The Kingdom of the Ten Kings

The words of the Blessed Virgin Mary at La Salette:

“The earth will be struck all kinds of plagues [in addition to pestilence and famine which will be general]; there will be wars until the last war, which will then be made by the ten kings of the antichrist, which kings will have all one same design and will be the only ones who will rule the world.”

The prophecy of the Book of Daniel:

{7:23} And thus he said, “The fourth beast will be the fourth kingdom on earth, which will be greater than all the kingdoms, and will devour the whole earth, and will trample and crush it.
{7:24} Moreover, the ten horns of the same kingdom will be ten kings, and another will rise up after them, and he will be mightier than the ones before him, and he will bring down three kings.

The Saints:

Saint Hippolytus: “the ten horns of the beast are distributed among ten kings”.

Saint Irenaeus: “Daniel too, looking forward to the end of the last kingdom, i.e., the ten last kings, amongst whom the kingdom of those men shall be partitioned, and upon whom the son of perdition shall come, declares that ten horns shall spring from the beast, and that another little horn shall arise in the midst of them, and that three of the former shall be rooted up before his face.”

My comments:

The ten horns represent these ten positions of kingship, which are held by various persons as the long reign of this kingdom continues. Then the Antichrist rises to power, not yet to world power, for at first he is a “little horn,” i.e. he has a small amount of power. He rises “out of the midst” of the ten, meaning that he rises to power within one kingdom of the ten, and takes the place of one king over one of the ten kingdoms. In this way, he enters into the midst of the ten kings, and soon rises above them, out of their midst.

Next, he overturns (or uproots) three kings. This wording does not indicate an all-out war between the kingdom now controlled by the Antichrist and the other three kingdoms. The figure of uprooting three kings indicates that they are overthrown by deception and betrayal, rather than being destroyed by weaponry and warfare. For the Antichrist has the assistance of fallen angels, who know which leaders in each kingdom are most sinful, what their sins are, and how they can best be bribed, threatened, or influenced, in order to betray their leaders, so that the kingdom of the ten kings can become the kingdom of the Antichrist.

More in my books:
The Secrets of La Salette and the End Times
The Second Part of the Tribulation

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic moral theologian and
translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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