Even so, my studies started out like so many before it. Yes, I found a few little nuggets here and there. Little insights I had never seen before, but no big shoe. Then I started to meditate on cities. Maybe there was angle there I thought, since Babylon in Revelation is portrayed not only as a whore riding on a 7 headed beast, but as a great city. Remember the angels interpretation?
“…and the woman which thou sawest is that great city which reigneth over the kings of the earth”.
As I was thinking about cities, I got into a thought pattern about the works of man: seeing that it is man who is the creator of cities, they are his handiwork. Somehow I ended up doing a word study in the Bible on “work”. I was looking principally for the passages relating to the work of man versus the work of God. It turned out to be an enlightening lesson, yet I set it aside and went on to other things.
However, I couldn't shake this study. I was always being drawn back to it, and especially this phrase, “the work of men's hands” which kept popping up in the verses I read.
Then it started to dawn on me…can this be it!? It couldn't be this simplistic...the works of men's hands!? I did a little experiment to see how well it really matched up. In every place where it talked about Babylon the Great in chapters 17 and 18 I inserted the phrase “the work of men's hands” instead.
Note: By saying “the work of men’s hands” I am referring to that work of man that goes counter to, and is in opposition to God and His work. Paul in his epistles mentions the children of disobedience (Eph. 2:2-3, Col. 3:6 KJV). It is these people and the works of their hands that I am identifying with.
As I went through the test joy started to overwhelmed me! I was amazed at how well it all lined up with the text! I started praising my God for I felt at last I had found it; at last I had found the interpretation of Babylon the Great I had so long been in search of!
But you be the judge. Study carefully some of the results of my little test. Chapter 17:1-2 reads
“…come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters (peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues…vs.15): with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”
I made it to read-“…come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of ‘the work of men’s hands’ that sitteth upon many waters: with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of its fornication.”
17:4,6 reads, “And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication… and I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her I wondered with great admiration.”
I changed it to read- “And ‘the work of men’s hands’ was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in its hand full of abominations and filthiness of its fornication… and I saw ‘the works of men’s hands’ drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and I wondered with great admiration.”
What about her title written on her forehead? “MYSTERY , BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH”. Where do the abominations of the earth come from? Who is the Mother of them? Do a study on abomination in the Bible and see what it reveals. You will discover that most all the passages on the subject fall into two main categories. 1. The ones where God's Word informs us of what is abominable and that we are not to practice such. And 2. Those where God's Word proclaims that the nations and practices of man and his works are abominable. The abominations of the earth come from the corrupt inhabitants living on it. Namely, they come from those who know not God and will not believe,for:
“Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” Titus 1: 15-16 KJV
Proverbs 6: 16-19 is a classic passage on abomination
“These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him; a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
Here abominations are laid on man’s account from his head all the way down to the souls of his feet.
How do some of today's popular interpretations line up using my simple test? 17:18 which I have used throughout this discourse states again:
"And the woman which thou sawest is that great city which reigneth over the kings of the earth".
Lets change it to read: And the World Council of Churches, or The Roman Catholic Church is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.
What about 'false religion' or the 'counterfeit church'? And the counterfeit church is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.
As far as Babylon the Great representing the one-world religious system that is suppose to rise up in the last
days...well if the 7 headed beast, which the angel told John represents seven mountains or kings(or Kingdoms) on which the woman sits...of which 5 had already fallen and one still was at the time John wrote Revelation. Then how can she be only of the last days just before Jesus returns?(read Revelation 17:9-10 again)
And the 'work of men's hands' is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.
I find this interpretation to be the most harmonious and believable--THE PERFECT FIT!
Babylon was there when Abel's blood cried out, whom Cain slew. For why did he slay him? Because his own works were evil, and his brothers righteous.
The Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man for he is flesh. Before the flood, man’s work was wickedness. The imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. God’s work was to put an end to it.
After the flood the whole earth was of one language and of one speech, but man still came up wanting; he was still flesh. And it came to pass as they journeyed from the east that they found a plain in the land of Shinar. And they said one to another, come let us make brick. And they said come let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven. And let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
Man’s work was to do his own thing; God’s work was to confound their language, and to give them what they feared…scattering them over the face of the whole earth. But they brought their ways with them. These Babel Builders continued to build as before--without God. They were like Cain...who went out from the presence of the lord and built a city.
From the ancient times to the present, THIS WORK OF THE CHILDREN OF DISOBEDIENCE-- THIS IS ‘BABYLON THE GREAT’ OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION! As she boasts,”I sit as a queen…I shall see no sorrow”. This is she with whom the Kings of the earth have committed fornication; it is she who sits upon the waters intoxicating the nations, and leading them astray with her sorceries. Her cup is full of abominations, and with the filthiness of her fornications. She is arrayed in royal purple and scarlet, adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls. Her merchants are the great men of the earth…and in her is found the blood of prophets, and of the saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
She indeed is very great! Yet she has her end. Like a millstone cast into the sea, thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. God’s work is greater. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him. Rejoice O heavens, and all his saints! For God has prepared for you a city and a kingdom not made by human hands!
"Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hastening unto the coming of the day of God..." 2 Peter 3:11-12
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