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Woman Riding A Red Beast



Who Is The Woman Riding On The Beast?

The reason John was shown the vision, is made clear by the words of the angel: "Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters." The angel's interpretation of the "waters" is given in Rev. 17:15: "Peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." The woman sitting on them denotes that the inhabitants (waters) had fallen into her trap of deception (sitting on them).

"And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication." (Rev. 17:4.) The woman is a symbol of a counterfeit religious system. From her cup she hands out false doctrines. Being golden, it has an appearance of splendor -- inviting. Her costly garments of loud colors and precious ornaments vividly portray the magnificence of this most vile woman and her kingly pomp, and vain glory. By the power of her attraction, so irresistible to the human eye, she has conquered men of the strongest intellect -- "With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication." Millions with strong mental faculties, men who appear as giants among the inhabitants of the earth, have fallen helpless victims in her trap. The kings of the earth are guilty of spiritual adultery with the "woman" (drunk with false doctrines), thereby becoming entangled in her seductive snares.

Any so called Christian organization handing out false doctrines under an appearance of virtue, evidently is governed by the power of the "woman." The origin of all such fallacious teachings can be traced back into the golden cup. Said the angel: "The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth." It has been previously explained that the heads are symbols of so-called Christians denominations, and as she sits on them all, it denotes a union of churches under one head -- "the woman." The Biblical number "seven" apprehends all such organizations.

If all the churches at this present time were led by the Holy Spirit, there would be no confusion among the so-called Christian sects. As it would be impossible for all to be right while no two believe alike, it is warrantable to say that those who are drinking the wine from the "cup of her fornication," are not few, for Inspiration says: "And the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication." (Rev. 17:2, last part.)

Note that the "woman" sits on the "waters," also on the "heads," and on the beast." (See Rev. 17:1, 3, 9.) As it would be impossible for one person to sit on all three objects at one time, the prophetic symbols reveal a spiritual fraud in three different periods. Thus John declares: "I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast." Not upon the "waters", nor upon the "heads." Before he saw her, the angel said, The woman "sitteth upon many waters." It was the angel also who added, "The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth." (See Rev. 17:1, 9.) Thus, John saw her last exploit only (sit upon the beast). Consequently, the symbol, sitting on the "waters" is her first act, according to the vision.

Therefore, her first achievement ("sitting on the waters"), must have been in the past from the time the prophetic symbol is revealed. Hence, the sitting on the heads becomes her second accomplishment, and the sitting on the Beast is the last; at which time she is judged.

As the Protestant churches are represented by the heads, she could not have sat on them before the reformation, for they were not as yet in existence. As the heads upon which the "woman sits" are unharmed, it is evident that the prophetic symbol is to meet its fulfillment some time after the deadly wound of the leopard-like beast of Revelation 13:3, is healed. The symbol, sitting on the heads, denotes union of churches, for she sits on them.

Therefore, when Catholicism, Protestantism, and Spiritualism clasp each other's hand by the medium of a league, then it could be said, "the woman sitteth on the heads."


The symbol of the "woman sitting on the beast," will meet its fulfillment when that religious federation shall make an alliance with the powers of the world. Such an act would give the woman full control of the entire beast, horns and heads -- the world. At that time the following Scripture will meet its perfect fulfillment: "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast." (Rev. 13:16, 17.)

Thus the symbol of the "woman" sitting on the "waters," represents the period before the reformation. This was true during the period of papal supremacy, for at that time the papacy ruled the Roman world -- "peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." Thus the "woman" sat on the "waters" during the 1260 prophetic years of Daniel 7:25, but she is yet to sit on the "heads," and on the "beast." Had she sat on the non-descript beast instead of on the "waters," it would have been wrongly symbolized, for, the "woman," by the tool of Catholicism, did not reign over all the world (beast), but over many "peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues" (many waters). Therefore, the symbol, "sitting upon the scarlet colored beast," denotes an international religio-political system.

How Long Has The Woman Been In Existence?


This question may be answered by the following Scriptures: "And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration." (Rev. 17:6.) This could truly be said of the Roman church, for, she persecuted the Christians and martyred them. Therefore, she is "drunk" with their blood. True, the Roman church has had unlawful connection with the "woman"; was, and is drunk with the wine of her fornication.

The "woman" did not originate with the Roman church, but rather she produced that church.
Therefore, we must trace her existence beyond the beginning of the papacy. Revelation 18:24, throws light upon the subject: "And in as found the blood of the prophets, and of the saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth." The holy Word of God declares that the "woman" is guilty of the blood of the martyrs in all ages. Therefore, the "woman" is drunk with the blood of Abel, and thus the blood of "all" the martyrs is found in her; proving that Cain was her first client by presenting a counterfeit sacrifice (false doctrine), and by slaying his brother.

There are many so-called Christians, who like Cain, say, "It makes no difference; one thing is as good as another." But God accepts no substitute and no man's religion. That which human wisdom has devised, is man's righteousness, and not the righteousness of Christ. Therefore, it is an abomination in God's sight. The human fiber of obedience to divine requirements being weakened, and the sinful inclinations strengthened from generation to generation, the nature of man cannot be better at this Present time than when the disciples asked Jesus: "Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?" So-called Christians, like the Pharisees, become offended when told of their errors, and rebuked for their sins. "But He answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." (Matt. 15:12-14.)

"And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth." (Rev. 17:5.) The woman riding on the beast is the mother. The seven heads on the beast are the symbols of her daughters (harlots). Catholicism is her first daughter in this symbol, and as Protestantism sprang from Catholicism, then, apostate Protestantism in the multiplicity of sects, are her daughters also. Or it may be said, the woman" is the mother of Catholicism, and Catholicism is the mother of Protestantism.
Says the Revelator: "I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy." (Rev. 17:3.) Thus the number of "heads," and "full of names," include all the offshoots from Protestantism and Catholicism. Had there been no mention made of being "full of names," more than seven, and "scarlet," which denotes that God's people have been called out of it, therefore, "scarlet" -- skimmed -- under curse ready to perish, the Biblical number "seven heads," would have included those who are carrying God's message as in the period of the leopard-like beast of Revelation 13:1, at the time his deadly wound was healed. Therefore, it would have made no allowance for the church which "keep the commandments of God, and the Faith of Jesus," and thus it would have contradicted the following Scripture: "And the dragon was wroth with the woman [God's church], and went to make war with the remnant of her seed [Israel the true -- the 144,000], which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." (Rev. 12:17.)

God has never had more than one movement in existence at a time and it could not be otherwise now, for Christ cannot be divided. (See 1 Cor. 1:13.) God's church is well marked in every generation by obedience to present truth. The fact itself proves the claim true as there is only one church in the period of the beast which has the "Spirit of Prophecy" and all of the commandments as written by the finger of God. Said Jesus: "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." (Matt. 5:19.) It is this divine principle that shall divide the world into two classes -- the commandments of God and the traditions of men. "And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left." (Matt. 25:32, 33.)
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Scarlet Colored Beast - Who is He?  Revelations 17 - The Image Beast
Code to understanding the symbols of Revelation 17:1-18
Woman = Church pure of apostate – good or bad Jermemiah 6:2
7 Heads = Church (7 is God complete number 7 days in a week, 7 churches in Rev. 1-4
Mountains= Churches, God’s dwelling place Is. 8:18
Bottomless Pit = the earth, a prison Rev. 20:7
Beast = Worldwide kingdom Dan. 7:5-&;23
Horns = Power Micah 4:13
7 Kings = World empires starting with the world before Noah
City = Jerusalem (city of God) - city of the church (U.S, and European countries that escaped from Papal Rome persecution)

Revelation 17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
1. John shown the judgment of the great whore.
2. The whore is sitting on many peoples (Lord over much of the world’s population).

17:2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
1. The woman of Revelation 17:1 is that same false church from the beginning of time and has committed fornication with the kings of the earth (10 horns).
2. The inhabitants of the earth have been made to drink of her false doctrine (wine).

17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
1. The beast is driven (controlled) by the woman
2. The beast is in the wilderness (the opposite of the sea and the Leopard Like Beast of Revelation 13:10
3. It appears that the beast and the woman together are full of the names of blasphemy.
4. The beast has seven heads (all the churches claiming to be Christian)
5. The beast has ten horns same as the non-descript beast of Daniel 7:7 and Revelation 13:1

17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
1. The woman that is riding the beast is dressed in red and purple (sign of sin and kings)
2. Decked with gold and precious stones and pearls. (God uses these symbols for His People)
3. The woman has a golden cup full of abominations and filthiness.

17:5 And upon her forehead [was] a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
Names of the woman written on her forehead instead of the name of Jesus: (Ezekiel 9:4; Revelation 7:3, 4)
1. Mystery
2. Babylon the Great
3. Mother of Harlots
4. Abominations of the Earth

17:6 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.
The Woman is drunk not with blood cannot get enough
1. Drunken with the blood of the saints
2. Drunken with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus


17:7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
There is a mystery:
1. The beast was
2. The Beast is not
3. The Beast is

17:9 And here [is] the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
Daniel prays for thy holy mountain, Israel Daniel 9:20

1. Seven heads are seven churches meaning all churches
2. See Revelation 1:4

17:10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, [and] the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
Five fallen kings (kingdoms), our present world, and one to come makes a total of seven:
1. There was one king (kingdom before the flood) - fallen
2. Babylon – Lion – fallen
3. Medo-Persia – Bear - fallen
4. Greece – Leopard - fallen
5. Rome – Non-descript - fallen
6. One is – This present world – Leopard Like Beast (Revelation 13)
7. One is not yet come – Scarlet colored Beast (Revelation 17)


Revelation 17:11, "And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition."
1. The lion (Babylon) is the first (Daniel 7:4)
2. The bear (Medo-Persia) is the second (Daniel 7:5)
3. The four-headed leopard (Grecia) is the third (Daniel 7:6)
4. The non-descript (Pagan and Papal Rome) (Daniel 7:7,8)
5. The Leopard Like Beast (from the fall of Rome to 1929) is the fifth (Revelation 13:1-10)
6. The one with the lamb-like horns (United States) is the sixth (Revelation 13:11-18) (makes image to the beast, the Scarlet Colored Beast Revelation 13:14)
7. The Scarlet Colored Beast (also called the image beast) is the seventh and overlaps the same period of time that the Lamb Like Beast occupies (from 1929 to the end of this present world).
8. After the Millennium, the "Scarlet Colored Beast” shall ascend from the bottomless pit and go into perdition (from the resurrection of the wicked to their second death), and is the eighth and of the seven.
"And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition." He is the
eighth, "but is" of the seven," because "He was and is not, and yet is."

• That is, the scarlet colored beast appears on the stage of action the second time (first, prior to the millennium and second, after the millennium, by the second resurrection).
• Therefore, he is the eighth, but is of the seven:
• "And goeth into perdition" (the second death of the wicked).
• Simple as it is, yet most perfect, it tells the truth and corrects error. Here we see another set of numbers including the entire chain of beasts.
• NOTE: The red dragon in Revelation 12:3, cannot be numbered with the numerous beasts for he is not a symbol of a particular nation or government. He represents Satan and his schemes at certain times, for he is "called the Devil, and Satan." (Rev. 12:9.)


Rev. 17:12, "And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one

" As the scarlet colored beast by his ten horns and seven heads proves to be universal, the successive chain of beasts (the lion, bear, four-headed leopard, non-descript, and leopard-like) make it impossible for another universal beast to intersect their unbreakable chain of five links. Such an act would be an attempt to overthrow prophecy, and history. Therefore, the only period he can possibly represent would be the one after the "deadly wound" of the leopard-like is healed -- becoming a sixth universal beast.

Since the "scarlet colored" is the last in the symbolical procession of beasts, he must possess all the characteristics of his ancestors. The ten horns of the non-descript beast, the seven heads of the leopard-like, and his own unharmed heads, show that he comes on the stage of action after the deadly wound was healed. His scarlet color denotes curse, as it does on the dragon (devil), in Revelation 12:3, and the words, "go into perdition," (Rev. 17:11), reveal that he is to bring this world to an end by a curse that will result in "entire ruin; utter destruction; future misery or eternal death." -- "Standard Dictionary."


Therefore, if this beast represents our world at the present time, would it not be unwise on the part of God, if He should have neglected to foresee the present day multiplicity of sects, and the great confusion among Christendom, if the symbols by this beast fail to reveal the true condition of the churches? As the non-descript beast tells the fall of the church in the period he represents so must the scarlet colored. In fact, this is the principal reason why these prophetic beasts are presented.

The scarlet colored beast is the last symbolical beast in the continuous chain of historical events. This beast does not arise from the sea like the beasts before it, but was seen in the wilderness. Therefore, the scarlet colored beast is created by an historical incident unlike the beasts before it. The symbol denotes that it is not strife and wars between the nations that brings this beast upon the stage of action, but rather a principle that is the opposite of the symbol -- troubled sea.

He has ten horns and seven heads, the same as the leopard-like beast of Revelation 13:1-3. The only difference between the heads of the two beasts is the deadly wound on the leopard-like. As his "wound was healed," it is evident that the "scarlet colored" is a continuation of the "leopard-like." Says John, "And his deadly wound was healed."

Thus the scarlet colored beast has seven unharmed heads. The seven heads represent Christendom as they do on the leopard-like beast, but it is in the symbol of the scarlet colored, that they are called Babylon. As he is full of names and blasphemy, it verifies the fact that he represents an exceeding sinful period. "Full of names," implies a period of great multiplicity of so-called Christian sects; "and blasphemy," because of rejecting present truth, (refusing to be corrected) and yet dare to call themselves by the name of Christ (Christians).

The "ten" horns denote the same as on the beasts before it, meaning a universal system. If the heads of the leopard-like beast represent religious organizations, then the (scarlet colored) embraces the entire present civilization, both civil and religious (horns and heads). Note that the dragon of Revelation 12:3, has the crowns on his heads, not on his horns. It has been previously explained that when the crowns appear on the heads, it denotes a religio-political system. But if they appear on the horns it reveals that the state is independent of the church.

It will be noticed that the scarlet-colored beast is crownless, as the non-descript of Daniel 7:7, 8. The ten horns in the first stage of the non-descript beast, representing imperial Rome, had no crowns because they had received no kingdom as yet. But in his second stage (after the fall of imperial Rome) in reality they should have been crowned, the "little horn" having the "eyes of a man and a mouth speaking great things" (a combination of a horn-head -- union of church and state -- the papacy) being supreme, the horns could have no crowns, showing the papacy was to rule over kings. The scarlet colored beast is also controlled by the woman riding on his back (church and state). Thus it denotes that she is the authority, or the crown, for she rules the beast. This is one of the reasons why the crowns are absent on this beast. The last is an image of the first verifying the fact that the scarlet colored beast represents the "image of the beast" period, fulfilling Revelation 13:12, 15: "And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the

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earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed." The difference between the two drastic systems is revealed by the two symbols (horn-head on the one, and the woman riding on the other).

The non-descript beast has only one "horn-head" -- a symbol of a mono-sectarian system by alliance of civil power with religious creed. But the scarlet colored beast has seven heads, which denote a multi-sectarian combination under a supreme religio-political jurisdiction (the woman). He represents our world at its end, with its sovereign authority and theoretical theology under the dominion of the "woman."

The period represented by the scarlet colored beast commenced in 1929, at which time the deadly wound was healed. But his career is not fully developed until the "woman" shall sit upon his back.

The commencement of that act will be marked when the following prediction is fully realized: "When Protestantism shall stretch forth her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with Spiritualism, when under the influence of this three-fold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its constitution as a Protestant and Republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan, and that the end is near." -- "Testimonies for the Church," Vol. 5, p. 451.

Revelation 17:8, "The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is." "The beast that thou sawest" (the scarlet colored), said the angel, "was and is not." As previously explained, the beast first began to appear on the stage of history in 1929. Therefore, the word, "was," represents the period from the above stated date up to the time when he will be, "not."

The period represented by the word "not," is the thousand years of Satan's captivity -- millennium: "And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be

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fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season." (Rev. 20:2, 3.)

This period commences with the second coming of Christ and the end of this present world. At that time the Scripture of Revelation 20:6, will be fulfilled: "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." As the righteous dead are raised and united with the living, then the prophecy of Jeremiah shall be fully realized: "I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was as a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the Lord, and by His fierce anger. For thus hath the Lord said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end." (Jer. 4:26, 27.)

When the cities are broken down and the land laid waste, then the hope of the redeemed shall be accomplished: "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." (1 Thess. 4:16, 17.) At that glorious time when the saints depart, the earth will be left in darkness as described by Jeremiah: For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it. The whole city shall flee for the noise of the horsemen and bowmen; they shall go into thickets, and climb up upon the rocks: every city shall be forsaken, and not a man dwell therein." (Jer. 4:28, 29.)

Then, as the saints enter in through the pearly gates John's vision will meet its fulfillment: "And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the Word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands, and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years." (Rev. 20:4.) The righteous shall spend a thousand years judging the wicked dead. For further study of the millennium see "Patriarchs and Prophets," p. 103; "The Great Controversy," pp. 321, 662.

"But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.... And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written



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