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A bout years after the Council of Nicaea, we find the Church in the eastern bounds of the Roman Empire, in Quite Fast - David Moses And Group - Golden Trumpet area now known as Armenia. Secular scholars cannot agree on the origin of that name. Other scholars think the name Paulician may have come from a third-century Church leader. Although these Christians were From The Real And The Illusion - Funside - Funside while hiding in the early fourth century, they did not become known again to the world until the seventh century.
Remember, there is duality in these messages to the seven churches. There are often types and antitypes between the literal cities in which the original first-century churches were found and their prophetic counterparts.
The descriptions of the first-century churches also applied to their greater prophetic Pokaż Mu - Kita - Nie Do Opanowania as Church eras to come much later in the case of Laodicea, over 1, years later. This is true of Pergamos. Verse 13 tells us that the brethren during this era dwelled right where Satan dwelled. The first-century city of Pergamos was the seat of the Roman government in the province of Turkey.
It was also the home of a large college for the Chaldean mystery religion. People in its pagan cults worshiped Athena, Asclepius, Dionysus and Zeus. Pergamum [or Pergamos] was famous for its university with a library of aboutvolumes and for manufacturing parchment resulting in a paper called pergamena. The atmosphere of this city was adverse to any effective Christian life and testimony.
Indeed, the entire era was adverse to an effective Christian life. Several examples from secular history prove this point. The Bible itself explains this symbolism. As Mr. Daniel described four beasts, representing four world-ruling empires Daniel One of the beasts had four heads making a total of seven heads.
Revelation shows that Satan has ruled over all these empires. The devil has Quite Fast - David Moses And Group - Golden Trumpet power in this world. The fourth beast of Daniel 7 represents the Roman Empire. The head of this beast has 10 horns, representing 10 kings verses 7, The 10 horns represent the 10 resurrections of the Roman Empire.
This is a reality of Church history. Revelation 13 talks about a beast. This corresponds with the fourth beast of Daniel 7. This beast, representing the Roman Empire, is characterized by blasphemy against God! What is this mortal wound? Gospel Of Opal - FaltyDL - You Stand Uncertain 10 horns, as Daniel interprets, represent 10 successive governments out of the Roman Empire, which were to continue until the setting up of the Kingdom of God at the Second Coming of Christ.
Armstrong explained. This wound was inflicted over a century after Constantine and the Council of Nicaea. At that point, the Roman Empire was about to die.
But it was revived. Armstrong showed that the first three of those 10 successive governments did not heal that wound. They were the foreign barbarian reigns of the Vandals, the Heruli and the Ostrogoths—peoples who reigned in Rome but were not actually Roman. But then something changed. It was his personal dream to restore the Roman Empire to its full former glory—under his rule, of course.
Justinian saw himself as the rightful ruler of the Roman world. He successfully smashed the barbarian hold on the western empire. He then quickly reunited the empire: Both east and west came under his control.
The deadly wound was healed! Justinian fully understood that you cannot have a united empire without a united religion. He worked to unify Christianity into the Roman Catholic version throughout the empire. That church then guided all the resurrections of that empire that followed. This was one of the most Quite Fast - David Moses And Group - Golden Trumpet phases of world history! You can read more about this period in secular history in our free book The Holy Roman Empire.
The beast has power and destroys—but that power comes from a dragon that is being worshiped! There is a great false church behind it! That church guides this power. It dominates the Holy Roman Empire. The Holy Roman Empire, beginning with Justinian, especially reveals the mind of the devil. This is how Satan actually thinks. He wants people to worship him! Constantine laid the groundwork for the fusion of the great false church and the Roman Empire.
But Scripture points to Justinian beginning the 1, years. Constantine came well before the deadly wound. Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart) - The Stylistics - Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart) only after the deadly wound was inflicted did the Roman Empire form this unholy union with the Catholic Church.
In Daniel 2 and 7, as well as in Revelation 13, the two are portrayed in symbol as one. It grew out of that empire. However, it had the added dimension of Roman Catholic influence that surpassed even what occurred during the time of Constantine. In Revelation 17, the Holy Roman Empire is depicted as a woman riding a beast —a symbol of the Catholic Church controlling the political beast of this European empire!
There has never been a system like it among these other world-ruling empires. One big reason it is so different from the seven heads is that it is guided by a false church that had more people killed than any other church ever on Earth! And the worst is yet to come! As bad as the earlier resurrections of the Roman Empire were, they paled in comparison to the distinctive power of the empire once it was guided by a religion.
Constantine forced everyone, pagan or Christian, either into conformity—or exile! Constantine definitely persecuted those who disagreed with the Catholic Church—some people were even killed. But he was not nearly as brutal as those who followed him in what later became the Holy Roman Empire. He was not even baptized by the bishops until a hasty ceremony just before his death.
And as we will see, it is a resurrected Holy Roman Empire that is prophesied once again to come after the Church in this end time! Constantine and the Roman Empire exiled people. But try to find one scripture or historical example in which the Holy Roman Empire punished someone by merely exiling him. History shows that it killed the saints of God! That is what it has done throughout its history. We have to recognize the full impact of the Holy Roman Empire. Many historians have tried to estimate the number of people killed by Roman Catholics over the centuries.
Conservative calculations put the figure at 50 million! Fifty million victims! This is not something Id Know You Anywhere - Justin Tubb - Star Of The Grand Ole Opry be ignorant of, Quite Fast - David Moses And Group - Golden Trumpet most people are ignorant of it.
Many are going to pay for that ignorance by becoming victims of that empire! God is emphasizing the profound evil of this work. He has to—because Satan has deceived the world into believing this beast is pious and holy, even though it is rather easy to prove otherwise. It looks so good and appears so righteous! Watch it operate—what a spectacle, what a show! The world loves it, even though this same beast killed 50 million people. Even though it has never repented of centuries of bloodshed in its past—and is quite capable of doing it again.
This final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire is going to kill exceedingly more than 50 million people overall! Forty-two day months equals 1, days, which means 1, years in prophetic fulfillment. And what is the context? The Holy Roman Empire. Armstrong always taught that the 1, years of Revelation apply solely to the Holy Roman Empire.
But when Napoleon was crushed inthe healed beast continued no longer. It went into an Quite Fast - David Moses And Group - Golden Trumpet The 1, years of Revelation are the same as the 1, years of Revelation That period began with the Imperial Restoration of This connection between the 1, years and the Holy Roman Empire is consistent through both Revelation 12 and The Church had to flee for 1, years.
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