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“How many Beasts are represented in Revelation 13?” The answer most commonly given is Two:

1. The Papal Beast (that received a mortal wound), and
2. The two-horned American Beast (which was “coming up” in 1798 as the Papacy was going down).

And yet, as one of our pioneers once wrote, “A superficial view of this prophecy has led many [SDA] writers to err on this point”. (J.H. Waggoner).


Waggoner’s statement is more fully expressed : “This Image is not one erected by the Papal power, but it is an image or likeness of that [Papal] power erected by another power in another locality. A superficial view of this prophecy has led many writers to err on this point, supposing it might be fulfilled by the Catholic Church making an image for its own worship; but that does not meet the demands of this scripture.” (J.H. Waggoner).

James White also writes that the “Image of the Beast” represents “another ecclesiastical body”, quite distinct from the Roman Church. And in the same way, A.T. Jones comments that the Image of the Beast is “an American Papacy, distinct from, but no better than, the Roman Papacy.”

It quickly becomes apparent in the writings of our pioneers, that THREE distinct Beasts are brought to view in Revelation 13 – The Papal Beast, the American Beast, and the Image Beast. (Note that Mrs. White also speaks of “the Image Beast” in A Word to the Little Flock p.19)

So which of these three Beasts brings in the “mark of the Beast”?

Now “the mark of the beast is the papal Sabbath” (Evangelism p.234). This is a fact. But who introduces the “mark” (the Papal Sabbath), and who enforces it? The Papacy? No, the Papacy will not be the one to bring that “mark” upon the world. It will be brought in and enforced by another agency – a Papal Twin/Copy/Image.

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Consider part of the sequence given in Revelation 13.

The Second Beast [the United States] says “to them that dwell on the earth [i.e. to the American people (GC 443)], that THEY should make an Image to the Beast, which had the wound by a sword and did live.”

[The making of this Image (or Twin) to the Papal system, means the creation of a Church/State system. (Because the Papal system is a Church/State system.) But for this to happen in the United States, a change would need to be made in the American Constitution. (Of course the Constitution currently maintains a separation of Church and State.) Thus the prophecy represents a call to the people. All the American population must be called upon for the creation of this Papal Twin, because for the Constitution to be changed, the American people must all be involved. The power to create a Papal Twin lies exclusively with them.]

When the people have ‘made’ the Image, “he [the United States] had power to give life unto the Image of the Beast, [so] that the Image of the Beast should both speak [i.e. legislate (GC 442)] and cause as many as would not worship the Image of the Beast should be killed.” (Rev 13:15)


Thus we may see that the “Image” is not the Papacy; nor is it the United States – it will be another ecclesiastical body altogether. It will be “an American Papacy, distinct from, but no better than, the Roman Papacy.” (A.T. Jones.)

The prophecy teaches that the United States has power “to give life” to the Image Beast, once the people have ‘made’ it. [It appears that the United States and the Image both retain a distinct identity... America is not represented as simply changing into an Image of the Papacy.]

Of course the Image is not going to be a statue, a picture on paper, or anything like that. It will be a living image/copy of the old Papal organization. It will "live" like the old Papacy, and it will "speak" like the old Papacy, and it will "act" like the old Papacy.

The Papacy was given a “mouth” – the “mouth of a Lion... speaking great things and blasphemies”. (Rev 13:2,5). A Lion’s mouth is a bold mouth, and so it was with the Papacy. Among it’s bold, daring, claims was the claim to infallibility. It also claimed the power to forgive sins. It offered the sale of “indulgences” so that a person might sin with impunity, which is to say, with no consequence. Perhaps these are among the most daring and blasphemous claims to proceed from its mouth.

We may be sure that the Image will “speak” with the same kind of boldness against the God of Heaven.

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Sister White expected that the US Constitution would be repudiated because of a popular movement desiring a national Sunday law. Most certainly, EGW did not foresee the future unfolding as it actually has -- the US Constitution has recently been repudiated by our Secret Security/Surveillance State, but not for Sunday sacredness.

Yes true But let us remain assured that in the final game the Sabbath worship will be the mark. How this is accomplished is besides the point. And the False Prophet has not made his entrance on the stage as yet.  

The False Prophet has not made his entrance on the stage as yet. 

A fantastic amount has already been fulfilled in the matter. You have merely chosen to be completely ignorant about many startling developments.

Yes Thanks for the link Shubee but that is your opinion and iterpretation. 

Here's a link to the expert opinions of Noam Chomsky and Paul Craig Roberts on the demise of Labor Unions, which Sister White prophesied would be instrumental in bringing about the time of trouble, along with that noteworthy admission by the Adventist Review that Ellen White's eschatology on this matter is best understood as a conditional prophecy.

http://everythingimportant.org/EllenGWhite/

Logically therefore, if Sister White's eschatology is outdated on some points, then maybe it was all meant to be fulfilled in the 19th Century. The future is open. Unquestionably, Satan still has free will and hasn't been fated to work for a national Sunday law. Where is it written that Satan can't change his mind? Couple the philosophical and objective bankruptcy of the mainstream view with the fact that Revelation 13 can be fulfilled in a future scenario that doesn't contain any mention of the superstitious belief in Sunday sacredness.

If you reread the passages on the false prophet what you will find is the false prophet & beast. In Rev 17 is the harlot & beast. 

The Roman Church is the harlot. The harlot is not mentioned any more, later called "false prophet".

Harlot & beast / False prophet & beast. Same thing.

The Roman Church of course is full of false doctrine, but specifically at the point in history where John identifies her as the false prophet is when she invented the deception of Futurism around modern state of Israel.

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Rev 17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet;(Singular) but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

Rev 17:13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

Rev 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Dan 2:42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom (Singular) shall be partly strong, and partly broken.

Dan 2:43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.

Dan 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

We can also see this confederacy of ten elsewhere in scriptures depicting the death decree made by the world.

Psa 83:1 Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.

Psa 83:2 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.

Psa 83:3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.

Psa 83:4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.

Psa 83:5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:

Psa 83:6 The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;

Psa 83:7 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;

Psa 83:8 Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Sela

The Children of Lot are Ammon and Moab and have already been mentioned.

Again the ten kings are symbolised in the book of Esther with Haman and his 10 sons.

The decree which is to go forth against the people of God will be very similar to that issued by Ahasuerus against the Jews in the time of Esther. The Persian edict sprang from the malice of Haman toward Mordecai. Not that Mordecai had done him harm, but he had refused to show him reverence which belongs only to God. The king's decision against the Jews was secured under false pretenses through misrepresentation of that peculiar people. Satan instigated the scheme in order to rid the earth of those who preserved the knowledge of the true God. But his plots were defeated by a counterpower that reigns among the children of men. Angels that excel in strength were commissioned to protect the people of God, and the plots of their adversaries returned upon their own heads. The Protestant world today, see in the little company keeping the Sabbath a Mordecai in the gate. His character and conduct, expressing reverence for the law of God, are a constant rebuke to those who have cast off the fear of the Lord and are trampling upon His Sabbath; the unwelcome intruder must by some means be put out of the way. {5T 450.1}

Again, Jesus shows us the end from the beginning Isaiah 46:9, 10

If we go to Babel where it all started, we should find a type.

Gen 10:8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.

Gen 10:9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.

Gen 10:10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

Gen 10:11 Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,

Gen 10:12 And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.

Ten!!

Gen 11:1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.

Babylon is being rebuilt in the form of a New World Order.

One Religion

One Currency

One Language

One Governement

Gen 11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

Gen 11:5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

Gen 11:6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

History is repeating itself!

The Kings of the Earth can only be represented by the UN for several reasons.

1. It is the only organisation that represents the whole world.

2. It has already split the world into ten divisions on paper.

3. The Papacy is the only Religious Organisation that has a seat in the UN.

4. The UN has a spiritulist meditation room within it's HQ, dedicated for prayer, based upon Hinduism, and is predominantly controlled by freemasonry (Spiritualism).

The 7th is the UN or in other words, the New World Order, represented by the 10 toes of Daniel 2, and Rev 17:12, a confederacy of 10 Nations that have no kingdom as yet.

Rev 17:11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

If we apply the same principle again, the next in line is the Beast (Papacy), which the Ten Kings (UN) (NWO) give their power and strength unto the Beast.

Rev 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

And if we go to the Gospels we see that Jesus gives us a type of this threefold union.

Mat 26:36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.

Mat 26:37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.

Mat 26:38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.

Mat 26:39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

Mat 26:40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?

Mat 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

We see the one hour of temptation, when the disciples (Laodicean Church) are sleeping, the 3 fold Union is conspiring to destroy Christ.

Mat 26:46 Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.

Mat 26:47 And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.

Rev 17:12 “one hour with the Beast.”

We will finish off with a quote from Sister White that confirms this 3 fold union.

And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Revelation 16:13, 14. {Mar 190.1}

By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation [the United States] will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. 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. {Mar 190.2}

Through the two great errors, the immortality of the soul and Sunday sacredness, Satan will bring the people under his deceptions. While the former lays the foundation of spiritualism, the latter creates a bond of sympathy with Rome. 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. . . . {Mar 190.3}

Papists, Protestants, and worldling will alike accept the form of godliness without the power, and they will see in this union a grand movement for the conversion of the world and the ushering in of the long-expected millennium. {Mar 190.4}

Let us make our election sure, and that we know th

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