|FACTS OF THE FUTURE - Part One|
THE FUTURE WITHOUT ILLUSIONS
|Many of these events are clearly
prophesied in the Bible
(Matt 24:4-31; Luke 21:25-28; Rev 6:12-17;16;17;18).
LESSONS FROM THE PAST
For example, God told Noah of the coming flood, Abraham and Lot of the future
destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and Moses of the plagues of
Egypt. These events were recorded for us today as a warning to help us
understand clearly that all prophecies recorded in the Bible have met their
fulfillment and will come to pass in the future. (1Cor 10:6-12; 2Pet 2:5-9; Heb
THE MESSAGE OF THE THREE ANGELS
The lesson of the three angels which we find in Revelation, chapter 14, written by John the Revelator. This is the last call which God is making to all people before the second coming of Jesus Christ as King and Judge. It contains the most serious warning of coming judgments to be found in scripture:
This warning is of vital importance to every person! But how can we avoid
worshipping the Beast or receiving its Mark if we don't know who or what the
Beast and its Image is? The lack of knowledge in this area has fatal
consequences. "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." (Hos 4:6, compare
Isa 29: 13-14).
What is the meaning of that Beast with that unique Mark?
Before we discuss the Beast itself we must understand the historical
background preceding the Beast. The best place to begin is in the book of
Daniel, which deals greatly with prophecy, from the 6th century B.C. down to the
end of time.
|The papal system
changed the law of God,
the 10 commandments
4. Further, it states: "he will think to change times and laws...." The papal system actually changed the law of God, the 10 commandments: It removed the second commandment from the catechism, which prohibits the worship of images. It also changed the fourth commandment, the keeping of the Sabbath (the only commandment dealing with time), by moving God's day of rest from the seventh day to the first day of the week. (compare 2Thess 2:3-4; Ps 94:20).He changed the "time" of worship. A false day of worship was set up. Insteadof the original, unchangeable Sabbath of the 7th day (see Ex 20:8-11; 31:13,16,17; Eze 20:12; Isa 56:2,3,6,7;Ps 89:35;Heb 4:1-11; Jas 2:10), which was kept by Christ and the apostles (Luke 4:16; Matt 24:20; Acts 13:42; Heb 4:10-11), the first day of the week (the pagan "day of the sun") was set up, which God never commanded to be kept holy. He had warned his people not to accept this day of worship (Rev 14:9-11;16:2;19:20; see Eze 8:16-18).
5. "And there was given unto him a
mouth speaking great things and blasphemies... And he opened his mouth in
blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that
dwell in heaven." Rev 13:5-6 (compare Dan 7:8,25; 11:36; 2Thes 2:3-4).
How does the Bible define blasphemy? During a plot against Jesus he was accused
of blasphemy "...because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God" John 10:33. Another type of
blasphemy we find in Luke 5:21: "Who is this which speaketh
blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?" Both
forms of the mentioned blasphemies fit the papacy. ("On this earth we are
holding the place of Almighty God" Encyc. Pope Leo XIII, 6-20-1894). Frequently
the pope is called "Holy Father", even though Jesus forbade
this form of address towards any man (Matt 23:9), because it is reserved
exclusively for the Father in Heaven (John 17:11).
6. In Dan 7:25; 12:7 and Rev 12:14, even the period of the papal supremacy is being prophesied as three and a half times in Rev 11:2, as 42 months in Rev 13:5, and as 1260 days in Rev 11:3 and 12:6 respectively.
The biblical measurement for prophesied periods as 1 day equaling 1 year (Ez 4:6 and Num 14:34) makes it plain that in all these references it is referring to the same period of time of 1260 actual years. One "time" by their understanding was meant to mean one year. In those days they calculated in lunar years of 360 days per year. One lunar month consisted of 30 days (see time of flood in Gen 7:11,24; 8:4 - here are 150 days 5 months). Accordingly we find that 3 1/2 times (3 1/2 years) multiplied by twelve months equals 42 months, and 42 months multiplied by 30 days equals 1260 days, or 1260 actual years in history.
We find that this prophesied time period found its actual fulfillment in the history of the papacy. The final destruction of the East Gothic Empire around 538 AD, (which was the last power, or "Horn", that withstood Rome), is generally being understood as the beginning of the political dominating position of the papacy. When we start counting 1260 years from this period of history we arrive at the year 1798 AD. Exactly during this year Pope Pius VI was made captive under the leadership of the French general Berthiér. Pope Pius VI died in prison. The following prediction was fulfilled: "He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity." Rev 13:10 (Concordance N.T.). Never again to this date had the papacy such clear supremacy and influence. A democratic constitution was established, and Rome became a republic, and the political power of Rome came to an end - exactly after 1260 years, as prophecy had foretold it.
In Rev 13:1-10, the history of the papal power is briefly recorded as it arose out of the pagan Roman empire, as it reigned for 1260 years, and in the end received a deadly wound.
7. In Rev 13:3 it says: "And I saw one
of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was
healed: and all the world wondered after the beast." This shows
clearly that this power will exist until the return of Christ. (Compare Dan
8. During the time of the deadly wound and the regaining of its power, another beast comes to view: "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. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed." Rev 13:11-12.
|Which power is being described?|
1. Arises out of the earth. Rev 13:11
1. Arises in some new or sparsely populated land.
2. Arises about the time the sea beast is falling. (1798 AD, Rev 13:1,3,10)
2. Grows into a nation about the time of Papal overthrow (1763-1800)
3. Has two lamb-like horns (Rev 13:11)
3. Two Christ-like principles give it strength (civil and religious liberty)
4. Has no crowns on the horns (Rev 13:11)
4. Not a monarchy - some form of republic
5. Exercises power equal to the first beast (Rev 13:12)
5. Becomes a formidable, if not supreme, world power.
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