NKJV (Revelation 17:3-5) 3…..And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. 5 And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH..
Who is this woman? According to Rev. 18:9 , “the kings of the earth” are mourning after the destruction of the whore. It is because of this fornication with the kings not logical that she is a political power.
NKJV (Rev. 18:9) 9 “The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning,
As the merchants of the empire become rich of her, it is not logical that she portrays the business world.
NKJV (Rev. 18:15) 15 The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
However, we can read that she practices magic and sorcery:
NKJV (Rev. 18:23) 23….for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived.
We can also read that this woman has blood debt to the saints and martyrs of Jesus.
NKJV (Rev. 17:6) 6 I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus….
The woman has a name on her forehead, Babylon the Great, the mother of the prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth. Babylon was a city of sin with several temples dedicated to many forms of idolatry. This gruesome idolatry has subsequently spread throughout the world after the confusion.
NKJV (Jeremiah 50:2) 2 “Declare among the nations, Proclaim, and set up a standard; Proclaim–do not conceal it– Say, ‘Babylon is taken, Bel is shamed. Merodach is broken in pieces; Her idols are humiliated, Her images are broken in pieces.’
NKJV (Daniel 3:12) 12 There are certain Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego; these men, O king, have not paid due regard to you. They do not serve your gods or worship the gold image which you have set up.”
This makes it clear that the woman is the mother of the prostitutes, a picture of the global fornication by the adulterous relationship in relation to the Creator. Or the (financial) idolatry in all its forms. See for support the following Scriptures:
NKJV (Ezekiel 6:9) 9 Then those of you who escape will remember Me among the nations where they are carried captive, because I was crushed by their adulterous heart which has departed from Me, and by their eyes which play the harlot after their idols;…
NKJV (Jeremiah 51: 12,13) 12 Set up the standard on the walls of Babylon; Make the guard strong, Set up the watchmen, Prepare the ambushes. For the Lord has both devised and done What He spoke against the inhabitants of Babylon. 13 O you who dwell by many waters, Abundant in treasures, Your end has come, The measure of your covetousness.
This idolatry in all its forms has as main base Satan and his demons, or as in Ephesians 6 is written, “spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places”.
NKJV (Ephesians 6:11-12) 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
This idolatry will also be sown in the Christian communities:
NKJV (Revelation 2:20) 20 Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.
The scarlet colored wild beast that carries the woman:
A new beast on stage, also the last. “The wild beast was, but is not” means that it stands for something, but is not the same as what was.
NKJV (Revelation 17: 7,8) 7…I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. 8 The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition….
NKJV (Revelation 17:11,12) 11 And the beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition. 12 The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast.
Because we are talking here, as with the previous wild beasts, again about a beast with seven heads and ten horns, this again concerns powers. It is not a power of a kingdom as before (it was, but is not), but it looks like such a kingdom.
It is noteworthy that there is no mention of crowns as a public identification of the kings as with the previous wild beast. It is also not known as a religious form of power, because the woman as a symbol of idolatry is carried on the back. Then remains a financial power. This scarlet-colored wild beast is the financial power. This scarlet-colored wild beast carries the woman, the idolatry in all its forms, on his back, which means that this woman is supported by the financial system.
Read more at: 10. The eighth kingdom, the 10 kings