“And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven (v.6).
The beast when he is first introduced is shown carrying a name of blasphemy(v.1). Just as the Lord knows who are his, Satan knows his man. Whosoever denies and causes others to deny glory due to God is what blasphemy would signify. ‘(These) despise dominion and speak evil of dignities (Jude.8)’
Here we see the beast serving the will of Satan wholeheartedly. His hate has become his own hate. Being eulogized as a great leader of men perhaps enthuses him to ramp up all that bile within. He holds the whole world in thrall and yet he has drawn the very spirit of Satan to show how devoid of all that makes good governance. It is a time for comeuppance for the evil that was let and the world shall be deceived totally. We saw his forerunner in the life of Hitler who was touted as a savior, a miracle worker, a man of destiny but his hate consumed his judgment and the story of the beast shall be writ in more lurid and disastrous color so most of the people shall miss the signs and be taken in when the disaster overtakes them.
“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations(v.7)”.
Unlike every other before him the beast shall wield immense power almost total control barring those who refuse to worship him. The v.10 refers to them:”He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity:…. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints”.
“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
If any man have an ear, let him hear(vv.8-9)”.
The v.9 is a common phrase to indicate it is applied to all. This we had come across at the end of message to the seven churches. It applies here to a serious matter to any one who seeks to spend eternity with the Lord. It applies to the Jews, the Gentiles and to the world. Whosoever worships the beast may be sure that his name would not be found in the book of life. :The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there(Ps.87:6)”. It is kept by the Lamb who has been foreordained to include the guest list of the blessed(Re.21:27). They are saints as though the Father himself had chosen them by name. The Son as the fulfillment aspect of divine Will set it in motion before the worlds began.
“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…. (11-13).
Here we see another beast coming out of the earth. He is at the beck and call of the first beast a technocrat and a shaman of sorts who could be one whose sure-fire program and innovations work well. He exercises authority as proxy and whatever he does is implemented. We have seen how the world has become paperless societies and the worldwide web has changed the shape of our lives. Such progress does not usher in any brave new world as man had hoped for but instead is a dystopian world, where some kingdoms are guilty of appalling record of human right abuses but nations can still do business with them. Does this not make us understand we are seeing signs of the beast and his shaman? Curiously enough he has two horns like a lamb but speaks like the dragon. The Spirit is establishing the appearance of antichrist and it is the church he is referring to.
This church has been planted by the second beast and it is to give the regime a certain respectability and historical antecedence. Recently was news of some ministers of God like Pat Robertson taking up support for Trump and GOP with regards to migrants. He accused George Soros without hard evidence and one may wonder why? This is how antichrist shall validate his own arguments as scriptural and urge all to throw their weight behind the beast. Nazi regime had used the name of Luther to support their own policies. (Luther had taken side of the repressive powers against the peasant’s revolt in 1526 thereby unfortunately giving a handle to the brownshirts!). When we see the modern evangelicalism supporting people like Roy Moore and those who are accused of reprehensible actions we need take a stock where these are leading to.
(To be continued)