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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:

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.

3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:


6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

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.

9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.

11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.


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Matthew Henry's Revelation Chapter 17 Bible commentary...

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.


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In777sight's Revelation Chapter 17 comment on 4/11/2014, 11:00am...

Mystery Babylon is energy, specifically nuclear energy. The 7 mountains are nations willing to go to war using nuclear weapons. There are eight sovereign states that have successfully detonated nuclear weapons. Five are considered to be "nuclear weapon states " under the terms of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty. In order of acquisition of nuclear weapons these are the United States, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, France, and China. These are the 5 that the Bible says are "fallen " because they have actually detonated a bomb. Since the NPT entered into force in 1970, three states that were not parties to the Treaty have conducted nuclear tests, namely India, Pakistan, and North Korea. North Korea had been a party to the NPT but withdrew in 2003. Israel is also widely believed to have nuclear weapons, though it maintains a policy of deliberate ambiguity regarding this, and is not known definitively to have conducted a nuclear test. Israel is the "other that is to come " and verify they have and will use nuclear weapons.


Lloyd's Revelation Chapter 17 comment on 3/20/2014, 8:09am...

Faithful It s not a mark as the world thinks The sealed are sealed in their forehead their minds with the seals which are the word of God and are prepared First seal rider on white just like Jesus but it s not Wearing a crown as a king but it s fake has a bow our LORD has a bow His is real this bow is fake so a religious meaning we can see who this anti christ is or the meaning of the anti christ instead of Christ So it s a supernatural being coming looking just like Our Lord and saying he is a god Read Thessalonians 2 and That is the best Chapter to see who this antichrist is and don t throw flying away in someplace caus you get scared Just don t buy or sell for 2 and a half months and wait Love God He loves you


Len's Revelation Chapter 17 comment on 2/18/2014, 7:30pm...

verse 10 and there are seven kings five are fallen and one is and the other is not yet come When George Bush was elected president five previous presidents were still living and Obama was not yet elected If the seventh must continue a short space then president Obama will surely not finish his second term


Patty Graham's Revelation Chapter 17 comment about verse 9 on 1/30/2014, 1:25am...

The whole world will be deceived according to the Word; however a few will come out of the deception taught by Babylon( the traditional Christian Church). The world does consist of seven continents, including all people. Jesus said the Word ( truth) will go out to the whole world, then the end will come, but few will be saved. Most will stay in the churches which taught lies for self gain and pleasure, rather than truth which honors the Word of God. What was taught as worship was really a defilement and abomination against God, making His Word of no effect.


Larry Cecil's Revelation Chapter 17 comment about verse 3 on 1/27/2014, 10:15am...

Always amazed how the Angle of the Lord in Revelation explains the meaning in Chapter 17. However, thank God, the world is not able to understand it's true meaning. Revelation to me seems to be a book where it's contents cannot be understood unless one is "Born Again" and understand the role of the Holy Spirit in understanding scriptures. Spiritual interpretation, (revealing and guiding into all truth) is one aspect I love when reading scriptures and God's confirmation with it's meaning. Yes, we are in a spiritual war with dark forces in high places, but must be "wise as serpents but gentle as doves, (A.K.A. flying below the radar of the evil one). Keep the Faith Brothers and Sisters.


Faithfull's Revelation Chapter 17 comment on 1/24/2014, 5:07pm...

shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven


Faithfull's Revelation Chapter 17 comment on 1/24/2014, 5:06pm...

All who take a gentleman's agreement or sign in their hand or RFID chip tattoo or brand in their hand or head to enable them to get out of prison or to buy sell or trade


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