Title: Ep 15 | “Incursion 2: The second beast Swallows Up the First“
Plot: Examining Revelation 17 & 18 in light of what we learned from Incursion 1
Notes: The second beast gives its power to the first to destroy the whore of Babylon
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This is part 2, of the incursion that happened the day God rested
Though we are primarily focused on the day God rested, last week I went back to the future and talked about the end times. The reason is that: in the Bible God said he told us the end from the beginning. Which means that it's impossible to avoid God's prophecies about our future when diving into our past. I view that as a very clever way to force everyone to investigate the past and arrive at the truth. And this has the side-effect of revealing God's glory; there is something profoundly impressive about reading something that's thousands of years old that describes our future in riddles.
At the end of my last message I regaled you with stories of a floating city that probably struck some of you as far-fetched and fanciful, but after giving it a week, well, you are back... Before we dive back into the past, I want to do two things: put any further skepticism to rest and apply a heavy dose of Scripture -- for the purpose of confirmation that we are on the right track. I mentioned I can use the Bible to confirm my research, and so that's exactly what we're going to do today.
Today our calendars are firmly rooted in an unspecified date sometime in the future.
Feel free to turn your Bibles to Revelation chapter 17 and 18, but first I will give you a brief context:
Even before I ever arrived at the view that prophecy predicts a levitating Atlantis, even before that, I often told people that Babylon moves. One argument I used was that the whore of Babylon was described as sitting on a beast, making her mobile. And I would often say, originally Babylon was in Babylon, then it most likely moved to Sodom and Gomorrah, next Egypt, then Rome according to the apostle Peter and right now I believe she's in Manhattan. There are three ways we can track her movements: she leaves a wake of destruction behind. That destruction occurs quickly in a single day, and there is a trail of obelisks and pyramids or altars to false gods wherever she goes.
I believe that ultimately she will be seated in Atlantis or Tyre (whichever name you prefer) but this time in the flesh and hovering above the earth. And it is from this location, where she will receive her final dose of destruction.
I confess that my theory is not without flaws, but it answers more questions than it creates.
(Note to self: Remove this after correction the other podcast)
Before diving in: I must correct an important mis-statement that I made in my last podcast, which was that I said that the second beast also rose out of the sea. That is incorrect, I went back and double-checked myself. Scripture says he came from the earth, and specifically the bottomless pit. And as it turns out, that's important for us today.
Now I'll begin reading from Revelation chapter 17, it says:
Revelation 17:1-6 says
1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great prostitute who is seated on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality, and with the wine of whose sexual immorality the dwellers on earth have become drunk.” 3 And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her sexual immorality. 5 And on her forehead was written a name of mystery: “Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth's abominations.” 6 And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.
Okay, so far this does not sound like a visit to a floating city. Whenever I've read this Scripture I have always imagined a scene of defeat: a drunken woman lost perhaps even stranded in the desert with her animal. I don't know why I imagine that, it's a very consistent imagination though. And perhaps its because being drunk in a desert doesn't strike me like a party or a victory dance.
I suppose I could I rewrite my imagination so that she's in a floating city above a wilderness, decked out like a queen, sitting on the devil's throne, defiantly revelling in her pride sporting the blasphemous names that are written on her forehead (and probably in an ancient language). But I don't feel like that's sincere. I feel like that's me trying to force this Scripture to conform to my ideas. Instead, I suspect this is the second beast from Revelation 13.
But that presents a problem: he's described as a beast with two horns like a lamb who spoke like a dragon. Making me wonder if something has changed. While it is possible the whole band is back together, the first beast, the second and the whore. For some reason my imagination wants to dismiss the first beast from this scene and view her with the second. Who now seems to have the properties of the first. I suppose I'm telling you about these guesses that I'm making because they seem to be stubborn in my mind. I can't seem to let them go.
And perhaps that's because another discrepency is coming: In Revelation 13 it says the beast with 10 horns and seven heads came from the sea, but you'll notice when we keep reading, it says this one came from the bottomless pit. Which is where Nimrod comes from. And so my mind seems to want to think that something has changed between Revelation 13 and 17. I will continue...
When I saw her, I marveled greatly. 7 But the angel said to me, “Why do you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast with seven heads and ten horns that carries her. 8 The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise from the bottomless pit and go to destruction.
And so I'll interject a comment here. Both Nimrod and Atlantis match this description so far. They were, they are not now, and I suspect at some point they will be again. I'll continue:
And the dwellers on earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel to see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come. 9 This calls for a mind with wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated; 10 they are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he does come he must remain only a little while. 11 As for the beast that was and is not, it is an eighth but it belongs to the seven, and it goes to destruction.
The reason I say this beast is Nimrod is because he matches everything we've read so far. The seven mountains business are likely a Bible symbol that I haven't figured out yet. So if you know, shoot me an e-mail. I say this because the angel is stating that the seven mountains are the seven kings. He's equating them with each other. Suggesting the mountains aren't mountains or the kings aren't kings or there is a spiriitual relationship between them that I don't yet understand. In the end, I'm convinced that Revelation 17 is desribing, Nimrod, the second beast. Because most of everything that was stated fits him like a glove. I will continue reading:
12 And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received royal power, but they are to receive authority as kings for one hour, together with the beast. 13 These are of one mind, and they hand over their power and authority to the beast. 14 They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.”
That block of Scripture triggers two thoughts:
- If God thinks in terms of one thousand year days, then how long is one hour? According to God's clock, an hour would be 41.666 years. That strikes me as far more likely than sixty minutes, which the people of earth would scarcely notice elapsing.
- Secondly, I'm going to suggest to you that this Scripture suggests that things have changed since Revelation 13. What we just read suggests that Atlantis hands over it's power to the second beast. And so apparently, God views them as equals now. And so in the opening of this Scripture, I believe that's why the description of the second beast matched the description of the first.
Remember, most of chapter 17 is the angel explaining the opening of chapter 17 to the Apostle John. I could see why he would want an explanation. It confused me, too.
Remember John saw all the stuff that happend in Revelation 13, he's on board, he wrote this book. And he became confused at the opening of Revelation 17. What happened? Suddenly the whore is with the second beast, who appears to have absorbed the first beast. And in answer to his question: What did I miss? The angel gave this explanation. I won't read this to you now because it will take too long, but Daniel describes a beast that grows in power and authority until he enters heaven itself and makes some pretty astonishing demands. Nimrod is a power hungry climber.
Therefore I suspect John's confusion at the opening is because Nimrod is now being equated with Atlantis and her kings. And this woman seems to have figured out a way to saddle these kings. They are indisputably powerful, but she directs them.
If you think about, we kind of view King David as a giant because he slew a giant. Perhaps this reveals the nature of a spiritual victory. Once upon a time when one kingdom defeated another, the victorious king absorbed the land and the titles of the defeated king.
But it's time to wrap up chapter 17:
15 And the angel said to me, “The waters that you saw, where the prostitute is seated, are peoples and multitudes and nations and languages. 16 And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the prostitute. They will make her desolate and naked, and devour her flesh and burn her up with fire, 17 for God has put it into their hearts to carry out his purpose by being of one mind and handing over their royal power to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. 18 And the woman that you saw is the great city that has dominion over the kings of the earth.”
And so I suspect that John sees her in her final moments. My guess is that Nimrod the climber made the case to the kings of Atlantis that something must be done about the whore. And Nimrod believes that he can end her, but in order to do so, he needs more power. And so they agree to give him theirs. In the moment they give him their power he swallows them up and he then becomes the strange tool that God uses to unleash his wrath and judgement on her.
All of these things that will happen are rooted in the fascinating period of history that we're about to review together. Nimrod met the whore of Babylon thousands of years ago. They were in fact, lovers. And we can see that Scripture predicts that both of them will be in the flesh in the future, suggesting it's not outlandish to believe this would be true of the kings of Atlantis also. I'll remind you of this verse:
They will make her desolate and naked, and devour her flesh and burn her up with fire,
That statement fascinates me because it suggest we are talking about a person who once died, became a spirit, and somehow managed to exert her influence from her death, later to become flesh again, and then die again.
Okay, let's look at Revelation 18 together now:
Some brief context: in Revelation 16 it says that one of the angels poured out his bowl on the devil's throne, which I suggest to you is located on the floating Atlantis, and then it says it plunged his kingdom into darkness. By the way, I'm guessing that is the angel who is with John, right now.
Therefore, it's important that while we read, you remember that darkness is over the face of the earth.
Here we go:
18 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was made bright with his glory. 2 And he called out with a mighty voice,
“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!
She has become a dwelling place for demons,
a haunt for every unclean spirit,
a haunt for every unclean bird,
a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast.
3 For all nations have drunk
the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality,
and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her,
and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living.”
So that is interesting language it doesn't say: smoldering smoldering, or burning burning, it says fallen, fallen. And we know how precise God is with his language. And we know that this Scripture applies specifically to this Babylon. Unless you know of an angel that came proclaimed this over the other ones before. That expression takes on tremendous significance when our view of Atlantis is that was in the air. But remember it did say Babylon. And so I'm suggesting to you that Babylon will leave Manhattan and eventually end up on this floating city. Remembering that Babylon leaves destruction in its wake whenever it moves. My guess is that the rising of Atlantis out of the sea will likely lead to the destruction of the Babylon that's in Manhattan and then the throne will transfer to the floating city. I know that Babylon is not China because China is a seller of goods. Babylon is known as a buyer of goods. I'll continue:
4 Then I heard another voice from heaven saying,
“Come out of her, my people,
lest you take part in her sins,
lest you share in her plagues;
5 for her sins are heaped high as heaven,
and God has remembered her iniquities.
6 Pay her back as she herself has paid back others,
and repay her double for her deeds;
mix a double portion for her in the cup she mixed.
7 As she glorified herself and lived in luxury,
so give her a like measure of torment and mourning,
since in her heart she says,
‘I sit as a queen,
I am no widow,
and mourning I shall never see.’
8 For this reason her plagues will come in a single day,
death and mourning and famine,
and she will be burned up with fire;
for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her.”
So that Scripture raises questions. God telling his people to come out of Babylon after she's fallen doesn't make sense. That would be too late. So he must be telling us now, through this Scripture, to leave Babylon before judgement. And so I wonder if that might be why God is allowing this fake Coronavirus pandemic, because people are leaving the city because of it. And that strikes me as an act of mercy before she's destroyed. And so I view this particular block of Scripture as God giving us good advice. Since Babylon moves, since she gets destroyed over and over, this Scripture will first apply to New York and then to the floating city.
Which suggests people may actually move to the floating city. Can you imagine the value of real-estate over there? You may recall in last week's episode I made a reference to Superman Returns. In that movie, Lex Luthor created an island in the Atlantic with a crystal with the intention of making a killing in real-estate. Not only would he kill the people of New York, he would be able to name his own price.
Interestingly, God is encouraging his people to leave Bablyon and then visit her with vengeance. Therefore in this case, we have his permission for vengeance. But I digress...
I'll skip over verses 9 - 17 and just tell you that this is where it becomes clear that Babylon is a buyer . Because after she's gone the merchants lament that no one buys their cargo anymore. And it's a lot of moaning and groaning about her destruction that came about in one single hour.
In verse 18 we get an expression similar to the one I told you to watch for: they declare what city was like the great city. Who is like Tyre?
Verse 21 is my favorite in this chapter, it reads:
21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying,
“So will Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence,
and will be found no more;
I never understood that illustration until I considered Babylon would be a resurrected Atlantis levitating in the air. That illustration combined with the expression: fallen, fallen makes perfect sense. And the fact that I was able to crack this mystery suggests, that the time is probably short.
In closing: the only other thing that grabs my attention from this chapter is that it says: all the nations were decieved by your sorcery. And that suggests that some aspect related to this floating city is a trick. But I'm not suggesting that means it doesn't actually float, because the angel with the stone would say otherwise, rather that she's a con artist. There is really no difference between a con and a spell. I'm sure you've heard the expression, "She has him under her spell." We instinctively understand that means he's been tricked. And so perhaps this means that Atlantis will emerge from the water declaring the God of the Bible is a lie, the blasphemous names and trash talking will be used as a proof that if there was a God, surely he wouldn't let them talk about him like this. And so her sorcery will likely be an elaborate lie about our past, a new holy book that unites aspects of all other world religions together in opposition to the Bible and Yahweh. But in the end, I would expect aggregious lies to spew forth from this kingdom and anyone who believes them is under their spell.
I believe I have sufficiently established my case for the existence of Atlantis and her role in the end times and so, in our next message we will dive back into the past: the year 7,200 FBC, from the beginning of creation.
This is Tom Bradford, signing off. For now... Y'all come back now! Ya hear?