Of the great Harlot, or Mystic Babylon, with the same Seven-headed and Ten-horned Beast.
1. The time of the beast is the time of the wilderness. (Syn. i. s.1.) Now, the harlot is seen by John in the wilderness; but this description is not of much force.
2. The ten-horned beast carries the harlot or adulteress, and the harlot sits on the beast: therefore, both exist at one and the same time.
3. The ten horns of the beast (which, in truth, spring from its highest and last head,) and under whose dominion alone the harlot manages the beast, and the beast carries the harlot, (the times of the other heads having been previously completed after it revived as from a deadly wound); these ten horns, I say, |are ten kings which receive their authority as kings for one hour with the beast;| viz. with the reinstated beast, which carries the adulteress, and is now ten-horned; that is, exercising the office of the last head. These, when the time has been fulfilled, during which |they were to deliver up their power to the beast;| that is, when the connexion with the beast is just ready to be dissolved, |will hate the harlot, render her desolate and naked, and at length burn her with fire.| So then the beast, which in its ten-horned state (the only state in which it is prophetically contemplated by John) first commenced with the harlot or adulteress, will not survive her, nor will the harlot survive the beast. The harlot and beast, therefore, universally and exactly synchronize, which was the object to be proved.