the Image to the Beast Evolves
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. Rev. 13:12.
for the United States to form an image of the beast, the religious power must
so control the civil government that the authority of the state will also
be employed by the church to accomplish her own ends. . . .
to the beast" represents that form of apostate Protestantism which will
be developed when the Protestant churches shall seek the aid of the civil
power for the enforcement of their dogmas. . . .
observance shall be enforced by law, and the world shall be enlightened concerning
the obligation of the true Sabbath, then whoever shall transgress the command
of God, to obey a precept which has no higher authority than that of Rome,
will thereby honor popery above God. He is paying homage to Rome and to the
power which enforces the institution ordained by Rome. He is worshiping the
beast and his image. As men then reject the institution which God has declared
to be the sign of His authority, and honor in its stead that which Rome has
chosen as the token of her supremacy, they will thereby accept the sign of
allegiance to Rome--"the mark of the beast." And it is not until
the issue is thus plainly set before the people, and they are brought to choose
between the commandments of God and the commandments of men, that those who
continue in transgression will receive "the mark of the beast.".
issue of the contest all Christendom will be divided into two great classes--those
who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, and those who worship
the beast and his image and receive his mark. Although church and state will
unite their power to compel "all, both small and great, rich and poor,
free and bond" (Revelation 13:16), to receive "the mark of the beast,"
yet the people of God will not receive it. The prophet of Patmos beholds "them
that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his
mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the
harps of God" and singing the song of Moses and the Lamb. Revelation