Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him.
Light is the source of life, plants need it to grow. Light reveals things hidden in the dark and makes the path clear(Psalms 119:105Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path). Light gives warmth and brings a dying body back to life. What does it mean that God is Light? By God being Light, darkness has no place in Him. No wickedness, bad intentions, malice, corruption, going back on His Word and any other form of evil can be found in God, period. God’s goodness, power, wisdom, beauty, love, and splendor reflects His Light (Habakkuk 3:4His brilliance is like light; rays are flashing from His hand. This is where His power is hidden). As Christians, we must reflect the light of Christ in our lives. You might be the only light that your friends and family have, so make sure you are living a life according to the Scripture. How else can you get their attention but by flashing a light so to speak in their face, the light which is the message of Christ.
11 The beast that was and is not, is himself an eighth king, yet he belongs to the seven and is going to destruction.
The Antichrist will follow the succession of these kings.
The phrase, “yet he belongs to the seven” could mean that he holds not only to their ideology but the beast will arise from Europe.
12 The 10 horns you saw are 10 kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they will receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour.
The phrase, “The 10 horns you saw are 10 kings” The Antichrist will form something like the UN or maybe, it will be the UN, no one knows but he will form a 10 nation confederacy to help him rule the world. These 10 nations’ power will be short-lived as the phrase, “one hour” could refer to 1 year for the 10 kings alone or 3 1/2 with the Antichrist.
In the Book of Daniel chapter 7, it sheds more light in regards to the Antichrist and the 10 nations.
Daniel 7:20-21, 20 I also wanted to know about the 10 horns on its head and about the other horn that came up, before which three fell—the horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spoke arrogantly, and that was more visible than the others. 21 As I was watching, this horn waged war against the holy ones and was prevailing over them
The angel’s interpretation:
Daniel 7:24-25, 24 The 10 horns are 10 kings who will rise from this kingdom. Another, different from the previous ones, will rise after them and subdue three kings. 25 He will speak words against the Most High and oppress the holy ones of the Most High. He will intend to change religious festivals and laws, and the holy ones will be handed over to him for a time, times, and half a time.
The 10 nations will be aligned with the false church which is situated in Rome and after the 10 kings come to play, another king, the Antichrist will come forth and it seems that there will be an internal turmoil but the Antichrist will crush his opposition. The Antichrist with these nations will make war with the Christians. The false prophet with the help of the false church will work together to put the image of the Antichrist on the corner of the third Temple to be worshipped. That event will break the 7-year treaty with Israel.
13 These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast.
The 10 Nations role is to financially and militarily support the Antichrist for world domination.
14 These will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them because He is Lord of lords and King of kings. Those with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”
After the beast has achieved world domination, his next agenda is to defeat Jesus Christ at His second coming because Jesus will come to rule the world that the beast is ruling at the moment but his attempt to stop the Lamb of God will prove to be futile.
15 He also said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute was seated, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and languages.
This false apostate church who is masquerading as a Christian church will have deceived countless of people from all walks of life (1 billion).
6 Then I saw that the woman was drunk on the blood of the saints and on the blood of the witnesses to Jesus. When I saw her, I was greatly astonished.
John was shown that the woman (the false church) was responsible for the deaths of the true followers of Jesus Christ and he was amazed by how that church had so much power.
7 Then the angel said to me, “Why are you astonished? I will tell you the secret meaning of the woman and of the beast, with the seven heads and the 10 horns, that carries her.”
As John was mesmerized by the vision of the woman, the angel questioned his astonishment by practically saying, wait until I reveal to you who is the one behind this false system by which is deriving its power from.
8 The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up from the abyss and go to destruction. Those who live on the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast that was, and is not, and will be present again.
“The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up from the abyss” – The beast that the angel is mentioning was seen back in Revelation 11:7. This beast comes from the abyss just like the king of the locusts who is seen in Revelation 9. Either this beast is in reference to Abaddon in Hebrew and in Greek Apollyon or to the Antichrist, it is not clear. What is clear, it will be a high ranking demon.
“Those who live on the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life” – If you notice that those who are dumbfounded and impressed by the beast are the ones who have rejected Christ and do not have their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life which indicates that they are highly prone to deception.
9 “Here is the mind with wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated.
This false church (the woman) is in a city that is surrounded by seven mountains.
10 They are also seven kings: Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he comes, he must remain for a little while.
The seven heads have two meanings, 7 mountains (verse 9), and 7 kings which means, five kings have died, the sixth king is ruling, probably in John’s time, and the seventh is a future one to come. The Antichrist will succeed the seventh (verse 11).
The only city who claims to be Christian and is situated by seven mountains is the Vatican city in Rome.