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The Harlot Babylon
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Babylon the Great, The Mother of Harlots and The Woman on the water
Rev. 17: 1-2 And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke to me, saying: Come here, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality.
Read it carefully. John is not seeing a woman sitting on water at the opening of Chap 17. The angel is only making reference to a woman on water that John saw earlier, in his visions! At this point he is now going to see the judgment that will come upon that women he saw on the water at some point in the vision.
Rev. 17: 3: And he carried me away in the spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns.
Rev. 17: 4-6 The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and
adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a
gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her
immorality, and on her forehead a name was written, a
mystery, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE
ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
And I saw the woman drunk with
the blood of the saints, and with the blood
is a mystery, a riddle so to speak, that her name is Babylon the
great. This doesn't mean this woman actually represents the old city
of Babylon. Israel lived in exile in Babylon for 70 years. In
Chapter 11, she is also called, mystically, "Egypt", a
country where she was exiled to for 450 years. And also called
"Sodom", a place of sin that came to destruction at the
hand of the Lord for being a harlot. Jerusalem is a harlot because
she was chosen by God to be His nation and spread His word to the
ends of the earth, as a "Light shining" but instead she
plays the harlot with the nations, not trusting in God.
Rev 18:24 It is said of this Harlot: "And in her was found the blood of the prophets and of the saints and of all who have been slain on the earth."
Also, in Matthew, Jesus tells of her responsibility in this: 23:34-38 Therefore, behold, I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city, so that upon you may fall the guilt of all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. Truly I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation. Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!
She is drunk with the blood of saints and prophets. (Also Lk 11:47-51, Lk 13:34, Acts 7:52, 1Thes 2:15, etc..)
Israel played the Harlot with Babylon, Media-Persia, and Greece. Israel sold herself to the world for profit rather than giving herself to God for gain, and so God gave her over to them.
She is a spiritual whore (compare Isa 1:21, Jer 3:6-4, Exe 16, Eze 23, Hos 2, Hos 9:1)
The woman/harlot is a city that sits on the seven heads. The heads are mountains that are kings. So the mountains are symbolic of kingdoms. Israel plays the harlot for the kings of the earth of these kingdoms. The kingdoms of Babylon, Media-Persia, the four kingdoms of Greece, and finally the last kingdom, which make up the seven heads of the beast, which I spoke about in the previous chapters.
John tells us the woman is also a city.
Rev 17:18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
Jerusalem is the Great City of the Book of Revelation
This is another place that I would prefer to be reading this in Greek. A friend did a search of this;Return to Home Page