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Part I

Revelation 17
Verse 1
Verse 2
Verse 3
Verse 4
Verse 5
Verse 6

Part II

Verse 7 
Verse 8 
Verse 9 
Verse 10
Verse 11


Part III

Verse 12
Verse 13
Verse 14


Part IV

Verse 15
Verse 16
"Ten Horns and the Beast"
Verse 17

Part V

Verse 18


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Part I

Revelation 17

    Revelation seventeen has a total of seventeen kings divided into seven and ten respectively. Seven kings are the great emperors who set in motion governments that became the "seven heads" of this "scarlet colored beast." This rule of emperors extended from Constantine to the Third Reich under Hitler. The "beast" has "ten horns" that are contemporaneous with itthey existed and were subservient to the seven successive "kings" (emperors).
    However, there are also "ten kings" who postdate that historic past and are said to receive "no kingdom" (as yet, is supplied) (vs. 12). These "ten kings" fit into the same geographical Europe, but in an updated time frame when Europe is without a "head" (emperor). This carries us beyond 1945 when the Third Reich collapsed. Eventually these "ten kings" do receive kingdoms, for we are told they "receive power as kings one hour with the [scarlet] beast" (vs. 12).
    All seventeen kings were prophetic in John’s time when he wrote Revelation, about CE 96.
However, the "seven kings" have passed into history along with the historical "ten horns." Now only the "ten kings" who have received "no kingdom" pertain to our time.

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Verse 1-2

"And there came one of the seven angels [messengers] 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:

"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."


A better translation is provided by Westcott and Hort:

"And came one out of the seven angels the [ones] having the seven bowls, and spoke with me saying hither, I shall show to you the judgment of the harlot the great, the [one] sitting upon waters many."

    The purpose of this chapter is to show the saints the judgment of the great "whore." This translation makes clear that all seven angels have one each of the seven vials, and not that one of the seven has them all. However, one from among the "seven" explains the vision.
    Chapter seventeen is complete in itself. It shows how, when and who will destroy the "woman." When the chapter is done, she is destroyed. This "woman" is said to sit on "waters," the "beast that carrieth her," and "seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth."
    The waters are defined in Revelation 17:15 as: "The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues."  This is helpful information.

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"The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations and tongues."

    The "angel" who shows John (the "John class") this vision was "one of the seven angels [of the ones] which had the seven vials [bowls]." This "one of the seven angels" is most likely the essence of THE TIME IS AT HAND, Chapter IX, pp. 267-361,00GoldSquare.jpg (705 bytes) "The Man of Sin-Antichrist."
    The John class is called to "Come hither," or into the "wilderness" of separation from the world, to be shown the judgment of this wicked "woman" or apostate false church.
    This woman is said to sit on "many waters," or upon many "peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues" (vs. 15).  The peoples and nations of earth on a massive scale support this "woman." She also is said to sit on "seven heads" which "are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth" (vs. 9). The number of "heads" indicates a succession of governments, and so this woman has longevity, ensconced upon seven successions of government from Constantine unto Hitler.
    Those looking for a literal "man of sin" who will appear in Jerusalem and deceive the world for seven years are looking for a "flash in the pan" fulfillment of Scripture. This "woman" is long-lived and very powerful. She "reigns over the kings of the earth" and also commits "fornication" with them (vs. 2), that is, over the "seven" emperor "kings."
     The historical "ten horns" upon this "beast" in this chapter, for some reason, are not called "kings." Neither the "ten horns" on the "dragon" nor the "ten horns" on the "leopard beast" are defined as "kings."
    The only "ten kings" defined, as such, are in chapter seventeen who are said to have "received no kingdom" as yet. This indicates that this "woman" has and will provide religion as a covering for the nations in all their evil. She is a "woman" without virtue. Scripture designates her as "Jezebel" that "cursed woman." (2 Kings 9:34)

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    Verses 1 and 2 are introductory to the whole chapter. John is "carried" away "in the spirit into the wilderness" of separation from the world and then sees what the "angel" has been talking about.
    The "kings of the earth" are said to have "committed fornication" with her, and the people of the earth "have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication." It seems this "woman" has corrupted both "kings" and "people" and both are consumed with either passion or in a drunken stupor.
    The true saints of God are pure and chaste from the world. They are the "light of the world" and speak to those drawn to the true Light.

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Verse 3

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


    There are three "beasts" in Revelation that have "seven heads" and "ten horns."
    First is the "red dragon" (Revelation 12), which is similar in color to the "scarlet" "beast." The notable difference is that the "dragon" has "seven crowns" on its "heads" while the "scarlet" "beast" has no crowns either on its "heads" or "horns."
    Second is the "leopard" "beast" of Revelation thirteen, which has "ten crowns" on its "ten horns," implying kingship.
   Third is the "scarlet" "beast" who has no crowns at all and is a rather poor "beast." John says of this "beast" that it is "full of names of blasphemy."


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    Rome was once a republic. It had a senate composed of patricians (nobility) and the plebeians (common people). Early on, as a pagan republic it had some 3,000 gods or names of gods, all blasphemous.
    When Constantine accepted Christianity, he exchanged the pagan religion for the then budding false Christianity, which developed a pope who also assumed all kinds of "blasphemous" titles which would adhere to this defunct "scarlet beast" (
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    Actually this "scarlet" "beast" was defunct and in a dormant condition, but the "woman" still was ensconced upon the "waters" or the hapless peoples who had no voice in government.
    In our time the pagan influences have made a come back, especially on the "ten kings" who have adopted the neo-pagan religion of evolution (which the pope now endorses) and humanism, a pagan influence in modern society controlling our schools, our governments, our media and the like.
    Humanist concepts controlled the former Soviet Union and now they control  the European Common Market nations. The humanists pretend not to be a religion, but in fact they are, and so they function in the Christian world unhindered. Humanism does not necessarily attack Christianity, but it does dilute people’s loyalty to their Christian profession.

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Verse 4

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

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This verse describes her clothing and adornments.

She is arrayed with "purple and scarlet" and decked with "gold and precious stones and pearls," all very majestic in displaying her opulence.

However, two colors are lacking: blue as a symbol of faithfulness, and white as a symbol of purity.   She professes neither.

The "golden cup," which represents the Bible, in her hand was defiled with her abominations caused by impure relationship with the "kings" of the earth.



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Verse 5



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    This descriptive label should warn every saint. No matter how graciously she may adorn herself, let every saint know the true character of this "woman." She will not change and neither should our opinion of her change. We must heed what God says of her and not what others may say or what she might say of herself.
    Beware of pluralism. This "woman" has begotten Protestant daughters who walk in her ways. The Protestants have continued the same habits as their mother.

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Verse 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 [aghast in amazement]."


     This "woman" is a cold-blooded murderess with the "blood of saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus" on her hands. Whenever the devil or this "cursed woman" comes knocking on your door, know for certain that you are prey and nothing more.

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The Day After

    The Lord holds her responsible for the "blood of saints" and the "martyrs of Jesus." That is the very word of the Lord.
    Recently the pope has tried to change his image to a benign and caring protector of even criminals and murderers. This "woman," who invented the inquisition, now pretends to be so compassionate that she deplores the death penalty as cruel and unacceptable punishment.
    Try as she may, God holds her responsible for spilling righteous blood. God himself will require her punishment. Such conduct will not go unrequited, because there is a God in heaven.


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