Summary: Bablyon, who is the prostitute on the dragon, meets her end.
The Overthrow Of Evil In This Broken World.
In a moment we are going to read 2 chapters from Revelation. Before we do so I want to explain the historical significance of a word.
Historically the city of Babylon started in about 2000bc as a very small town. Within 200 years it became one of the largest cities in the world. By 600bc it was the capital of the most powerful empire at the time – and they loved to fight.
In 586bc the fight came to Israel. The Babylonians destroyed the temple and brought many of the people of Israel into exile.
They were ripped from their homes.
They were ripped from their families.
They were ripped from their jobs.
Forced to walk over 1000km. They entered a place which was not home.
They could work and live there.
They could marry and have families.
But constantly they were surrounded by idolatry, greed, paganism, temptation, injustice. Babylon was spiritually crushing.
Psalm 137:1-4 gives us a little idea of what it was like for the people at the time.
By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.
There our tormentors demanded, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”
How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land?
That’s Babylon – historically. In 500bc history took a new course when Babylon started to go into decline. When John sees the Revelation Babylon has been in desolation and obscurity for over 250 years.
Now keep all that in mind as we read.
What are these two chapters all about? Destruction and judgement?
Specifically the destruction and judgement of Babylon.
Not Babylon the actual city. But Babylon who has been seeking to spiritually crush all Christians.
So here is what we know about Babylon.
Babylon is closely connected to the Beast
She sits on the beast who has 7 heads and 10 horns. We have meat this beats before in Revelation 13. We saw then that this beast represents oppressive kingdoms, political powers and social structures.
As the world goes through its history there will always be kingdoms and countries that believe they are in control. The Roman Empire was one. The English Empire was another. The USSR had a go. So did Germany. Today the mantel goes to the USA and to China. History is full of countries determined to flex their might over and against others. These are the seven heads.
When telling us about the destiny of these empires the angel says in Revelation 17:10 Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come. What we are being told here is that the power of empires will come to an end.
Where is the Babylonian Empire now?
Or the Roman Empire?
Or the English Empire?
In times to come people might even look back and say, “Where is the USA?”
No earthly empires will last. Only the kingdom of God will last. But the beast with seven heads and 10 horns puts up a fight – he wants to put up a huge fight. So he asks Babylon for help.
When you understand who Babylon is … well there is no nice way of saying this … Babylon is a prostitute.