Chapter 17

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1. Waters: People under Satanic power and influence (See ver. 15).
3. Wilderness: Place of desolation and drought where no springs of God are.
Woman: The great imperial city in her corrupt religious character. Papal Rome.
Scarlet-Colored Beast: Imperial Rome in its blasphemous form.
4. Purple: Imperial raiment. [Combined with scarlet a mixture of heavenly and earthly.]
Scarlet: Human glory and splendor.
Gold, Precious Stones and Pearls: Affectation of divine righteousness, glory, and beauty.
Abominations and Filthiness: Idolatry and corruption; prostitution of Christianity.
5. Babylon: The great licentious and idolatrous corruptress of religion; Western civilization in its religious aspect (Jer. 51:77Babylon hath been a golden cup in the Lord's hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad. (Jeremiah 51:7)).
Mystery: Pretension to truth.
9. Seven Mountains: Forms of government.
These, according to Livy and Tacitus, are
1. Kings }
2. Consuls }
3. Dictators } “Five are fallen.”
4. Decemvirs }
5. Military Tribunes }
6. Imperial: “One is” administered by Domitian in the time of John.
7. “And the other is not yet come.” [Foreshadowed perhaps by the first Napoleon.]