Rev. 17

Rev. 17:16

"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. [NASB]

My Translation
[my translatio]
καὶ τὰ δέκα κέρατα ἃ εἶδες καὶ τὸ θηρίον οὗτοι μισήσουσιν τὴν πόρνην καὶ ἠρημωμένην ποιήσουσιν αὐτὴν καὶ γυμνήν καὶ τὰς σάρκας αὐτῆς φάγονται καὶ αὐτὴν κατακαύσουσιν ἐν πυρί


They hate the harlot --

There are many theories as to who the harlot is:

  • Apostate Israel
  • Apostate church
  • Islam
  • Economic Center Based on Commerce alone, without a moral base- Everything is for sale for a price, even lives.
  • All the above combined

Reading between the lines, I assume that the Harlot is a combination of Humanism and Spiritualism. She stands in direct opposition to God. She lusts for the things of this world: money, pleasure, luxury, pride, arrogance, and power. She thinks that she deserves it and has the right to obtain it even if she has to lie, cheat, steal, or murder to get it. The Bible is clear that those things are contrary to God. They are the essence of this fallen worldly system that is the Harlot:

1 John 2:15-16 (Berean Study Bible)

"Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not from the Father but from the world.

(by William Bell - - March 24, 2022, 11:57 a.m.
The beast hates the harlot --

Who is this harlot? We have looked at various ideas. Here is what I think it is: Humanism. The harlot represents mankind who exalt themselves and seek self-fulfillment. We see this more clearly in chapter 18. In that chapter, John describes all that is lost when Babylon is destroyed. This paints a very clear picture of the harlot:

  1. immorality without limits: sexual pleasure whenever and however they want it (including rape, homosexuality, necrophilia, and bestiality).
  2. wealth, as a means of getting whatever they desire, including power over others and immunity from the consequences of their actions.
  3. pleasure
  4. indulgence
  5. "It's all about me!"
  6. "I deserve this. I deserve to be happy. (and happiness means getting what I want, when I want it, and don't stand in my way of getting it.
  7. music and dancing
  8. fine food and precious spices
  9. fine clothing
  10. luxuries of every kind
  11. entertainment
  12. All that is in the world, the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and the boastful pride of life.

That is why the harlot hates God and his people: They stand between her and achieving her desires. So, she persecutes the saints and kills them. It says she is drunk with the blood of the saints.

But the devil hates all mankind. Not just Christians. The harlot was just a useful tool. She led the masses into worldliness and sin. She used her influence to pave the way for the Antichrist to come to power. The devil totally hates those who follow Jesus. But he also hates the entire human race, including those who follow the harlot. They used the harlot to gain power. But once they achieved their goal, they turned on her and destroyed her.

(by William Bell - - May 15, 2022, 11:35 a.m.

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