Babylon Fallen

There are a few other events in the text that align neatly. The first pair that came to mind are the completion of the two witnesses' ministry and the exit of the last (not the least) of the flock from the laodicean conglomerate - leaving behind the habitation of the woman riding the scarlet beast as if she were desolate (naked) behind them. At that point the ten kings have stripped her completely naked and she is judged and burned with fire.

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Rev 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
Rev 11:9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
Rev 11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
Rev 11:11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
Rev 11:12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
Rev 11:13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. (KJV)

Now, verse 11 aligns neatly with the pouring out of the fourth viol upon the "sun" as well as the fifth upon the seat of the beast, (The tenth part of the city falls) By which means the missing twelve elements are later "filled to her double" to seal the cage shut. The sixth viol is poured upon the euphrates - seen here as in the great earthquake. Seven thousand slain correspond to those in Laodicea under the angels circuit in the grace of God. They were lukewarm, considering themselves worthy without justification.

At this point in the text - now with the completion of the witnesses ministry we would expect the wrath - but it's timing is unknown. (Not unknown just because the 1260 days is a calculated number rather than a chronological interval.) Instead we may align the trumpets with which the wrath in some final hour of judgement occurs when the last of the elect has exited the Church. Those in laodicea that are confident in their election have great need for fear.

So this scene segues neatly with the judgement of the Church described after the pouring out of the seventh viol: Yet the first viol occurs at some unknowable point in the two witnesses' ministry, or maybe even after its completion.

Now, we may also align the angel of the church's identity (after overcoming of every letters requirements) as to the same angel that we see descending from heaven as above calling out those that are within the laodicean conglomerate.

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Rev 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
Rev 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
Rev 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. (KJV)

And we also align his identity to the verses;

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Rev 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Rev 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
Rev 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Rev 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
Rev 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
Rev 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
Rev 19:17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; (KJV)

With the reward of the angel of the church (c.f. philadelphia's letter) - The right hand of Jesus Christ. We see him in the passage of the rider on the white horse. (In fact that is the inheritance of every saint if you can hear it.) The descent of the angel, the right hand of God coincides with the outpouring of the sixth viol and the final battle of Armageddon - the armies of heaven ride out to meet the elect with the descent of New Jerusalem. Thus this riding out to battle is more a reclaiming of the earth as the wrath will not leave much behind.

So then, the descent of the New Jerusalem we may align with that of the angel - the rider on the white horse. With him we equate the angel declaring "Babylon is fallen, is fallen." Thus the New Jerusalem must descend as or after the Church is judged, at the pouring out of the last viol with which the wine-press is trodden out (by the same angel as first of the vanguard of heaven.) So that the image and beast is then destroyed ready for the elect to meet with Christ with agreeable (recognisable) faith in the Holy Spirit on the very last day.

This then with its alignment needs to be reconciled with the text: All we may acknowledge is that the image system burns after it's judgement with the wrath of God - the same that arrives with the descent of New Jerusalem and therefore the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The angel that precedes and treads the winepress is a neat template of the inheritance we have as saints in Christ: Jesus does not return as we would expect. He arrives enthroned ready to judge, with no 1000 year parody of mass breeding or genetic supermen or some period of heavenly probation.

No, rather the angel returns so that those on the earth would see him and fall at his feet in worship as due him in his reward: Just - and justly before the judgement - when they have little time left to repent if at all.

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