Presentation on theme: "Revelation Chapter 17. 1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, "Come here, I will show you the judgment."— Presentation transcript:
1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, "Come here, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality." 3 And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality, 5 and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, "BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH."
Revelation Chapter 17 Lets compare this harlot to the previous two characters who have tried to destroy the saints. The beast from out of the sea practiced ? Intimidation The false profit practiced? Deception This harlot practices? seduction
Revelation Chapter 17 Lets compare this harlot to the previous two characters who have tried to destroy the saints. Why do you believe she used seduction? Use the weakness of mankind by appealing to the lust of the flesh Sexual temptation Intimidation and deception cannot compete with a vixen who is full of lustful temptation!
Revelation Chapter 17 Is the beast she is sitting on the same beast from the earlier chapter? I believe it is and its representative of the Roman Empire What does the description of the woman and her attire bring to your mind? Purple Scarlet Gold Precious stones Pearls
Revelation Chapter 17 These things are associated with majesty, royalty, high society This is not the typical description we associate with a prostitute or harlot.
Revelation Chapter 17 What do you think about the description of the cup she is holding?
Revelation Chapter 17 6 And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. When I saw her, I wondered greatly. 7 And the angel said to me, "Why do you wonder? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. 8 "The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come.
Revelation Chapter 17 What does it mean that she was drunk with the blood of the saints? She was totally consumed with the blood shed of the saints Modern day saying “blood thirsty” Why do you believe John marveled at the sight of the woman? Apparently it was hard to decipher…to the point that the angel had to splain it. Here comes the splaining!
Revelation Chapter 17 9 "Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits, 10 and they are seven kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while. 11 "The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction. 12 "The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour. 13 "These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast. 14 "These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful."
Revelation Chapter 17 Know your geography? The Queen City Charlotte G-vegas Greenville Basketball heaven Durham The woman is being identified as a city, the question is which one? Babylon
Revelation Chapter 17 Seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. (Palatine, Capitoline, Quirinal, Aventine, Esquiline, Viminal and Caelian) Rome was well known for being built on the seven mountains The original audience would surely interpret this as a reference to Rome. Seven Kings Five fallen One is Other has not yet come Possibly since we have the reference to the beasts in Daniel this may describe 7 kingdoms.
Revelation Chapter 17 Possibly since we have the reference to the beasts in Daniel this may describe 7 kingdoms. 5 fallen… (Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persian, and Greece) One is… Rome Not yet come… Christian empire in Rome The eighth???
Revelation Chapter 17 Kings may actually represent Emperors. 5 fallen (Augustus, Tiberius, Gaius Caligula, Claudius, Nero) One is… Vespasian Not yet come… Titus The eighth… Domitian
Revelation Chapter 17 These seven kings would have been a figure used to reassure the original audience that the harlot was representative of Rome. What do you think about the ten horns who represent ten kings with no kingdoms? See verse 2, those kings who were seduced by the harlot What do you think about the authority given to them?
Revelation Chapter 17 15 And he said to me, "The waters which you saw where the harlot sits, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues. 16 "And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the harlot and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh and will burn her up with fire. 17 "For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose by having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled. 18 "The woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth."
Revelation Chapter 17 What do you think about the ten horns hating the harlot? What do you think about the harlot becoming desolate and naked? What do you think about them eating her flesh and burning her with fire? Eventually Rome is turned upon by her own and overtaken in 400 A.D. by barbarians.
Revelation Chapter 17 Summary John sees a harlot riding a beast Harlot is identified as Babylon and clues are given that Babylon represents Rome The downfall of Rome is predicted The locals would rise up and Rome would be destroyed