According to Seventh Day Adventist’s Who/what is the harlot noted in Revelation? Why do you or your source think that answer is correct?

  • Hi and welcome. In order to receive a "correct" answer to your question, you'll need to ask for a particular christian viewpoint, for as it currently stands, it's a matter of opinion. Commented Nov 22, 2019 at 16:06
  • Any opinion backed up with something from the bible no matter what brand name is of interest. Who is to say whether some person's interpretation of Revelation or the bible is 'correct' when so many experts disagree on so much. As the OP said cite why you think your opinion or your sources opinion is correct. A citation is very specific and can be verified. Commented Nov 22, 2019 at 16:22
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    The traditional Protestant view of the harlot would be disputed by others. You'll need to be more specific.
    – Nigel J
    Commented Nov 22, 2019 at 17:25
  • @NigelJ Interestingly enough, ALL Protestant denominations USED to think that the Roman Catholic Church system was the harlot of Revelation. Nowadays, there are few very that do, among those are SDAs and JWs. Commented Nov 22, 2019 at 17:38
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    @jlaverde For reasons that are hopefully obvious or at least understandable, even some Roman Catholics think Rome is the Harlot. Lol. Commented Nov 22, 2019 at 18:09

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From a Seventh-Day Adventist perspective, and also what many of the reformers believed, the Bible points to the harlot of Revelation as the Roman Catholic system.

  1. A woman in prophecy and in Jesus' parables (10 virgins) represents a church or group of believers. (Revelation 12:1-6, 10 virgins, etc.)

  2. A harlot represents a church that has been unfaithful to the teachings of God.

Cause Jerusalem to know her abominations. ... You trusted in your own beauty, played the harlot” (Ezekiel 16:2, 15).

  1. She persecuted the saints (Rev 17:6).

4.She was dressed in purple and scarlet (Rev 17:4). The pope often wears the royal color of purple at important functions, and red is the color of the robes of Catholic cardinals.

5.The seven heads of the beast (Rev 17:3) upon which the woman is seated are seven mountains (Rev 17:9). It is well-known that Rome, the headquarters of the papacy, is built upon seven hills, or mountains.

6.The beast is guilty of blasphemy (Rev 17:3), a point that also clearly fits the papacy, if you look at the Biblical definition of blasphemy (claims to forgive sins and claims to be God)

7.She ruled “over the kings of the earth” (Rev 17:18). Alexander Flick says that by the 13th century, the pope was “at least in theory ... the ruler of the whole world in temporal and spiritual affairs.” This point could fit no other earthly kingdom or government. The papacy is described in Revelation 17 too clearly for doubt.

This will likely ruffle some feathers and get down-voted around here, but some people still do believe this, among them are SDAs. Also, pretty much all the reformers of old believed this as well. Huss, Wycliffe, Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Melanchthon, Cranmer, Tyndale, Latimer, Ridley, and many others.

For a in-depth, Biblical study, see The Other Woman.


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