Revelation 13 describes a great Beast power that has existed down through history and is extant just prior to the time of Christ's intervention in world affairs at the end of the age (Rev. 13: 1-10). This Beast power is to hold sway over the earth for 31/2 years and has power to make war with the saints and to kill them. This Beast power rules over all tongues and nations and is worshipped by them. The revelation goes on:
11And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
Garner Ted Armstrong in this sermon expounds these scriptures and then some. Relevant to the discussion is a recent article on the Vatican's attempts to wrest control of the holy sites in Jerusalem from the authority of the nation of Israel. This ties in with Mr. Armstrong's comments made in 2000.
Expose: The Vatican Wants to Lay its Hands on Jerusalem
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