The experience of going to a theater production is unlike any other entertainment experience. It is the oldest and most engaging form of storytelling. A well told story is able to touch our emotions as we identify with the various characters in the story. A well crafted production can move us to see our own lives differently and even move us to act differently.
The time between acts of a play is sometimes called stage setting. It provides an interlude to both reflect on the story that has been told and to anticipate how the story might end. During that brief period, the stage lights are darkened, the curtain is drawn and a lot of noise is heard as the various pieces of background art are moved into place.
Each element on the stage is intended to help tell the story so that when the curtain is pulled back and the lights come on the viewer can be immersed into the new scene. Each actor/actress interacts with the stage set as a way to bring context to their role and to the story as a whole. Without the proper background set in place in the right sequence, the telling of the story is confused and the experience is very unsatisfying.
In many ways, telling of the history of mankind on this earth is likewise confused and unsatisfying. Without the proper context and background, we are left to try and make sense of our world and the actors on the stage without a clear picture as to what has already happened. Neither are we able to anticipate what is about to happen. This confusion produces fear and adds to the stress of living.
Biblical revelation is intended to bring clarity to our understanding of history. God has a story to tell and His-story is the greatest one ever told. Unfortunately, men have attempted to retell the story with the wrong background. The actors/actresses that come on the scene are interacting with a distorted setting that can only tell a chaotic and confused story.
The true story of mankind is this: God created men and women to live and reign with Him over a perfect creation. In order for men and women to receive this awesome responsibility they would have to choose, not between impersonal forces of good and evil, but between two persons. In the language of story telling: a protagonist and an antagonist.
The choice that we are given is to believe that uncreated and eternal God (the protagonist) is always good or to take sides with a created being named Lucifer (the antagonist) who declares that God is not always good. The wisdom that Lucifer was created with was turned through pride toward the craft of deceit. Mankind was proved to have a fickle heart in turning away from God, choosing to worship the creature and not the Creator. (Romans 1:24,25)
His-story then is how God chose to rehabilitate rather than to destroy mankind. The plan was to send a Redeemer at the right time to draw men’s heart back to Himself and enable mankind to finally be fit for the intent that God created us for. Human history is a series of acts in which an elaborate stage is set to provide the right background and sequential telling of that story.
Because we can’t see how everything is going to work out, as the story is told, we are often challenged to continue believing that God is always good. Yet doing so helps us to see how the roles that each actor/actress plays fit into His-story.
The prophets of God showed what the stage set would like like but they didn’t understand the sequence. At the end of Daniel’s prophecy, he asks:
“And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what [shall be] the end of these [things]? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words [are] closed up and sealed till the time of the end.”
Daniel 12:8-9 KJV
In other words, only as the final acts of the story are told does it become more clear what the prophets saw.
The Final Scenes
As of this writing in the fall of 2022, every week that goes by the stage lights are turned up and the curtains are pulled back to reveal the efforts of globalist minded leaders to reset the world economically, geographically, politically and religiously.
In the last post, we looked at the possibility that the populist uprisings taking place all over the world against their globalist leaders may result in the fall of the globalist cabal. We also considered how the rapture of the church that the Apostle Paul taught could be the one thing that would stop what appears to be an inevitable take down of this cabal. The removal of the restraining power of the Holy Spirit would allow the great reset that the globalists so desire to at last be realized.
In this post, we will look a little deeper at the actors on the stage in these final scenes. In particular we will review the characters of Babylon and the beast described in chapters 13 and 17 of the book of Revelation.
It was noted previously that in Psalm 2 there appears to be a distinction between the kings of the earth who ‘set themselves’ and the rulers who ‘take counsel together’. There is the possibility that this is merely a Hebrew parallelism wherein the phrase ‘the rulers take counsel together’ is giving a deeper description of ‘the kings of the earth set themselves’.
In other words, their action of taking a stand (set themselves) is accompanied by having a discussion with one another as to what they will say against the Lord. While this is perhaps a valid interpretation, there is another possibility…That is, it may be describing that the kings of the earth are controlled by an unseen group of rulers who are satanically energized.
Babylon and the Beast
This beast described in Revelation 13 is characterized by its sudden appearance and rapid advancement on the world scene. It will be with the swiftness of a leopard in its conquest over the whole world. Like the feet of a bear, its power will be impossible to resist. Moreover, it will be led by an individual with the ability to intimidate with speech like the roaring of a lion causing every living soul to cower in fear and submit to his proud will.
In Revelation 17 we read about the activity of this beast. It is carrying the harlot of Babylon who is the declared to be the source of abominations of the earth. (Paganism, false Christianity, homosexuality, sexual perversions; bestiality, pedophilia, child sacrifice, gender confusion, etc)
This harlot is a Luciferian means of coercion and deception. This gives the cover of legitimacy to the beast through religious, commercial and royal affirmations (propaganda) as represented by the garments that she wears.
This harlots’ appearance represents those society thought leaders who wrap themselves in religious and political garments to give them legitimacy and moral authority, all the while being instruments of the beast himself:
“…who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.”
Moreover, she is described as a city that reigns over the kings of the earth. (Revelation 17:18) This suggests that there will be a city with cultural (media) and governmental authority to which the kings of the earth must submit. This has led many to declare that Hollywood California is Babylon. However, even as influential as Hollywood is, this description of Babylon carries with it far more authority than Hollywood has. There is no reason to not believe that Ancient Babylon itself cannot be quickly rebuilt as a global center of commerce, culture and command authority.
What do we learn about this beast from Scripture?
- Demonic; A great red dragon from hell (Revelation 12)
- AntiChrist pedovore: Seeking to devour the Christ child (Revelation 12)
- Pagan: Carrying the harlot of Bablyon (Revelation 17)
- Anti Israel: Persecuting the woman who is a picture of Israel. (Revelation 12)
- Demanding worship: From all tribes and tongues by coercion: (Revelation 13)
- Demanding world empire: With centralized authority: (Revelation 13:7)
- Swift in conquest; Like a leopard (Revelation 13:2)
- Crushing authority: Feet like a bear (Revelation 13:2)
- Intimidates by proud speech: Mouth of a lion (Revelation 13:2)
- Transcends epochs of time: “…was, and is not and yet is.” This beast has had power before, yet it’s power as of John’s day was essentially broken. Still, it continues to exist even to this day, but is not yet fully manifest. (it shall ascend out of hell) (Revelation 17:8)
The beast is cryptically described as to its ubiquitous nature. It “…was, and is not and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit….was, and is not and yet is”. In other words, this antichrist system that the beast represents has always been in this world but it hasn’t always been evident in the form of world empire.
“And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”
The imagery of the beasts description in Revelation 13 is that it possesses the swiftness of a leopard, the expansive power of a bear’s foot and the proud mouth of a lion. These same descriptors are used in Daniels prophecy to reveal to us the world empires of Greece, Medo-Persia and Babylon respectively. This I believe is what is meant in Revelation 17:11 that the “eighth (beast) is of the seven.” That is that it has the same energizing source as the previous seven beasts.
In addition, we are given other clues about what this beast represents in Rev. 17:9-11. These seven heads are seven kings and seven mountains (Notice the distinction between rulers and their empire) that represent a continuum of time. (Revelation 17:10) In other words, this beast suggests a picture of successive pagan world empires.
It was revealed to the apostle John that these beasts are seven kings (or seven mountains as to their prominence in world history) are seven kingdoms: 5 are fallen, a sixth one is, a seventh one is yet to come (as of John’s day) and the full final manifestation (the eighth) will bring the world into its final period of destruction before the Lord returns to reign. (Revelation 17:10)
There are a variety of opinions about what these beasts represent. John Walvoord in his commentary on the book of Revelation writes the following: “The successive idea appears to be borne out by Revelation 17: 10-12 where the heads are indicated to be successive rulers. The difficulty can be resolved by regarding the heads as successive, referring to kings or emperors…”
If this is the case then the five beasts (world empires) that enslaved Israel prior to John’s Day were: Egypt, Assyria; Babylon, Medo-Persia and Greece. The sixth one is the beast that carried out the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus and the subsequent persecution of Israel and the church. i.e. the Roman empire.
Further, John was told that the seventh one is yet to come (from John’s day) and ‘he’ (a king/emperor) will continue for only a short time. We know that this king is future to John’s day, we don’t know if this king is future to our day (2022) or whether it refers to the persecution of Israel through the pogroms of the 20th century.
Since the beast is referred to an individual ‘he’, the temptation is to identify him as a despot like Hitler. The problem is that there are simultaneous persecutions of the Jews through Stalin, Mussolini and the various rulers of Islam. So it is hard to identify one emperor as the head of this beast. This is why many commentators believe that this beast is yet to be revealed.
The Apostle John was told that this beast that he saw ‘is not, yet now is’. In other words, the final form of this beast of world empire (the eighth beast) doesn’t exist yet. However, the persecutor of Christ and of Israel that existed in John’s day was the beast of Roman empire and the seventh beast to come will be like the Roman empire.
When Will This Take Place?
In 1957, six European nations met to form the European Economic Community (EEC). At this meeting, they signed the treaty of Rome. This formed the core of what become known as the European Union (EU) in 1993. The treaty later became known as the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union in 2009.
The EU eventually became an international organization comprising 27 European countries that governed common economic, social, and security policies in a region that is roughly what occupies the former Roman empire. So, given what we see taking place in our day with the globalists of the European Union, it is possible that they will at some point coalesce into a world empire but only to exist for a short time.
Based on Daniels prophecy of seventy weeks determined upon his people (Daniel 9:24), it seems reasonable to expect that this next beast will be related to ‘the times of the Gentiles’ that must be fulfilled. (Luke 21:24; Romans 11:25) That is, there are years of successive world empires that oppress the Jews and prevent them from realizing the kingdom promises.
We know that Daniel’s prophecy of seventy weeks of Gentile dominion over Israel is lacking only the final 70th week. So, whenever this seventh brief reign of the beast begins and ends, it will be related to this final week and will be characterized by a demonic exercise against the nation of Israel.
What can be known for sure from scripture is that the final (eighth) world empire led by one who the Apostle Paul calls ‘the man of sin’ is being held in check or restrained from being revealed. This beast is also shown to have authority only after its head with the deadly wound was healed.
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;”
“For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains [will do so] until He is taken out of the way.”
2 Thessalonians 2:7 NKJV
We can also learn from scripture that the resurrection of Christ and the sending of the Holy Spirit was declared to have the effect of disarming the demonic forces behind world empires.
“Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”
Colossians 2:15 NKJV
What we can understand from this is that the Holy Spirit is actively working through human agency of His Church in the spread of the gospel and through corporate prayer of believers. There is also restraint exercised through human government via ‘a sword’ to restrain the full manifestation of this final form of world empire. This present time, since the Resurrection of Christ is an interim between the 69th and the 70th week in ‘The times of the Gentiles’.
At this time, the Holy Spirit indwells the church and the church cannot exist apart from the Holy Spirit. So if the restrainer is the Holy Spirit and the restrainer is to be removed, then the church must be removed from the earth before that deadly wound can be healed. Only then can the full and final manifestation of the beast be revealed.
The Apostle Paul describes this event in 1 Corinthians and 2 Thessalonians
“…in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.“
1 Corinthians 15:52 NKJV
“Let no one deceive you by any means; for [that Day will not come] unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?
And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains [will do so] until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.
The coming of the [lawless one] is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
A Deadly Wound
Consider from the present perspective of 2022 that this seventh attempt at world empire (the mystery of lawlessness that is already at work) took place in the mad developments of aristocracies from the time of Romes dissolution until our day. The 20th century resulted in two catastrophic world wars and countless regional conflicts since that time.
Although it may be that the intended result of these wars was to establish world empire, it appears that God intervened in response to the prayers of God’s people. So, It would seem that the ACTUAL result of each of these wars was to diminish the power of various forms of central control that had arisen in Socialist Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Imperial Japan and Communist Russia.
However, what I am suggesting here is that the beast itself ‘is not, yet is’ in the form of shadow governments controlled by Satanically inspired aristocracies. We refer to this cabal in our day as the ‘deep state’ that is an extension of an anti-Christian, anti Israel, anti-God philosophy.
This same spirit of antichrist that has produced the European Union and the World Economic Forum (WEF) will eventuate in the final form of world empire. That is, it is the same character as the empires that have preceded it. In a very real sense, the fascist governments of the 20th century set the stage for the world government that is coming.
The Nazi regime that the allies fought to defeat in World War 2 has now infiltrated those same allied nations to become the promoters of a fascist, one world dictatorship. (The conflict in Ukraine is not a conflict between western democracy and Russian communism as the media harlot alleges. Rather, it is a conflict between globalist sovereignty and anti-globalist national sovereignty)
This means that the calls for socialism and a strong centralized government will grow increasingly popular despite evidence that this has never resulted in liberty nor is it compatible with the either the gospel of Jesus Christ or the preservation of Israel as a nation.
The Stage is Set For the Final Act
If these assertions are accurate, then we can assume that the attempt to centralize authority into a one world government is evidence that the return of the Lord for His church is very near. Still, a question remains as to the meaning of the head with the deadly wound. Is that deadly wound the result of the gospel? Is it the result of War? Is it an individual who is assassinated and raised again from the dead?
These are questions that, Lord willing, we can look at in future posts. In particular, we can ponder what strong delusion that the Apostle Paul spoke of (2 Thessalonians 2:11) that is even now being promoted.
In this post we have considered the international developments of our day as they relate to scriptural prophecy. We can see that it is only possible to make sense of these present day events when we see them in the light of the Scriptures.
We are reminded once again at the nearness of the Lord’s return for His church that will allow that final manifestations of the beast to be realized before the Lord Himself comes to be revealed as King of kings and Lord of lords.
As the curtain is drawn back to reveal the scene before us, believers are encouraged to live for God and unbelievers are warned to flee from the wrath to come.
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