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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Revelation 17:8


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    King James Bible - Revelation 17:8

    The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

    World English Bible

    The beast that you saw was, and is not; and is about to come up out of the abyss and to go into destruction. Those who dwell on the earth and whose names have not been written in the book of
    life from the foundation of the world will marvel when they see that the beast was, and is not, and shall be present.

    Douay-Rheims - Revelation 17:8

    The beast, which thou sawest, was, and is not, and shall come up out of the bottomless pit, and go into destruction: and the inhabitants on the earth (whose names are not written in the book of
    life from the foundation of the world) shall wonder, seeing the beast that was, and is not.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    The beast that thou sawest, was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of
    life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

    Greek Textus Receptus


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    VERSE (8) -
    :11; 14:8-20; 16:1-18:24; 19:15-21; 20:10 Da 7:11,26; 11:45 2Th 2:3-8

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 17:8

    La bestia que has visto, fue, y ya no es; y ha de subir del abismo, y ha de ir a perdicin; y los moradores de la tierra, (cuyos nombres no estn escritos en el libro de la vida desde la fundacin del mundo,) se maravillarn viendo la bestia que era, y no es, aunque es.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Revelation 17:8

    Verse 8. The
    beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition] The beast is the Latin kingdom; (h latinh basileia;) consequently the beast was, that is, was in existence previously to the time of St. John; (for Latinus was the first king of the Latins, and Numitor the last;) is not now, because the Latin nation has ceased long ago to be an independent power, and is now under the dominion of the Romans; but shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, that is, the Latin kingdom, the antichristian power, or that which ascendeth out of the abyss or bottomless pit, is yet in futurity. But it is added:- And they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names there not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.] By the earth is here meant the Latin world; therefore the meaning is, that all who dwell in the Latin world shall adhere to the idolatrous and blasphemous religion of the Latin Church, which is supported by the Latin empire, except those who abide by the sacred Scriptures, receiving them as the only rule of faith and practice. These believe in the true Sacrifice, and keep themselves unspotted from the corruption that is in the world. But the inhabitants of the Latin world, under the dominion of the Romish religion, shall wonder when they behold the beast, or Latin empire; that is, as Lord Napier remarks, "shall have in great admiration, reverence, and estimation, this great monarchie." They shall wonder at it, by considering it the most sacred empire in the world, that in which God peculiarly delights; but those that so wonder have not their names written in the book of life, but are such as prefer councils to Divine revelation, and take their religion from missals, rituals, and legends, instead of the sacred oracles: hence they are corrupt and idolatrous, and no idolater hath inheritance in the kingdom of God. In the preceding part of the verse the beast is considered in three states, as that which was, and is not, and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit; here a fourth is introduced, and yet is. This is added to show that, though the Latins were subjugated by the Romans, nevertheless the Romans themselves were Latins; for Romulus the founder of their monarchy, was a Latin; consequently that denominated in St. John's days the Roman empire was, in reality, the Latin kingdom; for the very language of the empire was the Latin, and the Greek writers, who lived in the time of the Roman empire, expressly tell us that those formerly called Latins are now named Romans. The meaning of the whole verse is therefore as follows: The corrupt part of mankind shall have in great admiration the Latin empire yet in futurity, which has already been, but is now extinct, the Romans having conquered it; and yet is still in being; for, though the Latin nation has been subjugated, its conquerors are themselves Latins. But it may be objected against the interpretation here given, that these phrases are spoken of the beast upon which the apostle saw the woman, or Latin Church, sit; for the angel says, The beast that THOU SAWEST was, and is not, &c.; what reference, therefore, can the Latin empire, which supports the Latin Church, have to the Latin kingdom which subsisted before St. John's time, or to the Roman empire which might properly be so denominated! This objection has very great weight at first sight, and cannot be answered satisfactorily till the angel's explanation of the heads and horns of the beast have been examined; therefore it is added:-

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 8. The
    beast which thou sawest was, and is not , etc.] It is added at the end of the verse where the same description is given, and yet is; this beast is to be understood not of the devil, who was the god of this world, is not, being cast out by Christ, and yet is in being; for he, the dragon, is distinguished from this beast, and indeed from him the beast has his seat, power, and authority, ( Revelation 13:1,2) nor any particular emperor, as Domitian, a cruel and savage one, who was in power in Vespasian's time, when he was abroad, and then was out of it upon his return, and yet afterwards was in again, being as one sent from hell, and went at last into perdition; but the Roman empire itself is intended, as we have seen, which carried and supported the Papacy; and variously may this be interpreted; as that it was in the hands of the Romans originally, and long continued with them, but now is not, in John's time, being in the hands of Trajan, a Spaniard, and yet is in being, Rome being the metropolis of it: it was a very powerful and flourishing empire, and is not, being destroyed by the Goths and Vandals, and yet is a large empire under the jurisdiction of antichrist; it was an idolatrous empire, which encouraged the worshipping of Heathen gods, and is not guilty of the same idolatrous practices it was, as the worshipping of Jupiter, Mars, etc. and yet is much given to idolatry in another way, worshipping the virgin Mary, and other saints; it was under kings, consuls, dictators, tribunes, decemvirs, and emperors, it is not in such a form of government, and yet is under its seventh head the pope; Rome was, but is not the same it has been, in some respects, and yet is the same, for idolatry, cruelty, etc. it has the image of old Rome, when Pagan, and under the power of the dragon; and though antichrist was not risen up in the empire to an head, to supreme power yet it was in being in the apostles' times, and began to work, and by degrees to show itself. In short, the meaning is, that this beast was the Roman empire, as Pagan, described by a dragon with seven heads, and ten horns, with crowns on the heads, but is not as yet in the Apostle John's time, as Papal, described with seven heads, and ten horns, and crowns on the horns. And shall ascend out of the bottomless pit : out of hell, from whence the antichristian beast has its power; (see Revelation 11:8 13:2) otherwise all civil power is from God, but not antichristian power, that is from the devil: and go into perdition ; everlasting destruction, the lake which burns with fire and brimstone; this will be the end of the beast, ( Revelation 19:20). and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder ; the inhabitants of the Roman empire, earthly minded men, shall have the beast in great veneration, and follow and worship him; (see Revelation 13:3,4,12) whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world ; none but reprobates, not any of the elect of God, are the admirers and worshippers of antichrist; (see Gill on Revelation 13:8) when they beheld the beast that was, and is not, and yet is ; the Roman empire in glory, under the emperors, destroyed by the Goths, and revived in the Papacy. The Vulgate Latin and Ethiopic versions leave out the last clause, and yet is .

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 7-14 - The
    beast on which the woman sat was, and is not, and yet is. It was seat of idolatry and persecution, and is not; not in the ancient form which was pagan: yet it is; it is truly the seat of idolatry an tyranny, though of another sort and form. It would deceive into stupi and blind submission all the inhabitants of the earth within it influence, except the remnant of the elect. This beast was seven heads seven mountains, the seven hills on which Rome stands; and seven kings seven sorts of government. Five were gone by when this prophecy wa written; one was then in being; the other was yet to come. This beast directed by the papacy, makes an eighth governor, and sets up idolatr again. It had ten horns, which are said to be ten kings who had as ye no kingdoms; they should not rise up till the Roman empire was broken but should for a time be very zealous in her interest. Christ mus reign till all enemies be put under his feet. The reason of the victor is, that he is the King of kings, and Lord of lords. He has suprem dominion and power over all things; all the powers of earth and hel are subject to his control. His followers are called to this warfare are fitted for it, and will be faithful in it.


    Greek Textus Receptus


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    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    8. To go into
    perdition (upagein). Some good texts read uJpagei, goeth. For the verb, see on John vi. 21; viii. 21.

    In the book (epi). Lit., upon.

    From the foundation of the world. In ordinary New Testament Greek these words would belong to are written. construe with the words immediately preceding. Compare ch. xiii. 8, and Matt. xxv. 34.

    And yet is (kaiper estin). Read kai parestai, and shall come. Lit., shall be present.



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