Let’s go to our lavender study guide, and
begin with our opening paragraph, it says The United States
is unquestionably the most powerful nation on
earth today. More than this, it is the most powerful nation
that has ever existed in the history of the human experience.
This political, economic, and military potency has caused
many to inquire what role, if any, the United States would
play in Bible prophecy. This is precisely the question
we will seek to answer in this lesson. So our presentation is entitled “Discover
the United States’ ” “Amazing Role in Bible Prophecy”, and as we’ve
already said before, in the future, the final issue
of loyalty will center around the issue of worship. So let’s
look right there on our study guide, some of this is
review from last night’s material, it says “Worship or Else…
” The word “cause”, and let’s go to Revelation
for this, this is actually how we began last night’s
presentation, but let’s just go back for just a little bit
of review as we prepare to understand the United States’ amazing
role in Bible prophecy. I’m in Revelation ,
when you’re there say “amen”. [Audience] Amen. John says “Then I saw another beast coming
up out of” “the earth, and he had horns like a lamb,
and he spoke” “like a dragon. And he exercises all the authority
of” “the first beast in his presence, and causes”
“the earth, and those who dwell in it, to worship. ”
Notice verse , down towards the bottom it says
“And cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast”
“should be killed. ” First part of verse “and causes”
“all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave”
“to receive a mark on their right hand, or in their ”
“forehead. ” So this word, “cause”, is an important word
here in Revelation , it occurs times. So that’s what you’d write right there, and
the word “cause” means “to force”. In this context
the word “cause” means “to force”. Every time the word
“cause” is used in Revelation , you could just substitute
the word “force”. “…and he forced them to worship”.
He compels them, or causes them to worship. In context, it’s clearly against their will.
It goes on to say We might ask the question does God
ever force people to worship Him? Yes or No? [Audience] No. Absolutely not, we’ve given
you texts there, Matthew and Jeremiah . Both of those
texts, and a host of others, literally scores of others
could be cited from both, the Old and the New Testament,
in which God invites us, and draws, and asks us to worship
Him, but never ever forces us. So we go on God urges, invites, encourages,
woos, and draws us to worship Him, but He never forces us
to. Forced worship, like forced love, is a contradiction
in terms, and is surely rooted in Satan’s perverse and
insatiable desire for worship. Yet, that’s exactly what
we see there in Revelation , that this power would seek
to force, cause, to compel worship. Forced love has
a very ugly word attached to it, we call that word “rape”.
We don’t believe that love can be forced. In fact, I’ve given
the illustration, I think, in this room before, if I held
a gun at you, like this, and I said “I want you to stand up”
you would stand up. If I held that same gun at you
and said “I want you to turn around”, you would turn around.
If I said “I want you to stand on your head”, you would do
you best to stand on your head, and I said “I want”
“you to bark like a dog”, you’d [barks like a dog],
if you really thought I was going to do you harm.
But if I pointed that very same gun at you, and I said
“love me with all your heart”, could you do it?
Love cannot be forced. Worship is nothing more
and nothing less than the extension of our love to God.
Jesus said in John “If you love Me, keep My” “commandments”, and if love cannot be forced,
worship, true worship, cannot be forced. So now we’re
to the mark of the beast there, the second subheading in
your study guide. It says The mark of the beast – let’s say
it all together – is the mark of the beast, and that’s the
point, it’s not “themarkofthebeast”, one word, it’s “the mark
of the beast”. …that is, it’s the beast’s mark of authority.
We have identified from the Bible the beast as non
other than the Roman church-state.
Incidentally, some of you have said “Wow, that’s”
“so amazing, I’ve never seen that before, that’s so cutting”
“edge, you must be on the cutting edge of what’s”
“happening in Revelation, David”, absolutely not.
Look at the rest of this, it says This identification is consistent with essentially
every one of the Protestant reformers, tell me if these
names mean anything to you, from Martin Luther and John Wesley,
to William Tyndale and John Calvin. Do those names mean
anything to anyone in this room? Okay, every one of those people
believe what I’ve been teaching you about the identity of
the beast of Revelation , and the little horn of Daniel
and . Every one of them, this is not something new,
as a matter of fact, this is something old. So don’t think that I invented this, hardly.
Now it doesn’t matter, just because somebody taught it
in the past, it doesn’t mean it’s true. In other words, we don’t say “Well, if it
was taught in” “the past, if it was good enough for them,
it was good enough” “for us”, what we say is is it based on what
the Bible teaches? In this case, they were right in their identification.
I know that there are many people who are waiting for some
Antichrist figure, a single man, to appear at the end of time
amidst years of tribulation, who’s going to be some kind
of incarnate Satanic figure. Beloved, that is not
the Antichrist presented in the Bible. That might be
an Antichrist presented in some fictitious action series called
“Left Behind”, but that is not the Antichrist figure depicted
in the Bible. At least that is not what historic Christianity
has taught, and it’s also not what the Bible teaches.
Let’s continue here, it says The mark of the beast then,
would be the mark of the Roman church-state, so we identified
who the beast is, and then we ask very simply what is
the beast’s mark? If the beast is the Roman church-state, then we ask a very simple question
what is her mark of authority. We looked at this last
night, this is from C.F. Thomas, a letter dates October
, , other sources could be given incidentally,
but this one is so clear, it says [text on screen]
“the change” – that is the Biblical Sabbath to the Pagan
Sunday, [continues to read] So we simply have to identify the beast and
then we say “Hey, what’s your mark? ” And they say “Our
mark, our” “proof that we can change religious dogmas,
” “and teachings, and laws, is that we changed
the Biblical” “day of worship, one of the Commandments,
written with” “the finger of God, on tables of stone, and
was placed” “in the Ark, we can change it”, that’s the
claim that’s being made. So notice, bottom of the first page,
it says Last lesson we learned that the mark of the
Roman church-state’s authority in religious matters
is found in her presumptuous claim to have changed the
Christian day of worship from Sabbath to Sunday, this is
her claim, and it is an amazing one indeed. But where
did we get this idea from that this change would be introduced?
We saw it as one of the identifying characteristics of the Antichrist, in Daniel , see if you
remember it, where it says that “he would think to change”
“times and laws”. That he would be so presumptuous, he would actually think he could change the
very times and the very laws, not of Sterling Heights,
but of God. Now is that an amazing claim everyone?
Absolutely. You’re right there at the bottom of the first page
Remember Daniel which says this Antichristian power will
think to change the very times and laws of God.
Have they attempted to do this? The answer of history is yes,
they have sought to transfer the holiness and solemnity
of the seventh day Sabbath to the first day of the week.
There is no Biblical authority, or mandate for this
change, we’ve already been over that. If you’re new tonight, that’s review, in fact,
all of this so far is review, the church has done it out
of her own sense of authority, she has placed convenience
and tradition above the Bible. The Roman church-state
has historically made this claim and continues
to make this claim even today. She claims that this change
proves her sovereignty and authority in religious matters,
it is a mark of her authority, it is a mark, an
identifying mark, of the beast, and it’s usurped ecclesiastical
power. I think it’s only fair, once we’ve identified
the beast that we go to them, and ask them what their
mark of ecclesiastical authority is, and they tell
us without equivocation. You might be thinking
to yourself “Do you mean to say David that you
believe that” “this day, this new day of worship that has
been” “introduced, not on the authority of the Bible,
but on” “the authority of the church and tradition,
are you saying” “that that day is going to be legislated and
enforced? ” That’s exactly what I’m saying. In fact, a
friend of mine, G. Edward Reid, he’s a lawyer, he wrote a
book entitled “Sunday’s Coming, Eye Opening Evidence That
These Are” “The Very Last Days” [text on screen]
You say “that’s absolutely, positively impossible”. I’m going to do my best tonight to demonstrate
to you that not only is it not impossible, it’s probable in
our modern political climate, and the Bible says that
it is absolutely going to happen. So let us continue here.
This was the slide we put up last night, and I want to just
walk you through it. About years ago pope John Paul II
introduced an encyclical letter entitled “Deus Domini”,
which literally means, in Latin, “The Day of the Lord”.
It was big news, because he basically was dealing with
the whole idea of Sunday, and its theological significance.
It was an encyclical letter, and very interesting some of
the text of that letter, I’ve read the text in its entirety,
you can find it on the Internet, I recommend you do the same.
Just type that in, “Encyclical letter, Deus Domini”, you can
do it right into any Google search engine. But this was very
interesting from the Detroit news, dated Tuesday, July , [text on screen]
You say “Of course Catholics should set aside Sunday”
“for worship”, but let’s see what he goes on to say.
He went on to say [text on screen] I want you to think about that for just a
moment. What’s happening is that there is an agitation
surrounding this idea of Sunday. In fact, there’s a whole
alliance here in the USA, and the world over, called
“The Lord’s Day Alliance”, you can look that up on your
Internet if you’d like, “The Lord’s Day Alliance”, and there
are people who are saying we need to get this nation
back to God. They make a very persuasive case, they say we’ve abandoned God in the
schools, and we’ve abandoned God here, and many of
the Christians are saying “That’s right, we abandoned God,
” “that’s right, we need to get back to God”.
And one of the things they say we’ve done is we’ve begun
to desecrate God’s holy day. They begin to talk about how
we need to get back to that holy day that God set aside,
and they even call it “the Sabbath”. But guess what day they’re talking about,
yeah, they’re not talking about the Biblical Sabbath, they’re
talking about this new day. So this is actually taking place.
I’m going to give you more on that in just a moment.
So, in Revelation , actually, first of all go here to your
study guide, and we’re going to work our way towards
Revelation . Notice the paragraph that begins with
the word “impossible”. Somebody says “Are you”
“saying that every single person that goes to church on Sunday”
“today has the mark of the beast?” Number have I said that, yes or no? No, and
I wouldn’t say it because there are faithful people who
love the Lord Jesus Christ, who are living up to
all of the light that they have, and God will only hold us
responsible for what we know. James “For him that”
“knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin. ”
However, if you know to do good and don’t do it, whether
you’re talking about the Sabbath or anything, that puts you on dangerous ground. So if I
know that I should not be stealing, but I can continue
to steal, that could potentially fracture my relationship
with God, is that true? Of course, absolutely.
So the idea here is simply this if we know what’s what right,
if we know what’s true, if we know what’s Biblical, God says
“I’ve revealed truth to you, not because I hate you, ”
“but because I love you, and I have the expectation, as one”
“of My disciples that you will follow what the Bible says, ”
“not what tradition says. ” We quoted that yesterday
in Matthew where Jesus says “In vain do they worship Me, ”
“teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. ”
Somebody’s going to say “Oh, well David, I already keep”
“the Sabbath because I go to church on Saturday”. Notice I didn’t say anything about going to
church on Saturday, there’s a big difference between
going to church on Saturday, and keeping the Biblical
Sabbath as God intended it. Beloved listen, there’s many
people that “go to church on Sunday”, and they can’t wait
for the sermon to get done so they can get home and watch
the football games. Tell me if I’m telling the truth now,
come on. I’m not saying that’s everyone, of course not, but there’s a big difference
between just going to church and keeping a day holy for
the Lord Jesus Christ. What does it mean to keep the Sabbath
holy? Beloved, I’ll tell you what it means, it basically
means things, number you don’t work. So whatever
it is that you’re doing the other days of the week,
you don’t do on that day. Number , you don’t work; number
you don’t cause others to work, that’s what the commandment
says “…the stranger that is within your gates”, you’re
not causing them to work. Number whatever activity
you’re engaging in on the Sabbath, it’s drawing you closer
to God. So any other secular activity that you might do the other days of the week,
think of the Sabbath as a date with God. If someone
invited you over, your spouse before you were married, and if
you’re not yet married, you have a date with someone,
if they come over to your house and you have a certain
time, and you’re going to do a certain activity, and you say
“Okay, we’re going to go out and do that, but first I’ve got”
“to change the oil in the car, and then after I change”
“the oil I’ve got to mow the lawn, and then after I mow”
“the lawn I’ve got to trim the weeds, and then after I trim”
“the weeds I’ve got to put fertilizer”. All of these things you’ve got to do, are
you going to end up having a date? Absolutely not.
So the Sabbath is all about a relationship between you
and your Creator, Jesus Christ, between you and your Redeemer,
Jesus Christ, it’s a weekly date with God. So beloved there’s a huge difference between
just going to church on Saturday and keeping the Sabbath.
It’s important to understand the distinction there.
Now let’s continue on here. “Impossible”, you say,
“that would never happen, it’s impossible to even suggest that”
“this would ever be enforced here in this free, liberty”
“loving country of the USA. ” Be careful. Note that states in this union already have
Sunday laws on the books just waiting to be enforced,
they’re called “Blue Laws”. You go type that into Google,
just do a little research on blue laws, out of states
in the USA already have these laws on the books.
These aren’t laws that have to be passed in many cases,
these are laws that simply have to be enforced. The climate is ripening for just this kind
of thing. Many a politician, and many a religious leader
are keen on “getting this country back to God”. Beloved,
people aren’t blind, they can see the moral decline that’s
taking place, they can see all of the things that are happening
in society, and the gross debauchery, and the gross moral
decline, the gross moral chaos that’s taking place,
people can see it, and in reaction to that we have politicians,
and religionists, and even religious leaders saying “We need
to get this” “nation back to God”. Now, I believe we need
to get this nation back to God, but here’s the major
difference in the way that you do it. I believe we should
do our very best to get this nation back to God, and do
you know how I think we should do it? By doing what we’re doing
right here, by preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In other words, this idea that we’re going to get everybody
in the legislation to become Christians, and we’re going
to start legislating our ideas, and legislating our beliefs,
you better be careful because church and state never make
good bed partners. We’ve good this whole people, everyone says “We need to get more religion
back into” “the government”, etc, etc. Listen, I believe
we should have Godly, moral people in government, but we
need to be very careful that that line is not crossed
where people are enforcing their religious beliefs on others
who may not believe those beliefs. If you want to look
at this it’s actually very simple from a Biblical
perspective. There are how many commandments? Commandments.
The last commandments deal with the relationship that you
have with those people around you honor thy father and thy
mother; thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal; thou shalt
not commit adultery; thou shalt not bear false witness against
thy neighbor; and you shall not covet thy neighbors goods.
All of those have to do with the horizontal relationship.
The government absolutely, totally, completely should
enforce those things as civil parameters and civil laws.
We don’t want to argue for an anarchy, or anything like this,
we need civil restraint, and Paul talks about that in
Romans , but the first commandments the civil government has no business enforcing.
I mean, are we comfortable with the US government enforcing
“Thou shalt have no other gods except the Jehovah God”?
Absolutely not. You’re forcing worship if you
think that’s true. Are we comfortable with the US
government enforcing a second commandment “Thou shalt not”
“make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of”
“anything that is in the heaven above, the earth beneath, ”
“or the waters under the earth”? Do we want our government
telling us how we should worship. One of the greatest
rites that we have in the US is the right to be wrong.
And neither should they be enforcing taking the name
of God in vain, and neither should they be enforcing
the Sabbath. So it’s actually a very simple distinction,
you can find it in Romans , the apostle Paul says
God has set up governing authorities, and then he quotes
from the commandment, but he doesn’t quote the first
commandment, he doesn’t quote the second commandment, he doesn’t quote the th commandment because
Paul knew that this is not the proper sphere for a secular
government to be enforcing. We’re going to get into that
in just a moment. People want to get the nation back to God, the problem is that they’re going
to overstep their boundaries, they’re going to go too
far. Governments tend to be reactionary, it’s very
unusual that a government just nicely comes back right
back to the middle, they’re like a pendulum back this
way, and back that way. Let’s look at our study
guide, it says This mixture of church and state is
always a dangerous mixture as the period known as the Dark Ages
clearly reveals. Why do they call it the “Dark Ages”?
Because the lamp of God, the light of the Word was taken
away. The first amendment of the constitution is a safe guard
against this very kind of thing, but the constitution is being
radically reevaluated – we’re going to talk about that in
just a moment. The climate of the US right now post /
is a very different world than the pre / world. Is that true, yes or no? Absolutely.
The world will never be the same again, neither will the US,
we are living in strange and portentous times as
the increasing number of politicians and legislators claim that they are Christians on a mission
to turn this nation back to God. I want to say again,
nothing wrong with wanting to get this nation back to God,
but you didn’t see Jesus out protesting the abuses of
the Roman government, you didn’t see Jesus out protesting
the abuses of Herod and the others, Jesus preached
the gospel, and that’s what Christians are called to do,
to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, not to legislate
their views on people who may or may not hold to those
very views. We’re going to come back to that in just a second. So look at the bottom
of that page, to put it very plainly, I don’t know
how to make it more plain than this Sunday observance
will be legislated. This will be the enforcement of the mark of
the beast. We’ve already identified the beast, we’ve
already identified the mark of their ecclesiastical authority,
so the enforcing of that must be the legislation of that mark.
It’s really quite simple, the transfer from the Biblical
Sabbath to Sunday is the beast’s mark, this mark will
be caused, or enforced. The US will pay a pivotal role
in this enforcement, as Revelation makes clear. I want to say something here as we turn to
the rd page of our study guide. Someone in this room is
bound to say “Oh really? I wonder if that’s true,
in fact, ” “it looks like the Biblical evidence actually
points in” “that direction, and I’m going to wait and
see how this” “pans out, and I’ll tell you what, if it ends
up happening” “that way then I’ll know that Pastor Asscherick
was right, ” “I’ll know that his interpretation was correct”
“and then I’ll start to keep the Sabbath. ”
Beloved, I’ve got news for you, the Bible says today
to keep God’s Sabbath. It’s not just an end time issue,
it is an end time issue, but it’s also a Biblical issue.
Let’s just pretend that the mark of the beast had to do
with the second commandment, not bowing down to an image,
let’s just pretend for a moment. So we say “Well, I’m going”
“to keep bowing down to my images, and in case they pass”
“that law that says I can’t do it, then I’ll change. ”
Is that how we should go about it? Absolutely not.
Beloved, if you open your Bible today you will find that in
Exodus , and in Deuteronomy the Sabbath commandment is
there today, you can go check on it right now.
It’s not just going to suddenly appear at the end of time when
these things are going to become agitated, it’s there today.
So it’s not just an end time issue, it’s a present tense,
current events issue, but it will also become an end time
issue. By the way, we should never ever, ever, ever delay to obey what we know
is God’s will. That doesn’t have to be the Sabbath, it could
be anything, it’s never safe to wait, or to delay.
Okay, so let’s go. The beasts, who is the second?
I’m in Revelation . For those of you who are attentive Bible students, you have noticed
that there are actually beasts in Revelation .
Let’s begin in Revelation , John says “Then I stood”
“on the sand of the sea and I saw a beast rising up out”
“of the sea, having heads and horns, and on his horns”
” crowns, and on his head a blasphemous name. ”
“Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, its feet were”
“like the feet of a bear, his mouth was like the mouth of”
“a lion” and who him his power, throne and great authority?
The Dragon, and who’s the dragon? Satan. Okay, this is the Antichrist beast. “I saw
one of his” “heads as if it had been mortally wounded
and his” “deadly wound was healed, and all the world
marveled” “and followed after the beast. So they worshiped
the dragon” “who gave authority to the beast, and they
worshiped” “the beast, saying ‘Who is like the beast?
Who is able’ ” ” ‘to make war with him?’ ” Verse “And he
was given” “a mouth to speak great things and blasphemies,
and he was” “given authority to continue for months”,
that’s days, that’s the and a half years that we’ve
already talked about, those dates that move from AD
to AD of papal persecution. It goes on “Then he
opened” “his mouth in blasphemy against God to blaspheme”
“His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. ”
“It was granted him to make war with the saints and to overcome”
“them, and authority was given him over every tribe, tongue”
“and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him”
that’s the key issue, “who’s names have not been written in”
“the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation”
“of the world. If anyone has an ear, let him hear. ”
Then verse “He who leads into captivity will go into”
“captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed”
“with the sword. Here is the patience and faith of”
“the saints. ” Now look at verse “Then I saw another”
“beast”. So we know who that first beast is, we have plainly,
clearly identified from the Bible this first beast as
the Roman church-state. So look at the top of page
in your study guide Revelation describes beasts, the first beast rises up out the sea
and it has horn, it has the body of a leopard, it has
the feet of a bear, it has the mouth of a lion, this imagery
comes from Daniel as we’ve already seen and studied.
I want you to notice the sequence, John sees this beast
in this order first he notices the horns, that would be on
the beast that represented Rome. And then what did he see
after the horns, what did he see next? He saw the body
of a leopard, and who was the leopard? Greece. And then he saw the feet of a bear, and that
was who? Medo-Persia, and then he saw the mouth of
a lion. So from John’s perspective, living in the
time of Rome, he saw in this order, he saw this beast’s
characteristics as Rome, Greece, Medo-Persia, Babylon.
How did Daniel see them? Daniel saw them in the exact
opposite order. What did he see first? Lion, and then he saw the bear, and then he
saw the leopard, and then he saw the beast with horns, why
might that be? Beloved, because John was living during the
time of Rome and he was looking backward through history,
and Daniel was living years before the time of Jesus,
and he was looking forward into the future. You can fill
that in right there. Why the difference?
Daniel was looking forward into the future, that is, he was
looking prophetically, John was looking backward into history,
that is he was looking historically. The first beast it the Roman church-state,
as we have already seen, who is the second beast?
We know who this guy is, we have that first beast in our sights,
we have spent message after message after message
identifying that rascal, we know who that is.
But now another beast was seen coming up. So there are beasts here. The first beast,
as we’ve already identified, is the Roman church-state,
which reigned for literal years, that is prophetic days,
from AD, we’ve been over this, this is all review,
years, to exactly . In a man by the name of Berthier,
one of Napoleon’s top generals, marched into the
Vatican, he took the pope off of the throne, declared everything
there as the property of France and the pope died in
exile, and the deadly wound was inflicted, that agrees
perfectly with verse where it says his deadly wound
was healed. So a deadly wound was inflicted, we could
perhaps spend some more time on that. So we know who this first beast
is, but here’s something very interesting there is a second
beast, and this beast acts as the spokes person for
the first beast. Now beloved, what is a beast in Bible
prophecy? It’s a kingdom or a nation.
So here we have Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome.
So a beast in Bible prophecy is, let’s say it together,
a kingdom. So here he sees another kingdom coming up,
there’s a second beast, this beast is sometimes referred to
as “the false prophet” because he speaks on behalf of the first
beast, who claims to be God. Think about it, a prophet
speaks for who? For themselves? No, a prophet speaks for God
that’s why you find so many times in the Old Testament
“Thus sayeth the Lord…”, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel
and others, so this second beast comes up, and he basically
speaks on behalf of that first beast, who actually claims to be
God on earth. That’s why he’s called “the false prophet”.
Now let’s look at this, verse “Then I saw another”
“beast coming up out of the earth, and he had horns”
“like a lamb, and he spoke like a dragon, and he exercises”
“all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and he”
“causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship”
“the first beast. ” So notice, the job of the second
beast is to cause the earth to worship, not himself,
but the first beast. “…causes all who are in it”,
it says in verse “He performs great signs, so that”
“he even makes fire come down from heaven on earth in”
“the sight of men. He deceives those who dwell on the earth by’
“the signs he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, ”
“telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image”
“to the beast, who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. ”
“He was granted power to give breath”, notice that, he gives
breath, the word is “pneuma”, “to the image of the beast”
“that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause”
“as many as would not worship the image of the beast should”
“be killed. He causes all”, no one is exempt, “both small”
“and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark”
“on their right hand, or in their foreheads”, and we learned
last night that you can get the mark of the beast in either your
right hand, or the forehead, but the seal of God you can only
get in your forehead. Why the difference? Because you can’t work your way to heaven,
you’re only getting to heaven by faith, so the seal of God can’t
be put in the hand, the seal of God can only go in the forehead.
Powerful! It goes on here, verse “And that no one”
“might buy or sell, except the one who has the mark of”
“the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. ”
“Let him who has understanding calculate the number of”
“the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number”
“is . ” So the job of this second beast is to cause the earth to worship and
to reverence the first beast. We know who the first beast
is, now we’ve got to figure out who’s the second beast.
You’re right there in your study guide, we’re going to look
at identifying characteristics, and they’re all
going to come from the Bible. I’m not going to stand here
and say “Well, you know, it could be North Korea. ”
“And it could be the former Soviet Union. ”
No, let’s look at what the Bible has to say, and we’ll see
that the Bible interprets itself. I want you to notice,
first identifying characteristic, this beast rises
out of the earth. He rises out of the earth as opposed
to the sea. We’ve already seen in Revelation and Daniel that
water in Bible prophecy represents peoples, multitudes,
nations and tongues, that is a populated or populous area.
So this beast is seen rising up in a very different locale,
the other beast in Revelation rises out of the sea, this beast
rises out of the earth. So look at the board, we’re going to ask simple question, we’re
going to look at considerations [text on screen]
In looking at these things what we’re going to see is that
it’s actually very easy to identify this beast. So our first question is where does he rise
out of the earth? Now look at number . The Bible says he has
horns like a lamb. Now, the New Testament uses the
word “lamb” times, of those are directly from the
book of Revelation, and every time, except , it’s
a reference to Jesus Christ. The only time it’s not a
reference to Jesus Christ is this verse right here, verse . The
only time in all of Revelation that the word “lamb” is used,
and it’s clearly not a reference to Christ. It says “he has
to horns like” “a lamb”. This means that this beast would
espouse lamb-like, or Christ-like characteristics. What did John
the Baptist say? He said “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes
away the sins” “of the world. ” So this beast rises up out
of the earth, the first beast rose up out of
a populated area. This beast rises up out of a relatively unpopulated
area, that just makes sense. If the sea is a populated
area, then the earth would be a less populated area.
So he rises up in a different area, he also, as we’ve just
discussed in number , he has lamb-like, or Christ-like,
characteristics. Look at number the first beast had horns
with crowns. Does the Bible say anything about the second
beast having crowns? No, so we might ask the question who
wears a crown? A king wears a crown, or a pontiff wears a
crown, or a queen wears a crown, does a president
wear a crown? Presidents don’t wear crowns. This, the governmental
character of this beast, would be different, we’re not
going to look for a royal, or kingly, or a queenly
authority. So notice it says Horns have no crowns, there
is no king or queen in this beast, whoever it is.
Number says it rises up about the same time the first beast
goes down, let me show that got you, you’re right there in
verse . So John is seeing this first beast, and he’s watching it do its various
rampages, and ravages, its doing its mission there,
and then he sees it receive the deadly wound; , we’ve already
talked about that. In fact, if you want to just do
a little bit of history, here’s essentially what happened
among other things, Napoleon got fed up with the Catholic
church, that’s basically the short version, and he sent one
of his best generals down there, and he said “I’m tired
of that rascal, ” “go down there and just take care of business.
” So it received a deadly wound.
Look at verse , it says “He who leads into captivity will”
“go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed”
“with the sword. Here is the patience and faith of”
“the saints. ” So what was happening during the period of the Dark Ages is that
if you wouldn’t bow to the Roman church-state, you could be led
to captivity, led to a dungeon, led to a prison, or killed.
What John sees here in vision is that this power that’s been
leading into captivity will himself go into captivity,
this power that’s been killing with the sword will himself
be killed by the sword. And what’s the very next thing
John sees? Verse “Then I saw another beast” “coming up out of the earth. ” So get this
in your mind, it’s actually very, very simple John sees
this first beast on its career, -, and he sees it go into captivity
and get wounded by the sword, and just about the time he sees
this beast going down, he sees another beast coming up.
So now we have a time element. The first beast received its
deadly wound in , so we’re looking for this nation to come
on the scene of action some time around . That’s number . Look at number .
It says, if you look at verse , “I saw another beast”
what are the next to words? “Coming up”, do you see that?
Revelation “I saw another beast coming up”. It’s very interesting here, the Greek word
translated “coming up” is the very same word that is
used to describe the almost invisibly slow maturation of a
growing plant. Any gardeners here? You put that seed in the
ground and you wait, nothing, you wait, nothing,
and then just one day you look and the dirt has moved
slightly and you’ve got a little something there, and
then you go away for a week and you come back, and
it’s just a little bigger; you go away for a week, you come back,
it’s just a little bigger, it’s coming up slowly, almost
imperceptibly. That’s the word that’s being used, that’s
actually what the word means, he sees another beast coming
up. So this beast, unlike, say, these beasts here,
remember the bear? You might remember back in
Daniel , the bear, it said “Arise, devour much flesh”,
and he had those ribs in the mouth signifying the
provinces of Babylon that he had conquered? This second beast is nothing like this, this
beast is not pouncing and conquering other nations, this
beast is growing quietly, slowly, almost imperceptibly in a
relatively unpopulated area of the world. So we can’t
be looking for this beast to come up in the old world where all
of the other beasts came up, and the sea was, and the populated
area was This beast is going to come up quietly, imperceptibly,
almost like a plant growing, not conquering, but
coming up. And look at number this beast would eventually
posses unprecedented global power and influence. You say “How do you know that? ” Well, look
at the text, the text says several times that he causes
the whole earth to worship the first beast. Now, I’m just
looking down here at my good friend Maurice, who I love very,
very much. Maurice is from Cameroon, I’m going to just
pick on you very quickly Maurice, not pick on you, I love you
like a brother, but we can be pretty sure that whoever this
nation is, it’s probably not Cameroon, for a variety
of reasons. If Cameroon passed a law and said the whole
world has to do something, do you think they’d listen?
Unfortunately Maurice, here in the US we’re not as good
at our geography as other places, a lot of people would
say “Cameroon, is that some kind of a nut? ”
[Audience laughs] A lot of people wouldn’t even
know, so this nation, whatever this nation is, has to posses
global influence. So here’s our identifiers right
here on the board, this is what we’re looking for, this is
the second beast. How many of these identifiers came from the Bible? Every one of them.
So number [text on screen] Jesus said things like “If the Son shall make
you free, ” “you shall be free indeed. ” In Luke Jesus
said that He had come to preach liberty to the
captives. This nation would espouse Christ-like principles.
Number , this nation would not have a king, this nation would
not have a queen, or any kind of a monarchy, this would be
a nation that was ruled governmentally differently. Number , this nation has to arise some time
around the time the first beast is going down, which was in
, so we’re looking for a beast to come up some
time around . [text on screen]
Is there any question in anybody’s mind who we’re
talking about here? It is just as plain as the noonday sun. Who is this second beast
of Revelation ? It could only be the United States of America.
Let’s see if it meets all of the identifying characteristics.
Did this country arise in a new area, a relatively unpopulated
area, as opposed to the old world? Absolutely. Does this country espouse
Christ-like principles, at least in concept and in principle?
Absolutely, not always in practice, but at least
in principle. Number is there a king, or queen here?
In fact, the exact opposite, when the pilgrim fathers
and others landed here, they decided, our forefathers,
we’re going to talk about this in a moment, that they would
start a government, not with subjects but with citizens.
There’s not going to be a king that’s reigning supreme over
the lowly peasants, but we would have, instead of a kingdom
with peasants, we would have a citizenry. Let’s say it this way “Of the people, for
the people, ” “and by the people”, that’s a little different,
isn’t it? It would arise around , does that fit?
The answer is “yes”. Does it grow up quietly, like a plant, not primarily through conquering
other nations? Absolutely. And has it grown literally
almost overnight? Think about it this way the USA is basically only years old and is
the most powerful nation that has ever existed in the
history of the human experience. It literally came on
the scene of action, and now, as a good friend of mine
from Romania says, my wife is from Romania, he says “When
the United States” “sneezes, the whole world gets a cold”.
[Audience laughs] Isn’t that right? I could give you instance, after instance
of this thing. For example, the US says “Hey listen, we want
to invade Iraq” and the UN says “No”, and they say “Tough!”
“We’ll do whatever we want”, it’s like the old saying
“Where does an pound gorilla sit? ” “He sits wherever he wants to. ” So Tony Blair
from the UK, and a few others, have figured this out. They’ve
said “You know what? He’s the toughest kid on the
block, ” “better join him. ” That’s exactly what’s
happening. Let’s go through and see if this all fits
together, this is from “The New World Compared With The Old”, by
G.A Townsend, notice what he said, speaking of the US [text
on screen] That’s exactly the Biblical language like
a silent seed coming up slowly, almost imperceptibly.
“Daniel and Revelation” by Uriah Smith, page [text on screen]
So it fits that qualification very nicely. [text on screen]
They had been in the old world where they had seen that
religious tyranny, and political tyranny basically got them
nowhere except persecution. If you didn’t have the luxury
or the fortune of being born into one of the royal families,
or somehow being associated with royalty, you could be in a very
bad way. So when they landed, you know the stories, I’m not
telling you anything you don’t know, but they would get off
those boats, and they would kiss the ground because this was
a new place where they didn’t have to worry about the king
saying thus and so, and the pope saying thus and so.
It was a new land where they could try a new governmental
experiment, and I believe in my soul of souls that God
opened this nation up right on time. I believe that with every fiber of my being.
Does it meet the time element? Absolutely, [text on screen]
Is that around ? So just as the one beast is going down, what’s the other beast doing?
Coming up. The Declaration of Independence was signed July , , so one is going down and
one is coming up, meets that specification perfectly.
The Declaration of Independence, I love this [text on screen]
Do you know how revolutionary that is? We take these things for granted here in the
USA, that is so revolutionary, in the old world with the royal
hierarchy and the oligarchies of kings and queens and
princes, not everybody was created equal. To even suggest
that the peasant was the equal of the king is laughable.
Here they say “We hold these truths to be self-evident, ”
“that all Men”, of course, including women as well,
[text on screen] “Unalienable”, that means “cannot be taken
away”. [continues to read]
Just a little bit of hedonism thrown in there at the end.
[Audience laughs] A few of you got that. The US constitution, the first Amendment
[text on screen] As George Thurgood Marshall said “Your rites
end” “where my nose begins”. You can do whatever
you want, but your rights end at the very place that
my nose begins. So in the USA, if you want to worship that
pulpit, you want to start a whole religion where you worship
that pulpit and you want to dance around the pulpit and
say “This is” “the Creator God, this pulpit here”, could
you do that in this country? Yes or no? [Audience] Yes.
It would be foolish, it would be illogical, it would be unusual,
but you could do it. Absolutely, that’s the point.
You see, they were so under the thumb of religious and political
tyranny that when they got on these new shores, they said
“We’re tired of the popes, and we’re tired of the kings”.
So they established this radically new government. It was an experiment, it was the American
experiment. A government of the people, for the people,
by the people, where everyone is equal, and citizens vote
leaders? We take this for granted now, this was radical
beloved. Absolutely radical. What makes this nation
great? central freedoms, central liberties make this
nation great [text on screen]
If you want to be even more technical, you’d say
“Republicanism and Protestantism”, those are the principles that make this nation great.
Republicanism, sometimes we think we live in a democracy,
but really we don’t live in a democracy, we live in
a republic, which is a representative democracy. We pledge allegiance to the flag of the USA
and to the republic for which it stands. A republic is a representative
democracy, the idea of republicanism is that the people
can govern themselves. We don’t need kings, that doesn’t say that sometimes our presidents
have not acted that way, but I’m saying in principle.
And we don’t need popes. We can worship how we want
to worship in this country, we have the right to be wrong.
Absolutely incredible So religious liberty is freedom
from a pope, civil liberty is freedom from a king.
Look at George Washington, who could have said it better
than this in . Mr. Washington, first president of the USA said [text on screen]
So now no one’s going to come and say “You’d better bow”
“to the cardinal”, “you’d better bow to the pontiff”,
“you’d better bow to the prelate”, Mr. Washington said
“We’ve had enough of that. ” You can worship God according
to the dictates of your own good conscience, you want
to be a Protestant, you can be a Protestant. You want to be a Muslim? You can be a Muslim.
You want to a Catholic? You can be a Catholic. You want to be an atheist? You can be an atheist.
As long as what you do does not infringe upon my rights,
where your rights end my nose begins, you can worship God
according to the dictates of your own good conscience.
That is one of the things that makes this nation great,
I’ll say it again, it’s the right to be wrong. Look at this one, Benjamin Franklin, I love
this [text on screen]
Do you see what he’s saying? That’s exactly right.
Religion is good, it’ll take care of itself, but the moment
that the religious entity has to appeal to the civil entity for
support, and for money, and for finances, and for influences,
he said “If God can’t support this thing, why, pray tell, ”
“should the secular government support it? ”
Founding fathers! It says that this nation would speak like a dragon, look at verse .
I wish I could stop here, I wish it was a happy story
and we all marched off into the great democratic horizon
behind the drummer. I wish it could end like that.
But it says something very disturbing in verse “Then I saw another beast coming up out of
the earth, and he had” ” horns like a lamb”, so he would espouse
Christ-like principles of liberty and freedom, but eventually
he would speak like a dragon. And who’s the dragon?
Satan. Let me tell you something, that is the only verse in all of Scripture
where the word “lamb” and the word “dragon” appear in the
same verse. That’s it. There is a tension in this verse
that’s palpable. Here you have the Lamb and the Dragon mentioned in the same verse.
“Would speak like a dragon”. We might legitimately ask
the question how does a nation speak? Through its laws and legislative body.
[text on screen] You say “How do you know that? ” Because I
just read that the second beast is going to “cause” the earth
to worship the first beast. You’re saying “impossible,
” “that’s absolutely impossible! ” No it’s not
impossible. In fact, the deadly wound is healing right
before out very eyes, that first beast is growing in power
and in preeminence right before our very eyes. In Mussolini sat down with cardinal Gasparri
and signed the historic Roman pact. I want you to notice
the language here, February , [text on screen] Isn’t that interesting? I could give you other
articles, contemporaneous articles that say that exact
same thing, when they sat down together, and basically what
happened was that Mussolini turned civil power back over
to the Vatican, he gave it back over. He basically reestablished
the Vatican as its own civil governing entity, they were
healing the wound that had been inflicted in by France
when they took the pope off his throne. Is that interesting? Is it or not?
Oh, they began to heal the wound, and it is being healed
right before our very eyes today. This man was probably
the single greatest evangelist and apologist that the church
had ever seen; traveling all over the world, he was almost
like a rock star in some ways. Malachi Martin, who wrote
the book “The Keys of This Blood”, he was Jesuit.
He said this [text on screen] I want you to look at that word here “three-way”,
we’ll come back to that. [continues to read] He’s saying we’re the stakes, there’s a way
battle. You can read the book, you don’t really have
to read the book. Here were the “C”s that in Malachi Martin’s
almost page book were struggling for the supremacy
[text on screen] Beloved, you know that that’s an older book.
Written in the late s, early s, you know it’s an older book because how many of those “C”s
are around today? Just of them, one of them’s gone.
You say “Whoa, I wonder how that happened? ”
“How did the one disappear? ” I’ll tell you how
it disappeared the other got together and got rid of him.
Time Magazine, right on the front cover [text on screen]
That’s pope John Paul, that’s Ronald Reagan, so the moral
superpower of the world, and the greatest superpower
of the world. The subtitle says “How Reagan and the pope conspired to assist
Poland’s” “Solidarity movement and hasten the demise
of Communism. ” So I want you to think about that.
In the late s, early s when Malachi Martin wrote
“The Keys of This Blood” there were players on the scene
capitalism, communism and Catholicism, and of them
got together and kicked the other guy off the bench.
It was so common knowledge that they put it right on the front
cover of our major news media magazines. I want to ask you a question does that sound
at all like what Bible prophecy is saying? A coming together
of the greatest superpower in the world and the
beast of Revelation ? Absolutely incredible.
You just have this man going out, just basically bringing
the whole world together. He has died, and his predecessor
has come on the scene, he’s already in dialogs with Islam,
and everybody says “Oh, he really made the Muslims mad”
“when he made that comment”. Beloved, let me tell you
something even though the Muslims were upset, and they
were all mad at the pope, and people were going crazy, etc.
You remember this, this is like a month ago? months ago?
I want you to notice something, when it came time to settle
the score, when it came time to sort it all out and to have
the meetings and to sit down over tea, you know where
they didn’t meet? They didn’t meet in Afghanistan They didn’t meet in the Middle East. They
didn’t meet in Islamabad. You know where they met?
They met at the pope’s place. That tells you who’s got
the power. When it came time to settle it they met in Rome. At the end of the day everybody
was happy again, and “Oh, we have so much in common”.
See beloved, it’s happening. Look at that right there.
The most powerful men in the world kneeling before the body
at the funeral. That was the first time in history that a US
president had ever even attended a papal funeral. First time in history beloved, and it wasn’t
just one, you have the current president, George W.
You have the former president, George Bush I, and Bill Clinton,
and Jimmy Carter would have gone, but there were, I believe,
medical complications. presidents, Condoleezza Rice
is just there, Tony Blair’s just outside of the picture.
The most powerful people in the world knelt, look at what
they’re doing. They’re kneeling! They’re kneeling before the pope, the dead
pope. Beloved, if that doesn’t tell you something
is up, there’s a rat in the woodpile, you’re not
paying attention. [Audience laughs] I saw a bumper sticker one
time that said “If you’re not outraged, you’re
not” “paying attention”. Look at that, the wound
is healing. In fact, for a long time the US wouldn’t even
send an ambassador to the Vatican, but Ronald Reagan
changed all that in , he was the first president in
the history of the US to send an ambassador to the Vatican.
Ever since then we’ve had an ambassador to the Vatican.
What’s happening is the wound is healing and this great
moral superpower, the Roman church-state, is aligning
itself with the great military and political, and economic
superpower, I might add, the USA, and they’re getting closer,
and closer, and tighter and tighter. It’s happening.
It’s front news headlines. You keep your eyes on it.
I’ll come back to that one another day. How was the Roman church-state formed? It
worked through secular governments, this is right there in
your study guide, you look at the last page. How was the Roman
church-state originally formed?
Here’s what we’re going to do we’re going to continue this
on Thursday. [Audience] Ohhh! …Because we still have to go over thing.
I’m going to tell you something, as God is witness I had total
intentions of going over the thing, in fact, I could
fast forward on my slides right now, you’d see it right on
the slide ready to be presented, but I need to be sure that we’re
all moving all at the same pace and we’re all getting it.
Is that responsible? It’s very important for me,
I know it’s like drinking out of a fire hydrant, and that’s just the way I am. [Audience laughs]
Because I’m passionate and I believe that this is Bible
truth, and I believe that we need to be making daily
stands for the Lord Jesus Christ so we don’t get swept
away in this mob mentality that is fast coming, because at the end of the day it’s all about
Jesus. See, at the end of the day it’s all about
Jesus. If you choose to worship the Lord Jesus Christ
and to keep His commandments by faith, you can’t get the
mark of the beast, but don’t tell me it’s not going to be extremely
helpful to know at the end of time what the issues are.
You see what the issues are, and it’s beginning to become