Revelation Explained

This site contains my personal views on Revelation. I will be teaching through the book verse by verse. My teachings will be from a conservative evangelical background.

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Saturday, March 01, 2008

The Woman on the Beast

"And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness: and I saw a woman sitting upon a scarlet-colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and decked with gold and precious stone and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations, even the unclean things of her fornication, and upon her forehead a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF THE HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." (Revelation 17:3-5 - American Standard Version)

The beast is the Anti-Christ. This ungodly religion and the Anti-Christ will be partners. They will assist each other as one seeks to rule the world spiritually and the other seeks to rule the world politically. They will unite their efforts early in the Tribulation.

Verse four is a picture of great wealth. In New Testament times, purple and scarlet dies were expensive. Only the wealthy could afford such colors. So this religious system will be very wealthy.

The golden cup represents the teachings of this religion. On the outside, it looks good and beautiful. However, the truth is that it is full of wicked and immoral teachings and practices. In God's eyes, this religion will be dirty and disgusting. From God's view, there will be nothing good in this religion.

The name of this new religious order is a mystery. It is something that must be carefully considered.

She is Babylon. Babylon was an ancient city. Its ruins are in modern day Iraq. This city is considered to have grown out of Babel. Babel is man's first city and is described in Genesis chapter eleven.

There are many parallels between the Babylon of Revelation and the Babel of Genesis. Both seek to unite mankind politically and spiritually. Both are opposed to the truth and to God. Both are destroyed by God.

This Babylon the Great will be the mother of all false religions. All of them will unite under her leadership.


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