Who are the seven kings in Revelations 17:10?

9 This calls for a mind with wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated; 10 they are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he does come he must remain only a little while.

Revelation 17:9 - 10

ESV - 9 This calls for a mind with wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated. 10 They are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he does come he must remain only a little while.

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Eced7a1f c81d 42f4 95ea 9d5719dce241 Singapore Moses Messenger of God, CEO in IT industry, Astronaut, Scientist
The 7 heads are 7 mountains, and the 7 mountains are 7 kings or kingdoms co- existent with Israel from her beginning to the 8th kingdom (Rev. 17:9- 11), making the 8 kingdoms that will have persecuted Israel in the times of the Gentiles (Lk. 21:24 Rom. 11:25).

Here 5 of the 7 kingdoms "are fallen (Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo- Persia, and Greece), and one is (the 6th, the old Roman Empire), and the other is not yet come (the 7th, made up of the 10 kingdoms that are yet to be formed inside the Roman Empire, Dan. 7:23- 24); and when he (the 7th, or the Revised Roman Empire) cometh, he must continue a short space" (3 1/2 years, Rev. 12:12, 14). 

The beast "that was (had existed on earth before John's day), and is not (on earth in John's day), even he is the 8th (8th kingdom, succeeding the 7 preceding kingdoms), and is of the 7 (of one of the 7, the 5th or Greece, that had fallen before John's day and becomes the 8th after the 6th and 7th kingdoms), and goeth into perdition" (Rev. 17:9- 11).

June 29 2014 2 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Danny Payne
Rome is not "Mystery Babylon". Think about it, "what mystery would Rome
be to John?", he was exiled by Rome to Patmos to where Revelation was penned. The word "mystery" in Greek means hidden or secretive of which
neither would be true about Rome. Secondly, look at where the Angel took John "in the spirit" to view Mystery Babylon "into the wilderness" which is also translated "into the desert" in several translations. Rome is not located in either a "wilderness" or "desert". The reason many older theologians have 
forced this teaching of Rome as "Mystery Babylon" is that in both Daniel 2 
and Daniel 7s parallel prophecies, Rome was indeed the empire the empire 
that succeeded Greece, but what has been historically ignored is that there 
was another empire that succeeded Rome, and that was the Ottoman 
Empire/Islamic Caliphate, which is the 7th head/mountain of the beast. 

The seven heads/mountains are the seven gentile empires that have ruled over the Jews, namely 1) Egyptian, 2) Assyrian, 3) Babylonian, 4) Medo-Persian, 5) Grecian, 6) Roman, 7) Ottoman, Turk/Islamic Caliphate. 

Mystery Babylon is described by Our Lord such that it was a mystery to John and his contemporaries in the the birth of Muhammed in Mecca Saudi Arabia and eventually Islam would not occur for another 500 or so years. Mecca fits the description perfectly in the it does exist in a wilderness or desert per the Lord's description. The seven Kings of "Mystery Babylon", I believe, are the seven Kings that have existed to rule over Mecca and the Great Mosque in Mecca. As of the this writing, the 7th king of Saudi Arabia, King Salmon is reigning, I believe this verse on the 7 kings is given to a very special generation of people, specifically today's generation. This verse is an "egg timer" so to speak in that it provides us a "general idea" as to the return of Our Lord, or the Rapture of the Church. In 2005 King Abdullah, the 6th King of Saudi Arabia began his reign, upon his death in 2015, King Salmon began and continues to reign. From Abdullah's reign 2005-2015, five had fallen, one is would be Abdullah, and one is yet to come would be Salmon. 

I've prayerfully considered the "Seven Kings" for some time, and this is the 
only thing that makes sense, and to me fits perfectly. We live in a most 
prophetic age, be interesting to see history unfold in the mideast.

April 25 2018 5 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Daniel Veler
I you look closely at the following scriptures you will not only see there will be seven kings, but it is noted after the seven kings that come and go there will be an eighth one to emerge having ten kings to rule with the last king.

Revelation 17:10: And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. 11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.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. 14 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.

We know at the time John received the Revelation he was told five had already ruled. One ruling at the time was the Roman Empire. After the sixth king comes to an end a seventh king would rule. His kingdom comes to an end. But after him the eighth king will rise. This is where it gets interesting. The first seven kings come up from the sea. The eighth king comes up from the pit having ten little kings joining his kingdom. 

As to the first seven kings, we know that Babylon was the first kingdom to be represented in the image. We know the sixth king was ruling at the time of John. As to the other four before the Roman Empire, it’s hard to determine. As to the seventh king, it seems to suggest the Ottoman Empire, seeing that all these kings came one after another. The Ottoman Empire defeated the last stronghold of the Roman Empire. The Ottoman Empire was defeated and was not replaced. But an eighth king will come with his ten kings to rule. He will be the last ruling king when Christ returns. 

Scripture doesn’t name this last kingdom but does tell us what to look for. He will be a kingdom coming up from the pit. He will rule with the alliance of ten kings. He will have some troops in Jerusalem that will kill the two witnesses. He will plant his ruling city between the seas. His form of worship will be to worship false Gods. He will proclaim himself to be the Christ the Jews are looking for.

March 14 2024 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Raye Moore
The 7 kingdoms are:

1. Egypt 
2. Assyria 
3. Babylon 
4. Medo-Persia 
5. Greece 
6. Rome 
7. Ottoman 
8. Ottoman will return from its “head wound” as the 8th kingdom. It died in 1924, but ISIS has been trying to bring the Ottoman/Islamic caliphate back to life. 

As for the mystery whore of Babylon, it could be Jerusalem, a city that lies on 7 hills, that has cheated on God with pagan practices and betrayed Him by rejecting her messiah. Israel was warned not to be like her neighboring Arab nations, but she remains to be a rebel and part of the synagogue of satan. Sadly, she will learn the hard way.

The mystery whore of Babylon could also be Mecca, the capital of Islamic worship. It has ties to Babylonian paganism, despite that it emerged 500 years after Christ’s time on Earth. It is a city on 7 hills and is abundant in wealth: gold, silver, precious jewels and gems, etc. Nations do business with the Saudi royal family for their oil. Other Islamic nations despise Saudi Arabia for doing business with Western countries that are predominantly Christian. They view the Saudi royal family as being traitors to Allah, and we know what Muslims are taught to do to those who betray and/or reject Allah…

January 29 2023 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Seth3 Seth Freeman
You won't find a more disagreed about issue in Christianity than eschatology. That being said, let me throw in my opinion!

John wrote the book of Revelation prior to the destruction of the temple in AD 70. The book was written to his contemporaries, and the 7 kings refer to Roman Emperors. 

John states that there are 7 kings. 5 have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come, and when he comes, he must remain a little while.

5 of the "kings" were dead: Julius, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, and Claudius. The one who is was Nero, and the one who has not yet come would have been Galba.

June 30 2014 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Mini Tony Conrad
There are many different answers about the seven heads. Another view to consider is that the seven kingdoms are all in the statue mentioned by Daniel. The head being Nebudchanezzar and Babylon, Media/Persia, Greece 1, 2, 3, and 4. Note that in Daniel he spends quite a bit of time on the leopard (Greece) with four heads representing when Alexanders kingdom split into four parts representing four kingdoms. The seventh is Rome exisiting at the time of the prophecy.
One is and one is to come which could be the Ottoman Empire which ruled over Israel for about six and a half centuries. Notice that the beast had the predominant appearance of a leopard representing the four kingdoms of Greece.

December 02 2018 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Jim Werner
This information is very similar to the other responses with one change to 7th head. It is my understanding that these heads coincide with God using the seven gentile empires to bring judgments on the nation of Israel due to unbelief. See King Nebuchadnezzar's dream in Daniel 2 and Daniel's vision in Dan 7. The gentile empires are:

1. Egypt 
2. Assyria 
3. Babylon 
4. Medo-Persia 
5. Greece 
6. Roman 
7. Revived Roman Empire

Thx, jw

March 14 2024 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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