The Beauty And The Beast
I want you to be turning now to Revelation chapter seventeen, and tonight we're going to take just an overview of this chapter because we're going to have to spend quite a bit of time in this chapter. I say have to spend quite a bit of time. It is because it is one chapter in the bible that is full of prophetic insight for these times. And so, let's look here in Revelation chapter seventeen. I suppose if we could give this chapter a title, it would be BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, because we see here a scarlet woman riding upon a beast. Now, the beast is the anti-Christ, the woman is false religion. And I suppose if we really, really wanted to look beyond the mascara, we would not say beauty and the beast, we would say ugly and the beast. And you'll see what I'm going to mean or what I mean by that in just a moment. We're going to be introduced in this chapter to a Babylonian together and a Babylonian monster. And the Babylonian mother is false religion. The Babylonian monster is the world system, the apostate system that has united with this false religion. Let's jump right in and look at it. First of all, let's look at this Babylonian mother. Here in Revelation chapter seventeen, beginning in verse one. "And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked unto me, and talked with me saying unto me, come hither, and I will show thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters."
Now, you will remember that in the previous chapter we saw seven And so, you see, the bride of Christ, the church that is pictured as a woman. Israel is pictured as a woman, the church, the bride of the lamb, is pictured as a woman. And also the devil's counterfeit apostate church is pictured as a woman. But the devil's false church is pictured as a harlot. You see, James said in James chapter four and verse four that friendship with the world is warfare with God. And James prefaced that ...
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