This Revelation Timeline Decoded Bible study focuses on how prophecy points to Roman Catholic Church.
Revelation describes that battle between the Satan-empowered Roman beast warring against Messiah and His saints. This study focuses on how the church of the beast, the Roman Catholic Church, has been used to deceive many people; and to make war with the saints.
It is Satan who has empowered the Roman Emperors, the Roman Popes, and the Roman Jesuit Generals. Read Prophecy Points To The Leader Of The Roman Beast
The enemy created his own church, the Roman Catholic Church, to deceive people into a false religion, and to use them to obey the commands of the Pope in killing the true saints.
Note: This is a summary study, to help you see the big picture. Links are provided to individual studies, which give the verse by verse explanation.
Roman Emperor Constantine created the Roman Catholic Church in the 4th century, and he is arguably it’s first Pope.
After Satan had used the Roman Emperors to try to wipe out the early church, killing 10 million saints; the church of Messiah kept growing.
Since the Roman Empire was declining due to the seal judgments, Satan changed strategies and had Emperor Constantine create the Roman religion of Christianity; which is based on pagan-god worship, with a veneer of the true faith.
The falling away of 2 Thessalonians 2 happened in the 4th century, as after hundreds of years of being persecuted by Rome, some of the believers compromised their faith, they apostatized and joined with the Roman Catholic Church.
Roman Christianity became the official religion of Rome, and this false religion has resulted in a church today that numbers 1.3 billion Catholics.
The Roman Church is described in Messiah’s letters to the seven church eras, in Revelation 2-3.
The Church of Pergamos era occurred from 313-538 A.D.
The name Pergamos in Greek means, “Married to the tower.” Pagan worship originated in Babylon, where the tower represented their rise to become gods.
So Pergamos is a perfect symbolic name for this church age, as Mystery Babylon, the Roman Catholic Church, rose to power during this time.
Satan couldn’t destroy Messiah’s church with ten persecutions from Pagan Rome, so he changed his strategy to destroy it from within.
Satan caused Roman Emperor Constantine to create the Roman religion of Christianity with pagan idol worship and feasts, and fornication. Pagan Rome had many gods and idols, which they weren’t going to give up. So to make Satan’s Papal Church more acceptable to them, the church took the idols and simply gave them new names.
The Rome beast didn’t die, it simply changed its appearance and its approach, as Satan empowered the Roman Catholic Church to destroy Messiah’s Church from within.
Look at the tens of millions of saints who were killed by orders of the Popes. Look at how many have been deceived with the false salvation message of Catholicism. And you see how effective this strategy has been.
The era of the Church of Thyatira, the Pagan Church 538-1514 A.D.
Thyatira means “ruled by a woman,” which is the perfect name because this era was ruled by the Mother church of Papal Rome, who is the Great Harlot of Revelation, the Whore of Babylon.
After the Roman Empire collapsed, Satan caused the Roman Catholic Pope to gain religious and civil power in 538 A.D., when Emperor Justinian issued a decree making the Pope head of all churches.
The Papal Church relentlessly sought to eliminate the Two Witnesses of the Scriptures and the Saints, and as this happened, the world became a very dark place where evil prevailed, called the Dark Ages.
The Church of Sardis era, the Dead Church, occurred during the 1514 – 1798 A.D.
The meaning of the word “Sardis” is the “escaping one,” or those who “come out,” so it is an excellent symbol of the Church during the Reformation period, when Martin Luther and a number of other reformers protested against the false teaching, tyranny and claims of the Papal Church, and they heeded Messiah’s command and came out out of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Son of Perdition of 2 Thessalonians 2 is the Pope of Rome, who sits in His temple, pretending to be a part of the true church, proclaiming to be God.
Paul is telling us that the Son of Perdition would be revealed after the Roman Emperors were removed. They had restrained the Popes from taking power, but with them removed, the Popes seized power.
Paul could not write that it was the Roman Emperors who would be removed, as it would have invited even more persecution from the Romans.
The Popes of Rome, the Son of Perdition (2 Thessalonians 2) were empowered by Justinian the Eastern Roman Emperor in 538 A.D.
The Temple of God is not a physical building, it’s the literal body of Christ, His Church. (Eph. 2:19-22). Whenever Paul used the word temple, he used the Greek word naos, which points to the body of Christ. The physical temple was still standing when Paul wrote his epistles, so if he was referring to a physical temple, it would have been that one.
The Popes pretend to be Christian, they sit as God in the midst of the temple of Elohim (believers), showing himself that he is God. Pope Leo XIII proclaimed “We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty.” Pope Pius V blasphemed, “The Pope and God are the same, so he has all power in Heaven and earth.”
The Popes have sat among the saints (in the Temple of Elohim) and proclaimed blasphemous things, such as they are God, and that they forgive sins.
The measuring of the temple in Revelation 11 describes the time when the Catholic Church was revealed to be a gentile church, an apostate church, and not part of the true assembly of Messiah.
“And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.” Rev 11:1-2
During this time in the early 16th century, Messiah had Martin Luther, a Catholic Monk who only knew what the priests taught in Latin, read the Holy Scriptures.
He had him use the ‘reed like a measuring rod,’ the Word of Elohim, to determine that what the Popes proclaimed opposed what the Scriptures taught; and that their message of salvation by the sacraments, through the Papal Church, meant that they were an apostate church and not the true Church.
The outer court of the second temple was created by King Herod, and it was not part of Elohim’s temple design.
By designating the Roman Catholic Church as an apostate church, he effectively delegated them to this outer court of gentiles; meaning that they are not part of the true assembly of saints.
And notice what it’s saying; the gentiles, the Roman Catholic Church, will tread the Holy City of the saints underfoot for 42 months.; which they did for 1,260 years, from 538-1798 A.D.
Revelation gives the narrative of the gentiles, the Roman Popes and Roman Catholic Church, persecuting the true assembly of saints, called the Holy City.
It’s the narrative of the Satan-empowered Roman beast, called the Great City being used to battle against Messiah’s bride, called Holy Jerusalem.
Revelation 13 describes Catholics who revere the antichrist Pope, and are deceived by a false salvation message.
“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, (the antichrist beast) whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Revelation 13:8
The word ‘worship’ in Strong’s Greek Dictionary 4352, means to kiss, like a dog licking his master’s hand; to fawn or crouch to, i.e. (literally or figuratively) prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore): worship.
Throughout the history of the antichrist Popes of Rome; priests have prostrated themselves before the Popes, and billions of Catholics have paid homage to the Pope to revere him.
They travel to Vatican City just to see him. Many ‘Christian’ leaders have met with the Pope and bowed to him as their moral authority.
Today, 1.3 Billion Catholics revere (mark on forehead) him and obey (mark on right hand) his teachings; thus they have the mark of the antichrist beast.
And sadly, most Catholics are following a false salvation message of works through the Popes and priests, so they are not really saved, and their names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb. 🙁
Revelation 17 describes the harlot Roman Catholic Church.
Revelation 17:3 “And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.”
In the prophecies of Daniel the ten-horned Wild Beast is the fourth Gentile empire, or the Roman. No city ruled the Roman Empire but Rome.
The woman is the harlot Roman Catholic Church. Since she is riding the beast, it’s telling us that she gets her power from the Roman beast, the Pope of Rome.
Revelation 17:4 “The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication.”
“The color for bishops and other prelates is purple, for cardinals scarlet… The pectoral cross should be made of gold and… decorated with gems…”
(Source: Our Sunday Visitor’s Catholic Encyclopedia, 1991, p. 175, 178, 466)
Revelation 17:5 “And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,
They are called “Mystery, Babylon the Great,” because they pretend to be part of the true church, but they’re really the Babylonian religion of Sun and Satan worship.
Revelation 17:5 “THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
They have created all the major false religions, including Islam, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, the New Age Movement, etc.
Revelation 17:6 “I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.”
“History of the Rise and Influence of the Spirit of Rationalism in Europe, Vol. 2″ documents “That the Church of Rome has shed more innocent blood than any other institution that has ever existed among mankind will be questioned by no Protestant who has a complete knowledge of history.”
It describes her judgment:
“And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.” Revelation 17:16
Revelation 18 describes the great city of Rome, the Roman Catholic Church.
Revelation 18 picks up the narrative of the end of Revelation 17, the judgment of the Roman Catholic Church; for she was used to kill the saints.
“And in her was found the blood of prophets and set-apart ones, and of all who were slain on the earth.” Revelation 18:24
It clearly identifies the Roman Church with her purple, scarlet, gold, and gems.
“and saying, ‘Woe! Woe, the great city that was dressed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls!” Revelation 18:16
The Jesuits are just using the Roman Catholic Church to gather the world under their power. In their One World Government, I believe that they will exact vengeance against the Roman Catholic Church, and Catholics will be killed.
This effectively fulfills Messiahs warning to ‘come out of her, lest you partake in her plagues‘.
Revelation 19 describes the judgment of the Roman Catholic Church.
The ‘he’ of Revelation prophecy is the antichrist beast Pope and the false prophet Jesuit General. The ‘her’ is the harlot Roman Catholic Church, which they control.
“Because true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great whore who corrupted the earth with her whoring. And He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.” Revelation 19:2
The antichrist beast Pope and the false prophet Jesuit General will be captured and thrown into the fiery pit.
Sadly, Catholics have been led to believe that they are the one true Church of Messiah; but the truth is that they are the counterfeit church of Satan.
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Rev 13:16-17
Having the mark of the beast means that you revere (mark of forehead) and obey (mark on right hand) the antichrist beast Pope of Rome. 1.3 billion Catholics already have the mark of the beast, as they revere and obey the Pope.
When the Jesuits cause a worldwide financial collapse and WW III between Muslim countries and Israel, people around the world will cry out for a solution, as they won’t be able to buy and sell, as commerce will have shut down.
And the Pope may act as a savior, proclaiming that they have been planning for this day, as it was inevitable.
He will offer a one-world government, which will help end religious wars; and he will offer a one-world financial system, which will allow people to buy and sell again.
If you revere the Pope and obey his command to join the One World Government, then you will have the mark of the beast on you.
A RFID chip or tattoo may be used to track people, but it is not the mark; the mark is revering and obeying the antichrist Pope.
And sadly, most Christians have no clue who the antichrist beast is; so they may think that Elohim is using the Pope, who calls himself a Christian, is a savior; and they may revere him and obey him, and they will have the mark of the beast.
David Nikao Wilcoxson
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