15 Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. 16 The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to hand over to the beast their royal authority, until God’s words are fulfilled.
This is a chapter filled with symbolism. The first verse today actually explains some of the symbolisms with The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. The first mention of these waters is in the first two verses of this chapter
“Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.”
Then the angel says The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. No one knows who the prostitute is in reality, but you can find any number of writers who believe it is a particular person or church or government. Whatever or whoever it is we know two things about it – it hates God and hates Christians. We learn that from these earlier verses:
4 The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. 5 The name written on her forehead was a mystery:
Babylon the great
the mother of prostitutes
and of the abominations of the earth.
6 I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s holy people, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.
Clearly this prostitute and her minions would usher in a great persecution of Christians. Currently 245 Million Christians face persecution in 50 top countries that persecute Christians. That number seems overwhelming, so looking at one case where a street preacher in London was arrested for ‘disturbing people’s days’. Reading the article it becomes clear a Muslim took offense at teaching of and about Christ and called it Islam-phobia. The reality is this is a case of Christian-phobia.
Back to verse 16, the countries or governments of the beast – the seventh head with 10 leaders will turn on the prostitute with all of their power and eat her flesh, that is take all of her spoils, dividing them among themselves and then burning her palace or headquarters or city to the ground. Why are they 10 leaders doing this? Because God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to hand over to the beast their royal authority, until God’s words are fulfilled. This should not surprise us as it is not uncommon for an ungodly group to appoint someone in charge and then turn on said individual for their own purposes. Hitler in the run up to WWII made a non-aggression pact with Stalin, both very evil men. When the time came Hitler invaded Russia anyway tossing aside the non-aggression pact. As a result in Russia 20-27 Million soldiers and citizens died. People and organizations that have only their own selfish evil goals in mind require very little for them to turn on each other.
Today is Friday and I hope you have a Great Weekend and Remember to Go To Church. At the same time be very aware of just how much evil is in the world around us. Such evil may portend the last days are upon us, but we have seen (in history) such evil before. Nonetheless, the evil today sees beyond the examples above, China prohibiting children from going to church, currently a refusal to pass a law protecting babies born alive during an attempted abortion, teaching homosexuality and transgenderism to children in elementary schools. When you go to church this weekend pray for those persecuted, so many in number, and for the young ones being taught abominations.