Archive for March 6th, 2018

Revelation 17

Revelation 17 begins a two chapter discussion on the fall of Babylon, a place mentioned 287 times in scripture, second only to Jerusalem.  Babylon was a literal city on the Euphrates River and was hostile toward God.  In general terms, the name Babylon is associated with organized idolatry, blasphemy and the persecution of God’s people.  It’s concept is far beyond a city or place, but throughout history has been presented as the world system that is opposed to God.  It is beyond a religious movement and includes economic and commercial aspects as well.

This chapter begins the prophecy of the fall of Babylon.  I won’t try to interpret what John writes here in detail.  Guzik writes “As a religious system, Babylon came into being long before Christianity, but in Satanic imitation it anticipated the coming true Messiah. According to religious history and legend, the Babylonian religion was founded by the wife of Nimrod (a great-grandson of Noah), named Semiramis. She was a high priestess of idol worship, and she gave birth to a son who she claimed was conceived miraculously. The son, named Tammuz, was considered a savior. It was also said that Tammuz was killed by a wild beast and then miraculously brought back to life. Baal was the local, Canaanite name for the Babylonian Tammuz”.

John is carried away in the spirit to see the future.  “And the dwellers on earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel to see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come”.  Deceit will continue to be a big part of the activity during the end times.  The enemy will not only cause people to believe what is not true, but will have the power to cause people to come together in ways that are unexpected, with those who were enemies now becoming part of the same team.  “These are of one mind, and they hand over their power and authority to the beast”.

He will unify them against Christ.  Whatever their exact identity, their actions are clear. They ally with the Antichrist in the war against Christ.  “They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful”.  There will be a unified front against the King of Kings.  But even this is done under God’s plan.  “God has put it into their hearts to carry out his purpose by being of one mind and handing over their royal power to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled”.  And the best news of all – we know who wins!  No matter who comes against Christ, it won’t matter.  Jesus wins!

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