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Babylon may be a symbol of satanic world system

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Discussion of Revelation continues

By Shirley Jones

References for this column include Revelation 14:1-5, The Lamb and the 144,000; and Revelation 14:6-13; The proclamation of three angels.

The first angel flies about the earth preaching the gospel to all men during the last three and a half years of this age. The same preaching we now hear except he will be able to announce the hour of God’s judgment. We can only announce it is coming.

The second angel will fly in the heavens announcing the fall of literal Babylon, which will be destroyed under the seventh vial.

The third angel will fly in the heavens warning all men in the kingdom of antichrist that if they do take the mark of the beast and worship him they will seal their own doom and be punished in eternal hell.

The dispensationalist interpretation believer says Babylon is a symbol of the satanic world system. It is possible that such a system could be centered in a literal city. Historically, there has been much speculation that geographical Babylon may be a restored modern-day Iraq. Whether symbolic or literal, Babylon will have great religious and political significance in the last days.

Revelation 14: 14-20 - reaping the earth’s harvest. This is talking about the battle of Armageddon.

Verse 19: So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of god.

Verse 20: And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for 1,600 furlongs. This will be the last battle on the earth.