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The Modern Babylon

Key Verse

“So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns” (Revelation 17:3).

TEXT — Revelation 17:1-8


Pablo Escobar was born in Colombia in 1949. He rose to become the world’s most notorious drug trafficker in the 80s and 90s. He sold fake diplomas, stole cars, smuggled expensive equipment and ran one of the most dreaded cocaine cartels in the world. In just one fell swoop, his cartel bombed 100 people while trying to kill an informant. However, one day, Colombian security forces stormed his Medellin hideout, shot him dead and his cartel collapsed.

Pablo’s cartel typifies that of Babylon exposed in today’s text. The Babylon referred to in this place does not signify a country or city, but it describes the kind of wicked system inspired by Satan and the Antichrist. It is focused on idolatry and the elimination of true religion. This symbolic woman, gorgeously arrayed, turns the world into a citadel of iniquity where evil and unrighteousness reign. She murders and persecutes saints of God, leads kings of the world to whoredom and shifts the attention of the world to herself.

The angel that conducted Apostle John told him, “I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters”. This intimates that what would follow would be the exposing and destruction of Babylon depicted here as a magnificent, powerful and influential harlot full of abomination and drunk with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus Christ. This powerful system of evil, corruption and pride will eventually be brought to an abrupt end.

The Babylonian system is thriving at the moment. It is represented in all the ungodly innovations, entertainment and other excesses in the world today. Every Christian will do well to steer clear of involvement with its corruptions.

Thought for the day

Those who refuse to detach from Babylon will perish with her.

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Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.


  1. WF Kumuyi is light set on a hill that Darkness cannot quench. I join others praying for him that GOD will keep him to the end without wavering in Jesus’ name. Amen.

  2. He is sound in mind and in his teaching very unique, more grace and divine inspiration.

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