In all of the discussions of depression and political unrest, and rumors of wars, comparatively few, amazingly, seem worried about the ungodliness and immorality of the present generation; and a still smaller minority are deeply concerned about what is truly the most serious sign of the times; namely, the departure on the part of thousands of so-called “Christians”, with their preachers and leaders, from the great fundamentals of the Christian faith.
It is NOT OUR faith in Jesus which justifies us, but the Faith OF Jesus Christ in us which justifies us. In other words, it is HIS Faith at work in us and in our hearts which produces righteousness and the God kind of life. And what is most important about this is the implications it has for us and our faith.
A theory recently making the rounds in Christian theological circles is that The Woman that Rides the Beast in Revelation 17 is Jerusalem. In order to come to this conclusion the theorists have to perform some Scriptural gymnastics and actually alter the meaning of the word "Mother". Therefore, until one of these theorists can produce real scriptural evidence to refute what I am now going to present, Jerusalem is NOT "that great city" of Revelation 17. And, if you were thinking Rome, think again, because there is only ONE city that fits the bill, Satan's city: Babylon
The one thing that is clear, is that the Church of the Mystery is the Body of Christ; and that the members of that Body being "in Christ," are PART OF THE BRIDEGROOM. They cannot possibly, therefore, be the Bride herself as separate and distinct from the Bridegroom. Another thing that is certain is that the mystery of the Church was not revealed in the Old Testament, but was "hid in God" (Ephesians 3:9) and "kept secret" (Romans 16:25); "hid from ages and from generations" (Colossians 1;26).
In Revelation 9:1, we see Satan being cast out (as witnessed by the LORD Jesus Christ in Luke 10:18, "I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven". Keep in mind that God is OUTSIDE of time), AND, has been GIVEN (by God, because this is all His purpose) the Key to the Abyss. Satan opens the Abyss and releases out of the Abyss the eighth king, comprising all the seven heads and the ten horns. These are, in their now superhuman form, crowned. Whereas, in their mortal form they were not crowned. (Revelation 17:12). Certainly what we have here is something far beyond Rome, papal or pagan; and something far beyond the "fourth Beast," whether you are inclined to believe that fourth beast was the Roman Empire or view it as the Ottoman Empire.