Satan drags only One-Third of the Angels into Perdition
It should be noted, however, that this prediction would not be fulfilled completely until long after John's own day. For it was only after the time of Constantine that Rome would clearly be seen to have ten uncrowned horns or provinces. And those ten provinces would thereafter soon be broken up into ten distinct Kingdoms, subsequently held together in an artificial way only by the Romish Papacy.497
Barnes says: "John meant to describe what occurred in the World at the time when the True Church seemed to be about to extend itself over the Earth and when that prosperity was checked by the rise of the Papal Power…. The woman is driven for 1260 years into the Wilderness and nourished there…. I regard this therefore as referring to the time of the rise of the Papacy."