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A Journey Through the New Testament Letters

Derek Scott

Derek Scott

Hi. My name is Derek Scott. I'm married to Kristal the Beautiful, and we're about to celebrate our eleventh year of marriage. God has blessed us with three amazing kids: 8-year-old Hattie the Magnificent (who told me to tell you that she loves Jesus), 6-year-old Henry the Valiant, and 4-year-old Lily Ruth the Spirited. We also have the awesome privilege of leading a Foundation Group at Watermark, so a big shout out to our couples. You know who you are.

November 24, 2014


Revelation 17
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Revelation 17

The Great Prostitute and the Beast

17:1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great prostitute who is seated on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality, and with the wine of whose sexual immorality the dwellers on earth have become drunk.” And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her sexual immorality. And on her forehead was written a name of mystery: “Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth's abominations.” And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. [1]

When I saw her, I marveled greatly. But the angel said to me, “Why do you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast with seven heads and ten horns that carries her. The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise from the bottomless pit [2] and go to destruction. And the dwellers on earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel to see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come. This calls for a mind with wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated; 10 they are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he does come he must remain only a little while. 11 As for the beast that was and is not, it is an eighth but it belongs to the seven, and it goes to destruction. 12 And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received royal power, but they are to receive authority as kings for one hour, together with the beast. 13 These are of one mind, and they hand over their power and authority to the beast. 14 They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.”

15 And the angel [3] said to me, “The waters that you saw, where the prostitute is seated, are peoples and multitudes and nations and languages. 16 And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the prostitute. They will make her desolate and naked, and devour her flesh and burn her up with fire, 17 for God has put it into their hearts to carry out his purpose by being of one mind and handing over their royal power to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. 18 And the woman that you saw is the great city that has dominion over the kings of the earth.” (ESV)


[1] 17:6 Greek the witnesses to Jesus
[2] 17:8 Greek the abyss
[3] 17:15 Greek he


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    Nov 24, 2014 12:44

    Great job Derek, awesome way to turn this passage into a real application we can all relate to in some manner!

  2. Dean

    Nov 24, 2014 11:05

    I am always amazed by those who can publicly confess sins that the rest of us hide because they are so ugly and filthy. Yet this is what mature Christians do so the rest of us slaves of sin can see what God's grace really looks like. We all have this junk hidden inside of us, and Satan must love watching us shamefully keep it under wraps since revealing it requires us to completely trust that Jesus has us covered with His amazing grace. Even worse, we hide God's Glory by choosing to side with Satan so we don't tarnish our precious human reputation. Don't get me wrong, I'm guilty of this everyday and am ashamed to be denying the Author of my life the Glory He deserves. Give me strength! AMEN

  3. Lindsey Eickman

    Nov 24, 2014 10:27

    Derek, thank you for bringing to light a sin which so easily entangles many, my self included. I am so thankful grace brings freedom form bondage of sin to serve and love. (Galatians 5:13)

  4. sheila

    Nov 24, 2014 10:16

    thanks for sharing and a great reminder for me to search my heart to see what i'm putting above Christ, because in my flesh, on any given day... i know that something is pulling my heart away from Him. great devo to kick off this week!

  5. HopeH

    Nov 24, 2014 10:11

    The Lamb will conquer them! This gives me hope. My idols were women and my sexual identity. I gave all that I was to be accepted by both. I never felt complete or fulfilled. However in Jesus I do. I can imagine those who give themselves to this prostitute feel empty and void always thirsting for more at any cost. Always wanting never finding. It saddens me to know both now and the days to come people will make war with the one who can quench their thirst and satisfy their needs. The day will come when conflict will end and our Lamb and King will reign forever

  6. leedanis

    Nov 24, 2014 08:58

    Courageous devotional and some courageous comments. As it should be, you did not leave us any places to hide. Great teachings by JP yesterday.

  7. James B.

    Nov 24, 2014 08:53

    Derek - thanks for speaking this truth and articulating the good news of grace! I'm reminded of 1 Cor 10:12-13 - knowing that it's so easy for one sin to be replaced by another and that we can't ever forget step 1 of ReGen. Thank you for using a passage in Revelation to remind me of that truth

  8. Andrew Bhatia

    Nov 24, 2014 08:51

    Derek, Thank you for the amazing devo this morning and sharing your heart. Great reminder that He is deeper than what-ever my struggles are and point of reference is "Jesus Alone" ! Surrendering to Him daily (day be day) is a great reminder, a great key because often times I forget to do that. Thanks brother for Matthew 11:28-30 quote. Happy Thanksgiving

  9. R. Hoppers

    Nov 24, 2014 08:30

    It brought back a lot of good memories when I saw your face in today’s journey. I want to thank you for reminding us of how much God loves us, even with the idols we can have in our lives. The free gift of grace covers all our “junk” and God sees perfection in us through Jesus Christ. I marvel at this plan God has for us. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

  10. David L

    Nov 24, 2014 08:21

    Derek - thanks for your authenticity and courage. I, and many others, are blessed because of it. Always encouraged by your faithfulness with God, your family and others. Keep it up!

  11. Jon

    Nov 24, 2014 07:57

    Great job this morning Derek. - Thankful for your story. -

  12. Shawn Patton

    Nov 24, 2014 07:56

    Derek thank you for your encouragement and transparency bro! Your words were a blessing to me this morning and isn't it nice to know the Lord is in control and has purpose for everything, including the sanctification process He took/takes us through! Rev 17: 7 “For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose by having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled.

  13. Kristi

    Nov 24, 2014 07:31

    I just saw a Facebook video from "Fences for Fido" where dogs who had been chained their whole lives were set free to run in a yard with good boundaries. It reminded me of the joy and happiness of Christ setting us free to run with Him! Love how this devo follows JP's awesome message yesterday! I was set free from guilt and shame when I realized my God, who knows the beginning from the end, cannot be disappointed. The book "Spectacular Sin" by John Piper is a fav on this topic.

  14. S. Hoppers

    Nov 24, 2014 07:01

    Derek, your thoughts have caused me to re-evaluate my temptations. Thank you for sharing. I am so grateful that we are in a church that points us to TRUTH!

  15. Chris

    Nov 24, 2014 05:23

    Derek Thank you for your insight and for sharing your heart. I am so grateful to God for the prostitutes in my life that He drew me away from and back to His unfailing love. My depravity was deep but His love was deeper still and as he said on the cross, "It is FINISHED!"

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