Although the human leader of this empire is also called “the beast” in Revelation 19:20, here (in Revelation 17:3) this term refers to the empire. The reference to Babylon indicates that, just as Babylon (the first of four world-ruling empires foretold by God in the book of Daniel) had spread and enforced its false, idolatrous form of worship, so would this woman. For additional information, see “What Is Babylon?”. John reveals to us a double symbolism in verses 10-11 regarding the seven mountains of verse 9. The divine person now (Revelation 1:17-20) identifies himself as Jehovah-Jesus, the ever-living, who by his death and resurrection has attained dominion over the domains of death and hades. She is given a series of four titles: “Mystery”, “Babylon The Great”, “The Mother of Harlots”, The Mother of Abominations of the Earth”. In this section of John’s vision, the woman is described. What became the Roman Catholic Church led those who were determined to make the Church less Jewish. Before this is explained, John is shown a vision which symbolizes two additional … Revelation 12: Who Are the Woman, Child and Dragon? This dreadful dispensation of God's wrath happened in the days of the10th and last bloody persecution of the Christians, when Diocelsian was Emperior; as all historians testify. In addition to her influence over the kings of the earth, she holds sway over a large portion of the earth’s population. The seven ‘bowls of wrath’ and the fall of Babylon are described in graphic detail in Chaps 17,18. This passage simply shows that as the god of this present evil age, Satan has control of and power over the kingdoms of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4; Galatians 1:4; Matthew 4:8-9). Revelation 17:7 and 9 indicates that the harlot’s relationship to the beast is mutual. Revelation 17:1-2. The Council of Laodicea in A.D. 365 determined that “Christians must not judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honouring the Lord’s Day, and, if they can, resting then as Christians. For further study regarding God’s holy days, see the article “Smyrna” for documentation of how this church tried to convince God’s people to abandon the observance of Passover as taught by Jesus and His apostles. a. This is the type of area where this Satanic duo is found and prospers, in the hearts and lives of those who are destitute of spiritual life. The angel begins a look at the scarlet beast. “The Mother of … Abominations of the Earth” – She also produces great abominations through seduction  She seduces lost men, they, in turn, begin committing great acts that God hates. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Similar to chapter 12, which provides a concise history of Satan’s efforts to destroy Christ and God’s people, including the true Church of God, Revelation 17 documents the work of a powerful, false religious system that has long deceived and ruled over numerous nations and peoples. 1 * Then one of the seven angels who were holding the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come here. Also lifelessness is the end result of those who follow the messages and dictates of these kingdoms. First, John sees a vision of Heaven. You are very welcome Maria! The woman being pictured as sitting on the seven mountains reminded John of the World Empire that existed in his day…. The beast in this section of Scripture is the Roman Empire. Many other equally wrong changes took place regarding God’s holy days. In his commentary, Adam Clarke further explains, “This is a representation of the Latin [Roman] Church in her highest state of antichristian prosperity, for she sits upon the scarlet coloured beast, a striking emblem of her complete domination over the secular Latin [Roman] empire” (Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible, Revelation 17:3). A brief introduction and overview of the book of Revelations. Bible > Summary > Revelation 1 ... 17). —Read, And the woman whom thou sawest is (not “that,” but) the great city, which has a kingdom over the kings of the earth. We see in chapter 17 and Revelation 18 that this city will host a world-wide, corrupt religious system. With these words the angel’s explanation of “the mystery of the woman” (see Revelation 17:7) ends.The harlot is a city; the Babylon of the past lives again in Rome; the woman is Rome, the goddess of lands and peoples.” This woman symbolizes the religious aspects of Satan’s kingdoms. Thanks for the Bible exposition. I trust your July 4th was blessed. Throughout history we have seen the political powers of the world go to war against the false religions of this world seeking, unsuccessfully to destroy them. From these we can learn the following truths…. In this section of John’s vision, the woman is described. He thereupon commissions the seer for his work, symbolized by the significance of the stars and candlesticks. What Is the Meaning of the Seventh Trumpet? As explained in our article “Mark of the Beast,” the beast in the book of Revelation is a continuation of the fourth great historical empire (the Roman Empire) prophesied in Daniel 7:1-8. What Are the Seven Last Plagues of Revelation? This involves the false religions and false teachers that can be found in the world around us. Book of Revelation is actually a Christian prophecy book filled with Old Testament-style language and imagery narrating events and descriptions like the mark of the beast, the battle of Armageddon, the binding of Devil, the Rule of the Lord, the Great White Throne of Judgment and the finally the nature of the eternal city of God. In Revelation 17 and 18, the fall of Babylon is carefully detailed. . Revelation 18 Chapter 17 This chapter contains another representation of those things that had been revealed before concerning the wickedness and ruin of antichrist. There he meets God and Jesus and all sorts of other angels, elders, and weird six-winged creatures that inhabit the heavenly realms. This end-of-the-age empire—which the harlot will control for a short time—will receive its power from Satan the devil. “Babylon”) and “The Beast” revealed in Revelation 17. (Read all of Revelation 17) The characters of Babylon are first portrayed. 3 So he carried me away in the Spirit # Rev. Additionally, we are told that this woman is responsible for the deaths of the faithful “martyrs of Jesus” (Revelation 17:6) and that this woman “is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth” (verse 18). She is given the title of “Great Whore”, expressing her sinfulness, seductive nature, shamelessness and also her unfaithfulness to the Lord and His Word. I will show you the judgment on the great harlot * who lives near the many waters. The angel begins to describe the beast with a three-fold description: “thou sawest not and is not” – speaking of the beast’s existence in the kingdoms prior to, and following, John’s life on earth;   “shall ascend out of the bottomless pit”. 12:3 on a scarlet beast which was full of # Rev. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast” (verses 12-13). The Seven Vials Of Wrath Revealed (15:5-8) SUMMARY OF EACH DIVISION OF CHAPTER: Revelation 15:1-4 – Preparation for the Seven Last Plagues ; The chapter opens with a new vision being presented to John. Babylon, the Prostitute on the Beast. This great day of God, and the Lamb's wrath, was at last acknowledged and confessed by those persecutors. These two chapters describe in detail the destruction of Babylon whose fall was mentioned earlier in 14:8 and 16:19, as well as 18:2,21. The sins she causes in the midst of mankind are described as fornication and drunkenness. 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: 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. Revelation 17:14(WNT) Verse Thoughts. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the New King James Version (© 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.). It summarizes about 70 pages from my book (The Antichrist and the Second Coming). Commentary for Revelation 17 One of the angels who had the vials, explains the meaning of the former vision of the antichristian beast that was to reign 1260 years, and then to be destroyed. The description of her as one “who sits on many waters” (Revelation 17:1) is later explained: “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues” (verse 15). “The Holy Roman Empire” was thus the name of the empire centered in Europe and controlled by the Roman Catholic Church. Preparation For Seven Last Plagues (15:1-4) B. This seems to refer to political intrigues in which the leaders of these nations collaborate with this immoral woman in spiritual misconduct, with each party seeking its own advantage. (Read Revelation 17:15-18) God so ruled the hearts of these kings, by his power over them, and by his providence, that they did those things, without intending it, which he purposed and foretold. As the mother of harlots, she would also have daughters that would teach similar abominable doctrines—teachings that would be in opposition to what Jesus and His disciples taught. Her temptations are pictured by a gold cup being offered to mankind which is filled with sinful abominations. As for the seven heads of the beast, these “are seven mountains on which the woman sits. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The Fourth Commandment: Remember the Sabbath Day. Each of these occurs in a separate literary unit (12-14), (15-16), and (17-19). Translate This Blog Into Other Languages... Search Our Site For All Your Favorite Postings... What Is Your Life If Not Lived For The Lord? As we’ve noted in other articles in this series on the book of Revelation, this book is a vision from Jesus Christ, given to Him by God the Father, which primarily reveals what is going to happen before Christ’s return to establish the Kingdom of God on earth. What does Revelation chapter 17 mean? (1-6) And interprets the mystery of the woman, and the beast that had seven heads and ten horns. Anti-Semitism was clearly involved in this church’s unscriptural decision to worship on Sunday rather than Saturday. SUMMARY OF EACH DIVISION OF CHAPTER: Revelation 17:1-6 – The Woman And The Scarlet Colored Beast. Its chief end is to speak evil of (blaspheme) the true God. Her close relationship with beast (the political powers of Satan) is shown by her riding upon it. Though Christian in name, this institution has also persecuted God’s faithful people throughout the ages and changed fundamental doctrines taught by Christ and the first-century apostles. Although she looks beautiful and has the trappings of wealth, luxury and authority, her actions are an abomination to God. Beginning in chapter 17: we have seen the recipient of God’s wrath, the kingdoms of Satan presented in great detail. The first-century Church of God faced pressure from Jews to make the Church more Jewish by requiring male circumcision (Acts 15). Commentary for Revelation 17–22 Revelation 17–18.The Fall of Babylon. This involves the false religions and false teachers that can be found in the world around us. 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." It also faced pressure from people claiming to be Christians to make the Church less Jewish. In Revelation 17, an immoral woman is depicted. They will seek to destroy and discourage us, but we are saved by grace through faith in Christ and … Come I … This fallen woman’s influence was and is extensive. Putting this information together, we see that the scarlet woman—the Roman Catholic Church—was prophesied to ride or control successive continuations of the Roman Empire, the last of which will arise at the end of this age. She wants to be with the beast and the beast wants her. For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled” (verses 16-17). Outline Of The Book of Revelations. The purple color contains more blue than the crimson, though the limits are not very accurately defined, and the words are sometimes interchanged. Finally the angel describes the woman as “that great city which reigneth over the kings of the earth.”  The great city is speaking of Babylon (vs 5), the seat of rebellion and pride of mankind. This speaks of acts of uncleanness that flow from sin natures that are left to run uncontrolled in the lives of the lost. Revelation 17 explained. May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation. It appears that the woman sitting on the beast controls or rules the beast—as the rider on a horse controls or directs it. He has served in the pastoral ministry for over 40 years, pastoring congregations across six states. “Babylon the Great” – The message of Satan’s false religions are worthless to man and only causes confusion. 11:38 and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, # Jer. A final revival of the Roman Empire—the one John said “has not yet come” (verse 10)—will be a combination of 10 kings that will come together to form a final, short-lived resurgence of this historic fourth empire of Daniel 7. In verse 5 we see the woman’s name: “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. He currently pastors the Austin, Texas, congregation of the Church of God, a Worldwide Association. Thank you Tom. Although both aspects of Satan’s kingdoms are under Satan’s control, the Lord places in their hearts to fight among themselves. And I saw a woman sitting # Rev. Although the letters of this passage were not capitalized in the original Greek manuscripts, a number of translators have done so here (and similarly in Matthew 27:37; Mark 15:26; Luke 23:38; John 19:19) to indicate that this was a title or inscription. Many people find the connection between religious Babylon and Roman Catholicism irresistible, yet it is flawed in the sense that there is no doubt that religious Babylon will incorporate a strong Roman Catholic element, but it will be much bigger than Roman Catholicism. Pressure to change the doctrines Christ and His disciples established began in the first century not long after the Church of God began.Writing to early Christians, Jude wrote, “I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. Before their short rule is over, these kings “will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings” (verse 14). When John wrote that five kings had fallen and that one existed, he was describing the Roman Empire. Who Are the Woman, Child and Dragon in Revelation 12? “Was” and “fallen” – the world empires that had existed prior to John’s day; “is not” and “not yet come” – the world empires that are yet to exist following John’s day;  “and yet is” and “one is”– the world empires that existed in John’s day (Rome). Revelation 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? 51:7; Rev. For a more extensive study of the unauthorized changes made by this church to the gospel of Christ, see our free booklet Where Is the Church Jesus Built? “And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. CHAPTER 17. Revelation 17 begins in verse 1 by identifying the woman in this chapter as a “whore” (King James Version) or “harlot” (New King James Version) “with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication” (verse 2). I. This kingdom was prophesied to receive a “deadly wound” before rising again prior to the end of this age (Revelation 13:1, 3). Chapter 17 of Revelation deals with religious Babylon and chapter 18 deals with political Babylon. She is the one that exercises the ultimate control over the political powers of this world. The woman was presented as the mother of all prostitutes, as symbol for the false religion that many followed. The bad news is you will have to pay closer attention to the scriptural references to better connect the dots. This is the eighth kingdom being talked about by the angel. Carole 29 Mar 2019, 14:21. Thus the mock robe put on the Saviour is called in Mark 15:17, Mark 15:20, πορφύραν porphuran—‘purple,’ and in Matthew 27:28, κοκκίνην kokkinen—‘crimson’” (Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible, Revelation 17:4). 18:12, 16 was arrayed in purple and scarlet, # Dan. Jesus told us that in this world we will suffer tribulation.. at the hand of our enemies and through the wiles of satanic forces in high places. Get the latest blog posts from Life, Hope & Truth straight to your inbox. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. She is described as sitting on “many waters” speaking of the great authority and control that she exercises over the masses of lost humanity. This color of clothing complements her also wearing gold, precious stones and pearls and her use of a golden cup. After a brief how-do-you-do, John sees Jesus come forward (in the form of a seven-eyed lamb) and open seven seals. The angel assures John that even though the nations will unite to oppose Christ, Jesus will be the ultimate Victor over the united foe. The contrast to this beautifully impressive exterior is that her cup is filled with “abominations and the filthiness of her fornication” (verse 4). One of the most intriguing descriptions of the woman of Revelation 17 is found in verse 3: “And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.”. A text & video blog striving to honor Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through Bible lessons, devotionals, Sunday School studies and small group studies. (Part 6)     INTRODUCTION: Solomon addresses himself as “the Preacher”. To learn more about the work of the spokesperson for false religion during the end times prior to the return of Jesus Christ, see the article “Antichrist.” An example of how the false church described in Revelation 17 has wrongfully changed the teaching of Christ regarding the Sabbath can be found in the articles on this website in the section titled “The Fourth Commandment: Remember the Sabbath Day.”. Is taken to the beast. ” » Revelation 17: we have seen the recipient of,. 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