146. My Vision Conclusive on

Revelation 17:10, 11


October 10, 2017


http://omega77.tripod.com/myvisionfinalrev17.htm



God gives sufficient evidence for the candid mind to believe; but he who turns from the weight of evidence because there are a few things which he cannot make plain to his finite understanding, will be left in the cold, chilling atmosphere of unbelief and questioning doubts, and will make shipwreck of faith.”—Testimonies for the Church Vol. 4:232, 233. (Italics author’s.) {9MR 204.4}

 

God intends that even in this life the truths of His Word shall be ever unfolding to His people. There is only one way in which this knowledge can be obtained. We can attain to an understanding of God’s Word only through the illumination of that Spirit by which the Word was given.... And the Saviour’s promise to His followers was, “When He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth.... For He shall receive of Mine, and shall show it unto you.” John 16:13, 14. {CSA 46.7}


 

This afternoon of October 10, 2017, after much study and working things out so that NOTHING CONTRADICTS, the Lord confirmed my findings in a vision on the meaning of Revelation 17:10, 11, as far as we may understand it to this date. I was of the opinion that God might not reveal the meaning of Revelation 17:10, 11, but to correct this view, God gave me the following remarkable vision that is without contradiction. God wanted me to do my homework so I would be versed in all the options before He showed me the true one. God wanted me to first prove all the contradictions that are circulating as the popular version teaching that the popes are the seven heads (kings) in Revelation 17:10, 11.


This a.m. I fully proved many contradictory factors to the seven heads being seven popes from the time of the Lateran Treaty on down to Pope Francis. http://omega77.tripod.com/popefrancisasnumber8.htm

That theory totally violates the following instruction of inspiration:

Weight of Evidence Formula: "1. Every word must have its proper bearing on the subject presented in the Bible 2. All Scripture is necessary, and may be understood by diligent application and study 3. Nothing revealed in Scripture can or will be hid from those who ask in faith, not wavering 4. To understand doctrine, bring all the scriptures together on the subject you wish to know, then let every word have its proper influence and if you can form your theory without a contradiction, you cannot be in error. 5. Scripture must be its own expositor, [interpreter] since it is a rule of itself. If I depend on a teacher to expound to me, and he should guess at its meaning, or desire to have it so on account of his sectarian creed, or to be thought wise, then his guessing, desire, creed, or wisdom is my rule, and not the Bible." E.G. White, Second Advent Review and Herald, 11-25-84, pr. 24.


I was shown that those who mistake the seven heads as being the popes from the Lateran Treaty on down to Pope Francis, will stubbornly hold to their view, just as they stubbornly hold to keeping the feast days. I was shown the pride of the author of the World’s Last Chance website, and that he will not relent until he is proven wrong by history itself.


The following interpretation of Revelation 17:10, 11, is entirely without contradiction.


I was shown that the seven kings (heads) of Revelation 17:10, are pagan members of the Synagogue of Satan. They are as follows:

1.    Egypt

2.    Assyria

3.    Babylon

4.    Persia

5.    Greece

6.    Rome (Rome has adopted paganism from all of the other 5 heads that reigned before her.)

7.    United States as the Lamblike beast that will speak as a dragon and will do the will of Rome in a way that the world will ask: Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him? This connotes WORLD POWER as surely as the other six heads had. Rev 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?


My angel showed me that it would be a great mistake to conclude that America as the Lamblike beast that will speak as a Dragon, is not one of the PRIME KINGS of Revelation 17! It is also significant that America has subsidized Israel with billions, and now has a military base in Israel, from which it will eventually strike at Iran. This factor figures in the 10 horns of the beast, for Satan will set up his throne in the sides of the North of a third temple built in Jerusalem, and rule the 9 other horns from there for a very short time. He will declare peace and safety, and sudden destruction will ensue.


The confederacy between Rome, the United States, and the Ten horns on the beast the woman rides upon, give their power to the antichrist Roman Pope, who will rule for 3½ years (42 months), Rev. 13:1-5, after which Satan comes of the bottomless pit as the EIGHTH KING over the world. He is of the 7 heads because they are part of his confederacy against Christ and Christians, and constitute the Synagogue of Satan, to wit:

Ellen White’s comments on Revelation 17:  “13, 14 (chs. 13:11-17; 16:13-16). A Confederacy of Satan’s Forces.—[Rev, 17:13, quoted.]” ‘These have one mind. There will be a universal bond of union, one great harmony, a confederacy of Satan’s forces.’ “And shall give their power and strength unto the beast.” [Meaning Rome—Sea Beast of Rev. 13] ‘Thus is manifested the same arbitrary, oppressive power against religious liberty, freedom to worship God according to the dictates of conscience, as was manifested by the papacy, when in the past it persecuted those who dared to refuse to conform with the religious rites and ceremonies of Romanism.’


In the warfare to be waged in the last days there will be united, in opposition to God’s people, all the corrupt powers that have apostatized from allegiance to the law of Jehovah. In this warfare the Sabbath of the fourth commandment will be the great point at issue; for in the Sabbath commandment the great Lawgiver identifies Himself as the Creator of the heavens and the earth (MS 24, 1891). E. G. White, SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 7, p. 983.


All of the above seven “Kings” under the scarlet beast (Dragon--Satan) are representative of those that oppos(ed) God’s people and their work on earth. They are all pagan powers. THE FIRST FIVE WERE FALLEN WHEN JOHN WROTE REVELATION. That is why He said “FIVE ARE FALLEN,” to wit:


Those who enumerate the first five heads as Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, and Greece consider that the point indicated by v. 10 is the time of John, when the vision was given.” SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 7, p. 856.


The above statement is PRIME PROOF, that the five heads stated were FALLEN when John wrote Revelation 17:10.


The Eighth King


Rev 17:10   And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. 


Note: America will continue for a relatively short space compared to the six other ancient kings.


Rev 17:11   And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.


The eighth King is the beast that carries the woman whore. This is Satan who comes out of the bottomless pit during the sounding of the 5th angel.


Rev 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

 

Strong's Definition (Help) (Legend)

?π?????? Apoll??n, ap-ol-loo'-ohn; active participle of G622; a destroyer (i.e. Satan):—Apollyon.


·       Rev 9:1   And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. 


·       Rev 9:2   And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. 


The Ten Heads on the Beast That Carries the Scarlet Whore


Rev 17:12  And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 


The only ten kings that have received no kingdom as yet, but receive power as kings ONE HOUR with Satan, the beast, are the ten divisions of the New World Order of elitist Jews. They have already proposed the dividing of the world into 10 distinct areas. They hate the Roman whore and always have from the days of Christ they have hated Rome and Christians. They give power to the whore beast for one hour, in order to “use her” 2 billion members as slaves after the New World Order assumes power under Satan himself. The Jesuit Jews who originated with Ignatius of Loyola, and referred to as Marranos Jews, infiltrated the church and will instruct all Catholics who take the Mark, to become slaves of Satan and his Jewish subjects who also control Israel under Kaballah Zionism, which hates Christians and Christ. I was shown that this is why they pretend to be Catholic and Christian so as to be better able to recruit slaves from all who take the Mark. And this is why they pretend to be Christians in all the churches which they have invaded.

 

Rev 17:13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. 


·       There are ten other major powers of the earth (ten kings) who receive power as Kings for one hour with the beast of Rome. Rev 17:12  And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 


·       Zionist Israel is one of the PRIME ten horns. She sits on seven hills as well.


·       The ten horns hate the whore and will finally burn her. Rev. 17:16.


·       The ten horn Kings other than Rome, shall be of one mind (purpose) and will give their power and strength unto the beast (Rome—antichrist) for one hour. Rev 17:13   These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. 


·       What is described in Revelation 17, is the feet and toes kingdoms described by Daniel 2, to wit:

Dan 2:41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.

Dan 2:42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.


·       The ten toes equal the ten horns, or ten kings who give their power and strength unto the beast for one hour, in order to “use” her and her 2 billion members, which at heart hate the whore as many Kabballah Jews hate Christ and Christians and will burn the whore and kill Christians:


·       Rev 17:16   And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. 


·       The only power comprised of Kings on the earth that are powerful enough financially to kill and burn the Roman Whore with fire, is the Kabbalah Jewish banker elitists who worship Lucifer. I was shown in vision that this is what John is referring to when speaking of the beast that CARRIES, SUPPORTS the whore for a time, ONE HOUR, while really hating her and desiring to kill and burn her and her adherent MEMBERS. This applies also to those who are Rome’s fallen daughters which comprise fallen Babylon as well. This intention to burn the whore, includes all who confess Christ, and claim to be Christians. Satan and his agents (TEN KINGS) hate ALL CHRISTIANS, Catholic and otherwise. They are not going to ask you what denomination you belong to. They intend to kill ALL CHRISTIANS PERIOD. The ten-horned beast that hates the whore, hates all Christians. The only true Christians who will not be killed are the 144,000. But there is one qualification: Christians who agree to take the Mark and be slaves to the Jews, will be spared.


Although this is my final conclusive vision on Revelation 17, I still have reserved proofs that I will present at a later time. I consider this vision to be one of the most important I have ever had, and the greatest proof of my prophetic gift, as this issue has been the most difficult for man to resolve, and at the time of this writing, I know of no other interpretation of Revelation 17:10, 11, that is without contradiction.


In the Name of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,


Ronald William Beaulieu

 

 

 

 

 Further Elaborations on Revelation 17 | Implications of Pope Francis Being the Eighth King of Revelation 17?


October 14, 2017


http://omega77.tripod.com/popefrancisasnumber8.htm



Rev 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

 

?π?????? Apoll??n, ap-ol-loo'-ohn; active participle of G622; a destroyer (i.e. Satan):—Apollyon.


 

Man has an incessant need to think that he knows all. But God has instructed that some things should be sealed up until the very end. Some are teaching that Pope Francis is the eighth king/Pope of Revelation 17. If that were true, I want to demonstrate the implications of such a teaching from the following verses from Revelation 17 and Revelation Chapter 8 and 9:

 

Rev 17:7   And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. 


Rev 17:8   The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. 


In context of verse 7 and 8, above, John is speaking in both verses of the beast that carries the whore, and that ascends out of the bottomless pit.


Rev 17:10   And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. 

Rev 17:11   And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. 

 

Rev 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

 

Strong's Definition (Help) (Legend)

?π?????? Apoll??n, ap-ol-loo'-ohn; active participle of G622; a destroyer (i.e. Satan):—Apollyon.

 

Implications of teaching that Pope Francis is the eighth King/Pope of Revelation 17.

·       There is a beast that carries the woman, the whore, Roman Catholicism. That beast has seven heads and ten horns.

·       The beast that carries the woman ascends from the bottomless pit.

·       That beast that carries the woman has carried her during her full career—the full duration of the Roman Catholic church and the full duration of ALL the pope’s who ever ruled.

·       The beast that carries the woman that John saw, WAS/IS NOT/ AND IS, and shall ascend OUT OF THE BOTTOMLESS PIT.

·       The Bible says that the beast from the bottomless pit is Apollyon, Satan.

·       Pope Francis would have to be Satan, ascended out of the bottomless pit.

·       Thus, Pope Francis would have had to carry the whore since the inception of the Catholic church!

·       The bottomless pit is not opened until the fifth angel sounds, Rev. 9:1.

·       All that occurs before the fifth angel sounds (Rev. 8:7-9:2) would have had to occur BEFORE Pope Francis became Pope!

·       Rev 8:7  The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.  

·       Rev 8:8  And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; 

·       Rev 8:9   And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed. 

·       Rev 8:10  And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; 

·       Rev 8:11   And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter. 

·       Rev 8:12  And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise. 

·       Rev 9:1  And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. 

·       Rev 9:2   And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. 

·       Pope Francis would have to be Satan. Rev 9:11   And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

·       Pope Francis will have to personate Jesus Christ.

·       Ellen White did not comment on Revelation 17:10.

Rev 8:1  And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. 

Rev 8:2   And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets

Rev 8:3   And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 

Rev 8:4   And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand. 

Rev 8:5   And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. 

Rev 8:6  And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. 

Rev 8:7  The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.  

Rev 8:8  And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; 

Rev 8:9   And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed. 

Rev 8:10  And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; 

Rev 8:11   And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter. 

Rev 8:12  And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise. 

Rev 8:13  And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

Rev 9:1  And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. 

Rev 9:2   And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. 

Rev 9:3   And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 

Rev 9:4   And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. 

Rev 9:5   And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. 

Rev 9:6   And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. 

Rev 9:7  And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. 

Rev 9:8   And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. 

Rev 9:9   And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. 

Rev 9:10   And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. 

Rev 9:11   And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. 

Rev 9:12  One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter. 

Rev 9:13  And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 

Rev 9:14   Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 

Rev 9:15   And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. 

Rev 9:16   And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. 

Rev 9:17   And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. 

Rev 9:18   By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. 

Rev 9:19   For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt. 

Rev 9:20  And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:  

Rev 9:21   Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.


Conclusions


·       Pope Francis IS NOT the eighth King. He is indeed the eighth pope since the Lateran Treaty of 1929, but he cannot be the eighth King, who has carried the whore from her inception.


·       Revelation 17:10, 11 has been so confusing to man that there has not been a definite correct interpretation to the time of this document.


·       Rev 17:10   And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. 


·       Rev 17:11   And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. 


·       Ellen White said that some of the prophesies won’t be understood until they have been fulfilled. Rev. 10:7, supports this fact.


·       If we believe God’s Word, just as it reads, as Ellen White instructs, no man will fully understand the meaning of Revelation 17:10, 11, until John prophesies again. Rev. 10:7 and 10:11. That does not mean that some further Revelation won’t contribute to a far better understanding by way of interpretation.


·       What John did not write (Rev. 10:4), was a FULL explanation of Revelation 17:10, He did say that the beast the woman rides upon is the beast that comes out from the bottomless pit.


·       After the resurrection of the dead, John and Daniel will explain their visions more fully for the people of God, for it will not be until then that the mystery of God should be finished. We should take the Word of God just as it reads, or some will be justified in coming against us.


·       Ellen White also commented: “The special light given to John which was expressed in the seven thunders was a delineation of events which would transpire under the first and second angels’ messages. It was not best for the people to know these things, for their faith must necessarily be tested. In the order of God most wonderful and advanced truths would be proclaimed. The first and second angel’s messages were to be proclaimed, but no further light was to be revealed before these messages had done their specific work.” SDA Bible Commentary 7a, p. 971.


·       We simply don’t know what John did not write! That will be revealed when he prophesies again.


·       Does God intend that we understand Revelation 17:10, before John prophesies again, before the seventh angel sounds? We shall see. But in the meantime, all of the contradictions I have posed, to Pope Francis being the 8th King, will have to be answered as well.


·       There IS NOT at the present time, one single explanation by man of Revelation 17:10, that is not without contradiction. The explanation given by the World’s Last Chance website, is full of contradictions to the Biblical record as I have proven in this document.

 

Rev 10:4   And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not

Rev 10:5  And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, 

Rev 10:6   And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: 

Rev 10:7   But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets

Rev 10:8  And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. 

Rev 10:9  And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. 

Rev 10:10  And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. 

Rev 10:11   And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. 


~rwb




Further Evidence on Revelation 17:10


October 14, 2017


http://omega77.tripod.com/revelation17ellenwhiteon.htm


This week I was given a vision totally disproving the current popular theory that the popes since the Lateran Treaty of 1929, constitute the 7 kings of Revelation 17:10. I demonstrated serious contradictions associated with that theory. I said that further evidence would be forthcoming, and I am presenting some of that evidence in this document.

 

http://omega77.tripod.com/popefrancisasnumber8.htm

 

http://omega77.tripod.com/myvisionfinalrev17.htm

 

Additional Evidential Proof

 

When John wrote Revelation 17:10, there were five fallen kings. I listed them. Then John said: ONE IS. Heretofore, I did not identify the “ONE IS.” The “ONE IS” at the time of John’s writing of Revelation was Rome.

 

The other that was not yet come was America, the two horned Lamb Beast that would speak like a dragon. In this document, I am going to add data about the two horned Lamb beast, and all that Ellen White had to say by way of commentary on Revelation 17.

 

Rev 17:10   And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. 

 

America was not yet come into being when John wrote.

 

The Two Horned Lamblike Beast That Will Speak as a Dragon

 

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

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. 

Rev 13:13   And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 

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. 

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. 

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: 

Rev 13:17   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. 

Rev 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. 

 

Ellen White on the Lamblike Beast of Revelation 13

 

At this point another symbol is introduced. Says the prophet: “I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb.” Verse 11. Both the appearance of this beast and the manner of its rise indicate that the nation which it represents is unlike those presented under the preceding symbols. The great kingdoms that have ruled the world were presented to the prophet Daniel as beasts of prey, rising when “the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.” Daniel 7:2. In Revelation 17 an angel explained that waters represent “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” Revelation 17:15. Winds are a symbol of strife. The four winds of heaven striving upon the great sea represent the terrible scenes of conquest and revolution by which kingdoms have attained to power. {GC 439.3}


But the beast with lamblike horns was seen “coming up out of the earth.” Instead of overthrowing other powers to establish itself, the nation thus represented must arise in territory previously unoccupied and grow up gradually and peacefully. It could not, then, arise among the crowded and struggling nationalities of the Old World—that turbulent sea of “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” It must be sought in the Western Continent. {GC 440.1}


What nation of the New World was in 1798 rising into power, giving promise of strength and greatness, and attracting the attention of the world? The application of the symbol admits of no question. One nation, and only one, meets the specifications of this prophecy; it points unmistakably to the United States of America. Again and again the thought, almost the exact words, of the sacred writer has been unconsciously employed by the orator and the historian in describing the rise and growth of this nation. The beast was seen “coming up out of the earth;” and, according to the translators, the word here rendered “coming up” literally signifies “to grow or spring up as a plant.” And, as we have seen, the nation must arise in territory previously unoccupied. A prominent writer, describing the rise of the United States, speaks of “the mystery of her coming forth from vacancy,“ and says: “Like a silent seed we grew into empire.”—G. A. Townsend, The New World Compared With the Old, page 462. A European journal in 1850 spoke of the United States as a wonderful empire, which was “emerging,” and “amid the silence of the earth daily adding to its power and pride.”—The Dublin Nation. Edward Everett, in an oration on the Pilgrim founders of this nation, said: “Did they look for a retired spot, inoffensive for its obscurity, and safe in its remoteness, where the little church of Leyden might enjoy the freedom of conscience? Behold the mighty regions over which, in peaceful conquest, ... they have borne the banners of the cross!”—Speech delivered at Plymouth, Massachusetts, Dec. 22, 1824, page 11. {GC 440.2}


And he had two horns like a lamb.” The lamblike horns indicate youth, innocence, and gentleness, fitly representing the character of the United States when presented to the prophet as “coming up” in 1798. Among the Christian exiles who first fled to America and sought an asylum from royal oppression and priestly intolerance were many who determined to establish a government upon the broad foundation of civil and religious liberty. Their views found place in the Declaration of Independence, which sets forth the great truth that “all men are created equal” and endowed with the inalienable right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” And the Constitution guarantees to the people the right of self-government, providing that representatives elected by the popular vote shall enact and administer the laws. Freedom of religious faith was also granted, every man being permitted to worship God according to the dictates of his conscience. Republicanism and Protestantism became the fundamental principles of the nation. These principles are the secret of its power and prosperity. The oppressed and downtrodden throughout Christendom have turned to this land with interest and hope. Millions have sought its shores, and the United States has risen to a place among the most powerful nations of the earth. {GC 441.1}


But the beast with lamblike horns “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; ... 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.” Revelation 13:11-14. {GC 441.2}

 

Note by Ron: Notice (above) that America causes THE EARTH AND THEM THAT DWELL THEREIN TO WORSHIP THE FIRST BEAST, whose deadly wound was healed. This is indicative of wielding the same WORLD power as the six other kings of Revelation 17:10. End note.

 

The lamblike horns and dragon voice of the symbol point to a striking contradiction between the professions and the practice of the nation thus represented. The “speaking” of the nation is the action of its legislative and judicial authorities. By such action it will give the lie to those liberal and peaceful principles which it has put forth as the foundation of its policy. The prediction that it will speak “as a dragon” and exercise “all the power of the first beast” plainly foretells a development of the spirit of intolerance and persecution that was manifested by the nations represented by the dragon and the leopardlike beast. And the statement that the beast with two horns “causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast” indicates that the authority of this nation is to be exercised in enforcing some observance which shall be an act of homage to the papacy. {GC 442.1}


Such action would be directly contrary to the principles of this government, to the genius of its free institutions, to the direct and solemn avowals of the Declaration of Independence, and to the Constitution. The founders of the nation wisely sought to guard against the employment of secular power on the part of the church, with its inevitable result—intolerance and persecution. The Constitution provides that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” and that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” Only in flagrant violation of these safeguards to the nation’s liberty, can any religious observance be enforced by civil authority. But the inconsistency of such action is no greater than is represented in the symbol. It is the beast with lamblike horns—in profession pure, gentle, and harmless—that speaks as a dragon. {GC 442.2}


Saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast.” Here is clearly presented a form of government in which the legislative power rests with the people, a most striking evidence that the United States is the nation denoted in the prophecy. {GC 442.3}


But what is the “image to the beast”? and how is it to be formed? The image is made by the two-horned beast, and is an image to the beast. It is also called an image of the beast. Then to learn what the image is like and how it is to be formed we must study the characteristics of the beast itself—the papacy. {GC 443.1}


When the early church became corrupted by departing from the simplicity of the gospel and accepting heathen rites and customs, she lost the Spirit and power of God; and in order to control the consciences of the people, she sought the support of the secular power. The result was the papacy, a church that controlled the power of the state and employed it to further her own ends, especially for the punishment of “heresy.” In order for the United States to form an image of the beast, the religious power must so control the civil government that the authority of the state will also be employed by the church to accomplish her own ends. {GC 443.2}


Whenever the church has obtained secular power, she has employed it to punish dissent from her doctrines. Protestant churches that have followed in the steps of Rome by forming alliance with worldly powers have manifested a similar desire to restrict liberty of conscience. An example of this is given in the long-continued persecution of dissenters by the Church of England. During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, thousands of nonconformist ministers were forced to flee from their churches, and many, both of pastors and people, were subjected to fine, imprisonment, torture, and martyrdom. {GC 443.3}


It was apostasy that led the early church to seek the aid of the civil government, and this prepared the way for the development of the papacy—the beast. Said Paul: “There” shall “come a falling away, ... and that man of sin be revealed.” 2 Thessalonians 2:3. So apostasy in the church will prepare the way for the image to the beast. {GC 443.4}


The Bible declares that before the coming of the Lord there will exist a state of religious declension similar to that in the first centuries. “In the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5. “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” 1 Timothy 4:1. Satan will work “with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness.” And all that “received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved,” will be left to accept “strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11. When this state of ungodliness shall be reached, the same results will follow as in the first centuries. {GC 444.1}


The wide diversity of belief in the Protestant churches is regarded by many as decisive proof that no effort to secure a forced uniformity can ever be made. But there has been for years, in churches of the Protestant faith, a strong and growing sentiment in favor of a union based upon common points of doctrine. To secure such a union, the discussion of subjects upon which all were not agreed—however important they might be from a Bible standpoint—must necessarily be waived. {GC 444.2}


Charles Beecher, in a sermon in the year 1846, declared that the ministry of “the evangelical Protestant denominations” is “not only formed all the way up under a tremendous pressure of merely human fear, but they live, and move, and breathe in a state of things radically corrupt, and appealing every hour to every baser element of their nature to hush up the truth, and bow the knee to the power of apostasy. Was not this the way things went with Rome? Are we not living her life over again? And what do we see just ahead? Another general council! A world’s convention! Evangelical alliance, and universal creed!”—Sermon on “The Bible a Sufficient Creed,” delivered at Fort Wayne, Indiana, Feb. 22, 1846. When this shall be gained, then, in the effort to secure complete uniformity, it will be only a step to the resort to force. {GC 444.3}


When the leading churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of doctrine as are held by them in common, shall influence the state to enforce their decrees and to sustain their institutions, then Protestant America will have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters will inevitably result. {GC 445.1}


The beast with two horns “causeth [commands] 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. The third angel’s warning is: “If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God.” “The beast” mentioned in this message, whose worship is enforced by the two-horned beast, is the first, or leopardlike beast of Revelation 13—the papacy. The “image to the beast” represents that form of apostate Protestantism which will be developed when the Protestant churches shall seek the aid of the civil power for the enforcement of their dogmas. The “mark of the beast” still remains to be defined. {GC 445.2}


After the warning against the worship of the beast and his image the prophecy declares: “Here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Since those who keep God’s commandments are thus placed in contrast with those that worship the beast and his image and receive his mark, it follows that the keeping of God’s law, on the one hand, and its violation, on the other, will make the distinction between the worshipers of God and the worshipers of the beast. {GC 445.3}


The special characteristic of the beast, and therefore of his image, is the breaking of God’s commandments. Says Daniel, of the little horn, the papacy: “He shall think to change times and the law.” Daniel 7:25, R.V. And Paul styled the same power the “man of sin,” who was to exalt himself above God. One prophecy is a complement of the other. Only by changing God’s law could the papacy exalt itself above God; whoever should understandingly keep the law as thus changed would be giving supreme honor to that power by which the change was made. Such an act of obedience to papal laws would be a mark of allegiance to the pope in the place of God. {GC 446.1}


The papacy has attempted to change the law of God. The second commandment, forbidding image worship, has been dropped from the law, and the fourth commandment has been so changed as to authorize the observance of the first instead of the seventh day as the Sabbath. But papists urge, as a reason for omitting the second commandment, that it is unnecessary, being included in the first, and that they are giving the law exactly as God designed it to be understood. This cannot be the change foretold by the prophet. An intentional, deliberate change is presented: “He shall think to change the times and the law.” The change in the fourth commandment exactly fulfills the prophecy. For this the only authority claimed is that of the church. Here the papal power openly sets itself above God. {GC 446.2}


While the worshipers of God will be especially distinguished by their regard for the fourth commandment,—since this is the sign of His creative power and the witness to His claim upon man’s reverence and homage,—the worshipers of the beast will be distinguished by their efforts to tear down the Creator’s memorial, to exalt the institution of Rome. It was in behalf of the Sunday that popery first asserted its arrogant claims (see Appendix); and its first resort to the power of the state was to compel the observance of Sunday as “the Lord’s day.” But the Bible points to the seventh day, and not to the first, as the Lord’s day. Said Christ: “The Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.” The fourth commandment declares: “The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord.” And by the prophet Isaiah the Lord designates it: “My holy day.” Mark 2:28; Isaiah 58:13. {GC 446.3}


The claim so often put forth that Christ changed the Sabbath is disproved by His own words. In His Sermon on the Mount He said: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven,” Matthew 5:17-19. {GC 447.1}


It is a fact generally admitted by Protestants that the Scriptures give no authority for the change of the Sabbath. This is plainly stated in publications issued by the American Tract Society and the American Sunday School Union. One of these works acknowledges “the complete silence of the New Testament so far as any explicit command for the Sabbath [Sunday, the first day of the week] or definite rules for its observance are concerned.”—George Elliott, The Abiding Sabbath, page 184. {GC 447.2}


Another says: “Up to the time of Christ’s death, no change had been made in the day;” and, “so far as the record shows, they [the apostles] did not ... give any explicit command enjoining the abandonment of the seventh-day Sabbath, and its observance on the first day of the week.”—A. E. Waffle, The Lord’s Day, pages 186-188. {GC 447.3}

Roman Catholics acknowledge that the change of the Sabbath was made by their church, and declare that Protestants by observing the Sunday are recognizing her power. In the Catholic Catechism of Christian Religion, in answer to a question as to the day to be observed in obedience to the fourth commandment, this statement is made: “During the old law, Saturday was the day sanctified; but the church, instructed by Jesus Christ, and directed by the Spirit of God, has substituted Sunday for Saturday; so now we sanctify the first, not the seventh day. Sunday means, and now is, the day of the Lord.” {GC 447.4}


As the sign of the authority of the Catholic Church, papist writers cite “the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of; ... because by keeping Sunday, they acknowledge the church’s power to ordain feasts, and to command them under sin.”—Henry Tuberville, An Abridgment of the Christian Doctrine, page 58. What then is the change of the Sabbath, but the sign, or mark, of the authority of the Roman Church—“the mark of the beast”? {GC 448.1}


The Roman Church has not relinquished her claim to supremacy; and when the world and the Protestant churches accept a sabbath of her creating, while they reject the Bible Sabbath, they virtually admit this assumption. They may claim the authority of tradition and of the Fathers for the change; but in so doing they ignore the very principle which separates them from Rome—that “the Bible, and the Bible only, is the religion of Protestants.” The papist can see that they are deceiving themselves, willingly closing their eyes to the facts in the case. As the movement for Sunday enforcement gains favor, he rejoices, feeling assured that it will eventually bring the whole Protestant world under the banner of Rome. {GC 448.2}


Romanists declare that “the observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the [Catholic] Church.”—Mgr. Segur, Plain Talk About the Protestantism of Today, page 213. The enforcement of Sunday keeping on the part of Protestant churches is an enforcement of the worship of the papacy—of the beast. Those who, understanding the claims of the fourth commandment, choose to observe the false instead of the true Sabbath are thereby paying homage to that power by which alone it is commanded. But in the very act of enforcing a religious duty by secular power, the churches would themselves form an image to the beast; hence the enforcement of Sunday keeping in the United States would be an enforcement of the worship of the beast and his image. {GC 448.3}


But Christians of past generations observed the Sunday, supposing that in so doing they were keeping the Bible Sabbath; and there are now true Christians in every church, not excepting the Roman Catholic communion, who honestly believe that Sunday is the Sabbath of divine appointment. God accepts their sincerity of purpose and their integrity before Him. But when Sunday observance shall be enforced by law, and the world shall be enlightened concerning the obligation of the true Sabbath, then whoever shall transgress the command of God, to obey a precept which has no higher authority than that of Rome, will thereby honor popery above God. He is paying homage to Rome and to the power which enforces the institution ordained by Rome. He is worshiping the beast and his image. As men then reject the institution which God has declared to be the sign of His authority, and honor in its stead that which Rome has chosen as the token of her supremacy, they will thereby accept the sign of allegiance to Rome—“the mark of the beast.” And it is not until the issue is thus plainly set before the people, and they are brought to choose between the commandments of God and the commandments of men, that those who continue in transgression will receive “the mark of the beast.” {GC 449.1}


The most fearful threatening ever addressed to mortals is contained in the third angel’s message. That must be a terrible sin which calls down the wrath of God unmingled with mercy. Men are not to be left in darkness concerning this important matter; the warning against this sin is to be given to the world before the visitation of God’s judgments, that all may know why they are to be inflicted, and have opportunity to escape them. Prophecy declares that the first angel would make his announcement to “every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.” The warning of the third angel, which forms a part of the same threefold message, is to be no less widespread. It is represented in the prophecy as being proclaimed with a loud voice, by an angel flying in the midst of heaven; and it will command the attention of the world. {GC 449.2}


In the issue of the contest all Christendom will be divided into two great classes—those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, and those who worship the beast and his image and receive his mark. Although church and state will unite their power to compel “all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond” (Revelation 13:16), to receive “the mark of the beast,” yet the people of God will not receive it. The prophet of Patmos beholds “them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God” and singing the song of Moses and the Lamb. Revelation 15:2, 3. {GC 450.1}

 

Ellen White’s Comments on Revelation 17

 

Chapter 17

1-5 (Revelation 13:11-17; Revelation 18:1-5; 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12). Deceiver of All Nations—In the seventeenth of Revelation is foretold the destruction of all the churches who corrupt themselves by idolatrous devotion to the service of the papacy, those who have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. [Revelation 17:1-4 quoted.] {7BC 983.3}


Thus is represented the papal power, which with all deceivableness of unrighteousness, by outside attraction and gorgeous display, deceives all nations; promising them, as did Satan our first parents, all good to those who receive its mark, and all harm to those who oppose its fallacies. The power which has the deepest inward corruption will make the greatest display, and will clothe itself with the most elaborate signs of power. The Bible plainly declares that this covers a corrupt and deceiving wickedness. “Upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, The Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth.” {7BC 983.4}


What is it that gives its kingdom to this power? Protestantism, a power which, while professing to have the temper and spirit of a lamb and to be allied to Heaven, speaks with the voice of a dragon. It is moved by a power from beneath (Letter 232, 1899). {7BC 983.5}


13, 14 (Revelation 13:11-17; Revelation 16:13-16). A Confederacy of Satan’s Forces—[Revelation 17:13, 14 quoted.] “These have one mind.” There will be a universal bond of union, one great harmony, a confederacy of Satan’s forces. “And shall give their power and strength unto the beast.” Thus is manifested the same arbitrary, oppressive power against religious liberty, freedom to worship God according to the dictates of conscience, as was manifested by the papacy, when in the past it persecuted those who dared to refuse to conform with the religious rites and ceremonies of Romanism. {7BC 983.6}


In the warfare to be waged in the last days there will be united, in opposition to God’s people, all the corrupt powers that have apostatized from allegiance to the law of Jehovah. In this warfare the Sabbath of the fourth commandment will be the great point at issue; for in the Sabbath commandment the great Lawgiver identifies Himself as the Creator of the heavens and the earth (Manuscript 24, 1891). {7BC 983.7}


14. Christ Glorified in the Last CrisisAs Christ was glorified on the day of Pentecost, so will He again be glorified in the closing work of the gospel, when He shall prepare a people to stand the final test, in the closing conflict of the great controversy (The Review and Herald, November 29, 1892). {7BC 983.8}

 

Conclusions:


·       The Seven Kings of Revelation 17:10 must include NOT JUST THE POPES SINCE THE LATERAN TREATY OF 1929, BUT ALL THE CORRUPT POWERS THAT HAVE APOSTATIZED FROM ALLEGIANCE TO THE LAW OF JEHOVAH.

·       The Seven Kings of Revelation 17:10 constitute “A Confederacy of Satan’s Forces,” which includes far more than only the last 7 or 8 Popes since the Lateran Treaty of 1929!

·       The Seven Kings of Revelation 17:10 include ALL the corrupt powers that have apostatized from allegiance to the Law of Jehovah throughout history, NOT JUST THE SEVEN OR EIGHT POPES SINCE THE LATERAN TREATY OF 1929!


~rwb

 


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