Realization of Prophetic Visions
By Philip Mark Ames
The angel continues his
explanation to John: "And the ten horns which you saw are ten kings who
have not yet received a kingdom, but they are receiving authority as kings one
hour with the wild beast." (Rev. 17:12) The Greek word for "hour"
can mean any relatively short period of time. From the wording of the angel's
statement, one could reasonably infer that the ten kings were in existence when
John received the Revelation about 1900 years ago; but they were kings without
a kingdom. They had not yet been granted actual kingly authority and a realm
over which to rule. But during the reign of the wild beast, they were to have
When John saw the wild beast
arising from the sea, he noted that each horn was wearing a diadem, the sign of
kingly authority. Here a riddle presents itself:
The seven heads of the
dragon each wore a diadem, but John saw no diadems on its ten horns. Now he
sees the ten horns of the wild beast wearing ten diadems, but there are no
diadems on its seven heads. Why? Compounding the riddle, it will be remembered
that the heads of the beasts seen by Daniel were not wearing diadems; neither
were the ten horns of the fourth beast. Yet, each beast is called a king by the
interpreting angel; and each horn is also called a king. What then is the
significance of the diadems?
The only other mention of
diadems in the Revelation is in chapter 19, verse 12. Here, Jesus Christ is
seen with many diadems upon his head. This is because he is king over all
kings. The diadem is an indication of kingship by Divine right. It is given by
direct permission of God. The wearer needs answer to no one but God. Jesus,
having been given the Divine right to rule over all kingdoms, wears many
The seven spirits who appear
as heads of the dragon were long ago given the Divine right to rule over
certain earthly realms. Each was to be supreme ruler of his particular realm,
answering only to God for his actions. An example of such authority is given in
the book of Job. The particular Devil King who ruled the area where Job lived
asked God's permission to test Job's integrity. This, God granted stipulating
that Job not be killed. In his attack upon Job, Satan had at his disposal all
the elements of nature, as well as human pawns, By means of these, the Devil
King severely tested Job's endurance. Job endured, giving glory to God.
Divinely-granted kingship, the seven heads of the dragon was seen by John to be
wearing seven diadems. But its ten horns were not at that time wearing diadems.
They had not yet been given the Divine right to supreme power over any realm.
They could only act as instruments of the dragon itself. Likewise, the beasts
seen by Daniel were not supreme. They have acted under the direction of the
four spirits of heaven, the last four of the seven Devil Kings. As for the
horns of the fourth beast; they are governments which act as kings in the name
of their religion, Communism; they answer to the party members who have
empowered them. So, none of these kings seen by Daniel wears a diadem. They did
not receive their kingly authority directly from God. Only He can bestow the
diadem. For that same reason, neither the wild beast itself, nor its seven
heads, can claim any diadems.
However, it seems that God
has now granted the diadem of supreme kingship to each of ten princely angels.
These were once only horns on the dragon, vassal kings of Satan. Now, no longer
subject to any of the dragon's seven heads, they have become independent kings.
Each has been given his own realm. But, God has also put a certain thought into
their hearts. All ten, acting upon that thought, have given their kingdom and
power and authority to the wild beast. (Rev. 17:13, 17)
Having thus committed
themselves to the will of the people, they are seen as horns on the democratic
beast hence, whatever course of action man decides on, these ten diadem wearing
spirit kings will carry it out with all their power and authority. This gives
man the uncanny ability to act outside the confines of the physical realm Man
is just now beginning to discover that tremendous potential for implementing
the will of the majority. When fully realized, the service rendered by those
ten evil spirits will be man's ultimate weapon against alt the enemies of
democracy, both physical and spiritual. With that kind of help, how can
democracy fail? Who can effectively fight it? This is the attitude of the
people of the whole world.
Written by: Philip Mark
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