The Book of Revelation tells of 2 Great “Beasts” and a “Great Harlot” who together would rule the world in the end times. So who are these beings? These metaphoric beings were all previously depicted and described in the Old Testament. The Book of Daniel tells us that a “Beast” represents an “Empire”. An Empire is a powerful Kingdom that rules over other kingdoms. In Revelation 13 we are told that in the end times, two great Beasts (Empires) will work together to rule the whole world. Although these 2 Beasts work together, the 1st Empire has power over the 2nd Empire—as it says the 2nd Beast does everything it does on behalf of the first Beast. The 2nd Empire also seems to be the brute for the 1st Empire as the 2nd Empire forces the people of the world to “worship” the 1st Empire and to receive the “mark” of the 1st Empire in order to be able to buy or sell. So who are these two great end time Empires?
THE 1st BEAST EMPIRE of Revelation 13 is the continuance from Daniel 7 which left off with the old Roman Empire. Thus, the 1st Beast of Revelation 13 also represents the Roman Empire—but many years later, in the end times. So what does the Roman Empire look like in the end times? Well for the last 2000 years it has gone through a lot of changes. In the fourth century, the old Roman Empire was transformed into the “HOLY Roman Empire” which operated through the Popes and kings of several sub-Empires. These sub-Empires formed the present countries of Europe and MAY be depicted as the Beast’s “heads”. Today, the old Roman Empire is known as the European Union which would include the regions of the Middle East that Europe has occupied since WWI. In fact, the Beast’s 10 horns (10 kings) may come from the countries of the Middle East which were formed after WWI (See Sykes-Picot). Moreover, the statue vision of Daniel 2 also tells us this later day Roman Empire would no longer be strong and united like the old “iron” Rome; but rather it would be as “Iron mixed with clay”—weaker and divided. This describes the E.U. perfectly!
THE 2nd BEAST EMPIRE is the LAST Great Empire to arise in this age. This Beast Empire is described to have horns like a lamb but yet it speaks like a dragon. This metaphoric contrast relays that while this Empire appears to be good—it is actually evil. In fact, in the Book of Revelation, the “lamb” symbolizes Christ and the Dragon Satan. So what is really being relayed here is that while this Empire appears to be a good Christian Empire—it is really being used by Satan. Accordingly, this Empire is also called the “false Prophet”. This false Christian Empire is the Federal Government of the United States. Indeed, the Federal Government became an Empire during the Civil War when it forced the Southern States to come under its control. Since then, the U.S. has acted as an Empire all over the world. In fact, the U.S. has already fulfilled much of Revelation 13 as the “brute” power for the 1st Beast Empire (Europe) when it entered and won WWI and WWII on Europe’s behalf. Moreover, the U.S. won these wars mainly through its “fire from heaven” (air strikes and nuclear Bombs) —which was done in the site of ALL men through the “miracle” of television. This term “fire from heaven” is quite fitting for this false prophet as the last time this term was used was when the Disciples asked Jesus if they should call down “fire from heaven” on some people who had offended Jesus. But Jesus rebuked them and said that they knew not from what spirit they were speaking. In other words, although the Disciples believed they were acting in righteousness—they were actually being led by Satan. This is how it is with the 2nd Beast Empire as the people of the U.S. believe they have called down their “fire from Heaven” in righteousness, when in reality, they are only being used by Satan! Indeed, because of this fire from heaven, the nations of the world have become subjected to Europe and the U.S. Today, these two great Empires continue their imperialistic conquest through secret operations, false wars initiated by false flags like 9-11, and under the disguise of peace keeping and spreading “democracy”.
But as powerful as these two Empires may seem—all of their magnificent faculties and facilities are actually made possible, planned and provided for them by another. In fact, as powerful as these Empire may seem, they are actually only puppets on the strings of a Great Puppeteer. Indeed, just as prophesied, these two great Empires are actually controlled by the third major player of the Revelation story—the Great Harlot!
In Revelation 17, the 1st Beast (Europe) is pictured with a “Great Harlot” riding him. But this woman is not taking a joy ride; rather she is using the Beast to get her where she wants to go. Indeed, because she controls the reigns, she controls the Beast’s every move. Moreover, because the Harlot controls the 1st Beast; and the 1st Beast controls the 2nd Beast—the Great Harlot ultimately control both Empires! And how does this woman control these two great Empires? Through the money of course! So who is this Great Harlot?
THE GREAT HARLOT is repeatedly called “THE GREAT CITY”:
The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.” Rev 17:18
Woe! Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power! Rev 18:10
In Revelation 11:8, we are told WHO that Great City is:
“Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.”
Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem! The Great Harlot is JERUSALEM!
Now compare Jesus’ description of Jerusalem in Matthew 23:35 with the description of Great Harlot in Revelation 18:24:
Matt:23:35 “…so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. I tell you the truth; all this will come upon this generation. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you…”
Rev 18:24 “In her (the great harlot) was found the blood of prophets and of the saints, and of all who have been killed on the earth.”
These descriptions are the same. Again, the Great Harlot is JERUSALEM! So how did that ancient desert city whose people had been banished for the last 2000 years come to rule the world Empires in the end times? Here is a brief summary of her rise to power:
In the Old Testament, just as the metaphor of a “Beast” represented an Empire, the metaphor of the “Harlot” represented Jerusalem. In the Bible story, the metaphor of marriage was used of the Old Covenant between God and Israel which likened God as a Husband and Israel as a wife. But sadly, God’s Bride was unfaith to Him and she was likened unto a “harlot”—repeatedly:
“See how the faithful city (Jerusalem) has become a harlot! She once was full of justice; righteousness used to dwell in her—but now murderers!” Isaiah 1:21
“And your (Jerusalem’s) fame spread among the nations on account of your beauty, because the splendor I had given you made your beauty perfect, declares the Sovereign LORD. “‘But you trusted in your beauty and used your fame to become a harlot. You lavished your favors on anyone who passed by and your beauty became his.” Ezek 16:14
“You adulterous wife! You prefer strangers to your own husband! Every harlot receives a fee, but you give gifts to all your lovers, bribing them to come to you…” Ezek 16:32
The Old Covenant was like a marriage contract. But God broke the Covenant with 10 of the Tribes Israel in 722 B.C. and cast them out of the Promised Land. These became known as the “lost Tribes” of Israel. The remaining 2 Tribes of the Kingdom of Judah (the Jews) were exiled to Babylon; but were allowed to return to the Promised Land to maintain a “remnant” for Israel; through which God would bring the Messiah. Although the exile was meant to humble the Jews, once they were back in Jerusalem, they became even more wicked than before the exile. Thus the Prophet Zechariah foretold that God was soon going to revoke His Covenant with them.
“This is what the LORD my God says: “Pasture the flock marked for slaughter. Their buyers slaughter them and go unpunished. Those who sell them say, ‘Praise the LORD, I am rich!’ Their own shepherds do not spare them. For I will no longer have pity on the people of the land (promised Land/Jerusalem),” declares the LORD. “I will hand everyone over to his neighbor and his KING (we have no king but Caesar). They will oppress the land, and I will not rescue them from their hands.” So I (the Good Shepherd Jesus) pastured the flock marked for slaughter, particularly the oppressed of the flock (the oppressed Jews…NOT the fat). Then I took two staffs and called one Favor (Grace) and the other Union (United Israel), and I pastured the flock. In one month I got rid of the three shepherds. The flock detested me (the Good Shepherd), and I grew weary of them and said, “I will not be your shepherd. Let the dying die, and the perishing perish. Let those who are left eat one another’s flesh.” Then I took my staff called Favor and broke it, REVOKING THE COVENANT I had made with all the people (the Jews). It was revoked on that day, and so the afflicted of the flock who were watching me knew it was the word of the LORD. I told them, “If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.” So they paid me thirty pieces of silver. And the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—the handsome price at which they priced me (Jesus)! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD to the potter. Then I broke my second staff called Union, breaking the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.” Zec 11
Just as the Prophet Zechariah foretold, the Jews had become so wicked that they even murdered the Good Shepherd Messiah. Thus, God turned them over to the king they proclaimed for themselves when they said “we have no king but Caesar”. And that king (Caesar/Rome) soon destroyed Jerusalem. Moreover, they also banished the Jews from Judea. But this time they were NOT just EXILED as when they were taken by Babylon—this time they were banished for good—as the Old Covenant was now revoked. However when God revoked that Old Covenant, He made the New Covenant at the same time! Indeed, when the Jews murdered Jesus, the Old Covenant was broken; but the blood they shed also established the New Covenant! And that New Covenant was made with a NEW JERUSALEM which is from “above” (of the Spiritual realm). This New Jerusalem is now the Bride of Christ, and the old physical city is no longer God’s Bride! Moreover, she is no longer called “Jerusalem” because she no longer has a right to the married name—to the house in the place that bears God’s name.
Therefore, what I did to Shiloh I will now do to the house that BEARS MY NAME, the temple you trust in, THE PLACE (Jerusalem) I gave to you and your fathers. I will thrust you from my presence, just as I did all your brothers, the people of Ephraim.” Jer 7:13
The old physical city no longer bears God’s name because God’s name now belongs to the NEW place of His presence—the New Jerusalem! The Old City is now only called by some symbolic names like “Babylon”, “Sodom” and “Egypt” because those ancient cities represents who she becomes like in the end times.
“…the great city, which is figuratively called SODOM and EGYPT, where also their Lord was crucified.” Rev 11:8
In the end times, the physical City which calls itself “Jerusalem” is prophesied to be full of the fleshly indulgence (Sodom) and in bondage to sin (Egypt). But she is primarily called “Babylon” because like the ancient Babylon, the Harlot is prophesied to become the world’s center of wealth and commerce (finance and merchants).
“The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries” Rev 18:3
Woe! Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power! Rev 18:10
So how will this possibly happen? How will that ancient small desert city possibly arise to become the great ruler of world commerce which controls the powerful Empires in the last days? Truly it has already come to pass—and here is how.
After the Jews were cast from Jerusalem, they believed they were still to be God’s “Queen” and someday return to Jerusalem as they had before. Although over the next several hundred years they made several attempts to return—their attempts failed. So in the mean time, they have lived in countries all over the world, but in separate and isolated communities. There they developed businesses in which they could operate amongst the gentiles but remain separate. During this time, some Jews developed finance and investment banking businesses which made them very wealthy and powerful. This created a problem when the countries realized the Jews banking practices were impoverishing their people and creating a sub-state. Indeed, the bankers were able to manipulate and control individuals, business and even governments through their control of the money. As a result, several countries began to expel the Jews.
“Henceforth no Jew, no matter under what name, will be allowed to remain here without my written permission. I know of no other troublesome pest within the state than this race, which impoverished the people by their fraud, usury and money-lending and commits all deeds which an honorable man despises. Subsequently they have to be removed and excluded from here as much as possible.”—Maria Theresa (Ruler of Austria).
During this time the Jewish political movement of “Zionism” whose sole agenda was to regain their former “Promised Land” began to emerge. But to regain their “Promised Land” would be no easy task as for the previous 2000 years other peoples had settled the land. Moreover, Palestine was under the control of the powerful Ottoman Empire, which would require an army to take down. So the Zionist agenda to regain Judea became a bargaining chip in their political marketplace which they played in the times of war. Napoleon, who once said: “These Jews are locusts and caterpillars, they devour my France… They are a nation within the nation” promised the Jews Jerusalem if they would help him against the British. A hundred years later, it was the British who promised the Jews Palestine if they would bring the U.S. into their war against Germany—and they did so. Hence, through their financial control, the Jewish financiers moved nations to get them what they wanted—Jerusalem. Thus, following World War I, under “Sykes-Picot”, the Middle East was divided up and the British declared Jerusalem the Jewish homeland through the “Balfour Declaration” addressed to the Jewish financier Lord Rothschild. The Zionist maneuverings also carried through WWII with the final out come being the state of Israel.
But this story is not over, as the harlot continues to control the world’s monetary institutions. The truth is, while Europe and the U.S. utilize and benefit from the World Banks, they do not own them or control them in any way; rather, these Banks control the Empires! Indeed, through those financial institutions, the Harlot continues to manipulate the Beast Empires and move them in the directions that she wants them to go. And the Harlot’s sole agenda is still the “Promised Land”—to regain ALL of it—including Temple Mount from which they believe they are destined to rule the world. Truly they believe they will sit as God’s “Queen” as soon as they can rebuild God’s throne—the Temple. This however can not happen until the Muslim shrine (the “Dome of the Rock”) which currently sits on Temple Mount is destroyed; which will probably not happen until the Palestinian people are driven from the land. While the Zionist have been successful in slowly driving them out, it has become more and more difficult as they have committed so many atrocities against the Palestinian people, of which the world is becoming aware and angered. Indeed, in recent years there has been an awakening to the Palestine plight and anti-Semitism is once again on the rise. So what is to happen next according to Revelation?
Again, the Jewish Zionist’s agenda is to destroy the Dome of the Rock and drive all of the Palestinians from the land. And the only way this could happen would be through a massive ground war. But with “Israel” surrounded by millions of Muslims who have sworn revenge against them; the Zionist will need much support from the West to pull it off. But this is no problem for them as it has been under way for the past 25 years. Indeed, through the Zionist’s false flag wars, the Empires have secured major areas of the Middle East. However, the Zionists are still trying to bring down Iran and Syria through sanctions, orchestrated uprisings, and certainly through the coming war with ISIS. But soon, through one of these desert ground wars, perhaps the coming one with ISIS, the stage will be set for what is prophesied to happen next—Armageddon!
Revelation 16 tells us that through the power of Satan, the two Empires will use a great campaign of deceit (described as “frogs” coming out of their mouths) to gather the armies of the world to a place called Armageddon, which is actually Megiddo in northern Israel right under the Syrian border. Megiddo could certainly be a strategic place to attack ISIS from; but it is ultimately the way into Syria—who is the real target. But for whatever reason, once the armies are gather there, Revelation 16 tells us that something catastrophic will suddenly happen to the Great City. Indeed, a great “earthquake is said to split the Great City into three parts” which will cause all of the nations of the world to “collapse”. Now it is not difficult to surmise that since the Harlot controls the world’s financial systems, if she were somehow struck down, it would cause a worldwide financial collapse. Indeed, Rev 18 clearly describes a financial collapse as the merchants are who will mourn the Great Harlot’s destruction. So what will actually cause this great financial collapse—only time will tell. One popular theory is that an electro-magnetic pulse (E.M.P.) will turn our electronically dependent world back to the Stone Age, thus shut down all financial institutions worldwide. But whatever causes the collapse, this is when and where the 10 horns come into play, as it is they who “hate the woman” and will cause the Beast to suddenly turn on her. And no body “hates” the Zionist more than the ancient peoples of the newly formed (European occupied) counties of the Middle East! Indeed, it is these 10 horns (kings) who will “burn her with fire and eat her flesh” and cause the Beast to once again “make her desolate” (an Old Testament term used of the destruction of Israel). At this point, it is all over for the Harlot as Chapter 18 goes on to describe her full and FINAL destruction. After the destruction of the Great Harlot, the two great Empires will have some kind of an encounter with God in which they will destroy as well.
As for the Anti-Christ, through WWI and WWII, most of the prophecies of Revelation 13 and 17 may have already been fulfilled. Indeed, through the powerful “signs” in which the 2nd Beast has displayed on behalf of the 1st Beast (mainly the nuclear bombs), the world is too afraid to try to make war against these Empires. Indeed, the world already asks “who can make war with the Beast?” Moreover, the world is already bound to the financial systems of Europe, as today no country great or small can “buy or sell” which is not in good standing with the Empire. Indeed, through the measures of “sanctions” the Beast Empire has already been starving out countries like Iran, Syria, Cuba and North Korea. However, there is most likely still a powerful player to come—that wounded head of the Beast Empire who once was, but will come again. Perhaps he is a resurrection of a spirit of a past evil Emperor like Hitler; as John the Baptist was a resurrection of the spirit of Elijah. And perhaps he will force each individual to take a mark. But if so, that will be the Empire’s last great display of control before the gathering in Megiddo. But regardless, the world stage has already been set for Armageddon!
Christian Children of the Harlot and King Josiah at Megiddo
Most Christians today believe the Roman Catholic Church is the Great Harlot—and it is easy to understand why. But the Roman Church is NOT the Great Harlot as Revelation 11 tells us the Great City is the city where Jesus was crucified; and Jesus was NOT crucified in the city of Rome! Rather, the Roman Church (as an institution) is not actually “Christian” as they have not truly partaken of the New Covenant as they have not accepted or do not hold to BOTH terms of the New Covenant as Jesus required:
“And this is His Command: To Believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to Love one another as He Commanded us” 1 John 3:6.
While the Roman Church may teach their members to “believe”, it does not teach them that they must also “Love as Jesus loved”. And if one does not accept all of the terms of a Covenant, the contract is no good! (see “The New Covenant“). The truth is, that instead of the New Covenant, the Roman Church has become bound to the Old Covenant. Indeed, the Roman Church resembles the Harlot, because they are her CHILDREN as the New Testament teaches.
The Book of Revelation describes two Great Cities pictured as two women: one a Bride, the other a Harlot—one the New Jerusalem—the other the old or ex-Jerusalem. In Galatians Chapter 4, the Apostle Paul uses this same allegory of two cities also pictured as two women. There Paul tells the gentile Christians that they can BECOME children of the old city Jerusalem through their actions and their hearts! Paul warned the Christians that by trying to keep even one of the Old Covenant Laws, they would become BOUND to the entire Old Covenant Law. Then the New Covenant of Christ would be of no value to them; they would be “cut off from Christ” and “fall from grace”. Paul then urged the Galatians to remain in the New Jerusalem through living by the Spirit.
The message of Galatians 4 and 5 tells us that a Christian can loose their place in the Spiritual City Jerusalem and become children of the Old physical City Jerusalem through their actions and their hearts—and the Roman Church has done exactly that! Indeed they have not only led their people into keeping Old Covenant Laws, but they have led them into a physical kingdom mentality by maintaining physical Temples and a physical Priesthood. Moreover, they have exercised all manner of wickedness including mass murder in pursuits of physical lands. These evils are what Paul warned would come when one partakes in the spirit of the old City. And beyond the Catholic Church many other Christian sects have also left the City of the Spirit to become children of the Harlot. Indeed, just as the Roman Church, these have also kept old Covenant Laws such as the Sabbath and tithe. But more importantly, these too have not truly accepted the New Covenant. They have not committed to “Loved as Jesus Commanded”. Moreover, in these last days, the children of the Harlot have rushed to their mother’s defense through religious and military efforts to reestablish Israel in the Middle East. But in doing so, they have partaken in her sins, and thus will partake in her final destruction. But the Christians have been warned: “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues…” Rev 18:4
Finally, many of these who are Christian in name only, have also pledged their allegiances to the Beast Empires and have warred for them. So when these two Empires spew their lies to gather the armies of the world to Megiddo, these children of the Harlot will rush in believing they are defending their mother. But sadly, just as the good King Josiah was where he should not have been and thus perished at Megiddo; so too will these perish.