Defining The Beast

For those of you who missed the last update let me quickly define the Beast of Revelations as we are currently using it.

The Beast is not some great dictator to come who is going to be worse than Hitler - though all tyrants represent the Beast.

Instead, the Beast represents unearned and unjust authority from outside of ourselves that raises itself above the authority of our own minds, hearts or inner contacts and insists we obey without question. For instance, a religious leader who expects obedience because he represents the voice of God is a part of the Beast. Any political, medical or group leader who expects to be followed no matter what your common sense says is a part of the beast.

That said, let us continue with our discussion.

The Beast in Our Lives

The last question was: "What other areas besides religion is the beast at work? Give an example where the beast is in control." The answers so far are: morality, the media, schools and taxes.

It is true the beast controls all these categories, but this is not really what we are looking for. Since the beast controls all categories you can't be totally wrong here. What we are looking for is more exactly how and where the beast pulls the levels of control. Remember, in religion the sources of black and white authority are the ministers, leaders and the Bible.

So let us pick the category mentioned by Lelona - the media. How does the beast work through it? Before we continue here, keep in mind that uniformity of philosophy, thought or teaching is not the object of the beast. The object is unquestioning acceptance to whatever is presented.

In religion we have many different teachings presented through numerous teachers, but all are successfully controlled by the same beast. Control is the prime objective even if the teaching is good. If the Dark Ones can control you and take away your thinking process with good things, then they can also manipulate you with selfishness when the opportunity arises.

So it is with the media. It doesn't matter if the person telling you what is the truth is conservative or liberal, right or left, for the beast seeks to control both sides. If an authority anchor on the left reports with a frown on his face: "Ken Starr has been leaking right and left from the beginning..." and you are anchored in the left (and respect the anchor), and you believe this without even thinking about it, then you are controlled by the beast. Similarly if a conservative media talk show host says: "Ken Starr has never leaked anything and has never broken any law..." and this media person is an object of your great respect, and you believe what he says without thinking it through, then you are a part of the beast.

What is the attitude of one who is free from the beast? No matter what the source is, even if it is an angel of God, the person will at least use his mind to sift out the true from the false. Then to completely escape the beast, he must run his mental perceptions through his soul. This final act is the only way for a person to know for sure he is free from the control of the beast.

Escape from the beast is a very subtle thing because most people think they are thinking things through when they are not. For instance, most people in a tightly controlled religion believe they do think for themselves even though one in their group will believe exactly like the other--not because of soul contact, but because of the master handbook of the church doctrine.

We at least met an honest church member a while back. When asked what he thought on a point of doctrine he replied: "I don't know. I'll check with my minister and find out what I think about it." This is the exact procedure the beast wants you to follow. Check with your authority and find out what you think.

We do get some truth along with falsehood through the beast, but that doesn't matter. You can't really appreciate the truth until you can verify it with your heart, mind and soul. Then and only then can you apply the truth to an area of real good.

The chain within the beast starts like this. You accept an anchor person as being correct without checking facts or thinking things through. Another thing few do is examine what was NOT reported. Perhaps there are other important facts that are left out of the report. The anchor senses that many people do this and this gives him a sense of power.

He discovers he can influence listeners toward his own belief system by a certain manner of presenting (or leaving out) his "true facts." He can relate certain influences while still maintaining he is objective: he sways his listeners by the tone of his voice and the look in his eyes and his ordering and selection of the material.

The belief system that he subtly tries to pawn off on you was received by him from some other authority. It could have been a college teacher, a religion or the group approval of colleagues that he has coffee with. The anchor thus cooperates with the beast because he seeks to pass the authority he has received on to you--with the premise that he is being objective and not trying to influence you.

The true power of the beast lies in making you think you are not being manipulated when you are totally manipulated.

As we get into the chapter and learn more about the beast, the number, the mark etc. this power of authority will make more and more sense. In the meantime, how do you see the beast using his authority in our educational system? Where and how is the unthinking authority filtered through and hindering, rather than helping, education?

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The Seven Heads

A mountain symbolizes many things in various writings. The lifting up of consciousness is one common interpretation.

However on the basic level in Bible interpretation a mountain stands for a kingdom. Thus the "mountain of the Lord" is a symbol of the kingdom of God.

The fact that the beast has seven heads symbolizes seven world kingdoms from the viewpoint of the Biblical writers.

Glenys hit the nail on the head by naming six of the seven heads; they are Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia (Includes the Medes), Greece and Rome. However, this is not new. Some astute Bible scholars have guessed that these may be six of the heads. Nevertheless Glenys is to be praised for digging it up. The seventh head is what baffles them. Many think the seventh head will be a great world dictatorship that will be controlled by the UN or something like that.

Actually the beast has never been without an active head. After the fall of Rome the seventh head became active, but instead of one kingdom representing a head the many authority figures of the world under numerous kingdoms became as one head and still is. This idea will seem very fitting as we continue.

Can you believe we are still on verse one?

Verse one continues by saying there are ten horns and ten crowns on the beast. What could they be?

Hint: These are prominent on the seventh head.
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The Ten Horns

Let's continue with the "ten horns and ten crowns." These exist in the seventh and final head of this period. Within this seventh head or kingdom there are ten divisions that John saw as ten kingdoms. Additionally it is written:

12And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. 14These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. ?Revelation 17:12-14

Notice that in the past the beast always overcame the saints (or lights of the earth), but now the ten horns of the beast shall be overcome by the Christ Consciousness?

The most astute Bible scholars think the ten horns represent Ten European nations who will combine to make one superpower from which the beast will emerge. The trouble is that these do not correspond closely to the scriptures including the fact that there are now eleven members.

The ten horns are dual which duality has a correspondence to the two horns of the second beast. The first part of the duality is ten divisions of political thought and consciousness on the earth. To give you an idea of the direction we are looking in, the first one is North America. What are the other nine? The second aspect is the spiritual divisions. As a hint, one of these is the Roman Catholic Church. What are the other nine? These are called kingdoms as seen by John because of the subtle use of authority. They can still herd us as animals just as much as the kings of old did.

Remember to contemplate how the beast controls the educational system. Where are their Bibles, Priests and prophets?

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Copyright 1999 By J J Dewey



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