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© 2000 Joe Griffin

The Inscrutable Question: Intro to the Fall of Lucifer: The “Woman” in Rev 17:1-5; Procreation Proclamation to the Postdiluvian Civilization, Gen 8-9

  1. Introduction to the Fall of Lucifer

  1. There are two major passages of Scripture that describe the fall of Lucifer: (1) Ezekiel 28:11-19 and (2) Isaiah 14:12-17.

  2. They view the event from the termini of the Angelic Conflict. Ezekiel’s view is prophetic from a vantage point prior to the creation of angels. His vision therefore gives us a prospective look at the career of Lucifer.

  3. Isaiah’s view is prophetic from a vantage point at the end of the Angelic Conflict following the millennial reign of Christ. His vision therefore gives us a retrospective look at the career of Satan.

  4. Each prophecy is found in a context that examines the career of an earthly king who is under the control of satanic influence.

  5. Ezekiel’s prophecy is found in his rebuke of the king of Tyre. Isaiah’s prophecy is found in the context of his rebuke of the king of Babylon.

  6. The Scripture reveals that throughout history there has been a definite and consistent association between the governments of certain heathen nations and satanic religion.

  7. This association goes all the way back to the first attempt by mankind to organize religion and government into one system.

  8. This first attempt occurred in ancient Babylon and therefore the Bible refers to religion-controlled governments as “Mystery Babylon.”

  9. Such religion is in total opposition to the true Gospel that is revealed in Scripture. When a married woman violates the laws of marriage by having an affair with another man she is classified rightly as a whore.

  10. When anyone leaves the one true faith, which is based on a personal belief that Jesus is the Christ, he leaves his right Savior for a false substitute.

  11. Those who choose to follow a religion in place of or in exchange for worship of Christ have, according to:

Ezekiel 23:30b - … gone a whoring after the heathen.

  1. Thus we see apostasy described in the Bible as spiritual adultery and the religion that seeks to replace and even destroy Christianity as the “great harlot.”

  2. In the Tribulation the global government is initially dominated by ecumenical religion. The Satan-possessed Beast-Dictator uses religion to manipulate the people into accepting his world government.

  3. In Revelation 17 John documents the power struggle that goes on between ecumenical religion, referred to as “Mystery Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots,” and global politics referred to as the “scarlet beast.”

Revelation 17:1 - Then one of the pursuivant messengers who held the seventh bowl judgment came and spoke to me saying, “Come here! I will show you the judgment of the great whore who dominates many peoples

v 2 - with whom the world rulers committed fornication and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.”

v 3 - The pursuivant messenger carried me away in the Holy Spirit to a place of desolation. There I saw a woman [ ecumenical religion ] sitting on [ in control of  ] a scarlet beast [ the Revived Roman Empire led by the Beast-Dictator ] that was full of blasphemous names and had seven heads [ Rome with emphasis on the nations that have persecuted Israel: Egypt, Assyria, Chaldea, Media-Persia, Greco-Macedonia, the Roman Empire, and the Revived Roman Empire (see vv. 9-10) ] and ten horns [ the ten nations of Western Europe that make up the Revived Roman Empire (see vv. 12-13) ].

v 4 - Now the woman was clothed in purple [ religious power ] and scarlet [ political power ] and was glittering with gold, precious stones, and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand full of abominable things [ the phallic cult ] and the impurities of her fornications [ demonism, human sacrifice, and drug addiction ].

v 5 - Furthermore, on her forehead was written a label: MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

  1. The birthplace of religion was prehistoric Babylon. There we find the origin of common threads that run through all the satanic counterfeit religions of the past and present.

  2. Revelation 17:5 makes reference to “mystery Babylon” as the mother of religion.

  3. The same forces, doctrines of demons, rituals, organization, and function that characterized the first apostate Babylon can be seen in its counterparts throughout history.

  4. In order to document this concept I would like to quote the writings of several theologians who address the subject of Mystery Babylon in Revelation 17. We will withdraw extracts from books by J. Dwight Pentecost, Clarence Larkin, Lewis Sperry Chafer, and R. B. Thieme, Jr.

  5. The first extract we will consult is actually written by Dr. Harry A. Ironside. It first appeared in his book, Lectures on the Revelation, on pages 287-95. Dr. Pentecost quotes Dr. Ironside’s comments in his book:

Pentecost, J. Dwight. Things to Come: A Study in Biblical Eschatology. (Grand Rapids: Academie Books, 1958) 365 67:

The woman is a religious system, who dominates the civil power, at least for a time. The name upon her forehead should easily enable us to identify her. But in order to do that we will do well to go back to our Old Testament, and see what is there revealed concerning literal Babylon, for the one will surely throw light upon the other.

NOTE: The Old Testament account referred to by Dr. Ironside is Genesis 10 and 11. But before noting that passage we must become familiar with the covenant given to Noah following the flood.

Genesis 8:15 - Then God spoke to Noah, saying,

v 16 - “Go out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.

v 17d - … and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.”

Genesis 9:1 - And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.”

NOTE: Please observe that the three sons were to procreate with their wives and their offspring were to repopulate the entire earth. They were not to accumulate at the same geographic location and continue on as a single-family unit. The intent was to bring about a very large human population, each person having the opportunity to serve as a witness in the Appeal Trial of Satan. In order to feed this growing population, the food supply was expanded to include animals:

Genesis: 9:2 - The fear of you and the terror of you shall be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given.

v 3 - “Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you. I give all living creatures to you as I gave the green plants [ in Genesis 1:29 ].”

NOTE: The antediluvian population beginning with Adam and Ishah had a restricted diet of vegetables and fruit according to Genesis 1:29. The postdiluvian population is now free to eat from the animal kingdom with no restrictions of any kind.

We live in the postdiluvian civilization and this privilege to eat animals for food has not been rescinded. Animals are not considered by God to be our equals but along with the vegetable kingdom, to be the source of our food supply. Next we see the institution of human government which imposes the responsibility upon the state to protect human freedom by means of capital punishment:

Genesis 9:6 - “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God he made man.

v 7 - “And as for you, be fruitful and multiply. Populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it.”

NOTE: This is a universal mandate for the human species to procreate abundantly, bringing potential new witnesses into the courtroom of the Appeal Trial of Satan. Satan, of course, desires to restrict the conversion of those potential witness to as few as possible, therefore he inspired the three families of Noah’s sons to gather together into a close knit community at what was known then as Babel but which would later become the ancient city of Babylon.

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