Unveiling

Right off let me say that this is not intended to be teaching – it is simply where I am at.

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Rev 17:1  Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great prostitute who is seated on many waters,
Rev 17:2  with whom the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality, and with the wine of whose sexual immorality the dwellers on earth have become drunk.”
Rev 17:3  And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns.
Rev 17:4  The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her sexual immorality.
Rev 17:5  And on her forehead was written a name of mystery: “Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth’s abominations.”
Rev 17:6  And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. When I saw her, I marveled greatly.
Rev 17:7  But the angel said to me, “Why do you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast with seven heads and ten horns that carries her.
Rev 17:8  The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise from the bottomless pit and go to destruction. And the dwellers on earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel to see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come.
Rev 17:9  This calls for a mind with wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated;
Rev 17:10  they are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he does come he must remain only a little while.
Rev 17:11  As for the beast that was and is not, it is an eighth but it belongs to the seven, and it goes to destruction.
Rev 17:12  And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received royal power, but they are to receive authority as kings for one hour, together with the beast.
Rev 17:13  These are of one mind, and they hand over their power and authority to the beast.
Rev 17:14  They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.”
Rev 17:15  And the angel said to me, “The waters that you saw, where the prostitute is seated, are peoples and multitudes and nations and languages.
Rev 17:16  And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the prostitute. They will make her desolate and naked, and devour her flesh and burn her up with fire,
Rev 17:17  for God has put it into their hearts to carry out his purpose by being of one mind and handing over their royal power to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled.
Rev 17:18  And the woman that you saw is the great city that has dominion over the kings of the earth.”

The first thing I notice is this:-

Rev 17:8  The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise

At the time this prophecy was given, the beast “was not”. However:-

Rev 17:8  The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise from the bottomless pit and go to destruction. And the dwellers on earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel to see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come

 The imperative question is therefore, is the beast here yet?

Rev 17:10  they are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he does come he must remain only a little while.

From “when he does come he must remain only a little while” I would conclude that the final beast is not actually here…yet.

The reason I am talking about a “final” beast is because the vision is all about the JUDGEMENT of mystery babylon and that judgement does not occur until the time of the end, when she is riding the final version of the beast, the “eighth” who is of the seven.

Let’s just emphasize this point

Rev 17:1  Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great prostitute who is seated on many waters,
Rev 17:8  The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise from the bottomless pit and go to destruction.

John is seeing the beast at the time of the judgement of the whore, when the beast that was, and is not, shall have come

Now it starts to make sense. At the time of the prophecy, the beast “was not” BUT the beast John is seeing in the revelation is the beast that is to come. Once you clearly see this, everything falls into place.

I believe the beast is here described:-

Dan 8:21  And the goat is the king of Greece. And the great horn between his eyes is the first king.
Dan 8:22  As for the horn that was broken, in place of which four others arose, four kingdoms shall arise from his nation, but not with his power.
Dan 8:23  And at the latter end of their kingdom, when the transgressors have reached their limit, a king of bold face, one who understands riddles, shall arise.

 It is the resurgence of the Seleucid Empire that arose after Alexander – “the latter end of their kingdom”,

Rev 17:8  The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise from the bottomless pit and go to destruction. And the dwellers on earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel to see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come.

Rome was the sixth king – “one is”. The revelation was given when the Kingdom of Rome was, “one is”.

Rev 17:10  they are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he does come he must remain only a little while.

That’s a whole lot clearer, is it not?

Now,

Rev 17:10  they are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he does come he must remain only a little while. 

Rev 17:11  As for the beast that was and is not, it is an eighth but it belongs to the seven, and it goes to destruction.

The seventh King is still to come (at the time of writing, that is) and the beast is an eighth but belongs to the seven

Rev 13:11  Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon.
Rev 13:12  It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. 

The seventh King, is this the second beast of Rev 13? “two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. “
Is this seventh King the false prophet. Let us remember, the Lord Jesus is the last King who was also a Prophet. Therefore, the Seventh King, will he not also pretend to be a prophet?

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Ok, so far, so good. Now, what does this mean about our understanding of mystery babylon.Well,

Rev 17:3  And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns.

Rev 17:12  And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received royal power, but they are to receive authority as kings for one hour, together with the beast.  

Rev 17:16  And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the prostitute. They will make her desolate and naked, and devour her flesh and burn her up with fire,
Rev 17:17  for God has put it into their hearts to carry out his purpose by being of one mind and handing over their royal power to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled

When the final beast arrives, at some point the ten kings give their royal power to the beast and that is the end of mystery babylon.

So…….Is mystery babylon actually present today?

Rev 17:9  This calls for a mind with wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated;
Rev 17:10  they are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he does come he must remain only a little while.Rev
17:11  As for the beast that was and is not, it is an eighth but it belongs to the seven, and it goes to destruction

It appears that the answer is  … Yes. The “one is” head, Rome, is still with us, though now reduced to the feet of iron and clay as in Daniel 2.

The “beast that was and is not, it is an eighth but it belongs to the seven”. The beast the whore rides has existed at least since babylon. This beast has seven heads. The final beast that is to come, that was,and is not, is of the seven heads/mountains/kings (Greece was one of the seven  heads). It will reappear, therefore it is an eighth but on account of it having existed before, it belongs to the seven. Sorted!!!

So, we have a seventh King to come and the final beast kingdom, which is here described:-

Dan 8:21  And the goat is the king of Greece. And the great horn between his eyes is the first king.
Dan 8:22  As for the horn that was broken, in place of which four others arose, four kingdoms shall arise from his nation, but not with his power.
Dan 8:23  And at the latter end of their kingdom, when the transgressors have reached their limit, a king of bold face, one who understands riddles, shall arise.

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