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Revelation 17


Chapter 17

1.  Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great prostitute who is seated on many waters,

2.  with whom the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality, and with the wine of whose sexual immorality the dwellers on earth have become drunk.”

3.  And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns.

4.  The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her sexual immorality.

5.  And on her forehead was written a name of mystery: “Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth’s abominations.”

6.  And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. When I saw her, I marveled greatly.

7.  But the angel said to me, “Why do you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast with seven heads and ten horns that carries her.

The prostitute and mother of prostitutes

One of the seven angels of the bowls of wrath reveals the fall of Babylon to John, therefore its fall takes place during the time of the outpouring of the bowls. Verse 19 of the last chapter points us to a spiritual principle, concerning God’s measurement of sin. In that verse, Babylon the great has measured up to the full and the time of her judgment had come. Zechariah, in his seventh vision, brings the same principle to our attention, illustrated by an ephah, a Jewish measurement of about one bushel of dry material (Zech.5:5-11). He sees a receptacle which contains that amount and symbolically, it represented the collective sins of a people in Zechariah’s land that had come to its fullness.

The sins of the people in the time of Noah reached this point and in Genesis 15:16, God tells Abraham that the sins of the Amorites was not yet complete. That would happen in another four generations. Daniel told King Belshazzar, “You have been weighed on the scales and found deficient” (Dn.5:20, 22, 27). Belshazzar’s ephah is full of deficiency! Jesus said to the Jews of His day, “Fill up, then, the measure of the guilt of your fathers” (Mt.23:32).

In the ephah is a woman representing the sin of the people and it is carried into Shinar, originally Babel, and later Babylon. The “ephah people” are taken into the land of false religion and idolatry. This woman becomes a part of the great Babylonian harlot. Scofield comments, concerning Babylon in Revelation: “The professing Gentile church at that time, condoning every iniquity of the rich, doctrinally a mere “confusion”, as the name indicates, and corrupted to the core by commercialism, wealth, and luxury, falls under the judgment of God.”

Update 2019: Articles Most Read

You will notice that all of these most read articles are dated from the year 2016, when I did an expositional study in Isaiah. Therefore, most of these articles are from that book. That year we had a great upsurge in visitors to our English blog and, naturally, they mostly read the current articles. Visits to some excellent older articles were outnumbered, and therefore I will continue to provide their titles, dates and links, which appear after the 10 most read articles up to June of 2018, followed by the update to June of this year. 

The order changes a bit, when the numbers are updated and also a new article appears among the ten. The update to 2019 also provides a short summary of each article and I do the same for the older articles below them. I hope, if you have not read these articles, that you will take time to do so.

Our grandson, John, created this blogspot in 2011 and so the statistics are dated from that time. As of today, the total number of visits to this English blog has risen to 149,749. This past year we have had 25,498 visits. When we add the visits to our Spanish blogspot, the total number of visits increases to 401,458 and the number over the last year to 75,378 (obviously, we have many more Spanish than English readers).

Revelation 16


Chapter 16

1.  Then I heard a loud voice from the temple telling the seven angels, “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God.”
2.  So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and harmful and painful sores came upon the people who bore the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.
3.  The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became like the blood of a corpse, and every living thing died that was in the sea.
4.  The third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of water, and they became blood.
5.  And I heard the angel in charge of the waters say, “Just are you, O Holy One, who is and who was, for you brought these judgments.
6.  For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink. It is what they deserve!”
7.  And I heard the altar saying, “Yes, Lord God the Almighty, true and just are your judgments!”
8.  The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to scorch people with fire.
9.  They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory.
10. The firth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in anguish.
11. and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores. They did not repent of their deeds.
12. The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east.
13. And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs.
14. For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty.

Pouring out the bowls of wrath

The time has arrived for the seven angels to pour out the final bowls of wrath upon the earth. The time is easily dated in the last 3 ½ years of the Great Tribulation. The empire of the antichrist has been established and the entire population, except for the faithful servants of God, has received his mark and are worshipers of the antichrist image. The angels step out of the heavenly sanctuary (15:6), the throne room of God, at His command, to accomplish their task.

Revelation 15


Chapter 15

1. Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and amazing, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished.

2. And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire – and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands.

3. And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations!

4. Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

5. After this I looked, and the sanctuary of the tent of witness in heaven was opened,

6. and out of the sanctuary came the seven angels with the seven plagues, clothed in pure, bright linen, with golden sashes around their chests.

7. And one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever,

8. and the sanctuary was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the sanctuary until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished.

There are three series of seven judgments in the book of Revelation. In chapter 6 and in 8:1, we learn of seven seals, which had the power to destroy a fourth part of all that they effected. They seemed to involve calamities that man brought upon himself. In chapter 8, 9 and 11:15, we studied seven trumpets bringing judgments, which showed signs of demonic activity, and they destroyed 1/3 of all, into which they delved. This chapter begins to relate the woes of seven bowls, which come entirely from the wrath of God and they bring unlimited destruction, upon everything and everyone on which they fall.

By the time that the Bible student comes to this part of Revelation, he should have developed a correct theology concerning God’s wrath. No one with a normal personality derives any pleasure from the subject, but, on the proof of Scripture, he is obligated to acknowledge that wrath is necessarily a part of God’s character. I cannot imagine anyone lacking this understanding, who will find any profit from reading chapters 15 through 20.