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2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
The European Union is not the beast at this time. Although the dragon controls many beasts and the European Union is under the dragon's control. Only 3 nations of the world is not under the political control of the dragon. Instead, today the beast today is the United States for a clue to Identify the beast is Revelation 13:4 “And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” It is also clear 666 is money and materialistic lust. Dragon represents Satan's political control over the world, today Satan uses the Rothschild family and other secret societies.
Daniel uses beasts to represent nations of great military and economic power in each of their times. First Babylon, then Media and Persia, then Greece, then Rome, then 10 toes from Europe. Eventually, God establishes his own kingdom in opposition to the power of Satan. Near the beginning of this 7th seal well Jesus come again. Yet at the same time the coming of Jesus is to most individuals the day of their death. We all must prepare quickly for we know not the month, or day, or hour of his coming for each of us.
THE CHURCH OF THE OLD TESTAMENT.
We have seen how god selected from the rest of mankind a group of peoples, chief among whom were descendants of Abraham, and formed them into a Nation. He brought them out of captivity in Egypt under the leadership of Moses and made a covenant with them. He brought them into a land of their own and helped them to establish the ancient State of Israel.
He raised up religious leaders, Kings and prophets, to rule and teach them. There grew up a collection of religious teaching which were different from those of other peoples.
These were put into writings gradually and collected in a book, the Old Testament part of the bible. Under Gods guidance they devised set forms of in which the sacrifice of animal played a central part. Because of their leaders, their teachings, and their bible and their worship, they enjoyed a certain form of unity, and thought of the nation as a person. The prophets often spoke of Israel as the bride of God.
But all these elements were imperfect. Their peoples ruler did not guide them wisely or teach the full truth, their sacrifices were weak signs and their worship too concerned with external forms, their bible was incomplete and they were never fully united.
THE CHURCH OF CHRIST.
Christ came to bring all these elements to perfection in his Church. He did not take away the Old Testament. Rather he brought it to maturity. It was like a child which he brought to manhood. He said: Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them" (Math.5, 17).
The Church of Christ which we see in the New Testament writings has all the elements of the Old Church, but in a more perfect form. It has a surer religious authority, more developed teaching, a fuller collection of sacred books, a nobler form of worship, and it is united into one Body.
Unlike the Church of the Old Testament, it is not the Church of one nation only, but it is for all men of all times. It is not yet perfect, for it is made up of sinners. But God has promised that it will developed into the perfect Church in heaven.
THE LORDS DAY.
The first chapter of the Book of Genesis arranged the account of creation of Heaven and earth into six days. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all his work which he had done in creation" (Genesis. 2,3).
This was to teach the Israelites that the seventh day, which they called the Sabbath, was to be a day of rest from all work, in order that the people might have time and opportunity for worship, prayer and meditation on the word of God.
They had rules about what could and what could not be done on that day. The scribes and Pharisees of Christs day enforced many additional and unreasonable rules, such as, that it was forbidden on the Sabbath to cure the sick, take a walk or pluck a few ears of corn in the passing through the fields. Jesus made it clear that these laws were not to apply to Christians.
The Apostles with the Authority of Christ, made the first day of the week, rather than the seventh, the Lords Day.
It is now called the Sunday. It was Sunday that Christ rose from the dead and the Holy Spirit came down upon the Apostles, and it was on the "first day of the week" that all the faithful gathered for the Eucharist. In keeping the first rather than the seventh day holy the Apostles wished to make it clear that the laws of the Christian Church concerning the Lords Day were not the same as those of the Jews Church.
Sunday is a day of rest from daily work for Christians in order that they may have an opportunity of offering public worship to God and of thinking about Gods truths and their eternal destiny; also that they might have opportunity for rest and recreation in the company of their family and loved ones.
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The beast from the sea
The dragon (satan's) authority comes to rest in two beasts, both of them symbols of the Roman Emperor.The beast from the sea describe here is a composite made up of the four beast in Dan 7:2-28 symbolic four empires. The Roman Emperors- and Nero is specially referred to here (see V3 - an allusion to the legend of Nero Redivivus) claimed for themselves the trappings of divinity and introduced Emperor - worship in various part of the empire,specially in the province of Asia Minor where the Book of Revelation is being written.
The author phrases his description of the worship of the beast to sound like a parody of the worship of God and the slain risen Lamb,Jesus. However,the worship of the beast gets a great following among the peoples of the earth.But those are true followers of the lamb will not succumb to these political pressures: they are prepared for activity and even death (v7-10).The true followers of Christ in any period of history will be subject to tribulations,for these disciples will not go along with every dictate of political powers,and political powers have tendency to adopt god-like postures when they think themselves the superpowers of this world.
The beast from the earth
The author continues parodying. This second beast probably refers to Roman officials in the eastern part of the empire who used devious ways and means to promote Emperor-worship (V12-15).Christians who refused to succumb to these were obviously discriminated against in the normal course of life.(v16-17), which not an uncommon experience for the disciples of Jesus even till our day.
It is the number of a human being.Its number is 666(v18): Here the author has identified the beast for his readers by using the coded numerology well known to Greeks and Hebrews for whom letters of the alphabet had a numerical value.
Over the centuries there have many ingenious attempts to decipher this number and to nominate various persons, including the Pope of Rome,for the number- title.The author is probably referring to the Emperor Nero,whose name 'Nero Caesar' would numerically make up 666.Besides,7 was for biblical people the perfect number,and so 666 would be three times falling short of perfection:the one who poses as God!
The Bible is not a systematic treatise on Theology, or Morals, or History, or Science, or any other topic. It is a REVELATION of God, of the fall of Man, the Way of Salvation, and of God's "Plan and purpose in the Ages."
The language however of the Bible is of three kinds; Figurative, Symbolical and Literal. Such expressions as "Harden not your heart," "Let the dead bury their dead," are figurative, and their meaning is made clear by the context.
Symbolic language, like the description of Nebuchadmezzar's "Colossus," Daniel's "Four Wild Beasts," or Christ in the midst of the "Seven Candlesticks," is explained, either in the same chapter, or somewhere else in the Bible.
The rest of the language of the Bible is to be interpreted according to the customary rules of grammar and rhetoric. That is, we are to read the Bible as we would read any other book, letting it say what it wants to say, and not allegorize or spiritualize its meaning. It is this false method of interpreting Scripture that has led to the origin of so many religious sects and denominations. There are things that we must avoid in the handling of God's Word:
Then again we must not overlook the "Parabolic Method" of imparting truth. Jesus did not invent it, though He largely used it, it was employed by the Old Testament prophets. In the New Testament it is used as a "Mystery Form" of imparting truth. Matt. 13:10-17.
In order to understand the prophecies, we need to compare the “foreviews” of Isaiah, Daniel, Paul and John. We will note the similarity of conduct of Daniel’s “LITTLE HORN,” Paul’s “MAN OF SIN,” and John’s “BEAST”; and that Daniel’s LITTLE HORN and John’s BEAST are to continue for the same length of time “Forty and Two Months” or 3½ years; and that Daniel’s LITTLE HORN and Paul’s MAN OF SIN and John’s BEAST are all to be destroyed in the same manner at Christ’s “Second Coming” – we see that they all prefigure the same “Evil Power” which is after the “Working of Satan,” and which John in 1 John 2:18 calls THE ANTICHRIST.
In other words, when we find in prophecy “Three Symbolic Personages” that come upon the stage of action at the same time, occupy the same territory, exhibit the same character, do the same work, exist in the same length of time, and meet the same fate, they must symbolize the SAME THING.