AND I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
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?
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
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.
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.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
About no other passage of Revelation has been speculated so often and were made as much various comments. Beginning with the Antichrist and ending in the most accursed number 666 of the beast one can find widely different interpretations. Until then, I would first like to remind you that the spiritual pictures of the unveiling should not be seen in a strict chronological order which takes place only in the future. You should again consider the concept and development of time, times and half a time, that is mentioned here in 42 months (= 3.5 years = 1260 days) and was covered in chapter 12 in detail.
The main characters of the 13th Chapter, the dragon, the beast from the sea, and the beast from the earth form a diabolical trinity. With “he stood on the sand of the sea” Lucifer, the twisting any truth imitator of God can be meant and not necessarily John. Since the father of lies would like to have as many carnal descendants, like the father of faith – Abraham got promised in the spirit in Genesis 22, 17. But the devil only wants to destroy the people and not to bless all the nations. Satan’s desire for a son, the horror film director Roman Polanski mocked in a modified New York Christmas story 1968 with Rosemary’s Baby. Notwithstanding, more reliable details delivers the Apocalypse. The seer describes the offspring from the dragon rising of the sea alike with 7 heads, 10 horns and 10 crowns; except that the beast takes on animal characteristics which are already known from the Old Testament. The book of Daniel again and again sounds in the Revelation and should be examined by diligent readers to get a better understanding.
As a quick summary, I list the following refused regulations:
-Daniel and his from Israel deported friends did not want to contravene the Torah in consuming the food of the Babylonian royal family like the other court servants, for they wished kosher food. Therefore Daniel made the request to be proved for 10 days with vegetarian, non-alcoholic food, to see whether their countenance would not be better than the others.
-The next test was not to bow down in front of a 60 cubits high and 6 cubits wide statue of the king and not to worship the image of gold. The three Jewish men preferred to go in the fiery furnace, rather than to follow the command of Nebuchadnezzar.
-Daniels temptation was later no more longer to be allowed to pray towards Jerusalem to the living God. When he resisted a strict command not to make a petition to any god or man but King Darius, he was cast for one night into the den of lions.
The law of the Medes and Persians was so strong that it could not even be resolved of the sleepless, fasting head of state. In addition to the law (10 commandments + ordinal number 10) the change of kingdoms is repeatedly described by Daniel. As a longtime government official he experienced history first-hand. First, the threatened with death interpreter of dreams construed the great statue in chapter 2. The head of gold stood for the Babylonian ruler of the world, but the stone, which was cut out without hands from the mountain to crush everything to pieces, is the announcement of God’s eternal kingdom that will put an end to all other realms. Four symbolic empires arise like animals from the sea, the same course is repeated in Daniel 7. In this way, a conversion of the altar of idolatry with human traits starts with the head of Nebuchadnezzar towards the descriptions of terrible predators. The beginning makes the lion which wings were torn off (Babylon), to get placed on two feet and to receive a human heart. We as self-glorifying humans can turn into an animal and back, as Nebuchadnezzar had to learn in his own body for seven years (Daniel 4, 32).
The history of power-obsessed men who change into a beast when they fight for world government is repeated continuously – just think of the century of murderous dictators with Hitler, Stalin and Mao, who all were worshipped as gods. In numerology the number four is the number of earth (directions / seasons / elements). Daniel 7, 3 describes four from the sea rising diverse beasts. These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth (verse 17). I’m sure now the readers get the point. The spiritual, symbolic images of the beast out of the sea and the beast out of the earth in Revelation 13 are representing emerging rulers and kingdoms. Accordingly are described the empires of Daniel 7 as a lion (Babylon), bear (Medo-Persia), leopard (Greece), and terrible beast with 10 horns (Rome). Hence we return to the strategy of success for all followers of Satan. Those who want to get authority and power will inevitably be seduced to behave like a beast in battle which is glorifying itself and repealing God’s commandments.
Consequently, the devil tempted the Son of God with the offer of all the kingdoms of the earth, when he himself receives worship from Yeshua. Jesus Christ successfully rejected this application of power and glory with the reference to the Scriptures: God alone deserves all glory! In Mark 10, 42 & 43 teaches the victorious master his disciples: You know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister, and whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.
During the interrogation of governor Pontius Pilate, the King of the Jews answered after three years of public service: My kingdom is not of this world, if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews, but now my kingdom is not from hence.
This is the exact opposite of the approach of the Roman Empire (Roma the God reversal of love / amoR), which nailed the enemies of the state on the cross, making its way on masses of corpses to occupy countries and to enslave nations. Famously, along with Jerusalem, in a two years delay, the seemingly impregnable mountain fortress of Masada, and in the following century, the false Messiah Simon bar Kokhba couldn’t withstand the military strength of the Empire. Devastating weapons of war in the form of tortoise battering rams or catapults enabled to even bring down fire from heaven. The optimally equipped, well-trained, highly disciplined, and good organized army of the located at the Tiber city state was feared everywhere. Giving the necessary foundation and structure, the Senate and People of Rome (SPQR) formed in many constitutional systems the long-running Roman Empire. As already mentioned in other comments, the Roman law still influences the German legal system and thinking. Ironically, my pet issue – the ordinal number 10 – is the basis of the Roman numeral system for endless additions. The use of certain capital Latin letters (DCLXVI) in mathematics, for the pleasure or the regret of many high school students, didn’t go the way of the dodo bird, such as the official Indo-European language of St. Peter’s grave resident, the Vatican City.
Nevertheless, Rome had no permanent success to merge the nations. This is prophetically expressed in the dream vision of the great image that stands on ten visible toes in Daniel 2, 41. The feet and toes of clay (nations) and iron (military force) will not stick together.
But precisely of this cohesion of peoples dream European parliamentarians – making a detour in our time to Lisbon – through uniform legislation of their reform contracts (Lisbon Treaty – Article 2(2) of the ECHR: ‘Deprivation of life shall not be regarded as inflicted in contravention of this Article when it results from the use of force which is no more than absolutely necessary: (c) in action lawfully taken for the purpose of quelling a riot or insurrection.’). Thanks to binding, bridges building new laws and the European Convention on Human Rights our lives are regulated anew from many masterminds. The same ambitious goals pursue the UN members and spokesman from all over the world (sublime heads as presidents and the pope) in the struggle for world peace at their New York residence. In the neighbourhood of the collapsed World Trade Center and the world’s largest stock exchange (NYSE / Wall Street) the united nations learn, that we all need to be connected by new world government and a new world order (since the financial crisis of 2007 New Financial World Order) to solve the problems of globalization. Anyway, according to the discriminatory U.S. church circles a wounded to death dictator of Europe, as the Antichrist, will take over the government of the world in the near future for three and a half years.
Of such new fantasies about a EU foreign minister or ancient prophecies of Daniel about Rome our interpreted, Christian politicians are as little impressed in their Strasbourg Parliament building, as from the exhorting story of the confusion of tongues at the Tower of Babel. According to the motto “Europe: Many Tongues One Voice” the old dream of the Holy Roman Empire of the German nation is pursued through the prospective sacrifice of the D-Mark. The Stability Pact protected, growing Euro and SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area) enable with the new 22-digit account number the economic progress of the former EC in unending summit meetings from Rome to Maastricht. More and more laws and regulations are necessary because of the distress signal of the financial world in a cry for rescue and for a saviour, since repeatedly the convergence criteria of the Maastricht Treaty are violated, or even balance sheets are maliciously falsified. After all, it was possible for Bilderberger member Josef Ackermann, in a Trilateral Commission with Barack Obama, to contemporaneously convince Angela Merkel of the euro rescue package, which is a small burden for the money saving German tax payers in their help for the Greece legacy. Who cares? The reunited Germans are long accustomed to Billion high solidarity surcharges, so that no alternative rescue takeover laws to nationalize system relevant bonus banks are part of the everyday government business. Instead of reviewing illegal, forced expropriation of assets, we need positive economy forecasts of our sincere politicians who want to have nothing to do with biblical repentance prophecy. Ultimately, our parliamentarians see their job to settle most painstakingly their debts and to abolish a possible indebtedness for the coming years, what anyhow comes to nothing. More dismayed the coalition in Berlin gets, when the partying chancellery guest Joe, as 25% Swiss investment banker with circulatory collapse, assumes in TV that the heavy mortgage of Europe’s cradle will not be paid off anyway.
What in the world has all this to do with a lamb with two horns which speaks like a dragon? The mythology lesson giving bank teller knows: Europe was abducted and raped in Crete by Zeus, who took the form of a white bull with two small horns, evidenced by the Greek two-euro coin.
Got that? Interestingly, ancient Greece continued to exist in philosophy and literature in our humane sciences and also in sports and culture, at least every four years in the worldwide revived Olympics. The attempt to raise the phoenix from the ashes and to print worthless paper money failed abjectly in 1832 after one year, as the educated, independent Greeks wanted to grasp a currency with gold and silver credits in hand. So the drachma with talking animal pictures was revived. Making no special drama out of this, I would like to focus on the tragedy of the Hydra. The ancient serpent-like beast had 9 heads, which were growing twice after striking one off. One head was considered immortal, so the victorious Hercules buried it under a rock. Based on the beast with 7 heads I draw a lesson from the fact that it is unlike the dinosaurs still alive, even if one of the centres of thought was already mortally wounded.
In the light of experience the study of the heads of ancient coins brings more understanding about the ruling heads which are the outgrowth of the beast with blasphemous names. Especially impressive is the personality cult around the Roman Emperor, whose images were punched in precious metals that are still dug from the earth, and whose torsos are contemporary preserved in museum busts. As special blasphemy John must have observed how mortal rulers were worshipped as immortal gods. Emperor Augustus wanted to count his people in order to be able to collect more taxes. Thereby he became famous in enforcing the deification of adored emperors through his self-erected, cleverly financed, clear-sighted temples. Then his crazy grandson Caligula went so far to instruct the installation of his imperial statue in the temple of Jerusalem. This was prevented in the story of the horse (to make Incitatus, the animal, to a consul / man), since the remnant of his deprived of power, assassinated Senate truly brew treason in bringing the principate of the murderous tyrant to a short end. Whoever draws the sword will perish by the sword. Not for no reason the as Pontifex Maximus (high priest) designated representatives of God on earth got the paranoia to be slaughtered and sacrificed themselves, combined with the action of deleting all commemoration. Nero, Domitian, and Commodus were also worshipped as gods in the style of Hellenistic kings, before they became acquainted in their worst fears with a superior Roman goddess. In their death, for better or worse, Lady Justice stepped on their way, who as a petrified statue wears a diadem on her head, and holds a sword and scales in her hands. Principally, I think this symbolism isn’t bad at all, but it’s always better to learn one’s lessons from God’s Word. The judge of all mankind was dragged before courts and wrongly accused of blasphemy for his claim to sit as Son of man at the right hand of the power of God from where he will come back on the clouds:
Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, he has spoken blasphemy. What further need have we of witnesses? Behold now you have heard his blasphemy. (Mathew 26, 65 – cf. Leviticus 21, 10 and 10, 6).
Our own words and deeds will judge us once. Jesus asked in John 10, 32: For which of those works do you stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, for a good work we stone thee not, but for blasphemy, and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. Jesus answered them, is it not written in your law, “I said, you are gods?”
This passage is often taken out of context of seductive television preachers who proudly claim they are small gods and forget who first wanted to be like God (another demonic joke to fall for – Genesis 3, 5). No more longer groping in the dark, we should see Psalm 82 in the right relation, for the warning message is that God will judge the gods of earth (unjust, undiscerning judges).
A major stumbling block for the self-righteous Pharisees and the Sanhedrin was that Jesus healed on the Sabbath, and thus disobeyed their orders. That was the whole motive for the leaders of the people to destroy the carpenter from Nazareth at the beginning of his ministry (Mark 3, 6). Again becomes apparent that the decree and the obedience of human commandments, laws or regulations (10 horns with 10 crowns) are more important than God’s healing intentions to help poor tormented souls. The ruling chiefs (total number of 7 heads) were determined to stay in power and were frown on the promised descendant of David, who entered Jerusalem on the donkey to be glorified by infants as Messiah. In the upshot, the crying to heaven argument of the crowd was that anyone who makes himself king opposes Caesar. So, the washing his hands in innocence prefect Pilate delivered Jesus to be crucified.
In the modern state forms of democracy (Greek: people + power) we can certainly choose for ourselves whom we want (one would think). The problem with the people of Israel was again and again that they have rejected God as king, which proves the statement “we have no king but Caesar” from the mouth of the hypocritical high priest. If it gets its way after certain groups or the logic of legal egalitarianism, the discriminatory Gospels must be rewritten in certain points or have to be partially prohibited. Eventually comes even a dictate to protect the devil from defamation because Satanists have the right to freedom of religion. Do what you want, without harming others, is a goat-philosophy that doesn’t pay heed to God’s word and values, but instead is mocking them. With the introduction of the legal gay marriage, which many pastors have approved, to the gay bishop who gets married publicly, the church covenant of marriage and the traditional image of a family is deliberately destroyed. To learn by experience: He who shouts loudest is not necessarily right, even if he prevails in the reproducing manner of a gorilla. There is another obvious comparison with the animal kingdom, for who roars so loudly as the king of the beasts? A lion can be heard for miles and also intimidates with his mighty head and impressive mane his victims. The modern struggles for positions of power in politics are in the same way decided verbally. First, you need to have a big mouth to get elected, and later you get in the Parliament’s attention as dazzling orator. Masterly speeches before the people practised already the ancient Greeks under Aristotle. In his political philosophy writing ‘policy’ the rhetorician identifies man as a community orientated social being, who develops outside the state either to an animal or to god. Concerning the things that happened to the town of Corinth, Paul had similar problems. He warned of the bad character of false apostles: They are very eloquent, boast beyond measure, give each other letters of recommendation, take the form of ministers of righteousness, but reap a financial benefit from the Corinthians. You have three guesses where this behaviour can be found besides churches today.
The unifying feature of panther, bear and lion is that all are predators and hunters. A black panther is almost invisible in the darkness, but can swiftly attack his victims. A bear looks beautiful cuddly and cosy, until one comes under the paws and between the teeth of the omnivore. A lion is widespread primarily in the family pride where he can better satisfy his needs and has to fear no other animals.
The beast with dragon heads and predator characteristics overcomes the saints in war and exercises his power over all nations and continents. Those who are not saved worship even the government system behind which hide satanic forces. Reich Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda Joseph Goebbels greeted as a false prophet with Heil Hitler and seduced the Germans to total war. Matching to his own big mouth, at the end only the crowned, rotten gold teeth of the riddled, poisoned, burned Adolf Antichrist remained. Who draws his sword, …
Two blood witnesses in the most literal sense of the word were Paul Schneider and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In the final analysis of true martyrs who believe in the one and only Saviour Jesus Christ verse 10 is often translated like this: If anyone is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes. If anyone is to be slain with the sword, with the sword must he be slain. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
As a current example, North Korea is to name. The dictatorship with most ruler statues and idols. He who is singing hymns or prays in his house without meaning the Great Leader and Eternal President Kim Il-sung (the sun) and the beloved leader, his ailing son, General Kim Jong-il (the golf god), ends together with his family in a deadly re-education camp, in the case of a sneak by a spy. The indoctrinated, marching in lockstep, North Korean people are suffering from hunger, while the adored family clan dines with the finest food from the West, at cognac and champagne meetings together with the other communist leadership elite. Even the imported shepherd dogs are supplied with pet food, shampoo, and doctors from foreign exile, where providently millions are stashed away in bank accounts. The story of slaughtered heads repeats itself.
The threefold description of the body of the beast allows an inference on a religious basis, in the manner of dragon, beast and animals that mimic the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Consistently the beast rises with two cute horns, looking like an innocent white lamb from the earth. His suggestion is (as in the Third Reich) to seduce mankind to worship the bestial dragon offspring. The deception would be perfect, if there would not be the familiar voice of a dragon – like a wolf in sheep’s clothing that can not hide his stench / character. A dragon is breathing fire to hold one’s ground in battle, and the horned lamb causes even fire to come down from heaven. To put aside military threats, the search for heavenly fire in the word leads me to Elijah, who brought as God’s judgment fire on two troops (2 Kings 1), and to the rightly rebuked sons of thunder, who wanted to command fire on the hospitality denying Samaritans (Luke 9, 54). Today I marvel more about enemies cursing, fire screaming preachers, who demonstratively bring their followers to fall by constantly emphasizing the powerful effects of the Holy Spirit, and who promise their donors healing plus prosperity. Presumptuously, they state that Jesus will return physically on a given day in one of their miracle crusades and for certain locations and periods never happening revivals are falsely predicted.
Anyone still waiting in vain for the huge fire of revival should keep in mind that the angels of God shall collect the harvest with fire. Sure, such soul charmers forbid to meditate about Aaron’s priestly sons Nadab and Abihu (Leviticus 10, 2), because an angry “I am who I am” Covenant God turns in the New Testament in nothing but love. For all feel-fine Christians who want to see only the good in everything, I recommend a fresh fire study with a neutral, balanced concordance. In John 16, 8 the Holy Spirit came to reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. Simon Magus, an obstinate magician wanted to purchase the gift of the Holy Spirit through money (Acts 8, 18), and Ananias and Sapphira fell down dead, because of their honourable lies about their greedy, conscience-proof dealing of money (Acts 5).
Verily, no role models. Especially of the Gnostic Simon thought the people of Samaria, both high and low, that he is a great one in exercising through his magic spells the great power of God.
As important repetition I note that the seduction of men is to worship an image (something big).
The impartial, plausible definition from Wikipedia sounds like that:
The cult of personality arises when an individual uses mass media, propaganda, or other methods, to create an idealised, heroic, and, at times god-like image, often through unquestioning flattery and praise.
In this context it is not acceptable for me, when a world famous television evangelist with a white suit appears late, during worship, on the stage of the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, and thousands of people start loudly to cheer and clap. Paul and Barnabas didn’t rent a big theatre in Lystra, and neither the miracle event of the paralytic was announced before, but the real apostles tore their clothes and were rather stoned than to be idolised by people (Acts 14, 14).
To the veneration of saints, I would like to remark that images and statues are erected of deceased heroes, from in front bowing people, who make requests to the dead for the dead. Who gives the living believers the certainty that the bodily in the earth decaying persons can hear us now in heaven? The doctrine of the resurrection at the last day, which precedes a fire judgment, teaches that with the sound of the last trumpet the dead are raised incorruptible, and in a simultaneous rapture, we all are changed with them together, to meet the Lord on the clouds in the air (1 Corinthians 15, 52 and 1 Thessalonians 4, 17).
In the Epistle to the Hebrews, Jesus Christ is presented as the eternal high priest, who by his own blood entered once for all into the heavenly sanctuary to intercede for us. Clearly understandable Paul testifies in his first letter to Timothy 2, 5: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
For this reason as a Christian I would never call to other people in prayer (is somewhere in the Bible written that Mary ascended into heaven and then become a god?). Also I would not send money in an offering in the hope to get my wishes fulfilled. In pagan beliefs families had their household gods, which they even took with them. Rachel hid the stolen teraphim idol of Laban under the lap and lied to her hot foot chasing father, not knowing that her husband Jacob had put a death curse on her, which was fulfilled by the difficult birth of Benjamin. Not to take seriously, what God is dead serious, means to make images of idols and to change the order of the 10 commandments.
Even if I get endangered to be crucified, I profess that the first apostles would never in a thousand years have made a sculpture or a picture of a dead god. Moreover, long hair oppose 1 Corinthians 1 verse 14, and we shouldn’t be to naive in our imagination of a napkin like pant, for the die was cast before on the undergarment (John 19, 24). The ordered action of remembering (“Woman, what have I to do with you? My hour has not yet come.” “Whatsoever he tells you, do it!” John 2) is a living action; certainly not fulfilled in bowing before dead monuments, but in the joint breaking of bread and drinking of wine.
Repeating the points for reflection of Daniel, I annotate:
A delivered out of Egypt slave of the God of Israel obeyed the 5 books of Moses. Even believers from the nations do not eat meat that has been sacrificed to idols or is still bleeding, they never drink blood and do not practice fornication (Acts 15, 29).
An obedient attendant of God does not fall down before an image with the human scale 6 times 10 times 6, even if he has to go through the fire after the decree of the secular government.
A faithful servant does not entirely bring his pleas to mortal men, but continues to pray to the living, invisible God who made heaven and earth, the sea and everything therein.
Without taking an interest in a human rights assembling committee, I think the stubborn, strict adherence of these ancient rules of conduct is not to difficult for a follower of Jesus (to love him and keep his commandments). Now, to us was given a free will, which allows to sin and fall short of the divine purpose for our life for miles. Thus, all who do not want to give God the honour and worship instead dead idols that do not see, do not hear, and do not understand, are warned with the fall of Babylon. Belshazzar’s binge is a warning that we shouldn’t take the holy things in a scornful way into our hands, for the caused writing on the wall pointed out that the kingdom and the life of the king of the Chaldeans will be taken on the very same night.
It is extremely interesting to investigate where the golden drinking vessels for the final banquet of the thousand lords came from. Thanks to king Solomon’s wealth and his father David, as much gold could be counted, weighed, and inserted into the treasury. Later the wealth became the Babylonian prey, especially because the agreed tax was given no tribute. It all began with the high tax demands of the king’s son Rehoboam, which weakened and split the descendants of Abraham into the northern kingdom of Israel (10 tribes), and the southern kingdom of Judah (2 tribes). This led to a death struggle between the weakened brothers and later to the land capture and deportation by the neighbouring nations. Why am I telling this disastrous chronicles?
Gold / Taxes = 666
Here emerges for the first time this mysterious figure, when you check up 1 Kings 10 verse 14:
And the weight of the gold that Solomon received yearly was 666 talents.
You can read the 10th chapter of the first book of Kings and think nothing special about it. The cinematic interpretation reveals that all questions answering, richly endowed Salomon had x times 6 – for example with the noble African queen from Sheba. One thousand women may lead to this conclusion, but the sceptical Torah student finds ordinary mares in the stable particularly objectionable. Why do you bring along 1,400 chariots with 12,000 horses? The for his wisdom world famous preacher forgot the king’s law: But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses, fore as much as the Lord has said unto you, you shall henceforth return no more that way. Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away, neither shall he greatly multiply silver and gold (Deuteronomy 17, 16 & 17).
Solomon built a fleet at Eziongeber, which is near Eilat, located on the shores of the sea of reeds (Red Sea), where Pharaoh’s army sunk with all charioteers. Horses and chariots were required to wage aggressive wars. A king of peace and an own country defending nation doesn’t need that. 200 protective large shields are more understandable, but wherefore is needed the extravagance of an alloy of 600 shekels of gold. What profit has a nation of their wealth accumulating king, who sat on a golden, elephantine, 6-stage throne, decorated with watching lion statues and bulls’ heads, to rule over them? Their sons have to go to war, and their daughters have to serve on the royal court, their best land is expropriated, and high taxes are demanded, of which 1 Samuel 8 warned in vain …
The beast from the earth, in the 16th chapter of Revelation known as the false prophet, helps the beast that is rising up out of the sea. Despite the deadly wound it gets back the former strength in imitating the resurrection of the Lord. Spiritual Egypt has not really died in the floods. It lives on as Greece and Rome do. The observation of the 555 feet high, world’s largest obelisk and other monuments of the capital, Washington, D.C., illustrates my view, at least architecturally. Thereby, the studied reader must not go for a long sight-seeing trip, for the plans of the temple-style buildings are sealed on the back of the dollar bills. Even the faded, until today admired heads on the front sides of the U.S. legal tender are dead useful to study hidden powers. Especially the colossal idolised first head of state, George Washington, is sold on to me in further money memoirs. “Novos Ordo Seclorum” is written under the pyramid with the all-seeing eye on the one-dollar bill. Supplemented by a MDCCLXXVI on the foundations and the “Annuit Coeptis” in heaven. I’m not necessarily a sympathiser of Solomon’s great temple, which the triangle believers of the universal brotherhood want to build again. Since 1776 the Order of the Illuminati, founded by Adam Weishaupt, hopes under the aegis of the goddess Minerva (the hidden owl on the dollar / Capitol Hill) that Jahbulon would give their plan of a New World Order favour and success. Leaving aside Masonic philosophy and humanistic wisdom, also the Latin teaching on the Aeneid founding myths of Rome and the Virgil origin of annue coeptis would take us too far afield, therefore we will live it with the plea to almighty Jupiter to approve the undertaking, so that the battle might be won.
A unifying feature of dragon, beast out of the sea, and beast out of the earth is that all have horns – symbols of strength and power – which are used in the animal kingdom to defend and attack. The report of Daniel 8 transfers this to military clashes among empires through the description of the battle from the ram against the victorious goat. At he end, a world dominating little horn gets exceedingly powerful, as satanic power grown out of the goat, which forbids God’s worship and tramples the truth under foot. This vision of Daniel was first fulfilled with the appearance of the Seleucid king Antiochus IV Epiphanes (God manifest) – a particularly vicious outgrowth of the beast and precursor of an anti-christ. What illustrates the beast out of the earth, appearing as a lamb-like comrade in arms with little horns? Since thousands of years, the false prophet hides himself under a religious, philosophical, ideological cloak, in calling the launched wars of states and government as necessary and good. Everybody, who thought different and did not cooperate, was often killed as traitor or landed despised in jail. The love of the own fatherland always justifies the defeat of other nations, and even the killing of civilians in miles distant areas. Is Germany today really defended in the Hindu Kush? How were wars legitimised by the U.S. military in 1964 and 2003?
As a hidden power, the horned lamb unfortunately makes the leading nations believe that they need so useless, destructive things such as nuclear bombs, in order to maintain one’s ground. These hidden, inconspicuous weapons can be compared with a little horn, which has the potential to blow up the earth into the air. Oh, are not these beautiful toys for our children, the fire-breathing tanks, fighter planes, and warships, without which we can not get along? The biggest problem now in the power sustaining summit meetings is the concern that they might fall into the wrong hands of terrorists, or that they are controlled from an uncontrollable, crazy despot.
Worldwide, per annum approximately 1,000,000,000,000 $ (winding snake around stick = U.S. Dollar) are blown for the defence budget. The United States, world number 1 with its 50 stars in the banner, is in the process to get replaced from China. The red dragon with the 5 pentagrams in the flag becomes greater on the strength of an improved economic development and of a new stealth bomber, including huge foreign exchange reserves in the neck. But where does money come from? Not by all means from the USA. Our current fiat money (Latin for “it shall be”) was created by the Chinese in the Song Dynasty about 10 times 10 times 10 years ago and always has its value by government regulations and laws. The advantage of the fiat currency is that it allows cash creation in any amount and the resulting risks are inflation and personal enrichment. About the origin of the dollar (since the Second World War the dominant reserve and trading currency) you should know that first 1690 in the colony of Massachusetts paper money was printed to finance the military. Today we read of the most frequently traded and long time world strongest currency: “This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private,” and the special motto: “In God we trust.”
To trust in God is printed on coins and bills as the heavenly unity motto in relation to what? Are all our thoughts and actions determined by the money-god, or is there someone hoping to get all his debts cancelled through a jubilee? At 14-trillion national debt (2010), resulted in a doubling in 6 years, worldwide is growing discontent and scepticism whether the loans of the consuming No. 1 credit card nation can ever be paid. Meanwhile, the People’s Republic of China is their largest creditor, as the world’s leading exporter that battered 900 billion dollar U.S. government securities. Such exchanges flourished already in the Middle Ages and were already known 2000 years before Christ. Nowadays, the bill of exchange with its components is a feared bank trainee exam topic. In my further bank education as loan officer I learned that an individual is debt-ridden in the case that every year the loans must be increased since repayment can’t be made. Also the credit institution can become guilty and liable as an ever-financing bank of companies which delay in filing for insolvency. Apparently, the logical law for individuals and businesses is not applied from legislature for the state. Nations in their discretion measure their economic strength with the help of the gross domestic product and in estimating their financial strength based on future tax revenue.
Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar? That is a sneaky question to put Jesus in court. Render therefore unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, was one half of divine wisdom. Cunning people today exploit the loopholes in the laws in such a way that they pay less or even no income tax. I do not call on the tax boycott, although I sympathise with the attitude of civil disobedience by Joan Baez and Martin Luther King during the Vietnam War or racial segregation. However, it annoys me here today in my statement to the income tax return that I should know 5,000 German tax laws with 100,000 individual rules. Of course our politicians promise regularly to simplify them. Right now I received the benediction to get two euro plus in a month through the law on tax simplification. Our honest politicians want to be voted again.
A demonstrative call of my highest boss sounds in my ear like this:
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you bind heavy burdens, and grievous to bear commandments, and lay them on men’s shoulders, but you will not move a finger to lift them.
Am I to negative? In the same manner like Revelation is ignored from the public, the woes in Matthew 23 are overheard in society. Instead, we are taught that the heads that rule over us are like gods. In Germany we started 1842 in a special hall of fame, the Walhalla, to honour all our famous people: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walhalla_memorial
In the USA we can visit i.e. the Lincoln Memorial http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_memorial where we can behold the assassinated godfather of America sitting like Zeus on his throne.
Not to forget again George Washington, who was immortalized in the Washington Monument and the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Please, take also a look at that heroic sky picture in the eye of the US Capitol Rotunda: http://www.aoc.gov/capitol-hill/murals/apotheosis-washington
So what again is blasphemy? Man! Man! Man!
Let us return to the number 666 that needs to be calculated for masterminds. Beginning with Genesis, the simplest idea is that on the sixth day imperfect man got breathed in life from God. I conclude from the multiple repetition that it is not about to seek a certain person who enters the stage as the great Antichrist and holds the world power, since history has created as described numerous heads that were slaughtered and revived from their upright holding body – the talking beast / the old snake. The special enmity between the seed of the woman (Yeshua HaMashiach) and the cursed snake offspring was initially described in the first prophecy of God in Genesis 3, 15:
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her seed. He (Yeshua) will crush your head and you (Devil) will bruise his heel.
John warned of lying, false teachers in his 2nd Letter in verse 7:
For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
1 John 2, 18 supplements: Little children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists, whereby we know that it is the last time.
The last hour was at that time and is today, that means summing up for me: The end dawns for every living / dying generation. First and foremost, the warning is directed not to accept the mark of the beast to the seven churches. Reminder: In Smyrna, the largest marketplace of antiquity, had to be brought a sacrifice for the Emperor in the temple to get the written permission to participate in the trade. My remarks about the imperial cult coincide with the oldest, popular interpretation that the mathematical numerical values of the first persecutor of the Christians – Emperor Nero – in Hebrew and in Greek amounts to the sum of 666 and in Latin to 616 (fragment from Oxyrhynchus). In addition to his merciless murders, Nero artistic talent was recalled in a damning way. Because the insane poet, singer, and musician spread to a large audience his own image of a gifted actor. Among others things, in AD 66 the genius appeared in four Panhellenic Games in Greece to receive in the honour of the gods 1808 winner prices. Thanks to historians already at that time everything was counted accurately and diligently written in books.
Again we encounter the thoughts and ways of Lucifer: A beastly man makes himself to God. Concealing his sin, he creates his own laws and takes honour and receives worship through various awards. On the other hand Bishop Polycarp preferred to be burned in the circus before a jeering, bemused of animal fighting crowd, than to bow down in front of such a bestial system and to deny his Lord Jesus Christ.
I recall about the origins of the church that the early believers had all things in common, they sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need (Acts 2, 45).
What determines our action and thinking? Does money rule over us, or do we reign over mammon? The mark (Greek charagma) served in the Roman Empire to assign the slaves under their masters. Making a break, I wonder as a banker: Do I thank the Creator for my lunch, or instead, do I get edified in the numbers of rising security prices? The written warning of John is to emphasise that all affected (small / large – free / slave – rich / poor). So what are we living for?
Biblical prophecy is fulfilled yesterday, today and in the future (who was and is and is to come). To move with the time, modern interpretations of the number 666 symbolism foresee the total, global police state, starting with the bar code to the grain of rice size mutant, under the skin implanted RFID chip. Human beings are becoming more and more a number. A serviced by hands, simple slide rule made the start towards autonomous calculating supercomputers with storage devices that collect reams of data. In the World Wide Web you can find a lot of concerns about the VeryChip and other monitoring methods, but what happened in Jesus’ time to control the people? The Saviour came exactly at this time into the world, when all the people had to register in their hometown, since Emperor Augustus wanted to get more taxes for his costly state apparatus and his huge army. As it were, the Jewish population was hard pressed in this hostile, everywhere taxes collecting social system and thus waited like Simeon and Anna in the temple for the promised Messiah.
If in fact the cash is abolished and every financial transaction is controlled in order to fight effectively against tax evasion and crime, the coming one world government (New World Order) could also fulfill the high priestly prayer in John 17. A unity among Christians, back to basics, relying on God to share everything, and born out of the necessity, not to accept the cursed physical mark of the beast on the forehead or the hand.