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God's Great Purpose (Revelation 17.17-18)

"For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to hand over to the beast their royal authority, until God’s words are fulfilled. 18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth." (Revelation 17.17-18)✞

Into Their Hearts

Rome BurningThe ten kings allied themselves to the beast. We read that God put this into their hearts that God's great purpose might be carried out and his words fulfilled. These evil powers thought they were working out their own plans but they were, in fact, working out God's great purpose. R. H. Charles (1859-1931) writes, "Even human anger is made to praise God." God never loses control of human affairs. In the last analysis, God is always working things together for good for as Romans 8.28 says, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who [or "that all things work together for good to those who love God, who" or "that in all things God works together with those who love him to bring about what is good — with those who"] have been called according to his purpose."

Ten Kings

Roman GovernmentRome was destroyed by the invasion of the ten kings of the earth. This foretells Revelation's outcome and the destruction of the great city, which is a reference to Rome, by the rising against her of her subject nations. The great prostitute, meaning ancient Rome, will in the end be destroyed when her lovers, meaning her vassal states, turn against her.✞

"God's Great Purpose"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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