The Great Harlot – Apostate Israel

The Great Harlot depicted in Revelation 17 and 18 is not a Gentile church, nor is it a Gentile nation simply because neither have ever qualified for the title of Great Harlot by corrupting a covenant relationship with God which is likened unto a marriage. Amos 3:2 – “You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities”

Only Israel as a nation came to know God through His revelation of Himself to her. In biblical terms, a whore is a woman who is unfaithful to a covenant. Israel had God’s way of life initimately revealed to her. No other nation ever entered into a covenant with God. So Israel alone is unfaithful to this exclusive union.

Revelation 17:
“The woman whom you saw is the great city which has dominion over the kings of the earth” .

Revelation 11:8:
“And [the two witnesses’] bodies will lie in the street of the GREAT CITY which is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt, WHERE ALSO THEIR LORD WAS CRUCIFIED”.

Revelation 16:19
“And the great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell”

The Harlot is arrayed in purple and scarlet, with gold and precious stones and pearls. This is identical to the Jewish High Priest’s garments by the way, and Jerusalem has always been associated with the Jewish priestly system, not so?

Revelation 17
“the great harlot … with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication”

“the mother of harlots”

The Old Testament prophets, and the people or city committing adultery or being called a Harlot are consistently referenced to being unfaithful to a covenant. So one cannot commit adultery against God if you are not married to Him.

Israel is consistently depicted and called the Harlot in Old Testament prophecy. In Revelation the Apostle John basically applies the contents of the Prophet Ezekiel which is about Jerusalem’s approaching destruction because of her great adultery.

Revelation 17:5
“And upon her forehead a name was written a name, a mystery, ‘Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and of the abominations of the earth’”

This also seems to also occur in two Old Testament scriptures, both of which incriminate Jerusalem as the Harlot: In Jeremiah 3:3-67 it states, “You had a harlot’s forehead”, and Exodus 28:36-38 where the High Priest’s cap (which is made from the same materials as his garments) has written on it “Holy to the LORD”.

The Prophet Jeremiah also warns faithless Judah that, even though she was dressed in scarlet as she was, her lovers had turned upon her and were seeking to kill her. By the same token, in Revelation 17:16, the Beast with the ten horns turns on the Harlot and destroys her.

Compare:

Revelation 18:24
“in her was found the blood of the prophets and saints and all who have been slain upon the earth”

and

Matthew 23:34-35
“I am sending to you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in
your synagogues and persecute from city to city, so that upon you might fall the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from
the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.”

and

Luke 11:50–51
“… in order that the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world may be required from this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary; yes, I say to you, it will be required of this generation.”

The Harlot’s desolation in Revelation 17 also ties in with Ezekiel 23:25-29, “Your survivors will be devoured by the fire….. they will strip you of your clothes…… and they will deal with you in hatred…. and leave you naked and bare. And the nakedness of your harlotries will be uncovered….. they will burn their houses with fire. Ezekiel 16:37-41, “I will gather together all your lovers with whom you have consorted….. they will break down your house of harlotry….. and they will leave you naked….. they will burn your houses with fire”. Hosea 2:3, “… wil strip her naked and…. make her desolate”. See also Jeremiah 10:25.

Compare Jeremiah 3 where God divorces Israel to Revelation where the Harlot is dismissed by God as an unfit wife for Christ.

Jerusalem rejected her Messiah. So He chooses a new bride called the “New Jerusalem”, which is in contrast to the Old Jerusalem of The Apocalypse.

So is Jerusalem situated on seven hills?

Ancient Jerusalem was built between seven hills which are now included in the municipal boundaries of modern Jerusalem.

They are:

1) Scopus Hill
2) Nob Hill
3) The Mount of Corruption or the Mount of Offence
4) The ridge between the Kedron and Tyropoeon valleys.
5) The Ophel Mount
6) Fort Antonia
7) Mount Zion

The last world empire will have it’s headquarters in Jerusalem. The Antichrist will come to Jerusalem like he is Jesus Christ Himself.

He will in all likelihood come to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple and his image will be placed in the Holy of Holies and will probably quote Exodus 25:18-22.

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