The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.
The next most important thing to know is that the “Beast” and “Horns” mean the same thing in both Daniel and Revelation. John well knew the
meaning of these symbols from Daniel and he used them in the same way when he wrote. Additionally the Beasts relate to the statue in Nebuchadnezzar's
Beasts = Kingdoms, the world “superpowers” of each biblical age.
Horns = Positions and divisions of power.
Crowns = Royalty.
So if you go to Nebuchadnezzar's Dream, you have:
Head of Gold: Babylon
Chest of silver: Medo-Persian Empire
Thighs of Brass: Greece
Legs of Iron: Rome
Feet of Clay and Iron: Present world
Then later in Daniel's Dream:
Lion with Eagles wings: Babylon
Bear with one side raised up: Medo-Persian Empire
Leopard with four wings: Greece
Beast with iron teeth and 10 horns: Rome
The Little Horn: The station of the Pontifex Maximus or the Holy Pontiff. Notice that he is a “power' and he has no “crown”, but rather has
eyes, such as the “holy see”.
The description of the “little horn”:
25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and
they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
The Duties of the Pontifex maximus:
1) Set both the calendar and religious calendar.
2) Set and enforce Jus Divinum or “divine law”.
3) Punish those who broke divine law, aka heretics.
4) As Emperors and later as Popes they “speak” with divine authority.
5) From the time that the popes were given full authority under Justinian until it was taken away under Napoleon was right around 1260 years.
The Pontifex Maximus was the head of the Roman College of Pontiffs, the head of the Roman Pagan Churches. Usually the title was held by the Emperors
themselves, and later the title switched hands to the Popes, which is why they are still called “Pontiffs”. This is also why all our calendars
have either been set by Popes or Emperors.
So from here lets go forward into Revelation...
We see the two beasts, one comes from the sea (the sea of nations and peoples, the known world of the time), and the other from the land (a sparse
area). The first is a compilation of all the beasts in Daniel, and is Rome. Rome used to ingest all the pagan stuff that came from the empires before
it. It is given a deadly wound when it is removed from political power in 1798 by Napoleon in his Italian Campaign. The second beast comes into
existence roughly around the same time, out of a sparsely populated area of the world. The US was officially recognized as a sovereign nation by the
Treaty of Paris in 1782.
Here is what John Wesley, head of the Methodist Church, wrote in 1754 regarding the rise of the second beast:
"He is not yet come, tho he cannot be far off, for he is to appear at the end of the forty two months of the first beast."
So how is the last beast described:
11 Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercised all the authority
of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And it
performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 14 Because of the signs it was given power
to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was
wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak
and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive
a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or
the number of its name
Lets just start out with the obvious.
Its supposed to be a Christian country that comes out of a sparse area of the world. It has a division of power (two horns) and no royalty (no
crowns). It is based on Rome, and has many of the same systems, ideals, symbols, etc... The whole world would “wonder” after it, and it would even
call down fire from the sky (first nuclear testing, bombs, etc). Finally it would be the last superpower that would cause all the people of the earth
to receive the “mark”. Personally I believe that mark to be the international biometric Id system that is being forced around the world today, in
this country its called the Real ID Act, and was part of the recommendations under the “Patriot Act”. The US was also instrumental in the setting
up of a worldwide Central Banking system, and the United Nations.
As an ATS Staff Member, I will not moderate in threads such as this where I have participated as a member.