Image to the Beast
PLEASE STOP! Do not read this chapter until you read chapters 2 &
I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns
like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon." Rev. 13:11
About the time that John sees the composite beast
[the Papacy] receive its deadly wound, he beholds another beast coming
up out of the earth. If the sea, as we have already learned,
represents "peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and
tongues," from which all the previous beasts arose out of, then
what does the earth here represent? It must represent the very opposite
- uncivilized territory.
Then the two-horned beast must spring forth from a new territory
previously unpopulated by the Old World.
Note also that the two-horned beast is said to be "another
beast", therefore, it cannot come from or be part of the
composite beast or any of the prior beasts that came up before it. It is
altogether separate and coexists for a time with the
John Wesley, founder of the Methodist church, was one
of many reformers that understood the time-frame in which this prophecy
was to be fulfilled. In 1754 in his notes on Rev. 13 he wrote this
concerning the two-horned beast: "He has not yet come, though he
cannot be far off. For he is to appear at the end of the forty-two
months of the first beast."
This two-horned beast is at first depicted like a
lamb. The symbol of a lamb represents youth, therefore it must still be
quite young in 1798 when the papacy received its deadly wound at the end
of its 1260 year supremacy.
A lamb is also a symbol used to describe the
character of our Lord, as John the Baptist declares of Jesus,
"Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the
world." John 1:29. And John the Revelator calls Him"..the
Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." Rev. 13:8. Then
the nation in question in its youthful state must be founded upon the
Christ-like character and principles of the Heavenly government, upon
God’s "law of liberty." James 2:12. Notice also that
the two horns cannot represent monarchies since they have no crowns as
do the composite beasts horns. They must be symbols of a representative
form of leadership based on religious and civil liberty of which only a
true Protestant, Democratic Republic could secure for its citizens.
Take time now and think this through. What notable
nation was coming into power in 1798 at the end of the forty-two months
of Papal supremacy, that was Protestant and a Democratic Republic?
Looking at the European continent we can find no nation that fits this
description. As a matter of fact, looking in all of the Old World
we can find none that meet it, but just as soon as we are obliged to
turn our eyes to the New World they inevitably rest upon the
United States as the power in question. The timing and conditions are
The struggle of the American colonies for
independence began in 1775. They declared themselves a free nation in
1776. In 1777, delegates from the thirteen colonies met together in
Congress and adopted Articles of Confederation. The Revolutionary War
ended in 1783 with a peace treaty of which Great Britain acknowledged
their independence. In 1787, the Constitution was framed, by July 26,
1788 it was ratified, and on March 1789 was in full effect. Beginning
with less than one million square miles of territory and less than four
million citizens the U.S. had, by 1798, grown to be the formidable world
power John had envisioned coming up at the end of the 1260 years.
The manner in which this country has grown to power
should be taken into consideration as well. Unlike the other beasts that
arose out of the churning sea of strife and conquest, the U.S. has
expanded its borders by offering freedom and asylum to those that seek
escape from political tyranny and religious intolerance.
Note also the word used in verse 11 that describes
the manner in which the two-horned beast comes up. It is very
expressive. It is the Greek word, anabainon, meaning "to spring up
as a plant." Many historians and political writers have used the
very same imagery to describe the rise of this nation. George A.
Townsend stated: "...like a silent seed we grew into empire,"
and Edward Everett, in an oration on the English exiles who founded this
government, had this to say: "Did they look for a retired spot,
inoffensive for its obscurity, and safe in its remoteness, where the
little church of Leyden might enjoy the freedom of conscience. Behold
the mighty regions over which, in peaceful conquest-victoria
sine clade [victory without strife]- they have borne the
banners of the cross." Dec. 22, 1824, Orations and Speeches,
United States in Prophecy
"Many find it hard to believe that the
government of the United States of America is a subject of Bible
prophecy, but I ask, ‘why not?’ The chief theme of prophecy, next to
the coming, work and second advent, of our Lord Jesus Christ, to set up
His everlasting kingdom, is the story of the rise and fall of cities,
nations and kingdoms on this earth. Why shouldn’t our own nation come
into consideration as well as others?
"The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, Tyre and
Sidon, Nineveh and Jerusalem, the kingdoms of Babylon, Medo-Persia,
Greece, and Rome, and the ten kingdoms which arose out of old Rome, all
have had their place on the prophetic page. Their rise, history,
decline, and fall, were all plainly foretold, and every prophetic
utterance concerning them has been fulfilled to the very letter. May we
not, therefore, look for the same respecting a government so prominent
and influential as our own? And if so, shouldn’t it be a theme of
paramount interest to us?
"Scanning the field of prophecy, and noting the
character of the nations which all agree are mentioned in the Bible, two
reasons at once appear to explain why they have been made prominent in
the prophetic page: First, if they have been nations which have had a
leading influence in the affairs of men; and, secondly, if they have
been so closely connected with the people of God, and the great events
in the development of the plan of man's redemption through Jesus Christ,
that the history of the true church, and the Lord's work in the earth,
could not be written without making mention of them." America’s
Crisis, Uriah Smith.
All must agree that the United States certainly meets
both of these criteria. One would be hard pressed to find
an educated person who would deny the political power of the U.S. and
its far-reaching influences into global affairs. As to its connection
with the people of God and the events related to the redemption of
mankind, who can deny that the United States of America has been
foremost responsible in spreading the Gospel and Christian ethics
throughout the world. The Bible based principles of living brought here
by the Puritans, the principles of "separation of church and
state" and "freedom to worship God by the dictates of
conscience" expounded by Roger Williams (see appendix C), founder
of Rhode Island, are the foundational basis of our Constitution. The
framers of our Constitution and founders of this great nation sought to
form "a kingdom without a king and a church without a
pope" so that God may be all in all in the lives of the
as a Dragon
"...he spake as a dragon. 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."Rev 13:11,12.
Though the United States of America was founded upon
the principles of freedom and continues to profess to uphold them, the
lamblike horns and the dragon’s voice presented in this verse point to
a striking contradiction between its professions and its practice. The
"speaking" of this nation is the action of its
legislative and judicial authorities. By its legislation it will change
its profession into a lie and undermine the principles which it has put
forth as the foundation of its policy. The prediction that it will speak
"as a dragon" and exercise "all the power of
the first beast" plainly foretells a development of the spirit
of intolerance and persecution that was manifested by the nations
represented by the dragon and the composite beast. And the statement
that the beast with two horns "causeth the earth and them which
dwell therein to worship the first beast" indicates that the
authority of this nation is to be exercised in enforcing some observance
which shall be an act of homage to the papacy.
Flex of Muscles
"And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh
fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 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. 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." Rev. 13:13-15.
Satan has his miracles too. It's called technology! He
teaches mankind about the wonderful mysteries of God’s universe and
then manipulates man into using it for self-destructive purposes. Oh
yes, there are many good things that come out of technology. How else
could Satan convince mankind to delve into these areas of science if
there were not some benifit to be found? Atomic power is a perfect
example. It supplies a near perfect form of energy to run electric
plants and has found a multitude of applications in the medical field.
How unfortunate that it is also one of the greatest threats mankind has
ever had to face.
Can anyone doubt that the United States has become
the world leader in technological military might, even bringing fire
down from the sky in the sight of men (Remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki)?
But the U.S. has always claimed to use its power against oppression and
in defense of the defenseless. Prophecy tells us that this has changed,
for it is the purpose of the U.S. to "deceive them that dwell on
the earth by the means of those miracles." By using the
appearance of defender for human rights the United States will wield its
power to convince "them that dwell on the earth, that they
should make an image to the beast."
To understand what this image to the beast is we only
need understand that an image is a copy or exact representation of
something else. The image to the beast must be a copy of what the beast,
the papacy, once was; a combination of church and state that controlled
the conscience of the people with oppressive laws and had the power to
persecute those that opposed its policies.
In order for the United States (the two-horned beast)
to form an image of the beast, the religious power must so control the
civil government that the authority of the state will be employed by the
church to accomplish her own ends.
The "image to the beast" represents
that form of apostate Protestantism which will be developed when the
Protestant churches shall seek the aid of the civil power for the
enforcement of their beliefs. In other words, when the body of Protestant
churches shall unite and become so involved in the legislative system of
this nation as to control what laws do and don’t get passed, so that
they can force the consciences of the people with their laws, they will
have formed an image to the beast.
The "power" given to the image to
"speak" is its power to enforce legislation. As the
scriptures tell us, when boycotts and sanctions fail to compel God’s
children to accept the "mark", they will eventually
resort to the death penalty "and cause that as many as would not
worship the image of the beast should be killed." verse 15
Ralph Reed, former executive director of the Christian Coalition, the
young man responsible for molding the Coalition into a 1.9
million-member political force with clout at every level is now become a
political advisor to no fewer than seven candidates for President in
Does this all sound far-fetched? Actually, anyone who
is keeping an eye on the moral degeneracy of this country can see that
the times are ripe for religious organizations to control legislation.
High crime rates and domestic problems are calling for desperate actions
by the government who seem more willing than ever to listen to the
religious organizations of this country for answers. Just to give you
some examples that this is not so far-fetched, I give you H.R. 2431 and
H.R. 1865, House bills that rewrite the first amendment and give
congress the right to make laws concerning religion (see text box
Bureau of Religious Persecution
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) and twenty six other
congressmen recently introduced HR 1865, setting up an Office
of Religious Persecution Monitoring (ORPM). At the head of
the organization will be an official called the "Director"
who will be appointed by the President of the United States.
The United Nations plans to set up a similar
organization of which the Director of the ORPM will be
subordinate. Once these organizational structures are
established and in place, the United Nations will control all
religious belief, practice, and worship on the face of the
Astonishingly, nearly every famous Christian
leader in the United States has already endorsed this
legislation! Among the enthusiastic supporters of this
legislation are Chuck Colson, Bill Bright, James Dobson, and Bev
LaHaye. The Roman Catholic Church wants this bill passed also.
So does the ADL and other Jewish lobby groups. Amazingly, even
the supposedly patriotic and conservative John Burch Society and
its New American magazine are also helping the ORPM
project to succeed.
ORPM will be the New World Order's primary
enforcement tool to force the people into the mold of the
approved One World Spirituality. It is deceptively called the
Freedom from Religious Persecution Act.
Arbitrary powers given to the organization
! Study, rank, and
evaluate all religions.
! Approve or disapprove
licenses and credentials for pastors, priests, teachers,
evangelists, and other church employees throughout America.
! Established national
standards of acceptable religious practice.
! Bring sanctions and
penalties against individuals, churches, and religious
organizations which do not comply with federal guidelines.
! Punish individuals
and groups who commit "hate crimes" by asserting that their
religion, their scriptures, or their diety is
exclusive or superior to all others.
! Forbid persons from
tithing or otherwise making financial contributions to churches
or religious groups that are not on the government's approved
! Seize the bank
accounts and property of individuals or organizations that
engaged in unauthorized religious activity.
! Monitor newspapers,
television, radio, mail, the Internet, and all other means of
communication across America and the world.
"spiritually defective" individuals who refuse
ecumenical religious unity. Offenders will be referred for
criminal prosecution under various hate crime acts and
international treaty obligations.
! Work closely with the
FBI, IRS, CIA, Department of Justice, Treasury Department, and
other government law enforcement agencies to ensure that
religious unity laws are enforced and that all churches and
religious organizations are registered with the ORPM.
! Guarantee every American freedom from
dangerous and radical religious sects and cults (including
Many bills just like them are being introduced regularly. In
Virginia a House bill has been introduced called HB 1. This bill is,
supposedly, designed to protect your first amendment rights, but a quick
examination will reveal just the opposite. Here is the main content of
Religious freedom preserved; definitions; applicablility; construction;
"A. Except as provided in subsection B, no
government entity shall substantially burden a person’s free exercise
of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general
"B. A government entity may substantially burden
a person’s free exercise of religion only if it demonstrates that
application of the burden to the person (i) futhers a compelling
governmental interest and (ii) is the least restrictive means of
furthering that compelling governmental interest. Before the compelling
governmental interest test required by this section is applied, a person
asserting a violation of this section shall first prove that the law,
ordinance or regulation as applied to him burdens the free exercise of
S. 2148, the same bill verbatim, has been introduced
to the Senate of the United States. Imagine the impact laws such as
these would have on our rights if passed. These laws are not for our
protection but for installing loop holes around the first amendment,
placing the burden of proof on the victim.
This kind of mind-set has been going on for years. In
1985, Chief Justice William Rehnquist had this to say: "The wall of
separation between church and state is a metaphor based on bad
history...It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned."
Our first amendment states: "Congress shall make
no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise
thereof," but in order for Religious leaders to establish
more forms of control, like the examples above, the first amendment must
be rewritten. Expect to see more bills introduced and passed in the near
future to change our Constitution and set up a church-state government.
Though this forming of an image begins here in the
U.S. the Bible tells us that it does not end here. The two-horned beast
(U.S.) convinces all "that dwell on the earth to form an
image to the beast" and by doing so "causeth the earth
and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast." The
policy of combining church and state will become world-wide with a
Their agenda is to form a New World Order with its
own ideals and politically correct morals that will be enforced by law.
A new religion consisting of all the common points between the various
religions of the world will be the basis of the one world church-state,
and the Pope will be set up as the figurehead of this one world church.
A Vatican insider tells us that the new "religion will not
be Christianity or Catholicism, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism or any
religion known today. It already has its own religion. It is called
the New Age. The environment will be almost deified and sanctified,
and man will build his own earthly home. The New Age movement is at this
moment influencing our present policies. This is a new paganism. Even
the old pagans had their gods, rites and prayers, but the new pagans are
godless. (They worship self.) This is the new world religion."
The Gospel Truth, "An Interview with Malachi Martin," p.4.
The New Age is a combination of Catholic, apostate Protestant and pagan
Eastern occultic beliefs.
"It's a big idea: a new world order, where diverse nations
are drawn together in common cause . . . only the United States has
both the moral standing and the means to back it up." George
Bush, State of the Union address, Los Angeles Times, Feb. 18,
"Under the courageous leadership of Pope John
Paul II, the Vatican State has assumed its rightful place in the
world as an International voice. It is only right that this country
show its respect for the Vatican by diplomatically recognizing it as a
world state." Dan Quayle, Appeal to the US
Senate, September 22, 1983.
"(John Paul II) insists that men have no
reliable hope of creating a viable geopolitical system, unless it is on
the basis of Roman Catholic Christianity." M. Martin, Keys of
This Blood, page 492.
"United Nations - Leaders of the Security
Council nations were in New York today for their first summit, ready to
place the United Nations at the center of a new world order and forge
a common policy on peace making and arms control.... The gathering
of leaders of the 15 Security Council nations marks the first time since
the founding of the world organization in 1945 that the council, the
most powerful U.N. body, has convened at the highest level." Birmingham
News, Jan. 31, 1992.
"Willing or not, ready or not, we are all
involved in an all-out, no-holds-barred, three-way competition. Most of
us are not competitors, however. We are the stakes. For the competition
is about who will establish the first one world system of government
that has ever existed in the society of nations. . . . The competition
is all-out because, now that it has started, there is no way it can be
reversed or called off." (Malachi Martin in Keys of This Blood,
That the basis of the New World Order shall be
religious cannot be denied. The evidence of their own words speaks
against them. "..the spiritual teachings of RELIGION must become
the foundation for the NEW WORLD ORDER and that national sovereignty
must be subordinate to the higher moral law of God." (Which
god?) --American Institute of Judaism, excerpt from article in the
New York Times (December 1942)
"No serious attempt to set human affairs
aright, to achieve world peace, can ignore RELIGION. Man's
perception and practice of it are largely the stuff of history. An
eminent historian described religion as a ‘faculty of human nature’...Religion
is the greatest of all means for the establishment of order in the world
and for the peaceful contentment of all that dwell therein...."
The Promise of World Peace, A Statement by the Universal House of
Justice, Haifa, Israel. The article goes on to say that all religions
must break down their barriers and join together for the purpose of
establishing world peace, no one orthodoxy should be tolerated to
disturb the whole.
U.S. News & World Report, June 10, 1996, carried
the following astonishing interview with Malachi Martin (a Vatican
insider and close friend of the Pope):
Plotting World Order in Rome.
Vatican expert Malachi Martin tries to scope out
"Windswept House: A Vatican Novel"
Conversation with Jeffery L. Sheler & Malachi
Sheler: "Your novel depicts an international
plot by Vatican insiders and internationalists to install a new Pope and
establish a "New World Order." How fictional is this story
Martin: "Not very. There is an unspoken alliance
today between powers inside the Vatican and leaders of major
international humanist organizations who would change the Roman Catholic
Church from a sacred institution to one whose primary function is to act
as a stabilizing social force in the world. They see the church as the
only global structure able to do this. The one obstacle is John Paul II.
He is seen as a defender of medieval traditions. They want a Pope who
shares their more liberal, globalist view."
Sheler: "Who are these powers?"
Martin: "Cardinals of the church, the men who
will elect the next Pope. I describe them as conciliarists. The Church
today is divided. Monolithic faith is gone. The new rival factions:
traditionalists who prefer the church as it was before the reforms of
the Second Vatican Council and conciliarists who want to liberalize
church doctrine on everything from divorce and contraception to abortion
and homosexuality. The numbers are about even, but conciliarists hold
the positions of power. They think John Paul II is too conservative;
traditionalists don't think he is conservative enough."
Sheler: "What about the non-church part of the
alliance? Who are they?"
Martin: "Academia, foundations, nongovernmental
organizations, even some governmental agencies. They have vast resources
devoted to population control, education and economic and social
stabilization. If they can get the Roman Catholic Church to side with
them in the social and cultural field in a world that is dysfunctional,
they'll have another element of stability."
Sheler: "This sounds rather
Martin: "It's not a conspiracy, but it's
deliberate. Conciliarists and non-church globalists think the same
way. Neither likes the Pope's policies. They are preparing for the
selection of the next Pope."
Single Verse of Prophecy
There is a flaw, however, in their agenda of setting
up a one world government based on Roman Catholicism. As we have already
studied in Daniel chapters 2 and 7 there will only be four consecutive
world governments before the second coming of Christ, and with the
breaking up of the fourth, pagan Rome, there would be no more one world
governments. "And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of
potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided;
but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou
sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet
were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly
strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with
miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but
they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with
clay. And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven
set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the
kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in
pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever."
The attempt to develop a one world government since
the collapse of pagan Rome has been tried again and again. Kings and
Queens of various nations have intermarried in hopes that common blood
would bind them together. Such attempts have failed miserably. Then
there are the attempts to use force to unify the nations. Clovis tried
it. Charlemagne tried it. Charles V tried it. Louis XIV tried it.
Napoleon tried it. Hitler tried it. But none succeeded. A single verse
of prophecy was stronger than all their hosts. Their own power was
wasted, frittered away, destroyed, but the ten kingdoms did not and will
not become one. Just as soon as it appears that they will succeed in
bringing about a one world government, God will interceed. "...The
great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter:
and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure."
The closeness of this event should make one ponder his or her
relationship with their Maker. The "Rock cut out without
hands" is about to strike the feet of Nebuchadnezzar’s image
and destroy all kingdoms. They shall "blow away as the
chaff" and will be seen no more. Christ is about to come and
receive His own, to gather the citizens of His kingdom which He is about
to establish. Are you ready? Will you be one of them? It is a soul
searching question, and it is one we all must ask ourselves. If you are
doubtful, now is the time to get ready, my dear friend. Read on to see
what God wants to reveal to you.
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