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Summary: Today we’ll continue on in chapter 17 which is telling us about religious Babylon, chapter 18 is telling us about commercial Babylon, both are destroyed in the tribulation period, religious Babylon about the mid way point of the 7 year tribulation, and

Rev. #58-17:1-18 pt. 2 RELIGIOUS BABYLON 6-12-10

Today we’ll continue on in chapter 17 which is telling us about religious Babylon, chapter 18 is telling

us about commercial Babylon, both are destroyed in the tribulation period, religious Babylon about

the mid way point of the 7 year tribulation, and then commercial Babylon near the end as Jesus Christ

returns and defeats His enemies at Armageddon and then He prepares to set up His glorious 1000

year Kingdom reign.

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:** [v-15- peoples all over the world.

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. -A drunk person don’t really realize what

he’s doing, they are gullible, they’ll believe about any thing they hear, they don’t walk right, or talk

right, their not thinking clearly.

3--’So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a {woman}"religious system" sit upon**

notice, she is in firm control of the political power, she’s seated, the beast, the political system, supports her,

Rome, the political power is under the absolute sway of the religious system at this point.

Roman Catholicism has always desired to be the one world church and at last she will head up a one

world church. As the True Church left back in chapter 4:

3-So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: [the wilderness of religion] and I saw a

{woman}” religious system”, religious Babylon" sit upon a scarlet coloured beast,** [political system, political Babylon] full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. **.

**

The 7 heads of the Roman Empire are: lets notice that these are not the 7 world empires, but Heads of the Roman empire.

1. Julius Caesar—assassinated

2. Tiberius—poisoned or smothered

3. Caligula—assassinated

4. Claudius—poisoned

5. Nero—committed suicide

6. Domitian who was living in John’s day, who was also assassinated.

-The 7th will be the Antichrist, who will be killed and brought back to life; in this way he will

also be the 8th and was of the 7 that we’re going to read about in verse 8.

The scarlet color indicates the glory and splendor of the political power, but it cannot hinder the

suppressive control of the religious leaders, as vet. the antichrist will use her to benefit himself and

about the midway point of the tribulation she is destroyed.

4- And the woman **was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, **colours of royalty- and decked with

gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and

filthiness of her fornication: —she even appears and acts as a harlot.—

5-And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY. BABYLON THE GREAT. THE MOTHER

OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. **-notice 13 words in her title, the number of

wickedness and depravity.

6-And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints.** a reference to saints before the +

church-and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: **~saints that were believers in Jesus, read the

fox’s book of martyrs- and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. **[Amazement-wonder]

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.**

8- The beast that thou sawest was. and is not: and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit. and go into

perdition:-acts 1:15-25—tells of Judas as he hang himself and went to his own place, he is in his own

place in a certain part of the bottomless pit at this time as we speak, but will be let out at some

particular point in time to be used again as the Antichrist.—just remember that Judas was the only

man that Jesus called "the son of perdition" that’s in

John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I

have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

And Paul called the man of sin, the antichrist the "son of perdition" in

2nd thess.2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come

a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition,

Judas never called Jesus Lord, he always called Him Master.

v.8- —and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life

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