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WEEK 38

“Desolation of the Harlot”

Date: May 21, 2003

Place: Allendale Baptist

Text: Revelation 17:6-18

Introduction

We studied through the 6th verse of chapter 17 last week. We said that during the tribulation period there will come on the scene, a mixture of coming together of a one worldwide false religious system.

This has been evident all throughout history, and seem to be the case today of those that are trying to tear down the barriers of religions and denominations. Some asked me last week because of my comments about other denominations, do I believe Baptists are the only true church. Please do not misunderstand me; Someone has said what constitutes the true Church of Jesus Christ is;

1) The way of salvation- faith in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9 says “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

2) The way of baptism- by emersion- the word baptism actually meaning baptismo, to dip or place under; not done for the forgiveness of sins but because of the forgiveness of sins.

Some would like to stop there but I also believe 3) the acceptance of the infallibility and inerrancy of Scripture. 1 Timothy 3:16 tells us “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

I will try my best to finish this chapter tonight so let me stop introducing and go on.

In verses1-2 we have an

I. Invitation

 One of the angels asks John to come and see what God will do with the beast’s worldwide religious system.

 Four times in chapter 17, this woman, or the false church, is spoken of as a harlot.

 We are told of her position.

 She is seated upon many waters and also upon the scarlet beast with seven heads and ten horns.

 Her sin is called fornication and her influence reaches even to the high places; “the kings of the earth”.

 Have you noticed the rich ,famous and those glamorous types in Hollywood are the most out spoken of those against the true church. They are inclusive to any religion except that of Christianity?

 Once again, during the period of the tribulation there will come on the scene a worldwide false religious system that will intermarry with the government.

Following the invitation, John is carried away in the Spirit to the wilderness.

In verses 3-6 he saw the “harlot” and wrote down the…

II. Description

 The harlot or false church is dressed in expensive garments, decorated with gold jewelry and fine stones.

 On her forehead she wears a special name. “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND THE MOTHER OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

Thankfully the angel gave John, and all of us, the explanation of all these symbols.

III. Explanation

Verse 7

“The woman”

Revelation 17:18 makes clear that she is identified with a city that existed in John’s day. “reigns” is present tense.


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