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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 16-

In contrast to those who keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus, the third angel points to another class, against whose errors a solemn and fearful warning is uttered: “If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, he same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God.” (Revelation 14:9-10). A correct interpretation of the symbols employed is necessary to an understanding of this message.  What is represented by the beast, the image, the mark?

INTERPRETING THE SYMBOLS-part 1-

THE DRAGON

THE line of prophecy in which these symbols are found begins with Revelation 12, with the dragon that sought to destroy Christ at His birth. The dragon is said to be Satan (Revelation 12:9); he it was that moved upon Herod to put the Saviour to death.  But the chief agent of Satan in making war upon Christ and His people during the first centuries of the Christian. Era was the Roman Empire, in which paganism was the prevailing religion.  Thus while the dragon, primarily, represents Satan, it is, in a secondary sense, a symbol of pagan Rome.

THE LEOPARDILIKE BEAST

IN chapter 13 (verse 1-10) is described another beast, “like unto a leopard” to which the dragon-Satan and pagan Rome- gave “his power, and his seat, and great authority”. This leopardlike beast, as most Protestants have believed, represents the Papacy, which succeeded to the power and seat and authority once held by the ancient Roman Empire.  Of the leopardlike beast it is declared: “There was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies…And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations”. This prophecy, which is nearly identical with the description of the little horn of Daniel 7, unquestionably points to the Papacy.

“Power was given unto him to continue forty and two months”. And, says the prophet, “I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death”. And again: “He that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword” (Revelation 13:10). The forty and two months are the same as the time and times and the dividing of time”, three years and a half, or 1260 days, of Daniel 7- the time during which the papal power was to oppress God’s people.  This period began with the supremacy of the Papacy, A.D. 538, and terminated in 1798. At that time the pope was made captive by French army, the papal power received its deadly wound, and the prediction was fulfilled, “He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity” (Revelation 13:10).

 

LIBERTY OF CONSCIENCE, WHICH HAS COST SO GREAT A SACRIFICE, WILL NO LONGER BE RESPECTED

THOSE WHO HONOR THE BIBLE SABBATH WILL BE DENOUNCED AS ENEMIES OF LAW AND ORDER

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