Revelation 19 – The Marriage Supper of the Lamb & Is America Babylon? Part 2 of 2

If you read part one and part two below you’ll have both sides of the coin, you can decide what you choose to believe. As yesterday, I still stand undecided because there is no point in deciding.  Yet, if I had to decide I would go with this guy because most of what he says in the below article comes from the Bible.

While yesterday’s article was nothing but assumptions built on scripture and world events. No fact is offered.

Yet, I’m not saying that America cannot be Babylon because the Bible does not tell us much about the end time. It does not promote or deny the question.  The entire world is going downhill and if America isn’t in first place they are picking up speed.

On a similar note, politics isn’t really my cup of tea, but I do have a side, so tomorrow we’ll look at…

Revelation 19
The Marriage Supper of the Lamb

If there is one star-studded event of all the ages that transcends all others, it must be the “Marriage Supper of the Lamb.”
The very heart of the Father in creating Adam and Eve and commanding them to multiply was out of a family passion.

He had a family of angels that filled His eternal city with praise, but He also wanted a human family that His Son may be the Bridegroom.

Nothing in His eternity is a surprise to Him. We were chosen from the foundation of the world to bring great joy to His fatherly heart.

It is fitting that the Bible ends in His New Jerusalem, a special city for a special people.

It is the conclusion of His revelations and shows the eternal joys as the Father enjoys His family, both angelic and glorified flesh.

This world is nothing but a sideshow, while the kingdom of God is in preparation to be revealed.

The fallen prince, Satan, has had his time of rebellion while the world makes their choice of whom to serve.

Wickedness grows for its final harvest of sorrows, while righteousness climbs the stairs of grace to its triumph.

The hour of finality is so close that the sense of majesty is in the air.

1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, unto the Lord our God:

“Alleluia” – occurs four times in vv. 1-6 but nowhere else in the New Testament. It is derived from two Hebrew words meaning “Praise the LORD.”

2 For true and righteous are his Judgments: for he hath Judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

3 And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.

4 And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshiped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.

5 And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.

6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

“Marriage of the Lamb” – the imagery of a wedding to express the intimate relationship between God and His people has its roots in the prophetic literature of the Old Testament (e.g., Is 54:5-7; Hos 2:19). Cf. the New Testament usage (Matt 22:2-14; Eph 5:32).

The fact that this marriage takes place in heaven implies that the church has been raptured previously.

8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth Judge and make war.

“White horse” – probably not the white horse of 6:2. The context here indicates that the rider is Christ returning as Warrior-Messiah-King.

12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

“Name written” – a secret name whose meaning is veiled from all created beings.

13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Rapture watchers, are you perpetually ready for the marriage supper of the lamb after glorious rapture?
The heavenly banquet table is ready!
Don’t be absent at the marriage supper of the lamb event in heavenly new Jerusalem.
Be perpetually rapture ready!

 “Vesture dipt in blood” – either the blood of the enemy shed in conflict or the blood of Christ shed to atone for sin.

14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

“Armies…in heaven” – their robes of white indicate this to be the redeemed church – the bride of Christ – returning in triumph with her heavenly Bridegroom.

15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;

“Supper of the great God” – a grim contrast to the “marriage supper” of the lamb.

18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

The glorious rapture and marriage supper of the lamb in heavenly new Jerusalem.

19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

“Lake of fire burning with brimstone” – punishment by fire is prominent in both Biblical and non-Biblical Jewish writings (e.g., 1 Enoch 54:1).

Although the designation gehenna is not used here, this is what John refers to (see note on Matt 5:22).

Originally the site of a cultic shrine where human sacrifices were offered (2 Kgs 16:3, 23:10; Jer 7:31), it came to be equated with the “hell” of final judgment in apocalyptic literature.

21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

“Fowls were filled with their flesh” – the “supper of the great God’ of vv. 17-18.

Is America Babylon?
Part 2 of 2

America Is Not Babylon

by Joseph Chambers

This stela comes from the Temple of Marduk in Babylon and dates from around 800 B.C.
It is a commemorative monument set up in honor of a private individual called Adad-etir.

He was an official in the temple, known as ‘the dagger bearer,’ and this stela was erected by his son Marduk-balassu-iqbi.

The figures carved in relief on the front represent the father and son together.

Their shaven heads show that they are both priests, it being normal in ancient Mesopotamia for a son to adopt his father’s profession.

There are three divine symbols above the two priests: a winged solar disc representing the sun-god Shamash, a crescent of the moon-god Sin and a lion-headed mace on a pedestal.

The cuneiform inscription includes a curse upon anyone who defaces the stela.

It translates:
“May Marduk, the great lord, in anger look upon him, and his name and his seed may he cause to disappear.

May Nabu, the scribe of all, curtail the number of his days.

But may the man who protects it be satisfied with the fulness of life.”

The purity of Holy Scripture is a miracle of miracles. Read any passage in the Bible and then do a little research. You will find clear interpretation for that Scripture.  Words that the Spirit used can never be understood properly by pulling a meaning out of the air.

The word “water” when used as a type is always the Word of God. When God says “Jerusalem,” He means the chosen of God. It is either His chosen city or His chosen people.

Babylon is used in the Bible over 295 times. When the Bible says “Mystery Babylon,” He speaks of a religion that has become evil and corrupt because “Babylon” is the seat of Satan.

When He says “Babylon” without a modifying adjective, He means Babylon the city, which was founded by Nimrod.

To try to identify America as Babylon is utterly contrary to Biblical interpretation. Using that kind of method to study the Bible leads to all kinds of misunderstandings. Always let the Bible interpret itself.

Mystery Babylon is clearly the End Time apostasy of false Christianity.  The 7th chapter of Revelation is the most noted example.

A harlot woman is another Biblical type of corrupt Christianity. A pure woman represents the pure faith of our Lord. The harlot woman is the opposite.

When you put “Mystery Babylon” with the “harlot woman,” you have a double picture of the utter false religion of the Seven Years of Tribulation.

It is religion at its lowest manifestation in human history. This is the church of the Antichrist.

Revelation chapter 18 is the city of Babylon rebuilt in the Southern part of Iraq.  To try to superimpose this chapter into America is contrary to every Biblical principle. There is not one basis for such transliterating of the Holy Bible.

The main reason this is often tried is because our nation has a preponderance of sins. I certainly admit that, but it is not God’s method of understanding the Word of God. What if we did that kind of twisting of all Scripture? Think of the mess it would create with our Bible.

America has got a lot of sins for which we are going to pay. This nation will be subject to all the horrid calamities of the Seven Years of Tribulation.

These calamities are God’s instruments for cleansing the world of abortions, fornications, sodomy, and every unclean lifestyle.

Millions will die and the wicked will learn that sin is always accountable to the Heavenly Father. Before the worst comes, the Saints will be raptured.

But, if the Lord tarries, you may think that the worst has already come even before the Rapture occurs.

Babylon is the city of Babylon and it must be rebuilt to be the capital of the Antichrist Kingdom. It is fitting that his One World Religion that gives him their total worship is called Mystery Babylon.

The unity of the two entities is part of the mystery of wickedness. For the early years of the Seven Years, the Antichrist and his false church will be bosom partners. They will use each other. So, calling one “Babylon” and the other one “Mystery Babylon” is perfect prophecy.

By the end of the Seven Years, the two Babylons will clash and the Antichrist will pour his fury upon Mystery Babylon and burn her with fire.

“And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire” (Rev 17:16).

This truth also destroys the idea that both chapters are talking about Rome as Mystery Babylon.

In Daniel 2 King Nebuchadnezzar is given a vision of the timeline of earth’s history from his own kingdom, Babylon, right to the end of time at the second coming of Jesus, represented by the rock that comes and smashes the image.
Now God gave Daniel the meaning of this vision and Daniel was able to relay this interpretation to the king.

38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.

39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.

40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.

41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.

42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.

43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.

44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever (Dan 2:38-44).

How could the Antichrist from literal Babylon burn Mystery Babylon if both are the same Babylon?

Again, the Bible leaves little room for misunderstanding if you let Scripture interpret Scripture.

This totally destroys the thought that America is Babylon. The question is an unanswerable one when we try to put America in some cubbyhole of prophecy. Much of the world is unnamed as you study the Bible.

Basically, the Bible’s prophecy picture is a Middle Eastern setting. You may call us an “Isle of the Sea” and that would put us in the Gog and Magog event.

I personally believe that when the army of Russians and Islamic countries march towards Israel, we will either come to Israel’s defense or suffer great destruction in cities like New York and Washington, DC.

That is still uncertain and our defense of Israel should not be done just to save our own necks.

History, not the Bible, proves that the Great Creator puts America in her wealthy position to spread the Gospel to the four corners of the world.

He also ordained us to win the Second World War and be a partner in the development of the Nation of Israel. Defending Israel since 1948, providing Israel with a faithful partnership, and being her ally right down to the end is absolutely God’s will for our great nation.

Anyone that would undercut that purpose needs to remember that God is still the sole owner and keeper of this Universe.

He can pull down an arrogant president just like He allowed him to be elected. I would suggest that any president or politician should watch his words and actions because God knows all things and Israel is His heartthrob.

America is not Babylon, but America is answerable to God for our grievous sins and for our responsibility to Israel.

…Democracy is Not Freedom, by Ron Paul.