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Wine for a purpose.
Did you notice, it’s the wine of fornication? When the kings (political leaders) accept the direction of the religious coalition to gather them for enforcing her decrees, they defy God as Nebuchadnezzar did in building his image (Dan. 3). People are responsible to God alone for their spiritual life — for how they worship. He is their creator. God and the people who have pledged to accept His blessings and direction are like husband and wife in the marriage relationship. When the wife unites herself to the kings, the new relationship is adulterous.
We have seen this whole picture before under different symbols, 1315:
“And [the beast from the earth] deceiveth them that dwell on the earth . . . saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” (Rev. 13:14, 15)
Also see hab0215 with link to a story of Noah, and mt2445.
Here in chapter 17 we see the kings of the earth (verse 12) defending the beast as involved in what we saw as the image to the chapter 13 beast. The Image demands total worship. In contrast stands the pure church of chapter 12. Christ, not kings, is her husband (Eph. 5:22-30; Rev. 19:7, 8). He is her protector and the one who provides all good things for her (Ezek. 16).
First, it’s the people. According to our verse, the kings of the earth have committed adultery with the prostitute, “and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” The people are drunk from the cup that the woman offers. In verse 6, we find that the woman is drunk “with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs.” Perhaps the kings are drunk, too, since it’s part of the prostitution process. Compare 1803. Image from Corel.
You and I will be faced with accepting the deceptive wine or keeping our minds and hearts only for the one who sustains our life. Today we may decide to remain true no matter what the cost in this earth. He has promised a crown of life 0210.
Church and state.
God has never authorized His church to unite with civil powers to force compliance in the advancement of His kingdom. The relationship with Him is of pure love. He has always respected our freedom of action. This is why the tree of knowledge was in the garden. It provided a way to tell Him no. Without it, our yes would not be a choice. He is a God we can trust for eternity!
Praise His holy name!
Why the symbol of drunkenness?
“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” (Prov. 20:1). Alcohol breaks down the inhibitions. Under its influence, the reasoning power is dulled and people are convinced that it is okay to follow their feelings 1408g. Thus people are deceived by wine and strong drink. In a spiritual sense, they are led to believe a lie. I believe the following passage describes the same end-time deception.
“And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” (2 Thess. 2:8-11)
Who escapes? According to what we just quoted, those who accept God’s free gift of love for truth. Each time the Spirit convicts us as we read or hear the word of truth, we have a choice to love it, accepting it into our lives, or to reject it, making some excuse that soon we believe to be fact.
Why is the prostitute in the wilderness (desert)?
“So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.” (Rev. 17:3)
Do you remember an earlier story about being in the wilderness?
“And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the [pure] woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
“And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Rev. 12:14-17)
The corrupt woman of our present chapter, compared to the pure woman of chapter 12, represents a false religious system. We have seen how such a system developed from the once pure church r02b. Let’s connect the two stories. The pure woman who fled into the wilderness for nourishment for 1260 days has now mounted the dragon — here the “beast” — she had earlier been hiding from! And her new nourishment? Keep the question in mind.