A popular theory based on the ten toes looks to see a “kingdom” formed by bringing ten states together.
But if the detail of the toes is going to be pressed, it needs to be pressed accurately.
When you look down the human body from top to bottom, your survey of the body ends
at the toes. The toes don’t lead into anything else.
So the real message of the ten toes, if there is one, is that the divided state of the fourth kingdom ends in permanent
But readers of Revelation will say “what about the kingdom of the Beast”?
Admittedly I’ve described the first Beast, myself, as a “world-state”.
On the other hand, I’m beginning to see, there’s no sign that he rules the world as a unified
We’re told that the “ten kings” (that number again) “give over their power and authority to the Beast” (Revelation ch17 v12), but they’re
also continuing to rule.
In other words, though the Beast dominates the world, he’s not controlling it by direct rule.
His dominion over most of the world comes through indirect
rule, by means of his ability to control “client” kings, the rulers of the
Not directly relevant, just saving for future reference.
edit on 14-2-2013 by DISRAELI because: (no reason given)