694. Verse 10. And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the throne of the beast, signifies influx from the Lord into their faith. By "the angel poured out his vial" is signified here, as before, influx; and by "the throne of the beast" is signified where faith alone reigns; by "a throne" is signified a kingdom, and by "the beast" faith alone (n. 567, 576, 577, 594, 601, 660). That "a throne" is also mentioned in relation to the government of evil and falsity, appears from the following passages:
The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne, and great authority (Rev. 13:2).
I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, where Satan's throne is (Rev. 2:13).
I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of Days did sit (Dan. 7:9).
And I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and the strength of the kingdoms of the nations (Hag. 2:22).
Lucifer hath said, I will exalt my throne above the stars (Isa. 14:13, and in other places).