5. Babylon the Great and Her Destruction
a. The Religious Aspect
(1) The Great Harlot
1 And one of the aseven angels who had the bseven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, cCome here; I will show you the 1djudgment of the 2great 3harlot who sits upon the emany waters,
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed 1afornication, and those who bdwell on the earth have been made cdrunk with the 2wine of her fornication.
3 And he acarried me away in 1bspirit into a 2wilderness; and I saw a cwoman sitting upon a 3scarlet 4dbeast, full of enames of 5blasphemy, having 6fseven heads and gten horns.
4 And the woman was aclothed in 1purple and 2scarlet, and gilded with 3gold and precious stone and pearls, having in her hand a 4bgolden cup full of cabominations 5and the dunclean things of her fornication.
5 And on her aforehead there was a name written, 1bMYSTERY, cBabylon The Great, The 2MOTHER Of The HARLOTS And The 3ABOMINATIONS Of The EARTH.
6 And I saw the woman 1drunk with the ablood of the saints and with the blood of the 2bwitnesses of Jesus. And I marveled with great marvel when I saw her.
(2) The Interpretation of
the Woman and the Beast
7 And the angel said to me, Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast who bears her, who has the seven heads and the ten horns.
8 The 1beast that you saw was and is not and is about to acome up out of the babyss and 2go into cperdition. And those who ddwell on the earth, those whose name is not ewritten from the foundation of the world in the 3fbook of life, will gmarvel when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will be present.
9 Here is the mind which has awisdom. The bseven heads are the 1seven mountains where the woman sits
10 And are 1seven kings: five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain only a short time.
11 And the beast who was and is not, he himself is 1also the eighth and is out of the seven and goes into perdition.
12 And the aten horns which you saw are 1ten kings, who have not yet received a bkingdom but receive authority as kings for cone hour with the beast.
13 These have one 1amind, and they give their power and authority to the beast.
14 These will make 1awar with the bLamb, and the Lamb will covercome them, for He is dLord of lords and King of kings; and they who are ewith Him, the called and 2fchosen and gfaithful, will also overcome them.
15 And he said to me, The 1awaters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are bpeoples and multitudes and nations and tongues.
(3) The Destruction of the Harlot
by the Beast
16 And the aten horns which you saw and the beast, these will 1hate the harlot and will make her bdesolate and naked and will eat her flesh and cburn her utterly with fire.
17 For 1God has put it into their hearts to perform His 2mind and to perform one amind and to give their bkingdom to the beast until the cwords of God are accomplished.
18 And the 1woman whom you saw is the agreat city, which has a kingdom over the kings of the earth.