Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
Rev 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
The Republican National Committee’s Christmas message sparked a war of words on social media on Sunday, as the organization’s Biblical reference to “new king” polarized political watchers.
The RNC issued a public statement celebrating Christmas, a normally anodyne holiday tradition that goes unremarked. Because 2016 has been far from a normal year, a number of journalists and social media users took umbrage with the RNC’s use of religious language in a political context.
Some interpreted RNC Chair and incoming White House chief of Staff Reince Priebus’ reference to “a new king” as a veiled comparison of President-elect Donald Trump to the birth of the Messiah:
“Merry Christmas to all! Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind. Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King. We hope Americans celebrating Christmas today will enjoy a day of festivities and a renewed closeness with family and friends.
The use of “new king” is rooted in the Christian faith, and is routinely used to refer to Jesus, particularly around the holidays.
Trump attended church service on Christmas, a first in at least 8 years as Obama has never done so. Trump has severally spoken of bringing ‘power back to the church’. Considering that Christmas is a very pagan ritual that is owned by the Catholic Church, it might just be that Trump will really give power back to the church.