Papacy
The Roman Catholic Church’s system of government led by the Pope, or the political influence of this system.
Dragon
Satan or his agency (Isaiah 27:1; 30:6; Psalms 74:13,14; Revelation 12:7,9; Ezekiel 29:3; Jeremiah 51:34).
Samuel B. Morse
Samuel Morse, inventor and author of Foreign Conspiracy Against the Liberties of the United States, said this about the Jesuit Order:

And do Americans need to be told what JESUITS are? If any are ignorant, let them inform themselves of their history without delay; no time is to be lost; their workings are before you in every day’s events; they are a secret society, a sort of Masonic order with super added features of revolting odiousness, and a thousand times more dangerous. They are not merely priests, or priests of one religious creed; they are merchants, and lawyers, and editors, and men of any profession, having no outward badge (in this country) by which to be recognized; they are about in all your society. They can assume any character, that of angels of light, or ministers of darkness, to accomplish their one great end, the service upon which they are sent, whatever that service may be.

Republic
Many Americans believe that they live in a democratic country. However, the United States is not a democracy but rather a republic.

A republic is a form of government in which the power lies with the citizens to elect representatives who make policy decisions on their behalf. In the American Republic, all citizens also have rights based on the Constitution that cannot be voted away.

In a true democracy, citizens' rights are decided based on majority vote. Although key characteristics of democracy include freedom and equality under the law, democracies must be legislated by strict checks and balances in order to avoid becoming oppressive of minorities.
Papal
Having to do with the Pope or the Roman Catholic Church.
Antichrist
Roman Church as Babylon—causing a mass exodus of believers out of the Catholic Institution
Beast
Kingdom, government, political power - Daniel 7:23
Astarte
Astarte in Phoenica – Astarte was the goddess of the ancient Phoenicians. She loved Adonis who was slain by a boar (a wild pig), but rose from the dead and then ascended to heaven in the sight of his worshipers.

Astarte in Syria – In Syria, Astarte was the Great Mother goddess and queen of prostitutes. Her worship culminated at the vernal equinox. This is about March 21 of each year, when the day and night are of equal length; we today call it the first day of spring.

Vance Ferrell, Christmas, Easter and Halloween—Where Do They Come From? (Altamont, TN: Harvestime Books, 2003).
Ishtar
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Ishtar was the daughter of the moon god and her lover was Tammuz, the sun god. She was called the “queen of heaven” by her worshipers and the priests of Ishtar. According to the ancient myth, when Tammuz was slain by a wild animal, Ishtar raised him to life. A yearly spring festival was held in honor of Ishtar, the mother goddess.

Ishtar in Sumeria – Even earlier in history, the Sumerians worshiped Innini, or Ishtar. This mother goddess interceded for men with the gods.

Adapted from Vance Ferrell, Christmas, Easter and Halloween—Where Do They Come From? (Altamont, TN: Harvestime Books, 2003).
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America: Losing Hold of the Truth
Author: Wendy Goubej
Publish date:
Summary: Why does it matter that America's Protestant roots are disintegrating?
 
 

Many of America's early leaders were dedicated Christians who sought to build a nation free from religious oppression of any kind, founded on love and obedience to God. But today, many have forgotten this important fact.

As the years have passed, more and more American people have forsaken their Protestant Christian roots, and now we have a country that wears its Christian name loosely. Some realize that America has been under a quiet siege in an effort to tear down the Protestant fabric of the nation and replace it with a system that gives Rome the dominion and admiration it craves. Today, that plan is almost complete. There are many who believe that through Jesuit infiltration, the Papacy has gained power in America. One such person is journalist and author Paul Blanshard, who writes this:

There is no doubt that the American Catholic hierarchy has entered the political arena, and that it is becoming more and more aggressive in extending the frontiers of Catholic authority into the fields of medicine, education, and foreign policy…the Catholic hierarchy in this country [i.e., the USA] has great power as a pressure group, and no editor, politician, publisher, merchant or motion-picture producer can express defiance openly—or publicize documented facts—without risking his future.i

Father Isaac Hecker, creator of the Catholic World periodical, wrote this in July, 1970:

There is, ere long, to be a state religion in this country, and that state religion is to be the Roman Catholic.

1st. The Roman Catholic is to wield his vote for the purpose of securing Catholic ascendancy in this country.

2nd. All legislation must be governed by the will of God, unerringly indicated by the pope.

3rd. Education must be controlled by Catholic authorities, and under education the opinions of the individual and the utterances of the press are included, and many opinions are to be forbidden by the secular arm, under the authority of the Church, even to war and bloodshed.ii

Today, such sentiments are considered old-fashioned and unenlightened. But are they? Take a look at the number of Catholics in positions of government in Bush's 2001-2009 presidency and Obama's 2009-2013 time in office.

Does it matter what denomination anyone is? It wouldn't matter at all, except that the Papacy itself has an agenda for world dominion and the extermination of Protestantism, and demands total obedience to itself from its followers. Due to Rome's agenda, we can not but wonder if the decisions being made in the US are really best for the American citizen or simply best for Rome. Many years ago, a wise man said this:

If the liberties of the American people are ever destroyed, they will fall by the hands of the Catholic clergy.iii

The telltale sign is that America is beginning to speak like a dragon instead of a lamb. With its globo-cop mentality, it is showing that behind its lamb-like guise is a dragon’s voice campaigning to make the Papacy’s agenda a reality. 

Pope John Paul II's first visit to the United States, 1979. Public Domain https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pope_John_Paul_II_(1979).jpg...

Paul Blanshard's book was written in 1949. Since then, the power of the Roman Catholic hierarchy in the USA has grown. Many powerful Knights of Malta (a group that is under the control of the Roman Catholic Jesuit Order) have held key positions in US media, banking, and government. Consider Henry Robinson Luce and William Randolph Hearst in mainstream media or CIA Directors William Donovan, John McCone, William Casey, William Colby, and George Tenet. Top-level Knights of Columbus—such as Senator Ted Kennedy—have also held, and continue to hold, key positions in the US government.

The changes in America have not just been political or economic, but spiritual as well. Protestantism is Rome's most hated foe. Read what secret plans were formulated in the Councils of Rome shortly after the Reformation:

What we aim at, is the Empire of the World...It is upon the great [men] that we ought particularly to exert our influence. We ought to bring them to believe that in a period as storming as this, there is no safety for them but through us. We must give them to understand that the cause of evil, the bad leaven, will remain as long as Protestantism shall exist, that Protestantism must therefore be utterly abolished...Heretics are the enemies that we are bound to exterminate.iv

During this Congress [of Verona, Italy in 1822], it was decided that America would be the target of Jesuit emissaries and that America was to be destroyed at all costs. Every principle of the [US] Constitution was to be dissolved and new Jesuitical principles were to be put into place in order to exalt the Papacy to dominion in America.v

[American Secretary of the Navy R.W.] Thompson pinpointed exactly who would be the agents used by the monarchs of Europe to destroy the republic of America, namely, the Jesuits of Rome! Since 1815 there has been a continual assault on America by the Jesuits to try to destroy the constitutional rights of this great nation. The famous inventor of the Morse code, Samuel B. Morse, also wrote of this sinister plot [of the Jesuits] against the United States.vi

If indeed Protestantism was so hated, an attempt to vanquish Protestant America must have involved a spiritual infiltration as well. And indeed we see a massive change in the beliefs of Protestant America; in fact, Protestants no longer believe what the reformers taught about the identity of the Antichrist. Through dispensationalism and the Roman Catholic doctrines of futurism and preterism, the reformers' beliefs and doctrines have been nullified. Here is what Jewish-Christian Steve Wohlberg states in his book End Time Delusions: The Rapture, Antichrist, Israel, and the End of the World:

At the Council of Trent, papal leaders and Jesuits brainstormed about how to counteract Protestantism and bring defectors back to the mother church. Behind closed doors, they decided this was to be done, not only through the Inquisition and torture, but also through theology. What kind of theology? Here’s the answer: By reinterpreting the prophecies about ‘the man of sin’, ‘the little horn’, and ‘the beast’!

Two very intelligent Spanish Jesuits rose to the challenge: Luis de Alcasar (1554-1613) of Seville and Francisco Ribera (1537-1591) of Salamanca. Their strategy was, in a nutshell, one of reapplication and diversion, yet they went in opposite directions. After reading the Bible by candlelight like Martin Luther did, Alcasar decided to apply the Bible’s antichrist prophecies to the ancient past while Ribera applied them to the distant future. ‘Smart move!’ was the response from Rome. By reapplying these prophecies to the past and to the future instead of to the present, these two tricky Jesuit scholars sought to

divert the prophetic finger light years away from the Vatican. Their views quickly became official positions within the Roman Church—even though these two views contradicted each other!vii

Today, Protestant America has fully accepted these Roman doctrines and is spreading revival movements and a Pentecostal form of religion across the world. In some modern Christian circles, the Holy Spirit is regarded as feminine, just as in the ancient religions and Catholicism, where the miracle working power of the gods manifested itself largely in the female deities, such as Rhea, Ishtar, Astarte, Isis, and now Mary in Catholicism. “Manifestations of the Spirit” are also very common in the Protestant world, but this spirit only leads to unity with Rome.

We know that the dragon in Revelation 13 represents Satan, who persecuted God’s people by means of the Church in the Middle Ages. In like fashion, the second beast will also persecute God’s people who do not accept the teachings of the first beast, even to the point of issuing a death decree against them. Sadly, in the future, America will be the unwitting arm of force fulfilling Rome's plans of extermination of all "heretics."

When the leading churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of doctrine as are held by them in common, shall influence the state to enforce their decrees and to sustain their institutions, then Protestant America will have formed an image to the Roman hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters will inevitably result (Great Controversy: 445).

The lamb-like beast will have become like the dragon, just as predicted in Revelation 13, and those that wish to cling to the Word of God and choose to reject papal tradition and Rome's authority will feel the ire of the transformed second beast. The noble country has been vanquished by the City of the Seven Hills.

Read more about the symbolism of the lamb and the dragon
Back to The Two Beasts of Revelation 13


 

i. Paul Blanshard, American Freedom and Catholic Power (Boston: The Beacon Press, 1949): 4.

ii. Father Isaac Thomas Hecker, Catholic World (July 1870), as quoted in Charles Chiniquy, Fifty Years in the Church of Rome (Chicago: Adam Craig, 1889): 675-676.

iii. Lafayette, as quoted in Charles Chiniquy, Fifty Years in the Church of Rome (Chicago: Adam Craig, 1889): 471.

iv. Augusta Cooke, Bolshevism and the Jesuits' Church: Throne and Empire in Danger (1930). Also found in Hector Macpherson, The Jesuits in History (Ozark Book Publishers, 1997): appendix.

v. Bill Hughes, The Secret Terrorists (Truth Triumphant Ministries): 14.

vi. Ibid: 7.

vii. Steve Wolhberg, End Time Delusions: The Rapture, Antichrist, Israel, and the End of the World (Destiny Image Publishers, 2005): 114.

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