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 The Abominations Of The Earth”. Not only do the false religions of this world produce spiritual harlotry, shown to us in the title “The Mother Of Harlots”, but they also produce the abominations that exist in the world around us.
What does it mean when the Bible speaks of an “abomination”? Both the Hebrew and Greek words from which we get abomination holds the same meaning…
They describe something that: “is abhorred”, “is disgusting”, “is revolting”.
The root meaning of the Hebrew word is “to utterly loathe”
The root meaning of the Greek word is “to stink” (referring to things such as a decaying corpse).
These meanings help us to come to a clear understanding of what is meant by an abomination in God’s sight. It is something that He hates, He is disgusted by it, it stinks in His nostrils.
It is important for our study this morning to note that many, but not all, of the times it is used the word “abomination” is used in connection to the sin of idolatry. This is the “product” of the religious kingdom of Satan.
The false teachings, the unscriptural practices, the selfish motives, the lies, the deceptions, and the evil fruits of sin that thrive in the idolatrous religions of this world, are an abhorrent stench in the nostrils of our Lord. These religious kingdoms turn men from the truth of His Word to lies. This leads men astray resulting in their rejection of Christ and eternal separation from Him.
May we all follow the wise advice of the Apostle Paul who said….
2Ti 3:13-15 KJV – “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation: