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The Great Harlot

Great Harlot - 3

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We are told in chapter 17 of the Apocalypse that the great harlot sits on many waters (Revelation 17:1, 15). The angel defines many waters as “multitudes and nations and tongues” (Revelation 17:3, 9). This has been understood by many Biblical scholars as the human race (Revelation 5:9) as a whole serving the beast (Revelation 13:3, 8, 12, 16). Yet, the text speaks not of the beast, but of the great harlot who rides the beast. The great harlot sits upon many waters (multitudes, nations and tongues). So, if these serve anyone, they serve the harlot. Moreover, just as Revelation 5:9 points to a remnant from all nations serving the Lord, Revelation 17:3, 9 cannot be forced to say “multitudes, nations and tongues” mean the whole world serves the harlot. Rather, there are multitudes of people in many nations, who speak different tongues (languages) that serve the harlot. That is, a portion of the world, not the whole world, serve the harlot. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Ten Horns Have No Kingdom as Yet!

Delegated Authority

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The ten horns mentioned in the seventeenth chapter of the Apocalypse are described as ten kings (Revelation 17:12). Yet, these ten kings have no kingdom of their own. One could say that a king without a kingdom is no king at all, at least no king of any consequence. This understanding is true, but not entirely so, that is to say: it may be a rule, but there are exceptions to the rule. Notice that these kings “have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast” (Revelation 17:12). Moreover, the text concludes that they give their power or authority as kings over to the beast (Revelation 17:13). In other words, they are the beast’s source of power. Without these ten kings, the beast, upon whom the great harlot sits (Revelation 17:3) would have no power at all to carry out its will! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Seven Heads Are Seven Kings

Seven Hills of Jerusalem

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In the seventeenth chapter of the Apocalypse, the angel began to unveil the identity of the beast by saying: “The seven heads are seven mountains,[1] on which the woman sits” (Revelation 17:9). That is, she rests or finds her life in these seven heads. Much has been said by Biblical scholars to show that Rome was built upon seven hills (or mountains), thereby seeking to substantiate their futuristic conclusions about the Apocalypse. After all, Rome wasn’t destroyed in the first century AD, so the Apocalypse must have been written with a view toward some point in time far into the future. Nevertheless, there were other cities in the ancient world that were built upon seven mountains or hills. Jerusalem was one of those cities.[2] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Beast that Was and Is Not and Yet Is!

Great Harlot

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In Revelation 17:8 the angel first addressed the mystery or secret (identity) of the beast, telling John that what he saw “was, and is not, and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit…” But, what does this mean? It would be difficult to offer an answer to this question without descending into subjectivity to some degree. Certainly, many of the current interpretations of the beast of Revelation 17 and its heads are purely subjective, and are without any objective merit whatsoever. Trying to make the beast to mean a resurrected Holy Roman Empire, which was never “holy” nor was it “Roman” nor was it even an “empire” in the strictest sense, is without any objective value. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Great Harlot, Drunk with Power

Great Harlot - 2

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John tells us that he saw the woman, i.e. the great harlot of the seventeenth chapter of the Apocalypse, and she was drunk (Revelation 17:6).The state of drunkenness is usually caused by an over consumption of alcohol. Drinking too much alcohol impairs one’s speech and one’s mobility. Yet, this doesn’t completely describe the state of intoxication. One doesn’t behave normally, while intoxicated, but this isn’t simply a matter of one’s normal speech being impaired, or one’s normal activity being impaired. Drunkenness also emboldens one to act differently and to say things one normally wouldn’t say. Drunkenness often removes the barriers one normally uses as a guide, concerning what is customarily accepted in civilized society. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Spiritual Babylon the Great Harlot

Babylon -- Mystery

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We are told that in chapter 17 of the Apocalypse, the angel took John into a wilderness, and John said he was in the spirit (Revelation 17:3). In other words this was not a physical experience for John. The angel brought him into a wilderness in vision (cp. Ezekiel 11:34). Moreover, the text says that John saw a woman and a beast. He described the beast as scarlet in color, having seven heads and ten horns, and it was also full of the names of blasphemy. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Great Harlot of the Apocalypse

Harlot - Revelation 17

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John describes the great harlot of Revelation 17:1 as one who “sits upon many waters.” She is immediately introduced after the Lord’s judgment upon the great city, Babylon, in the previous chapter (Revelation 16:19; cp. 14:8), so the two seem to be the same. Whoever the great city, Babylon, is, that one is also the great whore or great harlot of Revelation 17. The contextual references of the use of the name, Babylon, in the Apocalypse, thus far, seem to point to Jerusalem.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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An Introduction to Revelation 17!

Harlot - Revelation 17b

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Many Biblical scholars interpret the great whore of the Apocalypse to be a corrupt religious system, and I agree with this interpretation! However, some of these same scholars also say this corrupt religious system must be the Vatican, or Papal Rome, the Roman Catholic Church. Certainly, this was the point of view of at least some of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation. While any church can become corrupt, there is nothing keeping that same church from repenting and following the Lord. Nevertheless, the clear implication of the text is that the great whore must also be great Babylon of Revelation 16:19, whom the Lord judged, and is the same mentioned in Revelation 17:5. The text points to a corrupt religious system of the first century AD, not anything that arises later. Any attempt to make the great whore a corrupt religious system of the future, would be wrong and opposed to the simple reading of the text. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Seventh Bowl & Cities of the Nations

seven vials - 7

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This will be the final study of the seven bowls or wrath mentioned in Revelation 16. After John heard a voice, out of the Temple, saying: “It is Done” (Revelation 18:17; cp. Matthew 13:30, 41-43; 24:31), there were voices, thunders, lightening and a great earthquake (Revelation 16:18). This imagery is used several times in the Apocalypse (Revelation 4:5; 8:5; 11:19; 16:18), and is connected with the coming or return of Christ (Revelation 11:15-18). It is the day of his wrath, or the day of his judgment, when he would return and reward his servants and vindicate them before their enemies (Matthew 16:27-28; cp. Matthew 13:30, 41-43; 24:31). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Seventh Bowl and the Air

seven vials - 7b

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We have now come to the final bowl of wrath as considered in Revelation 16. The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air (cp. John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; 2Corinthians 4:4; 1John5:19). The **air** doesn’t seem to mean atmosphere, but is, rather, a symbol of “the course of the world” or the “spirit that works in the children of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2). I mentioned this Scripture in the previous study concerning the three unclean spirits like frogs. In this study I intend to consider Ephesians 2:2 once more, giving it a slightly different nuance. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Sixth Bowl and Three Unclean Spirits

seven vials - 6a

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Presently we are finishing up on the study of the seven bowls of wrath of Revelation 16. In Revelation 16:13 John mentioned that he saw three unclean spirits come out from within the bodies of the Dragon,[1] the Beast and the False Prophet. How should we understand this? At least the Dragon and the Beast are metaphors for realities that extend over time and include not only different empires but different kings. What would it look like, for example, for a spirit to leap out of the Babylonian, the Persian, the Grecian and the Roman empires, all of whom, according to Scripture, are different from one another? Can a spirit be in more than one place at the same time? Could this same spirit be in different ages at the same time? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Sixth Bowl and the Euphrates

seven vials - 6

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As we continue in our study of the Apocalypse’ seven bowl’s of wrath, we have come to the sixth bowl. The sixth angel poured out his bowl upon the Euphrates River. The Euphrates was one of the four rivers mentioned in Eden (Genesis 2:10), and they have been interpreted by some of the ancient leaders of the Church to represent the four Gospels.[1] In fact, Ezekiel 47:1-12 claims the Gospel is like a great river that issues out of the Messianic Temple (the Church). So, if the Euphrates River was dried up as John claims in Revelation 16:12, and if the ancient leaders of the Church were correct in their claim about the rivers in Eden, John is telling us, in the context of the wrath of God being poured out upon the Euphrates River, this points to the preaching of the Gospel drying up all over the world. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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