Summary of passage: The angel tells John that the woman is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth. The waters are the peoples, multitudes, nations, and languages. The beast will kill the prostitute according to God’s purposes and allow the beast to rule.
12) God is in control and He’s the one who puts it into their hearts what to do.
13) Personal Question. My answer: God is in control here and always to accomplish His purposes here on earth.
14) Personal Question. My answer: Knowing God wins makes it easy to proclaim His glorious name. I’m not experiencing persecution at this time and haven’t really. Knowing God’s word helps me see through deception.
Conclusions: Question 12 & 13 are redundant and the same. Question 14: It’s not about knowing God wins; it’s about knowing God. Weak lesson.
End Notes: We are told who the woman is: “the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.” Some scholars say this is Rome and in the minds of the first century Christians it was definitely Rome. Still, futurists say the city could be Jerusalem or the entire world system.
All the people will come together under the Antichrist until God turns their hearts to destroy the great city. They will turn on themselves and destroy the prostitute. Scholars say this is probably during the mid-point of the Tribulation.
God is the one orchestrating all of this as the angel states. He is using the ten kings to judge the prostitute.
In the next chapter we will see Babylon’s destruction.
Conclusions to Lesson 22: The most powerful lesson here in Revelation 17 is one we often forget: God orchestrates world events. He makes world leaders act for His purposes. God is a God of action.
Secondly, we see that God wins and therefore, as Christians we win. We cannot be defeated by Satan. Emmanuel, God is with us, and if we’d keep that in mind–the big picture–our everyday circumstances and trials will be nothing but chaff in the wind.