READER BE ADVISED: This chapter presents ideas which some may and probably will find highly offensive. Notwithstanding, the relationships explored in this chapter relate to an objective understanding of a literal interpretation of Revelation. If this is a false basis, then surely this interpretation may be false as well.

   In this analysis of Revelation Chapter 17, we are going to focus on what is referred to as “the great prostitute who is seated on many waters”. While only in hindsight will we know exactly who or what the Bible is referring to, I want to help identify what is the likeliest candidate in our modern day. Of course this is all speculation, so let it be kept in mind that I am merely expounding on my own individual perspective of scripture, based on the spiritual paradigm provided in scripture.

Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls [seven bowls of wrath poured at the end of Tribulations onto those who received the ‘mark of the beast’] came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great prostitute who is seated on many waters.”

-Revelation 17:1

   As we read this verse, we get the understanding that this great prostitute will have influence around the world (hence the reference to being seated on many waters) and will be decadent (hence the prostitute imagery).

   To the dismay of a lot of decent and faithful people, there really are few who better compare to this figure other than the Catholic church. However, it really is very hard to imagine that there is any other perceivable organization who could better fit this description. 

   Clearly, the fact that the Catholic church is “seated on many waters,” being in that it is an international institution, is just one of the many facts which support the argument that the Catholic church fits with the profile of this great prostitute. As we can see, the Catholic church does have significant influence in many different continents. So forth, let us also realize that it has been in existence throughout the ages being around since the Roman empire. Consequently, I – and history – suggest, because of its long-time influence, it has come to have an extreme influence on all sorts of ruling regimes throughout its duration.

with whom the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality, and with the wine of whose sexual immorality the dwellers on earth have become drunk

-Revelation 17:2

   This implies that the people of the earth share a relationship, with this figure, which causes among them each corruption

   For the second verse, I imagine this “sexual immorality” to be figurative – even though the Catholic church does have a very long history of actual sexual immorality AND has probably used sexual persuasion, in some sense, to gain in its far-reaching influence. However, for the sake of this interpretation brief, I am only going to suggest the church, instead of being faithful in the teachings of Christ, has adopted a false ideology removed from the teachings of Christ. As with our modern day religious culture, they have – instead of staying honest with Christ’s teachings – abandoned them for worldly gain. So then, they have denied the commandments of God in favor of the commandments of men.

This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from meIn vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.

-Matthew 15:8-9

   Christ was referencing Isaiah here, and here I find it appropriate to reference Isaiah once more in this manner

   As should be obvious to anyone diligent in the Words of Christ, this institution is simply not godly adding human things to the worship of God (the exact definition of harlotry as outlined by the prophets in the OT). Furthermore, instead of inspiring people to the true spiritual worship of God (John 4:24), where Godly worship is far above systematic worship, it keeps its believers chained to worldly machinations that have no relationship to the gospel.

Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns.

-Revelation 17:3

   The purpose of mentioning  this verse is the connection that this woman has with the beast. First and foremost, she has been riding on the back of the beast to gain all of her power and might. Once again, if we consider the woman to be the Catholic church and the beast to be the long-emerging world system (examined in the next chapter “Nature of the Beast“), this would imply that the church has been establishing and using a world system to grow in its prosperity. So then, whatever it is about worldliness which opposes God, the Catholic church has been, rather than resisting, indulging in this form of vanity such that a few, its highest officials, could gain the most power, influence, social status, and luxury in regards to worldly standards.

The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her sexual immorality.

-Revelation 17:4

   For this verse, we in fact see the first half of the given description truly portray what the Catholic church has been throughout history and now is. There was a reason that before His ministry Jesus lived as a humble carpenter. There was a reason that during His ministry Jesus lived as a humble teacher. There is furthermore a reason why He taught against excessive materialism. Where there is an accumulation and fascination with the material, there is a dearth of Spirit and spiritual fascination.

   So forth, the inventions of this church, blinded by its earthly lusts, have all been snares of the Spirit for those who have followed it. Inasmuch as, the Spirit offers freedom from flesh, and the flesh offers appetite only for things of the flesh. In the worship of tangible substance, the Catholic church has led many down the same dim path they are on causing even greater suffering in the world as many have and do look to them as a guiding light.  

And he [Jesus Christ] said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

-Luke 16:15

   As we see here, the riches the people admire among themselves are an “abomination” in the sight of God. I hope all those that read this reflect heavily on this statement such as to gauge their genuine faith in the wisdom of Jesus Christ. Regardless, we see plainly that the way of the Pope is to be arrayed is in purple (the color of royalty), gold, jewels, and pearls. As such, the bible states pretty evidently that all should be careful if their ambitions in life revolve around societal glory as well as material objects. Naturally, understanding this verse strongly suggests, specifically due to the duty this church places on itself to be a representative of Christ, that the institution of the Catholic church, in this practice, is this apocalyptic figure.

   Without any doubt, we should be able to easily see that the Catholic church has violated several teachings of its Messiah by trying to gain worldly power, riches, and authoritative influence. All of which are in conflict to Christ and His teachings. Simply, He did not establish the Catholic church. Instead He established a way for all to find a way to salvation in God – a salvation in which, through the indiscretion of this church, has been made even harder for a great multitude to receive.

And on her forehead was written a name of mystery: “Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth’s abominations”

-Revelation 17:5

   As a quick reference, Babylon was a city, in the Old Testament, accredited to destroying Jerusalem, which was also known as Zion and the greatly heralded Jewish city of David. As for being the mother of prostitutes and earth’s abominations, it would be so if it has intentionally manifested, throughout its long tenure, the coming of the One World System by its relationship with other nations, simply for the greedy sake of aiming to increase its dominance over the whole Earth. If it it did this and violated its relationship with the Lord, it is not just a prostitute but a great prostitute. 

   In observance of our current day and age, the immensely corrupt system, in which this church always has and currently presents to the world, is in fact a perversion to Christ’s teachings. In this way, we can safely say this church is an abomination, and we can safely say this church has spawned those, which are similarly decadent, other church bodies who imitate and maintain this corrupt system of worship which is against the wisdoms of heaven.

And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of the martyrs of Jesus

-Revelation 17:6

   Of all the terrible attributes of this church, the worst of which might be the innocent blood it has on its hand as it has persecuted and brutally tortured countless many throughout history simply to maintain its own oppressive rule. As such, it has their blood – the blood of the innocent (saints) – on its hands, and that blood is to be repaid only at the very end of tribulations.

   In concluding this chapter, I hope I have communicated well-enough to show how these descriptions best fit with previous Pope’s and the Catholic church as a whole. While this chapter itself is an extremely brief exposition on the matter (I do recommend the reader to further investigate the full corruption of this church on their own), I hope it argued itself sufficiently to support the basis of my claims.

   Please understand that the future is certainly far from being a fixed story, and interpretation of end-time scripture is still simply speculation. If the Bible lends us any support for what would be an end-time scenario in our time, simply, in my opinion, it appears that the Catholic church is by far the closest and most recognizable figure who fits this particular profile given by the Word of God.




“The Great Prostitute” © 2017 Matthew L Ainsworth


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