Revelation Chapter 12, Part 13
Verses 10-12 “Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation and strength and the
kingdom of our God and the power of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren who
accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the
blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the
death. Therefore rejoice O heavens and you who dwell in them...”
“The proclamation by the loud voice is uttered in the false heaven, the same ecclesiastical heaven in which
the dragon and his angels had waged warfare against the pseudo-Michael and his angels—the latter being
victorious. The song is one of jubilation and triumph. It is the premature pronouncement of Christ
taking unto himself his great power and reigning.
“The result of this rise to power of the Roman Catholic Church was the loud boast in heaven (the religious
world) “We are the kingdom of God on earth! We have conquered pagan religion! They who have
persecuted us are now beneath our power.”
It is the false Michael’s assertion of the establishment of the promised Kingdom of God accompanied with
the casting down of Satan and his dragon power, which formerly persecuted the saints. The victors in this
contest boastfully accredit themselves as the worthy successors of the prior faithful who, following in the
footsteps of Jesus, were obedient unto death (particularly those of the A.D. 303–313 period), sharing
similar martyrdom and overcoming not by arms or temporal means but by the blood of the Lamb.
“Naturally, Papacy attributes the victory to Jesus. Papacy also attributes it to its martyrs whom it
venerates. Thus they claim the victory due to the martyrdom of those “accused” (Verse 10) and to their
life-stones (“the word of their testimony”), and also to their willingness to love the church over life itself
(“loved not their lives unto the death”). Papacy will always be thenceforth willing to ask others to
sacrifice for the maintenance of church power.”
The Papacy has often conveniently reckoned notable and perhaps faithful Christians of the past as
adherents and exponents of the Catholic faith, sometimes quite unjustifiably so, such as designating
Peter as the first pope and chief of the apostles. The same reasoning was used in Jesus’ day by some in
Israel. The priesthood was prone to look back to Abraham and the faithful prophets of old as their
fathers, yet Jesus charged the religious leadership of his day with responsibility for putting the prophets
to death (Matt 23:29–37). They thought that because they were of the seed of Abraham, the promises
unconditionally applied to them and to their children as Jews according to the flesh, not realizing that God
could raise up unto Himself other sons for children (Luke 3:8; Isa. 65:1). The priesthood which started
with Aaron was deemed reputable and respectable (Psa 106:16). This custodianship deteriorated,
however, as time went on. Originally pure (“the ancient and honorable, he is the head”—Isa 9:15),
the office became degraded with the passage of time (the prophet who spoke lies became the tail).
The false voice and message of Verse 10 through the beginning of Verse 12 are in harmony with the
first nine verses of Chapter 12, which present the history of the professed Church as seen in the eyes of
orthodoxy as a wonderful thing, especially the victory of Michael over the awesome dragon power, the
latter being cast out of the nominal heaven. Papacy not only attributes the faithfulness of individuals of
former times to its own membership (Verse 11) but boasts as one having put off his armor, reckoning
the age of trial and development in the past.
This loud announcement of success applies to Papacy’s acknowledgment of the Emperor Justinian’s
declaration (which became effectual A.D. 539) that the Roman prelate henceforth was to be considered
the supreme universal bishop of the realm. This honor was granted in addition to a prior recognition,
several decades earlier, of the Roman bishop or pope as the undisputed ecclesiastical head of the western
branch of the empire. Papacy, however, reached still greater heights and the zenith of its power about
A.D. 799 under Charlemagne, and it maintained this power with relevant consistency for a thousand years.
Another clue showing that the voice and message were false—that Papacy was speaking—is the
time element. This proclamation is heard following the casting out of the dragon, and at the
beginning of the flight of the woman into the wilderness.
How could the Kingdom of God be said to begin while the true Church, pictured by the woman,
is still in the flesh (1 Cor 15:50; 4:8; Rom 8:17; 2 Tim 2:12) and remains in that condition for
1,260 days (years) . . . and beyond (Verse 17)? T.K.O.R. Pages 310,311
“The rejoicing continues IF you are part of the apostate church (“ye heavens, and ye that dwell
in them”) IF you are not, WOE unto you!
Note: the foregoing remarks as well as those inserted into Brother Shallieu’s comments in green type
above were taken from N.A.N.O.R. Page 156
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