REVELATION Chapter Thirteen: MEM

Sea Beast, Earth Beast, Babylon, & Monetary Mark
MEM: Water, Great Waters, Flowing Water, Nations, Languages, Seas, Souls, Mass of People 
(Updated 1/16/17. Needs Final Edit)
BY LEVI
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MEM, PDI
MEM, PDI

In previous Revelation articles, the identity of the “two witnesses” of the Apocalypse was considered, as was, in part, the Body of Believers whom they will lead and teach during the Great Tribulations period (i.e., the second half of the Apocalypse week). A great war was witnessed in Heaven by Prophet John, and- with several clues offered readers- it was explained at what time Satan will be cast out and made manifest on Earth (i.e., via the Antichrist with seven total years to prevent the Messianic Kingdom from being established).

We also considered how the spirit of Satan has historically fought against the nation of Israel fulfilling its Divinely-appointed destiny as a Holy Kingdom, which came by his spirit utilizing ancient empires that ruled harshly over the Hebrew people and Holy Land.

In this rather lengthy article (Mem), Revelation readers will be granted a closer examination of the Antichrist (a.k.a. the Beast leader) and his supportive “False Prophet” (a collective entity with a Muslim leader soon to emerge) to better discern their work at resisting God’s will and prophecies concerning the Hebrew nation. The “Beast” in which the raging “red Dragon” empowers will be studied from both scientific and historical perspectives. Further, we will utilize correlating biblical symbolism from the Book of Daniel to help identify its composition.

The red Dragon of empires (Satan possessing them over millennia) does not reveal the ideology and worldview that empower the Beast of the Mediterranean Sea; hence, God gives us the Beast collage to solve that inquiry as the book reveals its ideological composition. (NB: This eschatological approach includes aspects of historicism and preterism, with biblical prophecies largely fulfilled throughout history and finally completed during the Apocalypse.)

Again, we first received symbolism of a seven-headed Dragon with ten horns (i.e., Satan, identified in Revelation as the deceiving serpent of Genesis), and the Dragon will soon be cast out of Heaven, no longer allowed to accuse the Ekklesia (i.e., called out assembly, “The Church”). With the Beast, however, we find that his body of empires takes the form of an unnatural monstrosity emerging from the Great Sea, also with seven heads and ten horns. The imagery reveals how the Dragon will pull various empirical powers together to conquer and deceive at the close of the age:

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Apocalypse Beast PD Image
Apocalypse Beast, PDI

Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads a blasphemous name [against the God of the Bible]. Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. (Rev. 13:1-2) NKJV

For Jews in Apostle John’s day, writing to other Messianic Jews and Christian converts in the first century of the Common Era, the “sea” did not need specification unless a Jewish scribe intended to posit a sea other than the Great Sea to Israel’s west. The Great Sea (the Mediterranean) represented Gentile nations and empires from times of antiquity. Thus, the Book of Revelation not specifying which sea the Beast arises from was a way of specifying that “the sea” alluded to in the passage pertains to Gentile nations and empires that have historically shared a shoreline with Israel. Indeed, John recorded the vision while on the Island of Patmos which is in the Mediterranean Sea (the island of Cyprus). And the fact that the Beast has a body “like a leopard” further supports this conclusion; in the Book of Daniel the “leopard” was the beast of the Grecian Empire that rose to power in shipping and trade along the Great Sea (see Dan. 7:6).
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The question is then begged: ‘Why does God draw our attention to the Grecian Empire when the vision was recorded at the height of an even mightier empire- that of the Romans?’ To start, the coming Beast coalition is more like Rome was in its might and orderly governing, and it is also like the Roman Empire as a conglomeration of nations that concerns the end of this present age. The leopard of the Greeks, however, is its refining characteristic, with a body that shows the quickness of the coming Antichrist’s troops. Daniel compared the Grecian Empire to a leopard because of the astonishing speed in which Alexander the Great conquered much of the then-known world. (NB: Alexander’s world conquest was short-lived with his youthful death, at 33, and afterward his empire was divided into four; likewise, the Antichrist’s empire will be brief, and Satan will know that his time is short when he is cast down.)
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A second reason, as evident throughout New Covenant Scriptures and Hebrew writings of the time, is that the terms Greek and Gentile were interchangeable for nations of the seas before the Jewish Diaspora. Judea was Hellenized by the Greeks, as was all of the conquering Roman Empire, so Gentiles were collectively called “Greeks.”
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Six Beast Heads Over Israel Before Diaspora

Antiochus Epiphanes, who foreshadowed the Antichrist, was a Greek-Syrian despot who ruled over Jerusalem and blasphemed God and the Temple while torturing Jews. He was outraged that Jews would not abandon their faith and culture for that of Greeks. The coming Antichrist will- like the foreshadowing type- be a man of some European and Gentile descent; he will despise the biblical covenants and prophecies and seek to submit Israel to the culture and will of the Gentile world (Western secularism thinking). In his thinking, discernible by relevant prophecies, Jews are the ones who should assimilate and surrender their national will to superior European will, as well as to that of Palestinians and surrounding Muslim nations.

Also, the torso of the Beast was revealed in biblical symbolism as the Grecian Empire because it best explains the rise of Western thought that affects us to this day, and the Romans inherited Greek scientific ideas (philosophy), even Greek religious myths and their titan deities (under new names and novel stories, e.g., Zeus to Jupiter). While Rome conquered the Greeks militarily, the Greeks conquered the Roman Empire culturally and academically.
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Today, we already see a form of the final world Beast, particularly with the U.N. pushing its agenda and will on Israel, concerning Jerusalem, the Temple Mount, and disputed land issues. It is not certain what, if any, role the U.N. will play when the ten leading nations (supporting the Antichrist) establish their bond to battle God’s will, but several prophecies assert that all nations will gather against Jerusalem to oppose Israel during the Apocalypse. And it is near certain that all tens nations are anti-Israel members of the United Nations. The final form will likely resemble the European Union, which today has 27 members. Hence, several will fall away but still fall under the Beast’s control.
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The Beast of nations was described as having feet like a bear. In the Book of Daniel, the angry bear unquestionably described the spiritual likeness of the Persian Empire, which “devour[ed] much flesh” (see Dan. 7:5). This implies that the Antichrist will employ a nation (or collective entity/force) similar to the former Persian Empire to do his dirty work (where the feet touch down to the earth). Like claws of a bear, which slash and tear with quick, deadly swipes, the Antichrist will almost certainly use the appetite of Iran (modern Persia) with other Muslim nations to make quick and lethal swipes (terrorism) at Jews and Christians who seek to obey God’s will for the coming Holy Kingdom.
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Iran, today, claims that Jews have “no root” in the “land of Palestine,” and they despise a non-Muslim nation existing within their midst. In Muslim teachings, once Islam has conquered a land or taken over a church or synagogue for a mosque, it always belongs to them and should be taken back by any and all means, no matter how much time has passed. Already Iran promotes and supports quick and deadly swipes by terrorist groups throughout the Near/Middle East, and their imams prophesy that they will push Israel (Jews) into the Great Sea and wipe them off the globe by the year 2030. Further, Iran has been embolden by Western pacifism and enriched by treaty concessions made by foolish leaders of Europe and the U.S. (Obama, Kerry, Powers, et.al) over development of their nuclear program.
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Meanwhile, the people of Iran await the return of the “False Prophet” Mohammad, as their 12th Imam, and Muslims around the world await a “Mahdi” hero whom they believe will help destroy all Jews and usher in an Islamic, global paradise. Thus, like the iron mixing with clay in King Nebuchadnezzar’s image, we find an ideological mix of the Roman-Grecian Beast with thrashing Persian-Muslim feet to persecute Israel and supportive Christians. Zealous Muslims await a religious conqueror, and in a peculiar way they share the progressive agenda of a fascist-socialist, global utopia.
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The fiery red Dragon, Satan, does not merely empower the Beast with military forces and Islamic terrorism, as easily discerned form the Book of Revelation; he has also empowered this image of empires with the emerging ideologies of progressive humanism and Islamic religion, as opposed to Scriptures and will of God.   
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BOASTERS OF DEATH & HELL, PDI
BOASTERS OF DEATH & HELL, PDI

The Beast of nations that John described has a mouth of a lion and a blasphemous name on his heads. In the Book of Daniel, the Babylonian Empire under Nebuchadnezzar is pictured as a lion. The prophet Daniel described King Nebuchadnezzar as a proud and devouring boaster- explaining that he would have the heart of a beast for seven years until God abased him by plucking off his wings and casting him down to earth with a humbled human heart.

King Nebuchadnezzar, also a foreshadowing type of the Antichrist, made a gold image of himself and commanded that all people and nations within his empire worship it at appointed times throughout the day, much as Muslims from all over the world worship towards Mecca five times a day. Correlations such as this reveal that the Antichrist- the mouth/speaker of the Beast of nations- will for a short time become as a lion in the forest of the world, devouring and proud, roaring and feared. He will have an image of himself and cause nations to praise him. The Lord YHVH made the king of Babylon roam about, eating grass like an ox in his beastly insanity, and the Lord will do the same with the Antichrist before he is humbled in a great fall, revealed to be merely a beastly man.

Before ISIS and the United States took power over the geographical location of the former Babylonian Empire (the former seat of the vast empire in modern day Iraq), Saddam Hussein boasted (before his fall) that he would destroy Israel, and he earnestly sought to form a coalition of Muslim nations to accomplish it. And like Nebuchadnezzar, he ruled cruelly over his own people until he brought his downfall upon himself. Like ancient and more recent Iraqi leaders, the Antichrist will also over-estimate himself and his reach of power, boasting until he falls in shame.

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National Beast Union Pubic Domain Picture Subject to Removal
National Beast Union PDI

Together, these peculiar animal traits are seen as a strange Beast with seven heads and ten horns, and they give us clues about the Antichrist and his body from past empires that have ruled over the people of Israel.

The last empire cannot be called a lion or leopard or bear, nor a goat or a ram, for it is a conglomeration of forces- a multicultural mix- that will come together against Israel. Likewise, Daniel made no attempt to label the last beast as any known creature. It pulled various powers to itself and is revealed as an extension of the Roman Empire, with living animal parts of all the former empires.

Daniel describes this peculiar beast- possessing a final Antichrist horn of great power- to help us perceive the enemy of his people and the Messiah during the end-times:

After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast [(1) Babylonian Lion, (2) Medes-Persians Bear, (3) Grecian Leopard, then (4) mixed Roman], dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth [great military might]; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling upon the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns [ten powers that grow out of it], and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns [leaders/nations] were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn [Antichrist], were eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words. I watched till thrones were put in place, and the Ancient of Days [God, Elohim YHVH] was seated [in judgment on the nations]; His garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, its wheels a burning fire; [symbolic of refinement] a fiery stream [waters of the Word] issued and came from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, and the books were opened. I watched then because of the sound of the pompous words which the horn was speaking; I watched till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame. As for the rest of the beasts, they had their dominions taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time. I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man [Messiah Yeshua], coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed. (Dan. 7:7-14) NKJV; emp. & intrpl. mine
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All the former empires have had their empires taken away from them, though remnants of them remain in nations for an appointed period of time. The longest lasting empire, and the most powerful, was the Roman Empire. Out of the vastness of this former empire, a union/league of ten major nations or representative powers will be revealed.

Then the Antichrist, the “little horn,” will rise from a small nation and uproot (likely by war) three of these national powers to bring their nations into his collective fold.

From Daniel’s description it becomes quite clear that the Beast of Revelation is more like coalitions of nations in which we find today rather than any ethnic/language/religion-based Middle Eastern empires of ancient days. The power of iron unites uneasily with the clay of the Near-Middle East against the people and nation of Israel.

The Roman Empire incorporated the greatness of the other empires into its might: Greek knowledge, culture, and architecture; Persian arts of war; and apparently the boasting of deified kings during Babylonian emperor worship. Like the Roman Empire of centuries ago, the Antichrist will be over many nations and effectively control the world, with much support from many Muslim nations as they mingle together (progressive multiculturalism) to descend against Israel for Jerusalem.

Another clue that comes from Daniel’s description of the “little horn” of power, that arises from the fourth, Roman Beast, is that in it “were eyes of a man.” The other national powers (horns) appear normal (e.g., the ram and goat as other depictions of Medes-Persians and Greeks) and rule largely blind over their people as they react to national threats and charge forth, but the little horn at the end of the age has eyes in it to see what the people are doing.
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Historically, authoritarian dictators and totalitarian despots have employed spies to inform them of their political adversaries, dissidents, and the whereabouts and plans of other national leaders and militaries, like all nations, but Daniel noting that the eyes of a man were unnaturally in the horn seems to indicate something more. And, indeed, these are the days we live in, where modern militaries can send in their troops as political leaders discreetly watch their maneuvers through instant communication and advanced satellite imagery.
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Not only do modern national leaders have eyes over their military forces, but citizens are increasingly monitored, from intrusive cameras at local intersections and in police cruisers to internet spies who processes private information for governmental and commercial databases. Phone conversations of political opponents and dissidents are intently listened to; personal computer cameras are being remotely turned on; private emails are being read as you read this article; many televisions are now manufactured with hidden cameras; automobiles are tracked by GPS systems, with governments receiving access; satellites are beaming down from space and watching. And Islamic terrorism- from the second Beast of the “False Prophet” has empowered governments to grow more intrusive and invasive.
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In recent decades this “big brother” beast was warned of by American and British liberty zealots (marginalized as “conspiracy theorists”), and they dreaded the thought of governments playing gods, but today’s generation has been patronized to accept the peeping powers of politicians and their puppets. It used to be that the people in free lands viewed their governments as devouring beasts that had to be monitored by the people and controlled as servants, lest they rob citizens of their God-given rights and thrash uncontrollably in their insatiable thirsts for power, but what Daniel reveals by the horn with eyes is a governmental system doing all the monitoring with all the power at the sharp pinnacle of the horn. The image that Daniel conveys in the final Beast is a global government under the Antichrist with unnatural or artificial powers to push their weight around- unlike creatures that do not grow horns with eyes in them. Hence, we find a manipulation of natural rule in nations for artificial imposition.
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Still, why would God show the end-time Roman-Grecian entity as a Beast unlike anything that He has ever created in nature? The answer to this question, which incorporates over 2,500 years of Western civilization history, gets to the heart of the world’s opposition to the Judeo-Christian worldview and faith in Christ and His coming Holy Kingdom. The answer in a grotesquely simplified form is this: Most modern leaders in Western nations do not believe the Word of God, from the creation account in Genesis to the Revelation of Christ, because another theory has arisen from the Great Sea empires to replaced it in mainstream, academic thought: the materialism worldview (unguided evolution).
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Despite the popular misconception, Charles Robert Darwin was not the original author of the theory of spontaneous generations of life and creatures transforming from simple organisms; it is as old as civilization itself, ever since Ur, and it comes from the Father of Lies– the Author of Confusion. Yet it was Greek philosophers who popularized nature animism and stripped it of their titan/elemental gods. They basically confused reproduction (the unbroken Law of Biogenesis) and gave all creative powers to nature, stripping the brilliance of God away with their stories.
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This deified nature (or “Mother Nature”) was the “Almighty Creator” and “Lord” that led Hitler in his pursuit of helping the evolution of man along, as written in Mein Kampf: “Eternal Nature inexorably avenges the infringement of her commands.” Hitler personified nature openly in his madness, but most Western materialists and scientists do so without discerning that they give unwarranted creative powers to the natural world- powers that necessitate brilliant engineering and purpose for accomplishing overarching objectives. Likewise, Darwin in Origin of Species wrote that “There is grandeur in this [evolutionary] view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator [Nature] into a few forms [microbial life] or into one…” (intrpl. mine).
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Hence, evolutionists today- knowingly or unknowingly- do as the Greek philosophers before them; Greek thinkers stripped religious dogma and names away from their nature animism but left elements of nature with the deistic ability to create all biological system as God.   
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Those who persecute and temporarily defeat the people of God at the closing of this age are pictured as one animal with parts from several creatures because evolution teaches that all creatures share a common ancestor, and that life emerged quite by chance from primordial seas. Aristotle was the scientific father of this idea, only he believed life continuously emerges from the ground, which materialists also thought until proven wrong again and again in recent centuries. For many people, this teaching has prevailed over Holy Scriptures, spread all over the world, and the world follows after it. The Antichrist will have the praise of a secular world that marvels over macroevolution theory- a world that is ready to cast off all cords and connections of scriptural truths, even as Hitler chose the evolutionary worldview over the biblical belief of all people created equally in the image of God.
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Philosophical naturalism has spread to such an extent that secular humanists are already asking, ‘Who is able to stand against evolution?’ Indeed, they mock at who might stand before their collective Beast. And most religious leaders are too intimidated to learn of its failures to battle them. In the Revelation depiction, we see secular humanist powers with natural philosophy as a conquering Beast. So what is the power that Satan, the great Dragon, gives the Beast that takes on his image (besides sheer military force)? It is the power to disbelieve the Word of God, and it concerns an ancient battle between the Grecian worldview and the biblical worldview. (NB: For those who want a more detailed account of this historical battle, another article will be posted after we summarize this chapter of Revelation.)
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“Their [Greeks] claims to intellectual detachment and objectivity- the fundamentals of the scientific method- put them at odds with East Asian claims to intuitively grasped truths. They also stand in clear contrast to the Hebrew call for unwavering faith. Indeed, the Greek glorification of reason provides a sharp contrast to the Hebrew exaltation of faith, as exemplified, for instance, in the Book of Job. These two modes of experience- reason (rooted in the Greco-Roman tradition) and faith (rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition)- have competed for primacy in shaping Western culture from earliest time to the present.”  Gloria K Fiero, The Humanist Tradition, p. 94
Where Evolution Beliefs Lead, PDI
Where Evolution Beliefs Lead, PDI

Moreover, the academic worldview is a secular progressive one that seeks to break all cords with the old worldview of Judeo-Christianity, for a new worldview, for a new world order. Indeed, humanists consider the Bible and our beliefs to be unreasonable. And this long war that began to rage at nascent Christianity- that began to boil over in formerly Christian universities (e.g., Harvard, Yale)- has resulted in the material worldview spreading and conquering all sectors of modern Western societies.

This was the ideological power of deception that was given by the Dragon- by Satan- to the devouring Beast of anti-God empires and nations. Just look at the results of Stalin’s Soviet Union and Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany, when scientifically-minded socialists utilized tyrannical/fascist engineering of societies in attempts to replace former belief in God and individual morality: Millions of innocent people were slaughtered by such devouring beasts.

As prophesied three millennia ago, many national leaders and their progressive judges are desperately seeking to cast off all connections with the Bible and Christ (see Psalms 2). The idea is that it was not God who created us, or at least not directly (if He exists, in their view), but the beasts in which we evolved from.

Thus, the powerful Antichrist system is one of both man (with “eyes” to see) and beastly parts. Rather than mankind having dominion over beasts of the field, created uniquely in the image of God, beasts and all organisms are made essentially our equals, and humankind is debased as materialism is glorified in a new order of nature for the world.

To help deliver this point, we will temporarily skip forward to the end of this chapter of Revelation to consider the identifying “mark of the Beast:

Here is wisdom [philosophy]. Let him who has understanding [knowledge of philosophy] calculate [or count] the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666. (Rev. 13:18) NKJV; emp. & intrpl. mine
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The identifying mark that unites our ideological enemy, as they seek to force conformity to philosophical naturalism on the elect, is the number 666. This mark of both man and beast points us to the common element of all life. Carbon has an Atomic number of 6 on the Periodic Table of Elements, which is the number of protons in its atom. Carbon atoms contain 6 protons, 6 neutrons, and 6 electrons. All lifeforms are dependent upon Carbon for DNA and RNA. Carbon is the basic unifying element of all physical life, and many theorists of scientific understanding consider it the elemental “oneness” of all creatures. Ancient Greek schools of wisdom had different elements (e.g., water, earth, fire) that they believed were (and argued over) the primary elements for naturally emerging lifeforms, but today we know that the unifying element of all life is Carbon, and all creatures are considered Carbon-based life. So even though life has never been observed to emerge from the seas, or from anywhere for that matter, the fact that all creatures share a universal genetic code and Carbon construction are evidences enough for universal common descent for those who choose the neo-Darwinian worldview over the biblical narrative of organic creations.
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According to Scriptures, creeping insects, beasts and cattle, and humankind were created on the sixth day (Gen. 1:24-28: six, six, and six), but modern science has denied the archetypical designs of God’s work for their own, substitute version of 666, where all creatures emerged from a single microbial ancestor c. 3.6 Ga., and thereafter we created ourselves over billions of years of geo-history, via the alleged transforming mechanism of natural selection acting upon genetic mutations- out of one, many. Many of us creationists believe that the world is ancient, and that God’s days are not measured as mortal days, but such facts do not matter to those who want to replace God as Creator.
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Even the number 666 suggests a rippling down to the biblical number of mankind (six), with 600, 60 (threescore), and 6. This, again, is because “God made the beasts of the earth” on the sixth day (a day being what He decides) before finishing the works with man, and beasts are spiritually symbolic of nations of people in Holy Scriptures (cf. Dan. 8; Acts 10:12-16). Interestingly, the next number in the pattern would be 6,000, which is the number of years from Adam until the beastly nations (that have historically opposed God’s will) shall be forced to relinquish their control over the academic/corporate/media world to the coming Messiah and His saints (c. 2029 AD +/- 4). (NB: There is much more to learn about the number and mark of the Beast, but we cannot cover all things here without many readers losing focus on the chapter at hand.)
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If we embrace these clues from Revelation about the Beast with a Greek body, they suggest that predator animals (survival of the fittest) lend their powerful parts in a unified system for the antichristian worldview. Antichrist does not merely mean someone or some system against Christ, but in Greek it also suggests someone or some system in substitution. Thus, the 666 “number of a man” is also the “number of the beast” in Revelation, for there is no difference in evolutionary thinking. All creatures are of universal common descent and emerged from the primordial slime or seas. Rather than humans created in the “image of God,” and being made “one” with the Father and the Son, there is a collage or hybrid of lifeforms in the “image of the beast.”
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The “image” of the beast-man is an old way of describing that there would be a picture or drawing or illustration of a conquering man emerging from animals of various parts- something seen as idolatrous blasphemy. The Messiah is called the “Word of God” who was manifest in the flesh, so what we perceive is a strong doctrine that seeks to sit in substitution of the Word of God, as much as the secular leader with the substitutive worldview.  
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Progressive Leaders of the West Support Islam, PDI
A TYPE of Antichrist, Progressive Leaders of the West Support Islam, PDI

Some of the clues that we should incorporate while considering this mysterious Beast are: 1) the Apocalypse was shared with the Hellenized world in the Greek language; 2) 666 is the number of a man; 3) 666 is the number of a beast; 4) the Beast will include various empires that have resisted God’s will for a glorified Kingdom at Israel; 5) an oceanic emergence of a false collage of lifeforms is illustrated; 6) the image of the beast is worshipped by those who persecute the people of God; 7) idolizing and accepting the image of the beast is forced upon nations for mass conformity; 8) Paul asserts that a great lie will captivate unsaved people at the end of our age- a “strong delusion– that may infer his battles with Greek philosophers at nascent Christianity; 9) economic control by a centralized monetary system in the West will include the blaspheming Antichrist’s image in the form of a mark/etching in the flesh; 10) there is a need for Bible readers to understand this “wisdom” of the world and its knowledge; 11) an international system of nations and its Antichrist leader will be followed and praised for their conquering and submitting; 12) the Beast powers grow out of the Roman Empire and has a Grecian torso/body; and 13) the prophet depicted an unfaithful “harlot” riding the mixed Beast empire, at least before being cast off and finally trampled by it during the Apocalypse.

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KING SOLOMON ON HIS IVORY THRONE, PDI
KING SOLOMON ON HIS IVORY THRONE, PDI

Another clue about the Beast involves King Solomon- the “wisest” or cleverest of men- receiving 666 shekels of silver annually (see 1 Kin. 10:14) while reigning upon the “Throne of God” at Israel (see 1 Chron. 29:23).

King Solomon built for himself an exalted ivory and gold throne with 6 steps where he sat glorified at the top, and on his right side were 6 lions ascending (one on each step) as well as 6 lions on his left side (see 1 Kin. 10:18-20). The famous king, whom world leaders of the age happily paid homage to hear his wisdom, and the king whom Israel “obeyed,” made for his throne a little tropical paradise full of costly furnishings, whereat one thousand wives and concubines served his every royal desire. Even exotic monkeys and peculiar creatures were brought to him from afar to grace his glorious throne (cf. 1 Kin. 10:21-25).

Though King Solomon wrote Proverbs and other books of Wisdom, his worldly lovers turned his heart away from God in his old age, and to the high places of international paganism. In fact, he built incense altars for their gods and goddesses and defiled Jerusalem, which led to the land of God being cursed and divided into two nations: Judah and Israel, with Jerusalem violently separated from Israelites to their north. His one thousand lovers- his false millennial utopia of foreigners- led him to betray the will of Elohim YHVH, to go his own way.

There is much more to explain about the king who was exalted under peace and built the Temple of God at Jerusalem, who seemed by many scriptural parallels to be the prophesied Messiah ben David, but such things stray too far from the subject of evolution and the power of the Beast to be properly elaborated upon. 

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Betrayed From Within Via National Leaders In the West, PDI
Betrayed Within Via National Leaders In West, PDI

Yet one clue of the Beast that readers should retain in relation to Solomon was the curious event of him having apes and monkeys brought from Africa, probably sent from the Queen of Sheba. King Solomon was a serious student of the natures of both man and beasts, which leads one to logically consider that he wanted to study them rather than possess them for light amusement. Apes and monkeys are mentioned only a couple of times in Scripture, which makes the event even more peculiar, and 666 is also mentioned but a few times to grant us prophetic insight.

If King Solomon, so beloved of the ancient world, provides us clues, foreshadowing the coming Antichrist of secular humanism, it may be that God wanted Revelation readers to consider the philosophy or wisdom of Solomon, and the worldly things that led his heart astray from the Torah and his Creator. Solomon was a glorious king, an early scholar of nature, and a philosopher who rebelled in his old age.

An ensemble of these clues leads us to contemplate a Hellenized world that has grown resistant to God’s Word and will. But unlike King Solomon, who did not intentionally mean for his foolish actions to curse the Kingdom of Israel to divide into two warring peoples, politicians in today’s world purposely seek a “two-state-solution” to divide Israel, all in the name of peace and progressive tolerance of barbaric Islam. (NB: Solomon’s name means peaceful.) Also, unlike the famous Israelite king, the Beast of Revelation was predicted to purposely blaspheme God and persecute prophesying Bible-believers, whereas there is no evidence that Solomon fell away in hatred for God and His people.
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PHILOSOPHY AND THE GREEK VIEW OF THE BEAST
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Is there more to the image of the Beast that can be gleaned to help us fully comprehend it? And do these things truly tie into macroevolution and the wisdom of Greek philosophy? To answer these questions, we must learn of the etymology of the term philosophy, which has come down to us from two words: philein and sophia. The former means to love and the latter means wisdom. The Sophist schools were literally schools of wisdom. In the Revelation passage that announces “Here is wisdom,” speaking of the Beast, it is literally written: “Here is sophia.” When Paul spoke of the “wisdom” of the world (the carnally-minded) that does not correlate with the higher “wisdom of God,” he spoke of the “sophia” of Hellenization that had swallowed Judea and surrounding regions, for Greek influence quickly captivated the better part of the world, especially nations wrapped around the Great Sea.
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Aristotle wrote in Mataph that: “ten onomazomenen sophian peri ta prota aitia kai tas archas hupolambanousi pantes;” and this means: “All men consider philosophy [science] as concerned with primal causes and principals.” The study of wisdom, later called “philosophy,” was the study of all worldly knowledge, and it became “science.” Science was first called “sophia” in the Western world and the love of it (philosophy) entered clerical academia. Moreover, the passage in Revelation concerning the beastly collage can legitimately be read: “Here is science.” This is what those who have understanding of wisdom calculate and comprehend.
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The Greek word sophia in Revelation may simply indicate wisdom as we lightly consider it in today’s terminology, but it is unlikely considering that the book was written almost two millenniums ago, and because it causes readers to consider two competing worldviews going head-to-head at the end of the age. Wisdom meant more in ancient times than personal cleverness that leads its followers to virtuous decisions. Wisdom was science and understanding of the causes and effects found in nature, which the learned among philosophers earnestly sought to better comprehend. 
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The Roman Catholic Church was called the “Queen of Science,” and in medieval times she was sometimes pictured with an image of Sophia, supposedly her twin sister of natural philosophy. Indeed, often the two were literarily interchangeable, as evident from the 9th century by the writings of John Scotus Eriugene, who plainly asserted that philosophy (implying science) and religion were one and the same when both stayed true. Others philosophers such as Peter Damien (c. 1007-1072 C.E.) perceived philosophy to be “the handmaiden of theology,” which meant that the Roman-based hierarchy- the Queen of Heaven on Earth– often used it to justify Catholic traditions and interpretations of Scripture. These things should be kept in mind as we begin to consider the symbolism of an unfaithful harlot in later articles, pictured riding the worldly, Romano-Grecian  Beast.
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Truth of Hitler's Rage, PDI
Truth of Hitler’s Rage, PDI

It is logical to conclude from all the clues provided that the Beast of various animal parts symbolizes Grecian natural philosophy evolving with empires of mankind in rebellion against the scriptural truths of God.

It is a devouring Beast by the fact that the many armies of Western nations and Near/Middle Eastern empires have historically devoured each other and those who resisted their will. Each of the predators wanted to socially engineer a global utopia (or 1000-year Reich in Hitler’s case), and the evolutionary worldview led them and their followers to devalue life and biblical morality for governmental gods.

In contrast to the multi-part Beast of the world, the Messiah’s Body of Believers will be conformed to His image, in the image of God the Father, our Creator.

When we consider these clues, we find that the image of the great Beast epitomizes carnally-minded national leaders who exalt the naturalist worldview, as they were educated to do in secular progressive universities. The main body of the Beast, when correlated to the Book of Daniel, is clearly the Grecian leopard, which means that Grecian natural philosophy would pervasively lead to persecution of all unwavering Bible-believers during the Apocalypse.

In fact, Aristotle, perhaps the most famous of Greek philosophers, and the “father of science,” was Alexander the Great’s teacher before he conquered much of the world for Greece; Alexander was the famous emperor described as a leopard in Daniel, and later in Revelation as the body of the Beast. We cannot separate the cruelty of the empires from the things that they have historically believed that caused them to resist God’s will and Word. The world will follow after the beastly image, with its predator parts, to conquer true Bible-believers, but creationists (be they young-Earth in their cosmology or ancient-Earth like myself) will remain true to the image of God with faith in His Holy Scriptures (see Dan. 11:23-45; 12:1-13). 

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Arabic Alphabet, Serpent Rule, PDI
Arabic, The Serpent’s C’alif-ba’al

Satan, who gives power to the Antichrist and his followers, is called a “dragon” and the “serpent of old” that deceived humankind with the fruits of knowledge (cf. Gen. 2; Rev. 20:2). Again, the Dragon gives its great power of deceptive knowledge to the Beast empire which embraces him.

Historians generally agree that the discovery of dinosaurs helped promote the early Theory of Evolution and greatly damaged the traditional Judeo-Christian worldview, simply because more Christians had a young-Earth worldview, but I would go further and claim that the discovery of dinosaurs gave power to antitheists and intellectuals who believe that the biblical creation summary is factually incorrect (see New Genesis Theory in column below article).

(NB: Dinosaur is a modern term meaning great lizard, but etymologically we should not expect the term dinosaur to be found in any ancient vocabularies. Clearly the world had many legends of these ancient creature. Great lizards and dragons are the same to those who are willing to connect modern discoveries to ancient terms and thought.)

The serpent of Genesis is revealed as an evolved dragon in the Book of Revelation to show the growth of government power that parallels the growth of our knowledge of good and evil, in which Satan originally manipulated to tempt humankind to rebel and not believe the words of God. Digging up dinosaurs from the earth did no physical damage to Christians and Jews, but culturally it was as damaging to faith in promoting our worldview as releasing a dragon from the pit of hell to destroy us. So the serpent evolved into a dragon- the deceiver who misused natural knowledge to deceive God’s people in the beginning- and it is prophesied to deceive mankind in the end.  

What is Satan asserting as a dragon other than a small creature can evolve into a larger, more powerful creature? And the Beast of various animal parts emerges from the Great Sea to submit the nations? What is this alleging other than the teaching that all creatures share an evolutionary history? Clearly these things should awaken us to the worldview and ideology we are up against, that does so much damage.

Dinosaurs were discovered just before the famous Theory of Evolution was popularized, and the discovery gave great power to Western nations to cast off cords of biblical truths for abject materialism, which is evident in the literature that influenced academia in Darwin’s generation and those following.

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Islamic Zeal For Conformity By Death , PDI
Islamic Zeal For Conformity By Death , PDI

He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom [sophia, their philosophy]. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is a number of a man: His number is 666. (Rev. 13:18) NKJV; emp. & intrpl. mine 

We need not consider the infamous Beast imagery merely from the modern evolutionary perspective and biblical prophecies; the historical perspective also parallels these clear truths of the Beast as an empire of people with an anti-creationism, worldly ideology. When John wrote the Book of Revelation, God presented His people with a mystery that could be largely comprehended by the wise among Jews and Gentile Christians even in the 1st century. In those days, Bible-believers (meaning adherents to the scrolls of Tanakh or Septuagint) in Judea, Samaria, Galilee, and the surrounding region had to battle the accepted scientific beliefs of their time- philosophies– while proselytizing.
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Philosophical teachings of spontaneous generation of life, animal transformism, and the oneness of all forms of life prevailed in academies of the Hellenized world, much as they do in our secular universities of today. First century Bible-believers knew the pervasive natural philosophies that had spread from Greece to Rome and around the sea, which had roots that were even more ancient in previous empires that had also persecuted Israel.
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In Revelation we perceive a perfect description of that anti-Bible entity that goes forth to deceive the whole world, but the identity of the Beast is also historical, written in the famous words of Greek philosophers. We need only connect the great Beast written about by Apostle John (Yohannon) with the beast that was known to all 1st century scholars and philosophers. That beast is the force of public opinion manipulated via faulty education and with state propaganda. World leaders and influential figures push their worldview upon the masses for control.   
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Islamic State In Syria (ISIS) Slaughtering In For Their Religion, PDI
Islamic State in Syria (ISIS) Slaughtering for Their Religion, PDI

The teachings of Aristotle and other famous philosophers were a thorn in the side of Judeo-Christian creationists, yet they were considered the works of worldly wisdom in those days, offering up the good fruits of knowledge mixed with many errors of their imaginations. Aristotle was not an atheist by far, but he taught that nature was left to create its evolving beasts as it pleased via natural laws.

Again, the Beast could not have been a mystery to the learned among Jews and Christians of the 1st century because famous Plato made it quite clear that the Beast is a sense of oneness of all people, in conformity of beliefs, as argued originally by Socrates. What was written by Greek philosophers over two millennia ago reads as if it is today’s news, concerning those who are persecuted by the beast of state/education corruption and popular opinion:

“Do you really think, as people quite often say, that our young are corrupted by Sophists [arguing wise men], or that private educators of the art corrupt them to any magnitude worthy of discussion? Are not the public who assert these things [beliefs/wisdom] the greatest of Sophists? And do they not completely teach young and old, men and women alike, and mold them after their own hearts?” “When is this done?” he [Socrates’ student] asked. “When they gather together and the world is seated at an assembly, or in a court of law, or theatre, or encampment, or in any other popular place, and there is a great commotion, and they praise some things being said or done, and cast blame on other things, equally exaggerating both by shouting and clapping their hands, and the echoing from rocks in the place where they are assembled doubles the sounds of their praise or accusations. At such a time will not a young man’s heart- as is often said- leap within him? Will any private education strengthen him to stand against the overwhelming tide of popular opinion? Or will he get carried away by the system? Will he not have the same ideas on good and evil as society in general? He will do as they do, and as they are so will he be?” “Yes, Socrates; necessity shall compel him.” “And yet,” I said, “there remains a greater need that has not been mentioned.” “What is it?” “The subtle force of loss of civil rights, or confiscation, or death, which, as you know, these new Sophists and educators- the general public- apply when their words are found powerless.” “Indeed they do, and in outright zeal.” “Now what opinions of any other Sophist [science educator], or any private individual, can be expected to overcome or triumph in such an uneven contest?” “None,” he replied. “No, indeed!” I exclaimed, “and even to attempt doing such is an enormous work of futility. There neither is, nor has been, nor is likely ever to be, any different kind of character when there has been no other training in virtue, but only that which is granted by societal opinion. I preach- my friend- only of human virtue, because what is more than human [Godly], as the proverb asserts, is not included [is excluded]. And I would not have you ignorant that- in the present state of government- whatever is preserved and comes to good is saved by the power of God, which we may truly say.” “I verily agree,” he replied. “Then permit me to desire your agreement in a further observation.” “What are you about to say?” “Why, that all those mercenary individuals, whom the majority call “Sophists,” and whom they deem to be their foes, do, in all actuality, teach nothing but the opinion of the majority- that is to say, the opinions of their assemblies. And this is their wisdom. I could compare them to a MAN who needs to study the temperament and desires of a mighty, powerful BEAST that is fed by him; he would learn how to approach and handle it- also at what time and what reasons he is dangerous to the contrary- and what are the meanings of his numerous cries, and by what sounds, when someone recites them, he is consoled or enraged. And you may further suppose that when, via routine attendance, he [the man] has perfected all these things, he calls all his knowledge “wisdom” and constructs from it a system or art, wherefrom he proceeds to educate– although he has no actual idea of what he means by the principals of passion of which he is speaking, but calls this honorable and that dishonorable, or good or evil, or just or unjust, all in conformity with the tastes and temperament of the GREAT BEAST. He decrees good to be that which the BEAST takes pleasure in and evil to be things in which he loathes. And he can offer no other account of them [good and evil] except that the right and noble things are of necessity, having never of himself discerned, and having no explanatory power to offer others the nature of either, or their differences, which are enormous. By heaven, would not such a person be a rare educator?” “Indeed he would.” “And in what manner does he who thinks that wisdom is the discernment of temperament and tastes of the diverse multitude– whether through paintings, or music, or lastly of politics- differ from him whom I have been describing? Therefore, when a man consorts with the majority, and shows to them his poem or some other work of art, or the services in which he has provided for the State, making them his judges when he is not obligated, the so-called necessity of Diomede will oblige him to produce whatever it is they like. And yet the reasons are utterly ridiculous that they give, in confirmation of their own ideas about the prestigious and good. Have you ever heard of any of them which were not?” “No, nor am I likely to hear.” “You recognize the truth of what I have been explaining? Then let me ask you to consider further whether the world will ever be brought to believe in the existence of perfect beauty [ideal form] rather than of the many beauties [relativism], or of the complete perfection in each kind rather than the many [variations] in each kind.” “Certainly not!” “Then the world cannot possibly be a philosopher?” “Impossible.” “And therefore philosophers [scientists or teachers] must eventually fall under the conformity of the world?” “They must.” “And individuals who mingle with the mob and seek to appease them?” “That is evident.” Plato, The Republic (translation in consideration of “The Beast Excerpt” of The Project Gutenberg and work of Benjamin Jowett); all emp., intrpl., & alt. trans. mine
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The question of Socrates was basically, ‘Who can overcome the Beast of societal conformity and the state with their private education and individual learning?’ Even scientists and teachers eventually conform to things that are popular or believed in the world, just as they followed Aristotle’s faulty geocentric theory for nearly two millennia. Earth at the center of the universe was common knowledge, and who would dare question it with a solar system?  
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In Scripture we are told that “These are of one mind and they will give their power and authority to the beast. These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of Lords and King of Kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.” (See Rev. 17:13-14 NKJV.) Hence, they have a single agenda of domination and they unite with a worldview against Judeo-Christianity and biblical creationism. Their fascist socialism shows no regard for God and the Word, rather they naturally oppose His will and Kingdom.
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The world does not believe in ideal forms of beauty or created perfection for each kind of creature; rather, they believe in innumerable variations of organisms evolving. The world has fallen after the critically flawed Theory of Evolution, and over the last century it has taken over our public schools and higher academia, with fewer and fewer scientists and science philosophers able to resist, critique, or question the overwhelming tide of popular opinion- their consensus. Hence, their spirits are naturally at rebellion to God in all things that they seek to implement. They offer up the fruit of knowledge of good and evil after their own paradigm of ideas.
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Those who resist ideological conformity are often jeered at and ill-treated, suffering mob mentality in secular universities often to the point of not being able to speak over the tumult. Anything that is not in compliance with the leftist agenda- and their post-modern religion of progressive political correctness- is violently hated, as expressed in their rage against the independent thinker. Students at secular progressive universities tolerate only that which they are already being taught to tolerate and praise by their antitheist, humanist professors; they will not listen to reason if it questions their worldview.
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Further, litmus tests are commonly given to keep people with creationist, conservative, Intelligent Design, and other popular/alternative worldviews away from positions of academic authority and employment (e.g., at NASA). A war of ideas rages on in Western society- and a form of fascist socialism and speech police from the repressive/oppressive cult of progressive political correctness- that major media networks have little interest in covering. In fact, the tools of their assaults on individualism and alternative beliefs are legal: political/ideological discrimination.
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This is the difficulty that Socrates described that so very few can overcome- those who can go against the grain in pursuit for absolute truths- which is why scientists and educators of minority views are so valuable in our day. The Intelligent Design scientists and theorists at the Discovery Institute have falsified the Theory of Evolution (at least, gradual and unguided), time and time again, but the Beast of popular opinion has so thoroughly infiltrated and taken control of our academies, politics, and judicial institutions that empirical evidences, demonstrations, and reasoning for the best conclusions cannot be heard over the protectionists of the scientistic orthodoxy. Secular materialists are a beast of a superficial unipolarity, and for decades they have positioned themselves as national and cultural leaders.  
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Aristotle's Nightmare, PDI
Socrates’ Nightmare, PDI

But more important is the question of why Socrates would relate societal conformity, perfection in forms of life, ideas of knowledge of good and evil, and the need to overcome the great beast of state-conditioned conformity? Why would he speak of the world sitting down together and blaming people who disagree with them to the point of murder and confiscation of goods?

Does this not remind us of the U.N. passing dozens of resolutions against Israel (the little nation that gave us the books of the Bible), with Obama plotting to call new Israeli neighborhoods “illegal settlements”? Meanwhile, the nations of the “False Prophet” Mohammad get away with beheading Christians for possessing Bibles (e.g., Saudi Arabia) and worse if we consider torture. Clearly, the nations of the world have no respect for the Word of God, His biblical people, biblical history, or Christ’s coming Kingdom at Israel. They merely fulfill the assertions of Socrates by their transparent biases and hatred.

It seems scripturally prophetic that the famous philosopher would include such diverse subjects as 1) a state beast, 2) mass conformity and fascism, 3) arguments over variations and perfection in lifeforms, 4) a world assembly and courts, 5) persecution of dissenters, 6) attempts at overcoming it all with private education, 7) wisdom, and 8) God saving His people and truths despite all their troubles and tribulations from tyrannical government.

Anyone familiar with the rage of evolutionists, and the hysteria that liberally-indoctrinated students in many secular humanist universities show for traditionalists, conservatives, ID scientists, creation scientists, or any independent speaker who does not agree with their political views, should discern that Socrates spoke millenniums ago in a way that is still relevant to our own age. Those who know biblical prophecy should also discern that the “beast” Socrates spoke of is the same “Beast” of worldly conformity that we are warned of in the Book of Revelation. We are told to not be conformed to the image of the world but to be conformed to the image of God through Christ, by renewing of our minds through the Word and Spirit.  

This Beast of Socrates is not merely of an antichristian mob without, but it also makes its way within churches and synagogues when people vehemently hold to false doctrines as others step forwards to show scriptural clarity and expound upon hard truths. Truths prevail when we do not surrender our power to reason but maintain individualism, willing to learn and weigh all things for the discovery of truths and better, fact-fitting ideas.

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"They Shall Not Cling One To Another" PDI
“They Shall Not Cling One To Another” – Prophet Daniel 2:43, PDI

For Grecian philosophers, their teachings were science and wisdom, especially concerned with the social sciences, and by understanding this we gain a better perspective of how the beast excerpt relates to our age.

Again, Socrates compared Grecian popular opinion (the Hellenization he witnessed before he was murdered by the state for his unpopular teachings) to an angry “great beast.”

Everyone sought to tame or influence the beast, but the state and their mobs/rioters would always win with their beliefs as individual leaning became the victim of their rage. This was a beast that could easily rage out of control if not handled and fed very carefully. He simplified the beast of mankind as a public mob with sophist messengers (like media today) of a nation/empire led by its political powers. The beast could get so carried away in politicizing and promoting ideology that it would kill and confiscate goods to continue to grow ever-stronger- submitting and devouring dissidents and ideological resistance. 

Today, the biblical Beast collectively holds true to leftism with progressive praise in the form of political correctness, and what the Beast decides is virtuous in its worldly religion, it will defend at all costs (e.g., the foolish influx of Islam). Hence, they blame all societal ills on what it considers the great evils of the world (e.g., racism, sexism, Islamaphobia, Zionism)- so much so that retaining any individual intellectualism or differing virtues becomes nearly impossible. The bigger beast of government does not fear the smaller beast of Islamic terrorism, no matter how often it occurs with Muslim migrants pouring in to the West, for to shut the doors would be intolerant and racist; besides, the lesser beast grants the greater beast more power over all the people- i.e., correcting the mess in which it made.

Those who rebel against the state beast are blamed for all societal ills, as nascent Christianity was blamed by Roman emperors and persecuted, with loss of liberty, goods, rights, and life. Eventually, a beast will put to death anyone who will not eagerly go along with what it wants- what it demands in beliefs. Beliefs of a brute beast lead to murder of any and all nonconformists and blame of problems on those who do not agree with its sense of right, wrong, and truth- its evolving virtues for the masses. Even proponents of moral relativism (those who acknowledge changes of beliefs among cultures and people) becomes a beast of popular opinion when proponents of the belief attack believers of absolute, immutable truths.

In America, for example, what the majority of formerly-Christian people held as evil in previous generations (e.g., homosexuality, atheism, and abortion) is now thought (and taught) virtuous among the collective/state beast of our generation, for a set of Divine standards is not maintained. What might be considered virtuous in one age (e.g., hunting for self reliance, small government, and public religious proclamations) might be frowned upon in another, secular age, simply because people are prone to submit to group conformity, even to the point of mob mentality.
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Conformity to the philosophical majority in public education overpowers most pupils, educators, and administrators once they seek to resist it. Everyone participates in some way, not merely the modern philosophers, and once a beast is formed in a set of ideas, even individual thinkers who helped create it have little control over its rage. The system engulfs individual thinkers and destroys those who refuse to comply with its dictates and beliefs. Bureaucracy and tyranny grows and hungers for more control. Yet we keep feeding the Beast rather than starving it. Good becomes evil; evil becomes good; right becomes wrong; wrong becomes right; the moral compass spins; the truth becomes lost; and the “Author of Confusion” sits back in amusement of his works- the Dragon gives power to the Beast.
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WOUNDED BEAST, MIRACULOUS RESURRECTION, AND FALSE PROPHET
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When the Antichrist does rise to power, he (or his nation) may win even more world support and adoration by living through a fatal wound (physical or political). Like other national leaders who were glorified after their assassinations (or after surviving attempts thereof, like Reagan), he may receive praise and sympathy after living through a life-threatening injury. Then again, it may be a resurrection of power after a defeating blow.
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As I have written several times elsewhere in these articles, Satan mimics God in fulfilling prophecies (e.g., Christ verses the Antichrist; Prophet Elijah preparing the way verses the False Prophet forcing the Antichrist’s way; Christ’s sacrifice on the cross verses the Son of Perdition [Judas Iscariot] sacrifice on the cross (in Muslim teachings); the Messiah bringing in the millennial reign verses Hitler/socialists bring in a millennial utopia).
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I, the scribe, have not received convincing confirmation on a miracle of resurrection by the Antichrist. The prophecies are set, but sometimes they are fulfilled in unexpected means and unusual ways. For example, the following passage, as will be seen, may be fulfilled in multiple ways:
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Current Worthless Shepherd of Germany, Angela Merkel Protested Against for Welcoming Islam, PDI
A Worthless German Shepherd, Angela Merkel, Protested for Welcoming Islam, PDI

“Woe to the worthless shepherd, who leaves the flock! A sword shall be against his arm and against his right eye; his arm shall completely wither, and his right eye shall be totally blinded.” (Zech. 11:17) NKJV 

The passage above may allude to a literal shepherd being injured or figuratively of a religious or national leader, or perhaps both. His injuries could be corporeal or imply something spiritual or political. Spiritually, this would mean that he is a horrible leader who does not care about his people, escaping when danger comes, and the sword of the Word would be set against his power, withering his strength (right arm); the sword of the Word would be against his vision, and he would become blind to righteous perception (i.e., a darkened right eye). Also, the passage could refer to the Beast’s empire or nation being fatally wounded, according to the sword of the Word, by the prophecies, The nation could lack a balanced perspective (vision) for truths and have its strength taken away for a time.
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What is clear is that God grants him and/or his empire an opportunity to miraculously recover, mirroring the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And the Beast collective- lost on biblical truths- will worship/idolize him.
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And I saw one of his heads [i.e., empire] as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. So they worshiped the dragon [Satan] who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months [3.5 years]. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. (Rev. 13:4-7) NKJV; intrpl. mine 
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One of Many Beheading of People who Question the False Prophet, PDI
One of Many Beheading for Questioning the False Prophet, PDI

On Earth, the Tabernacle means the temporary Temple; the throne of YHVH is Jerusalem; and those who dwell in Heaven are the people of Israel. Hence, the spiritual things likely allude to their corporeal manifestations.  

While we are looking at the healing of one of the empire “heads,” we may also see the individual Beast (Antichrist) injured in battle before persecuting Israel and Christians for 3.5 years- the second half of the Apocalypse. The reason this is so is because Beast alludes to both the individual person of the Antichrist and the empire that he will lead. Remember, in Daniel the Antichrist was “grieved” while in battle with the “king of the south,” and then he returned home enraged and plotted with the people who hate Jews and the covenants of God and His people. Prophet Daniel depicts the Antichrist grieved around the time that he sets up the Abomination of Desolation, half-way through the Apocalypse week (see Dan. 9:27; 11:28-32).

As for an empire or head being fatally wounded and healed, Germany, the Dragon’s tail, comes to mind. Though Germany was not part of the original Roman Empire (one of the seven heads) during John’s time, but an enemy of it, it later became part of the empire in its long history and the many lesser revivals of Roman power. Germany partnered with parts of Italy to form the so-called “Holy Roman Empire” from the 10th century to 1806 A.D., but it was soon after devastated with defeat in WWI. Then, after it was resurrected by the rise of boastful Hitler, it suffered another impoverishing defeat in WWII. Since then, Germany has again risen to greatness and prosperity. Thus, it is uncertain if Germany can qualify as the fatally wounded head, but it certainly fits the rest of the picture.
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“This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire is neither holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire.”- Essai sur les Moeurs, 1756 A.D.
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Remember that the same Muslims of the former Ottoman Empire (before WWII) gave their allegiances to the devouring German beast and its Axis powers. Nazi Germany trampled upon 1/3 of the “stars of Jacob,” and Muslims joined with them in their satanic hatred of the Jewish people. Hence, in many ways these prophecies have already been fulfilled; yet we know that they can only foreshadow the Antichrist during the Apocalypse because of his 3.5 years of rebellion against the people and nation of God, after injury.
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Nonetheless, we may find clues by looking back on Nazi Germany, seeing that Hitler rose in his office as a false messiah of his people, torturing and slaughtering the Jewish sheep in his own pasture. German Jews were like silent lambs sent to the slaughter by their own national shepherd. They were forced into labor camps for his raging war machine while he was feeding them to the ovens and taking their possessions like a mad beast, mirroring a passage that may speak of the Antichrist:
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“For indeed I will raise up a shepherd in the land who will not care for those who are cut off [killed], nor seek the young, nor heal those that are broken, nor feed those that still stand. But he will eat the flesh of the fat and tear their hooves in pieces.”- Elohim YHVH (Zech. 11:16) NKJV; intrpl. mine
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It is difficult to imagine that the world could fall sway to another Hitler, a socialist fascist with a mad desire to engineer a global utopia (after his own image). Yet, if one takes a serious account and examination of today’s nations and their progression towards irreconcilable evils, it becomes quite clear that a worldwide leader could so boldly rise to fill the vacuum of  strong leadership which Western people so crave. They will unite in spiritual darkness and with a passion for throwing off all semblances of the old yokes of the biblical worldview and Judeo-Christian morality.
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For if the generation of Hitler could be so led into such hatred and zeal for destruction, being from more conscionable times and exercised intellects with reason, what can be expected from this indifferent, blatantly evil, and impulsively dark generation? The world has not grown more sensitive to preserving life and righteousness with truth, but, as Messiah proclaimed, “Because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” It should surprise no one that the Apocalypse will happen, but only that it has not yet happened. And in all our evils of today, with a gross ignorance of our history, a cry goes out for a worldly messiah- a super politician to speak on behalf of the raging planet- a mouthpiece to vent the spirit of lawlessness towards God and unrest among the renegade nations. 
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ISIS Leading Into Captivity And Death, PDI
ISIS Leading Into Captivity And Death, PDI

All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If anyone has an ear, let him hear. He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. (Rev. 13:8-10) NKJV

During the Holocaust, many Germans, Polish, and other submitted peoples helped Nazi storm-troopers and police round-up Jews for trains to ghettos, labor camps, and concentration camps. When their hate had matured into a raging epidemic, even former friends and neighbors of Jews elected to betrayed them- often forcing them out of hiding and into the streets where exposure to death was probable. As Bible-believers keep their faith and maintain their patience through the coming persecution, those who betray them and lead them to prison and death have a promise from God that He will hold such terrorizers accountable for their actions.

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Another Victim of Islam's Sickness, PDI
Another Victim of Islam’s Sickness, PDI

The Bible lets us know exactly who the Beast will most utilize to help kill Christians, other dissenters, and Jews in Israel with the sword- the same children of the great False Prophet Mohammad who kill with the sword and take captives and slaves today, be they called ISIS, Al Qaeda, or any of a dozen other names for Islamic terrorism groups.

Just as the Muslims of the former Ottoman Empire helped Hitler and zealously sought the extermination of the Jewish race/people, a new Hitler figure will arise to capture their demonic power and hate. In fact, he is most certainly already alive today, waiting for the appointed time.

Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. (Rev. 13:11) NKJV 
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Accompanying the Beast of nations, which arises from the sea of the Gentiles, is the rise of a Beast nearer to Israel, which is out of the “earth” or land adjoining to the Holy Land. This, as I have written numerous times, is the union or caliphate of Islamic nations that will rise to give power to the Antichrist. They will have a leader in someone like Ahmadinejad (former leader of Iran), who leads them into supporting the Beast with hatred of Jews and Christians.
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This is the righteous-appearing religion of the False Prophet. They often resemble lambs is their religious garb and prayer, yet they preach hate and death like their father the Dragon. They portray themselves as victims of Israel and the Western world, as sheep, but they are all deceivers full of Satan’s rage and lies- wolves in sheep clothing. Their Arabic writings are indeed the marks of venomous serpents to carry out the will of that the “serpent of old.” They want to destroy, burn, kill, steal, and submit the masses to their demented religion. They have “two horns” of power: Sunni and Shia, and even today we see their joining together in hate for Israel and non-Muslims of the world.
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The people of Islam were of course created in God’s image, like all people, but they have been completely submitted to the will of Satan in their religious and cultural striving- Allah, the Most Boastful, the Greatest of Deceivers.
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Serpent Moon Rising, PDI
Serpent Moon Rising, PDI

And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence [with his permission], and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. He performs great signs, so that he makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And he deceives [Greek planao, which means cause to roam, as from safety, or straying from, or going astray] those who dwell on the earth in the sight of men. And he deceives [planao] those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. (Rev. 13:12) NKJV; intrpl. mine

The Antichrist will grant authority to the False Prophet to bring fire down on their enemies as a direct challenge to the power of God. When Elijah battled the false prophets and worshipers of Baal (the Palestinian regional god before Allah), he called for fire from heaven and the Lord sent it, burning-up those who were leading Israel astray. Muslims will hate the true Elijah and likely challenge him by signs of their military might. Undoubtedly, there is a connection between Prophet Elijah bringing fire down from heaven against God’s enemies, to restore Israel from the deception of false prophets of Baal, and the False Prophet bringing fire down from heaven to deceive for his religion.
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Already Palestinians and many Muslim zealots randomly fire rockets into Israeli neighborhoods and towns, even after Israelis uprooted their own neighborhoods and dead from the Gaza strip (for “peace”). But rocket fire will likely pale in comparison to a more destructive arsenal to come, as the hate of the children of the False Prophet grows and they become better armed. The “fire from heaven,” which makes people go astray or take flight, could be something supernatural, but I must parallel Scripture with Scripture; Scripture calls the signs of the Antichrist deceptions or “lying wonders” (see 2nd Thess. 2:9). Yet even if God allows the Beast and False Prophet to supernaturally make the world into an oven, for a period of time, it would not imply that they are of God and should be followed.
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He [False Prophet] was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast [Antichrist], that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. (Rev. 13:15) NKJV; intrpl. mine
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The notable means of the False Prophet killing dissidents is beheadings (see Rev. 19:4-10). Again, today we already find one religion that is beheading “infidels” who will not worship Allah. And we already regularly see Muslims carrying glorified images of their calumnious caliphs (successors of the false prophet Mohammad) in their riotous protests. How much more zealous will they possess in their slaughters and terrors if they believe their Mahdi has arrived to lead them, or the return of their Mohammad, the 12th imam?
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As for the living image of the Beast, it may simply describe television and internet videos, seeing that the description was written almost two thousand years ago. We should consider how ancient prophets and apostles would likely have described talking pictures that appeared to live.
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FRID Chipe Implant, PDI
FRID Chip Implant, PDI

He caused all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Rev. 13:16-17) NKJV

Some readers may not yet perceive how progressive, secular philosophy in Western politics can be linked with radical Islam- the union of the Beast and the False Prophet. It comes down to the old war tactic, that the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Secular progressives have battled Judeo-Christianity and biblical conservatism for over a century, and they have yet to break all Western cords with the faith. Their dream is a multicultural mix where personal beliefs cancel each other out in societal power, and only elite experts rule the ignorant masses from the top, forcing religionists to conform to their popular norms.

Thus, Islam gives power to the Beast in submitting their most hated enemy: people of true biblical faith. Prophet Daniel spoke of this unholy alliance as clay united with iron at the feet of the image of empires (powers that resist God’s biblical will for Christians and Jews). When we take a closer look at the Antichrist, we find the secular progressive mentality of those who embrace Islam for the sake of persecuting Bible-believers:

Those who do wickedly against the covenant [God’s covenant with believers] he [Antichrist] shall corrupt [embitter, propagandize] with flattery [deceptive compliments]; but the people who know their God [Elohim YHVH] shall be strong, and carry out great exploits. And those of the people who understand shall instruct many; yet for many days they shall fall by sword and flame, by captivity and plundering. Now when they shall fall, they shall be aided with a little help; but many shall join with them by intrigue [infiltrate to betray]. And some of those of understanding shall fall, to refine them, and make them white, until the time of the end; because it is still for the appointed time [moed]. Then the king [Antichrist] shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods [YHVH], and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished [fulfilled]; for what has been determined shall be done. He shall regard neither the God [or deities] of his fathers nor the desire of women [what women want], nor regard any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all. But in their place [in place of God or the gods of his fathers] he shall honor a god of fortresses [deity of war and strongholds, Allah]; and a god which his fathers did not know he shall honor [flatter, make a show of] with gold and silver [money and adornment], with precious stones and pleasant things [gifts]. Thus he shall act against the strongest fortresses [strongholds] with a foreign god [foreigners’ god], which he shall acknowledge [seek to legitimize], and advance its glory [praise Islam]; and he shall cause them [children of the foreign god] to rule over many [give them power to submit others], and divide the land for gain [profit]. (Dan. 11:32-39) NKJV; emp. & intrpl. mine
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"East Meets West," New Iraqi Smartcard, PDI
“East Meets West,” New Iraqi Smartcard, PDI

When the full chapter is read from Daniel, it makes it very clear that its warning is centered on the Near/Middle East and North Africa. The Antichrist’s dealings and wars include the people of Libya, Ethiopia, Jordan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, etc.

Thus, there is no doubt that he will hate conservative Jews in Israel and biblical Christianity, and the foreign deity that he will honor, spreading the wealth and dividing the land to supporters, is the Muslim deity Allah- not any pagan deity of ancient Europe or the Judeo-Christian God, and not the manifestation of God in Messiah.

Whatever monetary mark and system he makes with his image, the children of the False Prophet will glorify it and force people to worship him. But not all will be deceived, and Egypt and Syria will awakened to his deception and be united with Israel and the Messiah when His throne comes. Jordan will escape his grasp, lest the Palestinians be turned against him. He will try to stop Christians and practicing Jews who know the Scriptures and the only true God from exposing him and prophesying, and he will become enraged when he sees the prophecies come to pass. Yet he will not be able to change the appointed biblical times, and he and his short-lived empire will come to a disgraceful end when the everlasting dominion of God comes.

 

Caressing The "Precious" Stone, PDI
Caressing The “Precious Stone,” PDI

Daniel wrote that the Antichrist will “honor the god of fortresses,” and we understand this Maozim, meaning fortitudes, strongholds, fortifications, protections, etc., to refer to one of the ninety-nine names for the false deity of Islam, Allah Al-Mu’izz, meaning the Giver of Honor, and that it correlates to the Antichrist giving honor to Allah and Islamic jihad, and him likewise being honored in return. In Arabic, the Hebrew word Maozim means made mighty and strengthened, and the clay wants to be strengthened by the submitted iron of Western civilization.  

To understand this peculiar deity that the Antichrist will honor with precious stones and adornments, we must know that (1) the Ka’aba was once the house of many deities connected with precious stones of the Bedouin monks (nature worshipers) before Mohammad destroyed all the other tribal deities (or allahs) to exalt his family god Allah, which is still honored to this day by the black stone protruding from the House of Allah at Mecca- their most holy place, where Muslims kiss and caress the stone to honor it while circumambulating the cubed structure during their Hajj pilgrimage. And (2) we must comprehend Islamic thinking when it comes to strongholds and how they work to fortify their religious faith and its expansion. When Muslims convert a land to Islam or convert a church or some structure into a mosque, their belief is that the new possession becomes a sort of fortification for the spreading of their faith; it cannot be allowed to return to the people or the host culture from whence it came.

Hence, we find Saudi Arabia utilizing their horde of oil money wealth to construct mosques all over Europe, United States, and elsewhere. Islam means submission, and it is a religion of fortifying their religion and submitting people to honor their false god Allah.

It has long been argued where the deistic name Allah was derived before Mohammad forcibly united all the warring tribes in the region under his new religion (via mixing in Judeo-Christian Scriptural history), but the argument that seems most reasonable and historically probable is that Mohammad made the general title for regional gods, allahs, back into a proper name, Allah, after destroying other tribal deities. Ba’al, meaning master or lord, which in female form is Ba’alah, was once a proper name for their head god, but it came to mean much more as the polytheistic tribes attached it before newly emerging deities, just as we might say God and then speak of a god of the Greeks.

Baalism was so widespread in the land of Israel that the name came to mean husband in Hebrew. Female and male deities often changed and were confused among the warring and nomadic people, so Ba’al etymologically evolved into feminine forms such as ba’alah and bilhah and bilah, then al-ilah and allah, which became Allah.

It is unknown how Allah became mostly associated with warfare and forcible conversion, besides the false prophet Mohammad’s mad barbarity, but it may stem from the polytheistic kingdom of the Arabian Jewish Kidites who helped Mohammad conquer the lands and create his newly mixed religion. At the head of their pantheon, before being converted to Judaism and Islam, was the deity Attar (a.k.a. Ashtar, Ishtar, et. al), their god of war, with the mantra of “he who is bold in battle.” Thus, Christ said that those who overcome will be given “the morning star,” which means victory over the “morning star” deity Attar, who was a ba’al and Allah.

This also explains how the Islamic religion was from it roots associated with submission. According to Hitchcock’s Bible Names Dictionary, the word Baalah (and Balah) means: her idol; she that is governed or subdued; a spouse. So here is my point about the Antichrist, who will not honor the desires of women yet honors a foreign god of forces and fortifications: He will deceive Jews who do not know their God YHVH and side with the Palestinian deity Allah, who is nothing more than Ba’al resurrected under Mohammad’s religious theft of Scriptures. Yet as Prophet Daniel wrote, those who do know their God will expose these things and escape God’s ancient wrath against Baalism. And they will not submit to the False Prophet and receive the Mark of the devouring Beast, for they are only espoused to the true Elohim YHVH, Creator of Heaven and Earth.   

WHAT IS THE MARK OF THE BEAST?

What is the Mark of the Beast? Sadly, I do not have an exact answer to this question, other than it being an international monetary system that will be connected to people, in their forehead or on/in their right hand. No one will be able to legally purchase or sell without it. One thing is certain, the prophecies that could hardly be fulfilled millennia ago are now ripe for enforcement; already people are receiving RFID and other kinds of chip implantations for instant identification, tracking, purchasing, and carrying medical information during emergencies.
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FRID Chip Up Close And Personal, PDI
FRID Chip Up Close And Personal, PDI

More and more people are voluntarily tagging themselves into the nascent beast system in the name of convenience and for technological braggadocio. We live in a generation in the West where too many people either do not know prophetic Scriptures (and are shortsighted to the historical overreach of governmental tyranny), or they simply scoff at what they are being warned of, denying Scriptures.

The images of emperors, kings, prime ministers, presidents, and other political leaders have always been incorporated into monetary systems, and the coming mark of the Beast will only be the technological evolution of this leadership worship through the global financial system. Yet becoming a physical part of a monetary system, perhaps as the touted “internet of things,” was unheard of, and for almost two millennia Christians in the West would have preferred to die rather than mark themselves with anything that might be the “Mark of the Beast.”

This current generation, however, is astonishingly unimpressed with prophecies of a global, biological monetary system, although it was predicted almost two millennia ago and warned about. Indeed, the falling away of biblical faith in but a generation is astounding, and millions of Westerners are indifferent to the biblical decree that those who receive the mark will bring personal damnation upon themselves. For a world that has forsaken Scriptures and the warnings of the prophecies, being physically tagged-into an international tracking system will be perceived as something trivial- expectant of secular-humanist progressionism in pursuit of a new utopian order in an ever-technologically-advancing, yet morally chaotic and bankrupt, world.

From ankle monitors to the mocked “Mark of the Beast,” the power of the elites- with the help of their monopolized media puppets parroting and pushing their propaganda, and the governing class pressing these things upon people with the power of political correctness, and in the name of safety, efficiency, and a better order- grows exponentially. And from political correctness to legislating laws that protect the people for their own good, the people will submit in incremental steps. You’re not a good parent if your child is not locatable, especially with so many children being kidnapped in our age. You’re irresponsible if you cannot have your medical information read quickly by medical personnel, if you’re unconscious in an accident. You’re a Christian fanatic who should have your child taken away if you are starving your family and refusing to enter the superior system- not taking the fiscal mark of the new world order. You endanger society and express that you are indeed a potential terroristic threat to society if you resist and hide in the shadows, especially if you own a weapon or voice your conspiratorial concerns about governmental tyranny and their alleged control mechanisms.

Sadly, this generation in Western nations- many of which have had their voices, firearms, and religious beliefs taken abruptly away from them, along with their traditions, cultures, and histories academically tarnished- will continue to submit to big brother global government in the brave new world of their experts lords who know what is best for the poor and peasants, the people of the new socialist serfdom of secular conformity. The government will save us from the problems that they create, such as their welcoming an influx of Islam and their terroristic religious traits.

Who knows how far the people could fall into this new form of slavery with the superrich elites pursuing their ideas of societal perfection and engineering, via their tagging and monitoring the human livestock, if the Lord did not come to destroy this progressive dream? From individuals of freewill to helpless bolts, ever twisted and tightened by the power-wielders maintaining the world economic machine, the world could quickly be transformed into a new form of serfdom, shaped into the politically correct image propagated by those who play God with the powerless people born into their prison planet mentality.
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The power and the voice of the individual would forever be broken if they succeeded. Eat what they allow; drink what they decide; walk where they say; only speak what they say you are allowed to speak, when you may speak; pay what they say and for what they say; paint your house in their chosen color of neighborhood conformity; mow your lawn at this time of month; have this many pets; read what they think you should read; work where you are told for the pay that they negotiate. Indeed, how meticulously our lives can be micro-managed in the beastly system if the political machine being built into the world was not made subject to the Lord’s coming and His corrective rod of iron. Control freak bureaucrats and tyrannical politicians are insatiable. Absolute power corrupts absolutely, as said, and imperfect mortals can only perfect propaganda for enslavement and misery in their relentless lust to control.
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Where do we think all of this control is leading? Cars are being designed with driverless features to eventually outlaw personal control by commuters; satellites are beaming down and watching; governments are dictating cultural norms and obscenities by a secular religion of political correctness; lists are being compiled for potential dissenters; media networks are parroting the same official stories often verbatim, policing their ideology; churches are welcoming Muslims immigrants with government funding and removing their crosses; workers are being terminated from their employment if they express their beliefs or expose lies that contradict the going propaganda; nations are disarming their people and targeting them for their politically incorrect views; renegade, revisionist judges are ignoring national constitutions and creating their own laws; the so-called “pope” of Roman Christianity is doing the United Nation’s bidding for Agenda 21/30, pushing socialist redistribution schemes and climate change hysteria.

Indeed, things are only leading in one terrible, antichristian direction: more power for a global state and their social engineering schemes, with cowardly elites subtly passing preemptive laws and bureaucratic regulations that silence and marginalize patriotic resistance, truth, and individualism.  

Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666. (Rev. 13:18) NKJV
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Because of the numerical sum of his name, Emperor Nero has been understood to foreshadow the Antichrist. He was a madman whom Roman citizens were expected to refer to as the “son of God,” and he apparently took great pleasure in the torturing and slaughtering Christians of the early Church. Whatever evils came to Rome, from fires to plagues, Christians were responsible for them, or so he claimed. Nevertheless, Nero lived from 37-68 A.D., and was dead before the Temple was destroyed by Titus, son of Vespasian. John wrote of the future, when the Temple would be under construction, which flatly contradicts the possibility of him being anything more than a shadowing type of the Antichrist. Pope Sixtus III literally fulfilled the number of the Beast (666), be he also came and went without fulfilling all the associated prophecies. No matter who may fulfill the number in Greek or Hebrew numerology or addition, be they foreshadowing types of the Antichrist or the Son of Perdition himself, the number has a panoramic meaning for the history of Satan’s work, as Satan’s number for resisting the will of God. 
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Moedim Paradigm, Image Mine
Moedim Paradigm, IM

This is his number for resisting the Great Sabbaths of God with man. On the sixth millennial day, Adam and Eve were placed in the Garden of Eden to enter the Lord’s Great Sabbath millennium; yet Satan prevented the elect couple from keeping their paradise Sabbath with God (see Heb. 4:4-5), and they were expelled for following Satan.

Again Satan came on the sixth millennium in the week of shadows for Israel (see Moedim Paradigm), and he prevented the elect nation of Israel from having a Great Sabbath millennium in a holy kingdom, having God as King over them (see Heb. 4:3). Now he is coming at the end of the 6th millennium from Adam and will seek to prevent the elect of the world from entering the Great Sabbath with the Great King Messiah (see Heb. 4:1, 9).

Hence, we may not be able to ascertain what the actual Mark of the Beast will look like, but we do know the spiritual meaning behind it. And we do know that the Lord will call His elect from all nations, and Israel will receive the Sabbath as the elect nation. The elect Groom and Bride will have a 7th day return to paradise.

Without the 7th day union mankind continues to fall short of the glory that the Lord offers us. So 6 is the falling short (or sin) of man in entering the truths of God on the 7th. Consider how the 6th day (Friday) is the holy day for Muslims, and consider how they fall short of the truths of God for the deceptions of the Serpent. At the end of the 6th millennium, at the 6th year of the Apocalypse, which is the 6th day to the Lord, those who worship the image of mankind, the image created on the 6th day with the beasts, will fall short and be separated from the sealed of the Lord. For at that year, at the 6th seal, God’s elect will be conformed to His image, yet those who glorify the Antichrist will not enter into His Great Sabbath rest. 
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As I have repeated throughout my articles, all things of Scripture must be compared by Scripture, for God has established the mysteries of His Word by two or more witnesses. Here is wisdom; here is the man who sat on the throne of God and was the wisest man, besides the Son of Man, who was born into the world (cf. 1 Kings 3:10; Prov. 1:1-6). Here is King Solomon’s number for his wages, and it was an annual wage of 666 talents of gold (see 1 Kings 10:14). He, not being the Antichrist, foreshadows him, for the Son of Perdition come in under the guise of being peaceful, rising to power gloriously, wise in the eyes of the world. Solomon cleverly judged his people, but the coming Antichrist will have the spirit of the most cunning, subtle, and clever creature of all- the forked-tongue Serpent (see Gen. 3:1,4-5).
Alhough David prophesied that the Israelites of his new kingdom would not enter into the Lord’s Sabbath, because of their rebellion in the wilderness (see Ps. 95:11), Solomon appeared to be the awaited Son of David, of his messianic prophesies (the Messiah). Solomon issued the decree to build the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem, and the Antichrist will issue a similar proclamation and enter an agreement with the people of the Lord. So King Solomon sat gloriously over Israel, surpassing the kings of the earth is wisdom and riches, and they brought him gifts, bowed before him, and paid homage to him as if he were a living god (see 2nd Chron. 9:22-24). He gave a rest to the people of God for 40 years, but his rest fell short of the Great Sabbath which the Lord brings. Solomon was even called God’s son; yet, a closer look at the prophesies concerning the Son of David reveals that Solomon fell short of the messianic glory that David envisioned by the Spirit (see Ps. 72). All these things are shadows of the exaltation of the Antichrist, who will forge a peace treaty before he turns on the people of the Lord and persecutes with the help of Islam.
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Then Solomon sat on the throne of the LORD as king instead of David his father, and prospered; and all Israel obeyed him. (1 Chron. 29:23) NKJV
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I am not suggesting that Soloman was an evil man, but only that there is a suggestion in the biblical story of the king that we should all heed: All the wisdom in the world is futile and vanity if our allegiances are with the world and its ways rather than the Word of God. King Solomon was more concerned about pleasing his 1,000 wives and concubines, living in his own millennial paradise with the world, and with all his wisdom he did not discern the damage that he would bring to his nation. Thus, a fool to the world who is led by the Spirit of God and obedient is better than the wisest man in the world when he forsakes the truth for self-glorification and his own fleshly will. Consider one the differences between worldly wisdom and the wisdom of God:
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It is the law of nature that the strong shall not be hindered by the weak, but that the weak should be ruled and led by the strong; that the strong shall go before and the weak shall follow after. – Philosopher Gorgias of Leontini c. 483-375 BC).
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For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.” Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has God not made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks [Gentiles] seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things in the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. (1 Cor. 1:18-29) NKJV; emp. & intrpl. mine
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God is a jealous God in His mighty love for His people, and He will not share the glory of His ancient works with the likes of mortals; only by His Right Hand are we to glory in the sufferings of the flesh for the righteousness of God. The glory of the Messiah is greater than the glory of King Solomon, for Solomon exalted the elect nation in the riches of the world, but Christ exalts the humbled of the world in the riches of God’s Spirit (see Matt. 12:42). For all the glory in which we seek to clothe mankind is but a theft of Him who clothes us with His righteousness by the works of His love through Jesus Christ- the Messiah of both Jews and Gentiles. In meekness God exalts us, and there is no greater meekness beyond sincerely confessing our sins and accepting the blood of sacrifice from Him who is worthy- He who was chosen above the greatness and wisdom of the world.
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“Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”- Yeshua Mashiach (Luke 12:27) NKJV
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New World View, PDI
New World View, Socialist Utopia PDI

In Scripture the Beast is a figure that serves as a collective force of anti-creationism, anti-Semitism, and anti-Christianity for the end of our long age. The Apocalypse Beast is a historical, spiritual image of many peoples who have shared a naturalistic worldview with an alternative claim on creation. Rather than humankind- male and female- being created in the image of a transcendent God, we are but surviving beasts, in the image of the Beast.

The belief in the unity of man and beasts has survived since the earliest of times and morphed through many ages and empires, including the bull-headed Babylonian deity, lion-man Sphinx of Pharaoh Khafre in Egypt, the mermaids of Assyria, the Minotaur of Greeks, and many others. Mankind, throughout history, has applied their natural philosophy- their wisdom– and mysticism in attempts to merge mankind with the creatures rather than the Creator.

Evolution theory and the Gaia principle are but modern extensions of those ancient ideas. Evolution and abiogenesis were not hoisted upon the nations as a mountain of empirical facts that came with scientific enlightenment, but are truly the same old spontaneous generations of life and animal transformism myths from the most ancient and darkest of days of early civilization, now taught under naturalists’ newer names. There is a desire manifest in every age for the Beast of mankind to be liberated from the image of God, to be all-natural and unaccountable for its behavior and injustices. It will be the force of the Antichrist and his minions. It empowered Hitler when he arose to exterminate the supposedly “inferior races,” like Jews and Africans, whom Nazis openly considered less-evolved “ape-men.” It provided justification for hundreds of millions of Russians imprisoned and slaughtered under Lenin and Stalin. It led antichristian, eugenicist Margret Sanger to found the Planned Parenthood abortion industry, in her social engineering attempts at diminishing population growth of blacks, handicapped, and people whom she considered lowly underachievers. It empowers antichristian Marxist organizations to this day.

In Germany the Nazi party used the anti-Semitism rants of Martin Luther to coax the religious into conformity while their pagan mysticism and Darwinian evolution beliefs were the darker motives that led to their atrocities. German citizens submitted and conformed their thinking to the desires and ideas of a beastly government with its mind set on devouring much flesh, and thus they looked the other way in conditioned indifference. The Word of God was substituted for the words of compromising religious leaders and the politically correct ideas of a raging madman. Bad religion provided a righteous façade over Nazi crimes while evolution theory desensitized ordinary people and made them into natural killers who did not feel accountable for their “struggles”; and occultism in the high ranks provided strong bonds needed for their elitist minds to submerge into the darkest realms of gnostic dementia, which they thought transcendently high.
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Muslim Prayers Towards Mecca Block Streets In France, PDI
Muslim Prayers Towards Mecca, Blocking Streets In France, PDI

The devil is a spirit of evil manifest through mankind, who does not care what coat he wears for the day, as long as it hides him from the eyes of the just and disguises his deeds in darkness, and in that certain moment he gets his murderous way. Anything that empowers him against the Word of God and the truths of Divine justice he will utilize- be it an atheist regime or a religious theocracy, in Judas Iscariot or in Apostle Peter before the Spirit, or in some beloved religious leader exalted today. He will use communism, capitalism, monarchism, fascism, socialism, progressivism, or whatever ism that he finds immediately useful, for there is indeed room for injustice everywhere his dark spirit roams.

Today, secular humanist beliefs have desensitized much of the world to millions of atrocities happening every year, where perfectly healthy babies are ripped bloody limb from limb as they nestle in their mothers’ wombs- an unending infanticide. Rather than life and dreams awaiting newborns, death plays god with them. Some aborted “fetuses”- about 15,000 until brought to public attention by a Roman Catholic, Steve Weatherbe- were fed with other biological waste products into an American power plant (cf. Covanta Marion waste-to-energy facility in Oregon). Aborted babies also became a source of energy in England.

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The world is indeed sick because of the evils of humanity. Whatever leaders or corrupted judges of society deem acceptable, normal, or virtuous, once they have separated themselves from the Spirit of Truth to become desensitized to their acceptable atrocities, those who are in that society must conform with them or be deemed ignorant fanatics or extremists. But what is this sickness in the West besides corruption and denial of the Word of God? And why has God’s Word been denied except that another theory has substituted it?- one that teaches that all virtues and values are subjective to perception, and that there is no higher judgment, spiritual truths, or consequence for our actions.  
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By the time the Englishman Charles Robert Darwin and the dualistic deist Alfred Wallace became famous in the mid-1800s (over four centuries after Chaucer), materialists embracing philosophical naturalism had been so indoctrinated by the ancient writings and the idea of material reductionism- gaining an upper hand against idealism- that the newly reworded theory of animal transformism easily enmeshed itself into all scientific thinking and spread like a renegade virus from the most elite Christian universities down to the common marketplaces of Western nations. No longer did the natural philosophy lie socially dormant and restricted to the cozy confines of academia, subjected under preferred beliefs of a biblical creation. No longer could organic compositions be thought of as substantially divine in nature (a Greek idea) or higher than inanimate chemicals.
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So the belief grew that all things in nature could be methodologically reduced and materially explained. God was no longer needed as a Creator because things could be understood without Him. Rather than a young, created Earth, which the Bible seems to plainly indicate in Genesis, perhaps the geological record proved that there was an infinite world of transforming animals, much as the ancient philosophers had always believed- one where anything could take form with abundant time and unlimited chances. In that age, like all ages, mediocre thinkers arose who believed they understood more about life and the natural world than they actually did- Darwin being a prime prince of that subtle arrogance. And secularists, ever ready to follow the latest popular fables of natural reasoning, assembled neatly in line. Perhaps it was a residual habit- being told what to think for centuries. Academies had been prepared, via the Roman Catholic Church’s embrace of the ancient philosophies, to trust almost any idea of naturalism.
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Darwin provided the doubting Christians believable clarifications of two classical ideas of Greek philosophy: 1) an ancient spontaneous generation that could not be investigated and debunked, and 2) gradual animal transformism from that presupposed common ancestor, also unfalsifiable at the time. Animal transformism occurred during reproduction- “descent with modification” over epochs of time. Darwin made animal transformism sound thoroughly scientific with his explorations, rather than as fantasies that the ancient philosophical stories were long-thought to be by earlier, faithful Jews and Christians. He took natural variations within species and amplified their differences to ramify them with the likenesses (homologies) of other species, and this to promote an ancient belief in the mysterious power of nature to create and transform all things by abundant time and chance.
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Whereas other materialists vainly sought (and always embarrassingly failed) to prove spontaneous generations of life occurred in the natural world, Darwin simply left it an a priori event of the distant past. Darwin cleverly steered clear of spontaneous generation arguments and posited an event as a simple truth without the justification of evidence to do so. Ignoring the prior, futile attempts of materialists to demonstrate nature’s supposed power to create, natural philosophy could gradually unfold as sure as rain- as sure as scientific facts from that a priori emergence of life from long ago. His seductive writings were met by the salesmanship of persistent materialists as they pushed their ideology under the guise of empirical science- things that they were already convinced of in their admiration for ancient philosophers of nature.
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What neo-Darwinists do is inadvertently interweave both aspects of nature (animate and inanimate) into one general theme and call the entire play on ideas “natural selection.” The needed mutations they must imagine ever-so-slight to defy organismal discrimination, in an unlimited abundance, and regularly advantageous to each evolving species, so then they can subtly transfer the process of preserving those mutations to a nature that has no objectives, making stories of their lucky innovations a regular mechanism of what consists factually of beliefs founded upon the philosophy of naturalism. Each family of organisms must be struggling or on the verge of extinction for saving mutations to emerge at all the right epochal moments to spread throughout their communities.
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Evolutionists envision natural selection as something working through animals so that they reproduce the most offspring with ever-so-slight advantages among their kinds, but their idea of evolution necessitates a fine and gradual trail of morphological changes that does not exist in the actual fossil records. And the failed idea is that all-powerful nature is constantly selecting advantageous mutations that create and extend features beyond the normal limits of genomic variations. Emerging mutations and normal variations must be confused to be believed, where mutations are found more advantageous than the features already possessed, which is not what we perceive as the norm of the wild. We consistently find almost every expressed mutation to be extremely more disadvantageous and that organismal systems (e.g., immune systems) work hard at resisting them to maintain their features as they already are.
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This is the issue I have with neo-Darwinists: They teach that what is generating novelty [new biological features] is the accumulation of random mutations in DNA, in a direction set by natural selection. If you want bigger eggs, you keep selecting the hens that are laying the biggest eggs, and you get bigger and bigger eggs. But you also get hens with defective feathers and wobbly legs. Natural selection eliminates and maybe maintains, but it doesn’t create…neo-Darwinists say that new species emerge when mutations occur and modify organisms. I was taught over and over again that the accumulation of random mutations led to evolutionary change- led to new species. I believed it until I looked for evidence. – Lyn Margulis, “Lyn Margulis Says She’s Not Controversial, She’s Right,” Discover Magazine, p. 68 (2011); intrpl. & emp. mine
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“We sat there banging our heads against the wall. Darwin’s hypothesis has been with us for so long, how can it not be right?”… “The hypothesis is so intuitive that it was hard for us to give it up. But we are becoming more and more convinced that he wasn’t right about the organisms we’ve been studying,” Cardinale says. “It doesn’t mean the hypothesis won’t hold true for other organisms, but it’s enough that we want to get biologists to rethink the generality of Darwin’s hypothesis”…” If Darwin had been right, the older, more genetically unique species should have unique niches, and should compete less strongly, while ones closely related should be ecologically similar and compete much more strongly- but that’s not what happened.” Cardinale says. “We didn’t see any evidence of that at all.” They found this to be so in field experiments and surveys in 1,200 lakes in North America. “If Darwin was right, we should’ve seen species that are genetically different and ecologically unique, doing unique things and not competing with other species,” he adds. “But we didn’t.”… Darwin “was obsessed with competition,” Cardinale says. “He assumed the whole world was composed of species competing with each other, but we found that one-third of the species of algae we studied actually like each other. They don’t grow as well unless you put them with other species. It may be that nature has a heck of a lot more mutualisms than we ever expected.” – NSF (May 1, 2014) http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_131308
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God brings down the high mountains and lifts low valleys. “Serfs you are and serfs you shall remain,” said boy-king Richard II after breaking his agreement in the Peasant Revolt, where he led the poor into the hands of soldiers for slaughter and surrender. But that same despotic tyrant soon found his destiny in a dungeon, where murder and leaving behind a hated historical name was all that awaited him.
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Not all justice is swift or even perceived in a single lifetime, but I am convinced that only God could have created a world with millions of weak and strong creatures to have a place and a time, and that the “survival of the fittest” scheme means absolutely nothing in the fullness of life. “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness,” the Messiah said to his servant Saul, whose name became Paul. And truly it was, for a little band of Jews brought the Good News into the strongest, largest empire to ever exist in history, full of mighty Roman soldiers and every school of philosophy. And we know the result of their sufferings for biblical Truths. We know that the weak has spread around the world, whereas the empire fell in the fullness of time. And soon the last renegade empire will fall as Christ brings the first righteous and just Kingdom, an everlasting dominion, to the world.
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FOLLOW THE WORD, PDI
FOLLOW THE WORD, PDI

Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and He who formed you from the womb: “I am the LORD, who makes all things, who stretches out the heavens [expanding universe] all alone, who spreads abroad the earth [continental drift] by Myself; who frustrates the signs of the babblers [liars], and drives diviners [those who determine events reading stars or animal entrails] mad; who turns wise men [philosophers] backward, and makes their knowledge [science] foolishness; who confirms the word of His servant, and performs the council of His messengers…” (Isa. 44:24-26) NKJV; emp. & intrpl. mine

 
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