Doom of Babylon
Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and
spoke with me, saying, "Come here, I will show you the judgment
of the great harlot who sits on many waters,
2 with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality,
and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine
of her immorality."
3 And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and
I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous
names, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with
gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold
cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality,
5 and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, "BABYLON
THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE
6 And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and
with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. When I saw her, I wondered
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.
Victory for the Lamb
"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.
17 "For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose
by having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the
beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled.
18 "The woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns
over the kings of the earth."