Realization of Prophetic Visions

By Philip Mark Ames

Chapter 4

THE GREAT FORNICATRIX

The most sacred of all human relationships is marriage. It was arranged by God himself, and He is the one who ordained that consummation of the marriage makes of the two persons one flesh. Teaching the sanctity of marriage, Jesus quoted his Father's law, adding the command: "So they are no longer two, but one flesh; therefore, what God has yoked together, let not man put apart." (Matt. 19:3-9) When a man and woman have sexual intercourse without the bond of marriage, they are committing fornication.

The Greek word for fornication is "pornea", which is also translated "prostitution." So a fornicatrix is a prostitute, and vice versa. Fornication is a vile mockery of a very sacred and holy union. It is one of the sins which condemn the unrepentant practicer to the lake of fire, the second death. (Rev. 21:8; Heb. 13:4)

With this knowledge of how God views fornication, turn to the seventeenth chapter of the Revelation. Here John records his vision of a great fornicatrix. At the beginning of this vision, John is approached by an angel, who says, "Come, I shall show to you the judgment of the great harlot (pornes), the one sitting upon many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication; and those inhabiting the earth were made drunk from the wine of her fornication."

John was aware of the seriousness of the sin for which this woman was being judged. And he knew the precedent God had set in the judging of prostitutes before. For example, the people of Israel had voluntarily entered into a marriage relationship with God, at the foot of Mount Sinai. They legally bound themselves and their descendants to obey God's law. He was to be their one Husband; they as a people were to be his faithful (though secondary) wife. But the nation of Israel became unfaithful. She went after other gods, sold her favors to the kings of other nations, and quit submitting herself to the law of her first and only real Husband, Jehovah God.

The capital city of that nation was Jerusalem. As such, Jerusalem represented the entire nation as God's holy city, His wife. The story of her marriage to God, her adultery, her prostitution, and God's judgment of her is told in the sixteenth chapter of Ezekiel. Having aroused God's wrath by her adulterous course, she was to be stripped naked, stoned, cut with swords, and burned with fire. This judgment was executed by the kings with whom she had committed fornication. (See also the book of Lamentations.)

Though in His anger, He severely punished her, yet God still loved Jerusalem, and He promised to restore her as His wife following her repentance. But, the great harlot seen by John in the Revelation had never been God's wife, nor does she ever repent. So, her punishment will not be followed by her restoration, but is final and complete.

Who, now, is this wicked woman? The angel states that she is sitting on many waters. He later explains that the waters are peoples and crowds and nations and tongues. (Verse 15) The emotional thought waves of mankind appear spiritually as many waters, a vast sea. Supported by these waters, the great harlot suppresses the masses of humanity. We are also told that the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her. She has also made the earth's inhabitants drunk with the wine of her prostitution. How are these things fulfilled? Who is this great fornicatrix? Though many Protestants would like to think so, she is not Rome or Vatican City or the Catholic Church. There can be only one true interpretation.

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