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Churches Of Light and Darkness
The true Church of God, the people of God (see What Is The Church?) who "keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 12:17 KJV) is frequently described as a woman (see The Two Women of Creation), while the false Christian-professing "church" is described as a great harlot (i.e. the Church of Rome that has committed spiritual adultery - see Thou shalt not commit adultery to understand the ultimate purpose and meaning of the Commandment) and mother of harlots (i.e. the many daughter "Protestant" churches that came away from, but not truly out of, the Church of Rome, because they continue the same doctrines e.g. see Sun Worship).
"And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth"
The Great Tribulation is primarily about true Christians being persecuted by grossly-deceived people who merely think that they are Christian: "17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus" (Revelation 17:6 KJV). The good news is that the deceived people will one day wake up and turn on the false churches that have deceived them: "17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. 17:16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked" (Revelation 17:15-16 KJV).
"17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment [see also When Will You Be Judged?] of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 17:2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
Fact Finder: When will all religious deception and corruption end? How will it end?