Revelation Chapter 12, Part 9

Verse 5She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was
caught up to God and his throne
.”

The period of human gestation is about nine (9) months—actually 267 days. If, as in the prophetic
Scriptures, we take each of these days to be a year, the “
woman’s” delivery ought to have taken place
about two hundred and sixty-seven years after A.D. 53—that is in A.D. 320. St. Paul’s second Epistle to
the Thessalonians was written about A.D. 53, and it was in this
epistle that he spoke of the “mystery of
iniquity
” being already at work. However, her child was premature; it was born in A.D. 314! (Notes on
Revelation
”, by Brother Frey, Page 195)

“Persecuted and reviled, she was pained to be delivered and longed for the completion of the promised
`
Seed of the woman, which should bruise the serpent’s head.’ Her anxiety and desire in this
direction produced a pre-mature birth—`
The Man of Sin’ (the Papal hierarchy) being the offspring. This
`
male child,’ at first a weak one (A.D. 314), was gradually `caught up unto God and to his throne,’
or exalted to the position and titles, homage and praise of the true `
seed,’ so that `he as God sat in
the temple
(church) of God, showing himself that he is God.’ And within three hundred years he did
`
Rule the nations with a rod of iron’.” (R306:3, 4)

This is the clear history of the Roman Catholic Church during what most scholars call
the Dark Ages,
during which this “
male-child” (the Papacy) was exalted to the status of “God on Earth

“The Apostle Paul warned the elders of Ephesus gathered at Miletus, “
Take heed to feed the church of
God… for I know … that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not
sparing the flock. Also
of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw
away disciples after them
” (Acts 20:28–30). To the Thessalonians he stated,

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering
together unto him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by
word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by
any means: for that day
[the day of Christ’s return] shall not come, except there come a falling
away
[an apostasy, a departure from true doctrine] first, and that man of sin be revealed, the
son of perdition; who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God
[Greek theos, a
god]
, or that is worshipped; so that he as God [a god] sits in the temple [the church] of God,
showing himself that he is God
[a god]… For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he
who now restrains
[hinders; i.e., the Roman emperor as chief religious ruler or Pontifex
Maximus]
will do so [continue to hinder], until he be taken out of the way [in Justinian’s reign,
A.D. 539]
. And then shall that Wicked [One, the papal system] be revealed, whom the Lord shall
consume
[at his Second Advent] with the spirit of his mouth” (2 Thess 2:1-4, 7, 8).

Therefore, it is both natural and consistent to look back into the past for the “
man of sin” and expect to
be able to recognize him, for Paul says he would be revealed, or his real character shown and seen,
before the day of the Lord. This iniquitous seed would be difficult to recognize initially, except as
the apostles pointed out by name, with the power and authority of the Holy Spirit vested in
them, various individuals of this class in their day
(Note: some of these are listed below). Under the
figure of the woman of
Revelation 12, the early presence and portent of the false embryo would not be
seen, except with the passage of time, when the swelling of the womb and abdomen would manifest the
existence of this foreign element working within the Church and constantly on the increase.
But not until
the birth would the
identity of the child be disclosed (A.D. 314), and even then the true
character
of the child would not be fully revealed until he reached maturity as the Man of Sin (A.
D. 539)
.” T.K.O.R. Page 302

The long desired favor of Rome came at last by the conversion of Constantine, A.D. 313, and
there we believe the labor pangs of tribulation ceased and Papacy was born i.e. there the
blending of church and state commenced
(the iron and clay mentioned by the Prophet, Dan 2:33,41-
43
here Jezebel was betroth to Ahab). It was not yet the "Man of Sin," in the same sense that a child is
not a man; but it was the beginning, of what resulted in Papacy--"
The Man of Sin," the man-child was
born
.” (R 306)

“In A.D. 314 Constantine’s Edict of Toleration gave the Christian religion a standing of authenticity among
the other heathen forms of worship in the empire, thus opening the door for further advancement.
In
A.D. 323 the emperor elevated Christianity as the official religion of his government
.” (T.K.O.R.
Page 303
)

Note: The following list is but a few of those who recognized who and what the Antichrist was
long ago
. This likewise gives evidence of how far the churches of today have strayed from the wisdom of
their founding fathers.

Martin Luther (1483-1546) Lutheran

“We here are of the conviction that papacy is the seat of the true and real Antichrist… (The Prophetic
Faith of our Fathers
, Vol. 2 page 121)

Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556) Anglican

“Whereof it follows Rome to be the seat of antichrist, and the pope to be very antichrist himself, I could
prove the same by many other scriptures, old writers, and strong reasons.” (
Referring to prophecies in
Revelation and Daniel, taken from “
Works” by Cranmer Vol. 1 pages 6, 7)

John Knox (1505-1572) Presbyterian

Knox wrote to abolish “that tyranny which the pope himself has for so many ages exercised over the
church” and that the pope should be recognized as “the very antichrist, and son of perdition, of whom
Paul speaks” (
The Zurich Letters, Page 199)

John Calvin (1509-1564) Presbyterian

“Some persons think us too severe and censorious when we call the Roman pontiff Antichrist. But those
who are of this opinion do not consider that they bring the same charge of presumption against Paul
himself, after whom we speak and whose language we adopt… I shall briefly show that (Paul’s words in 2
Thess 2) are not capable of any other interpretation than that which applies them to Papacy.”
(
Institutes” by John Calvin)

Roger William (1603-1683) First Baptist Pastoral America

He spoke of the Pope as “the pretended Vicar of Christ on earth, who sits as God over the Temple of God,
exalting himself not only above all that is called God, but over the souls and consciences of all his vassals,
yea over the Spirit of Christ, over the Holy Spirit, yea and God himself…speaking against the God of
heaven thinking to change times and laws; but he is the son of perdition (2 Thess 2).” (
The Prophetic
Faith of our Fathers
Vol. 3 page 52)

Cotton Mather (1663-1728) Congregational Theologian

“The oracles of God foretold the rising of an Antichrist in the Christian Church; and in the Pope of Rome all
the characteristics of that Antichrist are so marvelously answered that if any who read the Scriptures do
not see it, there is a marvelous blindness upon them.” (
The Prophetic Faith of our Fathers Vol. 3 page
113
)

John Wesley (1703-1791) Methodist

Speaking of the Papacy he said, “He is in an emphatical sense, the Man of Sin, as he increases all manner
of sin above measure. And he is too, properly styled the Son of Perdition, as he has caused the death of
numberless multitudes, both of his opposers and followers...He it is that exalts himself above all that is
called God, or that is worshipped…claiming the highest power and highest honor…claiming the prerogatives
which belong to God alone.” (
Antichrist and His Ten Kingdoms, Page 110)

We shall take a look at
Verse 6 in our next post.


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