Revelation 17: 1-6 and 15-18 The Whore of Babylon Pattern

Revelation 17: 1-6, 15-18  The Whore of Babylon. In Revelation 17: 1-6 and 15-18 we have more details about the Whore of Babylon, she who rides the sea beast.

1.  She is seated on many waters, meaning she is from and influences many peoples, nations, languages, and multitudes.

2.  She commits acts of immorality with many kings/leaders/elites.

3.  The worldly people are intoxicated/drunk with her immorality (not in their full senses).

4.  She rides on a blasphemous beast, meaning she rides on profanity and ridicule of God.

5.  She lives in luxury and glamor, and pleasure.  She has sold herself for worldly riches and the pleasure of having what she wants.

6.  Her hand holds abominations and immoral sexual filth, yet she drinks it with pleasure of having what she wants.

7.  Her forehead is marked with “Babylon the Great, the Mother of Prostitutes and of the Abominations of the Earth”.  Remember that in Revelation 7, all the witnesses of God were marked by God on their forehead with His seal.  Remember that in Revelation 13, the beast requires all people who want worldly products to get his mark on their forehead or right hand.  Remember that the forehead means your primary thoughts and convictions, and your right hand means your primary actions and works. So, we see she is Babylon, the Mother of Prostitutes. We can look to the Old Testament history of Israel and Babylon to learn this pattern.  Israel was supposed to be God’s own people.  But, Israel degraded by intermingling with pagan people and cultures and thinking they could worship God and pagan idols at the same time.  They became adulterous towards God.  They became idolatrous and immoral, especially sexually.  They were being governed by wicked Israelite kings who persecuted and killed the true prophets of God.  Their religious priests also became corrupted.  All of this was an abomination to God.  After years of prophetic warnings and offering them to restored relationship through true repentance, they still ignored God.  They separated themselves from His protective covering and strength and He allowed them to be captured by Babylon.  The priests taken to Babylon integrated pagan Babylonian mystical religion into Rabbinical Judaism.  They added their own religious book of laws, called the Talmud, as holy scriptures.  That Rabbinical Judaism continued to exist into the days of Jesus ministry.  We know He regarded them as “white washed tombs” and a “vipers den”.  He became angered that they had changed the temple from a place of prayer into a marketplace.  These priests manipulated to arrange the crucifixion of Jesus!   They were antichrist.  That pagan mystic religious spirit and system still exists today.  And that pagan mystic religion of Babylon, which corrupts many, has many daughters!

8.  Babylon persecutes and kills those who are true witnesses and followers of God, those who speak the truth of God’s Word (the prophets).  Know this, prophets of God may have revelation of future events according to the Word of the Holy Spirit.  BUT, their main purpose is to know and speak the truth of God’s Word regardless of circumstances or consequences, and usually their words are not about prosperity and pleasure, but rather about repentance and drawing close to God.

Now you know the “personality” characteristics of the worldly prostitute of Babylon and her children.  This should give you discernment in identifying her today.  Can you solve this puzzle?  Do you know who she is?  Hint, being she has many daughters, you should find multiple whores of Babylon.  I have some ideas I can share.  But, take some time to meditate on this for yourself under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.


The Whore Who Rides the Beast Pattern and Identifications.

Revelation 17 gives us a description of the Whore and the Beast.  Knowing these characteristics helps us discern who is playing this part of the Whore of Babylon.  It is someone or something that has become adulterous in their relationship with God, therefore going against Him or putting something ahead in priority instead of Him.  He created people with the intention of a close intimate faithful relationship in true love.  The Whore is the one who leaves Him for another lover, the Beast.  The Bible give us many examples….Satan separated himself from God to elevate himself in pride to take the place of God so that he might be worshipped.

Adam and Eve chose to follow the serpent instead of God.

Nimrod and his followers determined to unite humanity and their works to build above God themselves.

The many people of Noah’s day left God and His righteousness to pursue their own lusts, pleasures, immorality, and do what they wanted.

The Israelites remained in worldly Egypt permanently instead of returning to the Promised Land in order to continue to enjoy their rich life style, becoming acclimated to their culture until they were imprisoned.  Yet when God set them free, they returned to idol pagan worship by building a golden calf in the wilderness and complaining about God’s miraculous deliverance and provisions.

The Israelites enjoyed blessings and prosperity as God’s people under King David in the Promised Land, but they married into pagan people and began to tolerate and practice idolatry, paganism, and immorality over living with God in His righteousness.  They left Him and His protection, and were captured by Babylon.  In Babylon, many changed to follow Babylonian culture and religion including the Jewish priests.  They left the law of God to follow a satanic mystic spirit and incorporate it into their Judaism.

The Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus time claimed to follow God and be His people, but they were religious deceivers who really followed Satan’s lead.

The disciples, apostles, and teachers of the early Christian church warned about false prophets, false teachers, infiltrators as wolves in sheeps clothing, and the antichrists already arising in the world.

Jesus Himself also gives us warning in His messages to the 7 churches in Revelation.  Do not be tempted, deceived, or wander away from God into adultery with the Whore of Babylon.  Do not sell yourself to the world, the beast, for profit or pleasure.

Remember when Jesus was tempted in the wilderness by Satan to leave the Father and follow Satan instead?  He was tempted by lust of the flesh, lust of the eye, and the pride of life.  He was tempted with bread when He was starving, with being given all the kingdoms of the world if He would bow down to Satan, and with placing Himself above God in pride by testing God to see if He would be faithful to His Word.  Jesus stayed completely faithful to God, even unto death on the cross.  There was no adulterous or immoral sin in Him!

Adultery can be on a personal level, organization level, religious level, secular lever, national level, even a global level!  It is leaving Christ to live with and follow another, including if that other says it follows Christ, but in truth does not.  Babylon lives in, with, on the antichrist beast spirit, the satanic spirit.

Today, some have identified these characteristics and identified the Whore of Babylon in….

Religious areas…like our humanistic, atheistic global worldview, eastern religions, Muslim religions, cults with mystic spiritual attraction sometimes labeled New Age, religious Rabbinical Judaism, the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy, Christian churches and organization with false prophets, teachers, pastors, leaders, and entertainers, satanism and occultist organizations, etc.

National areas…..like nations of antichrist Communism, humanistic socialism, and capitalistic nations focused on luxury, prosperity, and pleasures, as well as nations of theocracy rule with forced “pagan” religions.

Morality areas…where immorality is tolerated and even promoted, today through media and technology, possibly including tolerance in educational areas to begin corruption training early.

What do I think?

Is America Babylon?  Yes.  Is Europe Babylon?  Yes.  Is Israel Babylon? Yes.  Is Iran Babylon?  Yes.

Is the Catholic Church Babylon?  Yes.  Are “Christian” prosperity prophets, teachers, and evangelists Babylon?  Yes.  Is the global humanistic atheistic United Nations Babylon?  Yes.

Are famous entertainers who promote immorality Babylon?  Yes.

Are those who live for money and more and more money Babylon?  Yes.Are those who tolerate, enjoy, and promote the occult, celebration of death, Harry Potter, and satanic music sleeping with Babylon?  Yes.

Are those who say they love God and are His people, but accept and live with thier highest regard and service to the world Babylon?  YES.

The time is now to repent and ask God in His mercy and love to draw us back to Himself in a faithful relationship of primary love.  It is time for the adulterous wife and prodigal children to come home.

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