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Forty two months of the beast

Updated on December 17, 2009


I think that believers in the God of Abraham have been trying to understand all of scripture using a false analogy. We think that we understand the history of world events. We then attempt to interpret biblical prophesy is such a way as to find conformity with our understanding of historical events.

I suggest that we first establish what the prophetic messages are actually saying. First we should attempt to cleanse our minds of all preconceived conclusions. That is impossible to do but lets make that attempt. Lets begin by studying this verse first. Daniel 9:23. At the beginning of thy supplications the COMMANDMENT came forth. Religious scholars have had great difficulty determining exactly what commandment that Gabriel is talking about. The only thing that scholars can agree upon is that Gabriel is not referring to the same COMMANDMENT as described in 9:25. "Know therefore and understand that, from the going forth of the commandment to ..." I have to ask myself and you; Why does it Not? If we can for the time being accept the fact that Gabriel was indeed speaking of the same commandment in both of these statements; then a whole world of understand just might be opened for consideration. If this could be true then we can establish an equation between the prophetic time line and the earthly time line. The prophetic timeline says that it shall be three score and two weeks and then they are going to kill the Messiah. Gabriel said this around 538 BC.. They killed the Messiah in either 26, 30, or 33 AD. Something between five hundred sixty four, and 571 years later they did killed the Messiah as Gabriel said that they were going to. One prophetic week would have to be equal to something between 9.1 and 9.2 earth years. I believe this to be an absolute Fact if we are to say that we believe the bible to be the inspired word of God. This message that the Messenger Angel of God spoke to one of the most accredited servants of God. I believe that when this message is interpreted to mean something that it does not say, all understanding of scripture is lost.

That being said... forty two prophetic months would have to be equal to something between 1638 and 1656 earthly years.

The beast that John saw rising up out of the sea that is given forty two months to blaspheme the Lord will be blaspheming the Lord for a period of 1638 to 1656. Religious scholars teach that this beast is to be a False religion that if it were possible would fool even the very elect of Gods people. This beast will persecute the true believers of the God of Abraham.

REV.4 18:4 Come out of her my people, that ye not be partakers of her sins……

The beast that John saw rising 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.

This beast is said to look like a leopard and to have the feet of a bear and a mouth of a lion. And the Dragon gave this beast power and his seat.

And John saw one of the heads receive as it appeared a deadly wound, and his deadly wound was healed and the people wondered after the beast.

In 326 Emperor Constantine convinced the religious leaders throughout the Roman Empire to gather together in order to form one universal belief. This required many compromises from those present but they left the meeting under the guise of conformity, for purposes of establishing one religion that all MUST follow.

The Empire was divided into seven districts. Each district was given a Pope who was given authority over church doctrine in their district. These seven districts were further divided into three regions. The largest church in each region was given another pope who had authority over the churches through out that region. These three regional popes would meet with the Emperor to decide how to resolve any internal disputes. The Emperor held the ultimate authority over these decisions.

A universal religion had been constructed by the Roman Empire as a one world government so to speak. And a one world religion designed to operate under the leadership of the government. This sounds familiar as to what today's teachers say is yet future events. I do not believe bible prophesy to be speaking of future events.

Let’s review the appearance of the beast. It had seven heads, ten horns and ten crowns on the horns. By comparing terminology used by Gabriel when interrelating visions in the book of Daniel, we can see some similarities. As with the Ram and the Rough goat described in Daniel 8, the two horns on the head of the Ram represented the “King” of Persia and the other smaller horn represented the “king” of the Meads. The heads seem to represent an area, and the horn and the crown on it can only represent the obvious, the rulers or kings. And again when describing the Rough Goat with one notable horn, the head represents the territory of Greece and the horn represents the King.

The seven heads would represent seven districts having ten leaders (Popes).

As in the book of Daniel that Gabriel said that the leopard is said to represent Greece and the bear is said to represent Persia and the mouth of a lion would be Rome. Where do you suppose that the three regional headquarters of the church were located at? One was Alexandria, built by Alexander the great, predominately populated by Grecians. Another headquarters was located in Antioch located in the furthest southern extremity of Persia, with the third regional headquarters located in the city of Rome - the leopard, bear and mouth of a lion.

The dragon gave this beast power and his seat. Upon the formation of this state ran religion; Emperor Constantine gave his palace in Rome to the Pope stationed in Rome. This was the operational headquarters for the Roman Catholic Church for a thousand years.

One of the heads received as it seemed a deadly wound, and his deadly wound was healed.

In 356 Pope Liberius, due to a disagreement with Emperor Constantine’s was deposed and sent into exile. An uproar from the populous ensued. The emperor reversed his decision recalling Liberius back to Rome. He regained his position as Pope in Rome in 359 AD. The head recovered from what must have seemed to be a deadly wound (expulsion and exile)

I believe that at that time when the head recovered from his deadly wound, the beast was given forty two months to blaspheme the Lord. The forty two months began in 359 AD. If forty two months is equal to something between 1636 and 1656 earth years, the forty two months would be fulfilled between 1977 and 2015.

In 380 the Emperor at that time, officially mandated that The Roman Catholic Church was the only religion of The Roman Empire. It wasn’t long before the Church surpassed the authority of the Emperors. Later the Emperor had to be accepted and sanctified before being officially recognized.

For the first thousand years the common people and most of the clergy were not allowed access to the written scripture. The Pope was the absolute unhindered religious authority of Christendom.

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints.

The Church killed all of those that opposed it.

And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns as a lamb and he spake as a dragon. And he exercised all the power of the first beast and he caused those that dwell on the earth to worship the first beast. And he made an image of the first beast.

I am going to exercise some of my power of interpretation. With that in mind I will say that I believe this second beast represents Mohamed, and that religion that followed. . Mohamed was sympathetic to the orthodox Jews and Christians. He taught that he had received his message from The God of heaven that had earlier been given to the Hebrews but that they had fallen away from their original faith

When Mohamed’s armies conquered another land he required that they convert to Islam if they were not Christian or Jew.

Upon his death his followers were split between following Mohamed’s son as was the custom or following Mohamed’s second in command, best friend and confidant. This resulted in there being two different sects of Islam (sheiks and Sunnis). This explains the two horns.

When I think of the Catholic Church I immediately envision a great big fancy elaborate Cathedral and a very capitalistic organization behind it. That is the image that I have. The Mosque and Islamic organizational structure is built in the image of the Catholic Church. I must admit that this is a bit of a stretch of my imagination while being conceivable.

And that no man might buy or sell save (except) him that has the mark of the beast.

During the time of the Roman Catholic Empire you had to be a Catholic in order to have any job of importance, buy or sell property or hold any form of public office.

I believe that around 890, Satan was bound in the bottomless pit for a thousand years.  After the thousand years are fulfilled he was then released to gather together the kings of the earth for the battle of Armageddon. We are seeing this happening in this generation.                 

Once absolute power was achieved, the beast did everything necessary to hide its true identity. For the first thousand years that the beast was in power, interpretations of scripture was all that the common people received. When the first translations of Holy Scripture came forth the beast persecuted and killed the instigators. When the printing press was invented and many people owned their own bibles there was a breaking away from The Catholic Church. With so much falsehood concerning biblical scripture having already been established it was not hard for the fragmented Church to establish their own denominations of the faith. Different interpretations of scripture were necessary in order to justify their denomination differences.

And then, beginning in the twentieth century, personal interpretation was not only accepted but also encouraged. Everybody is doing it as long as it did not challenge the establishment.

Private interpretation of prophesy by the different denominations of the church and the individual believer has NEVER been acceptable to God. He said exactly what He intended to say. He understands the human languages well enough to explain Hims appropriately.

Religion is the inventor of interpretation

Religion has taken the place of God in the hearts of many. Not all - but many.

We must all thank God for the two witnesses that he has sent down to the earth that they prophesy for 1260 days. They have keep equilibrium within the churches for the past 1638 to 1656 years.

Good and evil rubbing elbows as it were. sitting together on the pews. His will shall be done on earth as is heaven .. AMEN

And may God bless us all; we are going to need it; as always.

The forty two months is going to be fulfilled very soon.

We shall worship God and not the false religion.


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      Nia L 7 years ago

      You're right when you say that to properly understand the scripture, we should begin our studies with the Prophets. You're right about interpretations also. I also agree with you that different nations received information based on their own matters and so it is different for different nations. That is the reason why in Islam, it is obligatory to believe in all prophets and all Divine revelation given to them prior to our own. I agree with everything you've said. Or more importantly, my faith i.e Islam agrees with everything you've said. That is the reasom why I try to expalin to people that God is universal. He is not the God of one nation or one tribe. If everyone understood that, there would be no fighting. Thats what Islam tries to expalin: that we are all followers of the same God and the same prophets. That we should believe in that God and all his prophets and all his Divine Books. That is why I feel sad when Christians abuse Muhammad (pbuh). We believe in and love Jesus but you people not only utterly reject Muhammad (pbuh), but also abuse him. I'm not pointing at you or anyone specific. But that is the general attitude. They dont seem to grasp the fact that if God is Capable of sending a prophet to one nation, He is also Capable of sending one to another, so that they can be guided also. In fact, God says in the Quran: "it is the Truth from thy Lord, that thou mayest admonish a people to whom no warner has come before thee: in order that they may receive guidance." Holy Qur'an 32:1-3. In this verse, we are told that God sent Muhammad (pbuh) to Arabia because He had not sent any messenger there before, so now He sent one there so that they may receive guidance.

      But there is one thing, and that is that if one believes in all messengers from Adam up until Muhammad (pbuh), then the belief should not just be in theory. I mean, the reason why we Muslims follow Islam is that it came from the last prophet, so it does not make sense to follow the previous religions, since they have been altered. We believe in them but follow the last one only because the Qur'an has never been altered. Two copies of the copied text of the original Qur'an authenticated by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) are present to this day, one at the museum in Tashkent in erstwhile Soviet Union and the other at the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul, Turkey. So even if someone tried to change it, the original can be checked for confirmation. Out of all religions, if one has to follow one then my personal research has proven that there is no religion as intact as Islam. I'm not trying to impose my beliefs or anything. This is only the result of my research. And the research of 135ooo people who every year convert to Islam is America alone.

      Regardless, I respect your views and agree with them.

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      jerami 7 years ago from Houston tx

      Nia L .. Good morning.. The person that I spoke to informed me that what I referred to as out Old Testament was divided into the book of Laws and the book of prophets.

      My personal belief is that to properly understand the scripture, we should begin our studies with the Prophets. We should begin with one part and study it until we understand all of it before we attempt to understand the whole of scripture. I began with Daniel; reading it repeatedly until I felt that I understood what it actually says. I discovered that everything that I thought that I knew concerning the Christian faith was nothing but INTERPRETATIONS instead of what is actually written.

      (True or not) I came to the conclusion that this could be true in all Religions.

      I believe that Gabriel came to Daniel and informed Daniel (a Hebrew), of things that concerned only that Hebrew Nation that existed back then.

      I do not deny that Gabriel may have delivered messages to other peoples, and nations concerning them. Messages concerning diffrent peoples would appear to be diffrent messages.

      If we looked at these messages as if they were road maps telling people how to travel to the same destination.

      Depending upon where they are at the beginning of their journey, the directions would be diffrent.

      And instead of recognizing this fact we argue over the differences as written on the road map.

      I think that if we all properly understood our own Prophet's message there might not be any arguments between us. Unfortunately, false interpretation has crept into all Religions. This causes division between groups and individuals.

      Hope that you have a great day.

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      Nia L 7 years ago

      It is true that we believe in Jesus as one of the greatest prophets of God. In fact, we can not be Muslim unless we believe in Jesus and the fact that God revealed a Book to him. It is obligatory for us to believe in all prophets actually. All prophets were sent from the same God. It is narrow minded of those who assume that God only blessed a certain nation. God says in the Quran "And verily, We have sent among every nation a Messenger (proclaiming): "Worship God (Alone), and avoid false deities." (Qur'an 16:36). Abraham,Jesus, Moses, Aaron, Jacob, Joseph, Muhammad (pbut) etc. are all messengers sent to different nations. Their message of "One God" is in total harmony with each other. The message of God is universal. We can not narrow it down according to our own perceptions. Jews reject Jesus, Christians reject Muhammad (pbut). It is sad that their concept of God is so narrow minded. We believe in all prophets right from Adam down to Muhammad (pbut). And yes, it is true that we expect Jesus to come before the end of the world.

      Regarding the sects, well, the sole authority in Islam is the Qur'an and the sayings of the prophet, called "hadith". Any Muslim who follows these two is a true Muslim. The two sects called "Sunni" and "Shia" do exist, but both of them follow the same Qur'an and the hadith. The shias make up around only a 20% of the Muslim community. Thier basic beliefs are right but some of their beliefs go against the teachings of Muhammad (pbuh). Actually, one does not need to go into sects when it comes to Islam. Because as I said, the sole authority is the Qur'an and the hadith and all a Muslim has to do is follow and believe in that. If a person believes in the folloing 6 point, he or she is a Muslim:

      1. Belief in One God Alone (no trinity)

      2. Belief in Angels (as a creation of God)

      3. Belief in all Divine Books (the Qur'an as well as the previous Books of God like the Torah, the Book given to David, and the Book given to Jesus)

      4. Belief is all prophets of God (from Adam up until Muhammad (pbut))

      5. Belief in the Hereafter.

      6. Belief in Destiny.

      I dont understand your last question. We do not have a book of prophets. We only have the Qur'an, and that is the Word of God. In it, there are stories of different prophets as narrated by God himself. Muhammad (pbuh) is not the author of the Qur'an. As the verses were revealed to him, through the Angel Gabriel, he would speak them out and his companions would write it down. All the knowledge that Muslims have regarding the prophets is from the Qur'an. Like, the virgin birth of Jesus, his miracles, the story of Moses and the parting sea, the story of Noah and the ship, etc etc. All this info is in the Qur'an. About your Bible, well as I said, it is obligatory for us to believe in the Gospel revealed to Jesus, but the fact is that the Bible has been altered. That is a fact, and so we can not totally rely on it. And we dont have to because we know that God revealed another Book, the Qur'an, which is present in the same condition as it was revealed.

      I hope this was helpful. If you want information regarding Jesus and Islam, I have published a new hub called "Sayings of Jesus regarding Islam." That might be useful.

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      jerami 7 years ago from Houston tx

      @ Nia L ... Hope this day finds you well...

      As of now I do not know what to ask. I have ask questions of a few Muslims in the past and was told that in your faith Jesus was revered as a great Prophet but that is all. It comes as a surprise that you say that Jesus is the one that your faith is expecting to come in the end days.

      How many diffrent sects of Islam is there?

      Does your book of Prophets contain the book of Daniel; if so how does it compare to our bible?

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      Nia L 7 years ago

      I dont know if you know or not, but Isa is the Arabic name for Jesus. Muslims believe that Jesus will come back before the end of the world to clear all the wrong beliefs that exist about him.

      By the way, I love questions about my religion :) You're welcome to ask anything.

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      jerami 7 years ago from Houston tx

      Thank you for stopping by with your comments. I will look a little deeper into Islam. It was my understanding that a division in the beliefs was created upon Mohamids death. I may be asking you more questions if I may. And again Thanks for stopping by.

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      Freya Cesare 7 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      Hallo, May I add more information?

      The person you talked about, will come back again, he is not Muhammad (Pbuh).

      Actually, you talked about 2 different person, first is Muhammad Bin Abdullah; the descendant of Muhammad (Pbuh) who have the same name and the same name of his father with Muhammad (Pbuh) father's name, but he is only the descendant of Muhammad (Pbuh). We called this man as Imam Mahdi.

      Our prophet is death and will never coming back, ever again.

      The other person you talked about is Isa. As, he is the prophet that we believe will come back and work side by side with Imam Mahdi. Isa. As and not Muhammad (Pbuh)

      I hope it useful. :)

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      Nia L 7 years ago

      One misconception I'd like to clear here is that Muhammad (pbuh) did not have any son. Who you're referring to was his cousin, Ali (R.A). I think you have been guided by the Shiaites because all these concepts that you are telling me are not at all present in Islam. The Shiaites have a very twisted and wrong version of Islam that is composed of the kind of concepts you are telling me. Actually, Islam was completed with the completion of the Quran and the death of the prophet. In Islam, there is no authority other than the Quran and the authentic sayings of the prophet. Whatever anyone says that is not supported by the Quran or the hadith (sayings of the prophet) is not at all authentic and not correct. It is not true that two religions were established upon the death of the prophet. History tells us that each leader was chosen through democracy and opinion of the companions of the prophet. There is no false prophet or anything. Each leader is revered by the Muslims as very pious companions. Actually, the first four leaders were all companions of the prophet. Regarding the last descendant and being caught up to God, that is all wrong. No such idea exists in Islam anywhere in the Quran or the hadith. It is predicted in the hadith that a leader will come during the last days to guide the Muslims and that he will be from the descendants of the prophet, his descendants from his daughter. That is all. There is no such concept about a rightful descendant or anything. All the leaders that came after the death of the prophet were his companions and all were rightfully given leadership.

      Thank you for replying to my comment. Peace!

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      jerami 7 years ago from Houston tx

      Nia L Thank you for coming by and leaving your comment, I have read just one of your Hubs and found it interesting.I will read the others. Wanted to check out my wording in this hub to better understand your comment before I replied. I do not believe that Mohamed is the Antichrist or the false prophet. I do believe that both the Christian and Islamic faiths have been corrupted. Christianity with all of its Denominations and Islam when that faith was divided upon the death of Mohamed. It is my understand that when he died the people could not decide upon having Mohamed's son or his best friend and confidant carrying on as leader of this faith. Then two religions were established. As per the customs of the day the descendant should have carried on in his place. It seems to me that one of these two would have been a false prophet?? It is my understanding several generations pass when the last descendant of Mohamed is believed to have been caught up to God the day before he was to take over this one branch of Islam. And that He is supposed to come back in the last days. Is this correct?

      With all respect for your beliefs... Thanks for shareing your views.

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      Nia L 7 years ago

      With all due respect, your beliefs about Muhammad(pbuh) are way off. If you study Islam you will realize that.

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      jerami 7 years ago from Houston tx

      @ peacenhim Thanks for visiting and I enjoyed your hub. And With all due respect I agreed with your reply But..

      Instead of saying religion is dead without faith....

      I would say faith without love is empty.

      Religion WITH faith is just Faith.

      Religion may or may not be required to be added to

      faith and love in order for faith and love to be complete?

      Definitely not required.. I am not even sure of the correct definition of what Religion is, They seem to vary depending upon who we are talking with. Some people may misinterpret Being religious as being right with God.

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      peacenhim 7 years ago

      Amen!! The Pharisees and Sadducees practiced religion, but religion without Faith is dead. And they were considered white washed fences in the eyes of Christ....polished and white on the outside but corrupt and compared to dead man's bones on the inside. To worship to only worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.

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      jerami 8 years ago from Houston tx

      Tantrum; Thank you for your comment. Prophesy just does not make any sense to me expressed in the futuristic concept. Prophesy seen in the past tense gives me a diffrent prospective of all of scripture. I think that is a good thing.

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      tantrum 8 years ago from Tropic of Capricorn

      hi jerami ! I find your interpretations of the Bible very interesting. I enjoy reading them. Thanks ! :)