Revelation: the demise of the great whore

Revelation, as I have shown, often gives multiple layers of the same event. This scene was spoken of before the bowl judgements along with the great war after them. Now, it goes directly from the fall of the great whore to the great war. Once again showing the haste at which the bowl judgements would succeed each other. Just in case one thinks it a good idea to wait until something happens. The angel comes to John and tells him to come see the end of the notorious prostitute. There have been many ways to interpret this prostitute some suggest Jerusalem, others the papacy, and, still, others America, no doubt many many more. I do not think these people are wrong, I think they all have some correctness to their interpretation. However, this is not meant to be a sort of specific prophecy, it is showing us common paradigms that would appear throughout church history with an ultimate fulfillment in the end. The great whore is depicted as riding the back of the beast. The words here connote sex, she is fornicating with the beast. We have shown the beast to be the spirit of empire and its lust for control. The great whore is seen as fornicating with this beast because she has made her bed with him. She has made herself very rich with his conquests. She is the “prosperity” that can come from friendship with the world. The picture of her is meant to remind us that, as the people of God, we do not belong to this age. As citizens of the age to come, we do not desperately hold on to every possession we have, but treat them as “dung, compared to the greatness of knowing Jesus Christ”. Her ultimate demise is from the best with whom she fornicated. The beastly side of empire will always turn it’s back on the people who have gained riches through it. This should speak loads to us here in America. We are living on the riches that come from injustice. We must strive to make justice flow like a river and fight for the cause of the poor and enslaved.

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