I have participated in multiple studies on the Book of Revelation. I found very intriguing the interpretation by Dr. Scott Hahn that the Book of Revelation maps directly into the liturgy of the Mass. A very interesting thought especially with the chapter 4 terminology that maps into a Heavenly worship:
And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all round and within, and day and night they never cease to sing,Revelation 4:8-11
“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!”
And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever; they cast their crowns before the throne, singing,
“Worthy art thou, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for thou didst create all things,
and by thy will they existed and were created.”
But, still that Heavenly worship interpretation is only valid for a small segment of that book. I have also been to Bible studies that side on all references to the Lamb being interpreted only as Jesus Christ . It’s hard for those to hold true throughout with references like in Rev 5:
And I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals; and I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I wept much that no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. Then one of the elders said to me, “Weep not; lo, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”Revelation 5:1-5
In this reference there is someone seated on the throne (obviously God himself) and the reference to the Lion of the tribe of Judah. That’s an easy reference since there is only one person who qualifies in that and He is Jesus Christ. But right after the Lion (Jesus Christ), we hear about a lamb?
And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders, I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth; and he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne.Revelation 5:6-7
I had always understood that the ‘Lamb standing, as though it had been slain’, was another reference to Jesus Christ. But recently I’ve come to realize that Jesus would not appear as a lamb ‘as if it had been slain.’ Jesus was a lamb that was slain. There is no ‘as if‘ about it. He was slain, and that sacrifice is valid for all peoples who want to believe.
So… who or what could this other lamb be?
That is when I heard about the use of the term lambkin and the use of the word lamb to indicate the priesthood. Truly, priests give themselves up as a sacrifice to their flock. Their lives, their careers, their well-being become a sacrifice to proclaim Christ crucified to the world… to their flock.
Fast forward to chapter 13 of Revelation.
And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems upon its horns and a blasphemous name upon its heads. And the beast that I saw was like a leopard, its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority.Revelation 13:1-2
I have heard so many interpretations of this but the one that seems to ring true is that the ‘great red dragon’ (chapter 12), is Communism. The Catholic church has always condemned Communism, Marxism, Socialism, and Freemasonry. The ‘great red dragon’ is a symbol for China and as referenced in other places in Revelation, the dragon is also a reference to Satan. Satan is embedded in those political leaders.
Assuming that the dragon referred to in Chapter 13, is Communism, the beast rising ‘out of the sea… to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority’, could be a reference to Freemasonry and it’s arising from the area of Great Britain in the 18th century.
Then I saw another beast which rose out of the earth; it had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed.Revelation 13:11-12
This ‘Land Beast’ as I will call it, spoke like a dragon (spoke like a Communist). It exercised all the authority of the first beast (Freemasonry) and makes the earth worship the first beast (Freemasonry), whose mortal wound was healed.
Although the Catholic church stills forbids Freemasonry, most Catholics have no idea why. Most would see Freemasonry as a ecumenical, all encompassing fraternity of sorts. The Freemasonry of the 18th century seems to have suffered a mortal wound. No longer discussed. But, it’s not the fraternity that matters. It’s the ideals of Freemasonry that is the evil. Oh, yes, they appear quite benevolent “The teachings of Freemasonry enjoin morality, charity, and obedience to the law of the land.” but also stated “It is not, however, a Christian institution, though it is often taken to be such.” They believe in a Supreme Being, but they do not profess Christ Crucified. They have “obedience to the law of the land.”
If you live in the Amazon, they respect the laws and beliefs of the Amazonians. That is Freemasonry. They respect a Supreme Being, possibly a “Pachamama” or “Mother Earth” or any other supreme being anyone may worship. If so, you are welcome.
Another thing about this land beast is ‘ it had two horns like a lamb.’ If a lamb represents the priesthood, the two horns might represent the miter that the the Bishops would wear.
Is there any Bishops today that support the ideals of Freemasonry? Are there any Bishops who claim it is OK to bring Amazonian idols alongside the altar of Christ? Is it OK to worship a Supreme Being, no matter what that Supreme Being represents? If the current Bishops doing this are indeed the Land Beast of Revelation 13, then read on:
It works great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in the sight of men; and by the signs which it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast, it deceives those who dwell on earth, bidding them make an image for the beast which was wounded by the sword and yet lived; and it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast so that the image of the beast should even speak, and to cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain.Revelation 13:13-17
Think about when the book was written. St. John knew nothing about the modern technological advances we would make. He saw a statue, an image, and saw that statue talking (the image of the beast should even speak). How hard could that be with a television set? The animation available through Disney makes that happen each and every day. Are there TV programs today that ’cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain.’ If the beast is Freemasonry, are there news programs today that will crucify you for proclaiming the Gospel truth about Jesus? Look at Supreme Justice Kavanough. Look at General Flynn. There is no one they will not attack to limit good Christian people from holding public office.
Read chapters 13 to 19 of Revelation with the thought that the dragon is Satan, the huge red dragon is Communism (China), the Sea Beast is Freemasonry, and the Land Beast is the ideals of Freemasonry infiltrated into the Catholic Church.
It’s not all doom and gloom though. In my next post, I’ll discuss the Lamb and 144,000 of chapter 14. There is so much to be hopeful about, because Satan will be bound for 1,000 years (or a great era) for a period of peace across all the Earth. The promise foretold by Fatima, that the Immaculate Heart of Mary would prevail is about to come true. What is this great era of peace? Come back in a few weeks.