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    The Rise of a New Power

    At this point another symbol is introduced: “I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb.” Revelation 13:11. This nation is unlike those presented under the preceding symbols. The great kingdoms that have ruled the world were presented to the prophet Daniel as beasts of prey, rising when “the four winds of heaven strove upon the great sea.” Daniel 7:2.HF 272.2

    But the beast with lamblike horns was seen “coming up out of the earth.” Instead of overthrowing other powers to establish itself, the nation thus represented must arise in territory previously unoccupied and grow up peacefully. It must be sought in the Western Continent.HF 272.3

    What nation of the New World was in 1798 rising into power, giving promise of strength, and attracting the attention of the world? One nation, and only one, meets this prophecy—the United States of America. Almost the exact words of the sacred writer have been unconsciously employed by the historian in describing the rise of this nation. A prominent writer speaks of “the mystery of her coming forth from vacancy,” and says, “Like a silent seed we grew into empire.”1G. A. Townsend, The New World Compared With the Old, p. 462. A European journal in 1850 spoke of the United States “emerging” and “amid the silence of the earth daily adding to its power and pride.”2Dublin Nation.HF 272.4

    “And he had two horns like a lamb.” The lamblike horns indicate youth, innocence, and gentleness. Among the Christian exiles who first fled to America from royal oppression and priestly intolerance were many who determined to establish civil and religious liberty. The Declaration of Independence sets forth the truth that “all men are created equal” and endowed with the inalienable right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The Constitution guarantees to the people the right of self-government, providing that representatives elected by popular vote shall enact and administer the laws. Freedom of religious faith was also granted. Republicanism and Protestantism became the fundamental principles of the nation, the secret of its power and prosperity. Millions have sought its shores, and the United States has risen to a place among the most powerful nations of the earth.HF 273.1

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