1. And there came one of the seven angels who had the seven vials, and talked with me saying unto me,
This ‘angel’ is actually the prophet, mostly likely it is Ezra. He has been showing John about in this revelation, explaining things to him. Ezra was given a very similar revelation in the O.T. period. It prepared him to be the prophet to escort John into this last day compilation and culmination of all the former prophecies into a revelation that set it all in order.
That is what the Book of Revelation is, a pulling of facts given by many prophets down through the ages, a summation of all those prophecies showing how they fit together, how they harmonize, and how the message has always been the same, down through the years, with new pieces to the total puzzle of prophetic revelation being given, part by each prophet.
John’s book completes our Bible, and is a fitting conclusion to its total message. It has been oft attacked, much ignored, twisted and perverted... but when studied in the light of prophetic revelation, finding harmony with all the other prophets, we find this book totally essential to our faith.
1b. Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters.
2. 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.
This ‘woman’ is what we call ‘mystery Babylon’, and represents not only the city of Babylon, but the religion of the devil that was originally inspired and the reason for Babylon. The devil had Babylon built, as his substitute for Jerusalem, the city of God. In it, the devil attempted to bring forth a religion that would defeat the true faith in the Lord.
That religion has continued, in many fragmented portions, down through the centuries. It is attempting to make a comeback, with all those ‘segmented’ portions uniting into one faith... It is a sort of ‘new age’ belief system, but it is far from new... It is as old as ancient Babylon.
3. So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness; And I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color,
and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication.
5. And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
"a scarlet covered beast"
This beast is Belial. He is the "beast out of the abyss" referred to by John in Revelation. He is an evil spirit, who will use the Antichrist to restore the old Grecian empire as the eighth kingdom.
Rev. 17:11 tells of different kingdoms, five came before John's day,
The sixth kingdom was the Roman kingdom which existed in John's day...
The seventh kingdom is the one of ten kings making up the old Roman empire...
Genesis 10:7-9 tells us that ‘Cush begat Nimrod’, but the word ‘begat’ means ‘delivered’ (yalad). The listing of the sons of Cush is separated from this description of Nimrod, to direct us to its true meaning. We are told that Nimrod was a ‘mighty one’ (gibbore, a word used to describe the part angelic and part human beings of that time).
The demon, Belial, is the one who inhabited and empowered Alexander the Great, and built the old Grecian empire, the fourth kingdom. When Jesus came, His death and resurrection meant a binding of this Belial to the abyss until the last days. He is confined now, until this release to restore first the Grecian empire, then the old Roman empire...
"The beast that thou sawest was, and is not, and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition (the man of sin, i.e. the Antichrist)"
Jesus came to cast out this Belial.
"...now shall the prince of this world be cast out..."
When the Spirit came at Pentecost, Belial had already been judged and imprisoned into the abyss.
"of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged..."
II Thessalonians 2:3 speaks of:
the "man of lawlessness" and "he that opposes and exalteth himself against all that is called God..."
Many believe that "man of sin (or lawlessness) is a reference to Belial, and the other a reference to the Antichrist. That makes this a reference to the Antichrist as one possessed by Belial.
The capital of this political power, and of the religion that worships its leader is called Babylon. It comes from the word "Babel" which means "the gate of God." The devil first promoted this city through the person named "Nimrod" (Genesis 10:9) and wanted it seen as a place where one could come and worship at its tower to reach ‘God’... The god they worshiped was not our true God, but was the devil himself, Nimrod (who became Belial when he died, being a part human, part angel being), and Sammael (a wicked spirit of the pre-adamite creation).
Nimrod was called Merodach, Erech, Niffer, Calneh (and other names) amidst the ancient beginnings of that religion. After the confusion of languages there, the name took even more forms, and spawned most of the ancient religions of the time. Each religion basically worshiped the same ‘evil spirits’ as gods, but had different names for them, due to that confusion of languages.
Ancient Babylon was a large city, 360 furlongs in circumference (42 miles). It was divided by the Euphrates River, with a bridge across it that was 5 furlongs long (1080 yards), and 30 feet wide. Under the river was a tunnel. There was a moat about the city, with several walls surrounding it.
The main outer wall was 50 royal cubits wide (royal cubit is 21 inches, so this would be 87 feet wide. The height of the wall was 200 cubits (300 feet). There were 100 brass gates at the entrances through this wall into the city.
Each half of the city (divided by the river) contained a great bulding. In one part was the king’s palace, and in the other was the temple to Zeus Belos (one of Belial’s names). There were walls about these parts of the city.
Babylon was the site of the first great rebellion of mankind following the flood. It was the site of the beginning of the religion that the devil means to use to try to overthrow and defeat God’s plans for the world. He has been working and working to build this false religion during the ages. It still survives, and branches of it are uniting once again, to form an alliance of faiths to attack true Christianity.
God has a great city, the "New Jerusalem" that the Lord Jesus went away to prepare for us, making mansions within to be our eternal homes. The devil has been working on a ‘Babylon’ for many centuries too... It is a false counterfeit of the New Jerusalem. Saddam Hussein has taken millions of the dollars that he takes from the sale of oil, and has rebuilt this city in the nation we know as Iraq. That literal city sits empty, but beautifully built. The devil has it prepared for the release of the evil spirit of Belial from the abyss, so that evil spirit can inhabit one who will be the Antichrist. That person will rule from this Babylon for the first half of the tribulation, and later move his capital to Jerusalem.
"As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth."
The temple of Belus had three statues within it. First of Bel (Bel Merodach) which was 40 feet high. The second of Rhea (also called Damkina, the mother of Nimrod, Belial...) The third statue was of Juno (Beltis, Zerpantu, Sarpanitu, Asherah... who was his spouse.)
Nimrod was fathered by Ea (called the ‘lord of wisdom,’ and the ‘father of waters’ in that day). Ea was one of the fallen angels, who came in unto the wife of Cush, Rhea, and made her with child. Since Rhea was half angel, half human, and the father, Ea, was fallen angel, that made Nimrod to be three fourths angelic, and one fourth human. This was the one being prepared by the devil, conceived in the devil’s mind, to be a one who could come to battle the coming Savior of Whom the devil had been forewarned (Genesis 3:15).
The religion at that time, when the devil was beginning this new ‘babylonian religion’ was structured as such: there was a triad of those to be worshiped,
("god of the earth", identical with Sammael, the snake god)
("lord of the world", this was Belial, for some time still in the fleshly body known as Nimrod, then after his death worshiped as Baal, Zeus, etc.)
("god of water", father of Nimrod, a fallen angel)
There was a second triad also worshiped. They were called rulers of the Zodiac.
1. Sin (moon god)
2. Shamash (sun god)
3. Ishtar (goddess of love, known as Venus, Asherah, etc.)
Belial rose into the most prominent role, following the bodily death of the body of Nimrod, and the evil spirit of this one, began to do signs, wonders, exercise powers amidst the heathen. Due to the confusion of languages at Babel, the names under which many worshiped him include...
Bel-Merodach, Marduk (Babylonians)
6. 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.
7. And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel; I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and other beast that carrieth her, who hath the seven heads and ten horns.
8. The beast who thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, 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.
"the beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend..."
"...there shall rise unto you from the tribe of Judah and of Levi, the salvation (Yeshua) of the Lord, and He shall make war against Belial"
This Belial was an opponent of Christ. Belial has shown great antagonism against God and Jesus throughout history.
II Cor. 6:15
"What concord hath Christ with Belial?"
Revelation 13:1 speaks of a "beast" that will "rise out of the sea" representing the evil spirit (Belial) that inhabits the Antichrist.
Revelation 13:11 speaks of "another beast coming up out of the earth", and this is reference to Sammael, the evil demonic ruler in Sheol who will inhabit the false prophet.
Apoc. of Isa. 10:2
"Belial, the evil demon who rules this age since its inception as the king of demons, will come from his place (the abyss) and inhabit the likeness of man, and dwell in a lawless king..."
"The beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them (the two witnesses) and shall overcome them and kill them..."
Belial is the one this book calls "the ruler of this world" (8:4, 5:29).
The Bible refers to him:
as "the prince of this world" (John 12:31, 16:11), and as "the god of this world" (II Cor. 4:4).
He is the head of the "rulers of the darkness of this world" (Eph. 6:12).
9. And here is the mind who hath wisdom, The seven heads are the seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
10. And there are seven kings; five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
11. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12. And the ten horns who thou sawest are ten kings, who have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
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.
15. And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
16. And the ten horns who thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked,
and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
17. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
18. And the woman who thou sawest is that great city, who reignest over the kings of the earth.
Belial leads the ten kings, and directs the Antichrist to "make war with the Lamb".
"Belial" (which means "being of no ascent") is actually his title. His name is "Metanbuchus" which is from the two Hebrew words "mattan bukah" meaning "the gift of the abyss". This one is part human and part angelic spirit (from the angels that co-habited with women in Genesis creating a race of giants).
"He dwelt in the heart of Manasseh" (Apoc. of Isaiah 9:11), he also inhabited Alexander the Great.
Later Jesus bound him to the abyss.
Someday, he will be released to inhabit the Antichrist.
He is the "gift" of the abyss. A dreadful and horrible "gift" to return to this earth, but like his name - Metanbuchus - he has a destiny for these last days.
His title, Belial, is from the Hebrew - Bal-ya-al - meaning "a being of no ascent or resurrection"
There is no resurrection for these half-angelic, half human spirits.
"An evil disease (literally =Belial) say they cleaveth fast unto him, and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more."
"O Lord our God, other lords beside Thee have had dominion over us, but by Thee only will make mention of Thy name. They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased (Rephaim, a name of the giants created by the fornication of angels with women), they shall not rise! Therefore, hast Thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish."
The term "sons of Belial" is used often in the Old Testament
(Deut. 13:13, Judg, 19:22, 20:13, I Sam. 1:16, 2:12, 10:27, 25:17, 25, 30:22, II Sam. 16:17, 20:1, 23:6, I Ki. 21:10, 13, II Chron. 13:7).
The religion of this one, passed down under many names during the ages, included these teachings...
After death, souls were to continue to exist. The souls went to a ‘land of no return’ where they lived in dark room amid dust and bats covered in feathers. Under the dominion of Nergal (god of the underworld, god of plagues and fever, another name for Belial) and Eresh Kigal (wife of Nergal, Asherah, etc.). When a soul arrived in such a place, it had to be judged (Annunaki is the name they gave that judgment.) They believed that one named ‘Tammuz’ had died and gone to that place, but would return someday. (This ‘Tammuz’ was wept for yearly by these ancient heathen, praying for him to return. Belial will soon return to inhabit the Antichrist, in answer to their heathen prayers...)
They believed that every object, animate or inanimate, had a ‘zi’, or spirit. They believed in ‘ghosts’, or spirits of the dead that they called ‘lil’. Each ‘lil’ had an ‘ardat-lili’ (maid of the night). These evil spirits were demonic beings, as mentioned in Isaiah 34:14, ‘lillith’ (night monster). None of their gods were righteous, nor were they holy, and they certainly did not hate sin.
Julius Caesar became head of the Roman branch of the Babylonian cult in 63 B.C. The position was passed down to each emperor till 376 A.D. In 378 A.D., the cult and the Christian church at Rome united. Many cultic practices became inserted into the church... as veneration of images, etc.
This Babylonian religion has survived in many false faiths, and soon, when the ‘beast’ (Belial) is released from the abyss, and he returns to this earth to inhabit and empower the Antichrist, will spring to power in the void left by the ‘vanished’ church (raptured).