Realization of Prophetic Visions

By Philip Mark Ames

Worship of the Beast

John reports that "the whole earth was made to wonder at the beast." And in his vision he saw that the people "gave worship to the dragon because it gave the authority to the beast. And they gave worship to the beast, saying, ‘Who is like the wild beast, and who is able to make war with it?’" (Rev. 13:3, 4) The most recent real threat to democracy was led by Germany and Japan during World War II. Democracy prevailed. It has now become the ideological king of nearly every nation on earth. The world has been made "safe for democracy." Its seven heads may vie for superiority; but no man or army now on earth appears to threaten its existence or sovereignty. No Alexander, no Caesar, no Napoleon, no Hitler. And John saw no such conqueror arise with enough power to success- fully make war with the "will of the people." No, the wild beast will not be destroyed by any less a personage than Jesus Christ himself. The angel told John that the beast's ten horns will make war with the Lamb. Those ten spirit kings will actually fight against Jesus Christ; that is what spells the end of their career, and the destruction of the beast itself. But, until then, people of the whole earth will be worshipping both the democratic beast and the Satanic dragon.

Actually, nearly all literate people are already giving worship to the wild beast. They pay homage to the ideal that "government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth." And they are giving worship to the dragon by espousing his God rejecting proposal that man can and should rule himself, deciding for himself what is good and what is bad. But, the case for democracy will become even stronger in the near future.

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