In the thirteenth chapter of the book of Revelation, we can see two beasts brought to view. These two beasts represent two kingdoms. As we study the first beast, it is shown without any doubt that this beast represents papacy. The first beast or papacy comes up out of the sea. According to Revelation 17:15 the sea or water represents multitudes of people of the Old World. Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome – that is the Old World.
Where does the second beast come from?
(Rev. 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.”
The Bible says that the second beast rises up out of the earth. It doesn’t rise up from the sea, or where there are masses of people in the Old World, it’s the opposite. It comes up out of the earth, which means he comes from a place where there are very few people, - from the New World.
(Rev. 13:3) – “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.”
We can see that the first beast receives a deadly wound. The papacy received the deadly wound in 1798, when French army took the pope captive and took away the political power of the papacy. So, the second beast arises around the year 1798.
(Rev. 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.”
It says, “I beheld another beast coming up” The significance of the Greek word “coming up”, is that it rises silently like a plant growing out of the earth. It is lamb-like. That means that it is youthful, innocent, harmless and gentle in its appearance.
Then the Bible says that it “spake as a dragon”. The phrase “dragon” comes from Revelation 12:9. Wherever the dragon is used as a symbol it represents the devil and his agents. So during the course of its history, the second beast or power is going to change from a peaceful nation into a dragon, or a servant of Satan.
Let’s have a look in Deut. 33:17 to see what horns symbolically mean.
(Deut. 33:17) – “His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.”
According to Deuteronomy 33:17. the horns in scripture denote power. In Rev 13:11, it says it would have “horns like a lamb”, indicating that the power would be lamb-like or Christ-like. In Revelation the term “lamb” is mentioned 29 times, and it generally represents Jesus Christ. It would have two horns establishing the strength of its kingdom, but it would be borrowed straight from Christianity.
What Christ-like power or principles of power are laid down in scripture regarding the governing of man? Let’s find out from Mark 12:17.
(Mark 12:17) – “And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him.”
Jesus is talking about the principles of separation of church and state. These principles would be the strength of its government and the power would lie in the hands of the people.
There is another very important principle that Jesus taught, and it is found in John 12:47.
(John 12:47) – “And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.”
The second great principle is that of religious liberty. We are not to judge our fellow man in regard to conscience, or religion. Jesus didn’t set himself up as a Judge on earth. These two important principles were laid down in the U.S.A. Constitution.
(Rev 13:12) – “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.”
It says here that it “causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast whose deadly wound was healed”. which means, that after the healing of the fatal wound, the second beast will enforce papal policy.
And it also says that the second beast “causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast.” So, what its saying here is that this power will ultimately possess worldwide influence.
(Rev 13:14) – “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.”
The second beast is saying to the world “that they should make the image to the beast” That means that this beast power will promote the formation of “the image to the beast”
Let’s read verse 15.
(Rev 13:15) – “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.”
The first thing this newly formed image does is to “speak,” undoubtedly through its laws and regulations. This power will enforce the worship and obedience to “the image of the beast”. In its attempt to make all earth’s inhabitants give allegiance to the first beast, second beast will issue a decree threatening with death all who maintain their loyalty to God.
We’ll now read verse 16.
(Rev 13:16) – “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:”
This power will enforce worship that is characterized by the reception of the particular mark, which the Bible calls “the Mark of the Beast” Everyone will be affected by this legislation. Apparently only the faithful remnant refuse compliance.
Now that we have gone through all the identifying marks of the second beast, it should be very easy to see who this power is. There is no other power in the world that meets all these marks except the United States of America.
Now we will briefly go through these ten identifying marks of
the second beast, to see how they all fit U.S.A.
This power rises out of the earth, which means it comes from a relatively unpopulated region of the world. U.S.A. came to existence in North America, which contained about one million Indians. There was approximately 6 square miles of land per each family, which is sparsely populated area.
It rises to power when the papacy receives a deadly wound, which happened in 1798. It’s interesting to notice what John Wesley, a great Methodist wrote in his New Testament Notes in 1754. He applied the first beast to papacy. He declared, “Another beast, but he is 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 (that is in 1798), and he had two horns like a lamb. A mild, innocent appearance.”
In 1754 Wesley understood that this power had not yet risen, but in 1798, a few decades after Wesley wrote his notes, U.S.A. was emerging as an independent nation.
It rises silently like a plant growing out of the earth. America did not rise by military conquest like most other nations. It rose through peaceful migration. It grew as a result of development of its natural resources. Historians are very clear in regard to this.
It is lamb-like in the beginning, which means it was youthful, innocent, harmless and gentle in appearance. Than it changed and spoke as a dragon. America was to be a young nation, gentle and innocent. That is an accurate description of the founding fathers of the U.S.A. in regard to their form of government. American constitution was constructed on Christian principles. But U.S.A. is changing. If you follow the news today, you can see that America is the most powerful nation on earth. If you watch what the U.S.A. is doing these days, you will see that it is starting to force other nations to submit to its authority.
It had two horns, which are symbols of power that are lamb-like or Christ-like. Two horns mean two Christ-like powers, would be establishing the strength of its kingdom, and it would be borrowed straight from Christianity, They are the principles of religious liberty, and the separation of church and state. These principles have always been the strength of the U.S.A. government and they are the part of an American Constitution. But, there are people in power in U.S.A. that are working very hard to change the Constitution.
After the healing of the fatal wound, it enforces papal policy. America is a Protestant country. It has always been opposed to Catholic principles. But the Roman Catholic Church is working to change that.
In the past 100 years the papacy has implemented a five-step plan to capture America. These steps are;
· To Catholicize school textbooks of the public schools.
· To revise the books of references.
· To muzzle or control the public press or media.
· To capture or control public libraries.
· To censor books that are not friendly to the Roman Catholic Church.
The relationship between America and the papacy is improving all the time. U.S.A. now sends ambassadors to Vatican, and Vatican to America. The U.S. president and the pope are good friends these days. Bible prophecy is unfolding before our very eyes.
It ultimately possesses worldwide influence. As everybody can see U.S.A. is already having more influence in the world affairs, then any other country. And it’s getting stronger and stronger.
It promotes the formation of “the image to the beast”. What is the beast?
It is the papacy. And papacy is not just a religion, - it is a combination of church and state. Therefore an image to or of the beast would be a replica, a likeness of papacy. And it will be formed in America.
There are organizations in U.S.A. trying to get elected in government. One of them is called Christian Coalition, which is a political and religious organization. They are gaining a lot of support and if and when they get elected, they will have the power of the state to enforce their beliefs unto everybody regardless of what their religion is. They are currently pushing a legislation to force everybody to observe Sunday as a day of worship. When people like that get into power, it will be the beginning of the image to the papacy.
It enforces obedience to “the image of the beast”. When the Protestant churches of America gain political power, they will make religious laws that the government of USA will enforce. People will be persecuted if they don’t comply.
The enforcement of obedience is characterized by receiving of the “mark of the beast”. When the Sunday laws become implemented and enforced, everybody will have to make a choice. They will either keep the Biblical Sabbath holy, which is Saturday, or the pagan sabbath – Sunday. The ones who decide to keep Sunday as their holy day will receive the mark of the beast.
Now we have seen how America is in the process of fulfilling the biblical prophecy before our very eyes. The purpose of this prediction is to warn God’s people that they might make full preparation and be delivered when Jesus Christ intervenes on behalf of His people. Let us pray to God for strength, so at the time of persecution, we will be strong enough to reject the mark of the beast. and be able to keep God’s true Sabbath holy at any cost, even at the cost of our life.