Some thoughts on:
The Ten Horns HATE the Harlot Church
Priscilla Van Sutphin
www.upstreamca.org
goinupstream@gmail.com

Revelation 17:16-18 NKJV
16 And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. 18 And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth."

I was laying down after my son and I had to go and put down my kitty of 11 yrs, and this scripture came to mind.  How odd I thought at this time to be thinking on that, though I have thought of it lately a lot.

In verse 16 it says the ten horns – THE NEW WORLD ORDER from what we know will hate the HARLOT, make her desolate [ destroy her ] eat her flesh, which is not literal, but meaning destroy the fleshly desires lurking in her, and burn her with fire, which means destroy all her flesh, literal and figurative perhaps.  And then what follows is the real key:
FOR GOD HAS PURPOSED IT INTO THEIR HEARTS !!! TO FULFILL HIS PURPOSE !  Why would God do that if it wasn’t that the church has become a harlot, which in Old Testament terms meant adultery = idolatry.  She has become a whore to other gods, of self, and mammon.  So the LORD ALLOWS this hatred and destruction for the hypocrisy which is practiced in the church, so to PURGE the church.

Hence He has said just after that in Revelation 18:
Verse 4   NKJV  And I heard another voice from heaven saying, "Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. 6 Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her. 7 In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, 'I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.'

COME OUT OF HER ! COME OUT OF HER ! COME OUT OF HER, LEST YOU SHARE IN HER GLUTTONY, HER IDOLATRY TO SELF, HER GREED AND SELFISHNESS, OF NOT HELPING THE POOR, NOT REACHING OUT TO THEM OR SUSTAINING THEM, HER WITCHCRAFT CONTROL !

And then I was thinking WHY does everyone try to get us to GO TO CHURCH, when the church is a whore in most places ?  It is full of self adulation, idolatry and greed. Unhealed, Unsanctified, the blind leading the blind as in the days of Jesus. [Realizing there are good churches, but emphasis is always on going to church vs going to Jesus. I have to think what kind of disciples will this church make if I bring them those I lead to the Lord.  Every church but one that I've been in were more interested in self than helping others, but then I live in the me, myself, and I, vanity state of California. ]

Why does anyone want to be a part with a whore ?  Perhaps because there is still a bit of the religious spirit in us that needs exorcism ?  I honestly am not trying to put people down, but I have had to walk through a process of death to self and am still aiming there, so shouldn’t we all be in that process since it is said…

John 12:24-26 NKJV  Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.  25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
and
Romans 6:11-16 AMP   Even so consider yourselves also dead to sin and your relation to it broken, but alive to God [living in unbroken fellowship with Him] in Christ Jesus. 12 Let not sin therefore rule as king in your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies, to make you yield to its cravings and be subject to its lusts and evil passions.
13 Do not continue offering or yielding your bodily members [and faculties] to sin as instruments (tools) of wickedness. But offer and yield yourselves to God as though you have been raised from the dead to [perpetual] life, and your bodily members [and faculties] to God, presenting them as implements of righteousness.  14 For sin shall not [any longer] exert dominion over you, since now you are not under Law [as slaves], but under grace [as subjects of God's favor and mercy].   15 What then [are we to conclude]? Shall we sin because we live not under Law but under God's favor and mercy? Certainly not!   16 Do you not know that if you continually surrender yourselves to anyone to do his will, you are the slaves of him whom you obey, whether that be to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience which leads to righteousness (right doing and right standing with God)?

Only if we are dead to self, and we love others the way they need to be loved as Jesus told us to do, and with HIS love.  I have experienced such selfishness in myself, that it makes me so aware at times of the depth of depravity I am capable of.  And YET HE LOVES ME.  THAT is how we are to love one another.  But I think we are so unbelieving sometimes in our hearts that God can be that good which is a stronghold, that will only come down by the power of the Holy Spirit, as HE excavates from our hearts, all pain and unbelief and fear, anger and frustration so that we can really KNOW His love.

The learning to love is the whole of our existence. To learn to love GOD first, ourselves and each other. When I speak love of self, I don't mean self adulation and pride, but knowing we are loved that we know our true relation to God and His to us that we are confident in our love for HIM, and His for us, that we can be content with ourselves enough to love us, and not be filled with self hatred and loathing. The Lord showed me once that if I'm filled with that self condemnation, once, that it also brings the spirit of condemnation of others. If I will condemn myself I will most certainly condemn others. So if I want to be free from for example a critical spirit, then I also have to be free from self criticism. Paul said, "I don't even judge myself "

For it also says:
1 John 3:18-22 NKJV My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 19 And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. 20 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.

I used to read this thinking "if our heart does not condemn us then we have confidence towards God" but understand it in a backwards sort of way. See if our heart does not condemn us, that is a SIGN that we really have confidence in His love towards us !
For it says in the original GREEK "There is NO condemnation IN CHRIST"
The words added after it, are NOT there in the GREEK original text.
So there are no qualifiers.

And if it does condemn us, we are not yet perfected in love, BUT GOD, is GREATER than our heart, and HE knows all things, so He is not disappointed. He understands where we are at, and continues to perfect us in love.

Qualifiers, add STRIVING to the mix, which only leads to hypocrisy and condemnation. People striving are not perfected in Love. ALL trying harder just doesn't work. It is by GRACE we are SAVED, and PERFECTED IN HIM. HOLY SPIRIT sanctifies us. We don't sanctify ourselves, or others, we can't change others, but we do HUMBLE ourselves before Him to ask for HIS grace and to change us !

The Harlot church is full of striving, condemnation, and pharisaical spirits, witchcraft control, religious spirits which are murderous in nature and competitive and jealous, all that JEZEBEL [ FLESH] represents.

GOD wants to loose judgment in the house, not because HE hates us, but to destroy that which has taken hold of His church, the flesh {self life} and the enemy forces. He is not a God of destruction, but HE will purge His threshing floor, which is why it says to HUMBLE YOURSELVES IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD and HE will lift you up. We are not to lift up ourselves, full of self adulation and promotion of what I HAVE DONE. We are NOT to steal HIS GLORY, which is what the HARLOT CHURCH DOES !

There is great MIXTURE these days and has been from the beginnings of the early church of satanic, Gnostic influences, Greek influences, Roman influences into the church hierarchy and processes, such that God MUST do this. TRADITION must be slain. Thus again, He has called us to COME OUT OF HER, to not share in her sins because Judgment BEGINS in the House of the LORD ! You do realize that if you are hang with the prideful, you will become prideful, and He once told me if you want to stay humble, hang out with the humble.

Love, Pris