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The Bride, The Mother of Harlots

John Collins01/26/2013Ezekiel 16 is a love story, given in prophesy by God through Ezekiel to His bride.

Of Jerusalem, God said that she came from the land of Canaan.  Her mother was a Hittite and her father was an Amorite.  Cast aside from both, Jerusalem had no one to help her, no one to give compassion.  Her ties still remained to both, but was left to die.  God passed by and saw her lying there, dying.  With great compassion, He nourished her and saved her from dying alone.  

Later, when she was grown, God passed by her again.  She was naked, and God clothed her.  She was dirty, still covered with the blood from her birth, and God washed her.  God adorned her with fine jewelry, ornaments on her wrists and a necklace.  God put a ring in her nose, earrings in her ears, and a fine beautiful crown on her head.  Beautifully presented in fine gold and silver, fine linen and silk, God fed her meals fit for a queen.  God took the young girl, once left to die, and made her royalty.

But rather than trust God, she trusted in her own beauty that God had given her.  She became a prostitute, a whore to any passerby.  The beauty that God had given her was gradually replaced with each who came to her for sexual desire.  God said that she became a whore, one that the likes has never been seen, nor ever shall be.

As those who passed by used her for prostitution, she sacrificed her sons and daughters to those who abused her.  She offered her own flesh and blood up to them as burnt offering, not remembering that God had taken her from certain death and saved her from dying alone.

God said that she had not only became a whore to each passerby, she had became a mother of harlots.  In her great lust, she began to multiply her prostitution.  Her whoring was multiplied with the Egyptians, her lustful neighbors.  She had became a whore to the Assyrians, because she was not yet satisfied in her lust.  She multiplied her prostitution with the land of Chaldea and stil was not satisfied.

"How sick is your heart?" asked God.  She had became a brazen prostitute, an adulterous wife that takes in strangers to lust instead of her husband.  While earthly men give gifts to prostitutes, she is the one who gave gifts to her lovers, bribing them from every side by her prostitution.  No one had solicited her to become a whore, and no payment was given.  

God said that he would make her remember where she came from.  Because of her lust, because her nakedness was shown to all of her many lovers during her whoring, God was going to uncover her and show her for what she once was.  God was going to gather all of her lovers from every side, and uncover her nakedness.  He was going to judge her as other women who commit adultery, with wrath and jealousy.  Her beautiful jewels will be taken away, and God will become enraged over her great prostitution. 

Then, God will expose the mother of these harlots to the children she created.  Everyone will say unto her, "like mother, like daughter."  God said that Sodom and her daughters had not done so evil as she had done.  While Sodom was guilty of her pride, not aiding the poor and needy, the sins of Jerusalem were far worse.  God removed them for their pride, and Jerusalem would also bear their disgrace.  

God said that he would restore the fortunes of Sodom and her daughters, Samaria and her daughters while He restored Jerusalem.  Jerusalem, looked down on by the daughters of Syria and the daughters of the Philistines, will bear the penalty for her prostitution.

But, God's great love is above all of this.  God said that after she had bore her iniquity, He would remember the covenant that He made with her.  He will establish an everlasting covenant with her.  Then, after bearing her iniquity and seeing God's great love and mercy, she will be ashamed of her ways of the past.  

God would atone for His bride, forgiving her for all that she has done.

The time for God's coming kingdom is at hand.  In Revelation 17, John the Revelator describes how he saw the Judgement of the great prostitute, the mother of harlots.  He saw the woman that had prostituted herself out with other kings, and had given herself to sexual immorality through her whoredoms.  He saw the woman arrayed in fine garments and jewels, drunk with the blood of the saints.  

But her day of reckoning is coming, her time of being made desolate and naked is soon at hand.  John writes that "God has put it in the hearts of the nations to carry out His purpose until the words of God are fulfilled."

John knew that this woman was the city.  He knew that it was the chosen one, the city that has dominion over the kings of the earth.  The angel described this city, the city that was symbolically the bride for the bridegroom.  The angel said:

"So will Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence, and will be found no more; and the sound of harpists and musicians, of flute players and trumpeters, will be heard in you no more, and a craftsman of any craft will be found in you no more, and the sound of the mill will be heard in you no more, and the light of a lamp will shine in you no more, and the voice of bridegroom and bride will be heard in you no more, for your merchants were the great ones of the earth, and all nations were deceived by your sorcery. And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all who have been slain on earth." (Revelation 18)

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Are we being prepared for God's coming day of judgement?  Are we listening to men who claim that the Catholic Church is the great whore, when absolutely none of the scriptures point to Catholicism?  Are we listening to men who preach against earrings, nose rings, and other fine jewelry, when God adorned His own bride with these jewels?  Have the teachers of this day tried to take away the royalty from God's bride?  Are we now part of the Body of Christ, or are we still separated, in a cult, playing the harlot with ancient teachings of idolatry?