Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Judgment of the Great Whore

"And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication." (Revelation 17:1-2)

The Scriptures take a short detour to describe the nature of this future Babylon which will be destroyed. The many waters represent the people groups of the world. The same wording is found in Isaiah 60:5 where God calls the Gentile nations "the abundance of the sea."

This future Mystery Babylon will have worldwide influence. Few will escape her allurements. The fornication represents participation in the philosophies and practices of this evil entity. Physical fornication will abound; however, the moral impurity is the result of a spiritual corruption.

"So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration." (Revelation 17:3-6)

The Spirit of God carries John away to the wilderness much like He did to Ezekiel the prophet (Ezekiel 37:1). The wilderness is a place of desolation. Dry and scorched by the heat of the sun, the wilderness is an adequate representation of how the rejection of God's authority brings spiritual destitution. The woman's posture should be noted. She is riding the beast. This position suggests that she will both subject and profit from the beast - at least temporarily.

The woman's attire suggests no lack of wealth. She is arrayed in the finest apparel, and her ornaments bespeak of her monetary abundance. The filth contained within her cup shows clearly that with this woman comes immorality and all that is against the righteous plan of God. Her influence is global; her philosophy will reach into the most remote areas of the world.

She will be against the saints of God who stand for the holiness and authority of Jesus Christ. She will persecute them to the death. Her drunken state reveals the abundance of holy blood which will be shed by her. As John looked on, he became astounded. The word behind admiration means amazement or astonishment. Perhaps John was taken back by the fact that she rode and subjected such a ravenous animal.


She is given the name of Mystery Babylon. She represents an ideal, a religious philosophy upon which the physical city of the future Babylon will be founded.

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