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Revelation 17:15

ESV And the angel said to me, “The waters that you saw, where the prostitute is seated, are peoples and multitudes and nations and languages.
NIV Then the angel said to me, 'The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages.
NASB And he *said to me, 'The waters which you saw where the prostitute sits are peoples and multitudes, and nations and languages.
CSB He also said to me, "The waters you saw, where the prostitute was seated, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and languages.
NLT Then the angel said to me, 'The waters where the prostitute is ruling represent masses of people of every nation and language.
KJV And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

What does Revelation 17:15 mean?

In this verse we have the angel's explanation of the imagery of a prostitute (Revelation 17:1) seen in John's vision. The waters on which she sits are "peoples and multitudes and nations and languages." Her corrupt religious system will include false religions all over the world. Some identify this eclectic religious system as the culmination of the ecumenical movement. According to this view, apostate Protestantism, apostate Roman Catholicism, and all world religions will unite and exist as one in the tribulation.

The apostle Paul advised Timothy "that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared" (1 Timothy 4:1–2). The apostle John also predicted the rise of antichristian religion in 1 John 2:18. He wrote: "Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come." Jude warned his readers that ungodly religious teachers had wormed their way into the church. He wrote: "For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ" (Jude 1:4).

Whether by combining all religions, the domination of a single false faith, the invention of a new one, or simply a widespread lack of spiritual truth, the apostasy that began in the first century will grow worldwide during the end times.
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