Revelation 17:9-14

9 "1Here is the mind which has wisdom. The 2seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits,
10 and they are seven 3kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while.
11 "The beast which 4was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he 5goes to destruction.
12 "The 6ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast 7for one hour.
13 "These have 8one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast.

Victory for the Lamb

14 "These will wage 9war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will 10overcome them, because He is 11Lord of lords and 12King of kings, and 13those who are with Him are the 14called and chosen and faithful."

Revelation 17:9-14 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO REVELATION 17

This chapter contains a vision of a beast, and a woman on it, and the interpretation of it; one of the seven angels that had the seven vials proposes to John to show him the whore of Babylon, the Jezabel before spoken of, who sits on many waters, with whom the kings and inhabitants of the earth have committed fornication, being intoxicated by her, Re 17:1,2 in order to which he carries him into the wilderness, and there he sees a woman, who is described by the beast she sat on, of a scarlet colour, full of blasphemous names, with seven heads and ten horns; by her array, in purple and scarlet, decked with gold, pearls, and precious stones; by a cup she had in her hand, full of abominable filth; by a name written on her forehead, given at large, and by the condition she was in, drunk with the blood of the saints; which sight filled John with great wonder and admiration, Re 17:3-6 wherefore, to remove his astonishment, the angel proposes to explain to him the mystery of the woman, and the beast she sat on, Re 17:7 and first the mystery of the beast is explained, by its several states, past, present, and to come; by its original and end, ascending out of the bottomless pit, and going into perdition; by the veneration it would be had in by the reprobate part of the world, Re 17:8 its seven heads are interpreted of the seven mountains on which the city of Rome, designed by the woman, stood, and of seven kings, or forms of government, five of which had ceased, and one was in being in John's time, another was to come, which should not continue long, and the beast would be an eighth, Re 17:9-11 its ten horns are explained of ten kings, described by their kingdom they had not as yet received, and which they should have one hour with the beast; by their agreement in mind and conduct; and by their war with the Lamb, the King of kings, and Lord of lords, and those that are with him, the called, chosen, and faithful, and the issue of it, Re 17:12-14 the waters on which the whore sat are interpreted of a multitude of people, nations, and tongues, Re 17:15 the hatred and destruction of her by the ten kings, and the manner of it, are declared, Re 17:16 which is owing to the will of God, who put it into their hearts to agree to give their kingdom to the beast till the prophecies and promises were fulfilled respecting this matter, and now to destroy the whore that sat upon it, Re 17:17 which woman is explained of the great city of Rome, that reigns over the kings of the earth, Re 17:18.

Revelation 17:9-14 In-Context

7 And the angel said to me, "Why do you wonder? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.
8 "The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come.
9 "Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits,
10 and they are seven kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while.
11 "The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction.
12 "The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour.
13 "These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast.
14 "These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful."
15 And he said to me, "The waters which you saw where the harlot sits, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues.
16 "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 burn her up with fire.

Cross References 14

  • 1. Revelation 13:18
  • 2. Revelation 17:3
  • 3. Revelation 10:11
  • 4. Rev 13:3, 12, 14; Revelation 17:8
  • 5. Revelation 13:10; Revelation 17:8
  • 6. Daniel 7:24; Revelation 12:3; Revelation 13:1; Revelation 17:16
  • 7. Rev 18:10, 17, 19
  • 8. Revelation 17:17
  • 9. Revelation 16:14
  • 10. Revelation 3:21
  • 11. 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 19:16
  • 12. 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 19:16
  • 13. Revelation 2:10
  • 14. Matthew 22:14

Footnotes 1

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