3.2.21. Harlot

The Great Harlot rides upon the Beast who has seven heads and ten horns [#16-#21] (Rev. Rev. 17:1+, Rev. 17:7+). The seven heads of the Beast are said to be seven mountains upon which the Harlot sits [#4-#21] (Rev. Rev. 17:9+). The Great Harlot sits upon “peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues” [#2-#21] (Rev. Rev. 17:15+). She rules over the kings of the earth [#21-#22] (Rev. Rev. 17:18+), but the ten kings of the last kingdom will hate her and eventually turn on her, making her desolate and naked, eating her flesh, and burning her with fire [#22-#21] (Rev. Rev. 17:16+). (The MT and NU texts indicate that the Beast also turns on her [#16-#21]. See commentary on Revelation 17:16.) The Great Harlot is an incessant persecutor of the saints throughout history, being “drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus” [#21-#20] (Rev. Rev. 17:6+). See The Great Harlot. See commentary on Revelation 17. See commentary on Revelation 12:1. See Symbols of Kingdoms.