Revelation 17 and Revelation 18 describe a coming one-world religious system and a one-world economic system respectively that is given the name "Babylon." As part of a one-world Babylonian religious system in Revelation 17, mention is made of a woman known as the Mother of Harlots. Who is the harlot mentioned in Revelation 17?
Revelation 17:1 - 6
MODERNHEBREW - 1 ויבא אחד מן שבעה המלאכים הנשאים שבע הקערות וידבר אלי לאמר בא ואראך את משפט הזונה הגדולה הישבת על מים רבים׃ 2 אשר זנו אתה מלכי האדמה וישכרו שכני תבל מיין תזנותה׃
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The Bible actually provides sufficient information to enable us determine the identity of the symbolic woman/harlot., (Rev 1:1-1). First, Revelation 17:1,15 let us know that the woman sits on, or controls or has influence on "peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. The type of influence is explained in later verses. Second, Rev 17:2,3 explains that the woman has amorous relationship with and may even be controlling human political rulership, symbolized as kings of the earths the wild beasts, see Daniel 7:1-4, 15-17. The beast receives power, authority and throne from the Dragon, Revelation 13:1-4. Thirdly, we see a tripartite relationship between the Dragon (that is, Satan the Devil), Human pollitical rulership and the Woman. How so? THe woman is riding on a beast, which is empowered by the Dragon. And of course the devil is the master of deception, Rev 12:9. The woman is a tool in the hands of the Dragon for the deception of mankind. Fourth, Rev 17:6 and Rev 18:2,21-24 alert us to the fact the the woman has interest in religion, but negatively, as she is against God and Jesus! She attacks the saints. In other words her interest is in false religion. Fifth, and no wonder, her name is revealed to be BABYLON THE GREAT! It is a mystery in that we need discernment to really discover who or what she represents. We recall that ancient Babylon was an empire of false religion and a city full of idolatry. The woman is referred to as Babylon the great as her influence extends around the world and she controls more population than ancient Babylon. Sixth, an angel gives a strong warning asking people to " get out of her" When all the above details are taken into consideration, we are led to conclude that that woman, the great harlot, Babylon The Great, symbolises THE WORLD EMPIRE OF FALSE RELIGION!
After much consideration, I must conclude that the HARLOT is any religion that does not proclaim the truth of the Gospel. The Gospel is, "Moreover, Brethren, I declare unto you the Gospel which I preached unto you which also you received and wherein you stand. By which also you are saved, if you keep in memory what I have preached unto you, unless you have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures. And that He was buried, and that He rose again on the third day according to the scriptures." 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Any other teaching from a religious organization is not acceptable. It is a perversion of the Truth.
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