Revelation Lesson 22 Day 2 Adultery

Revelation 17:1-2

3. a. One of seven angels spoke to John saying,

“Come with me,” he said, “and I will show you the judgment that is going to come on the great prostitute, who rules over many waters.  The kings of the world have committed adultery with her, and the people who belong to this world have been made drunk by the wine of her immorality.” NLT

b. The Woman’s influence

The Woman (in verse 1) ruled over many waters.

The woman is Babylon (see Rev 7:5; 18:2). Babylon was symbolic of the ancient city of Rome to the early Christians. Some believe it represents a false religious system that pollutes the whole word.

The waters represent many people of every language and nation. (see Rev 17:15)

4. Adultery (see verse 2)

The Greek word , porneuo, Strong’s #4203, means to engage in illicit sexual intercourse, be unfaithful, play the harlot, prostitute oneself. The word is used literally and metaphorically to describe spiritual fornication, that is idolatry (Rev 17:2; 18:3, 9).

James compares friendship with the world to adultery.

You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. James 4:4

Kings of the earth have willingly participated in these false religions, symbolized here by the whore, because of the advantage it gave them.

And just as being drunk is senseless, likewise, false religion has dulled masses of people to reason. They blindly believe superstitious things that any reasonable person would reject. History is replete with examples of this. AWLC

Exodus 20:1-6

God gave to Moses the ten commandments as part of His covenant with Israel. Here are the first two:

You must not have any other god but the one who led you out of Egypt.

You must not make images of things I created or bow down and worship them.

God removed the threat of generational curses (see Jeremiah 31:29-31 and Ezekiel 18:1-4, 14-20) Even before that, God did not leave the Israelites without hope.(see Leviticus 26:39-42 and Numbers 14:19-20)

Exodus 20:6 shows an even better outcome for those who love Him:

But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.

5. a. Well-known people I admire—

Heidi and Roland Baker

From their website: Heidi and I began Iris Global (previously Iris Ministries) in 1980, and have been missionaries since then. We were both ordained as ministers in 1985 after completing our BA and MA degrees at Vanguard University in southern California. I majored in Biblical Studies, and Heidi in Church Leadership. I am a third-generation missionary born in China, and raised in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. I was greatly influenced by my grandfather, H. A. Baker, who wrote “Visions Beyond the Veil,” an account of the extended visions of heaven and hell that children received in his remote orphanage in southwest China two generations ago.

Heidi and I began Iris Global (previously Iris Ministries) in 1980, and have been missionaries since then. We were both ordained as ministers in 1985 after completing our BA and MA degrees at Vanguard University in southern California. I majored in Biblical Studies, and Heidi in Church Leadership. I am a third-generation missionary born in China, and raised in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. I was greatly influenced by my grandfather, H. A. Baker, who wrote “Visions Beyond the Veil,” an account of the extended visions of heaven and hell that children received in his remote orphanage in southwest China two generations ago.

C.S. Lewis

He was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist. (He wrote The Chronicles of Narnia.)

I admire him because his writing is loved and admired as literature by believers and unbelievers. “Lewis believed art and literature have the potential to reach the far recesses of the human imagination in ways a Sunday sermon cannot. He illustrated this idea in his article, “Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What’s to Be Said.”  

I admire radical, sold out, lovers of Jesus who display the power of God. 

b. I can’t think of any “worldly attractions.”

I do have distractions.

I asked the Lord to show me anything in my life that displeases Him.

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