Revelation 17.7-14

When I saw her I marveled greatly.

But the angel said to me, “Why marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast with seven heads and ten horns that carries her.

“The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is to ascend from the bottomless pit and got to perdition. 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 behold the beast, because it was and is not and is to come.

“This calls for a mind with wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated; they are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen. One is, the other has not yet come, and when he comes he must remain only a little while.

“As for the beast that was and is not, it is an eighth but it belongs to the seven, and it goes to perdition. 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.

“These are of one mind, and give over their power and authority to the beast. 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.

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One response

  1. Should we just agree to be confused here, and go on? (I don’t know, but it sounds to my personal ears like some copyist got carried away by all this heady stuff & played a riff of his own here, heedless of the curse at the end of the book. Then again, I know I can be wrong (“No!”) and if someone can find good meaning in it, great!)

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