Summary: The Destruction of the final false religon that opposes the coming of Messiah as the rightful heir to the throne of King David and the establishment of the Millenial reign of Messiah
Revelation 17:1-6, 15, “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.
15Then he said to me, "The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples. multitudes, nations, and tongues.”
Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me this would immediately take one to understand the connective ness of this vision with the seven plagues (16:1-21). It is precisely for this reason that the flow of Revelation is stopped yet the sequence of events is not stopped as we saw in the introduction here. Yet we shall return to the rest of the story in chapters 19-22, so these two chapters 17 and 18 then take us back to show us what came of these judgments. The great harlot is not an actual prostitute but a symbolic prostitute. This term for harlot is meant as a metaphor of all the false religion, spiritual defection, idolatry, and religious apostasy. Scripture reveals that Nineveh (Nah 3:1,4), Tyre (Isa 23:15-17), and sadly, Jerusalem (Isa 1:21) are examples of cities that committed spiritual fornication.
John’s appeal then is to expose the aspects of the system, or the harlot city of Babylon through showing that her authority, alliances, apparel, abominations and accusations are satanic.
The authority of the Harlot
Revelation 17:1b, 15, “who sits on many waters. Then the angel said to me, "The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages.”
The harlot sits in a position of authority which demonstrates for us its sovereignty as a king who would sit on the throne on many waters, which points to the fact that in ancient times not to mention Babylon. Through Babylon ran a river the Euphrates. Jeremiah 51:13 shows that ancient Babylon as “you who dwell by many waters” which is also the same as her future counterpart here. That Babylon then sits on many waters as it did before goes to show that in the future tribulation time Babylon will further be built along the Euphrates in Babylon which is in Iraq. If this then doesn’t show you that the things transpiring in Iraq are important then you need a serious wake up call, because the coming of the Messiah nears everyday nearer and nearer, which is why we are to look forward and set our eyes upon the coming of Messiah for His sheep at the sound of the trumpet the Rapture will occur, and then the beginning of the Tribulation which will culminate in Messiah’s return. Then what we see is that the destruction of the final false religion will destroy the authority of the harlot, who wants in and of itself the glory of Messiah who is the rightful heir to the King of David who will reign forever and ever, and establish His millennial Kingdom despite that very same false religion which at its core deny the existence of God, which today, is prevelant through the denial still of God’s existence, even though God is still directly involved in the affairs of providing for the means of the survival of all humanity through the supply of natural resources, food, housing and clothing. Everything in all facets of life is in the hands of an all knowing sovereign God who reaches out His hand of mercy extending it to all and withholding His judgment that humanity might not experience judgment, yet His love as revealed through the Cross, so that they would come into a personal living relationship and not instead be thrown into the lake of fire to suffer forever eternal condemnation but experience eternal life, and the water which streams forth inside from knowing Messiah through the gift of eternal life.