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Week Ending 110115
The Doctrine of the Pivot. Part 8.
The Completion of the Eight identities of the first beast.


Point 5 in the Doctrine of the Pivot which deals with America and Biblical Prophecy and the Role of the Pivot in the Last Days.
We have now completed the first five out of eight identity marks of the first Beast mentioned in REV 13:1.

IDENTITY 1 - is found in REV 17:1, “Come here, I shall show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, the  many waters is the key because it says she is as a religious organization is in many nations.


IDENTITY 2
- REV 17:2, “The kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality.”

This had to do the influence she has had over the political realm in the human race.

IDENTITY 3 - REV 17:3, “I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns.”

This gave us a description of the beast

IDENTITY 4 - REV 17:4, And the woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality,
This identified her without doubt being the Roman Catholic Church (RCC).

 

IDENTITY 5 - REV 17:5, and upon her forehead a name was written, a mystery, “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
This refers to her religious influences throughout the world, throughout the ages.

 

IDENTITY 6 - REV 17:6, And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus.

Note that this church, the whore of Babylon, is drunk with the blood of the saints. It doesn’t say she just “has the blood of saints on her hands” but it says that she is “DRUNK” with the blood of Gods people. This religious organization is not guilty of killing a few Christians but  killing MANY, MANY of Gods people. Did you know that the Roman Catholic Church has caused TENS OF MILLIONS of Christians to be persecuted and brutally murdered? Yes, this woman is the Roman Catholic Church indeed! You would be shocked if you ever studiedThe Vaticans Hidden Holocaust. But it is there!

IDENTITY 7 - REV 17:18, “And the woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth.”
Many people look at this verse and proclaim BABYLON IS A CITY, ITS NEW YORK because it appears like Sodom and Gomorrah. And they totally disregard all the other characteristics of Babylon, which show that the whore of Babylon cannot just be a literal city like New York. But, if we take all the identification marks together, including this city one, then we can see who it is. We know from the evidence that Babylon the Great is a church. And so how can we bring this church and city together? Well, what is the one city which is also a church that“reigns” over the nations of the world? = RCC. What one city, which is known for its church has diplomatic relations with virtually all the worlds’ nations? = VATICAN CITY! The papacy is so influential and powerful that nearly every major country consults her before making major policy moves.

IDENTITY 8 - REV 17:6, And when I saw her, I wondered greatly. What is the one church that people would look at with awe and wonder? The Roman Catholic Church, with all her splendor and

pomp. Millions of people flock to the Vatican each year and wonder at the “majesty” and splendor of the place. Not only that, but the true definition of this verse is that John wondered with great amazement,  “Why”? This verse is tied in with the persecution by their power upon Gods people throughout the ages. But John already has seen great persecution upon Gods people at the hands of Pagan Rome when he was alive.

 

So why the astonishment? It is because John sees an actual professed Christian church doing the persecution and killing Gods own people. He saw the words of our Lord that even he wrote come to pass when he said in JOH 16:2-3, “They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God. And these things they will do, because they have not known the Father, or Me.”

 

This was an astonishment to John! The Angel showed him the blood that the Roman Church, a professed church of Christ, was to spill in the name of Jesus. And this is a perplexing astonishment to him. So, we have now completed our first principle of consideration which had to do with the first Beast of power. For you need to remember we are answering certain questions concerning who the two beasts and if America is involved in the prophecies of the last days.

 

  1. The first statement and question was the fact that there are Two World Powers which are symbolized in Revelation chapter 13. Who or what is the first power?

 

The Answer for now is the fact that:   The beast with seven heads is none other than the Roman Empire, especially the Roman papacy or the RCC and the place of the Pope.

 

  1. Therefore, our second question: In what year was the papacy predicted to lose its world influence and power?

 

When we talk about the influence and power of the papacy, we are talking about periods of time when the RCC and its Pope had world influence and world power. There was a time when there was really no such thing as the separation of Church and State, they were one and the same when it came to world power, politics and  religion.

 

In Rev 13 we are told that there would come a time when the RCC and the papacy would be slain and lose its world influence and power as it had. And so our second point: In what year was the papacy predicted to lose its world influence and power? We will see The Answer: Historical records reveal the papacy began its reign in 538 AD upon Emperor Justinians decree, and under the military protection of General (bela-sarious) Belisarius. Let me give you a little historical background without getting too complex or technical. General Belisarius was one of the last important figures in the Roman military tradition, he led imperial armies against the Persian Empire, the Ostrogothic regime of Italy, and the barbarian tribes attacking Constantinople.

 

The Bible says the beast will rule for EXACTLY 1260 years before receiving a mortal wound, REV 13:5.

 

Let begin in REV 13:1, And he stood on the sand of the seashore. And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names.

 

Now, I’ve already given to you who most scholars say the ten horns and the seven heads refer to but thats not our subject this morning.

 

REV 13:2-4, And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast;  and they worshiped the dragon, because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?”

 

Note that this beast is different than the first beast:

The first beast = emphasizes powerful religious organization.

The second beast = emphasizes powerful military organization.

 

REV 13:5, And there was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies; and authority to act for forty‑two months was given to him.

 

Now, remember in the interpretations we are dealing one beast which already was and another which is to come, but for the apostle John both these beasts were future as a far as he was concerned. Make sure you understand this because at the time John lived, these  prophecies concerning the coming of the two beasts were both future for the apostle John, whereas one has already been fulfilled for us while we are awaiting the fulfillment of the next beast which is to come.
Rev 13 was probably written in 96 AD

First beast - lived from 538-1798 AD

Second Beast = Future beast {?}

{96 AD - 1st Beast 538-1798 AD {2nd Beast -- ?}
We know this because in REV 13:5 we read, And there was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies; and authority to act for forty‑two months was given to him.

 

Remember, especially for those of you who studied Dan 9 with me, that in biblical prophecy, 42 months = 3.5 years or 1,260 days which also in biblical prophecy can refer to 1,260 years. Remember that in biblical prophecy that years can refer to days just as at time days can refer to years. Why is this important to understand? A period of only 1260 literal days, only 3 12 years, falls ridiculously short of fulfilling the requirements of the 1260-day prophecy in regard to the Rome and the Roman Catholic Church and the papacy.

 

When we function under the biblical prophecy principle that says that the number 1,260 days can also refer to years, the year-day principle of biblical prophecy is extended to 1260 years, and then the prophecy meets a unique fulfillment.

 

How? or Why?

In 538 A.D. the Ostragoths abandoned their siege of Rome and this left the Bishop of Rome to exercise the prerogatives of Justinians decree of 533 A.D. and then the power and the authority of the Papacy grew, and grew, and grew. The Ostragoths were a strong military people of the Goths who were Germans in the eastern Roman Empire. Justinian was a Christian emperor of Rome who appointed a man called Pope Vigilius  to be one the leaders of all the churches, as the absolute and final authority throughout the Roman Empire. He used a passage from the from the book of Proverbs which was written by King Solomon about the Lord Jesus Christ, but Justinian said it represented the city of Rome and its Pope, who made this statement as a Pope:

 

PRO 8:15, “By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice.”

 

Justinian decreed, or put into law the fact that verse referred to the Pope of Rome given absolute authority to the RCC and the papacy. Justian went on to promote the following statement that he put into law when he said:“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;

 

Let me break down this statement for you. He said, “The heart of the King is in the hand of God, in other words whatever the king says, is from God.” And at the time the king or emperor of Rome said whatever the Pope says, listen to him for he is sent from God to us. He said God was literally speaking through him. And if you did not follow this then you were disciplined, jailed, beaten, scourged and in some cases, even put to death. Then notice, the next part of the statement, “And it [the heart of the Pope] will incline or reveal to whatever side God wishes”

 

Total blasphemy. In effect, laws were passed which said in effect to reject what the Pope says is to reject God Himself. You were said to be an apostate or a heretic. Then he stated at the end of the statement this; - “That is to say, that he [the Roman Pope or the Pope of Rome] may confirm your empire, and maintain your kingdoms for the peace of the Church and the unity of religion.”

 

This gave one man the final authority in the Roman empire and the RCC, thank God he did not have this authority throughout the world, basically because of the Protestant religion which eventually also ended up with their own system of apostasy. The first Pope was Pope Vigilius (died 7 June 555), he was Pope from 29 March 537 to his death in 555. He is considered the first Pope of the Byzantine Papacy. Byzantine refers to the Roman empire of the East.

 

Question: “Was Saint Peter the first Pope?”
Answer:
The Roman Catholic Church sees Peter as the first Pope upon whom God had chosen to build His church (MAT 16:18). That is when our Lord said what He said about the mystery of the Church in Mat 16, notice it!

 

MAT 16:13  Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He {began} asking His disciples, saying, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”

MAT 16:14-19, And they said, “Some {say} John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Simon Peter answered and said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal {this} to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

 

The Lord said: you are Peter or petros, a chip out of the stone or a part of the rock, and upon this rock, Petra, the massive rock, the fact that He is Messiah, as Peter said in MAT 16:16, Thou art the Christ the Son of the living God, I will build My church. This was one of only a few references to the fact that a new dispensation was about to be launched. For when the Lord said, “Upon this rock I will build my church”, He used the Greek word oikodomeo [to build] which means that the church did not exist at the time that the Lord said it, it was future. And every system of theology which tries to start the church in Abrahams tent or with Noah or with Moses has an erroneous understanding of the Scripture and does not understand the correct biblical interpretation of history.

 

They fail miserably when it comes to Gods plan and mystery doctrine. And that’s why most churches are involved with cleaning up the devils world because they do not understand dispensational truth or the dispensation of the mystery. However, that is not our subject because what I wanted you to see is that the RCC says in MAT 16:18,  when the Lord said you are Peter or petros, and I will build my church, the RCC upon you Peter as its first Pope.

 

When in reality our Lord said you are Peter or petros, a chip out of the stone or a part of the rock, and upon this rock, Petra, the massive rock, which is the fact that He is Messiah, as Peter said in MAT 16:16  Thou art the Christ the Son of the living God, on His messiah-ship He would build His church. For when the Lord said, “Upon this rock I will build my church”, He used the fut-act-ind of oikodomeo [to build] which means that the church did not exist at the time that the Lord said it, it was future. We are all pebbles or chips in the rock but TLJC is the foundational rock. This why the apostle Paul said in EPH 2:20 that we have been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, EPH 2:21-22, in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.

 

Like Peter, we are all little chips out of the rock, but he, the Lord Jesus Christ is the Rock, the only Rock, 1CO 10:4 we all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ. Or as Peter said 1PE 2:4-5, And coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected by men, but choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

 

The  Roman Catholic Church (RCC) teaches that Peter had authority (pre-dominance) over the other apostles. The RCC maintains that sometime after the recorded events of the book of Acts, the Apostle Peter became the first bishop of Rome, and that the Roman bishop was accepted by the early church as the central authority among all of the churches. It teaches that God passed Peters apostolic authority to those who later filled his seat as bishop of Rome. This teaching that God passed on Peters apostolic authority to the subsequent bishops is referred to as “apostolic succession.”

The RCC also holds that Peter and the subsequent Popes were, and are infallible when addressing and issues in the World-wide Church from their position and authority as Pope. It teaches that this infallibility gives the Pope the ability to guide the church without error. The RCC claims that it can trace an unbroken line of Popes back to St. Peter, citing this as evidence that it is the true church, since, according to their interpretation of MAT 16:18, Christ built His church upon Peter.

This is totally false. But while Peter was central in the early spread of the gospel (part of the meaning behindMAT 16:18-19), the teaching of Scripture, taken in context, nowhere declares that he was in authority over the other apostles, or over the entire church. For in ACT 15:1-23 compared to GAL 2:1-14, even the apostle Paul rebuked peter for his compromises with the early Christian and Jews. And even Peter knew his place for 1PE 5:1-5, he said he was a fellow apostle, or fellow elder and that there is one leader over one local church or assembly whether it is face-to-face or non face-to-face. Also, nowhere does Scripture state that, in order to keep the church from error, the authority of the apostles was passed on to those they ordained (the idea behind apostolic succession). What Scripture does teach is that false teachings would arise and claim apostolic authority even from among themselves, ACT 20:28-30.

 

Was Peter the first Pope? The answer, according to Scripture, is a clear and emphatic “no.” Nowhere claims supremacy over the other apostles. Nowhere in his writings (1 and 2 Peter) did the Apostle Peter claim any special role, authority, or power over the church. Nowhere in Scripture does Peter, or any other apostle, state that their apostolic authority would be passed on to successors. Yes, the Apostle Peter had a leadership role among the disciples. Yes, Peter played a crucial role in the early spread of the gospel (Acts chapters 1-10). Yes, Peter was the “rock” as a winner believer that Christ predicted he would be (Matthew 16:18).

 

However, these truths about Peter in no way give support to the concept that Peter was the first Pope, or that he was the “supreme leader” over the apostles, or that his authority would be passed on to the bishops of Rome. Peter himself points us all to the true Shepherd and Overseer of the church, the Lord Jesus Christ (1PE 2:25). The first Pope who came into power when Rome began its power in the Catholic Church was Pope VigiliusJohn Paul II. Exactly 1,260 years later the Papacy suffered its deathblow, it lost its world-wide power and authority that it is also claimed in the political realm.

 

How?

 

The spectacular victories of the armies of Napoleon in Italy placed the Pope at the mercy of the French Revolutionary Government, which now advised that the Roman Religion would always be a persistent enemy of the Republic. So, the government urged Napoleon to destroy the center of unity of the Roman church, and Napoleon did just that. In 1798 the French General Berthier, with a French army, marched into Rome and proclaimed the political rule of the Papacy at an end and took the Pope prisoner. The Pope was removed to France where he died in exile. The 1260 year rule of the Papacy was finished or we could say the reference to the First Beast being the RCC with the Pope ruling the world seized.

 

It is also a great method by which to see the Lord glorified. If the prophecy is correct, 1260 years after 538 AD the beast must receive a mortal wound, REV 13:3, And I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast;

 

Now, if you add 1260 years to the beginning year that the RCC took over which was 538 AD, you will arrive in the year 1798 AD. So, according to the Bible we are told the first reign of the beast will last till the year 1798. So, did it end in 1798, and how? First understand, according to the prophecy, we learn that, REV 13:10,“He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword...” It says, if anyone is destined for captivity, [in others words, the First Beast led others into captivity],  to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with the sword [like the First Beast did], with the sword he must be killed. Here is the perseverance and the faith of the saints. The prophecy is telling us that the beast would be destroyed with the sword (sword = a reference to the military) at the end of its reign of exactly 1,260 years. Did this happen to Papal Rome in 1798...?

YES IT DID!

On February 10th, Napoleon Bonaparte in that EXACT year 1798 A.D. sent his General Louis Alexandre Berthier, with his army into Rome, Italy. It is recorded...”In 1798 General Berthier made his entrance into Rome, abolished the papal government, and established a secular one.” says the Encyclopedia Britannica 1941 edition. That’s Exactly 42 prophetic months, or 1,260 years, sometimes also called a time, and times, and dividing a time after the Papacy began its powerful reign that the Pope “shall go into captivity” by the military. By the way, shortly after his captivity the Pope did in fact die, in exile.

 

Our second question:

 

  1. In what year was the papacy predicted to lose its world influence and power?

Answer: The Bible predicted that the papacy would lose its world influence and power at the end of the 42 months. This prophecy was fulfilled in 1798, when Napoleons General Berthier took the Pope captive and the papal power received its deadly wound.

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