Revelation Chapter 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 shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
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One of the angels who had the vials, explains the meaning of the former vision of the antichristian beast that was to reign 1260 years, and then to be destroyed. (1-6) And interprets the mystery of the woman, and the beast that had seven heads and ten horns. (7-18)1-6 Rome clearly appears to be meant in this chapter. Pagan Rome subdued and ruled with military power, not by art and flatteries. She left the nations in general to their ancient usages and worship. But it is well known that by crafty and politic management, with all kinds of deceit of unrighteousness, papal Rome has obtained and kept her rule over kings and nations. Here were allurements of worldly honour and riches, pomp and pride, suited to sensual and worldly minds. Prosperity, pomp, and splendour, feed the pride and lusts of the human heart, but are no security against the Divine vengeance. The golden cup represents the allurements, and delusions, by which this mystical Babylon has obtained and kept her influence, and seduced others to join her abominations. She is named, from her infamous practices, a mother of harlots; training them up to idolatry and all sorts of wickedness. She filled herself with the blood of the saints and martyrs of Jesus. She intoxicated herself with it; and it was so pleasant to her, that she never was satisfied. We cannot but wonder at the oceans of Christian blood shed by men called Christians; yet when we consider these prophecies, these awful deeds testify to the truth of the gospel. And let all beware of a splendid, gainful, or fashionable religion. Let us avoid the mysteries of iniquity, and study diligently the great mystery of godliness, that we may learn humility and gratitude from the example of Christ. The more we seek to resemble him, the less we shall be liable to be deceived by antichrist.
7-14 The beast on which the woman sat was, and is not, and yet is. It was a seat of idolatry and persecution, and is not; not in the ancient form, which was pagan: yet it is; it is truly the seat of idolatry and tyranny, though of another sort and form. It would deceive into stupid and blind submission all the inhabitants of the earth within its influence, except the remnant of the elect. This beast was seven heads, seven mountains, the seven hills on which Rome stands; and seven kings, seven sorts of government. Five were gone by when this prophecy was written; one was then in being; the other was yet to come. This beast, directed by the papacy, makes an eighth governor, and sets up idolatry again. It had ten horns, which are said to be ten kings who had as yet no kingdoms; they should not rise up till the Roman empire was broken; but should for a time be very zealous in her interest. Christ must reign till all enemies be put under his feet. The reason of the victory is, that he is the King of kings, and Lord of lords. He has supreme dominion and power over all things; all the powers of earth and hell are subject to his control. His followers are called to this warfare, are fitted for it, and will be faithful in it.
15-18 God so ruled the hearts of these kings, by his power over them, and by his providence, that they did those things, without intending it, which he purposed and foretold. They shall see their folly, and how they have been bewitched and enslaved by the harlot, and be made instruments in her destruction. She was that great city which reigned over the kings of the earth, when John had this vision; and every one knows Rome to be that city. Believers will be received to the glory of the Lord, when wicked men will be destroyed in a most awful manner; their joining together in sin, will be turned to hatred and rage, and they will eagerly assist in tormenting each other. But the Lord's portion is his people; his counsel shall stand, and he will do all his pleasure, to his glory, and the happiness of all his servants.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Stark's Revelation Chapter 17 comment about verse 17 on 12/18/2014, 9:19am...
Even as it is also appointed for some to be persecuted for a time, and many will give their life for the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for a time.
Insight 777's Revelation Chapter 17 comment on 11/26/2014, 12:34pm...
Verse 8 the beast that was and is not and yet is means a nuclear war. The nuclear warhead is and when exploded is not and yet is when nuclear fallout continues to kill people around the globe by traveling on the Jetstream. WW3 is and is not when the peace treaty is signed and yet is when war erupts again. NO RELIGION or NATION rules over ALL the kings of the earth during the time of revelations tribulation. However all nations are ruled by nuclear energy because it will become out of human control during WW3 and all will suffer because of it. A nuclear power plant without electricity will go into fission because it can not be cooled. Any city near one will be destroyed when this happens and nuclear fallout will travel the entire earth. This has already started with the Fukushima nuclear disaster that I think is part of the Sea Beast warned about in Revelation. This nuclear plant has become like a mountain of nuclear fire pouring into the sea.
Robert's Revelation Chapter 17 comment on 11/05/2014, 9:49am...
There is only ONE city that covers that description in the world and I think it 's in Italy. A mystery religion from Babylon. Satan 's seat and the abomination of the earth. A leader that calls himself God 's substitute on earth. A priesthood that has been involved in every despictable thing in history. All of you that are members the Bible says Rev.18 4 " I heard another voice from heaven saying,Come out of her my people , that ye be not partakers of her sins,and that ye receive not of her plagues "
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