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STUDY 10 OF 13

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UpLift Him Up Image of the Beast—
U.S. in Prophecy
GOD’S LAST MESSAGE TO THE WORLD
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The message of the third angel in
Revelation 14 introduced the beast of
our previous study. We found a warning
from heaven forbidding the worship of
the beast and his image. This brought us
two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a
dragon” (Revelation 13:11).
At first glance this creature looks
very different from the first one we have
examined; it is lamblike. But as we
to Revelation 13 and Daniel 7 where the continue to watch, it changes into the
mystery of these beasts was unraveled. A image of the first beast.
beast, we were told, represents a kingdom, “And he exerciseth all the power of
an earthly power (see Daniel 7:17, 23). the first beast before him, and causeth
The leopard-like, bear-like, lion-like beast the earth and them which dwell therein
rising from the water represents the power to worship the first beast, whose deadly
of Papal Rome, emerging in flowing wound was healed” (Revelation 13:12).
succession with the great empires of the We’ve already learned that a beast
world (see Revelation 13:1, 2). Yet there is symbolizes a kingdom. We have
another beast introduced in Revelation 13 identified the first beast as the Papal
whose identity will be uncovered as we Roman Church-State, arising from the
continue to study the message of the third sea. Seas or waters represent “peoples,
angel. and multitudes, and nations, and
“And the third angel followed them, tongues,” that is, populated areas of the
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saying with a loud voice, ‘If any man world. (Revelation 17:15). The earth is
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worship the beast and his image, and stated as the place from which this
receive his mark in his forehead, or in his second power would arise. The earth,
hand, the same shall drink of the wine of therefore, being the opposite of waters,
the wrath of God, which is poured out must represent unpopulated areas of the
without mixture into the cup of his world, which gives us our first clue into
indignation; and he shall be tormented the identity of the second beast. It
with fire and brimstone in the presence comes into power in an area without
of the holy angels, and in the presence of established nations.
the Lamb: And the smoke of their Our second clue is that this king-
torment ascendeth up forever and ever: dom comes into existence around the
and they have no rest day nor night, who time when the 1260-year period of papal
worship the beast and his image, and supremacy is ending, which would be
whosoever receiveth the mark of his around 1798. John said that the “first
name’” (Revelation 14:9-11). beast” he saw in vision existed “before”
Notice that the heavenly warning is the second beast (Revelation 13:12).
against both the beast and his image. Our third clue is that the second
The image of the beast is represented by beast first appears like “a lamb,” but
another power or kingdom spoken of in eventually speaks like “a dragon” and
Revelation 13:11. exercises all the power of the first beast.
“And I beheld another beast It rises to power with lamblike at-
coming up out of the earth; and he had tributes. A lamb in prophecy represents
Christ (see John 1:29). This power scribed in verse 15 as a flood of waters. the very time in which we live: This
would be a Christian nation, founded This represents the “peoples, and kingdom was to have a worldwide
upon the principles of liberty for the multitudes, and nations, and tongues” influence. Notice how verse 12 describes
oppressed and offering food for the of Europe who were trying to wipe away this second kingdom:
hungry multitudes (see Luke 4:18; the faith of those who followed the “And he exerciseth all the power of
Matthew 14:20, 21). Bible instead of the state religion. The the first beast before him, and causeth
So what kingdom arose in an key verse, Revelation 12:16, reads: the earth and them which dwell therein
unsettled area of the world around “And the earth helped the woman, and to worship the first beast, whose deadly
1798 imbued with these lamblike the earth opened her mouth, and swal- wound was healed.” (Revelation 13:12).
principles? Only one nation fits this lowed up the flood which the dragon cast We could probably say without
symbolic description: The United out of his mouth.” (Revelation 12:16). hesitation that there has never been a
States of America. From the obscurity It was the earth that helped the time in its history when America has so
of a wilderness area, America was born woman escape the persecution of completely fulfilled this aspect of Bible
with aspirations of liberty and justice Europe. History testifies to the fact that prophecy as it does presently. Of all the
and food for the hungry. Let’s take a America became a sanctuary for the nations of the world today, there is no
closer look at each of these clues. faithful followers of the Word of God. other that is in a position to fulfill this
The country of America eventually aspect of prophetic utterance.
Clue Number 1: established freedom of religion for all
It arose at the right time. Notice faiths and swallowed up the persecuted Clue Number 6:
the context of the prophecy in verse flood of the nations of Europe. It is a lamblike power. In the Bible
10 of the chapter: and especially in prophecy, a lamb
“He who leads into captivity shall Clue Number 3: symbolizes Jesus Christ. To describe this
go into captivity; he who kills with the It is depicted as a new nation, second power in Revelation 13 as
sword must be killed with the sword. “another beast.” The United States having two horns like a lamb is to
Here is the patience and the faith of broke away from England and all its ascribe to it Christian qualities. This
the saints.” (Revelation 13:10, NKJV). European roots and eventually became a new power was to be a Christian power,
Here we have the prophetic new nation, a separate power. The a nation adhering to the principles of
history of the first beast or kingdom Declaration of Independence was signed Christianity as outlined in the Bible.
introduced in Revelation chapter 13. in 1776 and, in two short centuries, the Freedom is one of the chief prin-
The papal power received a deadly United States has become a superpower ciples offered by Christ:
wound when, in 1798, the pope was of the world. “If the Son therefore shall make you
taken captive by General Berthier and free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).
the papal government was abolished. Clue Number 4: “But the hour cometh, and now is,
This next beast or power is predicted as It is a democracy. Notice that this when the true worshipers shall worship
rising to prominence in the time frame second kingdom is described as having the Father in spirit and in truth: for the
of the captivity of the first power. That two horns. Horns are a symbol of a Father seeketh such to worship Him”
would be the late 1700’s, which is the kingdom’s power, but notice that these (John 4:23).
very period when the United States, as two horns have no crown upon them. It was upon these principles that
a nation, was in its infancy. Compare this to the first beast or king- this great nation of America was
dom described in verse 1 that has “upon founded, but prophecy predicts a
Clue Number 2: his horns ten crowns” (Revelation 13:1). terrible change.
It arose out of the earth, a sparsely This new kingdom of America would
populated area of the world. We find not be a kingly power as those found in Clue Number 7:
this to be clearly indicated in Revela- Europe. America would be marked by This power will change in character
tion 12. In verses 6 and 14, the both religious and political liberty and from a lamb to a dragon.
woman, God’s church, is described as these principles would be her strength. “He had two horns like a lamb, and
fleeing into the wilderness or a desert he spake as a dragon.” (Revelation 13:11).
place to escape the persecution of the Clue Number 5: How does a nation speak? A nation
dark ages. The persecution is de- And this is the one that takes us to or kingdom speaks through its laws or
legislative body. The prediction of Bible the answer to that question in Matthew pestilence (infectious disease like
prophecy is that the nation of America, chapter 24. Here Jesus predicted a period AIDS), earthquakes and other natural
once the defender of religious freedom, of extreme uncertainty and worldwide disasters that “all nations” will come
lamblike, will one day become the upheaval just before His return. His together to form a worldwide system
persecutor of God’s commandment- disciples came to Him asking what of religion. This one-world system will
keeping people, dragonlike (see Revela- would mark the sign of His coming and be enforced throughout the earth
tion 12:17). the end of the world. Christ answered through economic boycott.
It hardly seems possible that this them with the whole chapter of signs. Another element in this final
kind of change would take place in a Let’s look at a few key verses: conflict is deception. The Bible says:
country that is seen as the symbol of “And ye shall hear of wars and rumors “And he doeth great wonders, so
freedom in the world today. This is one of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all that he maketh fire come down from
of the reasons why the warning of the these things must come to pass, but the heaven on the earth in the sight of
third angel’s message is so solemn. end is not yet. For nation shall rise against men, and deceiveth them that dwell
It is not necessarily the political nation, and kingdom against kingdom: on the earth by the means of those
structure of America that will change. and there shall be famines, and pesti- miracles which he had power to do in
Democracy will simply overrule the lences, and earthquakes, in divers places. the sight of the beast; saying to them

What would lead America, that is, the people of America,


to abandon religious liberty and pass laws enforcing
worship upon all, regardless of individual belief?
safeguards of the Republic established All these are the beginning of sorrows.” that dwell on the earth, that they
by the founding fathers. In other words, (Matthew 24:6-8). should make an image to the beast,
when the majority presses the minority In the history of the twentieth which had the wound by a sword, and
to conform to religious laws, the courts century these predictions were right on did live. And he had power to give life
will not uphold the “wall of separation” target. It was one of the bloodiest unto the image of the beast, that the
between church and state. The stage for centuries in human history. Famines image of the beast should both speak,
this is already set as high up as the and disease on a worldwide scale also and cause that as many as would not
Supreme Court. increased in alarming proportions. As worship the image of the beast should
“The ‘wall of separation between for earthquakes and other natural be killed. And he causeth all, both
church and state’ is a metaphor based on disasters, it seemed, in the last year, if small and great, rich and poor, free
bad history, a metaphor which has proved not the last decade, that hardly a week and bond, to receive a mark in their
useless in a guide to judging. It should be passed without some report of a new right hand, or in their foreheads: and
frankly and explicitly abandoned,” is the and horrific calamity. that no man might buy or sell, save he
stance espoused by Chief Justice of the Now notice what Christ predicted that had the mark, or the name of the
Supreme Court, William Renquist. would happen in the wake of these beast, or the number of his name”
Now we come to a most important worldwide upheavals: (Revelation 13:13-17).
question and that is: What would lead “Then shall they deliver you up to Fire from heaven symbolizes the
America, that is, the people of America, be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye outpouring of the Holy Spirit (see
to abandon religious liberty and pass shall be hated of all nations for my Acts 2:3, 4). The fire brought down
laws enforcing worship upon all, name’s sake.” (Matthew 24:9). from heaven by the land beast is
regardless of individual belief? We find It is in the wake of wars, famine, obviously not a genuine manifestation
of the Holy Spirit, for it is employed to of the reasons God has suffered with sin to force worship upon the multitudes.
deceive the world. Here we are warned for six thousand years is to uphold that It was to escape such violation by the
of a great counterfeit revival that will freedom. It is this principle that makes us Church that many flocked to the
place a great deal of emphasis on more than mere puppets or robots. God shores of America. And here was born
“wonders” and “miracles.” A later verse took a risk in creating beings with the the truths we hold dear.
in Revelation tells us that “they are the capacity to choose, even to choose the
spirits of devils, working miracles” wrong. But He did this because He is “Congress shall make no law
(Revelation 16:14). This is also what love and love involves, at the very center respecting the establishment of
Jesus foretold in Matthew 24 (see of its action, the principle of choice. religion, or prohibiting the free
verses 4, 5, 11, 24). The Word of God says: exercise thereof ” (Amendment 1,
It is startling for many to learn “… choose for yourselves this day United States Constitution).
from Scripture that demons have the whom you will serve…” (Joshua 24:15,
power to perform miracles through NKJV). “Any man conducting himself as a
their followers. They masquerade as “And the Spirit and the bride say, good citizen and being accountable to
Christians and deceive those who are ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, God alone for his religious opinions,
impressed by their apparent Holy ‘Come!’ And let him who thirsts come. ought to be protected in worshiping
Spirit power. According to Revelation Whoever desires, let him take the water the Deity according to the dictates of
13 we can expect to witness a major of life freely” (Revelation 22:17, NKJV). his own conscience” (George Washing-
spiritual movement centered in The final issues spoken about in the ton, 1789).
America that will use supernatural symbolic language of the book of
manifestations to deceive the world. Revelation revolve around freedom of Summary
Simultaneously, as this false revival conscience, of choice, in relation to It may be hard to believe that
progresses, we can expect to see worship. That is why the country of America will ever abandon its lamb-
Protestant churches reuniting with America plays such a central role in the like principle of religious liberty and
Catholicism. Vital Bible truth will be prophetic picture of the last days. These speak with the voice of a dragon. But
laid aside in order to facilitate ecu- are principles upon which the United Bible prophecy has proven itself
menical alliances between Protestant States was founded. accurate in all it has foretold so far. We
America and Papal Rome. America will can expect all that yet remains of its
influence the world to give the Papacy “Almighty God hath created the predictions to transpire as well.
authority and allegiance. mind free; all attempts to influence it by In the end God will always honor
Revelation 13 warns that eventu- temporal punishments or burdens, or by our freedom of choice, even if we
ally America will use its authority to civil incapacitations, tend only to beget choose to turn from Him and be lost.
enforce “the mark” of papal supremacy, habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and And if God honors our freedom of
some kind of vowed loyalty to Rome. are a departure from the plan of the choice, how much more should those
By means of economic boycott and Holy Author of our religion, who being who claim to be His followers honor
even life-threatening persecution, all Lord both of body and mind, yet chose the freedom of choice of others. Amen.
will be required to receive “the mark of not to propagate it by coercions on
the beast” in the right hand or in the either, as was in His almighty power to
forehead. Those who refuse to sacrifice do” (Thomas Jefferson, Author of the
their religious liberty will not be Declaration of Independence, 1785).
allowed to buy or sell. If that doesn’t
gain their compliance, a death sentence God created every heart to embrace
will be employed. this principle of freedom. God honors it
and calls us to respect it in every person.
Religious Liberty Though it is a Biblical principle, there
Threatened have been times when the religion itself
One of the most important has been the worst violator of this
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principles we find in the teachings of freedom. “Religion” has manipulated
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