19-THE SECOND BEAST OF REV. 13 AND THE SETTING 11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
UP OF THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION IN ALL THE WORLD
Now we begin to examine the second beast of Rev. 13
, which is so intricately tied to the first beast which we have been discussing. The first difference to note, is that this beast rises up out of the earth, not the sea. What does this mean?
We know that the sea or waters, represent peoples, nations, and tongues. In other words, densely populated areas. Rising out of the earth then, must mean just the opposite of rising out of the sea. Rising out of a fairly unpopulated area. The first beast was built upon the peoples, nations, and tongues of many pre-existing and overthrown kingdoms and governments. This second beast though, will not rise or come forth from others, but will apparently be new. What comes to mind, is that nation which was once referred to as the new world.
The United States of America was referred to as the new world, because that is exactly what it was. A huge, and sparsely populated country. When the government of this country was established, it was also a new form of government. A government for the people, and by the people. A free country. One that maintained freedom of the individual to worship God according to their own conscience, or not at all, by maintaining a separation of church and state. While the Church of Rome was receiving a deadly wound to its head almost bringing an end to the first beast of this chapter, the United States was just rising to power. As the first beast was leaving the scene, this second beast was rising out of the earth.
This second beast has two horns like a lamb. We know from Dan. 7:24 and Rev. 17:12
, that horns represent kings or kingdoms. They are different divisions of power within the beasts. We know from Daniel chapter seven, that three of the horns of the fourth beast of that chapter, were plucked up by the little horn which came up after them. So these powers are separate entities from each other, and can go against, or take over each other.
What could the two horns of this second beast power be, if this beast is the U.S.? The U.S. does not have separate kings or kingdoms within it. It has no kings at all. There are divisions of the federal government, but they serve the purpose of creating a balance of power. So what could these two horns represent in the U.S.? The key is in the fact that this beast has two horns like a lamb. What does the description, like a lamb mean?
A lamb in the scriptures has always represented Christ. The two powers, or horns of this beast, must make it lamb like, or Christ like. The two horns are the two powers that this country acknowledges, and keeps separate in order to maintain freedom. That is, the church and the state. Both claim authority, and both are allowed their authority in their separate spheres within this country. This is without question, Christ like. The state must deal with the affairs of this world, enforcing the laws of the land to maintain order. The church has the same obligation, on a spiritual level to its members. These two should never be combined. Christ himself never combined the two while here on earth. These two were only combined during the old covenant because God himself was to lead the nation. It should certainly be noted that these two were also combined by all the persecuting beast powers which we have been examining in this book. It is a fact, that all of the beasts that we will examine in this book, which includes all seven heads of the dragon, have combined the church with the state, resulting in the persecution of God’s people.
Never once did Christ or any of His Apostles appeal to civil authorities for support in fulfilling the Church’s commission. These two only and always remained separate until the great apostasy which we have been studying. Christ made it very clear that His kingdom was not of this world (John 8:23, 14:17, 15:18-20, 17:11-19, 18:36).
The two horns of this nation then, are these two powers, the temporal and the spiritual, the church and the state. Their separation is above all, what makes this nation Christ like. It was experiential knowledge of the abuse resulting from a government combining the two, that lead our founding fathers to a determined separation of them. Observe the following.
In order to avoid wars and persecutions over religion, the founders of the United States tried a bold experiment. They allowed FREEDOM OF RELIGION by separating church from state, so that one could be a full member of civil society without having to belong to a particular church. Colonies that had established churches gradually ended that practice so that churches were no longer built by the state, nor were their ministers paid by the state. Churches began to rely on the voluntary contributions of their members, which resulted in more vigorous churches. During the period of Communist rule in Eastern Europe, governments also separated church from state, but instead of allowing a free choice of religion, the states sought to discourage the practice of any religion whatsoever. (Groliers Encyclopedia)
The colonists, including their philosohy in their religion, as the people up to that time had always done, were neither skeptics nor sensualilsts, but Christains. The school that bows to the senses as the sole inerpreter of truth had little share in colonizing our America. The colonists from Main to Carolina, the adventurous companies of Smith, the proscribed Puritans that freighted the fleet of Winthrop, the Quaker outlaws that fled from jails with a Newgate prisoner as their sovereign-all had faith in God and in the soul. The system which had been revealed in Judea-the system which combines and perfects the symbolic wisdom of the Orient and the reflectve genius of Greece- the system, conforming to reason, yet kindling enthusiasm; always hastening reform, yet always conservative; proclaiming absolute equality among men, yet not suddenly abolishing the unequal institutions of society; guaranteeing absolute freedom, yet invoking the inexorable restrictions of duty; in the highest degree theoretical, and yet in the highest degree practical; awakening the inner man to a consciousness of his destiny, and yet adapted with exact harmony to the outward world; at once divine and human-this system was professed in every part of our widely extended country, and cradled our freedom.
Our fathers were not only Christains; they were, even in Maryland by a vast majority, elsehwere almost unanimously, Protestants. Now the Protestant reformation, considered in its largest influence on politics, was the awakening of the common people to freedom of mind.
During the decline of the Roman empire, the opressed invoked the power of Christianity to resist the supremacy of brute force; and the merciful priest assumed the office of protector. The tribunes of Rome, appointed by the people, had been declared inviolable by the popular vote; the new tribunes of humanity, deriving their office from religion, and ordained by religion to a still more venerable sanctity, defended the poor man's house against lust by the sacrament of marriage; restrained arbitrary passion by a menace of the misery due to sin unrepented of and unatoned; and taught respect for the race by sprinkling every new-born child with the water of life, confirming every youth, bearing the oil of consolation to every death-bed, and sharing freely with every human being the consecrated emblem of God present with man.
But from protectors priests grew to be usurpers. Expressing all moral truth by the mysteries of symbols, and reserving to themselves the administration of seven sacraments, they claimed a monopoly of thought and exercised an absolute spiritual dominion. Human bondage was strongly riveted; for they had fastened it on the affections, the understanding, and the reason. Ordaining thier own successors, they ruled human destiny at birth, on entering active life, at marriage, when frailty breathed its confession, when faith aspired to communion with God, and at death. (History of the United States, Bancroft Vol. 1.)
In a letter to the Ministers and ruling Elders delegated to represent the churches in Mass. and New H. which compose the first Presbytery of the Eastward. " And here, I am persuaded, you will permit me to observe, that the path of true piety is so plain as to require but little political attention. To this consideration we ought to ascribe the absence of any regulation respecting religion from the Magna Charta of our country.
To the guidance of the ministers of the gospel this important object is, perhaps, more properly commited. It will be your care to instruct the ingnorant, to reclaim the devious; and in the progress of morality and science, to which our government will give every furtherance, we may expect confidently, the advancement of true religion and the completion of happiness. "
In a letter to the General Committee, representing the United Baptist churches in Virginia.
" If I could have entertained the slightest apprehension that the Constitution framed in the Convention, where I had the honor to preside, might possibly endanger the relogious rights of any ecclesiastical Society, certainly I would never have placed my signature to it; and if I could now conceive that the general Government might ever be so administered as to render the liberty of conscience insecure, I beg you will be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution-For you, doubtless, remember that I have often expressed my sentiments, that every man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, ought to be protected in worshipping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience. "
From Jeffersons first Inaugural adress. " All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possesses their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression. Let us, then, fellow-citizens, unite with one heart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things. And let us reflect that, having banished from our land that religious intolerance under which mankind so long bled and suffered, we have yet gained little if we countenance a political intolerance as despotic, as wicked, and capable of as bitter and bloody persecutions. "
BILL FOR ESTABLISHING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN VIRGINIA (1799)
Well aware that Almighty God hath created the mind free; that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burdens, or by civil incapacitations, tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the Holy Author of our religion, who being Lord both of body and mind, yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either, as was in his Almighty power to do; that the impious presumption of legislators and rulers, civil as well as ecclesiastical, who, being themselves but fallible and uninspired men have assumed dominion over the faith of others, setting up there own opinions and modes of thinking as the only true and infallible, and as such endeavoring to impose them on others, hath established and maintained false religions over the greatest part of the world, and through all time; that to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves, is sinful and tryannical; that even the forcing him to support this or that teacher of his own religious persuasion, is depriving him of the comfortable liberty of giving his contributions to the particular pastor whose morals he would make his pattern, and whose powers he feels most persuasive to righteousness, and is withdrawing from the ministry those temporal rewards, which proceeding from an approbation of their personal conduct, are an additional incitement to earnest and unremitting labors for the instruction of mankind; that our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, more than our opinions in physics or geometry; that, therefore, the proscribing any citizen as unworthy the public confidence by laying upon him the incapacity of being called to the offices of trust and emolument, unless he profess or renounce this or that religious opoinion, is depriving him injuriously of those priviledges and advantages to which in common with his fellow citizens he has a natural right; that it tends also to corrupt the principles of that very religion it is meant to encourage, by bribing, with a monopoly of worldly honors and emoluments, those who will externally profess and conform to it; that though indeed these are criminal who do not withstand such temptation, yet neither are those innocent who lay the bait in their way; that to suffer the civil magistrate to intrude his powers into the feild of opoinion and to restrain the profession or propagation of principles, on the supposition of their ill tendency, is a dangerous fallacy, which at once destroys all religious liberty, because he being of course judge of that tendency, will make his opinions the rule of judgment, and approve or condemn the sentiments of others only as they shall square with or differ from his own; that it is time enough for the rightful purposes of civil government, for its offices to interfere when principles break out into overt acts against peace and good order; and finally, that truth is great and will prevail if left to herself, that she is proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate, errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them.
Be it therefore enacted by the General Assembly, That no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.
And though we well know this Assembly, elected for the people for the ordinary services of legislation only, have no power to restrain the acts of succeeding assemblies, constituted with the powers equal to our own, and that therefore to declare this act irrevocable, would be of no effect in law, yet we are free to declare, and do declare, that the rights hereby asserted are of the natural rights of mankind, and that if any act shall be hereafter passed to repeal the present or to narrow its operation, such act will be an infringement of natural right.
_To Messrs. Nehemiah Dodge and Others, a Committee of the
Danbury Baptist Association, in the State of Connecticut_
January 1, 1802
The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist Association, give me the highest satisfaction. My duties dictate a faithful and zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, and in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more and more pleasing.
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that
their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between church and State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.
I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection and blessing of the common Father and Creator of man, and tender you for yourselves and your religious association, assurances of my high respect and esteem.
The above quotes should be sufficient evidence that the intention of this nation was to maintain a separation of church and state, as a prerequisite to assuring true freedom among those of differing faiths. This in particular, is what the Church of Rome has been striving to change since our nations inception. She cannot rule, and ride the nations of this earth, while this separation continues.
This is why, although this second beast has two horns like a lamb, it ends up speaking like a dragon. The information shared before, concerning the large number of Catholics within our government, is all part of the plan to overthrow this one aspect of our government, which will not allow the Church of Rome to rule this nation. There is much to be said about the manipulation of our government by Roman Catholic church. This task though, I will leave to others. I will recommend though, the book FACTS OF FAITH by Christian Edwardson, the chapter entitled MAKING AMERICA CATHOLIC. This book is not new by any means, and God only knows how far Rome has gone along these lines since its publication. Without question, the U.S. is the one of the, if not the most powerful nation on this earth. Any entity wishing to dominate this world will first have to dominate us. Let us continue.12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
This country is the second beast of Rev. 13. It will exercise all the authority of the first beast before it. Our government will cause all the earth to worship the first beast once again, whose deadly wound is healed. It will be and is being healed by the willing cooperation of our nation in restoring the Church of Rome back to its former position of controlling and manipulating the nations. Our government will and is putting the great whore upon its back and allowing it to ride us toward its ultimate goal, world domination. She will speak through the laws of this land, which the Church of Rome is ever more poised to enact. Her members are entrenched within the legislative halls of this country, and when the time is right, she will seize control and implement the authority of the man of sin. When God allows strong delusion to come upon the earth because of their rejection of truth, the man of sin will be exalted in God’s place to rule over all who have done so.
Apostate Protestantism will and is joining hands with Rome in this repudiation of everything it once stood for. Having abandoned the power of the Holy Spirit, by rejecting the truths of God’s word, they now also seek the power of the state. This road leads directly to Rome, for she is the MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. She is that apostate form of “Christianity” which first abandoned the truth, and thus the Holy Spirit, in favor of the power of the state. Roman Catholics, and apostate Protestants have already been working together on their political agendas for a great many years now.
This second beast will force some type of worship upon all, which will be the same as forcing all to worship the first beast. The reader knows by now, where the writer is going with this one. It is a no brainer. The command of God requires the seventh day to be set aside specifically for time with Him. The command of Rome requires that we set aside the first day for time with God as they define Him. God has sanctified the seventh day, Rome claims to have sanctified the first day. We will all prove who we really worship by the day we choose to set aside as God’s own. The rubber will really meet the road, when the beast power forces its worship upon all through civil legislation. Then it will be revealed who really has faith in the word of God, and who does not. Then will the abomination of desolation be set up by law in place of that which is holy.
As already noted, it was through Sunday legislation that the Church of Rome gained the power of the state during its rise within the Roman Empire. It will be through Sunday legislation that she will also gain and complete the same power through the second beast of Rev 13. By enforcing this law, a nation gives the Church of Rome the power of their state, since she is the mother of this abomination. It is the abomination of desolation, and when it is set up in place of the holy Sabbath, desolation will follow. These things will shortly come to pass. 13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
In verses 13&14 we are introduced to some crucial events that will strengthen the second beast’s efforts to exalt the first beast again in this world. This second beast has power to bring fire down from heaven in the sight of men. There are two reasons presented in scripture for bringing fire down from heaven in the sight of men. One was for destruction according to the judgments of God, and the other was to consume a sacrifice according to the favor of God. This fire though is not from heaven, but employed by the second beast in sight of the first beast, in order to reestablish the authority of the same. Who brings fire down from heaven in the sight of men today?
The United States routinely brings fire down from heaven against its enemies in the sight of men. The enemy never sees their adversaries coming. Our bombs simply fall out of the sky and destroy them. Our satellites pinpoint the targets and our cruise missiles and drones take care of the rest. As our technology is continually increasing in order to more efficiently perform the same, Babylon’s minions are increasingly in control of our government to make use of the same in reestablishing their authority in this world. Thus, the second beast makes an image to the first by being controlled by Babylon herself, in the reestablishment of her power on a global scale.
The cooperation of these two beasts is for the purpose of causing all to worship the image of the first beast. Which is nothing less than worshiping the first beast itself. How did the first beast obtain its power to force its worship upon all under its authority the first time? We have already established that it was through exalting Sunday sacredness by civil law. So it will be again. When the second beast establishes the same through civil legislation the image will be complete. These very things are transpiring right now before our eyes. There is a large movement in Europe, where the first beast was originally formed, to reestablish Sunday sacredness through civil legislation. Our nation, the second beast is increasingly under the control of Babylon the great who directed the first beast to do so. It is no accident that these things are developing simultaneously, this is the fulfillment of biblical prophecy.
It is here for all to see, if they only will. Babylon’s power and influence is and has been on the increase in all the world, and more particularly within the legislative halls of our country. At the same time, there is a growing movement to reestablish Sunday sacredness through legislation, to deny any connection would be absurd. At the same time the second beast, our nation, increasingly has the ability to bring fire down from heaven in the sight of men for destruction. What has been the result of all of this? Absolute chaos. The world is in total chaos and it is getting worse all the time. As Babylon’s power and influence upon the world increases, so does confusion and chaos. This is what she thrives upon. This is when her rise to power accelerates. Control through confusion.
There is neither time nor space to begin addressing her methodologies for control concerning the same. Suffice it to say that as her political power and influence increases, so does chaos and confusion and this is no accident. An examination of her history in relation to the Jesuit order alone will speak volumes concerning the same. Today a Jesuit sits upon the papal throne for the first time in history, no doubt nothing is as it appears. Apart from these events though, there is another influence predicted in scripture which will effect more no doubt than all the rest regarding the subject at hand, Paul tells us the following - II Th 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish;because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
God Himself will allow strong delusion to come upon our world during this time. As the Apostle points out, God only allows strong delusion to come upon the world because the world has already chosen to believe a lie. Once they have rejected the truth, there is nothing left for them but deception. As verse thirteen of the above points out, the saved are those who have been sanctified by the Spirit, and believing the truth. No one will be deceived who has not deliberately chosen to be so, that they might take pleasure in unrighteousness. It is back to the same issue. Is the day which God said was sanctified, sanctified? Or is the day which Rome says is sanctified, sanctified? Which day will you exalt, and thus exalt the one by whose authority it was created? 16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Obviously, the beast will devise some kind of mark, or way to identify who worships the beast, and who does not. Thus he can apply the utmost pressure upon those who will not submit to his authority. Those who do not worship the beast, will not be able to function at all in the society of this fallen earth. Eventually the command will go forth to kill all those who will not worship the beast. All of this, is under God’s control. When all have made their decision, He will return and set up His everlasting kingdom, putting an end to all contentions. The perfect test for those who would meet God face to face when He returns. Will you have faith in God’s word, even when the whole world around you is pressuring you not to? Time will tell, but only the grace of God will get any through these times. Nevertheless, come Lord Jesus.18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
No telling how much has been written about the above verse. The number of the beast, is the number of a man, and it is 666. We have already identified the beast as government ridden and controlled by Babylon the Great, the Church of Rome. The Pope being the leader of that institution. So much has already been written regarding this subject, that the writer will not spend much time on it. Anyone who is truly searching, will find that there are various titles applied to the Pope the numerical value of which, add up to 666. Of course there are many names that this can be done with.
The number 666 is also associated with sun worship, and is actually considered the number of the sun. The magic square of the sun, from which the number of the sun 666 comes, was derived in ancient literal Babylon. The Church of Rome is the result of the amalgamation of pagan religions, with apostate Christianity. The vast majority of these being different and various forms of sun worship. Thus the Church of Rome is filled with various pagan symbols, many of which, are directly associated with the number 666. Apart from this of course, she promotes the day of the sun as sacred in place of the day which God Himself sanctified and made sacred by the power of His word. Thus putting herself and therefore humanity, in the place of God. This is verily anti-Christ.
As before mentioned, the sanctification of Sunday, is a pagan institution, not a Christian one. It was established within the ranks of those who called themselves Christians through the Church of Rome, the MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
The following quotes are taken from the book,- SUNDAY IN ROMAN PAGANISM, by Robert Leo Odom.
“ And the Encyclopedia Britannica mentions that “the sanctification of Sunday and of the 25th of December” was a special feature of Mithraism, and says: “ Each day of the week was marked by the adoration of a special planet, the Sun being the most sacred of all.” (Encyclopedia Britannica, 14th ed., Vol. 15, pp. 620, 621, art, “Mithras.”)
“ The devil’s name before his fall is said to be Lucifer, which means, “Light bearer.” The Hebrew term is Helel, which literally means “ shining one.” In the margin of the Authorized and the American Revised Versions it is rendered “day star.” Webster’s New International Dictionary defines daystar as meaning poetically “the Sun, as the orb of day.” It is not to be wondered at that Satan should choose the shining solar orb - the most glorious object in the sky _ to be the supreme symbol of paganism. “
The one who exalts the day of the sun over the day that the Lord God Himself has sanctified, is the one who puts their self, in the place of God. This is the original mind of Satan, the one who wanted to be God. It is the place of the man of sin, and the antichrist. It is choosing the day which Satan himself has chosen to exalt in this world, in recognition of his claim to authority. This over and above the day which the Lord Jesus Christ chose to exalt in this world as his claim to authority as the creator and redeemer of it. Thus the number 666, which is the number of the sun, is aptly applied to the antichrist.