(15) And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
The Angel further describes that the “the waters,” upon which the harlot is sitting in 17:1, as literally peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. This manifests that that Jerusalem is not merely a city, but something that is represented in every place under heaven. This truth is well established by Luke in the record of Acts 2, where the Apostles began speaking in tongues. Those in Jerusalem who witnessed this significant event said: “And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God” (Acts 2:8-11). Jerusalem sat everywhere! This is what made her so dangerous to the empire, and manifests the empire’s need to put down her rebellion.
Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version (Public Domain).