CHAPTER THIRTEEN





THE BEAST FROM THE SEA

1 "And I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten crowns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads the name of blasphemy."

There are so many "beasts" in Revelation it makes it kind of hard to keep them all straight. Some of the confusion can be erased by observing that the beast of Revelation chapter 12 and the two beasts described here in chapter 13 arise from different places. We noted the beast of the last chapter came out of heaven, indicating it was of a spiritual nature and was none other that Satan and his demonic forces. John also helps us distinguish these two beasts here in 13 by saying one comes from the "sea" while the other rises out of the "earth".

So, to summarize the three "beasts", there is:

1. From "heaven", a beast with seven heads wearing seven crowns and also has ten horns. This was Satan's army.

2. From the "sea", a beast with seven heads and ten horns with ten crowns on the horns. Prophetically, the word "sea" symbolizes all humanity. We will see that the seven heads, the seven horns and the ten crowns represent specific, governing-power structures within this "sea". A little later in this chapter we will also see:

3. From the "earth", a beast with two horns "like a lamb". While "sea" alludes to the totality of humanity, "earth" narrows to include only the religious community.

In this chapter we will discover just how the beasts from the "sea" and the "earth" work together under the influence of the heavenly beast, as discussed in chapter 12. Therefore, all 3 represent ungodly forces, eminating from either the "air", "sea" or "earth". We should be able to relate each beast to historical facts and not based solely on yet-future conjecture. The first beast, the devil and his angelic power structure, attempts to superimpose his spiritual organization (from the air) on the human agencies of the other two beasts of the sea and the earth.

The beast from the sea represents a string of certain earthly kingdoms. These began a long time ago and will extend to the end of all the earthly empires of unregenerate man. Many powerful empires have come and gone over the ages which are not included in this particular group but there are key ones which have had world-wide influence that are historically and Biblically discernible. Each of the heads of the beast from the sea is believed to signify one particular world power. There is not consistent agreement among the commentators as to exactly which nation represents each of these "heads" but I'll present two possibilities. I think both lists have some merit and it probably won't be terribly destructive to our overall prophetic understanding regardless of which is correct.

This first group of empires are well known and are identifiable --- Biblically and secularly.

1. Egyptian

2. Assyrian

3. Babylonian

4. Persian

5. Grecian

6. Roman

7. Germanic-Slavonic

The outstanding commonality among these kingdoms was their passion against Israel. The aggression was so wrathful it seems unquestionable that Satan was the spiritual powerhouse behind them all. These could easily represent the seven heads John saw as described in Rev. 13:1. The last empire, the Germanic-Slavonic, is not listed in the Bible but the character of many European 'kings' during the Christian era (such as Hitler's for example) with their intense hatred of the Jews certainly puts them in league with the other six empires.

Another solution can be determined by relating John's vision to Daniel's, as described in Daniel chapter 7. Daniel had a vision in which he saw four beasts. The first beast had one head, the second had one head, the third had four heads and the fourth had one head, making a total of seven heads. Now if this group-of-seven is the same John saw in his vision, the list would likely be as follows:

1. Babylonian

2. Persian

3, 4, 5 & 6. The third beast had 4 heads which is explained this way: Alexander's empire was dispersed among four smaller ones headed by Seleucus, Cassander, Ptolemy and Lysimachus.

7. Daniel's "fourth beast" (the seventh kingdom) had one head, like John's, but on its head were ten horns. Most prophetic writers agree that Daniel and John are referring to the last of man's earthly empires --- the final anti-Christ system. Chapter 13 here concentrates almost exclusively on this last empire.

Both these groupings are interesting and all are pertinent to our study. A strong case can be made for either list but I am more comfortable with the first group as being what John saw. Here's why: It appears that John was getting a glimpse further back into history than was contained in Daniel's dream. Daniel's first "beast" was the Babylonian empire, which was well after the Syrian and the Egyptian and these latter two are just too relevant in overall history to omit. Actually, one sees list #2 contained within list #1. Therefore, list #1 is broader in scope and more in keeping with the wider perspective John's vision seems to encapsulate. For these reasons, I will assume and write as if list # 1 is correct.



THE COMMON THREAD IS THE "TEN HORNS"

Read verse 1 again and note that John's beast had ten crowned-horns. We may disagree on some of the earlier kingdoms but as we get towards the last one, we had better put on our best 'thinking caps' lest we be completely deluded and side-tracked by Satan in these last days. Remember, he is the one who is really heading these earthly entities. The human leaders are merely his earthly puppets, (not to excuse mankind's responsibilities for his own wicked ways, of course.) So, let's look carefully at one extremely important relationship between Daniel's and John's visions.

Daniel and John both saw a beast with ten horns. What I want to do now is get to the kingdom which will be in power at the time Jesus Christ returns to call Christians out of the world. Daniel gives several insights about this political system. Quoting now from Daniel 7:7.

7 "After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns."

(This passage goes on with much more information about this final world power and I will get back to that aspect later.)

We can be very positive that the above-described kingdom will be the last empire on earth just before Jesus establishes His throne. Let's look now at the explanation that was given to Daniel concerning his vision of the "ten horned beast": Daniel 7:23-27.

23 "Thus he said:

'The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, Which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces.

24 The ten horns are ten kings who shall arise from this kingdom. And ANOTHER shall rise after them; he shall be different from the first ones, and shall subdue three kings. (Practically all writers agree this "another" is the anti-Christ.)

25 'He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time.

26 'But the court shall be seated, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and destroy it forever.

27 'Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And all dominions shall serve and obey Him.'"

As believers, our hope is spelled out in the last verse in the above passage because ultimately we win. Or I should say --- Christ wins the kingdom for us.

Let's look at the nature of earth's final kingdom. We see that it consists of ten horns (meaning ten nations and their rulers) and that they will do quite a bit of destruction before their kingdom is taken away from them. We see also that an eleventh horn (the "ANOTHER" nation and its leader), will rise up after the ten. It is this particular ruler we as Christians must learn about, for he is none other than a satanically-possessed man who will become the leader over all the other ten. Ironically, this last leader will ultimately destroy three of his own nations! The eleventh "little horn" is the man all prophetic writers refer to as the anti-Christ. Daniel's expression "a little horn" seems to imply he will seem to be an insignificant man at first. If so, we must be watchful for someone with subtle power in his beginning days of authority, remembering he will eventually rise to an unparalleled, grandiose state of authority and influence.

The reader will note I write anti-Christ rather than the more common way, Antichrist. To me, the capitalized "A" puts the emphasis on the beast himself which doesn't sit well with me (or Scripture). Whereas, "anti-" (with a hyphen) emphasizes not so much against but instead of. This is an important distinction. This final leader is really Satan in disguise. It is in this manner the devil plans to rule humanity. Remember, Satan's dream is to be God! And in his heyday, as the anti-Christ, he actually gets that privilege to a certain extent. He will establish a throne from which to rule mankind in a real temporal sense. He will be the instead of Messiah who reigns over lost, depraved humanity who reject the true and living God --- Christ Jesus. I hope this explanation helps clear up any confusion caused the reader by the unusual way I write "anti-Christ".

Let's see now how this "little horn" gets all that power as we read on in the chapter currently being studied, Revelation 13:2:

2 "Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority."

Interestingly, John describes this beast in the same way as were the first three beasts of Daniel's vision, only in reverse order. In Daniel, the first kingdom was like a lion; the second, a bear; and the third, a leopard. One commentator says these meant (1) Babylonian voracity, (2) Persian tenacity and (3) Alexandrian swiftness. This seems right. However, the final anti-God system will not only have the above characteristics but will also have a fuller measure of the devil's power as we see in the phrase "...and the dragon gave him his power and his seat, and great authority." In other words, the anti-Christ will be possessed by Satan who will give him ALL his power with which to do his conquering. (All the empires --- "heads", "horns", and "crowns" --- of the past have been under Satan's influence too but God has never allowed any to rise to the full measure of strength which the last kingdom will possess. Paul refers to the resistance God has always placed upon Satan to keep him 'in check' as he says in 2 Thessalonians 2:6, "And now you know what is restraining --- i.e., the Holy Spirit --- that he (i.e., the final anti-Christ) may be revealed in his own time."

Some people get nervous when they hear a preacher trying to specifically-identify those nations who represent the "horns" and/or other powers spoken of in Scripture. However, that philosophy is not in agreement with our Lord's command concerning these things. Speaking to his disciples about the final days of this age, Jesus stated that His followers should observe the trends so that they might KNOW approximately when He would return:

"And He spoke to them a parable: 'Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near.'"

(Luke 21:29&30)

The "fig tree" is a well-known allegorical, Biblical-name God gave Israel. That being the case, the rest of the above phrase "and all the other trees" would refer to the other nations of prominence in the end times. And God is saying "Look at them!" during the last days in order to ascertain the nearness of Christ's return. Jesus was pointing out that just as summer can be predicted by the activities observed on the branches of a fig tree, so also the general time of His coming again can be predicted by observing the activities surrounding national Israel in the last days.

But what about these "other trees"? If the "fig tree" refers to national Israel then logically it would follow that the other trees would signify all other nations which have pertinent, discernible roles in prophecy. I'm convinced these refer to the countries being highlighted in this book, such as America, England, Canada, Russia, the Orient, Arabic and European nations.

Actually, I believe Jesus' instructions to the disciples was really directed more to us in our day than to them then. Surely the heavenly Father, Whose instructions Jesus was always following, knew the end of the age was not going to come in the lifetimes of the people of the first century. So, the answer Jesus gave to the apostles' question concerning the timing of the end was worded in such a way that it would make more complete sense to those of us whose lives would actually be affected by the conditions He was describing.

The next verse will help us zero in a little closer as we try to discern "the signs of the times".

THE DEADLY WOUND IS HEALED

3. "And I saw one of his heads as if it had been wounded to death, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast." Rev. 13:3.

Now let me again briefly set the stage of our current topic. We are discussing the seven-headed beast and you recall I mentioned two possible lists, indicating my preference for this one: Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Grecian, Roman and Germanic-Slavonic. Now, none of these empires are presently ruling. But in their day, I'm sure it would have appeared to all who observed them that no new power could ever unseat any one of them. And yet, they have all come and gone! In essence, they are all "dead". That's what verse 3 above is talking about. However, note that one of them will come back to life and rule again. Which will it be? Answer that and you've got the final anti-Christ system identified.

Because of the vast amount of literature already written on the subject I must again mention the Futuristic understanding of this verse. Most say it refers to a certain man, who will die and return to life. By this reckoning, Satan will be given the power to restore a dead man back to life, enter his body and become what Paul called the "man of sin", the final anti-Christ. Now we know anything is possible with God but I believe it's far more reasonable to assume the seven "heads" of this beast are national powers, not merely seven kings over them. If this is true, we are faced with only one possible conclusion: that which comes back to life is something of national proportions, not merely an individual person! (But again, even if it turns out that the Futuristic view actually occurs too, this still would not preclude the Historical view.)

As you now know, I too believe in a literal, one-man anti-Christ. But, I am most certainly not looking for one who comes back from the dead before being convinced of who he is. He will have far more important characteristics to see than that. (Of course, the Futurists don't think they'll be here anyway, believing they will have been raptured, so I'm a little confused as to why they even bother with this particular prophecy!)

As we have seen, both Daniel and John saw this final kingdom as having "ten horns". This means ten nations will group together in some way; i.e., a confederate coalition of ten national powers will eventually agree to formulate some kind of connective bond because of their mutual interests. That will be quite a feat since most nations, we know historically, can't even get along very well among themselves, let alone maintaining cordiality in a group of ten. Consequently, they will need a leader with a lot of influential 'cement'. I believe the prophet Daniel gives us some tremendous help here: Read all of Daniel 7, especially verses 7 & 8, then 19 - 24. Here, I'll quote only partially:

"...and it had ten horns. I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots...." Dan. 7: 7 & 8.

Many students of prophecy agree on this group of "horns", believing its rudiments are found in the EEC (European Economic Community), or more commonly known as the Common Market. I agree on this assessment. However, I'm amazed that most of the commentators say that one of these ten becomes the anti-Christ nation. Now this isn't at all what Daniel revealed. He clearly says that "another" horn, a "little horn", would arise and that he would "pluck up" three of the others "by the roots". Folks, "another" after TEN means there must be at least ELEVEN nations involved in the final coalition. The "ten" are the ones over which the anti-Christ wishes to rule, but he is not one of ten himself. He is the eleventh.

When I finished the first draft of this book (in 1981), Greece had just become the tenth member of the Common Market. At the time I thought, "WOW, the end is near because the ten horns are in place!" Many other prophecy experts were also watching to see just which of those nations housed the anti-Christ, and wondered how soon he would make his move. I knew that we were entering a new era because Greece's joining the EEC fulfilled a specific prophecy in Daniel (to be explained in greater detail later). But I wasn't looking for one to rise to stardom in the completed "ten". I was already convinced there had to be "another" included, making at least eleven, before the "little horn" could be seen.

WHY THE EEC?

There are wonderful Christians in all the present nations who make up the EEC. Therefore, many people are understandably troubled with the identification of this organization as Satan's final anti-Christ system. Frankly, the thought grieves me, too. However, I must also be realistic. After all, the anti-Christ system must come from somewhere and God's Word clearly teaches we can identify it. I think this is it.

Why do most prophets believe the EEC is the one? Well, as I said earlier, (1) it must be a power which has already existed and (2) one which comes back to life again. Looking at a map of the ancient Roman Empire as it existed in the first centuries of this age and comparing it to today's Common Market nations reveals a striking similarity of the territorial lines. This alone is enough evidence to cause serious speculation that this is indeed the Roman Empire coming back to life again. But there's more.



ROME

There is an old adage which says, "All roads lead to Rome." Well, that's the way it actually was in the ancient Roman Empire. Roads were built all over Europe (some remaining till this day) and they were, in fact, designed to lay a path for all Europeans to Rome, the 'home office' of the Roman Empire. You will recall this was the great city the apostle Paul longed to go, and did, to defend himself and to win people there to Christ. (People there still need to be won to Christ, by the way. I know a missionary family who has been in Italy for many years. They say it is one of the hardest places in the world to be a witness for our Lord. I suspect it is largely because Satan has such a tremendous grip on that nation.)

On January 1, 1958, the organization of the Common Market was born. It was referred to then as the Treaty of Rome! At that time it consisted of six nations but, mysteriously, even the signers seemed to have a sense of their ultimate destiny. In 1971, Great Britain became the seventh national member of the coalition. Note this very interesting news report from an encyclopedia:

"Almost ten years after its first application to join the Common Market, Great Britain's negotiations were completed at 4:30 A.M. in the 23 story Kirchberg European Center. Weary negotiators ended a 48 hour meeting with a toast to 'THE TEN'."

This is a remarkable fact. Why do you suppose they would specifically acknowledge the "magic" number TEN? Was this just someone's play on words? Or could it be that they originally planned to limit their organization to ten member-nations, and if so, why? Or, maybe it was God's sovereign way of showing His Word coming to pass, that would likely be overlooked by all except prophecy sleuths.

GREECE

On January 1, 1981, Greece became the tenth national member of the Common Market, thus completing a group of "TEN" member-nations of the EEC. Now, I must tell you about a specific incident that happened to me in May of 1981, which I believe God literally set up to teach me something:

I had been writing this manuscript, ironically working on the topical area you are now reading. The Common Market, Greece, and the whole European scene, were all heavily on my mind. (It was practically all I thought about in those days. I 'ate' it, 'lived' it, and 'slept' it. Ask my dear, patient wife!)

One morning at the breakfast table I was glancing over the front page of a San Francisco newspaper. There staring me in the face was a picture of a shaggy, white goat, with a single horn growing out between his eyes! It was not a drawing of the mythical unicorn but was a photograph of a real, live goat which had a single horn between its eyes! [The article explained that its owners had discovered an ancient technique of how to achieve the single horn. I don't know the technicalities of this, nor is it important for this discussion. I regarded it, then and now, as an act God allowed (perhaps caused) for a very specific reason. The shaggy goat was being kept at Africa-Marineworld U.S.A. in Palo Alto, Ca. I saw it again that same night on a T.V. news program.]

There were many occasions in the writing of this manuscript that I had the joy of seeing God confirm His Word through real-life occurrences. When I saw that goat's picture, there was again that unmistakeable stirring in my spirit. "What is it, Lord?", I thought. I knew there was something there but didn't immediately see it. As I said, I had been studying the book of Daniel a lot at that time, then I remembered the white shaggy goat the prophet saw in his vision as described in Daniel chapter 8. I remembered it also had a horn coming out between its eyes, much, I reasoned, like the one I was looking at in the newspaper that morning. What was the importance of this? (I'll cover Daniel's vision more thoroughly later but for now, I want to summarize this one aspect concerning the white, shaggy goat.)

The goat, as explained to Daniel by the angel Gabriel, represented the nation of Greece, and the horn between his eyes symbolized its first great leader --- Alexander the Great. The prophet was told how this man would overcome the world's primary kingdom of that time; that he would quickly build a greater empire; and then die in the prime of life --- all of which occurred just as Daniel predicted, followed by Alexander's death at age 33 in 323 B.C.

In that same chapter a reference is made that 2300 "evenings- mornings" would transpire before there would come a "temple cleansing". (I won't explain here the usual 2300 literal-day interpretation. As you might guess, others have plenty of thoughts along those lines.)

In 1981, I had learned that the expression "evening-morning" was a term sometimes used in those days to indicate a yearly cycle. The idea goes like this: An "evening" implied the darker portion of the year (i.e., fall-winter, when the days are shorter and darker) and "morning" indicated the lighter portion of the year (spring-summer, when the days are longer and brighter). So, when one wished to emphasize the whole cycle, he'd say, "evening-morning", thus indicating one year of time. (This is obviously not a well known fact but if true, and I'm persuaded it is, it certainly puts some chronological mysteries in perspective.)

Now, if you look in your particular Bible, it may say 2300 "days", or 2300 "evenings and mornings", or something similar to that. But if the translators were thorough in their explanation, they have shown somewhere, perhaps a marginal note, that the best English rendering of what is said in the Aramaic is, "evenings-mornings". I want to emphasize the hyphen. The original doesn't say "and", which, if it did, would be more implicit of a literal day. The hyphenated expression is a better transliteration which helps us to understand what Daniel was really trying to convey.

That this is a correct interpretation is strongly suggested by Gabriel's comment to Daniel concerning the 2300 evenings-mornings: "And the vision of the evening-morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be FOR MANY DAYS." (Daniel 8:26) If Daniel's vision was merely referring to 2300 literal days, surely the angel Gabriel would not have been so emphatic with the words "many days". The whole thrust of the entire 8th chapter of Daniel clearly refers to the extremely-distant future, although set in a very local situation concerning the renowned Alexander-the-Great and his kingdom.

You say, "O.K., suppose I accept the meaning that 2300 years would pass before the 'sanctuary cleansing' comes, how does all this fit together?" The whole 8th chapter of Daniel revolves around Greece and its first leader, Alexander. Amazingly, right at the same time I saw the picture of the shaggy goat in the newspaper, I learned that Greece had just become the tenth member of the Common Market, January 1, 1981.

(Somehow, I had missed the news of their joining a few months earlier. I have to suppose God had disallowed my seeing that sooner, waiting until I was writing exactly where I was in May when the "shaggy goat" would come on the scene. I think it's important for you to realize that similar ordered-steps have occurred many times during the years of the preparation of this manuscript.)

Now, let's carry this a step further. In the previous chapter (7), the same prophet (Daniel), who is telling us about Alexander the Great and Greece in chapter 8, wrote about the "ten horns" and their ruler which would be upon the world scene in the last days --- one like Alexander, but even more empowered. What God was showing me, I believe, was that Greece' recent membership completed a group of "ten" nations as of January 1, 1981. Now, that was a very, very important date, friends! Let me show you why:

Already believing that the 2300 "evenings-mornings" referred to years, not literal days, prepared me for doing a little more arithmetic. I reasoned that since the whole prophecy in Daniel 8 revolved around the great Grecian-Empire-builder (Alexander) and since the tenth member of the Common Market was that same nation in our day (Greece), perhaps the 2300 year period somehow related to the time span between Alexander's death and the time when Greece would become the tenth member of the EEC. I checked the records in several reference books and was amazed to find that every single one gave 323 B.C. as the year Alexander died. I assumed it was another example of those incredible acts of God, designed to make-certain history recorded this particular date.

Most scholars agree that Jesus was not born 1994 years ago (as of this writing). It is thought to be somewhere between 2 and 6 B.C. In that very significant year, 1981, when I was first writing this, I had acquired a Bible called "The Reese Chronological Bible". Edward Reese had attempted to put the Scriptures together in chronological order rather than the usual book fashion. His purpose was to provide a reference source which allows the reader to see all the Scriptures grouped in one place which pertain to the same subject matter and same time period, to avoid the necessity of thumbing from book to book when doing cross-reference work.

Reese worked twenty years on this project. Based on his own background and drawing from the knowledge and work of others interested in Biblical chronology, he put together a book to help Bible believers see more clearly not only the facts of history but also the time-setting of that history. Because of my own interests in chronology, and his obvious dedication, I decided to use his views.

Reese's conclusion is that Jesus was born in 5 B.C. Admittedly trusting in his scholarship, I saw no reason not to use his concepts in my computations regarding the Alexandrian issue. Here's what I did: I simply counted forward 2300 years from the time Alexander died, and made correction for the calendar error of Jesus' birth:

2300 years

- 323 years

= 1977 years

+ 5 years

= 1982 years

- 1 years

= 1981 A.D.

(When making corrections for calendar errors, at the point of the crossover --- at Jesus' birth --- you must either add or subtract one year, depending on which way you are counting: forward, minus one year; backward, plus one year. The reason for this is that there is no "0" year. You go from 1 B.C. to 1 A.D. the day Jesus was born.)

Now, when I first did this calculation I nearly 'jumped out of my skin'! I quickly re-checked my math to see if I had made any mistakes. None. Using the above-described presumptions, I had actually 'proven' that there were 2300 years separating the time span between Alexander's death and the time when the kingdom he commenced, would join with nine others to complete a confederation of ten European nations in our day.

Was this the completion of the "ten horns" Daniel saw in chapter 7 and "THE TEN" which the EEC heads toasted in 1971? I believe it was. There were just too many coincident facts there for me to assume otherwise. I didn't premeditatively assimilate a bunch of data which, when combined, would confirm a previous conviction. I simply used the information which was there before me; things which God had sovereignly allowed to come my way, in that particular, let's call it fullness of time. Nor did I engineer Daniel's vision, or the 2300 "evenings-mornings", or Alexander the Great, or the timing of his death, or Reese's stand as to Jesus' birth date, or the date Greece became the tenth member of the EEC, or the fact that they were the tenth member, nor the year and day I just happened to see a picture of a real, white, shaggy goat with a single horn between his eyes! No, these were all events out of my control. I saw the pieces of this 'puzzle' and God graciously allowed me to put them together. Do the pieces create a fulfilled-prophetic-picture? You be the judge.

THE "TEN TOES"

In Daniel chapter 2, the prophet tells us of a dream Nebuchadnezzar had. The dream was actually a picture of all the future kingdoms which would come upon the earth, beginning with his own, and ending with the final kingdom just before Christ returns to earth. The last kingdom in the string was symbolized by "ten toes" on the feet of the man-like image Nebuchadnezzar saw. These toes are generally believed to be the same symbolic entities as the "ten horns" of Daniel's personal vision of chapter seven.

A study of the "toes" give us a little more insight into the exact nature of the final ten-horned kingdom. It's significant to note they were comprised of "iron and clay", a combination known not to mix well, thus implying disharmony among THE TEN can be anticipated. It is well known that the greatest problem in the EEC lies in their inability to get along and make unified decisions. News accounts of their annual meetings show that often they are unable to come to a single, major decision relative to the agenda they had previously arranged. That's because they are made up of "iron and clay"! However, in spite of their differences, there will ultimately come one with just the 'right' abilities to unite them. Amazingly, by their own admission, that's exactly what they are looking and waiting for. THE "ELEVENTH" HORN. WHO IS IT?

So, today we have "the ten" setting 'on ready'. It's now just a matter of time before it all comes together. The big question is, which nation and what person, will join them and unify the present, great-potential forces of the EEC?

As of now, the main commonality of the EEC is based on economic considerations. And, perhaps on the whole, most of those within the Common Market are chiefly motivated to help living conditions for their own constituency. But, that's today. We must think of tomorrow. Mere economy is not what will be in the mind of the one who comes to draw the EEC together. His mind-set will be as it always has been --- to rule and destroy. He will do it through intrigue, flattery, deception and, ultimately, all-out war.



"THE TEN"..... + 1?

A few years ago, Spain and Portugal became members of the EEC. When that occurred, I was confused by the fact that there are now twelve Common Market members. I had become convinced there would be only eleven. At first I wondered if I had been totally wrong about the "ten horns" + "one little horn" concept. Perhaps the "ten horns" and the "ten toes" had nothing to do with the EEC, I thought. Maybe this whole idea of a revived Roman Empire was incorrect. Then I sat down and prayfully-rehearsed the whole situation, going step-by-step back through the whole prophetic picture as described up to this point in my book. And once again I came to the same, inevitable conclusion: to me, the EEC is the only organization that even remotely meets the criteria demanded by the prophetic Scriptures. So, right now, I'm presently content to wait, watch, think, study and pray. And, while I'm waiting, I might as well think out loud and share my present thoughts with you.



AN INTRODUCTORY NOTE TO THE NEXT SECTION:

(Before I continue, let me say this: I know that within the confines of all the Common Market nations, including of course even the one in which the anti-Christ will rise, there are good and faithful, Christian people. It is not my purpose to cast an "evil eye" against individuals or nations. My intent is to see and report the trees as they really are. While I believe strongly in the validity of the spiritual nature and anointing of the two witnesses, I must also remind you that I'm fully aware that we have also become the havens of all kinds of ungodly practices within our shores, certainly equal, if not worse, to evils manifest within the European nations! Regarding the Common Market nations, or any other highly, satanically-influenced nation, I want the reader to realize that what I am doing is merely relating certain national conditions to that which best conforms to what the Scriptures teach, as I see it. In spite of having just said that, some people will still probably think I'm being prejudicial at times, but please believe me, it just isn't true.)