(7) And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
This is a critical portion of the book. On this rare occasion an angel “breaks scene” and begins to help the overwhelmed apostle to make sense of this vision. The angel describes that he will tell John the secret of both the woman and the beast. The mystery would be revealed. Therefore, we can expect from the following scriptures (through verse 18) that the angel is going to be speaking not in symbols, like the first six verses of this chapter, but in interpretation of the symbols which has John so bug-eyed. We must prepare ourselves now to handle the following verses in a special and delicate manner. We will have opportunity to see literal realities of the symbols given in verses 1-6; but with this opportunity we have still the great responsibility to rightly divide the word of truth.
Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version (Public Domain).