Several new clues have surfaced that indicate the spiritual Babylon of the book of Revelation is not Rome, as popularly thought, nor is it the EU (Europian Union).
Once the mystery of Babylon is solved,
the Beast's identity can then be discerned,
as can the mark of the beast, as well.
We are not to know the day and the hour of Christ's return, but if these findings are correct, we are looking at a general timetable which shows there may be a very good reason that a calendar, devised by the ancient Mayan civilization, ends in the year 2012...
A. The identity of Mystery Babylon:
Add the following phenomenon to the clues we already have in Revelation (where Babylon is identified by its busy seaports and active foreign trade. We are also told that Babylon "sits on many waters"... "The waters are peoples, multitudes, nations, and languages" Rev. 17:1,15 - a veritable Melting Pot, wouldn't you say?).
Clue: "Here is the mind which has wisdom.
The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman (the harlot Babylon) sits."
Rev. 17:9 KJV, NKV
Is this clue referring to the 'seven hills of Rome'? I don't think so. If we take this literally and look for mountains, we can actually find one geographic area in the world where seven MOUNTAIN ranges converge - in a remote spot in northeastern Pennsylvania, USA!
A map drawn in 1872 gives this area a name, one which may be surprisingly prophetic. The name? The World's End.
It is not anti-American, but rather pro-truth, to strive for wisdom in discerning the true identity of spiritual Babylon. God spoke through Jonah to tell the people of Ninevah they were doomed - but they repented, and He relented. Couldn't the same be true for us?
B. The Identity of the Beast:
Clue, Part One: Revelation goes on to say the seven mountains are also seven kings.
If the United States of America is spiritual Babylon,
then our country's equivalent of a king would be the office of PRESIDENT.
Clue, Part Two: Revelation 17: 9,10
"Of those seven kings (presidents),
five have fallen (from office),
one is (currently holding the office of president),
the other (president number seven) has not yet come;
but when he (gender neutral) does come,
he must remain for a little while"
(something happens to shorten that president's term).
We have had a period in recent history, from 2001 to 2004, when there were six living presidents, five of whom had fallen from office, and the sixth was then - and still IS now - our acting president, President George W. Bush. If he is the one that is, then we are talking up-to-the-minute current events here, and the person who is elected president in 2008 will be number seven, the one who will preside for a little while.
Who will take the office of president when something happens to number 7? None other than the one Revelation identifies as the Beast, himself!
Clue, Part Three: "The beast, who once was (president),
and now is not, is an EIGHTH KING
(he resumes the office of president once again!).
He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction." Rev. 17:11
Okay, this is getting serious. When you mull over the list of those five ex-presidents, (Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton) two have already passed on, and only one would seem to be in the age range where another stint in office could be feasible... but that one can't be president again, can he?
Clue, Part Four: "And I saw one of the beast's heads,
as if it had been mortally wounded,
and his deadly wound was healed." Rev. 13:3
What could deal a fatal blow to a presidency where the fellow still comes out alive, as this one did? Wouldn't it be the act of impeachment? One of these five actually WAS impeached (mortally wounded) by one body of congress, then acquitted (his deadly wound was healed) by the other! Constitutional lawyers are in hot dispute right now, as to whether this particular ex-president could potentially run as a vice-presidential candidate and be a heartbeat away from resuming his place behind the desk in the oval office.
As an aside, I would mention here that scholars have found only one U.S. president whose official signature, when the letters are tallied as a numeric equivalent, add up to 666 in both the Hebrew and the Greek alphabets - namely, this same man.
This is not partisan prejudice, but rather Bible and history-based evidence that puts the spotlight directly on a specific leader alive in our time. Who knows, maybe the whole scenario could fall into place - again - with every factor repeating itself, sometime in the future. I guess we won't have to wait long to find out if this was just a coincidence.
C. Identifying the Mark of the Beast:
Clue, Part One:
The words mark and seal are the very same Greek word in the New Testament.
NOTE: We have the chance to avoid the mark of the beast by receiving, instead, the seal of God: "having His Father's name written on their foreheads"... "And I will write on him the name of My God"... "They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads." This means we'd better get some understanding and acknowledge the One called Father as the Most High, the Father (Source) of the eternal Son and the eternal Spirit - and every other good and perfect gift.
Clue, Part Two: An exercise in logic...
If mark and seal are the same,
what special mark can only a president use?
Answer: The Presidential Seal!
It makes sense, given all the other pieces to this puzzle, that Revelation's mark of the beast, refers to the presidential seal, which implies the president will approve and institute the mark all citizens will need, in order to buy and sell. According to the 17th chapter of Revelation, this president will also bring the United States to ruin and leave her naked, while he joins forces with ten new leaders - who follow him to the final fight, at Armegeddon.
NOTE 2: Christians think they are safe because they know they would never WORSHIP the beast, as Revelation says people will do, but beware - the Greek word used for this type of worship is proskuneo , which does not mean the religious worship of one's God! This is the word used in Matthew 18:26 KJV, where a servant worshipped his master (paying homage or honor, which is the kind of recognition you would comfortably give a person you perceive as being honorable - or in the servant's case supplication, - but not religious worship) :
"The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying,
Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all."
Many Christians believe that the word worship always means an act directed to one's God. Unfortunately, this leads to the conclusion that THEY themselves will be worshipped as God, when they read the words of Jesus to the overcomers in Revelation 3:9 -
"Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan,
who say they are Jews and are not, but lie --
indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet,
and to know that I have loved you."
At the risk of losing life and limb, I would challenge you to use a concordance to look up all the instances of worship in the New Testament. You will find that the words which actually DO mean religious worship of one's God (often translated as serve) are directed exclusively to the Father - or to idols, our false gods.
Again, this is a time to let Jesus bring you to God, to receive the Father's name on your forehead, before any temptation comes to take the mark of the beast.
"For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust,
that He might bring us to God"
1 Peter 3:18
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