Interpreting the Seven Kings of Revelation 17 by the criteria in the divinely given interpretation.
(v. 10) And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. (11) And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
First of all verse ten, the Angel time dates the 6th king (or power) as contemporary with John, that is the present Roman Empire. Verse 11 identifies these kings (from the Greek βασιλεύς) as beasts. Therefore we must look in the scripture for our enumerated beast powers.
So as some believe Pagan Rome to be the 6th, and Papal Rome to be the 7th, this cannot be for several reasons:
1. Papal Rome is not a separate beast; and,
2. Papal Rome does not merely continue a short space, but in reality far exceeds the space of Pagan Rome.
Therefore the 6th king/beast is both, Rome Pagan and Papal. The 7th had not yet come. There is only one additional beast that shows up in the Revelation: and that is the Second or Earth Beast of chapter 13.
The 8th power goeth into perdition therefore as we have already discovered must be Rome, one of the seven, therefore also the 6th because she was contemporary with John. The 7th is a power that shows up for a short space at the end.
The Second or Earth Beast of Revelation 13 must be that power because it is the only additional Beast mentioned in the Revelation. The Earth Beast fills up a short space when the Sea Beast, or Rome, is apparently wounded as it were to death, then the 7th, this Earth Beast comes alongside Rome, the Sea Beast, and builds an image to it, then all are caused to worship that image on the pain of death. And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Rev 13:17)
Daniel gives us the names of the three beasts previous to Rome in his chapter 8: Babylon, Medo-Persia & Greece. This would require two more before these, plus the one yet to come to complete our count.
“It is about 95 AD when these words were spoken to John. Five Beast Kingdoms which once ruled over Israel had fallen:
1- Egypt, into which Israel voluntarily entered and was subsequently enslaved;
2– Assyria, took the Northern Kingdom after Israel split;
3- Babylon, which completely dissolved Israel self-rule;
4– Medea-Persia, conquered Babylon and was followed by:
5- Greece; conquered by the Terrible Iron Beast;
6– Rome: the “and one is” current with John, 95 AD;
7- is; America; “and the other is not yet come” America, the seventh kingdom, developed in the New World about the same time Papal Rome received its wound by the sword. It is not recorded that this seventh (America) conquers the one before it or falls to a successor, only that it continues a short space…
8- is Rome, after the wound “as it were to death” was healed, is aided by number seven, who is also the Second Beast of Revelation ch.13…”
 bas-il-yooce’, Probably from G939 (through the notion of a foundation of power); a sovereign (abstractly, relatively or figuratively): – king.
This Article is adapted from ch.7 of When The Third Temple Is Built.