Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality.” Revelation 17:1-2
“The Whore of Babylon” the False and Evil Religious system that has deceived and corrupted the entire world, is about to come into judgement. We saw in the last chapter, that the support for Babylon has dried up. And the system of Babylon has fallen apart!
All the “Kings of The Earth” representing all the authority of the nations , were part of this religious and political corrupted system. They all were “drunk with her immorality” meaning they sold their souls to Satan for money and power. We actually see this a lot today in the “religious systems” its more about money than it is about God anymore
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? Mark 8:36
And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality, and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Revelation 17:3-5
Here we see the symbolism of “The Whore of Babylon” who is the symbolic representation of the corrupted religious system. Babylon is sitting on a “scarlet beast” which is obviously Satan. The corrupted system is fueled and influenced by Satan himself to deceive the masses and destroy souls
Notice her cup is full of abominations, the sins and immorality of this fake religious system is great, including the death and persecution of Christians.
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. 2 Thessalonian 2:7
And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. When I saw her, I wondered greatly. And the angel said to me, “Why do you wonder? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. Revelation 17:6-7
We see here “Babylon” is responsible for the death and persecution of many Christians. The interesting thing here is the Apostle John says “When I saw her, I wondered greatly”. This could possibly mean that the deception of this fake religious system “Babylon” was not so obvious. Satan is a master at deception, beware of the false prophets and false churches
“Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. Matthew 24:11
“The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come. Revelation 17:8
The world is about to see Satan be thrown into the Lake of Fire for final punishment. Notice those whos names are not in the “Book of Life” will join Satan in the Lake of Fire. Many people will be in “awe” or “wonder” as they see this mighty false religious and pollical system totally destroyed by God Almighty
May they be blotted out of the book of life And may they not be recorded with the righteous. Psalm 69:28
Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits, and they are seven kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while. Revelation 17:9-10
The Angel is explaining this vision to the Apostle John. Most commonly people associate the 7 Mountains with Rome. However since most or all of Revelation is symbolic, I believe the mountains represent power and authority. The 7 mountains are the 7 Kings/Leaders/ect. that represented the Satanic system of Babylon.
Its revealed another leader is yet to come and they will be in power for a little while. I believe this is futuristic as the majority of Revelation is
The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction. “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour. These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast. Revelation 17:11-13
Satan is making one final push before his total destruction. He’s aligning all his nations that he deceived into following him and doing his dirty work. However as we know the ending wont be pretty for Satan and all his followers
‘As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will subdue three kings. Daniel 7:24
These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.” Revelation 17:14
As scary as the book of Revelation can get at times, we can always have comfort and hope knowing we serve the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Our God always reigns!
which He will bring about at the proper time– He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 1 Timothy 6:15
And he said to me, “The waters which you saw where the harlot sits, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues. And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the harlot and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh and will burn her up with fire. For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose by having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled. The woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth.” Revelation 17:15-18
Jesus has defeated Babylon and the world has turned on the “Whore of Babylon” , Time is running out for the wicked people and they finally realized their false religion is a total sham. When faithless people get desperate , what do they do? They turn on each other. This is what God ordained to happen to Satans wicked empire
“If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. Mark 3:24