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    What do the ten crowns mean?

    Revelation 13:1
    [ The Beast from the Sea ] Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.


    I just want to do a study on the crowns alone. I checked several bible commentaries on this...but wanted to see what you all thought. Thanks.


    God bless
    "People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; We drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; We drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated?" - D A Carson

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    MG,

    The first beast of Revelation is Abaddon-Apollyon, the angelic king of the abyss ..... this beast is satan's "antichrist" [Revelation 9:11; 11:7, 13:1; 17:8]

    Satan [the dragon] will give this fallen angelic his power and authority to do his bidding on the earth

    This fallen angelic will manifest himself in the little horn, human king of the north, viewed in Daniel's visions .... the little horn will become the beast

    This entity will be followed by 10 other human kings and he will bestow these kings with positions in his government

    The 10 crowns are symbolic of the position of political rule
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    I think that the seven heads represent the seven continents, the ten horns represent ten regions in those continents, and the ten crowns represent the rulers of those ten regions.

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    7 heads = 7 empires
    10 horns = 10 kingdoms
    10 crowns = 10 'kings'

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    They are the same as the ten kings in Daniel and come out of the Romaan Empire area.

    Daniel 2 is where Neuchadnezzar wanted to know about the kingdoms that will conquer his land.

    Show God revealed it to him.

    The 4th empire would the one to conquer the Greeks.
    The prophecy shows that this kingdom would divide and then later out of it come ten toes.

    Notice that in Rev. 17 -where it speaks of the beast - it makes him out as was - and
    then the ten horns are in a different situation
    as - they have not received a kingdom as yet.\

    as in none of the ten are kings of the past



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    THE TEN HORNS that came to be after Rome fell:
    1. The Alamannis which is now called Germany
    2. The Visigoths which is now called Spain
    3. The Franks which is now called France
    4. The Sueves which is now called Portugal
    5. The Burgundians which is now called Switzerland
    6. The Anglo Saxons which is now called England
    7. The Lombards which is now called Italy
    8. The Ostrogoths
    9. The Vandal
    10. The Herulis

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    Thanks all for the input...sorry I didn't have time to get back on here yesterday to post. I am just interested in the meaning of the crowns is all. Each bible commentary I read had something different about them. I know the horns have been discussed many times on here, so I was more interested in the crowns.

    God bless
    "People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; We drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; We drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated?" - D A Carson

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    Personally I think the '10 Crowns' represent the 10 leaders Lucifer will select, who will govern the world, in his unholy name.

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    Re 17:12 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.

    The significance of the crowns are power as kings. The appearance of crowns give us an insight into the transformation of this beast power. At first, seven heads of this system are in power however all seven of these heads eventually fall and it is the eighth head which will then reign out of this system with these 10 horns.

    Principalities in high places

    Our human minds migrite our thoughts to these seven being earthly kings however these 7 heads are angelic leaders as we see them in heaven with crowns. Note in God's kingdom there are 7 heads of the church as angelic beings as well. Governments are just not earthly in nature. After the defeat of Satan in heaven we see the crowns then upon the horns.

    On earth as it is in heaven

    We now see this beast no longer in heaven but arising upon the earth. The seven heads have all fallen (no longer with power) and power has been given to the horns. They are in power for the 42 months with this eighth head little horn and then for one hour with the beast (satan himself). When they reign with the beast for this "hour" we see God changes their heart and they go to destroy the beast. In this same hour his kingdom Babylon falls.

    Who are the 7 heads?

    Part of Satan's government which he has assigned power over his church. I say his church because the opposing seven in God's kingdom reign over the church. I would say this 7 are heavenly and earthly depending on the state of being.

    Who are the 10 horns?

    Part of Satan's earthly government which has power over the land. I say the land because in the opposing land divison in God's kingdom there are 12 divison by the 12 tribes of Israel. Note there are really 12 horns contained in the beast 10 and 2 seen in the second beast.

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    The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
    http://www.studylight.org/enc/isb/view.cgi?number=T2428

    CROWN
    (4) Exaltation.

    The `atarah, the stephanos and the diadema were used as crowns of exaltation. Stephanos was the usual crown of exaltation for victors of games, achievement in war and places of honor at feasts. The `atarah was worn at banquets (Song of Solomon 3:11; Isaiah 28:1,3), probably taking the form of a wreath of flowers; also as a crown of honor and victory (Ezekiel 16:12; 21:26; 23:42). Stephanos is the crown of exaltation bestowed upon Christ (Revelation 6:2; 14:14; Hebrews 2:9). "Exaltation was the logical result of Christ's humiliation" (Vincent). The Apocalyptic woman and locusts receive this emblem of exaltation (Revelation 12:1; 9:7). The symbolic dragon and beast are elevated, wearing diadema, (Revelation 12:3; 13:1). The conquering Christ has "upon his head .... many diadems" (Revelation 19:12). See further Tertullian, De corona.

    From Adam Clark's bible commentary...and please note he wrote these commentaries over a forty year period in the early 1800 and late 1700 (most likely, since he died in 1832)...I wonder how much of what he wrote then has come true since..

    http://www.studylight.org/com/acc/vi...re&chapter=013
    Having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns
    The beast here described is the Latin empire, which supported the Romish or Latin Church; for it has upon his horns ten crowns, i.e., is an empire composed of ten distinct monarchies in the interest of the Latin Church. See the heads and horns fully explained in the notes on Revelation 17:10,12,16.

    Verse 10. And there are seven kings
    καιβασιλειςεπταεισιν They are also seven kings. Before, it was said, they are seven mountains; here, they are also seven kings, which is a demonstration that kingdoms are not here meant by mountains: and this is a farther argument that the seven electorates are represented by seven mountains, for though the sovereigns of these states ranked with kings, they were not kings: that is to say, they were not absolute and sole lords of the territories they possessed, independently of the emperor, for their states formed a part of the Germanic body. But the seven heads of the beast are also seven kings, that is to say, the Latin empire has had seven supreme forms of government; for king is used in the prophetical writings for any supreme governor of a state or people, as is evident from Deuteronomy 33:5, where Moses is called a king. Of these seven kings, or supreme forms of Latin government, the angel informs St. John:-

    Verse 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.
    The meaning of horns has already been defined when speaking of those of the dragon. The meaning is therefore as follows: Though the Latin empire be now in existence, the ten horns refer to ten Latin kingdoms yet in futurity, and consequently they have received no dominion AS YET; for that part of the Latin domination now in power is the sixth head, or imperial government of the heathen Caesars. But the ten states of the Latins receive dominion as monarchies μιανωραν, one time, (as it may be properly translated,) i.e., at the same time with the beast, or that which ascendeth out of the bottomless pit; consequently, the Latin empire here intended is the one which was in futurity in the apostolic age.

    Verse 16. And the ten horns which thou sowest 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.
    Here is a clue to lead us to the right interpretation of the horns of the beast. It is said the TEN horns shall hate the whore; by which is evidently meant, when connected with what follows, that the whole of the ten kingdoms in the interest of the Latin Church shall finally despise her doctrines, be reformed from popery, assist in depriving her of all influence and in exposing her follies, and in the end consign her to utter destruction. From this it follows that no Roman Catholic power which did not exist so late as the Reformation can be numbered among the horns of the beast; the horns must, therefore, be found among the great states of Europe at the commencement of the Reformation.

    These were exactly ten, viz., France, Spain, England, Scotland, The Empire, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Hungary, and Portugal. In these were comprehended most of the minor states not styled monarchies, and which, from their first rise to the period of the Reformation, had been subdued by one or more of the ten grand Roman Catholic powers already named. Consequently, these ten constituted the power and strength of the beast; and each minor state is considered a part of that monarchy under the authority of which it was finally reduced previously to the Reformation.

    But it may be asked, How could the empire, which was the revived head of the beast, have been at the same time one of its horns? The answer is as follows: Horns of an animal, in the language of prophecy, represent the powers of which that empire or kingdom symbolized by the animal is composed.

    Thus the angel, in his interpretation of Daniel's vision of the ram and he-goat expressly informs us that "the ram with two horns are the kings of Media and Persia." One of the horns of the ram, therefore, represented the kingdom of Media, and the other the kingdom of Persia; and their union in one animal denoted the united kingdom of Media and Persia, viz., the Medo-Persian empire. In like manner the beast with ten horns denotes that the empire represented by the beast is composed of ten distinct powers, and the ten horns being united in one beast very appropriately show that the monarchies symbolized by these horns are united together to form one empire; for we have already shown, in Clarke's notes on "Re 13:1", that a beast is the symbol of an empire.

    Therefore, as the horns of an animal, agreeably to the angel's explanation, (and we can have no higher authority,) represent all the powers of which that domination symbolized by the animal is composed, the Roman empire of Germany, as one of those monarchies which gave their power and strength to the Latin empire, must consequently have been A HORN of the beast. But the Germanic empire was not only a LATIN power, but at the same time was acknowledged by all Europe to have precedency of all the others. Therefore, as it is not possible to express these two circumstances by one symbol, it necessarily follows, from the nature of symbolical language, that what has been named the holy Roman empire must have a double representation. Hence the empire, as one of the powers of the Latin monarchy, was a horn of the beast, and in having precedency of all the others was its revived head. See a similar explanation of the tail of the dragon in Clarke's notes on "Re 12:4".
    "People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; We drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; We drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated?" - D A Carson

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