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Revelation 17

May 29, 2009

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

12 thoughts on “Revelation 17”

  1. In chapter 17 (and 18) it seems we are seeing the result of the plagues that happened in chapter 16. In 16:16 the kings gathered which seems to fit with 17:14 where they make war.

    It is interesting that these kings will turn on the prostitute v.16. It reminds me of occasions in the OT where the Lord sent confusion and Israel’s enemies ended up fighting each other. For example: 1 Samuel 14:15-20 and 2 Chronicles 20:22-24.

  2. In chapter 17 (and 18) it seems we are seeing the result of the plagues that happened in chapter 16. In 16:16 the kings gathered which seems to fit with 17:14 where they make war.

    It is interesting that these kings will turn on the prostitute v.16. It reminds me of occasions in the OT where the Lord sent confusion and Israel’s enemies ended up fighting each other. For example: 1 Samuel 14:15-20 and 2 Chronicles 20:22-24.

  3. I find the pictures in this chapter rather grotesque. There seems to be such evil here. Perhaps this explains why the plagues in the previous chapter are so devastating. The evil is so bad, God's punishments are just.

  4. I find the pictures in this chapter rather grotesque. There seems to be such evil here. Perhaps this explains why the plagues in the previous chapter are so devastating. The evil is so bad, God's punishments are just.

  5. wow, the title on her forehead is pretty dramatic.

    I am reading this chapter as if the woman is the carnal church which comes to power. somewhat like the Vatican. I don't see evidence that this is the interpretation, but that is one I think fits.

  6. wow, the title on her forehead is pretty dramatic.

    I am reading this chapter as if the woman is the carnal church which comes to power. somewhat like the Vatican. I don't see evidence that this is the interpretation, but that is one I think fits.

  7. I haven't heard that interpretation before, Deborah.

    I'm thinking when it happens we'll say, "Oh, now I see, that's what it meant."

  8. I haven't heard that interpretation before, Deborah.

    I'm thinking when it happens we'll say, "Oh, now I see, that's what it meant."

  9. v.14 They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”

    There is much I don’t understand but I know the Lamb will triumph. He will triumph because of who he is: Lord of lords and King of kings and he chooses to include his followers.

  10. v.14 They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”

    There is much I don’t understand but I know the Lamb will triumph. He will triumph because of who he is: Lord of lords and King of kings and he chooses to include his followers.

  11. v.4 The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries.

    The woman who is later identified as a city (v.18) is described in terms of a prostitute or adulteress. God is a God of relationships and therefore uses intimate relationships gone wrong (prostitution and adultery) to describe how he feels about what happens on the earth. Possibly if we were describing it we would use less confronting images.

  12. v.4 The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries.

    The woman who is later identified as a city (v.18) is described in terms of a prostitute or adulteress. God is a God of relationships and therefore uses intimate relationships gone wrong (prostitution and adultery) to describe how he feels about what happens on the earth. Possibly if we were describing it we would use less confronting images.

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