The Harlot of Revelation 17

Alexander Hislop has written a book called “Two Bablyons”
that has become a classic. It shows the extremely similar worship of the
Catholic and heathen religions. Catholicism has embraced every
major feature of heathenism and repackaged it under the guise
of Christianity, including the worship of images. Since
idolatry is spiritual adultery, then the church that is supposed to be
married to Christ but gives her affections to others is fittingly
represented by a drunken harlot.

In Rev 17:18 John spoke of the city “that reigneth over the kings of the
earth”. John’s description served to identify what city he was talking
about. He did not claim that the church ruled the world in his day. In
John’s day, Rome was the enemy of Christianity, but was already a harlot in
the sense that Rome was overrun with idolatry and the Gentiles had long
since departed from serving God to worship idols (Rom 1:21). However, the
government that ruled in John’s day was eventually overcome by Christianity
and Christianity then ruled the world. After the church came to power in
the fourth century, it very rapidly departed from the faith and early on
adopted many of the pagan practices. Because Christianity became so closely
linked with the Roman government that in later days it became known as the
Holy Roman Empire, Rome then became synonymous with both the secular and
ecclesiastical seats of power. The church ruled from Rome over the
governments of men for 1000 years. Rome to this day is the seat of power
for the Roman Catholic Church. Now the Roman church has great power over
the kings of the earth, even our own government. Since Rome continues in
its worship of idolatry, it is still a harlot, and apparently will continue
to be so until she is destroyed by the Man of Sin at the end of the world.

About James Johnson

Bible student for 60 years. Preacher of the gospel for over 40 years. Author of commentary on Revelation, All Power to the Lamb. Married with children. Worked in aerospace and computer engineering for over 40 years.
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