The prophetic books of Daniel and Revelation foresee the end-times, our times, when human population growth reaches its limit, and social predators rise to the top, and organize to prey upon the planet. They are like vultures, stripping whatever they can, hastening the demise of life.
Similar visions have been seen by Native American prophets, Mayan prophets,
Since the modern corporation comes out of the same culture as the Bible, this will be the reference book, as we look at how prophecy applies to the political/economic situation today. Revelation describes an unholy trinity:
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
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.
The early corporations, such as the British and Dutch East India Companies, were chartered by the crowns of Europe, and sailed across the seas to conquer and plunder the Far East and the Western hemisphere. They were backed by the dragon- the Spanish Armada, the British navy. They were usually accompanied by false prophets, such as the Catholic priests who pretended to represent God and Jesus, but actually helped the conquistadores enslave the local people.
Modern day corporations control governments, and are backed by the military might of the US and Britain. These days the false prophets are in the right-wing churches that back Bush, and preach the end of life on planet earth, promising the misled sheep that they will be "raptured" a la Star Trek.
Daniel 7: 7-8After this, in the visions of the night I saw the fourth beast,
different from all the others,
terrifying, horrible, and of extraordinary strength;
it had great iron teeth with which it devoured and crushed,
and what was left it trampled with its feet.
Think of the strip mining machines that take the tops off mountains in Appalachia. Think of clearcut forests in the Amazon, oil spills in the ocean, the devastation caused by the greed for oil in Iraq. The power behind this devouring and crushing is the corporate drive for profit.
Rev 13: 1and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
The heads are the corporadoes who have usurped the rights of persons for their soulless entities, the corporations. This is blasphemy, as corporations are required by law to worship money, maximize profit for their shareholders, and ignore God, in the form of human freedom and well-being, and respect for His/Her creation.
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 the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
The dragon represents military might. Corporate power is always backed by the military. We see this especially today, when corporations like Halliburton and Carlyle take over many of the functions of the military, providing materiel, munitions, buildings and even mercenaries. Meanwhile the policy of a government which is owned by these corporations is based on war and conquest.
And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?