Realization of Prophetic Visions

By Philip Mark Ames

In A Desolate Wilderness

In order to show John the judgment of the harlot, the angel carried him in spirit into a desert. Here he saw the seven-headed, ten-horned wild beast. Seated upon the beast was the great fornicatrix. In this vision, John de- scribes the wild beast as being scarlet in color. Why is it now scarlet? And why is it in a desert?

Remember that this seven-headed beast is democracy. It will have been killing Christians for forty-two months. So, spiritual seed-sowing and watering will have practically ceased. Also, being at the end of the three and one half years of drought (Rev. 11:3-6), the land will be very dry. So both spiritually and physically, the habitation of the democratic beast will be desolate.

When John had seen the beast rising from the sea, he said it was like a leopard. When he sees it at the end of its career, it is scarlet-colored. This does not mean that it is a different beast, or that it has lost its spots. Rather, it shows that it has undergone a change in its overall color. Scarlet is the color denoting sin. And, having killed God's people, sin will be the dominant thought of all believers in democracy.

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