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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the Great Whore… I saw a woman sit upon the scarlet colored beast”

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SIH STSTA ICONRev 17:1, 3 KJV –

“And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:….”
“So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.”

 

In this week’s series of devotions we will be concentrating on the false religions (and their false messengers) that are sent into this world. They are symbolized by the character that John had seen … “I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast” (otherwise described as “the Great Whore”).

Our devotions for this week will concentrate on the 5 different titles given to this character…. “The Great Whore”, “Mystery”, “Babylon The Great”, “The Mother of Harlots”, and, finally, “The Mother Of Abominations Of The Earth”

 

The first title we find is “The Great Whore” in other words…. “the Exceedingly Fearful Prostitute”. What a very powerful, expressive name for the false teachers that exist among us.

When we think about a prostitute we think about:
1 a person who seduces others, appealing to their carnal natures, to commit unclean acts.
2. a person who, for purely personal benefit, dirties that which is pure and good (relations within a martial union).
3. a person who publically displays their sinfulness without shame or remorse.

 

What can we learn about false religious ministries through this vivid imagery?

 

1. False teachers and religions rely upon seducing others to become their followers. They take the truths of God and pervert them in an effort to lead men away from the true God and become followers of false gods. They are inspired and empowered by Satan making them very dangerous adversaries to the cause of Christ.

Mat 23:15 – “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.”

 

2. False teachers and religions are based entirely upon selfishness. Their message and practices will only lead to the destruction of their followers. Their only motives are to dishonor the Lord, oppose His work and message, and gain wealth and authority through the possession of multitudes of followers.

Php 3:18-19 KJV – “(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)”

 

3. False teachers and religions are shameless publically appearing to be spiritual while, in truth, are ungodly, spiritually dead, servants of Satan.

Mat 23:27-29 KJV – “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,”

 

 

Folks, this is why we will be looking at the false teachers and religions around us this week. Just from this set of descriptions we can see how tremendously dangerous their ministry is to lost mankind, the cause of Christ and the people of God.

 

As Christians may we remember two important principles as we enter our study this week…

 

1. We have the responsibility to recognize them and avoid them…

Rom 16:17-18 KJV – “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”

 

2. The Lord WILL BE the ultimate victor over all who oppose Him. He has already won the victory on the cross and is not simply waiting to manifest that victory at His second coming…

Col 2:13-15 KJV – “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”

Rev 20:10 KJV – “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”

 

 

May we all strive to oppose the false teaching around us and a void their deceitful seductions… after all, we can be absolutely certain that there is coming a day they will fall at the hands of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ!

 

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:
http://wp.me/pU88A-4aT


15 Comments

  1. Reposted on FB and Google! God bless!

  2. The True Light! says:

    We must be watchful of these kinds of people, the angels of Satan, who look to destroy the things of God. By their fruits, (or fruitless behaviors), we will know them.

    Another good post Rob.

    Steve

  3. RJ Dawson says:

    Thanks Rob. It’s time “Christians” got a clue regarding the actual identity of the real Pharisees among us. They can be known by their actions, manner, and agenda.

    There are those who look and act exactly like the Pharisees of old. They are hypocrites, saying one thing but doing another. They are always telling lies and getting away with it. They take advantage of the good, honest hearts of upright, trustworthy people.

    “Christians” should not be supporting these people, but the Pharisees among us would have no authority unless it was granted to them by other people. Just prior to and during the Lord’s early ministry, the only two men who opposed them were John the Immerser and the Lord Jesus. The rest of the nation had fallen under their demonic power.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      HI RJ,

      So true, the sad part is, like in the days of the Pharisees, these hypocrits are found among the Pastors, Teachers and other Leaders within Christianity. They know the truth, but twist it for their own benefit. They know the scriptural teachings how God has accredited his ministers and enables them to serve, yet they choose to use counterfeits in an effort to persuade their followers that they are of God. May the Lord give us discernment to stand against those who are counterfeits, and false ministers who lead god’s people away from His truths. Thanks for the comments. Lord bless.

  4. Wally Fry says:

    3. False teachers and religions are shameless publically appearing to be spiritual while, in truth, are ungodly, spiritually dead, servants of Satan.

    As usual Rob, your study is great and really useful and informative. That one, though, really hit home. I have had some unfortunate encounters with just such a person right here on WordPress. Someone claiming not only spirituality, but Christianity specifically. It’s been sort of a tough situation, especially when they have come over to my blog with their perversions of the Bible. Hate to deal harshly with another :”Christian,” but what can you do?

    Keep up the work you are doing, it’s good stuff

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Thanks for the kind words Wally.

      At times I have had the same thing take place with those who teach falsely and posting on my blog. It is one thing to honestly ask questions and try to explain their opinion in a Godly way seeking to see what I think, but it is another to post error without any desire for the truth.

      The Lord has convicted me that those who try to spread their false teaching via my blog shouldn’t be allowed to post. That is why I approve every comment before it is posted. If they seem to be open to the truth I post it and take a bit of time to try to share the truth. If they do not have the spirit of learning I simple delete the post. They will not use SIH as a forum for their false teachings, and I truly do not have the time for endless debates that simply create strife.

      Lord bless you my friend.

  5. SLIMJIM says:

    I appreciate this study. Christians today often live like there is no such thing as false teaching. May the Lord use this study to make believers more discerning.

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