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Roman Government Prostitute (Revelation 17.1-3a)

"One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, 'Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.' Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness." (Revelation 17.1-3a)✞

Deserved Punishment

Roman BannerThe "great prostitute" was called by the writer of Revelation the "Whore of Babylon" or "Babylon the Great, the Mother of Prostitutes and Abominations of the Earth." These names were used in order to disguise a direct reference to the Romans themselves. Jews and Christians would have known immediately what John meant. The Roman government received punishment as "the great prostitute," because she was "an allurement to godlessness and immorality." Her sin was not only that she sinned herself, but also that she deliberately persuaded others into sin. "The great prostitute" may have deserved punishment because of her many gods and the blood of Christian martyrs on her hands. She produced the seductive governmental system which used immoral means to gain its own pleasure and prosperity.✞

Extravagant Luxury

Scarlet DressThe Roman prostitute was said to have been clothed in purple and scarlet and decked with all kinds of ornaments. This was a reference to the extravagant luxury of Rome and of the lustful way in which it was used. It was the picture of a wealthy female prostitute, decked out in all her expensive finery determined to seduce men.✞

"Roman Government Prostitute"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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