Scriptural Study of the
Revelation Bible Study

A Catholic Study of the book of Revelation
Held at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Peoria, Illinois

Return to Revelation Page

References for Chapter 17

Jer 51:1-14 (God destroys Babylon and tells the people “come out”; Babylon is a cup that made the whole earth drunk; Babylon dwells by the waters)
Ez 16 (Israel is beautiful girl who grew proud and became a harlot before God forgave and healed her)
Ez 23 (Jerusalem is Oholibah, a harlot punished by the Lord; she drinks a cup of grief; she is slain and burned with fire)
Ps 106:34-42 (The Lord punishes his people for their faithlessness and idolatry)
Dan 5 (King Belshazzar profanes the sacred temple cups; the hand of God spells his doom.)

NB: A huge red dragon with seven heads, ten horns, and seven diadems appears in Rev 12:3. A beast comes out of the sea with ten horns, seven heads, and ten diadems in Rev 13:1. Now, in Rev 17:3, a beast is described with seven heads and ten horns.

Ps 137 (Babylon was the place of Israel’s exile)
Mt 5:12 (Jesus tells us to expect persecutions)
Mt 23:29-39 (The Pharisees join in the shedding of blood which will come on this generation)

NB: The souls of those slaughtered for their witness were under the altar in Rev 6:9. Now, we hear of the blood of the martyrs in Rev 17:6.

Dan 7:19-25 (The vision of Daniel’s fourth beast has ten horns with one horn that springs up to displace three other kings)

Line of Caesars

  1. Julius (Died 44 BC)
  2. Augustus (27 BC – 14 AD)
  3. Tiberius (14-37 AD)
  4. Caligula (37-41)
  5. Claudius (41-54)
  6. Nero (54-68)
  7. Galba (68-69)
  8. Otho (69)
  9. Vitellius (69)
  10. Vespasian (69-79)

The Roman Empire was also divided into 10 Imperial Provinces.

Jn 2:4, 5:25, 7:30, 8:20, 12:23, 12:27 (Passages in John referring to the “hour”)