SYNOPSIS – The heavenly celebration of the “wedding” of the “Lamb” follows the destruction of the “Great Harlot” – Revelation 19:1-10.
Next, the book of Revelation presents a heavenly celebration over the final demise of the “Great City, Babylon.” A “great voice” of many people rings out in praise of God because He has judged the “Great Whore” that seduced the “nations” and persecuted the “saints” – The “servants” of God.
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SYNOPSIS – The complete destruction of Babylon is God’s response to the persecution by “her” of the “saints” – Revelation 18:9-24.
The book of Revelation now presents its detailed description of the destruction of “Babylon,” and the justification for this action. In part, the demise of the “Great City” is due to the hatred of the “ten horns,” the “ten kings” who are allied with the “Beast from the Sea” in their God-driven campaign to desolate and “burn her utterly with fire” – (Revelation 17:16).
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SYNOPSIS – The Fall of Mystery Babylon is pronounced, and her ritual impurity denounced by an angel from heaven – Revelation 18:1-8.
In the next vision, John sees an angel descending from heaven, presumably not one of the seven angels that had the “seven bowls of wrath.” This angel has “great authority” with which to pronounce the “fall of Babylon” and describe her ritual pollution by demonic spirits. His pronouncement is followed by a voice summoning the people of God to separate from the “Great Whore,” otherwise, they will participate in her “plagues.”
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SYNOPSIS – The Lamb overcomes the Beast and the kings of the earth, but in a very paradoxical manner – Revelation 17:14-18.
Next, John is provided with the interpretation of what he has just seen. The “Great Whore, Babylon” is the “great city” that sways the political powers of the earth that are allied with the “Beast from the Sea.” Her persecution of the “saints” is an extension of the “war” waged by the “Dragon” against the “Lamb.” Inevitably, Jesus overcomes the “Beast,” the “Great Whore,” and the “kings of the earth”; however, he does so in a most ironic fashion.
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SYNOPSIS – End-time Babylon, the “Great Whore” rides the “Beast from the Sea” that is set on “seven mountains“ – Revelation 17:7-13.
This next passage describes the “Beast” on which the “Great Harlot, Babylon” sits. It is the same malignant being John saw previously ascending from the sea, an unnatural amalgamation of all four of the “wild beasts” from Daniel’s vision of four “beasts” ascending sequentially from a chaotic sea. Now, the Revelation presents the “lineage” of the “Beast from the sea” and its destined overthrow with imagery from the “fourth beast” of Daniel’s vision about the “little horn.”
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SYNOPSIS – Babylon is unveiled as a bejeweled whore dripping with the shed blood of martyred saints – Revelation 17:1-6.
Next, the book of Revelation presents an impressive female figure, Mystery Babylon. She is identified as a “whore” and the “great city.” She is linked to the violent deaths of the martyrs or “witnesses” of Jesus. That she is designated a “city” means this figure is not a literal woman. And she is connected to the deceptive efforts of the “Dragon” to overcome the “saints” – Those who have the “testimony of Jesus.” The first audience of the book would have connected this seductive figure with Rome.
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