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Verses of Revelation 17

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Revelation 17:14 Commentary - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

The Fall of Babylon.

A. D. 95.

      14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.   15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.   16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.   17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.   18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

      Here we have some account of the downfall of Babylon, to be more fully described in the following chapter.

      I. Here is a war begun between the beast and his followers, and the Lamb and his followers. The beast and his army, to an eye of sense, appear much stronger than the Lamb and his army: one would think an army with a lamb at the head of them could not stand before the great red dragon. But,

      II. Here is a victory gained by the Lamb: The Lamb shall overcome. Christ must reign till all enemies be put under his feet; he will be sure to meet with many enemies, and much opposition, but he will also be sure to gain the victory.

      III. Here is the ground or reason of the victory assigned; and this is taken, 1. From the character of the Lamb: He is King of kings and Lord of lords. He has, both by nature and by office, supreme dominion and power over all things; all the powers of earth and hell are subject to his check and control. 2. From the character of his followers: They are called, and chosen, and faithful. They are called out by commission to this warfare; they are chosen and fitted for it, and they will be faithful in it. Such an army, under such a commander, will at length carry all the world before them.

      IV. The victory is justly aggrandized. 1. By the vast multitude who paid obedience and subjection to the beast and to the whore. She sat upon (that is, presided over) many waters; and these waters were so many multitudes of people, and nations, of all languages; yea, she reigned not only over kingdoms, but over the kings, and they were her tributaries and vassals, Rev 17:15; Rev 17:18. 2. By the powerful influence which God hereby showed he had over the minds of great men. Their hearts were in his hand, and he turned them as he pleased; for, (1.) It was of God, and to fulfil his will, that these kings agreed to give their kingdom unto the beast; they were judicially blinded and hardened to do so. And, (2.) It was of God that afterwards their hearts were turned against the whore, to hate her, and to make her desolate and naked, and to eat her flesh, and burn her with fire; they shall at length see their folly, and how they have been bewitched and enslaved by the papacy, and, out of a just resentment, shall not only fall off from Rome, but shall be made the instruments of God's providence in her destruction.

Verses of Revelation 17

14

Consult other comments:

Revelation 17:14 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Revelation 17:14 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Revelation 17:14 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Revelation 17:14 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Revelation 17:14 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Revelation 17:14 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 17:14 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Revelation 17:14 - Discovering Christ In Selected Books of the Bible

Revelation 17:14 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Revelation 17:14 - Gary Hampton Commentary on Selected Books

Revelation 17:14 - Geneva Bible Notes

Revelation 17:14 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Revelation 17:14 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Revelation 17:14 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 17:14 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Revelation 17:14 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 17:14 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Revelation 17:14 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Revelation 17:14 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Revelation 17:14 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Revelation 17:14 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 17:14 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Revelation 17:14 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Revelation 17:14 - Combined Bible Commentary

Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary