Excerpted from A Woman Rides the Beast
© 1994 by Dave Hunt
Reproduced by permission
"Virtually all attention these days is focused on the coming Antichrist
—but he is only half the story. Many are amazed to discover in
Revelation 17 that there is also another mysterious character at the heart
of prophecy —a woman who rides the beast."
The Bible says the whore of Revelation 17 is a city and gives remarkable clues
to her identity. The following is one of a series of excerpts from
A Woman Rides The Beast, by Dave
Hunt. Here Hunt digs behind these clues which point to only one
possibility: Rome and the Vatican. In this book, Hunt's thorough
research is a must for anyone who would witness effectively to Roman Catholics.
Who Is The Whore?
The first thing we are told about the woman is that she is a "whore"
(Revelation 17:1), that earthly kings "have committed fornication" with her
(verse 2), and that "all the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with
the wine of her fornication" (verse 3). Why would a city be called a whore
and be accused of having committed fornication with kings?
Such an indictment would never be made of London or Moscow or Paris — or any
other ordinary city. It wouldn't make sense.
Fornication and adultery are used in the Bible in both the physical and the
spiritual sense. Of Jerusalem God said, "How is the faithful city become a
harlot!" (Isaiah 1:21). Israel, whom God had set apart from all other peoples to
be holy for His purposes, had entered into unholy, adulterous alliances with the
idol worshiping nations about her. She had "committed adultery with stones and
with stocks [idols]" (Jeremiah 3:9); "and with their idols have they committed
adultery" (Ezekiel 23:37).
The entire chapter of Ezekiel 16 explains lsrael's spiritual adultery in
detail, both with heathen nations and with their false gods, as do many
There is no way that a city could engage in literal, fleshly fornication.
Thus we can only conclude that John, like the prophets in the Old Testament,
is using the term in its spiritual sense. The city, therefore, must claim a
spiritual relationship with God. Otherwise such an allegation would be
Though it is built on seven hills, there would be no reason to accuse Rio de
Janeiro of spiritual fornication. It makes no claim of having a special
relationship with God. And though Jerusalem has that relationship, it cannot
be the woman riding on the beast, for it is not built on seven hills. Nor does
it meet the other criteria by which this woman is to be identified.
Against only one other city in history could a charge of fornication be
leveled. That city is Rome, and more specifically Vatican City. She claims
to have been the worldwide headquarters of Christianity since its beginning
and maintains that claim to this day. Her pope enthroned in Rome claims to
be the exclusive representative of God, the vicar of Christ. Rome is the
headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, and in that too she is unique.
Numerous churches, of course, are headquartered in cities, but only one city
is the headquarters of a church. The Mormon Church, for example, is headquartered
in Salt Lake City, but there is much more to Salt Lake City than the Mormon
Not so with Vatican City. It is the heartbeat of the Roman Catholic Church and
nothing else. She is a spiritual entity that could very well be accused of
spiritual fornication if she did not remain true to Christ.
Read all of chapter 6