Revelation Explained

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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Drunk with the Blood of the Saints

"And I saw the woman drunken from the blood of the saints, and from the blood of the witnesses of Jesus, and I did wonder -- having seen her -- with great wonder; and the messenger said to me, `Wherefore didst thou wonder? I -- I will tell thee the secret of the woman and of the beast that [is] carrying her, which hath the seven heads and the ten horns. `The beast that thou didst see: it was, and it is not; and it is about to come up out of the abyss, and to go away to destruction, and wonder shall those dwelling upon the earth, whose names have not been written upon the scroll of the life from the foundation of the world, beholding the beast that was, and is not, although it is.' " (Revelation 17:6-8 - Young's Literal Translation)

Once this world-wide religious system is established, it will persecute all those who will not conform to it teaching. It will be intoxicated with blood. The blood of true Christians will be addictive. The more she kills; the more she will desire to kill.

John is amazed by this prostitute. He admires her beauty and wealth and is repelled by her evil and immorality.

The angel tells John that he will explain to him the vision that he has seen. To some commentators, the angel's explanation is just as difficult to understand as the vision itself. However, if we keep in mind an overview of the Tribulation events, things will come into focus.

The angel says that the beast was, and is not and yet is. This beast is the Anti-Christ. In what way does this strange description apply to him. In chapter thirteen we studied the Anti-Christ. Three times in that chapter, John mentions a fatal wound that the Anti-Christ receives. Satan will resurrect the Anti-Christ by possessing his body and animating it. It will be an imperfect imitation of the Resurrection of Jesus.

So the Anti-Christ was alive. Then he died and is not. Then Satan resurrects him and he yet is.
This also explains the reference to the bottomless pit and perdition. Satan will ascend out of the pit to possess the body of the Anti-Christ. At the end of the Tribulation, all those whose names are not in the Book of Life will go into perdition.

The entire world will honor the Anti-Christ when he is resurrected. Only the saved will see things as the truly are. Only the saved will understand what has actually occurred.


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