In our previous study on the Book of Revelation titled,
"The Wrath of God," we left off at the outpouring of
the seventh bowl in Ch. 16 at verse 17. This is the last bowl
judgment containing God's wrath and will complete the events
being revealed in the day of the sounding of the woeful seventh
trumpet of Rev. 11:14-15.
Verses 18-21 of Rev. Ch. 16 then give a summation of the dramatic
developments which will be experienced upon the earth at the
pouring out of the seventh bowl.
We are told that the greatest earthquake in the history of
mankind will take place and that every island will flee away
and the mountains will not be found. Hailstones weighing approximately
100 pounds will fall upon men and men will blaspheme God because
of this great plague.
Verse 19 brings our attention to the main focus of this study
when we are told that the great city Babylon will be remembered
by God when He gives her, "the cup of the wine of the fierceness
of His wrath" and cuts her into three pieces as the nations
fall around her during the earthquake of all earthquakes.
Before we enter into a more detailed look at what God shares
with us about this Babylon found in Chapters 17 & 18 of the
Book of Revelation we must first realize that there are three
distinct landscapes to the last days appearance of Babylon which
we might figuratively refer to as her body, spirit and soul.
According to Scripture these three aspects of Babylon are
to be destroyed at three different points in time. Perhaps this
is the greater relevance as to why God has shared with us His
intention to divide this great city into three portions.
The first aspect according to Jeremiah 51:59-64 is the literal
geographical city of ancient Babylon which has been rebuilt by
Saddam Hussein and now stands for the time being at its original
location in Iraq.
By that which is revealed in Jer. 50:18-20 & 51:19-24
we know that the destruction of Babylon must take place at its
original location during these last days before Israel's restoration
to God and while Israel is still a military power to be feared.
Babylon's destruction, according to Jer. Chapters 50 &
51, will be accomplished by many nations among which will include
Israel. This would indicate that geographical Babylon will be
destroyed at some time in the near future and not during the
Tribulation Period when Israel's military might will be broken
and she will become prey for the Anti-Christ.
The second manifestation of Babylon to be destroyed will be
the sacrilegious last days seat of her ancient harlot religion.
The fall of this great city, where her prostituted teachings
are centralized, will transpire at approximately the middle of
the final 7 years before the mark and worship of the Anti-Christ
are fully initiated according to Rev. 14:8-11.
It will be at this time that the harlot's days of glory and
authority will be finally ended. What remains will then be incorporated
into the kingdom of the Anti-Christ.
The harlot's destruction is accomplished by a ten king alliance
who serve the Anti-Christ according to Rev. 17:16-18.
In comparison to the destruction of geographical Babylon,
Israel will be in severe distress at this mid-point of the Tribulation
and her broken military might is in stark contrast to the great
power she wielded earlier during the destruction of geographical
Babylon (Dan. 8:23-24 & 9:27). Where as Israel will have
been a major contributor in a global confederacy to eliminate
geographical Babylon (see Jer. 51:19-24), in the annihilation
of religious Babylon, only ten kings are singled out in the
campaign for her destruction. The third manifestation of Babylon
to be destroyed will be the great city where the location of
the Anti-Christ's ten kings power and might will be centralized.
That is, his kingdoms wealth and government.
This final aspect of commercial/political Babylon is to be
destroyed at the close of the Great Tribulation by Jesus Christ
Himself. Her final moments will come by an unparalleled earthquake
( as was revealed in Rev. 16:16-19), along with swift acting
plagues and a raging inferno (Rev. 18:8 & Dan. 2:34, 35 &
Verses 1-7 of Ch. 17 of the Book of Revelation then begin
by an angelic revelation. We are given detailed exposition of
the last day's Babylonian harlot which has, according to Rev.
17:6, a bloodthirsty nature. She is found to have intoxicated
herself from the blood of the martyrs of Jesus which makes her
a defiled institution existing since the time the Church of Jesus
Christ was founded.
Along with the enjoyment she derives from destroying true
believers we are told that she is a mysterious, bejeweled and
extravagantly draped harlot whose wealth is astounding.
With her being manifested as a harlot it is made known to
us that she is found in the role of a soiled version of the faithful,
betrothed Church of Jesus Christ (II Cor. 11:2-4). By her title
it is made known to us that she is the original mother of all
false religions which began to spread over the face of the earth
since Genesis 10:8-10 & 11:1-8. She has taken on her final
form as a prostituted matron of the one true faith. Under her
deceptive guise she will gather all her wandering children in
a final march to destruction.
We are shown that in the last days she will be carried upon
the back of the beastly representation of the kingdom of the
Verses 8-11 of Rev. Ch. 17 then share cryptic revelations
abut the spirit entity which will possess the Anti-Christ and
more information regarding the harlot religion.
Considering the harlot, the Apostle John is told she sits
on seven mountains, which to his understanding of that day would
have unequivocally been meant to be a reference to Rome.
We are thoroughly convinced beyond any shadow of a doubt that
the Roman Catholic Institution is the harlot being unmasked in
Ch. 17 of the Book of Revelation (see Rapture Watch message,
"Holy Rome to Return to Jerusalem). The evidence to support
this is overwhelming. "The Two Babylons" by Hislop
should convince any reasonable skeptic.
Verses 12-18 of Rev. Ch. 17 then conclude the chapter with
an intriguing double cross. In verse 7 of this chapter we are
shown that the Anti-Christ and his composite kingdom carry the
harlot. We then learn of just how much a burden she really is
to this kingdom and of the seething hatred which will be revealed
against her from the Anti-Christ. Her temporary control over
the beast was only tolerated by the beast so that she could be
used to bring her illegitimate children together in unity.
Verses 12-18 share that the ten kings of the Anti-Christ will
devote all of their power, authority and wills to the establishment
of the kingdom of the beastly Anti-Christ - so much so that verse
14 reveals they will even dare to challenge Jesus Christ at the
day of His return.
Revelation 13:14 reads, "These will make war with the
Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords
and King of kings; and those who are with Him [which is the Church]
are called, chosen, and faithful." (See also Rev. 19:19).
Revelation 17:15 brings us back to focus on the harlot by
showing that her ecumenically corrupted form of Christianity,
which incorporates and encourages the worshipers of every false
religion of the world, has influence over the whole earth.
Verses 16 & 17 then reveal the utter contempt the Anti-Christ
has harbored and nurtured against the harlot and how ten kings
will be of one mind with his hatred towards her.
The Anti-Christ's relationship with the harlot might be compared
with a black widow spider who allows the smaller mate of the
species to approach until the desired pro-creative at is accomplished.
The mate is then devoured by the larger female.
The Anti-Christ carries the harlot while she regathers her
children for his future plans, only then will the ten kings strip
the harlot of her power and wealth and will burn her up with
Verse 18 tells us that the city that is recognized as being
one with the harlot, will up to that time have had a history
of reigning over the kings of the earth. Our unqualified candidate
for the great, religious city of the wealthy murderous harlot
is Roman Catholicism's own unique domain found in Vatican City.
Verse 1 of Ch. 18 of the Book of Revelation then opens with
a glorious and powerful angel appearing to the Apostle John.
We soon find out that this angel has an announcement of something
which is to take place "after" the wealth and power
of the scarlet woman of Babylon is devoured and her city is destroyed
by the Anti-Christ.
We are shown in verses 2 & 3 that all that was the harlots
will then be found in another final manifestation of Babylon
which will include a transferred infestation of countless demons.
Verse 1 told us this will take place "after" religious
Babylon has been destroyed.
In verse 2 we are shown that there has been a movement of
demons and foul spirits from the one aspect of Babylon which
had just been destroyed, into another aspect when we are told
of two fallings of Babylon. It is still the one Babylon, but
her destruction comes in stages.
First the geographical, then the religious. Last comes religious
Babylon's consort, the Babylonian beast which she has merged
with the ultimate false worship.
Verses 4 & 5 warn the tribulation saints that they should
have no part of Babylon and that they should flee from her.
Verse 6 gives us an additional clue to help with understanding
this newly announced destruction of Babylon after having just
witnessed a pervious destruction of Babylon in Ch. 17. We are
told, "...repay her double according to her works; in the
cup which she has mixed, mix double for her."
There is to be a second death for religious Babylon after
her vile legacy is absorbed into the realm of the Anti-Christ's
kingdom. False worship, in defiance against the only true God,
is a defining characteristic of the Anti-Christ's kingdom.
Verse 7 of Rev. Ch. 18 reveals that in her final form Babylon
is no longer referred to as a harlot, but instead as a queen.
An arrogant queen that does not recognize herself as being widowed
by the destruction of her former consort. In the face of her
proud, defiant attitude God assures her of His swift judgment
in Rev. 18:8.
Verse 9 again presents a contrast between the harlot and the
queen of Babylon when we are shown kings weeping over the day
the queen is destroyed, while in Rev. 17:12 & 16, kings enthusiastically
destroyed the harlot because of their burning hatred against
In the same fashion that the harlot had a central city so
too, we are told in verse 10 of Rev. 18, does the queen.
The religion of the Anti-Christ's kingdom is of the greatest
importance to the queen, but of no less significance is the empire's
financial control. Revelation 13:14-17 draws a clear connection
between control of wealth and control of religion in the Anti-Christ's
This is why Rev. 18:11-19 centers on the extraordinary wealth
based power controlled by the queen's great city. Because of
the prophecy of Daniel 9:26 which reveals that the Anti-Christ
will come from the people that destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD,
we know the queen's city will be found in what was once the Roman
Empire. The European Union established by the Treaty of Rome
is without any doubt, by our understanding, the fulfillment
of the restored Roman Empire of these last days.
We do not believe it is a coincidence that women are found
symbolically portrayed as representative of government or a depiction
of false beliefs in Europe in these last days. Tony Pearce out
of London noted this in the summer 2003, "Light for the
Last Days," along with Europe's affinity to identify itself
We quote, "The EU has adopted symbols which are very significant
in the light of prophecy. The EU flag with twelve stars on a
blue background points to the Queen of Heaven' and worship
of Mary, linking it to Roman Catholicism. Outside the Council
of Europe building in Brussels there stands a sculpture of a
woman riding a bull (see Revelation 17 - the woman rides the
beast). The sculpture is a representation of the Greek myth of
Europa being carried away by Zeus, the chief of the Greek gods,
in the form of a bull. This building is the nerve centre of the
EU, where laws are written by unelected men, only later to be
rubber stamped by the EU parliament. Its new parliament building
opened in Strasbourg in December 2000 is deliberately modeled
on Brueghel's painting of the Tower of Babel. When asked by a
secular journalist Why the Tower of Babel' an EU official
replied, What they failed to complete 3000 years ago -
we in Europe will finish now.' An EU promotional poster has a
reproduction of The Tower of Babel with construction cranes above
it and the caption Many tongues, one voice.'
For an example of how a modern European city could fulfill
the parameters of the queen's commercial Babylon, we might consider
looking within the female representation of Great Britain, Britannia.
With the British Isles historic Celtic beliefs and what is
known as British Israelism, one can find a strong foundation
for a religion which can be used to position the Anti-Christ
as the last day's false Messiah.
Combining these facts with the January and December, 1999
reports from the Electronic Telegraph, a proposal to replace
Britain's coronation service with a multi-faith ceremony with
contributions from other faiths ("Coronation might become
multi-faith..."), and that the religion of the United Kingdom
would no longer be explicitly "Protestant" in opposition
to Roman Catholic inclusion in government affairs (Archbishop's
Timebomb"), we can see by this example how a historic commercial
and financial Goliath like the 677 acre former Roman settlement
called the City of London might fulfill the yet to be revealed
final Babylon of the end times.
A more recent report that has had years to mature even further
concerning the growing efforts of Great Britain to develop far
reaching religious authority was shared in the Electronic Telegraph
article of Jan. 4, 2000 which headlined, "Leaders of nine
faiths stand together."
The article stated that, "Leaders from the nine religious
faiths in Britain stood together in the Palace of Westminster
yesterday and made a public commitment to "work together
for the common good" in the Third Millennium. The unprecedented
events, hosted by the Prime Minister, brought together Christians,
Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Sikhs, Jains, Baha'is and Zoroastrians
in the Royal Gallery of the House of Lords. The Archbishop of
Canterbury, Dr. George Carey, stood shoulder to shoulder with
Chief Rabbi, Dr. Jonathan Sacks, the secretary general of the
Muslim Council of Great Britain, Iqbal Sacranie, and leaders
of other faiths..."In a world scarred by the evils of war,
racism, injustice and poverty, we offer a joint Act of Commitment"...to
work together "to help bring about a better world now and
for generations to come"...Tony Blair described the occasion
as "progress of a very special sort" for the country
which showed how religions, which had often been cause for division,
"can reach out across the divide." Dr. Carey emphasized
the Christian nature of the millennial celebrations, but acknowledged
"the increasingly important contribution of other faiths."
He said: "This event will, I believe, be seen by future
generations as truly historic."
It is interesting how Pope John Paul has also prayed in unity
with these same religions.
Out of this tangled web we can be sure the end time harlot
and queen will be made known after the true Church of Jesus Christ
has been Raptured to heaven (I Thess. 4:15-18).
Returning to Ch. 18 of the Book of Revelation we find that
verses 20-24 close out this chapter with a call for heaven and
believers to rejoice over the complete and final destruction
of Babylon because, "...in her was found the blood of the
prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth."
By this revelation we are shown that her roots are ancient.
It was a matter of false worship and rebellion against God
that brought forth the very first murder by Cain when he slew
his brother Abel.
Where as Jesus told us in John 8:44 that the devil is the
father of lies and a murderer from the beginning, it might be
said of Revelation Chapters 17 & 18 that we had just met
There is only one true way to come to God and that is through
Jesus Christ. Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way, the
truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through
Trust in Jesus this moment for the forgiveness of our sins
and receive the promise of eternal life. Once you have truly
given up your life to Jesus, never let the words of Galatians
2:20 leave your heart and mind, "I have been crucified with
Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and
the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the
Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me, I do not set
aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the
law, then Christ died in vain."