Revelation chapter 17 and the prophetic future of Babylon, what it is and who it is controlled by and the challenges presented by Babylon today. From our systematic series of bible teaching messages in the book of Revelation.
A chapter which calls time on the mysteries of God and invites us to eat a book doesn't have to try hard to be intriguing. Revelation chapter 10 is such a chapter. Key to our understanding of this mysterious chapter of Divine mysteries is verse 7; announcing that the "mystery of God should be finished." This is not simply the announcement of 'time up' but the anticipation of the completion and fulfilment of the Divine purposes of redemption. The 14 great mysteries of the New Testament find their fulfilment now with the blowing of the 7th trumpet.
The mystery of the Kingdom
The mystery of the blindness of Israel (Romans 11)
The Mystery of the spread of the Gospel (Romans 16) The Mystery of the Cross (1 Corinthians 1) The Mystery of the Rapture (1 Corinthians 15) The Mystery of all things headed up in Christ (Ephesians 1) The Mystery of Jew and Gentile in one body (Ephesians 3) The Mystery of Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5) The Mystery of Christ in us (Colossians 1) The Mystery of Iniquity (2 Thessalonians 2) The Great Mystery of Godliness (1 Timothy 3:16) The Mystery of the Churches and Stars (Revelation chapters 1 to 3) The Mystery of God (Revelation chp 10) The Mystery Babylon the Great
All of these 14 mysteries seem summed up in the one mystery here - the mystery of God.
The open book of the Divine purpose in redemption is open and as John tastes it, there is in it's inner workings a bitterness, a pain and a sorrow, the same bitterness we can detect in history as well as in the lives of individual Christians. Men like Joseph, Moses, David, Samson, Daniel, Paul and John all experienced bitter sweet lives. Lives that were bitter in their execution and yet sweet in their exaltation.
The shadow of the cross casts itself over the workings of history as well as the lives of God's people.
Here in chapter 10 the mysteries of God unify and complete. From chapter 10 onwards a new word will be injected in the vocabulary of exposition, that of victory. God had a plan and a purpose in the rainbow of Noah, in the law of Sinai, in the pillar of fire and cloud to guide and finally and fully in His Son. All of these pictures are reflected in the unified language of chapter 10 verses 1 to 3 as the angel announces that victory is near.
We may not be on the easiest side but we are on the winning side!