The Mystery of the Whore Explained

We all love a good mystery. It’s why Christmas can be lots of fun wondering whether you got that iPad you wanted. There is a movie channel for suspense lovers. Documentaries also use suspense to unfold a story for viewers.

But there is always a story behind the mystery in Revelation17. You might be able to find out what it is, or maybe you won’t unless someone tells you.
This time God is telling.
It seems the whore is not a person, but a practice that spans the generations. It’s been around since Adam and Eve took a bite of that forbidden fruit. It has plagued humanity throughout recorded history.
That plague is idolatry.
It started in the Garden when Adam and Eve thought they could be like God, knowing good and evil. It was the allure of knowing what was secret that did them in. They traded the worship of God for the promise of wisdom and the power that came with it.
It would be a choice that would bring ruin to the rest of their lives and the rest of humanity.
The people of Israel are the subject of the Bible. They are God’s family and they had problems. They thought what their neighbors were doing was interesting. But their neighbors didn’t know God or have any regard for Him. So when the Israelites adopted their practices, they mixed the worship of God with idols.
And God won’t tolerate that.
Now it’s true that God is pretty patient with us. After all, we’re flawed. We’re always creating things to worship in our hearts. The remaining sin there is prone to do that daily. Since God loves us, He will do things to crush those idols and help us see that He is the only thing that can satisfy like we thought the idol would.
There is a lot of institutional idolatry in our world. In the days of the Protestant Reformation, it was the Roman Catholic Church. In the last two hundred years, reason has been the idol of choice. Now it’s pleasure and entertainment that provide us with figures to worship.
This problem will go away one day. It happens either when you die and go to Heaven or when Jesus returns and puts an end to sin forever.
The best prevention is seeking Jesus daily. Will you?
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