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"Then I saw a second beast; it emerged from the ground;
it had two horns like a lamb, but made a noise like a dragon.
This second beast was servant of the first beast, and extended its authority everywhere..."
The physical characters scripture describes as the "beast" and "false prophet" have not yet appeared, but it is not hard to look at the spirits now driving the return of atheism to this planet and not see them represented in the world's two dynamic institutions of power and learning, i.e., the governments and their schools.
Government and scholarship are institutions that can be good or bad. Their character depends on those who rule them. In the current world both have fallen into godless hands. Today, much of the world sees the academic arena, especially its horn, science, as a god as its savior, in fact. And yet not only does it operate in a godless vacuum, it has set itself against God.
It is not an accident that the academic world stands at the forefront in the world's attacks on God. It has embraced the atheism that drives the politics of the world's nations. Together, the two represent a potent and growing force on earth united against Christ
Even the churches have succumbed in many ways to the derision and ridicule heaped on them by those in the academic community. Instead of seeing Christ walking on the waters of Lake Galilee, they search for "scientific" explanations. The same is true for the feeding of thousands with just a few loaves and fishes. It is the same with the healings and the other signs. In the manipulations of these miracles by well-intentioned, but doubting ministers, God and His miracles have been watered down and His words opened to compromise by doubt. Satan did the same with Eve in the Garden at Eden. "Did God really say that?" he asked Eve. Doubt filled her mind and in that doubt she encouraged Adam to eat the forbidden fruit.
The forbidden fruit in Christianity is lack of faith.
This creation is divided between good and evil. Everywhere we look and in everything that happens this division is present. The miracle of the internet is brought to its knees by viruses, worms and other corruptive influences that try to render viewer's equipment useless, or try to destroy the morality of the people or their children through it's images and words. Every workplace is divided between friends and enemies, every classroom, every gathering or group of people, every denomination in the churches. This polarity stretches all the way to the Big Bang.
We see it in the violent collision between matter and antimatter. We see it in the division between light and darkness; day and night. Nothing escapes this rivalry, and often it operates as a fight to death. We see it in the rust and decay that quickly destroys every new and beautiful artifact constructed by mankind. No book lasts for long. No painting,. No bridge or skyscraper. And no man-made institution has been able to combat this decay for long. Life is short here and so is order. That is because this is Satan's world. He is chaos, the destroyer of order. That is the reason Christ came to remove us from this world to take us to a kingdom where Satan does not exist and order is forever.
The kingdom Christ intended to set up on this world He has already constructed. That kingdom was the reign of the Church a reign designed to find and lead the lost children of God to Christ for their salvation and exit to safety. It is a reign now in its concluding moments because its success is almost complete.
Now the order Jesus brought is being returned to chaos. Night is coming when no one can work. That is because the world is in revolt.
According to Paul, the learned of this world cannot travel God's road (1 Cor.1:17-31; 2:1-16).. They operate in the blind completely obsessed with the notion that the world's divisions can be evaporated by the will and determination of man alone in cooperation with his own indomitable spirit. They see the Church as evil, fingering it as the progenitor of all the warfare and chaos that has ever beset mankind. In their supreme arrogance, this world and its leaders blame God, the Savior for all this chaos, not Satan, its actual architect.
It is that growing force of blame by the anti-christ that is sweeping the planet today. The political and academic institutions of the world have embraced knowledge itself as their supreme diety. In defiant contempt of God, these two institutions, in concert with one another, have paved a broad highway for the malignant figures Daniel foresees (the beast and his ten kings) to come struting down in days now close ahead.
Across the spiritual terrain that these two entities occupy we can see the growing cloud of atheism which is the politics of the beast, and with it, the false visions of its learned servant, the counterfeit prophet that labors to extend atheism's authority everywhere making the world and all its people rebel against God and turn to worship the first beast, atheistic government, which had the fatal wound, yet has now returned to live and reign again.
Together these are the two master spirits of godlessness in our world today, a scholastic system and government united in their commitment to atheism, and they are gaining power. Masses of people are rushing to their side, abandoning the churhes in their flight away from Christ. Arguments can't change this terrifying exodus, or alter the forces that are engineering it. Only faith in Christ can save mankind from the second death. And that faith is slipping away.
When did knowledge as an institution stop serving God and decide to become god?
No one knows, but it must have occurred soon after Satan's return from his jail in the Abyss. Satan's first move at that time was to return godless government to the planet. Godless government had been destroyed by the Word of Christ. It's 1700-year absence was the mortal wound. It's return marks that wound's healing.
The mortal wound's healing denotes a different kind of beast a spiritual beast that can cross borders and national boundaries one that can enter all governments and all people at the same time, infecting friend and foe alike with Satan's godless doctrine.
Reborn in Russia in 1918, this spiritual power (a government predicated on atheism) suddenly appeared openly in the world. It's return to the earth in the last century ended almost 1700 years of political rule structured in the Christian Church. It did not end there. Today the political landscape of the world is criss-crossed with godless regimes, most of them structured in a new pagan architecture called "secularism".
In Russia, China and much of the rest of the East, godlessness was embraced by governments committed to communism. In the west, the same lethal spirit embraced secularism. Secularism and communism usually war against one another. Yet both are committed to godlessness both serve the Anti-christ.
Governing all sides at the same time, the spirit of godlessness has now forced the governments of the whole world to follow Satan while leaving many to live in the deception of not doing so. Over the last 100 years, every western government on the planet has evicted Jesus Christ from His ruling partnership with them. A vast change has occurred. The Gospel of Christ has been summarily dismissed from a position of authority in western government and culture.
All the works of God go in pairs by opposites. In this sense, the spirit of godlessness mirrors the individuals who embrace it. The beast of the last days (the 8th in a series of beasts) is the servant of Satan and preaches godless government, a message consistent with his predecessors. Wherever we see godless government, we see the image of both Satan and his beasts. They are, in both part and total, the Anti-christ.
Surrounding us today, then, are the spiritual philosophies that will give rise to the human characters anticipated by scripture's prophecies. Their godless philosophies are stunningly present right now, and the people are rushing to them in huge numbers all over the world. No governmental border stands in their way.
The reappearance of godless government in this world was, when it happened, a spectacular occurrance, structured in and surrounded by momentous events including a huge asteroid crashing to earth, the entire world plunged into world war, the warning visions at Fatima and a gigantic revolution that purged Christ from Russia, replacing His presence there with government mandated atheism. Godlessness had returned with a bang.
If the spiritual image of the beast is godless government, what is the spiritual image of the false prophet? Is it not the same? In other words, "godless religion"? Look at the first false prophet that God tossed into the flames of hell at the beginning of the faith:
At the time of the sixth beast when the Book of Revelation was written, there was a dominant pagan religious philosophy that ruled the hearts and minds of the ancient world. It developed through the Minoans, the Etruscans, the Greeks and finally the Romans. The gods and their temples of worship were much the same throughout the evolution of these early cultures, only the character names changing as the religion surrounding them evolved. This godless religion reached its pinnacle of world power in the first century A.D.
Then it came across the sword of Christ and was destroyed.
In 313 A.D. Constantine signed the Edict of Milan, releasing Christianity from the catacombs. In 391 A.D., Theodosus, emperor of Rome, ordered all pagan temples closed. He issued a proclamation declaring Christianity the only religion of the Roman empire. World paganism was outlawed. It's rites and ceremonies were banned. Some of its temples were converted into Christian churches, while others were simply left to weather into destruction. Theodosus' decree terminated the Olympic Games and the temples associated with them at Mt. Olympus.
From that moment on, the only God permitted to be worshipped anywhere in the western world was Jesus Christ.
The panopoly of gods (Zeus and his fellow Roman dieties) worshipped by the pagan world in Roman times constituted the false prophet that the Book of Revelation shows committed to the flames in the earliest centuries of Christianity (Rev.19:19-21). They are no longer worshipped by the world. Nor are Baal or Bel. They are all gone. As scripture says, they have been commited to the flames.
Additional beasts and a new false prophet are rising up to take their place. One of those replacements, Adoph Hitler must certainly be the seventh head of the beast in Revelation's predictions. He murdered millions of members of God's people, decimating one of the two houses of Israel on earth. Almost everyone who saw him thought he was the Madman, himself.
But he was not. A worse character still lies ahead.
Standing in the wings is his successor, the eighth. Circulating around him are ten kings. Their single-minded committment to the spirit of godlessness unites all of these beasts with Satan.
The same invisible spirit of hatred for God that fills this beast also drives the false prophet. We don't have to look for an eastern religion here. We have a candidate in our own backyard. One with its own set of temples and just as committed to "miracles", arrogance and godlessness as the first.
While the first collection of godless dieties were focused on the worship of artifacts, the new one comes promoting a different kind of worship, an image that mirrors in an opposite way, the Word of Christ. It is the word of knowledge. Today, flanked by a growing cadre of atheists, that word of knowledge has raised its horn and now stands against God, challenging everything Jesus had to say.
Behind this "word of knowledge" is a second horn, the modern world's most hallowed academic prophet, "science". If you gasp reading such a statement, you will have some idea on how much a god science has become in our world.
Science looks beautiful. Like a lamb. But we live in a time when almost everything it does promotes Satan, not God. Instead of pursuing a course toward light, a deepening darkness has come to surround it. Everything it invents or discovers passes through the crucible of war. All the weaponry that exists comes to us through science. This illustrates the nature of the people who direct science and control it for profiteering purposes.
Are warmongering, healthcare profiteeering and food manipulation noises of the dragon personfied? Perhaps not; but this surely is: science declares there is no God. Most scientists are atheists. In your face and loudly so. They see no God. They try to "prove" creation did not need God either to form or to exist, and they desperately fight every effort by Christians to try to introduce any suggestion of a Creator into the creation story. They are arrogantly anti-christ.
Servant of the first beast, science backs the Christ-expunging efforts of the world's secular governments and their secular courts. Having been won over by science's claim of absolute, even cosmic, authority, the people those courts serve are mesmerized by its miracles, discoveries that have made science the virtual god of modern man. That is why the people of the world flock to it and with little resistance embrace its promotion of atheism.
Science could easily have gone another direction and promoted God. All the things it sees can easily be explained in Jesus. Yet its commitment to the destruction of faith has blackened its image, and its heart.
Jesus mortally wounded godless government with the Sword of His Gospel. But the scholastic community has labored to bring it back from the dead and to cast doubt on the Word that offers eternal life to the world. To this end, science has worked incredible miracles. Even to bringing fire down from heaven onto the earth while people watched. "I have become death" said Robert Oppenheimer, one of the physicts who built the bomb, as he watched its first explosion (the "unknown light" prophesied by Sister Lucia of Fatima) erupt before his eyes on the desert sands of New Mexico.
Offering a kind of self-christening claim to the title "false prophet", the government and scientists dubbed this site and its nuclear event, "Trinity", an outrageous parody of the Godhead.
Proof that they had grasped starlight and plunged it to earth are the hydrogen bombs exploded soon after in the South Pacific, and which now tip tens of thousands of missles poised for Armageddon's flight, but hidden for now in submarines and silo's all over the world.
Scripture tells us that Satan will breathe life into a statue and cause it to speak (Rev.13:15). Are television, radio and the internet not inventions of science? Can these glass-screened idols not speak? Does the propaganda they broadcast not control the way people think? If science is the false prophet described in scripture, we are not far from its statue in support of godless government that Revelation says must be worshipped in some future day under penalty of death.
Is science false? Every year new textbooks of science must be written to correct the errors in the current texts. This was true a hundred years ago. It was true 50 years ago. It is true today and it will be true next year and every year thereafter for as long as learning continues. The proclamations of science are in orbit around truth, but none touch it. Everything it teaches, though well intentioned, is ultimately false. Science is not a god. It should not be worshipped as one. But it is.
Does science cross all earthly borders, enemies and friends alike? Yes.
Is science a prophet? Of course. It's prophecy is doom. It tells us that everything is going to die. Not just you and I but the planet and the sun, the galaxy and even the universe. It's message is universal death without exception. No matter where it looks, it sees death. It is a prophet of complete despair. This is totally opposite the message of Christ. Jesus is hope. Jesus promises eternal life. Science is without hope. It sees no eternal life. Worse, it fights against it. To science we are in a place where death rules without exception (in other words, science sees and verifies, as Jesus taught, that this is Satan's world).
Not only does science preach death, not only has it given the world the tools needed to implement that death, it's adherents fight with all their might to smother any mention of God's salvation. They say the escape from death offered by Jesus on the cross is proved false by scientific calculation. That is not true, but they say it anyway, incorporating in their efforts, the courts and all the powers of government to deny in their academic temples the message of hope preached by Jesus. Not only that, the names "Jesus" and "God" cannot even be mentioned in their institutions. They have not only banned them, but have made those names objects of ridicule.
That makes science doubly a false prophet because it tries to block the message of God, not just counter it with arguments. Across the entire world, wherever divine creation is mentioned, the populations are listening to the academic world, to science, not to Christ or God. En masse they are siding with their godless governments. Does this sound familiar to statements found in the Book of Revelation?
Are we waiting for something that has, in a great way, already taken place?
A History Channel program shown from time to time on cable television describes the magic tricks preformed by the adherents of the first false prophet (the Zeus group) in their temples at the beginning of the Christian era. Seen by the people as "miracles', these sleights of machine and hand, using tricks of science, astounded and mesmerized the ancient observers. As a result, these gods and their temples dotted the entire landscape of the ancient world. They ruled side by side with the temporal powers, many of the emperors portraying themselves as members, even leaders of these dieties. That whole culture of worship was mortally wounded by the sword of Christ.
But it has returned in a new way and with a new set of very sophisticated temples and a new display of miracles great enough to lead astray even the elect if that were possible.
It has returned today in godless government and in the godless philosophy of science and learning which now occupy a seat closest to the temporal throne (the seat that used to be occupied by the Church) mesmerizing the population with its miracles and empowering the political leaders to control the people and wage war successfully. It's temples today are the institutions of learning which bow to it's teachings while scorning God.
We can well expect an empire fixated on the modern world, to be driven by science and its "miracles" driven also by science's overt rejection of Christianity, indeed its rejection of any kind of Creator at all. In other words, not two empires, but one empire clutching to a "religion" of knowledge. Filled with temples of knowledge (and gymnasium's if you will) committed to sports and Olympic Games bathed in the glorification of man, and offering a kind of "worship" idolizing the "current understanding".
On this the Bible has much to say:
'Now about food sacrificed to idols. 'We all have knowledge'; yes, that is so, but knowledge gives self-importance - it is love that makes the building grow. (1 Cor.8:1)
"For Christ did not send me to baptise, but to preach the Good News, and not to preach that in the terms of philosophy in which the crucifixion of Christ cannot be expressed. The language of the cross may be illogical to those who are not on the way to salvation, but those of us who are on the way see it as God's power to save." (1 Cor.1: 17-18)
"As scripture says: I shall destroy the wisdom of the wise and bring to nothing all the learning of the learned. Where are the philosophers now? Where are the scribes? Where are any of our thinkers today? Do you see how God has shown up the foolishness of human wisdom? If it was God's wisdom that human wisdom should not know God, it was because God wanted to save those who have faith through the foolishness of the message that we preach." -1 Cor.1:19-21.,
"And so, while the Jews demand miracles and the Greeks look for wisdom, here are we preaching a crucified Christ; to the Jews an obstacle that they cannnot get over, to the pagans madness, but to those who have been called, whether they are Jews or Greeks, a Christ who is the power and the wisdom of God. For God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength." (1 Cor. 1: 22-25).
"Take yourselves for instance, brothers, at the time when you were called: how many of you were wise in the ordinary sense of the word, how many were influential people, or came from noble families? No, it was to shame the wise that God chose what is weak by human reckoning; those whom the world thinks common and contemptible are the ones that God has chosen - those who are nothing at all to show up those who are everything." (1 Cor.1: 26-28).
"The human race has nothing to boast about to God, but you, God has made members of Christ Jesus and by God's doing he has become our wisdom, and our virtue, and our holiness, and our freedom. As scripture says: If anyone wants to boast, let him boast about the Lord." (1 Cor. 1: 29-31).
"Your faith should not depend on human philosophy but on the power of God." -1 Cor.2:5.
"What we teach in our mysteries is the wisdom that God predestined to be for our glory before the ages began. It is a wisdom that none of the masters of this age have ever known...we teach what scripture calls: the things that no eye has seen and no ear has heard, things beyond the mind of man." -1 Cor.2:7-9
"Now, instead of the spirit of the world, we have received the Spirit that comes from God, to teach us to understand the gifts that he has given us. Therefore we teach, not in the way in which philosophy is taught, but in the way that the Spirit teaches us; we teach spiritual things spiritually...it can only be understood by means of the Spirit." -1 Cor.2:12-14.
"Make no mistake about it: if any one of you thinks of himself as wise, in the ordinary sense of the word, then he must learn to be a fool before he really can be wise. Why? Because the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As scripture says: 'The Lord knows wise men's thoughts: he knows how useless they are; or again, God is not convinced by the arguments of the wise, so there is nothing to boast about in anything human...." -1 Cor.3:18-22.
And the false prophet?
"This second beast was servant to the first beast, and extended its authority everywhere, making the world and all its people worship the first beast, which had had the fatal wound and had been healed. And it worked great miracles, even to calling down fire from heaven on to the earth while people watched. Through the miracles which it was allowed to do on behalf of the first beast, it was able to win over the people of the world..." (Rev.13:12-14).
How does this false prophet serve the first beast (how does it serve godless government)? By fully backing and promoting godlessness, performing the miracles that captivate the mind of the people, controlling the world's academic institutions, and giving the government the machinery to wage war, conquer space, fix elections, and enable profiteering on a vast scale, through the control of health, wealth, transportation and all the commodities of life.
These two horns in their growing war against God seem certain to be the "power of deception" Paul said God intended to send into the world in the last days to delude the people and make them believe what is untrue:
"But when the Rebel comes, Satan will set to work: there will be all kinds of miracles and a deceptive show of signs and portents, and everything evil that can deceive those who are bound for destruction because they would not grasp the love of the truth which could have saved them.
The reason why God is sending a power to delude them and make them believe what is untrue is to condemn all who refused to believe in the truth and chose wickedness instead." (2 Thes.2:9-12).
Before Russia revolted in 1918, it's government was structued in Jesus Christ. After that revolution Russia's government was dedicated to atheism. When government rules under God, it serves Him. When it rules apart from God that is no longer the case. When it attacks God and promotes atheism in His place, it is transformed into the Anti-christ. The same is true of the education system. Under God, education serves good. When it denies God and attacks Him, it becomes the servant of the Anti-christ.
There has been a paradigm shift. From God centered government and God-centered education to somthing radically different a government and an educational system both of which reject God.
We know that godless government is the Anti-christ. It is clear in prophecy that the one they call the Madman, will be the world's final anti-christ ruler. He will be the 8th head of the beast in the Book of Revelation.
The false prophet those same verses say will assist him in his evil reign is believed by many to be false religion, or at least a power associated with false religion. The false religious authority at the time of the twelve apostles were the panopoly of Greek and Roman gods that occupied the world stage that Christ's followers inhabited. We can still see the crumbling remains of their decaying temples all over the Mediterranean landscape. They were destroyed by the Word of Christ.
Today, the people of the world pay homage to (i.e., worship) a more sophisticated kind of diety. It is not associated with religion, but evokes the same kind of idolization and reverent adoration by the vast majority of people it touches. Following the formula of Christ who brought the word of God, this "god" gives us the word of knowledge now a competing form of word. It's temples stretch from grammar schools to universities from America to China to Africa. They offer a product hallowed by the nations but blind to Christ.
The populations of the world see this huge academic establishment, the miracles it produces, and the depth of understanding it seems to embody and think, "Who is like knowledge? Who can rival this giant? "
One of the more important engines driving the world's knowledge is science, an exciting horn of scholarship, prophet of both past and future, divulging the formula's of existance and the hidden secrets of the universe to a fascinated populace eagerly awaiting its every new revelation. It's words are believed to be virtually infallible.
Western government and its universities once operated under God. Thomas Aquinas embraced this relationship almost a thousand years ago. Today that relationship is over. Sweeping away Christ, the alliance of government and its academic instutions now operate outside of God, in fact, they have begun to assault Him. In the case of science, the attack has recently become open and boldly pursued.
The rest of the academic environment has concurred in this assault in obedience to edicts mandated by their government's articles of separation. As a result, God's name and presence is forbidden, even in the lowly grammar schools. That is why there is a current movement to educate Christian children outside the traditional borders of learning.
Science prophesies that there is no God and offers various "proofs" to back up its declarations. In all of its investigations it has found no evidence of a Creator, just a creation. We are told no one can really know whether there is a Creator or not. In terms of God, it is completely about faith faith in the morality of the Gospel and belief in the One who preached it. The people who follow Jesus prophesy that He exists by their belief. The people who reject God prophesy the opposite. Fence sitters are counted as non-believers.
Once the rejection of God by the world reaches a certain point, all the choices will have been made and then the world will end as Jeremiah announced:
"Thus the laboring of the peoples comes to nothing.
The toiling of the nations ends in fire." (Jer.51:58).
At that point the truth will be made known. If there is a God, the scriptures will be verified. Jesus will select His people and give them eternal life as promised. If there is not, the cinders of existance will simple float away to dissolve into non-existance...into no meaning at all, the fate science prophesies.
When that time comes (and scripture shows it is close) we will see whose prophecies were true. The false prophet or Jesus Christ.
The war against faith predicted for the last days is occurring as we watch. The people of the world are lining up against God just as scripture said they would. But Jesus has proved the prophecies of science false. He has provided a way to escape the death it predicts. Faith in Christ will give eternal life. For the shortening time this message can still be shouted across the world, those with voices in the Gospel must raise them in His name.
Before the night comes when no one can speak.
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