From this verse on, future prophecies are given. They all will be fulfilled, but how and when only the Father knows. That is why they will mostly be explained in general, and some whose meanings are necessary will be explained in more detail.
<1>The "great whore" refers to power and wealth which are gained in order to acquire a name or fulfill desires. Water is the symbol of the consciousness. <2>Therefore, this great whore, which is to gain wealth and power in order to make a name, resides in the consciousness of many.
<3>"With whom the kings of the earth" means those leaders in lower consciousness who have gained high positions in society will try to be a friend of this whore. They will try to gain fame and name for selfish purposes. They gained power and fame by hoarding wealth and imposing suffering on their people in order to gather more wealth, power, and fame.
<4>Also people on earth (in their lower natures) "have been made drunk" by following this whore, "her fornication."
<5>It is the same beast as the one who was wounded and then healed (Revelation 13:1,2...). It is the power of desires toward the attraction of the external world (Maya). It is because of these desires (which are in the subconscious mind) that people strive to gain wealth and power, in order to fulfill their longings. <6>However, the human has a thirst for limitlessness, and when he directs this desire toward the external world which is limited and finite, he can never quench his thirst. The finite universe cannot satisfy infinite longings. Only spiritual knowledge which is infinite can satisfy that immeasurable thirst.
<7>Wealth is symbolized by colorful dresses, gold, precious stones, pearls and other things that people become attached to as the wealth of the earth. If they become your master, you are lost.
<8>Therefore, "Babylon the Great," that city which is always referred to as a female (woman), is this great whore. It is a great attraction of Maya and symbolizes the power and wealth when they are gained in order to inflict suffering on others, or in short, the false ego.
<9>It is the fear of losing power and wealth that causes people to kill the Prophets and close their ears to the truth.
<10>As we remember, this beast is the same as the first one in chapter 13 that came out of the sea. He had seven heads and ten horns, symbolizing the power of the desires toward Maya. This beast is the false desires that make a man pursue the Mayaistic and egoistic things and become more and more attached to the external world. And the desire of becoming famous, having power, making a name and fame for oneself, and fulfilling these desires, is related to the lower chakras, or the lower self of the human. <11>The woman here is the same as the lower nature of the human which is carried away by these desires, and these desires are that beast with the seven heads and ten horns.
<12>"The beast was, and is not" means that it is true that the power of the tama guna is over the Soul, but really the power of this guna is not, because it causes just an illusion of separation of man from God that, by His Grace, can be overcome. When it is overcome, there is no beast, and it "is not." <13>So it is just something to overcome (through The Grace). That power is really the illusion of the attraction of the external world. People follow this illusion of the external world because of their false egos, which is the whore, or the excess, unnecessary, and unspiritual desires which are, but if overcome, they are not. <14>These desires are created by the power of the tama guna, and the power of the tama guna causes the lower nature to pursue the wanting of the external world. But when man reaches the higher nature or higher chakras, this same beast (or the power of the tama guna, the lower nature) will become a tool for humanity in pursuing the path to higher consciousness.
<15>"The beast...shall ascend out of the bottomless pit." The bottomless pit is the depth of ignorance. "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." This refers to those who do not pursue the right path and in the many incarnations again and again fail in realizing the human potential of be(com)ing Divine. Instead they go more and more to ignorance, and become more bound by the power of the tama guna. <16>"Behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is." So for them the beast is. For those who overcome (by His Grace), it is not, and yet it is. But even those who overcome it, if they are not one-pointed toward God, they might go under its influence, and it becomes "is" again.
<17>As it was described, these seven heads are the seven attractions of Maya which cause the lower nature to pursue them. This woman, or the lower nature of man (that which is attracted to gaining name and fame from power and wealth) sits on these seven heads of the beast who came out of the sea (consciousness of man) (Rev. 13:1). <18>Also most of the governmental systems () of the earth (mountain) are based on these attractions (seven mountains).
<19>Seven times this beast, or this attraction of Maya, has defiled humanity. Before the Prophets or the Angels of the church came, he was defiling humanity. After the first Angel, some people did not believe him, so he defiled them. After the second time, his head was healed and he came back. He defiled the people again and caused them to go to their lower natures. The third Angel came, and so on. This is symbolized by, "one of his heads as it was wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed:..." (Rev. 13:3). <20>So it will be seven times. And after the seventh Angel comes, he will be finished after a short period of time.
<21>As it is described in chapter 20, "the dragon" will be taken and locked up for a thousand years (a long period of time) after the Kingdom of God comes to the earth. However, after this time, "he must be loosed a little season" (Rev. 20:3), or the dragon would come back, but this period would be very short.
<22>This last coming after one thousand years (a long time after the Kingdom comes) would be the eighth time of "the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth." He is the same as the one who was destroyed as the seventh king, "and is of the seven." But it will eventually be destroyed, "and when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed..." (Rev. 20:7) but after a short time it will be destroyed, "...was cast into the lake of fire...and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever."
<23>So the phrase, "he is the eighth," refers to this last time of the fall of man and the last lesson humans will receive in order to understand the nature of the devil and the beasts, and to become rid of their mark (greed), and go to Pure Consciousness, where the Father is.
<24>It is these ten horns that are the by-products of the desires toward the attraction of Maya that have never gained any kingdom. It is always the beast itself, or the desire toward the attraction of Maya, which is the king. They are the by-products of that king. It is true that the desire and attraction of Maya are what people try to overcome, but there will be a very short period of time when people will still be under the influence of these by-products. They will rule humanity with anger, vanity, and fear even after they overcome the false desires. Still these psychological problems will remain in humanity, but they will not last long. They will be lost very soon after the Kingdom Of Heaven comes.
<25>These by-products of the beast will try to bring the beast back and to raise the desires of humanity.
<26>The Lamb will fight with these devils and overcome them by his spiritual powers, and by the faithful Elects.
<27>As was mentioned earlier, water is related to the consciousness of the human. So it is through the consciousness of man that this whore or this lower nature, woman, will persuade humanity to do whatever she wants. It is in all the people, in all the multitudes, in all the nations, and all of the time. All of humanity is defiled by these desires, attachments, fears and all the things that are related to the lower nature in their consciousnesses through this woman ("waters...where the whore sitteth").
<28>Anger, fear, vanity, unhappiness, cowardice, and all these things that are the by-products of pursuing Maya, will come to the people. They will become completely lost and their desires will be unfulfilled more and more. These things will awaken the people to the realization that, "We are following all these things because we are attached and attracted to the external world. Whatever we are following is just like chasing the wind. This Maya is never going to be captured. We are never going to be able to obtain satisfaction through this Maya." <29>And these horns, which will bring frustration to humanity, will destroy the woman or the lower nature, not by the desires of the people being fulfilled, but by desires not being fulfilled or a new desire arising after any previous desire is fulfilled. Eventually humanity will reach the point of understanding that life is not just for following the heedless desires.
<30>They will find out that it is not possible to fulfill all the desires. And when the desires are not fulfilled, anger, vanity, fear and attachment will come to them, and they will feel miserable and depressed. The by-products of the desires will cause them to realize that gaining name and fame is not the goal of life. The Goal Of The Life Is To Be(come) Divine. So these ten horns will eat the flesh of the woman and burn her with fire, and they will completely destroy this part of the consciousness of the human. That is what God planned for and put in their hearts, to fulfill His Will.
<31>That is why the tribulation will come to the people. The tribulation will be good for them, because after they go through it, they will reach the point of understanding that, "This is not the goal of life. I am following my own egoistical ways. I am trying to do everything for my little 'I,' and I am always thinking about myself. But I am not happy." And they will come to realize that this is not the way. <32> The way is to be God-conscious instead of self-conscious!
<33>These by-products of Maya will destroy Maya itself, by itself. That is why again we see that there is no devil. <34>Even the tribulation and becoming lost is a process for reaching a point of understanding that there is more to life than just pursuing the external world and its attractions.
<35>This lower nature, or the attraction of Maya, or the pursuance for fame and name, is what rules the world and all of humanity. All the humans will have these things, even the greatest Masters. They will have to overcome this attraction and the desires of the lower nature to reach their higher nature. And that is why the woman "reigneth over the kings of the earth." This lower nature has caused the kings to be so wrathful and egoistical. They think it is their might or power that has caused them to become kings, instead of realizing that it was the might and power of God that allowed them to become kings.