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The Time of the End (Lesson 4)
“ And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon “ Revelation 13:11
1. As the first beast of Revelation 13 is being led into captivity, what did John see arising up out of the earth? Revelation 13:10,11
“ But the beast with lamb-like horns was seen ‘coming up out of the earth.’ Instead of overthrowing other powers to establish itself, the nation thus represented must arise in territory previously unoccupied, and grow up gradually and peacefully. It could not, then, arise among the crowded and struggling nationalities of the Old World,—that turbulent sea of ‘peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.’ It must be sought in the Western Continent “ G.C. p. 440
2. What special characteristics of this beast and the manner of its rise identify it as the USA?
A. It rose into prominence as the first beast went into captivity. B. It rose up out of the earth.
C. It had horns like a lamb when it first rose into prominence. D. It did not conquer other nations at its rise to power.
E. It ultimately copies the characteristics of the first beast and speaks as a dragon.
F. It becomes a super world power with world-wide economic influence to control world finances.
G. It precipitates the greatest world crisis of all time which will end in national ruin.
“ What nation of the New World was in 1798 rising into power, giving promise of strength and greatness, and attracting the attention of the world? The application of the symbol admits of no question. One nation, and only one, meets the specifications of this prophecy; it points unmistakably to the United States of America. “ G.C. p. 440
“ Here is a striking figure of the rise and growth of our own nation. And the lamb-like horns, emblems of innocence and gentleness, well represent the character of our government, as ex- pressed in its two fundamental principles, Republicanism and Protestantism. “ 4SP p. 277
3. What relationship does the lamb-like beast of Revelation 13 have with the first beast of Revelation 13? Revelation 13:12&15,
“ What is it that gives its kingdom to this power? Protestantism, a power which, while professing to have the temper and spirit of a lamb and to be allied to Heaven, speaks with the voice of a dragon. It is moved by a power from beneath. “ 7BC p. 983
“ The Protestants of the United States will be foremost in stretching their hands across the gulf to grasp the hand of spiritualism; they will reach over the abyss to clasp hands with the Roman power; and under the influence of this threefold union, this country will follow in the steps of Rome in trampling on the rights of conscience. “ GC p. 588
4. Who else is united in this global confederacy of evil? Revelation 16:13,14 (The dragon is united with the beast and the false prophet.)
“ The line of prophecy in which these symbols are found begins with Revelation 12, with the dragon that sought to destroy Christ at His birth. The dragon is said to be Satan ( Revelation 12:9); he it was that moved upon Herod to put the Saviour to death. But the chief agent of Satan in making war upon Christ and His people during the first centuries of the Christian Era was the Roman Empire, in which paganism was the prevailing religion. Thus while the dragon, primarily, represents Satan, it is, in a secondary sense, a symbol of pagan Rome. ” GC p. 438
5. Who are the three powers depicted in Revelation 16:13,14?
Dragon = paganism, new age and occultic and eastern religions. Beast = Romanism under the papacy.
False Prophet = Apostate Protestantism of the USA. Note that the false prophet is the one who works miracles. Compare Revelation 13:13,14 with 19:20.
“ When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. “ 5T p. 451
“The persecutions of Protestants by Romanism, by which the religion of Jesus Christ was almost annihilated, will be more than rivaled, when Protestantism and popery are combined.... Our own land is to become a battlefield on which is to be carried on the struggle for religious liberty—to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience. Then can we not discern the work of the enemy in keeping men asleep who ought to be awake, whose influence shall not be neutral, but wholly and en- tirely on the Lord’s side? Shall men cry, Peace and safety, now, when sudden destruction is coming upon the world, when God’s wrath shall be poured out? “ 3SM p. 387