John’s visions include an entity that copies the ventures and poor judgment of its predecessor. Bad government cannot get worse. Or can it? We have seen how worldruling empires have risen and fallen each succeeding entity screening its character as a metal, from gold to an iron-dirt mixture.
It does everything that the Marine Beast did. Just like ancient Israel and Judah the first and second beasts are the modern agents of mind-blowing indiscretions and excesses.
They rule the waves, they master murder, they covet celestial seats, and they lust for laud and honour. Then they demand that people worship them.
Ezekiel 23:5ff tells us about two sisters who took the gold medals of shame, one after the other.
And Aholah (Israel) played the harlot when she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbours, (5)
Thus she committed her whoredoms with them, with all them that were the chosen men of Assyria, and with all on whom she doted: with all their idols she defiled herself. (7)
These discovered her nakedness: they took her sons and her daughters, and slew her with the sword: and she became famous among women; for they had executed judgment upon her. (10)
And when her sister Aholibah (Judah) saw this, she was more corrupt in her inordinate love than she, and in her whoredoms more than her sister in her whoredoms. (11)
And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. Revelation 13:12-15
Deception Central. And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast;
Mega Miracles. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
Decrees Idolatry. saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
Resurrection Delusion. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak,
Worship or Die. and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
It ended talking a good while ago.
Everybody knows it is lying.
God! How it needs to appear strong on its last gasp, scraping the pot for one more morsel of quasi-greatness.
G e n e r a l s
m i g h t y m e n
Down it goes as demon dinner
Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that fly directly overhead, Come, gather for the great supper of God, to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great. Revelation 19:17-18
And the rest were slain by the sword that came from the mouth of him who was sitting on the horse, and all the birds were gorged with their flesh. Revelation 19:21
The end of the great is quite graphic. No matter how magnificent the architecture or conclusive the military conquests or effective the policies of governance, trying to take God’s place is an idea that has divebombed without fail. Demons are behind the great nations. Demons inspire food and marriage doctrines. Demons revel in wannabe thinking of every type. It will be poetic for demons to feed on the flesh of the great.