Those readers who have been keeping up with the links and “signs” posted on our Signs of the Times page – and who are familiar with Biblical prophecy – are undoubtedly aware that we are in a period of what seems to be definite and obvious “fulfillment of prophecy.” Even if we might wish to hold some “biblical prophecy” as suspect, it is clear that the fundamentalist beliefs of George Bush and the Zionists are following that plan, so it behooves us to know what the prophecies actually say (you might want to read my series on Who Wrote the Bible).
World events, most especially the activities of the present Bush Administration, demonstrate a clear agenda to implement Draconian Controls precisely as described in the prophecies of the Book of Revelation. What baffles me is the almost complete silence of the Fundamentalist Christian groups who spent so many years preaching and warning everyone about the coming “New World Order” and “Mark of the Beast”, and now that it is here – it’s real – they don’t even seem to see it. That is, of course, because they are PART of it. (Read the Most Dangerous Cult in the World).
Machiavelli observed that religion and its teachings of faith, hope, charity, love, humility and patience under suffering were factors that render men weak and cause them to care less about worldly and political things, and thus they will turn political power over to wicked men who are not influenced by such ideals. Of course, the real trick is to convince people that the “afterlife” is the only thing worth thinking about, and it is to this end that Christianity has been formulated. What we know now is that the original followers of Jesus – the “Jesus People” – were not followers of a dying and resurrected god, but were rather people trying to solve social problems similar to those of our day (Read my article on the Lost Gospel)
Another consideration I would like to bring to the reader’s attention is the matter of the Stargate Conspiracy and its COINTELPRO operation in the New Age community, among whom we find followers and proponents of the theories of Zecharia Sitchin. Not only have the Fundamentalist Christians been diverted, most of the so-called New Age, including many who have easily seen the element of “conspiracy” in the human agenda have also been co-opted. For some reason, they fail to observe the principle of “as above, so below,” from which they might derive the idea that what happens here in our reality is being driven by such manipulations in the many ways described by Machiavelli.
Still another matter that we need to seriously consider is that of Time Loops. The reader may wish to read Ark’s article on this subject – Physics and the Mysterious – in order to realize that this is not just some off-the-wall channeled idea of the Cassiopaeans, but is a real live possibility – even probability. In order to understand what is written in this article, it is necessary to understand the hyperdimensional perspective and how negative forces can be and have been “stunningly” accurate on many occasions in the terms described by Machiavelli. That is why it is useful to study THEIR propaganda – their “prophecies/plans” and what we may derive therefrom.
There are many other indications in literature that our reality is one that “plays in a loop,” but I don’t want to get off into lengthy assembling of these texts here. Those who have read The Wave and The Adventures Series know what I am talking about.
We have several things to consider here: the first is the hypothesis that we DO exist in a time loop with major loops and sub-loops.
The second is the speculation that the events of our major Time Loop extend from the time of the destruction of Atlantis to the present. We may very well be re-living the decay and destruction of that ancient semi-legendary empire. And if so, it behooves us to know who is on first, so to say.
And finally, we need to consider that the sub-loop we are presently involved in very possibly is a replay of a more recent series of events – a 65 year sub-cycle.
In this sense, we need to consider the idea that WW II was a “trial run” for the “End Time Scenario.”
Many of these issues are covered in detail in my book: The Secret History of the World . But this matter is so important that we feel it ought to be posted on the web.
Getting to our subject, what occurred to me the other day was that it might be interesting to look at a former interpretation of the prophecies of Revelation – identifying the United States as the Beast Empire – more carefully in order to see if any of the principles extracted then might possibly apply now according to a sub-cycle. If so, then we might be able to identify a projection of our immediate future, assuming that the archetype “holds true.” In other words, can we use the Beast Model of WW II to make some predictions about the present emergence of the Beast System in terms of not only Time, but possible OUTCOME?
Now, lest any of our regular readers think I’m going Biblical/Bible Thumper on you here, think again.
To understand our perspective on the Old Testament, please read my series “Who Wrote the Bible.” That ought to disabuse you of the notion that I am taking the Bible literally in a Fundamentalist Christian way. Yet, I certainly do consider that there are things in the Bible that ought to be taken literally in a hyperdimensional way!
Regarding the New Testament, other than hints and clues about what we have learned, I haven’t written too much. But it is an important subject that I hope to cover in its entirety at some point. For the present, please consider the allusions I have made about “Christianity” in a separate article.
Next, regarding the Book of Revelation itself, please read: Pathway to the Light Pole Shift.
And finally, consider carefully the idea that a great deal of “accurate prophecy” could very well be a
ruse to “drive the herd into the corral.” After all, if you make a prediction that you intend to fulfill yourself, when it begins to be fulfilled, it is so easy to claim not only credit for having made the prediction, but to declare oneself to be the “source of salvation.”
With all of these considerations in mind, let me present here excerpts from Revelation that I commented on in 1985/86, with additional comments about our present predicament inserted where appropriate. And, the reader ought to brace themselves because some of it is decidedly unpleasant to contemplate.
Revelation 13, the chapter which describes the “Beast” begins:
“I stood on the sandy beach, I saw a beast coming up out of the sea with ten horns and seven heads. On his horns he had ten royal crowns and blasphemous titles on his heads.”
This first sentence tells us of a landing on a foreign shore; the beast is to be found at a distance from the area of the previous chapter which describes the Roman Empire, the Catholic Church, and its persecutions of True Christianity. To understand what John means by sea, we can look at chapter 16, verse 8:
“The waters that you observed are races and multitudes…”
Examining all other references to beasts in the Bible, it is immediately apparent that, other than references to actual animals, this designation belongs to world empires.
Daniel’s prophecies foreshadowed Revelation, and Daniel was told by an angel that a beast symbolized an empire. There is some interchangeability between “king” and “empire,” just as there is interchangeability between “city” and “nation”. This is also traditional since any king is considered diplomatically to be his country. I think that we can safely assume that John is not referring to a fantastic animal, so the only other supported interpretation we can give to this beast is that it is an empire.
John is most specific in describing the numbers of heads and horns and the placing of the crowns on the horns and not the heads! So, we must think this is to be of some import in describing the nature of this empire. Daniel, Chapter 7, describes his fourth beast as having ten horns and, it has been determined that Daniel’s fourth beast was the Roman Empire. The beast in Chapter 12 of Revelation can also be identified, by its role, as the Roman Empire. The comparison can then be made that the crowns, in the case of the descriptions of the beast representing the Roman Empire, are upon the heads and not on the horns.
The number “7” is a sacred number indicating perfection or completion. It was used very often in a symbolic manner for the “whole” of a thing. Thus, seven heads would indicate an autonomous nation — not under the rule of any other empire. The placement of the crowns on the horns rather than on the heads indicates that this is not a totalitarian, monarchical or dictatorial regime. The horns symbolize strength and the assembly of the people, for the horn was used to call the people to pray and to hear the words of the prophets. We can see that on this beast they represent the strength of an empire in the diversity of its people.
Ten is symbolic of testing, an earthly foreshadowing of divine principle: “For since the law has merely a rude outline of the good things to come, instead of fully expressing those things, it can never perfect…”(Hebrews 10:1) So, we can conclude that the ten horns represents the assembling of a large number of people who express an almost divine concept in government — since the rulership of the empire, symbolized by the crowns, is placed on the horns and not on the heads — government of the people, by the people, for the people.
The heads, on the other hand, the decision making part of the beast, the administrative or titular head of an empire, are represented as having blasphemous titles on their foreheads. The definition of blasphemy is “profane usage of God’s name”. Profane simply means that which is not connected with religion. The blasphemous titles on the heads inform us that the government of this nation will use the name of God and purported spiritual principles to induce people to submit to its controls and its policies.
“And the beast that I saw resembled a leopard, his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth was like that of a lion.”
Here we find that this new empire has many of the characteristics of former world empires as described by Daniel. The multiplicity of types also indicates the greater supremacy of this world empire. Possessing the military might of the Media-Persian empire as exemplified by the bear; the speed and cunning of Alexander’s empire, the leopard. That the mouth is described as being like a lion denotes loud and boastful speech as well — self-aggrandizement and self-indulgence, and another meaning, as we shall see.
“And to him the dragon gave his might and power and his throne and great dominion.”
The dragon is, classically, and in scripture, Satan. This sentence denotes the emerging character of this beast as well as establishes its position in the world. John says that the dragon gives his throne to the beast. This means that this empire becomes the number one nation on the earth in all things material: industry, commerce, political influence, economic living standards, arts, science, technology, material goods of all sorts and fleshly pleasures; all things pertaining to the “things of the world.” That is not to say that any of these things are evil in themselves — it is the attitude and ideal which is important.
John has informed us that the social structure of this end-time empire is controlled by a pervading principle of life that is antithetical to spirituality. The Dragon exalts this empire far above all the other societies of the world in all the things which pertain to materiality. This society is one which has set itself up as arbiter of what is right and wrong as well as being excessively preoccupied with physical appearance and material wealth and goods.
“And one of his heads seemed to have a deadly wound. But his death stroke was healed, and the whole earth went after the beast in amazement and admiration.”
This verse tells us that one branch, or department of the administrative body suffers an attack. This attack is clarified in verse 14 which describes the wound as being inflicted by a sword — a military action. Note that the verse says “seems” to have a deadly wound. This tells us that this event leads many to think that it is a death stroke and will finish the beast. Yet, the empire/beast recovers quickly and goes on to lead, and be adored by, an admiring world.
“They fell down and did homage to the dragon, because he had bestowed on the beast all his dominion and authority; they also praised and worshipped the beast, exclaiming, Who is a match for the beast, and who can make war against him?”
To do homage means to serve or venerate, and this verse tells us that the benefits of Satan, materiality, as promulgated by the beast, become the standard of the other societies of the world. In addition, this verse identifies the ascendancy of materialism as occurring through military actions.
“And the beast was given the power of speech, uttering boastful and blasphemous words, and he was given freedom to exert his authority and to exercise his will during forty-two months.”
Jesus has been described as “slaying nations” with the “breath of his mouth.” We now have a clue as to the meaning of this remark.
Here we have the beast making war. “Speaking,” in this context, clearly means war. And, having the mouth of a lion, we can be sure that this “speech” will be proud, haughty, and declaiming noble ideals. But, that this war/speech is blasphemous tells us that there is something hidden here that we must find, and we will a bit further on. The authority during 42 months is identified in verses three and four as military. Thus, claiming to act in the will or name of God, this nation will lead the peoples of the earth in a war for 42 months. [Keep this 42 months in mind.]
“He was further permitted to wage war on God’s holy people and to overcome them. And power was given him to extend his authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation.”
This verse describes the extension of authority after the military action has ceased. Once again this nation is described as having the top position, and to a greater extent than before, in all material aspects. The results of the military action have served to place the beast in a position to “wage war against God’s holy people.”
Contrary to popular theological opinion, I do not see these “Holy People” as members of any given religion, “born again” or otherwise.
“God’s people” must be understood to be those who manifest spiritual values over and above materialism. It might also be noted that Christ said, referring to little children, “of such is the kingdom of heaven”; so we may include the criteria of “becoming as a child” in order to be one of “God’s Holy People.” Children are born curious, adventurous, courageous and most especially, not hung up on “belief systems.” Simple faith in the “rightness” of things, with no desire to “save” or change anything is one of the chief features of the “childlike” attitude.
The use of the word “overcome” in this context, informs us that an actual military action is not involved — rather that the beast uses some means of inducement to cause innocent and unsuspecting individuals to fall into the ways of materialism. This is a war of forces – – materialism versus spirituality — a severe attack on spirituality, leading many astray. It also indicates that those who place spiritual values above material considerations will have a difficult time dealing with life in general due to the fact that only those who know how to “play the game” will be able to maneuver well in the society of the Beast.
“And all the inhabitants of the earth will fall down in adoration and pay him homage, every one whose name has not been recorded from the foundation of the world in the Book of Life of the Lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world.”
This verse tells us that this empire will be victorious in propagating materialism over vast areas of the globe and that the ideals of Service to Self and reliance on human materialistic knowledge and capabilities will come to be seen as the prevailing aspirations of the world. This does not mean that the entire world will attain these ideals, but that the economic, industrial, artistic, scientific achievements and living standards of this empire will be admired and emulated — idolized, in fact.
However, we must also see that there will be some who do not fall into the trap set by the beast — those who retain their ideals of spiritual perfection and achievement – – and that these people are foreordained to occupy this role.
“Whoever leads into captivity will himself go into captivity; if anyone slays with the sword, with the sword must he be slain. Herein is the patience and the faith and fidelity of the saints.”
This caveat is inserted at this point for several reasons; The first is to reassure those who have been “foreordained” as well as those who have suffered actual death or loss, that what is sown is reaped.
The beast is warned that nations invoke karma also!
“Then I saw another beast rising up out of the land; he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke like a dragon. He exerts all the power and right of control of the former beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell upon it to exalt and deify the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed, and worship him. He performs great signs — startling miracles — even making fire fall from the sky to the earth in men’s sight. And because of the signs which he is allowed to perform in the presence of the first beast, he deceives those who inhabit the earth, commanding them to erect an image in the likeness of the beast which was wounded by the sword and still lived.”
This second beast, must, once again, be an empire. However, it differs from the first beast in several ways which John describes in great detail. The first detail is the number of horns. Two is a number which has several meanings. First, it represents a minority, for two is the smallest number by which testimony may be accepted. Also, we may look to Genesis for some esoteric clarification:
“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters; and let it separate the waters below from the waters above .. and there was evening and morning, a second day.” (Genesis 1:6,8, excerpts)
Here we see that the number two is related to a separating element which divides waters below from waters above. Throughout the Bible, water represents spirit and humanity.
In applying this principle to two horns, we see that the horns represent a powerful minority which acts in such a way as to separate mankind from his own spiritual heritage. This action comes about through things which appear harmless — “appeared as a lamb” — but are in actuality, propagating lies — “speaks as a dragon”– lies and corruption. And, once again, speech refers to force, or violence so we may assume that this second beast has some relationship to making war or using force to dominate.
“He asserts all power and right of control of the former beast in his presence;”
tells us that this powerful minority acts through and is supported by, the established empire of the first beast — an empire within an empire. A minority which takes control by force and deception.
“Causes the earth and those who dwell upon it to exalt and deify the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed, and worship him”
This indicates that this second beast was behind the initiation of the military action described as a deadly wound and that this event was planned to bring the first beast into position to establish military supremacy and commercial world domination. This establishment of military supremacy is emphasized in the lines:
“He performs great signs — startling miracles — even making fire fall from the sky to the earth in mens’ sight”
This describes the use of atomic weapons in this military action which lasts 42 months. This display of power is so awesome to the peoples of the world that they submit to the political and commercial domination of the first beast.
“And because of the signs which he is allowed to perform in the presence of the first beast, he deceives those who inhabit the earth, commanding them to erect an image in the likeness of the beast which was wounded by the sword and still lived.”
The “image” of the beast has caused many a theologian to lose sleep. Understood in the context of this passage, we can perceive that this refers to the establishment of the principles of worldliness and materialism throughout the world.
What is the image of the beast? Military might, speed and cunning, exalted position in worldly possessions and technology — as described by John.
That this ideal is extended around the earth through the lies, deception and force of the second beast, subverting other cultural ideals to materialism and using other nations politically, is what is being expressed by this verse — and that it is the end result of the war in which the beast was wounded.
At the present moment in time, there is a lot more data upon which to evaluate the identity of the Second Beast – the minority that controls the world. In order to better understand this, let’s take a quick look at a series of clues that will lead us, inevitably, to the correct understanding of this entity of Revelation:
At the turn of the century bankers, merchants, industrialists, artists, and intellectuals thronged the broad boulevards that ring [Budapest] or rode beneath them in Europe’s first subway. Between 1890 and 1900 the population of Budapest had increased by more than 40 percent to over three-quarters of a million souls, making it the sixth largest city in Europe. Because of Budapest’s lively cafes, boulevards, parks, and financial exchange, visitors called it the “Little Paris on the Danube.” What would not become apparent for years was that while the cares were doing a booming business, the maternity wards of Budapest were churning out [Jewish] geniuses like a Ford assembly line.
Hungary’s economic and intellectual flowering began with the Ausgleich of 1867, which established the dual monarchy with Austria. Under that agreement Hungary achieved something approaching independence from Austria; the Austrian Empire became the Austro-Hungarian Empire. With astonishing rapidity the engines of the industrial age and capitalism would transform Hungary. “The operators of those mechanisms,” writes historian Richard Rhodes, “by virtue of their superior ambition and energy, but also by default, were Jews.”
Shortly after the establishment of the dual monarchy, discriminatory laws against Jews were repealed, opening to them all civic and political functions. The surge of Jewish immigration followed, paralleling the contemporaneous flood of Jewish immigrants from Russia to New York City.
Political power remained in the hands of the nobility, whose indifference to the gentile non-Hungarian minorities – nearly half the population – would keep a third of the gentiles illiterate as late as 1918, and most of them tied to the land. The Hungarian nobility, unwilling to dirty its hands on commerce, found allies in the Jews. By 1904 Hungarian Jews, who comprised about 5 percent of the population, accounted for about half of Hungary’s lawyers and commercial businessmen, 60 percent of its doctors, and 80 percent of its financiers. Budapest Jews were also a dominant presence in the artistic, literary, musical, and scientific life of the country, which caused the growing anti-Semitic community to coin the derogatory label “Judapest.”
The growing anti-Semitism would in later years cause many of the brightest members of the Hungarian Jewish community to flee their country. Some of the leading scientists and mathematicians, whose ideas and inventions would help form this century, were part of this tide of immigration. Among the better known were Leo Szilard, who was the first person to understand how chain reactions can unleash the power of the atom; John von Neumann, inventor of the electronic computer and game theory; and Edward Teller, the father of the hydrogen bomb. Less well known outside the world of science but equally influential were Theodor von Karman, the father of supersonic flight; George de Hevesy who received a Nobel Prize for his invention of the technique of using radioactive tracers that has had a revolutionary impact on virtually every field of science; and Eugene Wigner, whose exploration of the foundations of quantum mechanics earned him a Nobel Prize.
The list of the great Hungarian scientists could be extended almost indefinitely, but even outside the sciences the prominence of Hungarians is extraordinary. In music it would include the conductors Georg Solti, George Szell, Fritz Reiner, Antal Dorati, and Eugene Ormandy, and the composers Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly. Hungarian visual arts in this century were dominated by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, who founded the Chicago Institute of Design. Holly wood was even more influenced by the Magyar emigration. Movie moguls William Fox and Adolph Zukor were Budapest-born, as were Alexander Korda and his brothers, Vincent and Theodor, the director George Cukor, and the producer of Casablanca, Michael Curtisz. And of course, Zsa Zsa Gabor and her sisters were Hungarian, as were Paul Lukas and Erich Weiss, better known as Harry Houdini.
Trying to account for what the physicist Otto Frisch called the “galaxy of brilliant Hungarian expatriates,” is a favorite activity in scientific circles. The leading theory, attributed to the theoretical physicist Fritz Houtermans, is that “these people are really from Mars.” Andrew Vazxonyi offers a particularly charming version of the extraterrestrial theory. “Well, at the beginning of the century,” he says quite seriously, but with a twinkle in his eye, “some people from outer space landed on earth. They thought that the Hungarian women were the best-looking of all, and they took on the form of humans, and after a few years, they decided the Earth was not worth colonizing, so they left. Soon afterward this bunch of geniuses was born. That’s the true story.”
The actual explanation for Hungary’s outpouring of genius is hard to find. Chance certainly played a role. But the strong intellectual values of the Jewish bourgeoisie, combined with the excellent Hungarian educational system, were the fertile field in which the random seeds of genetic chance could flourish. [My Brain is Open, Bruce Schecter, 1998, Touchstone, New York]
There is a tendency of some anti-Semites to develop grand conspiracy theories in which all historical events of major or imagined importance, from the French Revolution to the Tri-lateral Commission are linked together in one grand plot and blamed on the Jews. We aren’t going there. However, we MUST understand, based on what
we know about the psychology of ethnic conflict, that all people are NOT created equal, and there are definitely real conflicts of interest that are at the heart of all of the important historical examples of anti-Semitism. There is a vast amount of research on this subject and the only way to come to full understanding of the depth of the problem is to read
Jews have indeed made positive contributions to Western culture in the last 200 years. But whatever one might think are the unique and irreplaceable Jewish contributions to the post-Enlightenment world, it is naÃ¯ve to suppose they were intended for the purpose of benefiting humanity solely or even primarily.
I would like to point out that the list of Jewish scientific achievements from the quote above include atomic bombs and Game Theory. Jewish led Science has indeed exploded – no pun intended – and it has brought mankind to the edge of self-destruction. Advances in mathematical, physical and computer sciences have brought about “applied game theory”, where “wars” are called “games”, and to “win the game” is to kill as many people as possible with as little cost as possible. It does seem that the description of the Second Beast above is being filled out. But let’s look further:
In general, positive impacts of Jews have been quantitative rather than qualitative. They have accelerated some developments, for example in finance and some areas of science, rather than made them possible.
On the other hand, I am persuaded that Jews have also had some important negative influences.
I am morally certain that Jewish involvement in the radical left in the early to middle part of the last century was a necessary (but not sufficient) condition for many of the horrific events in the Soviet Union and elsewhere. (About this, of course, one can disagree. I am simply saying that I find the evidence compelling.)
But the main point is that I came to see Jewish groups as […] powerful facilitators of the enormous changes that have been unleashed in this country […]
There need to be legitimate ways of talking about people who oppose policies recommended by the various Jewish establishments without simply being tarred as “anti-Semites”. […]
As I write this (November, 2001), we are bogged down in a war with no realizable endgame largely because of influence of the Jewish community over one area of our foreign policy and because of how effectively any mention of the role of Israel in creating friction between the U.S. and the Arab world-indeed the entire Muslim world-is muzzled simply by the cry of anti-Semitism.
And at home we have entered into an incalculably dangerous experiment in creating a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural society in which the intellectual elite has developed the idea that the formerly dominant European majority has a moral obligation to allow itself to be eclipsed demographically and culturally […]
A major theme of the CofC is that Jewish scientists with a strong Jewish identity have seen their work as advancing Jewish interests.
It is always amazing to me that media figures like the Kristols and Podhoretzes and foreign policy experts like Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle do not feel an obligation to precede their remarks on issues affected by their solicitude for Israel by saying, “you should be wary of what I say because I have a vested ethnic interest in advancing the interests of Israel.”
But the same thing goes for vast areas of anthropology (the Boasian school and racial differences research), history (e.g., obviously apologetic accounts of the history and causes of anti-Semitism or the role of Jews in the establishment of Bolshevism), psychology (the Frankfurt School, psychoanalysis), and contemporary issues (immigration, church-state relations).
The point of CofC that really galls people is the idea that we should simply acknowledge this bias in (some) Jewish researchers as we do in others.
There are a great many books on how Darwin and Galton were influenced by the general atmosphere of Victorian England, but writing of a Jewish bias immediately results in charges of “anti-Semitism.”
The rise of Jewish power and the disestablishment of the specifically European nature of the U.S. are the real topics of CofC. The war to disestablish the specifically European nature of the U.S. was fought on several fronts. The main thrusts of Jewish activism against European ethnic and cultural hegemony have focused on three critical power centers in the United States: The academic world of information in the social sciences and humanities, the political world where public policy on immigration and other ethnic issues is decided, and the mass media where “ways of seeing” are presented to the public. […]
Things are very different now. Since the 1960s a hostile, adversary elite has emerged to dominate intellectual and political debate. It is an elite that almost instinctively loathes the traditional institutions of European-American culture: its religion, its customs, its manners, and its sexual attitudes. In the words of one commentator, “today’s elite loathes the nation it rules” (Gerlernter 1997). […]
This “hostile elite” is fundamentally a Jewish-dominated elite whose origins and main lines of influence are described in CofC. The emergence of this hostile elite is an aspect of ethnic competition between Jews and non-Jews and its effect will be a long-term decline in the hegemony of European peoples in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. […]
The fact that the Jewish intellectuals and political operatives described in CofC did not lose their national/ethnic loyalties shows that there was no general trend to de-ethnicization. The broad trends toward de-ethnicization somehow occurred among the Europeans but spared the Jews who by all accounts continue to strongly support their ethnic homeland, Israel, and continue to have a strong sense of peoplehood-propped up now by high-profile programs encouraging Jews to marry other Jews. […]
How to account for the acceptance of Jews and Judaism by the WASP establishment after W.W.II? Cuddihy’s (1978) book, No Offense: Civil Religion and Protestant Taste, focuses on the elevation of Judaism to the status of one of the “big three” U.S. religions, to the point that a rabbi officiates at the presidential inauguration even though Jews constitute approximately 2-3% of the population.
The Jews’ posturing as a religion left them open to large-scale defection via intermarriage to the extent that they took seriously the idea that Judaism was akin to Protestantism, and to some extent this did occur. But recently, Jews have been mending the fences. There is an upsurge in more traditional forms of Judaism and an open rejection of intermarriage even among the most liberal wings of Judaism. Recent guidelines for Reform Judaism emphasize traditional practices of conversion, such as circumcision, that are likely to minimize converts, and proselytism is explicitly rejected. […]
Judaism became unconditionally accepted as a modern religion even while retaining a commitment to its ethnic core. It conformed outwardly to the religious norms of the U.S., but it also continued to energetically pursue its ethnic interests, especially with regard to issues where there is a substantial consensus among Jews: support for Israel and the welfare of other foreign Jewries, immigration and refugee policy, church-state separation, abortion rights, and civil liberties (Goldberg 1996, 5). What is remarkable is that a wealthy, powerful, and highly talented ethnic group was able to pursue its interests without those interests ever being the subject of open political discussion by mainstream political figures, for at least the last 60 years. […]
For example, during the immigration debates of the 1940s-1960s Jews were described by themselves and others as “people of the Jewish faith.”
They were simply another religion in an officially pluralistic religious society, and part of Jewish posturing was a claim to a unique universalistic moral-religious vision that could only be achieved by enacting legislation that in fact furthered their particularist ethnic aims.
The universalistic moral-religious vision promoted by Jewish activists really amounted to taking the Protestants at their own word-by insisting that every last shred of ethnic identity among Protestants be given up while Jews were implicitly allowed to keep theirs if they only promised to behave civilly. […]
[In] Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel (Shahak & Mezvinsky 1999), Shahak and Mezvinsky argue that present-day fundamentalists attempt to recreate the life of Jewish communities before the Enlightenment (i.e., prior to about 1750). During this period the great majority of Jews believed in Cabbala-Jewish mysticism. Influential Jewish scholars like Gershom Scholem ignored the obvious racialist, exclusivist material in the Cabbala by using words like “men”, “human beings”, and “cosmic” to suggest the Cabbala has a universalist message.
The actual text says salvation is only for Jews, while non-Jews have “Satanic souls” (p. 58).
The ethnocentrism apparent in such statements was not only the norm in traditional Jewish society. It remains a powerful current of contemporary Jewish fundamentalism, with important implications for Israeli politics. For example, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, describing the difference between Jews and non-Jews:
We do not have a case of profound change in which a person is merely on a superior level. Rather we have a case of …a totally different species…. The body of a Jewish person is of a totally different quality from the body of [members] of all nations of the world […]
The difference of the inner quality [of the body] […] is so great that the bodies would be considered as completely different species.
This is the reason why the Talmud states that there is an halachic difference in attitude about the bodies of non-Jews [as opposed to the bodies of Jews] ‘their bodies are in vain’.[…]
An even greater difference exists in regard to the soul. Two contrary types of soul exist, a non-Jewish soul comes from three satanic spheres, while the Jewish soul stems from holiness. (In Shahak & Mezvinsky 1999, 59-60)
This claim of Jewish uniqueness echoes Holocaust activist Elie Wiesel’s (1985, 153) claim that “everything about us is different.” Jews are “ontologically” exceptional.
The Gush Emunim and other Jewish fundamentalist sects described by Shahak and Mezvinsky are thus part of a long mainstream Jewish tradition that considers Jews and non-Jews as completely different species, with Jews absolutely superior to non-Jews and subject to a radically different moral code. Moral universalism is thus antithetical to the Jewish tradition. […]
Within Israel, these Jewish fundamentalist groups are not tiny fringe groups, mere relics of traditional Jewish culture. They are widely respected by the Israeli public and by many Jews in the Diaspora. They have a great deal of influence on the government, especially the Likud governments and the recent government of national unity headed by Ariel Sharon. The members of Gush Emunim constitute a significant percentage of the elite units of the Israeli army, and, as expected on the hypothesis that they are extremely ethnocentric, they are much more willing to treat the Palestinians in a savage and brutal manner than are other Israeli soldiers. […]
Given that ethnocentrism continues to pervade all segments of the Jewish community, the advocacy of the de-ethnicization of Europeans… is best seen as a strategic move against peoples regarded as historical enemies.
This suggests the fascinating possibility that the key for a group intending to turn Europeans against themselves is to trigger their strong tendency toward altruistic punishment by convincing them of the evil of their own people.
Because Europeans are individualists at heart, they readily rise up in moral anger against their own people
Once Europeans were convinced that their own people were morally bankrupt, [via the Holocaust] any and all means of punishment should be used against their own people. Rather than see other Europeans as part of an encompassing ethnic and tribal community, fellow Europeans were seen as morally blameworthy and the appropriate target of altruistic punishment. […]
CofC calls attention to a long list of … double standards, especially with regard to the policies pursued by Israel versus the policies Jewish organizations have pursued in the U.S.
Jewish advocates addressing Western audiences have promoted policies that satisfy Jewish (particularist) interests in terms of the morally universalist language that is a central feature of Western moral and intellectual discourse. […]
Jewish organizations played a decisive role in opposing the idea that the United States ought to be a European nation. Nevertheless, these organizations have been strong supporters of Israel as a nation of the Jewish people.
Consider, for example, a press release of May 28, 1999 by the ADL:
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today lauded the passage of sweeping changes in Germany’s immigration law, saying the easing of the nation’s once rigorous naturalization requirements “will provide a climate for diversity and acceptance. It is encouraging to see pluralism taking root in a society that, despite its strong democracy, had for decades maintained an unyielding policy of citizenship by blood or descent only,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “The easing of immigration requirements is especially significant in light of Germany’s history of the Holocaust and persecution of Jews and other minority groups. The new law will provide a climate for diversity and acceptance in a nation with an onerous legacy of xenophobia, where the concept of ‘us versus them’ will be replaced by a principle of citizenship for all.”
There is no mention of analogous laws in place in Israel restricting immigration to Jews and the long-standing policy of rejecting the possibility of repatriation for Palestinian refugees wishing to return to Israel or the occupied territories. The prospective change in the “us versus them” attitude alleged to be characteristic of Germany is applauded, while the “us versus them” attitude characteristic of Israel and Jewish culture throughout history is unmentioned.
Recently, the Israeli Ministry of Interior ruled that new immigrants who have converted to Judaism will no longer be able to bring non-Jewish family members into the country. […] Nevertheless, Jewish organizations continue to be strong proponents of multi-ethnic immigration to the United States.
This pervasive double standard was noticed by writer Vincent Sheean in his observations of Zionists in Palestine in 1930: “how idealism goes hand in hand with the most terrific cynicism; . . . how they are Fascists in their own affairs, with regard to Palestine, and internationalists in everything else.”
The best strategy for a collectivist group like the Jews for destroying Europeans therefore is to convince the Europeans of their own moral bankruptcy.
A major theme of CofC is that this is exactly what Jewish intellectual movements have done.
They have presented Judaism as morally superior to European civilization and European civilization as morally bankrupt and the proper target of altruistic punishment. The consequence is that once Europeans are convinced of their own moral depravity, they will destroy their own people in a fit of altruistic punishment.
The general dismantling of the culture of the West and eventually its demise as anything resembling an ethnic entity will occur as a result of a moral onslaught triggering a paroxysm of altruistic punishment. And thus the intense effort among Jewish intellectuals to continue the ideology of the moral superiority of Judaism and its role as undeserving historical victim while at the same time continuing the onslaught on the moral legitimacy of the West.
The Judaization of the West is nowhere more obvious than in the veneration of the Holocaust as the central moral icon of the entire civilization. These developments constitute a profound transformation from the tradition of critical and scientific individualism that had formed the Western tradition since the Enlightenment. More importantly, because of the deep-seated Jewish hostility toward traditional Western culture, the Judaization of the West means that the peoples who created the culture and traditions of the West have been made to feel deeply ashamed of their own history-surely the prelude to their demise as a culture and as a people.
The present Judaized cultural imperium in the West is maintained by a pervasive thought control propagated by the mass media and extending to self-censorship by academics, politicians, and others well aware of the dire personal and professional consequences of crossing the boundaries of acceptable thought and speech about Jews and Jewish issues. It is maintained by zealously promulgated, self-serving, and essentially false theories of the nature and history of Judaism and the nature and causes of anti-Semitism. […]
None of this should be surprising. Jewish populations have always had enormous effects on the societies where they reside because of two qualities that are central to Judaism as a group evolutionary strategy: High intelligence (including the usefulness of intelligence in attaining wealth) and the ability to cooperate in highly organized, cohesive groups (MacDonald 1994). This has led repeatedly to Jews becoming an elite and powerful group in societies where they reside in sufficient numbers-as much in the 20th-century United States and the Soviet Union as in 15th-century Spain or Alexandria in the ancient world. History often repeats itself after all.
Indeed, recent data indicate that Jewish per capita income in the United States is almost double that of non-Jews, a bigger difference than the black-white income gap.
Although Jews make up less than 3 percent of the population, they constitute more than a quarter of the people on the Forbes magazine list of the richest four hundred Americans.
A remarkable 87 percent of college-age Jews are currently enrolled in institutions of higher education, as compared with 40 percent for the population as a whole (Thernstrom & Thernstrom 1997). Jews are indeed an elite group in American society. […]
By all accounts, ethnic Jews have a powerful influence in the American media-far larger than any other identifiable group. The extent of Jewish ownership and influence on the popular media in the United States is remarkable given the relatively small proportion of the population that is Jewish. […]
At the present time, “ways of seeing” that are presented to the public include – to a greater and greater extent – the Internet. The largest media company in the world was recently formed by the merger of America On Line and Time Warner. Gerald M. Levin, formerly the head of Time Warner, is the Chief Executive Officer of the new corporation. AOL-Time Warner has holdings in television (e.g., Home Box Office, CNN, Turner Broadcasting), music (Warner Music), movies (Warner Brothers Studio, Castle Rock Entertainment, and New Line Cinema), and publishing (Time, Sports Illustrated, People, Fortune).
The second largest media company is the Walt Disney Company, headed by Michael Eisner. Disney has holdings in movies (Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group, under Walt Disney Studios, includes Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Caravan Pictures, Miramax Films); television (Capital Cities/ABC [owner of the ABC television network], Walt Disney Television, Touchstone Television, Buena Vista Television, ESPN, Lifetime, A&E Television networks) and cable networks with more than 100 million subscribers; radio (ABC Radio Network with over 3,400 affiliates and ownership of 26 stations in major cities); publishing (seven daily newspapers, Fairchild Publications [Women’s Wear Daily], and the Diversified Publishing Group).
The third largest media company is Viacom, Inc., headed by Sumner Redstone, who is also Jewish. Viacom has holdings in movies (Paramount Pictures); broadcasting (the CBS TV network; MTV [a particular focus of criticism by cultural conservatives], VH-1, Nickelodeon, Showtime, the National Network, Black Entertainment Television, 13 television stations; programming for the three television networks); publishing (Simon & Schuster, Scribner, The Free Press, and Pocket Books), video rentals (Blockbuster); it is also involved in satellite broadcasting, theme parks, and video games.
In the world of print media, the Newhouse media empire owns 26 daily newspapers, including several large and important ones, such as the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Newark Star-Ledger, and the New Orleans Times-Picayune; Newhouse Broadcasting, consisting of 12 television broadcasting stations and 87 cable-TV systems, including some of the country’s largest cable networks; the Sunday supplement Parade, with a circulation of more than 22 million copies per week; some two dozen major magazines, including the New Yorker, Vogue, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Vanity Fair, Bride’s, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, Self, House & Garden, and all the other magazines of the wholly owned Conde Nast group.
The newsmagazine, U.S. News & World Report, with a weekly circulation of 2.3 million, is owned and published by Mortimer B. Zuckerman. Zuckerman also owns New York’s tabloid newspaper, the Daily News, the sixth-largest paper in the country, and is the former owner of the Atlantic Monthly. Zuckerman is a Jewish ethnic activist. Recently he was named head of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, an umbrella organization for major Jewish organizations in the U.S.30 Zuckerman’s column in U.S. News and World Report regularly defends Israel and has helped to rejuvenate the America-Israeli Friendship League, of which he is president.
The Wall Street Journal is the largest-circulation daily newspaper in the U.S. It is owned by Dow Jones & Company, Inc., a New York corporation that also publishes 24 other daily newspapers and the weekly financial paper Barron’s. The chairman and CEO of Dow Jones is Peter R. Kann. Kann also holds the posts of chairman and publisher of the Wall Street Journal. The Sulzberger family owns the New York Times Co., which owns 33 other newspapers, including the Boston Globe. It also owns twelve magazines (including McCall’s and Family Circle, each with a circulation of more than 5 million), seven radio and TV broadcasting stations; a cable-TV system; and three book publishing companies. The New York Times News Service transmits news stories, features, and photographs from the New York Times by wire to 506 other newspapers, news agencies, and magazines.
Even granting the exceptions, it is clear that Jews enjoy a very powerful position in U.S. media, a position that is far more powerful than any other racial/ethnic group. The phenomenal concentration of media power in Jewish hands becomes all the more extraordinary when one notes that Jews constitute approximately 2.5% of the U.S. population. If the Jewish percentage of the American media elite is estimated at 59% (Lichter et al. 1983, 55)-probably an underestimate at the present time, the degree of disproportionate representation may be calculated as greater than 2000%. The likelihood that such an extraordinary disparity could arise by chance is virtually nil.
Now that we have a rather good idea of the identity of the Second Beast, let’s continue with the prophetic exegesis of Revelation just to see what it says about the plans and intentions of the Beast Empire and it’s Controllers:
“And he was permitted to impart the breath of life into the beast’s image so that the image of the beast could actually talk, and to cause to be put to death those who would not bow down and worship the image of the beast. Also, he compels all, both small and great, both rich and the poor, both free and slave, to be marked with an inscription on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that no one will have power to buy or sell unless he bears the stamp, the name of the beast or the number of his name.”
The dreaded “Mark of the Beast.” The horror of totalitarian world government — tattoos, laser marks, implanted computer tapes — a host of interpretations! Yet, we cannot look upon this lightly for it contains the implications of the most horrific prophetic curse ever delivered in the pages of scripture!
Before delving into the “Mark”, let’s look at the first portions of this section. The “breath of life” imparted to the image, or ideals of the beast, coupled with “speech” and “putting to death”, express a repetition of the coupling of blasphemous speech and military action in the earlier verses. Thus we see that the beast will initiate “war” (active, cold, or covert) with those nations which do not adhere to its image, or domination in military and commercial respects. This is further amplified by the implications of buying and selling — join the beast or die!
The first mention of a mark in the Bible occurs in Genesis 4:15:
“And the Lord set a mark or sign upon Cain…”
It must be remembered that Cain was the first individual who was a liar and a murderer.
“If I have sinned, what have I done you, O You watcher and keeper of men? Why have You set me as a mark for You so that I am a burden to myself?” (7:20)
“I am Jeremiah, the man who has seen affliction under the rod of His wrath. He has led me, and brought me into darkness, and not light. Surely He has turned away from me; His hand is against me all the day. My flesh and my skin has He worn out and made old; He has shattered my bones. He has built up against me, and surrounded me with bitterness, tribulation and anguish. He has caused me to dwell in dark places, as those long dead. He walled me about, so that I cannot get out; He has weighted down my chain. Also when I cry and shout for help, He shut out my prayer. He has enclosed my ways with hewn stone, He has made my paths crooked. He is to me like a bear lying in wait, and like a lion hiding in secret places. He has turned me off my ways, and pulled me in pieces; He has made me desolate. He has bent His bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow…” (Lamentations 3:1-12)
Ezekiel 9:4-6 says:
“And the Lord said to him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in the midst of it. And to the others He said in my hearing, Follow through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have any pity. Slay outright the elderly, the young man and the virgin, the infant and the women; but do not touch or go near any one on whom is the mark…”
And, Revelation says:
“Then another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a mighty voice, Whoever pays homage to the beast and his image and permits the stamp (mark) to be put on his forehead or on his hand, He too shall drink the wine of God’s indignation and wrath, poured undiluted into the cup of His anger, and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.” (Revelation 14: 9-10)
“And the beast was seized and overpowered, and with him the false prophet who in his presence had worked wonders and performed miracles, (the second beast — that which gives false testimony), by which he led astray those who had accepted or permitted to be placed upon them the stamp of the beast, and those who paid homage and gave divine honors to his image. Both of the two were hurled alive into the fiery lake that burns and blazes with brimstone.” (Revelation 19:20)
“Then I saw a second angel … saying, Harm neither the earth nor the sea nor the trees, until we have sealed the bond servants of our God upon their foreheads.” (Revelation 7:2,3)
So, now we have a much clearer idea of what John means by the use of the word “mark” or “stamp,” It is an ideological affiliation! A spiritual position! An attitude of mind, heart and action! Soul Frequency Resonance Vibration! Nothing more — nothing less! What is more, we come to a most interesting description of those who are MARKED BY THE BEAST on the forehead and hands:
“Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord — the only Lord. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with your entire being, and with all your might. And these words, which I am commanding you this day, shall be in your own mind and heart; you shall whet and sharpen them, so as to make them penetrate and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up. And you shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes, And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)
We should note, however, that John divides the Mark of the beast into two categories: those who bear the “stamp” — the name of the beast or those who bear the number of his name. And here we come to the final solution: the identity of the beast. For it is clear that the geographical area of this beast/empire is under sentence of doom as well as those who are marked by the esoteric significance of the number of the beast who are located elsewhere, geographically.
“Here is discernment — a call for the wisdom; let anyone who has intelligence (penetration, insight) enough, CALCULATE the number of the beast; for it is a human number, the number of a certain man; his number is 666.”
1. CALCULATE — a mathematical operation.
2. Calculate what? — The number of the beast.
3. Calculate how? —
a. it is a human number;
b. the number of a certain man.
4. The unfinished numerical form of the name of the beast, the numbers which will give the mathematical result identical with the name number of the beast, thereby affirming identity, is 666.
In order to understand what is meant here, we have to consider the mind-set and world-view of the individual who wrote the book of Revelation. He was undoubtely familiar with the ancient Wisdom Literature which included many occult and esoteric teachings, one of which is a system of numerology. In the ancient tradition, a name number is very significant. The ancients understood, as physicists do today, that numbers represent the closest we can ever come to writing and understanding the laws of the universe. In the past, a man’s name number was so important that his name was often changed, signifying some important accomplishment or change of life, thereby changing the numerical value as well as the intrinsic meaning.
Clue 3a is clarified by 3b which indicates that we are not to interpret the former in literal terms — the number of humanity being 6, according to numerology; but that we are to deal with a specific name just as if we were determining the name number of a certain, (any given) man. In presenting these clues, John is telling us that we are to use numerology to find the name number of the beast just as if it were a man. We may make this determination by matching our result with the result of the numerological application to the number 666. This will affirm our identification of the last great world empire –the Beast.
The symbology of these numbers is important in another way. The result of the rules of numerology applied to the number 666 is 9: 6+6+6=18; 1+8=9. Nine is not only the name number of the beast, it is the product of 3 squared, or divine completion. We can also see in these numbers man’s attempt to usurp the position of God — 6 repeated 3 times — or the number of man arranged as the divine trinity. Symbolically nine signifies finality, completion, fulfillment. There are the nine beatitudes, nine gifts of the spirit, nine fruits of the spirit, and the words of Christ at the ninth hour: “It is finished!” This is echoed in Revelation:
“Then the seventh angel emptied out his bowl into the air, and a mighty voice came out of the sanctuary of heaven from the throne, saying, It is done!” (16:17)
We must also consider the significance of this number in terms of the Stargate Conspiracy and the “Nine Principles” or the Nine Neters of the Egyptians as being representative of the system of the Beast.
For the moment, we may also observe that 9 is an inverted 6 and, expressing the idea of the law of God – the Triad – being co-opted by Usurpation and inverted to negative purposes.
When we consider the ACTION of the Triad on the Triple sixes that equal nine, or what we might think of as the MULTIPLYING effect of Cosmic Law — or 3 x 666 — we get a most interesting product: 1998.
The Mark of the Beast – the imposition of totalitarian controls has been traditionally related to the so-called End of the World based on a passage from the book of Matthew:
24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains […]
24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
This passage about the “abomination of desolation” seems to relate directly to the Mark of the Beast – both of them big “End Times” signs. So what, exactly, does Daniel say about this “abomination?”
“Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to the one that spoke, For how long is the vision concerning the continual offering, the transgression that makes desolate, and the giving over of both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled under foot? And he said to him and to me, For two thousand and three hundred evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary shall be cleansed and restored.”
According to traditional interpretations, this Abomination was the pollution and destruction of the Jewish Temple either in 168 BC by Antiochus Epiphanes, or the destruction in 70 AD of the temple built by Herod. My thought is that this might certainly be a clue to the archetype of what is to come, but maybe not quite in the way most Christians might think. As it happens, Daniel had another time table in his prophecy that is closely linked to the above:
9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Since Jesus made reference to Daniel’s “abomination of desolations” as the identifying sign of the “great tribulation” the problem is to determine the exact point of reference. Most theologians agree that Daniel refers to the altar or idol of Zeus that Antiochus Ephiphanes placed in the holy of holies of the Jerusalem temple in June, 168 B.C. However, it is clear that Jesus’ reference to Daniel’s idol was future (to Him), so this can’t be the solution. In His Olivet discourse, Jesus makes specific reference to Daniel’s prophecy of the seventy weeks. A comparison of the details of Daniel’s seventieth week with 2 Thessalonians 2 and Revelation 13 demonstrates dependence on these passages. They have in common, among other things, the idol, the blasphemy in the temple, and a three and one half year reign.
This “Seventy Weeks” is generally interpreted to mean “Weeks of Years,” or each day representing a year. Most Christian Interpreters agree that Daniel’s famous prophecy of “seventy weeks” finds its fulfillment in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, but exactly how the time-frame is to work out is a matter of considerable debate. The problems are:
1) chronological methods and,
2) the terminus a quo and the terminus ad quem of the specific years in question.
There is also a great deal of disagreement regarding the eschatological significance of the prophecy. If we take the seventy weeks as representative of years, in other words, 490 years, absolutely nothing makes sense. For example, if we take the “rebuilding of the temple” in 516 BC – after the Babylonian exile which is allegedly when Daniel was writing – as the starting date, we come to the year 1006 AD as the time of the “end.” If we take the temple that Herod rebuilt, in 63 AD, which was then destroyed in 70 AD, there is no satisfactory fit either.
So what to do? Maybe Daniel meant 70 literal weeks relative to some still-in-the-future event? That’s just a little over 16 months. Again, we have the issues of an idol, the blasphemy in the temple, and a three and one half year reign. Let’s have a look at one of the assumed related passages to see if we can’t find a bit of clarification.
As noted, the timing and interpretation of these elements is based upon the assumed rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem and the restoration of the daily burnt offering. II Thessalonians speaks of the antichrist taking his seat in the temple and this is where the idea of the necessity of the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem had its genesis. The logic goes: How can the antichrist take his seat in the Temple if it has not been rebuilt? Also, how can a seat be taken in a temple if it is not done by a single man?
In II Thessalonians, someone claiming to be Paul, (and this is doubted by some theologians), speaks of the temple of God. Many have been taught that this refers to the Temple in Jerusalem. However, Paul is addressing Christians about falling away from Christian teachings. If Paul is addressing Christians about Christian concepts, the word “temple” may have a different meaning. For example: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God?” (I Corinthians 6:19); “For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God and they will be my people.” (II Corinthians 6:16); “In whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:21-22)
The fact is, the Greek word used for temple (Naos) in the scriptures cited which refer to man as the temple of God is the same Greek word used in II Thessalonians 2:4 for temple.
However, a completely different word is usually used when referring to the Temple in Jerusalem, (Hieron). Whether it was Paul or a later writer attempting to imitate Paul’s style, he was not speaking of the Temple in Jerusalem in II Thessalonians, he was talking about mankind — the temple of God’s spirit. And, though a man may claim to be following the standards of Christianity, he may, in reality, have set himself up as his own god because he exalts himself — his own interpretations and preconceived notions — against every so-called god or object of worship.
If, in the present time, the Temple is the body of mankind (naos vs. hieron) — even the body of an individual we begin to understand even better the “anti-christ spirit” as well as the “Mark of the Beast” as a glorification of material values over spirit. Our spiritual frequencies are being polluted by materialistic attitudes and this could be the key to the “Mark of the Beast.”
Getting back to our numbers, dividing 2300 by 365, we obtain the figure 6.3 years from the date of the “abomination” to the end, including in there a subcycle of about 16 months. If we take the number we have found by “calculating” with the “Number of the Beast,” that is 1998, things begin to make a bit more sense. If we try subtracting 6.3 years from 1998 we end up with 1991. If we add 6.3 years to 1998, we end up with 2004.
A minor recession occurred in 1991 concurrent with the Persian Gulf conflict begun by George Bush Senior. But we want to look at 1998 specifically for signs that it was the beginning of something if our hypothesis is to be proven. Let’s just look at a short timeline for 1998 to discover if there are any clues to be had that this is the “starting year” of the “Abomination of Desolation.” I’m going to bold text a few items that deserve special attention:
- January: A massive ice storm, caused by El NiÃ±o, strikes New England, southern Ontario and Quebec, resulting in widespread power failures, severe damage to forests, and a number of deaths.
- January 1 – Smoking is banned in all California bars and restaurants
- January 2 – Russia begins to circulate new rubless to stem inflation and promote confidence.
- January 8 – Ramzi Yousef is sentenced to life in prison for planning the World Trade Center bombing.
- January 8 – Cosmologists announce that the expansion rate of the universe is increasing.
- January 17 – Paula Jones accuses President Bill Clinton of sexual harassment
- January 22 – Suspected “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski pleads guilty and accepts a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
- January 26 – Lewinsky scandal: On American television, Bill Clinton denies he had “sexual relations” with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
- January 26 – Compaq buys Digital Equipment Corporation
- January 27 – American First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton appears on the Today show calling the attacks against her husband were part of a “vast right-wing conspiracy.”
- January 28 – Ford Motor Company announces the buyout of Volvo for $6.45 billion.
- January 28 – Gunmen hold at least 400 children and teachers hostage for several hours at an elementary school in Manila, Philippines.
- January 29 – In Birmingham, Alabama a bomb explodes at an abortion clinic killing one and severely wounding another. Serial bomber Eric Rudolph is suspected as the culprit.
- February – Iraq disarmament crisis: The United States Senate passes resolution 71, which urged President Bill Clinton to “take all necessary and appropriate actions to respond to the threat posed by Iraq [ Al Arabia Arabianportal / Al Hajj Tips ] ‘s refusal to end it’s weapons of mass destruction programs.”
- February 3 – A United States Military pilot causes the death of 20 skiers in Italy [ Italiano / Italia portal ] riding on a lift suspended by a cable snapped by the low-flying plane.
- February 3 – Karla Faye Tucker is executed in Texas where George W. Bush is governor, becoming the first woman executed in the United States since 1984.
- February 4 – An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan kills more than 5,000.
- February 6 – Crown Prince Abdullah becomes the ruler of Jordan [ Al Arabia Arabian portal / Jordan Hotels & Travel Guide ] by decree of his father, King Hussein.
- February 10 – Voters in Maine repeal a gay rights law passed in 1997 becoming the first U.S. state to abandon such a law.
- February 12 – The presidential line-item veto is declared unconstitutional by a United States federal judge.
- February 14 – Authorities in the United States announce that Eric Rudolph is a suspect in an Alabama abortion clinic bombing.
- February 18 – Two white separatists were arrested in Nevada and accused of plotting a biological attack on New York City subways.
- February 20 – Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraqi President Saddam Hussein negotiates a deal with U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan, allowing weapons inspectors to return to Baghdad, preventing military action by the U.S. and Britain.
- February 23 – Tornadoes in central Florida destroy or damage 2,600 structures and kill 42.
- February 28 – Serbian police begin to wipe out so-called “terrorist gangs” in Kosovo.
- March 10 – American troops stationed in the Persian Gulf begin to receive the first vaccinations against anthrax.
- March 14 – An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale hits southeastern Iran.
- March 24 – In Jonesboro, Arkansas, two young boys (aged 11 and 13 years) fire upon students at Westside Middle School while hidden in woodlands near the school. Four students and one teacher are killed and 10 injured.
- March 27 – The FDA approves Viagra for use as a treatment for male impotence, becoming the first pill to be approved to treat this condition in the United States.
- April 6 – Pakistan tests medium-range missiles capable of hitting India [ Hindi & Tamil portal / India Travel Guide ] .
- April 7 – Citicorp and Travelers Group announce plans to merge creating the largest financial-services conglomerate in the world, Citigroup.
- April 8 – Iraq disarmament crisis: UNSCOM reports to the UN Security Council that Iraq’s declaration on its biological weapons program is incomplete and inadequate.
- May 7 – Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for US$40 billion and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history.
- May 11 – Nuclear testing: In the Rajasthan Desert, India [ Hindi & Tamil portal / India Travel Guide ] conducts its second series of underground nuclear tests (the first were in 1974) and inflaming its rival neighbor Pakistan (who already has nuclear weapons).
- May 13 – Following India [ Hindi & Tamil portal / India Travel Guide ] ‘s second round of nuclear tests the United States and Japan [ Japanese portal / Japan Travel Guide ] impose economic sanctions on the nation.
- May 15 – Iraq disarmament crisis: UNSCOM learns that an Iraqi delegation has travelled to Bucharest to meet with scientists who can provide the country with missile guidance systems.
- May 18 – Microsoft antitrust case: The United States Department of Justice and 20 U.S. states file an antitrust case against Microsoft.
- May 21 – School shooting: At Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon, Kipland Kinkel (who was suspended for bringing a gun to school) shoots a semi-automatic rifle into a room filled with students killing 2 wounding 25 others after killing his parents at home.
- May 21 – Reproductive rights: In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker.
- May 22 – Lewinsky scandal: A federal judge rules that United States Secret Service agents can be compelled to testify before a grand jury concerning the scandal.
- May 28 – Nuclear testing: Pakistan responds to a series of Indian nuclear tests with six of its own prompting the United States, Japan [ Japanese portal / Japan Travel Guide ] and other nations to impose economic sanctions.
- May 30 – A 6.6 magnitude earthquake hits northern Afghanistan killing up to 5,000.
- June 2 – The CIH Virus is discovered in Taiwan.
- June 3 – Eschede train disaster: an ICE high speed train derails, causing 101 deaths.
- July 10 – Catholic priests’ sex abuse scandal: The Diocese of Dallas agrees to pay $23.4 million to nine former altar boys who claimed they were sexually abused by former priest Rudolph Kos.
- July 17 – In St. Petersburg, Nicholas II of Russia and his family are buried in St. Catherine Chapel 80 years after he and his family were killed by Bolsheviks.
- July 17 – A tsunami triggered by an undersea earthquake destroys 10 villages in Papua New Guinea killing an estimated 1,500, leaving 2,000 more unaccounted for and thousands more homeless.
- July 17 – Biologists report in the journal Science how they sequenced the genome of the bacterium that causes syphilis, Treponema pallidum.
- July 24 – Russel Eugene Weston Jr bursts into the United States Capitol and opens fire killing two police officers. He is later ruled to be incompetent to stand trial.
- July 25 – The United States Navy commissions the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman and puts her into service.
- July 28 – Monica Lewinsky scandal: Ex-White House intern, Monica Lewinsky receives transactional immunity in exchange for her grand jury testimony concerning her relationship with US President Bill Clinton.
- August 5 – Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq officially suspends all cooperation with UNSCOM teams.
- August 7 – 1998 U.S. embassy bombings: Bombing of the United States embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya kills 224 people and injures over 4,500.
- August 17 – Monica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an “improper physical relationship” with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he “misled people” about his relationship.
- August 20 – 1998 U.S. embassy bombings: The United States military launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Quaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for the August 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum is destroyed in the attack.
- August 26 – Iraq disarmament crisis: Scott Ritter resigns from UNSCOM, sharply criticized the Clinton administration and the U.N. Security Council for not being vigorous enough about insisting that Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction be destroyed. Ritter told reporters that “Iraq is not disarming,” “Iraq retains the capability to launch a chemical strike.”
- September 2 – A McDonnell Douglas MD-11 airliner carrying Swissair flight 111 crashes near Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia after taking off from New York City en-route to Geneva. All 229 people on board are killed.
- September 29 – Iraq disarmament crisis: The United States Congress passes the “Iraq Liberation Act”, which states that the U.S. wants to remove Saddam Hussein from power and replace the government with a democratic institution.
- October 4 – Leafie Mason is murdered in her Hughes Spring, Texas house by Angel Maturino Resendiz. She was his second victim in his second incident.
- October 6 – Matthew Shepard, a Wyoming college student, is found tied to a fence, the victim of a gay-bashing. He dies on October 12, becoming a symbol of victims of gay-bashing and sparking public reflection on homophobia.
- October 29 – In Freehold, New Jersey, Melissa Drexler pleads guilty to aggravated manslaughter for killing her baby moments after delivering him in the bathroom at her senior prom, and is sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.
- October 31 – Iraq disarmament crisis begins: Iraq [ Al Arabia Arabian portal / Al Hajj Tips ] announces it would no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.
- November 1 – The European Court of Human Rights is instituted.
- November 5 – Lewinsky scandal: As part of the impeachment inquiry, House Judiciary Committee chairman Henry Hyde sends a list of 81 questions to US President Bill Clinton.
- November 9 – In the largest civil settlement in United States history, a federal judge approves a US$1.03 billion settlement requiring dozens of brokerage houses (including Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, and Salomon Smith Barney) to pay investors who claim they were cheated in a wide-spread price-fixing scheme on the NASDAQ.
- November 12 – Daimler-Benz completes a merger with Chrysler to form Daimler-Chrysler.
- November 13-14 – Iraq disarmament crisis: U.S. President Clinton orders airstrikes on Iraq. Clinton then calls it off at the last minute when Iraq promises once again to “unconditionally” cooperate with UNSCOM
- November 18 – Iraq disarmament crisis: UNSCOM inspectors return to Iraq.
- November 19 – Lewinsky scandal: The United State House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee begins impeachment hearings against US President Bill Clinton.
- November 20 – A court in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan declares accused terrorist Osama bin Laden “a man without a sin” in regards to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
- November 23-26 – Iraq disarmament crisis: According to UNSCOM, Iraq once again ends cooperation with the U.N. inspectors, alternately intimidating and withholding information from them.
- November 24 – America Online announces it will acquire Netscape Communications in a stock-for-stock transaction worth US$4.2 billion.
- November 26 – Tony Blair becomes the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Republic of Ireland’s parliament.
- November 30 – Deutsche Bank announces a US$10 billion deal to buy Bankers Trust, thus creating the largest financial institution in the world.
- December 1 – Exxon announces a US$73.7 billion deal to buy Mobil, thus creating Exxon-Mobil, the largest company on the planet.
- December 11 – Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq announces that U.N. weapons inspections will no longer take place on Friday, the Muslim day of rest. Iraq also refuses to provide test data from the production of missiles and engines.
- December 16-19 – Iraq disarmament crisis: U.S. President Clinton orders American and British airstrikes on Iraq [ Al Arabia Arabian portal / Al Hajj Tips ] . UNSCOM withdraws all weapons inspectors from Iraq.
- December 17 – Claudia Benton, of West University Place, Texas, is murdered in her house by Angel Maturino Resendiz, She is his third victim in his third incident.
- December 19 – Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraqi vice-president Taha Yassin Ramadan announces that Iraq will no longer cooperate and declares that UNSCOM’s “mission is over.”
- December 21 – Iraq disarmament crisis: UN Security Council members France [ Francais portal ] , Germany [ Deutschsprachige Portal ] and Russia call for sanctions to end against Iraq. The three Security Council members also call for UNSCOM to either be disbanded or for its role to be recast. The U.S. says it will veto any such proposal.
- December 26 – Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq [ Al Arabia Arabian portal / Al Hajj Tips ] announced its intention to fire upon US and British warplanes that patrol the northern and southern “no-fly zones”.
- December 29 – The third World Parliament of Religions is held in Cape Town
What a strange year, eh? Did you notice all the corporate mergers and buy-outs creating HUGE mutli-national Industrial giants? Did you notice all the bizarre violence going on? Did you notice that the Lewinsky scandal ran as a sub-text throughout the whole year right along with all the foundational events in Iraq that are bearing very bitter fruit today? The weather and the planet in general were behaving rather unhospitabley as though something had “seated” on the Big Blue Marble that was distinctly unsavory. What I found most significant of all as a SYMBOL, was the execution of Karla Faye Tucker by our current president, George W. Bush. I rather think that, with that act, the spirit of Anti-Christ was revealed in the man who has come to represent the Beast.
At the present moment, we have a renewal of the Middle Eastern Conflict by George Bush Junior, and we get the uneasy feeling that many l of the foundation moves for our present situation were made right there in 1998.
So, let’s play with these numbers just a bit.
From February 3rd, when Dubya executed – without mercy – Karla Faye Tucker, to September 11, 2001 is 1316 days. If we remember what Daniel said: “For two thousand and three hundred evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary shall be cleansed and restored,” and we hypothesize that this was a significant date, we realize that we have 984 days to go from Sept. 11 to the “cleansing,” we are in trouble since we are already past that mark.
On the other hand, if we consider the Abomination of Desolation to have initiated on September 11, 2001, again using literal days instead of trying to interpret in years, we would then expect to see the “cleansing of the temple of humanity” to be slated for January of 2008.
Coming back to the Seventy weeks, if we take them as literal weeks of days, and we subtract the 490 days from the 2300 days, we get 1810 days. Well, it’s 1095 days from September 11, 2001 to September 11, 2004. That suggests that we have 715 days to wait for the “seventy weeks of days to begin.” This seventy weeks sounds like a real fun time. If any readers want to play with these numbers and find anything interesting, please send it in.
The prophecies of Revelation state that the two beasts will be cast into the lake of fire along with the false prophet. That would suggest that
the geographical area of the Beast Empire, and those who are doomed throughout the globe for their lack of spiritual “clothing,” may have some problems, to say the least.
Now, you ask, Who — or What — is the Beast? Which world empire fits the descriptions of Revelation 13?
Which world empire began on a foreign shore, formed of many races and tongues; (primarily people from the area of the old Roman Empire — the “Little Horn” of Daniel, which made war with three of the ten divisions of the Roman Empire: England, France and Spain)?
Which nation on the earth rapidly became the richest and most powerful empire on earth, using the name of God as its motto?
Which nation suffered a military attack – Pearl Harbor – which seemed to be devastating, but was, in fact, a political manipulation designed to engender popular support for a war of greed — a wound which healed so quickly that one can’t help but wonder if all preparations were made in advance?
Which nation rose up after such an attack and went on to lead an adoring world in a global war, winning on two fronts simultaneously? A war which involved this empire for a period of exactly 42 months on one of those fronts?
Which empire developed and used “fire falling from the sky in the sight of men” — atomic weapons — to awe and intimidate the peoples of the world – and did so via the offices of a group of elite controllers of the world, a second beast that appeared as a lamb and spoke as a dragon?
Which nation used such a blasphemous power on a people already defeated, the Japanese, after having deliberately drawn them into war?
Do we dare to suggest that the United States, has “manipulated” the perception of an attack by Palestinians in order to generate support for a war against them – with the intention of nuclear destruction? Destruction that would simultaneously destroy Israel? After all, in the “dress rehearsal” of WW II, the Japanese were manipulated to attack the U.S. in order to engender support to enter the war – and the REAL objective was Germany – an ally of Japan – the “Axis Powers.” And today, we have George Bush talking about the “Axis of Evil.” Are we getting a chill up our spine yet?
Which nation, after this war, established, and still maintains, military presence and industrial outposts over all the globe and has made the world its marketplace — a financial bonanza — propagating materialism as though it were manna from heaven or the word of God in order to satiate its voracious appetite for money and power?
What nation on the earth is ruled from behind the political stage by the industrial-military complex — a group so powerful they can politically (or literally) assassinate public and private figures with impunity; a group of wealthy elitists who know no bounds to their greed; a group which foments social unrest, political strife, unstable economies, wars and revolutions; a group which stimulates technology and promulgates materialism, to keep their pockets full and the strings of power in their hands?
What nation on earth has been manipulated by the electronic media — under the control of the motivation masters hired by the industrial-military complex (the false prophets of materialism and technology) — so that they have lost sight of the spirit and meaning of those ideals which gave birth to their empire?
What nation’s name number is NINE?
Use the following table to give values to the letters, then add them all together, continuing to add until you are left with a single digit. After you have tried all sorts of names and combinations, try United States (of) America. (Omit the “of” as it is not part of the name proper.)
Initially, when I discovered this funny relationship, I immediately discarded it for the simple reason that the Book of Revelation was written in Greek and I was calculating in English. But, after giving it some thought, I realized that if I was going to give even a modicum of credibility to a 2000 year old prophecy, that I ought to also give some consideration that such a prophecy COULD, indeed, accommodate the language shift factor. After all, if I am thinking that events so far in the future can be foreseen – or even manipulated hyperdimensionally – certainly the prophetic ideation would naturally include the fact that the lingua Franca of the future time was English.
Years ago it occurred to me that it was most peculiar that the United States was not taught as being included or mentioned in the great Biblical prophecies. Since it was apparent to me that it has become the most powerful and influential nation on the face of the planet, I thought this rather strange. This was due, as it was explained to me, to the fact that the prophecies concerned, mainly, the Jews and, having been delivered through Jews, primarily concerned those events which affected the Israeli people. Yet, we are talking about prophecies which are global in import. Again I say, if we are going to take, as a working hypothesis, the idea that prophetic abilities exist at all and that they can operate thousands of years into the future, then we must also accept that those same prophetic abilities will be able to perceive the major actors in the cosmic drama of the future. And, if the drama is played out on the stage of the entire globe, then we must understand that the discussion will, of necessity, involve the stars of the play.
The entity known as the “Beast” plays a large part in the end time prophecies and, considering the global implications, it is unwise to interpret in limited terms centered around the small nation of Israel. For more on this subject, see our series Who Wrote the Bible.
By the very fact of its global pre-eminence, these prophecies must be centered about the United States.
And, they are.
John, having brought the United States into his prophecy in Revelation 13, continues with his theme, describing the destructions of war and cosmic upheaval in chapters 14, 15, and 16. He then moves in for a close-up of an interaction which is very important for it further amplifies the roles of various participants in the end-time events. Chapters 17 and 18 deal with the identification and descriptions of destruction of an entity known as the “Great Harlot”.
Many have interpreted this woman to represent the Catholic Church, all denominational churches, occultists, and so forth. However, careful analysis of this and related portions of scripture will show that this is neither appropriate nor in keeping with the global sense of the prophecy. (And, in a previous chapter, we described the apostate condition of the Christian Churches.)
Scripturally, “Woman” means either the spiritual half of the human totality — the union of male and female — or, in an expanded view, “woman” symbolizes the socio-cultural-political manifestations of a group, a city, a nation.
Isaiah addresses the nation of Israel in a foreshadowing of John’s prophecy:
“How the faithful city has become an idolatrous harlot, she who was full of justice … Your princes are rebels and companions of thieves; every one loves bribes and runs after compensation and rewards. They judge not for the fatherless nor defend them, neither does the cause of the widow come to them.” (1:21,23)
Ezekial uses the same terms and expands the theme:
“…You ate fine flour and honey and oil … Your reknown went forth among the nations for your beauty … But you trusted and relied on your own beauty … You have made your beauty an abomination … You have played the harlot also with the Assyrians, because you were unsatiable … You multiplied your harlotry with the land of trade, with Chaldea; and yet even with this you were not satisfied … Because of all the idols of your abominations, and for the blood of your children that you gave to them … I will gather all your lovers … They shall throw down your vaulted place, and shall demolish your high places … They shall stone you and thrust you through with swords … They shall burn your houses … As is the mother, so is her daughter … Your mother was a Hittite and your father an Amorite … Your elder sister is Samaria … your younger sister is Sodom … You were more corrupt in all your ways than they were … The iniquity of Sodom: pride, overabundance of food, prosperous ease and idleness were hers and her daughters; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy..” (Chapter 16, excerpts)
Here we have a wealth of background for interpreting the “Harlot” in John’s prophecy. We may observe that “harlotry” relates, in a well defined sense, to materialism. I also, at this point, want to call attention to an obscure reference in Revelation 11:18 which says:
“The great city which is in a spiritual sense called by the names of Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.”
It is obvious that Christ was not crucified in either Sodom or Egypt, but Jerusalem; and John makes it plain that this “city” is re-enacting, in a spiritual sense, the sins of all three. Noting the “sins” of Sodom and Egypt in the foregoing passages as well as the concept that the United States is taking the global role of Israel, and, understanding that the terms “city” and “nation” are very often interchangeable, we may arrive at a conclusion as to which nation this multiple reference applies. At the same time, we see a clue to the powerful links between Israel and the United States that have manifested in the past 65 years.
Revelation 17 begins:
“One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke to me saying, Come with me! I will show you the doom of the Great Harlot who is seated on many waters, with whom the rulers of the earth have joined in prostitution, and with the wine of whose immorality the inhabitants of the earth have become intoxicated.”
This passage gives us the clues that this “harlotry”, or materialism, is worldwide and that the leaders of the earth are guilty of the specific sins of greed, perversion of justice, oppression of the poor and helpless, unfair trade practices, graft and governmental corruption as defined by Ezekial. Sound familiar?
So, we see a socio-cultural-political condition of harlotry which promulgates the idea of human technological achievement as the ultimate aspiration for mankind. This woman, or spiritual state of mankind, is further described as:
“seated on a scarlet beast covered with blasphemous titles, with seven heads and ten horns. The woman was robed in purple and scarlet, and bedecked with gold, precious stones and pearls, holding in her hand a cup of gold full of the accursed offenses and the filth of her lewdness and vice.”
The nation which is the seat, or foundation, of this corrupt spiritual ideal, described as a beast with seven heads and ten horns, harkens back to the beast of chapter 13. The colors are significant in that they represent government and religion — scarlet being the priestly color and purple being the governing color — and tell us that both the beast and, to a greater extent, the woman are revered by the peoples of the earth. Anyone who doubts that materialism has become a god in our society should try a little experiment: Try, for a period of twenty minutes each day, to clear the mind entirely and simply experience the quietness of the spirit. Nine people out of ten will have great difficulty quieting their thoughts and kicking them out, so to speak. Those thoughts which return to you most frequently, those ideas which are most persistent in holding your mind are, in truth, your god.
The gold, the jewels and the pearls adorning the Harlot tell us that all the mental and spiritual achievements of the earth are centered upon materialism — this includes science, education, arts, culture, music and all other aspects of human potential — including religion.
“And on her forehead was inscribed a name of mystery — with a secret symbolic meaning: Babylon the great, the mother of prostitutes and of the filth and atrocities and abominations of the earth.”
Babylon was the great city which arose in Chaldea, “the land of trade.” This verse tells us that this harlotry — materialism — gives rise to unspeakable crimes which individuals undertake to further their pursuit of sensual pleasure and acquisition of material goods. The deepest and most abominable sense of this description relates to warfare.
Many books have been written which expose the fact that governments do not wage war for moral or even ideological reasons — wars are simply acts of greedy materialism — but this is not commonly known among the masses for most of them do not read. Many still believe that the American Revolution, the Civil War, World Wars I and II were fought to defend noble ideals, and such people have been so thoroughly indoctrinated and duped on this subject that the mere mention of the actual facts causes them to close their ears and minds and live their lives in blissful ignorance, contaminating their children with unfounded patriotic zeal, and producing more fodder for the cannons.
One of the most abhorrent practices engaged in by ancient peoples, including, on occasion, the Israelites, was human sacrifice — in particular child sacrifice. It seems that we, in the present age, continue to pass our innocent offspring “through the fire” with as little regard as did the ancients — only now we call it “noble patriotism.”
I would like to suggest that governments and their industrial military masters are fornicators and the “Great Harlot”, the great, dark and evil system of materialism, is their mistress. Materialism is the mother of war, famine, disease, ignorance, drug addiction, murder, robbery, rape, and a host of assorted other evils of our day. Thus they are indeed drunk on the blood of martyrs.
“I also saw that the woman was drunk, with the blood of the saints, and the blood of the martyrs for Jesus. And when I saw her I was utterly amazed and wondered greatly. But the angel said to me, Why do you wonder? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman, as well as the beast having the seven heads and ten horns that carries her. The beast that you saw was, but is no more, and he is going to come up out of the abyss and proceed to go to perdition; this calls for a mind with wisdom and intelligence — it is something for a particular mode of thinking and judging of thoughts, feelings and purposes. The seven heads are seven hills upon which the woman is sitting; and they are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen, one still exists, the other has not yet appeared, and when he does arrive he must stay a brief time. And as for the beast that was but now is no more, he is an eighth ruler, but he is of the seven and belongs to them, and he goes to perdition.”
A caveat is inserted into this explanation which tells us that the answer is hidden and is in the form, once again, of a riddle. It is like the old conundrum:
“Down in the dark dungeon, I saw a bright light; all saddled, all bridled, all set for a fight. Now I’ve told you the answer three times in a row: what did I see?”
And the answer?
The first, and obvious, interpretation is that “seven hills” relates to Rome — the “City of Seven Hills” — and this is where most interpreters lose their way. Seven is also seven kings, or empires, five of which had fallen at the time John wrote Revelation. These can be identified as: Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Media-Persia, and Greece. The sixth, Rome, was in power at the time of John’s vision. The seventh “has not yet appeared, and when he does arrive, he must stay but a brief time.” And, the eighth is “of the seven and belongs to them.”
There is a very important transition indicated here in the number symbologies. Recall that the number seven is the number of perfection — the whole of a thing. We know that the sixth “king” or empire, is Rome; but who is the seventh, which completes the number, and how does the eighth fit in. This is why John said this was going to be tricky!
The “seventh” empire is the Holy Roman Empire, which, as a truly great empire only lasted for a brief time. The Holy Roman Empire was part of the original Roman Empire, and its subsequent conquerors and rulers were scions of Rome in fact as well as philosophy. The eighth is the present United Sates government which “belongs” to the seven in that it was a British Crown Colony, and our form of government, language and social customs derive from England which took them from Rome. Britain also rejected the overlordship of the Church of Rome, the power behind the Holy Roman Empire, rather earlier than the Continental European countries, so can be seen as the root and even a “part” of the “eighth” empire. It could also be, in stricter terms, the seventh in and of itself. The United States also belongs to the former “Seven” in that it embodies all the power and corruption of all the former empires put together and is the natural heir of them all.
The beast which “was, but is no more, and is going to come up out of the abyss” is identified by seven hills, (Rome), and is also the eighth — of the seven and belonging to them; eight being the number of regeneration — which identifies it as a “reincarnation” of the Roman Empire, but also connects it to Belshazzar in the Book of Daniel. If you recall, the king saw the handwriting on the wall and called for wise men and interpreters. Daniel interpreted the writing:
“O king, the Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father a kingdom and greatness and glory and majesty; And because of the greatness that He gave him, all peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him… But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind and spirit were hardened so that he dealt proudly, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and his glory was taken from him; He was driven from among men, and his heart and mind was made like the beasts…” (Daniel 5:18,21, exc.)
This is the “beast” John meant when he spoke of the one which was cast into the abyss. Nebuchadnezzar and the empire he represented. This indicates that this beast which is to come will also have major aspects of the Babylonian influence, which is to glorify materialism.
However, John indicates that this is not as simple as it would appear. John is prophesying global events using archetypes familiar to him and, we have already conjectured that the United States is a cumulative re-enactment of Israel, Sodom, Egypt and now, Rome and Babylon. This relates, in a sense, to the multiple animal identities of the beast of Chapter 13. Just as that beast was composed of many aspects of various animals, so, now, we find the same concept expressed in terms of socio-cultural manifestations.
Every aspect of the United States is in agreement with these varied descriptions — from our government style (Roman), to our trade practices (Babylon), to our sensuality (Egyptian), to our pride, over-abundance, and prosperous ease and idleness and sexual depravity (Sodom).
Additionally, we may observe that a nation which spends billions of dollars annually to fund warfare and space exploration while millions of its own citizens go without adequate food, clothing, housing and medical care, has, somehow, lost sight of the priorities which make an empire truly great.
“Also, the ten horns that you observed are ten rulers who have as yet received no royal dominion, but together they are to receive power and authority as rulers for single hour along with the beast. These have one common policy and they deliver their power and authority to the beast. They will wage war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will triumph over them; for He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with Him and on His side are chosen and called and loyal and faithful followers.”
As noted previously, ten is the number which represents an earthly foreshadowing of divine principle and, as such, exemplifies human law. In this passage, John amplifies the meaning of the ten horns — the ten rulers, or dominions, with no authority which receive power along with the beast — as representing the ten major divisions of the Roman Empire from which America drew its populace. John states that they ruled with the beast and then delivered their power to the beast, having one common policy — or, stated in more modern terms, created a democracy.
This verse reveals that, initially, the peoples, or horns, which constitute the nation of the beast, had authority and power, but, at some point early on, delivered their authority over to the beast — established a federal government. The term “common policy”, prior to this event, describes a former state of true democracy — relinquished to the beast. This point may be hotly disputed by those who have been stupefied by the media and believe that we have lived and continue to live, in a democracy set up by the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
To clarify this point, I find that I must digress again.
We, in America, have grown up being spoon-fed a watered-down tasteless gruel on this subject. Most college graduates suffer from mental-malnutrition in their concepts about American genesis. What is taught in our public school system is even worse. It is as though the government controlled school system seeks to propagate the myth of the Divine ordaining of a secular “Super State”. This is a dangerous and cunning slander.
The early settlers who came to America were, by and large, oppressed and desperate. Being outcasts in a despotic feudal system, they had little money to undertake such a venture. Most of them were funded by various European business interests who hoped to establish centers of trade so that they could benefit from the vast natural resources of the new land.
The colonists were brutally exploited and woefully unprepared for their ventures. Like the Israelites, they sought freedom from bondage and the only thing they had was faith. The experiences of the early settlers soon taught them that mutual support and interdependence as well as industry and moderation were the keys to success. They worked long and hard and improved their lot individually and collectively. Soon the European business interests moved across the sea and set up shop on the graves of those they had used to pave the way. Greedy opportunists and upper class land grantees followed and few found their dreams of riches or simple prosperity thwarted. It soon became apparent that the competition and greed of the business world of Europe was going to interfere with the wealthy elite of the New World, and a hue and cry was raised which has echoed over two-hundred years.
As it happened, the philosophies being expounded in the European scientific and literary circles at the time, came in handy as idealistic and inspirational extrapolations with which to underpin a spreading revolutionary spirit. And, for a single hour, the people and the government were united in their efforts to overcome despotism and oppression — the American Revolution.
Contrary to popular conceptions and teachings, the American Revolution did not create the American nation as we know it today. The Articles of Confederation actually bound thirteen new nations, each theoretically sovereign in its own right, into a loose confederacy. The Continental Congress could legislate but not enforce. However, the effects of the Revolution had been financially disastrous. The national and state debts went unpaid (monies owed to the wealthy elite who had financed the war), trade declined and credit collapsed.
Left to their own devices, the New Americans would have eventually sorted these problems out based upon emerging priorities and systems involving barter and mutually satisfying personal agreements. Democracy might have flourished.
Tradition teaches us that a group of “noble patriots” called a Constitutional Convention to “further the principles of democracy”, as spelled out in the Declaration of Independence. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Constitution actually checked the development of democracy.
In some of the states, a moratorium on debt was enacted to relieve the farmers who had fought in the war. But, in the largest and wealthiest states, the planters of Virginia, the manor lords of New York, and the merchants of Massachusetts and Connecticut, refused to give an inch.
Massachusetts went so far as to prohibit barter to which the impoverished returning soldiers had been forced to resort. Daniel Shay, a Revolutionary captain who had been cited for bravery at Bunker Hill, had come out of the war, as had many others, with nothing. (General Lafayette had presented him with a sword which he was soon forced to sell.) Seeing so many others like himself, he was filled with the injustice of the actions of the wealthy elite. He organized a force of 800 farmers and attempted to prevent the sitting of the courts which were foreclosing the properties of the returning soldiers. Shay’s army was dispersed by the state militia but his action thoroughly frightened the upper classes.
Samuel Adams begged Congress for federal aid to protect “property rights” and Congress authorized a force designed to prevent any further rebellion.
General Henry Knox wrote:
“The people who are the insurgents have never paid any, or but very little taxes — But they see the weakness of government’… They feel at once their own poverty, compared with the opulent, and their own force, and they are determined to make use of the latter, in order to remedy the former. Their creed is ‘That the property of the United States has been protected from the confiscations of Britain by the joint exertions of all, and therefore ought to be the common property of all. And he that attempts opposition to this creed is an enemy to equity and justice, and ought to be swept from on the face of the earth.’ In a word they are determined to annihilate all debts public and private and have agrarian laws, which are easily effected by means of unfunded paper money which shall be a tender in all cases whatsoever.”
The insurgents may have paid very little taxes, but they paid much blood. Nevertheless, seized with fear that a democracy would actually be enacted, the wealthy classes murmured for a government by “the rich, well-born, and capable.” (John Adams) Ezra Stiles and Noah Webster were vocal opponents of democracy. Webster claimed that
“The very principle of admitting everybody to the right of suffrage prostrates the wealth of individuals to the rapaciousness of a merciless gang.”
Taking advantage of the situation, Alexander Hamilton induced Congress to call a convention in 1787 to ostensibly revise the Articles of Confederation. Hamilton made no bones about his views that only the wealthy and educated were fit to rule.
“It is usually stated that Hamilton’s great achievement was to bring the men of wealth to the support of the new nation, but it could equally well be stated that he brought the new nation to the support of the men of wealth. Indeed it might be said that the new nation was created largely for that very purpose.”
Those who met for the Constitutional Convention were, and knew they were, the elite — wealthy, educated and intellectual. They believed that others like them must continue to rule for their own protection. The public good was a secondary issue. They meant to create a system in which this could be perpetuated, constitutionally, legally, and peacefully. Adopting strictest rules of secrecy, they proceeded to create the American Constitution.
M.L. Wilson wrote in Democracy Has Roots, that the Constitution was “a remarkable achievement in the avoidance of majority rule.”
It is not surprising that the ratification of this Constitution was popularly opposed. The conventioners promised to amend it at the first regular session of Congress. These promised amendments came to be known as the “Bill of Rights” and it is in these first ten amendments that Americans have their supposed “Constitutional Rights.” A sobering thought when one considers that amendments have been repealed in the past. But for the “Bill of Rights,” hundreds of years of blood-letting for personal liberty would have been tossed on the trash heap by the Federal Government, the Beast to whom the ten horns, the Assembly of People, gave their authority.
This beast, blasphemously using God’s name to further its policies and plans, rapidly propagated the ideals of materialism and capitalism. And, in a process of unadulterated propaganda, these ideals have been inextricably linked with “democracy” as though the two were identical.
The result of this has been a vast chasm between the “haves” and the “have-nots” which grows wider and deeper every day, while the former continue to dupe the latter into believing and sacrificing for that which does not exist.
“And the angel further said to me, the waters that you observed where the harlot is seated, are races and multitudes and nations and dialects.
And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the harlot; they will make her cheerless and they will strip her, and eat up her flesh and utterly consume her with fire.
For God has put it into their hearts to carry out His own purpose by acting in harmony in surrendering their royal power and authority to the beast, until the prophetic words — intentions and promises — of God shall be fulfilled.
And the woman that you saw is herself the great city which dominates and controls the rulers and the leaders of the earth.”
In order to get the correct sense of this portion of Revelation, we must organize the words in a more “English” syntactical order:
“For God has put it into their hearts to carry out His own purpose by acting in harmony in surrendering their royal power and authority to the beast, until the prophetic words, — intentions and promises — of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman that you saw is herself the great city which dominates and controls the rulers and leaders of the earth. The waters that you observed, where the harlot is seated, are races and multitudes and nations and dialects. And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the harlot; they will make her cheerless and they will strip her, and eat up her flesh and utterly consume her with fire.”
It would be easy to see a relationship between John’s Great City: “Babylon” and Nostradamus’ “Great New City” and relate both appellations to New York, though in the greater sense it means the entire nation. But I think that the meaning is far more subtle. When we consider the influence of the Jews on the United States, and the identification of the Second Beast in the previous chapter as the “great city which dominates and controls the rulers and the leaders of the earth,” I think that we might consider the idea that the Great Harlot could be related.
I would like to digress again and pick up our history lesson where we left off.
At about the same time that the American Revolution was being fought, a man name Adam Weishaupt founded an organization in Europe dedicated to the idea that only the elite were fit to rule and it was the duty of these elite to band together and manipulate international affairs to this end. This organization was formed according to the format laid down by the Society of Jesus — circles within circles – and its code was expressed in Masonic terms. They were found out, raided and, supposedly disbanded. However, there is evidence that they simply went underground. It might be conjectured that the framers of our constitution were aware of and even participated in such ideological “clubs”.
In the early part of the 20th century, certain members of this organization, affiliated with eminent European International Banking families, emigrated to this country. Evidence exists that these individuals promoted the ideas and ideals of Weishaupt’s “Order of Illuminati” among the wealthy elite of America. Prior to this time, there were disorganized attempts to control the machinations of government by the wealthy elite. This was deplored by Andrew Jackson, our seventh president, who wrote:
“I am one of those who do not believe that a national debt is a national blessing, but rather a curse to a republic; inasmuch as it is calculated to raise around the administration a moneyed aristocracy dangerous to the liberties of the country.”
This brings us to the crux of the matter: Money.
One of the downfalls of democracy in the early history of this country was money. Governments have always spent far more money than they could get from taxation. In order to finance their projects, (including war, graft and corruption), they must issue bonds. A small percentage of these bonds are held by ordinary private citizens; the majority are held by International Bankers. This is called the National Debt.
When any given individual borrows money from a bank, they usually provide collateral. When a large business or corporation borrows money, they too, provide collateral — which usually consists in placing members of the lending institution on their board and permitting the lender to direct, or control, some of the corporate policies.
In this way, governments are like corporations — their policies are controlled by the money-lenders. The money-lenders have another means of assuring that the government keeps in line with its policies — by funding the enemy. In this way, political power is balanced and all power lies in the hands of the lender. Since it is evidently politic for enemies to be kept in a tense state to assure the bankers of their profits, it can be seen that political and social tensions are fomented for financial gain. This is exactly the case, and this is the game that has been played between governments for hundreds of years with the bankers in the background pulling the strings.
On many occasions, this game has resulted in vast, money-making operations called wars, which have taken literally millions of lives.
The group which formed among the wealthy elite in this country as a result of the propagandizing of the European Illuminati soon began manipulating the economy of the U.S. and a “panic” ensued on Wall Street which set the country up to accept “banking reforms”. Since the wealthy elite were not popular among the masses, they realized that they must not openly advocate such reforms and, in fact, erected a smoke-screen of protest — feeling this to be the surest way of obtaining popular support. The ruse worked and the Federal Reserve System was enacted.
Henry Cabot Lodge, Sr., said:
“The bill as it stands seems to me to open the way to a vast inflation of currency… I do not like to think that any law can be passed which will make it possible to submerge the gold standard in a flood in irredeemable paper currency.”
But, it was passed.
Our “Central Bank” controls our money supply and interest rates. It can create inflation or deflation at will — recession or boom. And, the title of this system is misleading — no part of the federal government controls the Federal Reserve! This was admitted by Secretary of the Treasury, David M. Kennedy, in an interview, May 5, 1969. The Federal Reserve has never been audited, either. How successful is the Federal Reserve system? When Woodrow Wilson took office, the national debt was $1 billion. Even considering our increase in population, a national debt in the trillions staggers acceptance. But, from the point of view of the bankers, this is progress as they now own the county!
What is the ultimate goal of this group of wealthy elitists?
‘I know of the operations of this network because I have studied it for twenty years and was permitted for two years, in the early 1960’s to examine its papers and secret records. I have no aversion to it or to most of its aims and have, for much of my life, been close to it and to many of its instruments. I have objected, both in the past and recently, to a few of its policies… but in general my chief difference of opinion is that it wishes to remain unknown, and I believe its role in history is significant enough to be known.'”
The professor goes on to describe the aims of the network as being nothing short of control of the entire world through the respective governments of individual countries by means of economics.
“In other words, this power mad clique wants to rule the world. Even more frightening, they want total control over all individual actions. As professor Quigley observes:
‘…His (the individual’s) freedom and choice will be controlled within very narrow alternatives by the fact that he will be numbered from birth and followed, as a number, through his educational training, his required military or other public service, his tax contributions, his health and medical requirements, and his final retirement and death benefits.’
This group wants control over all natural resources, business, banking and transportation by controlling the governments of the world. In order to accomplish these aims the conspirators have had no qualms about fomenting wars, economic depressions and international hatred. They want a monopoly which would eliminate all competitors and destroy the free enterprise system. And Professor Quigley of Harvard, Princeton and Georgetown approves! [Gary Allen, None Dare Call it Conspiracy]
And, since 1945, where has this group of wealthy elitists centered their operation? New York — the marketplace and cultural center of the world! And, how far do their operations extend? Around the globe! And, who are the members? Over 1500 members around the globe representing the lions of industry, communication, politics, economics etc.
It may be apparent by this time that the “Harlot” is a creation of the “Second Beast” of Revelation 13, and, because of the deceptive, controlling tactics of this entity, we may also understand the sense in which John addresses it as the “false Prophet.”
However, up to the present, the propaganda of the “False Prophet” has been for “Materialistic Capitalism.”
There is a definite and sudden change noted in both Revelation 13 and Revelation 17.
In Revelation 13, John speaks of the “worship” or “reverence” given to the “image” of the beast. This act is connected with numbers and, in addition to the already discussed esoteric interpretation of these numbers, we must examine another facet.
The probability is that our government, as well as other governments of the earth will, in unity, move to a “cashless” society, and that all financial transactions will be handled by computer based upon a number assigned to the individual at birth. In the U.S. we have, at the present time, the social security number which is a series of nine digits. Quite recently, [the original text of this article was written in 1985] legislation was passed which made the obtaining of this number mandatory for income tax purposes. And, income tax is legally mandated. (It must be noted that a graduated income tax and a “Central Bank” are two of the ten planks of the Communist Manifesto, but I don’t think we are here talking about the instituting of communism; rather a total Oligarchy.)
If we view the instituting of the “Mark of the Beast” as the onset of totalitarianism, we must then see the destruction of the “Harlot” as popular opposition and revolution against same in the terms explicated by John:
“For God has put it into their hearts to carry out His own purpose by acting in harmony in surrendering their royal power and authority to the beast, until the prophetic words, — intentions and promises — of God shall be fulfilled. […] And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the harlot; they will make her cheerless and they will strip her, and eat up her flesh and utterly consume her with fire.”
The materialism of the “Harlot”, as defined in Ezekiel, is that which oppresses the masses for the enrichment of the few.
That this is to be a global event, is amplified in Chapters 14 an 18. Chapters 14, 15 and 16 are a broad overview of the final conflicts leading up to the ultimate cosmic cataclysm. Chapter 18 is a close-up of the fate of the Harlot/Second Beast.
“Then another angel, a second, followed, declaring, Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She who made all nations drink of the wine of her passionate unchasitity. Then another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a mighty voice, Whoever pays homage to the beast and his image and permits the stamp to be put on his forehead or on his hand, He too shall drink of the wine of God’s indignation and wrath…
“Again I looked, and lo, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud One resembling a Son of man, with a crown of gold on His head, and a sharp scythe in His hand…
“So he Who was sitting upon the cloud swung His scythe on the earth and the earth’s crop was harvested. And another angel came forth from the altar, who has authority and power over fire, and he called with a loud cry to him who had the sharp scythe. Put forth your scythe and reap the fruitage of the vine of the earth, for its grapes are entirely ripe.
“So the angel swung his scythe on the earth and stripped the grapes and gathered the vintage from the vines of the earth, and cast it into the huge wine press of God’s indignation and wrath. And the wine presses were trodden outside the city, and the blood poured from the wine press, as high as horses bridles, for a distance of one thousand and six hundred stadia (about two hundred miles).” (Rev. 14, exc.)
There are several images here which lend credence to the idea of global cataclysm. The first is the “white clouds” and the second is the image of the angel with the scythe. But, the possibility of war or revolution exists as well, considering the “cloud like” appearance of atomic explosions and the distance of destruction around the city, 200 miles, is entirely in keeping with models of nuclear destruction.
“She is fallen. Mighty Babylon is fallen… Because all nations have drunk the wine of her passionate unchastity, and the rulers and leaders of the earth have joined with her in committing fornication, and the businessmen of the earth have become rich with the wealth of her excessive luxury and wantonness. Repay to her what she herself has paid and double in accordance with what she has done.” (Rev. 18, exc.)
This reminds us of Revelation 13:
“Whoever leads into captivity will himself go into captivity; if any one slays with the sword by the sword must he be slain.”
And, considering the United States’ use of nuclear weaponry upon the already defeated Japanese people – the fruit of Jewish science – and its continuing manipulation of peoples and nations via the Jewish controlled media – this does not bode well for either country. Also, we must consider the evils of the propagating of materialism which has seduced the nations into forgetting their priorities — spiritual development being the primary one. The scriptures say God is not mocked; whatsoever a man sows, that will he also reap — and we may assume this to apply to nations, as well.
“To the degree that she glorified herself and reveled in her wantonness — living deliciously and luxuriously — to that measure impose on her torment and anguish and tears and mourning. Since in her heart she boasts, I am not a widow; as a queen I sit, and I shall never see suffering or experience sorrow.” (Rev. 18, ex.)
The fate of the Harlot, the Beast, the False Prophet, all aspects of the same national entity, are cataclysmic as described by John.
“So shall her plagues come thick upon her in a single day, pestilence, and anguish and sorrow and famine, and she shall be utterly consumed — burned up with fire; for mighty is the Lord God Who judges her.
“And the rulers and leaders of the earth, who joined her in her immorality and luxuriated with her, will weep and beat their breasts and lament over her when they see the smoke of her conflagration. They will stand a long way off, in terror of her torment, and they will cry, Woe and Alas! The Great City, Babylon! In one single hour how your doom has overtaken you! And the earth’s businessmen weep and grieve over her because no one buys their freight any more… In one hour (Babylon) has been destroyed and become a desert!”
Is this all John sees? The end of Babylon? We may recall at this time that Nostradamus predicted the coming of “The Great King of Terror” in the sky which then enabled the arising of the “King of the Mongols”. Revelation describes a similar event in great detail, and it is described as occurring after the destruction of Babylon.
“Then I saw another wonder in heaven, great and marvelous. There were seven angels bringing seven plagues, which are the last, for with them God’s wrath is completely expressed — reaches its climax and is ended…
“I saw what seemed to be a glassy sea blended with fire… (Recall the rivers and rains of flaming petroleum described by Immanuel Velikovsky)… and the sanctuary of… heaven was thrown open and there came out of the temple sanctuary the seven angels bringing the seven plagues; They were arrayed in pure gleaming linen, and around their breasts they wore girdles of gold… And the sanctuary was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His might and power…
“So the first angel went and emptied his bowl on the earth, and foul and painful ulcers came on the people who were marked with the stamp of the beast and who did homage to his name.” (Rev. 15, 16, exc.)
In fact that these plagues seem to be specific to a certain group, namely those “marked” by the beast, is a curious statement. Could this indicate that this is due to the adherence of ideology? An individual who is so materialistic that he will not admit to the possibility of spiritual and prophetic truth, will do nothing to psychologically prepare for such events and will, therefore, be unprepared to deal with it. Additionally, this idea seems to indicate that most of the destructive events will occur on the Western portion of the globe.
“The second angel emptied his bowl into the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a corpse, ill-smelling and disgusting, and everything that was in the sea perished.
“Then the third angel emptied out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of water, and they turned into blood.
“Then the fourth angel emptied out his bowl upon the sun, and it was permitted to burn humanity with heat…
“Then the fifth angel emptied his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged in darkness, and people gnawed their tongues for the torment…
“Then the sixth angel emptied his bowl on the mighty river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to make ready a road for the kings of the east…” (Rev. 16, ex.)
All of these effects describe the actions of a rain of exploding meteorites or comets on the earth. The “drying of the Euphrates” probably indicates an alteration of the climate, and perhaps even the geography of the earth which will enable the “kings of the East” to emerge as dominant which, by the implications of this statement taken with the foregoing passage relating to the destruction of Babylon, might be involved in some conflict at the time the comets head their way, disrupting their conflict at least temporarily.
Since the major portions of this analysis of Revelation was written in 1985, I have certainly learned a lot more and, at present, have a slightly different view of the phrase “The Kings of the East.” As we have learned, there could be other interpretations which include the term “Orion,” either positively or negatively. In any event, I no longer give it the probability of being an interaction with the peoples of the orient in terms of warfare as I formerly did.
“And I saw three loathsome spirits like frogs, from the mouth of the dragon and from the mouth of the beast and from the mouth of the false prophet. For really they are the spirits of demons that perform signs. And they go forth to the rulers and leaders all over the world, to gather them together for war on the great day of God the Almighty… And they gathered them together at the place which in Hebrew is called Armageddon.” (Rev. 16, ex.)
Now why, one must ask, in the name of all good sense, would the nations of the earth gather together for the long prognosticated war called “Armageddon,” in the midst of cosmic upheaval? Maybe it is because Armageddon is not quite what has been thought. We can note the similarity of the descriptions of the frogs as “performers of signs” to the description of nuclear war in Chapter 13:
“He performs great signs — startling miracles — even making fire fall from the sky to the earth in men’s sight.” (v.13)
… and thereby make the connection to nuclear armaments. But how are they being used? The connection with the “dragon” relates to lies and deception and the false prophet relates to materialism and political manipulation.
Supposing the earth to be in a state of incredible turmoil due to numerous wars and now, cosmic catastrophe, the deceptive attitude of scientific materialism would be that something can be done to avert further disaster, such as a comet or asteroid on a direct path toward the earth.
I believe that the description in this passage tells us that all the nations will assemble their nuclear armaments and attempt to use them to avert some sort of cosmic disaster.
The implication of this passage is that the armies are gathered together to fight God in his manifestation as extra-terrestrial cosmic catastrophe, and this is reiterated in numerous other passages of scripture.
Well, aside from the fact that the launching of all the warheads off the planet might serve a very beneficial purpose, assuming that nuclear war has not already occurred. It would rid the earth of these dreaded objects which would totally poison the globe if left to spill or seep after destruction by some sort of cataclysm.
The reader might wish to keep in mind that this text was written long before the spate of movies about diverting comets were ever dreamed of. I was also ignorant of the hyperdimensional alien reality. So, we might think that the “frogs” refers to the hyperdimensional denizens “loathsome spirits like frogs, from the mouth of the dragon […] For really they are the spirits of demons that perform signs. And they go forth to the rulers and leaders all over the world, to gather them together for war on the great day of God the Almighty…”
Nevertheless, the effect of this effort is not clear. The result is clear, but whether it could turn out differently is not established. What happens is clearly explicated as Global Cataclysm:
“Then the seventh angel emptied out his bowl into the air, and a mighty voice came out of the sanctuary of heaven from the throne, saying, It is done!
“And there followed lightning flashes, loud rumblings, peals of thunder, and a tremendous earthquake; nothing like it has ever occurred since men dwelt on the earth, so severe and far reaching was that earthquake. The mighty city (a usage which indicates the nation) was broken into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And God kept in mind mighty Babylon, to make her drain the cup of His furious wrath and indignation. And every island fled and no mountains could be found. And great hailstones, as heavy as a talent (between fifty and sixty pounds), of immense size, fell from the sky on the people, and men blasphemed God for the plague of the hail, so very great was the torture of the plague.” (Rev. 16, ex)
This event is echoed in Rev. 18:21:
“Then a single powerful angel took up a boulder like a great millstone and flung it into the sea, crying, with such violence shall Babylon the great city be hurled down to destruction and shall never again be found!”
“Then I saw a single angel stationed in the sun’s light, and with a mighty voice he shouted to all the birds that fly across the sky, come gather yourselves together for the Great Supper of God, that you may feast on the flesh of rulers, the flesh of generals and captains, the flesh of powerful and mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all humanity, both small and great!
“Then I saw the beast and the rulers and leaders of the earth with their troops mustered to go into battle and make war against Him Who is mounted on the horse (a celestial event probably referring to a body in the solar system) and against his troops. And the beast was seized and overpowered, and with him the false prophet who in his presence had worked wonders and performed miracles by which he led astray those who had accepted or permitted to be placed upon them the stamp of the beast, and those who paid homage and gave divine honors to his image. Both of the two were hurled alive into the fiery lake that burns and blazes with brimstone.” (Rev. 19, ex.)
Each of these passages is about the same event; each adding layers of color and detail. If we recall that angels were used to symbolize the planets in Jewish traditions, and considering all the related references to comets and other prophesied extra-terrestrial destruction, particularly that found in the writings of Nostradamus, I think that it is reasonable to assume that these passages describe just such an event.
The common elements of all the prophetic excerpts I have compared and analyzed in this thesis are:
1.Wars, and rumors of wars, pestilence, famine.
2.Visible changes in the appearance of the sun and other horrifying signs and events in the heavens.
3.Rains of fire and meteorites.
5.Destruction of nearly the entire human race, particularly those inhabiting the geographic area of the “Beast”
All of these, taken together, point to one event — the contact between the earth and another celestial body or bodies. Releasing of macrocosmic quantum potentials leading to Metamorphosis of Planet Earth and all upon it dependent upon the Frequency Resonance Vibration of the individual.
And we see, in the present time, the very activation of these prophecies in REAL terms, in REAL time, that almost literally boggles the mind.
Using our idea of Time Loops to consider the present events in terms of the Dress Rehearsal of WW II which lasted 42 months – possibly lunar months – from the time of the entry of the United States until VE day – we can propose that the present “War on Terrorism” will last an equivalent period of time. And since the events in Germany presaged our own times – a “dress rehearsal” as it were – and we realize that the center of action has been transferred to the United States – just as the activities of the Illuminati were transferred from Germany to the U.S.A., we can expect that the events in the next 42 months HERE will be very similar to that activities in Germany during that time. In short, we are looking at the imposition of a Fascist Regime through the offices of the Bush Administration and whatever follows.
However, the later passages of Revelation which describe the destruction of the Beast and Great Harlot – which we have identified as the U.S.A. and the Wealthy Elite Industrial-Military Complex Agents of the US – i.e. Israel, are even more fascinating and informative. It is always interesting to observe the results of Self-Serving Wishful Thinking. Without the opennesss of the Creative Energy approach – and the concommitant Frequency Resonance Vibrational alignment – it seems that those with an agenda simply cannot SEE the end results of their own actions – the wide road that leads to Destruction.
I am also going to go out on a limb here and suggest something more in terms of general “timing.” Let’s look at two passages:
“Whoever leads into captivity will himself go into captivity; if any one slays with the sword by the sword must he be slain.”
“To the degree that she glorified herself and reveled in her wantonness — living deliciously and luxuriously — to that measure impose on her torment and anguish and tears and mourning. Since in her heart she boasts, I am not a widow; as a queen I sit, and I shall never see suffering or experience sorrow.”
What this suggests to me is that a period of global destruction will begin after 42 months of “global domination” by The Beast, and that it will LAST for 42 months until the ” the seventh angel emptied out his bowl into the air, and a mighty voice came out of the sanctuary of heaven from the throne, saying, It is done!
“And there followed lightning flashes, loud rumblings, peals of thunder, and a tremendous earthquake; nothing like it has ever occurred since men dwelt on the earth, so severe and far reaching was that earthquake. The mighty city (a usage which indicates the nation) was broken into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And God kept in mind mighty Babylon, to make her drain the cup of His furious wrath and indignation. And every island fled and no mountains could be found. And great hailstones, as heavy as a talent (between fifty and sixty pounds), of immense size, fell from the sky on the people, and men blasphemed God for the plague of the hail, so very great was the torture of the plague.” (Rev. 16, ex)
This puts the dating of that event at approximately July of 2008. And, in actual fact, this fits the mathematical models of the orbit of the Companion Star formulated by Ark based on the work of Matese and Muller.
Q: (A) Regarding my calculation of the coming of the comet cluster, taking into account all the data that were given, I came to the conclusion that there is no way to fit the data unless I assume that the period of the comet cluster is changing during these past 300,000 years. I had to assume that it is decreasing. Is this conclusion correct?
A: The period between visitations of the implicator is decreasing.
Q: […] (L) Oh, dark star. (A) Okay, let me ask again. I am not ready to discuss the dark star. My computations had to do with the comet cluster which is an independent visitor, as I understand it. What about the period of visitation of the comet cluster? Is it also decreasing?
A: In accordance [with] Shrinking orbital plane. […]
Q: (A) Taking into account the decreasing of the period, I came to the conclusion from all the data, that the coming visit of the comet cluster will be, most probably in the middle of 2009, with possible plus or minus 6 months. So, it will come 2009.
What is the answer? What are our options?
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Originally Published 2007_11_17