Revelation 17:3

So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sitting upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
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seven: That is, which has both the kings and kingdoms of the world, whose glory he also shewed to the Lord upon the mountain. For as we said before, universality is often indicated both by the number seven, and the number ten. <a


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wilderness: By the wilderness, he represents the absence of Deity, Whose presence is paradise.


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scarlet beast: The devil, through ungodliness, blood-stained, blasphemous, inflated with the arrogance of presumption, extols the corruption of the wicked.

Shepherd of Hermas

AD 150
I fell asleep. And the Spirit carried me away, and took me through a pathless place,

Victorinus of Pettau

AD 303
But to sit upon the scarlet beast, the author of murders, is the image of the devil. Where also is treated of his captivity, concerning which we have fully considered. I remember, indeed, that this is called Babylon also in the Apocalypse, on account of confusion; and in Isaiah also; and Ezekiel called it Sodom. In fine, if you compare what is said against Sodom, and what Isaiah says against Babylon, and what the Apocalypse says, you will find that they are all one.

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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