Rev 18 – Babylon Destroyed

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I. Opening Video Information. Chosen People Ministries. Jan 9, 2020. Shalom Outreach honors the Biblical priority of proclaiming the Jewish Gospel to the Jewish people first. If you love to share your faith in Yeshua, care about the well-being of the Jewish people, and want to honor the Lord by making His priority your priority, we would love to team up with you this summer! Please visit chosenpeople.com/shalomoutreach for more details.

II. Subject Scripture. Rev 17:18.

Revelation Chapters 17 and 18 (NASB) have a number of references to a woman (woman, harlot, she, her). The identity of that woman is clearly stated in Rev 17:18, “The woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth.” Babylon is the city of Rev 17:18.

III. Babylon, A Quick Preview. The source of the following information comes from the closing video of this article.

A. Babylon, which is called Babylon, will be a literal city, and will be the headquarters of the Anti-Christ during the tribulation. Rev Chap 17 and 18 are not in chronlogical order. The events of Chap 17 will occur during the first half of the tribulation. The events of Chap 18 will occur during the last half of the tribulation, at the second coming of Christ. Babylon is not a religious system or a commercial system; it is a city that is highlighted in Rev Chap 17 and 18. Babylon will be the headquarters of a worldwide religion during the tribulation, as seen in Chap 17, and will be the headquarters of a one-world commercial system as seen in Chap 18. The seventh bowl of God’s wrath will bring about the destruction of Babylon. When Babylon is destroyed, the judgments of God are complete. It must be noted that the Judgments begin in Rev 6:1 (Seal, Trumpet, Bowl). Each judgment comes against an unbelieving world; God does not have an agenda against born again believers in Christ, whom will be taken out of the world prior to the tribulation and will be taken to heaven by Christ (John 14:2,3,6; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18). It will be Israel, and not Gentiles, who will call on Christ to save them from total destruction at the end of the tribulation (Deu 14:2; Jer 30:7; Mt 24:22; Zech 12:10).

B. MacArthur Study Bible Comment. Chapters and verses 6:1—19:21 This lengthy section details the judgments and events of the time of tribulation (see notes on 3:10) from its beginning with the opening of the first seal (vv. 1, 2) through the 7 seal, trumpet, and bowl judgments to the return of Christ to destroy the ungodly (19:11–21).

C. Introduction To Scripture Text. This article will be one of the most important ones that will have come from this site. Rev 18 will show the world, minus the presence and influence of born again believers in Christ. The view of the “ten nation” Anti-Christ tribulation confederation, that was shown in the Tim LaHaye “Left Behind” series of books and videos, will be shown to be of fact (See MacArthur comment on 17:12). As you read through the verses and comments of this article, you will recognize a world that is much of which our unbelieving world would like to have as controlling factors today. Most of the United Nations member nations would like to see the Nation of Israel dissolved, destroyed and removed from the face of the earth; they would also like to negate the influence of believers in Christ. Not only has the United Nations proven to be a threat to Israel, the liberal forces of America’s Democrat Party have also shown a total lack of proper respect for “God’s Chosen People,” Israel (Deu 14:2), and an increasing militancy toward Israel. Those, of whom have a strong witness for Christ, are berated by members of the Democrat Party, fake news, academia, new world order and globalism types. After the rapture of the church takes place, the democrats will control all three houses of U.S. government, as the U.S.A. and all other nations, come under greater control of the Anti-Christ and United Nations; the truth of Matt 24:12 will be realized, “lawlessness is increased,” (NASB). I will not be writing the next end times article for about two weeks. Please take time to digest the details of this post.

IV. Revelation 18. NASB. Scripture Text (Notes come from the MacArthur Study Bible, unless otherwise noted).

A. Babylon Is Fallen

1. Verses. 1-3. 1 After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory. 2 And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird. 3 For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality.”

2. Comments: vs 1-3.

18:1 “earth was illuminated with his glory.” The fifth bowl (16:10) will have plunged the world into darkness. Against that backdrop, the sudden, blazing appearance of another angel (not the same as in 17:1, 7, 15) will certainly rivet the world’s attention on him and his message of judgment on Babylon (cf. 14:8).
18:2 “Babylon the great is fallen.” Cf. 14:8; see note on Is. 21:9, the verse from which these words come. The Gr. text views the results of this as if it had already taken place (see note on 14:8). But the seventh bowl is being referred to here and it is yet to come at this point (16:17–21). When it comes, devastation and annihilation will take place, leaving the place to demons.
18:3 “wine…of her fornication.” Religious Babylon (chap. 17) lures the nations into spiritual drunkenness and fornication with false gods (17:2, 4); commercial Babylon (chap. 18) seduces the unbelieving world into a materialistic stupor, so that the people of the world will become drunk with passion because of their relationship with Babylon. “kings…merchants.” Political rulers and corporate leaders alike are swept up in this worldwide system of commerce (14:8; 17:2).

3. Verses 4-8. 4 I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; 5 for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. 6 Pay her back even as she has paid, and give back to her double according to her deeds; in the cup which she has mixed, mix twice as much for her. 7 To the degree that she glorified herself and lived sensuously, to the same degree give her torment and mourning; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as a queen and I am not a widow, and will never see mourning.’ 8 For this reason in one day her plagues will come, pestilence and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for the Lord God who judges her is strong.

4. Comments: vs 4-8.

18:4 “Come out of her, my people.” God will call His own to disentangle themselves from this evil system. This may also be God’s calling the elect to abandon the world system and come to faith in the Savior. In either case, the message is to abandon the system before it is destroyed (cf. 2 Cor. 6:17; 1 John 2:15). The judgment of God on that society living in sinful, arrogant self-indulgence can be avoided. Cf. Isaiah’s and Jeremiah’s message to their people to leave Babylon (Is. 48:20; Jer. 50:8; 51:6–9, 45).
18:5 “remembered.” See 16:19. God does not remember the iniquities of His people (Jer. 31:34), but does remember to protect them (Mal. 3:16—4:2). For unrepentant Babylon, there will be no such forgiveness, only judgment.
18:6, 7a “repay.” The angel calls for God to recompense wrath to Babylon in her own cup to repay her according to her deeds (see note on 17:4). This is an echo of the OT law of retaliation (Ex. 21:24) which will be implemented by God (Rom. 12:17–21).
18:6 “double.” Has the sense of “full,” or “overflowing.” The punishment will fit the crime (cf. Jer. 16:18). “cup.” The cup of wickedness from which so many have drunk (14:8; 17:2, 4, 6) will call for the cup of wrath (14:10; 16:19).
18:7b “am no widow.” A proud, but empty, boast of self-sufficiency, also made by historical Babylon (Is. 47:8). Cf. 1 Cor. 10:12.
18:8 “her plagues.” These could include those of 16:1ff., but must be the special destruction of the city as well, described as “death, mourning and famine.” “in one day.” See vv. 10, 17, 19. The special judgments on Babylon take place in a brief period of time. Daniel 5:30 records that Babylon of old fell in one day.

B. Lament for Babylon

1. Verses 9-10. 9 “And the kings of the earth, who committed acts of immorality and lived sensuously with her, will weep and lament over her when they see the smoke of her burning, 10 standing at a distance because of the fear of her torment, saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’

2. Comments. vs 9-10.

18:9–20 This section records the lament over Babylon’s destruction, not her sin, by those who were part of her system.

18:9 “kings.” The political leaders of the world will weep because the loss of his capital city will signal the doom of Antichrist’s empire, and with it, the source of their power. Cf. v. 3; 17:2. “weep and lament for her.” “Weep” means “to sob openly.” “Lament” translates the same Gr. word used to express the despair of the unbelieving world at the return of Christ (1:7).
18:10 one hour. Cf. vv. 8, 17, 19.

3. Verses 11-20. 11 “And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more— 12 cargoes of gold and silver and precious stones and pearls and fine linen and purple and silk and scarlet, and every kind of citron wood and every article of ivory and every article made from very costly wood and bronze and iron and marble, 13 and cinnamon and spice and incense and perfume and frankincense and wine and olive oil and fine flour and wheat and cattle and sheep, and cargoes of horses and chariots and slaves and human lives. 14 The fruit you long for has gone from you, and all things that were luxurious and splendid have passed away from you and men will no longer find them. 15 The merchants of these things, who became rich from her, will stand at a distance because of the fear of her torment, weeping and mourning, 16 saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, she who was clothed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls; 17 for in one hour such great wealth has been laid waste!’ And every shipmaster and every passenger and sailor, and as many as make their living by the sea, stood at a distance, 18 and were crying out as they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What city is like the great city?’ 19 And they threw dust on their heads and were crying out, weeping and mourning, saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, in which all who had ships at sea became rich by her wealth, for in one hour she has been laid waste!’ 20 Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets, because God has pronounced judgment for you against her.”

4. Comments. vs 11-20.

18:12, 13 Over half of their commodities appear in the list of Ezek. 27:12–22.
18:13 “bodies and souls of men.” The slave trade, long banned by the civilized nations of the world, will reappear in Antichrist’s debauched commercial system.
18:17 “shipmaster.” Ship captains will mourn the loss of Babylon and the lucrative transport business that went with it.
18:19 “threw dust on their heads.” An ancient expression of grief (cf. Josh. 7:6; 1 Sam. 4:12; 2 Sam. 1:2; 15:32; Job 2:12; Lam. 2:10; Ezek. 27:30). “in one hour.” Not just 60 minutes, but one brief period of swift judgment (see note on v. 8).
18:20 “God has avenged you on her.” The angel will exhort the tribulation martyrs (6:9–11) to rejoice, not over the deaths of those doomed to eternal hell, but, because God’s righteousness and justice will have prevailed.

5. Verses 21-24. 21 Then a strong angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “So will Babylon, the great city, be thrown down with violence, and will not be found any longer. 22 And the sound of harpists and musicians and flute-players and trumpeters will not be heard in you any longer; and no craftsman of any craft will be found in you any longer; and the sound of a mill will not be heard in you any longer; 23 and the light of a lamp will not shine in you any longer; and the voice of the bridegroom and bride will not be heard in you any longer; for your merchants were the great men of the earth, because all the nations were deceived by your sorcery. 24 And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints and of all who have been slain on the earth.”

6. Comments. vs 21-24.

18:21 “great millstone.” Millstones were large, heavy stones used to grind grain. This metaphor portrays the violence of Babylon’s overthrow. Cf. Jer. 51:61–64; see note on Matt. 18:6.
18:22, 23 The fall of Babylon ends whatever semblance of normalcy will still exist in the world after all the seals, trumpets, and bowls. Life will be totally disrupted and the end near. No more music, no industry, no preparing of food (“millstone”), no more power for light, and no more weddings because God will destroy the deceivers and deceived.
18:24 “blood of prophets and saints.” The religious and commercial/political systems embodied in Babylon will commit unspeakable atrocities against God’s people (cf. 6:10; 11:7; 13:7, 15; 17:6; 19:2). God will avenge that slaughter of His people (19:2).

V. Closing Video.

A. This video reveals details of Rev 17-19.

B. Closing Video. This video has a duration of 29:31.

Andy Woods – Revelation (Crash Course) Part IX: Chapter 17-19. Oct 11, 2019. 29:31.
Unravelations. Dr. Andy Woods teaches 10 sessions of 30 minutes covering the entire Book of Revelation. These presentations were featured on the College of Biblical Studies’ TV program entitled “Up With the Son.” For information on the credentials of Andy Woods, check our my Equipping Page, “About Sources.”

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The Making Of America – 2 – Native Americans (?) – They Came Here Too!

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Did they just pop up out of the ground; or, did they come from somewhere else?

Let’s consider the true “Native Americans,” whom should be more correctly known as the “First Americans.” We should also know that these true First Americans, “came here too,” from Asia, as will be shown in this article. We will consider from where they came, and who they were. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Americas (See History Of the America).

History of the Americas

The prehistory of the Americas (North, South, and Central America, and the Caribbean) begins with people migrating to these areas from Asia during the height of an Ice Age. These groups are generally believed to have been isolated from the people of the “Old World” until the coming of Europeans in the 10th century from Iceland led by Leif Erikson and with the voyages of Christopher Columbus in 1492.

The ancestors of today’s American Indigenous peoples were the Paleo-Indians; they were hunter-gatherers who migrated into North America. The most popular theory asserts that migrants came to the Americas via Beringia, the land mass now covered by the ocean waters of the Bering Strait. Small lithic stage peoples followed megafauna like bison, mammoth (now extinct), and caribou, thus gaining the modern nickname “big-game hunters.” Groups of people may also have traveled into North America on shelf or sheet ice along the northern Pacific coast.

There are many things of America, and its history, of which children (and their parents), have no knowledge. Consider the details of this article, which relate to the founding of our nation. Consider the negative liberal progressive bias that comes in attack form against the European exploration and settling of the Americas. The opening video is evidence of the lack of correctly taught education that is a product of “government schools.” I have not heard of any anti-Asian bias regarding Asian exploration and settling of America. By the way, God made access available for Asians to cross from Asia to North America. He performed a similar miracle when He led fleeing Israelites from Egypt to Saudi Arabia and Mt. Sinai. https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/24/israel-9-exodus-14/
There are other supporting articles about the crossing of the Israelites into Saudi Arabia that can be found by navigating around the Israel 9 – Exodus 14 post.

The preceding History of the Americas is incomplete without information that identifies the origin of the people of Asia that entered into North America. Such a discussion can be found in my Equipping Site article:
https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/06/honoring-the-seventh-day-keeping-the-law-a-discussion/

North America inhabited approximately in 2000 B.C.

Prior to the time of the Jews’ exodus from Egypt, people had already migrated from Siberia into North America.

The following chronology is that of the bloodline of Noah to Shem to Abraham (Genesis 5:32, 10:1, 11:11-26), and of the descendants of Abraham. After the flood (Gen 7:11-13; 21-22) God told Noah’s sons, “Shem, Ham and Japheth,” to replenish the earth (Gen 9:1, 18; 10:1, 2348 B.C.). Abraham fathered Ishmael (Genesis 16:15, 1911 B.C.), and “Isaac” (Genesis 17:21, 1898 B.C.), who (Isaac) would be Abraham’s covenant son. The Arab nations are of the seed of Ishmael; the Israelites are of the covenant seed of Isaac. Therefore, the Jews are God’s chosen people (Deuteronomy 14:2). Therefore, the Law and the Sabbath relate to the Israelites, whom became known as Jews, and only to the Jews/Israelites. However, there are moral laws of God that are found in the Law, which relate to everyone, such as murder (Exodus 20:13), adultery (Exodus 20:14) and homosexuality (Leviticus 18:22), with eternal punishment for those whom maintain such lifestyles that are not of God’s design, permission or acceptance (1 Cor 6:9-10….11).

https://books.google.com/books?id=P2HKD9PgC6wC&pg=PA289&dq=people+in+north+america+in+1400+BC&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjkrrHLqZ_jAhUqhOAKHa7SAqIQ6AEIRzAF#v=onepage&q=people%20in%20north%20america%20in%201400%20BC&f=false

Japheth’s and Shem’s descendants found their way into the northern regions we now call Russia, Alaska, Canada, North and South America … Native Americans, Eskimos began settling the regions called Alaska, Canada, and the Americas around 2000 BC. These Shemites would have been from Abraham through Ishmael, who was not the covenant son of Abraham (who was known as a Hebrew, Genesis 14:13).
https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&hl=en&q=people+of+japheth+in+north+america+in+1400+BC

There was no nation present in North America when the Asian people crossed over into North America from Siberia. No North American nation of “Native Americans,” more correctly identified as “First Americans,” existed at the time of the explorations of Europeans in the Americas. None of our European exploring ancestors conquered any existing established “Native American” nations when they began setting in the Americas. No Asian exploring ancestors conquered any existing established “Native American” nations when they began settling in the Americas. Liberals love “the survival of the fittest,” except when it doesn’t meet with their goals of rewriting history, especially that of American colonialism.

Consider the following American History Timeline of exploration. I doubt that many students in American “government schools” are made aware of the true founding of America, with the following establishing of the United States of America.
http://www.datesandevents.org/events-timelines/14-american-history-timeline.htm

American History Timeline

1001 Leif Ericson explores North America

1492 Christopher Columbus discovers America

1497 John Cabot claims North America for England

1501 :Amerigo Vespucci explores the coast of South America

1519 Ferdinand Magellan is the first to go around the world
Alonzo de Pineda explores gulf Coast of America

1524 Giovanni Verrazano discovers New York Bay

1528 Panfilo de Narvaez conquers Cuba and explores Florida
Alvar Cabeza de Vaca explores Texas, Arizona and New Mexico

1534 :Jacques Cartier explores the Great Lakes and the the St. Lawrence River

1539 Hernando de Soto explores south-eastern North America

1540 Francisco Vázquez de Coronado explores south-western North America
Discovery of the Grand Canyon by Garcia Lopez de Cardenas

1541 Francisco Vásquez de Coronado explores Kansas

1542 Cabrillo explores and discovers the Californian coast
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovers San Diego Bay, California

1559 Tristan de Luna explores North America

1563 Francisco de Ibarra explores New Mexico

1576 Sir Martin Frobisher explores Baffin Bay and the Hudson Strait

1577 Sir Francis Drake circumnavigates the world – December 13 1577 to September 26 1580

1584 Philip Amadas and Arthur Barlowe (both in the service of Sir Walter Raleigh) explore the coast of North Carolina

1585 March 25: Walter Raleigh receives the patent to explore and settle in North America
June: Walter Raleigh’s fleet of seven vessels under Richard Grenville and Ralph Lane, with 108 men, reach Roanoke Island
June 4: Virginia colony of Roanoke Island established by Walter Raleigh

1598 Juan de Archuleta explores Colorado

1607 Captain John Smith explorer and founder of Jamestown

1609 Henry Hudson explores North eastern North America including the Hudson River

Consider the following details that relate to the effects of “government school education” in the United States of America.

Anti-American Education Bias.

The liberal argument against much of the United States is that “we” (I guess of European descent), came to America, destroyed the “land of the Native Americans,” took away their nation, and have caused everything evil to come upon the “Native Americans.” As is shown in the opening video, our education system does not teach a correct and unbiased American History. The U.S. Department of Education has shown itself to be an inefficient, anti-God, anti-U.S.A., anti-Israel, anti-parent, anti-family, creation of the Carter administration. The result is that many such “ill-educated” citizens are basing their voting habits on an orchestrated negative bias of American History, which is being taught by liberal/progressive, “government schools” that are governed by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, if we want the education of our children to rise above the interests of the liberal government school system and teacher unions, we must continue to elect a non-democrat president, and elect a non-democrat congress so that the President’s choice for Education Secretary can not be blocked. See “Taxpayer Money Wasted,” below, which shows the inefficient spending that took place under the Bush 43 administration. See The Problem With Teacher Unions, below.

Taxpayer Money Wasted.

Under President George W. Bush, the department primarily focused on elementary and secondary education, expanding its reach through the No Child Left Behind Act. The department’s budget increased by $14 billion between 2002 and 2004, from $46 billion to $60 billion. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_Education

The Problems with Teacher Unions.

Not everyone agrees that teacher unions are the solution – in fact, in an age of serious education reform discussion, many believe they are the primary problem instead. In a report on Fox News, John Stossel states that unions may be good for teachers, but they are bad for students. He refers to an ex-police detective in New Jersey, Jim Smith, who now makes a living investigating “bad” teachers and working through the union-led process of firing them. He describes the process he went through to get rid of a teacher who allegedly hit students. https://www.publicschoolreview.com/blog/are-teacher-unions-a-help-or-hindrance-to-public-education

Opening Video Details.

How ignorant is my generation?. Bodawg. A ‘Mark Dice’ style interview where I ask students at my high school basic knowledge questions. How screwed is our generation? Watch and decide for yourself.

At the time of this article being written, Democrats are trying to destroy our President. The only thing that overshadows their ignorance of the founding of our nation is their hatred of our President and the nation that he is trying to protect, to include the voters that put our President in office.

For a closing song, I am going to use a video that I am sure is very offensive to those that support the corrupt Democrat machine. But, for their benefit, I am going to put that video in this post. May God bless the USA.

RockNRollMedia Nov 5, 2018.
The standard opening song played at each campaign event with President Trump is Lee Greenwood’s recording of “God Bless The USA.” Lee Greenwood surprised the president with his live performance of the song at this MAGA Rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee Sunday night, November 4, 2018 only two days before the mid-term elections. The president was there to support Republican candidates including GOP candidate for Senator, Rep. Marsha Blackburn.

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Rev 17 – A City By Its Name – “MYSTERY, BABYLON,” or “a mystery, BABYLON”

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I. Opening Video Information. A Testimony. An Outspoken Jew for Jesus. Dec 3, 2007. The 700 Club. Bob Siegel was a Jew whose mind was poisoned against Jesus at an early age. Then, in college, two strangers shared a message that changed his heart.

II. Subject scripture. Rev 17:5. There are many opinions of this verse. We will discuss the factors of the verse, as well as those of the total 17th Chapter of Revelation. We will consider the worldwide ecumenical religion that is driven by the forces of the antichrist, that will be responsible for the persecution and murder of Jews and Gentiles which choose not to become a follower of this worldwide religion, and will not worship the image of the beast (Rev 13:4-17), but whom come to saving faith in Christ during the tribulation.

A. Revelation 17:5 (NKJV)
5 And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

B. Revelation 17:5 (NAS77)
5. and upon her forehead a name was written, a mystery, “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”

III. Consider “mystery.”

A. Text. Matthew 13:11 (NAS95)
11 Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.

B. Note. MacArthur Study Bible. the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. “Mysteries” are those truths which have been hidden from all ages in the past and revealed in the NT.

1. Consider “kingdom.” The following verses relate to mysteries being revealed during the time of the Gospels and following times. The Kingdom Of God had been taught to Jews by Old Testament writers. Christ began teaching on the Kingdom Age, which was a mystery to those whom were in His audience of Jews. It was the Gospel of the Kingdom that Christ directed His disciples to teach to Jews (Matt 10:1-8). It is the Gospel of the Kingdom Age that must be taught to all during the tribulation, and will precede the return of Christ to earth at the end of the tribulation (Matt 24:14). It is important to know that the Gospel of the Kingdom of God was taught to Jews prior to his ascension to Heaven (Acts 1:3-7). It is the context of Isa 2:2 (below) that tells of the Kingdom Age (the Kingdom of God). The Gospel of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, with evidence of His being seen (1 Cor 15:1-8), is the “good news” (Gospel) that the apostles and their disciples began to teach to unbelieving Jews and Gentiles, in obedience to Christ’s “great commission” (Acts 1:8, Matt 28:18-20).

2. Consider the “Kingdom Age” mystery, which is also known as the “thousand year” Millennial Reign Of Christ.

a. Isaiah 2:2. (NAS77)
2 In the last days, The mountain of the house of the Lord Will be established as the chief of the mountains,
And will be raised above the hills; And all the nations will stream to it.

b. Note. MacArthur Study Bible. 2:2 in the latter days. The “latter (or last) days” is a time designation looking forward to the messianic era (Ezek. 38:16; Hos. 3:5; Mic. 4:1).

c. Other Mystery Texts. Mark 4:11; Luke 8:10; Rom 11:25, 16:25. 1 Cor 2:7, 15:51; Eph 1:9, 3:3-4, 3:9, 5:32, 6:19; Col 1:26-27, 2:2, 4:3; 2 Thes 2:7; 1 Tim 3:9, 16; Rev 1:20, 10:7, 17:5, 17:7.

d. Note. 4:11 mystery…parables. A “mystery” in the NT refers to something previously hidden and unknown but revealed in the NT

3. Consider scripture translation of Rev 17:5. “a mystery, Babylon” and “MYSTERY, BABYLON.”

a. Greek Interlinear states, “a mystery” Babylon https://biblehub.com/interlinear/revelation/17-5.htm
b. NIV, NASB, CSB, NET translations state, “a mystery, Babylon.” (The NIV 2011 translation).
c. NKJV, KJV, KJV 2000, American KJV, ASV, ERV translations state, “MYSTERY, BABYLON.”
d. Necessary conclusions.

(1) What is the correct Bible translation that relates to Rev 17:5?
(2) What is the mystery of Babylon?

4. Location Considerations.

a. The city of Babylon.
b. There are 259 OT scriptures that identify the literal place of Babylon. In the NT, the following verses clearly identify the literal location of Babylon (Matt 1:11, 12, 17; Acts 7:43; 1 Pet 5:13; Rev 18:10).

(1) 1 Peter 5:13 (NASB) “She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you greetings, and so does my son, Mark.”
(2) Rev 18:10, “Babylon, the strong city!” 18:21, “Babylon, the great city.”

c. Babylon, “no great city.” Some may say that there is no such city in Iraq that represents the Revelation depiction of Babylon. The following link discusses how quickly cities can be built in the Middle East.
https://www.businessinsider.com/dubai-rapid-development-skyscrapers-expansion-warning-2018-12

IV. Full Text. Revelation 17 (NASB) (Notes taken from MacArthur Study Bible).

A. The Doom of Babylon. Chapters 17, 18 focus on one aspect of those bowl judgments, the judgment of Babylon.

1. Verses 1-7.

1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality.” 3 And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality, 5 and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” 6 And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. When I saw her, I wondered greatly. 7 And the angel said to me, “Why do you wonder? 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.

2. Notes: 17:1-7.

vs 1: “great harlot.” Prostitution frequently symbolizes idolatry or religious apostasy. “sits on many waters.” This picture emphasizes the sovereign power of the harlot. The picture is of a ruler seated on a throne, ruling the waters, which symbolize the nations of the world (see v. 15)
vs 2. “committed fornication.” The harlot will ally herself with the world’s political leaders. Fornication here does not refer to sexual sin, but to idolatry. All the world rulers will be absorbed into the empire of Satan’s false christ. “wine of her fornication.” The harlot’s influence will extend beyond the world’s rulers to the rest of mankind. The imagery does not describe actual wine and sexual sin, but pictures the world’s people being swept up into the intoxication and sin of a false system of religion.
vs 3. “a woman.” The harlot of v. 1, Babylon. “scarlet beast.” The Antichrist, who for a time will support and use the false religious system to effect world unity. Then he will assume political control (cf. v. 16). “having seven heads and ten horns.” This pictures the extent of Antichrist’s political alliances.
vs 5. “forehead.” It was customary for Roman prostitutes to wear a headband with their name on it. The harlot’s forehead is emblazoned with a 3-fold title descriptive of the world’s final false religious system. “MYSTERY.” A NT mystery is truth once hidden, but in the NT revealed. Spiritual Babylon’s true identity is yet to be revealed. Thus, the precise details of how it will be manifested in the world are not yet known. “BABYLON THE GREAT.” This Babylon is distinct from the historical, geographical city of Babylon (which still existed in John’s day). “MOTHER OF HARLOTS.” All false religion stems ultimately from Babel, or Babylon (cf. Gen. 11; see note on 14:8).
vs 6. “the blood of the saints…martyrs of Jesus.” Some see the first group as OT saints, and the second as NT saints—an unimportant distinction since this pictures the martyrs of the Tribulation. John’s point is that the harlot is a murderer. False religion has killed millions of believers over the centuries, and the final false system will be far more deadly than any that preceded it.
vs 7. “mystery.” Not that Babylon is a false system of religion, because that is already known, but that the beast will fully support the harlot and together exert vast influence over the whole earth.

3. Verses 8-13.

8 “The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come. 9 Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits, 10 and they are seven kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while. 11 The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction. 12 The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour. 13 These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast.

4. Notes: Verses 8-13.

vs 8. “The beast.” Both a king and kingdom are referred to by this term. was, and is not, and will ascend. A reference to the Antichrist’s false resurrection (13:3, 4, 12–14). “out of the bottomless pit.” After his “resurrection,” the Antichrist will become possessed by a great demon from the abyss. “perdition.” “Eternal destruction. “This is the lake of fire, the place of Antichrist’s destruction (19:20). “Book of Life.” Written in eternity past by God.
vs 9. “seven mountains.” The Gr. word is often used of hills. the final worldwide system of false religion includes. the 7 mountains in context likely symbolize the 7 kingdoms and their kings of v. 10.
vs 10. “seven kings.” Representatives of the 7 great world empires (Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, and that of the Antichrist). Cf. Daniel’s image in Dan. 2:37–45. Five have fallen, one is, and the other. When John wrote, the Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Medo-Persian and Greek empires had gone out of existence; Rome still existed; and the Antichrist’s empire had not yet come. When it does, it will be brief (12:12; 13:5) and he will end in perdition.
vs 11. “and is not…the eighth.” The Antichrist’s kingdom is said to be both the seventh and eighth kingdoms because of his supposed demise and resurrection. He is the seventh king before and the eighth king after his “resurrection” when he destroys the harlot’s religious empire and demands exclusive worship of himself (v. 16).
vs 12. “ten kings.” (cf. Dan. 2:41, 42). These kings are sub-rulers under the Antichrist, whose empire will apparently be divided into 10 administrative districts. “no kingdom as yet.” Thus, the kings cannot be identified with any historical figures. “one hour.” Symbolic of the brief 3½ year period of time (cf. 11:2, 3; 12:6, 12, 14; 13:5; 18:10, 17, 19).
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B. Victory for the Lamb.

1. Verses 14-18.

14 These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.” 15 And he *said to me, “The waters which you saw where the harlot sits, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the harlot and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh and will burn her up with fire. 17 For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose by having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled. 18 The woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth.”

2. Notes. Verses 14-18.

vs 14. “make war.” A reference to the battle of Armageddon (16:14–16), where the Lamb will utterly destroy the kings (19:17–21). “Lord of lords and King of kings.” A title for God (19:16) that emphasizes His sovereignty over all other rulers to whom He has delegated authority.
vs 16. “these will hate the harlot.” After using the false religious system to unify the world kingdoms and gain control of all, the Antichrist—with the help of his 10 sub-rulers—will turn against the system, plunder and destroy it, and seize all power and worship for himself. They will be carrying out God’s will (v. 17). Cf. Gen. 50:20.
vs 18. “great city.” Here is another identification of the capital city of Babylon, centerpiece of Antichrist’s empire.

V. Conclusions.

A. Conclusion 1. “Babylon means Babylon.” The NIV (2011 Translation), NASB, CSB, and NET are correct in their translation of Rev 17:5, “a mystery, Babylon.” The closing video, that is provided by Dr. Andy Woods, provides a clarifying discussion of this subject. Check out my Equipping Site Page, “About Sources,” to see Andy’s credentials, “degrees and linked experiences.”

B. Conclusion 2. The MacArthur note on verse 7 provides the answer to the question about the mystery of the text: “mystery.” Not that Babylon is a false system of religion, because that is already known, but that the beast will fully support the harlot and together exert vast influence over the whole earth.

VI. Closing Video.

A. This video digs deep into the facts that reveal the location of Rev 17 Babylon.

B. Closing Video. This video has a duration of 29:31.

Andy Woods – Revelation (Crash Course) Part IX: Chapter 17-19. Oct 11, 2019. 29:31.
Unravelations. Dr. Andy Woods teaches 10 sessions of 30 minutes covering the entire Book of Revelation. These presentations were featured on the College of Biblical Studies’ TV program entitled “Up With the Son.”

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Joe Biden Would Put Pro-Abortion Barack “God Bless You” Obama on the Supreme Court

“God Bless You” – Obama to Planned Parenthood – God Bless You – Apr 3, 2014 – CitizenGO

Joe Biden Would Put Pro-Abortion Barack Obama on the Supreme Court

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A stern warning: 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.

A remedy: 1 Corinthians 6:11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

Imagine what it must be like to sell “one’s soul” for the support of Obama voters.

Joe Biden would consider nominating former President Barack Obama to the U.S. Supreme Court if he is willing to become a judge, the Democrat presidential front-runner said last week in Iowa.

The vice president under Obama, Biden recently was asked if he would consider nominating the former president to the Supreme Court, if elected.

“If he’d take it, yes,” Biden replied, according to Wall Street Journal reporter Ken Thomas.

Biden is the polling at the top among Democratic presidential candidates, but his abortion politics are extreme and out of touch with most Americans. Once a moderate, he recently flip-flopped on the issue, and now supports forcing taxpayers to pay for elective abortions.

His willingness to nominate Obama is further evidence of the pro-abortion extremism that could come out of a Biden presidency.

Obama would be a perfect pro-abortion judge for the abortion industry – and a “constitutional nightmare” for Americans, PJ Media’s Matt Margolis responded.

As Margolis pointed out:

Obama often talks about him being a constitutional law professor, but, as president, he repeatedly exceeded his constitutional authority. There are many examples of Obama flouting the Constitution. Most involve his inclination to bypass Congress to legislate via executive action. But the most significant example of Obama’s lack of constitutional aptitude is how he was repeatedly rebuked by the Supreme Court.

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For example, the Obama administration filed an amicus brief supporting a Massachusetts buffer zone law that restricted pro-life advocates’ free speech outside of abortion facilities. The Supreme Court unanimously struck down the law in McCullen v. Coakley.

The Obama administration also went after religious employers like the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic charity that has been fighting for years for its religious freedom against Obamacare.

It is not hard to imagine how Obama would rule as a judge on the highest court in the land.

The make-up of the U.S. Supreme Court is one of the most critical issues in the upcoming presidential election. Currently, even moderate abortion restrictions, such as bans on brutal dismemberment abortions and discriminatory abortions that target unborn babies with disabilities, are being struck down in federal courts. Only the Supreme Court can modify or overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to protect unborn babies once again.

The Supreme Court decision made America one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. It prohibits states from protecting unborn babies prior to viability.

A number of abortion cases are making their way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, any one of which could affect the future of abortion and unborn babies’ lives for decades.

President Donald Trump appointed two conservative justices to the high court, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. The next four years could see more open seats, possibly including pro-abortion Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is 86.

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Iran Says It Lost $200 Billion Because Of President Trump, Undoing The Billions Obama Released To Them

Iran Says It Lost $200 Billion Because Of President Trump, Undoing The Billions Obama Released To Them

Iran Says It Lost $200 Billion Because Of President Trump, Undoing The Billions Obama Released To Them
POSTED BY: DEAN JAMES JANUARY 3, 2020

By Carmine Sabia at The Federalist Papers

Since the first day President Donald Trump stepped into the White House, he has tried to undo the damage done by his predecessor.

For working to repeal Obamacare, which was stopped by some Republican senators siding with Democrats, to lifting regulation to getting the United States out of the Paris Climate Accords.

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And now he has found a way to undo the $50 billion in liquid assets that Obama handed to the mullahs in Iran, the number one state sponsor of terror.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday said that the renewed U.S sanctions against his nation have cost the regime around $200 billion.

“Iran would have earned $200 billion surplus income…if the country were not involved in an economic war,” he said, Radio Free Europe reported.

After President Trump ended the Iran Nuclear Deal in 2018 the Middle Eastern regime has lost 90 percent of its oil exports.

Rouhani argued against the more conservative wing of Iranian politics who claim that the sanctions have not affected the nation.

“What should we do? When there is no food and water, you are still in danger no matter how strong you are,” he said.

The Iranian president made the comments after citizens of the Islamic Republic protested economic struggles and a recent gas hike.

“Sanctions have deprived the Islamic Republic of $100 billion in oil revenue in the last two years and an equal amount in foreign investment credit,” Bloomberg News said.

When President Trump nixed the Iran deal he also reinstituted crushing sanctions on the regime designed to bring it to its knees.

“The last set of sanctions lifted under the terrible nuclear deal will come back into force,” he said, telling Iran to “abandon its destructive behavior or continue down the path toward economic disaster.”

Ryan Fournier

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BREAKING: President Trump’s $200 BILLION in sanctions on Iran has wiped Obama’s $150 BILLION gift to the country out.

Thank you, @realDonaldTrump!

Most of President Trump’s first three years as president has been spent undoing the damage done by former President Obama.

And now with tensions escalating between The United States and Iran they should heed the lesson that Trump is no Obama.

When he says he is going to do something he does it. He does not draw red lines and then erase them.

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The Making Of America – 1 – Introduction

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As a student in Junior High School and High School, I was taught Civics, which explained the formation of our country. During the Carter administration, the Department of Education was established, which made education a political matter. At present time, the Secretary of Education is 15th in the line of succession to the Presidency. Civics is no longer taught in many schools, without putting a presidential political spin on the subject of the greatness of our country, or lack thereof. Cursive writing and sentence diagramming are gone. The “Three Rs” of education (reading, writing, arithmetic) have suffered greatly, as have other subjects of instruction. Instead, with a liberal President’s cabinet, our children can be expected to receive an education that reflects a mindset of homosexuality and abortion on demand, with no emphasis being placed on the colonial formation of the United States of America. Far in the past is the teaching of the greatness of our nation, which is the best nation that has ever been formed in our world. Some may wonder why children in our public schools (aka government schools) despised the school lunches that the Obama Department Of Education directed for them to consume; the reason is due to the Department of Education’s governing of every aspect of our schools’ operation. As a student, in elementary through secondary education, I didn’t have a problem with the meals that were prepared by the schools that I attended. During the Obama Administration, the First Lady spearheaded the change in menus to meet her view of nutrition; the kids hated that change.
https://www.fns.usda.gov/pressrelease/002312
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_Education
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_line_of_succession

The following description of the opening video shows very clearly that our “government schools” are failing in teaching our children the key elements of fundamental education. Of key concern for parents should be that their children are being taught, with truth and accuracy, the things of our country that will lead them to understand the greatness of the development of our nation. Such an education will create an informed citizenry and help them to make wise decisions when they vote for people who may lead our country. Our nation, as established, was lead in a direction of the Judeo-Christian fabric that made the United States Of America a nation that has been the desired destination of people all around the world who should want to immigrate, assimilate, and become Americans, and not “hyphenated Americans.”

Considering the opening video:

How Well Do Americans Know Their Presidents? Feb 19, 2018. PragerU. Happy #PresidentsDay! In honor of the occasion, PragerU’s Will Witt quizzes the inhabitants of Hollywood on America’s presidents! The results are not inspiring.

Considering the course of this study on the formation of our nation:

We will follow a Judeo-Christian perspective, and will go far back in world history to understand the true identity of “native Americans.” Current events will be included, if they are relevant. Being a “baby boomer,” I will be sharing facts that should be known, and acknowledged, by other boomers whom are key figures in American education, government and media circles. However, many liberal members of those three groups seem to have forgotten facts of our country’s establishment and development that don’t agree with their ungodly and progressive mindset of the direction that Americans should desire and be led. The left has as its agenda, an attack on the Bible, and anything Christian or Jewish. Such an agenda leads to its attack on the formation of the United States, its constitution, its laws, its borders, and its God-ordained distinctive roles for men and women. The attack on God’s people filters down to our children through many democrats in government, media, schools and entertainment outlets. As parents and grandparents, we must take the initiative in educating our children and grandchildren as to the truth of America and its core Jewish and Christian values. As opposed to the words of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, our Constitution’s Bill of Rights guarantees, “Freedom Of Religion (FOR),” as opposed to their statements of “Freedom Of Worship (FOW).” FOW guarantees a meeting place. FOR guarantees that we can take with us from our places of worship, that which we have learned, and use it to evangelize, “in the Name of Christ.” If we don’t tell such truths to our children, no one else will do that for us, to include many liberal and watered-down, “so called” churches.

The goal of “Remaking America” by Obama. The liberals loved it; the conservatives ignored it. We must be vigilant, or risk losing our country.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/10/01/obama_transforming_america_120170.html
Obama: Transforming America. By Victor Davis Hanson – October 1, 2013

Consider the statements of the Obamas, that were made leading up to the first election of BHO. Mihelle’s words were the most threatening to our Republic.

“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” — Barack Obama, October 30, 2008

“We are going to have to change our conversation; we’re going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation.” — Michelle Obama, May 14, 2008

I must say how blessed I was by the public schools that I attended as a child. My teachers were thorough, serious and honest with the subjects that they taught. The names and personalities of those special people are deeply embedded in my mind, and will forever remain there.

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A Search For Truth

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This series of videos ties in with the story of Dr. Michael Rydelnik’s series of videos that tell of his “Search For Messiah.” The series was produced by Day Of Discovery. Once you click onto the opening video, the remaining eight videos will follow automatically, at the completion of the preceding one. The first six videos, and the ninth one are rather short; videos seven and eight are much longer. All of the videos tell a story which is important for any believer in Christ to understand; but, much more so, the video series is essential for understanding by any Jew, whom has not come to belief in Christ as Messiah. Each above video can be also seen individually, as they are listed below. Michael Rydelnik’s bio is shown below this paragraph, to include his degrees and his history. I encourage everyone to buy The Moody Bible Commentary, of which Michael is one of two general editors. Also, I encourage everyone to listen to Michael’s Saturday Moody Radio program, which is broadcast weekly at 10:00 A.M., Eastern Time.

About Dr. Michael Rydelnik.

Michael Rydelnik (Th.M., D.Miss.)

Michael Rydelnik

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Dr. Michael Rydelnik is Professor of Jewish Studies and Bible at Moody Bible Institute. He is the Host/Bible teacher on Open Line with Dr. Michael Rydelnik, answering listener Bible questions every Saturday morning for more than 200 stations across America. The son of Holocaust survivors, he was raised in an observant Jewish home in Brooklyn, New York. Michael trusted in Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah in high school and began teaching the Bible almost immediately. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute, Azusa Pacific University, Dallas Theological Seminary, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where his doctoral research focused on the messianic hope of the Hebrew Bible.

Dr. Rydelnik is the co-editor of The Moody Bible Commentary and the author of Understanding the Arab Israeli Conflict and The Messianic Hope: Is the Hebrew Bible Really Messianic? He served on the translation team for the Holman CSB and has contributed to multiple study Bibles, books, and theological journals. Michael and his wife, Eva, have two adult sons who call and write all the time.

https://www.moody.edu/academics/faculty/rydelnik-michael/
More bio of Dr. Michael Rydelnik in above link.

Above videos, individually linked.

1. My Search for Messiah: Introduction 4:02

2. My Search for Messiah: Confronting Scripture 1:07

3. My Search for Messiah: Finding Messiah 4:02

4. My Search for Messiah: A Messiah Who Would Die 1:44

5. My Search for Messiah: Are there 2 Messiahs? 3:39

6. Jesus in the Feasts of Israel — Introduction 5:45

7. The Appointed Times 25:28

8. Spring Feasts — The Holidays of God 27:10

9. The Feast of Passover — Hiding the Matzah 2:28

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