Among other visions, John was favoured to see the destruction of the evil system of Antichrist, which was foreshadowed before him under the image of a base and guilty woman. This mother of harlots some believe to be the Church of Rome. Certainly there is nothing upon earth so like to the description, and it is difficult to conceive that any future system could more fully answer to the prophecy.
So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness:
Rome stands literally as well as spiritually in a wilderness.
Names of blasphemy are abundant in that church whose head dares to call himself Infallible.
Dr. Wordsworth remarks that in the description of the official dress mention is made of scarlet robes, a vest covered with pearls, and a mitre adorned with gold and precious stones.
These words are like a photograph of the church head, no portrait could be more accurate.
This beast is thought to be the old imperial power of Rome upon which the spiritual power rode as on a richly caparisoned steed.
God’s own chosen cannot be deluded by her, but myriads of others are.
Every schoolboy knows that Rome is built upon seven hills.
Of this many interpretations have been given, but none seems to us to be clear.
Revelation 17:12, 13
Probably these are the kingdoms which arose at the breaking up of the old Roman empire, and all became vassals of the Papal power.
That church will perish by the hands of the kings who once supported it. Already its temporal power is shorn away, and in almost every nation the rulers are resolved to curb its insolence.
Some insist this must be Rome, for no other city has exercised such imperial authority, and made the kings of the earth her vassals. May the fall of Romanism be speedy and overwhelming.