As we continue to read in Revelation, chapter 17, we learn about 10 horns, which are interpreted as ten kings. They are not in power but for one hour with the beast. They even give their mind, power, and strength unto the beast, as Christians do for God. So we learn that whoever these people are, which are in power from around the globe, they are giving allegiance to a single person who is in power. What is so interesting is that they had so much influence that they were able to get men and women from around the globe to fight against Jesus. You could say that they were able to see Him in the clouds with His angels at this point and didn’t want anything to do with Him. Imagine planes of all kinds flying in the skies to wipe out and destroy Jesus, because of what He and the angels have done to the people on earth. This would be crazy to see for sure, just as was mentioned in an earlier chapter. This is called Armageddon, or the war to end all wars. And here we get these verses. “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. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. 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.” (Revelation 17:12-14) Anybody who thinks they can fight against God is greatly mistaken, as we see here.
As we just read, the people who fought against God were all killed. They did not win out but were severely destroyed. No person has any match to what God can do and perform. What we think is awesome technology doesn’t even hold a candle to what God knows and is already in heaven. But now after this war is over, we see people in all the world, of whom are part of the Catholic Church, or the great whore, as we read in verse 1. Catholicism has its hooks on all these people. However, the mother church’s reign will soon be ended because of these same kings I mentioned earlier. First, they side with the beast by going against the Lord, and then including those in the Catholic church, including Vatican City. In this time frame, the Vatican will be burned down, killing many people. Her kingdom is then given over to the beast. We learn all this as we read more. “And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. 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. 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. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” (Revelation 17:15-18) Amen. There is so much here, but this is where we will have to stop.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray for every person throughout the world who is part of the Catholic church. Wake them up to the idolatry they are under when it comes to praying to Mary, the saints, and angels. These images of stone, wood, and clay are doing nothing good for the welfare of their souls, but bringing them further and further from You, God. So I pray that Catholics will begin to read the Bible and pray to You for themselves. Then, will they know that no idolator will ever have entrance into Your kingdom. Surely, if idolators are not going to heaven, then only hell is at the door. I am afraid too many people have already died in these false beliefs and are there now. But one thing I do know still is that there are good people in the Catholic church who are not idolators but eagerly awaiting to hear the truth. These types of people, You have led to me as I have gone out in the harvest to witness Your truths. This is so amazing to hear them pray and confess their sins before You, God. I have seen many people who are Catholic give up their worship to anything but You. It is the love they have in their hearts for You that leads them to repent and leave what is false behind. I have seen this from many people in other false religions also and it is truly remarkable. Even my faith is strengthened when I hear another person pray with me for salvation. Last weekend, I heard this from my Mormon nephews and that was amazing as well. Thank You for these encounters. I love You, Lord. Amen.