by Tammy Phillips (only with the aid of Holy Spirit and many commentators) November 16, 2021
“Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” (Revelation 17:1-2 NKJV)”
Let’s start strong today. The word harlot is the Greek word porne which means a female whore, or prostitute who sells herself for gain. Porne is a derivative of pornos which is a male whore, or prostitute. Obviously, it is the origin of the word pornography. Many great leaders and persons have been seduced by her and sold their self for power and money. They drank her “Kool-Aid.”
Many commentators see the “great harlot” as a false religious system leading humanity to trust in anything other than Jesus Christ for their relationship with God. For example, many believe works, election, their goodness, or something other than or in addition to Jesus will bring them to or closer to God. Jesus is the only way. In the Bible, “spiritually,” adultery is the worship of any another god. It is the worship of money (Mammon in the Bible), sex (Baal in Old Testament), drugs/alcohol (sorcery), food, child sacrifice/abortion (Molech in the Bible), power, fame, sports, or music “stars.” It is putting anything before God. I see the Scarlet Harlot as anything that entices you and leads you away from God. It is anything that sets itself in your life above your worship of God. It is anything that sets itself as an authority which you have to go through to reach God. Jesus is the only way! There is nothing or no one, including the Pope or a priest, that bridges the gap to God. Only one road leads to God. it is Jesus. Anything else is an enticement by the Scarlet Harlot. Don’t “drink her Kool-Aid” because it really is a “Hot-Hinderance.” It is suicide and will lead directly to hell.
THE SCARLET BEAST (THE ANTICHRIST)
“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.” (Revelation 17:3 NKJV)
This beast is described first in Revelation 12 and 13 and is exposed as the Antichrist. The woman riding the antichrist spirit is the great Scarlet Harlot.
DESCRIPTION OF THE HARLOT
“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. And on her forehead a name [was] written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” (Revelation 17:4-5 NKJV)
This is not your picture of a prostitute or streetwalker. This a picture of a high-class hooker. She is “dressed-to-kill.” She is a tool of the antichrist that has been walking the streets of earth for a long, long time. Her mission is to entice and get people “hooked” on the false in order to reject the TRUTH. God sees her as “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
Let’s look at her names:
“MYSTERY,” oddly enough, means hidden or secret thing, hidden purpose, or counsel. It is a derivative of muo, to shut the mouth.
“BABYLON THE GREAT” means “Confusion the great.” We get the word babble from Babylon. There is a whole lot of babbling and confusion going on right now. Jesus made the way to God very simple. Man, and religion has confused the way to God.
“THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS indicates that every evil and destructive thing on earth results from the operation of Satan and through her.” -Hilton Sutton, pg. 177
“THE MOTHER OF ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” An abomination is a foul, detestable thing and is often used of idols and things pertaining to idolatry. She is the mother of all detestable things rejected by God for immorality and impurity.
“I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.” (Revelation 17:6 NKJV)
I enCOURAGE you “My son, keep my words, And treasure my commands within you. Keep my commands and live, And my law as the apple of your eye. … That they may keep you from the immoral woman, From the seductress [who] flatters with her words. … With her enticing speech she caused him to yield, With her flattering lips she seduced him. … Now therefore, listen to me, [my] children; Pay attention to the words of my mouth: Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, Do not stray into her paths; For she has cast down many wounded, And all who were slain by her were strong [men]. Her house [is] the way to hell, Descending to the chambers of death.” (Proverbs 7:1-2, 5, 21, 24-27 NKJV) Don’t drink the Kool-Aid.
If you think this was hard to read and understand, imagine how hard it is to write.