by Tammy Phillips
November 17, 2021
“But the angel said to me, “Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. “The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition.” (Revelation 17:6-8 NKJV)
In Revelation 17 John is connecting history past to future happenings. The “beast” was, the beast went away and will come again. According to hours of reading and research, the beast is a system and a man. The beast described in the verse above is the revived Roman Empire that was, was destroyed and will be revived again as the European Union and will also be the Antichrist. See further explanation below.
“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.” (Revelation 17:10 KJV)
“Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. This is one of the more difficult passages in the Book of Revelation. Some explain these seven kings, five past, one present, and one to come in the succession of Roman Emperors in John’s era, but there are many historical difficulties with this approach. More likely, it is a reference to:
“‘Five have fallen’ refers to the five world empires before John’s day: Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Medo-Persia, and Greece. ‘One is’ refers to the world empire of John’s day: Rome. ‘The other has not yet’ come refers to the one world empire to come: a revival of the Roman Empire”-David Gusik(https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/guzik_david/StudyGuide2017-Rev/Rev-17.cfm?a=1184017)
“The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.” (Revelation 17:11 NKJV).
This beast is the eighth king with characteristics of the seven empires. He is “going to perdition” or destruction. He will be destroyed and has a one-way ticket to destruction and hell!
“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.” (Revelation 17:12-13 NKJV)
It’s kind of like Europe, the revived Roman Empire brought back from the dead says, “Hey! Let’s unite and become a super-power and take over the world, a United Nations of Europe.” This does not necessarily mean that ten horns are individual nations forming the union, Europe could be divided into ten regions or kingdoms and ruled by ten kings. Not sure how this will pan out, however, scripture obviously points to the fact that they will appoint one leader. Guess who? You got it. The Antichrist. They will align and become allies with the Antichrist. “They will give their power and authority to the beast.”
The Antichrist spirit has been trying to wipe God off the face of the earth since his fall. Plans have been in the making. Satan has fooled himself into believing that he has amassed a kingdom and army powerful enough to take over the world and wipe God out. Not so! Satan tried to set himself up as king of kings. But God…
“These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those [who are] with Him [are] called, chosen, and faithful.” (Revelation 17:14 NKJV)
I enCOURAGE you to always keep this in the forefront of your thoughts: THE LAMB OVERCAME! THE LAMB WILL OVERCOME! The name of Jesus is above all names. He is above the name of the Beast and his empire. We win. No matter what it looks like right now. The Kingdom of God prevails with Jesus as our leader, King of kings and Lord of lords. The battles are hard, but JESUS WINS! We Winn because we are on the winning side!
I strongly encourage you to ask Holy Spirit to reveal the meaning behind Revelation 17 and the rest of His word to you. Do your own research. Read.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV)