The great prostitute!
Scripture reading for December 26th: Revelation 17:1-18
“One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.”” (Revelation 17:1-2) John was carried away in the Spirit to a desert where he saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast covered with blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns. She held a golden cup full of “abominable things and the filth of her adulteries”. This woman was drunk with the blood of the saints and had a name on her forehead: MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. (Revelation 17:4-5)
This woman and beast were a picture of something God wanted to share with John and the Bride of Christ, the Church. The many waters that the prostitute was sitting on represented peoples and multitudes and nations that would not repent but followed the beast and received his mark. This beast would come up from the Abyss and go to his destruction. He was the one with seven heads and ten horns. The angel told John that the seven heads were seven hills where the woman sat. The ten horns were ten kings who would rule with the beast for a short time: one hour. These ten kings would give their power to the beast to make war against the Lamb. The Lamb would defeat them with His faithful followers! (Revelation 17:8-14)
“The beast and ten horns (kings) you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish His purpose by agreeing to give the beast their power to rule, until God’s words are fulfilled. The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.” The woman (great prostitute) was the great city that rules over the kings of the earth. The readers of John’s day would have understood Rome as the city of ‘seven hills’. This ‘city’ is a picture of a humanistic world system that hates God and rules the world in the last days. God will fulfill His Word!