The Ten Horns of the End-Times Beast- part 2

This is the 2nd of two posts which look at what the Bible says about the ten horns of the end-times beast, and how they will fit into the beast-kingdom. In our look at Daniel 7, part 1, we saw that the ten horns belong to, but do not make up this fourth-part beast (verse 7). And another horn (the Antichrist) will come out of the fourth-part beast, will somehow uproot three of the ten horns (verse 8, 24), and become stronger than any of the ten horns (verse 20).

Revelation 17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:

While Revelation 17 is focused on the harlot, we will learn much about the ten horns by their association with her. This is not a literal woman, spoken of here. When the Bible speaks of a harlot, symbolically, it is referring to a city or nation that has turned away from its commitment to God. The many waters are identified in verse 15 as peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. Verse 5 calls her “The Mother of Harlots”, which suggests that she had the closest relationship with God before turning from Him, or that she also nurtures others in spiritual prostitution. This is undoubtedly Jerusalem after it has become the command center of the Antichrist. (See also- Ezekiel 16:1-34)

Isaiah 1:21, referring to Jerusalem after the nation had turned from God, says, “How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.”

2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

This same description is given, in Revelation 14:8 and 18:3, when she is called “Babylon the great”.

3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

The fact that she is seated upon the beast shows that she has purposefully joined to the beast, which violated her relationship with God. She is not controlling the beast, she is simply receiving benefits from it. The Antichrist will not create the beast-kingdom, he will become ruler over it.

The scarlet dragon from Revelation 12:3, and the beast from the sea in Revelation 13:1, also each had seven heads and ten horns. The beast of Revelation 12 (Satan) had seven crowns on its seven heads, while the beast of Revelation 13 (the beast-kingdom) had ten crowns on the ten horns which were on one head (Revelation 13:1; Daniel 7:7). There is no mention of a number of crowns on this beast, but this beast is apparently the global government which the Antichrist reigns over. “Names of blasphemy” could refer to the Antichrist proclaiming himself god (2 Thessalonians 2:4; Daniel 11:36-37), or it may simply refer to the anti-God ideology of the global government.

4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

The description of the woman shows her religious status, wealth, and willingness to partake of immorality. The Bible mentions purple and scarlet 29 times, with 3 of those concerning the harlot. The other 26 times, are in the book of Exodus, concerning the tabernacle of Moses, and the apparel of the priests. This signifies her religious role in the kingdom of the Antichrist.

Most attempts to identify this city, or nation, tend to focus on places that already fit that description. It appears, however, that she will obtain her status and wealth as a result of joining the beast.

5 And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth.

There is much debate on the identify of Babylon The Great. Some even suggest that it is allegorical or metaphorical. We see here that Babylon is the same as the great whore. To identify one, is to identify the other.

6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

Literally, John wondered with great wonder. John did not marvel at the beast, or any previous beasts, but at the harlot’s actions, and relationship with the beast. This would be difficult to interpret if Babylon were any city, or nation, other than Jerusalem. It is hard to grasp that the city of God (PS 87:1-3), will be the city of Satan.

7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

The angel refers to the beast-kingdom by its identifying components.

8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

The beast will ascend from the bottomless pit some time before the two witnesses have finished their testimony (Revelation 11:7). It will be destroyed at the second coming of Jesus (Daniel 7:7-14; 2 Thessalonians 2:8). Because of the phrase “the beast that was, and is not, and yet is”, many commentators believe that this teaches that the beast-kingdom will be a resurrection, or rebirth, of the Roman Empire.

The earth-dwellers are those whose names were not written in the book of life. This shows that God’s elect should not be deceived by the beast, and therefore, should not accept the mark of the beast.

9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

These are not literal mountains. In Revelation 13, we can clearly see that the seven heads are kingdoms, or governments. Seven mountains, here, symbolizes the seven kingdoms. Again, the ten horns belong to only one of the seven heads (Revelation 13:1; Daniel 7:7).

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.

Many Bible prophecies have dual interpretations, or duel symbolisms. It appears that the seven heads symbolize both, seven co-existing kingdoms, and seven consecutive kingdoms. Many commentators believe this verse refers to the seven world kingdoms that come in consecutive order. At the time of John’s revelation, five of the kingdoms were history (Egypt, Syria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece), the Roman Empire was at present, and one kingdom was in the future.

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

This is referring to Satan’s beast-kingdom, but may also be speaking of the Antichrist which will rule over the beast-kingdom. In Revelation, this beast can refer either to the Antichrist, or his kingdom.

These two verses give us an important point that most commentators seem to blip over. We must have a 7th world power, for a short time, before the beast-kingdom rules the earth.

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.

Here we see that all ten horns are prophetically future. The kings will receive power for only a short period of time.

Many people try to identify the beast-kingdom by looking for a coalition of ten nations. Their search is futile, however, because they misunderstand the composition of the beast. The beast-kingdom is a global government which will be comprised of four superpower governments, or beasts (Daniel 7:3-7), with four rulers (Daniel 7:17). One of the four beasts, or world governments, is a coalition of four lesser governments or kingdoms, which adds up to a total of seven governments, or heads (Daniel 7:6; Revelation 17:9). One of the other four beasts, or government bodies, is diverse from the other three, and has ten kings without kingdoms (Daniel 7:7; Revelation 17:12). The Antichrist will uproot (not kill) three of these kings (Daniel 7:8, 20, 24) to become ruler of this fourth-part beast, and will eventually control the combined beast-kingdom.

13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

Reading Daniel 7:1-8, we may get the impression that the three kings will be killed by the Antichrist, but we see in verse 16 that all ten kings still exist during the wrath of God, when the beast-kingdom is destroyed.

These ten kings will not inherit, or earn, their position. It will be granted to them so that they may serve the beast. One hour is symbolic for a specific, and limited, amount of time.

14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Here, we are clearly told that the ten horns will wage war against Jesus. It appears that they will do this, symbolically, by persecuting Christians and Jews during the Great Tribulation. But they will also do it literally during the sixth and seventh bowls of God’s wrath (Revelation 16:12-19), which would be after Jesus visibly returns to earth.

15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

There are many prophecies in the Bible which show that Jerusalem will be the world capital during the millennial reign of Jesus. During the time that Jerusalem is headquarters of the Antichrist, she will reign over peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues, and this may appear, to many, to fulfill millennial prophecy.

16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

In the beginning, the relationship between the woman and the beast will be mutually beneficial, but afterward, the true nature of the ten kings comes forth. Remember, however, that the ten horns compose only one part of the four-part beast.

It appears that the ten kings may simply hate the harlot due to the religious role she plays. The ten kings will come to power before the Antichrist sets himself in the temple of God, and proclaims himself god (Matthew 24:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:4), and they will attack the harlot some time afterward. (see also- What Is The Abomination Of Desolation?)

17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

That God put it in their hearts to fulfill His will, does not mean He took away their free will. They will purposefully choose to hate the harlot, and to make war with the Lamb. God simply put it in their hearts to work with, and for the beast, to accomplish their own evil desires (James 1:13-15).

God will use the ten kings to execute His judgment against the city. Leviticus 21:9 says, “And the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by whoring, profanes her father; she shall be burned with fire.”

18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

In Revelation 11:8, we can see that the great city is Jerusalem. Again, this will be at the time Jerusalem is the headquarters of the Antichrist, with the ten kings serving him.

 

So, from Revelation, we see concerning the ten horns:

The ten horns of the beast (Revelation 13:1; 17:3) are not the same as the ten horns of the dragon (Revelation 12:3).

The ten horns will rule only in the last-days, along with the Antichrist (verse 12).

The ten horns are kings without kingdoms, and will receive power for only a short time (verse 12).

After the Antichrist overpowers three of the ten horns, all ten will serve the Antichrist (verse 13).

The ten horns will wage war against Jesus when He returns to earth (verse 14).

The ten horns will hate the Harlot (the religious center for the Antichrist), and will destroy it (verse 16).