The Judgment of the Great Whore

Updated: Feb 19, 2020

Revelation contains the story of two women. Revelation 12 describes the suffering of the true church whom the whore judged as worthy of death. Revelation 17 describes the destruction of the whore whom Heaven judged worthy of death.

Revelation depicts the battle between two women

A woman in Bible prophecy is symbolic of a church/religion (Jer 6:2; Isa 51:16; 2 Cor 11:2). Revelation depicts the struggle between two women who profess not just any church or religion but the Christian religion. One woman is the virgin of Revelation chapter 12 representing the true Christian church which keeps the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus (Rev 12:17) and the other is the Whore of Revelation 17 symbolising an apostate Christian church system. 

This “whore” or corrupt woman represents a corrupt religion. In Isa 47:1, 9 ancient Babylon, the centre of pagan religion is depicted as a mother of daughters. The pagan city of Nineveh was also likened to a whore and a witch (Nah 3:4). “In Rev 17 Babylon is represented as a woman - a figure which is used in the Bible as the symbol of a church, a virtuous woman representing a pure church, a vile woman an apostate church.” 

This woman - the “great whore” (Rev 17:1), or mystical “Babylon the great” (v 5) - is guilty of “the blood...of all that were slain upon the earth” (Rev 18:24). In the broadest sense she may be thought of as all false religion throughout all time. Her spirit is the same but the forms she takes may vary including pagan, papal, apostate protestantism and even atheism. “The great city,” Babylon is spiritually called “Sodom and Egypt” in Rev 11:8. Sodom is the home of whores and Egypt represents those who deny the existence of the living God (cf. Exo 5:2), i.e. atheists. Satan’s masterpiece has been the papal church and for this reason the symbolism fits that system so perfectly.

Revelation chapter 17

And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:

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.

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.

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:


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.

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.

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.

And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

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.

11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

Like Daniel chapters 2, 7, 8 and 11, Revelation chapter 17 outlines the seven kingdoms of Bible prophecy which has and will affect God's people in the last days of earth's history. Whether we as individuals will be one of God's people remains to be be seen but the prophecy is certain and the interpretation thereof sure.

The final kingdom in Daniel chapter 2 was Papal Rome a union of church and state represented by the feet of iron and clay of the great image. The final kingdom in Daniel chapter 7 was Papal Rome, the little horn power. The final kingdom in Daniel chapter 8 was Papal Rome in the symbolism of the little horn power which arose in the territory of Rome. The final kingdom of Daniel chapter 11 is Papal Rome symbolised as the King of the North who comes to his end and none shall help him in Daniel 11:45. It is, therefore, not surprising that here in Revelation 17 we see laid bare before all the power of Papal Rome controlling the state powers of the world in the symbol of a harlot woman riding and controlling the beast - the church (woman) controlling the state (beast) with the state carrying out the whims of the church in legislating in her favour.  Religious liberty contrary to the dictates of Papal Rome will come to an end. Even now "freedoms" are gradually being eroded on many fronts, whether it be freedom of speech, views contrary to conscience, the church or political correctness.

Daniel chapter 2
Feet of Iron & Clay
Iron = Rome
Clay = Religion
Papal Rome

Daniel chapter 7
The little Horn
Arose from Rome
See Daniel 7 study
The little horn is Papal Rome

Daniel chapter 8
The little Horn
Crucified Christ
See Daniel 8 study
Pagan & Papal Rome

Daniel chapter 11
The King of the North
See Daniel 11 study
Papal Rome


Revelation chapter 12
Great Red Dragon
7 heads & 10 horns
The devil or Satan -see Rev 12:9

Revelation chapter 13
Beast arises out of the sea
7 heads & 10 horns
Head with deadly wound Papal Rome beast

Revelation chapter 17
Woman rides beast with
7 heads & 10 horns
Papal Rome Union of church & state

Revelation chapter 17

NB: All the prophetic symbols except "ribs" representing a kingdom, power or nation meet in Revelation 17 including beasts, horns, heads, "king", mountain, city and waters or seas,