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Discover the Book - Jan. 15, 2009

  • 2009 Jan 15
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The True Bride of Christ

In Revelation 17 we find the collapse of the apostate world church. In the process we see Satan's harlot bride, the delusion of religion. From Eden onward Satan has been building his church. Eve was tempted and fell into sin but never joined. Cain was Satan’s first member (I John 3:12) and the church has flourished ever since. Today the church of Satan has many congregations. Some meet in those ivory towers of academia where God is banished from education. And if God is out of the equation there is only one other source of authority, right? 

Other congregations meet in churches, synagogues, mosques, cathedrals, and temples where organized religion stresses the achievements of humans working their way to God. This is the church of good works, self-righteousness and "I do it my way”. This is the following of rules; the joining of church and the hoping the good out weighs the bad in the balance of religions. This is the religion of many ways to God and many gods to seek. This is man’s making their god in their own image. 

Jesus came to seek and save His Bride. He gave Himself to purchase her from sin and damnation. Jesus ever lives as a Great high Priest to purify and cleanse His Bride from all defilement. The True Bride of Jesus is a pure and chaste virgin, washed in the blood of the lamb, sealed by the Holy Spirit awaiting the day of marriage to Jesus. 

Satan’s Bride

Satan also has a bride. We meet her in Revelation 17. She is a drunken, licentious harlot. She is the full-grown woman of the Tower of Babel. She is the Queen of Heaven of the Old Testament. She is the Mystery Religion in the cults of the near and far East. She is the one world church of the WCC and NCC of America. She is also the embodiment of a false Christianity, led by a false Christ and embodied in the image of the very mother of Jesus. That is why John was so shocked. No other beast in 16 chapters of death, demonism and destruction shocked him until he saw this false harlot bride given the deceptive name of Mary in religions today. Nothing is more Satanic and dangerous today in the entire World as the ecumenical (one united) church movement. God hates religious deception. 

The 17th chapter of Revelation describes the Doom of the Babylonian System. This system is seen as a harlotrous woman. She seems to be a symbol of Satan’s world religion. This chapter records the demise of the counterfeit church Satan founded at Eden and has worked on ceaselessly ever since. The Beast (Satan’s incarnation as a false Jesus) finally destroys the apostate church (Rome merged with all world religions) and sets up unhindered Satanic worship (via the beast and false prophets work). His ultimate goals in the World today are to forge global unity politically, religiously and financially. 

So in Revelation 17 we discover the true bride of Jesus. God's Word is here unmasking the apostasy of false religions and revealing that the true Bride is made up of God's own saints as 17: 14 describes them, they are “called, chosen and faithful”.    

Outline of Revelation 17

Number One: Satan’s Plan Exposed

There is a very significant contrast between the two women of Revelation. God's saints are seen in Revelation 12 and Satan’s church in 17. First we need to look at: SATAN’S PLAN EXPOSED in verses 1-6.

God’s Plan vs. Satan’s Plan

Satan’s plan is always counterfeiting God's way

 God's way

Satan’s way

 

 

Narrow Way

Broad Way

 

 

Exclusive

Inclusive

 

 

True Church

False Church

 

 

True Bride

False Bride

 

 

Exclusive

Ecumenical

 

 

One Way

Many Ways

 

 

Heavenly Destination

Earthly Destination

 

 

Jerusalem

Babylon

 

 

City Of Peace

City Of Confusion

 

 

Spiritual.

Fleshly

 

 

Internal.

External

 

 

Creation

Evolution

 

 

Love

Hate

 

 

Life

Murder

 

 

Self-denial

Self-Gratification

 

 

Monotheism

Polytheism

 

 

Heaven Rules

Astrological

 

 

 

Spiritual Worship

Idolatrous

 

 

 

Divine

Humanistic

 

 

 

Contentment

Covetousness

 

 

 

Faith

Intellectualism

 

 

 

Spirit

Religious Rituals

 

 

 

Cross of Shame

Crown of pride

 

 

Pure Bride

Wicked Harlot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number Two: Satan’s Plan Explained (v. 7-15) 

Remember that the 17th chapter of Revelation describes the Doom of the Babylonian System. This system is seen as a harlotrous woman. She seems to be a symbol of Satan’s world religion. This chapter records the demise of the counterfeit church Satan founded at Eden and has worked on ceaselessly ever since. The Beast (Satan’s incarnation as a false Jesus) finally destroys the apostate church (Rome merged with all world religions) and sets up unhindered Satanic worship (via the beast and false prophets work). His ultimate goals in the world today are to forge global unity politically, religiously and financially. 

Who is the Woman On the Beast?

There are 14 identifying marks of the Harlot Bride of Satan -

1.        The woman is a harlot (v. 1a) A prostitute or harlot is a woman who has promised but not kept her promise. It is a woman without faithfulness in spiritual worship. She is 'the great whore ... with whom the kings of the Earth have committed fornication...'(v.2

2.        THE HARLOT IS a woman (v. 1b) The figure is a Woman. The central figure of Roman Catholicism is a woman: a sinless, perpetually virgin, all-powerful woman whom Rome invented and worships.

3.        THE HARLOT IS wearing "Purple, Scarlet..."  (v. 4a) She is clothed with 'purple and scarlet' another identifier pointing to Rome whose external precious treasures of spiritual trappings making her beautiful.

4.        THE HARLOT IS wealthy beyond calculation (17:4b). There is no church, no city, which is a spiritual entity, no religious institution past or present, which even comes close to possessing the incalculable wealth of the Roman Catholic Church.

5.        THE HARLOT IS wicked in spiritual adultery (17:4c). She has a golden cup in her hand. This is the holiest instrument in Roman Catholicism: the golden chalice of the Eucharist. No doctrine in the World is more damnable than the Doctrine of Transubstantiation (re-crucifying Jesus at every mass in every church around the world every day!). This "Gold Cup" is a picture of a false and vile counterfeit of true communion with God.

6.        THE HARLOT IS A CITY that is the center of a mystery (v. 5a) There is something deeper here than mere religious technique. Only the church of Rome is built upon that spiritual fountain of false teaching going back to Nimrod in the Old Testament ... On her forehead is her name: Mystery, Babylon. Rome has its spiritual foundations in Babylon from its occultic origins, the Tower of Babel, and the attempt to reach Heaven by steps of its own making.

7.        THE HARLOT IS A CITY that is "Mother..."  (v. 5b) this city’s system gives birth to much religious error and further False Systems. The Woman is the 'Mother of Harlots.' Both spiritual and literal harlots spawned by the millions.

8.        THE HARLOT IS A CITY that is Intolerant Of The Truth . (v. 6) The Woman is 'drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus'. No institution on earth has more aggressively and consistently slaughtered those who adhered to the Gospel of Christ. In the inquisition alone more were horribly murdered than by Hitler and Stalin combined!

9.        THE HARLOT IS A CITY that sits on seven hills (v.9). Rome called the Eternal City has always been known as the city on Seven Hills (the Palatine, Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline, Esquiline, Quirinal and Viminal Hills).

10.    THE HARLOT IS A CITY that rules over the kings of the earth  (v. 15).  Note she is first seated on the beast, which means for a time she directs the beast. This global political influence  "sits on waters..." stands for all peoples, has been often wielded by Rome in European and now world history.

11.    The harlot is a system which will be destroyed by the beast (v. 17) This will be when World religions are all united the beast (as we saw in Revelation 13) will change all religions into the worship of the Beast, the antichrist!

12.    THE HARLOT IS A CITY (v. 18). "Great City" is Rome. No other city in the World that is existing today has a three thousand year history of continuous inhabitation, and once ruled the World, and once headed a world-wide empire than has never been destroyed. Only Rome.

 

 

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