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)


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