In Rev. 17 we are introduced to the The Whore and the Scarlet Beast.
17:1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality.” 3 And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns.
As we have already seen from Rev. 13, the Beast with the Seven heads and the Ten horns is the Roman Empire.
4 The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality,
This verse denotes the beloved colors of the Papacy of purple and scarlet.
5 and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”6 And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. When I saw her, I wondered greatly. 7 And the angel said to me, “Why do you wonder? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.
As we already saw in the fifth seal and the two witnesses this is the Roman persecution of the true Church but the prophecy adds how the Papal Harlot guided the beast to conduct the persecution and took great pleasure in it.
8 “The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come. 9 Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits, 10 and they are seven kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while. 11 The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction.
Verse 8 refers to the reviving of the Roman Empire after Yeshua and then after its fall in 476 A.D. by the Earth Beast giving life to the Image of the Beast, the Holy Roman Empire in Rev. 13:15.
Verse 9 and 10 are seven kings. Nigel Lee states,
“Of these World-Empires (explained the Angel to John in that Apostle’s own own time), “five are fallen” namely the Ancient Egyptian, the Assyrian, the Neo-Babylonian, the Medo-Persian, and the Grecian. “And one is” namely the Imperial Roman (thus Matthew Poole and Albert Barnes). That World-Empire was still standing in the first century (A.D.) when John was writing these inspired words. It would finally perish with the deposition of the Emperor Romulus Augustulus by the Barbarian Invader Odoacer, in A.D. 476.
Noted John in his own day: “The other [or seventh World-Empire] has not yet come.” That would be the Papal-Romish Empire. Thus Joachim of Floris, Dante, the early Protestant Reformers, and many others. When it did come, it would mark the A.D. 606 ‘rebirth’ of ‘Babylonianism.’ Thus Osiander, Flaccius Illyricus, Bale, Brightman, James the First, Joseph Mede, John Cotton, Holyoake, Cressener, Gerhard, Helwig, Jurieu, Alsted, Phillipot, Cotton Mather, Matthew Henry, Sir Isaac Newton, Bishop Thos. Newton, Backus, B.H. Carroll, and others.”
JP McCarter complains of the Preterist scheme,
“And the “kings” that are said to successively fall in Revelation chapter 17 should be interpreted as “kingdoms” as well, consistent with the use of a similar expression in Daniel to describe kingdoms. The interpretation of the “kings” in Revelation chapter 17 as merely individual Roman emperors up to the time of 70 A.D. does not even accord with history. Here is a list of men who could lay some claim to having been Roman “emperor” up to the time of 70 A.D.:
Pompey the Great Imperator, c. 81 – 48 B. C.
Sextus Pompey Imperatorial General, c. 45 – 35 B. C.
Julius Caesar Imperator & Dictator, 61 – 44 B. C.
Brutus Imperatorial General, c. 50 – 42 B. C.
Cassius Imperatorial General, c. 50 – 42 B. C.
Ahenobarbus Imperatorial General c. 42 – 32 B. C.
Marcus Antonius Imperator and General, c. 61 – 30 B. C.
Lepidus Imperator, c. 46 – 42 B. C.
Augustus (Formerly Octavian) First Roman Emperor 27 B. C. – A. D. 14
AgrippaImperial General c. 31 – 12 B. C.
Tiberius Emperor A. D. 14 – 37
Drusus Son of Tiberius, Murdered A. D. 23
Nero Claudius Drusus Brother of Tiberius
Germanicus Nephew and Adopted Son of Tiberius
Caligula Emperor A. D. 37 – 41
Claudius Emperor A. D. 41 – 54
Britannicus Son of Claudius
Nero Emperor 54 – 68
Clodius Macer Rebel against Galba A. D. 68
Galba Emperor A. D. 68 – 69
Otho Emperor A. D. 69
Vitellius Emperor A. D. 69
Vespasian Emperor A. D. 69 – 79
Even if the term “kings” in Revelation chapter 17 referred to individual monarchs, it would be a most unlikely proposition to say that in the Roman Empire five kings had fallen before Nero, and only 1 or 2 fell up to and including the time of 70 A.D. No matter how you slice the above list of men, it just does not fit with what is said in Revelation chapter 17. It is far more consistent with the nature of Daniel and Revelation to identify these kings as the 7 beastly kingdoms: Egypt, Sodom, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Pagan Rome, Papal Rome up to the time of the Protestant Reformation (the 7Th. Beastly manifestation), and Post-Reformation Papal Rome (the Whore and Mother of Harlots riding the Beast).”
Verse 10 tells us he must “remain a little while” referring to the remainder of the 1260 days.
12 The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour. 13 These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast. 14 These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.”
Thus, as we have already seen, the then horns are the ten divisions of Europe and the British Isles after the fall of Rome and then with Papal Rome, they would become Roman Catholic and submit to the Papacy and the Holy Roman Empire. Yet, these ten horns would be rebuked and reformed, overcome by the Lamb during the Protestant Reformation.
15 And he *said to me, “The waters which you saw where the harlot sits, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the harlot and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh and will burn her up with fire. 17 For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose by having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled. 18 The woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth.”
Vs. 15 tells us the whore, literally, sits upon “peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues”. Thus, the Catholic Church was well known for its ethnic cosmopolitanism.
Vs. 16-17 and the next Chapter tell us the remnants of the Roman Empire will rise up and destroy the Jesuit Papacy. The French already revolted and now England has continued its rejection of the European Union with Brexit.
Revelation 18:1 After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory. 2 And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird.3 For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality.”
4 I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; 5 for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. 6 Pay her back even as she has paid, and give back to her double according to her deeds; in the cup which she has mixed, mix twice as much for her. 7 To the degree that she glorified herself and lived sensuously, to the same degree give her torment and mourning; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as a queen and I am not a widow, and will never see mourning.’ 8 For this reason in one day her plagues will come, pestilence and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for the Lord God who judges her is strong.
9 “And the kings of the earth, who committed acts of immorality and lived sensuously with her, will weep and lament over her when they see the smoke of her burning, 10 standing at a distance because of the fear of her torment, saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’
11 “And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more— 12 cargoes of gold and silver and precious stones and pearls and fine linen and purple and silk and scarlet, and every kind of citron wood and every article of ivory and every article made from very costly wood and bronze and iron and marble, 13 and cinnamon and spice and incense and perfume and frankincense and wine and olive oil and fine flour and wheat and cattle and sheep, and cargoes of horses and chariots and slaves and human lives. 14 The fruit you long for has gone from you, and all things that were luxurious and splendid have passed away from you and men will no longer find them. 15 The merchants of these things, who became rich from her, will stand at a distance because of the fear of her torment, weeping and mourning, 16 saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, she who was clothed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls; 17 for in one hour such great wealth has been laid waste!’ And every shipmaster and every passenger and sailor, and as many as make their living by the sea, stood at a distance, 18 and were crying out as they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What city is like the great city?’ 19 And they threw dust on their heads and were crying out, weeping and mourning, saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, in which all who had ships at sea became rich by her wealth, for in one hour she has been laid waste!’ 20 Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets, because God has pronounced judgment for you against her.”
21 Then a strong angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “So will Babylon, the great city, be thrown down with violence, and will not be found any longer. 22 And the sound of harpists and musicians and flute-players and trumpeters will not be heard in you any longer; and no craftsman of any craft will be found in you any longer; and the sound of a mill will not be heard in you any longer; 23 and the light of a lamp will not shine in you any longer; and the voice of the bridegroom and bride will not be heard in you any longer; for your merchants were the great men of the earth, because all the nations were deceived by your sorcery. 24 And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints and of all who have been slain on the earth.”
The great city of course is the Roman Catholic Church.
Rev. 18:24 tells us “in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints and of all who have been slain on the earth.” John Dowling’s classic History of Romanism is a catalog of such events as is our famous Foxe’s Book of Martyrs as we have already established.
I want to conclude with Revelation 18:4 I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues
As I showed in my article on the changing of times, our Reformers did not fully come out of the Scarlet Beast ridden by the Harlot. I say to you reader come out of the Harlot! Come out of Trinitarianism. Come out of the Hypostatic Union. Come out of the Soul doctrine and the floaty place. Come out of Asceticism and Angelic Celibacy. Come out of Sabbath desecration. Come out of eating abominations. Come out of her my people!