Salaam/peace to all. People who have been studying the biblical prophecies are looking at the history and current events, trying to interpret what they mean. Some say that the first beast has come, and that the second one is on the rise. Others believe the first one is rising, the second one is yet to come. Which is true? Hard to say. What do we know of the second beast, according to the Holy Bible (Revelation 13) a) professing to be like the Lamb--that is, it will profess the peace and love; a harlot church--the one professing Christianity but in works won't be as such b) will speak like a dragon--could be through demand of following around the world or through its military arsenal? c) will do wonders-- causing 'fire falling from the heavens' as the Revelation reveals; perhaps bombs? d) will have the mark--one won't be able to buy or sell without it Some believe that the mark is symbolic and symbolizes the following: a) its name--a special name that the ones supporting the teachings of the beast will have; could be a group, a nation, or a sect? b) its #--an ID perhaps? c) mark on the forehead--perhaps those who think the same as the beast will be 'marked' by agreeing with the beast d) mark on the hand--helping the beast in its efforts People have different theories who the second beast is/will be. Any of you have any thoughts? I personally found some information on the internet that is speculating that the current affairs in the US signify that the US is the second beast. They justify their conclusions by: a) US is experiencing growing evangelization straight from the White House--religous right b) US is helping the Rise of Babylon (controls Iraq--the place of ancient Babylon) c) VeriChip is produced by a US firm and might be used as a 'security' against 'terrorists' d) US government professes peace, yet tells the world: you are with us or against us, meaning anyone opposing its actions are to be killed/opressed; 'democracy' seems to be demanded by Bush administration from those nations that are both Islamic and non-Islamic (Russia, China, Korea, etc) e) US produced the bomb, causing 'fire falling from heavens' Those are the things I found over the internet. What are your thoughts? Is the US democracy going to give rise to the Antichrist? Peace.