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. Continue reading Interpreting the Seven Kings of Revelaton 17 →
Interpreting the Earth Beast of Rev. 13 by the criteria in divinely given interpretations of the four preceding Beasts as revealed in Daniel and the Apocalypse.
(Dan 7:3-6) And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. The first was like a lion… the …second like to a bear… and the third …like a leopard…
Compare this with: (Rev 13:1) And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
We notice that all of these beasts come up from the same place, the sea. We also notice that all of these beast powers were original in themselves and only incorporated the others when they conquered them consecutively. The Fourth Beast devours the three beasts that were before it and therefore inherits the attributes of the three before it: leopard… bear… and lion. (v.2)
1. Each of these sea beasts, as they were introduced was an original power in the earth. Continue reading Interpreting the Earth Beast of Revelation 13 →