Who exactly are these 10 Kings? How do they rise to power? What do we know about them? What does the Bible tell us about the part of the world that each one will rule? What will be their primary function? How do they ultimately give power to the Antichrist?
The key to understanding it all lies in a closer examination of both the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation as well as what recent history has already told us.
THE COMING NEW WORLD ORDER: A ONE-WORLD GOVERNMENT INDEED
The idea that there is a behind-the-scenes attempt to set up a one-world government is not the creation of a lunatic fringe. Malachi Martin was a close confidant of Pope John Paul II with access to intelligence data of the highest level. He held private audiences with the Pope. It would be difficult for anyone to be better informed on the trends in international politics than he was. In the introduction to his epic book "The Keys of This Blood" he wrote the following words,
"Willing or not, ready or not, we are all involved in an all out, no-holds-barred, three way global competition. Most of us are not the competitors, however. We are the stakes. For the competition is about who will establish the first one-world government that has ever existed in the society of nations...As to time factor involved, those of us who are under seventy will see at least the basic structures of the new world government installed."
Martin identifies one group of the contenders for world rulership as “Transnationalist.” The Transnationalists are heads of vast corporations and business interests who “operate from two principle bases of power. The first is the power base of finance, industry and technology." Martin states that these world financiers “all give speeches about the end to the nation system of our passing civilization.”
Is there proof of Martin’s assertion? Absolutely yes! We've documented such movements here in recent weeks, but any Google search for "one world government" and/or "new world order" will bring up millions of pages worth of evidence to support his claims.
These days, Washington is a place where there is the sense that the world is up for grabs, that the early 21st century is a time when a new world order is emerging. Few believe they know how it will look definitively, say, 3 years from now. American academics and think-tank experts have taken to talking of the United States as the new Rome, a dominant empire with unprecedented power and global reach. Others like me see this nation in serious decline.
What's fascinating to me is that at this precise moment in time (with everything else that's going on in the world that has major prophetic significance) we are about to begin a presidential administration made up of men and women who are even more fiercely pro-globalization than the previous administration was.
Dan Smoot, a former member of the FBI staff in Washington D.C., conducted an investigation of the aims of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He concluded that, “The ultimate aim of the Council on Foreign Relations [is] to create a one-world socialist system and make the United States an official part of it.”
Interesting then to learn that Vice President-Elect Joe Biden is a member of the CFR. Plus, former Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott, Bill Clinton's roommate at Oxford, wrote this in Time magazine, July 20, 1992: "All countries are basically social arrangements...No matter how permanent and even sacred they may seem at any one time, in fact they are all artificial and temporary...Within the next hundred years...nationhood as we know it will be obsolete; all states will recognize a single, global authority."
Now, add all of this to our recent studies on the creation of a North American Union (NAU) amongst other "one-world" initiatives, and things become quite clear - - we are quickly moving towards the prophesied Tribulation of the end times. There's simply no other explanation.
The Bible teaches that in the final moments of earth’s history the entire planet will be under the control of a one-world government. Ultimately, an autocratic world ruler code named “the beast” will dominate world affairs. Through his agencies he will determine who is to live and who is to die. This despot will not bring peace. He will be the agent of chaos, destruction, and despair.
The one called the beast will bring about a unity of all humanity by means of terror. We are told, that he will “cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed.” His one concession to those who obey him will be the right of access to sufficient food, not to banish hunger, but only to maintain life. Food will be rationed for some, for others it will be totally denied. A situation will exist in which “no one should be able to buy or sell, except the one who has the mark, the name or the number of the beast."
During the reign of the beast there will be what Daniel described as “a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then.” It is not too dramatic to say that at a time not far from now the world that we know today will be transformed into a house of horrors. Still, despite the signs and evidence hardly anybody believes it will happen.
The Bible teaches that the beast will lead the world to worship the serpent deity who has given his power to the beast. Who is the serpent? He is identified in Revelation 12:9 as “the serpent of old who is called the Devil and Satan.” In the last days, the entire world will be forced to worship Satan who will appear as a majestic being with the appearance of “an angel of light.”
The Bible does not say it exactly but there is a strong hint Satan will deceive the world by impersonating Christ in every way possible. In the days of Elijah Israel was tricked into confusing Baal for Yahweh and it took the miracle of fire from heaven to manifest the difference. In the last days, the world will be tricked into confusing Satan for Christ and Satan will use the same miracle to confirm error. “And he performed great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven.”
The Bible identifies different characters that will be involved in the drama that will soon shake the world. Revelation 13 speaks of the serpent deity (Satan) and the beast. Revelation 16:13 links together the serpent deity, the beast and the “false prophet.” In Revelation 17:12 ten more identities are added to the list. Scripture speaks of “ten kings, who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour.” In a parallelism in Revelation 18:3 the “kings of the earth” are equated with “the merchants of the earth.”
According to Bible prophecy the ruling elite of the one-world government will be made up of the beast, the false prophet, and ten kings (the merchants of the earth) who govern the world under the supervision of the beast. The purpose of this study is to show that the “merchants of the earth” are on the verge of fulfilling their prophetic role of reigning as the kings of the earth.
HOW MIGHT WE SEE IT ALL COME TOGETHER?
Victor Christensen has written and published a thoroughly researched and excellent piece titled "The New World Order and The Ten Kings of Revelation 17" on this entire subject that definitely needs to be read. I'll also link to it at the end of this article as well.
What's absolutely incredible to me (not to mention mind boggling and frustrating) is how he clearly documents the STATED AND PUBLICIZED PLANS of various individuals and international organizations for creating this prophesied one-world government under the auspices of a "new world order," and yet, people still refuse to acknowledge that we're living in the end times! I pray I'm wrong (and for God to open their eyes), but their denial will be there downfall.
For instance, did you know that the forces that are intent on creating a one-world government want to divide the world into ten interdependent and mutually interacting regions? Oh yes! One of the agencies promoting a one-world government is the Club of Rome (COR), which is a collection of the mega rich and intellectual elite that established a think tank in Rome in April 1969. The Rockefeller family is part of this group.
To all appearances, the architect of the Club of Rome was Aurelio Peccei, an Italian industrialist with connections to the FIAT and Olivetti Corporations. On September 17, 1973 the COR issued a report authored by Mihajlo Mesaroviv and Eudard Pestel that expressed a vision for the world. In the COR report the world is divided into ten political/economic regions, which are actually called “kingdoms.” Friends, it doesn't become any more clearer than that!
In his summary of the report by Mesaroviv and Pestel Peccei stated, "Their world model, based on new developments of the multilevel hierarchical systems theory, divides the world into ten interdependent and mutually interacting regions of political, economic or environmental coherence..."
Revelation 17 teaches that in the closing moments of world history “ten kings” identified as “the merchants of the earth” will for “one hour,” or “a little while,” set up a one-world government. This one-world government will abolish all nation states and political boundaries and will “divide the world into ten interdependent and mutually interacting regions.” After they have set up this government the prophecy says, “they [will] give their power and authority to the beast.”
The groundwork needed to bring the prophecy of the ten kings in Revelation 17 to a complete fulfilment has already taken place. Every day the world is never more than twenty four hours away from the fulfilment of the prophecy concerning the ten kings of Revelation 17. Recent events involving Israel, Hamas, India, and Pakistan should be enough to support that. Plus, those who propose to set up a one-world government already have total control over the world's economy. They have already divided the world into 10 economic zones to suit their purposes. They are one crisis of their own making away from putting their plan into effect.
How close are we to seeing this prophecy fulfilled given the current global economic crisis? A lot closer than you might even think! In his 1995 article Human Rights And The New World Order Richard Moore writes,
"The NWO's ideological and economic agendas are globalized laissez-faire capitalism, hiding under the rhetoric of 'free trade' and 'increased competitiveness.' Not to be confused with free enterprise, entrepreneurial capitalism, or classical free market economics, laissez-faire turns over control of domestic and international economies to an elite clique of multinational corporations. Free trade and fair competition are the last thing this clique wants - predatory monopoly capitalism (such as was prevalent with the 19th century Robber Barons: Rockefeller, Carnegie, Krupp, et al) - is their preferred mode of operating. The so-called 'free trade' treaties are not about trade, but about opening up the world's economies, resources, and labor pools to unregulated exploitation by the multinationals. The NWO's political agenda is the erosion of national sovereignty and democracy, with power being transferred by various treaties (such as GATT, NAFTA, and Maastricht) to various commissions and organizations. These entities exhibit few or no democratic characteristics, but are designed to represent the interests of the NWO corporate elite."
Sounds like a carbon copy of the economic policies and "solutions" that are being espoused from governements throughout the world today, does it not?
So, to recap, we know that the Earth will be divided into 10 kingdoms. Then 10 Kings will rule over these 10 regions. These Kings, who rule over these kingdoms, will then sell out their own sovereignty to a one-world system.
Revelation 17:12-13 - - "And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no power 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."
A system of government will be established, according to the Bible, which will ascend out of the bottomless pit (Revelation 17:8), and make war with the saints and to overcome them (Revelation 13:7). The Beast will cause every man on Earth to be numbered in order to buy and sell (Revelation 13:16-17). The Beast will be a wonder to see and watch (Revelation 13:3). The entire world will worship the Dragon (Satan) who gives power to the Beast (Revelation 13:4 and Revelation 20:2).
The system is being rapidly set up before our eyes and is using its economic, political, and spiritual power to bring it to pass. The Dragon gives this system its power and authority (Revelation 13:2). Because the Dragon is such a deceiver, we should expect the system to be brought into being with great subtlety and deceit. We have not been able to fully ascertain what the Dragon has been doing because we have been distracted. This Beast will be most formidable. It will literally tread the Earth down with its power and make life hell for the saints.
Personally, it does seem as though we're just one major crisis away for seeing the full implementation of this nefarious plan. Specifically, the U.S. needs to be replaced by a North American Union type of government body in order for there to be another region to add to the mix that will make up the prophesied 10 kingdoms. I'm afraid I don't see any other way for this to happen unless America ceases being a sovereign nation.
Regardless of how it all plays out, make no mistake, the world needs to see the 10 Kings first before the Antichrist can rise to power. Thus. it will be the formation of a 10 nation confederacy ruled by 10 individuals (the 10 Kings with their 10 kingdoms) that will give the Antichrist all of his political, military, and financial infrastructure.
Hopefully, today's column served as a good reference point for all of us. At the same time, I can't help but think that this may just be a starting point for us, and that much like weeks past this seemingly innocuous topic will lead to a much broader, and much more important study and focus upon our understanding of the 10 Kings and their relationship to the Antichrist's coming one-word government.
I hope you will continue to join me to take part in the journey of discovery as we sort out any confusion together. God is not confused, but we are. God knows what He is about, BUT WE DON'T KNOW FULLY WHAT GOD IS ABOUT. We know ONE THING though. At the time of the end, IT WILL BE MADE CLEAR!
There is no question we are at the time of the end. There is also no question that wrong interpretations are going to be shown for what they are.
The New World Order And The Ten Kings Of Revelation 17
CFR: Building A North American Community
The 10 Kings Study
The People Of The Apocalypse: The Ten Kings