posted on Mar, 12 2004 @ 06:03 AM
First of all, I am not an expert at Bible Research and Interpretation. I do what I can to figure out what it's trying to say when, as in this
case, the scriptures shift between 'Specific & Generic' definition and 'Literal & Symbolic' meaning. I say this so as not to come off sounding
like 'I know it all' when it comes to Scripture, cause I don't. I'm making an educated attempt only, so don't go ballistic if you don't agree
or find a problem with my theory. Thanx
First let's prepare a 'Key' to help with the symbolic meanings of certain words that are being used. This helps me out alot when 'decrypting'
the language code that is in some scripture. Especially Revelations.
Beast - Kingdom, government
Blood - Life
Cup - Meted(Distributed) out suffering;judgment
Fornication - Illicit connection between church & world
Gold - True riches of heaven, faith, scripture
Heads - Major powers, rulers, governments
Horns - King or Kingdom;Power or Strength
Mountains - Political or Religious Power
Red (color) - Sin;Corruption
Waters - People;Inhabited Area;Nations
Wine - False doctrine/teachings
Woman (Whore-In this specific case only) - The Church - In this form Corrupted, Impure, False, etc.
Now let's look at the lines of Scripture. Below each line will be a translated version using the 'Key' words to try and work out the symbolic
meanings hidden or lost from language of then to now.
Revelation 17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of
blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw The Impure Church, Most Prominent Among the Sinful Kingdom, full of names
of blasphemy, with Seven Kings and Ten Powerful Rulers.
Revelation 17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in
her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
And the False Church adorned with Lavish Wealth & Monetary Riches holding the Scriptures of Judgment and Punishment which speak of these exact
same Greedy and Sinful Lifestyles between The Church and the World, and how they are abominations.
Revelation 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered
with great admiration.
And I saw The False Church Using the Lessons of Saints and the True Meaning of Scripture in Impure Ways for False Reasons and I looked upon it
Now, at this point (Revelation 17:7) The Angels try and help John, who is seeing/writing this, to better understand what it is that he is seeing.
The reason being that, just like John writes, he was slightly confused or in wondrous awe to this message and what it meant. So they begin to explain
certain aspects of where there are 'Double' meanings for certain symbols. **I will allow you to read and/or 'decrypt' those following passages for
yourselves this time however.**
Revelation 17:9 And here [is] the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
Revelation 17:10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, [and] the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short
Revelation 17:11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
Revelation 17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with
Revelation 17:13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are
with him [are] called, and chosen, and faithful.
Revelation 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
Revelation 17:16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat
her flesh, and burn her with fire.
Revelation 17:17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God
shall be fulfilled.
Revelation 17:18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
One last thing I'd like to mention is that after going over this again and again, I'm still not 100% sure that 'The Woman' is in fact The
Church, in the traditional sense. It may very well be that this 'False Church' and it's 'Religion' is Mis-Use of Technology & Science and/or Law
& Government. Manifesting itself in today's form as Cooperate Rule, Greedy & Selfish Living, Corrupt Legal System handing out Punishment and
Judgment, etc. It is easy to see that the dividing line between Government Rulers and Religious Rulers is difficult to make out, especially in terms
of what is 'True Justice' in Society as a whole, and 'True Morality' in Personal Lifestyle. I won't expand anymore on this now, but thought I'd
at least mention it.
I hope this has helped. 'Intelligent and/or Insightful Comments' are most welcome by others who've dug into the deeper meanings of Revelations
Mysterious Messages. Comments about my Interpretation and/or Method used above would be interesting to hear as well.