In our reading it is revealed that the beast is the great city that rules over the earth – Rome! A great harlot who seduces people to worship the beast from the sea. Rome is intoxicated by its power and ability to seduce people and make war on and kill the saints. The Harlot is Rome viewed form her commercial and seductive standpoint. Yet, we are reminded a number times that God is in control of it all. Don’t forget, there was a period of time that God allowed Rome (the beast) and the dragon (Satan) to inflict suffering on the saints, but in God’s time He will bring judgement and balance the scales! It true then, it is true today!!