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The Revelation

(Category 16 of 16)


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The Scarlet Woman and the Scarlet Beast


1 Then aone of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying 1to me, “Come, bI will show you the judgment of cthe great harlot dwho sits on many waters,
2 a“with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and bthe inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”
3 So he carried me away in the Spirit ainto the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting bon a scarlet beast which was full of cnames of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 The woman awas arrayed in purple and scarlet, band adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, chaving in her hand a golden cup dfull of abominations and the filthiness of 1her fornication.
5 And on her forehead a name was written:


6 I saw athe woman, drunk bwith the blood of the saints and with the blood of cthe martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.

The Meaning of the Woman and the Beast

7 But the angel said to me, “Why did you marvel? I will tell you the 1mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.
8 “The beast that you saw was, and is not, and awill ascend out of the bottomless pit and bgo to 1perdition. And those who cdwell on the earth dwill marvel, ewhose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and 2yet is.
9 a“Here is the mind which has wisdom: bThe seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits.
10 “There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must acontinue a short time.
11 “The abeast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to 1perdition.
12 a“The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast.

CHAPTER 17 References

1 aRev. 1:1;
21:9 bRev.
16:19 cNah.
3:4 dJer. 51:13
1NU, M omit
to me
2 aRev. 2:22;
18:3, 9 bJer.
3 aRev. 12:6,
14; 21:10
bRev. 12:3
cRev. 13:1
4 aRev. 18:12,
16 bDan.
11:38 cJer.
51:7 dRev.
14:8 1M the
fornication of
the earth
5 a2 Thess. 2:7
6 aRev. 18:24
bRev. 13:15
cRev. 6:9, 10
7 1hidden
8 aRev. 11:7
bRev. 13:10;
17:11 cRev.
3:10 dRev.
13:3 eRev. 13:8
2NU, M shall
be present
9 aRev. 13:18
bRev. 13:1
10 aRev. 13:5
11 aRev. 13:3,
12, 14; 17:8
12 aDan. 7:20
14 aRev. 16:14;
19:19 bRev.
19:20 c1 Tim.
6:15 dJer.
15 aIs. 8:7
bRev. 13:7
16 aJer. 50:41
bRev. 18:17, 19
cEzek. 16:37,
39 dRev. 18:8
1NU, M saw,
and the beast
17 a2 Thess.
2:11 bRev.
18 aRev. 11:8;
16:19 bRev.

CHAPTER 18 References

1 aRev. 17:1, 7
bEzek. 43:2
2 aIs. 13:19;
21:9 bIs. 13:21;
34:11, 13–15
cIs. 14:23 1NU,
M omit
3 aRev. 14:8
bIs. 47:15 1Lit.
4 aIs. 48:20
5 aGen. 18:20
bRev. 16:19
1NU, M have
been heaped
6 aPs. 137:8 bRev. 14:10 cRev. 16:19 1NU, M
omit to you 7 aEzek. 28:2–8 bIs. 47:7, 8


13 “These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.
14 a“These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will bovercome them, cfor He is Lord of lords and King of kings; dand those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”
15 Then he said to me, a“The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, bare peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.
16 “And the ten horns which you 1saw on the beast, athese will hate the harlot, make her bdesolate cand naked, eat her flesh and dburn her with fire.
17 a“For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, buntil the words of God are fulfilled.
18 “And the woman whom you saw ais that great city bwhich reigns over the kings of the earth.”

The Fall of Babylon the Great


1 Aftera these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, band the earth was illuminated with his glory.
2 And he cried 1mightily with a loud voice, saying, aBabylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and bhas become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and ca cage for every unclean and hated bird!
3 “For all the nations ahave drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, band the merchants of the earth have become rich through the 1abundance of her luxury.”
4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, a“Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.
5 a“For her sins 1have reached to heaven, and bGod has remembered her iniquities.
6 aRender to her just as she rendered 1to you, and repay her double according to her works; bin the cup which she has mixed, cmix double for her.
7 a“In the measure that she glorified herself and lived 1luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as bqueen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’
8 “Therefore her plagues will

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come ain one day—death and mourning and famine. And bshe will be utterly burned with fire, cfor strong is the Lord God who 1judges her.

The World Mourns Babylon’s Fall

9 a“The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her bwill weep and lament for her, cwhen they see the smoke of her burning,
10 “standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, aAlas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! bFor in one hour your judgment has come.’
11 “And athe merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore:
12 a“merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet, every kind of citron wood, every kind of object of ivory, every kind of object of most precious wood, bronze, iron, and marble;
13 “and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and asouls of men.
14 “The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are rich and splendid have 1gone from you, and you shall find them no more at all.
15 “The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
16 “and saying, ‘Alas, alas, athat great city bthat was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls!
17 a‘For in one hour such great riches 1came to nothing.’ bEvery shipmaster, all who travel by ship, sailors, and as many as trade on the sea, stood at a distance
18 a“and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, b‘What is like this great city?’
19 a“They threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and wailing, and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! bFor in one hour she 1is made desolate.’
20 a“Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you 1holy apostles and prophets, for bGod has avenged you on her!”

Finality of Babylon’s Fall

21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, a“Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and bshall not be found anymore.

8 aRev. 18:10
bRev. 17:16
cJer. 50:34
1NU, M has
9 aEzek. 26:16;
27:35 bJer.
50:46 cRev.
10 aIs. 21:9
bRev. 18:17, 19
11 aEzek.
12 aRev. 17:4
13 aEzek.
14 1NU, M
been lost to
16 aRev. 17:18
bRev. 17:4
17 aRev. 18:10
bIs. 23:14
1have been
laid waste
18 aEzek.
27:30 bRev.
19 aJosh. 7:6
bRev. 18:8
1have been
laid waste
20 aJer. 51:48
bLuke 11:49
1NU, M saints
and apostles
21 aJer. 51:63,
64 bRev. 12:8;
22 aJer. 7:34;
16:9; 25:10
23 aJer. 25:10
bJer. 7:34; 16:9
cIs. 23:8
d2 Kin. 9:22
24 aRev. 16:6;
17:6 bJer.

22 a“The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters shall not be heard in you anymore. No craftsman of any craft shall be found in you anymore, and the sound of a millstone shall not be heard in you anymore.
23 a“The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, band the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For cyour merchants were the great men of the earth, dfor by your sorcery all the nations were deceived.
24 “And ain her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who bwere slain on the earth.”

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God the Refuge of His People and Conqueror of the Nations

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A Song afor Alamoth.

1 GOD is our arefuge and strength, bA1 very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the 1midst of the sea;
3 aThough its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

4 There is a ariver whose streams shall make glad the bcity of God, The holy place of the 1tabernacle of the Most High.
5 God is ain the midst of her, she shall not be 1moved; God shall help her, just 2at the break of dawn.

PSALM 46 References

title a1 Chr.
1 aPs. 62:7, 8
b[Deut. 4:7;
Ps. 145:18] 1An abundantly
2 1Lit. heart
3 a[Ps. 93:3, 4] 4 a[Ezek.
47:1–12] bPs.
48:1, 8; Is.
5 a[Deut.
23:14; Is.
12:6]; Ezek.
43:7; Hos.
11:9; [Joel
2:27; Zeph.
3:15; Zech.
2:5, 10, 11;
8:3] 1shaken
2Lit. at the
turning of the
6 aPs. 2:1, 2
7 aNum. 14:9;
2 Chr. 13:12
9 aIs. 2:4 bPs.
76:3 cEzek.
10 a[Is. 2:11,

6 aThe nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

7 The aLORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, Who has made desolations in the earth.
9 aHe makes wars cease to the end of the earth; bHe breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; cHe burns the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God; aI will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
11 The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah




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