As I stated in earlier posts, people are being drawn away from the truth by deceitful spirits and teachings of demons (1 Tim. 4:1-3). And though demons are involved, we must place the blame fully on the people themselves; for more and more they will not endure (tolerate) sound doctrine and will refuse to listen to true, biblical preaching. They would rather listen to teachers that will tell them just what they want to hear—things that appeal to their flesh (2 Tim. 4:3-4). Thus they are choosing to reject the truth, and then in the process are giving themselves over to deceitful spirits and demons, which will aid them in their own corruption.
Indeed, in these last days many are being corrupted by evil (2 Tim. 3:1-6). This, I think, will be especially evident in the days, months, and years after the rapture when Christian influence will be mysteriously missing—though the Holy Spirit will still be active, convicting any who are open to Him.
This evil corruption of mankind is, and will be, the devil’s preparation for his new false world religion. The world’s leaders, it seems, will be the first to be corrupted, and led by the devil, into the harlot system (Rev. 12:12). Then, with their insistence and example, they will cause the world to follow them.
Hence, all the world will be swept into the false and perverse teachings and rituals of the harlot, by which they will become addicted to whatever practices she offers—as if they were drugged. Indeed, it may be that the religious rituals will involve actual drugs as well as immoral activities—things Satan will use to keep people under his spell, to follow him and the beast to their ultimate destruction.
Revelation 17:4 speaks of the harlot’s glamour and attractiveness. Hence, just as a prostitute will adorn herself to attract her victims and lure them into her bed, so this new religion with its worship will be very alluring, especially to young people.
I think, sadly, we may be seeing some of this same allurement in the worship services of some of our churches today—with the beat, the repetition and the new age style of music. Though we insist that it is Christian music, I wonder if Satan might even now be beginning to use it for his own purpose. It is just possible that the coming harlot system of worship will be similar in style and may even appear to be Christian worship, except that there will probably be evil things added to it that will cause the worshiper’s mind and spirit to be turned to evil. Also, we must remember that after the rapture, at least at first, there won’t be any Christians left. Thus worship will not be according to the Spirit, rather it will be according to their own perverse and misguided ideas of what worship is.
Now I am proposing these ideas because of what we see in Revelation 17:4. The harlot is not only adorned attractively, but she has in her hand “a gold cup full of abomination and of the unclean things of her immorality.” Thus this new religion and this new age worship will involve immoral and evil rituals—all designed to allure and trap its victims.