There is a sense in which Karl Marx statement that ’’religion is the opium of the masses’’ is true, states John MacArthur. People are religious because God created them to be worshipers. If they will not worship the true God, they will worship someone or something else. We look a … More
A detailed description of the judgment on Babylon is given in chapters 17-18. No student of the Bible doubts that in historic times there existed a literal city called Babylon. In fact the Bible is full of information about this city that has a long history dating back to as early as 3,000 years before Christ. Babylon was important not only politically but also religiously. In the opening of this chapter John is invited by one of the seven angels, who had one of the seven bowls, to witness the punishment of the “great harlot,” the religious system of Babylon (v 1). So grievous were her acts of immorality that the results are likened to a drunken stupor (v. 2). It has been suggested that the meaning of her riding the scarlet beast (v. 3), having seven heads and ten horns is that the religious system is controlling the political power. You can not mistake her identity as her name is written upon her forehead (v.5).
This harlot is the symbol of apostasy and idol-worship but is also drunk with the blood of the saints (v. 6). She represents the ultimate in godless world religion. In fact she will attempt to kill all those who follow the true Church of Jesus Christ. The Angel informs John that the beast’s heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. Many writers identify these seven hills as the seven hills of Rome and teach that Rome will be the capital of the coming world empire. However a close study of this passage does not necessarily support this conclusion. These seven mountains may refer to Kings and not literal mountains. It is stated that the woman “sits on many waters” and these waters are interpreted as peoples, multitudes, nations and languages (v. 15). This indicates that there will be one ecumenical world religious system that embraces all nations.
Lord help me to remember that I’m not in charge and that God always has the final say. It is a relationship with Christ that I need and not a religion.
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Revelation 14:1-7144,000 during the Tribulation
Revelation 14:8-13The mark of the beast on the forhead
Revelation 14:14-20Judgment upon a Christ rejecting world
Revelation 15:1-8The day of judgment is coming
Revelation 16:1-12The Bowl Judgments
Revelation 16:13-21The great battle called Armagedon
Revelation 17:1-8The destruction of Babylon
Revelation 17:9-18The Beast assumes world political power
Revelation 18:1-8The fall of political Babylon
Revelation 18:9-19The World Mourns Babylon’s Fall
Revelation 18:20-24Babylon will be destroyed suddenly
Revelation 19:1-8The marriage supper of the Lamb
Revelation 19:9-16Christ on a white horse
Revelation 19:17-21The Beast and His Armies Defeated
Revelation 20:1-6Life in the Millennium will be peaceful
Revelation 20:7-10Rebellion at the end of the Millennium
Revelation 20:11-15The Great White Throne Judgment