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2 Peter 1:20 “…no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.”
Isaiah 28:10 “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:”
Daniel helps unlock the book of Revelation. Using Daniel’s symbols, the prophecies of Revelation become clear.
                             FACTS ABOUT THE ANTICHRIST:
1. It would arise among the ten divisions of the Roman Empire.
DANIEL 7:7,8: "After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast [v 23: THE FOURTH WORLD KINGDOM]—terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large IRON teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns [v. 24: TEN KINGS or KINGDOMS, the TEN POLITICAL DIVISIONS OF THE ROMAN (IRON) EMPIRE, WHICH BECAME THE MODERN NATIONS OF WESTERN EUROPE.].
DAN 7:8: While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn [ANOTHER KING], a little one, which came up among
them [IE AMONG THE NATIONS OF EUROPE]…
See similarities to Daniel 2
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DANIEL 2: 40- 42  Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as IRON—for iron breaks and smashes everything—and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others. 41 Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. 42 As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. [TEN TOES representing TEN PARTS OF THE ORIGINAL KINGDOM, some strong and some weak. TEN TOES or TEN HORNS apply to modern nations of Western Europe.]
REV. 13: 1,2: And I saw a BEAST coming out of the sea. He had TEN HORNS and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. 2The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The DRAGON [Rev. 12: 9: “the great DRAGON…THE DEVIL or Satan] gave the beast his power and his THRONE and great authority.
[Rev. 12 also identifies the dragon as Satan, who works through human agencies: the power which stood to devour the Child (Christ) as soon as it was born was PAGAN ROME.  So pagan Rome gave the beast its throne.]
2. It would arise AFTER the breakup of the Roman Empire into ten kingdoms.
2 Thessalonians 2:7: For the secret power of lawlessness is ALREADY AT WORK; but the one who now holds it back [Caesar on the throne of Rome] will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.
Daniel 7:24: The TEN HORNS ARE TEN KINGS who will come FROM THIS KINGDOM.  AFTER THEM another king will arise…
[The Antichrist power was working in the time of Paul, but would come to power AFTER the fall of the Roman Empire and its division into ten parts.  By AD 476 Rome had declined and the ten smaller kingdoms of Western Europe had formed.]
The Antichrist power was at work in Paul’s day, and was to be revealed before the second coming of Christ:
2 Thessalonians 1-3: Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, 2not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. 3Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that THAT DAY WILL NOT COME UNTIL the rebellion occurs and THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS IS REVEALED, the man doomed to destruction.
1 John 2:18: Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, EVEN NOW MANY ANTICHRISTS HAVE COME. This is how we know it is the last hour.
1 John 4:3: but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and EVEN NOW IS ALREADY IN THE WORLD.
2 Thessalonians 2:7: For the secret power of lawlessness is ALREADY AT WORK…
3. It would uproot three kings or kingdoms:
DANIEL 7:8
: While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn…and THREE OF THE HORNS WERE UPROOTED before it [OSTROGOTHS, VANDALS and HERULI were annihilated by this “king”].
DANIEL 7:20: I also wanted to know about the ten horns on its head and about the other horn that came up, BEFORE WHICH THREE OF THEM FELL
DANIEL 7:24: The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them ANOTHER KING WILL ARISE, different from the earlier ones; HE WILL SUDBUE THREE KINGS.
In former days, conquering kings wore the crowns of those they conquered.  Today, that “king” wears a triple crown.
4. It would be a great city with the mystical name “Babylon”.
REV. 17:18
: The woman you saw is the great city that RULES OVER THE KINGS OF THE EARTH." [WHICH city ruled the world at this time?  ROME.]
REV 18:18: 'Was there ever a city like this great city?
REV. 17:5: This title was written on her forehead: MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT
REV 18:2 Fallen! Fallen is BABYLON the Great! She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird.
REV. 14:18: BABYLON is fallen, is fallen, that great city
REV: 18:10: Alas, alas, that great city BABYLON, that mighty city!
REV: 18:16, 19 Alas, alas, that great city
REV. 18:21: “Thus with violence the great city BABYLON shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore.
[Apostles John and Peter knew that ancient BABYLON was already ruined, so which city were they referring to?  BABYLON was a common name for ROME with the early Christians.]
1 PETER 5:13 : The church here in BABYLON ... sends you her greeting" 
Peter was writing this letter from ROME.
5. It would be unlike the previous kingdoms.  “Diverse” or different from them:
Daniel 7:7: fourth beast, dreadful and terrible...It was DIFFERENT from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.
Daniel 7:19: wanted to know the true meaning of the fourth beast, which was DIFFERENT from all the others
Daniel 7:23 'The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be DIFFERENT from all the other kingdoms.
Daniel 7:24: The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, DIFFERENT from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings.
The other horns were POLITICAL powers; the “little horn” power is RELIGIO-POLITICAL.  It has its own stamps, own troops and own ambassadors with most countries of the world.  It has a say in most topics of political interest.  Jesus said, “My Kingdom is NOT of the world.” (John 18:36)
6. It would be a religious power that would be WORSHIPPED.
2 Thess. 2:3-4
: the man of lawlessness… will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is WORSHIPPED.
Rev. 13:3-4: all the world… WORSHIPPED the beast…
Rev.13:8: And all that dwell upon the earth shall WORSHIP him, whose names are not written in the book of life
Rev. 13:12: he…causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to WORSHIP the…beast
Rev. 13:15: the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would NOT WORSHIP the image of the beast should be KILLED.
Rev. 20:4: them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not WORSHIPPED the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands…
Rev. 14:9,10: the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man WORSHIP the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation
Rev. 16:2: [seven last plagues are] poured out…upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which WORSHIPPED his image
Rev. 19:20: the false prophet…deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that WORSHIPPED his image.
The man of sin exalts himself as a god to be worshipped.  People bow before him, fall at his feet, kiss his ring and he accepts that.  In contrast:
 Acts 10:25-26: And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and WORSHIPPED him. But Peter took him up, saying, STAND UP, I ALSO AM A MAN.
 Rev. 10:10: And I fell at his feet to WORSHIP him. And he said unto me, SEE THAT THOU DO IT NOT: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: WORSHIP GOD.
Some terms should only be used when speaking to or about God:
Matt. 23:9: And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your FATHER, which is in heaven.
John 17:11: [Jesus said while praying to God the Father]: HOLY FATHER, keep through Thine own name those whom thou hast given me
The little horn has called itself names which belong only to God, including “Holy Father,” and even “Lord God”.
7. It would be a church, a "woman".
A woman represents a church in the Bible.  The relationship between Christ and His church is symbolized by marriage:
Isa. 62:5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the BRIDE, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.
Hosea 2:19-20: And I will BETROTH thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.  I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.
2 Cor 11:2: For 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.
Rev 9:7-9: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his WIFE hath made herself ready.  Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.
Compare the beast the woman sits on in Revelation 17 with that of Revelation 13:
Rev. 17:3: So 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.
Rev. 13:1: And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a BEAST rise up out of the sea, having SEVEN HEADS and TEN HORNS, and upon his horns ten crowns, and UPON HIS HEADS THE NAME OF BLASPHEMY.
But how does the BEAST of Rev 17 represent the Antichrist power if the WOMAN riding it also represents the Antichrist power?  In Rev 13 no distinction is made between the political and religious powers.  In chapter 17 that distinction is made.  The beast represents POLITICAL power; the woman represents RELIGIOUS power.
8. It would be a corrupt church, a "whore".
If a pure woman represents a church, then a harlot represents a CORRUPT church.
Jeremiah 3:1,8: They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man's, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the HARLOT with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.
Hosea 9:1: Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for thou hast gone a WHORING from thy God,
James 4:4: Ye ADULTERERS AND ADULTERESSES, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Revelation repeatedly calls Babylon a WHORE.
Rev 17:1: the great WHORE
Rev 17:15: the WHORE
Rev 17:16: the WHORE
Rev 18:5: HER SINS have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered HER INIQUITIES.
Rev 19:2: the great WHORE, which did corrupt the earth with HER FORNICATION
This church has imported many pagan customs and beliefs.  When a church’s doctrines are no more than baptized paganism, she is no longer the pure “bride of Christ,” but a HARLOT.
9. It would be a church built on seven hills:

Rev 17:3-9: So 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…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…And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The SEVEN HEADS are SEVEN MOUNTAINS, on which the woman sitteth.
ANCIENT ROME is proverbial as “THE CITY BUILT ON SEVEN HILLS”.  There are very many references for this in historical documents.
10. It would be a large, world-wide church.
Rev 17:1
: I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon MANY WATERS:
Rev 17:15: And he saith unto me, The WATERS which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are PEOPLES, and MULTITUDES, and NATIONS, and TONGUES.
Rev 14:8: she made ALL NATIONS drink
Rev 18:3: ALL NATIONS have drunk…
Rev 18:23: by thy sorceries were ALL NATIONS deceived
Rev 13:3-4: ALL THE WORLD wondered after the beast…and they worshipped the beast.
Rev 13:8: And ALL that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are NOT written in the book of life
11. It would use a language difficult to understand:

Dan 8:23: And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a KING of FIERCE countenance, and understanding DARK SENTENCES, shall stand up.
Daniel was quoting:
Deuteronomy 28:48-50: [to punish His disobedient people], the LORD…shall put a yoke of IRON upon thy neck…The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from FAR, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose TONGUE thou SHALT NOT understand; A NATION of FIERCE countenance.
Greek was the almost universal language of Western civilization. But the fierce warring legions of ROME spoke the strange language of LATIN which few could understand.  Rome was also known as the IRON KINGDOM.
Let the Bible be its own interpreter:
DANIEL 8:1-25:  In the third year of King Belshazzar's reign, I, Daniel, had a vision…In my vision I saw … a RAM with two horns… and the horns were long. One of the horns was longer than the other but grew up later. I watched the ram as he charged toward the west and the north and the south. No animal could stand against him, and none could rescue from his power. He did as he pleased and became great.
 5 As I was thinking about this, suddenly a GOAT with a prominent horn between his eyes came from the WEST, crossing the whole earth without touching the ground. 6 He came toward the two-horned RAM I had seen … and charged at him in great rage. 7 I saw him attack the RAM furiously, striking the ram and shattering his two horns. The ram was powerless to stand against him; the goat knocked him to the ground and trampled on him, and none could rescue the RAM from his power. 8 The GOAT became very great, but at the height of his power his large horn was broken off, and in its place FOUR PROMINENT HORNS grew up toward the four winds of heaven.
… And I heard a man's voice … calling, "Gabriel, tell this man the meaning of the vision."
He came near the place where I was standing, and said: "I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath…The two-horned RAM that you saw represents the kings of MEDIA and PERSIA. [Persia was the dominant nation, therefore the longer horn.]21 The shaggy GOAT is the king of GREECE and the large horn between his eyes is the first king [Alexander the Great took possession of the known world with great speed.]. 22 The four horns that replaced the one that was broken off represent FOUR KINGDOMS THAT WILL EMERGE from his nation but will not have the same power
. [Alexander died at the height of his career, and was replaced by four generals who had none of his power.  Greece declined after this.]
 23 "In the LATTER PART of their reign … a king of fierce countenance, and UNDERSTANDING DARK SENTENCES, shall stand up. …he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes
. [Rome arose and conquered Greece, becoming the next world empire.  It was the power that crucified Jesus.  This passage alone is enough to identify the “stern-faced king” as ROME.]
Here, God names names!  There can be no confusion.  Rome would even stand up against the Prince of princes (Jesus, the Prince of princes, was condemned by ROME, executed by ROMANS and guarded by ROMAN soldiers).
As for “understanding dark sentences,” LATIN was the official language of Rome, and is used only by the Vatican today
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Most scholars agree the lion represented BABYLON, followed by PERSIA, then GREECE, then ROME. This is basic history. Rome fell in 476 AD and was divided among ten primary nations; Vandals, Heruli, Ostrogoths, Visogoths, Franks, Anglo-Saxons, Suevi, Burgundians, Lombards and Alemanni.
Prophecy clearly predicted “the little horn” would:
Rise out of the fourth beast, or Roman Empire (Daniel 7:7-8)
Rise among the ten horns, in Western Europe (Daniel 7:8)
Have eyes like a man, or human leadership (Daniel 7:8)
Have a mouth speaking great things (Daniel 7:8)
Make war on the saints (Daniel 7:21)
Thus we have Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome, Rome’s division and then the little horn that is the same as the beast.

12. It would be a RICH church:
Rev. 17:4
And the woman was …decked with GOLD and PRECIOUS STONES and PEARLS, having a GOLDEN cup in her hand …
There is no doubt that this corrupt church is the richest church in the world.
13. It would be clothed in scarlet and purple.:

Rev. 17:4  And the woman was arrayed in PURPLE AND SCARLET colour.
Rev. 18:16  And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and PURPLE, AND SCARLET
The ceremonial colours of the apostate church are purple and scarlet.  However something is missing.  The Levitical priests of Israel wore scarlet and purple in the temple, but they also had a BLUE THREAD which represented OBEDIENCE.  It would make sense that the “man of lawlessness,” would not wear the symbol of obedience – and he doesn’t:
Num 15:38 Speak to the sons of Israel and you shall say to them that they shall make themselves FRINGES on the corners of their garments, for their generations. And they shall put a THREAD OF BLUE WITH THE FRINGE OF EACH CORNER.
Num 15:39 ... THAT YOU MAY LOOK ON IT AND REMEMBER ALL THE COMMANDMENTS OF YAHWEH, AND DO THEM; and that you do not go about after your own heart and your own eyes after which you fornicate;
Num 15:40 that you may REMEMBER AND DO ALL MY COMMANDMENTS, and be holy to your Elohim.
14. Its leader would be an active religious figure enthroned in the church.:

2 THESSALONIANS 2:3,4 THAT MAN OF SIN…SITTETH IN THE TEMPLE OF GOD, SHEWING HIMSELF THAT HE IS GOD.
2 CORINTHIANS 11:13-15 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if HIS MINISTERS ALSO be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Satan’s strategy has always been one of disguise.  Here he infiltrates the church and works from within it to deceive.  We’re to look for the Antichrist from WITHIN the church, not from OUTSIDE the church.
1 John 2:18-23 18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the ANTICHRIST is coming, EVEN NOW MANY ANTICHRISTS have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19They went OUT FROM US, but they did not really belong to us.
John is saying that antichrist was part of their own church, was more than one person and these people went out on their own:
1 John 2:18-23: For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. 20But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. 21I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. 22Who is the liar? It is THE MAN WHO DENIES THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST. SUCH A MAN IS THE ANTICHRIST—HE DENIES THE FATHER AND THE SON. 23No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. 
The Antichrist denies that "Jesus is the Christ".  This can also mean that Jesus’ power is denied; in other words, another person claims he can do the same thing as Jesus. 
Anti means "against" but also "in place of".  (Eg type and antitype.)

1 John 4:3 but every spirit that does NOT ACKNOWLEDGE JESUS is not from God. This is the spirit of the ANTICHRIST, which you have heard is coming and EVEN NOW IS ALREADY IN THE WORLD.
[This passage reveals that it is not one man who is the antichrist, for he would need to be over 2000 years old!  The “man of sin” was around in Paul’s day, and will be around until Christ comes to destroy him, so it must be a system or a “kingdom” not a single man.]
2 John 1:7 Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as COMING IN THE FLESH, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.
[The Antichrist does not acknowledge that Jesus Christ is come “in the flesh”.  That is, in OUR flesh.]  See:
Hebrews 2:14-17: Since the children have FLESH AND BLOOD, HE TOO SHARED IN THEIR HUMANITY so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham's descendants. 17For this reason HE HAD TO BE MADE LIKE HIS BROTHERS IN EVERY WAY, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.
Also:
Philippians 2:7 but MADE HIMSELF NOTHING, taking the very nature of a servant, Being MADE IN HUMAN LIKENESS.
Also:
Romans 8:3: For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending HIS OWN SON IN THE LIKENESS OF SINFUL FLESH, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,
The Antichrist power claims that NOT ONLY JESUS DID NOT HAVE FLESH “LIKE AS WE” BUT ALSO THAT HIS MOTHER MARY, HAD SINLESS FLESH!  This is contrary to Scripture which says, “ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23.  Mary herself said (Luke 1:46-47): My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 And my spirit has rejoiced in GOD MY SAVIOR.”  If Mary had perfectly sinless flesh, why would she need a Savior?
1 Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is ONE GOD AND ONE MEDIATOR between God and men, THE MAN CHRIST JESUS”.

The apostate church denies the incarnation of Jesus IN THE FLESH OF HUMANITY, fits the meaning of “ANTI” AS “IN PLACE OF” and SITS ENTHRONED IN THE “TEMPLE” of God.
15. It would be identified by the number 666:
Revelation 13:17
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the MARK, or the NAME of the beast, or the NUMBER OF HIS NAME.
There are three things mentioned here: the MARK of the beast, the NAME of the beast, and the NUMBER of his name.
Revelation 13:18: Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the NUMBER OF THE BEAST: for it is the NUMBER OF A MAN; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. [666]
The official title of the little horn power is “VICARIUS FILII DEI” or Vicar of the Son of God.
Literally means:
VICARIUS = substituting for, or in place of
FILII = son
DEI = God
Value: VICARIUS = 112
 FILII = 53
 DEI = 501
TOTAL = 666
There are many other names that add up to 666.  This clue does NOT stand alone but added to all the other clues gives conclusive evidence of the Antichrist power.
16 It would boast outrageously:

“Great words,” and “very great things”:

Daniel 7:8: little horn…in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a MOUTH SPEAKING GREAT THINGS.
“Great things” in Daniel (Aramaic) is variously translated as: bragging mouth, pompous words, boasting proudly, great boasts, spoke boastfully.
“Great things” in Revelation (Greek) is translated as: proud claims, proud words, arrogant words, haughty words
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Daniel 7:11: voice of the GREAT WORDS which the horn spake
Daniel 7:20: and a mouth that spake VERY GREAT THINGS
Daniel 7:25: He shall speak GREAT WORDS against the Most High
Revelation 13:5: The Beast had a MOUTH SPEAKING GREAT THINGS
Arrogant statements made by various church leaders over the centuries:
AD 889: “The [head of the church] like Jesus, is CONCEIVED through the overshadowing of the Holy Ghost.  All [heads of the church] are a certain species of MAN-GODS, for the purpose of being the better able to conduct the functions of MEDIATOR between God and mankind.  ALL powers in HEAVEN as well as on earth, are given to them.”
1073: “The [head of the church] alone is justly called UNIVERSAL,” “all princes should KISS THE FEET of the [head of the church] alone,” “it is lawful for him to DEPOSE EMPERORS,” “his sentence is NOT to be reviewed by ANYONE, whereas he alone can review the decisions of all others,” “he can be judged by no one,” “the church never erred, nor will it, according to Scripture, ever err,” “he can absolve subjects from their allegiance to unrighteous rulers.”
1302: “We, moreover, declare, proclaim and pronounce that it is altogether necessary to SALVATION for every human being to be subject to the [head of the church].”
1512: Address to the [head of the church] by a subordinate: “Thou art the shepherd, Thou art the physician, thou art the director, thou art the husbandman; finally, thou art another GOD ON EARTH!”  And the [head of the church] did not rebuke him for blasphemy.
1619: “All names which in the Scripture are applied to Christ, by virtue of which it is established that He is over the church, all the SAME NAMES are applied to the [head of the church]”.
1746: “The [head of the church] is of so great dignity and so exalted that he is not a mere man but as it were GOD and the vicar of God,” “ he is likewise the DIVINE monarch,” “Hence he is crowned with a triple crown as KING OF HEAVEN and of earth and of the nether regions,” “his superiority and power by no means pertain only to heavenly things, to earthly things and to things under the earth, but are even over angels than whom he is greater,” “He is as it were God on earth, sole sovereign of the faithful of Christ, chief king of Kings, to whom has been entrusted by the omnipotent God DIRECTION not only of the EARTHLY but also of the HEAVENLY kingdom.”
1870: INFALLIBILITY was added to the litany of divine attributes of the [head of the church].
1890: “the supreme teacher in the Church is the [head of the church].
Union of minds therefore, requires COMPLETE SUBMISSION and OBEDIENCE OF WILL to the Church and to the [head of the church] as to GOD HIMSELF.
1894: We hold upon this earth the place of GOD ALMIGHTY.
TODAY: Despite the Scripture that clearly says, “ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” the [head of the church] answers to such titles as “Holy Father,” “Most Holy Father,” and “His Holiness”.
17. It would be a RELIGIOUS power dominating the CIVIL:

Daniel 7:20: of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was MORE STOUT than his fellows.
Variously translated, “was STRONGER than the others,” “seemed GREATER than its fellows,” “looked MORE IMPOSING than the others,” “was MORE TERRIFYING than any of the others.”
Revelation 13:7: POWER was given him [the BEAST] OVER all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Revelation 17:3: I saw a WOMAN SIT UPON a scarlet coloured BEAST
Revelation 17:7: I will tell thee the mystery of the WOMAN, and of the BEAST THAT CARRIETH her
Revelation 17:18: And the WOMAN which thou sawest is that great city, which REIGNETH OVER THE KINGS OF THE EARTH.
It has already been established that a beast in prophecy represents a political power and a woman in prophecy represents a church. 
THEREFORE if God’s Word depicts a woman as RIDING the beast, it means that a CHURCH will DOMONATE and CONTROL the CIVIL POWER of the state.
In AD 538 the little horn power began its reign and it began to dictate to the kings of Europe.  At this time the last vestiges of Roman power were removed, allowing the head of the church to assume full power.  He dominated the church AND the state.  His word was law, his decisions immutable. 
EXAMPLE 1: ENGLAND’S KING JOHN disputed with the then [head of the church] about the appointment of a senior cleric and refused to recognize the new appointment, backed by his barons. 
The [head of the church] EXCOMMUNICATED the king and in 1212 DEPOSED him as king.  In 1213 John SUBMITTED and granted to the [head of the church] “the whole realm of England and the whole realm of Ireland with all their rights and appurtenances” and promised to pay an annual tribute of “1000 marks sterling” to atone for his supposed sin of defiance to the [head of the church].  (King John of England, “Declaration of Submission Latin, translated in Documents of the Christian Church, Henry Bettenson editor (New York: Oxford University Press, 1957)
EXAMPLE 2: Germany’s Henry the Fourth.  For presuming to disregard the head of the church’s authority, he was EXCOMMUNICATED from the church and DEPOSED as king in February 21, 1076.
Terrified, Henry made his way across the Alps in an exceptionally severe winter.  The head of the church refused for three days to see him, and so Henry stood in the snow outside in the garb and attitude of a penitent.  Finally the head of the church accepted his penance and reinstated him.
There are many other examples of this religious power’s dominance of secular power.
18. It would persecute the saints of God.:

Daniel 7:21: I beheld, and the same horn MADE WAR with the saints, and PREVAILED against them.
Revelation 13:7: He was given power to make WAR against the saints and to CONQUER them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.
Daniel 7:25: He will speak against the Most High and OPPRESS his saints
Revelation 17:6: I saw that the woman was DRUNK WITH THE BLOOD of the saints, the BLOOD OF THOSE WHO BORE TESTIMONY TO JESUS.
Revelation 18:24: In her was found the BLOOD OF PROPHETS AND OF THE SAINTS
Revelation 19:2: He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. He has avenged on her THE BLOOD OF HIS SERVANTS.
For daring to hold a different religious view from the “beast,” or little horn, also known as the harlot, countless believers were tortured and killed for their faith in the Middle Ages.  The WOMAN was drunk with the blood of the saints—a CHURCH persecuted and killed millions of people for their commitment to Jesus.
EXAMPLE: William Tyndale translated the Bible into English.  For this crime, he was hunted to the Continent, captured and killed, by strangling then burning at the stake.  Countless other sincere Christians suffered the same fate. 
Various forms of torture were used—including being drawn by weights.  Victims were usually burnt alive in a slow fire.  MILLIONS of people died in the name of religion.
Revelation 12:13-16: When the DRAGON saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he PURSUED THE WOMAN who had given birth to the male child…Then from his mouth the SERPENT SPEWED WATER LIKE A RIVER, TO OVERTAKE THE WOMAN and sweep her away with the torrent. 16But the EARTH HELPED THE WOMAN by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. 17Then the DRAGON WAS ENRAGED at the WOMAN and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring—those who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.
The Waldenses fled to the mountains of Piedmont in northern Italy.  Many pilgrims fled to America, the new continent opened up by Christopher Columbus’ discovery.  As “MANY WATERS” in prophecy represents multitudes of people [Rev. 17:15], “THE EARTH” represents the opposite—largely unpopulated areas.  North America, newly discovered, provided a safe haven for many of those who were subject to the persecution in Europe.
The candid admission of the Little Horn itself: “The church HAS persecuted.  Only a tyro  [novice] in church history would deny that.  When she thinks it good to use physical force, she will use it…but will the [church] give bond that she will NOT persecute at all?  Will she guarantee absolute freedom and equality of all churches and all faiths?  The [church] gives NO BONDS for her good behavior.”  The Western Watchman, Dec 24 1908.
There are too many references to number; those who are interested will find no lack of proof that this power tortured and killed millions during this dark period of history.
19. It would be a blasphemous power:

Daniel 7:25: He [the little horn power] will SPEAK AGAINSTthe Most High
2 Thessalonians 2:3,4 that man of sin…EXALTETH HIMSELF above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he AS GOD sitteth in the temple of God, SHEWING HIMSELF THAT HE IS GOD..
Revelation 13:1: beast [had] upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
Revelation 13:5: there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies.
Revelation 13:6: he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name.
Revelation: 17:3: John saw “a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy.”
What IS blasphemy?
1. Luke 5:20-21: And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.  And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh BLASPHEMIES? WHO CAN FORGIVE SINS, BUT GOD ALONE?
It was understood that for a mere man to claim the ability to forgive sins was BLASPHEMY.  Jesus could rightly claim it because He WAS God.
The Little Horn power claims to be able to forgive sins.  “Seek where you will and you will find but one created being who CAN forgive the sinner, who can free him from the chains of hell, that extraordinary being is the…priest…he not only declares that the sinner is forgiven but he REALLY FORGIVES him.  The priest raises his hand, pronounces the word of absolution and in an instant, quick as a flash of light, the chains of hell are burst asunder and the sinner becomes a child of God.  So great is the power of the priest that the judgments of heaven itself are subject to his decision.” Michael Muller.
The idea that one can obtain forgiveness directly from God is dismissed by the Little Horn power.  In 1984 the head of the church said, “one should confess more often to their PRIESTS” rather than to God Himself.
2. John 10:30-33: [Jesus said] I and my Father are one.  Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for BLASPHEMY; and because that thou, BEING A MAN, MAKEST THYSELF GOD.
Jesus had the right to claim He was equal with God, because He WAS God, but mere man has no right to claim equality with God.  THAT IS BLASPHEMY.
The Little Horn power claims to be God.  “In the eyes of God and His heavenly court he is no longer a man, a sinful child of Adam, but an alter Christus, another Christ…forever a priest of the Most High with POWER OVER the Almighty.”  William Doyle, Shall I be a Priest?   
“The power of the priest is the power of the Divine Person…the priest holds the place of the Savior Himself…Indeed it is not too much to say that in view of the sublimity of their offices the priests are so many GODS.” Alphonsus de Liguori. Dignity and Duties of the Priest
“…priests hold as they do HIS place on earth.  Justly then, are they called not only Angels but even GODS because of the fact that they exercise in our midst the POWER and prerogatives of the immortal GOD.”  Catechism of the Council of Trent for Parish Priests.
Isaiah 14:12-14: How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!  For thou hast said in thine heart, I WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN, I WILL EXALT MY THRONE above the stars of God: I WILL SIT ALSO UPON THE MOUNT of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I WILL ASCEND above the heights of the clouds; I WILL BE LIKE THE MOST HIGH.
There is no doubt which power lies behind the Little Horn’s attempts to make itself like the MOST HIGH GOD.
20. It would attempt to CHANGE THE LAW OF GOD.:

Daniel 7:25: And he shall…THINK to CHANGE TIMES AND LAWS.
These must be God’s laws; man-made laws change all the time and that is not noteworthy.  And it is not really a change, for nobody can change God’s laws.  This power would only THINK to change the times and laws.
There is no need to hunt out the truth, for the Little Horn power freely admits it:
“The [head of the church] is of so great authority and power that he can MODIFY, explain or interpret even DIVINE laws…since his power is not of man but of God, and he ACTS IN PLACE OF GOD on earth.” Lucius Ferraris, Prompta Bibliotheca
1. The second commandment is deleted, (the command not to make any graven image or bow down to it).  Because the church uses graven images in its worship, this commandment would prove guilt.
2. The tenth commandment (thou shalt not covet) has been split into two, to make up the number of commandments into ten.
3. Changing the “time” of the fourth commandment. 
The only commandment that has to do with time is the fourth—THE SABBATH commandment.  The Little Horn power points to this act proudly, as evidence of its authority to act as God on earth. 
Q. Have you any way of proving that the [church] has power to institute festivals of precept?
A. Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her—she could not have SUBSTITUTED the observance of Sunday, the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday, the seventh day, a change for which there is NO Scriptural authority.”  A doctrinal catechism 1876
It is true that the Emperor Constantine first made Sunday laws, in 321 AD.  But he called it the “Venerable day of the Sun,” with no mention of Christ!  His conversion to Christianity was dubious.  In the middle of the fourth century AD, the Council of Laodicea ordered: “Christians shall not Judaize and be idle on Saturday, but shall work on that day; but the Lord’s Day [supposedly Sunday] they shall especially honour, and, as being Christians, shall, if possible, do no work upon that day.  If, however, they are found Judaizing, they shall be shut out from Christ.” Council of Laodicea.
That and many other old documents are proof that until that point the SEVENTH DAY SABBATH WAS STILL BEING KEPT.  Neither Jesus nor his disciples ever kept Sunday as a holy day, or gave permission for us to do so.
There were many doctrinal changes that crept into the church, contributing to the cup of iniquity that was held by the scarlet woman on the beast.  Among them were these:
 Substitution of the doctrine of the immortal soul, instead of the Biblical position (see separate study) on the state of the dead.
 The sprinkling of infants instead of baptism of adults by immersion.
 The supposed forgiveness of sin by priests instead of forgiveness by the “One Mediator” Jesus.
 The man-made sanctity of Sunday in place of the seventh-day Sabbath of the Bible.
21. It would dominate the people of God for 1260 years.:

Daniel 7:25: Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time.
A TIME is a YEAR. TIMES means two years.  HALF A TIME is half a year.
Add these up and you get THREE AND A HALF YEARS. 
Ancient calendars used a 360 day calendar, therefore three and a half years would equal 1260 days.
In symbolic prophecy, a DAY equals a YEAR (Numbers 14:34 and Ezekiel 4:6).  Therefore 1260 days equals 1260 YEARS.  So Daniel’s prophecy teaches that the Little Horn’s period of dominance would last 1260 YEARS.
Revelation 12:6: Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there ONE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY DAYS.
Revelation 12:14: And there were given to the woman the two wings of the great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness unto her place, where she is nourished for A TIME, AND TIMES, AND HALF A TIME, from the face of the serpent.
Revelation 13:5: and there was given to him authority to continue FORTY AND TWO MONTHS. [42 months X 30 days = 1260 prophetic days, or years]
God’s people had to flee persecution and go underground so to speak, for a period of 1260 years.  The Little Horn held power in Europe from AD 538 until AD 1798:
Three of the ten horns (or kingdoms) were to be plucked up by the Little Horn power.  These were the Heruli in Italy (conquered in AD 493), the Vandals in North Africa (destroyed in AD 34) and the Ostrogoths in Italy (driven from Rome in AD 538).  The Little Horn was then in full control.
538 plus 1260 equals 1798.  What happened then?  Napoleon’s general entered Rome and captured the [head of the church], dethroned him, imprisoned him, had him exiled in France, where he died. 
The weight of evidence against the Little Horn was so large that this power took defensive measures to deflect it.  Three methods were used:
1. The “Index,” a listed of prohibited books, was established.  Authors and publishers of these books were often chained together and burned at the stake with their books.
2. A holy militia was established, a militant order of priests.
3. New ways of interpreting Scripture were sought, to deflect the incriminating prophecies.  Two Spanish priests developed two entirely different interpretations of prophecy.  Their aim was to re-locate the Antichrist to a period of history which was either far in the future or distant in the past.
The FUTURIST interpretation was developed in 1590.  This teaches that Antichrist is not in the world now, but will someday appear as an individual who will rebuild the Jerusalem temple, abolish the Christian religion, be received by the Jews, pretend to be God and conquer the world - and all in three and a half literal years!
In 1614 the PRETERIST theory was developed, which pushes Antichrist far into the past.  Strangely, the Little Horn did not seem to mind that these two theories were so different.  If one were correct the other would be wrong, and yet both were nurtured. 
Preterism did not have a strong following, and Futurism lay somewhat dormant until the nineteenth century, when interest was renewed.  Now Futurism is a popular doctrine in many churches.
Fallacies of Futurism:
1. It was not arrived at by Bible study,( delving into the Scripture to find the gems of truth contained there), but by deliberate design to relieve the pressure on the Antichrist.  Scripture is made to fit the theory.
2. Futurist theory ignores or denies clues such as the Seven Hills, the scarlet and purple apparel, tampering with God’s law, etc, which were predicted by Scripture and confirmed by History.
3. Futurists abandon the year for a day principle of prophecy and the historical system of interpreting prophecy, and insist on literal time periods, when it applies to the Antichrist.  Yet they use the year for a day principle selectively in other prophecies, such as the 70 week prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27.
EVERY Bible scholar uses the year for a day principle when looking at this prophecy—because the events to take place could not possibly occur in a literal time period.  They fit exactly into the 490 years.  However the Futurists insist on taking the 1260 days literally!  Symbolic time belongs with a symbolic prophecy such as this, which has beasts, horns and a woman called “Mystery Babylon.”  This prophecy is meaningless without symbolic time.
The historic fulfillment of the 1260 year period is impressive.  Why so many choose to ignore it IS a mystery.
4. Futurists also teach that the Antichrist will be a single individual, which does not fit with a 1260 year scenario.  It is much more convincing to consider a series of leaders, who ruled with the Beast power.  In every land the Reformers saw the Antichrist as a corrupt system, not an individual.  In the apostle Paul’s day “the mystery of iniquity “did already work” which precludes a single individual being responsible.
5. Literal DAYS don’t give a long enough period to accomplish all that was required.  Only the year for a day principle allows for all the events to be accomplished.  Peoples and multitudes of nations and tongues to serve and obey him, to make war with the saints and overcome them, to cause all that dwell on the earth to worship him, Babylon to ride the beast so long that all nations drink of the wine of her fornication, the Kings of the earth commit fornication with her.  There is too much to be accomplished, save in the longer period of time.
Prophecy is usually proved by looking back over the years and recognizing the fulfillment.  Today there is no doubt who the Antichrist is, if we look at history and the way the clues have been met in the Little Horn power.  There is only one power that meets all the requirements.
22.It would receive a deadly WOUND:
Revelation 13:3:
And I saw one of his heads as though it had been SMITTEN UNTO DEATH.

Revelation 13:10: If any man is for CAPTIVITY, into CAPTIVITY HE GOETH: if any man shall KILL WITH THE SWORD, with the SWORD MUST HE BE KILLED.
Revelation 13:12: [the] beast…[had a] DEATH-STROKE...
Revelation 13:14: the beast who was WOUNDED BY THE SWORD
1. The beast would clearly receive a wound.
2. The wound would appear to be mortal, deadly.
3. The wound would be inflicted by the “sword” or by military might.
4. The Beast would be taken prisoner, he would be forced to go “into captivity”.

Since the previous clues indicated that the 1260 years of supremacy of the Little Horn would begin in 538, it’s easy to calculate the end date.  If the interpretation is correct, the Little Horn would receive a death stroke in 1798
The French Revolution was a reaction not only to the excesses of the royal government, but corrupt practices of the church.  Napoleon Bonaparte’s general, General Berthier, took Rome on February 10th, 1798 and on the 20th February the head of the church was captured and taken to France where he soon died.  In 1799 Napoleon decreed that NO new head of the church was to be elected.
The event was broadcast far and wide; the whole world knew of it and none expected the Little Horn to recover.  The great power was “wounded as to death”.
23. The deadly wound would be healed:
Revelation 13:3
: 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.
Revelation 13:12: the first beast, whose DEADLY WOUND WAS HEALED.
Revelation 13:14: the beast, which had THE WOUND BY A SWORD, AND DID LIVE.
When the deadly wound was inflicted, nobody expected that the Beast power would rise again.  But a treaty was finally signed with Napoleon and in March 1800 a new leader was elected for the Little Horn power.  Great concessions had to be made by the Little Horn power…but it was ALIVE.
In 1929 another treaty was signed, this time with Mussolini, and once again the Little Horn power gained strength.  Since that time, the power has rapidly gained in popularity and today it has an incredible influence in world affairs.  Not only has it a RELIGIOUS influence, but a POLITICAL influence. 
The mortal wound has healed very well.This power is a world-wide power and kings, queens and ambassadors from many countries pay homage to it.

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