Ezekiel 16 and Revelation 17: Understanding The Great Prostitute


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Thus there is the need to break up the love relationship between Jerusalem and her “lovers”, the “nations,” the “kings of the earth.” God changes the love of the “kings of the earth” for Jerusalem to hate (Revelation 17:16). They turn on Jerusalem. It is God’s purpose that they do so (Revelation 17:17). They desolate her. They make her naked, eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. In this way God pours out his rage or wrath (Luke 21:23) on Jerusalem. Because Jerusalem desires “the kings of the earth,” God gives her over to them (Revelation 11:2).

The “kings of the earth” act in concert with the beast. They turn on Jerusalem at the midpoint of Daniel’s 70th week (Daniel 9:27, Zechariah 14:2, Luke 21:20, Revelation 17:16). God makes it impossible for Jerusalem to continue to desire her lovers (the kings of the earth) or to conspire and stand against God and his Anointed One (Psalm 2:1-2) with them, because they (all the nations/Gentiles, i.e., beast and ten horns/kings of the earth) trample her (Revelation 11:2).

The last phrase of verse 34 above, “with an outpouring rage,” is rendered in the ESV, “with wrath poured out.” The ESV makes more sense. The gathering comes after the wrath. A wrathful gathering interpretation creates problems of contradiction with scattering and gathering. Scattering is the wrathful act. Gathering of God’s people is predominantly represented as reconciliation.



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