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Babylon Scarlet Woman (Revelation 17.3b-5a)

"There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. 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 name written on her forehead was a mystery." (Revelation 17.3b-5a)✞

With Blasphemous Names

Golden CupThe woman in this reading was the "Whore of Babylon" sitting on the scarlet beast and was said to have in her hand a golden cup, full of abominations. This description is similar to another picture of the golden cup taken directly from the Old Testament. Jeremiah wrote, "Babylon was a gold cup in the Lord’s hand; she made the whole earth drunk." Jeremiah 51.7 continues by saying that "the nations drank her wine; therefore they have now gone mad." Rome was the probable identity of the whore of Babylon and was said to hold this cup full of abominations which she had spread over all the earth.✞

Forehead Frontlets

FrontletThe prostitute "Whore of Babylon" was said according to Revelation 17.5 to have "the name written on her forehead." In Rome, prostitutes in the public brothels wore frontlets or plate ornaments hanging upon their foreheads giving their names. This was another vivid detail in the picture of Rome as the great corrupting influence as the Whore of Babylon among the nations.✞

"Babylon Scarlet Woman"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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