Forty two months of the beast
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.