Friday, November 17, 2017

Why the Whore of Babylon Rides a Red Beast

Why the Whore of Babylon Rides a Red Beast

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11WHY THE WHORE OF BABYLON RIDES A RED BEAST


According to Revelation 17:3 the woman rides a scarlet colored beast.

So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

What does this signify?  To get our answer we go to Scripture and we see what scarlet means in the Bible and how it is used.

Red (Scarlet) in the Bible

Sin-Sins as scarlet
-Isaiah 1:18

Symbol of redemption, cleansing from sin
- Numbers 19:6, Leviticus 14:51

Costly prized colored material
- 2 Samuel 1:24; Proverbs 31:21

Wealth
- Lamentations 4:5

A sign of honor and royalty
-Daniel 5:7

Lover’s lips compared to a thread of scarlet
- Song of Solomon 4:3

A symbol of powerful and mighty men-Shield of his mighty men made red, valiant men are in scarlet
Nahum 2:3

Mockery of royalty- Jesus given scarlet robe
- Matthew 27:28

War and bloodshed-The red horseman of Revelation
-Revelation 6:4


Does scarlet Beast represent the blood of the martyrs? 


 The Whore is drunk with the blood of the martyrs, and the scarlet beast would seem to represent the blood of the martyrs in its entirety but it does not, it accounts for the war that is waged on the Saints, but even more so that her sins have reached to heaven and her sins are as scarlet, which includes her deeds against the Saints. Isaiah 1:8

So the Beast and the fiery red dragon of Revelation 12 is red because of its sins but also lines with the other red representations in Scripture: the empire’s wealth, kingship, power, and honor in the eyes of the world. It also represents its military valor and is the color of unredeemed sin.

While red symbolizes unredeemed sin, the red thread used in the Temple fabrics represents the blood of Jesus, which has the power to negate unredeemed sin and make it white as snow.  Isaiah 1:9 confirms, “Thou yours sins be as scarlet they shall be white as snow”.

Thus we have symbolism in the Gospels of when the Roman soldiers mocked Jesus, by placing on him a red robe, it was also symbolic that he was now taking on the sins of the world represented by the red robe.

Matthew 27: 27-31 provides the account of the scarlet robe being put on Jesus to mock him.   More than mocking Jesus, the scarlet robe symbolized Jesus taking on Himself the sins of the world.  The passage reads:

27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him. 28 And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. 29 When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30 Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. 31 And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.

Notice that the robe was removed because the 2 Corinthians 5:21:

 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

The scarlet robe symbolizes Jesus being made sin, taking on our sins and the reason that the robe is discarded and Jesus then put on his own clothes is because this place of becoming sin and being numbered with the transgressors was temporary and ended when he shed his blood and resurrected to the right hand of the Father.



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