Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Judgment of the Great Whore (Part III)

"And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition." (Revelation 17:9-11)

Many believe that the seven mountains represent the city of Rome; however, the context suggests a more reliable interpretation. Each mountain stands for a world empire. Seven kings are mentioned; therefore, this interpretation fits the context. The first empire was Egypt, the second Assyria, the third Babylon, the fourth Persia, the fifth Greece and the sixth Rome. At the time John wrote his vision, five of the empires had come and gone. The sixth, Rome, dominated the earth when John received his revelation sometime near 96 AD. The fall of Rome sometime near 475 AD saw the end of a definitive world power. This left the door open for the seventh empire to arise. That empire is the beast's kingdom or the Revived Roman Empire.

The beast which the woman rides shares a part in all seven heads. He is not a kingdom but seems to represent the power behind the heads. Perhaps he symbolizes Satan himself who has been working behind the scenes in every worldly kingdom constantly battling the plan of God. The seventh king (antichrist) is said to continue only a short space. Daniel said it well when he wrote concerning this son of perdition, "...Yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him (Daniel 11:45)." When the last king falls, the beast falls and there is not another kingdom of man mentioned. The antichrist and the false prophet will be consigned to the flames of hell; Satan will be locked in the abyss; and the earth will once again experience joy under the headship of the Lord Jesus Christ.

"And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful." (Revelation 17:12-14)

These ten kings have already been seen in the symbolization of the ten horns atop the seven heads of the beast (13:1). These kings will be summoned by the beast, the false prophet and Satan to the well-known Battle of Armageddon (16:12-14). Their reign is very short. For a few moments of power, they will sell their souls to the devil, and they will lose everything. Being horribly deceived, these ten kings will join Satan in a physical attack against God. The biblical impossibility of such a prospect vividly displays the extent to which man's heart can be deluded.

Convinced that they are acting under their own power and that they are capable of subjecting even God Himself, these kings and their armies will hasten toward the valley of Megiddo only to realize that they will fulfill God's plan in so doing. The Almighty has already forecasted these events through His prophets.


Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD. Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision (Joel 3:9-14).

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