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Beauty and the Beast 

Next up, John gets to see the Whore of Babylon. She is a woman riding the Sea Beast (except this time it's scarlet- red) dressed in red and purple robes and dripping with gold and jewels and pearls. On her forehead, she has written: "Babylon, the great, mother of whores." She's also pretty drunk. John tells us she's been drinking the blood of the faithful. 

John is pretty amazed, but one of the angels asks him why. Fair question. He has seen some pretty amazing things up until now. The angel then goes on to explain what the deal is with this woman. 

Basically, the short version is this: the woman represents Rome who seduces everyone with its beauty and charm, but is really just a prostitute. The Beast she rides on is Rome as well, specifically its emperors, who were especially nasty to Christians and liked to have them persecuted and then executed. 

Here again the narrative returns to take up another series of the history. A number of times we have been taken over the same ground. It is this feature of the Apocalypse more than any other that has misled and perplexed commentators. Attempting to explain it as one continuous narrative from beginning to end, they have been compelled to consider numerous passages as "digressions," "parentheses," or "episodes," etc. As already observed, however, the prophecy is not arranged after the ordinary plan of histories, narrating all the contemporaneous events in a given period, whether civil, religious, literary, scientific, or biographical, thus finishing up the history of that period; but it consists of a number of distinct themes running over the same ground. 

In this chapter a more particular description of the church of Rome, "that great city which reigneth over the kings of the earth" (verse 18), is given under the symbol of a drunken harlot. With this vile prostitute "the kings of the earth have committed fornication"--they have encouraged her in her corruption and idolatries--"and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication." This latter symbol is doubtless taken from the cup of drugged wine with which lewd women were accustomed to inflame their lovers. So had this apostate church made "the inhabitants of the earth"--of the ten kingdoms--drunken with her wine-cup and thus rendered them willing partakers in her abominable idolatries.

GENRE
Professionnel et technique
SORTIE
2018
18 août
LANGUE
EN
Anglais
LONGUEUR
26
Pages
ÉDITIONS
Never Ending Truth Ministries
TAILLE
1,6
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