| CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
As in Chapters 12 thru 14:4, we again are seeing John taking us back to magnify what has happened in the past that was lightly brushed over. We will observe this flash back in Chapters 17 and 18.
Before we look at each verse, I need to explain a few things. Such as the Greek meaning of the word Harlot, this is the prevailing licentiousness, which destroys a church of God. It is metaphorically a mystic Babylon. This is a person leading the people away from the true God and gospel. The Harlot can be a love of money, materialism, love of pleasure.
Matt 6:24-25 & 30-32
“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. 25) “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear.Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?
30) And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? 31) “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32) These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
The Harlot is the doctrine of avarice, which is greed for wealth, to pant after it. This new doctrine has taken the place of humility and servitude, as well as daily dying to self. God is not in this nonsense. Nowhere in the Bible does it say God wants us to be rich. Use the Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries to see what the words really mean in the original documents.
1 Tim 6:10-11
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11) But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
1 Tim 6:4-8
He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5) Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 6) But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7) For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8) And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
The Word of God says we are to run from these false prophets and teachers. Hypocrites and false prophets achieve worldly success because of this doctrine of greed, by encouraging worldly people to join her thereby feeding his pockets. This false Christian system allows her members to profess to be “Born Again” when in fact they are not following the Lord’s teaching, but worship the wealth, therefore they are lost. Compromising with unrighteousness and intolerance of the righteousness of those not willing to compromise their walk in the Lord is her trademark. This whore sells her favors as an apostate church to anyone willing to buy into it (Rev 18:3).
Jesus is saying make friends with your money by blessing the poor.
I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35) For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36) I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' 37) "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38) When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39) When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' 40) "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
41) "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42) For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43) I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.' 44) "They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?' 45) "He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.' 46) "Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."
We have we are required to share with those in need, not to gain wealth to put fancy things on our back or in our garage, we do not need big fancy homes.
In Rev 14, we see the mystery Babylon falling. I once thought this was the Catholic Church, but I was in error. The Catholic Church does not have the influence on the world she once did. This woman Harlot of greed and wealth has the influence to affect the economy of all kingdoms of the world.
A second angel followed and said, "Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great, which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries."
One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters. 2) With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries."
Again, this is the false religion, which primarily is wealth and greed. Prostitution and adultery is figurative for those straying from the one true God and His Word to loving the things of the world. These waters are many people who once worshiped God but now worship the world. She has a great effect on many people from many nations.
When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, "Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the LORD."
Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns.
This desert shows us the spiritual atmosphere of the world during the Tribulation.This woman is the Harlot which again is about money and the beast is the anti-Christ. Scarlet being the color of Blood is the mockery of the Blood of Jesus Christ. The ten horns represents ten nations of the New Roman Empire being European Union.
Verse 4 KJV
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:
This golden cup is beautiful on the outside, but full of blasphemous filth on the inside, which is symbolic of the apostate church. This Harlot (woman) will offer her people both God and the world pleasures and wealth, teaching her people to enjoy the carnal pleasures and still be saved. Purple and scarlet is a mockery of Jesus Christ. Gold is mockery of sound doctrine. Stones & pearls are used metaphorically of Jesus Christ, which again is a mockery.
“Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.
Why not? Because they were trying to get right with God by keeping the law instead of by trusting in him. They stumbled over the great rock in their path. 33) God warned them of this in the Scriptures when he said, “I am placing a stone in Jerusalem that makes people stumble, a rock that makes them fall. But anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”
A mysterious name was written on her forehead: “Babylon the Great, Mother of All Prostitutes and Obscenities in the World.”
Babylon symbolizes false religions, sorcery, astrology, new age, all things evil and against God. If any of us are sitting under a pastor or prophet that espouses we are to have wealth run as fast as possible from it. Eat the Word of God and prove everything you hear! Taking nothing out of context and study it with the Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries, our souls depend on it.
I could see that she was drunk—drunk with the blood of God’s holy people who were witnesses for Jesus. I stared at her in complete amazement.
This false religious system and the world system are partners in persecuting and killing the true children of God. These people are so full of hate and the blood of saints, they are drunk with power. John is over whelmed at the number of martyred.
“Why are you so amazed?” the angel asked. “I will tell you the mystery of this woman and of the beast with seven heads and ten horns on which she sits. 8 The beast you saw was once alive but isn’t now. And yet he will soon come up out of the bottomless pit and go to eternal destruction. And the people who belong to this world, whose names were not written in the Book of Life before the world was made, will be amazed at the reappearance of this beast who had died.
This is speaking of seven rulers of seven major nations in the past. This beast is the anti-Christ which will be mortally wounded. In three days, the anti-Christ will rise again and be possessed by Satan, who makes him the eighth world governmental leader. Those whose name is not in the Book of Life will be forced to acknowledge the one true God.
“This calls for a mind with understanding: The seven heads of the beast represent the seven hills where the woman rules. They also represent seven kings.
The seven hills is Rome. This will be the headquarters for the one world religion, which will be based on all false religions. Coins issued by the Roman government during the first century of the Christian era, carried a motto saying, “the city on the seven hills”. When in Rome, you see the seven mountains. The woman in Greek means “wife”. This tells us the wife being the woman is the false religious system. Again, we see the “Seven nations” prior to the present time.
Five kings have already fallen, the sixth now reigns, and the seventh is yet to come, but his reign will be brief.
We must remember this list is from the time of John’s day, not from today:
Five Fallen Governments: 1) Egyptian
The one that is: 6) The Old Roman Empire
The one yet to come is the New Roman Empire (European Union) will be number seven. This seventh government refers to the feet of the iron and clay on the image Daniel had.
But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and he has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in the future. Now I will tell you your dream and the visions you saw as you lay on your bed.
Your Majesty, you are the greatest of kings. The God of heaven has given you sovereignty, power, strength, and honor. 38) He has made you the ruler over all the inhabited world and has put even the wild animals and birds under your control. You are the head of gold. 39) “But after your kingdom comes to an end, another kingdom, inferior to yours, will rise to take your place. After that kingdom has fallen, yet a third kingdom, represented by bronze, will rise to rule the world.
40) Following that kingdom, there will be a fourth one, as strong as iron. That kingdom will smash and crush all previous empires, just as iron smashes and crushes everything it strikes. 41) The feet and toes you saw were a combination of iron and baked clay, showing that this kingdom will be divided. Like iron mixed with clay, it will have some of the strength of iron. 42) But while some parts of it will be as strong as iron, other parts will be as weak as clay. 43) This mixture of iron and clay also shows that these kingdoms will try to strengthen themselves by forming alliances with each other through intermarriage. But they will not hold together, just as iron and clay do not mix.
44) “During the reigns of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed or conquered. It will crush all these kingdoms into nothingness, and it will stand forever. 45) That is the meaning of the rock cut from the mountain, though not by human hands, that crushed to pieces the statue of iron, bronze, clay, silver, and gold. The great God was showing the king what will happen in the future. The dream is true, and its meaning is certain.”
This vision from Daniel represents the seventh world government as being the Revived Roman Empire. The anti-Christ will be a major part of this ruling group, but they will govern only for a short time. The anti-Christ hates them with a passion, and he will see them destroyed. He alone wants to be worshipped as God and to rule. Hence, we have the marriage without the harmony.
“The scarlet beast that was, but is no longer, is the eighth king. He is like the other seven, and he, too, is headed for destruction.
The eighth world government is that of the anti-Christ. He is uses the Revived Roman Empire (E.U.), which will briefly be the seventh world power, to raise himself up then he will see it places him in control. Like the previous seven world leaders, Satan too will control him.
The ten horns of the beast are ten kings who have not yet risen to power. They will be appointed to their kingdoms for one brief moment to reign with the beast. 13) They will all agree to give him their power and authority.
The ten horns and ten kings is the revived Roman Empire, which is made up of ten nations having the power to rule the world. Again, the EU is the Revived Roman Empire, which the beast [anti-Christ] will use to gain his popularity. These last day leaders will agree with the anti-Christ in mocking God and giving their power over to the anti-Christ.
Together they will go to war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will defeat them because he is Lord of all lords and King of all kings. And his called and chosen and faithful ones will be with him.”
Glory to God! Our God REIGNS! If we are walking closely with the Lord then we are His called ones. We still have time although none of know how long to grow in strength and faithfulness to the Lord. We need to use this time wisely.
Then the angel said to me, “The waters where the prostitute is ruling represent masses of people of every nation and language. 16) The scarlet beast and his ten horns all hate the prostitute. They will strip her naked, eat her flesh, and burn her remains with fire.
This one world religion (Harlot) will reign for only 3 ˝ yrs of the Tribulation. After having used her to
gain control over the world the anti-Christ and false Prophet will have the ten-nation confederacy (E.U.) execute her destruction. The false prophet not being a part of this world religion will force man to worship Satan, in the guise of the ant-Christ. Satan will not share worship with anyone!
For God has put a plan into their minds, a plan that will carry out his purposes. They will agree to give their authority to the scarlet beast, and so the words of God will be fulfilled. 18) And this woman you saw in your vision represents the great city that rules over the kings of the world.”
God is still in control, having moved the false Prophet to do His bidding. This is the judgment of the false church and those in her, for choosing a false god over the Messiah Jesus Christ. Man destroys this false god.
The Harlot spirit rules over this world, and it's very possible New York City is the city spoken of here for she is the capitol of the world of commerce.
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