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The King of Kings!

Scripture reading for December 30th: Revelation 17-19

John saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, dressed like a prostitute with a golden cup in her hand.  This cup was filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries.  This title was written on her forehead:  MYSTERY– BABYLON THE GREAT–THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” (Revelation 17:5) This prostitute was drunk with the blood of the saints, those who bore the testimony of Jesus! (Revelation 12:11)

Right before the judgment of this prostitute, angels announced the fall and warned God’s people to come out of her!  (Jeremiah 51:6, 45) (Revelation 18:4) The ruin of the prostitute comes quickly–in one hour she is brought down! The kings, merchants, sea captains and sailors all mourn her destruction.  A final angel pronounces the judgment with the hurling of a large boulder into the sea mirroring the words and vision of Jeremiah 51:62-64.  (Revelation 18:21)

Then all heaven erupts with shouting!  “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and just are His judgments.  He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries.  He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.” (Revelation 19:1-2)  Three more “Hallelujah’s” resound through heaven, the final one announcing the wedding of the Lamb!

John listened as the angel spoke to him again.  “Then the angel said to me, “Write:  Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” and he added, “These are the true words of God.””   (Revelation 19:9)   In the midst of  all the shouting and worship, John wrote a blessing to those who read and heed the words of this book!

“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True.  With justice He judges and makes war.  His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns.  . . .He treads the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.  On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written:  KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19:11-12, 15b)

The heavenly Bridegroom comes in power and great glory to judge and make war!  He is Faithful and True in all His judgments!   He is Faithful and True to His Bride!  All His enemies are defeated and He rules as KING OF KINGS!

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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!

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