Revelation Chapter 17 tells us Christians where we went wrong
Why is Mankind headed for God's Judgement Day?
This is as a result of listening to and following teachings that are different to Scripture.
Revelation Chapter 17 deals with the rise and the spread of the Antichrist, the main source of unscriptural error.
We need to know who the enemy is if we are to avoid being caught up in his clutches.
This Chapter deals with some harsh truths as it details the main reason why humanity is being swept along to face the judgements of God. It describes a very popular system of error that has survived for two thousand years, as Satan used it to deceive multitudes of people down through the ages. All Satan has to do is get us to believe something that is different to what is written in the Bible.
And if we are not wide awake, these errors will sweep us into the great Tribulation.REVELATION 17:1And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
The seven vials will be poured out in the great Tribulation as they represent God’s wrath against sin which is unbelief, not believing what is written in the Bible. Preferring to believe something different.
One of the judgement angels came to inform John about what had gone so wrong as to deserve these terrible judgements. How did mankind end up in this mess?
The central villain that has so angered God is a woman.
A literal woman or something that a woman symbolizes?
She sits on many waters. No literal woman can do this, so it must be a symbol.
What does a woman symbolize? The church.This is a crucial chapter as it speaks of God's judgement against sin. Who is it that is being judged?
We need to know. A woman symbolises a church. The true church is called the bride or wife of Christ.
REVELATION 19:7Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
II CORINTHIANS 11:2For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
3 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.
But John sees a bad woman who represents a church that has been corrupted by other men.
A good wife lives true to her husband. The true church only believes what Jesus says. He is called the Word of God. Thus we must only believe what is in the Bible.
This church that John sees believes what other men say. Basically, this church is messing around with other men's ideas and opinions.
The human mind is a spiritual womb which conceives doctrines from the ideas or thoughts that men put into our minds. All the ideas which form our beliefs must come only from what is written in the Bible. If people inject ideas into our minds that cause us to conceive doctrines that are unscriptural because they are not written in the Bible, then we are being unfaithful to Christ.
MATTHEW 15:9But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
REVELATION 17:15And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
The sea represents the restless multitudes of people who drift hither and thither as they are influenced by the pressures of life, and all the temporary and fashionable but changing opinions of their times. People are easily influenced by the opinions of powerful and charismatic preachers. So this chapter sets the scene for the rise of a global power that wants to control the world. Napoleon tried to control Europe and failed. Hitler tried and failed. Communism tried to rule the world and failed. Why? None of these powerful movements had a religious component. Man is born with a vacuum in his soul that craves spiritual fulfilment.
Deep currents in the sea represent the unseen influences of dark satanic spirits and demonology which so easily influence our human thinking and generate a mob spirit, a feeling that we must belong to and not disagree with a group, and that attitude makes us reject outside criticism and correction. But when you follow the herd you will find that the green grass has already been eaten. Learn to think for yourself.
When Jesus cast out the Legion of demons from a man at Gedara, these spirits entered some pigs who rushed into the sea. This symbolises how evil spirits rush into and find a home in the "sea", the restless multitudes of people.The true church will be filled with the Holy Spirit and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ which makes them believe and follow the Bible. The rest of the churches will seek the comforting ritual and glamour of 'churchianity'. As Christians we want some kind of religious belief so that we can serve God in a way that we feel comfortable with. But human leadership and traditions will cause the churches to taken over by the influence of the rising power of this beast.
Islam is a very formidable foe to the church because it has a religious component, and thus survives in the hearts of the Muslim people. Thinking that they will go to heaven, the suicide bombers queue up in their willingness to get a short cut to heaven. Such is the incredible power of religious thinking. No power will effectively dominate the world unless it mixes politics with religion.
We must not be surprised to find out that error must come from the church world. The bad guy when Jesus lived on earth was Judas. He was a follower of Jesus, a chosen disciple, not an outsider.
Judas was a church leader, an apostle.
So error lies in the leadership of the church.
So this fallen woman is a church full of error that has risen to power and influence on a world-wide, global scale.REVELATION 17:2With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
Kings represent political power. So this church has huge political clout. World rulers consult this system.
It is a massive combination of religious and political importance.Fornication means that she is not married. If she was married the Bible would have used the word adultery. This church is thus not the wife of Christ although she claims to be the wife of Christ.
Carnal people drink wine to get happy. Spiritually, wine represents the stimulation of revelation. Understanding something in the Bible makes us happy. But this church's revelations, though intoxicating, are wrong because fornication is forbidden in the Bible. It is sex before marriage. So this woman, a fallen church, is not going to be married to Christ as He will only marry a virgin. This church offers people something that they find intoxicating, but yet it is very wrong, just like premarital sex.
ACTS 2:4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
ACTS 2:13Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.The disciples were so stimulated by the Holy Spirit that they even staggered as they walked.
A major weakness amongst us Christians is that clever men can develop exciting ideas which captivate our minds. Then, like drunkards, we cannot reason Scripturally in order to correct our mistakes.
We cannot take these fascinating human ideas and impressive ceremonies back to Scripture, so we just believe them because they suit us and interest us.
Religion is when we tell God how we want to worship Him in a way that suits us. Think of Christmas (unscriptural word), 25 December (unscriptural date), christmas tree (a heathen practice that we should not copy says Jeremiah Chapter 10)
JEREMIAH 10:2Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.The wise men went into a house, not a stable, when Jesus was a young child, not a baby. And only Mary is mentioned, not Joseph.
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
But we Christians are so brain washed by Christmas card pictures, preachers wanting to be popular, and the nativity plays that we see every December, that we refuse to believe that the wise men did not go into the stable. The wise men after all are the reason for us giving gifts to our children (and everyone else that we feel obliged to buy presents for ). Thus Christmas is entangled with this powerful money spirit, and we Gentiles just do not seem to be able to break that religious and financial habit.
The Babylonian priesthood that developed after Noah's Flood was very clever. Their ideas continue to impress us. Think of how many Christians still read their sun signs from the Zodiac, which are another clever trend from ancient Babylon.
Drunkards express emotion rather than facts. Although Christmas is not a serious issue, it illustrates the powerful spirit of the peer pressures that urge us to follow the crowd rather than following the Word. But Christians, like drunkards, remain obsessed with Christmas.
But there are far more serious issues where Christians lack a Biblical foundation for their beliefs.
Water baptism is presented in two different ways in the Bible. This thus requires us to think clearly.
MATTHEW 28:19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
ACTS 2:38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
If Christians are spiritually drunk and can no longer reason correctly, they will not be able to see clearly enough to reconcile these two verses and will simply, very rashly, reject the one as a mistake and believe the other. In order to establish truth, we need to obey both. Rejecting a Scripture because we believe it is wrong, is fatal. We have no absolute truth if there are mistakes in the Bible.
Saying that "Peter got it wrong and I will rather believe Jesus" is a dangerous philosophy because we then claim that the apostles did not know what they were doing.
II TIMOTHY 3:16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
When Jesus prayed for His disciples He said :
JOHN 17:20Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
We can only learn about Jesus from the disciples.
If we disagree with the disciples then we are the people who are wrong, not them.
In this last church age we are supposed to go back to the New Testament teachings of the early church.
So the question we need to ask is "What is the Name of God?".
Here Christians struggle. We have been taught about a Trinity (the word is not in the Bible) of one God in three Persons (an unscriptural statement). The Roman Catholics developed and refined this idea over a couple of hundred years from about 250 AD to about 500 AD.
Then we Protestants swallowed it without any protest.
In the process we lost the Name of God because three Persons cannot have one name. So, like the Catholics, we substitute three titles "Father, Son and Holy Ghost" for one Name.
But Peter tells us the Name of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. It is Jesus Christ.
The mistake we made was to believe the pagan Babylonian idea of their trinity and merge that idea into a 'Christian' Trinity. Forget the unscriptural word Trinity and let the fullness of the Godhead (the Spirit of God) dwell in the human body of Jesus and then we have "Jesus Christ" as the human Name of God.
COLOSSIANS 2:8Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.Greek philosophy produced the idea of three-in-one or one-God-in-three-Persons. Neither of these statements are found in Scripture.
The Catholics evolved a Trinity concept that is not written in the Bible. We Protestants accepted it and now we follow the same path of desperately defending the Trinity and other ideas that are also not written in the Bible. So Catholics and Protestants both have the same attitude. We are happy to believe something that is not written in the Bible.
Like drunkards, Christians remain obsessed with the Catholic Trinity.
REVELATION 17:3So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
A sad truth. If you want the Spirit of God to instruct you, you will become unpopular. The wilderness has few people in it. The first price we pay for truth is rejection. But once he was in that lonely wilderness, John reaped the benefits : he saw something. His inner eyes or insight suddenly opened. We are unlikely to see the truth in a crowd because we become more interested in being accepted and agreeing with the crowd. People pleasers don’t learn much truth. Truth will disagree with the crowd’s opinions so we will never find truth unless we are prepared to stand alone against the crowd.
A beast is a power. But this colossal power has a church sitting on it, in control of it. The beast is scarlet. This is the colour of sin, but is also the colour of importance in the Roman Catholic church as their cardinals, who run the church, dress in scarlet.
ISAIAH 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet
62-1104M BLASPHEMOUS NAMES
Now, they hollering about me kicking against organizations. It's those blasphemous names, that call themselves, "churches of God, and churches of Christ, and churches of Methodist, and churches." It's lodges, not churches.
One Church, that's the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. And what is It? The mystical Body of Jesus Christ in operation on earth, made up of a member of any of these congregations, that would be a member of Christ's Body. You have to be born into It, not joined into It.
But she is "full of blasphemous names," Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, all calling themselves, "churches of God." Blasphemous names! Lot of difference between "names of blasphemy" and "blasphemous names." Call themselves, "the Church of God," and representing themselves before the world; and card parties, and drinking, and carrying on, and soup suppers, and everything else, and all kind of stuff go.
We have no right to call ourselves anything but Christians.
To justify all of the more than 30 000 different types of denomination that have sprung up, men have invented endless names to describe themselves. This system of denominational churchianity makes us part of this beast and it is "full of the names" of these myriads of denominations.
A true bride only takes on the name of her husband, no other name. Our Husband is Christ. According to Scripture we are Christians.
ACTS 11:26And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
ACTS 26:28Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
I PETER 4:16Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.If we want truth then we must go, like John, into a spiritual wilderness where there are few people so that we can get away from human opinions and traditions.
The problem with the motto "Go with the flow" is that the journey is always downwards. Truth will not make us popular.
This woman, this Catholic church, is riding on, and thus controlling, a savage beast or power that the Catholic church has. This power has been developed by trial and error over almost two thousand years as the Catholic church reacted to world events or shrewdly took advantage of the changing political and religious scenarios. Her pursuit of power has enabled her to build up an international church organization which will one day allow her to control the world with her powers. She is the only person who is riding on the beast. No one else can control it.
We Protestants are so impressed with what the Catholics have achieved, and the sheer survival capacity of this amazing world-wide religious organization, that we are now trying hard to build up an image to the beast. This is a Protestant international church system with political clout that can rival the Catholic church. Like the Catholics, we Protestants do not worry too much about being strictly Scriptural. Our idea of being a successful church is based on the amount of money coming in and the number of people in the congregation. After all, in our attempts to copy-cat or imitate the more than one billion Catholics we must also produce large, wealthy congregations.
A very strong spiritual power is the spirit that makes us worship or idolize or imitate another human being. We speak of film 'idols' and sports 'idols'. We elevate and admire them. So the church will provide leaders that are reverenced and uplifted. Mary is venerated and prayed to by many Catholics. Many believe that she can influence Jesus to save us. People are driven by this spirit of uplifting a fellow human being. We cannot even call our church leader "Joe" or "Francis". We have to say "Pastor Joe" or "Pope Francis". This was never done in New Testament days. The word "pope" is not in the Bible. The word "pastor" is only mentioned once in the New Testament, and then as the fourth out of five ministries.
EPHESIANS 4:11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
Thus to make a pastor the head of the church is unscriptural. You cannot draw that conclusion from this single verse.
There is no Scripture that says a shepherd is a pastor.
So elevating a human as leader over the church is not the way that we Christians should have gone.
I CORINTHIANS 12:28And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
Notice, when God sets up the church, there is not even a mention of pastors.
So to have pastors dominating the church clearly indicates that it is people who have set up our modern churches, not God. If the Pope is the head of the Catholic church, and if a pastor is the head of each Protestant church, then it is no wonder that the true Head of the church, Jesus Christ, stands outside the church (Revelation 3). No body can have two heads.
REVELATION 17:4And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
The Roman Catholic church is the wealthiest organization in the world. But God is not impressed with what she is offering in her expensive cup. Outwardly she looks fabulous. Inwardly it is all wrong and corrupt.
The typical dress of a cardinal with a scarlet head dress and a purple robe.
The cardinals form the highest council which runs the Roman Catholic church.
A coin showing the pagan Roman emperor Tiberius, who ruled from 14 -37 AD, as Maxim(um) Pontiff. The highest Pontiff or high priest of the pagan mysteries of Babylon. He was emperor when Jesus was crucified.
Pope Leo 12 in 1825 struck this medal of a woman, representing the Roman Catholic church, sitting on the earth.
The words say "She sits above the whole earth" or "the whole earth is her seat".
The Popes believe that the Catholic church should rule the world. This is the ongoing aim of the papacy.
Notice how she holds out a cup of her beliefs or doctrine. The Popes believe that you must be subject to the Roman Catholic church in order to be saved. This was declared by Pope Boniface 8 in 1302.
Above is a 100 lire coin of Pope Paul 6 - Pont(ifex) Max(imus) (High priest of the Babylonian mysteries) - Vatican City 1963.
So the Pope has taken over the title of Pontiff or high priest of the Babylonian mysteries from the pagan Roman emperors.
Fides means Faith. The woman symbolises the Catholic church that is faithful to the Pope and what he believes. She holds a cup in her hand which symbolises her beliefs or doctrines that she offers to the world in order to save the world.
So the Popes view the Roman Catholic church as a woman that is holding out a cup which represents the doctrines of the church.
REVELATION 17:5And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
The Lateran church on the Caelian hill in Rome (one of the original seven hills) is the oldest church in the west. That is why it calls itself the mother church. The Protestant churches separated from the Catholic church at a much later date and can thus be referred to as the daughter churches of the mother Catholic church. Luther was a Catholic monk until he broke away from the Catholic church when the Pope condemned him.
The following inscription is carved into the Lateran church (or basilica).
A fairly literal translation reads " The sacred Lateran church of the whole city and world, the mother and head of the church".
So the Lateran church declares itself to be the mother church. We Protestants came along later, and although Protestants were born as virgin daughters under the original reformers, we did not stay that way as time went by. To build up our denominations (unscriptural word) we followed the Catholic example and accepted the efficiency of human leadership, and thus Jesus was no longer our Head. Now we believe the quotes and opinions of different men instead of being able to just quote the Bible. Thus we are no longer faithful to our Husband, the Word. God is obviously not impressed with all of us, Catholic and Protestant alike, because His condemnation of all of our churches is scathing.
Ancient Babylon was a cradle of religious errors and these mysteries were revealed to people by men, called Cardinals. "Cardo" meant a hinge. These Cardinals controlled the door to the chamber that held the mysteries. If you paid enough, confessed all your sins to them so that they could blackmail you if you left, and as long as you believed in them, they would open the door on its hinges a little more so that you could see more of the mysteries that were behind the door.
Over the ages the Popes claimed that Peter has the key to the door and he will only let people into Heaven if they obeyed the Pope. This doctrine of "Unam Sanctam" was announced in 1302 AD and means that there is no salvation outside the Catholic church. Notice how salvation is not just from Jesus, but is now also in the hands of Peter who has to unlock the door for you. Do you think God is impressed with this idea?
REVELATION 17:6And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
The Roman emperors, from Nero in 64 AD when he began killing Christians, to 312 AD when Constantine became emperor and stopped killing Christians, ordered the deaths of about 3 million Christians.
At about 400 AD, Augustine, a powerful Roman Catholic preacher , claimed that it was OK to persecute Christians who disagreed with the Catholic church. Some historians have labeled him the Prince of Persecutors. Around 450 AD, Leo I, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Rome interpreted Augustine’s teaching as meaning that Catholics could kill dissenting Christians. He rejoiced when Priscillianists in Spain were massacred. Leo I tried to establish the claim that the Bishop of Rome was the supreme ruler of Christianity. So a killing machine was set in motion that swept through the Dark Ages and the Counter Reformation whereby the Catholic church murdered about 68 million Christians and others who did not believe in Catholicism. This violent counter Reformation stopped the spread of the Reformation in many countries.
Not to mention all the Jews and Muslims and other local residents who got slaughtered in the Crusades that were inspired by Pope Urban II. Killing unbelievers would give the crusaders a place in Heaven, was his claim. This is error at its worst - "I can go to Heaven if I kill you". Man cannot sink much lower.
Drunk with blood. These numbers were excessive. There was no excuse for all this blood shedding.
But the Protestant daughters were also tainted by this bloodlust. Protestants also killed Catholics, and some Protestants killed other Protestants that they disagreed with. Anabaptists who baptized by immersion in water were drowned by other Protestants. So the deadly example of religious murder spread from Catholics to Protestants. Joseph Smith of the Mormons was shot by Methodists in America. Protestants killed far fewer opponents than the massive killing machine set up by the Popes and the Vatican, but even though Protestants produced a far smaller death toll, each of those murders was ghastly and very wrong. Protestant queen Elizabeth I allowed about one and a half million Irish Catholics to be slaughtered.
John Calvin, that great reformer, blotted his testimony when he burned Servetus at the stake, who believed in Oneness rather than the Trinity. Man's inhumanity to man is quite frightening.So we Protestants do not have an unblemished record.
Yet John wondered with great admiration. How beautiful are the Vatican buildings. The ceiling of the Sistine chapel was painted by Michelangelo, the world’s greatest artist. How impressive and colourful are the pomp and wealth of her services and processions. How widespread is her influence among the world’s people and their leaders. Mother Theresa, that most famous Catholic nun, set a charitable example of devotedly nursing the terminally ill and helping the helpless in Calcutta that impressed the world. She gave away all the millions that she won from her Nobel prize to the poor. Very few have set such an incredible example of selflessness.
The Catholic system looks so brilliant. So John wondered, how could it have been so murderous? They claim that their first Pope was Saint Peter. But when Peter saw Judas betray Jesus, Peter attacked one of the High Priest’s servants with a sword. Jesus told him to put away his sword. So how could the church which claimed to follow Peter now use the sword to kill millions of fellow Christians, just because they disagreed on doctrine.
The Roman Catholic church remains a mystery and a puzzle. So impressive in so many ways, they have done so many charitable works in terms of uplifting the poor. They offer spiritual counsel and welfare to so many. Then they blot their pastoral care with their worldly political involvement. Then they also have such an excessive track record of torture and murder.REVELATION 17:7And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
John will now get an explanation of these symbols.
Now the angel begins to explain the symbols to clarify who this fallen woman, this fallen church is.
Fallen from what? Fallen away from following the Bible just the way that it is written.
A beast with seven heads is a frightening monster. This church rides on a powerful spirit that is very frightening. This religious-political Roman Catholic system is actually sweeping the world along towards the judgements of God, while the people in this system are convinced that they are serving God. So John wondered.
How could so many sincere people be so fooled? Both the Catholic church and her Protestant daughters.
REVELATION 17:8The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
A bottomless pit has no Bible foundation. Thus preachers with creative imagination can continually pull up new ideas and speculations based on human traditions and opinions. They feel that there is no need to be strictly Scriptural.
We Gentiles were once trapped in the pit of paganism during the Old Testament days. Jesus came to free us from that spiritual prison. Now the denominational system of 'churchianity' is dragging us back into these pagan mysteries. Christians enjoy the emotionally soothing yet spiritually empty ceremonies and traditions that are not part of the Bible, like the huge cathedrals, religious robes, the sign of the cross, rosaries, christmas trees, Easter bunnies, disco music, and homosexuality.
Christians want fashionable feel-good spiritual tranquillizers to ease nagging anxieties that maybe we are not in a good place. We do not want to be informed that we could be wrong in our beliefs. We do not want our comfortable materialistic life to be threatened by any doctrinal issues.
Today, we think our beliefs do not have to rest on what is written in Scripture. Try finding the words Pope, Cardinal and Archbishop in the Bible. Pagan beliefs are pulled out of the pit, and then dressed up in Christian words. The goddess Ishtar came down onto the Euphrates river in an egg and hatched. This is the basis for our Easter eggs, sorry, Ishtar eggs."was, and is not, and yet is".
This represents the succession of the Popes. The church system controls these powerful but dangerous spirits. The Pope is the boss and figurehead of the Catholic church. As time went on, they always elected a Pope who was the ruler and then suddenly it is announced that he is not, he has died. The man dies but the office of Pope does not die away because a new Pope is elected by the Council of Cardinals. Despite the death of the current Pope, there yet is another man to take his place.
So the papacy survives by having the Council of Cardinals elect a new Pope. This method has successfully produced the longest unbroken line of rulers that there is in the western world. (And possibly in the east too, but I do not have information on their longest line of rulers).
The Pope is the figurehead of the religious system. “the beast that was” (this is the Pope when he ruled after having been elected by the Cardinals), “and is not” (the Pope dies), “and yet is” (a new Pope is elected to take his place).”
The succession of Popes is based on their claim they are descended from St Peter and the early Bishops of Rome. This pedigree is impressive. No other system has had such a power for survival. People wonder at their persistence and endless continuity in a changing world.
But Peter was never in Rome. There is no historical document which claims this. Peter was the apostle to the Jews. He went to Babylon to the Jews who did not return when Cyrus freed the Jews from their Babylonian captivity. Catholics desperately want to call Rome Babylon so that they can say that Peter was in Rome. That is not true. Rome is not Babylon. The woman, the Roman Catholic church, has Mystery Babylon written on her forehead. The forehead symbolises the mind which is in the brain that is behind the forehead. So the Roman church, in her mind, believes the mysteries of Babylon. That is why God condemns her. But Babylon is the city on the Euphrates. That is where Peter was.
Bishop Siricius, who died in 399 AD, was the first Roman bishop to call himself Pope. So the concept of a "Pope" took almost 400 years to develop. That idea certainly did not come from the Bible. The idea of a bishop being in charge of a city did not develop until after the death of the apostle John, which occurred around 100 AD. Between 60 AD and 70 AD many of the original twelve apostles were killed, while others went far away, like Thomas who went to India. From then on the Western world looked up to the apostle John for leadership until he died.
The beast is that powerful spirit whereby people want to hero worship and magnify another human. Then each uplifted human leader wants to have the complete submission of the people to the ideas and opinions of the leader. A typical motto of a leader is "everyone is entitled to my opinion".
Leaders, both in politics and religion, easily become addicted to power. The church world today is big business.
The Pope is the figurehead of this powerful spirit that has built up a massive universal church system or denomination (another unscriptural word).
REVELATION 17:9And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
Wisdom, not tongues, is the highest gift of the Holy Spirit. The wisdom to link Scriptures together and make them dovetail with each other and with the facts of church history, so that we can know what is going on and what has happened in the past. Scriptures never clash with each other. When they seem to clash, it simply indicates that our understanding of the topic is just too shallow and faulty.
I CORINTHIANS 12:8For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:I CORINTHIANS 12:31But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
The word of wisdom is the first gift mentioned. Without wisdom we cannot understand the Bible.
Marcus Terentius Varro (116 BC – 27 BC) in De Lingua Latina v. 41 wrote:
"Where now is Rome, was once Septimontium, named by the so many mountains, afterwards enclosed by the city walls."
Septimontium means "seven mountains".
The above is a coin from the days of emperor or Caesar Vespasian (69 - 79) which depicts the city of Rome as the goddess Dea-Roma seated on 7 hills. The emperors were called Caesar.
PM stands for Pontiffex Maximus or Pontiff.
The pagan Romans of those days worshipped the woman goddess Roma. Today Mary is an object of worship to many Catholics. Pope John Paul II, one of the greatest Popes, really venerated Mary. Thus the Babylonian pagan mystery of ancestor worship entered Rome when Julius Caesar, the most famous Roman, bribed his way to win the election for Pontiff (or Pontiffex Maximus) in 63 BC. Then he had to go to war in Gaul (modern France) in order to get loot to pay off his massive debts. Some historians claimed that he killed about 1 million Gauls. Religion and violence were mixed for financial gain. This toxic brew of religious violence is still rampant today.
So we keep following the example of pagan Rome. This Roman worship of a woman, shown on the above coin, shows that the mysteries of Babylon are still in the church today. The worship has just been transferred from Dea-Roma to Mary. It is the same paganism, just dressed up in Christian clothes. The Babylonian priesthood certainly had brilliant ideas that still fascinate us enough to follow them.
On the above coin, PM stands for Pontiffex Maximus, high priest of the Babylonian mysteries. Julius Caesar was the first ruler of Rome to take this title in 63 BC. The emperors continued with this title until about 376 AD when they dropped it because they felt that, as Christians, they should not have a pagan title. By 460 AD the Bishop of Rome, Leo 1, was calling himself Pope and Pontiffex Maximus (Pontiff).
Rome was originally seven little villages built, for protection, on seven hills at a place where the trade route crossed the Tiber river. Romulus decided to set up a toll system there, a legal form of highway robbery. You had to pay to cross the river. As the numbers in Romulus' band of bandits grew, the people had to start building on the flat areas between the seven hills.
To protect these people it was necessary to build a wall right around all seven hills.
Whenever a wall was built around the buildings of a town or village, then people would refer to it as a city. So this city became known as the city of seven hills. But the Bible refers to them as seven mountains. Why? We will refer to this later.
We now come to the best known Roman, Julius Caesar. Caesar destroyed the Roman Republic by removing the power of the senate so that he ruled alone as a one-man dictator. Here Caesar was setting a pattern for the rise of the Roman church. The Popes would rule the church as dictators, and they cannot be over-ruled by the cardinals. Caesar, after his death, was the first man in Rome to be worshiped as a god. The people felt that he stood in the place of god. So the Popes rose to power by claiming to be the Vicar of Christ, standing in the place of Christ.
Caesar was a classic case of religious violence. Might is right. The Popes, in charge of the Catholic church, killed 68 million opponents in the Dark Ages and the 200 odd years of the counter Reformation after the Dark Ages. They certainly followed Caesar's example.
The last few years of Caesar's life showed a similar pattern in some ways to the last few years of the life of Jesus. Julius Caesar has the initials JC, which make him the rival of Jesus Christ, Who also has initials JC. Caesar ruled for just less than four years as sole dictator and was killed by Brutus who had been a young friend of his. Jesus had a three and a half year ministry and was betrayed to His death by His friend Judas.
Julius Caesar - The man who established the first "royal family" of emperors in Rome.
Succession was always a problem. Usurpers killed many emperors.
The Roman church solved this problem by claiming to represent Saint Peter. They simply altered history by saying that Peter was killed in Rome. There is no historical evidence for this claim. Peter never was in Rome.
But Peter had the keys to heaven, so the Popes claimed that they were the successors of Peter, and only they could allow someone into heaven. This was a powerful argument that really impressed many of the invading barbarians. Many barbarian conquerors of Rome were then converted to Catholicism.
Eventually in 1059 AD, Pope Nicholas 2 decided that a new Pope could only be elected by the Cardinals. So the succession stayed in Catholic hands. No new Pope who was outside the cardinals' choice would be recognized as Peter's successor.
But there is a deeper truth here. The Bible says seven mountains, not seven hills.
In Daniel's Gentile image, a Rock struck the feet and then the Rock grew into a mountain which represented the kingdom of God in the Millennium, the 1 000 years when Jesus rules on earth.
In Matthew Chapter 13 there are seven parables called the kingdom of Heaven. ( You can refer to that in the separate study called "Matthew Chapter 13 describes the Seven Church Ages"). Each parable refers to one of the seven church ages. So each church age is a kingdom. Thus the Roman Catholic church is the enemy of God throughout all seven church ages, or kingdoms, or mountains. There has been no other consistent enemy of the truth throughout all seven church ages that have covered a time span of 2 000 years.
REVELATION 17:10And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
54-0513 THE MARK OF THE BEAST
And there are seven kings: five are fallen...
If we'd take the history, and go right back and show it, where the kings had fallen in Rome, since the Babylon kingdom.
... one is... (Nero)... and one is to come;...
and he must continue a short space... (about six months when he comes.)
Nero (54 - 68 AD) was ruling at the time when John was first exiled to Patmos. John was released in 68 AD when Nero died. Later on another emperor Domitian (81 - 96 AD) exiled him to Patmos again, before he was finally released in 96 AD when Domitian died. Political prisoners were always released when the emperor, who had banished them, died. John received his great revelation in two stages. On his final release he knew the New Testament was complete because nothing more could be added (Revelation 22:18). He returned to Ephesus and was the only man spiritual enough to compile the New Testament from the various letters and writings that were in existence.
Galba, a Roman general in Spain, usurped the role of emperor but only lasted 7 months, which is a "short space". This ended the line of Julius Caesar's family. Pagan Rome always had a succession problem.
The Catholic church solved the problem by not allowing cardinals to marry. Thus they did not rely on children to succeed the dead Pope. The cardinals were free to choose what they felt was the best man for the job. Hence they were recently able to choose John Paul II and Francis as two very competent, and completely unrelated, popes.
In the east the people had been accustomed to worship their ruler as if he were a god. This was not a common practice in the west. Alexander the Great went from Greece to Persia, and because of his spectacular successes he became the first westerner to be worshiped in the east, where the ruler was traditionally worshiped as if he were a god. Alexander, driven by pride and arrogance, then started to force some of the Macedonians and Greeks to worship him as well, but he died soon afterwards. But the idea was established. A western man could be declared a god.
Julius Caesar had such a famous career that he became the first Roman to be worshiped as a god, after his death in 44 BC, when a temple was erected to him in 29 AD in Pergamos. Thus emperor worship was born in the Roman empire. While Caesar lived he had been Pontiff of the Babylonian mysteries, which he established as a title of the ruler of Rome. The Pope rose to power over the pagan barbarians who destroyed the Roman empire by calling himself Pontiff, their high priest. The Popes believed and spread many of the Babylonian mysteries because this gave them great authority among the barbarian tribes. In later years the Catholic daughters, the Protestants, would also follow their Catholic mother's example of believing certain Babylonian mysteries.
Ezekiel similarly lamented over Jerusalem's corruption by her surrounding pagan countries.
EZEKIEL 16:44Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter.
In the natural, a daughter often takes after her mother. Looking at the mother often gives a good idea of what the daughter will be like in later years.
So, sadly, we Protestant daughters copied our Catholic mother's paganism.
The ruler who followed Caesar was his sister's grandson Augustus. He took all the power away from the senate, although he paid them the appearance of respect and seemed to listen to their advice. Then, hypocritically, he ignored them and ruled as a one man dictator and called himself emperor. "One man is boss", was his motto.
Tiberius was adopted as the son of Augustus. He came next and was very cruel. A classic case of the corrupting influence of too much power. He killed about 300 senators which made the senate scared to argue with him. The senate had declared him a god, but he still eliminated 300 of them.
Caligula, the adopted grandson of Tiberius, was the next emperor. He thought he was god. He had no need to listen to anyone. Everyone had to obey him. He was very vicious and depraved.
Up till that time only the Roman senate could declare a man to be emperor.
Claudius, the rather feeble uncle of Caligula, was made emperor by the Praetorian guard, the only army that was allowed in Italy. Claudius gave the Praetorian guard a big bonus, so it paid the army to make a new emperor. Claudius, born in Gaul (France) was the first emperor born outside Italy. He was the first man to be declared emperor without the senate making the decision.
Claudius married Nero's mother, and adopted Nero as his son. Nero's mother poisoned Claudius so that Nero could become emperor.
Nero became emperor and launched the first, vicious persecution of the Christians in 64 AD to blame them for the fire that burnt Rome. He was exceptionally cruel and made wealthy people sign over their money to him in their wills. Then he told them to commit suicide so that he could get their money. He committed suicide in 68 AD.
General Galba, who was in charge of the Roman army in Spain, usurped the throne as emperor when the army in Spain elected him. For the first time an emperor had been elected outside Italy. For the first time a man was elected who was not part of the royal family. Caesar's royal family line of succession ended.
REVELATION 17:11And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
The family of Caesar ruled the physical Roman empire which the barbarians later destroyed. But the Popes would later set up a spiritual kingdom or church where each Pope had supreme dictatorial powers. This spiritual kingdom, the Catholic church, survived the barbarian invasions and succeeded in converting the barbarians to Catholicism.
The barbarians conquered the territory of the physical Roman empire but the Roman church conquered the minds of the barbarians.
Thus the Pope rose to power among the barbarians.
But the first six members of Caesar's family had set a blue print or pattern that the Popes would later follow.
"he is the eighth, and is of the seven".
This "he" represents the papacy, because the Pope is the figurehead of the Catholic church. The Popes are the longest line of rulers in the western world. The Popes ruled, and do still rule, as dictators with the same dictatorial one-man domination and rulership that the Roman emperors had.
In Scripture, seven is the number of completion. Seven days completes a week. Seven dominant colours completes a rainbow, which is a sign of God's covenant with the earth which He made after the Flood. Thus 8 starts a new system. The pagan Roman emperors or Caesars would be replaced by the spiritual Roman Popes. The solid pagan Roman iron of the legs of Daniel's Gentile image changed into the small bits of papal Roman Catholic iron in the feet of the image. The pagan Roman empire, that dominated the bodies of men by brutally ruling them, collapsed as a physical empire but was replaced by the Roman Popes and their spiritual church empire which dominated the minds of men.
The first seven Roman rulers of the empire came from one family. Julius Caesar never called himself emperor but his successor Augustus did. The papacy is "of the seven" pagan rulers. It is of the same nature as the first seven pagan Roman rulers.
Like the Caesars, the Popes would have supreme authority in the church. The first bishops never called themselves Popes. That title was only adopted just before the year 400 AD. Human leadership took over the church. Like the Caesars they would be recognised as Pontiff or high priest of the Babylonian mysteries. As such they would introduce certain pagan doctrines and ceremonies into the churches that the Protestants would also follow. Of the first seven, only Caesar and Augustus were competent rulers. So, amongst the approximately 260 Popes, there would be a few capable and competent Popes like Gregory 1, but in between there would be some dismal personalities. Just like Tiberius, Caligula and Nero who were rather pathetic and deviant rulers.
So five members of Caesar’s family were already dead ("five are fallen") after having been absolute rulers over this largest of empires that spread around the known world by brutally conquering and enslaving the people.
At the time of this vision, Nero was ruling as emperor ("and one is"). He was the cruellest and most depraved. He insisted on being called “Divinity” as he felt he was god. He burnt down Rome and then blamed the Christians.
These first six members of Caesar’s family established the guidelines for the rise of the Catholic church. The man at the top, the bishop of Rome, must rule as an absolute dictator. He is infallible and must be obeyed by everyone. Thus each local church must be ruled by a priest who has to be obedient to the Pope.
Human leadership is the key to building up denominational religion.
The Pope is so uplifted that when he speaks on doctrine, it is the voice of God. He takes the place of God on earth. He is called the Vicar of Christ ("in the place of Christ"). The people must obey him, like slaves obey their master.
Then Nero introduced the vicious spirit of killing Christians. Eliminating 68 million dissenting opponents enabled the Catholic church to secure their strong power base in Europe and South America over many centuries by rooting out opposition in many areas.Galba was a military usurper from outside the royal family. So the last Pope will not come from the Council of Cardinals. He will acquire the military backing of ten dictators, and he will also usurp the papacy. At that stage the great Tribulation will be on.
Thus this verse predicts a new system of a spiritual Roman church rising up out of the ruins of the pagan Roman empire.
REVELATION 17:12And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
They are not crowned kings because they receive power as kings. A modern definition would be a dictator.
A dictator is a person who has the power of a king, but does not wear a crown.
President Putin in Russia is an example of this. Technically he was democratically elected but he is such a strong man that there is no effective opposition to him. Thus Putin actually wields full power in Russia, as if he were a dictator. In February 2015 Boris Nemtsov, once groomed to be president himself, was shot dead just metres away from the Kremlin. Hitler and Stalin knew all about eliminating opposition. That is how they established their dictatorships.
Putin came to power in 2 000 by using the main private television company NTV to falsely accuse his two main rivals so badly, that they dropped out of the presidential race. When in power he then broke the NTV television company and took it over as a state institution that spreads his propaganda and disinformation to keep him in power. Russia claims to be a democracy, but in reality most parties are controlled by the Kremlin, and elections have turned into a mechanism for retaining power. When President Putin had to stand down after eight years, he made himself prime minister and his obedient lackey Medvedev stood in as president for four years and then handed back the presidency to Putin. This is dictatorship under the illusion of democracy.
China today is capitalistic in terms of its economy, but is ruled in a dictatorial communist fashion by its leaders, starting from Mao Tse-tung who murdered and starved to death in man-made famines some 77 million Chinese. Lenin and Stalin, the communist dictators of Russia "only" killed about 35 million Russians. Communist dictators are good at killing.
Ten such dictators will arise in the future, in the great Tribulation.
One hour with the beast. This is a brief pre-allocated time for the great Tribulation.
The final antichrist Pope will not be a Catholic cardinal. Like general Galba, he will come in from the outside and he will sign an agreement with ten powerful dictators during the great Tribulation. The Tribulation lasts for three and a half years.
REVELATION 17:13These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
These ten dictators will unite under the final superman Pope. As Pope of the Roman Catholic church he will gain vast religious power and vast financial power.
Added to this will be the incredible military power and strength of the ten united dictators.
This will make him unstoppable. The iron force of brutal Rome will be unleashed world wide.
REVELATION 17:14These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
The destructive madness of the Tribulation period climaxes by the antichrist leading his armies to Armageddon.
There the antichrist Pope will discover that he is completely out of his depth.
When it comes to power, Jesus is supreme.
At Armageddon He will prove it by smashing the forces of evil. The battle will be a major bloodbath.
But the Bride of Christ is with Jesus. They are called and chosen by Him. Most Christians feel that this is true of their experience with Christ. But the third condition is the difficult one : faithful.
Who amongst the Christians is faithful only to the Word of God. Not faithful to a church denomination when it disagrees with the Bible. Not interested in Nicolaitanism which elevates a pastor or church leader above the congregation or laity. No pagan philosophy from Greece concerning three-in-one or 0ne-in-thee. No titles of Father, Son and Holy Ghost replacing the Name of Jesus Christ. No Trinity replacing Jesus as Almighty God.
If these factors are considered, then there are not quite so many of today's Christians following the Lord.
REVELATION 17:15And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
The restless multitudes of people, all demanding their rights, denouncing any rules of dress or behaviour and hostile towards any form of Scriptural accuracy or correction, are represented by the endlessly moving waters of the sea.
REVELATION 17:16And 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 antichrist Pope will want to immitate God by setting up his throne in God's city, Jerusalem. So he will use the Roman church to gain sufficient power so that he can move to Jerusalem. Once the Vatican has served his purpose, he will allow the military dictators to drop an atomic bomb on the Vatican. That is how Satan works. If you serve him then he is happy to use you. Once you are no longer useful to him, then he ditches you.
Stalin, the brutal dictator of Russia, always had willing volunteers to murder his opponents. Then, to silence their knowledge of his crimes, he would kill the murderers. The volunteers never seemed to learn. They kept killing and being killed. Satan is not a nice guy. Stay as far away from him as possible.
REVELATION 17:17For 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.
God even controls His enemies. These bad dictators will stay united until they have done whatever brutal damage they are required to do. Then God will sort them out. So even God's enemies have the final frustration of knowing that in their rebellion against God, they only succeeded in doing what God wanted done.
Hitler exterminated 6 million of the 9 million Jews in Europe and Russia in his awful extermination centres or concentration camps. So Hitler tried hard to eliminate the Jews. But the world was so shocked by this awful slaughter that they briefly felt sorry for the Jews, and through the United Nations they voted that the Jews could have three small bits of Palestine as a homeland. The Arabs would have the rest of Palestine. The vote was very close. The Jews were within about two votes of losing. So Hitler's atrocity actually gained the Jews a small piece of a homeland.
Then the Arabs, in their greed and hatred of the Jews rejected this partition offer. They did not want the Jews to have any part of Palestine. The Arabs collected five armies and set out to eliminate the Jews from the three portions that the United Nations had given them. That way they reckoned, by killing all the Jews, the Arabs would get all of Palestine. The Arab Goliath with their big armies attacked. Somehow, miraculously, the small Jewish David defeated them, and in the process conquered a much bigger portion of Palestine than the United Nations had offered them. In 1967 the Arabs threatened war again. Israel attacked first and cleaned them up in 6 days. An incredible achievement which allowed them to regain all of Jerusalem. So Arab hatred and aggression was just giving Israel more territory. The law of unintended consequences.
But Israel made a mistake. After 1967 they kept the Sinai desert which is not part of their promised land. As victors they became negligent. So in 1973 the Arabs hit them hard. Israel won but really suffered. They then handed back the Sinai desert to Egypt.
Lesson. God's people must always stay within the limits that are defined for them in the Bible. Move out of those limits and God will wallop you back into line. Any good father would do that. God has His reasons for setting those limits in the first place. Limits and rules are there for our benefit and our safety.
REVELATION 17:18And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
Here we have a puzzle. A woman in the Bible represents a church. But here the Bible claims that the woman is a city. How can we reconcile these two statements? Is there a city that is so dominated by a church that the name of the city can either refer to the city or to the church.
There is only one. Vatican City in Rome.
Vatican City has its headquarters in the Lateran Palace and Basilica (big church) on the Caelian Hill, one of the original seven hills of Rome.
Vatican City is the smallest state on earth. This is the “little horn” of Daniel’s prophecies.
It cannot be Constantinople or Jerusalem, even though they are also on 7 hills. Which church dominates Constantinople? There is no "Constantinople" church. No church in Constantinople dominates politics on a global scale. World leaders do not go to Constantinople or Jerusalem to consult with a church leader there. Which church dominates Jerusalem? None. There are many churches there. No one church is dominant.
When Pope John Paul II died, there were more heads of state at his funeral than had ever been gathered together for one function, at any time in history.
Rome has this amazing political clout, thanks to the prestige and admiration that the world has for the Roman Catholic church.
The Roman church has an almost 2 000 year history of survival in a Roman empire which then disintegrated into barbarian tribes that produced the Dark Ages. Then the nations of Europe emerged with much bloodshed. Today the vast third world of developing countries struggle to catch up with Europe and America. Two horrific world wars and a brutal communistic cold war with the west have occurred. No one could have forseen all this, but somehow the Roman Catholic church survived and spread. The Roman church is a survivor of note.
What enabled this to happen?
To build a kingdom that lasts requires certain key ideas that act as pillars.
In the Bible a mountain represents a kingdom.
DANIEL 2:34Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to piece
35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed:REVELATION 17:9And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
We need spiritual wisdom to understand the deeper meaning of seven mountains.
Rome is built on seven hills. So why call them mountains?
This refers to a kingdom which the Devil has been building up ever since Noah's Flood. His kingdom will come to its completion in the great Tribulation.
He will usurp and take over the position of Pope because the Roman Catholic church has certain foundational attributes that are essential for a world wide kingdom.
A one-world government, ruled by a church, will be set up in the Tribulation.
This kingdom will be built on seven principles. Antichrist will gain six vital ingredients from the church system and the seventh, military might, from ten dictators.
To achieve this the antichrist needs religious deception, political cunning and brutality and money for greed and corruption.
1 Nicolaitanism - the elevation of a holy man above the laity or congregation to control each congregation. This leads to the ultimate acceptance of a holy man as dictator of the entire earth, if he is a sufficiently talented and successful super star like Alexander the Great was. An infallible Pope who is the one-man dictator of the church that runs on centralized control which is exercised by the Vatican.
2. Salvation in one church only, which has the Pope as successor of St Peter because they believe that he only has the keys that open Heaven's door for a believer.
3. A fuzzy concept of a Triune God that is sufficiently vague to loosely fit many beliefs because it defies accurate analysis, and gives people an excuse to be unscriptural. If the word Trinity cannot be quoted exactly from a Scripture, and yet I believe it is true, then I have permission to believe any other doctrine that is also not written in Scripture. Very cleverly, this leads me away from the written Word.
4. Politics plays a crucial role. Political influence establishes a web of contacts with world rulers who will be drawn into the one world government because of what they can gain. Brutal repression and elimination of opponents by using each State's political control of their police, law courts, jails and armies.
5. Big Money. The Vatican is the world’s richest organization. Remember Judas, he was in charge of the money bag.
6. The Roman church conquers its conquerors. The Popes converted the barbarians who destroyed the empire. They got the break-away Protestants to accept the Trinity and water baptism in three titles instead of a Name. Communism conquered Poland after the Second World War, but the Polish Pope John Paul 2 helped the Poles to break away from Russia.
7. Complete military power and domination that cannot be successfully opposed. This will be supplied by ten vicious dictatorial super-killers.
When these seven pillars are in place, that will be the seven-fold foundation which will enable the kingdom of the antichrist to spread world wide so that he can have that brief but murderous reign.