Posts Tagged ‘babylon’

A moment is all it takes. The bible tells that in a moment those who believe in Christ will be changed (1 Corinthians 15:52).  In my opinion I believe this is a reference to the Rapture of believers.  However, in that same moment what are those who are left behind do?  Pure chaos would ensue.  A world in many ways would be turned upside down.  People losing relatives, friends, or coworkers in a moment.  It seems fair to write that people would be confused and lost as to what to do.  Once that moment passes, people will be looking for truth, looking for answers.  How people find these answers  the scriptures are silent, but based upon how people have responded in the past after tragedy it is fair to assume that people will be looking for some type of spiritual answer.

The first half of the Tribulation, the Antichrist will not be ruling the world. ¬†The first half he is building his name and career in order to rule the last 3 1/2 years. ¬† Who is it that rules the first 3 1/2 years? ¬†It is Ecclesiastical Babylon. ¬†In Revelation 17:1, we are introduced to the religious system of that day. ¬†The woman it says sits on many waters. ¬†The “many waters,” is interpreted as people, nations, ¬†multitudes, and tongues in verse 15. ¬†The woman sits on the many waters, which it seems to imply that she is ruling. ¬†This woman has the support of civil governments at this time. ¬†This is made clear by the preposition “with.” ¬†The kings of the earth it says committed fornication with her as well as the inhabitants of the earth. ¬†The word “fornication” that is used here is used in a spiritual sense. ¬†The world committed spiritual adultery with Babylon. ¬†Much like in the Old Testament when Israel would turn after other gods, God viewed it as spiritual adultery and He would respond. ¬†In verse 3, we are told that the same woman now is sitting on a scarlet beast. ¬†The beast is the Antichrist. ¬†We know this because the beast is identified as having seven heads and ten horns. ¬†This description is similar to Daniel 7:24, and in Revelation 13:1. ¬†This would then imply that the Antichrist, at least for the first part of the tribulation, will also be under the Babylon’s religious authority.

What is identity then of the woman? ¬†She represents the one world religious system of that day. ¬†This religious system rises to rule because after the Rapture many will be looking for answers. ¬†This religious system provide people with the spiritual help they are looking for. ¬†From this need it seems that this religious system will rule with the state. ¬†I make that assumption from Revelation 17:1,2. ¬†I believe the woman in 17 is the same woman in Revelation 2:20 who is identified as Jezebel. ¬†I make that assumption based upon the actions of the Jezebel in the church of Thyatira. ¬†There in that church this woman caused people to commit sexual immorality and adultery. ¬†Also the Lord tells John in verse 22 of chapter 2 that “cast her into a sickbed and those who commit adultery with her into the great tribulation unless they repent…” ¬†I believe the reference here is to the actual Great Tribulation, which is the last half of the Tribulation. ¬†The headquarters of this new religious system will be a rebuilt Babylon.

What will the religion be?  The religion will be a combination of all false religions.  The figure Jezebel is used in Revelation as a type from the Old Testament.  There in 1 Kings shes brings in a foreign god for Israel to worship.  Here in Revelation 17 this woman operates very similarly.  Some bible teachers claim this woman represents the Catholic church.  There could some truth to that.  However, this woman I believe represents all false churches.  They come together to create a mega one world religious system, much like they did in Genesis 11 at the Tower of Babel.

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In my opinion the Antichrist will most likely be an Atheist. I base this on Daniel 11:37. ¬†The last part of the verse says, “for he shall exalt himself above them all.” ¬†Revelation 13 is another passage that gives us insight as to what the religion of the Antichrist’s rule will be. ¬†In verse 11, another beast rises out of the earth, which emphasizes his humanity. ¬†This second beast is called elsewhere the False Prophet (Revelation 16:12,19:20, 20:10).

The role of the False Prophet is lead the world in worship of Antichrist.  Why would the world worship him?   About mid-way (3 1/2 years) through the tribulation the Antichrist will be wounded mortally in the head (Rev. 13:3).  Yet he is raised back to life.  The world marvels and begins to worship him (verse 4).  The False Prophet will lead the world in worship of the Antichrist.  The False Prophet is describes as a lamb.  He appears innocent like lamb but speaks fierce like a dragon (11).

In Revelation 17, we are given the account of the first one world religious system that is destroyed. ¬†It is destroyed because the world will be worshiping the Antichrist. ¬† There much imagery and symbolism in this chapter. ¬†I believe when you get stuck in a passage you should let scripture interpret scripture. ¬†It is better to let the bible tell you what something means rather then read into it a meaning. ¬†That being stated, the following is my opinion on Revelation 17. ¬†In the first couple of verses John is asked to view the judgment on the Great Harlot. ¬†It is interesting to begin with that there is a woman on the beast. ¬†This woman is said to have lead the people of the earth astray (vs 2). ¬†Who else in scripture was a woman who lead a king astray? ¬†The first name that comes to my mind is Jezebel. ¬†She married King Ahab in 1 Kings 16:30-32. ¬†It is Jezebel who introduces Ba’al worship to the Israelites. ¬†Jezebel’s father was a priest of Ba’al, and she was a priestess of it. ¬†Her name means, “My Father (Ba’al) is Noble.” ¬†Ahab soon established Ba’al as the state religion. ¬†In Revelation 2:20, Jezebel is again brought up because while she calls herself a prophetess, she causes the people in this church to commit sexual immortality and eat things sacrificed to idols. ¬†She is a false teacher leading the people astray. ¬†What is interesting in 2:22 it says, “I will cast her into a sickbed and those who commit adultery with her into the great tribulation…” ¬†Here we are mid-way through the tribulation in chapter 17 and judgment is coming down on Babylon. ¬†A rebuilt Babylon is the center for this first religious system.

Next time we go into more detail about Babylon and this first religious system.