The Book of Revelation  

Chapter 17

Bible Study-REV-Chapter 17

     Even as far back as the 1500’s AD, Rome was considered to be the center seat of power during these end times. The Great Babylon or Mystery Babylon was said to be the City of Rome, the seat of Papal Power. Even to this day, this line of thinking is still prominent within the church.

     After 16 chapters of Revelation, there is not even one place where I would even think that the Bible would be talking about Rome or the Pope.

     Again, even to this day, most  theologians still believe that the end-time will be 3 ½ years when our Lord, in Matthew, Mark and Luke, tells us that the time has been shortened for the Elects’ sake, and Revelation tells us how long that time has been shortened to: 5 months.

     It’s obvious, to me anyway, that Satan still has the church firmly within his grasp; keep those preachers talking about the same worn-out, time-proven lies, and why not?

     That’s all they know, that’s all they have been taught, either by seminary schools or Daddy and it’s worked great because most people who have gone to church their entire lives know little more about the Bible today than they did as children.

     It’s interesting that well-known, well-established preachers, who control mega-churches, their reputations spread around the world, have a son who eventually steps into Daddy’s shoes when he gets too old to preach. I won’t mention any names but you know who they are.

     Where is it written that the spiritual gifts of the father are passed down to the son? I thought that we all had our own special gift from the Holy Spirit. I can answer my own question very quickly: they don’t teach/preach through the Holy Spirit, they do it through the traditions of the church.

     How hard is it for the son to take over when both he and his father speak the same identical words every Sunday? Heaven help us if one of them would say something different once in a while. It just might wake somebody up.

     It’s not going to be Rome as the seat of power, it’s going to be Satan/Antichrist, standing in Jerusalem, that has the APPARENT power, for it is our Father Himself that gives it to him. He attains nothing on his own.

     Alright, chapter 17.

     Revelation 17:1 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: KJV

     Remember when I said that waters represented people? Let’s jump ahead to verse 15 and read it because it’s necessary to really understand verse 1.

     Revelation 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. KJV

     Waters represents people and nations of people and people that speak different languages. In other words, every living soul here on earth.

     Who is the great whore? Satan/Antichrist. His systems and his lies and his deceptions. This 7th angel is going to show us the judgment that our Father is going to serve on him. Eventually. But he still is allowed five months to play out his hand.

     Revelation 17:2 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. KJV

     The kings of the earth are the leaders of the countries of the world. Kings, princes, presidents, prime ministers and sheikhs.

     How did these kings commit fornication? They jumped into bed with Satan/Antichrist. They bought his lies and deception, hooked their wagon to his horse and he led them around as though they had a ring in their noses.

     They liked what they heard from him. The promise of power and lots and lots of money. These kings, these leaders, had been selling their soul for money and power their whole life and here comes Satan/Antichrist with the biggest paying scheme ever devised and he wanted them, these little ‘ole world leaders, to have a part in it! Heavens to Betsy, let’s get it on!

     A person can have a sip of wine or some fine Irish whiskey and not be intoxicated by it but these boys drank the whole bottle, figuratively speaking. They bought every lie that Satan/Antichrist told them. Their MIND was intoxicated with the idea of having so much power, power given to them from one who appeared to have tremendous power.

     You have to remember that Satan/Antichrist looks exactly like the true Jesus Christ. Why wouldn’t they buy into it?

     Revelation 17:3 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. KJV

     Revelation 17:4 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: KJV

     Purple and scarlet are colors that represent royalty. The seven heads represents the seven continents and the ten horns, horns always representing power, are ten leaders of ten nations from the seven continents.

     Who is this woman that looks so spectacular with her royal robes on, decked with diamonds and pearls and gold, while holding a golden cup? We’ll find out, in a minute, that it’s Babylon, that great city.

     Let’s do a little noodling here. What are the seven continents? North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Antarctica, Africa, Asia.

     Antarctica is barren and has no kings so there is nothing to deal with there.

     Australia is not a power country so there is nothing there.

     That leaves five continents from which seven leaders of seven countries will play a large role in this one-world-order or the new-world-order, Satan/Antichrists’ political system.

     Out of all the countries on this planet, which ones would be the most powerful? Probably the five who have permanent seats or who are permanent members at the United Nations.

     China, France, Russia, United States and the United Kingdom. Don’t forget that the United Kingdom is comprised of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, but I think that England would be the primary country as far as voting goes.

     What’s in this particular golden cup? Is it full of the wrath of God? Nope, this is a different cup. One belongs to our Father; the other belongs to Satan/Antichrist.

     This cup is full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication. That sounds pretty vile, doesn’t it?

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

     This woman’s name was Mystery Babylon. Now, we’re not really talking about an actual city here, even though Babylon was, indeed, a great city in the past. Hanging Gardens, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and all that.

     But here it’s being used as representative of something else:

      Babylon_ NT:897 Babulon (bab-oo-lone'); of Hebrew origin [OT:894]; Babylon, the capitol of Chaldaea (literally or figuratively [as a type of tyranny]):

     ✡  Root Word_OT:894 Babel (baw-bel'); from OT:1101; confusion; Babel (i.e. Babylon), including Babylonia and the Babylonian empire:

     The root word of Babylon, in the Hebrew language, is babel and it means confusion. Let’s see what Nelson’s Dictionary has to say about it:

     "So, in Revelation, Babylon is a word-picture for a society which persecuted God’s people but which God will eventually destroy."

     It’s a society alright and it’s headed by the big kahuna himself, the fake messiah.

     Babylon is representative of Satan/Antichrist and the confusion he causes by looking just like the true Messiah, while spouting his lies to the Biblically challenged.

     Most of them won’t know if he’s telling the truth, from the Scriptures, or not.

     Satan causes confusion today by having churches teach doctrine that is not Biblical, teaching traditions brought forth from many centuries ago. Scientists and school systems teaching evolution.

     A child is taught in school that evolution is the beginning of mankind while, at home, the parents teach them that Adam and Eve were the beginning of the human race.

     How sad is that? They’re both wrong. We didn’t come from apes and have the parents never read the book of Genesis, where it speaks of the sixth-day creation of man and woman?

     Here we go....I'm going to say this one more time! (LOL)

     Ref: Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

     Ref: Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

     Ref: Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

     Ref: Genesis 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

     Ref: Genesis 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

     Ref: Genesis 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. KJV

     That’s the creation of man and woman on the sixth day.

     Ref: Genesis 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. KJV

     That’s the end of the seven days of creation. Where’s Adam and Eve?

    Ref: Genesis 2:6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

     Ref: Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

     Ref: Genesis 2:8 And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. KJV

     Although unnamed right now by our Father, this is Adam. Notice the sequential progression of the chapters and verses as the account of creation unfolds.

    Ref: Genesis 2:18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. KJV

    Ref: Genesis 2:19 And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. KJV

     This is the first mention of Adam by name in Genesis. Still no Eve.

    Ref: Genesis 2:21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

     Ref: Genesis 2:22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

     Ref: Genesis 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

     Ref: Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

    Ref: Genesis 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. KJV

     There she is.

     Ref: Genesis 3:20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living. KJV

     And there’s her name.

     And the root of the problem also lies in that verse, because someone, some really smart person, some genius, some religious guru, decided to tell everyone that the mother of all living meant the entire human race.

     Completely ignoring Genesis 1:26.

     Adam and Eve would be the beginning of the Hebrew Race, not the Human Race, and through these two the Christ child would eventually be born, some 70 plus generations into the future. Therefore it can be correctly said that Eve would be the mother of all living THROUGH JESUS CHRIST because spiritual life begins and ends with HIM.

     And that’s what’s important because our flesh and blood life will soon pass away but the soul will never pass away, unless the Father chooses to do so.

     I know that all of this is off-subject but I never miss an opportunity to point this out whenever I get the opportunity. If people would just read the Bible themselves there wouldn’t be any lying preachers around because they would have been run out of town after people discovered the truth for themselves.

     Alright, I’ll get off the soapbox….back to Revelation.

     And what about the child that gets nothing from home? Evolution is all that he or she will believe until they get older and educate themselves on the truth of the Scriptures. Their faith will have to overcome the teachings of society.

     And STILL, there may be a minute piece of doubt still lodged in the dark recesses of the mind that says:

 

     “Well, maybe evolution is true. I have faith that it’s not, but you never know.”

     Good job, Satan. Well done.

     Revelation 17:6 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. KJV

     Satan’s goal has always been to destroy as many of our Father’s children as he can and in this role of Antichrist he has his best shot yet because the entire world is paying homage to him. They glorify him as though he were the true messiah and he revels in it.

     This word admiration is really a bad translation:

     ✡   Admiration_ NT:2295 thauma (thos'-mah); apparently from a form of NT:2300; wonder (properly concrete; but by implication, abstractly):

     They wondered in astonishment; they looked at him with openmouthed amazement.

     Revelation 17:7 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. KJV

     This woman, Satan/Antichrist, sits on top of the political/religious systems and now we’re going to find the answer to some mystery.

     Revelation 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. KJV

     The beast and his systems are synonymous, he comes out of the bottomless pit, he has already been sentenced to the Lake of Fire for his actions in the age that was, and everyone on earth will be amazed and follow with him EXCEPT those whose names are written in that Book of Life.

     Whose names are these? His Election. The ones with His seal in their mind. The ones that know the difference between the true and the fake during this time:

     Ref: Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: KJV

  • This beast/Satan/Antichrist was able to walk this earth, according to the book of Job 1:7;

  • he is not walking on this earth after our Lord told him: Get thee hence, Satan in Matthew 4:10 and confined his presence in heaven, guarded by the Archangel Michael;

  • He shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition because he’s already been sentenced to death.

  • and he yet is because during these five months he is physically here on earth again.

     Ref: Job 1:7 And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. KJV

     Ref: Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. KJV

     Revelation 17:9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. KJV

     Here is wisdom. Wisdom should make you smarter than the average bear. The seven heads are seven world leaders of seven nations. “Mountains” always means nations.

     Revelation 17:10 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. KJV

     The key to this verse is a short space. All of these seven kings are the same entity: Satan. These are all roles that he has played over the eons since the world that was. Five are fallen are roles within which he was not successful in destroying the seed line of Christ. Here are just some of the roles:

     The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil---Genesis 2:9

     The Serpent---Genesis 3:1

     The Devil---Matthew 4:1

     Satan---1st Chronicles 21:1

     Little Horn---Daniel 8:9

     The Assyrian---Isaiah 10:24

     Lucifer---Isaiah 14:12

     The King of Babylon---Isaiah 30:25

     The Wicked One---Matthew 13:19

     He must continue a short space. The role that he is now playing during this short space of five months. He will also have this short space at the end of the Millennium for another five months, if it can be stated in a time frame that we’re used to.

     Revelation 17:11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. KJV

     There is the only entity that has been condemned to perdition and that is Satan.

     Revelation 17:12 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. KJV

     Well, now, wait a minute. Back in verse 10 there were seven kings and now there are ten? The seven kings were all one entity, Satan. These ten kings are ten different world leaders. They won’t come to power until Satan/Antichrist sets up his political and religious one-world-systems. This “one hour” is the five month tribulation.

     Revelation 17:13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. KJV

     All of these leaders will be in agreement with each other on all counts and together they will pledge their support to Satan/Antichrist.

     Revelation 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. KJV

     They will make war spiritually with the Lord and when the smoke clears our Lord will be the victor and all those that follow Him, those that are called and chosen and faithful will be victors THROUGH HIM.

     Revelation 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. KJV

     People of the world.

     Revelation 17:16 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.

     Revelation 17:17 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. KJV

     Well, that should give you some comfort: For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will. Not Satan’s will, not his followers will but God’s Will. He is in control of everything that happens during this five month period.

     Revelation 17:18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth. KJV

     This woman is the city of Jerusalem. Not Rome. Not New York. Not San Francisco.

     The center of all action during this five-month tribulation of Satan/Antichrist will be in Jerusalem and the surrounding area. That’s why it’s so important to keep your eye on what’s happening in the Middle East today.

  • The Al Qaeda Network

            Not really a “network”, per se, but a loose conglomeration of independent wanna-bee’s looking for some sort of banner under which they can kill without regard for later prosecution. They are Islamist terrorists bent on killing Jews and Christians.

            The news media made a big deal out of the killing of Osama Bin Laden but since Al Qaeda was no more than a loose organization to begin with, his death didn’t change things all that much.

  • Hamas

             A Palestinian terror organization whose sole purpose is to annihilate Israel from the face of the earth. They routinely fire Qassam rockets into southern Israel in order to kill tourists and Israeli citizens.

             The latest “war” with Israel came about when three Israeli students were killed.

  • The Palestine Liberation Front (PLF) and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)

            Not much of a power in recent years since the death of Yasser Arafat. Loosely affiliated with the PLF.

  • Hezbollah

            Hezbollah (the “Party of God”), a Lebanon-based Shia terrorist group, advocates Shia empowerment globally. This is the group that focuses on us more than the Middle East. They would like, more than anything, to have Shia law enforced within the United States and have been responsible for the suicide truck bombings of the US Embassy in Beirut in April 1983.

            Also, the US Marine barracks in Beirut in October 1983, and the US Embassy annex in Beirut in September 1984, as well as the hijacking of TWA 847 in 1985 and the Khobar Towers attack in Saudi Arabia in 1996.

     These terrorist organizations want to take back the land that the United Nations gave to Israel so that she could become recognized as a nation, once again, in May of 1948.

     This was all a part of our Father’s plan, to bring His People back to the land of their forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, Joseph and the others, for since 71 AD, 1,877 years ago, there was no homeland to go to, until 1948:

     Ref: Ezekiel 36:28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. KJV

     Jeremiah 24:6 For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up. KJV

     Since 71 AD, the Palestinians have been content to war between different factions of their own people, and there were hundreds of different factions to go to war with. But after 1948, they began their attacks against Israel because they want their land back. And that includes the city of Jerusalem.

     The Palestinians consider the Jews to be occupiers of their land even though our Father Himself gave each Tribe a land allotment in the Old Testament. (You can see a map of these allotments in the title bar under “Map” on this site).

     Those allotments are not recognized by anyone today and they were a part of a covenant that our Father made with them. His covenants never go away, no matter what. No matter what WE think is right or just.

     Today, we have the group called ISIS, which stands for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria but our government, Obama in particular, likes to call it ISIL, which stands for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

     Why does Obama and his administration call it ISIL? Because Obama, being a Muslim sympathizer and advocate of military nuclear power for President Assad of Syria, doesn’t like the Syria reference and prefers to use Levant, which is an area of the Middle East that includes Lebanon and Jordan (and Syria).

     Obama is much more willing to attack ISIS in Iraq and not Syria because he doesn’t want to offend his friend, President Bashar el-Assad. There should also be little doubt in the mind of anyone even superficially reading the newspapers or getting information from the net, that Obama does not like Israel nor Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and for good reason.

     Netanyahu doesn’t want Syria to have military nuke capabilities because the danger of Syria annihilating Israel is far too great a threat to Israel and their “Iron Dome” defense could not alleviate that nuclear danger.

     As I’ve said before, I believe that Obama is a part of our Father’s Plan of the end-times and is using him to reduce the United States to something less than a worldwide superpower. And he’s done a pretty good job of doing that over the last six years. At the very least, he's made progress towards that goal.

     If Satan had just been content to be one of two cherubim that guarded the Mercy Seat in the first Heaven/earth age, none of this would have ever happened, and we would all have been living in spiritual bliss since the beginning of time.

     But that’s not the way it turned out, so grab your Bible, read it, study it, understand it and know that soon Satan/Antichrist will stand on Mount Zion in Jerusalem and claim to be the true Jesus Christ and if you know that he’s not, you are in good shape and that eternal bliss that we’ve missed out on over all these years will soon be within our grasp once again.

     We can thank our Father for that.

     Thank you, Father.

COPYRIGHT 2015 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

4 March 2015

www.thelightforever.com

Study the Bible, Study Torah, Place of worship, Bible Study Book, Holy Bible