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Revelation Chapter 17 – The Whore and The Beast

“Then came one of the angels with the seven bowls; and he said to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great whore who is sitting by many waters. The kings of the earth went whoring with her, and the people living on earth have become drunk from the wine of her whoring” (Revelation 17:1-2).

In this interlude of Tribulation events, Yochanan is shown more details about the ‘great whore’ and ‘the beast’ from Revelation 13. The Hebrew word for ‘whore’ is zanah and means to ‘commit adultery.’ This ‘whore’ or ‘adulteress’ is a spiritual adulteress. She is a harlot who has chosen to forsake the Creator, the God of Isra’el, and submit to false gods. Her global harlotry includes kings and people from every nation, tribe, and tongue.

This spiritual adulteress sits on many waters. Some suggest that this is a reference to a specific place, but it may refer to spiritual nourishment coming from every false religion in the world –– the ‘one world’ religious system. Many people believe ‘there are many ways to God’ and seek other religions to fill their empty soul. There are ‘many waters’ that draw people who have a spiritual thirst, but it leaves them parched.

The prophet Jeremiah warns the nation of Isra’el about drinking the dirty water, “For my people have committed two evils: they have abandoned me, the fountain of living water, and dug themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water!” (Jeremiah 2:13). Adonai considers it ‘evil’ to abandon His ‘fountain of living water’ for broken cisterns that can’t hold water.

Everyone who forsakes the God of Isra’el becomes a spiritual harlot drunk on the ‘wine’ of spiritual immorality. The Hebrew word for ‘whoring’ is zenunim and means ‘fornication’ suggesting that these spiritual harlots never entered the ‘marriage covenant’ with Elohim. They are godless, irreverent, and completely immoral, yet they believe they are spiritually enlightened. Being drunk not only impairs judgment and vision, but also balance. According to the prophet Isaiah, the sin of fornication affects the earth: “The earth staggers to and fro like a drunk, sways back and forth like a watchman’s shelter; its transgression weighs heavy upon it; it will fall and not rise again” (Isaiah 24:20).

This will be the condition of the earth; this is the condition of the western culture with its abominations. As the whole world begins to embrace detestable sexual practices, leaders and nations will fall into a drunken spiritual stupor.

“She must remove her whoring from her face, and her adulteries from between her breasts. Otherwise, I will strip her naked and place her as she was the day she was born, make her like a desert, place her like a dry land and kill her with thirst. I will have no pity on her children, for they are children of whoring — their mother prostituted herself, she who conceived them behaved shamelessly; she said, ‘I will pursue my lovers, who give me my food and water, wool, flax, olive oil and wine’” (Hosea 3:2-5).

“He carried me off in the Spirit to a desert, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast filled with blasphemous names and having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet and glittered with gold, precious stones and pearls. In her hand was a gold cup filled with the obscene and filthy things produced by her whoring. On her forehead was written a name with a hidden meaning, BAVEL THE GREAT, MOTHER OF WHORES AND OF THE EARTH’S OBSCENITIES. I saw the woman drunk from the blood of God’s people, that is, from the blood of the people who testify about Yeshua” (Revelation 17:3-6).

The Ruach haKodesh carries Yochanan into the desert. The Hebrew word for ‘desert’ is midbar and and also means ‘wilderness.’ A desert or wilderness area gets little to no moisture, it is spiritually dry. There is no living water.

He sees a woman sitting on a scarlet beast with seven heads and ten horns. In Revelation 12:3, the dragon that gives the ‘beast’ its power is scarlet or red. This same ‘beast’ in Revelation 13 has blasphemous names written on its heads. This ‘beast’ represents a global demonic political force given life through the Adversary.

‘Scarlet’ symbolizes power and wealth within the ‘beast’ political system. Scarlet was considered a status symbol during the Roman Empire. Moreover, scarlet clothing is worn by Cardinals, the religious leaders in the Roman catholic hierarchical political ‘beast.’ The prophet Isaiah compares sin to the color of scarlet, and the ‘beast’ is the embodiment of sin (Isaiah 1:18).

The dictionary defines blasphemy as ‘the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God’ or ‘a mere man suggesting that he is divine’ (John 10:33). The scarlet beast is full of blasphemous names showing its contempt for Adonai by claiming to be God ruling. He doesn’t have just one blasphemous name, but many names/rgovernments claiming to be God. This may be how the nation’s kings embrace ‘the Lie’ perpetuated in the Garden of Eden. In 2018, the Democratic National Convention in the United States claimed itself to be the party of the religiously unaffiliated, the agnostic, and the atheist.

The ‘woman’ riding the scarlet beast is dressed in scarlet and purple. The word argaman is ‘red-purple’ in Hebrew. This ‘woman’ is the global religious system that sits atop the politically demonic ‘beast.’ In this scenario there is no ‘separation of church and state;’ they are all one. She glitters with gold showing her wealth, topaz showing her religious spirit, and pearls showing her beauty comes from everything ‘unclean’ (Ezekiel 28:13). She is gaudy –– excessively showy, ostentatiously embellished. Her pride lifts her high upon the ‘beast.’

In her hand, she holds a golden cup filled with filthy and obscene things – abominations – produced by her whoring. On her head is written a name: Babylon the Great, Mother of Whores, and the Earth’s Obscenities. The word sod is used for ‘mystery’ and means ‘hidden.’ Sod is used for a secret or mystical meaning of a Scripture. Though the meaning of her name may be mysterious, her global conquest of religions and politics is not.

The ‘mark of the beast’ is put on the forehead or hand; this ‘whore’ holds abominations in her hand and her forehead is ‘marked’ with a mysterious name. Those who embrace this political religious system will choose to receive the ‘mark of the beast.’

The ‘whore’ is drunk on the blood of the saints, those who have a testimony of Yeshua. This scarlet beast-whore religious political system will be murderous. Anyone who makes a stand for Yeshua will be murdered and martyred by this bejeweled woman and her false, anti-Torah, lawless political religious system.

“On seeing her, I was altogether astounded. Then the angel said to me, “Why are you astounded? I will tell you the hidden meaning of the woman and of the beast with seven heads and ten horns that was carrying her” (Revelation 17:6-7).

In the Hebrew, the words shammah gadolah, in the feminine, mean ‘great name;’ however, these two words also mean ‘appalling desolation.’ The authority and power of this ‘woman’ distressed Yochanan and brought him great horror. The angel saw his distress and tells him to ‘wake up’ from his shock and horror so the angel can explain the sod of the ‘scarlet beast.’

“The beast you saw once was, now is not, and will come up from the Abyss; but it is on its way to destruction. The people living on earth whose names have not been written in the Book of Life since the founding of the world will be astounded to see the beast that once was, now is not, but is to appear. This calls for a mind with wisdom: the seven heads are seven hills on which the woman is sitting; also they are seven kings — five have fallen, one is living now and the other is yet to come; and when he does come, he must remain only a little while. The beast which once was and now is not is an eighth king; it comes from the seven and is on its way to destruction” (Revelation 17:8-11).

The ‘beast’ is representative of historical kingdoms described by the prophet Daniel. However, he only mentions four kingdoms: Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece, and Rome (Daniel 7). There is another –– one which was, now is not, and will return. Could one of them be Babel, Egypt, Assyria? Will one of these ancient religious political systems return?

“Then they said, “Come, let’s build ourselves a city with a tower that has its top reaching up into heaven, so that we can make a name for ourselves and not be scattered all over the earth” (Genesis 11:4).

The first kingdom after the flood was in the land of Shinar. At the Tower Babel, the people of the world had a combined religious system with a government. Everyone spoke the same language which made building the tower possible and the ability to set their thrones above Adonai. Nimrod set the precedent in Babel, Pharaoh in Egypt, Sennacheri in Assyria, Nebuchadnezzer in Babylon (Daniel 4:3). When kings refuse to submit to Adonai and His Torah, they become lawlessness; the ‘spirit’ of anti-messiah that is still at work in the world (1 John 4:3).

“Look at the land of the Kasdim [Chaldeans]! This was the people who did not exist … so that it has been made a ruin” (Isaiah 23:13).

The land of the Kasdim was ancient Babel. At the time of this revelation, Babel no longer existed though it had been ‘revived’ during reign of Nebuchadnezzer in Babylon. ‘Mystery Babylon’ will be the last kingdom with a king that seeks to set his throne above Adonai. This king will separate himself from Torah, he will oppose himself to everything that is called a god or an object of worship, and he will sit in the Temple and proclaim himself God (2 Thessalonians2:3-4). This last kingdom that will smash and crumble all others will be the kingdom of the Adversary and his false prophet (Ezekiel 28:2).

The people of the earth do not care about prophecy, do not have the Ruach haKodesh to direct them, and will be astounded that this once-dead ‘beast’ kingdom come to life. This kingdom doesn’t come out of the ‘sea of nations,’ but out of the Abyss of demonic darkness and sits on the ‘sea of nations.’

To understand the ‘mystery’ calls for a mind of wisdom. Wisdom is needed for those who understand the number of the ‘beast,’ as it is the number of a person (Revelation 13:15). It would be astounding to see Nimrod, the first powerful ruler on earth who hunted people’s souls to be resurrected from the Abyss after being beheaded by Esau (Genesis 10:9, 1 Chronicles 1:10).

“And Nimrod and two of his men that were with him came to the place where they were, when Esau started suddenly from his lurking place, and drew his sword, and hastened and ran to Nimrod and cut off his head” (Jasher 27:10).

According to the angel, the seven heads are seven hills. The only city that sits on seven hills is Rome. Each of these hills have pagan gods and goddesses attached to them: Aventine Hill (dedicated to goddess Diana), Caelian Hill (merging of Roman and Greek gods), Capitoline Hill (dedicated to god Saturn/Christmas, and Jupiter), Esquiline Hill (nymphs who animate nature), Palatine Hill (Temple of Cybele, the Great Mother), Quirinal Hill (dedicated to god Quirinus), and Viminal Hill (Babylonaian Ishter/Easter).

Wisdom suggests two different religious systems in the world: one that has been usurping Truth for centuries and comes from Rome; the other comes from Mount Tziyon and teaches the Truth of Torah and the Word of Yeshua (Micah 4:2).

“The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet begun to rule, but they receive power as kings for one hour, along with the beast. They have one mind, and they hand over their power and authority to the beast. They will go to war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will defeat them, because he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are called, chosen and faithful will overcome along with him” (Revelation 17:12-14).

The ten kings or horns on the ‘beast’ will be powerful leaders for a very brief time. They will be destroyed in one hour, another unspecified time (Revelation 18:10, Isaiah 24). The Hebrew word is etzah is used for ‘mind’ and means ‘counsel’ or ‘advice.’ As one counsel, they give their power and authority to the ‘beast.’ These ten kings are the ten toes of the ‘beast’ in Daniel 7.

They will go to war against the Lamb. They will perceive him as a Lamb still, but Yeshua will be a lion. He will not be led to the slaughter. He will be the Lion of Y’hudah, the warrior King and make war against the kings of the earth. He will defeat the ‘beast’ and the kings.

The Hebrew word qara for ‘called ‘ means not only ‘to call, to proclaim,’ but ‘invited’ (Matthew 22:14). Those who are ‘invited’ will be victorious with Yeshua The Hebrew word for ‘chosen’ means ‘those he knew before the foundations of the world.’ The ‘invited,’ ‘chosen,’ and faithful will overcome with the Lion King. One Hebrew word for ‘overcome’ means ‘roar’ like a lion!

“The lion has roared. Who will not fear? Adonai, God, has spoken. Who will not prophesy?” (Amos 3:8).

“Here is a people rising up like a lioness; like a lion he rears himself up — he will not lie down till he eats up the prey and drinks the blood of the slain” (Numbers 23:23-25).

“They will go after Adonai, who will roar like a lion; for he will roar, and the children will come trembling from the west” (Hosea 11:10).

“Then he said to me, “The waters that you saw, where the whore is sitting, are peoples, crowds, nations and languages. As for the ten horns that you saw and the beast, they will hate the whore, bring her to ruin, leave her naked, eat her flesh and consume her with fire. For God put it in their hearts to do what will fulfill his purpose, that is, to be of one mind and give their kingdom to the beast until God’s words have accomplished their intent. And the woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth” (Revelation 17:15-18).

The ‘waters’ where the ‘whore’ sits symbolizes peoples, nations, and languages. ‘Sitting’ suggests that she has spiritual authority and political power over them. She personifies a perverted and adulterous religious system that needs Elohim’s judgment. He puts in in the hearts of the ‘ten kings’ to destroy ‘the whore’ just like He hardened Pharaoh’s heart. The kings leave her naked, eat her flesh and consume her with fire. The ten kings will then hand their kingdoms over to the ‘beast.’

In the ‘days’ of the beast, the perversion of Adonai’s covenant will be lawlessness and the complete removal of His covenant along with those who guard it. His covenant is Torah; the ‘sign’ of the covenant is the seventh-day Sabbath (Ezekiel 20:20).

To those who have a Laodicean heart, tjudgment is coming. Those who mix the ‘holy’ and the ‘profane,’ have justified mixing their perverted religious system. Being found naked is how Yeshua finds the congregation in Laodicea. They had become too rich and self-sufficient to see their need for the Provider (Revelation 3:17).

To ‘eat her flesh’ symbolizes the carnality of the ‘whoring’ religious system in its death throes. When a bacteria ‘eats flesh,’ the skin dies from the infection. The blood supply, the life force, is cut off and skin tissues begin to decay. This is known as necrosis. This ‘whoring’ religious system has become so carnal that it’s own fleshly desires destroy it. It is consumed with fire. Judgment by fire is promised to those who are ungodly (2 Peter 3:7).

“All her carved images will be smashed to pieces, all she earned consumed by fire; and I will reduce her idols to rubble. She amassed them from a whore’s wages, and as a whore’s wages they will be spent again” (Micah 1:7).

“You are worn out with all your consultations — so let the astrologers and stargazers, the monthly horoscope-makers, come forward now and save you from the things that will come upon you! Look, they will be like straw! The fire will consume them. They will not save even themselves from the power of the flame. It will not be coals for warming oneself, not a fire to sit beside! So much for your [wizards], with whom you have worked all your life! Each will wander off in his own direction, and nobody will save you” (Isaiah 47:13-15).

Chapter 18 – The Fall of Babylon the Great

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2 Kings 17 – Replacement Samaritans

Assyria was a major kingdom in the area of modern Iraq.  Two of its largest cities were Nineveh and Asshur.   Nineveh was the city to which Jonah was sent to warn of impending destruction if the people didn’t repent.  They did and were granted a reprieve.  The area was settled as early as 6000 BC and by 3000 BC had become an important religious center for worshiping the goddess Ishtar, known today as Easter. 

Asshur was another large city in Assyria that was located on the banks of the Tigris River.  Asshur was also the main god of the city and was equivalent to the Babylonian god, Marduk, who was worshiped for water, vegetation, judgement, and magic.  

Assyria was a warring kingdom and took captives from every nation in the Middle East along with countries in Africa.  After Samaria was taken captive, the Israelites living there were taken to Assyria where they eventually assimilated into the culture around them.   Those who had been taken captive  from other nations were moved into Samaria so that the land would be populated again.   These new tenants worshiped the gods from their native nations and the God of Israel didn’t approve.   The king of Assyria, Sancheriv,  sent a priest to live in Samaria to teach the new residents about Israel’s God. Still, everyone made gods of their own and put them in temples on high places. 

“They both feared the LORD and served their own gods in the manner customary among the nations from which they had been taken away.  To this day they continue to follow their former [pagan] customs.  They do not fear the LORD.  They do not follow the regulations, the rulings Torah or mitzvah which the LORD ordered the descendants of Jacob to whom he have the name Israel with whom Adonai (the LORD) had made a covenant and charged them:

‘Do not fear other gods or bow down to them, serve them or sacrifice to them.  On the contrary, you are to fear the LORD, who brought you out of the land of Egypt with great power and an outstretched arm.  Worship him, and sacrifice to him.  You are to observe forever the laws, rulings, Torah and mitzvah which he wrote for you. You are not to fear other gods, and you are not to forget the covenant I made with you.  No, you must not fear other gods but must fear the LORD your God; THEN he will rescue you from the power of all your enemies. 

However, they didn’t listen, but followed their old [pagan] practices.  So these nations mixed fearing the LORD with serving their carved idols; likewise their children’ and to this day, their descendants do the same as their ancestors did” (2 Kings 17:33-41).

The people living in Samaria after Assyria’s invasion were not true Israelites, they were ‘new Israelites.’   They were people from other nations settling the land, people who had once lost everything to the Assyrian empire. Though they appeared to be Israelites, making a ‘new Israel,’  they continued to worship their gods with their pagan ways.  The God of Israel did not accept their type of worship in His Land and sent lions to devour them.

The priest sent to them came from the town of Beit-el, (House of God). Though these people were being taught God’s laws by a priest from the ‘House of God,’  they continued to worship God with their more ‘familiar’ ways.  They lost God’s protection and the very same people who had experienced Assyria’s genocide in their own lands were attacked again.   After three years, Samaria was captured and the ‘false Israelites’ were taken captive.  

“This happened because they did not heed the voice of the LORD their God, but violated his covenant, everything that Moses the servant of the LORD had ordered them to do, and would neither hear it nor do it” (2 Kings 18:12).

If this is how God dealt with those who looked like Israelites, but didn’t live like they were commanded,  how will He deal any differently with those who want to replace them, who mix the holy and the profane, and refuse to do His Words?

Eventually Judah was attacked and King Hezekiah gave the King of Asshur what he asked for in gold and silver.  Controlling Samaria and then Judah wasn’t enough for the King of Asshur,  he wanted Jerusalem, too.  His armies  surrounded Jerusalem and the king mocked God in the presence of those who were at King Hezekiah’s palace and on the city walls.  It is even recorded that he had his servants speak in Hebrew, not Aramaic,  because he wanted everyone listening to understand his threats against the God of Israel.  

“Don’t let Hezekiah deceive you, because he won’t be able to save you from the power of the king of Asshur.  And don’t let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD by saying, ‘the LORD will surely save us; this city will not be given over to the king of Asshur.  Don’t listen to Hezekiah.’  This is what the king of Asshur says: ‘Make peace with me, surrender to me.  Then everyone of you can eat from his vine and fig tree and drink the water in his own cistern; until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land with grain and wine, a land with bread and vineyards, a land with olive trees and honey; so that you can live and not die” (2 Kings 18:26-32).

When I read these verses, I saw the anti-messiah promising a kingdom of peace where every man eats from his vine and fig tree.  This kingdom of peace will be somewhere else – not Israel –  a land filled with grain, wine, olive trees and honey.  Is this what America was to those who settled here, a place of peace and God’s ‘new Israel?’  A place where the God of Israel would be given lip service, but worshiped in the ways of the nations that emigrated here?  A place where fearing Adonai and worshiping other gods would become customary and acceptable because of ‘freedom of religion?’   If the God of Israel didn’t allow ‘freedom of worship of other gods’ in His own land, why would He allow it in a ‘new Israel’ that claims His name?

The king’s emissary continues:

“So don’t listen to Hezekiah; he is only deluding you when he says, ‘The LORD will save us.’  Has any god of any nation ever saved his land from the power of the king of Asshur?  Where are the gods of Hamat and Arpad?  Where are the gods of Shefarvayim, Hena and Ivah? Did they save Samaria from my power?  Where is the god of any country that has saved its country from my power, so that the LORD might be able to save Jerusalem from my power?’”

The king of Assyria’s becomes emboldened in his arrogance.  Who can come against him? Who?  Anyone?  Any nation of the world?  I am reminded of Yeshua when tempted by the devil refused to bow down for any  kingdom in this world inclusive of the United States.  His Kingdom isn’t of this world and therefore, no nation is worthy to be called Israel, except Israel.

The King of Asshur begins by belittling King Hezekiah of Judah.  According to Second Kings,  King Hezekiah did what was right in the eyes of Adonai.  He followed the example of King David, his father,  by putting his trust in Adonai, the God of Israel.  There have been no other kings of Judah like him since nor any before him.

“For he clung to the LORD and did not leave off following him but obeyed his mitzvot [commands], which the LORD had given to Moses.  So the LORD was with him.  Whenever he went out to battle, he did well.  He rebelled against the king of Asshur and refused to be his vassal.  He drove the Philistines back to Gaza and laid waste to their territory” (2 Kings 18:6-8).

The King of Asshur attacks the gods of Samaria and the nations.  There are no gods that can stand against his power.  None of the false gods protected their worshipers from attacks in their native lands or even in the land of Israel.  Other gods have no power.

Finally, the King of Asshur ‘taunts’ the God of Israel saying that there is no way He can protect Jerusalem from his power.  I remember going to church years ago on the Fourth of July and the altar was covered with an American flag with a photo of the current president.  I knew something was deeply wrong. Sometimes I think that Christians put this nation above the God of Israel believing that this country is so great that it’s worthy of worship. Both Assyria and Rome were considered great kingdoms and both are nothing but archeological ruins.

The response of the people in Jerusalem is silence because the king’s order was ‘Don’t answer him.’  

King Hezekiah sent his secretaries to Isaiah, the prophet.  Isaiah tore his clothes, covered himself in sackcloth, and entered the house of Adonai, the Temple in Jerusalem.   He prays a simple, but powerful prayer:

“LORD, God of Israel, who dwells above the cherubim!  You alone are God of all the kingdoms on earth.   You made heaven and earth.  Turn your ear, O LORD, and hear!  Open your eyes, O LORD, and see!  Hear the words that Sancheriv sent to taunt the living God.  It is true, O LORD, that the Kings of Asshur have laid waste to the nations  and their lands and have thrown their gods into the fire.  For those were non-gods, merely the product of people’s hands, wood and stone; this is why they could destroy them. Now therefore, O LORD our God, please save us from his power – so that all the kingdoms on earth will know that you are the LORD, God – you only”  (2 Kings 19:15-19). 

God responds to Hezekiah’s prayer.  He confronts the King of Asshur’s  arrogance saying that he didn’t just attack Zion and Jerusalem with his haughty voice, but came against the ‘Holy One of Israel’.  God was going to defend the city of Jerusalem.  And He did.  That night the angel of Adonai killed 185,000 men in the camps.  The king of Assyria returned home to Nineveh as prophesied, and one day while he was worshiping in the temple of Nisrikh, two of his sons killed him and ran off to Ararat.

God fought for Jerusalem for the sake of Himself and the covenant He made with King David.  Those who lived in Samaria and appeared to be Israelites, but were from other nations and worshiped other gods, He removed from His Land and they are still in exile worshiping other gods with their children.   Only a Jewish remnant was left to take root again in the Land and bear fruit for the Kingdom (2 Kings 19:30-31).

If the United States considers itself the ‘new Israel’ and the church as ‘replaced Israel’ as God’s people, won’t He deal with the United States as He did the ‘true’ Israelites who lived in His Land?  Will He allow those who are called by His name to continue to mix the holy and the profane?  Will He continue to allow the hardness of heart and the  unwillingness to hear and obey His Word?   Does ‘replacement theology’ really believe that ‘new Israelites’ will not bear the consequences of arrogance and pride like the King of Asshur? Only a remnant of Jewish people lived to plant roots and bring forth the Word of theAdonai; not the replacement Samaritans who considered themselves ‘new Israelites.’ 

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Golden Calf of Saturnalia

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