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Horned Beast
(Revelation 17.15-16)
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"Then the angel said to me, 'The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked, they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire.'" (Revelation 17.15-16)

Prostitute's Flesh

The BeastThis passage gave us a terrible picture of the Revelation horned beast rising violently against the prostitute who had been its mistress. The beast would devour the prostitute's flesh. In the Old Testament, eating the prostitute's flesh is the action of a most savage and powerful enemy. It is the complaint of Psalm 27.2 "When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall." The wicked in Israel are according to Micah 3.2-3, "you who hate good and love evil; who tear the skin from my people and the flesh from their bones; who eat my people’s flesh, strip off their skin and break their bones in pieces; who chop them up like meat for the pan, like flesh for the pot?" This is a picture of terrible vengeance.

Terrible Punishment

Burning FireRevelation 17.16b continued, "they will burn her with fire." This is also in Leviticus 20.14, "If a man marries both a woman and her mother, it is wicked. Both he and they must be burned in the fire, so that no wickedness will be among you." This is the punishment for the most heinous sin such as a man marrying both a mother and her daughter. It was also the punishment in Leviticus 21.9 "If a priest’s daughter defiles herself by becoming a prostitute, she disgraces her father; she must be burned in the fire." This punishment was reserved for the daughter of a priest who had been guilty of sexual immorality by becoming a prostitute. It was to be noted that the harlot's previous lovers turned against her. Evil had in it a vengefulness and a destructive power!

"Horned Beast"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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