Revelation 17:1-5,14 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality.” And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality, and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH”... “These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.”
We now have started to dwell on the final judgments and today's chapter is one of those that can really send us wondering as even John was left wondering and the angel had to explain the visions to him.
The great harlot referred to here is the city or enterprise that the world uses to seek and glorify themselves and this enterprise or institution has grown in power and draws the kings of this world in its lure. Many inferences can be drawn but that is not what the Lord is speaking to us this day.
The scarlet beast is satan and his fallen angels and while this imagery might be confusing, we just need to understand that this is the beast that this enterprise is riding on that will lead to the fall of many.
If not for the great harlot and the scarlet beast with seven heads and ten horns, what is God calling us to understand this day?
We know that this world is certainly not driven by God but by the devil. Numbers show that Christianity in whatever its form today is the most followed religion followed by others but in reality, when God searches the hearts of the many 'christians', how many will He find who even know Him and relates to Him?
When one understands Christ and what He called us to, I suspect many would run away from Him because His calling is not what the world wants to hear. Our hearts long for a genie in a bottle we can use to away our problems, fill us with wealth and fortunes and keep us always happy.
Christ came to show us that our desires are not of God but of the devil and that He came here to save us and set us on the right path, one of submission, long-suffering, love and faithfulness.
It is evident that we are not righteous just by the mere fact that God chose us and not the other way around. We in our brokenness could never chose God or find God because our hearts are motivated by the beast of this world.
I pray today that as the Lord of Lords and King of Kings stands at the door of your heart, you would let Him in to transform your brokenness into His fullness. I pray that whatever you think you are, you will drop all those pretensions and simply submit to the Lam of God who has overcome the devil and his deception and gives us the assurance of eternity in His presence.
Isaiah 1:21 How the faithful city has become a harlot, She who was full of justice! Righteousness once lodged in her, But now murderers.
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