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Sixth Edition, 1915
By Dr. John Thomas (first edition written 1861)



Chapter 13


The Laodicean State, 


The Laodicean State, typified by the Apocalyptic ecclesia at Laodicea, is parallel with the Seventh Seal Period from its opening to the Fall of the apocalyptic Babylon after the appearing of "THE ANCIENTOF DAYS."

From A.D. 324 to A.D. 1864-'8, or thereabout.


The Seventh Seal, Seven Trumpets, and the Six Vials to the appearing of Christ "as a thief;" exhibitirig the development of the Ten Horns of Daniel's Fourth Beast in the wounding of the Sixth Head and the establishment of the Seventh; (Apoc. 8) the subversion of the Greek Catholic Dynasty of Constantinople, (Apoc. 9) the rising of Daniel's eleventh Episcopal Horn, or Eighth Head, that speaks blasphemies, and "as a Dragon;" (Apoc. 13:1-5, 11-18; 17) the war of the Saints and Witnesses with this power; their subjugation, death, resurrection, and ascension to the heaven at the ending of the Sixth Trumpet; (Apoc. 11:3-12; 12:14,16,17; 13:6-10) judgments upon their enemies, the Horns, Eighth Head, and Image; (Apoc. 16:1-11) and the preparation of their way (Apoc. 16:12-14).

From A.D. 324 to the Fall Seasons of A.D. 1864-'8, or thereabout.


The Apostle John, standing upon the Sand of the Sea, beholds a Beast ascending out of the sea, even that beast he alluded to in Ch. 11:7, as the destroyer of the Witnesses. Like the Dragon, it had Seven Reads and Ten Horns; and its power, throne, and great authority, it acquired from the Dragon. Thus it divided the Habitable with the Dragon; so that the inhabitants thereof worship the Dragon and the Beast. Upon the Seven Heads he saw a Name of Blasphemy, to which was given a Mouth like a Lion, with which he gave utterance to the great things and blasphemies he conceived. He sees them in continuance forty and two months, in the course of which long period they make war upon the saints and at length overcome them.

After the ascending of this beast from the sea, John beholds another beast ascending out of the earth, having Two Horns and speaking as a Dragon. After his ascent, he sees this beast in contemporaneous existence with the other; and of like constitution with the wounded head of the Ten-Horned Beast. John also sees an IMAGE of the Wounded Head, which the Two-Horned Beast caused to be set up; and to which all on the earth of every degree were subjected.

The Name of the Beast symbolically revealed. 


Apoc. 13


  1. And I stood upon the Sand of the Sea, and I saw ascending out of the Sea a Beast, having Seven Heads and Ten Horns: and upon his horns Ten Diadems, and upon his heads a NAME OF BLASPHEMY.
  2. And the beast which I saw was like to a Leopard, and his feet as of a Bear, and his Mouth as the mouth of a Lion: and the Dragon yielded to him his power and his throne, and extensive authority.
  3. And I saw one of his heads as if wounded to death: and the plague of his death was healed; and there was wondering in the whole earth after the beast.
  4. And they worshipped the Dragon which yielded dominion to the Beast; and they worshipped the Beast, saying, Who is like to the Beast? Who is able to make war with him?
  5. And there was given to him a Mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and there was granted to him license to practice. Forty-Two Months.
  6. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy concerning the Deity, to have blasphemed his NAME, and his Tabernacle, and those who tabernacle in the heaven.
  7. And it was given to him to make war with the Holy Ones, and to over-come them: and there was given to him dominion over every tribe and tongue and nation
  8. And all the dwellers upon the earth shall worship him, of whom there hath not been written the names before the foundation of the world, in the book of the Life of the Lamb that hath been slain.
  9. If any one have an ear, let him hear.
  10. If any gathereth together a cap-tivity, into captivity he goes away; if any shall kill with the sword, it behooves that he be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and faith of the saints.
  11. And I saw another Beast ascending out of the Earth; and he had Two Horns like to a Lamb, and he spake as a Dragon.
  12. And all the dominion of the former beast he exerciseth in his sight: and he causeth the earth, and the dwellers therein, that they worship the former beast whose plague of his death was healed.
  13. And he performs great signs, so that he even causeth fire to descend out of the heaven into the earth in sight of the men.
  14. And he deceiveth the dwellers upon the earth through the signs which it was given to him to perform in the sight of the beast, commanding the dwellers upon the earth to make an IMAGE to the beast which hath the plague of the sword, and lived.
  15. And it was given to him to give spirit to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast might both speak and practice, that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
  16. And he causeth all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free and the bond, that there should be given to them a mark upon their right hand, or upon their foreheads;
  17. And that no one be able to buy or to sell, but he having the mark, or the Name of the Beast, or the Number of his Name.
  18. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath the understanding, count the Number of the Beast: for it is a Man's Number, and his number is Six Hundred and Sixty-six.




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