—Treasure Beyond Measure

The Great Prostitute

In the previous post we have started looking into the identity of the great prostitute, and I want to continue along this same line.

Revelation 17:1-5

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters. 2 With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.

3 Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. 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 This title was written on her forehead:





In verse 3 above, we see the word desert. Spiritually speaking a desert is a place that has little or no spiritual relevance; think of a professional boxing match or a typical university campus. This woman's entire existence is in a spiritual desert. She doesn't know the truth and she never speaks it. She is herself deceived.

Revelation 12:3, 9

3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads.

9 The great dragon was hurled down that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. (NIV84)

It is clear that the dragon is Satan's entity or person. This beast with seven heads and ten horns is seen in several other places in Scripture: Revelation 13:1, Revelation 17:3, 7 & 11 and indirectly in Daniel 2, 7 & 9. This beast symbolically represents the fourth kingdom to rule over the biblical world (and Jerusalem.) This fourth kingdom started as the Roman Empire and when this Scripture is fulfilled it will consist mostly with the remnants of the Roman Empire, that is, Europe. What we are seeing here is that while Satan controls this kingdom, and its leaders, he is himself being controlled by the human entity represented by this "Mother of Prostitutes".

This great prostitute is dressed in fabulous wealth and power. Symbolically the golden cup filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries means that she brazenly and freely flaunts her abominable qualities that bring her power.  She has no shame. She believes her own delusions.


The title written on her forehead is very interesting and informative. Let us look at the first word, mystery. A mystery is not a mystery in the normal modern sense. A spiritual mystery is a thing that is hidden from the uninitiated and revealed to the initiated. In this case the meaning of the great prostitute is hidden from a (...more...)


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