“A Great Storm Approaches” Part 17

According to the workings of Satan with all power, signs, and lying wonders

VERSE 15And he (the two horned beast) was granted power to give breath to the image of the
beast
, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship
the image of the beast to be killed
.”

The statement is that the “Image of the beast” (which we believe had its inception in the Evangelical
Alliance
in 1846, but which was not yet fully realized until 1948 with the formation of the World
Council of Churches
) would be granted breath (some outward indication of life of vitality), which would
prove effective enough coercion to compel those under religious restraint (as well as many others) into
compliance with this new entity on pain of death (whether literal or figurative we cannot at this time be
ascertain)
.          

As you may recall many brethren are of the opinion that this breath or life given to the image of the
beast
centers on the confirmation of apostolic succession (the laying on of hands) upon the Protestant
sects and that once this has been conferred this will lead to a great revitalization in the churches, that
this supposed new authority and power invested in the clergy will induce a new-found respect and greater
influence of the church over the people. Now as for ourselves
we do believe that the granting of
apostolic succession is a distinct possibility, however as previously stated, of itself it will probably prove
to be of more significance to clergy than it will to the rank and file. Thus we believe something more,
something greater than merely apostolic succession must take place within the churches if they are to
truly regain the respect and confidence of the people
.

This is the Gospel Age, a time in which we are admonished to walk by faith NOT by sight, to trust in
the Word of the Lord alone as our guide and final authority on all matters regarding the faith, this has
always proved sufficient for the true followers of the Lord unfortunately the same cannot be said of the
church nominal they are not content to walk by faith alone but like their faithless predecessors they
demand that the Lord
show them a sign, some outward visible manifestation or display in which to
confirm their lagging faith, and so it is that the Adversary steps in to grant them their wish
.

“Now to return to the discussion of the
World Council of Churches, which currently is a benign
organization consisting of a relatively loose association of various denominations. The present alliance is
more that of a mutual aid society and bridge whereby its membership can meet together
in council to
discuss ways and means to further enhance their goals and put into limited action certain aspirations
which they could not achieve separately. Although the denominations “
be folded together as thorns,
and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be [figuratively] devoured as stubble
” (Nah
1:10
).

What remains to be seen in the World Council of Churches is a further enlargement, a closer, more tight-
knit collaboration, a
solidification of the relationship of the Protestant and other non-Roman churches of
the West and of the East—to be followed by, at first, a still further acquiescent recognition by the
membership, and then
a sudden acknowledgment, of the Anglican authority and leadership (the
two-horned beast)
as the chief representative.

The acknowledgment will occur at a time yet future, when the Church of England is endowed
with the miraculous powers
of Verses 13 and 14. This united relationship of the World Council
of Churches with the then energized Episcopal Church, already found in its midst, will constitute
the predicted super colossus, namely,
THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST. Thereafter the English
episcopacy will lose its identity as the two-horned beast, being satisfied with its new role within
the framework of the new living organism henceforth known as the
image of the beast,” or
synonymously as the
FALSE PROPHET” (Rev 16:13). “The Keys of Revelation”, Page 358

Although it’s true that the Church of England is presently a member of the World Council of Churches it
is not its chief representative nor are there any indications presently to suggest anything of the nature,
at least not yet. At the present time the WCC is lead by a Central Committee elected by delegates from
the various church assemblies, however should events transpire as we image and the Church of England
become endowed with miraculous powers it would not be hard to imagine their
sudden promotion and
predominance among the assembly
.

This whole affair might seem rather presumptuous to some especially when we consider “the rather
uneventful and relatively innocuous long term behavior of the English Church
(apart from its
exercise of power in the early days of its severance from Rome in the sixteenth century)”,
and so it is
only natural that one should be rather skeptical and
surprised that this very two-horned beast
is destined to dogreat wondersand to makefire come down from heaven . . . in the sight of
men
.”

It has always been the Adversaries way to both confound and confuse an issue thus throwing off any
suspicion of his own involvement. By choosing to use the two-horned beast who has united with the
Protestant confederation rather than the first beast (Papacy), his greatest master work he succeeds in
this endeavor for who would have imagined that any should chose this rather insignificant body of
professed believers (in the eyes of the world) to perform the great wonders and deceptions soon to
come, that is in comparisons with choosing either the Mother of Harlots or one of her many
daughters?    

In order to continue with our examination of the sequence of events bringing about the end of this age it
is necessary once again to return to
Revelation Chapter 16, where we previously left off.

And the sixth (angel) poured out his bowl upon the great river, the [river] Euphrates; and the
water thereof was dried up, that the way might be made ready for the kings that [come] from
the east.
And I saw [coming] out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the
beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits
, as if it were frogs: for
they are spirits of demons, working signs; which go forth unto the kings of the whole world, to
gather them together unto the war of the great day of God, the Almighty. (Behold, I come as a
thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walked naked, and they see his
shame.) And they gathered them together into the place which is called in Hebrew Har-magedon
(Mount Megiddo, Armageddon)
.” (Rev 16:12-16)

16:13 -- AND I SAW: Our focus is now directed elsewhere. In essence, the sixth plague is entirely
reported in
Verse 12.

Verse 13 is John turning his head and NOTICING A REACTION to the diversion of the waters.
The picture is strong. The events of
Verse 12 cause something to happen -- something designed
to help to bolster up the threatened old order
(Babylon). And who do you think would wish the old
order to remain as is? Who has the most to lose if the present system should fall? That’s right the
Adversary!

COMING OUT OF THE MOUTH: Interestingly, this phrase is repeated so that we have it a total of
the three times
. It must be important! A mouth is a message or doctrines or proclamation -- an order
from a superior. (It may indicate that it is from the leaders, the chief representatives – the spokesmen or
mouth -- of these entities that these messages come.)

OF THE DRAGON: -- the civil power (government). This is the most long-lived of the three entities.
The other two (beast and false prophet) will be destroyed in
19:20 -- at the end of this age. The dragon,
however, is merely
BOUND for a thousand years (20:2) to make a final entrance at the end of the
Millennium before joining the beast and false prophet in the lake of fire (
20:7-10).

OF THE BEAST: -- apparently the 10-horned beast of Chapter 13 with its notable “little horn” of
Papacy -- by this time a beast which has lost its seventh head. (
17:10)

OF THE FALSE PROPHET: This symbol is of far greater difficulty of interpretation. It is a complex
symbol, which makes its first appearance in Revelation in this verse
as if we should know who it is.
That is part of the help in identifying it. Looking forward to 19:20 we can learn more. 19:20 tells us that
this false prophet is, at least
in part, the 2-horned beast of 13:12-14.

"
And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him,
with which he deceived them that received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his
image
." (Rev 19:20)

19:20 also shows us that, for some reason, the “image” does not exist as the image at the end. It does
this by showing that “
these two (beast and false prophet) were thrown alive into the lake of fire.”
Where is the third part, the image?

The implication is very strong that when the 2-horned beast givesbreathto the image (Rev 13:
15
), the combined authority of the 2-horned beast plus the vitalized image EQUALS THE FALSE
PROPHET
.

This, in turn, strongly suggests that this “
breath” (or vitalization) even though first mentioned in the
13th Chapter of Revelation takes place sometime during the sixth plague. (N.A.N.O.R. Pages 124-127)

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