Sunday, June 8, 2014
Part 11 – Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
When we were last together I said the we will begin to delve into the historical documentation that proves the 7th head of the seven-headed beast is the Holy Roman Empire – it also is the image of the beast. The seven-headed beast in Revelation 13 and 17 is the same beast, yet reveals different characteristics – here is the mind which has wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits…there are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come…Rev. 17:9-10.
We have already confirmed that Martin Luther saw the fulfillment of the 7th head of the seven-headed beast, described in this text as…the other has not yet come – Holy Roman Empire. When John received this vision five empires had already fallen, and the one is was the empire in which John lived – Imperial Roman Empire.
Martin Luther was well aware of the fact that the city of Rome is geographically situated on seven hills. At the time this vision was given to John, the Imperial Roman Empire was the nation in power centralized in Rome, Italy. This explains the symbolism – seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits.
Long before the Holy Roman Empire existed, the ancient city of Rome was already situated on the natural formation of the seven hills. The Imperial Roman Empire was established in 27 B.C. on these seven hills called Vaticanus. Vaticanus means: place of divination; serpent of sorcery; black magic; the occult. The word divination in the Latin language is vaticinatio. This explains why snakes are wrapped around the massive columns in Rome – serpents of sorcery.
The meaning of the seven hills (mountains) provides the mind of wisdom. All empires situated on the seven hills have one thing in common – Paganism. Then I saw another beast coming out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon…and he exercises all the authority of first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed…Rev. 13:11-12.
There is a lot of information in this riddle, but once we define the symbolism, the message will be unveiled to you as the drama in the imagery unfolds before you. The two-horned beast rises out of the earth, whereby the first beast in chapter 13 rises out of the sea. Out of the earth symbolizes that the power and authority of this beast evolved from an existing empire.
The two-horned beast symbolizes two supreme authorities, two seats of power on the earth, cloaked in a religious system. Two sides of the same coin, so to speak. This is the only reference in the Bible of a two-horned beast, so we know that it is a symbolic image. Horns symbolize seats of power. The image has two horns thus two seats of power – secular and religious governments.
The beast symbolizes secular government – seat of power. The lamb symbolizes ecclesiastical government – seat of power. The dragon always symbolizes Satan’s authority. Since the lamb spoke like a dragon we know this religious empire is ruled by Satan, and what the empire represents and speaks is a false religious doctrine.
This beast presents an outward appearance of a peaceful docile lamb, but inside of his heart is the venom of a dragon, so he speaks a false religious doctrine. The lamb metaphorically symbolizes Christianity. The dragon metaphorically symbolizes a serpent (Satan) who speaks for the beast with a forked tongue. What does this mean? It means that the beast says one thing, while doing something completely different behind the scenes.
The two-horned beast depicts the gradual transformation of the secular power – 6th head of the beast – into the religious power – 7th head of the beast. This means that the Holy Roman Empire became the image of the Imperial Roman Empire – they both claimed divinity requiring worship from their subjects, while they ruthlessly tormented and murdered defectors. Both empires were filled with pride and arrogance – corrupt to the core – and hated all true uncompromising Christians.
Only one difference – the paganism of the image of the beast was deviously cloaked in the guise of Christianity – symbolized by the lamb of the two-horned beast. Much more to come on this fascinating subject. Stay tuned…
God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question…