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And I stood upon the scorched earth of the forest, and saw a beast rise up out of the debris, having eleven heads, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and Satan gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

And many people worshipped the beast, saying, Who like unto the beast? Who is able to defeat him?

And there was given unto him eleven mouths speaking great blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue ninety and six months.

And it was given unto him to make war with the people, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and all who were upright and just.

And the beast doeth great wonders, so that he maketh poisons rain down from heaven on the earth and the forests and the rivers in the sight of men.

And he causeth many, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

And that no man might gather wealth, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred Threescore and Six.

And I saw an angel come out of the forest, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in her hand.

And she laid hold on the beast, that old serpent, and bound him a thousand years.

And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the people no more.

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away.

And the angel wipeth away all tears from the eyes of the afflicted; and there was no more political corruption, neither cronyism, nor intimidation, neither was there any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Here endeth my vision for this year of our Lord 2012.

With humble apologies to John!