The Judgment of Babylon (Revelation #47)

Text: Revelation 17-18

One thing to keep in mind as we teach the following chapters is to remember the context.  We are so prone to interpret the Bible with the newspaper and to read the Bible with the question in mind of how does this apply to me that we miss what God is saying.

Revelation 17 occurs at the end of the tribulation.  So you have 3 ½ years of the antichrist ruling with his headquarters in Jerusalem.  When the Bible says the woman was drunk with the blood of the martyrs, you’ve had 3 ½ years of bloodshed targeting God’s people which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

To further detail Babylon’s judgment from Revelation 16:19, John is shown how she’s been used by the beast in Revelation 17 and how she will be judged in Revelation 17 and 18.  The many waters in Revelation 17:1 are defined in Revelation 17:15 as peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.  The whore is Babylon according to Revelation 17:5.

Babylon

  • Widespread appeal – she sits on many waters (Revelation 17:15) which are people
  • Woman rides the beast better said the Beast puts the woman on display
    • She attracts money and money is attracted to her (Revelation 17:4).
    • The beast uses the whore to get what he wants from other kings.  Just like a businessman would use a pretty woman as a salesman to get customers for his product.  Commercials, movie stars, etc. to sell products.  Now, not every businessman uses that tactic to sell his product, but if he does that’s that seduction at work.
    • She is a religion of prosperity because when she falls notice who bemoans her fall in Revelation 18:9-14.
  • Worship of wealth
  • Babylonian party – Daniel 5:1-4 … gods of gold, silver…
  • Joshua 7:20-21 And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: 21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.
    • Hezekiah and Babylonian ambassadors in Isaiah 39.
    • Love of money is the root of all evil – the mother…
  • Jeremiah 51:7 Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD’S hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.
  • Wasted on the blood of martyrs
    • Remember where you are first and foremost.  This is the end of the tribulation.  The beast has been using the whore to attract business.  If you refuse to do business with her – i.e. the martyrs of the tribulation – then you are exterminated.  So this has been going on for 3  ½ years.

Beast

  • The beast is a man (Revelation 13:4)
  • The beast is a king according to Revelation 17:10-11.
    • He is from a group of 7 kings; 5 from history, 2 showing up at the day of the Lord.  He is the eighth in succession, but is from the 7.
    • Seven Assyrian kings
      • 5 Kings so far (Revelation 17:10):
      • 2 Kings 15:19-20 – Pul
      • 2 Kings 15:29 – Tiglath Pileser
      • 2 Kings 17:3 – Shalmaneser
      • 2 Kings 18:13 – Sennacherib
      • 2 Kings 19:37 – Esarhaddon
      • After this, there is a break in the Assyrian kings until Daniel picks them back up in the day of the Lord.  However, throughout the prophets the antichrist is referred to as the Assyrian.
    • Assyrian and Israeli History
      • 2 Kings 15:19-20 – Pul imposes a tax on the King of Israel in Samaria who then taxes the wealthy (because that’s where the money is) and pays the King of Assyria
      • 2 Kings 15:29 – Tiglath Pileser captures Galilee and all of Naphtali in northern Israel.  He is also called on by the wicked King Ahaz of Judah in Jerusalem to root out the Syrians and the northern tribes of Israel (16:7-9).  Then Ahaz copied the Assyrian altar in Damascus in the temple (16:10-11, 17-18).
      • 2 Kings 17:3 – Shalmaneser – Takes money from Israel until he stops being paid.  Then he realizes the King of Israel has allied himself with Egypt so the King of Assyria goes through the entire land, throws the King of Israel in prison and besieges Samaria, the capital of the northern tribes (17:3-6, 18, 21-22).  The Lord completely removes the northern tribes from their land.  The King of Assyria then replaced the Israelites with foreigners to occupy the land (17:24).
      • 2 Kings 18:13 – Sennacherib comes 5 years later into Judah, the only people left in the promised land.  Hezekiah is king in Jerusalem and tries to buy off the Assyrian by taking all the silver out of the house of the Lord and cut the gold off the temple doors to send to the Assyrian.  After Sennacherib gets paid off, he sends his goons to Jerusalem to threaten Hezekiah and devour Jerusalem.
      • 2 Kings 19 is the prayer of Hezekiah that contains much of the prophetic material that will show up later.
  • Isaiah’s Assyrian (2 Kings 19:3)
    • Isaiah is in large part about Israel’s relationship to the beast
    • Jeremiah is about Israel’s relationship to Babylon (the woman on the beast)
    • Isaiah 7-11, 20, 36-39
  • Daniel’s king of the north
    • Daniel 11 – King of the North (Assyria) and King of the South (Egypt)
    • 3 kings of the north Daniel 11:15, 19-21, Revelation 17:10
  • The Assyrian
    • Isaiah 10, 14:25, 23:13, 30:31
    • Ezekiel 31:3-9
    • Hosea 11:5
    • Micah 5:1-6
  • Seven heads – geographical strongholds
    • Revelation 13:1-3 – seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman (Babylon) sitteth in Revelation 17:9
    • Amos 1:4-2:5: Damascus, Gaza, Tyrus, Edom, Ammon, Moab, and Jerusalem.  (Egypt is added to judgment, but Egypt is not in the Promise Land.)
    • Isaiah 15-23, Jeremiah 46-49, Ezekiel 25-35

Babylon’’s Fall

  • Euphrates dries up to clear the way for the kings of the east to gather around Israel.
  • The beast’s kingdom goes into darkness and the world seems to rally to fight a common enemy in Jesus Christ.
    • Battle of Armageddon
    • Zechariah 12:9-11
  • Unclean spirits
    • “Frog in your throat”
    • Amphibians/reptiliian type spirit in contrast to the Holy Spirit like a dove (Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10, Luke 3:22, John 1:32).  The Devil as a dragon – reptile.
    • Frogs catch their prey with the tongues.
    • 2 Timothy 4:1-6
  • Kings travel to the beast’s kingdom to battle the Lamb
    • These are probably part of the ten horns prophesied of.
    • Revelation 17:12-14
    • Daniel 2:33-35, 41-44. 7:8-9, 20-