These kings will agree to turn over their power and authority to the Beast.
They will go to war against the Lamb but the Lamb will defeat them, proof that he is Lord over all lords, King over all kings, and those with him will be the called, chosen, and faithful."
The Angel continued, "The waters you saw on which the Whore was enthroned are peoples and crowds, nations and languages.
And the ten horns you saw, together with the Beast, will turn on the Whore - they'll hate her, violate her, strip her naked, rip her apart with their teeth, then set fire to her.
It was God who put the idea in their heads to turn over their rule to the Beast until the words of God are completed.
The woman you saw is the great city, tyrannizing the kings of the earth."
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)