The Greatest Story Ever Told About
The Greatest Man That Ever Lived
                                                                   CHAPTER 17

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the
punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters.  With her the kings of the earth
committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.”  
Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a
scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns.  The
woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls.
She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. The
name written on her forehead was a mystery: babylon the great the mother of prostitutes and of the
abominations of the earth. I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s holy people, the
blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.  When I saw her, I was greatly astonished.  Then the
angel said to me: “Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the
beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns.  The beast, which you saw, once was, now
is not, and yet will come up out of the Abyss and go to its destruction. The inhabitants of the earth
whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished
when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.   “This calls for a mind
with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits.  They are also seven kings.
Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a
little while.  The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is
going to his destruction.   “The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom,
but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast.  They have one purpose and
will give their power and authority to the beast.  They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb
will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called,
chosen and faithful followers.”  Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute
sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages.  The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate
the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with
fire.  For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to hand over to the
beast their royal authority, until God’s words are fulfilled.  The woman you saw is the great city that
rules over the kings of the earth.”

At this point all the judgments have been completed.  This chapter is an overview of the beast’s
kingdom and how it will come to an end.  This world kingdom was set up by the beast in Chapter 13
when he first came on the scene.  It was doomed to fail right from the start as it was a worldly
system that honoured the devil.  It was based on deception and strict control over the people as well
as every kind of evil and murderous acts.  Eventually it imploded from within.  This event is near the
end of the Tribulation so it is about 6 to 7 years from the beginning.  It’s hard to tell at this point who
all the kings and rulers are, but it will be common knowledge at that time.  It’s not necessary to know
all the details about this and it’s almost impossible to do so because it is so far into the future from
now.  Even though an explanation is given as to who is who, it’s still hard to identify each one as we
are just too far away from that time
and to do so we would have to guess which is not a good idea.   
Verse 14 is also described in Chapter 19 which completes the destruction of this kingdom when
Jesus returns with his saints and defeats the kings of the earth and their armies.
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