America: Wake Up! The Mark of The Beast is Coming!
For a Real Time, Real Life example of the activities of The Beast, please have a look at "Cassiopaea Research Arm Under Attack," and read the articles linked from there, including "That Old Black MAJIC."
Copyright 2001 By: Laura Knight-Jadczyk, www.cassiopaea.org May be freely copied and distributed as long as this copyright notice is displayed and the text is displayed in full with no alterations.
September 2001, a few days after the WTC disaster:
The headline of this morning's St. Petersburg Times says: $15-billion bailout set. The article proceeds to inform us that "Congress passed a bailout plan Friday night to prevent the airline industry from collapsing." What's more, they did it with "extraordinary speed."
"Supporting our airlines is an act of patriotism," said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y."The Terrorists wanted to ground America, so we need to fly."
Aside from the fact that the only reason America has been grounded is because of an obvious effort to get us into a war, such specious reasoning simply astonishes me.
Well, the rhetoric gets even more preposterous: "We are not going to let our economy fail," said Rep. Clay Shaw, R-Fort Lauderdale.
I guess that this means that we are going to blame the economic plunge on the terrorist attack, right?
Nevertheless, this remark reminded me of something the C's once said about the "Mark of the Beast," and the reader may wish to have a look at the entire transcript on the "666" page. They remarked: "VI is 6 in Roman Numerals. S was 6 in ancient Egypt. A was 6 in Sanskrit. VISA, see, is 666. Interesting that to travel for extended periods one needs a "visa" also, yes?" And now, the issue of travel, (or lack thereof, is connected to the present activity of the U.S.A. Just what is in the works here?
Putting what the C's said together with my own ideas about the Who and What of the Beast, written back in 1986 and 87, I would like the reader to refer to that page as well, where I have used the book of Revelation to identify the "Home Base" of the Beast Empire. To boil it down, here are the pertinent excerpts:
[For those who have already read the old version of the Noah Syndrome which describes the identity of the Beast posted here on the site, you may wish to skip to Part II of the present comments.]
The "Beast" has been, in accepted theological theory, long associated with, and identified as, the One Man Antichrist. This is due to a fundamental misunderstanding of the last verse of Revelation, Chapter 13.
One of the keys to unlocking the puzzle, as I mentioned, is the last verse of chapter 13. I had already figured out most of it but that last bit really had me stumped. I read the verse over and over and went back to the original Greek for clarification. I broke it down by syntax; rearranged it in numerous ways and went to bed exhausted by it one night. I awoke in the middle of the night with the word "Calculate" booming in my head and a vision of the word in large white letters against a black background. I jumped out of bed and grabbed my notes. "Calculate" was, indeed, the key.
Revelation 13, the chapter which describes the "Beast" begins:
"I stood on the sandy beach, I saw a beast coming up out of the sea with ten horns and seven heads. On his horns he had ten royal crowns and blasphemous titles on his heads." This first sentence tells us of a landing on a foreign shore; the beast is to be found at a distance from the area of the previous chapter which describes the nation of Israel, the birth of Christ, and the persecutions of the church in Europe. To understand what John means by sea, we can look at chapter 16, verse 8: "The waters that you observed are races and multitudes..." (This is also interesting in light of the concept of people being wave-forms of the divine source). Examining all other references to beasts in the Bible, it is immediately apparent that, other than references to actual animals, this designation belongs to world empires.
Daniel's prophecies foreshadowed Revelation, and Daniel was told by an angel that a beast symbolized an empire. There is some interchangeability between "king" and "empire," just as there is interchangeability between "city" and "nation". This is also traditional since any king is considered diplomatically to be his country. I think that we can safely assume that John is not referring to a fantastic animal, so the only other supported interpretation we can give to this beast is that it is an empire.
John is most specific in describing the numbers of heads and horns and the placing of the crowns on the horns and not the heads! So, we must think this is to be of some import in describing the nature of this empire. Daniel, Chapter 7, describes his fourth beast as having ten horns and, it has been determined that Daniel's fourth beast was the Roman Empire. The beast in Chapter 12 of Revelation can also be identified, by its role, as the Roman Empire. The comparison can then be made that the crowns, in the case of the descriptions of the beast representing the Roman Empire, are upon the heads and not on the horns.
The number "7" is sacred among the Jews, indicating perfection or completion. It was used very often in a symbolic manner for the "whole" of a thing. Thus, seven heads would indicate an autonomous nation -- not under the rule of any other empire. The placement of the crowns on the horns rather than on the heads indicates that this is not a totalitarian, monarchial or dictatorial regime. The horns symbolize strength and the assembly of the people, for the horn was used to call the people to pray and to hear the words of the prophets. We can see that on this beast they represent the strength of an empire in the diversity of its people. Ten is symbolic of testing, an earthly foreshadowing of divine principle: "For since the law has merely a rude outline of the good things to come, instead of fully expressing those things, it can never perfect..."(Hebrews 10:1) So, we can conclude that the ten horns represents the assembling of a large number of people who express an almost divine concept in government -- since the rulership of the empire, symbolized by the crowns, is placed on the horns and not on the heads -- government of the people, by the people, for the people.
The heads, on the other hand, the decision making part of the beast, the administrative or titular head of an empire, are represented as having blasphemous titles on their foreheads. The definition of blasphemy is "profane usage of God's name". Profane simply means that which is not connected with religion. The blasphemous titles on the heads inform us that the government of this nation will use the name of God and purported spiritual principles to lead the people and present its policies.
"And the beast that I saw resembled a leopard, his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth was like that of a lion."
Here we find that this new empire has many of the characteristics of former world empires as described by Daniel. The multiplicity of types also indicates the greater supremacy of this world empire. Possessing the military might of the Media-Persian empire as exemplified by the bear; the speed and cunning of Alexander's empire, the leopard; and the kingly nobility of the lion. That the mouth is described as being like a lion denotes loud and boastful speech as well -- self-aggrandizement and self-indulgence, and another meaning, as we shall see.
"And to him the dragon gave his might and power and his throne and great dominion."
The dragon is, classically, and in scripture, Satan. This sentence denotes the emerging character of this beast as well as establishes its position in the world. John says that the dragon gives his throne to the beast. This means that this empire becomes the number one nation on the earth in all things material: industry, commerce, political influence, economic living standards, arts, science, technology, material goods of all sorts and fleshly pleasures; all things pertaining to the "things of the world." That is not to say that any of these things are evil in themselves -- it is the attitude and ideal which is important as we will see further on.
John has informed us that the social structure of this end-time empire is controlled by a pervading principle of life that is antithetical to spirituality. The Dragon exalts this empire far above all the other societies of the world in all the things which pertain to materiality. This society is one which has set itself up as arbiter of what is right and wrong as well as being excessively preoccupied with physical appearance and material wealth and goods.
"And one of his heads seemed to have a deadly wound. But his death stroke was healed, and the whole earth went after the beast in amazement and admiration."
This verse tells us that one branch, or department of the administrative body suffers an attack. This attack is clarified in verse 14 which describes the wound as being inflicted by a sword -- a military action. Note that the verse says "seems" to have a deadly wound. This tells us that this event leads many to think that it is a death stroke and will finish the beast. Yet, the empire/beast recovers quickly and goes on to lead, and be adored by, an admiring world.
"They fell down and did homage to the dragon, because he had bestowed on the beast all his dominion and authority; they also praised and worshipped the beast, exclaiming, Who is a match for the beast, and who can make war against him?"
To do homage means to serve or venerate, and this verse tells us that the benefits of Satan, materiality, as promulgated by the beast, become the standard of the other societies of the world. In addition, this verse identifies the ascendancy of materialism as occurring through military actions.
"And the beast was given the power of speech, uttering boastful and blasphemous words, and he was given freedom to exert his authority and to exercise his will during forty-two months." Recall in the previous chapter where Jesus is described as slaying nations with the breath of his mouth? We now have a clue as to the meaning of this remark.
Here we have the beast making war. "Speaking," in this context, clearly means war. And, having the mouth of a lion, we can be sure that this "speech" will be proud, haughty, and declaiming noble ideals. But, that this war/speech is blasphemous tells us that there is something hidden here that we must find, and we will a bit further on. The authority during 42 months is identified in verses three and four as military. Thus, claiming to act in the will or name of God, this nation will lead the peoples of the earth in a war for 42 months.
"He was further permitted to wage war on God's holy people and to overcome them. And power was given him to extend his authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation."
This verse describes the extension of authority after the military action has ceased. Once again this nation is described as having the top position, and to a greater extent than before, in all material aspects. The results of the military action have served to place the beast in a position to "wage war against God's holy people." Contrary to popular theological opinion, I do not see these "Holy People" as members of any given denomination, "born again" or otherwise. God's people must be understood to be those who are members of His kingdom and, since this kingdom has not been externally established, being described as being within, we must look for another meaning to this usage.
Deuteronomy describes the nation of Israel as God's Holy People in its entirety. After the establishment of the "New Covenant", God's people are those who are "Circumcised in their hearts". Thus, the "Holy People" must be seen as those who manifest spiritual values over and above materialism. It might also be noted that Christ said, referring to little children, "of such is the kingdom of heaven"; so we may include the criteria of "becoming as a child" in order to be one of "God's Holy People." Children are born curious, adventurous, courageous and most especially, not hung up on "belief systems." Simple faith in the "rightness" of things, with no desire to "save" or change anything is one of the chief features of the "childlike" attitude.
The use of the word "overcome" in this context, informs us that an actual military action is not involved -- rather that the beast uses some means of inducement to cause innocent and unsuspecting individuals to fall into the ways of materialism. This is a war of forces - - materialism versus spirituality -- a severe attack on spiritual values, leading many astray. It also indicates that those who place spiritual values above material considerations will have a difficult time dealing with life in general due to the fact that only those who know how to "play the game" will be able to maneuver well in the society of the Beast.
"And all the inhabitants of the earth will fall down in adoration and pay him homage, every one whose name has not been recorded from the foundation of the world in the Book of Life of the Lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world."
This verse tells us that this empire will be victorious in propagating materialism over vast areas of the globe and that the ideals of independence from God, self-gratification and reliance on human wisdom and capabilities will come to be seen as the prevailing aspirations of the world. This does not mean that the entire world will attain these ideals, but that the economic, industrial, artistic, scientific achievements and living standards of this empire will be admired and emulated -- idolized, in fact.
However, we must also see that there will be some who do not fall into the trap set by the beast -- those who retain their ideals of spiritual perfection and achievement - - and that these people are foreordained to occupy this role.
"Whoever leads into captivity will himself go into captivity; if anyone slays with the sword, with the sword must he be slain. Herein is the patience and the faith and fidelity of the saints."
This caveat is inserted at this point for several reasons; The first is to reassure those who have been "foreordained" as well as those who have suffered actual death or loss, that what is sown is reaped. The beast is warned that nations invoke karma also!
"Then I saw another beast rising up out of the land; he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke like a dragon. He exerts all the power and right of control of the former beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell upon it to exalt and deify the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed, and worship him. He performs great signs -- startling miracles -- even making fire fall from the sky to the earth in men's sight. And because of the signs which he is allowed to perform in the presence of the first beast, he deceives those who inhabit the earth, commanding them to erect an image in the likeness of the beast which was wounded by the sword and still lived."
This second beast, must, once again, be an empire. However, it differs from the first beast in several ways which John describes in great detail. The first detail is the number of horns. Two is a number which has several meanings. First, it represents a minority, for two is the smallest number by which testimony may be accepted. Also, we may look to Genesis for some esoteric clarification:
"And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters; and let it separate the waters below from the waters above .. and there was evening and morning, a second day." (Genesis 1:6,8, excerpts)
Here we see that the number two is related to a separating element which divides waters below from waters above. Throughout the Bible, water represents spirit and humanity.
In applying this principle to two horns, we see that the horns represent a powerful minority which acts in such a way as to separate mankind from his own spiritual heritage. This action comes about through things which appear harmless -- "appeared as a lamb" -- but are in actuality, propagating lies -- "speaks as a dragon"-- induces to material considerations. And, once again, speech refers to force, or violence so we may assume that this second beast has some relationship to making war or using force to dominate.
"He asserts all power and right of control of the former beast in his presence;"
...tells us that this powerful minority acts through and is supported by, the established empire of the first beast -- an empire within an empire. A minority which takes control by force and deception.
"Causes the earth and those who dwell upon it to exalt and deify the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed, and worship him"
...indicates that this second beast was behind the initiation of the military action described as a deadly wound and that this event was planned to bring the first beast into position to establish military supremacy and commercial world domination. This establishment of military supremacy is emphasized in the lines:
"He performs great signs -- startling miracles -- even making fire fall from the sky to the earth in mens' sight"
...which describes the use of atomic weapons in this military action which lasts 42 months. This display of power is so awesome to the peoples of the world that they submit to the political and commercial domination of the first beast.
"And because of the signs which he is allowed to perform in the presence of the first beast, he deceives those who inhabit the earth, commanding them to erect an image in the likeness of the beast which was wounded by the sword and still lived."
The "image" of the beast has caused many a theologian to lose sleep. Understood in the context of this passage, we can perceive that this refers to the establishment of the principles of worldliness and materialism throughout the world. What is the image of the beast? Military might, speed and cunning, exalted position in worldly possessions and technology -- as described by John. That this ideal is extended around the earth through the lies, deception and force of the second beast, subverting other cultural ideals to materialism and using other nations politically, is what is being expressed by this verse -- and that it is the end result of the war in which the beast was wounded.
"And he was permitted to impart the breath of life into the beast's image so that the image of the beast could actually talk, and to cause to be put to death those who would not bow down and worship the image of the beast. Also, he compels all, both small and great, both rich and the poor, both free and slave, to be marked with an inscription on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that no one will have power to buy or sell unless he bears the stamp, the name of the beast or the number of his name."
The dreaded "Mark of the Beast." The horror of totalitarian world government -- tattoos, laser marks, implanted computer tapes -- a host of interpretations! Yet, we cannot look upon this lightly for it contains the implications of the most horrific prophetic curse ever delivered in the pages of scripture!
Before delving into the "Mark", let's look at the first portions of this section. The "breath of life" imparted to the image, or ideals of the beast, coupled with "speech" and "putting to death", express a repetition of the coupling of blasphemous speech and military action in the earlier verses. Thus we see that the beast will initiate "war" (active, cold, or covert) with those nations which do not adhere to its image, or domination in military and commercial respects. This is further amplified by the implications of buying and selling -- join the beast or die!
The first mention of a mark in the Bible occurs in Genesis 4:15:
"And the Lord set a mark or sign upon Cain..."
It must be remembered that Cain was the first individual who asked: "Am I my brother's keeper?"
"If I have sinned, what have I done you, O You watcher and keeper of men? Why have You set me as a mark for You so that I am a burden to myself?" (7:20)
"I am Jeremiah, the man who has seen affliction under the rod of His wrath. He has led me, and brought me into darkness, and not light. Surely He has turned away from me; His hand is against me all the day. My flesh and my skin has He worn out and made old; He has shattered my bones. He has built up against me, and surrounded me with bitterness, tribulation and anguish. He has caused me to dwell in dark places, as those long dead. He walled me about, so that I cannot get out; He has weighted down my chain. Also when I cry and shout for help, He shut out my prayer. He has enclosed my ways with hewn stone, He has made my paths crooked. He is to me like a bear lying in wait, and like a lion hiding in secret places. He has turned me off my ways, and pulled me in pieces; He has made me desolate. He has bent His bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow..." (Lamentations 3:1-12)
Ezekiel 9:4-6 says:
"And the Lord said to him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in the midst of it. And to the others He said in my hearing, Follow through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have any pity. Slay outright the elderly, the young man and the virgin, the infant and the women; but do not touch or go near any one on whom is the mark..."
And, Revelation says:
"Then another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a mighty voice, Whoever pays homage to the beast and his image and permits the stamp (mark) to be put on his forehead or on his hand, He too shall drink the wine of God's indignation and wrath, poured undiluted into the cup of His anger, and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb." (Revelation 14: 9-10)
"And the beast was seized and overpowered, and with him the false prophet who in his presence had worked wonders and performed miracles, (the second beast -- that which gives false testimony), by which he led astray those who had accepted or permitted to be placed upon them the stamp of the beast, and those who paid homage and gave divine honors to his image. Both of the two were hurled alive into the fiery lake that burns and blazes with brimstone." (Revelation 19:20)
"Then I saw a second angel ... saying, Harm neither the earth nor the sea nor the trees, until we have sealed the bond servants of our God upon their foreheads." (Revelation 7:2,3)
"Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord -- the only Lord. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with your entire being, and with all your might. And these words, which I am commanding you this day, shall be in your own mind and heart; you shall whet and sharpen them, so as to make them penetrate and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up. And you shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes, And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and on your gates." (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)
So, now we have a much clearer idea of what John means by the use of the word "mark" or "stamp," It is an ideological affiliation! A spiritual position! An attitude of mind, heart and action! Nothing more -- nothing less! What is it that one wears upon their forehead as a frontlet and binds upon their hand? The laws of God. What is one supposed to do with the laws of God? Whet and sharpen them -- use them and practice with them -- make them penetrate; interpret all of reality in these terms; teach them and make them the focal point of existence! This is the mark or seal of God.
And, the mark of the beast? The antithesis of the mark of God. The denial and rejection of the laws of God. The asking of the age-old question: Am I my brother's keeper?
We should note, however, that John divides the Mark of the beast into two categories: those who bear the "stamp" -- the name of the beast or those who bear the number of his name. And here we come to the final solution: the identity of the beast. For it is clear that the geographical area of this beast/empire is under sentence of doom as well as those who are marked by the esoteric significance of the number of the beast who are located elsewhere, geographically.
"Here is discernment -- a call for the wisdom; let anyone who has intelligence (penetration, insight) enough, CALCULATE the number of the beast; for it is a human number, the number of a certain man; his number is 666."
1. CALCULATE -- a mathematical operation. 2. Calculate what? -- The number of the beast.
3. Calculate how? --
a. it is a human number; b. the number of a certain man.
4. The unfinished numerical form of the name of the beast, the numbers which will give the mathematical result identical with the name number of the beast, thereby affirming identity, is 666.
The companion to the Torah, the Jewish collection of scripture, is the Kaballah. The Kaballah consists of many occult and esoteric teachings, one of which is a system of numerology. (It also includes astrological information.) In Kabbalistic tradition, a name number is very significant. Numbers were so important to the ancient Jews that an entire book is named "Numbers". They understood, as physicists do today, that numbers represent the closest we can ever come to writing and understanding the laws of the universe. In the past, a man's name number was so important that his name was often changed, signifying some important accomplishment or change of life, thereby changing the numerical value as well as the intrinsic meaning. A striking example is the change God made in the names of both Abraham and Sarah; formerly Abram and Sarai.
Clue 3a is clarified by 3b which indicates that we are not to interpret the former in literal terms -- the number of humanity being 6, according to Kaballah; but that we are to deal with a specific name just as if we were determining the name number of a certain, (any given) man. In presenting these clues, John is telling us that we are to use numerology to find the name number of the beast just as if it were a man. We may make this determination by matching our result with the result of the numerological application to the number 666. This will affirm our identification of the last great world empire --the Beast.
The symbology of these numbers is important in another way. The result of the rules of numerology applied to the number 666 is 9: 6+6+6=18; 1+8=9. Nine is not only the name number of the beast, it is the product of 3 squared, or divine completion. We can also see in these numbers man's attempt to usurp the position of God -- 6 repeated 3 times -- or the number of man arranged as the divine trinity. Symbolically nine signifies finality, completion, fulfillment. There are the nine beatitudes, nine gifts of the spirit, nine fruits of the spirit, and the words of Christ at the ninth hour: "It is finished!" This is echoed in Revelation: "Then the seventh angel emptied out his bowl into the air, and a mighty voice came out of the sanctuary of heaven from the throne, saying, It is done!" (16:17)
There are other clues to the meaning of the number nine. In the story of the ten lepers in Luke 17, only one, a Samaritan, turned back and thanked Jesus for his cleansing and Jesus asked
"Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine?" Was there no one found to return and to recognize and give thanks and praise to God except this alien?"
In Nehemiah 11, more light is shed upon the symbology of nine:
"Now the leaders of the people dwelt at Jerusalem; the rest of the people also cast lots, to bring one of ten to dwell in Jerusalem the holy city, while nine tenths dwelt in other towns and villages."
We may also observe that 9 is an inverted 6 and, expressing the idea of the law of God, in the triad, acting upon man who has "taken the seat in the temple" as describe previously (a triad of sixes) -- or 3 x 666 -- we get a most interesting product: 1998. This number is especially interesting in light of the prophecies of Nostradamus and Edgar Cayce. Using this date as a stepping off point, we might try adding or subtracting the 6.3 years of Daniel's prophesied tribulation. (The name "Daniel", by the way, is a nine -- a coincidence? I think not considering the many similarities of Revelation to Daniel!)
In 70 A.D. the Jewish temple was polluted and then destroyed. This was an archetype of what was to come. In the present time, the Temple is the body of mankind (naos vs. hieron) -- even the body of an individual. Our spiritual frequencies are being polluted by materialistic attitudes and this, as noted above, could be the key to the "Mark of the Beast."
"Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to the one that spoke, For how long is the vision concerning the continual offering, the transgression that makes desolate, and the giving over of both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled under foot? And he said to him and to me, For two thousand and three hundred evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary shall be cleansed and restored."
Dividing 2300 by 365, we obtain the figure 6.3 years from that date, and, if that is the case, and the ending or beginning is 1998, then we try subtracting 6.3 years from 1998 and we find that the abomination that desolates will begin in late 1991. Or, on the other hand, the date could represent the beginning of destruction in which case we would add 6.3 years to 1998 finding that the end of tribulation would be in the year 2,004.
[Laura's note added 3/23/2000: 1998 was the most violent year in the history of weather and ended as the hottest year ever recorded. Also, a minor recession occurred in 1998 concurrent with the Persian Gulf conflict, which might have been "markers" for those with eyes to see. Could THIS be the beginning of the "abomination of desolation?"]
What does Jesus say about the abomination that desolates?
"So when you see the appalling sacrilege spoken of by the prophet Daniel standing in the Holy Place, let the reader take notice and ponder and heed this, Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains; Let him who is on the housetop not come down and go into the house to take anything; and let him who is in the field not turn back to get his overcoat. And also for the women (souls) who are pregnant (spiritually unformed) and for those who have nursing babies in those days! (Those who are not yet ready for the meat of truth) For then there will be great tribulation -- affliction, distress and oppression -- such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now; no, and never will be again. If those days had not been shortened, no human being would endure and survive; but for the sake of the elect (God's chosen ones) those days will be shortened.
"For just as the lightening flashes from the east and shines and is seen as far as the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be... Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not shed her light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn and beat their breasts and lament in anguish, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory -- in brilliancy and splendor." (Matthew 24:15-30)
[Laura's note added 03/23/2000: So, the year 2004 doesn't look good!]
The prophecies of Revelation state that the beast will be cast into the lake of fire along with the false prophet. This becomes meaningful when we remember Velikovsky's "rains and rivers of fire," or flaming naptha which would be concomitant with an encounter with a comet of a certain type. Thus, the geographical area of the Beast Empire, and those who are doomed throughout the globe for their lack of spiritual "clothing," may have some problems, to say the least. And, considering the figure of Noah as well as the parable of the ten lepers along with the archtypal example from Nehemiah, we must understand that few may survive! One tenth, perhaps, of the earth's population of over five billion!
Now, you ask, Who -- or What -- is the Beast? Which world empire fits the descriptions of Revelation 13?
Which world empire began on a foreign shore, formed of many races and tongues; (primarily people from the area of the old Roman Empire -- the "Little Horn" of Daniel, which made war with three of the ten divisions of the Roman Empire: England, France and Spain)?
Which nation on the earth rapidly became the richest and most powerful empire on earth, using the name of God as its motto?
Which nation suffered a military attack which seemed to be devastating, but was, in fact, a political manipulation designed to engender popular support for a war of greed -- a wound which healed so quickly that one can't help but wonder if all preparations were made in advance?
Which nation rose up after such an attack and went on to lead an adoring world in a global war, winning on two fronts simultaneously? A war which involved this empire for a period of 42 months?
Which empire developed and used "fire falling from the sky in the sight of men" -- atomic weapons -- to awe and intimidate the peoples of the world?
Which nation used such a blasphemous power on a people already defeated, after having deliberately drawn them into war?
Which nation, after this war, established, and still maintains, military presence and industrial outposts over all the globe and has made the world its marketplace -- a financial bonanza -- propagating materialism as though it were manna from heaven or the word of God in order to satiate its voracious appetite for money and power?
What nation on the earth is ruled from behind the political stage by the industrial-military complex -- a group so powerful they can politically (or literally) assassinate public and private figures with impunity; a group of wealthy elitists who know no bounds to their greed; a group which foments social unrest, political strife, unstable economies, wars and revolutions; a group which stimulates technology and promulgates materialism, to keep their pockets full and the strings of power in their hands?
What nation on earth has been manipulated by the electronic media -- under the control of the motivation masters hired by the industrial-military complex (the false prophets of materialism and technology) -- so that they have lost sight of the spirit and meaning of those ideals which gave birth to their empire?
What nation's name number is NINE?
Did you figure it out? Use the following table to give values to the letters, then add them all together, continuing to add until you are left with a single digit. After you have tried all sorts of names and combinations, try United States (of) America. (Omit the "of" as it is not part of the name proper.)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
Initially, when I discovered this funny relationship, I immediately discarded it for the simple reason that the Book of Revelation was written in Greek and I was calculating in English. But, after giving it some thought, I realized that if I was going to give even a modicum of credibility to a 2000 year old prophecy, that I ought to also give some consideration that such a prophecy COULD, indeed, accommodate the language factor. After all, if I am thinking that events so far in the future can be foreseen, certainly the prophetic ideation would naturally include the fact that the lingua Franca of the future time was English.
Years ago it occurred to me that it was most peculiar that the United States was not taught as being included or mentioned in the great Biblical prophecies. Since it was apparent to me that it has become the most powerful and influential nation on the face of the planet, I thought this rather strange. This was due, as it was explained to me, to the fact that the prophecies concerned, mainly, the Jews and, having been delivered through Jews, primarily concerned those events which affected the Israeli people. Yet, we are talking about prophecies which are global in import. Again I say, if we are going to take, as a working hypothesis, the idea that prophetic abilities exist at all and that they can operate thousands of years into the future, then we must also accept that those same prophetic abilities will be able to perceive the major actors in the cosmic drama of the future. And, if the drama is played out on the stage of the entire globe, then we must understand that the discussion will, of necessity, involve the stars of the play.
John, having brought the United States into his prophecy in Revelation 13, continues with his theme, describing the destructions of war and cosmic upheaval in chapters 14, 15, and 16. He then moves in for a close-up of an interaction which is very important for it further amplifies the roles of various participants in the end-time events. Chapters 17 and 18 deal with the identification and descriptions of destruction of an entity known as the "Great Harlot".
Many have interpreted this woman to represent the Catholic Church, all denominational churches, occultists, and so forth. However, careful analysis of this and related portions of scripture will show that this is neither appropriate nor in keeping with the global sense of the prophecy. (And, in a previous chapter, we described the apostate condition of the Christian Churches.)
Scripturally, "Woman" means either the spiritual half of the human totality -- the union of male and female -- or, in an expanded view, "woman" symbolizes the socio-cultural-political manifestations of a group, a city, a nation.
Isaiah addresses the nation of Israel in a foreshadowing of John's prophecy:
"How the faithful city has become an idolatrous harlot, she who was full of justice ... Your princes are rebels and companions of thieves; every one loves bribes and runs after compensation and rewards. They judge not for the fatherless nor defend them, neither does the cause of the widow come to them." (1:21,23)
Ezekial uses the same terms and expands the theme:
"...You ate fine flour and honey and oil ... Your reknown went forth among the nations for your beauty ... But you trusted and relied on your own beauty ... You have made your beauty an abomination ... You have played the harlot also with the Assyrians, because you were unsatiable ... You multiplied your harlotry with the land of trade, with Chaldea; and yet even with this you were not satisfied ... Because of all the idols of your abominations, and for the blood of your children that you gave to them ... I will gather all your lovers ... They shall throw down your vaulted place, and shall demolish your high places ... They shall stone you and thrust you through with swords ... They shall burn your houses ... As is the mother, so is her daughter ... Your mother was a Hittite and your father an Amorite ... Your elder sister is Samaria ... your younger sister is Sodom ... You were more corrupt in all your ways than they were ... The iniquity of Sodom: pride, overabundance of food, prosperous ease and idleness were hers and her daughters; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.." (Chapter 16, excerpts)
Here we have a wealth of background for interpreting the "Harlot" in John's prophecy. We may observe that "harlotry" relates, in a well defined sense, to materialism. I also, at this point, want to call attention to an obscure reference in Revelation 11:18 which says:
"The great city which is in a spiritual sense called by the names of Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified."
It is obvious that Christ was not crucified in either Sodom or Egypt, but Jerusalem; and John makes it plain that this "city" is re-enacting, in a spiritual sense, the sins of all three. Noting the "sins" of Sodom and Egypt in the foregoing passages as well as the concept that the United States is taking the global role of Israel, and, understanding that the terms "city" and "nation" are very often interchangeable, we may arrive at a conclusion as to which nation this multiple reference applies.
Revelation 17 begins:
"One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke to me saying, Come with me! I will show you the doom of the Great Harlot who is seated on many waters, with whom the rulers of the earth have joined in prostitution, and with the wine of whose immorality the inhabitants of the earth have become intoxicated."
This passage gives us the clues that this "harlotry", or materialism, is worldwide and that the leaders of the earth are guilty of the specific sins of greed, perversion of justice, oppression of the poor and helpless, unfair trade practices, graft and governmental corruption as defined by Ezekial. Sound familiar?
So, we see a socio-cultural-political condition of harlotry which promulgates the idea of human technological achievement as the ultimate aspiration for mankind. This woman, or spiritual state of mankind, is further described as
"seated on a scarlet beast covered with blasphemous titles, with seven heads and ten horns. The woman was robed in purple and scarlet, and bedecked with gold, precious stones and pearls, holding in her hand a cup of gold full of the accursed offenses and the filth of her lewdness and vice." The nation which is the seat, or foundation, of this corrupt spiritual ideal, described as a beast with seven heads and ten horns, harkens back to the beast of chapter 13. The colors are significant in that they represent government and religion -- scarlet being the priestly color and purple being the governing color -- and tell us that both the beast and, to a greater extent, the woman are revered by the peoples of the earth. Anyone who doubts that materialism has become a god in our society should try a little experiment: Try, for a period of twenty minutes each day, to clear the mind entirely and simply experience the quietness of the spirit. Nine people out of ten will have great difficulty quieting their thoughts and kicking them out, so to speak. Those thoughts which return to you most frequently, those ideas which are most persistent in holding your mind are, in truth, your god.
Some people think about sports, some people cannot stop thinking about their future plans in regards to making money, acquiring possessions, furthering relationships and rehashing past events. But, it will be seen, in the final analysis, that the main obstacle to meditation, or quieting the mind and contemplating spirit, is money -- either the getting, keeping, or spending of it. Whatever the consciousness drifts to naturally is the individual's ideal.
The gold, the jewels and the pearls adorning the Harlot tell us that all the mental and spiritual achievements of the earth are centered upon materialism -- this includes science, education, arts, culture, music and all other aspects of human potential -- including religion.
"And on her forehead was inscribed a name of mystery -- with a secret symbolic meaning: Babylon the great, the mother of prostitutes and of the filth and atrocities and abominations of the earth." Babylon was the great city which arose in Chaldea, "the land of trade." This verse tells us that this harlotry -- materialism -- gives rise to unspeakable crimes which individuals undertake to further their pursuit of sensual pleasure and acquisition of material goods. The deepest and most abominable sense of this description relates to warfare.
Many books have been written which expose the fact that governments do not wage war for moral or even ideological reasons -- wars are simply acts of greedy materialism -- but this is not commonly known among the masses for most of them do not read. Many still believe that the American Revolution, the Civil War, World Wars I and II were fought to defend noble ideals, and such people have been so thoroughly indoctrinated and duped on this subject that the mere mention of the actual facts causes them to close their ears and minds and live their lives in blissful ignorance, contaminating their children with unfounded patriotic zeal, and producing more fodder for the cannons.
One of the most abhorrent practices engaged in by ancient peoples, including, on occasion, the Israelites, was human sacrifice -- in particular child sacrifice. It seems that we, in the present age, continue to pass our innocent offspring "through the fire" with as little regard as did the ancients -- only now we call it "noble patriotism."
I would like to suggest that governments and their industrial military masters are fornicators and the "Great Harlot", the great, dark and evil system of materialism, is their mistress. Materialism is the mother of war, famine, disease, ignorance, drug addiction, murder, robbery, rape, and a host of assorted other evils of our day. Thus they are indeed drunk on the blood of martyrs.
"I also saw that the woman was drunk, with the blood of the saints, and the blood of the martyrs for Jesus. And when I saw her I was utterly amazed and wondered greatly. But the angel said to me, Why do you wonder? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman, as well as the beast having the seven heads and ten horns that carries her. The beast that you saw was, but is no more, and he is going to come up out of the abyss and proceed to go to perdition; this calls for a mind with wisdom and intelligence -- it is something for a particular mode of thinking and judging of thoughts, feelings and purposes. The seven heads are seven hills upon which the woman is sitting; and they are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen, one still exists, the other has not yet appeared, and when he does arrive he must stay a brief time. And as for the beast that was but now is no more, he is an eighth ruler, but he is of the seven and belongs to them, and he goes to perdition." A caveat is inserted into this explanation which tells us that the answer is hidden and is in the form, once again, of a riddle. It is like the old conundrum:
"Down in the dark dungeon, I saw a bright light; all saddled, all bridled, all set for a fight. Now I've told you the answer three times in a row: what did I see?" And the answer?
The first, and obvious, interpretation is that "seven hills" relates to Rome -- the "City of Seven Hills" -- and this is where most interpreters lose their way. Seven is also seven kings, or empires, five of which had fallen at the time John wrote Revelation. These can be identified as: Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Media-Persia, and Greece. The sixth, Rome, was in power at the time of John's vision. The seventh "has not yet appeared, and when he does arrive, he must stay but a brief time." And, the eighth is "of the seven and belongs to them."
There is a very important transition indicated here in the number symbologies. Recall that the number seven is the number of perfection -- the whole of a thing. We know that the sixth "king" or empire, is Rome; but who is the seventh, which completes the number, and how does the eighth fit in. This is why John said this was going to be tricky!
The "seventh" empire is the Holy Roman Empire, which, as a truly great empire only lasted for a brief time. The Holy Roman Empire was part of the original Roman Empire, and its subsequent conquerors and rulers were scions of Rome in fact as well as philosophy. The eighth is the present United Sates government which "belongs" to the seven in that it was a British Crown Colony, and our form of government, language and social customs derive from England which took them from Rome. Britain also rejected the overlordship of the Church of Rome, the power behind the Holy Roman Empire, rather earlier than the Continental European countries, so can be seen as the root and even a "part" of the "eighth" empire. It could also be, in stricter terms, the seventh in and of itself. The United States also belongs to the former "Seven" in that it embodies all the power and corruption of all the former empires put together and is the natural heir of them all.
The beast which "was, but is no more, and is going to come up out of the abyss" is identified by seven hills, (Rome), and is also the eighth -- of the seven and belonging to them; eight being the number of regeneration -- which identifies it as a "reincarnation" of the Roman Empire, but also connects it to Belshazzar in the Book of Daniel. If you recall, the king saw the handwriting on the wall and called for wise men and interpreters. Daniel interpreted the writing:
"O king, the Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father a kingdom and greatness and glory and majesty; And because of the greatness that He gave him, all peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him... But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind and spirit were hardened so that he dealt proudly, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and his glory was taken from him; He was driven from among men, and his heart and mind was made like the beasts..." (Daniel 5:18,21, exc.) This is the "beast" John meant when he spoke of the one which was cast into the abyss. Nebuchadnezzar and the empire he represented. This indicates that this beast which is to come will also have major aspects of the Babylonian influence, which is to glorify materialism.
However, John indicates that this is not as simple as it would appear. John is prophesying global events using archetypes familiar to him and, we have already conjectured that the United States is a cumulative re-enactment of Israel, Sodom, Egypt and now, Rome and Babylon. This relates, in a sense, to the multiple animal identities of the beast of Chapter 13. Just as that beast was composed of many aspects of various animals, so, now, we find the same concept expressed in terms of socio-cultural manifestations.
Every aspect of the United States is in agreement with these varied descriptions -- from our government style (Roman), to our trade practices (Babylon), to our sensuality (Egyptian), to our pride, over-abundance, and prosperous ease and idleness (Sodom).
Additionally, we may observe that a nation which spends billions of dollars annually to fund warfare and space exploration while millions of its own citizens go without adequate food, clothing, housing and medical care, has, somehow, lost sight of the priorities which make an empire truly great.
"Also, the ten horns that you observed are ten rulers who have as yet received no royal dominion, but together they are to receive power and authority as rulers for single hour along with the beast. These have one common policy and they deliver their power and authority to the beast. They will wage war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will triumph over them; for He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with Him and on His side are chosen and called and loyal and faithful followers." As noted in the previous chapter, ten is the number which represents an earthly foreshadowing of divine principle and, as such, exemplifies human law. In this passage, John amplifies the meaning of the ten horns -- the ten rulers, or dominions, with no authority which receive power along with the beast -- as representing the ten major divisions of the Roman Empire from which America drew its populace. John states that they ruled with the beast and then delivered their power to the beast, having one common policy -- or, stated in more modern terms, created a democracy.
This verse reveals that, initially, the peoples, or horns, which constitute the nation of the beast, had authority and power, but, at some point early on, delivered their authority over to the beast -- established a federal government. The term "common policy", prior to this event, describes a former state of true democracy -- relinquished to the beast. This point may be hotly disputed by those who have been stupefied by the media and believe that we have lived and continue to live, in a democracy set up by the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
M.L. Wilson wrote in Democracy Has Roots, that the Constitution was "a remarkable achievement in the avoidance of majority rule."
It is not surprising that the ratification of this Constitution was popularly opposed. The conventioners promised to amend it at the first regular session of Congress. These promised amendments came to be known as the "Bill of Rights" and it is in these first ten amendments that Americans have their supposed "Constitutional Rights." A sobering thought when one considers that amendments have been repealed in the past. But for the "Bill of Rights," hundreds of years of blood-letting for personal liberty would have been tossed on the trash heap by the Federal Government, the Beast to whom the ten horns, the Assembly of People, gave their authority.
This beast, blasphemously using God's name to further its policies and plans, rapidly propagated the ideals of materialism and capitalism. And, in a process of unadulterated propaganda, these ideals have been inextricably linked with "democracy" as though the two were identical.
The result of this has been a vast chasm between the "haves" and the "have-nots" which grows wider and deeper every day, while the former continue to dupe the latter into believing and sacrificing for that which does not exist.
"And the angel further said to me, the waters that you observed where the harlot is seated, are races and multitudes and nations and dialects. And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the harlot; they will make her cheerless and they will strip her, and eat up her flesh and utterly consume her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to carry out His own purpose by acting in harmony in surrendering their royal power and authority to the beast, until the prophetic words -- intentions and promises -- of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman that you saw is herself the great city which dominates and controls the rulers and the leaders of the earth." In order to get the correct sense of this portion of Revelation, we must organize the words in a more "English" syntactical order:
"For God has put it into their hearts to carry out His own purpose by acting in harmony in surrendering their royal power and authority to the beast, until the prophetic words, -- intentions and promises -- of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman that you saw is herself the great city which dominates and controls the rulers and leaders of the earth. The waters that you observed, where the harlot is seated, are races and multitudes and nations and dialects. And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the harlot; they will make her cheerless and they will strip her, and eat up her flesh and utterly consume her with fire." It is fairly simple to see the relationship between John's Great City: "Babylon" and Nostradamus' "Great New City" and relate both appellations to New York, though in the greater sense it means the entire nation just as Jerusalem means the entire nation of Israel.
At about the same time that the American Revolution was being fought, a man name Adam Weishaupt founded an organization in Europe dedicated to the idea that only the elite were fit to rule and it was the duty of these elite to band together and manipulate international affairs to this end. This organization was formed according to the format laid down by the Society of Jesus -- circles within circles - and its code was expressed in Masonic terms. They were found out, raided and, supposedly disbanded. However, there is evidence that they simply went underground. It might be conjectured that the framers of our constitution were aware of and even participated in such ideological "clubs".
In the early part of the 20th century, certain members of this organization, affiliated with eminent European International Banking families, emigrated to this country. Evidence exists that these individuals promoted the ideas and ideals of Weishaupt's "Order of Illuminati" among the wealthy elite of America. Prior to this time, there were disorganized attempts to control the machinations of government by the wealthy elite. This was deplored by Andrew Jackson, our seventh president, who wrote:
"I am one of those who do not believe that a national debt is a national blessing, but rather a curse to a republic; inasmuch as it is calculated to raise around the administration a moneyed aristocracy dangerous to the liberties of the country." This brings us to the crux of the matter: Money.
One of the downfalls of democracy in the early history of this country was money. Governments have always spent far more money than they could get from taxation. In order to finance their projects, (including war, graft and corruption), they must issue bonds. A small percentage of these bonds are held by ordinary private citizens; the majority are held by International Bankers. This is called the National Debt.
When any given individual borrows money from a bank, they usually provide collateral. When a large business or corporation borrows money, they too, provide collateral -- which usually consists in placing members of the lending institution on their board and permitting the lender to direct, or control, some of the corporate policies.
In this way, governments are like corporations -- their policies are controlled by the money-lenders. The money-lenders have another means of assuring that the government keeps in line with its policies -- by funding the enemy. In this way, political power is balanced and all power lies in the hands of the lender. Since it is evidently politic for enemies to be kept in a tense state to assure the bankers of their profits, it can be seen that political and social tensions are fomented for financial gain. This is exactly the case, and this is the game that has been played between governments for hundreds of years with the bankers in the background pulling the strings.
On many occasions, this game has resulted in vast, money-making operations called wars, which have taken literally millions of lives.
The group which formed among the wealthy elite in this country as a result of the propagandizing of the European Illuminati soon began manipulating the economy of the U.S. and a "panic" ensued on Wall Street which set the country up to accept "banking reforms". Since the wealthy elite were not popular among the masses, they realized that they must not openly advocate such reforms and, in fact, erected a smoke-screen of protest -- feeling this to be the surest way of obtaining popular support. The ruse worked and the Federal Reserve System was enacted.
Henry Cabot Lodge, Sr., said:
"The bill as it stands seems to me to open the way to a vast inflation of currency... I do not like to think that any law can be passed which will make it possible to submerge the gold standard in a flood in irredeemable paper currency." But, it was passed.
Our "Central Bank" controls our money supply and interest rates. It can create inflation or deflation at will -- recession or boom. And, the title of this system is misleading -- no part of the federal government controls the Federal Reserve! This was admitted by Secretary of the Treasury, David M. Kennedy, in an interview, May 5, 1969. The Federal Reserve has never been audited, either. How successful is the Federal Reserve system? When Woodrow Wilson took office, the national debt was $1 billion. Even considering our increase in population, a national debt in the trillions staggers acceptance. But, from the point of view of the bankers, this is progress as they now own the county!
What is the ultimate goal of this group of wealthy elitists?
"A conspiratorial network is revealed in Tragedy and Hope, by Professor Carroll Quigley, Foreign Service School, Georgetown University, formerly of Princeton and Harvard: 'I know of the operations of this network because I have studied it for twenty years and was permitted for two years, in the early 1960's to examine its papers and secret records. I have no aversion to it or to most of its aims and have, for much of my life, been close to it and to many of its instruments. I have objected, both in the past and recently, to a few of its policies... but in general my chief difference of opinion is that it wishes to remain unknown, and I believe its role in history is significant enough to be known.'" The professor goes on to describe the aims of the network as being nothing short of control of the entire world through the respective governments of individual countries by means of economics.
"In other words, this power mad clique wants to rule the world. Even more frightening, they want total control over all individual actions. As professor Quigley observes: '...His (the individual's) freedom and choice will be controlled within very narrow alternatives by the fact that he will be numbered from birth and followed, as a number, through his educational training, his required military or other public service, his tax contributions, his health and medical requirements, and his final retirement and death benefits.' This group wants control over all natural resources, business, banking and transportation by controlling the governments of the world. In order to accomplish these aims the conspirators have had no qualms about fomenting wars, economic depressions and international hatred. They want a monopoly which would eliminate all competitors and destroy the free enterprise system. And Professor Quigley of Harvard, Princeton and Georgetown approves! [Gary Allen, None Dare Call it Conspiracy] And, since 1945, where has this group of wealthy elitists centered their operation? New York -- the marketplace and cultural center of the world! And, how far do their operations extend? Around the globe! And, who are the members? Over 1500 members around the globe representing the lions of industry, communication, politics, economics etc.
It may be apparent by this time that the "Harlot" is a creation of the "Second Beast" of Revelation 13, and, because of the deceptive, controlling tactics of this entity, we may also understand the sense in which John addresses it as the "false Prophet."
However, up to the present, the propaganda of the "False Prophet" has been for "Materialistic Capitalism."
There is a definite and sudden change noted in both Revelation 13 and Revelation 17.
In Revelation 13, John speaks of the "worship" or "reverence" given to the "image" of the beast. This act is connected with numbers and, in addition to the already discussed esoteric interpretation of these numbers, we must examine another facet.
The probability is that our government, as well as other governments of the earth will, in unity, move to a "cashless" society, and that all financial transactions will be handled by computer based upon a number assigned to the individual at birth. In the U.S. we have, at the present time, the social security number which is a series of nine digits. Quite recently, legislation was passed which made the obtaining of this number mandatory for income tax purposes. And, income tax is legally mandated. (It must be noted that a graduated income tax and a "Central Bank" are two of the ten planks of the Communist Manifesto, but I don't think we are here talking about the instituting of communism; rather a total Oligarchy.)
If we view the instituting of the "Mark of the Beast" as the onset of hidden totalitarianism, we must then see the destruction of the "Harlot" as popular opposition and revolution against same.
The materialism of the "Harlot", as defined in Ezekiel, is that which oppresses the masses for the enrichment of the few. And, since the ten horns and the Beast, or the empire, "eat up the flesh" of the harlot, at the time of the end, we may see this to be some sort of major disruption in the order of things, though whether it is military or revolutionary actions within our own country, or extra-terrestrial events activated by the "contact potential difference" imbalance of the planetary sphere is hard to tell. Additionally, the harlot is seated on "many waters" so we may infer that this indicates global events.
That this is to be a global event, is amplified in Chapters 14 an 18. Chapters 14, 15 and 16 are a broad overview of the final conflicts leading up to the ultimate cosmic cataclysm. Chapter 18 is a close-up of the fate of the Harlot.
"Then another angel, a second, followed, declaring, Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She who made all nations drink of the wine of her passionate unchasitity. Then another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a mighty voice, Whoever pays homage to the beast and his image and permits the stamp to be put on his forehead or on his hand, He too shall drink of the wine of God's indignation and wrath... Again I looked, and lo, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud One resembling a Son of man, with a crown of gold on His head, and a sharp scythe in His hand... So he Who was sitting upon the cloud swung His scythe on the earth and the earth's crop was harvested. And another angel came forth from the altar, who has authority and power over fire, and he called with a loud cry to him who had the sharp scythe. Put forth your scythe and reap the fruitage of the vine of the earth, for its grapes are entirely ripe. So the angel swung his scythe on the earth and stripped the grapes and gathered the vintage from the vines of the earth, and cast it into the huge wine press of God's indignation and wrath. And the wine presses were trodden outside the city, and the blood poured from the wine press, as high as horses bridles, for a distance of one thousand and six hundred stadia (about two hundred miles)." (Rev. 14, exc.) There are several images here which lend credence to the idea of global cataclysm. The first is the "white clouds" and the second is the image of the angel with the scythe. But, the possibility or war or revolution exists as well, considering the "cloud like" appearance of atomic explosions and the distance of destruction around the city, 200 miles, is entirely in keeping with models of nuclear destruction.
"She is fallen. Mighty Babylon is fallen... Because all nations have drunk the wine of her passionate unchastity, and the rulers and leaders of the earth have joined with her in committing fornication, and the businessmen of the earth have become rich with the wealth of her excessive luxury and wantonness. Repay to her what she herself has paid and double in accordance with what she has done." (Rev. 18, exc.) This reminds us of Revelation 13:
"Whoever leads into captivity will himself go into captivity; if any one slays with the sword by the sword must he be slain." And, considering the United States' use of nuclear weaponry upon the already defeated Japanese people, this does not bode well for our nation. Also, we must consider the evils of the propagating of materialism which has seduced the nations into forgetting their priorities -- spiritual development being the primary one. The scriptures say God is not mocked; whatsoever a man sows, that will he also reap -- and we may assume this to apply to nations, as well.
"To the degree that she glorified herself and reveled in her wantonness -- living deliciously and luxuriously -- to that measure impose on her torment and anguish and tears and mourning. Since in her heart she boasts, I am not a widow; as a queen I sit, and I shall never see suffering or experience sorrow." (Rev. 18, ex.)
The fate of the Harlot, the Beast, the False Prophet, all aspects of the same national entity, are cataclysmic as described by John.
"So shall her plagues come thick upon her in a single day, pestilence, and anguish and sorrow and famine, and she shall be utterly consumed -- burned up with fire; for mighty is the Lord God Who judges her. And the rulers and leaders of the earth, who joined her in her immorality and luxuriated with her, will weep and beat their breasts and lament over her when they see the smoke of her conflagration. They will stand a long way off, in terror of her torment, and they will cry, Woe and Alas! The Great City, Babylon! In one single hour how your doom has overtaken you! And the earth's businessmen weep and grieve over her because no one buys their freight any more... In one hour (Babylon) has been destroyed and become a desert!"
Is this all John sees? The end of Babylon? We may recall at this time that Nostradamus predicted the coming of "The Great King of Terror" in the sky which then enabled the arising of the "King of the Mongols". Revelation describes a similar event in great detail, and it is described as occurring after the destruction of Babylon.
"Then I saw another wonder in heaven, great and marvelous. There were seven angels bringing seven plagues, which are the last, for with them God's wrath is completely expressed -- reaches its climax and is ended... I saw what seemed to be a glassy sea blended with fire... (Recall the rivers and rains of flaming petroleum)... and the sanctuary of... heaven was thrown open and there came out of the temple sanctuary the seven angels bringing the seven plagues; They were arrayed in pure gleaming linen, and around their breasts they wore girdles of gold... And the sanctuary was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His might and power... So the first angel went and emptied his bowl on the earth, and foul and painful ulcers came on the people who were marked with the stamp of the beast and who did homage to his name." (Rev. 15, 16, exc.)
In fact that these plagues seem to be specific to a certain group, namely those "marked" by the beast, is a curious statement. Could this indicate that this is due to the adherence of ideology? An individual who is so materialistic that he will not admit to the possibility of spiritual and prophetic truth, will do nothing to prepare for cataclysm and will, therefore, be unprepared to deal with it and will suffer the range of events unmitigated. Additionally, this idea seems to indicate that most of the destructive events will occur on the Western portion of the globe.
"The second angel emptied his bowl into the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a corpse, ill-smelling and disgusting, and everything that was in the sea perished. Then the third angel emptied out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of water, and they turned into blood. Then the fourth angel emptied out his bowl upon the sun, and it was permitted to burn humanity with heat... Then the fifth angel emptied his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged in darkness, and people gnawed their tongues for the torment... Then the sixth angel emptied his bowl on the mighty river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to make ready a road for the kings of the east..." (Rev. 16, ex.)
All of these effects describe the actions of a comet upon the earth as described in Velikovsky's Worlds in Collision. The "drying of the Euphrates" probably indicates an alteration of the geography of the earth which will enable the peoples of the Orient to emerge as dominant which, by the implications of this statement taken with the foregoing passage relating to the destruction of Babylon, might be involved in some conflict at the time the comet heads their way, disrupting their conflict at least temporarily.
"And I saw three loathsome spirits like frogs, from the mouth of the dragon and from the mouth of the beast and from the mouth of the false prophet. For really they are the spirits of demons that perform signs. And they go forth to the rulers and leaders all over the world, to gather them together for war on the great day of God the Almighty... And they gathered them together at the place which in Hebrew is called Armageddon." (Rev. 16, ex.)
Now why, one must ask, in the name of all good sense, would the nations of the earth gather together for the long prognosticated war called "Armageddon," in the midst of cosmic upheaval? Maybe it is because Armageddon is not quite what has been thought. We can note the similarity of the descriptions of the frogs as "performers of signs" to the description of nuclear war in Chapter 13:
"He performs great signs -- startling miracles -- even making fire fall from the sky to the earth in men's sight." (v.13)
... and thereby make the connection to nuclear armaments. But how are they being used? The connection with the "dragon" relates to lies and deception and the false prophet relates to materialism and political manipulation.
Supposing the earth to be in a state of incredible turmoil due to numerous wars and now, cosmic catastrophe, the deceptive attitude of scientific materialism would be that something can be done to avert further disaster, assuming that a comet is, in fact, on a direct path toward the earth.
I believe that the description in this passage tells us that all the nations will assemble their nuclear armaments and attempt to use them to break the attraction between the earth and another cosmic body, or, deflect its path if it has not, in fact, made atmospheric contact. The implication of this passage is that the armies are gathered together to fight God in his manifestation as extra-terrestrial cosmic catastrophe, and this is reiterated in numerous other passages of scripture. And, the launching of all the warheads from the planet would serve a very beneficial purpose, assuming that nuclear war has not already occurred. It would rid the earth of these dreaded objects which would totally poison the globe if left to spill or seep after destruction by extra-terrestrial contact. Also, we must never lose sight of the fact that the actions of Satan, or the dragon, are part of the plan as explained in II Thessalonians.
Nevertheless, the effect of this effort is not clear. The result is clear, but whether it could turn out differently is not established. The result is global cataclysm:
"Then the seventh angel emptied out his bowl into the air, and a mighty voice came out of the sanctuary of heaven from the throne, saying, It is done! And there followed lightning flashes, loud rumblings, peals of thunder, and a tremendous earthquake; nothing like it has ever occurred since men dwelt on the earth, so severe and far reaching was that earthquake. The mighty city (a usage which indicates the nation) was broken into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And God kept in mind mighty Babylon, to make her drain the cup of His furious wrath and indignation. And every island fled and no mountains could be found. And great hailstones, as heavy as a talent (between fifty and sixty pounds), of immense size, fell from the sky on the people, and men blasphemed God for the plague of the hail, so very great was the torture of the plague." (Rev. 16, ex)
This event is echoed in Rev. 18:21:
"Then a single powerful angel took up a boulder like a great millstone and flung it into the sea, crying, with such violence shall Babylon the great city be hurled down to destruction and shall never again be found!"
"Then I saw a single angel stationed in the sun's light, and with a mighty voice he shouted to all the birds that fly across the sky, come gather yourselves together for the Great Supper of God, that you may feast on the flesh of rulers, the flesh of generals and captains, the flesh of powerful and mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all humanity, both small and great! Then I saw the beast and the rulers and leaders of the earth with their troops mustered to go into battle and make war against Him Who is mounted on the horse (a celestial event) and against his troops. And the beast was seized and overpowered, and with him the false prophet who in his presence had worked wonders and performed miracles by which he led astray those who had accepted or permitted to be placed upon them the stamp of the beast, and those who paid homage and gave divine honors to his image. Both of the two were hurled alive into the fiery lake that burns and blazes with brimstone." (Rev. 19, ex.)
Each of these passages is about the same event; each adding layers of color and detail. If we recall that angels were used to symbolize the planets in Jewish traditions, and considering all the related references to comets and other prophesied extra-terrestrial destruction, particularly that found in the writings of Nostradamus, I think that it is reasonable to assume that these passages describe just such an event. The common elements of all the prophetic excerpts I have compared and analyzed in this thesis are:
1.Wars, and rumors of wars, pestilence, famine. 2.Visible changes in the appearance of the sun and other horrifying signs and events in the heavens. 3.Rains of fire and meteorites. 4.Global earthquake. 5.Destruction of nearly the entire human race, particularly those inhabiting the geographic area of the "Beast"
All of these, taken together, point to one event -- the contact between the earth and another celestial body or bodies. Releasing of macrocosmic quantum potentials leading to Metamorphosis of Planet Earth and all upon it.
In the prophecies of Revelation it seems that we have been given the darkest and grimmest scenario imaginable. Is it possible for such a thing to have been foreseen over 2000 years ago? Why is that so many more recent "prophets" only talk about "positive" things? Is it because they are lying or is there is some sort of veil that prevents any comments of a negative nature whatsoever which might act to influence the thinking of mankind?
So, what about probability? How does that figure in here?
Conclusions made from all knowledge we receive must still remain the individual choice and I think this is part of the reason that much true psychic information is delivered in somewhat ambiguous terms. The quantum probabilities have not congealed and will not congeal until the exact moment of occurrence of any event. And, to a certain extent, we can alter that right up to the last minute.
This does not mean that we cannot know -- it is just that the Universe leaves itself as many possibilities as it can. And, in larger concepts, the probabilities are end-points of directions taken long ago -- over which we have little or no control.
We have discussed the idea that prophecy is the ability to see the All and to see the probable direction we are heading. In this sense, I feel that, at the present time we are facing a quantum change which is inexorable in terms of accomplishment, but variable in terms of specifics. It will be cataclysmic -- there will be extra-terrestrial interactions -- but the severity and the timing are still in the realm of probabilities. It would take tremendous interaction on the part of every human being presently on the planet to change this destiny. In fact, I think that the only kind of change which could be manifested at this point is a spiritual elevation which would make material cataclysm an irrelevant issue.
So, it is in this sense that we need to take a look at the last, significant aspect of our world: The False Prophet. Gurdjieff recounts an important fable, recorded by Ouspensky in his book, In Search of the Miraculous:
"There is an Eastern tale which speaks about a very rich magician who had a great many sheep. But at the same time this magician was very mean. He did not want to hire shepherds, nor did he want to erect a fence about the pasture where his sheep were grazing. The sheep consequently often wandered into the forest, fell into ravines, and so on, and above all they ran away, for they knew that the magician wanted their flesh and skins and this they did not like.
"At last the magician found a remedy. He hypnotized his sheep and suggested to them first of all that they were immortal and that no harm was being done to them when they were skinned, that, on the contrary, it would be very good for them and even pleasant; secondly he suggested that the magician was a good master who loved his flock so much that he was ready to do anything in the world for them; and in the third place he suggested to them that if anything at all were going to happen to them it was not going to happen just then, at any rate not that day, and therefore they had no need to think about it. Further the magician suggested to his sheep that they were not sheep at all; to some of them he suggested that they were lions, to others that they were eagles, to others that they were men, and to others that they were magicians.
"And after this all his cares and worries about the sheep came to an end. They never ran away again but quietly awaited the time when the magician would require their flesh and skins." [Ouspensky]
This accurately describes the condition of the great masses of humanity at the present time.
"In order to awaken, first of all one must realize that one is in a state of sleep. And, in order to realize that one is, indeed, in a state of sleep, one must recognize and fully understand the nature of the forces which operate to keep one in the state of sleep, or hypnosis. It is absurd to think that this can be done by seeking information from the very source which induces the hypnosis."
"Theoretically, (a man can awaken), but practically it is almost impossible because as soon as a man awakens for a moment and opens his eyes, all the forces that caused him to fall asleep begin to act upon him with tenfold energy and he immediately falls asleep again, very often dreaming that the is awake or awakening." [Ouspensky]
It is in the awakening of mankind that the hope of mitigating the prophesied disasters lies. In order to bring a halt to the conditions which have operated to bring humanity to the present deplorable conditions, they must be exposed and understood. The False Prophet -- the strong delusion to error -- must be overcome.
"Beware of false prophets who come to you dressed as sheep but inside they are devouring wolves. You will fully recognize them by their fruits. Do people pick grapes from thorns or figs from thistles?... A good tree cannot bear bad fruit; nor can a bad tree bear excellent fruit." (Matt. 7:15,23)
While everyone will readily admit that there is probably too much violence on television and that the ads are probably pure balderdash, very few people have a real conception of the precise nature and extent of the hypnotic influence of the media. Still fewer have any idea of the purposes behind this inducement. Wallace and Wallechinsky write in The People's Almanac:
"After World War II, television flourished... Psychologists and sociologists were brought in to study human nature in relation to selling; in other words, to figure out how to manipulate people without their feeling manipulated. Dr. Ernest Dichter, President of the Institute for Motivational Research made a statement in 1941... 'the successful ad agency manipulates human motivations and desires and develops a need for goods with which the public has at one time been unfamiliar -- perhaps even undesirous of purchasing.
"Discussing the influence of television, Daniel Boorstin wrote:
'Here at last is a supermarket of surrogate experience. Successful programming offers entertainment -- under the guise of instruction; instruction -- under the guise of entertainment; political persuasion -- with the appeal of advertising; and advertising -- with the appeal of drama.'
"Programed television serves not only to spread acquiescence and conformity, but it represents a deliberate industry approach." [quoted by Wallace, Wallechinsky]
Aside from the fact that television has been conjectured to be extremely detrimental to children and that it is now thought that most of the deteriorating aspects of society can be attributed to the decaying values portrayed on television, there is a deeper and more insidious effect upon the human psyche. As quoted, it is a planned and deliberate manipulation to spread acquiescence and conformity and to hypnotize the masses to submit to the authority of the television.
Allen Funt, hose of a popular show, Candid Camera, was once asked what was the most disturbing thing he had learned about people in his years of dealing with them through the media. His response was chilling in its ramifications:
"The worst thing, and I see it over and over, is how easily people can be led by any kind of authority figure, or even the most minimal kinds of authority. A well dressed man walks up the down escalator and most people will turn around and try desperately to go up also... We put up a sign on the road, 'Delaware Closed Today'. Motorists didn't even question it. Instead they asked: 'Is Jersey open?'" [quoted by Wallace, Wallechinsky]
A picture is forming of a deliberately contrived society of televised conformity, literate and creative inadequacy, and social unrest and decadence. It is apparent that the media is in charge of propagating these conditions.
It would seem that the motivation masters would, in the interests of their industrial clients, plan programming to bring about beneficial societal conditions -- which they could, in fact, do. It is apparent that the final authority on televised programming is in the hands of the advertisers, backed by the industries whose products are being sold. With all the psychological input to which they have access, it would seem that they would force programming to correct societal conditions which cost them money. Over 25 billion dollars a year is spent to teach workers to read and write, after graduating from the combined effects of a public school system and the television. It is accepted that the burgeoning crime rate, which also costs these industrial giants vast sums of money, is mostly attributable to the frustrations and dissatisfactions engendered by the false view of reality presented over the television. Why don't they use their financial resources to back the motivation masters to figure out how to present programming which could effect positive changes? Can it be that the conditions of society, including the programed response to "minimal signs of authority" are planned? Would anyone care to suggest that the figures and studies relating to the detrimental influence of programming is not available to them and that they don't realize that it is costing them money? If that is the case, then they are too stupid to be arbiters of our values and we should disregard them entirely in any event. If it is not the case, then we must assume that there is an object to this manipulation.
There is much evidence to support the idea that this purpose, or the object of this manipulation, is to create psychological and social disunity sufficient to permit the instituting of a totalitarian government at the behest of the people. It is further theorized that the "wealthy elite" seek to control the entire world from behind the scenes and it is to this end that they mastermind and fund the various actions which appear to the masses as political and international "accidents".
"Nothing in politics ever happens by accident; if it happens, you can bet it was planned!"
And he was in a position to know.
There is much evidence to support the notion that wars are fomented and fought to redistribute these balances of financial power behind the scenes and that, though our fathers, brother, grandfathers, uncles, cousins and sons die in these actions, they are merely games of "International Relations" played by those whose money and position give them little else with which to occupy their time or intelligence.
There is, however, a consequence to this game of global chess which is apparent to neither the players nor the pawns of the game.
An understanding of quantum physics makes it comprehensible that the electrical current which manifests through organic life on earth, increased by great emotional responses such as anger or hatred, or judgment could appreciably alter the flow and placement of sub-atomic particles. Multiply this by the billions of people on the planet, and you have a very great Contact Potential Difference. Add to this the deliberate manipulation of the atomic structure of the earth through nuclear testing activities, the affect is increased exponentially. The consequence is the establishment of a massive state of electrical usage. The continuing deterioration of human relations across the globe increases this Contact Potential Difference in two ways: On an individual basis through improperly controlled and inadequately developed brain wave functions; on a global basis through the use of nuclear energy either in tests, power plants or actual military actions. There is also another way we must consider.
The level and types of energy created by the societal conditions that exist today are of such a nature that at the point in time when the sun expresses its atomic nature in its regular and periodic pulsation, the conditions will be ripe for the inflow of a vast surge of electromagnetic energy far beyond our ability to comprehend or measure. In other words, organic life on Earth is the circuitry, and the bodies of the solar system are the parts of the machine.
In like manner did the former "Dyings" occur, and deterioration of atomic particles increased or accelerated so that the fossil record shows this event to have been in the past millions of years rather than the actual thousands of years. In those times, similar societal conditions created the Contact Potential Difference, but we have something NOW they didn't have -- nuclear weapons and five billion people. And, so, it is prophesied that this will be the worst cataclysm the earth has ever known.
"For just as the lightning flashes from the East and shines and is seen as far as the West so will the coming of the Son of Man be. Wherever there is a fallen body there the vultures will flock together." (Matt. 24:27,28)
"Then I saw a single angel stationed in the sun's light, and with a mighty voice he shouted to all the birds that fly across the sky come gather yourselves together for the Great Supper of God that you may feast on the flesh of rulers, the flesh of generals and captains, the flesh of powerful and mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders and the flesh of all humanity, both free and slave, both small and great." (Revelation 19:17,18)
And here we have the hidden purpose, The Mystery of God -- the utilization of the energy potentials accumulated in organic life on earth to effect a macrocosmic quantum jump; the feeding of the cosmos by the destruction of life on earth -- The Marriage Supper of the Lamb - The creation of a New Universe via Quantum Metamorphosis.
"By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible... By faith Noah, being forewarned of God concerning events of which as yet there was no visible sign, took heed and diligently and reverently constructed and prepared an ark for the deliverance of his own family. By this faith he passed judgment and sentence on the world's unbelief and became an heir and possessor of righteousness." (Paul to the Hebrews, Chapter 11, excerpts.) Continue to Part II - What is the proper perspective on Current Events ?