Revelation 17:4: Glitzy.

The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. NIV

Superficially ‘Babylon’, the world system is attractive. So we may be deceived by the glamour. It’s possible to be seduced by the image. You may find that you very much want to drink from that ‘’golden cup’’, but you need to see that it’s filled with poison. The outward appearance and the inner reality are contradictory.

Tom Wright throws out a challenge:

‘This terrifying, multi-layered denunciation of the outwardly delightful and inwardly deceitful city ought to give pause for serious thought to all those of us who live within today’s glossy Western culture – and all others who look on and see our glitzy world from afar. Where are we in this picture?’ ‘Revelation for Everyone’, p.153.

PRAYER: Lord, I pray for eyes to see through.