11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.
12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
(Rev 13:11-12 NKJ)
While the Beast of Rev 13:1-2 rises from the sea, this Two Horned Beast rises from the earth. This harkens back to the OT symbolism of the sea as raging against the boundaries set by God (Ps 104:9; Job 38:11), and its Beasts the ferocious opposition of both humans and angels (Isa. 27:1; 51:9; Ps. 74:13–14; 89:9–10). Hence the same world power "Beasts" that "came up from the sea" (Dan 7:2-3) symbolizing their demonic origin and character, as "kings" (=Kingdoms" lxx) arise "out of the earth" ---alluding to their human origin and character compared to God's eternal Kingdom (Dan 7:17f). Whether they rise from sea or earth, these rise from "peoples, nations, tongues, and kings." (Rev 10:8, 11 NKJ)
The two horned lamb is "another" (243 allos) “of the same sort”, not "another" (heteros 2087) expressing "a qualitative difference and denotes “another of a different sort.” -(1996). Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words. Nashville, TN: T. Nelson. As it also exercises all the authority of the first beast (Rev 13:1-2) in his presence (Rev 13:12 NKJ) it must be another world power equal to it.----Therefore it is a dual world power like the two horned Ram of Daniel (Dan 7:20) and not a parody of Christ.
Scripture does not concern itself with the world's empires that had no impact upon Israel. Hence the Mogul, Inca, Maya, Chinese, Japanese and other empires having nothing to do with Israel, aren't counted among the Seven Kingdoms that opposed God: "Five have fallen (the Egyptian, the Assyrian, the Babylonian, the Medo-Persian, the Grecian), one is (the Historical Roman)," therefore the next consecutive Kingdom that impacted Israel that had "not yet come" in John's Day is the Anglo-American. Although the first horn Britain was the world's greatest Empire upon whom the sun never set, its former possession the United States, which came up later, is now history's greatest superpower whose military technology "performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. (Rev 13:13 NKJ)". Israel wouldn't exist today if not for Britain's good offices, nor would it have survived this long without the military backing of America.
Formerly Christian, this dual power joins the Antichrist confederation of Ten Nations constituting the revived Roman empire, and via their creation of the United Nations, to become the false prophet of the New World Order.
Their wondrous Bio-Technology gives life and intelligence to a Supercomputer Image of the Beast that will establish and enforce the 666 Statism all must participate in, if they will enjoy the largess of the state. As in the 1987 Movie "Empire of the Sun," it will teach "people will do anything for a potato."
13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.
14 And he deceives 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.
15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, 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.
16 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,
17 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.
18 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 13:13-18 NKJ)
Well, that's what I think: What say you?
Edited by Alfred Persson, 04 January 2014 - 10:31 PM.