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WHAT IS THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS?

JUL 12

Revelation 17:1-18
Memorise Revelation 2:12-29
“the woman was drunken with the blood of the saints”

WHAT IS THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS?

Who is the Mother of Harlots in Revelation 17:5? This Mother of Harlots, called Mystery Babylon the Great, also called the great whore, is a woman arrayed in purple and scarlet decked with gold, precious stones and pearls. She rides upon a scarlet seven-headed, ten-horned beast full of names of blasphemy. This woman has committed fornication with the kings of the earth and made the people of the world drunk with the wine of her fornication. She held a gold cup in her hand filled with the abominations and filthiness of her fornication.

What made the Seer wonder was the sight of her becoming drunk with the blood of the saints and of the martyrs of Jesus. The angel said to John, “Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carried her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns” (v 7). In the interpretation that follows, the angel explains the significance of the beast, the heads, horns, and waters. What is pictured is a religious body that has committed spiritual fornication with the political powers of the world, and had persecuted the saints and martyrs of Christ.

Now who can the woman be but the unfaithful, apostate Church? In Scripture language, God’s people are likened to the wife of Jehovah in the Old Testament (Isaiah 54:5). In the New Testament the Church is a chaste virgin, the Bride of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2). In Revelation, she is called the wife of the Lamb (Revelation 19:7). Following this metaphor, the false apostate church is thus likened to this great whore who had prostituted herself to the godless powers of the world. This will be the end time ecumenical one-world church that the Antichrist and False prophet will use to control the whole world.

Before this one-world church can be formed, there must first be a period of great religious compromise, to pave the way for the great apostasy to happen. All around us today, we see signs of this happening. Churches today are forsaking the Bible and many important fundamental doctrines, and are uniting together under the banner of peace and love. They have no qualms about uniting with other religions, and proclaim that all paths lead to heaven. These are signs, that the Lord’s return is very near!

Thought: Not all churches are true churches of Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Lord, help us be discerning in the churches that we worship in.