The Beast assumes world political power

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Destruction

The fall of religious Babylon (chapter 17) occurs when the beast assumes his religious role in the middle of the Tribulation and assumes world political power. The city of ancient Babylon is in Iraq, about 50 miles south of Baghdad on the Euphrates river. This captivity by Nebuchadnezzar began the times of the Gentiles (Luke 21:24), the period of gentile domination over Jerusalem and Israel which has and will continue to keep all descendants of David from sitting on the throne of Israel until the return of the Lord Himself.

The ten horns and the beast hate the woman (v. 16). Some Bible scholars argue against the rebuilding of Babylon and claim that we must not take the references to Babylon in Revelation too literally. They say this chapter refers to a spiritual Babylon, a city which will become the incarnation of ancient Babylon, but will not be a literal Babylon. They maintain Babylon has already been destroyed and Old Testament prophecy teaches us it will never be rebuilt. But let’s consider some prophetic facts.

  1. The Bible predicts the destruction of Babylon will be final and complete. (Jer. 50:35, 39-40)
  2. Scripture also predicts that the destruction would be sudden and quick (Jer. 51:8).
  3. The Old Testament predicts this destruction will come in the “Day of the Lord.” (Isa. 13:1-11)
  4. At the time of her destruction there will be a disturbance in the sun and moon (Isa. 13:10).
  5. Universal peace will result from the destruction of Babylon (Isa. 14:7-8).
  6. A literal interpretation of Zechariah 5:5-11 points to a restored and rebuilt Babylon.

Application

It is predicted that destruction will come quickly and restoration will follow. I do not like to think of complete destruction but some times this is best if there is going to be a solid foundation for building. There needs to be a complete destruction of all my wicked ways in order for Christ to build me up.

Revelation 17:9-18 (English Standard Version)

"This calls for a mind with wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated; they are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he does come he must remain only a little while. As for the beast that was and is not, it is an eighth but it belongs to the seven, and it goes to destruction. And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received royal power, but they are to receive authority as kings for one hour, together with the beast. These are of one mind, and they hand over their power and authority to the beast. They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful." And the angel said to me, "The waters that you saw, where the prostitute is seated, are peoples and multitudes and nations and languages. And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the prostitute. They will make her desolate and naked, and devour her flesh and burn her up with fire, for God has put it into their hearts to carry out his purpose by being of one mind and handing over their royal power to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. And the woman that you saw is the great city that has dominion over the kings of the earth."

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