The End of Babylon

Read This Week: Revelation 17

The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom but who will receive authority as kings along with the beast for one hour. They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen, and faithful followers. – Revelation 17:12-14 NIV

Revelation 17 describes the categorical victory that Jesus will exact over the beast, his followers, and the totality of his empire. The enemy and his domain will be overthrown, and the religious system he has set up and confused and deceived people with will also be torn down. This demolishing of the false religious scheme is important because it is not enough to eliminate the evil players but to destroy the root of all deception and corruption that has plagued and sought to control people for ages. 

The Lord will annihilate Babylon, which has been the epicenter of anti-God philosophy, politics, and activity since Nimrod founded it in Genesis 10. New Testament commentator Warren Wiersbe wrote this about Babylon’s origins and wicked generational influence. He said, “It is ‘the great harlot’ and ‘the mother of harlots.’ The Babylonian system has, in one way or another, given birth to all false religions. She has also seduced people into opposing God and persecuting His servants.” Verses 5-6 of this chapter describe Babylon this way:

The name written on her forehead was a mystery: Babylon the Great, the mother of prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth. I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s holy people, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.

The spirit of Babylon is alive and well in the modern world. It is seen in the willful denial of the truth and subjective moral reasoning. That which is seemingly deplorable, wrong, and misleading is viewed as admirable, correct, and honorable. Service and benevolence to one’s neighbor are pushed aside for self-interest and egoism. Faith is mocked as a crutch for the mentally weak, and pursuing God is jeered as a thing of the past. 

But the Holy Spirit is also alive and powerful in our day. He banners and highlights objective truth as it wins out. He captures minds and hearts to see and recognize what is suitable, appropriate, and virtuous. He places inspiration and guidance in the lives of people to put themselves aside and serve others as Jesus did despite the natural desire to seek their concerns. The Spirit keeps believers strong in faith and emboldens them with passion and persistence when the world persecutes and derides their conviction.

Babylon will be conquered at the end of days, but the blood of the Lamb has effectively defeated it at this very moment. The Lamb of God has already disarmed the powers and authorities; he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross (Col. 2:15). Followers of Jesus have and will endure the wrath of the beast and harlot. Still, they stand behind the cross victorious now and forever. Verse 14 tells us definitively of the enemy’s eternal fate:

They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen, and faithful followers.


  1. Jeri Centers on June 7, 2023 at 8:04 am

    Revelation 17 verse 14
    Do you see it has been said so many times before, we Christians are in a battle. Our leader is a lamb, which is Jesus Christ. We are fighting a very real enemy. The devil and his followers are the enemies. This war we are in hand in hand combat every day. Your weapon is a two edged sword the Bible.

    What that means to me.
    This war is fought by an army of believers, who always have the Bible at their side. Besides having it and your side, they have its contents inside of them your food is the word of God. When, in hot combat, the word of God comes from our mouths. We are willing to lay down their lives for the cause of Jesus.

  2. Heidi on June 8, 2023 at 4:04 pm

    Revelation 17:14 They will wage war against the Lamb (Christ), and the Lamb will triumph and conquer them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him and on His side are the called and chosen (elect) and faithful.”

    God was saying to me
    You can count on Me to be faithful to all who believe and Trust in Me, Trust in Jesus and be lead by My Holy Spirit.
    There is always going to be people who don’t want to respond to My love there is always going to be wars and battles that come against what I’m all about.
    For you continue to stay faithful, stay by My side and be listening to My Holy Spirit because Jesus always wins! I have plans and purposes right here, right now and in the future ❤️

    What this means to me is I can count on Father God in my life always He is Faithful and I want to be faithful to Him, He knows the future so I’m going to Trust Him today and always!
    Thank you Father God, Jesus and Your Holy Spirit for always being faithful and for Your love and guidance ❤️
    I love you ❤️

    • Trina on June 9, 2023 at 10:37 am

      Revelation Chapter 17 verse 3
      And [the angel] bore me away [rapt] in the Spirit into a desert (wilderness), and I saw a woman seated on a scarlet beast that was all covered with blasphemous titles (names), and he had seven heads and 10 horns.

      What God Is Saying To Me:
      My child, sometimes I have you go into places that are uncomfortable, lonely, barren and lack comfort, just like John went into the wilderness or desert. , Your desire should be to rely on Me and only Me for your strength and guidance. When my children are engulfed in the activities of the world, they are shown the vastness and depth of their destruction. One can’t understand the severity of choosing the world over Me unless they are reminded of all the sinfulness of their wicked ways. When my children are tempted, disobedient, put other Gods or things before me, It is necessary to get their attention by showing them the truth of their thoughts and actions and that by revealing the nakedness of their choices. Then and only then will they understand the deceits of the world.

      What This Means To Me:
      When we as Christians and children of God live in the world, we need God’s wisdom and guidance to navigate through dark times. John was shown that the leaders of the world, government and religious organizations that do not put God first, do not speak truth and acknowledge and believe in Jesus Christ will attempt at all costs to destroy the chosen believers faith, kingdoms and communities and will falsely idolize the luxuries and beliefs of the world! The enemy and it’s followers will not reign in the tribulation, so God shows John the entire worldly cast system at face value. God does that for us as well. He allows us to be isolated at time so that we too can understand and see the world for what it’s worth and show us once again, that we need His love and direction when we fail and face adversity. Thank you God for your infinite wisdom and plan of salvation for all that acknowledge and believe in You! The battle was won at Calvary and the battle is won for us right now, right here and in the future! I love you Father God, Jesus and The Holy Spirit! ❤️❤️❤️

  3. Alma on June 11, 2023 at 12:00 am

    I’m Revelation chapter 17 I got a song

    Let’s come together to worship our Lord let’s come together to worship our Lord singing Glory Glory Hallelujah Jesus is our king of kings lord of lords, so let’s join together sharing his love Hope joy helping others to know the truth, being faithful will strengthen us his spirit lives in us making us stronger so let’s stand together, being faithful, helping others to know our Lord, having victory today and every day with our Lord
    Our Father only wants the best for me and you. We all need him more in today’s world. So let’s join together spreading the good news setting seed wherever we go.

  4. reachchurch on June 11, 2023 at 12:22 pm

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  5. Kathy on June 13, 2023 at 8:32 pm

    This is what I got from Revelation 17. The interpretation of the harlot focuses on the relationship to the beast. She is utterly connected to the beast and his government. Her influence is worldwide. I directed the judgement against Babylon. I used a wicked group (the ten kings) to be an instrument of My judgement against another wicked group (religious Babylon). This shows I am still in control of everything. The more you seek to resemble Christ Jesus, the less likely you will be able to be deceived by the Antichrist. Christ must reign until all enemies are put under His feet. The reason of the victory is because “He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords'” He has supreme dominion and power over all things. You as a follower are called to this warfare, you are fitted for it, and will be faithful in it. My portion is My people; My counsel shall stand, and I will do all pleasure to My glory, and the happiness of all My servants. I chose you, and I planned your life for you. Your part is to respond to Me.

    What this said to me, is God is still in control through all of this. The battle of spiritual warfare is something I am to be ready for, and I will participate in. As long as I stay close to Him, he will equip me. It is my responsibility to respond to Him.

  6. Javaid Ahmed on June 14, 2023 at 12:05 pm

    Revelation 17. Verses 3,4 stuck out to me from God.

    3 Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries.

    “Tribes protect their own. A unification of tribes creates another. But imagine infinite tribes unifying with one another, and then expand beyond that. That is the level where you can start to understand how deep My love goes. Not every tribe is pure and the sins are captured and eaten into nothing so that you may flourish.”

    What I took from this is that God’s forgiveness knows no bounds. We are so blessed to have a father such as Him. All the negative from us is taken and destroyed so that we may be the best of the best we can be.

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