Lesson No. 466
Book of Revelation, Chapter 17
"The Mystery of Babylon and the Mother of Harlots"

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The great whore and the scarlet beast

1 And 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: 2 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. 3 So 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. 4 And 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: 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 of the beast that carrieth 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 which 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 fulfil 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 that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

Lesson No. 466 "The Mystery of Babylon and the Mother of Harlots"

Book of Revelation, Chapter 17


1) Chapter 17 starts off with an invite by one of the seven angels that poured out God's wrath. What is it? (Hint- verse 1)

2) Verse 1 talks of a great whore that sits on many waters, that has seduced kings of the earth and people; what is the angel talking about? World deception? Political deception? Deception of all churches?

3) Who is the woman in verse 3 and what is her identification? What of the heads and the horns?

4) The full picture of the woman is given in verses 4 through 6; what could be worse than this resume?

5) The angel goes on in verses 7 and 8 tell us that this evil will be destroyed.

6) A more complete description if of the seat of evil is given- there is much debate about these verses to follow- Rome (seven mountains), remnants of Rome, kings fallen and yet to come, and an eighth king...the antichrist! (verses 9 through 11)

7) Verses 12 and 13 speak of powers of the world yet to come during the tribulation period- what is the structure of this new world power?

8) Verse 14 speaks of the final battle, but clearly identifies Jesus as what? We are those that were called, chosen and are faithful.

9) Then the story changes to the fall of 'Rome'- the world powers turn on the whore who is ruling over most of the earth. What happens to her or the corrupt world power? (Hint- verse 16)

10) Who orchestrated this overthrow? Wow! (See verse 17, judgment through those who followed the beast)

11) There is much speculation as to what this city is that is described in verse 18. Some say it's actually Rome, others say the remnant of Rome leadership, others a new corrupt city. What do you think? Why does Jesus want us to know all this?

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