The Beast with Two Horns like a Lamb: Revelation 13:11-13:18

Revelation 13:11 “Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.”
 
The current SDA interpretation is that this beast represents the United States of America; however, there are many flaws in this identification. America is one large country on one continent, it is not a world empire even they might like to think that they are.
 
Secondly, the SDA theory states that America came up out of the earth representing a place where there weren’t any people or scarcity of people. They seem to be forgetting about the native American Indigenous population that was present in all the Americas north and south when the "white man"first arrived.
 
“When the English arrived in Virginia in 1607 and created the first permanent English settlement in North America at Jamestown, they did not encounter an uninhabited land. An estimated 50,000 Virginia Indians had called what is now the Commonwealth of Virginia home for more than 12,000 years. The tribes the English encountered first, and most often, belonged to the powerful Powhatan Chiefdom. The land occupied by the Powhatan Indians encompassed all of Tidewater Virginia, from the Potomac River in the north to south of the James River, and parts of the Eastern Shore. This area, which they called Tsenacommacah, was about 100 miles long from north to south and about 100 miles wide from southeast to northwest. Before the arrival of foreigners, and their unknown diseases, the Powhatan Indians were estimated to have numbered 25,000.”
{Historic Jamestowne, The Powhatan Indian World, http://www.nps.gov, 2014}
 
The second beast is described as having two horns like a Lamb. So we are looking for a kingdom which had two kings who act like Christ our Lord. These two kings both speak like a dragon so they both want to be like God and reign in the temple of God as if they are God (Isaiah). A male lamb develops little horns which eventually become big horns. So if the second beast has two horns like a lamb, they represent two little horns on the same beast which become great. The Roman Empire is identified as the beast with the little horn in Daniel 8; it started out as a small city on the west coast of the Italian Peninsula and grew to become one of the world’s greatest empires.
 
The second beast has two horns which must represent two kings or possibly two kingdoms (see Daniel 8:20 below). The two horns are like a lamb; therefore the horns act like Christ and His ministry. The first sea beast in Revelation represents the Roman Empire which professed to contain the true church and preach the true word of God to the people. In reality we know that the Papal system was corrupted with pagan idolatry and Sunday worship. The second beast should be the same it should be an Empire which forms a church, professes to be the true church and spread the true word of God to the people. The second beast makes an image of the beast, in other words the second beast makes a copy or likeness of the Roman Empire including its religion, Catholicism.
 
The second beast is a Christian Empire which has a church which professes to be the true church and have the true word of God. It has two prominent kings which profess to be Christian, but really they secretly speak like a dragon. So the second beast pretends to be like Christ’s ministry and church but in reality it speaks like Satan. I am, I want, I will, my will.
 
Daniel 8:20 "The ram which you saw, having the two horns-they are the kings of Media and Persia."
 
This verse in Daniel tells us that in prophecits visions two horns equal two kings representing their individual kingdoms.
 
Revelation 13:12 "And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence , and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed."
 
The identification of the second beast is none other than the British Empire. It grew up in the presence of the papacy. Its people worshipped the Roman Empire. The British Empire represents the  image of the beast, the Roman Empire, complete with its own version of the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of England. Today the majority of Christians are still worshiping the beast, the remnant of the Roman Empire, the papacy.
 
William the Conqueror is a likely candidate for the first horn like a lamb. William was the first Norman king of England. He combined church and state and insisted on being the head of the Church of England.1 Another likely candidate is Henry the Eighth who was all British, he also combined church and state and insisted on being named the supreme head of the Church of England.2 James I should be included as he was the first Scottish king of England and obviously he was also king of another country, Scotland. By all accounts James I was a pretty descent king and he was instrumental in the producing the New King James Version of the Bible. However James also had a darker side personally viewing the deaths of women accused of being witches in Scotland. James apparently was obsessed with witchery and the possible threat of magic.3
 
Revelation 13:13-15 “He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.”
 
I believe the fire coming down out of heaven literally the invention of the Congreve rocket by William Congreve of England. The Congreve rockets were developed c.1801 and were used in the Napoleonic wars. The rockets could be used as incendiary devices, in other words, they produced fire from heaven literally on impact.4
 
Alternatively the fire coming down from heaven may be representative of the Holy Spirit coming down from heaven as in the book of Acts. The Quakers of England were renowned for having fit like trances which was an indication that they were being filled with the Holy Spirit.5
 
Revelation 13:16-18 “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”
 
When Cromwell became Lord Protectorate people were excluded from buying and selling if they did not attend church on Sundays.6 Henry the Eighth persecuted hundreds of Christians if they did not abide by the Sixth Articles which he instituted.Mary I also persecuted hundreds of Protestants during her reign.8 America’s position in prophecy is a meager one being the place where many Protestants fled to get away from the first and second beasts.
 
For more information on the second beast: The Second Beast Revealed.
 
 
References
1. William I King of England Written by: Frank Barlow, Jr. http://www.britannica.com/biography/William-I-king-of-England, 2015.
2. History of the Monarchy, English Monarchs (400 AD - 1603), Henry VIII (r.1509-1547), http://www.royal.gov.uk, 2015.
3. James VI and I, Wikipedia, 2015.
4. Congreve rocket, Encyclopaedia Btittanica, http://www.britannica.com/technology/Congreve-rocket, 2015.
5. THE QUAKERS, Hugh Barbour and J. William Frost, The Quakers (1988). http://www.history.com/topics/quakers, 2015.
6. C N Trueman "Life In England Under Oliver Cromwell," http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk, 2015.
7. Act of the Six Articles (1539), http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/Documents/act_six_articles.htm, 2015.
8. The Times of the Tudors, The Marian Persecutions, http://timesoftudors.blogspot.com.au, 2015.