The Woman Is That Great City

   
In a previous Christian Media CURRENTS, we showed how Zechariah
chapter 5, prophesied concerning the system of commerce that
is to be so significant in the finale of human history. The vision of Zechariah
clearly associates the mercantile system that is conveyed through the
concept of an ephah (a sort of basket that forms a unit of
commercial measurement) with the spiritual reality we know as WICKEDNESS.
The prophecy tells us the system was scheduled to be physically
transported
at some future point to "the land of Shinar"
(Babylon's locale) where it is to be "established" and set up on
the "base" of the woman that was seen inside the Ephah. The
full vision reads as follows:


"Then
the angel that talked with me...said, This is an ephah that goeth
forth. And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is
a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah. And he said, This is wickedness.
And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of
lead on the mouth thereof.

   
Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out
two women, and the wind was in their wings...and they lifted up the
ephah between the earth and the heaven. Then said I to the angel that
talked with me, Whither do these bear the Ephah? And he said unto me,
To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be
established, and set their upon her own base."  (Zechariah
5:5-10)

   
This amazing prophecy prefigures the global triumph of the monetary
system of exchange that we know as transnational capitalism.
What is significant is the fact that the vision also plainly imparts
the idea that the common symbolic element in prophetic literature that
is used to describe religion (a woman) is seen as
completely integrated into the system of commerce
- i.e. the woman is inside the
basket.

   
The association of a woman as a symbolic representation of a religious
body is almost universal throughout the Bible. In fact, we see both
polarities of good and evil represented in feminine images. On one
side the Christians are visualized as "the bride of
Christ" whereas in Old Testament examples, Israel was
seen as the "wife" of Jehovah (Yahweh). The contrast between
the two is sharp as the "bride" is seen as a pure and chaste
virgin, whereas the Lord repeatedly tells us of Jerusalem's adultery
"although I was an husband to them." (Jeremiah 31:32)

   
The idea of spiritual whoredoms runs throughout the prophets
and the law, and so when we see the woman that is characterized with
the term "wickedness" in the Zechariah 5 vision, it's
difficult not to see this prophetic communication in
religious terms. Ultimately, the imagery associating a woman with a
religion also is merged into the identification of a city.

   
When "Mystery, Babylon The Great" rides in on the beast, she
is definitively characterized as a religious whore through the
additional description of her as "The Mother Of Harlots."
(Revelation 17:5).This derogatory description paints her in an
apostate religious fashion (as opposed to a corrupt political
order) because she is distinctly separate from the military and
political beast that she rides in Revelation 17. Another point of
identification is the term MYSTERY itself. In the New
Testament, the Christian church is said to be a "mystery"
(Ephesians 3:9)
- thus providing the opposite symmetry for
this evil "mystery" to be considered as a religious body.

   
On the godly side of the conflict, the imagery is consistent when we
see the woman in the wilderness "which brought forth
the man child" as she is being persecuted by the great red dragon.
This "woman" is obviously an allusion to the collective body we
would recognize as the elect of the Lord. Indeed, in the
end of the conflict, this blessed "woman" seems to transition from
"the bride" who is in attendance at the great wedding supper of
the lamb, into "that great city, holy Jerusalem" as it descends
from heaven.

   
The prior passage makes the connection as the angel tells John "Come
hither, I will show thee the bride, the lamb's wife" and then
proceeds instead to describe the city characterized as
"new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a
bride adorned for her husband." (Revelation 21:2)

   
The fact that the vision of the "bride" merges with a "city"
that is seen as "Having the glory of God; and her
light was like a stone most precious..." (Revelation 21:11)
continues the motif of the chaste female being joined unto the
glorious God within the descriptive context of the heavenly city of New
Jerusalem.

   
Again, the symmetry is precise as the harlot church is
also described as "that great city [which] made all
nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication."
(Revelation 14:8) These cryptic scriptural clues pertaining to the
true identity of the final Babylon are abundant as the linguistic
usage is consistent within the text.

   
For instance, in another widely quoted but little understood passage
in Revelation, we see a direct reference to JERUSALEM
under the symbolic names of Sodom and Egypt. The verse tells us
that Jerusalem is "that great city, which
spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was
crucified." (Revelation 11:8)

   
While it is obvious that Christ was executed in Jerusalem, it
is significant that the Spirit of God chooses to allude to that great
city with the provocative designations of two places that are renowned
for their associations with worldly evil. Sodom is known for
the sins of the flesh whereas Egypt is always seen in scripture
as a similitude of the ungodly world system the believers are to come
out of.

   
This type of identification is all over the various prophetic texts,
and it is not limited to women and cities. For example, in the book of
Galatians, the Apostle Paul also utilizes the
metaphor of women when he compares the two covenants that God made
with Israel. In this wonderful example, he compares the two
wives of Abraham (Hagar the Egyptian, and Sara the
Hebrew) to the Old Covenant and the New Covenant.

   
In Galatians 4, we that that Hagar was the slave girl
(symbolizing the law) that was given to Abraham, and her
child Ishmael became the father of the Arabs
(note the subtle allusion to the forthcoming bondage of Islam).
Sara was the promised one that was wed to the great patriarchal
figure, and her freeborn status is compared to the freedom found in
the New Covenant of Jesus Christ. Paul then moves the analogy
to Mount Sinai and Jerusalem
- the former as the site of the origination
of the law, and the latter as the city of the great king that brings
us His grace.

   
It's crucial that we see that the same figure can have opposite
meanings in different contexts. For instance, in the just cited
example in Galatians, we see Jerusalem described as "Jerusalem,
which is above, is free..." whereas in Revelation, the same
place occupies the negative role in the simile where Jerusalem
is seen as Sodom and Egypt in Revelation 11:8. Also, before we
leave Galatians, it should be noted that Paul provides us with
a profound bit of prophetic information when he informs us that
"Jerusalem...is the mother of us all."
(Galatians 4:26)

   
While there are several examples of the various dominions and kingdoms
portrayed in scripture as being a "great city," these examples
also testify as to the transitory nature of such identifications. As a
case in point, we see another great city known as Tyre that has
a vivid text relating to the king of Tyre. In the passage, the
prophet Ezekiel takes "up a lamentation for the king of Tyre."
(Ezekiel 28:12. While the prophet starts out with an adverse
description of the pride and riches of this unnamed king, he then
states "Thou hast been in Eden, the garden of God; every precious
stone was thy covering...Thou are the anointed cherub that covereth...Thou
wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou was created, till
iniquity was found in thee." (Ezekiel 28:13-15) Those familiar with
scriptural geography know that Tyre was most certainly not
in Eden, and no political "king" was ever perfect as
we realize the identity of this ruler is smoothly transitioned into Satan
himself. Thus, the concept of a shifting identity is hardly foreign to
the prophetic texts.

   
There are actually several texts that tell us the identity
of Babylon is to be treated in the same light of progressive
revelation. For instance, in the very end of Peter's first
Epistle, he writes "the church that is at Babylon, elected
together with you, saluteth you." (I Peter 5:13)

  
According to the book of The Acts Of the Apostles and other
early church documents, there is much doubt that Peter was ever
in Babylon. Indeed, it is very clear that Peter was in Rome

- and apparently cryptically referred to Rome
as Babylon, based on the fact the Romish religion was in
his time already departing from the historic Gospel of Jesus
Christ
(II Thessalonians 2:7).

   
In our present timeline, we see that the only city that can possibly
fit the multi-tiered description of "Babylon" that is found in Revelation
would have to be New York City
- yet even that great city will not exhaust
the prophetic scope of the amazing Revelation of the Lord Jesus
Christ.

   
Clearly, Babylon has transitioned through the age from
the literal original Babylon, to the present mercantile headquarters
that is the financial head of America, and finally to the last "Babylon"
that is destined to host the ultimate "king of Babylon." The
prophetic texts make it abundantly clear that the ANTICHRIST is
the final manifestation of the spiritual entity behind the various
titles such as the king of Babylon, the king of Tyre, the Pharaoh, the
Assyrian, the Son of Perdition, etc.

   
Again, the texts are layered with "many antichrists" (I John
2:18), but there is a final manifestation that will ultimately rule
from JERUSALEM.

   
Because the so-called Christian church has overwhelming made "the
word of God of none effect through [their] tradition" (Mark 7:13) of
the Jews being the "chosen people" in the New Testament era,
the truth of the identity of the last Babylon is thoroughly masked because
"the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them who believe
not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image
of God, should shine unto them." (II Corinthians 4:4)

   
The uncomfortable truth is that Jerusalem is scheduled
to be the final manifestation of "that great city" that commits
fornication with the kings of the earth.

   
Again, while many point to Rome and the brazen apostasy of the Papacy,
they see what was but one manifestation of the spiritual mystery of Babylon.
Others recognize America's New York City as the only "great
city" that can fit the vivid description of the burning of Babylon
seen in Revelation 18. Still others cling to the absurd notion that
ancient Babylon in Iraq will be rebuilt as a future world
capital. However, in the endgame that is dead ahead, the only possible
identification is JERUSALEM
- the place in which Satan is
predicted to "plant the tabernacle of his palace between the seas in
the glorious holy mountain." (Daniel 11:45)

   
Come let us reason together. Since "Mystery, Babylon The Great" is
plainly said to be "the mother of harlots," how can
Catholicism (as in Rome), or Islam (as in literal Babylon) be the "mother"
religion?

   
The simple truth is that Jerusalem becomes the final Babylon
when the three primary religious movements converge on that
great city. The three religions that lay claim to Jerusalem
have all committed an enormous apostasy in order to merge under the
global banner of the Antichrist, the False Prophet,
and the United Nations construct that is their
habitation. .

   
As I have repeatedly prophesied, the United Nations (or a
successor organization founded on the same principles) will be relocated
to Jerusalem, and all of this will occur in the very near future
when the Beast of Babylon finally achieves his long desired objective.

   
The real "king" of Babylon has worked for millennia towards this goal
and it is now in sight as he will place the capital of his world
government and his iniquitous religion in that most prized possession
- the city of the great king
Jerusalem.

   
See the striking similarities found in the maps of the Three
Babylons HERE
.

September 30, 2002 - James Lloyd

Copyright © 2002 Christian Media Network

See Also

Apocalyptic Linguistics

The Two Babylons

The Beast That Was

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