Rev 10:1-11; 13:11-18; 11:1-14; 17:1-18; Who is Babylon?


Chapter 10.  A Parenthetical warning of the last 3 ½ years and the prophecy of the 2 witnesses who warn of the final wrath of God. The 6th and 7th angels to sound out yet.

Rev 10:1 I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud. And a rainbow was on his head, his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire.  Eze 1:28

A mighty angel

Eze 1:28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so [was] the appearance of the brightness round about. This [was] the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw [it], I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

Rev 10:2 He had a little book open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land,

Little Book

Rev 10:3 and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars. When he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices.

Rev 10:4 Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them.”

7 Thunders Uttered voices Seal Them Up

Note: We will all know what they say when we are all together.

Rev 10:5 The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised up his hand to heaven

Mighty Angel

Rev 10:6 and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be delay no longer,

NO MORE DELAY

Rev 10:7 but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets. Rev 10:7; 11:15,16:17;John 19:30; Eze 39:8;

When the 7th angel sounds

Mystery of God Finished

This verse explains, to me, that the 6th and 7th Seals, Trumpets and Bowls go together. Verse 15:8 says, ‘….no one was able to enter the temple till the seven plagues were completed.’. This has led me to believe the 6th seal, 6th trumpet, 6th bowl, 1st and 2nd woes, are to occur simultaneously while the 7th seal, 7th trumpet, 7th bowl, and 3rd woe are all to occur simultaneously climaxing the finished work of God.

John 19:30; When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Eze 39:8; Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this [is] the day whereof I have spoken.

Rev 10:8 Then the voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, “Go, take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the earth.”  Eze 2:9 – 3:1;

Little book

Eze 2:9; And when I looked, behold, an hand [was] sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book [was] therein;

Rev 10:9 So I went to the angel and said to him, “Give me the little book.” And he said to me, “Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.”  Eze 2:10 – 3:1-4;

The Little Book

Eze 2:10And he spread it before me; and it [was] written within and without: and [there was] written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.

Eze 3:1; Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel

Rev 10:10 Then I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. But when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter.

Eze 3:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat [it]; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.

Rev 10:11 And he said to me, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings.”  Eze 3:4; And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them.

Chapter 13 – A description of the 2nd beast and the last 3 ½ years. When the 1st beast was wounded the 2nd beast became the new authority, but gives the 1st beast worship. The warning of the mark of the beast 666.

Revelation Chapter 13:14 through 13:18 is about the 2nd Beast. HE is GRANTED permission to perform great signs (13:13). Granted permission to build the image of the 1st Beast and granted permission to cause anyone who does not worship the 1st Beast to be killed (13:15). It is the 2nd Beast who causes all to have the sign of the 1st Beast, ‘to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads’ (13:16). It is HE who we believe is the ‘False Prophet’.(16:13) ..I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

It is this ‘False Prophet’, Beast, Amazing person who Hates the Harlot (which equals = Babylon)He is the False Prophet who has 3 and 1/2 years, who will lead the battle of Armageddon.

It is the 1st Beast’s number (666) and who goes into perdition (17:8), who the dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority(13:2) and who is worshipped by all whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (13:8).

“For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled.” (17:17)

Rev 13:11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.  Dan 8:6; 8:20; 9:27; 11:24; 2 Thess 2:3-4;

2nd Beast

2 horns like a lamb

spoke like a dragon

Note: 4/18/07 Grant Jeffreys thinks an Israeli man. I did not believe it could be an Israeli until Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert became leaders of Israel, and Rahm Emanuel a leader in America. Just kidding. 10/2/09

Dan 8:6; And he came to the ram that had [two] horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power

Dan 8:20; The ram which thou sawest having [two] horns [are] the kings of Media and Persia.

Dan 9:27; And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Dan 11:24He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do [that] which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers’ fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: [yea], and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time.

2 Thess 2:3-4; 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; 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.

Rev 13:12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. Dan 11:38-39;

2nd Beast – worships 1st Beast

2nd Beast

Dan 11:38-39 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.  (It isn’t hard to imagine the Muslim’s present day leaders in power of the world. They are ruthless and their present leaders bin Laden and Ahmedinejad are actively pursuing a way to control the world.)

Rev 13:13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 1 Kings 18:38

2nd Beast

Performs Signs

Fire comes down from heaven

1 Kings 18:38 (Some think this figure will claim to be Elijah) Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that [was] in the trench.

 Rev 13:14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. Rev 12:3; Dan 11:37-39;

2nd Beast Granted to do signs and Make an  image to the 1st Beast

Dan 11:37-39 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.

Rev 13:15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.  Dan 11:37-39; 2 Thess 2:3-4;

2nd Beast, Worship Image or Die, 1st Beast Image

2 Thess 2:3-4; 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; 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.

Rev 13:16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads,   Rev 13:17,18; 14:9,11,19; 16:2; 19:20; 20:4;

2nd Beast

Must have Mark in hand or on forehead – 1st Beast Worship

Rev 13:17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.  Rev 13:17,18; 14:9,11,19; 16:2; 19:20; 20:4;

2nd Beastno one may buy or sell without mark of 1st Beast

Rev 13:18  Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.  Rev 13:17,18; 14:9,11,19; 16:2; 19:20; 20:4;

666 Number of 1st Beast

The Number 666 is in scripture one other time. Just for fun I have pointed it out. (Ezra 2:1,13 (666)  Now these [are] the children of the province that went up out of the captivity, of those which had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away unto Babylon, and came again unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one unto his city;The children of Adonikam, six hundred sixty and six.)

(Rev 8:13 ‘….woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!’) This persuades me the 2nd Woe is during the last 3 ½ years.

 Chapter 11 – The Two Witnesses = (they have 3 ½ years) The two olive trees = The two lampstands standing before God = They are the 2nd Woe.

They begin their witnessing at the time the 2nd beast begins his reign.

This puts chapter 10, last half of chapter 13 and chapter 11 all about the same time.

The 6th Seal 6:12, 6th Trumpet 9:13 and 6th Bowl 16:12 will happen during this last 3 ½ years that the Two Witnesses have. Then the 7th Seal is opened.

Rev 11:1 THEN I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there.”  Eze 40:-41;

Measure temple

This temple in Revelation and the one in Ezekiel 40 – 41, are beyond me to understand as far as anything but comfort.

Rev 11:2 “But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months.”  11:2,3;12:6,7,14; 13:5; Dan 7:25; 12:7;

Court given to Gentiles for forty-two months

42 mo = 3 ½ years

Dan 7:25; And he shall speak [great] words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Dan 12:7; And I heard the man clothed in linen, which [was] upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that [it shall be] for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these [things] shall be finished.

Rev 11:3 “And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”  Rev 11:2,3;12:6,14; 13:5;Isa 10:20-27; 12:7; Zech 4:1-14;

2nd Woe 11:3;

2 Witnesses, (1260 days) (The 1st – 6th Vials (Bowls) occur during their witness. Rev 16:1-12)

6th Seal 6:12; 6th Trumpet 9:13; 6th Bowl 16:12;

Isa 10:20; And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.

Zech 4:3,6,11; And two olive trees by it, one upon the right [side] of the bowl, and the other upon the left [side] thereof.

Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This [is] the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

Then answered I, and said unto him, What [are] these two olive trees upon the right [side] of the candlestick and upon the left [side] thereof?

Rev 11:4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth. Zech 4:1-14;

2 olive trees = 2 lampstands = 2 Witnesses

Zech 4:2-3; And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all [of] gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which [are] upon the top thereof: And two olive trees by it, one upon the right [side] of the bowl, and the other upon the left [side] thereof.

Rev 11:5  And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner.

Fire proceeds from witnesses mouths

Rev 11:6 These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire.

They have power – over waters, plagues on earth

Rev 11:7 When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them.  Rev 9:2,11; 11:7; 12:3,9.113; 13:1; 17:3,8,10,16; 19:20; 20:2,3,10;

1st Beast, Wars against 2 witnesses

Note the 1st Beast is the one going into perdition and the 2nd Beast serves him (17:8,10)

Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

In Jerusalem

Rev 11:9 Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves.

3 ½ days

Rev 11:10 And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.

Party, send gifts

Rev 11:11 Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.

Breath of life from God

Rev 11:12 And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them.

Raised from the dead

(Come up here. Rapture?)

Rev 11:13 In the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven. Rev 6:12; 8:5,12; 11:13,19; 16:18; Isa 2:19,21; 13:13; 24:23; 29:6; 34:4-10; 51:6; Jer 50:20; Dan 8:10; Joel 2:10,30-32; 3:15,16; Eze 38:20,22; Haggai 2:6-7,21-22; Zech 14:4; Matt 24:29; Heb 12:25-29; Note: Perhaps the time for the conversion of the Jews remaining?See page:  For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’” Matt 23:39

A Great earthquake

7000 killed – the rest gave glory to God of Heaven

Perhaps the remaining Jews converted here or those who believe are shouting here.

Isa 2:19,21; And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

Isa 13:13; Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.

Isa 24:23; Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mountZion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.

Isa 29:6; Thou shalt be visited of the LORD of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.

Isa 34:4-10; And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling [fig] from the fig tree

Isa 51:6; Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.

Jer 50:20 In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and [there shall be] none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve.

Dan 8:10; And it waxed great, [even] to the host of heaven; and it cast down [some] of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.

Joel 2:10; The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:

Joel 2: 30-32; And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

Joel 3:15-16; The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD [will be] the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

Eze 10:2; The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD [will be] the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

Eze 38:20,22; So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that [are] upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.

And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that [are] with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.

Haggai 2:6,7, 21,22; For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it [is] a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry [land]; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.

Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth; And I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen; and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother.

Zech 14:4; And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which [is] before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, [and there shall be] a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

Matt 24:29; Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Heb 12:25-29; See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more [shall not] we [escape], if we turn away from him that [speaketh] from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth:

but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this [word], Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God [is] a consuming fire.

Rev 11:14 The second woe is past. Behold, the third woe is coming quickly. Isa 13:6,11,13; Eze 38:20; Joel 2:31; 3:16; Haggai 2:6-7,21-22;

2nd Woe is past

 

Chapter 17

Parenthetical – A mystery revealed

This is not a span of time, but rather like a time out to describe to us the Babylon that is going to be destroyed in Chapter 18.

Mystery Babylon – The woman sitting on a scarlet beast – the beast has 7 heads and 10 horns (the 1st beast) – Babylon,  revealed to us

Rev 17:9 is the verse that Hal Lindsey uses to identify the Rome of the end times, he thinks it will be the European Union’s capital. The 7 heads = 7 mountains of RomeQuoting Lindsey,There is no question about where the city would be – it was Rome. It says that the woman sits (or rules) on seven mountains. Most elementary students of history or geography know that Rome is the city of seven hills. It is there that the religious system will reign for a time in coalition with the political system.”

Those 7 hills are ‘hills’ not mountains.

Rev 17:9-10 The seven heads = 7 mountains which are 7 kings who are controlled by this ‘woman sitting on the scarlet beast.’ These seven kingdoms/countries who will have a leader who sells his soul to the Devil and they will hate the harlot (17:16) and destroy her, and destroy her like Babylon. Till all give their kingdoms to the beast. 17:18! Those 7 mountains are called ‘kingdoms’!

The great harlot is Mystery Babylon, which I believe is a city that rules all the kingdoms, is rich and ‘they’ hate her. Not an apostate church – but a city that is rich ‘arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup  full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication……….the kings of the earth committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her…..merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet, every kind of citron wood, every kind of objects of ivory, precious wood, bronze, iron and marble ……and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses…..and bodies and souls of men.’ The ‘Islam’ religion is the worlds religion now!  Not hard to imagine the Arabs of todays world, who hate all who do not worship their way.

 Babylon destroyed in one day.

The Revived Roman Empire, represented by the Dan 2:42And [as] the toes of the feet’, 10 toes = The Europeon Union. Dan 2:44And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom,The 1st Beast – The one who rises up out of the united countries of Greece,Media Persia, Babylon = hates Babylon. And the 10 kings – 17:12who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast 17:16“And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire.”

The woman sitting on the beast  = the harlot = Babylon

Someone once said, ‘The description of Babylon only fits the U. S. at this time.’ Since that was said there are more possibilities, like Abu Dhabi, Dubai City in the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Al Basrah, the city of Basra has a major role in H.G. Wells‘s 1934 future historyThe Shape of Things to Come” where the Iraqi city is at the center of a world state emerging after a collapse of civilization and becomes in effect the capital of the world.

UAE – Dubai – one of the seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), or that emirate’s main city, sometimes called “Dubai city” to distinguish it from the emirate.The modern emirate of Dubai was created consequent with the formation of the United Arab Emirates in 1971. (SEE  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubai)

Dubai has been ruled by the Al Maktoum dynasty since 1833. Its current ruler, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is also the Prime Minister and Vice-President of the UAE.  

Abu Dhabi – Abu Dhabi is ruled by Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is also the President of the UAE.

Bahrain, the King, Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa; the head of government is the Prime Minister, Shaikh Khalīfa bin Salman al Khalifa  a constitutional monarchy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahrain

Bahrain – Kingdom of the Two Seas. Bahrain is a constitutional monarchy headed by the King, Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa; the head of government is the Prime Minister, Shaikh Khalīfa bin Salman al Khalifa, who presides over a cabinet of twenty-five members, where 80% of its members are from the royal family. In a region experiencing an oil boom, Bahrain has the fastest growing economy in the Arab world, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia found in January 2006.[6 Bahrain also has the freest economy in the Middle East according to the 2011 Index of Economic Freedom published by the Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal, and is tenth freest overall in the world.

If…America is ‘Babylon’ then it will be destroyed ‘in one day’. Not hard to imagine with a Muslim martyr being president and an Israelite/American leader Rham Emanuel ready to destroy us.

http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Main_Page

Wednesday, January 4, 2006

“His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai has passed away. He was 62 years old.” 

UPDATE: 1/4/10

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article6975780.ece

 “Dubai’s hereditary ruler, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, serves as Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE.

There has been speculation that Abu Dhabi will seize a number of Dubai’s trophy assets in exchange for its assistance”

UPDATE: 1/7/10

http://www.waow.com/Global/story.asp?S=11782714

“Dubai’s downfall is not only hurting the city-state and the financiers who bet big on its promises.

Even before Dubai’s financial crisis, the sheikdom’s growing economic woes had begun rippling out across the Arab world,

Qatar – The capital is Doha. Since 1995, Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has ruled Qatar, seizing control of the country from his father Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani while the latter vacationed in Switzerland. Under Emir Hamad, Qatar has experienced a notable amount of sociopolitical liberalization, including the endorsement of women’s suffrage or right to vote, drafting a new constitution, and the launch of Al Jazeera, a leading English and Arabic news source which operates a website and satellite television news channel.The International Monetary Fund states that Qatar has the highest GDP per capita in the world, followed by Luxembourg. The World Factbook ranks Qatar at second, following Luxembourg.

This is Scofields Commentary.

When the 1st Beast and the seven horns destroy Babylon, the beast will then be in control of all the world and the EU will worship the beast by acknowledging his authority and power.

6/11/10 http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/06/10/the_new_wannabe_ottomans_105913.html

Turkey’s, Erdogan’s anti-Israel attacks often match those of his newfound friends, Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hezbollah’s Hasan Nasrallah (The Destroyer, in English. Rev 9:11 And they had a king over them, [which is] the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue [is] Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath [his] name Apollyon.) An Israeli leader named his this after the Lebanon War.

(Scofield, C. I. “Scofield Reference Notes on Isaiah 13”. “Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)”. <http://www.studylight.org/com/srn/view.cgi?book=isa&chapter=013&gt;. 1917.) 

Babylon

The city, Babylon is not in view here, as the immediate context shows. It is important to note the significance of the name when used symbolically. “Babylon” is the Greek form: invariably in the O.T. Hebrew the word is simply Babel, the meaning of which is confusion, and in this sense the word is used symbolically.

(1) In the prophets, when the actual city is not meant, the reference is to the “confusion” into which the whole social order of the world has fallen under Gentile world-domination. (See “Times of the Gentiles,” Luke 21:24; Revelation 16:14; Isaiah 13:4 gives the divine view of the welter of warring Gentile powers. The divine order is given in Isa. 11. Israel in her own land, the centre of the divine government of the world and channel of the divine blessing; and the Gentiles blessed in association with Israel. Anything else is, politically, mere “babel.”

(2) In Revelation 14:8-11; 16:19 the Gentile world-system is in view in connection with Armageddon; Revelation 16:14; 19:21 while in Rev 17, the reference is to apostate Christianity, destroyed by the nations Revelation 17:16 headed up under the Beast; Daniel 7:8; Revelation 19:20 and false prophet. In Isaiah the political Babylon is in view, literally as to the then existing city, and symbolically as to the times of the Gentiles. In the Revelation both the symbolical- political and symbolical-religious Babylon are in view, for there both are alike under the tyranny of the Beast. Religious Babylon is destroyed by political Babylon Revelation 17:16 political Babylon by the appearing of the Lord Revelation 19:19-21. That Babylon the city is not to be rebuilt is clear from ; Isaiah 13:19-22; Jeremiah 51:24-26,62-64. By political Babylon is meant the Gentile world-system. (See “World,” ; John 7:7; Revelation 13:8) It may be added that, in Scripture symbolism, Egypt stands for the world as such; Babylon for the world of corrupt power and corrupted religion; Nineveh for the pride, the haughty glory of the world.

(Scofield, C. I. “Scofield Reference Notes on Isaiah 13”. “Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)”. <http://www.studylight.org/com/srn/view.cgi?book=isa&chapter=013&gt;. 1917)

Rev 17:1 THEN one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters,”  Rev 17:1,15,18; 18:8; Isa 47:7-9; Jer 30:11; 51; Zeph 2:15; 3:1

The Great Harlot (Babylon) Judged

Isa 47:7-9; And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: [so] that thou didst not lay these [things] to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it. Therefore hear now this, [thou that art] given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I [am], and none else beside me; I shall not sit [as] a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children: But these two [things] shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, [and] for the great abundance of thine enchantments.

Jer 30:11; For I [am] with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.

Jer 50:1; Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in the midst of them that rise up against me, a destroying wind;

Zeph 2:15; This [is] the rejoicing city that dwelt carelessly, that said in her heart, I [am], and [there is] none beside me: how is she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down in! every one that passeth by her shall hiss, [and] wag his hand.

Zeph 3:1; Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!

 

Rev 17:2 “with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”

Rev 17:3 So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. Rev 9:2,11; 11:7; 12:3,9,13; 13:1; 17:3,16,18; 19:20; 20:2,3,10;

The Woman (Sitting on the 1st Beast?)

7 horns, 10 horns

 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-05/saudi-government-says-demonstrations-marches-prohibited-by-kingdom-s-laws.html

 Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy ruled by six kings

Rev 17:4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. Rev 17:1,3-7, 15-18;

The woman

Rev 17:5 And on her forehead a name was written:

MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

The great harlot = Babylon

Rev 17:6 I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement. Rev 17:1,3-7, 15-18;

Woman = harlot = Babylon

12/24/10 “Religious cleansing is taking place everywhere in Iraqby Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds. Before the toppling of Saddam Hussein, there existed more than 1 million Christians in Iraq. They are now mostly gone – scattered to the winds, sacrificed on the altar of erecting an Islamic state. Churches have been closed or blown up. Hundreds of thousands have been expelled. Nearly two-thirds of the 500,000 Christians in Baghdad have fled or been killed. In Mosul, about 100,000 Christians used to live there. Now, just 5,000 remain. Soon there will be none.”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/dec/23/radical-islam-vs-christianity/

Rev 17:7 But the angel said to me, “Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.” Rev 12:3

Mystery Revealed

1st Beast 7 heads, 10 horns

The woman –Babylon – see 17:15

Rev 17:8 “The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition (9:2). And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.”  Rev 9:2,11; 11:7; 12:3,9,13; 13:1; 17:3,8,16; 19:20; 20:2,3,10;  (17:8- 17:14 Talks about the beast.)

1st Beast = from bottomless pit and goes to perdition

(Book of Life)

Maybe, “whose names are not written in the Book of Life..” means the person Satan uses was never written in the Book of Life.

Rev 17:9 “Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits.”  Rev 12:3; 13:1;  The woman  – go to 17:15

Mystery Revealed –

Babylon is the woman (who sits on the beast with 7 heads)

7 heads = 7 mountains = 7 kingdoms. 10 kings are the group of countries who worship the 1st beast and represent the beast, Satan in chapter 12.

Rev 17:10 “These (There?) are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time.”

7 kings

1st Beast

Rev 17:11 “The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.” Rev 13:1;

1st Beast

8th king – going to perdition

Rev 17:12 “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast.” Rev 12:3; 13:1;

10 horns=10 kings

1st Beast

Rev 17:13 “These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.”

1st Beast

Rev 17:14 “These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”

The LAMB

Lord of Lords will overcome them

Rev 17:15 Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.”  Rev 12:3; 17:1,15; 18:8

Mystery Revealed

Great harlot sits on water = nations, peoples,

Rev 17:16 “And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire.” Rev 9:2,11; 11:7; 12:3,9,13; 13:1; 17:3,8,16; 18:18; 19:20; 20:2,3,10; Isa 13:19; Malachi 4:1

The 10 horns Hate the Harlot and Destroys Her

Isa 13:19; And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.

Malachi 4:1; For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

Rev 17:17 “For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled.”  Isa 14:24,26,27; 23:9; 46:11; Jer 4:28; 50:45; 51:29; Rom 1:13; 8:28; 9:11,17; Eph 1:5,9,11; 3:11; 6:22; 1 John 3:8;

To Fulfill His Purpose

Isa 14:24-27; The Lord of hosts has sworn: “As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand,” “that I will break the Assyrian in my land, and on my mountains trample him underfoot; and his yoke shall depart from them, and his burden from their shoulder.” This is the purpose that is purposed concerning the whole  earth, and this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations. For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?

Isa 23:9;  The Lord of hosts has purposed it, to defile the pompous pride of all glory, to dishonor all the honored of the earth.

Isa 46:11; Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken [it], I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed [it], I will also do it.

Jer 4:28; For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: because I have spoken [it], I have purposed [it], and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.

Jer 50:45; Therefore hear ye the counsel of the LORD, that he hath taken against Babylon; and his purposes, that he hath purposed against the land of the Chaldeans: Surely the least of the flock shall draw them out: surely he shall make [their] habitation desolate with them.

Jer 51:29; And the land shall tremble and sorrow: for every purpose of the LORD shall be performed against Babylon, to make the land of Babylon a desolation without an inhabitant.

Rom 1:13; Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.

Rom 8:28; And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.

Rom 9:11,17; (For [the children] being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth)

For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

Eph 1:5,9,11; Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

Eph 3:11; According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

Eph 6:22; Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and [that] he might comfort your hearts.

1 John 3:8; He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Rev 17:18 “And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.”  Rev 18:7-8; Isa 47:5,7,9; Jer 51; Zeph 2:15

Mystery Revealed Woman = great city = has dominion over kings of earth

Isa 47:5,7,9; Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms.

And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: [so] that thou didst not lay these [things] to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it.

 But these two [things] shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, [and] for the great abundance of thine enchantments.

(Scofield, C. I. “Scofield Reference Notes on Isaiah 13”. “Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)”. <http://www.studylight.org/com/srn/view.cgi?book=isa&chapter=013&gt;. 1917.)

Babylon

The city, Babylon is not in view here, as the immediate context shows. It is important to note the significance of the name when used symbolically. “Babylon” is the Greek form: invariably in the O.T. Hebrew the word is simply Babel, the meaning of which is confusion, and in this sense the word is used symbolically.

(1) In the prophets, when the actual city is not meant, the reference is to the “confusion” into which the whole social order of the world has fallen under Gentile world-domination. (See “Times of the Gentiles,” Luke 21:24; Revelation 16:14; Isaiah 13:4 gives the divine view of the welter of warring Gentile powers. The divine order is given in Isa. 11. Israel in her own land, the centre of the divine government of the world and channel of the divine blessing; and the Gentiles blessed in association with Israel. Anything else is, politically, mere “babel.”

(2) In Revelation 14:8-11; 16:19 the Gentile world-system is in view in connection with Armageddon; Revelation 16:14; 19:21 while in Rev 17, the reference is to apostate Christianity, destroyed by the nations Revelation 17:16 headed up under the Beast ; Daniel 7:8; Revelation 19:20 and false prophet. In Isaiah the political Babylon is in view, literally as to the then existing city, and symbolically as to the times of the Gentiles. In the Revelation both the symbolical- political and symbolical-religious Babylon are in view, for there both are alike under the tyranny of the Beast. Religious Babylon is destroyed by political Babylon Revelation 17:16 political Babylon by the appearing of the Lord Revelation 19:19-21. That Babylon the city is not to be rebuilt is clear from ; Isaiah 13:19-22; Jeremiah 51:24-26,62-64. By political Babylon is meant the Gentile world-system. (See “World,” ; John 7:7; Revelation 13:8) It may be added that, in Scripture symbolism, Egypt stands for the world as such; Babylon for the world of corrupt power and corrupted religion; Nineveh for the pride, the haughty glory of the world. (Scofield, C. I. “Scofield Reference Notes on Isaiah 13”. “Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)”. <http://www.studylight.org/com/srn/view.cgi?book=isa&chapter=013&gt;. 1917

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