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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 18-

INTERPRETING THE SYMBOLS-part 3-

SPEAKS LIKE THE DRAGON

BUT the beast with lamblike horns “spoke as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed;…saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had that wound by a sword, and did live”  (Revelation 13:11-14).

The lamblike horns and dragon voice of the symbol point to a striking contradiction between the professions and the practice of the nation thus represent. The speaking” of the nation is the action of its legislative and judicial authorities.  By such action it will give the lie to those liberal and peaceful principles which it has put forth as the foundation of its policy.  The prediction that it will speak as a dragon” and exerciseall the power of the first beast” plainly foretells a development of the spirit of intolerance and persecution that was manifested by the nations represented by the dragon and the leopardlike beast.  And the statement that the beast with two horns causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast” indicates that the authority of this nation is to be exercised in enforcing some observance which shall be an act of homage to the Papacy.

Such action would be directly contrary to the principles of this government, to the genius of its free institutions, to the direct and solemn avowals of the Declaration of Independence, and to the Constitution. The founders of the nation wisely sought to guard against the employment of secular power on the part of the church, with its inevitable result –intolerance and persecution. 

The Constitution provides that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” and that “no religious test shall ever be required as qualification of any office of public trust under the United States.”  Only in flagrant violation of these safeguards to the nation’s liberty, can any religious observance be enforced by civil authority.  But the inconsistency of such action is no greater than is represented in the symbol.  It is the beast with lamblike horns in profession pure, gentle, and harmless- that speaks as a dragon.

THE IMAGE TO THE BEAST

SAYING to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast. Here is clearly presented a form of government in which the legislative power rests with the people, a most striking evidence that the United States is the nation denoted in the prophecy.  But what is theimage to the beast”? And how is it to be formed? The image is made by the two-horned beast, and is an image to the beast.  It is also called an image of the beast. Therefore, to learn what the image is like and how it is to be formed we must study the characteristics of the beast itself – the Papacy.

 

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