Dresses in scarlet

from Bob Dylan – Soon After Midnight Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

“Scarlet,” became a color associate with loose women, because of the “Scarlet Woman” from “The Book of Revelations,” in the Bible, who is condemned for being a prostitute, “drunk on the blood of the saints”.

The greatest irony is that the “Scarlet Woman”, of Revelation 17, is an allegory towards the corrupt CHURCH, who has been untoward, and adulterated the Gospel with paganism, personal political power, subduing people instead of saving them, and other atrocities, betraying the faithfulness of a loving and gracious G-d.

Certain orthodox clergy still wear scarlet robes, which represent both Christ’s royalty, of the House of David of Jerusalem, and the “Blood of Christ”.

They’re cloaked in scarlet to hide their own indiscretions and heretical doctrines, not to advertise sexual immorality. The use of scarlet was never meant to be inferred as sexual, but, regal. The fact that they wore this color, as if they represented Christ is what made them condemned by Him, and he likened them to harlots, spiritual harlotry, which is adulterating the Word of GOD with other falsehoods.

“Scarlet” is the“sheep’s clothing” of clerical “wolves”*.

It’s ironic, since, it was that same scarlet church, who used this color to distinguish women, they considered, of ill-repute.

Far from being a color of disgrace or sexual indiscretions, scarlet is nobility. In many cultures, only the royal class, or clergy were allowed to wear this color.

In ancient times, scarlet was extracted from the substance of a certain worm. It was a process that was expensive, and impractical for use for cloth used by general population.

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