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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 IV

Verse 15

"And he [the angel explaining the judgment of this woman, THE TIME IS AT HAND, Chapter IX, p. 267-36200GoldSquare.jpg (705 bytes)] saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations and tongues."


    It is important that we learn the source of this "woman’s" power and influence. The main reason the "seven kings" [emperors] found themselves enamored with this woman was because of the tremendous influence she had on the people.
    This apostate "woman" would bless the armies of the "kings," so they gladly supported the endless carnage of war. The nations were made drunk with the "wine of her fornication."
    The people believed they were serving God when they went to war, while the priests blessed them marching off to battle. The worldly rulers knew it always helped when the church put a religious edge on swords being wielded in battle. Holy(?) wars have been the stock and trade of all religious fanaticism.

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"Holy (?) Wars"

    None were more talented in intoxicating the peoples and nations than this "woman." Soldiers were made to believe the gates of heaven would be open to all who died in holy (?) war.
    Christianity’s sole purpose is to serve in the call, selection and development of God’s New Creation. It was the ultimate desecration for the church to prostitute Christianity to serve earthly ambition.
    Both Catholics and Protestants profess to serve both God and country. That is like trying to serve God and Mammon.

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Verse 16

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


    What a savage end for this splendidly adorned "woman." This whole chapter has been given to us so we may know the precise time and the foreordained way this evil religious system comes to its end. Nothing can save it. It will be destroyed suddenly and effectively. "Strong is the Lord God who judgeth her." (Revelation 18:8)
    We notice something of importance here. This "woman" is killed and consumed. She is not thrown into the "lake of fire" or the second death. When she is consumed and "burned with fire," it indicates the end of this church system. This does not mean the end of all church authority in the earth. Only the unfaithful church will be destroyed with "fire" and cease to exist.
    The Christ of God, the true Church of God, will then ascend to power in the earth. However, when describing the "leopard-like beast," we are told:

"The beast was taken, and with him the false prophet…. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire."

    Never again will there be a false religious government in the earth. The "lake of fire" will consume the papal government forever. Satan will also be consumed in the same "lake of fire."
    However, there will always be a Church of God or a true religious institution to represent Him. Only the false church will be terminated.

    It is interesting to notice that the "woman" is destroyed with "fire" whereas the papal "leopard beast" will be cast "alive into a lake of fire" (Revelation 19:20), the second death.

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The "lake of fire" pictures second death
not eternal torment.


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"Ten Horns and the Beast"

    We now address whether it is the "ten horns upon the beast" or the "ten horns and the beast." This is critical to our discussion.
    There is a certain logic to the "ten horns" being upon the beast. Where else would they be? We cannot deny this logic
the "horns" are upon the "beast."
    Those believing this "scarlet beast" is in some way identified with the Papacy need the first reading: "And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast." Obviously, if the Papacy were identified as being the "scarlet beast" it would be unthinkable for it to rend and destroy the "woman," for the Catholic Church is a part of the Papacy.
    If, however, the "scarlet beast" in its final appearance is the "Roman peoples" form of republican government it should read: "And the ten horns which thou sawest and the beast." Let us check for the correct reading.
    Most authorities read: "And the ten horns which thou sawest and the beast."
THE NEW TESTAMENT, Von TischendorfEnglish by Samuel Davidson on Revelation 17:16 (printed in 1872, the eleventh and last text of Tischendorf): "And the ten horns which thou sawest and the beast, these will hate the whore, and will eat her flesh, and will burn her with fire."
    MURDOCK'S TRANSLATION OF THE SYRIAC TESTAMENT, BethuneRevelation 17:16: "And the ten horns which thou sawest, and the beast of prey, will hate the harlot; and they will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh, and burn her with fire."
    TREGELLES ON REVELATION, by Samuel Tregelles on Revelation 17:16: "And the ten horns which thou sawest and the beast, these shall hate the harlot, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire [bold supplied by us]."
    GREEK TESTAMENT WITH NOTES BY WORDSWORTH, in his comment on Revelation 17:16 says: Some Cursive MSS., and some early MSS. of the Vulgate have (upon the beast). "But, and, is found in the A, B and in twelve Cursive MSS. Cited by Scrivener, p. 533; and the best MSS. of the Vulgate, and in the Syria Version, and the Arabic and Aethiopic and in Hippolytus, p. 18, ed. Lagarde; and Ireneus seems to have so read the passage (v. 26). This reading is received by Griesback, Scholz, Bengel, and Winer, p. 128, Lachmann, Tischendorf, Tregelles. There seems little doubt that this is the true reading."
    If the "scarlet beast" and the "ten horns" rend this woman, the "beast" is obviously not the Papacy, but rather a "beast" similar to the one that rose from the "bottomless pit" in the French Revolution and created such havoc for kings and priests in France.
    Up until Constantine’s time this pagan "beast" persecuted the Christian Churches even though they lived and prospered in the pagan kingdom of Rome. Therefore, we need not think that this "scarlet beast" will immediately turn on the "woman" when it comes to power.
    Satan made that mistake in the French Revolution. He incited the revolutionists against the Catholic Church of France. Satan hoped the extreme bloodiness of that revolution would frighten people back into a church and state bond.

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Overdue Reforms of the
French Revolution

    However, reform was so overdue and the people so distressed and angry that they rather enjoyed their new freedoms and were in no hurry to welcome back the Catholic Church.
    This time around, Satan modifies his strategy. He wishes to engage the "ten kings" to attack the "King of kings." In Revelation 12:17 we see what Satan tries to accomplish in employing the "ten kings" to make war on the "Lord of lords." We read:

"And the dragon [Satan] was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."

    Here is a clear declaration of Satan’s ultimate purpose toward those who  "have the testimony of Jesus Christ." That is his clear and stated purpose. Make no mistake about it. We believe Revelation 17:14 is the fulfillment of Satan’s last and final attempt to consummate his "war" against the "seed" of the "woman" (the faithful Gospel Church).
    Satan made a disastrous mistake when he cast out a "flood of water" after the "woman" in the French Revolution. He "shot himself in the foot," as the expression goes. He will shoot himself in the other foot when he engages the "ten kings" to make war against the "Lord of lords."
    When Satan attacks the "called, chosen and faithful" saints, his last game plan is over, for standing behind them is the "King of kings." He may indeed succeed in putting some "saints" to death, but his cause will go down in certain defeat.
    Forthwith, Satan will find the "woman" that he made to be the mistress of the nations, become scorned and hated.

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Verse 17

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


    Here Satan and his queen, this dreadful "woman" of our story, find their "Waterloo." The "ten kings" who for a time were without a "kingdom," never really had any affection for this "woman." As long as they prospered, they let the "woman" have a place with them to secure their "kingdom."

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John the Baptist

Just as "Herodias" succeeded in getting Herod to behead John the Baptist, he nevertheless was angry with "Herodias" for how she manipulated him into killing one of God’s prophets.

Herod knew that it was a grave mistake to kill a "holy" man of God.

    We are not told how God will "put in their hearts to fulfill his will" in turning on this "woman" and burning her with "fire" and eating "her flesh." It will not take a whole lot on God’s part to get people to "hate the whore." She has been very wicked.
    You can only fool the people so long. As the truth becomes known, and when the people begin to suspect who the true people of God really are, it will automatically cause them to despise the "whore."
    Jezebel’s end was a type of how this "woman" of Revelation seventeen comes to her end. Jezebel was betrayed by her servants. The "eunuchs" gladly threw this "cursed woman" from her lofty chamber into the street below. The "dogs," the Gentiles or heathens, consumed her flesh.

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Jezebel's eunuchs threw her out of the window.

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Dogs ate Jezebel, leaving only her hands and feet.

    So it will be with this Revelation "woman." The godless pagan forces will consume the resources of the false church.


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