Then the angel said to me, "Why are you astounded? I will tell you the secret meaning of the woman and of the beast, with the seven heads and the 10 horns, that carries her.
The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up from the abyss and go to destruction. Those who live on the earth whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will be astounded when they see the beast that was, and is not, and will be present [again].
"Here is the mind with wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated.
They are also seven kings: five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he comes, he must remain for a little while.
The beast that was and is not, is himself the eighth, yet is of the seven and goes to destruction.