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Great Babylon Prostitute
(Revelation 17.4-5)
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"The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. The name written on her forehead was a mystery: BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." (Revelation 17.4-5)✞

Seven Hills

Seven Hills of RomeThe great Babylon prostitute was said in Revelation 17.1, "to sit upon many waters." The waters stood for either seas, worldwide commerce or a well-provisioned mighty city. This was probably a reference to Rome with its seven hills. John was incorporating many of the ideas suggested by the prophets about ancient Babylon. Babylon was addressed by the prophet Jeremiah 51.13 as, "You who live by many waters and are rich in treasures, your end has come, the time for you to be destroyed." The River Euphrates actually ran through Babylon, and it was also the center of a system of irrigation canals, spreading out in every direction. This was also a picture of Rome's great corrupting influence on the nations.✞

With Abominable Things

MartyrsLater, John of Patmos in Revelation 17.15 gave the waters a symbolic interpretation. He wrote, "The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages." The waters were the many nations and peoples and tongues over whom Rome ruled and influenced for evil. In contrast to the prostitute, the Bride of Christ, the Church, was pure and obedient. Throughout history, people have been killed for their faith and over the last century by oppressive governments. The prostitute's drunkenness showed her pleasure in her evil accomplishments and her feelings of triumph over the church. But every martyr who has fallen before her sword has only served to strengthen the faith of the church. As Church Father Tertullian, (c155-c240 AD) a prominent theologian in North Africa said, "the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church." (Apologeticus, Chapter 50.) That seed one day took root and grew!✞

"Great Babylon Prostitute"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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