Verse 15 (NASB)
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15. And he said to me, "The waters which you saw where the harlot sits, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues.
Finally, the way this angel talks about "the WATERS", he may well be the angel of the WATERS (Revelation 16:4-7). The use of the past tense "SAW", indicates that the third angel has poured out his bowl already.
PEOPLES (individuals) andIt is clear that this includes every being with a soul. Considering the major calamities the earth has gone through with the seal, trumpet, and bowl judgments, it is amazing that these people are not dispersed and off seeking their own revenge or salvation. However, these people are under the total control of the Babylonian HARLOT (socioreligious empire).
One should be aware that from these same WATERS, we, the redeemed, have come (Revelation 5:9). Praise the Lord that we are FROM these WATERS and not IN THEM (John 15:18-19-27)!
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