“Then one of the seven angels with the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters. The kings of the earth were immoral with her, and those who dwell on the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her immorality.”
An Angel who had one of the seven bowls comes to John to show him the end state of the great prostitute who lords it over the kings of the earth and sits in authority over many waters. This is the punishment meted out on her.
Babylon is a place of falsehood, immorality of all kinds and hatred for the living God. It is full of false religion, and this falsehood leads many astray, including the kings and leaders of the earth. They are the ten kings who give their power, glory and authority to the Beast. They are taken in by the power and prestige, and seek political capital from association with the false religion. Immorality is rife and men do as they please. Gods is mocked and His name is disparaged among the society that has been propagated for political and economic ends. This religion is called false and named as “The Great Whore.” It is the ultimate insult and God has judged her on all points and she is found wanting. Her end has come.
She sits on the many waters of the earth as ruler and master of them. She has duped the kings of the earth and has propagated falsehoods and her lies have taken hold of the minds of the whole of society. This is the last great, wide and powerful world church or religion. It suits everyone and prostitutes itself for political and economic gain.
“How the faithful city has become a prostitute! She was full of justice; righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers.”
This last great organisation had power to keep people in thrall to her and is permissible in every foul way. She imposed immoral thought processes and abominations on the people, making everything and everyone corrupt. She is the master of corruption and uses it to keep people bound in chains and dependant. Dressed like a harlot, she drinks the cup of the abominations of the earth, accepting all who will cow-tow to her demands and rewards them with immoral deeds.
The scarlet coloured animal with so many blasphemous names shows us the strategy of mimicking God and Truth to exercise power and control. This Babylon takes in all and corrupts all. She feigns the truth of God, twists, diverts and is cavalier with its doctrine, making it the doctrine of demons. The woman is arrayed in purple and scarlet expressive of her grandeur and power, which is corrupt as with Jezebel the Queen who hated the elopement for God and His servants the prophets. She had them put to death, such is the vehemence of hatred against the living God by false religion and politics.
Babylon kills the real Christians and puts them in chains for the sake of Christ and His gospel. There is so much injustice towards the Christians, that she is drunk with the spilt blood of the martyrs. It all looks so splendid with the gaudy clothes ands the sparkling jewels, but a far cry from the simplicity of the worship of CHRIST by His faithful followers.
Her name is written on her forehead, since she is the great Antichrist. She is called…
“MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF THE PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
“Let no one deceive you in any way, for it will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness—the son of destruction—is revealed. He will oppose and exalt himself above every so-called god or object of worship. So he will seat himself in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.”
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
This last great push of evil will be mighty and will deceive many. It will appear as grand and glorious and even doing works of greatness and miracles of power. We must not be taken in by this show, for it is vacuoius. The LORD our GOD is always in control and the destruction of the Beast, the Antichrist and Babylon is certain. God has revealed it and we believe it. Every child of God is safe and secure for they also are sealed, marked with the gracious work of the Holy Spirit who will comfort and protect them to the end.
“But we should always thank God for you, brothers who are loved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning to be saved by the sanctification of the Spirit and by faith in the truth. To this He called you through our gospel, so that you may share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Thessalonians 2:13-14