What is the Mark of the Beast?
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Daniel 7:3 speaks of four Beasts coming up from the sea with a total of seven heads and ten horns. Daniel 7:23 defines a "Beast" as a Kingdom, whereas horns are kings. Daniel's fourth Beast kingdom absorbs the other Beasts to become the confederacy (like unto a leopard-bear-lion with seven heads and ten horns) that appears in Revelation 13 and carries a whore in Revelation 17. The whore is easily identified:
The Beast is red. "Socialism" has always been associated with red. May I suggest that the red seven headed, ten-horned confederacy of political and religious kingdoms that rise up from the sea is Socialism? Hint #1: When the Pope met with Castro in 1999, the New York Times editorial page had the headline: "Castro: The Pope is on our Side." Hint #2: former head of the dreaded Soviet KGB, Mikhail Gorbachev, in a speech at Rome's Sapienza University on April 10, 2000, said Pope John Paul II was "the most important socialist in the world." Another hint: Symbolically, the "sea" refers to people according to Revelation 17:15. Even today we use the phrase "sea of humanity" to refer to large multitudes of people. Today's overwhelming flood (to paraphrase Rev 12:15) of humanity is demanding socialist benefits and they are using democracies to enslave us.
If you have a worker authorization number and live in a nation that has already adapted all planks of the Communist Manifesto, and where more than 50% of the Gross National Product is spent by local, state and federal governments, then you are enslaved to support an endless line of socialists. If you spend more than 20% of your earnings on federal, state and local taxes, you are a slave to socialism. The second Beast of Revelation 13 is more difficult to identify. We know that a two-horned second Beast that comes up from the land exercises the authority of the red ten-horned first Beast that came up from the sea and uses a Mark-Name-Number system to monitor buying and selling. In verse 12; it has worldwide influence. We know that military power is involved because of verses 4b, 7, 13 & 14, as well as trampling and crushing the whole earth per Dan 7:24. It can use military power on behalf of the first Beast in order to deceive many. Military power is involved somehow, even if it is behind the scenes Martial Law or a foreign takeover of some government functions, or even if it was the brutality of the now ancient Roman Empire.
[Aside: Although we are living in a time when the military can make fire come down from heaven in the sight of men, this might not mean much to you, because you don't understand the threat. The IMF has imposed austerity programs on nations delinquent on their debt payments. Governments have been forced by Treaty to number their citizens. Here in America, the GATT Treaty requires your Government to issue Social Security Numbers to newborns. The United States is the world's largest debtor nation. Your national debt is more than you are worth. Is it too far fetched to suppose the creditors could enforce their collection with military force?]
I have avoided identifying specific Beast powers because I don't have proof. But since I get so much mail on the topic, I'll disclose my thoughts: The two-horned Beast (Rev 13:11) issues the Mark to those who worship the seven headed ten horned Beast. "Beasts" symbolize Kingdoms (Dan 7:23,18,22,24 and Rev 17:17). "Horns" symbolize Kings, Dynasties, or perhaps personified governments (Daniel 7:24, 8:20 and Revelation 17:12). The two-horned second Beast that issues the Mark speaks as a Dragon. One horn is probably the Department of the Treasury (which is not a part of the US government. The Treaty of Paris, kept the treasury authority within the Holy Roman Empire)the (International Monetary Fund) The Department of the Treasury, not the Social Security Administration, issues SSNs to authorize you to buy or sell. This will eventually be backed up by an international military authority to enforce the collection of their collateral. The other horn is, or will become, the EEC, which has already, through the GATT Treaty, forced the U.S. Congress to require SSNs at birth. Notice that both these powers rose up from the earth to regulate commerce, both get their power from Rome, and both are involved in issuing Social Security Numbers.
As I said, I don't have proof of the identity of the two-horned second Beast. I've heard many well-researched claims involving the U.N., the United States (sometimes symbolized by a two-horned Buffalo), Britain, Prince Charles, Islamic banking, the Knights Templar, and the Tribe of Dan. Some people insist that the two lamb-like horns prove that it must be a Church. All these claims have merit. There is no proof who it is. If beast powers, such as the Department of the Treasury or the EEC, or the U.N., or the IMF or their creditors, are requiring you to be numbered and are related to a two horned military power, then the time is at hand. Let's take a closer look.
Here are a few hints about deceptive worldwide military authority that has deceived many and involves red (socialistic) confederation of Beast powers:
Perhaps you now have more respect for the second Beast's military power. Perhaps you were unaware that the anti-Christian Soviets were involved with your military decisions. Perhaps you were unaware of the United Religions Organization. Perhaps you were unaware that your local courtrooms are under military control. Perhaps you welcome Soviet iron fists in your local courthouse pursuing their long-term goal of eliminating all religions. Perhaps not.
The second Beast demands worship. The worship is very subtle, but it is indeed worship prohibited by Yah in His first and second Commandments. "Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them." Much like the ancient Roman requirement to burn incense to their gods, the modern requirement for oaths (either in court or a perjury oath on federal forms) is nevertheless worship of a counterfeit god, contrary to the first Commandment. As we shall see, it is nearly impossible for a Believer to avoid worshiping the Beast and still have a right to buy and sell.
"We must extirpate all forms of ... religious exclusiveness." Mikhail Gorbachev in his book "Perestroika," 1987.
"No one comes to the Father except through me" Yahusha the Messhia, John 14:6 And, "there is no other name (Greek "onoma") under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12