Revelation 17 Lesson

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.” – Revelation 17:3-6.

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 sugarcoating 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, and we must choose wisely whom we will follow.

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following quote from the Book of Joshua:

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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Everyone has a story about their faith. What is your story?


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.

Annette Michelle Waite

The Bible text is a bit much to dissect. I agree with you because there is some spiritual warfare going on. God will always have the victory!