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Revelation 17: Prophecy of the Seven Kings - 8th King Identified!

We are now living under the reign of the 8th "king," the last pope.

forgive us for this errorWe wish to share with you in all humility and seriousness the important fulfillment of the emergence of the 8th "king," the last pope, and why the 8th is Pope Francis, and not JPII as we previously thought, and how we have erred in our initial understanding of Revelation 17. It is our prayer, here at WLC, that genuine truth seekers will forgive us for this error, as we renew our pledge before Yahuwah that we will never ever by His grace cling to an erroneous position whatsoever, for we earnestly seek to be blameless before Him, with no guile in our doctrines. His Word never fails because it is infallible; our interpretations, however, can fail because we are humans. But those who diligently search His Word under the guidance of His Spirit will be led to the correct understanding of His prophetic Word, in His own appointed time.

We start this short study by sharing the reasons why we believe that Benedict XVI was indeed the 7th king of Revelation 17:

  1. The 7 kings of Revelation 17 can either refer to kingdoms or kings.  There is no third possibility. The context of Revelation 17 is all about the Church of Rome. To apply the "kings" in Revelation 17 to kingdoms would be a flagrant violation of the context, but even if we were to apply kings to kingdoms, there is no combination of kingdoms possible that would be in harmony with description given for the kings, especially as it applies to the reign of the 7th king, which was foretold to be of short duration. There is no kingdom today that would fit the short duration description and that would fall before the commencement of the reign of the 8th.

  2. The "wilderness" context (vs. 3) demands that we focus attention on the time when the papacy was indeed in its "wilderness" experience.  This took place when the papacy received the deadly wound in 1798, when Napoleon banished and exiled Pope Pius VI to Valence in France.  Prior to 1798, the papacy was supreme to all the emperors, kings, and princes of Europe. And in 1929, the papacy was content to see the popes relegated to mere kings over a land mass of only about 100 acres in Rome.  (Until 1860, the papal states alone covered over 1/3 of Italy.)  The count of the 7 kings thus began with Pius XI.

  3. The consequential order of the popes from Pius XI to Benedict XVI fits perfectly with the prophetic description given in Revelation 17 in two ways: in the reign of the 6th king/pope, and the reign of the 7th king/pope. In the former, it was confirmed when the angel took John to the reign of the 6th king (JPII), the longest reign amongst the 7 kings, and the pope who will be most remembered by the end time generation. This consequential order was also astonishingly confirmed by the unprecedented  and sudden resignation of Benedict XVI, which has shocked the world and shaken the Catholic Church.

8 Kings (Popes) of Revelation17

If the 7th King was indeed Benedict XVI, then it follows that the pope that comes after him would be the 8th. Revelation 17 does not permit any gap or transition between the 7th and the 8th. So why did JPII not emerge right after the end of Benedict XVI’s reign? Have we at WLC erred in identifying the identity of the 8th? We have indeed erred, and for this unintentional blunder, we seek with all humility the forgiveness of Yahuwah, our heavenly Father, and Yahushua our Saviour. We also seek the forgiveness of every student of Bible prophecy, who agreed with us that the impersonated JPII was to be the 8th "king."

How did we err in thinking that 8th king/pope would be the impersonated JPII? Here is how:

The "bottomless pit" is well established in the Bible as the abode of devils. Since the 8th king/pope was to come from the "bottomless pit," we assumed wrongly that he would be one of Satan’s fallen angels impersonating one of the previous 7 popes. This we arrived at by the phrase "and the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven" (vs. 11).  Of the 7 kings, JPII stands out as the most important and the most known by the end-time generation. Thus, it was natural to assume that if the 8th king/pope was a devil, he would then impersonate JPII. The context of the "bottomless pit," however, can also suggest that the 8th king/pope will be fully under the control and guidance of Satan and his fallen angels to a degree not seen in the previous 7 popes. This now seems the right interpretation for the bottomless pit of Revelation 17.

As to the divine hint "one is" (vs. 10), we also read into it more than was intended. When John was given the vision, he was taken to the time of JPII. It was natural to take John to the reign of the most important of the 7 kings. Taking John to the reign of the 6th merely confirmed that the 7 kings were indeed 7 popes, and the 6th was chosen because his reign was the longest, the most distinguished of the 7 popes, and most importantly because he is the most highly regarded, remembered, and loved pope in our day.

"The beast that was [until 1798], and is not, [at the time of reign of 6th king, it is still wilderness time for the beast] even he is eighth [but during the reign of the 8th, the beast power will be fully restored to the papacy], and is of the seven, [the 8th, though a beast power now, is yet a king, just like the previous 7 fallen kings], and goeth into perdition [the Eighth will not prevail, and will be destroyed and punished violently by the ten kings, when they realize belatedly the evil nature of beast]. (vs. 11).

Pope Francis I © Time MagazineWhich scenario would best serve Satan’s deceptive plan for the final crisis: introducing the 8th king/pope as JPII (as we formerly believed), or as Francis I? We are convinced beyond a shadow of doubt that introducing the 8th as Francis I serves Satan, the master deceiver, much better for the following reasons:

  1. While prophecy students were eagerly awaiting the emergence of JPII, Satan hath stealthily introduced the 8th king/pope with no fanfare, and amidst worldwide acceptance. Many of us who were pinning our hopes on the impersonation of JPII were greatly disappointed that our expectations were not met, and some [sadly] are likely to give up on Bible prophecies. We appeal to those who are tempted to despair and give up their faith in Bible prophecies to not give Satan the chance to claim a victory.

  2. The impersonation of JPII would have given truth the kind of credibility that Satan fears the most. Thus, it was necessary for Satan to devise a plan for the introduction of the 8th king/pope that would not help the cause of Yahuwah’s followers, and that would lead many to be discouraged when their expectations of the impersonated JPII were not met. This discouragement is a triumph for Satan, and he ensured that the emergence of the 8th king/pope would be a source of discouragement for many of Yahuwah’s followers.

  3. By not sending one of his fallen angels to impersonate JPII at this time, Satan succeeded in avoiding a needless battle with those Christians who would have denounced this emergence of JPII as a false resurrection, reminding the world that the dead will remain dead until the resurrection, and that the appearance of a dead person is indeed a demonic activity. Such resistance from some of the informed Christians would have caused a needless distraction for Satan and would have, at a minimum, undermined the agenda Satan has set for the 8th king/pope to accomplish in the relatively short time he has. We need to stress very clearly that future impersonations will take place and could still possibly include the semblance of JPII and several Bible characters climaxing in Satan himself impersonating Yahushua - after the First Woe when the world will be deceived into believing that it was the 8th king/pope who succeeded in ending this demonic alien invasion. After this milestone, the world will be conditioned to believe anything uttered by the 8th king/pope - Francis I.

  4. Satan foresaw the economic depression that would engulf the world in the final battle just prior to the Second Coming of Yahushua, triggered by the destructive forces he will unleash in our world. Thus, he planned that the 8th king/pope would be someone who has established an enviable credibility with the poor in his mother country. Armed with this credibility, the 8th king/pope will exploit it to draw behind him the growing countless poor of the world; he will galvanize the poor to bring pressure to bear on the politicians of the world to adopt the kind of laws and enactments that would severely cut religious freedoms that are enjoyed in many countries today. As the number of the poor steadily increases around the world, due to the ever worsening world economic conditions, the poor will become a powerful, destructive, and threatening tool in the hand of the 8th, king/pope against world leaders.

  5. jesuit symbolWho can cause more harm and martyrdom than a Jesuit pope? Pope Francis I is the first such pope in the history of the Roman Catholic Church to be a Jesuit. Satan has been readying the 8th king/pope for many decades, and he could not find a better candidate for the role of the 8th king than a Jesuit pope. It is not surprising now for us to imagine how and why countless faithful believers will be martyred in the coming years at the behest of 8th king! 

  6. The reign of the 8th king/pope will incorporate at least 3.5 years, during which Yahuwah’s faithful followers will prophesy wearing sackcloth (Revelation 11:3). Add to the 3.5 years the time it will take for Yahuwah’s angels to sound the first 4 trumpets (Rev. 8) , plus the 5th trumpet which will last 5 months (Rev.9:1-5). Thus, we can conclude that the reign of the 8th will potentially be even shorter than the reign of the 7th king/pope. Thus, the current age of the 8th king/pope is therefore not an obstacle, given that he is 76 years old. The 8th already gloats that his age is a big plus, as it reflects accumulated knowledge and wisdom.  Irrespective of how long Francis I will reign, it is certain that he is the last pope before the soon Second Advent of our Master and Saviour, Yahushua the Anointed.

                              Pope Francis I

                              Pope Francis I  © REUTERS/ Max Rossi

The good news that we now wish to share with you is that we are at last living during the reign of the 8th "king" and that we are only few years away from the glorious Second Coming of Yahushua, and eternity. However, between now and the Second Coming, we have to pass through the mother of all persecutions and trials. There is much work to be done in our hearts and characters, and much work to be done warning the world of what is about to transpire. Are we ready for life under the reign of 8th "king," the last pope of Rome? We pray that we all will become ready before our personal probation is forever closed.



Below is WLC's initial understanding/interpretation of Revelation Seventeen's "seven kings."


WLC's initial understanding/interpretation of Revelation 17 (Click to Expand.)

REVELATION 17 | Prophecy of Seven Kings


1. Which part of the Bible led you to reach this conclusion?

"And there came one of the seven angels... saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. 3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet-coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Yahushua: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. 7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. 8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. 9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. 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 Master of masters, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. 15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. 17 For Yahuwah hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of Yahuwah shall be fulfilled. 18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth". Revelation 17:1-18.

2. Give a short explanation of all this.

Briefly, John is shown the final judgment of the great whore due to her own course of action. This great whore, referred to as Babylon the great, was shown to John in the wilderness (v. 3). This is an important setting, as will be seen later.

The description of the whore is parallel to the first beast of Revelation 13 that also has seven heads and ten horns (v. 7) indicating that both symbols represent the same entity – that being the Roman Catholic papal system. Furthermore, the whore is described as sitting on seven mountains (v. 9). Rome has frequently been identified as the City of Seven Hills, from classical times down to contemporary time.

Whereas in Revelation 13 the union of ekklesia and state was blended in one symbol, in Revelation 17, Yahuwah has pictured them separately. A woman always symbolizes an ekklesia in the Bible, in this case the whore – an impure ekklesia/church. And a beast has always signified a kingdom or state that persecutes Yahuwah's people. So we have an impure woman sitting on (i.e. controlling) a scarlet-colored (a bloody) beast (state). This again reinforces the reality of the Catholic system being the only system that is a church and an earthly kingdom at the same time. This whore is described as being eminently rich, proud, and more importantly, very corrupt (v. 4, 5). Indeed, it represents Satan's final supreme instrument of deception.  (For more on the prophetic symbols: Prophetic Symbols)

The reason why we use Ekklesia and not church when referring to Yahuwah's faithful in WLC content is because the word "church" does not accurately convey the meaning of the original Greek, "Ekklesia." Throughout the New Testament, Ekklesia refers to the Called Out Ones. The word "church," which emphasizes a group, is therefore an erroneous translation and should never have been used. Christians are literally the Called Out Ones. The true followers of Yahushua are indeed the Called Out Ones from the organized denominations and religions of fallen Babylon. When the call to flee Babylon has been heard, none are to again return to Babylonian churches and forms of religion.

The following verses are key verses: "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. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition".Revelation 17:10, 11. Yahuwah elaborates on the seven heads of the beast, which are identified as seven kings. Significantly, the vision was viewed during the reign of the sixth king. He was to be followed by the seventh king, who will rule for a short time. However, the eighth king is going to be one of the previous seven kings, but that when he appears from the bottomless pit (v. 8), he will not only merely be a king (ruling power) but a beast (a persecuting power); finally, he will then go into perdition.

When one of the seven kings reappears from the bottomless pit as the eighth king but in the form of a beast, the ten kings of the earth (v. 12) (ten is an all-inclusive, universal number indicating that this includes all earthly rulers; cf. parable of ten virgins) will be greatly awed by the beast, and will willingly surrender their power to the beast for a short time (v. 12, 13). Both the beast and the ten kings will rule and war against Christ in the person of His followers for a short time, but will not overcome them (v. 14).

Just before the end of all things, the ten kings will discover that they have been ensnared and deceived by the beast (the eighth king from the bottomless pit) and they will turn with vengeance against the beast system, and destroy it (v. 16). For they will this time, though belatedly, be doing Yahuwah's will (v. 17).

3. Great whore sitting on the beast was viewed in the wilderness (Rev. 17:3).

This is important as it is not by happenstance that the "great whore who sitteth upon the scarlet beast" was seen in the wilderness. In Revelation 17, Yahuwah is indicating the time-period that the Roman Catholic Church is viewed in. To understand what will happen to the world when she comes out of her wilderness experience, we need to understand how the Roman Catholic Church entered this wilderness experience.

4. What does wilderness mean in Bible prophecy?

In the Book of Revelation we have another instance of an ekklesia that went into the wilderness. It was Yahuwah's true ekklesia during the Middle Ages, when the ekklesia was subject to papal persecution: "And the woman (ekklesia) fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of Yahuwah, that they should feed her there a thousand and two hundred and threescore days."Revelation 12:6. We know that this ekklesia was pure, for it is Yahuwah who led her to the wilderness, away from the papal persecution that raged for 1260 years from 538 A.D. until 1798 A.D. The dragon (Satan) was warring against the ekklesia during this period, using his earthly instrument, the Roman Catholic Church: "And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent." Revelation 12:14. The wilderness then, in Bible prophecy, is a figure of speech picturing the harsh conditions facing an ekklesia in a particular period in her history.

5. When did Yahuwah's true ekklesia come out of her wilderness experience?

The logical answer to this question would be, when the papal persecution ceased. This officially happened in 1798, when Napoleon Bonaparte sent to Rome where he exiled Pope Pius VI to Valence in France. At the same time Berthier declared an end to the temporal power over much of Europe that the Catholic Church had enjoyed up to that time. It was a most humiliating and abrupt end to a long rule of power that lasted 1260 years. Shortly after, Christian Bible Societies spread all over the world, with their work unhampered or threatened by papal constrictions. Thus, 1798 marks the date when Yahuwah's ekklesia ended her wilderness experience. Now Yahuwah's ekklesia was totally free to focus her energies on translating and printing the Bible in as many languages as possible and to conduct missionary activities all over the world.

6. Did the Catholic Church then enter her wilderness experience just as Yahuwah's true ekklesia came out of it?

This was exactly the case. In 1798 the Catholic Church not only lost her temporal power over the kings, dukes, and princes of much of Europe, but was in fact no longer free to carry her own ecclesiastical privileges, such as selecting a pope to succeed Pius VI. Her representatives needed the permission of Napoleon Bonaparte before they could appoint Pius VII in 1800 to succeed the pope who died in exile, a year earlier.

Furthermore, the wilderness experience for the Catholic Church came to bear on her in a most profound way from an entirely unexpected direction – from her own backyard, Italy. Here is the background for the harsh and arid realities of life that faced the Catholic Church in Italy in the nineteenth century.

After the second and final defeat of Napoleon in 1815, Italians found their peninsula divided into states, duchies, and Papal States. Metternich, the strong Austrian leader at the time, used to refer to Italy as a mere 'geographical expression', reflecting the absence of united country. This odd situation gave rise to nationalistic attempts to unify Italy into one country. However, these attempts were met with great suspicion and resistance from the Catholic Church. Over time, the conviction grew in the minds of these nationalistic leaders that the Catholic Church was indeed a serious obstacle to the fulfillment of their national aspirations.

However, the move to unite Italy and form a united nation passed an important milestone when the Papal States were usurped in 1860 by force. There remained one major obstacle, however, for the creation of one Italian nation. The Italians wanted Rome, the seat of the Roman Catholic Church and the last piece of property left for the Church, to serve as the capital of their united country. This Italian dream came about when Italian troops occupied Rome on September 20, 1870, during the reign of Pope Pius IX. Shortly after, the Kingdom of Italy was declared.

Understandably, the pope refused to recognize the new kingdom and went into voluntary captivity in protest. This unprecedented situation came to be known historically as the Roman Question. It remained unresolved for 59 years, during which time all succeeding popes confined themselves to movement within the few buildings in the Vatican in Rome, refusing to leave Rome. Indeed, the Catholic Church in the nineteenth century was engulfed in a very hostile wilderness setting.

In summary: we have seen thus far that from 1798 (when Pope Pius VI was banished to Valence by the French general) up to 1870 (when Rome was usurped by the Italian army), the Roman Catholic Church was entrenched in her wilderness experience – a far cry from the dominating beast status she had enjoyed during her 1260 years of supremacy when she was a worldwide persecuting power which directly, or through her over-powering influence over European rulers, caused the martyrdom of close to one hundred million of Yahuwah's faithful followers.

7. How was the Roman Question between Italy and the Roman Catholic Church resolved in 1929?

It was incomprehensible for the Roman Pontiff to be the head of Catholics the world over, yet in his own country be subject to another head of state. The Catholic Church believed that by virtue of his calling, the pope had an inalienable right to a temporal sovereignty. Only then could he conduct fully and freely his duties as head of the universal Catholic Church. But this demand conflicted with the natural desire of the Italians for a united nation with Rome as its capital. Italians after 1870 found themselves torn between their allegiance to the Catholic Church as Catholics themselves, and their allegiance to their newly-established country. This unresolved tension between the two sides undermined the new country internationally as well as domestically. A solution for the Roman Question had to be found!

Both sides of the conflict were eager for an end to this lingering problem. In 1922, Benito Mussolini, the Duke, and Pope Pius XI came to power. And by 1929 they had at last found a solution to the thorny Roman Question that had lasted 59 years. On February 11, 1929, three sets of documents, known collectively as the Lateran Accords, were signed in Rome at the Lateran Palace by Cardinal Gasparri, representing Pope Pius XI, and Mussolini, representing King Victor Emanuel III.

8. Give a summary of the highlights of the 1929 Lateran Treaty between Italy and the Catholic Church of Rome.
  1. The Italian State recognized the sovereignty of the Catholic Church, and regarded the Church as an independent member of the international community. By this agreement the Church obtained an independent state in Rome with an area of about 44 hectares.
  2. The Italian State recognized the Roman Catholic Church as the official state religion, and the Catholic church recognised the independent Kingdom of Italy.
  3. All anti-clerical laws passed by the Italian parliament since 1870 were annulled and made void.
  4. Cash settlement was made to the Roman Catholic Church to compensate her for renouncing all legal claims to the City of Rome and the old Papal States.
  5. The pope pledged to perpetual neutrality in international relations, and abstention from mediation in any controversy except when specifically requested by all concerned parties.
9. What is the significance of the Lateran Treaty of 1929 to the wilderness experience which the Roman Catholic Church was in since 1798?

What the Roman Catholic Church got in 1929 was its independence and sovereignty. The political independence means that now they had a monarchy, although on much reduced area of land, where the pope was the absolute ruler. The pope now was not only the supreme head of the Catholic Church universally, but also the indisputable temporal king over the State of Vatican City. He was no longer a prisoner of captivity.

Notwithstanding, the Roman Catholic Church did not, in 1929, even remotely regain the stature she had prior to 1798, when she was a beast power. As such, she did not, in 1929, yet come out of her wilderness experience. Although in 1929, and by virtue of the Lateran Treaty, the popes were now universally recognized as sovereign kings, the Lateran Treaty however stipulated that the popes must pledge to perpetual neutrality in international affairs. This restricting condition could not have been imagined to be agreed upon by any pope prior to 1798. The Catholic Church long believed that Christ is the Master of the whole world, and that at His departure He left His dominion to His representative, Peter, and to Peter's successors, the popes. Therefore, it is the stated position of the Catholic Church that true and genuine temporal power and dominion lie exclusively in the hands of the pope. Consequently, every earthly ruler or monarch possesses only so much power and area as the pope would deem appropriate and good.

In sum, while tangible gains were secured for the Catholic Church by the Lateran Treaty, it did not restore the primacy and power the Church had enjoyed worldwide up to 1798, which had enabled her to persecute her enemies, and hence was tagged in Bible prophecy as a beast power. Hence there is not much significance of the Lateran treaty of 1929 to the wilderness experience of the Roman Catholic Church, as she still remained in the wilderness, even after 1929.

10. What about the seven kings of the Roman Catholic Church during her wilderness period?
Now we come to the most important part of the whole chapter. Yahuwah has prophesied that there will be only seven kings: "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." Revelation 17:10. From this verse the following facts can be gleaned:
  1. Seven kings in total. (7 kings)
  2. John was taken in vision to the time of the sixth king: "five are fallen, and one is."He comes after the first five have fallen. Again, it is not coincidental that when taken in vision, John was taken to the time of the sixth king. It is a divine hint by which Yahuwah is guiding us to focus our attention on this particular king, as he will play a very important role in the end-time events.
  3. The seventh king "must continue a short space."
11. So who are the seven kings/popes?
Pius XI was the first Roman Catholic pope (from February 6, 1922) who became king as well on February 11, 1929. He along with Mussolini, engineered the Lateran Treaty.

prophecy of seven kings - revelation 17

12. What is destined to take place after the prophesied short monarchy of Benedict XVI?
"And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition."Revelation 17:11. Here, we learn the following:
  1. The Roman Catholic Church was once a beast (up to 1798), but now is not (as she has been in the wilderness experience since 1798); however, she will regain the beast status (meaning she will come out of her wilderness experience) after the fall of the seventh king, Benedict XVI.
  2. The next one to come after Benedict XVI will be one of the other seven kings. But he will no longer be considered a mere king, but will be a beast as well; for with him the Roman Catholic Church will regain her former power to persecute her enemies.
  3. The eighth, when he comes, will be the last; for he "goeth into perdition."
13. Who is the eighth who will restore the beast status to the Roman Catholic Church anew?

To answer this question we need first to note the origin of the eighth: "The beast that thou sawest was [the Catholic Church was once a beast until 1798] and is not [during her wilderness experience], and shall ascend [after the fall of Benedict XVI, the eighth will restore her beast status] out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition." Revelation 17:8.

From this verse we can conclude the following:

  1. Only one more king will come after Benedict XVI, and he will be the eighth. And this king will restore the beast status to the Roman Catholic Church – for during his reign persecution of Yahuwah's people will resume again, just as it was in the Middle Ages.
  2. That the eighth king will ascend from the "bottomless pit", and in due course will "go into perdition."
14. What is the bottomless pit from which the eighth will ascend?

Once again, we go only to the Bible to answer this valid question. The Greek word translated ‘bottomless pit’ is abussos which has the English counterpart, ‘an abyss’. The following verses will unfold what is the abussos.

"...a certain man, which had devils long time…30 And Yahushua asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him. 31 And they besought Him that He would not command them to go out into the deep (abussos)… 33 Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine..."Luke 8:27, 30, 31, 33.

The bottomless pit is certain location that serves as a confined habitation for some of the evil angels (devils.)

From the above Bible passage we learn that the Greek abussos (in the Bible translated ‘deep’ or ‘bottomless pit’) is a certain location (not known to man) where some of the fallen evil angels are confined. Not all the evil angels are permitted to leave the abussos, which is not a very pleasant place to be in, even for the evil angels. One can imagine the pandemonium and the constant jostling that goes on at the abussos among the rebellious evil angels. The legion of devils, who were tormenting a certain man in the above story, dreaded that Christ would command them to go to the abussos. And they begged Him not to command them to go to the deep (abussos). They find much happiness in tormenting people and animals than to be in the company of others of their kind.

To summarize, the bottomless pit is a certain location that serves as a confined habitation for some of the evil angels (devils).

15. This does not make sense! How can the eighth king come from the abussos? How can the eighth king be a devil?

The eighth will be a devil from the abussos impersonating one of the 7 kings.

What we have been learning thus far will make more sense when we focus on the following verse: "And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition." Revelation 17:11. Yahuwah is clarifying that the eighth is really one of the seven kings. Combining this important key with the fact that the eighth will be an evil angel (devil) from the bottomless pit, we can begin to comprehend what will soon sway the whole world into unprecedented capitulation.

The eighth king will be a devil from the abussos impersonating one of the 7 kings. When the eighth king will appear on the scene, he will rapidly spearhead the coming of the Roman Catholic Church out of her wilderness experience into a full-fledged beast.

It is not difficult at all to visualize this prophesied dramatic transformation of the Roman Catholic Church (out of her wilderness status and into a full beast status) once we identify the king (out of the seven) who will be impersonated by a devil who ascends from the bottomless pit.

16. Which of the seven popes will be impersonated by a devil from the abussos?

From the study of Revelation 13 & 17, we can conclude only one who constitutes the best personality for achieving Satan's end-time agenda: it is John Paul II the Great. Below are the reasons:

  1. Out of the seven kings, he is the only one that fulfills the prophesied statement: "And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast." Revelation 13:3. John Paul II is the only king of the seven who experienced a deadly wound in 1981, when he was nearly assassinated. Thereafter, the whole world, as prophesied, wondered after him.
  2. Remember the divine hint: "five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come." Revelation 17:10. When Apostle John was taken in a vision to the future, he was taken to the time of the reign of the sixth king (John Paul II).
  3. Now the most important reason: Which of the 7 kings is most known, loved and respected in today's generation? If Satan would want to lead the world into imposing universal laws for exalting his false Sabbath (Sunday), who would be the most effective personality other than John Paul II? Who would be more effective than him who called on Christians to "ensure that civil legislation respects their duty to keep Sunday holy…refraining from work and activities which are incompatible with the sanctification of the Lord's Day." [Apostolic Letter, Des Domini of John Paul II, dated May 31, 1998]? Again, no one is better suited for carrying the agenda of Satan than John Paul II. Hence, impersonating him makes the most sense for Satan, who is intent on deceiving the whole world.

7 Kings Chart: 8th king identified as John Paul II

17. How will a devil impersonate John Paul II?

The impersonation of John Paul II by a devil will be followed by other impersonations of known personalities climaxing with the impersonation of Yahushua by Satan.

"And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light."2 Corinthians 11:14. Yahuwah has not shed light through His written Word as to how the impersonation will take place. Nonetheless, Apostle Paul has warned us that the coming back of the beast in the last days will be "after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,and with all deceivableness" 2 Thessalonians 2:9, 10. The elements which Satan will use to deceive the whole world and hold it captive to his instrument, the Roman Catholic Church, are: (1) all power, (2) signs, (3) lying wonders, and (4) all deceivableness.

The impersonation of John Paul II by a devil will be followed by other impersonations of known personalities climaxing with the impersonation of Yahushua by Satan. He will make it appear to the whole world that Yahuwah is distinctly honoring and blessing the Roman Catholic Church with unprecedented divine manifestations and miracles. Satan will make it appear that heaven has favored earth when it brought "back to life" the world's most beloved personality, and that he has come back with a divine agenda which should become the primary occupation of world leaders. And it certainly will become

18. How will the impersonation of John Paul II change the world as we know it today, and impact the eternal destiny of everyone alive?

The Bible prophesies that there will be most dramatic and eventful changes in the world once the Catholic Church regains her beast status, when she comes out of her wilderness experience with the next pope, the eighth king. Below is given a list of the most prominent changes that will take place, as foretold by our loving heavenly Father in His Word:

  1. Satan will use the papacy (the beast power) and the USA to impose universal religious laws to exalt Sunday, the violation of which will deprive citizens of their basic rights of buying and selling: "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." Revelation 13:16, 17.
  2. Yahuwah's people, who will persist in refusing to honor the beast and accept the false Sabbath, will be persecuted and killed: "The image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed." Revelation 13:15.

u.s. congressional medal awarded to pope john paul ii in 2000 8th king - john paul ii new york post

19. The end of all things is at hand. I want to be found ready to receive my Master Yahushua when He comes. What should I do?

The purpose of this study is to awaken beloved readers to the shortness of time between now and the end of all things. We have seen that we are living in the time of the seventh king, the last human pope. Yahuwah has informed us, in His written Word, that the eighth king will transform the Roman Catholic Church by bringing her out of her wilderness experience and back to her former persecuting-beast status. The eighth king, a devil impersonating John Paul II, will usher persecution for Yahuwah's people who obey His Sabbath day. The time of the eighth king/beast will witness hitherto unseen false miracles and signs, which will exalt the papacy in the eyes of all who are not written in the Book of Life: "The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is."Revelation 17:8.

In the near future you shall find that your only safety will be in the Bible: "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."Isaiah 8:20. That is why today the Bible must be our only infallible guide and rule. Yahuwah's word is our sole safeguard against the influence of false teachers and the delusive power of spirits of darkness that enshroud the world today. Satan can most readily control the minds of those who are unconscious of his influence. That is why the word of Yahuwah gives us so many examples of his malignant work, unveiling before us his secret forces, and thus placing us on our guard against his assaults. And that is why Satan employs every possible device to prevent men from obtaining true knowledge of the Bible, for its plain utterances reveal his deceptions. At every revival of Yahuwah's work the prince of evil is aroused to more intense activity; he is now putting forth his utmost efforts for a final struggle against Christ and His followers. The last great delusion is soon to open before us. Antichrist is to perform his marvelous works in our sight. So closely will the counterfeit resemble the true that it will be impossible to distinguish between them except by the Holy Scriptures. By their testimony every statement and every miracle must be tested.

Those who endeavor to obey all the commandments of Yahuwah will be opposed and derided. In order to endure the trial before them, they must understand the will of Yahuwah as revealed in His word; they can honor Him only as they have a right conception of His character, government, and purposes, and act in accordance with them. None but those who have fortified the mind with the truths of the Bible will stand through the last great conflict. To every soul will come the searching test: Shall I obey Yahuwah rather than men? The decisive hour is even now at hand. Are our feet planted on the rock of Yahuwah's immutable word? Are we prepared to stand firm in defense of the commandments of Yahuwah and the faith of Yahushua?

In the near future you shall find that your only safety will be in the Bible

Yahuwah's love for you is seen clearly in revealing the future to you so that you need not be taken unprepared by surprise. Christ's grace is all-sufficient to cleanse you from all sin and to fit you to withstand the impending conflict that you be found righteous when He appears the second time. The time for this glorious desired end is measured today in years rather than decades: "And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Master Yahushua, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof."Romans 13:11-14.

If you become alarmed for your own soul, if you seek Yahuwah diligently, He will be found of you; but He will accept no half-hearted repentance. If you will forsake your sins, He is ever ready to forgive. Won't you just now surrender to Him? Won't you look to Calvary and inquire: "Did Yahushua make this sacrifice for me? Did He endure humiliation, shame, and reproach, and suffer the cruel death of the cross because He desired to save me from the sufferings of guilt and the horror of despair, and make me unspeakably happy in His kingdom?" Look upon Him whom your sins have pierced, and resolve: "Yahuwah shall have the service of my life. I will no longer unite with His enemies; I will no longer lend my influence to the rebels against His government. All I have and am is too little to devote to Him who so loved me that He gave His life for me – His whole divine self for one so sinful and erring." Separate from the world, be wholly on Yahuwah's side, press the battle to the gates, and you will win glorious victories. Will you resolve to obey Him, as of this very minute, no matter what the price for such obedience? Will you resolve to share this light with others, so that we can truly hasten our Master's second coming?

Blessed is he who heeds the words of eternal life. Guided by "the Spirit of truth", he will be led into all truth. Though he will not be loved, honored, and praised by the world, yet he will be precious in the sight of heaven: "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of Yahuwah: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not." 1John 3:1.


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