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JOHN'S KINGS/BEASTS
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Consistent within this traditional continuous-historic context we find that while the Lord revealed four kingdoms to Daniel, for him in turn to reveal to Nebuchadnezzar, over 500 years later the Lord revealed seven successive kings/eight beasts - to John, detailed in the 17th chapter of Revelation.

In order to understand the book of Revelation, we have to understand what the author, John, was assigned to do:

Revelation 1:19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

Thus it is necessary to understand it in the context of the times during which John was writing.  John is the "thou", so we have to look through his eyes, and stand in his place in history when we read the following verses, as well as when considering the entirety of his vision, if we are to apply this ethnographic hermeneutic uniformly.  

Revelation 17:10  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.

It may be more constructive to recognize these seven "kings", as being successive empires or kingdom reigns, since the next verse applies the term "beast" to these kings, which Daniel has already defined for us as a kingdom when used in figurative language.   There is considerable agreement among scholars in regard to the first six of John's eight kings/beasts.

Standing in John's place in time we can readily see that the  fifth "fallen" king would be Greece, so the sixth king that "is" would be the Roman Empire, because it was in power when John was writing.  The Roman Empire was later conquered by the Islamic First Jihad, as the seventh beast that had "not yet come".

Revelation 17:11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

In this verse we find an eighth beast that "was" - before John - but "is not".  So the eighth beast isn't about the Roman Empire either, but it is "of the seven".  This might indicate that it is the sum of the prior seven successive kingdoms, has something in common with one or more of the seven, or it could mean it is of the seventh.

".. the Beast that was and is not, being wounded to death with a sword, he is the eighth, and of the seven: he was therefore a collateral part of the seventh." - Sir Isaac Newton


What else do we know about these kingdoms?  Matthew 4:8  Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;  9  And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

The kingdoms of the world became Satan's at Adam's fall.  In the verse above, Jesus never took the bait, but he never contested Satan's ownership.  Brothers and sisters, as the called out, we are in the kingdom of Jesus Christ, and no longer in Satan's earthly kingdoms.

Revelation 1:9  I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

These earthly kingdoms of Satan are what Islam desires to conquer, to ultimately to rule the whole world under Islamic Sharia law.  Imagine the whole world ruled under the spell of the sectarian Muslim on Muslim violence we see around the world.

Regarding "and goeth into perdition" or destruction:

Revelation 19:20  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.

Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet [are], and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Prophecy is ethnographic and therefore is largely about the Middle East.  Terms like "whole world" can be considered in more ways than just our literal whole 21st century English speaking western world today "that deceiveth the whole world" - Strong's explains:   3625 oikoumene {oy-kou-men'-ay} 1) the inhabited earth 1a) the portion of the earth inhabited by the Greeks, in distinction from the lands of the barbarians

If we consider this ethnographic view, we can see that most everyone in the area of John's whole "world" may already have the mark of the beast - today.  So the Second Coming of our blessed Savior may be much closer than the world - and most of the church - may imagine. Perhaps today!


John's 8 successive kingdom "beasts" are:  
(There is considerable agreement regarding the first 6 of John's 8 kingdom beasts.)

Egypt                                                     


Assyria


Babylon - lion


Medo-Persia - bear


Greece - leopard


Greece was the last of the five "fallen" kings before John.  

Revelation 17:10  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.

The Roman Empire is the sixth king.  John's "is" king of his day.  The Roman Empire was also Daniel's 4th "terrible" beast, that is not part of the body of the leopard-bear-lion beast of Revelation 13, nor is it a part of the seventh or eighth beasts.

Leopard-Bear-Lion Beast - The Islamic Empire

Islamic First Jihad - seventh "king"

The Islamic First Jihad conquered the Roman Empire as John's king that had "not yet come".  The Islamic First Jihad gained power for the "short space" of 152 years to it's peak, pinned by Daniel's 1335 "days" then:

Revelation 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.

Islam is the seventh "head" of the leopard-bear-lion beast.  The Islamic First Jihad "beast" was mortally wounded in the Battle of Tours, France.  

The Islamic First Jihad - seventh king

Revelation 17:11  And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

Islamic Second Jihad - the eighth beast.
Empowered by Satan, this is the last in the succession of his conquering kingdoms, being "of the seven", and perhaps of the seventh.  Western powers healed the mortal wound to the First Jihad (seventh head) with wealth transfer through oil purchase and arms supply, financially empowering (healing) the  Second Jihad, in the image of the first Jihad as the final end-time foe of God's people.


While some Muslims may be unaware that other Muslims mark the Quran with the number 666, former PLO terrorist Walid Shoebat also said that the moment he saw the Greek symbol for 666, he read it as the ARABIC symbol for "Bismillah", or "in the name of Allah".  There are also ISLAMIC web sites that discuss how the number 666 demonstrates the perfection of the Quran, and that "the Quran is the 666". This number association of 666 was prophesied in Scripture 500 years before Mohammed was born, and is explored more thoroughly at this 666 link.

Revelation 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number [is] Six hundred threescore [and] six.

What about the middle east today?

Zechariah 14:12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.

On this link are videos of Muslims who have come to know the love of the true God.

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Notes:

The Islamic Empire lost it's power after the First Jihad was mortally wounded in the Battle of Tours - the two horned beast later "exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him", or in the presence of, the Islamic beast.  The Islamic Empire lost it's former power, but maintained it's seat.  The transfer of Western wealth through oil purchase eventually healed the Islamic beast, financing the Second Jihad in the image of the First Jihad.

(Strongs - kings - New Testament Greek Definition:  935 basileus {bas-il-yooce'} probably from 939 (through the notion of a foundation of power); ... )
 
world
New Testament Greek Definition:
3625 oikoumene {oy-kou-men'-ay}
feminine participle present passive of 3611 (as noun, by
implication of 1093); TDNT - 5:157,674; n f
AV - world 14, earth 1; 15
1) the inhabited earth
1a) the portion of the earth inhabited by the Greeks, in
distinction from the lands of the barbarians
1b) the Roman empire, all the subjects of the empire
1c) the whole inhabited earth, the world
1d) the inhabitants of the earth, men
2) the universe, the world
 
the earth
New Testament Greek Definition:
1093 ge {ghay}
contracted from a root word; TDNT - 1:677,116; n f
AV - earth 188, land 42, ground 18, country 2, world 1,
earthly + 1537 + 3588 1; 252
1) arable land
2) the ground, the earth as a standing place
3) the main land as opposed to the sea or water
4) the earth as a whole
4a) the earth as opposed to the heavens
4b) the inhabited earth, the abode of men and animals
5) a country, land enclosed within fixed boundaries, a tract of
land, territory, region