This is the second part in a series of podcasts featuring Bill Finck that analyze the End Times as described in Revelation. Be sure to check out my earlier post on the fall of Mystery Babylon and Bill Finck’s Revelation series over at Christogenea.
It was said at the beginning of chapter 17, that the whore is Israel in apostasy from God, and that is true. But here the whore seems to be referring to the beast also – to Mystery Babylon, and that is also true. The whore, the people of Israel, having joined herself to the beast, has become “one flesh” with the beast. So while at the beginning of John’s image of the whore, at the beginning of chapter 17, the whore and the beast are distinguished, now they are no longer distinguished.
Paul wrote at Ephesians 5:31-32: 31 “For this reason shall a man leave father and mother and shall join to his wife, and the two shall be for one flesh.” 32 This mystery is great, and I speak for Christ and for the assembly.” Paul was talking about husband-wife relations, however Israel is supposed to be the wife of Yahweh, and a separate people not joined to any beast.
It may be postulated, that one of the mysteries of iniquity is this: that without the whore, the beast would have no real power at all! The dragon has always ruled through the cooperation of members of our own race whom it was able to compromise and corrupt. Adam’s compromise was the second sin in the Garden of Eden, fornication being the first. All of the world empires that the dragon came to control, began as Adamic nations.