Revelation 17: The Mystery of the Great Harlot

(18 verses, 3:24 to read)


What I am about to READ

  • John sees, in this chapter, the image of the great harlot, which is a picture of the world that attacks Jesus and His church.


  • Just as John is given visions of heaven where Jesus sits on the throne, so he is also give visions of the earthly reality, all the ugliness of the world that is anti-Christ. The harlot in this chapter is the world and its lust, power, and greed, that attacks the church.
  • Rome is the city built on seven hills (see 17:9), and when John received this revelation the world power fighting against the church was the Roman empire. Today we can understand the harlot as any and all world powers that fight against God and His institutions.
  • This is a fearful enemy, but this chapter delivers us the comfort of the Revelation in verse 14, “the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”


  • The church of Jesus is set in the midsts of great trouble and danger. We are attacked, assaulted, and tempted away from the true worship of God, but the One who sits on the throne is the same One who hung on the cross. Jesus, who is seated at the right hand of the Father, rules and reigns all things for us, His people. We live and die, then, without fear, knowing that all things are in His hands, knows that we are in His hands.

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Lord’s Blessings,
Pr. Bryan Wolfmueller


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