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December 23/Revelation 17

Verses 1-5 > Babylon was started by Nimrod whose great grandfather was Noah.

Genesis 10:10 (NLT) — 10 He built his kingdom in the land of Babylonia, with the cities of Babylon, Erech, Akkad, and Calneh.

Nimrod built his kingdom not God’s kingdom. When we don’t listen to God we are building our own kingdom where we are king. We do what we want when we want. When we become born again yielding our lives to Jesus and to his Holy Spirit who indwells us we realize that we are not kings but children of the King. We are here to promote the King and his kingdom. His agenda becomes our agenda. We are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. We bring in a godly flavor and show others the character of King Jesus. Nimrod would have nothing to do with the one true God; the God of his great grandfather Noah.

Babylon came to stand for everything unholy, unrighteous and unfaithful to God; hence it is depicted as a prostitute that pandered to the lusts of egotistical rulers like Nebuchadnezzar.

Daniel 4:30 (NLT) — 30 As he looked out across the city, he said, ‘Look at this great city of Babylon! By my own mighty power, I have built this beautiful city as my royal residence to display my majestic splendor.’

America has her own great Babylon’s > San Francisco, L. A., New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, your city and my city. We can all trace our roots back to mother Babylon. The Apostle John described these cities and the inhabitants of these cities like this:

1 John 2:16 (NLT) — 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.

I like how Richard Bewes comments here. “We have been up against her all along, in her attempt to seduce us from what is just and pure. She offers so much from her golden cup (17: 4) – popularity, wealth, ease and promotion; but there is no lasting satisfaction to be had from her. Lord Byron described his own experience graphically: ‘Drank every cup of joy, drank draughts which common millions might have drunk. Then died of thirst, because there was no more to drink.’ There is nothing to be had from Babylon. We are actually at war with the way of life she represents”.

Bewes, Richard. The Lamb Wins (Kindle Locations 1184-1185). Christian Focus Publications. Kindle Edition.
Verses 7-14 > The angel was astonished that John was surprised after all this was the same beast he saw come out of the sea that this woman is allied to. This should not astonish us either. All through the centuries evil nations and cities rise and tempt people away from God. Then the evil nations and cities fall and we breath a brief sigh of relief only to have the same process repeated over and over. (Remember in Rev. 13:3 the beast seemed to have a fatal wound but it was healed.)The goal is always the same to make war against the lamb and his followers. It is the beast that the woman gets her power from. He is behind the temptations to sin. But this alliance is not permanent.

Verses 15-18 > Remember the goal of the beast is to steal, kill and destroy. It is only the Christians that hold the fabric of society together and yet we face the most persecution. The world at large does not appreciate us but don’t lose heart and don’t give in to the temptations of great prostitute her destruction is eminent. Never forget that all of life has been worked out according to God’s plan. We will watch it unfold in Chapter 18.

Proverbs 14:12 (NLT) — 12 There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.

Proverbs 4:18 (NLT) — 18 The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Many people think Rome will play a part in the end time given the reference to seven hills. The only thing we can be sure of us that the beast and the prostitute will fall.