Realization of Prophetic Visions

By Philip Mark Ames

Names of Blasphemy

          Another thing noticed by John was that the heads of the beast bore names of blasphemy. This is a correct view of the seven isms that guide the course of man's thinking.

          When Jesus was on earth, he was wrongly accused of blasphemy. For example, when he forgave a man's sins and healed him, Jewish leaders said, "Who is this who is speaking blasphemies? Who is able to be forgiving sins except God alone?" (Luke 5:21) Also, when he explained that he was the Son of God, some of the Jews tried to stone him, saying, "We are stoning you... for blasphemy, because you, a man, make yourself a God." (John 10:33) in each case, had Jesus not been who he claimed to be and really had the authority he claimed to have, the accusations of blasphemy would have been justified. In that case, the religion he established would have been blasphemously false.

          But, what justification do the religions of Catholicism, Mohammedanism, and Protestantism have for their assumed authorities? Do their names glorify God, or man? Their histories of ungodly bloodshed belie their claims of holiness. And any false claim to holiness is outright blasphemy. They are thus covered with names of blasphemy.

          Besides falsely claiming the attributes or prerogatives of God, or ascribing these to others, blasphemy may also take the form of denying God's power or speaking against Him in other ways. (Luke 22:63-65; Matthew 12:31, 32) Communism has been very outspoken against God. None can deny the blasphemous aspect of that religion.

                      None of the seven ‘isms’ which guide democracy is guiltless. Each assumes for man certain honors and rights which belong only to God. All seven dominating mountains teach their subjects to blasphemously worship the accomplishments or potentials of man's mind. All the beast's heads display blasphemies.

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Written by: Philip Mark Ames - - - © 1975 Philip Mark Ames. All rights reserved.