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Interpretation Number One: Sexual Immorality
Let’s look at the first interpretation suggested of who the great harlot is. Recently a well known Messianic leader in Israel taught on the Book of Revelation and commented that the great harlot “obviously [is referring to] a spirit of sexual immorality.” He went on to describe the great harlot as something coming out from the West, with its center in Hollywood. This seems very logical at a first glance. The great harlot must of course refer to sexual sins and temptations that we must flee from. But the question is if the interpretation really is that simple. Is sexual immorality all that the Book of Revelation refers to when it talks about the great harlot? Let us take a look at the text itself to see.
“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, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.’
“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. 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. And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
“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.” (Rev 17:1-6) We see here that the first word in the name of the great harlot is the word “mystery.” This indicates that the great harlot is referring to something that is not so obvious. Furthermore, we see in verse 6 that when John saw the great harlot he “marveled with great amazement.” Both these facts speak against a plain and obvious interpretation of who the great harlot is.
If we take a look at how the word harlot generally is used in the Bible, we find that in the prophetic writings the word is always used in the context of spiritual rather than sexual infidelity. Isaiah 1:21 is a typical example, “See how the faithful city has become a harlot!”
The first time after the exodus from Egypt that the word harlot is used is in Exodus 34:12-16. This is a good example of the basic use of the word in the Bible.
“Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it be a snare in your midst. But you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images (for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God), lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they play the harlot with their gods and make sacrifice to their gods, and one of them invites you and you eat of his sacrifice, and you take of his daughters for your sons, and his daughters play the harlot with their gods and make your sons play the harlot with their gods.”
Even though spiritual and sexual unfaithfulness usually go together, the primary usage of the word harlot in the Scriptures is not to describe people who are living in sexual immorality. The image of harlotry is used to describe the spiritual unfaithfulness of the people of Israel or of a city like Jerusalem, Samaria, Nineveh, and Tyre.
In Bed with the World
There is a very good book published in the United States called Intoxicated with Babylon – The Seduction of God’s People In the Last Days, written by Steve Gallagher. This book basically defines the great harlot in the Book of Revelation as the lukewarm, backslidden church in the last days that has fallen in love with the world. We heartily agree with the message. James 4:4 clearly states that friendship with the world is called adultery, “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?” 1 John 2:17 defines the world as “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.”
This broader definition of the great harlot that includes more than just sexual immorality is more in line with the Scriptures. Numbers 15:37-41 explains that to break God’s commandments is to live in adultery and spiritual prostitution.
“The LORD said to Moses, ‘Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each tassel. You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the LORD, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by going after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes. Then you will remember to obey all my commands and will be consecrated to your God. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the LORD your God.'”
Yet, when we look at the description of the great harlot in the Book of Revelation something more than worldliness seems to be involved. When the Apostle John who was very familiar with the basic concept of harlotry in Scripture, and had written the solemn warning to not loving this world saw the harlot he was very amazed. It seems that he was seeing something that he had not seen before.
One of the outstanding features of the harlot that John saw was that she was drunk with the blood of the saints. This does not fit the general picture of the backslidden church in the West. Backsliders who live in sexual immorality or who have fallen in love with this world and its lusts, usually do not go around and murder people. The great harlot in the Book of Revelation seems to involve something more. We need to continue to seek for a more satisfying answer to our question of who the great harlot is.
Next post will be on Interpretation Number Two: The United States of America
Last week I shared the first principle of the kingdom that I was told Amway Corporation understood better than the church did. This week I will share the second principle I learned from them. I learned the principle of connecting vision to a practical plan for accomplishing the vision.
When someone comes into Amway, they are immediately shown what is possible to attain and how to set goals for attaining it. Then it is made clear to them where they are and what is the next step. This marries the vision to a doable task. As the saying goes, “Any task is doable if broken down into small enough parts.” Amway makes the process simple and practical. They also continually remind everyone of the vision.
I was never part of Amway and am not involved with any multi-level or network marketing business, even though I do highly esteem them. This was my choice, because in my calling I did not want to relate to anyone as a business prospect. I had built a business, and now I am called to help build the body of Christ, not a business. However, in speaking at and attending Amway and other conventions, I have seen them leading many thousands to the Lord and helping them find their place in His body, probably more effectively than any churches or movements I have known.
For many of these new Christians, Amway, or these other multi-level organizations, became a substitute for the body of Christ. This was not the fault of Amway, whose leaders often lamented this to me, but because these new believers could not find a church that would teach, train, equip, and release them into their purpose, like these organizations would. For this reason, many churches reacted against these organizations, but they would have done much better to learn from them. To this day, it is still rare to find any local church that is training, equipping, and releasing their people into their purpose. This will change for all that survive the coming few years.
I am not advocating making the body of Christ into a multi-level organization because the Lord already did that. Few in the body of Christ understand this, but to the degree they do, they tend to advance very quickly. Those who do not understand it tend to remain locked in spiritual immaturity. When the Lord spoke of the signs of the end of the age, one of the things He said was, “Woe to those who nurse babes in those days” (see Matthew 24:19). We could interpret this as “Woe to those who keep their people in immaturity.”
If we are going to make it as His body through these times, we must grow up in all things into Christ. The present model many churches are built on makes them into big sheep pens where food is thrown to the sheep once or twice a week. This will not survive much longer. The churches that are going to survive, and even prosper, into the future will be those that not only impart the vision of how far any Christian can go in Christ, but also help them along the way. Next week, we will begin to examine the vision and practical steps in getting there.
Special Bulletin #1, 2014
For many years now we have been saying that each year would be more challenging than the last. I don’t think we have been wrong yet. What can we expect for 2014? It will be even more challenging too, but that does not mean it will not be a great year. Keeping in mind that victories don’t come without battles, and no great victories without great battles, this is the year we can expect some breakthroughs and a turning. Now is the time to see these crises/opportunities and prepare for them.
2013 gave us shocking revelations, unprecedented in American history, of the government’s use of the IRS to intimidate and control political opposition, domestic spying by the NSA, and the building of an apparatus that could be used for totalitarian control even beyond the imagination of the authors of 1984 and Animal Farm. The year ended with Obamacare collapsing, the Administration reeling, stock markets soaring, and the politically incorrect Duck Dynasty rising in popularity far past the President or any other politician. We can learn much from these signs.
Not everyone who stood up for Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty agreed with him. However, there was a rising agreement that he had the right to say what he thinks without being penalized. Repulsion to political correctness is on the rise as well as a refreshing embracing of anyone with clear speech and the courage to say what they actually think. This is certainly a good sign.
The revelations of our government’s domestic spying apparatus should have caused the greatest outrage of Americans. The relative passivity of Americans about this is troubling. However, there are also signs that people are waking up to this threat as well.
As the saying goes, “If you do not change your direction, you will end up where you are headed.” Therefore, we will look at these and other major revelations that are illuminating ultimate issues with serious consequences. We will do this using a slightly modified version of The Three Great Questions:
Where are we headed?
Where should we be headed?
What can we do about it?
Where Are We Headed?
First we need to understand that where our government is headed may not be where the people are headed or want their government headed. There is a growing disconnect between the will of the people and the Federal Government.
You can be a liberal and not be a socialist. You can be a socialist and not be a Marxist. One of the most destructive deceptions at this time is to judge others, especially other people groups, by their most extreme elements. That being said, America’s turn to the left has gone past classical liberalism toward socialism, with momentum towards Marxism.
The Federal Government has been steering us in this direction, although the general population of America remains steadfastly on the conservative side of moderate. A recent study revealed that those who identified themselves as liberal actually increased by 10%. However, that was from 17% to 27% with more than twice that percentage identifying themselves as conservatives. America remains a basically moderate nation, slightly leaning toward the conservative side.
Democracy is Being Destroyed
Even though America still leans slightly to the conservative side of moderate, that may never again be reflected in voting without election laws that protect the validity and sanctity of the vote. Consider these facts:
In every swing state where voter I.D. was required, Romney won in 2012. In the major swing states of Ohio and Pennsylvania where no voter I.D. was required, dozens of precincts had 100% of the vote go to Obama. Some precincts counted more votes (all for Obama) than there were registered voters in the precincts. This is simply not possible. As even the Democratic Party pollster Patrick Caddell stated, “This election was within the margin of fraud.”
Where Should We Be Headed?
The American Republic must be restored. The Constitution must be restored as the supreme law of the land.
What Can We Do About It?
Restoring the integrity of the vote is fundamental to the true will of the people ever being done in America again. How can we require an I.D. for buying a pack of cigarettes and not require one to vote? Even the U.N. declared that it is not possible to have a legitimate election without voter I.D.
Overwhelming evidence shows that the 2012 election was not a legitimate election. Increasing doubt will be cast on every election from now on if basic voter I.D. laws are not implemented with all voter fraud being considered a serious felony with serious penalties, and serious enforcement.
Voting is the foundation of democracy. To the degree that this most basic of all rights, upon which all of our other rights depend, is so abused, we no longer have true democracy in America. We should challenge the legitimacy of any election where voter I.D. is not required and enforced.
Those who promote voter fraud by being against voter I.D. should be considered the enemies of democracy that they are—an enemy of the most basic right of every American to have their vote count.
The Secretary of State of each state is the one who authenticates elections. It was reported that the Administration invested heavily in this office in some states. Why? Obviously, this is a position where the utmost integrity is required to preserve integrity in elections. Without giving this position the importance it deserves, major voter fraud will continue.
Laws should be passed and enforced that any government official who compromises the integrity of any election is guilty of treason—because they are. Voter fraud is the most basic attack against the American Republic and the Constitution.
We need more entrepreneurs like Johnny Georges. At 7:10, I begin to tear up…
You have got to see this video. If you don't come away with tears.... I don't know what to say!
(posted on FB by " Doctor Know)
"I may be about to make some one rich. If I do all I ask is to be given a share of the booty.
If I had the money I would start a restaurant and advertise ALL the food that has been banned by Moochie and her wrecking crew or those bowing to islam.
Bet if we advertised "food as you remember it" we would clean up!.
Featured prominently would be PORK.
Just imagine the people flocking to the place where a kids meal came with a coke and foods could be cooked in vino or whatever.
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