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Noticed in Prophecy
*** What symbol is introduced in Rev. 12:3?
“And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and, behold, a
great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon
*** At what time in the
world’s history did this symbol apply?
“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed
with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown
of twelve stars.” Rev. 12:1.
*** What did the dragon
design to do to the child about to be born to the church?
“And the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be
delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.” Rev. 12:4.
*** What became of the
nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up
unto God, and to His throne.” Rev. 12:5.
“And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all
NOTE. Christ the Lord is the only one to whom the
prophecy can apply (Heb. 12:2).
*** Who sought to slay
Christ as soon as He was born?
“Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was
exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in
Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under,
according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise
men.” Matt. 2:16.
*** What symbol was
next seen by the prophet?
“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise 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.” Rev. 13:1.
*** From what did this
government receive its seat and power?NOTE. It is an
undisputed point in history that, when Constantine removed the seat of his
empire from Rome to Constantinople, in 330 A.D., the city of Rome was
given up to the bishop of Rome, who, in 538, became the head of all the
churches, and the corrector of heretics, by the work of Justinian, the
ruling emperor of the Romans. Thus Rome became the seat of the papacy, and
the authority of the pope was derived from the decree of the dragon power.
See “Croly on the Apocalypse.” pages 114-115.
“And the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great
authority.” Rev. 13:2.
*** What was to happen
to this beast?
“And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his
deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” Rev. 13:3.
*** How was this
wounding to be brought about?
“He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that
killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword.” Rev. 13:10.
*** Had the papacy led
others into captivity?
and to overcome them; and power was given him over
all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” Rev. 13:7.
“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints
NOTE. Many millions have been martyred by the
Roman Church, because they dared to differ with her in religious opinions.
See “Fox’s Book of Martyrs;” “The Wars of the
Huguenots;” “Buck’s Theological Dictionary,” art.
Persecutions; histories of the Reformation, etc.
was the papal head wounded by being taken into captivity?
In 1798, the French army under Berthier then abolished the papacy in
Rome, proclaimed a republic there, and carried Pope Pius VI a captive from
place to place till he died at Valence, France, August 28, 1799. See
reading “A Remarkable Symbol.” page 29.
*** At that time what
additional symbol was seen by the prophet?
“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he
had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.” Rev. 13:11.
*** Has the United
States “come up” sufficiently to warrant the application of the
prophecy to this country?
The “Centennial History of the United States” says: “The extent of the conceded domain of the United States, in 1776, was
not more than half a million square miles. Now (1875) it is more than
three million, three hundred thousand square
population then was three million; in 1875-forty million. Today it is over
two hundred fifty million.
*** What do the
“two horns like a lamb” represent?
A horn represents a kingdom, or a component part of a kingdom, as in
Dan. 7:7, 8, 24, 25. Lamb-like horns would indicate youthfulness,
innocence, and gentleness. The “two” horns may represent the two
leading principles of the government, civil and religious liberty.
*** Notwithstanding the
lamb-like pretensions of this power, what is it ultimately to do?
“And he spake as a dragon.” Rev. 13:11.
*** What will he say?
“Saying unto them that dwell on the earth, that they should
make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did
live.” Rev. 13:14.
beast “which had the wound by a sword and did live,” is the
papacy. That was a church clothed with the civil power. In other words, it
enforced its religious dogmas by the civil power, under pain of
confiscation of goods, imprisonment, and death.
*** When the image to
the beast has been formed in the United States, what will follow?
“And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that
the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would
not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” Rev. 13:15.
*** How are the people
to be led to form the image to the beast?
“And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of
those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the
beast.” Rev. 13:14.
*** How much power will
be exercised in the matter?NOTE. The
“first beast before him” (the papal power) exercised the power
of putting to death all who differed with them in religious faith.
“And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before
him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the
first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.” Rev. 13:12.
*** What will the
two-horned beast power try to enforce on the people?
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free
and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their
foreheads.” Rev. 13:16.
*** How far is this to
be carried?NOTE. That
is, all who do not receive the mark are to be denied the right of
citizenship. For the characteristics of the beast itself see the following
“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the
mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Rev. 13:17.
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