Key To Understanding The Beasts In Revelation You have to understand Daniel in order to understand Revelation. A statue is given as symbols for kingdoms in Daniel 2 Understanding Daniel 2:24-47 Babylon: Head of Gold ruled from 605BC to 539BC, Chest and Arms of Sliver: Media Persia ruled from 539BC to 331BC, Belly and Thighs of Bronze: Greece ruled from 331BC to 168BC, Legs of Iron: Rome ruled from 168BC to 476AD, Feat of Iron and Clay: Represents the End times, never will there be a world ruling power like the past kingdoms, some kingdoms will be stronger than others, The Rock represents the second coming of Jesus Christ in the clouds. In the British Museum the Cyrus Cylinder describes how Cyrus overtook Babylon exactly the way the Bible predicted he would in Isaiah 45:1-3, which God had named him 150 years before he was born .
Daniel 2:43 As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay. They will try to mingle with each other to reunite Europe but it will never happen. They will not cling to one another just as iron does not mix with clay. In the Fredericksburg Castle in Denmark there is a painting of a family tree with pictures of Europe trying to unite the roil line of Europe, but they didnâ€™t succeed .
These are some of the men who attempted to reunite Europe but failed. Napoleon was shown this prophecy and after his defeat at Waterloo he said in his Journal God is to much for me
When Hitler was at the English Channel he had swiftly defeated all his other wars, victory was at his hand. Today World War II historians write of the mystery why he stopped and what the world might be like if he didnâ€™t. One of his generals stopped his tanks to resupply the tanks and rest his men. Winston Churchill came on the radio and told everyone to send everything that had across the English Channel; this supplied more troops to fight against Hitler. Godâ€™s hand was in this for the prophecy said there will never be a united Europe again.
In Daniel 7 Beasts are used as symbols for kingdoms but there explained in more detail. (Lion) Babylon – Ruler: Nebakanezer, Kingdom: (Bear) Medo-Persia – Ruler: King Cyrus – Kingdom: The three ribs represent the three kingdoms Medo Persia took over Lydia, Babylon, and Egypt. It was raised up on one side meaning Persia became the dominant empire over time. (Leopard) Greece – Ruler: Alexander, Kingdom: Leopard is a fast animal and had four wings and four heads. Alexander came and took over Medo Persia very fast. The leopard having four heads split into four kingdoms after Alexander death. Four generals took over Alexander great empire and their names were. Cassander, Lysimachus, Ptolemy, and Seleucus and there kingdoms Macedonia, Syria, Pergamum, and Egypt (4th Beast) Terrifying and Frightening Very Powerful – Kingdom Rome – Ten horns represent the ten kingdoms Rome would be divided into after its downfall in 476AD (Daniel 7:24). The names of the ten kingdoms: Alemanni = Germany, Franks = France, Burgundians = Switzerland, Suevi = Portugal, Vandals = Exterminated, Visigoths = Spain, Anglo-Saxons = England, Ostrogoths = Exterminated, Lombards = Italy, Heruli = Exterminated
References:(Alemanni) Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon, chap. 9,10, pars. 26, 27.(Franks) chap. 10, pars. 22, 24, (Suevi, Vandals, Burgundians) chap. 30, pars. 1519, (Visigoths) chaps. 30, pars. 23-25; 31, pars. 7-39; 36, par. 22; 38, par. 29,( Anglo-Saxons) History of England, Knight, chap. 5, par. 6,( Ostrogoths) chap. 39, par. 2, and note, ( Lombards) The Empires of Prophecy, Jones, pg 665, Decline and Fall, Gibbon, chap. 42, par. 2, The Empires of Prophecy, Jones, pg 666,( Heruli) Decline and Fall, Gibbon, chap. 36, pars. 2833
(Daniel 7:24) Then there was a little horn that came up out of the ten and three of the first horns were up rooted. One kingdom will arise and destroy three as it grows in power. What does this mean? Example: The little horn grows in power like your tooth and takes your old one and uproots it and grows into its full form. But in this case it takes up three. The little horn/kingdom has to come from among the ten remnants of the Roman Empire. It has to come after 476AD. The little horn is none other than the Papacy (Roman Catholic Church). â€œBut when the Roman Empire had disintegrated and its place had been taken by a number of rude, barbarous kingdoms, the Roman Catholic church not only became independent of the states in religious affairs but dominated secular affairs as well. At times, under such rulers as Charlemagne ( 768-814), Otto the Great ( 936-73), and Henry III ( 1039-56), the civil power controlled the church to some extent; but in general, under the weak political system of feudalism, the well organized, unified, and centralized church, with the pope at its head, was not only independent in ecclesiastical affairs but also controlled civil affairs. The church interfered in secular affairs on the basis of its theory of the relation of church and state, which was formulated in substance by Augustine ( 354-430) and given wider and more definite application by such popes as Gregory VII ( 1073-85), Innocent III ( 1198-1216), Boniface VIII ( 1294-1303), and others. 1â€?ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. PUBLISHED JANUARY 1937. COMPOSED AND PRINTED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, U.S.A.
“1911 Long ages ago, when Rome through the neglect of the Western Emperors was left to the mercy of the barbarous hordes, the Romans turned to one figure for aid and protection, and asked him to rule them; and thus,... commenced the temporal sovereignty of the popes. And meekly stepping to the throne of Caesar, the vicar of Christ took up the scepter to which the emperors and kings of Europe were to bow reverence through so many years.” THE AMERICAN CATHOLIC QUARTERLY REVIEW Daniel 7:25 (NIV) 25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time. In the Bible a “time” is equal to one literal year. (See Daniel 4:16) The Hebrew year consisted of 360 days. Therefore, a time = year (360 days) , times = two years (720 days), and half a time is = to half a year (180 days). In the prophetic context as we have already seen, time is also symbolic. (See Numbers 14:34, Ezekiel 4:6, Psalm 77:5) So, if you add up the days in this verse you come to 1260 prophetic days, or 1260 literal years. Are these 1260 years significant as we look back into the annals of history? Papal rule began in 538 A.D. and lasted 1260 years to 1798. “Berthier entered Rome on the tenth of February, 1798, and proclaimed a republic… Half of Europe thought that Napoleon’s veto would be, and that with the Pope the Papacy was dead.” The Modern Papacy, Rev. Joseph Rickaby
"We define that the Holy Apostolic See [the Vatican] and the Roman Pontiff holds the primacy over the whole world." The Most Holy Councils," Vol. 13, col. 1167. Daniel 7:25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and laws. “The Pope can modify divine law.” Prompta Bibliotheca, papa, article 2 “The church…after changing the day of rest from the Jewish Sabbath, or seventh day of the week, to the first, made the third commandment refer to Sunday as the day to be kept holy as the Lord’s Day.” Catholic Encyclopedia Volume 4, pg. 153 Now let’s skip to Revelation 13 Revelation 13:1-2 The lion, bear, leopard, and beast with ten horns are all represented in this one beast in Revelation In the bible when the bible speaks of waters this represents people nations and tongues, a very populated area of people (Revelation 17:15). All the beast / kingdoms that rose so far have come from populated areas as it has been shown through history and foretold through the Bible Daniel 7:2-3. Revelation 13:2 The Dragon is the Devil who always works through political or religious powers.
Revelation 12:9 The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. Revelation 13:2 The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. Constantine gave his power to the Pope. “To the Succession of the Caesars came the succession of the Pontiffs in Rome.” Labianca Professor of History, University of Rome The Beast in Revelation 13 has 6 identifying marks 1. It gets its power from Pagan Rome: As stated above 2. Has worldwide Religious power: Revelation 13:8 3. Claims to be equal with God: Revelation 13:5, Mark 2:7 Blasphemy what is it? John 10:33 It’s claiming to be God. Who on earth claims to have the same power as God and to forgive sins?
“This judicial authority will even include the power to pardon sin.” Catholic Encyclopedia vol. 12 article “Pope” p. 265 “The Pope has power to change times, to abrogate laws, and to dispense with all things, even the precepts of Christ.” Decretal De Translat, Episcop. Cap. “Thou art a priest forever says the ordaining bishop…He is no longer a man, a sinful child of Adam, but an “Alter Christus,” another Christ…forever a priest of the most high, with power over the Almighty.” “The Pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, but he is Jesus Christ Himself, hidden under the veil of flesh.” The Catholic National, July, 1895 “We hold upon this earth, the place of God Almighty.” Encyclical letters of Leo XII p.304 4. Persecuting Power: Revelation 13:7 Church and state united under Rome.
The church may by divine right confiscate the property of heretics, imprison their persons and condemn them to the flames. Public Ecclesiastical law, Vol. 2 p.142 5. Will Reign for 1260 years: Revelation 13:5…As you can see the same prophecy given in Daniel is being repeated in Revelation 13, but the story is told in a different way just like Daniel 2 with Daniel 7. “and he was given authority to continue for forty two-months” Revelation 13:5. In Bible prophecy when symbols are used and only in Bible prophecy one prophetic day equals a year Ezekiel 4:6, Numbers 14:34. 42 prophetic months x 30 days/month= 1260 years. This is how long the Papacy ruled for. 538 A.D. - 1798 The Bible says that one of the heads of the beast would receive a fatal wound, but the fatal wound would be healed. Revelation 13:3
“The murder of a Frenchman in Rome 1798 gave the French an excuse for occupying the Eternal City and putting an end to the Papal temporal power. The aged Pontiff himself was carried off into exile to Valence… The enemies of the Church rejoiced. The last pope, they declared had resigned. Church History p.24 “But the fatal wound would be healed” February, 11 1929 San Francisco Chronicle “ The Roman question tonight was a thing of the past and the Vatican was at peace with Italy. In affixing the autographs to the memorable document healing the wound… extreme cordiality was displayed on both sides.” 6. It will have the number of his name 666: Revelation 13:18 “Let the person who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.” Revelation 13:18 In the Bible the number 7 is a number of perfection and 6 is a number of rebellion.
One of the official titles of the papacy is Vicarius Filii Dei or Vicar of the Son of God. Vicarius Filii Dei is Latin, and Latin letters have numerical value. This he wears on his crown. V 5 F 0 D 500 I 1 I 1 E 0 C 100 L 50 I 1 A 0 I 1 501 R 0 I 1 I 1 53 U 5 S 0 112 112+53+501=666 God has a seal Revelation 7:2-3Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, 3 saying, â€œDo not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.
What is Godâ€™s SEAL? Exodus 20:8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. Â A seal is typically made up of three things the kings Name-President, his TitleUnited States and his Domain America. His name is the Lord and His title is Creator and His domain is Heaven and Earth, the Sea, and all that in them. It is the only commandment with his seal. THE FINAL BEAST Revelation 13:11-18 Unlike the rest of the beast that rose out of the sea, this beast rises out of the earth, Revelation 13:11. This kingdom rises from an unpopulated area, if you remember water represents allot of people, Revelation 17:5. A new kingdom arises from a land not populated with people. This is none other than the UNITED STATES.
The lamb like horns represents civil and religious freedom. But as Revelation 13:12-13 clearly states it changes into a drastic beast. The two horn beast appears in two phases, with the gentleness of a lamb and the fierceness of the dragon. The UNITED STATES sends the doctrine of equality of all men in respect to natural rights, right of life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, and grant the privilege to all worship God according to the dictates of their own conscience (Seperation of Church and State). But this will come to an end when Congress will be called upon to make laws concerning religion. Does the UNITED STATES fit the prophecy It’s the only nation to have come from a sparsely populated area. It rose after the first beast/kingdom after 1798, and it has or had lamb like qualities. As mentioned above. The UNITED STATES is one of the most influential super powers in the world today and will be till the end. A European Journal 1850 speaks of the U.S as a “wonderful Empire that was “emerging” amid the silence of the earth, daily adding to its power.” Time Magazine July 13, 1991 Palestine Liberation Organization’s Chief, Yassir Arafat called Washington, D.C “The New Rome” Why? Because, “Old Rome” was the unrivaled “Super Power” of the world.
Larry B. Stammer Denver Post, July 19, 1997 “…as Christianity’s third millennium approaches, church leaders from John Paul 11 to national and international Protestant assemblies are poised to usher in a new era far different from the holy wars of old. Anglican, Orthodox, Protestant and Roman Catholic churches are forging historic agreements of cooperation that dramatically could change how millions worship and see themselves as Christians.” Vatican and the Capital in Washington are alone similar in architecture.
What has never happened in the history of the UNITED STATES President Bush orders Flags flown at half staff in Honor of Pope John Paul II August 3, 2005 as a mark of respect. Church and state should be separate according to the constitution.
All the living Presidents came to pay their respects bowing down to the pope. Bowing down before the Pope is signifying allegiance. Why are all living presidents in the U.S. doing this? It has never been done before World leaders kneel in homage By Natasha Bita in Vatican City The Australian 08-April-2005 IN death, Pope John Paul II has achieved what he failed to in life bringing the Commander in Chief of the world's superpower to his knees.
Southern Cross September 1995 “For unity all churches must accept papal authority” Revelation 13:13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. “It is always somewhat laughable, to see the Protestant churches, in pulpit and legislation, demand the observance of Sunday, of which there is nothing in their Bible.” Peter R. Kraemer, Catholic Church Extension Magazine, USA (1975), Chicago, Illinois, “Under the blessing of the Pope Pius XI” “Perhaps the boldest thing, the most revolutionary change the Church ever did, happened in the first century. The holy day, the Sabbath, was changed from Saturday to Sunday. 'The Day of the Lord' [dies domini] was chosen, not from any direction noted in the Scriptures, but from the Church's sense of its own power..... People who think that the Scriptures should be the sole authority, should logically become
[Seventh-Day] Adventists, and keep Saturday holy." Saint Catherine Catholic Church Sentinel, Algonac, Michigan, May 21, 1995. â€œThe wall of separation between church and state that was erected by secular humanists, and other enemies of religious freedom, has to come down. Those opposing our views are the new fascists.â€? Keith Tournier. Time Magazine Jan 1995 48 states already have Sunday laws, which are called blue laws some are not enforced. Sunday law all business must close and observe Sunday as a day of worship. And it will speak like a dragon. Revelation 13:11 How does a nation speak? By laws Who voted in President Bush as President majority of his votes were from the religious right. The religious right has incredible power now. Today you here more and more religious talk on the news as it was not so much before Bush presidency. What was is coming again church and state uniting like the first beast so the second will be. This is what is to come and is here now as predicted in the Bible.
Some other denominations think the second beast is Israel or a kingdom in the Middle East. But what superpower do you know of that is in the Middle East, or rose from an unpopulated area, or has such influence as the UNITED STAES. What kingdom in the east is similar in appearance to the Roman Church by design and law? Itâ€™s certainly not Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, and China. All the previous kingdoms have had very popular influences and domination. The criteria set in the Bible these kingdoms do not have.