The Woman Sitting on a Scarlet Beast

Preacher Rev Lourens Nel
20. Mar. 2022

John sees the image of a woman sitting on a strange beast. The beast and the woman are described in careful terms, explained later by the angel who brought John. In Scripture, sexual immorality is often used as a parallel for idolatry. Both are gratifying and temporary but result in shame and ruin. This immoral woman is richly clothed, symbolizing her support and adoration by the world. She is also said to be “drunk with the blood” of believers. As will be explained, this woman seems to represent an ungodly religious view, either something new or corruption of the truth, which spreads worldwide at the time of the tribulation. This striking image causes John to respond in shock and amazement (Revelation 17:3–6)

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