The prophecies in Revelation 13 are happening before all of our eyes. The animal from the sea and the animal from the earth have been actively interacting with each other for many decades and are now on the home stretch.
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Revelation is the last book of the Bible. It includes a total of 22 chapters and is dated around the year 95 AD. It was written down on the island of Patmos by John during his exile. In the first chapters of Revelation there is a list of letters to the first Christian communities of the time. However, looking back at history, these letters have proven to be prophetic (Info). The other articles describe the development of the first communities and the events of that time in the future, which extend to our present and a little beyond.
One of the highlights in the development of the present is described in Chapter 13. The focus of the prophetic symbolism is a beast from the sea (Revelation 13:1-10) and a beast from the earth (Revelation 13:11-18).
The descriptions of the beast from the sea have parallels to the descriptions of the book of Daniel chapters 7 and 8. Additionally, the characteristics also appear again in Revelation 17 (Info).
Already the first reformers and throughout the centuries to come unanimously recognized the beast from the sea as the papacy or the Roman Catholic Church (Info). They all came to the realization that the Papacy is “the man of sin,” the “son of perdition,” the “Whore of Babylon,” and the “abomination of the earth.” Because there is and has never been an institution to which all descriptions in the Bible apply without exception.
What may have caused controversy in the past concerns the beast from the earth. From an early perspective, around the 18th century, he was only identified as the “false prophet” in the context of other Bible passages, but not yet really clearly assigned.
Today, with the possibility of following historical developments up to the present, this question as to which institution the animal from the earth could be has now been answered. Since an animal in biblical prophecy represents a political power or a state and a “(false) prophet” is a religious institution, it is not difficult to identify the animal from the earth as the great power USA.
The USA, which was (once) founded on purely Protestant principles, has now developed into a Catholic-led nation. Revelation 13:11:
“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.“
Horns like a lamb. This describes the “innocence” and harmlessness. The lamb stands for Jesus Christ. The beast from the earth was therefore very close to the gospel. However, it spoke like a dragon and this directly describes the great adversary of God. The same dragon gave power to the beast from the sea (the papacy). Revelation 13:2:
“and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.“
The beast from the earth carried out the will of the first beast with all authority and power, according toRevelation 13:12-13:
“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. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,“
The primary task of the second beast (from the earth) is to make people pay homage, even worship, to the first beast (from the sea) and its dragons. For this purpose a mark will be provided which people will have to accept under compulsion. Revelation 13:16-17:
“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: 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.“
Drastic sanctions await those who resist this mark of the beast (Info). Anyone who does not accept this mark by not recognizing the authority of the beast will be excluded from economic life. There is even a law that is supposed to punish this rejection with death.
At the end of this chapter, Revelation also announces that there is a number assigned to this beast and that this number is that of a human being,Revelation 13:18:
“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.“
As this verse describes it, this “wisdom” has existed for a long time and the “person” addressed is also identified (Info).
These descriptions according to Revelation 13 can also be formulated in such a way that the papacy, enthroned by the dragon, uses the USA as its right arm in order to enforce its agenda worldwide through political and military supremacy. What is of course vehemently denied by the Roman Catholic Church can be easily understood simply by looking at the political and geopolitical developments over the last 100 years.
Former Archbishop James E. Quigley (October 15, 1854 – July 10, 1915) gave an interview to the Chicago Daily Tribune newspaper, which was published on May 5, 1903 (Source).
“Within twenty years this country is going to rule the world. Kins and emperors will soon pass away, and the democracy of the United States will take their place. The west will dominate the country, and what I have seen of the western parochial schools has proved that the generation which follows us will be exclusively Catholics. When the United States rules the world the Catholic church will rule the world.
The people of the east do not know of the importance of Chicago in the west. The Catholics centers of the world. In fifty years Chicago will be exclusively Catholic. The same may be said of greater New York and the chain of big cities stretching across the continent to San Francisco.
It has never forced itself on me – this conviction – as it has since I have been in Chicago. I am simply overcome by it. I am not telling you this to flatter you. I mean what I say. Wehn I see what is going on I am more than pleased. Nothing can stand against the church. I’d like to see the politician who would try to rule against the church in Chicago. His reign would be short indeed.“
The prophecy in Revelation 13 cannot be presented more clearly or appropriately. In the USA, efforts are now being made to amend the constitution to abolish the strict separation between church and state. Corresponding legislation is already in force and concerns the immediate suspension of the constitution in the event of a declared state of emergency.
The so-called “religious right” has already finalized its agenda in the event of an incoming Republican president (Info).
The US Supreme Court is majority Catholic. In the US Congress, one in ten members is a Jesuit student (Source). The Jesuit magazine “America – Jesuit Review” cheered that the Pope regained the church’s original power (Info):
“The Francis Revolution: Over the last 10 years, the Pope has regained true power in the Church“.
Anyone who cannot see that the papacy and the great power USA form a “dream team”, as was formulated for the sister city relationship between Rome and Washington (“Axis of power”), must be blind.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Bible verses from King James Version