O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
It seems that preterists of all stripes rush to call Protestant Historicism a "discredited" notion. Who "discredited" Protestant Historicism? What parts of it are invalid? Does that mean that the whole notion of the Papacy being Anti-Christ or "the man of sin" is discredited?
THE FALSE PROPHET AND HIS “FIRE”
And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh FIRE come down from heaven on the earth . . . in the sight of men. Rev 13:13. KJV
Strong’s #4442 indicates that this Greek word (pur) can be literal fire or figurative fire. I believe in this case that it is to be spiritually understood, as only God can bring literal fire down from heaven, not the false prophet, nor Satan’s minions, the prophets of Baal.
And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty. 2 Kings 1:10.
Again, in I Kings 18:23, 38, we read of Elijah and the prophets of Baal who were unable to bring fire down from their god, but with Elijah, “the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice … “
If this “fire” of the False Prophet can not originate from the heaven of God, then whose “heaven” does it originate from?
The English text of the KJV says “he maketh fire come down from heaven ON the earth” whereas the Greek (‘eis’) clearly says … “fire from heaven ONTO the earth”.
Knowing this, why do you think the inspired King James translators would transcribe our English KJV as … fire from heaven on the earth, rather than fire from heaven onto the earth?
I believe the Holy Spirit inspired those translators to transcribe it as such, so as to indicate to discerning students of prophecy, that “heaven ON the earth” refers to that great city that rules over Kings of the earth, Mystery Babylon.
This being Vatican City, the small, but most powerful and influential sovereign “little horn” (kingdom) in the world, this being Roman Catholicism’s heaven on the earth.
And (it) deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he (it) had power to do in the sight of the beast . . . . . . . Rev 13:14.
These great wonders and “miracles” that it can do are merely lying signs and wonders, and not true wonders of God.
Jesus turned water into wine, but Rome far surpasses that, for it claims to turn wine into the literal blood of Jesus . . . this is their mighty miracle of the “mass” performed by the priests of the False Prophet. They then “drink the blood” from the golden cup.
This is why Rev 16:6 tells us: For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works; in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. Rev 18:6.
That great city and kingdom of the False Prophet and its followers is Vatican City.
This is their “heaven on the earth”.
And the beast was taken, and with him the False Prophet (vatic) that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image . . . . . . Rev 19:20.
As noted in a previous article, the “image” created by the False Prophet is when they “create” an image with eyes and a mouth … ie another “Papal Peter” when the previous “head” or pope dies.
VATICAN ‘MIRACLES” . . . it is the Vatican itself that promotes, investigates, authenticates and declares as such, the thousands upon thousands of it’s so-called “miracles”.
Who has not heard their tales of “winking” Madonnas, “weeping” images and miracles and cures wrought through the power of “sacred relics” and the bones of dead saints. Even raising of the dead has been claimed.
According to the Catholic Encyclopaedia, the wafer host “has been the object of a great many miracles” including, the bread being turned to stone and wafer hosts which have bled and continued to bleed. Vol 6 pg 492.
Once it is realized that the False Prophet is not a lone individual but rather a powerful sovereign religious state exercising worldwide control over kings of the earth, then Revelation’s descriptive verses become logical and intellectually understandable.
How does the Church of Rome cause “FIRE” to come down … in the sight of men?
I don’t know how current teachers would explain how this “fire” can come down, but here is my understanding from the perspective of an historicist and the teachings of the greats of the Reformation, who were of ONE VOICE in clearly stating that the papacy is the beast and the direct fulfillment of II Thess II . . . so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Heaven on the earth depicts the pride pomp and splendour of the “Vicar of Christ” sitting on his throne in that great city, Vatican City, a city that possesses and exerts considerable political power throughout the world, and religiously rules over many kings of the earth. Rev 17:18.
The interpretation . . . symbolically, this is exactly what the Vatican does, for by the “sign” of the papal headdress, called the “MITRE”, the False Prophet places the power and presence of the “Holy Spirit” upon the pope and his cardinals and bishops, According to their official doctrine, the deeply cleft mitre with its unusual shape that appears like two horns or like two tongues placed together forming two points, symbolizes the presence of the Holy Spirit upon them as did the “CLOVEN TONGUES OF FIRE” that appeared upon the head of the Apostles.
This from “A Papal Glossary” in the Vancouver Sun newspaper, August 1984.
And that folks is how the False Prophet “doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth … IN THE SIGHT OF MEN. Rev 13:13.
Brothers and sisters, do not look for literal fire to come down in your sight, Satan is too subtle and too deceptive for that.
The “Papal Peter” is the “image of the beast” … the “head” that dies and yet has life.
The Vatican is the False Vatic (prophet) with its “lying signs and wonders”.
Recommended reading relative to the Vatican’s visible and secret involvement in the affairs of this world would be:
The Vatican Moscow Washington Alliance
The Vatican in World Politics
The Vatican Billions . . . all by Avro Manhattan.
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats . . . . I Tim 4:1-3.
This prophecy points DIRECTLY to the Roman Catholic priesthood with its rule of celibacy and, if you are old enough to remember, their admonition to its followers to abstain from eating meat and instead, eat fish on Friday. This directive was in effect until recent times, and according to one report, the current “Papal Peter” is considering re-instituting that rule.
THE BIBLE IS THE TRUE PROPHET . . . THE VATICAN IS THE FALSE PROPHET
“VATIC” means “prophet” … therefore … Vatican = false prophet
When we think of the word “prophet” we normally think of one who foretells future events, but I believe the primary OT meaning for this word, was one acting as a spokesman for God … like Moses.
To identify the “False” Prophet, we should look for a prophet who claims to be a spokesman for God. Those who understand the true and inspired Word of God will recognize this prophet because its message contains a mix of truth and error. As the Biblical requirement for God’s prophets demand complete accuracy, God therefore calls this false spokesman the “false” prophet.
As noted earlier, the False Prophet described in the Bible is not an individual person doing signs and wonders. Biblically, the interpretation reveals that this “prophet” is the administrative body of a gigantic religious organization. It wields its mighty power throughout the world, for even kings, queens and world leaders are subservient to this “prophet”.
In fulfillment of prophecy, it changes TIMES (the Gregorian calendar) and LAWS. The Church of Rome changes God’s law, the ten commandments. Its official catechism shows that it splits our tenth commandment into two, and combines the first and second. This to avoid the problem of its idolatry and its use of images and idols of Mary etc.
On page 573 of its catechism it states that God introduced a new “economy” of images. Article 2132 states: The Christian veneration of images is not contrary to the first commandment which proscribes idols. Indeed, “the honour rendered to an image passes to its prototype,” and “whoever venerates an image venerates the person portrayed in it.” The honour paid to sacred images is a “respectful veneration,” not the adoration due to God alone.
Protestants are not swayed by such crafty manipulation of words.
Some may be of the opinion that what I have presented in posts of The Interpretation are mere coincidence . . . things and events that just “happen” to fit the prophecies in the Bible. It is my sincere hope that some will re-examine what, currently, has been taught about Bible prophecy and the last days.
Within the walls of this “heaven on the earth” the Vatican controls ALL BUYING AND SELLING. Rev 13:17.
Vatican City has its own coinage, shops, jail and post office. It also has its own civil law, courts, flag, coat of arms and crown. The pope is the absolute sovereign head in this small but worldly kingdom … the little horn spoken of by Daniel.
Roman Catholic historians have confirmed that decrees were issued to its followers to conduct no commerce … ie NO BUYING OR SELLING, with non-Roman Catholics or excommunicated former Catholics, as they themselves would be excommunicated and therefore “unsaved”.
This type of conduct was quite common, particularly during the historical “Dark Ages” of Romanism’s powerful “Inquisition” and its atrocities.
The beast on seven hills (Rev 17:9) is Romanism, and it is only those misguided souls who worship within the world of Roman Catholicism that are deceived by its “miraculous” signs and wonders.
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie. That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thess 2:11-1.
“… Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. I also will choose their delusion … “ Isaiah 66:3-4.
Brothers and sisters, as students of prophecy, should we continually be looking to the future for the fulfillment of prophecy … or should we consider the past and the present also?
To God be the glory.
WHAT GREAT CITY MERCHANDISES IN THE SOULS OF MEN?
DID THE JEWISH PRIESTHOOD “MERCHANDISE” IN THE SOULS OF MEN? … or is the biblical description in Revelation more applicable to the Church of Rome?
Did the Jewish priesthood claim to get your family and friends out of hell or purgatory … for a price?
The following excerpts are from the book "What I Saw In Rome".
.by J A Kensit in 1922.
Catering to the sinful bodies of men.
The monk Tetzel was dispatched through Europe to hawk "indulgences" or pardon for sins. So shamelessly was this business carried forward that the monk declared his indulgences to be efficacious both for sins already committed and sins to be committed.
The fraudulent sale of pardons, however, had enriched greatly the Church's treasury, and St Peter's was duly completed at the approximate cost of 15,000,000 pounds sterling. This great ecclesiastical pile, with its giant dome, stands therefore as a monument to a wicked falsehood.
If ever money was raised by false pretenses, this is one of the most shameless examples.
Peter's shrine and bones are accompanied by 87 perpetually burning lamps, but to gain entrance and look upon the casket and bones you must be prepared to pay handsomely should you desire the privilege. Rome reaps a rich harvest out of these bones (if they are indeed Peter's): a harvest she manages to garner all the year round.
Brings to mind Jesus throwing out the money changers doesn't it.
During Holy Week the numbers resorting to the Confessional Boxes are so large, that it is sufficient to get a tap on the head from a priest manipulating a long wand from his Confessional Box - an easy way, indeed of getting rid of sin's awful burden!
Vatican City has nothing externally to impress the eye ... but once inside, however, everything conveys the idea of massive grandeur. The libraries, the picture galleries, the museum, and the halls of sculpture are all thrown open to the public on payment ... the treasures of marble, alabaster, canvas and manuscripts are in value beyond calculation.
This is a mere sampling of how this "great city" merchandises its wares to the slaves of its system.
But how is this magnificent "city" maintained?
"Peter's pence" supplies the answer. In nearly every church is found a replica of the statue of Peter. The original of which is in St Peter's. This replica may be found on the top of money boxes, and all offerings put into these boxes go direct to the up-keep of the Papal Headquarters. The prayer to St Peter, which we have faithfully translated from the Italian should be noted. It reads:
"O, St Peter, Chief of Apostles, confirm us in our faith, give us eternal salvation, impart to the Church and Roman Pontiff peace and triumph."
To all who make a suitable offering and kiss THE IMAGE, 300 days' indulgence is granted. who would not make a purchase on such easy terms? the devotee is duped indeed, but on the duplicity the Vatican grows rich.
Again, a sample of how this "city" merchandises to the sinful temptations of man ... merchandising in the SOULS of men.
Next the author describes the "Holy Stairs'. The marble of the stairs is now enclosed in wood, yet no one is allowed to ascend except upon their knees ...an inscription in several languages is placed at the bottom of the steps advising all the faithful that:
"An indulgence of nine years applicable to the souls in purgatory is granted to those who perform this pious custom."
No image appears anywhere unless accompanied by the money chest. We must have seen thousands kiss, adore and genuflect before images in the various churches, and then deposit the money in the provided box.
It is little wonder that in Italy the business of purgatory is pushed with all possible vigor. In Naples we bought a model of the Souls In Purgatorial Flames.
If, however, it is to be believed that the agonized souls are in flames, one must seek some method for their release. Rome answers the pang of the living concerning their dead by the instrument of the "MASS".
"Every Mass celebrated at this High Altar of this Church liberates one soul from Purgatory."
So, by models, pictures, notices and preaching the people's sympathies are drawn forth to support the Papal idea that their priests in the Mass have the means of releasing from Purgatorial horrors. The Mass has to be PAID for.
Purgatory is today as much "the priests pick-purse" as when it was so labeled by good Bishop Latimer.
The one purgatory which the Word of God knows is:
"The blood of Jesus Christ His Son purgeth us from all sin."
The above comments were written in 1922 ... has anything changed?
As a preterist, do you seriously believe that Revelation is describing the Jewish priesthood that merchandized in the souls of men?
I would think that if you cannot go beyond 70 AD, what other option do you have?
This is Mars Rover ... there is no sign of life here so I am closing the casket lid on DID.