Knowing little about Hitler and Nazism, many American editors and reporters assumed, based on previous experience, that a radical candidate would show some restraint once in office. An editorial in the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin on Jan. The editors of The Cleveland Press , on Jan.
Events on the ground quickly overtook those optimistic predictions. Soon after Hitler assumed power, all Jews were dismissed from government jobs and ousted from a wide range of other professions, from dentistry to the movie industry. Sporadic anti-Jewish violence erupted throughout the country—and was amply reported in the American press. Hundreds of Jews have been beaten or tortured. Thousands of Jews have fled.
Thousands of Jews have been, or will be deprived of their livelihood.
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Yet some American journalists presented a very different view of Germany. Nazi officials did their best to plant doubts among the international media regarding anti-Jewish outbreaks. After spending nearly two decades in the U. May that have any bearing on the situation? Rev The authority and popularity of the beast.
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So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him? So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast : As people worship this beast and bow down before his government, it may be that they do not know they are bowing down to Satan himself; but it is worship of Satan none the less.
They clearly worship both the beast and the dragon , but their worship of the dragon may be unknowing. Though Satan worship becomes more and more popular each year, it is still only a tiny fraction of people who openly worship Satan. But this is because more people expect Satan to appear with ugliness and horror. This is wrong, for Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
Who is like the beast? The world will be amazed at the power of the beast, and will believe he is so mighty that he cannot be conquered. For a time, the beast will look like a tremendous "winner. They worship the beast, and the dragon behind the beast, simply because of the beast's might. Rev The beast's blasphemies. And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven.
Speaking great things and blasphemies : "Blasphemer" may be a more accurate title than "Antichrist" for this end-times dictator. As much as anything, this beast is a man who speaks against God and everything God stands for His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. There are many examples of Roman Emperors blaspheming God in this way; but it can't be said they fulfilled these prophecies, even if they did prefigure their fulfillment. And he was given authority to continue for forty-two months : The beast continues without restraint by God for a period of forty-two months - the familiar three and one-half years.
The duration of the period shows that the beast has full reign for the first half of the final seven years, and that during the whole time he is still under God's authority. Why does the beast blaspheme … those who dwell in heaven? This means he speaks against those who were taken in the rapture, and are therefore out of his reach.
Rev The beast makes war against the saints. It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
It was granted to him to make war with the saints : Revelation 12 described the broad phenomenon of Satanic persecution during the tribulation period. Here, the main instrument of that persecution is revealed: the government of the beast will persecute and kill all those who do not bow in worship to the beast.
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To overcome them : Overcome does not mean that the beast can overcome the faith of the saints, but that he can destroy their physical lives, and by all appearances defeat the cause of God's people on this earth. Who are these saints who are overcome by the beast? Various views of the timing of the rapture will determine who these persecuted ones are. Those who believe in a pre-tribulation rapture believe that these saints are God's people who come to Christ after the church has been raptured.
Those who believe in a post-tribulation rapture believe that these saints are God's people who are on the earth before the final rapture, including what we think of today as the "church. Jesus said of the church, that the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it Matthew If this group of saints a term not exclusively applied to the New Testament church is overcome by Satan, perhaps they are not the same New Testament church that Jesus spoke of.
All who dwell on the earth will worship him : This final world dictator will demand and receive worship from the whole earth. But those who worship him pay the price: they are whose names have not been written in the Book of Life. How will all who dwell on the earth … worship him? It will probably be after the pattern of the worship demanded by the Roman Emperors in the days of the early church. There were times in the early church when all residents in the empire were required to burn a pinch of incense before a statue of Caesar and say, "Caesar is Lord.
The Romans saw it as an act of political allegiance, but the Christians rightly saw it as an act of religious worship. After the great and terrible totalitarian rulers of the 20 th Century Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao , it isn't hard to imagine a dominating world leader demanding such a declaration of allegiance, tantamount to worship. The Book of Life contains the names of all God's redeemed Revelation The idea is that worshipping the beast and having your name in the Book of Life are mutually exclusive.
The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world : This deeply meaningful title for Jesus reminds us that God's plan of redemption was set in place before He even created the beings who would be redeemed. God wasn't "surprised" by the fall of Adam or any other evidence of the fallen nature of man.
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God isn't making it up as He goes along. It is all going according to plan. Rev A warning to all. If anyone has an ear, let him hear. He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
He who has an ear, let him hear : This introduces a solemn word of warning, meant to capture the attention of all who hear. He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity : This means that the functionaries of the beast are not without guilt. Though these things are prophesied and part of God's predetermined plan, it does not lessen in the slightest way man's personal responsibility.
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If you work for the beast and lead others into captivity , you certainly shall go into captivity yourself. God will measure unto you what you have measured to others. This may have a secondary or additional meaning: there is no hope in fighting against the Antichrist.
The only way of victory is steadfast faith and endurance in Jesus. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints : Though they are viciously attacked by the Antichrist and his followers, the saints of God must keep steadfast faith in the ultimate justice of God.
He will reward their persecutors with persecution of His own. Rev John's initial description of this second beast. Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. Then I saw another beast : This creature represents someone like the beast rising from the sea, because the same word beast is used to describe them both. At the same time, this beast is different.
They are different in origin, because one comes out of the sea , the other out of the earth. They are different in rank, because the second is subordinate to the first causes the earth … to worship the first beast , Revelation They are different in appearance, because the second has a mild, "lamb-like" appearance.
And he had two horns like a lamb : The two horns may express the fact that this beast has authority in two realms, such as religious and political authority. Or, he may have two horns simply because that's how many horns lambs have two horns like a lamb. Spoke like a dragon : Despite his lamb-like appearance, the message of the second beast is the same as the message of the first beast. This second beast is called the false prophet Revelation , , , as someone distinct from the first beast the Antichrist and the dragon Satan.