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THE BOOK OF THE REVELATION (17 of 24)
Jesse M. Hendley
The Coming World Church
In the 17th chapter of the Book of the Revelation God
is giving to the Apostle John, transported in the
Spirit to a desert place, a vision of things to come
at the end-time.
John sees in this vision a woman who is a harlot, a
prostitute. She is richly gowned. She is dressed in
crimson and purple. She is mounted on a scarlet wild
animal. She has in her hand a goblet full of the blood
of martyred saints. What does God mean by this
picture? It is a picture of judgment, for verse 1
says, "Come hither, and I will show unto thee THE
JUDGMENT of the great harlot that sitteth upon many
Let us go back for a moment. There are Three Great
Judgments found in the Book of the Revelation.
(Remember, the Church has been caught up to be with
the Lord when these terrible judgments of God come
upon an unbelieving world during the Tribulation
Period.) There are the Seal Judgments, the Trumpet
Judgments, and the Bowl Judgments, the final out-
pouring of the wrath of God upon a world that has
rejected His Word and His Son! The Bible does not
predict a converted world at the end-time but a world
that will be in rebellion against God, at war with God
and His Son, at war with its Creator, totally AGAINST
God and Christ and the Bible. There will be some
people saved, but generally there will be a mighty
rebellion against God.
John says, "And there came one of the seven angels
which had the seven vials (or bowls) and talked with
me, saying unto me, Come hither: I will show unto thee
the JUDGMENT of the great harlot that sitteth upon
many waters. It plainly says that this is a JUDGMENT.
This is God operating through sinful men to bring
JUDGMENT upon that which needs to be judged.
In a previous message I referred to a book, "The Crime
of Punishment," in which the assertion is made that
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