My good friend Mike (his BLOG here) and I were having a fascinating discussion about Revelations 17. A lot of it is symbolized but if we read this entirely, it isn't very difficult to understand. The Bible explains what each symbol means and I believe these times are at our doorstep. Please take the time to read this and feel free to add anything you wish to this discussion!
And keep in mind, these are just possibilities.
Revelations 17, KJV Bible:
1And 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: (Many Waters is defined clearly in verse 15)
2With 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.
The Catholic Church has been in power for many, many years and even had power above Kings. If you look in the history, the Pope actually had higher power than the King. This is still continued to this very day.
3So 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.
4And 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:
Their clothing is SCARLET AND PURPLE! They are known for their jewels, gold and riches.
And the Golden Cup is all over the place!
5And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
6And 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.
It is reported that 50 million Christians were martyred for their faith and persecuted by the Catholic Church. They called it the Dark Ages when the Catholics were in rule.
7And 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.
8The 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.
9And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
The Vatican rests on a place called "The Seven Hills" in Rome. That's kinda obvious, isn't it?
10And 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.
11And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
Pope Benedict, our current Pope is the 7th. He is already 80 years old and his health is failing. The Bible says the seventh King will only be in rule for a short time and then the eighth will arrive and take over, bringing damnation and chaos with him (perdition). I'd watch this if I were you.
12And 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.
13These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
There will be ten kings that are given power and kingdoms to rule over within an hour with the Beast. They all are like minded and subject unto the Antichrist.
14These 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.
15And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
How many nations, peoples and cultures call themselves Catholic and worship in these churches?
16And 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.
This church will be hated and destroyed after the beast comes into power and the ten kings have their kingdoms.
17For 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.
The Beast will be in supreme power over the 10 nations.
18And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth
And the whore is a great city which has power over kings. I believe this is the Vatican in Rome.
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