Babylon the shameful woman

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“Come down and sit in the dust,
O virgin daughter of Babylon;
Sit on the ground without a throne,
O daughter of the Chaldeans!
For you shall no more be called
Tender and delicate.
Take the millstones and grind meal.
Remove your veil,
Take off the skirt,
Uncover the thigh,
Pass through the rivers.
Your nakedness shall be uncovered,
Yes, your shame will be seen;
I will take vengeance,
And I will not arbitrate with a man.”

Isaiah 47.1-3

Babylon represents a shameful woman and you have a number of things about Babylon the Harlot in Revelation 17. An association with some kind of religious and moral movement or trend which brings in a shameful story about a woman is outlined.

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.”

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. 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 on her forehead a name was written:

MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,
THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS
OF THE EARTH.

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 marvelled with great amazement.

Revelation 17.1-6

Now, this is not in the Bible but it does there is an authentic story which is associated with ancient Babylon and concerns a woman called Semiramis and she had a son called Nimrod.

We read that Nimrod was her husband but he was also the founder of Babylon. Therefore, this means that she was a powerful woman, she was the queen of Babylon and the wife to Nimrod.

According to this legend, Semiramis became pregnant after engaging in an adulterous affair while married to Nimrod and, around that time, Nimrod died a violent and untimely death.

In an effort to retain power hide her misdeeds Semiramis made a most audacious claim. She publicly declared upon Nimrod’s death that he had been resurrected as the ‘god of the sun’. As the sun god, Nimrod used his sun rays to miraculously inseminate Semiramis with a child. The child was thus considered to be divinely conceived. The child’s name was Tammuz, and Semiramis claimed that the was he was the reincarnated Nimrod. In other words, she was both the wife and the mother of the reincarnated Nimrod.

Oh, you shake your heads. But that is a story which became quite a powerful myth which was re-translated into other myths of ancient times.

And one of the interesting things is that, if you look at the first 11 chapters of the Bible, you’ll find that parts of them are recreated in different cultures around the world. Which suggests that the story of the Tower of Babel is actually true, that there was a coming together of the nations and that they were split off and went into other parts of the world so that their stories were repeated.

We’ve got a lot of stories which are similar to The Flood stories, and this story about Semiramis and Tammuz reappears over and over again in different cultures.

For example in the Egyptian mythology there’s a woman called Isis who gave birth to someone called Horus who was said to be the reincarnated one of her dead husband Osiris.

She was then exalted to become the goddess Mother of God and the Queen of Heaven

This story is repeated all over the place which results in this goddess picture of the woman who becomes the goddess to be worshiped.

Often, the people like to have the female goddess to approach God and the female is often seen as the more approachable and kind one, who’ll bring you into the presence of the more severe and possibly angry male God.

You have this emphasis on the female goddess in every religion and you can see that there’s another picture of the Goddess which occurs all over the place you can see it in Hinduism you can see it in Greek mythology you can see it in all different religions the the goddess figure and it becomes a kind of mediator to the father God to mediate with us the father God.

Now, if you look at that passage from Isaiah 47, you can see what God thinks about this self-made goddess,

“Come down and sit in the dust,
O virgin daughter of Babylon;
Sit on the ground without a throne,
O daughter of the Chaldeans!
For you shall no more be called
Tender and delicate.
Take the millstones and grind meal.
Remove your veil,
Take off the skirt,
Uncover the thigh,
Pass through the rivers.
Your nakedness shall be uncovered,
Yes, your shame will be seen;
I will take vengeance,
And I will not arbitrate with a man.”

As for our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts is His name,
The Holy One of Israel.

“Sit in silence, and go into darkness,
O daughter of the Chaldeans;
For you shall no longer be called
The Lady of Kingdoms.
6 I was angry with My people;
I have profaned My inheritance,
And given them into your hand.
You showed them no mercy;
On the elderly you laid your yoke very heavily.
And you said, ‘I shall be a lady forever,’
So that you did not take these things to heart,
Nor remember the latter end of them.

Isaiah 47.1-7

And, the next verse says,

“Therefore hear this now, you who are given to pleasures,
Who dwell securely,
Who say in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one else besides me;
I shall not sit as a widow,
Nor shall I know the loss of children’;

Isaiah 47.8

She is being exalted as the goddess figure. She says, ‘I am‘, which is one of the names given to God. She says ‘I will not be brought down again, I will not know the loss of children, I will not sit as a widow’, those are the things that Semiramis wanted to say: she wouldn’t be a widow, she wouldn’t lose her position.

Sammu-Ramat and Semiramis: The Inspiration and the Myth

And this speaks about this goddess figure who says ‘I am’, like God, ‘there is no one else beside me’. In the Hebrew there it says, אֲנִ֖י וְאַפְסִ֣י ע֑וֹד לֹ֤א (ʾănî wǝʾapsî ʿôd lōʾ). The word אֶפֶס (efes / ʾepes) used here means ‘limit’ or ‘end’. She is saying ‘there will be no limit to me‘, ‘there will be no end to me‘, ‘there will be no loss of my children‘, ‘I’ll have a continuing influence through literal children‘ or perhaps through the continuing influence of the Babylon religion.

The Bible says she will come to an end she will be defeated and the true God will be exalted.

While I was downloading some of these images pop-up ad came on you know those ads you can’t get rid of and they’re really annoying and there was this very beautiful woman scantily clad with a very handsome man and they had crowns on and they were advertising some sort of perfume.

So this Babylon image of the mother with the child this one here is repeated all over and we’ll see in a moment where it’s repeated in something which approaches Christianity. This image is repeated in different cultures and represents the exaltation of the woman and the beautiful image I think is also part of our culture as well. It’s interesting.

I think but they were embracing each other and I thought ‘Babylon, this is Babylon it’s the spirit of Babylon, Spirit of the woman being exalted and the image being exalted and the fine image which is part of the whole culture behind it and you see it permeating almost everything in our culture Babylon.

And, of course, Babylon comes into the Book of Revelation Revelation chapter 17, you have the famous picture of the woman riding the beast:

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. 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 on her forehead a name was written:

MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,
THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS
OF THE EARTH.

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 marvelled with great amazement.

Revelation 17.1-6

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