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The Angel Guide to Babylon's Future
One of the seven angels who had emptied their plagues on the earth, offered to show John what
would happen to the political systems, particularly what was represented by the mysterious mother of
all prostitutes and evil, called Babylon the Great.
This may be the sum of all the wickedness that ever happened in that ancient city; this
woman appears to stand for false religion which has made political deals with the kings of the
earth. John sees her as a seductive woman riding on a scarlet beast. She is dressed in purple and
scarlet and glittering with gold and precious jewels, and drinking from a gold cup the blood
of the martyred saints. She sits on seven hills. Some take it to mean Roman, or the Vatican.
The angel explained this astonishing mystery to John. The beast with the seven heads and ten
horns stands for a political union formed by ten kings, or national leaders, who will form a
confederation for a short while. (Sounds like the European Common Market, doesn't it?)
They will give their authority to the beast for the purpose of overcoming the Lamb. At
first, the woman (organized religion) will ride on or use them, but then these leaders will turn on
her, eat her up and burn her. All because God puts this into their hearts.
After this John saw another angel coming down from heaven. One who had great authority and
illuminated the whole earth by his splendor. With a mighty voice this angel announces, "Fallen!
Fallen is Babylon the Great!"
The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn; they did lots of business with Babylon.
Another mighty angel picks up a boulder the size of a millstone and throws it into the sea,
pronouncing that with such violence that great city of Babylon will be finally and thoroughly
I get the impression - when God deals with evil He is complete, and the end matches the
depth of the depravity: when God commands His angels, they have His tremendous strength and power.
Knowing I am on His side, that draws hope and security into my being.
Another angel comes to tell John to write down, "Blessed are those who are invited to the
wedding supper of the Lamb!" (John falls down to worship this angel but is quickly reminded that he
is just a fellow-servant of God. Worship only God!).
Then Heaven opens and there comes a white horse with a Rider called Faithful and True. His
eyes are blazing like fire, and He wears many crowns, with a robe dipped in blood. His name is the
Word of God, and the armies of Heaven follow Him, all wearing clean white linen. This Rider comes to
carry out the fury of God's wrath on disobedient nations, and over His robe and thigh is a sash with
His name; KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
Another angel standing against the sun calls out to the birds of prey in the air to come
gather for a feast of flesh as the beast and the kings of the earth gather to make war against this
Heavenly Rider and His armies in white.
It isn't a long battle. The beast and the false prophet are captured and thrown alive into
the lake of burning fire. All their armies are killed with swords, and the birds gorge themselves on
the plentiful carrion.
Yet another angel comes down out of Heaven with the key to the Abyss. He seizes the dragon,
Satan, and locks him up for a thousand years. (After that he will be freed a short time to test new
generations born during that time).
In our final article we will join John in touring the golden crystal city, the New
Jerusalem, the future home of all repentant, true believers in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
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