Hello JWN, my last thread revealed the identity of the Beast out of the Earth referenced in Revelation chapter 13 veses 11-18. This post will deal with the Beast out of the Sea who is being ridden by a prostitute called Babylon the Great.
First, we must identify the beast the prositute is riding. This can be found in Revelation chapter 17:
One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters. 2 With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.”
3 Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. 5 The name written on her forehead was a mystery:
babylon the great
the mother of prostitutes
and of the abominations of the earth .
So, the 7-Headed Beast = the Kings of the Earth who committed adultery with the woman. We are talking about an act of bestiality (beast and woman) here being used as a metaphor to describe the relationship between the two entities. The identity of the woman here is given to us by the mention of her sitting by "many waters." This is a direct reference to the beginning of Genesis:
Genesis 1:2 - Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
In a previous thread I explained that in the context of Genesis 1:2 the Spirit of God is actually a feminine entity or Aspect of Elohim which is plural word for the One True God. After the fall in the Garden, Eve was given her name and title:
Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.
Eve is decribed as "mother of all the living" which is why Adam named her Eve. It is safe to say that the Harlot of Revelation directly correlates to this idea of a mother of our corrupted existence. In the allegory Eve allowed a beast to dominate her and that is why she became a whore. She, along with Adam were supposed to have the beasts of the earth in subjejction, but they used their God given free will to allow a beast, albeit a cunning one, to have dominion over them. This put an animal instinct in charge rather than the humanity God had created for them which was separate from the beasts (which is why God's curse turned them into half animal, half human). This is why bestiality in Revelation is used to decribe the "mother of all the living." The 7 headed Beast is actually Adam in a fully corrupted beast-like state who is being controlled by the woman, yet all are under the control of the dragon on shore of the sea which is an advanced verson of the Serpent. The fact that he is standing by water also indicates a superseding of the role of the Spirit of God. It's the theme of water that identifies these characters. Just as the Spirit of God hovered over the waters before the 6 days of creation, the dragon stands on the shore of the sea while his creation is brought forth to a fully corrupted state.
The Watchtower wrongly identifies this beastly tandum as the "World Empire of False Religion." This is a curious misinterpretation because that title should go to the Beast out of the Earth, not the sea. It seems like a purposeful switch in order to decieve. "The great city birthed from the mother of all the living" would be the ENTIRE world and everything that has ever existed all put into a single piece of imagery. A Mother Earth not of peace and love, but greed and destruction. Babylon isn't "religion" it's EVERYTHING produced by the Mother of Abominations.
But all is not lost. In this world, God appears to be the underdog, but he waits patiently while his holy ones are ravaged. Eventually, according to Revelation, God has his vengeance in the end, but only at a specified point in time and only when his white robes are soaked in the blood of the holy ones. The Order of Melchizedek are the kings who did not commit adultery with the Mother of Abominations and it's through those kings that God will bring to ruin t hose who are ruining the earth.
Another adequate piece of imagery to describe Babylon the Great is the Tower of Babel which is another symbol of Genesis 11. That tower was created by the work of man's hands. If you do Bible research on this term "work of man's hands" you will see it all throughout many books. That is why the Tower was an abomination to God, because it was created by men and was pointing towards the heavens. It was created FOR men who had long given up the hand of God in favor of their own abominable ways like ungrateful children. Acts 17 describes this nicely:
Acts 17: 24 - The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.
God doesn't live in a temple like the Watchtower says he does. They want to say that Kingdom Halls are where God dwells and that's exactly what Acts 17 says NOT TO DO. No matter how wonderful something is that we create it never even begins to touch the glory of God which is pure and eternal. That is what the whore of Babylon is, it's the idea that we alone can do anything we want and God should thank US for it. The one's who worship this idea are worshipping the image of the beast specifically errected to decieve the nations and create chaos for everyone. When the Bible says, "get out of her" what it means is to stop "having intercourse" with the cities of this planet and their ideals, for they were all created in vain unless overseen by the One True God. It's imploring us to stop calling ourselves brothers because of the walls we errect for ourselves. In reality we are all brothers and sisters as children created equally in the image of God. That is what binds us together, not anything else. So, don't think that just because you are out of organized religion you have escaped the clutches of the Great Whore of Babylon, because she WILL control you with the animal instinct that lives within us all. We must rule over sin, for IT desires US.