Seven kings. Representatives of the 7 great World Empires.
17:9 seven mountains. The Gr. word is often used of hills (Mt 5:1; 15:29; Jn 6:15; 8:1). Many commentators interpret this expression to mean Rome, which sits on 7 hills. It is true that the final worldwide system of false religion includes, but is not necessarily limited to, Rome; but specifically, the 7 mountains in context likely symbolize the 7 kingdoms and their kings of v. 10.
17:10 seven kings. Representatives of the 7 great world empires (Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, and that of the Antichrist). Cf. Daniel’s image in Da 2:37–45. five have fallen, one is, the other. When John wrote, the Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Medo-Persian and Greek empires had gone out of existence; Rome still existed; and the Antichrist’s empire had not yet come. When it does, it will be brief (12:12; 13:5) and he will end in perdition (v. 11; see note on v. .
AC’s 7th Kingdom..some say the Ottoman Empire could have been the seventh Kingdom or head that was wounded makes a lot of sense especially with what is happening in the Mideast right now. But still the prophecy charts would have to flow Biblically but very interesting. The Bible talks about this Kingdom continuing a “short” time but the Ottoman Empire was quite long or John was viewing from a didtance and it seemed short? There is also Communism. Which fits real well and in fact the fit together until the midst of the week.
17:11 was and is not … an eighth. The Antichrist’s kingdom is said to be both the seventh and eighth kingdoms because of his supposed demise and resurrection. He is the seventh king before and the eighth king after his “resurrection” when he destroys the harlot’s religious empire and demands exclusive worship of himself (v. 16).
17:12 ten kings. See notes on 12:3; 13:1 (cf. Da 2:41, 42). These kings are sub-rulers under the Antichrist, whose empire will apparently be divided into 10 administrative districts. not yet received a kingdom. Thus, the kings cannot be identified with any historical figures. one hour. Symbolic of the brief 3½ year period of time (cf. 11:2, 3; 12:6, 12, 14; 13:5; 18:10, 17, 19).
Parts from: MacArthur, John: The MacArthur Study Bible :
Re 17:9-12 …….I don’t really disagree with any of this commentary but a lot more could be added…..this point is good…”These kings are sub-rulers under the Antichrist, whose empire will apparently be divided into 10 administrative districts.These kings are sub-rulers under the Antichrist, whose empire will apparently be divided into 10 administrative districts.” This seems more plausible because you don’t really destroy America for example w/o Britain, Canada and Australia. I’m just using those countries as an example. This type of view makes things a little more World Wide. Sorry this is to long,,, The Revised Rome view keeps in all in the Mideast and former Roman Empire.
More thoughts on the Kings:
“15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) ” the “abomination of desolation” may be a computerized image unto the Beast. And that’s where the no man can buy or sell comes in etc. The world is fast moving to a cashless digitized economy…..and the AC and his one world government will control that. It could be by finger prints or retinal scan……
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 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. Rev 13:16-18 (KJV)
I believe computers are going to have a big part. This would be in the midst of the week or later but the idea is……”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. 13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. Rev 17:12-13 (KJV)” “shall give their power and strength unto the beast.” could very easily be their launch codes for their weapons…..
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. Rev 17:16-18 (KJV)
Just some thoughts.