The Whore
( lesson eleven )

 

In verse 15 of Revelation chapter 17 we see the theme of this study. " And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues ." We start right off with the understanding that this "great whore" is representative of a government or political system that "sits" over people, multitudes and tongues. It is international in it's scope.

" And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space .(Vs 9-10) This is where it becomes clear that we are talking about a system of government. As you may recall from our earlier study on the Chronology of World Empires, there were a grand total of seven empires including the last one lead and governed by the Anti-Christ. In the above verses we see that "five are fallen"; those would be Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo/Persia, and Greece. "one is" is in reference to the world power that was in place at the time this prophetic vision was received. John was living under the Roman Empire, so that one "is" at the present of approx 90 AD. " The other is yet to come, and when he cometh he must continue a short space". By now you should be well familiar with the upcoming World Empire of the Anti-Christ and that it is slated to only last a short space (total of 7 years, cut in two 3 1/2 year parts).

" And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition ." (Vs 11) This 8th is the cumulative amalgamation of the residue of all former world empires who will " go into perdition " , the great tribulatory period of persecution against God's children and attempted annihilation of all Christians.

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" And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled ." (Vs 16-17) This league of nations, as it were, who must give their power to the beast (the AC) will turn on the whore and destroy her, as they have been forced to deal with her, but in reality hate her deeply and in God's good time will take her out of the way.

This may seem abstract at the moment, but as we move into chapter 17's sister chapter, chapter 18 of Revelation, it will become more clear.

" For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies ." (Vs 3) Here we have the picture of international trade and commercialism which has been such a boon to many of the world's merchants, willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in their quest for money and power, and so have "fornicated" with the whore in order to acheive their goals.

In the following verses of 4 through 19 we see the picture of the destruction of the whore and her commercial empire and the merchants bewailing her fall. It is interesting to note that the prophecy states, in several passages, that this destruction would come "in one hour", showing that it will be sudden and unexpected and very swift. Almost as if to not give her an opportunity to reply to the attack. It must be hard, decisive and terminal. " ...Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all . " (Vs 21) Now some have attempted to say that this is speaking of the Babylonian Empire, but it had already passed several hundred years prior to Rome, so that is only a theory put out by those who do not want to accept the greatness of this prophecy and it's inevitable interpretation.

After the violent destruction of the great whore, we already know, thanks to our study of Revelation 13, what to expect in the upcoming world dictatorship run by the Anti-Christ and his forces. He will establish a new form of commercialism that will require a "mark" before any transaction may take place. This " mark of the beast", as it is called, could be a variety of things; the Bible says that it will be in the right hand or the forehead, so it may have something to do with a tattoo, or an electronic implant (already developed for those wishing to have their medical history or child's ID ect... ) hidden under the skin and read via scanner. One thing for certain is that the technology is already in place and has been through it's trial periods, usually under the guise of some benign purpose, and it will only be a matter of a transitional period before it all becomes a reality under the total control of the devil himself.

"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death ." (Rev 2:11)

***This concludes our study on Revelation chapters 17 and 18, The Great Whore. ***

 

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