The Rise of the Ten Kings (And More)

It is normal for people to fear that the Antichrist is just around the corner, just waiting to jump out and say, “Boo!” He isn’t. He’s hiding behind the corner after that. So, instead of being fearful of the Antichrist, maybe we should be… well, not fearful …but, at least anticipating these guys:

The Ten Kings Without A Kingdom

Those guys MUST be in power BEFORE the Antichrist arrives. And no, they are not ruling now. Not yet. However, I do believe that the events that are unfolding before our eyes are getting ready for these kings to rise.

I also talk about a deception in the KJV and a personal opinion from Martin Armstrong.


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The Rise of the Ten Kings (And More)

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The next time that someone tells you that ‘such-and-so’ is the Antichrist, or that the Antichrist is just about ready to rule the world, ask him or her this question:

Where are the ten kings?

You will NOT see the Antichrist until you see the Ten Kings first. Here is what Revelation says about that:

23 “Thus he said:

‘The fourth beast shall be
A fourth kingdom on earth,
Which shall be different from all other kingdoms,
And shall devour the whole earth,
Trample it and break it in pieces.
24 The ten horns are ten kings
Who shall arise from this kingdom.
And another shall rise after them;
He shall be different from the first ones,
And shall subdue three kings.
25 He shall speak pompous words against the Most High,
Shall persecute the saints of the Most High,
And shall intend to change times and law.
Then the saints shall be given into his hand
For a time and times and half a time.

 – Daniel 7:23-25 (NKJV)

So, ten kings rise, and then this other – very different king – rises afterwards. This eleventh king causes three of the ten kings to fall. And, this eleventh king, is the Antichrist. Of course, I am grabbing these three verses out of Daniel 7. You should read all of it yourself.

Now, the Book of Revelation has something to say about these ten kings. Here it is:

12 The ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but will receive ruling authority as kings with the beast for one hour. 13 These kings have a single intent, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. 14 They will make war with the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them, because he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those accompanying the Lamb are the called, chosen, and faithful.”

17 For God has put into their minds to carry out his purpose by making a decision to give their royal power to the beast until the words of God are fulfilled.

 – Revelation 17:12-14 (NET)

These ten kings do not have kingdoms. They are rulers that do not rule a specific nationality or geographical area. But, they still have the authority of kings – meaning…

…if they tell you to do something, you gotta’ do it.

And, they give their power to the Antichrist – which means that they had power BEFORE the Antichrist asked for it. Remember that the issue here is timing. The Ten Kings come BEFORE the Man of Fierce Countenance. And, the fact that these ten kings give their power to the Antichrist doesn’t need to actually be logical.


Because God makes them give their power to the Antichrist.

Here is what Revelation says about these ten kings:

17 For God has put into their minds to carry out his purpose by making a decision to give their royal power to the beast until the words of God are fulfilled.

 – Revelation 17:17 (NET)

Kings, even without kingdoms, are greedy for power. They never give up an ounce of it, while they still hold it. That’s why, throughout history, it is rare for a king to give up power to his heir until the last possible moment. King David is one of the few kings to ever step aside and give his son the throne.

So, God makes it happen. He puts it in their minds. And, the motivator is either fear or greed. Or both. (Probably both.)

All of this gives you an answer for the Antichrist mongers who want to tell you stories about the imminent arrival of the Lawless One. Just tell ’em to show you the ten kings. If they can’t do that, then they need to stop preaching. And yes, they will be visible, otherwise Revelation would not have mentioned them.

Show me the Ten Kings, and then we’ll talk about who the Antichrist might be.

The KJV Deception – Luke 21:36

Now, before going off to change the subject away from the Great Tribulation, I want to talk about how the King James Version deceived me for decades, about the warning Jesus gave about the Great Tribulation in Luke 21. And, I’m not the only one that the translators of the KJV have deceived.

Here’s the verse:

Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

 – Luke 21:36 (KJV)

For most of my Christian life, I thought that those words meant that I needed to pray that I would be good enough to escape the Great Tribulation. But, those were NOT the words of Jesus. He did NOT say that we should pray that we would be ‘accounted worthy’ to escape the Great Tribulation.

The word κατισχύσητε does NOT mean be accounted worthy. It means be strong enough. And, I am absolutely horrified by this corruption of the words of Jesus by the Anglicans who translated the KJV. It’s also why I have started to use the New English Translation more often. I still don’t trust the NET translators, and they don’t always give the best English translation of a passage. But, this translation does seem to be generally more accurate.

Here is how the NET Bible translates Luke 21:36:

36 But stay alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that must happen, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

 – Luke 21:36 (NET)

I believe that there is a special place in Hell for those who willingly corrupt the Bible. Even Revelation 22:19 seems to indicate this:

19 And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book.

 – Revelation 22:19 (NET)

Now, God was specifically speaking about the Book of Revelation. And, He was talking to Preterists – who already have erased most of Revelation, if not all of it. (Like Chuck Baldwin and Rick Wiles.) If you want to go to Heaven, then you had better not take ANYTHING away from the Book of Revelation. And, while you are at it, you had better not take away from any other part of the Bible. ESPECIALLY THE WORDS OF JESUS!!

I. Just. Cannot. Believe. It.

How could they do such a thing?

And, the list of corruptions made by the translators of the King James Version is long. And, every time I run into one, it makes me hopping mad. And, don’t tell me that it was an honest mistake. Those people knew what they were doing.

But, let me climb down off of my perch and make an important point:

Pray that you will be strong enough to escape what is coming.

It’s the command of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

Okay, let’s move on to a more mundane topic, such as the end of the world.

A Personal Opinion By Martin Armstrong

I have been talking about Martin Armstrong for six years. And, I’ve known about him since the mid-’90s (when I was in finance). And, his track record is astonishing. In fact, someone recently left a message on an article that I wrote in 2014, that predicted what we were going to see today.

This is the article:

The Rise of the Antichrist Begins in 2020?

Martin didn’t say the word ‘Antichrist’. That was my own addition. But, Armstrong was predicting the kind of disaster that we are seeing right now. No, not COVID-19. He wasn’t being THAT specific. But, he knew that it was going to be bad.

And, we didn’t pay attention.

If I had followed Martin’s advice six years ago, I wouldn’t have run out of money. And, most of the people that I know would have been doing VERY well, if they had followed Armstrong instead of the advice of the gold bugs. And yeah, I followed the advice of the gold bugs.

So, when someone this good says this…

Personally, I am very depressed about the future.

…you need to pay attention.

That statement came as the result of a question, which led to the following post on his website:

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong, what is your personal opinion about the rise of all this confrontation over a virus that has justified reducing all freedoms and rights? Do you plan to stay in the United States?


ANSWER: Personally, I am very depressed about the future. This is all choreographed from 2018. This is the merger of the dream of George Soros and his one-world government and Bill Gates who wants to control everyone with digital IDs, eliminate cash, and reduce the population with his Fourth Economic Revolution based on technological control. These have been merged with Klaus Schwab’s World Economic Forum which is the typical academic idea that they can change the economy and redesign it like Marx when they have no idea how it actually functions. They assume we can be made economic slaves for the betterment of their ideal world.

This idea of a one-world government will eliminate war is absurd. The differences between ethnic cultures will prevent their very theory from ever working. The United States became a culture of mixed races and European cultures because of DISCRIMINATION which was fair – the last one off the boat was looked down on until they were assimilated and spoke English. Once that took place, then we saw Germans marrying Italians and Greeks marrying English, etc.. That takes place so rarely in Europe. It was the single language and the merging of cultures that made America the true melting pot. Oddly enough, this was the story of the Tower of Babel. Once they could no longer speak the same language, they divided. That was a very insightful example of how culture functions.

My concern is not that these people will succeed. It is the damage they are causing which will lead to the breakup of the West and thus the shift of the Financial Capital of the World to China. I truly wish I was not alive to witness this. I understand why they hate me so much and why they will do whatever they can to discourage people from even looking at Socrates. I was there in New York for the premiere of the Davos movie. I met most of the mover & shakers. They do not like the forecasts of Socrates and they are intent upon seeing their covert agenda through to achieve their goals. You will not see social distancing at Schwab’s January World Economic Forum. That will magically go on schedule. His topic will be the GREAT RESET to push his agenda.

We have the goldbugs still preaching that the end is near because by detaching gold from any form as money they continue to argue that the monetary system will collapse. They are so far out of touch it is laughable. The entire monetary system is moving digital and there remains a risk that these overlords will advocate confiscating gold or making it illegal to own and use in any underground barter economy. This is all about POWER and converting society into economic slaves as they reduce population and move to eliminate fossil fuels. I wish this was such a simple argument over what is money. We have moved way beyond that.

We must adapt to the real battle that we face. This has gone beyond just a Sovereign Debt Crisis and a Monetary Crisis Cycle. This is an all-out war for the domination of the world economy as these globalists seek to redesign our lives to the arrogant views they have crafted in their minds.

I have met most of these people trying to redesign the world. You look into their eyes and you see something far beyond a cold contempt for human society. They do not believe in God. They have taken upon themselves to play God. If they even considered there was a God, their view is he was an idiot for the economy does not function the way they would like it to operate. So they either blame God or more likely do not believe in any higher power beyond themselves. This was the very same attitude that dominated Communism. They have used this virus to justify shutting down even religion.

As for where I will migrate to, I am still working on that forecast.

 – My Personal Opinion by Martin Armstrong

Martin Armstrong is one of the few people who ‘gets it’. And, he has been ‘getting it’ since the ’80s. And, he makes this point:

My concern is not that these people will succeed. It is the damage they are causing which will lead to the breakup of the West and thus the shift of the Financial Capital of the World to China.

Martin KNOWS that they will eventually fail. But, before they fail, they will destroy everything. And precious metals will not save us from what is coming. As Martin said, “We must adapt to the real battle that we face.” And, that battle is ultimately spiritual, even though we will have a very painful and physical experience. And, as he also says:

This is an all-out war for the domination of the world economy as these globalists seek to redesign our lives to the arrogant views they have crafted in their minds.

This is the rise of the Ten Kings mentioned in Daniel and Revelation. They must rise, because God said that they would. But, He also told us to watch and pray that we would be strong enough to escape.

So, let’s do that.


I truly hope that you’ll be ready for this

A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.Proverbs 22:3


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11 thoughts on “The Rise of the Ten Kings (And More)”

  1. Thank you for sharing the translation regarding being strengthened to be able to make it through the hard times to come. One might also say we might even be strengthened by what we endure. Either way, the translation presented is infinitely more consistent with other biblical passages and bible themes.

  2. Hi John,
    thanks for great article, and thought-provoking topics. I have never considered the timeline of the kings and the AC, but you are right. It’s logical, and makes sense. If we imagine the world after war and destructive solar blast (EF), what will take place? Is it the moment for a single person to rise and put all the pieces together? Not yet, I think. No one would comply. At this point, there is no superpower, currencies are worthless, armies are in disarray etc, etc. Chaos. The most probable flow of events is the gradual emergence of new version of United Nations, gently providing “peace and security” for geographic regions of the globe (let’s just say – 10 of them). I’m convinced that the heads (kings) of that structures will be devoted worshipers of the beast (even if they are “elected” in whatever procedure). Only if such a global structure exists, there is a chance for a single person to hijack and take it over. Pretty much like in Germany in the 30s – they had “democracy”, many parties, then suddenly one charismatic leader, named Adolf, won the elections (with a mere 35% votes, not even majority). And we all know the rest…
    So yes, it is perfectly logical. And, it is close, but we still have a lot to experience before we see it. I’m just not sure how many of us will be still alive to see it. I leave it to our Lord.
    Yours in Christ

    • Yes, you get it, Chris. A new and improved United Nations. To pick up the pieces of a shattered world. This will be their third try at global power, and the previous two attempts required a global disaster to get off of the ground. Excellent comment brother. – JL

      PS. I hope that your harvest went well!

      • Thanks John, harvest was ok and it’s now complete – we love to work in nature, and providing several tons of tasty fruits to the people is even nicer:)
        Oh, historical remark: today Poland celebrates 100th anniversary of the battle few people outside are aware of:
        What is not clearly said in this short clip, is the attitude of the public opinion back in 1920. It was not only about defending the country. Everyone was aware, that we were fighting mortal enemy of Christianity. Popular sources tend to omit this factor, but I know full well, that the crucial factor determining such extreme mobilization of entire country was just that – we faced declared enemies of God (even military, to jam Soviet radios, broadcasted… Genesis and Revelation on their frequencies). And that makes me sad, because I realize that it was unique moment in history, 100 years ago, which will not repeat. Today, the level of awareness, what and where is evil in our societies is so much lower…
        Yours in Christ

  3. Saturday night fever. Those poor goats are not walking like that because they want to amuse the social media crowd. It could be hoof overgrowth, because nobody checks and takes care of their hooves properly, and they happen to spend most of their time on a surface that does not wear down the hooves (dirt as opposed to rock). It could be foot rot or joint inflammation but I am leaning toward overgrowth (which will CAUSE joint damage and painful lameness if not addressed) because they don’t seem to be in a lot of pain. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t. Their owners could have done something horrible to them to ensure they don’t run away, too, like break the ankle joint. The joint above the hoof doesn’t move normally, it seems fixed, forcing this stiff-legged hobbling. The two white goats at the extreme left of the frame, that walk out of the picture almost immediately, are walking normally. Something is wrong.

    Here’s how a normal healthy goat would walk, in slow motion:

  4. John, thank you for all your hard work over the years. Long time listener and reader. I had a thought about the 10 Kings, many assume that they are leaders of nations, but what if they are leaders of powerful influential corporations. Say Microsoft, Google, Twitter and some we don’t know that are waging psych opps on masses of people. Think Cambridge Analytica only bigger. I think the kings are here already and they are shaping how people think through manipulation. Most of what we have seen in the 30 years done in the name of spreading democracy has really been corrupt to enrich a small few. As long as we got our scraps we were happy and ignorant. Where do we see a picture of the anti-Christ it is in Judas when rebukes Mary about the ointment. The bible says he didn’t care about the poor but held the money bag. It was a chapter latter his is betraying Jesus and Satan enters into him. I see the rise of this same attitude in the hearts of people. The virtue signal about what they really don’t care about. It is the hard hearts of the people that makes me think we are close. The same spirit is at work.

    Just a thought.

    • Hi Norm,

      That is a good thought, and you are not alone in putting forth this possibility. But, notice the wording. These are kings, not princes.

      These kings have direct power.

      The heads of corporations would have indirect power. You would call these people princes, and not kings – since they do not have an army, navy or air force. They do not have the ability to throw you in jail. The best that they can do is get a government to do that for them.

      So no, Bill Gates is not a king. He’s a prince. And in the Bible, they are very different people.

      I hope that helps, Norm.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

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