The Body And The Beast -
The Unthinkable Act of Spiritual Bestiality
Lev 20:16 If a woman approaches any animal and mates with it, you shall kill the woman and the animal. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood is upon them.
Rev. 17:1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, "Come here, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality." 3 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. 9 --. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits, 10 and they are seven kings...
One of the classic prophetic themes of Scripture is that of spiritual harlotry. Beginning with the Law, which itself offers many prophetic shadows within its rules and regulations, one finds references to adultery, which the prophets later play upon to portray God's jealous fury over His People's overtures to other gods. This theme of spiritual harlotry is carried especially throughout the writings of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Hosea.
But significantly, we find that the Law not only bans adultery, but specifically condemns the otherwise unthinkable act of bestiality. Like so much else in the Law, this is not just a moral ordinance. It is also is a prophetic message. The prophetic message in this ordinance is that God is not only jealous over His People's worship of other gods, but over His People's overtures to the spiritual beasts of the earth. In other words, He is vehemently jealous over their turning to have unthinkable illicit relationships of love and trust with the world's kings and their peoples with their cultures and political systems.
Spiritual Bestiality in Scripture
The Old Testament prophets do not go to the extent of using bestiality to describe Israel's approaches to the nations (though it is in fact what they are describing). But in the New Testament, we do find such a direct picture. It is the picture of the harlot "sitting on" the beast of Revelation 17. This is not something we have readily seen for its implications. But when you look at it for what it is really saying, John is describing the harlot as one who commits bestiality. (The perceptive will understand another meaning to the words "sitting on.") This prophecy is telling us that the woman is having affairs with the kings of the earth (vs. 2); and that the kings of the earth are the very heads of the beast (vs. 3, 9-10). Ergo, the woman is having her affair with the beast. That is bestiality. It is that simple.
Because of the vileness of this thought, none of us are disposed to think in these terms nor therefore to see this picture for what it is. But we have to face the picture for what it is really saying if we are to get a deep enough impression of how God sees it when we His People expend our love and trust on the kings and nations of the earth.
"If the Beast is Pretty Enough, Can You Mate with It?"
Now in order to get to my point in this series, let's extend the picture further and ask a question. If the woman were to take some of her clothing and jewels and adorn the beast with these, would it then make her bestiality permissible? Well, the obvious answer to this is, "No. What are you, a lunatic as well as a pervert?"
As unseemly and ridiculous as this question is, it accurately reflects the very substance of thinking by which the church justifies her bestiality with the kings of the earth, especially in America. Please remember the point we have made throughout this series. The church has been deceived by her own influence on the nations to therefore justify assigning her identity to them. This sharing of identity with the nations is her spiritual "mating" with them. It is spiritual bestiality.
But it's this reflection of her own influence on the beasts that gives her the supposed justification for this "mating" of identities. That influence is in essence her "jewels" and "clothing" as posed in our question. America and other nations have taken on a certain historic aura of goodness and civility and grace due to the church's presence in their midst. These graces are as the dressing and jewels of the church herself upon the beasts. And because the church has seen the beasts wear her jewels, she therefore has become deluded into believing she may mate her identity with them. (For more in depth on where the harlot got her jewels, please click here.)
These few words on the subject should be adequate to get the message across. We need not belabor the wretched picture. But going forward, if we can just get this perspective on how much the Lord hates when we, the Church, noticing the reflection of our spiritual graces on the nations, turn to lend our identity to their governments, to put our trust in them, and to look to them for our earthly protection, provision and welfare--then the picture will have served its purpose.
[ In Part XI: What Does Revival Mean to a Beast? ]
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