Beast Rider

So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. (Revelation 17:3)

I was going to write about something else today, but I was asked a question which dovetailed with some of my research. And, as I thought about the question… and, as I was reading about the man at the center of the question… I began to realize what happened just three days ago.

The Roman Catholic Church chose a ‘Beast Rider’.

But, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me rewind that a bit…

I have been watching a coalescing of several ‘tipping points’. And, I have watched us pass right through them. Each of these cultural, financial, technological, and political tipping points has brought us inexorably to an event that is about to change our lives forever: the rise of a seven-headed, ten-horned beast.

And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. (Revelation 13:1)

Of course, it’s not a PHYSICAL beast, but it is a beast – no matter how metaphorical. And, that beast has a rider. And, that rider is described in Revelation 17.

Yes, that really is the Roman Catholic Church.

I’ve tried to find a different interpretation. Some have submitted the US and/or New York for the honor, but the US doesn’t seem to have the right characteristics. In fact, the US seems more a part of the Beast itself, rather than its rider.

And, as I have recently learned, the Roman Catholic Church has far more power and influence than I originally thought – especially, the Jesuits. In fact, the Jesuits may be THE power of the Roman Catholic Church. Or, if not ‘the power’, they are at least the puppeteer of that power.

Well, the puppet masters seem to have placed one of their own into the Papacy. Until now, they have been content to offer up figureheads and closely manage them. But, that doesn’t always work. For instance, Pope John Paul I was a bit too honorable, so they had to kill him. John Paul II was more malleable, but Benedict XVI was less so (which is why he was forced to resign).

Now, we aren’t the only ones who can see the passing vital ‘tipping points’ and the rise of a metaphorical ‘beast’. The Jesuits can, too. And, such a vital moment in time requires someone who they can trust to follow orders – especially, if that person is an experienced political player.

You don’t get many people more skilled in the game of political intrigue, than the man we now call Pope Francis. As Jorge Mario Bergoglio, he ‘cut his teeth’ in the art of intrigue during ‘the dirty war’ in Argentina of the ’60s and ’70s – and its aftermath. A man like THAT would be ideal for the role of pope, as the Roman Catholic Church seeks to ride this seven-headed beast that is rising from the depths. And make no mistake, the Vatican will try to ride and even control this new entity that is forming.

This is why I think that the best appellation for the current pope really is… Beast Rider.