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July 17, 2022 2:00 pm
Revelation 17 reveals the coming judgment of God upon the false religion that has spiritually enslaved mankind for centuries. We will find this false religion is depicted as a prostitute.
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My name is Brian Thomas I greet you in the name of our great Lord and Savior Jesus Christ invokes it is always a joy and honor.
Every time I get behind this microphone to share God's holy word with you is always a joy and honor and a privilege and is so humbling that we think about our great God, the supreme being the creator of all things, and yet he uses us mere mortals human beings to carry forth the great commission to make disciples to further increase his kingdom, and I do not take it lightly. It is truly an honor to be a servants of our great Lord and we just give him all the honor we give him all the glory and we give him all the praise for the great God that he is well were going to continue our series this week. In the book of Revelation chapter 17. But before we get into the message let us look to our Lord. For a word of prayer. Heavenly father, we thank you Lord for this day. We thank you for this time. We thank you Lord for your great and holy word is my prayer, Lord, that all things are spoken there to be nothing but sound doctrine, and may you be honored and glorified in all things in your name Jesus. Amen. I want to take today a little trip down memory lane.
I'm I'm going to get into my way back machine and I'm going to go about 20 years ago to a time when I met this young woman and she expressed a romantic interest in me and I was single at the time this was before I got married and so we decided to go out on a date. I don't recall whether I asked her what she asked me, but we ended up going on a date and when I went to pick her up when I got there, she opened the door and when I saw her I was floored me absolutely flabbergasted and I don't mean in a good way because this woman was dressed in such a provocative way in such a revealing way that I actually was was puzzled. I was puzzled, thinking to myself how is it possible that she actually got her body into those clothes if it was really just just just that extreme and we we went on the date and II think we had a dinner and a movie scheduled then we we went to the dinner in as were walking through the mall. This was probably about an hour and 1/2 into the date from the time that I had picked her up and again folks as we go through this date.
I'm I'm actually I'm seriously wonder to myself, you know, is she truly wearing closers it is it body paint and how is it possible that that she got her body into that that fabric. I was just I was blown away by you as soon as were walking through the mall to go to the theater to me. People just gawking at her and it was just something that you could not not notice and people were gawking at her and it was shameful. It was truly shameful. It was truly embarrassing. I was honestly ashamed to be out in public with this woman and as were walking though, she turned to me and she said you haven't said anything yet about my outfit and so I you know exists caught off guard at the moment and in trying to think what to say.
I deftly was not going to lie and say that I liked it and I sort of talked around. I think I said something along the lines of, you know, where did you get the material from or something you not I talk the way around it without actually saying that that I liked it because I did not. It was it was delayed again just very shameful. It was very embarrassing but we continued on with the date I just really wanted to get it over with and so we we went to the movie and we went home and and that was that. And I had no plans of November going out with her again. Of course now someone may ask the question to me was it appealing and what she was wearing because you heard me say was shameful. It was embarrassing. Was it appealing to the eyes into the flesh, of course, I'm not going to stand here and in and say that it was not but it was repulsive to my spirits and you know for me it out there and and again I was a born-again believer in Christ at the time and and I know sometimes there people who try to say, will they don't notice that kind of thing. But the limit beyond this. Any man that says that seeing a woman's body parts is if he doesn't call some thoughts the flesh into his mind. Either he's lying or he's gay I just have to be honest with you because we are wired for certain things to be triggers. Now the thing about is you must not dwell on those thoughts that come into your mind Bible sister take every thought captive, so that is what we do we take those thoughts captive you don't dwell on it, but it is going to call something to come into your mind when you see that. So yes, it was appealing to the flesh, but it was repulsive to my spirits and in the days following. She did contact me and express interest in CME again. Again, I had no interest in doing so, but but trying to to let it down easily.
I did allow her to come over to my home and again another big mistake because she came dressed the same way and she expressed a desire to go to bed with me and nothing inappropriate took place. There were no lines calls but I wasn't having that you know that that does not was not one happy but for calls or else I would be telling you this, but I made the decision at that point that I had sitting in this that I cannot carry it any further.
So I expressed to her might.
My reason is. She said what I thought that's what me and wanted I thought that men desire to have women dress this way at night and to to go to bed with them with within the first few days or weeks of meeting and I explained her know I am me a God-fearing man. I am a believer in Jesus Christ and so you know I cannot explain things to her as to why we would not work and so that was that we do not have any more dates we do not have any more visits. That was the end of that relationship. I said all that to say we are coming to Revelation 17 were going to look at a woman here in chapter 17 of Revelation. This is a warning that is tied to Babylon and Babylon is a place in which archaeologists say is the cradle of civilization is located on the banks of the Euphrates River. The, the city's rulings have revealed some of the most ancient documents of past generations and if you recall from the Scriptures in the book of Genesis chapter 10. Make a note of that Genesis chapter 10 verses eight through 10 that there was a rebel by the name of Nimrod.
He was a rebel of our Lord, meaning he was a rebel against our Lord and it was the home of some of the worst evils mankind has ever known, and what were going to find in chapter 17 is that two of these evils will be destroyed during the tribulation. It seems as though Satan made his headquarters in the city of Babylon in ancient days. This is where false religion started.
This is where mankind's attempt at self-government in defiance to God with the towel of Babel and so we come to this chapter we are going to see God's judgment upon the false religion that has spiritually enslaved mankind for centuries. A false religion that the Bible depicts, portrays or depicts as a scarlet woman to turn your Bibles to Revelation chapters 17 were going to begin with verse one.
The Bible tells us there. Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talk with me saying to become I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, verse two, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication. Now it's all in the seven bowl judgments in chapter 16 we sold that God is pouring out his great wrath. And so what we see here is a greater level of detail to the seventh bowl judgment. One of the Angels tells John that he is going to show him things concerning this great heart. He comes to talk with John this angels want to show John the judgment that is coming upon what he calls a great harlot or a prostitute who is sitting on many waters. This is symbolic language.
Again, this is a depiction we will see more of this as we go forward and what we find here is that the kings, the leaders of the earth committed fornication with this prostitute again symbolic language here of what our Lord is trying to say to us now. The fact that God uses language of fornication of harlotry we see that throughout Scripture. It shows what he thinks about sex outside of marriage because what we have to understand is that when we have sex outside of marriage.
That is a direct symbolic way of showing you reject Jesus Christ and accept Satan when we have sex on the other hand within marriage between a husband and a wife, a man and a woman.
It symbolizes being joined with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will return to that is why the Bible calls the church, the bride of Christ, and it calls our union with him when we go away in the rapture says we will be at the marriage supper because we are having a wedding feast with our Lord and so the Scripture correlates idol worship to harlotry idol worship to fornication and I and I stress the people you know we think of of of sexual relations with people that were not married to, is something that's innocence just or something to do those two full fuel your fleshly desires and in some people may even say will know there is a love that I have for this person as well but but we don't take it seriously and and we should we should cherish those moments that is something that should be sacred to us that we should save for our spouse within marriage but we treated as if is insignificant.
We treated as if is just like having a another meal from day to day, and it is something that God frowns upon because when he describes in the Scriptures resort throughout the Old Testament with the nation of Israel when they went after false gods, when they were worshiping stones and woo it in and things of that nature. God would describe it as an adulterous woman who is being unfaithful to her husband and that is how it makes God feel when we spiritually are going after and worshiping things that are not of him. It makes him feel just the same as a man who has a wife who goes out and has adulterous relationships who fornicate with other men.
And so that is very very important that we keep that in mind as we continue to look at this depiction of this Scarlet woman in verse three we find of Revelation chapter 17 so he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness. I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, which was full of names of blasphemy, heaven seven hits and 10 horns.
This woman is sitting on a beach that has the same description as the beast that we saw in Revelation chapter 13 turnover to Revelation 13 verse one there. The text reads. Then I stood on the sand of the sea. I saw a great beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and 10 horns, and on his horns 10 crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name so this beast represents kings or kingdoms that oppose God and we find that this woman, this Scarlet woman is riding on this beast and this beast is something that we've never seen or heard of anything like it.
But is this prophetic language that is a a depiction here of something that is yet to come to Paul's for a brief announcement please don't go away. We want to come back and talk about more the scarlet woman and a scarlet beast who are tuned into the God first program you're listening to Brian on God for more wine please visit God, not horse around the library. There you will find articles and messages available as MP3 downloads on various topics such as salvation, Bible lesson is just to name a few. Also, sign up for our monthly newsletter and visit our web store visit God back to the program. Today we are looking at Revelation chapter 17. This Scarlet woman and the scarlet beast and we're seeing that this woman is something that is not spoken of favorably in the Scripture because this woman is representing false religion. This woman is representing something that is repulsive to our Lord. This woman is representing something that is offensive to our Lord.
This woman represents something that is hurtful to our Lord God, and that is because she represents what so many in the world do today they go after false gods. They go after things that are not of the God of the Bible is so as we come to verse four of chapter 17 of Revelation.
It says 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. This woman by world standards is beautifully dressed. We see this purple scarlet, and in these the jewelry that she's wearing in sheet she's beautifully dressed by the world's standards. But notice that she has in her hand a cup that is full of abominations and then it says the filthiness of her fornication's. There are many people who have made confessions that when they first began to practice fornication that after doing so, they would feel a dirtiness aid filthiness within their spirit, not not physically but but within their spirit.
They said they just just felt dirty but yet they were still continue to do so.
I know people who after watching pornography.
They will say following those times they would would feel dirty and and that is because there is a spiritual component to again sexual activity and as I stated it symbolizes rejection of Jesus when we do acts of that nature outside of the bonds of marriage and so we see here this woman is is the filthiness of her fornication is a filthy thing for reason because it symbolizes rejection of our Lord God, and I shared with you earlier about the woman who I had that date with and you know she's asking me these questions and in acquiring with me about saying something about the way she's dressed because to her.
I should've been drawn to her way of dress to her. I should've found it appealing and into her. I should've liked it because that is what the world says is good for a woman to dress in a provocative way to determine the heads of men. The folks that is not God's way the world looks upon. It is a good thing.
But God looks upon it shamefully as disgraceful, and that is exactly what we see with this Scarlet woman here in Revelation and then in verse five says in on her for head a name was written, mystery, Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and of the abominations of the earth. How must it be to carry the title of the mother of harlots. If anyone is not familiar with the term harlot the heart the word harlot is simply another word for for prostitute or in our day we was a a a horror and so is not always referring to someone who's is out doing it for money but but that is what this woman has written on her for heated and in the abominations of the earth. This is another example of a writing glory, marked only for here we saw earlier in Revelation that there will be 144,000 Israelites will be servants of God.
They will be evangelist will preach the word during the tribulation. They will be sealed on their foreheads.
We also find that believers in Christ are going to be sealed and then of course we know that the worshipers of Antichrist will have his mark of the beast. During the seven year tribulation. So let's look at what John continues to tell us in verse six of Revelation 17, 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. So we find is that this woman is responsible for the murder of many who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. If you go all the way back to the early church from the. The first century. This woman is responsible for their deaths.
For those who were feared to hungry lions for those who were sold and have think about that for many folks because were in a time now, which many who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ will not stand up and speak his truth out of fear of what the world is going to say. Many will not speak the truth, out of fear that someone may unfriend him on Facebook. Many will not stand to speak the truth because they are afraid that members of the church will leave for or maybe not give as much in the tides or or or or somehow another calls trouble for them in the church we found that the early church. They were so committed and devoted to our Lord that they were willing to be fair to hungry lions.
They were willing to be sold in half while alive. They were willing to be burned at the stake. They were willing to have Romy tied to their bodies and then allow hungry dogs to be launched into them so that so that they would eat them in empty and kill them and eat them alive.
That is their devotion that was their commitment to our Lord God, and yet we have people today here in our nation where we are not facing that type of persecution the worse we may get is that someone might unfriend us or someone may stop coming to the church but God is calling us to stay in the speak the truth. God is calling us to speak out when it comes to sexual morality God is calling us to speak up for the lives of the unborn.
When it comes to abortion. God is calling us to speak out the truth when it comes to what is biblical marriage and he is calling us to stand true to his word and he said the day is going to come when he returns.
He said I will give to each according to their works, and I don't know about you but I'm looking forward to the David, the Lord will look at me and he will say will done good and faithful servant. That is what I am striving for. I'm not striving for a claim in this life from man, but I am striving for the acceptance in the words of will done from my Almighty Lord is.
He says come now enjoy the fruits of your labor in the presence of your Lord in verse number seven, Revelation 17 but the angel said to me why do you marvel. I will tell you the mystery of the woman in of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the 10 horns. So John marvels is amazed at the sight of this woman on the beast, even though we see the description in chapter 13. But John is still amazed and so the angel proceeded by telling Johnny's explaining this woman and then in verse eight he says 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 years so this beast the Bible tells us will one day come from the bottomless pit, but eventually going to perdition.
Perdition is another word for Hill or the lake of fire. It is a state of eternal punishment and damnation into which a sinful and unrepentant person passes after death and that is why we preached his word froze because we don't want you to go into perdition. Let's fast-forward to Revelation chapter 20 verses seven through 10 speaks of what this scripture is foretelling it says now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city.
And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them the devil who deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. The people of yours will marvel after the beach.
That is, those who were not in the book of life that is the unsaved, but we see this woman, who represents false religions.
Who represents those who go against Jesus Christ and the Bible tells us that this woman is not something that God looks favorably upon next week were going to look more at this beast, but I will going until you now. This piece is a representation of Satan as Satan is one day going to come from the bottomless pit that he will be changed in during the 1000 year reign of Christ, but he will be released and then defeated once and for all. He will go into perdition into the lake of fire for all of eternity and that is where all will spin eternal life.
For those who have rejected Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and I really should say.
To clarify, not eternal life and eternal death is what you going to face in the lake of fire. If you do not do not receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior so that is my plea to come to our Lord today. This this woman, though it shows us a lot. There is a deep spiritual meaning to what is taking place here, but I just want to stay to reiterate that women today do not use your body to attract a man now if you just want a man. Yes, you can get a man by dressing that way, being provocative, being revealing if if you just want a man who was after the lust of the flesh, you can easily get that, but I can go ahead and tell you now is going to come with a lot of Hartig is going to come with a lot of pain because you are doing things outside of God's way and God's way works God's way works. We God's way works. We must trust God to do things the way he says to do it and I was listening to an interview earlier today of a young lady who was speaking of the fact that she is pro-life in and she's 18 years old and she says she speaks to young people and try to get them to understand that you can you can get past the whole abortion issue by simply accept staining from sex until marriage. She said that they laugh at her and they look at her as if she's crazy when she says abstain from sex and marriage.
The folks that is way the world looks at God's word. But God is God's way works because God is the all wise and the all-knowing one who has all power in his hand so were going to Paul's. Therefore this week again will I come back next week and we will look more at the scarlet woman into what will be her outcome in chapter 17 of Revelation and then we will see more of this beast that is carrying this woman. So before we close. Let us look to our Lord to give him praise to give him glory to give them adoration. We just thank you Lord God again for this time. We thank you for your word again. Lord, we pray that you will be honored and glorified by this time together and we just look forward to that day, Lord, will you will come back to ruling rain from Jerusalem and we will be with you for all of eternity. Until we come back together again next week. Lord will remember to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, bless God's great nation of Israel and to the only wise God be glory through Jesus Christ, forever. Amen. You can think of the Bible blame God for Ryan and I first was a right protected under our copyright is email@example.com until next time great nation of Israel first