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XXV On The Edge of The End

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Chapters 14-18 of Revelations sets the stage for the Return of Jesus Christ in Chapters 19 and 20. The whole array of seven chapters sees one chapter narratively connected with the next. They proceed in story-order, from Chapter 14's Overview to the conclusion of the age in Chapter 20. Oddly enough, the most prominent and extensive spotlight falls on an entity called the Harlot of Babylon: why? WUWT?

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XXV On The Edge of The End

  1. 1. XXVII: ON THE EDGE OF THE END f tion o c Produ OG A the sk op orksh W Revelation 14-18: Restoration, Rescue, Redemption and Retribution http://www.visualbiblealive.com/stock_image.php?id=47365
  2. 2. I assume you’ve read about the return of Christ in Rev 19 + 20. Now see what led up to Christ’s return! I will treat Revelation Chapters 14-18 (inclusive) as a single story unit. All the content contained therein paints a full and coherent picture of events and activities immediately preceding and involving the Return of Jesus Christ.
  3. 3. I’m just filler . . . you know, ‘No hyperlinks for you till Slide 4!” Contracts on the cat and the kid ran out and now Lenny’s using me. ‘Best for last’ and all that!
  4. 4. Basic Information LICENSING: I grant a Creative Commons license made of the following elements: You may freely share and adapt this work provided you give me credit–(website info fine!), your efforts have no commercial application and you share extracted/ redacted work with others. God bless and have fun! IMAGES: By Subscription: http:// www.instonebrewer.com/bpg2009/ frames.htm?members/member_page.php VISIT: skOG Workshop Headquarters at www.lennyhoy.com for other items of interest. Slide Array Table of Contents TITLE PICTURE: http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/File:Second_Temple.jpg SIR ROBERT ANDERSON : http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ File:SirRobertAnderson.jpg By Permission: Creative Commons Licensing as noted (see TITLE PICTURE at right for instance) EMAIL: leonard.hoy@gmail.com
  5. 5. REVELATION: STORY STRUCTURE Part Two: Seeing Revelation 14-18 As A Story Unit
  6. 6. ELEMENTS IN REVELATION 14-18 CHAPTER 14: SECTION OVERVIEW 14:1-5 The Lamb stands on Mt Zion accompanied by the 144,000 Jewish ‘first fruits’. I label this as a snapshot of conditions AFTER Christ’s return. 14:6-13 A flight of three angels 1. Angel #1 flies through the skies (midheaven) calling on mankind to worship God. 2. Angel #2 announces the destruction of Babylon the Great 3. Angel #3 describes eternity’s hellish fate for AntiChrist’s worshippers AND encourages believers to persevere in their faith in Jesus 14:14-20 TWO different reapings 1. First Reaping: (vs 15-16) One like the Son of Man is told ‘the hour is come”; He reaps a harvest from the earth. (The NOT wicked?!?!?) 2. Second Reaping: (vs 17-20) An angel reaps the wicked with a sickle; the wicked thrown in the ‘wine press of the wrath of God
  7. 7. ELEMENTS IN REVELATION 14-18 CHAPTER 14: SECTION OVERVIEW 14:1-5 The Lamb stands on Mt Zion accompanied by the 144,000 Jewish ‘first fruits’. I label this as a snapshot of conditions AFTER Christ’s return. Chapter 14 14:6-13 A flight of three angels ry item in ice that eve emingly stands at not Please flies through the John se 1. Angel #1 calling on mankind und. skies (midheaven)ping his eyes to s EarGod. iworship th-bo m Earth, swee nce frothe destruction adth ofthe Greatlanet distaannounces and breof Babylon the p 2. a Angel #2 visions of e length t over#3h ith specific t teeters 3. Angel describeshapterhellish fate for AntiChrist’s worshippers eternity’s w Cencouragement to persevere inane faith in Jesus to fill thisget AND believers racked pl their he wrath-w as t Earthreapings f the End. 14:14-20 TWO the edge o on 1. First Reaping: (vs 15-16) One like the Son of Man is told ‘the hour is come”; He reaps a harvest from the earth. (The NOT wicked?!?!?) 2. Second Reaping: (vs 17-20) An angel reaps the wicked with a sickle; the wicked thrown in the ‘wine press of the wrath of God
  8. 8. ELEMENTS IN REVELATION 14-18 CHAPTER 14: SECTION OVERVIEW 14:1-5 CAULamb-stands on Mt Zion accompanied by the 144,000 The TION SP ECULA Table o TION A f Conte LERT: C nts angels th A flight 14:6-13 e ultim of three for the hapter 1 ate fate rest of t 4 serve s of thre his 5 ch s apte st e uma (midheaven)rcalling on almost as to 1. THE flies through thehskiesn gr 1. Angel #1 J ory unit mankind a oups ap EWS: E . In brie pear in f, after God. t mbodied worship the almost in 7 h list form the Pro 0 Week (?) o the 144 Thous mised L n Je r u s an the e 2. Angel #2 announces the destruction ofm ale Babylon d, thgreat pe a n d , se y ap a ’s Mt Zi 2. BEL cu re i n r, on(?)–c their rel IEVERS ro worshippers a io AntiChrist’s wn of IN the eternal hellish fate tof nship 3. Angel n t describes CHRIS eve #3o with the T: Activ the very L in . e y persevere in their faithordJesus wh believers get encouragement lto called ANDen T end of t he Fath out of th h er gives e Tribulation, 3. THE reapings ‘harves e nations the wor 14:14-20 TWO ST ted’ by C LO : d. (14:1 The a) A h ri st 4 -1 6 ) lo, their ntiChris doom is 1. First Reaping: Oneulikee Son b) Harlois told ‘the hour is come”; He reaps s re: the t, of Man t a Chapte erna to n rs 15-1from the earth tfor itl is ready. (The NOTeir f rment in d c) th wicked?!?!?) a harvest 8 will ollowers Hell. expand : on thes e he wicked 2. Second Reaping: An angel reaps tthemes in s with a sickle; the wicked ome de tail. thrown in the ‘wine press of the wrath of God
  9. 9. ELEMENTS IN REVELATION 14-18 CHAPTER 15: A SCENE IN HEAVEN 15:1 The Seven Angels of the Seven Bowls of Wrath step onto the stage and open this chapter 15:2-4 We see those who have overcome the Beast (Rev 12:11?) standing on Heaven’s Sea of Glass. They sing two songs and then offer praise in verse. 1. Song #1: The Song of Moses: Moses’ song from Exodus 15, a song celebrating Jewish deliverance from Egyptian pursuers. 2. Song #2: The Song of the Lamb: Possibly a chorus of verses like that found in Revelation 5? A celebration of Christian deliverance? 3. Praise in Verse: Voices extol God’s strength and righteousness, announce the impending submission of the nations to Christ 15:5-8 The temple in heaven fills with God’s glory and the 7 angels receive their deadly Bowls of God’s final wrath. The scene now switches to how God’s judgment and wrath affects the earth and its various classes of inhabitants.
  10. 10. ELEMENTS IN REVELATION 14-18 CHAPTER 15: A SCENE IN HEAVEN 15:1 The Seven Angels of the Seven Bowls of Wrath step onto the stage and open this chapter 15:2-4 We see those who have overcome the Beast (Rev 12:11?) standing on Heaven’sleas Glass. They sing two songs and then offer praise in verse. P Sea of e notice th at e ery i song from 15 appeaSong of Moses:vMoses’tem in Exodus 15, a song 1. Song #1: The rs Chapter indeliverance.from Egyptian pursuers. Heaven W locations f celebrating Jewish e’ve chang rom Chapt each aTheon of the Lamb:r 14. Wa chorus ed e Possibly e d 2. Song #2: cti Song o seof verses like that taken in H e how planintRevelation 5? A celebration n af eaveof Christian deliverance? found e , bu t the cente fects the rGod’s strength and righteousness, of action i 3. Praise in Verse: Voices extol s Heaven. announce the impending submission of the nations to Christ 15:5-8 The temple in heaven fills with God’s glory and the 7 angels receive their deadly bowls of God’s final wrath. The scene now switches to how God’s judgment and wrath affects the earth and its various classes of inhabitants.
  11. 11. ELEMENTS IN REVELATION 14-18 CHAPTER 15: A SCENE IN HEAVEN 15:1 CAUTION-SPE The Seven Angels of the Seven Bowls of Wrath step onto the stage and open CULATION ALERT: C hapter 15 interweaves the chapter ely seque narrativ and nces a.) the movemen ts of the seven Bowl a and b.) the redeemed n of Glass and on Hea en Beast (Rev 12:11?) 15:2-4cThose who have overcomevthe’s Sea of Glass. I thon the Sea gels en ouragement to beli erefore find eve that .in .verse thy sing two songs and offer praise . 1. Chapter 14’s First 1. Songthe Fait Song ofReaping Moses’-16) wfrom-iExoduse Raptu #1: The Moses: (14:15 song as a f-not-th 15, a song of hful from out of the Tri re buEgyptian pursuersg lation. This reapin ea celebrating Jewish deliverance from accounts for the decla sily red presence of believ ers from out of the Tribulation on Heaven ’s Sea o Glass in 5:2 2. Song #2: The Song of the Lamb: fPossibly a1chorus of verses like that found -4 2.inThe pouring5 f the Revelation o 7 Bowls of Wrath narr atively* begins AFTER the celebration on the Sea of Glass This line 3. Praise omVerse: Extol God’s strength .and righteousness,g me in e of thinkin announce the I’m s ans kind of Pre-Bowl Post TribulaChrist Just say impending submission of the nations to tionist. big deal. ing. No *”Na Temple in after” fills 15:5-8 rratively . . .heavenmea with God’s glory and the 7 Angels receive their ns ‘after’ as part of a s tory, not just ‘after’ in order of writing owrath. deadly bowls of final r ‘after’ in its appearance on a p age.
  12. 12. ELEMENTS IN REVELATION 14-18 CHAPTER 16: THE BOWLS OF WRATH Bowl 1: MALIGNANT SORES-targeted to the worshippers of the Beast, to the bearers of the mark of the Beast. Demonstration of God’s power over this false god and of God’s harsh judgment of the wicked who worship the Beast. Bowl 2: MARINE LIFE DIES-completes the second Trumpet judgment’s work. (8:8) Bowl 3: SPRINGS AND RIVERS TO BLOOD-completes the third Trumpet’s work. (8:10) Bowl 4: SUN SCORCHES THE EARTH-Another demonstration of God’s authority and control over His creation’s every element. Bowl 5: KINGDOM OF BEAST DARKENED- A judgment specifically targeted to humiliate the kingdom of this failed challenger of God’s authority. Bowl 6: EUPHRATES DRIES UP- The way is cleared for the kings of the east to come to Armageddon.
  13. 13. ELEMENTS IN REVELATION 14-18 CHAPTER 16: THE BOWLS OF WRATH t we a moment so tha s for l judgments stop Bow de–the listing of darkens and his terlu An in gdom t does as his kin Bowls1:e what the AntiChris to the worshippers can e MALIGNANT SORES-targetedir and blaspheme. of the Beast, to the despa bearers rs gnaw their tongues in Demonstration of God’s power False over this false followe of the mark of the Beast. nd the t) a god and of God’s judgmentSatan),wicked ast (AntiChris the Beast. ogs’ . . . I of the the Be who worship ( fr :13–The dragon . 16 emissaries (‘like 1 ing ree miracle-work second Trumpet ons of the work. Bowl 2: MARINE nerate th Prophet geLIFE DIES-completes the to gather the nati judgment’s o forth atan at ways?) who g (8:8) wonder in wh , the Almighty. S God the Great Day of rt. of -dr third Trumpet’s world to the war RIVERS TOlast, desperate, hatetheiven effo Bowl 3: SPRINGS AND ts for one BLOOD-completes e marshals his ass – work. (8:10) thief’.(I Thess 5:2 ike a e He is coming ‘l ake’ and to ‘ke p –God declares th EARTH-Another demonstration of God’s e 2. SUN Bowl 4: 16:15SCORCHES THE any who’ll listen to ‘stay aw ber?) He warns creation’s every e 10 virgins. I wonder: if the reme control over His authority andm element. , the parable of th lass, as I believe thes’. I think of a of G his clo om Heaven’s Se judgment targeted to the on fr Bowl 5: KINGDOMhOF BEAST DARKENED- Another ir warning to the ed C urch looks raptur ere? Is this just fa n om kingdom of thisom does God warof h h failed challenger God’s authority.p me honest and far fr just w ke e uestions like this large? Q population at DRIES UP- Theyway siocleared ings. kings of the east to Bowl 6: EUPHRATES is of th for the bout m ver ns a come to Armageddon. certain dogmatically
  14. 14. I have many, many questions at this point. Please forgive me if you came here for answers and I leave you with new questions. 1. I wonder what Satan’s thinking! He knows roughly when and precisely where to prepare for the “Great Day of God, the Almighty”; doesn’t he know that ‘lo, his doom is sure’ to paraphrase Martin Luther? What drives him onward? Why follow the Bible’s script? (Maybe it’s blind, murderous hatred! Or maybe he has no choice in the matter?!?!?) 2. Has the last martyr given his or her life now? Is the Church, in fact, in Heaven at last ? My reading of the text would make our entrance into heaven a rather recent, just pre-Bowl experience. Does this mean that while Satan prepares, we experience the celebration of the Sea of Glass (Revelation 15), the Judgment Seat of Christ (I Corinthians 3:11) and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:7)? A tight time table means nothing in Eternity! 3. What kind of fight is this? Daniel 11:40 describes this time of the end as involving attacks against the AntiChrist; Revelation 16:13 describes this time of the end as involving a gathering of forces seemingly allied with the AntiChrist. Hmmmm . . . . . Maybe it’s like a bizarro WWE brawl that gets out of hand??? Sorry, till the moment, there’ll be lots of loose ends!
  15. 15. ELEMENTS IN REVELATION 14-18 CHAPTER 16: THE BOWLS OF WRATH Bowl 7: 1. “It is done!” The “it” in question may well be God’s wrath, for were not these Bowls the final outpouring of that wrath. And yet . . . . 2. Peals of thunder and lightening and the GREATEST earthquake mankind has ever experienced will follow these words and . . . 3. The ‘great city’ splits into three pieces (Is this the ‘great city’, Jerusalem, of Revelation 11:8 or do we focus on great-city Babylon here? Hmmmm . . . ..) and the cities of the earth fall and . . . 4. God gives Babylon the cup of His wrath (see #3 above?). Is this punishment over and above the attacks on the AntiChrist earlier? 5. Islands flee, mountains crumble, 100 pound hailstones come-a-crashing down and . . . . 6. All the lost population can do is blaspheme the One in control of all this power! (I’d be begging for mercy long before this!)
  16. 16. ELEMENTS IN REVELATION 14-18 CHAPTER 16: THE BOWLS OF WRATH s n to God’s obviou reactio nter-productive Bowl lf-destructive, cou This se 7: it? w to account for : Ho tence in Bowl #6 “it” in question may well be God’s wrath, reason God 1. for were not omnipo “It is done!” The or this. . . these bowls the final ess 2:11, God pthat ised: “. And yet . outpouring of rom wrath. . . F h at is mber back in II T Well, reme y will believe wh 2. Peals of thunder luding influencand the tGREATEST earthquake,mankind and lightening e so tha the but em a de l send upon thexperienced follow these wordsdand ot . elieve the truth b wil has ever judged who id n . . ay be r that they all m or d e re represents how , in ee he false3. The ‘great city’ splits into three pieceswhat we the ‘great city’, Jerusalem, ks that (Is this s thin ss wickedneor.” Me focus on great-city Babylondisadvantage: as Revelation 11:8 do we eir here? took pleof ure in hese people to th st Hmmmmm. . ..) land the cities ct the earth fall and . .essfully assaults . enta bondage affli of . cc rely this judg d su seve g God even as Go hipin 4.an’t segivesir way to wors of His wrath (see #3rist. God e the Babylon the cup above?). Is this they c tiCh n punishmentir chosen object of wattacks on the AntiChrist earlier? over and above the orship, A e kingdom of the th GMENT against 5. Islands flee, mountainsiChrist’s w100hpound s a JUD come-a-crashing crumble, ors ipers ahailstones nt od’ll li ind: Go.d b. nds A down ehavior so that G p in m and . . Ke e misb ot incitement to rist, n r rejection of Chcan do is blaspheme the One in control of all this m All the the6. for prio lost population er. to judge them lat n ‘pret have apower!ext’
  17. 17. ELEMENTS IN REVELATION 14-18 CHAPTER 16: THE BOWLS OF WRATH I find this curious!!! The cresc lightening endo of th and earth under and quakes, c BowlT s NO 7: egu ursing an e to the re turn of Chmay well be d blasphemywere not 1. “It is done!” The “it” in question ris God’s t! wrath. Andwrath, .for does yet . . . Now, Ithese bowls the final outpouring of that f I were st agand lightening few 2. ePeals of thunder e managingand the GREATEST earthquake mankind b tter line this s and . s to let se has ever experienced follow these words crip.t, .I can through th rve as cue e smoke a s for Chris think of n into hten the f3.st a ‘great city’ splitsd ligthree pieces (Is this the ‘great brea t to city’ Jerusalem of ir Thengel’ ing and here? Hmmmm . . k..) and the s glori do we Revelation 11:8 orous s focus on Babylon clinched . h.. fists than cities of the earth fall and .out, “It is finish ed!” But two w hole Babylon the 4. God giveschapters cup of His wrath and . . . deals with will interv Christ’s re ene befor turns in C 5. Islands flee, mountains crumble, 100 pound hailstonesB ible hapter 19 e the come-a-crashing down and . . . . . Why? Wh at could b e that imp 6. All the lost population can do is blaspheme the One in control of all this ortant? power!
  18. 18. THE PAUSE IN WHAT SEEMED LIKE AN IRRESISTIBLE MARCH TO THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST Introduction Letters to the Seven Churches The Story of the Tribulation Doom of Babylon Christ’s Return The Millennium Great White Throne Judgment The Eternal City Final Message
  19. 19. ELEMENTS IN REVELATION 14-18 CHAPTER 17: THE GREAT HARLOT “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
  20. 20. Verses 17 : The Har As symbo lot Introdu ls, women ced and D represent Our Harlo escribed re l i g i o n s i t: A creatu n the Bibl re of imm Char e orality, bla acterized by great w sphemy a Mentione nd innoce ealth and d in our o nt blood luxury pening ‘O figure in t verview’ C he run-up hapter, #1 to Christ’s 4, The Ha If the belie Return. rlot is a ke vers (14:1 y 4 ) w e re re now read ady to rise y to fall in to glory, M judgment John–and ystery Ba . us, his rea bylon is ders!–will learn: The impo rt and me aning of t The natur his ‘myste e and sign ry’ woman ificance o The signif f the ‘bea icance of st’ on whi the beast ch she rid ’s multiple es heads an d crowns “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
  21. 21. ELEMENTS IN REVELATION 14-18 CHAPTER 17: THE GREAT HARLOT hich Bears Her Described Verses 8-13: The Beast W e and co the Harlot-they are allied in purpos east initially supports - The B rulers of the earth, as it were. sumed Beast has a life interrupted yet re ‘Was, is not, and will come’: The in some form or fashion is and one is yet to come’ marks th e is Seven heads: ‘five have fallen, on us kings. ifesting itself across time in vario Beast as a spiritual entity man n yet himself a distinct and eighth The Beast itself is one of the seve ion. ifestation appearing in the Tribulat man pport his Beast’s allied kingdoms which su The ten horns represent the ion. final manifestation in the Tribulat struction. God has marked this Beast for de “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
  22. 22. ELEMENTS IN REVELATION 14-18 CHAPTER 17: THE GREAT HARLOT y for the Lamb erse 14: Victor V and H entities, Harlot BOT st the Lamb. . .” gain e will wage war a “Thes . war on the Saints in a e are initially allied east, are the called, th B who em. . .” and we e th chills amb will overcom “. . .the L 9:14)! Gives me ev 1 company Him (R ful ac , but participate! sen and the faith here cho will not spectate We out that moment. thinking ab “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
  23. 23. ELEMENTS IN REVELATION 14-18 CHAPTER 17: THE GREAT HARLOT Verses 15-18: The Great Falling O ut of Conspirators But First: The Harlot has a global reach–she sits on many waters, representing the people and mul titudes and nations of the earth. Betrayal: The ten horns and the B east will hate the Harlot: Jealousy (?) perhaps over who really rules this earth? Our God Reigneth: He it is whose purpose these ten kingdoms exec ute. This Harlot who rules over the king s of the earth will be destroyed w ith fire on God’s initiative yet by the agency of the 10 Kingdoms of th e Beast. “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
  24. 24. ELEMENTS IN REVELATION 14-18 CHAPTER 17: THE GREAT HARLOT I–What’s Up With This: The Beast Both of these entities are End-Tim es physical manifestations of spiri tual entities that have had a long hist orical reach back into time. The Beast/AntiChrist goes back in to five historical kings/empires. H e is at once one of the seven (as a sp iritual entity) and a distinct and ei ghth physical manifestation in the End -Times (AntiChrist). There was a time when he ‘is no t’, that is, he ceased to have a manifestation. There was a time when he was ‘re strained’ (II Thess 2) There was a moment in the End Times when he was killed (Rev 13:3, Zechariah 11:17???) and th en revealed/resurrected He initially enjoyed the support of the Harlot, but when the Beast ‘ro se from the dead’, he demands sole worship and finds the religious sy stem of the Harlot to be a competitor. S he must OF be destroye “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHERnow HARLOTS d. AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
  25. 25. ELEMENTS IN REVELATION 14-18 CHAPTER t’s Up With This: The Harlot 17: THE GREAT HARLOTd a II–Wha entity that has ha n of a spiritual o ysical manifestati ven’, An End-Times ph al ‘Queen of Hea rigin k into time: The o bac ed g historical reach lon ay of the deceas by w le Child’ Tammuz irac iramis and her ‘M Sem rd hrist has no rega Nimrod. AntiC n” for whom the ome ly the “desire of w ?) Possib d. (Daniel 11:37? be Go two laims himself to Babylon) by the ce he proc on inar ( ah, carried to Sh eph the woman in the sibly (Catholicism and Pos -11. in Zechariah 5: 5 rks h the wings of sto women wit ore Islam?) d, I think I have m Lan ved from the Holy e remo an the Beast. Sh s a Christian far A lot th tion from the Har ecu the worry about pers reason to ore provincially in dm east seems roote ch; B ful. a world-wide rea has against the Faith rails mies even as he ene East, fighting off Middle “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
  26. 26. II–What’s Up With This: The Harlo t Possibly we meet the woman in th e ephah, carried to Shinar (Babyl on) by the two other women with the wings of storks in Zechariah 5: 511. WILD SPECULATION ALERT: R ight now, I consider these two wom en to be what remains of a discredited, scandal-ridden Roman Catholicis m and a broken and shattered Islam. A n ascendency of Judaism may oc cur after a pre-emptive Israeli nuking of Mecca. In the resulting power vacuum, Israel rises to economic hegemony in the area, provoking the jealousy and greed of Gog and its allies (Ezekiel 39/9). These even ts drive the two older religions to th e margins. Both RC and Islam re sort to their pagan roots and there they find new purpose in a shared wor ship of Wickedness herself: Ishtar, Venus , Semiramis, etc. Babylon is the natural place for her temple and to Babylon (Shinar) they all go, th e Harlot and her escort. See my w eb site for details and more metho dical explanation of what may yet tran spire along these lines.
  27. 27. ELEMENTS IN REVELATION 14-18 CHAPTER 17: THE GREAT HARLOT Links to further reading: 1. Marv Rosenthal’s Zion’s Fire carries an excellent two part series on the Harlot of Revelation 17 and 18. Part One focuses on her past manifestations in historical worship and Part Two focuses on her End Times manifestation 2. I have an essay entitled “Getting Here From There” which describes a possible arc of events involving the impending religious ascendency of Israel and Judaism. Such developments represent a possible process of clearing the decks of a failed, institutional Catholicism and a hostile yet defeated Islam so that the Harlot can appear as the world religion of the End Times.
  28. 28. ELEMENTS IN REVELATION 14-18 CHAPTER 18: FALLEN BABYLON http://angelstarspeaks.wordpress.com/lament-over-fallen-babylon/
  29. 29. ELEMENTS IN REVELATION 14-18 CHAPTER 18: FALLEN BABYLON 7. To the degree that she glorified herself and lived sensuously, to the same degree give her torment and mourning; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as a queen and I am not a widow, and I will never see mourning.’ http://chr istiansun dergroun d.org The first eight verses of Chapter 18 declare and describe the ruinous state of the Great City once God has finished with it. 8. For this reason in one day her plagues will come, pestilence and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for the Lord God who judges her is strong.
  30. 30. ELEMENTS IN REVELATION 14-18 CHAPTER 18: FALLEN BABYLON Verses 9 through 20 chronicle how pitifully the merchants, seamen, shipmasters, sailors and passengers mourn the destruction of Babylon, whose commercial interests in luxury items made them all rich. http://chr istiansun dergroun d.org Notice well: All these commercial interests and webs of trade and transportation have survived, in some form or fashion, nearly seven years of God’s tribulational wrath! Amidst the chaos, misery, famine and plague, wealth accumulates, merchants still prosper and trade flourishes. The center of this trade was Babylon the Great!  11. And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more . . .
  31. 31. 21. So wi ll Babylon , the grea not be fou t city, be t nd any lon hrown do ger . . . 2 and of sa wn with v 4. And in ints and o iolence, a her was fo f all who h nd will und the b a ve b e e n lood of pr slain on th ophets e earth. http://angelstarspeaks.wordpress.com/lament-over-fallen-babylon/
  32. 32. I used to pass over these two chapters: too symbol ridden and obscure, didn’t seem to fit in anywhere. I pay attention now. What God’s Word devotes two whole chapters to must have significance for its Author. That these two chapters immediately precede (and delay the telling of!) the depiction of Christ’s Return further focuses my attention. By contrast, the depiction of the Bowls doesn’t occupy half as much text space as does the depiction of Mystery Babylon. I get all flushed with excitement over the imagery of the Bowls. What response should I reserve the Harlot’s long arc of tyranny? The Mystery of Wickedness (See Marv’s treatment in Zion’s Fire!) has stalked mankind for millennia. Its final manifestation does more to subvert mankind globally than anything the AntiChrist does. He directly attacks Christians, but has many nations opposing him and therefore limiting his influence. (See text of Daniel 11 for the King of the South and the King of the North and ships from Kittim etc.). Mystery Babylon asks all for ecstatic worship, trades globally in wealth and splendor and encourages allegiance with excesses of immorality and sensuousness. MYSTERY BABYLON represents a major threat to the sanctity of believers and spills their blood with abandon. The AntiChrist seems to me to have a more limited geographical sphere of influence than the Harlot. She gets two whole chapters!!! http://angelstarspeaks.wordpress.com/lament-over-fallen-babylon/
  33. 33. Here’s a summary statement of the relationships among the AntiChrist, Jews, believers/Church and the Harlot: 1. The AntiChrist receives extensive treatment in the OT, especially in Daniel and Zechariah. He also gets coverage in the Olivet Discourse, whose geographical focus seems to be Jerusalem, a Jewish venue, as well. The AntiChrist gets extensive coverage in Revelation, where his war on the saints gets featured. My conclusion: We should expect that Satan uses the AntiChrist for a combined attack on ALL God’s people, Jew and Christian alike. This attack finds its center in Jerusalem and the mideast. 2. The Harlot has her center in Babylon, which I’m not inclined to interpret as anything like Rome or the UN. She represents a final manifestation of ancient religious worship patterns that feature the Mother/Child virgin-birth concept. Sensuous living, luxurious appointments, immoral practices make her appeal near universal. So-called Christians apostatize under her spell. She spills the blood of prophets and saints the world over. She eradicates opposition to her religious authority. She receives biblical coverage-and HUGE chunks of coverage and that at a key point of Christian reader interest: Chapters 14-20. My conclusion: Satan uses the Harlot to challenge and threaten believers all over the planet. God directs the Church’s attention to this, our larger peril, so we can prepare to meet that challenge! http://angelstarspeaks.wordpress.com/lament-over-fallen-babylon/
  34. 34. NEXT– XXVIII: Daniel’s 70th Week gives us a timeline to spread these scenes out on! We’ve worked backwards from Revelation Chapter 22 to 14. Everything connected up in story-order. Now, story-order is over! Chapters 4-13 present disconnected scenes, judgmental processes and interludes with solo performances by various entities.

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