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Chronology of Revelation 12

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Excerpts taken from “This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse” chapter 19, pages 369-370.

Revelation Chapter 18

18:1–3

As John continues to see the vision, the angel declares the events to represent a righteous judgment upon the Whore of Babylon.

After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted: “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great! She has become a dwelling for demons and a haunt for every impure spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal. For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.” (Revelation 18:1–3 NIV)

 

God delivers His wrath over every aspect of false religion. These verses relate the harm the Harlot perpetrates on the Church Age and its peoples. The people include God’s prophets and seers. The people also include all true Christians and pseudo-Christians working side by side.

 

Within the text of Revelation 18:4–8, God’s people are told to come out from among the Whore of Babylon and those who represent all false religion. Based on verse 4, it is likely many true Christians will be deceived or taken in by the Harlot’s practitioners or organizations. The entire section and warning was given to the saints of God as advanced warning. Though the Great Harlot will receive her judgment near the end of the Wrath of God, the warning was given during the time of John’s ministry to warn future generations of believers. The Whore of Babylon will receive God’s judgment slightly before or during the Battle of Armageddon. Remember, the Body of Christ is not appointed unto wrath; therefore, the Body of Christ cannot be called out of the Harlot’s organization just before her punishments (1 Thessalonians 5:9). Verses 4–8 from chapter 18 take place during the final year of God’s Wrath near the end of the Time of the Gentiles. The plagues that afflict the Whore of Babylon will be administered or poured out in one day. It is important to recognize how the children of God will live, work and worship right beside those who are serving the Whore of Babylon. True Christians and pseudo-Christians then and now coexist, side by side, within the same spheres of influence and religious practices and organizations in which their buildings and churches and finances are in lockstep; it is quite similar to the parable of the wheat and the tares (Matthew 13:37–43 with Matthew 24:37–43).

 

Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “ Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.” (Revelation 18:4–5 NIV)

 

God calls the Body of Christ out of every false religion worldwide. He accomplishes this task during the Rapture. The world has nearly reached its full measure of iniquity by the time God makes this call. The Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation is nearly over and the Rapture is about to begin (Genesis 15:16). “He Who Lets” no longer restrains demonic and human wickedness. It is for this reason wickedness is reaching its zenith.[1]  

Give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done. Pour her a double portion from her own cup. Give her as much torment and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. In her heart she boasts, “I sit enthroned as queen. I am not a widow; I will never mourn.” Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her. (Revelation 18:6–8 NIV)

18:9–19

Scripture suggests the kings of the earth will be able to lament the Whore of Babylon’s demise. Based on this concept, it suggests the Harlot will fall before the Battle of Armageddon when the kings have at least some time to mourn.

18:20–24

John is still seeing the vision in the heavenly realm. The time frame is not signified in these verses. Verses 20 through 24 announce God’s righteous vengeance upon fallen Babylon and her utter destruction.

Chronology

The events in Revelation chapter 18 take place either just before or during the early days of the Battle of Armageddon.

End of Excerpt

[1] 2 Thessalonians 2:7–12, “And then shall that Wicked be revealed …”

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