“And there came one of the angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither (here); I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore (harlot) that sitteth upon many waters:
With whom the kings of the earth have committed formication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of name of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
And the woman was arrayed (clothed) in purple and scarlet colour, and decked (adorned) with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornications.
And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus; when I saw her, I wondered (marveled) with great admiration (amazement).
And the angel said unto me, Wherefore (why) didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition (destruction); and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder (marvel),whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
And here is the mind which hath wisdom, The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sitteth.
And there are seven kings: five are (have) fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue for a short space (time). And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition (destruction).
And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but has power (authority) as kings one hour with the beast.
These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast,
These shall make war against the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome (defeat) them: for he is the Lord of lords, and the King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore (harlot) sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate, and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
For God hath put it in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree (consent as one mind) and to give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.” Revelation 17;1-18
Before I go farther with this, I just want to bring back some scriptures from the last post, so you can get a comparison for this. In scripture people and countries are referred often to as the children of that particular entity, such as, we are the children of God, and Jesus told the Jews, who were professing to be the “sons” of Abraham, but yet denied that he was the Christ, that the devil was in fact their father because they choose to reflect his behavior, not the behavior of the true children of God.
We also see it in the Bible when people and nations are referred to the children of what they worship, such as children of Moab, children of Jezebel, and many many other examples, and as we are referred to as children of the light or children of darkness and it is really really important to remember that when studying the Bible.
These verses are referring to spiritual Babylon, these were double judgments, judgment against Babylon of old and against the offspring, the spiritual descendant of Babylon, which is why the name is “Mystery, Babylon the Great”.
So whose child is “MYSTERY Babylon the Great”? Jeremiah 51:33 “For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; The daughter of Babylon is like a threshingfloor, it is time (when it is time) , to thresh her; yet a little while, and the time of her harvest shall come.”
She is the spiritual offspring, whose destruction was foretold before she as a country even existed.
Now let’s check out her attributes. “And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power, and the earth was lightened (illuminated) with his glory.
And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is (HAS) become the habitation (dwelling) of devils (demons), and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her. And the merchants of the earth are waxed (have become) rich through the abundance of her delicacies (luxury).
And I heard another voice from heave, saying, Come out of her, my people, be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double (repay) unto her double according to her works; in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
How much she hath Gloried herself, and lived deliciously (luxuriously), so much torment and sorrow give her; for she saith in her heart, I sit as a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine, and she shall be utterly burned with fire: For strong is the Lord who judgeth her.
And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication with her and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail (weep for) her, and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning.
Standing afar off for fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine (every kind of citron) wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble.
And cinnamon, and odours (incense),and ointments (fragrant oils), frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts (cattle), and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men (bodies of people).
And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty (are rich) and goodly (splendid) are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.
The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing.
And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked (adorned) with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! For in one hour so great riches is come to nought (destroyed to nothingness). And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships (all who travel by ship), and sailors, and as made that trade by sea, stood afar off.
And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!
And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping, and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein was made rich all taht had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness (wealth)! for in one hour she is made desolate (a wasteland),
Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets, for God hath avenged you on her.
And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast (threw) it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more.
And the voice (sound) of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers (flutists), and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee: and no craftsman of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of the sound of the millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee.
And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee; for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.” Revelation 18:1-24
Wow. what can we say? Especially with such a detailed list of imports listed! You know right down to human trafficking, it is a country whose inhabitants just can’t get enough, they buy and buy and are never satisfied, so much so that all those who are supply that constant flow of imports will stand and CRY because they will have lost their best client!
Notice also they are not crying over all the death and destruction, they are crying because they lose their money and no country will ever again buy in the quantities that the Great bought in,
Babylon the Great through its sin and unbelief and ungodliness will have brought down such wrath on it that it will be accounted for all the blood shed on earth, notice, the blood of the apostles, prophets, and all that were killed on earth? That is severe.
Notice also, the Great is bragging that she is a queen and is not widowed. God often refers to himself as a spiritual hatband in relation to countries, well, I should say Israel, but obviously, Mystery Babylon the Great is a country that belonged to God, that is why she is a queen and not a widow, her “husband” is still alive she just chose to reject him and usurp the wealth and protection he had given her as her own. Which is why the country is referred to as a harlot,
Even bragging in her heart that she will see no sorrow by doing this!
Jeremiah 50:31: “Behold, I am against thee, O thou most proud, saith the Lord God of hosts; for the day is come, the time that I will visit thee.”
Oh wow. does any of this sound familiar? If the Great had just been some pagan nation, it would be so different but when a nation, whether anyone like this or not, or wants to hear it or not, was founded as a Christian nation and not candy coated reprobate religion, that they want to claim as Christian, but founded on real God centered Christianity, that nation is bound to God. And once it decides it no longer believes, or needs him and perverts his word and rejects his laws and statues, then that nation will come under divine judgement.
Jeremiah:50:24: ” I have laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, O Babylon, and thou wast not aware: thou art found, and also caught, because thou hast striven (fought) against the Lord.”
And as we read in the Book of Jeremiah, this was a double prophecy and when God calls out his people in the rapture, as in the verse above, “Come out of her, my people, be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” Mirroring, echoing, Jeremiah 51:45 “My people, go ye out of the midst of her and deliver ye every man his soul from the fierce anger of the Lord.”
Jeremiah 51:6,7: “Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul; be not cut off (destroyed) in her iniquity; for this is the time of the Lord’s vengeance; he will render unto her a recompense. Babylon hath been a golden cup in the Lord’s hand, that made all the earth drunken; the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad (deranged).”
As in the verses above from Revelation, this was to be a light, this was a nation that the voice of Christ and his church was to be heard in, so that other nations would follow because God had blessed the Great with strength and wealth and power but instead of glorifying the one from whom that power came, the Great rebelled against God denying him, his word, his commands and spread immortality and violence through the earth and that cup which should have been shared in goodness and goodwill instead spread spiritual poison to all who shared it.
Unrepentant hearts only grow blacker and absolute slaughter is now perfectly legal the world over, and some places even wanting the right to abort babies full term, this is murder. This is not even human any more, how can you just kill a baby? How can you not expect the one who creates that child in the womb and gives the soul to that child not to take offense? This is one of the many many sips taken from that cup.
Do we need to ask for clarity as to why it has fallen and is full of demons and every imaginable hatred? Becoming so vile and spiritually polluted that God removes the church and his word, which they would like it if that were the end of the story, but it isn’t, once he removes his church, it will be destroyed, setting the stage for the stage for the world wide plagues and destructions.
“And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God; For true and righteous are his judgments; for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.” Revelation 19:1-3
These scriptures should be a wake up call, you can read this for yourselves and come to your own conclusion concerning the mystery of this mysterious identity of the Great, but I don’t think it’s that much of a mystery.
As I said in the last post this judgment was prophesied long ago, let me remind you.
“So Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that should (will) come upon Babylon, even all the words written against Babylon. And Jeremiah said to Seriah, When thou comest to Babylon, and shalt see, and read all these words;
Then shalt thou say, O Lord, thou hast spoken against this place, to cut it off, that none shall remain in it, neither man nor beast, but that it shall be a desolation for ever.
And it shall be, when thou hast made an end of reading this book, that thou shalt bind a stone to it, and cast it into the midst of the Euphrates:
And thou shalt say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her: and they shall be weary. Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.” Jeremiah: 51-60-64
That stone the judgment was bound to looks like this in Revelation mirror verse from our text above.
“And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast (threw) it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more.”
Next time, Lord willing, we look more how his takes place and what will become of those left on earth after the destruction of Mystery Babylon when the judgments come, but I will leave you with this, the words of Jesus, “Then shall they began TO SAY TO THE MOUNTAINS, FALL ON US; AND TO THE HILLS,COVER US.”
Φλογιζω NBJ 2021/ Rev. N. Brown Johnson