Seven Heads are Seven Hills
Throughout the ages, the beast ruled by one of its heads.
It has always been accepted that religion and politics go hand in hand; but this has not been the case for centuries.
We forget that few people in history have enjoyed the freedoms we experience today.
John says the seven heads are seven hills—or mountains (see Revelation 17:9).
The translators may have had the city of Rome in mind, which is situated on seven hills, when they translated the Greek word here as “hills” rather than “mountains.”
However, John may not have meant Rome because the mountains are consecutive, rather than together.
He says in Revelation 17:10 that five of them are fallen, one is and another is yet to come.
This indicates it would be hard to build a city on seven hills with five of them fallen; only one is present and the other is yet to be there.
So what are these hills?
They represent political powers that are the kings of the earth who undergird the woman and give her strength.
In the Old Testament, the term “mountains” often represents political powers
(see Isaiah 13:4; Jeremiah 51:24, 25; Daniel 2:35, 44).
Throughout most of history, political powers have blended with religion.
The fact that John now pictures a woman riding the beast could be interpreted as a time in history when the separation was common enough to make the point that just before the end-time concludes, there will again be a blending of religious/political powers.