Revelation 17: Will You Flee From Babylon?
Verse of the Day: (V5) “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
1. Babylon (V1-5)
V1 “And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:”
The woman, whose forehead is written, The mystery, Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth, is none other than the false churches and teachings that Satan establishes to deceive the people throughout the whole world, and eventually lead them to fiery hell. The true churches of God are called the bride of Christ, while the false churches are called the mother of harlots. Today, the deceit of false churches and teachings is the most effective strategy that Satan uses to lead many to eternal condemnation. Satan is behind the false teachers who outwardly maybe good-looking and eloquent, but inwardly their hearts are evil and wicked. These false teachers entice and seduce many to their false teachings, and even condone their sins of immorality and idolatry by misusing God’s grace. However, God is not mocked as He shall judge the mother of harlots. During the 1st half of the Great Tribulation period, Satan shall continue to lie and deceive many through his false churches and teachings, but during the 2nd half, he reveals his true colour, and begins to torture, and kill them unless they worship him.
2. Blood (V6-7)
V6 “And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.”
During 2nd half of the Great Tribulation period, Satan shall go all out to persecute and kill the 144,000 Jews, the 2 faithful witnesses and all who believe in Jesus Christ. There shall be many martyrs of Jesus until God eventually bounds and casts Satan and his demons to the bottomless pit for 1,000 years. This 1,000 years period is known as the Millennial Kingdom where Christ shall rule on Mount Zion, the New Jerusalem on the new earth.
3. Book (V8-18)
V8 “The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.”
The day of rejoicing shall come when the Almighty God shall reveal to all whose names are written in the book of life that they shall be with Him in His glorious heaven forever!
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to flee from Babylon and abide in You and Your Word.