judgment and destruction to look forward to… But we don’t!

We could always doubt his truthfulness and sincerity… But we don’t!

 

We serve a sinless, wonderful, gracious, kind Lord that works for our good as well as His Father’s glory.  He keeps every promise, He never misleads us, He always is honest, transparent and speaks for our welfare!

As we think about Satan’s kingly rulership and work within his kingdoms, may we always have grateful hearts… we serve the King of Kings and Lord of Lords who wonderfully cares for His people and works according to His sinless, gracious will! 

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

Folks, may we use this lesson to be a constant reminder of our need to be on guard against the activities of these Satanic kingdoms and see them for what they really are:

  1. 1  May we always recognize error when it is taught
  2. May we recognize sinful laws that should not be followed
  3. May we recognize temporal gain for what it is… short-lived and eternally vain.
  4. May we recognize no matter how great the earthly authority or power, it cannot stand up to the Lord’s sovereign rule

And may we all learn to separate ourselves from these Satanic kingdoms and live lives of holiness as citizens of the kingdom and family of God!

 

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