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Revelation 13 shows Jesus as the judge. Here we see the final evidence of His case against Satan. Satan is exiled from heaven, so he builds an empire on earth to rival God. Here we see him recruiting two beasts on earth in this fight against God and the church. The symbols used involve the beast empires from earth who try to take away the role of God by replacing His covenant and corrupting the sanctuary.

Background
In our last study, in Revelation Chapter 12, we learned about a series of persecutions of the church. Satan uses the kingdoms of the world to terrorize the church. Rome persecuted Christ but He escaped to Heaven. Then the early church is persecuted but a remnant escapes the long persecution. Finally it pursues the remnant who have escaped to the United States. This remnant would rise up in defense of God and in opposition to the beast. They would have certain characteristics:

Revelation 12 to 22 chronicles the attempts of Satan to set up his own empire. We saw from Revelation that the dragon was angry with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. (Revelation 12: 17)
So, Chapter 12 ended with the warning that the Devil would also come after the Remnant, just as he persecuted the church before them. So we start Revelation 13 where we will learn about the persecution of the Remnant during an issue called the Mark of the Beast.

Challenging The Creator
Revelation 12 to 14 chronicles a challenge to the creator by the evil one who has been trying to usurp the throne of heaven. At the end of time, the objective of the Plan of Salvation is to redeem the sinner by creating a new man. Satan intends to create his own empire.
The Virtuous Woman (Day 6). And there appeared a great wonder (sign) in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
The Dragon From Heaven (Day 5). And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and look a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
The Fallen Stars (Day 4). And his tail drew the third of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth:
The Male Child In Danger. and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a male child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up to God, and to his throne.
Nourished In The Wilderness (Day 3). And this woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and three score days.
(Revelation 12: 1-6)
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Dragon In The SeaBeast Comes Out Of EarthImage To Beast Mark of The Beast
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The Beasts And Their Mark
The Dragon
We learned in Revelation 12 that the Dragon would pursue the child, then the church and then the Remnant. Revelation 13 explains how the Dragon (Satan) accomplished this through the political and religious powers of the world. The dragon is Satan and he worked through the Roman empire. There are several characteristics that identify this beast and link it to the dragon

The Beast From The Sea With Seven Heads
And the dragon stood upon the sand of the sea, and I saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion:
Transfer of Power. and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
Deadly Wound. 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. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power to the beast: and they worshipped the beast saying, who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him? And there was given to him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given to him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell therein.
(Revelation 13: 1-6)

  1. European Origin: The Beast From The Sea.
    And he, the dragon who is Satan, stood on the sand of the sea ... (Revelation 13: 1)
    Satan's Diminishing Access
    TimeHeavenSeaEarth
    After SinAccuses saintsCorrupts peopleCorrupts
    CrucifixionNonePersecutes SatanCorrupts
    Second ComingNoneNone. The sea dries upBound in the Millennium
    Third ComingNone§ Short timeNone
    § With the second resurrection, Satan tries to regain access to the sea (the resurrected wicked). So he is loosed a short time. They make a plan to start the battle of Armageddon so that they can possess the earth, but they are destroyed.


    The Bible says that this beast arises out of the sea. Daniel 7: 17,23 tells us that a "beast" represents a kingdom. In Revelation 17: 15 John tells us that water represents peoples, multitudes, and nations:

    And he said to me, the waters which you saw, where the whore sits, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. (Revelation 17: 15)
    Therefore, this power arises in a place where there are many nations and peoples.

    » Satan Invades the Earth and Sea. Immediately after sin Satan still had access to heaven where he constantly made accusations against the church. After the crucifixion, he was thrown to the earth. Specifically, he was confined to the sea. This is a prophetic representation of the wicked people on Earth. He no longer had access to heaven, only to the sea of people on earth. After the Second Coming he no longer has access to the "sea". All the wicked people will be dead. At this time he will be confined to the empty earth.
    Revelation 13 describes him as standing between the earth and the sea when the final beast power emerges from the sea, the populated places of the "old world".
    Beast
  2. Ancient Origin: The Former Empires Of Satan
    This characteristic is implied by other prophecies, but stated very clearly here. The Bible says it receives its seat of government, power and authority, from Pagan Rome (Revelation 13: 2). When the Roman Empire split into the eastern and western sections, the emperor moved to the new capital in Constantinople and left the church in charge of the old capital of Rome. Therefore the dragon did give the church its seat.
    And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. (Revelation 13: 2)
    There are two characteristics that are immediately apparent. Its composition and the source of its power.
    1. Composition. The body is a combination of the beasts in Daniel 7.
    2. Source of Power. It received its power from Rome who had received their power from Satan.

    The Extended Life And Transformation Of The Beast (The Frankenstein Monster).
    Here we see a picture of the beast inheriting its power from the dragon. It was formed out of the empires of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome.
    When the dragon is described it has crowns on its horns - this must be the phase before the monarchies fell. Then the dragon (Rome) gives its power and seat to a new beast. This beast is a composite of the beasts in Daniel 7 (lion, bear, leopard and dragon). It was prophesied that these creatures would have an extension of life. This is the fulfillment.
    Extension of Life. "As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but an extension of life was granted to them for an appointed period of time. (Daniel 7: 12)

    Beast
    NationAnimalBody Meaning
    BabylonLionMouthLaws
    PersiaBearFeetArmy tramples
    GreeceLeopardBodyTerritory
    RomeDragon7 HeadsLeadership
    Iron teethCruel laws
    Bronze claws Armed forces
    Eyes of Man Usurps God
    Mouth boasts Breaks laws
    Babylon is now part of Rome because the mouth belongs to the head.
    The Extension of Life. Babylon the Great is also part of all the previous kingdoms.
    Here is where the transition occurs. After power is transferred, it becomes a dragon with seven heads and ten horns. It also has the body of the previous empires. It starts to look like its father - the dragon who also has multiple heads. The chronology of events matches history. When Rome broke up it had ten monarchies.

  3. Political Origin: Transfer Of Power (Dragon Gives Power To The Beast)
    Notice that the beast got its power from the dragon. Not only did it get the dragon's spiritual power, but also its geographical seat and political authority.
    See the history of the transfer of the capital from Rome to Constantinople. When the capital of the Roman Empire was moved from Rome to Constantinople, the bishop of Rome was left in charge of the old capital and the western empire.

    » Seat or Throne ("The City of Rome"). History tells us as Rome grew less important in trade and political influence, power shifted to the East. In 330 AD, Constantine moved the capital from Rome to Constantinople on the Black Sea. After this Constantine the Great gave gifts to the church, including the city of Rome to Pope Sylvester 1. He became the bishop of Rome from January 314 to December 335. After this, the city was to be the seat of papal Rome and it became its center of worship, government and thought.
    » Power and Authority ("An Army and a Kingdom"). In 410 AD, Barbarian hoards sacked Rome. A terrible state of upheaval followed. In 533 AD, Justinian, the Emperor of Eastern Rome, sent word to the Bishop of Rome, known as the Pope, that his hands were full in the East. He, therefore, declared by an imperial edict in the Code of Justinian that the Pope in Rome would become the religious leader of the West. They became the de facto political leader because the emperors moved the capital to the east and left the bishop of Rome on the throne of the old capital with an army to support him.
    Religious Leader. We therefore decree that the most holy Pope of the elder Rome is the first of all the priesthood, and that the most blessed Archbishop of Constantinople, the new Rome, shall hold the second rank after the holy Apostolic chair of the elder Rome.
    From the succession of the Caesars came the succession of the Pontiffs. In Stanley's History, page 40 we read:
    The popes filled the place of the vacant emperors at Rome, inheriting their power, prestige, and titles from paganism ... Constantine left all to the Bishop of Rome ... The papacy is but the ghost of the deceased Roman Empire, sitting crowned upon its grave.
    Bishop of Rome Established 3 Barbarian Nations Removed Pope Rules Europe Revolution
    315 330 Pope Sylvester 1382 Heruli493Vandals534Ostrogoths 538Pope Vigilius1798Pope Pius VI
    Christianity Established by LawChristianity Established by Force 1260 Years Rule by Force Papacy Falls
    Constantine 1 - Justinian (527-565) Armies of Rome Napoleon
    By Law
    Law
    315 Constantine legalized Christianity.
    382 Emperors give title "Pontus Maximum" or "Leader of the church" to the bishop of Rome.
    Paganism actively abolished by removing civil rights, controlling property, education and symbols.
    529 Academy of Plato in Athens taken over by the state. All non-Christian teachings banned.
    533 Code of Justinian made the bishop of Rome supreme over all bishops.
    By Force
    Army
    No Peace. Rome was not at peace because of the Barbarians.
    410 Visigoths under Alaric sack Rome.
    455 Vandals under Gaiseric sack Rome.
    493 Ostrogoths under Theodoric take Rome.
    War Against Barbarians.
    533-540 Belisarius conconquered the Vandals and recaptured Rome in 536
    536-553 Justinian's war against the Goths.
    So the papacy filled the void of the departed Roman Empire in the West. So the dragon gave its seat, power, and authority to the Roman church as a direct fulfillment of Revelation 13: 2! From Biblical prophecy and history, we can see that the papacy is the beast of Revelation 13. There is no mistaking it. In the Bible beasts only refer to political kingdoms. And the Roman church did not become a beast until it abandoned the gospel of peace and took the sword of the state to enforce religious authority.
  4. Global Religion. Revelation 13: 3,4,7 depicts the beast as a world wide religious system. It is a Catholic power. The word Catholic simply means "universal."
    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. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power to the beast: and they worshipped the beast saying, who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him? (Revelation 13: 3-4 )

  5. 1260 Year Rule.
    1260 Year Prophecy Repetition
    1260 days Revelation 11: 3
    1260 days Revelation 12: 6
    42 months Revelation 11: 2
    42 months Revelation 13: 5
    Time, times and
    half a time
    Revelation 12: 14
    Daniel 12: 7
    Time, times and
    dividing of time
    Daniel 7: 25
    Many days Daniel 11: 33
    Here the Bible teaches that the beast would reign supreme for 1260 years. This time period is repeated in many prophecies.
    And there was given to him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given to him to continue forty and two months. (Revelation 13: 5)

    So the year 538 AD marks the beginning of the exercise of political authority by the Roman church. This continued for 1260 years uninterrupted until the year 1798 when the pope was taken captive.

    The Deadly Wound (Captivity).
    If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leads into captivity shall go into captivity: he that kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. (Revelation 13: 9-10)

    In 1798, when God's time had come, Napoleon sent his French general, Berthier, to the Vatican. Berthier took Pope Pius VI captive in France on February 20. Just as God had predicted, at the precise moment in history, the political power of Rome was broken. God predicted in Revelation 13: 10 the exact manner of the papacy's deadly political wound. For 1260 years, the Christians, Muslims and Pagans of Europe suffered under the heavy hand of Rome. On 29 August 1799, the leader of that corrupt religious system, Pope Pius VI died a lonely exile in France. The leader of the power who had taken the church into captivity died, himself, in captivity. In the second fall the pope will be killed.
    First Fall Rises to Power Again Second Fall
    538 Persecution Deadly Wound 1798 Healing HealedAdmired ?Persecution Sword Second
    Coming
    1260 Years Captivity 1929 - 19812005 Mark of the Beast Killed

  6. Blasphemy. He goes to total war with God by attacking the character and the property and people of God.
    And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. (Revelation 13: 6)
    There are at least two definitions of blasphemy in the Bible:
  7. Oppression. The Bible teaches that the beast is a persecuting power.
    And it was given to him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leads into captivity shall go into captivity: he that kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. (Revelation 13: 7-10)

  8. 666 (The Number Of His Name). In Revelation 13: 18 the Bible says that the number of his name is 666. In Our Sunday Visitor, a Catholic weekly printed in Huntington, Indiana, on November 15, 1915, we read:
    The title of the Pope of Rome is Vicarius Filii Dei. This is inscribed on his miter.
    By applying a common tradition of counting the value of a name, if we used this official title and applied it to the Roman Numeral System, and assign the value of the letters that have numeral equivalents (and "0" for the others), we get the following:
    5 + 1 + 100 + 1 + 5 + 1 + 50 + 1 + 1 + 500 + 1 = 666
    In our next lesson we will study this mark of the beast in depth.

The Beast From The Earth (The United States Of America)
And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon . And he exercises all the power of the first beast before him, and causes the earth and those who live there to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. (Revelation 13: 11-12)
John, in these verses, prophetically saw the rise of "another beast" - another "kingdom" or political power, that would rise "out of the earth", out of the sparsely populated area. We learned during our Study in Revelation 12 that this is referring to the rise of America.

The Lamb With Two Horns. Initially, America would be "like a lamb". Therefore, its origin would be Christian. But John also foresaw that it would "speak as a dragon". Eventually it would do the works of Satan.

The Lamb That Speaks Like A Dragon.
Since 2001 we have clearly shown that we have passed this phase in our new persecution laws and with the change in our attitude towards torture. We have also shown our intention to remove the rights of minorities based on Christian interpretation of morality. While attempts such as a secret meeting to pass a constitutional amendment against certain marriages may appeal to conservative Christians, one wonders what other infractions of Christian interpretation of a moral society are they willing to legislate in secret.
This lamb speaks with the mouth of a dragon just as the previous beast had the mouth of the dragon.

How close are we to persecution? Some groups might say that they are already victims. There is nothing legal that now prevents them from declaring your group a threat that puts you in this place where there is no civilized law that will protect you. And there is nothing about their reckless treatment of the law that does not guarantee that at any time we could suddenly be under an oppressive religious law that has secretly been put in place. Just put yourself in the place of minorities who are losing their rights and see how quickly the process is executed. Substitute the words "gay marriage" for "Sunday laws" and "Muslim fanatics" for "Adventist fanatics" and see how the same rhetoric and arguments apply to you in their attempt to "protect the family" and build a righteous nation. Europe is lost to the papacy, the United States will soon be the new seat of Rome. The church is already buzzing around both the candidates for president, ensuring that its members will have the very best positions, if not a closet Catholic for president.

The United States Last Beasts
Symbols Actions
Beast from the Earth A new power from a different part of the earth
Lamb Christian origin
Dragon's Mouth Becomes a persecuting power
Image to the Beast Does the work of the church
The Seventh Head It takes over after defeating communism
(the sixth head)
Babylon the Great Combines with the Catholic church which controls Europe and enforces religious laws around the world
Conquers ancient Babylon (Iraq), taking the title

The Dragon: The Last Super Power.
This second "beast" (America) is predicted to eventually exercise the power of the first beast. That is, the Religious - Political power, on a global proportion. So, we see that a time is prophetically predicted when the initial lamb-like nature of America would move toward the dragon-like religious and political characteristics. (that is - initially, there was total separation of Church and State. But there will be a greater and greater blending of Church and State in America). And this "second beast" is predicted to cause the "earth and those that dwell there to worship of the first beast".

As of 1991, it began this dragon phase. It is in this phase that it becomes one with the church. Since the end of communism (1989-91), it has exercised its political power at will around the world. In addition, its transition to the dragon phase came at the same time that it conquered Iraq, the old Babylon in 1991. It became Babylon the Great. Here are the highlights of this transition.

Deadly Wound Was Healed.
I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast; they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?" (Revelation 13: 3-4)
In 1798, when General Berthier took the Pope captive, the Papacy received what appeared to be a deadly wound. It lost its world wide political authority and the papacy's civil authority was limited to the Vatican until 1929.
Then, in 1929, Mussolini and Pope Pius XI signed the Lateran Treaty, making Roman Catholicism, by national law, the official state religion of Italy, and beginning the process of the "Healing of the Deadly Wound". The Roman Catholic system of religion again became a religious and political power. With time, the world wide political - religious power of the papacy has continued to grow, until now it is the only religious organization to be recognized by many world powers with ambassadors (legates).

A Sign Of The Healing. Since the time between the first deadly wound and the healing would be almost 200 years, God gave us a sign that repeated the symbolism of the wound being received. The time for healing had arrived, so we had a minor replay of the wounding. God linked the wounded power of 1798 to its successor in 1981 by giving it a transition wound. The healing would be accomplished by this successor.
  Deadly Wound   Wound Healed World
Admires
Wound Transition Wound Political Control Religious
Pius VI
French
Revolution
Ronald Reagan  
March 30
John Paul II
(May 13)
European Union 10 Nations Communism falls Iraq War Patriot Act
Homeland Security
Sunday Laws Europe Iraq War Accepts Torture Christian Churches Together Coverage of the death of John Paul II
1798 1981 1981 1989-1991 1991 2001, 2002 2003 2003 2004 2005 2005
Papacy falls.
Pope imprisoned
WoundedSeventh Head forms.
Babylon the Great forms
Greece is the tenth EU country
Persecution laws and enforcement agency Mark of the beast action Babylon acts and speaks like a dragon Political churches union A popular, powerful church emerges

All the World Wondered
Who could have watched the ten day Catholic infomercial, the ceremonies and heard the titles, the praise, the adoration and media coverage of the death of Pope John Paul the II and not thought about the fulfillment of this prophecy?
An estimated two million went to Rome to view the body as it lay in state for three days and three nights. And a potential audience of two billion watched the funeral services on television. The crowds outside the church were so large it could be seen from outer space. About 200 world leaders attended the funeral, including four kings, five queens, assorted princes and princesses, and seventy prime ministers and presidents.

Who can make war with him? Stalin once asked "How many divisions does the pope have?". After the fall of communism the pope apparently said "More than he thought".
The Wound has been Healed!
As part of the rapid healing process, the two powers are controlling the world with war-like tactics and precision. We have been surrounded on every side and we were unaware.

It is only a matter of time. The gospel will be preached rapidly. The last prophetic action that remains is the persecution, the occupation of Israel and the seven last plagues. Every thing is just window dressing intended to remove the shades of grey and separate issues into black and white. These events are a warning to us that prophecy is being fulfilled. Open your eyes.

The Fall Of Iraq And The Fall Of Babylon
As this incredible war wages on in Iraq, I am constantly amazed at how the motives, behavior and result mimic the fortunes of Babylon the Great which also mimics the fortunes of ancient Babylon. It is as if everything that is happening locally in Iraq is demonstrating the coming global fulfillment. The management of the Iraqi conflict is our proving ground as a righteous nation. We are failing. We are becoming Babylon the Great. We will be judged by the standards that we are now imposing on others.

Fire From Heaven
John describes this last deception of the beast.
And he does great wonders, so that he makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. (Revelation 13: 13)
This Lamb beast causes "Fire" to come down "out of heaven", and deceives men by the "miracles" that it did "in the sight of the beast". There are some examples where fire came down from heaven.

  1. At Pentecost. Tongues of fire came down and empowered the disciples to win many for Christ (Acts 2: 1-4).
  2. By Elijah. He challenged the 450 prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel, and God sent fire to devour the sacrifice Elijah offered. (1 Kings 18)
  3. Sodom and Gomorrah. God destroyed them because of sin. (Genesis 19: 24)
  4. Testing Job. The "fire of God" destroyed property and people. (Job 1: 16)

In the first two cases, the "fire from God" was used to draw people back to God. In the third case it was the punishment of God. In the last case, God is blamed for an act of Satan.
In the end, the "false fire" brought down "in the sight of the beast" is used to deceive and draw men away from God. It can be used to prove that a certain group have access to divine power, or it can be used as a sign of God's wrath for our sins. It will propel a movement to bring the world back to God. People will be taught that they can prevent the terrible desolations at the end if they obey the pope and Catholic mystics.
Interestingly, our cultural messages are beginning to teach us these principles and prepare us for this transition in thinking.

The Economic Persecution
All Systems Ready
Let me be clear. I am not suggesting that any current leader even believes that they would persecute anyone for religious beliefs. What I am illustrating is that social events have caused them to create and staff systems with people who are ideologically committed to the virtue of certain policies.

The systems are available to be used for good or for evil.

These people will be puppets of a future terror which will allow them to deploy these systems for purposes that they never expected or thought that they would be capable of doing. Because of their absolute commitment to these beliefs they will come to believe in the necessity of any methods that will guarantee their victory.
Look at Abu Ghraib.
We have accepted it for the virtue of "peace and security".
Soon it will be to stop the wrath of God.
We see that this second Beast will give "life" (power) to the image of the beast, and will cause those who do not worship the image of the beast to be persecuted and killed. So, we see a prophecy of the time coming when "forced false worship" will be required. The prophetic example of this is Nebuchadnezzar's golden image. We see the same issues in the prophecy of the end time fulfillment here.

The inability to "buy or sell" points to the use of economic methods to force compliance. We now have the structures to enforce this on a national an individual level.

Punishing The Wealthy
No wonder prophecy singles out one other group for punishment in addition to the church and the world governments. Revelation 18 describes the punishment of the business men as the loss of trade and wealth consumes the world.
And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more. (Revelation 18: 11).
Their misery is echoed in James.
Come now you rich, weep and howl for the miseries which are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments have been eaten by moths. Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure! Look, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields which you withheld, cries out against you; and the cries of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and put to death the righteous; he does not resist you. (James 5: 1-6)

Homeland Security And The Image To The Beast
And deceives those who live on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to those that live 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 to 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. And he caused all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads. (Revelation 13: 14-16)
The United States causes the whole world to implement a system that is used for persecution. This system is modeled after the medieval system.
It is interesting that testimony to congress on June 10, 2005 on abuses under the Patriot Act demonstrates that the United States has caused other countries to implement strict laws and systems like the ones we have implemented for Homeland Security. This is a plan to implement some kind of global security. Unfortunately, the testimony was cut off, the microphones were turned off and CSPAN was told to stop broadcasting.
They are creating their image everywhere.

So while the total fulfillment may be forced obedience to the laws of the church, this implementation of a unified set of global persecution systems that is controlled by the Western nations, must be part of that fulfillment.
When the Real-ID law was put in a bill to appropriate money for the war, there was an attempt to place the following into law that was meant to build fences for border security.

Section 102 of H.R. 418, the REAL ID Act of 2005. Waiver of Laws Necessary for Improvement of Barriers at Borders.

(1) Waiver. In general. - Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall have the authority to waive, and shall waive, all laws such Secretary, in such Secretary's sole discretion, determines necessary to ensure expeditious construction of the barriers and roads under this section.
(2) No judicial review. Notwithstanding any other provision of law (statutory or nonstatutory), no court shall have jurisdiction -
(A) to hear any cause or claim arising from any action undertaken, or any decision made, by the Secretary of Homeland Security pursuant to paragraph (1); or
(B) to order compensatory, declaratory, injunctive, equitable, or any other relief for damage alleged to arise from any such action or decision."

The broad language of the law would place the secretary of Homeland Security above all law and forbids interference from any court. And it was not the first time that they tried to do this. So the potential broad interpretation of "barriers" and "all laws" is not an accident.

» Church and State: The Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Executive order 13397, which was signed on March 7, 2006, places faith-based organizations under the jurisdiction of the department of homeland security. Why is this critical department concerned with expanding opportunities for churches for establishing community needs?

» Secrecy and Absolute Power. Under HR5710, the secretary also has broad powers to declare a biological emergency without the consent of congress. He can force all people to be inoculated with vaccine and "any substances" or to be quarantined for refusal. This same law also relieves drug companies of any financial responsibilities for any biological accidents and does not protect whistle blowers who may know that something is wrong. Why are they going to this extent to hide and protect wrong doing? Absolute power in the hands of the beast!

The office of Homeland Security might not be the image to the beast or the beast. But it seems to be the organization through which the beast will terrify the righteous. When this level of power comes under the control of the beast, we will be persecuted.

The Mark
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. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for that is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty six. (Revelation 13: 17-18).
In our next lesson, we will study this mark in detail. Those that receive the mark "in their foreheads" are those that "accept" it in their minds and follow it willingly. Those that have the mark "in their right hands" are those who, though they may not mentally ascribe to it, they choose to follow or obey it for convenience sake. The mark accomplishes two things that show a contrast between the righteous and the wicked.

  1. Name of the Beast. The wicked do not get the name of God in their forehead. They belong to the beast.
  2. Number of his Name. The wicked are not numbered with the twelve tribes or 144,000. They are counted as part of one evil tribe of one man whose census is 666.

I do not believe the mark is a microchip. However, the power of the government under HR5710 to inoculate people with "any substances" can give them to right to insert a microchip and use it to track and locate people. So while it is not the mark of the beast, it can be used by the beast to efficiently administer their persecution.

Prophesy Again: Babylon The Great.
Certain aspects of prophecy were to be unsealed at the end of time because only the final generation could put them in perspective. The technique of repetition and enlargement would have confused the issue because the events of the prophecies were not repeated over the same time period from a different perspective. Rather, at the end of time, the last power would follow the same pattern as before.
In giving us a clue God did several things in Revelation 13 and 17 to show us who and what is the copy.

The Similarities In The Empires Pattern.
Now here is a remarkable comparison of the prophecies of Daniel with the beasts at the end of time. This is not another interpretation of their meaning. The prophecies of Daniel are used as just a pattern of the behavior of the final beast.
United States and Catholic Church Christian Persecution Phase Millennium Judgment
Babylon The Great Lamb Lamb (Two Horns) Goat Satan (Scapegoat) Dragon Dragon
- Ram (One Horn Higher) Goat Little Horn
Babylon Medo-Persia Greece Rome

The Uncreation Pattern
Structure Filler Sabbath Rest Temple
Dragon1 Babylon 4Pagan Rome 7Babylon
The Great
Destroy
Ram2 Medo-
Persia
5Europe-
Papal Rome
USA-
Papal Rome
Rebuild
Inferior
Goat3 Greece 6Atheism 8Satan Corrupt
The seven days of creation can also be used as a pattern. The structures were made on the first three days. Then the components of the next three days were made out of the first. There is a third cycle which is supposed to represent the Sabbath rest. These events correspond with the "time of the end".

  1. Babylon, Pagan Rome, Babylon The Great. All destroyed the temple and enslaved the people.
  2. Medo-Persia, Europe-Papal Rome, Lamb With Two Horns. All rebuild an inferior temple. However, it was to this temple that the Messiah will come. In all, the higher horn came up last. The Papacy came out of the ten horns after three horns were defeated. The church will dominate the state.
  3. Greece, Atheism And Satan. All corrupted the temple and the priests. Even when Satan is released for a short period after the millennium he tries to deceive the nations. This is also his work in his brief appearance at the end. Greek religion, philosophy, wisdom and institutional homosexuality characterize this period as it influenced Pagan Rome.

Repeat Repetition and Enlargement
The Beasts of Babylon the Great
The Dragon (Satan)
Beast from the Sea Beast From the Earth
One Head Wounded Dragon Lamb
Wound Healed Acts like the Beast from the Sea
The Great Whore Controlled by the whore
In Revelation 12 we saw a series of persecutions directed at Christ, then his church and finally the remnant. Revelation 13 enlarges on the persecution of the remnant.
We get more detail about another world power - the United States. Revelation 12 and Daniel 11 mentioned that this power helped the church to escape persecution.
But in Revelation 13, the dragon follows the church to this new world to persecute her. To do this, it relies on its previous tactic - taking over the government. You saw how it influences this new government to work on its agenda. This ultimately leads into enforced worship of the beast and His image.
It also enlarges on the wounded power. All of the other prophecies that mentioned the power that ruled for 1260 years stated that it would come to an end after that time because of God's actions. However, here we get more detail about this time.
The Persecution of the Woman
PersecutionWhoText
IsraelWoman Revelation 12; Old Testament
Jesus Her Child Revelation 12; Daniel 9; gospels
Church Woman 1260 years. Revelation 12; Daniel
Remnant Her Children Daniel 12: 1 (Great trouble);
Revelation 13 (Mark of the beast)

# Power Daniel 2 Daniel 4 Daniel 7Daniel 8 Revelation 12-13
Metal Man Tree Wild Beasts Yom Kippur Composite Wild Beasts
1Babylon609 Head of gold Leaves, fruit Lion - Mouth of a lion Four Heads
2Medo-Persia539 Chest of silver Axe, stump 2520 Years
(7 Years)
Bear Ram Feet of a bear
Two Arms Two sides - one higher Two Horns - one higher
3Greece 331Belly and thighs of brass Brass band Leopard GoatBody of a leopard
Four heads Four horns
4Rome (pagan) 197
BC
Legs of iron Iron Band Terrible beast Little horn: HorizontalDragon
5Rome (papal) 538 ADLittle horn Little horn: Vertical Beast
(7 heads)
1260
Years
Deadly Wound
Europe Ten toesRoots in clay Ten horns
(Three uprooted)
Transgressors finishTen horns
6Atheism 1798- Beast from the abyss
7USA 1981Clay (Earth beast)Tree Revives after 7 YearsEyes of a man Insolent kingLamb beast - 2 horns Healed
Papacy Iron (Dragon) Boastful Beast and Image
Study to show yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2: 15 Time: 100 minutes
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Copyright     Updated : May 2008
Credits:
Author: Laverna Patterson. Editor: Patterson (January 2008)
? Stanley's History of the Eastern Church. Arthur P. Stanley of Westminster, dean of ecclesiastical history at Oxford (1864-1881)