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Revelation, John Chapter 13, 15-18
Text: And he was permitted also to impart the breath of life into the beast's image so that the statue of the beast could actually talk, and to cause to be put to death those who would not bow down and worship the image of the beast. (Dan. 3:5.) Also he compels all (alike), both small and great, both the rich and the poor, both free and slave to be marked with an inscription (stamped) on their right hands or on their foreheads. So that no one will have power to buy or sell unless he bears the stamp (mark, inscription), that is, the name of the beast or the number of his name. Here is (room for) discernment - a call for the wisdom (of interpretation); let anyone who has intelligence (penetration and insight enough) calculate the number of the beast, for it is a human number - the number of a certain man; his number is six hundred and sixty six.
Received by Jakob Lorber on May 7, 1841
“In My name go ahead and write, I know what you are lacking; your prolonged eyes do not suffice for reaching far-distant things in order to see them; in case of semi-distant objects you only see the one-sided bark; but of the very near ones you do not see anything, as they are too close and therefore offer less interest. These verses of the Revelation are however within easy reach, yet you cannot grasp them: Indeed, the simpler a thing, the more stupid you behave; next time ask for that which seems easiest to understand. Verily, then you certainly will become more humble than by these super-easily understandable four verses, - therefore hearken:
In the beginning this chapter speaks of three beasts: Firstly the principal dragon, secondly the beast that arises from the sea with seven ten-horned heads, and thirdly a lamblike animal with two horns on its head.
You already know who the principal dragon is after I have told you so often and especially in the "Twelve Hours" of My arch-enemy:
But if you wish to recognize the second beast, look at your own, so near, self love, and you will find confirmed all its attributes. It comes up from the sea of all selfish desires, having seven heads, that is, for each commandment of neighborly love an individual head with ten horns, by which in the case of each head, so to speak, all the commandments are contravened. A wounded head is the punishable theft or robbery; and does this injure the beast in any way? Oh no, for, this wounded head is, indeed, completely healed by all the political state- and trade-laws; thus the whole world is living under such laws and acting accordingly; thereby the whole world is daily mocking the lamb and its commandments.
The third beast comes up out of the earth, looks like a lamb, but has 2 horns. What is this?
I tell you, it is the one nearest to you: it is your industry which greatly supports and finally even idolizes the beast from the water and with its two horns directly contravenes the ten commandments of love: A glance at America and England proves that it is so:
To what an extent, however, this third beast is such industry, is shown for instance by the most cruel maltreatment of children in English and American factories, where children must work from 5 o'clock in the morning to about 9 o'clock in the evening, constantly standing, almost half-naked, often beginning already with their eighth year of life [situation in the mid- 1800s, editor]. Only once in the day they are given some poor-quality bread to eat and get no more than 15 minutes of rest at noon; each minute above is punished by terrible lashes with the whip. Beyond their destination as individual slaves they do not receive any education. If only you could really see with Me and through Me the nature of industry, you would say: "O Father, that is indeed the Dragon himself!"
Does not the second beast exercise all power of the first beast, whose head-wound was healed? Does it not cause that the former, wounded beast is fully worshiped by almost all principal inhabitants of the earth? Do they not everywhere speak of adored kings, princes and other industrial founders and inventors? Are not monuments erected in their honor in the whole world? Does it not perform the greatest signs and make fire fall from heaven? That is, it teaches quite reasonably before the blind people, as if such diligence were the actual nature of all religion - the most dignified veneration of God, perhaps even the best adoration? Is that not pure robbery of the fire from heaven to make people believe that I may be venerated also through horror? This will continue yet for a short while:
Behold, the seduction of earth's inhabitants, the beast's statue with the sword-wound of all political justice, is now completely alive: People were forced even with their blood to erect this statue; now it glitters, speaks and commands, kills and is adored by all worms and greenhorns, who on account of this are being given the title of scholars and journalists; they are adored still by a numberless host of blowflies, who want to have something of everything without working in order to gain thereby.
But now, should anybody dare not to adore this beast, he will soon find out what worldly hour has struck for him!
This, however, is the spirit within the beast's statue, that self-love and avarice with all the great of the world have reached their highest zenith, which is the full number 666, since self-love is equal to 600, the robbed fire from heaven 60 - that is the divine commandment applied selfishly: - and finally only 6 to neighborly love, which means the most complete slavery: Instead of giving for one hundred, one demands for one hundred:
Behold now and comprehend the mark of the right hand and the forehead among great and small, rich and poor, free and slaves! Is it not the desire to rule by either power or worldly reason? Tell Me whether one can achieve anything without this mark? Without this mark what is one person to the other? I tell you, if anybody among you has daughters, would he gladly give them to an "unmarked" person, or will they ask for an "unmarked one"? -Therefore, can anybody still procure worldly happiness, without having a mark, or having received an office by the beast?
You, yourselves, are "marked" - with the exception of My scribe, whom I have kept unmarked until now with great effort. I tell you however, if I permitted him to ask for one of your daughters, would you not look at him strangely and advise him politely to desist there from, since it would not be profitable, because he is not "marked" ?
If you did such a thing with one whom I have made into your light during the night of nights, what would you do, if another unmarked person dared to demand such a thing from you? - I tell you, you would wall your daughters in alive, that is you would send them to a convent:
I think, the mark will now be sufficiently clear to you. Who is able to buy and sell now without this mark?
But the 42 months will soon come to an end, since the commandments of neighborly love have already been applied 5 times 7 times to self love; yet I tell you, endeavor to annihilate the mark through the fire of My Love, and you will attain true, inner life: Since this mark burns every one out into the world, it is therefore just now so difficult to attain inner life out of Me and within Me; wherefore permit that I burn you back from the world of the beast through My Love; then you will find life, now and forever!
Amen, amen, amen!”
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