The unclean spirits of Revelation 16 are generally translated as “frogs” although the Greek word, batrachos is defined as “of uncertain derivation” in most Greek dictionaries.
Revelation 16:13-16 NET Then I saw three unclean spirits that looked like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. (14) For they are the spirits of the demons performing signs who go out to the kings of the earth to bring them together for the battle that will take place on the great day of God, the All-Powerful. (15) (Look! I will come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays alert and does not lose his clothes so that he will not have to walk around naked and his shameful condition be seen.) (16) Now the spirits gathered the kings and their armies to the place that is called Armageddon in Hebrew.
The dragon pictured in Revelation 16 is most likely the same as the red dragon in Revelation 12:9, where he is called “the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world.” He is the head of the evil triumvirate, for in Revelation 13:2 we read that the beast from the sea (i.e. the Papacy; Holy Roman Empire; the Vatican system) was given power and his throne and great authority by the dragon himself.
Therefore, the beast from the sea, who is also the called the “little horn” in Daniel 7:8 and 8:9, was authorized by the dragon to exercise authority in the earth. It should be noted that the “little horn” had vast authority within the European middle ages, with its authority being somewhat obscured at the present. He who authorizes (i.e. Satan) is greater than the one being authorized. The little horn i.e. the Holy Roman Empire is an extension of the 4th beast of Daniel which was the Roman Empire. The beasts in order as Daniel saw them are: Babylon; Medo-Persea; Greek Empire; and the Roman Empire. John sees the four beast empires of Daniel as one amalgamated or composite beast (Revelation 13:2). This composite appearance would suggest the “little horn” or Holy Roman Empire would have characteristics of the previous manifestations of the four consecutive beasts seen by Daniel.
For those studying the prophetic meaning of the ten plagues on Egypt, it can be said that frogs signify unclean spirits, false teachings, or destructive ideologies, which lead to war.
The unclean spirit of the beast is mostly the doctrine of hell and eternal torment. It causes even Christians to turn upon one another and to persecute so-called heretics, dissenters, and anyone who believes differently. For centuries (until 1869) the Roman Church burned people at the stake. They justified their cruelty by claiming that God approved of eternal torment (i.e. the doctrine of eternal hell fire), so a few extra moments of inflicted torment was well within the bounds of divine justice.
The unclean spirit of the false prophet— that is the Babylonian banking system (i.e. Rothschilds, Federal Reserve, International Banks) teaches that war is justified by economic considerations, based on the love of money. When Iraq’s Saddam Hussain desired to commission Euros for the sale of oil, the country was attacked and destroyed by the puppet military of the Jewish bankers (i.e. USA and NATO). When Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi desired to use a gold standard, the country was attacked and destroyed by the same puppet military.
The unclean spirit of the dragon— Satan— seems to stand above the other two and is more general. If we look at the motive of the red dragon in Revelation 12, it is designed to prevent Jesus Christ from taking His rightful place as King of the earth. So the dragon attempted to devour the Christ-child as soon as He was born (Rev. 12: 4). Secondly, when that failed, he declared war on the “woman” (i.e. the church) and on her seed— the saints who form the body of Christ (Rev. 12: 17). The dragon, then, spreads hatred against Christ, the church, and the overcomers in the attempt to raise up religious persecution against his great rival, Jesus Christ. The dragon’s desire is to remain “the ruler of this world” (John 12: 31).
The three unclean spirits appear to be unrighteous motivational ideologies or teachings by which a triumvirate of demonic power attempts to withstand Christ in His second coming. The basic motive is hatred. This hatred finds its expression in secondary motives through the beast and the false prophet. The beast, which is the little horn, is the Church of Rome. It expresses the dragon’s hatred of Christ by its doctrine of eternal torment and by its policy of killing “infidels” and torturing “heretics,” along with general acts of unkindness toward those who do not submit fully to the religious hierarchy. This runs contrary to both love and justice that are rooted in the very nature of Jesus Christ.
The way that Israel expressed the Roman Church’s hatred of Christ in the Old Testament was by rejecting His (God’s) direct rule and desiring a man to rule over them. When the people demanded a king, God told the prophet in 1 Samuel. 8: 7, “they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.” Following their example, the Jewish leaders in the New Testament said in their hearts, “We do not want this man to reign over us” (Luke 19: 14). The Roman Church has posited on several occasions that “a man” can alter the laws of God or Christ.
All three “frogs” are rooted in hatred for Jesus Christ, not wanting Him to claim His rightful place as King of the earth. The main difference is that while the leaders are quite aware of their hatred of Christ, most of the average people who are influenced by these leaders are unaware of the focus of the hatred. Lacking spiritual discernment, they blindly support their leaders in their war against Jesus Christ.
The triumvirate of these unclean spirits is blinded by hatred and limited in its understanding. Do they really think that they might actually win this battle? No, for Rev. 12: 12 says that when the dragon was cast down to the earth, he has “great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.” Likewise, when Jesus cast out the demons in the country of the Gadarenes, we read in Luke 8: 28-29, “And behold, they cried out, saying, “What do we have to do with You, Son of God? Have You come here to torment [imprison] us before the time?” They know that they cannot win, and yet they fight to prolong their freedom to rule the earth and to influence mankind to do evil. But in the end, the three “frogs” can only bring the world to the great turning point of history, where they will be defeated— as they already know.
Dispensationalism The dispensational concept of Darby and Scofield which was transformed into Christian Zionism, essentially taught that New Covenant Christianity was a temporary interruption of the Old Covenant. The Age of Grace or the Church Age was to last about 2,000 years. They believed that the physical children of Abraham (whom they identified as the Jews) temporarily lost the right to rule the earth, but that this lost right would be restored to them in the Kingdom Age.
Along with this came the belief that the Jews would soon repent and then return to the old land as believers in Christ. Of course, the return took place, but without their repentance. So Dispensationalism has been modified from its original tenets in order to induce Christians to support Zionism as a fulfillment of Bible prophecy.
The Dispensationalist support of Zionism has served to create Christian Zionists who feel compelled to support the rebuilding of a physical temple and the reinstatement of animal sacrifices. They also support the most rabid and cruel policies against the Palestinians, treating them as if they were ancient Canaanites that must be killed or expelled from their homeland. Somehow they think that this is what Jesus would do. Some Christian Zionist websites consider the Palestinians as the Edomites. Furthermore, Christian leaders often support the most radical Jewish leaders and even criticize the Jewish state for not exterminating the Palestinians. They take Joshua’s conquest of Canaan as their model, rather than Jesus’ method of conquering the world.
Those who consider the Palestinians as Edomites also believe that Israel will destroy them as fulfillment of the Obadiah prophecy given below – however, the Edomite Jews will be the recipients of this prophecy.
(Obadiah 1:18) And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken it.
The Edomites (also called Idumeans) were absorbed into the Jewish tribes (Judah, Benjamin, Levi) around 126 BC when Hyrcanus of the Maccabees conquered the Edomites and gave them the choice of either becoming a Jew or being deported. (See The Curse of Christian Zionism)
Dispensationalism tends to make a distinction between Jews and Christianity, even giving each its own moral standard. For Jews, morality is thought to be based on the Old Covenant and its interpretation of the law. For Christians, morality is thought to be based on lawlessness which they mistakenly believe is a feature of the New Covenant. This doctrine of two moral systems only creates a double standard in the Kingdom of God. Jews are allowed to establish their own standard of morality, based on what is good for Jews, while “gentiles” must be more loving among themselves, while supporting Jewish interests, however ungodly these interests may be.
Some Dispensationalists went so far as to separate the Christian inheritance from the Jewish inheritance. Christians were to inherit heaven through a mass “rapture”, thus leaving the Jews to inherit the earth. This was their way of explaining and justifying the double standard which they had created in the Kingdom of God. Virtually all of them seemed to forget that Christ had come to abolish the dividing wall that had been erected in the temple, separating people into ethnic categories as “chosen” or “non-chosen” people (Eph. 2: 15, 16). Worse yet, many Christian Zionists do all in their power to provoke Armageddon in the mistaken belief that they can force Christ to return to save the Jews from extinction. Jews are happy to accept Christian support and money, but they resent the Christian motive.
Dual Covenant Theology Christian Zionism is now evolving into a movement where Christians are beginning to think that Jews are saved apart from Christ. Their salvation, they say, is based on adhering to Judaism and its Old Covenant religion. This is known as Dual Covenant Theology. John Hagee has written a book, In Defense of Israel, saying that Jesus did not come the first time to be the Messiah (Christ), which seems to make Peter’s confession pointless when He proclaimed, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16: 16). Such a view attempts to defend the Jews’ rejection of Jesus as the Messiah. If Jesus did not really come the first time to be the Messiah, then somehow the Jews were justified in rejecting Him, and this lessens their accountability before God.
John Hagee, and others like him, simply do not understand the biblical story of Absalom who usurped his father’s kingship (i.e. David). David was also betrayed by his best friend, Ahithophel, similar to the betrayal of Jesus by Judas. Nor does Hagee know how to apply this in the conflict over the right to rule. This is how preachers end up supporting the wrong side, betraying Jesus who they claim as their friend.
There are many aspects of Christian Zionism that play into this lack of understanding. All of these things have their role in causing Christians to support the move toward the battle of Armageddon. I am not so concerned about unclean spirits that motivate Jews and Muslims to fight this battle, but I am concerned about the role of Christians. All men are in need of the truth, but Christians ought to have a better understanding of the New Covenant and of biblical prophecy.
THE BEAST FROM THE SEA Stephen Langdon, the Archbishop of Canterbury for the Roman church from 1207-1228 AD, was the person who divided the New Testament into chapters and verses. He performed an admirably work but occasionally his divisions were not always correct.
One such mistake was the division of the 12th and 13th chapters of Revelation. The first sentence or verse of chapter 13 should be the ending of chapter 12.
This section should read as follows:
Revelation KJV: (12:17) And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. (13:1) And stood (and he stood i.e. the dragon stood [not John as in I stood]) upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
It was the dragon who stood on the sand of the sea and not the apostle John. The dragon was conjuring up a beast from the sea after his defeat by the Archangel Michael and being cast down to the earth (and you thought Satan and his angels were expelled prior to creation). At this point, Satan no longer has access to the heavenly court to make accusations due to the crucifixion, shed blood, and ascension of Jesus Christ. His primary occupation in heaven is now finished, along with his cohorts, and he can no longer return (see the book of Job). Since the Son of God is seated at the right hand of God the Father, and is now beyond Satan’s influence he now focuses upon the earthly Christians which is the “remnant of her seed” meaning all Christians are literally of the family of Jesus.
Revelation 13 a continuation and fulfillment of Daniel’s little horn (extension) of the iron beast of Daniel 7 (the Roman Empire). John, was completely knowledgeable that Daniel had written on this subject, but he also received further revelation on the subject that Daniel did not get.
Revelation 13:1-2 says,
1 … And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names. 2 And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.
Daniel saw four distinct beasts (Daniel 7:3), however, John saw just one hybrid beast composed of characteristics of all four beasts envisioned by Daniel. Daniel’s beasts were basically portrayed as a lion, bear, leopard, and a nameless iron-toothed beast. John, on the other hand, sees a single beast with the mouth of a lion, feet of a bear, and the appearance of a leopard and some other characteristics.
It is apparent that Daniel saw a succession of empires, each in turn opposing God’s Kingdom. But John sees all of these beast empires as a single, continuous, dragon-inspired empire. Both are correct, of course, but from different viewpoints.
In Daniel’s vision of four beasts, he sees also a fifth that is like an extension of the fourth beast in the progression of history referred to as “the little horn”. These four or five beasts are: Babylon (607-537 B.C.); Medo-Persia (537-330 B.C.); Greece (332-63 B.C.); Rome (63-476 B.C.); and Rome extended / the “little horn” (Roman Church). A “horn” is symbolic of power or authority. The horn of an animal was seen as its primary weapon by which it dominated others by force.
Daniel 7:7- 8 illustrates that this “horn” is an outgrowth of the fourth beast with iron teeth (Rome). That is our first major clue as to its interpretation. This “horn” assumes power as a successor to the Roman Empire. It is, in fact, Papal Rome – not just the Pope but the entire organization.
A Death Wound Healed
Revelation 13:3 KJV And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
The KJV translation of “as it were wounded to death” appears in other versions as:
“appeared to have been killed; seemed to have had a fatal wound; as slain to death; though it had been smitten unto death; as if it had been slain to death; appeared to have been wounded to death”
These various interpretations of the original Greek seem to indicate the beast appeared to be “done away with” but nobody could be actually certain.
Did the beast have a death wound? Those prophecy students expecting a person appearing as the beast, who they usually call “the antichrist”, will debate the possibility of an actual death and then the possibility of an actual resurrection of the beast. Since the beast from the sea is not any particular person but an organization known as the Roman Church with a supposed leader called the Pope (although he may not actually be the power at all times) the concept of death and resurrection can take several forms.
The pope was actually taken captive by Napoleon and placed in prison where he died in 1798. Later Napoleon considered a Pope necessary to conduct his emperor coronation, so he reinstated a person as pope in 1800.
Revelation 13:4 KJV And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
The dragon worship is symbolic because the European Catholics did not mentally or physically call out to a dragon with prayer and worship. I hesitate to say that Catholic doctrines and liturgies are satanic, however, a pope claiming the power to nullify and amend the teachings of the apostles and even those of Jesus Christ is a satanic concept. A man claiming to be equal to or greater than God (or Jesus) appears in 13:5-6 where the leader of the Roman Church has a mouth speaking arrogant blasphemy.
Revelation 13:5-6 KJV And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. (6) And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
The little horn of Daniel and the beast of Revelation is given authority and the power to reign for 42 months which is equivalent to 1260 “days” that are actually years, according to verse 5. This time frame began with Justinian from 529 to 534 AD when Roman law was changed to reflect church law. He also changed the yearly calendar count from the Roman system to the Gregorian system. The time period of the little horn began with Justinian in Constantinople but quickly transferred to the Roman Church hierarchy and specifically the Pope.
The French Revolution This 1260 year time span is the period from Justinian to the French Revolution in 1789-1794. The revolution completely disrupted Europe and the Roman Church.
The French Revolution, 1789-1793, overthrew the Roman Church in France, killed or exiled its monarchs, and established what they called a Republic. The pope joined a European coalition in 1795, sending 12,000 troops to fight against France and to bring it back under church control.
In 1796 France sent Napoleon to Austria and Italy which were easily defeated. When Pope Pius VI refused to renounce political power, he was taken captive and Napoleon expelled the entire Roman curia. The pope later died in a French prison in Valence at the age of 82. As his health failed, Napoleon issued an order that no successor should be named. However, eventually Napoleon allowed Pope Pius VII to be elected in Venice on March 14, 1800. His relationship with Napoleon was often troublesome, and in fact, Napoleon imprisoned him as well from 1809-1813.
Napoleon became weakened after his calamitous invasion of Russia in 1812 and he was forced to step down in 1814. After his abdication, the nations of Europe met at the Congress of Vienna to “redraw the map of Europe” and produced what came to be known as the Holy Alliance in 1815.
War Against The Saints
Revelation 13:7 KJV And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Many prophecy students are awaiting the so-called “antichrist” to appear and begin killing Christians. At the moment I would say there are very few actual, real Christians to round up and kill in Europe and the Western world. The Middle East terrorists have supposedly murdered the majority of the Christians in that area and they aren’t the beast per se. However, millions of Christians were killed by some means during the reign of the little horn.
The Revelation 13 description of the beast from the sea is a continuation and expansion of the Daniel 7 prophecy concerning the “little horn”. Daniel indicates the Vatican/Pope situation will continue until the return of Christ, although the killing of Christians by the Roman Church has apparently stopped.
Daniel 7:21-22 KJV I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; (22) Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
The Roman Church was given power (or authority) over all kindreds (races), and tongues, and nations. When scripture speaks of nations and tongues it usually only refers to those of Europe and the Biblical area. It is doubtful if Africa, the Americas, and other remote places would be included within the grasp of this first beast.
But yet the Church came back to life, and the second beast gave its authority to the first.
THE BEAST FROM THE EARTH I.E. THE FALSE PROPHET The Beast from the Sea or the Roman Church came back to life and the coming earth beast gave its authority to the sea beast, although it retained its power over the Roman church. The financial powers of the time, not originally the Rothschild’s, made an alliance with the resurrected Roman church, and later, we will discover, the Rothschild banks became the church’s money manager, holding the key to Rome’s money through the decision of the Holy Alliance.
Revelation 13:11-12 KJV (11) 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. (12) 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.
Although the description of the second beast appears to be a passive, peaceful, and harmless entity as a lamb, it actually speaks as a dragon i.e. a dragon in sheep’s clothing, which implies a secret organization. The earth beast does not come to power until the first has received a deadly wound and then is healed. History shows this second beast was actually combating the sea beast for supremacy and used Napoleon to deliver the deadly wound. However, in some odd configuration, the earth beast ends up supporting the sea beast through a possible alliance or accommodation.
It was previously established that the French Revolution (1789-1794) essentially put an end to the European dominance of the Roman Church (1260 year time span).
The revolution was fomented by well-funded secret societies. The Masonic Order takes credit but were funded by the Illuminati which was a group founded by Adam Weishaupt. His Illuminati group was funded by a group of Jewish bankers who considered him to be useful to their cause against the Roman church. Weishaupt’s plans were discovered and his Illuminati group was suppressed and forced to go underground. However, the French revolution continued as planned with banker Moses Mendelssohn, and others, funding the underground Illuminati effort thus showing that the plot to overthrow France was bigger than Weishaupt. The Rothschilds did not become wealthy until around 1796 at which point they played a large role in the Earth Beast’s endeavors for the next two centuries.
Power and Worship Revelation 13:12 presents an interesting situation. The second beast executes the power of the first beast but allows the first beast to retain its outward image and worship capabilities.
There appears to be a relationship or agreement that was initiated allowing the conquered beast, with renewed life, to be worshipped and perform church business as in previous times. The bottom line is – the second beast does not want to be worshipped or be out in the open and revealed as other than a banking institution. This second beast prefers to remain hidden and to keep the previous beast in place as the visible object of worship while holding the reigns of power.
Revelation 13:12 KJV And he exerciseth (executes) 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.
Mystery Babylon or “the great harlot” by its name “mystery” is secret or hidden from view. The exchange or transition of power from the first beast to the second beast may explain the dragon representing all the previous beast empires. The beasts, going back to Babylon were hidden to begin ruling in secret. After 1260 years of rule by the beast from the sea, a new beast took all the authority of the first beast leaving it as a figurehead for Catholic worship purposes, i.e. the earth beast rules over the religious beast or sea beast (Holy See).
A secret organization with a secret commitment leaves very little evidence of their purposes. However, a few scraps can be found.
“It is a somewhat curious sequel to the attempt to set up a Catholic competitor to the Rothschilds that at the present time the latter are the guardians of the papal treasure.”
From Dr. Stephen Jones: In other words, the Rothschilds became the “guardians” of the Vatican’s wealth, holding the key to Rome’s money. The term “guardian” suggests that the Roman church had been allowed to survive its deadly wound only on condition that it turned over its property and finances to the Rothschilds as their legal guardians. Thus, the Vatican had to admit legally that it was incapable of administering its own affairs on account of its past excesses.
Doubtless, it was the powers of the Holy Alliance that discussed this issue, bringing up earlier fears of Jesuit power. It seems that they agreed to allow the Jesuit Order to be reinstated, along with the church itself, on condition that their money be spent with certain limitations at the approval of the Rothschilds, acting as agents of the world powers.
The Rothschild’s power increased over time, and gradually they were able to use the power of money (or debt) to assert their will upon monarchs and nations
The pursuit of power constantly shifted over the years, as nations, including the church, conspired to increase their own power at the expense of all others. In 1917 Russia was overthrown by the Rothschild’s and other banking interests (the Bolshevik Revolution). In 1929 the pope made an agreement with Mussolini, in which the papacy received about $85 million from the state of Italy as recompense for their loss of the Papal States in the 1860’s. This money was used to set up the Vatican Bank. It is not known if the Vatican Bank obtained genuine independence from Rothschild guardianship.
Conclusion The beast from the earth concurs with the rise of the Rothschild banking family. They were given authority as “guardians of the papal treasure” by the Holy Alliance formed after the French Revolution. During the past two centuries, the Rothschild family sought to gain power, so that they could obtain authority as the beast of the earth—the final beast that was to arise before the stone crushed the image as pictured in Nebuchadnezzar’s statue dream in Daniel 2.
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