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Rev. 17:1-18               THE FALL OF RELIGIOUS BABYLON

Intro:  Ill. This chapter and the one to follow explain all the things talked about in 

chapter 16.  This is where we see the fulfillment of those prophecies.  In this chapter, 

we will witness the fall of the great worldwide church that will flourish after the 

rapture of the church.  Thsi system is already at work even today.  All around the 

world, there is a great move underway to bring all religious groups under one central 

umbrella.  We are witnessing the great falling away which the Bible says will come 

about in the last days.  (2Thes. 2:3; 1 Tim. 4:1-3; 2 Tim. 3:1-3; 2 Tim. 4:3-4).  It has 

already reached the place where Bible believing Christians, people who take the Bible 

literally and who try to live a holy life for the Lord, are under increasing attack.  The 

only way to succeed, in the eyes of the world, is to conform and be tolerant of other's 

beliefs and opinions.  I believe that all Christians can worship together.  But, when 

people go off on a tangent and begin to worship and dabble in areas that are 

forbidden, then that is where we must draw the line!  Let's look at this awesome 

chapter and see if we can identify what is happening here.

  I.  v.1-6                       THE BABYLONIAN MOTHER

    A.  v.1, 15  Her Popularity - World-wide influence.  This religious system will 

	have the ear of the world!  (Ill. Power and wealth.)  When you reject the truth, you 

	will	be sucked into by a lie.  (Ill.  Seeker churches.)

    B.  v. 2   Her Perversion - (Ill. Whore - No woman wants to be called that term.) 

	(Ill. She will use her charms to deceive the world into thinking she is the right way.)

    C.  v.3, 9  Her Prediction - This church is upheld by the power of the beast.  It will 

	be headquartered in Rome, v.9.  She will be defended by the ten nation 

	confederacy of the revived Roman Empire.  (Ill. The church will once again wed 

	the state - Ill. Constantine 325 AD.  (Ill. Christianity began to change - 

	Christmas, Lent, Baptism, Relic Worship, Saint Worship, Popery, etc.)  (Ill. Is it the 

	Catholic Church?  NO!!  Catholicism will surely be involved, but so will 

	Methodism, Lutheranism, Presbyterianism, the Islamic faith, Buddhism and even 

	the Baptists.) (That said, the connection between the history and practice of Roman 

	Catholicism and the description of this religious system cannot be lightly passed 


    D.  v.4  Her Prosperity - (Ill. Garments, Wealth and Ritual!  The trappings of 

	religion!)  (Ill. The wealth of religion - Catholic - 100 Billion, Mormons, 


    E.  v.5  Her Personality - (Ill. Roman practice of identifying prostitutes) (Ill. 

	Mother - Origin)  (Ill. The origin of the Babylonian Mother - Gen. 10:8-11; 11:1-

	4)  (Ill.Cush, Semiramis, Nimrod, Zoroaster.  (Ill. Sunbeam, Ishtar Eggs, Unicorns, 

	Circle of Life, Yin Yang, etc.)  This system is as old as time, and as new as it has 

	to be. (Ill. v. 18 - She is a city, and a system!)

    F.  v.6  Her Persecutions - Ill. his system is responsible for the deaths of the saints 

	of the Lord.  From Cain and Abel to the Tribulation saints, this religious system 

	has been responsible for the martyrdom of 10's of millions on Christians.  (Ill. It is 

	not tonight, nor has it ever been the denomination that determines a person's, it is 

	the Blood of Jesus that makes the difference!

 II.  v.7-13                  THE BABYLONIAN MONSTER

    A.  v.8. 10-11  The Identity Of The Beast - (Ill. It is the Anti-Christ) Ill. His rise 

	to power, his death and his resurrection, Rev. 13:3.  His entire ministry is a mockery 

	of that of the Lord Jesus Christ.  (Ill. The Emporeors of verse 10, and the 

	Antichrist 	is both the seventh and the eighth.

    B.  v.12-13  The Identification Of The Horns - The 10 nation confederancy of the 

	revived Roman Empire.  (Ill. The EEC!)

III.  v.14-18                THE BABYLONIAN MASSACRE

    A.  v.14  They Battle The Lamb - Ill. These nations will come against the Lamb 

	Himself.  (Ill. Refers to chapter 19).  When they attack Jesus, they are sure to 

	lose!	(Ill. King of Kings!)  (Ill. Those with Him - Called, chosen and faithful - That 

	my friends is you and me!)

    B.  v.16  They Burn The Whore - Ill. Organized religion will be utterly destroyed!

	When their religion has served it's purpose and offers them nothing else, then 

	they 	will turn on the church will utterly destroy her!  (Ill. Sounds like a lot of people 

	in our day - God is a great big sparetire!)They will strip her of her wealth, 

	destroy and disfigure her places of worship and organized religion shall 

	cease to exist on the earth!  (Ill. Organized religion is a disgrace anyway!)

    C.  v.17  They Bend Before God - As they carry out their deeds, they are unaware 

	that  God Himself is using them for His glory and to carry out His plans and 

	purposes!  In the midst of chaos, it is good to know that God is still in control!

Conc:  Have you got Jesus tonight?  Are you a member of the church or a part of the 

body?  That is one question you had better get right.  If you miss that one, you have 

missed everything!  If you need the Lord this evening, please come to Him and allow 

Him to do a work in your heart and life.

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