"THE GREAT ADULTERESS"
December 3, 1989
A definition of physical adultery.
A definition of spiritual adultery.
This chapter may be one of the, if not the, most debated chapters in the Revelation.
Once again, we know not everything about the Revelation, but we seek together for
spiritual truth. The title of the teaching today is, "The Great Adulteress." We will
look at the passage in a threefold manner.
I. THE GREAT ADULTERESS IS BABYLON. WHO- I-S BABYLON? WH-AT IS BABYLON'S-
Babylon- is a harlot,. a prostitute, an adulteress. Babylon was the source of all false
religion. In Genesis 10-11 we read the story of the Tower of Babel.
The name "Babel" means "confusion" (Genesis 11:9)
God named the city Babylon
One of its famous rulers was Hammurabi (1728-1686 B.C.). As the city began to
decline, Nebuchadnezzar, about 600 years before Christ led the city to great heights.
Nebuchadnezzar's reign (650-562 B.C.) and the history of Babylon serves as a
background to the book of Daniel.
Babylon not only was important politically, but spiritually. Genesis 10:8-12 noted
that Nimrod founded Babylon. His wife, Semiramis, founded the secret religions
of Babylon, according to other accounts, not the Bible. For example, she had a son,
named Tammuz, who she alleged was a miraculous conception and was a false
fulfillment of the promise of the seed of woman given to Eve.
False religions pronouncing this mother and child as God and they created a group
of virgins who were religious prostitutes. This same tradition said that Tammuz was
killed by a wild animal but restored to life which is a Satanic forecast and counterfiet
of Jesus' resurrection. This worship of Tammuz was related to Baal worship. Scripture
condemns repeatedly this false religion.
In 539 B.C. the Persians took over Babylon. They discouraged these false religions.
The Babylonian cultists moved to Pergamum. Crowns were worn by the chief pries ...
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