Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Woman On The Scarlet Beast


17:10-11 There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time.
“And the beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.

According to my interpretation, in this lineup of kings, there are seven kingdoms: Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome, casual religion, Materialism and the Antichrist.  At that point in history, about which the angel is talking, the first five of those have already fallen, namely - Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome, casual religion (not the Christian Church).  Materialism is still ruling, and the Antichrist is yet to come.  The Antichrist, will be the eighth, however, his reign will be short, because, Jehovah, in His mercy, will also become involved in the battle of Armageddon and because of His decisive victory the war will be shortened.   The final end of the first beast (Antichrist), will be the lake of fire; the eighth, ... is of (the same selfish spirit as) the seven, and (he) is going to perdition.

17:12-13+16-17 “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast.
“These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.
“And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire.
“For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled.

The ten horns which you saw (in the video) are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, (because, in John's day, their time in history has not yet arrived) but they receive authority for one hour (a little while) as kings with the beast, the last dictator.

   These ten kings will arise while materialism is still ruling and they will receive their authority, for a little while, from the Antichrist.  In 17:16-17, they decide that riches for the  individual, does not suit their plans (these will hate the harlot).  They will make her desolate  (the selfish society will have no reason left to live), and naked (the shamefulness of her selfishness will become evident), eat her flesh and burn her with fire (totally destroy her).  Things will be different; all the wealth of the commoner will be directed to “the war machine (The Battle of Armageddon)”.  Selfish materialism will be finished, and that ruler, materialism, also will fall.  When those ten kings, (ten dictators around the Mediterranean  Sea?), have ruled for one hour, (a little while), they also will fall and the Antichrist will be the sole dictator in Europe and the near East.


    For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose.  Evangelists have often warned unrepentant sinners against turning their backs on the grace of Jehovah.  Some people believe that they will repent on their deathbed; first they want to live a selfish life of pleasure.  But they have no assurance that on their deathbed the spirit of Jehovah will call them to repent; then it will be forever too late.  If sinners do not repent of their sinfulness when they are called to, a time could come when, in the words of Saint Paul, God also gave them up. Rom. 1:24.    

This is a situation, perhaps, not unlike that of Pharaoh in Egypt at the time of Moses.  He hardened his heart and God also gave him up.  I see a similar situation with these ten kings, at some point they had a chance to repent and turn to Jehovah. According to Paul, that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  If people do not "cash in" on the light that has been given them, their hearts will harden and when that has happened Jehovah will use them in negative ways to fulfil His plans; God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose

    So these ten kings (dictators) who are of one mind (in agreement), give their kingdom to the beast, (the Antichrist).  One person will be the Antichrist and he will become the ruler of the near East, of course, not including Israel; and that is exactly why the Battle of Armageddon will happen.

1 comment:

  1. Ike, thank you for this interesting study and thank you for visiting my blog at www.learningfromthemaster.com. I changed my last line based on what you said. You are right, I do know, but in order to be sensitive to those who disagree I tweaked it a little.

    I'm so glad you found me and I will read with interest what you post next. I would suggest one little thing though - could you make the font bigger? It is so small, sometimes I couldn't see the words. Otherwise - great study! God Bless!

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