posted on Jan, 22 2005 @ 12:40 AM
If anyone is interested in something other than the 'Left Behind' deal--
The beast from the sea is a clear allusion to the four beasts of Daniel 7, which represented four specific world powers that succeed one another in
domination of the known world--Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome. The beast from the sea in Revelation is given a description more or less identical
to that of the little horn on the fourth beast in Daniel, and as it does a lot of religion-related activities, it makes sense to assume that it
represents a religious power that arose from the ruin of the Roman Empire. As for the land beast, it is a dominant world power like the other ones.
It came into being in a manner different from the others. The other empires came from the sea, but this one came out of the land. The other empires
came from a turbulent history, but this new world power grew somewhere more quiet. Rather than forging itself amidst a sea of warring peoples, this
new power arose in a place that was sparsely populated, allowing it to grow (mostly) in peace. Having horns like a lamb could mean a number of
things, so I'll just guess here--horns represent kings, or maybe rulership on the other beasts, and the lamb reference could be a reference to
Jesus-- perhaps a Christian style of rulership. Going by how God prefers to run things in the rest of the Bible, it appears that He prefers to have
as few rules as possible, allowing maximum freedom for each person. Only one world power fits this description, and that is, of course, the United
States. Unfortunately, while its rulership is lamblike, it speaks as a dragon, pointing to all the times the USA has fallen away from its principles
and oppressed the same freedom it was supposed to stand for. The false prophet will bring these two beasts into cooperation.
Then again, everything I just said could be wrong.