Summary: This sermon deals with the harlot religion of chapter 17.
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1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, "Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters,
2with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication." 3So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication.
5And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS
OF THE EARTH.
6I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.
Today we come to a chapter in Revelation that is much debated.
We will be introduced to the religion that is dominant
during the days of Tribulation.
In chapters 17 we get a description of the great harlot.
There is a very good reason.
We find that reason in chapter 18 verse 4.
And I heard another voice from heaven saying, "Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.
We need to know who this harlot is!
Many preachers and Bible commentators
believe it will be the Roman Catholic Church.
I strongly disagree with many Roman Catholic practices.
However, I cannot go along with that interpretation.
The church we are reading about is described by John as a harlot.
So what church will that be?
That’s what I hope to show you today.
VERSE 1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, "Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters,
One of the 7 angels who had the 7 bowls of God’s wrath
speaks to John.
The angel tells John
to come see the punishment of the great harlot.
In Scripture a woman is usually the symbol of God’s people.
In the Old Testament the woman represents Israel.
In the New Testament we are compared to the bride of Jesus.
Paul compares the relationship of husband and wife
to the relationship of the church and Jesus.
Christians are the bride of Christ.
In Revelation that image continues.
Revelation 19:7 says,
Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready."
We also see the church compared to both a woman and a city.
Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, "Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb's wife." 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
These references are to the true church.
However, when the people of God forsake Him
and choose to worship other gods,
they are compared to a harlot or prostitute.
A harlot is one who forsakes her true husband
and chases after other men.
She is unfaithful.
An excellent example of this is found in the book of Hosea.
Hosea’s wife was a woman named Gomer.
Her unfaithfulness to him is compared
to the unfaithfulness of God’s people Israel
who followed after other gods.
Ezekiel 16:22 offers another description of Israel as a harlot.
And in all your abominations and acts of harlotry you did not remember the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare, struggling in your blood.
Clearly God is saying Israel abandoned Him
and began worshipping false gods.
So the harlot represents a false religion.
She appears to be the church, but is not.
The harlot is a false religion that is about to be judged by God.
The religious system in Babylon came long before Christianity.
It was Satanic inspired.
We read about a man named Nimrod in Genesis chapter 10.
He was a great grandson of Noah.
The Babylonian religion was founded by the wife of Nimrod
Her name was Semiramis, a high priestess of idol worship.
She gave birth to a son
whom she claimed was conceived miraculously.
The son, named Tammuz, was considered a savior.
Many ancient artifacts remain