Chapter 17 -- The "Holy Roman Empire" and Ottoman Empire Defeated
The time frame is now the Seventh Vial since that is when "Babylon comes to remembrance before God, to receive the cup of the fierceness of his wrath" (Rev. 16:19). Therefore, the 17th chapter may be that "remembrance" elaborating on Revelation 16:19.
"And 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: With 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" (17:1-2).
Now comes the judgment of the great harlot (Virgo) that sitteth upon many WATERS" or "PEOPLES ... and NATIONS" (Rev. 17:15; Isa. 48:1). (The Mediterranean Sea formed John's horizon ; in addition,"Hydra" actually means "water" and is a wavey line of stars)(17:1): With whom the kings of the earth (Cepheus and Coma) have committed fornication (a woman sitting on a snake illustrates the sex act; the snake is a penis; governments making concordats with Vatican), and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication (causing them to "err in vision" and "stumble in judgment" -- Isa. 28:7. They all walk dizzily in circles exhibiting strange behavior and wearing the black robes of monks at night) (17:2). "Remove thy way far from her (the prostitute), and come not nigh the door of her house (cathedral): Lest thou give thine honor unto others, and thy years unto the cruel (Spanish inquisition; penance); Lest (Latin-speaking) strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a (Latin-speaking) stranger" (Pr. 5:8-10).
Who is the "great WHORE"? Astronomically, Virgo who sits upon the seven-headed Hydra. God's TRUE CHURCH is like a PURE WOMAN: "I have likened the daughter of Zion ("my people" -- Isa. 51:16) to a comely and delicate WOMAN" (Jer. 6:2; cp. Isa. 62:5; Rev. 19:7-8; Eph. 5:23; 2 Cor. 11:2). Therefore, when John "saw" a "GREAT WHORE," we know she is a FALSE CHURCH. Idolatrous Israel was called a "WHORE" (Isa. 1:21; Ez. 16:28-33; Jer. 3:3; 13:27). Spiritual "HARLOTRY" is idolatry which is the worship of demons (1 Cor. 8:1-5; 10:20-21; 1 Tim. 4:1; Ps. 96:5). Even the name VATICAN means "place of Divinations" (Ancient Monuments of Rome, p.75). The Roman Catholic Church is a drunk, domineering woman. She has many images and idols. In 1564 Pius IV, in the 8th Article of his New Creed, stated, "I most firmly assert that the images of Christ, or the Mother of God, ever Virgin, and also of other saints, may be had and retained: and that due honour and veneration are to be given to them." But far from taking the place of Christ in worship, Mary herself said, "Whatsoever he (Jesus) says unto you, do it" (John 2:5). The second commandment is omitted from Roman Catechisms. But God says, "Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image (which would include possessing)... thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them (which would include honoring and respecting), nor serve them" (Ex. 20:4-6). To even set up a cross as a religious sign is to "serve" it. But men become addicted to power and a paycheck and will preach whatever is required to get it -- even idolatry. John identified this woman as a HARLOT because she was dressed like a temple prostitute --with a special religious uniform that only temple prostitutes wore. Speaking plainly, she was dressed like a NUN. "Witchcraft" adds up to 666 if A=6, B=12, C=18, etcetera.
What are the "many WATERS"? Jer. 51:13 says, "O thou (Babylon) that dwellest upon many WATERS, abundant in treasures, thine end is come." "The WATERS ... are PEOPLES... and NATIONS" (Rev. 17:15). Recall that the EUPHRATES (Tiber, Hudson) ran through BABYLON (Rome, New York) and sometimes overflowed its banks becoming a SWAMP. Rome (Babylon, New York) boasts of being "CATHOLIC" or "Worldwide" just as the true church is a "nation and company of nations" of one stock with Gentiles grafted in. A medal of Pope Leo XII, issued in a Jubilee Year, 1825, shows a woman sitting on a GLOBE, her right arm extended holding a cup of the Mass, by which Transubstantiation is taught, which fatally intoxicates adherents. Around the figure is the legend: Sedet super Universum -- "She sits over the whole EARTH." This image bears a striking resemblance to the Statue of Liberty. Both wear a long flowing robe, have seven horns coming from their heads and hold a golden "cup."The inhabitants of the earth are made drunk with false doctrine they sip out of red "straws" from her wine cup. Cepheus is fornicating with two Catholic nations at once (Coma & Virgo) (17:2).
"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" (17:3).
So he carried me ... into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit (Virgo upright at sunrise) upon a scarlet coloured beast (Hydra with red radius line stripes; "though your sins be as scarlet" -- Isa. 1:18), full of names of blasphemy (Leo's mane Al Giebha means "the Exaltation" and in Hydra's head Minchar al Sugia -- Piercing of the deceiver; Al Zimach means "the Branch" -- Zech. 3:8; Zavijaveh means "Gloriously Beautiful" -- Isa. 4:2; Al Mureddin means "Who Shall Come Down" -- Ps. 72:8; Subilah means "Who Carries" -- Isa. 46:4), having seven heads (undulating Moon, Sun, Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Mercury) and ten horns (Cancer) (17:3). Astronomically, Virgo sits on Hydra with a half-moon in her hand. The seven planets and stars are the "precious stones and pearls." But where is this "WILDERNESS"? Historically, the "wilderness" is the desolate Campagna of Rome. This wilderness condition was brought about by barbarian raids upon Imperial Rome in the fifth and sixth centuries when they spoiled, desolated and burned Rome and the regions surrounding it. "About the close of the sixth century ... the Campagna of Rome was speedily reduced to the state of a dreary wilderness, in which the land is barren, the waters impure, and the air infectious ... In a season of excessive rains, the Tiber swelled above its banks, and rushed into the valleys of the Seven Hills. A pestilential disease arose from the stagnation of the deluge" (Gibbon ch. 45). When Papal Rome supplanted Imperial Rome, the Campagna of Rome continued in this condition all through the 1,260 year period of her temporal supremacy. In times of flooding, such as Gibbon described above, and which still occurred in the twentieth century, Rome viewed from a distance would literally appear as if sitting upon many waters.
What are the "names of BLASPHEMY"? The "names of blasphemy" are "Holy Reverend Father," "Vicar of Christ," and "Infallible," when referring to the Pope since "Holy and reverend is His (God's) name" (Ps. 111:9) and "Call no man your Father" (Matt. 23:9). "Mother of God," "Mary the Co-Mediatrix" and "Assumption of Mary" are blasphemous when referring to Mary (This is why Jesus called her "woman," never "mother"); also "Kingdom of God" when referring to the "Holy Roman Empire." "The Lord alone shall be exalted in that day" (Isa. 2:17). When the Pope is crowned in St. Peter's, a triple crown, called a tiara, is placed on his head with the words, "Receive this tiara, adorned with three crowns, and know thyself to be the father of princes and of kings, and the ruler of the world." The Vandals, Ostrogoths and Heruli were in dangerous proximity to Rome, so the Papacy "plucked up (these) three ... by the roots" (Dan. 7:8, 24). Some writers believe this is the original meaning of the triple crown. When the Papacy got its temporal power at the expense of these three neighboring states, the triple crown became the permanent memorial of this event. The Messiah will have "many crowns" upon his head. Pope Gregory VIII declared, "We desire to show to the world that we can give or take away at our will, kingdoms, duchies, earldoms, in a word the possessions of all men we can bind or loose." Boniface VIII said, "The Pope alone is called Most Holy, Divine Monarch, Supreme Emperor, the King of Kings."
Who is the "SCARLET-colored BEAST"? This dragon is the Roman Empire (Rev. 12:3-4). "Though your sins be as SCARLET" (Isa. 1:18) shows that the "Holy Roman Empire" is very sinful. Its IRON teeth and BRONZE nails (Dan.7:19) indicate that it occupies Roman and Greek territory -- the two legs (Rome and Constantinople) of Nebuchadnezzar's statue. But all ten toes are in the western half because they are IRON or CLAY, -- not BRASS. The "SEVEN HEADS" are "seven mountains" and seven forms of government. There are seven kings (or "dynasties" -- Dan. 7:17): five are fallen (below the horizon in John's day), and one is (Emperors (27 B.C.-284 A.D.), and the other is not yet come (Despotic Emperors (284-313 A.D.); and when he cometh, he must continue a short space (barely 30 years -- short compared to the eighth head [Papacy], which continued 1260 years). The seven forms of government enumerated by Livy, Pliny and Tacitus were: 1. Kings (c.750-510 B.C.) 2. Consuls (510-498 B.C.) 3. Dictators (498-451 B.C.) 4. Decimvirs (451-443 B.C.) 5. Military Tribunes (443-27 B.C.) 6. Military Emperors (Imperial Caesars) (27 B.C.-284 A.D.) and 7. Despotic Emperors (284-313 A.D.), different from the preceding military Emperors because these last were absolute monarchs. This was the form "wounded to death" (Rev. 13:3) at the downfall of Pagan Rome (Edict of Toleration of Licinius). Christian Emperors beginning with Constantine, are not mentioned. Their seat was not at Rome, but at Constantinople for the Eastern Empire, and at Ravenna for the Western. It is not until the bishops and popes of Rome that a "head" again sits in Rome. The Papacy is the "eighth" head (17:10-11).
"And 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" (17:4):
"Dressed in purple and scarlet colour (at sunrise), and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls (multi-colored stars sparkling), having a golden cup in her hand (73-degree crescent moon reflecting the sun's light; notice that the cup is tilted down in ch. 17 and tilted up in 18) full of abominations (blood and round wafer host burnt black) and filthiness of her fornication." Just as Belshazzar praised and drank toasts to the false idol gods using God's holy golden Temple cup (Dan. 5:1-4; Jer. 50:28 and 51:7), so the Roman Catholic Church participates in Transubstantiation, honoring pagan idols and customs with Biblical names attached to them. (17:4)
"Purple" is worn by Roman Bishops. "Scarlet" is worn by Roman Cardinals. Now compare ancient Babylon's rulers who were "clothed with scarlet" (Dan. 5:16) and Chaldeans portrayed "in bright red" (Ez. 23:14). Scarlet, pearls, gold and precious stones are mentioned three times (17:4; 18:4,16) in chapters 17 and 18 and are the precise adornments of the Papal robes, the altars, the vessels, the images and the furnishings of the Church of Rome. They are the pomp of Papal Rome. The Church of Rome decks her bishops and cardinals and principal images with gold and jewels. The Bambino or image of the infant Christ in Rome, for example, is loaded with jewels. The regular priests are black-robed Baal worshippers because Zephaniah 1:4 mentions "Chemarim" from the Hebrew root "kamar" (Strong's #3648) meaning "to be black" because they wore black robes. They wear "vestments" (2 Kings 10:22). The cross combined with the oval (or yoni) forms the Crux Ansata or Ankh -- an old Egyptian symbol indicating the conjunction of the two sexes. Worn as part of the Papal religious dress, it is called the priest's PALLIUM or SURPLICE. The prelate's head is passed through the yoni. Today's Roman priests more often wear the ancient sistrum of Isis or the yoni of Hindus (no cross). It is symbolic of the celestial virgin. When donned by a Christian priest, he resembles pagan male worshippers, who wore a female dress when they performed sacred rites before the altar or shrine of the goddess. This is PHALLIC and YONIC worship. A man shall not "put on a woman's garment." This is an "abomination" (Deut. 22:5). Contrast all this with the plain "white robes" of the saints who are "clothed with humility."
What is the "GOLDEN CUP"? Astronomically the half moon is the cup. Historically, "BABYLON hath been a GOLDEN CUP in the Lord's hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad" (Jer. 51:7). The ancient queen Semiramis, who ruled over the city of Babylon, as well as the later nation of Babylon, poured out "wine" of false BABYLONIAN DOCTRINES (Jer. 51:7; Isa. 47:12-15) through the medium of a "GOLDEN CUP" -- one of God's holy vessels stolen from His Temple -- through which she toasted her gods (Dan. 5:1-4; Jer. 50:28; 51:7) and made the nations "drunken" (Jer. 51:7). The CUP of Semiramis was huge and weighed 1200 pounds (Pliny Nat. Hist. 33:15). In the Roman Catholic anti-type, the Bible and its ordinances are used as the medium to convey spiritual harlotry to the world. An idolatrous church deceptively pretends to worship God. "Abominations" refer to "idolatry" (2 Ki. 23:13; Isa. 44:19; Ez. 16:36) and other doctrines that came from Babylon such as weeping, bleeding, nodding, and winking images, indulgences (not rated according to the seriousness of the crime pardoned, but according to the income of the criminal), the confessional, extreme unction, incense, holy water, candles, host, monstrance, mass, flowers, bones, relics, enforced celibacy, infallibility, the rosary, penance, the tonsure, halo, purgatory, the cross, Christmas (Tammuz' birthday), Easter (Lady Day, March 25), Lent (Tammuz' death), Assumption (Isis' resurrection into heaven, Sept. 8), fan of Buddha, processions, steeples, the miter (from "Mithra"), crosier, nunneries, and monasteries, etcetera. All of these practices were borrowed from the religion of heathen Rome which came from Babylon. God said, "Ye shall break down their altars ... thou shalt not bring an abomination into thine house" (Deut. 7:5,26). We need only contrast the intellectual, moral, social and political conditions of Portugal, Spain, Italy and France with those of Great Britain to see the effects of drinking this intoxicating wine.
The chalice is the most important of the sacred vessels ... (It) may be of gold or of silver" (Catholic Encyclopedia pp.103-104). But this cup is "full of ABOMINATIONS and filthiness of her FORNICATION" (Rev. 17:4). Why? Because she demands her priests to be CELIBATE. This leads to fornication and homosexuality which are abominations, or to priests molesting choir boys. Paul wrote that a bishop should be "the husband of one wife" (1 Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:5-6). The Bible defines itself in Leviticus 20:13 which says, "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an ABOMINATION."
"And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And 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 (astonishment)" (17:5-6).
"And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints (Jews; red radius lines and Virgo at sunrise or sunset), and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus" (Christians; red radius lines and red sunset and red sunrise) (17:6).
Papal Rome's "forehead" is her history of beliefs and doctines. "Babylon" refers to the continuity of Papal Rome with the Babylon of Daniel and Isaiah 14 and 47. In fact, Isaiah 47 uses identical language with these two chapters of Revelation. "Pontifex Maximus" was the title of the High Priest of ancient Babylon. A custom common in St. John's day in Rome was for prostitutes to carry their name written on a label on their foreheads, where everyone but themselves could see and read it. "Babylon is another name for Rome" (Sibylline Oracles 5:159f; the Apocalypse of Baruch ii,1 and 4 Esdras 3:1). Tertullian wrote, "Babylon ... is a figure of the city of ROME" (Against the Jews). Augustine wrote that "ROME was founded as the second Babylon and as the daughter of the former Babylon" (City of God 5:439). In the same book Augustine again said, "Babylonia as the first ROME ... ROME itself is like a second Babylon" (ibid. p.371). Why is she called "MYSTERY" ("of iniquity" -- 2 Th. 2:7-9) and why was John astonished? Because she is not what she seems. She is wearing a disguise. Claiming to be "Christian," but really Satanic. The Pope's tiara had a gold plate engraved with the title "MYSTERY" in Latin until 1553-1555 A.D., when Pope Julius III removed it because the Reformers identified it with Revelation 17:5. (source: Scaliger, on the authority of an informant of the Duke of Montmorency whilst at Rome. And so again Francis Le Moyne and Brocardus, an ocular evidence, they assure us: saying that Julius III removed it. See Daubuz, Vitringa, and Bishop Newton, ad loc.) The Chaldean MYSTERIES were maintained by an oath of secrecy because IDOLATRY was forbidden by law (p.5, Hislop's Two Babylons). The Chaldean Mystery Cult baptized converts and traced a cross on their foreheads using saliva and salt. They worshipped a mother goddess (Semiramis) with a child (Tammuz) in her arms. They made round wafers or sun images to honor this "Queen of Heaven" (Jer.44:17-19; Jer. 7:18) with a cross on each standing for "Tammuz." Why "the MOTHER of Harlots"? Anciently because Babylon had a bad reputation for sacred PROSTITUTION (Herodotus' History 1:199; Quintus Curtis v.1). Semiramis the Queen of Babylon also committed harlotry with all the kings of the earth. More recently, because nuns and priests must be CELIBATE leading them to immorality. Figuratively, the Lutherans, Anglicans, Baptists and Methodists all came from the Roman Catholic Mother and so they are DAUGHTER harlots to the extent they conform to Rome's rituals and doctrines. She has always called herself the "Mother" church. Convents have their "Mother Superior."
What "Abominations"? Anciently Freemasonry was founded on the mysteries of Isis and Osiris in the pantheon of Egypt which came directly from Babylon. Nimrod may have been a mason (Gen. 11:3-9). "Freemason" in Hebrew adds up to 666. (wrmson) w=6, r=200, m=40, s=300, o=70, n=50. The name "Osiris" (lit. "Seed man") adds up to 666 in Hebrew also. (sarwu) s=300, a=70, r=200,w=6, u=90. Another Egyptian god called "Amoun-Re" (Ham the Sun-god, son of Noah) also adds up to 666. (amoun-re) a=1, m=40, o=70, u=400, n=50, r=100, e=5. The Hindu pantheon came directly from Babylon. The god Vishnu adds up to 666 also in Greek. (Fisnu) F=6, i=10 s=200, n=50, u=400. The Greek pantheon came from Babylon. The god Dianus adds up to 666 in Greek. (Dianaus) D=4, i=10, a=1, n=50, a=1, u=400, s=200. Also known as Janus (Yenes) which adds up to 666. (uhnhs) u=400, h=8,n=50, h=8, s=200. Furthermore, one of Buddha's names was Jaines from where we got Janus or Yenes (p.337, Computation of 666). The religious philosophy of China known as Tao or Zadkiel Tao Sze (Zadkiel was the Chaldean name for Jupiter) also adds up to 666 in Greek. (Zadkiel Tao Szh) Z=7, a=1, d=4, k=20, i=10, e=8, l=30, T=300, a=1, o=70, S=200, z=7, h=8. In a more modern sense, Catholic dealings with the Bolsheviks, Nazis, Fascists, Sinn Fein, Mafia, and laundering drug money are fully documented in books, newspapers, police and court records.
From about the 6th century the Popes began to seek the aid of secular powers to suppress heresy. But in 1179 the Third Lateran Council declared open war on heretics. The Papacy persecuted Albigenses and Huguenots of France, Waldenses of Italy and Covenanters of Scotland. An estimated 50 million were slain and more tortured by the Pulley, Chafing Dish, Rack, Pendulum and Stake. This verse gives us the time of the vision. "Drunken" is past tense and retrospect whereas Revelation 13:7 gives a foreview of the future. This implies the time after the Reformation. Rome boasts she is "semper eadem" or "always the same." When a Roman priest is made Bishop, he takes an oath: "to persecute all heretics to the utmost of his power." The word "admiration" should be translated "astonishment." If the woman was heathen Rome, it would have caused him no surprise that she persecuted the saints. He himself was exiled to Patmos because of such persecution. What astonished him was that the woman was a "Christian church" -- Papal Rome.
"And 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. The 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" (17:7-8).
"The beast (Roman Empire) that thou sawest was (before it rotated below the horizon), and is not (when below the horizon); and shall ascend (when it rotates above the horizon) out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition." This is the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. Pagan Rome existed until 476 A.D. -- it "was." Then it was wounded to death by barbarians -- "is not." Then Papal Rome took the place of Pagan Rome in 538, 554 and 606-610 A.D. -- "yet is." The Caesar was resurrected in the Pope. (17:8) The beast came out of a "bottomless pit" (17:8). In the same way, the "man of sin" was to arise by means of "the working of Satan" (2 Th. 2:3,9). Satan gives the beast his "power, and his throne, and great authority" (Rev. 13:2). Therefore the "bottomless pit" must be where Satan works.
"And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth" (17:9).
The seven heads are the seven planets which are represented by seven concentric hills called a Ziggurat in Babylon or by seven panoramic hills of Rome or seven humps of Hydra's body (17:9).
According to Herodotus 1:180-181, "Babylon being divided in the middle by the River Euphrates ... had on each side of the river an extraordinary structure. On one side of the river stood the royal palace ... on the other the temple of Jupiter Belus, existing yet in my time, and measuring in every direction 2 stadia (or 1250 feet) ... In the middle of this temple stood a massive tower 625 feet square at the base, and upon this another and another to the number of 8, and upon the last tower stood a great nave. And in the nave a great couch and a golden table; but no statue therein; and no man sleeps therein, say the Chaldean priests. Only some woman sleeps there whom the god may chance to like, for the god was said to come there in person." (cp. Dio. Sic. 2:7-8 & Plato's Republic) In other words, a harlot sat on a ziggurat of seven concentric man-made hills representing the seven planets -- counterfeits of the "seven stars" (Rev.1). Borsippa's Temple of the Seven Lights (Planets) dedicated to Nebo confirms this view. So do the seven pagodas stacked one on top of the other at Mahabalipur (lit. "Great Sun City"). The Eternal referred to Babylon's ziggurat as a "destroying mountain" (Jer. 51:25). The woman was Semiramis. The city of Rome is also situated on seven hills. Pliny mentions "the SEVEN HILLS" of Rome (Natural History 3:66). The Roman poets Virgil (Georg. 2:535) and Horace (Aen. 6:784; Carmen Saec.7) both call Rome the "SEVEN-HILLED" city. Martial calls them "SEVEN dominating MOUNTAINS" (Lib.4, Ep. 64, p.254). Propertius, the Latin poet, describes Rome as "The city high on SEVEN HILLS, That rules the boundless earth" (Lib.iii. Eleg. 9, p.721). They are called Palatinus, Quirinalis, Aventinus, Caelius, Viminalis, Esquilinus and Capitoline (or Janiculan). The old Roman imperial coins in John's day represented Rome as a woman seated on seven hills.
"And 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. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition" (17:10-11).
Once again, there are seven kings (or "dynasties" -- Dan. 7:17): five are fallen (below the horizon in John's day), and one is (Emperors (27 B.C.-284 A.D.), and the other is not yet come (Despotic Emperors (284-313 A.D.); and when he cometh, he must continue a short space (barely 30 years -- short compared to the eighth head [Papacy], which continued 1260 years). The seven forms of government enumerated by Livy, Pliny and Tacitus were: 1. Kings (c.750-510 B.C.) 2. Consuls (510-498 B.C.) 3. Dictators (498-451 B.C.) 4. Decimvirs (451-443 B.C.) 5. Military Tribunes (443-27 B.C.) 6. Military Emperors (Imperial Caesars) (27 B.C.-284 A.D.) and 7. Despotic Emperors (284-313 A.D.), different from the preceding military Emperors because these last were absolute monarchs. This was the form "wounded to death" (Rev. 13:3) at the downfall of Pagan Rome (Edict of Toleration of Licinius). Christian Emperors beginning with Constantine, are not mentioned. Their seat was not at Rome, but at Constantinople for the Eastern Empire, and at Ravenna for the Western. It is not until the bishops and popes of Rome that a "head" again sits in Rome.
"And 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" (17:12).
And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings (Cancer), which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour (historically ten European states under the Pope for 1260 years) with the beast (17:12). The western Roman Empire fragmented into ten countries whose kings were crowned by the Pope. They received authority from him and could not exercise it without him, thus acknowledging his overlordship. These are the "ten toes" of the statue of Daniel 2:42. Sir Isaac Newton said, "Seeing the body of the third beast is confined to the nations on this side of the Euphrates, and the body of the fourth beast is confined to the nations on this side of Greece, we are to look for all the four heads of the third beast among the nations on this side of the Euphrates, and for all the eleven horns of the fourth beast among the nations on this side of Greece. Therefore we do not reckon the Greek empire seated at Constantinople among the horns of the fourth beast, because it belongs to the body of the third."
"They have received no kingdom as yet" in 96 A.D. when John wrote. But after 476 A.D. "they receive power ... one hour" (Rev. 17:12). The twelfth part of a 360-day year is 30 days and since a day is a year (Num. 14:34; Ez. 4:6), the last "Holy Roman Empire" will last 30 years. The literal Greek is "mia hora" or "at one and the same time." These nations are all found in western Europe. Historically the ten horns were the Ostrogoths (Hungary & Yugoslavia), Visigoths (Spain), Vandals (N. Africa), Sueves (Portugal), Franks (France), Burgundians (Switzerland & S. Gaul), Heruli (Italy), Huns (Alemani), Lombards (Austria & Czechoslovakia) and Anglo-Saxons (England). All ten horns must be west or north of Greece so that they are not considered part of the third or Greek (Byzantine) beast. Sometimes they have sunk to eight or nine, or have risen to eleven or twelve, but have averaged ten. They are Satan's counterfeit of the lost ten tribes of Israel, who were nine when Benjamin was lent to Judah and are thirteen if we separately count Manasseh or include Judah. The E.E.C. or "Common Market" was created January 1st, 1958. The original six were Italy, France, West Germany, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg. Britain joined in January 1st of 1973, followed by Denmark, then Eire. Greece joined in 1981, followed by Spain and Portugal in 1986. When the Maastricht Treaty was signed in 1992, there were 25 members, but only ten permanent members. (Older German maps spell "Maastricht" as "Mastricht" which adds up to 666 when A=6, B=12, C=18 ...). The E.C. anthem is "Ode to Joy" with lyrics by Friedrich von Schiller set to music by Beethoven in his 9th Symphony, composed in honour of the Goddess of Liberty (Isis). Just as Britain historically dropped out of the ten-nation "Holy Roman Empire" in the fifteenth century, so she will "Come out" (Rev. 18:4) of this "Common Market" again in the end time. "And your covenant (treaty) with death shall be annulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand" (Isa. 28:18). When the Russian bear destroys this "Babylon" (Roman Catholic W. Europe & Moslem E. Europe) by marching through the dried up riverbed of the Euphrates (Turkish Empire) just as the Medo-Persian bear marched anciently under Babylon's city wall through the riverbed.
"These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These 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" (17:13-14).
"And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. And 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" (17:15-16).
The SUN on back of ten-limbed Cancer attacks the harlot and BURNS her black. Alison says the French ambassador writing from Rome to Bonaparte in 1797, remarked that "the payment of thirty millions stipulated by the Treaty of Tolentino has totally exhausted this old carcass" (Roman State). "We are making it consume by a slow FIRE." Ranke says that the losses of the Roman State were estimated altogether at 220 millions of livres. French occupation and oppression in Rome reduced its population from 180,000 to 90,000 and converted many villages into deserts. Contemporaneously starting in 1808 most western European monarchies were satellites of Napoleon and in 1809 he issued the Decrees of Shoenbrunn and Vienna against the Papacy.
"For 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. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth" (17:17-18).
From chapter 17 till chapter 18 the sun moves 130 degrees, so from 1870 when Rome fell politically and religiously, till 2001 when New York fell economically from world dominance, is 130 years. These two chapters go together just as Rome and New York are both aspects of Babylon.
Perhaps a new papal power will rise up. Ten states within the United States may become Aztlan -- a Mexican "Reconquista" and a new "Holy Roman Empire." Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California are the historical seven taken from Mexico. But Oregon, Washington and Idaho may constitute the other three since they typify Belgium, France and Netherlands in the European parallel. "The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done, is that which shall be done" (Eccl. 1:9). God says, "I change not" (Mal. 3:6). He is "the same yesterday, today and forever" (Heb. 13:8).
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia persecutes the saints. Arabia promotes beheading: “and I saw the souls of the martyrs who were beheaded.” Mecca exerts more false religious propaganda on more people than any other city on earth. Today major universities such as Harvard, Cambridge, Georgetown and many others have been bought by the Saudis to create Islamist friendly indoctrination programs. Saudi Arabia exports radical Islam to every nation in the world. Why are we having so much trouble today with the radical Islam? It’s because Saudi Arabia has exported Wahabbism throughout the world. Today, we have over a billion people who bow down daily towards an image in Arabia. Arabia is on a desert. Arabia has oil. Arabia imports slaves, and Arabia imports all of specific merchandise in Revelation 18.
Mecca is the spiritual home of all Muslims. The kingdom of Saudi Arabia which controls Mecca is corrupting nations with its oil wealth. As the spiritual home of Islam, Mecca rules (influences) over 1.5 billion people on this planet, in every country. The Royal House of Saud controls Mecca, the spiritual home of Islam. Mecca causes people to fly planes into buildings, to blow up infrastructure, to strap bombs on themselves to blow up the Kuffar, and to behead infidels shouting "Allahu Akbar". Islamic nations hate Saudi Arabia because they believe it has corrupted Islam and in Islamic eschatology, both Mecca and Medina will be destroyed, probably by a Turkey, Syria, Iran axis.
Deuteronomy 11:24 says, "Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness and LEBANON, from the river, the river EUPHRATES, even unto the uttermost SEA shall your coast be." After the First World War, Britain held the mandate stretching across the Fertile Crescent through what was then known as Palestine, Trans-Jordan and Iraq. From 1919 and through the 1920s this prophecy received fulfillment. God promised Abraham "all the land of Canaan" (Gen.17:8) and it was promised "for an everlasting possession.""Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates" (Gen. 15:18). Therefore, the Palestinians, who are being given control over the West Bank and Gaza Strip, in Israel today, do not belong there. Isaac prophesied about ESAU, "Behold, thy dwelling shall be ("far from" -- Bas) the fatness of the earth, and ("far from" -- Bas) ... the dew of heaven above; And by thy SWORD shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother" (Gen.27:37-40). Haman and Herod were both EDOMITES (see Josephus). ESAU lives in TURKEY and TURKESTAN. These areas lack most of the important industrial natural resources. ESAU became EDOM (Gen. 25:30) or IDUMEA. One son called "AMALEK" gave his name to the capital of Jagatai in central Asia called ALMALIK (Acad. Am. En. 2:255). The Tarim River in TURKESTAN used to be called YUMALAK-Darya (29:872). The Egyptians called the Amalekites "AMU." In TURKESTAN is the AMU River (called Oxus by Greeks). We also see the SYR River in TURKESTAN named after Mount SEIR. ESAU'S son KORAH named the KARA-Kum desert, KARA-Kul Lake, KARA-Tau Mts., KIRGHIZ and KHORASAN in TURKESTAN. It's called TURKESTAN because it is "inhabited by TURKISH races" (27:419b). TEMAN gave his name to the OTTOMAN Empire (cp. Gen.36:11 & Obadiah 9) which stands "in the crossway" (Obad.14) -- the Bosporus and Dardanelles area that the British, Australians and New Zealanders fought so hard for in World War One. Strabo mentions the ODOMANTES tribe in N. GREECE and the ODOMANTIS country in TURKEY (3:359 & 5:325). They practiced circumcision (Aristophanes Acharn. 157). Herodotus calls these same peoples the SIRO-Painones (5:15) which may refer to SEIR of Pannonia. Plutarch called the Strymon River, on which the ODOMANTI lived, the PALESTINE River (DeFluv. 11). Ptolemy 3:12 mentions the town of IDOMENE and the province of ODOMANTICA both in Macedonia and IDYMUS in Lydia (TURKEY) (5:2).
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