The Revelation Given to John by Jesus Through the Angel
Revelation 17 and 18 Babylon expounded upon
One of the angels invited John to see what would happen to the great whore[i]. He says she sits installed on many waters[ii]and the leaders of the world have gone whoring with her –she sells out her morals for profit and the leaders of the world replace what should be fervor for Yahweh with a desire for what she has to offer. Could it be Islamic oil?
Out in the desert John saw a woman mounted on a scarlet Beast. The beast with seven heads and ten horns was stuffed with blasphemies[iii]. Dressed in scarlet and purple, she was adorned with gold, gems, and pearls. The gold decanter she held was brimming with indecencies, her foul fornications[iv]. Branded on her forehead was a mystery name: Great Babylon[v], Mother of Whores and Abominations of the Earth. The woman was drunk on the blood of Yahweh’s holy people – the ones who died for loyalty to Yeshua[vi].
Scarlet is a symbol of sin and purple is the color of rulers and signifies profane or obscene language. The gold, gems and pearls aren’t for the poor or unpretentious. Jewels are a symbol of high ranking. Being intoxicated on the blood of the saints makes me think of all the Christians all over the world who are losing their lives every day because they refuse to denounce the God of their salvation and turn from Christianity to Islam; or just because they refuse to denounce Christ they can be shot in a school in the U.S. The radical Muslims who are possessed with ridding the world of Yahweh’s family and ruling the world are the latest in a long line of their kind. The spirit of anti-Christ is gaining strength with every passing year.
We were introduced to the Beast in chapter 13, but now the angel explains him further. He[vii] once was, is not, but will climb out of the bottomless pit and go to his punishment. But we must be aware that before he reaches Hell, the Beast will be a formidable foe. The seven hills the spirit of anti-Christ is positioned on represent the complete kingdoms of the world, most of them already done with when the angel spoke to John. Rome was the ruler of the world at the time and still is, in a way. The last ruler, Daniel was told[viii], will “march… under a banner of a strange god”, taking country after country[ix].
The ten horns are ten kings. Ten is the number of worldly power, remember. They weren’t yet in power when the angel gave this information to John. They come to power with the scarlet Beast. They sound like OPEC to me. They agree to turn over their power to the Beast and go to war against the family of Yahweh; but good news: the Lamb of God will defeat them. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords and we are his chosen and faithful servants.
[x]The whore is Babylon and she is on top of the nations because of her oil. Perhaps the ten horns are OPEC and the Beast is the world of Muslim radicals. They went to war against Babylon and destroyed it[xi].
The next angel represented the beauty and power of Yahweh. He proclaimed Babylon ruined. I believe Babylon represents everything that is wicked and unfaithful to the Creator, Yahweh[xii].
Babylon is more than a city; it is a people selling their souls for temporary riches that fade away with the sands of time. It is a nation selling oil to a world they believe is morally inferior to them; a nation whose god is out to prove Yahweh isn’t the one and only true and living God. The spirit of anti-Christ is the god of this nation. Babylon covers the earth with its dominance and power. It “sits on many waters”, or lives among and influences many people. The world leaders put their greed for her oil above everything else.
The next shout[xiii] out of Heaven echoed the cry of Yahweh through the ages[xiv]. It is a good lesson for us today. We Christians[xv] have slowly slid into the sins of the world. Things our ancestors wouldn’t have dreamed of doing seem natural and okay to us. We are more concerned with what society will think about us than what Yahweh will think about us. We forget, or never knew, that social norms aren’t Yahweh’s way. Yahweh’s way[xvi] is unadulterated love. We can’t reflect his splendor when we are reflecting the world’s fame. This shout seems to call the Church as a whole out the world before the complete destruction of worldly power.
Babylon will be burned by fire. The oilfields would add fuel to a fire started by ammunition. The leaders of the world will be inconsolable. If I am right and it is Muslim oil the world has lost, since the push to stop the production of oil in America and other places makes the world’s dependence on the Middle East greater as technology demands more, the loss of Middle Eastern oil will put a damper on trade everywhere. Oil is used for more than powering our cars. It is also used for many other things that are part of our life today including, but not limited to: asphalt, military defense, , heating, feedstock, petrochemicals, plastics, polyurethanes, solvents, electrical generation, clothing, ink, heart valves, crayons, pantyhose, rubbing alcohol, carpets, hearing aids, parachutes, telephones, antiseptics, deodorant, motor cycle helmets, pillows, shoes, electrical tape, safety glass, nylon rope, fertilizers, hair coloring, toilet seats, candles, credit cards, aspirin, golf balls, detergents, sunglasses, glue, fishing rods, linoleum, soft contact lenses, trash bags, hand lotion, shampoo, shaving cream, footballs, luggage, paint brushes, balloons, fan belts, umbrellas, antifreeze, tires, dishwashing liquids, toothbrushes,, toothpaste, combs, tents, lipstick, tennis rackets, house paint, guitar strings, ammonia, eyeglasses, ice chests, life jackets, cameras, artificial turf, artificial limbs, bandages, dentures, ballpoint pens, nail polish, caulking, skis, fishing lures, perfumes, shoe polish, antihistamines, cortisone, dyes, roofing. [xvii]
John reports riches as he understood riches, but the concept is the same.[xviii] We humans are dependent on things and it is only through the love of Yahweh that we will not feel bereaved with the rest of the world when we realize that the things we have taken for granted are no longer available. If our livelihood is in making, selling, transporting, etc. some of the merchandise listed above it will be hard when suddenly oil is not available. “Life as we know it will end,” some say when they wonder what would happen if the power grid were to be compromised by an enemy. We don’t know how to live without our “modern conveniences” like microwaves and iPods, so what will we do without even a stove and refrigerator that works.
The world is lamenting and Heaven is rejoicing.
[i] Proverbs 9:13-18
[ii] Remember waters are a symbol of people – international power
[iii] She attributed to herself the power and glory that belong to Yahweh
[iv] Instead of being true to the God who gave her life, she went after a foreign god whom she had no right to associate with
[v] In 1983, Saddam Hussein started rebuilding the city on top of the old ruins (because of this, artifacts and other finds may well be under the city by now), investing in both restoration and new construction. He inscribed his name on many of the bricks in imitation of Nebuchadnezzar. One frequent inscription reads: “This was built by Saddam Hussein, son of Nebuchadnezzar, to glorify Iraq”. This recalls the ziggurat at Ur, where each individual brick was stamped with “Ur-Nammu, king of Ur, who built the temple of Nanna“. These bricks became sought after as collectors’ items after the downfall of Hussein, and the ruins are no longer being restored to their original state. He also installed a huge portrait of himself and Nebuchadnezzar at the entrance to the ruins, and shored up Processional Way, a large boulevard of ancient stones, and the Lion of Babylon, a black rock sculpture about 2,600 years old.
When the Gulf War ended, Saddam wanted to build a modern palace, also over some old ruins; it was made in the pyramidal style of a Sumerian ziggurat. He named it Saddam Hill. In 2003, he was ready to begin the construction of a cable car line over Babylon when the invasion began and halted the project.
- An article published in April 2006 states that UN officials and Iraqi leaders have plans for restoring Babylon, making it into a cultural center. Gettleman, Jeffrey. Unesco intends to put the magic back in Babylon, International Herald Tribune, April 21, 2006. Retrieved April 19, 2008.
- Jump up^ McBride, Edward. Monuments to Self: Baghdad’s grands projects in the age of Saddam Hussein, MetropolisMag. Retrieved April 19, 2008.
As of May 2009, the provincial government of Babil has reopened the site to tourism.
Panoramic view over the reconstructed city of Babylon
[vi] The Archaeological study Bible, note on revelation 17:4
[vii] Could he be the twelfth Imam?
[viii] Daniel 11:36-39
[ix] As Mohamad did, perhaps
[x] The Next World War, page 137
[xi] Jeramiah 50; Isaiah 43:14, 15; 47:1-15; 13:9-16Ezekiel 24; 5:20; The American Prophesies, pages 109, 110
US forces under the command of General James T. Conway of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force were criticized for building the military base “Camp Alpha”, comprising among other facilities a helipad, on ancient Babylonian ruins following the 2003 invasion of Iraq.US forces have occupied the site for some time and have caused irreparable damage to the archaeological record. In a report of the British Museum‘s Near East department, Dr. John Curtis describes how parts of the archaeological site were levelled to create a landing area for helicopters, and parking lots for heavy vehicles. Curtis wrote that the occupation forces
- “caused substantial damage to the Ishtar Gate, one of the most famous monuments from antiquity […] US military vehicles crushed 2,600-year-old brick pavements, archaeological fragments were scattered across the site, more than 12 trenches were driven into ancient deposits and military earth-moving projects contaminated the site for future generations of scientists […] Add to all that the damage caused to nine of the moulded brick figures of dragons in the Ishtar Gate by soldiers trying to remove the bricks from the wall.” Bajjaly, Joanne Farchakh (2005-04-25). “History lost in dust of war-torn Iraq”. BBC News. Retrieved 2013-06-07.
A US Military spokesman claimed that engineering operations were discussed with the “head of the Babylon museum”. Leeman, Sue (January 16, 2005). “Damage seen to ancient Babylon”. The Boston Globe.
- The head of the Iraqi State Board for Heritage and Antiquities, Donny George, said that the “mess will take decades to sort out”.Heritage News from around the world, World Heritage Alert! Retrieved April 19, 2008.
] In April 2006, Colonel John Coleman, former Chief of Staff for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, offered to issue an apology for the damage done by military personnel under his command. However he claimed that the US presence had deterred far greater damage from other looters. Cornwell, Rupert. US colonel offers Iraq an apology of sorts for devastation of Babylon, The Independent, April 15, 2006. Retrieved April 19, 2008.
[xii] Isaiah 59:15-19
[xiii] Possibly the rapture of the Church?
[xiv] Isaiah 48:20; Acts 2:40
[xv] Acts 2:14-21, 40
[xvi] II Corinthians 6:14-18
[xviii] Proverbs 11:21, 28