Editor And Readers Of The SIGNS – Dear Brethren: – I have been requested by sister S. E. Ellis, of Dye, Texas, to write for the SIGNS upon the subject of the above title. I have always been afraid to commit myself in regard to just what the book of Revelation teaches. There have been so many different views on this wonderful book that I have been fearful about expressing my views, if indeed I have any. The views of others of which I speak are not alone these of learned men, but the most important of all the ideas expressed by others are these set forth by able brethren who have made the book of Revelation a special study for many years, finding as I do a vast difference of opinion among the saints of God upon many of the wonderful things contained in this book, I have always wanted to keep as mute as possible, and in writing or speaking I have not felt at liberty to use much contained in the book of “The Revelation of Jesus Christ,” for fear of misapplying the language there used. What I shall say now is left to the brethren for just judgment according to the testimony of the word of God; what I say is an opinion only, in some of the things relating to the subject. A few things I want to notice and to compare them as spoken of, are found recorded in Revelation xii.; xviii. The question of sister Ellis is: Who is that beast the whole world is wondering after? If I shall be able to point out that beast in the light of God’s testimony, then I shall have answered the query of our isolated sister in Texas.
In Revelation xii. we read of a great wonder appearing in heaven, “a woman clothed with the sun,” &c.; further on we read of another wonder appearing in heaven (not a great wonder): “And behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.” Without going into detail I wish to say that the great wonder that appeared in heaven is new Jerusalem, the mother of us all, or the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven; the mother of all the spiritual race. The great red dragon who opposed and persecuted the woman, and was wroth with her and the remnant of her seed, is the devil, that old serpent Satan. He is old, for he appeared to the first woman in the garden; he continues to roam about seeking whom he may devour; he is the prince of the power of the air. It appears that he controls or exercises the oldest claim of contention since creation against God’s people. It seems from the testimony of Scripture that he had power given to him in such a way that creatures (men) were delegated, moved or controlled to exercise the same nefarious power against the servants of the Most High as is his will to do himself. There is a similarity between the great red dragon and the beast that arose out of the sea; the first had seven heads and ten horns, and crowns upon the heads; the second had seven heads and ten horns, and ten crowns upon his horns, and blasphemy upon his heads. What all the figures may mean I cannot say, but it does seem that the devil’s seven crowns agree with the beast’s seven heads of blasphemy. The dragon gave the beast his power and his seat and great authority. “And I saw one of his heads [one of the names of blasphemy] as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshiped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshiped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things, and blasphemies.” – Rev. xiii. 3-5. This mouth speaking blasphemies is the same as the name of blasphemy upon his heads. “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” – Verse 8. They that wonder after the beast worship him. Another beast came up out of the earth, he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon, he exerciseth all the power of the first beast, he causeth the earth and them that dwell therein to worship the first beast, he marks them in their right band or in their foreheads. These have free and full authority in his jurisdiction to buy or sell, (“free agents”) because they have the mark or name of the beast, or the number of his name; here is wisdom. All worship the beast, all wonder after the beast, yes, all who have the right title to do so, and this right is secured by the mark or name or number of the beast. None are excluded from that right but these whose “names were written in heaven,” and who cannot exercise the right of “free agency.” The second beast spake as a dragon. There is no doubt of his power and authority as coming from the dragon through the first beast, hi chapter seventeen another beast is spoken of; this is a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. The dragon and the three beasts spoken of are similar in many respects, and closely related, they are “near kin,” and are all working to the same end, as the woman who sat upon the scarlet colored beast, and who was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication, and a name written upon her forehead: “Mystery, Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth.” The name mystery, signifies her kinship to the dragon and the three beasts. The angel told John that he would tell him of the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carrieth her which hath the seven heads and ten horns. “The beast that thou sawest was, and is riot; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.” – Rev. xvii. 8. We have noticed here in Revelation that all the world wondered after the first beast, that all the world worshiped the dragon, and also worshiped the first beast. The Scripture positively says, All that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life. The second beast doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire to come down from heaven in the sight of men. He is a deceiver, and causeth them that dwell on the earth, to worship the first beast; they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names are not written in the book of life. It does seem that the first beast coming up out of the sea, the second beast coming up out of the earth, and the scarlet colored beast that the woman sat on, are one and the same in principle and essence, and may be named false prophecy. The whole world, whose names are not written in heaven, wonder after false prophecy, false teaching. They all worship false prophecy whose names are not written in the Lamb’s book of life. False prophecy has borne up the great mother of harlots, she sits a queen upon this scarlet colored beast that has blasphemous titles which agree well with her titles of authority. Her wine of fornication which has made the nations drunk, is idolatry, false worship. This is an easy conquest with her; how tempting is her wine in the golden cup, it agrees so well with the nature of man. There is a great difference in gods in their forms and looks, but not a whit difference in power and excellence. If there had been more power or excellence in some gods than others in days of old, perhaps Joshua would not have been so liberal with the children of Israel to give them a choice of gods, as it did not seem to make any difference with the leader of Israel what idol god they worshiped; if it seemed evil unto them to serve the Lord, he had no more respect for one idol (god) than another. False prophecy has always been on the devil’s side, it will always be on that side. All nations that forget God are with him, they have great numbers, are boastful on this account; a great army seems to be stronger than a small band. Babylon is numbered as “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues,” whereas the chosen of the Lord are spoken of as a “little Hock,” “a remnant,” How consoling it is to know that numbers in this war are not the sign of power, for the Lord is among the few as in days of old, and says, “Fear not, for I am with thee.” This great army sustained by false prophecy may make war with the saints, but the Lamb shall overcome them, because he is Lord of lords and King of kings. The apostle John in letter one, chapter four, exhorts the “Beloved “to “believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is of God: and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God, heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” These seven verses which I have quoted from 1 John iv. are full of meaning to the saints, and they are an infallible standard to test these claiming to be the followers of Jesus.
I humbly submit this to you, brethren. May the grace of the Lord Jesus abound in all the household of faith.
J. F. BEEMAN.
Carmen, Okla., August 11, 1905.
Signs Of The Times
Volume 78., No. 20.
OCTOBER 15, 1905.