John's astounding vision of
the harlot, first persecutor
of true Christian witnesses
in the coming end-time drama.

- By Dr. Gavin Finley
- endtimepilgrim.org

A harlot rides a beast with ten horns. (Rev.17) <br>
What is God telling us?
A harlot rides a beast with ten horns. (Rev.17)
What is God telling us?


In chapter 17 of the Apocalypse, (the Revelation of Jesus Christ), John the Beloved, who has been imprisoned on the island of Patmos, sees an open vision which amazes him. He sees an unfaithful woman, a harlot, riding a beast with ten horns. She holds in her hand the Cup of the Covenant which she has profaned and defiled. John sees the harlot riding the ten horned scarlet red beast as it comes up out of the wilderness.

Revelation 17
1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying,
"Come here, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters,
2. with whom the kings of the earth committed {acts of} immorality,
and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality."

3. And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness;
and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names,
having seven heads and ten horns.

4. The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet,
and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls,
having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations
and of the unclean things of her immorality,

5. and on her forehead a name {was} written,

6. And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints,
and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus.

When I saw her, I wondered greatly.

7. And the angel said to me, "Why do you wonder?
I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her,
which has the seven heads and the ten horns.

Here in Rev. 17 John sees the beast and the harlot on the scene together. Indeed the harlot is riding or reigning over the ten horned end time global beast. This must be in the time period before the ten horns are given crowns and thereby given their own sovereign power to rule. (Rev.13) When John viewed the harlot in Revelation 17 the ten horns did not have crowns or diadems. They did not have their own sovereignty. In Rev.17:12 as John sees the vision of the harlot riding the beast the angel Gabriel reports to John that the ten horns had "not yet received a kingdom". So the vision of the beast carrying the harlot as John sees it in Revelation 17 is the beast in an earlier time frame than the ten horned and ten crowned beast John sees in Revelation 13.

This is an amazing vision. John was astounded by the vision. The harlot is in control. And as she rides she is definitely exercising sovereignty. This must be a picture of the New World Order as it opens up in the first 3.5 years of the 70th week. The ten horned beast is a prophetic picture of the fourth beast of Daniel 7. It is the New World Order system of the final seven years of this age. We know this from Daniel 7, Revelation 17, and Revelation 13 where Daniel and John both report seeing this ten horned global political entity. Both report that the Beast persecutes the saints, the people saved and sealed under the Eternal Covenant of the God of Israel. Yes, the beast has seven heads. So the thing has indeed been seen in previous eras. But here, as it sprouts ten horns, we see it on the stage of world history at the climax of this age.

This ten horned beast entity rules over the world late in the history of this age. We know this because of what Daniel reports in Daniel 2. The ten horns on the beast correspond with the ten toes of the statue in Nebuchadnezzar's dream/nightmare. in Daniel chapter 2 the prophet sees the Smiting Stone coming and striking the statue on its feet. This impact totally destroys the whole statue. And this ends Gentile rule. On that day the "Times of the Gentiles" are fulfilled. We know for a certainty that this is the epic, climactic, conclusive, apocalyptic end-time event. Because Daniel was told quite clearly,

34 You watched while a stone was cut out without hands,
which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces.
35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together,
and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors;
the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found.

And the Stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

44 And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed;
And the Kingdom shall not be left to other people;
It shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms,
And it shall stand forever.

So the Harlot, a debauched Bible prophecy denying Western Christendom, along with a compromised holy-land selling Israel must be involved with this ten toed beast, the end time New World Order system. John sees the Harlot riding it of all things. He is amazed. He is flabbergasted at what he sees. But the prophet Daniel had told us that many of the very people God has been calling to Himself will confirm a strong covenant with a pretender. (Dan.9:27) Jesus Himself told us the very same thing. (John 5:43) Daniel said that "many" would be in on that 7 year treaty. (Dan.9:27) These will be times to try men's souls. "Many" who would say that they are God's covenant people will will respond in fear rather than in faith. They will apostatize from the faith in the great falling away. Our Apostle Paul tells us that there will be a mass apostasy of those who had previously said that they were Christians or loyal to the God of Israel. (2Thes.2:3) They will go over to another, even a false messiah.

Here we see the classic penultimate case of 'Beauty and the beast'. It is a theme that is very prevalent in our western art and literature. But this is not just a Disney children's story. The theme we are continually obsessed with is truly prophetic for our time. Beauty and the Beast will be the awful end time reality. Western Christendom and Israel, (many from both houses of God's covenant people), will start by making a sovereignty sharing treaty with a global mega-dealer. Three and a half years later the prince will emerge from the wings to break the Daniel 9:27 treaty half way through its seven year course. He will stop the daily sacrifices, defile the rebuilt temple and its altar, and thus be "revealed" as the Beast of the Apocalypse. Many will go on to make a personal 666 covenant commitment to this false messiah.

So the harlot element of God's covenant people, people who have the scriptures and should know better, will depart from the law of Israel and the ways of Christian grace. They will be heavily involved with the Daniel 9:27 treaty. This national sovereignty hand-over, this Utopian peace treaty, might seem a good idea at the time. Everybody would like to see world disarmament and world "peace and security" and world prosperity. But without the true Messiah it is an impossible dream. It is a naive Pollyanna style fantasy. The Bible tells us that this Daniel 9:27 seven year treaty will be brokered with the Antichrist in his early "peace broker" role. Later on he will turn out to be a Beast.

This is an awesome truth. But as Biblical Christian believers we must sit up and take notice here. The organized ecumenized church we see forming on the world scene today cares nothing about Bible prophecy. They believe their own religious fantasies and dreams of personal wealth and dominion. Today the ecumenized church is railing against Israel, forcing her to give up the Holy Land. They are pushing the "Road-Map to peace" towards its Dan. 9:27 terminus.

So the harlot has an agenda. Or at least the dark principalities and powers in the lower realms of the dark angels have an agenda. They pull the strings of the children of disobedience, even the strings of compromising clergymen. And the harlot agenda is just the same as it always has been since Semiramis in ancient Babylon. It is all about her own usurpation of world power. She has left her First Love. Like Gomer she is out on the town with her lovers, her political champions in the world. She has lost contact with her True Husband. She is a runaway bride, even a deserter.

The harlot church says she has no Husband.
So the woman of "choice" now has no choice.
Her dark angels seduce her to do this dreadful thing.
And usher in the New World Order.

But who is aware of this?
Who would suspect such a thing?
And who are wise as serpents, and harmless as doves,
....... other than Bible believing evangelical Christians?

The Harlot will conduct her affairs using the age old wiles of Jezebel.
She will pull off that treaty of Daniel 9:27.
She knows that the nations will not trust nor give their sovereignty to a dictator.
So she will step forward and insinuate her way into world power.

After her takeover she will grasp the power and it will be a return to business as usual.
The United World Church will revert back to her medieval role, persecuting Biblical Christians.
Presumptuously the harlot will mount her perch atop the beast.
Then she will set forth to rule the nations.

So the end time harlot will assume sovereignty over the nations.
She will seduce the unwary and use her religious witchcraft.
She will dominate, intimidate, and manipulate.
Then she will grasp a firm hold on her ill gotten illegitimate authority.

O yes, the end time Dominionist World Church will deny the coming Messiah.
They will seek to set up their 'Kingdom Now' and "rule and reign" in their own right.
They will act presumptively in the spirit of the Dominion Theology we see today.
They will mount up to rule before Messiah returns!
That, after all, is the true essence of Church Dominionism.

Harlot religion is really a quasi-Christian system of bondage, a controlled opposition front against the true faith that was first delivered to the saints. The harlot will intimidate and imprison many fine Christians in times to come just as she did in the past. But all this will be to no avail. Because bound or free, true Christians are truly free in Christ and full of joy when they witness for Christ in this way. The Apostle Paul was many times in chains in prison. But he always declared that the Word of God was not bound.

The Whore of Babylon will have to be this way. Because she will be beholden to to her handler. And in the future 70th Week that man will be the phase 1 Antichrist. When the harlot tries to rule the world the beast Antichrist knows she has bittn off more than she can chew. She has launched out seeking to fulfill an impossible dream. That man-made religious agenda without consecration to Christ has no power. It is merely religious humanism. And it will be just as much a failure as the secular humanism was before it.


Let us pause here and catalog the former bloody failures of secular humanism.

#1 French Secular Humanism; The late 1700's saw the < a href="puritans12.htm"> French Revolution rise up. It was based upon "human reason", a worship of "Nature", and a Freemason crafted pagan theology called Deism. The result? Total failure. The French Revolution ended in a "Reign of Terror". This was followed by monetary inflation, economic collapse, and dictatorship under Napoleon. The Napoleonic Wars ended in defeat by the British at the Battles of Trafalgar and Waterloo.

#2 German Secular Humanism; Germany had embraced the rationalism of the so-called "Enlightenment"of the 18th Century. And after Luther's Reformation of the 1500's Germany had failed to go on and develop a faithful Biblical Israelology. Accordingly the German people were pushed back into a medieval Augustinian, Origenian and anti-Semitic "Replacement Theology". This is a nasty theology. It alienates Jews forever. Theology does not stay in a box. There were political consequences to all this. The 20th Century saw Germany take the West into two World Wars. World War 1 saw the deaths of 20 million. World War 2 saw 50 million perish. Germany's Third Reich saw the rise of a national socialism called Nazism and a dictator tyrannizes Germany. The result? A shameful genocide against 6 million Jews. Germany suffered a terrible military defeat at the hands of the Red Army and the Allied forces of the West. Allied bombing raids saw terrible fiery destruction of many German cities.

#3 Russian Secular Humanism. The early 20th Century saw the rise of Bolshevism and a Utopian dream of a worker's paradise. Communism finds it eventual expression in a bloody tyranny over the noble souls of Russia, the poets, artists and writers, the Christians, and the Jews. Satanist dictator Stalin eventually takes power and pretends to rule on behalf of the lower working class. Millions of people enter the Gulags to be underfed and worked to death in the cold. 60 million people die under Stalin.

#4 Chinese Secular Humanism. 1949 saw Mao Tse Tung make his "long march" and Communism established as a "Cultural Revolution" in which neighborhood committee members ruled. Low grade henchmen and henchwomen aided and abetted by the group consensus acted as judges. The mob provided the executioners and 75 million people died during those dreadful times which still continue to this day.

#5 Cambodian Secular Humanism. The 1970's saw the Communist coffee houses of Paris excitedly talking about a perfect society with a single class strata composed of agricultural and factory workers. This led on to its political expression "killing fields" and an arbitrary spree of mass murder across the countryside of Cambodia. One third of the population of Cambodia were killed.


And so, as the harlot rules the Antichrist waits behind the curtain, biding his time. During her short 3.5 years of rule she will try to mold all her subjects to her master's wishes. She will be put under enormous duress to persecute the saints. This is just as she has done in the past. See this YouTube video

500 Biblical Christians, from all over the world, die every day, right now.
This will increase dramatically when the Harlot gets power.
And Joseph's coat of many colors is dipped in blood.

What about Israel, and her coming Messiah? Is anti-Semitism involved in this latter day Church Dominionism?
It certainly did in the past. This final time it will be no different.

Dear saints, this harlot religion is an awful thing.
O yes, an end time compromised Christendom will "take dominion".
A "Church Universal and Triumphant" will "ride".
Even as the the true and faithful Church is persecuted. (Rev. 17:6)

But John saw this unfaithful harlot Church system in the Apocalypse.
He also saw her come to an ignoble end.
It was not a pretty sight.
John saw the harlot burned with fire. (Revelation 18)

These harlot years must occupy the first half of the seven years. The harlot must ride during those first three and a half years before the mid-week 'abomination of desolation'. The phase 2 or Beast mode Antichrist will then be "revealed" for who he really is. He will have previously been waiting in the wings as a consort to the Harlot. But half way through those final seven years he is possessed and changes character. The Restrainer is removed from his task of withholding the beast demon in chains of darkness. And the hideous thing emerges once again from the Bottomless Pit to change history. The Antichrist, a man, is possessed by the Beast demon of the Abyss. And midway through those final seven years the Antichrist makes his play to use his 666 economic/worship system to assume total world power.

When John sees the Beast in Revelation 13 the harlot is no longer riding. So we can reasonably assume that the harlot rules for the first 3.5 years of Daniel's 70th Week. She rules during the first 3.5 years of the final seven years of this age.

So this Revelation 17 snapshot of the ten horned beast reveals the Harlot. She is "taking dominion" and riding the beast. She is stepping forward before her Messiah has arrived on the world scene. And she is presumptively exercising world rule with a pagan selfist consort. (See John 5:43)

Here is a church that has loved power. She has longed for the Dominion. And whenever she gets it the blood of God's covenant people is shed. (Heb. 11) She has stolen Naboth's vineyard. She has presumed to own the virgin Mary. And she twists the truth to make her co-redemptrix with Jesus, which is blasphemy. More recently she has "named and claimed". She has "blabbed and grabbed". Now, finally, the whore of false religion gets the dominion she wants. She has finally achieved her dream. She sits upon her throne in her own 'Kingdom Now'.
It is hers!
- At least for a short time of 3.5 years.

Therefore, we can place the vision of the harlot riding the ten horned beast.
It is in the first half of the final seven years of this age.

This Biblical fact concerning the co-regency of the Harlot church with the Antichrist in his early peacemaking role before the final 3.5 years of the Great Tribulation of the saints is rarely spoken about by Bible prophecy teachers. And the false doctrine of Partial Preterism tries to hide this from Christians by ascribing the 70th Week and its Tribulation events to the sack of Jerusalem back in 70 A.D..

Here is the bottom line in all this. The reign of the end time harlot Church is extremely embarrassing to organized compromised ecumenical Laodicean religion. And so the Harlot Church endeavors to "cloak" or "spirit away" her future 3.5 year reign with a false chronology. The Preterism is trying to make us believe that Daniel's future Seventieth Week is nothing to worry about. It is past history, (they say).


John is astonished at what he sees. He sees the harlot holding the cup of the covenant which she has defiled with worldliness. But she is not worshiping Jesus Christ in her heart of hearts. Nor is she giving homage to the One to whom all honor and worship is due. No, she is intoxicated with herself, even Luciferian selfism and religious humanism. She is drunk with power. Her power!
Revelation 18
7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously,
so much torment and sorrow give her:
for she saith in her heart,
I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
When John sees the harlot she is behaving in an abominable and bloody way.
She had defiled the holy cup of Christ, (and herself), with the filth of pagan admixture.
She is killing God's true saints.
John saw her drunk with the blood of the saints.
And so as the age draws to its close she comes to an awful end.
(See the scripture from Revelation 17 as it continues below).
Revelation 17
12. "The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom,
but they receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour.
13. "These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast.
14. "These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them,
because He is Lord of lords and King of kings,
and those who are with Him {are the} called and chosen and faithful."
15. And he said to me,
"The waters which you saw where the harlot sits,
are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues.
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.
17. "For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose by having a common purpose,
and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled.
18. "The woman whom you saw is the great city,
which reigns over the kings of the earth." -Rev. 17

When John sees this amazing vision he is astounded. Here is a woman, and a woman in holy scripture is a picture of God's covenant people and the the future Bride of YHVH God Himself, the Lamb's Wife. (Hosea, Rev.21:9)

Well it may be said that the Book of Revelation is a story of two women. Because here we see a woman alright.
And that woman is certainly making her emergence!
But what sort of a woman is she?
And what sort of a grand entrance does John see?

The woman of Revelation 17 is certainly not the woman of Revelation 12. She is not the woman in travail who wears the starry crown whom John saw in another vision. This woman is not that glorious woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and crowned with a diadem of 12 stars. This is someone else entirely!

John is amazed and appalled. The woman he sees is a whore. Here is a woman who defiled the cup of the covenant. And she has presumptuously taken dominion over things she has no business meddling with. Is the harlot Israel? Is the harlot the Church? Or is this harlot part of both?

The Church and Israel will both enter the crucible of the 70th Week together to be refined. They will emerge as one end time congregation. They will be refined as gold to emerge in glory as a single remnant Elect, a royal priesthood and a holy nation. (1Pet.2:9) By that time we shall have understood the Commonwealth or citizenship of Israel in Ephesians 2:12-13 and the grafting back into Israel of us, the wild olive branches, in Romans 11. We shall also understand the ultimate unity of all God's covenant people that is in the New Covenant of Jeremiah 31:31 where God's Torah or law is written in the hearts. We shall also perceive that the indwelling Messiah is the promised Seed of Abraham we see in Galations 3:29. In that day we shall know that the remnant Church (or the remnant Congregation), and remnant Israel are one and the same.

So what about the harlot? Is this harlot the slag of Israel and the slag of the Church which which floats up to the top of the crucible in the fiery end time drama? Is this harlot, even Mystery Babylon, a picture of end stage Dominionism?

We know that the Messiah will come as the Refiner. (Zech.13:9, Mal.3:3))
And He will sweep the slag from off the top.
His face will then be reflected in the molten gold.
And the dross will be cast aside.
Is this how Dominion Theology ends?

When John sees the harlot riding the beast she is ruling in her own right. Of course she is acting without divine authority. She has been called to be the Bride of Christ. And she has certainly been given access to Christ and His authority in the Great Commission. She also knows that the dominion over this earth belongs to her Husband, the coming Messiah. But here she has acted presumptuously. She has jumped the gun. She says in her heart, "He is my Husband. He has power to rule over others. I AM a "little god". I AM just like Him. So I will take that power from Him and rule my own way for my own good pleasure. And I will take Messiah's future temporal authority over this earth for my own!" The harlot has decided that she will assume the earthly dictatorship on her Husband's behalf. She will rule the planet! And she will "rise up" and "take dominion" before Messiah returns. Oh yes. She will do whatever it takes to establish her Kingdom Now!

Dear saints. This is an awful transgression.
This is 33rd degree Freemasonic Lucifer worshipping selfism, a wolf in sheep's clothing no less.
It has no place in the Congregation of Jesus Christ/Yeshua Hamashiach.
Pray God that no one reading these words gets seduced into Dominion Theology.
Because in the following chapter, Revelation 18, we see its terrible fiery end.


When a woman usurps the rule for herself over the domain and the authority of her Husband this is an awful thing.
It is the spirit of Jezebel.

Queen Jezebel was the quintessential prototypical example of this. She exhibited a rebellious attitude and an insatiable lust for power. She undermined the God given authority of her husband, King Ahab, who was ruler over the northern Kingdom of Israel. Jezebel usurped the throne using the devices of witchcraft, (that is by domination, intimidation, and manipulation). Make a note of these. Whenever you see this going on be on the lookout to discern a spirit of Jezebel at work. By cunning devices Jezebel made a grab for the royal scepter. Then without divine authority she proceeded to usurp the power given to her husband King Ahab by God. She ruled over God's Kingdom with illegitimate authority.

Are we seeing this spirit of rebellion at work in the church today? We hear a lot about misogyny. And there is much tolerance of sodomy and lesbianism in the liberal church. But is this dark spirit of Jezebel being discerned? Is it being confronted, and cast out?

Alas, the indolent non-confrontational spirit of Ahab allows this Jezebel spirit to go unchecked. Religious witchraft is a sinister subtle rebellion against God's authority. Indeed rebellion against God's legitimate authority is the true essence of witchcraft. Here is God's Word on the matter.

"To obey (God) is better than sacrifice........
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. "
(1 Sam.15:22-23)

Image from the TV series 'Beauty and the Beast'.

When John sees this harlot he is absolutely flabbergasted. Here is a woman who was destined for wonderful things. She could have gone on to see true glory. But what does he see. The woman has become a harlot! And she is attempting to ride a wild ugly beast of all things!

The harlot's perch on that awful beast is clearly very dangerous. The beast has ten horns signifying 10 global powers. Why on earth is she doing this? What happened to her devotion to her Betrothed? Does she even remember Him? And what of her new and latest lover? Does she realize that those ten horns will eventually gore her to death?

This is an awful picture to see.
Here is a woman who could have entered into true glory.
But she has gone the way of the world.
She has forgotten her Beloved.

And now she is the woman of Mystery Babylon.
She is just another unfaithful woman, another harlot.
She has usurped authority to ride a global beast.
It is a beast she cannot hope to control.


The prophetic time period for this vision must be the early. It must be the first half of the 70th week. Because in another vision John sees the beast in a different time period. He sees the beast without the harlot on its back. (Rev.13)

When the harlot rides the beast we see that those ten horns are not yet crowned. They do not yet have their own sovereign power to rule.

When they do have that power to rule it must be very late. Because the ten horns are ten kings.

Daniel 7
23. Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 24. And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise:
From Daniel's earlier vision of the statue in Daniel 2 we know that it will be in the time of the rulership of these ten kings that the smiting Stone will fall. THEN God will establish His Kingdom on this earth.
Daniel 7 KJV
42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay,
so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
44 And in the days of these kings
shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed:

and the kingdom shall not be left to other people,
But it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms,
and it shall stand for ever.
So when we see those ten horns with crowns upon them and the beast at large without the harlot riding on its back we know that this is a late picture of the New World Order when it finally rears its ugly head. In the Revelation 13 vision John sees the beast with heads inscribed with names of blasphemy. (Rev.13:1) Here then we see the beast unveiled for who he really is. He has committed the abomination of desolation. And we know that this happens midway through the 7 years. (Dan.9:27b, 11:31, 12:11) The time period here is the latter half of the 70th Week.

So we must assume that the harlot we see in Revelation 17 is an early picture of the New World Order when it is under the control of a harlot. This will be a politico-religious regime of global proportions. During the first half of the 70th Week, (the 70th Week is the final seven years of this age), the world system will be under the dominion of this harlot. This end time harlot will ride the beast in an earlier time period than the vision John saw in Revelation 13. In that vision John sees the beast coming up out of the sea (of nations). This must be the beast unveiled in his later manifestation. Because here we see the ten horns are crowned with diadems of their own sovereignty. And at that time the beast is no longer being ridden by the harlot.


The prevailing theologians of this world do not read their Bibles. Nor do they take the Gospel Message and Bible prophecy to heart. Ecumenists for the most part are politicians first and men of the cloth second. Many of them do not know Christ in a personal way. Nor are they guided by His Holy Spirit. Most of them have no clue about this massive end-time worldwide gathering storm against compromised Christianity.

Here are the facts of Church history and the facts of Israel's history before. Compromised claimants of the covenant acting in the flesh persecute the uncompromised children of the covenant, those who are of the Spirit. Ishmael, son of the flesh, persecuted Isaac, son of the Promise.

Galatians 4:28-29 (NKJV)
28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise.
29 But, as he who was born according to the flesh
then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit,
even so it is now.
In the short term it seems that compromisers come out ahead. But in the end no man or woman on the face of this earth is more despised than a compromised Christian. The Apostle John saw the frightful doom of the harlot in the latter days. Her destruction will be complete and total. The end-time story of the harlot is written about ahead of time in Revelation 17:15-18:12.
Revelation 17:15-18:12 (NKJV>
15 Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits,
are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.
16 And the ten horns which you saw on[a] the beast,
these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire.
17 For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind,
and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled.
18 And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.”
As usual, it is the artists who pick up this message first. They then express the truth they are perceiving in their art, music, or poetry. Then they present it to the world. They are telling a story and showing us a certain future reality ahead of time.

Here is an example. Pagan artists have picked up on this theme of the harlot as she comes to her bitter end. And from a Biblical perspective this just happens to be very very true. In the song "Gold Dust Woman" we see the harlot coming to the end of herself. She is privileged beyond measure, with wealth and riches; even a "silver spoon in her mouth". The world stands by and observes what she does.

The worldly observers conclude that her so-called "faith" is "a Godless challenge". And why is that? Because she "picks her paths and then, (after she decides what she wants), she prays". In other words she uses God as a means to an end and tries to maneuver Him to get her way. As she "visualizes, prayerizes, and actualizes" she is the queen of all she surveys. The harlot is a material girl. She dictates her demands, blabbing and grabbing what is coming to her from from a Sovereign God who to her is a "Sugar Daddy". She "names and claims", which is fine, if it is in the sovereign will and anointing of God. But this harlot woman is not doing that for the glory of God and with that motivation. Instead she is "naming and claiming" for herself and for her own carnal desires.

But to what end?
She "wakes up in the morning, to see her sunrise lusts go down".

"So rock on ancient queen," (here is the reference to Jezebel).
"Follow those who pale in your shadow."

Another classic line is this one.
"You know that rulers, they make bad lovers.
You better put your kingdom up for sale."

How true!
Here we see a reference to the Kingdom Now or Kingdom of Self Dominionist movement.
Unfortunately this spirit is gaining ground fast in the compromised quarters of the Western Church.

The song concludes with a question.

"Well, did she make you cry,
Make you break down,
Shatter your illusions of love?
Well, is it over now, do you know how,
Pick up the pieces and go home?"

God help us!
And may God preserve us from going the way of the harlot!

You can view the song "Gold Dust Woman" being performed by "Fleetwood Mac"
on THIS VIDEO or on YouTube or Google Video.


In Revelation 13 John sees the ten horned beast.
13:1   And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore. Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns {were} ten diadems, and on his heads {were} blasphemous names.

13:2   And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like {those} of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.

13:3   {I saw} one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed {and followed} after the beast;

13:4   They worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?"

13:5   There was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies, and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him.

13:6   And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, {that is,} those who dwell in heaven.

13:7   It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him. -Rev.13:1-7 NASB

The scripture above is a vision that John saw whilst in exile on the Island of Patmos late in the first century. It is a powerful picture of the endtime global scene during the second half of the 70th week and the reign of the Beast/Antichrist. However, 600 years before, the prophet Daniel, had also seen a vision of this very same endtime ten horned beast. He saw it arising as the fourth in a series of contemporaneous beasts to arise from the sea, (symbolic of nations) in the latter days. Daniel described it as dreadful. This ten horned beast appears to be the world power base from which the "little horn"/"prince"/Antichrist erupts. The prince gains sovereignty in his own right and is fully revealed as the Antichrist/beast that he is in the final 3.5 years/42 months/1260 days of Daniel's 70th week. Here below is the scripture from Daniel 7.
7.   After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.

8.   I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words.

In both these visions by John (Rev.13) and by Daniel (Daniel 7) there is no harlot to be seen. She may still be around until quite late in the reign of the beast. It is quite probable that her eventual destruction may be quite late in the 70th week.


Here is why the destruction of the harlot will probably come late in the 70th Week.
God tells His people.

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Revelation 18
4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying,
Come out of her, my people,
that ye be not partakers of her sins,
and that ye receive not of her plagues.

5 For her sins have reached unto heaven,
and God hath remembered her iniquities.
If the harlot is to be judged in such an awful way surely God, (who made a deal with our father Abraham concerning innocents in the judment and the destruction of cities), will give His people time to get out. In Revelation 12 we see the woman of Israel, which includes God's covenant people drawn from Israel and from the nations. The covenant they are under is provided by the atoning blood of Israel's Sacrifice Lamb. These people will be airlifted out to a place of exile which the Bible refers to as 'Bozrah'. Indeed Messiah, when He comes, will be paying a special visit there. He will have some accounts to settle with certain parties, namely the Edomites. We are speaking here of Divine judgment of the wicked at Bozrah. (Isa.63) We are also speaking of the magnificent Bozrah Deliverance. This climactic history will be very late in the age, perhaps after the final Day of Atonement and in the Day of the Lord. The awesome Bozrah Deliverance will be in the same time period in which Messiah delivers Jerusalem at the Battle of Armageddon. The destruction of Mystery Babylon may well come amongst these late cataclysmic events at the close of the age.

So when the beast is revealed for who he really is the harlot is out of the main political picture but perhaps not entirely gone from the scene. John sees the beast coming up out of the sea of nations. (Rev. 13) The prophet Daniel sees the same ten horned beast. Then he sees a little horn emerging to displace three of the ten horns. And the Antichrist in his 666 Beast role is coming up to rule alone.

John goes on to give the time period for the rule of the antichrist. It is 42 biblical months, or 1260 days. This corresponds with the latter half of the 70th Week. (Rev.13:5) This is the final three and a half years of the final seven years of this age. It coincides with the time period of the Great Tribulation.

The beast emerges out of the sea, a picture of the nations. There is no harlot on the back of the beast in this vision. The harlot is not even in view in John's Revelation 13 vision. What has happened?

Well quite clearly the harlot lost the dominion at the abomination of desolation, midway through the final seven years of this age. The ten horns must then have been given ten crowns or diadems. They are exercising rulership over the ten geopolitical global kingdoms. We can surmise that the ten horns have replaced, supplanted or ejected the religious whore from her high perch. When those ten horns have ten crowns she is no longer riding on the back of the beast. (Rev.13) Have they burned her with fire. It is the authors opinion, (without direct Biblical proof), that this destruction we see in Rev. 18 will probably not happen until the very end of the seven years.

The ultimate destruction of the harlot will probably come some years after her global rule has been terminated. Her fiery destruction will probably come late in the second half of the 70th Week. At that time Antichrist is no more Mr. Nice Guy. The latter half of those final seven years will see the restrainer removed. At that time, midway through the final seven years of this age, the Antichrist will be possessed by the beast demon that arises from out of the Abyss or bottomless pit. (Rev.17:8) He will commit the awful sacrilege, the Abomination of Desolation. At this time the Antichrist will be "revealed" as the beast and begin his ultimate blaspheming '666' role.

The ten horns and their crowned horns signifying sovereignty is a very important sign. We know that it must be in the second half of the 70th week because John tells us that the rule of the Beast Antichrist is 42 biblical months. - Rev.13:5 This is the time period of the Great Tribulation. (Dan 12:7) The time of Jacob's Trouble begins after the midweek abomination of desolation.

See this chart of the 70th week of Daniel.

In a vision focusing on a later point in time (Rev.chap.13) John saw a ten horned beast arising from the sea, (out of the nations) in the latter days. At the time pictured in this vision the the harlot is no longer seen to be riding and controlling the world power. The ten horned global power when John sees it here has ten crowns or diadems of its own. His vision apparently focuses in on the ten horned global beast at a later time after the awful abomination of desolation when the beast takes power in the middle of the 7 years of the 70th week. Daniel saw the world power at the point when the ten horns had apparently thrown off the rulership of the harlot.

As for the harlot, she is no longer riding the beast. She is no longer ruling and reigning. When the Antichrist is 'revealed' as the beast at midweek the harlot is no longer on the central stage of history.

At some point, probably quite late in the time period of the last half of the final seven years of this age, the ten horns turn on her in a murderous rage. John sees the harlot totally destroyed. She is burned with fire, by the ten horns. The ten kings of the end time global power who earlier had thrown her off their back have now come along and finished her. The harlot is destroyed by the Beast. She is burned with fire.

John describes her ultimate destruction. She is burned with fire from the ten horns.

Revelation 17
15. And he said to me,
"The waters which you saw where the harlot sits,
are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues.
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.
17. "For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose
by having a common purpose,
and by giving their kingdom to the beast,
until the words of God will be fulfilled.
18. "The woman whom you saw is the great city,
which reigns over the kings of the earth."