My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Revelation 17


Then an angel showed me the punishment of the prostitute. In the desert there was a women on the beast. The women, like the beast, wore royal purple, and she held a cup of filth. She is the great abomination and was drunk on Christians' blood.

The beast will come up from the Abyss to his destruction. He will amaze some because he died but came back. The beast's heads are seven hills and seven kings. The beast is an eighth king. The ten horns are ten kingdoms to come who will submit to the beast and fight Jesus, but Jesus will win.

The beast will ruin the prostitute, because the God has given the beast and his followers authority to do his will until his word is fulfilled.

Key verse:
17. For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to give the beast their power to rule, until God's words are fulfilled.

My thoughts:
The woman is probably Rome because it is a great ruling city on seven hills who has killed many Christians. The fact that this has a relatively clear interpretation makes me feel more inadequate for not really being able to think what is meant on the previous call for wisdom, when John declares the beast's number.

The ten kingdoms could be barbarians who destroy Rome. I dunno. There probably a lot of specific mention here of present kings and rulers for John, as he seems to be speaking here to the present situation of Rome.

I dunno if this is the same beast of chapter 13. I think it's the same because it looks the same, and I think the description of it being in the past, and coming in the future is another description of his fatal wound.


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