Daniel 7: The Rise and Fall of Empires

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The vision is of importance to us in these last days…

In Daniel chapter 7, Daniel sees a vision of impression importance, revealing a controversy that leads to the people of God in the last days. His vision is of vital importance for us to correctly understand. He told us “he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters.” Here is that dream, and it’s prophetic unfoldings:

“I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.”

Here Daniel sees the four winds striving upon the sea. We are told what the waters represent, using the Bible as it’s own interpreter:
THE SEA: “And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest…are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.”  (Revelation 17:15)

The four winds striving upon the sea are the power of God’s judgment to bring scatter the power of the nations of the earth:

THE FOUR WINDS: “Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the chief of their might. And upon Elam will I bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven, and will scatter them toward all those winds; and there shall be no nation whither the outcasts of Elam shall not come.” (Jeremaih 49:35-36)

Daniel then beholds four great beasts, one rising after the other, from amongst the people. We are told that these beasts symbolize kingdoms: ” These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth…The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth.” (Daniel 7:17,23) A king always is representative of his subjects, which make up his kingdom, with it’s associated laws and distinctive government; thus these four represent kingdoms.

                                                          THE FIRST BEAST: “The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings…”

Ishtar's lion on the walls surrounding Babylon

Ishtar’s lion on the walls surrounding Babylon

Tiglath-Pilesar I depiction; a symbol of coming judgment

Tiglath-Pilesar I depiction; a symbol of coming judgment

Ishtar standing upon lions: a symbol of her throne/chariot

Ishtar standing upon lions: a symbol of her throne/chariot

This kingdom would have been instantly recognizeable to Daniel, who was both a captive in Babylon, and a counsellor to the sovereign of Babylon. All surrounding the walls of Babylon, there were over 120 lions with wings portrayed in honor of the goddess of war and fertility, Ishtar, who was one of the chief dieties of Babylon, alongside Bel (Baal) represented by a dragon, and Adad. The lions were symbolic of Ishtar’s throne. The inspiration for these came from both from Ishtar, and ancient Assyrian king Tiglath-Pileser I, who described in ancient texts his nations walls portraying great lions on them, and having sacrificed over 120 of them by hand in war. He is depicted as putting them to death by causing them to stand upon their feet. In a striking resemblance, we’re told of the lion: “it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man…” The the book of Daniel is filled with several stories of how God deals with the kings of this earth; He committed light into Babylon’s hand, which represents it standing upon it’s feet as a man, but the interpretation is twofold: a blessing, yet a foreboding of a coming judgment if it should turn aside from the light and privileges God had bestowed upon it (Rom. 1:20); Babylon, that great lion, was judged by the hand of God for profaning the holy privileges given to her.

                             THE SECOND BEAST: “And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side…”

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The height of the tail is the star “polaris”, which is a fixed star. All other stars revolve around it, thus it is called the hand of Mithra.

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sol-invictusThe second kingdom that came was Media-Persia. The bear was raised up on one side, because the Persians were more powerful than the Medes, but they confederated together to secure the demise of Babylon. Like the lion, which symbolized the pagan religion of Babylon, the bear is symbolic of the pagan religion of the Persians. Mithraism, the worship of the sun, had it’s deity symbolized by the constellation “ursa minor” or bear. Ursa minor in the heavens is the constellation which is connected to the north star, “polaris”, which is immovable, but rather all stars move around it. Mithras holds constellation the Great Bear in one hand, emphasising his power as the stellar god who moves the cosmic pole as well being responsible for the procession of equinoxes. In an ancient Mithraic liturgy, it says describes him as “a god immensely great, having a bright appearance youthful, golden-haired, with a white tunic and a golden crown and trousers, and holding in his right hand a golden shoulder of a young bull: this is the Bear which moves and turns heaven around, moving upward and downward in accordance with the hour.”

The bear is said to have “three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.” The rib: is a symbol of woman who was made from a rib, and in Bible prophecy, we are told of a woman who reigns over the kings of the earth and is hostile towards God’s people, depicted by the rebellious tendencies of Babylon, and given the same name. Prophetic Babylon has a judgment pronounced against her; thus the kings of the earth “devour her flesh”. The ribs are a symbol of the three sovereign nations, chiefly Babylon, then Egypt, and Lydia, which Media-Persia’s confederacy “devour”.

THE THIRD BEAST: “After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl;”

The Grecian god Dionysius sat enthroned on a leopard.

The Grecian god Dionysius sat enthroned on a leopard.

dionysiusgreece-leopardThe third kingdom to arise after the Media-Persian kingdom was the Grecian empire. It was symbolized by a leopard, a figure of the patron god of Greece, Dionysius, the god of revelry and fertility, who sat enthroned upon the leopard as his chariot. The leopard was the beast said to overcome all who opposed him.

Oppian, Cynegetica 4. 230 :
“Leopards are overcome also by the gifts of Dionysos… Leopards are now a race of wild beasts, but aforetime they were not fierce wild beasts but bright-eyed women…But to the women he gave the grey eyes of a wild beast and armed their jaws and on their backs put a spotted hide like that of fawns and made them a savage race.”

According to Greek Mythology, Dionysius freed his female worshippers from their imprisonment when they were incarcerated for worshipping him, and at their request they were transformed into leopards to avenge themselves and their god upon the king who imprisoned them.

It had four wings: symbolizing the great speed at which Alexander the great conquered the world; riding the winds of judgments falling upon the Media-Persian kingdom. It had four heads: symbolized by the divided dominion of Alexander, upon his death from the overuse of alcohol (a practice common among Greeks in dedication to Dionysius), shortly after he proclaimed he was a god.  Having no living successor, his kingdom was given into the hands of his four generals, Lysimachus, Cassander, Ptolemy, and Seleucus.

THE FOURTH BEAST: ” After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the remnant with the feet of it…”

Chronos, the god of time, often depicted with a serpent/dragon chariot, devoured children.

Chronos, the god of time, often depicted with a serpent/dragon chariot, devoured children.

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red-dragonThe fourth kingdom is the Roman Empire, which is said to devour and break in pieces. The chief god of the Romans was known as Saturn, or Chronos, god of time, whose chariot was serpents/dragons. Chronos, in fear of losing his place as chief among the gods, devoured any child who was born from him.
It was during the Roman Empire that Christ came as a man. Speaking of Christ’s birth during this time, we are told this devouring beast was the “dragon”. “…the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.”(Rev. 12:4) Upon the king Herod learning of Christ’s birth from the wise men, he ordered all of the youth two and under to be killed for fear of his throne being overthrown. Satan, also called “the great dragon…that old serpent” (Revelation 12:9) in the Bible, had inspired the king with his very own fears of losing his throne. Thus Herod was moved by the very spirit of Satan to “devour” Christ “as soon as he was born.”
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The beast symbolized by the devouring beast of the dragon, “that old serpent”, was also symbolic of the Roman god, Saturn. Saturn was known to transform himself into a serpent with wings, and he is also depicted as having a chariot carried along by serpents with wings. The “old serpent” in Scripture is a reference to the Satan using the medium of a serpent with wings before it was cursed perpetually to live on the ground. The god Saturn was known for having devoured his children as soon as they were born for fear that they would overthrow his dominion.

It was through the Roman Empire that it “break in pieces” Christ, as the sacrifice for man on the cross. After He ascended, we are told that the dragon makes war with “the remnant…which keep the commandments of God”: so the early Christians were terribly persecuted under the empire until the time of Constantine, when the dragon, “that old serpent”, would take a much more subtle form of attack in the Roman Empire.

THE TEN HORNS OF THE FOURTH BEAST: “…and it had ten horns.”

Daniel 7:24 says, “And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise…”

The Roman empire was divided into what may be more commonly understood as ancient Europe. When the single Roman emperor fell, the kingdom was divided initially into ten divisions: Franks, Visigoths, Ostrogoths, Vandals, Saxons, Lombards, Suevi, Celts, Alemanni, Thuringians.

A LITTLE HORN: ” I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots…”

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The Antichrist’s Rise: Who is this little horn?

We must not make the mistake of falsely identifying this little horn power, because it will prove to be the great antichrist power of history, and serve as a key to unveil the deception of the subtle serpent, and how he is working in these last days.

In order to avoid all mistakes of identity, it would be well first to consider the nine characteristic marks described in the prophecy itself. These marks of identity will enable us to be absolutely sure of the interpretation. We dare not guess or speculate concerning the historical identity of this “little horn” of prophecy.

1) It arises amongst the ten horns of Western Europe and it’s divisions.
2) The ten horns were in 476AD, so the little horn rises after this point.
3) It would uproot three horns standing in the way of it’s dominion, saying that “there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots.”.
4) It would have “eyes like a man and a mouth speaking great things,” signifying that it would be a man symbolized by this reign, and he would claim to be in a position of great authority.
5) This horn would be “diverse from the first”, showing that he is a different kind of power than the traditional political authority of the other kings.
6) It says “he shall speak great words against the most High.” Another verse says, “speaking great things and blasphemies.” [Blasphemy in the Bible is defined as a man, placing himself in the position of God. “For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.” John 10:30-33, also to forgive sins- ““Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only?” Mark 2:7)
7) He makes war with the saints, and prevails. (The saints are defined in the Bible as those who have the gospel of Christ and keep the law of God [Rev. 14:12])
8) He thinks to change times and laws. This does not refer to the laws of the kingdom of Rome, because the laws of the earthly kingdoms have always changed. It speaking about a man who claims to have authority to change the law of God and His kingdom.
9) It will reign for 1260 years. The Scripture says “a time, times, and a dividing of time.” While it seems unusual to word time like this, how can we know it is referring to 1260 years? The expression is employed again, in regards to a time when the church of God must flee persecution “for a time, and times, and half a time” in Revelation 12:14, which in verse 6 is referred to as “a thousand, two hundred, and threescore (a score is 20, so 3×20=60) days”. A day in Bible prophecy is in fact a year, according to Ezekiel 4:6 (“I’ve appointed thee each day for a year.”) A time therefore is 360 days, which is the length of the Bible’s year. Times is 720 (2×360), and a half a time is 180. If this is all put together, it gives us the key of reigning for 1260 years.

All of these points must match perfectly to identify the antichristian power, which will be used by Satan in the last days to deceive the world. God has already let these points find fulfillment, so none need be in darkness in the last days regarding the deceptions of Satan.

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The Trinity Controversy: The Three Horns & The Justinian Code

The piece of history between God’s people and the work of apostasy has a very interesting unfolding of events. It contains many foundational pieces of understanding which we would do well to understand. Of these particular events, it was nothing less than a great controversy between two classes who professing Christians who professed to be the followers of Christ: one class keeping the Sabbath, the holy days, and the keeping of the doctrine of God & Christ, and the other, regarding Sunday, other adopted pagan holidays, and the doctrine of the Trinity. Seventh day Adventist historian and pioneer J.N. Andrews said the following regarding that particular period of time:

“The doctrine of the Trinity which was established in the church by the council of Nice, A. D. 325. This doctrine destroys the personality of God, and his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. The infamous, measures by which it was forced upon the church which appear upon the pages of ecclesiastical history might well cause every believer in that doctrine to blush.” (J. N. Andrews, March 6, 1855, Review & Herald, vol. 6, no. 24, page 185)

We are going to expand on that “ecclesiastical history” briefly, to see one of the most strong measures that it was imposed upon the church by force. In prophetic history, we read of the Roman Kingdom:

Daniel 7:7-8 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. (8) I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

Now that beast was the “fourth kingdom upon the earth” (v. 23) It had ten horns.

Daniel 7:24-25 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. (25) And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

 

The fourth beast had ten horns

The fourth beast had ten horns

Now, let’s examine these ten horns from this fourth kingdom, which can be none other than the Roman kingdom. Three of the horns were indeed uprooted, and we will see why in a moment.
1) AlemanniRome divided
2) Anglo-Saxons
3) Franks
4) Burgundians
5) Visigoths
6) Suevi
7) Ostrogoths
8) Heruli
9) Lombards
10) Vandals

It was after 483 CE that Rome was divided into ten divisions, just as Daniel 7 prophesied of the fourth kingdom to rule the world. It was during the time of the Roman kingdom that the gospel of Jesus Christ went forth with great power, yet not all was well in the newly established converts from the Gentiles. There was from converts from Judaism and of the Gentiles, those who had a tendency to unsettle the faith. Seeing this, Paul declared:

2 Thessalonians 2:7 “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth (restrains) will let (restrain), until he be taken out of the way.

Paul already saw elements at work to bring in the falling away, but knew that there were three kingdoms that must be subdued by this ecclesiastical power that was to arise and speak great words against the Most High.

Acts 20:29-30 “For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. (30) Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.”

This “mystery of iniquity” was being restrained to a large degree, God permitting the gospel to go forward, and many were being brought to Christ. Yet in this fourth kingdom, a little horn, “speaking perverse things”, arose. Paul saw with prophetic vision the little horn, who he declared to be “the man of sin”, which the vision of Daniel declared should “shall speak great words against the most High”. Paul further understanding also that it was the fourth kingdom that this crooked power was to come forth, who would “think to change times and laws”, he said “Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:31)

To the church in Rome, he spoke regarding this thinking “to change times and laws” speaking on the mind that is alienated from the gospel of God.

Romans 8:6-7 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (7) Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

He admonished the Hebrew converts to Christ to keep the faith, “…not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” ( Hebrews 10:25) Paul saw that the departure of God’s appointed times also unsettling the faith of the people, and playing an intricate role in the development of the Papacy.

Then a “little horn” that would think to change God’s appointed times and His laws, and was diverse from those ten horns, was to rise up. This point was fulfilled by none other than the Papacy, they plainly make their boast about. (See side letter from Catholic archbishop Thomas Enright)

So startlingly clear are the facts. So traced out are the lines of prophecy, that it could not be mistaken that it is anything but the Papacy mentioned in this prophecy. Those who try to apply it to any other power must forgo the plainest, and most abundant evidence historically furnished by God from the sacred Scripture. The power that ruled the world with iron teeth was nothing less than the Papal church/state union during the dark ages: this was that diverse little horn power.Enright

Paul recognized that it was an ecclesiastical power that would rise up, and it had interestingly been those three horns, three “kings” from the kingdom of Rome, that were resisting this “little horn”, and must be “taken out of the way” (2 Thes. 2:7). To find those three horns that must be subdued, the three kingdoms that were uprooted in Rome before the presence of the little horn, we must look for the development of that “little horn” this side of CE 483, after the kingdom of Rome was divided into ten. As we have already clearly noted, there was, in fact, just such a pretentious power, seeking acknowledgment of its boastful claims.

As early as the beginning of the sixth century the bishops of Rome had become powerful enough to exert considerable of that influence at the imperial court which ere long exalted them to a station where they could command the kings of the earth. There was only one hindrance to their supremacy, — the opposition of the three non-Trinitarian, Sabbathkeeping tribes- to the doctrines of the Catholics, especially to that of the Trinity. These opposing powers were rooted up, the Visigoths in 508 were driven into Spain by the church state union of Clovis in France, the Vandals in 534 were wholly exterminated, and the Ostrogoths who occupied Rome in 538 were uprooted from the land, and chased down into extinction.

The word “Vandalism” comes from the kingdom that honored both the Sabbath, and were decidedly non-Trinitarian. The Vandals destroyed the graven images of the idolatrous Romans and were then subjected to a bad name by later historians due to the preeminence of the Catholic religion across the face of the whole earth. Their position against both pagan assemblies, and the Trinitarian concept of “God” were reviled, and made them objects of supreme hatred by the Catholic monarchs. It is a matter of record however, that the Vandals occupation of Rome was exemplary.

A Witness to this day of the claims of the Papacy to those three uprooted kingdoms.

A Witness to this day of the claims of the Papacy to those three uprooted kingdoms.

Another interesting fact regarding these tribes has to do with the triple crown of the Papacy: “It is a remarkable fact, that the popes to this day wear a triple crown, — a fact that exists in regard to no other monarchs. . . . The papacy [is] well represented by the little horn.’ . . . In fact, this one power absorbed into itself three of these sovereignties.” — Barnes’s Notes on Daniel, p. 307

“In 533, Justinian entered upon his Vandal and Gothic wars. Wishing to secure the influence of the pope and the Catholic party, he issued that memorable letter which was to constitute the pope the head of all the churches, and from the carrying out of which, in 538 [when the last of the three Arian horns was plucked up], the period of papal supremacy is to be dated. And whoever will read the history of the African campaign, 533-534, and the Italian campaign, 534-538, will notice that the Catholics everywhere hailed as deliv­erers the army of Belisarius, the general of Justinian.”-Thoughts on Daniel and the Revelation, p. I36. .

“The celebrated letter of Justinian to the pope in the year 533, not only recognized all previous privileges, but enlarging them, and entitling the pope and his church to many immunities and rights, which afterward gave origin to the pretensions displayed in the canon .law.”-Gavazzi ‘s Lectures, p. 66.

The Catholic conquests had been growing and succeeding greatly. With Pope Leo (often termed “the great“) the Papacy politically began to wax “exceedingly great” (Daniel 8:9-10), and preoccupied a great part of the kingdoms of Rome in 508 through the nominal conversion of Clovis to Catholicism from paganism. That was only the beginning of the conquests of Rome. Only 30 years later, the center of the kingdom, Rome itself, was to be taken.

Notice how much territory Clovis alone had. The Ostrogoths, who occupied Rome, were soon to be banished as the Papal power grew exceedingly.

Notice how much territory Clovis alone had. The Ostrogoths, who occupied Rome, were soon to be banished as the Papal power grew exceedingly.

The only thing withstanding the rising of this power was the non-trinitarian, Sabbathkeeping Vandal and Ostrogothic kingdoms. These were withstanding the establishment of the supremacy of the Papacy in all the earth, and who occupied the Kingdom of Rome. However, the prophecy must be fulfilled: even these horns must be uprooted: they would be subdued before the face of the Papacy. Finally, the restraining of the strange, concealing powers of iniquity, taking the form of a Christian profession, were now, through the emperor Justinian, “taken out of the way”, and was to be established on the throne of Rome over the kings of the earth.

In 534, having victory over the Vandals, a letter was issued (mentioned above) called “The Justinian Code.” This decree was practically a declaration of war on all Christians, and all faiths, who would not submit to be swallowed up in the papal religion. It gave homage to the Pope, and promising the banishment of all who did not bow to Rome Pontiff, the Catholic church, and all who would not submit to her doctrines, chiefly, the Trinity. The Ostrogoths alone were left by 534 A.D. and though they occupied Rome, the rest of the kingdoms now surrounded them. Justinian, in 538 A.D., uprooted the Ostrogoths from that place of Rome, and they were chased down and exterminated from being a kingdom, as the Justinian Code declared. In so doing, the Sabbathkeepers and the non-Trinitarians were the few, and not the many. The pursued, and the persecuted. Hunted down like wild beasts, and those who professed to be Christians, holding themselves like wild beasts, destroyed veraciously those who kept “the commandments of God and had the faith of Jesus.” (Rev. 14:12)

Thus is found the fulfillment of the verse found in Daniel 11:37-39. Speaking of the Papacy, it says:

Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. (38) But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. (39) Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.”

Read for yourself how the Justinian Code, the most “infamous, measures by which it was forced upon the church which appear upon the pages of ecclesiastical history” fulfills this verse particularly:

 

THE CODE OF OUR LORD
THE MOST SACRED EMPEROR JUSTINIAN.
SECOND EDITION.

BOOK 1.


TITLE 1.

CONCERNING THE MOST EXALTED TRINITY AND THE
CATHOLIC FAITH AND PROVIDING THAT NO ONE
SHALL DARE TO PUBLICLY OPPOSE THEM.

1. The Emperors Gratian, Valentinian, and Theodosius to the people of the City of Constantinople.

We desire that all peoples subject to Our benign Empire shall live under the same religion that the Divine Peter, the Apostle, gave to the Romans, and which the said religion declares was introduced by himself, and which it is well known that the Pontiff Damascus, and Peter, Bishop of Alexandria, a man of apostolic sanctity, embraced; that is to say, in accordance with the rules of apostolic discipline and the evangelical doctrine, we should believe that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit constitute a single Deity, endowed with equal majesty, and united in the Holy Trinity.

(1) We order all those who follow this law to assume the name of Catholic Christians, and considering others as demented and insane, We order that they shall bear the infamy of heresy; and when the Divine vengeance which they merit has been appeased, they shall afterwards be punished in accordance with Our resentment, which we have acquired from the judgment of Heaven.

Dated at Thessalonica, on the third of the Kalends of March, during the Consulate of Gratian, Consul for the fifth time, and Theodosius.

2. The Same Emperors to Eutropius, Praetorian Prefect.

Let no place be afforded to heretics for the conduct of their ceremonies, and let no occasion be offered for them to display the insanity of their obstinate minds. Let all persons know that if any privilege has been fraudulently obtained by means of any rescript whatsoever, by persons of this kind, it will not be valid. Let all bodies of heretics be prevented from holding unlawful assemblies, and let the name of the only and the greatest God be celebrated everywhere, and let the observance of the Nicene Creed, recently transmitted to Our ancestors, and firmly established by the testimony and practice of Divine Religion, always remain secure.

(1) Moreover, he who is an adherent of the Nicene Faith, and a true believer in the Catholic religion, should be understood to be one [pg. 10] who believes that Almighty God and Christ, the son of God, are one person, God of God, Light of Light; and let no one, by rejection, dishonor the Holy Spirit, whom we expect, and have received from the Supreme Parent of all things, in whom the sentiment of a pure and undefiled faith flourishes, as well as the belief in the undivided substance of a Holy Trinity, which true believers indicate by the Greek word a [alpha]. These things, indeed do not require further proof, and should be respected.

(2) Let those who do not accept those doctrines cease to apply the name of true religion to their fraudulent belief; and let them be branded with their open crimes, and, having been removed from the threshhold of all churches, be utterly excluded from them, as We forbid all heretics to hold unlawful assemblies within cities. If, however, any seditious outbreak should be attempted, We order them to be driven outside the the walls of the City, with relentless violence, and We direct that all Catholic Churches, throughout the entire world, shall be placed under the control of the orthodox bishops who have embraced the Nicene Creed.

Given at Constantinople, on the fourth of the ides of January, under the Consulate of Flavius Eucharius and Flavius Syagrius.

3. The Emperor Martian to Palladius, Praetorian Prefect.

No one, whether he belongs to the clergy, the army, or to any other condition of men, shall, with a view to causing a tumult and giving occasion to treachery, attempt to discuss the Christian religion publicly in the presence of an assembled and listening crowd; for he commits an injury against the most reverend Synod who publicly contradicts what has once been decided and properly established; as those matters relative to the Christian faith have been settled by the priests who met at Chalcedony by Our order, and are known to be in conformity with the apostolic explanations and conclusions of the three hundred and eight Holy Fathers assembled in Nicea, and the hundred and fifty who met in this Imperial City; for the violators of this law shall not go unpunished, because they not only oppose the true faith, but they also profane its venerated mysteries by engaging in contests of this kind with Jews and Pagans. Therefore, if any person who has ventured to publicly discuss religious matters is a member of the clergy, he shall be removed from his order; if he is a member of the army, he shall be degraded; and any others who are guilty of this offence, who are freemen, shall be banished from this most Sacred City, and shall be subjected to the punishment prescribed by law according to the power of the court; and if they are slaves, they shall undergo severest penalty.

Given at Constantinople, on the eighth of the Ides of February, under the consulship of Patricius.

4. John, Bishop of the City of Rome, to his most Illustrious and Merciful Son Justinian.

Among the conspicuous reasons for praising your wisdom and gentleness, Most Christian of Emperors, and one which radiates light [pg. 11]as a star, is the fact that through love of the Faith, and actuated by zeal for charity, you, learned in ecclesiastical discipline, have preserved reverence for the See of Rome, and have subjected all things to its authority, and have given it unity. The following precept was communicated to its founder, that is to say, the first of the Apostles, by the mouth of the Lord, namely: “Feed my lambs.”

This See is indeed the head of all churches, as the rules of the Fathers and the decrees of the Emperors assert, and the words of your most reverend piety testify. It is therefore claimed that what the Scriptures state, namely, “By Me Kings reign, and the Powers dispense justice;” will be accomplished in you. For there is nothing which shines with a more brilliant lustre than genuine faith when displayed by a prince, since there is nothing which prevents destruction as true religion does, for as both of them have reference to the Author of Life and Light, they disperse darkness and prevent apostasy. Wherefore, Most Glorious of Princes, the Divine Power is implored by the prayers of all to preserve your piety in this ardor for the Faith, in this devotion of your mind, and in this zeal for true religion, without failure, during your entire existence. For we believe that this is for the benefit of the Holy Churches, as it was written, “The king rules with his lips,” and again, “The heart of the King is in the hand of God, and it will incline to whatever side God wishes”; that is to say, that He may confirm your empire, and maintain your kingdoms for the peace of the Church and the unity of religion; guard their authority, and preserve him in that sublime tranquillity which is so grateful to him; and no small change is granted by the Divine Power through whose agency a divided church is not afflicted by any griefs or subject to any reproaches. For it is written, “A just king, who is upon his throne, has no reason to apprehend any misfortune.”

We have received with all due respect the evidences of your serenity, through Hypatius and Demetrius, most holy men, my brothers and fellow-bishops, from whose statements we have learned that you have promulgated an Edict addressed to your faithful people, and dictated by your love of the Faith, for the purpose of overthrowing the designs of heretics, which is in accordance with the evangelical tenets, and which we have confirmed by our authority with the consent of our brethren and fellow bishops, for the reason that it is in conformity with the apostolic doctrine.

The following is the text of the letter of the Emperor Justinian, Victorious, Pious, Happy, Renowned, Triumphant, always Augustus, to John, Patriarch, and most Holy Archbishop of the fair City of Rome:

With honor to the Apostolic See, and to your Holiness, which is, and always has been remembered in Our prayers, both now and formerly, and honoring your happiness, as is proper in the case of one who is considered as a father, We hasten to bring to the knowledge of Your Holiness everything relating to the condition of the Church, as We have always had the greatest desire to preserve the unity of your Apostolic See, and the condition of the Holy Churches of God, as they [pg. 12] exist at the present time, that they may remain without disturbance or opposition. Therefore, We have exerted Ourselves to unite all the priests of the East and subject them to the See of Your Holiness, and hence the questions which have at present arisen, although they are manifest and free from doubt, and according to the doctrines of your Apostolic See, are constantly firmly observed and preached by all priests, We have still considered it necessary that they should be brought to the attention of Your Holiness. For we do not suffer anything which has reference to the state of the Church, even though what causes difficulty may be clear and free from doubt, to be discussed without being brought to the notice of Your Holiness, because you are the head of all the Holy Churches, for We shall exert Ourselves in every way (as has already been stated), to increase the honor and authority of your See.


[pg. 125]
One Hundred and Thirty-First New Constitution.
[Novella 131 was issued in 545 A.D.]
The Emperor Justinian to Peter, Most Glorious Imperial Praetorian Prefect.
PREFACE.
We enact the present law with reference to ecclesiastical rules and privileges and other subjects in which holy churches and religious establishments are intrusted.

Chapter I.
Concerning Four Holy Councils.

Therefore We order that the sacred, ecclesiastical rules which were adopted and confirmed by the four Holy Councils, that is to say, that of the three hundred and eighteen bishops held at Nicea, that of the one hundred and fifty bishops held at Constantinople, the first one of Ephesus, where Nestorius was condemned, and the one assembled at Chalcedon, where Eutyches and Nestorius were anathematized, shall be considered as laws. We accept the dogmas of these four Councils as sacred writings, and observe their rules as legally effective.

Chapter II.
Concerning The Precedence of Partriarchs.

Hence, in accordance with the provisions of these Councils, We order that the Most Holy Pope of ancient Rome shall hold the first rank of all the Pontiffs, but the Most Blessed Archbishop of Constantinople, or New Rome, shall occupy the second place after the Holy Apostolic See of ancient Rome, which shall take precedence over all other sees.


Source: Corpus Juris Civilis (The Civil Law, the Code of Justinian), by S.P. Scott, A.M., published by the Central Trust Company, Cincinnati, copyright 1932, Volume 12 [of 17], pages 9-12, 125.

 




Lying Signs & Wonders: The False Prophet’s Patriotic Miracle

“And I saw another beast rise up out of the earth, having two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.” (Rev. 13:11)
We are told in the Scriptures that before the return of Christ there will be “false christs and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect,” (Matt. 24:24) “whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish…” (2 Thes. 2:10). These deceptions before Christ breaks upon the clouds in the Father’s glory will be preceded by false prophets working miracles by the power of Satan (while claiming it is Christ), claiming the power which Satan himself wields to lead souls into perdition, “because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved; and for this cause God shall send them strong delusion that they should believe a lie…”.
Note, that this “strong delusion” comes upon those who have resisted “the love of the truth”. The strong delusions begin by false prophets and apostles, whose wonder working power, which claims to be of Christ by the operation of the Holy Spirit, is in fact of Satan in whom he is especially working to seal and drown them, as well as those who follow them, into deception; that work is called in the Scripture “the mark of the beast”. In rapid succession upon being sealed by the mark of the beast into the deception, they end in accepting the person of Satan, veiled as Christ, to be their Messiah: the very voice of the one speaking through the false prophets.
We are told that this will be the case by Paul the apostle, who foresaw the deceptions that would arise in the church, declaring “of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.” (Acts 20:30) Further elaborating on the nature of that deception, he reveals the heartful utterance of the True Shepherd for His flock: “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” (2 Cor. 11:3-4)
In the church would arise another Jesus, another spirit, and another gospel which was preached; please take care to understand: the last great deception begins in the churches professing Christ, and it begins as false doctrine enters. The deception of Satan was to serve as the popular counterfeit to the true and pure doctrine of Christ; it was to be proclaimed under the moving of another spirit. And not only so. It would be a false Jesus, radically different from the glorious High Priest and Wonderful Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world. Far different from He which baptizes His prophets with the Holy Spirit to proclaim the Word of truth (John 17:17), “confirming the word with signs following” (Mark 16:20). This “Jesus” breathes upon his prophets an unholy spirit, proclaiming lies, and seeming to confirm them with “all power and signs and lying wonders.” All power is given in heaven and earth to Christ, but when God permits, Satan employs all his satanic power allied with human force to make the genuineness of his deceptions appear all-the-more irrefutable; this deception the God of heaven will permit when man persistently rejects the merciful appeals to come to Him who would be their “refuge in the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the spirit of the oppressor is as a storm against the wall” (Isaiah 25:4). Thus it is spoken of as “false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” (2 Cor. 11:13-14)
What manner of miracles shall be performed by these “deceitful workers”, under the influence of the Master deceiver? When understanding the working of Satan as the Scripture reveals it, you may be more ready to know. Do not be deceived. These wonders may have easily discernable manifestations to the surface reading Christian, but they also have a more concealed and subtle manifestation to better serve the purpose of the enemy, but we are told how to test these matters. Christ says, “Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion. And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” (Isaiah 8:18-20)
The very children of Christ are to be signs and wonders; their lives testifying to the power of the gospel unto salvation, causing them to reflect the fullness of Christ’s glory, and nothing short of complete restoration into the image of God: the character of God is a most wonderful sign of those who belong to Christ. It further tells us, “To the law and to the testimony, if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them”. They are called “children of light,” and they walk in His law by their lives. They live out His testimonies as it is written of them. And they speak according to these very themes. They speak truth by the Spirit of truth, preparing men to receive the One who is called Truth. What are children of light commanded to do? We are commanded to be fully aware that our Master is ready to appear and not receive be brought under the satanic deceptions, and to “not sleep as do others”, but rather “watch and be sober.” (1 Thes. 5:5-6)
The “children of wicked one” (Mark 13:38) are also signs and wonders; the spirit that has taken hold of them does not reveal the image of God and the fullness of Christ’s glory, but they “changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things…” (Rom. 1:23); the spirit they reveal is earthly, deceptive, as the serpent in Eden which caused Eve to fall away from God’s law; it does not uplift man into a heavenly atmosphere, but debases him as those “drunken in the night.” (1 Thes. 5:7)
These lying signs and wonders do not speak to the law of God, nor does it live in harmony with those most holy precepts. When they speak against the law of God, they are fierce opposers to the true Spirit of prophecy;  the Scripture terms this as “drunkenness” (which is far from sobriety of spirit), and likens these who receive not the truth to have the glory of beasts rather than of God; herein we find a startling contrast between those of God and those of Satan. Despite this contast, do not be deceived: while this is indeed the works of darkness, it will be covered in such a light as to appear true, that only those who honor Scripture will be able to discern “between him that serveth [God] and him that serveth him not.” (Mal. 3:18). Satan is fully aware of the Scripture, and quotes it to suit his designs (Matt. 4:6) and by this, he may deceive even the very elect. Here are some of the things to be aware of:
The false prophets employ the prophecies of Scripture in a false setting.
They will claim believe in God and Christ.
They will use Scriptural terminology, like the gospel, righteousness, gifts of the spirit, the law of God, power, blessing, covenant, etc.
Yet all of these things, though true Biblical terms, are used to conceal the true nature of the sorcery and rebellion of Satan’s agents. In fact, the Scripture tells us that Satan can cause disease:
“And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him, and said unto her, Woman you are loosed from your infirmity. And He laid hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God…ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?” (Luke 13:11-13)
Satan had bound this woman for eighteen years with a spirit of infirmity. Satan further does this in the book of Job to try Job’s faith: “Put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life. So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.” (Job 2:5-7) Notice that Satan, in an attempt to prove Job’s bloodguiltiness, was permitted to bring disease upon him. Satan will make sick if he can cause you to deny God and the truth. And had Job cursed God, what would have happened? If Satan had let go of his hand, the disease would have been removed. If bringing sickness can cause men to deny God, Satan shall work to this end. If healing by removing his hand shall seal them in their denial of truth and righteousness, this equally suits his purpose. He makes men sick, and then removes the sickness; and this is one lying sign and wonder which he performs.

This very thing is happening, and it is happening in the churches that claim signs and wonders, healings and miracles in abundance. These very things are being fulfilled. You may find that the spirit of drunkeness, the spirit of beasts, the spirit of deception, and the spirit of counterfeit miracles as revealed in the following video:

The Charismatic Pentecostalism claims to have the “fire of the Holy Ghost” which will heal diseases and other infirmities. The preaching can be articulate and even quote many Bible passages; it is often boasted in these circles that they are “drunken with the Spirit”. In some of the these revival meetings, far from sobriety, it is not uncommon to hear shouting, laughing, rolling around, dancing around ecstatically, barking like dogs, howling like wolves, clucking as chickens, going unconscious, and people walking on their hands and knees like the beasts of the field.

THE KINGDOM CALLED FALSE PROPHET

And in Bible, we are not told of merely one false prophet. But in the book of Revelation, we are told of a whole kingdom called “the False Prophet”. This kingdom is built upon the very bulwarks of false prophetism. In Bible prophecy, a beast is a kingdom (Dan. 7:23), and we see in Bible prophecy a new kingdom arising from the earth.  “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. 13:11) We are told that this False Prophet power has two lamblike horns. We have shown already with abundance of evidence in this ministry that this is the United States of America, with it’s Declaration of Independence and Constitution, that it could break away from the monarchial rule found in oppressive and Papal Europe, represented by the first beast in Revelation 13. Yet, despite this escape from the oppression of Papal darkness from the dark ages, it will “exercise all the power of the first beast (The Papal European kingdom) before it” (Rev. 13:12)
We are told that this power would use “another gospel”. And what is the gospel? “It is the power of God unto salvation…” (Rom. 1:16). But another gospel would necessarily mean another power is exercised. The power that the Papacy exercised was the power of the state to substitute the lack of the power of God’s Spirit; unlike the Spirit of God, the power thus exercised was the power of force.
Likewise, these false prophets, though clothed like lambs, shall speak with the tongues of fiery serpents, quoting Scripture to the destruction of many. And if Satan works disease, and healing by the removal of the disease to deceive a soul, what would he do to deceive a whole nation?  It says that this beast will DECEIVE those who dwell on the earth. How? Through lying miracles.
“And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.” (Rev. 13:13-14) He makes fire come down from heaven. These verses are filled with significance.
This power claims to be as Elijah the prophet, who prepares people for Christ’s return by upholding the law of God, but in fact, is a counterfeit, preparing for Satan’s appearing as Christ and making void the law of God, but exalting a counterfeit law in it’s place.
This power claims that it has holy fire to heal. When it is actually Satan who afflicts and then makes it appear as though these false prophets are healing.
This power, through it’s miraculous claims, shall deceive the people of the United States.
This power, like John and James, would destroy men’s lives in order to appease a vengeful God.
Lastly, Satan is given power over the elements to cause great storms, fire, hail, hurricanes, and other disasters. He causes great destruction, and presses hard against the people of God.
“Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.” (Job 1:9-12)
The work of destruction Satan brings demonstates that he has some manner of power over nature, to cause great disasters when God permits:
“While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house: And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.” (Job 1:18-19)

Satan works a disease, that his false prophets may bear a message that appears genuine in one healing. Satan is causing great disasters to strike across the United States, and around the world, that on a national level, these false prophets may bear a message that it is the wrath of a vengeful God, who is calling for a return to righteousness, and legislates laws and oppressive enactments to the end that they will make war with the children of God. Satan not only inflicts disease and loosens his hand to deceive them, but brings down fire from heaven in the sight of men to “deceive them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles”; this fire of the lamblike beast is the spiritual manifestations that lead men to believe they must urge with their influence in the Republic of the United States, to join their voices with the false prophets to demand the nation turn to laws of the church to expiate the divine judgment.

“While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.” (Job 1:16)

When the true children of God oppose such messages, voicing support for the legislation of Caesar’s Sabbath, becase they choose to honor the law of God above the law of the Papacy, the calamities, unceasing from the hand of Satan will be reignited upon the land, and blamed upon the Sabbathkeepers. As John and James ‘knew not what spirit they were of’, and desired to call down fire from heaven to destroy the lives of the men who, in their estimation, had deserved the righteous wrath of God, so to will these false prophets show forth “another spirit” which will result in the mark of the beast crisis.

Do we believe that such a thing is possible? That such a thing ever will be so? On September 1, 2017, it happened in response to the hurricane in Houston, and Russia’s unwillingness to fully unite on the climate change agenda of the United Nations. Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Church, Bartholomew I, stated that it was “moral decay” that was causing the calamities on earth. “”We urgently appeal to those in positions of social and economic, as well as political and cultural, responsibility to hear the cry of the Earth and to attend to the needs of the marginalized, but above all to respond to the plea of millions and support the consensus of the world for the healing of our wounded creation,” Both of the men have framed climate change as an urgent moral issue to address collectively.

Christian actor and activist, Kirk Cameron, said the following on September 3rd as a result of Hurricane Harvey and Irma:
“When he puts his power on display it’s never without reason. There’s a purpose. And we may not always understand what that purpose is, but we know it’s not random and we know that weather is sent to cause us to respond to God in humility, awe and repentance.”

“Here’s a city that has boasted of its LGBT devotion, its affinity for the sexual perversion movement in America. They’re underwater,” Evangelical radio host Rick Wiles said. While another prominent Evangelical says it is God’s judgment if America refuses to turn to him. With these acts intensifying, the lamblike beast will continue to speak as a dragon more and still more until the close of probation. These occurances are doubtless because God’s merciful restraint to hold back Satanic devices is being withdrawn, but these are not directly coming out from God’s hand; thus will Satan use his devices freely to deceive the world into a form of Christianity, without the power, inevitably leading them to the fiercest and most hostile enmity against the law of God’s government.

God’s hand shall not bring forth vengeance until His people are forced into a corner; then God will deliver with strong hand at the very closing scenes of this earth’s history, which will be the dawn of the crowning of the Son of Man; Christ shall come to take His people to Himself, that where He is, we may be also.




Healing the Deadly Wound: The Rising Again of the Little Horn

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The Bible tells us that the little horn will be revived…

The little horn power of the seventh chapter of Daniel is absolutely synonymous with the power of the beast who received a deadly wound which “was healed”. It is more evident that this healing should be evidenced by the fact that “all the world wondered after the beast”.

Now, that these powers are the same is abundantly evident.

Of the little horn, the Scripture says:
Dan 7:21  “I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;”
Of that beast whose wound is healed, it says:
Revelation 13:7 “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them.”

The saints are identified as those who “keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus.” (Rev. 14:12) Therefore, to make war with the saints is to make war with Jesus, who alone can make men saints, it is also a declaration of war on the law of God which the saints uphold.

That this power of the beast and the little horn is one and the same cannot be denied. Both are given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, while also continuing for the same space of time:

Daniel 7:25  “And he shall speak great words against the most High… and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time (1260 years).”

Revelation 13:5  “And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months (1260 years).”

The language employed is so exactly the same for both powers, therefore, to employ the same principles is

The little horn and beast powers can only refer to the same power: the Papacy.

The little horn and beast powers can only refer to the same power: the Papacy.

only fitting. since at the expiration of the prophetic period in which the beast was to receive a deadly wound, so then the little horn was to be judged in exactly the same manner in the expiry of it’s prophetic period. However, in the account of the beast who received this deadly wound, this is unmistakable language: “the deadly wound was healed, and all the world wondered after the beast.”

The Papacy, at the termination of her political conquests over the kings of the earth lasted a complete 1260 years, from the time of 538CE to 1798CE. So perfectly described: she made war with the saints; so definitely recorded in history did she make void the law of God, trampling it underfoot. Her mouth commanded itself above the consciences of men, employing force over that which alone God is to have dominion over, and who Himself does not force the will. 

And so surely this power lost it’s kingly throne just as the mouth of God declared in 1798, but the Scripture also tell us that the deadly wound would be healed, and that must mean an absolute undoing of the thing which the deadly wound consisted of. And of these things, there are many elements we may cite, but the affects of it’s healing would be evident: all the world wonders after the beast. And because Scripture so strikingly tells us that the kings of the earth committed fornication with her, there must be a definitively united confederacy between the Papacy and the governments of the world.

THE LATERAN TREATIES
Lateran treatySince the deadly wound lost the political influence and power over the kings of the earth, the healing of the wound would reverse this with the sign of governments awestruck by the Papacy. If we would understand something of the Papal healing, we should study it’s rising progression to power also.

It was by France that the Papacy had her beginning rise to power, but it would not be complete in France, because France was of the Roman Empire, but it was not that empire. France was the first kingdom to give credence to the Papal authority, and so influential was France upon the Roman Empire that many kingdoms quickly began to be taken under the Papal banner. The Scripture declares this prophecy clearly as France gave it’s power to be wielded by Catholicism:

Daniel 11:31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.

 

“Arms” refer to the army which the Papal conquests began with, and they polluted the sanctuary of strength by making war against God’s commandment keeping people; the very commandments enshrined in that sanctuary in heaven; the very foundation of God’s. This church and state union was finalized in 508CE when the Sabbathkeeping Visigothic nation was subdued and forced to convert to Catholicism, and driven to a small corner of modern-day Spain to avoid absolute extinction. This was called “the abomination of desolation”. This was not part of the 1260 year prophetic period, because it was 30 years earlier that the Catholic church had received the whole Roman Kingdom. Yet of this abomination of desolation, the prophetic period was a certain 1290 years:

Daniel 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.

 

From the time that France converted to Papalism, it now began to gain power over the kingdoms with rapid speed. France was the entering in of the Papal power, and from this point forward, influence was gained until 30 years later, the Roman empire was secured. This was the rising of the power of the Papal beast who received it’s deadly wound at the end of the prophetic periods stated above.

The Lateran Treaty was not the full healing of the deadly wound, but only the beginning...

The Lateran Treaty was not the full healing of the deadly wound, but only the beginning…

Now, the deadly wound meant a loss of power. And if we understand the beginning of those prophetic periods upon which that Papal beast received it’s power, we might understand what is required for it to again secure that same power again. Since it only needed influence in one kingdom to eventually have power over the whole Roman empire, even so it only needed the influence of one kingdom to begin healing the deadly wound. The rise to power in the Papacy’s birth was also to be a sign of it’s rise to power again in it’s revival. Such a revival is not insignificant, seeing as the Papacy is so fundamentally laid open in prophecy for being the most cruel and deceptive of the Satanic masterpieces of death and desolation to the whole earth. For such a revival to occur, it can mean nothing less than it’s rise to power, but in fact, it can only mean far worse.

But when was such a door to revival to be opened to the Papacy? It was in 1929 at the signing of the Lateran Treaty. The Lateran Treaty was a concord agreement between Mussolini and the Catholic church which would grant the Catholic church to become it’s own state power in Italy. This land that was afforded to the church was the Vatican, the place where St. Peter’s Basilica was built through the blasphemous sponsorship program of Papal indulgences which spearheaded the Protestant Reformation to go forward. Yet despite having secured the privileges of being it’s own government, this was not the complete healing of the deadly wound any more than France’s conversion to Catholicism was the fullness of the Papal beast’s power, but it was merely the beginning of it’s healing.

But with such a small land, what influence could the Catholic church be? It could be much influence in every way as pertaining to governmental affairs. The Catholic church becoming it’s own state power, it now could hold diplomatic ties to the other nations of the world. No longer did the Catholic church need to represent itself as merely an ecclesiastical authority, but could now have diplomatic relations on a political level with the governments of the world. From the time of 1929 to the present time, the Vatican has more than 175 embassies with Papal nuncios (ambassadors for the Vatican) living on government premises. What does this mean? It means that representatives of the Vatican have been planted upon nearly every country in the world to represent the Vatican at a close, intimate level with the particular government wherever the nuncios are present. The purpose of these relations cannot be undermined, for by them, not only does the Pope and his representatives hold close communication with the leaders in government, but wields influences and dialogue over the decisions and the overall shaping the policies and practices of nations on a worldwide scale.

THE ROMAN CATHOLIC STANDARD

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The flag placed by the Roman Armies around Jerusalem at the time of it’s desolation.

Though the church/state power was called the abomination of desolation, that desolating title was also given to the power which would reveal a definite removal of the protecting hand of God from Jerusalem just before it’s destruction. In an illustration of both the sign of the abomination of desolation regarding the Papacy, as well as the destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman armies, a single line would be used to carry both in one verse:

Matthew 24:1-3,15-16 “And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. (2) And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. (3) And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?… (15) When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) (16) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:”

 

Since it was an abomination of desolation to the establishment of the Papal government in 508CE and 538CE, the very same thing is to be definitely employed at it’s healing.

 

Likewise, we can draw some similarities to it’s healing from the destruction that was to meet Jerusalem as “the abomination of desolation”.

Just as Clovis’ church state was a sign that the Papacy was gaining power, and finds it’s contemporary with the signing of the Lateran Treaty, even so the sign of the abomination of desolation before Jerusalem’s destruction was significant to understanding of a counterpart it holds today, which sign is a definite signal to leave the cities.

The flag of the Roman Standard was raised upon the grounds of Jerusalem as a signal to God’s people that it was now time to leave the cities. So distinctly was this recognized as what would bring the desolation.

Luke 21:20 “And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.”

The Roman armies planted their conquering sign upon the grounds of Jerusalem, just as the “arms” of the Papacy (that is, the kings of the earth) began to move in against those who opposed the Papal religion. Likewise today, there is a sign worthy of mention which culminates the signing of the diplomatic relations brought in by the Lateran Treaty.

THE RAISING OF THE FLAG: A DIVERSE HORN

The little horn and the diverse beast power are one in the same, and the language that Scripture conveys clearly lays this fact out for us. Therefore the deadly wound that the diverse beast sustains at the end of it’s prophetic period of 1260 years is the same thing which must correspond with the little horn of Daniel 7 at the end of it’s prophetic count. Likewise, as the diverse beast has a healing of that wound, we should not marvel as to see the little horn rise again to great prominence finding that very same healing to it, because it is one and the same power.

Now, as pertaining to the horns in the Bible, it is clear:

Daniel 7:24 “And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.”

 

It is interesting to note that the "victor's crown" lauryl on the Roman Standard flag is the same as that found on the United Nations logo.

It is interesting to note that the “victor’s crown” lauryl on the Roman Standard flag is the same as that found on the United Nations logo.

The Roman kingdom had ten kingdoms under it’s banner. After the subduing of three horns which restrained the power of the Papacy, it was given a mouth speaking great things, dire

The United Nations is the very organization which has gathered the kings of the earth and the diverse horn has it's flag raised at.

The United Nations is the very organization which has gathered the kings of the earth and the diverse horn has it’s flag raised at.cting the kings of the earth. The Papal horn was fittingly that “diverse” horn from the rest of the ten, inasmuch as it was an ecclesiastical authority and not chiefly a political authority. And this “abomination that maketh desolate” through the design and work of the Lateran Treaty has sought to “make desolate” for over 85 years. Now, the object of that abomination has been established and it’s aim reached.

On September 25th, 2015, the United Nations held the largest general assembly of governments ever gathered in the history of the world. 198 nations were present there. The Vatican, though having close, and often unperceived, ties to the United Nations has been a non-member observer. While the flags of many nations were present, the Vatican flag was absent from among them. That was until the morning of the 25th when the flag was raised officially amongst the rest of the kingdoms of the world. It was a practical declaration that the Vatican was that “diverse horn” from the rest of the kingdoms, and the prophecy of the little horn was true in what followed: it was given a mouth speaking great things.

Pope Francis on that very day addressed the delegates of the United Nations Sustainable Development Conference, where each nation, including the Vatican, signed an agreement to unitedly solve what they agree to be the world’s problems across the borders of this agreement in a pseudo-new world order-styled agenda.

vatican flagThe Papacy has gone from addressing individual nations through diplomatic relations to being received as a kingly voice in the largest governmental assembly ever held. The flag raised should be nothing less than an evident sign of the “arms” that are being influenced to stand on the Papacy’s behalf on the world stage. Truly the “desolation thereof is nigh”, “even at the doors”.  

THE JUDGMENT SCENE
Only a day prior was the day of judgment according to the Biblical reckoning of time, known as the day of atonement on September 24th, when the Papacy addressed the United States house of congress. It was that dragon which gave the power and throne to the Papacy, and it is that dragon which gives the throne to the great harlot, which was nothing less than the “diverse horn”, called “that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” (Rev. 17:18)

John was shown the beginning, and conclusion of, the judgment scene of the great whore during the time of America, but which prophecy finds it’s consummation the ten horns on the dragon’s head.

Of those ten horns, it declares:

Revelation 17:16 “And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.”
The very abomination of desolation is because of the little horn’s involvement with the kings of the earth, which “make her desolate”, and then shall burn her with fire.

Revelation 17:17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

 

This judgment scene beginning is nothing less than the healing of the deadly wound, and the rising again of the little horn power, but did more happen on these judgment signs than what appears? What does the Scripture say regarding the judgment of the little horn?

THE JUDGMENT HOUR FOR THE PAPACY

Of the Papal judgment which goes in review before God the Father, the Scripture declares:

Daniel 7:26 “But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.”

Notice that the little horn will lose it’s dominion because the judgment was seated and the case will be decided to “take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end”, which is seen when this power is burned with fire, just as the great whore in the consummated decision of the judgment hour:

Daniel 7:8-11 “…behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. (9) I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, …his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. (10) A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him…the judgment was set, and the books were opened. (11) I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.”

Seeing then that the signal of the healing of the deadly wound has gone forth, and that the abomination that maketh desolate has been set up, is it any wonder that all the world, especially the kings of the world, are wondering after the beast at this very time? How evidenced is it that the flag raised is a warning to us that she is reigning as a “diverse horn”, an ecclesiastical authority, over the kings of the earth? The judgment of the Papacy is undergoing review before the Ancient of days in a marked manifestation for all to see at the very time when men are most desiring to stand under her banner. Let us therefore hear the conclusion of the matter:

Revelation 18:4-5 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. (5) For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.

 

 




Unlocking Malachi: The Gems of Jerusalem

 

“The burden of the word of the Lord to Israel” through Malachi was that the lessons of the past be not forgotten and that the covenant made by Jehovah with the house of Israel be kept with fidelity. Only by heartfelt repentance could the blessing of God be realized.” Prophets & Kings, pg. 705

There were two classes of priests/individuals in the book of Malachi.

  1. 1. Those that feared God, and “serve Him” in truth.
  2. 2. Those that did not fear Him, and “serve Him not.” (See Malachi Chapters 2 & 3)

In the days of Malachi the prophet, we read about these two classes of priests in the book of Ezra. Now Ezra was the son of Zadok, the son of Phineas, the son of Aaron, the high priest. Why is this point important? Because Phineas entered into an everlasting covenant “for the fear wherewith he feared Me.” During the time when Balaam cast a stumblingblock before Israel, to eat things sacrificed to strange gods, many of the men of Israel were seduced into joining to the idolatrous worship of the gods of the heathen religions. They united themselves with women of these idolatrous nations, and forgot the statute expounding the principles of the first commandment which declares:

“Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee: But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves: For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice; And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods.” (Exodus 34:12-16)

So through the prophet Balaam’s wickedness, this snare came to Israel. Much of Israel in the days of Balaam joined themselves to the sun worshippers of Baal (Numbers 25:3-5, Revelation 3:14)

“And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand; And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly (where children are conceived). So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel. And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy. Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace. And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood (the priesthood of Melchizedek- the everlasting covenant- See Ezekiel 44:15,48:11); because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.” (Numbers 25:7-13)

A “covenant of peace” was made with Phineas, and to his seed. Ezra the priest, the son of Phineas, saw the faithfulness of that covenant from a God who cannot lie (Titus 1:2), and of him, we are told that Ezra “had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.” (Ezra 7:10; compare Malachi 2:6)

In the days of Malachi, there was an apostasy akin to the sun worship of Baalpeor. It says “Ezra the priest, with certain chief of the fathers, after the house of their fathers, and all of them by their names, were separated, and sat down in the first day of the tenth month to examine the matter.

And they made an end with all the men that had taken strange wives by the first day of the first month.” (Ezra 10:16-17)

It was by this cleansing that the iniquity of Israel was purged. In Malachi, this prophecy was given: “And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.

My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name. The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips (See Revelation 14:4-5): he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity. For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.” (Malachi 2:4-7; compare Numbers 25:7-13)

We are told that a priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and that the law of truth should be found at his mouth, being the messenger of the Lord of hosts. Not only are we brought to Phineas’ faithful example, and the covenant of peace made with him, but we are brought also to the Levites, from who Phineas and Ezra sprang, who would not worship the false gods of Egypt at Mount Horeb, and were committed by God with the priesthood, and the law of God, in which was shadowed the gospel.

We are told that there is another class of priest/individual in the Scripture:

“And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you. If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.” (Malachi 2:1-2)

The priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and the pronouncement of life and blessing would be with them:

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)

However, it says of these priests, that they would not give glory to God, and were cursed, even their seed:

“Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it.” For their doings that were corrupt before God, they are reproved, and told that the covenant of peace, and the law of truth is not with them, but is with His messengers, with Levi; the sons of Phineas, the sons of Zadok. He says instead of blessing and life, that their seed would live, that they would be cursed.

“But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts. Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law. (Malachi 2:8-9)

To this, they then respond: “Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?” (Malachi 2:10) to which the reply is given clearly: “Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god.”

The messenger of the Lord of hosts, who had the law of truth and the everlasting covenant, was to turn people back to the law of the Lord.

“Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Malachi 3:1)

How will this way be prepared?

Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet (“the messenger of the Lord of hosts”) before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. (Malachi 4:4-6)

Elijah was not only to restore hearts to the knowledge of the true God, but would cause the blessing of life, the covenant of peace, to be restored to Israel, making an atonement for Israel, “to turn away the wrath of the Lord God”, as Phineas did, to “turn many away from iniquity” (Mal. 2:6) and turn their hearts back to the true worship of God.

Intermarriage

The relationship of an ecumenical society representing a nearly a quarter of the world’s population

The Message is For Today:

“What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” (1 Corinthians 6:6-7)

There could be no countenance with those who married the daughters of strange gods. Even today, there are many who say, “Don’t we all serve the same God? Isn’t He the Father of us all? Aren’t we all Abraham’s seed?” To many who make a profession of being united with Christ, but have made a marriage covenant with the inhabitants of the land, as many as doing through ecumenical relationships with the “mother of Harlots”, and as truly worship another god as did the Israelites of old. Likewise, there are many today which trample underfoot the law of Moses, with it’s statutes and judgments, which have the blessing of life pronounced upon the keeping of them in the gospel. It is the Elijah message which is the message of the everlasting covenant made with Abraham (Gen. 14-18, Romans 3, Galatians 4:22-29), which turns aside the curse, which declares: “Cursed is the man that confirmeth not all the words written in this law to do them.” (Deut. 27:26) The Elijah message is a call to repentance for trampling upon the good statutes of our God and Father, and not walking in His ways. Lastly, the Elijah message is a call to turn from false worship the the true worship, from the false gods, to the only True God.

Elijah's sacrifice accepted

God is purifying His messengers that prepare the way, that they may offer an offering in righteousness which He is holy and acceptable. (Mal. 3:3)

The Elijahs of today will repair the breaches made in the law through the covenant made with the inhabitants of the land, and through the worship of false gods, and call others into this message of reconcilation with our Father in heaven through the Son of God, and His everlasting gospel; fearing Him, as the prophecy declares the priests have feared Him, to remember His law, and to “give glory to His name” (Malachi 2:2, Revelation 14:7).

Here is the message of Malachi, the message of Elijah: “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” Revelation 14:6-7

Such a reverential fear is manifested in the hearts of the messengers toward the law of God in the Elijah Message, that he seeks to restore others to the blessings contained in the everlasting gospel, that the curse of sin will no longer triumph in both the lives of individuals, and in their families; that the cleansing of the sanctuary might be made (Malachi 3:2-4), and a sure atonement is made for Israel (Comp. Leviticus 16, Numbers 25:13).

With those who fear the Lord and His law, we are given this promise in the Scriptures:

“Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not. (Malachi 3:16-18)

But to those who are otherwise, we read a repeat of the curse to those priests who were partial in the law, not fearing God, and not speaking often together one with another, not having God in all their thoughts, not considering His name & blessings:

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” (Hosea 4:6)

God has ever promised the blessing of life to those that remember Him and keep His ways, to them and their seed after them: (Exodus 20:4 [Exo.31:13-17], Deuteronomy 16:3, 8:18, 8:2)

“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.” (Malachi 4:2)

These are promised: “They shall be Mine, in the day when I make up My gems”, and are likened unto “a son” that “serveth” his father. Only when we worship God our Father in Spirit and in Truth, can He call us sons that serve Him. There are those who claim that He is their Father, but they “serveth Him not” (Mal. 3:18), nor is “the law of truth in his mouth.” (Mal. 2:6) Therefore he is as Esau (Mal. 1:2-6), who is truly a child of Abraham his father after the flesh, but not after the Spirit, selling off the covenant of promise, and is accursed, entering into marriage covenant with the daughters of strange gods, and drinking from their communion cup.

So who are these who are gems, who fear God, and remember His eternal power and Godhead, reverencing His law? They are a “royal priesthood” (1 Pet. 2:9), children of the Lamb’s bride, the New Jerusalem, who is “the mother of us all” (Galatians 4:26):

“And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Revelation 21:2)

To those who receive this message, they will be the adornments of the Lamb’s wife.

“For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours (the covenant), and lay thy foundations with sapphires. And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones. And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children (compare Psalm 119:165). In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.” (Isaiah 54:5, 11-14)

“For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered (which was accursed, not subject to the law), nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice (“the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart” Psalm 19:8) for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.” (Isaiah 65:17-19)

Those who have this gospel are those who fear God and keep His commandments. In remembering the law of Moses, they gather together from one Sabbath to another, and from one new moon to another (See Isaiah 66:23, Ezekiel 46:1), to worship the King, the LORD of hosts (See Zechariah 14:16). He is the One that makes them holy; so is everyone holy that is a gem that adorns the Holy Jerusalem.

“Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they might have right to the tree of life, and enter in through the gates of the city.” Revelation 22:14

Last Study Notes:

***Spake often together one with another:

In the blessings given in the statutes, there were blessings given at certain seasons for the development of His people, and to protect them from idolatry. After the admonition to keep from turning aside to other gods, there was given the command to gather in the place of God’s own choosing (Exodus 34:18-23, also see John 4:21-23, Hebrews 12:22), those that fear God, and think upon His name were called to gather on new moons, Sabbaths, and annual festivals of God’s own appointing.

“God gave direction to the Israelites to assemble before Him at set periods, in the place which He should choose, and observe special days wherein no unnecessary work was to be done, but the time was to be devoted to a consideration of the blessings which He had bestowed upon them.” 2Testimonies 573

“Anciently the Lord instructed His people to assemble three times a year for His worship. To these holy convocations the children of Israel came… They met to recount God’s mercies, to make known His wonderful works, and to offer praise and thanksgiving to His name.” 6 Testimonies 39

“The Lord saw that these gatherings were necessary for the spiritual life of His people. They needed to turn way from their worldly cares, to commune with God, and to contemplate unseen realities.

If the children of Israel needed the benefit of these holy convocations in their time, how much more do we need them in these last days of peril and conflict! And if the people of the world then needed the light which God had committed to His church, how much more do they need it now!” 6T, pg. 40

This point was so vital, that the apostle exhorted the Hebrew believers in Christ:

“…forsaking not the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another and so much the more as you see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25

Them That Fear His Name:

To those who give the call to fear God, and give Him glory, this is the fear He calls us to:

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth forever.” Psalm 111:10

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding” Proverbs 9:10

Pro 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

Pro 14:27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

“Fear God, and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” Ecc. 12

To the priests who not fear God, and do not keep His commandments, He has said, “Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” “Behold, I will corrupt your seed…” (Mal. 2:3)

 




The E.U. Flag origin, Mary worship, & the Revival of Catholic supremacy

***This ministry is not a Catholic ministry, believing that Mary also, according to her own words, needed a Savior, saying “My spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior… and His mercy is upon them that fear Him…” (Luke 1:47-50)

Officially adopted as the EU symbol in 1985, the design of the European Union flag dates back to 1955, and it had been used extensively in the intervening years. If they ever discuss the flag’s origins, EU bureaucrats sternly dismiss the myth that the symbol is in any way religious, or that it has something to do with the Virgin Mary. What pious nonsense! The problem is that this interpretation is exactly correct, and can easily be demonstrated to be so. The story also takes us back to a time when the European ideal was quite definitely a Catholic dream.

In December 8, 1955, on the Catholic Feast of “The Immaculate Conception of Mary the Co-redeemer”, the European Ministers delegates officially adopted the European flag, twelve stars on a blue background, designed by Arsene Heitz, who, today, is an octogenarian artist in Strasbourg.

Mary 12 stars 2Recently Heitz revealed to a French magazine the reason for his inspiration. According to the artist, he thought of the twelve stars in a circle on a blue background, exactly the way it is represented in traditional iconography of this image of the Immaculate Conception. A devotee of the Virgin Mary, Heitz never misses praying a daily Rosary. Heitz noticed the words of the Apocalypse, “And there appeared a great wonder in Heaven; a woman clothed with sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars,” (Revelation 12:1) As a devout Catholic, he applies this to Mary, whom Catholics worship.

The European Union’s flag consists of twelve stars, inspired by the halo of twelve stars that appear around the Madonna in Catholic pictures of her. And, that is how a profoundly religious symbol came to be the official European Union flag.EU FLAG

A former secretary-general of the Council of Europe, Leon Marchal, affirmed that the stars are those of “the woman of the Apocalypse.” Enthusiastically he explained, “It’s wonderful that we have gotten back to the Introit of the new Mass of the Assumption. It’s the corona stellarum duodecim (the crown of the twelve stars) of the woman of the Apocalypse.” The Catholic Church has always claimed that she represents the Virgin Mary, “the mother of God.” This means that the European flag is a Catholic flag.

The EU, which now has 28 member countries, has confirmed that the number of stars will always stay at twelve, which indicates that the stars do not represent countries. A leaflet, “Building Europe Together,” given to visitors to EU headquarters in Brussels, says: “The European flag (is) a shared flag…The number will remain twelve no matter how many countries there are in the European Union.”

The Marian (Mary worship) symbol of twelve stars is on every license plate of the European Union and every banknote in Europe. Vatican-issued Euro coins have the Pope’s image with twelve stars.

So important is Mary in Catholic worship, that on September 2, 1958, Archbishop Montini of Milan (the later Pope Pius XII) released on the mountain Serenissima a twenty-meter high statue of Mary and called it “Our Beloved Lady, Ruler of Europe.” Pope Pius XII called Mary “Mother of all Nations” and called on March 3, 1953, for a reunion of nations. Bishop Dr. Graber said on September 9, 1978: “I’ve asked for a Marian European International. . . . We pray and ask in silence that the western world one day will be as it was: a IMPERIUM MARIANUM [Mary’s Imperial Kingdom].”

Two Italian Northern League MPs, Lorenzo Fontana and Mario Borghesio said  “Few people know that the symbol of unified Europe has exquisitely Marian origins, as the European Union’s official flag proves with its twelve stars and the Virgin Mary’s blue and white colours.”

“Unfortunately – they said – “Europe has deviated dangerously from the symbol’s original source of inspiration, veering in a different direction, to benefit interests that have little to do with those of our people and with the Christian values the vast majority of Europeans uphold.”

Pope Francis, a Jesuit Pope, said that Europe needs to “get back to her roots”, directly referencing that Europe was primarily Catholic for 1260 years under it’s authority to fulfill a prophecy found in Revelation 13:3-4.

The Jesuit Pope addressed all of the members of the European Parliament also, which should give everyone who knows the history of the dark ages, as well as the work of the Jesuits, a definite cause for concern. To learn more about the Jesuits, go here.

Indeed, the European Union is dedicated to Mary, and is a continual token which testifies that it is for the reunification of the Catholic supremacy which was held in the dark ages over the nations of Europe. But it was the gospel, under the translation of the Bible through Luther, which led the German princes to take a stand for the Bible and to oppose Papal supremacy which allowed the people religious freedom. It was the Spirit of God which shone as light in the darkness, to shine into their hearts the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. And it was this gospel, thus resisted and rejected by the Papacy, that brought about the loss of it’s authority over the kings of Europe progressively more and more, until in 1798, that power was removed.
Yet if the darkness scattering meant the loss of Papal supremacy through the gospel, what does it mean should the Papacy receive it’s supremacy back? As Catholics boldly state, they do not intend to affect any change in their tyrannical authority which they exercised in years past:

“The supreme duty of Catholics is to obey the Pope, and seek in every way, and especially by means of the ballot, to render the Catholic policy effective in this country.” (Catholic World, Vol. XI, No. 64, 1870.)

“Many non-Catholics fear us as a political organisation, and are afraid that the Catholic Church will dominate and rule; we are working quietly, seriously and I may say effectively, to that end.” (The Catholic magazine The Missionary, June, 1909, p. 69.)

“All Catholics must make themselves felt as active elements in the daily political life in the countries where they live. All Catholics should exert their power to cause the constitution of the states to be modelled on the principles of the true church.” (Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Letter of 1890.)

“What the Church has done, what she has expressed or tacitly approved in the past, that is exactly what she will do, express or tacitly approve in the future, if the same circumstances occur.” (Catholic Review, Jan., 1854.)

In adherence to that very doctrine that she does not change, Catholics have sought to enforce Sunday legislation upon the civil power, showing that she would do exactly what she has done before.

“In respecting religious liberty and the common good of all, Christians should seek recognition of Sundays and the Church’s holy days as legal holidays.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2188)

“Who must propose legislation in favor of the family? Christians must, and to do so they must move.”
(Cardinal Antonelli, President of the Pontifical Council for Families, May 2012)

“Therefore, also in the particular circumstances of our own time, Christians will naturally strive to ensure that civil legislation respects their duty to keep Sunday holy.” (John Paul II, Dies Domini, 1998)

For those who have looked at our article, From Sabbath to Sunday, you know it is a practical confession that Sunday sacredness is, in fact, of pagan origin by the Pope’s own confession, and did not originate from any precept in the Bible. It two centuries after the last apostle died. In essence, the darkness of the Papacy is being revived.




New Video Message: The False Prophet of Revelation 13

Here is identified the false prophet of Revelation 13 identified point-by-point, with video footage unveiling the truth regarding the fulfillment of these characteristics as unfolding today.




The Image of the Beast- 1861

THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST

ALTHOUGH much has been said on this subject, it may not be out of place for us again to call attention to it.The beast which is to make this image is the two-horned beast of Revelation 13:11-18. The beast to which an image is to be made is the Papal beast, i.e., the Roman Catholic church clothed with civil authority. It is said to make an image to the first beast. The first beast is the one introduced in the preceding portion of the chapter, which receives a deadly wound. And it is after this deadly wound that the two-horned beast makes an image to the first beast. The first beast receives the civil power of the dragon. This dragon, we see by what is said of it, is the civil power which bore rule at the time of Christ’s birth. This was the Pagan Rome power.
In A. D. 538 the Pagan Rome power gave its seat – the seat of empire of Rome, the city of Rome – into the hands of the Catholics, with civil authority to persecute heretics. This power it held for 1260 years, which ended in 1798. In the year 1798 when the French army under General Berthier entered Rome, and deposed the Pope, and established the Papal power, the deadly wound was inflicted on this first beast.
The two-horned beast which makes the image to this first beast is seen coming up at the time this wound is inflicted on the first beast.
It has been clearly shown that the government of the United States has come up in the right time, on the right territory, and in the right manner to fulfill the specifications in regard to this two-horned beast. It comes up out of the earth. Its predecessors came up by the striving of the four winds upon the great sea [Daniel 7], the sea representing nations, etc. Revelation 17. While the powers symbolized by the four beasts of Daniel 7 have successively come up by the overthrow of the government of their predecessors, this two-horned beast “comes up,” not by winds’ striving, not by the justling of nation against nation, not by powers’ being overthrown to establish it; but it plants itself in territory which previously was unoccupied by civil governments.
Our declaration of independence having been made in 1776, in 1798, the time the deadly wound was inflicted on the first beast, this power was a lamb (youthful) power, “coming up.”
The rise of our government since 1798, as expressed by an English Journalist in 1853, has not a parallel in the past history of the human race. It is also found that the government itself answers to the description of this beast. While it is lamb-like in its profession, both in its civil and ecclesiastical departments, it is dragon-like in its action.
While the civil power declares in its declaration of independence that all men are entitled to liberty, by its voice, or laws, it holds about four millions of beings in slavery. The ecclesiastical power of the government, which is Protestant, claims to grant to all, toleration and freedom of faith. Yet at the same time it joins in with the voice of civil authority in enforcing slavery, while the measures by which it does so may gall the consciences of men.
Here also a series of wonders have been performed, and now even miracles are done by the beast. Spiritualism with all its satanic deceptiveness is working upon the people, and the way is being fully prepared for a saying to go forth that an image should be made to the first beast. When this image is made men are to be caused to worship it under severe penalties.
It is true we do not expect the making and execution of the great decrees of the beast until after the third angel’s message of Revelation 14, shall have accomplished its warning against the work of this beast. We understand, however, that steps are now being taken which will result in the making of that image. We do not understand that the making of that image will be a momentary work, but like the rise of the beast itself, will occupy a little space of time in its development.
We would inquire at this time, How far developed is the image of the beast?
It may be said that the making of the image of the beast is yet future, and that there are no means of telling how it will be done. I think the best way to form our theories upon this subject would be to look at the rise of the first beast – to look at the steps which were gradually taken to bring it into action as a persecuting power. Similar steps will probably be taken to make an image to the beast that were taken to make the beast.
Some have said when an image to the beast is made it will enforce Purgatory and all the doctrines of the Papal church. That would not necessarily be the case. A power that should enforce the doctrines of the Papacy would restore Papacy instead of making an image. An image to anything must be something that is in appearance like the thing, yet is not the thing itself. An image to the Papacy we should understand would be some other class of religionists that should take similar steps in enforcing its sentiments to those taken by the Papacy. We think it can be made clear that but five distinct steps were taken by the church before she came into the position marked in prophecy as the “beast with seven heads and ten horns.” We think we can show that four of those steps have been taken by the nominal, creed-making Protestants of this time; and they are already striving to take the fifth step, which will fully constitute them the image to that beast.
The overt steps taken by the church were, First, the making of a creed. For this purpose Conventions were called, Synods and Councils convened, and the result was a great universal creed. The second step was to make that creed a rule of faith and test of fellowship. This was no sooner done than it was decided to try unruly members by the creed instead of the Bible. So for the third step, this creed became the tribunal by which men were judged. The fourth step was to brand all as heretics who did not subscribe to the creed. In the fifth step they obtained the aid of the civil law to enforce penalties on those whom they had branded as heretics. It was for some time after they had formed their creeds, that they could only threaten what they would do to heretics, but they did not punish them because no laws were passed by which they could do it.
As an illustration of this matter we would refer to Theodosius’ edict which was made in the year A. D. 380. This may be found in Gibbon’s Rome, chap 27. After having given an account of Theodosius’ baptism he says: “And, as the emperor ascended from the holy fount, still glowing with the warm feelings of regeneration, he dictated a solemn edict, which proclaimed his own faith, and prescribed the religion of his subjects. It is our pleasure (such is the imperial style) that all the nations which are governed by our clemency and moderation, should steadfastly adhere to the religion which was taught by St. Peter to the Romans, which faithful tradition has preserved, and which is now professed by the pontiff Damasus, and by Peter, bishop of Alexandria, a man of apostolic holiness. According to the discipline of the apostles, and the doctrine of the gospel, let us believe the sole deity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; under an equal majesty, and a pious trinity. We authorize the followers of this doctrine to assume the title of catholic Christians; and as we judge that all others are extravagant mad-men, we brand them with the infamous name of heretics and declare that their conventicles shall no longer usurp the respectable appellation of churches. Besides the condemnation of divine justice, they must expect to suffer the severe penalties which our authority, guided by heavenly wisdom, shall think proper to inflict upon them.”It was several years however before severe penalties were inflicted upon them.But it seems from his next statements that even these penalties were not immediately executed. He says: “The theory of persecution was established by Theodosius…. but the practice of it, in the fullest extent, was reserved for his rival and colleague Maximus, the first among the Christian princes, who shed the blood of his Christian subjects on account of their religious opinions.” In these edicts the emperors were beginning a work which finally resulted in the giving of the civil power into the hands of the Papal church.As we have before shown it is by the two-horned-beast power (our own government) that an image is to be made to this first beast. Some regard it perhaps as all fancy that we should suppose any such thing will be done here. We already see four steps have been taken by the Protestant church, and a plea set up that like causes produce like results, we should conclude an “image to the beast” would be the result of taking these steps. But we have the sure word of prophecy declaring that this power will make an image and we look on the taking of these steps as a fulfillment of the prophetic testimony concerning this power. J. N. LOUGHBOROUGH. To be continued.)




Daniel 7: The Rise & Fall of Antichrist

For a context for this article, it is highly recommended that you read the first part of this three-part series.

1) It arises amongst the divisions of Western Europe/Roman Empire.
2) It must rise after 476CE, when Rome was divided.
3) It’s rise to power includes uprooting three other kingdoms that stand in it’s way.
4) A man would represent this kingdom, claiming to have great authority over the kings of the Roman empire.
5) He is a different kind of king than the traditional political authority of the other kings.
6) He claims to have the authority that belongs to God.
7) He makes war with the saints who keep God’s laws.
8) He thinks to change times and laws of God’s government.
9) He reigns for 1260 years.

These points must be fulfilled to identify the anthchristian little horn power. Again, to have more detail on these nine points, and an abundance of Scriptural testimony, it is best to refer you to the first part of this three-part series.

The Antichrist Power revealed…

If antichrist was a giant political figure that everyone recognized as demanding the worship of Satan and having a hitler-esque demeanor, it would not be deceiving to many sincere but mislead Christians. Although nine characteristics have been revealed from this power, still more characteristics are necessary to understand what happened in the Roman Empire to cause the rise of this power.

The apostles all saw concerns coming in amongst those who received Christ’s sacrifice. He is the “Lamb of God which takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29); He was called the Lamb, because anciently, the Hebrew people looked forward to the deliverance from sin by the Messiah-to-come, and to demonstrate their faith in His coming, they would sacrifice lambs, bulls, and goats. Yet “it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” (Heb. 10:4) Yet most of the Israelites lost the meaning of their sacrifices, and had faith in those sacrifices to take away sins instead of the One to whom they pointed. And what is sin? The apostle John tells us that “sin is the transgression of the law.” (1 John 3:4)

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The truth: Christ’s sacrifice and the law of God cannot be separated

The very law that the little horn would think to change was the law of God’s government; thus it would enforce a new law via the kings of Europe, and turn many away from the law of the true God; thus making of no effect the sacrifice of Christ. Christ, foreseeing what would come, declared:

“Do not think that I’ve come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I have not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

He then compared those who would “think” He came to abolish the law of God with the “righteousness” of the scribes and the pharisees (the religious class of people in Jerusalem): “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 5:20)

These men had taught that it was acceptable to “break one of these least commandments”; “Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.” Christ told them, fulfilling the Scripture in Isaiah, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”

The antichrist power would make of no effect the commandments of God by their traditions; and profess with their mouths that they worship Him, but like the religious people of Christ’s day, are in fact crucifying Him over again in breaking the law. The Bible declares this as the righteousness of man (Rom. 10:3), while the law of God reveals the righteousness of God (Isaiah 51:6,7), which God says “will not be abolished [destroyed].”

THE GREAT FALLING AWAY IN THE CHURCH

The apostle Paul had studied the prophecies carefully. He saw the rise of the antichrist coming from Rome, and how he would think to change the law of God, and was troubled. God even kept on record three such warnings for us that a great falling away would occur in the Christian church.

wolf-shepherd-clothing“For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:29-31)

The Christian church was to be compromised by a foreign power, previously unknown to it. Paul said Christ would not return until the work of this power had been fully accomplished: “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” (2 Thes. 2:3)

Paul, seeing the little horn as changing the law of God which exposes sin, called him “the man of sin”, revealed in the church by “a falling away”; and the son of perdition (literally, of destruction, ruin, or loss). Going to greater lengths, he goes to the very church at the heart of the conflict that would come, and writes to them regarding to gospel of Christ, which restores the law’s rightful place in the heart of the believer. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;… For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” (Rom. 1:16-17) He continues further, and declares that those who believe in the effectual power of Christ’s sacrifice, have sin “condemned in the flesh [our flesh]”, “that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:3,4) He then warns the church in Rome not to become absorbed in worldly affairs, having their minds on this world and losing sight of the gospel, it’s power, and heavenly realities. “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” (Romans 8:6-7) Paul realized that the trouble was to arise in the church that was in Rome, that they would “think” against the law of God by supposing to hold some great authority to alter His commands. Paul emphasizes the words of Christ, that He came to “fulfill” the law, and not to destroy it.

In addition to the nine points, the tenth is this:

10) He came as the result of a falling away of the Christian church

ONE FINAL CHARACTERISTIC

One final characteristic must be mentioned, and then the identity cannot be mistaken to any honest child of God. To understand this point, we will examine another view of the characteristics of the little horn power of Daniel 7, from another prophecy in the Bible.

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The tokens of paganism are found in the little horn power…

“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.” (Revelation 13:2)

This beast has all the parts of the pagan kingdoms brought into one unique and diverse kingdom that the little horn’s rise to power in the divided Roman empire. It has the body of the leopard, symbolized by Bacchus, the Greek god. It has feet that walk in the laws of sun worship found in Media-Persia. It has the mouth of Babylon’s lion, having Babylon at the heart of it’s religion. And he is honored by being given the dragon’s throne (“seat”) of the Roman Empire; which seeks to devour God’s true children, who like Chronos, the chief deity of Rome, that devoured his own children and controlled time. The dragon, also symbolizing Satan’s rebellious kingdom, would presumptiously pass the “great authority” of having “power” and authority to “change times and laws” to this kingdom who sits upon the throne of the Roman empire.

Thus pagan elements are infused into this little horn kingdom so definitely.
Further proof that the little horn and this beast are one and the same. Here are four characteristics that match perfectly:

Revelation 13 Daniel 7

A MOUTH AGAINST GOD
1) “there was given unto him a mouth speaking                                          1) “a mouth that spake very great things…
great things and blasphemies…against God…(v.5,6)                                  words against the Most High..” (v.20,25)

WAR WITH THE SAINTS
2) “it was given unto him to make war with                                                  2) ” I beheld, and the same horn made war with
the saints, and to overcome them” (v. 7)                                                         the saints, and prevailed against them…” (v.21)

1260 YEARS
3) “and power was given unto him to continue                                             3) “they shall be given into his hand until a time (1 year-12 months)
forty and two months [1260 prophetic days/years].”  (v. 5)                    and times (2 years- 24 months) and the dividing
of time (half a year- 6 months) [1260 prophetic days/years]. (v. 25)

AGAINST THE GOSPEL- KEEPS AWAY SALVATION FROM SIN
4) “all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose                      4) “he shall think to change times and laws…”
names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb” (v. 8)

***The Lamb is Christ which saves from sin. Antichrist is the religious power from the church in Rome that changes the laws which reveal the sins needing to be saved from.

THE REVELATION OF THE LITTLE HORN

The ONLY power in all of history that fulfills all 11 of these points clearly, and definitely, is the Roman Catholic Papacy.

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For some, it may be hard to believe that the Roman Catholic Papacy is antichrist, and at first glance, that may be understandable. However, when examining more closely, there are clear evidences which we will show for exactly why this is true. In the early Christian church, there was a falling away. It began at the time of pagan emperor Constantine’s “conversion” to Christianity. He began to shower favors upon the Christian church, and his counselors that it was God’s will to give them both advantages by removing the need to pay taxes, and also to give the church more land. The preference thus shown to Christianity, unconverted pagans walked into the church, and introduced paganism into Christianity; mingling it. Constantine sought to unite the pagans and the Christians, and those Christians who were already departing from the precepts given in the law of God were the most favorable to uniting with paganism. The falling away, while plaguing the entire Christian movement, was most advanced from the church in Rome, which Paul expressly counselled.

The most subtle form of deception which will deceive the whole world is a Christianized form of paganism, that has made this world it’s kingdom. Does this mean all the Roman Catholics are lost? No. In fact, Jesus said, “other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” (John 10:16) Jesus tells us that He has other sheep, who are in other parts of the world, who do not know see the truth, but when they hear the truth, they will leave their errors and their former teachers & leaders, and like the disciples of Christ, go and follow Him.

Now let’s examine these points, and trace their fulfillment in the rising of this power:
1) He is a different kind of king than the traditional political authority of the other kings.
The Papacy was given the name Pontifex Maximus (the great bridgebuilder) because that was the name given to the pagan high priests who were appointed by the Roman Emperor. The Pope is diverse from the other kings because he is both a political and religious figure. The Pontifex Maximus duties were to consecrate temples of their gods, to regulate calendar observances, and regulating public morals, and fining and punishing offending parties. To this day, the Papacy claims the title as Pontifex Maximus. He built bridges from Christianity to unite with Paganism, and for Christianity to be established as a political force in this world, contrary to the will and plan of God. The bridges thus built were nothing less than converting Christianity to the world, and concealing it’s true character of paganism.

 

1) He thinks to change times and laws of God’s government.
One of the most remarkable prophecies in the entire Bible is that the antichrist claims to have authority to change the times of worship and laws of God. It is commonly understood that the early Christians did in fact worship on the times found in the law of God. Those times were as follows:

7th Day Sabbath
God calls these “My Sabbaths”; six days, He created all things, and on the seventh day, He rested. It is a sign of His creative power, and power to save and separate His people from the world. (Exodus 20:8-11) (Exodus 31:13) (Deuteronomy 5:13-15) It will be observed in heaven (Isaiah 66:22-23)
Part of a continuous 7-day weekly cycle, beginning at the setting of the sun Friday to the setting of the sun Saturday.
It was kept by most Christians for the first 300 years until pagan celebrations took it’s place, and it was forced upon Christians.
The New Moon
God gave the moon as the calendar of the month in the heavens. (Gen. 1:14) The word for moon & months in the ancient language of the Bible is the same word. It will be observed in heaven (Isaiah 66:22-23)
The new moon is the appearing of the moon in the heavens. It is the first day of a new month. This is necessary to know when the three main feasts are observed.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread (1st moon of the new year, on the 15th day-21st day)
A feast that follows the Passover, a celebration & sign of partaking in Christ’s sacrifice. Unleavened Bread was to demonstrate the old ways of the world being removed from the life who has been washed by the blood of Christ. It will be observed in heaven (Luke 22:15-18)
It was the Passover communion time that was the first thing the church in Rome stopped observing in favor of the pagan festival: easter.
The Feast of Pentecost (observed early in the 3rd moon)
It is a celebration of God’s presence uniting with His people, giving to them His law & kingdom, and by His power to bring them into relationship with Himself, as a husband does a bride.
On Mt. Sinai, God’s presence came down in fire, He gave His law as a marriage promise for His people. In the early Christian church, God gives His presence in the Holy Spirit, which came down in fire, writing His law on the heart, bringing them into marriage relationship with Christ. (Acts 2:1-3)
The Feast of Tabernacles (7th moon, 15th day to the 22nd day)
A celebration of God’s full salvation; of the time when the throne of God shall be with man forever in a newly created heavens and earth. It is a time of special of special, unbroken communion in God’s presence. It will be observed in heaven (Zechariah 14:16)
This reveals the promise of heaven; this feast’s prophetic event has not yet been fulfilled.

The Papacy adopted the pagan sabbath, which was Sunday, the traditional day of sun worship. This they freely admit:

“…pastoral intuition suggested to the Church the christianization of the notion of Sunday as “the day of the sun”, which was the Roman name for the day and which is retained in some modern languages.(29) This was in order to draw the faithful away from the seduction of cults which worshipped the sun, and to direct the celebration of the day to Christ, humanity’s true “sun”.” John Paul II, Dies Domini, 27. The day of Christ-Light, 1998 (Prominent protestant leaders agree with this statement – See here for a statement by Dr. E. T. Hiscox, author of the ‘Baptist Manual’)

The pagans who flooded the entrance of the church were converted originally by the church converting to their laws. In an old Catholic Catechism, it is even more pronounced:

“Q. What is Sunday, or the Lord’s Day in general?

A. It is a day dedicated by the Apostles to the honour of the Most Holy Trinity…. It is also called Sunday from the old Roman denomination of Dies Solis, the day of the sun, to which it was sacred.” The Douay Catechism, (An Abridgment of the Christian Doctrine) of 1649

How could they do this? They “think to change times and laws” because they “think” they have such authority to change them. Additionally, a triune understanding of God, where three divine beings were united in one divine nature, immortal, without beginning and end, was adopted to help pagans who were accustom to the triunity of divine beings in various pagan religions. These concessions from the church brought a unity between pagans and Christians that before this time would have been near impossible. This is in perfect harmony with the pagan beasts all being represented in the Catholic beast, which takes in the pagan doctrines.

2) He claims to have the authority that belongs to God.

Authority over kings: “the Pope enjoys, by divine institution, supreme, full, immediate, and universal power in the care of souls.” 937, Catechism of the Catholic Church (1997) What does “universal power” mean?  It means power over kings for the sake of making converts, for “the common good of society”.

Infallability: What the Pope speaks in Encylical writings are legally and conscience-bound to the Christian particularly, and to the non-Christian without exception. It teaches that the Pope’s words cannot be wrong. Ex Cathedra is a Papal doctrine which teaches that “when, in the exercise of his office [the Pope] as shepherd and teacher of all Christians, in virtue of his supreme apostolic authority, (the Bishop of Rome) defines a doctrine concerning faith or morals to be held by the whole Church.” It teaches then that the Pope cannot be in error in faith or morals.

Authority to change God’s law: “Protestants … accept Sunday rather than Saturday as the day for public worship after the Catholic Church made the change… But the Protestant mind does not seem to realize that … in observing Sunday, they are accepting the authority of the spokesman for the Church, the pope.” Our Sunday Visitor, February 5th, 1950

2) It must rise after 476CE, when Rome was divided into ten parts.

It arises amongst the divisions of Western Europe/Roman Empire.
It’s an interesting fact that the Papacy did rise at this time. After Constantine’s conversion in the fourth century, the prophesied falling away began to move swiftly; and with every step further into error, the greater favor it grew with the kingdoms of Rome.

It’s interesting to note that the Papacy’s political advancements began with the conversion of Constantine, and after this time, the Papacy’s rise to political favor grew more and more as it became more entrenched in the principles of paganism. It was not until 508 that the first war was waged in the name of a Catholic church/state, and it was not until 538 that the Papacy actually received the throne of the Roman empire itself, to exercise authority over the kings of Europe.

3) It’s rise to power includes uprooting three other kingdoms that stand in it’s way.
The Papacy uprooted three of the ten kings who had stood in it’s way, thus fulfilling the prophecy: “For the mystery of iniquity is already at work: only he who now restrains will restrain [him], until he is taken out of the way.” (2 Thes. 2:7) These three restraining forces were signs to the Christian church of the prevailing corruption and the growing power of the Pope over the kings of the earth. The restraints were imposed by three Sabbath-keeping, non-Trinitarian kingdoms. Both the Trinity and Sunday-keeping, in the place of Sabbath and the worship of the true God, were fundamental teachings of Catholic Christianity.
i) The Visigoths: In 508, the first of these kingdoms was rooted out of it’s land by church/state authority. It was the united France, under Clovis, a pagan-king who converted to Catholicism, that declared war in the name of the church. The Visigothic people, standing in the way of France and her Catholic teachings, ran her into the corners of Europe, where she began to be swallowed up by Catholicism at last.
ii) The Vandals: In 533, the zealously Catholic emperor Justinian overcame the Vandals, and issued a decree, declaring all were to submit to the Pope, to the Most Holy Trinity, and to assume the name Catholic.
iii) The Ostrogoths: In 538, the Ostrogothic kingdom occupied the land of Rome itself. It had constantly shifted hands, and for some years, it was in the hands of Sabbathkeeping Christians. Justinian, through his general Belisarius, entered into Rome, and overcame the Ostrogoths, who were slowly hunted and exterminated. It was at this time, after the final restaint was removed at last, that Justinian delivered the throne of Rome into the hands of the Papacy, to exercise authority over Europe’s kings.

4) A man would represent this kingdom, claiming to have great authority over the kings of the Roman empire.
It is evident as we have seen, that this was remarkably and unmistakenly fulfilled only by the Pope of Rome.

7) He makes war with the saints who keep God’s laws.
After receiving this authority over the kings of the earth, those who kept the laws of God, first the Visigoths, Vandals, and Ostrogoths, and then the persecuting the people progressively more and still more.
9) He reigns for 1260 years.
It was from the time of 538CE that the Papacy took Rome, when Justinians’ General, Belisarius, overtook Rome, until 1798CE, when Napoleon’s General, Berthier, entered into Italy, into the Vatican, and took the Pope captive, and restored the Roman republic to the people. While the Popes maintained a somewhat spiritual influence, their political influence was wholly crushed underfoot. The Church had long used the sword of the state to overcome her opposers, now the prophecy regarding the Catholic beast was fulfilled: “I saw one of it’s heads, as it were, wounded to death…He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.” (Rev. 13:10)

Having so long forced the people to submit to her rule or face the sword, now the sword of France, the eldest daughter of the Catholic church, was to be her worst opposer, and force her into submission. However, the prophecy does not end there for the antichrist, because antichrist, as revealed in the Papacy, has a grand final work before the end of the world.




NEW VIDEO MESSAGE: The Blessing and the God of Babylon

Who is the god of Babylon? And how does that god affect multitudes of professed Christians today? In this study we will see the ancient pagan origins of the Trinity, and show how many are turning away from the blessings God desires to give.