On an outward level, there are two possible interpretations of this scripture.
Earlier we were told that “the ten horns which thou sawest upon the Beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.”
The ten horns are the ten political divisions of the world. In my previous book, The Gathering of Lights, I identified them as:
(1) North America
(2) Central and South America
(3) United Kingdom, including Australia and New Zealand
(5) Russia and neighboring countries
(8) China and Taiwan
(9) Japan and Korea
(10) The Middle East.
The ten horns had ten crowns, which are the ten major religions or:
(1) The Roman Catholic Church
(2) The Eastern Orthodox Church
(3) the Protestant religions, including the Mormons, even though they claim not to be protesting.
Now, the interesting thing is that it was the ten horns that hated the whore. There was no mention of the crowns feeling the same way. This is because the religions of the earth are in bed with the whore and also wrongly use money and will prostitute themselves for it.
But, do not the political kingdoms become corrupt over money as badly as do the religions?
Yes, overall, they are just as corrupt, but the situation is different near the end of the age as seen by John. He says that the ten horns which will emerge in his future (and our present) will hate the whore.
We see this today in the governments of the earth. They have an idealist approach as to how business should use money socially and seek to impose all kinds of taxes, levees, fines, licenses, laws and regulations upon capitalistic enterprises. They seek to take money from the producers and give it to the non-producers.
They not only hate the whore but “shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.”
Today’s governments attack capitalism and business by viewing them as the enemy. They make her desolate by taxing them naked by over regulating them. They eat her flesh by causing many to merge or go out of business. Finally, they burn her with fire by instilling the emotion of hate and distrust toward capitalism and business so that public opinion sees business as the enemy more than the ineptness of political leaders. In fact, the leaders who draw the most praise are often those who stir up the greatest hatred toward business, especially big business.
From the sound of this scripture, it would seem that the day may be at hand when capitalism will completely collapse and be replaced by the ten horns of socialism, communism, or perhaps even fundamentalist Islam.
It is true that eventually our competitive capitalistic system will be replaced. It is presently in danger of being eaten up by corrupt socialism under the control of the Beast, but a complete destruction of it is not expected in the near future. This scripture is more likely to see fulfillment through the fall of certain corrupt businesses.
A perfect example is Enron in 2006. It is obvious that it was one of the corrupt capitalistic businesses of the world and its fall perfectly fit the description of the fall of Babylon. Just as Babylon fell quickly and did not rise again, even so did Enron. As we progress toward a new and more enlightened age, other businesses that are corrupt like Enron will fall until we get to the point that only the more solid businesses with little corruption can remain. As the quality of businesses improves, the corrupt ones will be more visible and fall with the rise of improved ones.
Eventually, as mankind raises in consciousness, the competitive system will be replaced by a much more cooperative one that will seek to bring abundance to all workers rather than a handful at the top.
Like a golden butterfly which flies in the face of the sun, I find myself poised upon the lotus petal of the earth. I hover; I stay a little moment and then I fly-into the golden pathway that leads unto the sun. Discipleship in the New Age, Vol 1 Page 460
Aug 17, 2006
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