Summary: Study of the Book of Revelation
Revelation Part 32
Chapter 17 shows us some very unique perspectives from all of history. What we are seeing here is the work of the devil from time of Noah until the very end of time ¡V it is a panoramic view of history that if ever you wanted a quick look at Satan¡¦s work, this would be the chapter to show it to you.
Chapter 17 shows us the religious system that Satan has established and actually begins at the beginning of the second half of the Tribulation.
Remember that the book of Revelation goes back and forth in time, and shows John things that are happening all at once, and this is one of those instances.
Since the rapture of the church, many people are confused and seeking answers, and this is the primary reason why the world is able to be united under one ¡§religion¡¨ ¡V because of the confusion and chaos, people will be looking for anything to explain things away, and the devil knows this about us.
He knows that we are willing to follow any trend of the day, and hence why with this knowledge, he is able to take control. As Christians, we need to understand this and be able to explain it to others so that they may be made aware.
Read Revelation 17:1-4
Point 1 ¡V The Great Harlot
1Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying „Tto 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.¡¨ Revelation 17:1-2
After the 7 bowl judgments are done on the Earth, one of the angels is inviting John to see this religious system for what it is, so that we may have knowledge of what Satan is planning to do with this world.
Throughout the bible, women are predicted in two ways: spiritual purity or defilement. Here, the angel is clearly defining the role this woman is playing. The greek word used to describe this woman is ¡§porneo¡¨, which is where the word pornography comes from. So obviously, the term ¡§harlot¡¨ (or prostitute) is acceptable here.
Ezekiel sees Jerusalem as an adulterous wife because the city was seeking out to leave God, and cling to anything that would make them happy.
Ezekiel 16:30-33 says, ¡§¡§How degenerate is your heart!¡¨ says the Lord GOD, ¡§seeing you do all these things, the deeds of a brazen harlot. ¡§You erected your shrine at the head of every road, and built your high place in every street. Yet you were not like a harlot, because you scorned payment. You are an adulterous wife, who takes strangers instead of her husband. Men make payment to all harlots, but you made your payments to all your lovers, and hired them to come to you from all around for your harlotry.¡¨
Harlotry is considered that same as spiritual adultery or idol worship in the scriptures (worshiping anything OTHER than God) ¡V as the church, we must uphold God and remain pure ¡V and not fall into the trap of seeking out things to make us better, or to make us feel good ¡V but align with the Word and nothing else. This is our challenge today!