In the Bible a “spirit” is a teaching, doctrine or philosophy - see 1 John 4:1, and in this case it is referring to the spirit of a false prophet. A false prophet is a false teacher - hence it is described as coming out of the mouth. The ideas of prophets and “the unclean spirit” are seen linked together in Zechariah 13:2. We are also told in Revelation 16:13-14 that these are the “spirits of devils.” In the New Testament demons or devils are associated with mental instability, insanity - thus a spirit or teaching which is madness.
As we piece together the clues that are provided in the symbolism of the passage under review it is difficult to ignore the growing links with those philosophical teachings that found political expression in the French Revolution. It was indeed a spirit of madness - it was also utterly godless. It was an unclean spirit or teaching tha would corrupt not only the French nation, but in time the whole of the world. From this source would come the atheistic teaching of the theory of evolution and the consequent denial of creation. It would teach liberty, only to produce a Reign of Terror. It was a spirit that originated in human wisdom and of which James wrote:
“This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, demoniacal. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work” (3:15-16).
James uses the Greek word akatastasia, translated “confusion” but which Vine renders revolution or anarchy! The words are important. This “demoniacal” wisdom of which James speaks is the basis of that godless and insane philosophy that will gather the nations to Armageddon. The Christadelphian writer, John Thomas, described it is these words:
“This power is antagonistic to all peace, law, and order. It is known amongst the nations by various names, such as socialist, communist...” etc.
Such is the spirit of madness now working to destroy American society.
As the writer Barry Shaw wrote for Arutz Sheva.com:
“What we just witnessed in the pandemic of riots, mainly based in Democrat states and cities, is the future of the Democratic Party.
“No matter. The numbers swelled rapidly city by city. Almost all Democratic cities. The voices grew louder, more raucous, and, not unexpectedly, the violence erupted.
“First, the target was the police. Vehicles and buildings were torched. Not all were police property. Other official buildings were ignored. Were they deliberately avoided? Instead, the growing crowds became a mob, and the targets were the cities’ commercial districts.
“Like a raging fire, the arsonists and looters destroyed commercial stores, private shops and vehicles.
“To an untrained eye it seemed like anarchy but the media called it justified anger, a protest that must be understood with sympathy.
“The authorities restrained the police. Held them back and let the herd momentum take its course. Like a virus it rapidly spread its infection. The virus destroyed property and livelihoods. It was not incidental. There was motive and method behind it.”
As Laura Ingram of Fox News pointed out: “The riots are part of a coordinated effort to eventually overthrow the U.S. government (Monday June 1st, 2020).
“Who is behind the organized thugs now torching our nations” asks a headline. It is a question worth investigating because these riots are well organized (and funded). As has been pointed out, protests and riots on this scale, and spread over U.S. cities from coast to coast have to be organized, and that was the point made by Fox News.
Most people will know that Donald Trump is a successful capitalist, and the fact is that this current uprising in the United States is as much a war on capitalism as it is on Trump himself, or authority and police. When we ask who is behind the riots, we must ask rather: Who is the enemy of Capitalist America? The answer to that question is not one that singles out a political leader or even a party, it is rather the teaching or philosophy that inspires the madness or spirit that is creating such chaos.
Our quotation from Revelation 16 gives us three mouths out of which the spirit (teaching) comes: The mouth of the dragon, the mouth of the beast and the mouth of the False Prophet.
The “dragon” points to the East (Russia, Byzantium etc.) the beast is a reference to Europe (and especially Germanic Europe), and the False Prophet of the major false religion that comes out of Rome.
So are these centres the enemy of Capitalist America? Russia certainly is and Europe today is the home of socialism. As has been pointed out by Graham Pearce in the book “Babylon and Jerusalem.”
After dealing with earlier statements in the papal letters (Encyclicals) he writes:
“But the frog-spirit was even more clear in the 1961 Encyclical of pope John XXIII “Mater et Magistra”, celebrating the 70th anniversary of Rerum Novarum, and bringing up to date the Catholic Church’s teaching on the social order in modern society. In particular it took up the cause of the underdeveloped countries, and so was a frog-like spirit going forth to the “whole world” (Rev. 16:14). It gave support to science and technical progress; it approved of socialization, though maintaining the right to private property; it reasserted the workers’ right to a just wage, and to a say in economic matters.
“Who could have imagined Popes speaking in these terms 100 years, ago? But it had been on record for nearly 20 centuries that a Frog-Spirit would go out of the mouth of the False Prophet. And so over a 100 years, Rome has come to terms with her new enemy, and learnt to master the new forces of the French Revolution, and to appear as the champion of the masses.”
So what we see now in America is a championing of those who are perceived to be “under privileged;” the black population (including George Floyd). It is a frog-like spirit.
As Laura Ingram argued:
“They don’t care about George Floyd. They’re using and abusing his memory to create more suffering and more chaos. It’s like one giant video game to some of these folks, but their call to duty is one of annihilation of the country that we all love.”
It was Abraham Lincoln, in speaking about the American Civil War over 150 years ago, who said:
“I do not pretend to be a prophet. But though not a prophet, I see a very dark cloud on our horizon. And that dark cloud is coming from Rome.”