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Revelation 18

Revelation 18, Four more chapters to go. If you are new to this blog, I must tell you to check what I say. I am not a pastor, nor a theologian. I have never been to seminary, Bible college, or have had any training at all. For most of my life I have been a mechanic. It would be very wise to test everything I say. 1 Thessalonians 5:20-22 says so.

Hiroshima, Japan after dropping atom bomb 1945 – AP Photo/Files

Hiroshima, Japan after dropping atom bomb 1945 – AP Photo/Files

We are nearing the end of God’s judgment. But to start with Revelation 18 we need to go back to Revelation 17:14, where the ten kings will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will defeat them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings. Anyway the beast and the ten kings will turn on the prostitute, God put the idea to do so in their hearts.

So now we start Revelation 18. First an angel announced that the great evil city of Babylon has fallen. This city is not only full of commerce, but also evil. Lots of evil. It is also a very arrogant city. But Revelation 18:8 says it will be destroyed in one day. The people will mourn for Babylon. Revelation 18:12-13 tells of everything that passes through Babylon ports. Including human slaves. That’s what the New Living Translation says. English Standard Version says human souls.

People I believe these are slaves for labor. Instead I believe these are slaves for sex. A few years ago I found there were sex slaves all over the whole world. Many of them are even bought and sold in nearly every country. If you would like to help do something about this evil problem, here is a list of organizations.
http://gpseattle.net/
https://www.ijm.org/
http://slaverymap.org/

London WWII, Two Women – National Archives, US Government

London WWII, Two Women – National Archives, US Government

Revelation 18:20-24, is The Lord’s judgment for the sake of God’s people. Babylon is now gone.

When I was doing this post, I also read Isaiah 13. It’s amazing how Isaiah 13 and Revelation 17:14 through Revelation 18:24 seems to go hand in hand. Just like Revelation, Isaiah tells of the Lord calling the armies to fight Babylon. Isaiah also tells of Babylon being wiped out. Never to be inhabited again.

There is one more thing that Isaiah says that I must point out. Isaiah 13:11-12 says: “I, the Lord, will punish the world for its evil and the wicked for their sin. I will crush the arrogance of the proud and humble the pride of the mighty. I will make people scarcer than gold— more rare than the fine gold of Ophir.

People, I have heard from many people who asks “Why does God allow evil, if He is so loving?” the answer is found in Ezekiel 18:23. “Do you think that I like to see wicked people die? says the Sovereign Lord. Of course not! I want them to turn from their wicked ways and live.

If we have all done wrong, and we have, then who will live? The answer will come in a few weeks.

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Revelation 17

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For awhile I was not looking forward to writing about Revelation 17. Too much of it was a mystery. Who was or is the prostitute? Where is Babylon? How does this all fit together? Well I prayed and read again. I have no idea how often I have read Revelation since I started this series. I lost count.

I do not believe there are any of God’s people in Revelation 17. Whether you believe in pre-trib or mid-trib, I believe we’ll be gone. But what if we’re taken away pre-trib and more people come to be believers when the anti-Christ is here? I believe they maybe gone too by now. (However I hope it’s possible that a few more people will turned to God, even after this.) I wonder if Revelation 17 is so hard for me to understand, is because it’s not about us.

Babylon will be a place where God’s people have been murdered. And if they haven’t been murdered there, then at least the orders or the permission came from there. Revelation 17:5-6 A mysterious name was written on her forehead: “Babylon the Great, Mother of All Prostitutes and Obscenities in the World.” I could see that she was drunk – drunk with the blood of God’s holy people who were witnesses for Jesus. I stared at her in complete amazement.

Anyway as I was reading Luke the other day, when I came across Luke 13:33-34 where Jesus says: “Yes, today, tomorrow, and the next day I must proceed on my way. For it wouldn’t do for a prophet of God to be killed except in Jerusalem! O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me.” But is Jerusalem really Babylon?

Revelation 18:24 was talking about Babylon when it says “In your streets flowed the blood of the prophets and of God’s holy people and the blood of people slaughtered all over the world.” This doesn’t sound like it could be Israel. To be honest, Babylon could be anywhere.

Isaiah 1:21 See how Jerusalem, once so faithful,
has become a prostitute.
Once the home of justice and righteousness,
she is now filled with murderers.

But, this was a long time ago and many nations have prostituted themselves against God today. They have strayed from God’s true word and started following false teachings.

Revelation 17:9 the seven hills and also seven kings. I looked up cities with seven hills and was amazed of how long the list was.

So where is Babylon and who is the Great Mother of All Prostitutes? I don’t know. But I do not believe it is Jerusalem or any where in Israel. It can’t be Jerusalem because Revelation 18 talks about Babylon as being a seaport. Jerusalem is not a seaport.

It cannot be Israel itself because Babylon will be destroyed, never to be found again.

USSR Cold War Missiles

USSR Cold War Missiles

In Amos 9:14-15 God said He would bring the people of Israeli back from exiled, which He did back in 1948. He also said that the people of Israel would never be up rooted from their land again. But watching the news, you know that many people would like Israel to be gone.

Many people would like Israel destroyed by any means possible. Isaiah 54:16 says “I have created the blacksmith who fans the coals beneath the forge and makes the weapons of destruction. And I have created the armies that destroy.” Only since WWII has there been weapons of destruction.

Also in Isaiah, this is what God says about the future of Israel: But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. Isaiah 54:17

I don’t know where Babylon is or where it will be; but it’s not Israel.

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