The Beast And Its Image Are Oligarchies

Within my faith tradition, and based on a study of the Scriptures is the belief that the “beast” of Revelation will hook up with a religious / political power called the “image of the beast” to make an attempt to rule the world just before Jesus comes again.

While I won’t take time to go into it here, it can be easily established that the “beast” is the resurrected Holy Roman Empire that we know today as the Papacy, located in Vatican City in Rome. The beast’s counterpart or “image” can be easily identified in Scripture as a deteriorated phase of Protestant America. The uniting and cooperation of these two global powers will eventually result in the imposition of what the Bible calls “the mark of the beast”.

The thing that has been skipping around in my mind recently however, is just how this will develop and come to fruition. Many have felt strongly that this union will come about when the religious right in our country (the USA) will ascend to power and then join hands with the Papacy to form a religious political alliance. With this thought then, we tend to keep our eyes on the religious right. But in doing this have we played into a trap? Has the devil made an end run around us?

As I noted in my previous blog, “The Right is Left”, most people view the political landscape with a very narrow focus. The landscape, as they see it, stretches from the far right to the far left. What we noted there however, is that when using the American constitution as the anchor point, both left and right find themselves far left of the center.

The Papacy, being a child of the Roman Caesars, is a good example of an oligarchy. It’s not a democracy or a republic. It is the form of government that rules by a ruling, dictatorial class.

Over the decades the two main political parties that have made up our government’s elected leaders have been the Republicans and the Democrats. As noted before, both of these parties have been marching left, across the landscape, away from the constitutional republic given to us by our founding fathers.

It is this “leftward” march that is leading the USA down the road to becoming an “image” to the “beast”. While religious harmonies will be a part of this union, political harmonies will be in play as well. In the words of one of the founders of my faith tradition. “When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power . . . our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government.” (Last Day Events 131)

2 Responses to “The Beast And Its Image Are Oligarchies”

  1. Lukas Says:

    Good observation.

    It is very interesting to see the similarities between our current administration’s views on the labor unions as a way to help resolve our current job/financial struggles and recently published thoughts from Pope Benedict which also include labor unions as a way to help control the global financial crisis.

    The Devil still has some tricks left that we don’t have figured out. The scripture that comes to mind is Matt 24:24 “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”

    If we are watching only one hand we are missing the “action” going on in the other. BUT…If we continue to study, pray, and be watchful God will show us all the truths we need to know to be prepared for whatever comes, no matter which “hand” it comes from.

  2. Clark Albritton Says:

    Pastor, when you say here that the devil may have pulled an end run around us, I couldn’t help but think how obvious it is that the rising influence of Islam in the EU and North America is so swift and strong and accomplishes all those things attributed to the image of the beast. We already have “Islamic Republics” all over the globe and with trillions of dollars of oil money, these kingdoms and “republics” have the ability to purchase massive influence in media and in governments, and as we have seen in Dearborn, MI and soon in areas of Florida, Islam is purchasing entire cities - ruling their city councils, suspending the constitution, removing freedoms and enforcing islamic law on our very shores before an approving liberal judiciary. I see the rise of islam in the US as happening so swiftly, if Rome wants to get in the game, they better get moving. The depth and breadth to which our current president is installing muslim and muslim friendly justices and various other political appointees is startling and may very well have crossed us over an irreversible tipping point on the road to becoming an Isalmic Republic with the establishment of Friday laws and the banning of Sabbath Keeping on threat of beheading. Prophecy is conditional - sometimes, the actors/players who have major roles to play “fall asleep at the switch,” or fail at some critical juncture to fulfill their role, so the dymanic is allowed to shift with the evil doing of Satan and his armies of darkness.

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