He Shall Obtain the Kingdom by "Flatteries"
Last week we studied Daniel ten and eleven from the standpoint of history in the natural realm. We saw how Daniel 11:21-35 refers not only to Antiochus IV Epiphanes, king of Syria, in the declining years of that remnant of the Greek empire which persecuted Daniel's people, but also to the Roman empire that succeeded it. Not Imperial Rome and her Caesars so much as Papal Rome. This week we begin to review the Spiritual compound meaning of the last two chapters of the Book of Daniel.
Like Antiochus, Papal Rome took power by dissemblance or deceit which is often more successful than violence. Their pope was a "vile person" to whom people did not willingly bestow the honors of royalty; he grasped them for himself, yet without violence by dissimulation. Violence belongs to simpler times.
As life becomes more complex, evil becomes more subtle and has most power at a time of material prosperity and moral corruption when the discerning facility of conscience is blinded. When we are off our guard and tempted to a false sense of security based on the enjoyment of the present, and the most dangerous enemies a man can have are his flattering friends. In such cases the evil is more slowly recognized, less energetically hated, and resisted with more difficulty.
Imperial Rome was wounded to death but its deadly wound was healed by Constantine's "flatteries" whereby the iron of the legs became mixed with clay in the ankles and feet when he instituted Papal Rome (Daniel 2:40-45). Christians would not give him the honor of the CHURCH kingdom but he came in peaceably, and obtained it by "flatteries". This took place at the First Nicea Council of AD325 early in the Pergamos Church Age when the church united with the State. Pergamos means "thoroughly married".
The Council where Emperor Constantine presided (as head of the Department of Religion), was a political move to reconcile a large constituency by legitimizing and institutionalizing "Christianity" making the Roman Catholic church the new religion of empire, thus consolidating his position.
When Constantine united church and state, he employed the same strategy as Balaam. He arranged a meeting of believers, make-believers and unbelievers where he substituted man's ideas for the Word of God, introducing Rome's pagan Babylonian trinity by changing the names of their idols to "Father," "Son" and "Holy Ghost". History tells us the few Christian ministers who traveled to Nicea departed before the Council sat; and although laity outnumbered clergy by about five to one they were disqualified from voting. This is nicolaitanism which "Jesus hates" (Revelation 2:15).
When the people did not receive the faith, God sent them strong delusion to believe the lie, receive a reprobate mind and be damned by it (II Thessalonians 2:9-11; II Timothy 3:8). This is confirmed by the symbols of Bible prophecy and the history of the rider of the four horses in Revelation 6, who is Satan.
Satan began his ride on a white horse, impersonating Christ Who is signified returning on a white horse. He set off with bluff in the "deeds of the Nicolaitanes"a bow without arrowserecting a religious hierarchy between God and the people. He was just an antichrist spirit until Nicea which established an institution for the office of Pope but when the papacy began, he received a triple crown. Now with his church and the State united, he controlled political power and rode forth "conquering and to conquer". Throughout history the papacy has used war, both literal and spiritual to accomplish its ends, bestowing favor on those who acknowledge the Pope. With this new found power "to take peace from the earth, and kill" dissenters, he mounted a red horse and went forth to force the mark of the beast as declared in the Nicean or Apostle's Creed (so-called) at the point of a sword. Then having subdued kingdoms he changed to a black horse and brought on the Dark Ages with demonic power, increasing his wealth and the majesty of Rome, selling prayer and indulgences for the forgiveness of sin.
We live under the Fourth Seal wherein Satan is gathering all the evil of the past Seven Church Ages into his sickly green horse; reuniting religious, political and demonic powers through the revival of the Holy Roman Empire and the image of the beast or World Council of once Protestant churches in the spiritual realm, and military might of an apostate United States of America in the natural (Revelation 13:11-18). His New World Order is given power to kill with war, famine and men lower than beasts of the earth, all who are redeemable.
The Roman Catholic crucifix bears the initials "I.N.R.I.", "Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorom" (John 19:19). But when a Jesuit of minor rank is to be elevated, he is conducted into the Chapel of the Convent of the Order. Those present are the Superior standing in front of the altar, and on either side a monk, one of whom holds a banner of yellow and white, which are the colors of the white Pope, and the other holds a black banner with a dagger and red cross above a skull and crossbones, with I.N.R.I., and below that, "IUSTUM NECAR REGES IMPIOUS" which means DEATH: "It is just to exterminate or annihilate impious or heretical Kings, Governments, or Rulers." On his final ride Satan is Death personified. He and his followers end in perdition, "and Hell follows with him" (Revelation 6:8).
The history of warfare in modern times is a record of the conflict between Rome, the last empire of the "times of the Gentiles", and the "Jews". It continues unto the consummation as confirmed in the Fifth Seal where the Orthodox Israelites who are Hebrews martyred from Calvary to the close of the Gentile dispensation "for the Word of God and for the Testimony (Moses' Law) which they held" unto death, "Cried with a loud voice, saying, 'How long, O Lord, holy and true, do you not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth'? And the Lord said that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants (Israel's two prophets) also and their brethren (the elect 144,000), that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled" (in Daniel's Seventieth Week AFTER the Gentile dispensationRevelation 6:9- 11; 14:13; Luke 21:24; Daniel 9:24, 27; 11:36; 12:6-12).
Seventeen hundred years after Nicea, Rome still regards Jerusalem, the birthplace of Christianity, and which once formed part of the Roman empire, as its own universal headquarters. She is the mother of the denominational system of false worship that originated in Babylon and spread throughout the world.
Jesus Christ Himself viewed the Romish church as, "A woman dressed in purple and scarlet, adorned with jewellery of gold and precious gems and pearls, holding a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication (or impure worship): And on her forehead the caption, "Mystery, Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth."
Emperor Theodosius formally outlawed the old gods and made conversion to Roman Christianity compulsory. After his death in AD395, the empire was divided between his two sons. The Western leg of the Empire ended in AD476 when it was divided among the Germanic kings, and the Papacy began to play a more dominant role.
Shortly after the death of Mohammed in AD632, Islam, the new "king of the south", gained control of Palestine and Jerusalem, This initiated religious strife, culminating in the bloody Crusades of the false church, more intent on a temporal empire than building Christ's Spiritual Kingdom. So intent was Rome, she killed all who refused to bend the knee to her every command, whether Israelite, "Jew", Muslim or Christian. Her pogroms led to almost a thousand years of Dark Ages, at the end of which, God began to restore the faith that had been buried in the hearts of Christians martyred by Rome.
This Spiritual awakening manifesting in the Protestant reformation of the Roman Catholic system of worship, divided the Papal Roman empire, and for centuries, God's Light shone to every nation under heaven. But as revival Fires burned low, the people organized like Rome had done before them. Today, all Seven Church Ages are past history, however in their apostacy, the denominational worshipers know it not. And the Word has been so adulterated with creeds and traditions It is of no longer of any effect to them. Unable to find the Spirit they are uniting under the headship of man. That man of sin, the son of perdition.
Pope John Paul II has long considered Christian unity one of the chief aims of his papacy. Visiting Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulcher in March, he called it the "mother of all churches." He is fulfilling his place in Scripture, like Pharaoh, Herod, Judas Iscariot, Caiaphas, Annas and Pontius Pilot.
Rome has no part in the faith of Jesus Christ. Her heritage is superstitious sleight of hand and man-made traditions that conjure up an illusion of legitimacy. The Vatican is working to maintain its grip on "Christian" holy sites through negotiation. The recent pilgrimage by the pope was an unprecedented diplomatic achievement establishing Rome's presence in Jerusalem whence it will rule the world during the tribulation of Daniel's Seventieth Week.
The Vatican's Holy Land objectives have not changed. It has initiated dialogue with Jews and Muslims alikethe Pope has even apologized for the church's past sins. But through it all, as William Orme noted in the March 23 New York Times, "Vatican diplomacy has been dictated by its own ecclesiastical interests." That's why, after signing an agreement with the Jews to protect Christian holy sites, the Pope made a similar move with Palestinians. He wants assurance that no matter what happens in Jerusalem between Jews and Arabs, the Vatican will retain its holy sites. That's why the Pope has long been in favor of making Jerusalem an international city, which would give the church even greater control of its sacred sites.
After refusing to recognize the State of Israel for more than forty years, this Pope established diplomatic relations in 1993, and a year later, began a similar relationship with the Palestinians, thus safeguarding church property and rights in the Holy Land. "Israel and the Vatican have reached an understanding more out of political consideration than heartfelt friendship," wrote Anton La Guardia in the Daily Telegraph (December 31, 1993). "Recognition by the spiritual authority of one billion Roman Catholics is a diplomatic achievement for Israel, while the Vatican is keen to protect its interests at a time of rapid political change".
How did Rome obtain the honor of the kingdom and how will the Pope become universal ruler of the New World Order? By "flatteries".
Look how Rome has people of every religion and no religion at all subsidizing Catholic schools, universities and hospitals with their taxes. Yet generally, the church pays no tax at all. How did they accomplish this but by "flatteries". They are reuniting the Eastern and Western legs of the empire, intermarrying with the descendants of those who were Protestants as prophesied in Daniel 2:42-43, mixing the iron and clay in the ten toes of the image of Nebuchadnezzar's dream. Welding the Holy Roman Empire back together into the Fourth Reich, to regain world hegemony.
The Lutheran Church signed the "Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification" with Rome on October 31, 1999precisely 480 years from the day Luther nailed his famous 95 theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. That same day the Pope called for a renewed focus upon Indulgences. She will yet rise up to kill, for murder lies in her evil and unrepentant heart.
This week the Lutherans agreed to partnership with the Episcopal Church, which is the Roman Church without the Pope and little more than a "front" for the International Jews of the City of London. Look at the ongoing war in Ireland between Jesuit-commanded I.R.A. Romans and the "Jew's" Protestants. (Few realize the secret unions between Rome, the Illuminati, Masonry, Communism, Zionism and their subsidiaries who control the media, banking and Governments).
ABC Radio National broadcast "Circus in the Cathedral" (July 12, 2000) from St. John the Divine Episcopal Cathedral in New York, (an asset of British Intelligence and closely aligned with their other asset, the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith). They cater for up to 700 for sit-down dinners with cocktail reception area, dancing or entertainment inside the Cathedral. I heard Jewish actors blaspheme Jesus from the pulpit, using the vilest swear words. Talk about "Ichabod"! Some presentations in this the world's largest Gothic cathedral, were performed completely naked.
In the U.K. last May, Church of England clergy were joining Druids at a conference called "Spirit of the Land 2000" to reconcile their traditions for the New Millennium (Jonathan Petre, The London Daily Telegraph, May 21, 2000).
God always sends warning and a way of escape before judgment. The Church of the Living God who were born amid this fanaticism and chaos have risen above it and are now maturing in the Son-shine of the fullness of His Word, waiting for the manifestation of the Sons of God. "Those who know their God shall do exploits" in that day when the latter rain strikes the earth. But the wicked will continue to do wickedly. They'll travel the world learning, never understanding what is going on (Daniel 12:4, 9-10; II Timothy 3, 4).
As Israel were given the opportunity to see Messiah at His first Coming but rejected Him, we are given the same opportunity at His "parousia" because God is no respecter of persons. He has revealed Jesus Christ by the same signs today as in the days of His flesh (Luke 17:28-30). The thoughts and intents of people's hearts have been revealed (Hebrews 4:12), the dead were raised, sight was restored to the blind, and demons were cast out.
Let's return to Daniel 11:35-39, "Some of these with understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed."
From Daniel's viewpoint these would be the Fifth Seal Jews who lay down their lives in martyrdom for their testimony of the Law (Revelation 6:9-11). But after Constantine stopped the State persecution of Christians and established the Universal Roman State church, "many of understanding"Christians fell victim to persecution from the false church because they refused to embrace the dogma of the new religion of Rome.
In Roman Catholicism, the Bible alone is not the Word of God. To them, the Word is "Tradition" plus "Magisterium" (or the teaching authority of the Institution) which might then be "spiced up" with a little Scripture. This persecution was permitted in order to bring the elect to a place of perfection (Philippians 1:27-30). And it will continue until the close of the Gentile dispensation.
"And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation is accomplished: for that which is determined by God shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women". (To virgins under the Law this was Messiah Whom they hoped they might bear. To pagan women it was Tammuz, Adonis, Bacchus, Ninus, etc., And to the Jesuit, the unattainable love of a natural woman. His allegiance must be not to a wife but to his Superior General, for the Roman Catholic Institution is built upon celibacy of the priesthood. Were priests to marry, the Institution would dissolve because Cannon Law requires that the Pope come through the priesthood. Were there no priesthood there could be no Pope, and consequently no Roman Catholic Institution).
"Nor regard any god (for Rome professes to hold the keys that open and shut heaven at the pleasure of their pope to both states and individuals): for he shall magnify himself above all", (claiming infallibility when he sits in St. Peter's chair. However, when Pope Pius VII restored the Jesuit Order (on August 7, 1814 by the Bull "Solicitudo omnium Ecclesiarum"), they took his headship and humbled him: Napoleon's soldiers overturned St. Peter's chair beneath which is carved, "There is no other God but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet". Mohammed was born five-hundred years after Peter's death. "Peter's chair" was stolen from a caliph during the Crusades. (See The Two Babylons or The Papal Worship Proved to be the Worship of Nimrod and His Wife By the Late Rev. Alexander Hislop, Chapter VI, Page 212-214).
"But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces (Satan): and a god whom his (church) fathers knew not (Mammon) shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones (Revelation 18:7-19), and pleasant things (when he makes an agreement with the self styled Jews to refinance the dollar). Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain."
We see this today as the CIA, US and NATO forces reassert Rome's control over former Orthodox and Protestant strongholds in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Serbia and Bosnia. The spoils are divided among oil and mining corporations, banks and construction giants. Very shortly Jerusalem will be divided for gain.
The words of Psalm 95 are applied to the pope at his coronation in St. Peters; he is called, "Our Lord God, the Pope". Thus claiming equality with God, he "shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods" and "magnify himself above every god". Civil rulers who claimed divine honor were sometimes called "gods". By claiming authority over heaven, earth and purgatory, he is their "Lord" god.
The Pope claims both temporal and Spiritual powers. The Protestant Reformation broke his Spiritual control over the people, and Henry VIII of England began the loss of his temporal powers which continued through the machinations of Jewish "fronts" such as the Jesuits, Freemasonry, sham democracy and Communism which destroyed the monarchies through which the Popes exercised their power over the people. Rome has anathematized democratic and true republican government. Once we see this we can understand Rome's reciprocity described in the four-part series Revelation 17:12-13 wherein she will recognize the Royal families or Black Nobility in order to recover her hold over the people, employ U.S. military force to regain temporal power, and her Protestant image to recover spiritual power. But at the head of Rome, ruling and using her for their own ends is the Jesuit Superior General and the Rothschilds.
He "shall prosper" or meet with success until their indignation (and God's) is fulfilled, at which time they will "hate the whore and burn her with (nuclear) fire" (Revelation 17:16-18:20). The season of God's indignation is one week of years (Daniel 9:27). His "indignation" upon Rome will be accomplished in one day, after the midst of Daniel's Seventieth Week (Daniel 12:7) marks the end of His indignation with Israel.
He will regard no god but "conquest", to which he will devote all his treasures. At this point, Rome will be in league with the USA and Israel. And the U.S. military, which does not regard the God of their founding fathers, will enforce the worship of the dragon and his religion (Revelation 13:4, 8-18). Antichrist seeks and will accept what Christ rejected (Luke 4:5-7). Under this covenant, all other religions will be suppressed and "He shall exalt himself above everything". Such hubris could only be found in Cain. This is the Beast.
The Harlot church finally becomes one with the beast for in Revelation 17:3, the woman, Rome is seated on the scarlet beast, showing that her power is Satan, the god of force. Verse 17 shows she will gain absolute control of the commerce of the earth (Daniel 11:38), for no man can buy or sell apart from her. This is supported by Revelation 18:9-17 which shows her involvement with kings, and princes, and merchants, all of whom are associated with Rome and commerce.
In Revelation 13:14, we learn that the beast spreads his influence through the image which was built for him. That image is a world-wide ecumenical council, wherein all the organized churches will get together with the Roman Catholics as they are doing now. This union will come in order to stop the power of Rome's mortal enemy, Communism, which is the self-styled "Jews".
As Nebuchadnezzar was raised up to destroy idolatrous Judah, Communism has been raised to burn the flesh of the harlot, Rome will be overcome and destroyed. Everywhere the Romish church went, Communism followed. It has to be that way for Communism is Talmudic Judaism. But Communism is not your only enemy. It is the Catholic Church also, and even more so. Whereas Communism can kill the body, but is not able to kill the soul, Catholicism is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Matthew 10:28). bb000721.htm