The identity of Mystery Babylon – the beast and false prophet
When Mystery Babylon is fully revealed, the Great Whore will be destroyed, and God’s Elect will be persecuted for three and a half years.
Dan 7:7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
This fourth Beast is also the final kingdom on earth before the return of Christ the Messiah.
Dan 7:23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour (or make accusations against) the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
This last and short-lived kingdom will definitely change the daily events for everyone. He will accuse the world of following false gods, and ironically he will be partially correct.
Dan 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
At the end of this Great Tribulation Christ returns, and thus fulfills the prophecy hidden to most in the Lord’s prayer. Thy Kingdom come thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven (Math 6:10).
Dan 7:13-14 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
The identity of Mystery Babylon – the beast and false prophet
This demonically inspired Beast will change the laws of God, and will demand to be worshiped as god. Also, note the period of time given unto the beast, it is three and one half years, which represents the time of the Great tribulation.
When Mystery Babylon is revealed, the great whore system is exposed and taken out of the way. Christianity will also suffer tremendously, at the hands of the fourth Beast system.
The great whore has a desire for absolute world domination, but it will not come to fruition. Her great reign of terror will soon come to an abrupt and violent end.
Satan will no longer operate through the Great Whore system secretly. He will declare himself to be the god of this world, and through the Beast demand to be worshiped as such.
Only seven kings fully reign with the Beast for the entire three and one half years of his kingdom, at which time the Two witnesses will confirm the covenant of Christ (Rev 13:15).
These seven kings, will give their kingdom and power unto the Beast and are a part of the fourth and final evil kingdom on earth, before Christ’s second coming (Rev 17:17; Dan 7:7-8; 7:23-24).
When Mystery Babylon is revealed, the Beast will make war with the Saints and overcome them. He will have power over all tribes, tongues and nations (Rev 13:7-8). The only ones he will not have power over, are those who are Born Again through the Holy Spirit.
The fact that there are saints alive during this time known as the Great Tribulation, proves that the Rapture or Gathering of the Saints unto Christ, has not yet happened.
Also, we notice that the Beast does not have power over all peoples. The all that he does have control over, represents all of a certain type. Those that worship the Beast, are the ones not sealed by Christ.
Mystery Babylon is revealed to represent confusion, and Jerusalem is known as the city of confusion (Isa 24:10).
The Great Whore has taken by force and stolen that which is not rightfully hers, believing she is invincible, but this will soon change (Deut 28:13, 15, 25, 28, 44, 48, 63).
When Mystery Babylon is revealed, the Great Whore will be destroyed
It will be easy for Satan to expose the great carnage that the Great Whore system has produced, which he created. Through lying signs and wonders Satan will convince the world that he is their long awaited messiah.
When Mystery Babylon is revealed, the Beast will expose for all to see the great carnage and deception that the following groups produced:
- Talmudic judaism
- World zionism
- All false religions
Only the true followers of Christ will endure faithfully until the end.
Isaiah 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, For as much as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
Many claim to know God, but as a result of the false teachers they surround themselves with, they are generally unwilling or unable in most cases to think for themselves. They would rather listen to men that claim a god given right to have authority over them and the gospel. When Mystery Babylon is revealed multitudes will fall for this end times deception.
2 Tim 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables
That time is now! Sound doctrine is almost unheard of in these last days; however the fables are indeed plentiful.
Mark 7:6-7 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
This phenomenon of following the doctrines of men has also become the guiding force unto darkness, that dominates much of Christianity.
Col 2:8-9 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
2 Thess 2:9-12 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Christianity in large part has also become just another false religion. When the doctrines and teachings of men supersede the true message, which is the Good News of the Gospel of Christ, what is left is simply deception. Mystery Babylon is revealed to represent the final great deception that will end with the destruction of those who remain deceived.
False religions to be exposed when Mystery Babylon is revealed
False Christianity and all other religions, feebly attempt through various works to obtain righteousness. This is a feat that is impossible on our own; through Christ we are made righteous, and it is His truth that sets us free (John 8:32; Rom 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24).
1 Cor 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you
We can allow the spirit of Gods truth to take up residence within us, and come out of darkness (John 12:46).
1 Cor 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
Or we can be deceived into thinking that the spirit within us is light, when in actuality it is darkness (John 1:5; Luke 11:35).
2 Cor 11:3-4 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
Many religious people believe they are obeying God, but are in fact just obeying the spirit of the god of this world. Mystery Babylon is that wicked spiritual system (Eph 2:2; 5:1-11; Col 3:1-14).
As a result of loving the pleasures of this world more than God, these create a god for themselves based on whatever their evil desires are.
The false Teachers within the church do present many strange doctrines.
By denying the power of the one and only True God, these unstable souls are ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of truth (1 Cor 2:11-14; Eph 2:2-10).
Many in the Christian faith, as it were, know of Jesus, but they do not have a personal relationship with the Creator of all Things. When Mystery Babylon is revealed those who do not have Christ dwelling in them will succumb to the great deception and fall by the wayside (Rom 8:11, 2 Cor 6:16, Mat 13:19).
They are justified, so they think, by the laws and commandments of men. They blindly trust that their teachers are men of God, and the path that is laid out for them by these men is the right one.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may know the will of God (Romans 12:2).
Christianity should never have become just another religion. It is not at all about what we can do for ourselves, but what Christ has done for us on the cross. Without a transforming change to exhibit this change, we do not even have a true knowledge of Him.
Christianity involves a walk with Christ wherein we receive His Holy Spirit. It is through the Spirit that we can be saved, and have the testimony of Christ written in our hearts and minds (Rev 6:9; 12:11; 12:17; Heb 10:16).
While the Great Whores deception is intoxicating, it will pale in comparison to the deception that will be unleashed during the reign of the Beast and the false prophet.
Mystery Babylon the Mother of Whores, will dwell in and control spiritually, both the false Christ and the false prophet. They will represent the greatest deception the world has ever seen, even surpassing that of the Great Whore (2 Thes 2:8-12; Rev 13:11-14).
Mark 13:22 For false Christs and a false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
The correct interpretation of the verse above is a false Christ and a false prophet shall rise. This is in reference to the last days, a time of great deception unlike any other.
It is during this Great Tribulation that is for a period of three and a half years, that a great and final battle will be waged for the eternal destiny of the souls of mankind.
During the time of the Great Tribulation, Satan will introduce to the world his false Christ, and false prophet of deception. This is a representation of the Unholy Trinity, Satan the Beast and the false prophet.
Rev 18:2-3 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
Mystery Babylon is the mother of the Great Whore
Rev 17:2 …and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
The wine of the great whore’s fornication, refers to the spiritual idolatry that the world has been intoxicated with, as a result of adhering to her many damnable doctrines of deception. The word drunk used in this verse, has a completely different meaning from the word drink used in Rev 18:3.
Rev 17:2, is referring to those in the world that are without the spirit of truth; they are oblivious to the fact that they have become intoxicated with idolatry. Many lukewarm Christians are a part of this group, boasting in their riches and abundance of things. They claim that they have need of nothing, as they assume that they have already obtained their salvation. Sadly they are blissfully unaware that they are wretchedly poor, spiritually speaking, and quite blind to the gospel truths (John 14:17, Rev 3:15-17).
Rev 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication…
To drink the wine of the wrath of her fornication is to partake of the punishment reserved for all those who practice iniquity (Mat 13:41, 23:28, 2 Thes 2:7).
All who worship the beast and his image, even those who receive his mark, shall partake of the wrath of God (Rev 14:8-11, 16:19, 19:15).
In Rev 18:3, the words have drunk, should be changed to will drink. God’s wrath is imminent in this verse but has yet to transpire. See Rev 14:10, for the proper context.
Rev 14:9-10 …If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God…
Simply stated all that partake in this Mystery Babylon deception, who worship Satan and the Beast are condemned to hell (Rev 14:9, 11; Rev 15:2; Rev 19:20).
Those that have involvement with the worship and following of this Beast system led by Satan will suffer the wrath of God. The wine of this Mystery Babylon system represents Satan’s false religion. As the Mother of Harlots, or Whores, her fornication represents idolatry, which is worship of anyone or any thing other than God.
Here are a few other notable differences between the Great Whore and the Mother of Whores.
Rev 18:8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
Mystery Babylon the Great is destroyed by the hand of God. The Great Whore is destroyed by the ten kings, as God puts it into their hearts to do so (Rev 17:16-17).
Rev 18:9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
The kings lament after the destruction of Mystery Babylon, and all of the merchants of the earth weep for her. There is no mourning when the Great Whore is destroyed.
Rev 13:7-8 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Power over kindreds, and tongues, and nations but not all people
Satan, or the Mother of Whores, accomplishes that which her daughter the Great Whore did not. All that are not sealed through Christ will succumb to the seduction, entrapment and ultimate goal of the Mystery Babylon deception; the deceived will worship him and the Beast he controls (Rev 13:8).