1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me,[a] “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”
3 So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication.[b] 5 And on her forehead a name was written:
MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
1 After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily[e] with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! 3 For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.”
4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached[f] to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. 6 Render to her just as she rendered to you,[g] and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her. 7 In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’ 8 Therefore her plagues will come in one day—death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges[h] her.
harlot – 1. a prostitute or promiscuous woman
The harlot is the church system which professes she is the bride of Christ but continues in her pursuit of material things and ideas. She conforms to the image (character and nature) of the world instead of the image (character and nature) of Christ. She professes a prosperity gospel, and waters down the gospel to seek the unchurched. It twists scripture to its own agenda. It entertains rather than preaching Truth. There is no room for the Holy Spirit to move and direct in the congregation because of rigid schedule or denominational tradition (traditions of men). It puts itself under the yoke of government by becoming 501c3 corporations.
Is not the true Bride of Christ betrothed to Jesus and mirrors His character and nature. But the woman on the beast who claims to be the true bride says I sit as queen and am no widow. Yet she will see great torment on the great Day of the Lord because she fell away from the Truth of the Gospel. This means those people who are caught up in this religious system (traditions of men) will suffer the wrath of God!
My desire is that eyes be opened and the love of Christ pour out into each one of your lives. Please seek the Lord through fasting and prayer if necessary. Ask Him to open your eyes whether this is truth or lie. How can the wicked see their wickedness if there are no righteous? Please send this to everyone who claims to love the Lord Jesus. Note the strong admonition in Revelation to “Come out of her… lest you share in her sins”.
God Bless, Al Nelson