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Ten Identifications Of The Judged Woman

(“. . . the mystery of the woman, . . . )

Rev 17:1-7

NKJV 1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, "Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication." 3 So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. 5 And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement. 7 But the angel said to me, "Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. NKJV



INTRODUCTION

A good rule for Bible interpretation is that when the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense.


The theme of the next two chapters; describes religion in the last days of the tribulation period.

 

Chapter 17 tells us of the Mystery Babylon. 1         The course of religion in Babylon.


Chapter 18 tells us of the Mighty Monster Babylon.

            1.         The course of culture in Babylon.


Ten details describing the great harlot.


 

1.       The Judged Woman Is The Great Harlot. v 1 a

1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, "Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters,

 

A.        The Great Harlot Represents Spiritual Harlotry”.


4204 porne (por'-nay); STRONGS feminine of 4205; a strumpet; figuratively, an idolater: KJV-- harlot, whore.

4204 porne- THAYERS

2) metaphorically, an idolatress; used of "Babylon", that is, Rome, the chief seat of idolatry

4205 pornos (por'-nos);

from pernemi (to sell; akin to the base of 4097); a (male) prostitute

4097 piprasko (pip-ras'-ko); ”. . . to traffic (by travelling), i.e. dispose of as merchandise or into slavery (literally or figuratively): KJV-- sell.

4008 peran (per'-an); apparently accusative case of an obsolete derivative of peiro (to "pierce"); through (as adverb or preposition), i.e. across: KJV-- beyond, farther (other) side, over.

 

 

B.        The Great Harlot Represents a Religious Movement.

 

            1.         The Use of a Woman Figuratively in the Revelation,

                        some good and some bad.

                        a.         In the O.T. God is the Husband married to Israel.


(KJV) Rev 2:20 20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. (KJV)


Rev 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: (KJV)

 

Rev 17:1           Our Text

Rev 19:2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. (KJV)


Bride Rev 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.


It is clear that we are not dealing with a human being, for no one woman could commit fornication with the kings of the earth, nor could a woman be “drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.”


Our rule for Bible interpretation is that when the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense.


In this case the plain sense, “a woman,” does not make common sense; therefore we must seek another sense. Fortunately, the angel gave John the interpretation to this vision, which we will consult after examining the vision of the beast.

 

Rev. 17:18      And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth. (KJV)


 

2.       The Judged Woman Sits On Many Waters. v 1 b

            "Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters,

 

17:15  And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. 


 

 

3.       The Judged Woman Is The One Who Commits Sexual Sins With

          The Kings Of The Earth. v 2 a

2 with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication,

 

A.        The Kings or Kingdoms of the earth have committed Spiritual Fornication.



 

4.       The Judged Woman Saduces The Inhabitants Of the Earth. v 2 b

            “. . . and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication."

 

A.        They have a General Acceptance of the Philosophy of this Woman.

 

            1.         It is an easy religion to follow.



 

5.       The Judged Woman Sits On A Scarlet Beast. v 3 a

        3 So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

 

A.        Note when John is taken to see this woman they go to the wilderness. Look at the contrast when John is taken to see the Holy City.


Rev 21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, (KJV)


 

6.       The Judged Woman Is The Arrayed In Purple and Scarlet. v 4 a

            4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication.


Purple and scarlet or beautiful colors of salvation and the forgiveness of sin. Satan confiscates and counterfiets them for his purposes.



 

7.       The Judged Woman Is Bedecked with gold and precious stones. v 4 b

            “. . . and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls,”



 

8.       The Judged Woman Has A Golden Cup In Her Hand, Full Of Abominations and Filthiness of Her Fornication. v 4 c

            “. . . having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication.

 

9.       The Judged Woman Has A Name On Her Forehead - MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. v 5

            5 And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.


Mystery Babylon: What is the mystery if this refers only to Rome.



 

10.     The Judged Woman Is Drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. v 6

            6 I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.


                        “. . . I wondered greatly.” (NAS)

                        “. . . I was greatly astonished.” (NIV)


John marvels at only two earthly sights. Here and in Rev 12:1-3.


1          And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: 2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. 3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. (KJV)


John does not marvel at any other earthly sights.


If it is only Rome why the wonderment?


John does wonder with bewilderment.


It is a wonder how people can blaspheme God.


It is a wonder how people can reject God.


It is a wonder how people can become addicted to all sorts of substitutes for God.

 

            1.         Trying to fine peace from a bottle.

 

            2.         Trying to fine peace from drugs.

 

            3.         Trying to fine peace from social involvement.



This great harlot represents Rome at the time of John.


This great harlot represents the Antichrist’s reign during the tribulation period.       It is mystery Babylon          



v 7 But the angel said to me, "Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. NKJV



I have great wonder at the thought of Jesus.


            JESUS

     "I've tried in vain a thousand ways

     My fears to quell, my hopes to raise;

     But all I need, the Bible says, is Jesus.

     

     My soul is night, my heart is steel,

     I cannot see, I cannot feel,

     For life, for light, I must appeal to Jesus.


     He died, He lives, He reigns, He pleads,

     There's love in all His words and deeds,

     All-All the guilty sinner needs is Jesus.

     

Though some will mock, though some will blame

     In spite of fear, in spite of shame,

     I'll go to Him, because His name is Jesus."