Ten Kings and the False Prophet (updated 10/29/2001)
An excerpt from the book "That He May Run That Readeth It..."
One thing that is spoken of prophetically is that the Earth will be divided into ten kingdoms. These Kings, who rule over these kingdoms will then sell out their own sovereignty to a one world system
"And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no power as yet but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast." (Rev. 17:12-13)
A system of Government will be established, according to the Bible, which will ascend out of the bottomless pit (Rev 17:8) and make war with the saints and to overcome them (Rev 13:7). The Beast will cause every man on Earth to be numbered in order to buy and sell (Rev 13 :16-17). The Beast will be a wonder to see and watch (Rev 13:3). The entire world will worship the Dragon (Satan) who gives power to the Beast (Rev 13:4 and Rev 20:2). The System is being rapidly set up before our eyes and is using its economic, political and spiritual power to bring it to pass. The Dragon gives this system its power and authority (Rev 13:2). Because the Dragon is such a deceiver, we should expect the system to be brought into being with great subtlety and deceit. We have not been able to fully ascertain what the Dragon has been doing because we have been distracted. This Beast will be most formidable. It will literally tread the Earth down with its power and make life hell for the saints.
But there is another Beast.
This beast is one that many seem to underestimate, but which is just as dangerous as the first. The first Beast Had 10 Horns, which represents 10 kings. This second Beast has two horns. The scriptures make a very interesting and important observation about this second beast.
"And He exerciseth all the Power of the first Beast before him and causeth all the earth and them that dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed." (Rev 13: 11).
The phase 'before him' can also be rendered 'in his presence'. This is a very powerful entity. I believe we should attempt to make at least some sort of identification of this beast as it plays a key role in the end time system.
Identifying the role and purpose of this beast should not be too difficult as his activities are described for us in John's Revelation. First, other that the fact that he has all the authority of the ten horned World Government, he also seems to have a very important role to play in finalizing the spiritual power to the First Beast. IT is the False Prophet who will cause all those who dwell on the Earth to worship the first beast. He will be able to deceive those who dwell on the Earth by the Miracles he is able to perform:
11 And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth. And it had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke like a dragon.
12 And it exercises all the authority of the first beast before him, and causes the earth and those dwelling in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And it does great wonders, so that it makes fire come down from the heaven onto the earth in the sight of men.
14 And it deceives those dwelling on the earth, because of the miracles which were given to it to do before the beast, saying to those dwelling on the earth that they should make an image to the beast who had the wound by a sword and lived.
15 And there was given to it to give a spirit to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might both speak, and might cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
16 And it causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark on their right hand, or in their foreheads,
17 even that not any might buy or sell except those having the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of its name.
18 Here is the wisdom. Let him having reason count the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. And its number is six hundred and sixty-six.
This Beast is either a religious system or a political system with strong spiritual underpinnings. There have been a few biblical prophecy teachers who have attempted to identify this system. This system (Beast) will have the power to perform miracles and be able to deceive many with the miracles he performs. The type of power he wields is shown by one of the miracles he performs in the sight of men. This is a miracle that Elijah performed in the book of 1st Kings (18:30-38) and in the book of 2nd Kings (Chapter 1). This is a very deceptive miracle because it has been prophesied that the LORD would send Elijah before the great and terrible Day of the LORD (Mal 4:5). This could cause many, especially in Israel to believe the miracles of the False Prophet. This will indeed be a mighty deception, especially if this false prophet then declares the antichrist to be god on earth. Identifying the false Prophet is imperative to understand the last days.
Many have felt that the Roman Papacy was intricately identified with this system. They see Rome as the symbol of apostate Christianity. Others see this interpretation as too simplistic and not properly fitting the prophetic symbology. Primarily, this is because this beast has two horns. Horns are always interpreted as kingly or political power. Now the papacy has throughout history exercised political power throughout the church age. This power has been able to depose kings and make them, especially during the Middle Ages. It has, throughout this age, had enormous wealth at its disposal and used for various political and religious purposes. Even today, the Roman Pope wields tremendous power. The Pope is still far and away the most visible symbol of Christianity today, weather one wishes to accept it or not. But the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church are not the doctrines of Biblical Protestant Christianity. The Roman Pontiff is frankly seen by many in Christendom as a symbol of compromise, idolatry and corruption. One cannot ignore the fact that the Roman Papacy has turned its eye towards Jerusalem in these times and is very much involved in the peace process and the final status talks of Jerusalem. Nevertheless, whatever your views may be, the predilection of those Christians who identify the Roman Church with this second beast is that it is corrupt and idolatrous. It seems clear that even in these times Catholicism is still very potent force on the world stage, this being the case, it would also seem quite logical that it should be identified in the prophetic literature. It also seems clear that attempting to identify this entity would be an important task to ensure correct identification is made.
The main problem with the Roman Catholic Interpretation is that the Second Beast has two horns symbolizing two separate entities that rule one beast. Also, at this point I would like to make one thing clear. When the Scripture refers to a beast especially in Revelation and in Daniel, it refers to a far-reaching Empire. With the last beast, it refers to a global Empire. However, it also refers to a system of Government. That is, a system of governance which is inherently different that the rest. It is, if you will, a different order. What I mean is this; the Romans governed differently than the Greeks and the Babylonians. The Roman form of government was different than that the Assyrians. This is the same case today, Americans govern differently than the Chinese, just as the North Korean form of government differs from the Germans. The inherent differences are systemic in nature and the resulting prosperity or poverty, freedom or repression's are the result largely from the systemic differences of governmental structures. The last days system is decidedly different that the rest. Today we constantly hear talk ad-nauseam of a New World Order or Novos Order Seclorum, as it written on the back side of our one dollar bill. This order is far different than anything the world has ever seen before. The introduction of high technology in our world, environmental problems, increasing populations and the increasingly global nature of trade has forced a global system of governance upon the inhabitants of the Earth with only a scant few truly recognizing the implications of the global governing system which is already here. Many believers are looking for a government of the entire planet which will look and feel like a government. This, in most respects, will probably not be the case. The system that is now upon us is very different from any we have ever seen before, the differences are, as mentioned before systemic in nature. Power, real power that is, is not exercised in nominal legislatures for who people vote. While these often have the trappings of power, they often simply echo the wishes of well off campaign contributors in the West, and those who can pay substantial open bribes in other countries. Increasingly, these individuals, trans-national entities and multinational corporations are able to greatly influence political decision making on a global scale in various countries. The elite of our planet have also learned the value of "infoganda" (Information which is presented in a way which looks like news and information but is extremely clever and effective propaganda) They know that individuals who refuse to tote the corporate line can be "managed" out of office. Greed and corruption are the two most prominent foundations of the New World Order, while the infogandists (news media)speak of "freedom and democracy”, they have cleverly juxtaposed these terms with greed and corruption. Interdependency is now the buzz-word used for justifying continued globalization. This is the end time system which we are watching arise. The false prophet, is an entity I will discuss shortly, it is also the most important spiritual enemy of the church in this end time system. Ironically, it is very possible the apostate 'church' is a key part of this second beast. Many also believe American Church-ianity will be the catalyst for its formation. Only its strange doctrines coupled with its enormous financial might can conceivably corrupt the rest of the worlds Christians.
The false prophet is certainly a very important figure and must be identified. However, given the other scenarios above which I have briefly summarized, I believe another interpretation may be more plausible. In fact, I believe in falls right in line with the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation. The Book of Daniel (Dan 8:1-27) describes a two horned beast which grows to be very great and strong. This ram had two horns and is identified as the Kings of Media and Persia. Media and Persia make up the modern day nations of Iran and Iraq. These two nations are today identified not only with regionally powerful militaries, but are also very much identified with religious fervor of a decidedly unchristian variety. That fervor is known today as Islam, it is the religion to a very large segment of the Earth's population. This religious system accepts the teachings of a single prophet, Mohammed. This prophet is responsible for fostering another semi-biblical system of belief which has in many instances throughout history, been at odds with Christianity. It is very much at odds today with the state of Israel. Its reach is also growing in Asia and in Africa. It is the prophet Mohammed, whose followers today seek to gain control of Jerusalem. It is Islam, which is attempting to gain more influence and control within the structures of the emerging New World Order. In fact, recent information out of the middle east seems to indicate that many Islamic nations have formed an alliance to hinder efforts by the western nations in various parts of the world and assert their own policy goals, when those policies coincide with one another. The rest of Daniel Chapter eight seems to speak about the end time beast system and its leader, commonly referred to as the anti-christ. This Man will arise from the Old Greek Empire "in the latter time of their kingdom".
"And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not of his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people." (Dan 8:23-34)
This system is probably the end time system and the Antichrist who rules it. However, though Daniel does not specifically say the false prophet is in existence in the latter time (see Dan 8:23) John makes reference to a(n) (apparently) similar two horned system, although this time, it is religious in nature, as are Islamic states today. It says that he will have power to perform miracles in the last days (Rev 13:14), and will deceive those who dwell on the Earth. I believe that Islam in its present form, is very much in keeping with the symbology of the apocalyptic literature. With the growth of radical Islamic states, the increasing intractability of the middle east peace process, the rise of a violent under-class in Islamic states who use their religious fervor to justify violent actions against any an all who do not agree with them, is a very ominous sign to western civilization in general and Christianity in particular. This is very much in keeping with the symbols of the apocalyptic literature.
Unfortunately, Islam is not often described as being in prophesy, at least not according to many of the more popular prophecy teachers and Christian celebrities. While it is invariably mentioned in terms of the peace process and of course the very real threat of terrorism, a coherent study of the scriptures, specifically relating to these prophetic utterances, in my opinion, is lacking. Islam is divided into two main sects the Sunni's and the Shi'ite's these sects go back to the time of Mohammed's death. These two sects are very much active today.
Another fact, which is often not emphasized enough, is that it is the false prophet, not the other ten-horned beast, which causes all to receive the mark of the beast. Therefore this false prophet also appears to have influence on a global scale.
I caution the reader here that this interpretation may not be technically correct. Others have pointed out to the Anglo-American Axis as a possible contender for this nefarious position. Others believe that apostate Catholicism and apostate Protestantism are the two horns of the Beast. Others point to the Roman Papacy. These all have merit. Indeed, the fact that most of these entities are still very, very influential in both an economic and a military sense, they are most difficult to ignore. Nevertheless, The religious nature of this beast is not readily apparent in the Anglo-American axis, other than the false nature of the "Christianity" these two nations often profess.
In any event, deception will be the norm in these times. Therefore, it is wise to remember that many deceivers have gone out into the world. They will tell you that all is well. The Church is fine. Everyone will eventually be all right. No one will really be deceived, certainly not you. Jesus won't return in your lifetime, God's word is not to be trusted, at least not literally. Better to trust in false shepherds who desire you to tithe, of course only in their churches, or T.V. preachers who desire you purchase a "Jesus trinket."
The ten kings will rule the planet under the auspices of The coming World Ruler known as Anti-Christ. On September 11, 1990, George Bush Sr., announced the New World Order. Eleven years Later, to the day, the World Trade Center was bombed and destroyed. Since then we have seen a war and increasing assaults on the US Constitution via anti-terrorist legislation. One can see, if one looks closely, a shift in Global power and Global economic growth patterns. These changes are meant to bring about the necessary chaos and uncertainty to allow new systems of governance to come into being. Terrorism is not the enemy of the emerging Global Government, it is a tool to assist in the coming enslavement of mankind.
The New Atlantis
Atlantis is a code word for the ancient world before the flood. Weather or not an actual city or nation named Atlantis really existed is a point of debate. However, here we will deal with the powerful myth of Atlantis and its satanic and occult underpinnings. This is important as what President Bush (Jr. And Sr), President Clinton, President Reagan, President Ford and President Carter all worked for tirelessly for was the resurrection of this ancient society, with its Satanic underpinnings. Many will take exception to this as many believe that 'Bush the younger' is a Christian. I will not argue with you. Nevertheless, he is in cahoots with Devil worshippers and Satanists and assists them in their plans to build this Atlantis, also known as the New World Order. This plan is assisted by Freemasons, members of the Skull and Bones; a Satanic/Germanic Order whose members funded Hitler, to which both Bush's belong. This agenda is helped along with leaders of New Age religions and others who assist on various levels, in and out of Government. It also is assisted by denominational-501(c)3 'Christianity'. This Atlantis will be built in our lifetimes, indeed it is largely already here, but its full power is not yet seen and felt in the world. Ten kings, according to occult tradition, ruled in Atlantis and the bible predicts that the last days end times system will have ten kings that rule over the planet. Remember, Jesus Said “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be”(Mat:24:37). Many prophecy students, especial of the older generation, have consistently stated that this will be the EU and that the ten kings will be ten nations of the the EU. I respectfully disagree, this teaching while possessing some excellent perspective is limited in its viewpoint. Specifically, this is a teaching that stems from the idea that the mark of the beast (See Rev Chapters 13 and 14) will not be given to all the people of the Earth, but only to those who are inside what is commonly referred to a revived Roman Empire. How do they get around the clear teaching of scripture? Easy. They simply say that the revived roman empire, refers to the empires as it refers these 'Beasts' that have oppressed Israel. It seems clear that this coming beast will make every attempt to destroy Israel in the last days, as Israel is a sure sign of God's constancy to his promises. Despite Israel's apostasy and rejection of her Messiah, God did re-gather them just like he promised. God will deal with them, just like he promised. They will undergo a severe trial, and many will be saved, just like he promised. This is a good argument and cannot be ignored, however, the bible makes it very clear who will be forced to take the mark or lose their lives in rejecting it, in this revived 'Atlantis,' better known and referred to as the Anti-Christ's kingdom. It says it in plain words, so plain even a child could understand it... and only a theologian could explain it away.
Rev:13:3: And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast
Re:13:7: And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Re:13:16-17: And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads. 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.
Consistently, these verses of scripture make it plain that this will be a global entity and will exercise power globally. No one will be excluded, not America, not Iraq, not Canada, not Botswana. ALL will be part of his dominion. Keep in mind that the scripture indicates the possibility that there is a time when these kings receive no power but are still considered kings. They give up their power to the beast and then reign one hour with the beast. It is almost as though the bible were describing a shadow Government that exists before it is given full dominion over the earth. That they have no kingdom, yet are able to sell out their sovereignty to the the beast government at the same same time. It is unwise to read to much into the verse (Rev 17 12-13), yet some sort of covert governance seems to be indicated here. It is often thought that the 'as yet' here simply refers to viewing things from John's perspective. As these Kings had not taken power yet. This is certainly a valid argument. Vantage point is important here as it seems clear that much of this should be looked at from Johns point of View (1st century AD). Yet the way the verse reads and the the fact that this is an Angelic interpretation of an earlier vision leads on to surmise that perhaps this description may be more telling than the simple obvious truth that it was not existent in Johns day.
In any event, they will willingly give their power, once they come on the scene, to the Beast. But what must be remembered here is that Babylon rides this beast for a time until the ten kings tire of her, get rid of her by burning her with fire. So we see that they these ten kings and Babylon are not in an exactly harmonious relationship and more importantly, they are not the same entity. It is a relationship of Dominance and submission. Despite the general idea that this new world order is a harmonious political entity in which that Anti-Christ wields complete and absolute power, it appears here that there is political tension and treachery in this New World Order and that while the antichrist is a formidable and exceedingly powerful individual, his power does seem to be dependent on the goodwill of other players, namely, the ten kings who agree to give their power over to him. This destruction of Babylon may be part of the 'price' for their continued alliance to this dictator. Remember, even that ancient Caesars had to observe the 'forms of legality' with the Senate, and while power was absolute, those emperors who consistently angered the Senate, did not last long. This is probably the way the Antichrist will rule; he will have absolute power as long he observes certain formalities and does keeps his end of any 'bargains' he must make. In other words his rule will have very small but important limitations on it. How do I know this? Because while he will have power to overcome the saints but he will not get all of them, because there will be saints alive when Jesus Comes. His (Antichrist's) firm desire will be to get rid of all who do not take the Mark and he will largely succeed. But some will survive, thus his power will not be absolute. Nevertheless, there will never have been a more powerful human in history. It must be noted here that he derives his power from the Devil with the assistance of the ten kings.
How will the deceptions of the False Prophet gain so much support? This is not a difficult question to a truly born again believer. I will categorize each main reason:
The Devil is a master at this. The American government as well has perfected this deceptive technique to an art form. Misdirection is essentially getting someone to look in one direction or at one thing while the important activity is transpiring elsewhere. Many times a crisis is deliberately created to detract from more important and quiet developments elsewhere. This is done regularly in politics, economics, war and when criminal activities of those who are in power are ready to become exposed.
This is another important facet of deception. When people get comfortable and smug, they are opening up a far more dangerous door to deceit than misdirection. They simply stop caring about what is going on around them. They become more obsessed with creature comforts than with their fellow men, more caught up in fads and trends than in the real world around them. Such people are the most difficult to reach because they believe that as long as they have the swollen bank accounts, SUV's, good jobs and big screen TV's, all is well and these rewards of mammon are 'blessings from God'. One can remember the admonition of the scriptures about the deceitfulness of riches.
...And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. (Mar 4:19)
Ignorance is another key method of deceit used by those who are in power against the masses of people. Ignorant people are easily manipulated, deceived and herded into any intellectual corral that the powers that be will lead them. When people refuse to avail themselves of the resources needed to educate and enlighten themselves they will, without exception, eventually be subservient to those those who have. This is true in every aspect of life. It was no coincidence that in the old south Slaves were intentionally kept from learning how to read and those whites who tried to teach them were persecuted and often prosecuted by those in power. The same is true today. The ability to obtain and intelligently cogitate on the events in the world around us is something that the Devil works very hard to prevent.
The system that is now arising and many global leaders extol, aid and abet this New World Order. They pass laws and make treaties that empower this Beast and are working for and in alliance with the Antichrist system, weather they know it or not. I believe firmly that there are ten 'kings' who rule from behind the scenes right now but have not been given open, public and the wide ranging political power they will receive for 42 months as the scope of their power transcends national boundaries and such a revelation would create havoc. Therefore, they will create the havoc that will cause the world to accept their solutions to the problems they themselves created for the very purpose of imposing these solutions. Once these ten kings are revealed, you will know exactly what time it is! More can be found on the ten kings and the antichris kingdom and possible fulfillments on the article entitled Who is the Antichrist. Found on this site. It tells you who I believe many fulfill the parameters of the Ten Kings and why.
See Revelation Chapters 17 and 18; Revelation Chapter 13 and 14, Daniel Chapter 7 and 11.
Who IS The Antichrist? A look at this issue from a strictly biblical perspective. This article also explores the ten kings and its relations to the Antichrist system.
Ten Kings That Burn America - Stewart Best does an excellent job Here at explaining that which American Christians don't want to hear.
Various Apocalyptic Links - Secular site with links from every possible viewpoint!
Revelation Links - Good, but at times a little sterile, offers a somewhat different perspective
Other Links -A good place to understand fundamental prophetic views, though at times, it is a little wild.