The “pseudo-glitter and glory of Babylon’s wealth” will be replaced by the true glory of God, as His brightness will shine like the sun. 15-17: The merchants who are affected by this ‘bewail her passing,” yet do not approach or offer to help the harlot, as they are transfixed on the horror of the torment that they will have to suffer. This alludes to Ezekiel 28:13, a picture of an “ungodly economic system [described] as a person dressed in luxurious clothing,” just as the woman here is adorned
slain Lamb stands on Mount Zion, the place where God himself dwells, while the Beast only stands upon the sands of the sea (Joel 2:32 and Isaiah 2:2). The 144,000 that are with God most likely stand for “the whole church of Jesus Christ,” the same people in Revelation 7:4. This would not be talking about a spiritually elite people, however, and the people are in contrast with those who whored themselves out to the beast on earth. The “harpists harping their harps” in heaven emphasize the “tremendous
lack of innocence, which made the beast to flee his body and scattered the gazelle” (Bird 99). In his analysis of the story of the women in the Bible, Phyllis Bird stated that the comparison of the events that resulted in the movement of Adam from the Garden of Eden and those with the mythical ones documented in the ancient books such as the Epic of Gilgamesh highlighted its uniqueness. He also explained that Eve’s intention was different from that of the Harlot sent by Gilgamesh to test Enkidu.
onaryDictionary of Ònìchà Igbo 2nd edition of the Igbo dictionary, Kay Williamson, Ethiope Press, 1972. Kay Williamson (†) This version prepared and edited by Roger Blench Roger Blench Mallam Dendo 8, Guest Road Cambridge CB1 2AL United Kingdom Voice/ Fax. 0044-(0)1223-560687 Mobile worldwide (00-44)-(0)7967-696804 E-mail R.Blench@odi.org.uk http://www.rogerblench.info/RBOP.htm To whom all correspondence should be addressed. This printout: November 16, 2006 TABLE OF CONTENTS Abbreviations: