May 4, 2013
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on. Got a couple of carafes filled and sitting on the counter. Pour yourself a
cup and pull up a chair.
says that he "saw a woman sitting
on a beast, full of blasphemous names...."
will come to the seven heads and ten horns momentarily.)
is this woman? O.K., let's look at her identifying characteristics. We are
told, first of all, that she is full of blasphemous onomas (names).
discussed this in the previous Coffee Break series on A NEW
but, for the sake of quick review, we are told by J.H. Thayer in his Greek-English
Lexicon that the Greek word, onoma, "is used for everything which the name covers: every thought
or feeling which is roused in the mind by the mentioning of the name." It
is used to define: one's rank, authority,
interests, pleasure, command, deeds, character, title, purpose: in other words,
the essence of one's being, their makeup, their whole existence.
more, we are told that the woman is full of blasphemous onomas. The word, "blasphemous," comes
from the Greek, blasphemia,
and its companion word, blasphemos.
The use of these words extend well beyond the conventional usage in which we
think of blasphemy -- that is, as cursing the name of the Lord, or cursing Him,
or speaking evil of Him. Blasphemia
literally means: to hurt the reputation or
smite with (evil) reports or words; to speak evil of, to rail upon; it
denotes the worst type of slander: bearing
false witness against one who is a brother or sister.
this woman is full of the character, the nature, the very essence of speaking
evil against "the saints," and
smiting "the witnesses of Jesus"
evil reports or words, and false accusations. Revelation 18:24 tells us that "in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all (the
implication of this word, "all," refers to all those of God's people) that were slain upon the earth."
vision which John saw further states that the woman had "seven heads and ten horns..." As
I have noted in previous open letters, the "seven heads" are a
picture of the seven ruling spirits which make up the onoma of the Beast. How do we know
this? Verse 9 of chapter 17 clearly identifies the seven heads as "seven
have always been metaphors in middle eastern cultures and languages for
"ruling spirits." In Isaiah 14:13, we are told that Lucifer's boast
"I will sit also upon the mount of the
congregation...," thus identifying himself as being in
the place of rulership over God's people.
Matthew 21:21, Jesus makes the statement,
"if you have faith, and do not doubt, you shall not only do
what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, 'Be taken
up and cast into the sea,' it shall happen."
Question! To which mountain was Jesus referring? A mountain of rock or some
grassy slope with trees? Some mountain in the vicinity of Bethany? Not likely.
"if you have faith, and do not doubt..." Where
does doubt get its force of negative power? In unbelief. In the following
statement, Jesus says, “And all things
whatsoever you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.” This
particular mountain, therefore, is a spirit of unbelief.
the seven heads -- or seven mountains -- of the woman are her makeup, the
essence of her existence: her onoma. Apart from the fact that this is blasphemy
against the chosen of the Lord, the fact that there are seven mountains
-- or seven spirits -- is also uniquely significant.
Revelation 1:4, we are told that John is instructed to write the seven
letters as coming from the Seven Spirits of God. Verse 20 plainly
identifies the seven golden candlesticks, or lamp stands, as the seven
Ekklesias. These seven Ekklesias
represent and make up the totality of the Bride. Revelation 13:2 identifies the
Beast on which the woman sits on as also having seven heads and ten
fact that the woman has seven spirits, identifies her as a counterfeit bride.
The seven spirits which make up the onoma of the Beast are, likewise,
the counterfeit for the Lord.
the fact that Israel, under Moses' and Joshua's leadership, was commanded to
drive out seven nations. Many of you have heard me share on these seven nations
before, but for the sake of review, these nations are: the Hittites, the Hivites, the Amorites, the Jebusites,
the Perizzites, the Girgashites,
and the Canaanites. Each of these nations has a spiritual identity -- a
characteristic, or set of characteristics which is a part of the onoma of
combination of these seven nations, or seven presiding spirits in the land of
Canaan, usurped and counterfeited everything of the Lord. These spirits sought
continually to keep Israel from obtaining its inheritance; they sought to keep
Israel from the promise of the Lord; they placed themselves in the place of
worship by counterfeiting and usurping the worship of the Lord, substituting
instead the worship of Baal and Ashtaroth -- both of
which originated in Babylon; and, ultimately, led Israel into captivity and
servitude in Babylon.
me insert a quick comment in the middle of this narrative to note that the
worship of Baal and Ashtaroth is at the core of
Islam. The animosity between Baal and its worshipers and the worshipers of
Jehovah God is exactly the same animosity and intense hatred we see by the
worshipers of Allah towards those who worship Father God (and the Lord Jesus
Christ). Allah is none other than a modern incarnation of Baal. This is a god
that wants to take the followers of the Lord Jesus Christ and dominate them,
force them into subservience, and -- if they fail to capitulate -- destroy them
by whatever means necessary.]
spirits had, as one concentrated motivation, the central purpose of keeping
Israel from a relationship with the Lord God. They sought to create substitutes
for virtually every gift of the Lord, (I will illustrate some of these things,
shortly) and counterfeited His operations in their midst. They created
enticements to trap God's people, and deceive them into accepting substitutes
instead of the promises of God. Once snared, God's people were beset by treachery
and fear to keep them from accepting the promises and gifts which the Lord had
identifies the onoma
of these seven spirits first, as the king of Babylon (in Isaiah 14:4), and
then, (in verse 12) as Lucifer, himself. Ezekiel refers to him (in Ezekiel
28:2) as the king of Tyre, which we would call a
"first," or capital city of the Amorites. Ezekiel then turns and
addresses Sidon, which was also referred to as being among the
"first" cities of the Amorites.
we consider Tyre and Sidon, and their significance,
let's review -- one more time -- the picture of the seven spirits.
we have the Lord described by John as
"the Seven Spirits of
God." His onoma,
therefore, consists of seven very identifiable spirits with distinct
characteristics of their own. Since we know that Satan is not, and never has
been, a creator (he, instead, attempts to counterfeit the character and nature
of God as a ruse to deceive and subjugate mankind under himself), it is clear
that a major part of his counterfeiting would include seven spirits, whose
character, nature, and operation substitute something false for the real
operation or function of the Seven Spirits of God.
therefore have a substitute, and counterfeit, bridegroom who sits in the place
of "calling" a bride to himself. As Isaiah noted in his prophecy,
Lucifer bragged, "I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation." This
is usage of a common Hebrew metaphor which essentially means, "I will sit in the authoritative place of the Bridegroom. I
will be a party to the calling of His Bride."
Hebrew, in this verse, is rendered,
"I will sit in mowadah." The
word, mowadah, means: the calling and assembling
together of the betrothed by the Bridegroom. The implications of his
demonic braggadocio are clear. Lucifer's boast is that he will twist the Lord's
calling of His Bride for his own purposes.
then. If Lucifer is the counterfeit bridegroom, where, or what is the
the Bride's love-relationship to the Bridegroom has also been represented by
sevens throughout Scripture (in Moses' Tabernacle with the golden candlestick
and its seven branches, the seven golden candlesticks in John's Revelation, and
the seven Ekklesias to whom he wrote), the
counterfeit bride is also represented by sevens.
John sees the counterfeit bride as a woman with seven heads (we will get to the
ten horns, shortly). He is told by the angel of the Lord that these heads are
symbolic of seven mountains.
mountains are metaphors in eastern thought for presiding spirits (Paul uses the
descriptive word, kosmokrator,
in the Greek text of Ephesians 6), the angel of the Lord is telling John that
the counterfeit bride is likewise manifested through seven spirits, whose
collective existence is the totality of her onoma. Her onoma, like that of the Bride of
the Lord Jesus Christ, is reflective of, and identified with, the counterfeit
word, "horn," in the Greek text is: keras.
This word (with only one exception in the N.T.) always occurs in its
metaphorical sense as: a symbol of strength and courage; a means of defense;
a means of deliverance.
I continue, let me pause momentarily to say that the first part of this picture
which I am sharing may appear to be contradictory with verses 10 - 13 of
Revelation 17. These verses do not contradict in any way, the overall picture,
so please bear with me until I can share the whole concept.)
repeat myself, the woman (in Revelation) is described as having seven heads and
ten horns. The seven heads are the totality of her onoma -- her makeup, her character,
her identity. The ten horns are the means by which she defends herself (and we
will get into this at a later time), the symbols of her strength, the avenues
by which she escapes detection -- the means of her deliverance.
significance, however, is not just on the horns, nor on the heads, but on the
collective total of these two: the number, 17. The heads and the horns are
linked together to demonstrate -- as John is being shown this vision -- the
fact that this is the counterfeit bride. The real Bride also has the number,
17, throughout Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. The real Bride is
illustrated as the counterpart of the Lord Jesus Christ by virtue of the fact
that Jesus' number is 8, the number of the Paraklete
-- who is doing the work of processing, preparation and thlipsis in her life -- is 9. The
prepared and readied Bride, therefore, is the collective total of the
Bridegroom, 8, (whose character and makeup are now part and parcel of the
Bride) and the preparation process of the Paraklete,
9, making her number, 17!
counterfeit bride must appear as the real bride to an onlooking
world. She, therefore, also has the number 17. It is important to remember
Jesus’ admonition that “if it were possible, the very elect could be deceived.” (Mark
13:22) The striking difference is in how this counterfeit bride achieves a
facade of the real Bride.
real Bride is called by the Lord Jesus Christ, whose number is 8. Through
tribulation, through testing, through a process of overcoming to which she is
subjected by the Paraklete, she receives His number
-- the number of the Holy Spirit, which is 9. She is transformed into a ready
and worthy counterpart of the Lord Jesus Christ, and thus becomes the complete
counterfeit bride, on the other hand, begins with the seven spirits of the one
to whom she has given her allegiance and owes her very existence. The
counterfeit bride is not a bride in the midst of a preparation process. She is
not a yielded and pliable bride. She cannot be conformed to the image of the
real Bridegroom since He is not her betrothed, nor is He her husband. In order
to survive, therefore, and achieve the ends of her true husband, she must be
forceful, pushy, domineering, continuously striving to get her way,
manipulating through witchcraft and sorceries, using enticements and
enchantments to gain control, and repeatedly luring others into adultery with
her -- using the ten horns which are her means of defense.
you beginning to get the picture?
true Bride of Christ, therefore, can easily discern the difference between
those who are truly allied with the Lord, and those who have the “form of
Godliness.” The true Bride gains her intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus
Christ through suffering the same trials and afflictions that He suffered. The
counterfeit bride – while giving all the outward appearance of being a part of
the true Bride – avoids thlipsis
like the plague, and promotes the doctrines of “gettin’
outta here.” The counterfeit bride often says all the
right things, but when confronted with her need for being conformed NOW to the
image of Christ, does a tap dance to avoid any real dealings.
you understand, yet, who this "Mystery Babylon" really is?
to stop for today. We will pick this up next week and continue laying out the
pattern throughout the Word to help you see and understand message of Holy
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