Like Fallen Mother
Like Fallen Daughter
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From: Ron Beaulieu
Sent: Friday, February 18, 2011 11:25 AM
Subject: Like Mother, Like Daughter
I would like to point out something of extreme importance regarding Babylon, Revelation 18, and the daughter of Zion. They have the very same words applied to each of them. And the daughter of Zion is not Zion. In Isaiah 62:1-5, Zion is married. Further along in that chapter it says she has sons and daughters.
The following is from The Great Controversy, Chapter 1. Compare the red print emphasized part with these words from Revelation 18, describing Babylon:
7How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Revelation 18:7.
The fallen daughters are sisters and that is how the word sister to fallen Babylon applies. All the fallen sisters are daughters of Mother Rome. So any sister to fallen Babylon is one of the fallen daughters of Mother Rome. Chapter 1 of The Great Controversy, below, is speaking of Jerusalem as sitting as a queen that will see no sorrow. That is the peace and safety lie believe by professing Seventh-day Adventists today, for the experience of the Jews was a PREFIGURE type of the SDA experience at the end of time. (See ibid. p. 25). That is why what occurred as a literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9 then, is a literal type for what will occur in the next literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9 BEGINNING AT HIS SANCTUARY. 5T 211 and Ezekiel 9:6.
The Destruction of Jerusalem
"If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, and shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation." Luke 19:42-44.
From the crest of Olivet, Jesus looked upon Jerusalem. Fair and peaceful was the scene spread out before Him. It was the season of the Passover, and from all lands the children of Jacob had gathered there to celebrate the great national festival. In the midst of gardens and vineyards, and green slopes studded with pilgrims' tents, rose the terraced hills, the stately palaces, and massive bulwarks of Israel's capital. The daughter of Zion seemed in her pride to say, I sit a queen and shall see no sorrow; as lovely then, and deeming herself as secure in Heaven's favor, as when, ages before, the royal minstrel sang: "Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, . . . the city of the great King." Psalm 48:2. In full view were the magnificent buildings of the temple. The rays of the setting sun lighted up the snowy whiteness of its marble walls and gleamed from golden gate and tower and pinnacle. "The perfection of
beauty" it stood, the pride of the Jewish nation. What child of Israel could gaze upon the scene without a thrill of joy and admiration! But far other thoughts occupied the mind of Jesus. "When He was come near, He beheld the city, and wept over it." Luke 19:41. Amid the universal rejoicing of the triumphal entry, while palm branches waved, while glad hosannas awoke the echoes of the hills, and thousands of voices declared Him king, the world's Redeemer was overwhelmed with a sudden and mysterious sorrow. He, the Son of God, the Promised One of Israel, whose power had conquered death and called its captives from the grave, was in tears, not of ordinary grief, but of intense, irrepressible agony.”