Revelation of John 17

Then every island fled, and no mountain could be found. 1 And huge hailstones, about a hundred pounds [each] ,
Greek a talent in weight or about 45 kilograms
rained down on [them] from above. And men cursed God for the plague of hail, because [it] was so horrendous.

The Woman on the Beast

3 Then one of the seven angels with the seven bowls came and told me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters. 4 The kings of the earth were sexually immoral with [her] , and those who dwell on the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her immorality.” 5 And [the angel] carried me away in [the] Spirit into a wilderness, [where] I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names [and] had seven heads and ten horns. 6 And the woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls. She held in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her sexual immorality. 7 On her forehead a mysterious name was written: Babylon the Great, the mother of prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth.

The Mystery Explained

8 I could see that the woman [was] drunk with the blood of the saints and of the witnesses for Jesus. And I was utterly amazed at the sight of her. 9 “Why are you so amazed?” said the angel. “I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and ten horns. 10 The beast that you saw— it was, and [now] is no more, [but] is about to come up out of the Abyss and go to [its] destruction. And those who dwell on the earth whose names were not written in the book of life from [the] foundation of [the] world will marvel when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet will be. 11 This calls for a mind that has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. 12 There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, [and] the other {has} not yet come; [but] when he does come, he must remain for only a little while. 13 The beast that was, and [now] is not, is an eighth [king] , who belongs to the [other] seven and is going into destruction. 14 The ten horns you saw are ten kings who {have} not yet received a kingdom, but will receive one hour of authority as kings, along with the beast. 15 These [kings] have one purpose: to yield their power and authority to the beast.

The Victory of the Lamb

16 [They] will make war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will triumph over them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and He will be accompanied by His called and chosen and faithful [ones] .” 17 Then [the angel] said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute was seated, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues. 18 And the ten horns and the beast that you saw will hate the prostitute. They will leave her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh and burn her with fire.
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