The end of the great Prostitute!
Scripture reading for December 23rd: Revelation 17
Adultery and idolatry go hand in hand in the Bible. Sexual promiscuity was always a practice of those who worshiped other gods. God, the Creator, had so designed sexual nature to be used in a monogamous relationship between a man and a woman, faithful to each other for life. He also longed for a faithful covenant people that would worship Him alone as His Bride! In rebellion, man violated the covenant by disobeying God’s commandments against idolatry and adultery!
“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.” Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns.” (Revelation 17:1-3)
This ‘great prostitute’ is a corrupt world system that sits upon the waters of the earth. Revelation 17:15 describes the waters as peoples, nations, and languages. This ‘great prostitute’ was revealed to John by the Spirit as riding on a great scarlet beast with seven heads and ten horns. She was dressed in stunning clothes and jewels and held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things. This woman was drunk with the blood of the saints who had born the testimony of Jesus! This corrupt world system of the prostitute had corrupted all the kings of the earth and the remaining people of earth. This ‘adultery’ had made them and the peoples of the earth spiritually dull and drunk! In the end, God will fulfill His promise to completely destroy Babylon and reduce it to nothing! (Isaiah 21:8, Revelation 14:8, 16:19) God is merciful to His faithful ones, but His justice must punish Satan and the wicked who refuse His grace!