"IT COMES", Part 1
“Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me,
“Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the
kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the
wine of her fornication. So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman
sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten
horns.” (Rev 17:1-3)
“The beast that thou saw WAS, and IS NOT; and IS ABOUT TO COME up out of the abyss…”
“All students of Revelation know the enormous complexities of Verses 8-13. These verses will
remain complex no matter what we do to simplify them. Nevertheless, it is important to try to
identify the players in this saga as clearly as possible, and the Revelator supplies enough clues to
make certain conclusions secure. By identifying the players, a great deal of the difficulty of
interpretation is eliminated.” Before going any further it is important here to remember that the
Beast consist of four parts,
1) The rider: (the “Woman”) the apostate Roman Catholic Church, which has, indeed, by
harlotry controlled the direction of the beast.
2) The body of the beast: The People who either have nominally supported, or have by coercion
been functionally a part of the arrangement.
3) The horns: The supportive powers (governments, nations) which, throughout the age, have
fluctuated in identity.
4) The heads: The forms of authority, which have acted as kinds of umbrella philosophies over
this complex entity.
In Verse 8 we are introduced to a BEAST, which we were told we “saw” earlier.
Point # 1: The Beast here spoken of is NOT the ENTIRE 7-headed, 10-horned beast, spoken
of above in Verse 3.
How do we know this? Because Verse 8 says that THIS “beast” (which we saw) IS NOT,
(read the Verse again carefully), while (at the same time in history) we learn from Verse 10
that the WHOLE beast IS that is, it EXISTS at this same time WITH ONE HEAD (the 6th)
which it CLEARLY STATES “IS” (in existence).
THEREFORE: This beast IS (Verse 10) and IS NOT (Verse 8) AT THE SAME TIME!
This seems like double-talk, but it is not. The expansion of POINT #1 is this:
SOME FUNCTION (some characteristic, some form, some aberration, some historic identity or
peculiarity) of the beast USED TO EXIST, but does not (now) CURRENTLY exist — EVEN
THOUGH THE BEAST AS A WHOLE DOES CURRENTLY EXIST. By currently, we mean at the time
of the angel’s ministry up to the present, (Thus the importance in understanding who particularly
the angel or messenger who spoke to John was and at what time his ministry took place. Our
understanding is that this was the Seventh Messenger, the Laodicean Messenger.)
Verse 8 gives a further clue. When it says “The beast that you saw,” it clearly refers back to
Verses 3- 5 — the “wilderness” period (A.D. 539-1799). THEREFORE, whatever aberration of the
beast we are looking for should be found DURING THAT TIME.
NOTE: There WAS one particular and peculiar (and scripturally noted) instance during that
period (A.D. 539-1799) when the BODY of the beast had an UPRISING. During the French
Republic, the PEOPLE (the body of the beast) rose up against head, horns, and harlot rider. This is
when 1/10th of the * “city” fell (Rev 11:13). Apparently this beast (NOT a WHOLE beast, but
only the people constituting its body) will ONCE MORE appear for the destruction of the
other 9/10ths of the “city.” (Verses 8, 11-13, 16, 17, Consider Rev 11:7-13 CAREFULLY)
NOTE ALSO: The French Republic WAS NOT A HEAD! It DID NOT work with or under the
Roman Catholic Church (which all the heads do; thus she “rides” them.) It was contemporaneous
with the yet- existing Holy Roman Empire, which was the contemporary head. Napoleon’s overthrow
of the Holy Roman Empire (1806) created the NEXT head — the Napoleonic Empire, which was the
5th head, which DID work with Papacy.
Point # 2: The PARTIAL beast (of Verses 8, 11-13, 16, 17) is THUS SAID to be “of the
seven,” but NOT ONE of the seven.” (We should not look for a definition of this [partial] beast
prior to the first head since Verse 11 says that it is “of the seven.”)
This aberration of the people’s rising up, (the BODY of the beast rising up) happened DURING THE
TIME of the WHOLE beast’s continuing to function with its head and horns. Thus this PARTIAL
beast WAS (but not for long) during the French Revolution.
It WAS during the “wilderness” period.
It WAS (i.e. it existed in France) while the WHOLE beast continued to function in the other 9/10ths
of the city (the remainder of Babylon, Christendom, Europe in this case).
But, in the days of the Seventh Messenger, the Laodicean Messenger, it was appropriately said that
this beast “IS NOT” because the uprising of the body was in the past. The prophecy shows,
however, that this aberration (uprising of the body, the people) will AGAIN manifest itself
— “it is about to come up and go into destruction.” (Verse 8)
Point # 3: The PARTIAL beast is a “king,” but NOT a new head.
When we look at Verses 9 and 10, we are asked to apply wisdom — to interpret the symbols the
angel gave us. We encounter an interesting and important SWITCH of symbols. First we are told
that the heads (forms of government) ARE mountains (kingdoms.) This is not too difficult to
conceive of as each of the seven heads, while in existence, was considered AN EMPIRE (kingdom.)
The next statement is the tricky one:
“And (THEY) are seven kings…”
Some translators word it:
“And (THERE) are seven kings…”
The fact is, the Greek does NOT have “they” or “there” both words are supplied by the
translators according to their understanding. As we can see, the choice MAKES A SIGNIFICANT
Which is correct?
There is evidence in the context that the first example is the correct idea, i. e., the seven heads
and/or the seven mountains ARE seven kings. Because we KNOW the basic sequence of heads
from history, we KNOW that in the days of the Laodicean Messenger FIVE heads (and/or
mountains) were in the past. It says the SAME THING about the kings — FIVE are past.
It seems MOST LOGICAL, then, to EQUATE heads, mountains, and kings. If we say the kings
are different from and in addition to the heads, we are faced with an interpretation seemingly beyond
possibility. But this leaves one big question:
Why does the symbology change from “heads” in Verses 3 and 9 to “kings” in Verse 10?
THE ANSWER: It changes because the beast ONLY HAS SEVEN HEADS — never any more!
But, the Partial Beast (the one which was, but isn’t, but will be) WILL BE a king but NOT a
new head. This is why the symbology HAD TO CHANGE. Hence:
“The (partial) beast . . . is himself also an eighth (king), and is of (or related to the history of)
the seven (kings or heads)” which the beast had in the past.
What does this mean? WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HEAD AND A KING? This is
CENTRAL to interpretation.
The harlot sits on the beast with seven heads. This means that all the heads are in collusion
with the harlot. BUT THIS EIGHTH KING does NOT work with the harlot. She does NOT sit
on or control this beast (body of people) any more than she controlled the French Republic.
It is, therefore, NOT an eighth head; it is an eighth king. It will rule, just as the French
Republic did. The change of symbology from the heads to kings was NECESSARY in order to
make this point clear.
This “wisdom” or understanding is what was implied by the angel when he stated, “Here is the
mind which has wisdom…” if you are able to grasp this thought, i.e. the difference between
a “head” and a “king” as used by the angel in the context, then do you possess the mind
which hath wisdom.
In the general sense we know the identity of the dragon and the beast; however it’s their “heads”
and “horns” which tend to give us the most trouble.” (N.A.N.O.R. Pages 134-136)
*The “city” as explained by the angel, Rev 17:18,
“And the woman whom you saw (the harlot who had controlled the age) is the great city (the
antitypical Babylon, the capital of Christendom) which reigns (She is an apostate church. She
reigned too early and improperly. It is in the present tense because it is the angel speaking in his
day) over the kings of the earth (a church over the state: harlotry).”
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