The revelation of Babylon
Scripture reading for December 23rd: Job 24-27, Revelation 17
Key Scriptures: Revelation 17:15-18 “And the angel said to me, “The waters that you saw, where the prostitute is seated, are peoples and multitudes and nations and languages. And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the prostitute. They will make her desolate and naked, and devour her flesh and burn her up with fire, for God has put it into their hearts to carry out His purpose by being of one mind and handing over their royal power to the beast, until the Words of God are fulfilled. And the woman that you saw is the great city that has dominion over the kings of the earth.””
As John’s vision continues to unfold, he sees a great prostitute who is seated on many waters. The nations of the earth and their kings had committed sexual immorality and gotten drunk from fornication with this prostitute. This prostitute was sitting on a scarlet beast with seven heads and ten horns, and holding a golden cup full of abominations and impurities. This woman had a name of mystery “Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth’s abominations.” She was drunk with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus! An angel explains to John the interpretation of the vision. The prostitute is Babylon, the code-name for the humanistic world system of greed, immorality and false religion. She is seated on the waters, which are the nations and people groups of the world, all seeking selfish ends. Carrying this prostitute is the ancient serpent, the devil.
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, through Your revelation, I have a whisper of understanding of the spiritual battle raging in the world around me. Thank You for the Kingdom of heaven and Your Kingship! Keep me safe from this beast and the prostitute and use me to free others from their grip. Let the wind of heaven blow,
Job 26:12-14 “By His power He stilled the sea; by His understanding He shattered Rahab. By His wind the heavens were made fair; His hand pierced the fleeing serpent. Behold, these are but the outskirts of His ways, and how small a whisper do we hear of Him! But the thunder of His power who can understand?”