reply to post by defcon5
I'm normally willing to find symbols in quite a lot of the information found in Revelation.
I can understand symbolism in the "mortal wound", and "causing the image to speak", and the nature and placing of the "number". But I do see a
need to take some aspects of it more literally, and for some reason your take on what the second beast was doing was falling, for me, on the wrong
side of the dividing line. I was already in bed by the time i worked out exactly why this was.
It goes back to what I was saying to the date-calculators at the very beginning of this thread;
"Revelation is not a general, all-purpose, "prediction of the future". The prophecy in Revelation is not an end in itself, but the means to an
I see Revelation as a manual of encouragement for a church which is under persecution for failing to abandon the Biblical God.
That is the central question of the book; do we, or do we not, hold with the Biblical God and his Christ?.
That's the essence of the book, the reason why the book was written.
That's what I'm missing from your scenario. In your description of what the American government is doing or might be doing, I don't see an explicit
demand to abandon loyalty to the Biblical God. If that demand isn't there, and people are not suffering death because of it, then we haven't got the
situation that Revelation was designed to deal with.
The liberties of the American people could be ground under foot entirely, but that would not, in itself, be an attack on the Biblical God, because the
liberties of the American people are not the same thing as God..
The conflict needs to be much more explicit, if it's going to match what Revelation is talking about.