posted on Jul, 7 2012 @ 09:11 PM
Originally posted by sk0rpi0n
There are direct parallels between Jerusalem and the whore.
Case study 1. The blood of the saints
That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias,
whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. -Matthew 23:35
And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth. -Revelations 18:24
Further, even if Jesus had implicitly alluded to Jerusalem as the city upon which would come "all the righteous blood shed on earth," it would
still not be the same as Mystery Babylon, for in Mystery Babylon is found the blood of ALL who were slain on earth. That is an even more comprehensive
blood guilt than that of which all the Pharisees, scribes, and lawyers were guilty.
In fact, doesn't the Bible say that the Devil was a murderer from the beginning?
Case study 2. Boasting followed by sudden destruction
You said, ‘I will continue forever— the eternal queen! ’ But you did not consider these things or reflect on what mighthappen. 8 “Now then,
listen, you wanton creature, lounging in your security and saying to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me. I will never be a widow or
suffer the loss of children.’ Both of these will overtake you in a moment, on a single day: loss of children and widowhood.
How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no
widow, and shall see no sorrow. 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. -Revelation 18:7
Sorry, but Isaiah 47 is referring to Babylon. Where did you get the idea it was talking about Jerusalem?
Case study 3. Their "gold and scarlet" and their destruction
And you, O desolate one, what will you do? Although you dress in scarlet, Although you decorate yourself with ornaments of gold, Although you enlarge
your eyes with paint, In vain you make yourself beautiful; Your lovers despise you; They seek your life. -Jeremiah 4:30-31
And the woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of
abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality – Revelation 17:4
Ezekiel 28 also uses the same description to describe the King of Tyrus/Satan. The only difference is the detailed list of the "precious stones" that
Babylon could have been wearing too.
13) Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and
the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day
that thou wast created.
And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh,
and burn her with fire. – Revelations 17:16
What else does Revelation say about Babylon?
21) And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon
be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
If Jerusalem is thrown down to be found no more, where will the Anti-Christ rule from?
And do you really think that Jerusalem fulfills the last two verses in Revelation 18?
23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in
thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
Do you really think that Jerusalem's merchants are the great men of the earth who have used sorcery to deceive ALL nations?
"Rome or Jerusalem?"
"A Protestant Study on the Whore of Babylon in Revelation"
By the way, even though I posted this link as an argument against Jerusalem being Babylon, I'm not convinced that Rome is either.
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