Bible: Revelation 17:1-18:24
The Great Prostitute and the Beast
17:1 Then 1 one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke to me. 2 “Come,” he said, “I will show you the condemnation and punishment 3 of the great prostitute who sits on many waters, 17:2 with whom the kings of the earth committed sexual immorality and the earth’s inhabitants got drunk with the wine of her immorality.” 4 17:3 So 5 he carried me away in the Spirit 6 to a wilderness, 7 and there 8 I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. 17:4 Now 9 the woman was dressed in purple and scarlet clothing, 10 and adorned with gold, 11 precious stones, and pearls. She held 12 in her hand a golden cup filled with detestable things and unclean things from her sexual immorality. 13 17:5 On 14 her forehead was written a name, a mystery: 15 “Babylon the Great, the Mother of prostitutes and of the detestable things of the earth.” 17:6 I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of those who testified to Jesus. 16 I 17 was greatly astounded 18 when I saw her. 17:7 But 19 the angel said to me, “Why are you astounded? I will interpret 20 for you the mystery of the woman and of the beast with the seven heads and ten horns that carries her. 17:8 The beast you saw was, and is not, but is about to come up from the abyss 21 and then go to destruction. The 22 inhabitants of the earth – all those whose names have not been written in the book of life since the foundation of the world – will be astounded when they see that 23 the beast was, and is not, but is to come. 17:9 (This requires 24 a mind that has wisdom.) The seven heads are seven mountains 25 the woman sits on. They are also seven kings: 17:10 five have fallen; one is, 26 and the other has not yet come, but whenever he does come, he must remain for only a brief time. 17:11 The 27 beast that was, and is not, is himself an eighth king and yet is one of the seven, and is going to destruction. 17:12 The 28 ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but will receive ruling authority 29 as kings with the beast for one hour. 17:13 These kings 30 have a single intent, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. 17:14 They will make war with the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them, because he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those accompanying 31 the Lamb are the called, chosen, and faithful.”
17:15 Then 32 the angel 33 said to me, “The waters you saw (where the prostitute is seated) are peoples, multitudes, 34 nations, and languages. 17:16 The 35 ten horns that you saw, and the beast – these will hate the prostitute and make her desolate and naked. They 36 will consume her flesh and burn her up with fire. 37 17:17 For God has put into their minds 38 to carry out his purpose 39 by making 40 a decision 41 to give their royal power 42 to the beast until the words of God are fulfilled. 43 17:18 As for 44 the woman you saw, she is the great city that has sovereignty over the kings of the earth.”
Babylon is Destroyed
“Fallen, fallen, is Babylon the great!
She 47 has become a lair for demons,
a haunt 48 for every unclean spirit,
a haunt for every unclean bird,
a haunt for every unclean and detested beast. 49
the wine of her immoral passion, 52
and the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality with her,
and the merchants of the earth have gotten rich from the power of her sensual behavior.” 53
18:4 Then 54 I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, so you will not take part in her sins and so you will not receive her plagues, 18:5 because her sins have piled 55 up all the way to heaven 56 and God has remembered 57 her crimes. 58 18:6 Repay her the same way she repaid others; 59 pay her back double 60 corresponding to her deeds. In the cup she mixed, mix double the amount for her. 18:7 As much as 61 she exalted herself and lived in sensual luxury, 62 to this extent give her torment and grief because she said to herself, 63 ‘I rule as queen and am no widow; I will never experience grief!’ 18:8 For this reason, she will experience her plagues 64 in a single day: disease, 65 mourning, 66 and famine, and she will be burned down 67 with fire, because the Lord God who judges her is powerful!”
18:9 Then 68 the kings of the earth who committed immoral acts with her and lived in sensual luxury 69 with her will weep and wail for her when they see the smoke from the fire that burns her up. 70 18:10 They will stand a long way off because they are afraid of her torment, and will say,
“Woe, woe, O great city,
Babylon the powerful city!
For in a single hour your doom 71 has come!”
18:11 Then 72 the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn for her because no one buys their cargo 73 any longer – 18:12 cargo such as gold, silver, 74 precious stones, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk, 75 scarlet cloth, 76 all sorts of things made of citron wood, 77 all sorts of objects made of ivory, all sorts of things made of expensive wood, bronze, iron and marble, 18:13 cinnamon, spice, 78 incense, perfumed ointment, 79 frankincense, 80 wine, olive oil and costly flour, 81 wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and four-wheeled carriages, 82 slaves and human lives. 83
has gone from you,
have gone from you –
they will never ever be found again!) 88
“Woe, woe, O great city –
dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet clothing, 91
and adorned with gold, 92 precious stones, and pearls –
18:17 because in a single hour such great wealth has been destroyed!” 93
And every ship’s captain, 94 and all who sail along the coast 95 – seamen, and all who 96 make their living from the sea, stood a long way off 18:18 and began to shout 97 when they saw the smoke from the fire that burned her up, 98 “Who is like the great city?” 18:19 And they threw dust on their heads and were shouting with weeping and mourning, 99
“Woe, Woe, O great city –
in which all those who had ships on the sea got rich from her wealth –
because in a single hour she has been destroyed!” 100
18:20 (Rejoice over her, O heaven,
and you saints and apostles and prophets,
18:21 Then 103 one powerful angel picked up a stone like a huge millstone, threw it into the sea, and said,
“With this kind of sudden violent force 104
Babylon the great city will be thrown down 105
and it will never be found again!
18:22 And the sound of the harpists, musicians,
flute players, and trumpeters
will never be heard in you 106 again.
will ever be found in you again;
the noise of a mill 109 will never be heard in you again.
18:23 Even the light from a lamp
will never shine in you again!
The voices of the bridegroom and his bride
will never be heard in you again.
For your merchants were the tycoons of the world,
along with the blood 114 of all those who had been killed on the earth.”