Read for This Week’s Study: Revelation 17:1-2, Revelation 17:15; Revelation 18:1-4; Revelation 17:4-6; Matthew 16:18; Jeremiah 50:33-38; Psalm 115:4-8.
Memory Text: “These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful” (Revelation 17:14, NKJV).
The striking symbol of the woman clothed with the sun, in the dazzling glory of Christ, is found in Revelation 12:1-17. She is faithful to her true lover, Jesus. She is not defiled with the corruption of false doctrines. Throughout the Bible, a pure woman symbolizes the bride of Jesus, or the true church. In Jeremiah 6:2, the prophet says, “I have likened the daughter of Zion to a lovely and delicate woman” (NKJV). The prophet uses the expression “daughter of Zion” or a faithful woman to describe God’s people. (See also Ephesians 5:25-32 and Hosea 2:20.)
In contrast, the Bible likens apostasy to harlotry or adultery (James 4:4). Speaking of Israel’s rebellion and unfaithfulness, Ezekiel laments, “You are an adulterous wife, who takes strangers instead of her husband“ (Ezekiel 16:32, NKJV).
In this week’s lesson, we will study these two women of Revelation and probe, more deeply, the conflict between truth and error.
Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, May 27.