Summary: This sermon deals with the false religion of the Tribulation, the Antichrist, the Book of Life and the world pwers of tribulation time.
The Government To Come
7But the angel said to me, "Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.
8The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
9Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits.
10There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time.
11And the beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.
12The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast.
13These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.
14These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful."
15Then he said to me, "The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.
16And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire.
17For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled.
18And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth."
We pick up our look at Revelation where we left off last week.
Today we read about a woman, a beast with 7 heads and 10 horns,
a lamb, and a harlot.
What or who do they represent?
The book of Daniel helps us better understand the symbolism.
We also read about a “book of life”.
What is that?
VERSE 7 But the angel said to me, "Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.
There are differences of opinion
as to the identity of the “woman” in chapter 17.
Some say it’s the Roman Catholic Church.
Some say she represents a city
The last verse in this chapter seems to support that view.
However, the New Testament often uses the word "woman"
as a symbol for a church.
2 Corinthians 11:1-2 Oh, that you would bear with me in a little folly--and indeed you do bear with me. 2 For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
Clearly, the true church is "betrothed" to Jesus
just as an engaged woman is to her fiancé.
Ephesians 5:23-24 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
Again, the true church is described as a wife
who is submissive to her husband.
The church we are reading about is described by John as a harlot.
When the people of God forsake Him
and choose to worship other gods,
they are compared to a harlot or prostitute.
An excellent example of this is found in the book of Hosea.
Hosea’s wife was a woman named Gomer.
Hosea 1:2 When the LORD began to speak by Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea: "Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry and children of harlotry, for the land has committed great harlotry by departing from the LORD."
Gomer’s unfaithfulness to Hosea is compared
to the unfaithfulness of God’s people Israel
who followed after other gods.
So when we come to the "woman" of Revelation 17
this woman 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.
VERSE 8 The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.