Headlines suggest Trump reversed Obama’s damage in a week, but tell that to millions still without jobs, or thousands who lost loved ones in the many terrorists events, including 9/11 or the Christian refugees sent back to face persecution in the Middle East.
10 years ago a smooth talking senator from Illinois, with no track record of accomplishments and no tracks to see where he was coming from, excited liberals and deceived many conservatives for a detour that many now see as devastating. The overlooked lesson is, where are ‘leaders’ coming from? This is a question we should ask about future leaders, especially the one whom the Bible suggests will be the next world leader.
When asked about the end of the world in Matthew 24, Christ said to understand the book of Daniel. It’s is a classic with the great kingdoms of the world shown in Daniel 2 as an image of a man, but so we don’t miss the lesson, they are repeated in Daniel 7 as fierce beasts of prey, and with so many details that we can hardly miss their identity or lessons.
The lion, bear, leopard and dragon in Daniel 7 represent the successive empires of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Grecia and Rome. Daniel’s imagery fits world history hundreds, even 1000 years before it unfolded, and we also see relevant to an impending New World Order as a little horn becomes great.
#1. Daniel saw a ‘little horn’ growing out of the 4th beast. The papacy grew out of the Roman Empire as it fell.
#2. The little horn uprooted three horns, Dan 7:8. They were the Heruli, Vandals and Ostrogoths, 493 – 538 AD.
#3. “He shall speak great words against the Most High.” Dan 7:25. One title is “Lord God the Pope.” (Google)
#4. The little horn “made war with the saints and prevailed against them.” Dan 7:21. Historians say the papacy martyred 50-100 million in their ‘Dark Ages’ supremacy. Foxe’s Book of Martyrs pdf online. Were it not for men like Luther and discoveries of the New World by Columbus and the press by Gutenberg, true faith would be extinct today.
#5. The little horn “shall think to changes times and laws.” Dan 7:25. The Ten Commandments tell us to remember the Sabbath day as a memorial of God’s creation when He rested on the 7th day. Constantine was a pagan sun worshiper, but the bishop of Rome knew how to get along, and he blessed Sunday for which there is no biblical support. The book of Acts shows the apostles’ practice with nine references to Sabbath, three say “every Sabbath,” but “first day” is found only once when Paul was leaving and preached all night.
Nevertheless, the papacy boasts of Sunday as a mark of their authority to change the Sabbath because most churches side with tradition rather than the Bible as the rule of faith. As the mark of Rome’s authority, Sunday will become “the mark of the beast” when the pope rides or guides global government (Rev 17:3) in spite of the most solemn warning of plagues in Revelation 14 where judgment is the Greek word, krisis.
The Chinese character for crisis is danger + opportunity. To be wise, we should look at the issues before the crisis comes, because people in a crisis tend to stampede with the majority which is usually wrong. Now is the time to understand the issues because Daniel saw the kingdom given to Christ in the context of the ‘great words of the little horn.’ Daniel 7.
The pope had ‘great words’ for US Congress against the US Constitution that says Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion. The pope is promoting Sunday. His encyclical, Laudato Si’ can be read online. Paragraph 237 is about the blessing of the Eucharist, a doctrine that says the priest’s blessing changes the wafer into the literal body of Christ—it must be believed or the person is damned.
Maybe the pope could alter the blessing in order to change the priest into one who won’t rape boys, or nuns that didn’t plan to be the ‘Bride of Christ’ in that way, as the testimony of nuns escaped from closed convents would indicate. (YouTube).
Is this just “Catholic bashing”? This is not against the many sincere Catholics who will be in heaven because they live up to the light they have and “the times of this ignorance God winks at,” but He also commands repentance in the time of judgment that is impending. Acts 17:30; Rev 14.
The pope’s appeal for Sunday closing of businesses for the sake of global warming is a ruse. The average temperature has increased less than half a degree Centigrade per decade! And what authority does he have to talk about the distributing wealth to the poor when he is sitting on tons of gold? (Google)
His Latin America where countries have Catholic leadership is such a success that most people there want to immigrate to the US. The results of this social experiment for centuries should be clear. The pope’s appeal is strongest to those who are most uninformed of Bible truth, and this includes the mainstream media and a catholic (little “c”—go along to get along) US Congress regarding their Constitution.
Dr. Richard Ruhling is a retired physician with enough Bible courses for a religion major. Since attending a conference 30 years ago, prophecy has been his special hobby. His Alpha & Omega Bible Code has mostly 5-star reviews on Amazon Kindle and his websites are http://TheRichardRuhling.com and http://News4Living.wordpress.com