By Steven Merten
All biblical quotes are from the New American Bible.
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When God tested Abraham, Abraham was ready to obey God and sacrifice his son Isaac, on the altar. God stopped Abraham, and Isaac's life was spared. To obey God is to love God. Because of Abraham's tremendous love, through obedience to God, God blessed Abraham and his descendants with the blessing of Abraham. The Blessing of Abraham is: myraids of descendants; will grow to become a multitude of nations; will have world dominant power, in the form of a multitude of nations; and will have great wealth.
Abraham bypassed his eldest son Ishmael and passed the Blessing of Abraham on to his son Isaac. Due to Jacob and Rebecca's trickery, Isaac mistakenly bypassed his eldest son Esau and passed the Blessing of Abraham on to his, second born son, Jacob, who is Israel. Jacob/Israel bypassed his twelve sons, the Twelve Tribes of Israel, and placed the Blessing of Abraham on his grandson Ephraim. Ephriam is Jacob's son Joseph's son. The Jews of today are descendants of Jacob's son Judah. Judah was bypassed, along with his brothers, and never recieved the Blessing of Abraham. The Blessing of Abraham, which is myraids of descendants, with world dominant power in the form of a multitude of nations, and great wealth, all went to Judah's nephew, son of Joseph, Ephraim and Ephraim's descendants.
Before the 'Harlot of Babylon' was a harlot, she was God's chosen people, God's Bride, the descendants of Jacob, the people of Israel.
Early in the Promised Land, the nation Israel was divided into two Houses, which is to mean two Nations, because of the sins king Solomon's committed in his old age. One kingdom/House was the House of Judah and the other kingdom/House was the House of Israel. The House of Judah was made up of the tribe of Judah and the tribe of Benjamin. The other ten tribes of Israel became the Kingdom/House of Israel. God put Jereboam, an Ephriamite, as king over the kingdom/House of Israel Because father Ephraim recieved the Blessing of Abraham, of world dominant power, he dominates the House of Israel. The House of Israel becomes the main thrust, and dominant power, of the decendants of Israel. The Kingdom/House of Judah, becomes a secondary kingdom, to hold King David's great name over the city Jerusalem.
Because of the massive sinfulness of the House of Israel, God ripped them out of the Promised Land and sent them off into captivity in Assyria, in 722 B.C. From there God scattered them to the world. The House of Israel did not retain their lineage to Abraham and thus the powerhouse of Israel, still in possession of the 'Blessing of Abraham' today, are lost in the masses today. The 'Blessing of Abraham' is myraids of descendants, will grow to become a multitude of nations, will have world dominant power in the form of a multitude of nations, and will have great wealth. Though the House of Israel does not retain her liniage to Abraham, she should not be hard to find. A race of people who have become a multitude of nations wielding world dominant power and great wealth should stick out like a sore thumb, and they do. This massive world dominant power race of people is going to look a lot like the Jewish race of people.
NAB 1 KINGS 11:30Ahijah took off his new cloak, tore it into twelve pieces, and said to Jeroboam: Take ten pieces for yourself. Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: I am about to tear the kingdom out of Solomon's hand and will give you ten of the tribes. He shall have one tribe for the sake of my servant David, and for the sake of Jerusalem, the city I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel. For they have forsaken me and have bowed down to Astarte, goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh, god of Moab, and Milcom, god of the Ammonites. They have not walked in my ways or done what is right in my eyes, according to my statutes and my ordinances, as David his father did. Yet I will not take any of the kingdom from Solomon himself, but will keep him a prince as long as he lives, for the sake of David my servant, whom I have chosen, who kept my commandments and statutes. But I will take the kingdom from his son's hand and give it to you-that is, the ten tribes. I will give his son one tribe, that David my servant may always have a holding before me in Jerusalem, the city I have chosen, to set my name there. You I will take and you shall reign over all that you desire and shall become king of Israel.
130 years after the fall of the House of Israel, the House of Judah fell to Babylon in the year 587 B.C. Because of the massive sins of the House of Judah, God ripped them out of the Promised Land and into captivity in Babylon, and then scattered to the world. However, to show Jesus' lineage to king David, the House of Judah retained their lineage to Abraham. We know just who the descendants of the House of Judah are today; they are the Jeswish race of people of today.
Because of all the massive sins of the descendants of Jacob/Israel, God lables them harlots. The harlots, which are the descendants of Jacob/Israel, hauled off to Babylon and Assyria, are the same harlots reffered to in the Book of Revelation as 'The Harlot of Babylon'. The 'Harlot of Babylon', in the Book of Revelation, represents the descendants of Israel today. The reason we do not recognize 'The Harlot of Babylon' as the descendants of Jacob/Israel today, is because we are looking at the Jews of today, who descended from the House of Judah, alone. The House of Judah, which is the Jewish people of today, of about 20 million people today, were bypassed by the Blessing of Abraham, and became a secondary power of Israel's descendants after the fall of Solomon to foreign gods. It is really the House of Israel, dominanted by the descendants of Ephriam, in possession of the 'Blessing of Abraham' dominating the world today. Ephriam's descendants, not Judah's descendants, are the ones in possession of the 'Blessing of Abraham' today, who have become myraids of descendants, who have grown to become a multitude of nations from which they wield world dominant power and have great wealth.
So just what race of descendants today could Ephraim be? The race of Ephraim's descendants will have dominated the world since the fall of the House of Israel in 722 B.C.. Dueteronomy describes the descendants of Ephriam as a 'Majestic Bull, goring the nations to the ends of the earth"; What race of people today fit this description? Dueteronomy tells us this race of people, Ephraim's descendants, will have great wealth and the best of everything. This race of people, who are the descendants of Ephraim, are still in possession of the 'Blessing of Abraham' today and will be the Book of Revelation's 'Harlot of Babylon'.
NAB DEU 33:13Of Joseph he said: Blessed by the LORD is his land with the best of heaven above and of the abyss crouching beneath; With the best of the produce of the sun, and the choicest yield of the months; With the finest gifts of the ancient mountains and the best from the everlasting hills; With the best of the earth and its fullness, and the favor of the one who dwells on Sinai. Let these come upon the head of Joseph and upon the brow of the prince among his brothers. His firstborn bull, majesty is his! His horns are the horns of a wild ox; With them he gores the peoples, attacks the ends of the earth. These are the myriads of Ephraim, and these the thousands of Manasseh.
Ephraim will be a waste on the day of chastizements. Jesus tells us that the 'natural heirs', which includes Ephriam, the Jews, and all the tribes of Israel, will not inherit the kingdom of God, and that they will be cast out into the darkness. Jesus says God will burn their cities. It is time we call the descendants of Ephraim, dominating the world today, to repentance, for the survival of their race.
NAB MAT 8:11Mark what I say! Many will come from the east and the west and will find a place at the banquet in the kingdom of God with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, while the natural heirs of the kingdom will be driven out into the dark, Wailing will be heard there, and the grinding of teeth.
NAB2 HOS 5:9Ephraim shall become a waste on the day of chastisement: Against the tribes of Israel I announce what is sure to be.
NAB3 ISA 17:14The fortress shall vanish from Ephraim and dominion from Damascus; The remnant of Aram shall become like the glory of the Israelites- oracle of the LORD of hosts. On that day The glory of Jacob shall fade, and his full body shall grow thin. Like the reaper's mere armful of stalks, when he gathers the standing grain; Or as when one gleans the ears in the Valley of Rephaim. Only gleanings shall be left in it, as when an olive tree has been beaten-Two or three olives at the very top, four or five on its most fruitful branches-oracle of the LORD, the God of Israel. On that day people shall turn to their maker, their eyes shall look to the Holy One of Israel.
NAB3 REV 18:10"Alas, alas, great city, Babylon, mighty city. In one hour your judgment has come." The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn for her, because there will be no more markets for their cargo
NAB REV 14:8A second angel followed and cried out: "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, which made all the nations drink the poisoned wine of her lewdness!"
NAB3 REV 17:1 Babylon the Great.Then one of the seven angels who were holding the seven bowls came and said to me, "Come here. I will show you the judgment on the great harlot who lives near the many waters. The kings of the earth have had intercourse with her, and the inhabitants of the earth became drunk on the wine of her harlotry." Then he carried me away in spirit to a deserted place where I saw a woman seated on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names, with seven heads and ten horns. The woman was wearing purple and scarlet and adorned with gold, precious stones, and pearls. She held in her hand a gold cup that was filled with the abominable and sordid deeds of her harlotry. On her forehead was written a name, which is a mystery, "Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and of the abominations of the earth." I saw that the woman was drunk on the blood of the holy ones and on the blood of the witnesses to Jesus.
There is only one God. That One God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Jacob is Israel. It is all about Israel, Israel, Israel. The descendants of Abraham are the Spouse of God who turned harlot. Those going into heaven, from all races and nations, will be seen by God as Israel. When hunting the 'harlot of Babylon', remember it is Israel, not other races and nations, which is at the focus point of God's heart. Just who did God exile to Babylon as a harlot? Israel! Israel, not really the Jews but Ephraim, son of Joseph, son of Jacob/Israel. Ephraim, through his myriads of descendants, lost in the masses on earth today, bearing the 'Blessing of Abraham', is the 'harlot of Babylon'! The 'harlot of Babylon' falls at our future Battle of Armageddon. Those from all races and nations, faithful to Jesus, will take the place of Ephraim and Judah to become the New Jerusalem and rightful heirs to Abraham.
NAB2 EZE 23:1Thus the word of the LORD came to me: Son of man, there were two women, daughters of the same mother, who even as young girls played the harlot in Egypt. There the Egyptians caressed their bosoms and fondled their virginal breasts. Oholah was the name of the elder, and the name of her sister was Oholibah. They became mine and bore sons and daughters. (As for their names: Samaria is Oholah, and Jerusalem is Oholibah.) Oholah became a harlot faithless to me; she lusted after her lovers, the Assyrians, warriors dressed in purple, governors and officers, all of them attractive young men, knights mounted on horses. Thus she gave herself as a harlot to them, to all the elite of the Assyrians, and she defiled herself with all those for whom she lusted (with all their idols). She did not give up the harlotry which she had begun in Egypt, when they had lain with her as a young girl, fondling her virginal breasts and pouring out their impurities on her. Therefore I handed her over to her lovers, the Assyrians for whom she had lusted. They exposed her nakedness, her sons and daughters they took away, and herself they slew with the sword. Thus she became a byword for women, for they punished her grievously. Though her sister Oholibah saw all this, her lust was more depraved than her sister's, and she outdid her in harlotry. She too lusted after the Assyrians, governors and officers, warriors impeccably clothed, knights mounted on horses, all of them attractive young men. I saw that she had defiled herself. Both had gone down the same path, yet she went further in her harlotry. When she saw men drawn on the wall, the images of Chaldeans drawn with vermillion, with sashes girded about their waists, flowing turbans on their heads, all looking like chariot warriors, the portraits of Babylonians, natives of Chaldea, she lusted for them; no sooner had she set eyes on them than she sent messengers to them in Chaldea. Then the Babylonians came to her, to the love couch, and defiled her with their intercourse. As soon as she was defiled by them, she became disgusted with them. Her harlotry was discovered and her shame was revealed, and I became disgusted with her as I had become disgusted with her sister. But she played the harlot all the more, recalling the days of her girlhood, when she had been a harlot in the land of Egypt. She lusted for the lechers of Egypt, whose members are like that of an ass, and whose heat is like that of stallions. You yearned for the lewdness of your girlhood, when the Egyptians fondled your breasts, caressing your bosom. Therefore, Oholibah, thus says the Lord GOD: I will now stir up your lovers against you, those with whom you are disgusted, and I will bring them against you from every side: the men of Babylon and all of Chaldea, Pekod, Shoa and Koa, along with all those of Assyria, attractive young men, all of them governors and officers, charioteers and warriors, all of them horsemen. They shall come against you from the north with chariots and wagons and many peoples. Shields, bucklers, and helmets they shall array against you everywhere.
When hunting the 'harlot of Babylon', who falls at Armageddon, many come up with very bizarre conclusions. The problem many have is that they do not look at biblical history to see just where the heart of God is coming from and where the heart of God is going to. The word 'Babylon' gives us a clear definition of just who God is talking about in the Book of Revelation in reference to the 'harlot of Babylon'. Israel was God's Bride on earth. Israel broke the heart of God in her adultery against God through Israel's false god worship and great multitude of sins. Israel was shipped out of the Promised Land to Babylon to serve Babylon and Assyria as the 'harlot' of 'Babylon'. Why does God separate out Israel as the 'harlot', when all mankind was committing the same false god worship and sins that Israel was committing? Because Israel was, at one time, God's Bride and chosen people while others were not. Even if all the people in the world were harlots, it is Ones Bride becoming a harlot, which hurts the deepest. Upon the future restoration of Israel it will be those faithful and obedient to Jesus, from all races and nations, who become the New Jerusalem.
In Revelation, the 'waters' the 'Harlot of Babylon' is enthroned over is the people of the world. Scripture tells us that the 'Harlot of Babylon' 'has sovereignty over the kings of the earth'. In apocalyptic scriptures the 'beast' represents secular power. The 'Harlot of Babylon' seated on the beast with seven heads means that the harlot is riding on the back of world dominant secular power in the form of multiple nations. It is Ephraim that God blesses to become a multitude of nations (GEN 48:17). It is Ephraim, not the twelve tribes of Israel, that Jacob/Israel passes the 'blessing of Abraham' along to. The 'blessing of Abraham' is world dominant secular power. It is Ephraim who God has given sovereignty to rule over the world. Ephraim, through his myriads of descendants on earth today, is the 'Harlot of Babylon' blessed with sovereignty to rule the world, even though he has become an evil harlot. The 'Harlot of Babylon' falls from power and wealth at our future Battle of Armageddon.
NAB JER 2:19Your own wickedness chastises you, your own infidelities punish you. Know then, and see, how evil and bitter is your forsaking the LORD, your God, And showing no fear of me, says the LORD, the God of hosts. Long ago you broke your yoke, you tore off your bonds. I will not serve, you said. On every high hill, under every green tree, you gave yourself to harlotry. I had planted you, a choice vine of fully tested stock; How could you turn out obnoxious to me, a spurious vine?
NAB ISA 1:2Hear, O heavens, and listen, O earth, for the LORD speaks: Sons have I raised and reared, but they have disowned me! An ox knows its owner, and an ass, its master's manager; But Israel does not know, my people has not understood. Ah! sinful nation, people laden with wickedness, evil race, corrupt children! They have forsaken the LORD, spurned the Holy One of Israel, apostatized.
NAB JER 10:20My tent is ruined, all its cords are severed. My sons have left me, they are no more: no one to pitch my tent, no one to raise its curtains.
NAB BAR 4:11With joy I fostered them; but with mourning and lament I let them go. Let no one gloat over me, a widow, bereft of many: For the sins of my children I am left desolate, because they turned from the law of God, and did not acknowledge his statutes; In the ways of God's commandments they did not walk, nor did they tread the disciplined paths of his justice.It is God who gave the 'Harlot of Babylon' sovereignty to rule the world. God's big promise to Abraham and Sarah is that their descendants would rule the world. God has fulfilled His promise to Abraham and it is Abraham and Sarah's descendants presently ruling the world today. However, Israel went rogue on God and became a 'harlot'. Even though Israel became evil and is rejected God, God has still fulfilled His promise to Abraham to make Abraham's descendants rulers over the world. It is Israel, precisely Ephraim, in the form of many nations, ruling over the world today. It was God who gave Abraham's descendants sovereignty to rule the world.
NAB REV 17:15The waters on which you saw the harlot enthroned are the large numbers of people and nations and tongues... REV 17:18 The woman you saw is the great city which has sovereignty over the kings of the earth.
NAB2 REV 17:3Then he carried me away in spirit to a deserted place where I saw a woman seated on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names, with seven heads and ten horns.
'your descendants will take possession of the gates of their enemies', means world dominant secular Power. A big portion of 'the blessing of Abraham' is world dominant secular Power. It is Israel, precisely Joseph, Ephraim's dad, who takes over as world dominant secular power ruler of Egypt. Joseph's descendants are blessed by God to take over as world dominant secular power rulers where ever they are hauled off to in captivity, even today.
Because of their wickedness, the House of Israel was rejected by God, ripped out of the Promised Land, and scattered to the nations, in 722 B.C.. Unlike the House of Judah (the Jews of today), Israel lost records of her lineage to Abraham and is referenced to by Jesus and others as 'The Lost Tribes of Israel'. It is the House of Israel, through Joseph's son Ephraim, who bears the 'Blessing of Abraham', who rules over the world today. Even though the Israel went rogue and is lost and scattered to the nations, Israel, through Ephraim's descendants, is most definitely ruling the world today. Even though Israel rejected God, through her great multitude of sins, God has still fulfilled his promise to Abraham and Sarah that their descendants will rule the world. The 'Harlot of Babylon' falls from power at our future Battle of Armageddon where Jesus, Sarah and Abraham's descendant from the House of Judah, takes over as King and Ruler of the world.
The 'Blessing of Abraham' is, among other things, world dominant secular power. To 'gain possessions of the gates of their enemies' means to have power over your enemies. Below is the flow of world dominant secular power from God to Abraham to Ephraim. Ephraim, lost in the masses today, is still in possession of the 'Blessing of Abraham' today and is presently a race of people bearing world dominant power in the form of a multitude of nations. Ephraim is a race blessed to be myraids of descendants greater than the Jewish race, but he will still resemble the Jewish race.
The blessing of Abraham is world dominant power in the form of many nations and a massive amount of descendants. One can look at the size of the Jewish population on earth today and see that they are not a huge population with dominating world secular power. This is because they are not the ones bearing the blessing of Abraham. Like their uncle Esau, the Twelve Tribes of Israel, of which the Jews are one of the Twelve Tribes, were bypassed and did not receive the blessing of Abraham. Father Jacob placed the blessing of Abraham upon his grandson Ephraim. Ephraim is the son of Joseph. Joseph is one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, but even Joseph's other son Manasseh did not receive the blessing of Abraham like Ephraim did. By the time Ephraim received the blessing of Abraham, from his grandfather Jacob/Israel, his dad, Joseph, was already the most powerful man in the world. Joseph ruled over, food rich, powerhouse Egypt in a time of devastating world famine. Bearing the blessing of Abraham, Ephraim is a magnet for dominating secular world power wherever he goes, even as a slave in exile. Due to the Blessing of Abraham, Ephraim𠏋 motto, just like his dad Joseph, is, now that you have conquered and enslaved me, crown me as your king. Joseph, destine to rule over the other tribes of Israel and the world, as his dream indicated (GEN 37:5), does so through his son Ephraim (Ephraim's descendants). It is Joseph's descendants, through his son Ephraim, who have sovereignty from God to rule the world, and are ruling the world today.
NAB3 GEN 17:15God further said to Abraham: As for Sarai your wife, do not call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. I will bless her, and I will give you a son by her. Her also will I bless; she will give rise to nations, and rulers of peoples will issue from her.
NAB3 GEN 22:18 The Testing of Abraham.Some time afterward, God put Abraham to the test and said to him: Abraham! "Here I am!" he replied. Then God said: Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There offer him up as a burnt offering on one of the heights that I will point out to you. Early the next morning Abraham saddled his donkey, took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac, and after cutting the wood for the burnt offering, set out for the place of which God had told him.
On the third day Abraham caught sight of the place from a distance. Abraham said to his servants: "Stay here with the donkey, while the boy and I go on over there. We will worship and then come back to you." So Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac, while he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two walked on together, Isaac spoke to his father Abraham. "Father!" he said. "Here I am," he replied. Isaac continued, "Here are the fire and the wood, but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?" "My son," Abraham answered, "God will provide the sheep for the burnt offering." Then the two walked on together.
When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. Next he bound his son Isaac, and put him on top of the wood on the altar. Then Abraham reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son. But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven, "Abraham, Abraham!" "Here I am," he answered. "Do not lay your hand on the boy," said the angel. "Do not do the least thing to him. For now I know that you fear God, since you did not withhold from me your son, your only one." Abraham looked up and saw a single ram caught by its horns in the thicket. So Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering in place of his son. Abraham named that place Yahweh-yireh; hence people today say, "On the mountain the LORD will provide."
A second time the angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven and said: "I swear by my very self-oracle of the LORD-that because you acted as you did in not withholding from me your son, your only one, I will bless you and make your descendants as countless as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore; your descendants will take possession of the gates of their enemies, and in your descendants all the nations of the earth will find blessing, because you obeyed my command."
NAB3 GEN 24:60They blessed Rebekah and said: "Sister, may you grow into thousands of myriads; And may your descendants gain possession of the gates of their enemies!"
NAB2 GEN 25:25The first to emerge was reddish, and his whole body was like a hairy mantle; so they named him Esau. His brother came out next, gripping Esau's heel; so they named him Jacob.
NAB2 GEN 25:28Isaac preferred Esau, because he was fond of game; but Rebekah preferred Jacob. Once, when Jacob was cooking a stew, Esau came in from the open, famished. He said to Jacob, "Let me gulp down some of that red stuff; I'm starving." (That is why he was called Edom.) But Jacob replied, "First give me your birthright in exchange for it." "Look," said Esau, "I'm on the point of dying. What good will any birthright do me?" But Jacob insisted, "Swear to me first!" So he sold Jacob his birthright under oath. Jacob then gave him some bread and the lentil stew; and Esau ate, drank, got up, and went his way. Esau cared little for his birthright.
NAB2 GEN 27:15Rebekah then took the best clothes of her older son Esau that she had in the house, and gave them to her younger son Jacob to wear; and with the skins of the kids she covered up his hands and the hairless parts of his neck. Then she handed her son Jacob the appetizing dish and the bread she had prepared. Bringing them to his father, Jacob said, "Father!" "Yes?" replied Isaac. "Which of my sons are you?" Jacob answered his father: "I am Esau, your first-born. I did as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your special blessing." But Isaac asked, "How did you succeed so quickly, son?" He answered, "The LORD, your God, let things turn out well with me." Isaac then said to Jacob, "Come closer, son, that I may feel you, to learn whether you really are my son Esau or not." So Jacob moved up closer to his father. When Isaac felt him, he said, "Although the voice is Jacob𠏋, the hands are Esau's." (He failed to identify him because his hands were hairy, like those of his brother Esau; so in the end he gave him his blessing.) Again he asked him, "Are you really my son Esau?" "Certainly," he replied. Then Isaac said, "Serve me your game, son, that I may eat of it and then give you my blessing." Jacob served it to him, and Isaac ate; he brought him wine, and he drank. Finally his father Isaac said to him, "Come closer, son, and kiss me." As Jacob went up and kissed him, Isaac smelled the fragrance of his clothes. With that, he blessed him, saying, "Ah, the fragrance of my son is like the fragrance of a field that the LORD has blessed! "May God give to you of the dew of the heavens And of the fertility of the earth abundance of grain and wine. "Let peoples serve you, and nations pay you homage; Be master of your brothers, and may your mother𠏋 sons bow down to you. Cursed be those who curse you, and blessed be those who bless you." Jacob had scarcely left his father, just after Isaac had finished blessing him, when his brother Esau came back from his hunt. Then he too prepared an appetizing dish with his game, and bringing it to his father, he said, "Please, father, eat some of your son's game, that you may then give me your special blessing." "Who are you?" his father Isaac asked him. "I am Esau," he replied, "your first-born son." With that, Isaac was seized with a fit of uncontrollable trembling. "Who was it, then," he asked, "that hunted game and brought it to me? I finished eating it just before you came, and I blessed him. Now he must remain blessed!"
NAB3 GEN 37:5Once Joseph had a dream, which he told to his brothers: "Listen to this dream I had. There we were, binding sheaves in the field, when suddenly my sheaf rose to an upright position, and your sheaves formed a ring around my sheaf and bowed down to it." "Are you really going to make yourself king over us?" his brothers asked him. "Or impose your rule on us?" So they hated him all the more because of his talk about his dreams.
NAB2 GEN 41:39So Pharaoh said to Joseph: "Since God has made all this known to you, no one can be as wise and discerning as you are. You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people shall dart at your command. Only in respect to the throne shall I outrank you. Herewith," Pharaoh told Joseph, "I place you in charge of the whole land of Egypt." With that, Pharaoh took off his signet ring and put it on Joseph𠏋 finger. He had him dressed in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain about his neck. He then had him ride in the chariot of his vizier, and they shouted "Abrek!" before him. Thus was Joseph installed over the whole land of Egypt.
NAB2 GEN 48:17When Joseph saw that his father had laid his right hand on Ephraim's head, this seemed wrong to him; so he took hold of his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's, saying, "That is not right, father; the other one is the first-born; lay your right hand on his head!" But his father resisted. "I know it, son," he said, "I know. That one too shall become a tribe, and he too shall be great. Nevertheless, his younger brother shall surpass him, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations." So when he blessed them that day and said, "By you shall the people of Israel pronounce blessings; may they say, 'God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh,'" he placed Ephraim before Manasseh. Then Israel said to Joseph: "I am about to die. But God will be with you and will restore you to the land of your fathers.
The Jews, descendants of Judah, are only one of the twelve tribes of Israel. The House of Judah fell in 587 B.C.. The Jewish lineage was maintained to show Jesus' lineage to King David and Abraham. The House of Israel, dominated by Ephraim, whose descendants bear the 'blessing of Abraham', fell in 722 B.C.. This was 135 years earlier than the House of Judah. The House of Israel, 'The lost tribes of Israel', are lost in the masses today and scattered around the world in myriads of descendants. Seeing that the House of Israel, bears sovereignty from God, in world dominant secular power, in the form of a multitude of nations, this race of descendants should not be hard to find. It seems to me it is very clear just what race of descendants are offspring from Ephraim. The 'Harlot of Babylon', riding on the back of the beast with seven heads, which the beast with seven heads is world dominant secular power, is Ephraim ruling over the world today. It is Ephraim, not the Jews, lost in the masses, with myriads of descendants, who has grown into a multitude of nations bearing world dominant secular power on earth today.
NAB2 GEN 48:17When Joseph saw that his father had laid his right hand on Ephraim's head, this seemed wrong to him; so he took hold of his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's, saying, "That is not right, father; the other one is the first-born; lay your right hand on his head!" But his father resisted. "I know it, son," he said, "I know. That one too shall become a tribe, and he too shall be great. Nevertheless, his younger brother shall surpass him, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations.� So when he blessed them that day and said, "By you shall the people of Israel pronounce blessings; may they say, 'God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh,'" he placed Ephraim before Manasseh. Then Israel said to Joseph: "I am about to die. But God will be with you and will restore you to the land of your fathers.
NAB2 GEN 41:52Ephraim, meaning, "God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction."
NAB2 GEN 48:3Jacob then said to Joseph: "God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessing me, he said, 'I will make you fertile and numerous and raise you into an assembly of tribes, and I will give this land to your descendants after you as a permanent possession.' Your two sons, therefore, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I joined you here, shall be mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine as much as Reuben and Simeon are mine. Progeny born to you after them shall remain yours; but their heritage shall be recorded in the names of their two brothers. I do this because, when I was returning from Paddan, your mother Rachel died, to my sorrow, during the journey in Canaan, while we were still a short distance from Ephrath; and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem)."
NAB JOS 17:14 Protest of Joseph Tribes.The descendants of Joseph said to Joshua, "Why have you given us only one lot and one share as out heritage? Our people are too many, because of the extent to which the LORD has blessed us."...//... JOS 17:16 For the Josephites said , "Our mountain regions are not enough for us; on the other hand, the Canaanites living in the valley region all have iron chariots, in particular those in Beth-shean and its towns, and those in the valley of Jezreel." Joshua therefore said to Ephraim and Mannasseh, the house of Joseph, "You are a numerous people and very strong. You shall have not merely one share, for the mountain region which is now forest shall be yours when you clear it. Its adjacent land shall also be yours if, despite their strength and iron chariots, you drive out the Cannaanites."
Like his father Joseph, Ephraim's philosophy is: Now that you have conquered me as your slave, crown me as your king. God blessed Abraham, who blessed Isaac. Then Jacob, with the help of his mother Rebekah, stole the blessing from his brother Esau. Jacob bypassed his twelve sons, the twelve tribes of Israel, and placed God's blessing to Abraham upon his grandson Ephraim. Ephraim is Jacob's grandson through the lineage of his son Joseph. Joseph is the first born son through Jacob's wife Rachel.
Why did Jacob place the Rachelites over his other sons? This is true love's effect on how things are today. Jacob had to work for Rachel's father for seven years to marry Rachel. On the wedding day, Rachel's father switched his daughter Leah in, in place of Rachel. How Jacob could not tell he was marrying Leah instead of Rachel, seems odd. Jacob then had to work another seven years for Rachel's father to marry his true love Rachel. Ten of the twelve tribes of Israel are Leah, Zilpah, and Bilhah's sons to Jacob. When Rachel's son Joseph told his half brothers that he had a dream that he would rule over them, they threw him in a well to die. As you can imagine, Leah, Zilpah, and Bilhah's sons to Jacob, murdering his wife Rachel's son, Joseph, did not go over well with Jacobs true love, wife Rachel. Unknown to Jacob and Rachel, Joseph had actually been rescued and carried off into captivity in Egypt. Jacob made it right for his true love wife Rachel by placing Rachel's descendants over his sons to other mothers. Because of Jacob's love for Rachel, he bypassed his twelve sons and placed the blessing of Abraham on Rachel's grandson, Ephraim. Ephraim's brother Manasseh also received a portion of the blessing but nothing like Ephraim's portion.
It is Joseph, but primarily Joseph's son Ephraim, who inherits the bounty of the world as a blessing from God. Also note that with the blessing of Abraham put squarely on Ephraim𠏋 head, and not Joseph or Manasseh, scripture describes Ephraim's descendants as 'myriads' in comparison to his brother Manasseh's descendants as 'thousands'. "myriad" is defined by Encarta Dictionary as "1: Too numerous to count; so many that they cannot be counted." Moses also tells us that Joseph's sons, primarily Ephraim, of course, is blessed by God to have great wealth above other races. Hum? A race of people, lost in the masses, with great wealth, world dominant secular power, who grow to become myriads of descendants in the form of a multitude of nations, with great military strength. What race could this be today?This is God's blessing to Ephraim in action: GEN 27:29 "Let peoples serve you, and nations pay you homage; Be master of your brothers, and may your mother's sons bow down to you. Ephraim, of course, is also blessed with a vast number of descendants (in the billions by now) in many nations on earth by now. Ephraim, his descendants, presently gone renegade from God as a 'harlot', are The 'majestic bull', with world dominant secular power, with dominant military strength (horns), to 'gore the nations', 'even those at the ends of the earth', and gain control of the gates of his enemies (have power and control over other nations), even today.
NAB3 DEU 33:1This is the blessing which Moses, the man of God, pronounced upon the Israelites before he died....
Of Joseph he said: "Blessed by the LORD is his land with the best of the skies above and of the abyss crouching beneath; With the best of the produce of the year, and the choicest sheaves of the months; With the finest gifts of the age-old mountains and the best from the timeless hills; With the best of the earth and its fullness, and the favor of him who dwells in the bush. These shall come upon the head of Joseph and upon the brow of the prince among his brothers, The majestic bull, his father's first-born, whose horns are those of the wild ox With which to gore the nations, even those at the ends of the earth." (These are the myriads of Ephraim, and these the thousands of Manasseh.)
When I contemplate on Deuteronomy 33:13, of Ephraim, the ”„Majestic Bull”¦ goring the nations to the ends of the earth, I see the white man pushing Native Americans onto reservations and initiating the slave trade. I see England occupying India and hauling all her treasures back to London. I see the Roman Empire. I see the Spanish conquistadors conquering South America. I see France going into Vietnam to reestablish it as a French possession, after France is liberated from Nazis occupation in WWII. I also see the US and Russia dominating the world today.
It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out what the main portion of the blessing from God to Abraham, which is myriads of descendants and world dominant power, placed upon Ephraim, is. Reproductive dominance (myriads of descendants and giving birth to kings), means about only one thing. If you want to see pictures of Ephraim's world conquerors, pick up a copy of 'Glamour Magazine'. While it is Ephraim's sons who rule the world, it is Ephraim's daughters who conquer the world. When foreign kings conquered Israel and they see Ephraim's supermodel daughters come marching in as slaves, there is no doubt these conquering kings were begging Ephraim to put his descendants on their thrones, through their marriage to Ephraim's; daughters (all Ephraim's female descendants). When a nation with 20 percent Ephraim population goes to war and looses eighty percent of their male reproducing population, the remaining twenty percent of men will come back to highly likely choose Ephraim's pretty daughters as their brides. Now the national population will be 100 percent Ephraim's descendants. I have exaggerated to explain how Ephraim's reproductive dominance, in gaining myriads of descendants and world dominant power, works.
Beauty and the Beast. Revelations describes secular power as the 'beast'. God blessed Sarah, Abraham's wife, Ephraim's great, great grandmother, that world dominant secular rulers, 'the beast', would issue from her descendants. God blessed Sarah with such tremendous physical beauty, that the kings of the world wanted to have intercourse with her. Rebecca, Ephraim's great grandmother had similar beauty (Gen 26:6). One can only imagine that Ephraim's grandmother Rachael was also gorgeous. The way that God gives Sarah's descendants 'sovereignty' to rule the world, is by making her, and her female offspring, so beautiful that all the kings of the world will want to have intercourse with them, thus placing Sarah's descendants, on the thrones of the kings of the world, even today. Israel did not need massive armies and conduct great wars to become rulers over the world; beautiful patriarch mothers, passing along their DNA for beauty, did the job in place of war.
When Abraham took Sarah to Egypt the Pharaoh immediately wanted to procreate little pharaoh's with her. God intervened and stopped him. As for Sarah's descendants, they do go on to conquer the world by placing their sons on the thrones of Israel's enemies. 'The kings of the earth have had intercourse with her' in Rev 17, literally means Sarah's beautiful female descendants procreating with the kings of the world in order for Israel to take their thrones. Sarah, given sovereignty to rule the world, by God, does so through her female descendants having intercourse with the kings of the world.
NAB GEN 17:15God further said to Abraham: As for Sarai your wife, do not call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. I will bless her, and I will give you a son by her. Her also will I bless; she will give rise to nations, and rulers of peoples will issue from her.
NAB REV 17:15The waters on which you saw the harlot enthroned are the large numbers of people and nations and tongues... REV 17:18 The woman you saw is the great city which has sovereignty over the kings of the earth.
NAB2 REV 17:1Come here. I will show you the judgment on the great harlot who lives near the many waters. The kings of the earth have had intercourse with her,
NAB GEN 12:10 Abram and Sarai in Egypt.There was famine in the land; so Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, since the famine in the land was severe. When he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai: "I know that you are a beautiful woman. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, 'She is his wife'; then they will kill me, but let you live. Please say, therefore, that you are my sister, so that I may fare well on your account and my life may be spared for your sake." When Abram arrived in Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. When Pharaoh; officials saw her they praised her to Pharaoh, and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house. Abram fared well on her account, and he acquired sheep, oxen, male and female servants, male and female donkeys, and camels. But the LORD struck Pharaoh and his household with severe plagues because of Sarai, Abram; wife. Then Pharaoh summoned Abram and said to him: "How could you do this to me! Why did you not tell me she was your wife? Why did you say, 'She is my sister,' so that I took her for my wife? Now, here is your wife. Take her and leave!"
GEN 26:6 Isaac settled in Gerar.When the men of the place asked questions about his wife, he answered, "She is my sister." He was afraid that, if he called her his wife, the men of the place would kill him on account of Rebekah, since she was beautiful.
NAB3 GEN 24:60They blessed Rebekah and said: "Sister, may you grow into thousands of myriads; And may your descendants gain possession of the gates of their enemies!"
Ephraim (Ephraim's descendants), is the 'harlot of Babylon'. Revelation 17 tells us that the harlot has intercourse with the kings of the world. This is literal. The 'beast' of Revelation is world dominant secular power. The way that Ephraim, (his descendants), rises to power on the back of the beast, is by Ephraim's pretty daughters (female descendants) literally having intercourse with the kings of the world. In this way the king's offspring, who take the thrones of the world, are Sarah's descendants through Ephraim. Ephraim does not need to wage great wars to put his descendants on his enemies thrones. The kings of Israel's enemies are quite happy to put Ephraim's descendants on their thrones by procreating with his pretty daughters. Ephraim's descendants rise to power in Babylon, Egypt, Tyre, Greece, Rome and where ever Ephraim goes. Ephraim is the harlot of Babylon riding on the back of world dominant secular power today.The harlot sitting over the 'many waters' means the harlot is ruling over many people and nations on earth. It is Ephraim (Ephraim's; descendants) who live in many nations, in mass numbers, rising to power where ever they go, who is the harlot of Babylon. It is the blessing from God to Abraham that has given the 'harlot of Babylon' all her descendants and placed her upon the 'beast' (the 'beast' is secular world dominant power). So if one wants to search for the 'harlot of Babylon' today, look for a race of a myriad descendants, who has grown to a multitude of nations, with great wealth, and with beautiful daughters, and a race holding world dominant secular power. This will be the 'harlot of Babylon'. Though the myriads of Ephraim's descendants are a 'lost tribe of Israel' (no records of lineage like modern day Jews), it is not hard to spot which race on earth today bears the blessing of Abraham, given to Ephraim's descendants. Ephraim's descendants, still bearing the blessing of Abraham today, 'lost in the masses', ruling the world through a multitude of nations, is easily identifiable.
NAB3 REV 17:1Then one of the seven angels who were holding the seven bowls came and said to me, "Come here. I will show you the judgment on the great harlot who lives near the many waters. The kings of the earth have had intercourse with her, and the inhabitants of the earth became drunk on the wine of her harlotry."
NAB REV 17:15The waters on which you saw the harlot enthroned are the large numbers of people and nations and tongues...
REV 17:18 The woman you saw is the great city which has sovereignty over the kings of the earth.
Note: Recently scientists did a DNA analysis on king Tut's remains. Pharaoh of Egypt, king Tut, ruled over Egypt during the time when Israel, Sarah's descendants, were held captive in Egypt as slaves. In the DNA analysis, scientists came out with the baffling discovery that king Tut was a white guy. Wait, why would people of Egypt, in Africa, be building pyramids to a white guy? Scripture tells us that Sarah, Abraham's wife, was blessed by God to rule over the world. King Tut was God fulfilling His Promise to Sarah that Her descendants would guard the gates of Israel's enemies. King Tut was Sarah's descendant. King Tut DNA more European than Egyptian: geneticists.
Ephraim, as with all the tribes of Israel, was supposed to be a faithful wife and loving children to God. Ephraim, of free will, chose to hate God through disobedience to God. Through sin, Ephraim chose to be a harlot and spend his inheritance of the blessing of Abraham on dissolute living and harsh ruler ship upon the world.
Ephraim has abused and perverted what was meant to be a blessing from God to His bride Israel. Ephraim (Ephraim's descendants) are the prodigal son in Jesus parable. 'Harlot' Ephraim going into exile in Babylon is the prodigal son in Jesus parable going off to a foreign land to squander his inheritance from God. Though all the tribes of Israel were cast off to Babylon and Assyria, the tribe with the great 'inheritance' from God, through the blessing of Abraham, is Ephraim.The evil human pride in secular power, which falls at Armageddon, is primarily Ephraim's evil human pride. The diadem in on the heads of the dragon, in Revelation, is the blessing of Abraham, on Ephraim. The heads of the dragon are dynasties. Seven means all or the complete number of dynasties; Rome, Greece and the like. Scripture putting the diadem on the dragon is telling us that the dragon, who is Satan, was once something beautiful to God. The gold, precious stones and pearls that the 'harlot of Babylon', wears, like the diadem of the dragon, is the blessing of Abraham of great wealth and blessings. Through his evil human pride, because of all the blessings he was given, Ephraim's (Ephraim's myriads of descendants) heart turned wicked, evil and abusive. Secular power that tried to kill Jesus at is birth, was a son of Jacob, Joseph and Ephraim. The dragon, 'sweeping a third of the 'stars' from the sky' means that Ephraim's sons killed the prophets and early Church leaders. A 'morning star', that the 'dragon' wipes from the sky, indicates those sent by God to lead.
NAB LUK 15:11Jesus said to them: "A man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the estate that is coming to me.' So the father divided up the property. Some days later this younger son collected all his belongings and went off to a distant land, where he squandered his money on dissolute living."
The 'beast' of Revelations is world dominant secular power. World dominant secular power is a magnet for those bearing God's blessing on Abraham's descendants, primarily Ephraim. It is God's people who rejected Him through sin and false god worship who are the 'harlot' in God's eyes. Ephraim is the 'harlot', riding the 'beast', ruling the world, in the Book of Revelation. Like Christ's parable of the Prodigal Son, Ephraim rejected God and went off to a foreign land to squander his inheritance of lewd and evil living. Dominant world leaders of today are Ephraim's descendants bearing the blessing of Abraham which gives them a propensity to rise to power.
NAB3 REV 12:3Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems. Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth.
NAB3 MAT 2:12Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.
NAB2 REV 17:3Then he carried me away in spirit to a deserted place where I saw a woman seated on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names, with seven heads and ten horns. The woman was wearing purple and scarlet and adorned with gold, precious stones, and pearls. She held in her hand a gold cup that was filled with the abominable and sordid deeds of her harlotry. On her forehead was written a name, which is a mystery, "Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and of the abominations of the earth." I saw that the woman was drunk on the blood of the holy ones and on the blood of the witnesses to Jesus. When I saw her I was greatly amazed.
NAB ISA 28:1Woe to the majestic garland of the drunkard Ephraim, To the fading blooms of his glorious beauty, on the head of him who is stupefied with wine. Behold, the LORD has a strong one and a mighty, who, like a downpour of hail, a destructive storm, Like a flood of water, great and overflowing, levels to the ground with violence; With feet that will trample the majestic garland of the drunkard Ephraim.
The dragon is man's evil pride in secular power. Man's evil pride is Satan. The 'diadems' that the dragon wears, represent the glory of the blessing of Abraham, of dominant secular world power, upon Ephraim. What was meant to be a blessing and gift to God's chosen people turned into a curse upon the world through the power of Satan, in the hands of Ephraim.
Ephraim, God's prodigal son, is going to get his buttocks whipped by God at The Battle of Armageddon.After Armageddon, Zion, the House of Judah, will be ruling over the nations. This will be Jesus, who is from the House of Judah, ruling under Messianic Reign. Ephraim, Rachel and Jacob's descendants through their son Joseph, will be deposed. It is through Leah and Jacob's son Judah's descendant, Jesus Christ, whom the world will be ruled after Armageddon. The false prophet will also be deposed at Armageddon. Though it will be the House of Judah ruling the world, it will be Jesus' Apostles, not the physical bloodline of Judah, who will rule the world, under their King, Jesus. God's blessing will then flow through Jesus, Who will rule over the world in power, authority and justice, over all secular world leaders. Those of the tribe of Ephraim who rise up from spiritual death at Armageddon, go to Zion. Zion is the city of David of the House of Judah. Zion is Christ's lineage. No longer will there be a House of Judah and a House of Israel after Armageddon. There will only be Zion under Jesus' Rule.
NAB2 HOS 5:3I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hidden from me; Now Ephraim has played the harlot, Israel is defiled. Their deeds do not allow them to return to their God; For the spirit of harlotry is in them, and they do not recognize the LORD. The arrogance of Israel bears witness against him; Ephraim stumbles in his guilt, and Judah stumbles with them.
NAB2 HOS 5:9Ephraim shall become a waste on the day of chastisement: Against the tribes of Israel I announce what is sure to be.
NAB2 HOS 6:10In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing: there harlotry is found in Ephraim, Israel is defiled. For you also, O Judah, a harvest has been appointed.
NAB2 REV 6:9When he broke open the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slaughtered because of the witness they bore to the word of God. They cried out in a loud voice, How long will it be, holy and true master, before you sit in judgment and avenge our blood on the inhabitants of the earth? Each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to be patient a little while longer until the number was filled of their fellow servants and brothers who were going to be killed as they had been.
Then I watched while he broke open the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; the sun turned as black as dark sackcloth and the whole moon became like blood. The stars in the sky fell to the earth like unripe figs shaken loose from the tree in a strong wind. Then the sky was divided like a torn scroll curling up, and every mountain and island was moved from its place. The kings of the earth, the nobles, the military officers, the rich, the powerful, and every slave and free person hid themselves in caves and among mountain crags. They cried out to the mountains and the rocks, fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, because the great day of their wrath has come and who can withstand it?
The 'harlot of Babylon' is born in 587 BC when God exiles the last of Abraham's descendants to Babylon.
NAB2 JER 31:6Yes, a day will come when the watchmen will call out on Mount Ephraim: "Rise up, let us go to Zion,"
NAB2 JER 31:16Thus says the LORD: Cease your cries of mourning, wipe the tears from your eyes. The sorrow you have shown shall have its reward, says the LORD, they shall return from the enemy's land. There is hope for your future, says the LORD; your sons shall return to their own borders. I hear, I hear Ephraim pleading : You chastised me, and I am chastened; I was an untamed calf. If you allow me, I will return, for you are the LORD, my God. I turn in repentance; I have come to myself, I strike my breast; I blush with shame, I bear the disgrace of my youth. Is Ephraim not my favored son, the child in whom I delight? Often as I threaten him, I still remember him with favor; My heart stirs for him, I must show him mercy, says the LORD. Set up road markers, put up guideposts; Turn your attention to the highway, the road by which you went. Turn back, O virgin Israel, turn back to these your cities. How long will you continue to stray, rebellious daughter? The LORD has created a new thing upon the earth: the woman must encompass the man with devotion. Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: When I change their lot in the land of Judah and her cities, they shall again repeat this greeting: "May the LORD bless you, holy mountain, abode of justice!"
NAB EZE 37:16Now, son of man, take a single stick, and write on it: Judah and those Israelites who are associated with him. Then take another stick and write on it: Joseph (the stick of Ephraim) and all the house of Israel associated with him. Then join the two sticks together, so that they form one stick in your hand. When your countrymen ask you, 㜁ill you not tell us what you mean by all this?�, answer them: Thus says the Lord GOD: (I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and of the tribes of Israel associated with him, and I will join to it the stick of Judah, making them a single stick; they shall be one in my hand. The sticks on which you write you shall hold up before them to see. Tell them: Thus speaks the Lord GOD:) I will take the Israelites from among the nations to which they have come, and gather them from all sides to bring them back to their land. I will make them one nation upon the land, in the mountains of Israel, and there shall be one prince for them all. Never again shall they be two nations, and never again shall they be divided into two kingdoms. No longer shall they defile themselves with their idols, their abominations, and all their transgressions. I will deliver them from all their sins of apostasy, and cleanse them so that they may be my people and I may be their God.
The House of Israel and the House of Judah are the two harlots of Ezekiel 23. Assyria and Babylon are the 'lovers' that Israel and Judah lust after. It is through their sins that Israel and Judah chase after their fall from the Promised Land I. It is Babylon and Assyria whom Israel goes to when they divorce themselves from God through sin.
Samaria (harlot Oholah) stands for the House of Israel and Jerusalem (harlot Oholibah) stands for the House of Judah. The harlotry and lust for the Assyrians (Assyria conquered and exiled Israel from the Promised Land I) and the Babylonians (Babylon conquered and exiled Judah form the Promised Land I) is symbolic for the Israelites abandoning God through idol worship and other sins. Israel and Judah started their false god worship and sinfulness in Egypt. They continued on with their harlotry of idol worship and a great multitude of sins until God divorced Himself from first Israel then Judah. God punishes Israel and Judah by having them conquered and hauled off to Assyria and Babylon. Chaldeans are Babylonians. At the end of Ezekiel 23 we see the fall of the 'harlot of Babylon' at the Battle of Armageddon. God takes back His Bride Israel at Armageddon. Babylon and Assyria (symbolic for Satan) are destroyed at Armageddon.Israel and Judah are the mother of all harlots. Ezekiel tells us that Israel makes evil done in Sodom look like justice. Ezekiel tells us that a prostitute takes payment for her services. A harlot takes gifts for her services. But Israel and Judah, they pay their lovers. Ezekiel 16 puts the 'mother of all' in front of the word 'harlot' to describe Israel and Judah.
NAB2 EZE 23:1Thus the word of the LORD came to me: Son of man, there were two women, daughters of the same mother, who even as young girls played the harlot in Egypt. There the Egyptians caressed their bosoms and fondled their virginal breasts. Oholah was the name of the elder, and the name of her sister was Oholibah. They became mine and bore sons and daughters. (As for their names: Samaria is Oholah, and Jerusalem is Oholibah.) Oholah became a harlot faithless to me; she lusted after her lovers, the Assyrians, warriors dressed in purple, governors and officers, all of them attractive young men, knights mounted on horses. Thus she gave herself as a harlot to them, to all the elite of the Assyrians, and she defiled herself with all those for whom she lusted (with all their idols). She did not give up the harlotry which she had begun in Egypt, when they had lain with her as a young girl, fondling her virginal breasts and pouring out their impurities on her. Therefore I handed her over to her lovers, the Assyrians for whom she had lusted. They exposed her nakedness, her sons and daughters they took away, and herself they slew with the sword. Thus she became a byword for women, for they punished her grievously. Though her sister Oholibah saw all this, her lust was more depraved than her sister, and she outdid her in harlotry. She too lusted after the Assyrians, governors and officers, warriors impeccably clothed, knights mounted on horses, all of them attractive young men. I saw that she had defiled herself. Both had gone down the same path, yet she went further in her harlotry. When she saw men drawn on the wall, the images of Chaldeans drawn with vermillion, with sashes girded about their waists, flowing turbans on their heads, all looking like chariot warriors, the portraits of Babylonians, natives of Chaldea, she lusted for them; no sooner had she set eyes on them than she sent messengers to them in Chaldea. Then the Babylonians came to her, to the love couch, and defiled her with their intercourse. As soon as she was defiled by them, she became disgusted with them. Her harlotry was discovered and her shame was revealed, and I became disgusted with her as I had become disgusted with her sister. But she played the harlot all the more, recalling the days of her girlhood, when she had been a harlot in the land of Egypt. She lusted for the lechers of Egypt, whose members are like that of an ass, and whose heat is like that of stallions. You yearned for the lewdness of your girlhood, when the Egyptians fondled your breasts, caressing your bosom. Therefore, Oholibah, thus says the Lord GOD: I will now stir up your lovers against you, those with whom you are disgusted, and I will bring them against you from every side: the men of Babylon and all of Chaldea, Pekod, Shoa and Koa, along with all those of Assyria, attractive young men, all of them governors and officers, charioteers and warriors, all of them horsemen. They shall come against you from the north with chariots and wagons and many peoples. Shields, bucklers, and helmets they shall array against you everywhere. I will leave it to them to judge, and they will judge you by their own ordinances. I will let loose my jealousy against you, so that they shall deal with you in fury, cutting off your nose and ears; and what is left of you shall fall by the sword. They shall take away your sons and daughters, and what is left of you shall be devoured by fire. They shall strip off your clothes and seize your splendid ornaments. I will put an end to your lewdness and to the harlotry you began in Egypt; you shall no longer look toward it, nor shall you remember Egypt again. For thus says the Lord GOD: I am now handing you over to those whom you hate, to those who fill you with disgust. They shall deal with you in hatred, seizing all that you have worked for and leaving you stark naked, so that your indecent nakedness is exposed. Your lewdness and harlotry have brought these things upon you, because you played the harlot with the nations by defiling yourself with their idols. Because you followed in the path of your sister, I will hand you her cup. Thus says the Lord GOD: The cup of your sister you shall drink, so wide and deep, which holds so much, Filled with destruction and grief, a cup of dismay, the cup of your sister. You shall drain it dry, and gnaw at the very sherds of the cup, and you shall tear out your breasts; for I have spoken, says the Lord GOD. Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Because you have forgotten me and cast me behind your back, it is for you to bear the penalty of your lewdness and harlotry. Then the LORD said to me: Son of man, would you judge Oholah and Oholibah? Then make known to them their abominations. For they committed adultery, and blood is on their hands. They committed adultery with their idols; to feed them they immolated the children they had borne me. (This, too, they did to me: they defiled my sanctuary and desecrated my sabbaths. On the very day they slew their children for their idols, they entered my sanctuary to desecrate it. Thus they acted within my house.) Moreover, they sent for men who had to come from afar, to whom messengers were sent. And so they came and for them you bathed yourself, painted your eyes, and put on ornaments. You sat on a couch prepared for them, with a table spread before it, on which you had set my incense and oil. Then was heard the shout of a carefree mob in the city, and these were men brought in from the desert, who put bracelets on the women arms and splendid diadems on their heads. So I said: this woman jaded with adulteries! Now they will commit whoredom with her, and as for her...And indeed they did come to her as men come to a harlot. Thus they came to Oholah and Oholibah, the lewd women. But just men shall punish them with the sentence meted out to adulteresses and murderesses, for they have committed adultery, and blood is on their hands. Thus says the Lord GOD: Summon an assembly against them, and deliver them over to terror and plunder. The assembly shall stone them and hack them to pieces with their swords. They shall slay their sons and daughters, and burn their houses with fire. Thus I will put an end to lewdness in the land, and all the women will be warned not to imitate your lewdness. They shall inflict on you the penalty of your lewdness, and you shall pay for your sins of idolatry. Thus you shall know that I am the LORD.
NAB2 JER 3:1If a man sends away his wife and, after leaving him, she marries another man, Does the first husband come back to her? Would not the land be wholly defiled? But you have sinned with many lovers, and yet you would return to me! says the LORD. Lift your eyes to the heights, and see, where have men not lain with you? By the waysides you waited for them like an Arab in the desert. You defiled the land by your wicked harlotry. Therefore the showers were withheld, the spring rain failed. But because you have a harlot brow, you refused to blush. Even now do you not call me, "My father, you who are the bridegroom of my youth"? "Will he keep his wrath forever, will he hold his grudge to the end?" This is what you say; yet you do all the evil you can. The LORD said to me in the days of King Josiah: See now what rebellious Israel has done! She has gone up every high mountain, and under every green tree she has played the harlot. And I thought, after she has done all this she will return to me. But she did not return. Then, even though her traitor sister Judah saw that for all the adulteries rebellious Israel had committed, I put her away and gave her a bill of divorce, nevertheless her traitor sister Judah was not frightened; she too went off and played the harlot. Eager to sin, she polluted the land, committing adultery with stone and wood. With all this, the traitor sister Judah did not return to me wholeheartedly, but insincerely, says the LORD. Then the LORD said to me: Rebel Israel is inwardly more just than traitorous Judah. Go, proclaim these words toward the north, and say: Return, rebel Israel, says the LORD, I will not remain angry with you; For I am merciful, says the LORD, I will not continue my wrath forever. Only know your guilt: how you rebelled against the LORD, your God, How you ran hither and yon to strangers (under every green tree) and would not listen to my voice, says the LORD. Return, rebellious children, says the LORD, for I am your Master; I will take you, one from a city, two from a clan, and bring you to Zion. I will appoint over you shepherds after my own heart, who will shepherd you wisely and prudently. When you multiply and become fruitful in the land, says the LORD, They will in those days no longer say, "The ark of the covenant of the LORD!" They will no longer think of it, or remember it, or miss it, or make another. At that time they will call Jerusalem the LORD㷧 throne; there all nations will be gathered together to honor the name of the LORD at Jerusalem, and they will walk no longer in their hardhearted wickedness. In those days the house of Judah will join the house of Israel; together they will come from the land of the north to the land which I gave to your fathers as a heritage. I had thought: How I should like to treat you as sons, And give you a pleasant land, a heritage most beautiful among the nations! You would call me, "My Father," I thought, and never cease following me. But like a woman faithless to her lover, even so have you been faithless to me, O house of Israel, says the LORD. A cry is heard on the heights! the plaintive weeping of Israel's children, Because they have perverted their ways and forgotten the LORD, their God. Return, rebellious children, and I will cure you of your rebelling. "Here we are, we now come to you because you are the LORD, our God. Deceptive indeed are the hills, the thronging mountains; In the LORD, our God, alone is the salvation of Israel. The shame-god has devoured our fathers' toil from our youth, Their sheep and their cattle, their sons and their daughters. Let us lie down in our shame, let our disgrace cover us, for we have sinned against the LORD, our God, From our youth to this day, we and our fathers also; we listened not to the voice of the LORD, our God."A Remnant Return. Only a Remnant of Israel returns home to the Promised Land II. Many come out of Babylon to Zion in the restoration of Israel. So where does the difference come from? In the above quote from Ezekiel we can see that God opens the doors to Israel's older and younger siblings. These are the pagan nations. It is the pagan nations who will come with remnant Israel to fill God's Kingdom in abundance.
NAB2 EZE 16:1Thus the word of the LORD came to me: Son of man, make known to Jerusalem her abominations. Thus says the Lord GOD to Jerusalem: By origin and birth you are of the land of Canaan; your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite. As for your birth, the day you were born your navel cord was not cut; you were neither washed with water nor anointed, nor were you rubbed with salt, nor swathed in swaddling clothes. No one looked on you with pity or compassion to do any of these things for you. Rather, you were thrown out on the ground as something loathsome, the day you were born. Then I passed by and saw you weltering in your blood. I said to you: Live in your blood and grow like a plant in the field. You grew and developed, you came to the age of puberty; your breasts were formed, your hair had grown, but you were still stark naked. Again I passed by you and saw that you were now old enough for love. So I spread the corner of my cloak over you to cover your nakedness; I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you; you became mine, says the Lord GOD. Then I bathed you with water, washed away your blood, and anointed you with oil. I clothed you with an embroidered gown, put sandals of fine leather on your feet; I gave you a fine linen sash and silk robes to wear. I adorned you with jewelry: I put bracelets on your arms, a necklace about your neck, a ring in your nose, pendants in your ears, and a glorious diadem upon your head. Thus you were adorned with gold and silver; your garments were of fine linen, silk, and embroidered cloth. Fine flour, honey, and oil were your food. You were exceedingly beautiful, with the dignity of a queen. You were renowned among the nations for your beauty, perfect as it was, because of my splendor which I had bestowed on you, says the Lord GOD. But you were captivated by your own beauty, you used your renown to make yourself a harlot, and you lavished your harlotry on every passer-by, whose own you became. You took some of your gowns and made for yourself gaudy high places, where you played the harlot... You took the splendid gold and silver ornaments that I had given you and made for yourself male images, with which also you played the harlot. You took your embroidered gowns to cover them; my oil and my incense you set before them; the food that I had given you, the fine flour, the oil, and the honey with which I fed you, you set before them as an appeasing odor, says the Lord GOD. The sons and daughters you had borne me you took and offered as sacrifices to be devoured by them! Was it not enough that you had become a harlot? You slaughtered and immolated my children to them, making them pass through fire. And through all your abominations and harlotries you remembered nothing of when you were a girl, stark naked and weltering in your blood. Then after all your evildoing𨫎oe, woe to you! says the Lord GOD� you raised for yourself a platform and a dais in every public place. At every street corner you built a dais for yourself to use your beauty obscenely, spreading your legs for every passer-by, playing the harlot countless times. You played the harlot with the Egyptians, your lustful neighbors, so many times that I was provoked to anger. Therefore I stretched out my hand against you, I diminished your allowance and delivered you over to the will of your enemies, the Philistines, who revolted at your lewd conduct. You also played the harlot with the Assyrians, because you were not satisfied; and after playing the harlot with them, you were still not satisfied. Again and again you played the harlot, now going to Chaldea, the land of the traders; but despite this, you were still not satisfied. How wild your lust! says the Lord GOD, that you did all these things, acting like a shameless prostitute, building your platform at every street corner and erecting your dais in every public place! Yet you were unlike a prostitute, since you disdained payment. The adulterous wife receives, instead of her husband, payment. All harlots receive gifts. But you rather bestowed your gifts on all your lovers, bribing them to come to you from all sides for your harlotry. Thus in your harlotry you were different from all other women. No one sought you out for prostitution. Since you gave payment instead of receiving it, how different you were! Therefore, harlot, hear the word of the LORD! Thus says the Lord GOD: Because you poured out your lust and revealed your nakedness in your harlotry with your lovers and abominable idols, and because you sacrificed the life-blood of your children to them, I will now gather together all your lovers whom you tried to please, whether you loved them or loved them not; I will gather them against you from all sides and expose you naked for them to see. I will inflict on you the sentence of adulteresses and murderesses; I will wreak fury and jealousy upon you. I will hand you over to them to tear down your platform and demolish your dais; they shall strip you of your garments and take away your splendid ornaments, leaving you stark naked. They shall lead an assembly against you to stone you and hack you with their swords. They shall burn your apartments with fire and inflict punishments on you while many women look on. Thus I will put an end to your harlotry, and you shall never again give payment. When I have wreaked my fury upon you I will cease to be jealous of you, I will be quiet and no longer vexed. Because you did not remember what happened when you were a girl, but enraged me with all these things, therefore in return I am bringing down your conduct upon your head, says the Lord GOD. For did you not add lewdness to the rest of your abominable deeds? See, everyone who is fond of proverbs will say of you, Like mother, like daughter. Yes, you are the true daughter of the mother who spurned her husband and children, and you are a true sister to those who spurned their husbands and children our mother was a Hittite and your father an Amorite. Your elder sister was Samaria with her daughters, living to the north of you; and your younger sister, living to the south of you, was Sodom with her daughters. Yet not only in their ways did you walk, and act as abominably as they did; in a very short time you became more corrupt in all your ways than they. As I live, says the Lord GOD, I swear that your sister Sodom, with her daughters, has not done as you and your daughters have done! And look at the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters were proud, sated with food, complacent in their prosperity, and they gave no help to the poor and needy. Rather, they became haughty and committed abominable crimes in my presence; then, as you have seen, I removed them. Samaria did not commit half your sins! You have done more abominable things than they, and have even made your sisters appear just, with all the abominable deeds you have done. You, then, bear your shame; you are an argument in favor of your sisters! In view of your sinful deeds, more abominable than theirs, they appear just in comparison with you. Blush for shame, and bear the shame of having made your sisters appear just. I will restore their fortunes, the fortune of Sodom and her daughters and of Samaria and her daughters (and I will restore your fortune along with them), that you may bear your shame and be disgraced for all the comfort you brought them. Yes, your sisters, Sodom and her daughters, Samaria and her daughters, shall return to their former state (you and your daughters shall return to your former state). Was not your sister Sodom kept in bad repute by you while you felt proud of yourself, before your wickedness became evident? Now you are like her, reproached by the Edomites and all your neighbors, despised on all sides by the Philistines. The penalty of your lewdness and your abominations you must bear it all, says the LORD. For thus speaks the Lord GOD: I will deal with you according to what you have done, you who despised your oath, breaking a covenant. Yet I will remember the covenant I made with you when you were a girl, and I will set up an everlasting covenant with you. Then you shall remember your conduct and be ashamed when I take your sisters, those older and younger than you, and give them to you as daughters, even though I am not bound by my covenant with you. For I will re-establish my covenant with you, that you may know that I am the LORD, that you may remember and be covered with confusion, and that you may be utterly silenced for shame when I pardon you for all you have done, says the Lord GOD.It is Jacobs blood descendants Israel who are exiled out of the Promised Land I in 587 BC because of their sins. It is Jacobs spiritual descendants, those of all mankind who obey and worship the God of Abraham alone, who enter back into the Restored Kingdom of Israel in the Promised Land II. Those blood descendants of Jacob, and others in the world, who remain in their sins, are separated out and bound, through anathema, in spiritual Babylon II, which is hell. Those of all races and nations, who come to love God through obedience and worship Him alone, enter into the Promised Land II as the spiritual descendants of Jacob to receive eternal life through Jesus. Those who refuse to repent from sin, though they may still be physically alive, are bound to their sins in Babylon II which is hell. While they are still alive, those in Babylon II can repent and go to Zion in the Promised Land II.
NAB MAT 8:11Mark what I say! Many will come from the east and the west and will find a place at the banquet in the kingdom of God with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, while the natural heirs of the kingdom will be driven out into the dark, Wailing will be heard there, and the grinding of teeth.
NAB2 MAT 22:1Jesus again in reply spoke to them in parables, saying, The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come. A second time he sent other servants, saying, 'Tell those invited: "Behold, I have prepared my banquet, my calves and fattened cattle are killed, and everything is ready; come to the feast."' Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business. The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged and sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, 'The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come. Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.' The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to meet the guests he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment. He said to him, 'My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?' But he was reduced to silence. Then the king said to his attendants, 'Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.' Many are invited, but few are chosen." Then the Pharisees went off and plotted how they might entrap him in speech.
NAB LUK 14:15At these words one in the party said to him, Happy is he who eats bread in the kingdom of God. Jesus responded: A man was giving a large dinner and he invited many. At dinner time he sent his servant to say to those invited, Come along, everything is ready now. But they began to excuse themselves, one and all. The first one said to the servant, I have bought some land and must go out and inspect it. Please excuse me. Another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen and I am going out to test them. Please excuse me. A third said, I am newly married and so I cannot come. The servant returning reported all this to his master. The master of the house grew angry at the account. He said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor and the crippled, the blind and the lame. The servant reported, after some time, Your orders have been carried out, my lord, and there is still room. The master them said to the servant, Go out into the highways and along the hedgerows and force them to come in, I want my house to be full, but I tell you that not one of those invited shall taste a morsel of my dinner. (MAT 22)
NAB2 LUK 13:23Someone asked him, "Lord, will only a few people be saved?" He answered them, "Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough. After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, 'Lord, open the door for us.' He will say to you in reply, 'I do not know where you are from.' And you will say, 'We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.' Then he will say to you, 'I do not know where (you) are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers!' And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out.
The Harlot of Babylon in Revelation, riding the beast, is composed of all people on earth, who, in their evil human pride, reject God through sin. All those of mankind whom stay with their evil human pride through unrepentant sin, fall at the battle of Armageddon. As Israel was punished on earth from their fall in 587 BC till the Battle of Armageddon, now it is all the unrepentant sinners of the world, in Babylon II, who will suffer the as Israel suffered. Israel will have her punishments removed. It is those living in Zion of the Promised Land II who will no longer receive the allotted punishments from God. Those living in Babylon II, prideful unrepentant blood descendant of Abraham and all other prideful unrepentant, will be the ones to receive God's punishments.
The Israel spiritually coming out of Babylon at Armageddon is a culmination of all those on earth who love the God of Jacob through repentance and obedience. This is different from the physical nation, race and physical blood line of Abraham, Israel, going into Babylon. Those spiritually remaining in Babylon at Armageddon, through their unrepentant sins, are the harlot of Babylon to receive the blows from God to Babylon. The 'harlot of Babylon' in the book of Revelation represents all the prideful of mankind who refuse to repent to love and obey God. The 'harlot of Babylon' falls at the battle of Armageddon.
Babylon, the great harlot, falls at the future Battle of Armageddon. Jeremiah talks of the fall of Babylon. It is not the fall of Babylon to the Medes that Jeremiah is talking about. It is the great spiritual fall of Babylon at the Battle of Armageddon that Jeremiah, Isaiah and all the prophets see as the great fall of the great harlot Babylon. Jesus and His Angels of the Apocalypse defeat the great harlot Babylon at the Battle of Armageddon. Armageddon is a spiritual battle between Jesus and Satan. Armageddon is a spiritual battle. Babylon represents all the non-repentant wicked of the world.Stock alert! We can see in Revelations 18, quoted above, that while the nations who sold merchandise to Babylon are, at least, somewhat intact, for they mourn the loss of sales to the harlot of Babylon. The harlot of Babylon is wealthy due to the blessing of Abraham upon Ephraim. Ephraim has the blessing of Abraham taken from him and it is given to Zion, at the Battle of Armageddon. Ephraim, a race of people, blessed by God to become many nations, with a myriad of descendants, and reap the wealth of nations, is going to take a great financial fall, along with all his other woes, upon the Battle of Armageddon. Remember, Ephraim rises to power where every he goes. The first place Ephraim went, when expelled from the Promised Land, was Babylon. It should not be very difficult to look around the world today and figure out just who Ephraim is. Along with Ephraim's blessing of world dominant power, received from his father Joseph, his blessing of wealth falls, at the Battle of Armageddon, as well. Now would be a good time for the rich to invest their wealth in helping the poor. It is the poor who inherit the land in the post-Armageddon, Kingdom of God, which is Zion.
NAB REV 17:15
REV 17:18 The woman you saw is the great city which has sovereignty over the kings of the earth.
NAB2 REV 17:1Then one of the seven angels who were holding the seven bowls came and said to me, "Come here. I will show you the judgment on the great harlot who lives near the many waters. The kings of the earth have had intercourse with her, and the inhabitants of the earth became drunk on the wine of her harlotry. Then he carried me away in spirit to a deserted place where I saw a woman seated on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names, with seven heads and ten horns. The woman was wearing purple and scarlet and adorned with gold, precious stones, and pearls. She held in her hand a gold cup that was filled with the abominable and sordid deeds of her harlotry. On her forehead was written a name, which is a mystery, "Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and of the abominations of the earth." I saw that the woman was drunk on the blood of the holy ones and on the blood of the witnesses to Jesus.
NAB REV 18:1After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth became illumined by his splendor. He cried out in a mighty voice: "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great. She has become a haunt for demons. She is a cage for every unclean spirit, a cage for every unclean bird, (a cage for every unclean) and disgusting (beast). For all the nations have drunk the wine of her licentious passion. The kings of the earth had intercourse with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her drive for luxury." Then I heard another voice from heaven say: "Depart from her, my people, so as not to take part in her sins and receive a share in her plagues, for her sins are piled up to the sky, and God remembers her crimes. Pay her back as she has paid others. Pay her back double for her deeds. Into her cup pour double what she poured. To the measure of her boasting and wantonness repay her in torment and grief; for she said to herself, 'I sit enthroned as queen; I am no widow, and I will never know grief.' Therefore, her plagues will come in one day, pestilence, grief, and famine she will be consumed by fire. For mighty is the Lord God who judges her." The kings of the earth who had intercourse with her in their wantonness will weep and mourn over her when they see the smoke of her pyre. They will keep their distance for fear of the torment inflicted on her, and they will say: "Alas, alas, great city, Babylon, mighty city. In one hour your judgment has come." The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn for her, because there will be no more markets for their cargo: their cargo of gold, silver, precious stones, and pearls; fine linen, purple silk, and scarlet cloth; fragrant wood of every kind, all articles of ivory and all articles of the most expensive wood, bronze, iron, and marble; cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, and frankincense; wine, olive oil, fine flour, and wheat; cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and slaves, that is, human beings. "The fruit you craved has left you. All your luxury and splendor are gone, never again will one find them." The merchants who deal in these goods, who grew rich from her, will keep their distance for fear of the torment inflicted on her. Weeping and mourning, they cry out: "Alas, alas, great city, wearing fine linen, purple and scarlet, adorned (in) gold, precious stones, and pearls. In one hour this great wealth has been ruined." Every captain of a ship, every traveler at sea, sailors, and seafaring merchants stood at a distance and cried out when they saw the smoke of her pyre, "What city could compare with the great city?" They threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and mourning: "Alas, alas, great city, in which all who had ships at sea grew rich from her wealth. In one hour she has been ruined. Rejoice over her, heaven, you holy ones, apostles, and prophets. For God has judged your case against her." A mighty angel picked up a stone like a huge millstone and threw it into the sea and said: "With such force will Babylon the great city be thrown down, and will never be found again. No melodies of harpists and musicians, flutists and trumpeters, will ever be heard in you again. No craftsmen in any trade will ever be found in you again. No sound of the millstone will ever be heard in you again. No light from a lamp will ever be seen in you again. No voices of bride and groom will ever be heard in you again. Because your merchants were the great ones of the world, all nations were led astray by your magic potion. In her was found the blood of prophets and holy ones and all who have been slain on the earth."
It is in our future Apocalypse at the Battle of Armageddon that Babylon falls. It is God's Angels of the Apocalypse who pour out God's wrath on Babylon. Jeremiah's prophecy in JER 50 and 51 is referring to our future battle at Armageddon. The physical, historical nation Babylon did not suffer the crushing defeat that Jeremiah 50 and 51 prophesy about. The physical Babylon surrendered peacefully.When you read the following quotes from Jeremiah 50 and 51, you are looking at the work of Christ's great Combat Angels of the Apocalypse. Combat Angels of the Apocalypse are 'God's hammar'. God's prophecy, 'So I, in one instant, will drive them off' is when the seventh trumpet of Armageddon blows.
NAB2 Commentary on JER 51:15Her walls are torn down: the prophet is not predicting the details of Babylons downfall, but describing such a downfall in conventional language. Actually, Babylon was surrendered peaceably, without destruction.
In God's eyes, therefore in the eyes of God's prophets, Babylon falls at our future Battle of Armageddon.
NAB REV 14:8A second angel followed and cried out: Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, which made all the nations drink the poisoned wine of her lewdness!
Israel becomes an adulterous wife to God. God casts His adulterous wife Israel, now harlot Israel, out of His presence. God ships harlot Israel off to Babylon. Harlot Israel blends in with all the false-god worshipers and evildoers in Babylon. Because Israel is God's unfaithful wife, she stands as the mother of all harlots and abominations in the world. In Babylon the evil that Israel did against God transforms into the evil throughout the whole world done against God.
The harlot of Babylon falls at the Battle of Armageddon. Jeremiah 50 and 51 is the fall of the harlot of Babylon in the future era of the apocalypse. The harlot of Babylon originates as God's unfaithful Bride Israel sent to Assyria and Babylon. Harlot Israel mingles in with all idol worshipers and unrepentant of the world. The Israel coming out of Babylon and Assyria is all nations and races who come to love and obey the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. After Armageddon, God's people live in Zion. The unrepentant wicked live outside Zion's gates.
NAB2 REV 17:1Then one of the seven angels who were holding the seven bowls came and said to me, "Come here. I will show you the judgment on the great harlot who lives near the many waters. The kings of the earth have had intercourse with her, and the inhabitants of the earth became drunk on the wine of her harlotry." Then he carried me away in spirit to a deserted place where I saw a woman seated on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names, with seven heads and ten horns. The woman was wearing purple and scarlet and adorned with gold, precious stones, and pearls. She held in her hand a gold cup that was filled with the abominable and sordid deeds of her harlotry. On her forehead was written a name, which is a mystery, "Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and of the abominations of the earth." I saw that the woman was drunk on the blood of the holy ones and on the blood of the witnesses to Jesus. When I saw her I was greatly amazed.
NAB2 REV 19:1After this I heard what sounded like the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying: "Alleluia! Salvation, glory, and might belong to our God, for true and just are his judgments. He has condemned the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her harlotry. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants."REV 19 Continued : They said a second time: "Alleluia! Smoke will rise from her forever and ever." The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, "Amen. Alleluia." A voice coming from the throne said: "Praise our God, all you his servants, (and) you who revere him, small and great." Then I heard something like the sound of a great multitude or the sound of rushing water or mighty peals of thunder, as they said: "Alleluia! The Lord has established his reign, (our) God, the almighty. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory. For the wedding day of the Lamb has come, his bride has made herself ready. She was allowed to wear a bright, clean linen garment."(The linen represents the righteous deeds of the holy ones.) Then the angel said to me, write this: Blessed are those who have been called to the wedding feast of the Lamb." And he said to me, these words are true; they come from God."
NAB2 MAT 23:29"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the memorials of the righteous, and you say, 'If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have joined them in shedding the prophets' blood.' Thus you bear witness against yourselves that you are the children of those who murdered the prophets; now fill up what your ancestors measured out! You serpents, you brood of vipers, how can you flee from the judgment of Gehenna? Therefore, behold, I send to you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and pursue from town to town, so that there may come upon you all the righteous blood shed upon earth, from the righteous blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. Amen, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation. "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her young under her wings, but you were unwilling! Behold, your house will be abandoned, desolate.
NAB2 REV 16:3The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea. The sea turned to blood like that from a corpse; every creature living in the sea died. The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water. These also turned to blood. Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say: You are just, O Holy One, who are and who were, in passing this sentence. For they have shed the blood of the holy ones and the prophets, and you (have) given them blood to drink; it is what they deserve. Then I heard the altar cry out, "Yes, Lord God almighty, your judgments are true and just."
NAB2 REV 6:9When he broke open the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slaughtered because of the witness they bore to the word of God. They cried out in a loud voice, "How long will it be, holy and true master, before you sit in judgment and avenge our blood on the inhabitants of the earth?"
The 'harlot of Babylon' represents all those, of all races and nations, who refuse to love and obey God on earth. Jeremiah 50 and 51 represent the fall of the unrepentant at Armageddon. Jeremiah 50 and 51, like the fall of Babylon in the book of Revelation, is the fall of the 'harlot of Babylon' in the future era of the apocalypse.
NAB2 JER 50:1The word which the LORD spoke against Babylon, against the land of the Chaldeans, through the prophet Jeremiah: Announce and publish it among the nations; publish it, hide it not, but say: Babylon is taken, Bel confounded, Merodach shattered; her images are put to shame, her idols shattered. A people from the north advances against her to turn her land into a desert, So that no one shall live there, because man and beast have fled away. In those days, at that time, says the LORD, the men of Israel and of Judah shall come, Weeping as they come, to seek the LORD, their God; to their goal in Zion they shall ask the way. "Come, let us join ourselves to the LORD with covenant everlasting, never to be forgotten." Lost sheep were my people, their shepherds misled them, straggling on the mountains; From mountain to hill they wandered, losing the way to their fold. Whoever came upon them devoured them, and their enemies said, "We incur no guilt, Because they sinned against the LORD, the hope of their fathers, their abode of justice." Flee from Babylon, leave the land of the Chaldeans, be like the rams at the head of the flock. See, I am stirring up against Babylon a band of great nations from the north; from there they advance, and she shall be taken. Their arrows are arrows of the skilled warrior; none shall return without effect. Chaldea shall be their plunder, and all her plunderers shall be enriched, says the LORD. Yes, rejoice and exult, you that plunder my portion; Frisk like calves on the green, snort like stallions! Your mother shall be sorely put to shame, she that bore you shall be abashed; See, the last of the nations, a desert, dry and waste. Because of the LORD㷧 wrath she shall be empty, and become a total desert; Everyone who passes by Babylon will be appalled and catch his breath, at all her wounds. Take your posts encircling Babylon, you who bend the bow; Shoot at her, spare not your arrows, raise the war cry against her on all sides. She surrenders, her bastions fall, her walls are torn down: Vengeance of the LORD is this! Take revenge on her, as she has done, do to her; for she sinned against the LORD. Cut off from Babylon the sower and him who wields the sickle in harvest time! Before the destroying sword, each of them turns to his own people, everyone flees to his own land. A stray sheep was Israel that lions pursued; Formerly the king of Assyria devoured her, now Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon gnaws her bones. Therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: I will punish the king of Babylon and his land, as once I punished the king of Assyria; But I will bring back Israel to her fold, to feed on Carmel and Bashan, And on Mount Ephraim and Gilead, till she has her fill. In those days, at that time, says the LORD: They shall seek Israel's guilt, but it shall be no more, and Judah's sins, but these shall no longer be found; for I will forgive the remnant I preserve. Attack the land of Merathaim, and those who live in Pekod; Slaughter and doom them, says the LORD, do all I have commanded you. Battle alarm in the land, dire destruction! How has the hammer of the whole earth been broken and shattered! What an object of horror Babylon has become among the nations. You ensnared yourself, and were caught, O Babylon, before you knew it! You were discovered and seized, because you challenged the LORD. The LORD opens his armory and brings forth the weapons of his wrath; For the Lord GOD of hosts has work to do in the land of the Chaldeans. Come upon her from every side, open her granaries, Pile up her goods in heaps and doom it, leave not a remnant. Slay all her oxen, let them go down to the slaughter; Woe to them! their day has come, the time of their punishment. Listen! the fugitives, the escaped from the land of Babylon: They announce in Zion the vengeance of the LORD, our God. Call up against Babylon archers, all who bend the bow; Encamp around her, let no one escape. Repay her for her deeds; as she has done, do to her, For she insulted the LORD, the Holy One of Israel. Therefore her young men shall fall in her streets, all her warriors shall perish on that day, says the LORD. I am against you, man of insolence, says the Lord GOD of hosts; For your day has come, the time for me to punish you. Insolence stumbles and falls; there is no one to raise him up. I will kindle in his cities a fire that shall devour everything around him. Thus says the LORD of hosts: Oppressed are the men of Israel, and with them the men of Judah; All their captors hold them fast and refuse to let them go. Strong is their avenger, whose name is LORD of hosts; He will defend their cause with success, and give rest to the earth, but unrest to those who live in Babylon. A sword upon the Chaldeans, says the LORD, upon Babylon's people, her princes and wise men! A sword upon the soothsayers, that they may become fools! A sword upon her warriors, that they may tremble; A sword upon her motley throng, that they may become women! A sword upon her treasures, that they may be plundered; A sword upon her waters, that they may dry up! For it is a land of idols, and they shall be made frantic by fearful things. Hence, wildcats and desert beasts shall dwell there, and ostriches shall occupy it; Never again shall it be peopled, or lived in, from age to age. As when God overturned Sodom and Gomorrah, with their neighbors, says the LORD, Not a man shall dwell there, no human being shall tarry there. See! a people comes from the north, a great nation, and mighty kings roused from the ends of the earth. Bow and javelin they wield, cruel and pitiless are they; They sound like the roaring sea, as they ride forth on steeds, Each in his place for battle against you, daughter Babylon. The king of Babylon hears news of them, and helpless fall his hands; Anguish seizes him, throes like a mother in childbirth. As when a lion comes up from the Jordan thicket to the permanent feeding grounds, So I, in one instant, will drive them off, and whom I choose I will establish there; For who is like me? who calls me to account? what shepherd can stand against me? Therefore hear the counsel of the LORD which he has taken against Babylon; Hear the plans he has made against the land of the Chaldeans: They shall be dragged away, even the smallest sheep; their own pasture shall be aghast because of them. At the cry Babylon is captured! the earth quakes; the outcry is heard among the nations.
NAB2 JER 51:1Thus says the LORD: See! I rouse against Babylon, and against those who live in Chaldea, a destroying wind. Against Babylon I will send winnowers to winnow her and lay waste her land; They shall besiege her from all sides on the day of affliction. Let the bowman draw his bow, and flaunt his coat of mail; Spare not her young men, doom her entire army. The slain shall fall in the land of Chaldea, the transfixed, in her streets; For Israel and Judah are not widowed of their God, the LORD of hosts, And the Chaldean land is full of guilt to be punished by the Holy One of Israel. Flee out of Babylon; let each one save his life, perish not for her guilt; This is a time of vengeance for the LORD, he pays her her due. Babylon was a golden cup in the hand of the LORD which made the whole earth drunk; The nations drank its wine, with this they have become mad. Babylon suddenly falls and is crushed: howl over her! Bring balm for her wounds, in case she can be healed. "We have tried to heal Babylon, but she cannot be healed. Leave her, let us go, each to his own land." Her judgment reaches heaven, it touches the clouds. The LORD has brought to light our just cause; come, let us tell in Zion what the LORD, our God, has done. Sharpen the arrows, fill the quivers; The LORD has stirred up the spirit of Media's kings; Babylon he is resolved to destroy. Yes, it is the vengeance of the LORD, vengeance for his temple. Against the walls of Babylon raise a signal, make strong the watch; Post sentries, arrange ambushes! For the LORD has planned and he will carry out his threat against the inhabitants of Babylon. You who dwell by mighty waters, rich in treasure, Your end has come, the term at which you shall be cut off! The LORD of hosts has sworn by himself: I will fill you with men as numerous as locusts, who shall raise over you the vintage shout! He has sworn who made the earth by his power, and established the world by his wisdom, and stretched out the heavens by his skill. When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar, and he brings up clouds from the end of the earth; He makes the lightning flash in the rain, and releases stormwinds from their chambers. Every man is stupid, ignorant; every artisan is put to shame by his idol: He molded a fraud, without breath of life. Nothingness are they, a ridiculous work, that will perish in their time of punishment. Not like these is the portion of Jacob, he is the creator of all things; Israel is his very own tribe, LORD of hosts is his name. You are my hammer, my weapon for war; With you I shatter nations, with you I destroy kingdoms. With you I shatter horse and rider, with you I shatter chariot and driver. With you I shatter man and wife, with you I shatter old and young, with you I shatter the youth and maiden. With you I shatter the shepherd and his flock, with you I shatter the farmer and his team, with you I shatter satraps and prefects. Thus will I repay Babylon, and all who live in Chaldea All the evil they did to Zion, as you shall see with your own eyes, says the LORD. Beware! I am against you, destroying mountain, destroyer of the entire earth, says the LORD; I will stretch forth my hand against you, roll you down over the cliffs, and make you a burnt mountain: They will not take from you a cornerstone, or a foundation stone; Ruins forever shall you be, says the LORD. Raise a signal on the earth, blow the trumpet among the nations; Dedicate peoples to war against her, summon against her the kingdoms, Ararat, Minni, and Ashkenaz; Appoint recruiting officers against her, send up horses like bristling locusts. Dedicate peoples to war against her: the king of Media, Its governors and all its prefects, every land in his domain. The earth quakes and writhes, the LORD㷧 plan against Babylon is carried out, Turning the land of Babylon into a desert where no one lives. Babylon𠏋 warriors have ceased to fight, they remain in their strongholds; Dried up is their strength, they have become women. Burned are their homes, and broken their bars. One runner meets another, herald meets herald, Telling the king of Babylon that all his city is taken. The fords have been seized, and the fortresses set on fire, while warriors are in panic. For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Daughter Babylon is like a threshing floor at the time it is trodden; Yet a little while, and the harvest time will come for her. He has consumed me, routed me, (Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon,) he has left me as an empty vessel; He has swallowed me like a dragon: filled his belly with my delights, and cast me out. My torn flesh be upon Babylon, says the city on Zion; My blood upon the people of Chaldea, says Jerusalem. But now, thus says the LORD: Surely I will defend your cause, I will avenge you; I will dry up her sea, and drain her fountain. Babylon shall become a heap of ruins, a haunt of jackals; A place of horror and ridicule, where no one lives. They all roar like lions, growl like lion cubs. When they are parched, I will set a drink before them to make them drunk, that they may be overcome with perpetual sleep, never to awaken, says the LORD. I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams and goats. How has she been seized, made captive, the glory of the whole world! What a horror has Babylon become among nations: against Babylon the sea rises, she is overwhelmed by the roaring waves! Her cities have become a desert, parched and arid land Where no man lives, and no one passes through. I will punish Bel in Babylon, and make him disgorge what he swallowed; peoples shall stream to him no more. The wall of Babylon falls! Leave her, my people, let each one save himself from the burning wrath of the LORD. Be not discouraged for fear of rumors spread in the land; this year the rumor comes, then violence in the land, tyrant against tyrant. But behold, the days are coming when I will punish the idols of Babylon; her whole land shall be put to shame, and all her slain shall lie fallen within her. Then heaven, and earth, and everything in them shall shout over Babylon with joy, when the destroyers come against her from the north, says the LORD. Babylon, too, must fall, O slain of Israel, as at the hands of Babylon have fallen the slain of all the earth. You who have escaped the sword, go on, stand not still; Remember the LORD from afar, let Jerusalem come to your minds. We are ashamed because we have heard taunts, confusion covers our faces; strangers have entered the holy places of the house of the LORD. But behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will punish her idols, and in her whole land the wounded will groan. Though Babylon scale the heavens, and make her strong heights inaccessible, destroyers from me shall reach her, says the LORD. Hear! loud cries from Babylon, dire destruction from the land of the Chaldeans; For the LORD lays Babylon waste, stills her loud cry, Though her waves were roaring like mighty waters, and their clamor was heard afar. For the destroyer comes upon her, (Babylon,) her heroes are captured, their bows broken; The LORD is a God who requites, he will surely repay. I will make her princes and her wise men drunk, her governors, her prefects, and her warriors, so that they sleep an eternal sleep, never to awaken, says the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts. Thus says the LORD of hosts: The walls of spacious Babylon shall be leveled utterly; her lofty gates shall be destroyed by fire. The toil of the nations is for nothing; for the flames the peoples weary themselves. This was the errand given by the prophet Jeremiah to Seraiah, son of Neriah, son of Mahseiah, when he went to Babylon for the king in the fourth year of the reign of Zedekiah; Seraiah was chief quartermaster. Jeremiah had written all the misfortune that was to befall Babylon in a single book: all these words that were written against Babylon. And Jeremiah said to Seraiah: When you reach Babylon, see that you read aloud all these words, and then say: O LORD, you yourself threatened to destroy this place, so that neither man nor beast should dwell in it, since it would remain an everlasting desert. When you have finished reading this book, tie a stone to it and throw it in the Euphrates, and say: Thus shall Babylon sink. Never shall she rise, because of the evil I am bringing upon her. (To "weary themselves are the words of Jeremiah.")
NAB ISA 21:9Here he comes now: a single chariot, a pair of horses; He calls out and says, 'Fallen, fallen is Babylon' And all the images of her gods are smashed to the ground.' O my people who have been threshed, beaten on my threshing floor! What I have heard from the Lord of hosts.
How does the 'Great War', which brings spiritual death to billions of people on earth, usher in Salvation to Israel, Peace, Reconciliation and great joy to both God and men? This is the big Mystery.
At The Battle of Armageddon
God Receives Back His Wife and Children
I call it the 'nature of the beast'. Being nice to Satan does not work. Millenniums of experience have proven this to us. Satan is man's evil pride on earth. You have to kill Satan. Scripture tells us that this works! Through repentance and absolution, many of Satan's followers rise back up from the spiritual death carnage delivered by Jesus at Armageddon. God's people come running back to Him when the 'Lion Roars', reeking spiritual death havoc on the world. It is Jesus with the 'sword' of His mouth who defeats the 'harlot of Babylon', Satan, the 'false prophet' and the 'beast' at the Battle of Armageddon. Zion, under Messianic Reign, is born at the 'Great War' of Armageddon. Hallelujah! Let Jesus Rule!
NAB2 REV 11:15Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet. There were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdom of the world now belongs to our Lord and to his Anointed, and he will reign forever and ever."
God's presence returns to earth after/through Armageddon. God has His beautiful faithful Bride and loving Children in Zion, on free willed earth. Free willed gifts of love for God abound in Zion. God pushes back immediate doomsday (end times) to 32,000+ years into our future, after Armageddon. Hallelujah!
Through scriptures, God tells us of all the glories, happiness, treasure and abundance for both God and man, which lie on the other side of Armageddon. Hallelujah!
Who would have thought it?
Let Jesus Reign!
Bring on the fall of Satan, the 'harlot of Babylon', the 'false prophet' and the 'beast' at Armageddon!
Let Zion be born!
Let God have His beautiful, faithful, loving Bride and Children!Hallelujah!
We pray to You Lord Jesus, "Send us Your Great Combat Angel!". Reek down havoc with the 'sword' of Your mouth, Lord Jesus Christ. Win the war against Satan! Chain Satan in hell! Give back to God His Beautiful wife and children! Take us to the Promised Land II, Zion and Messianic Reign, Lord! Let the world rejoice!
NAB2 ISA 62:1For Zion's sake I will not be silent, for Jerusalem's sake I will not be quiet, Until her vindication shines forth like the dawn and her victory like a burning torch. Nations shall behold your vindication, and all kings your glory; You shall be called by a new name pronounced by the mouth of the LORD. You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the LORD, a royal diadem held by your God. No more shall men call you "Forsaken," or your land "Desolate," But you shall be called "My Delight," and your land "Espoused." For the LORD delights in you, and makes your land his spouse. As a young man marries a virgin, your Builder shall marry you; And as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride so shall your God rejoice in you. Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have stationed watchmen; Never, by day or by night, shall they be silent. O you who are to remind the LORD, take no rest And give no rest to him, until he re-establishes Jerusalem And makes of it the pride of the earth. The LORD has sworn by his right hand and by his mighty arm: No more will I give your grain as food to your enemies; Nor shall foreigners drink your wine, for which you toiled. But you who harvest the grain shall eat it, and you shall praise the LORD; You who gather the grapes shall drink the wine in the courts of my sanctuary. Pass through, pass through the gates, prepare the way for the people; Build up, build up the highway, clear it of stones, raise up a standard over the nations. See, the LORD proclaims to the ends of the earth: Say to daughter Zion, your savior comes! Here is his reward with him, his recompense before him. They shall be called the holy people, the redeemed of the LORD, And you shall be called 'Frequented', a city that is not forsaken.
NAB EZE 37:19Thus says the Lord GOD: I will take the stick of Joseph, now in Ephraim's hand, and the tribes of Israel associated with it, and join to it the stick of Judah, making them one stick; they shall become one in my hand.
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