Station 4: Humanity goes rogue
A careful observer of humanity will soon recognize that people want to do things their own way. “My way or the highway.” In the January 12th, 2018 edition of 20/20 a segment was done on the current North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. If I remember correctly (I was building out that timeline image above during the show!) there was a section of Kim Jong Un singing Frank Sinatra’s My Way. Seriously? Yep. That is the way people are.
There is a tendency for humanity to discard their creator and do things their own way. Many will leave the church. The Apostle Paul laments in his letter to the Philippians many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. “Their god is their stomach,” he said. Another part of that passage in Philippians 3 says that their destiny is destruction.
What is helpful to recognize is that people don’t want to follow Satan, or Beast 1, or Beast 2 anymore than they want to follow Jesus. So, after Satan allows Beast 2 to get all the stuff going in Babylon things go sour for him. Satan fails again. He failed out of favor in heaven. Now he has failed out of favor on earth.
In Revelation 17:3 what is seen is Babylon described as a prostitute. Look, though at what John sees her riding. A scarlet beast, sure, but look at how it is described: seven heads, ten horns, blasphemous tendencies. Sound familiar? It should it is Beast 1. She is also on a sea which the angel interprets to John as the people of the world.
Station 5: Civil War, Beast 1 destroys Babylon
So how do you think Satan likes it when he sets up this kingdom and then the kingdom does not worship him? Yeah, that does not go well. Kim Jong Un kills his family and those around him when he finds their loyalty to slip. He is by no means alone in that. Dictators kill rivals, right? Right.
Look at verse 16 in Revelation 17. There we see the Beast and the kings of the earth. They hate the prostitute. What do they do? They make war on her and destroy her. At some point Beast 2, the false prophet, the anti-Christ slips away to join that other faction.
It is useful as an aside here to briefly compare what Jesus, the real-Christ, did when people served themselves rather than him. He died for them and demonstrated how life should really be lived. Satan, the anti-Christ, goes down and wrestles in the mud. He clearly trounces them for people like to suppose they are strong, but compared with demons, Satan especially, they are of little strength.