Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Amillenial folk tend to view this passage as having already happened. They understand that Nero was the antichrist, and Domitian was him resurrected. They view the city of Rome as Babylon here sitting on 7 hills. One of the problems with this view is that the level of God’s wrath is clearly fierce and final against those that dwell on the earth. Such finality has not yet occurred.
There are several figures here that we need to interpret:
The harlot, The beast, The seven hills The ten kings
Clearly this passage describes religion during the last days.
Rev 13 tells us of the antichrist and his use of religion to gain power.
1. Why is false religion called the great harlot?
Babylon is used as a name, not to take us back to the Roman Catholic Church, but beyond that to Genesis 11.
But Rev 17: “Here is the mind with wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated. 10 They are also seven kings: five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he comes, he must remain for a little while. 11 The beast that was and is not, is himself the eighth, yet is of the seven and goes to destruction. 12 The 10 horns you saw are 10 kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they will receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour.
The RC Knox translation says Jerusalem may be referred to, or Rome!
Seven hilled Rome (referring to Catholicism) appears to be mentioned as the central hub of the one world religion of the antichrist.
The ten horns are quite likely to be associated with the ten toes of Daniel 2:40-45
And Daniel 7:7,8
There are also 7 kings.. probably Julius Caesar, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero Titus? Domitian (alive when John wrote) and Antichrist (Rev 13:3 One of his heads appeared to be fatally wounded, but his fatal wound was healed. The whole earth was amazed and followed the beast.)
2. Who are the ten horns?
3. What do the ten horns and the beast do to the harlot?
4. Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but [only]the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?’ 23 Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!’
This passage tells us it is important to make sure we are truly in the Kingdom of God and not mixed up with the ecumenical church.
Daniel 2 tell us that the Lord Jesus Christ establishes His kingdom Suddenly, supernaturally, sovereignly and surely.