Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.
17 of the Old Testament books are prophetic. However, only one of the New Testament books is considered prophetic. And in Revelation 22:7 we read, Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book. This verse is warning us that we must take the words written in the last book of the Bible very seriously. It is not a joke or the script of a science fiction movie, it is the words that God has revealed to mankind for this final time.
Virtually the entire book of Revelation is full of prophecies and many of them are yet to be fulfilled. Let’s take a look at the prophecies contained in chapters 17 and 18 of this book. Revelation 17:1-2 says, Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”
The whole chapter 17 gives a clear and detailed description to identify, without doubt the great harlot. In verse 3 it says, So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And verse 4 it says, The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And it says a name in verse 5, And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
In verse 6 it says, I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement. In verse 9 it says, Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. Verse 15 says, Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.” Finally, verse 18 says, And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth. The great harlot is therefore a city that reigns over the kings of the earth and is built on seven mountains, no doubt that city is Rome.
In Rome lies a supranational power, which since the year 313 of our era has ruled over all nations of the earth. It is a religious and political power that has individuals who give it loyalty all over the planet. Although some people feel alluded to and think that I am offending them with this, I remind them that I did not write Revelation, so take their complaints to God. But I advise you to do more to do what Revelation 22:7 says: keep the words of the prophecy of this book.
Chapter 18 tells what will happen to the great harlot, that is, Rome and what she represents. Revelation 18:2-5 says, And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.” And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.” God warns His people to get out of there, are you going to stay? God bless you.