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Who Will Play the Part?
On stage, there are actors with parts to be played,
There are scenes with signs and wonders displayed.
Every part has its purpose in the message conveyed.
All must play their part.
Fade out the lights for the plot to unfold,
For the time has come that the story be told.
If the cast is absent, the parts are not played;
All must be present, if the “end” be portrayed.
The world is gathered as an audience to see,
The name of this scarlet woman. Who is she?
The cast and the audience, with suspense, beating hearts,
Will perceive what the Director has known from the start.
For a deceiver is exposed at the end of this age.
What is her name?
Who will play the part?
Who is this deceptive woman in the time of the end, written about in the Book of Revelation? She is judged as a harlot. She rules over the kings of the earth. Who is she? What is her name?
She is mentioned as “her” or “she” forty-two times in chapters 17-19 of the Book of Revelation. Revelation 17:15 describes her as a harlot. Revelation 17:3 refers to her as a woman sitting on a scarlet beast. Verse 18 calls her a woman who reigns over the kings of the earth. She... her... woman... harlot... Who is she? And what is her name?
She has her part in the end of this age. As a harlot, she has a purpose and a message to proclaim. She is called “Babylon the Great,” and her history and roots must be made known, so that “His people” can come out of her, and not share in her plagues. So who is she? And what is her name?
Just as in a play, where all parts are necessary for the story to be told, there are prophetic roles in the Scriptures which must be filled before the end can come. Both the good and the evil must act out the parts they have chosen, in order for the script and will of the Great Director, the God of Heaven, to be accomplished on this earth. For indeed, she, the Harlot, Babylon the Great, has a purpose: to present a false messiah to the world. Do you know her name?
She was not always this way. She began as a pure virgin bride, spotless and clean, betrothed to her one Husband. She was the light of the world, a city set on a hill. She lived no longer for herself, but for Him who died and rose again on her behalf. She was beautiful and radiant. She was betrothed to be the bride of Revelation 19:7-8; the true bride of Messiah.
But then she changed! She became a different woman! The once-pure virgin of 2 Corinthians 11:2 was enticed and then fornicated with another spirit, another “Jesus,” and conceived another religion entirely. In her fornication, she contracted a deadly disease — another spirit, another savior, another gospel. She became a harlot, and began fulfilling the new purpose given to her by the evil one: to present a false messiah to the world.
For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy, For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Messiah. But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Messiah. (2 Corinthians 11:2-3)
Paul warned them that by way of deception, an alteration was being performed on them through the craftiness of the serpent. They were being modified into a different “woman,” a false bride, leaving behind their simple devotion to Messiah. They were becoming the workmanship of Satan, who desired to present a false messiah through them. Sadly, the Corinthians were corrupted by their passivity in putting up with it!
For if he who comes preaches another Yahshua whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you may well put up with it! (2 Corinthians 11:4)
That was the moment in history when the false bride was conceived, soon to be born through the birth canal of the fall of the early church. Now, 1,900 years later, we must now understand and perceive what she has become, so that we do not share in her plagues. What is her name?
Enter stage left:
The scarlet woman, the Harlot, the Mother of Harlots and the Abominations of the Earth, Mystery Babylon the Great.
The audience and the cast are gathered to perceive what the Great Director has known from the start.
Fade out the lights for the story to be told;
It is time for the end of all things to unfold.
The Great Harlot must play her part. She must fulfill her purpose. She must present a false messiah to the world, for it is written in the script of God, and she has craved the part. But who is this woman of Revelation 17? What is her name?
Revelation 17:4 — She is the religious system that has committed fornication with the kings of the earth, with those who were not her betrothed husband. In the last 1900 years, her religious leaders have risen to power to sway the kings of the earth throughout her blood-stained history, by the marriage of church and state. She is the one who set forth the Crusades in ruthless and brutal violence. She is the one who inspired the Inquisitions, a rampage of torture and terror. It is she who burned her heretics at the stake, and drove away all who spoke truth to her. “In her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth,” according to Revelation 18:24. In her deceitful lust for power, she has elevated herself to the place of luxury on the back of the Beast, the government of the world system. She has become a dwelling place for demons. Do you know her name?
And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!” (Revelation 18:2)
“Become” indicates transition. The once-betrothed virgin has lost her purity, and has been transfigured into a different form, a change of outward appearance due to inward corruption. She has become the Harlot, the false religious system who presents a false messiah to the watching world. This is her purpose and part. According to Revelation 17:15, she sits on many waters, which are “peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.” These multitudes in “her” are the many who are on the broad road to destruction. For the path that leads to life is narrow and few are those who find it.
Come, I will show you the judgment of the Great Harlot!
And then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters.” (Revelation 17:1)
Fade out the lights for the story to unfold.
The history of the Harlot has now been told.
Gather in close for the whole world to see,
What God’s judgment of the Great Harlot will be.
The loud voice of Revelation 18:2 cries mightily, exposing the truth about the Harlot. Make known her history, and how she was born. Make known her condition; why she is as she is. This under-standing is digested and assimilated among those who have an appetite for its message.
Then another voice is heard, crying mightily in Revelation 18:4 to those still in the Harlot. It is a cry for His people to come out of her and not share in her plagues, which are coming. For her sins have piled up to Heaven. “Come out of her, My people!” This voice calls the sheep out into homes, into dwelling places where only His one true Spirit reigns in love. They are called out of the Harlot and into the pure Bride of Messiah, who lives as Acts 2:44.
And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, My people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. (Rev 18:4-5)
The time of the end has come. The script of God must be fulfilled. The parts must be played, for the Harlot will fulfill the purpose she has craved. Who is this “woman” who is nearing destruction? What is her name?
Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her. In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, “I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.” (Revelation 18:6-7)
Oh the destruction! In a moment, the judgment of the Harlot has come. Flee from her! Do not go along with her adulteries! For the Great Harlot has been judged. Mix double for her the wrath of God which has come upon her. Her time is over. Her part is fulfilled. Her end is now according to her works. She will be burned up in one hour!
Therefore her plagues will come in one day — death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her. (Revelation 18:8)
Standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, “Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.” (Rev 18:10)
The onlooking world watches in fear. The audience, with terror, would not draw near. They stood at a distance for dread of her torment saying, “Alas!” Oh, she who sat in luxury! She who ruled over the kings of the earth. She who made us rich with her merchandise and rich on the souls of men. All you who grew rich by her, weep and wail! For her luxury and wealth have come to an end. Her judgment has come in one hour. And her judgment is sure. The smoke of her torment rises forever and ever.
For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the Great Harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.” Again they said, “Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!” (Revelation 19:2-3)
“Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore,” proclaims the angel mightily in Revelation 18:21. Oh, the scarlet woman! Who was like her — the Great Harlot, the Mother of Harlots and the Abominations of the Earth, Mystery Babylon the Great. By her sorcery, all the nations were deceived (Revelation 18:23).
Oh, how the mighty have fallen!
But the question remains, and is yet to be seen. Who is she? And what is her name? Who else could it be, but the “she” who deceives. Her name: Christianity.