Verse By Verse Through Revelation (17:1-5)

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The false Church in connection with Satan

1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me: “Come, I will show you the judgment of the notorious prostitute who sits on many waters.

Here, the angel who had one of the seven last plagues came to John to reveal the outcome of the prostitute which in Scripture refers to a group of people claiming to be from God but in actuality is teaching false doctrine.

Exodus 34:15

15 “Do not make a treaty with the inhabitants of the land, or else when they prostitute themselves with their gods and sacrifice to their gods, they will invite you, and you will eat their sacrifices.

Once a person spiritually prostitutes him or herself with a false deity by way of believing in their teachings they will embrace and exchange the Truth for the lie and end up teaching it to others.


2 The kings of the earth committed sexual immorality with her, and those who live on the earth became drunk on the wine of her sexual immorality.”

This false church had a lot of influence with many nations and deceived them. 


3 So he carried me away in the Spirit to a desert. I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and 10 horns.

The Holy Spirit took John to see a vision of the woman (the prostitute) to reveal who she was really in cahoots with.

“scarlet beast” is a reference to the Antichrist who is a demon in high ranking, very powerful.

The word “scarlet” shows that the one controlling the false church is Satan himself, as the word is connected with the beast. Their clothes resemble Satan’s color who is called the RED Dragon.

Revelation 18:16

16 saying: Woe, woe, the great city, dressed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, adorned with gold, precious stones, and pearls

“The great city” is in reference to the woman sitting on the beast which shows her wearing scarlet (red).

“blasphemous names and had seven heads and 10 horns.” For an in-depth explanation click on Revelation 13:1-5


4 The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, adorned with gold, precious stones, and pearls. She had a gold cup in her hand filled with everything vile and with the impurities of her prostitution.

This church is very wealthy but what she’s intaking into her heart is full of vile things which means that her teachings are in conflict with God’s Word because this church embraces doctrines of demons as 1 Timothy 4:1-2 declares, Now the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons, 2 through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared.


5 On her forehead a cryptic name was written:
BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE VILE THINGS OF THE EARTH.

The word “BABYLON” is not the modern day place which is in Iraq but is used as a spiritual meaning in the sense of worshipping false idols and gods (demons) while using Christian vocabulary.

“THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES” This false church spearheaded one of the worse false doctrine known today by twisting God’s Word in its early-stage, not long after the death of the Apostles in around the 4th century. The church said that its teachings are from Christ Jesus but in reality, it contradicts the very Scriptures that they profess to follow, thus the deception. 

 

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Verse By Verse Through Revelation (16:16-21)

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16 So they assembled them at the place called in Hebrew, Armagedon.

This verse points back to the prophecy that was mentioned in Ezekiel 38:1-8, where the Muslim world and most likely Russia, will come down to attack Isreal. Isreal today has natural gas which is as valuable or even more than oil.


17 Then the seventh poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the sanctuary from the throne, saying, “It is done!”

Now the scene switches back to the angel with the seventh (last and final) bowl. The bowl was to announce that it is accomplished, that is, God’s wrath on humanity with the last one as seen in verse 18.


18 There were flashes of lightning and rumblings of thunder. And a severe earthquake occurred like no other since man has been on the earth—so great was the quake.

The announcement of the seventh bowl brought about the worst and never seen before, the biggest earthquake known to men.


19 The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. Babylon the Great was remembered in God’s presence; He gave her the cup filled with the wine of His fierce anger.

“The great city” is a reference to Babylon the Great.

The phrase “the cities of the nations fell” could either mean that the earthquake devasted the nations that surrounded the city of Babylon as well or that financially their economy fell alongside the destruction of a city who bought most of their merchandise.

The phrase “Babylon the Great was remembered in God’s presence” shows that God will not forget those who kill His saints and deceived the world through false doctrine and encouraged them to follow other gods.


20 Every island fled, and the mountains disappeared.

The earthquake was so grand that it moved or sank islands and made mountains crumble.


21 Enormous hailstones, each weighing about 100 pounds, fell from the sky on people, and they blasphemed God for the plague of hail because that plague was extremely severe.

Hailstones weighing 100 lbs could penetrate the roof of people houses. There was no refuge found from God’s wrath for those in its direct path. Instead of repenting from their sins (for those who witnessed it), the opposite occurred.

Insight: Hailstones

The probability of surviving the plague of hailstones was slim to none.

Joshua 10:11
As they fled before Israel, the LORD threw large hailstones on them from the sky along the descent of Beth-horon all the way to Azekah, and they died. More of them died from the hail than the Israelites killed with the sword.

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (16:11-15)

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11 and blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, yet they did not repent of their actions.

The people who received the mark of the beast (666) cursed God instead of repenting which confirmed that they were committed to Satan even though they knew that God had defeated their leader, the Antichrist. He was of no help to those whom he deceived against God’s judgments.


12 The sixth poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the east.

The phrase, “The sixth poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates” refers to the stage being prepared for the heaven and earth war, see Revelation 19:19.


13 Then I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming from the dragon’s mouth, from the beast’s mouth, and from the mouth of the false prophet.

This three unholy trinity will give the command to send out demons into the four corners of the earth to deceive those who are in a high position to mobilize them with an enormous army to fight against Jesus Christ with His army when He comes to earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords, see Revelation 20:1-2, 4..


14 For they are spirits of demons performing signs, who travel to the kings of the whole world to assemble them for the battle of the great day of God, the Almighty.

It seems that the leaders are only convinced through signs and miracles. That is why deception is so effective. It takes your focus away from the Biblical Truth and into the sign being performed.

This is exactly what is occurring within the Catholic Church, they see the statues of Mary crying blood, images in the skies but yet, they disregard the warning of Holy Scripture against idolatry.


15 “Look, I am coming like a thief. The one who is alert and remains clothed so that he may not go around naked and people see his shame is blessed.”

The word alert and clothed refers to the same thing. It means to make sure that you are walking in step with the Word of God and are watchful through prayer.

Insight: Naked

Nakedness in Scripture refers to sin (Isaiah 47:3).