Rev 17:5 KJV –
“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
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”; 2. “Mystery”; 3. “Babylon The Great”; 4. “The Mother Of Harlots”; 5. “The Mother Of… Abominations Of The Earth”
In our devotion for this morning, we will be looking at the title “The Mother Of Harlots”.
Once again, just like all of the titles for Satan’s religious kingdom, we find “The Mother of Harlots” to be very fitting indeed. The idea of “harlot” (prostitute) contains a few basic ideas:
- sinful unions – joining with the political kingdoms of the world, other sinful religions, and lost mankind to stand in opposition to the Lord, His Word, and His works. (Rev 19:19)
- seduction / temptations – one of the key tools used by these false religious systems is a seductive message that draws lost men into their membership. Promises of a glorious afterlife, “the power of positive thinking”, no hell or judgment for sins, man’s ability to save themselves, among others, are seductive messages appealing to lost mankind. (2 Tim 4:3-4)
- unfaithfulness – turning from the truths of God’s Word, taking from them, adding to them, and denying them are hallmarks of their unfaithfulness to the Lord and His Word. They seek to lead men away from the Lord through their teachings and practices. (Prov 5:22-23) In all of this they have shown themselves to be unfaithful by forgetting the Lord and trusting in falsehood (Jer 13:25)
The false religious kingdom of Satan is said to be the “mother” of harlots. This tells us that all of her “children” (the individual teachings, religions, assemblies, and folowers that she produces) are all harlots which share in these three characteristics.
May we never be as the Jewish nation that was found guilty of spiritual whoredom by following the false religions of the day.
Hos 4:12 KJV – My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.
One of the great desires for every Christian should be to always be found spiritually pure in God’s sight and to encourage others to do the same.
Col 1:28-29 KJV – Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation: