Revelation 17. Forum Discussion

The great harlot

There is a lot written about Revelation 17. Who is the “Great harlot” that John sees and describes in verse 3? John writes, “And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns.The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality, and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, “Babylon the great the mother of harlots and of the abominations of the earth.” And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus.”

Regardless of the interpretation that you believe, there is a clear battle occurring between Jesus and the Beast. Jesus will have His followers and the Beast will have his.

Everyone must make a choice. Are they going to follow God’s commandments, or are they going to chase the pleasures of this world and ultimately end up in hell? There is really no sugar-coating that message. We all must choose one or the other.

As Jesus says in Mathew 12:30, “He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.”

Jesus also says in Mathew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” This verse is specifically talking about money, but it applies to any choice between God’s teachings and the world’s teachings.

The good news is that we know who will win this battle between good and evil.

These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.” – Revelation 17:14

The choice is ours to make, to decide who we will follow.

But if serving the Lord  seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord .” – Joshua 24:15



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What does it mean to you to know that Jesus will prevail against the evil forces?

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It means everything to me. It is the basis for my faith.

If Satan wins, the world will be evil and we will spend our days doing evil things. I do not want that. I never have. But Satan does not win. As we are reading about in Revelation, good defeats evil.

That is why hearing the good news of Jesus means so much to me. I can learn about His righteousness and serve a Savior that I love and admire!


I think the harlot is meant to depict Babylon itself. A city that has turned to sin. But it symbolizes all that is evil, and contrary to God's commandments.