Darkness is the evil system which rules the earth and the people in it. It is called Babylon and Jezebel and is referred to as a woman; as “she”, “her”, and “Mother”.
Revelation2:20 “Nevertheless I have against you that you allow the woman Jezebel, she who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and leading astray my own servants to commit lewdness and to eat idol sacrifices…”Revelation17:1″…I will point out to you the judgment of the great harlot who sits upon many waters…”v3 “and I saw a woman sitting upon a scarlet wild beast, full of names of blasphemy…” v4 “and upon her forehead a name written, a secret: Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and of the Abominations of the Earth…”v15 “and he said unto me, the waters which you saw where the harlot sits are peoples, and multitudes and nations and tongues.” Revelation 18:4-5 “and I heard another voice out of heaven saying, come forth my people out of HER, that you may have no fellowship with her sins and of her plagues that you may not receive, because her sins were joined together as far as heaven…”
The head of this system is known as the adversary, satan, devil, and etc. However, he is only a “puppet on a string” who is under the direct control of the risen Lord Jesus, the ultimate authority in the unseen dimension ruling over all things.
This evil system has been set up by God for a special purpose and that purpose is for the formation of sonS (plural). The system is like the female womb in which sons-to-be are formed and eventually given birth from. This is symbolically illustrated in Revelation 12 where John has a vision of a pregnant woman and a red dragon who stands before her trying to devour her child as it is born. She brings forth a son – a MAN CHILD who is caught up to God and to his throne. Figuratively, this is what happened to Jesus, and as he is the PATTERN SON, all those who would be like him must follow the same pattern. The only difference is, those sons experience this while still alive physically, whereas Jesus actually died physically and was literally, physically, bodily, raised from the dead. He is the FIRST BORN of many sons; ie, the latter are called “firstfruit Christ”in 1Cor 15:29. These sons are further described in Rev. 14:1-5 as 144,000 who are “virgin”, “not defiled by women”, “follow the lamb wherever he goes”, a “firstfruit” (group) and”in their mouth is no falsehood” – they are “faultless”. Perhaps more on this later; for now, back to the system.
The woman described in Rev. 17 has “seven heads and ten horns”. The heads are “faces” by which she has shown herself since she was first set up in antiquty; ie, by the various conquering hordes/kingdoms. Horns are symbols of power – coersion, force; ten ways in which she enforces her decrees; ie, manipulation, subterfuge, sophistry, “carrot and stick”, etc.; basically the same things ungodly women do in their relations with men. As a last resort, outright, in your face force by the use of violence. The tax system says it is voluntary, but behind the “smiley face” is a “sword”. This is the inherent nature of the system – an appearance of outward good, but inwardly is called a “beast”.
The beast system has a mark of identification which signifies who it’s subjects are. In Rev. 13:16 it says all who are subjects to the system have a mark on the “hand” or on the “forehead”. The hand signifies “works” and forehead signifies “mind”/thought or thought tendency. This mark is “received” by continuous conditioning; an immersion or process of “osmosis”‘ practiced from the cradle to the grave, unknowingly, by the “peoples, multitudes, nations and tongues”. The latter if you recall, are the “waters upon which the woman sits”. The woman – the system – controls the minds of individuals. The woman also has the name of an ancient city called Babylon. Cities in the bible are symbolic of the MIND.
As the womb is an organ of pressure, so likewise is the world system. The system is “evil controlling evil”. Evil requires force to control it. Remember we said earlier that after the separation of the “big bang/announcement”,” response to initiation” became “opposition/darkness” and as such, is unrestrained power. So God set up the system to “restrain itself” so to speak, under his unseen control. Evil however, doesn’t know it’s being controlled. To be continued…