Unraveling Revelation: The Scarlet Beast in the Wilderness

WE OFTEN encounter scriptures we’ve read before that jump out at us this time through the Bible. This week, we hit another one.

In Revelation 17:3, John writes that an angel “carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns.” The woman is Babylon the Great, and the beast is the Antichrist. But this week, we noticed something for the first time.

The Greek word translated “wilderness” is eremon (not eremos, as Derek incorrectly said). It is possible that this word is etymologically linked to the Hebrew word kherem, a word that means “forbidden” or “under the ban.”

It’s also the root word behind the name Mount Hermon, which was essentially the Canaanite Mount Olympus and, according to the Book of 1 Enoch, the location of the rebellion by the sons of God in Genesis 6:1–4.

That led us to Psalm 68:15–23. Is that psalm a prophecy of the future destruction of the Beast?

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