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The Beast (aka Antichrist) — is prophesied to arise unlike any other totalitarian despot in that he will at first pretend to be a benevolent ruler capable of solving the world's problems and restoring peace and prosperity. It is only after he has deceived humanity and been ceded power that his true color (spots or stripes) will be revealed.

Hebrew sacred scripture indicates that Cain (the son of first parents Adam and Eve, who murdered his brother Abel) built the first city, and his son Tubal-Cain forged tools out of bronze and iron (Gen 4:17, 21), becoming the father of human technology — thereby confirming urbanization in the temporal world to be a worldly, not godly, human endeavor. From archaeology and ancient texts is known that earliest human civilization (urban kingdoms) arose in Mesopotamia and Egypt, where pharaohs claimed to be god as long ago as 3150BC. In early Mesopotamian culture, kings were often regarded as deities after their death. (SeeDivine right of kings)

This practice was later eventually carried on by Rome. Early in the reign of Augustus, Halley’s Comet passed over Rome, and Augustus claimed it was the spirit of Julius Caesar entering heaven. If Caesar was a god, then, as his heir, Augustus was the son of a god, which he proclaimed boldly and emphatically. During the reign of Caesar Augustus, Iisoús Christós (Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) was born after Augustus decreed that all the Empire should be taxed at the ancestral homes of each and every citizen. “And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)” (Luke 2)

Naram-Sin of Akkad, who ruled from 2255-2119BC, was the first Mesopotamian emperor who claimed to be a god. After him, Shulgi of Ur also declared himself to be divine. It was out of Ur of the Chaldees that Abraham was called by God to be the progenitor of the Children of Israel, the chosen people of God through whom God would reveal himself to humanity as the One, True, Living God who is not an imposter, an illusion of satan, an idol made of dead wood or clay. There were several Mesopotamian cities named Ur, but regardless of which urban Ur Abraham came from, he came from the same region, from Mesopotamia, where the cult of man-god was practiced.

The city of Ur in Mesopotamia was eventually ruled by the Babylonian Empire with Babylon as the capital city. Other rulers who arrogated godhood to themselves would follow the Egyptian pharoahs, Naram-Sin of Akkad, and Shulgi of Ur, culminating in the caesars of Rome, especially Caesar Augustus. In this can be seen the connection between Babylon and Rome, and the corrupt concept of an imposter “son of god” who is a man-god (not the God-Man), a man who arrogantly self proclaims himself god (considered an abomination in Judaism) as opposed to the God-Man, Iisoús Christós, who is True God, the comm-union of God and man in one person who restores comm-union between God and humanity, and through humanity reunites all Creation with God.

A man-god is a satanic-demonic imposter of the God-Man, Iisoús Christós, an anti-christ, a type or forerunner of The Antichrist who is prophesied to eventually appear just before the end of days. The historic fallen human tradition of man-god is alive in modern times in each and every authoritarian, totalitarian, despot and dictator. But it is not in such an obvious way that Antichrist will appear. Rather, he will appear as a mild-mannered, benevolent savior of the world, before revealing who and what he actually is.

Antichrist is nothing but the material puppet of the demonic spirit of the immaterial satan, the enactor of the malevolent will of a creature who, though created by God as the most beautiful of all angelic beings, let such beauty go to his head, and in his pride challenged God for supremacy over all Creation and over God himself, and was cast down out of heaven (becoming “fallen”). Satan seeks to usurp the throne of God by destroying all the works of the hand of God, especially humanity created in the image and likeness of God, in order to return the Divine Cosmos (Order) to Chaos (Disorder) out of which the Cosmos was created, and reign over the ruins of Cosmos. Satan is fallen because he has set self up in opposition to God rather than cooperate with God in interdependence (Interconnectivity) of Creation, and has led humanity through temptation into the same fallen condition and along the same path.

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The satanic spirit is evident in the self proclamation of godhood by humans existing apart from God in a fallen condition, and subsequently in the fallen human campaign to conquer nature (Creation) that arose most strikingly in Western Europe. Rather than practice husbandry (caregiving) of nature as true to human being interconnected with nature, Westerners became deluded by satan into thinking it their human duty to forcefully conquer nature and bring her into submission. If they had actual, real comm-union with God, then all Westerners would need to do is ask, and Creation would do their bidding.

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“Animals do not possess rationality and have no free will. They possess however, through their instincts and the spirit of life planted in them, a certain basic understanding of the world, enough for them to never fail in recognizing God and serving His will. This is why Christ did not specifically minister to animals, not because they were unworthy, or because He didn’t care about them, but because the creation already knew Him and obeyed him as God.”

Humanity is created to be Homo adorans, to worship God, to serve God as master, not to serve Mammon (matter, materialism, money) and be mastered by Mammon. In fallen humanity, the self (selfish ego) rules the human heart which is the rightful throne, not of the ego, but of the spirit of God (Holy Spirit). Such corruption is pervasive throughout most all human governance, and only most obvious in the despot or dictator.

The whole history of humanity will culminate in the complete humiliation of fallen humanity, when all fallen, arrogant human aspiration will be revealed for the hubris it is — the inspiration and the puppet strings of satan. God gives humanity as much rope as it needs to hang itself (like Judas), so that those with “eyes to see and ears to hear” who till the ground of their hearts like soil of the earth so that His Word can be seeded therein, can turn to Him in humility and repentance, be united to Him in comm-union and thereby saved in eternity from the fate of satan and his demons. The primary mark of humility is recognition and understanding that humans are not gods, much less God, but are, without God, nothing but dust of the earth from which they were originally created by Him.

Ask any American what they think the meaning and purpose of life is, and they will reveal how Lost or Found they are. The real meaning and purpose of life is the temporal (temporary) time for human repentance for attaining to uncreated Divine energies (grace of God) in order to be united with Him in comm-union eternally, not to while away the temporal time one is given Amusing Ourselves to Death, seeking entertainment, and amassing great fortune, mountains of material things, extensive fame and power. The latter is the goal, not of Christian life, but of The American Way (of Amoral (Immoral) Economy, otherwise known as the Whore of Babylon).

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“The virtue of the Devil is in his loins.” — John Milton (Satan), The Devil‘s Advocate (1997 film) | Wikipedia
Of course, the Devil (satan) has no virtue, but is only full of vice. Such is the Propaganda (lies) of the Father of Lies, the teller of the first lie that God was jeaolous of humanity and did not want them to be like Him by eating of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, when in fact, humanity was already like God having been created in the Divine image and likeness. Thus, devilish, satanic lies (Propaganda) always invert the Truth, claiming that black is white and evil (vice) is good (virtue).
The “loins” (sexual organs) are fallen humanity‘s Achille‘s heel, the weakest link which the Devil satan exploits to his advantage in tempting humanity to his will, the destruction of humanity and all Creation.

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For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.
— 2 Thessalonians 2:7
Matthew Henry Commentary on 2 Thessalonians 2 ...3. His rise is mentioned, v. 6, 7. Concerning this we are to observe two things:- (1.) There was something that hindered or withheld, or let, until it was taken away. This is supposed to be the power of the Roman empire, which the apostle did not think fit to mention more plainly at that time; and it is notorious that, while this power continued, it prevented the advances of the bishops of Rome to that height of tyranny [totalitarianism] to which soon afterwards they arrived.

Some Orthodox Christians interpret "He who now restrains" as the Christian Emperor Constantine I, the Great (and his heirs), and the Roman Empire as the Eastern Byzantine Empire. Still others (Russians) interpret Byzantium as the "Second Rome", and after it fell, Moscow as the "Third Rome", the Czars as Emperors of the remaining Roman Empire (Russia), and Czar Nicholas II as the Roman Emperor "taken out of the way".
Unfortunately, such interpretations are clouded by Triumphalism and civil religion (Ethnophyletism). Certainly, it may seem as if lawlessness escalated to extremes after Czar Nicholas and family were assassinated by Bolsheviks in 1918 a few months before the end of World War I, but then that leaves out all the lawlessness of WWI and before, including all the prior religious wars in Western Europe before that between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.
So, it makes more sense that the Emperor Constantine was the one "taken out of the way" when he moved the capitol of the Roman Empire from Rome to Byzantium in 330 AD, and renamed Byzantium the "New Rome". Thereafter (as Matthew Henry states in his commentary), there was nothing to prevent "the advances of the bishops of Rome to that height of tyranny [totalitarianism] to which soon afterwards they arrived". Such accounts for all the lawlessness of the Borgia and Medici popes, and all other ills that have arisen from "Rome" and proceeded out of Western Europe, and not merely world events revolving around Russia since the end of WWI.
It is from apostasy of the Church of Rome and its "reformation" that the "mystery of lawlessness" has arisen unrestrained. Following the reformation of the Church of Rome into Roman "Catholicism", the saeculum (secular) was created, and thereby also Modernism with its trajectory from Roman Catholicism — Augustinianism, Original sin, Scholasticism, Satisfaction theory of atonement, Filioque, Immaculate Conception, Purgatory, Papacy, Papal infallability, Humanism, Secularism, Renaissance, Protestant Reformation, Enlightenment, Romanticism, Western European Imperialism, Colonialism and Globalism (by way of the USA formed from Western European expatriates).

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Archimandrite Athanasios stated in his lectures on Revelation that there would be no other civilization after “western” (western European) civilization, that The Beast (Antichrist) would arise from within western civilization.

Leading up to that are many "antichrists" (e.g. fascists, Bolsheviks, communists, globalists) — totalitarians one and all, which culminate in The Antichrist.

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The Renaissance Parterre garden is an explicitly mathematical, geometrical icon of human power over nature, the human jackboot on the face of God, of whom Creation is an icon — not a Christian material-spiritual sacred icon, but rather an anti-christian materialistic anti-icon of the gnostically inspired, rising Western Whore of Babylon who rides The Beast until his final, actual appearance in the flesh.

It is just such arrogant creaturely, human "power" (visible in the Renaissance Parterre garden) that will eventually lead to anti-christian subjugation of all the Earth, not just nature but humanity as well by way of Totalitarianism, culminating in rule of The Beast.

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"After all, the point of the parterre is to show off. ...”
“Pride goeth before destruction and an haughty spirit before a fall.” — Proverbs 16:18

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