Thursday, September 8, 2011

Babylon Rising

Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth. And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah. And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof. Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven. Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah? And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.
Zechariah 5:5-11

Where did the unified rebellion against God begin?  Where were a few of the types of the Antichrist seen building and reigning?  What is the second most mentioned place in all of scripture?  What was the first land to destroy and overrun Jerusalem?  What nation's rulers first desecrated the temple of God in Jerusalem?  What city do most of the Old Testament prophets prophesy against other than Jerusalem?  If you said Babylon for every answer, you were correct.

While many have great spiritual interpretations about the identification of Mystery Babylon, the scriptures seem to indicate that a war near the Day of the Lord will restructure the world and create a scenario where the Antichrist will resurrect this long dead city as his new place of rule.  This New Babylon will not only be an economic headquarters, but will be a great religious center where all of the world's religions will unite under one banner.  It is this thought that seems to be the emphasis of Zechariah above. Note that this woman of wickedness was carried to Shinar which is another biblical name for Babylon.  She began in another place but was carried to a new house that was prepared for her.  Harlots in scripture represent perverse religious thought. This is most evident in Numbers 25.  Notice the first two verses, "And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab.  And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods."  The men of the camp were drawn into idolatry through the promiscuity of the temptresses of Moab.  

John saw this great economic, political, and spiritual unification as well, and it is he that coined the term, Mystery Babylon, while under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  The scarlet colored beast she rode in Revelation 17 with 7 heads and 10 horns was also clearly described in Revelation 13:1-2, "And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority."  Notice the three animals; a leopard, a bear, and a lion.  If we let scripture interpret scripture, these three symbolic animals were already interpreted by Daniel as being symbolic of specific kingdoms.  The leopard represented the Grecian empire, the bear represented Medo-Persia, and the Lion was Babylon.  

The harlot of Babylon will ride a beast that is headquartered in Europe and the Middle East.  She is great wickedness as she denies the true power of salvation--Jesus Christ.  This false religion will have the full backing of Satan and the unholy trinity.  It will unite east and west and all of the world!  She will come about as men try to overcome a recent war with shouts of peace and safety, so they will bow to her wishes as they see this prostitute as a means to accomplish their ends.  Her leader, the Antichrist will seem to be the savior of the world and a man of great peace.  When she is used up, she will be set aside like the trash she is--Antichrist will then call for his deification with Satan's total backing. 

It is impossible to reveal all of the teaching on this subject in just a few paragraphs.  However, if you are paying attention you can see the war that reshapes the Middle East and prepares the way for Antichrist on the horizon.  More important than trying to understand all of the things associated with the Tribulation and the Antichrist, prepare yourself for Jesus' coming and escaping from the hour of trial that is soon 2 come.  While the world is accepting the Harlot of Babylon, Jesus is wedding His chaste bride washed pure in the blood of Calvary who has been removed from the world at the rapture.  There is only one way out, trust Jesus now for the full pardon of your sins and walk with the Lord daily!  Whosoever calls on the name of Jesus shall be saved.  Get ready!  Jesus Christ is Soon2Come!

Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Revelation 3:10

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