The Two Babylons


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  • We are taking reservations for eternity - Do you prefer - Smoking or Non-smoking? A "god' whose will is resisted, whose designs are frustrated, whose purpose is checkmated, possesses no title to Deity, and so far from being a fit object of worship, merits nought but contempt. A.W. Pink Look at history to understand the context. Look at the present to understand the relation. Look at ourselves to understand the application.
  • “ Sincere” Word of God Some information may be shocking… to shock so as to turn to God’s Word. How do we know this is referring to religious system? The two things that bind or unite are religion and economy, and covered in these two chapters. We elaborate… Blasphemy, abominations…words against God. Vs 6. wonder…’church’ turned against Christ. Vs. 5. 18. MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT: This title is not for literal Babylon; but its spiritual (mystery) representation, which is the source (mother) of all idolatry (abominations) and spiritual adultery (harlots).
  • Nimrod was the first full time minister of satan.
  • Nimrod was the first full time minister of satan. In Asia, the mother was known as Cybele and the child as Deoius. "But regardless of her name or place", says one writer, "she was the wife of Baal, the virgin queen of heaven, who born fruit although she never conceived.“ For nearly 300 years since Christ Satan had tried to destroy Christianity from the outside with persecution and destruction. With Constantine he started to work from within.
  • The pagan practices found its way in to Christianity… this is not to find fault with practices, but to warn how the world is readying itself for the last days. The stage is set, the transition will be easy and the world will swallow hook, line and sinker.
  • ii. Our world, with its “it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you believe” philosophy, is ripe for the harlot’s seductions. We see the casual disregard for the truth crippling the church today.
  • rev 13 – comes from among the people. Here from the hades….false resurrection. Sways the people to believe on the beast. I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her: The focus of the explanation is on the beast. It appeared that the harlot ruled (rode) the Antichrist’s system, but he is the dynamic factor, using her as tyrants have always used religion - as a mere tool to accomplish their purposes. When we first met the beat in revelation in chapter 13, he came out of the sea, the mass of world humanity. But ow we see him arising from the bottomless pit. 17:8. the reason for the change has to do with his being killed and coming bck to life in greater Satanic power and influence than before rev 13. After his ‘resurrection’ he arises from the abyss with satanic power to deceive the world. Other explanation: Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come: This is one of the more difficult passages in the Book of Revelation. Some explain these seven kings, five past, one present, and one to come in the succession of Roman Emperors in John’s era. But there are many historical difficulties with this approach. More likely, it is a reference to: · Five have fallen refers to the five world empires before John’s day: Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Medo-Persia, and Greece · One is refers to the world empire of John’s day: Rome · The other has not yet come refers to the one world empire to come: a revival of the Roman Empire b. When he comes, he must continue a short time: This seventh will quickly be taken over by an eighth - and will become the state of the Antichrist (Revelation 17:11). i. There are problems with this viewpoint as well (so some have taken the seven as symbolic). This plainly is a difficult passage! 5. (11) The beast (the Antichrist) is clearly identified as the eighth king.
  • i. There is little doubt of the credentials of the EEC to claim itself a successor to the ancient Roman Empire. The EEC started in 1957, when six European nations met to talk about combining their nuclear, coal, and economic resources. They met together in Rome, and signed the treaty of Rome - the beginnings of the present EEC. In many places in Europe, the EEC flag is just as prominent as any national flag. In the spiritual dynamic of things, it’s no accident that on the back of the Eurodollar coin is a woman riding a multi-headed beast. a. God has put it into their hearts: God has directed the judgment against religious Babylon. God will sometimes use a wicked group (here, the ten kings) to be an instrument of His judgment against another wicked group (here, religious Babylon). b. To be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast: God has ordained the political support of these ten kings for the Antichrist. In doing so, God gives the world exactly what it wants: godless religion and godless rulers. That great city: In John’s day, there was no doubt which city reigns over the kings of the earth. Rome was the political, economic, and religious center of the world in John’s day. i. But Babylon - in the sense of the world system - has always been that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth. The question for Christians is, “Does it reign over me? Or am I the citizen of a better city, the Jerusalem above?” (Galatians 4:26)
  • Why Babylon is the imagery of World economy? The image has not be destroyed – ten toes.
  • No doubt all history in the last resort must be held by Christians to be a story with a divine plot. C.S. Lewis In a boxing match when the trainer grabs the towel, the fighter is in bad shape and he is about to throw it in the ring to stop the fight.  When the Body of Christ grabs the towel it means we are about to take it to the “next level”.  Jesus taught a valuable lesson to His disciples right before He went to the Cross.  ( John 13: 3-5 ) A woman on her deathbed told her pastor she wished to be buried with a fork in her right hand. “when attending church suppers,”, she explained, ï ws always told, ‘Keep your fork’ that meant something good was coming, like hot apple pie for dessert. So when people see me in the casket with a fork in my hand, you tell them it’s because I know something good is coming!”
  • The Two Babylons

    1. 1. The Two Babylons Revelation Ch. 17 - 18 2690 Gananoque Drive. Mississauga. ON. L5N 2R2. Canada. 31 January 2010. <ul><li>The sovereign will of God. </li></ul><ul><li>The sure judgement of God. </li></ul><ul><li>The sincere word of God. </li></ul>
    2. 2. Ch 17: Destruction of the World’s ‘ Religious ’ System <ul><li>Revelation 17:1 – Mystery Babylon. </li></ul><ul><li>And there came one of the seven angels which had the </li></ul><ul><li>seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come </li></ul><ul><li>hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great </li></ul><ul><li>whore that sitteth upon many waters: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Historical View </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Current View </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Future View </li></ul></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Babylon: Historical View <ul><li>Gen 4:8; 1 Jn 3:12. Cain Satan's original convert. </li></ul><ul><li>Gen 10:8-10. Nimrod. Mighty hunter ‘before’ the Lord. </li></ul><ul><li>Gen 11:1-9. Official beginning of Satan’s Church. </li></ul><ul><li>Semrimus (wife of Nimrod) claims Tammuz, her firstborn as fulfillment of Gen 3:15 . </li></ul><ul><li>The mother-child worship begins. </li></ul><ul><li>Adopts title: Queen of heaven. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Babylon: vs.1 “…sitteth upon many waters”. <ul><li>Babel to Babylon </li></ul><ul><li>Phoenicia : Ashteroth and Tammuz. </li></ul><ul><li>Pergamos : Rev 2:13. Seat of Satan. </li></ul><ul><li>Egypt : Isia and Horus. </li></ul><ul><li>Greece : Aphrodite and Eros. </li></ul><ul><li>Rome : Venus and Cupid. </li></ul><ul><li>China : Mother Shing Moo and her child. </li></ul><ul><li>Germans : Virgin Hertha with child in arms. </li></ul><ul><li>Scandinavians: Disa pictured with a child. </li></ul><ul><li>India : Devaki and Krishna </li></ul><ul><li>Ephesus : Diana </li></ul><ul><li>Roman Emperor crowned Ponifex Maximus or High Priest. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Constantine makes Christianity, the State religion. </li></ul></ul>Rev 17:15 - And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
    5. 5. Teaching of Semerimus <ul><li>She herself was the way to God. </li></ul><ul><li>She alone could administer salvation to sinners through sacraments and sprinkling of holy water. </li></ul><ul><li>Tammuz was tragically slain by a wild boar. She fasted for 40 days and he came to life on Ishtar. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is celebrated each year by the temple virgins of the cult. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>During the feast of Ishtar colored eggs were exchanged and eaten as symbol of resurrection. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An evergreen tree was displayed and yule log was burned. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cakes marked with “T” for Tammuz (Hot cross buns) was baked and eaten. </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. How it infected the Jewish nation <ul><li>Ezekiel 8: 14 . So He brought me to the door of the north gate of the LORD's house; and to my dismay, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz . </li></ul><ul><li>Jer 7:18. The children gather wood, the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven ; and [they] pour out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke Me to anger. </li></ul><ul><li>Jer 44:25. Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying: 'You and your wives have spoken with your mouths and fulfilled with your hands, saying, &quot;We will surely keep our vows that we have made, to burn incense to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her.&quot; You will surely keep your vows and perform your vows!' </li></ul><ul><li>God called Abraham from all of these. Josh 24: 2-3. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Mystery Babylon: Current View <ul><li>The mystery Babylon is at work today. </li></ul><ul><li>2 Tim 3:1-5. “…having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof.” </li></ul><ul><li>2 Peter 2:1. “…bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord.” </li></ul><ul><li>Rev 3:15-17 . “… I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot…” </li></ul><ul><li>The Apostate Church – Protestantism, Catholicism, Judaism, Orthodoxy and other major religions who deny the power (??) </li></ul>
    8. 8. Mystery Babylon: Future View <ul><li>Rev 17: 8, 11. The beast that was…is not…but shall be. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stronger than Rev 13. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rev 17: 7, 9, 10-11. Refers to the revived Roman Empire. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vs. 10. (Possible explanation) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 have fallen: Augustus, Tiberius, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Caligula, Claudius, Nero. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 is: Domitian. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not yet come: Anti Christ. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ten horns…Ten Kings. 17: 7, 12, 16. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Daniel 2:42. Ten toes of the image. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Revived Roman Empire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EU ??. (Check the image on the coin). </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Mystery Babylon: Future View <ul><li>False Church lends its power to elevate Anti Christ in the first part of tribulation. Rev 17:7 . </li></ul><ul><li>Rev 17:16 . Anti Christ will turn to destroy her. The false church will be destroyed. </li></ul><ul><li>Vs 1. Worldwide influence. </li></ul><ul><li>Vs. 2. corrupts the entire earth. </li></ul><ul><li>Vs 4. Possesses vast wealth. </li></ul><ul><li>Vs. 6. Drunk with the blood of the saints. </li></ul><ul><li>Vs 3, 7. Teams up with the Anti Christ. </li></ul><ul><li>Vs 5. Name written on her forehead. Harlot advertising her trade. </li></ul><ul><li>Vs 9. Headquartered in Rome (??) </li></ul>
    10. 10. Rev 18: Babylon - Destruction of the World’s Economic System <ul><li>Ch 17. Ecclesiastic. </li></ul><ul><li>Religious – Apostate Church </li></ul><ul><li>17:16. Hated by the Kings of the earth. </li></ul><ul><li>Destroyed by Anti Christ and rulers </li></ul><ul><li>Destroyed first – in the midst of the great tribulation </li></ul>Vs 2 . And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, &quot;Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! <ul><li>Ch 18. Economic. </li></ul><ul><li>Political and commercial </li></ul><ul><li>18:9. Loved by the Kings </li></ul><ul><li>Vs. 5, 8. Destroyed by God </li></ul><ul><li>Destroyed at the Second Coming of Christ </li></ul>
    11. 11. Economic Power of Ancient Babylon <ul><li>Founded by Nimrod. </li></ul><ul><li>Meaning &quot;the gate of god(s)&quot; . </li></ul><ul><li>Nebuchadnezzar built Babylon, the capital city of Babylonia. </li></ul><ul><li>The famous hanging gardens of Babylon were known to the Greeks as one of the seven wonders of the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Historian Herodotus: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>City was surrounded by a wall 350 feet high and 87 feet thick – wide enough for six chariots to drive abreast. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There were 250 watch towers at strategic locations. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outside the wall was a large ditch or moat. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost of construction: one billion dollars ( though built with slave labour). </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Heavens’ reaction to Babylon’s destruction <ul><li>Rev 18: 20 &quot;Rejoice over her, O heaven, and [you] holy </li></ul><ul><li>apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!“ </li></ul><ul><li>Rev 18: 21-23 . Seven “no more”. </li></ul><ul><li>Three events during tribulation that causes heaven to rejoice. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rev 12:12. Satan is cast out. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rev 18:20. Babylon is destroyed. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rev 19:7. Lamb is married. </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Lessons <ul><li>Sovereign will of God : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rom 8:28 - God causes all things to work together for good. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Isaiah 46:11- I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sure Judgement of God: </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2 Peter 3:3-9 – The Lord is not slack. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Sincere’ Word of God: </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2 Peter 2:2 – Desire the sincere word </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>of God. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Without wax, without compromise. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>James 1:21- and humbly accept the </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>message God has planted in your hearts </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
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