by Clifford Owusu-Gyamfi on Monday, September 19, 2011 at 7:31pm
Revelation chapter 13 presents a terrible and destructive beast with unique features so far surpassing all the descriptive beasts before and after him in the Bible. And not only of his terrific appearance, the dragon, however Satan, gave him his POWER, THRONE and GREAT AUTHORITY. The prophet Daniel who was first given this vision was troubled in spirit and disturbed in mind and therefore sought to know more about this beast (Daniel 7: 15, 19).
This beast was given power to war against the saints of the living God. In other words to persecute God’s faithful children. Persecution here as defined by Wikipedia as, “systematic mistreatment of an individual or group by another group.” It is normally characterized by annihilation through painful tortures, e.g. beheading, hanging, burning, imprisonment, toasting, etc.
Let us note something important. This beast as terrific though it appears never had POLITICAL POWER to enforce laws in the world. But it had a political power which has some characteristics of WORLD SUPERPOWER in his backing. Let’s read from the same chapter.
And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 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. Revelation 13: 11,12.
The main contest in Revelation chapter 13 is RELIGIOUS and POLITICAL union in the last days. Today there seems to be a gap between politics and religion. But very soon various religions including some quarters of Christianity will speak the same language.
A typical example is NATO, EU and US involvement in the affairs of Islamic countries. The Catholic Papacy involvement in the affairs of world political issues.
Prophecy is fast fulfiling and very soon, what is wrong and right by Biblical injunction will soon be relative to the world. The world will soon embrace all religions as sacred all in the name of the so called New World Order; an attempt to unify the World.
In Revelation chapter 13, all those who will object and speak contrary to this UNITY will have only one option left; DEATH. You are to face a federal tribunal as anti-world peace compliant or non comformist.
Let’s keep on reading:
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Chapter 13: 15, 17
I want all my friends to understand that, our privacy and freedom is gradually being taken from each one of us. If America by its own veto go against the rules to attack Afghanistan and Iraq, then know that you as an individual is nothing before him. If NATO has the gut to rain bombs on Lybia then understand that some political powers are taking our freedom and privacy from us.
Google, Facebook, GPS, APPLE and all the modern digital companies you might think of are all among these gradual process of the NEW WORLD ORDER. Now you know facebook application is trying to know more about you: Your facial identification, location, and etc. Youtube and Google are linked up! GMAIL accounts are now used to integrate into Iphones and Smartphones. The GPS is able to give you your present location and near-by family and friends. There is actually no privacy in our world today. Your thumb prints are taken, eyes scanned and etc. Now if you think of deleting your accounts from facebook, it is too late. The system has already backup everything on facebook.
All these are going to make the New World Order a ”mouse over” or “one-click” action.
Check this photo below. Obama meets with all the social media network gurus. What did they discussed about? or What was his proposition? Currently, we have heard court issues with reference to a post on facebook or a mail sent via a social network.
In furtherance, the activity of the beast was to span within a period of 42 months in prophetic months. Which literary is three and half years. During these time, God’s faithful children are to preach against this unholy union. In God’s responds to this counterfeit system of worship, Revelation has a message for us:
And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone Gen. 19.24 in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Revelation 14: 9-11
It is clair from the Bible that God does not endorse this system of worship. Many people think of world unity as the converging point of world peace. But in actual sense, it leads to something else. When you hear news stuffs like Ecumenism, Evangelicalism and others, know that religious mergeance is at work. But God really hate such a system of worship. What does God require then?
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. Revelation 14:12
God defines who His saints are. They are people who have respect for human morality through the commandment of God and salvation through the sacrificial death of Jesus. Nothing more, nothing less. As societies are becoming more fragile in morality, His saints constantly remind the world about the commandments of God.
NOTE: Our world societies have no culture to make one good. If you are to fall victim to it’s immorality, it will take a teaching far beyond human standards to bring you back other than that, the society has no culture to bring you back.
The commandment of God has had effect in the lives of sincere Christians. Through the power of Christ that He impacts through the Holy Spirit, God’s children are able to live by the standards of His law and the Father is pleased by these sincere men and women.
But after 42 months, What happens?
And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. Revelation 14: 14, 15
I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. Daniel 7: 13, 14
But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him. Daniel 7: 26, 27.
The culmination of world history soon comes to end as Christ descends in glory to redeem His children once again. His first coming was to redeem us from sin. His second coming is to redeem us from this suffering. To take us home at last. This is why we serve Him day and night. The hope that keep the faith within us burning.
The beast and and all tyrant agencies that worked together with the Devil to cause trouble to God’s children are destroyed.
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Revelation 20: 10.
We should all steadfast in these evil last days. Soon and very soon, the saga will end and Christ shall reign forever and forever. To those who want’s to stand in these last days must understand that evangelism would be geared towards a new, unique and radical dimension and it is therefore important to equip self in all respect.
And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. Revelation 22: 12.