posted on Nov, 18 2011 @ 08:28 PM
reply to post by Maigret
I've got to rest on the identification made in ch17 v8, which is unrelenting;
"The beast which you saw
[the scarlet beast] was and is not...and is to go to perdition"; the whole beast.
This is later repeated about "the eighth".
And the text does not say that the Beast which is involved in the attack on the Harlot in v16 ("they and the beast
will hate the Harlot") is
any other Beast than the one it has been talking about all through the chapter. It just continues saying "the Beast", the one that was mentioned
The solution which I adopted in ch13, and would repeat here, is that each head, as a corporate state, is "the current manifestation of the beast for
its own time" (so that the overall Beast is actually the whole sequence of states).
Then "the eighth", similarly, as a corporate body, is the current manifestation of the beast for its own time.
In the OP I drew attention to the very suggestive sequence in ancient Roman history in which the legendary seven kings of Rome were then followed by
the Roman Republic- a corporate body, and effectively the eighth in the sequqnce.
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