And 1he carried me awaya2in the Spirit3into a wilderness; and I saw a womansitting on a 4scarletbeast, full of 5blasphemousnames, having6sevenheads and tenhorns.
The woman7was clothed in purple and scarlet, and badorned with gold and preciouscstones and pearls, having in her hand8a goldcupfull of abominations and of the uncleanthings of her immorality,
and on her forehead a name was written, a 9mystery, "10BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF 11THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH."
And I saw the womandrunk with 12the blood of the dsaints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. When I saw her, I wonderedegreatly .
And the angelsaid to me, "Whyfdo you wonder? I will tell you the 13mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the 14sevenheads and the tenhorns.
"15The beast that you saw16was, and is not, and is about to 17come up out of the 18abyss and g19go to destruction. And 20those who dwell on the earth, 21whosename has not been written in the book of life22from the foundation of the world, will 23wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come.
"24Here is the mind which haswisdom. The 25sevenheads are sevenmountains on which the womansits,
and they are seven26kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yetcome; and when he comes, he mustremain a littlewhile.
"The beastwhich27was and is not, is himselfalso an eighth and is one of the seven, and he 28goes to destruction.
"The 29tenhornswhich you saw are tenkingswho have not yetreceived a kingdom, but they receiveauthority as kings with the beast30for onehour.
13"Thesehave31onehpurpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast.