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The World Apostate Church (20 of 26)
Series: The Book of Revelation
A Verse by Verse Study
INTRODUCTION: Last week, we looked at chapters 15 and 16, containing the seven last plagues of God. Seven angels poured out the seven vials of judgment on the earth. In 16:1, John said, "And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth." Chapter 16 ends with the seventh vial judgment. There were thunders and lightnings, sending great hail stones to the earth, the size of which, were a 100 pounds. In vs. 21, it says, "And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great." With all that has taken place, men are still unrepentant and continue to blaspheme the name of God. That's why God is justified in judging evil men who have spurned His grace. There is nothing left but judgment. In Rev. 19:11, it says, "...in righteousness he doth judge and make war."
Tonight, we will look at the world apostate church, referred to in vs. 5, as, "Mystery Babylon, the Great,Tthe Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth."
I. JOHN'S RING-SIDE SEAT (VV. 1-6)
In vs. 1, one of the seven angels, who had delivered the seven vial judgments, said to John, "Come up hither, and I will shew unto thee the judgment of the whore..." In vs. 3, he is carried away to a special place in the wilderness, where the angel reveals to him details about the whore and God's coming judgment upon her.
Let's notice several things about this apostate church, The Mother of Harlots.
A. Her Influence (vs. 1)
1. The angel said, "I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters," waters meaning, people. She rules over the people of the world. We'll see that later in vs. 15.
B. He ...
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