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Summary: This is a verse by verse look at Revelation chapter seventeen.

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ – Chapter 17

I. Things Which Thou Hast Seen – Rev 1

II. Things Which Are – The Church Age – Rev 2-3

III. Things Which Are To Come – Rev 4-22

A. The Throne Of God – Rev 4

B. The Seven Seals Book – Rev 5

C. The First Six Seals Are Opened – Rev 6

D. The Sealing Of The Saved – Rev 7

E. The Lamb Opens The Seventh Seal – The First Four Trumpets Sound – Rev 8

F. Sounding of the Fifth and Sixth Trumpets – Rev 9

G. The Little Book – Rev 10

H. The Measuring Rod – The Two Witnesses – The Seventh Trumpet Sounds – Rev 11

I. The Woman and the Dragon – Rev 12

J. The Beasts – The Unholy Trinity – Rev 13

K. The Lamb on Mount Zion – Rev 14

L. The 7 Vials Of God’s Wrath – Rev 15-16

M. God’s Judgment On The Great Harlot – Rev 17

Rev 17:1-3 (NASB) “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, 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." 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.

a. One of the seven angels – v. 1

(1) who had the seven bowls

(2) came and spoke to John saying:

- come here

- I will show you the judgment of the great harlot

Who sits on my waters

With whom the kings of earth committed acts of immorality – v. 3

Those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality

(3) carried John away – v. 3

- in the spirit

- into the wilderness

Rev 17:3-5 (NASB) “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. 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, and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, "BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH."

b. John sees – v. 3

(1) a woman

- sitting on a scarlet beast

- full of blasphemous names

- having seven heads

- having ten horns

- clothed in purple and scarlet – v. 4

- adorned with gold

- adorned with precious stones

- adorned with pearls

- having a gold cup in her hand

Full of abominations

Full of unclean things of her immorality

- with a name – v. 5

Written on her forehead

A mystery

"BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH."

The daughter’s of the Harlot are many. Most denominational churches have their roots in the Catholic church.

Like their mother they taught salvation is something they bestow upon a person through baptism or a salvation of works. But this is not what the Bible teaches. Babylon will be the source of all the false, idolatrous, blasphemous worship in the end times.

Rev 17:6 (NASB) “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.”

c. John sees – v. 6

(1) the woman

- drunk

With the blood of the saints

With the blood of the witnesses of Jesus

*when John saw her – he wondered greatly

Rev 17:7 (NASB) “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.”

d. The angel says to John – v. 7

(1) why do you wonder

(2) I will tell you the mystery

- of the woman

- of the beast that carries her

Who has seven heads

Who has ten horns

John’s wondering is a wondering of a mystery. John is puzzled by the relation of the beast to this beautiful yet bloody woman in the vision. Much about her and her connection with the anti-Christ has been revealed – but John has not put all the pieces together in his head yet. In these next several verses the angel is going to use some plain words so John gets the big picture.

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