REVELATION, CHAPTER 17
THE GREAT DRAGON
And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a Great Red Dragon, having Seven heads and Ten horns, and Seven crowns upon his head...
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought, and his angels,
And prevailed not; neither was there their place found any more in heaven.
And the Great Dragon was cast out, that old Serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: HE WAS CAST OUT INTO THE EARTH, and his angels were cast out with him.
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of the brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night...(Revelation 12:3, 7-10).
Ten Crowns (the Ten Sefirot of the Tree of Life) and Seven Heads (Seven Empires).
THE MYSTERY CULMINATES IN THE CENTER OF EUROPE
And here is the mind which hath Wisdom. The Seven heads are Seven mountains, on which the Woman sitteth.
And there are Seven kings (the heads of the Seven great nation-empires...Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, the Grecian, THE ROMAN, and the Holy Roman Empire of Central Europe), five are fallen, AND ONE IS, and the other (the Seventh) is not yet come; and when he cometh (understand Napoleon Bonapart), he must continue a short space.
And the beast that was (ancient Babylon), and is not, EVEN HE IS AN EIGHTH (understand the United States of America), AND IS OF THE SEVEN, and goeth into perdition...
And I saw a Beast rise up out of the Sea...(Revelation 13:1; Habakkuk, chapter 1...KJV).
And the Ten horns which thou sawest are Ten Kings, which have received no kingdom as yet (because the mysteries of the Ten Sefirot were still hidden): but receiveth power as kings one hour with the Beast.
These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the Beast.
These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them; for he is the Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the Whore (World Religion) sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
And the Ten horns which thou sawest upon the Beast, these shall hate the Whore (her false doctrines and unfruitful ways), and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with Fire (purge her of her dross).
For God hath put it in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the Beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
And the Woman which thou sawest is THAT GREAT CITY (JERUSALEM), WHICH REIGNETH OVER THE KINGS OF THE EARTH...(Revelation 17:1-18).
In that day (from the days of the First World War unto now...Matthew 24, KJV) the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish Leviathan the Piercing Serpent, even Leviathan, that Crooked Serpent, and he shall slay the Dragon that is in the Sea...(Isaiah 27 to 29).
THE TEN KINGS
It was supposed by many that these Ten Kings represented ten members of the European Common Market, until that number grew to 12, and then fifteen. And though there are ten remaining monarchs left over from the old ruling order of Europe--England, Belgium, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Sweden--the text in the Revelation contains a deeper (kabbalistic) significance. As there are Ten Sefirot on the Tree of Life, and each one a Crown as Paul said: A Crown shall he give me in that day...
KETHER, THE SUPREME CROWN OF THE TREE OF LIFE
...so there are Ten Dark Sefirot, each of them an image of the Ten Higher Sefirot--each of them weighing heavily upon the complex structure of the mind of Darkness:
"There is no tabulated account of the hierarchy of the blessed Angels in the Zohar, but we hear generically of great hosts and cohorts, battalions, and guardians, usually for purposes of honor--AS WHEN ANGELS ACCOMPANY SHEKINAH ON SOME OF HER MISSIONS. It is specified that METATRON (the Angel of Divine Presence) is the leader of the invisible host (John 1:51; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9; Isaiah 66:15,16), and that his place is directly below the Throne of God (Daniel 7:10). As regards THE INFERNAL HIERARCHY there are various catagories consisting of Angels who kept not their first estate and of demons generated in many ways....
Ezekiel 1:5; Exodus 23:20-23; 24:10...(KJV)
THEY ARE SPECIFIED AS COMPRISING TEN DEGREES, OR TEN CROWNS BELOW...separated in appearance yet communicating one with another, BEING RAMIFICATIONS OF A SINGLE TREE. There is even AN INFERNAL TRIAD (see Revelation 16:3), in correspondence as such with the Sacred Triad, and the observances of the Paschal Lamb was instituted to break its bonds. THESE ARE THE AVERSE SERAPHIM IN THE FORM OF SERPENTS, EMANATING FROM THE EVIL SERPENT. There are finally Seven Averse Palaces corresponding on the one hand, to the Palaces (the various states of Mind that emanate from above), and on the other to the Seven names which are attributed to the tempting spirit: SATAN, IMPURE, ENEMY, STUMBLING BLOCK, THE UNCIRCUMCISED, WICKED and CRAFTY.
When the Middle Pillar manifested in the Perfect Unity of God, the good legions renounced the struggle (against God) and submitted, BUT THOSE WHICH WERE EVIL PERSISTED." The Holy Kabbalah, by A.E. Waite, p.271.
"According to the Kabbalah, before the complete form of the Heavenly Man was produced (in the dimensions of the Ten Sefirot), there were certain primordial worlds created, but these could not subsist, as THE EQUILIBRIUM OF BALANCE WAS NOT YET PERFECT, AND THEY WERE CONVULSED BY THE UNBALANCED FORCE AND DESTROYED. THESE PRIMORDIAL WORLDS ARE CALLED THE 'KINGS OF ANCIENT TIME,' and the 'KINGS OF EDOM WHO REIGNED BEFORE THE MONARCHS OF ISRAEL.' (See Hebrews 12:11-29). EDOM IS THE WORLD OF UNBALANCED FORCE, AND ISRAEL IS THE BALANCED SEFIROTH (Genesis 36:31). This important fact, that worlds were created and destroyed prior to the present creation, is again and again reiterated in the Zohar.
The Demons are the grossest and most deficient of all forms. THEIR TEN DEGREES ANSWER TO THE DECAD OF THE SEPHIROTH, BUT IN INVERSE RATIO, AS DARKNESS AND IMPURITY INCREASE WITH THE DESCENT OF EACH DEGREE. Next follow Seven Hells occupied by those Demons which represent incarnate human vices, and torture those who have given themselves up to such vices in earth-life. Their prince is Samael, SMAL, the angel of Poison and Death. HIS WIFE IS THE HARLOT , or Woman of Whoredom (Revelation 17 and Ezekiel 16)...AND UNITED THEY ARE CALLED BEAST. THUS THE INFERNAL TRINITY IS COMPLETED, which is, so to speak, THE AVERSE CARICATURE OF THE SUPERNAL CREATIVE ONE. Samael is considered to be identical with Satan." The Kabbalah Unveiled, by S.L. MacGregor Mathers, pp.28-30.
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