Chapter 17

                (16:19 in intimate detail)

1) And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me. Come hither; I will show 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 had 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 colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

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:

5)And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

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 the beast that carries 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 that 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 fulfill 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 the great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

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17:1) Jer 3:6-9, Ez 16:3, 20:30, Hos 4:15, 5:3, 6:10, 9:1, Nah 3:1,4, Is 1:21, 23:17, all depict idolatry as harlots and prostitutes. "Many waters"- Nations of the world.
17:2) The Harlot church will allign herself with the world governing system(the beast and his kingdoms) the world is swept up  in the intoxicating pleasure of the system.
17:3) Visual depiction of the union of the union of the woman (false church) and the beast (anti-Christ) 7...10... full power over the entire world.
17:4) Colors of nobility and royalty adorned, prostitutes do this to seduce their victims. Cup- getting the world drunk to deceive it, all symbolic references.
17:5) Mystery- a truth once hidden but about to be revealed. Babylon- All false religion extends back to Babylon, this is the final Babylon. Mother- the head of the false religious system.
17:6) O.T. and N.T. saints persecution has fueled her paganism, the harlot is a murderer as well. Ultimately false religion is responsible for mankind's death and destruction.
17:7) The mystery is about to be revealed.
17:8) Was...not...is...- Anti-Christ's false resurrection. Perdition- A possessed Anti-Christ will finally be defeated and wind up in Hell.
17:9) 7 kingdoms of the world. Some say Rome is the base because of the 7 hills reference.
17:10) When John wrote, 5 kingdoms were already past, 1 was in control, and 1 was yet to come but when it does it will end in destruction.
17:11) The Anti-Christ will be the ruler of the 7th, then die, resurrect, then take over the harlot to become the object of the world's devotion. 8th- symbolic of "new kingdom" of political and religious domination.
17:12) Have not been given power yet because all this info being given to John has not happened yet, and their reigns shall be brief.
17:13) All will agree to be ruled by the beast.
17:14) Final battle at Armageddon.
17:15) The whole world will be ruled by him.
17:16) Seize all power and destroy the religious system of the harlot.
17:17) God has ultimate control and will put it on their hearts to give up control. Why else would 10 egomaniacs Agree on anything so self depricating as giving up all control to one man.
17:18) Capitol city of the new Babylon, center of the Anti-Christ's empire.