WHAT HAPPENS TO A WHORE
"And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire." Rev. 17:16
The final religion and world wide church in the end comes to an end that had precedent in the Bible. Look at what was known to happen eventually to the false church that willingly follows the leadership of the greatest liar with his lies.
NOTE: Church in the NT is the Greek word "ekklesis" meaning a "called out" gathering and is used in three ways. Most associate with the Christian usage. But it is also used as the Jewish assembly of the OT as in Acts 7:38.
And also as we see it in action more today as a riotous unlawful mob in Acts 19:32, 39-41. And when used for religious ends it is titled a whore by God.
upon the beast--But A, B, Vulgate, and Syriac read, "and the beast."
shall make her desolate--having first dismounted her from her seat on the beast (Rev. 17:3).
naked--stripped of all her gaud (Rev. 17:4). As Jerusalem used the world power to crucify her Savior, and then was destroyed by that very power, Rome; so the Church, now false, having apostatized to the world, looking for strength, forsaking the Bible and its truth as taught by Christ (John 13:13), having its own ethics and principles, shall have judgment executed on her first by the world power, the beast and his allies; and these afterwards shall have judgment executed on them by Christ Himself in person. And Israel leaning on Egypt, a broken reed, is pierced by it; and then Egypt itself is punished. So Israel's whoredom with Assyria and Babylon was punished by the Assyrian and Babylonian captivities. So the false Church when it goes a-whoring after the word as if it were the reality, instead of witnessing against its apostasy from God, is false to its profession. Being no longer a reality itself, but a sham, the false Church is rightly judged by that world which for a time had used the true Church to further its own ends, while all the while "hating" Christ's unworldly religion, but which now no longer wants the false Church's aid.
eat her flesh--Greek plural, "masses of flesh," that is, "carnal possessions"; implying the fulness of carnality into which the supposed Church is sunk. The judgment on the harlot is again and again described (Rev. 18:1; 19:5); first by an "angel having great power" (Rev. 18:1), then by "another voice from heaven" (Rev. 18:4-20), then by "a mighty angel" (Rev. 18:21-24). Compare Ezek. 16:37-44, originally said of Israel, but further applicable to the false N.T. Church when fallen into spiritual fornication. On the phrase, "eat . . . flesh" for prey upon one's property, and injure the character and person, compare Psa. 14:4; 27:2; Jer 10:25; Mic 3:3. "Her flesh" seems to point to her temporal dignities and resources, as distinguished from "herself" (Greek). How striking a retribution, that your headship brings your eventual reward and in this case as always pre-judgment prior to the King's final judgment.
burn . . . with fire--the legal punishment of an abominable fornication.
2 Pet. 3:5-7 "For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men."