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Prophecy series #24: The Whore Rides the Beast

The true Church of Jesus Christ is made up of sinners who have put their trust in Christ and are pictured as the pure, spotless Bride of Christ. The righteousness of Christ has been imputed to us through faith in His shed blood. It is being imparted to us by His Holy Spirit as we live in obedience to His Word. One day in Heaven, we will be glorified with His perfection. See CHURCH link for more on the true church.

On the other hand Revelation 17 describes false religion by giving us a very interesting picture of a whore riding on a ferocious, ugly beast. Who is the beast? Who is the whore? What is going on here? Let’s seek answers to these questions by letting Scripture speak for itself.

Who is the Beast?
In a previous article in this series, “The Times of the Gentiles”, we outlined the history of four world powers: Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome, that have had a profound impact on the nation, Israel.

In Daniel 2 is recorded King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of a great image made of gold, silver, brass and iron, picturing these four world empires.

In Daniel 7 Daniel also has a dream of these four world empires. His dream is of four wild animals representing these world powers. Babylon is pictured as a lion, Persia as a bear, Greece as a leopard and Rome as a ferocious ugly beast with iron teeth and ten horns.

All four of these empires have lain dead in the dust for centuries. However, this fourth beast is going to rise again to world power and from this revived Roman Empire will come the Anti-Christ who will rule the world for seven years during the Tribulation. This Beast is described in Revelation 13. In Revelation 17 we see this beast being ridden or controlled by a whore.

In Revelation 19:11-21 you can read about the final destruction of the Anti-christ by King Jesus Himself.

Who is the Whore?
Let’s examine her in Revelation 17. In verse 1 we are told she sits on many waters. Verse 15 identifies the waters as the nations of the world.

In verse 2 we learn that the nations of the world have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. This fornication is described as her political alliances with the nations of the world.

In verse 3 we see the whore riding and controlling the Beast, the revived Roman Empire led by the Anti-christ. In verse 4 the harlot is identified by the purple and scarlet robes she wears, by the gold chalice in her hand, by her immense wealth and by her immorality.

In verse 5 her name is given, Mystery Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth.

In verse 6 we learn that she is drunken with the blood of those who have been martyred for Christ down through the centuries.

In verse 9 we learn that this harlot is associated with a city that sits on seven hills, the city of Rome.

Christ’s true Church is composed of sinners who have put their trust in Christ and have been declared saints and who are becoming saintly in character through God’s Word and through surrender to Christ.

The harlot church is a false ecumenical church of the end times, which will eventually be made up of all the world’s religions and headquartered in Rome.

What is the future for the Harlot Church?
In verses 16 -18 we see how this Harlot Church will be destroyed. The Anti-christ will suddenly at the end of the Tribulation, hate the whore and turn on her and destroy her. Yes, false religion, under the sovereignty of God will suddenly and finally be destroyed by the Anti-christ. Why will he do that? II Thessalonians 2:4 answers that question. He destroys all religion on the face of the earth so that he can reign supreme over the earth as God.

Those who love Christ are warned in Revelation 18:1-5 to flee from this false ecumenical religious system lest we receive of the plagues that are going to fall on her. For more on the need and urgency to separate from false religion, go to the link UNEQUAL YOKE  in the SEPARATION series on this web site.

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June 3, 2006 - Posted by | Prophecy Series

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