Lords of manors were effectively
the political 'cradle' of the "first beast". Burgesses had trading
authority and so formed political alliances. The "mortal wound" of
the "first beast" occurred during the 14th century, caused by the
Great Famine, the Black Death, and many wars, which decimated the labour market.
From then until now, the "beast" with "two horns like a lamb's"
has compelled mankind to worship the Godless politics of the
"first beast". Appearing to perform such economic "miracles"
as commonwealths, the "beast" with "two horns like a lamb's"
has deluded mankind so that they worship the "first beast".
Through the threat of economic deprivation, employers today (modern-day
'burgesses') preoccupy mankind away from worshipping Jehovah by "driving [them]
to work". (Isaiah 14:4
With resources "out of the
earth" the "beast" with "two horns like a lamb's"
made men "erect an image in honour of the beast" to make
"fire come down from heaven to earth before men's eyes":
Challenger ! (13:11-14 NEB.
"two horns" are past and present
Scientific (Horn 1) and Industrial (Horn 2) developments. On recently demolished
former industrial landscapes in Britain, deluded men erect images (monuments) at
places where they were once driven to work, to memorialize past industrial
endeavour. Industrial chimney stacks are another example of "making fire
come down from heaven to earth before men's eyes." (13:13