The vision of the two beasts
The general light shining from the Christ second presence (gr. parousia) has been exposing every evil and leads kingdom of the prince of this world, Satan, to the fall. This light is lethal for systems of darkness which by ages were his support (2 Thess. 2:8). This light kindles the spirit of the freedom, causes the discontent and it makes, that the nations become like roaring and rolling sea. (Luke 21:5)
How God's enemy, Satan, reacted to the growing continually anarchy, endangering stability of his empire? His defense was based on awakening in the whole Christianity of an active co-operation of secular powers and the churches in the field of propaganda "Peace and Safety." The vision of the Revelation shows these political schemes as emerging the ten-horn beast out of the sea and coming up the two-horn beast out of the earth.
The socialist "sea," of mostly catholic citizens, became a section of his kingdom the most exposed to danger of anarchy. Because of it, from the "sea" Satan led the ten-horned beast out and led it up to the power. A such political direction of close co-operation of socialist powers with the Roman Catholic church accepted also other countries and by and by the influence of this despicable mediaeval system, posing nowadays as the servant of justice and love, spread to the whole globe.
To the national church of Great Britain, the Anglican church, Satan assigned the auxiliary role of support for the main authority, Papacy. The activity of this system in final times was showed as coming up the two-horned beast out of the "earth," or from among peaceful and religious societies. The Anglican church takes her pride, similarly as the Papacy, from the possession of so-called apostolic succession. For this cause her is in the lead as the most influential church in the entire Protestant community. The Anglican Church has been described as a "bridge church" spanning the distance between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.
Because of hierarchic organization a directives of a heads of Roman church and Anglican church are very effective. God's enemy, Satan, used the Anglican church to include in the mainstream of the close co-operation of the Church and State also numerous, for some time independent, Protestant denominations. He assigned her the task to organize Protestantism in the similar system as papal "beast." A such system was called by the Scriptures, "the Image of the Beast". The interventions of Anglican church to subdue all sects of Protestantism with their various beliefs and to transform them in only one disciplined organization, "Federation of Churches," it have lasted by the dozens of years. The congress of all mattering Protestant denominations of Europe and America in London was the significant beginning. Therein so-called "The Evangelical Alliance" was created on 19 September 1846. After hundred years, in 1948, from the initiative of the Anglican church took place the official establishment of the "World Council of Churches." At the founder's congress in Amsterdam has presided in the debates the bishop of the Canterbury, Fisher.
In this way an efforts of God's enemy, Satan, to crush among Protestants the liberty of thinking, to gag them and to force them to the co-operation with secular powers have ended with the full success. The amazing measure of this success were the political events at Moscow, in 1977, hardly to imagine earlier. In June of this year, before yet the Soviet leader have delivered from Kremlin the propaganda appeals about the atheistic reconstruction of the world, in the capital of atheism took place the solemn congress of Federation of Churches supportive to these ideas.
(12:17) … and [it] stood upon the sand of the sea.
The foregoing words, before the year 1977 pointed out at the symbolic seashore as an observation point for John class.
That is the essential numerical value of these words:
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The religious and peaceful societies of the world are described in symbolical language of Bible as the earth, whereas the revolutionary masses of unbelieving people as the sea. In the seventies of last century Poland, because of fervent Catholic faith, was somehow the borderline between conservative world and revolutionary world. Because of masses of believers totally devoted to the pope it is still the great stronghold of papacy. Until recently that country was in the same time under control both of Vatican and Kremlin. Poland, therefore, was being then the field (seashore) of political activity resulting in coming the beast out of the sea.
(13:1) And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns, and seven heads, and on its horns ten diadems, and upon its heads names of blasphemy.
And I saw … John class, warned in time, they could watch the progresses of this historical event from the beginning.
The beast … The general masses of mankind, not under religious restraint. R318:3
Out of the sea … The restoring of the secular-religious form of rule became the urgent need of Marxist powers attempting to keep control over more and more restless masses of socialistic symbolic sea.
The ten-horned beast of the final times comes up both from the "abyss" (11:7) and from the "sea." The coming up from the "abyss" pictures a process of gradual getting out of the papacy from the political nonentity, in which it found itself as a result the working Reformation, of Napoleon and king Victor Emmanuel II at last. While the "beast" was in the "abyss" (below the surface), what means that secular-religious form of rule was given up for some time, it was dragon which did his duty on the "surface." In that time Satan was using only secular governments as the instrument of his power. It did not last long that the leaders became more and more anxious about the stability of their thrones so they began to restore the religion to the politics.
"Feeling their own incompetency to cope with the mighty power of the awakening world, the civil authorities, in sheer desperation, call to mind the former power of Papacy, the tyrant, which once held all Christendom in its grasp; and though they hate the tyrant, they are willing to make large concessions, if by this means they may succeed in holding in check the discontented peoples." D131 (written in 1897)
Mussolini of Italy made the concordat with Roman Catholic church in 1929, but the final appearance of the papal "beast" on the "surface" happened east from Iron Curtain, on the side of the "sea," where atheism untied nations from religious limitations and turned them into the portentous growing strength.
"As intimated the movement [socialism] will be crushed under the combined power of Church, State and Capital and later lead to the great explosion of anarchy." D 608
Prophetic sentence from 1878: "[Socialism] will be crushed under the combined power of Church, State and Capital [symbolic west wind]" D608
The end of the locust Egyptian plague: "And Jehovah turned an exceeding strong west wind, which took up the locusts (symbol of communism), and drove them into the Red Sea; there remained not one locust in all the border of Egypt." (Exod. 10:19)
Heads … Governments. HG21:4
Ten horns … The horn is the symbol of the power. Number "ten" is the symbol of human wholeness, total form. (Berean Topical Index)
Seven heads and ten horns ... The USSR was achieving its political and economic aims using the countries which it subordinated to itself. The community of these countries created two well-known organizations: one having the political-military character, so-called The Warsaw Pact and second, of mainly economic character, named The Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (COMECON). After Albania resigned (years 1961 and 1968), seven countries of socialistic community united in The Warsaw Pact, and ten in the COMECON.
Because of very important role played by socialism in the field of peace propaganda, the beast of final times, which went out of the "sea," is showed later as scarlet-colored, having its own both ten horns and seven heads (Rev. 17:3).
(2) And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and its feet were as [the feet] of a bear, and its mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave it its power, and its throne, and great authority.
The beast … The papal government. R5349:1
Like … leopard, bear, lion … In the papacy, Antichrist, there were cumulated entire devilish wisdom and the experience of the previous bestial universal rules of the past (Dan. 7). All these attributes were used by papacy in its last attempt of capturing the power over the world.
The dragon gave it its power ... throne ... great authority … Socialist powers ceased the revolutionary activity and began to conduct the conservative politics being managed from Vatican. The harlot of Rome mounted the scarlet-colored beast.
(3) And [I saw] one of its heads as though it had been smitten unto death; and its death-stroke was healed: and the whole earth wondered after the beast; (4) and they worshipped the dragon, because it gave its authority unto the beast; and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? And who is able to war with it?
One head as it were wounded to death ... "The new reformation, which dated from Napoleon's day, was no less thorough than the reformation brought about by Luther and his colleagues (...) Napoleon's work, together with the French Revolution, broke the spell of religious superstition, humbled the pride of self-exalted religious lords, awakened the world to a fuller sense of the powers and prerogatives of manhood and broke the Papal dominion against which the religious Reformation had previously struck a death-blow, but which its after course had healed. (Rev. 13:3) C49,50
In days of king Victor Emanuel II the political role of papacy had been quite diminished. According to Jasper Ridley, at the 1867 Congress of Peace in Geneva, Italian national hero Giuseppe Garibaldi referred to "that pestilential institution which is called the Papacy" and proposed giving "the final blow to the monster." (Wikipedia).
Whole earth wondered after the beast … The people being obedient to the powers, not having great understanding of religious matters.
They worshipped the dragon and the beast ... Wide recognition of the world for both secular and religious parties of the political contract, which reached an mutual agreement.
(5) and there was given to it a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and there was given to it authority to continue forty and two months.
Was given to him authority … God permitted for the short and exactly definite time, in which the intensity of an appeals of peace and safety reached the top (Jer. 6:14; 1 Thess. 5:3), and in which took place close co-operation of extreme opposite ideologies and beliefs. The powers of Marxism-Leninism, the ideology of combatant atheism, forming the beast of final times, they joined the Roman Catholic church in the political field.
To continue forty and two months … Period of the three years and a half at the end of the second "Woe," since the autumn 1977 till spring 1980. In Rev. 17:12 the same period is named the one hour.
The attempt to assassinate of pope John Paul II took place on 13 May 1981, exactly 1260 days after decisive visit of the Polish leader Edward Gierek in Vatican on 1 December 1977.
After this peak period of mutual cooperation, in which the Catholic church betrayed her secular partner and contributed to its fall, the papal beast, being alive to the very end (Rev.19:20), is going to destruction. (Rev. 17:8)
(6) And it opened its mouth for blasphemies against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, [even] them that dwell in the heaven. (7) And it was given unto it to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and there was given to it authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation. (8) And all that dwell on the earth shall worship it, [every one] whose name hath not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb that hath been slain.
Blasphemies against God … Both apostate Roman Catholic church and atheistic powers of socialist block, they completely ignored Divine Plan of the Ages based on the ransom of Jesus Christ, the choice of true Church and entire work of Restitution. Therefore, propaganda slogans of these systems, speaking about the repair of the world in their own human manners, they are extremely far from the truth. It is one great blasphemy, that is slandering God.
All that dwell on the earth shall worship him … It is not the earth, as in Rev. 13:3, but those, which live on the earth. In these dwellers are showed mainly the nominal believers of Protestantism with their religious notions standing higher than Catholics. They has not been written in the book of life in present age, because they did not understand the principles of true devotion to God. Their future fate, therefore, will be decided during the time of Restitution.
(9) If any man hath an ear, let him hear. (10) If any man [is] for captivity, into captivity he goeth: if any man shall kill with the sword, with the sword must he be killed. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
Let him hear … Only those whose ears had been circumcised, who had the hearing of faith – to respect God and his Word – would be able to receive the foregoing statements concerning those who were deceived by Papacy. R319:3
Our Lord gave to his followers "the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God" (Eph. 6:17: Mat. 10:34). In time of harvest it was doing separation work in congregations and in the homes and in the world.
If any man [is] for captivity … Attitude of submissiveness towards the papacy is tantamount with bondage.
If any man shall kill with the sword … Those, who dared to use the sword of the Truth against the papacy, they had to "die." In days of so-called Holy Inquisition they would have been killed with literal sword or burned at the stake. In this day, however, during the prophesying of two witnesses (1977–1981), a such medieval destruction there was not possible.
Here is the patience and the faith of the saints … The political events of years 1977–1981, that is, a seizing power by ten-horned beast (papacy) and the image of the beast (Federation of Protestant Churches) has brought crucial test for God's people. It was time of making decision: whether to preach courageously unpopular Truth or to put light a lamp under the bushel and avoid any sufferings.
(11) And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and it had two horns like unto lamb, and it spake as a dragon.
And I saw another beast … A similar ecclesiastical or church power to the preceding one. R319:4
It also is a government which combines Christianity and civil power. R5349:1
In the seventies of last century, when the prophetic movement began in Poland, the majority of John class was living east of so-called Iron Curtain. Nevertheless, even from there, it was not difficult to notice in the West unusual activity of Protestantism's leaders, both secular and religious. It was because of an opportunity which arose to overthrow communism. The two-horned beast of Anglicanism began to go out from the earth to help in the political activity of the ten-horned beast, or papacy.
Great Britain possesses own national church, christian one but not catholic. The Queen of England is the head of her. The Anglican church has the leading position among all Protestant denominations. Her was the originator of establishing of "World Council of Churches" in 1948.
Coming up out of the earth … Springing up among a professedly religious people. R319:5
Two horns … The scarlet-colored beast was supported in the prophetic period by ten countries of communist camp. Similarly the Anglican beast was supported and its authority was being recognized by the powers of Great Britain and USA, the leading countries of the West. Protestants have the decisive voice in both these countries.
Like unto lamb … It does not possess a such wild aggressive character as the scarlet-colored beast.
Spake as a dragon … It does not say "the," but "a" dragon, meaning simply that its utterances resembled those of a purely civil (dragon) power; in its words there would be little to denote it as an ecclesiastical government. R320:6
(12) And it exerciseth all the authority of the first beast in its sight. And it maketh the earth and them dwell therein to worship the first beast, which death-stroke was healed.
Exerciseth all the authority … The church of England claimed all the powers and authority which Papacy claimed. R321:1
Of the first beast … Papacy. R320:6
In his sight … Or, "in his presence;" showing that the second does not take the place of the first beast, but that they exist contemporaneously. R320:6.
The earth and them dwell therein … In such composition of this expression the earth can to picture very little enlightened, superstitious and the most obedient Catholic masses (as the motionless soil), meanwhile the occupants of the earth – more educated and independent nominal Protestants.
Worship the first beast … Protestant denominations will be unified and, though separate, yet be brought into cooperation with Papacy. D581
Whose death-stroke was healed … When Protestants justified their own church and empire organization they virtually caused all, Papists and Protestants, to worship, respect and honor the Papal church. R64:1
(13) And he doeth great signs, that he should even make fire to come down out of heaven upon the earth in the sight of men.
He doeth great signs … Satan is now operating to produce a Protestant "image of the beast" with life, which will cooperate with the chief anti-Christ, Papacy. In combination with these will be the powers of darkness – Spiritism, Christian Science, Theosophy, Hypnotism, etc. R2174:5
Make fire to come down … That is, to punish in the name of the Lord, those who in any sense of the word it shall consider to be its opponents. R5349:4.
Out of haven … This government, like Papacy, claimed heavenly power. Its denunciations were regarded as being from heaven, judgments or fire being called down upon offenders. R321:2
The additional thought. In days of Elijah, fire which fell down from heaven and consumed the whole-offering was the proof of favour of God and the confirmation of the prophet's authority in eyes of entire Israel. The Anglican church used every false reasoning to prove that her possesses God approval in things which her do allegedly in His name.
(14) And it deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by reason of the signs which it was given it 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 who hath the stroke of the sword and lived.
And it deceiveth … Into supposing that the new combination will be God's instrumentality for doing the work predicted of Messiah – and that it is thus his representative. D581
Dwell on the earth … Relates to the Protestants. There is distinction between the earth and those who are dwelling on it. As the earth symbolizes of those ones obeying and supporting the beast, so those, who are dwelling on the earth represent of more independent Christians.
Saying … that they should make an image … According to the Scriptures, this Image is a very exact representation of the Beast. Dvii
Organized sectarian Protestantism. R497:2
Church Federation. Dvii
Another name for the "false prophet." Dvii
Parallels to King Nebuchadnezzar and the image are presented in Revelation as "the beast and its image." R2495:5
The stroke of the sword … The sword is the Word of God, and Papacy received such a wound during the Reformation. R63:5
And live … The beast, which emerged in 1977 from the "sea" to the short-lived rule.
(15) And it was given [to it] to give breath to it, [even] to the image to the breast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as should not worship the image of the beast should be killed..(16) And it causeth all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free and the bond, that there be given them a mark on their right hand, or upon their forehead;
And it was given [unto it] … To the two-horned beast – the national church of England.
To give breath … to the image of the breast … The Scriptures intimate that the church of England will become intimate and will give it apostolic authority to preach. Dix
Canon Henson, of Westminster Abbey, has said: "The logical goal of modern tendencies is not toward Disestablishment, but toward a fuller and worthier Establishment. Why should not the nation draw into its service all the organized Christianity instead of limiting itself to a single denomination? I rejoice to observe a beginning made in this direction by recent legislation, which has recognized for certain civic purposes the status of Nonconformist clergymen." R3697:6
Comment from the "Watch Tower" to the foregoing text: "Can it be that thus the two-horned beast [Great Britain] may give 'life,' energy, the effect of Apostolic succession, to the Protestant ‘image of the [Roman] beast?'" R3698:1
After hundred years elapsed, this suggestion was confirmed by events. The national church of England (two-horned beast) caused with her authority to organize these Protestant denominations in Church Federation (the image of the beast) and to involve them to political activity.
That the image … should both speak … That the image … should both speak … So that it would began publicly to express opinions on the political matters as the universally recognized religious organization.
In such a role just, as the alive image of the beast or the federation of the protestant churches, it became very useful for socialist powers also. It came to pass in 1977, in the 60th anniversary of the October Revolution, when the Federation gave its support for peaceful appeals being delivered at Kremlin.
These events caused that the people of God found oneself in the danger of worshiping the scarlet-colored beast and the image of the beast. After the main ceremonies in Moscow, the directive valid political line were passed on to the respective governments of the socialist community. As a result, the powers in Poland also invited the leaders of the Protestant denominations to several political meetings. They demonstrated very friendly attitude towards these religious institutions but not for free. They were counting on support them for their peaceful propaganda. It was the favour of the contemporary king Herod to the daughter of Herodias, whose lecherous dance delighted of him and his guests. Herodias is biblical figure of Roman Catholic church, whereas her daughter, the figure of the Federated Protestant.
In the face of the danger to worship the beast and its image, the voice of the third Angel has warned the God's people (Rev. 14:9). They found themselves in position of prophet John the Baptist. Contemporary prophet of God announced publicly that the relationship of the Roman Catholic church with the secular power was illegitimate from the Divine point of view, was adultery. "John" said to "Herod": "It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife." In a result the power put a gag of his free speech.
And cause that as many as should not worship … should be killed … The time of Laodicea is a period of the extreme civil liberties, freedom of speech, conscience and religion. Courts are rarely pronouncing the death sentences for even largest criminals. Therefore, it turned out to be untrue various conjectures that believers who will refuse to worship the false systems they will be put to death literally. The book of The Revelation is the book of symbols, where the killing means mostly symbolic destruction, a killing of good name, denouncement, ostracism.
(17) and that no man should be able to buy or to sell, save he that hath the mark, [even] the name of the beast or the number of its name.
That no man should be able … The time is hastening on when a religious, social, political and financial "boycott" will be waged against all who will refuse to worship either the "beast" or his Protestant "image." R1766:4
Prohibiting or forbidding the free exchange of truth to those who do not recognize these systems. R513:5
May not this statement mean still more and imply that a time will come in the last days in which sound doctrine will not be endured at all. B259
To buy or to sell … Trade in the truth. In the spiritual marts. In the common marts or synagogues. B259
As shown in the final experiences of Elijah and John the Baptist. B264
in the years 50th to 70th in Poland, in city Lublin, one of the classes of so-called Free Biblical Students Association was publishing monthly pamphlets, called commonly the "Lublin's Reprints." In the seventies started to appear in these pamphlets the teachings of the developing chronological orientation. The last issue of this publication, titled "The God's Glory" (Chwała Boża), appeared in March, 1977. One of the articles of this brochure pointed prophetically at the autumn of the same year, as the anniversary of the birthday of the contemporary king Herod (civil government), and "the dance of the daughter of Herodias (Church Federation)." In the same article has been included the quotation, taken from second volume Studies in the Scripture (pages 261, 262), saying about future persecution the class of John the Baptist by secular powers co-operating with the church. The office of the censorship commanded to remove this quotation. Since this event the further publication of "Lublin's Reprints" has been forbidden.
After this, when today’s John the Baptist told today's Herod: "It is not lawful for thee…," he was restrained of liberty.
(18) Here is wisdom. He that hath understanding, let him count the number of the beast; for it is the number of a man: and his number is Six hundred and sixty and six.
Here is wisdom … The God's people in final times has been provided with one more method of a conveying the Truth. It is language of biblical numerology.
In the first half of 19th century the method of numerology was used already to count the number 666 on the pope crown.
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This discovery was a clear proof that it was God's purpose to pass on his wisdom to his people through the numerology method also. Nevertheless number 666 was noticed in the time, when the papal beast was yet in a process of throwing it into biblical abyss (political absence). In its main scope the method of biblical numerology turned out very helpful to recognize the papal beast coming out from the abyss in its final shape at the end of the Gospel Age. Numerical values both expressions of Bible and the names of various systems and persons, being tied logically together in mathematical connections, they helped to identify the co-operation of socialist powers and the Roman Catholic church as the scarlet-colored beast.
He that hath understanding … Possession of pure hearts in this crucial moment was a prerequisite for an acquiring of spiritual wisdom.
"And none of the wicked shall understand; but they that are wise shall understand." (Dan. 12:10.) Unfaithful to their covenant. (Biblical Comment)
Period of years 1977-1981, it was time of reckoning up of our Lord with the servants (Matt. 25:14-30). In the parable, the Lord rebuked one of his servants for negligence and ordered to throw him to external darkness. Before, the servant complained the Lord is stern and too exacting – he was saying: "thou art ... reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed." The truth in due season was dispensed all along the Gospel Age in the surprising manner, both as for the way of transmitting and as for its content. Even close disciples of Jesus once stated: "This is an hard saying; who can hear it?" (John 6:60). Similar situation there was today's also.
Let him count … Such use of the numerology to the understanding of biblical prophecies both in the past and at present turned out very fruitful. Having taken into account a fact, that the Gospel Age ended practically and the papal beast is going to destruction already, if could someone to imagine some different kind of calculation method being based on Revelation 13:18?
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