Friday, April 24, 2009

Bible Study: Revelation - What Was, What Is, What Is To Come - Chapter 17

Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses you through this material.


Take a few minutes to savor Revelation Chapter 17. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations.

17:1 — the punishment of the great prostitute — see 17:16.

Many waters — peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. See 17:15.

See Jeremiah 51:13 (AMP)

17:2 — See Jeremiah 25:15-16 (AMP)

17:3 — scarlet beast with 7 heads and 10 horns — see 12:3 and 13:1-10 - red dragon. 17:4 — dressed in purple and scarlet — royal color and color of blood.

Glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls — rich?

golden cup — see Daniel 5:3. Also gold — golden head of statue in Daniel 2 = Babylon. See Jeremiah 51:7 (AMP)

17:4 – golden cup – see Daniel 5:3. Also gold – golden head of statue in Daniel 2 = Babylon.

17:5 – That’s quite a tattoo on her forehead!

See Genesis 10:8-12 for the scriptures on the first world ruler.

17:6-7 — John was not to be astonished because that emotion is reserved for those whose names are not written in the book of life. See 17:8.

17:7 — mystery of the woman and the beast — see 17:9-18. 17:8 — See Daniel 7:3 (AMP)

17:9 — 7 hills — Rome began as a network of 7 hill settlements on the east bank of the Tiber River. Isn't it fascinating how scripture is corroborated by history?

17:12 — 10 horns — 10 toes of Daniel 2?

See Daniel 7:20-22 (AMP)

17:13-14 – see Revelation 19:11, 19. See Daniel 2:47 (AMP)

17:16 — beast and 10 horns will burn prostitute with fire. Fire — pyr — fire, flames (Strong's 4442/KWSB 4786). See Revelation 18:8.

What do you think the fire represents? Does this appear to represent judgment due to sin? Can you see the fire destroy what has been corrupted by sin?

17:17 — to accomplish his purpose — God uses evil to accomplish His purpose! Hallelujah!!!

17:18 — great city — Babylon? See 18:2. Once again, my Bible's study notes say this may be Jerusalem, Rome, Babylon or some other city that symbolizes the world opposed to God.

  • Remember that the main message of the book of Revelation is the infinite love, power and justice of the Lord Jesus Christ. How is this evident in today’s text?
  • What attributes of God do you see in this chapter?
  • What scripture seemed to be God speaking directly to you? What is He teaching you in these verses? How does He want you to respond?

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