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Brother,

I wish to ask of you to examine this research I have.

I, and may others have reached the same conclusion that my interpretation of Revelation's beasts, its heads and horns is the correct and only interpretation of the prophecy.

All these other people have arrived at this conclusion independently while they were reading from my research. The confirmation from the Scripture is bountiful, and brings the Scriptures together.

We have an accurate historic record, and a clear Word of prophecy that has demonstrated an exact match.  The Historic method is followed precisely.

"When a brother receives new light upon the Scriptures, he should frankly explain his position, and every minister should search the Scriptures with the spirit of candor to see if the points presented can be substantiated by the Inspired Word."

"The servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth." 2 Timothy 2:24, 25.  {TM 30.3}

But standing directly in the way of this message of present truth, are many inclusions of "cautions" and "suspect deceptions" that indeed there are deceptions out there, but we must also be extremely careful to NOT treat the message from God when it comes, as though it were evil.

 Most ministers and SDAs are playing the "caution" game. This is how the Sabbath School Quarterly echoes this false sentiment:

"...we must always be careful not to speculate beyond what we know for sure. We must not create detailed scenarios of last-day events as though we know for certain every detail when, of course, we do not know those details. To think otherwise is to set ourselves up for disappointment, even deception."

These warnings seem to be saying; WARNING; When God sends His message to His people, we must be sure to cause all who might hear this to treat it as suspect deception...

They think that they can say: "I'll tell you this much, but no more, and if anyone thinks there's more it is probably deception." This is the wrong approach to being "OPEN" to new light.

This is Laodicean to the core! And this is being taught right now by our Sabbath School Quarterly!

While this is a great lesson in the quarterly, it would be far more effective if these words of caution were left out. It has paved the way for rejection of any new light.

I have PRESENT TRUTH in which I have wholehearted Biblical support for. It is NEW LIGHT for the church and the world. My attempts to deliver this verbally at one Sabbath School class on June 8 2002, was met with stern interruptions by the teacher, voicing these "cautionary statements" practically quoted from the lesson study, even before I gave my presentation. Thus there was not sufficient time.

The General Conference has stated; "When any group or individual claims to have "new light," we must evaluate it."

Openness.
"Ellen White called for the church to be open to new light. She strongly opposed the attitude that we have all the truth for our time. New light is not a private affair, however, for no one should claim that he or she has all the light."

Carefulness in Presenting New Views
"All should be careful about presenting new views of Scripture before they have given these points thorough study, and are fully prepared to sustain them from the Bible. Introduce nothing that will cause dissension, without clear evidence that in it God is giving a special message for this time."  {TM 106.3}

"But beware of rejecting that which is truth. The great danger with our people has been that of depending upon men and making flesh their arm. Those who have not been in the habit of searching the Bible for themselves, or weighing evidence, have confidence in the leading men and accept the decisions they make; and thus many will reject the very messages God sends to His people, if these leading brethren do not accept them."  {TM 106.4}

"No one should claim that he has all the light there is for God's people. The Lord will not tolerate this. He has said,” I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it. "Even if all our leading men should refuse light and truth, that door will still remain open. The Lord will raise up men who will give the people the message for this time. " {TM 107.1}

The Truth Will Stand
"Truth is eternal, and conflict with error will only make manifest its strength. We should never refuse to examine the Scriptures with those who, we have reason to believe, desire to know what is truth. Suppose a brother held a view that differed from yours, and he should come to you, proposing that you sit down with him and make an investigation of that point in the Scriptures; should you rise up, filled with prejudice, and condemn his ideas, while refusing to give him a candid hearing? The only right way would be to sit down as Christians and investigate the position presented in the light of God's word, which will reveal truth and unmask error. To ridicule his ideas would not weaken his position in the least if it were false, or strengthen your position if it were true. If the pillars of our faith will not stand the test of investigation, it is time that we knew it. There must be no spirit of Pharisaism cherished among us."  {TM 107.2}

"Others present an array of objections to any new view; and when these objections are plainly answered by the words of Scripture, they do not acknowledge the evidence presented, nor allow themselves to be convinced. Their questioning is not for the purpose of arriving at truth, but is intended merely to confuse the minds of others."  {TM 108.2}

I shall start my presentation of this new light here:

From our SDA Bible Commentary; Revelation, Chapter 17

1-5 (chs. 13:11-17; 18:1-5; 2 Thess. 2:7-12). Deceiver of All Nations. --In the seventeenth of Revelation is foretold the destruction of all the churches who corrupt themselves by idolatrous devotion to the service of the papacy, those who have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. [Rev.17: 1-4 quoted.]  {7BC 983.3}

Thus is represented the papal power,...promising them, ...all good to those who receive its mark, and all harm to those who oppose its fallacies.... "Upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, The Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth."  {7BC 983.4}

I think it is rather clear that the beast spoken of here is the Papacy.

What is it that gives its kingdom to this power? Protestantism, a power which, while professing to have the temper and spirit of a lamb and to be allied to Heaven, speaks with the voice of a dragon. It is moved by a power from beneath (Letter 232, 1899).  {7BC 983.5}

The SOP draws the next link to Revelation 13 to show that it is the Protestantism of the two-horned beast of America that forms this unholy union with the Papacy. These are the ten horns of the scarlet beast.

13, 14 (chs. 13:11-17; 16:13-16). A Confederacy of Satan's Forces. --[Rev. 17:13, 14 quoted.] "These have one mind." There will be a universal bond of union, one great harmony, a confederacy of Satan's forces. "And shall give their power and strength unto the beast." {7BC 983.6}

The ecumenical movement will accomplish this union soon, with Sunday sacredness as their primary agenda.

"In the warfare to be waged in the last days there will be united, in opposition to God's people, all the corrupt powers that have apostatized from allegiance to the law of Jehovah. In this warfare the Sabbath of the fourth commandment will be the great point at issue..." (MS 24, 1891). {7BC 983.7}

Also in Revelation 17, is the description of the seven heads of this beast. Unfortunately, this is where many have parted with the truth and they have attempted to give identities to these seven heads by borrowing heads from the dragon. The beast and the dragon are not one and the same, and neither are their heads nor their horns the same. Revelation 17: 12 defines the beast's ten horns as the last confederacy with the papacy. The dragon's ten horns are the divisions of the Roman Empire.

In Revelation 12, the dragon is seen, exercising its oppression through Rome. Daniel depicts this Rome as the great and terrible beast that has ten horns. Just prior to this are seen three other beasts. These are all in Daniel 7. These four beasts, have among them; seven heads and ten horns. The Grecian beast has four of these heads.

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Babylon...........one head

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Medo-Persia...one head

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Greece............four heads

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Rome..............one head and ten horns

These are then, the seven heads of the Dragon, and the ten horns are the ten divisions of Rome.

Along with these ten horns, comes another "little" horn, which receives its seat and power from the Dragon. This "little" horn becomes a great horn and more stout than the others. The SOP draws a clear parallel between this "little" horn with the papacy, as the seven headed and ten-horned beast of Revelation 13 and 17.

Revelation 13 1 - 10 portrays the papal beast from 538 AD to 1798 AD. The last half of the chapter depicts the papacy and the USA making a coalition. This is yet future.

Revelation 17: 1 - 10 portrays the papal beast after 1798 AD to the present. The last half of the chapter depicts the papacy as seen from its eighth head that follows in sequence after the seventh head, and the union of the ten horns. This is an exact parallel to the last half of Revelation 13, but with other details.

It would help the Bible student to understand the Chiastic pattern found in the book of Revelation. The whole of Revelation 13 is directly linked to Revelation 17. They are linked by both the linguistic use of language, and by the interpretive context in which they are set in.

This last Sabbath School Quarterly Lesson 10  *June 1 – 7 The Dragon Versus the Remnant Part 2

God reveals to His people the strategy that the enemy will use; He does this so we will not be surprised, discouraged, or deceived by the tumultuous events that unfold around us.

Revelation 13:11-18 describes future events that are in the process of fulfillment, with the United States in the forefront of these last-day events.

DESCRIPTION OF THE BEAST FROM THE EARTH.
"And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon" (Rev. 13:11).

The Catholic Douay Rheims bible has included a footnote attempting to dissuade anyone from even thinking that this beast is the papacy, and had thus suggested that the identity of the seven heads as:

" A beast... This first beast with seven heads and ten horns is probably the whole company of infidels, enemies and persecutors of the people of God, from the beginning to the end of the world. The seven heads are seven kings, that is, seven principal kingdoms or empires, which have exercised, or shall exercise, tyrannical power over the people of God; of these, five were then fallen, viz.: the Egyptian, Assyrian, Chaldean, Persian, and Grecian monarchies: one was present, viz., the empire of Rome: and the seventh and chiefest was to come, viz., the great Antichrist and his empire. The ten horns may be understood of ten lesser persecutors."

Unfortunately, many SDA leaders and lay members have been unduly influenced by this false interpretation and have rendered similar interpretations.

The BRI of the SDA church has demonstrated to having been influenced by this false Catholic interpretation. They err in reading the work written by Kenneth Strand, where he clearly points out the fallacies of "preterism" and supplies many references. It appears that the BRI has read these references and have accepted them as being "truth." They have skipped over the issue that Dr. Strand was making in exposing these as errors of preterism. Their interpretation is as follows;

...the period "the beast was" contains the statements "five are fallen," "one is," and "one has not yet come" speaking about the heads. This is the period of the seven heads. At John's time five were fallen, namely Egypt, which is mentioned in Revelation, Assyria, ancient Babylon, Medo-Persia, and Greece. One is, which is Rome. John experiences the Roman Empire. One has not yet come, which is the Papacy. The ten horn exists at the same time as the last head lives."

Now all these "kingdom" heads are supposed to reside on this "beast" which the SOP clearly defines as the papacy. Here, the BRI differs and asserts that the "papacy" is the seventh head.

Thus, if the SOP clearly shows this beast to be the papacy, how then can one of its head be also the "papacy?" And HOW are these ancient kingdoms to be the "heads" of the papacy? Clearly Daniel 7 shows that a beast with multiple heads, that the heads are of the same nature as the body of the beast. The Grecian beast had four heads, and these four heads were also Grecian. Why then should anyone think that the heads of a papal beast be anything other than "papal" heads?

More from the Sabbath School Quarterly that retains the elements of truth:

"This new beast rises after the first beast was wounded. Because the wound was inflicted in 1798, we should be looking for a power that arises around that time."

"The beast from the earth is involved in the healing of the beast from the sea. They coexist during the period of the healing and after the beast is healed." (Post 1798)

"...we interpret this prophecy as the United States."

In The Great Controversy, Ellen White unambiguously identifies that second beast as the United States.

Protestant America will exercise "all the power of the first beast." What power is this referring to? It is the power to blaspheme God and His sanctuary and to persecute God's people (Rev. 13:5-7). This prediction "plainly foretells a development of the spirit of intolerance and persecution [in Protestant America] that was manifested by the nations represented by the dragon and the leopard like beast."—Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 442.

Now here is another added commentary from the Sabbath School Quarterly that deeply concerns me. The "cautionary statements" are here only because they are ambiguous in areas where they lack knowledge. The "official" position of the church is "ambiguity" in the area of the number 666 and the identity of the seven heads. The horns are more clearly identified by Ellen White as Protestants who form a union with the papacy. Yet the BRI has deviated so far from the truth that not even this could be possible in their minds.

"The number of the beast. The mark, the name, and the number of the beast are closely related (Rev. 13:17). Many suggestions have been made to explain the meaning of 666. Here we must be very careful. The Bible does not say that the number is the added numerical value of the letters of a name. Some see in the meaning of 666 a symbol of humanity separated from God. Humans were created on the sixth day, and the number can stand as a symbol for humanity without divine rest (the seventh day). Humans have claimed ultimate independence from God (the cause of their fall), and even now they do not want to find rest in Christ."

"Over the years, numerous Bible students have come up with various explanations for the 666. Some found significance in the fact that if you added up the number of letters in the name of a former president of the United States, Ronald Wilson Reagan, it came to 666; others saw meaning in that, years ago, all the buses in Jerusalem had 666 on their license plates. This is futile speculation that adds nothing toward understanding truth. The important point is that God's Word has given us enough information to know what the key issues are and who the players will be in the last days, even if we do not know all the details for now, such as the precise meaning of 666."

Ignorance can only be dispelled by knowledge. But when God discloses the identity of this 666, do we bristle against it because we have been so conditioned to suspect anything new as being a deception? The ONLY method to discernment is to examine it.

"1. Vicarius Filii Dei (Vicar of the Son of God). Since the Reformation, this papal title has been used to calculate the number 666. But there are several questions that should make us cautious.

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First, it is not clear that this title is an official one.

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Second, there is no clear indication in Revelation 13 that the number is based on the numerical value of the letters of a name. The phrase "it is the number of a man" (vs. 18, NIV) could be translated "it is the number of [humanity]"; that is, of humans separated from God.

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Third, those who insist in counting the numerical value of letters confront the problem of deciding which language will be used. Because the text does not identify any language, the selection of a particular one will be somewhat arbitrary. At the present time, the symbolism of intensified rebellion, six used three times, and total independence from God seem to be the best option. Time will reveal the full meaning of the symbol."

What the Sabbath School Quarterly leaves its readers with is a total lie. These words: "At the present time, the symbolism of intensified rebellion, six used three times, and total independence from God seem to be the best option."

It has been wholly refuted by the Bible to even suggest this fallacy; The Bible says, "COUNT" the number. And no one has been able to show me anywhere how the number "six” used three times demonstrates COUNTING!

It is these kinds of statements that are being spoon-fed to the members of my church that I find so disturbing. First, they "caution" everybody from entertaining dubious speculation, and then they turn around and do exactly what they cautioned against.

What they call the best option is completely and totally false.

This research can be continued by following this URL link http://www.666beast.net on the internet, where these seven heads are identified and the beast number COUNTED. The number of the "Beast" is the number of a man. It is BOTH. This research demonstrates this and has all the prophecy concerning this interpretation as proof. All the Bible references are brought together in this one interpretation. 

 


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