And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, "come, I'll show you the judgment of the great war who is seated on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth of committed fornication, and with the wind of who's fornication the inhabitants of the earth have become drunk." Said he carried me away in the spirit into a wilderness, and I saw woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and 10 horns. The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and portals, holding her hand a golden cup of abominations in the securities of her fornication; and on her for head was written in eight, a mystery: "Babylon the great, mother of wars and the earth's abominations." And I solved that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints in the blood of the witnesses to Jesus.
When I saw her, I was greatly amazed at the angel said to me, "Why are you so amazed? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast with seven heads content warns that carries her. The beast that you saw was and is not, and is about to send from the bottomless pit and go to destruction. And the inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life on the foundation of the world will be amazed when they see the beast because it was and is not in is to come.
"This calls for a mine that has wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains which the woman is seated; also they are seven King's of whom five have fallen one is living, and the other has not yet come; and when he comes, you must remain only if in a little while. As for the beast that was and is not it is an eight but it belongs to the seven, and he goes to destruction. In the 10 horns that you saw our 10 kings have not yet received the kingdom that they are to receive authority as kings for one hour, together with the beast. These are united in yielding their power and authority to the beast; they will make war on the lamb, and the lamb will conquer the fur he is Lord of lords thinking of canes and those with them are called and chosen and faithful."
And he said to me, "the waters that you saw were the whores ceded our peoples and multitudes in nations and languages. In the 10 horns that you saw a and the beast will hate the four they will make her desolate and naked they will devour her flesh and burn her up with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to carry out his purpose by agreeing to give their kingdom to the beast, and for the words of God will be fulfilled. The woman he saw as the great city the rules over the kings of the earth.
I have chosen this passage because of its symbolism its controversy and I think in some ways it applies to today's society. Revelation is considered to be the most apocalyptic book of the Bible. The 17th passage is a very vivid and mystical example of this apocalypse. In my exegesis I shall make reference to the historical Association between the symbolisms of these verses that many scholars have made, and how the symbolism relates in today's world (considering history often repeats itself).
v. 1: The Judgment of the Great Whore: Babylon has been taken literally as the Mesopotamian Babylon or the Egyptian Babylon. (Freedman 366) It has been taken symbolically representing a place, to be the kingdom of Rome. (Freedman 367) the idea of Babylon is symbolic of power and influence idolatry and consumption (Allbright 366 ). Babylon as an idea quite easily relates to today's world. Rome was a nation that ruled King's, it is arguable that the United States of America does the exact same thing. There have been many comments cartoons, and other mockeries that would show several of the modern world's leaders to be in the White House's pocket.
V.2 Fornication: The word fornication being taken more in the politics makes strange "bedfellows" sense, then in the more literal carnal knowledge definition,...
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Harper 's Bible dictionary "Babylon" p55
Anchor Bible dictionary "Babylon" p 564
Interpreter 's Dictionary of the Bible "Babylon" p338
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