"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."
nature of this woman is manifest here. In addition, Rev. 18:24 "And in her
was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon
the earth." The Lord told us that Jerusalem would slay the apostles and
prophets: Luke 11:49 "Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them
prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: 50
That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the
world, may be required of this generation; 51 From the blood of Abel unto
the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily
I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation." Furthermore, he
told us in
"Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye
escape the damnation of hell? 34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you
prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify;
and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from
city to city: 35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon
the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of
Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. 36 Verily I say
unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. 37 O
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are
sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a
hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!"
murderous harlot was guilty of the blood of the apostles, and of the prophets,
and of the martyrs of Jesus. She set forth the same nature that was first
manifest in Cain, who slew Able his brother, because his own works were evil but
his brother's righteous. The wicked and their wicked religious systems will
always persecute the righteous and the true worshippers of the Lord. Only
Jerusalem could fit the description of Mystery Babylon who killed the apostles
and prophets and to whom the Lord declared judgment against in Luke 11 and Matt.
23. There can be no doubt that Mystery Babylon and Jerusalem were the same
"great" city. Furthermore, though some think that Rome is Mystery Babylon, yet
Rome could not have been guilty of the apostles and prophets, because they were
already slain before the Roman religious system came into existence. The only
city that can fit the description is Jerusalem with the wicked
religious system of Judaism.
Apostle John wandered with great admiration when he saw the woman. This shows
how deceptive the false religious systems can be. They present a beautiful
natural fašade and the intricate workings of man really appeals to the natural
eye. There is a principle taught in the scriptures that that which is outwardly
beautiful is often inwardly wicked and that which is inwardly beautiful is often
outwardly plain. Let us not be deceived with the outward appearance of false
religion that appeals to the flesh. The true religion of Jesus Christ appeals
to the inward man, not to the outward man.
"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
this passage of scripture we are given a description of the seven head and ten
horn beast which provided the means by which the woman, mystery Babylon, carried
her fornications throughout the world. This beast exists in the past, the
present, and the future: "the beast that was, and is not, and yet is."
beast ascends out of the bottomless pit where in Revelations Chapter 20 the
dragon was bound for a thousand years so as not to be able to gather the nations
together during that time. The angel over the bottomless pit is Satan and the
bottomless pit is God's eternal judgment against sin. Previously we saw the
beast under the power and authority of the dragon rise up out of the sea of
humanity. Now we see it ascending out of the bottomless pit and carrying the
have previously shown, this beast is a multinational political power that reigns
over the kingdoms of this world. It is said to have seven heads, five of which
are fallen, one is, and one that is not yet come. The scriptures describe the
first six multinational political kingdoms. These are Syria, Assyria,
Greece, and Rome. At the time of the
writing of the book of Revelation the first five were fallen. Rome existed at
that time as the one that is. The seventh head is said to be not yet come, but
when he comes he must continue a short space. Since Rome, there has been no
multinational kingdom reigning over the majority of the nations of the earth.
There have been several attempts to form such a beast, but none has succeeded to
Chapter 20 informs us that after the thousand years end that Satan will be
loosed out of the bottomless pit for a little season to gather the nations
together to encompass the camp of the saints. We will have more to say about
this when we get to Chapter 20.
wording, "the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eight and is of the
seventh," is interesting. For something to be is not and yet is indicates
that it exists in a different form. The seven heads: Syria, Assyria,
Greece, Rome, and the future head are
all tangible and visible. For something to be "of the seven" and yet to be "the
eight" and to "be not" and "yet be" indicates that it is largely invisible as a
beast and covert instead of overt. In addition, the fact that it is of the
seven indicates that it has been around all along throughout the reign of the
overt seven head, ten-horn beast. This indicates a secret organization that has
beastly (multinational) dominion.
Nimrod was a kingdom builder and sought to build a one-world kingdom when he
built Babel and the tower. God, of course, thwarted his attempts with the
confusion of tongues. Such a covert organization would have as it main goal to
build a one-world government. There are several references in the scriptures to
Ps. 22:22 "The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of
Ezek. 27:4 "Thy borders are in the midst of the seas, thy builders have
perfected thy beauty."
Matt. 21:42 "Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The
stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner:
this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? 43 Therefore
say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and
given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof."
Mk. 12:10 "And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders
rejected is become the head of the corner: 11 This was the Lord's doing,
and it is marvellous in our eyes?"
Acts 4:11 "This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which
is become the head of the corner."
Peter 2:7 "Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them
which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made
the head of the corner, 8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of
offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto
also they were appointed."
are several secret organizations in the world today, working in secret to direct
the course of human events toward a one-world government. One only has to look
on the back of the one-dollar bill to see the term "novus ordo seclorum" which
means new world order along with the unfinished pyramid topped off by the
all-seeing eye. This indicates that the builders are planning a new world order
in which the all-seeing eye will be worshipped (Satan).
"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." This simply states that
all the non-elect will wonder at the beast and the woman carried by the beast.
I was recently asked if the woman and the beast could deceive the elect. My
answer was "what did John do in verse 6?: Rev. 17:6 "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." If even the
apostle can be deceived at the natural beauty and organization of the woman and
the beast, then she could deceive any of God's unsuspecting people. We do know,
however, that all the non-elect wonder at
her and the beast.