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Revelation 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

Kingdom "beasts" rise up out of the earth, and Daniel defined beast for us as a kingdom when the figurative language of a dream is used, so that definition still applies. But this beast is like a lamb, or better translated lambkin, meaning it will appear to be Christian, or doing the Lord's work.  But this beast spake as a dragon, so we know that in fact his works are more the works of Satan than Christ. When we look to the history of the area we find the two horns that fit this beast are the Crusades, which raped pillaged and plundered in the name of the Lord, and later the British mandate.  Indeed the spoils of pillage were a big incentive for many, and some were told that if they went to fight they would be given blanket absolution from sin for the rest of their life, so how would men be expected to behave?

Revelation 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

Before him in this verse means "in the presence of" or in front of.  So the two horned beast was exercising control as the first beast - the Islamic First Jihad - but in the presence of the Islamic beast. Not instead of. Two horns caused those on earth to worship the first beast, by healing the deadly wound (Battle of Tours) of the First Jihad through Western wealth transfer by oil purchase, and arms shipment, financing the Second Jihad in the image of the First Jihad.

Revelation 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

Through an ethnographic hermeneutic the earlier manifestation of this might be British artillery, or prior to that perhaps catapulted fireballs during the Crusades, and eventually we witnessed the tremendous spectacle of desert storm and the wonder of "smart" bombs - still "in the presence of" the beast.

Revelation 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

The world was deceived into believing that the Western powers, through these wonders, could continue to have influence over this beast, but the Crusades and British Mandate - two horns - eventually yielded the power they exercised in the presence of the Islamic LBL beast.  Indeed even empowering the beast with Western wealth transfer in oil purchase, financing the Second Jihad to conquer, in the image of the First Jihad, with 2 million slain in the Sudan alone, and 55 countries yielding to Islam worldwide - so far.

Today the Saudi's (the most radical Wahabi sect) spend over 10 billion per year setting up Islamic centers and mosques in the U.S. alone.  Regarding peace in the Middle East, has the Lord allowed those people to live peacefully together and prosper, whose collective primary religious tenant is that God has no Son - "that spirit of antichrist"?  Peace doesn't exactly describe the historical reality of this part of the world.  And even today we see the Sunni on Shiite mutual murder and bloodshed, and the relatively backwards 3rd world conditions the people suffer under, in spite of the trillions of dollars that the world has transferred to the area through oil purchase.

The Second Jihad of today is the image of the First Jihad, that was mortally wounded in the Battle of Tours, and "did live" indeed.

Revelation 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

And two horns had the power to give life unto the Second Jihad by Western wealth transfer through oil purchase.

If a Saudi doesn't show up for morning prayers they send the police to his house.  Regarding those killed, Saudi Arabia is the beheading capital of the world. The penalty for "apostasy" or turning away from Islam is death, by beheading as we nearly witnessed on the level of world-wide attention in Afghanistan.  In order to avert the spectacle of beheading a national because he became a Christian, and the global outrage it would have inspired, the Afghani government had to pretend he was mentally incompetent.

Revelation 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

This is a spiritual mark. Heads and our thoughts drive the works of our hands, to do what, in Islam's case, is Satan's work. If this mark were to be physical then how is the "seal of God in their foreheads" to be physically manifest in regenerate believers?  Here is a Skolfield paper exploring the Mark of the Beast through other scriptures.
After all, does God really need the aid of a mark in order to sort us all out?
If it was to be a microchip or something goofy like that, what would happen if you were under general anesthesia and the doctor implanted you when you were unconscious?  Would you then go to hell?

Revelation 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

And this is the condition of the Middle East today, John's whole world, where life is becoming ever more impossible, for that tiny remnant that do not carry the mark.  The beheading capital of the world.

Revelation 13:18  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number [is] Six hundred threescore [and] six.

And we have some Muslims own testimony that "the Quran is the 666".  And being the number of "a man":  "GOD made His Messenger a witness with the letter Qaf and the number 666."

Brothers and Sisters, understanding through an ethnographic herneneutic applied to this chapter above, the Lord could return this very day! John's whole world already has the mark of the beast.

2 Timothy 4:3-4  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

(link to the leopard-bear-lion beast detail page with maps)

"God is truth, so how well a person serves the Lord is not based on how good he is at defending his doctrine, but on how willing he is to seek out and follow the truth." - Ellis Skolfield

New Testament Greek Definition:
3625 oikoumene {oy-kou-men'-ay}
feminine participle present passive of 3611 (as noun, by
implication of 1093); TDNT - 5:157,674; n f
AV - world 14, earth 1; 15
1) the inhabited earth
1a) the portion of the earth inhabited by the Greeks, in
distinction from the lands of the barbarians
1b) the Roman empire, all the subjects of the empire
1c) the whole inhabited earth, the world
1d) the inhabitants of the earth, men
2) the universe, the world

New Testament Greek Definition:
1799 enopion {en-o'-pee-on}
neuter of a compound of 1722 and a derivative of 3700;; prep
AV - before 64, in the sight of 16, in the presence of 7,
in (one's) sight 5, in (one's) presence 2, to 1, not tr 2; 97
1) in the presence of, before
1a) of occupied place: in that place which is before, or over against,
opposite, any one and towards which another turns his eyes