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Satan’s end-time strategy: Pluralism, sensuality and riches

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One of the most striking, shocking, and (unfortunately) enigmatic images in the book of Revelation is the image of the great harlot sitting on a 7-headed beast in chapter 17.

Although written of in symbolic terms, this “great harlot” is a real force that will move the planet away from God and towards three things: pluralism, sensuality and riches. This “cord of three strands” will not quickly tear apart and will cause much of humanity to follow in its train.

The woman sitting on a beast with seven heads and ten horns will seduce all the nations to drink of the wine of the passion of her immorality. She will cause the nations to yearn towards pluralism, sensuality and riches. (B. W. Newton)

The seeds of this faction are present today even though prophesied by John 2000 years ago!

And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality. (Rev. 17:3-4)

Let’s look at those three movements one at a time:

1. Pluralism

“Religious pluralism is an attitude or policy regarding the diversity of religious belief systems co-existing in society.” (Wikipedia) Please note that this is not about tolerance. This is beyond open-mindedness and acceptance of others beliefs. This is a synergism towards an antichristian-ism that will cover the earth.

In the near future — and even now in a limited sense — there is a satanic “spirit” brewing an intoxicating mix that will seduce all the nations, using the more lustful passions of immorality and wealth to cause humanity to lay aside our old differences about religion.

Compromise and tolerance, the universal themes of today, will morph into a movement of “united humanity”; a global people with a common creed who will continue where Nimrod left off, and seek to finish the tower and city of Babel -– an arrogant attempt to guarantee our own security apart from God. This in turn will lead to an all-out hatred against true Christianity as John prophesied — “And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus.” (Rev 17:6)

2. Sensuality

“For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her [Babylon] immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality.” Rev 18:3

Once again we see the great harlot “Babylon” developing a system that makes “all the nations” drunk with immorality and sensuality. Can there be any doubt that Satan will try and pull humanity out of the kingdom of light and into his kingdom of darkness by using our fallen nature; using our basic lusts of the flesh and of the eye?

Sensuality, the “unrestrained indulgence in sensual pleasures”, will be the Dark Knight’s modus operandi as he seeks to usurp God’s throne with his own. (2 Thess. 2:4) The apostle Paul has warned us as well that “In the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money… lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” (2 Tim. 3:1-2,4)

What better way for Satan to rule this earth but by the greased path of sensuality, lust and pleasure!

3. Riches

The third strand in Satan’s cord is riches. Wealth. Satan is after worship. He tried to get Jesus to bow down before him and worship him by using riches and glory.

And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND SERVE HIM ONLY.’” (Luke 4:5-8)

Jesus said as much again in the Sermon on the mount: “You cannot serve God and wealth.”

Having failed with the Son of God Satan will one day offer all the “kingdoms of the world” to the sons of men! He wants the whole world to worship him (Rev 13:4) and will use wealth and riches to produce worshipers of himself!

“Woe, woe, the great city [Babylon], she who was clothed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls; for in one hour such great wealth has been laid waste!” (Rev 18:16-17)

Antichrist will “eat her flesh”…

In the end, this enticing mixture of pluralism, sensuality and riches will be destroyed by the Antichrist and the 10 nation federation he rules. Antichrist, the head of the last world-empire, wants to be worshiped supremely; and will not suffer any longer the wantonness and decadence of the great harlot.

You can be sure that when the Antichrist destroys the harlot system that the final end of things is not far off and the return of Jesus Christ to this earth is near!

“And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the harlot and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh and will burn her up with fire. For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose by having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled.” (Rev 17: 16-17)

Yours for the Coming One,

Jeff Gilbertson

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