|The waters are given
clear interpretation here. Those who
see in this the Catholic church show how universal she is by this.
|The ten turn: this is interpreted in three ways:
|• Historicists see
this as those ten nations turning against the papacy. Some became Protestant; others, like France, actually attacked the
|• Some futurists see
this as the ten nations of the Revived Roman Empire turning against the
apostate church (usually Roman Catholic) which clears the way for direct
worship of the AntiChrist.
|• Other futurists --
those of the “Two Babylons” theory -- see the apostate church leaving Rome to
establish a new religious capital at (where else) the site of the original
Babylon. This is destroyed by the
Antichrist at the middle of the 7 years;
Rome itself is destroyed at the end of the seven years.
|One thing is
clear; until he returns again, God
uses the wicked to punish the wicked.
Guess who is in control?