A Part of Division II, The Underlying Conflict, The Spiritual Background (continued).

Section 6. Chapters 17 - 19, The Fall of the Great Harlot and of the Beasts.

A. Chapter 17, The Great Harlot Which Reigns Over the Kings of the Earth.

    One of the seven angels calls John to come to see the judgement of the great harlot.

    The harlot is identified as the one with whom the kings of the earth committed immoralities.

    John, carried away into a wilderness, saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast. The beast had seven heads and ten horns.

    The woman, the harlot, is said to have a name on her forehead, "Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and of the Abominations of the Earth."

    John wondered greatly when he saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints and of the witnesses of Jesus.

    The angel told John the mystery of the woman and the beast with seven heads and ten horns.

    The beast was and is not, and is about to go to destruction.

    The seven heads are seven mountains, or seven kings.

    Five of the mountain/ kings have fallen and one is.

    The other mountain/king has not yet come. When he comes he will stay a little while.

    The beast which was and is not, is himself an eighth, and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction.

    The ten horns of the beast are ten kings which receive authority with the beast for one hour.

    The ten kings give their power and authority to the beast.

    The purpose of the beast and the kings is to wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them.

    The waters where the harlot sits are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues.

    The ten horns and the beast will hate the harlot and will (finally) burn her up with fire, for it is a purpose God has given them common with His own purpose.

    Finally the angel reveals that the woman is the great city, which rules over the kings of the earth.

B. Chapter 18, Verses 1-8, Judgement of the Woman, Babylon the Great.

    John saw another angel who cried, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the Great."

    The angel said of Babylon the Great:

      All the nations have drunk of the wine of her immorality.

      The kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her.

      The merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of sensuality.

    John heard another voice from heaven saying:

      Come out of her my people,

      That you may not participate in her sins,

      That you may not receive of her plagues,

      Her sins have piled up as high as heaven; God has remembered her iniquities.

      Give back to her double according to her deeds.

      To the degree that she glorified herself, to the same degree give her torment.

      She says in her heart, "I sit as a queen and I am not a widow."

      For this reason in one day her plagues will come.

C. Chapter 18, Verses 9-20, The Kings of the Earth Weep Over the Fall of Babylon the Great.

    The kings of the earth, who consorted with Babylon, weep over her fall.

    The kings say "Woe, woe, the Great city, for in one hour your judgement has come."

    The merchants of the earth weep over her because no one buys their cargoes any more.

    The merchants say Woe, woe, the great city, for in one hour such great wealth has been laid waste.

    All who make their living from the sea say, Woe, woe, the great city, for in one hour she has been laid waste.

    The voice from heaven calls for rejoicing in heaven from saints, apostles, and prophets because God has judged Babylon.

D. Chapter 18, Verses 21-24, The Result of the Final Judgement of Babylon, The Great City.

    A strong angel announces that Babylon will not be found any longer, and all phases of normal life in her will cease.

    Babylon charged with the blood of prophets, saints, and all who have been slain on earth.

E. Chapter 19, Verses 1-10, Hallelujahs Around the Throne of God as the Marriage Supper of the Lamb is Prepared.

    A great multitude in heaven rejoices because God has judged the great harlot and avenged the blood of His bond-servants.

    The twenty four elders and the four living creatures rejoice.

    A voice from the throne calls for praise from all God's bond-servants.

    The voice of a great multitude announces the marriage of the Lamb.

    The bride is given clothing of fine linen to symbolize the righteous acts of the saints.

    John was told to write, Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.

    John fell at the feet of the angel to worship him but was told not to do that for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

F. Chapter 19, Verses 11-16, The King of Kings and Lord of Lords Comes Forth on a White Horse.

    John saw come forth from heaven on a white horse One who judges and wages war in righteousness.

    The One on the white horse, called the word of God, is followed by armies clothed in fine linen all on white horses.

    The One on the white horse :

      Has a sharp sword coming from His mouth with which to smite the nations.

      Will rule with a rod of iron.

      Treads the wine press of the wrath of God.

    The One on the white horse has the name, King of kings and Lord of lords.

G. Chapter 19, Verses 19-321, The Beast and the False Prophet Are Thrown into the Lake of Fire.

    John saw the beast and kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war on the One on the horse.

    John saw the beast and the false prophet seized and thrown into the lake of fire.

    John saw the rest killed by the sword which came from the mouth of the One on the horse.