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"The Book of Revelation, An Eschatological Study of the Endtimes", by Chad J. McCoy

Chapter Eight
The Great Harlot

Chapters 17 and 18 tell us about the City of Babylon and its punishment. Chapter 17 deals mainly with identifying the city, while chapter 18 talks about its destruction.
Rev. 17:1-18: One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters. 2 With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries."
3 Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. 5 This title was written on her forehead:
6 I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.
When I saw her, I was greatly astonished. 7 Then the angel said to me: "Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns. 8 The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come.
9 "This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. 10 They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while. 11 The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.
12 "The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. 13 They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. 14 They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings-and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers."
15 Then the angel said to me, "The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. 16 The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to give the beast their power to rule, until God's words are fulfilled. 18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth."

Having just destroyed Babylon, and the rest of the world with it, the seventh angel approaches John and says he will show him the punishment of the Great Harlot (which is Babylon).
We have covered this chapter pretty extensively already, so I will just review it briefly.
NOTE! If you have turned to this chapter without reading the previous ones, this will not make much sense. Statements will be made, without explaining how they have been derived. It will appear as if I am completely making some things up. I have already spent many pages explaining the things in this chapter, so there is no sense inflating this report by another 40 pages just to repeat what I have already said. Go back and read the previous chapters, and then you will understand this one.

The woman Babylon is sitting upon the scarlet beast of the World Government, which is represented by 7 Babylonian Kings and 10 future kings of this World Government.
She is drunk with the blood of the saints. We saw this at the end of the first 3 ½ year period, when the Jewish Treaty was broken and the mark was given. Jerusalem was captured, and Jews killed. Any who refused to worship the image of the beast or take its mark was killed. The Tribulation Saints are wiped out. - Babylon is drunk with the blood of the saints.

It will astonish the people of the earth that it will rise again, having been dead for centuries, but the angel says that it will be completely destroyed again, for good.
The seven hills (or mountains) of Babylon are seven Babylonian Kings, as well as the seven levels of the Tower of Babel.
The ten horns are the ten future kings that will come to power at the time the World Government is instituted. They also represent the ten kingdoms of those kings.
These ten kings (although there will be only 8 Kings at this time - because the AntiChrist deposes and replaces three of them) will be the ones who are brought to Armageddon by the three demons, and who fight against Almighty God.
Four parts of this chapter have not yet been addressed.
We are told that the World Government will come to hate Babylon. They will bring her to ruin, leave her naked, eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. God will put it into the minds of the 10 rulers to do this, because it is actually the will of God. They will really be carrying out His wishes, while they think that the idea was theirs.
I would like to discuss this further, as well as identify for you the seven Babylonian Kings; explain who the 8th King is, spoken of in Rev. 17:11, and lastly, clarify "Mystery" Babylon.
We are told that the beast and its ten horns will come to hate Babylon. They will bring her to ruin, leave her naked, eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. They will do this because God wishes it, and has put it into their minds to do this.
I tried to figure out why the capital of the World Government would be attacked and destroyed by the other leaders of this same Government.
The only thing I could think of that made sense to me, was that Babylon and its King (along with its allies (I'll explain in a moment)) decide that they are "above" the World Government. Perhaps they are acting alone on some things, or acting independently of the other kings. Instead of all nations being consolidated into one World Government, Babylon and its allies have decided that there will be a World Government, and then there will be them.
The other kings then let Babylon know who is boss. While the rest of them have gone through proper channels (perhaps they must all meet and agree on a course of action before it can be pursued, for example), Babylon and their allies have gone ahead and acted independently, doing whatever they felt like, without feeling a need to confer with their equals.
I believe that this destruction of Babylon must take place before the Jewish Treaty is broken, therefore putting the event inside the first 3 ½ year period.
I get this from the fact that the bible says that the ten horns (kings) will hate Babylon and destroy her. We know that at the mid-point of the treaty, when the AntiChrist breaks it, he also replaces three kings. So after the mid-point of the Jewish Treaty, there are no longer 10 kings, but 8. So, for 10 kings to destroy Babylon, it must be done before the mid-point of the treaty.
Also, since the AntiChrist deposes three kings, replacing them with himself, I would gather that one of these Kings was the one that ruled over Babylon, and the other two must have been his allies.
I can't prove any of this, you understand; it is a theory which just happens to fit the facts.
Perhaps you have a better theory.

First 3 ½ years of Jewish Treaty Mid-Point
Babylon is capital AntiChrist comes
of World Government

He replaces the
Babylon and 3 rebellious kings

allies anger
the other 7
kings of the
World Gov't

Babylon destroyed
by the 7 kings

I was also thinking about the way in which Babylon is described as being destroyed. It was brought to ruin, left naked, her flesh was eaten, and she was burned with fire.
This is a city that is being described. So if I were to bring a city to ruin, how would I go about it? What would it mean, that I brought about the ruin of a city?
Immediately I thought of the city's economy. If I were to cause the collapse of its economy, it would ruin the city. You can recall the Boom Towns of the Old West, and how quickly they turned into Ghost Towns when the gold dried up, and the economy collapsed. People come to live in specific cities because of the work that they find to do there. Where there is no work, there is not much of a town. That's why apartments in Chicago cost a fortune, and 19 acres of land with a 4-bedroom house, barn, in-law building, and lake can be had for a song in Tennessee.
So if you want to ruin a city, ruin its economy. Take away the jobs.
How would you go about leaving a city naked, though? That's easy. Strip them of their power to govern and protect themselves. Proclaim that their government has no right to convene, and that it has no authority, and remove the peacekeepers from their borders.
They will be naked. They will be weak and vulnerable before their enemies.
If you eat the flesh of a city, you consume it. You make it part of yourself. You integrate it, incorporate it. It is no longer a separate entity apart from you.
And to burn a city with fire, can be literally that. The buildings can be torched, the city can be bombed, and its inhabitants fired on by soldiers.

So I have determined how a city might be ruined, left naked, eaten, and burned. How would this apply to Babylon?
In preparation for the destruction of Babylon, the World Government could issue sanctions against Babylon, putting embargoes on trade, and cutting off its supply routes. This would ruin their economy.
Since they are the legitimate World Government, it would be a simple thing for them to condemn Babylon and strip them of their governing authority. In a moment, Babylon will no longer be recognized as a world leader. The troops that are stationed there no longer have to take orders from Babylon, and can be recalled or ordered to attack. Babylon will suddenly be stripped of its authority and power.
It will then be incorporated back into the One World Government - no longer a world leader; just a territory ruled by another king (therefore eaten).
And finally, it will be attacked, most likely by the very troops that were stationed there.
Babylon will fall at the hands of men, but at the bidding of God.
The AntiChrist will arise at this point and replace the three deposed Kings. Perhaps he will attempt to rebuild the city. Perhaps it won't be destroyed to the point that it is no longer lived in. People may still live there. But it will no longer be the grand city, or the capital that it once was. Whatever is not destroyed at this point will be destroyed when the seventh bowl judgement is poured out; when the cities of all the nations are flattened, and the islands and mountains crumble. The bible says that when the last bowl judgement is poured out, God will be remembering the city of Babylon. If it isn't completely destroyed by men, it will be devastated at the end of the wrath of God.
To address the identity of the seven Babylonian Kings: Remember that the bible said that the seven heads of the scarlet beast represented seven hills, but also seven Kings. Five of these kings had already dies, one was currently in power at the time of John, and one was yet to come.
If you realize that there was no Babylon at the time of John, but that God says that a Babylonian King does exist, and is currently in power, you understand that these kings are really kingdoms.
Then why didn't the bible say they were kingdoms? Because they aren't seven different kingdoms; they all represent Babylon. But these are seven rulers of Babylon.
Consider: who was the ruling power at the time of John? Who could the Lord have possibly meant, that was currently in power?
Rome was in power. And Rome ruled over the region that had been Babylon. Remember the statue of Nebuchadnezzar. One statue, one region. Four different rulers of that same region.
Rome was the current ruler of Babylon. Rome is the 6th ruler, or King of Babylon. Rome is the King that "is".
There were five kings that "were". This would have been the Greeks, who ruled Babylon before the Romans; the Persians, who ruled Babylon before the Greeks; and the Babylonians who ruled it before them. This is the picture of Nebuchadnezzar's statue.
But that only accounts for three prior kings, and there are supposed to be five. The statue only showed us three because it began with King Nebuchadnezzar's kingdom. This was his dream, and therefore it dealt only with him. But that does not mean that just because he was the greatest of these kings, that he was the first.
There were inferior kings that came after him, and there were inferior kings that were before him. Before Nebuchadnezzar, Babylon was ruled by the Assyrians, and before that it was ruled by the Chaldeans.
So there are the five kings that "were". That only leaves the seventh king, who "is to come". This final king is the World Government Beast, once again with Babylon at its head.

What of the 8th King, spoken of in Rev. 17:11: The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.
This is easy. Who is it that once was, and now is not (in the time of John)? We have already learned that this is Babylon. Since it is called a beast here, we know that the bible means the Babylonian World Government. This system is the 8th King.
It is said the he belongs to the seven. And he certainly does. Who are the seven? Chaldea, Assyria, Babylonia, Persia, Greece, Rome, and the World System. In other words, this 8th King is one of the seven. Babylon was a king once before.
And just as surely as the city of Babylon fell to destruction, so will the Babylonian World Government System.

That leaves just the mystery of the "Mystery". Why was the Great Harlot called "Mystery Babylon"?
What is so mysterious? It's pretty easy to see that she is Babylon, even without the name written on her forehead. What is the purpose of the word "Mystery"?
If you study the religions of Babylon, you will see that they are called "Mystery Religions".
Here is a definition of Mystery Religion, from the MSN Encarta: Mystery Religion, any of various cults of the ancient world that were open only to the initiated. The earliest known mysteries, from at least as early as 1875 BC, are those connected with the legend of the god Osiris in Egypt. The ancient Greeks had many local mystery rites such as the Eleusinian Mysteries, which included the cult of Demeter, the goddess of harvest. Dionysus (god of wine), Cybele (goddess of nature), and Orpheus (poet and musician) were also the focus of cult rituals in ancient Greece. In the 2nd century BC, at the beginning of the Greco-Roma

n period, there was a revival of mystery religions, which influenced one another. Mithraism-a cult of Mithra, ancient Persian god of light and wisdom-belongs to this period.
Underlying some mystery religions was a fertility ritual, in which a deity undergoes death and resurrection, and the initiates feed on the flesh and blood to attain communion with the divine and ensure their own life beyond the grave. The influence of mystery religions on early Christianity was considerable.
We will ignore the thinly veiled accusation Encarta makes about Christianity originating from these Mystery Religions, and just take their definition of the term. We know that the Mystery Religions took their forms from Yahweh God, not the other way around.
A mystery religion is a religious organization or cult which is focused mainly on a single deity. This deity usually has something which it can offer to the individual member of the society. The distinguishing characteristics of a mystery religion are the focus on the individual, a sense of community and generally a salvation theme.
The mystery religions began in Babylon. I have included the following text from Reverend R.L. Meares:
Satan knows much of the plan of God. He knows that according to the word of God in Genesis 3:15, one day a "heel" would come to "bruise his head". So he formulated a plan and devised a religious system that people would believe in, kill for, even be willing to die for. This religious system would be an occult system, centering upon Mystery Babylon. This system was to eventually control the world, and to attempt to deify Satan as lord.
To introduce this system into the world, he used two people. Nimrod a son of Cush and the grandson of Ham, the son of Noah (Genesis 10:6-11). His very name is defined by Smiths' Bible Dictionary as meaning "rebellion". The other person used in the propagation of this self-serving, self-seeking society was Semiramis. Together with Nimrod she ruled Babel, one of the first major cities constructed after the flood. (Genesis 11:1-9)
According to the nineteenth century historian, Alexander Hislop, most dependable historians agree that Babel (Babylon) was the primal source from which all idolatry spread to the ancient world. Also according to Hislop, Shem the son of Noah killed Nimrod because of his iniquitous practices. Semiramis however, moved quickly. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son, Tammuz. She let it be known that this was Nimrod reincarnate. This was the first intimation of the "trinity" as associated with the worship and deification of the godhead. (The Two Babylons, Alexander Hislop, The Force, pg.11, Chick Publications).
Another historian, Ralph Woodrow, concluded that to this present time, evidence of Babylonian worship exists in "all the false religions of the earth." (Babylon, Mystery Religion-Ralph Woodrow).
Beginning at Babylon and finding its' way into all ancient societies was the teaching of "Pantheism". Pantheism teaches that all forces, manifestations, etc. of the universe are god. (Sun worship, animal deification, etc.)
This is the same doctrine being propagated today as "New Age". This teaching has been a threat to humanity throughout the ages. It was a very real threat even during the time of the Apostles. (Romans 1:20-32: For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator-who is forever praised. Amen.
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
28 Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.)
However the main god of Babylon was a god represented by an equilateral triangle, or as a single body with three heads. This is the most ancient depiction of the "trinity". Even in this modern age, Buddhist, Hindus and Catholics still retain a "trinity" as their god. They also still retain certain symbols (the equilateral triangle, etc.) as the symbol of god.
The scriptures as well as historical evidence prove that Babylon is the very mother or originator of all paganism. The spread of pantheism, with Satan at its' pinnacle, was precipitated by the confusion of the languages at Babel (Genesis 11).
Yet through the lineage of Shem, God raised up a righteous man by the name of Abram (Abraham). It was through the seed of Abraham that God would bring forth a nation to be a light to those in the dark world of idolatry. This was the nation of Israel. However in the fullness of Gods' prophetic time clock, it would be the church. (See Genesis 11-25)
By the time of Moses, the gods of Babylon had spread over the face of the earth. Many kingdoms had arisen from the plains of Shinar and moved across the face of the earth. Taking with them the ancient deities of Babylon. Edom, Ammon, Midian, Egypt, etc. Only the names of their gods had changed. The Egyptian trinity were Isis, Horus, and Seb. Mystery Babylon was flourishing, growing and prospering.

What follows is a brief description of the Isis Mystery Religion. Keep in mind, that the Egyptians did not originate this religion; it was begun in Babylon.
Isis, the Earth Mother

The central deity of the Isis Mysteries is the Egyptian goddess, Isis. Isis reflects the archetypal earth mother by serving as a goddess of life, fertility, and protection. She was generally associated with the waxing moon, and is symbolically represented by many objects included the door, the sky, and thet (a knot or buckle representing life or blood). Isis was generally given a human form, though often with the head of a cow, serpent, or scorpion.

Many of the beliefs of the Isis Mysteries are centered around the story of the death and resurrection of Isis' husband, Osiris. Isis and Osiris ruled Egypt together for many years, maintaining peace and civilizing the people. However, Isis' evil brother Seth wanted to rule Egypt with Isis as his queen, so by a trick he shut Osiris in a coffin and threw him in the Nile. Isis went out in search of her husband, and eventually found his coffin stuck in a tree in a distant kingdom. She brought his body back to Egypt and hid it, but Seth found it and cut it into fourteen pieces, which he scattered throughout Egypt. Isis gathered thirteen of these pieces, and reassembled her dead husband. She then transformed into a kite (a hawk) and by flapping her wings, breathed life back into his body. Upon his revival, Osiris impregnated Isis and she soon gave birth to their son, the hawk-god Horus. Through the spirit Ka-mutef, Osiris transferred his life to his son. Osiris continued to live as a spirit while his son carried out his work on earth, including killing Seth and resuming his father's throne.

You can find this same pattern in many different religions all over the world. They originated in Babylon, as Satan created a counterfeit religion that in ways mirrored Yahweh God's Salvation Plan. Satan has always masqueraded as an angel of light. If the fake looks so much like the real thing, it is much harder to tell the difference. A bad counterfeit doesn't do its job. It only does its job when it looks so much like the original that people can't tell the difference between them.
Prior to the death of Nimrod by his uncle Shem, Satan had much work for Nimrod and his mother/wife Semiramis to do. Satan decided to developed an occult religious system that he would use to control the world. Through Nimrod came the false doctrines of the Secret Rapture, Divination Astrology, Hypnotism, Spiritualism, Witchcraft, Freemasonry, and Sunworship (today, known as Sunday observance). Satan would detour man's worship from our creator to himself.
The defines "mysteries" as: mysteries: important secret cults in Greek and Roman religion. Possibly based on primitive fertility rites, their elaborate, mystic ritual appealed to individuals who had tired of the formalistic, state-centered rites of traditional Greek and Roman religion, and who sought a promise of personal salvation and immortality.
(Just keep in mind as you read things like this, that they have been written by non-Christians. As such, they may include Christianity in with the Mystery Religions, not being able to tell the counterfeit from the real thing. Sometimes they're also not aware that these mysteries began in Babylon - some of them mistakenly state that they originated in Greece or Rome.)
A Mystery is a rite, secret from all save the initiated. Initiates were required not to describe what they had experienced and many kept silent. This is the point I want you to understand.
The Mystery Religions of Babylon were an abomination to God, and you can find traces of them in even some Christian churches (why do churches have steeples? To represent an erect phallus) and you can trace the Catholic system straight to Mythra, which came from Babylon. Consider the following:
After her husband's death, Queen Semiramis immediately took certain steps to secure her power. Under Satan's influence, she instituted new concepts in order to keep her empire in spiritual ignorance.
From the Chick Pub. Crusaders Series Vol.15 pg.16&17. "Satan set out to lay the ground work for his religious machine to combat the work of God. After the death of Nimrod, Semiramis became fearful that she would lose control of the kingdom of Assyria. As the Goddess of Heaven she commanded that her subjects worship her. She convinced the people to confess their wrong deeds and secrets to the priests of the temples. This is where the Catholic Church confessional got its origins. The confessional was initiated by Semiramis as a means to help her remain in power. She called Nimrod BAAL to keep him a god, The Sun God and demanded that he be worshiped. She became pregnant, claiming she was still a virgin. She gave birth to a son and called him `Tammuz'. Semiramis told everyone that Nimrod had been reincarnated. Semiramis capitalized on man's rebellion against God's laws of marriage. She promoted celibacy, which was a religious cover to hide Adultery, Fornication, Homosexuality, Sodomy, and Lesbianism. This is where Roman Catholic Celibacy comes from. This supposedly set the priests apart and made them holy. Like today, they believed that the Sacrament of Holy Orders (Celibacy) is higher that the Sacrament of Marriage. Placing Satanic traditions above God's Decrees. In some counties as in Egypt, humans nature asserted its rights, and though the general system of Babylon was retained, the yoke of celibacy was abolished."

The Two Babylons, Alexander Hislop, pg.220-224 "The records of all nations where priestly celibacy has been introduced has proven that, instead of ministering to the purity of those condemned to it, it has only plunged them in the deepest pollution. The history of Thibet, China, and Japan, where the Babylonian institute of priestly celibacy has prevailed from time immemorial, bears testimony to the abominations that have flowed from it."

Ezekiel chapter 16 is good to read to get an idea of just how much of an abomination the mystery religions are to God. In part: Ezek. 16:20-23: "'And you took your sons and daughters whom you bore to me and sacrificed them as food to the idols. Was your prostitution not enough? 21 You slaughtered my children and sacrificed them to the idols. 22 In all your detestable practices and your prostitution you did not remember the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare, kicking about in your blood.
23 "'Woe! Woe to you, declares the Sovereign LORD."
Also Ezek. 16:35 - 41: "'Therefore, you prostitute, hear the word of the LORD! 36 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because you poured out your wealth and exposed your nakedness in your promiscuity with your lovers, and because of all your detestable idols, and because you gave them your children's blood, 37 therefore I am going to gather all your lovers, with whom you found pleasure, those you loved as well as those you hated. I will gather them against you from all around and will strip you in front of them, and they will see all your nakedness. 38 I will sentence you to the punishment of women who commit adultery and who shed blood; I will bring upon you the blood vengeance of my wrath and jealous anger. 39 Then I will hand you over to your lovers, and they will tear down your mounds and destroy your lofty shrines. They will strip you of your clothes and take your fine jewelry and leave you naked and bare. 40 They will bring a mob against you, who will stone you and hack you to pieces with their swords. 41 They will burn down your houses and inflict punishment on you in the sight of many women. I will put a stop to your prostitution, and you will no longer pay your lovers.

As you can see here, the Mystery Religions were big on the sacrifice of babies, among other things.
Death by crucifixion was also one of Semiramis ideas. Crosses were originally designed as occult symbols to be worshipped both in ancient Babylon and Egypt. Semiramis proclaimed that she was a Goddess. She demanded that babies be sacrificed to her. The sign of the cross was cut into the baby's chest, and the heart removed. This would please Semiramis and, in turn make peace with their God Nimrod.

I hope you understand now what the Mystery Religions were about. (The Freemasons are a Mystery Religion.)
They are mystical, occultic, secret religions that ultimately worship Satan.
They originated in Babylon. Hence, Mystery Babylon. It wasn't a "mystery" like we understand "mystery". It wasn't a baffling situation or a puzzling crime.
It was Mystery Babylon, a religious cult practicing secret rites to which only its initiates were admitted.

The wrap-up of this study of the Book of Revelation will proceed rather quickly from this point on.