The Different Phases Of The Satan Empowered Roman Beast
This Revelation Timeline Decoded Bible study focuses on the horns and crowns on the Roman beast, which tell the narrative of it’s different phases.
Revelation is the historical narrative of the battle between the Satan-empowered Roman beast against Messiah and His Church.
It’s the story of the great city of Rome vs. Holy Jerusalem.
This is a summary study, to help you see the big picture. Links are provided to detailed explanations of the different prophecies.
To understand the beast of Revelation, one must understand the beasts of Daniel:
He who would enter the temple of truth must be content to do so by the divinely given door. The Old Testament is certainly the entrance to the New, and in a special manner the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament is the porch or passage leading to the Apocalypse. (KA)
Daniel 2 gives us the vision of the last empire, Rome, enduring in power until Messiah returns to destroy it.
Daniel 2 gives us the vision of the statue, with the gold head representing the Babylonian empire; the silver chest representing the Medo-Persian empire, the bronze waste representing the Grecian empire; and the iron legs representing the pagan Roman empire.
The iron/clay feet represent the Roman Empire mixing with the Muslims.
The Roman Catholic Church helped write the Qur’an and they propped up the illiterate Mohamed as it’s prophet.
They did this to use Muslims to kills Jews and the saints, to conquer territory, to capture Jerusalem, and to prevent Arabs from believing in the Biblical Messiah. Read Islam In Bible Prophecy.
The 10 toes represent the ten civil kingdoms that were formed after the Roman Empire fell, and the last Roman Emperor was removed from power in 476 A.D.
Daniel 7 gives us the vision of the four beasts, which represent the same four empires as Daniel 2.
The 4th beast, described as a dreadful, terrible and exceedingly strong beast, was the powerful Roman Empire which trampled everything in its path.
“After this I looked in the night visions and saw a fourth beast, fearsome and burly, exceedingly strong. And it had great iron teeth. It devoured and crushed, and trampled down the rest with its feet. And it was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. Daniel 7:7
The beast has ten horns which matches the ten toes of Daniel 2, and it says that a little horn, a small power, who would rise up to power.
“The ten horns are ten kings Who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; He shall be different from the first ones, And shall subdue three kings.” Daniel 7:24
The Little Horn of Daniel 7 represents the Popes of Rome rising to power after the last Roman Emperor was removed in 476 A.D.
History shows that they indeed caused three of the kingdoms to cease: the Heruli, the Ostrogoths and the Vandals. Read The Beasts Of Daniel 2 and Daniel 7
To summarize, Daniel foretold that the Roman Empire would fall and split into 10 civil kingdoms, and that a little horn, a small power, would take authority over the 10 kingdoms.
He is telling us that the beast would change forms from the Roman Empire ruling the world, to the Popes of Rome taking their place.
In Revelation, John picks up the narrative about the Roman beast, and he uses the horns and crowns to tell us how it changes forms.
The Babylonian, Medo-Persian and Grecian Empires had fallen, and the Roman beast was in power during John’s life.
Revelation 12 describes the same beast as Daniel’s fourth beast, the Satan-empower Roman Empire.
And another sign was seen in the heaven: and see, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns on his heads. Revelation 12:3
Keep in mind that John cannot name the Roman Empire, as that would have invited more persecution; so he used symbols so that the taught ones would know the coded message.
The great, fiery red dragon is the dreadful, terrible and exceedingly strong beast that Daniel described.
The seven heads are the seven hills that clearly describe the city of Rome, which was the great city of John’s day.
The 10 horns represent the 10 civil kingdoms which formed after the decline and fall of the Roman Empire.
The seven crowns represents seven forms of government which occurred during the Roman Empire.
Revelation 12 describes Satan reigning in the Roman Empire, using them to try to kill the Messiah as a child, using them to crucify Messiah, and using them to try to wipe out the Early Church, killing 10 million saints.
It describes Satan being cast down from his power in the Roman Empire, as it collapsed internally from the seal judgments of Revelation, which brought civil war, famine, pestilence and political upheaval.
Then the Roman Empire was desolated by the trumpet judgments, when army after army were sent to attack it. The fourth trumpet of Revelation led to the last Western Roman Emperor being removed from power in 476 A.D.
The seal and trumpet judgments effectively cast Satan down from his power of the mighty Roman Empire.
Satan responded by causing the Popes of Rome to rise to power, as he sought to destroy Messiah’s Church from the inside.
The Revelation 13 sea beast describes to rise of the Popes of Rome to power.
In chapter 13 John describes the transition from the Roman Emperors of the Roman Empire, to the Roman Popes of the Roman Catholic Church.
And I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads names of blasphemy. Revelation 13:1
Water in prophecy represents people, so John is telling us that the Popes of Rome would rise to power out of a large people group. They rose up out of the 10 civil kingdoms.
The seven heads and ten horns identifies this as the same beast of Daniel 7, with 10 horns.
The Roman Empire, and the rule of the Roman Emperors, was ended when the last Western Roman Emperor was removed from power in 476 A.D. This is the deadly wound to the Roman Empire, as it effectively ended that phase of the Roman beast.
And I saw one of his heads, as having been slain to death, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the earth marvelled after the beast. Revelation 13:3
The Popes were given civil and ecclesiastic power as a church/state in 538 A.D., and they took the Emperor’s title of Pontifex Maximus, and the ‘deadly head wound‘ was healed.
And it was given to Popes of Rome to reign for 42 months, which represents 1,260 years from 538-1798 A.D.
The Revelation 13 earth beast describes to rise of the Jesuits of Rome to power.
And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. Revelation 13:11
Rising up out of the earth indicates that it would not rise up out of a large people group, like the Popes of Rome did.
Rather, the Jesuits of Rome, were created by one man, Ignatius Loyola. They were empowered in the 16th century to counter the Reformation.
The Jesuits were kicked out of many countries, including Catholic ones, because of their evil, subversive ways. The King of France persuaded the Pope of Rome to remove the Jesuits power.
The Jesuits covertly plotted their revenge, which played out in that Pope being poisoned to death; in France becoming an atheistic nation; the French Revolution where the King of France and many Catholic priests were killed, then Napoleonic Wars which shed the blood of people in countries which had kicked the Jesuits out; and finally in the removal of the Pope from power in 1798 A.D.
The Black Pope, the Jesuit General, has controlled the Vatican since then. The two horns represent the Black Pope and White Pope, who work together to control the world.
The Jesuits pretend to be priests of the Catholic Church (lamb-like), but they are a military organization that is empowered by Satan (dragon).
The Jesuit General controls the White Pope (sea beast) and is using the authority of the Popes of the Vatican to draw the world under their power.
And he exercises all the authority of the 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. Revelation 13:12
Jesuit priests have spread around the world teaching a false salvation message, so that now 1.2 billion Catholics revere (worship) the Pope (mark on their forehead), and obey his commands (mark on their right hand).
Revelation 17 describes the Pope rising to power after the seven forms of government of the Roman Empire.
Revelation 17 is the key passage that identifies the Roman Catholic Church rising to power out of the Roman Empire.
John was shown the Harlot Roman Catholic Church, who would persecute the saints.
So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. Revelation 17:3
John was told that the seven heads are seven mountains, the seven hills of Rome; which clearly identifies the harlot church (woman).
The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. Revelation 17:9
John was told that there would be seven forms of government of the Roman Empire.
And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. Rev 17:10
Five forms of government had passed beforehand, the sixth form was the Roman Emperors which existed when John wrote Revelation, and the seventh form existed for a short time from 476 A.D. until the Popes were empowered in 538 A.D.
John was told that a leader would take control of the Roman Empire, who would design himself as the leader of the Babylon Mysteries religion (the beast that was and is not).
And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. Rev 17:11
John was told that the 10 civil kingdoms that were formed after the fall of the Roman Empire, and the last Western Emperor was removed in 476 A.D.; would give their power to the 8th king, the Popes of Rome.
And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. Revelation 17:12-13
The Western Roman Emperor used to rule over the areas of the 10 civil kingdoms.
Now the Pope of Rome rules over those kingdoms, and thus, the deadly head wound was healed.
John was told that the Harlot Church would rule over many people groups:
And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. Revelation 17:15
John was told that the woman, the Harlot Church, the Roman Catholic Church of Rome is called ‘that great city’.
And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth. Revelation 17:18
Quotes About The Roman Beast:
From History Unveiling Prophecy by Henry Grattan Guinness:
The dragon is the ten-horned wild beast power of the Apocolypse whose identity with the fourth or ten-horned wild beast of the prophecies of Daniel was recognized by the Church of the second, third and forth centuries.
Of the fourth beast “dreadful and terrible” Hippolytus said “who are these but the Romans. . . the kingdom which is not established?”
This ruling power, under a seven-fold succession of heads, is represented as Satanically inspired. In the later vision, the sixth head is identified with the form of Roman rule which existed in St. John’s own time, that of the Pagan Roman Caesars.
The dragon is described as “great.” The power of heathen Rome was then the greatest power in the world It had conquered and crushed the nations.
As “red” red with much bloodshed of war and persecution.
KA – Keys To The Apocalypse by Henry Grattan Guinness
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