SCARLET-COLOURED WILD BEAST THAT WAS
"And one of the seven angels that
had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying: "Come, I will show you the
Judgement upon the great harlot
who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed
those who inhabit the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication. And he carried me away in the power of the
Spirit into a wilderness. And I caught sight of a
woman sitting upon
a scarlet-coloured wild beast
that was full of blasphemous names and that had seven heads and
And the woman was arrayed in
purple and scarlet, and was adorned with gold and precious stone and pearls and
had in her hand a golden cup
that was full of
disgusting things and the unclean things of her
fornication. And upon her forehead was written a name, a mystery:
the Great, the mother of the harlots
and of the disgusting things of the earth." And I saw that the woman was drunk
with the blood of the holy ones and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus." (Rev 17:1
beast" is covered with the names of political rulers
The "woman" with the "golden cup" in her hand "full of disgusting things" and the spiritually unclean activities of her "fornication" is "Babylon the Great". (Rev 17:4,5). "Babylon the Great" is a symbolic expression made up of three parts:
Sectarian "harlot" religions are far more concerned with making profits from property portfolios and commercial dealings and giving support to political leaders than worrying about committing spiritual "fornication" with them. Indeed, some of them are politicians themselves! But it is prophesied that the political "wild beast" and the "ten kings" of the U.N. will make "Babylon the Great" "devastated and naked" and "eat up her fleshy parts" (membership). (Rev 17:16).
The "mother" of all sectarian "harlot" religions today was ancient Babylon, where more than fifty demon idols were worshipped. This idolatrous activity has been handed down through the generations. Today, human (dungy) idols are also worshipped.
The painting, and the picture below, illustrate the institutions and individuals admiring and voting for the evil activities of the political "wild beast" with satanic authority worldwide. They include demoncracies, dictatorships, the U.N., sectarian religions, charities and aid agencies, dungy idols, commercial traders and bankers, trades unions, schools, etc, etc. They have all fallen victim to, and committed spiritual "fornication" with, sectarian and commercial "Babylon" in order to share in her shameless luxury! (Rev 18:1-3).
The three creatures in the painting inspiring these institutions and pulling them through time are the "three unclean inspired expressions that looked like frogs" coming out of "the mouth of the dragon (satan) and out of the mouth of the wild beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet." (Rev 16:13). Just as the presence of frogs in water is believed to be an indication of relative purity, so "inspired expressions" of demons expressed through willing subjects may appear to be of a virtuous nature on the surface, but are really from an unclean demonic source.
The starving child with a begging bowl in the painting represents the inhabitants of Godless nations against whom Almighty God has sent His "four families" of destruction. These four are: Plague (disease), sword (war), famine and captivity. (Jer 15:1-3 NWT). The sectarian leader shown in outlandish dress represents sectarian aid agencies begging for aid while living in shameless luxury in opposition to the Will of God.