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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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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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.


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Insight 777's Revelation Chapter 17 comment on 3/30/2015, 11:33am...

Verse 4, Jesus prayed to his father before his death to remove the cup that he had to drink. Perhaps the cup Jesus has to face in his return to earth at the end of days is this cup of Babylon the Great. Babylon the Great is World Nuclear War and Jesus will have to fight in it, drink from that cup. Jesus wanted nuclear weapons to never be created in the first place when he asked the cup to be removed. God allowed their creation to show mankind that war is not the way to true peace nor is war the path to God. God has allowed man freedom of action and will not interfere until he sends Jesus to end it. Verse 6, righteous Christians will be killed with nuclear weapons. Verse 9, the 7 are nations that have nuclear weapons and will go to war using them. Verse 12 and 13, the beast is WAR. They will hate the harlot, they will attack nuclear plants that should have only been used for good but instead were perverted to create nuclear weapons, and they will attack these plants by bombing them and removing their protective enclosures, making then naked, so that they go into nuclear fission and burn. Verse 17, God will allow the Christian nations fight with nuclear weapons also to defend his people from complete destruction. Verse 14, Jesus will lead the battles and win.


RNM REV 17-28's Revelation Chapter 17 comment on 1/28/2015, 2:42pm...

REV 17-28...I think you will find that the Roman Catholic Order, are behind these Pagan practices, and beliefs, including the 1st day worship Sabbath , II Corinthians 11:14-15..And no marvel for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light... Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to there works...II PETER 2:17-These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest, to whom the mist of darkness is reserved forever...MATT 15:9--But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men...I JOHN 5:3--For this is the LOVE of GOD, that we keep HIS COMMANDMENTS...MALACHI 3:6--I AM THE LORD, I CHANGE NOT. HE DID NOT CHANGE THE 4TH COMMANDMENT, THE 7TH DAY SABBATH, and mankind will answer to GOD for not keeping HIS LAWS. PRAISE GOD FOR HIS HOLY WORD!!!!WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! AMEN!!


Robbie's Revelation Chapter 17 comment on 1/28/2015, 8:11am...

The catholic church has got it all wrong. Why do they have a confessions booth? why get people to ask a priest to forgive you, then he says God forgives you. They just totally deny Jesus when he said confess all your sins to me and I will forgive you. Jesus never said after he leaves the earth he will pass the responsibility onto man. Also faith is spiritual as its pointed out so many times in the bible. Faith is not holding onto a cross, praying to a statue of Many or Jesus. These are the very things he hates. If you lack faith, expose all the lies of the world and you will see more clearly. This world has lied to so many. Do not keep 25th Dec holiday, its a pagan holiday not when he died, also read Job the man perfect in the eyes of God. Job never celebrated birthdays but when his sons did, Job prayed and sanctified the house. Easter is mentioned in the bible as it was already in existence, a pagan holiday where they worshiped the sun god and ran lawless for 1 week raping and murdering, killing ect. New years eve is another pagan holiday. Remember God makes the laws, not man. So why do man disobey God? He never commanded any of these pagan holidays for us to keep. Now we have there pagan calendar with all the pagan god names for months and days. Good one mankind. Lets go back to God 's way


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