We have been talking about the outer manifestation of the second beast; now let us talk about the inner as it applies to the disciple and his work.
Let us repeat the verses and interpret them:
And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. Revelation 13:11
The disciple has cast the dragon out of his higher consciousness and placed it on the earth, or consigned it to his lower personality. He places lower desire under the control of the higher self and initiates a great work that will serve the world. This work has two horns like the Lamb of God. In other words, the words and works that launch it are as the words and works of Christ. Unfortunately, the work is carried forward by fallible humans who have not dominated the dragon by spirit. Many of these well meaning people still have the dragon in their controlling consciousness and consequently "speak as the dragon" while thinking they are speaking as The Christ.
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
Those who inherit the disciple's work are just like the first beast and begin to use unjust unearned authority. Just one example is the church fathers during the Middle Ages who burned heretics at the stake and stamped out free speech with every bit as much authority as did the Romans who fed the Christians to the lions.
And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, Revelation 13:13
These caretakers of the work appear to have the fire of the Spirit. They take the place of God and are seen as authoritative as were the words from the burning bush seen by Moses.
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; 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. Revelation 13:14
These caretaker authorities deceive the followers of the work. Miracles are often attributed to them, which reinforces the belief of the masses. Finally the caretakers cast aside the teachings of the initiate and frame the organization in the image of the beastly authority, which has ruled the earth from the beginning.
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. Revelation 13:15
The altered organization still claims to follow the teachings of the founder, but in reality it deceptively presents the teachings of the Beast. Those who discover the deception and attempt to enlighten the people about the true meaning of the teachings of the first initiate are persecuted to the full extent the law will allow. They are killed physically if the law permits. If not the Beast seeks to kill them spiritually.
The next verses to consider are:
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Revelation 13:16-17
While I see many hoof marks going in, I see none coming out. It is easier to get into the enemy's toils than out again. Aesop (620 BC - 560 BC), The Lion, the Fox, and the Beasts
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