Revelation 17:12

And the ten horns which you saw are ten kings, who have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
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AD 735
as kings: He says, &quot;as kings,&quot; because they only reign as in a dream, who oppose the kingdom of Christ. <a


AD 735
horns: The kingdoms of the world have not yet fully displayed their power in persecuting the Church. For although these even now have rule over the greatest part, yet there will be the stronger power of insane boasting when they have also deceived such by signs. Some understand it, that when the last persecution draws near, there will be ten kings who are to divide the world between them; according to the prophecy of Daniel also, who said of the fourth beast, &quot;And he had ten horns; and behold another little horn came up from the midst of them, and three of the first horns were plucked up before his face;&quot; and that Antichrist who should arise from Babylon, should subdue the king of Egypt, and of Africa, and that after they were slain, seven other kings should also submit their necks to the conqueror. But others say that Antichrist is placed in the number eleven, to signify prevarication. For eleven indicates a departure from the perfection of the number ten.

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
The ten horns, or ten kings, which thou sawest, as yet have received no kingdom, but shall receive power as kings one hour after the beast; or, as it is in the Greek, with the beast. According to the common interpretation, this must be referred to ten, or many kings, who are different from all the wicked kings that had been, and who should follow and live at the same time with the beast, by which here seems to be signified antichrist. Or, if by these ten kings we understand all the wicked kings, who were to come after St. John wrote, to the end of the world, they had not yet kingdoms, but the kingdoms which they should have, and all their vain happiness, would be very short, and at the same time they would be under the beast, and subject to him. (Witham) Ten horns. These denote ten kings or ten powers; namely, Goths, Huns, Alans, Vandals, Saxons, Burgundians, Franks, Heruli, Suevi, the chief of the Barbarians that invaded the Roman empire in the fifth century. They shall receive powe...

Irenaeus of Lyons

AD 202
These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them, because He is the Lord of lords and the King of kings."

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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