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'The Great Prostitute'
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— REVELATION 17 —
 
In
the Old Testament, Jerusalem is several times referred to as a 'prostitute'/'harlot'/'whore' (depending on the translation) –
"Oh how the faithful city has become a prostitute"   Isaiah 1:21.
"But you trusted in your beauty and played the whore because of your renown
and lavished your whorings on any passerby; your beauty became his."
 Ezekiel 16:15.
"For their mother has played the whore; she who conceived them has acted shamefully.
For she said, 'I will go after my lovers, who give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.'"
 Hosea 2:5.
 
And likewise the
cities of Tyre and Nineveh are also so described by the prophets of God –
Tyre –   "...the LORD will visit Tyre, and she will return to her wages and
will prostitute herself with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth."
 Isaiah 23:17
Nineveh –   "And all for the countless whorings of the prostitute, graceful and of deadly charms,
who betrays nations with her whorings, and peoples with her charms."
 Nahum 3:4.
 
In the book
of Revelation/Apocalypse, this prostitute-metaphor is expanded even further in significance.
 
The
mystery-name "Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth's abominations" is upon her forehead/frontlet as was the custom of the courtesans/prostitutes of Rome at that time.
This Great Prostitute is described by God's angel as a 'woman seated on seven mountains' (Rev.17:9) which would also be immediately recognisable at that time as the city of Rome, for their emperor Vespasian, whose son Titus destroyed Jerusalem, had minted a coin (a sestertius) in 71 AD showing Rome as a woman seated on seven hills. (See below).
 
Vespasian's sestertius:
'Dea Roma' seated at ease facing right on her seven hills, propping her head on her right hand and holding sceptre of rule in left, her sword sheathed, Vespasian coinwith the river-god Tiberis at her feet, and at her side the she-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus (of the mythical origin of Rome).
The city was called Septicollis because seven hills were enclosed within the Servian Wall, representing the extent of the original city; only later would outlying areas, including the Vatican Hill, be enclosed within the larger circuit wall built by Aurelian.
The hills represented on the Vespasian coin are these seven
1, Palatinus; 2. Quirinalis; 3. Aventinus; 4. Coelius;
5. Viminalius; 6. Esquilinus; and 7. Tarpeius (Capitolinus).
 
This
metaphor of the Great Prostitute is more than of a city, for it is used in the Revelation in direct contrast to the Bride of Christ – the Christian Church (as God knows it) represented under the metaphor of the cubic-city New Jerusalem (as the cube of the holy of holies in tabernacle and temple represented God's direct presence). The apostle Paul used the same contrastive idea between Israel's covenant and Christ's covenant as being two 'Jerusalems', the Christian Church being the Jerusalem which is above (Gal.4:26), that is: from God.
 
 
So, in a Roman prison, the apostle John's Great Prostitute has its ultimate significance, not in the city itself, either secular or in its Vatican, but in a social form of Christianity which contrasts to the true Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
 
And
so it was here in Rome that the social success of Christianity first led to its special association with political authority: by religious 'ethics' for society, rather than through a real relationship to Jesus Christ,
and so the false Bride became powerful.
 
  "Come out of her, My people ..." Revelation 18:4.
No, it does not mean evacuate the city of Rome, nor does it mean simply leave the Roman Catholic Church.
It is a Command of God that is far bigger than that!

Hallelujah!  The Lord reigns!
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