They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while.
The beast who once was, and now is not,1 is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.
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"The ten horns2 you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour3 will receive authority as kings along with the beast.
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They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast.4
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They will make war5 against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome6 them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings7--and with him will be his called, chosen8 and faithful followers."
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Then the angel said to me, "The waters9 you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages.10
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The beast and the ten horns11 you saw will hate the prostitute.12 They will bring her to ruin13 and leave her naked;14 they will eat her flesh15 and burn her with fire.16
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For God has put it into their hearts17 to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to give the beast their power to rule,18 until God's words are fulfilled.19
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The woman you saw is the great city20 that rules over the kings of the earth."
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