MP3: The Mighty Angels of Revelation 19
Hosts: Nathan Jones & Vic Batista
The Celebrating Heavenly Multitude
Vic Batista: We are in our study of God’s mighty angels found throughout the book of Revelation about to enter into a very important and exciting subject matter with chapter 19. The next mighty angel proclaims the coming marriage of the Lamb!
But first, Revelation 19 finishes the subject of Revelation 17-18 concerning the Great Harlot, also known as Babylon the Great. By this point in time in the Revelation narrative, the Antichrist’s evil empire has finally fallen. Verses 1-5 describes the party that erupt in Heaven over her demise.
“I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, ‘Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her…'”
Nathan Jones: Chapters 17 and 18 describe actually two different Mystery Babylons. In chapter 17, Mystery Babylon is a one-world religion that exists during the first 3.5 years of the 7-year Tribulation. This ecumenical religion’s purpose is to get the world to lock arms together while singing its own version of Kumbaya in order to create its own religion. The Antichrist and the False Prophet hate this new religion, and so they destroy it midway through the Tribulation. Then the Antichrist goes into the Temple in Jerusalem and declares himself to be God. He and the False Prophet order the world to no longer follow the Harlot religion, but to worship only the Antichrist.
By Revelation 18, there is a shift. Babylon is no longer the Harlot Babylon religion, but a political empire led by the Antichrist, and of course fueled by Satan and his demonic hordes. Mystery Babylon is a worldwide political and religious system ruled over by Satan himself through the Antichrist.
Vic Batista: Babylon is not what Dupont and others wrote in their book regarding the Catholic religious system? What you are telling us this Harlot religion is really more of an ecumenical religious system, but then also a political one as well?
Nathan Jones: The timing of Mystery Babylon is post-Rapture. Due to the Rapture of the Church there is no longer any Christian influence, at least for a while until people start getting saved again. Then there’s the destruction of Islam due to its crushing defeat in the Gog-Magog War of Ezekiel 38-39. The world will be looking for strong leadership among all this chaos as Christianity and Islam for the most part have been eliminated. Jesus in Matthew 24 also warned about an economic collapse, wars, and great fear. The people post-Rapture will be terrified!
Because of all this fear, the remaining world population will lock arms under a new multi-faith, multi-denomination (that’s what ecumenical means) religion. Those left behind will join in the Harlot religion.
But, as the Antichrist’s empire ascends into power, he lustily desires to be worshiped. The worship of the Antichrist is in truth the worship of Satan who possesses the Antichrist and works him like a puppet. And so, the Antichrist will destroy the Harlot religion 3.5 years into the 7-year Tribulation so that the one-world religion doesn’t exist anymore. And then he creates a new religion centered around himself with his False Prophet as its enforcer.
So true, for centuries people believed that the Catholic Church played a large role in this Mystery Babylon, and maybe it does. Pope Francis certainly operates in the spirit of an ecumenical movement that has the form of godliness but denies Christ’s power.
Vic Batista: Just a reminder, Christians, that we are not going to be on the earth during the Antichrist’s reign. We may be watching from the balconies of Heaven. I just want individuals to know that the horrors of the Tribulation are set for the future after the Rapture and into the Tribulation time period. So, please, don’t fear that you’ll be living on this earth during those dreadful years.We shouldn't fear, because #God Himself has ordained evil's demise with such iron-clad finality. Click To Tweet
Nathan Jones: We shouldn’t fear, because God Himself has ordained evil’s demise with such iron-clad finality. Along with the Twenty-four Elders and the Four Living Creatures falling down and worshiping God who sits on His throne saying, “Amen! Alleluia!”, God Himself is about to speak. The voice coming from the Throne commands, “Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!” The heavens revere the Lord God for He has finally crushed Babylon.
In the fifty-fourth segment of our series “The Mighty Angels of Revelation,” we will hear an angel announce a special wedding!