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Decoding Revelation:
8. The Great Harlot
by Dr. Dieter Thom
The Great Harlot (Rev. 17)

1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with
me, saying to me, ...
The Great Harlot (Rev. 17)
9 “Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on
which the woman si...
1a. Who is the Great Harlot?
“In the Old Testament, the metaphor of adultery was frequently used of
Israel as God's faithl...
1b. Who is the Great Harlot?
“21 How the faithful city has become a harlot! It was full of justice;
Righteousness lodged i...
1c. Who is the Great Harlot?
16 You took some of your garments and adorned multicolored high places for
yourself, and play...
2a. What is that Great City?
“And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the
kings of the earth.” (Re...
2b. What is that Great City?
“Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations
fell. And gre...
2c. What is that Great City?
“The great city” (Jerusalem) is also contrasted
with “the holy city” (the New Jerusalem). “So...
3a. Who has shed the blood of believers?
And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were
slain ...
3b. Who has shed the blood of believers?
“I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the
blood of the ma...
4. The Harlot’s High Priestly Clothes
The woman was arrayed in
purple and scarlet, and adorned
with gold and precious ston...
5. How She is ‘Egypt’ and ‘Babylon’?
Israel was in exile in Egypt and Babylon, this is why she is
prophetically these name...
Babylonian Talmud Quotes About Jesus
• He and his disciples practiced sorcery and black magic, led Jews astray into idolat...
Talmudic Perversions
• Yebamoth 63a: Adam had sex with all the animals in the Garden of Eden.
• Sanhedrin 55b: A Jew may m...
6a. The Harlot’s Economic Power
“For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her
fornication, the kings of ...
6b. The Harlot’s Economic Power

1 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to
o...
7. The Harlot’s Political Power
“15 Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are
peoples, mul...
8a. Not All Jews Are Jews
“I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are
rich); and I know the blasphemy of tho...
8a. Not All Jews Are Jews
Not all modern Jews are descendents of Abraham. There are two main groups
of Jews in the world t...
9. The Harlot & the Bride
“6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound
of many waters and as t...
10. Wilderness and Mountains
“So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a
woman sitting on a scar...
11. The Cup of Drunkenness & Wrath
“1b “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2
...
12. The Harlot’s Destruction
Revelation chapter 18 describes in graphic detail how The Great
Prostitute is destroyed. This...
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Only Israel or Jerusalem is consistently called a prostitute in Scripture....
Conclusion

 Exegetically there is only one candidate for the Great Prostitute of the Book of Revelation: the

modern sta...
Conclusion
 In the next presentations we will examine in more detail

each of these end time events according to the outl...
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  1. 1. Decoding Revelation: 8. The Great Harlot by Dr. Dieter Thom
  2. 2. The Great Harlot (Rev. 17) 1 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, 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” 3 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. 4 he 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. 5 And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 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. 7 But the angel said to me, “Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. 8 The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  3. 3. The Great Harlot (Rev. 17) 9 “Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. 10 There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. 11 The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition. 12 “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. 13 These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. 14 These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those ho are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.” 15 Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. 18 And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.” NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  4. 4. 1a. Who is the Great Harlot? “In the Old Testament, the metaphor of adultery was frequently used of Israel as God's faithless wife who had proved unfaithful by turning to false gods. Foreign nations were never accused by the prophets of this form of sin. Sometimes Israel's sin was also described in terms of harlotry: "How the faithful city has become a harlot" (Isa. 1:21; see Jer. 2:20; 3:1; Ezek. 16:15; Hos. 2:5; 3:3; 4:15). She has not only been unfaithful to her God; she has sold herself wantonly to any who would ask.” (George Eldon Ladd, A Commentary on the Revelation of John, Amazon Kindle Locations 2729-2732) “16 And the LORD said to Moses: “Behold, you will rest with your fathers; and this people will rise and play the harlot with the gods of the foreigners of the land, where they go to be among them, and they will forsake Me and break My covenant which I have made with them...” (Deut. 31:16)Who are these people? The nation of Israel. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  5. 5. 1b. Who is the Great Harlot? “21 How the faithful city has become a harlot! It was full of justice; Righteousness lodged in it, But now murderers...” (Is. 1:21) What is the city? Jerusalem. “20 For of old I have broken your yoke and burst your bonds; And you said, ‘I will not transgress,’ When on every high hill and under every green tree You lay down, playing the harlot…But you have played the harlot with many lovers;Yet return to Me,” says the LORD. (Jer. 2:20; 3:1b) Who committed spiritual prostitution? Israel. “2 When the LORD began to speak by Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea: “Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry And children of harlotry, For the land has committed great harlotry By departing from the LORD.”” (Hos. 1:2) Who is the harlot? Israel. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  6. 6. 1c. Who is the Great Harlot? 16 You took some of your garments and adorned multicolored high places for yourself, and played the harlot on them. Such things should not happen, nor be. 17 You have also taken your beautiful jewelry from My gold and My silver, which I had given you, and made for yourself male images and played the harlot with them… 20 “Moreover you took your sons and your daughters, whom you bore to Me, and these you sacrificed to them to be devoured. Were your acts of harlotry a small matter, 21 that you have slain My children and offered them up to them by causing them to pass through the fire? 22 And in all your abominations and acts of harlotry you did not remember the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare, struggling in your blood…25 You built your high places at the head of every road, and made your beauty to be abhorred.You offered yourself to everyone who passed by, and multiplied your acts of harlotry. 26 You also committed harlotry with the Egyptians, your very fleshly neighbors, and increased your acts of harlotry to provoke Me to anger... 28 You also played the harlot with the Assyrians, because you were insatiable; indeed you played the harlot with them and still were not satisfied. 29 Moreover you multiplied your acts of harlotry as far as the land of the trader, Chaldea; and even then you were not satisfied. (Ezek. 16:16-29) Who is the Great Harlot? Israel. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  7. 7. 2a. What is that Great City? “And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.” (Rev. 17:18) “And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.” (Rev. 11:8) “9 Unless the LORD of hosts Had left to us a very small remnant, We would have become like Sodom, We would have been made like Gomorrah. 10 Hear the word of the LORD, You rulers of Sodom; Give ear to the law of our God,You people of Gomorrah…” (Is. 1:9&10) “Also I have seen a horrible thing in the prophets of Jerusalem: They commit adultery and walk in lies; They also strengthen the hands of evildoers, So that no one turns back from his wickedness. All of them are like Sodom to Me, And her inhabitants like Gomorrah.” (Jer. 13:14) What is spiritual Sodom? Jerusalem. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  8. 8. 2b. What is that Great City? “Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath.” (Rev. 16:19) 1 “And you, son of man, take a sharp sword, take it as a barber’s razor, and pass it over your head and your beard; then take scales to weigh and divide the hair. 2 You shall burn with fire one-third in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are finished; then you shall take one-third and strike around it with the sword, and one third you shall scatter in the wind: I will draw out a sword after them. 3 You shall also take a small number of them and bind them in the edge of your garment. 4 Then take some of them again and throw them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire. From there a fire will go out into all the house of Israel. 5 Thus says the Lord GOD: ‘This is Jerusalem; I have set her in the midst of the nations and the countries all around her.’” (Ez. 5:1-5) What city was divided into three parts? Jerusalem. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  9. 9. 2c. What is that Great City? “The great city” (Jerusalem) is also contrasted with “the holy city” (the New Jerusalem). “So he took me away in the Spirit to a huge, majestic mountain and showed me the holy city, [the New] Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.” (Rev. 21:10) What is the Great City? Jerusalem. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  10. 10. 3a. Who has shed the blood of believers? And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.” (Rev. 18:24) 29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, 30 and say, “If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’ 31 “Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets…34 Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, 35 that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36 Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation. 37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” (Matt. 23:29-37) NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  11. 11. 3b. Who has shed the blood of believers? “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. 17:6) “14 For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus. For you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, just as they did from the Judeans, 15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they do not please God and are contrary to all men, 16 forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved, so as always to fill up the measure of their sins; but wrath has come upon them to the uttermost.” (1 Thess. 2:14-16) NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  12. 12. 4. The Harlot’s High Priestly Clothes 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. (Rev. 17:4) “and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls! ‘” (Rev. 18:16) (See Ex. 28:1-43) Source: www.messianic-torah-truth-seeker.org NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  13. 13. 5. How She is ‘Egypt’ and ‘Babylon’? Israel was in exile in Egypt and Babylon, this is why she is prophetically these names. Many Jews assimilated the occultic beliefs and practices of these kingdoms and religions into their own writings and rituals. These extra-biblical writings of the Jews were later compiled into the Talmud and the Kabbalah. There are two main forms of the Talmud: Jerusalem and Babylonian. The two, however, are almost identical (i.e. Jerusalem = Babylon). The Talmud is blatantly anti-Christian and contains some of the most foul, immoral teachings found in any religious literature, justifying sexual perversion and cursing Jesus, amongst other things. The Kabbalah is mystical, hermetic and occultic in its nature and content. Modern Judaism still hearkens after the things of Egypt and Babylon. The occult is widely practiced in modern Israel and amongst Jews all over the world. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  14. 14. Babylonian Talmud Quotes About Jesus • He and his disciples practiced sorcery and black magic, led Jews astray into idolatry, • • • • and were sponsored by foreign, gentile powers for the purpose of subverting Jewish worship (Sanhedrin 43a). He was sexually immoral, worshipped statues of stone (a brick is mentioned), was cut off from the Jewish people for his wickedness, and refused to repent (Sanhedrin 107b; Sotah 47a). He learned witchcraft in Egypt and, to perform miracles, used procedures that involved cutting his flesh, which is also explicitly banned in the Bible (Shabbos 104b). Gittin 57a: Says Jesus is in hell, being boiled in “hot excrement.” Sanhedrin 43a: Says Jesus (“Yeshu” and in Soncino footnote #6,Yeshu “the Nazarene”) was executed because he practiced sorcery: It is taught that on the eve of Passover Jesus was hung, and forty days before this the proclamation was made: Jesus is to be stoned to death because he has practiced sorcery and has lured the people to idolatry...He was an enticer and of such thou shalt not pity or condone.” Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah — replete not only with the most offensive precepts against all Gentiles but also with explicit attacks on Christianity and on Jesus (after whose name the author adds piously, ‘May the name of the wicked perish’). NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  15. 15. Talmudic Perversions • Yebamoth 63a: Adam had sex with all the animals in the Garden of Eden. • Sanhedrin 55b: A Jew may marry a girl three years “and a day” old. • Sanhedrin 54b: A Jew may have sex with a child as long as it is less than 9. • Kethuboth 11b: “When a grown-up man has sex with a little girl it is nothing.” • Yebamoth 59b: A woman who has sex with a beast is eligible to marry a Jewish priest. She who has sex with a demon is also eligible to marry a priest. • Baba Mezia 59b: A rabbi debates God & defeats Him. God admits the rabbi won. • Menahoth 43b-44a: A Jewish man is obligated to say the following prayer every day: Thank you God for not making me a gentile, a woman or a slave. • Soferim 15, Rule 10: This is the saying of Rabbi Simon ben Yohai: “Even the best of the gentiles should all be killed”. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  16. 16. 6a. The Harlot’s Economic Power “For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury…In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’” (Rev. 18:3, 7) Jews believe that they have been given a divine right to financial dominance over other nations. As such, the Anglo-American Western global banking sector is dominated by Jewish control. “For the LORD your God will bless you just as He promised you; you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow; you shall reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over you.” (Deut. 15:6) NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  17. 17. 6b. The Harlot’s Economic Power 1 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God: 3 “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. 4 “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. 5 “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. 6 “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. 7 “The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. 8 “The LORD will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you. 9 “The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God and walk in His ways. 10 Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they shall be afraid of you. 11 And the LORD will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give you. 12 The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand.You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13 And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. (Deut. 28:1-13) NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  18. 18. 7. The Harlot’s Political Power “15 Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled.” (Rev. 17:15-17) Wherever Jews are to be found all over the world, they are first loyal to the State of Israel before the country of their own citizenship. Jews make it a point to reach positions of influence and power, and to exert political power on behalf of Jewish interests. This is clearly a conflict of interests, and breeds disloyalty to their home nations. In practice, this is demonstrated by the inordinate amount of Jews that have been caught spying for Israel in the West. Israel maintains global political dominance over countries through the powerful political lobby of Jews all around the world. They are most powerful in the USA, but also very strong in Great Britain. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  19. 19. 8a. Not All Jews Are Jews “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.” (Rev. 2:9) “Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.” (Rev. 3:9) The vast majority of modern Jewry is not descended of Abraham, but has established a false secular Jewish state that they claim is the Jewish Messiah that will rule the world. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  20. 20. 8a. Not All Jews Are Jews Not all modern Jews are descendents of Abraham. There are two main groups of Jews in the world today. The Ashkenazi (or Germanic) Jews comprise more than 90% and the Sephardic (Meditteranean) Jews less than 10%. Arthur Koestler (The Thirteenth Tribe) and other Jewish authors have shown that Ashkenazi Jews are actually descendents of Jewish converts from the Khazarian Kingdom in the 8th century AD. Thus, the vast majority of modern Jews are not blood descendents of Abraham and are thus not natural heirs to the covenant promises. In fact, many modern Jews are members of the Sabbataen/Frankist sex cult that is a Jewish front. The founders Sabbatai Svi (17th century) and Jacob Frank (18th century) both claimed to be the Jewish Messiah, led their followers into deviant sexual practices and through the Rothschild family took economic and ideological control of Western nations in the 19th century through sexual and financial manipulation. It was this control that the Germans fought in both world wars in the 20th century, and that will lead to the destruction of the Zionist Israeli State in the 21st century. Zionism teaches that the Messiah is the secular State of Israel and that it will come to rule the world. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  21. 21. 9. The Harlot & the Bride “6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! 7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. 9 Then he said to me, “Write: “Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!”‘And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.” (Rev. 19:6-9). The bride is the New Testament Church or body of Jesus Christ comprised of Jewish and Gentile believers. The Great Harlot is the body of Jewish unbelievers who have rejected Jesus as their promised Messiah. The bride (the Church) received her bridegroom. The Harlot (Israel) did not. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  22. 22. 10. Wilderness and Mountains “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” (Rev. 17:3). One of the claims of the State of Israel is that she is transforming a wilderness wasteland into a fertile and productive land. Modern Israel was forged out of a “wilderness”. “Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits” (Rev. 17:9). Jerusalem has 7 mountains: Mount Zion, Mount Ophel, Mount Moriah, Mount Bezetha, Mount Acra, Mount Gareb, and Mount Goath. Interestingly, the popular Jewish Apocraphyl Book of Enoch regularly mentions seven mountains. The Jews consider this to be symbolic of the reign of God. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  23. 23. 11. The Cup of Drunkenness & Wrath “1b “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication…4 The woman was… having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication” (Rev. 17:1-4). “Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her.”(Rev. 18:6). “17 Awake, awake! Stand up, O Jerusalem,You who have drunk at the hand of the LORD The cup of His fury;You have drunk the dregs of the cup of trembling, And drained it out. ..19 These two things have come to you; Who will be sorry for you?— Desolation and destruction, famine and sword— By whom will I comfort you? …21 Therefore please hear this, you afflicted, And drunk but not with wine. 22 Thus says your Lord, The LORD and your God, Who pleads the cause of His people: “See, I have taken out of your hand The cup of trembling, The dregs of the cup of My fury;You shall no longer drink it. 23 But I will put it into the hand of those who afflict you, Who have said to you, “Lie down, that we may walk over you.’ And you have laid your body like the ground, And as the street, for those who walk over.” (Is. 51:17-23) NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  24. 24. 12. The Harlot’s Destruction Revelation chapter 18 describes in graphic detail how The Great Prostitute is destroyed. This passage is parallelled by Ezekiel’s prophecy of judgement on ancient Israel (Ezekiel 16:1-59). Compare this too with Jeremiah’s judgment of the original Babylon (Jer. 50&51). The literal kingdom of “Babylon will sink and never rise again” (51:64). Modern Iraq is not spiritual Babylon. Modern Israel is spiritual Babylon. It has arisen again in these end times and will be destroyed for ever. It was not recreated by God, but rather by secular Zionist political aspirations. Only the Second Coming of Jesus will see the restoration of spiritual Israel, being the Church, which will include the remnant of national Israel (see Romans 11). The Great Prostitute is destroyed in the same manner and with the same wording as ancient Israel and ancient Babylon. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  25. 25. Summary 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Only Israel or Jerusalem is consistently called a prostitute in Scripture. Jerusalem is clearly identified as “the great city”. The Bible says that the Jews alone are guilty of the blood of the prophets, saints and all the righteous blood shed on earth. Israel has prostituted her priestly role, as reflected in her symbolic adornment. Prophetically, Jerusalem is spiritual Egypt Babylon. Jews believe that they have been given a Divine right to global financial dominance over other nations. The State of Israel maintains global political dominance over countries through the powerful political lobby of Jews all around the world. Not all Jews are descendents of Abraham. Most are descendents of the Khazars. The bride (the Church) received her bridegroom. The prostitute (Israel) did not. Modern Israel was forged out of a “wilderness”. Jerusalem has seven very famous “holy” mountains. Israel drinks of the cup of drunkenness and God’s wrath. The Great Prostitute (the State of Israel) is destroyed in the same manner and with the same wording as ancient Israel and ancient Babylon. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  26. 26. Conclusion  Exegetically there is only one candidate for the Great Prostitute of the Book of Revelation: the modern state of Israel. Readers need to understand that this author is not anti-Semitic, neither does he wish evil upon Israel, least of all its destruction. However, according to New Testament prophecy, its destruction is inevitable. Historical and contemporary events corroborate this thesis.  The most popular historical Protestant interpretation has always been that The Great Prostitute represents Roman Catholicism. There are certainly very close parallels between the two, and the modern state of Israel was not in existence until 1948, so the Papacy was then the only possible candidate until then. However, there is only one consistent fulfillment of this prophecy: the modern state of Israel. The papacy definitely does feature in another entity, though: the first beast of the Book of Revelation.  Preterists have usually interpreted the Great Prostitute as referring to first century Jerusalem or Rome. However, the Great Prostitute is utterly destroyed, never to be rebuilt, as described in the last few verses of chapter 18. Clearly Rome and Jerusalem are currently still standing, and this prophecy is fulfilled just before the Second Coming. Rome is never metaphorically called a prostitute in Scripture, so we have no right to interpret it as such. Jerusalem is called a prostitute numerous times, so we are compelled to follow this pattern.  This is the only interpretation that one can make of this passage if one uses sound Biblical exegesis. It is not a very popular view to have nowadays because of the theology that says that Israel is still ‘God’s Chosen People’. This author does believe that God still has a wonderful plan of salvation for the physical descendents of Isaac just before the return of Jesus (see Roman 11 and Matthew 24). However, Jews today can only be saved in the way that any other person can be saved: through faith and repentance in Jesus the Messiah. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  27. 27. Conclusion  In the next presentations we will examine in more detail each of these end time events according to the outlines that we have seen in these two pairs of cycles.  The next issue is the One World System. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
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