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Copr. 1997, Bruce N. Cameron, J.D.

LESSON 11 - COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE (REVELATION 17:1--18:24)

INTRODUCTION: LAST WEEK WE LOOKED AT THE 7 LAST PLAGUES POURED OUT BY
7 ANGELS. THIS WEEK, AS WE START OUR STUDY OF REV. 17&18, WE SEE ONE OF
THOSE 7 ANGELS STOP BY JOHN AND DISCUSS WITH HIM IN A LITTLE MORE DETAIL
THE MATTER OF THE JT. LETS PICK UP THE MESSAGE.

I. THE WOMAN AND THE BEAST.
      A. READ REV. 17:1-3.
      B. REMEMBER THAT WE DISCUSSED THAT A WOMAN IN REV. SYMBOLIZED
A CHURCH.(COMPARE REV.12). THIS TEXT CALLS THE WOMAN A PROSTITUTE
(HARLOT) AND SAYS SHE COMMITTED ADULTRY. 
            1. DO YOU THINK THAT THE ANGEL IS REFERRING TO A SEXUAL SIN?
            2. IF NOT, TO WHAT DO YOU THINK THE ANGEL IS REFERRING? (THE OT
IS SHOT THROUGH WITH REFERENCES TO ISRAEL ACTING LIKE A HARLOT. SEE FOR
EX. EZK.16. THIS IS THE SAME KIND OF THING.)
            3. TELL ME HOW YOU THINK THAT SHE COULD COMMIT ADULTRY
WITH THE KINGS OF THE EARTH? 
                  a. HOW WOULD THIS AFFECT THE INHABITANTS OF THE EARTH? 

                  b. I CAN SEE A CHURCH COMMIT ADULTRY IN ITS RELATIONSHIP
TO GOD, BUT HOW CAN A NATION DO THIS? 
(THIS SEEMS TO SHOW THAT THE CIVIL POWERS WILL BE DEALING IN THE AREA OF
RELIGION.)

      C. IF YOU LOOK AT 18:3 YOU SEE THE SAME THING REPEATED.  NOW LETS
READ 18:4.  THIS IS THE CRITICAL PART.  
            1. HOW DO WE KNOW IF ARE DRINKING HER "MADDENING WINE?"
            2. HOW DO WE "COME OUT OF HER?"
            3. WHAT IS THE NATURE OF THE "ADULTRY" ANYWAY?

            4. LETS READ 17:.4-5. DOES THAT TEXT HELP?  THAT IS WE KNOW THAT
THE WOMAN IS UNFAITHFUL TO GOD, BUT DO WE HAVE A HINT AS TO THE
DOCTRINAL POINT ON WHICH SHE IS UNFAITHFUL? ( SHE IS REFERRED TO BY THE
BABYLON NAME.  THIS RAISES THE POINT THAT WE HAVE DICUSSED BEFORE--
BABYLON DEPENDED ON MAN AND NOT GOD.) 

      D. NOTICE HOW 18:2 DESCRIBES HER. HOW IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THERE
COULD BE ANY GOOD PEOPLE "IN HER" AT ALL?  (THIS GIVES US AN INSIGHT INTO
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN INSTITUTIONAL POSITION AND A PERSONAL BELIEF. 
THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE JUST PART OF  RELIGIOUS GROUPS WHO ARE
"BABYLON", BUT THEY HAVE NOT BEEN CONVICTED OF THE TRUTH. AT SOME
POINT IT IS NOT GOING TO MATTER WHICH CHURCH YOU BELONG TO OR WHAT
SOMEONE HAS TAUGHT YOU.  IT WILL BE PERSONAL AND WHAT WILL MATTER IS
WHAT YOU BELIEVE.)

II. IDENTITY OF THE PARTIES
      A. IN THIS CHPT WE SEE TWO BATTLES. 17:14 SAYS THAT THE WOMAN, AND
THE BEAST (ETC.) MAKE WAR "AGAINST THE LAMB." IN 17:16 THE BEAST TURNS
AGAINST IT ALLY, THE WOMAN.  LETS SEE IF WE CAN SORT OUT THE PLAYERS
HERE.

      B. WE AGREE THAT THE WOMAN REPRESENTS A RELIGIOUS POWER. WHAT
DO YOU THINK THAT IT IS?
      C. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE SCARLET BEAST OF 17:3?
            1. TURN BACK TO REV. 13:1&5. DOES THIS APPEAR TO BE THE SAME
BEAST? WHAT DID YOU SAY THAT IT WAS BACK THEN? (WE IDed THAT BEAST AS
BEING THE ROMAN CHURCH.)
      D. CAN THE PROSTITUTE AND THE BEAST THAT SHE RIDES ON ALL BE THE
SAME THING? (THE LESSON ADMITS THAT THIS IS A DIFFICULT MATTER.  IF YOU
LOOK AT REV 12:3 WE SEE THE RED DRAGON ALSO BEING IDENTIFIED IN A SIMILAR
WAY--SEVEN HEADS, TEN HORNS.  WE AGREED THAT THE DRAGON OF REV. 12 WAS
THE DEVIL.  THE SUGGESTION THEN IS THAT THE RED (SCARLET) BEAST OF REV 17:3
IS THE SAME AS THE RED DRAGON OF REV 12.  THE RED DRAGON IS THE DEVIL. THE
BEAST OF REV 13 IS STILL SEEN TO BE THE ROMAN CHURCH BECAUSE OF THE
PARALLELS WITH DAN 7.)

III. THE ATTACK UPON THE LAMB.
      A. NOW THAT WE HAVE THE PLAYERS SOMEWHAT SORTED OUT, HOW IS IT
THAT THE HORNS OF THE BEAST ATTACK THE LAMB? (V.14) (THE IDEA IS THAT THE
LAMB IS ATTACKED THROUGH HIS FOLLOWERS--US.)

IV. THE ATTACK UPON THE PROSTITUTE

      A. LETS JUMP DOWN TO 17:16. READ. THE PICTURE IS THAT THE BEAST AND
THE TEN HORNS (TEN KINGS, V.12) ATTACK THE PROSTITUTE.
            1. WHY SHOULD THERE BE THIS SPLIT AMONG THE FORCES OF EVIL?
            2. WHAT WOULD YOU GUESS WOULD BE THE CAUSE?
( IN GC. PAGE 653-57 SHE SAYS THAT AT SOME POINT AFTER PROBATION CLOSES
THE PEOPLE REALIZE HOW THEIR RELIGIOUS LEADERS SOLD THEM DOWN THE
DRAIN.  THE DESTRUCTIVE ENERGY THAT THEY HAD IN MIND FOR THE RIGHTEOUS,
THEY TURN AGAINST THEIR RELIGIOUS LEADERS.)


V. NEXT WEEK: THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS.