“Babylon, The Wedding, Christ’s Return”
- Chapter Seventeen
- Chapters 17 and 18 deal with the judgment of Babylon.
- We see John taken in the Spirit into the wilderness to witness the punishment of the great prostitute.
- The harlot ‘sits on many waters’, indicating that her power reaches over the earth.
- Her garments and colors (scarlet and purple) indicate wealth, luxury and royalty.
- In v5, we see her name written on her forehead. In ancient Rome, prostitute wore a headband with their name on it.
- v8: Refers to Antichrist’s false resurrection?
- Book of Life: names written here before time began.
- v9 may refer to Rome, the city of seven hills. Ancient Romans were quite evil; they had religious orgies, worshipped emperors as gods, and killed Christians for pleasure.
- v12: Various rulers of 10 districts of the world government under the Antichrist?
- v16: Antichrist will turn on Babylon and destroy it. He will then take the power and glory and worship for himself.
- Chapter Eighteen
- Earth is illuminated with the angel’s glory. Contrast with Rev 16:10, the fifth bowl turned ‘the beast’s kingdom’ to darkness.
- Christians are called to leave Babylon.
- Note in v5 that God remembers the iniquities of Babylon; our iniquities are forgotten and are, in fact, they are moved as far as the east is from the west (Psalm103:12).
- vv6-7 echo Old Testament law. See Exodus 21:24.
- Babylon’s fall will happen quickly:
- v8: voice from heaven indicates ‘in one day’
- v10: Kings of earth ‘in one hour’
- v17: Merchants ‘in one hour’
- v19: Sailors ‘in one hour’
- Throwing dust on the head was an ancient expression of grief.
- v21: angel throws a millstone into the sea and says, ‘Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore.’
- A millstone was a heavy, large stones used to grind grain.
- Chapter Nineteen
- Heaven praises God over Babylon’s destruction.
- Hallelujah/Alleluia (meaning Praise the Lord) appears throughout the Old Testament, but only four times in the New Testament. All four occurrences are in Revelation Chapter 19.
- In v11-13, we see Christ’s return- the Second Coming!
- Note the imagery, especially the sword from His mouth. Compare with description of Rev 1:12-16.
- The beast and False Prophet are thrown alive into the lake of fire. Others are killed by Christ’s sword.
- Compare Rev 19:11 with Rev 6:2.
- Also note the two feasts in this chapter- v9 and v21.
- What nations/powers have existed that openly defied God? Which do currently? How do you think these compare to the end-times Babylon?
- Why do you think that the beast and False Prophet are mentioned being alive when they are thrown into the lake of fire?
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