Revelation chapter 17
A "close up" view of the judgment of the "Great Whore"
In chapter 16 we saw the 7 Vials containing the wrath of God poured out upon those who had the mark of the beast in their foreheads (minds) and who worshipped Satan, the false messiah, as Jesus Christ. We will now see one of those 7 angels who poured out the vials come and give us a "close up" view of the judgment of the "Great Whore". Maybe we should update the terminology a little and call her the "Great Slut" because the Holy Spirit wants us to get a real good PICTURE of exactly how He looks upon the false religious system that spews forth from that great city where the "son of perdition" will sit claiming that he is God (2 Thes. 2). Also, be it known that our Father deals in reality, so if the terminology used here is offensive then one can always go to a church where they only teach nice things like cute little bunny rabbits and Ishtar eggs, real Biblical gems.
Now, if you have read all of God's Word, then you are already familiar with "whores" and "harlots" and how their actions are use to describe "idolatry". You see, idolatry is a far greater sin than being a whore, for the latter is of the flesh but the former is of the spirit. And while most whores know they are "whoring around" most idolaters of religion think they serve God, yet they violate the very 1st Commandment of God.
For those, however, who are not familiar with God's Word, for perhaps they are just beginning to study His Word, then it would serve them well, if they wish to understand this great chapter 17 of Revelation, to first read and understand the Book of Hosea in the Old Testament. Hosea means "salvation" which is what the Book of Hosea is about! That's right, the book titled "Salvation" is in the Old Testament. Then perhaps they will SEE how our Father feels about and looks upon "idolatry", false religion. As the apostle Paul documents in 2 Thes. 2:3, there's a Great Apostasy about to be born and this Great Whore in Rev. 17 will be its mother and give it birth.
So if you read the Book of Hosea you will read that God tells Hosea to go marry a whore! That's right! "Go marry a whore, Hosea! I want you to know what it is like being married to someone who is unfaithful to you!"
Again, you must read the entire book. Hosea's wife conceived and bore him children, Lo-ruhamah and Lo-ammi, and they were told by the LORD to say unto their brethren:Hosea 1:2
The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD.
Many think they are going to attend the marriage supper of the Lamb, but are there not those to whom He will say "Get away from me, I never knew you?"Hosea 2:2
Plead with your mother, plead: for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband: let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts;
Got the PICTURE? God hates idolatry, spiritual whoredom. And His children are too Biblically ignorant to know to whom they are married! Yes they are! They will jump in bed with the first Bridegroom that appears on earth claiming to be Jesus and they will be seduced! They are the first women (no gender intended) taken in the field in Mat. 24:40, just as it was in the days of Noah. Is all this graphic enough? It is very serious. In this final generation you must have the seal of God (His Word) in your forehead (mind) in order to escape the vials from being poured out on you. Lest I strip her naked, and set her as in the day that she was born, and make her as a wilderness, and set her like a dry land, and slay her with thirst.
 And I will not have mercy upon her children; for they be the children of whoredoms.
 For their mother hath played the harlot: she that conceived them hath done shamefully: for she said, I will go after my lovers, that give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, mine oil and my drink.
One final comment before we begin chapter 17. Remember in the first chapter of Revelation that which we learned regarding the symbology used in Revelation? It is either "old hat", i.e. we've seen it before and know what it means, or the Book of Revelation interprets it for us.For example, we read about 7 stars and 7 candlesticks in the first chapter and we were then told that the 7 stars were "angels" and the 7 candlesticks were "churches". The explanation was therefore supplied and we did not have to imagine what the symbols were or make up our own interpretation. We will see the same done here in this 17th chapter.Hosea 4:6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge...
Here then is verse one of chapter 17:
This will be easy on our part because the angel is going to show us the judgment! I believe that's called a revelation.Rev. 17:1
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:
By the way, here's Strong's definition of "whore". It is from where we get the English word "porno".
porne, por'-nay, Greek 4204; feminine of Greek 4205 (pornos); a strumpet; figurative an idolater :- harlot, whore.Also when we get to verse 15 we'll be told exactly what the "waters" are, just like we were told what stars were in chapter one. So let's peek ahead: Rev. 17:15 "And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." No guesswork needed here, is there?
Now, looks who's has been sleeping with this whore?
Oh wow! She's slept with just about everyone. She must be a real doll! 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.
Now the angel makes good his word and takes John in the spirit to the desolate place, even the place of the desolator, and shows him a PICTURE!
What do we SEE? A "woman" sitting upon a "scarlet coloured" beast, full of the names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 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.
Hey, we know who the "scarlet coloured beast" is. He's the "Red Dragon" of Rev. 12:3 & 13:1. It is Satan and his power structure. We've identified these 7 heads and 10 horns before! Now, if we just knew who this woman was! (Let's scan the rest of the chapter and see if we are told who the "woman" is, like we were told what the "waters" were). BINGO! Don't you just love it?
Now where does Satan set up his headquarters when he's cast out of heaven in Rev. 12:7-9? We know that from chapter 11. It's where he sits in the temple with his angels! It is Jerusalem, where also our Lord was crucified, and where the two witnesses shall be killed.Rev. 17:18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
It is "spiritually" called Sodom and Egypt which "spiritually" means Idolatry and Oppression. It's the city of Jerusalem! That's the great city!Rev. 11:8
And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
Let's return to Rev. 17 and learn more about this woman.
Wow! This woman is "dressed to kill". She's clothed with Royal Colors (religion) and decked with enormous wealth and she has a "cup" in her hand. I'll bet she gives each and everyone of her "lovers" a drink from that cup! What do you think? I can just see it now. This beautiful "Queen" flashes those beautiful eyelashes and cuddles up real close and says "Here honey, this is for you, you sexy thing you!" GULP!Rev. 17:4 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:
Ooooh! Did you see what was in that cup? I don't even want to describe it! Yeeeech!
You know what? We've seen this "golden cup" before. Not only that we've read of the "earth being made drunk with her wine", too! Have you read the entire Bible! Imagine how little we'd know if just ran around with half the book, like just the New Testament, and said "Just believe, little ones, and you'll be safe. Why don't you know, you're going to fly away into a place of safety (the ushers will now pass the collection plate as we listen to the beautiful special music)."
So where did this golden cup come from? Let's read Jeremiah chapter 51 and find out. Here's verses 6 & 7:
The judgment of the great whore! The Day of Vengeance of the LORD!Jeremiah 51:6
Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD'S vengeance; He will render unto her a recompence.
BABYLON! So you see, the beautiful woman arrayed in Royalty holds the cup of Babylon from which the earth has been made drunken! False religion! Confusion! The nations are confused! Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD'S hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.
Again, "confusion" is what Babylon means. Here's Strong's definition of Babylon:
Babel, baw-bel', Hebrew 894; from Hebrew 1101 (balal); confusion; Babel (i.e. Babylon), including Babylonia and the Babylonian empire :- Babel, Babylon.So Babylon means "confusion" and Satan has so confounded the world's religions, including main stream Christianity though the traditions of men, that the world cannot see the pure water, the truth, of the Word of God. The nations indeed are mad! And their peoples do not have "eyes to see" for they are blinded by traditions and have all sipped from her cup. She looks so religious and good and right and holy. She is arrayed so beautifully in her robes and ornaments. But she is a WHORE! And the people don't know it. They are spiritually drunken! Her cup is filled with filthiness! It is time to wake up to the reality of churchianity!
Here now is the woman's official title shown to us by the angel:
MYSTERY, BABYLON, MOTHER OF WHORES, ABOMINATIONS!Rev. 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
Next we'll document the simplicity of the meaning of this name written upon the woman's forehead!
Have you ever read the book "Sargon the Magnificent" by Mrs. Sidney Bristowe? It is a remarkable work revealing and tracing Cain in secular history as Sargon of Akkad. It begins with his ousting from the presence of God and his journey into the land of Nod, Sumer, and the founding of Babylon from whence originates the "golden cup" full of abominations. He is reported to have lived 730 years and founded many religions of the earth in his travels including sun worship, dragon worship, etc.,etc.)
We read of John's description of a beautiful woman clothed in purple and scarlet colours and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a "golden cup" in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication. In other words, she was gorgeous, but she was a whore! She had a name on her forehead which we will look at again shortly.
But first, haven't you ever wondered how it could possibly be that Satan when he comes to earth is able to "deceiveth the whole world" (Rev. 12:9)? If what "main stream" Christianity is teaching, i.e. their traditional doctrines, is true, then how could this be? Is the majority right when most professing Christians are completely Biblically illiterate? Think about it? If a person is deceived it means that they believe something to be true that is, in fact, not so. Folks, it is "religion" that prevents our people from seeing the truth of God's Word.
So, while the majority of Christianity today teaches that Jesus Christ can return at any moment, both Jesus Christ and the apostle Paul WARNED about being deceived concerning His return. Jesus said repeatedly that many would come claiming to represent Him, i.e. as Christian ministers, and would deceive MANY, the multitudes, not just a few! Take a look at what the majority teaches concerning our gathering back to Christ, then read what Paul says in 2 Thes. 2. Here it is:
The subject is the 7th Trump, the return of Christ, and our gathering back to Him.2 Thes. 2:1
Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
We are NOT going to gather back to Christ until the son of perdition is revealed. There is only one son of perdition, Satan himself. What does this "revealing" mean?2 Thes. 2:3
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
What will he do when he is revealed? He will take over God's house, even the body of Christ which results in the great apostasy, and claims to be God, i.e. Jesus Christ. That's why he is called the "instead of - Christ", i.e. His REPLACEMENT! Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Satan will be revealed as Jesus Christ! It is a mystery to most. Hang on a few verses!
Paul says "Don't you remember I told you all of this?" Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
"You know what Satan's status is now." And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
What is this "mystery"? Let's look up the Greek word in Strong's: For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
musterion, moos-tay'-ree-on, Greek 3466; from a derivative of muo (to shut the mouth); a secret or "mystery" (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites) :- mystery.It's RELIGION! Hidden Religion! Even the "Hidden (Secret) Dynasty of Religion" that has crept into the churches. It's "Churchianity", ceremony and religious rites, disguised as "Christianity". Do you not remember the 1st Seal in Rev. 6:2 and the rider of the first white horse? It is deception brought about by Satan, the rider of the white horse which looks like Christ's white horse, but it isn't! Don't be deceived! If you need a refresher then go back and re-read the 1st Seal!
Note: Many, way too many, churches teach that the "only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way" in verse 7 refers to the Holy Spirit departing the earth when they are Raptured away. That's because the "mystery" has already completely taken over their unlearned minds. They are not going anywhere before Satan as the spurious messiah is revealed. Paul just said so in plain and simple language.
The subject being discussed is when will the "man of sin" be revealed? The answer is when Michael let's him go in Rev. 12:7-9. Michael is holding him back! Here's verse 7 from the Living Bible translation:
When Michael steps out of the way and let's Satan go, he will come to the earth as Jesus Christ.2 Thes. 2:7 As for the work this man of rebellion and hell will do when he comes, it is already going on, but he himself will not come until the one who is holding him back steps out of the way. (Living Bible)
Back to the KJV and continuing in 2 Thes.:
Most of Christianity is awaiting an evil, Hitler like, Saddam Hussein like butcher to be revealed. Don't you SEE the mystery at work? The Wicked one will be revealed as Jesus Christ. He won't appear to be doing anything wicked at all! He's very religious. He heals the "deadly wound". As Daniel shows us, the "little horn", Satan, brings peace and prosperity to the world. The whole world will love him! They will think Christ has returned! Is that hidden, or what?2 Thes. 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
Even if you see "religious" miracles performed by religious leaders, especially by one claiming to be Jesus, don't be deceived! Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
If you "love truth" you will study the truth, which is His Word. Look out across the land. How many folks do you know that truly study His Word? You can tell by just listening to people that they have not received the "love of the truth", even though they may attend a church! And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
What is the "lie" that they believe? It is that Satan is Jesus and that his "church systems", his "religions" are true Christianity. So let's look again at Rev. 17:5: And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
We know what every word in this verse means:Rev. 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
It is Satan's religious system, that looks like the real thing, that causes great confusion (Babel) and deception, and brings forth multitudes of idolaters (those who worship Satan as Jesus) and abominations in all the world. That's what Rev. 17:5 says! It is really quite simple, isn't it?Forehead = Brain location
Mystery is "musterion" = Hidden Religion
Babylon = Confusion
Mother = One who gives birth, brings forth
Harlots & Whores (same Greek word) = Idolaters
Abominations = Idolatries
Earth = World
Remember now who this woman is from the last verse of this chapter: Rev. 17:18 "And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth." It is where the son of perdition sits in the temple, in Jerusalem.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.
Note: Did you know that our Father chose Jerusalem to become the Headquarters of the Universe? You can read of it in Ezekiel 16 where He "took to wife" that location, and in Rev. 21 we see the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven to that location. Is it any wonder that Satan has so attacked this great city and has chosen it for his headquarters when he comes here with an "in your face" attitude?
It is true that the great city, Jerusalem, has been filled with the blood of saints and the blood of martyrs down through the ages. But the context of this chapter 17 is the judgment time of the great whore, when Satan and his angels will sit in the temple of that great city, exercising world domination both religiously and politically and shall kill the two witnesses as we learned in chapter 11. Then shall there be great rejoicing and merrymaking.
And when John saw the woman he marveled with great wonder! He was astounded!Rev. 11:7
And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
"Relax John", said the angel, "I'll tell you the mystery of both the woman and the beast that carries that babe."Rev. 17:7 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.
The beast was present on earth before. Of course he was in the 1st earth age but he was also present in the garden of Eden and at the time of Christ. But he is not present (here in person) now. We've covered many times already that he shall be cast from heaven (Rev. 12:7-9), which is to say released from the bottomless pit. And he shall eventually go into the lake of fire and PERISH with the rest of the elements (2 Pet. 3:12), i.e. evil rudiments, when our Father, the consuming fire (Heb. 12:29) comes. 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.
And in verse 8 we also read for the "umpteenth time" that if you are not one of God's elect, if your name is not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, then you are going to love this beast! (For a further explanation of "from the foundation of the world" as also spoken of by the apostle Paul, visit Ephesians here on the site.
We continue now with who the beast is:
It's going to take just a little wisdom and common sense to understand this verse about the beast. We know from Rev 12 & 13 who the 7 heads, the 7 mountains are. Mountains are symbolic of governments and nations. They are the 7 dominions, meaning the complete or whole dominion of the world, the one world political system, whom the beast controls from that great city of Jerusalem.Rev. 17:9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
Note: Many people would like to say that this means the "great city" is San Francisco or Rome or some other city that is built on 7 literal mountains. But first of all, the woman isn't even the subject. It's the beast and his political system. The angel doesn't change the subject to the woman until verse 18. That is why this verse is prefaced with "here is the mind which has wisdom". Wisdom comes from knowing God's Word, all of it. If you do then this verse and this chapter is a "no brainer". If you don't, you'll probably get out a topographical map and look for cities built on mountains. It's your choice.
Again, wisdom is required here. The subject is still the beast and these 7 kings have nothing to do with the 10 kings which we will get to in verse 12. The subject hasn't changed. These 7 kings are all one and the same person. Let's read verse 11 first and we'll explain. 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.
The 7 kings are sequential roles that Satan has played (a) 1-5, that are past (fallen) i.e. down through the ages even from the first earth age where he was the dragon, in the garden of Eden as the serpent, at the time of Job as the accuser, and at the time of Christ as the tempter, (b) 6, currently where he is alive and in heaven organizing his troops while being physically restrained from earth, (c) 7, when he is cast out of heaven and he comes here again as the spurious messiah and "must continue a short space" until Christ returns and Michael tosses him in the abyss, and (d) 8, he is released for the final time at the end of the Millennium and eventually goes into perdition, i.e. is cast into the lake of fire. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
Now, verse 11 makes it really simple. Again, what is the subject? We are talking about the beast that was and is not. The beast is who? Satan! In as much as he will also have an 8th role at the end of the Millennium, he is of the seven, ALL SEVEN, because he was 1-5 and is now 6 and shall be 7, i.e. he is all seven kings. So just as the 8th is of the 7, the 7th is of the 6, and the 6th is of the 5. The 7 kings are the same king in series of reigns not 7 contemporary kings.
Here come the 10 kings who are contemporary kings:
One hour is the hour of temptation (Rev. 3:10). It is the 5 month reign of the false-christ, the time of the locusts of Rev. 9 and Apollyon, Satan, their king. 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.
What are you called? If you are with Him in this generation then you (1) were called, (2) were chosen before the foundation of this earth age, and (3) are faithful unto and through the final hour! These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
 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.
"Waters" = "the peoples of the world". If you miss this symbol you'll drown in uncertainty while trying to understand Revelation.Rev. 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
Don't let this verse be confusing or seem contradictory. It is not. Just remember that in Rev. 9 all those who do not have the seal of God in their forehead are consumed away and made desolate. It is God's plan to use Satan and his kings to fulfill His will. 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.
Yes, God even calls the locust army "His army", for it exists only by His permission. God is in complete control. He always has been, He always will be. 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.
We documented previously that this great city is Jerusalem, where also our Lord was crucified. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
Next we will get an even closer view of the Great Fall of the Great Babylon of the end times. It is most fascinating indeed!
In chapter 17 we learned that the great whore who "sitteth upon many waters (peoples of the world)", was is not a woman at all, but is in fact that Great City, which will reign over the kings of the earth, the city where the beast, Satan, sits atop the one world political and religious systems, the city in which the son of perdition sits in the temple and claims he is Jesus Christ. The woman is that great city, Jerusalem, where also our Lord was crucified.
Let's review the last verse of chapter 17 so that no one gets any brainy idea to identify the woman as something other than that great city.
We also learned in chapter 17 that this great city, likened to a sleazy whore who has been in bed with just about everyone, has a special name on her forehead. That special name is MUSTERION, the Greek word translated MYSTERY, which means "false religion" disguised as "true religion", i.e. it is hidden from being seen for what it really is. It is really BABYLON which we documented means CONFUSION.Rev. 17:18
And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
And so we see and understand why people are confused! They believe their religion, their church, is right and holy and pure and good! They cannot see that they have already been led astray from the TRUTH by the traditions of men, perpetuated by Biblically illiterate pastors and ministers, though many are well meaning, who follow the doctrines of their church. But they lead our people astray from the God's Word and let them wander the hills of confusion!
Is something new? Not a chance! It's been going on since ancient Babylon who "hath been a golden cup in the LORD'S hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad (Jeremiah 51:7)."
In order for us to more fully understand this chapter 18 of Revelation we all need to go back and read the 50th and 51st chapters of the Book of Jeremiah. It concerns Babylon and it will read much like that which we shall read in Revelation 18 and it is relative to TODAY!
The apostle Paul taught us a principle that we must always remember as we study God's Word. And that is that the history of the events that happened to our people occurred and are recorded as examples for us, in these end times, TODAY, to LEARN from and SEE in detail the types set forth.
The reason this needs brought to our attention is that in this 18th chapter of Revelation we are going to see the judgment of the great city which is "Jerusalem", but is named "Secret Babylon" because it is Satan's worldwide headquarters of the pagan, false religious system that deceives the whole world. In other words, the world will not call Jerusalem "Babylon". The great city is not going to be renamed! You must have the seal of God in your forehead, i.e. have an understanding of God's Word, to know that it will not be "Jesus in Jerusalem" when the spurious messiah arrives. It will be "Satan in Babylon". Do you have "eyes" to see that this is what we've been studying for 17 chapters? Let me repeat that one more time!1 Cor. 10:11
Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
It will not be "Jesus in Jerusalem" when the false-christ arrives. It will be "Satan in Babylon"!
The false messiah comes first but he will "Look Like the Lamb Slain", "With Two Horns", i.e. wielding both the power of King of kings and Lord of lords, both the powers of the one world political system and the worldwide religious system with him as Jesus who performs miracles in the sight of men. Do you remember chapter 13? Rev. 13:11 "And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon." The "beast", the "dragon"! Come on, you know who that is! We've seen it revealed many times? In the last chapter, Rev. 17:8, we were even told that the beast is the son of perdition. What does it take for a person to "see"?
Satan is coming as Jesus Christ and the whole world will believe him! It is that simple, but the world doesn't see it. The waters are confused because they have sipped from the filthy, muddy, golden cup of Babylon. And if they don't wake up they will get to share the whore's name, which is the same as the beast's mark! Why? Because you be a little HARLOT! You'll be worshipping Satan!
You remember the "Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne? Well, you'll get to wear (not literally, of course) the "Scarlet Number" by Satan the Beast, which is "666" !
So our people are confused and led astray. Whose fault is that, other than their own for not studying His Word? Have you read Jeremiah 50 and 51 yet?
How are the shepherds who lead your church doing? I'm sure they are nice people.Jeremiah 50:6
My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace.