16 And [kai] the ten [deka] horns [keras] which [hos] thou sawest [eido] upon [epi] the beast, [therion] these [houtos] shall hate [miseo] the
whore, [porne] and [kai] shall make [poieo] her [autos] desolate [eremoo] and [kai] naked, [gumnos] and [kai] shall eat [phago] her [autos] flesh, [sarx] and [kai] burn [katakaio] her [autos] with [en] fire. [pur] KJV-Interlinear
"And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the
harlot and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh and will
burn her up with fire. NASB
With graphic imagery from this verse, the anti-christ, at the direction of Satan, will use religion to seize control of the world and then there will come the ultimate double-cross.
Satan, through the anti-christ and the ten kings, rulers in which the world has been divided up for, will turn totally against religion, all religion, and they will destroy every religious artifact, every religious symbol, every religious ritual, every religious philosophy that remains in the world at that end time.
Be certain that this will not occur in just a day or two, but over the course of several months, probably throughout the last half of the Tribulation.
Remember one important truth. Christianity is not a religion, but a relationship with God through Christ.
Christianity promotes Gods plan, Gods work, to Gods credit. And man benefits from Gods effort and accomplishments.
Religion, on the other hand, promotes mans plans, mans work, giving man credit for mans effort. Religion is the quintessence of arrogance in rejection of God and Gods truth.
And in arrogance, religion is easily deceived, easily led into social reforms, social justice systems, social good deeds, social philosophies, and so forth. Religion seeks to make rules and standards for society, based on mans defined systems of right and wrong, not on truth.
And all of the rejection of truth leads to embracement of religion, and that leads to resentment even retaliation against any argument or idea that runs contrary to religion and its many doctrines.
In the world now there are four major religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam. Added to that there are many more religions, perhaps dozens, perhaps hundreds, of varying sizes and influence and philosophies. Most of which found their beginnings in just the last couple of centuries.
And just as all lies have no substance, then all religions will have no lasting loyalty. For there is nothing to be loyal to, and nothing to benefit their followers.
When placed against the secular concepts and things in the world, things which people can see and hold and use and be entertained with, then religion eventually will lose out.
Remember that the Bible teaches us that there will be a great apostasy near the end of our own dispensation. That means little loyalty for religion.
Likewise, when the Rapture occurs, all restraint against sin will be removed from the world, and that will lead to horrendous crime, and sin and degeneracy and atrocities and so forth. These are not typical attributes of religion, at least not the ones that promote love and such.
But the removal of all restraint on sin, will show the true colors of religion, and that will lead to a total emptiness in everyone's life, for everyone have a temporal side and a spiritual side to their life, and the empty side, the spiritual side, will serve as a vacuum for drawing in exactly what Satan wants - worship of himself.
Remember that he will be inside the anti-christ.
So, all of the descriptive terms in this verse, mean the total destruction and removal of all religion from the world.
That will leave just one worldly target to worship.
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