Call me odd, but the past few times I’ve tripped through the book of Revelation I’ve started from the last chapter and read it backwards. Chapters 22, 21, 20…a literal interpretation of these chapters is, I think, the best one and easily understood. When I get to the next few chapters, things aren’t so clear to me. A “great harlot” is mentioned in the preceeding three chapters (19,18,17).
I’ve been curious about the identity of this “Babylon.”
“Woe, woe, the great city, she who was clothed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls;
“For in one hour such great wealth has been laid waste!” (Rev. 18:16-17)
The title of this post (Rev. 17:5) is written on the forehead of a woman sitting on a scarlet beast. She is clothed in purple and scarlet and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls.
The Bible calls this writing “a mystery.”
Will this “Babylon” be an actual city as Dr. Henry Morris (well-known author of The Genesis Record) speculated in The Revelation Record? (The most literal interpretation of Revelation I’ve read.)
Or will this “Babylon” be something else?
It is amazing to me that the mainstream media has spent so much time on the sex-abuse scandal at Penn State. Yet, the godless mainstream is silent when 10-year-old boys parade rainbow flags down the streets of American cities wearing nothing but their underwear. I believe the term connected with these events is “gay pride.” The participants seem to get younger every year.
How could incidents like the one at Penn State not be happening?
A 13-year-old boy raped an 8-year-old the other day. I know because a reliable source told me. It happened in the town in which I live. My source also told me that the boy had no remorse. I couldn’t help but think of the verse in 1 Timothy (4:1-2) that notes that in the “latter times” consciences will be “seared as with a branding iron.”
After listening to Pastor Hoggard’s thoughts in The Sacred Feminine, I may be closer to my answer about the identity of the “Mother of Harlots.”
I had read Christian sources that tell the two stories that Pastor Hoggard shares towards the end of his report.
How much longer will it be before God says “ENOUGH?”
“God’s timepiece” (Israel) is under great stress; the world is broke and looking for a savior.
People are turning to the wrong spirits for help.
It is happening in “Christian” churches of every denomination.
It is obviously difficult for Pastor Hoggard to speak of such things.
It is difficult to hear of such things.
As I refuse to deny the blessed hope that I have in Jesus Christ my Lord, I cannot bury my head in the sand and deny the earth is wearing out like a garment.
I don’t know when Jesus will return and I don’t know how it will all play out.
I do know that there will be a new heaven and a new earth someday.
There will be no more tears.
There will be no more death.
There will no longer be mourning,
He who sits on the throne will make all things new.
A recent article by Kevin Johnson entitled Revelation: The Time is at hand -XXXV gives a few opinions on this subject. I hope Mr. Johnson is correct that the “rapture” takes place before the great tribulation. I know the rapture and the great tribulation will happen because of Matt. 24 and 1 Thess. 4:16. While hoping for a “rapture” before the great tribulation, I don’t have a definite opinion on the “when” of the event.
Here’s Mr. Johnson’s view of Revelation 18: Revelation The Time is at hand XXXVI (Published 12/6/11) He lines up with Dr. Morris when he writes:
“Babylon will not only be restored as a city, but will become the commercial center of the world, and then will be destroyed at the end of the Great Tribulation.”
He later states:
“This ‘spirit’ of Babylon has the world firmly in its grip today.”
Mr. Johnson goes on to say:
“Keep in mind there are two Babylons of Revelation. There is the religious or ecclesiastical global “super church” comprised of all of the world’s religions, including apostate Christianity, then there is the commercial Babylon.”
Will Mr. Johnson and Dr. Morris be right about a literal Babylon?