THE BEAST OF THE ABYSS
Revelation 17:8 "The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, (Greek the abyss) and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is."
What beast once existed, and disappeared? The answer is the beast of Revelation 13 whose political power was stripped by 1870. This beast was identified in Part 3 as the Roman religious and political system that will reappear, yet wonít be exactly the same. "It was, and is not; and yet is," will be said upon its reappearance, when all men marvel at it. Some differences will be that the beast will be entirely political, though still linked with its Roman origins. It will also be ridden by the religious system described in Revelation 17:5 as "MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." Its seven heads identifies its Roman origins in two ways. The first is identified in Part 2 of this series. The second identifies the seven heads as seven mountains (Greek raised up places) on which the woman sits. The woman is that great city that reigned (in Johnís day) over the kings of the earth. (Revelation 17:9 and 18) That city is clearly Rome built on seven hills.
MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT
WHY MYSTERY? Alexander Hislop in his book "The Two Babylons" identifies this word with the Babylonian mysteries. Saturn the Roman god of mysteries was originally the Babylonian God of mysteries,
STUR, the total of each letter being 666. The Roman Catholic system adopted many such mysteries the most blatant of which is the deification of Mary to goddess and co-redeemer. This unbiblical doctrine repeats the Babylonian mystery of
Semiraimis. It is claimed she had been raised from the dead, carried to heaven by her son after crushing the serpentís head, then deified to share whatever office he had been fabled to bear. This is but one of the many Babylonian mysteries Hislop proved to have been incorporated into the Roman Catholic system. The mediation of saints, is another of these abominations. Whereas the Bible says, "for there is one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus." (1 Timothy 2:5) There so many others they cannot all be mentioned here.
THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
Obviously symbolic of spiritual uncleanness, but requires daughters. Rome had many such after the reformation. Many of these either adopted all or some of her false teachings. Many now join her in the ecumenical movement. Her false doctrine of the Trinity is the only agreement essential for admittance into the ecumenical movement. Hence the cry in Revelation 18:4-5 "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. for her sins have reached unto heaven." So one must assess personal convictions in the light of Godís Word, and shed the Babylonian influence of Rome. Listed below is a summary of her description in Revelation 17.
Rome will be incited to come against Christ when He is in the earth and declares Himself to Israel. They will see Him as an
impostor. But He is KING OF KINGS & LORD OF LORDS.
THE RISE OF THE BEAST OF THE ABYSS
The Jesuits are alive, well and very active in trying to
turn the focus of The Revelation from Rome. They
introduced the futuristic application of the Revelation,
alleging that a false prophet in Jerusalem will declare
himself to be the king of the world. Sadly, most
expositors now say this.
real false prophet sits NOW in ROME, preparing the woman
(a united false church) to ride the beast. So when they
see Jerusalem saved from the Palestinians by Jesus, and
Israelís borders extended. (Zechariah 10:10; 12:1-10
Ezekiel 28:24-26) their hostile reaction will be such
that "all the world will again wonder after the beast."
The treaty of Rome in 1956 laid the foundation for the European Union with its own currency. A united Europe is now almost fully formed with a common policy of internationalising Jerusalem. NATO has already shown her teeth in the Balkans. So when the Lord has enlarged Israelís borders and cleared it of the Palestinian opposition, the European Union will be enraged. "Christianity" and Islam will also now have a common goal Ė to regain Jerusalem and all Palestine. This will give a dynamic rise to the beast from the abyss.
THE TEN KINGS
Revelation 17:12 "And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast." These ten kings may be ten literal leaders or a complete number of kings, as the numeral 10 in Scripture signifies a complete number. At this stage it appears significant that they will be European leaders, for the seat of the beast has always been Europe. These have "one mind and give their power and strength unto the beast." (verse 13) These kings correspond with the ten
toes of the image in Daniel 2 that grow out of the old Roman Empire. A stone will strike the image on the feet. Then the Kingdom of God will replace the entire image with its ten toes. (Daniel 2:44) Revelation 17:12 later adds that the ten kings will make war with the Lamb and be defeated.
THE LAMB WILL OVERCOME THEM
Revelation 17:14 "These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful." These with the Lamb are further identified in chapter 19 as being arrayed in fine linen, clean and white, significant of the righteousness of the saints. That is true saints or holy ones that have the name of God in their foreheads, and not the mark of the beast. They will ride with him on white horses, clothed in fine linen clean and white. They are the true Church, called out from the world to be the bride of Christ. (Rev. 14:1; 19:7,8,14)
THE DESTRUCTION OF ROME
There are two stages here. First there is the destruction of the great whore (the false church) for the ten kings, upon their defeat hate her, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. (Revelation 17:16) Her Great Deception will then evaporate. She will no more be known as the Kingdom of God, neither the Pope as the vice regent of Jesus, for The KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS Himself will be reigning from Jerusalem .
The second stage is the end of the city of Rome itself, for she will be totally consumed with fire. The traders of the earth will stand aghast at her burning, and lament their past dealings with her. Revelation 18 gives an insight into the wailing and lamenting for the fate of that city and their own interests that have been swept away in one hour of prophetic time. Finally the beast with the false prophet will be cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 19:19-21).
THE KINGDOM OF GOD
will then be firmly established and the faithful will reign with Christ over the nations for 1000 years. (Revelation 3:20-21, 5:10, 20:4) Will you be there?