Lessons in Eschatology: Kingdom of the Ten Kings (02)

The End Times is divided into two parts: the lesser tribulation, which occurs first, and the greater tribulation, which ends with the Return of Jesus. The Antichrist has his reign only during the greater tribulation in the distant future. There is no Antichrist in the world today. There is no “false prophet” (i.e. the one associated with the Antichrist) in the world today. Jesus does not return for this generation. All those things are part of the greater tribulation (the second part of the tribulation) in the distant future.

During the inter-tribulation period, that is, the time between the first and second parts of the End Times, one kingdom after another rises and falls, just as Daniel tells us:

{7:2} I saw in my vision at night, and behold, the four winds of the heavens fought upon the great sea.
{7:3} And four great beasts, different from one another, ascended from the sea.
{7:4} The first was like a lioness and had the wings of an eagle. I watched as its wings were plucked off, and it was raised from the earth and stood on its feet like a man, and the heart of a man was given to it.
{7:5} And behold, another beast, like a bear, stood to one side, and there were three rows in its mouth and in its teeth, and they spoke to it in this way: “Arise, devour much flesh.”
{7:6} After this, I watched, and behold, another like a leopard, and it had wings like a bird, four upon it, and four heads were on the beast, and power was given to it.
{7:7} After this, I watched in the vision of the night, and behold, a fourth beast, terrible yet wondrous, and exceedingly strong; it had great iron teeth, eating yet crushing, and trampling down the remainder with his feet, but it was unlike the other beasts, which I had seen before it, and it had ten horns.
{7:8} I considered the horns, and behold, another little horn rose out of the midst of them. And three of the first horns were rooted out by its presence. And behold, eyes like the eyes of a man were in this horn, and a mouth speaking unnatural things.

The first beast is the kingdom of the great Catholic monarch. And “the heart of a man was given to it”, meaning that it will be a reasonable compassionate kingdom. It starts out as a beast: lioness with eagles wings. So the kingdom is established by war. But then it becomes the best of the four kingdoms.

These kingdoms rise out of the sea, meaning the great sea of peoples in the world. So they are kingdoms that encompass many nations.

The second beast is based in Russia, and it conquers many nations and does much harm.

The third beast is an alliance between four regions: China, Africa, India, and one other region (SE Asia??). This kingdom dominates other nations by means of air power. The purpose of the Alliance was to break the dominance that Russia and its associated nations had over the world.

The fourth beast is the kingdom of the ten kings. The same idea prevails here. Nations begin to seek alliances, in order to break the power that the Alliance of Four will have over most of the world. When one kingdom has more power than others, it uses that power to its advantage militarily, economically, socially, politically. As the nations of the world seek the next Alliance that might break the power of the Alliance of Four, only an Alliance will work. So there is a series of wars, coups, insurrections, etc. with the goal of creating sets of nations, so that power is no longer held by one kingdom, to the detriment of the rest of the world.

The result is ten kingdoms, each of which is a set of nations. The purpose is to have enough military and economic resources in each kingdom, so as not to be dominated by any other. It is a balance of power. Each kingdom is led by one main ruler — even if the kingdom is to some extent a democracy. However, the world at that time is very sinful, and so every king is sinful, and every kingdom rules with sheer power, harsh law enforcement in order to keep order, and encouragement of indulgent sins to keep the peoples of the world quiet.

{7:7} After this, I watched in the vision of the night, and behold, a fourth beast, terrible yet wondrous, and exceedingly strong; it had great iron teeth, eating yet crushing, and trampling down the remainder with his feet, but it was unlike the other beasts, which I had seen before it, and it had ten horns.

The fourth beast encompasses the world world. It has ten horns, meaning ten positions of leadership, one over each kingdom.

{7:8} I considered the horns, and behold, another little horn rose out of the midst of them. And three of the first horns were rooted out by its presence. And behold, eyes like the eyes of a man were in this horn, and a mouth speaking unnatural things.

The little horn is the Antichrist, who at first has little power. He becomes the king of the North (Dan. 11), and then he puts down three other kings. This leaves 7 kings over ten positions of leadership. This is described in the Book of Revelation:

{12:3} And another sign was seen in heaven. And behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems.

{13:1} And I saw a beast ascending from the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon its horns were ten diadems, and upon its heads were names of blasphemy.

Once the Antichrist controls the four most powerful of the ten kingdoms, he can force the rest of the world to obey him. But it is not merely a case of power. He will be a very popular leader in the world. The populace of every kingdom will prefer him over their own leaders. So once he has defeated three other kings, his popularity will be so immense, it will not be possible for the rulers of the other kingdoms to withstand him.

So the kingdom of the ten kings becomes the kingdom of the Antichrist. The Seven heads are the Antichrist and the six other remaining kings. The Ten horns are the ten kingdoms, but also the ten positions of leadership, three of which are empty. There are seven diadems at first; later, the same kingdom has ten diadems. At first, the seven kings have both worldly and spiritual power — the latter referring to the worship of the Antichrist. He tasks each of the seven kings with ensuring that their kingdom worships him. The diadems represent their spiritual power.

But later, when the false prophetess joins with the Antichrist, they devise a formal structure for his false religion, and each kingdom has a spiritual ruler (ten diadems). At some point also, the Antichrist must appoint a king to take his place over the four kingdoms that he himself had been ruling. For he cannot claim to be god and also deal with the business of four sets of nations.

{17:11} And the beast who was, and is not, the same is also the eighth, and he is of the seven, and he goes forth unto destruction.
{17:12} And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings; these have not yet received a kingdom, but they shall receive authority, as if they were kings, for one hour, after the beast.

So the Antichrist is at first one of the seven kings, then he must be, in a sense, the eighth, in order to put himself above the kings of his empire. Here in the book of Revelation, the ten horns are clearly stated to be ten kings. But at this point, at the end of the Antichrist’s reign, there are ten new wicked kings. Once the Antichrist falls from power, ten new kings rise up to try to reestablish the kingdom of the ten kings. But they fail so utterly that they are said by Scripture to only reign for one hour and without truly having a kingdom, as if kings.

It’s important to understanding the kingdom of the ten kings if you wish to understand the End Times. Even during the lesser tribulation, events develop so that certain groups of nations will later become one kingdom or another in the kingdom of the ten kings. The kingdom of the North is the northern most set of nations in the kingdom of the great Catholic monarch. And the kingdom of the South is the southernmost set of nations in the same kingdom.

Here is my Kindle booklet on the subject: The Kingdom of the Ten Kings

Ronald L. Conte Jr.

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2 Responses to Lessons in Eschatology: Kingdom of the Ten Kings (02)

  1. Sunimal Fernando says:

    Religion of Pentecost or related to Assembly of God teaching: Hebrew language :
    meaning of Logos= written word of God (e.g.:Bible- you can read)
    Rhema= spoken word of God(e.g.: Holy spirit tell you what to do, during the prayers, or after reading bible, coming to your thoughts)

    3 types of thoughts
    1. From God
    2. From evil
    3. Your own thinking

    Ron, did you check, who is controlling your mind? Holy spirit or evil or your own(over psychological or swollen head) ?
    I have a doubt, that it’s by evil. So pray, repent,
    Don’t blame others(Vigano), who are we to judge others? As pope Francis said. Jesus also said.
    We don’t know about the end date. But you say 2437. Jesus said, he or angles don’t know.only God knows.,but you say anti Christ is not living now. How you know that? Who told? Pray and repent. You ignore mother Mary’s latest messages.But you published those in your site.you say only laselatte.Repent and pray.

    • Ron Conte says:

      Communion, regular Confession, daily prayer of the rosary, and daily consideration of the Teachings of the Church, as well as compassion for others who are in need help to keep me, as far as I can tell, in the state of grace. If I am not in the state of grace, may God bring me to it; if I am in the state of grace, may God keep me in it.

      Vigano has taught grave heresies and has promoted schism. His attacks on the Pope, the Bishops faithful to the Pope, the recent Council, as well as his implicit denial of many weighty dogmas require a response. When good persons are silent, evil advances.

      My eschatology is speculative. We do not know the day or hour or year or decade of the Return of Jesus for the general Resurrection. The date of 2437 is the end of the Antichrist’s reign, in my speculative writings about the End Times.

      How do I know the Antichrist is not living today? By the teachings of Jesus in the Bible and the words of the Saints about the future. The kingdom of the ten kings must occur first, along with many other events.

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