The Beasts

The Beasts
Vol: 121 Issue: 26 Wednesday, October 26, 2011

On Monday, Pope Benedict issued a call for the establishment of a “global authority” and a “central world bank” to rule over financial institutions like banks, investment houses and mortgage companies.

The 18-page document, “Towards Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of a Global Public Authority,” was at times very specific, calling, for example, for taxation measures on financial transactions.

The proposal by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace calls for a new world economic order based on ethics and the “achievement of a universal common good.”

It follows Pope Benedict XVI’s 2009 economic encyclical that denounced a capitalist mentality as responsible for the global financial meltdown.

The reality of globalization, says the document, necessitates a “gradual, balanced transfer of a part of each nation’s powers to a world authority and to regional authorities.”

The Vatican sees this global authority playing a role in everything from financial regulation to disarmament and arms control, food security and peace efforts.

In 2009 the Pope issued an encyclical in which he argued that “there is an urgent need for a true world political authority.”

The Vatican hammered the values of the financial world, writing that “the crisis has revealed behaviors like selfishness, collective greed and the hoarding of goods on a great scale.” At fault, they say, is “an economic liberalism that spurns rules and controls.

This isn’t a new Vatican proposal — as the papal document reflects, the Vatican has been citing the need for a global authority that looks beyond individual national interests for the last four decades.

This past June, the Vatican hosted a summit on “Ethics for the Business World” that examined possible options for ethical oversight in the post-crisis financial world. According to the Pope, if Jesus were alive today He would be a Marxist.

The Pope says that advocating a fair redistribution of wealth should be a moral imperative for Catholics and suggested that the reform process begin with the United Nations.  

Sounding more like Nancy Pelosi than the leader of one of the world’s largest religious institutions, the Pope blamed an “absence of ethical behavior” for “selfishness, collective greed and hoarding ” which the Pope blamed for the recession in 2008.

Speaking of collective greed and selfish hoarders, did you know that the central Dome of St. Peter’s is encircled by the following phrase in Latin?

“TV ES PETRVS ET SVPER HANC PETRAM AEDIFICABO ECCLESIAM MEAM. TIBI DABO CLAVES REGNI CAELORVM” meaning, “You are Peter and on this rock I will build My church. I give you the keys to the kingdom of Heaven.”

The slogan is displayed with letters that are SEVEN FEET high. Each letter is made out of SOLID GOLD!


“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.” (1 Timothy 4:1-3)

According to the Bible, a single global authority will emerge from somewhere within the area of the old Roman Empire that will take control by acclamation, setting up a global government in partnership with a global religious authority. 

Revelation 13:1 identifies the political beast as “rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns.”  Upon the horns are ten crowns, indicating ten kings or kingdoms. 

Revelation 13:2 describes the political beast as a composite of the four Beasts that came before:

“And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.”

Daniel foretold the rise of these great beasts; a lion, a bear, a leopard and;

“a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.” (Daniel 7:7)

Daniel’s beasts were four world empires that would rule the earth; Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome. 

“I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.”

Some argue that Daniel’s little horn will depose three of the ten kings in the last days, leaving seven kings and ten kingdoms under the rule of the “little horn.”

It is possible as a case of dual fulfillment, but the three horns plucked up by the roots, historically speaking, are also the first three empires, all of which were ultimately governed by the Roman Empire, and ultimately “plucked up by the roots,” so to speak and plunked down in the last days as part of the “dreadful and terrible” fourth beast.

This fourth beast, the Roman Empire, eventually split into two parts, (Daniel’s two legs of iron), with the Western Empire headquartered in Rome and the Eastern headquartered in Constantinople, or modern day Istanbul, Turkey.

“And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” (Revelation 13:3)

Some teach that this means that the antichrist will suffer a fatal head wound, which will be healed miraculously by the False Prophet.  Maybe so, but that would also necessitate a dual fulfillment scenario, since events fitting that description already happened once.

The Roman Empire was the most powerful of the four empires and the only one that was not conquered and replaced by another political empire.

The political Roman Empire collapsed and was replaced by a spiritual Roman Empire headed by the successors to the Ceasars, the first of whom was Constantine, Emperor of Rome and the first Pope. 

Rome, the political head of the empire, suffered a deadly wound, but Rome was only one of its heads, remember?  By the 4th century, the head of Holy Roman Empire was both the political and religious leader of Rome, until political Rome collapsed.

Religious Rome thrived and flourished for fifteen centuries. The powers of the papacy throughout history were superior to that of any king — no king sat upon any throne in Europe without the blessing of the Vatican. 

That power remained with the papacy until the modern era.    

The Roman Empire, the fourth beast, the one more dreadful than the first three combined, suffered a deadly head wound when it finally collapsed in AD 461.  That deadly wound was ‘healed’ with the restoration of political Rome, starting with the 1948 Benelux Treaty that led to the 1957 Treaty of Rome.

That Treaty led to the European Community which led to the unification of Europe which is today on the verge of monetary collapse. According to Alan Greenspan, the EU is just too big to succeed. 

“The European Union is doomed to fail because the divide between the northern and southern countries is just too great, former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan told CNBC in a recent interview.”

This is a good place to interject that the EU has ten core nations, but more than 27 member states.  The problem is that they are too far apart culturally and economically to hold together.

“The effect of the divergent cultures in the eurozone has been grossly underestimated,” he added. “The only way to have several currencies from divergent nations lumped together is if they are culturally close, such as Germany, the Netherlands and Austria. If they aren’t, it simply can’t continue to work.”

Recall that both Daniel and John are adamant in their count — ten kingdoms with seven heads.  The ten kingdoms are the ten toes that arise out of the two legs of iron, Rome and Constantinople. The seven heads are economic powers — such as the G-7 nations.

Let’s begin to tie things together.  First, we have the Pope, the head of the Church of Rome, calling for the development of a global economic and political authority that sounds suspiciously like the one Obama and the OWS movement are calling for — economic redistribution.

At the same moment in time, the twenty-seven member European Union is facing economic collapse — one that Alan Greenspan says will be caused by its unwieldy size.  What will come out of that collapse?  According to Greenspan, a leaner, meaner and smaller grouping of like-minded nations.  

(How much do you want to bet that a reorganized EU will ultimately settle on ten as the ideal number?)

Here is where I want you to take away this morning.  Everybody is arguing over the tiny details —  ten nations, twenty-seven nations,  Javier Solana, Barack Obama, etc., etc., — but step back and look at the Big Picture.

There is lots we don’t know — and we have a tendency to fill that knowledge gap with made-up details that may or may not be correct — and then we tend to analyze events based on those details.

But we will never know if we got the details right — most of them, anyway.  We won’t know who the antichrist is.  We won’t know details about the False Prophet.

But what we DO know is astonishing enough without adding any of the ‘what ifs’ in order to fill in the blank spots.

“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (Revelation 13:16)

The Bible says that the world will soon be governed by a single global political authority in partnership with a global religious authority that between them will have such minute control of individual economic activity that they will be able to exclude individuals from buying or selling unless they become part of a global political, religious and economic system under the authority of antichrist.

We know that the head of the Roman Church is calling for the creation of a global governing authority that will take control of a global economic system that sounds suspiciously like Marxist socialism on steroids.

Here’s the takeaway: the global situation continues to evolve in ways that nobody can guess, and the details are murky to the point of being almost invisible.  There are a hundred different ways that this could play out.

But every single new model proposed or envisioned ends up at the same place the Bible says it will.  A global economic collapse, a new world order, both integrating into a kinder, gentler and more inclusive religious system.

“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh,” the Lord tells us in Luke 21:28.

This all began to come to pass with the restoration of Israel on May 14, 1948.  The process has continued without deviating from the Bible’s scenario ever since.  If our redemption was near in 1948, how much nearer is it in 2011?

“So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.” (Luke 21:31-32

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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