Commentary On Revelation – Chapter 17


If there was a way to escape the coming terrible Time of Trouble or Tribulation spoken of both by the prophet Daniel in the 12th chapter of his book as well as our Lord in Matt 24 and Luke 21, I am sure you and the majority of people in this earth would desire to have such wisdom and knowledge. Well, the good news is our blessed Lord Jesus Christ has already provided this information in His holy Word. All He asks for you to do is believe the promises He has already given. Therefore, the good news is that YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE HERE DURING THIS terrible time of Tribulation because Jesus has promised His people that He will protect them and take them out of this world before this test comes. Here are the texts for you to study for yourself. Malachi 3:16-18; Luke 21:34-36 And Rev. 3:9, 10 are some of the promises along with Dan. 12, Rev. 12.

In the days of Noah an ark of safety was prepared but only eight (8) people got on board and escaped the flood which killed everyone else. None escaped. In our day the scientists are being led by Satan to destroy this earth with fire. Peter says that even the heavens (atmospheric heavens) will be ablaze or on fire. In order to escape all of these things we must study and know the truth about God and His true character as revealed by Jesus Christ, His only Son. He is a life God, not a death God. He does not destroy. “God destroys no man.” COL 84. As you believe this message you will receive His indwelling Spirit so that He will be able to lead you into the rest of the information you need to know in order to escape the “Wrath to come which is coming from Satan and his agents.

One of the seven angels. The info about to be imparted here is related to the seven last plagues. This is proved by the fact that the “Great Whore” is about to be judged. This will take place under the 7th plague which is stated in the last three verses of the previous chapter. Rev. 16:19-21. The word “angel” can be translated simply as “Messenger” and can also mean a human messenger who is most likely a human messenger who is transported back in time to John’s day. This would be called “Time Travel.” We must realize that our Creator lives in the Eternal Now. It is also interesting that John specifies that “one of the seven messengers” came to show John what was about to happen to “the great whore or harlot” which he saw sitting on the waters. This shows that even these seven messengers had a spokesman or a leader.

The word “judgment” is from the Greek “Krima” meaning a “Sentence, decision, verdict or decree.” John is not shown the actual execution of the sentence because that would be the word “krisis” which word is translated “judgment” as in Rev 18:10. The Greek word “Krisis” can indicate one of two things. 1. The act of investigating a case or the carrying out of the sentence. Cf. Rev 16:19; 18:5; 19:2. Cf. Isa 23:11.

Revelation is a delineation of the final crisis, when Satan puts forth his supreme effort to annihilate God’s people (Rev 12:17) and via all the powers of earth who are surrounding them. Psalm 27 is a Psalm of promise they will need to claim at this time. But at the very last moment the Lord will intervene to save His people. This will be the final phase of the last 3 1/2 years of the Grape Harvest when the World Wide Sunday law will be in mandated and enforce and the Mark of the Beast will be forced upon the whole world. The SOP does not sort out the three phase of the Second Coming of Christ any more than the Bible does. However, when we read Early Writings 269-271, it is clear that the “Little Company” (same as the Elect) will be the first phase of the harvest, i.e. the first group who will be translated. That is why I call them “the Barley,” because they are symbolized in Judge’s 7 in the story of Gideon with the little barley loaf that tumbled down the hill and hit the main tent and knocked it flat. Judges 7:13, 14. They, like Elijah, will stand up against the NWO by preaching the true message of His character of love. Rev 11 details how they will be “killed” which is a slander campaign which will destroy their credibility. Then in Rev 11:11, 12 we see how they will be translated without seeing death. Then they will come back down from the very throne room of the Most High (Ancient of Days) and conduct the Wheat Harvest for 40 days. This is the same period of time Christ remained on earth after His resurrection to select 108 more disciples so that on the day of Pentecost He had 120 in the upper room. The “Little Company” or Elect will take part in the wheat harvest by selecting (discerning” between the wise and the foolish virgins mentioned in the parable of the Sleeping Virgins, Matt 25. Notice how they are also identified in Malachi 3:16-18. The prophet saw them “speaking often to each other” about God’s true character of love. In vs 17 they are called “Jewels” or God’s “special treasure.” The Lord declares of them: “In that day when I make up my Jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spares his own son that serves him. Then shall you return (from the marriage supper of the Lamb) and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serves God (Wise) and him that serves Him not (foolish).” Malachi 3:16-18.

In Rev 17 we see two distinct parts in John’s vision. Part one is the symbolic vision of Rev 17:3-6 which he saw. Part 2 is what he wrote as an explanation of what he was told and shown. In the first part the terrible crises of Babylon are set forth and revealed. Thus it is that the universe is allowed to see the full story of the rise and fall of Babylon and why the Creator is totally vindicated in His decisions to allow her to be harshly judged in her final destruction.

“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.” Rev 17:3.

The KJV says “the wilderness.” Matt 4:1 uses “the wilderness” to designate the place where Jesus was led by the Spirit to fast and pray and also to be tempted by Satan after 40 days of fasting. The SOP has an insightful comment which defines this term “wilderness.” After quoting Luke 21:16, 17, Jesus’ prediction and warning to His followers of how they would be betrayed and hated of all men in the years to come we find this statement from “Great Controversy,” page 55. “Persecution opened upon the faithful with greater fury than ever before, and the world became a vast battlefield. For hundreds of years the church of Christ found refuge in SECLUSION AND OBSCURITY. Thus says the prophet: ‘The woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.'” Rev 12:6. Who is she referring to? The Roman Catholic Church of the dark ages. “The accession of the Roman Catholic Church to power marked the beginning of the Dark Ages. As her power increased, the darkness deepened. Faith was transferred from Christ, the true foundation, to the pope of Rome.” GC 55.

And so it is that Satan through this false counterfeit, religious organization, known today as the Roman Catholic Church has indeed fulfilled the prophecy of Rev 17 in the past and soon it will become apparent how Satan will continue to use her in the future under a different disguise. The masses of humanity, who are not Christians, as well as those who make a profession, are blind to how Satan operates in both the secular and religious realms. As in the past this great whore is not seen for who she really is. And so it is that in the wilderness of these modern times she is able to palm herself off as a beautiful woman, all the while she is operating secretly, in seclusion and obscurity behind the facade of religiosity and supposed good works. John continues to describe this woman he saw in the wilderness and the beast she is riding. The scarlet colored beast was “full of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, 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 upon her forehead was a forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 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.” This Greek word translated “Admiration” is from Strong’s 3700 “optomai” which simply means to gaze or stare at something which has grabbed your attention. “To gaze (i.e. with wide-open eyes, as at something remarkable….signifies an earnest but more continued inspection..a watching from a distance.” John is totally shocked and surprised to see what the pure church he once knew in the first century has become; not only a whore but a killer of the innocent. A few years ago I did an in-depth research on the life of Marilyn Monroe and found her, in some ways, but not to the fullest degree, a fit metaphor for what happened to the church. Let me explain.

Like the church of the early centuries Marilyn had a youthful innocence. In the councils of heaven the God of all time and eternity, who, pre-ordains and pre-destines all things, “who works all things after the counsel of His own will,” (Eph. 1:11) looked down the corridors of the future to our specific time frame and decided that on June 1, 1926, one Norma Jean Baker would be born in a charity ward in Hollywood, California. He also ordained that everyone of her contemporaries be born and take their place on the same stage of action, a theater of the universe, as it were.

Marilyn was an innocent teenage girl who felt very lonely and rejected because she grew up in a melange of foster homes and an orphanage, where she was exposed to fierce religiosity, spankings with a leather strap, and sexual molestation, according to some of her biographers. Certainly this kind of upbringing did nothing to give Marilyn a positive image of God but naturally developed a fear in her heart of Him. Although this may not have been verbalized per se, I believe it was acted out in her many fits of anger and hysteria which often occurred when she felt she was being used, abused or taken advantage of as was the case with the Hollywood studios, especially 20th Century Fox.

As a child she often went to church with her various foster parents and sang songs about Jesus and read her Bible. Her mother was a Christian Scientist. Later she became a Jew while married to Arthur Miller. But the “fierce religiosity” developed in her mind the concept of a wrathful God. As a result she eventually turned away from all organized religion, prayers and reading of the Scriptures to Psychics and astrologers. As we will see these combined to unbalance and destroy what was left of her self image and mental and physical health which had become more and more fragile as her journey came to an end.

At the tender age of 16 she married handsome Jim Doughtery. They were happy until he joined the merchant marines. Once again the loneliness and feelings of rejection returned, but not for long. A photographer discovered her in an assembly line at Radio Plane. Soon her picture began to appear on many magazine covers of the time launching her career as a model and eventually a Hollywood starlet. At first she was not an easy mark or loose woman as she herself confessed. Hollywood’s a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and my soul isn’t for sale. Men who propositioned me made me sick. I didn’t accept… But, as soon as she found out the camera not only liked her but adored her and that men were necessary to advance her childhood dream of becoming an actress she began selling her sexual favors to the highest bidder.

Early on Marilyn began to realize she had a special “gift” for attracting men. Her sex appeal seemed to be built-in and automatic. Described as vibrant and gorgeous, possessed of earthy magic and an angel that lights the starry sky at night, MM’s “star” began to rise as she appeared on more magazine covers and made more movies. But, it wasn’t only because of her outward beauty, that was so obviously show-stopping. It can only be described as a totally, uninhibited sexual radiance she exuded which most normal men found very difficult to resist. The exceptions would be dedicated Christian men and/or those devoted to their wives and families. She enjoyed this power she possessed over men when they adored her near perfect face and body. The reason I mention this is because of the direct parallel between this particular characteristic and the woman riding the beast in the wilderness who seduces and fornicates with the nations of the earth.

Many of her biographers have described Marilyn as “very bright and witty,” with the ability to hide her miseries under a mask of dazzling beauty. Sound familiar? Isn’t that how Revelation describes the whore of Rev. 17? But she didn’t start out that way. No. In the beginning, “The church and world walked far apart on the changing shores of time. The world was singing a giddy song and the church a hymn sublime.” But after three or four centuries, things began to change and we know the story of how the church was corrupted and became a persecuting power seeking to destroy the true people of God. And so it will be again in our day as the controversy heats up for the final events.

There is no doubt that Marilyn was a seductress who thoroughly enjoyed her role as it gave her a sense of control, power and fulfillment in her life she had never had as a child. I (until now) had never read any books on her life and never watched one of her movies from beginning to end…only sketches here and there. During the 40’s and 50’s when she became a famous film starlet, the church forbade going to movies. So, most good Christians basically lived in a vacuum knowing little or nothing about Hollywood. Marilyn’s involvement with John and Robert Kennedy along with the reference to her as the first presidential model and her mysterious death motivated me to investigate. After reading the many books I checked out at the library I have discovered that almost everything we have heard about this woman is basically pulp fiction. Her life and death have many spiritual parallels for the historical church as well as today. Marilyn’s life and death is like a spiritual metaphor for those who wish to understand the implications of what that means.

Remember, Daniel predicted that in the last age before the one thousand years only a few would really understand what is going on. “Many will be purged, purified (made white) and refined; but the wicked will act wickedly, and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand.” Dan. 12:10. The following three verses then give exact time periods so the “wise” can figure out the timing of the final events. Only the wise will be able to solve this end-time riddle of God’s end time scenario.

Even in death Marilyn Monroe has assumed a durability she never possessed in her short 36 years. As a legend without end who has given rise to dark rumors, spawned bizarre theories and left behind countless tantalizing questions we will address and answer in this article. It has been estimated that 110 books have been written on the life and death of Marilyn Monroe. Yet, the public’s curiosity never seems to be satisfied. Why? Perhaps it is because an aura of mystery continues to surround not only her death but the death of two of her most famous and now well-documented lovers, John and Robert Kennedy. Who would have believed it in the 60’s? You can see her in a hundred paintings, thousands of photographs in hundreds of magazines around the world, as well as gaudy picture books still beckoning, pulsating with sexual appeal. What is it about this woman that still sells (internationally) so many pictures and books of her 38 years after her death? So, the mystery and controversy rages on into the new millennium. In her vaulting ambition to be a star Marilyn was willing to sell her body and soul to whoever made the best offer. Small, but demanding sexual parties with selected members of the press as well as movie moguls were part of the dues she was willing to pay. She was not the first or last to get caught up in such an immoral lifestyle but she is the most famous and public example of the whore of Rev. 17 and 18.

The message of Rev. 18 is a call “to come out of Babylon.” “For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. 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. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” Rev. 17:11-18 indicate that the nations of the earth will make war against the Lamb (Jesus) but the Lamb will overcome them. These same ten (meaning all) nations will “hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.” As we shall see in the examination of MM and her relationship with the Kennedys this is what happened to her making her an example of what is yet to come.

Marilyn is unique in two aspects. First of all, she is the most photographed, written and talked about woman in the history of mankind except for Mother Eve and Mary the mother of Jesus. Secondly, the reality of Marilyn and the myth that has developed and evolved has to do with timing. God, in His great wisdom, guiding humanity in these last days, chooses ways and means of educating the masses which are often misunderstood and seem dark and mysterious at the time. For example, the Lord used the enemies of Ancient Israel to scatter her throughout the nations thus spreading His truth they had forsaken in the promised land. Eight hundred years later the Jew’s persecution of the early Christian church scattered the believers throughout Judea. Later Rome’s persecution scattered believers throughout the then known world and in A.D. 70 destroyed the temple at Jerusalem. When John the Revelator saw the woman who was riding the beast he admired her and was astonished at the same time. Why? Because of what she had become and her power to seduce the nations. Compare Lam. 2:15; 4:6 and Rev. 11:8 which indicate the “great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified” is none other than Jerusalem, not Rome. Why? Because in the very end the throne of the anti-Christ will be transferred from Rome to Jerusalem where Satan will enter the temple, stop the animal sacrifice system and proclaim himself as God. 2 Thess. 2:4.

Although we blame World War I and II on the international bankers, God also used these two wars to humble nations and increased mingling among various languages and cultures. He holds His guiding hand over all things, quietly, silently working out the councils of His own will. Just as Elvis Presley, the Beatles and others of the 60’s changed the morals, customs and thinking about love and sex, so Hollywood unwittingly was used to bring about a great paradigm shift in the manners and morals of America and the world from a stilted Victorian mind set to a more open-minded attitude willing to discuss feelings and understand their emotions and God given gifts which had been repressed for centuries.

The downside of this paradigm shift are the extreme expressions found in homosexuality and other perversions. But even here God holds His hand over each life, permitting and preventing, guiding and directing in all things unseen to the naked eye. We are counseled to withhold judgment of these things until God Himself reveals the full spectrum of truth in the final judgment as Paul tells us in I Cor. 4:5. “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.” How many will be praising God? EVERY MAN. Since man is used here in a generic sense it includes women and children as well. Rev. 15:4 predicts this very event when “all nations shall come and worship before you, for your judgments are made manifest.” Do you think this would include suicides such as Samson and King Saul? How all-inclusive is God’s future plan for the nations?

From the beginning of the film industry screen idols had come and gone but Marilyn was like a whirlwind, sweeping aside all lesser Hollywood legends such as Mae West and Harlow. Even Elizabeth Taylor could not compete. The dimensions of Marilyn’s fame after all these years is hard to explain unless you realize that behind the scenes is the Master artist mixing the colors and creating the images in the hues He desires in the way He already planned it all from the beginning. Marilyn was a free spirit who lived by her own rules far ahead of her time. More than any one person she has affected the sexual attitudes, thinking and modes of behavior of our generation leaving behind the feelings of centuries of guilt foisted upon humanity by the Catholic church.

Now, I want to throw out a challenge. See if you can remember or find one single photo, pose or movie of Marilyn which gives the slightest impression that this woman was evil. On the contrary, she is the epitome of love, kindness and above all, innocence. She is not only cute, pretty, gorgeous and lovely…MM was the ultimate show stopper. She was an absolute knockout…drop dead beautiful. She became “Marilyn Monroe,” the shimmering screen star, goddess and fantasy figure to millions around the world. She seduced men right and left all her life, from the gardener and taxi driver to the President of the USA along with his younger brother, the Attorney General. Of course, she isn’t the first or last woman to have some of these qualities to one degree or another, but, MM had them all to an ultimate degree and became the most famous woman in history because of it.

For this reason this incredible sex appeal coupled with her innocence and charm make her the ultimate example of this woman riding on the beast who seduces all the nations of the world. But this is not the way theologians and their paid artists have depicted the woman riding the beast. And because of this they have missed precisely what John the Revelator was trying to tell us when he said that he wondered as he saw her, with great admiration. Rev. 17:6. The woman riding the beast did not look ugly, sinister, evil or dangerous. Just the opposite. Like MM she knows how to “put on a show” to delight the senses and seduce the carnal nature. That is why John was so shocked as he realized her responsibility for the death of millions of Christians and her power to deceive and seduce the whole world…even the elect, almost. Matt. 24:24. And that the beautiful early church fell like Israel of old.

One with great insight wrote in the 19th century: Protestants have tampered with and patronized popery; they have made compromises and concessions which papists themselves are surprised to see and fail to understand. Men (both Catholics and Protestants) are closing their eyes to the real character of Romanism and the dangers to be apprehended from her supremacy. The people need to be aroused to resist the advances of this most dangerous foe to civil and religious liberty. Many Protestants suppose that the Catholic religion is unattractive and that its worship is a dull, meaningless round of ceremony. Here they mistake. While Romanism is based upon deception, it is not a coarse and clumsy imposture. The religious service of the Roman Church is a most impressive ceremonial. Its gorgeous display and solemn rites fascinate the sense of the people and silence the voice of reason and of conscience. The eye is charmed. Magnificent churches, imposing processions, golden altars, jeweled shrines, choice paintings, and exquisite sculpture appeal to the love of beauty. The ear also is captivated. The music is unsurpassed. The rich notes of the deep-toned organ, blending with the melody of many voices as it swells through the lofty domes and pillared aisles of her grand cathedrals, cannot fail to impress the mind with awe and reverence.

This outward splendor, pomp, and ceremony, that only mocks the longings of the sin-sick soul, is an evidence of inward corruption. The religion of Christ needs not such attractions to recommend it. In the light shining from the cross, true Christianity appears so pure and lovely that no external decorations can enhance its true worth. It is the beauty of holiness, a meek and quiet spirit, which is of value with God.

Brilliancy of style is not necessarily an index of pure, elevated thought. High conceptions of art, delicate refinement of taste, often exist in minds that are earthly and sensual. They are often employed by Satan to lead men to forget the necessities of the soul, to lose sight of the future, immortal life, to turn away from their infinite Helper, and to live for this world alone. A religion of externals is attractive to the unrenewed heart. The pomp and ceremony of the Catholic worship has a seductive, bewitching power, by which many are deceived; and they come to look upon the Roman Church as the very gate of heaven. None but those who have planted their feet firmly upon the foundation of truth, and whose hearts are renewed by the Spirit of God, are proof against her influence. Thousands who have not an experimental knowledge of Christ will be led to accept the forms of godliness without the power. Such a religion is just what the multitudes desire. The church’s claim to the right to pardon leads the Romanist to feel at liberty to sin; and the ordinance of confession, without which her pardon is not granted, tends also to give license to evil. Great Controversy, 566, 567.

Although I have read those words many times I had never made a comparison to the gods and goddesses of the silver screen as being modern metaphors, as it were, of this very description of last day deceptions, MM being the most famous and popular. No one could ever imagine the evil things this woman was capable of doing. But beneath the beautiful, bright and witty exterior lurked a seething, conniving, wounded and angry spirit ready to revenge herself like a Jezebel or Delilah as we shall see.

So, it is with the woman riding the beast. Like Marilyn, she has the appearance of a saint but inside her heart lurks the vindictive, vengeful spirit of the dragon when she doesn’t get what she wants. That’s why John was so utterly shocked and surprised. Marilyn is also the only famous movie star to be so intimately involved with the president of the USA, John Kennedy and later with his brother Robert. Of course, there are other documented affairs, such as the one with Judith Campbell-Exner. But the Kennedy brothers’ affair with MM is unique in that it so closely parallels Rev. 17 and 18. She is the only one that has ever been murdered in the public eye when they finished with her, just as the kings of the earth will do to the whore of Rev. 18, so all the world will see. Just as Rome destroyed Jerusalem in 538 BC and again in 70 AD. “Therefore shall her plagues come on one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire for strong is the Lord God who judges her. And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning. Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more.” Rev. 18:8-11. Just before this happens a voice from heaven calls God’s people to come out of Babylon so they may escape. Cf. Luke 21:34-36.

Although Marilyn was indeed a victim of power-hungry, lustful men she also must bear the responsibility of playing her part in the ultimate death of the Kennedy brothers. It was a mutually destructive relationship which is precisely what prophecy says will happen to the woman and the beast. First, the many headed beast will burn the woman with fire and then the lamb will overcome the beast. Rev. 17:13, 14.


REVELATION 1-3 – Christ’s Seven Messages To His Seven Churches
REVELATION 4 – The Open Door That Leads To God’s Throne
REVELATION 5 – The Sealed Scroll Only Jesus Christ Could Open
REVELATION 6 – The Opening Of The Seals Begin & Four Horses Appear
REVELATION 7 – The Progressive Sealing Of The 144,000 From 12 Tribes
REVELATION 8 – The Beginning Of The First Four Trumpets After 30 Min. Of Silence
REVELATION 9 – 200 Million Righteous Soldiers Come From The Wave Sheaf Of The Dead
REVELATION 10 – The Angel With The Open Book In Its Hand
REVELATION 11 – The Death Of The Two Witnesses Who Preach For 3 1/2 Years
REVELATION 12 – The Birth Of The Man Child Who Is Translated Up To Heaven
REVELATION 13 – The Rise Of The Two Beasts And Their Enforced Bio Chip Mark
REVELATION 14 – The New Song Of The 144,000 And 3 Messages Which Acquit The Father
REVELATION 15-16 – Who Brings The Seven Last Plagues? God’s Wrath Defined And Explained
REVELATION 17 – How The Lamb Overcomes The Ten Wicked Kings Of The Earth
REVELATION 18 – The Fall Of Babylon Caused By The Glory Of The Angel Of Rev 18
REVELATION 19 – The Arranged Marriage And The Suzerain Treaty And The Divine Family
REVELATION 20 – The 1,000 Years Begin: Satan Bound And The Saints Sit On Thrones
REVELATION 21-22 – The Restoration Of All Things Explained In Symbolic Detail