This article analyzes the prophetic symbols of Rev 17 with the purpose of exploring the relations among the scarlet beast, the first beast of Rev 13 and the dragon of Rev 12. The parallel among the three symbols is used as a basis to suggest a relation between the restored leopard-like beast and the harlot, and between the two-horned beast and the scarlet beast in his eighth king phase. The study is done in light of the Old Testament (OT) context in which the symbols of the dragon and beasts, used by John, are related to political powers that persecuted Israel. The eighth king is distinguished from religious power and related to a specific political power in the end times.
"The Eight Empire: New Hypotheses for the Symbols of Revelation 17,"
Andrews University Seminary Student Journal: Vol. 1
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.andrews.edu/aussj/vol1/iss2/4