January 21, 2021

Revelation 17:1-18

One of the seven priest-angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many watersWith her the kings of the Earth committed spiritual adultery and the inhabitants of the Earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries, enamored by her ennoblement of the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life over and above the rightful place of the Creator.”

Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert.  There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns…the symbolic representation of the very person of the Anti-christ himself, as well as the embodiment of all anti-christs throughout all ages and in all places who were his forerunners!  She was sitting on the Beast…a symbolic representation of how she has ridden upon empires, kings, powers…the sum total of this world’s political sovereignty and dominion…throughout all ages and in all places, inspiring, leading and controlling them with the lure of her spiritual fornication.  The Woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls befitting the gaudiness and pomp of her Earthly splendor.  She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries…the world’s many debauching systems of false faith and false worship, idol worship and carnal self-exaltation, over and against the revelations and institutes of Yahweh.  This title was written on her forehead:

MYSTERY 
BABYLON THE GREAT 
THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES 
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

She had her origin after the Flood under that great rebel, Nimrod, from his first and capitol city Bab-el (Babylon), who began that first great work of conscious and deliberate rebellion against God which brought the confusion of tongues, and thereby inaugurated the original of, and became the parent of, all the subsequent harlotries and abominations of mankind down through the ages.  She is thus the great embodiment, source, and representative of all idolatry, false worship, and perversion of the Word and institutes of God…the symbolic mother representing the universal body of the faithless throughout all ages and in all places… those who worship as God what is not God, giving their hearts to idols, and who institute systems, doctrines, rites and administrations to take the place of what God has revealed and appointed.  Whatever changes or additions evolved as the streams of humanity ran on amid the centuries, it was still old Babylon, which ever abides, giving birth to her harlot daughters down through the ages, ever reproducing the likeness of the original mother, and thus known to the judgment angels as “Babylon the Great, THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”  She is the bride of Satan…the Devil’s antagonist to the Woman clothed with the sun who is the precious bride symbolically representing the visible Church of the Living God on Earth, who gives birth to her royal children belonging to God.

I saw that the Woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus, whom she has persecuted and killed down through the ages because of their testimony and witness against her spiritual harlotry and the filth of her adulteries.  When I saw her, I was greatly astonished, and gazed upon her with perplexed horror, wondering whether this woman could be the same one whom I had previously seen clothed with the sun…now, somehow, horribly transformed.  Then the angel said to me: “Why are you astonished?  I will explain to you the mystery of the Woman and of the Beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns.  The Beast, which you saw, once was living, now is not…having died of a fatal wound…and will come up out of the Abyss to live on the Earth once again, and then go to his destruction.  The inhabitants of the Earth whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the Beast, because he once was living, now is not, and yet will come to live again upon the Earth.

This calls for a mind with wisdom.  The seven heads are seven regal hills on which the Woman sits…the seven great mountains of imperial world-power that will have reigned throughout the course of history, and representative of the sum total of this world’s political sovereignty and dominion throughout all ages and in all places.  They are also the seven great and very powerful kings of these world-powers, having a dominant influence over the world during the period of their reign.  Five have already fallen…Greece, Persia, Babylon, Assyria, and Egypt…one is at the present time…Rome…the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while.  They were each and all the lovers, supporters, and defenders of organized falsehood in religion, the patrons of idolatry, the foster friends of all manner of spiritual harlotry.  The Beast who once was living, and now is not, is an eighth king.  He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.

The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the Beast.  They have one purpose, and will give their power and authority to the Beast.  They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because He is Lord of lords and King of kings… and with Him will be His called, chosen and faithful followers.”

Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages who make up the entire body of organized alienation from God throughout all ages and in all places.  The Beast and the ten horns you saw who, at first, carried the Woman down through the ages with affection, will now hate the prostitute.  They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire.  Thus it is that in their self-ordination as absolute sovereign authority over all the world, they will set up an entirely new and universal religion upon the Earth, making war on all existing religions and systems.[this is the Great Reset we see unfolding even now]  They will make the very Earth, and all its inhabitants, worship the Beast, whose fatal wound had been healed, as the one only God.  They will set up an image in honor of the Beast who was fatally wounded by the sword and yet lived!  And the image of the Beast will be given Satanic power to speak and to cause all who refuse to worship the image to be killed.  They will also force everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead as a visible badge to show their allegiance to their infernal lord, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark.  For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish His purpose by agreeing to give the Beast their power to rule, until God’s words are fulfilled.  The Woman you saw as the symbolic embodiment of all systems of carnal alienation from God down through the ages…the mother of prostitutes and of the abominations of the Earth…now in her final consummation manifests herself in the ultimate, literal, Earthly city.  Just as the ultimate Heavenly City will come down out of Heaven from God, this city embodying all the completed temporal results and harlotries of the world’s sensual wisdom, and the ultimate bloom of all human apostasy, will rise up upon the Earth…and is now become the great, rich and powerful, mighty City whose world-wide temporal, materialistic, influence gives it a universal power that effectively supersedes and rules over the kings of the Earth!  In her presumptuous self-sufficiency, conceit, and arrogance, she presumes to bear rule over all the kings of the Earth by the power of her wealth, to dictate their policies, to fashion their laws, and to be their protector and redeemer.  She holds sway over their governments by the lure of her fornication…her dignification and deification of the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life…in the magnetic grip of her prodigious commerce, and her lucrative financial markets, and her greed-laden money-kings; and these know no God but gold, and no law but self-interest and worldly gain, accumulation and unbounded wealth.” 

Revelation 18:1-24

After this I saw another Angel coming down from Heaven…the Angel of Yahweh Himself!  He had great authority, and the whole Earth was illuminated by the Glory of His splendor.  With a mighty voice that carries within itself the power to effect what is spoken…immediately, completely, and continually…He shouted: “Fallen, as a system of abominations!  Fallen, as a City of abominations is Babylon the Great!  She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird.  For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries, and the inhabitants of the Earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.  The kings of the Earth committed adultery with her, indulging in the filth of her uncleanness, and the merchants of the Earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.”

Then I heard another voice from Heaven…the Father Himself…say: “Come out of her, My People, children of Abraham, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plaguesFlee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the Lord’s vengeance; He will render unto her a recompence.  For her sins are piled up to Heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.  In every form in which she has existed, and throughout all the ages, in all the world, she has been holding up the golden cup of her abominations wherewith she has intoxicated and demented the nations, and filled the whole Earth with spiritual madness.  Therefore, give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done!  Mix her a double portion from her own cup!  Give her as much torture and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself!  In her heart she arrogantly boasts, ‘I sit as queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn.’  She presumes to think herself invincible, immortal, and forever sufficient in her own possessions against all adversity…and exalts herself over the very Church of God!  Therefore in just one day all her greatness, might, and majesty will come to naught!  Her plagues will overtake her with unexampled suffering, mourning and horror: death, mourning and famine will be her portion!  She will be consumed by fire, sinking into a charred and smoldering desolation, never again to be inhabited, for mighty is the Lord God Who judges her!

When the kings and all the sovereign powers of the Earth who committed adultery with her, and shared her luxury, and on whom they lavished their treasures and courted as their chief delight, see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her.  Terrified at her torment and the smoke of her burning, they will stand far off in horror and dread as they contemplate the consequences of her ruin, and cry: ‘Woe!  Woe, O great City, O Babylon, City of power!  We have leaned upon your mightiness and were enriched by the glorifying power of your greatness, yet in just one hour your doom has come!’

The merchants of the Earth throughout all the world will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes any more…cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and bodies and souls of men.  They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you.  All your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’  The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off in horror and dread as they contemplate the consequences of her ruin, terrified at her torment and the smoke of her burning.  They will weep and mourn and cry out: ‘Woe!  Woe, O great City, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!  We have doubled up riches upon riches within your markets…so quickly, so easily, so assuredly…yet in just one hour such great wealth has been brought to utter ruin!’

Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the vast commerce transacted over the sea, will stand far off.  When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great City?’  They will throw dust on their heads in sorrowful mourning as they contemplate the consequences of her ruin, and with weeping and mourning cry out: ‘Woe!  Woe, O great City, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth!  In just one hour she has been brought to utter ruin!'”

But while a chorus of inconsolable lament, disappointment, and terror is upon every potency and activity throughout the world, a voice of grand jubilation springs up spontaneously over all the holy universe, proclaiming, “Rejoice over her, O Heaven!  Rejoice, saints and apostles and prophets!  God has judged her for the way she treated you.  God has given judgment against her apostate wisdom, her principles embracing pride, lust, and greed, her godless spirit, her hopes for blessedness and bliss apart from God…all of her vanities and sinful desires of the flesh!”

Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: “With such violence the great City of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again!  The music of harpists and musicians, flute players and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again!  No workman of any trade will ever be found in you again!  The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again!  The light of a lamp will never shine in you again!  The voice of bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again!  Your merchants were the world’s great men.  By your magic spell whereby you were able to present the demon of covetousness…the pursuit and possession of luxuries and wealth…as an angel of light, all the nations were seduced and led astray, and became the willing slave of your base idolatryInstead of concerning themselves with the laws and revelations of God, governments were lured to participate in, and drink from, the golden cup held out by the Mother of harlots…a cup filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries…thereby believing Satan’s great lie.  Even more, in her was found the blood of prophets and of the saints, and of all who have been killed on the Earth!”

Brothers and sisters in Christ…

“Mystery Babylon” in the Book of Revelation is America, and the prophesy written by John is the utter destruction of America.  We are the End Times Nation, the 7th and last of the great world powers throughout history that God has determined to utterly destroy.  Six have already been destroyed:  Greece, Persia, Babylon, Assyria, Egypt, and Rome.  The destruction of America will usher in the Great Tribulation. 
I have written this for the past 22 years, and Pastor David Wilkerson has preached this from the latter 1980s on.  And now the Spirit of God, in confirmation of what He has shown me over all those years, has just led me to a Scriptural presentation written by a theologian of these End Times entitled: THE FALL OF BABYLON AMERICA.  Excellent, and very thorough!  Following is the link to this presentation…but just listen to the first 19 minutes.  Turn it off after that, because there follows another 20 minutes of a pure sales pitch to buy his book outlining survival during those times.  We don’t need to be concerned about that.  https://aliveafterthefall.com/nht_v57/front-ctrl.php?param1=nht_v57&hop=cham112
But take notice, the hour is coming, and it has now arrived, when you will all be dispersed and scattered, every man to his own home, leaving Me alone.  Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.  I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have perfect peace and confidence.  In this world you will have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but take heart and be of good cheer; take courage, be confident, certain, and remain undaunted!  For I have overcome the world.  I have deprived it of its power to harm you, and have conquered it for you. [John 16:32-33]  

Arise My bride, and prepare to see My Face.  Behold, I am coming soon!  My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.
The Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.  The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire.  Since everything on the Earth will be destroyed in this way, you ought to live a holy and godly life as you look forward to the coming Day of the Lord!  Everyone who has this hope purifies himself, just as He is pure.  So, beloved, since you are expecting these things to happen, be eager to be found by Him at His coming living a pure and blameless life and at peace…in serene confidence, free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts.  Let me warn you therefore, beloved, that knowing these things beforehand, you should be on your guard, lest you be carried away by the error of lawless and wicked persons.  I don’t want you to lose your own secure footing.  But grow in the special favor and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.  But just as He Who called you is Holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am Holy.” [2 Peter 3:3-4, 10-12, 14, 17; 1 John 3:3; 1 Peter 1:14-16; Ezek 12:22-23]
No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in Heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
  As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.  That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.  But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.  So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him. [Matt 24:36-39, 42-44] 

ENDURE TO THE END

I am coming quickly.  Hold on to what you have, so that no one will deprive you of your crown.  Everyone who overcomes by means of their faith…I will make a pillar in the Sanctuary of My God.  Never again will you leave it.  I will write on you the name of My God and you will be a citizen in the city of My God…the new Jerusalem…which will come down out of Heaven from My God; I will also write on you My Own new name.

Friends, brothers and sisters…

There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell.  You must be a born-again child of God.  I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s Kingdom.  I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born of water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.  You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]

 If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”

Holy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcx2O9WXvn8&feature=youtu.be 

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