The Seven Heads on which the woman sits represent two things: 1) Seven Mountains and 2) Seven Kings (Rev. 17:9-10). Because of the common symbol (seven heads) that the seven mountains and seven kings share, one can perceive that a relationship exist between the mountains and the kings. The nature of the relationship is such that each of the seven mountains is ruled by a correlating king, so that Mountain 1 is ruled by King 1, Mountain 2 by King 2, and so on.
The equation “five are fallen, one is, and the other is not yet come” (Rev. 17:10) in relation to the seven kings is one that shows that all seven kings DO NOT reign at the same time. For, by the time the Seventh King reigns, at least five of the kings will have fallen from their rule. Moreover, by considering the fact that each king is related to one of the seven mountains on which the woman sits, we can conclude that the seven mountains DO NOT exist at the same time either.
In Revelation 17, we find the woman (whore) sitting on a) many waters (v. 1) and on b) seven mountains (v. 9). These two descriptions of what the woman is sitting upon represent different ways of looking at essentially the same thing. Deriving from Revelation 17:15 and 17:18, the waters represent peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues that the woman (Mystery Babylon) reigns over. Likewise, each of the seven mountains, which DO NOT exist concurrently, represent a kingdom whose king has rule over the peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues of the earth. To validate this last point, understand the following three things: First, the same way in which the book of Daniel uses a mountain to represent a kingdom (Daniel 2:35, 44-45) is the same way in which it is used here. Secondly, the seventh king who rules the seventh mountain or kingdom is the same as the first beast in Revelation 13 and that “power was given him over ALL kindreds, and tongues, and nations” (Revelation 13:7). Third and last, the six kings preceding this seventh king equally enjoyed the same type of powerful crown or kingdom that the seventh king will have at his coming. Read:
"And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having
seven heads and ten horns, AND SEVEN CROWNS UPON HIS HEADS" (Revelation 12:3).
Again, the seven mountains, which DO NOT exist concurrently, each represent a kingdom whose king has rule over the peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues of the earth.
At the same time in which the Sixth King, or the king who IS (Revelation 17:10), has rule over all kindreds, tongues, and nations, we find that the Harlot (Mystery Babylon) has rule over the peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues as well (Revelation 17:15). But how can this be? How can the Sixth King and Mystery Babylon both reign over all the inhabitants of the earth at the exact same time? Easily, for wise logic says that Mystery Babylon and the kingdom of the Sixth King must be one and the same.
“And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen...” (Revelation 18:2)
With the coming of the Seventh King and his kingdom, Babylon the Sixth kingdom will join the ranks of the first five who have “fallen.” But will the fall of Babylon as the Sixth head of the Beast be the end of the BABYLONIAN SYSTEM? Not at all! Remember that the woman (Mystery Babylon) sits on all seven heads (kingdoms), not just the sixth one (Revelation 17:9), and that all seven kingdoms emerge consecutively at different points in time. And just like the Sixth kingdom of the beast has the blasphemous name of “Mystery Babylon, The Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth” written on its forehead by the mere fact that the Sixth Kingdom and Mystery Babylon are one and the same, the other kingdoms have the same name written across their forehead. Read: “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and UPON HIS HEADS THE NAME OF BLASPHEMY” (Revelation 13:1). Notice that all seven heads have one name in common. And since Mystery Babylon is the Sixth head of the beast and her name is revealed, we know the blasphemous name of the other heads—MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. Hence, there are seven different manifestations of Mystery Babylonian kingdoms, in which the seventh manifestation and its king is not yet come.
Now the question arises, what kingdoms represent the seven manifestations of Mystery Babylon? The scriptures give us the answer in part to this question. By studying Daniel’s interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream concerning the statue (Daniel 2:31-45), his vision of the four beast (Daniel 7), and by linking these up with Revelation 13 and 17, we know that the dragon/beast with seven heads and ten horns first manifested itself after the fall of Babylon, Persia/Media, and finally of Greece as consecutive rulers of the world. The next nation to rule the world were the Romans. Now, there is a tendency here to see Rome as THE dragon kingdom with seven heads and ten horns, but that would be a huge mistake. Instead, one should view Rome as the first head of seven Babylonian/Dragon superpowers, in which the seventh and last will rule at the end of this present age just prior to the coming of Christ. Nonetheless, Rome was the first Babylon, as the Apostle Peter rightly called her: “The church that is at Babylon [Rome], elected together with you, saluteth you” (1Peter 5:13). And to figure out the remaining six manifestations of Mystery Babylon, all one has to do is study what kingdoms emerged after Rome that had and currently has dominion over all of the inhabitants of earth, which is a main characteristic of a Mystery Babylonian kingdom since the time of the coming of Christ:
"And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth" (Revelation 17:18)
In Peter’s day, that great city was Rome, and in our day, the great city that reigns over the kings of the earth is none other than New York City, New York, United States of America. Prior to New York, that great city was London. According to Psalm 83, the final antichrist world empire will emerge out of what is now called the Middle East:
1. Edom 6. Ammon
2. Ishmaelites 7. Amalek
3. Moab 8. Philistines
4. Hagarenes 9. Tyre
5. Gebal 10. Assur
The Beast/Antichrist will take down three kings of this Ten King alliance, and he himself will be the eighth and strongest of those that are left; see Daniel 7:20; behold the mystery: "he is the eighth, and is of the seven" (Rev. 17:11).
From the time when Rome replaced Greece as the world’s most dominant superpower up to the dominant superpower ruling even at this time, the world has been ruled by Satan, his angels, and by the kings who have accepted what Jesus rejected in the day he was offered the kingdoms of this world (Luke 4:5-7). And through Satan’s agents, who run the most powerful governments of the world, the Mystery Babylonian System has been maintained to wage a continuous battle against the saints of God and to systematically set the stage to have the entire world worship Satan and his seventh head/king as God (Revelation 13:4). The seat of this seventh king will be located at Jerusalem, where he will sit in the very Temple of God haughtily showing himself that he is God (2 Thessalonians 2:4). But just as the six kingdoms before the seventh one were and will be made to fall, the seventh beastly kingdom too will be destroyed at the glorious coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (Revelation 19:11-21), who will set up a kingdom which shall indeed remain forever (Daniel 2:44). However, until our Lord returns, know that we as Christians “wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).
THE MYSTERY OF INIQUITY REVEALED
(A STUDY OF REVELATION 17)