Contents: The doom of Babylon, the last great ecclesiastical order.
Characters: Messiah Jesus, John, 7 Angels, Beast
Conclusion: There will be in the Tribulation period a great apostate ecclesiastical system headed up under a powerful religious leader, drawing after it thousands of deluded worshippers, who in reality are worshipping the devil and the beast. This enormous world-system will be brought to a fearful end and all those connected with it will share its fate.
Key Word: Mystery Babylon, Revelation 17:5
Strong Verse: Revelation 17:14
Striking Facts: In Revelation 17:5, a “woman” that represents a huge false ecclesiastical system is identified as Babylon. Her name means confusion. A harlot, she is contrasted with the Bride of Messiah which is a “chaste virgin.” The true Church is “espoused to one husband;” this one is given up to the kings of the earth. The Church is the “mystery of godliness.” This one is “mystery Babylon.” The Church offers “the cup of Salvation;” this one offers a “cup full of abominations.” Mystery Babylon is rich, and it has its seat on seven hills. Christ is seen here as the One Who shall overcome all false systems, establishing Himself as Lord of Lords and King of Kings. Some Bible scholars have speculated that the Great Harlot, Mystery Babylon, could be the Roman Catholic Church.
Memory Hook: Revelation 17 – The Great Harlot Sitting, Reigning, and then Burning