to Chapter 17
Chapter 12 "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war
with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the
testimony of Jesus Christ." According to chapters 13-16 Satan had developed
a powerful multifaceted political and religious systems in which to attack those
who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ (the
Lord's church). He caused to rise up out of the sea of humanity a seven headed,
ten horn beast that was made in the image of the dragon. This was a
multinational beast designed to bring political power and pressure against the
Lord and His church. He also caused to rise up out of the earth another beast
with two horns like a lamb, but spoke as a dragon. This beast is the false
prophet. This also was a multinational religious beast designed to gather the
false religious systems against the true religion of Jesus Christ.
beast made an image to the first beast, which of course Satan made in the image
of the dragon. Furthermore, the second beast caused all outside the true church of Jesus Christ to worship the
image of the beast (or dragon). This image of the beast is the antichrist
spoken of in 1 John chapter 2. The antichrist is one in the place of Christ who
is also opposed to Christ. As the scriptures teach, there are many antichrists
in the world.
Among the arsenal of this trifecta of enemies against the Lord and his true disciples
Destruction and devastation (Rev. 13:2).
Great political power (Rev. 13:2-4).
Blasphemy against God, against his name, against his tabernacle, and them that
dwell in heaven (the Lord's church). (Rev. 13:6)
False worship (Rev. 13:8, 12).
False wonders (Rev. 13:13).
Deception (Rev. 13:14).
Mortal fear (Rev. 13:15).
Bondage (Rev. 13:16, 17).
False spirits (Rev. 16:13).
False doctrine or teaching (Rev. 12:15, 16).
Finally there is introduced to us in Rev. 14:8 and 16:19 the bride of Satan or
the false church known as Babylon the Great. Chapter 17 will help us identify
Babylon the Great.
"And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked
with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the
great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 2 With whom the kings of the
earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been
made drunk with the wine of her fornication."
angels are the same as the seven angels, which had the seven vials of the seven
last plagues. There is no reason to think that these are any different from the
seven angels of the seven churches of Asia in Rev. Chapters 2 and 3. Since the
word angel means messenger, the angels are delivering the message of God to
God's people. A part of the message of God is God's judgment of the great whore
that sitteth upon many waters. The "many waters" are identified for us in verse
15 "And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth,
are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." This is consistent with
the fact that the great whore rides the back of the seven head ten horn beast
(v.3 "So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a
woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having
seven heads and ten horns").
The great whore
was judged for her fornications. She committed fornication with the kings of
the earth, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her
fornication. Her fornications were spiritual fornications not natural
fornications. Examples of spiritual fornications follow:
Chr. 21:11 "Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah, and
caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and compelled Judah
Ezek. 16:15 "But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the
harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one
that passed by; his it was. 16 And of thy garments thou didst take, and
deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon:
the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so."
Ezek. 16:26 "Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians thy
neighbours, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to
anger. 27 Behold, therefore I have stretched out my hand over thee, and
have diminished thine ordinary food, and delivered thee unto the will of them
that hate thee, the daughters of the Philistines, which are ashamed of thy lewd
way. 28 Thou hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because thou
wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast played the harlot with them, and yet couldest
not be satisfied. 29 Thou hast moreover multiplied thy fornication in the
land of Canaan unto Chaldea; and yet
thou wast not satisfied herewith."
As can be seen
by the above examples, spiritual fornication is idolatry or the worshipping of
are two groups of people mentioned in the above passage, "the kings of the
earth" and "the inhabitants of the earth." The term, "kings of the earth" is
used several times in the scriptures and while sometimes it has reference to
natural "kings of the nations of the earth," yet other times it appears to have
reference to God's people:
Ps. 102:13 "Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to
favour her, yea, the set time, is come. 14 For thy servants take pleasure
in her stones, and favour the dust thereof. 15 So the heathen shall fear
the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory. 16 When
the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory."
Ps. 138:4 "All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they
hear the words of thy mouth. 5 Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the
LORD: for great is the glory of the LORD."
Ps. 148:11 "Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of
the earth: 12 Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: 13
Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his
glory is above the earth and heaven."
Lam. 4:12 "The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world,
would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should have entered
into the gates of Jerusalem."
Rev. 1:5 "And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first
begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that
loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6 And hath made
us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for
ever and ever. Amen."
Rev. 21:24 "And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light
of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it."
term, "kings of the earth," appears nine times in the book of Revelations and
very obviously the first and last time it appears it is referring to those who
the Lord has made kings and priests unto God. That is, it has reference to
God's born again people. If we are to be consistent in our interpretation then
the other seven times it must have reference to God's born again people. With
this understanding, we conclude that God's people sometimes commit spiritual
fornication with Mystery Babylon and her harlot daughters. It appears most of
them commit spiritual fornication or idolatry through ignorance.
term, "inhabitants of the earth," appears to have reference to humanity in
general as those who inhabit mortal bodies:
Ps. 33:13 "The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.
14 From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of
the earth. 15 He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their
Is. 24:6 "Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell
therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few
Is. 26:21 "For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the
inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her
blood, and shall no more cover her slain."
Jere. 25:29 "For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my
name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I
will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of
hosts. 30 Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say
unto them, The LORD shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy
habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout,
as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth. 31
A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a
controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them
that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD."
Dan. 4:35 "And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and
he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants
of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?"
humanity are possessors of earthly bodies, but only God's born again people have
been made kings and priests unto God.
notice a difference in the effect of Mystery Babylon's fornications. The kings
of the earth have committed fornication, but the inhabitants of the earth are
made drunk (intoxicated) with the wine of her fornication. The one have
committed fornication with a condemning conscience, whereas the other has been
completed taken in and ravished with Mystery Babylon.