We continue to lay down 10 foundation points to our study of the 7 heads and
10 horns on the beast shown in Revelation 17. All of these represent
specific kings and kingdoms in what we have called the age-old Man-Satan
Collusion. The Bible states that all of these kings, in one form or another,
will be in existence in the Last Days. As such, for this reason and others
that we will summarize in our conclusions in the final Part IV, this is
definitely a topical subject and relevant to our times.
We pick up with foundation #8 in this third part of the series. Please note
adopted a few naming conventions in this study. For the sake of expediency,
we agreed to name the 7 historical kings that are shown as 7 heads on the
beast of Revelation 17as the Ruler Kings (RK); and the last-day 10 kings
(shown as the 10 horns) as the 10K.
8. On what head(s) are the 10 kings located as horns?This
is a most controversial question. We state the case that all 10 horns are on
the same head. In fact, we would take this one step further and propose that
the collective of 10 kings are the kingdom represented by the 7th
head. (We do acknowledge that additional interpretations are possible …
however, not many.)
Whichever the case, the most widespread misconception of all is that the 10
horns are dispersed across the 7 heads. (This prompts us to mention that we
have yet to discover an artist’s rendering of the Beast of Revelation 17
that is correct in this regard.)
How can we determine upon which head(s) the 10 horns are located?
There are three clues given that lead us to the correct answer. Revelation
17:10 and 17:12 narrow down the candidates to no more than two heads. With
respect to the 7 RKs, we are told that: “Five
have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come” (17:10). Then, verse 12
provides another pivotal clue: “The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have
not yet received a kingdom.” If the 10 horns are not yet in existence (have
not yet received kingdoms) at the time that the sixth head is in a Ruler
King position, then the horns could definitely not be on any of the first
five heads. The 10K do not yet exist at that time, and five of the RK were
already in the past at Apostle John’s time.
However, could the 10 horns emerge at a later time during the reign of the
sixth Roman head, whether in ancient or revived form? The Prophet Daniel
rules this out, providing our second clue. Daniel 7:24 says: “The ten horns
are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will
arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings.” Here he
is referring to the “terrible” 4th beast, which is the same as
the 6th head on the beasts that Apostle John sees. Allow us to
explain this significance further.
Daniel shows us that the Roman beast is actually comprised of three
consecutive and separate rulerships (i.e. world hegemons) —1. The beast
itself; 2.after and from which, the 10 horn rule takes over (but only for a
very short while); and then 3. the Antichrist who arises from among the 10
This can only mean that the 7th head on the beasts in Revelation
is the collective of the 10 horns. If that were not so, there would be no 7th
head before the Antichrist comes on the scene. In other words, the
Antichrist would be shown to follow directly after the 6th head.
Scripture obviously does not support this view. A 7th head must
follow before the Antichrist emerges. Daniel 7:24 allows only one candidate
— the collective of the 10 horns.
Finally, we recall that the Antichrist is called an “[…] eighth king. He
belongs to the seven […]” (Revelation 17:11). Clearly, he is the
Satan-possessed 8th that follows the 7 heads as the last and
final Ruler Kingover the whole earth. In conclusion and confirmation,
nowhere in the Bible do we find any other viable candidate for the 7th
head than the 10K stage.
Necessary Roman Distinctions
At this point, we take a little detour before continuing with foundation #9.
We again turn the reader’s attention to the 4th beast that Daniel
saw, as described in Daniel 7. Above all, it must be noted that it was said
to be “different” from the previous 3 beasts. Four times the prophet alerts
the reader to this fact. How so?Three characteristics (of a number of
others, possibly) strike us as particularly noteworthy.
Firstly, “It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour
the whole earth […].” What we conclude from this statement is that the 3
successive kingdoms (Ruler Kings) represented by the 4th beast
will be world-dominating powers. In fact, the Roman beast is the only one of
Daniel’s four beasts said to have power over “the whole earth.” That means
that the 6th and 7th heads (of the beasts shown in
Revelation) as well as the Antichrist, will have “global” totalitarian rule
at the peak of their powers. All of these three are of Roman lineage, as
shown with the 4th beast.
Secondly, noteworthy is the fact that the successive stages of the Roman
beast do not vanquish the previous Ruler King … other than, of course, the
Grecian rulership which is represented by the 5th head. It is
more a succession than a total conquering of the previous King, such as
Darius the Mede would have accomplished over Belshazzar, king of the
Babylonians (3rd head). The significance of this point will
become clear as we consider other foundational factors.
Thirdly, we focus on the strange characteristic of the “foot and 10 toe”
stage, which is represented as a “divided” kingdom. Daniel elaborates on
this characteristic extensively:
Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly
of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the
strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. As the toes
were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and
partly brittle. And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the
people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron
mixes with clay (Daniel 2:41-43).
Surely, in Daniel’s day, a kingdom that would be comprised of “mixed
peoples,” some of them strong, some weak, and as a mixture that “will not
remain united” would be considered a strange and different kingdom. In his
day, multiculturalism did not really exist. Peoples and nations were mostly
single races, such as we would still consider, for example, Japan today.
Power alliances were not uncommon, but certainly not with nations that were
It is only in the last century or so that the world has adopted voluntary
globalism. Nations may or may not participate. Even though many issues and
vested interests will divide them, global rulership is nevertheless still
intermediated through various transnational organizations, such as the
United Nations (UN), the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Bank of
International Settlements (BIS), and others.It indeed is a bewildering and
strange power structure. Power is vague … yet very powerful.
Considering further the 3 phases of the Roman beast (4th) that
are outlined in Daniel 7:24, we ponder a curiosity: If all these three
kingdoms are to have global rule, then at what point can it be said that the
6th head (the era during which we are living today) finally
attained worldwide rule? This is again a question of great debate. We can
only speculate. Was it at the time of the British Empire, upon whom “the sun
never set” … perhaps later with the emergence of the American superpower …
or at another point?
Certainly, during the time of Apostle John, Rome was the 6th
head, representing the predominant power of the Middle East and the known
world at that time. However, it was not truly global. For example, an
earlier Chinese dynasty was a significant kingdom then, yet was not under
the rule of the Romans.
China itself is mentioned in the Bible in a prophetic context in Isaiah
49:12: “Behold, these shall come from far; and, lo, these from the north and
from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.” Most sources agree that
“Sinim” refers to the far eastern region of China today.1In
the Arabic language, China is still referred to as “Sin.” The word “Sin”
likely comes from the word Ch’in (or Tsin), as in the Ch’in Dynasty which
ruled China between 221 and 206 B.C., or some other word derivation from
before that time.
In any case, the
Roman Empire would still have been the most powerful in that world in that
era, though there were many countries not under its rule. Later, the Roman
Empire did disintegrate, yet in some forms was never fully snuffed out.
Later still, the influence of various Muslim rulers extended into Europe (as
far as Austria!), culminating in the powerful Ottoman Empire. It would not
be an unreasonable interpretation to consider this the “wounded” stage of
the 6th head. John the Revelator tells us (three times,
Revelation 13:3, 12, 14) that one of the 7 heads seemed to be wounded
fatally but would revive and be healed.
What can we safely conclude? The 6th head indeed does already
rule the whole world today. The whole Roman-founded world system of “mixed
clay and iron” (Daniel 2:41) is definitely in global power. Secondly, any
candidates proposed for the identities of the 6th, 7th
and 8th Ruler Kings that are not global hegemons, can be ruled
Thirdly, most certainly, the 7th head is not yet on the world
scene today. The 10 kings have not yet formed. When this head comes tothe
fore, it will appear suddenly. As of the point of their emergence, the world
will be on super “fast forward.” These 10 kings are said to be in power for
only one hour (Revelation 17:12) … the collective of the 7th head
said to “[…] remain for only a little while” (verse 10). And then, in short
order, the Antichrist will be revealed to the world.
Given the state of world geopolitics today, it is our opinion (not fact, but
a personal view) that the 10K kings could take form in the very near future.
The season is already at the door, and we believe that we can identify its
foreshadowings. All of this can mean only one thing for Christians: The Lord
is also already at the door (Revelation 3:20; 4:1).
While Christians will definitely not see the Antichrist … most certainly not
after he has taken the form of the Beast—we do not know how much of these
prophesied geopolitical events we will yet observe while we remain upon
earth. The Lord’s return in the clouds to “snatch us up in the air” remains
imminent (1 Thessalonians 4:17).
Again we return to our outline of 10 foundations in our quest for the
identity of the 7 Ruler Kings.
Is the number 7 (and 10) meant literally or symbolically?
Some (this including well-respected Bible scholars) argue that the Bible’s
use of the numbers 10 and 7, when referring to the RK and 10K, is meant to
be suggestive, and not literal. In specific, it is maintained that the use
of the number “10” in the Bible is meant to portray the notion of “many.”
Likewise, it is argued that the number 7 is used symbolically in the Bible.
We are not satisfied with these explanations.
Firstly, as a matter of principle, we are always reluctant to abandon a
literal interpretation of the Bible. Doing so leads to a slippery slope. It
would be only logical to conclude that “7” is the literal count of the
Gentile, Middle East-centered, hegemonic kingdoms of the world that have
prevailed since Abram was called out by God to form a people that would be
“a light to the world”—the Hebrews (Isaiah 49:6). There are 7 heads and 7
Ruler Kings, no less; and no more. Not only does a study of the Bible and
secular history support this interpretation, but an examination of all the
numbers mentioned in Revelation 17 also reinforces this conclusion.
Consider that the 7 heads are said to be 7 kings, 5 of which “have fallen,
one is, [and]the other has not yet come” (Revelation 17:10). Are these meant
to be specific literal numbers, or an indication of a ratio, meaning that
5/7ths of “many” kings have fallen? Or, when Daniel says that “[…]
he will subdue three kings” (Daniel 7:24) of the ten kings, are we to
suppose that he really means 30% of an unspecified number of “many” kings?
We would say no.
An intellectually honest reader would agree that he means exactly three.
Similarly, we confidently conclude that there will be exactly 7 kingdoms in
the hegemonic “worldly” power arrangement of the last 3 millennia (the
Man-Satan Collusion) … and for that matter, also including exactly 10
literal kings as the prophesied 10K. Interestingly, the
10 kings (10 horns) are mentioned or depicted 10 times in the Bible. We
definitely do see them corroborated in Daniel 2 and 7 and Revelation 12, 13,
Common Characteristics of the Hegemonic World Rulers
At this point, we propose another brief side trip. Now that we are certain
that there is an exact number of 7 Ruler Kings, can we establish whether
they have any common features?
We note at least seven common characteristics of all 7 Ruler Kings and/or
nations over which they rule.
1. The nations are only of significance in that they all have a role in
relation to the history of Israel. All of them suppressed the Hebrews,Israel
2. All seven societies are essentially pagan. They are part of an
unreasoning beast. None of them are shown to have been “made Christian” … or
have been successfully converted to the Reconstructionist ideals of forced
obedience in advance of Christ’s return.
3. All kingdoms are noted in the Bible for their pride and
over-confidence…even rising up to heaven. They are all symbolized as
mountains and tall, lofty trees on one or more occasions in the Old
4. Each successive kingdom superseded the prior Ruler King, each time
expanding the realm of a worldwide kingdom (except, of course, Egypt, which
was the first).
5. All seven of the world kingdoms had a monolithic rulership structure. The
ruler of the sovereign nation and the head of the religious establishment
were one and the same person (religion and state were merged). All of their
primary religions were focused on fertility and prosperity. This parallel
remains valid today, as the prominent religion of the 6th head is
also prosperity science (much of it validated by apostate Christianity). The
common faith of today (this being the primary impetus behind globalization)
is in economic progress orchestrated by monetary wizardry and bogus
6. All of these kingdoms, therefore, merged materialism with religion.
Mammon was enjoined by religion, as it is today. God & Mammon are served as
one whole, though Christ clearly said that this was not possible, as they
represent two opposite masters.
7. At least all of the four last kingdoms (as this is shown in the beast’s
image of Revelation 13), if not all of them, have left legacies and
influences upon successive worlds.Readers will be interested to explore this
last point further. What legacies might these be? For example, just what
things that we encounter in our lives every day in our time are of
Babylonian origin? They are so obvious, that they are largely invisible, as
you will learn in the last part of this series.
Finally, we note that the great prostitute, the mother of all harlots, rides
comfortably on the back of the beast with 7 heads. These seven Ruler Kings
do not buck her off their back until near the very end. Then the 10K and the
Antichrist will “[…]
bring her to ruin and leave her naked” (Revelation 17:16).
Throughout history, the Man-Satan Collusion is in complicity with her
blasphemies. All of the kings are bestial … part of a beast … and therefore
destined to perish. While the first 5 heads are allowed to survive a while
longer, though stripped of their powers, the 2 heads represented by the 4th
beast of Daniel 7 (the Roman and 10 king heads) and also the Antichrist
(shown as the following 8th Roman king in Revelation 17) are
dealt with an extra measure of the Lord’s wrath. They are “thrown into the
blazing fire” (Daniel 7:11).
In the final Part IV, we will complete our review of 10 foundational factors
and conclude with our final candidates for the identity of the 7 heads that
are 7 kings.
H. Strong, Exhaustive Concordance, p. 5515. “Sinim is a
distant Oriental region.”
SUBSCRIBE TO WILFRED’S
For resources on “endtime economics” and to subscribe to the free
newsletter, Eternal Value Review, visit Wilfred’s website
or contact him at:
About the Author:
Wilfred J. Hahn
is a global economist/strategist. Formerly a top-ranked global
analyst, research director for a major Wall Street investment bank,
and head of Canada’s largest global investment operation, his
writings focus on the endtime roles of money, economics and
globalization. He has been quoted around the world and his writings
reproduced in numerous other publications and languages. His 2002
book The Endtime Money Snare: How to live free accurately
anticipated and prepared its readers for the Global Financial
Crisis. His newest book, Global Financial Apocalypse Prophesied:
Preserving true riches in an age of deception and trouble, looks
further into the future.