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LIGHT

CHAPTER VII

The Birth

(REVELATION, CHAPTERS 12 AND 13)
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JEHOVAH alone can give life everlasting, because he is "the fountain of life". "For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light." (Ps. 36:9) There is no exception to this divine rule. It includes his beloved Son, the King of glory. "He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever." (Ps. 21:4; see also Ps. 16:11; Rom. 6:23; John 17:3) "In his favour is life." (Ps. 30:5) All creatures who will live forever must know these truths and con-form themselves thereto. There is but one true God. Jehovah is his name. There is a false mighty one, or god, who may well be called "the mimic god", because he has attempted to counterfeit and mimic what the true God has done and does, but he does so to ridicule and bring reproach upon Jehovah. He is Satan the Devil, who in due time shall suffer everlasting destruction. (Heb. 2:14) The term "life" applies to creatures and to organizations. "Birth" means the act of bringing forth to life. Everything that receives life must have a birth.

In this chapter consideration is given to the birth of the kingdom of God and to the birth of Satan's offspring. Chapters twelve and thirteen of Revelation are here considered. These chapters should now be carefully read and studied in connection with what is here said. Keeping in mind that Revelation is a prophecy, we must see and understand such prophecy

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in the light of the events which God causes to come to pass in fulfilment of prophecy.

In order to give birth to a creature or thing there must be a husband and wife, that is to say, a father and a mother. Concerning the kingdom of heaven, which shall rule over and bless all humankind, Jehovah God is the husband and Father, and his organization called Zion is the mother. Concerning the wicked kingdoms which have misruled the peoples of earth for many centuries, Satan is the husband and father, and his wicked organization, called Babylon, is the mother. The kingdom of Satan is darkness and death, and the end thereof shall be everlasting destruction. The kingdom of God is light and life, and blessed are they that flee into it. — Zech. 14: 4-11.

THE KINGDOM

By the term "kingdom" is meant Jehovah God's kingdom established by and through his beloved Son Christ Jesus and for the benefit of man. Above all, that kingdom will vindicate Jehovah's word and his name. Jehovah God fixed a definite time when that kingdom should be born and begin to function, and that time began when he set his King upon his throne in A.D. 1914. John, the servant of God, was given a vision of the birth of the kingdom of God and he wrote it down to be understood by the John or servant class on the earth after the birth of that kingdom had taken place, and after the opening of the temple. For some time now the servant class has seen this and rejoiced, and now others who love God may see it for their good. The twelfth chapter of Revelation should now be carefully read.

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Note that it opens with the statement: "And there appeared a great wonder in heaven." The Revised Version says: "A great sign was seen in heaven." Truly it is a "great" sign, because of its importance. The kingdom or nation was born with the end of 1914, but this fact was not intelligently discerned by the people of God until some time after 1918. That great wonder or sign appearing in heaven is symbolized by "a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars". That woman symbolically represents God's organization, otherwise named Zion. Jehovah God is her husband and he accepts her as his wife because he has made her fruitful and he acknowledges her child by 'catching it up to him in heaven' at its birth. The nation or organization of Israel, which was typical Zion, God used to foreshadow the greater light that he would bring to the attention of his people concerning his organization. "For thy Maker is thine husband; The Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called." — Isa. 54: 5.

God's organization, symbolized by the pure woman, is partially visible to man, but the greater part thereof is invisible to man. It includes his beloved Son and all the host of heavenly creatures in harmony with God, and it includes those on earth who are faithful and true to God. The latter are the only part that is visible to human eyes, but these are the ones who are in real danger, by reason of the enmity of Satan against God and against his organization and the children thereof.

Note that the woman is clothed and shod with God's light. The sun was her clothing, and the moon her

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shoes, and the stars are about her head. The sun and the moon and the stars give light to men on the earth. So the light of God shines upon and about them that love and serve him. Those of God's organization on earth are sure of God's light and favor both day and night, which is here symbolized. The 'twelve stars upon the head of the woman' symbolically says: ' She is a heavenly queen and therefore fit to bring forth the offspring of Jehovah. Her husband is the King of Eternity.' (Jer. 10:10) Being with child and about to be delivered she cried out. (See verse 2.) Her cries were those of pain directed to Jehovah God, the only One who could help her. Her cries are prayers for God's kingdom to begin. Clearly the lesson taught by this is that the kingdom is not produced except at great cost of pain and suffering on the part of those who are members of God's organization. — Acts 14:22; Gal. 4:19.

At the same time "there appeared another wonder [or sign] in heaven". After the temple of God was opened those who were brought into the temple had an understanding of these "signs" or "wonders", but they could not have an understanding prior thereto. Through the columns of the Watch Tower of March 1, 1925, the Lord revealed these truths concerning the great wonders to his people. This latter "wonder" or "sign" is described as "a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads", and he had a tail. (Vs. 3) Dragon is one of the names that God gave to Satan the enemy and properly applies to Satan's organization. It is derived from the Greek word drakoon, and means a serpent, and this also is one of the names that apply to Satan the DeviL (Rev. 12:15; 20:1-3)

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Thus the Devil is identified, and his organization with him.

The diadems were upon his seven heads, and he had "ten horns", symbolically representing complete invisible and visible power and authority over his organization, whereas the "seven heads" symbolically represented his complete invisible organization. His "tail" is his prophet, and therefore "the false prophet". (Isa. 9:15) The proof is elsewhere herein submitted showing that "the false prophet" is the combined world powers of Britain and America. Suffice for the present that this abstract statement is made.

Satan's organization, particularly by and through this false prophet, knows how to lure and draw and entice; and therefore it is written that "his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth". Evidently this does not mean exactly one third in number, but rather a class of persons who claim to be faithful, yet are unfaithful to God. Those who will compose the "body of Christ" and the "great multitude" must prove faithful. But there is a third part that will not be faithful but will go after the Devil, and these are called "wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever". (Jude 13) By his prophet God foretold that Satan, through his instruments or agents, would "cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground". (See Daniel 8:10.) The false prophet has accomplished this.

In verse four the dragon is shown standing before the woman of God, ready and waiting to devour her child as soon as it is born. Thus is pictured the 'enmity between the serpent and the woman', as God had previously declared. (Gen. 3:15) This was the exact

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condition that obtained at the close of the year 1914.

For centuries God's people have looked forward to the setting up of the kingdom with great expectation. When on earth Jesus spoke of the coming of the kingdom more than of any other one thing, evidently because of its greatest importance. It is the most stupendous of all things. Its birth was and is of the greatest importance. As Satan recognized Jesus as the heir of God and of the kingdom, and tried to kill him when he was in the flesh, even so he recognized the kingdom as his (Satan's) greatest enemy. He stood ready to destroy the kingdom at its beginning. Jehovah challenges him when he says: " Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith Jehovah: shall I that cause to bring forth shut the womb? saith thy God." (Isa. 66:9, A.R.V.) God's due time had arrived at the end of the waiting period and nothing could prevent the birth of his government.

"And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne." (Vs. 5) The man child here mentioned is God's kingdom, new nation or government under Christ that must rule all the nations of the earth. This period of waiting and the end thereof was foretold by another prophet of God, who wrote: "Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she [Zion] which travaileth hath brought forth; then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel. And he shall stand and feed [margin, rule] in the strength of [Jehovah]." — Mic. 5:3, 4.

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increase'. By his wisdom and power his organization labored not in vain. (1 Cor. 3:6; 15: 58) It is only Jehovah who could create the kingdom and from whom proceeds all power and authority. (Rom. 13: 1, 2) It was his will that Jesus, his beloved Son, should remain inactive against Satan until the end of 1914 and that then he should take his power and begin his reign. — Ps. 110:1.

Inasmuch as he willed the righteous government, and the manner in which it should be born, his great organization served as the mother and furnished the material for such government to be born and to rule all the nations. It is God's entire or universal organization that gives birth to the new government, but it is his "elect" servant or great "high priest" that rules. (Isa. 42:1-7; Ps. 110:4) The woman of God's organization therefore gave birth to the kingdom and to those who shall compose the kingdom, to wit, Christ at his resurrection, and the members of the body later, and the office which The Christ fills.

Another picture likens this to the cutting of the Stone out of a great mountain without hands. (Dan. 2:45) The birth of the man child is therefore the birth or bringing forth and the beginning of the operation of the kingdom or new nation, which is the holy nation of God. (1 Pet. 2:9) The fact that the man child is pictured as being caught up to heaven proves that it is God's kingdom the authority of which is exercised by and through his beloved elect and anointed One.

WAR

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to rule in the midst of his enemies, and that war would follow: "The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. He shall judge among the [nations], he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head." (Ps. 110:2-7) This period of time necessarily began when Christ was placed upon his throne, in 1914. (Ps. 2:6) That would mark the time when war was begun by Christ against the enemy Satan.

In harmony with this it is written: "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." — Rev. 12:7-9.

It is the great Prince Christ that began the war against Satan and he is identified in the seventh verse by the name Michael, the manifest purpose of which is to call attention to the corroborative prophecy of Daniel, thus furnishing two witnesses to this important fact. The only place in the Old Testament that the title Michael is applied to God's great Prince, Christ

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Jesus, is in Daniel's prophecy, wherein it is written: "And at that time [at the birth of the man child, the kingdom] shall Michael stand up, the great [heavenly] prince which standeth for [ruler of] the children of thy people; and there shall be a time of trouble [in heaven and also on earth], such as never was." (Dan. 12:1) That trouble in heaven ended with the casting out of Satan; and the time of trouble on earth was halted for a season, in which time the witness work must be done, and then shall come the final end.  — Matt. 24:14, 21, 22.

This and other scriptures prove that Satan had a place where he was permitted to be in heaven. Probably God confined him to a certain zone, but that he was permitted to appear in the presence of God is made certain by other scriptures. — Job 1:6; Zech. 3:1, 2.

Four names God gave to him as a means of identification, and they symbolize the wicked work in which he engages. It is stated that he "deceiveth the whole world", but evidently what is meant is the 'whole inhabited earth'; and this is in harmony with the Revised Version and the Diaglott rendering of the text. It would not apply to God's anointed people, who are not a part of the earth.

When Christ, the great Prince, was placed upon his throne the first work was to oust Satan from heaven. Satan assembled all his host of powers and principalities and angels, symbolized under the "seven heads", and resisted; and war followed. It was a war between Satan's heavens and the "new heavens" under the Messiah. The beast, the false prophet and the kings of the earth were not in that fight, because they could do nothing in a heavenly battle to assist their

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father Satan. But every head or prince in Satan's invisible organization would be involved. These would induce the visible organization of Satan on earth to war against the members of God's organization on earth, which did take place.

On the side of Christ in this fight were his myriads of holy angels, but none of the members of the body of Christ were involved. Those who had died faithful had not even been resurrected, and none of the servant class on earth could render any aid in that warfare. The strength of the enemy was no match for Christ, who has all power in heaven and earth. This is proof that Jesus does not have to bind Satan before his demons can be cast out or before Satan's earthly organization can be destroyed. We may expect the Lord to give Satan full opportunity to fight all he can and then bind him when he is thoroughly whipped. Satan and his forces in that fight were completely defeated and cast out of heaven, and this is proof that in God's due time Christ will completely destroy Satan's organization and then put Satan into the pit.

It was not Jehovah's due time to kill Satan; therefore he had Satan and his angels literally thrown out of heaven. Jesus had prophesied: "I beheld Satan as lightning [that is to say, with lightning speed] fall from heaven." (Luke 10:18) The time arrived for Jesus to do that very work, and it must have afforded him great joy to thus vindicate his Father's name before the hosts of heaven. That work, however, could not serve to vindicate the name of Jehovah before earthly creatures. That vindication will take place at Armageddon. God permits Satan to continue his wicked work about the earth, and in due time he will

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destroy his organization by and through his great Prince, and that will be a complete vindication of his name.

A voice in heaven is heard by John [representing God's anointed], proclaiming, "Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ." (Rev. 12:10) This further shows that the war and the proclamation took place at the birth of the kingdom or nation of God. The proclamation would be heard by all the angelic host of heaven, and heard by the resurrected saints after their resurrection out of death. It was not until 1925 that the faithful saints on earth began to see and understand; therefore that must have been God's due time for the latter to see. The Lord revealed this and caused it to be published in The Watch Tower in 1925 (March 1) that there had been a war in heaven, Satan cast out, and much rejoicing in heaven because the birth of the nation or kingdom had come. The strength of the Lord was demonstrated against Satan and his angels, and later demonstrated to his resurrected saints, and revealed to his faithful ones on earth. These then learned "The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation". (Ps. 118:14) The robe of righteousness and garments of salvation were not understood by the church until the February 1, 1925, Watch Tower. Then they appreciated what was meant by the robe and the garments of salvation.

The period of waiting had ended and the time had come for 'all power in heaven and in earth' of Christ to be exercised. This is what constitutes the "administration of the fulness of the [times or] seasons". (Eph. 1:10, Roth.) The immediate ousting of Satan

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from heaven shows the beginning of the exercise of the power of Christ and marks the beginning of a new era in the kingdom of the great "King of Eternity", and a new era or kingdom beginning before the complete destruction of Satan's organization and power.

All the holy angels are sons of God, and are therefore the brethren of those Christians who have died faithful and the faithful ones yet on the earth and who are in Christ. The proclamation says: "For the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night." This accusing is well illustrated in the case of Job. Satan accused him before Jehovah and declared that Job would not maintain his integrity if he were put to the test. God permitted Satan to try out his scheme on Job. The test was made and Job did maintain his integrity before God. Satan has always constantly accused the followers of Christ, declaring they would not remain faithful when put to the test. But those who have been faithful and true to God have maintained their integrity and Satan could not overcome them. On the contrary, these faithful ones have overcome Satan, as it is written: "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death." — Vs. 11.

By their faith in the blood of Christ as compensating for all their natural weaknesses and other unintentional imperfections, and holding on to him, these gained the fight. "This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." They overcome "by the blood of the Lamb"; which means that the Lamb of God is their advocate with God, making intercession for his weaker brethren. (1 John 2:1) "The word of their testimony" is also mentioned, which manifestly

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means that these have been faithful witnesses to the name of God and of Christ, giving testimony thereto. One cannot be pleasing to God who does not act as a witness to the name and word of God. To be his witness is one of Jehovah's positive commandments. The truth was given to God's people, not merely as something to enjoy personally, but to tell to others to the glory of his name. For a time his witnesses testified in sackcloth, and when that period was ended their witness was 'killed'. In his due time God resuscitated his witnesses and gave them a change of raiment; and now, clothed "with the garments of salvation" and "the robe of righteousness", these go forward with great zeal to the giving of the testimony, and their witness work is a boomerang to Satan and his agents on earth.

In the language of this prophecy, those who went to make up the "two witnesses" testifying in sackcloth "loved not their lives unto the death". They preferred to die rather than to yield to the solicitations or demands of Satan's crowd. They would be faithful to the Lord at the cost of their lives. To such God's "lovingkindness is better than life". — Ps. 63: 3.

"Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell [tabernacle (or tent), Roth.] in them." The remnant or faithful servant class on the earth, by reason of their conditional right to eternal life, are truly now tabernacling or tenting in the heavens or heavenly places. By faith they now see how marvelously God has dealt with them and how his purposes he so wonderfully unfolds for them, and that soon his word and name shall be completely vindicated and their own joy shall be complete. Such is the portion of those who faithfully serve God.

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WOE

Since being cast out of heaven Satan is limited in his operations to the things of the earth; therefore warning is given to the inhabitants of the earth. "Woe to the inhabiters of the earth, and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time." (Vs. 12) The remnant is no part of the earth; hence the "woe" is not to them or for them, but is directed to Satan's organization and those who bear it up and support it, and who are subject to it. The remnant is now proclaiming this "woe" of warning; and for this reason and cause they witness to God's name and word and Satan tries to destroy them. This text would further indicate that Satan will drive his representatives, to wit, Big Business, politicians, and clergy, to the extreme limit in their opposition to God and to his anointed.

Satan's great wrath is directed against God and his organization. He therefore oppresses the people in divers and numerous ways and causes great sorrow and trouble to befall them and then induces his pious-faced and lying-lipped clergy to charge all these sorrows, woes and calamities up to Jehovah God. The reason is to turn the people away from God before Armageddon is fought. Satan sees that his time is short, and his purpose and attempt to turn people away from God is to get all on his side. The proclamation of the voice from heaven at this point of the Revelation ends, which indicates that the woes of the peoples of earth will continue and will reach a climax in Armageddon.

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IN THE WILDERNESS

The result of the war in heaven found Satan entirely excluded therefrom and he could take no further offensive operations against the heavenly host. His wrath was great against God's "woman", God's organization, and therefore the Devil must exercise his vengeance against God's people on earth; hence it is written that "he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child", or kingdom. This is a warning to all of God's anointed that they should expect the persecution of Satan and his opposition to be exercised by and through his agents as long as they are on earth. This is conclusive proof that if any one is found earnestly and zealously serving God by giving testimony concerning God's great name and purpose, that one will be persecuted by Satan and some members of his visible organization. — Vs. 13.

Jehovah, by his spirit, led his beloved Son away into the wilderness for a period of time, immediately following his baptism at the Jordan. At the end of that period of time Satan violently opposed the Lord Jesus, in the great temptation. And then Christ Jesus began his aggressive work in preaching the kingdom of God. It would seem appropriate that God should lead his faithful ones on the earth away into a wilderness immediately following the time his "two witnesses" are resuscitated, therefore it is written: "And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent."

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(Vss. 6, 14) These two verses are considered together because they relate to the same thing.

Elijah fled because of fear. God's woman, represented by the faithful members of his organization on earth, fled because God had made provision for these, and while in the wilderness condition the Lord fed those of his organization. During the period of the World War and while God's organization on earth was prevented from activities, the members thereof prayed the prayer the psalmist had put in their mouth, to wit: "Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away and be at rest. Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest. " — Ps. 55: 6-8.

God resuscitated his witness work, foreshadowed by the Prophet Elisha; and then Jehovah God heard the prayer of his faithful ones and answered and provided even more than was asked of him. Jehovah God is "the great Eagle" whose wings provided the support and protection for his organization. Therefore his woman was given two wings of his provision, his love and power, to bear her away. "I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself." (Ex. 19: 4) After the birth of the nation, or kingdom, and while the witness work was yet in restraint, the Lord's saints on earth continued to pray: "Keep me as the apple of the eye; hide me under the shadow of thy wings." (Ps. 17:8) "Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast." (Ps. 57:1) "I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever; I will trust in the covert of thy wings." — Ps. 61:4.

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When the Lord's people began to see his provision for them they said: "How excellent is thy loving-kindness, 0 God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings." (Ps. 36:7) And the Lord's prophet responds: "He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler." (Ps. 91:4) And God by his truth revealed himself to his people, and his ministration to them has fed them.

It is written: "As soon as Zion [God's 'woman'-organization] travailed, she brought forth her children." (Isa. 66: 8) In the wilderness was a place of security or protection from the face and presence of the enemy. In the wilderness was an appropriate place for the remnant of her seed to be brought forth and made a part of the temple and anointed. When Elizabeth learned that she was to be the mother of John the Baptist she went and hid herself for a season. (Luke 1:24) "Until the time that she which travaileth [God's woman] hath brought forth; then the remnant of his brethren shall return." (Mic. 5:3) She brought forth her children in the place or condition that God had prepared for her, and then he fed them upon the food convenient for their growth. This seems to picture the Lord's people preparing for and beginning the Elisha work.

TIME

In verse six it is stated that the period of time in the wilderness is 1260 days. In verse fourteen the time is mentioned as "a time, and times, and half a time". Thus the Lord demonstrates that the period here is three and a half years; that is to say, a time

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being a year of twelve months of thirty days each, three and a half years would equal forty-two months. The two periods of time mentioned in verses six and fourteen are one and the same. Periods of forty-two months, or 1260 days, occur in several places in the Scriptures, but that does not mean that they all refer to the same time. The forty-two months that the 'holy city was trodden down', and the "two witnesses" testify in sackcloth, began in November, 1914, and ended in May, 1918, the proof of which is set forth in the preceding chapter.

At the end of that period of time the two witnesses were overcome and killed. There was then a period of waiting or inactivity, because that which is represented as being dead could not be doing anything. There would be no reason or occasion for the woman to flee while the "two witnesses" were dead. After the war ended and Satan had been cast out of heaven into earth his anger against the woman was great, as mentioned in verse thirteen. That seems to be the reasonable time for the 'fleeing into the wilderness'. The period of 1260 days in the wilderness began March 27, 1919, and the end of that period came September 8, 1922. The physical facts in support of this conclusion are now here given.

On March 26, 1919, the imprisoned officers of the Society were released, and immediately on the 27th day of March, 1919, efforts were begun to carry on the witness work. There was then no organization prepared for work. Some preliminary steps must be taken. It was then that God took his organization "into the wilderness", or into the condition which he had prepared for those of his organization on earth. The members of the organization must be fed and

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nourished and prepared for action. God and his beloved Son, working through other invisible members of his organization, made provision for his saints on earth. The prayer of such was, "Feed me with food convenient for me." (Prov. 30:8) The promise is, "He shall feed his flock like a shepherd, he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those [God's woman, Zion] that are with young [the remnant of her seed]." "And he [Christ the King] shall stand and feed [God's people] in the strength of [Jehovah], in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God." — Isa. 40:11; Mic. 5:4.

This feeding, done by the Lord Jesus, and mentioned in Revelation 12:6, was the providing sustenance for the building up of God's organization, and corresponds to the building-up-the-organization work that proceeded from the spring of 1919 until the climax was reached in 1922, when the organization, equipped for service, went forth to service. The feeding the Lord did through the columns of The Watch Tower and kindred publications, which nourished, comforted and strengthened his people.

Early in that period of time God revealed to his people that the Elisha witness work must be done, and preparation for doing it progressed. In that period of time the "Bethel Home" was again made habitable, and the office headquarters of the Society were returned to Brooklyn, and preparation was made for the publication of literature with the Society's own equipment. Jehovah was giving proof that he had not forsaken Zion. "Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not for-

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get thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me." (Isa. 49:15, 16) This special provision for feeding and preparing Zion was to continue 1260 days, or forty-two months.

The Lord caused his people to gather in convention in September, 1922, at Cedar Point, Ohio. The consecrated came from Canada, the United States and Europe. Some time previous, and without any thought of the fulfilment of the prophetic dates, September 8 was designated on the program as "The Day". (Ps. 118:24) It was on that day that, at the meeting of the convention, and amidst great enthusiasm and zeal for the Lord, the slogan was announced, "Advertise the King and the Kingdom"; and from that day forward the organized witness work began.

That date was exactly the end of the 1260-day period in the wilderness experience. God's organization oh earth had come out of the wilderness and the time had arrived for the beginning of the 'sounding of the trumpet by the first angel'. (Rev. 8:7) The woman in the wilderness had given birth to her children, and it would now seem to be an appropriate time for their anointing. It is suggested that this marks the second 'outpouring of the holy spirit', as described by the prophet and by Peter. (Joel 2: 28-32; Acts 2:16-21) It was then that the followers of Christ Jesus in an organized body heard and appreciated the call to go forward to the service. Their lips had been cleansed and now the time had come to give the witness to the conclusion thereof, which the Lord had foreshadowed by his prophet. (Isa. 6:6-11) It was then that they began to see the great "serpent" organization and to appreciate its great wrath against God's organiza-

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tion and the necessity of being true and faithful unto the Lord.

DECEIT

The enemy's name "Serpent" means deceiver; and it may always be expected that his actions are for the purpose of deceiving men and to turn them away from God. "And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood, after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood." (Rev. 12:15) The word flood is by some translators rendered river. (Diag.) This 'flood of water' coming out of the mouth of Satan symbolized doctrines talked about, schemes and various palaver intended to deceive. Satan used every available instrument to accomplish that purpose. In the fiery times of 1917 and 1918 a number who had pretended to be in the truth and followers of Christ broke away from God's organization and immediately began talking and publishing their own views in divers and numerous ways and taking special care that from that time forward those who remained faithful and held fast to God's organization received copies of these messages. Their publications that began about that time increased and continue. The purpose manifestly was and is to draw others away from the Society. Thus Satan used these as instruments.

From the spring of 1919 and thereafter there flowed a great flood of talk and schemes such as peace treaties, conferences, parleys, and political propaganda and a cavorting by the clergy, all of which was directing the people away from God to Satan's schemes. The greater portion thereof came from Britain and America. Politicians, Big Business and the clergy joined together in the promulgation of these schemes. It may well be said that the Devil has been

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using all his "seven mouths", symbolically meaning all his instruments, to thus turn loose a flood of schemes upon the people. Satan's purpose was to sweep the "woman", God's organization, on the earth, along with the current of worldly opinions and talk and to coerce her thereby to worship the beast and his image by taking part in some of these schemes.

Quite a number of those claiming full consecration to the Lord were swept away by the flood, but the faithful remnant could not be swept away. This should be a complete warning to God's people. It is only God's organization that Satan is trying to injure and destroy. The others he has under either his control or his influence. The faithful remnant will not yield. "By their fruits ye shall know them," saith the Lord. "The fruit of the spirit is love." That means that those who love God put self in the background and devote their all to the Lord and to his glory. Such bring forth the fruits of the kingdom, meaning a full and complete devotion to the kingdom and the serving of his truth to others. That proves beyond all question that all those who oppose the kingdom and the giving of the testimony concerning the kingdom, and advertising it, are being used by Satan, whether they realize it or not. They are against God and his Christ and manifest the fruits of the enemy, to wit, opposition to the kingdom work.

But would the "woman", God's organization, yield to the pressure of this flood and drink thereof by going along with the advocates of a compromising policy towards Satan and his organisation? No! The Devil did not succeed and could not succeed in sweeping the true followers of Christ off their feet. Such schemes as the League of Nations, prohibition, re-

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forms of various kinds, peace treaties, peace pacts, having the appearance of righteousness, have all been schemes to turn away God's people from him.

Many professed ones have said: "Let us go easy and say nothing about the clergy or the Devil's organization. Let the Devil alone and talk about something else." But the true and faithful have not heeded such. To those forming alliances and confederacies to reform and upbuild Satan's old broken-down organization, the world, the faithful say: "Associate yourselves [together], . . . and ye shall be broken. ... Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us." This they do because the Lord God directs them and they follow his commandments. To his faithful he says: " Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread." — Isa. 8: 9,10,12,13.

This flood of schemes and palaver that has flowed out of the mouths of the Devil's organization, as the Lord foretold, 'was swallowed up by the earth,' that is to say, the peoples of earth drank it in. The extremes to which the peoples have gone in their abortive effort to carry out such schemes have demonstrated to the remnant the absolute necessity of remaining entirely aloof from the world and standing firm for the Lord. With them there can be no compromise. And thus the earth has helped God's "woman". The remnant see that Satan's flood has deceived many, but it cannot deceive God's elect. — Vs. 16.

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faithfulness and persistency of the remnant class in giving the witness to Jehovah's name and speaking forth his glory greatly enrages Satan and his organization. Therefore Satan and his organization go forth to make war against the woman, God's organization, and her remnant now on the earth. "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." — Vs. 17.

God committed to Christ Jesus the great work of giving the testimony concerning himself and his kingdom. The honor of giving this testimony Christ Jesus shares with those of the temple class who are made a part of the servant. (Isa. 42:1) These faithful ones know that the commandments of God to them are: 'Ye are my witnesses that I am Jehovah; make mention that my name is exalted; the kingdom is born, which is good news to all those who love righteousness. This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached to all nations as a witness, and then the end shall come.' Since 1922 many have come to a knowledge of the truth and been anointed of the holy spirit and have quickly entered the service and gone forward as members of God's servant class and delighted to sing the new song and proclaim the praises of Jehovah and his King.

SATAN'S ORGANIZATION

The power committed to Lucifer was divine power, because God commissioned him to do certain things. (Ezek. 28:14) Lucifer devised a scheme to break away from God's organization and have an opposing one of his own. (Isa. 14:13) He got control of the

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first woman on earth. The first man, because of his own selfishness, followed Satan into wickedness. The offspring of this once perfect pair were born imperfect and as sinners, and have ever been easy marks for the enemy. Lucifer's name was changed to Satan the Devil. He induced some angels of heaven to follow him in wickedness and proceeded to form an organization that has ever opposed God, slandered and reproached his great name, and deceived many, and he has attempted to devour every one that has taken his place on the side of Jehovah God and righteousness; and thus his course has been indicated by his four names.

SATAN'S VISIBLE ORGANIZATION

(REVELATION, CHAPTER 13)

The thirteenth chapter of Revelation pictures John standing upon the sand of the sea and fitly represents the servant or anointed class standing in a place of security and gaining a view of Satan and his works. The sands mark the impassable bounds of the sea, and hence a place of safety for one to stand. "Fear ye not me? saith the Lord: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea, by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it; and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?" (Jer. 5:22) Thus is disclosed the fact that those who stand safely in the Lord would be the first ones to discern and make known the hideous organization of Satan and to warn the people to flee therefrom.

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the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy." (Vs. 1) Both the Diaglott and Rotherham render this text "wild beast". Indeed all the facts show that it is a "wild beast". The thirteenth chapter of Revelation is now here considered and the Scripture texts should be carefully read.

It is of much importance to determine what is symbolized or pictured by the sea. To say that it represents "restless mass of society" would hardly be adequate. The symbolic meaning of "sea", and which is abundantly supported by the scripture, is: The peoples of earth that are alienated from God and therefore ungodly, that mother, nourish, bear up and support the visible part of Satan's organization. The commerce of the earth is done chiefly on the waters and the commercial element exercises great influence and power over the people. The politicians of the world organize and harness up the "sea", or the people, and control them, except in time of storm or great trouble. The religious element, and particularly the clergy class, complacently sit upon and arrogantly ride upon the "sea", or people. All three of these governing elements draw their sustenance from the "sea", or people. When God's kingdom is in full sway there will be "no more sea"; for the reason that the peoples of earth will then be restored and brought into full harmony with God, and Satan's power will be gone. — Rev. 21:1.

In the creation by the Almighty God the waters appeared first and the dry land afterwards. The spirit of God moved upon the waters and there came forth living creatures. Satan became a mimic god and has attempted to copy the great Creator's work.

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The people were first alienated from God, then Satan exploited them. His power moved upon the ungodly peoples of earth, that is to say, the sea, and symbolically the sea was fecundated and brought forth the beastly creature or instrument of Satan which he has used for the purpose of ruling the peoples of earth. Then the dry land appeared, that is to say, the visible organization of Satan. In the waters of the sea there are monsters which play in the waters and devour the smaller creatures. Among the peoples of earth there are monster organizations, cruel and heartless, that devour the smaller and weaker ones. The wicked ones in the "sea" cause the trouble and oppression. The wicked ones catch the people like fish of the sea. (Hab. 1:13-15) "But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked."  — Isa. 57: 20, 21.

The Scriptures show that the "sea" represents commercial activity, and this is true with those who exploit their fellow creatures. "He stretched out his hand over the sea; he shook the kingdoms: the Lord hath given a commandment against the merchant city, to destroy the strong holds thereof." (Isa. 23:11; see also Ezek. 27: 9; 28: 2; Zech. 9: 3, 4) Satan is the great power that has organized the commerce of the world which provides sustenance for his officers and representatives on the earth. (Ezek. 28:16) Egypt was Satan's first great world power and had a monopoly on the food supply of the earth, and the traffic thereof was carried on upon the waters of the rivers and the sea. "Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and say unto him, Thou art like a young lion of the nations, and thou art as a

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whale [margin, dragon (devil)] in the seas; and thou earnest forth with thy rivers, and troubledst the waters with thy feet, and fouledst their rivers." (Ezek. 32: 2) This symbolically describes how Satan has exploited the peoples of the world.

Tyrus is one of the names applied to Satan and his organization and concerning which it is written: "When thy wares went forth out of the seas, thou filledst many people; thou didst enrich the kings of the earth with the multitude of thy riches and of thy merchandise. In the time when thou shalt be broken by the seas in the depths of the waters, thy merchandise, and all thy company in the midst of thee, shall fall." (Ezek. 27:33, 34) "And Tyrus did build herself a strong hold, and heaped up silver as the dust, and fine gold as the mire of the streets. Behold, the Lord will cast her out, and he will smite her power in the sea; and she shall be devoured with fire." (Zech. 9:3, 4) Thus the Lord symbolically foretells how the Devil will exploit the people and use a small class to enrich themselves and how his organization, shall perish.

As the sea is wide and covers much of the earth, so also does wickedness under the wicked ruler Satan cover the earth and rule it. (Ps. 104: 25; Lam. 2:13) Jehovah made the leviathan to play in the sea and Satan made his monstrous organization of commerce to play with the people and exploit them. (Ps. 104: 28) The sea is the abode of the dragon; that is to say, Satan and his organization use the people for his own purposes. — Isa. 27:1.

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part of Satan's organization is invisible to man, but the power and influence thereof is exercised upon the peoples of earth and has long used them for Satan's wicked purposes. The Lord does not leave us in doubt as to what the waters of the sea symbolize. "And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." (Rev. 17:15) The hope of the peoples of earth is to be entirely rid of Satan's organization and to return fully into the favor of God. This great truth God first shows to those in Christ who are devoted to him. Now the time has come for all the people to begin to receive the knowledge of the truth which is so much needed by them. They must know that Satan's organization is their great and destructive enemy and that God and his organization is the true Friend of the people.

Many centuries ago Satan exercised his power over the peoples of earth whom he had alienated from God and which are pictured by the sea. Exercising his power over the sea or peoples Satan brought forth his offspring therefrom, and this offspring is symbolized by the term "wild beast". Long centuries afterwards God's servant class, standing in the place of security which God had provided for that class, looked upon the "sea" of ungodly people and beheld what Satan had done. They saw that the oppression and suffering of the peoples of earth is due to Satan and his oppressive organization.

John, the faithful witness of God, stood upon the isle of Patmos and without doubt looked out upon the Mediterranean sea. It was around that sea that six of the world powers existed and exercised control and where the seventh world power exercised great au-

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thority over others and continues to do so even to this day and has become the ruler of the sea. The gateway to the Mediterranean is the straits of Gibraltar, and the seventh world power (Britain) forcibly took possession of this and holds it to dominate the sea. John had a vision of a 'wild beast arising from the sea'. The John class long centuries afterward discerned the meaning of the term "wild beast". "Beast" or "wild beast" symbolizes a rule or government or power exercised in a harsh, cruel and oppressive manner.

"WILD BEAST"

The "wild beast", which John saw arise out of the sea, is shown by his description thereof to be not only wild, but unclean, cruel and vicious. Daniel the prophet was given a vision long prior to John's vision, and he wrote: "The four winds of the heaven [invisible power of Satan, who is 'the prince of the power of the air'] strove upon the great sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea." (Dan. 7:2-8) The description given by the prophet shows that they were wild beasts and extremely cruel. God in his law specified what are unclean beasts, and the beasts described by John show that they were unclean according to the law, because they did not chew the cud nor divide the hoof. (Lev. 11:1-12) This is further proof that that which came out of the sea is a product of the Devil. It is the kind of ravenous beast symbolizing that which will not be permitted to be on the highway and live in God's kingdom. (Isa. 35: 9; Ezek. 34: 25) The "wild beast" therefore symbolizes Satan's visible organization that rules the peoples of the earth.

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rules or controls. (Judg. 11: 9, 11; Eccl. 2:14; Ezek. 10:11) The head therefore is the responsible part of the body and upon it is usually 'visited blood' in punishment for wrongdoing. — 1 Ki. 2:44; Obad. 15; 1 Chron. 29:11; Ps. 18:43.

The head is the one that directs the course of action taken by the body. "Seven" is a symbolic number representing completeness. Satan is the head of his organization, and the symbol "seven" therefore stands for the entire organization, and particularly refers to the invisible parts of Satan's organization. The term "beast" symbolically represents Satan's visible organization, whether it appears in the form of one or in the form of many beasts.

To Daniel there appeared four beasts, but these did not represent or picture four separate devilish organizations; but they did picture Satan's organization appearing and exhibiting certain or particular characteristics. We may lay it down as a rule without exception that the term "wild beasts" always stands for that part of Satan's organization which is on the earth. The number "seven" seems to refer also to seven different world powers, each one of which at a time certain holds the place of preeminence in the world, and all under Satan as the invisible lord.

It is also written: "The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings." (Rev. 17:9, 10) A "mountain" symbolizes a kingdom with a ruling head. The history of the world shows that there have been seven separate and distinct world powers which have in their respective order held a place of supremacy on the earth. These world powers are, to wit, Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome and Brit-

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ain. The god of each one of these has been and is Satan the Devil, because he is "the god of this world". (2 Cor. 4: 3, 4; John 12: 31; 14: 30) All these world powers are properly classed in the symbolic term "wild beast" and they all form the "wild beast" when referred to collectively, whereas one at a time has held the place of preeminence.

The "name of blasphemy" appeared upon each head. One root word from which blasphemy is translated means "to hack and reproach". "Thus saith the Lord, Be not afraid of the words which thou hast heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel." — 2 Ki. 19: 6, 22.

Every one of the world powers has blasphemed, hacked and reproached the name of Jehovah God; and Satan has seen to it that such was done. They have acted as his mouthpieces to speak against God and to turn the people from him. The Scriptures also indicate that all such are doomed to violent destruction. — Num. 15:30; Ps. 74:10.

This "wild beast" had "ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns". Symbolically this means that Satan's organization on earth, and each kingdom taking the lead or preeminence therein in order named, has had and exercised full secular power to crowd and push the peoples of earth. "Horn" represents that which pushes or crowds. "His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of

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Manasseh." (Deut. 33:17) "And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron: and he said, Thus saith the Lord, With these shalt thou push the Syrians, until thou have consumed them." (1 Ki. 22:11) It is a well-known fact that these beastly governments of earth, which are Satan's organization, have horned and pushed the people about as a wild bull shoves aside the herd.

By their horns or power cruelly exercised these nations have pushed and oppressed the people; but they have particularly shoved about and persecuted ' God's people. Jehovah has chiefly in consideration his people, and he caused the Bible to be written for their benefit. Hence God would not wink at or lightly pass by the world powers that have oppressed his people and blasphemed and brought reproach upon his name. Israel was God's chosen people whom he used to foreshadow spiritual Israel, or his consecrated people on earth. God has taken notice of these world powers that particularly have oppressed his people. The children of God in Christ are therefore pictured by Judah, Israel and Jerusalem: "Then lifted I up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, four horns. And I said unto the angel that talked with me, What be these? And he answered me, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem." (Zech. 1: 18, 19).At the time the prophecy of Zechariah was written four of the world powers, to wit, Egypt, Assyria, Babylon and Medo-Persia, had been engaged in 'horning' God's people.

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claimed that they did so by divine authority. They have made force or might what they call right. All wars of conquest and butchery they have justified because they claim it to be right and within the scope of their authority.

Then John further describes the "beast": "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." (Vs. 2) This description of the "wild beast" shows that it would not be limited to any one world power, but that it is the complex or composite of the 'seven' or entire number of world powers that go to make up the Devil's earthly organization.

It was like a leopard, that is to say, it was spotted; which indicates that it is deceptive and cunning and crooked and dishonest. It cannot change its spots. (Jer. 13:23) This is especially characteristic of the Devil. It is always on the watch for spoil. (Hos. 13: 7) The leopard is speedy and was used by "Nimrod the mighty hunter", whom Satan put "before" Jehovah, to track and take other animals; so the Devil Satan's beastly organization is speedy, and hunts and catches others by his snares.

"His feet were as the feet of a bear." The bear is noted for its power to crush, and is said to be five times as strong as a lion. By the Lord's grace David slew a bear that had caught one of his father's sheep. (1 Sam. 17: 34-37) The antitypical David, Christ the great executive officer of Jehovah, will slay the organization of Satan that has attacked his Father's sheep. The bear lies in wait for his prey. The wicked ruler or wicked power is like a ranging bear. (Prov.

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28:15) This is another plain characteristic of Satan's visible organization.

"And his mouth as the mouth of a lion," that is to say, with powerful jaw teeth to bite and crush and devour. (Joel 1:6; Hos. 13:8) Satan's organization, like a lion, is bold-faced and greedy, and makes a terrifying noise. All these symbols exactly fit Satan's brazen-faced, greedy, sly, cunning, cruel and violent organization. This description shows also that the "wild beast" is not a bear or a leopard or a lion, but is a monstrosity, which symbolizes Satan's cruel and wicked organization. God never made a beast that looked like this one. Only the Devil would have such a thing. The symbolic description by John exactly fits every world power that has ever existed on the earth.

Concerning the father of this monstrosity, or "wild beast", we are not left in doubt. "And the dragon [which is Satan the Devil] gave him [the 'wild beast'] his power, and his seat [throne (Diag.) or authority]." This shows that Satan brought the beastly thing into existence and gave or supplied it with the power that it has and exercises; hence it is his child and his instrument. He is the father, and his wicked "woman", his organization, gives birth thereto. Being the product of the Devil it would be specifically excluded from God's organization. — 1 Chron. 28:5; 29:23.

The "wild beast" therefore represents all that is anti-God and anti-Christ and against the kingdom and the work of God's kingdom and those who are God's servants. Satan offered to give this kingdom and authority to Jesus, but Jesus refused to yield to his blandishments. (Luke 4:6) When God withdrew rulership from Israel, his typical people, then Satan

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became the god of the entire world and could have given it away even though he knew his offer would be declined by Christ Jesus. The prophetic description and facts prove beyond all doubt that the "wild beast" that John saw in vision is Satan's organization of the earth which came into existence long centuries ago, and was manifest in the first world power, Egypt, and is now manifest in all the powers and nations of the earth, of which the British Empire holds the supremacy. The further description given in the prophecy of Revelation fully corroborates the foregoing conclusions.

WOUNDED

Jehovah intended those who love righteousness to understand Revelation at some time. The time has come for them to understand it. By following these symbolic descriptions any one who loves righteousness can see how the ruling powers of the world are clearly pictured in the "wild beast". John saw, as he says, "one of his heads, as it were wounded to death." In verse fourteen he states that this wound was inflicted "by a sword". The Greek word here rendered "sword" is the same as that so rendered in Revelation 6:4, and which clearly refers to the World War beginning in 1914. The physical facts make it rather easy to locate this head that appeared to be wounded unto death. It is not stated who inflicted the wound, but the presumption must be indulged that it was inflicted by another head of the "wild beast" or world power, since that beast is represented as having seven heads.

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many as the chief one in that empire. Originally Rome was pagan, and later became papal, and misnamed "Christian", and also misnamed "The Holy Roman Empire". The dominant race in the "Holy Roman Empire" was Teutonic or German. This is particularly shown in the fact that the title given to the empire was "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation". (The Encyclopedia Americana, Vol. 12, p. 511) Germany was the head or preeminent part of the Teutonic peoples, and therefore the head of the sixth "beast", and particularly so in 1914. Germany created and became the head of the Dreibund, composed of Germany, Austria and Italy, and thus the sixth world power continued, with Germany as the head.

Britain became the seventh dominant world power, with England as the head thereof. Both these world powers and heads were in existence in 1914, and are still in existence, and both form a part of the "wild beast" that came up out of the sea. Such was the exact condition that existed in 1914 at the beginning of the World War.

"Europe was, for many years before the actual eruption of 1914, practically divided into two hostile camps, with France, England and Russia on the one side and the Dreibund on the other, thus paralyzing all efforts of the nations to live in hearty concord, a thoroughly unhealthy state of things, one breeding all around distrust and hatred and rendering impossible harmony.

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petually the peace of the world." — The Encylopedia Americana, Vol. 12, p. 521.

In 1914 Satan's offspring, to wit, 'the beast that came up out of the sea,' got into a fight, its heads fighting each other. Germany the head on one side and Britain the head on the other side led the fight. Every nation involved in that war was and is a part of Satan's organization. That World War resulted in a terrible punishment to Germany and her allies, and it looked for some time as though Germany was completely done for. This harmonizes with John's statement: "And I saw one of his [Satan's beastly government's] heads, as it were wounded to death."

The John or servant class of the Lord for some time thought that it was literally true that Germany would be destroyed. To many it seemed impossible for Germany ever to recover. Then John says in the same connection: "And his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast." — Vs. 3.

Germany in particular was a very sick nation. She continued to linger and her people suffered; and lingering, she did live. The Devil's own organization, after the war, began to put forth efforts to clean off the wounded head and bind it up and heal it. A real effort to heal this condition began at the Geneva Conference in the spring of 1022. Later the plan was submitted which provided that a loan of two hundred million dollars be made to Germany by the other nations forming a part of Satan's "wild beast". The British quota for this loan was over-subscribed in three hours, and the American bankers sold their portion in fifteen minutes. An encouraging survey of the first two years of the operation of this plan and of conditions in Germany was published in Current History

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of March, 1927, under the title "Germany's Restoration".

"A day of happy promise dawned on 10 Sept. 1926 when Germany was received into the League of Nations 'amid scenes of European reconciliation, which in their fire of enthusiasm have been unexampled since the Armistice. Germany and France, through their Foreign Ministers, Dr. Gustav Stresemann and Aristide Briand, committed themselves to perpetual peace, and solemnly engaged the honor of their nations henceforth never to draw the sword, but to settle disputes by arbitration or compromise'." — The Encyclopedia Americana, Vol. 28, p. 645.

The world has wondered at the recovery of the German nation and at the ability of the "beast", meaning the other parts of Satan's organization, to heal up the breach or wounded head. Since the important question is always concerning God's own people, what has been the effect upon them? The clergy professed to represent God, and in these latter days they boast of what they have accomplished. They take the credit to themselves and to their allies and scoff at anything said concerning the coming of God's kingdom and his Christ. They insist that their organization will make the world a fit place to live in, completely ignoring the Word of God. Therefore the appropriateness of the words of Peter when he foretells of them, saying: "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation." — 2 Pet. 3:3, 4.

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Many who were once said to be in present truth, and who claimed to be rejoicing in the second coming of the Lord, have also wondered and have doubted concerning the Lord and his kingdom and have been led to the conclusion that the Lord has delayed his coming, and these have not since that time, nor at the present, appreciated "the birth of The Nation or Kingdom". They have not observed the two great signs or wonders in the heavens; nor have they had an appreciation of the greater light that has come to God's people since the opening of the temple. But those of the temple who have faithfully and lovingly gone forward in obedience to God's commandments in his service have walked in the ever-increasing light and together sing the new song. (Isa. 42:10) God permits his anointed to discern the real meaning of the prophecy.

DEVIL WORSHIP

Satan, knowing that his time is short to prepare for Armageddon, spreads himself and struts about and sends his agents forth as messengers of light in his attempt to turn all the people away from God. He has drawn together the clergy and their allies, Big Business and big politicians, and these together boast of what the world organization has done and will do. The people well know that it is all talk and wind, because their oppression and hardships continue. The time has come for the people to know the real reason why; and therefore the time for the understanding of Revelation. The clergy ignore entirely the Word of God; and regardless of the many prophecies fulfilled in recent years, and in course of fulfilment, they go on expressing their own wisdom, denying God and

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his Word, ridiculing the Bible in their efforts to turn the people away from Jehovah and his kingdom. Instead of directing the people to read the Scriptures and the helps that have been provided to understand them, and to view the facts showing prophecy fulfilled, and proving that God's kingdom is here, the clergy and their allies do everything within their power to keep the people in the dark as to the truth.

They induce the law-making and law-executive parts of the government to make laws and ordinances, and to wrongfully construe those that have been made, to oppress and persecute men and women who earnestly and diligently go from house to house to inform the people concerning God and his kingdom. They well know that no one is going from place to place with books explaining the Bible for the purpose of making money and that therefore there is no competition with any trade or business, yet they cause the arrest and persecution of such on the pretext that they are violating the 'peddlers' laws'. They well know that these books enable the people to understand the truth and that God's kingdom is at hand, and therefore, as instruments of Satan's beastly organization, they attempt to turn the people away from God and hold them under Satan's organization preparatory for Armageddon.

The ruling factors of the beastly organization boast that now they will establish everlasting peace on earth; hence the Lord directed John to describe this condition in these words: "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?" (Vs. 4) The course of the ruling factors, and particularly the

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clergy, is a defiant challenge to Almighty God and to his executive officer, Christ Jesus. They raise the issue, Who is supreme? and how will the world be ruled? Such are the counterpart of the messengers sent by Satan to defy God's people in Jerusalem.

God's anointed witnesses on earth are telling the people that God's kingdom is here and is the complete relief for mankind. The clergy, like the messengers before the walls of Jerusalem, are saying to the people: "Beware lest Hezekiah persuade you, saying, The Lord will deliver us. Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria? Where are the gods of Hamath and Arphad? where are the gods of Sepharvaim? and have they delivered Samaria out of my hand? Who are they among all the gods of these lands that have delivered their land out of my hand, that the Lord should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?" (Isa. 36: 18-20) Satan's organization of earth now says: 'We will establish the world, and none can war with us.' Thus they induce the people to worship the Devil and the "beast", which is Satan's organization. Seemingly they are totally blind to the fact that they are marching on to Armageddon.

"And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months." (Vs. 5) Satan is the arch blasphemer. He is the great deceiver of the people. The clergy in particular proclaim their doctrines that turn the people away from God and his kingdom, and these are Satan's mouthpieces. During the war they resorted to lies, urged men to fight, and with great eloquence and crocodile tears told them that their blood would be counted as

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a part of the blood of the vicarious sacrifice. They twisted God's Word to support their course concerning the war, while at the same time they used all their power to suppress the truth. They now misrepresent God's Word and claim that the "wild beast" will make lasting peace; whereas the Scriptures show that there can be no peace until the "wild beast" is completely destroyed, which God will do in Armageddon.

Concerning the time mentioned in this verse the Diaglott rendering is as follows: " And authority was given him to act forty-two months." (See also A.R.V., Tisch., Roth. Likewise they render this text.) Satan was especially interested in destroying the influence of God's representatives on earth, and the war period furnished the opportunity. The "forty-two months" is that same period of time that the "two witnesses", represented by Elijah and John the Baptist, prophesied in sackcloth. (See Revelation 11: 3.) In Germany and Austria those devoted to God's service, and especially the Bible Students, not only were in disrepute, but were persecuted, many of them forced into the front lines of battle, and were caused to suffer because they insisted on testifying concerning God's kingdom. Particularly Germany, England and America are referred to as "Christendom", and in these countries the truth of God's kingdom was treated with contempt and his witnesses were figuratively in sackcloth and so continued until his "two witnesses" were killed, as is heretofore stated.

"And he opened his mouth for blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tent, them who in heaven were tabernacling." (Vs. 6, Roth.) The mouthpiece of Satan's organization on earth raised the issue, 'Who is God, that we should obey him?'

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And likewise did the former representative of Satan, who said: "Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go." (Ex. 5:2) Particularly during the World War and since have the ruling factors blasphemed God and those who faithfully hold to the Word of God. God's tabernacle or tent is among his people and he dwells there; and those ill-using his witnesses, because they testify concerning God's kingdom, do thereby reproach or blaspheme Jehovah God's holy name. In The Golden Age Number twenty-seven, and in the booklet Freedom for the People, is an abundance of evidence set forth showing that much blasphemy has been and is uttered by these representatives of Satan on earth.

As stated in verse seven, the beast did make war with the saints, meaning God's people on earth, and overcame them. To be sure, Jehovah could have prevented this; but he did not. Doubtless he withdrew his restraining power for a time to give the clergy and their allies a full opportunity to demonstrate to what extent they would go. "And power was given him [the beast] over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations." This is further proof that the beast includes all the nations of the earth, and particularly Christendom.

In the World War every nation on earth was either directly or indirectly affected. The war having ended, Satan seeks to bring all the nations into his makeshift, the League of Nations, which is another hurried effort to prepare for Armageddon.

The line of demarkation is clearly drawn between God's organization and that of the enemy, and this matter will doubtless be made more clearly to appear

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to many before the end of Satan's organization comes. Faith in the blood of Christ, the antitypical Lamb, is the only way that man can ever get life everlasting. All the people that dwell upon the earth and who do not trust in the sacrificial blood of Christ Jesus will be aligned on the side of Satan and his organization before the final end. The Lord is causing the message of his kingdom to be widely preached for the manifest purpose of informing mankind of God's purpose to grant life to those who devote themselves to the Lord; and those who do not take their stand on the side of the Lord and give him the honor and glory due, by their contrary course do give honor and worship to the beast, or Satan's organization, as the prophecy shows. — See verse 8.

The language of verse nine is clearly a warning to all who have made a consecration to do the will of God, and indicates a test to all "that hear the words of this prophecy". "Who will be on the Lord's side? It also shows an obligation resting upon God's anointed ones to carry this message of truth to the "prisoner" class, that they may have no excuse for not taking their stand on the side of Jehovah and his King. Let those who love the Lord stand firm on his side and faithfully and earnestly proceed with the proclamation of the message of his kingdom.

CAPTIVITY

In A. D. 70 the "wild beast" that came up "out of the sea" led the Jews, who were God's typical people, into the captivity of the nations. (Luke 21:24) In 1918 the same "wild beast" led God's people into captivity and killed his "two witnesses". Now the same "beast" holds in captivity the "great multitude"

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of "prisoners". (See Zechariah 14:2.) The Lord then prescribes the punishment upon those of Satan's organization. "He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints." (Vs. 10) Jehovah's great Priest and Executive Officer shall lead the "beast" into captivity. "Bel boweth down, Nebo stoopeth; their idols were upon the beasts, and upon the cattle: your carriages were heavy loaden; they are a burden to the weary beast. They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver the burden, but themselves are gone into captivity." — Isa. 46:1, 2.

In A. D. 70 the "wild beast", acting through its head the Roman Empire, caused the Jews to fall by the sword. It killed James the brother of John with the sword, and by the sword of war killed God's "two witnesses" in 1918. Likewise shall the "beast" be killed in Armageddon. In 1918 there came a great trial upon God's people. It was a trial of patience and faith, even as Jesus had foretold. (Matt. 24: 9,13) It will mean also that the remnant must continue in patience and faith and love even unto the end. Complete devotion to God and faithfully giving the witness of his name and kingdom according to his commandments will be required. Victory will be given to the faithful. — Rev. 2:10.

'TWO HORNED BEAST'

John, representing God's anointed people, beheld 'another beast having two horns like a lamb coming Tip out of the earth, and its speech was like Satan'. (Rev. 13:11) At this point carefully read Revelation 13:11-17. Gradually the Lord has made known to his

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people on earth the identity of this two-horned beast, as well as the 'wild sea-beast'. In an assembled and operating machine there are wheels within wheels. Every great organization has parts, and the wheels represent important parts. The symbol of "the wheels" is found in God's organisation, and we might expect the mimic god Satan to try to follow a similar course in his organization. (Ezek. 1:16) Satan brought out of the sea his "wild beast" organization and this dates from ancient Egypt forward. He built up a powerful organization with many parts thereto. That visible organization is otherwise symbolized by "the earth", and which is marked for destruction. (2 Pet. 3:10) The two-horned beast comes up out of the earth, that is to say, grows up out of the organization that already existed. The two-horned beast then directs the making of the "image to the beast". The student will be aided by first having a brief definition of these beasts, and then considering the proof in support thereof.

The "wild beast" that came up "out of the sea" is Satan's entire visible organization on earth, the proof of which has hereinbefore been submitted. It had one of its heads wounded in the World War, and the wound was healed. The two-horned beast is the Anglo-American imperialism, that is to say, the combined power of Britain and America, and which is a part of Satan's organization. The "image to the beast" is the League of Nations, also an instrument of Satan.

The British Empire is the seventh in the list of world powers and is the most powerful of all. That world power grew up out of the nations and peoples that had already been organized into Satan's visible organization, and which is properly symbolized by

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"the earth". Hence the Scriptures say that 'the two-horned beast came up out of the earth'. This does not at all militate against the fact that it was and is a part of the wild beast that came up out of the sea. In other words, Britain for a time existed as a part of the 'sea beast', but growing up out of this Devil organization came the 'two-horned beast'.

The British Empire really started as an empire when its ruling sovereign chartered the English East India Company in 1600 A. D. Centuries before that England was a part of the Roman Empire; therefore as an empire she grew up out of the earth, that is to say, out of Satan's visible organization already in existence. Within seven years after the beginning of the empire, to wit, May 13, 1607 A. D., the first permanent settlement in America was founded at Jamestown, Virginia. That marked the beginning of the thirteen colonies of the British Empire in America; and for a hundred and sixty-nine years thereafter these colonies were an integral part of the British Empire. Even today in America Great Britain is referred to as "the mother country". The revolution of 1776, and the subsequent establishing of the independent government of the United States, does not at all militate against the fact that 'the two-horned beast' refers to Britain and the United States.

The two nations or countries have had too many contacts and important and related interests, to separate them. English is the common language of the two nations, and is today the dominant language of the earth. Some British imperialists view the United States as one of the integral parts of the British Empire. By act of the British parliament the various countries forming the empire, or commonwealth,

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have each a recognized measure of independence and autonomy, and each has a separate seat in the League of Nations, which forms the "image to the [wild] beast". To be sure, the United States stands out in a class all by herself amongst the English-speaking people, and that makes of her distinctly one of the horns of the two-horned beast and also a part of the seventh world power.

It is true that there was war between Britain and the United States in 1812; but it is also true that there have been many rebellions in Ireland, and one is now in progress in India, against the British Empire. At the time of the World War the financial connections between the United States and Britain were so interconnected that they were practically one. The commercial interests of the two countries are vitally tied together. The sinking of a British vessel was the real pretext for America to enter the World War, and during the war most of the American troops and supplies were carried in British ships. It was the British-owned American newspapers that took the lead in the propaganda campaign carried on to put America in the World War, and she went in as an ally of Britain.

There is today a reciprocity agreement between the United States and Canada, a part of the dominion of the British Empire. The Latin countries of South America are afraid of the imperialistic aims of the United States. In the Pan-American Union the United States is the dominant figure, of course. There is a religious tie that binds the two nations as one. Although the Catholics are strong in Britain and America, these two countries are the bulwark of Protestantism. No Catholic has ever been able to be elected president of the United States. Nominally, England

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has a king; yet in fact it is a democratic representative government in form and is ruled by the commercial and political interests in which the clergy unite. The Protestant clergy constitute an important part. There are in the official government lords temporal and lords ecclesiastical. There is also a financial or commercial relationship between the two countries of Britain and America that binds them together. They are in fact one great country, acting separately and distinctly and yet together, and fitly represented by the "two horns".

AMERICAN IMPERIALISM

The imperialism of America dates from December 2, 1823, with the "Monroe Doctrine". In substance that doctrine is that European monarchies or governments must not by conquest acquire territory and rulership over the countries of North and South America and make them colonies and thereby enlarge the territory of the European nations. The doctrine, however, does not declare against the United States' enlarging her territory on the Western Continent at the expense of minor American republics. America did make war with Mexico and took over Texas. She made war with Spain and established a protectorate over Cuba and Porto Rico. She also acquired title to the Philippine Islands, to the Hawaiian Islands, and Samoa and Guam, and thereby enlarged her territory. She has established a protectorate over Santo Domingo, Haiti, and has recently put in operation a military policy in Nicaragua. She has acquired the Canal Zone and Alaska.

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reason for the Monroe Doctrine was to protect the infant republics of the American continent. The real reason was in the interest of Britain and America; and in support of this conclusion the following historical fact is related: "The European power commonly called the 'Holy Alliance' [the chief amongst which was Germany, the head of the sixth beast] . . . turned its attention to Spain and to the Spanish colonies. The United States feared that France would undertake this commission also and would claim Cuba as the price of service to Spain, thereby securing a broader foothold in America." To show that Great Britain was deeply interested in the policy of the Monroe Doctrine, and that Britain and America were working in conjunction with each other, the following historical fact is cited:

"The time seemed to have come in 1823 for some sort of action that would head off the threatened invasion of Latin America by third parties in behalf of Spain. Something was also needed to check the Russian advance into North America; and the opportunity was convenient for expressing the undying love of Americans for the popular government that they had chosen. At this moment George Canning, Foreign Minister of Great Britain, stepped into the controversy. England was interested in unrestricted trade with the Spanish-American countries and was extremely opposed to the constricting policy of the Holy Alliance, both in Europe and America. Hence, in August and September 1823, Canning four times proposed to Richard Rush, our Minister in London, that the United States join England in a declaration against intervention, and Monroe was inclined to accept the proposal. After long Cabinet discussions


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John Quincy Adams, Secretary of State, convinced the President that it would be better to make an independent declaration. Adams' papers show that he not only suggested but formulated most of the important presidential message of 2 Dec. 1823, several passages in which, construed together, constitute the original and genuine Monroe Doctrine." — The Encyclopedia Americana, Vol. 19, p. 374.

As with the League of Nations compact, an American president got the credit for writing the Monroe Doctrine, but it really emanated from a fertile British mind. In support of this conclusion the following historical fact is important:

"The original Monroe Doctrine was at once effective. Canning was so much interested in the result that he claimed it for himself and said (21 Dee. 1826): 'I looked another way ... I sought for compensation in another hemisphere. ... I called the new world into existence to redress the balance of the old.'" — The Encyclopedia Americana, Vol. 19, p. 374.

The same authority further says:

"During the Spanish War of 1898 Great Britain made it clear that other European powers must not interfere with the American policy of the United States." — The Encyclopedia Americana, Vol. 19, p. 375.

This shows that both of the horns of the beast were working together and continue to do so.

The original beast came up out of the sea. This two-horned beast came up out of the earth, that is to say, out of nations already organized with Satan as the overlord. There never was a land monster like the two-horned beast. "It is the largest body of land and of people under any one jurisdiction on the globe,

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comprising about one-fourth of the earth's surface, and one-fourth of its inhabitants. Extensive portions of it lie in each of the five grand divisions of the globe. Its organization is entirely different from that of any other 'empire' in history." — The Encyclopedia Americana, Vol. 4, p. 558, under title "British Empire".

If we add to the above the vast domains of the United States and its territories it is seen that this two-horned beast governs and casts a shadow over a large part of the earth's surface. This imperialism dating from 1600 A. D. is unparalleled and is the greatest empire of all time.

The vision shows this beast with "two horns like a lamb". A lamb is an inoffensive creature and acts only on the defensive. It is the boast of the British that England has always waged a defensive warfare. The Americans claim that America is always on the defensive. Both Britain and America claim to be always on the defensive and as harmless as a lamb, yet the facts show that their operations have been to the contrary. The description proceeds: "And he spake as a dragon," meaning the Devil. One of the names of the Dragon is that of Serpent, which means deceiver; and while this two-horned beast has had a lamb-like appearance, its words have been deceptive. 'Thy speech betrayeth thee.' Its speech shows it to be the offspring of the Devil, because it is poisonous, deceptive and devouring, and making a vicious attempt to destroy God's kingdom, and particularly God's "two witnesses".

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always takes the part of humanity. The American government makes the same boast concerning her liberality. British diplomacy is the last word in deceptiveness. America has tried to copy it. Satan the Devil, represented by the great Dragon, claims the world is his. The great Dragon said: "My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself." (Ezek. 29:3) The Monroe Doctrine says, 'Hands off America'; and its speech is by the 'two-horned beast', and is therefore like unto the speech of the Dragon. This two-horned beast is a part of the "wild beast" that came up out of the sea, because Britain was at one time under the sixth head, Rome, and has now become the seventh head of the "wild beast". Britain and America, the two-horned beast, really constitute the power that wounded the sixth head of the 'sea beast' and afterwards healed its wound. The two-horned beast is a 'wheel within a wheel', that is to say, a part of Satan's organization within an organization, and it becomes the dominant power of that organization.

"And all the authority of the first beast he executes in his presence, and makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed." (Vs. 12, Diag.) The 'two-horned beast' receives its authority from the same devilish source. It becomes the dominant power because it is the seventh head or seventh world power; and it really takes first place, while the other nations play second fiddle. Although these beasts fought amongst themselves (like the hypocritical clergy, which form a part of the beast), they are united in one thing, to wit: that they are against God and his Anointed. (Ps. 2:2, 3) Therefore: "They shall speak lies at one

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[the Devil's] table," and feed upon the same provender. (Dan. 11:27) They ignore God's Word concerning his kingdom and all evidence of the setting up of the same, and, imbued with their imperialistic idea, they go on to carry out Satan's purpose in preparing for his final stand to rule the earth.

Verse thirteen states that this beast' performs great wonders and makes fire come down from heaven in the sight of men'. This "fire" comes down, not from Jehovah's heaven, but from Satan's exalted place in his organization. The evident purpose of this work of Satan's agents is to deceive and mislead the people. It shows that the two-horned beast is a favored instrument in the hands of Satan, especially equipped to carry out his designs. Among these signs or wonders done and performed by the 'two-horned beast' may be mentioned, to wit: the fact of the establishment by the two-horned beast of the greatest empire of earth, ruling both the land and the sea; the gaining of supremacy in the winning of the World War; the promoting of great missionary movements; the publishing and distribution of millions of Bibles, engineered by the clergy, who themselves do not believe the Bible, but which is done to deceive the people into understanding that these nations are Christian; the capture and controlling of the banking power of the world; the capturing of the holy city of Jerusalem; the taking of the lead in the peace treaties of the world; the supplying of the chief portion of the money for the healing of the wounded head of the 'sea beast'; the posing as the benefactors of mankind; and their clergy turning the people away from God and from the Bible, and causing all that dwell upon the earth, to worship the Devil's organization.

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"And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed." This is another wonder like fire coming from Satan's heaven. It was the two-horned beast that lined up the clergy contingent, especially to give 'heavenly' approval to its war policy. This fire from Satan's heaven was not for the purpose of destroying "the earth", but to indicate that he has supernatural power to perform great things through his two-horned instrument; also for the purpose of showing that the two-horned beast has superior power to carry on destructive work, and that all the world should take note thereof and deport themselves accordingly. This program carried out did deceive the peoples of earth, and such policy is in keeping with the offspring of Satan, that it is 'a generation of serpents'.

The 'sea beast' includes all the world powers, but in this particular picture is represented by Germany, the head of which was wounded, and which was compelled to take a grand-stand seat and watch the performance of the two-horned beast doing its tricks and performing its great wonders.

"IMAGE TO THE BEAST"

The two-horned beast, having the attention of all the rulers of the earth drawn to it, is represented as "saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast", one of the heads of which had received the wound and had recovered. (Rev. 13:14) Rotherham renders this text: "They should make an image unto the wild-beast." This message or request the two-horned beast addressed to

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the rulers of its own empire, as well as all the other rulers of the earth. This image should be made "unto", that is to say, in the likeness of the 'sea beast' and for the benefit of the 'sea beast', to wit, Satan's entire organization. That which resulted is a modernization of the ancient universal empire system, in a multilateral Peace Pact for the preservation of the Devil's imperial rule, and for its benefit to avoid further strife between component parts of his organization, and to draw them into a compact and unite them in war against God's organization. This is a conspiracy formed against God's organization. (Ps. 2:2, 3; Isa. 8:9) The facts conclusively prove that the League of Nations is this image to the beast. It is a formation of a thing for the benefit of Satan's wicked organization.

The proof is also overwhelming that the League of Nations compact originated with British officers and that the "fourteen points" and the League compact itself were drafted by British officers. But the honor of announcing the same was given to the war president of the United States. He was made the mouthpiece or spokesman for the two-horned beast, and his speech was smooth and fair and calculated to deceive.

When he spoke to the nations of the world concerning the League a noted Englishman said of the American war president: "It was like the voice of God talking over our heads to the continent and to the nations of the world." When this same great war president reached Paris, it is written of him: 'In Paris Wilson "received an ovation surpassing anything witnessed in France since the days of Napoleon. . . . He visited Rome where he was counted as a sort of messiah,

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come to save Europe from the terrors of future wars." In London he was made the occasion of a similar demonstration to that given in Paris.' — See The Encyclopedia Americana, "Wilson."

The League of Nations compact includes all the relics or remnants of the original 'sea beast'. The signatory powers embrace most of the nations of the earth. Egypt (represented in Britain) and Mesopotamia, under the kingdom of Iraq (the site of Babylon and Assyria), are included in the League of Nations; Persia, Greece, and Italy (Rome), and the Anglo-American Empire, are included. It is important here to note that one of the divisions of the League is "The Permanent Court of International Justice", at The Hague. (The Encyclopedia Americana, Vol. 17, p. 177) The League of Nations was made a part of the Peace Treaty. The president of the United States urged its adoption by the United States Senate. Opposition arose against him there, based "on substantially imperialistic grounds". Big Business, many politicians, and practically all the clergy of America joined a like group of British ruling powers to put the League compact through. The United States Senate refused to confirm the compact and negotiated a separate treaty with the Teutonic powers. But the fight to put America into the League did not at all stop there.

The American Federation of Churches pronounced the League the "political expression of God's kingdom on earth". The president of the United States succeeding the war president made a desperate effort to induce the ratification of the World Court, which is a part of the League of Nations compact. In May, 1923, the clergy, embracing 125,000 congregations in

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America, began a campaign to support the president's proposal that the United States enter the "Permanent Court of International Justice" of the League of Nations. The Federal Council of Churches pushed this campaign and used all their power upon the politicians to bring about the desired result. They claimed to represent twenty million persons. But the United States is in the League of Nations, notwithstanding the efforts of some of her people to keep the nation out.

The secretary of state of the United States, acting as spokesman, presented at the conference of nations at Paris the treaty known as "The General Pact for the Renunciation of War". It was signed by fourteen powers all of which are members of the League of Nations, and was ratified by the United States Senate. An American newspaper says: "At last the United States has joined the family of nations. We are no longer an isolated people. We are not afraid of the ghost of entangling alliances. We are ready to assume the obligation of our power and good fortune." — Age-Herald (Birmingham).

Another newspaper says: "The League opens the way for the United States to assume seat in World Court." Germany's foreign minister, according to the press, said that "the adhesion by the United States to the Court was a logical sequel to the Kellogg Pact, that it would increase the tribunal's prestige and greatly advance the cause of arbitration as opposed to war". The New York Evening World, of March 8, 1929, says: "A sequel to the Kellogg Pact was seen by many in the League of Nations today when the Council approved a motion by Foreign Minister Briand of France, that a proposed treaty

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whereby financial assistance would be given to countries who are victims of aggression will be submitted to non-members of the League. . . . The comment in Geneva is that the United States is interested in observance of the Kellogg Pact and that if any signatory resorted to war in violation of its provisions American sympathies would lean towards an economic blockade of the aggressor and perhaps to participation in financial assistance to the victim or threatened victim."

The Journal De Geneve, which voices the sentiment of the League, recently said: "The League can talk with the United States in the event of war and say, 'The Kellogg Pact has been violated. What are your intentions?' Henceforth the aggressor at least will encounter the passive though none the less terrible reprobation of the United States." The facts therefore show that the peace treaty known as "The General Pact for the Renunciation of War" is a part of the League of Nations and an indirect way, therefore a deceptive way, for the United States to get fully into the League, where she now is.

Verse fifteen tells that the two-horned beast "had power to give life [Greek, pneuma, spirit or breath] unto the image" in order that this image 'should both speak, and cause those that would not worship [honor] the image to be killed'. In other words, the "image" is a kind of dummy that requires a ventriloquist to speak for it, and the two-horned beast acts in the capacity of a ventriloquist to make it speak, and when it speaks it apparently utters a sound that emanates from the two-horned beast.

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The clergy rooters for the League of Nations are most reprehensible, because they claim to represent God and yet they are openly breaking God's law. Notwithstanding this, the clergy and their allies bend their efforts to compel the people to give their honor to and reliance upon, and therefore their worship of, the image. The violator of the League pledge "is automatically in a state of outlawry" with the nations which have bound themselves to sever economic relations with the defaulting member. This is the same effect as that of the Paris Peace Pact. Thus it is seen that the Devil has prepared a means, by threatening 'death', to keep the nations in line. The whole arrangement of the League of Nations or "image of the beast" is ignoble and blasphemous. The words of Jehovah are appropriate here: "What profiteth the graven image, that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols? Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it. But the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him." — Hab. 2:18-20.

The seventeenth verse declares that no man can buy or sell without having the mark of the beast or the number of his name. This surely does not mean every individual, but means that every nation that will not conform to the beastly arrangement shall be boycotted in its commerce; and that is the open threat. In another way, however, the ruling factors in the beast, to wit, Big Business and their allies,

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make it practically impossible for an individual to compete with their combines in a commercial way.

Then the chapter concludes with verse eighteen: "Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six." Only those who have an understanding will appreciate the meaning of this scripture. Since the Lord has come to his temple, the time is due to understand. Those of the temple being illuminated by the Lord do understand what constitutes "the number of the beast". They see and understand that the "beast" is Satan's organization visible to human eyes, that the ruling factors therein are made up of men who are imperfect. Six is a symbolic number representing imperfection. Six hundred sixty and six (three orders of six) represents the three ruling elements in the beastly organization, to wit, commercial, political and religious power. The "number" is not the number of "the man Christ Jesus", nor the number of the "man child", but it is the number of the imperfect or natural man (1 Cor. 2:14), and the carnal man (1 Cor. 3:3), and the "old man" (Rom. 6:6). It is the number of "corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness"; of "evil men and seducers". (1 Tim. 6: 5; 2 Tim. 3: 8, 13) It is the number of the men or organization of men 'disallowing The Stone', and therefore "ungodly men", which form the Devil's visible organization. (1 Pet. 2: 4; 2 Pet. 3:7) The chief sustaining part of the organization is the commercial element that dictates to the others. The "number" suggests mammon, because the value of Solomon's annual revenue of gold was six hundred and sixty-six talents. (See 1 Kings 10:

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14.) The giant of Gath had six digits on each hand and foot, and is therefore a picture of the Devil's organization. (1 Chron. 20: 6) The dimensions of Nebuchadnezzar's golden image was sixty cubits by six cubits. (Dan. 3:1) It is interesting to note that the great giant having six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot was killed by David, and his head taken off. This suggests that the antitypical David, Christ, the great executive officer of Jehovah, will completely behead and destroy the devilish, beastly organization of Satan, all to the glory of God and to the vindication of his name.

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