by Jerry Vines

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Jerry Vines
Revelation 17

In the 16th chapter these seven angels had poured out
the bowls of wrath of God. So one of these angels came
and talked with John. The angel said to John, "Come

hither and I will show unto thee the judgment of the
great whore that sitteth upon many waters; with whom
the kings of the earth have committed fornication. And
the inhabitants of the earth have made drunk with the
wine of her fornication."

When we come to the conclusion of the 16th chapter of
the book of The Revelation, we would think that in
that point in the narrative we would have recorded for
us the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth.
In chapter 4 we have, in picture form, the saints of
God raptured and caught up to be with the Lord. Then
in chapter 6-16 we have considered that time on the
earth which is known in the Bible as the tribulation.
It is a seven-year period of time. It will be a time
characterized by a series of sevens. There will be
seven seals that will be opened. Secondly there will
be seven trumpets that will sound. Then there will be
seven bowls of wrath that will be poured out. We have
gone through all of that.

When you come to the conclusion of chapter 16, you are
at the conclusion of the tribulation time. So you
would expect at this point for John to see revealed
the return of the Lord Jesus, with His saints, back to
this earth. But it's as if John says, "Oh, by the way,
before I tell you about the return of the Lord Jesus,
let me tell you what is going to happen to Babylon.
Let me tell you about God's judgment upon this godless
world system."

When you look at Babylon, you will discover that
Babylon is a city and you will also discover that
Babylon is a picture or a figure of speech of a
system. We are told previously that Babylon is going
to be judged. The judgment of Babylon has been
anticipated in chapter ...

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