And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration (Revelation 17:6).
I have some thoughts I want to share about the Great Whore of Mystery Babylon found in Revelation. I’ve been considering these things for some time, kind of wrestling with whether or not this is something I should write about. I believe God is in control of all things and part of the patience we are to learn is knowing this and not giving into the accusing spirit of this time and in the later times.
There is a fine line between stating something that applies to Christians systemically and then condemning Christianity at large or even condemning individuals. I do not condemn any form of Christianity because that is not my judgment to make, and as one who needs the mercy of the Lord every day, I do not dare place limits on His mercy towards others. However, there is some duty of responsibility encapsulated in love for the brethren that I have to say the hard things.
Prologue aside, I have some thoughts for now about how “shedding the blood of saints” might apply to us today.
The Great Whore is well and alive, even today. However, her cup is not yet full. It becomes full when the blood of Christians is finished being shed during that time of greatest persecution by the Antichrist — to whom many Christians will become espoused. Once her cup is filled “to her double” then she will have to drink it. As one who brings death, she will be killed.
That is the central theme of the gospel. Be made free from forces of destruction so that we do not continue to kill, thereby freeing us from the penalty of murder which is death. The blood of the Lamb is sufficient enough to forgive us as we make mistakes and it is powerful enough to heal us. There is forgiveness and there is newness of life.
Although the cup of the Great Whore has a future application in the literal killing of Christians in the later days, as prophecy tends to work, there are ways we can apply this to our time. How might we be “drunken with the blood of saints?”
Do we take pleasure in cutting people down with our words or actions? Do we take pleasure in gossip and slander? Do we take pleasure in growing our personal wealth while we neglect the poor? Do we look down our noses on the poor and sinful, making them feel unwelcome in our “houses of God?”
Do we hate or otherwise oppose the righteous ways of the Lord and support a twisted gospel and half-truthed grace that leaves people in bonds to sin and death? Do we vainly consider ourselves the only true Christians while we accuse others as being false instead of seeking to our own salvation and waiting for the Lord to sort it out?
There are many ways in which we can be drunken with the blood of saints, all the while calling ourselves Christian. Jesus teaches us that the physical act of murder is not all there is to murder. There is spiritual murder as well. If we continue down the path of spiritual murder, hate will grow in our hearts as well as pride and other forces that will eventually destroy us from the inside out. God will blind us as a result, then we will continue as the Great Whore.
Whether we live in the last days or not, this life is all we have. During this life we too can either be joined with the Bride of Christ or the Great Whore. We should not be so high-minded that we refuse to consider this.