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Revelation 17:1-18

The Punishment of the Great Prostitute

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Today, we continue our verse-by-verse study in the book of Revelation with chapter 17. This chapter does not qualify as an apocalyptic prophecy because this chapter doesn’t have a chronological sequence in it. Rather, Revelation 17 contains a commentary on the punishment of the Great Prostitute.

 

You might be surprised to know that the great prostitute is not introduced in Revelation 17. That’s right, she is introduces earlier in Revelation under a different name. I’ll say more about this in a moment.

 

Do you remember in Daniel 9, that the angel Gabriel was sent to Daniel with additional information on the vision that he received in Daniel 8? I ask this question because the situation in Revelation 17 is identical.

 

One of the seven angels having the seven bowls was sent to John to amplify certain matters that he had previously seen. As you might expect, the angel’s visit was brief and to the point. 

 

Revelation 17 has puzzled Bible students for many centuries because valid rules of interpretation were unknown. Now that the book of Daniel has been unsealed and we have the four rules of interpretation, this chapter is not very difficult to understand.

 

Here’s why:

 

Valid rules of interpretation produce a matrix and this matrix forces every prophetic element in the books of Daniel and Revelation into a chronological position.

 

A Very Common Matrix (the game x & o)

 

O          X        O

 X         O        O

 X         O        X

 

              A Prophetic Matrix

 

Bowls:                                                                              1234567

Trumpets:                   1 2 3 4             5     6   7

Seals:        1  2  3         4                                     5                        6

------------------------------------------Time---------------------------------

When all the prophetic pieces are properly assembled with respect to each other and placed accordingly to their location in time, the books of Daniel and Revelation will make a lot of sense just as they read!

 

In fact, the more we study the amazing matrix with the books of Daniel and Revelation produces, the more we recognize and appreciate the wisdom and intelligence of God – He says so much with very few words!

 

OK, before we get started with Chapter 17, I want to make sure that you understand two key points that were covered in our study on Revelation 13.

 

Point #1:

 

The composite beast in Revelation 13, the beast having seven heads and ten horns that rises out of the sea, represents a crisis government called “Babylon the Great.”

 

The second angel’s message gives the composite beast its name:

 

Revelation 14:8   A second angel followed and said, “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great, which made all the nations drink the maddening wine [intoxicating doctrine] of her adulteries. [This language means that all nations will embrace the erroneous doctrine advanced by the world’s religious leaders that God’s wrath can be appeased by legislating and enforcing moral behavior that is acceptable to God.].”

 

About two months after the censer is cast down, the fourth trumpet will sound and at this time, Babylon the Great will form. Because death and destruction will be everywhere, religious and political leaders the world over will be moved to humbly unite in a global effort to appease God so that His wrath will cease.

 

The seven heads on the composite beast represent the seven religious systems of the world and the ten horns represent ten kings that will be set up by Lucifer during the sixth trumpet. Revelation 13:7 says that the composite beast, Babylon the Great, will be given authority over all nations.

 

The global reach and the composite nature of Babylon is important to understand because Babylon’s authority over the nations will not come through military force. No, Babylon’s authority over all nations will come through an intoxicating doctrine. Religious and political leaders will submit to a false doctrine out of panic and fear.

 

Think about this: Religious leaders from every nation will agree that God’s wrath has come from all mankind because we are degenerate and offensive to God. The flip-side of this coin is that God’s wrath will be appeased if we stop living degenerate lives and force people do  “right.”

 

Therefore, religious leaders will plead with political leaders to quickly enact and enforce legislation so that God’s wrath will cease or God will destroy everyone within a few weeks.

 

This is how the 42 months of persecution will begin.

 

We have to remember this crucial fact: Babylon will arise out of necessity. Babylon is not a conspiracy government. It is not the brainchild of the Illuminati nor the product of a secret order of some kind.

 

No.    No.   No. 

 

With thousands of cities in ruins and 1.75 billion people dead, a global effort to appease God will appear to be a highly rational decision – thus the rise and dominion of Babylon the Great will be though necessary by most everyone.

 

Point #2:

 

Eight hundred ninety days after the censer is cast down [remember, 890 days is 2/3 of 1,335 days] the devil will be released from the abyss [spirit realm]. He is permitted to leave the spirit realm so that he might physically appear. This is the fifth trumpet.

 

Paul says “the man of sin” will be “revealed” because people refused to love the truth and be saved.  For this reason,” Paul says, “God sends them a powerful delusion.” This delusion is the devil and his angels masquerading as Almighty God and his angels.

 

This is important: During the Great Tribulation, the gospel will reach a saturation point. By the 890th day, most everyone will have taken a position on the testimony of Jesus – which was proclaimed throughout the Earth by the 144,000.

 

But, Jesus knows that a few sincere and honest hearted people remain in Babylon and He knows that some of them would repent of their rebellion if only they could better understand the differences between the ways of God and the ways of Lucifer.

 

So, Jesus releases the devil upon the world in the fifth trumpet. When people behold the actions of the devil with their own eyes, this will cause a few hardheaded people to stop and think and ultimately, choose Jesus as Lord and Master!

 

The devil with millions of his angels will come down to Earth from the clouds. The wicked will think the Second Coming has taken place! The devil will arrive with two objectives in mind:

 

First, he intends to take full control of Earth.

 

Second, he intends to destroy the people of God in the process. In order to accomplish these objectives, the devil will initiate a great campaign of deception.

The devil will claim to be Almighty God. To back up his lie, he will perform amazing counterfeit signs and miracles! These displays of supernatural power will dazzle and astonish the inhabitants of Earth. Many will say of this glorious being, “Who else can do these miraculous things but Almighty God?”

 

To gain control of Earth in a mere five months, the devil will (a) flatter the leaders of Babylon and (b) he will gain the affection of billions as “the Savior of the world” through wonderful signs and miracles.

 

Consider his clever strategy:

The devil will flatter the leaders of Babylon by endorsing and supporting their ongoing efforts to enforce “sin-less” laws. The devil will praise and reward the religious and political leaders of Babylon for persecuting those who refused to obey “good laws” and “live right.”

 

The leaders of Babylon will be pleased with themselves, thinking that God Himself has commended them for their bold efforts to appease Him through legislative force.

 

At the same time, the devil will be working huge crowds of people all over the world. For five months, the devil will razzle-dazzle suffering people with counterfeit signs and wonders to win their confidence.

 

The devil will appear to heal the sick and raise the dead, he will at various times, call fire down out of the sky to prove his assumed divinity. But, many non-religious people will not step over the line and worship the devil.

 

The devil will demand that rebellion against Babylon cannot go unpunished. So, the devil will “justifiably” torture the non-religious with pain that hurts like the sting of a scorpion. 

 

(Note: the devil will not harm his own followers and he is not allowed to harm those having the seal of God – this includes the 144,000 and those who have also received the seal of God. So, the only people the devil can harm are non-religious people. This process forces all non-religious people to become religious. Some will choose Jesus many will follow Lucifer. The idea here is that Lucifer eliminates who are straddling the fence in terms of worship. Everyone is forced to take a side.)

 

Profound statement: At the end of the five-month allotted to the fifth trumpet, the devil will abruptly change character and course. Overnight, the devil will change from a charming God,” to “a stern-faced king.”

 

He will reveal himself to be the tyrant that he really is. He will suddenly overthrow the religious leadership of Babylon. He will dissolve the constitution of Babylon and evict the leaders of Babylon from their posts.

 

Even the pope will be dethroned as a leader of Babylon! Even worse, the pope will no longer be the head of a church because the Catholic Church and all other religious systems will be dissolved!

 

The devil will declare the establishment of a new world order based on global unity. Instead of seven religious systems telling the 220 nations of the world how God must be appeased, the devil will insist that Babylon become a unified government with one lord, one faith and one baptism.

 

If you think this through, this transition is easy to understand because “God” presence on Earth changes everything. Think about this: When God Himself dwells among men, there is no room for religious or political diversity. This sudden transformation of Babylon is described in Revelation 13:14.

 

“Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth [for five month. Then,] He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.”

 

What is the image that Lucifer sets up? The image will be a theocratic government. A theocratic government is a government where God Himself rules as King of kings and Lord of lords. For four hundred years, Israel had a theocratic government, but they eventually rejected God as their King.

 

1 Samuel 8:5   They [the elders of Israel] said to him [Samuel], “You are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.”

 

1 Samuel 8:6   But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord.

 

1 Samuel 8:7   And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.”

 

The point here is that Israel had a theocratic government at one time, but they eventually rejected God as their king. However, Lucifer has deceived mush of the world into thinking that he is God; he will order the establishment of a theocratic government.

 

This government is called “an image” because it will be a replica in some ways to the seven heads. Instead of seven religions, there will be one. Instead of 220 kings, queens and presidents ruling over the nations of Earth, the devil will divide the world into ten sectors and appoint ten kings to rule over the world.

 

We will see later on in today’s study that the “image to the beast” and “the great prostitute” in Revelation 17 is the same thing.

 

When the devil changes from “Charming God” to “Demonic Dictator,” there will be a great deal of consternation throughout the Earth, but mankind will not be able to thwart the devil’s authority, goals and objectives.

 

A one-world church/state will be set up and I hope you can see that a theocratic government becomes a theological necessity when Lucifer declares himself to be “King of kings and Lord of lords.”

 

Babylon’s transition from a composite government (diverse religions and governments) to a theocratic government (a unified church/state government) is described in Revelation 13.

 

Revelation 13:14   Because of the signs he [the lamb-like beast], was given power to do on behalf of the first beast [the composite beast], he deceived the inhabitants of the earth.

 

He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.

 

Revelation 13:15   He [the lamb-like beast] was given power [from God*] to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak [make laws] and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.”

 

Remember, 2 Thessalonians 2:11   says that God sends Lucifer as a delusion because they [the wicked] refused to love the truth and be saved.  God empowers the devil to set up a theocratic government so that the devil can eliminate the religious diversity that keeps some people from accepting the testimony of the 144,000.

 

All who refuse to participate and abide by the laws of Lucifer’s theocratic government will be killed. Period. Rebellion cannot be tolerated. To make sure that everyone understands that he means business and that everyone quickly conforms to his authority, the devil will kill a third of mankind.

 

Lucifer’s angels will be released to kill a third of mankind and this eliminates all resistance to Lucifer’s theocratic government.

 

Revelation 9:15   And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind.”

 

This enormous purge of human life is scheduled. The appointed time has been set and it will take a few weeks to purge Earth of all resistance. The deadly purge in the sixth trumpet corresponds with two developments: (a) the opening of the fifth seal and the wholesale martyrdom of God’s people and (b) the implantation of the mark of the beast.

 

A total of –1.75 billion people will die in this purge. This will leave about 3 billion people on Earth and –2 billion people will receive the mark of the beast. Millions of saints and most, if not all, of God’s 144,000 prophets will eventually be killed. The sixth trumpet will last for 222 days. (1,260 minus 890 days minus 148 days = 222days)

 

All of the non-religious people will be gone by the of the sixth trumpet. (As I calculate this, there will be about 5.25 billion people on Earth at the time of the sixth trumpet. The devil will divide the people of Earth into groups of 1,000 for purposes of rations and administration. The devil will then kill one-third of mankind – about 1.75 billion people and this will leave about 1 billion saints and 2 billion wicked people alive. The wicked will be tattooed with “666” is 2/3 of 1,000. In other words, by the time we reach the 7th trumpet, the world will be divided into two groups of people. One-third will be worshiping the Lamb and two-thirds worshiping the Lamb-like.)

 

By now I hope you understand that the image of the beast will be a unified theocratic form of Babylon where Lucifer rules as King of kings and Lord of lords.

 

>>>Lucifer’s theocratic government is also called the great prostitute because those who submit to Lucifer’s one world church/state will have to sell their souls to the devil for the sake of survival.

 

Here’s a crucial fact to keep in mind: Each trumpet judgment has been deliberately designed by a thoughtful and loving God to open the eyes of ignorant people to the truth about His love, His gospel and His will.

 

In other words, when the devil sets up his one-world church/state (the theocratic government), sincere but ignorant people will not be able to cling to their traditional leaders, beliefs or churches any longer. People will NOT be allowed to follow after their “trusted” spiritual authorities. Thus, anyone still hanging on to the religion of their forefathers will be forced to make a tough decision because their religion and religious traditions will be forbidden.

 

So, at the time of the sixth trumpet, the options will be simple: Death or worship the devil. By the time we reach the end of the 1,260 days allotted to the Two Witnesses, everyone will have been forced to abandon his church.

 

The devil will eliminate all religious diversity. He will set himself up as THE religious authority of the whole world. This is the meaning of this text:

 

2 Thessalonians 2:4   “He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple [God’s place], proclaiming himself to be God.” 

 

The devil will also abolish all the nations of the world. He will divide the world into ten geographical sectors and he will appoint ten kings as “puppet kings” that will rule under him. (These are the ten toes in Daniel 2 and the ten horns on the composite beast.)

 

Lucifer’s theocratic government is called ‘the great prostitute” because people will sell their souls to the devil for the sake of rations.

 

The government of Lucifer is called a prostitute because prostitutes are willing to exchange their moral integrity for material or financial gain. 

 

So, those who “sell out” to the devil for food and water are an abomination to God. Ok, now that we have reviewed the big picture, I am going to read through Revelation 17 and as we go along, I will make some comments. (I can’t help myself.)

 

Revelation 17:1   One of the angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come [with me John and], I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits upon many waters.

 

The angel arrived at John’s side and immediately began talking about the punishment of “the great prostitute.” This is the first time the term, the great prostitute, is mentioned in the book of Revelation, but it is not the first time she is referred to!

 

Notice how this connects to the Two Witnesses . . .     

 

Revelation 11:8   Their bodies will lie in the street* of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.

 

[*Did you notice there is only one street in the great city…   “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:13,14]

 

Remember Rule 3?

 

Apocalyptic language can be literal, symbolic or analogous. To reach the intended meaning of a prophecy, the student must consider (a) the context, (b) the use of parallel language in the Bible and (c) relevant statements in the Bible that define the symbol if an element is thought to be symbolic.”

 

The term “the great prostitute” is a symbolic term because the angel told John a few verses later that the prostitute is the great city.

 

Revelation 17:18   The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”

 

And the prostitute sits on many waters!

 

Revelation 17:15   Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages.

 

What does this language mean?

 

The prostitute is the great city that rules over the kings of the Earth and she sits upon many waters. In a sentence this means: Lucifer’s theocratic government rules over the world and everything in it.

 

Revelation 17:2   With her the [ten] kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.”

 

What does this mean?

 

The 10 kings committed adultery with her: The kings allowed Lucifer to use their civil powers to enforce religious behavior.

 

…. and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.”

 

The intoxicating wine of her adulteries represents false doctrines. The idea here is that the wicked have rejected truth and righteousness. They have chosen to submit to the devil’s authority and hope for the best.

 

They cannot think straight. Totally deceived.

 

Revelation 17:3   Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns.

 

Revelation 17:4   The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries.

 

Revelation 17:5   This title was written on her forehead: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

 

Revelation 17:6   I saw the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus. When I saw her, I was greatly astonished.

 

Revelation 17:7   Then the angel said to me: “Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns.”

 

Ok, let’s gather up the ten specifications:

 

1.   The great prostitute will be punished by God

 

2.   She is “the great city”

 

3.   She sits on many waters

 

4.   She rides/directs the composite beast

 

5.   The kings of the Earth committed adultery with her

 

6.   The people of Earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries

 

7.   She wears purple and scarlet

 

8.   She has a golden cup, full of abominable things and the filth of her adulteries

 

9.   She is drunk with the blood of the saints

 

10.  She wears the title: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF  

       PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”

 

Who is she?

 

In a sentence, she is the bride of Lucifer, his one-world government, a theocratic church/state. Each specification highlights a fact about her that God wants us to know. Let’s go through them carefully:

 

1.   “….Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters.”

 

The great prostitute is a system of government. Those who participate in its administration will be punished with seven bowls and ultimately; they will be destroyed by fire.

 

(This is why one of the angels having the seven bowls was sent to John. In the previous chapter this angel had participated in the punishment of the prostitute.)

 

2.   Revelation 17:18   “The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.” 

 

The term, “The Great City” is a parallel concept from the Old Testament….

 

Under Plan A, God designed that Jerusalem would eventually become “The Great City” from which He would rule over all the Earth.

Psalm 48:1   A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah. Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, his holy mountain.

 

Psalm 48:2   It is beautiful in its loftiness, the joy of the whole earth. Like the utmost heights of Zaphon [Hebrew: the North] is Mount Zion, the city of the Great King.

 

Psalm 48:3   God is her citadels; he has shown himself to be her fortress.”

 

Under Plan A, Jerusalem would have become so great in size that it would encompass much, if not all of the land of Canaan.

 

Remember this passage?

 

Zechariah 2:1   Then I looked up—and there before me was a man with a measuring line in his hand!

 

Zechariah 2:2   I asked, “Where are you going?” He answered me, “To measure Jerusalem, to find out how wide and how long it is.”

 

Zechariah 2:3   Then the angel who was speaking to me left, and another angel came to meet him,

 

Zechariah 2:4   and said to him: “Run, tell that young man, ‘Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of men and livestock in it.

 

Zechariah 2:5   And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will be its glory within.’”

 

If Plan A had been carried out, Jerusalem would have forever been the city of God! Notice the words of Jesus:

 

Matthew 5:34   But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne;

 

Matthew 5:35   or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.”

 

Because Israel failed to keep God’s covenant, Plan A was abandoned. Jerusalem is no longer the city of God. The city of God is now called “New Jerusalem.”

 

The great prostitute is defined as “the great city” that rules over the kings of Earth because the parallel here is obvious.

 

Lucifer claiming to be Almighty God will rule over the world when he sets up his theocratic government.  The Great City will not have walls, because it will be a universal government.

 

Lucifer will rule over the kings of Earth. They will use their civil authority to enforce religious laws. This is the result of Babylon’s intoxicating wine.

 

3.   The great prostitute “sits on many waters” – that is, she sits on (controls) the diverse nations of Earth.

 

Why does God use waters to describe the wicked nations of Earth?

 

Continents are filled with people much like oceans are filled with water. In this analogous sense, waters represent “a sea of diverse human beings.”

 

Water conforms to the shape and dimensions of the container that it is put in.

 

The wicked submit to Lucifer’s government are like water…. They conform to the situation in which they find themselves in order to survive. They value only their life, nothing else – there is nothing greater.

 

This is in stark contrast to God’s people who stand firm for the right no matter what.

 

Living by faith means doing whatever is right no matter what and leaving the consequences to God.

 

Matthew 10:39   Whoever finds [a way to save] his life will lose it, and whosoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

 

So the great prostitute sits upon many waters. Lucifer’s theocratic government rules over multitudes, nations and peoples and languages.

 

The great prostitute will control all buying and selling.

 

4.   The kings of the Earth committed adultery with her

 

(They will give the prostitute their civil powers for religious purposes.)

 

5.   The people of Earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries . . .

 

This language indicates the wicked are willfully deceived . . .

 

6.   She wears purple and scarlet. . . .

    

She is rich. She controls all the nation’s wealth and she controls all of life’s necessities.

 

7.   She has a gold cup, full of abominable things and the filth of her adulteries . . .

 

Although her form may be beautiful and attractive, the prostitute is a vile woman and is disgusting to those who value righteousness. . .   

8.   She is drunk with the blood of saints. . .

 

She is like Jezebel who did her best to kill all of God’s prophets. . . .

 

9.   She wears this title: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”

 

The “mystery” of the prostitute is this: Individuals would rather rebel against God and willfully violate their conscious and exchange their soul for meager rations to survive on this doomed planet for a few more days.

 

Such thinking is pure defiant rebellion, perfect nonsense.

 

The title given to the prostitute describes an evil process that ends with great achievement. This woman is the terminus, the end result of 6,000 years of false religion. She, and all within her, are beyond redemption. She is demon possessed. She has a soul of a demon. She is the bride of Lucifer.

 

(I hope you will take time to review Ezekiel 23. Take a look at the parallel between ancient Israel and the great prostitute.)

 

Reviewing. . . .  

 

Revelation 17:6   I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore the testimony to Jesus. When I saw her, I was greatly astonished.

 

Revelation 17:7   When the angel said to me: “Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the [composite] beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns. 

 

Carefully notice this: The angel tells John that he is going to explain the mystery of the woman and the composite beast she rides, then in the next verse, the angel “jumps” to another beast – the beast that rises from the abyss.

 

He does this because one has to first understand the great red dragon (the beast from the abyss) before he can understand the woman that is Lucifer’s theocratic government.

 

So, the angel reviews some things that John has already seen:

 

Revelation 17:8   The beast [the great red dragon in Revelation 12], which you saw [cast out of Heaven], once was [visible] now is not [visible], and will come up out of the Abyss [and become visible] and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was [visible], now is not [visible], and yet will come [up out of the Abyss and be visible to everyone].

 

Revelation 17:9   “This calls for a mind of wisdom. The seven heads [on the composite beast] are seven hills on which the woman sits.

 

Revelation 17:10   They are also seven kings, five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while.

 

The angel spoke to John around A.D. 95. As of that date, five heads/hills/kings had fallen.

 

The seven heads are the seven religious systems of the world….

 

Atheism

Paganism

Judaism

Islam

Eastern Mysticism

Catholicism

Protestantism

 

The seven heads are called seven hills (or mountains) because in ancient times, it was believed that deity lived in the mountains.

 

Psalm 43:3   Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.

 

Psalm 43:4   Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God.”

 

Daniel 9:20   While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the Lord my God for his holy hill –

 

Daniel 9:21   while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice.”

 

The angel also told John the seven heads are seven kings.

 

Each religious system has subjects. If you submit to or obey your religious authorities, that makes your religious authority a king and you are its subject. We know from Revelation 13:3 that when Babylon forms in response to the first four trumpets, the head that received a fatal wound will be healed.

 

This passage refers to the Roman Catholic Church. When the pope is installed as the leader of Babylon, the head that was wounded will be healed.

 

The angel also said that five heads had fallen in A.D. 95.

 

This means that five religious systems were proven false by A.D. 95.

 

The birth of Jesus in 4 B.C. and the teachings of Jesus during His ministry on Earth confirms that five religious systems were in fact, false religions. The five fallen religious systems are:

 

1.      Atheism

2.      Paganism

3.      Judaism

4.      Islam*

5.      Eastern Mysticism

 

*Islam refers to the ancient faith of Arabs who descended from Ishmael and was later codified by Mohammed in the 6th century A.D.  

 

The head “that is” and the one to come that will last a short time are:

 

6.      Catholicism

7.      Protestantism

 

So, the seven heads upon which the prostitute rides are the seven religious of the world. Lucifer’s theocratic government will abolish them.

 

Revelation 17:11   The beast [the great red dragon] who once was [visible], and now is not [visible], is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven [heads, he is their Father] and is going to his destruction. [The “eighth king” means Lucifer will rule the seven heads. This language parallels the eighth horn in Daniel 7. Remember how the little horn uprooted three of the original ten horns in the monster beast and it became the eighth horn that ruled over the remaining seven? The parallel is identical. Lucifer will arrive and over rule the seven religious systems of Earth.]

 

Revelation 17:12   “The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not received a kingdom, but who for one hour [Greek: hora, literally “at that time”] but will receive authority as kings along with the beast [from the abyss].

 

[Note: Lucifer will give the ten kings authority. They will reign during the time of his authority.]  

 

Revelation 17:13   They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast.

 

Revelation 17:14   They will [join forces with Lucifer and] make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because He is the Lord of lords and King of kings – and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”

 

Revelation 17:15   Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages.

 

Revelation 17:16   [Eventually] The [composite] beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. [When the leaders of Earth realize they the grand deception of Lucifer] They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire.

 

Revelation 17:17   For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to give the beast their power to rule, until God’s words are fulfilled.

 

Revelation 17:18   The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”

 

Summary:

1.   The devil will physically appear in the fifth trumpet.  

 

2.   The devil will force non-religious people to make a decision.

 

3.   The devil will dissolve all religious systems.

 

4.   The devil will set-up a theocratic government (the prostitute, a.k.a. “the image”).   

 

5.   Lucifer will divide the world into ten sectors and install ten puppet kings. They will serve him as God.

 

6.   During the fifth bowl, the devil is unmasked; the wicked will realize they have been duped. They will hate and destroy the theocratic government of Lucifer.

 

7.   Lucifer then tells the truth: Unless they join with him to destroy Jesus at the Second Coming, they will be destroyed. They prepare for battle on the Mountain of God – Har Megiddo. Jesus faces his enemies and destroys them. 

 

Why does God tell us all this in advance?

 

God wants the universe to see and understand that the carnal nature – whether it is in a mighty angel or the lowest human being – would destroy God if given the chance. This is the nature of sin. This is why a loving God has done everything possible to prevent a second rise of sin!

 

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