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Song Released: 2006

Beast and the Harlot Lyrics

This shining city built of gold, a far cry from innocence,
There's more than meets the eye round here, look to the waters of the deep.
A city of evil.
There sat a seven-headed beast, ten horns raised from his head.
Symbolic woman sits on his...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Nov 16th 2006 report

    The lyrics come from the book of revelation, the last book of the bible.
    Then the angel carried me away in the spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns and each horn had ten crowns. The woman was dressed in purple scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. This was written on her forehead.
    babylon the great
    the mother of prostitutes
    and of the abominations of the earth.

    Revelation 17:3-5


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    Nov 22nd 2006 report

    The song is taken from the book of Revelation, the last book of the bible. The seven headed beast represents the political governments of the world. The meanings of the horns escapes me at the moment. The woman or harlot represents the world empire of false religion, a cage for demons to mislead. The seven headed beast turns on the women (The political governments will turn on religion) and "strips her naked and eats up her fleshly parts". Merchants and the political leaders will mourn her loss for practical reasons, like 'Christmas was good for the Economy' and 'Religion kept the people moral and peaceful'. The harlot has fornicated with the kings of the earth much like false religion has contributed to an excessive degree to almost every war. As the bible says "Get out of her my people if do not wish to share her in destruction, for her sins have climbed clear to the heavens... or sky... all lyrics in this song...



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    Sep 20th 2006 report

    The harlot is the demon who makes you sin and wat not and the beast is... Well.. U no.. The devil. The city is the city of evil where ppl go when they wanna do stuff theyr not supposed to. The line that says "made the wrong decision
    and it's easy to see. Now if you wanna serve above or be a king below with us your
    welcome to the city where your future is set forever"
    well, that's wat I think it is but other ppl have different opinions about it.

    The song is about the precursor to the end times and armageddon.... Several lines from this song are taken from the biblical book of revelations. The movie they made does not necesarily display the exact images and story of revelations... But the song very much does. The movie they made supports the idea of the "harlot of lust" consuming everyday life and causing us to sin.

    The harlot tempts people to behave poorly and sin, as she does in revelations. Which is where the metaphorical line "makes us drink the poisoned wine" comes from. (which can be found in the book of revelations) the poisoned wine represents our temptation and will to sin.

    This harlot is accompanied by an 8 headed beast with 10 horns on which she rides on in revelations. Each of the beast's heads represent (what I believe) to be an evil nation or leader, which promoted the horrid acts of man kind... Especially in this past century (hitler, stalin, mussolinni, even george bush). Thats where the line "fornicating with our kings" comes from. (which is also from the book of revelations)

    revelations is very much filled with metaphors and a7x made a video which does a very good job of displaying them in my opinion.
    If you want to fully understand much of a7x's work I suggest you actually read the book of revelations for much of their material is based upon this biblical book about the end of the world.

    As many of you might know "chapter four" is from the book of genesis. Along with their name: avenged sevenfold.
    The title of their second album, "sounding of the seventh trumpet", is also derived from the book of revelations.
    So, if ure interested, take the time to read revelations and maybe you will find a whole new reason to love a7x... If ure interested in fully understanding the band and their beliefs that is. Its the last one in the bible and its short...

  4. anonymous
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    Jun 26th 2018 report

    This song could've been also about the rise of the radical Feminist[s], symbolically as the Harlot[s] of Bible Revelation. Which was and were on the rise and getting out of control, beginning with the Bushes and the Clintons in power, especially with Hillary that was planning to ride The Beast for powering Her into the future. Thank God that Donald Trump became our Pres., imagine if she had won.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  5. kooljohn176
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    Jul 31st 2017 report

    If you don't take Them beast and the harlot] to serious in and by this song. They just could be about a bad boy and a bad ass girl. But for seeing the big picture altogether, according to the Holy Bible's Revelation of Jesus Christ. This song is obviously about ''the fall of Babylon''that was GOD's will at the hands of Cyrus the great, who won and trumped over Her as a colony for the Persian Empire[Iran] in which was today's Iraq. A forerunner to come in the N.T., known as the ''mystery Babylon'' of ''beast and the harlot'' as the evildoers of this world. Now that are in a unholy alliance of revenge and control, run by the Jesuit-Zionist Nazi controlled Vatican of Rome, who have been influencing and also controlling this evil in Washington D.C. The city that has been built and designed with Her in mind. Wherefore then and now They have been wageing war throughout the middle east and Iraq again with the help of ''little horn''[antichrist,Israel?] for wanting to rebuild the Temple again and a new seat for the Pope? and his Madonna.

  6. anonymous
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    Jun 25th 2013 report

    The seven headed beast is Lucifer, each head represents each deadly sin, the ten horns are pride, scarlet is wrath, and the ten crowns for each horn is greed, the woman represent lust, considering early Christians being a prostitute is no a very difficult job(sloth)and envy and gluttony are in there somewhere too I'm sure

  7. anonymous
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    May 18th 2013 report

    It's about Las Vegas. The beast is us, the harlot is that evil city. Ever been? (and had too much fun)

  8. anonymous
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    Nov 2nd 2012 report

    When you break everything down, he speaks mainly of the city of Babylon, the beast with seven heads and ten horns, and the "woman" which is mentioned throughout the song as "she" or "her". When he speaks of Babylon he is of course referring to the city of evil. Ancient religions which nobody of the average joe can comprehend. And history never told us. But it is all connected to the beast and the woman. The woman is symbolism for New York and the Statue of Liberty. A city of sin. The city is a ploy with Wall Street and the UN. Which brings us to the beast. It has seven heads with ten horns. This is symbolism for the new world order. Which has. Seven head families. Higher than any bush or Obama. And the plan is to divide the whole world into ten territories. A global union. These people think we are stupid and use symbolism to hide everything in plain site. When history repeats itself, Babylon will be destroyed. Find true salvation through Jesus Christ our lord and savior. Do not give into they're evils. I just wish people would open their eyes and not shut out what is about to come just because they are afraid. Don't be afraid. History isn't written in stone. We can change the world for the better. We just have to all work together. They want us segregated because alone we are weak, but together we are unbelievably strong! Don't let them shred our constitution. Stand up for what you know is right.

  9. anonymous
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    Feb 27th 2012 report

    From Revelation chapter 18.

    18.2 He cried with a might voice, saying, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, and she has become a habitation of demons, a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird! 18.3 For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her sexual immorality, the kings of the earth committed sexual immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from the abundance of her luxury."

    It was funny, i was sitting in my religion class and this was posted up on the slideshow and knew that is sounded familiar.

  10. a7xsynner6661
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    Oct 4th 2011 report

    I heard this song before any of their songs. Then bat country(secretly liked it until my twin liked it)and then almost easy, and i don't remember.

  11. anonymous
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    Jun 5th 2011 report

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  12. anonymous
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    Apr 30th 2011 report

    Well, you see, If you read the book of Revelation, you know that Satan is referred to as the beast. Well I have a theory you see. Have you noticed that the Catholic Church is doing things that the Bible says not to?
    I think Satan is using the Catholic Church as a way to fool people.
    Here is a few things to reference:

    1. They say that this is IS the blood and body of Jesus Christ during Communion, when Jesus said,"Do this in REMEMBRANCE of Me". Luke 22:19

    2. They have statues of saints and the Bible talks about that too, do not idolise the saints. Revelation 19:9-19:10
    "Deuteronomy 27:15

    3. The Bible says do not have any GRAVEN images. That includes statues, pictures, and paintings. Deauteranomy 4:14-4:16

    4. Do you know that the Catholic church at least most of them recommend for you not to read the Bible? Most Catholics just let it sit there in a glass case or box. The Bible talks against that too, but they wouldn't know, they don't read the Bible.

    Thats just the beginning too. Take a look at Martin Luther's 95 Thesus.

    I think God used this song through an obviously NonChristian band to speak to people of the world about the Catholic Church. Because check it out, all of these lyrics are scripture.

    So bottom line I think:


    Harlot-Catholic Church

  13. anonymous
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    Apr 13th 2011 report

    The beast is the antichrist/the beast from the sea from the book of revalations, the woman is the whore of babylon, its not that hard.

  14. anonymous
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    Mar 23rd 2011 report

    I think it is a mixture of the end of the world In the " whore of Babylon" and " Babylon the great" and the destruction of the city of Sodom in the old testament, God destroyed it "effortlessly" aka in an hour

  15. anonymous
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    Mar 23rd 2011 report

    I think it is a mixture of the end of the world In the " whore of Babylon" and " Babylon the great" and the destruction of the city of Sodom in the old testament, God destroyed it "effortlessly" aka in an hour

  16. anonymous
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    Dec 9th 2010 report

    For the guy above me: you raise some good points... Like, just because I don't believe in the Koran doesn't mean I'd burn one. I mean, people are allowed to believe what they want.

    But, can you please tell me what passage that is, because I don't recall it.

    And if you are one of the people (not saying you are) that believe that it's horrible God sends people to Hell. He doesn't. You deny Him or you serve Him. Each has its own outcome... either worse then any comprehension... or better then comprehension.

    And I agree with the vast majority of people here. Except the beast... have you guys heard of when God will come and rule over the Earth? There will be Satan and the beast. If you take the mark of the beast (by giving in to Satin) then you will become a slave of Satin (in terms of... you denied a God that you can now see with your physical eyes).

    And in all honesty... I don't really know what a harlot is. :P

  17. anonymous
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    Oct 4th 2010 report

    Sorry, but I thought I should point out that the Christian guy on the other page is a dangerous, racist, bastard. Wanna go burn a Koran? In all honesty, it's when evangelist Christians like you are allowed to take charge and spread their own gospel that actual sin happens. Ehm, note that this is directed at the Americanised new-age Christians, not Christianity in general. Hell, my Dad leads a Church. As a PS, I should point out that I consider myself sort of religous, but not Christian. To be honest, I struggle to commit myself to a god that is capable of some pretty nasty stuff (I recall one passage where a follower is ordered to murder 400 people and cut off their foreskins), and I suspect that Revelations may be speaking about how Christianity as a religion has lost it's touch. I mean, if the beast is going around until it finds the one true religion, Wouldn't t already have come across Christianity, the largest religion in the world? Rant over.

  18. anonymous
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    Sep 24th 2010 report

    Hey fucktards... Harlot is prostitute. I read revelation but then I got confused, is it 10 headed with seven horns or 10 headed with 11 horns?

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