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17:1,2
And one of the seven angels that had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying,
'Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot sitting on many waters;
with whom the kings of the earth practised fornication,
and those that dwell on the earth became drunk from the wine of her fornication.'
 
17:3
And he carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, filled with names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
 
17:4,5 
And the woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and gilded with gold and precious stone and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand filled with abominations and even the unclean things of her fornication, and on her forehead a name of mystery was written,
'Babylon The Great,
The Mother of the Harlots and of the Abominations of the Earth.'
Name on her head-band
as the prostitutes of Rome at that time.
17:6
And I saw the woman drunk from the blood of the saints and from the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. And when I saw her, I wondered with a great wonder.
 
17:7,8
And the angel said to me,
'Why did you wonder?
I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast carrying her,
which has the seven heads and the ten horns.
The beast which you saw was and is not,
and is about to come up out of the abyss, and goes to destruction;
and those dwelling on the earth will wonder
(whose name has not been written in the scroll of life from the foundation of the world)
seeing the beast who was, and is not, yet now is.


'abyss' = the confinement of demons
17:9-13
Here is the mind having wisdom.
The seven heads are seven mountains, where the woman sits on them,
and are seven kings; the five fell, the one is, the other is not yet come;
and when he comes, he must continue a little while.
And the beast which was and is not, he is an eighth, and is of the seven and goes to destruction.
And the ten horns which you saw are ten kings, who have not yet received a kingdom,
but receive authority as kings for one hour with the beast.
These have one mind, and give their power and authority to the beast.
As per the 71 AD sestertius coin
of Roman Emperor Vespasian
17:14 
These will make war with the little Lamb, and the little Lamb will overcome them,
because He is Lord of lords, and King of kings,
and those with Him are called and chosen and faithful.'
Christians victorious!
17:15-16
And he says to me,
'The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits,
are peoples and crowds, and nations and languages.
And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the harlot,
and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh, and will consume her with fire;
 
17:17
For God put in their hearts to do His mind,
and to be of one mind and give their kingdom to the beast,
until the words of God shall be accomplished.
 
17:18
And the woman whom you saw is the great city,
which has a kingdom over the kings of the earth.'
 
18:1-3 
After these things I saw another angel coming down out of Heaven, having great authority; and the earth was illuminated by his glory. And he cried in a strong voice, saying,
'Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great,
and become a dwelling-place of demons, and a prison of every unclean spirit,
and a prison of every unclean and hated bird.
For by the wine of the anger of her fornication all the nations have drunk;
and the kings of the earth practised fornication with her,
and the merchants of the earth became rich from the power of her luxury.'
 
18:4-20
And I heard another voice out of Heaven, saying,
'Come forth, my people, out of her, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues,
because her sins have grown up to Heaven, and God remembered her misdeeds.
Give back to her  as indeed she she gave back, and double to her double according to her works;
in the cup in which she mixed, mix to her double.
By what things she glorified herself and luxuriated, by so much give to her torment and sorrow.
Because she says in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall in no wise see sorrow;
therefore in one day her plagues will come, death, and sorrow, and famine;
and she will be consumed with fire; for strong is the Lord God judging her.
And the kings of the earth, having practised fornication and having luxuriated with her,
will weep and wail over her, when they see the smoke of her burning,
standing afar off because of the fear of her torment, saying,
'Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city!
For in one hour your judgment is come.'

And the merchants of the earth weep and sorrow over her, because no one buys their cargo any more; cargo of gold, and silver, and precious stone, and pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet; and all *thyine wood, and every ivory vessel, and every vessel of most precious wood, and of bronze, and iron, and marble; and cinnamon, and spice, and incense, and ointment, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts of burden, and sheep; and horses and chariots and slaves, and lives of men.
And the fruits of the lust of your life are gone away from you,
and all the sumptuous things and bright things are perished from you, and by no means shall they find them any more.
The merchants of these things, who were made rich by her, will stand afar off weeping and sorrowing for the fear of her torment, saying,
'Woe, woe, the great city,
she that was arrayed in fine linen and purple and scarlet,
and decked with gold and precious stone and pearl!
For in one hour so great wealth is made desolate.'
And every steersman, and every one sailing anywhere, and sailors, and as many as work the sea,
stood from afar, and cried out seeing the smoke of her burning, saying,
'What city is like the great city?'
And they threw dust on their heads, and cried out, weeping and sorrowing, saying,
'Woe, woe, the great city,
by which all that had ships in the sea were rich from her worth!
For in one hour is she made desolate.'
Be glad over her, Heaven, and saints, and apostles, and prophets;
for God judged your judgement on her.'
*citron wood, an odoriferous North African tree used as incense, prized by the ancient Greeks and Romans on account of the beauty of its wood for various ornamental purposes
18:21-23
And one strong angel lifted a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying,
'Thus with a rush Babylon, the great city, shall be thrown down, and shall be found no longer.
And the sound of harpers and musicians and flautists and trumpeters
shall not be heard in you any longer;
and every craftsman, of every craft, shall be found in you no longer;
and the sound of a mill shall be heard in you no longer;
and the light of a lamp shall shine in you no longer;
and the voice of bridegroom and of bride shall be heard in you no longer:
because your merchants were the great ones of the earth,
because by your sorcery all the nations were deceived.
 
18:24 
And in her the blood of prophets and of saints was found,
and of all those who have been slain on the earth.'
 
19:1-3 
After these things I heard like a loud voice of a great crowd in Heaven, saying,
'Hallelujah. The salvation, and the glory, and the power of our God,
because His judgements are true and righteous;
because He judged the great harlot who defiled the earth with her fornication,
and He avenged the blood of His slaves from her hand.'
And a second time they said,
'Hallelujah. And her smoke goes up forever and ever.'
 
19:4
And the twenty-four Seniors and the four Animals fell and worshipped God sitting on the throne, saying,
'Amen; Hallelujah.'
 

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