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Copr. 1997, Bruce N. Cameron, J.D.

LESSON 4 - A LAMB'S APPEARANCE, A DRAGON'S VOICE (REVELATION 13:11-18)

INTRODUCTION: LAST WEEK WE SAW THE DRAGON STANDING AROUND ON THE
SHORE OF THE SEA.  A CONFEDERATE COMES UP OUT OF THE SEA WHO LOOKS A
LOT LIKE A COMPOSITE OF THE BEASTS THAT DANIEL DESCRIBES IN DAN. 7.  THE
MAIN THEORY WAS THAT THE BEAST WAS THE RELIGIOUS POWER WHOSE
AUTHORITY CAME FROM THE ROMAN EMPIRE.  THE POWER OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
WAS ULTIMATELY TRANSFERRED, AT LEAST IN PART, TO THE ROMAN CHURCH.
THIS WEEK WE LOOK AT THE 2ND HALF OF REV. 13. AND WE FIND A NEW BEAST.

I. HORNED LAMB
      A. READ REV.13:11.
      B. DOESN'T THE LAMB GENERALLY REPRESENT JESUS? (REV.14:1)
      C. IS THIS LAMB JESUS?  IF NOT, WHY NOT? (DOESN'T SAY THAT IT IS A LAMB.
SAYS TWO HORNS LIKE A LAMB. ALSO SAYS HE SPOKE LIKE THE DRAGON, WHICH
WE KNOW TO BE THE DEVIL. REV.12:9)
      D. OUR LESSON SUGGESTS THAT THE LAMB IS A WORLD POWER THAT COMES
ON THE SCENE AFTER THE FATAL WOUND OF REV. 13:3 IS HEALED. ACCORDING TO
LAST WEEK'S LESSON, THAT DATE IS 1798 (538-1798).
            1. WHAT WORLD POWERS FIT THAT BILL?
            2. HOW ABOUT RUSSIA?  THE REVOLUTION TOOK PLACE IN 1905.
                  a. DOES RUSSIA SPEAK LIKE A DRAGON?
                  b. DOES RUSSIA PERSECUTE THE SAINTS?
(URIAH SMITH IN HIS BOOK, DANIEL AND THE REVELATION ID.'S THE LAMB BEAST
AS THE US, AS DOES EGW (LATER?) IN THE GC.)
      E. LETS READ ON TO SEE IF ANY SUPPORT FOR IDEA THAT IS THE U.S. READ
12-17.
            1. THIS IS PRETTY SPECIFIC STUFF.  DOES ANY OF IT POINT TO
ANYTHING THAT THE U.S. HAS DONE? (NO.  THIS IS ALL FUTURE STUFF.)
            2. WHAT IS THE SUGGESTION AS TO WHAT WILL ACTUALLY HAPPEN
WHEN IT SAYS THE LAMB WILL CAUSE THE WORLD TO WORSHIP THE BEAST (V.12)
AND ORDER THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN IMAGE TO THE BEAST (V.14)? (THE STATE
WILL ENFORCE RELIGIOUS DECREES AND SPECIFICALLY ORDER THAT THE DECREES
OF THE ROMAN CHURCH WILL BE FOLLOWED.  THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST ARE
THOSE PROTESTANT CHURCHES WHICH JOIN IN TO FORCE CONSCIENCE.  THE ISSUE
IDENTIFIED IS THE 4TH COMMANDMENT.)
            3. SINCE THIS IS OBVIOUSLY IN THE FUTURE, I GUESS THE RIGHT
ANSWER IS "WE'LL SEE."
II. SECULAR HUMANISM
      A. LETS GET PRACTICAL AND LOOK AT THE FACTS FOR A MINUTE.  THOSE
THAT SAY THAT THIS PROPHECY POINTS TO WHAT THE U.S. WILL DO IN THE
FUTURE, LET ME ASK YOU, "DO YOU SEE ANYTHING LIKE THIS NOW?"
            1. LESS SUNDAY LAWS NOW THAN EVER.
            2. THE STATE DOES NOT ENDORSE RELIGION, I BELIEVE IT IS
                  HOSTILE TO IT.
            3. THE SCHOOLS DO NOT TEACH RELIGION, THEY TEACH
                  ANTIRELIGION
            4. THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS MORE POPULAR NOW, BUT ITS
                  LEADERS HAVE ZERO INFLUENCE IN MAKING THE STATE
                  ENFORCE ITS DECREES--OUTSIDE OF THOSE THINGS WHICH
                  THE POPULATION SUPPORTS.
            5. THIS IS NOT A TIME OF IGNORANCE LIKE THE MIDDLE AGES
                  WHEN THE CHURCH REIGNED, THIS IS AN AGE OF
                  EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION.
(THIS REALLY TROUBLES ME.  EGW CAUGHT MY EYE. SHE TALKS ABOUT THIS IN
CHPT 35 OF THE GC. SHE SAYS THAT THE TROUBLE WILL SPRING FROM HUMAN
PRIDE OF KNOWLEGDE AND FALSE SCIENCE. THAT THIS HUMANISM WILL
WILLINGLY TAKE ON THE RELIGIOUS SYMBOLISM THAT HAS NO BASIS IN THE
BIBLE.)

III. LEGAL POSSIBILITY
      A. EVEN IF YOU SAY, SURE RELIGIOUS POWERS WILL WANT TO CONTROL THE
U.S., CAN THAT HAPPEN HERE?
            1. COULD THE U.S. FORCE WORSHIP? (V.12)
            2. COULD THE DEATH PENALTY BE ENFORCED FOR THOSE WHO HAVE
DIFFERENT RELIGIOUS BELIEFS? (V.15)
      B. ANYONE OUT THERE READ THE FIRST AMEND ANYTIME RECENTLY?
"CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION
OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF."
            1. NO LAW?
      C. ARE SUNDAY LAWS CONSTITUTIONAL? (BRAUNFIELD V. BROWN)
      D.  IF YOUR CHURCH TEACHES THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE MORE THAN ONE
WIFE, CAN THE STATE STOP YOU? (US. V. REYNOLDS)
      E. CAN YOU BE FIRED FROM STATE EMPLOYMENT FOR REFUSING TO WORK
ON SABBATH?
      F. IF YOUR CHURCH TEACHES THAT YOU SHOULD NOT BE A MEMBER OF A
LABOR UNION, AS OURS DOES, CAN YOU BE FIRED FROM EMPLOYMENT WITH THE
STATE FOR NOT JOINING THE UNION?

      G. ALTHOUGH CONST. SAYS "NO LAW", CTS. DO NOT CONSTRUE IT THAT WAY.
INSTEAD GO THROUGH A PROCESS TO DETERMINE IF YOUR RIGHTS ARE
PROTECTED:
            1.  DOES LAW VIOLATE A RIGHT PROTECTED BY THE FIRST AMEND.?
            2.  IF, "YES", THEN WHAT IS THE STATES INTEREST?
            3.  IF COMPELLING, THEN CAN VIOLATE RIGHT.  IF NOT, THEN
CANNOT.(FEW OTHER DETAILS HERE-LEAST RESTRICTIVE ALT.)
            4. SO, WHOLE ANALYSIS COMES DOWN TO WHETHER A JUDGE THINKS
THAT THE INTEREST OF THE STATE IN VIOLATING YOUR RIGHTS IS COMPELLING. 
IF IT IS, YOU HAVE NOT RIGHT.
      H. COULD IT HAPPEN HERE? YES.

IV. NEXT WEEK: 144,000.