Second Beast of Revelation 13
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. 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, 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. Revelation 13: 11-15
In order to understand the second beast of Revelation 13, we must look at the first beast as described in Revelation 17: 8-13. The seven heads represent seven empires that ruled the Middle East.
The second beast must then also represent an empire just as the seven heads of the first beast, and because the second beast exercises all the power of the first beast, it too is an empire that rules the same area of the Middle East, but hails from a different part of the world, insomuch as the first beast rises from the sea, while the second beast rises from the Earth. This eighth empire has horns like a lamb (appears peaceful), but speaks like a dragon (powerful and warlike). It causes all that dwell on Earth to worship the first beast whose deadly wound was healed. This refers to the wounded head mentioned in Revelation 13: 3. These are the seven heads of the first beast (1)Babylon (2)Media Persia (3)Assyria (4) Egypt (5)Greece (6)Rome, (7) British Empire.
The wounded head is the 5th kingdom, and was the Grecian Empire of Alexander the Great. Alexander was given his power, seat and great authority by the dragon = beast from bottomless pit - Revelation 13: 2 & 17: 8-13. The dragon thereby ruled all the known world through the Grecian Empire, and Alexander the Great, it's first king. When Alexander suddenly died at a very young age the dragon was wounded or cut off from power, and the Grecian Empire was divided into four kingdoms, the Antigonid, Seleucid, Bactrian and Ptolemaic Empires. The dragon is later resurrected however = healed, or comes to power once again in the future through another man who rules over an eighth empire, which is a mirror image of the Grecian Empire, or the image of the beast.
The second beast kingdom possesses great wealth, and military might, and it causes the people of the Earth to worship the first beast whose deadly wound was healed. This points to the 5th head of the First beast of Revelation 13, representing the Grecian Empire of Alexander the Great. It deceives the people of the Earth by means of it's greatness, because it appears peaceful (horns like a lamb), but is really warlike (speaks like a dragon), and saying to them that dwell upon the Earth, to make an image to the beast which had the wound by a sword and did live. The second beast kingdom is saying to the people of the Earth, that they should make an image = (representation or likeness) of the fifth head = Grecian Empire, as it existed during the time of Alexander. The second beast gives life to this representation and makes it speak. This means that the second beast kingdom is itself an image of the Grecian Empire, and causes as many as do not worship this same image to be destroyed.
Ancient Greece was an empire of city states, and the birthplace of democracy, constitutional government, and the democratic republic. An image of the Grecian Empire is a likeness of the Grecian Civilization. This would include the concepts of free enterprise, states, democracy, and the democratic republic. From these Grecian concepts sprang the United States of America. The United States itself is an image or likeness of the Grecian Civilization. From it's name, it's coinage, the concept of free enterprise, it's system of laws, it's form of constitutional government, the democratic republic, and even down to some of the architecture we see in Washington, and the names of some of it's cities. All of these things had their origins in ancient Grecia.
The United States is telling the people of the world that they should worship democracy and free enterprise, and pattern their nations and governments in the same likeness or image of democracy and constitutional government, as it is, and as the Grecian Empire was during the time of Alexander the Great. It gives support (life) to the democratic nations of the world, and causes the non-democratic nations to be destroyed. The U.S. appears peaceful but is really warlike, and has been involved in many wars, and even now is involved in yet another war. In this way the Bible has predicted that an empire would rise up in the end times, in the likeness of the Grecian Empire, and in the same image of a democratic republic, and cause the rest of the world to remake itself in this same image of democracy. The only nation that fits is the United States of America, the main proponent of democracy in the modern world. It is obvious that the founding fathers of the United States patterned their new nation after the Grecian form of government and the democratic republic. The United States is therefore the second beast kingdom of Revelation 13.
The Mark Of The Beast - 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 Revelation 13: 16 - 17
Single World Currency &, Global Banking System: The mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads, is symbolic of a currency, and a numbered banking system. No one can buy or sell unless they use the currency and banking system of the second beast empire, because the monetary system and currency of this empire dominates the entire world in the final days before the arrival of the Kingdom of God.
U.S. Dollar: The U.S. Dollar is the world's reserve currency, and dominates world markets, and is the main currency in use by the global economy today, and nobody on Earth can buy or sell on the international scene without using the Dollar. This prophecy is no doubt aimed at the United States, and the global economy of which it dominates. The mark of the beast, and the number of his name, is the currency or script of the second beast empire which displays the name of the nation from which it originates = The United States Of America, the denomination or value of the currency = number, and the image of a President upon it's face = his name.The United States is represented by The Second Beast of Revelation 13, and the U.S. Dollar is the mark of the beast, or the monetary script = (paper money), or currency of the United States which dominates the global economy in the end times.
The Number Of The Beast: 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. Revelation 13:18
The 'number of the beast' is not to be confused with the 'mark of the beast' which represents the banking system and currency of the second beast empire - Rev. 13: 16-17. That is why Rev. 13: 18 begins with, "Here is wisdom." The 'number of the beast' is the 'number of a man'. This points to a specific personage, a man. Because it is both the number of the beast, and a man, and synonymous with the second beast kingdom, it indicates that this man is a ruler of the second beast empire, and is also empowered by the beast from the bottomless pit. His number is 666 which is thought to be the numerical equivalent of his name. This of course is the so called anti-christ, or Beast as the Bible so designates, and because the United States is the Second Beast of Revelation 13, which is the eighth empire, this man must then be a President of the United States.
Is the 'Beast' generic? The ' Beast' is a ruler of the Second Beast of Revelation 13, a global empire, and the 'Dragon', also known as the ' beast that ascends from the bottomless pit', secretly empowers this empire, as it did the Grecian Empire and Alexander the Great. Consequently, any man who becomes the ruler of such a demonically controlled empire during the later days before the arrival of the Kingdom of God, would by default become the 'Beast', or so-called 'Anti-Christ', because of his association with these forces, and as a representative of the Second Beast Empire. The 'Beast' could be similar in name to 'Caesar' which denotes any ruler of the Roman Empire after the reign of Julius Caesar. This is not to say that the United States is an evil empire, ruled by evil men, but that the United States is now under the control of evil forces, or people aligned with evil intent, and any President elected in the later days, voluntarily or not, is controlled by these same forces.
The Anti-christ Myth
The Bible makes no mention of a specific person known as Anti-christ. Bible scholars and anyone who has read or studied the Bible will testify that this is true. Anti-christ is a myth propagated by non-biblical sources, and the general public not well versed in Bible study that take these non-biblical sources as reality, instead of reading the Bible for themselves, and discovering the truth of what I say. The term Anti-christ is not even mentioned once in the Book of Revelation, and the only place you will find it mentioned at all is in 1 John, and 2 John, but only in the context of the general non-believer in Christ, and not as the demonic end time personage of popular legend. Those waiting for the Anti-christ to appear before the return of Jesus Christ, and the arrival of the Kingdom of God, will never witness this event, and will be taken completely by surprise when the Kingdom of God arrives without such a personage on the scene. Those who propagate the Anti-christ myth are teaching a false doctrine not biblically supported.
The Bible does mention a demonically possessed ruler of an eighth empire referred to as The Second Beast of Revelation 13, who also rules in the former Seleucid portion of the Middle East, but he is referred to as the Beast, and not Anti-christ. He is empowered by the same demonic force, the Dragon, and the beast that ascended from the bottomless pit, that gave Alexander the Great his power, and his seat, and great authority - see The First Beast of Revelation 13. He rules an empire that dominates a global economy, so that no one can buy or sell without the mark of the beast, or the currency and banking system of this end time empire, and similar to Alexander the Great, he is obsessed with war, conquering, and empire building. The Beast may in fact not be a specific personage at all, but any ruler of this global empire during a period when the Dragon, or the Beast from the pit, has taken control in the final days before the arrival of the Kingdom of God.
Within the pages of this website I have revealed the identity of this eighth global empire to be the United States of America, and the Beast must therefore be a President of the United States. Since 9/11 a profound change has taken place within the United States, so that a nation once centered in peace, has now become a nation of war, aggression, military might, and empire building on a global scale. Many have noticed this change, and it's as if some demonic force has taken control of the United States, and has usurped the power of government, making any President who takes office merely a puppet of this power that rules secretly in the background. Just as the Bible forewarned, the Dragon is now in control of this global empire. Because of this, you cannot look to any specific personage, such as President Bush, or President Obama, as the Beast of biblical renown, because once the legitimate government of the United States was taken over by this demonic force, or group of individuals, any President elected to office will likewise be a puppet of this same demonic force.
These prophecies have already come to pass, and the Ten Kingdoms, the Second Beast of Revelation 13, and the demonically empowered ruler known as the Beast are already here. The great global economic crash described in Revelation 18, is now already upon us, and is major news across this land and around the world. Tensions are now building in the Middle East, and very soon Palestine, and Jerusalem will be engulfed in war. These are the final days, and the return of Jesus Christ, and the arrival of the Kingdom of God are at the door. Heed the Biblical warning to prepare, and don't be fooled by those who propagate myths not supported by biblical facts. Don't wait for the fulfillment of myth while true Bible Prophecy has already come to pass. The Dragon has made it so that in these final days true Bible Prophecy has been clouded over by urban myth, and legend, so that many are fooled into believing a false doctrine, and many are lead astray by false prophecy, not actually expounded in the Bible.
Revelation 17: 10, clearly indicates that five of the aforementioned empires had already come and gone prior to the Roman Empire, which was the sixth. The seventh was yet to come, and would rule Iraq for only a brief period of time, and from this seventh empire, ten smaller kingdoms would arise - Revelation 13. To be included in this lineup, the seventh empire must not only rule the location of Babylon, but must also create ten smaller kingdoms within the same area. The Ottoman Empire did not meet the later requirement. However, the British Empire did.
The fact that the Persians regained control of this region following the fall of Rome, and the Ottoman Empire subsequently took it from the Persians, does not mean that they are to be included in the list. It can also be said the Ottoman Empire never really ruled Iraq, because during this period of history, Iraq was split into tribal factions, Sunni/Shia, and could not be completely brought under Ottoman rule unless through proxy alliances via tribal leaders. Iraq remained an unstable and independent entity existing within the outskirts of Ottoman rule. During this period Iraq was also ruled by Mamluk armies, which acted as Ottoman proxies, http://www.worldology.com/Iraq/ottoman_empire.htm, and later took complete control. The bottom line is that it's not every empire or nation state that may have ruled Iraq since the time of ancient Babylon, but only specific empires which meet all the other Biblical requirements. Since we know that six were already gone by the end of the Roman Empire - Rev. 17: 10, it's only the seventh and eighth that really matter. The seventh, British Empire, is identified by it's temporary rule of Iraq, and the subsequent creation of ten kingdoms. The eighth, United States, can not only be identified by it's rule of Iraq, but also because it's an image, or likeness, of the Grecian Empire of Alexander the Great, and similarly seeks domination of the world. It is also the monetary hub of the world, whereas nobody can buy or sell without the use of it's currency and banking system which fits Revelation 13, as the second beast thereof.
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