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?