(Chapter 17 is the chapter were much of the symbology of this Book is explained by the Holy Spirit. See v.7. We are taught here by the use of idioms, and symbols. Though these terms are covered over in symbols; each of these terms are explained as to their identity. There simply is no mystery to these symbols when we have the explanation. As we unravel the mysteries in this chapter, many other mysteries of God's Word will also be revealed at this time.)
Revelation 17:1 And there came one of the seven angels, who had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, "Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment upon the great whore who sitteth upon many waters,
(Waters = peoples, see v.15. Remember, the seven seals, vials, plagues, trumpets, and thunders are all the same acts. Only a different vision of John's, giving a different profile of the same occurrence, or event. This angel is one of the seven angels that "he" [John] has seen before, and the discussion John and this angel are having is about this "one world religion" that sits, or rules over the peoples of the earth. The "great whore" is a religion, while the "waters" represents the people that follow after the whore, or religion.
This "whore" is identified as "Mystery, Babylon", as we look ahead to the 15th verse. We will also establish in our minds exactly what the "waters", or "seas", or "rivers" truly represents. These bodies of water are peoples, and nations, tongues and languages right here on earth. This harlot is not the Catholic church, or any other church now in operation, but it is a deception created by these Kenite scribes that will so change your church, or any church, to accept the one world political and religious beasts. In the end, it will be the Antichrist's religious system.
The approach the Kenites will use to draw you and your church into their system, will be through your own doctrines like the "rapture theory", or another false doctrine spun out to draw certain churches in to their deceptions. To the Roman Catholics, they will use idols, miracles, or even a statement from the pope, to make the Catholics accept. To Buddhist and the Hindus it will be something different, but all religions will be open and willing to allow themselves to enter into the Antichrist's system.
Why then is the Christian world the focus of Satan's attacks over all other religions of the world? Christianity is the only religion where it's Messiah and founder claims to be the "Son of the Living God". All other forms of religious practice are created by man for man. Any supernatural action then would automatically draw the other forms to that supernatural entity. Christianity is the only religion that is exact and absolute, Jesus said, you either come to the Father by Me, or you are not saved and have eternal life. Jesus said in John 14:6; "I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh to the Father but by Me."
So this angel is about to tell John exactly what these terms and idioms mean.)
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication,
(= idolatry, a condition of the mind)
and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication."
(= intoxicated with a lot of lies)
3 So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness; and I saw a woman
(i.e. "that great city" of v.18)
sitting upon a scarlet-colored beast,
(= royalty, one world order)
full of names of blasphemy, and having seven heads and ten horns.
(= new world order, see v.10. The wilderness is the same as Joel spoke of; where before the locust arrived, it was like the Garden of Eden, lush and flourishing; and behind the locust army it became a wilderness. [Joel 1:19-20] So this "wilderness" is a "time", not a place, when all truth of God's Word has dried up.
Amos 8:11 "Behold the day come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord:"
When Satan comes, he comes bring peace and prosperity to everyone that buys into his system.
Amos 8:12 "And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they [the people of the earth living in their flesh bodies] shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it."
So what are these people looking for? The truth of God's Word, it simply will not be found. As we see today, Christian churches are even bringing in the heathen religious forms such as TM and other forms, and trying to use them and call their methods of those eastern religious forms "of God". This "Scarlet colored beast" religious system will be out to please everyone, including you and your church. However, the churches that are of the Smyrna and Philadelphia type will not buy into that system. The other five types of churches will.
This "woman" then is a "false religion", and she sits on "the religious beast" of the one world system. Think of this religious system in today's terms as the "World Council of Churches", this old whore caters to any heathen cause coming down the line. The "Scarlet" color represents royalty, and a very high political power, and that is exactly where the World Council of Churches sits.
The "blasphemy" she is spouting out is against our Heavenly Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit of God. In Revelation 13:1, we were given the seven dominions, or continents which cover the entire earth, with it's ten rulers, or authoritative agencies. All these powers are riding under a beast, which is a world wide government. When this government started, it was in a political form following a world war. However, after the United Nations was established, then a troubling spiritual time came. The Political form of this world wide system will die, and out of it's destruction a religious order, or religion which the entire world will accept will come into being. We will be told later when this form will come into power.)
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and bedecked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication;
(The "cup" is filled "with abominations", which in the Greek text are "bdelugma", and in the plural, its of "idolatry". It is unclean practices of worship. The "cup" in the communion holds the wine, that represents the blood of Christ, and it is taken to our lips. The "cup" represents the purity of Christ's blood, and the sacrifice that was shed for our sins. So the "cup" of this world system calling itself a church will be filled with all sorts of heathen impurities. Those abominations includes filthy practices, such as sodomy, abortion and other unclean things being accepted. This religious "woman" form will rule over all the peoples of the world that will listen to her deceptions.
The "Mother of Babylon" is the head of all confusion, and deception.)
5 And upon her forehead was a name written: Mystery, Babylon
(= confusion, the mark of the beast, those lies that are in your forehead. it is NOT some outward mark)
the Great, Mother of Harlots
and Abominations of the Earth.
(Babylon is the fountain-head of all idolatry and systems of false worship. This is the "mystery of iniquity" [2 Thess. 2:7] seen in all the great "religions" of the world. All alike substitute another god for the God of the Bible; a god made either by the hands or with imagination, but equally made; a religion consisting of human merit and endeavor. The "Reunion of the Churches" of Christiandom and the "League of Nation" = "The United Nations" are two of the most arresting signs of the times.)
6 And I saw that the woman
(i.e. the one world system)
was drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.
And when I saw her, I wondered with great amazement.
(The word "admiration" is one of the sickest translations in the whole Bible, that's why I changed it. In fact it is an outright insult. "Admiration" as used here means "to be shocked", or "to wonder in astonishment in disbelief". This religion, or "woman" was the depth of blasphemy. How could an intelligent and educated world, in this century accept the simplicity of all the Kenite, and Satanic lies and perversions as of God. This shows just how low the religious world will sink.
The lies and practices of idolatry, and perversions will be molded into the minds of this generation through the strict control of the four hidden dynasties, which the Kenites control now. They will shape your thinking and your lifestyle to where you will willingly accept it, if you are not sealed in your mind with the truth of God's Word.
7 And the angel said unto me, "Why dost 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.
(This angel is going to tell us the mystery of the woman, the beast, the heads, and the horns. Satan will work differently in this second earth age, than he worked in the first earth age [given in Revelation 12:1-6]. Then the crowns of power was given to the kings that sat over the people, where as in Revelation 13:1-3 we saw that it was the ten agencies of power that wore the crowns of power, not individuals.)
8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not,
(because Christ told him to "get behind Me, Satan [Matt. 4:10])
and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit
(= a state of mind & spirit)
and go into perdition;
(thus Satan is called the son of perdition = falling away to perish. See 2 Thess. 2:3. He is the only one [entity] called this and the only one judged to death at this time [i.e. since Ezek. 28])
and they that dwell on the earth, whose names were not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world,
shall wonder when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
(He looks just like you think Jesus looks like, i.e. an artist's rendition. Remember he is a great deceiver, a copycat, this is one of his many things that are in his bag of tricks)
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom:
The seven heads are seven mountains
(= nations/sections, of the whole world)
on which the woman sitteth.
(= the one world system)
10 And there are seven kings:
(= Satan's different roles at different times)
five are fallen, and one is,
(i.e. at this stage of this vision)
and the other has not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
(i.e. the hour of temptation)
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, yet is one of the seven and goeth into perdition.
(Remember in verse eight, "he" was the one out of the pit. Satan's "eighth" role is when he goes into perdition. Why, "of the seven"? Because he was over the seven, one entity in all seven positions; and now this eighth is his last.
No one except Satan has been judged and sentenced already to perdition, as recorded in Ezekiel 28:18. This beast is the son of perdition, and "perdition" means "to destroy" or destroyer.)
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings,
who have received no kingdom as yet, but will receive power as kings for one hour with the beast.
(The hour of temptation, i.e. the one and the same hour. Confusion results from substituting "kingdoms" for "kings" in the connection. The Holy Spirit says kings; who and what they are will be known at the time of their association with the beast, the one world system)
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
(There can be no doubt now who rules over the ten kings, or authorities, or agencies: it is Antichrist, the beast. The nations of the world have no borders, or boundaries. The Euphrates has dried up, and Israel and Babylon are one in mind and accord. These authorities must be similar to the ten agencies that now rule the earth, under the United Nations. These are UNICEF [for the children], the World Bank [economics], the World court [to settle disputes], Red Cross [the world health organization], Relief [starvation], the U.N. forces [military], Space, Environment, and the Beast [universal information and control computer], and Education, as well as the World council of churches.
Anything you can imagine is covered and governed by one of these ten agencies.)
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,
(see Matt. 20:16)
and chosen, and faithful."
(see 2 Cor. 1:18. Thank God that you can be living in this generation, and understand what it is all about. This is the generation most of the Bible is written about, for it is the final time of testing of those who fell in the first earth age. If you understand, then God's plan makes sense and no deception can come for you. You know that Satan is the first Christ. He will come with his tricks and deceptions.
These leaders of the world system will make a war, a spiritual war with the Lamb [Jesus Christ] and they will lose in the battle. All who stand on that day are of the "chosen for God", and they will remain faithful.
Are you one called, chosen and faithful. If so the rewards are great in Christ's kingdom. That spiritual armor will be given at the close of this chapter, as recorded in Ephesians 6:10-20.)
15 And he saith unto me, "The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples and multitudes, and nations and tongues.
(He continues explaining the symbols. The "waters" are "the people, and nations of all languages of the earth" that the Antichrist will sit upon. Mystery Babylon will control the entire earth, and that means you, unless you have been sealed in your mind, prior to when the Antichrist arrives.)
16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked,
(i.e. the city. Cp. Jer. 50:32)
and shall eat her flesh and burn her with fire.
(These ten horns, or agencies of authority will actually hate the people caught up in this satanic religious system. In Revelation 9:4 we saw this army of locust will burn [deceive] all, with the permission of God, except for the elect. "Fire" is the deception, lies, and tricks in this spiritual battle, while God's big weapon is His Holy Word. Hebrews 12:29 states that "God is a consuming fire".
They will make Christians "naked" by taking away all their righteous acts, for when they take "the mark of the Beast", they throw away their acts and works before Satan. Our garments in the next age are made up of our righteous act. We will read of this in Revelation 19.)
17 For God hath put into their hearts
(= gave, allowed them in their minds)
to fulfill His will and to agree, and to give
(= do one purpose)
their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
(The plan of God is right on schedule, and we are in a position to see the awesome workings of God as He moves to fulfill His eternal plan. Unbelievable peace talks are taking place, and enemies around the world are following the lead of the political beast.)
18 And the woman whom thou sawest is that great city
(lit. having a kingdom, or sovereignty)
over the kings of the earth."
(Those who are so called in 16:14, and in v.2 in this chapter)