The Urgency of Understanding the Harlot Antichrist Beast (HAB) System

Unfortunately, too many Christians have a big misunderstanding of end time events and concepts. And they really have a poor understanding of the Harlot, the Antichrist and the Beast. The current conventional wisdom among some Christians, particularly in the West, is that some Antichrist guy will just appear out of nowhere and force everyone to receive the mark of the Beast, and then simply bow and worship him or be killed. Oh yeah, there’s a Great Harlot who rides some awful Beast, and somehow she is connected to the Antichrist. Really? Can something so important be so simple? There’s a lot of confusion surround the Beast and its Horns. There’s even more confusion about how the Harlot is related to the Antichrist, and how the Antichrist is related to the Beast, and why the Harlot rides the Beast.

Why does the Harlot ride the Beast?

Why is there a Beast and a separate Image of the Beast?

Why is there a mark of the Beast?

The more important question that Christians everywhere should ask is this: Why will a world full of billions of human beings come to worship one man, and how long will it take to condition so many people to be subjected to the rule of this Antichrist, the Beast, the Image of the Beast, and the Harlot? We’re not going to go into a lot of detail in this article because we want to simply introduce a correct, basic understanding of end time events and concepts at a user-friendly level so that you have the tools you need to spark your own research in the right direction.

To put it bluntly, it is quite ridiculous to assume that one charismatic, charming man will just appear out of nowhere overnight and force an entire planet to worship him, much less to have governments and law enforcement agencies worldwide to just hand over their authority to him. That’s preposterous! There have been plenty of charismatic men who have failed to even convince one continent to bow down or even to be subject to them. There are charismatic men in TV commercials and major movies who fail to sway billions of human beings.

So how long should it take? Daniel chapter 2 gives us the biggest clue.

You can read Daniel 2 for yourself, but let’s just say that Daniel’s revelation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream shows that from the first day of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign until Jesus Christ returns to overthrow the governments of mankind so far spans almost 2,600 years in the making. Serious students of Bible prophecy should recognize this timeline, but many Christians will be a bit surprised by this truth. To sum it up in other words, the Harlot Antichrist Beast system (HAB System) has been growing like yeast since the remaining three tribes of Israel went into the Babylonian captivity in the B.C. era.

Think about it: why did the Lord give Nebuchadnezzar a dream of this statue of a great man with him (Nebuchadnezzar) being the head of gold on this statue? It’s because the Lord sent the remaining three tribes of Israel (Judah, Levi and Benjamin) to Babylon to be subject to Nebuchadnezzar’s rule. That’s the Beast part of the HAB system, for “beast” in Bible prophecy is symbolic of governments, specifically Gentile governments.

But what about the Harlot and the Antichrist?

Recall that early in Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar recruited the best, brightest and most good looking men from among the 3-tribe Israelites to be his top advisors. This is important because the Harlot is mysterious, preferring to wield her power from behind the scenes, allowing the people under the Beast’s authority to only interact with the Beast, not her. This is why in Revelation 17, we see that the Harlot sits on TOP of the Beast, while the masses of people are UNDERNEATH the Beast she rides. When the people look up, they only see the underside of the Beast. Nebuchadnezzar lavished these advisors with luxuries and comfort, and they responded in kind, telling what he wanted to hear and holding great sway among the people. In Daniel, we see the HAB system taking shape.

Is there an importance to the fact that the main beast in Revelation comes out of the sea, while the second beast with two horns comes out of the earth? Yes. The physical things that the Lord has created in our world have another layer of meaning spiritually. The sea represents a dense population of people in various nations. Conversely, the earth is dry, having some ponds and lakes scattered throughout, but mainly dry. This means a less populated area having a sparse, scattered population. One school of thought in Bible prophecy is that the United States, which came out of nowhere in the middle of a sparsely populated country, fits this description. This especially seems to fit since those who invaded this land and seized it from the Indians came from the densely populated Eurasian continent (West and East, like the legs of the statue in Daniel 2) with the power and authority of those in European and Asian capitals who overturned the so-called Old World Order in order to make way for a New World Order; with Jerusalem and Israel being created by a two-pronged effort of Britain in “Sea Beast” Europe (Balfour Agreement/WWI) and the “Earth Beast” United States taking the baton and finishing it in WWII, thus making 1948 possible.

Since the end of WWII, America has led this push of the financial, political and social ideals of Western Democracy to all the nations on the earth relatively quickly using mainly military force, diplomacy (aka bribery and secret deals), and deception-based propaganda. Almost every nation on earth has adopted some form of this democracy “image” as a blueprint for the New World, and the dark spirits behind this new age have the ultimate goal of a newly restored Jerusalem and New Temple as the crowning jewel of their achievement. Once this democracy image is established in each nation, the next phase is for the governments and law enforcement agencies of each nation to turn on their own citizens and mandate allegiance to the beast whose “wound was healed” in Jerusalem. Only a few nations remain who have refused to install America’s democracy image and they are called the axis of evil. We’ll leave you to study and either agree or refute this school of thought.

Throughout history, advisors to top government leaders have operated out of sight of the people, but they wield considerable influence over those leaders. They write their speeches, counsel them on aspects of leadership, and even provide dark spiritual guidance in the areas of astrology, wizardry and even sorcery. Often these advisors would arrange for leaders to be bribed, or assassinated if they could not be influenced in a certain direction. Daniel and his three closest friends (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego), once top advisors to Nebuchadnezzar, fell out of grace and were given an ugly death sentence because they were steadfast in their faith towards the Lord and would not bow down and worship the top Babylonian god-king.

Nebuchadnezzar

Why did they fall out of grace? Because the other top advisors were jealous of their consistent divine nature and influence that they could not match. Remember, these advisors were from the same Israelite tribes as Daniel and his friends. Going back a bit in their history, you’ll recall that some of the kings of Israel did the right thing by God, but others did very dark, wicked things. But how did these kings get to the point of doing bad things? Jesus Christ Himself would later give us a clue. In condemning the Jewish leaders for their behavior and schemes, He said their forefathers killed the prophets and then tried to cover it up and make the people forget what happened by establishing historic monuments to them.

Why did they do this?

Because the true prophets of the Lord led the Israelite kings to do the right thing by God, which, for the corrupt, lawless advisors, was bad for business because their evil, money-loving plans to govern the Israelites from behind the scenes for their own profit were frustrated. In order to protect their blood-filled, money-making criminal enterprise, they had to make the true prophets look bad to the king and the people, so they shamed them, called them crazy, and if necessary, ran them out of the country or killed them. This is why, in Old Testament books such as Judges, Kings and Chronicles, you see the Israelite kingdoms kept going back and forth, one moment doing things right by the Lord, and then turn around and do things wrong by the Lord. The Lord would punish them in various ways, and then when the people begged for mercy, He would bless them. But the Lord grew tired of this deadly cycle so He divorced them, starting with the 10 Tribes of Israel first (Aholah), and then the remaining 3 Tribes (Aholibah) who did even worse than the 10 Tribes. So once He divorced the last 3 Tribes and sent them into the Babylonian captivity, the same system of bad advisors that led the Israelites down a dark path became even worse under Nebuchadnezzar and beyond. At this point, that Israelites system of wicked advisors became the Harlot that is revealed in Revelation.

Side note: Major global corporations are part of the daughters of this Harlot, helping her carry out her deadly, greedy activities everywhere.

Why is the Harlot’s mystery so successful?

We have downplayed the importance of why psychologists and other so-called experts of the mind have studied us so intensely since the rise of the field of Psychology over 100 years ago. These experts have come to realize that, with enough propaganda, we want to feel like we fit in, that we are “normal” like everyone else and that we don’t want to think other human beings are capable of carrying out cold acts of brutal violence. We especially don’t want to believe such horrible things of ideals we hold dear, such as the American dream and democracy. But the fact is, there is a very sick, deadly system of violence being carried out in the world to advance mankind one step closer to outright worship of Satan. Yet since we don’t want to be considered “different,” we dare not boldly question this contrast and clash of ideals and reality. Somewhere in the dark crevices of this confusion, the mystery of the Harlot has planted seeds and grown like wild weeds in our hearts and minds. But it is time for us to realize that there are very sick, twisted, incredibly violent people in this world who will spare no expense and not be limited by morality to carry out their agenda.

So now what about this Antichrist fellow?

In Daniel and Revelation, and in some of Jesus Christ’s words, we read about little horns speaking big blasphemous things, challenging the very throne of God. The New Testament speaks of a Man of Sin, Son of Perdition, etc. But before we get caught up in the details of every word describing him, we should really focus on what the Bible is trying to say about the Antichrist generally. So let’s recap: we now understand the Beast is a system of governments, and we know that the Harlot is the system of advisors who control the leaders of these governments to do their will. But the Harlot is missing a central figure to represent the messianic figure that is mentioned in the Old Testament. The advisors of the Israelite kings were split in two schools of thought:

  1. True Prophets of God
  2. False Prophets

The True Prophets always sought the will of the Lord and pointed the Israelites in the direction of the True Messiah. But the False Prophets did the opposite for their own gain. They told the kings what they wanted to kings to hear in order to flatter the kings and gain influence so that they could profit from it. But since the idea of a Messiah as taught by the True Prophets was a successful message among the people (God sanctioned this idea by allowing the True Prophets to work great miracles), the False Prophets had to offer a competing view of the Messiah, or at least offer a messianic concept that would trick the people into abandoning the True Messiah concept and follow them (they really didn’t care about a Messiah, they only wanted the people to follow them for their secret benefit). So the False Prophets competed against the True Prophets throughout history from the days of King Saul, David and Solomon until the First Coming of Jesus Christ. Let’s call this era the Pre-Antichrist Era.

Why call it Pre-Antichrist?

Because in order to have a full-blown Antichrist, you have to first have a full revealing of Christ, and that happened when Jesus Christ was born the Firstborn Son of God, the Second Adam, becoming Son of Man through the Virgin Mary. In history from Nebuchadnezzar until the Roman Caesar when Jesus Christ came to earth, the 3-tribe Israelites continued to grow in influence as advisors to the Beast kings over Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and then Rome. Along the way, they improved their False Prophet System, expanding it to include elements of pagan deities re-packaged to the non-Israelites on the one hand, while still presenting their False Messiah system to the Israelite remnant on the other hand. By playing both sides against each other, the False Prophets of Israel gained. And Satan, who we see in his dealings with Job, also gained for his united kingdom. Thus, the arrival of Jesus Christ threatened both the False Prophets of Israel and the United Kingdom of Satan.

At this point, history arrives at its biggest crossroads. How do Satan and the False Prophets respond?

Most likely, the advisors of Herod, who themselves felt threatened, influenced him to kill all boys in Jerusalem who are less than two years old. Mary and Joseph, getting tipped off by an Angel of God,  escaped to Egypt with the baby Jesus. So that didn’t work. Years later, Satan would tempt Jesus. This temptation was very revealing of how Satan influences the people of the Harlot (False Prophets) and the Beast. The rock-into-bread temptation and the jump-off-the-temple temptation were nothing compared to the I’ll-give-you-the-world’s-governments temptations. This third temptation of Christ shows that, after trying the brute force strategy of sending Herod’s army to kill little boys, Satan would try the softer extreme bribery approach. If Jesus were to bow to him, Satan and his Harlot Antichrist Beast (HAB) system would have converted the True Messiah and win the world. Of course, in this scenario, the False Prophets would have both Jews and Gentiles subject to their behind-the-scenes influence.

But Jesus Christ, the true superhero, rejected Satan. Here’s where a lot of Christians lose focus. Just because Jesus rejected the last temptation, we assume the story is over and there is no need to dig deeper into the Bible and prophecy. Nothing could be further from the truth! We must ask, if Jesus rejected this tempting offer from Satan, did someone else accept it?

Yes!

In the Parable of the Tenants and the Parable of the Tares (Weeds) and the Wheat, Jesus Christ is giving us major clues as to who accepted this temptation: the False Prophets.

In the Tenant Parable, Jesus is basically saying that the Old Testament prophets, both good and bad, as well as the people of Israel and the rest of the world were “tenants.” Among the tenants were “farmers” (Good and Bad Prophets, advisors to government leaders) who maintained the land. The “Landowner” (God) would send servants (True High Prophets) to collect the harvest (those who submitted to the will of the Lord). Some of the farmers became corrupt and would kill the high prophets, and eventually killed the Landowner’s Son, Jesus Christ, so that the Son’s inheritance “can become ours” as the parable states it. This scheme is later backed up by the words of Caiaphas the High Priest who sought to benefit from the murder of Jesus Christ.

What is this inheritance? The entire world and every man, woman and child in it!

Matthew 13

Satan tried to tempt Jesus to convert this inheritance over to the dark side, but since Jesus rejected it, Satan allowed the False Prophets to continue to more quickly grow their false messianic system like yeast, the yeast of the Pharisees that Jesus warned us about. The damage from Jesus was done, but Christians cannot ignore the other side of this matter: the fact that the Harlot Antichrist Beast (HAB) system was still in full effect and growing more rapidly after the murder and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Next and Final Temple in Jerusalem will most likely look like this model

Some 2,000 years later, this HAB system has grown like yeast to almost cover the entire globe. The same False Prophet system is in effect, still bribing and assassinating leaders of the Beast and ready to take over Jerusalem to unveil a new Temple of Blasphemy. This New World Temple will have a Holy of Holies that Satan himself will spiritually sit on, consummating the 2,600-year HAB system by seating a False Messiah in Jerusalem, a city which stopped being holy when Jesus was killed by its leaders, and will not be holy again until the HAB system is cast down and smashed to pieces, and its inhabitants say “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” Amen.

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Jesus Christ Said ‘I am the Truth’ But Do We Really Believe Him?

Every Christian should know and commit to memory the following quote from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ:

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me.

Notice that second part of His first sentence: Truth. What does that mean? It means He is the author of truth. There is no basis for truth but from Jesus Christ. His words are the foundation of truth. Jesus said He existed before the world began, and so that is absolute truth. He says He is the only path to our Heavenly Father, and so that is absolute truth. If He and the Father say that man’s life span is set at 120 years, then that is absolute truth, and any deviation from that truth should be treated not only with skepticism, but researched as if our very eternity depended on it.

But are we diligently doing that?

For a little over a 100 years now (as of 2015), we have allowed the U.S. Government, including institutes like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), mainstream media and major pharmaceutical companies to run false flag operations to deceive us into believing they are the absolute source of truth on human life. We have been repeatedly told misinformation to the point where a lie has become the truth, and we know who the father of lies is (Satan). For instance, we have blindly accepted that vaccines are the only ways to protect human life without question. Not only are we NOT skeptical of this 100 year-old lie, we have blindly accepted it as absolute truth. Few of us dare question the background of Jonas Salk, the deceptive father of the polio vaccine that propelled vaccines into the mainstream. He, along with other “great” medical figures, actually relied on unethical human experiments involving the defenseless, such as those in mental institutions or prisons.

Now we have a disease-causing vaccine industry that is a beast unto itself.

Just recently, an outbreak of measles occurred in California – the “Disneyland Outbreak” since the news media says it started at Disneyland, of all places. Why did they choose this place as the origin of the outbreak? Possibly to scare parents into injecting more, even deadlier diseases into their children. Ever wonder why the CDC and NIH stores samples of diseases that are supposedly eradicated? Perhaps when growing numbers of parents decide not to vaccinate their children once they learn the truth, the CDC/NIH machine allows the infectious diseases to spread in their areas. This manmade outbreak, in turn, gives their peers the ammunition to then ostracize those concerned parents as being irresponsible and bad. In other words, why not allow measles to spread in California in order to then provide ammunition for the public to blame those parents who don’t vaccinate their children? A classic false flag style operation.

Ebola virus

History books in school repeatedly told us that before the era of vaccines, humans die early, sometimes averaging just 25-year life expectancies in the early 1800s. And we believed this without question. That is a bold lie. There is a large body of evidence dating back 100 years that shows that vaccines, in fact, cause the very diseases they supposedly protect against, and even created mutated strains of them, and in many cases, cause the very cancers that have enriched drug companies and so-called cancer charities (who use only a paltry percentage of their millions of dollars on meaningful research). Before the era of manmade drugs, even American slaves were living past 100 using natural remedies (just look at the slave journals for more information). After the Civil War, some slaves described how white men in white coats traveled from plantation to plantation offering the “wonders” of white pills as cures for what herbs and roots did. They wanted the newly freed slaves to accept their pills over those natural remedies. The smarter ones refused, but some fell for the deception.

The same pattern exists in politics and warfare. We believe that the U.S. Dept. of Defense actually “defends” our freedoms, but most citizens either do not know or have forgotten that it used to be called the Dept. of War. So why the name change to Dept. of Defense? Because they knew that the former name exposed the truth of its demonic nature. “Defense” deceives the public into thinking that it is actually defending us, when in actuality, it is doing the exact opposite, as George Orwell alluded to in “1984.” Christians in America, and really all citizens in general, should carefully question why is it that not one war has been waged on American soil, yet our government has in fact engineered excuses to invade other countries and topple them if the “cancer” in Washington doesn’t like their form of government? Why did we need to send 3,000 troops to Ebola-ravaged nations instead of sending medical experts? When Boko Haram terrorized Nigeria, we only sent a few hundred soldiers to nearby Chad. Think about that.

When the mainstream news media parades experts, journalists and “witnesses” on our televisions and in online articles, we accept them as bearers of truth without question, even if they don’t believe in Jesus Christ, who is the Truth. Why don’t we question the backgrounds of these people? Because our educations have dumbed us down into blind submission. We eventually accept repeated exposure to experts as purveyors of truth at some point. We allow ourselves to get worn down, beaten into submission. We let our guards down and let the media inject artificial truth into our brains. Similarly, when we watch Hollywood movies and TV shows, we let our guards down as part of our brain interprets entertainment media as fiction, but another part of our brain still processes elements of those same media as truth in our subconscious. This is part of Satan’s complex master plan to make us vulnerable to deception like an assembly line of lie engineering:

1. Seduce us into acceptance

2. Turn a truth into a lie

3. Act on that lie as if it were more true than Jesus Christ

September 11 was a complete sham where we are led to believe that a rag-tag group of rookie flight students carried out an invasion of the most powerful nation the world has ever known, in an era when even powerful nations like Russia and China dare not invade U.S. soil! But if we dare question the “truth” about it, the mainstream media and high ranking government officials ridicule truth seekers as crazy, just like their forefathers did Jesus when he cast demons out of people. Why is the “crazy” label strategy used? Some of us are scared to ask questions. The Lord eagerly invites us to question Him, yet the governments and “lying wonders” institutions of this world are the exact opposite. And if they are the exact opposite of Jesus Christ, what does that make them? Answer: Anti-Christ! The False Prophets!

Why do we call them “lying wonders” institutions? The Bible warns us about lying wonders in the last days. So what does that mean? A wonder is something massive, something larger than life. Thus, a lying wonder is a larger than life, bold lie. One thing that Satan’s children (they are identified symbolically as the Great Whore and the Beast) have learned is that the majority of the public can be conditioned to put great faith in institutions and organizations that speak with authority, even if their words are false. They have grown comfortable with speaking big, bold lies, and have institutionalized the practice of deception. They also marginalize those who are smart enough to expose the lies. Hence, they manufacture “crazy” and “tin foil hat” labels, which when disseminated over the airwaves, creates a herd mentality in the majority who fear being labeled “outsiders” by engineered peer pressure tactics. Institutes of lying wonders know that the majority of the public wants to fit in with everybody else. But Jesus Christ never easily fitted in, if you recall.

Once again, we must ask ourselves who is the way, the TRUTH, and the life? Is it Jesus, or is it man-made science, mass media and massive government bureaucracies? Remember in the kingdom, no one who is fearful will be allowed in, so just as this world is bold for a lie, we should be bold for the truth. Jesus Christ said when He returns, there will be those on His right and on His left. Which side do you want to be on? Stop accepting this world’s Institutes of Lying Wonders (governments, news media, false science, militaries) as the foundation of truth. Only Jesus Christ our Savior is the TRUTH. Amen.

Are American Christians Turning A Blind Eye While Godless U.S. Gov’t Massacres the World in the Name of ‘War on Terror’?

Jesus Christ told us to obey His commandments. One of His commandments is to love our enemies and do good to those who hate us. Elsewhere He also told us to turn the other cheek but at the same time told the apostles that 2 swords was enough for the 12 of them (proportionate defense). Given that the United States is a majority Christian nation, shouldn’t our foreign policy reflect what Jesus Christ said?

Instead we are taught to kill the “enemy” even when the enemy is not very well defined and is far, far away. We have a Department of Defense, but the truth is that it is the Department of Offense as America is never attacked! Instead, we come up with convenient and often deceptive reasons to invade other countries in the name of ‘peace’, ‘freedom’ and ‘war on terrorism.’

But are we really fighting for peace and freedom?

Of course not! Jesus told us that in the end times, they will say ‘peace’ when there is no peace. As for freedom, Jesus clearly told us freedom only exists in Him, not in any government on earth. Freedom and peace will only come with the New Jerusalem, not the godless United States. America is the current version of the powerful seat of image of the beast, and Israel gives it life (Daniel 2 and Revelation speaks of this). The Harlot, Babylon the Great, is riding the beast and her agents are behind the scenes, the puppet masters pulling the strings. American Christians need to take the blinders off and vote for any part but the Republicans or Democrats. Vote against the established government leaders who are hell-bent on massacring innocent lives for Satan!

What Does Revelation 13:2 Mean by ‘Great Authority’?

The front side (recto) of Papyrus 1, a New Tes...

The front side (recto) of Papyrus 1, a New Testament manuscript of the Gospel of Matthew. Most likely originated in Egypt. Also part of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri (P. oxy. 2) Currently housed in: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Revelation 13:2

And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

In order to understand the nature and scope of this “great authority,” we have to understand what authority means. Let’s look at the definition:

The power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience.

“he had absolute authority over his subordinates”

synonyms: power, jurisdiction, command, control, charge, dominance, rule, sovereignty, supremacy

As we can see, the definition of authority alone is pretty strong. So to be ‘great’, the authority must acquire an additional attribute, an additional level of power that makes ‘authority’ above other authorities. There are a few bible verses that provide clues as to the scope and context of authority that may help:

Matthew 20:25
But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. (see also Matthew 8:9, Mark 10:42 and Acts 8:27)

Acts 26:12
Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests. (See also Acts 9:14 and 26:10)

The symbols of Revelation

The symbols of Revelation (Photo credit: Waiting For The Word)

The first verse describes secular Gentile authority, which is usually associated with the beast in New Testament bible prophecy. The second verse describes a religious-spiritual based authority that Paul had from the Jewish religious leaders in Jerusalem. This Jewish authority represented the power of a state within a state, whereby Paul was able to travel outside Jerusalem and persecute the early Church anywhere in the Roman world. Jesus Christ was described as having authority

1. to cast judgment (John 5:27)

2. to explain the mysteries of scripture (Matthew 7:29, Mark 1:22)

3. to control the weather (Matthew 8:26)

4. to cast out demons (Mark 1:27, Luke 4:36)

5. to give His authority to His servants (Mark 13:34, Luke 9:1, Luke 19:17)

6. to conquer all earthly authority (1 Corinthians 15:24)

7. to cure diseases (Luke 9:1)

Beast and the Harlot

Beast and the Harlot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So we have a description of (1) secular authority and (2) religious authority. Now imagine a hierarchical system that combined secular with religious (or pseudo-religious) authority. Revelation 13 describes such a system. Satan, who as Lucifer wanted to be like God the Father, copies the Lord’s power, and Revelation 13 gives us a description of this system. There is the beast with great authority ruling over the seas (the people). And on top of this beast, high above and almost out of the site of the peoples is Harlot, “Mystery Babylon the Great.” She rides this beast out of site of the people, greatly influencing the beast with her pseudo-religious authority in order to complete the deception of the people by every channel of authority possible, including modern methods of control such as modern bureaucracies that aggregate ever increasing powers over every aspect of life, mass media, worldwide military power through great alliances, commercialism and the absolute control of buying and selling. And just as God the Father put it in Jesus’ mouth what He should speak (John 12:49-50), so the dragon (Satan) gives communication authority to the beast, and the beast gives it, in turn, to its image to speak on its behalf and reinforce authority with the death penalty (Rev. 13:4-17).

May the Lord bless us to persevere under such great, anti-Christ authority!

Rev. 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.