the 8th and final king, since he was enthroned as the absolute monarch of the Vatican Kingdom on March 19, 2013.
In the Middle Ages, the popes enjoyed absolute power over
all the emperors, kings, princes, and nobility of Europe. However, in 1798 the
papacy received a deadly wound and entered into its "wilderness"
experience. (See Revelation 13:3
& 17:3) Recovery from this deadly
wound has been a slow, yet steady process. In 1929, the papacy managed to
greatly accelerate her recovery efforts when she, together with the kingdom of Italy,
signed the Lateran treaty, which essentially made the pope "king" of
the Vatican city-state. Although this was a far cry from the despotic power she
enjoyed in the Middle Ages, the papacy was pleased to accept the agreement, as
it was a necessary step in her recovery.