Sunday, May 25, 2014
Part 9 – Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
When we were last together I said that we will begin to explain how Martin Luther experienced the fulfillment of the seventh head of the seven-headed beast in Revelation 17:3…and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which is full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. Prophecy of scripture is understood in its fulfillment and Martin Luther recorded what he personally experienced in the fulfillment of this prophecy.
The woman sitting on the beast symbolizes Paganism which is practiced by all seven heads – empires. But Martin Luther noted that this woman also symbolized the Holy Roman Empire which reigned during his lifetime. Since he was a priest of the Empire he was well aware of the pomp and adornment of the leadership described in Revelation 17:4…the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls – symbolizing royalty and worldly wealth.
On the forehead of this woman was written – Mystery – Babylon the Great – Mother of Harlots – Abominations of the Earth…Rev. 17:5. Martin Luther knew the inside scoop of this Empire that it truly represented counterfeit Christianity. When the gold crown is placed on the head of each new leader of the Empire, it bears the shocking words: Vicarious Son of God. What does this mean?
Vicarious means to stand in the place of another. Only the Son of God can claim this distinction, because He stood in our place accepting the punishment for our sins. No sinful human being is eligible to pay that price. It is blasphemy for a sinful man to say he is the Vicarious Son of God.
After Martin Luther accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior, his eyes were opened to the false religious doctrine taught by this Empire, which he now considered scurrilous, and was compelled to expose it if the leadership refused to repent. In the hand of the woman was a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication…Rev. 17:4. The leadership of this Empire used a golden chalice for communion, confirming to Martin Luther that prophecy of scripture had fully described the abominable religious doctrine taught by them.
Filthiness of her fornication symbolizes an apostate religion – paganism – beguiling the innocent into damnation, clearly described to Martin Luther exactly what he personally saw happening to his generation. The average citizen was prevented from learning to read and write, so they could be told they were too ignorant to read or understand the scriptures. Martin Luther was so disturbed by this, because many could read and write, that he published a Bible for the common man in 1522.
In his first published Bible, Martin Luther inserted many drawings depicting certain passages. On the head of the woman sitting on the scarlet beast he drew the crown that is placed on the head of a Pope at coronation, where is written – Another God on Earth or Vicarious Son of God. Luther knew that the color scarlet on this beast symbolized the sins of these pagan empires, including the one in which he lived – Holy Roman Empire.
When the people read Luther’s Bible, and saw the truth about this false religious empire as depicted in his drawings, the Reformation was birthed. The truth created a worldwide mass exodus of millions of people out of this false religious Empire – precipitating its eventual demise. Luther was adamant that salvation was a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast…Eph 2:8. He proclaimed throughout the realm there was no other way to be reconciled to God – baptism will not, penance will not, works of the flesh will not, Mary will not – only the blood of Jesus Christ cleansed men of their sins.
Martin Luther became the Holy Roman Empire’s worst nightmare! In his many books and sermons he relentlessly exposed the powerful wicked influence this Empire had all over the world by 1517 – a thousand years of the Dark Ages – cruelty, imprisonment, and death of anyone who attempted to expose their false religious practices. John Huss refused allegiance to this Empire and was burned at the stake – have you heard about this martyr? Stay tuned..
God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question…