Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Revelation 17:10-13 comments, part two: five more kings like the beast

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. 12  And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13  These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

The third king who was of Satan’s mindset was the Pharaoh of Moses’ time. The Pharaoh of Egypt, who was a king, was not only the supreme judge and ruler of Egypt but he was the supreme religious leader of the kingdom and the mediator between man and the gods. Indeed, he was considered a god himself. The Pharaoh who contested Moses’ demands for freedom for the Hebrews defied God as judgments poured down on his kingdom as any casual reading of the book of Exodus will reveal, as does the beast of Revelation. Pharaoh and his army is destroyed quickly by God’s supernatural hand and the song of Moses which he sang after the Red Sea crossing is mentioned in Revelation 15:3 as we have seen. He is proud and defiant to God’s will and does not bend to terrible judgment on his people and kingdom.

The fourth king who followed in the path of Satan as an example of the beast to come was Sennacherib, the Assyrian. From 2Kings 18:13 through 2Kings 19:37 we see that through the Assyrian general, Rabshakeh, he mocked God and God’s people while at the same time claiming that it was God’s very will that was being done. It is helpful to read this brief passage in 2Kings. His army was destroyed in a moment of time, overnight, 185,000 Assyrians dead. Christ will destroy His enemies quickly, as well.

2Thessalonians 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Revelation 19:19  And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. 20  And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21  And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

The fifth type of the beast from whom the beast of Revelation comes following in Satan’s path is Nebuchadnezzar, aka Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon. Much is written in the Bible about him coming up against Jerusalem, destroying the temple of God, and of his eventually going mad and being restored to health. You can read about him from 2Kings through Daniel and see that he demanded worship through an image in Daniel. This is noteworthy and shows his place as a type of the beast of Revelation.

The sixth king, the one that is, the one who ruled when John was writing, is thought to be Domitian, persecutor of Christians according to later accounts, follower of the Imperial Cult of emperor worship. He was said to be called by sycophants, Lord and God. Under Domitian, John was exiled to Patmos, tradition says, after a failed attempt to boil him to death in oil. Domitian was the youngest son of Emperor Vespasian who fought the Jews, whose older son and future emperor Titus also was responsible for the destruction of the temple of Jesus’ day and the deaths of thousands upon thousands of Jews.

Now, we have a mystery for us. There is a seventh king who rules only a short time who is like the beast, who is of the line of proud boasting pagans that followed Satan’s way, but we don’t have his name. Who he is, is a matter of speculation. Perhaps he is yet to come or perhaps he is one of our more modern examples of types of the beast, like Hitler or Stalin, although their reigns were not comparatively brief.

But, the eighth king is the beast of Revelation. He is of the seven and shall have ten subordinate kings under him who will rule for a short time, giving all authority and power to the beast. They are all in agreement with him. Ten is traditionally considered to be the number representing the Gentiles and is an interesting discussion topic.

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