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"Then Is Finished The Mystery Of God"



Chapter 22

Earthly Foes of "The Mystery of God"

Revelation 13:1-13

SATAN THE DEVIL is the arch-foe of "the mystery of God," that is to say, the Messianic kingdom of God in the hands of the glorified Jesus Christ. From the day of God's prophetic notice given to him in the garden of Eden and recorded in Genesis 3:15, "the original serpent" has tried to prevent this "mystery of God" from being finished and fully disclosed before the gaze of all heaven and earth. Indisputably, then, any ruling elements on earth that are foes of this "mystery of God" must be on the side of the symbolic "great dragon," "the original serpent." Their origin must have come from him and not from the God of the Messianic mystery. This is the plain meaning of the vision that the apostle John next saw after beholding the ouster of the "great dragon" and his demon angels from heaven down to the earth and their going to war against God's anointed remnant on earth, "the remaining ones" of the seed of His "woman." John says:

"And it stood still upon the sand of the sea. And I saw a wild beast ascending out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, and upon its horns ten diadems, but upon its heads blasphemous names. Now the wild beast that I saw was like a leopard, but its feet were as those of a bear, and its mouth was as a lion's mouth. And the dragon gave to the beast its power and its throne and great authority." — Revelation 13:1, 2.

It was not first after the symbolic dragon and its

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demon angels were hurled out of heaven that the dragon, standing still upon the sand of the sea, saw the wild beast ascend out of the sea. Actually this symbolic "wild beast" was in existence and was displaying its beastliness long before God's Messianic kingdom was born in the heavens in the year 1914 and thereafter the dragon and his demon angels were hurled out and down to this earth. Being now in the vicinity of our earth, the "dragon" is well pictured as standing upon the sand of the sea and watching to see how his visible earthly organization functions, operates as his agent or tool. The sea is symbolic, of course, and it pictures a vast portion of mankind ("peoples and crowds and nations"), this portion being rebellious at God's sovereignty and estranged from him and producing its own preferred style of government. (Revelation 17:15) In agreement with this, God's prophet says, in Isaiah 57:20, 21:

" 'The wicked are like the sea that is being tossed, when it is unable to calm down, the waters of which keep tossing up seaweed and mire. There is no peace,' my God has said, 'for the wicked ones.' "

The natural sea is a great deep, an abyss. (Genesis 1:2; 7:11; 8:2; Deuteronomy 8:7; 33:13, LXX) So the "wild beast that ascends out of the abyss" and kills God's "two prophets" is the same as the "wild beast" that the dragon sees "ascending out of the sea." (Revelation 11:7) Under the invisible influence of the "dragon" this symbolic wild beast emerges from the "sea" of tossed-about humankind, not having the peace of God and not hoping for his Messianic kingdom. The emergence of this "wild beast" from the sea reminds one of the prophet Daniel's night vision of the sixth century B.C.E., in which he saw "four huge beasts" coming up out of the wind-tossed sea. The four beasts are explained by God's angel to symbolize four successive political world powers, the first one being like a lion, the second one like a bear, and the third one like a leopard. (Daniel 7:1-26) As in the case of them, the wild beast that the dragon sees

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ascend out of the sea symbolizes a human political organization.

Its being like a leopard made the sea beast somewhat like the third beast that Daniel saw, which pictured the Grecian (Macedonian) World Power. Its having feet like those of a bear gave it a feature of the second beast seen by Daniel, which pictured the Medo-Persian World Power. Its mouth being like that of a lion gave it a feature of the first beast in Daniel's vision, which pictured the Babylonian World Power. This suggests that this symbolic "wild beast" was already in existence or under formation away back in the days of the lionlike Babylonian World Power of the seventh and sixth centuries B.C.E.

But the "wild beast" has seven heads. This indicates that it was in existence or under formation even earlier than that Babylonian World Power. How much earlier? As early as the first world power that had to do with Jehovah's chosen people in Bible history. That was the Egyptian World Power, prior to the eighth century B.C.E. and extending still farther back into the seventeenth century B.C.E., after the death of the Hebrew Joseph as prime minister of Egypt (1657 B.C.E.). So this is a composite wild beast, a composite political organization that has comprised seven world powers, from ancient Egypt to the Anglo-American World Power.

The seven heads of this sea beast find their counterpart in the seven heads of the dragon; they are a reflection of the dragon's seven heads. (Revelation 12:3) This correspondency betokens that the "great dragon," Satan the Devil, exercises invisible headship over these seven successive world powers and that he has appointed invisible demon princes over them, as, for instance, "the prince of Persia" and "the prince of Greece." (Daniel 10:13, 20) As the identity of this sea beast is examined, it becomes more and more apparent that it pictures the entire worldwide political organization of Satan the Devil from its start

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in the second century after the flood of Noah's day until now.

The symbolic "wild beast" out of the sea really got started in the days of Nimrod, the great-grandson of the patriarch Noah, and while Noah was still alive after the flood. Genesis 10:8-12 describes this, saying: "And Cush became father to Nimrod. He made the start in becoming a mighty one in the earth. He displayed himself a mighty hunter in opposition to Jehovah. That is why there is a saying: 'Just like Nimrod a mighty hunter in opposition to Jehovah.' And the beginning of his kingdom came to be Babel [Babylon] and Erech and Accad and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. Out of that land he went forth into Assyria and set himself to building Nineveh and Rehoboth-Ir and Calah and Resen between Nineveh and Calah: this is the great city."

From those facts it is plain that the "dragon," Satan the Devil, not Jehovah God, gave to the wild beast out of the sea "its power and its throne and great authority." (Revelation 13:2) Its power, throne and great authority it has constantly used against Jehovah God and his purpose to finish "the mystery of God."

It has more horns than heads. Hence some of the heads may have had two horns, to represent dual world powers, such as Medo-Persia, the Roman World Power in its Eastern Empire and Western Empire, and the Anglo-American World Power. The "horns" pictured "kings" or ruling elements. This fact is emphasized in that each horn had a diadem upon it, whereas in the case of the "dragon" each of its seven heads wore a diadem. But in the case of the reigning Jesus Christ, it is said that "upon his head are many diadems," whether seven or ten or even more not being stated. These "many diadems" mark him as "King of kings and Lord of lords." (Revelation 19: 12, 16; 17:12-14; Daniel 8:20-22) Hence the ten royal "horns" of the wild beast out of the sea will be unable to resist the King of kings during God's war at Ar-

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mageddon but will be shorn of their royal power and authority and lose their thrones. Inasmuch as the ten diademed horns are upon the seven heads, it adds to the argument that the wild beast that ascended out of the sea pictures Satan's agelong, worldwide political organization on the earth, from Nimrod's days in the twenty-third century B.C.E. till now.

The Devilish nature of this political "wild beast" is further shown in that it has "upon its heads blasphemous names." (Revelation 13:1) In using the word "blasphemous," the apostle John likely knew that the word "blasphemy" in Greek is derived from roots conveying the thought of "hurting (blasting) the reputation (or, credit)," "throwing words or reports at" so as to smite.

So, "to blaspheme" came to mean "to speak with impious irreverence concerning God himself, or what stands in some peculiar relation to him." (Parkhurst's A Greek and English Lexicon to the New Testament, page 97) For example, the Pharaohs of the Egyptian World Power ranked themselves as gods and their attitude toward Jehovah God is voiced in Pharaoh's defiant retort to the prophet Moses: "Who is Jehovah, so that I should obey his voice to send Israel away? I do not know Jehovah at all and, what is more, I am not going to send Israel away." (Exodus 5:2) So in their dealings with Jehovah's true people all seven headlike world powers of Satan's political organization have blasphemed the true God. They have taken to themselves "blasphemous names."

"DEATH-STROKE" HEALED

Within this twentieth century the life of the "wild beast" out of the sea seemed threatened. The apostle John saw this prophetically portrayed in vision and wrote: "And I saw one of its heads as though slaughtered to death, but its death-stroke got healed, and all the earth followed the wild beast with admiration." (Revelation 13:3) This stroke of death, or stroke that leads to death, was administered by the sword

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of war, so that the symbolic 'head' looked as if "slaughtered to death." — Revelation 13:14.

The overturning of one world power by its successor is not likened to giving a "death-stroke" to a head of the wild beast; otherwise, there would finally have to be seven such slaughterings of a head to death. But the vision shows only one of the seven heads wounded "as though slaughtered to death." The overthrow of the Egyptian World Power by the Assyrian World Power did not endanger the existence of the whole 'sea beast.' Neither did the overthrow of Assyria by Babylon, nor that of Babylon by Medo-Persia, nor that of Medo-Persia by Greece (Macedonia), nor that of Greece by Rome, nor that of Rome by the British Empire. Those six overthrows did not produce a "death-stroke."

Later, in Revelation 13:14, the stroke is called "the sword-stroke." So, then, the "death-stroke" pictures World War I of 1914-1918 C.E., and it was inflicted by the seventh 'head' (the Anglo-American World Power) upon the sixth 'head,' the Roman World Power (both the Eastern Empire and the Western Empire).

It was after two centuries of fighting with the Spanish, Dutch and French (remnants of the Roman Empire) that Great Britain (with its thirteen American colonies) emerged in the year 1763 C.E. as the "foremost commercial and colonial power in the world." She thus took world domination away from what remained of the Roman Empire and thus became the Seventh World Power foretold in Bible prophecy.* But it was in the year 1914 that the British Empire went to war against the German Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Turkish Empire and, in 1915, against Bulgaria. This World War I finally involved twenty-eight nations and empires including the United States of North America in 1917. It inflicted a terrible defeat on what were the remnants of the Holy Roman Empire of the German


* See Modern Europe to 1870, by Carlton J. H. Hayes, pages 330-346. in chapter 8, entitled "British Expansion."
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Nation. Territories, as well as colonies, were lost by these, their own territories being carved up.

The Turkish Empire lost Palestine, including Jerusalem, once part of the Roman Empire, the Sixth World Power. The Germanic or Teutonic remnants of that world power seemed to be "slaughtered to death" as far as exercising further challenging world influence is concerned. The very life of the whole "wild beast" out of the sea seemed threatened. So devastating was the first world war that it was generally felt that if another war like it on a global scale came, the world of mankind would not be able to endure it.

However, the worldwide political organization of Satan the Devil, namely, the symbolic sea beast, survived the effects of World War I. Its sixth head, as represented chiefly by Germany, recovered so well that on September 8, 1926, republican Germany was admitted to the League of Nations. Later, through the establishment of the dictatorship of the Nazi Fuehrer Adolf Hitler, in 1933, it defied the League of Nations and proceeded to the building up of the Third German Reich (Empire). Hitlerite Germany willfully provoked World War II in September 1939. Unmistakably, to judge matters by the recovery of the sixth head, the "death-stroke" got healed.

Did all of this create or enhance in the world of mankind the yearning desire for God's established Messianic kingdom, the finished "mystery of God"? Revelation 13:3 answers correctly, saying prophetically: "And all the earth followed the wild beast with admiration." (NW) "The whole world went after the beast in wondering admiration." (NEB) This means that the world of mankind had their confidence renewed as to the ability of the Devil's worldwide political organization to recover and heal itself. They gave no serious consideration to the fact that in 1914 C.E. the end had come to the seven Gentile Times for the worldwide rulership by that symbolic "wild beast" without interference from God's Mes-

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sianic kingdom. The preaching of "this good news of the kingdom," as foretold by Jesus Christ in Matthew 24:14, did not cause the postwar world of mankind to admire God's Messianic kingdom and to seek it "first." (Matthew 6:33) The spirit of nationalism took hold of the national groups as never before, and they continued to follow admiringly their own political governments. This was unavoidably bound to lead to World War II in 1939-1945.

The world of mankind, even the people of Christendom, refused to believe that for them to follow the symbolic "wild beast" with wondering admiration was the same as Devil worship. They resented being told this by the International Bible Students Association and the publications of the Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society. But the language of the apostle John is unequivocal regarding this fact, for he goes on to say regarding the people on earth: "And they worshiped the dragon because it gave the authority to the wild beast, and they worshiped the wild beast with the words: 'Who is like the wild beast, and who can do battle with it?' " — Revelation 13:4.

Such questions were a direct challenge to God the Almighty and his Christ. What if the Gentile Times had expired in 1914 C.E.? The people felt that nevertheless Jehovah God had not then ousted the political "wild beast" from its domination of the whole earth. The "wild beast" tried to strengthen its position, determined to fight for the perpetuation of itself in power. The one who "can do battle" with this wild beast is God's archangel, Michael, whose name means "Who Is Like God?" But the people of earth raised the counter question, "Who is like the wild beast?" By their question they were begging for the "war of the great day of God the Almighty" at Armageddon.

ACTIVITY OF THE "WILD BEAST"

When on earth as a man, Jesus Christ, who is now the heavenly archangel Michael, said that Satan the Devil is the ruler of this world. (John 12:31; 14:30;

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16:11) This ruler, who is the symbolic "dragon," is naturally the one that "gave the authority to the wild beast." The apostle Paul also called him "the god of this system of things." (2 Corinthians 4:4) So he is the "god" of the symbolic "wild beast." Unavoidably, then, the worship of the "wild beast" means also the worshiping of its "god," the symbolic "dragon," Satan the Devil. The "wild beast" promotes Devil worship. It is against the worship of the true God, Jehovah the Almighty. So John says of the "wild beast":

"And a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies was given it, and authority to act forty-two months was given it. And it opened its mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme his name and his residence, even those residing in heaven. And there was granted it to wage war with the holy ones and conquer them, and authority was given it over every tribe and people and tongue and nation. And all those who dwell on the earth will worship it; the name of not one of them stands written in the scroll of life of the Lamb who was slaughtered, from the founding of the world." — Revelation 13:5-8.

The "wild beast," that ascended from the abyss of the sea, has seven heads, hence seven mouths, and yet it is said that "a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies was given it." This means that the opportunity to mouth great things and blasphemies would be allowed to it and that all seven heads would combine to speak these things, doing so as with one mouth.

Of course, Satan the Devil, the "dragon" that gave power, throne and authority to this "wild beast," would prompt it to speak these "great things," these loud boasts and big claims that ignored Jehovah God regarding world domination. The dragon would move this political "wild beast" to speak "blasphemies" against the true God, the Universal Sovereign. This would especially be true when the fulfillment of the prophecy of Daniel 7:8, 11, 20, 24, 25 went into action

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concerning the small horn that came up out of the beast's head and that had a "mouth speaking grandiose things," speaking "even words against the Most High." The improper use of the "mouth" of the wild beast would be made worse after the Son of God, Jesus Christ, came to earth and started Christianity.

A notable time period in the life and activity of this "wild beast" is made prominent in the statement: "And authority to act forty-two months was given it" (Revelation 13:5) This is the same length of time as that which is said to be given to the Gentile nations to "trample the holy city underfoot." In fact, it is the same period, for during that same period God's "two witnesses" prophesy for "a thousand two hundred and sixty days dressed in sackcloth." (Revelation 11:2, 3) Also, in Daniel 7:25 concerning the small horn on the beast it is said that "the holy ones themselves of the Supreme One" were to "be given into his hand for a time, and times and half a time." According to Daniel 12:7, this was to be the last time that the small "horn" of the beast would succeed in "the dashing of the power of the holy people to pieces."

Here the "forty-two months," the "thousand two hundred and sixty days," and the "time, and times and half a time" all measure the same amount of time, namely, from Tishri 15 of the year 1914 to Nisan 14 of the year 1918,* or from October 4/5, 1914, to March 26/27, 1918.

As an instance in which the "wild beast" out of the sea "opened its mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme his name and his residence, even those residing in heaven," the words of the king of ancient Babylon are quite bold: "To the heavens I shall go up. Above the stars of God I shall lift up my throne, and I shall sit down upon the mountain of meeting, in the remotest parts of the north. I shall go up above the high places of the clouds; I


* See the explanation of this in chapter 19, pages 261-264.
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shall make myself resemble the Most High." (Isaiah 14:3, 4, 13, 14) In a figurative way the king of Babylon did this in the year 607 B.C.E., when he destroyed Jerusalem on its mountains and looted and wrecked its temple, its holy meeting place. The spirit creature whom the king of Babylon represented, namely, Satan the Devil, repeated this blasphemous action in the year 1918 C.E. In that year he began to dash the power of the holy ones of the Most High God Jehovah to the ground to stop their witnessing. — Daniel 12:7.

From the very start of its existence after the Flood the political "wild beast" has been hostile toward those to whom Jehovah God has shown his favor and who have been looking and preparing for the coming of the Seed of God's "woman" who would bruise the symbolic Serpent and its wicked seed. (Genesis 3:15) But that "wild beast" is especially hostile to Jehovah's "holy ones," the ones actually associated with that Seed of God's "woman," the anointed followers of Jesus Christ.

The "wild beast" is not satisfied that these obey God's command to "be in subjection to the superior authorities" that represent the "wild beast." (Romans 13:1) Because these "holy ones" are "ambassadors" for the Messianic kingdom of God and preach it everywhere, the symbolic "wild beast" hates them. (2 Corinthians 5:20) For a test of them, to prove their unbreakable loyalty to God's Messianic kingdom, Jehovah God the Almighty has let the "wild beast" carry on war, even violently, against such "holy ones." This has been true particularly after the Gentile Times ended in 1914. As in the case of Jesus Christ himself, the "wild beast" could do nothing against them unless this was granted from God. — John 19:11.

So the apostle John correctly worded it when he wrote concerning the "wild beast": "And there was granted it to wage war with the holy ones and conquer them, and authority was given it over every tribe and people and tongue and nation." (Revelation

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13:7) World War I was a very convenient time for the "wild beast" to wage this warfare with God's holy ones. This it did under the pretext of waging war against those who were seditious and obstructive to war operations and military victory. But the beastly conquest of the "wild beast" over God's holy ones near the close of World War I in 1918 was only shortlived. God's "two witnesses," his "two prophets" who had prophesied "dressed in sackcloth," lay dead in public disgrace for, as it were, only "three and a half days." Amazingly, in 1919, Jehovah God raised his symbolic "two witnesses" to life again and exalted them, heaven-high as it were, in his Kingdom service.  — Revelation 11:11, 12.

But how did the rest of mankind fare under the paws of the "wild beast"? Over them it wielded worldwide dominion: "authority was given it over every tribe and people and tongue and nation." With what result?

The "wild beast" demands and gets the worship of the patriotic politically minded people: "And all those who dwell on the earth will worship it; the name of not one of them stands written in the scroll of life of the Lamb who was slaughtered, from the founding of the world." (Revelation 13:8) By "all those who dwell on the earth" the choice must be made between the "wild beast" and God's "Lamb who was slaughtered." That symbolic "Lamb," namely, Jesus Christ, was "slaughtered" in the year 33 C.E. for the sake of God's Messianic kingdom. He was also "slaughtered" sacrificially as the "Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world." (John 1:29, 36) Those who are not for him are against him and against salvation by him. Logically, then, earth's dwellers who are not for him "will worship" the political "wild beast." How could the names of such worshipers stand "written in the scroll of life of the Lamb" as deserving of everlasting life within God's Messianic kingdom? From the time of the founding of the world of mankind in the days of Adam and Eve the names

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of those who are against God's "Lamb" were not meant to get into his "scroll of life." — Genesis 3:15; Revelation 21:27.

NEED FOR ENDURANCE AND FAITH

Since worship of the political state was to become world wide, and since Jehovah God had purposed to let the political "wild beast" go to such lengths in exercising world domination, God's "holy ones" would be severely tested. Hence Revelation 13:9, 10 fittingly follows up the account of the blasphemous, God-defying conduct of the "wild beast" by saying: "If anyone has an ear, let him hear. If anyone is meant for captivity, he goes away into captivity. If anyone will kill with the sword, he must be killed with the sword. Here is where it means the endurance and faith of the holy ones."*

Consequently, when in the throes of World War I the political "wild beast" took the remnant of Jehovah's anointed witnesses into captivity, banning their literature, denying them freedom of worship in public meeting places, throwing them into prison or military detention places, it was hard for them to be submissive and to endure. Under such circumstances as permitted by Almighty God whom they worshiped, it was not the proper thing for them as dedicated Christians to offer armed resistance against being taken into such "captivity" at the hands of the "superior authorities" (the symbolic "wild beast"). With a hearing ear they had to heed the warning: "If anyone will kill with the sword, he must be killed with the sword."

This meant not just one's refusing to take a direct or indirect part in the killing of humans on either side in World War I. It meant, rather, one's not taking up the steel sword in violent armed revolt against being unwillingly taken into "captivity" by the mili-


* See Revelation 13:10 in both its interlinear reading and its right-hand column reading in The Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures, published in 1969.
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tarized "wild beast." Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane had warned against such unchristian action. (Matthew 26:52) Consequently, God's "holy ones" proved themselves peaceful, law-abiding.

There, amid World War I, as well as amid similar situations since then, it has called for the "endurance and faith of the holy ones." It was good for them to be thus forewarned. Of course, they used proper legal provisions for their defense and protection. But apart from that, the anointed "holy ones" yielded themselves unresistingly as their Exemplar Jesus Christ did. This afforded the "wild beast" no true grounds for killing them with the sword of the State for offering armed resistance with the sword. Accepting what Almighty God permitted, they endured the "captivity," at the same time being strong in the "faith" that in his own way and at his own time God would release them from such "captivity." How grandly their "endurance and faith" were rewarded in 1919 C.E.! This has strengthened them for their further tests till now.

THE SECOND "WILD BEAST" — OUT OF THE EARTH

By means of its sixth head (the Roman World Power) the political "wild beast" out of the sea had taken the aged apostle John into "captivity," imprisoning him on the Isle of Patmos, there to share with fellow Christians "in the tribulation and kingdom and endurance in company with Jesus." (Revelation 1:9) The seventh 'head' of the "wild beast" was then a sort of mystery head, for, in an indirect way, Revelation 17:9, 10 says to John concerning it: "The other has not yet arrived, but when he does arrive he must remain a short while." So this seventh 'head' would be a more modern political world power among the heads of the symbolic "wild beast." This seventh world power takes on the role of a political prophet and a promoter of political State worship. For this reason it is also portrayed as having a separate status and entity; while at the same time it still

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belongs to the "wild beast" as its seventh head. In Revelation 13:11-13 John tells how it appears:

"And I saw another wild beast ascending out of the earth, and it had two horns like a lamb, but it began speaking as a dragon. And it exercises all the authority of the first wild beast in its sight. And it makes the earth and those who dwell in it worship the first wild beast, whose death-stroke got healed. And it performs great signs, so that it should even make fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the sight of mankind."

This second wild beast could not be an eighth world power, for the "first wild beast," which pictures Satan's entire worldwide political organization is limited to only seven political "heads." It is merely another representation of the seventh head of the first wild beast, in order that a more detailed description of the historical role of this seventh 'head' of the first wild beast may be given. Because this second wild beast, which ascends out of the earth, has "two horns like a lamb," it would symbolize a dual political combination, hence a dual world power. This Seventh World Power, as referred to in the prophecies of the Holy Bible, is the Anglo-American World Power, which emerged quite recently upon the world stage of action, and which successfully held its world domination down to the end of the Gentile Times in 1914, and still does.

This two-horned wild beast ascended out of the symbolic "earth," the earth being more stable than the sea out of which the "first wild beast"ascended. When it emerged, in the Annus Mirabilis of 1763 C.E., two centuries ago, the "earth" or peoples in the general area in which the sea beast had dominated had become rather stabilized under strong, definitely constituted governments. How so?

Well, by then the countries of Europe had settled their religious status as either Roman Catholic or Protestant. Also, great European empires had then been formed, the French Empire, the Austrian Em-

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pire, the Dutch (Netherlands) Empire, the Spanish Empire and the Portuguese Empire. The French Empire then embraced large land areas in the North American continent, but the British Empire also had its colonies there. The British Empire had its foundation laid, when, on December 31, 1600, Queen Elizabeth I incorporated the English East India Company by royal decree. But already in 1583 England had taken possession of Newfoundland in North America. Later came the establishment of the thirteen colonies south of the Saint Lawrence River.

By the Revolutionary War of 1775-1783 the thirteen American colonies gained their independence of Great Britain to form the United States of America. But this was after Great Britain had, in 1763, established itself as the "foremost commercial and colonial power in the world." By reason of her gains through the Seven Years' War that ended in that year in America and India and on the seas, as another historian said, "the kingdom of Great Britain had become the British Empire."

The United States of America and the British Empire had much in common, such as the same language, their being largely Protestant nations, many common traditions, and their being democratic types of nations. After a time of readjustment they found it in the common interest to have good diplomatic and trade relations. So strong was the attachment to Great Britain that, in World War I of 1914-1918, the United States of America joined Great Britain in its fight against the Central Powers, the Teutonic Alliance. Also, in World War II of 1939-1945, after giving aid to the British, the United States of America was plunged into the war, again on the side of Great Britain. Thus throughout modern history the British Empire and the United States of America have acted together as a dual world power, the Seventh World Power, as pictured by the two-horned wild beast out of the earth.

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patch to the New York Times and datelined "Washington, January 14," in which a report is made concerning the British ambassador to the United States of America Sir Patrick Dean, just two weeks before his ending eight years of service in the United States. According to this dispatch


Sir Patrick is convinced that a "special relationship" between Britain and the United States still exists, though in a form considerably altered by changes in the world of international politics. It is no longer a relationship calling for high-level political consultations at major turning points, as existed between President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill or, to a lesser extent, between President Eisenhower and Prime Minister Macmillan. But it is more than just a sentimental attachment deriving from common language and heritage, in the outgoing Ambassador's view. It shows up most in working-level consultations, comparing of notes and analyses of strategic matters among diplomats of the two countries, at the level of the ambassador and Secretary of State Dean Rusk as well as the lower levels in both capitals. — New York Times, page 17, as of January 15, 1969.


Gradually through the centuries the British Empire came to be the greatest empire of world history, eventually controlling one-fourth of the earth's surface and one-fourth of earth's peoples, and dominating the seas. The sympathy and cooperation of the United States added to its strength. In this manner the two-horned earth beast "exercises all the authority of the first wild beast in its sight."

Because it really belongs to the "first wild beast" of which it is the symbolic seventh 'head,' it was but logical for it to fulfill the prophetic picture: "It makes the earth and those who dwell in it worship the first wild beast, whose death-stroke got healed." (Revelation 13:12) Worshiping the "first wild beast" would mean worshiping the worldwide political organization of the dragon, Satan the Devil. This would include the worshiping of the seventh 'head' of the "first wild beast," namely, the Seventh World Power, the Anglo-American dual world power, which is also pictured by the two-horned second beast. As regards

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worshiping political institutions, Jesus Christ did not engage in any political action against the Sixth World Power, the Roman Empire of his day, and neither have his faithful followers down till today meddled in the politics of the sixth world power and of the seventh world power. They are seeking God's kingdom first. — Matthew 6:33; John 17:14, 16.

How, though, was it that the two-horned earth beast performed "great signs, so that it should even make fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the sight of mankind"? (Revelation 13:13) Calling down fire from heaven reminds us of the prophet Elijah of the tenth century B.C.E. In his contest with the 450 prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel the prophet Elijah followed up the disgraceful failure on the part of Baal's prophets by building an altar to the true God Jehovah and then having his prayer to Jehovah answered by the descent of fire from heaven that consumed the sacrifice on the water-drenched altar. Later, when the new king of the ten-tribe kingdom of Israel sent bands of soldiers to capture Elijah for predicting the king's death, Elijah was protected as a "man of God" by the descent of fire from heaven twice that consumed two companies of fifty-one soldiers each. — 1 Kings 18:17-40; 2 Kings 1:2-12.

By such feats Elijah proved not only that Jehovah was the only living and true God but also that he himself was a true "man of God," the true prophet of Jehovah God. For a corresponding reason, the two-horned earth beast made symbolic fire come down put of heaven to the earth to command respect for itself, especially in the prophetic role that it would assume and in the priestly role that it took by promoting idolatry. From a worldly standpoint, this dual world power offered evidence that it had heaven's approval and backing. Otherwise, how would it have attained to the top place politically and militarily on the earth? Its tremendous expansion and its military and naval victories to maintain itself in the top position were like fire from the superhuman heavens

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that supported the rightfulness of its position on earth. Moreover, this Anglo-American dual world power claimed to be Christian from its very start, from its very ascent out of the "earth." The royal monarch of the British Empire claims to rule by the grace of God and acts as religious head of the Anglican state church.

So this symbolic two-horned earth beast "had two horns like a lamb," pretending to be the political representative of the Lamb of God Jesus Christ. It pretended to be harmless, inoffensive, nonaggressive like a lamb, not intending to injure or defraud anybody. In reality, however, "it began speaking as a dragon." Just as the "great dragon," Satan the Devil, challenged Jehovah God and laid claim to the domination of all mankind, so the two-horned earth beast claimed the right to dominate the whole earth and the seven seas by right of its imperial, military and naval strength. It swallowed up like a dragon large portions of the earth and their peoples, colonizing them for commercial exploitation and naval bases. Correctly it came to be said that "the sun never sets on the British Empire." Complementary to this the United States of North America came to dominate all the Americas. Thus the two lamblike horns of the earthly "wild beast" were very deceptive in the impression that they made.

The diademed seventh head of the "great dragon" was invisibly controlling this dual world power, the greatest of all the seven world powers, and this at a time when, apparently, the dragon needed its strongest world power as a foe of "the mystery of God."



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