In Revelation 17:10, John receives an explanation of the seven heads of a beast he has seen:

They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while.

This has strong echoes of John 4:18, 25 with Jesus is speaking to a Samaritan woman at a well:

"The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true."

The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."

I take the well scene as bearing the marriage motif from the Pentateuch where well scenes lead to the marriages of Rebekah, Rachel, and Zipporah - the implication being that Jesus, the coming one, is the true (seventh) husband in the scene (cf John 3:29). But what is the implication of the allusion here in Revelation 17:10? How does the woman at the well story contribute to the meaning of the seven heads/hills/kings?

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    Strong echoes? Allusion? These two passages happen to have the same numbers, but the similarity stops there. The contexts in the two passages are very different.
    – colboynik
    Sep 26 '19 at 1:45
  • @Jack The similarity hardly stops at the numbers. It's not just 5-1-1; it is five that were, one that is, and one that is to come. And I'm not even sure the contexts are very different since the great prostitute of Rev 17:1 is quite clearly the mirror contrast with the bride of the Lamb in 21:9 - putting us in a context with marriage themes pertaining to the Christ just as in John 4.
    – Soldarnal
    Sep 26 '19 at 16:25
  • @NigelJ My question includes the quote of John 4:25 for who is to come. This post spells it out a lot more who is the seventh husband in the scene.
    – Soldarnal
    Sep 29 '19 at 2:00
  • @Soldarnal I see the connection with Jacob/Rachel. I cannot see any connection with Revelation 17:10, I'm afraid.
    – Nigel J
    Sep 29 '19 at 19:43

Re: "Allusion between REVELATION 17:10 and JOHN 4:18 & 25 " was the question. Answer: "And there are seven kings: five are fallen, one is, and the other is not yet come: and when he cometh, he must continue a short space." We must remember here that the Angel is explaining to John the visions he had previously seen in symbols,and is now speaking to John in plain language.So casting our mind back to John's day that is AD96, this verse confirms that the seven heads were rulers,or types of government.The seven types of government during the period of Imperial Pagan Rome were :Kings,Consuls,Dictators,Decemvirs,Military Tribunes,Emperors,Despotic Emperors.In John's day five of those types of government mentioned had passed into history, and Rome was headed by Emperors,the sixth head.So we see another identification mark, the sixth was the "and one is". Then it says : "and the other is not yet come".The one to come was the Despotic emperors, which the Revelation says would continue a short space. John 4:28 & 25 have absolutely nothing to do with REVELATION 17:10.

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