posted on Aug, 16 2015 @ 04:24 PM
Let's discuss for a moment the identity of Mystery Babylon.
Revelation 17:18 says, "the woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth." This doesn't fit with Ninevah. Ninevah may have
been A Mystery Babylon (in type) but not THE Mystery Babylon (the antitype, or primary fulfillment). God's prophecies often exhibit
multiple/perpetual fulfillment; this explains the similarities with Ninevah even though Ninevah isn't being referenced by Rev. 17-18. So what city is
Ezekiel 23 reveals the identity to us (but make sure you have read Rev.17 and Ezekiel 23 before going any further). I am going to go through some of
the verses individually, but please read the whole chapter.
First of all, Jerusalem is described in Eze.23 as the harlot Oholibah. She is described as having fornicated with Egypt, Assyria, and Babylon (the
first 3 heads of the beast). For her harlotries, Ezekiel describes the punishment which God will inflict on her.
"For thus says the Lord GOD,'Behold, I will give you into the hand of those whom you hate, into the hand of those from whom you
were alienated. They will deal with you in hatred, take all your property, and leave you naked and bare. And the nakedness of
your harlotries will be uncovered, both your lewdness and your harlotries.'" Ezekiel 23:28-29
Compare this verse with Rev 17:16 and see the similarities. "And the ten horns that you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her
desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire."
"These things will be done to you because you have played the harlot with the nations, because you have defiled yourself with
their idols." Ezekiel 23:30
Compare this verse to Rev 17:15
"Then the angel said to me, 'The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages.'"
Ezekiel 23:35 says
"Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD, 'Because you have forgotten Me and cast Me behind your back, bear now the punishment of
your lewdness and your harlotries.' "
Their punishment will be the punishment described to Moses in Deuteronomy 28:15-68 if they do not obey the Lord their God.
Part of her punishment is described in Ezekiel 23:46.
"For thus says the Lord GOD, 'Bring up a company against them and give them over to terror and plunder."
This is also describing the attack described in Ezekiel 38-39 and Zechariah 12-14.
" And the company will stone them with stones and cut them down with their swords; they will slay their sons and their daughters and burn their houses
Compare "burn ... with fire" to Rev 17:16.
God tells us his purpose for doing this in verse 48.
"Thus I shall make lewdness cease from the land."
He does this to purify and refine His people.
7. Ezekiel 23:49
" They shall repay you for your lewdness, and you shall pay for your idolatrous sins. Then you shall know that I am the Lord God."
Compare this to Eze 39:22-24.
Mystery Babylon is Jerusalem, and it is seated on the beast because it has made a covenant with it instead of with her God. Rev 17:16 tells us that
the beast and the ten horns (kings) will hate this city and will attack it and destroy it.
Which kingdom is the kingdom of the beast?
Ezekiel 23 tells us the first 3 kingdoms.
The next 3 are
John told us in Rev 17:10 that the 7th kingdom hadn't come yet when he was writing Revelation.
The kingdom that followed Rome, existed in the middle east, and opposed God and His people was the Islamic Caliphate. These are the 7 kingdoms.
But Rev 17:11 says that the beast is an eighth king that is of the 7. This means that the beast empire is one of the original 7 that comes back to
be an eighth.
The antichrist's empire (the 8th) is going to be a revived Islamic Caliphate. This beast empire will make a 7 year treaty with Israel, for peace
probably, but they will break off the treaty in the middle of the 7 and attack Jerusalem because they "hate the prostitute" (Rev 17:16).
Now reread Revelation 17 hopefully it will all come together.