Pamphlet 1901 Rev. kc 46
She was gorgeous, but she was a whore!
(Have you ever read the book "Sargon the Magnificent" by Mrs. Sidney Bristowe?
It is a remarkable work revealing and tracing Cain in secular history as Sargon of Akkad.
It begins with his ousting
from the presence of God and his journey into the land of Nod, Sumer,
and the founding of Babylon from whence originates the "golden cup" full of abominations.
He is reported to have
lived 730 years and founded many religions of the earth
in his travels including sun worship, dragon worship, etc.,etc.)
In our last study we read
of John's description of a beautiful woman
clothed in purple and scarlet colours and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls,
having a "golden cup" in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication.
In other words, she was gorgeous, but she was a whore!
She had a name on her forehead which we will look at again shortly.
first, haven't you ever wondered how it could possibly be
that Satan when he comes to earth is able to "deceiveth the whole world" (Rev. 12:9)?
If what "main stream"
Christianity is teaching,
i.e. their traditional doctrines, is true, then how could this be?
Is the majority right when most professing Christians are completely Biblically illiterate?
about it? If a person is deceived it means
that they believe something to be true that is, in fact, not so.
Folks, it is "religion" that prevents our people from seeing the truth of God's Word.
So, while the majority
of Christianity today teaches
that Jesus Christ can return at any moment,
both Jesus Christ and the apostle Paul WARNED about being deceived concerning His return.
Jesus said repeatedly
that many would come claiming to represent Him,
i.e. as Christian ministers, and would deceive MANY, the multitudes, not just a few!
Take a look at what the
majority teaches concerning our gathering back to Christ,
then read what Paul says in 2 Thes. 2.
Here it is:
2 Thes. 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 Thes. 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
There is only one son of perdition, Satan himself.
What does this "revealing" mean?
 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
will take over God's house,
even the body of Christ which results in the great apostasy,
and claims to be God, i.e. Jesus Christ.
Satan will be revealed as Jesus Christ!
It is a mystery to most.
Hang on a few verses!
 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
What is this "mystery"? Let's look up the Greek word in Strong's: For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
musterion, moos-tay'-ree-on, Greek 3466; from a derivative of muo (to shut the mouth); a secret or "mystery" (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites) :- mystery.
the "Hidden (Secret) Dynasty of Religion"
that has crept into the churches. It's "Churchianity",
ceremony and religious rites, disguised as "Christianity".
Do you not remember the 1st Seal in Rev. 6:2 and the rider of the first white horse?
It is deception brought
about by Satan,
the rider of the white horse which looks like Christ's white horse,
but it isn't!
Don't be deceived!
If you need a refresher then go back and re-read the 1st Seal!
Note: Many, way too many, churches teach that the "only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way" in verse 7 refers to the Holy Spirit departing the earth when they are Raptured away.
That's because the "mystery" has already completely taken over their unlearned minds.
They are not going anywhere before the false christ is revealed.
Paul just said so in plain and simple language.
The subject being discussed is when will the "man of sin" be revealed?
The answer is when Michael let's him go in Rev. 12:7-9. Michael is holding him back!
Here's verse 7 from the Living Bible translation:
2 Thes. 2:7 As for the work this man of rebellion and hell will do when he comes, it is already going on, but he himself will not come until the one who is holding him back steps out of the way. (Living Bible)
Back to the KJV and continuing in 2 Thes.:
2 Thes. 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
Don't you SEE the mystery at work?
The Wicked one will be revealed as Jesus Christ.
He won't appear to be doing anything wicked at all!
He's very religious.
He heals the "deadly wound".
As Daniel shows us, the "little horn", Satan, brings peace and prosperity to the world.
The whole world will love him!
They will think Christ has returned!
Is that hidden, or what?
 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
Look out across the land. How many folks do you know that truly study His Word?
You can tell by just listening
to people that they have not received the "love of the truth",
even though they may attend a church!
 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
is that Satan is Jesus and that his "church systems",
his "religions" are true Christianity.
So let's look again at Rev. 17:5:
We know what every word in this verse means:Rev. 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
Forehead = Brain location
Mystery is "musterion" = Hidden Religion
Babylon = Confusion
Mother = One who gives birth, brings forth
Harlots & Whores (same Greek word) = Idolaters
Abominations = Idolatries
Earth = World
That's what Rev. 17:5 says!
It is really quite simple, isn't it?
Rev. 17:6 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.
It is where the son of perdition sits in the temple, in Jerusalem.
Note: Did you know that our Father chose Jerusalem to become the Headquarters of the Universe? You can read of it in Ezekiel 16 where He "took to wife" that location, and in Rev. 21 we see the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven to that location.
Is it any wonder that
Satan has so attacked this great city
and has chosen it for his headquarters when he comes here with an "in your face" attitude?
It is true that the
great city, Jerusalem,
has been filled with the blood of saints and the blood of martyrs down through the ages.
the context of this chapter 17 is the judgment time of the great whore,
when Satan and his angels will sit in the temple of that great city,
exercising world domination both religiously and politically
and shall kill the two witnesses as we learned in chapter 11.
Then shall there be great rejoicing and merrymaking.
And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
He was astounded!
Rev. 17:7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
 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.
course he was in the 1st earth age
but he was also present in the garden of Eden and at the time of Christ.
But he is not present (here in person) now.
covered many times already that he shall be cast from heaven (Rev. 12:7-9),
which is to say released from the bottomless pit.
And he shall eventually
go into the lake of fire
and PERISH with the rest of the elements (2 Pet. 3:12),
i.e. evil rudiments, when our Father, the consuming fire (Heb. 12:29) comes.
And in verse 8 we also
read for the "umpteenth time"
that if you are not one of God's elect,
if your name is not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world,
then you are going to love this beast!
We continue now with who the beast is:
Rev. 17:9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
We know from Rev 12 & 13 who the 7 heads, the 7 mountains are.
Mountains are symbolic of governments and nations.
They are the 7 dominions,
meaning the complete or whole dominion of the world,
the one world political system,
whom the beast controls from that great city of Jerusalem.
Note: Many people would like to say that this means the "great city" is San Francisco or Rome or some other city that is built on 7 literal mountains. But first of all, the woman isn't even the subject. It's the beast and his political system. The angel doesn't change the subject to the woman until verse 18.
That is why this verse is prefaced with "here is the mind which has wisdom".
Wisdom comes from knowing God's Word, all of it.
If you do then this verse and this chapter is a "no brainer".
If you don't, you'll probably
get out a topographical map
and look for cities built on mountains.
It's your choice.
 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
The subject is still the
beast and these 7 kings
have nothing to do with the 10 kings which we will get to in verse 12.
The subject hasn't changed. These 7 kings are all one and the same person.
Let's read verse 11 first and we'll explain.
 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
Now, verse 11 makes it really simple.
Again, what is the subject?
We are talking about the beast that was and is not.
The beast is who?
In as much as he will
also have an 8th role at the end of the Millennium,
he is of the seven, ALL SEVEN,
because he was 1-5 and is now 6 and shall be 7,
i.e. he is all seven kings.
So just as the 8th is
of the 7,
the 7th is of the 6,
and the 6th is of the 5.
The 7 kings are the same king in series of reigns not 7 contemporary kings.
Here come the 10 kings who are contemporary kings:
 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
is the 5 month reign of the spurious messiah,
the time of the locusts of Rev. 9
and Apollyon, Satan, their king.
What are you called? These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
you are with Him in this generation then you
(1) were called,
(2) were chosen before the foundation of this earth age, and
(3) are faithful unto and through the final hour!
Rev. 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
If you miss this symbol you'll drown in uncertainty while trying to understand Revelation.
 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
It is not.
remember that in Rev. 9
all those who do not have the seal of God in their forehead are consumed away and made desolate.
It is God's plan to use Satan and his kings to fulfill His will.
 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
always has been,
He always will be.
 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
In our next study we will get an even closer view of the Great Fall of the Great Babylon of the end times.
It is most fascinating indeed!
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits;
to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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