Sunday, September 7, 2014
Man of Sin – Part 23 of Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
When we were last together I asked you, “How did Martin Luther identify the blasphemous names on the woman’s forehead with the Holy Roman Empire?” The woman was sitting on the scarlet beast with names on her forehead: Mystery Babylon the Great – the Mother of Harlots and of the Abomination of the Earth…Rev. 15:5. Martin Luther wasn’t politically correct – he simply revealed the fulfillment of certain Revelation visions because he personally experienced their fulfillment.
Martin Luther grew up in the darkness of a false religion doctrine, but when an aged Friar opened his eyes to the truth of salvation as a free gift, the light of the truth opened his eyes. By proclaiming this truth publicly, he knew he was stepping on the toes of the elite rulers of his day, but he threw caution to the wind in order to inform the citizens of this empire.
Looking back 500 years with 20/20 vision, many modernists love to point out Luther’s flaws, thus discounting the truth of the Reformation, and the marvelous spiritual transformation of millions of people who bolted out of the Dark Ages into the light of Jesus Christ that was faithfully revealed by him. No single human being has all truth, but God has strategically placed certain individuals in history, and in modern times, and anointed them with a pivotal spiritual message.
The modern view point on the end time doctrine has completely discounted the historic pivotal message of Martin Luther. Martin Luther proved that the seventh head of the seven-headed beast in Revelation was the Holy Roman Empire, proving the fulfillment of John’s vision on this subject. But today all you hear from the pulpit, television and radio preachers, and myriad of books is that Revelation from chapter 4 on has not been fulfilled. Ignoring historically documented facts has led the modern church into deception.
Martin Luther knew that the Holy Roman Empire symbolized the Mother of Harlots when he placed the crown worn by the pope on her head in his drawing of Revelation 17 – woman sitting on scarlet beast – in his Bible published for the common man to read. The word harlot means prostitute – whore. This reference has a spiritual application, which means to ‘fall away’ from God.
When the Holy Roman Empire took on the persona of “God on Earth” they prostituted themselves from Jesus Christ, misrepresenting Him to the citizens of their vast empire – thus causing their citizens to prostitute themselves by serving ‘another god’ – idolatry. Martin Luther knew clearly that the Holy Roman Empire was Mystery Babylon the Great – Mother of Harlots. Babylon symbolizes idolatry. Prophecy of scripture is understood in its fulfillment.
Martin Luther also knew that the blasphemous names written on the forehead of this woman, who represented paganism, symbolized her allegiance to the idolatry of the Holy Roman Empire. – mark of the beast. Remember, defining the symbolism, esoteric imagery, and metaphors of Revelation unlocks the message to us – no interpretation needed. Martin Luther did a good job of defining the symbolism of the seventh head of the seven-headed beast.
Let no man deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition…II Thes. 2:3. Who is the Man of Sin? The Apostle Paul continues in verse 4 with the description of the Man of Sin. He says, …who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
Does this description sound familiar? Did Martin Luther have it right all along? After Jesus Christ arose from the dead, and the church began, there has been no church leader in Christianity, who dared to exalt himself about all that is called God. Yet, from the outset of the Holy Roman Empire, the Pope(s) called himself the Vicarious Son of God and Another God on earth, historically documented by Luther.
When we define the meaning of the word temple in verse 4 above, we will better understand the identity of the person, who sits as God in the temple of God. Stay tuned…
God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question…