In Revelation 13:11 “[John] saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon” (Revelation 13:11).
There is quite a bit of evidence to suggest that the beast arising from the earth in Revelation chapter 13 is the United States of America. In this video we will be looking into the biblical prophecies and historical developments to examine if this conclusion is valid.
In Revelation 13:14 we read that “the beast coming up out of the earth… exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence” (Revelation 13:12). This indicates that the first beast, in other words, the beast from the sea, still exists, but the beast from the earth is now exercising all of his authority. What seems to be happening here is that as the beast from the sea is suffering his mortal wound, his power and authority is being replicated in the beast coming out of the earth.
The blows to the beast from the sea correlate to the rise of the beast from the earth
At the height of its authority, the Papacy was able to dominate the nations of Europe, inflicting the inquisition and religious wars on those who resisted. The Protestant Reformation in the 16th century set the first stage of the mortal wound to the system identifiable as the beast from the sea. During the same period of time, the western hemisphere had just been discovered and America was beginning to be settled by people from many nations.
Another blow came during the French Revolution in the late 18th century when the Roman Catholic Church lost one of its most important allies, culminating in the arrest of the pope. At the same time, the United States became an independent nation after defeating one of the world’s greatest superpowers.
Finally, in 1870 during the Italian unification the Papal armies were defeated by the kingdom of Italy, Rome and the Papal States were captured, and the pope became the prisoner of the Vatican. At the same time the American civil war was over and the United States was beginning the long process of transforming itself into the most powerful nation in the world.
But the United States doesn’t seem to be anything like the medieval union of church and state. This is reflected in the strange description of the beast from the earth. Rather than having ten fearsome horns like the beast from the sea, “he had two horns like a lamb” (Revelation 13:11). Even if the horns were like those of the lamb they still, just like any other horn in the apocalyptic prophecies, represent the power centers of the political and religious entities that oppress God’s followers.
Two horns like a lamb
The “beast coming up out of the earth” has “two horns like a lamb,” in other words, the horns appear to be innocent and harmless.
In the apocalyptic prophecies, the horns symbolize kings and oppressive political churches. The “king” of the United States is the democratically elected president, and the “national church” is a fractured multitude of mostly Protestant denominations that are constitutionally forbidden to wield political power because of the separation of church and state.
These certainly seem as harmless as a lamb. However, this prophecy shows that these two horns, democratically elected political leadership and the fractured “church of America,” despite their harmless appearance, will become the power and authority of a religious and political system with a satanic heart, that “speaks like a dragon.”
Deceptive looks of harmlessness
Jesus made it clear that in the last days deception would be from false prophets, who represent the beast yet speak like lamb and come in His name (Matthew 24:11). This leads us to conclude that the final adversary will not be a single entity. It will be an alliance of powerful powers.
Revelation chapter 13 focuses on the Roman Catholic papacy and the United States. But in chapter 17 we will see that there is a broader coalition, symbolized by ten horns. “The ten horns are ten kings who will receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These will make war with the Lamb” (Revelation 17:12).
With these powers arrayed against us, should we feel nervous? Alarmed? Even Terrified? If we who believe were facing this on our own we would have reason to fear. But the good news is that “The Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful” (Revelation 17:14).
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