Revelation 17: Drunk on other people’s blood

June 12th, 2007




My friend William Eyika, who now works in the slums in Nairobi, came from near Soroti in north eastern Uganda. His area was subjected to frequent raids from local tribespeople, anti-government rebels, and government troops. When any one of these three parties came into town looting, pillaging and murdering, everyone had to run and hide, and then try to rebuild life from scratch once they were gone. William’s father was the headmaster at the local school. One day he heard the school bell ringing and went to investigate. He was captured by the tribespeople, who killed him and drank his blood…

The Revelation to John — Chapter 17

17:1 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls spoke to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute who sits on many waters. 17:2 The kings of the earth slept with her, and people living on earth became drunk on the wine of her immorality.” 17:3 He carried me away in the Spirit to a wilderness. I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet-colored animal with seven heads and ten horns, covered with words that were insulting to God. 17:4 The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and decorated with gold and precious stones and pearls. In her hand was a golden cup full of depravity and the impurities of her immorality. 17:5 On her forehead was written, “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the mother of prostitutes and of the depravities of the Earth.” 17:6 I saw that the woman was drunk on the blood of the believers, and the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. I was astonished when I saw her.

17:7 The angel asked me, “Why are you surprised? I will explain the mystery of the woman, and the beast that carries her, which has seven heads and ten horns. 17:8 The beast that you saw once was alive, but is not now, although it is about to come up out of the abyss to be destroyed. People living on the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life since the beginning of the world will be amazed when they see the beast which was alive, but is not now, but will be again. 17:9 Wisdom is needed to understand this. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits. 17:10 They are seven kings. Five have fallen, one remains, and the other has not yet come. When he comes, he will stay for a little while. 17:11 The beast that was alive, but is not now, is himself an eighth king. His fate is the same as the other seven, and he will be destroyed. 17:12 His ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they will be appointed as kings, along with the beast, for one hour. 17:13 They will agree to give their power and authority to the beast. 17:14 They will fight against the Lamb, and the Lamb will defeat them, because he is Lord of lords, and King of kings, and the people who side with him are called and chosen and faithful.”

17:15 He said, “The waters which you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, crowds, nations, and languages. 17:16 The ten horns which you saw, and the beast, will hate the prostitute, and will decimate her and leave her naked. They will eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. 17:17 God has placed in their hearts the desire to do what he wants, by agreeing to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. 17:18 The woman you saw is the great city, which rules over the kings of the earth.”

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. karamojong child  |  June 8th, 2010 at 6:54 am

    i think your explanation is unfair and you relating our tribal practices from a biblical point of view is inaccurate, not to mention the fact that we existed before the bible did. you have no right to justify christian teachings and to strengthen them with your own imagination by devaluing our traditions…stop and think before you leap into erroneous conclusions……

  • 2. John  |  June 12th, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I am not sure that many people would consider killing an unarmed person and drinking his blood to be an acceptable “tradition”. However, because highlighting such facts is unlikely to help the future development of these tribespeople, I have amended the lead-in to omit reference to the particular ethnicity of the tribespeople.

  • 3. choosethecross.com » The&hellip  |  October 20th, 2012 at 8:00 am

    […] pampered existence, but those who were prepared to risk their lives and everything they owned. Revelation chapter 17 describes what has happened and will happen to many witnesses of Jesus: He carried me away in the […]

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