Revelation 17:11

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Revelation 17:11

And the beast that was, and is not, euen he is the eighth, & is of the seuen, and goeth into perdition.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is {one} of the seven, and he goes to destruction.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the beast that was, and is not, is himself also an eighth, and is of the seven; and he goeth into perdition.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the beast which was, and is not, is himself the eighth, and is of the seven; and he goes into destruction.
- Basic English Bible

And the beast that was and is not, he also is an eighth, and is of the seven, and goes into destruction.
- Darby Bible

And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
- Webster's Bible

And the Wild Beast which once existed but does not now exist--he is an eighth king and yet is one of the seven and he goes his way into perdition.
- Weymouth Bible

The beast that was, and is not, is himself also an eighth, and is of the seven; and he goes to destruction.
- World English Bible

And the beeste that was, and is not, and sche is the eiytthe, and is of the seuene, and schal go in to perischyng.
- Wycliffe Bible

and the beast that was, and is not, he also is eighth, and out of the seven he is, and to destruction he doth go away.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Revelation 17:11

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 17:11

17:9 Here is the mind that hath wisdom - Only those who are wise will understand this. The seven heads are seven hills.

17:10 And they are seven kings - Anciently there were royal palaces on all the seven Roman bills. These were the Palatine, Capitoline, Coelian, Exquiline, Viminal, Quirinal, Aventine hills. But the prophecy respects the seven hills at the time of the beast, when the Palatine was deserted and the Vatican in use. Not that the seven heads mean hills distinct from kings; but they have a compound meaning, implying both together. Perhaps the first head of the beast is the Coelian hill, and on it the Lateran, with Gregory VII. and his successors; the second, the Vatican with the church of St. Peter, chosen by Boniface VIII. the third, the Quirinal, with the church of St. Mark, and the Quirinal palace built by Paul II. and the fourth, the Exquiline hill, with the temple of St. Maria Maggiore, where Paul V. reigned. The fifth will be added hereafter. Accordingly, in the papal register, four periods are observable since Gregory VII. In the first almost all the bulls made in the city are dated in the Lateran; in the second, at St. Peter's; in the third, at St. Mark's, or in the Quirinal; in the fourth, at St. Maria Maggiore. But no fifth, sixth, or seventh hill has yet been the residence of any Pope. Not that the hill was deserted, when another was made the papal residence; but a new one was added to the other sacred palaces. Perhaps the times hitherto mentioned might be fixed thus: 1058 Wings are given to the woman. 1077 The beast ascends out of the sea. 1143 The forty - two months begin. 1810 The forty - two months end. 1832 The beast ascends out of the bottomless pit. 1836 The beast finally overthrown.

People's Bible Notes for Revelation 17:11

Re 17:11 The beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth. I have explained in chapter 13 this eighth power, which was a revivification of the beast, and which had the characteristics and strength of all the seven. See PNT "Re 13:3".

Discussion for Revelation 17

  • I've heard some Christians say they plan to vote for a candidate that promotes mass-murder (abortion). Does anyone have any moral justification for voting for and supporting mass murder?
  • Steve Meehan - in Reply on Revelation 17:11
    They are confused and lack spiritual discernment. Even the pope and other "New World Order" types (globalists) are in favor of a Biden presidency, instead of Trump - who is a thorn in their side.
  • T Philemon Gordon on Revelation 17:11
    I appreciate the way you interpret the beast system and their powers. But what are the two rising power of Rev 13:1-10 and 13:11-18? what is the image of that beast? how and in which way are they going to tag world population with mark? many thanks.
  • Takirid on Revelation 17:11
    Why Called an Eighth King?
    The angel further explains to John: “And the wild beast that was but is not, it is also itself an eighth king, but springs from the seven, and it goes off into destruction.” (Revelation 17:11) The symbolic scarlet-colored wild beast “springs from” the seven heads; that is, it is born from, or owes its existence to, those heads of the original “wild beast . . . out of the sea,” of which the scarlet-colored wild beast is an image. In what way? Well, in 1919 the Anglo-American power was the ascendant head. The previous six heads had fallen, and the position of dominant world power had passed to this dual head and was now centered in it. This seventh head, as the current representative of the line of world powers, was the moving force in establishing the League of Nations and is still the major promoter and financial support of the United Nations. Thus, in symbol, the scarlet-colored wild beast—the eighth king—“springs from” the original seven heads. Viewed in this way, the statement that it sprang from the seven harmonizes well with the earlier revelation that the wild beast with two horns like a lamb (the Anglo-American World Power, the seventh head of that original wild beast) urged the making of the image and gave it life.—Revelation 13:1, 11, 14, 15.
    Additionally, original members of the League of Nations included, along with Great Britain, governments that ruled in the seats of some of the previous heads, namely Greece, Iran (Persia), and Italy (Rome). Eventually, governments ruling the territory controlled by the previous six world powers came to be supportive members of the image of the wild beast. In this sense, too, it could be said that this scarlet-colored wild beast sprang from the seven world powers.
    Notice that the scarlet-colored wild beast “is also itself an eighth king.” Thus, the United Nations today is designed to look like a world government. At times it has even acted like one, sending armies into the field to resolve international disputes, as in Korea, the Sinai Peninsula, some African countries, and Lebanon. But it is only the image of a king. Like a religious image, it has no real influence or power apart from what is invested in it by those who brought it into existence and worship it. On occasion, this symbolic wild beast looks weak; but it has never experienced the kind of wholesale abandonment by dictator-oriented members that sent the League of Nations reeling into the abyss. (Revelation 17:8) Though holding radically different opinions in other areas, a prominent leader of the former Soviet Union in 1987 joined the popes of Rome in expressing support for the UN. He even called for “a comprehensive system of international security” based on the UN. As John soon learns, the time will come when the UN will act with considerable authority. Then it, in its turn, “goes off into destruction.”
  • ReadItALL on Revelation 17:11
    Be careful not to take this single scripture out of context. Read verse 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."


    This wouldn't be the papacy as many have supposed.
  • Emanuela Crespi - in Reply on Revelation 17:11
    Well no, the Beast is not the Vatican; the Papacy is the scarlet harlot that rides it! It is the beast that carries the Vatican, not the other way round. The 10 kings will burn the Vatican to ashes while the angels cheer, even before the Antichrist rises to power (for Daniel tells us that when he rises, he eradicates 3 kings).
  • I never understood this verse before. until now from reading other verses from other bibles. It is so clear to me now. Thank you so much.


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